JEWISH NEWS THE CHICAGO www.chicagojewishnews.com August 15 - 21, 2014/19 Av 5774 One Dollar THE COP, THE PROF and ANTI-SEMITISM A Jewish police officer wins a lawsuit against the Chicago Police Department after years of being taunted with ugly slurs; and the University of Illinois hires, then unhires, a renowned academic known for sending vicious anti-Israel tweets Finding meaning in Rosh Hashanah services Rabbi Kurtz on virtues of humility The importance of friendship Barack and Bibi 2 Chicago Jewish News - August 15 - 21, 2014 Paid advertisement AN OPEN LETTER TO PAT QUINN, LISA MADIGAN, RAHM EMMANUEL AND THE PEOPLE OF ILLINOIS: ANOTHER OPEN LETTER ABOUT THIS TOPIC WAS PUBLISHED ON 6/27/14 IN THIS PAPER. Every so often, someone is taken hostage, driven to anATM, forced to make a withdrawal and, if there’s enough money still in the account, they’re executed and the body hidden so the killer can keep making withdrawals. 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The Chicago PD and the Illinois State Police both refused to do the research and claimed that the FOIA laws do not require it. Fortunately, Rockford PD cooperated. Of 102 murders over a 5 year period, 3 involved the suspect using a victim’s ATM Card. If that number holds true for the whole state, then in 2012, there were 21 such murders in Illinois. Governor Quinn has known about this problem for years. Lisa Madigan has known about this problem for years. Mayor Emmanuel has known about this problem since taking of fice. Any one of them could simply give the order and the body count would be exposed. In 2011, Rep Constance Howard proposed a crime statute that would have fixed this problem completely. Although House Bill 3914 passed the House unanimously it was killed in a Senate subcommittee on the ridiculous claim that the punishment was too harsh and was not “CLEAR compliant.” So who benefits from the public never learning about the extent of the problem? 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The letter said it was not permissible for students of the seventh through ninth grades to leave school premises if they are wearing visible Jewish symbols. “If a boy wears a kippah, we will ask him to put in a cap so it is no longer visible,” principal Jan Hansen said. Hansen said the measures were part of his schools “level of security, which is higher than in normal schools.” He added: “Unfortunately, it is the consequence of being a Jewish institution, but it something that we and the students are used to.” Hansen also said the move was “pure preventative.” ■ A French senator apologized for any misunderstandings connected to her praise for a campaign featuring fake pictures of Israeli leaders murdering Disney cartoon characters. N athalie Goulet of the Union of Democrats and Independents party made the endorsement on Twitter, Europe1.fr reported, in posting on her account the images of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu bludgeoning a dying Pinocchio. Other pictures showed Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni stabbing Cinderella and former Israeli President Shimon Peres choking Peter Pan. “Very powerful campaign against children mass murder,” Goulet wrote about the pictures. Mehdi Thomas Allal, who heads the anti-discrimination department of the human rights group T erra Nova, accused Goulet of “presenting Jews as killers of children, echoing many such caricatures in the perio d before World War II” in an Op-Ed he wrote for the online edition of the Le Nouvel Obser vateur weekly. ■ A white supremacist convicted of killing four people in three states – one because his name sounded Jewish – was sentenced to two life sentences for two of the murders. David “Joey” Pedersen, 34, was sentenced in a federal court in Portland, Ore., for the murder of Cody Myers of Lafayette, Ore., and Reginald Clark of Eureka, Calif., to concurrent life sentences without the possibility of parole. Pedersen already is serving life a life sentence in prison in Washington State for the murders of his father and stepmother in Everett, W ash. He and his girlfriend, Holly Ann Grigsby, 27, were arrested in October 2011 after a monthlong killing spree that spanned California, W ashington and Oregon. Grigsby reportedly told investigators that Myers, a Christian, was killed because his name sounded Jewish. Grigsby reportedly told police that she and Pedersen were on their way to “kill more Jews” in Sacramento, Calif., when they were apprehended. The 24-page indictment charged that Pedersen and Grigsby were members of a criminal enterprise that aimed to promote a white supremacist movement. The pair robbed their victims to finance the campaign, stole their cars to escape and murdered them to eliminate witnesses and avoid capture. The enterprise, according to the indictment, also targeted Jewish leaders and members of prominent Jewish organizations. Pedersen researched the names and addresses of Jewish organizations in Seattle, Portland and Sacramento to identify potential targets for elimination but never followed through. ■ Germany’s most widely read daily newspaper , Bild Zeitung, published the faces of the 64 Israeli soldiers killed in the current conflict in Gaza.Together with short biographies of a few soldiers, the images appeared in the paper under the headline “Israel’s War Against the Hamas Terrorists: Faces of the fallen.” Among those profiled are Benaya Sarel, 26, who was about to marry; newlywed Liran Adir, 31; Eitan Barak, 20, the first Israeli soldier to die in Operation Protective Edge; and Matan Gotlib, 21, an avid mountain climber who was about to finish his three years of military service. Gotlib’s brother Omer, 31, told Bild that Matan was planning to travel the world, as many young Israelis do after completing their service. “Do you know any big brothers who look up to their little brothers? I admired you,” he said. The report, by Anne-Christine Merholz, describes the soldiers as “64 sons, friends, husbands who will never return to their families. They died for their homeland, fighting Hamas in Gaza.” Bild, which has a circulation of at least 3.5 million, is published by the AxelSpringer company, which has a strongly pro-Israel editorial stand. Its articles of association, which date back to 1967 and were most recently updated in 2001, include a commitment to promote reconciliation between Jews and non-Jews in Germany and to support Israel’s right to exist. 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For Israel Advertising Information: IMP Group Ltd. 972-2-625-2933 Like Chicago Jewish News on Facebook. 5 Chicago Jewish News - August 15 - 21, 2014 How Obama and Netanyahu can make up By Ron Kampeas JTA WASHIN GTON – President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin N etanyahu are not the best of friends – that seems pretty clear by now. But following reports during the Gaza conflict of cut-off phone calls, tough talk of “demands“ and eavesdropping, it may be time for them to figure out a way back to steadier ground. And so we asked an array of experts on the U.S.-Israel relationship what the two leaders must do to restore a relationship that both say is critical for their countries. Deus ex machina: A crisis will bring us together Aaron David Miller, a Middle East negotiator under Democratic and Republican presidents, remembers the last such breach between U.S. and Israeli leaders – when George H.W. Bush was president and Y itzhak Shamir was prime minister – and it was worse, he says. That is, until Iraq invaded Kuwait in August 1990. “The only thing that will improve the relationship is the emergence of a joint project that affords both of them the oppor tunity to get on the same page and succeeds and makes them look good,” said Miller , now a vice president at the W ilson Center. The first Persian Gulf War and the subsequent Madrid peace talks are ”what saved the Bush-Shamir relationship.” “You need a set circum stances that compels the United States and Israel to operate in a way that not just manages something but accomplishes something and makes them look good,” Miller said. “That’s the only thing that will do it – phone calls and warm statements won’t do it.” Let’s talk big picture Tamara Cofman W ittes, who served as deputy assistant secretary of state for Near East affairs in Obama’s first term and now is director of the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, says Netanyahu and Obama should talk not about the specific near-term issues they face but about what they want to get done and what kind of legacies they wish to leave. “Both of these guys have a clear sense of what they were put there to do,” Wittes said. “Both of them have a clear sense of what they want to leave behind. And I am confident that one of the things both of them want to leave behind is a strong and solid U.S.-Israel relationship. That The relationship between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, seen here after Obama's arrival in Israel, has been marked by reports of tensions. (JTA) broader, deeper conversation will help them get past practical differences.” Honey, we’ve both changed since we were young and in love Haim Malka, the deputy director of the Middle East program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, says their big-picture talk should focus on how America and Israel each are changing. “Young people in America don’t have the same kind of perception of Israel as their parents and grandparents – in part because they grew up at a time when Israel has been a strong military power. They don’t see the same threat their parents did,” said Malka, who in 2011 wrote a book about the future of the U.S.-Israel relationship.” The U.S. and Israel need a serious conversation about the relationship, the tension points in the relationship and why it’ s changing.” Martin Indyk, who until June was the top U.S. Middle East peace negotiator and is now a Brookings Institution vice president, says the United States must recognize Israel’s shifting alliances. Israel, as opposed to past crises in the relationship with the United States, “is strong economically, strong militarily and has a range of relationships across the world with other pow- ers beyond the United States,” Indyk said at a Brookings event on the Gaza war aftermath, citing India, China and Russia as examples of Israel’s burgeoning friendships. “They feel more independent of the United States than they have in the past that they can stand on their own two feet. “They also feel they have relationships in the Arab world that they never had before,” Indyk added, noting that Egypt explicitly sided with Israel during the recent Gaza war , and that Saudi Arabia and several other Sunni-led countries did so tacitly. We need to talk about that thing Both leaders also need to address third rails – like the $3 billion in defense assistance Israel receives from the United States, Malka said. “There has to be an honest discussion about the sustainability of U.S. military aid and about how that affects the relationship,” he said. ”Does Israel want to continue to be a dependent country, or does it want to graduate to a different kind of status?” Maybe we shouldn’t talk at all The solution for the animosity that N etanyahu and Obama have for one another is tokeep them apart and have a fixer mediate, said Robert Danin, who spe- cialized in the Middle East in high-ranking positions in t he George W. Bush administration and assisted Tony Blair in his capacity as Middle East peace mediator. “President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu now have over five years of accumulated baggage, so I don’t see how they are going to reconcile,” said Danin, now a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. “What appears to be sorely lacking right now is a trusted and discreet private channel between the two leaders,” he said. “Y ou need a trusted emissary who operates below the radar who can go back and forth between the White House and the Prime Minister’s Office. This person can quietly solve problems, clarify misunderstandings and serve to manage the relationship.” Maybe everyone should just shut up Stop the leaks is the advice of Jonathan Schanzer, a vice president at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. “So much is flying back and forth that does not make either leader look competent and does not make the relationship look solid,” said Schanzer, who was a terrorism finance analyst under President George W. Bush. “It makes very little sense to me that this administration has allowed for leaks given how tight their communications are,” he said. “From the Israeli side, we know leaking is a contact sport. Netanyahu needs to do a better job of keeping his right flank in check.” Natan Sachs, a fellow at the Brookings Center for Middle East Policy who focuses on Israel, said each side needs to better understand how leaks play out on the other. “In Israel, when a junior minister criticizes the United States, it’s understood he’s speaking for himself. In America, it’ s assumed that the government thinks that way,” he said. “Israelis have to be much more careful in the way they speak. The converse is that Americans need to take it more with a grain of salt.” Deal with Iran already The Iranian nuclear program issue is deeply distorting the relationship, Schanzer said. Dealing with Iran’ s suspected weapons program needs to come to a head. “Whatever tensions existed during this latest round of violence with Hamas, tensions would not have been as high without the backdrop of Iran nuclear,” he said. “The fact that this has gone on for years without conclusion and the Israelis have been told and told to wait, it’ s pushed both sides to a place where we do not want tensions to be.” 6 Chicago Jewish News - August 15 - 21, 2014 4 Torah Portion CANDLELIGHTING TIMES Aug. 15 7:32 Aug. 22 7:21 We Buy Antiques! Collectibles, Paintings, Costume Jewelry Furniture, Lamps, Light Fixtures, Clocks, China, Etc. 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The greater the man, the more humble he is expected to be and is likely to be.” We Jews are asked to emulate G-d and to imitate His actions. In our T orah reading of this Shabbat, Moses informs the Children of Israel: “For the Lord your G-d is G-d supreme and Lord supreme, the great, the mighty, and the awesome G-d, who shows no favor and takes no bribe, but upholds the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and befriends the stranger, providing him with foo d and clothing.” The juxtaposition of these two verses, the first about G-d’ s supremacy, the second about G-d’s care for the poor, teaches us that G-d, on the one hand, is all powerful, and on the other, tends to those who live on the margins. Based on this verse, Rabbi Yochanan in the Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Megillah 31a, states: “Wherever you find the greatness of the Holy One, blessed be He, there you find His humility.” He then goes on to substantiate this concept by quoting verses written in the Torah, repeated in the Prophets, and stated a third time in the Writings. This passage found its way into our service at the end of Shabbat. In the quiet meditations read just before Havdalah, we recite this passage. Its presence there is to remind us that as we return to our weekly concerns, we should not be so caught up in our own interests. W e must emulate G-d not only with our rest on Shabbat, but also by our actions throughout the com- Rabbi Vernon Kurtz ing week. Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks tells two stories of individuals who made a great impression upon him. One was John Major, the British prime minister , and the other was Prince Charles. He writes that as chief rabbi in Britain he and his wife were expected to hold dinner parties with people both within and outside the Jewish community. Usually, at the end of the dinner party, he found that the guests would thank the hosts. Only once, though, did the guest not only thank the hosts, but also asked to be allowed to go into the kitchen to thank those who made the meal. Rabbi Sacks felt this was an act of great sensitivity. The person who did it was John Major, then British prime minister. In 2001, on the 300th anniversary of Bevis Marks, the oldest synagogue in Britain, Prince Charles came to the synagogue. He met members of the community as well as leaders of AngloJewry. What impressed Rabbi Sacks is that he spent as much time talking to the young men and women who were doing security duty as he did to the guests. People recognize that when royalty comes to visit, security must be tight and usually these individuals are not noticed. However, this time Prince Charles did notice them and, according to Rabbi Sacks, made them feel as important as anyone else on that glittering occasion. Greatness is shown in the way one acts toward another human being. When we recognize our gratitude to others, and in turn to G-d, we understand our place in the universe, exhibit humility, and become better human beings. The first time G-d appears to Moses is at the burning bush, a thorn bush in the midst of the desert, to show G-d’s presence in all things, even in the lowliest of matter. The rabbis tell us that one of the reasons that the Torah was presented by G-d to the Jewish people on Mount Sinai is that it finds itself in the midst of a mountain range with many mountains higher than it. When Elijah wants to find G-d he flees into the desert and soon recognizes that G-d is not found in the fire, the wind, or the quaking of the earth, but in the “still small voice.” If G-d’s presence, Torah, and voice are found in these lowly places, how much more so should we recognize our humility in the world around us? Dr. Byron Sherwin has written, “Pride is dangerous because it is a form of the greatest sin – idolatry. Idolatry means treating something other than G-d as if it were G-d.” He writes, “Humility is the opposite of pride. Authentic humility is meant to be a strength, not a weakness … Humility can serve as a conduit to articulating human meaning … Humility is not the enemy of self-esteem, but of pride. Humility is a necessary ingredient in the creation of an artful life, a life of meaning, goodness, and significance.” Jewish life is filled with debates and conflicting opinions. N o book emphasizes this more than the Talmud. In a passage in Eruvin we are taught a most important lesson. After a lengthy disagreement on a major issue, a Bat Kol, a heavenly voice, is heard saying: “The utterances of both the School of Shammai and the School of Hillel, are the words of the living G-d, but the law agrees with the ruling of the School of Hillel.” Why, the rabbis asked: “Because the followers of Hillel were kindly and modest. They not only studied the rulings of the School of Shammai, they even mentioned these rulings before own.” The Talmud continues: “This teaches that whoever humbles himself, G-d raises up, and whoever exalts himself, G-d humbles. From the person who seeks greatness, greatness flees, but the person who flees from greatness, greatness follows.” Greatness is found in a humble nature, recognizing our place in the universe, adding our contribution to the community. We feel good about ourselves when we follow our Jewish teachings and emulate G-d’s traits. It is a lesson we should all learn and take to heart. Rabbi Vernon Kurtz is the rabbi of North Suburban Synagogue Beth El (Conservative) in Highland Park. 7 Chicago Jewish News - August 15 - 21, 2014 Senior Living The importance of friendship at every age On a regular basis, Hedy Ciocci, B.S.N., Administrator of the Selfhelp Home will answer some of the many questions we have around aging. Hedy specializes in dementia care, and has extensive experience working with families and elderly patients. Recently, Hedy interviewed Polly Levinson, Licensed Social Worker and Resident Services Manager for the Selfhelp Home on the importance of personal connections and the health risks caused by loneliness. Ask Hedy life with meaning and purpose. There are many ways to do this. Some people like to go to an exQ. How does loneliness ercise group, a discussion group, factor into the decision to move or just get together and listen to into a senior living community? music. Activities in a group setA. I find that the two main ting are great for encouraging inreasons people start looking into teraction. It is about having this type of living situation is be- someone waiting for you and excause they or their families are pecting you to be there, as well as concerned about their health, or missing you when you are not concerned about the older adult there. It can be as simple as havliving home alone and feeling ing lunch regularly with someisolated. Older adults need to one. In a senior living setting, bolster their social support as many people eat with the same many have experienced loss, group at each meal. Someone which could mean loss of a would notice if you didn’ t come spouse or close family or friends, to the dining room for a meal loss of physical and/or cognitive and would call you if you weren’t abilities, or even the loss of struc- there. It is important to know ture that comes with the routine that someone else cares. It can of work and family life. Many be as simple as that. These types don’t have children that live in of connections can make all the the area or the children can’ t difference in a person’ s mental come to visit due to other comand physical well-being. mitments like work and family Q. Why is it sometimes life. Older adults can’t rely solely harder for older adults to make on family members for their so- these connections and develop cial connections and often, new friendships? phone calls are often just not A. The opportunity to enenough to feel engaged with the gage and be around people with world around you. People of all similar interests is more limited ages need to have social connec- for older adults, unless they actions and a lack of them can lead tively seek classes or hobbies to lead to feelings of loneliness. they enjoy. Once you get away Q. What are some of the from the workplace and your physical and emotional risks to children aren’t in school, your being isolated? community involvement is reA. There are studies that duced and your chances to meet have shown that isolation can new people become more limlead to elevated bloo d pressure, ited. Older adults may also have poor sleep patterns, increased a harder time connecting with stress, anxiety, depression and younger people because their life immunity can be reduced as well. experiences are so different. It Of course, you can be surrounded can be easier to be around people by people and still feel lonely. It who are your own age as they can is not about the number of peo- relate to your experiences, have ple around you; but the quality of similar health or aging issues and those connections. When you there is a certain frame of refer are with others who have similar ence. interests and you can make some Q. People age 65 and of personal connections with older are the fastest growing age people who care about you, feel- group today. What suggestions ings of anxiety and depression do you have for helping them are greatly reduced. make new connections and deQ. Why is remaining velop friendships? “connected” to people so imA. I encourage people to portant and what are some ways get involved in groups they to do so? enjoy. That might be a walking A. People need to feel that club, a social group or even a senthey still count and make a dif- ior center. There are places like ference regardless of how old we the Northshore Senior Center or are. You need to have a reason to North Shore Village, which proget up in the morning and live a vide a huge variety of programs, activities and social opportuni ties. Mather Lifeways offers a program called “Telephone Topics” that allows people to call in for free and listen to lectures on a variety of topics. The Council for Jewish Elderly (CJE) also offers an assortment of online services and programs that allow seniors to connect with others in their area. 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Sommerfield’s attorney, Joseph Longo, said one of the most troubling aspects of the case was that Knasiak taunted Sommerfield and other officers openly at roll call in front of many of other, often higher-ranking officers and nothing was done to stop the abuse. (Sommerfield did not return calls asking for comment. A spokesperson for the Chicago Police Department said the department had no comment on the matter.) In addition, Longo noted, when Knasiak retired in 2007 he was twice commended by the Chicago City Council for his “dedication, professionalism and personal sacrifice” during an “illustrious career” of 30 years. Joseph Longo Among the remarks Knasiak is alleged to have addressed to Sommerfield were “Burn Jew burn”; “Hitler should have killed all of you Jews”; “Jews and Ger mans are just like n—-—-s, you couldn’t get rid of them then and you can’t get rid of them now.” A “joke” he told asked how you fit 1000 Jews in a car . The answer: “In the ashtray.” Knasiak often greeted Sommerfield with a Nazi salute, address him as “F—-ing Jew boy” and called his attention to a swastika logo he had on hand. “Other sergeants were standing right next to him and nobody was doing anything” when these insults were being hurled at Sommerfield, Longo says. Sommerfield also charged in the court case that Knasiak assigned him to the least desirable duties, required him to work alone and forced him to use his personal vehicle rather than a police car for work-related matters. Sommerfield was born and raised in what was then W est Germany, Longo, who came to know him well over the course of the trial, says. He grew up hear ing stories about family members who were massacred by the Nazis during the Holocaust. “His grandmother would frequently cry while telling what happened,” Longo says. “(Sommerfield’s) uncle was shot and killed when he was just 14 or 15 years old in the corridor of the apartment complex. The N azis would not let (the grandmother) remove the body and he just lay there for days. His great-aunt, they just took her away one day.” Hearing such stories, “he grew up with all this pain,” Longo says. Those childhood experiences and his grandmother’s influence instilled in Sommerfield a desire to stop people from mistreating others, Longo says. He came to the United States alone as a young man (he is now 53) Detlef Sommerfield and became a Chicago police officer in 1994. “He was trying to get away from all that pain of his childhood, and his sergeant was constantly reminding him of it,” Longo says. Knasiak also appar ently directed discriminatory remarks to police officers of other races and ethnicities as well. Sommerfield complained to his superiors when the abuse, which went on for five or six years, began, Longo says. “They did nothing,” so the officer filed a report with the department’s Internal Affairs Division and with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In his discrimination charge to the EEOC he wrote that the department “has subjected me and other officers to a racially hostile work environment. (The CPD) has allowed a supervisor to consistently use offensive racial remarks about Jewish people, Germans, African-Americans and Mexicans.” The agency completed its investigation in five months, ruling in favor of Sommerfield. The IAD, however , took three years and two months to complete the investigation, Longo says. The final report, released on April 30, 2007, recommended that Knasiak be suspended for 10 days for making “disparaging remarks by using racial slurs and derogatory comments” directed to Sommerfield and other officers. The report came out a month and half before Knasiak was due to retire and “he didn’ t serve day one of the suspension,” Longo says. “He had been telling everybody that he was going to retire for two years. CPD didn’ t do anything to him, not even an oral reprimand.” Knasiak continued to serve as a sergeant until he retired. “That tells you something about the Chicago Police Department,” Longo says. (Knasiak has reportedly relocated to Arkansas and could not be reached for comment.) “The EEOC completed the investigation in five months and they get thousands of charges a year. It took the IAD three years. Do they get thousands of charges? No,” Longo says. “Even while we were suing (Knasiak) – we filed the first lawsuit in 2006 – they still didn’t do anything,” he says. During the trial Knasiak denied making the hateful remarks, according to the Chicago T ribune. He testified he felt Sommerfield was angry at him because he had reprimanded him on the job for disobeying orders. He told the jury he felt “railroaded.” Sommerfield’s co-workers testified that he would often step into the restroom to get away from Knasiak, according to the Tribune. His wife, Lorena, testified that the harassment affected him and he stopped going out and doing things that he had formerly enjoyed. Sommerfield is still working as a Chicago policeman but “he lost a promotion to be a canine handler because Knasiak had issued a complaint against him. He was next in line to be promoted. The sergeant charged him with insubordination but the jury didn’t buy it,” Longo says. Sommerfield served a five-day suspension on the charge. Longo says he believes his client was satisfied with the results of the most recent trial. His own take is that in the recent past, at least, “cops could get away with blatant behavior . It tells you something about the culture. This was one of the largest districts in the Chicago Police Department and that gives you a flavor of the entire department. It was happening to other minorities – other ser geants would say n——-s, spicks, etc. There are lieutenants who would say this, high-ranking officers.” That may change as a result of the Sommerfield trial, he says. “The Police Department is taking a very big interest in this case.” While no local Jewish or ganizations were directly involved in the Sommerfield case (Longo says he contacted several organizations before the latest trial but none responded), executives at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago say they watched the outcome closely and are taking steps to make sure such incidents don’ t happen again. “I shared with our friends in the highest levels of the Chicago Police Department what happened to their fellow officer, not once or twice but in repeated fashion over many years,” Jay Tcath, the federation’s executive vice president, said in a recent phone conversation. “It’s hard to believe that in this day and age that such sentiments are expressed openly and are heard by everyone present.” He says he spoke with senior CPD leaders and “they shared their outrage over what was done and what was not done, and their bewilderment that these things happened over a number of years. They said were such allegations brought to their attention today they would not countenance them. They assured me that today the Chicago Po- 9 Chicago Jewish News - August 15 - 21, 2014 lice Department is not our fathers’ or our grandfathers’ Chicago Police Department.” They agreed that “it should have been nipped in the bud at the lowest level possible. If it reached the highest levels, there is something wrong with the command structure,” Tcath says. With its thousands of officers, there is bound to be some bigotry in the ranks, he says, but “the test is how do you respond to it when that bigotry surfaces? In this case, the Chicago Police Department failed miserably.” Department leaders told him they were not aware of the allegations but after they looked into it, they confirmed Sommerfield’s version of events. Tcath says that to day the Chicago Jewish community has an excellent relationship with the department, several of whose leaders have gone on Israel missions with the federation. “Who the right people were years ago are not the right people now,” he says. “Now the culture has changed, and the right thing would have been done sooner today at every level of command.” The federation, he says, “works very closely with the Chicago Police Department. We rely on them for a lot of things that make our community safer . We don’t hold back and our friends in the PD don’ t want us to hold back if things like this occur. They honestly want to be the department that serves and protects all people, and they warn their officers to reflect the diversity of Chicago. They recognize they failed in this case.” The Simon W iesenthal Center and particularly its Chicago office have claimed a large share of responsibility for the University of Illinois’ controversial decision not to hire Steven Salaita, a professor who has made crude, strongly worded and what many consider anti-Semitic tweets about Israel. Salaita was an associate professor of English at V irginia Tech who resigned that post to take a tenured position as a professor in the American Indian Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was to have started that job this week. An expert on Native American and Arab American litera ture and on indigenous peoples, Salaita wrote a book in 2011 titled “Israel’s Dead Soul,” in which he criticizes Zionism. His other five books include “AntiArab Racism in the USA” and books on Arab and Arab-American fiction. But it was Salaita’ s tweets since the Israeli-Gaza conflict began that caught the attention of the W iesenthal Center and others in the Jewish community. Those tweets include “If N etanyahu appeared on TV with a necklace made from the teeth of Palestinian children, would anyone be surprised?”; “Keep BDS (referring to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement) going! The more time Israel spends on it, the fewer resources it can devote to pillaging and plundering”; “All life is sacred. Unless you’re a Zionist, for whom most life is a mere inconvenience to ethnographic supremacy”; “I fully expect the Israeli soldiers who murdered two teens in cold bloo d to receive a commendation or promotion”; “Zionists: Transforming ‘antiSemitism’ from something horrible into something honorable since 1948” and many more. (Salaita could not be reached for comment.) The Wiesenthal Center, a Los Angeles-based organization that fights anti-Semitism and hate speech, first became involved when a University of Illinois student contacted her , Alison Pure-Slovin, director of the center’s Chicago-based Midwest Region office, said in a phone call. “He forwarded us informa tion (on Salaita) and asked if there was anything we could do to help that he doesn’t continue on” at the university. “We sent a statement out about it immediately,” she said. Pure-Slovin said she also contacted “one of our donors who is a huge donor to the U of I,” real estate magnate Sheldon Good. “He got involved sustaining our position that the president should look into what kind of chatter this person is spewing,” she said. “He was very helpful,” she said of Good. “He has a wonderful relationship with the university.” (Good could not be reached for comment.) In a letter to Robert Easter , the relatively new president of the university, Rabbi Meyer H. May, the center’s executive director, “questioned the qualifications of a professor who would liken Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East, to a radical extremist group who crucifies civilians and then posts the videos, like trophies, on YouTube,” May wrote, quoting one of Salaita’s tweets. “What possible prestige can Salaita add to the UI faculty when in truth, he is a misguided ‘academic’ who spews such venomous and mendacious analogies? How is the Jewish campus community to be assured that UI cares for its safety and responsibly vets incoming faculty when the university hires a professor who recently tweeted … ‘Why would Hamas even try to use children as human shields? Israel has proved for decades that it has no problem shooting them,” May said. Pure-Slovin said that she and the center were concerned that “his politics would cross over into his teaching. The University of Illinois is a very Jewish university, and it didn’ t seem to be in the best interests of students and faculty to have someone with that kind of view . Maybe if he wasn’t so verbal and out there with it – but he was using social media to put out his own agenda.” She said Salaita’ s tweets “were not just saying, I’m antiZionist, but were fueling hate.” May said he spoke to the president of the university and “they had already made the decision (not to hire Salaita) the day before my letter reached him. It was our interest drawing attention to it. (Salaita) was already under internal university scrutiny.” The university’s public affairs office issued a statement: “As a matter of University policy and practice, we do not comment publicly upon nor discuss generally any personnel matters, including matters involving employment or tenure.” By the next day it was generally known and reported that the university’s offer to Salaita had been rescinded. Since Salaita had not been formally hired by the university he would not have to go through a hearing or other processes that would be necessary if he were already a member of the faculty. Salaita’s un-hiring generated a fair amount of controversy online, with some academics and others holding that under the tenets of academic freedom a professor should not be fired for his views. The Illinois chapter of the American Association of University Professors issued a statement supporting Salaita and stating that if he were not hired, the university would be violating the principles of academic freedom. But another UI professor , Cary Nelson, wrote in a controversial article in the journal Inside Higher Education that, although Salaita has the right to make any tweets or statements he wants, “his right to make most of these statements does not mean I would choose to have him as a colleague. His tweets … are likely to shape his role on campus when 2015’ s Israeli Apartheid Week rolls around,” Nelson wrote. Later in the article he wrote, “Will Jewish students in his classes feel comfortable after they read, ‘Let’s cut to the chase. If you’re defending Israel right now you’re an awful human being’ (July 8) (or) ‘Zionist uplift in America: every little Jewish boy and girl can grow up to be the leader of a murderous colonial regime (July 14) …?” The Wiesenthal Center’s May said in a phone conversa tion that he doesn’t believe this is a free speech issue. “Our problem is never with a person who has a political issue with Israel,” he said. “What we don’t like is when the opinion crosses into the area of hate, when it becomes more hate speech than free speech.” If a pro-Israel professor, for Steven Salaita instance, began verbally attacking Palestinians and Muslims or calling them sub-human, “we would be equally against the appointment,” he said. “If a person has a political view, that’s America, and we enjoy the debate.” It’s when that debate “extends into a diatribe against people, or something like the ‘Nazi inversion’ (equating Israelis to N azis), that’s not anti-Israel, that’s anti-Semitism to its core. It is offensive and abhorrent and reveals what the intention of the speaker is.” He said he applauds the university’s decision and considers it “a great case of the University of Illinois standing against antiSemitism, standing for justice.” Laurie Zoloth, professor of Religious Studies and professor of Medical Humanities and Bioethics at Northwestern University and the president of the American Academy of Religion weighed in on Salaita’s remarks by email from Cambridge, England, where she is on sabbatical as a visiting fellow at the University of Cambridge. She wrote: “I am in England, on sabbatical, where one can hear a lot of anti-Israel sentiment to be sure, but even a continent away, Dr. Salaita’s shockingly profane and vitriolic social media comments are seen as quite extreme. Two things need to be said: first, that there is a differ ence between the rights and duties of citizens to speak freely, and one would hope, honestly, in the public square, and the duty of N ations to allow such free speech, and the rights of professors to speak as scholars, and the duties of universities to allow this speech. “No one is challenging Dr . Salaita’s right to say anything he wishes. He should not be sur prised or offended then if others judge his speech to be sophomoric and personally offensive in addition to just plain incorrect, for while he has a right to say anything, others have the same right. When faculty join the community of the university , other faculty consider them as life long colleagues, not just as producers of books. W e ask: What sort of teacher will the candidate be? What sort of citizen of the university? Dr. Salaita expressed his ideas publicly, and they raise concerns.” She quotes three tweets in particular: 1. “So, how long will it be before the Israeli government starts dropping white phosphorous on American college campuses?” (May 23, 2014); 2. “You may be too refined to say it, but I’m not: I wish all the f—-ing W est Bank settlers would go missing” (June 19, 2014, in response to the kidnapping of Israeli teenagers); 3. ”Let’s cut to the chase: If you’re defending Israel right now you’re an awful human being” (July 8, 2014). “The first remark is ungrounded and untruthful,” Zoloth writes. “It incites fear for no clear reason, without justification, and this makes one wonder about the scholar’s ability to judge competing truth claims; the second one is both profane and lacking in empathy , advocating the erasure and elimination of an entire group of men, women and children simply because of ethnicity. It raises the question of judgment again, and seems to put forward the idea that kidnapping of civilians is justified. “The final one is ad hominum and is a particularly narrow and tragic idea, especially for a free speech advocate such as himself. This statement would be terrifying to undergraduates in his classes, and it is not acceptable as a statement in academic discourse.” Zoloth continues: “Freedom to speak truth to power is a serious and noble obligation of citizens, and for scholars, from Socrates on, the task of a scholar is parrhesia – to teach the truth in public. To equate that duty with the venomous profanity and terrible hatred that is put forward in these ‘tweets’ is to make a mockery of the duty of scholarly free speech.” 10 Chicago Jewish News - August 15 - 21, 2014 Death Notices Israeli filmmaker Menahem Golan Close enough for comfort. 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Globus told the Hollywoo d Reporter that Golan was “undoubtedly a founding member of the Israeli cinematic landscape, locally and all of its appeal internationally.” Golan produced such films as “The Delta Force,” starring Norris; the “Death Wish” sequels with Charles Bronson; “Masters of The Universe” starring Lundgren; “Cobra” starring Stallone; and “Bloodsport” with V an Damme. He also produced the iconic Israeli films “Sallah Shabati” starring Israeli actor Chaim Topol, and “Operation Thunderbolt,” based on the Israeli raid on Entebbe airport in Uganda. Golan was born in Tiberias in northern Israel, the son of Polish immigrants. He changed his last name from Globus after the 1948 War of Independence for patriotic reasons. He was the recipient of the Israeli Film Academy’ s Ophir Award for Lifetime Achievement and The Israel Prize. 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A native of Larissa, a town in central Greece, Arar took up his post as chief rabbi of Athens in 1964 and served for 46 years. “He was a man of deep knowledge, professionalism, kindness and love for his people,” the community said in a statement. “We also express our gratitude for the valuable contribution to our community and hope you rest in peace.” Arar was buried in Israel, according to his wishes. Jesse Steinfeld, anti-tobacco surgeon general LOS AN GELES (JT A) – Dr. Jesse Steinfeld, who fought vigorously as surgeon general to warn the public of the dangers of smoking, has died. Steinfeld, who served in the post from 1969 until President Richard Nixon forced his resignation in 1973, died in Pomona, Calif., from complications resulting from a stroke. He was 87. Nixon appointed Steinfeld, who used his office as a bully pulpit to become an outspoken and pointed critic of tobacco until his ouster. Steinfeld was the first sur geon general to warn the public of the dangers of secondhand smoke and called for a smoking ban in most public areas. He also insisted on the warning on ciga- rette labels, “The Surgeon General has determined that smoking is hazardous to your health,” which was stronger and more definitive than previous warnings. During his tenure as surgeon general, Steinfeld also warned against the deleterious effects of television violence on children, the dangers of pesticides and carcinogens in food. The son of Jewish immigrants from Hungary, Steinfeld grew up in West Aliquippa, Pa., a suburb of Pittsburgh. According to the Washington Post, he was inspired to study medicine by the premature death of his father , a heavy smoker, from a heart attack when Steinfeld was 5 years old. Gerald R. Slutsky, age 84. Cherished husband for 60 years of Madeline, nee Apter. 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Tekiah gedola takes the standard tekiah and makes it three times as long. Synagogue services, too, have varying lengths. There are short services, such as the evening service on Rosh Hashanah, and even shorter ones like the weekday afternoon service (mincha). In fact, mincha can be so short that Rabbi Randall J. Konigsburg of T emple Beth El in Birmingham, Ala., has seen Israeli bus drivers “jump off the bus, daven (pray), and jump back on the bus without losing much time on their route.” The same can’t be said for shacharit (morning service) and mussaf (additional service) on Rosh Hashanah – far from it. “The Rosh Hashanah morning service is designed like the tekiah gedola,” Konigsburg said. “The theme of the day is the coronation of G-d as ruler of the universe. A coronation is filled with pomp and ceremony , and that is what the Rosh Hashanah service is all about.” It sounds nice in theory, but realistically, how many Rosh Hashanah services have you spent in the hallway chatting with your friends? Or maybe you’ve even done it quietly in the back of the sanctuary , bemoaning the length of the rabbi’s speech or the operatic perform ance of the cantor, which to you has little meaning or attraction. “I understand having kavanah (proper intention) on Rosh Hashanah, but to elongate something that normally goes 25-30 minutes to an hour seems pointless,” laments Gabriel Lewin of Pikesville, Md. “And while I appreciate the need for shuls to raise money and to sell off honors, like getting an aliyah [to the Torah], the problem is it turns into 35 minutes of grandstanding… and it also wastes a lot of time that could have been spent doing something more kadosh (holy).” Lewin said he doesn’ t like the lengthy mishaberachs, blessings that are added during the Torah reading. Though he’ s a chazzan himself, Lewin said he finds fault in cantors who “like to hear themselves sing” and turn the prayers into a performance. Hannah Heller, also of Pikesville, says she remembers being “frustrated as a child in shul when davening seemed endless and the people talking was such a distraction that I wondered why I had to be there all those hours.” Today, Heller said she still finds Rosh Hashanah services to be long, but they are also very meaningful for her. It was a matter of finding the right synagogue in N etivot Shalom, a mo dern Orthodox establishment where, according to its website, “everyone has a voice.” “Those who lead the davening do a lot of catchy , popular tunes and people are encouraged to sing along,” says Heller , noting that the tunes make her a part of the service. Heller says the speeches at N etivot Shalom are kept to a minimum and given not only by the rabbi, but also by members of the congregation. And while a lot of traditional singing takes place, “the person who leads davening avoids making it a cantorial performance and, instead, makes more of an effort to include everyone and help them feel that the prayers are relevant to each of us. … If congregants feel involved, they will be far more interested in davening and less concerned with watching the clock.” Heller also finds that being prepared can make a difference. She brings – and the synagogue provides – Jewish books in English for moments when the liturgy is too heavy or she is struggling to stay focused. One book she recommends is “Rosh Hashanah Yom Kippur Survival Kit,” by Rabbi Shimon Apisdorf, but she notes that there are many others for that situation. In addition, Heller recommends that synagogues offer preholiday primers to assist congregants in understanding the prayers. She says recording tunes for participants to learn in advance can be helpful, too. “The real problem with all services is not that they are too long, it is that people are not engaged by the service,” says Konigsburg. “An opera is very long with lots of singing, unless you have read in advance the story and know what musical highlights to pay attention to. When we understand the service and are engaged by it, we don’ t really consider the passage of time. When we don’t understand the music or the words, then yes, it seems to drag on and on.” Konigsburg says that rabbis and cantors can work hard to en- gage their members, but ultimately, “each of us is responsible for our own spirituality.” Lewin realized that lesson not too long ago and decided to find a synagogue that was a better fit. Now, he prays in a service at a private home with 40 or 50 like-minded individuals instead of a larger Baltimore shul. “You have to know your self,” says Lewin, noting that one should not reflexively attend the synagogue his family went to and assume it will somehow meet his needs. “Don’t be afraid to go somewhere else. Be honest about what you want and find it. In big cities, it all exists.” Andrew Lavin attends Temple Beth Israel in Port Washington, N.Y. He says he also used to find the length of the High Holiday prayer experience challenging, but as he has gotten older, he finds synagogue to be “one of the few places in the world where I can get peace and quiet and solitude and get into my own thoughts.” Lavin, however, says he does not judge others who feel differ ently. “No one says you have to get there at the beginning of the service,” he says. “I think you should go the length you want and feel comfortable with that. If you can be spiritually fulfilled in just a few hours, then that’s good. … It’s a new year, so let go of the meshugas (craziness) and be hopeful for the future.” Konigsburg says, “The Rosh Hashanah service is not a marathon, but an appropriate entrance to a Jewish New Year.” Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob Synagogue A cornerstone of the Skokie Jewish community for more than 60 years, we invite you to our warm, welcoming and inclusive congregation for High Holiday Services. Orthodox Services will be led by: Rabbi Samuel Biber & Chazzan Eytan Dallal Traditional Services will be led by: Rabbi Dr. Gerald Teller & Chazzan Baruch Shifman Join us year round for inspirational services and activities that will be enriching for you and your entire family. • Daily Minyanim • Prominent Scholars-in-Residence & Lectures • Adult Education Classes & Shiurim • Youth Programming • Chesed Projects Introductory membership plans and individual High Holiday seats are available. Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob Synagogue 8825 East Prairie Road Skokie, IL 60076 847-674-3473 • www.svaj.org • [email protected] 12 Chicago Jewish News - August 15 - 21, 2014 Community Calendar Sunday August 17 Congregation Beth Judea holds Block Party with food, games, athletics, swimming and entertainment. 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Vernon Township Pool and Picnic Area, 16652 N. Buffalo Grove Road, Buffalo Grove. $5 adult, $4 under age 12, $20 family, plus swimming entry fee to Vernon Township of $6 adult, $4 under age 16. Registration, [email protected] org or (847) 634-0777. Monday August 18 Congregation B’nai Tikvah hosts Family Fun Evening for new and prospective members with hot dogs and treats, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 1558 Wilmot Road, Deerfield. Reservations required, (847) 945-0470. Tuesday August 19 Sweet Singers of Congregation Ezras Israel perform program of Yiddish, Hebrew, Israeli and English songs. 2:30 p.m., Brookdale Place, 8975 W. Golf Road, Niles. (773) 764-8320. Congregation Beth Judea holds Fun and Fitness Night with workouts (bring your own attire), chocolate and wine. 7 p.m., Adult and Pediatric Orthopedics, S.C., 555 Corporate Woods Parkway, Vernon Hills. $15. RSVP, (847) 634-0777. August 20 Jewish B2B Networking presents Speed Networking for Chicago’s Business Professionals. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington, Evanston. $40. Registration required, jewishb2bnetworking.com. Chicago YIVO Society’s Summer Festival of Yiddish Culture presents Rabbi Barry Schechter speaking on “Yiddish and Laughter.” 2 p.m., Evanston Public Library, Community Room, 1703 Orrington Ave. (847) 448-8600. Congregation Beth Shalom and Congregation Beth Judea present Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell, co-founder and director of the Center for Jewish Mindfulness, leading workshop titled “From Broken House to CEMETERY LOTS Two Cemetery Plots Shalom Memorial Park Prime location: IV Carmel, Estate 1315 Currently $4,950, asking $3,950. Please contact Bob at: 847/209-5451 or [email protected] Memorial Park Gan M’Nucha ROSEHILL 12 Prime Lots available together or will divide Caroline 847 651-2636 1 Plot only Section V, Lot 230, Grave #5 $4,500.00 obo contact-847-334-3300 MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY 12 PLOTS FOR SALE in Makom Shalom Annex Section. Currently selling for $4,500 each, asking $2,500 + transfer fees Felix Dayan (847) 877-3485 [email protected] Thursday August 21 Wednesday CJN Classified 4 Lots Available Shalom Memorial Park Hebron Section $4000 each or best offer Call Seymour Berman (561) 394-0011 Leaky Hut: The Spiritual Arc of the Season of Awe,” 7-9 p.m., Congregation Beth Shalom, 3433 Walters Ave., Northbrook. $5, Beth Shalom and Beth Judea members, $10 non-members. Register, (847) 6340777. CEMETERY Sweet Singers of Congregation Ezras Israel perform program of Yiddish, Hebrew, Israeli and English songs. 2:30 p.m., Park Plaza, 6840 N. Sacramento, Chicago. (773) 764-8320. Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Congregation Men’s Club hosts power-point presentation by Esther Manewith, “Bringing Yiddishkeit to the Former Soviet Union” highlighting work of Lubavitch Chabad. 7:30 p.m., 4500 W. Dempster, Skokie. (847) 675-4141. Friday August 22 Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah presents outdoor musical, “Shabbat at the Shul Under the Stars,” followed by barbecue dinner. 5:30 p.m., 3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette. Reservations, (847) 256-1213. JCC Kehilla holds Shabbat on the Lake with dinner and activities for 20-30year-olds and young families. 5:30-10 p.m., Chicago lakefront park between Barry and Wellington streets on inner Lake Shore Drive. $10 advance, $15 on site. Register, gojcc.org/kehilla or (847) 763-3629. Congregation B’nai Tikvah holds Simchat Shabbat Under the Stars with instrumental accompaniment for family, friends and prospective members followed by Oneg. 6:30 p.m., 1558 Wilmot Road, Deerfield. (847) 945-0470. To take advantage of CJN Classified page call 847-966-0606. Northbrook Community Synagogue shows film “Sandlot” at “NorComSy Drive-In.” 9 p.m., parking lot, 2548 Jasper Court, Northbrook. northbrookcommunitysynagogue.org. Sunday August 24 Chicago Jewish Historical Society holds South Haven and Benton Harbor bus tour led by Leah Axelrod. 8 a.m.- 8:30 p.m. departing from Bernard Horwich JCC, 3003 W. Touhy, Chicago, or 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m. from Marriott Hotel, 541 N. Rush, Chicago. Pack meal or snack to enjoy at last tour stop, Sinai Temple in Michigan City, Ind. $88 CJHS members, $93 non-members. Reservations, chicagojewishhistory.org or (847) 4327003. Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Congregation presents “Sundays with Rabbi Weill” featuring stories and playtime for children to age 6 and the young at heart, 9-10 a.m. 4500 W. Dempster, Skokie. Reservations (847) 6754141. Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois holds meeting featuring Robin B. Seidenberg speaking on “Treasures in Print: Finding and Using Historical Newspapers.” 2 p.m., Temple BethEl, 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook. Temple library opens at 12:30 p.m. for use of genealogical materials. jgsi.org or (312) 666-0100. StandWithUs presents “ABCs of BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) Workshop.” 7:30 p.m., Congregation K.I.N.S. of West Rogers Park, 2800 W. North Shore, Chicago. $5 advance, $10 door. [email protected] standwithus.com. Tuesday August 26 Saturday For only $40, you can place your classified ad in this space! view Grind, 989 Waukegan Road, Glenview. (847) 7290111. August 23 Jewish comedian Debbie Sue Goodman presents “An Evening of Comedy and Music.” 7:30-9 p.m., Glen- Keturah Hadassah presents Dr. Eileen Ladin-Panzer discussing her novel, “A Life Less Lived,” at general meeting. 12:30-3 p.m., Mayer Kaplan JCC, 5050 Church, Skokie. $3. (847) 675-5873. Wednesday August 27 The Abington hosts Memory Support Group Meeting with presentation by Dr. Kieran Nicholson, medical director, Family Home Health and Centered Hospice. 6 p.m., 3901 Glenview Road, Glenview. RSVP, [email protected] or (847) 729-0000 Ext. 120. Thursday August 28 Consulate General of Poland hosts evening commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liquidation of the Lodz Ghetto featuring Chazan Alberto Mizrahi of Anshe Emet Synagogue, photo and film displays of Lodz before the Shoah and the Ghetto, 5:30-8 p.m., Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson, Chicago. [email protected] Beit Yichud hosts Maggid Carna Rosenholtz, MA leading an experiential workshop on “Elul: Becoming Whole Through Teshuvah.” 6:30-9:30 p.m., 6932 N. Glenwood , Chicago. $40 suggested donation. Facebook.com/BeitYichud, [email protected] or (847) 910-1556. WTTW-Channel 11, Chicago’s local PBS station, airs “Great Performances: Rejoice with Itzhak Perlman and Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot.” 8 p.m. Sunday August 31 Chabad Community Center of Rockford presents “Learning from the Past; Living the Present; Looking to the Future,” first Midwest appearance of Anne Frank’s childhood friend and stepsister Eva Schloss of London. 4-5:30 p.m., UIC College of Medicine Auditorium, 1601 Parkview Ave., Rockford. $15 adults, $5 students. Tickets, ChabadRockford. com/events or (815) 9858594. 13 Chicago Jewish News - August 15 - 21, 2014 By Joseph Aaron CONTINUED F RO M PAG E 14 because of Hamas not the Israeli army. Period. Hamas began the war, Hamas purposely puts its rocket launchers in schools and homes, Hamas uses its own civilians as human shields, Hamas wants dead Palestinian women and children because it knows that people seeing that gets things twisted and the Israeli Army gets blamed for what Hamas has caused. You know, since the war began, I’ve been getting a lot of heat from both sides. The right is mad at me because they feel I have not been as outraged as I should be by the outbreak of anti-Semitic acts and words in Europe, America and other places in the world. And the left is mad at me because they feel I have not been as outraged as I should be by the firepower the Israel Defense Forces have aimed at Gaza and the resulting civilian deaths. I do find the anti-Semitism disturbing but I also know that many of those committing it are doing so because they are ignorant and hateful and so use any opportunity to spew ugly at, do ugly to the Jews. I also know governments this time are protecting us, that Jews this time feel powerful enough to speak out and stand up, and that a lot of this is the world’s unease at the Jews having a state that can defend itself. And I do find the deaths of innocent Palestinians disturbing but I also know that Israel does all it can to avoid that, does not at all want that and would not fire one bullet at Gaza if only Hamas would stop shooting thousands of rockets at Israel. The pure simple truth is that the Israeli Army is as moral an army as there has ever been. Don’ t blame it, don’t blame Israel for what Hamas has brought on innocent Palestinians. I’d like to share with you a small part of a letter written by a captain in the Israeli Army to give you a sense of the Jewish warriors who are fighting to protect the Jewish state. “To the Palestinian people of Gaza: We don’t hate you. We don’t wish you ill. We want only to live in peace side by side with you. When you come out of wherever you’ve been able to take refuge, ask yourself why Hamas never built you any shelters to protect you. They’re great at digging tunnels after all. They’ve dug them under our border, intending to murder as many of our civilians as possible; our women and children, gathered in agricultural village dining halls. Not soldiers, not warriors, but our women and children and old people. “So they’re good at building tunnels. Why didn’t they build any for you to take shelter in? Then look at your neighborhoo ds, which are destroyed now because they housed the entrance points to those tunnels, not next to your homes but in your homes! “They turned your homes and neighborhoods into rocket launching sites and weapons storage depots. Not by accident, but to make you vulnerable, to insure, in fact, that you would be in harm’s way no matter how many warnings Israel issued before it attacked. Ask why Hamas told you to ignore those warnings and that it was your duty to stay in those neighborhoods that they had turned into military targets. “You’ve gone to war against us three times in the last five years. You’ve initiated each one and we’ve begged you, before each, not to launch more rockets at us. But each time you were promised a new divine victory. The rockets would be the sword that would defeat us. We invented Iron Dome. “The tunnels would be Hamas’s “surprise” that would “open the gates of hell to us.” W e’re inside those tunnels right now . Blowing them up. And who has paid the bitterest price? You. Is it worth it? Are you getting something out of all this? “Here’s an idea. You’ve tried war three times in five years? T ry something new. Try peace. You don’t even have to call it peace. . Just stop trying to kill us and prepare to be amazed at how good your lives will become. But what about the siege? The so called “siege” which is nothing more than a sanction regime, was put in place because you keep trying to kill us! So stop. “You’re smart people. You’re industrious people. Stop trying to kill us and you won’t need to be a martyr to get into Paradise. You’ll have Paradise on earth. You can become the Singapore of the Middle East. You have beautiful beaches that can be developed for tourism. You’re on the Mediterranean for Goodness sake! You are creative and hard working and talented. Put those talents to use at trying to improve your lives instead of trying to end ours. “You don’t even have to love us. You don’t even have to like us. In fact you can continue to hate us, if that gives you some sort of emotional comfort. It won’t bother us. Knock yourselves out. Just stop trying to kill us, “Give it a decade. Try it. We’re not going anywhere. You won’t defeat us. You won’t destroy us. You won’t cast us into such despair that we leave the land we’ve yearned for, worked for, sweated and bled for, for two thousand years. We won’t withdraw from the Middle East. Because we live here. Our religion wasn’ t born in Poland. It was born here. Our language wasn’ t born in Russia or America or France or Ethiopia or Yemen or Morocco. It was born here. And I promise you, we won’t become war weary. We can’t afford to. “Just stop trying to kill us.” THE CHICAGO Jewish News The Rosh Hashanah Issue publishes Sept. 19th. Space reservation deadline: Tuesday, Sept. 9 To advertise in this special issue call 847.966.0606. The Chicago Jewish News gratefully acknowledges the generous support of RABBI MORRIS AND DELECIA ESFORMES 14 Chicago Jewish News - August 15 - 21, 2014 By Joseph Aaron Being a mensch Best Independent Living for Active Seniors! 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Indeed, he would frequently refer to himself as “an honorary Jew.” And professionally he was. He would incorporate the use of Yiddish and Jewish humor into his comedy. In many of his skits he channeled a stereotypical elderly Jewish lady, or a New York rabbi. And he played several Jewish characters on film, including “Jakob the Liar,” where he portrayed a Jewish shopkeeper in Holocaust-era Poland, as well as in the film “Seize the Day” alongside Jewish-American actor Jerry Stiller, and as Armand Goldman in “The Birdcage.” There is also the famous scene from “Mrs. Doubtfire” where Williams, along with Jewish-American actor Harvey Fierstein, sing a rendition of “Matchmaker” from “Fiddler on the Roof.” A few months ago, while on set for his short-lived TV show “The Crazy Ones,” Williams a picture of himself wearing a white yarmulke and saying “Too late for a career change? Rabbi Robin?” And he was an honorary Jew personally. Williams was one of the entertainers at the 2005 banquet for Steven Spielberg’s Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation. “Ladies and gentlemen,” Williams said in a Yiddish accent, “Welcome to Temple Beth Prada. This evening’s meal will be milchidik, fleishadik, and sushidik.” Rob Eshman, a Jewish reporter who attended the event, noted that Williams stayed until the very end of the evening, something most big time Hollywood types do not do. And so Eshman went over to Williams. “You were hysterical,” I said. “Thank you,” he said. “And you stayed to the end,” I said. Williams looked at me with great sincerity. “This means a lot to me,” he said. “Of course.” Which gives you context to my favorite story about Williams. He was appearing on a program on German TV when the interviewer asked him, “Mr. Williams, why do you think there’s not so much comedy in Germany?” Williams answered, “Did you ever think you killed all the funny people?” In every way except birth (he was born in Chicago by the way) Robin Williams was Jewish to his core. He was a great friend of the Jewish people, a supporter of Jewish causes and someone who understood us and showed his love for us. Which is why comedian Steve Martin was so right in his tweet reacting to Williams’death when he called him a “mensch.” And why it was entirely appropriate that The Jewish Federations of North America posted a photo of Williams on their Facebook page along with the caption, “W e mourn the loss of the great actor, comedian Robin Williams, z”l.” Z’l being the Hebrew abbreviation for ‘of blessed memory.’ At a time when Jews are not so much feeling all the friends we have and very much hearing from those who wish us ill, with ugly demonstrations taking place in many parts of Europe and even the United States, it is right for us to remember Robin W illiams, who cared about us and was, in a very real sense, part of us. Which is much more than I can say about someone who really is one of us. Howard Schultz is a Jew. He is also the CEO of Starbucks and someone who has just acted as disgracefully as a Jew possibly can. Howard Schultz’s Starbucks recently issued a statement denying “rumors that Starbucks or Howard provides financial support to the Israeli government and/or the Israeli Army. Neither Starbucks nor the company’s chairman, president and CEO Howard Schultz, provide financial support to the Israeli government and/or the Israeli Army in any way,” the statement said. Look, I know Starbucks is not a Jewish company and that even though its chairman and president and CEO are all Jewish, namely Howard, that does mean he needs to support Israel personally or have his company do so. But there is just something about this story that makes me very sad and very sick. That he so went out of his way to disassociate himself from Israel and “its army” is not something I believe any Jew should do and certainly not one as prominent as Howard Schultz. Yes, famous Jews have a special obligation to be proud of who they are and to stand by and with Israel. Doesn’t mean you have to like or support its politics or its actions. But I got to tell you this emphasis in the Starbucks statement about the “Israeli Army” I found especially galling. I know, I know all those heartbreaking scenes on TV of dead Palestinian children, women. I am not at all making light of that but the simple pure truth is those Palestinian children and women are dead SEE BY JOSEPH AARON ON PAG E 1 3 Chicago Jewish News - August 15 - 21, 2014 15 16 Chicago Jewish News - August 15 - 21, 2014 Support Maintaining independence through assistance. Quality care and assistance are the focus of life at the Selfhelp Home. Whether you require help with medications, dressing or other daily living activities, our professional staff will make you feel comfortable and secure. Experience living in a casual environment where you can receive all the support you need, as we bring services to you, right in your own apartment at Selfhelp. 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