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Happy Chanukah
w^ The Jewish <^ ?
of South County
Volume 10 Number 26
Serving Boca Raton, Delray Beach, and Highland Beach, Florida Friday, December 2, 1988
Price: 35 Cents
The Most Important
Holiday Of AD
my little brother Danny was
five years old, he begged my
parents for a Christmas tree.
It was out of the question.
Still, that December, my old-
est brother and I drove Danny
around in the evenings, rubber-
necking around the well-to-do
Christian suburbs, seeing
whose lawn decorations pulsed
the brightest like jewels,
like winter fireflies and in
whose picture window stood
the best tree.
When Christmas was over
that year, we older kids, walk-
ing home from Hebrew school,
spotted one of the neighbor's
Christmas trees lying in the
Excited, we hauled it over
our backs and dragged it home
for Danny. But as he stood
looking down at it in the dirty
backyard snow, we saw the
tree suddenly for what it really
was: a bedraggled, dried-up
old thing, its tinsel gimp and
spindly, its needles a dark
ocher. It was lying in mud. It
was (we recognized abruptly)
dead. Danny cried.
Several years later, when I
was in high .school in Prin-
ceton, N.J., the headmaster
agreed (it was an ecumenical
year) to give us Jewish kids
"equal time" during the
Christmas assembly.
All week long we made holly
wreaths and pomander balls
for sale by the women's club;
we decorated a two-story-high
blue spruce tree in the school
lobby; and we sang Handel and
Pergolesi and Bach.
At the end of the week came
the assembly. I climbed on to
the stage for the Chanukah
segment of the program, hav-
ing already sung "Gottes Sohn
1st Kommen" with the madri-
gals, recited a moving piece of
Dickens' "A Christmas Carol"
with my English class, and
passed out delicious pfeffer-
nusse and speculatius cookies
with the Key Club.
I looked at the traditional
Chanukah cookies I was hand-
ing out (shaped, ostensibly,
like the shields of Maccabean
soldiers and smeared with
coarse, neon-blue sugar) and,
suddenly, like with Danny's
Christmas tree, I saw them for
the first time.
They were banal, standard-
ized, stupid. They were the
most moronic holiday cookies I
had ever seen. They tasted like
pasteboard this I knew
but for the first time in my life,
I registered this as a negative
Then, with the four-part har-
monized rendition of "he was
despised, despised and re-
jected, rejected of men, a man
of sorrows ..." still ringing in
my ears, I opened my mouth to
sing: "I had a little dreydl. I
made it out of clay. And when
it's dry and ready, Oh dreydl I
will play."
The performance over, I hid
in one of the dressing rooms.
Chanukah was never meant
to compete with Christmas.
Historically, it is utterly a
minor holiday. The Mishna
does not mention it. The
"Books of the Maccabees" are
excluded from the Jewish
Josephus, the Palestinian
historian of the first century,
scarcely knows what the holi-
day is: "The festival is called
'Lights,' he writes uncertainly,
"because the free practice of
our religion was to us like a
rising day of light."
In the Talmud, Chanukah is
mentioned only once, passing,
by one of the dotty, rather
abstracted rabbis, who asks,
"What is Chanukah?" as if he
hadn't a clue.
But it occured to me in high
school, as I sat by myself on a
bench in a darkening dressing
room at the back of an audito-
rium in Princeton, that Chanu-
kah was not minor any more.
Not for American Jews. Not
for us.
It was major. Probably the
most major Jewish holiday of
all: more important than the
Sabbath or Passover, or even
that most holy of holidays
the Day of Atonement.
Because it is on Chanukah
that each of us gets our first
and strongest lesson in iden-
My brother Danny iearns
(age five) that he is not a
Christian, that being Jewish in
this world means denying him-
self certain things.
I learn (age 16) de Tocquev-
ille's lesson that the great
weakness of a democracy is
the "tyranny of the majority"
the wish that we cling to
deeply: to be like our neigh-
bors. I gain the knowledge
that we are not.
And the unfairness of the
competition between Chanu-
kah and Christmas under-
scores and echoes that lesson
derived from the holiday sea-
son itself: that it is "they," not
"us," who make up the games
and the rules and the stan-
That "they" is reasonably
everybody beyond Mom and
Dad and Uncle Bob and Aunt
Harriet and the Schwartzes
across the street.
Despite everything we hear
about separation of church and
state, we live in a verv Chris-
Continued on Page 7

Enjoying a moment together at Na'amat USA's annual southeast area conference at theDeauville
Hotel, were, from, left, Beebe Pullman of Ft. Lauderdale, national board member and area
program chairman; Mildred Weiss qfDeerfield Beach, national board member and area new club
liaison; Esther Zackler of Tel Aviv, envoy of Na'amat Israel to Na'amat USA and past national
president of Na'amat USA; Harriet Green, national vice president and president of the South
Florida Council; Gert Aaron of Hallandale, area coordinator; Felice Schwartz, Miami Beach,
national board member, council vice president and national public relations chairman; and Rita
Sherman, Boca Raton, membership chairman of the southeast area and national board member.
Showbiz Trio At Gala Honoring Dicks
Composer/singer Paul Anka,
comedian Shecky Greene and
vocalist Jerry Vale will enter-
tain at the annual dinner dance
sponsored by the Florida
Region of the American Com-
mittee for the Weizmann Insti-
tute of Science Sunday, Dec.
11, at the Fontainebleau Hil-
ton Hotel.
The celebration honors Mel
and Bobbi Dick of Eastern
Shores and marks the estab-
lishment of a professional
chair in Mel Dick's honor at
the institute. Dick is a member
of the Weizmann American
Committee's national board.
The couple, who have served
on various fundraising pro-
jects for the institute, have
also been active in the Mary
Beth Weiss Cancer Research
Fund, Project Newborn, the
Papanicolau Comprehensive
Cancer Center and the
Bethesda Drug Rehabilitation
Dinner dance chairman is
Jay Weiss, an honorary chair-
man of the Weizmann Florida
Region and a member of the
Mel and Bobbi Dick
in: titute's American Commit-
tee national board. Co-
chairmen are Harvey Chaplin,
Elliot Dinnerstein, Isadore
Becker, David Paul and Mar-
vin Shanken.
Rowland Schaefer is Weiz-
mann Florida chairman.
JNF Dinner Honors Orloves
Merle and Michael Orlove
VUl receive the Jewish
National Fund's "Tree of
Life" award at a Chanukah
dinner celebration Sunday
Dec. 4, 6:30 p.m., at the Sher-
aton Design Center Hotel in
The "Tree of Life" award is
given in recognition of extra-
ordinary community leader-
ship and involvement and both
Merle and Michael Orlove have
a long list of accomplishments
in the South Broward com-
Former recipients of the
"Tree of Life" award include
Gov. Bob Graham, Donald
Trump, Senator Paula Haw-
kins and Elie Weisel.
The Orloves will also be pre-
Merle & Michael Orlove
sented with a "Scro
Honor" at the dinner.
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Page 2 The Jewish Floridian of South County/Friday, December 2, 1988
On Friday, Dec. 2, evening
services will begin at
8 p.m. The fifth graders in the
congregation's School for Liv-
ing Judaism will present a
whimsical review of the
weekly Torah portion, Vaye-
On Saturday, Dec. 3, Sab-
bath morning services begin at
10:15 a.m.
On Friday, Dec. 9, Shabbat
Chanukah the seventh night
of Chanukah services begin
at 8 p.m. Members of the
Junior Choral Group will help
lead the congregation in song.
Services on Sabbath morn-
ing, Dec. 10, begin at 10:15
Congregation B'nai Israel is
located at 8177 W. Glades
Road, Boca Raton. For infor-
mation: 483-9982.
On Saturday, Dec. 3, the
Sabbath morning service will
begin at 8:30 a.m. Rabbi Louis
L. Sacks will preach the ser-
mon on the theme "The Ham-
mer and The Anvil." Kiddush
will follow.
On Saturday, Dec. 10, morn-
ing services begin at 8:30 a.m.
Rabbi Sacks will preach the
sermon on "The Holy Lights."
Kiddush will follow.
A seminar in the Talmudic
Tome "Perke O'Vos" (Ethics
of Fathers) is led by Rabbi
Sacks in the course of Sabbath
twilight minyon services.
Daily classes in the "Judaic
Code of Religious Law"
(Schulchan Oruch), led by
Rabbi Sacks, begin at 7:30
a.m., preceeding the daily min-
yon services and at 5 p.m. in
conjunction with the daily twil-
ight minyon services.
Anshei Emuna is located at
16189 Carter Road, Delray
For information: 499-9229
Adult education classes are
held Monday and Tuesday eve-
nings, 7:30 p.m., at the syna-
gogue, 7900 Montoya Circle.
Taught by Rabbi Mordechai
Winiarz, classes are in Talmud
Boca Raton Synagogue
The Boca Raton Synagogue
will celebrate its fifth anniver-
sary on Saturday, Dec. 3, with
a special kiddush luncheon
sponsored by former presi-
dents Dr. William Rand and
Steven Marcus and their
A children's Chanukah
party, sponsored by the Sister-
hood, will be held Wednesday,
Dec. 7, 5-6:30 p.m., at the
synagogue. In addition to the
traditional latkes, there will be
a candle lighting ceremony
and Israeli dancing led by a
professional instructor. Chil-
dren are encouraged to bring a
menorah and candles. The cost
is $4 per child with reserva-
tions requested.
For information: 750-8567.
\ The Club Chai, the Junior
Youth Group for grades six
^through eight, will have a
[Chanukah Dance with other
South Florida junior youth
groups Sunday, Dec. 4, 4-7
[ p.m., at Temple Beth El.
On Friday, Dec. 9, 5:45 p.m.,
the Temple's religious school
third grade will have a Shab-
bat dinner, to be followed by
Temple Beth El
family services at 8 p.m.
The Solos of Temple Beth El
are sponsoring a Chanukah
latke party and dance Sunday,
Dec. 11, 7 p.m., at the temple.
Reservations are a necessity.
Information: 395-2226.
The temple's Brotherhood
will hold its monthly breakfast
Sunday, Dec. 11, 10 a.m.
The Silver Lining
By Rabbi Samuel Silver
Temple Sinai of Delray Beach
An Explanation Of
The Holiday of Chanukah
on Mondays and Jewish wis-
dom on Tuesdays.
Sponsored by Sisterhood, a
children's Chanukah party will
be held Wednesday, Dec. 7,
5-6:30 p.m., at the synagogue.
Israeli Dancing will be led by a
professional teacher and tradi-
tional refreshments will be
served. The cost is $4 per child
and reservations should be
made. For information:
a Chanukah festival for the
entire family will be held
Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m., at the
The festivities will include a
candlelighting ceremony, a
children's songfest and play,
and an international food festi-
val featuring dishes of Mexico,
Italy, Middle East, Japanese
and the U.S.A. The cost is $10
for adults and $5 for children
12 and under. Reservations
are necessary.
Congregation Beth Ami's
religious services are held at
the Mae Volen Senior Center,
1515 West Palmetto Park
Road, Boca Raton.
On Friday, Dec. 2, services
start at 8:15 p.m. Rabbi
Nathan Zelizen's sermon will
be on "Hanukah-Human Pro-
gress." An Oneg will follow
the services.
On Saturday, Dec. 3 at 9:30
a.m., Rabbi Zelizer's sermon
will be on "When Dreamers
Are Realists." Rabbi will teach
the weekly portion "Vaye-
shev" and Kiddush will follow
the services.
On Friday, Dec. 9, 8:15 p.m.,
Rabbi Zelizer's sermon will be
on "Two Dreams In One." The
Oneg following services will be
given by Shirley and Joseph
Sandweiss in honor of their
49th wedding anniversary.
On Saturday, Dec. 10, 9:30
a.m., Rabbi Zelizer will deliver
a sermon: "Remaining Loyal
to the Past." He will also teach
the weekly portion "Mikketz."
Kiddush will follow the ser-
Religious services of Con-
gregation Beth Ami are held at
the Mae Volen Senior Center,
1515 West Palmetto Park
Road in Boca Raton. For infor-
mation: 276-8804.
When Chanukah comes
Don't we all feel
Fresh admiration
For Maccabean zeal?
When Chanukah comes
More praise is due
To the intrepidity
Of the fighting Jew
The idea of war
Makes the Jew morose
But with freedom at stake
He can be bellicose.
War? No sensitive Jew
Can really enjoy it;
But for a good cause
He learned to employ it.
Just eighteen hundred
And seventeen years ago
Idolatry was offered,
And the Jews said, "No!"
Could the rebellion
Really thrive?
On one side, legions;
On the other, five.
But those five brothers
With their father, the priest
Inspired others, so
Their numbers increased.
For three years they fought
In field and in cave;
Religious freedom
To mankind they gave.
Fighting Jews
In our time as well
Have performed miracles.
Witness Israel.
We start with one candle
Till eight are aglow
To symbolize the way
A worthy project can grow.
At first a large force
Faced a littler.
But the good can prevail.
Remember Hitler.
In December Jews
Are enchanted
By Yuletide glitter;
Kids wanna be Santa-ed.
Monotheism was saved;
Paganism routed;
In Judea years later
A daughter faith sprouted.
So instead of Jews
Going the Yuletide way
Christians ought to mark
The Jewish holiday.
A holiday provides
An emotional lift.
So light the candles,
Give everyone a gift.
Go to shul,
Sing "Maoz Tzur,"
Spin the draydel,
Help the poor.
Joyously celebrate
The Chanukah feast.
And let's all pray for
Peace in the Mideast.
Temple Sinai, Delray Beach
Chanukah is an eight-day
Jewish holiday which com-
memorates history's first
struggle for religious freedom.
The struggle took place
between 168 and 165 before
the Christian era. It was pre-
cipitated when a Greco-Syrian
king, who had inherited one-
third of the empire of Alexan-
der the Great, ordered all the
nations in his hegemony to
adopt his form of idolatry,
which entailed worshipping an
idol of himself.
Most of the lands under his
control acquiesced, but the
Judeans didn't. Under the
leadership of a Jewish religi-
ous leader named Mattathias
and his five sons, the Jews
cleansed the Jersualem temple
which had been desecrated by
the minions of the emperor,
whose name was Antiochus
Epiphanies, and then waged a
three-year battle in which they
were successful.
After victory, the temple
underwent a rededication,
which is what the Hebrew
word, Chanukah means. Every
year since then, Jews have
celebrated the event with wor-
ship services and a candle
lighting ritual. In an eight-
branched candelabrum, plus
an extra holder, an additional
candle is lit for eight nights,
with appropriate blessings
thanking God for inspiring
people to strive for the expan-
sion of religious liberty.
The story, narrated in a
group of post-biblical books
called the Apocrypha, records
the preservation of mono-
theism. One hundred and
sixty-five years later Judaism
gave birth to its daughter-
faith, Christianity, in that
same land of Judea.
In 1988, Chanukah begins at
sundown Saturday, Dec. 3. In
synagogue and home celebra-
tions the valor of Judah Macca-
bee and his brothers, the sons
of Mattathias is remembered
and the cause of religious free-
dom is saluted.
Ostricks To Be Honored
Evelyn and Albert E.
Ostrick will be honored by the
Family Division of the South
Palm Beach County Jewish
Federation at a Major Gifts
Cocktail Party Wednesday,
Dec. 14, 4 p.m., at The Polo
club of Boca Raton.
Rose Ellis Matzkin, a former
president of the Women's
Zionist Organization and an
18-year member of the United
Israel Appeal, will be the guest
speaker. Matzkin is also a
member of the executive board
of the World Confederation of
United Zionists and a board
member of the American
Israel Public Affairs Commit-
tee and the National Confer-
ence on Soviet Jewry.
Albert Ostrick, the Silver
Haired Legislator for Delray
Beach for the past six years, is
on the executive board of
South Palm Beach County
Jewish Federation and has
been chairman for the past sue
years for the Federation/UJA
Campaign for the Villages of
Oriole. A member of Temple
Anshei Shalom and
B'nai B'rith Jacob Lodge, he
writes on behalf of senior citi-
zens in the Sun-Sentinel.
Evelyn Ostrick is active in
Hospice and the Para-
Chaplaincy program at South
Palm Beach County Jewish
Federation. She is presently a
volunteer at the Morikama
Museum in Delray Beach.
Anniversary Couples To Reaffirm Vows
The fourth annual Grand
Golden Anniversary Jubilee at
Temple Emeth will be con-
ducted on Wednesday, Dec.
Since the program began
three years ago, more than 180
member couples that had been
married 50 years, reaffirmed
their marriage vows in the
synagogue's sanctuary.
The reaffirmation of vows
mony will highlight the pro-
gram. Each couple receives a
kit containing copies of con-
gratulatory messages and a
collation and dancing to the
Anniversary Waltz concludes
the evening.
Beatrice Krisburg is chair-
person of the program. The
format was originated by Can-
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Friday, December 2, 1988/The Jewish Floridian of South County Page 3
Arafat's Exclusion
It is now a week since Secretary of State
George Shultz said "no" to Yasir Arafat. The
move to deny Arafat a visa to enter the United
States in order to address the United Nations'
General Assembly subsequently has been re-
affirmed and is "firm and final," according to
the State Department. As if to blunt any
criticism, President Ronald Reagan personally
has endorsed the exclusionary move.
What began in Algiers, the chairman of the
Palestine Liberation Organization chose to
complete at the UN. That is, Arafat would
have taken the stage at the UN and sought
further legitimization as the credible leader of
an accepted nation state in the council of
Noting that PLO actions and statements
offered only implicit recognition of Israel, the
United States needed explicit recognition of
Israel as well as a denunciation of terrorism.
Neither has been forthcoming.
In the textual statement, the U.S. made
perfectly clear that it based its decision on the
contention that Arafat "knows of, condones
and lends support to" acts of terrorism.
Notwithstanding the host country's obliga-
tions to the UN, the U.S. prohibits entrance to
known terrorists.
The probable outcome of all this, of course,
is that the UN session will be held outside the
U.S. There is a move in progress that such a
session will be held in Geneva.
The State Department allows how the U.S.
is obligated to extend its national courtesies to
those invited to the UN. Indeed, it stated that
the PLO Observer Mission and its members
have been accorded privileges since 1975.
Beyond a general disapproval, the U.S. cited
terrorist actions against Americans as well as
others, specifying the murder by name of
Leon Klinghoffer.
If there was a question of Arafat's culpa-
bility, the U.S. chose unequivocal language:
". he, therefore, is an accessory to such
Using a play on Arafat's earlier statement
that he bore in his 1974 UN visit both "an olive
branch and a freedom fighter's gun," the U.S.
chose to exclude a participant who "can wave
the flag of justice in one hand and brandish the
weapons of terrorism in the other."
While we acknowledge that this move to
exclude the PLO chairman will and already
has had international political reper-
cussions, we concur with the action. It is one
of principle.
If the United States was condemned at
home and abroad for its behavior in the
Irancontra affair in which the administration
abandoned principle in an expedient attempt
to deal arms for hostages, it chose not to make
that mistake in realpolitick again.
As America takes the risk of being isolated
in a stand that is unpopular vis-a-vis Yasir
Arafat, The Jewish Floridian joins lauding a
proud and noble nation that chose principle
over pragmatism.
m q I'he Jewish "HV. T
Repairing a Broken World
Tikkun olam the repair
and healing of the brokenness
of the world.
If there is a single, predomi-
nant ideal which animates the
whole of Jewish trdition, it is
that of tikkun olam.
Translating that central
Jewish value into daily reality
has taken on on some remarka-
ble and wonderful forms.
A relatively young Jewish
organization, the American
Jewish World Service, has
been modestly but effectively
working to relieve human suf-
fering hunger, illness, pov-
erty in famine and drought-
ridden countries in Africa,
Asia, and Latin America.
The brainchild of industrial-
ist Larry Phillips, and former
Oxfam development expert
Larry Simon, World Service
has begun to provide a proud
and identifiable Jewish pres-
ence in the Third World, side-
by-side with major Christian
and other voluntary group pre-
Israeli desert agricultural
experts have been working
closely with World Service
professionals to provide devel-
opment know-how that has
already relieved much hunger
and tragedy.
The intention of both Israel
and World Service has been
humanitarian, but there are
clear signs that its program
has begun to win much good
will among masses of people
who have been helped.
There are other such
humane undertakings carried
out by the impressive Ameri-
can Jewish Joint Distribution
Committee, and on the domes-
tic front, Mazon, among
others. I will write more about
them in a later column.
It is simply reassuring to
know that among many caring
Jews, tikkun olam means
something genuinely rede-
mptivf- in the world, and is
more than a pious liturgical
Biography of Judah Benjamin
Few American Jews remember, let alone
celebrate, the name Judah Benjamin, despite the
fact that Benjamin may have been the most
powerful Jew in American political history.
From 1861 to 1865, the portly, bearded lawyer
served as attorney general, secretary of war and
secretary of state to the Confederacy.
As Confederate President Jefferson Davis'
right-hand man, he was known among friends as
"the brains of the Confederacy," and among
enemies as the South's "court Jew."
Before the Civil War, Benjamin became the
first acknowledged Jew to serve in the U.S.
Senate, and was considered for a seat on the
Supreme Court 60 years before Louis Brandeis.
After the war, as a "refugee from the lost
cause," he built a career as an international
lawyer of formidable stature.
Now, one hundred years after Benjamin's
death in Europe, the task of resurrecting his
memory has fallen to another lawyer of South-
ern Jewish roots.
In "Judah P. Benjamin: The Jewish Confeder-
ate" (The Free Press, $24.95), author Eli Evans
presents what he calls an attempt to "give
Judah Benjamin back to Jewish history."
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Page 4 The Jewish Floridian of South County/Friday, December 2, 1988
Ben and Esther Heyman of Sunrise enjoy the recent Na 'amat
USA Broward County fund raising cruise on board Discovery I.
More than 1,000 members and their friends from 12 Broward
chapters, participated in the daylong first-time event to raise
funds for women and children in Israel. The event was co-chaired
by Florence Solomon and Esther Heyman of Simcha chapter.
A $50,000 check in support of "Mosaic: Jewish Life in
Florida" has been issued by the Florida State Legislature
and presented by State Secretary of State Jim Smith to
Edward T. Foote II, president of the University of Miami.
"Mosaic" is a traveling, multi-media exhibition of photo-
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trace the roots and achievements of the Jewish community
in Florida.
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of the University of Miami, the Central Agency for Jewish
Education in Miami and the Soref Jewish Community
Center. Dr. Henry Green, director of UM's Judaic Studies
Program, is project director.
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The South Point Section of
the National Council of Jewish
Women (NCJW) will hold its
paid-up membership luncheon
and fashion show Thursday
Dec. 15, noon, at Temple Sinai]
Delray Beach.
Guest speaker will be Susan
Katz, national vice president,
who has been a leader in
NCJW since 1969.
South Point's "Bargainata,"
an annual sale of new arid
"nearly new" clothing, house-
hold items and bric-a-brac will
begin Monday Dec. 12, in the
Marketplace of Delray Beach.
Proceeds from the "Bargain-
ata" will help fund local pro-
jects such as a home for abused
and neglected children, the
Guardian Ad Litem Program,
amblyopia screening and a
tutoring program to help
reduce school dropouts; and
such national projects as the
NCJW Center for the Child
and the NCJW Research Insti-
tute for Innovation in Educa-
tion at the Hebrew University
of Jerusalem.
The Bargainata will be open
10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, except
Saturday, through Jan. 20.
Bridge Games
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sanctioned by the American
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open to the public at Temple
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The fee is $2.50 and master
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Friday, December 2, 1988/The Jewish Floridian of South County Page 5
Paige Schneider, a graduate
student of political science at
Florida Atlantic University
(FAU), has been awarded the
first annual Rae Raskin Memo-
rial Scholarship. The $500
scholarship was started by Dr.
Michael Raskin in memory of
his wife Rae, who died in 1985,
two months before she was to
have received her master of
arts degree in political science
from the College of Social Sci-
ence at FAU.
Schneider, a resident of Mar-
gate, is a native of Miami and a
graduate of Southwest High
First Annual Raskin Scholarship Awarded
School. In 1985, she earned
her bachelor's degree in politi-
cal science at the University of
Florida. She has been a gra-
duate research assistant in
FAU's Political Science
Department and maintains a
4.0 grade point average.
The scholarship presentation
was made at a recent awards
ceremony, at which Schneider
and 18 other students were
inducted into Pi Sigma Alpha,
the political science honorary
society. Among the others
taken into the society's Eta
Delta chapter were Scott L.
Burton of Boynton Beach, Jen-
nifer Eberlin of Ft. Lauder-
dale, Mark Feldman of Planta-
tion and Sheri L. Rembaum
Coven of Tamarac.
Among those attending the
induction ceremony were Ber-
tha and Seymour Kurtzman,
parents of Rae Raskin.
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Page 6 The Jewish Floridian of South County/Friday, December 2, 1988
South Florida Family Celebrates Knesset Seat
Jewish Floridian Staff Writer
RANDI Firpo, a native
South Floridian, went to Israel
for a year of study. She fell in
love with both Israel and a
politically ambitious young
man while attending Hebrew
She married Tsachi Han-
egbi, who is the son of Geula
Cohen, leader of the right-
wing Tehiyah Party. In the
Nov. 1 election, Hanegbi
became a Knesset member
himself at age 31, its young-
est member ever when he
won a seat on the Likud ticket,
the party from which Cohen's
party had splintered.
"He was student body presi- hair," Firpo says. "He picked
dent who said he always (Randi) out in a crowd and
wanted a girl with golden bribed somebody so he could
sit next to her and (then) intro-
duced himself."
In June 1983, they married
and the former Nova High
School graduate, her husband
and son live in French Hill on
Mt. Scopus.
Frank Firpo, Randi's father,
said he is not worried about his
daughter living in Israel.
"Israel's been having prob-
lems for 2,000 years and they
seem to be doing pretty well
for themselves," he said. "My
daughter's a very strong-
minded girl. She's definitely a
Zionist not religious but
From left, Tsachi Hanegbi, Esther Firpo, Yitzhak Shamir and has an gg^Jp1* feel"
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Rabbis Lecture
Rabbi Samuel Silver of Tem-
ple Sinai of Palm Beach
County discusses "Great Jew-
ish Personalities" every third
Thursday of the month. The
next meetting is Dec. 15, 10
Temple Sinai is located at
2475 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray
Beach. For information:
Singles Weekend
Temple Anshei Shalom
Singles Club will hold a New
Year's weekend at the Holiday
Inn in Plant City, Friday, Dec.
30 to Monday, Jan. 1.
The weekend is open to both
singles and couples.
Round trip bus transporta-
tion is included.
For information: 495-1300.
Randi Firpo Hanegbi and
baby Edan.
"They call him one of the
young princes," said Firpo's
mother, Esther, of Emerald
Hills. The other "young
princes" who have historic ties
to Israeli government are Ben-
yamin "Benny" Begin, the son
of former Israeli Prime Minis-
ter Menachem Begin, and Ben-
jamin Netanyahu, whose
brother was the only soldier
killed during the Entebbe Mis-
sion. Cohen was alongside the
elder Begin and Israeli Prime
Minister Yitzhak Shamir
working underground on the
Voice of Palestine, fighting for
an Israeli state.
"Randi can't believe
that he's done all this so
quickly," said a proud Firpo.
"He's a rising star. From the
time he was born, they said he
was being groomed for prime
minister. They say he's one of
the last idealists (the group
upon whose visions Israel was
built.) They care nothing about
monetary things. They just
want a strong, safe Israel."
Esther Firpo says she is
proud "and lonely."
THE Hollywood couple
misses their daughter and
often visits Israel to see their
grandchild, named Edan,
which means "new era .
They named him in hopes that
it would bring a new state,"
Esther said.
Randi and Tsachi reportedly
clung together as the very last
protesters to leave Ya amit
when the Israeli settlement
was bulldozed and turned over
to Egypt after the Camp David
Attending the Alexander
Muss high school in Israel pro-
gram was Randi's first intro-
duction to the state.
After that, all she could
think about was returning to
Israel." said Firpo. So she
went on a one year study pro-
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study English literature
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Chanukah: The Most Important Holiday Of All
Friday, December 2, 1988/The Jewish Floridian of South County Page 7
Continued from Page 1
tian country. Despite all the
fuss in our public schools about
keeping out a "moment of
prayer" or even a "moment of
silence," second-graders from
Maine to California trade
Christmas pollyannas, and vie
for the green and red crayons
in the Crayola box, and enjoy,
after all, a Christmas vacation.
Chanukah, then, is a time of
weird religious affirmation for
American Jews.
All through the month of
December we feel darkly apart
from things. The songs piped
through the grocery store are
not ours. The greetings
extended to us do not apply.
Even conifers a kind of tree,
for God's sake take on a
religious affiliation.
Oddly, this cements our
identity. We become Jewish
through omission. And isn't
this, anyway, for many of us,
what being Jewish really is?
What we are not. The trees we
can't have. The pfeffernusse
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don't use.
These things bring us
together. They make us very
close. They become us. On the
Day of Atonement, what
makes us Jewish? The fact that
we fast, or the fact that, as
children, we were absent from
school? The latter, I think. And
how much stronger a holiday it
would be if only we were pre-
sent in school in order to note
our absence!
That is why, after all, Chanu-
kah is the most important holi-
day. Because we are present,
we are here, in America, all
month marking, every
moment, our absence.
When my niece, age four,
asked her mother, "Is rain
Jewish?" she was still a child.
But when she explained to
me, age five, "1 don't believe
in Santa. I'm Jewish," she was
already grown-up, imprinted
with the strongest, the most
ineluctable, the most funda-
mental Jewish-identity lesson
of all. The lesson of Chanukah.
That beyond Bobby and Pop
Pop and her Aunt Susan who
is a rabbi and her uncles and
aunts and cousins and the
Schwartzes across the street,
it is not a Jewish world out
there. It is not even neutral.
It's Christian.
And when I asked her like
the doddering old Talmudic
rabbi of nearly 2,000 years ago
"Michele, what is Chanu-
kah?", she missed not even a
beat. "That's easy, Aunt
Susan," she replied. "It isn't
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Page 8 The Jewish Floridian of South County/Friday, December 2, 1988
Goodman Attains
Supreme Life Membership
Charles Goodman of Kings
Point in West Delray, is a
recent recipient of the Knights
of Pythias Atlantic Lodge
217's 50-year Veteran Pythian
Diploma and Card indicative of
Supreme Life Membership in
the Universal Order Knights
of Pythias.
Originally a member of
Achive Lodge in New York,
Goodman is also a life member
of the Jewish War Veterans in
Passaic, N.J., where he was
treasurer, post commander,
county commander, chief of
staff to the state's department
commander, and recipient of
the Man of the Year award.
Active in the Independent
Order of Odd Fellows, he held
many offices, including Noble
Goldman and his wife of 52
years, Ida, moved to Kings
Point in 1980. He is serving his
second three year term as
director of his complex.
B'nai B'rith
The B'nai B'rith Yachad
Unit No. 5231 of Boynton
Beach will hold its fourth
annual charity ball Sunday,
Dec. 18, at the Boca Golf and
Tennis Club, 17975 Congress
Ave., Boca Raton. The theme
will be "art deco."
Hors d'oeuvres will be
served at 6:30 p.m., followed
by dinner and dancing at 7:30
p.m., Complimentary valet
parking will be provided.
Information: 732-5442.
B'nai B'rith Women
The Boca Raton chapter will
give a free adult education
course on "Women in the
Media" Tuesday, Dec. 6, 10:30
a.m.-noon, at Patch Reef Park
2000 NW 51 Street, Boca
Raton. Lecturer is Adelaide
The chapter will meet Mon-
day, Dec. 12, 12:30 p.m., at
B'nai Torah of Boca Raton.
The induction of new mem-
bers will be followed by a book
review given by Greta Sauber
of "Prince of Tides" by Pat
The Boca Raton chapter is
holding the Children's Home
Luncheon Thursday, Dec. 15,
at One Park Place, Boca
Raton. Keynote speaker will
be Randee Lefkow, regional
Cost is $22.50. For reserva-
tions: 483-0429.
The Boca Raton chapter is
sponsoring a matinee perform-
Chanukah Parties
Temple Emeth of Delray
Beach will hold its annual
Chanukah Party Sunday, Dec.
4, 7 p.m. Cantor Zvi Ader and
Joyce S. Glaser will present a
Chanukah concert program.
Shem Tov or Good Name
Awards will be presented to
individuals for exceptional ser-
vice over a long period of time.
Congregation Beth Ami of
Boca Raton will sponsor a
Chanukah party at the Mae
Volen Senior Citizen's Center,
1515 W. Palmetto Park Road,
Boca Raton, Sunday, Dec. 11,
7:30 p.m. The program will
feature Cantor Philip Tows-
ner, who has appeared on the
Yiddish stage as well as at
area synagogues. Refresh-
ments will be served and reser-
vations are requested. For
information: 482-2424.
Temple Beth El Solo's of
Boca, for persons 49 years 49
and over, will hold a Chanukah
party and dance, Sunday, Dec.
11, 7 p.m. at the synagogue,
333 SW 4th Ave., Boca Raton.
Latkes will be served and pre-
sents exchanged.
Admission is $4 members
and $6 guests.
Information: 395-2226 or
ance of "Les Miserables" on
Sunday, Dec. 18, at the Thea-
tre of Performing Arts, Miami.
Hunger Program
The Brotherhood and Sister-
hood of Temple Emeth of Del-
ray Beach are cooperating in
promoting a program to collect
canned food, clothing and
money for the indigent of the
A major effort will culminate
on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 10
a.m., at the synagogue, 5780
W. Atlantic Ave., Delray.
Masonic Club
The Masonic Club of Oriole
at Delray, will have a break-
fast meeting Sunday, Dec. 4,
at 9:30 a.m. at Bonaire Club-
Dorothy White of the AARP
and Eric Blachinsky, a tax and
financial consultant, will speak
on medicare and the recently
enacted Catastrophic Cover-
age act.
Fee for members is $4; free
for ladies.
Na'amat USA
Beersheeba Club of Na'amat
USA will hold its next regular
meeting Tuesday, Dec. 13, 1
p.m., at the American Savings
Bank in Kings Point Plaza.
Guest speaker will be Robin
Branch, a staff columnist with
the Sun-Sentinel.
A coffee hour at noon will
precede the meeting.
Club members have planned
a New Year's Weekend, Fri-
day, Dec. 30 to Monday, Jan.
2, at the Colonial Inn in Miami
Beach. A special package rate
includes bus transportation, all
gratuities and tax, two meals a
day, entertainment nightly
and a New Year's Eve buffet.
For information, call 499-1573
or 499-1576.
a trip to the Fontainebleau
Hilton, Miami Beach, on Sun-
day, Jan. 15, includes dinner
and show, bus transportation,
tax and gratuities. For infor-
mation: 498-1796.
The Kinneret chapter is
holding a combined paid-up
membership luncheon and
Chanukah party Wednesday,
Dec. 7, noon, at the Palm
Greens Clubhouse, Via Delray
in Delray Beach. Comedian/
raconteur Oscar Goldstein will
provide the entertainment.
The Menachem Begin chap-
ter will have a membership
luncheon Dec. 21, noon, at
Temple Emeth, 5780 W.
Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach.
Song stylist Anne Parker
will entertain and there will be
a tribute to Henrietta Szold.
Delpointe ORT is planning a
luncheon and "Fantasy" fash-
ion show Monday, Dec. 12,
12:30 p.m., at the Deer Creek
Country Club. For informa-
tion: 498-8205 or 278-6190.
Workmen's Circle
Workmen's Circle, Branch
1051 of Delray Beach, meets
the second Wednesday of
every month, October-May, 1
p.m., at Temple Sinai, 2475 W.
Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach.
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