June 14, 2010

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Number 60
June 14, 2010
Tammuz 2, 5770
Reuven Hazan

Reuven Hazan is a professor of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  His expertise is in historical and current analysis of Israeli politics, particularly putting into context the developments that are in the headlines.

Due to his expertise he is a commentator for CNN, FOX, BBC, and NPR, among others.  He has been quoted in magazines such as Time and Newsweek, and in newspapers across the country from the Los Angeles Times to the Boston Globe.

Look for your invitation on the mail or call (845) 471-9811 for more information.
  The March for Israel originally intended to just show a general support of the Jewish community for Israel took a different meaning in light of the anti-Israel activism that surrounded the Mavi Marmara flotilla. Over 100 people defied the rain and heat to express support for the Jewish State; because we are one with them; because we are family. Common Israelis present their case with humor (see video) Watch the video of the march here

Jewish Federation New Website

You can now register online for Mitzvah Day, learn about Federation, pledge for the Campaign or pay your pledge. You can check news from Israel and the Jewish world and learn about our programs. While we are still populating the content and some pages are still empty, we continue to work to complete the website, and we welcome your input. Visit the website at http://www.jewishdutchess.org and send us your feedback

"E-Ring" (Employment Related Information and Networking Group) provides information, opportunities for networking, and emotional
support to those engaged in the job-seeking process.  It is open to
all, free of charge, and provides speakers from local organization on
topics related to job-seeking and training. The next meeting will take
place on Friday, June 18th at 1 p.m. at the JCCDC. Employers' Relation Coordinator for Vassar College, Susan Smith, will do a workshop on Interviewing Skills. The meeting for July meeting will take place on Friday, July 23 at 1.p.m. For further information, please contact Linda Tafapolsky, Psy.D., Director of Jewish Family Services at 845-471-9817 or

E-Ring is a program of Jewish Family Services, a division of the Jewish Federation of Dutchess County

On Thursday, June 3, just three days after the Gaza flotilla raid, 15-year-old Muhammed Kalalwe was working in his family's fields. They live in Jenin, a Palestinian city in the northern West Bank, bordering Israel's Jezreel Valley and the city of Afula. The boy noticed a deadly viper snake and tried killing it with a rock, but the dangerous creature struck out and bit his right palm.

Screams and panic ensued and within minutes, the boy's father, Hafed, grabbed his stricken son and rushed him to the Jenin Hospital. They were ill-prepared to treat the boy, had no anti-serum and decided to send him by ambulance to the Emek Medical Center in Afula, Israel.

Emek, which was founded 86 years ago, is a community hospital that serves a culturally rich population that is equally divided (50/50) between Jews and Arabs. It has a mixed medical staff of Jews and Arabs, and its guiding philosophy is coexistence through medicine.

Hafed later related that he was genuinely afraid to be taken to Emek because he was sure that they would be ignored and not even spoken to. His son's palm and arm were critically swollen and the pain was unbearable.

The humanitarian reality of Emek shocked both the father and son as they were immediately greeted in Arabic, rushed into the ER where Emek's multi-ethnic staff administered life-saving anti-serum and brought the boy back from the brink of death.

I asked the father how he felt now about Emek Hospital and the Israelis he has come into contact with. "Our people do not know the truth about you and our medicine has a long way to go," he told me. "My son and I are not the same as we were before this happened and I will share this with my family and friends."

As he spoke, he gesticulated determinedly in a classic Middle Eastern style and when we shook hands as I wished them both well, the grip was firm and real. I have shaken many such hands and gazed into many Palestinian eyes that have seen a reality here at Emek Medical Center that they never expected to see.


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Opportunities for Jewish Activities

Monday, June 14th - JFS Bereavement Group

Monday, June 14th - Adult Hebrew Classes at Schomre Israel

Monday, June 14th - Major Gifts Event in support of the 2010 JFDC Community Campaign

Tuesday, June 15th - Talmud Study at Vassar Temple

Wednesday, June 16th - JFS/JCCDC Lunch and Learn

Thursday, June 17th - Prayer and Torah Study in Rhinebeck

Thursday, June 17th - Yiddish Group at the JCCDC. Call 471-0430 for more information

Thursday, June 17th - Torah Study at Schomre Israel
Monday, June 21st - JFS Bereavement Group

Monday, June 21st - Adult Hebrew Classes at Schomre Israel

Tuesday, June 22nd - Talmud Study at Vassar Temple

Tuesday, June 22nd - JFDC Board Meeting

Wednesday, June 23rd - JFS/JCCDC Lunch and Learn

Thursday, June 24th - Prayer and Torah Study in Rhinebeck

Thursday, June 24th - Yiddish Group at the JCCDC

Thursday, June 24th - Torah Study at Schomre Israel

Friday, June 25th - Ernest Michel to speak at Beacon Hebrew Alliance

Monday, June 28th - JFS Bereavement Group

Monday, June 28th - Adult Hebrew Classes at Schomre Israel

Tuesday, June 29th - Talmud Study at Vassar Temple

Tuesday, June 29th - Vassar Sisterhood Book Club

Wednesday, June 30th - JFS/JCCDC Lunch and Learn
Tuesday, July 6th - Talmud Study at Vassar Temple

Wednesday, July 7th - JFS/JCCDC Lunch and Learn

Thursday, July 8th - Yiddish Group at the JCCDC. Call 471-0430 for more information

Monday, July 12th - JFS Bereavement Group

Monday, July 12th - Adult Hebrew Classes at Schomre Israel

Tuesday, July 13th - Talmud Study at Vassar Temple
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