What do a Phd in Islamic History, a children's book on a Confederate
soldier's Pesach seder with a Yankee family and "One Little Chicken'
have in common? Elka Weber, of course. This charming, intelligent
and thoughtful woman has written her second book for kids, this one on
Jewish values. The message comes via a delightful story involving the
first century Galilean Rabbi Chanina ben Dosa, a stray chicken and the
lengths his family goes to in order not to benefit from something that
doesn't belong to them. Her books are distributed by PJ Library which,
in partnership with local communities, provides families with
high-quality children's books, music, and other resources that foster
Jewish learning and create a gateway for deeper engagement in Jewish
life. And for the rest of us available at major retailers.
Law professor Avi Bell made the headlines when he debated Richard
Goldstone 4 days before his (partial) recanting of the infamous Report
and perhaps pushed the latter in the right direction. Eve speaks with
him today about the inabiity of the Israeli government to keep Beduin
from stealing land in the Negev and the proposed solutions to this
impossible situation. There's dry law, however, and then there's
reality, and perhaps a mix of carrot and stick is needed to even
semi-solve the time bomb that years of willful blindness has created.
'Genesis at the Crossroads' has worked at peace-building through art
and education over the last 11 years. Founder and executive director
Wendy Sternberg, MD from Chicago arrived in Israel this week and spoke
with Eve about her overwhelming desire to break barriers thru art and
music. A series of cross-cultural performances, master classes with
various artists- such as Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary fame-are
scheduled and they're bringing their humanitarian instrument donation
program to youth in Bedouin communities, a special passion of hers.
Wendy is putting together an ensemble of Arab and Jewish Israeli youth
to cross-culturally work and create together. Members of the general
public and media are invited to a series of performances in Beer Sheva
(AHD Math-Sciences Academy) Sept. 15 at 7p.m.); Sept. 17 at 8p.m.) and
Jerusalem International YMCA , Sept. 18 at 7p.m.); Tel Aviv-Yafo
(Arab-Jewish Community Center of Yafo), Sept. 21 at 7p.m.) One can
only admire her commitment and hope that the sound of music will tune
out the cacophony of hate.
Logotherapist Batya Yaniger believes in healing through meaning. She
explains to Eve what this therapy is, how it's universal and Jewish,
and how one can better their lives no matter where they live. Hear
the fascinating story of its creator, Holocaust survivor Viktor
Introductory course in Viktor Frankl's logotherapy (Hebrew) starting
October 25 at Midreshet Emunah 9:30-12:45 Tuesday mornings
HaChil 43, French Hill, Jerusalem Call 532-4112. Ongoing
correspondence course in English based on the UNISA course of Dr.
Teria Shantall and recognized as the preliminary requirement towards
certification by the Viktor Frankl Institute. Call Batya 054-454-1481.