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Rabbinic dialogue cheered
In the Oct.15 issue, The CJN published a
letter citing Rabbi Joseph Ber Soloveitchik
z”l as a basis for being critical of Orthodox
rabbis participating in the Rabbi 2 Rabbi
feature. I find it amusing that sometimes
people will utilize isolated quotes from
the Rav to ban this or that, while ignoring his permissive rulings on a variety of
other areas that were also consistent with
his “Weltanschauung.” Furthermore, the
Rav was famously chameleonic in his
views, often offering different rulings to
different disciples because of altered circumstances on the ground. I suggest that
the Rav himself would recoil in disdain to
hear the way he’s being cited to bolster an
individual’s personal zealotry.
Rav Soloveitchik, as great as he was
to North American Jewry, was not the
solitary voice on all social issues for the
Orthodox rabbinate. A number of my
roshei yeshiva have encouraged dialogue
with non-Orthodox rabbis as a way of furthering unity within our people.
A few other points are in order: Rabbi
Soloveitchik was opposed only to theo-
logical dialogue, not to issues of communal importance. In fact, he concluded that
participation with non-Orthodox Jews for
political or communal welfare purposes is
not only permissible, but obligatory.
Rabbi Soloveitchik formulated his opinion more than 50 years ago, when the
landscape of the Jewish movements was
entirely different. To the best of my knowledge, the Rav never addressed the specific issue of rabbinic dialogue in a Jewish
newspaper. Thus, to extrapolate from the
Rav’s statement to the current column in
The CJN is not only inappropriate, but inconsistent with the wisdom that rabbis
are called upon to display.
I am proud to be a regular (Orthodox)
columnist in your Rabbi 2 Rabbi column,
where I engage in congenial and often
spirited dialogue/debate with my new
friend, Rabbi Lisa Grushcow, a Reform
rabbi in Montreal. It is to our communities benefit to see how rabbis from different streams can sit down and speak as
brothers and sisters.
Rabbi N. Daniel Korobkin
Beth Avraham Yoseph of Toronto
Congregation, Thornhill, Ont.
Wolves in sheep’s clothing
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gestions to prevent future rabbinic misadventures (“It must not happen again,”
Oct. 23). Goldstein’s suggestions are valid
and a good first step, but sadly, those who
choose to abuse will find a way.
Jewish clergy in Toronto have also been
found guilty of abuse and stripped of their
ordination by the Rabbinic Assembly. However, the loss of standing in the assembly
has not resulted in the members voluntarily evicting themselves from our institutions
and more importantly, our community has
continued to support them and employ
them in positions of trust.
Rabbis and cantors are human beings,
with the same flaws and faults that are
found in society. Abuse of power will continue to happen, no matter how many
safeguards are in place. The shandeh is
that our religious institutions protect
these horrid individuals. The perpetrators simply ask for forgiveness, not from
their victims, but from their employers,
and they are deemed to be cured, re-employed, and once again, venerated by
their congregants. They are truly wolves
in sheep’s clothing.
Kotel compromise is valid
Sheryl Lipton
Toronto
Ezra Franken
Montreal
Norma Baumel Joseph criticizes Anat
Hoffman, leader of the Women of The
Wall, for agreeing to have women pray
as a group at Robinson’s Arch instead
of the main Western Wall plaza (“On
compromising,” Oct. 15). Women as
individuals have always been allowed
and encouraged to pray at the Kotel, but
women as a group with a Torah scroll
praying there is an idea imported from
America that has never really been
accepted in Israel.
The ultra-Orthodox men and women are
willing to allow alternate services, whether
all-female or mixed, as long as these prayer services are not held in their midst. The
Robinson Arch location will, therefore,
permit alternative groups to pray at the
Western Wall without upsetting the status
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Child-centred home rituals are well observed and show Judaism’s ability to transmit heritage
across generations, but can Jewish practice be meaningful for those without little ones?
RABBI ADAM CUTLER
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feel homesick), a counsellor took it upon herself to
offer the priestly blessing to whoever wanted one.
When I became a counsellor, I took over the tradition.
It was remarkably meaningful to me, and I hope to the
recipients as well.
Now as a father, together with my wife, I cherish the
opportunity to bless my son on Friday nights. Because
of his early bedtime, the opportunity doesn’t present itself every week. Lately, I’ve been appreciating the earlier
start of Shabbat, which increases the likelihood Jacob
will still be awake for at least the opening Friday-night
dinner rituals.
I’m struck, though not surprised, that both of us find
child-centred rituals to be our favourites. Research
indicates that across religions, practices focused on
children are the most observed. But what about those
without children, and what about seniors? How do we
project a Judaism that is meaningful independent of its
connection to family? How do we foster a culture of joy
in practice to adults in the absence of little ones?
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Rabbi Cutler: Inasmuch as the synagogue is the centre
of public Jewish life, the home is the silver bullet to
ensuring a strong Jewish future. It is where we learn by
mimesis, where the values of our tradition are passed
along from parent to child.
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forefathers, Abraham and Isaac. And may they grow into Rabbi Scheier: The reason we focus on children is
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not only because it satisfies our most basic paternal/
a multitude in the midst of the earth.” Of late, Jacob has
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maternal instincts. It’s because one of Judaism’s
even begun to sing along.
highest achievements is continuity. As former British
Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks wrote, “The focal point of
Rabbi Scheier: I, too, love the children’s going-to-sleep
Jewish life is the transmission of a heritage across the
ritual. One of my favourite bedtime moments occurred
generations. Time and again in the Torah, we are drawn
about five years ago, when my daughter, Ayelet, who
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was then a precocious two-year-old, erred as she recited to dramas of the next generation. Judaism’s focus is its
the Shema. She said, “Shema Yisrael, Hashem Elokenu… children.”
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Melech Haolam, borei pri hagafen!” She conflated the
Still, your question stands. How can a religion that fobedtime Shema prayer with the blessing for grape juice!
cuses on its children appeal to those without children, to
It was a transformative moment for me, because my
those whose children have left home, or even to those who
daughter introduced something she had learned from
do not enjoy positive relationships with their children?
an outside source into our bedtime routine. It meant
Perhaps the answer has to do with our institutions’
that my wife and I were no longer her only influence
ability to integrate children into the fabric of communal
and source of knowledge.
life. A synagogue without children has no future, and a
Without a doubt, though, my favourite home ritual is
community without an educational mandate vis-à-vis
blessing my children at the Friday night dinner table.
the next generations of leaders isn’t fulfilling its duty.
It’s a beautiful moment, and a beautiful articulation of
Even as we deal with sophisticated members who are
priorities. We often have guests in our home on Friday
engaging their Judaism on a high intellectual and spiritnight, and the moment of private blessing tells our chilual level, there is always room for the children.
dren – and us – that they are our highest priority.
And even for those for whom engaging children is not
a part of their regular home life, the value of continuity
Rabbi Cutler: When I was a camper at Camp Ramah,
to the next generation can certainly be promoted and
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Genocide preventable through international action
Janice Arnold
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Genocide and other mass atrocities around
the world might be prevented if Canada
established a parliamentary body tasked
with monitoring early warning signs of
such events happening, Montreal MP Irwin Cotler said at the launch of the annual
Holocaust Education Series, organized
with the Montreal Institute for Genocide
and Human Rights Studies (MIGS).
The event was also part of the Concordia
University-affiliated MIGS’ new Raoul Wallenberg Legacy of Leadership Project, created to educate the public on the actions
of the Holocaust hero and foster discussion
about the prevention of mass atrocities.
Cotler said Canada should follow the lead
of the United States, which established the
Atrocities Prevention Board in 2012, at the
request of President Barack Obama.
High-level representatives of key government agencies sit on the board, reflecting the priority the Obama administration
is giving to stopping mass atrocities as “a
core national security interest and moral
responsibility.”
While an all-party Canadian group on
this issue currently exists, Cotler said it is
not an official parliamentary committee
and therefore has few resources and little
power, such as to invite guests to appear
before it.
Cotler and fellow panellists, Adama Dieng, United Nations special adviser on
the prevention of genocide, and Cameron
Hudson, director of the Center for the
United Nations official Adama Dieng, left, Irwin Cotler and Cameron Hudson of the U.S.
Holocaust Museum discuss genocide prevention. janice arnold photo
Prevention of Genocide at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, agreed that
the international community should be
doing much more to keep track of situations where genocide, war crimes, crimes
against humanity and ethnic cleansing
may arise and act on that information.
They are not living up to the Responsibility to Protect, known by the shorthand
R2P, they say,
This legal norm, adopted unanimously
by the United Nations in 2005, authorizes
international intervention when a state is
unable or unwilling to stop a mass atrocity
within its borders.
Cotler maintained that R2P provides
a framework to intervene in cases of
state-sanctioned hatred or incitement as
well. “The international community must
bear in mind, and as the Supreme Court of
Canada affirmed in the [Léon] Mugesera
case [a Hutu leader implicated in the lead
up to the 1994 Rwandan genocide, deported from Canada], incitement to genocide is a crime in and of itself, whether the
genocide is actually acted on or not. This
is not optional; it is an international legal
obligation of the highest order.”
Cotler believes the Canadian Parliament
must “reaffirm the importance of R2P as
the organizing theme of our human rights
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policy… and the basis of our foreign
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If the international community had acted
more than three years ago when the strife
in Syria began, Cotler believes the “slaughter” there might have been prevented.
He was particularly critical of Obama’s
lack of leadership, and a UN Security
Council protocol that allowed permanent
members Russia and China to veto three
resolutions on Syria.
“Those of us who argued for intervention were told that it would cause civil war
and bring the jihadists. Well, all of that has
happened because we didn’t intervene,”
Cotler said.
Dieng, of Senegal, said he has difficulty
changing the culture at the United Nations of “talking the talk, not walking the
talk.” The UN remains reluctant to use its
power to stop atrocities when they happen, he said, let alone act on information
his office collects pointing to the possibility of such atrocities developing.
“We have failed in this duty… It was only
after I used the ‘g’ word that the UN started to move on the Central African Republic [where a bloody civil war continues].”
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From the Archives | Rose Dunkelman
During World War II,
as chair of Ontario
Youth Aliyah, Rose
Dunkelman, pictured
here circa 1905, helped
rescue children from
Nazi persecution at
Auschwitz, Treblinka,
Buchenwald and
Dachau concentration
camps and then
helped secure their
passage to and
resettlement in what
was then known as
Palestine.
Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre photo
SeeJN | Centennial Medal
IAdam Scotti photo
Mordecai Paldiel, left, of the International Raoul Wallenberg
Foundation presented the Raoul Wallenberg Centennial Medal
to Liberal MP Irwin Cotler on Parliament Hill last week, in
recognition of Cotler’s efforts to advance human rights and
Holocaust education. Please see story at CJNews.com.
From Yoni’s Desk
The fowl smell lingers
C
hickenshit. Now there’s the power of language! It took one word, selected
last week by a “senior Obama administration official” to describe Israeli
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to underscore the fault line between
Israel and the United States. And what a word at that – a sophomoric bit of
linguistic blending, a colloquialism that under most other circumstances
might not signal much of anything. But in this specific case it was oozing
with meaning. And if everyone else is wading through it, we might as well get
our hands dirty, too.
The immediate implication of the fowl formulation is blunt: Israel-U.S.
relations are at a low point – though perhaps not, as some have suggested,
the lowest point – there is no other way to read it. Jerusalem and Washington
have been sparring almost incessantly since the summer war, accusing each
other of jeopardizing peace and security, in Israel and beyond. Netanyahu
and U.S. President Barack Obama seem to be on different pages, and the
frosty atmosphere has worked its way through the ranks of both administrations. For many of Israel’s supporters, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s
apology to Netanyahu won’t be enough. The smell lingers.
Meanwhile, Netanyahu’s domestic opponents are squeezing him from all
sides. The prime minister is accused of being petrified of peace on the one
hand and shy when it comes to security on the other. But maybe that’s what
Israelis want: a leader cautious on peace and security – it would explain why
Netanyahu polls higher than any of his would-be successors to the right
and left. As Israelis struggled to find a Hebrew equivalent for the rooster
reference, last Friday, an editorial cartoon in Ha’aretz placed a smirking Bibi
in the pilot’s seat of a plane set to crash into one of the World Trade Center
towers. Whatever Israelis think about Netanyahu, most agreed that wasn’t a
suitable translation.
And what about Canada? Where do we fit in this drama? It’s hard to believe
Canadians would hear that sort of cock-a-doodle-do(o) from our governing
party – these days, you probably wouldn’t hear it from the opposition, either.
That speaks to the current relationship between Canada and Israel, which
is as good as it’s ever been. Last week, Prime Minister Stephen Harper was
greeted affectionately when he debuted new tax cuts at the Schwartz-Reisman Jewish community centre just north of Toronto. Perhaps Harper might
next encourage his two good friends, Netanyahu and Obama, to search for
some common ground. That would be an appropriate role for Canada to play
here.
Back in Jerusalem, tension is mounting after the attempted murder of Yehuda Glick, a rabbi-lobbyist in favour of greater access to the Temple Mount
for Jews. Israeli police killed his assailant, a veteran Islamic Jihad member,
during a subsequent shootout in east Jerusalem. In a letter to the deceased’s
family, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas described him as
a “martyr, defending the rights of our people and its holy places” and denounced the “vicious assassination crime committed by the terrorists of the
Israeli occupation army.” Sometimes there are simply no words to describe
the essence of a man. Not even chickenshit. n — YONI
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Forwarding the past
Sarah Angrist
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y parents left their shtetlach in
Lithuania in the 1920s to settle in
Montreal, where my father’s grandfather
and other relatives were living. Mother
left behind her parents, two sisters, their
children, and a brother. Many of those
relatives were murdered in the Holocaust.
Only a few survived.
The agony of separation on Mother’s side
between 1936 and 1941 was reflected in
touching expressions of love and devotion
in the letters her mother wrote – all in
Yiddish.
“Our dearly beloved children. You must
write us more often.” “Got two letters and
rejoice with them. Each word is precious but
it only takes a second to read and then the
pain and yearning returns.” Again and again
the verb benken – “to long” – appeared.
Mother’s parents ran a bakery and
boarding house in their home. By 1936,
business was bad and Jews in Lithuania
felt less secure. The price of bread was
controlled. “The town commissar must
approve and so that’s how they don’t let us
live.” Their hotel license was threatened
and their business reduced as peasants no
longer came to rent rooms. Their sonin-law “discussed it with the mayor and
the result was that we could continue but
must make improvements.” It was not
until my grandparents faced tough times
economically and felt growing hostility
against Jews that they begged to leave.
In 1938, we received the urgent question:
“What’s happening dear children about
the trip? How great is the bitterness in the
world and the troubles. We went to the
JIAS office (Jewish Immigrant Aid Society).
They said if we could claim to be farmers
and had a visa for each person then we
could leave. Therefore, my daughter, you
From left, Pauline, the author’s mother,
Sarah, her father Frank and brother Velvl.
should make an effort to find out everything in detail and immediately write us.”
Since my parents were poor, Mother had
trouble raising money to get them out.
Sadly her dear ones had waited too long to
get out. Her guilt lasted a lifetime.
Some aspects of life went on as usual.
Aunt Malca had two suitors but couldn’t
decide whether to marry for love or security – the hometown fellow or the man from
Shavl, a nearby town.
The upshot of this dilemma was that my
aunt married the hometown guy, divorced
him within a year, and then married the
man from Shavl. That marriage endured
their whole lives through thick and thin –
concentration camp, the Red Army, their
lost child, chronic illness, and several anxiety-producing migrations between Israel
and Canada.
On the other side, Father’s Socialist-Zionist family had begun preparing to
make aliyah before leaving their shtetl of
Keidan. They spent 10 years in Canada
going to public schools while training as
Shomer Hatzair chalutzim. They left for
Palestine in the 1930s to help found several kibbutzim.
Deprived of grandparents on both sides
of the family, I knew them only by hearsay
until meeting some aunts and uncles in
1969 when my father died. Urged by my
parents to write my grandfather as I was
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graduating high school in 1950, I protested
that I didn’t really know him.
He replied: “It’s very true what you write
that you have no concept at all about me...
because you were only a baby when I left
Montreal.” He asked me to write him
my ideas about special Jewish issues and
indicate whether I was active in any movements.
When the Six Day War broke out, Father
wrote his siblings in great anguish:
“I imagine what you’re living through
there…Now we can see how many friends
we have and even more enemies who
pretended to be good friends…My own
children are very worried and would do
everything to help…I myself signed up to
do whatever I can…”
Since I found relatively few letters from
Father’s family, I asked Aunt Pessi in Israel
to describe their history. In 1989, she
obliged by writing about life in Lithuania,
Russia, Canada and Israel:
“The story of my parents’ and grandparents’ home is of a world that was and is
no more. It is telling of the past, of their
legacy, of a culture that was destroyed, of a
little Lithuanian town where hard-toiling
Jews lived. It is to tell of a revolution that
had failed, a world war, pogroms, refugees
and wanderings.”
Letters used to be important messengers
of love, fear, joy, sadness, daily concerns
and long-term hopes. Fortunately, my
parents had saved letters from their
families written in the 1930s and into the
1950s. In turn, I saved their letters to me
from the 1950s and 1960s after I moved to
the United States.
Fashioning stories from letters took
significant time and thought as I searched
for clues about the lives of the writers,
interpreting their meaning with the help of
memories, relatives and friends.
After adding Aunt Pessi’s story, I com-
The envelope of a 1936 letter to Sarah
Angrist’s mother from Latvia.
piled them to create a booklet called
Stories about my Family. I sent them to my
children and nieces. That was one step
towards forwarding the past. Still, my urge
was to transmit the “pintele yid” – the Jewish essence that so enriched my childhood
and my adult life, beyond the family.
Pondering what to do with the translated
letters and other materials, I contacted
the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and
the Canadian Jewish Congress about their
archives. Both were interested, but since
my parents had made their lives in Montreal, my brother, Frank Bloomstone, and I,
chose the Canadian Jewish Congress.
I often wonder if I’ve done enough to
transmit a world that is past. At least, I’ve
made a start. I ask myself “What’s next?”
Perhaps it’s time to write the personal
saga of richly complex experiences that
span my life from 1933 to 2014. There’s a
treasure trove of courtship letters still in
boxes, so there’s abundant raw material for
a glutton like me to start writing again. n
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NOVEMBER 6, 2014
Housing a major concern for Vancouver Jewish community
Lauren Kramer
Pacific Correspondent
If there’s one factor driving change in
Greater Vancouver’s Jewish community, it’s
the cost of housing.
The high price of single detached homes
in Vancouver, along the Oak Street corridor
where most of the city’s major Jewish institutions are located, has jumped 220 per
cent in the last nine years. Today, an average single detached home in this area costs
$2 million, while the average townhouse
sells for $622,000, according to the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver.
This reality has resulted in many Jewish
families moving to outlying areas including
East Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey, White
Rock, Burnaby and the TriCities of Coquitlam, Port Moody and Port Coquitlam.
With their dispersion from the core come
challenges, says Shelley Rivkin, associate
director of community affairs for the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver. “We’re
trying to focus on innovative and organic
ways to keep people together, but it’s more
challenging to establish what their needs
are as community members become dispersed,” she says.
Abba Brodt, a Montrealer who now heads
the Richmond Jewish Day School (RJDS),
says Jews in Vancouver have been making a tradeoff all the time. They move to
areas where it’s less expensive to purchase
a home, but risk easy access to a key part
of their Jewish heritage in the process, he
says.
“It’s a brutal set of choices, the fact that
real estate is driving where people can
live,” he reflects. “Whether you’re in East
Vancouver or Burnaby, you’re definitely
pushing the boundaries of where the traditional community has always been. What
does it mean if everything keeps spreading
out, and what does it do to community cohesion?”
It does damage, says Rabbi Don Pacht,
a local mohel and principal at Vancou-
The single most
significant challenge
here is affordability…
It’s been hard to
attract families.
This four-bedroom house in Richmond, B.C. sold for more than $2.4 million. Patti Martin Photo
ver Hebrew Academy, an Orthodox elementary day school. “The single most
significant challenge here in Vancouver is
affordability,” he says, reflecting on the 10
years he’s lived in the city since leaving Rochester, N.Y. “That creates a challenge for
families who want to stay frum and be in
Vancouver. They don’t have the option of
moving to the outlying areas because they
need to be within walking distance of the
shul. So it’s been hard to attract families
and keep frum families here.”
Adam M, 57, and his wife (not his real
name) moved to Vancouver from Montreal
in February, and the two have struggled to
find affordable rental accommodation.
“There’s great, great demand, a number
of people looking at the same time, and
you’re fighting with tens of thousands of
students who pick up units quickly and
cheaply,” he says. “When you get to a
showing, you find up to eight others there
in the space of one hour. So it’s difficult and
very frustrating.” Adam is shomer Shabbat,
which further limits his options for accommodation if he wants to be near the Jewish
centre.
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Three months ago, he leased a home
he could ill afford while he continues to
scour the advertisements for more suitably
priced accommodations and for a job. For
Adam, approaching the Tikvah Housing
Society in Vancouver was a comforting experience, and they agreed to help subsidize
his rent. The non-profit organization helps
low-income Jewish individuals and families access safe, affordable housing.
“The Jewish community in Vancouver
does help,” Adam says, “but they need
more resources from donors. I know a lot of
religious people that would want to come
and live in Vancouver with their families
because of the lifestyle out west. The problem is living close to the Jewish community
is too expensive.”
Orthodox young people who want to
marry and settle in Vancouver face an
additional problem, Rabbi Pacht says.
“Shidduchs are a challenge, only because
they’re just not done. People don’t even
think of looking around here for a shidduch, because any couple that has paired
up here in the Orthodox community has
been paired up for years. The singles know
who the prospects are, and if there’s no one
in that pool for you, you know you’re looking at Toronto, New York or Los Angeles.
“Once our young adults have established
themselves in other communities and met
someone over there, it’s hard to uproot and
come back to Vancouver, even though they
may want to,” he says.
On the education front, the vast majority of school-age Jewish children are not
accessing any form of Jewish education,
Brodt says, with only four out of every 10
kids attending Jewish camp, Jewish supplementary school and Jewish day school
combined.
Rivkin has noticed that while 40 per cent
of Jewish parents will support their kids going to Jewish elementary school programs,
the degree to which they support their kids
going to Jewish high school is different.
(The CJN contacted Russ Klein, principal of
King David High School in Vancouver, who
refused to comment.) Of the kids that do
attend Jewish day school, 40 per cent are
receiving some assistance from the Jewish
federation.
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Security fence is working, chief architect says
JANICE ARNOLD
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The chief military architect of Israel’s security fence says the controversial barrier
has been effective, drastically reducing the
number of terrorist attacks originating in
the West Bank.
Dany Tirza, a retired colonel, said at a
Combined Jewish Appeal (CJA) event on
Oct. 27 that between 2008 and 2013, there
were 15 such attacks in Israel, resulting in
100 casualties, including 36 deaths.
He contrasted that with the peak period
of Palestinian terrorism during 2001 and
2002. Over those two years alone, there
were more than 7,500 incidents, resulting
in almost 4,500 casualties, including more
than 650 deaths.
Not only has the barrier stopped attackers and weapons smugglers from entering
Israel, but it has also prevented Israeli
Arabs from getting in, he said.
Nevertheless, he said, no wall in the
world is absolutely impenetrable.
Tirza, who was in Canada for the first
time, was speaking to the CJA’s Maimonides Society, composed mainly of doctors
and academics. He was tapped in 2002 by
then prime minister Ariel Sharon to design
and build the barrier, which was opposed
by many in Israel, he said.
Tirza had since 1994 been in charge of
formulating Israel’s security position in
its negotiations with the Palestinians, and
continued in that post until 2007 when
he retired from the military. He can claim
to have met PLO chairman Yasser Arafat
“many times.”
Surprisingly, the man detractors have
called “Mr. Wall” urged greater understanding of the Palestinians and emphasized that he yearns for the day when Israelis and Palestinians can live side by side
in their own states. However, he believes
the only way to achieve peace is if the two
peoples are separate.
Tirza said he has many friends on the
Dr. Seymour Mishkin, left, co-chair of the Maimonides Society, poses with guest speaker Dany
Tirza. JANICE ARNOLD PHOTO
other side of the fence, and regrets that he
only meets them when they go abroad for
negotiations. He also regrets that Israeli
politicians often use blame of the Palestinians to unite the country.
“If we don’t understand the Palestinians’
narrative, we do not understand what this
conflict is about,” Tirza said at the event,
held at the Jewish General Hospital.
To illustrate the conflicting Israeli and
Palestinian versions of history and the
current situation, Tirza and Henri Levy,
a retired lieutenant-colonel who was
winding up his term as Israeli shaliach to
Federation CJA, engaged in a half-humorous, half-serious skit, The Two Sides of the
Fence.
Levy, as “Mohammed” and dressed in
keffiyah, kaftan and false mustache, spoke
with the insight he gained while responsible for Israeli-Palestinian civil negotiations for the Israeli Ministry of Defence.
Tirza insisted that Israel “does not want
to rule the Palestinians. We are offering the
solution of two states. If there is one state,
the majority will be Arab and soon it will be
a Jewish-free state…
“We didn’t annex the West Bank, we went
to negotiations. You live in your areas and
we live in ours, and have normal relations…We do not want to take [the Palestinians’] property. If we need [some land]
for security reasons, we will offer compensation,” Tirza told “Mohammed.”
As “Mohammed” pointed out, the security barrier, when completed, will encroach
on about nine per cent of Palestinian territory, cutting 22 kilometres deep into the
West Bank at certain points.
Tirza recalled that the Labour government of Ehud Barak, which preceded Sharon, did not want to build a barrier, even after the second intifadah was launched.
Instead, it blocked all roads between the
West Bank and Israel and set up 14 checkpoints. “That was like putting gates in the
desert,” Tirza said. “They were easy to bypass.
“The government then sent the army to
catch the terrorist leaders. In less than two
weeks, more than 100 leaders were caught,
but it didn’t help…Next morning there
were two new leaders,” he said.
“Then the government said [to] hit the
labs where explosives are made. We got
over 300 labs, but it didn’t help because you
can make explosives in your own kitchen.”
By 2002, terrorism had reached such a
level that the streets of Israel were filled
with soldiers and police, and the public
was demanding something more be done,
he said. Sharon asked Tirza to put a barrier
up as fast as possible.
“People were very, very nervous. Every
90 minutes there was some attack. In one
month alone, 139 civilians were killed.”
Still, the idea of building a barrier around
the West Bank was not wholeheartedly
supported in Israel, he said.
Among Palestinians, the resistance was
both violent and legal, notably going to the
International Court at The Hague.
Israel’s Supreme Court, under president
Aharon Barak, agreed to hear appeals from
the Palestinians, and 124 petitions were
filed.
“There’s not another state in the world
where a non-citizen can apply to a court.
Barak sat on the bench for every one of the
124 cases, and I had to defend each one,”
Tirza said.
“I’m not a lawyer, but I lost only five
cases.”
Tirza said the route of the barrier does
cut into the West Bank, in three places past
the Green Line, including the Jewish settlement of Gush Etzion.
“But it is not a political boundary. In the
end, when there is a final agreed line, it will
be changed in a lot of places,” Tirza said. “I
promise that.”
The push for peace has to come from the
people, Israelis and Palestinians, not from
governments, he said. “We have to tell our
leaders to sit together with the Palestinians
and not get out of the room until there is
an agreement. I hope my children do not
have to fight the Palestinians. I want to be
the one to take the first stone [off the wall]
in Jerusalem.” n
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THE CANADIAN JEWISH NEWS
NOVEMBER 6, 2014
Muslims must save Islam from Islamists
Gil Troy
A
fter the horrific terrorist attacks in Ottawa and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu,
against a backdrop of Islamic State (IS or
ISIS) both beheading and recruiting westerners, York University’s Ahmadiyya Muslim
Student’s Association (AMSA) has launched
a Stop the CrISIS campaign. Jari Quadrat,
AMSA’s president, noting that a York student was killed while fighting with ISIS, said,
“We’d like to end it at that, and ensure that
no more Canadian youth have any thoughts
of radicalization from this day onwards.”
I applaud AMSA’s move as well as Quadrat’s statement saying AMSA “wholeheartedly condemns the killings by both Martin
Rouleau, 25-year old radicalized Muslim
in Quebec, and Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the
32-year-old Muslim convert in Ottawa.”
But it would have been more impressive if
AMSA had also condemned the killing of
three-month-old Chaya Zissel Braun and
22-year-old Karen Yemima Muscara at the
Jerusalem light rail station by another “radicalized Muslim” the same week.
The acts are not disconnected. Islamism is
the noxious thread here. It links these incidents spread over thousands of kilometres
in Syria, Israel, and Canada to 9/11, 7/7,
Hamas suicide bombings, and many other
recent abominations that are part of the
“CrISIS.”
Unfortunately, such boldness rarely happens on campuses today regarding Israel
and Palestine. Israel has been so vilified,
so caricatured, that rational conversation
is rare, especially, I regret to say, in Muslim
student organizations like AMSA. York, in
particular, has been a hotbed of hostility
toward Israel, hosting an annual week-long
hate-fest making the libellous, ahistorical,
invidious comparison between South Africa
and Israel. Any campaign against “thoughts
of radicalization” will only succeed if it
tackles all radicalization, including the radicalized demonization of Israel.
Let me be clear: I’m not proposing that
Quadrat and AMSA support Israel in any
way. But condemning only some radical-
ism, only some terrorism, only some Islamism is morally sloppy and politically inept.
It risks making “Stop the CrISIS” a false and
obvious damage control gesture rather than
a courageous educational and ideological
move to tackle a serious problem throughout the Muslim world.
Support for Palestinian terrorism and radicalism often functions as the gateway drug
of the Islamist movement. U.S. Secretary
of State John Kerry sounded like a foolish
dupe when he echoed Arab leaders’ claims
blaming Israel for ISIS. But the toxic dynamics around the Israel-Palestine question,
whereby wild lies are accepted as the gospel
truth, hysteria trumps reason, radicalism is
rationalized, the West and Israel are demonized, and terrorism is justified, all make the
work of ISIS’ Islamist propagandists easier.
The culture of inflammation, incitement,
and rationalized (but irrational) violence
directed toward Israel is contagious. It
spreads and cannot be contained by distinguishing between “good” targets and “bad”
targets.
Quadrat and AMSA have made an important first step in saving Islam from Islamists,
in fighting the radicals that pervert their
religion, hijack co-religionists, and sully
their honourable faith’s reputation. But
rooting out radicalism requires ideological
root canal not Aspirin. It requires an honest assessment of where the toxicity comes
from, how the toxicity resonates, and how
one poisonous corner of Muslim political
culture feeds into this broader toxic threat.
Raising people on hatred breeds hatred,
but raising people on passionate political
convictions tempered by civil conflict can
actually breed the kind of love, mutual respect and democratic values necessary for
fighting ISIS.
There are many ways to support the Palestinian cause and condemn Israeli actions.
But for too long the Palestinian national
movement – and much of the Muslim and
Arab worlds – have been so blinded by fury
against the Jewish state that they’ve failed
to see the pathological impact of such rage
on their individual and collective souls.
Hatred hurts the hater. I invite Jari Quadrat,
AMSA and Muslims throughout Canada,
the West, and the world to start exorcising
the demons of demonization and violence
that are ultimately hurting them and many
others around the world. ■
rabbis, adopted an official policy: “Both
male and female candidates must perform
tevillah, immersing in a kosher mikvah, in
the presence of a beit din. The modesty of
a female convert is ensured throughout the
process. The members of the beit din must
witness the convert’s head fully immersed
in the water.”
Ponder this: three men must witness the
immersion of a woman protected from exposure only by a thin cloth that shields her
body by floating above her as she immerses, with a hole for her head. One wrong
move exposes her to the men’s gaze. And
when, as some women report, the fabric
complicates the immersion – either preventing the woman from being in full contact with the water, or causing the rabbis to
doubt that she has done so, she must get
rid of even that covering. Why subject a girl
or woman who wants to join our people to
that kind of sexualized situation?
In what has become the norm for conversions in liberal Jewish North America,
friends and family are invited to listen as
the conversion candidate shares with the
beit din what has brought him or her to
this extraordinary moment. The mikvah
ritual that follows marks the candidate’s
drawing nearer to God and becoming a
part of the Jewish People.
Immersing in the waters of creation
under the supervision of a mikvah attendant of the same sex, the convert utters the
traditional blessings and hears a resounding “Mazel tov!” from the rabbinic panel
who wait in a separate room. Afterward,
the new member of our people receives
blessings and good wishes from the rabbis
and guests.
Surely female converts to Orthodox Judaism deserve the same joyous, respectful,
and spiritually uplifting experience. But in
the growing conversation about conversion, we hear, instead, recollections of feeling shamed, confused and disempowered.
A first step forward is to get the men out
of the mikvah when women are immersing. It is high time for the RCA to overturn
its policy. No male rabbi should be in a
mikvah room when a woman is immersing. Ever. ■
Get the men out of the mikvah
Sara Horowitz and
Rabbi Gilah Langner
T
he more we hear about the sexual
predations of Washington, D.C., Rabbi
Barry Freundel, the sadder and angrier we
grow. In addition to the women victimized
by the violation of the safe and sacred
space of the mikvah, the case makes clear
the particular vulnerability of women
who convert to Judaism under Orthodox
auspices.
In the weeks since the scandalous news
broke, more and more women have come
forward to share their difficult memories
of conversion, especially of ritual immersion in the mikvah. Even after years lived
in religious families and communities, the
women remember their experiences not as
spiritually momentous, but as traumatic
and humiliating. And most of these mem-
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ories are of halachic conversions done by
the book, so to speak, not travestied by
illicit cameras.
In non-Orthodox conversions of female
candidates, male rabbis are never present
at the immersion. They wait in a separate
room, hearing the convert’s blessings and
the female mikvah attendant’s pronouncement “kosher!” – indicating a proper
immersion. Even when the beit din, or
rabbinic court, includes women rabbis,
usually only one accompanies the convert
into the mikvah room. The others, respectful of the convert’s privacy, wait outside.
We thought that Orthodox rabbis, too,
wait outside, relying on what they can hear
and the report of the mikvah attendant.
Especially given the strictures concerning
female modesty that govern Orthodox Judaism, we did not imagine that three men
would literally witness a female convert’s
immersion.
Waiting outside the mikvah room was
once the practice of many rabbis in Orthodox North American conversions. Some
individual rabbis still do so. But in recent
years, the Rabbinical Council of America
(RCA), representing modern Orthodox
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The first Jewish Liberal-Conservative
Michael Taube
I
t’s amusing to watch some Jewish Liberals tie themselves into knots as they try to
explain the community’s massive shift to
the Conservatives.
Here’s a recent example. Zach Paikin
wrote on cjnews.com, “Privately or publicly, explicitly or implicitly, at some point,
somebody Jewish has told you that he or
she only votes based on one issue, and
that’s ‘who’s best for Israel.’” He claimed
he’s heard this “several times,” including
from a “life-long socialist” who voted for
Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2011
because she felt “the Liberals and the NDP
are wishy-washy on Israel.”
Paikin’s friend is right, but that’s beside
the point. The young Liberal commentator
is unwilling to accept the fact (or remains
in denial, like many other members of his
political brood) that the vast majority of
Jews who vote Conservative are doing it
for reasons other than Israel. They believe
in smaller government, lower taxes, fiscal
prudence, increased privatization, trade
liberalization and a strong foreign policy
worldwide.
Tiresome left-wing fulminations that
Jews overwhelmingly support government
intervention, universal health care, the
welfare state, and UN peacekeeping missions (among other things) are entering the
dustbin of history. Liberals can deny this
political transformation until they’re blue
in the face – or, in this case, red. Shouting it
from the rooftops doesn’t make it so.
Wait, it gets better.
“According to the Prophet Isaiah,” wrote
Paikin, “we are supposed to act as a light
unto the nations. In the Canadian context,
this can be interpreted to mean that we
should serve as an example for other communities to follow.” Hence, this “steady
abandonment of our broader commitment
to building Canada is most certainly not
that.”
In other words, biblical canon – written
long before the advent of the modern
political party system – apparently com-
pels Jews to act, support, defend ideas and
presumably vote in a particular fashion.
Oh, and build a Canada in the most liberal
of visions.
Following this logic, no Jew, Christian or
Muslim should ever vote for a right-leaning
party in any country. It’s all been accounted for in the religious texts, after all.
In fairness, Paikin’s position isn’t unique
among Canadian Liberals. Our modern
political process is rather polarized, meaning that fierce defences of ideological positions are rather commonplace. Although
I’ve been critical of the federal Tories for
not being fiscally conservative enough, I’m
certainly no better.
Then again, neither was Henry Nathan,
Jr., Canada’s first Jewish Liberal-Conservative politician. Nathan, a merchant in Victoria, B.C., was appointed to the House of
Commons during its first session on Nov.
24, 1871. This was just after his province
had joined Confederation. He also became
the first Jew elected to our Parliament the
following year and would sit until 1874.
In both instances, Nathan was elected
under the Liberal party banner. Yet all B.C.
politicians were theoretically aligned with
Prime Minister John A. Macdonald and the
Conservatives – or, as they were also called,
the Liberal-Conservatives.
Historian Abraham Arnold wrote in the
1971-72 volume of MHS Transactions that
“Henry Nathan was recorded as a Liberal.”
When he examined “his private letters to
his political mentor Dr. Helmcken,” it was
clear Nathan had “played a conservative
role and refused to support the Liberal
government of Alexander Mackenzie when
Macdonald was defeated in 1873.”
Indeed, the traditional Liberal and Conservative parties were very different than
today’s versions. Nathan’s support for the
Tories was likely motivated by personal
and political reasons, too.
Why do I bring up this historical fact?
To make this point: Jewish Liberals enjoy
discussing the historic ties between the
community and their political party. Yet
Canada’s first Jewish politician, a Liberal,
was a strong supporter of Canada’s first
Conservative government.
Ergo, did this political shift suddenly
occur with the Harper Tories, or has it been
going on since Macdonald’s time? You
decide. n
The dignity Holocaust survivors deserve
Dov Harris
I
t is surely a blessing to have been born
a Jew, to relish a time in our history
when we flourish as never before and
reap the benefits of a resurgent people.
But not everyone. There are Jews whose
birth made them a target for bestial
persecution, who survived the Shoah but
could not prevail over their past. Many
of them have lived their lives since the
Holocaust sunk in poverty.
As matters stand now, save for a few remarkable individuals and organizations
in our communities, the vast majority
of us are ignorant of the destitute Holocaust survivors who live in our midst.
We visit Yad Vashem, commemorate Yom
Hashoah and yet never give a thought to
visit a destitute victim of Nazi depravity.
Moreover, tens of thousands of Holocaust
victims from the former Soviet Union
(FSU) hardly figure on our radar, as
though the Iron Curtain was never lifted
We have launched highly successful
campaigns to assist and support our
fellow Jews. And yet, the plight of the
poor survivor is rarely promoted as a
central feature of our fundraising campaigns. It begs the question: why the
difference? Could it be for the subversive
reason that impoverished survivors embarrass us by their presence, to the point
where we simply look the other way?
Many survivors of the Shoah have
escaped the horrors of the past to build
splendid lives. They instil a sense of pride
even awe. The destitute survivor, on the
other hand, is a depressing sight, an unheroic figure whose shadow falls across
our self-image, the very antithesis of how
we see ourselves as a renascent people.
This same mindset stalked survivors in
the early years of the State of Israel. Some
of them felt as though they were seen as
nothing more than sheep who went to
the slaughter. They experienced contempt, and they remained silent.
The Joint Distribution Committee,
which has done outstanding work help-
ing destitute survivors, receives about 1.5
per cent annually from funds raised in
annual UJA and CJA campaigns to assist
the welfare of Holocaust victims in the
FSU. Considering the dire state of these
people, this meagre allocation should
perplex everyone.
We’re at a juncture where we can
choose to either continue with the
status quo or take action. It’s a decision
we must make following the seismic
change of policy toward the destitute
survivor made in Israel on Holocaust
Memorial Day this year, when the Knesset approved an increase of 1 billion
shekels ($300 million Cdn) each year to
aid destitute Nazi victims. This did not
happen in a vacuum – the sheer weight
of the financial hardships facing survivors was conclusively set out in a survey
published by the Foundation for the
Benefit of Holocaust Victims in Israel on
the same day.
One survivor dies every 45 minutes,
more than 1,000 every month, and
some 13,000 every year. Their average
age is 85. Of the approximately 193,000
survivors currently in Israel, 50,000 live
below the poverty line, some in extreme
conditions. Over the past two years,
one-in-five survivors has been forced to
choose between buying food and buying
medication. In the FSU, the situation is
even worse.
Israel is acting at last in a manner that
brings credit to the Jewish state, but it
can’t do so on a global scale. Faced with
the evidence, dare we turn away from
doing our share?
With a superb record of rescue, the
Canadian Jewish community is well
positioned to initiate a global emergency
campaign for Holocaust victims in the
FSU. Every hour is a lost opportunity to
make a precious connection.
We must recognize the survivors as our
brothers and sisters, and see ourselves
as their keepers. Doing so will not only
accord them the dignity they deserve, it
will mark the beginning of a journey to
retrieve our own. n
Dov Harris, now retired, is the former
director of financial resource development
in regional communities for United Israel
Appeal – Canada.
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Israël est-il aussi en guerre contre l’État Islamique?
Elias Levy
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“Les Israéliens doivent éviter à tout prix
d’être entraînés dans la rude guerre que
les puissances occidentales et leurs Alliés
arabes sunnites mènent contre l’État Islamique -appelé en arabe Daesch. Ce conflit
intercivilisationnel est avant tout un grave
problème qui concerne non pas Israël mais
le monde entier. Israël doit déjà composer
quotidiennement avec de grandes menaces.
Les Israéliens sont contraints de se battre simultanément sur plusieurs fronts contre des
ennemis impitoyables qui veulent rayer Israël de la carte du Moyen-Orient: le Hamas,
le Hezbollah, les miliciens du Front Al-Nosral, une Organisation djihadiste concurrente
de l’État Islamique ayant fait allégeance à
Al-Qaïda, qui contrôle désormais la partie
syrienne du plateau du Golan…”
Un des meilleurs spécialistes israéliens du
monde arabe et des questions géopolitiques
du Moyen-Orient, le réputé Historien et Politologue Uzi Rabi, Directeur du prestigieux
Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and
African Studies -Centre Moshé Dayan pour
les Études sur le Moyen-Orient et l’Afriquede l’Université de Tel-Aviv, est catégorique
lorsqu’il nous livre ses réflexions sur la
guerre qui fait rage actuellement entre la
Coalition internationale réunie autour des
États-Unis, dont font partie plusieurs pays
et monarchies arabes sunnites, et l’État Islamique: “Cette guerre ne concerne pas en
premier lieu Israël mais le monde occidental et les pays arabes sunnites modérés.”
Nous avons interviewé le Professeur Uzi
Rabi lors de son passage éclair à Montréal,
où il a été invité par les Amis Canadiens de
l’Université de Tel-Aviv.
Né en Israël au sein d’une famille juive
originaire d’Irak, Uzi Rabi est un Arabisant
renommé -il parle couramment l’arabe.
Professeur au Département d’Histoire de
l’Université de Tel-Aviv depuis 1995, Uzi Rabi
est l’auteur de nombreux livres sur l’Histoire
des pays du Golfe persique; l’Histoire des
relations entre l’Iran et les pays arabes; les
relations entre les Chiites et les Sunnites ;
les rapports entre la Russie et l’Iran depuis
l’implosion de l’Union Soviétique…
Uzi Rabi briefe régulièrement les leaders
politiques israéliens et internationaux sur
l’évolution de la situation géopolitique dans
les pays en guerre du Moyen-Orient.
Un des principaux objectifs de l’État
Islamique n’est-il pas d’instaurer un grand
Califat islamique, qui s’étendra du Jourdain
à la Méditerranée, après avoir annihilé l’État
d’Israël?
“C’est vrai, reconnaît Uzi Rabi. Les pratiques barbares des miliciens maladivement
antisémites de l’État Islamique s’inspirent
de l’assassinat de 800 Juifs de Médine par
le Prophète Mahomet en l’an 627. Mais,
sur un plan stratégique, Israël doit absolument éviter de s’empêtrer dans une guerre
qui ne le concerne pas. Israël n’a rien à voir
avec les guerres fratricides qui sévissent
actuelle­ment en Syrie et en Irak. Ces conflagrations sont la résultante d’un grand
conflit sectaire entre Chiites et Sunnites.
Des carnages sanglants au cours desquels
quelque 300 000 civils syriens et irakiens ont
été massacrés impunément.”
Par ailleurs, une participation militaire
d’Israël à la Coalition internationale luttant
contre l’État Islamique est “totalement exclue” parce que les pays arabes membres
de celle-ci refuseront que leurs soldats
combattent aux côtés de soldats israéliens
contre des miliciens arabes sunnites, rappelle Uzi Rabi.
“Dans cette guerre contre l’État Islamique,
Israël devrait se limiter à fournir des renseignements militaires à ses Alliés occidentaux”,
estime le Directeur du Moshe Dayan Center
for Middle Eastern and African Studies.
La stratégie tablant sur des “frappes aériennes intensives”, favorisée jusqu’ici par les
États occidentaux et leurs Alliés arabes pour
endiguer les “avancées fulgurantes” de l’État
Islamique sur les territoires syrien et irakien,
ne parviendra pas à contrecarrer les “desseins géopolitiques diaboliques” d’Abou
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“Les attaques aériennes très ciblées pourront affaiblir momentanément les troupes
de l’État Islamique mais ne pourront jamais
éradiquer celui-ci. On peut détruire un État,
mais on ne peut pas venir à bout d’une idéolo­
gie sectaire comme celle de l’État Islamique.”
D’après Uzi Rabi, les stratèges de l’État
Islamique se sont fixé deux objectifs de taille
qu’ils sont en train d’atteindre: 1-Encourager un maximum de jeunes Musulmans
vivant dans les pays occidentaux à adhérer
à l’idéologie radicale djihadiste prônée par
les hérauts de l’État Islamique. 2-S’assurer
que ces jeunes djihadistes fanatisés commettront des attentats terroristes dans les
pays dont ils sont citoyens: les États-Unis, la
France, l’Angleterre, le Canada, l’Australie…
Les miliciens de l’État Islamique uti­lisent
le même Modus operandi que celui employé
par les miliciens du Hamas durant leurs
guerres contre Israël: utiliser des “boucliers
humains” en s’abritant pendant les combats derrière des civils, enfants, femmes,
vieillards, rappelle Uzi Rabi.
“Le Hamas et l’État Islamique pratiquent
la même politique suicidaire de survie:
prendre en otage la population civile vivant
dans les régions sous la houlette des ces
deux Organisations terroristes et s’assurer
qu’il y ait un maxi­mum de civils tués par les
forces militaires israéliennes ou occidentales pour accroître leur “aura” auprès des
peuples arabo-musulmans.”
D’après Uzi Rabi, la Coalition internationale en guerre contre l’État Islamique ne
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aux abords de Gaza des forces militaires
conventionnelles.
“Pour surprendre le Hamas, Israël aurait
dû envoyer des Forces militaires spéciales
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fondamentaliste islamiste. Ces Alliances
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At 95, Baruch Cohen still a CIJR stalwart
Janice Arnold
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At 95, Baruch Cohen still comes in almost
every day to the downtown office of the
Canadian Institute for Jewish Research
(CIJR) and puts in several hours poring
over the latest news and opinions on the
Middle East and the Jewish world.
He’s had the same routine for 27 years,
ever since CIJR was founded, and he
continues to hold the title of (volunteer)
research director. His greatest delight is
working with young people and, despite
the seven-decade age gap, they are captivated by his gentle, wise counsel.
CIJR members and friends gathered at
the Chevra Kadisha synagogue last week
to celebrate Cohen’s landmark birthday.
The institute’s founder and director
Frederick Krantz, said the modest Cohen,
who shuns accolades, is a “Hebraic hero.”
“He’s usually there when I come in and
still there when I leave,” Krantz said of
the man he calls a role model in the best
sense of the term for his moral courage
and intellectual rigour.
“His life has been one of commitment
to truth and authenticity… He found his
milieu in the institute and is known all
over the world today for his articles in
our publications,” as well as his poetry.
After defending the Jewish People as a
whole, Cohen’s most ardent mission has
been bringing to light the enormity of the
Holocaust in his native Romania and that
country’s history of anti-Semitism.
To mark his birthday, Cohen’s writings
are to be published in a book, edited by
Joyce Rappaport, a CIJR board member and professional editor of scholarly
works.
Krantz, a Concordia University professor, recalled how he discovered Cohen,
who settled in Montreal after living in
Israel with his wife of now almost 71
years, Sonia, and their daughter, Malka
(Monica).
The first intifadah was raging, and Krantz was incensed by what he viewed as
media bias against Israel. “The Palestinians had become Jews, and the Jews had
become Nazis, something we face once
again today.”
He noticed incisive letters to the editor
in the Gazette signed by Cohen, and
traced him and asked to meet with him.
Cohen had recently retired from work
Baruch Cohen prepares to cut his birthday
cake. Janice Arnold photo
as a financial officer in a large company,
and was pursuing a master’s degree in Ju-
daic studies at Concordia.
Krantz invited him to join a small
group, mostly of academics, that would
form CIJR, holding its first meetings in
Krantz’s basement. They began writing
articles for the media and speaking in
synagogues in defence of Israel, feeling
the organized Jewish community was
not doing enough to counter Israel’s detractors.
Today, Krantz describes CIJR as “the
only independent, pro-Israel, academic
think tank in Canada,” with affiliates in
Israel and the United States.
“All this would not have been possible
without Baruch,” Krantz said, because of
his steady guidance.
Cohen’s most cherished legacy is establishing an annual commemoration of the
Romanian Holocaust, which has been
held over the past 20 years in different
synagogues.
From the start, Cohen ensured that
the participation of young people, from
high school age on, both Jewish and
non-Jewish, formed an integral part of
the program.
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In recent years, he has gradually ceded
the organization of that event to the new
generation, first under the chairmanship
of Jaclyn Leebosh when she was in university.
This year’s commemoration, Nov. 16 at
Congregation Tifereth Beth David Jerusalem at 10:30 a.m., is entirely run by young
people on a volunteer basis.
Co-chair David Anidjar, 22, a McGill
University student, said Cohen inspired
him and fellow co-chair Rivkah Azoulay
to carry on this mission, even though
neither has any personal connection to
the Romanian Holocaust and are, in fact,
Sephardi.
While at Herzliah High School, Anidjar
was “recruited” to be one of the readers
of poetry – an integral part of every commemoration – not really knowing what
he was getting into.
“I got to know Baruch, and a relationship developed, and got to know about
what happened in Romania, which is not
well known, though hundreds of thousands of Jews were killed – by their own
government.
“The responsibility to remember that
should be for all of us, not just those with
family that was affected.”
Poetry, much of it by Romanian survivors, will again be included, along with the
projection of their art, to illustrate that
creativity was not extinguished by what
they endured, Anidjar said.
Even though Leebosh now lives in Toronto, Anidjar said she has taken an interest in the organization of this year’s
commemoration and will be attending.
That, too, is due to the influence Cohen
had on her when she was still a teenager.
To salute Cohen’s contribution, CIJR is
establishing more student internships in
his and his wife’s name to enable young
people to continue to learn from “this
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The 2014 J.I. Segal Awards for excellence
in writing, both fiction and non-fiction, as
well as in film on Jewish themes, in most
cases by Canadians, will be presented at a
gala ceremony at the Jewish Public Library
on Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
This year’s winners are:
• Mona Elaine Adilman, English Fiction
and Poetry Award: The Crooked Maid by
Dan Vyleta
• Shulamis Yelin, French Literature Award:
Vieillesse et Engendrements by Perla Serfaty Garzon
• Rosa and the late David Finestone, Canadian Jewish Studies Award for Best Book
in English or French: Joe Salsberg: A Life of
Commitment by Gerald Tulchinsky
• Dr. Hirsch & Dvora Rosenfeld Award for
Yiddish & Hebrew Literature: Lamed-Vovnikes Fun Mayn Zikorn by Boris Sandler
• Translation Award for a book: The First
Jews in North America: The Extraordinary Story of the Hart Family 1760-1860 by
Denis Vaugeois, translated by Käthe Roth
• Sara and Irwin Tauben, English Non-Fiction Award: Moynihan’s Moment: America’s
Fight Against Zionism as Racism by Gil Troy
• Michael Moskovitz Award for a Film:
Beautifully Broken by Vladimir Kabelik
Denis Vaugeois, whose history of the first
Jewish family in Quebec earned a J.I. Segal
Award for translator Käthe Roth.
• Azrieli Institute Award for Best Book in
Israel Studies in English or French: Israel:
A History by Anita Shapira
The Yaacov Zipper Award in Jewish Education was not awarded this year.
These awards, which are bestowed biennially, were established in 1968 to honour the memory of the Canadian Yiddish
poet. This year’s gala commemorates the
60th anniversary of J.I. Segal’s passing.
There will be a champagne reception at 7
p.m. and refreshments will be served after
the ceremony. Books and videos will be on
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Maidy Teitelbaum unveils
20th Cinémania festival
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Maidy Teitelbaum could never have imagined when she launched Cinémania in
1995 with a few movies from France at the
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts auditorium
that she would today be at the helm of its
20th edition.
Those were grim days in Quebec: the
first Cinémania opened less than a month
after the bitter referendum on sovereignty.
Teitelbaum was also the unlikely initiator
of such a project. An anglophone Jewish
Montrealer with a less than perfect command of French, she had no film background, other than having long enjoyed
going to French movies. She was inspired
by a small French film festival in Sarasota,
Fla., and wondered why there was no festival like it in Quebec.
To make the films accessible to as many
people as possible, all Cinémania’s offerings were subtitled in English from the
start.
She hoped francophones and anglophones could be brought together during
this divisive time when Quebec had come
within a percentage point of separating, to
enjoy a common interest in good, recent
movies, mostly from France.
The 20th edition of Cinémania, which
opens today and continues until Nov. 16
at the sumptuous Imperial Cinema (except for a Lambert Wilson retrospective at
the Cinémathèque Québécoise), boasts its
largest lineup ever: 55 films – 33 of them
Quebec, Canadian or, in the case of seven,
North American premieres. Three films
were in official competition at Cannes this
summer.
Teitelbaum, who works with a small
professional staff, remains committed to
showcasing the work of first-time directors and emerging actors, as well as the
established. She personally screens about
200 films a year before a selection is made.
“Frequently, the films open on
Cinémania’s screen even before they open
in France or Belgium,” she said. “We have
evolved into one of the most sought after
venues to launch [foreign] French-language films.”
Teitelbaum, a diminutive grandmother
who always wears black and her trademark over-sized glasses, has been feted by
the French: in 2006, she was recognized
with the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et
des Lettres by the French government,
among other citations for her work in advancing French cinema.
Although not by design, Cinémania always has a few films with Jewish themes.
The two that stand out this year are The
Maidy Teitelbaum, Cinémania’s founder and
president, and managing director Guilhem
Caillard unveil the 20th edition’s films and
special events. Janice Arnold photo
Jewish Cardinal (Le Métis de Dieu) and Diplomacy (Diplomatie).
Directed by Ilan Duran Cohen, The Jewish Cardinal is inspired by the life of Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger (1926-2007),
the Jewish-born archbishop of Paris, who
always insisted that he remained Jewish
despite having adopted the Catholic faith.
Diplomacy, being shown for the first
time in Canada, is what Teitelbaum hails
as a masterpiece by veteran director Volker
Schlöndorff.
Set at the Hôtel Meurice over Aug. 24 and
25, 1944, this intense drama imagines German General Dietrich von Choltitz (Niels
Arestrup), Nazi governor of Paris, as he
prepares to execute Hitler’s order to destroy the French capital in advance of the
approach of the Allied armies.
Swedish consul Raoul Nordling (André
Dussollier) must use all his diplomatic
skills to try and convince the career officer
to disobey the Führer’s command.
As part of the 20th anniversary celebration, films that have won the people’s
choice prize, the Mel Hoppenheim Audience Award, since 1998 are being reprised.
One of the most popular was the 2005
winner: Live and Become (Va, Vis et Deviens) by Radu Mihaileanu. It is inspired by
Israel’s daring airlift rescue of thousands of
starving Ethiopian Jews in 1984 from refugee camps in Sudan.
In the confusion, a Christian mother of a
nine-year-old boy seizes the opportunity
to save his life and claims that he is Jewish. The heartwarming movie follows his
adaptation to his new homeland.
A photo exhibition of highlights of
Cinémania’s two decades is on view at the
Sofitel Montreal Golden Mile Hotel, the
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Brinckman, director of the MAB-Mackay Foundation at the unveiling of his sculpture
Maximus. Janice Arnold photo
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Harry Rosen scored a hat trick this fall in
his quest to brighten the lives of people
through his art and leave a lasting legacy.
The 85-year-old dentist and McGill University professor had three more of his
colossal sculptures of triumphant human
figures installed at three very different institutions around Montreal.
He donated the bronze works to Mount
Sinai Hospital in Côte St. Luc, the Montreal Heart Institute in Rosemont, and the
MAB-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre in
Notre-Dame-de-Grâce.
As usual, they are intended to inspire.
The Mount Sinai’s three-metre high To
the Summit and Beyond is a climbing figure with an arm extending heavenward. La
Connexion at the Heart Institute depicts two
androgynous figures leaning into each other,
suggesting our mutual dependence, while
they pump their fists, and the MAB-Mackay’s
Maximus is a youth with arms raised.
MAB-Mackay, the most recent recipient, serves children and teens with motor
or communication difficulties, as well as
people of all ages with hearing and visual
impairments. Nine-year-old Ainsley Rowcliffe had the honour of unveiling Maximus, which bears the inscription “Where
there’s a will, there’s a way.”
This makes a total of eight of Rosen’s
trademark sculptures that have been
erected since 2008, beginning with the
Montreal Children’s Hospital, followed by
the Jewish General Hospital’s Lady Davis
Institute, the Segal Centre for Performing
Arts, the YM-YWHA and the Westmount
YMCA.
At the MAB-Mackay dedication, representatives of those eight institutions gathered to pay tribute to Rosen, who has no
intention of stopping anytime soon.
The sculptures are not commissioned;
he just continues to make them and then
tries to find an institution – or, as he prefers, “ a soulmate” – that will accept them
as a gift. His only condition is that they are
displayed outdoors and in a place where
the maximum number of people can see
them.
It’s not hubris that drives him, but a belief in the ability of public art to contribute
to the betterment of society.
“Public art is a real responsibility that I
take seriously,” he said. “Whoever goes by
a sculpture becomes an art critic.”
Concordia University’s public art specialist and historian Clarence Epstein said
Rosen’s work has become a brand denoting the blending of philanthropy, humanity and art. “Harry has a vision, and he is
not easily dissuaded… To have eight works
put up in such a short time is remarkable.”
Although these most recent works are
cast in bronze, stone has been and remains Rosen’s favoured medium. Rendered in a patina that resembles stone,
the latest trio are in the same style as his
stone works, which are composed of many
thin layers of sedimentary stone, painstakingly ground into shape and carefully
positioned.
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Sculptures carry a message
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Rosen has been working with heavy,
hard materials from the earth for 50 years.
It began after he and wife, Delores,
bought a country home in the Laurentians, and he had to remove rocks to make
a beach for his three children. Then he was
building walls and terraces, even an amphitheatre.
Gradually, as he heaved and manoeuvred those rocks, his attitude changed. He
saw their beauty and artistic potential.
“As I grew older, I moved from the functional to the esthetic,” said Rosen, who
calls creating with such formidable material his “mishegas.”
Rosen is a prosthodonist, a specialist in
restoring teeth, which requires building
skills and a dexterity that he has been able
to transfer to a much bigger tableau.
Not only does he work alone in making
the sculptures, he also oversees the all-important task of designing and constructing
their foundations, usually with a team of
volunteer professionals and tradespeople.
“We dentists always talk about permanence
and perfection,” he said. “In truth, there is no
such thing, but we can come close.”
The MAB-Mackay location seemed destined for a Rosen sculpture. In the middle
of the parking lot, a large rock, apparently an outcropping that could not be re-
moved, jutted up. Rosen just levelled it off
and a pedestal emerged.
David Stenason, chair of the MABMackay Foundation, said Maximus is being enjoyed by clients, their families and
the staff, and is an attractive centrepiece
in what was an expanse of asphalt.
Rosen has never shirked from the heavy
lifting and works in all kinds of weather.
“One day [at Mount Sinai], a guy stopped
and was watching me work – I was dressed
like a labourer. Finally, he comes up and
says, ‘Can I ask you a question? Who is your
boss, making an old man like you work so
hard?’’’ Rosen chuckles at the memory.
The Heart Institute’s acceptance of his work
has been particularly gratifying for Rosen because it is the first francophone recipient.
Quebec Culture and Communications
Minister Hélène David was a guest speaker
at the dedication of La Connexion, saying
the sculpture conveys the humanitarian
spirit of the founder 60 years ago of the
Heart Institute, her father, Dr. Paul David,
a pioneering cardiologist. The inscription
on the nameplate is “L’un pour l’autre.”
Rosen sums his mission up this way: “It’s
one thing to be creative – most people are
– and another to have a vehicle for that
creativity. I’m grateful and lucky I found
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Hommage à Amin Meleika, Consul général d’Égypte
Elias Levy
[email protected]
Les membres de l’Association des Juifs
originaires d’Égypte (A.J.O.E.), Regroupe­
ment affilié à la Communauté Sépharade
Unifiée du Québec, ont rendu un vibrant
hommage à Amin Meleika, Consul général
d’Égypte à Montréal, qui finira son man­
dat en décembre après avoir représenté
officiellement son pays au Québec pen­
dant quatre ans.
“C’est un très grand ami de la Commun­
auté juive qui nous quittera bientôt. Amin
Meleika est un être exceptionnel qui,
dès son arrivée à Montréal, a tendu cha­
leureusement sa main à la Communauté
juive. Son ouverture d’esprit envers notre
Communauté nous a beaucoup touchés.
Nous le remercions de tout cœur ce soir
pour son support constant. Amin Meleika
nous a apporté à Montréal la chaleur et la
convivialité de l’Égypte, notre pays natal”,
a dit Rose Simon Schwartz, Présidente de
l’A.J.O.E., lors de son allocution.
Le nouveau Consul général d’Israël à
Montréal, pour le Québec et les Prov­
inces Maritimes, Ziv Nevo Kulman, a tenu
à être présent à cette soirée pour rendre
aussi hommage au Consul général Amin
Meleika.
“Je regrette beaucoup d’arriver à Mont­
réal au moment où Amin Meleika s’ap­
prête à quitter cette ville pour retourner
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en Égypte. Mes deux prédécesseurs, les
Consuls généraux Yoram Elron et Joël
Lion, m’ont dit qu’il fallait absolument dès
mon arrivée au Québec que je rencontre
un Consul général égyptien exceptionnel,
Amin Meleika. “Ce sera très dommage
pour vous s’il est déjà parti”, m’ont dit
unanimement Yoram Elron et Joël Lion.
Vous êtes un vrai et grand ami de la Com­
munauté juive de Montréal. C’est grâce à
des diplomates talentueux comme vous
que nous sommes parvenus à maintenir
les relations entre Israël et l’Égypte, qui
ont été parfois compliquées et fragiles”, a
dit le Consul général Ziv Nevo Kulman.
Un proche ami d’Amin Meleika, David
Bensoussan, ancien Président de la Com-
Amin Meleika nous
a apporté à Montréal
la chaleur et la
convivialité de l’Égypte
Rose Simon Schwartz, A.j.O.E.
munauté Sépharade Unifiée du Québec,
Charles Barchechath, Président du Con­
seil d’Administration et animateur de
Radio Shalom, le journaliste égyptien
Suite à la prochaine page
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Amin Meleika un ami de la Communauté juive
Suite de la page précédente
George Saad, animateur de l’Émission de
Radio La Voix d’Égypte, des membres du
Comité Exécutif de l’A.J.O.E., Viviane Silver, Albert Herscovitch -qui s’adressa à
Amin Meleika et aux membres de sa famille en arabe, langue qu’il maîtrise fort
bien-, et Irène Buenavida, Fondatrice et
ex-Présidente de l’A.J.O.E., soulignèrent
dans leurs allocutions respectives les
grandes qualités humaines et les talents
de Diplomate d’Amin Meleika.
Le Consul général d’Égypte adore passionnément le chocolat, une gourmandise incontournable à laquelle il a consacré
un livre, publié en anglais, Cleopatra’s
Chocolate Cake.
David Bensoussan est en train de
traduire en français ce livre qui enhardit
les papilles.
Très honoré par cette soirée hommage que lui ont dédiée les membres de
l’A.J.O.E., Amin Meleika rappela que les
liens d’amitié qui l’unissent à la Commu­
nauté juive de Montréal sont “vigoureux et
très sincères”.
“J’ai toujours joué mes cartes avec une
grande franchise. En Égypte, personne ne
m’a demandé d’établir des relations avec
Amin Meleika (à gauche), Consul général d’Égypte à Montréal, en compagnie du nouveau
Consul général d’Israël à Montréal, Ziv Nevo Kulman.
photo: Roland Harari
la Communauté juive de Montréal et personne non plus ne m’a jamais dit de ne
pas avoir de contacts avec votre Communauté. Depuis mon arrivée, j’ai développé
des liens amicaux, qui sont aujourd’hui
très étroits, avec la Communauté juive de
Montréal. J’ai trouvé à Montréal, notamment dans le cadre des activités organisées
par l’A.J.O.E., des Juifs très attachés à
l’Égypte. Ces Juifs égyptiens, qui perpé­
tuent avec fierté la langue et la culture de
leur pays natal, m’ont permis de me rapprocher aussi de la merveilleuse et très
hospitalière Communauté sépharade de
Mont­réal. Nous partageons tous le même
espoir de paix. En dépit des moments difficiles que traverse le Moyen-Orient, nos
rapports ont toujours été sincères et très
constructifs”, a dit Amin Meleika, qui s’est
adressé à l’assistance présente en français,
en anglais et en arabe.
Très émue, la Fondatrice et ancienne
Présidente de l’A.J.O.E., Irène Buenavida,
évoqua la “relation très fraternelle” qui
unit Amin Meleika à la Communauté
juive de Montréal.
“Ce n’est pas un Consul général qui nous
quitte, mais un frère, dit-elle. Cher Amin,
vous avez été exceptionnel, toujours à nos
côtés, dans les moments de joie et aussi
de tristesse. Vous avez toujours été présent
pour honorer la Communauté juive de
Montréal. Mille fois merci.”
Le Rabbin Schachar Orenstein, leader
spirituel de la Congrégation Spanish &
Portuguese de Montréal, a assisté aussi à
cette soirée hommage au Consul général
Amin Meleika.
La mère d’Amin Meleika, son épouse,
Mona, et sa fille, Sara, étaient aussi présentes à cet événement. n
The Association des Juifs originaires
d’Égypte recently held an evening of
tribute to the consul general of Egypt in
Montreal, Amin Meleika, who will be
returning to Egypt in December.
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NOVEMBER 6, 2014
Irène Buenavida une Bénévole exceptionnelle
Elias Levy
[email protected]
La Congrégation Spanish & Portuguese de Montréal a honoré dernièrement une bénévole remarquable, Irène
Buenavida, au cours du Gala Helwani
Bet Hamidrash organisé chaque année
par cette Institution cultuelle.
Irène Buenavida, qui est membre de
la Congrégation Spanish & Portuguese
depuis une quarantaine d’années, a
été pendant dix ans la Présidente de
l’Association Sisterhood -Sororité (Regroupement de femmes)- de cette
Synagogue.
Cette Communautaire exemplaire et
très dévouée est fortement impliquée
dans des Projets sociaux admirables
visant à améliorer les conditions de vie
de familles nécessiteuses à Montréal et
en Israël.
Née au Caire, Égypte, en 1947, Irène
Buenavida vit à Montréal depuis 1966.
Très soucieuse d’assurer une pérennité à la Culture juive égyptienne, elle
a fondé en 2003 l’Association des Juifs
originaires d’Égypte, un Groupe affilié
à la Communauté Sépharade Unifiée
du Québec (C.S.U.Q.), dont elle a été la
Présidente jusqu’en 2011.
“Depuis de nombreuses années, Irène
Buenavida est une bénévole hors pair,
dévouée et très productive qu’aucun
écueil ne décourage. Dans notre Communauté, elle a été l’organisatrice
d’événements majeurs. Sa dernière initiative, pendant que la guerre faisait
rage en Israël, fut judicieuse et merveilleuse: recueillir des fonds pour offrir un
Barbecue à 400 soldats de Tsahal stationnés aux abords de Gaza et envoyer,
à la veille des Fêtes de Rosh Hashanah
et de Sukkot, 85 paniers d’aliments aux
parents des soldats de Tsahal morts sur
le front et à des jeunes recrues de Tsahal toujours mobilisées. Irène a mené à
La Congrégation
Spanish & Portuguese
a honoré une
Communautaire
remarquable et
très dévouée, Irène
Buenavida
Irène Buenavida
terme ce magnifique Projet de solida­rité
avec Israël avec l’aide d’un groupe de
femmes très dévouées de la Congrégation Spanish & Portuguese. Les Rabbins
disent: “En fonction de l’effort vient
la récompense”. Que le Tout Puissant
bénisse Irène Buenavida et sa famille
et qu’elle continue à être pour nous
tous une source d’inspiration”, nous a
dit le Rabbin Schahar Orenstein, leader
spirituel de la Congrégation Spanish &
Portuguese.
Cet été, dès le déclenchement de la
guerre à Gaza entre Israël et les milices
terroristes du Hamas, Irène Buenavida
se mobilisa avec entrain pour exprimer
son soutien indéfectible au peuple d’Israël.
“Une levée de fonds était essentielle
afin de montrer tangiblement notre
solidarité aux jeunes soldats de Tsahal
cantonnés à la frontière avec Gaza. Mon
devoir m’appelait. Je devais absolument
venir en aide à ma Patrie, Israël. Sans
hésiter un seul instant, j’ai retroussé
mes manches et appelé des membres
de notre Communauté pour qu’ils appuient mon initiative”, raconte Irène
Buenavida.
Elle fit alors appel à son ami Henry
Abikhzer, qui lui répondit avec enthousiasme. Tous les deux s’installèrent
derrière une petite table dans un Centre commercial de Ville Saint-Laurent.
Ils sollicitèrent chaque passant en lui
demandant s’il voulait contribuer finan-
cièrement à la noble cause pour laquelle
ils se démenaient: soutenir Israël aux
prises avec une guerre très rude.
Les montants recueillis allaient de 5$
à 500$. Somme totale recueillie: 6 000 $.
Les fonds amassés ont servi à offrir
un Barbecue à 400 soldats de Tsahal
en service à la frontière avec Gaza et 85
paniers d’aliments, envoyés avant les
Fêtes juives, à des familles endeuillées
qui venaient de perdre leur fils durant la
guerre et à des soldats de Tsahal encore
au front.
“Je suis très reconnaissante et remercie du fond du cœurs tous ceux et celles
qui m’ont fait confiance en appuyant
ce Projet ainsi que la généreuse Communauté juive de Montréal. Un grand
merci à mon époux, Victor, qui se trouvait à ce moment-là en Israël, et qui a
contribué aussi financièrement à notre
Projet, et à mon fils, Ron, qui a fait son
Aliya en 2011, qui a préparé les paniers
de nourriture avec les bénévoles de l’Association L’Hayelim B’ahava -“Merci aux
soldats d’Israël”- de Jérusalem. Je veux
remercier aussi les élèves des Écoles Bialik et J.P.P.S. de Montréal qui ont écrit
des lettres chaleureuses aux soldats de
Tsahal qui ont accompagné les paniers
d’aliments envoyés à ces derniers avant
les Fêtes juives.”
Les soldats et les officiers de l’Unité
Givat stationnée aux abords de Gaza durant la guerre et l’Association L’Hayelim
B’ahava ont envoyé deux Certificats de
remerciements à la Communauté juive
de Montréal et aux membres de la Congrégation Spanish & Portuguese souli­
gnant le “précieux soutien” que ces derniers leur ont prodigué tout au long de la
guerre qu’Israël a été forcé de livrer cet
été aux terroristes du Hamas à Gaza. n
The Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue
recently honoured Irène Buenavida for
her many years of volunteer work.
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Connecting Jewish families across the city is a challenge
Continued from page 8
“Sixty per cent of Jewish kids in Greater
Vancouver don’t go to Jewish camp, supplementary school or day school,” Brodt
says. “Our collective goal should be to go
out and meet these people, wherever they
are, and connect with them, showing them
that we care about them and their kids.”
He’s done precisely that at RJDS, where
losses in recent years have flattened out
and the school now has 90 students. It has
a capacity of 130.
“We have to go out there and make the
school a place where they want to be,”
Brodt says. “Whether you’re a synagogue
or a school, you can’t just open your doors
and expect people to come in anymore.
You have to go out and sell people on what
you do, find out what’s important to them.
This is Western Canada, where the Jewish
community has always had a reputation
for being less connected and less affiliated
than your standard Montreal or Toronto
community.”
The Jewish federation and its partner associations have created several initiatives
to reach Jews in outlying areas. The Jewish Community Foundation just funded
By moving further afield to find affordable places to live, Jews lose easy access to the city’s
Jewish institutions.
East Side Jews so that Jewish families can
come together around Jewish holidays and
for Shabbat. The expanded PJ Library program provides ongoing Jewish education
for families with young kids, even if they’re
not close to a community institution. And
in Richmond, the Richmond Hub opened
last June to bring Jewish social services to
the city. It’s a common office and meeting space where Jewish organizations can
serve their clients without them having to
cross the bridge into Vancouver.
And that bridge, while small in physical
terms, is a massive psychological barrier
for Jews who live on either side of it.
Despite the cost of living in British Columbia, the Jewish population grew 14.2 per
cent between 2001 and 2011, Rivkin says.
“That’s a faster increase than any other city
in Canada, and our population is now at
26,750.”
But there’s also been a growth in the rate
of poverty within the Jewish community, from one in seven to one in six. More
people are coming to the Jewish community for assistance, she notes, whether it’s
camp scholarships, support for JCC memberships or for basic needs.
Rabbi Pacht says he’d love to see Vancouver become a workable place for young
Jewish families. “It may mean changing
people’s mindsets to the idea that it’s OK to
raise a family in a townhouse or apartment,
as opposed to in a single detached home,”
he suggests. As he looks to the future of
the frum community, he suspects growth
will come from within by connecting more
people to Torah and Orthodoxy.
“Vancouver has a very connected community between Orthodox, Conservative,
Reform and unaffiliated Jews, with far
more overlap and interplay between different segments of the community than,
say, in Toronto or New York,” Rabbi Pacht
reflects. “Here, Conservative Jews and
Orthodox rabbis are attending the same
bar mitzvahs, weddings and events. I
think there’s a real thirst for genuine Torah
in the community and, with the right
group of people spearheading outreach,
we can create more and more Orthodox
Jews from the community in Vancouver,
families that may not have grown up frum
but are not averse to growing, and are here
to stay.” n
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NOVEMBER 6, 2014
GUEST VOICE
Ometz helped me embrace my identity
Sarah Cohen
M
y parents got divorced when I was
very young, leaving my mother, sisters and I to fend for ourselves. Although
it was not easy, we did our best for years
until my mother became terminally
ill. When she was a teenager, she was
diagnosed with thyroid problems and
had to undergo therapy. Years later, she
developed serious physical issues as a
side effect of those treatments.
My sisters and I travelled with my
mom to seek out possible treatments,
but after a while it became clear that the
only treatment left for her was palliative.
The sicker my mother became, the more
she turned to religion to find solace and,
in turn, she distanced herself from her
family. It was very emotional for my sisters and me. My mom passed away when
I was 11 years old.
We were immediately put in foster care
and were placed and re-placed numerous times for the next two years. This was
an incredibly turbulent time for us, and
when I turned 13 (and my older sisters
were 15 and 17), we decided to take
care of ourselves, pretending our father
was taking care of us. Seeing as we were
French citizens, the three of us were able
to attend French high school and, later
on, CEGEP on full scholarship.
At 16, my sisters and I were once again
put into emergency foster care. At 18,
I decided to do some volunteer work
overseas to get my mind off our situation.
I needed to be in a different place – both
physically and mentally. I felt like I needed to surround myself with people in a
more dismal situation than the one in
which I found myself. I stayed abroad for
eight months, and when I came back to
Montreal, I was essentially homeless.
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I reached out to Ometz and became a
client of the FIX program, which was
geared toward maximizing the potential
for at risk youth. I then met with Amanda
Keller, a youth team case manager at
Ometz. Amanda was also an alumna
of the foster care system, which really strengthened our connection. She
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We were immediately
put in foster care
and were placed and
re-placed numerous
times for the next two
years.
benevolence. I am truly grateful for
everything she did for me, but perhaps
the most significant was that she encouraged me to attend Concordia University.
This was so important to me because it
reminded me of my mother, who always
maintained that education should be
number 1. Today, I’m studying political
science with a minor in history in hopes
of eventually pursuing law.
Ometz also provided help for my sisters
and me in terms of helping us build our
strengths, learn new skills, find a place
to live, provide us food and help for
tuition and books. One of the programs
I participated in at Ometz led to my
being diagnosed with ADD and work on
treatment and strategies. My sisters and
I also took part in many workshops that
connected us with other young people,
which encouraged us to socialize. It was
through these events that we forged a
bond with the community.
I appreciated Amanda because she
treated me as her equal. She was never
condescending, only supportive and
caring. She helped me overcome many
obstacles in my life, including helping
me deal with my grief over the loss of my
mother, and the emotional trouble I went
through in the foster system. If it wasn’t
for Amanda and Ometz, I would not
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as an orphan, as a Jew, as a student with
ADD, or even simply as a mindful human
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The author of this article is using a
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Ex-Shin Bet chief warns Canada over escalating terror
PAUL LUNGEN
[email protected], TORONTO
Avi Dichter has a message for those who
believe the attack on Parliament by a Muslim extremist was an isolated act, a one-off
unlikely to be repeated.
History proves otherwise, he said. The
first attack on the World Trade Center in
1993 was by a car bomb, which did damage
and caused casualties but didn’t topple the
buildings. The second in 2001 was catastrophic.
Terrorists have a history of escalating their
attacks, going from a small scale to assaults
that are serious and ultimately to those that
are catastrophic. It is the job of security and
police services to ramp up their intelligence
gathering capabilities and defend targets to
ensure the threats remain manageable and
not devastating, he said.
Dichter knows of which he speaks. A
former minister of home front defence in
Israel, he earlier served as director of Shin
Bet, the country’s internal security service.
He was appointed following the assassination of prime minister Yitzhak Rabin.
Dichter was in Toronto last week as a
guest of the Centre for Israel and Jewish
Affairs (CIJA). During his visit, he briefed
select members of the community on the
security situation facing Israel, including
the growth of ISIS as an important regional
player.
Commenting on the terrorist attacks that
saw Islamic extremists run down and kill
Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent in Quebec
and another shoot Cpl. Nathan Cirillo at the
National War Memorial in Ottawa before
entering Parliament, Dichter said it was incredible that a man with a long gun could
enter the legislature unopposed.
There is a basic rule of security, Dichter
explained. “You have to have two rings of
security. The first is intelligence, and because intelligence fails in about 90 per cent
of events, you need a second ring, ground
troops, security barriers.”
Canadian security personnel, in going
over the events of the day, should operate
under the assumption that gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau shot the prime minister
and other MPs.
Once you assume that worst, “the event
should be taken as an anchor to change
dramatically the modus operandi of security of the prime minister, of parliament and
the other dignitaries,” he said.
“When you deal with the event in Ottawa,
it will be a huge mistake to believe the next
Avi Dichter
step will be a little bit more. It can move
from a simple event to a more horrible
event,” Dichter warned.
Canada is not alone in experiencing security lapses that could have been catastrophic. An intruder broke into the White
House and in another incredible security
lapse, an individual with a criminal record
armed with a handgun shared an elevator
with President Barack Obama in Atlanta,
Ga. Dichter said these breaches must be
addressed with the utmost urgency.
Turning to the Middle East, Dichter said
the evolution of the name used by Islamic
extremists in Syria and Iraq indicates how
their strategic goals have changed. They
used to call themselves ISIL, the Islamic
State in Iraq and the Levant. Now they term
themselves the Islamic Caliphate, suggesting they are not content with territorial
limitations.
The group’s military has doubled in size
in just the last year, from 20,000 to 40,000
troops. Air strikes alone will not be sufficient to stop their march across the region,
he said.
Success against ISIS will require a combination of air strikes, ground troops and
effective intelligence. Captured ISIS personnel can give up actionable information,
he said, but “it takes time. It doesn’t happen
in one day.”
“I know ISIS is a group of soldiers and officers who served in Saddam Hussein’s army.
They are professionals who know how to
fight. They have strategy. They have tactics
and their main tool is not three farkakte
aircraft they captured. Their main tool is
enthusiasm.”
No one knows how recent changes in the
region will play out. “We’re barely at the end
of the beginning,” Dichter said. n
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THE CANADIAN JEWISH NEWS
NOVEMBER 6, 2014
COMMENTARY
Remembering an angel of the battlefield
Bernie Farber
W
ith Remembrance Day just around
the corner it behooves us to recall
those within our own community who
served with great courage during World
War II. Heroes came in all shapes and sizes,
and not all carried guns or flew Spitfires.
Those who were part of the Canadian
Field Ambulance Service are a fine example. Very often these angels of the
battlefield undertook to administer to the
medical needs of those wounded in action,
dressing injuries and evacuating soldiers
from the field of battle very often at risk of
their own lives.
Pte. Harold “Red” Fromstein served with
the Black Watch, Canada’s oldest Highland
Regiment. Established in 1862 the Black
Watch, out of Montreal where it still has
its headquarters today, served gallantly in
battles from the time of the Fenian raids
in 1866 through to world wars I and II and
even in modern time where it saw action in
Afghanistan.
Born in Toronto, Pte. Fromstein moved as
a young teenager with his family to Montreal. He and his brothers Lou and Albert
were well known for their athletic abilities
and were active with the Young Men’s Hebrew Association (YMHA) there. When war
broke out in 1939, the three brothers, like
more than 17,000 other young Canadian
Jews (fully 20 per cent of the entire Canadian male Jewish population of the time),
enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces;
Lou with the Canadian First Army, Albert
with the RCAF and Harold with the Royal
Highland Regiment of the Black Watch.
Pte. Fromstein was only 17 years old
when he enlisted in August 1940 but so
anxious was he to see action that he used
his older brother’s name and papers to
enlist.
He saw much action as a stretcher-bearer
with his rifle company. In fact in July 1944
while serving in France he suffered bullet
and fragment wounds. He was treated in a
French medical unit within Nazi held territory and had to remain in hiding till the
American troops captured the area.
A few months later, in February 1945,
Pte. Fromstein found himself in what was
probably one of the fiercest battles near the
end of the war, the Battle of the Hochwald
Gap in Germany. It was an immense tank
battle where the German forces were now
fighting a defensive war for their very survival. Though they knew the war was lost
they were going to make the allies fight for
every inch of the “Fatherland”.
At one point during this ferocious clash, a
number of Canadian tanks and a large part
of a rifle company were trapped and came
under heavy machine gun and mortar fire.
There were many casualties and movement forward was almost impossible.
Pte. Fromstein understood what he had
to do. Oblivious to the gun and mortar fire,
he scurried over to the wounded tending to
their injuries.
Many had to be evacuated and it was up
to Pte. Fromstein to make that happen.
Disregarding his own safety, he organized
the provision of stretchers to evacuate the
gravely wounded. The tortuous path to safety extended over a mile of gun-infested trails
and mortar fire. The heroic actions of Pte.
Fromstein undoubtedly saved their lives.
As a result of his extreme courage under
unspeakable battle conditions, he was
awarded the Military Medal on June 5 1945.
The citation read in part: “This soldier’s
exceptionally courageous acts, which were
Pte. Harold Fromstein Canadian Jewish
Congress National Archives photo
far in excess of his normal duty, definitely
saved the lives of several of his comrades
and not only earned him the admiration
and respect of all ranks of his company but
assisted greatly in maintaining the morale
of his comrades at fighting pitch.”
Canadian Jews fought courageously
for their country in large numbers. Pte.
Harold “Red” Fromstein was among the
1,971 Canadian Jewish soldiers to receive
military honours, more than 10 per cent of
the entire Canadian Jewish fighting force. n
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GUEST VOICE
One of ‘The Greatest Generation’
Ralph Levenstein
M
y father was part of what Tom Brokaw called in his 1999 book of the
same name, “The Greatest Generation.”
These were the men and women who
victoriously fought in World War II, then
returned home and, in Brokaw’s words,
“began the task of rebuilding their lives
and the world they wanted.”
Robert Levenstein (everyone called him
Bob) had a relatively short military career.
He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air
Force in March of 1943 and after training
in Vancouver, Saskatoon and Portage La
Prairie, Man., he went overseas in May
1944. He became a navigator and was
posted to a Lancaster bomber squadron at
the end of February 1945.
Dad’s first operational flight came on
March 22 , but the most eventful mission
of his war came just two days later. On
the day of the massive Allied crossing of
the Rhine, Dad’s plane was hit by enemy
flack and lost an engine but managed to
land safely in friendly territory. The pilot,
Ben Jensen, was awarded a Distinguished
Flying Cross while crew member, Frank
Ridley, received a Distinguished Flying
Medal for his efforts with the onboard fire.
Enemy fighters attacked Dad’s Lancaster six times during a daylight bombing
raid on Hamburg, but caused no damage.
Four more night missions followed before
VE-Day on May 8. Dad’s war ended with
trips to bring back released prisoners of
war, plus bomb disposal jobs before he
returned to Canada in February 1946.
The former Second Class Warrant Officer
became a chartered accountant, married
and raised a family and lived a busy and
worthy life in his native Winnipeg until his
passing in 2008.
In short, Dad’s military career was (compared to many others) relatively uneventful. Unlike his two crew mates, he did
not win any special decorations. He was
not part of such epic Canadian military
operations as D-Day or the liberation of
the Netherlands. He was just one of many
hundreds of thousands of soldiers and
airmen from so many countries who did
their part, no matter how large or small, to
rid the world of a great menace.
Fortunately, Dad came out of this
youthful experience (he was only 21 when
the war ended) pretty much unscathed
mentally and physically. He enjoyed
talking about his experiences and became
a member of both the Wartime Pilots and
Observers Association and the Royal Canadian Legion. He also made a number of
visits with family members to the rebuilt
Lancaster bomber at the Canadian Warplane Museum in Hamilton. None of us
could quite believe anyone could fit into
that small cockpit!
But it was only with his passing that I
began to see how important Dad’s military
service was. This hit home at the cemetery in Winnipeg when members of his
Legion branch requested permission to
play a recording of The Last Post. I still remember reacting very differently to those
trumpet notes than any other time I had
heard them. I also felt it was important to
obtain his military service record from Library and Archives Canada and ensuring
I had ready access to Dad’s brief written
sketch of his military career which forms
the basis of these words I write, along with
a videotaped interview he also sat for.
Therefore, it was with huge pride that
I applied for, and received, the special
Robert Levenstein
bar the Canadian government issued a
few years ago for members of Bomber
Command. And I will be feeling the same
pride when, along with other members of
the family, I will attend the annual Nov. 11
ceremony to honour Dad’s addition to the
Jewish War Veterans Memorial at the Toronto UJA Federation’s Sherman Campus.
Dad did not run around seeking such
recognition during his lifetime, but I know
he would also be proud that he and his
heroic effort won’t be forgotten. n
Ralph Levenstein is a former broadcast
journalist who lives in Thornhill, Ont.
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NOVEMBER 6, 2014
Baird receives Wiesenthal Center’s Award of Valour
PAUL LUNGEN
[email protected], TORONTO
Friends of the Simon Wiesenthal Center
(FSWC) is known for fighting anti-Semitism, educating for tolerance and supporting the State of Israel, so it should
come as no surprise that in a speech in
which he accepted the organization’s
Award of Valour, Foreign Minister John
Baird touched all three bases.
During a visit to Amsterdam, Baird said,
he took the time to visit the Anne Frank
House, the location where Anne, her
family and several other Jews hid behind a
false wall, hoping to escape the Nazis.
Today it’s a museum, but the creak of the
wooden floors reminded him of the danger Anne and the others faced every day.
Anne and the others were caught not long
before liberation, but in walking through
the museum, Baird said he came across an
interesting item Anne had placed on the
wall – a small black-and-white postcard of
Jerusalem.
It “gave her comfort,” said Baird, and
today remains “very powerful.” In signing the museum’s guest book, he noted
the need to fight anti-Semitism in all its
forms, and to an audience of about 250 in
Toronto at the FSWC’s State of the Union
Luncheon last week, he said the targeting
of the individual Jew by anti-Semites has
evolved into targeting the collective Jew, as
represented by the State of Israel.
“Anti-Semitism is beginning to pass the
dinner-table test,” cloaked in references to
Zionism and Israel, he said.
In naming Baird as the FSWC’s Award
of Valour recipient, president and CEO
Avi Benlolo commended the minister for
supporting Israel, standing against anti-Semitism and showing determination
in preserving democracy.
Baird has criticized the UN General Assembly for voting to recognize a Palestinian state. He has also signed the Ottawa
Protocol on Combating Antisemitism and
during his tenure, Canada shut the Iranian
embassy in Ottawa, Benlolo said.
During his address, Baird noted that the
recent terrorist attack in Ottawa has “not
shaken our identity or our resolve one
iota.”
One of the first calls received afterwards
by Prime Minister Stephen Harper was
from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu. Baird concluded by noting
Avi Benlolo, president of FSWC, left, with Foreign Minister John Baird
that Canada and Israel share the values of
freedom, human rights and the rule of law.
Supporting Israel is easy, he said. “We
feel it in our bones.”
Keynote speaker John Bolton, former
U.S. ambassador to the United Nations,
pointed to the attack on Parliament, saying “it’s a signal that the war on terror is far
from over.” He suggested it was an attempt
to break the linkage between the United
States and its allies in confronting ISIS.
“This is not the time for the West to split
apart,” he said.
Bolton, who served at the UN under former president George W. Bush, suggested
the West was losing conviction in its own
values. Its opponents sense that.
He said there are people in the United
States who would like the country to become less assertive, to withdraw from
world affairs, and who feel the world
would be better off if U.S. influence lessened. But developments demonstrate the
opposite, Bolton said. “It’s not our strength
that is provocative. It’s our weakness that’s
provocative.”
Surveying a number of trouble spots,
Bolton said Russia, China, and a number
of countries in the Middle East are either
asserting themselves in ways detrimental
to the West or are descending into chaos.
“If you want a strong America, say so,”
he suggested. “If not, beware of what you
get.”
Others addressing the FSWC luncheon
included Simon Deng, a Sudanese human
rights activist, who was once a child slave.
Children in Sudan can still be bought
for only $10 and despite slavery in that
country and millions dead at the hands of
the Arab government in Khartoum, “the
United Do Nothing Nations” focuses its
attention on condemning Israel, he said.
Deng left the stage with an emotional
appeal for help for the people of South
Sudan. n
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Intervention is demonstrably cheaper and more efficient
Continued FROM page 5
Dieng suggested that UN Security Council members should refrain from exercising their veto in situations that seem to be
heading to atrocity.
While the U.S. administration has taken
the lead in creating the Atrocities Prevention Board, Hudson said it is another matter to prove to a “skeptical” American public that the cost and risk of getting involved
Our failures will
be infinite and our
successes unheard of
in foreign conflicts is worth it.
Hudson said early intervention is demonstrably cheaper and more efficient,
but people are not convinced yet.
Even if they were, it may ultimately be a
thankless task. “As one board member said
to me, ‘Our failures will be infinite and our
successes will be unheard of.’”
On Parliament Hill the day before the
launch, Cotler was presented with the
Raoul Wallenberg Centennial Medal by
the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation for his longstanding commitment
to preserving the Wallenberg legacy, including his advocacy for the prevention
of mass atrocities, as well as for Holocaust
education and political prisoners. House of
Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer, Foreign
Affairs Minister John Baird, Liberal leader
Justin Trudeau, NDP leader Thomas Mulcair and Green Party leader, Elizabeth May
were among the participants. n
Prager left partially paralyzed after bus accident
Continued from page 17
His 2014 TED Talk (a non-profit project
devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the
form of short, powerful speeches,) titled
“In Search of the Man Who Broke My
Neck,” has been viewed almost one million times on the Internet.
When Prager was 19, a devastating bus
accident left him a hemiplegic – paralyzed
on one side of the body. He returned to Is-
rael 20 years later to find the driver who
turned his world upside down. A marvellous storyteller, Prager probes such deep
questions as nature vs. nurture, and identity and self-deception.
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Youth Committee chair and executive
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TBDJ set out to rejuvenate the synagogue
with more programming for young chil-
dren.
Rabbi Eddie Shostak, the new director
of education, said, “With Connect! we
will widen the synagogue doors to allow
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people from all segments of the community connected.”
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INTERNATIONAL
Netanyahu criticized as being risk averse
Ben Sales
JTA, JERUSALEM
An anonymous White House staffer apparently isn’t the only one who thinks
Benjamin Netanyahu is shy about taking
chances.
A piece last week in the Atlantic magazine by journalist Jeffrey Goldberg ignited a firestorm with its revelation that an
Obama administration official had called
the Israeli prime minister “a coward” and
“chickenshit.” But on Netanyahu’s home
turf, Israeli political leaders also have
criticized him as risk averse and focused
solely on his political survival.
Politicians on the Israeli right have
called Netanyahu soft on defence. Those
on the other end of the political spectrum
have described him as inflexible and insincere on Israeli-Palestinian peace.
Rivals deride him as overly focused on
maintaining power.
Israeli Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, chairman of the far-right Jewish
Home party and Netanyahu’s coalition
partner, demanded Oct. 28 that the
Obama administration “immediately
reject these gross comments.” (U.S. Secretary of State has since apologized to
him). But at the end of Israel’s recent war
in Gaza, it was Bennett himself who implicitly criticized Netanyahu as hesitant
in fighting Hamas.
“When you want to beat a terror organization, you defeat it,” he said Aug.
19. “When you hold negotiations with a
terror organization, you get more terror.”
Meanwhile, the Obama administra-
The Israeli public may
grumble, but they
think he’s far and
away the best option
there is out there.
Benjamin Netanyahu
tion’s “red-hot” anger over Netanyahu’s
settlement policies described in Goldberg’s piece is shared with Israeli political
leaders to the left of the prime minister.
Finance Minister Yair Lapid of the centrist Yesh Atid party earlier this week said
that plans to expand settlements “will
lead to a serious crisis in Israel-U.S. relations and will harm Israel’s standing in
the world.”
And Netanyahu’s main rival, opposition
leader Isaac Herzog, delivered a withering 13-minute tirade against the prime
minister Oct. 28 from the Knesset floor
that contained many of the same criticisms as the U.S. officials’ comments.
“There’s a nation here that desires life,
and its life is more important than your
political survival,” said Herzog, chairman of the Labor party. “Six years in a
row you’ve held your position. Six full
years. And what have you brought? How
have you fulfilled your promise? Nothing.
There’s nothing. Not peace, not security,
not economy, not hope.”
Apparently, however, Israelis mostly
don’t seem that upset with Netanyahu, whether they agree with Herzog or
not. However harsh Herzog’s criticisms,
his Labor party consistently polls lower
than Netanyahu’s Likud. Indeed, polls
consistently show Netanyahu to be the
leader that Israelis would be most likely
to re-elect.
And while an Israeli Channel 10 poll
from last week indicated that 45 per cent
of Israelis don’t want Netanyahu to serve
another term, it also showed his party
winning the most seats were an election
to be held now.
“Most people think he has an even
keel,” said Jonathan Rynhold, a senior re-
searcher specializing in U.S.-Israel relations at Bar-Ilan University’s Begin-Sadat
Center for Strategic Studies. “The Israeli
public may grumble, but they think he’s
far and away the best option there is out
there.”
Dahlia Scheindlin, an independent
pollster and political analyst, said that
while most Israelis support a two-state
solution, they don’t see Netanyahu’s inaction as the main obstacle to a deal.
“They see the status quo as sustainable,” she said. “They support the idea of
the two-state solution, but absolve Israel
of any responsibility to get there because
they believe the blame for not reaching
that is on the Palestinian side.”
The way Hebrew University political
science professor Gideon Rahat sees it,
Netanyahu is risk averse because he’s trying to appeal to the Israeli political centre
while maintaining right-wing policies.
“Netanyahu doesn’t need to appeal to
the right wing,” he said. “He needs to
worry that he’s in the centre. And if he’s
seen as someone who’s cautious and
moderate, that helps him.”
Even if the U.S. officials’ criticisms resonate with Israelis, Rynhold said Israelis
would likely not side with the Obama administration over their own prime minister.
“For Israelis, it’s a shrug of the shoulders,” he said. “Obama’s standing is very
low with the Israeli public. They don’t
think his policies toward the Middle East
are effective or wise, so harsh criticism
of Netanyahu will have no impact. Those
who don’t like Netanyahu will not like
him anyway.” n
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OPINION
The strange story of the Lancet editor and Israel
Gerald Steinberg
T
he Lancet is one of the most prestigious
medical journals in Britain and the
world, but has also been a major source
of immoral demonization and political
warfare against Israel. Under Dr. Richard
Horton, editor since 1995, it has published
numerous pseudo-scientific articles falsely
accusing Israel of war crimes, including
causing birth defects among Palestinians.
And yet, on Oct. 2, Horton suddenly arrived in Israel as a guest of Haifa’s Rambam
Hospital. Though he has been to Ramallah’s Birzeit University numerous times,
and also to Jerusalem’s Augusta Victoria
Hospital, which serves primarily Palestinians, he never took the short walk to
Hadassah Hospital to meet Israeli doctors
and patients – Jews and Arabs alike.
Horton’s Israel visit was not triggered by
a sudden moral awakening. Instead, he
came under extreme duress, after being
publicly embarrassed for having published
a scurrilous letter during the Gaza war that
repeated the standard anti-Israeli propaganda while erasing 4,560 Hamas rocket
attacks.
More importantly, NGO Monitor’s research team exposed the activities of two of
the primary authors – Dr. Paola Manduca
and Dr. Swee Ang Chai – in promoting
hard core anti-Semitism, including a video
featuring white supremacist David Duke.
Only after this information was featured
in Britain’s Daily Telegraph, Elsevier, the
multinational publisher-owner of the Lancet, responded to the pressure. The naming
and shaming of Horton and the extremist
circle around him compelled him to act,
bringing him to Rambam’s doorstep.
Long before the infamous Gaza letter,
Manduca and Swee Ang were Lancet
regulars. Horton published articles that
they had co-authored, including Manduca’s “birth defects” series. Funding for
one of these studies came from Interpal,
for which Manduca has also raised money.
The United States has designated Interpal
as a terrorist entity “utilized to hide the
flow of money to Hamas.”
At no time did Horton do the necessary
due diligence required of an editor. He did
not question the standard statements by
the authors of the Gaza letter claiming that
they had no conflicts of interest, although
a number are active in anti-Israel NGOs
that exploit medicine for propaganda.
Manduca is with the New Weapons Committee, which has made unsubstantiated
claims that Israel “experimented” with new
weapons on Gazans and Lebanese. Swee
Ang co-founded and remains a leader of
Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP), which
is very active in promoting the Palestinian
political cause.
Horton himself has a clear conflict,
stemming from his central role in the
Lancet-Palestinian Health Alliance, which
meets annually at Birzeit University, largely
to bash Israel. The LPHA was founded by a
group of Palestinian and international researchers that includes Rita Giacaman and
Abdullatif Husseini of Birzeit University as
well as Horton.
During his week of meetings in Israel
and a subsequent editorial in the Lancet,
Horton refused to engage on this history
and his responsibility for the immoral
and hate-filled anti-Israel campaigns. He
acknowledged the obvious – that the Gaza
letter “does not describe the full reality,”
expressed regret at the “unnecessary polarization,” and referred to the anti-Semitic
video as “abhorrent.”
Skeptics see this as a temporary effort to
avoid a major investigation, while Horton’s
Israeli hosts hope for a genuine, if partial,
atonement. Perhaps Horton’s role in the
unethical war against Israel does not reflect
inherent anti-Semitism, but rather overriding ambition and the influence of his social
and intellectual milieu.
Regardless, the pressure must continue
until Horton, the Lancet, and Elsevier (the
publisher) issue clear apologies, retract the
hate-filled articles that were never worthy
of publication, and create mechanisms to
prevent a recurrence.
More broadly, in fighting the unethical
demonization of Israel and the new anti-Semitism, this case demonstrates the
importance of naming and shaming the
perpetrators. By exposing the role of the
Lancet in this unethical behaviour, we have
shown that success is possible. n
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Jerusalem: Netanyahu calls for responsibility and restraint
JTA
Jerusalem
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for “responsibility and restraint”
by lawmakers in Jerusalem and said he
would not change the current arrangements on the Temple Mount.
“Let us not play into the hands of our
extremist enemies. I think that what is
necessary now is to show restraint and to
work together to calm the situation. I ask
that you join me in the effort to maintain
the existing order, let nobody harm it, certainly not our right to go up to the Temple
Mount, but we will not change the arrangements. I also ask that private initiatives be
avoided as well as unbridled statements. At
this time we must show responsibility and
restraint,” Netanyahu said Sunday at the
beginning of the weekly cabinet meeting.
Netanyahu said the government is “committed to the status quo for Jews, Muslims
and Christians” on the Temple Mount,
adding that “it is easy to start a religious
fire, but much more difficult to extinguish
it.”
He said the messages of restraint and
the continuation of the status quo have
Israelis wave the Israeli flag as they participate in a prayer rally for Rabbi Yehuda Glick at
Safra Square in Jerusalem on Nov. 1. Yonatan Sindel Flash90 photo
been passed along to Palestinian Authority
President Mahmoud Abbas, as well as “to
all elements in the area.”
Netanyahu made his remarks as unrest
continued over the weekend at the Temple
Mount and in eastern Jerusalem following
the reopening of the holy site early Friday
morning, after its closure in the wake of an
assassination attempt Oct. 29 of a Temple
Mount activist, Rabbi Yehuda Glick.
Over the weekend, Israel Police arrested
17 suspects involved in disturbances in
Jerusalem, according to the police. Some
111 suspects have been arrested since a
Palestinian man drove his car into a Jerusalem light rail station in northern Jerusalem
10 days ago.
Israeli lawmaker, Moshe Feiglin, visited
the Temple Mount on Sunday morning,
saying he was trying to “shoulder the burden carried until now by our dear friend,
Rabbi Yehuda Glick.
“My visit to the Temple Mount was ‘accompanied’ by tens of Arabs shouting
threats and curses. They feel that they have
nothing to fear. Despite the attempted
murder, Arabs were allowed to pray on the
Temple Mount, while Jews were barred
until today,” Feiglin said in a Facebook post
after visiting the site.
“This morning on the Mount, I was
surrounded by police security, while the
Arabs were free to walk about. That is just
one more way to see who feels at home on
the Mount and who feels like an intruder.
With God’s help, we will change that ‘status
quo,’” he wrote.
Knesset security has assigned a bodyguard to Feiglin due to death threats that
he has received.
Rabbi Glick remains in serious condition
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New conversion bill
passes cabinet vote
Linda Gradstein
Jerusalem
Israel’s cabinet has approved a government
regulation that will reform the conversion
process.
The regulation approved Nov. 2 at the
regular weekly cabinet meeting will have the
force of law. It can, however, be rescinded by
the cabinet as well.
Only one government minister, the Jewish
Home party’s Uri Ariel, who serves as housing minister, voted against the regulation,
the Jerusalem Post reported.
The bill aims to break the monopoly of the
chief rabbinate and allow municipal rabbis
to perform conversions in Israel. It would
make it easier for an estimated 400,000 Israelis, most of them from the former Soviet
Union, to formally convert to Judaism if they
so choose.
Conversion is the only way that most of
these Israeli citizens can get married in Israel. As there is no civil marriage in the Jewish state, issues of personal status including
marriage and divorce are controlled by the
country’s chief rabbinate, which has become
more ultra-Orthodox in the past few years.
According to Jewish law, Jewishness is matrilineal, and the only way to be defined as Jewish is to have a Jewish mother or a recognized
Orthodox conversion.
If a couple wants to get married in Israel,
the chief rabbinate requires proof of Jewishness, often a copy of the parents’ Jewish marriage contract. However, under Communism, when practising religion was illegal,
many Jews were unable to celebrate religious
Jewish marriages and would not have the required documents.
Rabbi David Stav, the chairman of the Tzohar rabbinical organization, says there are
an estimated 100,000 children under the age
of 18 who are not legally Jewish. About 4,500
more are born each year.
“This is a nuclear bomb threat for the Jewish identity of the State of Israel,” he told the
Media Line. “Eventually, the Jewish identity
of the state of Israel will not exist.”
That leaves tens of thousands of people
who can’t get married in the country where
they are citizens. A growing number are
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getting married in Cyprus or the Czech Republic, and the civil marriage there is then
recognized by the State of Israel. Others are
choosing not to get married at all.
Currently, only about 2,000 people are able
to convert each year, half of them through
a special program called Nativ, run by the
Israeli army, via one of the four conversion
courts in the country.
The bill, which is sponsored by member
of Knesset Elazar Stern, hopes to establish
up to 30 religious courts to enable tens of
thousands of people to convert. He is working with Tzohar, an organization of liberal
rabbis.
In the 1990s, more than one million immigrants from the former Soviet Union moved
to Israel and became citizens. They came
under the Law of Return, which grants Israeli citizenship and generous financial incentives to anybody with one Jewish grand-
parent. These immigrants quickly learned
Hebrew and integrated into Israeli society.
Now many of them say they want to officially convert.
“What motivates me is the connection between Judaism and democracy,” MK Elazar
Stern told the Media Line. “If our Judaism will
not be connected to the current Israeli society and the Jewish people around the world,
we will not survive in the Middle East.”
However the chief rabbis have already said
they will not recognize any conversions done
in these new courts. Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu, who originally supported the bill, has withdrawn his support,
apparently under pressure from the Orthodox parties in the Israeli Knesset. n
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Advisers pledge co-ordination on Iran talks
JTA
WASHINGTON
The United States and Israel will maintain
“unprecedented co-ordination” as nuclear talks go forward with Iran, the White
House said after a summit of the two nations’ security advisers.
“On Iran, the U.S. delegation reaffirmed
our commitment to prevent Iran from
acquiring a nuclear weapon,” said the
statement describing the meeting of the
U.S.-Israel Consultative Group, co-chaired
at the White House by Susan Rice, the U.S.
national security adviser, and Yossi Cohen,
her Israeli counterpart.
“The two sides discussed the ongoing
diplomatic efforts of the P5+1 and [European Union] to reach a comprehensive
solution that peacefully and verifiably
resolves the international community’s
concerns with Iran’s program,” the statement said, using the acronym for the major powers now in nuclear talks with Iran.
“The delegations pledged to continue the
unprecedented co-ordination between
the United States and Israel as negotiations continue.”
The statement comes after a week of
tensions between Israel and the United
States sparked by the publication in the
Atlantic of an attack by an unnamed
Obama administration official who, using
colourful language, described Israeli
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as
cowardly.
Notably, the White House statement did
not mention the moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
Instead, it described discussion of
“pressing issues, including ongoing efforts by the United States and coalition
partners to degrade and ultimately destroy IS,” the Islamic State in Iraq and
Syria. A photo distributed with the statement showed Rice and Cohen embracing.
The U.S.-Israel Consultative Group meets
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Ruling over others against Jewish values, Rabin says
JTA
Jerusalem
Israel cannot protect its Jewish and
democratic character without peace, former president Shimon Peres said at a memorial for Yitzhak Rabin.
“Peace has become a derogatory term.
There are those who say that those who
believe in peace are naive, not patriots,
delusional,” Peres said Sunday night to
thousands of people gathered in Rabin
Square in Tel Aviv for the event. “But I say
to all those in a clear voice, those who
give up on peace are the ones who are
delusional.”
Rabin was assassinated 19 years ago
by Yigal Amir, who remains in jail. Nov. 5
marks the anniversary on the Hebrew calendar of the assassination.
“Ruling over another people is against
our values as Jews. To pursue peace is a
mitzvah. It’s also very practical, very Jewish,” Peres said.
The Israeli Peace Initiative and Nov. 4
groups were among the organizers of the
memorial, which featured a more political
overtone.
A second memorial, sponsored by a coalition of groups from the left and right,
including youth movements, will take
place Nov. 8 in Rabin Square. President
Reuven Rivlin will serve as keynote speaker at the rally, which will remember Rabin’s
life and legacy, the Dror Israeli Movement
announced Nov. 2. n
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Belles Soeurs: The Musical hits all the right notes
Arts Scene
by Heather Solomon
The life of housewives has never taken on
such intensity or such humour as in Belles
Soeurs: The Musical, at the Segal Centre
until Nov. 16.
Producer Allan Sandler of Copa de Oro
Productions has the world premiere of
which he’s been dreaming and into which
he’s poured five years of his life, honing
the details to meet every one of his and
the audience’s expectations.
This show shoots even beyond, into the
stratosphere of entertainment at its most
fulfilling.
Michel Tremblay’s play has ascended
yet another rung into the realm of topflight musicals thanks to Brian Hill, who
has adapted the book, and Neil Bartram’s
spiced-up adaptation of the English lyrics
set to Daniel Bélanger’s memorable music.
René Richard Cyr directs the cast of
12, moulding them into a group that can
function as a harmonious ensemble yet
stamp the stage with their individuality.
Astrid Van Wieren plays Germaine
Astrid Van Wieren as Germains Lauzon
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Lauzon, the gloating winner of one million trading stamps, which she intends to
use to acquire the entire catalogue of consumer merchandise.
To redeem the stamps, she must glue
them into 833 booklets, and to achieve
her ends, she holds a pasting party with
friends and family enlisted as the lickers
and stickers.
Needless to say, with no returns for
themselves other than a bottle of cola, the
women rebel and Madame Lauzon must
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find an alternate path to her heart’s desire
that may not be rooted in material goods.
As the partygoers arrive, so do their tales
of woe at the hands of their demanding
husbands, uncontrollable children and
houses that require unceasing sweeping,
polishing and every other form of domestic slavery, examples of which are set to
some delightful choreography by Monik
Vincent.
Each woman reveals her own troubles,
some hysterically funny and some heartbreaking. Stephanie McNamara plays Germaine’s self-sacrificing but spunky sister
Rose, who secretly suffers spousal abuse
and sings about it in a powerful number.
Their younger sister, Pierette, played by
Geneviève Leclerc, is the girl gone wrong,
seduced by a club owner and put to work
there until her youth and beauty have
been usurped by new blood.
The ongoing conflict between Germaine
and her daughter, Linda, acted with the
perfect mixture of rebellion and love by
Élise Cormier, threads through the show’s
storyline. And as in each of the women’s
cases, a man is the bane of her life.
Similarly for Madame Sauvé, sung with
mischievous abandon by Paula Wolfson,
who is forced to submit to her severe
same-sex companion Madame Bibeau
(Marcia Tratt).
Anik Matern plays Madame Dubuc,
whose enslavement is as caregiver to her
93-year-old invalid mother-in-law Olivine
(Jocelyne Zucco), who enters after a hysterical scene masterminded by sound man
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neighbour who recites the guest list of her
daughter’s wedding to which none of the
partygoers has been invited.
Stealing the show are the comically gifted Geneviève St. Louis as the jealous Madame Brouillette and the fabulously satiric Lisa Horner as the rich snob, Madame
De Courval.
Musical director Chris Barillaro coached
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About Town
by Janice Arnold
Thursday, Nov. 6
moroccan jewry
Today’s the last chance to catch Toronto
filmmaker Kathy Wazana’s documentary
on Moroccan Jewry, They Were Promised
the Sea, at Cinéma du Parc. Wazana, who
was born in Casablanca, explores her
identity as an “Arab Jew” in this controversial film. She set out to discover
why hundreds of thousands of Jews left
Morocco in the 1960s believing they were
no longer welcome. What she found is “a
country still grieving for its Jewish population.” 514-281-1900.
jewish refugees in canada
The Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre
presents “(Un)Welcoming the Other?” a
tour of its museum that focuses on the
history of Jewish refugees to Canada
during World War II in comparison with
the integration of immigrants today, at
6:30 p.m., as part of the annual Holocaust
Education Series. www.mhmc.ca.
Friday, Nov. 7
kabbalat for the family
Congregation Dorshei Emet holds a casual Kabbalat Shabbat for families at 6:30
p.m. led by Rabbi Julia Appel, with music,
potluck dinner and kids’ activities, while
parents socialize. Reservations, [email protected]
Saturday, Nov. 8
russian culture
“An Evening of Russian Culture: One
Hundred Years of Gratitude” is presented at
the Jewish Public Library at 8 p.m. Music,
dance, poetry and, of course, pirojki and
vodka are on the bill. The evening celebrates
a century of Russian Jewish immigration
to Montreal, and the JPL’s role in providing
the newcomers with an intellectual social
meeting place. Tickets, 514-345-6416.
solo show
Britt Dash presents her debut onewoman comedic show Chutzpah during
the second annual SOLOS Festival at
MainLine Theatre, 3997 St. Laurent Blvd.,
at 7 p.m. “A big part of the inspiration
for this show came from growing up in
a bit of a bubble,” says the young performer.”For example, I hadn’t met anyone
who wasn’t Jewish pretty much until I
was18.” Chutzpah, set in the Montreal
Jewish community in the 1990s, explores
trying to live up to one’s family’s expect-
ations and find a potential mate. Dash is
a member of Gross, an improv comedy
troupe hailing from the Montreal Improv Theatre and a regular at storytelling
events around Montreal, including Confabulation. www.solosfestival.com.
Sunday, Nov. 9
kristallnacht commemoration
Kristallnacht, the pogrom organized by
Nazi Germany on Nov. 9 and 10, 1938 is
commemorated by the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre at the Gelber
Conference Centre at 5 p.m. The Holocaust museum holds an open house from
10 a.m.-4 p.m. with English and French
tours. 514-345-2605.
Monday, Nov. 10
holocaust memoirs
The latest series of memoirs by Holocaust
survivors living in Canada published by
the Azrieli Foundation is launched at the
Grande Bibliothèque at 7:30 p.m. The
evening includes readings and films of
interviews with the authors. Reservations, [email protected]
shulamis yelin biography
The book Demonic to Divine: The Double
Life of Shulamis Yelin by her daughter
Gilah Yelin Hirsch and Nancy Marelli is
launched at the Jewish Public Library at
7:30 p.m. The biography contrasts the
idyllic Montreal Jewish childhood of the
late Yelin, a writer, with her battle with
mental illness as an adult. The co-authors are joined by Dr. Laurence Kirmayer
and professor Norma Joseph in a discussion. Tickets, 514-345-6416.
Revolution is screened at a Cummings
Jewish Centre for Seniors event in the
Segal Centre’s CinemaSpace at 7 p.m.
Tickets, 514-342-1234, ext. 7201.
jewish soul fooD
Israeli foodie Janna Gur talks about her
latest book Jewish Soul Food at Congregation Shaar Hashomayim at 7:30 p.m.,
opening the Tuesday Night Learning
session. She’s followed by Rabbi Mark
Fishman on “Rabbi Meir: A Light for All
Generations” and Reuven Kimelman of
Brandeis University on “What Does the
Resurrection of the Dead Have to Do
With Judaism’s Philosophy of Pleasure?”
at 8:30. 514-937-9471.
Wednesday, Nov. 12
palliative care
Nurse Susan Britton leads a workshop
called “An End of Life Choice” presented
by the Council on Palliative Care at
Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom from 6-8
p.m. The film Dying Wish is also shown.
[email protected]
authors read
Three local authors read from their latest
books at the Côte St. Luc Public Library
at 7 p.m.: Sima Goel (Fleeing the Hijab),
Myra Giberovitch (Recovering From Genocidal Trauma), and Elaine Kalman Naves
(Portrait of a Scandal: The Abortion Trial
of Robert Notman). 514-485-6900.
A veteran remembers
World War II veteran Dr. William Novick
speaks on “Remembrance Day Remembered” at a meeting of the FAB (Fifty and
Beyond) Group of Act to End Violence
Against Women at Terra Cotta Restaurant
at noon. Reservations, 514-487-2330.
Of interest to shoppers
Economics professor Abe Tevel is the
guest speaker at a meeting of the Canadian Hadassah-WIZO Golda Meir
Chapter at Shaar Shalom Synagogue in
Chomedey at 12:15 (members) or 1 p.m.
(guests). He’ll offer insights into marketing and product pricing. Reservations,
president Evie Applebee, 450-681-9342.
Thursday, Nov. 13
two shows open
“Corner of the Sky: The Music of Stephen
Schwartz,” a tribute to the celebrated
Broadway composer (Godspell, Pippin,
Wicked). is presented for one night only
at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts’
Studio at 8 p.m., produced and performed by Noelle Hannibal and Marc
Ducusin. Tickets, 514-739-7944...Darrah
Teitel’s Corpus, a Holocaust-themed
mystery, makes its Quebec premiere
at Teesri Duniya Theatre at 8 p.m. at
MAI, 3680 Jeanne Mance St. Directed by
Liz Valdez, this play won the Canadian
Jewish Playwrights Competition in 2010.
A third-generation genocide scholar uncovers a strange Holocaust-era relationship. Tickets, 514-849-3378. Until Nov. 30.
Israeli-Palestinian peace?
Carleton University political science professor Mira Sucharov speaks on “What is
Next for Israeli-Palestinian Peace?” at the
Gelber Conference Centre at 7:15 p.m.,
sponsored by Canadian Friends of Peace
Now and the Labour Zionist History
Circle. n
Tuesday, Nov. 11
remembering the fallen
A Remembrance Day ceremony is held
at the military section of the Baron de
Hirsch cemetery at 11 a.m. (entrance
closest to Victoria Avenue), Road C. The
names of all 577 Jewish servicemen in
the Canadian armed forces killed in the
world wars and Korean war have been
inscribed on the monument there.
history of israel
McGill University professor Harold Waller lectures on “Israel: Zionism and State
– From the Balfour Declaration to the Six
Day War” at the Canadian Institute for
Jewish Research at 5:30 p.m., as part of its
seminar on countering anti-Israel propaganda. Registration, [email protected]
film screening
The documentary As Time Goes By in
Shanghai about seven Chinese jazz
musicians who survived the Cultural
Recipe for success
A $100,000 cheque is presented to Agence Ometz co-director Gail
Small, second from left, proceeds from the Federation CJA Women’s
Philanthropy Mosaic cookbook, to help vulnerable women by “Top
Chefs” Rhonda Leibner, Gail Adelson-Marcovitz, Etty Bienstock
and Heather Paperman.
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Vayera | Genesis 18:1 - 22:24
Rabbi Aaron Katchen explores the danger of Sodom and Gomorrah
Rabbi Michal Shekel sees an example of great courage in the story of Lot’s wife
Rabbi Howard Morrison uncovers a parallel between this week’s Torah reading and Kristallnacht
Aaron Katchen
Michal Shekel
Howard Morrison
“B
ecause the cry of [the victims of ] Sodom and
Gomorrah is great, and because their [the
perpetrators’] sin is very grievous.” – Genesis 18:20
“There are four character types among people. One
who says, ‘What’s mine is mine and what’s yours is
yours’ is of average character, and some say, this is the
character of Sodom. [One who says] ‘What’s mine is
yours and what’s yours is mine’ is unlearned. [One who
says] ‘What’s mine is yours and what’s yours is yours’ is
pious. [One who says] ‘What’s yours is mine and what’s
mine is mine’ is wicked.” – Mishnah Avot 5:13
The Torah does not address the nature of the sin
of Sodom and Gomorrah. This Mishnah indicates
how the rabbis understood their sin. There are two
opinions around “What’s mine is mine and what’s
yours is yours,” – one neutral, the other base. Although
referring to property, the rabbis see this idea as
the basis for human interaction, the litmus test for
a healthy community. The wicked and righteous
characteristics are often self-evident in people, and we
are either drawn to or repelled by their behaviour. But
the people of Sodom created a false sense of justice,
which lulled people into thinking their actions were
good. Sodom uses a false morality to inculcate the
destruction of kindness and our shared obligation for
humanity.
By building fences around what is “mine” under the
false pretense of protecting what is “yours,” we close
our hearts, minds and hands to the other. We can
ignore their plight as their own and see their suffering
as warranted, and we use our sense of justice to justify
it. At times, things that appear neutral on the surface
are often the most dangerous. This was the danger of
Sodom, and why the need was so strong to destroy that
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Hillel of Greater Toronto and director, Ask Big Questions
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Rabbi Michal Shekel is executive director of the Toronto
Board of Rabbis and the spiritual leader at Or Hadash
Synagogue, Newmarket, Ont.
hy did Lot’s wife look back? Midrash Genesis Rabbah makes her out to be a reluctant participant
from the very beginning. Lot, intending to offer hospitality to his guests, asks his wife to prepare a feast. She
does so grudgingly, borrowing salt from neighbours and
intentionally alerting them to presence of the messengers. Rabbi Yitzhak explains her fate is “because she
sinned through salt.”
In this midrash, Lot’s wife is the opposite of the hospitable matriarch Sarah. But these two women, and a
third woman in this parshah, Hagar, have something in
common.
All three women have to deal with the potential loss
of their children. Tradition holds that Sarah died of
shock upon learning of the Akedah. Hagar leaves her
son Ishmael under some bushes and moves away so
she will not see him die. Lot had two married daughters
in Sodom whose husbands did not take seriously Lot’s
warning to leave town (Genesis 19:14). Lot’s wife had
little time to prepare for the fact that she would never
see those two daughters again. The same maternal
emotions that made Hagar turn away caused Lot’s wife
to look back with concern.
Lot’s wife is turned into a netsiv melach, a pillar of salt.
Netsiv (pillar) is from the same root as nitsavim, meaning “stand before” or “stand over.” In parshat Nitsavim,
we stand before God to enter the covenant. In this
week’s parshah, the verb root n-ts-v is used in describing God’s messengers as they appear before Abraham.
N-ts-v implies a sacred aspect to the standing.
Furthermore, since ancient times, salt has been a
physical preservative, a ritual cleanser and a symbol of a
binding covenant. Life isn’t fair, and the sacred isn’t necessarily benign. In looking back, Lot’s wife committed a
courageous act, as holy as it was tragic. n
n Parshat Vayera, we read about many of the tests
Abraham endured in becoming the founding patriarch of the Jewish People. One involved how he would
respond to God’s plan to destroy the wicked cities of
Sodom and Gomorrah. The Torah makes it clear he
was being tested, since God revealed His plan to him.
Ultimately, if 10 righteous people could be found,
God wouldn’t destroy the cities. In some midrashim,
the source for requiring 10 for a minyan harkens back
to this episode, suggesting that 10 righteous people
have the potential to transform an entire community.
What’s perhaps most noteworthy is that this test shows
concern and compassion for strangers, people and
communities that Abraham doesn’t even recognize. His
particularistic covenant with God compels him to speak
out for all humanity.
This year, Parshat Vayera will be read on the 76th anniversary of Kristallnacht, which transpired Nov. 9, 1938.
Today, we still ask the unanswerable question: Where
were the Abrahams of the world to speak out and confront the evil befalling Jews in eastern Europe? As Elie
Wiesel has suggested, the sin of indifference pervaded
the world at the time. Our first patriarch, Abraham, a
role model for all time, did not sit idly by. He did not
commit the sin of indifference when God revealed His
plan for Sodom and Gomorrah.
This test is one for us as well. It’s easy to understand
that Jews will come together to speak out and confront
injustices perpetrated against Israel and Jews around
the world. We were united this past summer during Israel’s war with Hamas and when anti-Semitic events took
place around the globe. The story of Abraham, however,
compels us to confront evil wherever it takes place,
regardless of whom the innocent victim might be. If we
expect the world to voice concern on Jewish issues, we
must also voice concern on issues that are universal and
demand compassion, justice and righteousness. n
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provide
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quality
for 30 days.
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maid & janitorial services. For
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details call 416-666-5570.
cable, hydro, yard, carpet, 2 prkg,
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Hardwood floors & stairs. New or
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Earl Bales Sr. Woodworkers.
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repairs on premises. 416-654-0518.
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410
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THE CANADIAN JEWISH NEWS
NOVEMBER 6, 2014
Sarah Beutel: New president ‘grew up with Na’amat’
Janice Arnold
[email protected]
I
n September, Sarah Beutel became the
national president of Na’amat Canada at
the organization’s convention in Ottawa.
A native of Montreal, Beutel, 46, has been
director of community collaboration at the
Jewish Federation of Ottawa since 2009.
She has lived in the national capital since
attending Carleton University, where she
earned a master’s degree in public administration, after graduating from McGill University. She attended Jewish People’s and
Peretz Schools and Bialik High School.
She and husband Steven Morgan have
four children aged 9 to 18.
The Beutel name in Montreal is synonymous with community service and
philanthropy. What was it like growing
up in such a family and what influence
has that had on your life?
I have always been proud of my family’s
legacy of community service and philanthropy. My parents [Judy and Morton], late
grandparents, my late Uncle Irwin [who
passed away in August] and others are a
source of pride and inspiration for me. They
were strong role models who taught me the
value of caring for others, of tzedakah and
social action, through their untiring commitment and dedication to the Jewish community in Canada and in Israel.
From a young age, I was taught the importance of standing up and taking action
for what is important to you. The lesson
that I took away from them was that it is not
only important to count oneself as part of
the Jewish community, it’s also incumbent
upon each one of us to actively help shape
the community and take part in activities
that help bolster Jewish life if we want to
ensure a Jewish future for our children.
Na’amat Canada is probably not well
known to younger generations. Historically, it was associated with Labour
Zionism and originally called Pioneer
Women. What is its relevance today, in
this country, to women your age and
younger?
Na’amat Israel (sister organization of
Na’amat Canada) is one of the most important and relevant organizations in Israel today, working to improve the status
of women and their families. Na’amat programs and service offerings span the State
of Israel and provide support to hundreds of
thousands of people of all ages and all walks
of life. Na’amat is also a strong force for social change, as it actively promotes women’s
and other important issues through the legal
and political systems in Israel.
Na’amat Canada continues to be active,
and has many longtime, as well as new
members and supporters, across the country, who believe strongly in Na’amat’s mission and values. This is despite the fact that
the world is rapidly changing around us, and
it has been challenging for Jewish membership organizations such as ours to adapt. It
is true that it’s harder to get the message out
to the younger generation today, as there are
so many other charities, causes and activities competing for their attention. To meet
these challenges, Na’amat Canada is focused
on looking ahead at ways in which we can
inspire the next generation of women, and
ensure that Na’amat Canada continues to be
a strong organization.
We have had some great successes in
attracting women with young families
looking for meaningful ways to become involved in their Jewish communities and for
ways to support Israel. We seek to build on
these successes.
How long have you been associated with
Na’amat and what attracted you to the
organization, besides family tradition?
I have been an active member of Na’amat
Canada for around 18 years. While I grew up
with Na’amat – my mother was the Na’amat
Montreal executive director for 30 years –
my own personal connection to the organization started when I moved to Ottawa and
was newly married. At that point, Na’amat
with each other across the country and within the international movement have also
evolved along with new technologies.
As I mentioned before, attracting the next
generation of Na’amat members is one of
our top priorities. While we have new clubs
of young women such as in Toronto, this is
definitely one of the challenges facing our
organization as we look across the country
and ahead to the future. The large number
of Jewish and non-Jewish organizations
vying for the next generation’s attention,
talents and dollars is staggering. However,
building on Na’amat’s many strengths, we
are working to attract younger members to
our organization and to support our cause.
Sarah Beutel
Ottawa was starting up a new chapter, and
I was looking for ways to get involved in my
new Jewish community.
What attracted to me to Na’amat, and
continues to be an inspiration every single
day, is the important mission and values of
the organization. Na’amat seeks to care for,
to strengthen, empower and assist women
in so many ways in Israel, and in our own
communities as well. It is women helping
women, Jewish people helping to strengthen the Jewish state and our local communities, and a network of women from countries all over the world bound together in
this important mission.
How has Na’amat changed over the
years, in terms of its mission and activities? How successful has Na’amat been
in attracting a new generation? Does it
vary across Canada?
Na’amat’s mission and values have not
changed over its 90 years in Canada. What
has changed is the way in which we have
gone about achieving our mission. The types
of activities and fundraisers have changed
with the times. The ways we communicate
How have you managed to balance your
family, professional and communal lives?
This balance is definitely hard to achieve,
and it’s a work in progress. It is a good thing
that I like to be busy! It is also a good thing
that I inherited the “highly organized” gene!
I like to make time for things that are important to me, and I know that life is short,
and I try to get it all in while I can. I am fortunate to have a supportive husband and
family. This has allowed me to balance fulltime work, family life and volunteer roles.
What does directing “community collaboration” entail? Is this a recently
created position and why was it necessary considering that Ottawa is a small
Jewish community?
In my professional life, I am fortunate to
work for the Jewish Federation of Ottawa.
My main role is to manage several of the
federation’s local and Israel programs. A lot
of the programs and activities of the federation are done through working together
with other local Jewish organizations to
strengthen the Jewish community. This is
not a new position, although the title itself
is newly minted! Despite its relatively small
size, the Jewish community of Ottawa has a
large number of Jewish organizations, and
by working together, we can all achieve so
much more. n
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The gift of a Neaman
Backstory
Gerald Posner
F
orty years after his death, Morris Neaman of Winnipeg still exerts a profound effect in the heart and mind of Toronto’s Henry Bernick.
Bernick, just turned 90, was raised in
what was then Poland, now Belarus. His
ancestors had made a mark in the area
of what was known as Zelwa, in Poland
in the milling and grain business. That
laid the foundation for what later was the
key to getting into Canada in 1939, just
two months ahead of World War II and at
a time when Bernick was all of 15 years
old. The family settled in July 1939 in Essa
Township near Cookstown, Ont. Shortly
after, they moved to nearby Ivy, Ont.
Soon, young Bernick left to study engineering at the University of Toronto. Within
five years of his arrival in Canada, he married Esther Starkman. This year, Henry
and Esther celebrate their 70th wedding
anniversary with their three children, five
grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
As Bernick says, perhaps none of the
material success he has had would ever
have happened were it not for the man he
calls his mentor, Morris Neaman.
The Neaman – Bernick connection
began simply enough given that one man
was in Toronto and the other in Winnipeg
and 25 years separated them in age.
Upon graduation, Bernick could not get
a job, so he went to work at his uncle’s tanning factory in Midland, Ont. Bernick and
his wife invested her inheritance in the
factory, but even so the business was failing and he realized they needed help. So,
he contacted the Sable Group in Montreal,
where Neaman was a partner with Joseph
Kerbel. It was not long before Neaman
met Bernick.
In the early 1950s, the Canada Mortgage
and Housing Corporation was established
by the government. Neaman suggested to
Henry that he get into land development
in the Barrie, Ont., area where Bernick
was living. They would be partners and if
at any time Bernick wanted to leave the
partnership, all Neaman wanted was his
original investment returned. So, Kerbel,
Neaman and Bernick put up $1,000 each
and off they went.
The business flourished until Bernick’s
group became the biggest home builders
in Barrie. The group invested heavily in
land development in Mississauga and Toronto. Neaman also persuaded Bernick to
enter the world of finance. This new venture was significant enough that the group
owned three finance companies in Canada in the early 1960s – one of which was
in Winnipeg, allowing Bernick to learn at
the feet of his mentor.
Over a period of 27 years from 1947 until
Neaman died in 1974, Bernick involved
himself in manufacturing, property development and finance companies. His
success was due to the influence of Neaman.
Bernick says Neaman’s impact continues
to this day. As Henry puts it so aptly in
his autobiography A Package of Matches,
“since his death in 1974, I have continued
to be profoundly influenced by all of the
knowledge and wisdom Mr. Neaman imparted on me. It is hard to find the words
to describe how invaluable our relationship has been for him and me.”
Bernick points out that after Neaman’s
death, he continued to have a warm and
successful relationship with Neaman’s
grandsons, Marvin and Barry Shenkarow,
the former owners of the Winnipeg Jets
hockey team.
The other great lesson Neaman taught
Bernick was giving back. Bernick must
have been an excellent student when he
studied in the charity class that Neaman
taught. In 2011, Bernick donated $1.5
million to Georgian College in Barrie for
the establishment of the Henry Bernick
School of Entrepreneurship.
Today, as he hits 90, sitting in his office
with the large framed picture of Neaman
right above his desk, Bernick reflects on
his well traveled life, which was changed
and elevated owing to Morris Neaman.
It’s a legacy that any family would love to
have. n
12:27 a.m. Do you think people are consciously choosing whether or not they
use the Oxford comma, or is the whole
world just chaos?
12:41-1:13 (You talked about hockey for
32 minutes. I chose not to transcribe it,
for the sake of our marriage.)
1:21 a.m. What? Are you freaking serious?! Rogers says we’ve used up 85 per
cent of our data already. Liars.
1:34 a.m. The Greens got that new kitchen. It’s nice. Granite and stainless. Ha!
Look at this picture – look at the counter
– you can totally see the reflection of that
little umbrella flash thing for photos. Did
they take professional photos of their own
kitchen?? What would that cost?
1:52 a.m. Jenny and Benny aren’t going
to vaccinate!? I never thought they were
that stupid, did you? People who don’t
understand what a vaccine safety net is
shouldn’t be allowed to put their own
kids in seatbelts. I’m kidding. Mostly.
2:03 a.m. Oh my god. Barry just posted
this completely racist article. Know
what he wrote? “Finally, some common
sense.” I’m gonna comment. Should I
comment?
2:06 a.m. There. Should I press “post?” I
don’t wanna start a whole thing.
2:14 a.m. Honey, if we ever redo our
kitchen, let’s also get an umbrella-flashy
thing.
2:23 a.m. OK, I commented on Barry’s
racist post. But should it say “misguided”
instead of “complete ignorance”?
2:41 a.m. Did you know that – oh, sorry!
Sorry. Go back to sleep. Ssshh. Ssshhh.
Sorry.
2:44 a.m. Ebola is a funny word, when
you say it slowly. Ebola. Ebola. Eeeebooowwwwwllllaaa.
2:56 a.m. The house down the street
went for almost 15 per cent over asking!
I mean, they have a new deck, and the
realtor with the billboard. What’s her
name? Was it Anne or Anna?
3:07 a.m. Did you know we could rent
a billboard for $500 a week? I thought
it would be more. Do you think that
includes printing?
3:14 a.m. Oh! Eric’s online. I’m gonna
say hi. (typing:) Hey Eric. Eric says hey.
3:16 He’s asking what we’re up to. What
should I say, sweetie? Oh, sorry. Are you
asleep? n
Neaman’s impact
continues to this day
Wry bread
Facebook fed up
David Levine
Dear Alan,
I
’ve left for work. I can’t take any more.
I love you, but you need to accept that
your addiction is real. I know you think
your actions don’t affect anyone but you,
but they have consequences that we
both have to deal with. You used to be
so young and energetic – we both were!
– but we’re both so exhausted now that
I can barely remember that feeling. I’m
afraid you’re going to have to choose: it’s
either me or your Facebook feed.
I’m not asking for much. Just stop checking Facebook in bed. No smartphones,
tablets, phablets, e-readers or laptops.
For the thousandth time: I can tell when a
screen is on at night. It emits light.
Last night I snuck a tape recorder
into bed. I’m sorry – but no matter how
many times I bring it up, you still say I’m
“exaggerating.” So when I got out of bed
(at 4:55 this morning), I transcribed it all.
Here it is, Alan. Here’s why we don’t sleep
anymore. I hope that now you’ll believe
me and we can start to set our marriage
on the right track.
11:48 p.m. I turned the lights out. You
were still online.
11:53 p.m. OK, I’ll just finish reading
this article then I’m shutting it off. Good
night.
11:58 p.m. That’s so cool – honey, we
should eat more turmeric. I don’t know
what it is, but it’s like a super-hero food
or something. Can you get some? Do we
have a shopping list?
12:03 a.m. OK, there’s 41 different shopping list apps. How many different kinds
of lettuce do we buy? Because the free version of this one only lets you choose two
kinds per trip – and I don’t pay for apps.
12:21 a.m. Whoa. Did you read about
this Jian Ghomeshi thing? That guy
should’ve stuck with Moxy Fruvous.
Remember them, honey? “Once I Was the
King of Spain?” No? Are you asleep?
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