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How to Reduce the Volatility of Financial Conversations –

Posted By on February 8, 2020

Youre in the middle of making dinner, helping your kids with homework, about to return a call, send an important email you know, busy with life ... when out of nowhere, you and your spouse have a spat. Suddenly, fireworks are flyingand I dont mean the pretty kind.

Youre left scratching your head, wondering, What just happened here? One minute, everything was fine, we were going about our day. The next minute, were in an argument over what!?

Oh, yeah. Money. Again!

Does this sound familiar?

Money is said to be one of the leading causes of stress in a marriage. It tops the list of Top 10 argument starters, and as a result, many couples avoid talking about the subject altogether. And when they finally do, which is inevitable in any marriage, well, the conversation can quickly escalate into a sparring match.

So do you just accept the impending volatility around money as part of marriage? You dont have to.

The Torahs ways are pleasant ways, and all its paths are peace. Our sages have always emphasized that Gd dwells where there is peace. Peace is the vessel for Gds blessings. Great is peace, the vessel that contains and sustains Gds blessings.

The emphasis on peace is even greater when it comes to family lifein particular, the relationship between husband and wife. In fact, the Talmud explains that Gd will even allow His holy name to be erased in water in order to bring peace between husband and wife.

You want peace. Your spouse wants peace. And so does Gd.

So, how can you achieve peace and harmony around the topic that seems to rival the stock markets volatility?

Allow me to offer a practical solution. Its called the Money Date.

A Money Date is an appointment with your spouse when you talk intimately, openly and respectfully about what tends to be an emotionally charged topic: your finances.

It gives you and your spouse the opportunity to understand and discuss each of your views, concerns, habits and upbringing around money. After all, as our sages have said, No two people think alike.

Now that youre on your way to mastering the regular Money Date, open your calendars again. This time, schedule a regular date with your spouse, one when you dont talk about your money. From now on, allow the volatility to stay where it belongsin the stock market. And enjoy the peace!

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Why the World Zionist Organization And Your Vote Really Matter – Jewish Link of Bronx, Westchester and Connecticut

Posted By on February 7, 2020

By JLBWC Staff | February 06, 2020

Voices poking holes in Americas previously widespread, collective bipartisan support of Israel have been, in recent years, increasingly critical toward Israel in public fora, supportive of dangerous concessions to the Palestinians and in agreement with the appeasement of Iran.

To be quite frank, these voices, characterized by columnists like Peter Beinart and J-Streets founder, Jeremy Ben-Ami, are extremely dangerous to Israel and the future of world Jewry.

Arguably aligned with those promoting the post-Zionist narrative, like IfNotNow, Jewish Voice for Peace and Students for Justice in Palestine, the Hatikvah slateheaded by Beinart and Ben-Ami wants a seat at the Zionist table.

Make no mistake, progressives are seeking to use their election to the World Zionist Organization to affect a worldwide change of Jewish priorities. This should concern all of us.

Diaspora Jewry has until Shushan Purim to elect those who will hold seats in the World Zionist Congress (WZC), the legislative body that determines the policies of the worlds leading Jewish organizations: the World Zionist Organization, the Jewish Agency of Israel, the Jewish National Fund and Keren Hayesod.

The congress awards major funding, and thus impacts major policy decisions that affect the future of Zionism, aliyah and absorption, Israeli advocacy worldwide, Jewish education, physical security, the war against anti-Semitism and settlements in Israel.

Shalom Achshav (Peace Now) and other progressive voices have been largely out of power in Israel for many years now, ostensibly because Israeli Jews now understand that appeasement of the Palestinians doesnt work and the Palestinians simply want to eliminate the Jewish state and do not want to negotiate on this point. But the progressive voice has the potential to get much bigger if the Hatikvah slate succeeds within the WZC, due to their increasing alignment with the liberal Diaspora Jewish community, such as the slates of Vote Mercaz (the voice of Conservative/Masorti Judaism) and Vote Reform (ARZA representing the Reform Movement and Reconstructing Judaism).

This means that every single vote counts in an election open to all Jews above the age of 18. Theres a minimal cost, but its worth it. Vote now here:

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Illuminating the history of Jews in the Caribbean | ASU Now: Access, Excellence, Impact – ASU News Now

Posted By on February 7, 2020

Q: How does this change our understanding of the origin of Jews in North America?

A: When you think of Jews in the Americas, you think of New York City and you think of the United States as being the most important location of Jewish settlement. But in reality, the origins of that story are in the Caribbean. And that's one of the stories that we're trying to tell here. The first Jews that really come to New York, although there were some Jews already there, but the mythic forefathers of New York and the mythic forefathers of all North American Jewry were these 23 Jews that come to New York which at the time, in 1654, was called New Amsterdam. They were expelled from Brazil and they came via the Caribbean, stopping in Spanish Jamaica and then through Cuba. The first communities in the colonial period were Sephardic. So sometimes American Jewish historians refer to this as the Sephardic period, through the age of the Early Republic. Newport, Rhode Island, had a Sephardic Jewish community that emerged in 1680 who were almost all from Barbados. They were Portuguese speaking, their communal minutes were written in Portuguese and they had names like Lopez, De Costa and Alvarenga.

Around 1740, a community of Portuguese Jews in London sent indigent individuals to go settle in Savannah, Georgia. During the revolution, Philadelphia becomes a major Sephardic city. And then later on, Charleston, South Carolina, also gets populated by Jews from Barbados. But throughout the whole colonial period, you could take all of those Jews put together from Newport, Savannah, Charleston, Philadelphia, New York and altogether, they're still not as many as there are just in Kingston, Jamaica. And in Jamaica, there are multiple communities. Theres communities in Kingston and Spanish Town and Montego Bay and Savanna La Mar and Lucea. And Curacao is even bigger than Jamaica, and Suriname is about the same. So any one of those Caribbean locations Suriname, Jamaica or Curacao on their own, are bigger than all North American Jewry put together in the 18th century. So it's a very flawed way of looking at American Jewish history to be so focused on what becomes the United States. The notion of Jews in America as being from Poland or Germany is because of later migrations. In the 1850s, you have Jews from German lands that come to America and populate further inland, places like Ohio, Illinois and Pennsylvania. And then in the 1880s and 1890s, there are these pogroms against Jews in eastern Europe, so that's when you start to have Jews from Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania starting to come en masse. And then of course another migration associated with World War II.

Q: Why is this something most Americans dont know about?

A: For a couple of reasons. Number one, the Sephardic experience period isn't really studied as much. And that's largely because the professionalized study of Jewish history emerged in Germany. And another thing is that it really gets overshadowed by the Holocaust. So the vast majority of Jewish studies is now devoted to that. And then also because American Jewish history became a very distinct field over the past couple of decades, but only recently has American Jewish history also taken note of the Caribbean part of it as a serious thing, not as a side note. There's a trend in the historiography to try to really look at the Caribbean on its own terms. For instance, my new book, The Jews of Eighteenth Century Jamaica, is coming out in May with Yale University Press, and also in May, there's a book coming out with University of Pennsylvania Press by a great scholar of this field, Aviva Ben-Ur, who is writing about the Jews of Suriname. In fact, she was very instrumental in a program to catalogue remnants of tombstones in Suriname. So our two books are pretty much the first ones to really look at these places Jamaica and Suriname on their own terms. And there's also been a slew of articles about this, but it says a lot that in the same month you have two books coming out, one by UPenn Press and one by Yale Press, that have Jamaica and Suriname in the title.

Q: What else about the Sephardic diaspora might surprise people?

A: The story about the town of Jodensavanne is really cool, because deep in the Surinamese jungle, you have an autonomous Jewish planter village. So the people who run the town are Jews. The people who inhabit the town are Jews. They own thousands of slaves and they have their own militias that are fighting maroon communities, these autonomous black communities, in the jungle. And the Jews build this grand synagogue in 1685 in the middle of this jungle, (later it becomes defunct and burns down and all that's left is the remnants) and they built a really vibrant city around it. There were taverns and recreation halls and all of these things. So it's a really incredible story because you always think of Jews in this period as being the subalterns, minorities, victims sometimes, being chased from place to place, always living under some other rule, be it Islamic or Christian. And here in Dutch Suriname, deep in the Amazon jungle, you've got this autonomous Jewish village, and they have their own kind of a very brutal autonomy because they live in a slave society, theyre slave owners but it's one where they're empowered in ways that are unavailable to Jews in Europe.

Q: What can be done to save these sites?

A: There are a lot of options. Number one, there are individual efforts to go and restore and catalogue tombstones. For example, there's an architect from New York, Rachel Frankel, who has a volunteer expedition, and they go yearly to Jamaica and they restore and catalogue tombstones. The communities also do a lot to preserve their own buildings, and there's been a lot of expat money coming in from Americans who are relocating to Barbados to restore and keep these as historical sites by getting them recognized by national heritage trusts. UNESCO is one really important one. My hope is that we can also devise efforts to keep the synagogues alive and extend membership to people who have heritage living in other parts of the world. So there are a lot of ideas.

Q: What else do you hope the community gets out of this exhibit?

A: These are very beautiful buildings, and it's very important to recognize that these kind of exotic Jewish communities that no one really thinks about anymore were central to the American Jewish experience. But also what's important to me is the reality of Jewish slave ownership. And this is an uncomfortable reality, and it's important to me to make this point that behind these very beautiful buildings is also a very brutal history that Jews also need to kind of reconcile. In fact, in Jodensavanne in Suriname, the slaves that the Jews owned communally, they would brand them on the shoulders with BVS, for Berakha ve Salom, which is the name of the synagogue they built. So there's a really brutal history here too. And it's hard because, like at Passover you sit together and you remember how Jews were slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt. And then you have to reconcile these two competing realities that Jews were also slave owners. And that's not to vilify Jews, but to humanize them. It's important to me that we look at the holistic picture of all of this: what's behind these beautiful images.

Top photo:Neve Shalom is the only active synagogue in Suriname today. Originally constructed in 1719 for the Ashkenazic Jewish community in Paramaribo, Neve Shalom was regarded as a satellite of Jodensavanne synagogue rather than a new congregation. It was the house of worship for both Sephardic and Ashkenazi Jews until 1735 when the Sephardim constructed their own synagogue.Photo by Wyatt Gallery

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New bill aims to correct error that allowed Poway suspect to buy gun – 10News

Posted By on February 7, 2020

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- New legislation introduced Monday in Sacramento aims to correct the flaw in a state law that allowed the accused Poway synagogue shooter to buy the AR-15 style weapon used in the attack despite being too young to make the purchase.

Senate Bill 914 comes after a 10News investigation uncovered that shooting suspect John Earnest was able to buy the gun at a shop in San Diego using an invalid hunting license. Earnest, 19 at the time of the shooting, used that invalid hunting license to claim an exemption to a state law that raised the minimum purchase age to 21.

On April 27, 2019, prosecutors say Earnest entered the Chabad of Poway Synagogue armed with an AR-15 style weapon. He fatally shot congregant Lori Kaye and injured three others.

Questions began immediately after the shooting as to how a 19-year-old was able to buy a gun when the age limit in California was 21.

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California's age limit law, a bill State Sen. Anthony Portantino authored in 2018, kept the minimum purchase age at 18 for military, law enforcement, and those with valid state-issued hunting licenses.

Earnest was a nursing student at CSU San Marcos. The hunting license he did obtain from State Fish and Wildlife was not to become valid until July 1, 2019, more than two months after the attack.

"The thought that he did not have a valid hunting license and was still able to get a gun shows that that particular part of the system failed," Portantino said in an interview.

Earnest was able to use that license to buy the AR-15 style weapon from San Diego Guns on Mission Gorge Road. A worker at the gun shop declined to comment.

Last year, 10News revealed that the system failed in part because the state Justice Department does not verify the validity of hunting licenses with state Fish and Wildlife during the 10-day waiting period and background check.

RELATED: Questions about how the synagogue shooting suspect got the gun

The bottom line - if the gun shop accepts the license, the exemption is granted.

Portantino's new bill will require either the dealer submit a copy of the hunting license, or its identification number and valid dates to the state Department of Justice for verification. The agency would then communicate with state Fish and Wildlife to check its validity, before giving the gun shop the clearance to sell the gun. As of now, no such verification process exists.

"The system should have been better, and that's what we're coming to grips with," Portantino said. "How do we make it better, so these things have protections so that it doesn't happen again?"

In the wake of the shooting, the state eliminated the hunting license exemption for centerfire semi-automatic rifles. However, people under 21 can still use the hunting license exemption for weapons such as semi-automatic rimfire long guns and bolt-action rifles.

Sadly, no one can undue the tragedy that occurred in Poway. I pray for the families and hope the lessons learned can be used proactively for a better and safer place for our Californians to worship and for families to raise their children in safety, said Portantino in a news release Monday.

Danielle Jaymes, who directs sales at Poway Weapons and Gear Range, which was not involved with Earnest, said California already has some of the most stringent gun laws in the nation and that people who want to commit crimes will do so regardless.

Still, after the synagogue shooting, James said she attempted to contact the state Justice Department to clarify requirements for hunting licenses, but never heard back.

Jaymes noted Earnest's hunting license was to become valid on July 1, 2019, right in time for hunting season, creating a confusing situation for a gun shop.

RELATED: Process to get a hunting license in California

"What is valid? It wasn't expired, but you have to have the hunting license before hunting season, and if you want to buy a gun for hunting season, you have to have the hunting license ahead of time," she said.

Portantino said, however, that the law's intention is to require those under 21 to wait until the license is within its valid dates to make a purchase.

"You don't get to fly a plane until you have a valid pilot's license," he said. "You can't game the system."

The bill, if passed in the legislature, could reach Governor Newsom's desk by August.

A spokesperson for the state Department of Justice said the agency would review the legislation when it's available and work with the author on any outstanding issues.

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Synagogue service times: Week of February 7 | Synagogues – Cleveland Jewish News

Posted By on February 6, 2020


AGUDATH BNAI ISRAEL: Meister Road at Pole Ave., Lorain. Mark Jaffee, Ritual Director. SAT. 10 a.m. 440-282-3307.

BETH EL CONGREGATION: 750 White Pond Dr., Akron. Rabbi Elyssa Austerklein, Hazzan Matthew Austerklein. SAT. 9:15 a.m.; SUN. 8:45 a.m.; WED./FRI. 7:30 a.m. 330-864-2105.

BNAI JESHURUN-Temple on the Heights: 27501 Fairmount Blvd., Pepper Pike. Rabbis Stephen Weiss and Hal Rudin-Luria; Stanley J. Schachter, Rabbi Emeritus; Cantor Aaron Shifman. FRI. Shabbat Service 6 p.m.; SAT. 9 a.m., 6 p.m.; SUN. 8 a.m., 6 p.m.; MON.-THURS. 7/7:30 a.m., 6 p.m.; FRI. 7/7:30 a.m. 216-831-6555.

MONTEFIORE: One David N. Myers Parkway., Beachwood. Services in Montefiore Maltz Chapel. Rabbi Akiva Feinstein; Cantor Gary Paller. FRI. 3:30 p.m.; SAT. Service 10:30 a.m. 216-360-9080.

PARK SYNAGOGUE-Anshe Emeth Beth Tefilo Cong.: Park MAIN 3300 Mayfield Road, Cleveland Heights; Park EAST 27500 Shaker Blvd., Pepper Pike. Rabbi Joshua Hoffer Skoff, Rabbi Sharon Y. Marcus, Milton B. Rube, Rabbi-in-Residence, Cantor Misha Pisman. FRI. 6 p.m. (Park East); SAT. 9 a.m. (Park East), 5 p.m. (Park East); SUN. 8:30 a.m., 5:30 p.m. (both Park East); MON.-FRI. 7:30 a.m., 6 p.m. (both Park East). 216-371-2244; TDD# 216-371-8579.

SHAAREY TIKVAH: 26811 Fairmount Blvd., Beachwood. Rabbi Scott B. Roland; Gary Paller, Cantor Emeritus. FRI. Kabbalat Shabbat 6 p.m.; SAT. 9 a.m.; SUN. Minyan 9 a.m. 216-765-8300.

BETH EL-The Heights Synagogue, an Independent Minyan: 3246 Desota Ave., Cleveland Heights. Rabbi Michael Ungar; Rabbi Moshe Adler, Rabbi Emeritus. SAT. Morning Service 9:15 a.m., Shabbat Morning for Learners 10:20 a.m. 216-320-9667.

THE SHUL-An Innovative Center for Jewish Outreach: 30799 Pinetree Road, #401, Pepper Pike. Rabbi Eddie Sukol. THURS. Toast & Torah at Corky & Lennys 8 a.m. See website or call for Shabbat and holiday service dates, times and details. 216-509-9969.

AHAVAS YISROEL: 1700 S. Taylor Road, Cleveland Heights. Rabbi Boruch Hirschfeld. 216-932-6064.

BEACHWOOD KEHILLA: 25400 Fairmount Blvd., Beachwood. Rabbi Ari Spiegler, Rabbi Emeritus David S. Zlatin. FRI. Kabbalat Shabbat 5:31 p.m.; SAT. Shacharit 9 a.m., Study Group 4:35 p.m., Minchah/Maariv 5:20 p.m., Havdalah 6:34 p.m.; SUN. 7:30 a.m., Minchah/Maariv 5:35 p.m.; MON.-THURS. Shacharit 6:30 a.m., Minchah/Maariv 7:45 p.m.; FRI. Shacharit 6:30 a.m. 216-556-0010.

FROMOVITZ CHABAD CENTER: 21625 Chagrin Blvd. #210, Beachwood. Rabbi Moshe Gancz. SAT. Morning service followed by kiddush lunch 10 a.m. 216-647.4884,

GREEN ROAD SYNAGOGUE: 2437 S. Green Road, Beachwood. Rabbi Binyamin Blau; Melvin Granatstein, Rabbi Emeritus. FRI. Kabbalat Shabbat 5:40 p.m.; SAT. Hashkama Minyan 7:45 a.m., Shacharit 9 a.m., Youth Minyan 9:30 a.m., Tot Shabbat 10:30 a.m., Rabbis Talmud class 4:25 p.m., Minchah 5:25 p.m., Havdalah 6:33 p.m.; SUN. Shacharit 8 a.m., Minchah/Maariv 5:40 p.m.; MON.-THURS. Shacharit 6:40 a.m., Minchah/Maariv 5:45 p.m.; FRI. Shacharit 6:40 a.m. 216-381-4757.

HEIGHTS JEWISH CENTER SYNAGOGUE: 14270 Cedar Road, University Heights. Rabbi Raphael Davidovich. FRI. 7:15 p.m.; SAT Morning Parsha Class 8:30 a.m., Morning Services 9 a.m., Minchah 30 minutes before sunset; SUN. 8 a.m., 15 minutes before sunset; MON.-THURS. 6:45 a.m., 15 minutes before sunset; FRI. 6:45 a.m. 216-382-1958,

KHAL YEREIM: 1771 S. Taylor Road, Cleveland Heights. Rabbi Yehuda Blum. 216-321-5855.

MENORAH PARK: 27100 Cedar Road, Beachwood. Rabbi Howard Kutner; Associate Rabbi Joseph Kirsch. SAT. 9:30 a.m., 4:15 p.m.; SUN. Minyan & Breakfast 8 a.m. 216-831-6500.

OHEB ZEDEK CEDAR SINAI SYNAGOGUE: 23749 Cedar Road, Lyndhurst. Rabbi Noah Leavitt. FRI. Minchah 5:30 p.m.; SAT. 9 a.m., Minchah/Seudah Shlishit 5:20 p.m., Maariv 6:20 p.m., Havdalah 6:34 p.m.; SUN. 8 a.m.; MON.-FRI. Shacharit 7 a.m. 216-382-6566.

SEMACH SEDEK: 2004 S. Green Road, South Euclid. Rabbi Yossi Marozov. FRI. Kabbalat Shabbat at candlelighting; SAT. 9:30 a.m., Minchah at candlelighting. 216-235-6498.

SOLON CHABAD: 5570 Harper Road, Solon. Rabbi Zushe Greenberg. FRI. Kabbalat Shabbat 5:30 p.m.; SAT. Torah Study 9 a.m., Service 10 a.m., Minchah 1:30 p.m.; SUN. 8 a.m.; MON-FRI. 7 a.m. 440-498-9533.

TAYLOR ROAD SYNAGOGUE: 1970 S. Taylor Road, Cleveland Heights. SAT. Shacharit 9 a.m., Havdalah 6:41 p.m.; SUN. Daf Yomi 7 a.m., Shacharit 8 a.m., Minchah/Maariv 5:15 p.m.; WEEKDAYS Daf Yomi 6 a.m., Shacharit 6:45 a.m., Minchah/Maariv 5:15 p.m. 216-321-4875.

WAXMAN CHABAD CENTER: 2479 S. Green Road, Beachwood. Rabbis Shalom Ber Chaikin and Moshe Gancz. FRI. Minchah 5:40 p.m.; SAT. Shacharit 10 a.m., Minchah 5:30 p.m.; WEEKDAYS Shacharit 7/8 a.m., Micnhah 5:45 p.m. 216-381-1770.

YOUNG ISRAEL OF GREATER CLEVELAND: Hebrew Academy (HAC), 1860 S. Taylor Road; Beachwood (Stone), 2463 Green Road. Rabbis Naphtali Burnstein and Aharon Dovid Lebovics. FRI. Minchah 5:35 p.m.; SAT. Shacharit (Stone) 8/9 a.m., (HAC) 9 a.m., Minchah 5:20 p.m., Maariv 6:32 p.m., Motzei Shabbat 6:40 p.m.; Shacharit: (Stone) SUN. 7:15/8/8:30 a.m., MON./THURS. 6:40/7:50 a.m., TUES./WED./FRI. 6:45/7:50 a.m., (HAC) SUN. 7:20 a.m., MON./THURS. 6:40 a.m., TUES./WED./FRI. 6:45 a.m. WEEKDAYS Minchah 5:40 p.m. 216-382-5740.

ZICHRON CHAIM: 2203 S. Green Road, Beachwood. Rabbi Moshe Garfunkel. DAILY 6 a.m., 6:45 a.m. 216-291-5000.

KOL HALEV (Clevelands Reconstructionist Community): The Ratner School. 27575 Shaker Blvd., Pepper Pike. Rabbi Steve Segar. SAT. Member-Led Shabbat Service 10:30 a.m.; SUN. Tu BShevat Celebration 5 p.m. 216-320-1498.

AM SHALOM of Lake County: 7599 Center St., Mentor. Spiritual Director Renee Blau; Assistant Spiritual Director Elise Aitken. 440-255-1544.

ANSHE CHESED Fairmount Temple: 23737 Fairmount Blvd., Beachwood. Rabbis Robert Nosanchuk and Joshua Caruso; Cantor Sarah Sager; Jordana Chernow-Reader, Rabbi-Educator. FRI. Simchat Shabbat for preschoolers and their families 5:30 p.m.; Shabbat Evening Service 6:15 p.m.; SAT. Torah Study 9:15 a.m., Shabbat Minyan 10:30 a.m., Shabbat Morning Service 11 a.m. 216-464-1330.

BETH ISRAEL-The West Temple: 14308 Triskett Road, Cleveland. Rabbi Enid Lader. Alan Lettofsky, Rabbi Emeritus. FRI. Shared Shabbat Service 6 p.m.; SAT. Torah Study 9:30 a.m., Service 11 a.m. 216-941-8882.

BETH SHALOM: 50 Division St., Hudson. Rabbi Michael Ross. FRI. Kent State Hillel Shabbat service and dinner 6 p.m.; SAT. Kehillah Kedosha morning retreat 9 a.m., TBS Tots 9:30 a.m., LDor VaDor family program 11 a.m. 330-656-1800.

BNAI ABRAHAM-The Elyria Temple: 530 Gulf Road, Elyria. Rabbi Lauren Werber. FRI. Tu BShvat Shabbat & Family Service 7 p.m. 440-366-1171.

SUBURBAN TEMPLE-KOL AMI: 22401 Chagrin Blvd., Beachwood. Rabbi Allison Bergman Vann. FRI. Kabbalat Shabbat Service with Torah reading 6 p.m.; SAT. Torah Study 9:15 a.m. 216-991-0700.

TEMPLE EMANU EL: 4545 Brainard Road, Orange. Rabbi Steven L. Denker; Cantor David R. Malecki; Daniel A. Roberts, Rabbi Emeritus. FRI. Doing It Jewishly 5:30 p.m., Shabbat Service 6:15 p.m.; SAT. Parshat HaShavuah 9 a.m., Service 10:30 a.m.; SUN. Consecration Service 10 a.m. 216-454-1300.

TEMPLE ISRAEL: 91 Springside Drive, Akron. Rabbi Josh Brown. Cantor Kathy Fromson. FRI. Service 6:15 p.m.; SAT. Torah Study 9 a.m., Morning Service 10:30 a.m. 330-665-2000

TEMPLE ISRAEL NER TAMID: 1732 Lander Road, Mayfield Heights. Rabbi Matthew J. Eisenberg, D.D.; Frederick A. Eisenberg, D.D., Founding Rabbi Emeritus; Cantorial Soloist Rachel Eisenberg. FRI. 7:30 p.m. 440-473-5120.

THE TEMPLE-TIFERETH ISRAEL: 26000 Shaker Blvd., Beachwood. Senior Rabbi Jonathan Cohen; Rabbi Roger C. Klein and Rabbi Stacy Schlein; Cantor Kathryn Wolfe Sebo. FRI. Kabbalat Shabbat 6 p.m.; SAT. Torah study 9:15 a.m. 216-831-3233.

JEWISH SECULAR COMMUNITY: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Cleveland, 21600 Shaker Blvd., Shaker Heights. FRI. Feb. 7: Tu BShvat Celebration and Shabbat dinner 6:30 p.m., Speaker 8 p.m. (RSVP to Peg Fishman 440-349-1330 or

THE CHARLOTTE GOLDBERG COMMUNITY MIKVAH: Park Synagogue, 3300 Mayfield Road, Cleveland Heights. By appointment only: 216-371-2244, ext. 135.

THE STANLEY AND ESTHER WAXMAN COMMUNITY MIKVAH: Waxman Chabad House, 2479 South Green Road, Beachwood. 216-381-3170.

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Take a Tour of the Stunning Central Synagogue in Manhattan – Untapped New York – Untapped New York

Posted By on February 6, 2020

This month, our Untapped New York Insiderswill have the opportunity to explore the sanctuary of the oldest synagogue in continuous use in New York City, Central Synagogue. Designated a New York City Landmark in 1966 and a National Historic Landmark in 1975, this synagogue was designed by prominent Jewish architect Henry Fernbach. At the buildings dedication in 1872, Rabbi Adolph Heubsch described it as a house of worship in evidence of the high degree of development only possible under a condition of freedom.

On this docent led tour, Insiders will get to see the stunning 1,400 seat sanctuary which features two domed towers, colorful stained glass, including a great rose window which represents an interpretation of the Dohany Street Synagogue in Budapest, ornate stencil work on the walls, the Gabe M. Wiener Memorial Organ, intricately carved walnut and ash pews and beautiful patterned floor tile work. The beauty of the synagogue today is thanks to extensive renovation work that took place after a fire in 1998 which caused part of the roof to collapse. Thankfully, all of stained glass windows, the exterior walls, and the original ark were saved.

The history of this congregation dates back to the early 1800s. The modern day congregation is descended from two parent congregations, Shaar Hashomayim and Ahawath Chesed, which were founded by German-speaking immigrants. The two congregations eventually merged and became known as Central Synagogue.

Registration will begin at noon today for this free tour. If youre already an Untapped New York Insider, register at this link at 12 PM. If youre not an Insider yet and would like to join this tour, Become an Insider today!


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The Queen sends her ‘best wishes’ to United Synagogue ahead of 150th anniversary – Jewish News

Posted By on February 6, 2020

Queen Elizabeth II has sent her best wishes to United Synagogue as the movement marks 150 years since its founding.

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks and Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis held a reception in the House of Commons on Wednesday evening to mark the anniversary.

Parliamentarians spotted at the event included Conservative MPs Oliver Dowden and Mike Freer and the Liberal Democrat peer Lord Monroe Palmer.

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The denomination, which now counts some 50,000 members, was established in 1870 when five Ashkenazi synagogues merged to become United Synagogue.

The Queen wished members a most successful and enjoyable year celebrating the significant milestone in a letter to the synagogue movements president Michael Goldstein last month.

The Duke of Edinburgh at the centenary celebration (Credit: United Synagogue)

She attended the United Synagogues centenary gala dinner at the Dorchester Hotel in 1970 aged 43, joined by the Duke of Edinburgh, then 48.

The monarch did not attend Wednesdays ceremony, but said in her letter she was interested to learn a series of events had been planned to mark the milestone.

The message, written by her private secretary, was a reply to another letter written by to the synagogues president in December about the upcoming anniversary.

Permit me to wish you many more years of good health and to end with a short line of blessing from our Prayer for the Royal family, said by British Jews every single week in our synagogues: May the Supreme King of Kings in His mercy, preserve the Queen in His mercy, guard her and deliver her from all trouble and sorrow, Goldstein wrote.

In turn, the Queen expressed gratitude for the kind sentiments expressed by Goldstein, as well as the assurance of your prayers.

The Queen at the centenary (Credit: United Synagogue)

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Vegas man to plead guilty in plot to bomb synagogue, bar – Associated Press

Posted By on February 6, 2020

LAS VEGAS (AP) A white supremacist will plead guilty to a federal weapons charge in a case alleging he planned to bomb a Las Vegas synagogue or shoot people at a fast food restaurant or a bar catering to LGBTQ customers, court records show.

Conor Climos court-appointed attorneys did not immediately respond Friday to email messages about his signed plea agreement filed Jan. 17 in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas.

Climo, 24, is due to plead guilty Feb. 10 and will face about three years in prison, according to the agreement. He will avoid trial and have to undergo mental health treatment and electronic computer monitoring during supervised release after prison.

Climo was arrested Aug. 8 and remains in federal custody on a charge of possessing firearms, specifically destructive devices. He could have faced up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.

A spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Nicholas Trutanich declined to comment about the development in one of several recent criminal cases against members of a far-right extremist group.

Climo identified himself as a member of the Feuerkrieg Division, an offshoot of Atomwaffen, a U.S.-based neo-Nazi group that has been linked to several killings, including the 2017 shooting deaths of two men at an apartment in Tampa, Florida.

A U.S. magistrate judge who rejected Climos bid for release last August said the group encourages, and may even commit, violent attacks on people of the Jewish religion, homosexuals, African Americans and federal infrastructures.

The FBI alleged that Climo told an informant of detailed plans to attack a synagogue near his Las Vegas home and compiled a journal with sketches of attacks on a Las Vegas LGBTQ bar or a McDonalds restaurant.

Climo acknowledged talking with others online about making and using explosives, according to his plea agreement, and discussed plans for violent attacks against the Jewish organization Anti-Defamation League, a synagogue and a local bar.

Climo described the McDonalds attack as a suicide mission, and he had very specific plans about attacking one specific synagogue near his house, the magistrate judge wrote, including wanting to light an incendiary device and having others join him to shoot people as they came out.

Climo was interviewed by a local television news crew in September 2016 patrolling his neighborhood wearing battle gear and carrying an assault rifle, survival knife and extended-capacity ammunition magazines. Police said he was not arrested at that time because Nevada does not prohibit people from openly carrying firearms.

The FBI confiscated an AR-15 assault-style weapon and a bolt-action rifle from Climos home when he was arrested last year. Agents reported finding hand-drawn schematics and component parts of a destructive device, including flammable liquids, oxidizing agents and circuit boards.

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Rabbi gift card scam spurred congregants to spend thousands – Jewish Journal

Posted By on February 6, 2020

The gift card email scam targeting American rabbis and synagogues has reached communities from New York to Hawaii, with some incidents of congregants falling for the scheme.

Three members of a Conservative synagogue in Virginia responded to emails they thought were from their rabbi by buying a collective $2,500 worth of gift cards. So far, two of the three have been able to get the gift cards cancelled and their money returned.

In Idaho, a woman nearly lost $400 in gift cards to the scam. But just as she was about to take pictures of the cards codes to send to the rabbis email address, a cashier realized what she was doing, and stopped her.

Even a Forward staffer received an email that appeared to be part of the scam, after someone purporting to be the rabbi of an Arkansas synagogue emailed him asking for eBay gift cards for some women going through cancer at the hospital. The email was sent, suspiciously, on Saturday morning.

Jewish clergy and their congregants are just the latest to be targeted by this kind of email scam, which has previously affected other clergy and businesses in various sectors. The rabbis tell victims to buy gift cards and send pictures of them, so that they can use the codes on the back. The scammer can then use the codes to purchase anything they want from that particular store or website.

While the extent of the scam is not clear, several dozen synagogues were targeted in the most recent wave of the attack last week, according to Michael Masters, the head of the Secure Community Network, a not-for-profit that focuses on protecting American Jewish institutions.

Masters said that the group is coordinating with law enforcement agencies, including the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security, to investigate the scam. A representative for the FBI did not immediately respond to an emailed list of questions.

Little is known about the scams origins so far, though it appears to be coming from overseas, security experts told the Forward.

The way that they are approaching it does become a typical gift card scam. But the social engineering up front is more important to the story, said Larry Altenburg, a security consultant and the senior vice president of Agudas Achim Congregation in Alexandria, Virginia, where they know of three congregants who fell for the scam. Its not just the rabbi, its also our lay leadership our congregation president has been impersonated.

The scam largely appears to have been done in a low-tech fashion. In most incidents, the scammer or scammers creates one or several fake email addresses for a synagogue rabbi or leader, and sends emails requesting gift cards to addresses publicly available on the synagogue website.

But its possible that scammers may have also done some limiting hacking of email lists. In instances with both Agudas Achim and the Wood River Jewish Community in Sun Valley, Idaho, some of the emails targeted were apparently not available online. Rabbi Robbi Sherwin of Wood River said that the scammers sent emails to members of her interfaith coalition in Sun Valley clergy who are not affiliated with her synagogue.

What is confusing and what may have convinced some congregants that the requests for gift cards were real is that the emails have the full name of their rabbi as the sender, including a picture of the rabbi as their Gmail avatar. Without a recipient clicking for more information on the sender, the emails would appear to come directly from the congregants rabbi.

The emails have followed a particular script: Most of the subject lines are Shalom Aleichem, a Hebrew phrase that means peace be with you, but one that is not normally used as an informal greeting. The scammer then signs off with Blessings or LShalom, which means to peace, and is sometimes used as a salutation in emails or letters.

In Sun Valley, crisis was averted by a cashier who had encountered the scam before, Sherwin said. The congregant sold her eBay gift cards to a friend who uses the auction website and repaid her with cash.

Sherwin did not identify the congregant, hoping to protect her privacy, but she said that the congregant was not an elderly person or someone unfamiliar with the darker forces of the internet. The two had recently been corresponding to plan a holiday program, and Sherwin said the scammers successfully exploited her role as a fundraiser and charity collector in their small community.

Asking for gift cards sounds exactly like something I would do, she said, adding that the email was almost written in a way that I would compassionately ask for help.

Hackers and scammers have come a long way since the Nigerian princes, she said.

Community organizations have been responding with email blasts to local synagogues, urging people to be wary of unusual emails from their rabbis.

Robert Wilson, the chief security officer for the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, said that the Federation is available to conduct cybersecurity trainings for synagogue staffs in their region. In an email he sent last week about the scams, he directed people to an overview of the scams by the Secure Communities Network.

The overview includes several best practices for avoiding such scams. Double-check that the message is coming from the synagogues actual account, and not Gmail. Confirm unusual requests for money by using a second type of communication, like a text or phone call. Make sure your online activities are secure update your computer and password frequently, use two-factor authentication, and never send sensitive information over email.

Cyber-hackers are attacking our government agencies, Wilson said. So they certainly can get into a small synagogue network if they try hard enough.

If you have received an email that you believe is fraudulent or have information about an incident connected to this email gift card scam, you can report the incident to the Secure Communities Network by emailing or calling 844.SCN.DESK

Ari Feldman is a staff writer at the Forward. Contact him at or follow him on Twitter @aefeldman

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New California bill would examine hunting licenses in gun sales – Action News Now

Posted By on February 6, 2020

CHICO, Calif. -A California lawmaker proposed legislation that would require closer scrutiny of hunting licenses, similar to the one used by a teenager charged with opening fire at a synagogue last year.

The suspect, John T. Earnest, was issued a hunting license, but it was not set to go into effect until about two months after shooting in April at the Chabad of Poway. Earnest is charged with killing a 60-year-old woman and injuring three others, including the rabbi and an 8-year-old girl, according to the Associated Press.

Democratic Sen. Anthony Portantino of La Caada Flintridge said the gun store did not adequately check to make sure the hunting license was valid.

His SB914 bill would require the retailer and the State Department of Justice to re-run background checks.

After a person purchases a firearm, they will have to go through a 10-day waiting period before their background is cleared even if they already have a hunting license.

After the 10 days, the gun purchaser is able to pick up their item.

Action News Now spoke with the owner of the Down Range, Will Clark, he thinks this bill is a limitation of people's constitutional rights.

"We as firearm dealers or anybody selling a firearm will have to confirm for 18, 19, and 20-year-olds that their hunting license is valid through the Department of Fish and Wildlife," Clark said. "Well, a hunting license that issues its either valid or not valid. So, one of the things about that law is that it won't prevent evil people from getting guns. So that means now 18, 19, and 20-year-olds cannot buy firearms unless they have an exemption - which is a limitation of their constitutional rights."

People in Chico told Action News Now they feel the restrictions on the bill are ridiculous.

"I think that when people are 18-years-old, they're adults, they can serve in the military, they can defend our country, and they should have the right to own firearms and hunt," Dana Davis said.

Action News Now reached out to the California Fish and Wildlife Department but has not heard back from them.

If the new bill becomes a law, the State Justice Department will have to coordinate with the California Fish and Wildlife Department since they issue hunting licenses.

California's current age limit law kept the minimum age to buy a gun at 18 for military, law enforcement, and those with valid state-issued hunting licenses.

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