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Folk musician plays with colored

sticks, wooden wheels and kazoos

Former Gainesville artist Goodrich on her new album "Tinker Toys"

SHPiEL contributing writer

The easiest way to describe Rachel
Goodrich, a folk singer and songwriter
from Miami Beach, is that she is simply
not what you'd expect.
From her ukulele solos to the
ladybug costume she wears in her
music video, and from her quirky one-
liners to her "shake-a-billy" music style,
Goodrich constantly delivers surprises.
She'll shake you up.
So, what exactly is "shake-a-billy?"
"A noun. It's a verb. An adjective. It's

an oxymoron," said Goodrich. "It's like
going into convulsions. It's incredible."
On occasion, Goodrich also calls her
style "psychobilly." This self-invented
music genre owes something to folk,
something to a fun kind of acoustic
groove. But in the end it's something all
its own.
At the beginning of a live
performance of her song "Excuses,"
Goodrich said, "Hopefully it makes you
want to jiggle."
Sometimes, Goodrich can't seem
to keep still during a performance,
bouncing, bobbing and practically

jigging on stage, she is swept away by the
energy of her own playing. Goodrich's
songs have all the excitement and drive
of an impromptu jam session-and not
without reason.
She often invites an assortment of
friends on stage to add their own jive
to her sound.
"The cast is always changing," she
said. "Sometimes, we get together
beforehand. At least we try to."
Her backup cast plays instruments
ranging from traditional drums and


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the vote
SHPiEL staff writer

"It's all going to boil down to a few
old Jews in Century Village."
That's what Rabbi Ruvi New of east
Boca Raton told the New York Times
about the Palm Beach County retirement
community-last month. The community
- chock-full of Jews could be crucial
in deciding the 2008 presidential elec-
The razor-thin margins that marked
the last two presidential elections have
turned the focus of both campaigns to
small constituencies that might make


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{Michelle Obama has rabbi cousin)
Michelle Obama, wife of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama,
has a cousin who was a rabbi, the Jewish Daily Forward reported. Capers
Funnye, pronounced fuh-NAY, leads the predominately black Beth Shalom
B'nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation in Chicago's South Side and is
a first cousin once removed from the wife of the Illinois Senator.
Funnye, a convert to Judaism and self-described political independent,
serves on the Chicago Board of Rabbis. Ordained by black Israelite rabbis.
he was again converted under Orthodox and Conservative supervision.
The Forward reported that he is "well-known in Jewish circles for acting
as a bridge between mainstream Jewry and the much smaller, and largely
separate, world of black Jewish congregations."

ISyrian leader makes peace overtures)
Syrian President Bashar Assad said Sept. 2 that indirect negotiations
with Israeli diplomats have made a future peace settlement a possibility,
according to news reports.
In an interview with France 3 television, Assad said that there is "a possi-
bility of peace" and that his country is "preparing for direct negotiations,"
although he cautioned that, "We cannot say that we are close to achieving
Turkish intermediaries have organized a series of talks aimed at bro-
kering a preliminary agreement for direct Israeli negotiations with Syria,
which have not occurred since U.S.-sponsored talks failed in 2000. Assad
expressed a desire to wait until the next U.S. presidential administration
assumed office before direct negotiations can resume.
Assad's interview with French TV came before his visit by French Presi-
dent Nicolas Sarkozy, who recently helped broker a Georgia-Russia deal
and may play a role in future Israeli-Syrian talks.

(Ukraine customs trash Jewish books)
Ukrainian customs officials destroyed 173 Jewish prayerbooks and bi-
bles "that had been sent from Russia for the use of the Jewish community
in Sumy," the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported.
The Ukrainian newspaper Fakty revealed that the books were brought to
the border by a Russian courier, who left them at the customs post after
he did not have the money to pay customs. After later telling the office he
was "abandoning the books," the customs office put them up for sale but
found only a purchaser for one book.
The customs office then decided to donate them to the Jewish com-
munity, but soon after, a customs official decided instead to destroy the
Sumy Rabbi Yechiel Levitansky said that the books were vital to helping
relieve a book shortage for the congregation. A complaint was made to the
European Parliament.



the difference between victory and de-
Florida's Jewish population makes
up only 3 percent of the state's popu-
lation, but it is concentrated in three
South Florida counties Palm Beach,
Broward, and Miami-Dade all with
high voting rates and strong civic in-
Could the election possibly depend
on a few hundred Jewish votes?
Advisers to Democratic candidate
Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) and Republi-
can candidate Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)
seem to think so, as shown by outreach
efforts by both camps.
So what do Jews actually believe?
A major new survey of American
Jewry conducted by polling firm Ger-
stein/Agne commissioned by J Street,
a Washington-based Jewish group that
describes itself as "the political arm of
the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement"
- may have some answers.
Opposition to President Bush is
widespread among American Jews,
with 83 percent disapproving of the
president's performance (74 percent
among all Americans).
Jews are more dissatisfied with the
nation's direction, with a full 90 per-
cent saying America is on the wrong
track (10 percent).
The results aren't terribly surpris-

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ing, said University of Florida political
science professor Kenneth Wald, who
studies American Jewish political be-
"In every presidential election I
can remember since about 1972, there
have been people arguing that Jews
are about to undergo a major partisan
transformation," said Wald, who add-
ed that Jews have voted for Democrat-
ic presidential candidates at a fairly
consistent rate of 70-80 percent. "This
just hasn't happened."
Can e-mail rumors that claim (false-
ly) that Obama is a Muslim or is weak
on Israel substantially cut the Demo-
cratic share of Jewish votes?
Wald said this is unlikely and that
the "sustained e-mail campaign" has
already seen a backlash.
As for American Jews' views on Is-
rael, the topic is surprisingly low pri-
ority, tied with illegal immigration as
an important issue (8 percent). Policy
on Israel is more important to the
group than taxes or education (6 and 5
percent, respectively), but is dwarfed
by issues such as the economy (86 per-
cent), the War in Iraq (33 percent) and
health care and national security (21
percent each).
I Wald said this reaffirms what schol-
ars have known about American Jews
for decades.
"Israel is not the center of their po-
litical universe," he said.

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South Florida Holocaust survivors seek

payment while there's still time

SHPiEL contributing writer

.Holocaust survivors who were forced
to work in ghetto work camps are receiv-
ing help from several legal clinics many
based in South Florida in seeking repa-
The idea began when Bet Tzedek
("House of Justice"), a Los Angeles-based
legal services organization, attempted to
find lawyers who were interested in do-
ing pro-bono work and'deciphering intri-
cate German legal documents, according
to the National Law Journal, an American
periodical that records legal activity.
Lawyers around the country have
joined this movement, and almost 100
lawyers from South Florida are part of the
The south Palm Beach County-based
Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service (RRJFS)
has hosted free legal clinics at the Young
Israel synagogue in Boca Raton and at
retirement communities Century Village
in Boca Raton and King's Point in Delray
There are now fewer than 18,000 survi-
vors in South Florida, according to RRJFS,
which also provides transportation and
home health care for survivors, many of
whom are on fixed incomes or live below
the poverty line. As survivors grow older
and frailer, demand for services increas-
Survivors who were children during
the Holocaust are now at least in their
early 70s, and several survivors are as old
as 99.

Local offices of several international
law firms including Greenberg Traurig,
Weil, Gotshal & Manges, and Baker & McK-
enzie provide expertise, transcription
services and equipment, said Dr. Jaclynn
Faffer,.RRJFS's executive director.
Survivors who worked in ghettos are
eligible for approximately $3,000. Appli-
cations must be sent to the German gov-
ernment, which decides who qualifies for
the money.
Officials often ask for very precise
dates, times and places of residence, spe-
cific circumstances in which the victims
conducted work and the kind of work
done, said Kimberley Albanese, who spoke
with the Jewish Journal. Albanese, an at-
torney with Greenberg Traurig, works in
Fort Lauderdale.
"Many times the survivors will tell us
other parts of their story, too," Albanese
told the Journal. "But our main goal here
is to make sure that we fill out the ap-
plication just as they want it filled out
and with as much documentation as pos-
Ten more clinics are planned for future
months. Lawyers are anxious to schedule
the clinics without delay because of the
rapidly dwindling population of survi-
Survivors hear about the clinics at
RRJFS's biannual luncheon. The last event
drew more than 500 survivors. Now word
is spreading quickly in reaching out to

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Presidential candidates

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Official shpiel: Obama
"There are those who would continue and intensify
this failed status quo, ignoring eight years Of accumu-
lated evidence that our foreign policy is dangerously
flawed...Let me be clear. Israel's security is sacro-
sanct. It is non-negotiable. The Palestinians need a
state that is contiguous and cohesive, and that al-
lows them to prosper but any agreement with the
Palestinian people must preserve Israel's identity as a
Jewish state, with secure, recognized and defensible
borders. Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel,
and it must remain undivided" (American Israel Pub-
lic Affairs Committee speech)

Official shpiel: McCain
"When it comes to the defense of Israel, we simply
cannot compromise. In view of the increased threats
to Israeli security, American support for Israel should
intensify...The Palestinian people are ill-served by a
terrorist-led government that refuses to recognize Is-
rael's right to exist, refuses to renounce violence, and
refuses to acknowledge prior peace commitments...
I stand as I believe so many of you do: a Christian,
proudly pro-American and proudly pro-Israel." (Chris-
tians United for Israel National Convention speech)

Veep Scuttlebutt: Obama
SEN. JOE BIDEN (D-DE), in Deerfield Beach, Fla.:
"I am chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. I
give you my word as a Biden I would not have given
up that job to be Barack Obama's vice president if I
didn't in my gut and in my heart and in my head know
that Barack Obama is exactly where I am on Israel.
And he is."

"We're going to be mishpukah (family) before this all
is over. I promise you."

Veep Scuttlebutt: McCain
GOV. SARAH PALIN (R-AK) No comments on Israel
since her selection.

REP. ROBERT WEXLER (D-FL) slammed the choice after
it was reported that Palin appeared at a rally for Pat
Buchanan in 1999 and wore one of his presidential
campaign buttons: "John McCain's decision to select
a vice presidential running mate that endorsed Pat
Buchanan for president in 2000 is a direct affront to
all Jewish Americans. Pat Buchanan is a Nazi sympa-
thizer with a uniquely atrocious record on Israel...At
a time when standing up for Israel's right to self-de-
fense has never been more critical, John McCain has
failed his first test of leadership and judgment by se-
lecting a running mate who has aligned herself with a
leading anti-Israel voice in American politics."

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population in Gainesville -- 8,500 at
UF alone, according to international
Hillel figures -- being observant and following the
laws of kashrut should be accessible.
In this column, we'll explore how to keep
kosher in Gainesville.
I am not Jewish (Catholic, in fact), so culinary
abstinence is not foreign to me (although it is a
seasonal practice). But here at The SHPiEL, my
gentile-ness is not an obstacle but rather an asset
because I make no assumptions about knowledge
and will investigate-every question to its fullest
extent in ways that someone familiar to the topic
may overlook.
I will question local rabbis, kosher chefs,
restaurant and grocery owners and managers
at Hillel and elsewhere as well as the resident
mashgiach (kosher supervisor), and I will share
the knowledge I glean with you.
I hope the column allows more Jews to observe
their faith and understand the meaning behind
the observation. Write to me at elaine@theshpiel.
org with your questions, comments or concerns.

Dear Esther: I am a new student in the area. I
was wondering if you have any suggestions for
places around town to get kosher meat?

Sadly, Gainesville doesn't offer a wide range
of stores for kosher meats. But there certainly
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Rabbi David Kaiman, religious school director
of Congregation B'Nai Israel on N.W. 16th
Blvd., told me that Gainesville has had a long-
standing kosher tradition for more than 80 years,
and the city was once even home to a kosher
According to Rabbi Kaiman, keeping kosher
shouldn't be difficult and is now easier than
For your own kitchen, Publix offers a limited
selection of frozen kosher chickens and other
For a larger selection, Griller's Pride
(grillerspride.com) an Atlanta-based kosher
meat and B'Nai Israel supplier will accept
orders from individuals and ship them to the
synagogue where they can be picked up. Orders
arrive in about six weeks and can be placed on
the Web site by check or credit card.
Waiting for your shipment or just looking
for some Jewish camaraderie? On Shabbat and
holidays, you can have an entire kosher meal
at Hillel (on University Avenue north of Ben Hill
Griffin Stadium), Chabad (N.W. 5th Ave.), or B'Nai
Israel. All are open to the public. Chabad offers
monthly themed Shabbats, including kosher
foods based on Italian, Israeli, Chinese, Sephardic
and Tex-Mex cooking.

Dear Esther, I live on campus, and don't have a
car. Is there any way to get kosher food without
leaving campus?

UF is full of Jewish-friendly food. The new
dining hall at Hillel (The Olam: Tastes from

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Around the World) opened its doors on June
30. This kosher cafeteria is a crosswalk away
for students living on campus; Hillel is on the
north side of University Avenue, across from the
football stadium.
The dining hall comes with its own meal
plan through Gator Dining Services, but there
are downsides: The Olam's meal plan is only
accepted at the Hillel cafeteria, doesn't come
with those nifty Flex Bucks and doesn't accept
declining balance.
A daily trek to Hillel may be daunting. But
new to campus convenient stores this fall are
prepackaged kosher sandwiches and soups,
found at Graham Oasis at the Graham Area on the
west side of campus and Beaty Market at Beaty
Towers on the east side of campus.
One tasty and cheap option is the famed
Krishna lunch (krishnalunch.com), served Monday
through Friday on the Plaza of the Americas. The
all-vegetarian, all-you-can-eat lunch costs $4 and
includes vegan options. The food consists of
rice, beans and other straight-from-the-ground
But for the more Orthodox among us, religious
differences could pose a kosher crisis: The
karma-free fare is sanctified (made into prasad)
by being offered to Krishna before being served,
which evokes idolatry and thus makes the meal
un-kosher in the eyes of some.
So, is Hare Kashrut more than a trifle treif?
You make the call.

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SHPiEL staff writer

An archeology team excavated
an area in the center of the ancient
capital of Zippori in Israel last month,
revealing a society in which Jews and
pagans lived together peacefully.
While this news is an interesting
nugget of discovery, it provokes The
SHPiEL to pose a far more pertinent and
contemporary hypothetical question.
How would the situation have
played out if the ancient capital had
been inhabited by Scientologists rather
than pagans?
The SHPiEL concludes:
Peace still would have prevailed, as
Jews have never been a people to attack
and Scientologists only kind of threaten
to do things. The ninja Stars of David
and the pointy yads keep them at bay
Actually, both the Scientology
symbol and the Star of David are made
up of two equilateral triangles -- a
harbinger of tranquility.
The coexistence would also probably
produce a booming economy.
A city with a large Scientologist
population implies a plethora of
wealthy higher-ups. This would result
in high employment, due to the cost of
living as a Scientologist.
The main foreseeable problem would
be on the streets. People will have to
make the dire decision to either wrap
tefillin or take an E-meter test. Both
practices are pretty intimidating, so
the average citizen would likely avoid
Another quagmire would be the
hospital situation. A silent birth
requires that no words be spoken while
a baby is being born, an essential tenet
of Scientology. The silent birth also asks
that the mother take as little anesthetic
as possible.
How are the Scientologist women
supposed to honor this tradition when

But seriously, what if? Creative Commons photo
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the Jewish women giving birth in the
adjacent rooms are screaming, "I HATE
And the entertainment world would
be a mess. A Woody Alien film starring
Tom Cruise might make all mankind
lose hope and drink the Kool-Aid. It's
not worth a discussion.
In future psychological and
sociological experiments, this
scenario may be artificially created
for observational purposes. But the
above hypothesis nullifies the need
for this experiment due to its probable
I just thank Hashem and Xenu that
this world will never have to see it

Editorial note: The above column was
not written in Scientidish, a language
that combines Yiddish, Hebrew and a
smattering of Jewish and Scientology
terms. In fact, Scientidish does not exist.
Nor has it ever. But for those of you
who couldn't coax a coherent thought
experiment out of Doug's column, even
if your E-meter high score were on the
line, here's a brief glossary of terms,
free of charge:

1. Star of David a six-pointed
symbol of Judaism that can be found
both hanging around many a South
Florida Jewish girl's neck and on the
flag of the State of Israel.
2. yad is a pointer used as an aid
in reading from Torah scrolls in
places of Jewish worship, literally
translated from Hebrew to mean,
3. tefillin a pair of black, leather
boxes containing scrolls of
parchment inscribed with verses
from the Bible that are traditionally
worn every weekday during the
Jewish morning prayer service.
4. E-meter an electronic device used
as an aid in Scientology spiritual
5. Hashem name
assigned to the God
of Abramah, Isaac and
Jacob which literally
means, "the name."
6. Xenu the dictator
of the Galactic
Confederacy who,
75 million years ago,
brought billions of
his people to Earth
in some spacecraft,
stacked them around
volcanoes and killed
them using hydrogen
bombs, or something.

Wikipedia contributed
to courtesy of reporting to this

Fare that isn't fair

S H P i E L
contributing writer

Many Jewish
students at the
University of
Florida eat their
kosher corned
beef sandwiches
knowing the animal
used for their
sandwiches was
killed humanely-
and according to kashrut-the Jewish
dietary laws restricting types of food
consumed and rules for how animals
must be slaughtered and prepared for
But after leading kosher meat
producer Agriprocessors, also
recognized under the brand names
"Rubashkin" and "Aaron's Best," was
accused earlier this year of a series
of scandals involving.unethical work
practices like child and immigrant labor
violations and animal abuse, some
students may think twice before biting
into that sandwich.
As investigations continue into
Agriprocessors, kosher restaurants and
customers are taking a closer look at
the meaning of the ancient laws and
wondering if modern ethical questions-
should play a part in whether food
receives a hekhsher, a kind of stamp
that appears on kashrut-approved
In August, Agriprocessors was
accused of 57 cases of alleged child
labor at the company's factory in
Postville, Iowa.
Prior to these allegations on May 12
was an immigration raid that led to the
arrest of 389 illegal workers.
After the raid, employees began
claiming they had been subjected to
harsh working conditions, sexual abuse,
improper wages and a range of other
Company officials deny these
charges and claim they hired the
children aged 14-17 without knowing.
Underage workers were let go, and the
company cooperated well with state
In November, People for the Ethical
Treatment of Animals, also known as
PETA, released footage of repeated
animal abuse going on in the Iowan
kosher meat factory.
Does the mistreatment of workers,
ignorance of the law of the land and the
unethical slaughter of animals affect
the status of otherwise kosher food?
Micah Rosenblatt is the supervisor
of incoming kosher food for Hillel, an
organization for Jewish college students


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at the University of Florida. He calls the
events "kosherly" questionable.
"Technically, the meat is kosher,"
Rosenblatt said. "However, they are
missing the point behind these laws."
Agriprocessors has the cheapest
and most easily accessible kosher meat
in the U.S. Rosenblatt said that other
options are too expensive for Hillel to
afford, and so although he approves the
meat shipments from Agriprocessors
for kosher consumption at Hillel,
he does not condone the company's
unorthodox practices.
"This issue is not Hillel's
responsibility. Organizations with
more clout should bring pressure onto
Aaron's to change their practices or not
give kosher certification."
Avie Freiderwitzer is the owner of
the Hillel dining hall. Freiderwitzer
said he disagrees with Agriprocessors'
"We are currently doing everything
in our power to switch from Aaron's.
This is incredibly hard to do, especially
in Gainesville."
He said there are few options in the
city for kosher meat, but he is willing to
pay the extra expense for the assurance
that ethics and morals are enforced in
the workplace.
Rabbi Yoni Kaiser-Blueth, associate
director for Jewish student life at Hillel,
said he thought a company producing
kosher food should live up to a higher
ethical standard.
An national organization called
Hekhsher Tzedek falls in line with this
idea. Along with a hekhsher, or stamp
giving kosher approval, the group
believes there should be a second stamp
showing that Jewish ethical standards,
including fair treatment of workers,
were followed.
Hekhsher Tzedek's slogan states its
purpose perfectly: "Certifiably Ethical:
Connecting kashrut to social justice."

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South Florida songstress composes life of musical whimsy


upright bass to plastic horns, pots and
pans, and even the Fisher-Price "See 'n
Say" toy.
Goodrich plays guitar, keys, ukulele,
kazoo, harmonica, recorder, xylophone,
banjo, mandolin, spoons and hany
more. For her, it's all part of making
Right now is an
exciting time in
Goodrich's musical
career. Although
she has long
been performing
in New York,
Massachusetts and
throughout Florida,
she is about to
come out with her
first full-length
album, "Tinker
Toys" (before this
point, she offered
CDs in homemade
cloth sleeves).
"I'm psyched,"
said Goodrich
about the album,
"hoping for fun
The album
boasts a few
songs that she has
performed before,
as well as some
entirely new tunes.
"Tinker Toys"
is named after a
particular song,

but Goodrich said she also feels the
name captures the first-album feeling.
When asked what she has ahead of
.her, Goodrich said, "The beginning."
Interestingly enough, Goodrich
attended Santa Fe College at one
point, studying music, or as she jokes,
"studying to be Florida's finest orange
squeezer." In the end she decided it
wasn't for
her, and she
moved from
back to Miami.
[ The
orange juice
was] not the
kind of acid
that goes hand
and hand with
the guitar,"
she said.
No w,
seems like it
was probably
for the best.
It is hard to
imagine the 24-
year-old ever
attaining such
freedom and
joy in her
music without
having set off
on her own
up Jewish in

Miami, Goodrich
did have a bat
mitzvah. She
even got her first
"real" guitar, a
Rickenbacker, as
a present for the
event. However,
she said her
Judaism does
not play a role
in her musical
"I do not mesh
religion and
music," she said.
"Music is its own
Today, the
part of Judaism
she said she
loves best is her
brisket and her noodle kugel.
The name of Goodrich's record
label, Yellow Bear Records, comes with
its own story.
As she was wandering through a
field one day-or as she puts it, as she
was "twirling in the middle of these
magical meadows" on a "mysterious
misty- morning"-a Native American
man named Blue Bear approached her
and said, "You are Yellow Bear."
She embraced the name
Goodrich lists on her MySpace page
dozens of other musicians as influences,
including such diverse artists as the
Grateful Dead, Joni Mitchell, Aretha
Franklin and Django Reinhardt, but

she has plenty to s:ay
about what else inspires
her in her musical quest:
"Classic animation, old
and new friends, love,
travels, adventures, colors
and fun things to look at,"
she said. She just "put
them together" to get the
One gets the sense that
music is an adventure to
Goodrich, an endless game
to play with everyone she
can find to join in her fun.
It's hard to beat that kind
of work ethic.

To hear some of Rachel
Goodrich's folky, quirky
musical musings, please
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S and the surf music style" because they
"go together like bagel and lox."
In 2002, he recorded "Sixteen
)ed as Songs of the Chosen Surfers" with his
Beach "secular" band The Mach IV, which
Beach included previously mentioned Karen
)ardist Dobronyi.
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fornia- Meshugga's current members, including
Danny "Shecky Shekles" Snvder on
n suits guitar, Stuart "Brooklyn Beat" Brandi on
: garb, drums and Steve "Treyf" Bacon III on
*ards. bass, committed to the eclectic musical
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Nagila" Mel based the band's name on
retro- the Frankie and Annette beach movie
st Mel "Muscle Beach Party.'
e-mail, He said people often ask, "Why
k at its meshugga and not meshuggeneh?"
His answer? "Well, I guess I'm just
ded to meshuggeneh enough that meshugga
*k Dale sounded better to me."
Mel described the band as "reverently
sioniof. irreverent" and added that their attire
eidei:'' has upset a few religious Jews, but he
said the costumes are rooted in a pride

for their region.
Meshugga Beach
Party plays at bar
mitzvahs, Purim parties
and Jewish music
festivals, but Mel said
secular events are .
fantastic gigs.
"When we play
outdoor shows at
festivals or parades the
look on peoples' faces
is priceless first the
jaw drops and then they
smile." Meshugga Beach Party plays bai'r
One experience while Jewish music festivals. They. layj
playing at the "Bay to sound of surf music. PhotO-bod9
Breakers" race in San
Francisco was quite a surreal experience showigijp4s
for the band, he said. Meshiug
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Jesus dancing to our music, or there and o-l
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Russo Duo is a
two-man jam orgy
of drums
and organ. This
team consisting of
Marco Benevento and
Joe Russo will funk
your brains out (if
Stanton Moore and Robert Walter left you with any functioning
neurons just one set prior on the same Amazing Stage). The Duo
has chops, and their live show is an electric circus of sound.
But be warned: these two will jam on into the wee hours of the
psychedelic morn' if the Big Deal lets them.

Stanton Moore Trio is ear-pounding jazz and funk
injected with an additional dose of the Nawlins-brand organ steroid
that is Robert Walter. This medicine has not been approved by the
FDA, but studies have shown that it will make you dance, dance,

Bombadil is from North Carolina, but sometimes their music sounds
Irish. Other times there's a flourish of Hawaiian ukulele. And then they
hit a few notes that must be straight off the ship from Fraggle Rock,
though it's hard to tell what fantasy land their lyrics come from. Maybe
Sillyville. Regardless, they rollick when they rock, and that's fun.

Morningbell is a family band. They are brothers and lovers
who play music for others. They're playing early, so you may not get to
see their universe-famous $100 light show. But their psychedelic rocking
is a roaring good way to start off a festival in Gainesville.

Umoja Orchestra doesn't really need an introduction. See
them. You will sweat.

The Duppies is really just an all-star cast of Gainesville's ska
and reggae elite. Or maybe it's just those folks who couldn't find a good
enough reason to leave Gainesville after getting their degrees. The point is
this: these musicians are seasoned enough that their music has a calculated
and a capsaicin-y kick that you won't forget.

The Soulphonics & RubyVelle is a groove-infused, Atlanta-
based soul revival band (they used to live here in Gainesville), The
Soulphonics can't be heard without some serious body shaking. Ruby Velle's
powerful pipes add a contemporary sound to the group's big-band, funky
Chupaskabra is a local, seven-piece ska band that is every
thing you'd expect from ska. Great horns and a sax will satisfy any checker-
tied fan looking for a good skankdown.

Gainesville Roller Rebels: fishnet-wearing, fearless females
on rollerblades. We needn't say more.

Oddknock is kicking it late night on Saturday, and their
trippy tracks of electronic bliss may, more than any other part of your body,
make your mind dance. Or seize. But if the flashing lights didn't send you into
convulsions by the end of Oddknock's set, head on over to the Super Stage for
two more electrohours with the Neon Liger Dance Party.

Every publication and its mother probably has a guide to the
upcoming Real Big Deal Music, Camping and Arts Festival,
so we figured, what the hell, let's throw our picks at you,
too. Two Jews, six opinions, right? These are the bands we
think you should see, and the things we think you should
do while at the fest. But mainly, don't take the brown


Toubab Krewe is from Asheville, N.C. They are a
Mali-inspired, instrumental collide of harp-
lutes, fiddles, guitar and a pulsing African
drumbeat that will make your ears smile. A
dash of jazz and a dash of jam, this band's
unique sound may come from its not-from-
around-here beats. Their name roughly means
"foreigner crew."

Drive-By Truckers play
country music pumped
up by an overwhelming
guitar contribution. In
case their sound makes
you forget you're listening
to a group of Southerners,
their backwoods lyrics will
remind you this festival
is in north central Florida,
after all.


Hackensaw Boys pick and punk and yodel
their way through some high-energy, steam
engine-powered original bluegrass music.
The group consists of at least six players
whose fast-paced take on a traditional form
simply makes you move.


Ancient River drenches its psychedelic rock
with a heavy dose of blues and Southern-
rock yearning. They'll be blaring from
the Wonder Stage early Sunday, so shake
off that hangover or simply continue the
previous night's trip, 'cause this one's
gonna be loud.

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= most widespread newspaper in the mentioned points that they share c choice Every time things get heated, Jews
country. prophet in But I don't and Muslims should remember the
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page," I came across an article written and that God spoke to him at Mount why someone would be aggressive traditions of respect for Abraham .
= by a columnist named Sultan Al- Sinai and gave him the Torah as toward prophet Moses just because and our common historic homeland =
Hattab. The article was about a place guidance for humankind, he was an Israelite. Or why someone in the Middle East.
in Jordan called "Al-Jafr." It's a disaster to see extreme would be aggressive toward prophet The question is not how close or
= The author was arrogantly proud nationalism attacking prophets Mohammad just because he was an how far we are from "the other." The =
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Let's get the whos out of the way,
because I really want to talk about the
My name is Dave Baum, and I will
be the Koach rabbinic intern at'UF
this year. I was born and raised in
South Florida, went to UF for under-
grad and graduated in 2001, and I am
entering into my fifth and final year
at the Jewish Theological Seminary's
rabbinical school in New York City.
I feel that I am one of the luckiest-
UF Alumni in the world because I can
come back to make a difference in a
community that I love so much.
When I come to a new place as a
"rabbinical student," I receive one
question quite frequently: what made
you decide to become a rabbi? I feel
that I am asked this question so much
because, for many people, the rabbi
title is a high-and-lofty one, and few
people can imagine themselves with
Believe it or not, I too felt this
same apprehension before I applied

to rabbinical school, and I even feel
some of it to this day.
I want you to know me not because
of what I am, but why I made one of
the biggest decisions of my life. Why
do I want to be a rabbi?
The "why" questions are always
the most difficult questions because
they makes us look inward and chal-
lenge our very identities..
I want to be a rabbi because I be-
lieve in tikkun olam, commonly trans-
lated as repairing the world. Though
this has become a cliche term, the
Rabbis interpreted this phrase in a
different way: fixing broken systems.
Of course, there are many broken
systems which is why I am confi-
dent that my work will never be done
- but the broken system that I want to
focus on now relates to you: the irrel-
evance of Judaism in your life.
All too often, individual Jews are
looking for a place, some place where
their Jewish souls can be nurtured
even if they do not know it yet. They
want to start writing their own Jewish

This is why I want to become a
rabbi, and it is why I am the rabbinic
intern at UF: to make Judaism rel-
evant for you.
After my many experiences, I have
learned that all people truly are dif-
ferent, as much as we try to make
others the same.
Each person has his or her own
Jewish journey, their own Torah to
write, and their own entry point into
our faith and our people. College is a
transformative time, a time when you
separate from your parents and your
families to build your own unique
identity. I hope that this year, we
can start and/or continue our Jewish
journey together.
Now comes the harder question.
How can I help you write your own
Torah? How can I give you the power
to take hold of your birthright? Part
of it is through learning about Juda-
ism from all different types of sourc-
es including your fellow students,
but all of it starts with building rela-

. I hope that this year I can build
relationships with as many of you
as possible, and it is important that
you build relationships with each
other. Our greater goal should be to
create a meaningful community, and
I hope that we will do this together
this year.
If you are interested in starting
or continuing your Jewish journey,
please e-mail me at rabbidave@ufhil-
lel.org, and of course I will be seeking
you out on campus. I look forward to
seeing you all at UF soon.

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Review Dated movie synopses evoke interest in new film

SHPiEL staff writer

Sept. 12, the Coen brothers' film "Burn
After Reading" hits theaters. In stark
contrast to last year's award-winning
thriller "No Country For Old Men," Joel
and Ethan Coen have returned to the
black-comedy genre for their latest
While you're waiting a few days to see
"Reading," you can go out and rent these
two great Coen films to pass the time.


"Raising Arizona" (1987) stars
Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter as a
husband and wife desperate to have
a child of their own. The couple is so
desperate that they develop a plan
to steal a baby from a set of famous
Hi (Cage) is a convenience store thief
married to ex-cop Ed (Hunter). Unlike
"Crossing," the dialogue of this film is
the meat of the movie, peppered with

"Miller's Crossing" (1990) is set
during Prohibition in a nameless city
populated by rival gangs. Gabriel
Byrne plays Tom Reagan, a stoic and
pragmatic gangster caught between
two warring families.
This third film by the Coen
brothers is exceedingly stylized
to mimic the dialogue and feel of
early 20th-century film noir. From
the repeated greeting, "What's the
rumpus?" to the grandiose score by
Carter Burwell (a staple of Coen films),
the viewer comes to understand that
the film's plot is secondary to its

the couple's repetition of preachy Bible
verses and phrases read in self-help
After plucking themselves a new
baby from another family's cradle,
they, ironically, try to live moral lives
to fulfill their roles as new model
parents. However, this plan must take
a temporary backseat as the infant's
true parents hire a motorcycle-riding,
grenade-throwing bounty hunter to

visually rich scenes.
The most memorable of these
sequences shows Albert Finney, the
head of one of the families, using a
Tommy Gun with a seemingly infinite
amount of bullets to subdue several
gangsters attacking his house-all
while listening to the tranquil sounds
of Frank Patterson's "Danny Boy" on
the phonograph.
While the film may not captivate
you with its story or characters, its
larger-than-life images will remain
in your memory well after you've
finished watching it.

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desert backdrop, with a Burwell score that
includes faint yodeling and a banjo-playing
rendition of Beethoven's Ninth.
"Arizona" was the first comedic collaboration
by the Coen brothers, and arguably their most
superb. Hi and Ed are so lovably pitiful that you
can't help but buy into their half-baked plans
and philosophies. We can only hope that "Burn
After Reading" will provide as many laughs,

Printing press release: Go see'Gutenburg!'

SHPiEL contributing writer

Nestled among the nightclubs and
coffee shops in downtown Gainesville,
theatre is alive at the Hippodrome.
,"Gutenberg! The Musical!," the
Hipp's season opener, is a hilarious
romp about two playwrights who pitch
an idea for a new musical featuring
none other than Johann Gutenberg.
As seemingly uninteresting as a
musical history lesson about the Jewish
inventor of the printing press might be,
the two aspiring writers take us through
their fictional story in a uniquely funny
Literally changing hats every fifteen
seconds, Bud and Doug (charmingly
portrayed by Jay Perry and Kirt Bateman)
play every role in their "historical
fiction" as they try to sell their new
musical to the audience and hopefully
to some Broadway producers.

Desperate to succeed, their list of
crazy characters includes everyone
from an evil monk, Drunk #2 and
'Anti-Semitic Little Girl' to 'Old Black
Narrator' and Gutenberg himself.
The musical is directed by the
Hippodrome's own Lauren Caldwell. An
insatiable character herself, Caldwell
has certainly provided Gainesville with
another deliciously off-color treat.
Not every quip is a knee-slapper, but
"Gutenberg!" doesn't miss a beat it's
filled with perfectly offensive jokes and
several well-placed surprises. And Perry
and Bateman craftily take advantage of
every awkward silence or witticism. As
constant balls of energy, these two men
create more on the stage than I've seen
in full-scale, large-chorus productions.
The crew and artistic team, even
through the final tech rehearsal,
couldn't stop giggling through the witty
dialogue and clever songs performed
by Perry, Bateman and their pianist,
Charles (played by Brian Hargrove).
Their German-set musical features
a young Gutenberg distraught over the
town's illiteracy problem. After a baby
dies in some ludicrous way as a result
of the illiteracy, Gutenberg becomes
inspired to invent the printing press.
However, the woman he loves (of
course always portrayed by one of the
two gentlemen) sings a power ballad
while, as "she" puts it, "blubbering like
a retarded woman."
Bud and Doug invite the audience to

see their show as they see it themselves:
imagining turntables, lasers and has-
been celebrities as their stars. And since
their intense research on the subject
(claiming to go no further than a Google
search) proved to be little help, they
admit they took several liberties in this
"historical" tale.
Luckily, Act 2 proves to be just
as fun and fast-paced as the writers
explain their dramatic attempt to not
bore the audience. The musical comes
to a close with a show-stopping sing-
along of "We Eat Dreams," where Bud
and Doug brilliantly fight and throw
hats to create a huge chorus feel for the
"Gutenberg! The Musical!" proves to
be a bold choice for the Hippodrome's
opening show of this season, especially
at a time when the theatre can seem
like a dispensable luxury to some. But
this one should not be shunned.
As a hysterical commentary on
everything from current musicals to
history itself, "Gutenberg!" is not to
be missed. So take a night off and
enjoy some uproarious theatre. Plus
don't forget that the Hippodrome
has a fully stocked bar...

"Gutenberg! The Musical!" premieres
Sept. 5 at the Hippodrome State
Theatre in downtown Gainesville and
is set to run through the month (with
previews Sept. 2, 3 and 4). Photo
courtesy of Michael Eaddy.

"Gutenberg! The Musical!" stars Kirt Bate-
man (left) as Doug, Jay Perry (right) as
Bud, and Brian Hargrove (front) as the
piano player Charles. The show runs from
September 5-28 at the Hippodrome State
Theater. Photos courtesy of Michael Eaddy.




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5. Fourth letter of
10. B'nai B'rith youth org.
13. Competent
14. Son of Gad
15. Imitates Rickles
17. Tuches (Eng)
18. Kedem need
19. 2,501
20. Writer Ozick to friends
22. Blitzer's station
24. NY Yankee, Blomberg
25. Tisha B'Av mood
26. Goniff action? (Eng)
28. Leather punch
31. First Swedish Jew
33. Thou
34. Jonah's travel mode
36. Sabin vaccine
38. Samson's strength
42. Neil Simon specialty
43. Tekiah and Teruah
45. Einstein specialty
46. Gaza __
48. Bubbles at times
49. Issachar city
50. Shikker's sip
52. Sopher needs

54. Exist
55. Victor Barna specialty
59. Contraction
61. "Friend" to Montand
62. Arkia stat
63. Hitler
67. Jacob after the Angel
69. After Bar Mitzvah
71. Naomi at times
72. Freud inventions
73. Desert station
74. Oy Vay!
75. Evil__
76. Death notices
77. Shiva clothes
1. Chagall
2. Observe
3. Arkin or Funt
4. Lahr and Parks
5. Sculptor
6. Jan Peerce specialty
7. Poet Cohen casually
8. Opt
9. Eisner's org.
10. Supply with Uzis
11. Seven day king of Israel
12. Biblical judge
16. Act the cantor
21. Israelite conquest

23. Sandal maker
26. Sacha Cohen sport
27. Zohar author
28. Snakes-
29. Winchell to friends
30. "Jakob the __", Shoahl
32. Son of Gad
35. Breaking the ninth?
37. Leah's third
39. "Giant", writer
40. Isaiah or Samuel
41. Alike
44. Days of rest
47. Tube
51. Latke ingredient
53. Blessed every 28 yrs.
55. "__ of Settlement"
56. Graven__
57. "Star Trek" star
58. Aaron's oldest son
60. Mother to line of Judah
63. Matzo
64. "Bambi" by Salten
65. Shushan country
66. Theater troop
68. Tel-Aviv to Bet She'an
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November 9 Angels in America:A Gay Fantasia on National Themes by Tony Kushner
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The SHPiEL: Volume 6, Issue 2

affeinate your conscience
A cooperative of Jewish, Muslim and Christian farmers in


SHPiEL staff writer

As the world increases its speed,
creating faster modes of transportation,
faster Internet connections, faster-
acting drugs and faster food, people
continue to turn to the coffee bean a
legal narcotic that helps them cope.
It is almost impossible to turn
360 degrees without seeing the green
banners of a Starbucks or some other
barely surviving mom-and-pop coffee
shop that plays great music ard has
photos of Bob Dylan and scrabble
boards lining the walls.
At the least, if we gotta drink just
a cup, we might as well make it a just
cup, according to an artisan coffee
roaster in northern California called the
Thanksgiving Coffee Company, or the
TCC was founded in 1972 by Paul and
Joan Katzeff, two hippies who needed
more cash than what they were making
from selling candles and jewelry.
The company turned to Fair Trade
after Paul returned from a business trip
to civil war-torn Nicaragua and began
focusing more on the people providing
the coffee rather than those who would

obliviously drink it.
In 2004, Paul received a call from
Laura Wetzler, volunteer coordinator for
Kulanu, a Jewish NGO, nongovernmental
organization, based in Uganda. Wetzler
told Paul about a co-op of Jewish,
Christian and Muslim coffee bean
farmers, and Paul said he immediately
wanted to bring the farmers' story and
beans to the rest of the world.
The Peace Kawumera Cooperative
was the dream of Ugandan coffee farmer
JJ Keki. He ventured out of the Abudaya
Jewish community to the door of his
Christian and Muslim. neighbors. Keki
came with the hope of putting aside
differences and joining fields to create
Mirembe Kawumera, which means
"delicious peace coffee" in Luganda, a
major Ugandan language.
The cooperative now spreads
its message of peace and equality
throughout the world.
Wetzler has worked with the African
Bantu community since 2002 to become
Fair Trade certified and was rejected by
50 different coffee companies before
she called Paul at the TCC.
It was besheret, destiny, and Paul
immediately flew across the Atlantic
to meet with the co-op leaders and

The coffee grown
at the co-op is of
the Arabica variety
and is grown on
the slopes of a
dormant volcano.
It was first planted
more than 100 years
ago after the beans
were brought from
Coffee accounts
for 90 percent of
Uganda's revenue,
and the small-scale
family farmers of
this crop have been
marginalized by the
exploitative market.
Mi r e mb e
Kawumera Coffee is
the first Fair Trade
Certified coffee from
Uganda to reach
American lips.
So when you
drink, drink lechaim
u'leshalom, to life
and to peace.

Secretary Manager Kakaire Hatibu checks a batch of coffee beans
for defects during the business' coffee buying. Photo courtesy of
Ben Corey-Moran.

The coffee is available to purchase online at: http://
www.mirembekawomera.com/index, and communities
around the U.S. are starting clubs that buy the coffee in
bulk and distribute to members who wish to join in the
march to change the world.