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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 9, 2013 PAGE 19A Mass. From page 2A Falchuk's mother is Nancy Falchuk, a former president of Hadassah, and he says they are equally proud of one another. "When my mother talks about bringing about peace through health care, I find that inspiring," said Falchuk, 43, an executive at a health care company. (His brother, Brad, is a co-creator of the popular television shows "Glee" and "American Horror Story.") Wolf, 55, is a co-founder of Cape Air, an airline based on Cape Cod, where Jews are few in number. But since his first run for state Senate in 2011, he has sought to reconnect himself with the larger Jewish community in Boston. "It has been interesting raising a family on the Cape," said Wolf, who moved to the region from his native Phila- delphia in the 1980s. "Not only is there not a Jewish commu- nity, Wolf is not identified as a Jewish name, so people are surprised when they find out I'm Jewish." Falchuk's emphasis has been on reintroducing politi- cal diversity in a state where Democrats dominate the Legislature. His literature has been light on specifics, but he emphasizes fiscal responsibility while staking out traditional liberal posi- tions on social issues such as abortion rights. He noted that a majority of state residents--53 percent-- are independents. That and low turnout in elections sug- gest that voters are frustrated with the "traditional parties," Falchuk said. "I would tell you from my experiences most voters don't know what the state's priori- ties are," he said. Berwick, considered the longest of shots among the five declared candidates, is focusing his campaign on improving the Massachusetts health care system. More than a year in ad- vance, it's difficult to predict which issues will dominate the race. At the moment, the Boston media are focused on the mayoral election, which also features a broad field that includes Mike Ross, a councilman who has close Jewish community ties. Grossman acknowledges that the gubernatorial cam- paign is in its infancy. But he does know one thing for sure. "Running for governor, I'm aspiring to take the leadership to the next level," he said, "always remembering my own Jewish values." Yemen From page 2A people who surround me on a daily basis are kind, helpful and genuinely curious [about me] helps in this regard." "I do sense that as long as foreigners aren't secreted away in compounds or constantly surrounded by security details, the unparalleled warmth and generosity oftheYemenipeople can serve to assuage most daily fears or concerns about such things," he told The Media Line. Sam is hardly alone in fac- ing down the fear of kidnap- ping in Yemen. Hundreds of Westerners here have to worry about increased violence and a growing lack of security. "We pray every day for God's protection. And we feel that God is guiding our steps. That said, we also have to be careful and use our common sense regardingwhere to go,"a 47-year-oldAmerican teacher who requested anonymity, told The Media Line. The language teacher, who has been living here for nine years, said Yemen's security and economy took a turn for the worse after the revolution in 2011 that ousted former President All Abdullah Saleh. "When we first came to Ye- men, we would go in the car and visit cities and villages... But now we can't go out of the city due to the bad security situation," she recalled. The kidnappings and grow- ing lack of security here have taken not only a psychological toll on the Westerners, but has hurt them economically as well. Susan Coleman, co-owner of the Coffee Trader, a well- known coffee shop in Sana'a and one of a handful of busi- nesses owned by Americans in the country, toldThe Media Line that kidnappings have hurt her business, which attracts foreign and Yemeni customers alike. Coleman, 47, said she came here with her husband to study Arabic and teach Eng- lish. But when they noticed there were no Western-style coffee shops in Yemen, they decided to open one in 2007. She saidthatthe coffee shop was a hit from the beginning, but business has fallen off lately because of the opening of rival coffee shops and the fear of kidnapping. "We used to have people from embassies come, but now due to the security situ- ation they don't come here because they fear for their safety." Despite putting up a posi- tive front, Coleman refused to be photographed for security reasons and she says West- erners' need to maintain a low profile. She added that if security improved Yemen could become one of the big- gest tourist hubs in the region. Stan, from Washington, D.C., who arrived this summer to study Arabic, also thinks the country gets a bad rap, but exercises caution anyway on a daily basis. "I arrived in Yemen just this summer, right in the thick of the current spate of kidnappings. I vary my sched- ule, keep solitary travel to a minimum, and stay in touch with friends and colleagues, particularly when I'm in a new or unfamiliar part of town. This is definitely distinct from my daily life back home." Besides his interest in learning Arabic, "I was re- ally excited by the incredible developments Yemen is un- dergoing right now. Between the transitional government, the national dialogue and impending new constitu- tion and elections, this is an incredible time to be in Yemen and I wanted to take advantage of it." He refuses to allow the fear of kidnappings to get in the way of his goals. "The kidnapping of Westerners is something that saddens me but does not ultimately affect my daily life. Hearing about kidnappings is a reminder of a number of things. It's a reminder that there are risks being a foreigner in Sana'a, It's a reminder there are groups in Yemen that are willing to use foreigners to further their political or ideological goals," he told The Media Line. Nonetheless, Stan, 24, re- fuses to let the tension scare him away from his goal of learning about the country and its people. "I came to Ye- men to meet Yemeni people, experience Yemeni culture and society, and improve my Arabic. I cannot do those things from the safety of my dorm room, nor do I think that remaining indoors is substantially safer than living prudently in greater Sana'a. The kidnappings don't worry me, because I feel that wor- rying doesn't accomplish anything. They simply remind me to be safe, while also in- spiring a hope that current hostages will be returned safely and soon." Reacting to accusations that Yemen is a major terrorist center, Stan said: "The pres- ence of terrorist groups does not a 'terrorist hub' make. The U.S. and its media outlets love the words 'terrorist' and A1 Qa'ida and are eager to report on these things with inflammatory news bites and oversimplified headlines... .We're used to relying on the media to tell us everything about other countries, and we do the same for Yemen. So when an attack by Ai- Qa'ida is mentioned as having taken place in Yemen, it fits in nicely with the narrative the media has started to build, and which Americans in general have ac- cepted, that Yemen is a desert country with terrorist groups running around everywhere." He says the international community should take a closer look at Yemen. "It's easy to assume the worst about a people or coun- try halfway across the world; I would want to start correcting those assumptions," Stan told The Media Line. The American embassy won't provide numbers of Americans residing or visiting the country either. But U.S. Ambassador to Yemen Gerald Feierstein said: "A1-Qa'ida has consistently made clear it wishes to harm American citi- zens and we take such threats very seriously. As a matter of policy, we do not publicly discuss our security posture." Despite the kidnappings, Stan hopes Yemen can earn a better reputation among foreigners. "The most important thing for me would be to inform Americans that Yemenis distinguish between the American government and an average American person. ManyYemenis strongly dislike the former, but I have not met a single Yemeni who disliked me for being the latter. Every Yemeni I've spoken to has been gracious and welcoming. They have gone out of their way to make sure that they do not harbor ill will toward me because of the actions of my government, and that they are glad that I have traveled to Yemen," Stan concluded. Rosenblatt From page 5A dieval Christian society was defined as the killing of Jesus, attributed to Jews, today such evil is seen as behaving like the Nazis did, namely committing genocide. "It's a new mutation" of a centuries-old irrational and "diabolical belief" held by many in Europe about Jews, the author says. What's more, he charges, no one in power really wants to be confronted with this disturbing reality-- not the leaders in Europe or foreign ministry officials in Israel. "It's tiresome to them and embarrassing," Gerstenfeld tells me. "Acknowledging this would force them to take some kind of action." He de- scribes their attitude as, "this shouldn't be true, therefore it cannot be true." Gerstenfeld contends that the European press has been equally reluctant to expose these widespread negative views of Israel and Jews. He says he was interviewed at length about his book three months ago by a reporter from Bild, the German tabloid and largest newspaper in Europe, but to date nothing has ap- peared in print. Similarly, he says other media, in the Netherlands and elsewhere, have blocked coverage of his book. What, if anything, can be done to reverse this danger- ous development? Some Is- raeli officials tell Gerstenfeld his efforts are futile, that the problem is too big, that Europeans who pride them- selves on human rights don't want to hear charges against them of ethnic bias. But he points out that the Nether- lands instituted a program to combat anti-Semitism among its Moroccan and Turkish populations, and the statistics, though still troubling, indicate improve- ment. (Positive views of Jews increased from 34 percent to 50 percent.) He plans to keep up his ef- forts, and just added 25 inter- views to the German edition of his book. "You can't fool all the people all the time," he says. Some will write Gersten- feld off as an alarmist, but it's hard to ignore the fact that the rhetoric and ac- cusations against Israel in Europe and other countries have deteriorated in recent decades as the demonization factor has increased. Only Israel among the nations of the world must defend its right to exist, the subject of more critical UN resolutions than any other country, etc. Perhaps we've grown immune to the bias, just as we take for granted the daily hatred spewed against Jews in the Arab media, or by Arab national leaders. Ignoring the situation won't make it go away. In- creased~ttention to the prob- lem, a calm recitation of the facts, aid efforts to educate the popdation are a start on the lon~ath toward righting an awfu wrong. Gary Rosenblatt is editor and pwlisher of The New York Jeuish Week, from which this artde was reprinted by permisdon. You can email him at Cary@jewishweek.org. Carroll From page 5A count ofseeingAnne, deprived of hope, at Bergen-Belsen. Another video shows Otto in his old age, describing how he found the diary and offering the unexpected lesson that "parents never really know their children." The origi- nal diary, the cloth-covered notebook given to Anne on her 12th birthday, sits on a Kin From page 12A nity to hear from an alumnus who gave us institutional feedback," Landsman said last week. "We try so hard, but we don't always know if it's sticking. Here at a yeshiva, we want to make a spiritual impact." Little didPeflmanknowat the ti me that the school's rabbis and Israeli teachers subtly, perhaps unwittingly, were injecting a love of Israel into the studies. The effect was that the educa- simple white plinth under a heavy glass cover. Elsewhere are the multicolored pages Anne used when she sat down to revise the diary during her last few months in hiding. The exhibit emphasizes what is often ignored or overlooked: Hardly an accidental piece of literature, the diary is the work of a precocious young writerwho planned to publish it, perhaps as a novel, after the war. The tears finally came in an exhibit featuring photos and artifacts from each of Anne's 14 years. In videos, her surviving classmates re- member Anne before the war, before her murder, before her sainthood. "She could be a bit mean," says one. "Oh no, here come Anne," says another, remembering how the other kids would brace themselves for her outsize entrances. In short, the girl was a pistol. That perhaps, is the stron- gest message of Anne Frank House: that its namesake was a real person; that the diary described a real, frightening place; that the evil that killed her can't be denied. And there's one more mes- sage, contained in a film clip that runs on a loop in the former offices of Otto Frank's tion "solidified our identities as Jews and as Zionists," said Perlman, the father of four and grandfather oftwowho runs the kibbutz's chicken coops. The class may not have to wait until its 50th anniver- sary for the next reunion. Sladowsky intends to invite his Israeli classmates to the upcoming wedding of his daughter, Perlman said. The effect of the Class of 1973 reunion endures. Len- ny Solomon, a 1974 graduate and a resident of Belt Shem- esh, said he plans to attend his own class reunion next year, most likely in New York. He would like to schedule a reunion in Israel, too. Solomon's was the last class to graduate from the school's location at the cor- ner of Jamaica Avenue and 150th Street in the Jamaica section, which had started to deteriorate. By the next fall, the school had relocated a few neighborhoods north to Kew Gardens Hills, where it has remained. "That school was the best educational experience I ever had," said Solomon, who tours the world with Shlock Rock, the band he founded. "We had fun and we learned. It was a warm place. I look back on those years with such warm memories." "Seeking Kin" is sponsored by Bryna Shuchat and Joshua Landes and family in loving memory of their mother and grandmother, Miriam Shu- chat, a lifelong uniter of the Jewish people. company. Miep Gies, who fed and protected her boss's family and friends during their terrifying two years in hiding, recalls what she told Otto when he first asked if she could help them. "Yes, of course}she said. "That goes withoutsaying." Andrqw Silow-Carroll is Editor-il-Chief of the New Jersey Jwish News. Between column you can read his writing t the JustASC biog. 241835976 389627154 567194238 6953821417 81 4576392 732941685 926753841 453218769 .178469523