ZEEK MAGAZINE October 24-26 Crossing Borders Weekend
TIFERETH ISRAEL SYNAGOGUE
LETTER FROM JERUSALEM
Arab-Jewish coexistence at the gym
JERUSALEM—The central picture on the New York Times web site is of a "Peace Symbol (that) Sits Along Jerusalem's Divide." o The article tells about a statue erected at one of the meeting points between Jewish and Arab neighborhoods, donated by a Polish billionaire, and goes on to report about the tensions, violence, and accommodations between Arabs and Jews.
I had to read the New York Times to learn what happened in my home town. Perhaps the monument went up when we were visiting family and friends in the United States. If it made an impression on the Israeli media, I missed it.
When we were overseas I did not miss a report about a Jerusalem Arab who drove a BMW into a group of soldiers who were on an educational tour of the city.
The new monument is called the Tolerance Monument. It did better than the Center for Human Dignity Museum of Tolerance, planned to be financed near the city center with a $150 million gift from the Simon Wiesenthal Center. It stalled before the basement could be excavated due to its location on a Muslim cemetery. The site lies hidden behind a construction fence erected more than two years ago, while the courts ponder claims from Muslim religious institutions that the planners are concerned with something other than tolerance.
One does not need Polish billionaires or donors to the Simon Wiesenthal Center in order to find accommodation between Jews and Arabs in Jerusalem. I experience it twice a week when I go to the university gym. At my normal hours there are likely to be a half-dozen Arabs in the locker room. They include social workers, an accountant, and the owner of a shop on the main tourist street in the Old City. Some are Hebrew University graduates, including one of the best students in my workshop on policy analysis.
I cannot testify about the conversations in Arabic, but from the tones and body language they seem similar to the conversations in Hebrew. Mostly they resemble the banter I have heard in locker rooms over the course of several decades in different places. Humor is more prominent than philosophy or political preference. Multi-cultural themes include queries about one another's religious holidays, and whether or not someone has fasted on Yom Kippur or Ramadan.
A day after the riots in Acre the humor seemed forced, but that observation may reflect excessive sensitivity. I participated in one conversation that featured an Arab saying that the Arabs of Acre were known for their involvement in illegal drugs, and a Jew noting that the Jews of Acre were nothing to write home about.
One of my Arab students has made the point that the university remains a place of mutual accommodation. That is true in a limited sort of way. I never experienced a class discussion that got ugly, or even resulted in Arab students united against Jewish students. Occasionally an event will prompt Arab students and their left-wing Jewish allies to demonstrate at a busy location with signs and chants. This is likely to produce a count-demonstration by right-wing Jewish students, with university security personnel and the police between them, and police reinforcements located a few blocks away in case things get out of control.
Security has approached that at airports since a bomb exploded in a university cafeteria during the height of the intifada in 2002. That took the life of one of my students, and the eye of a young friend.
Some time later a critic asked why the university continued to employ Arabs among its security guards. "Why not?" was the official response.
When our children were in primary school, there were several cases of individual Arabs with large kitchen knives attacking Jews on the street. We did not want to be overprotective, or to produce children who were either racist or naive. We urged them to think of Arabs as likely to be decent, as we showed in our own conversation and behavior. However, we also told them to be careful. If they found themselves walking in front of an Arab, it would be wise to pause, and let the Arab get in front of them.
Our own neighborhood is integrated, with Arab students renting apartments, and a few Arab families buying apartments. Not everyone is happy, but I have not heard of any incidents.
It is not always obvious who is a Jew and who is an Arab. Complexion, clothes, language, and accent in Hebrew provide imperfect clues. Arabs killed an Arab who was jogging not far from my home. The organization that claimed responsibility granted the victim status as a martyr when it learned about the error. The Christian family of the victim, closely identified with the Palestinian national cause, declined the honor.
A Jewish friend noted that "half the people in this locker room are Arabs." I agreed, but noted that some of the Arabs were Jews. Among those likely to be chatting in Arabic are Jews from Baghdad, Cairo, or Morocco.
CONGREGATION BETH ISRAEL
TEMPLE SOLELNovember 8 Synaplex featuring Rabbi Daniel Gordis
LIFE & TERM INSURANCE SERVICES
THE VIEW FROM JINSA
Not buying CITGO gasoline could send an economic message to Venezuela's Chavez
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Reuters reported in August that Americans drove 12.2 billion miles fewer miles less in June 2008 than they did in June 2007; the eighth month in a row that driving declined and essentially erasing five years of growth in gasoline demand. Energy Department data in August showed total U.S. petroleum demand shrank by an average 800,000 barrels a day during the first half of this year, the biggest decline in 26 years. According to Reuters, from November 2007 to August 2008, motorists drove 53.2 billion fewer miles than they did over the same period a year earlier. Bravo.
But an informal survey in our area shows gas prices down from a high of $4.35 to a recent $3.19 and dropping, a major difference in each fill up. We now run the risk of returning to our wasteful ways.
It would be a mistake for economic, ecological and national security reasons - getting the last one right is a prerequisite for getting the others right. It is a quirk that put the oil under despotic regimes, but it requires that one of America's military priorities is to maintain the free flow of oil and the waterways through which it flows. Whatever the price per gallon, filling up provides Iran, Venezuela, Russia, and Saudi Arabia with the funds to export revolution and terrorism, or to bend the political will of others to their liking. And it increases the difficulty of protecting the sources and passages.
Now we have an opportunity for push back and we should take it.
According to a recent Associated Press story, the Venezuelan state oil company produced 3.2 million b/p/d in 1998, the year before Hugo Chavez became president. Daily output is now 2.4 million barrels. "About half of this oil is now delivered at a discount to Mr. Chavez's friends around Latin America. The 18 nations in his 'Petrocaribe' club, founded in 2005, pay Venezuela only 30 per cent of the market price within 90 days, with the rest in installments spread over 25 years. The other half - 1.2 million barrels per day - goes to America, Venezuela's only genuinely paying customer."
The story concludes, "Now that prices are falling, Mr. Chavez faces huge financial problems. Nobody is sure at what point his government would be unable to pay its bills, but most sources consulted believe this would probably happen if oil falls to $80 a barrel. Yesterday (13 October), oil was trading at $79.80."
Let's help him find out. CITGO exclusively sells gasoline made from Venezuelan oil. Stop buying it. Not because Venezuela is worse than Saudi Arabia, but because only with CITGO do we know where all the gas comes from.
Let's see if we can maintain our newly diminished driving habits and shift our purchases away from Venezuelan gas in the interest of sinking a pro-Iranian, anti-American dictator in our own hemisphere. Then, as hybrids and (in the future) electric cars - plus drilling, nuclear, solar and wind further reduce our dependence on black stuff from nasty countries, who knows where we can next exert our influence?
UNITED JEWISH FEDERATION OF SAN DIEGO January 29 Men's Event
Yitzhak Rabin' Memorial sponsored by the UJF Israel Center
Ms Sherri Lightner
Candidate for San Diego City Council
Dear Ms. Lightner:
SAN DIEGO—Back on September 19, San Diego Jewish World ran an interview with Phil Thalheimer, a member of the Jewish community, about his background and involvement with the Jewish community, his public advocacy for retaining the large Christian cross atop Mount Soledad, and his positions on constructing the Hillel House adjacent to the UCSD campus and stringing an eruv around the La Jolla community that includes Congregation Adat Yeshurun and Congregation Beth El. Here is a link to that particular issue
In the following day’s issue, we ran two letters to the editor on the race, one from a supporter of your position against Hillel’s construction, Alice Goldfarb Marquis, and the other from a 1st District constituent, Gail Forman, expressing appreciation for the backgrounding on Thalheimer. Marquis, a member of the Jewish community, said good land use policy, not bigotry, motivated neighbors’ opposition to the Hillel House. She did not comment on the controversy over the eruv.
In the last several days, a month after that article appeared, we have received a number of written communications from your supporters, alluding to the article, and asking—even demanding—that you be given an opportunity to express your views on the issues addressed by candidate Thalheimer. Given the timing of this new round of letter writing, we assume that you or your campaign in some way appealed for these supporters to write these letters.
In the interim, our publication has endorsed Thalheimer, explaining that while we strongly disagreed with his advocacy for retaining the cross on public land (we favor moving it to private land), we supported him because of your opposition to the Hillel House and to the eruv.
Rather than filter your opinions, and be accused either of bending over backwards to appease your supporters or of being biased against you in any story that might eventuate from a personal interview, we offer you a public interview. We shall be happy to print your personal answers to the following questions:
Issue One—Do you support or oppose retaining the large cross atop Mount Soledad.? Please state your reasons.
Issue Two—Your opposition to the Hillel House is well known. Your opponent says he changed his position from opposition to support after a court ruling upheld the sale of the land to Hillel by the city. Why do you continue to oppose Hillel?
Question Three—The stringing of an eruv in La Jolla met with an outcry of opposition from many of the same people who opposed Hillel, yourself included. Please explain your opposition to the eruv.
Question Four—In taking positions against the eruv, some La Jolla residents have expressed fears that it would lead to the “ghettoization” of your neighborhood. What is your opinion of this characterization? Do you think that San Diego City Councilman Jim Madaffer was correct or incorrect when he stated at one City Council hearing that anti-Semitism seemed to motivate some of the opposition?
Question Five -- Assuming you do detect some anti-Semitism among those who have opposed Jewish communal interests, have you publicly repudiated such attitudes among your supporters. If so, when and how? If not, why not, and will you do so now?
Question Six—Given your opposition to both the Hillel House and to the eruv, please say what else might recommend you to any voter concerned with the well-being of the Jewish community.
I shall look forward to reading your responses as will, I'm sure, members of the Jewish community who live within the 1st Council District.
Donald H. Harrison
Editor, San Diego Jewish World
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AMAZING STORIES OF JUDAISM
The roomer teaches a valuable lesson
SAN DIEGO—"Even maasu habonim haysa lirosh pina." "The stone that the builders despised became the head cornerstone." (Hallel Liturgy; Psalms 118)
Sometimes there is greatness right in front of us but we don't see it, as the following story related by Mary Bartels Bray illustrates:
Our house was across the street from Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. We rented rooms to outpatients at the clinic. One evening there was a knock at the door. I opened it to see a truly awful looking man. "Why, he's hardly taller than my eight-year-old," I thought as I stared at the stooped, shriveled body. But the appalling thing was his face -- lopsided
from swelling, red and raw. Yet his voice was pleasant as he said, "Good evening. I've come to see if you've a room for just one night. I came for a treatment this morning from the eastern shore, and there's no bus 'til morning."
He told me he'd been hunting for a room since noon but with no success, no one seemed to have a room. "I guess it's my face...I know it looks terrible, but my doctor says with a few more treatments..."
For a moment I hesitated, but his next words convinced me: "I could sleep in this rocking chair on the porch. My bus leaves early in the morning."
I told him we would find him a bed. I asked the old man if he would join us for supper. "No thank you. I have plenty." And he held up a brown paper bag. It didn't take a long time to see that this old man had an oversized heart crowded into that tiny body. He told me he fished for a living to support his large family.
He didn't tell it by way of complaint; in fact, every other sentence was prefaced with thanks to G-d for a blessing. He was grateful that no pain accompanied his disease, which was apparently a form of skin cancer. When I got up in the morning, the bed linens were neatly folded and the little man was out on the porch. He refused breakfast, but just before he left for his bus, haltingly, as if asking a great favor, he said, "Could I please come back and stay the next time I have a treatment?" He paused a moment and then added, "Your children made me feel at home. Grownups are bothered by my face, but children don't seem to mind." I told him he was welcome to come again.
On his next trip he arrived a little after seven in the morning. As a gift, he brought a big fish. He said he caught it that morning before he left so that it'd be nice and fresh. I knew his bus left at 4:00 a.m. and I wondered what time he had to get up in order to do this for us.In the years he came to stay overnight with us there was never a time that he did not bring us fish or vegetables from his garden.
I often thought of a comment our next-door neighbor made that first day. "Did you keep that awful looking man last night? I turned him away! You can lose roomers by putting up such people!" Maybe we did lose roomers once or twice. But oh! If only they could have known him, perhaps their illnesses would have been easier to bear. I know our family always will be grateful to have known him; from him we learned what it was to accept the bad without complaint and the good with gratitude to G-d.
Recently I was visiting a friend who has a greenhouse, As she showed me her flowers, we came to the most beautiful one of all, a golden chrysanthemum, bursting with blooms. But to my great surprise, it was growing in an old dented, rusty bucket. My friend explained. "I ran short of pots, and knowing how beautiful this one would be, I thought it wouldn't mind starting out in this old pail. It's just for a little while, till I can put it out in the garden."
She must have wondered why I laughed so delightedly, but I was imagining just such a scene in heaven. "Here's an especially beautiful one," G-d might have said when he came to the soul of the sweet old fisherman. "He won't mind starting in this small body..."
Dedicated by Dr. Al Salganick in memory of Mrs. Celia Rosen.
LAWRENCE FAMILY JCC, JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS
Former Ambassador Daniel C. Kurtzer and Middle East expert Scott B. Lasensky to urge U.S. involvement in Arab-Israeli peace at San Diego Jewish Book Fair
A bissel sports trivia with Bruce Lowitt
OLDSMAR, Florida--Q: Who is the only sports writer from a city without a major league baseball team to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.
- Si Burick
- Shirley Povich
- Ira Berkow
- Bernard Malamud
This son of a rabbi was sports editor and featured columnist for the Dayton Daily News for 58 years. He also was inducted into the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame and was awarded the Red Smith Award, America’s most prestigious sports writing honor, by the Associated Press Sports Editors.
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Beware politicians' promises—in any nation, by Ira Sharkansky in Jerusalem
That 'big elephant' in the Middle East by Shoshana Bryen in Washington, D.C
Angel Girl kid's book —too good to be true? by Dan Bloom in Miami, Florida
Mourning, a poem by Sara Appel-Lennon in San Diego
ADVENTURES IN SAN DIEGO JEWISH HISTORY
—March 10, 1950: Temple Beth Israel
—March 10, 1950: Temple Sisterhood
—March 10, 1950: Pioneer Women
Jewish Family Service: “At the Hop” Health Fair & Flu Shot Event
Lawrence Family JCC: Internationally best-selling novelist Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Everything Is Illuminated, to present most recent novel on November 10
Tifereth Israel Synagogue: Israel Advocacy Series at Tifereth Israel Synagogue
Abortion, ending Mid-East oil dependence major topics in final presidential debate by Donald H. Harrison in San Diego
New Arab-Israeli battleground: textbooks; book review by Norman Manson in San Diego
Making Aliyah is like coming out by David Benkof in New York
Thursdays With The Songs Of Hal Wingard:
#87, A Tiny Piece Of Paper
#55, The Whirlpool Of Love
#70, Shadows Of Midnight
ADVENTURES IN SAN DIEGO JEWISH HISTORY
—March 10, 1950: Tifereth Israel Sisterhood
—March 10, 1950: Daughters of Israel
—March 10, 1950: Beth Jacob Ladies Auxiliary
Lawrence Family JCC: Henry Winkler to present critically acclaimed book at S.D. Jewish Book Fair
Tifereth Israel Synagogue: The Great Debate of 2008: Wednesday, October 29th, 7:00 p.m.
RJC brandishes Jesse Jackson quote; NJDC flails McCain on energy; press releases from the campaign front
Vice presidential candidates compared by Gary Rotto in San Diego
Letter to Editor: Gert Thaler says she's for Obama too
Avinu Malkaynu by Janowski is a classic by Cantor Sheldon Merel in San Diego, with a recording of him performing Avinu Malkaynu
The Jews Down Under, a roundup of Jewish news of Australia by Garry Fabian in Melbourne
—Rival organizations clash over how to commemorate Sir John Monash
—Financial market insecurity to impact on fund raising
—New chair for communal appeal
—Community groups call for tolerance
—75 Years for Elwood Shul
—Student with Down Syndrome graduates
—Rules for the observant during seven days of Succot
—Australian web application a hit in San Francisco
—Growing etrogim in Australia?
—Concerns about anti-Israel blogs
The Light in the Piazza also illuminates Lambs Players Theatre in Coronado by Carol Davis in Coronado, California
ADVENTURES IN SAN DIEGO JEWISH HISTORY
—March 10, 1950: News of the Fox
—March 10, 1950: House of Pacific Relations Election
—March 10, 1950: Tifereth Israel News
Lawrence Family JCC: Sex and the City star Evan Handler to present memoir at book fair on Nov. 8
Ballot Recommendation: Barack Obama for President, San Diego Jewish World endorsement by Donald H. Harrison
Letters to the editor... from Bruce Kesler and Joel White
Tunisia's great Sukkot legal battle by Isaac Yetiv in La Jolla, California
How you know its Sukkot in Jerusalem by Judy Lash Balint in Jerusalem
Important Jewish history occurred between the birth of Jesus and the Shoah by Sheila Orysiek in San Diego
ADVENTURES IN SAN DIEGO JEWISH HISTORY
Pre-1960 gravesites inventoried at the Home of Peace Cemetery by David M. Caterino
Archived stories from Southwestern Jewish Press:
—March 10, 1950: Inside AZA
—March 10, 1950: Hadassah Evening Group
—March 10, 1950: Jr. Pioneer Women
—March 10, 1950: Birdie Stodel B’nai B’rith Chapt. No. 92
Jewish-American Chamber of Commerce: Join us for our best mixer yet in the Beth El Sukkah
Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center: Family Day bookapalooza, Sunday, November 9, 2008; free for all ages
Ballot Recommendation: Let's have a 'Block vote' in 78th A.D., a San Diego Jewish World editorial by Donald H. Harrison
Thalheimer endorsement draws disagreement, letters to the editor from Marsha Sutton and Larry Gorfine
Grandfolks hep to the 'Great Schlep' by Gary Rotto in San Diego
Authorities try to calm Acco, rest of Israeli nation in wake of Arab, Jewish rioting by Ira Sharkansky in Jerusalem
Dogs may hate hot air balloons, but for some of us humans, they're romantic by Ulla Hadar in Sha'ar Hanegev,Israel
Unexpected connection surfaces at simcha by Donald H. Harrison in Carlsbad, California
1930's drama resonates in hard times by Carol Davis in La Jolla, California
ADVENTURES IN SAN DIEGO JEWISH HISTORY
March 10, 1950—Who’s New
March 10, 1950—J.C.R.A.
March 10, 1950—Labor Zionist Organization~Chaim Weizmann Branch
March 10, 1950—San Diego Bnai Brith Lasker Lodge 370
March 10, 1950 —Listen In
Jewish Family Service: Some Upcoming Activities Offered at College Avenue Senior CenterTifereth Israel Synagogue: Rabbi Rosenthal leads discussion on My Father, My Lord
Why I support Barack Obama by Dennis Ross in Washington, D.C.
Ballot Recommendations: Two for the San Diego City Council, San Diego Jewish World endorsements by Donald H. Harrison
U.S. training potential Israel enemies by Shoshana Bryen in Washington, D.C.
Did the Holocaust have a purpose? by Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal in San Diego
The trusting Hebrew women of the Exodus by Rabbi Baruch Lederman in San Diego
A bissel sports trivia with Bruce Lowitt in Oldsmar, Florida
ADVENTURES IN SAN DIEGO JEWISH HISTORY|
—March 10, 1950: Yo-Ma-Co Club by Lucille Weisel
—March 10, 1950:Letters to the Editor from Jackson J. Holtz and Mrs. Esther Schwartz
—March 10, 1950: Hadassah
Jewish Community Foundation—October 16 Jewish Community Foundation forum cancelled
Jewish Family Service—Great Activities Offered at College Avenue Senior Center
San Diego Jewish Academy—SDJA's Ali Tradonsky a semifinalist in national science fair competition
Tifereth Israel Synagogue—Hebrew Instruction at Tifereth Israel Synagogue
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