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THEJEWISHSTANDARD.COM2015 84NORTH JERSEYDERSHOWITZ DEBATES DEAL page 6FUNDING FARMERS FALLOW FIELDS page8TOUROS HUBERMAN LOOKS BACK page12ISRAELI DANCER AT HOME IN HOUSTON page37AUGUST 14, 2015VOL. LXXXIV NO. 47$1.00 J e w i s h S t a n d a r d1 0 8 6 T e a n e c k R o a dT e a n e c k , N J 0 7 6 6 6C H A N G E S E R V I C E R E Q U E S T E DJS-1*Goodbye YThe Washington Township institution moves out, hopes to move on, and we look back page 24JS-2JEWISH STANDARD AUGUST 14, 20152 Thank youfor choosing methree years in a row.I am deeply honored.DAVID WILD, MD, FACCCardiologist and Director,Holy Name Medical CenterEchocardiography LaboratoryHoly Name Medical Center718 Teaneck RoadTeaneck, NJ 07666877-HOLY-NAME (465-9626) prompt 4holyname.orgHealing begins here.FIRST PLACECARDIOLOGISTREADERSCHOICE2015FIRST PLACECARDIOLOGISTREADERSCHOICE2015Holy NameCardiology Associates954 Teaneck RoadTeaneck, NJ 07666 201-833-2300.I love being able to come to work every day and care for so many wonderful people as if they weremy own family. I make it a goal to constantly improve quality of life. Its an honor and a privilegeto be named the 2015 Jewish Standard Readers Choice First Place Cardiologist. I look forwardto caring for you in the futureusing my expertise as a board-certied cardiologist, nuclearcardiologist and echocardiologisthelping you make the right choices for your heart and your life.Page 3JS-3*JEWISH STANDARD AUGUST 14, 20153 NOSHES ...............................................................4OPINION ............................................................ 18COVER STORY ................................................ 24CROSSWORD PUZZLE ................................ 36ARTS & CULTURE .......................................... 37CALENDAR ...................................................... 38OBITUARIES ..................................................... 41CLASSIFIEDS .................................................. 42REAL ESTATE .................................................. 45CONTENTSFor convenient home delivery, call 201-837-8818 or publishedweeklyonFridayswithanadditionaleditionevery October,bytheNewJerseyJewishMediaGroup,1086Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ 07666. Periodicals postage paid at Hackensack, NJandadditionaloffices.POSTMASTER:Sendaddresschanges to New Jersey Jewish Media Group, 1086 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ 07666. Subscription price is $30.00 per year. Out-of-state sub-scriptions are $45.00, Foreign countries subscriptions are $75.00.The appearance of an advertisement in The Jewish Standard does notconstituteakashrutendorsement.Thepublishingofapaid political advertisement does not constitute an endorsement of any candidate political party or political position by the newspaper or any employees.The Jewish Standard assumes no responsibility to return unsolicit-ed editorial or graphic materials. All rights in letters and unsolicited editorial,andgraphicmaterialwillbetreatedasunconditionally assignedforpublicationandcopyrightpurposesandsubjectto JEWISH STANDARDsunrestrictedrighttoeditandtocomment editorially.Nothingmaybereprintedinwholeorinpartwithout written permission from the publisher. 2015Candlelighting: Friday, Aug. 14, 7:38 p.m.Shabbat ends: Saturday, Aug. 15, 8:39 p.m.Israelimuseum treasuresonline It is an ironic but true thing that its often the most sophisticated work that evokes the least sophisticated response from us.As in Oh wow! As in open-mouthed staring.That is the logical response to a new website from Israel, Its a portal, in English, Hebrew, and Arabic, to the countrys museums, a showcase both for Israels cutting-edge technical sector and for its muse-ums. Fun fact: Israel has more museums per capital than any other country.Its a joint venture, four years in the making, of the Ministry of Culture and Sport, the heritage division of the prime ministers of-fice, and more than 50 of the countrys museums.The site offers quick access to information and high-resolution photos, including of works of art that are not on display, in these categories: art; Judaica; history; archaeology; world cultures; and nature and science. Some of the photos can be rotated online. You can search the site bymuseum, item, or exhibition.Its part of a rethinking of how to use the internet, a basic reori-entation to if you cant beat em, join em. Just as newspapers have learned that they cannot ignore the Internet but instead have to post their content and learn how to sell advertising around it, so, too, do museums realize that if they display some of their prizes online, people will consider paying entrance fees to the museum to see more.So take a look at the museums spreading their richness before you.JOANNE PALMERClay sculpture by Nachum Gutman at Nachum Gutman Museum in Tel Aviv.MUSEUMSINISRAEL.GOV.IL/ISRAEL 21CA steel numerator at MadaTech Israel National Museum of Science in Haifa. MADATECH MULTIMEDIA STUDIO/ISRAEL 21CBraid & Tower, a work by Drora Dominey at the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art.ASAF BRENER/ISRAEL 21CArt from the Israel Museum.MUSEUMSINISRAEL.GOV.IL/ISRAEL 21CNoshes4JEWISH STANDARD AUGUST 14, 2015JS-4*Tis is a scenario I never even dreamed of. Understatement by 91-year-old Holocaust survivor and great-grandfather Semion Simkin of Israel as he won a 10K race for senior runners in France last week. The runner-up came in 20 minutes later. Want to read more noshes? Visit is the bigger turn-off, Judaica or veg-anism?Red Oaks, an Ama-zon series that centers on a mostly Jewish coun-try club in New Jersey, is coming in October. More on that show in a later column.Its the 25th anniversary of the publication of Friday Night Lights, written by journalist HARRY Buzz BISSING-ER, now 60. His cousin, actor/director PETER BERG, 51, turned the book into a hit movie and long-running TV series. Bissinger and his family moved to Odessa, Texas, in 1988 and lived there for a year, so he could follow the lives of the players on a high school football team in a football-mad town for a full season. The anniver-sary edition of the book, just out, includes a postscript about what happened to people in the book. In an NPR interview, Bissinger vehemently defended his reportage, pointing out that much of it was sympathetic, but saying that people knew he was a journalist and if they didnt want him to report, for example, that many used the n word, they shouldnt have used that word while talking to him.Bissingers personal life adds a bizarre side-bar to the story. In the same interview, he con-fesses to a very expen-sive shopping addiction mostly for womens tight leather clothing and candidly admits that his taste in clothes has a sexual element. Al-though long married to a woman and the father of two, he says that he has a certain amount of gen-der confusion, and that probably made him the perfect person to write the July, 2015 Vanity Fair cover story profile on Caitlyn Jenner. (Thats the story with the ANNIE LEIBOVITZ cover photo of Jenner in a revealing dress that every media outlet re-posted or re-printed.)NINA TOTEN-BERG, 71, is well known as NPRs erudite legal correspon-dent. Less well known is the fact that she is one of three daughters of the famous violinist ROMAN TOTENBERG, who died in 2012 at age 101. In 1980, Romans Stradivari-us violin, worth about $15 million today, was stolen. The widow of a violinist who was seen in the area of the theft brought it in for appraisal last June and the appraiser alerted the police. On August 6, there was a moving ceremony at the Manhat-tans U.S. Attorneys office, where the three Totenberg sisters posed with their fathers beloved instrument.N.B.Lisa BelkinCUTTING THE CORD:New strengthfor streamingJeffrey Tambor Billy EichnerJulie Klausner Buzz Bissinger Nina TotenbergA new HBO miniseries, Show Me a Hero, will have its premiere on Sun-day, August 16. It is based on a nonfiction book of the same name by New York Times journalist LISA BELKIN, 55, about how the city of Yonkers, N.Y., was thrown into turmoil in the 1980s when a federal public housing project was slated to be built in a middle-class neighbor-hood. The series was created and co-written by DAVID SIMON, 55 (The Wire). WINONA RYDER, 43, has a big supporting part as the Yonkers city council president, who favored the project.More and more people are cutting the cable cord in favor of stream-ing services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and Sling. These services are en-couraging the trend via original series. Two of the biggest original hits have quite a bit of Jewish con-tent. Transparent on Amazon stars JEFFREY TAMBOR, 71, as a Jewish guy, and father of three, who becomes a woman. Over on Netflix, the first two seasons of Or-ange is the New Black featured Jason Biggs as Larry Bloom, the Jewish fianc of star character Piper Chapman. Bloom wasnt in the last season, but a couple of recent episodes centered on an African-American inmates conversion to Judaism.The Hulu series Dif-ficult People premiered with two episodes on August 5 and a new episode will be avail-able every Wednesday through September 16. It stars BILLY EICHNER, 36, and JULIE KLAUS-NER, 37, who co-created the show. The duo star as best friends Billy Ep-stein a gay Jew and Julie Kessler a straight Jew. They are constantly complaining social-media and pop-culture addicts who say aw-ful things to and about everybody. This sounds pretty awful, but the series is actually quite funny if you watch it just one or two episodes at a time. (I wouldnt recom-mend binge-viewing; it would be too hard to take that much of these two characters.) In the pilot episode, we find out that Billys perfect boyfriend has left himbut then they meet at a party, where the boyfriend is wearing a yarmulke, explaining that he is going to shul more. Billy trashes his ex-boyfriends yarmul-ke-wearing to Julie as soon as they are alone. In a