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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 15, 2018 PAGE 11A sp By Eliana Rudee then it impedes our hunger for the good." (JNS)--Author Michael Chabon, he said,"was sing- Chabon ignited controversy ing his own literaryversion of in the Jewish world following John Lennon's'Imagine.' The his May 14 commencement only trouble is John Lennon speech at the Hebrew Union sang it better." College-Jewish Institute of "You might just as easily Religion in Los Angeles with seek intellectual guidance students and prominent from a pro-football star. But Reform rabbis criticizing as I do not expect him to the Pulitzer Prize-winning have spectacular opinions on novelist for his take on Jewish household detergents, neither inner-marriage and various do I expect him to have quot- Israeli security policies, able opinions on the state of "Security is an invention of Judaism and the world. His humanity's jailers," he said to role was not to give voice to the audience of young people, what many Jews believe; itwas "Anywhere you look, it is and toinspireJewishprofessionals has always been a hand of who wereembarkingontheir power drawing the boundar- careers.WhileIadmirehimas ies, putting up the separation a writer, as a Jewish thinker, barriers, and propagandizing he leaves a lot to be desired," hatred and fear of the people maintained Salkin. on the other side of the wall. Morin Zaray, a recent Security for some means graduate of HUC's master's imprisonment for all." program in nonprofit man- While many congregations agement, left the ceremony within theReformmovement in protest. In her op-ed in accept and sometimes even the Jewish Journal of Los facilitate intermarriage, Cha- Angeles, she denounced HUC bon expressed views against for inviting Chabon and cri- marrying in, despite having tiqued Chabon's reductionist a Jewish wife. "Endogamous anti-Israel rhetoric. marriage is a ghetto for two," "For someonewhq presents he said. "It draws a circle himself as an intellectual-- around the married couple, steeped in nuance--Michael inscribing them and any Chabon has a remarkable children who come along in ability to present a one- the figurative wall of tradi- dimensional reality in which tion, custom, shared history the Jews are evil oppressors and a common inheritance of and the Palestinians are chromosomes and culture." powerless victims, with no Chabon later said he sees agency, no responsibility and intermarriage of all types noblame,"wroteZaray."Such as "the source of all human a careless disregard for depth greatness," adding that "any and complexity dishonors an religionthatreliesoncompul- institution of higher learn- soryendogamytosurvivehas, lug--particularly a Jewish in myview, ceased to make the one--particularly on a gradu- case for its continued validity ation day." in the everyday lives of human In the face of the ensuing beings." criticism by Zaray and other Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin, senior leaders in the Reform move- rabbi of Temple Solel in Hol- ment, Rabbi David Ellenson, lywood, Fla and aprominent interim president and chan-, cellor emeritus, and Joshua said of his alma matter and Holo, dean of the LosAngeles that speech, "HUC had every campusofHUC-JIR, defended right toinvite him. But I found their decision to bring Chabon the speech deeply troubling, to campus, maintaining that not only because of its over- speakers with a wide variety the-top criticism of Israel, but of ideologies are invited to the because he seems to have no campus, and that Chabon is a real juice for Judaism." "moral voice" that embraces To JNS, he said, "He con- Israelanditsneedforsecurity. tinually advocated a world "Embrace of disagreement without borders and without is an expression of HUC's distinctions. In that sense, he academic mission," they said is calling for the disappear- in a statement published in ance of Judaism." JTA, praising the "energetic, Even more, Salkin added fearlessmarketplaceofideas." that "he has rendered dark While they acknowledged and sour judgments against that "it pains us to have of- Judaism itself, especially the fended some in our audience," Judaism that the Reform they also posited, "What movement upholds. If he greatercivicresponsibilityfor speaks of a world without dis- a Jewish institution of higher tinctions, thenwhatdoesthat learning than to encourage do to Reform Judaism's quest public conversationonknotty for social justice? If there is problems of great Jewish mo- no distinction between right ment?" and wrong, between ethical But other Reform rab- and unethical, if you sing bis have named other civic 'kumbaya' with everyone, responsibilities, such as the Michael Chabon at the He- brew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles, May 14, 2018. continuation of the Jewish people and inspiring Jewish professionals embarking on their careers. 'It should be of great con- cern to us' Rabbi Michael Boyden, re- ligious leader and founder of Kehilat Yonatan Reform Con- gregation in Hod Hasharon, Israel, and former founding rabbi of the Ra'anana Reform Congregation, said in a Times of Israel article that Judaism's distinctions and divisions, which Chabon criticized as "insularity, exclusion and segregation," are precisely a prerequisite for survival. "There was something un- cannily symbolic in the fact that the flimsy, ill-fitting kip- pah that the writer, Michael Chabon, wore fell off his head in the middle of his presenta- tion," he said. "The views that Chabon expressed are shared by many Jews, particularly younger Jewswho question the need to remainwithin the Jewish fold, but also the policies adopted by the State of Israel in terms of dealing with the conflict that we have with the Pales- tinians," explained Boyden. "His presentation, rather than persuading anyone, is more reflective of issues that exist within the Jewish world, and it shoud be a great concern to us." As a religious movement, he mahtained, "we are in- tereste~ in preserving and strenghening the Jewish people.But Chabon's views on intemarriage, according to Boyen, will ensure the opposit "All c the surveys I've ever seen sbw very clearly that the ch~ces of children being raised ~ Jewish is consider- ably les. when the parents do not sha'e the same religious background," continued the rabbi. 'As a consequence, people nterested in a Jewish future will seek either Jewish partners or those who are interested in converting to Judaism." And this, he stated, "will ensure the future of our heritagE." OBi- JARY BERTHA WEINSTEIN 2013. As an avocation, Mrs. Hannal~ and Aubrey; and by Bertha Weinstein, age 88, Weinstein taught modernhersibli~gs--Benjamin, Jack, of Winter Park, passed away dance for many years. She IsaacardPriscilla.Inaddition on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, relocated to the Orlando area to her tusband, she was pre- at her residence. Shewas born in 2015 from New York. decease] by her brothers and in New York City on Aug. 7, Mrs. Weinstein is survived sister, i~ilton, Hy and Sylvia. 1929,tothelateAbrahamand by her sons, Irwin (Patricia) Agravesideservicewasheld Lillian Ruderman Bialek. A WeinsteinofWinterPark, Eric at Montefiore Cemetery, St homemaker, Mrs. Weinstein (Julie)WeinsteinofScarsdale, Albans, New York. Arrange- was a high school graduate N.Y and Stuart Weinstein of merits entrusted to Beth and was married for 63 years Wantaugh, N.Y. She is also Shalom Memorial Chapel, to her late husband, Mark, survived by her grandchil- 640LeeRoad, Orlando32810. who passed away on May 1, dren--Rachel, David, Adam, 407-599-1180. 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Congregation Ahavas Yisrael/Chabad (O), 708 Lake Howell Rd Maitland, 407-644- 2500;; services: Sunday, 9 a.m.; Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.; Shabbat services: Friday, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9;30 a.m. Family service, 4th Friday of the month. Congregation Bet Chaim (R), 181 E. 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Congregation Ohev Shalom (C), 613 Concourse Parkway South, Maitland, 407-298- 4650;; Shabbat service, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Congregation Shalom Aleichem (R), 3501 Oak Pointe Blvd Kissimmee, 407-935- 0064;; Shabbat service, 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month, 8 p.m. Congregation Shomer Ysrael (C), 5382 Hoffner Ave Orlando, 407-227-1258, call for services and holiday schedules. Congregation Sinai (C/R), 303A N. S.R. 27, Minneola; 352-243-5353; congregation-; services: every Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Shabbat Service evert Saturday, 10 a.m. Orlando Torah Center (O), 8591 Banyan Blvd Orlando; 347-456-6485; Shacharis- Shabbos 9 a.m.; Mon.--Thurs. 6:45 a.m.; Sun. and Legal Holidays 8 a.m.; Mincha/Maariv Please call for times. Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation/Ohalei Rivka (C), 11200 S. Apopka- Vineland Rd Orlando, 407-239-5444; Shabbat service, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Temple Beth El (R), 579 N. Nova Rd Ormond Beach, 386-677-2484. Temple Beth Shalom (R), P.O. 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New York Ave DeLand, 386-736-1646; www.; Friday Shabbat service, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. followed by Torah study. Temple Shalom (formerly New Jewish Congregation) (R), 13563 Country Road 101, Oxford, 352-748-1800;; Shabbat services: Friday, 7 p.m.; last Saturday of the month, 9:30 a.m. Temple Shalom of Deltona (R/C), 1785 Elkcam Blvd Deltona, 386-789-2202; www.; Shabbat service; Saturday: 10 a.m. Temple Shir Shalom (R) Services held at Temple Israel, 50 S. Moss Rd Winter Springs, 407-366-3556,; Shabbat services: three Fridays each month, 7:30 p.m. Traditional Congregation of Mount Dora (T) Mount Dora, 352-735-4774; www.; Shabbat services: Saturday, 9:30 a.m. sharp. (R) Reform (C) Conservative (0) Orthodox (Rec) Reconstructionist (T) Mehitsa