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Events In The West

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

EVENTS IN THE WEST: On Saturday night, January 28, Palo Alto will feature a Feast of Jewish Learning, a night of Jewish unity for the South Peninsula. The program is sponsored by the JCC and the Bureau of Jewish Education… On February 3-5, the chief rabbi of the British Commonwealth, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, will be in Los Angeles. On Shabbos he’ll speak at Beth Jacob Beverly Hills, and after Minchah at Young Israel of Century City. The next day he will speak at the dedication of Young Israel of Beverly Hills’s new building… On February 3-4, Rabbi Berel Wein will be the scholar-in-residence at Young Israel of Hancock Park… On February 8, Sara Yocheved Rigler will speak on “The Spiritual GPS: How to get to the place you want to be” at the JLE in L.A. … The Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) will hold its convention on May 7-9 in the Beverly Hills and Pico-Robertson neighborhood of L.A.

YESHIVA NEWS: Two new ideas from Yeshivat Yavneh to make the most of their carpool line: raise enough money to help eighth graders go to Israel for their class trip, and on Thursdays the students sell pizza followed by the Friday morning selling of challah.

KOSHER NEWS: Miller’s and Haolam cheeses are voluntarily recalling all 8 oz. and 16 oz. bags of Miller’s and Haolam shredded cheese with an expiration of June 5, 2012- Sept. 4, 2012 and all 32 oz. bags of Miller’s shredded Mozzarella and Haolam Shredded Mozzarella and Gourmet Blend with an expiration date of February 6, 2012- May 7, 2012. The same holds true for all 5 lb. bags of Miller’s and Haolam shredded Mozzarella, Cheddar, Muenster and Monterey Jack with a pack date of Sept. 8, 2011- Dec. 7, 2011. Please note that only the 5 lb. Shredded bags are pack date instead of the expiration date. The voluntary recall of the Miller’s and Haolam products was only for the shredded cheese and does not involve any of the other quality cheese products under the Miller’s and Haolam brand. Those include any of the types of cheese that were shredded that also come in other shapes, sizes or forms (not shredded)… Martinelli’s Gold Medal Sparkling Cider in six-pack shrink-bundled 250 ml. glass bottles are being recalled in the western United States due to the possibility of a defective seal that could break when opening the bottle. The six-pack shrink-bundled 250 ml. Martinelli’s Gold Medal Sparkling Cider “Best By” dates being recalled are: 11 APR 2014, 12 APR 2014, 13 APR 2014, and 14 APR 2014… Kehilla Kosher announced that the following Hansen’s Beverage juices in 64 oz. sizes have been mislabeled with the Heart-K logo: Apple Strawberry, Apple Grape, Cranberry, Cranberry Apple, Grape, and White Grape. These products are in fact not kosher. Corrective action is being taken.

WOMEN ONLY: As part of Bikur Cholim of Los Angeles’s Women’s Health Care Campaign, the organization is providing free and low-cost mammogram vouchers for those women whose insurance does not cover this test, or if their deductible/co-payment is unaffordable. The number of vouchers is limited, and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA

Mazel Tov – Birth: Mark and Tali Silberstein, a daughter (Grandparents Michael and Lynne Silberstein).

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

Mazel Tov – Births: Mordechai and Zahava Moskowitz, a son (Grandparents Irwin and Tania Lowi; Moishe and Chavie Moskowitz; Great-grandparents Alex and Norma Pacifico; Sal and Rita Lowi)… Reuven Chaim and Shira Klein of Ramat Eshkol, a son (Grandparents Michael and Edith Klein)… Mendel and Esther Plotke in London, a son… Levi and Rivka Gelb, a son (Grandparents Yisroel and Miriam Koch)… Sruly and Mushky Karasic of Crown Heights, NY (Grandparents Rabbi Simcha and Tzirel Frankel)… Dovi and Chani Goldman, a daughter (Grandparents Rabbi Mendy and Hadassah Spalter)… Rabbi Berel and Zisi Yemini, a son… David and Susie Ozeri, a son (Grandparents Allen and Judy Ishakis)… Dr. Mark and Devorah Levine, a son (Grandfather Dr. Robert Levine)… Yehuda and Sara Maryles, a son (Grandparents Rabbi Heshy and Shaindy Maryles)… Rabbi Yitzchok and Chana Bader, a daughter… Eliyahu and Leah Hamoui, a daughter (Grandparents Rabbi Dovid and Sara Toledano)… Gabi and Elana Pinchasov, a son (Grandparents Joshua and Chana Zauderer)… Berel and Fraidi Schuserman, a daughter… Rabbi Dovid and Jasmine Brafman, a son (Grandparents Jaime and Marilyn Sohacheski)… Srulie and Esti Rose, a son (Grandparents Glenda Rose and the late Rabbi Rafael Rose).

Mazel Tov – Bar Mitzvahs: Eliezer Zucker, son of Mark and Kim Zucker… Levi Cohen, son of Akiva and Debbie Cohen.

Mazel Tov – Bas Mitzvah: Eliana Markman, daughter of Rabbi Aryeh and Rochel Markman.

Mazel Tov – Engagements: Meira Weiss, daughter of Simcha and Bena Weiss, to Motti Zisovitz of Lakewood… Rabbi Yossi Itzinger to Leah Rapaport of Syracuse, NY… Jonathan Uretsky, son of Steve and Murielle Uretsky, to Ilana Sussman of NY… Michael Pollack, son of Marty and Evey Pollack, to Tali Swergold of Woodmere, NY.

Mazel Tov – Weddings: Yoni Udkoff to Chayale Sharfstein… Shmueli Schwartz, son of Dr. Joseph and Brenda Schwartz, to Raquel Stern of Miami Beach… Felice Fromm to Leigh Greenberg.

After The Shloshim: Who Was Dr. Ivan Mauer?

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

I have always fashioned myself a wordsmith. No longer.

Dr. Ivan Mauer was Naomi Mauer’s husband and Mrs. Irene Klass’s son-in-law, and both Irene and Dr. Ivan died virtually simultaneously. And I must confess: Ivan was not only my good friend and our family doctor, but also a congregant who respected me and loved me – and consistently squabbled with me.

Yet I could not find a single word in the entire thesaurus that would suit him.

Dr. Ivan was uniquely unique. He was uncommonly sensitive, and would be sorely disappointed if I were to exaggerate any of his superb qualities or if I concocted distortions that would make him anything other than whom he was.

As a physician, he was an intuitive diagnostician. He tended to all people as though they were his own family; he was patient with patients (but not with fools!), arriving at the doorstep without being summoned and without being intrusive. He was tenaciously longsuffering with every patient – not as a paying guest but a praying one. “Just be well.”

He was always compassionate – but was not everybody’s companion; he rarely agreed with the politics of the majority, especially not on the State of Israel.

He was self-sacrificial, but extraordinarily stubborn. For example, he was adamant that I invite Rabbi Meir Kahane, a”h, to speak from my pulpit at Beth Jacob congregation. But though the rabbi and I were friends, I weighed the proposition – and it weighed heavily on my mind. I simply had to refuse. Any other balabus would have reacted with fury. Not Ivan – he was at the edge of hysteria, even though Rabbi Kahane knew the Jewish Federation had just that week finally granted millions for yeshivot. Dr. Ivan enfolded me, and then admonished me: hugged and bugged. And that was our relationship – hugged and bugged.

Now, what dictionary could suggest a fitting word for that quality of friendship?

On my first Rosh Hashanah, during Mussaf, Ivan decided to wind his way through a throng of balabatim up to the pulpit and – with unbelievable sincerity – urged me to announce the ballgame scores – so that people would not feel anxious on Rosh Hashanah! Naturally, I did not follow this advice either. He said, “I love you.” He wrapped his arms tightly around me as was his custom: “I deeply respect you. But you’re dead wrong!”

Truthfully, he was hard to handle, but – well, you just cannot effortlessly compress such a personality into a single adjective.

He was empathetic – unbelievably so. I’ll never forget one episode. One of the gabba’im, Lazear Israel, was an idiosyncratic loner – not good-looking, not well dressed, and not sociable, even as he was affable. Ivan fortified him with so much personal strength when he was truly vulnerable, that he was able to survive with self-assurance. Until…

One night, Ivan called frantically: Lazear was desperately ill. He was a severe diabetic and so couldn’t feel any sensation of personal discomfort when he soaked his leg in the scalding bath. The affliction itself could be survived, but unquestionably the leg needed to be amputated. But Lazear would have none of this, even though he was assured that a prosthetic device could be attached.

Ivan called frantically and we rushed to Lazear’s bedside, to convince him to live. His surgeon assured us that without the amputation he would die – soon. Lazear shrieked: “Lazear Israel with one leg is not Lazear Israel!” Ivan and I instinctively acted out the “good cop, bad cop” routine – Ivan hugged him, while I intimidated him with the ruling of halacha. But Lazear was not to be swayed. He died in Ivan’s embrace.

Can I describe Ivan in one word, or a whole thesaurus of words?

I must bring Ivan closer. He was more than close. He was as loyal as he was affectionate. Some years after our family moved to California, our daughter, Judith, aleha ha’shalom, contracted lymphoma at age 17 while she was learning in Israel. (It may be inappropriate to note this here, but I do this only to give you a quick glimpse of Ivan Mauer, a genuine mentsch in action.)

Judith was a remarkable child, wife, and mother who was assured by a handful of doctors that she might live a bit longer but she would never have children. She lived to age 50. With her husband, Yitzchok, she mothered seven striking, frum, learned, Israel-drenched children. Ivan gave her miraculous courage, because he cared enough to understand her. Judith said simply: “Mom, Hashem, and Ivan.”

Title: Nothing is Too Late; The Hunt for a Holocaust Swindler

Wednesday, October 13th, 2004

Title: Nothing is Too Late; The Hunt for a Holocaust Swindler

 

Take a really good look at the photo accompanying this week’s book review. Do you
recognize this person? Lucian Kozminski may be one of the most despicable swindlers in recent history. Kozminski’s death was officially recorded in 1993 – the real story, however, as recorded by Mark Kalmansohn, is that Kozminski may still be around today.

Mark Kalmansohn is an attorney who has worked for the government as well as in his own
private practice. Although he has seen hundreds of cases, he has found no defendant in any of his criminal or civil cases prove as despicable as Kozminski – a man who succeeded in extracting millions of dollars – blood money - from hundreds of Jewish Holocaust survivors.

When the West German government among others, announced reparation programs, many
survivors were incapable – both intellectually as well as psychologically – of preparing their own applications and follow-through, and depended on the various private services and organizations that offered assistance.

Nature abhors a vacuum – and Mr. Kozminski, who was himself a camp survivor – saw an opportunity. He advertised widely in Jewish publications that he would assist survivors in obtaining their funds - and found many willing takers. Kozminski, acting as a legal representative on behalf of the survivors, collected directly from the West German government.

By the time Kalmansohn’s associate – Assistant U.S. Attorney Suzanne Conlon – handed over the case, the defrauding of Holocaust victims, in 1980, hundreds of Holocaust survivors had been victimized by Kozminski, who either paid them not a penny of their Wiedergutmachung (literally - payments making whole) or some tiny fraction of it.

With the clock ticking on whether his “clients” – the survivors who had been defrauded -  would ever see the money while they were still alive, Kalmansohn first made a quite elaborate case for Kozminski’s indictment by a Federal grand jury; then his guilty plea, which led him to jail for twelve years.

During the early period of Kozminski’s incarceration, Kalmansohn, now in private practice and no longer employed by the government, took on the civil action of tracing the absconded funds now in Swiss banks.

About four years into his sentence, Kalmansohn saw Kozminski on the street near his Beverly Hills, California office. Upon investigation it turned out that a false death certificate was filed
in Kozminski’s name.

Ever since, Kalmansohn has been on a quest to see justice done to the hundreds of defrauded
survivors who have never seen a penny of their reparations, and has labored without a fee for
these last twenty-four years to bring this perpetrator, or his heirs, to justice.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/title-nothing-is-too-late-the-hunt-for-a-holocaust-swindler/2004/10/13/

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