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Kol Beth AaronJune 2015 Sivan/Tammuz 5775
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BETH AARON MEMBERS GO TO WASHINGTON WITH NORPAC
by Mollie Fisch
Early in the morning on May 13, more than 50 Beth Aaron members, ranging in age from middle school students upwards finished davening at Congregation Keter Torah and hopped on the bus to travel to Washington, D.C., to meet with 1425 more NORPAC members. In D.C., our groups had appointments with members of Congress to advocate for maintaining a strong and mutually beneficial U.S.-Israel relationship. Almost every Congressional office had agreed to an appointment with NORPAC; each of our groups had two or three meetings. We were well prepared with our Talking Points (mostly prepared by our own Allen Friedman), and we had the names of our assigned MoCs, whom we had researched.
We strategized and rehearsed on the bus, and the teens were as well prepared as the adults on these pre-selected topics: The Foreign Aid Bill, which includes $3.1 billion for Israel; support for Israels missile defense program (Iron Dome, Davids Sling, and the Arrow 2 and 3 systems for long-range missiles); the Corker-Cardin Bill, requiring Congressional review of any proposed Iran nuclear deal before it can be finalized; and the Hizbollah Financial Sanctions Bill, with the purpose of drying up funds for this terrorist organization.
When we arrived at the Washington Convention Center, we made quite a stir with almost 1500 people filing in to the Plenary Session, where we were greeted by NORPAC leaders and addressed by a number of prominent Senators and Representatives, among them Senators Menendez, Kirk, and Cardin (or Corker, it was one of them!), and Congressman Engel. Each described his feelings for Israel and his
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In Mollies group were (left to right) Susan Fisch, Mollie Fisch, Miriam Fisch, Chana Fisch, David Brusowankin, Aryeh Brusowankin, Yaakov Zinberg, Yonatan Kurz, Rebecca Kurz, and Nachum Fisch.
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SHEVA BRACHOT WITH MAHMOUD AND YOUSEF by Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
The SMS read:A reception will be held for the son of Yousef Abu-Kabeta, who married this week. Please let us know if you plan to attend.
Yep, you read it right - the son of Yousef, who also is the nephew of Mahmoud, our two Bedouin neighbors.
Our relationship with the Abu-Kabeta family is one of those tales you might read in a spy novel, but you wont find it in the New York Post or Daily News. The New York Times also is not likely to carry the story.
Here we are, a bunch of settlers, living in what the world likes to refer to as the occupied territories, being invited to a wedding reception for our Bedouin neighbors across the flimsy fence that supposedly separates us from them.
The less said about Yousef Abu-Kabeta, the better.
We can talk more freely about Mahmoud, whose sheep and goats have wandered on our roads and frequently into several back yards. Hundreds of trees, most of which I planted when I was Yatirs pseudo-gardener, have disappeared or have been stunted by the goats and sheep, but that is the price we pay for peace.
As for Yousef, everything can be said in one sentence. Years ago, he enlisted in the IDF Intelligence Unit.
End of story. The less said, the better.
Lets put it this way. Approximately 20 years ago, when I was the Beit Yatir security officer - dont ask me why - I had a firm policy with Mahmoud. Good fences make good neighbors. I made it clear where he could take his animals to pasture and where he could not.
I did not know Yousef very well since he was not living at Yatir very much at the time. I dont know what he was doing. There are some questions you dont ask. He is a businessman, but that is not all.
Years ago, during the Intifada, Arabs burned his car in Hebron. Enough said.
One day, when I was handyman - not really, but that is what they called me - for Beit Yatir, the Mechina Pre-Army Torah Academy got rid of Beit Yatirs old, old playground items, such as a horse on a spring and a rusty see-saw, which were used by Yatir children back in the old days when families lived where the Mechina now is located.
I took whatever was salvageable and put them in a small playground that is behind one row of houses in Yatir. Beyond the small playground, there is a field that is inside our fence, but which belongs to Abu-Kabeta.
Got it? Their fields are inside our fence.
Dont ask why, because I wont tell you. If I do, it wont be the truth, especially if you read it in the newspapers.
I innocently placed the horse and a see-saw a bit beyond the playground, and then Yousef appeared out of nowhere. What the heck was I doing on his property?
I argued, refused to budge, and then Yousef made a phone call. A minute later, I received a message from the Office of the Prime Minister to remove the see-saw and horse. Enough said.
Now you know why several families received an invitation to the reception for Yousefs son and new wife.
Yousef has built a nice home, which easily could serve as a banquet hall. In fact, it was. I walked in with several friends from Yatir. We all wished the Abu-Kabeta family a mazal tov. The food was strictly
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On a snowy New Years Day in 1972, when Mollie Fisch, her late husband Rabbi Stanley Fisch, and their children Shalom and Mindy helped found a minyan that would become Congregation Beth Aaron, there were just 10 families who came together for a Shabbat service led by Rabbi Gottesman in a basement on Merrison Street. As the Fisch family walked through the Rudichs side door and went downstairs, I remember saying that this must be what the Marranos felt like, Mollie reminisced. A series of temporary locations that included the Fabers basement and the Eugene Field School eventually led to a doctors office at the corner of Queen Anne Road and Edgemont Terrace that kept expanding until it became the building that now welcomes people for many minyanim during the week and on Shabbat and on Yom Tov, as well as for a wide variety of educational and social programs.
The founding families were a very warm and friendly group, she said, where everyone knew everyone else. With the shul now approaching 400 full and associate member families, that cant exist anymore, but Mollie stressed that what has remained is a certain intimacy that she feels isnt apparent in other shuls in town. We have more of a feeling of a chevra than some of the other shuls do, she said.
Beth Aaron also is accepting of people in a very nice way, so that there is a tremendous range of people within the shul community, she noted. Some are to the right and some are to the left and some are in the middle, but everyone seems able to find their place. Many people have memberships in more than one shul, but we dont lose members often because they are uncomfortable here. Another point in Beth Aarons favor is that it offers a variety of experiences, she added, so that we can accommodate both those who are interested mainly in learning and those who want a more social experience.
And, of course, having a wonderful Rabbi and Rebbetzin really helps, she said. Each Mara de-Atra has brought his unique gifts to lead our shul through its various stages, and we are very fortunate to have the extraordinary team of Rabbi Larry and Chaviva Rothwachs to lead us now.
At the beginning, everyone took on some responsibility, a feature that continues in a very lay-led congregation to this day. And many families who were among our relatively early members still are strong supporters of the shul, she noted, including the Baumans, Feders, Mermelsteins, Presbys, Buckmans, Rosses, Zeidels, Gellises, Karasicks, Leffels, Vogels, Gertlers, Marilyn Mogul, Friedmans, Eiziks, Danny Chazin, and several more. Even those of our earliest members who made aliyah still retain their connection with the shul.
The Fisches were a little older than some of the other early members, many of whom were newly married, and that meant that the Fisches saw everyones children grow up. That was a lovely experience, Mollie said, as we saw so many kids mature into responsible adu