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    201584NORTH JERSEY

    HANDS-ON KASHRUT IN WOODCLIFF LAKE page 6MARKING YOM HASHOAH IN WYCKOFF, TEANECK page 8, 10FALLING IN LOVE WITH BEIT SHEAN page 14PORTRAITS OF IRISH HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS page 35

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    Irene and Manny Buchmans terrible journeys

    From the Carpathians to Englewood

    APRIL 10, 2015VOL. LXXXIV NO. 29 $1.00

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    Yom Hashoah CommemorationThis years commemoration will feature a presentation by Ela Weissberger, who performed in the childrens opera Brundibar at the Theresienstadt concentration camp as a childa show staged by the Nazis to fool the world into thinking nothing suspicious was taking place there. The Young Peoples Chorus @ Thurnauer will sing selections from the opera. The program will also include the presentation of the Abe Oster Holocaust Remembrance Award, as well as a candle-lighting ceremony by Holocaust survivors.Thur, April 16, 7-9 pm Free and open to the community

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    Shimon Peres, enthroned No one in Israel has sat in more lofty perches than has Shimon Peres. Presi-dent, prime minister, defense minister he has a lot to show for his 66-year career in public service.Which is why,

    when he sat down in the Iron Throne of Westeros last week, we couldnt help but wonder what he was thinking.The Iron Throne is

    the central symbol in the HBO fantasy series The Game of Thrones, which portrays dynastic scheming loosely based on the Wars of the Roses. The popular series returns for its fifth season this week. Last week, an exhibit based on the show paid a Passover visit to Israel. And before it opened for the public, the British ambassador and the president of the Israeli video channel that imports The Game of Thrones escorted Mr. Peres for a special tour.We dont know whether Mr. Peres is a

    fan of the television show. Was he sim-ply bemused to sit in a throne made of swords? Its certainly more fancy than the chairs from which he led cabinet

    meetings. Or was he wondering how his career would have played out had he been a politician in the mythical world of Westeros, rather than in real Israel?You can read the statement he left

    on his Facebook page and judge for yourself:The Passover holiday exemplifies

    that we knew how to release ourselves from the tyranny of foreign thrones and liberate ourselves from slavery to freedom, Mr. Peres wrote. Although in Game of Thrones there are many sword fights and beheadings, in the real world it is the duty of leaders to seek any way towards peace. LARRY YUDELSON

    NOSHES ...................................................4OPINION ................................................ 18COVER STORY .................................... 24TORAH COMMENTARY ................... 33CROSSWORD PUZZLE ....................34ARTS & CULTURE .............................. 35CALENDAR .......................................... 36GALLERY .............................................. 39OBITUARIES .........................................41CLASSIFIEDS ......................................42REAL ESTATE ......................................45

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    Jews for Rand? Or Jewish? Ah, for the good old days when candidates looking for the Jewish vote could simply eat a bagel and didnt have to figure out how Jews would prefer to describe themselves.On Tuesday, Senator Rand Paul

    (R-Ky.) launched his 2016 presidential campaign, and promptly stepped into a Jewish social media minefield. The candidates website asked supporters to adopt one of two dozen widgets, such as African-American for Rand, Iowan for Rand, and Christian for Rand.But one sounded clunky to a lot of

    ears: Jew for Rand.Some observers on Twitter quickly

    suggested Jewish-American for Rand.The campaign, however, settled on

    brevity rather than hyphenation, and soon issued a revised icon: Jewish for Rand.Meanwhile, another page of interest

    to Jews on RandPaul.com received a first-day revision: Rand Paul stands with Israel, it was decided on second thought, was better illustrated with an Israeli flag than with Jerusalems Dome of the Rock. - LY

    The Chad Gadya Price Index How much is that kid in the song?Sure, it starts with a goat your fa-

    ther bought for two zuzim however much that is. But what about the cat, and the dog, and?Not long before Pesach, Naomi Ad-

    land started to muse about the cost of Chad Gadya.For 31 years, as she noted in her

    blog A Wandering Gnome, PNC Bank has been calculating what it calls the Christmas Price Index the cost of all the gifts in the song The Twelve Days of Christmas, from a partridge in a pear tree to twelve drummers drumming.Now she offers the Chad Gadya

    Price Index as a Jewish answer, at http://bit.ly/js-chad.The two zuzim themselves comes

    to $3.86 worth of silver. Good luck getting a kid for that: According to the 2012 USDA Census of Agriculture, the average price for a dairy goat in New York is $185.Then came a cat that ate the kid

    What kind of a cat is big enough to eat a goat? Ms. Adland wondered. The answer would be a bobcat or mountain lion. You can buy one for $1,750. Warning: You cannot own one

    in New Jersey.The dog doesnt have to kill the

    bobcat; it just has to bite it. You can adopt a dog for $258.A fire to burn the stick that beats

    the dog: Sounds like a lightning strike to me, writes Ms. Adland. One average lightnings strike worth of property damage comes to $18,036.95.Quenching a typical fire, according

    to the Fire Protection Research Foun-dation, requires 8,077 gallons of water or $103.45 at New York City water and sewer rates.You can buy an ox in New York for

    $312.50. Butchering it requires a full days work for the butcher, or about $164.Playing the angel of death, how-

    ever, will at least cost your place in the world to come and likely a few thousand dollars in cash as well.All in all, concludes Ms. Adland,

    youre going to need to shell out $23,580.93, the respect of your fam-ily and friends, and your place in the world to come to purchase everything mentioned in Chad Gadya.And now we know. LARRY YUDELSON

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    e goy is eating matzah. Overheard in the DC Metro by David Sable, an observant Jew, as he ate shmura matzah during chol hamoed Pesach, from a young chasid who thought he did not look convincingly Jewish; as recounted in Tablet.

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    now-adult daughters were raised Jewish.Director and writer

    NOAH BAUMBACH, 45, has explored the lives of sophisticated urbanites in generally well-received films, starting with The Squid and the Whale in 2005. Critics say that his new film, While Were Young, is his most fully realized and satisfying work to date. BEN STILLER, 49 (who starred in Baumbachs 2010 film, Greenberg), plays Josh, a Brooklynite

    who can never seem to finish his documentary. Cornelia (Naomi Watts), his wife, is the daughter of a legendary documen-tary maker (CHARLES GRODIN, 79). Corne-lia and Josh, who cant have children, drift away from their best friends, a couple their age whove just had a baby, and become friends with an energetic couple who are twenty years younger (Amanda Seyfried and Adam Driver of Girls fame). The contrast in

    styles and world view of these two age-disparate couples is often amusing and usually thought-pro-voking. ADAM Beastie Boy HOROVITZ, 48, as the male half of Joshs old couple friends, and PETER YARROW, 76, of Peter, Paul, and Mary, as a left-wing intellectual, both are in the film as well. (Opening dates vary around the country. In many cities, it is April 3 or April 10.)

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    The Longest Ride, which opens

    on Friday, April 10, is based on a 2013 novel of the same name by Nicholas The Notebook Sparks. Basic plot: after being trapped in an isolated car crash, the life of 91-year-old Jewish widower, Ira Levinson, becomes entwined with that of young college student, Sophia Danko (Brit Robertson) and the cowboy whom she loves, named Luke (played by Scott Eastwood, son of Clint). Ira recalls his past life with his Jewish wife, Ruth, as he waits to be rescued.Ira and Ruth were the

    first Jewish characters that Sparks created. In a 2013 interview, Sparks said that as wrote his novel, he drew from his memories of the Jews, some of whom were his friends, who lived in New Bern, North Caro-lina. He said that writing Jewish characters was something I hadnt done before, and I thought people would like it. Also, not a lot of people know there are Jewish people in the South. We all know there are a lot of Jewish people in New York and other big cities. Not a lot of people realize how prominent they are in the history of the South. New Bern, my home-

    town, is the home of the first synagogue in North Carolina.Sparks Levinson is

    proud to be a Southerner and proud to be Jew-ish. Ruths background is much different: she came to North Carolina as a teen refugee from Nazi-occupied Austria. The film/novel follows Ira and Ruth as they fall in love almost the minute she enters Iras fathers small clothing store. Then we see them court while going to synagogue together. Later, we fol-low them as they share a passion for modern art and weather the dark days of World War II.Oona Chaplin, Charlies

    granddaughter, plays the young Ruth, with Jack Huston (grandson of John Huston, nephew of Angelica) as the young Ira. By the way, Huston, who played a disfigured WWI vet on Board-walk Empire, has some remote Jewish ancestry: his maternal grandfather was the son of Marchio-ness Sybil Sassoon, of the famously wealthy and accomplished Iraqi Jewish/British Sas-soon family. Alan Alda, 79, plays the elderly Ira. Alda, who is not Jewish, has been married to a Jewish woman, ARLENE WEISS ALDA, 82, for 58 years, and their three

    California-based Nate Bloom can be reached at [email protected]

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    to premiere on April 10, and per Netflix practice, the entire first season will be released on that date. Im pretty sure that most of you interested in watching it already know that it is based on the Marvel Comics character first created by STAN LEE, now 92, in 1964. Heres the basic plot: Lawyer-by-day Matt Murdock (played by Charlie Cox) becomes Daredevil. He uses his senses, heightened because he was blinded as a young boy, to fight crime on the streets of Manhattans Hells Kitchen at night.One of the Dare-

    devils main adversaries is Wilson Fisk, aka the Kingpin. Hes a power-ful businessman in the same neighborhood. Fisk is played by Vincent DOnofrio (Goren on Law and Order: Crimi-nal Intent). Fisks love interest, Vanessa Mari-anna, is played by Israeli actress AYELET ZURER, 45. Her past co-starring roles include Vittoria Vetra in Angels and De-mons and Lara, Super-mans mother, in Man of Steel (2013). Veteran actor SCOTT GLENN, 74, has a recurring role as Stick, a mysterious marital arts expert who is Murdocks mentor. N.B.

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    Kosher or not?Fourth-graders in Woodcliff Lake learn about kashrut

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    Shrimp, flounder, anchovy. Which one isnt kosher?How long do you have to wait between eating dairy and meat?What does the OU or OK symbol on

    packaged food mean?Rather than learning the Jewish dietary

    laws only from books and lectures, the 28 fourth-graders at the religious school of Temple Emanuel of the Pascack Valley in Woodcliff Lake experience kashrut via an active curriculum devised by Rabbi Shel-ley Kniaz, the shuls director of congrega-tional education.

    Whether Im teaching mitzvot that apply between person and person or between people and God, a hands-on approach is most important because mitz-vot are things that we do, Rabbi Kniaz said. In synagogue school, on Sunday mornings and weekday afternoons, youre not eating. So I had to find another way to make kashrut hands on and experiential.

    The four-stage pro-cess begins with pri-mary sources in Eng-lish translation. Once the chi ldren have learned which ani-mals the Torah deems kosher and and which non-kosher, they sort stuffed animals accord-ingly, one group sort-ing land animals and the other water ani-mals. (This fun innova-tion was introduced by Temple Emanuel teacher Ira Brandwein a few years ago.)

    Next, they examine how rabbinic law developed based on Torah verses such as the separation of milk and meat deriv-ing from the prohibition against seething a kid in its mothers milk, or how to slaugh-ter an animal as painlessly as possible and discuss the philosophical underpin-nings of these rabbinic enactments. They learn an aspect of kindness to animals, being aware of their feelings and needs, for example.

    Focusing on the Torahs only stated rea-son for keeping kosher that it makes the practitioner holy they discuss the ben-efits of self-discipline in other arenas, such as training for a sport or learning to play piano.

    Finally, the children make a field trip to the Woodcliff Lake A&P for a hechsher hunt, finding kosher-certified ingredients to use as they prepare a Sunday brunch for their parents. The A&P has cooperated

    with the shul for six years, making sure there is a kosher ver-sion in stock for every item on the grocery list. Each group of kids

    also buys a few items for the Jewish Fed-erations food pantry.

    The following Wednesday, the children cook with parent volunteers, Rabbi Kniaz said. They make blintz souffl, ziti, quiche, brownies, and Rice Krispie treats, and on Sunday they prepare a fresh salad nioise and serve the brunch so they can enjoy the fruits of their labors.

    At the brunch, the kids teach their par-ents what they have learned through raps, skits, and games such as Are You Smarter Than a Fourth-Grader?

    Robyn Reifman of Upper Saddle River has had three children go through the curricu-lum. She said that they all have enjoyed it.

    When I first heard about this program, I thought it was a great way for the kids to learn about keeping kosher and how to identify kosher foods, she said. I think the hands-on experience they had shopping for food in the supermarket, and then cooking it, really reinforced their learning in a fun and practical way.

    Like most of the synagogues member families, the Reifmans do not observe the Jewish dietary laws. Although we do not keep kosher at home, this program was wonderful in that it taught our children a great deal about the practice of keeping kosher and what it entails, Ms. Reifman said.

    Rabbi Kniaz said that some families opt to follow up the curriculum with a kosher week, during which they might eat out at a kosher restaurant, buy kosher meat, or separate meat and dairy. Over the years she has been teaching the course, some families even made a lasting commitment to kashrut, though this is not the goal of curriculum.

    Were not telling families, You should be doing this. The point is that were doing what were supposed to do provid-ing the children with a quality Jewish edu-cation. Theres no way to understand the how and why of kashrut without doing it, she says. I didnt grow up keeping kosher and when I became observant I thought I understood it intellectually, but you really dont until you do it.

    Also, the children will make choices of their own as adults, and they should make informed choices. Generally parents are

    very open to that.Rachel Rimland, whose daughter Leah

    is a fourth-grader, says she was thrilled to learn about the program, particularly the interactive nature of the curriculum, and adds that even though she does not intend to make her kitchen kosher, the program raised her familys level of awareness about kashrut.

    As a family, we found the notion of self-discipline to be very informative, says Ms. Rimland, of Upper Saddle River. Even if we chose not to apply it to our eating hab-its, it does resonate in many other aspects of our lives. Leah is an animal lover so she was particularly interested in learning about how the animals are treated with respect and minimizing their pain.

    Rabbi Kniaz does similar hands-on activities for other grades and other mitz-vot. Throughout, we work a lot in pairs classmates teaching classmates and in many cases bringing parents in and teach-ing them what they learned.

    Formerly, Rabbi Kniaz served as a writer and trainer for Project ETGAR, a curricu-lum for Conservative synagogue schools in use throughout the country, and as assistant director of the United Synagogue Department of Education.

    Amy Fuchs of Upper Saddle River, a 4th-grade parent, looks at labels with some students from Temple Emanuel of the Pascack Valleys religious school. Inset: Sam Shulman, at left, and Max Dryerman inspect a package.

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    Eleven schools. One message.Federation video highlights cornerstone role of area Jewish education

    LARRY YUDELSON

    This is where Jewish community begins, says a woman with a broad smile, as chil-dren walk down a locker-lined school hall-way behind her.

    What follows is a video of many brief scenes. Cuts follow fast and furious, as children and adults recite lines that in less than five minutes tell the story of the Jew-ish day schools of northern New Jersey. The film is the latest product of an ongo-ing marketing collaboration between the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey and the areas 11 Jewish day schools.

    There are two audiences for the video, said Linda Scherzer, who leads the day school marketing project and wrote the videos script.

    Theres the part of the community thats very familiar with the day schools and already sends its children there.

    We want them to know the value we as

    a federation place on these schools, Ms. Scherzer said. Were saying to our day school parents and our day school com-munity that we understand you to be the

    cornerstone of the community, where we create the next generation of leaders.

    The second audience is the non-day school community. We want them to

    understand what these schools are about. Were trying to take the mystery out of the schools for the wider community, she said.

    The goal is not recruiting new students though if some parents of preschoolers watch the video and consider day school as an option, that would be nice, Mrs. Scherzer said. Rather, we want the non-day school community to understand the value of these schools, she continued. That these are state-of-the-art institu-tions where Jewish values begin at morn-ing meeting.

    We want to lift the hood off of the day schools and show the community their overall academic excellence and social impact, said Scott Leibowitz, the federa-tions managing director of marketing and communications.

    The video talks of day schools as con-veying Jewish values and continuity and basketball. It spotlights students who have won science, math, and stock-picking

    A gallery of students is featured in a video about the 11 day schools in the area served by the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey.

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    There is something particularly meaningful about hearing the stories of individual survivors.Allyn Michaelson and Rosa-lind Melzer, longtime organizers of the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jer-seys annual Holocaust commemoration and this years co-chairs, have inter-viewed some 85 survivors, compiling their stories for these events.

    Finding survivors is getting harder, Ms. Michaelson said, noting that as sur-vivors age, its more difficult for them to go through the interview process and then show up at the programs. In addi-tion, many have already told their sto-ries, while others have chosen not to do so.

    Were also running into survivors who were very young at the time of the Holo-caust, she said. In fact, one of the peo-ple who will be honored at the April 16 ceremony was 2 years old when he was placed on a kindertransport with his brother and sister.

    The stories of the survivors this year including Gregory Abraizov of Fair Lawn, Siegmar Silber of Paterson, Mali Janower of Monsey, N.Y., Miryam Suser-man of Hackensack, Bella Miller of Wanaque, and Abe Citrin of Fair Lawn vary widely. Mr. Abraizov fought in the Russian army, while Ms. Suserman was caught in the Paris Velodrome d Hiver, a Nazi-directed raid and mass arrest of Jews in Paris by the French police in July 1942.

    She was then sent to a concentration camp, where she lost her mother and brother, Ms. Michaelson said. She went

    through the system herself.As is customary, this years program,

    marking the 72nd anniversary of the War-saw Ghetto uprising, will feature local teenagers reading survivors stories. As their stories are read, each survivor will light a memorial candle.

    While the program will follow the order set in earlier years, Ms. Michaelson believes each part of the ceremony has a particular value. For example, a chil-drens candle procession with 72 yah-rzeit candles borne aloft by children from local schools and synagogues is not just a decorative element, she said.

    Jewish children are the survivors vic-tory, she said, adding that this gives them an opportunity to take part, not just as spectators. She also pointed out that the JFNNJ Holocaust commemora-tion embraces towns from Cliffside Park to Kinnelon.

    She pointed out that more than 500 people attend the event each year. Its always so powerful to hear the narra-tion, especially from young voices, she said.

    This year, program organizers have added closed captioning. As survivors age and their hearing declines, they say that they cant hear and understand. Its really hard to get good readers, she added, even through program planners choose the readers carefully. Since Wyck-off s Beth Rishon where the program will be held has television screens, it can include closed captions.

    This is the first time were doing this, Ms. Michaelson said.

    The guest speaker for the evening, psychologist/neurobiologist Dr. Rachel Yehuda, has a special connection to one of the survivors.

    When I was interviewing Sig Silber, his wife, Norma, showed us a flier from a program where they heard Dr. Yehuda speak, Ms. Michaelson said. Sigs sister, Zilla, was a case study for Dr. Yehuda. He discovered that only during the talk. He

    wanted that to be known.Dr. Yehuda, director of

    the traumatic stress stud-ies division at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, will discuss How the Trauma of the Holocaust is Genet-ically Transmitted from Survivors to Subsequent Generations.

    A professor of psychia-try and neurobiology who has written more than 300 papers and edited 10 volumes on biological studies of PTSD and the inter-generational transmission of trauma and PTSD, Dr. Yehuda noted that recent research has found that adult children of

    Holocaust survivors appear to be more susceptible to depression and anxiety, but may also have more finely tuned mechanisms for detecting and coping with danger.

    Ill make it easy, she said of her pre-sentation. It wont be too scientific.

    She noted that children of Holocaust survivors have been saying for years that they were affected by the Holocaust, a trauma experienced by their parents. She will speak about the intergenera-tional effects of the Holocaust. Its

    difficult to make invisible wounds visible, she said. If you can look inside the DNA and spot a physical change, it validates some-thing most people have suspected.

    For years, people who were exposed to trauma have said theyre not the same person as before the event. We havent had stress biology to help us

    understand that. People generally say [about a trauma] that we get over things and the body goes back to normal. This scientific breakthrough allows us to talk about what was transformed by the expe-rience. And the effects can be transmit-ted to children.

    This is not necessarily negative, she said. Its meant to prepare the next gen-eration somehow as best as they can be prepared. The question is whether the preparation is appropriate or not appro-priate. It depends on the environmental context.

    Ms. Michaelson said that Dr. Yehudas talk is not just relevant to survivors but to second and third generations. This val-idates what theyve always felt.

    The evening also will include a wel-come from JFNNJs president, Dr. Zvi Marans, and from Beth Rishons Rabbi Kenneth Emert. The shuls Cantor Ilan Mamber and members of the Beth Rishon choir will perform, as will Cantor David Perper of Mahwahs Beth Haverim/Shir Shalom. Allen Zaks will offer the second generation response. Cantor Mamber will lead the prayer El Maleh Rachamim, and his father, who is 100 years old and left Europe in the early 1930s for Israel, will lead Kaddish.

    Before the program, a photo exhibit curated by Rabbi Wallace Green that is at the Fair Lawn Public Library, will be on display at Beth Rishon. The exhibits theme is liberation.

    What: JFNNJ Holocaust Commemoration

    Where: Beth Rishon, 585 Russell Ave., Wyckoff

    When: April 16 at 6:30 p.m.

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    competitions. It shows children telling how they help the community, feeding the hungry and assisting in the wake of natural disasters.

    And it features area residents who are Jewish day school alumni with impressive accomplishments from recent graduates who are pro-Israel activists on campus; to Israels ambassador to South Africa, Arthur Lenk, who made aliyah after graduating from the Frisch School in 1983; to Jason Shames, the federa-tions CEO, a graduate of the Salanter Akiba Riverdale Academy in the Bronx.

    It was really sweet to be in those schools and engage with these kids, said David Thomas, who shot the film. The production took 15 days.

    When you set up filming, generally youre going to try to keep it as little work as possible. You want everyone in one location. For this, however, we made a big commitment to go to all the locations, he said.

    This included not only the eleven different schools I was up at night making sure I was as fair as pos-sible for all the schools, Mrs. Scherzer said but also graduates homes and workplaces.

    Weve got all these different schools that are really focused daily on their own students and their own lit-tle world. The piece was written where you felt there was one voice from all of the Jewish day schools, Mr. Thomas said.

    To anchor the disparate shots visually, I began to shoot beautiful stills of the kids. Every day I added two, three, five faces to a wall of photos that was being built. The final grid of faces represented building and community and the Jewish day schools being the cornerstones of the Jewish community, he said.

    We hope the film leaves a feeling of what these schools are about, Ms. Scherzer said.

    The video has been distributed by the day schools and posted to the federations Facebook page and website.

    A teacher watches students bustle through the hallway between classes at Yeshivat Noam.

    Youngsters at Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County enjoy being filmed for the video.

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    A childhood destroyedBergen-Belsen survivors to address Teaneck Holocaust commemorationSTEVE FOX

    Speaking to Howard Kleinberg on the phone, after the wed-ding of one of his grandchil-dren, I got the impression of an extremely sweet man with a won-derful demeanor who is thankful for all that he has and was marveling in the fact that another grandson, this one a rabbi, had officiated at the wedding.

    This perhaps is no wonder because Mr. Kleinbergs harrowing tale of surviv-ing the Holocaust is filled with twists of fate. As he says, a number of miracles have brought him to where he is today.

    Mr. Kleinberg was born in Staracho-wice, a small town in central Poland, the youngest of 10 children. His first encounter with fate came when he was 3, in 1928, when an uncle tried to get the family visas that would allow them to emigrate to the United States. Unfortunately, the doors to the States were closed, so he went to Toronto and obtained permission for the Kleinbergs to come to Canada. When the family got to Warsaw, though, there had been an outbreak of typhus. Canadian immigra-tion officials were screening potential

    immigrants for the disease. Because Howards father was of slight build and under the weight limit, they told his mother that she could come with the children, but that Mr. Kleinberg could join them later. Not wanting to leave her husband, Mrs. Kleinberg opted to send the four oldest children by them-selves. She would go later, with the rest of the family, she thought. As fate had it, Canada then closed its doors. Of the remaining Kleinberg children and their parents, Howard was the only one to survive the war.

    Anti-Semitism began to surface in Poland in the 1920s, as the Christian clergy, who controlled many of the schools, painted Jews as Christ killers and spread rumors of blood libel. As a 5-year-old, Howard looked forward to his first day of school, and went in his finest clothes only to be beaten and bloodied there by a gang of older stu-dents. It was his first real taste of the plague that would dominate the next 15 years of his life.

    In 1938 as rumblings about atroci-ties in Germany began to circulate, the local Poles took the cue and began beat-ing Jews in the streets. When Germany invaded Poland in 1939, the Jews were forced into factory labor. Life as they knew it ceased to exist. In the middle of 1941, the Germans created ghettos in the center of the city and rounded up all of the Jews, forcing them to live together, sometimes 20 people in a one-bedroom apartment. When they decided to empty the ghettos and send the Jews to concen-tration camps, they began a selection

    What: Teaneck Holocaust Commemoration

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    Nancy and Harold Kleinberg have been married more than 65 years. Both are camp survivors.

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    process, choosing only the able-bodied people to work in the factories. We thought that we could stay together as long we worked in the factory, but in October of 1942, we were awoken to the sounds of dogs barking and bullhorns blaring telling everyone to get out of their apartments with just the clothes on their back, Mr. Kleinberg said. Parents were separated from their children and sent to Treblinka. It was the last time I saw my parents.

    As the younger ones were shepherded to another factory, they were made to run on the roads and witnessed the local Poles applauding their misery. They dehumanized you and took away all of your self-esteem, he said. If you didnt run fast enough, you were shot, and to prove their point, they randomly shot six people as we started to leave the town. Mr. Kleinbergs group was sent to a camp named after the notorious Her-mann Goering. The Germans made everyone line up every morning, and if one person was missing or escaped, they would kill 20 of us. We were given a tin and a slice of bread with some water to last us an entire day, and if you could find a paper bag from the cement, that became your insulation.

    Due to pestilence and unsanitary conditions, many people died of star-vation, and others, like Mr. Kleinberg, came down with typhus. It was Jan-uary, 1943 and the commander was doing a health inspection, he said. I knew that if he saw me, I would be killed, so I hid in the back in the snow, and he passed me by. The next morn-ing, miraculously, the typhus went away. The SS finally took over the camp. There were too many prisoners dying, and they needed the manpower.

    Mr. Kleinberg spent the last two years of the war going from one con-centration camp to another, including Auschwitz and Mathausen, eventually arriving in Bergen-Belsen. The war was coming to an end, and even though

    much of the work ceased in Bergen-Belsen, the prisoners were starved, and many died out in the yards. One of Mr. Kleinbergs jobs was to take blankets and drag corpses into a pile. As his own health deteriorated, he could no longer stand. Instead, he lay down among the bodies, waiting to die.

    Then the next miracle occurred. The British had liberated the camps. A young woman, who had been in the womens section of the camp, saw How-ard lying there. She couldnt believe he still was alive. She and a friend helped nurse him to health; then a British soldier took him to a hospital, where he recuperated for six months. Both he and the young woman indepen-dently made it to Toronto, where they reunited. Howard Kleinberg married Nechama Baum, the woman who saved his life. Today Nancy, as she is now called, and Howard Kleinberg have been married for more than 65 years and celebrate holidays with children and grandchildren.

    We, the members of the Teaneck Holocaust Commemoration Commit-tee, search each year to find survivors to bear witness to the atrocities of the

    Shoah and speak to the community, so that their stories are never forgotten. As the numbers of survivors diminish, we count our blessings as we continue to have survivors speak at our event, which will take place this year on April 16 at Teaneck High School. It is a privi-lege that all in the community should take advantage of.

    Steve Fox is co-chair of the Teaneck Holocaust Commemoration Committee and of the Teaneck Holocaust Memorial Committee. He can be reached at [email protected]

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    When you ask attorney Stephen Flatow of West Orange how many children he has, his answer is immediate.I have five children, he says.Not surprising. What father doesnt know how many

    children he has?And how are they doing?Four of them are flourishing; they are all married and all

    parents. Mr. Flatow and his wife, Rosalyn, have 13 grand-children, and another ones on the way. (And three of the Flatows children live in Bergen County.)

    But the fifth, his oldest, Alisa, was murdered by terror-ists when she was 20; her 20th yahrzeit was last week. She has been dead as long as she was alive.

    Just because she isnt there now, that doesnt mean Im not her father, he said. I just dont have any recent pic-tures of her to show.

    It is her death that galvanized Mr. Flatow, 66, a warm, rumpled, silver-haired, avuncular, direct man, to take on Islamic Jihad, its sponsor, Iran, and even his own govern-ment. As he made the kinds of friends and gained the kind of supporters he never would have known otherwise, he came to learn more and more about how terrorism works.

    Its all about the money, he said. Just as blood feeds a tumor, money feeds the cancer that is terrorism. Figure out a way to starve the flow of money, and youll begin to starve the terrorists as well.

    That is very hard-earned knowledge.Alisa was blown up on a bus in 1995. A graduate of

    the Frisch School in Paramus and a student at Brandeis

    University, she was spending a year in Israel, and had taken the bus to the beach in Gaza. Her parents had laid down some rules for her no buses from place to place in the city, no traveling alone and she had followed them. But her murderers didnt care.

    When Alisa was in the hospital, dying of her wounds, her parents flew to Israel and donated her organs, thus saving other peoples lives and also giving a huge boost to cadaveric organ donation in the Jewish community.

    When they returned home, though, they had to resume their lives, with a huge smoldering sinkhole gaping at them. It wasnt easy.

    I dont subscribe to the theory that God only gives us things we can handle, Mr. Flatow said. He had thought about that idea often, because it was so often offered to him in consolation. The mother of another victim had killed herself, he said, so that truism clearly was not true for her. But one of the things that we were lucky with was the support we received from the community, both in the immediate aftermath and in the weeks and months thereafter.

    He and his wife also tried a group called Compassionate Friends; the meeting was at a synagogue, but the group was not Jewish. They found it both moving and useful. They listened to parents stories of losing their children on the parkways, to cancer, to drug overdoses, to auto-mobile accidents. And then they came to us, and I said, Our daughter was murdered in a terrorist attack.

    Everybody gasped. Then the meeting became all about them, which he found helpful then but could not do more than once. It drained too much attention away from everyone else, and focused too much on them. So that was our last meeting.

    Still, he found the groups newsletter useful. Although the holidays about which it gave practical advice tended to be Christmas and Easter, still the advice was smart, practi-cal, and easily transferable.

    Once Alisa died, her father changed. First, he began a volunteer career as a public speaker, flying all over the country to talk to Jewish groups about Alisa. He and his family endowed the Alisa Flatow Memorial Scholarship, and they endowed a program in Alisas memory at Nish-mat in Israel. He threw himself into fundraising for these programs, and for Israel.

    He also pursued legal remedies. Senator Frank Lauten-berg, the Democrat who represented New Jersey, spon-sored legislation that allowed American citizens to receive punitive damages from foreign countries. At a trial in 1998, we introduced evidence that established that Alisas mur-der was done by Islamic Jihad, and that Iran sponsored Islamic Jihad, he said. Those financial connections, and the fact that Alisa and her family both suffered, resulted in the familys being awarded $247.5 million in damages, most of them punitive. These people are not heroes. They are not martyrs. They are traitors to the human race, the New York Times quoted Mr. Flatow as saying after the judgment was announced. We call upon the people of the world who, like us, refuse to be intimidated by what happened to Alisa. We call upon them to say Enough blood shed such as this.

    We saw 10 percent of money, Mr. Flatow said last week. The other 90 percent of it is out there. We are still trying to hold the Iranians feet to the fire, but it doesnt look like well be successful.

    In 1999, he and his allies identified an office building in New York City that was owned by a charity, and we said that it was actually a front for the Iranian government.

    But the federal government fought us tooth and nail.It wasnt in the U.S. governments interest to have pri-

    vate citizens, no matter how well intentioned and no mat-ter how grotesquely aggrieved, fighting Iran in court. The government felt that such private fights would curtail its own options and disrupt necessary diplomacy. The Fla-tows lost that case; last year, though, a court in Brooklyn disagreed. In the BNP Bank Paribas case, ownership of the Manhattan building was traced to Iran, and the bank, which had scrubbed that connection from its books, was ordered to pay a $8.9 billion fine.

    For most of us, thats an unbelievable amount of money, Mr. Flatow said. For a bank, its not so much.

    The banks interest is not in terrorism, he said. Its profit.

    He feels strongly that sanctions, such as the ones that have been levied against Iran, and will be lifted if Presi-dent Obamas deal with Iran is ratified which he does not like work, but you have to be at it long enough.

    Sanctions work because they cut off the flow of cash. A country has to determine if it will improve its roads and its schools and make its citizens lives better, or if it will use it to kill innocent civilians to advance a different purpose.

    Mr. Flatow was born in Middle Village, Queens. My father was a salesman, he said. He used to sell ice cream cones, paper cups, and supplies to Dairy Queens, in stores like that. Gil Flatows territory was northern New York State, beginning in Westchester and Rockland counties, some 40 miles away, so it made sense for the family to move further north.

    They ended up in Monsey.He remembers the day that the family went to look at

    the Rockland County town. It was 1959, I was 11, my par-ents were both smoking like chimneys. There was no ven-tilation in the car. My sister sat between my brother and me and put her head in her lap. She was feeling very sick. The trip ended in a development, where my father was driving very slowly, and my mother had her head out the window at a weird angle.

    She was looking for mezuzahs.There were many marked doorposts, so the family put

    down a five percent deposit on the house, which cost $21,000.

    Then Fay Flatow had to learn to drive. Her car was a

    Steve Flatow and his daughter Alisa.

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    1949 Oldsmobile, with no power steering. She was short and thin, my mother, but she was an ox, and she had a cigarette in her mouth, with the ashes falling down, grasping at the wheel of the car.

    The family was Jewishly involved; once they moved, they joined Temple Beth El in Spring Valley, which had an excellent rabbi, Louis Frishman, who was influ-ential in Mr. Flatows life. He also was the father of Rabbi Elyse Frishman, who leads Barnert Temple in Franklin Lakes.

    The family did not become Orthodox until Alisa prodded them into it. She always was strong-willed, her father remembered fondly, and she always felt a deep pull toward Judaism. When she was a small child, she demanded to be sent to a Jewish kindergarten rather than a public one, and her parents complied. As she became more and more immersed in the Jewish world, her family followed her there. Now, it is their home.

    Mr. Flatow went to Long Island University in South-ampton, and then to Brooklyn Law School. He got married in 1969 Rosalyn Packett, his bride, grew up as a member of the Bergenfield Dumont Jewish Center in Bergenfield. After graduation and after being des-ignated as 4F undraftable by the Vietnam War-era draft board for a condition that caused him to develop infections in the nerve canals in the small of his back Mr. Flatow went into the title insurance business. It turned out that he liked it. I love what I do, he said. I am very lucky.

    I love the problem-solving part of it. You see a problem, you figure out how to solve the problem. It was that approach, in fact, that helped him as he dug into the problem of how Islamic Jihad was financed, and how Iran finances other terrorist groups.

    Although he is a lawyer, he said, he did not function as a lawyer during any of the trials. Its not his exper-tise. But he did use his skills as a researcher to follow the money.

    Mr. Flatow has used his strong understanding that he still has that he always will have five children to great rhetorical effect. During the trial against the Iranian government, my attorney said, You were the father of Alisa Flatow, and I said, No.

    They looked at me, startled.I said I am her father.The judge, Royce Lamberth, looked away, and my

    attorney, Stephen Perles his eyes welled up.The day before, he had gone through questions

    he might ask me. Not answers, just questions. But he hadnt phrased the question in the same way that he did at the trial, and he assumed that he knew the answer.

    That got the trial off to a good start, Mr. Flatow said.

    In the 20 years since Alisas death, Mr. Flatow has learned to live with it. He smiles, he laughs, he is warm. He is deeply connected to the Jewish world, to Jews, and to Israel. He loves his work. He can be happy.

    Life goes on, he said. I still think about Alisa every day. I dont say she is my driving force, but she plays a big role in my life, along with my other four kids, my 16 grandkids, my wife. She is present.

    It is as if she is here.He imagines her happy, wherever she is now. He

    remembers the smile that seemed to be her perma-nent expression. I think that it is her job to accom-pany other souls, to make their transition easier, he said. And he smiles too.

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    At home in Beit SheanRidgewood woman on Israel Teaching Fellows program falls in love with the regionMELISSA J. CHARTOFF

    I f someone told me a year and a half ago that I would move to Israel for 10 months, I am pretty confident I would not believe them.And if someone told me I would be living in a town called Beit Shean, I am not even sure I would know what language they were speaking.

    The connection I developed with Israel started after a Taglit-Birthright Israel trip in December 2013. Like so many other young Jewish Americans, this was my first exposure to Israel. However, I did not anticipate the effect this place would have on me at all. In the trips 10 short days I fell in love with so many aspects of the country: the landscapes and natural beauty, the food, the culture, the lifestyle, and the people.

    After returning to New Jersey, I knew that I had to find a way to get back to Israel for longer than ten days. With a simple Google search of teaching English in Israel I came across the Israel Teaching Fellows website. There are a lot of subsidized programs available to get to Israel, but ITF was by far the most intriguing to me. I submitted my first appli-cation and that was when the most exciting time of my life began.

    ITF works in eight cities around Israel, focusing in the periphery and on areas with overcrowded schools. Appli-cants are free to choose the city they want to work in at the beginning of the interview process. I was not very familiar with any of the cities but I knew I wanted to be in the north. I requested an interview with the coordinator in Netanya, a beach city between Haifa and Tel Aviv, with not much else to base my decision on other than location. By the end of our Skype interview, we had talked mostly about Beit Shean and how it would probably be a better fit for me. Beit Shean was already on my radar because of its location, so I switched gears and began the process of speaking with the coordinator here. I cannot imagine how different my experience would have been if I had ended up in Netanya.

    In the months leading up to my departure, most people I talked to usually had little to no knowledge of Beit Shean. What I did hear over and over again was that it was hot. It is a very small city with about 20,000 residents and I have even come across Israelis who had never heard of it. Many people asked, and still ask, why I would choose to come to Beit Shean for 10 months.

    At first, I didnt have much of an answer to this ques-tion except Why not? After living here for six and a half months I truly feel at home in this city and could not be happier with my decision.

    When I arrived in Beit Shean in September I immediately understood what everyone was talking about when they said that this place was hot. Beit Shean is in the Valley of Springs in Israels lower Galilee region, and it is surrounded by about 40 natural springs. In my opinion, Gan HaShlo-sha National Park (Sachne) beats the beach any day. In the winter, the hills in the area are green and lush and covered with colorful wildflowers. The natural landscapes here are just stunning.

    When I decided to come to Israel, it was very important to me to learn Hebrew. There are formal ulpan classes as part of the ITF program but little did I know that living in Beit Shean is basically a 24/7 ulpan. The city is not as American-ized as most of the bigger cities in Israel, and not a lot of English is spoken here. I was forced into a Hebrew mindset from the first week that I was here and it has been the best

    way to pick up the language. A trip to the supermarket dur-ing my first month here was quite an adventure, but now I am (almost) as comfortable there as I am in any ShopRite!

    The majority of my time is spent teaching English in ele-mentary schools. I had never taught formally before, and even after an intense introduction to the field, I really do enjoy it. I work in three different elementary schools, so I am lucky enough to know a lot of children around town. The Israeli and American school systems are vastly different in many ways but the children here are some of the sweetest,

    most energetic and caring that I have ever met. There is nothing better than the dozens of hugs I receive every day and hearing my name called out on the street after school hours. It is so gratifying to see genuine excitement from the students when I work with them; it has really validated the work I am doing and the impact I have on the community.

    In addition to teaching, I spend some time volunteering in town. I was thrilled to find out that there was an oppor-tunity to volunteer at the citys biggest tourist attraction, the Beit Shean National Park, as an English-speaking guide.

    A hilltop awash in wildflowers overlooks Beit Shean in the Valley of Springs in the lower Galilee, where Melissa Chartoff, inset, is spending 10 months.

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    I have a background in tourism so this was a natural fit for me. It was not long until I became acquainted with the orga-nization Partnership2Gether (P2G) and their offices have become like a second home. P2G is a local organization that works closely with the Jewish Federation in Cleveland, Beit Sheans sister city. When you live in Beit Shean, it does not take very long to realize how strong the connection between the two cities is. I have had some amazing experiences and opportunities at both volunteer loca-tions and being able to work in the tour-ism field has really provided such a well-rounded experience.

    Without a doubt, my time in Israel has been the best and most exciting experi-ence of my life. I have learned, grown and changed so much from this amazing country and the people here. Even on my first trip to Israel, I felt completely at home but the community of Beit Shean has welcomed me in a way that I could never have imagined. I am lucky enough to have a host family that I have truly bonded with, and I now have the little sisters I never had but always wanted! Some of the warmest hospitality I have ever received has happened right here in this city, and it has yet to falter. I wonder if there is something in the water of these natural springs that makes everyone so sincerely generous. There is never a short-age of invitations to join a local family for Shabbat and other holidays. I have had

    the best time making new friends, eating amazing food and I truly have a feeling of family here even though I am so far away from my own. I look forward to the new experiences that wait for me in the last three months of the program, but it will not be easy to say goodbye to this com-munity that has become my second home and the people have become family.

    Melissa J. Chartoff is from Ridgefield, and a graduate of Temple University.

    A pastorial, semi-tropical scene from Gan HaShlosha National Park.

    There are Roman ruins in Beit Shean National Park.

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    Kaplen JCC fundraising event proves to be a moveable feastMore than 300 women attended the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades culinary adventure, Lavish Lunches, a program that raises money to support essential JCC programs and services for senior adults in the community.

    This years adventure began with a light breakfast at the home of Lindsay and Josh Epstein, where culinary expert Franklin Becker shared tips on how to use simple ingredients to create dishes that are healthy and delicious. Partici-pants sampled one of his favorite recipes.

    At the breakfast, the son of a JCC senior center participant spoke about his fathers experience in the JCC Adult Reach Center, a welcoming program where his dad just celebrated his 105th birthday.

    Later, guests went on to enjoy an appetizing Lavish Lunch, served in more than a dozen local homes and venues,

    where hosts and hostesses provided a unique dining experience.

    Event proceeds will support programs that allow seniors to age in place success-fully and remain engaged and connected to their community. They include social adult day care for people with Alzheim-ers disease and dementia; programming for active retirees; door-to-door trans-portation in wheelchair accessible vehi-cles; breakfasts and hot kosher lunches; programs for the arts; lectures and con-certs; discussions on current affairs; gar-dening, music and exercise; sing-alongs and dancing; birthday and holiday cele-brations; and intergenerational pro-grams with nursery school children.

    Alissa Epstein and Michele Ross co-chaired the program, and Artistic Tile, Marcias Attic, Salon Pavel, SeeSaw, and all the hosts and hostesses were sponsors.

    This years Lavish Lunch committee: Jennifer Schiffman, Michel Ross, Erica Rivera, Lorin Cook, Dana Baumgarten, Lindsay Epstein, Alissa Epstein, Brandi Rubin, Merle Fish and Amy Zagin. COURTESY JCCOTPYJCC spring gala to honor leaders

    for service and volunteeringThe Bergen County YJCC will hold its annual spring gala on Thursday, April 30, at Temple Emanu-el in Closter. The gala begins at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails and will be followed by the program, dinner and dancing.

    Stephanie and Barry Kissler will be honored as Couple of the Year, Barnett Buzz Rukin will be recognized with the Community Builder award and Lisa and Adam Grossman have been named the years Young Leaders. An ad journal will be published in conjunction with the din-ner. Funds raised help support YJCC pro-grams and services to its members and the community.

    Barry Kissler has served on the YJCC board for many years and he has been its secretary. He is also liaison to Jewish Feder-ation of Northern New Jersey and co-chair of the YJCCs capital campaign. Stephanie Kissler is a regular volunteer, including serving lunch to YJCC senior adults weekly. They also are leaders and supporters of other community organizations, includ-ing Temple Emanuel of the Pascack Val-ley, Center for Hope and Safety (formerly Shelter Our Sisters), Israel Bonds, Valley Chabad, AIPAC, and the Jewish Home.

    Barnett Buzz Rukin dates his connec-tion to the YJCC back to his childhood, when his parents were involved with

    the YM-YWHA in Hackensack. The YJCC Nursery School bears the Rukin name the David Rukin Early Childhood Cen-ter as a tribute to his parents. Over the past 35 years, he has held many positions at the YJCC, including endowment and search committee chair, board member and president. He was Man of the Year in 1986. In the community, he has served as a board member for the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey, a member of the Cornell University Council and vice chair of the Valley Hospital Foundation. He is a trustee of the Valley Hospital System and a board member of Valley National Bank.

    Lisa and Adam Grossman have been active volunteers and fundraisers for the YJCC since they moved to the area 10 years ago. Lisa volunteered for fundraiser com-mittees benefiting the nursery school and YJCC and was chair of the Nursery School Parent Association. She also was a mem-ber of the YJCC board. Adam Grossman has been a member of special committees and various fundraising campaigns. Lisa recently concluded a two-year term on the Wandell School Education Foundation board of directors in Saddle River.

    For information, call Ashley Warren at (201) 666-6610, ext. 5832, or email her at [email protected]

    Barnett Buzz Rukin Stephanie and Barry Kissler Lisa and Adam Grossman

    OU International Jewish Communities schedules home and job relocation fairThe Orthodox Union will hold its fifth International Jewish Communities Home and Job Relocation Fair on Sun-day, April 26, from noon to 6 p.m. at a new and larger location, Metropolitan West, 639 West 46th St., across from the Intrepid, in Manhattan.

    In addition to representation from a record 45 communities from 22 states coast to coast, the State of Israel will be represented by OU Israel and Nefesh bNefesh, to answer questions from peo-ple thinking of making aliyah.

    The fair highlights growing and thriving communities across the United States that have the amenities of Orthodox life, at a lower cost of living than in the New York area, as well as substantial employment opportunities for newcomers. Amenities include Orthodox synagogues, yeshivot/day schools, mikvaot, Judaica stores, and easily available kosher food.

    New Jersey communities represented

    at the fair include Paramus, Fair Lawn, Cherry Hill, East Brunswick, Linden, Long Branch, Manalapan, Springfield, Twin Rivers, and West Orange.

    For information, call Hannah Farkas, the OUs assistant director of synagogue and community services, at (212) 613-8351, or email her at [email protected]

    Israel Bonds dinner recognizes the Jaffes and the YagodasState of Israel Bonds will honor Bunny and Leon Jaffe, members of the Jewish Community Center of Paramus/Congrega-tion Beth Tikvah, and Shoshana and Will Yagoda, members of Congregation Beth

    Tefillah in Paramus, at the JCCP/CBT on Sunday, April 19, at 5:15 p.m. There will be a reception and dinner. For reservations, email [email protected]

    The OU fairs provide a wealth of information.

    Motorcycle ride will be scenicThe Chai Riders will offer its first ride of the season on Sunday, April 26. Reg-istration, along with a bagel-and-lox breakfast, is from 8:30 to 10 a.m. in the parking lot of Temple Beth Sholom of Fair Lawn. Events include a poker run through Bergen County, five stops along a scenic route with refreshments served

    along the way, a barbecue lunch after the ride, and raffles and prizes.

    For information, call Dr. Charlie Knapp at (201) 791-4161 or email him at [email protected] The synagogue is at 40-25 Fair Lawn Ave., corner of Saddle River Road.

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    KEEPING THE FAITH

    In a Jerusalem schoolyard, a bloody rehearsal

    I t was inevitable from the moment the Mandelbaum Gate was brought down 48 years ago.The it in question is the sacrificing of a lamb by koha-nim dressed in supposed priestly garb, complete with the sprinkling of blood on an altar. A crowd of hundreds watched the ceremony, which was conducted in a west Jerusalem schoolyard on the Monday before Passover.

    To be sure, the ceremony said to have been a perfect recre-ation of the one held in the Temple until it was destroyed 1,945 years ago was meant as a rehearsal only, to demonstrate that the priesthood is prepared to restart the sacrificial cult the min-

    ute the government approves prayer on the Temple Mount, according to the events spokesman, Arnon Segal. Segal told reporters that his group, the Temple Mount Institute in Jeru-salems Old City, even had a portable altar ready to be set up on the Temple Mount within minutes of a govern-ment okay.

    That the government will give a green light to prayer on the Temple Mount is a stronger possibility today than ever, because Israels new cabi-net coalition is expected to include

    at least three ministers who actively favor it. Whether such a go-ahead would include offering sacrifices is not so certain, although the Temple Mount Institute seems convinced of it.

    What is reasonably certain is that any attempt to offer even just the Passover sacrifice once a year (ignoring the slew of other offer-ings, including the daily ones) will likely set off an Arab-Israeli war of an intensity not yet seen since Israel became a state. Anyone who thinks otherwise is likely to see more Jewish blood flowing from that act than lambs blood.

    Seriously, how would any of us feel if someone came to the front door of our synagogues, killed an animal there, and then roasted it on an open fire? Like it or not, the Temple Mount is the site of two mosques that are considered sacred to Islam. Muslims will not take such sacrilege with any degree of equanimity.

    This is why successive Israeli governments have banned non-Muslim prayer of any kind on the Temple Mount, not just Jewish prayer, even though a Jerusalem magistrate court ruled in March that Jews may pray there. Israels Supreme Court also holds that

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    Pesach falls when it falls on the 15th day of Nisan, when the moon is full, hanging low and seeming close to us.We know that because the Bible tell us so.Yom Hashoah, on the other hand, is not divinely

    mandated in fact, you could make the strong argu-ment that its origins come from the other direction, the pits of hell. But in fact it was created to fall close to the anniversary of the revolt of the Warsaw ghetto, the evening of Passover 1943, and just a week before Yom Hazikaron, when we remember Israels fallen heroes, and Yom Haatzmaut, when we switch from sorrow to joy as we celebrate Israels independence.

    So this is a very complicated time for Jews. We start counting the Omer on the second day of Pass-over, counting down toward Shavuot. That sequence is biblically ordained, going from slavery to redemp-tion to acceptance of the Torah, with a little bit of agriculture thrown in too. And during that time, and not at all accidentally, we recall our peoples darkest hour, and then move from that darkness to another kind of light.

    We mark Yom Hashoah here in many ways, as the calendar on page 36 shows. Many synagogues run programs, either separately or in partnership with other shuls. The JCC, the federation, local yeshivas, and many other Jewish institutions acknowledge the day.

    The Upper West Side Jewish community will acknowledge the Shoah by reading the names of some of the murdered Jews. The somber reading lasts all day; it begins at shul at 10 on Wednesday night, moves to the JCC in Manhattan at 7 in the morning, and ends there at 9 Thursday night. (There is more information on page 37.) That allows enough time for only a small percentage of the names to be read, but it rescues each name from oblivion for at least the number of seconds it takes to say it out loud, to have that names syllables in a readers mouth and then on his or her lips, and then released to the hushed air.

    Almost every shul on the Upper West Side takes part in this reading. It is one of the few times each year when ideological differences vanish. Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist, unaffili-ated shuls all come together. That normally would be