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SCV Jewish community shows support for Israel

Three local congregations voice unity amid war in Gaza

Posted: August 4, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 4, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Santa Clarita Valley’s Jewish community showed its support for Israel Sunday when rabbis from three congregations spearheaded a demonstration of unity.

Rabbis representing Temple Beth Ami, Congregation Beth Shalom and Chabad of Santa Clarita Valley rallied support for Israel as fighting in Gaza intensifies.

More than 100 people filled the Chabad Jewish Center of SCV on Lyons Avenue Sunday morning.

“We are gathered here this morning to show our solidarity for Israel,” Rabbi Choni Marozov, of Chabad of SCV, told them. “What better way for us to show our support than to have all three Jewish (congregations) here today.”

“The land of Israel belongs to us and we will do everything in our power to remain there,” he said. “We are not gathered here as friends of Israel, we are gathered here as the people of Israel.

“We may not live in Israel or know many people in Israel but Israel and the people of Israel are one,” he said.

Rabbi Mark Blazer of Temple Beth Ami, made special reference to his former student, 24-year-old Max Steinberg, of Woodland Hills, who was killed in Israel on July 20. He was among 13 Israeli soldiers and 65 Palestinians killed during the first major ground battle in two weeks of fighting between Israel and Hamas.

“Nine years ago this week it was his bar mitzvah,” Blazer said of Steinberg. “We’ve been communicating with Max’s family.

“It’s difficult for us to see what’s going on now and to not talk about what happened 70 years ago,” he said referring to atrocities committed during the Second World War.

Blazer said he recalled Steinberg telling him that he represented a “generation ready to enter the land of Israel and do what their parents were not able to do.

“His parents had never been to Israel,” he said. “Until they buried their son.”

Blazer, Marazov and Rabbi Ron Hauss of Congregation Beth Shalom then read the names of Israeli soldiers — including Steinberg — killed in the fighting in Gaza this past month.

“I’m used to sadness,” Marazov told the group. “But these past three weeks are part of a more recent sadness that has affected all of us as Jewish people.

“It’s easy for us to feel overwhelmed, and we find ourselves wondering ‘How will we ever prevail when everybody is against us?’” he said. “I don’t know about you, but I find strength in this room.

“This morning, we Jews in the Santa Clarita Valley have gathered together,” he said. “There are things we must do now if we are to be effective advocates of Israel.”

The rabbis urged those attending Sunday’s information meeting — intended to unite Santa Clarita Valley’s Jewish community in “prayer and solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Israel” — to pick up a pamphlet prepared for the event called “7 Ways You Can Help Israel.”

The “seven ways” were described as: prayer, care, share, protest bias in the media, increase Torah study, get the facts and recognize the “God Factor.”

Marazov also reminded the group that Monday night marks the start of Tisha B’Av, the saddest day on the Jewish calendar. It is the date when both Holy Temples were destroyed, and exile, persecution and spiritual blackness began, he pointed out.
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BlueBall: Posted: August 4, 2014 5:29 a.m.

No one should support Israel as it stands.

By supporting Israel you remain ignorant of the UN resolutions,(242) to name one and the steps taken to avoid setting a border (settlements).

Support Israel by being honest.

Israel needs a internationally recognized border that it will stay behind.

This current non-sense should be condemned by all humans.

leonardosobe: Posted: August 4, 2014 10:24 a.m.

Back in 2005 Isreal agreed to peace IF, IF they gave back Gaza, removed settlers and ended the occupation.

What did Israel get in return? Between 2005 and prior to the kidnapping and murder of 3 teenagers in mid June 2014, 12,800 rockets/missiles were launced into Israel.

Between 1/1/2014 and mid June over 530 were launced into Israel.

How many more did Israel need before returning fire?

Don't believe me look up the facts. Best to have facts before you post in the future.

Unreal: Posted: August 4, 2014 2:18 p.m.

I am a Christian who is on Israel's side. I have seen the cartoons that the Palestinian people show their kids. For kids 3 and up these cartoons looks like Sesame Street for terrorists. Teaching kids to hate Jews and to kill them.

Israel gives warning leaflets before bombing.
Palestine does not.

Israel treats wounded Palestinian in their hospitals.
Palestine does not.

Israel protects their women and children.
Palestine does not.

I can't even feel sorry for the parents of the kids killed. I do feel sorry for the little children but I blame the parents
of Palestine for voting in Hamas as their leader and failing to protect their children.

Unreal: Posted: August 4, 2014 2:22 p.m.

Many people in Mexico think that Texas and parts of Calif. etc. rightly belong to them. They are wrong, but that is what they think. If they started launching missiles into California I can assure you we would kick their a** and would give

17trillion: Posted: August 4, 2014 4:02 p.m.

Blueball is typical of people who are completely lacking of any knowledge of history. Willfully and blissfully ignorant in my opinion.

Israel uses rockets to protect it's citizens. Hamas uses citizens to protect their rockets.

BlueBall: Posted: August 4, 2014 5:28 p.m.

Israel has not set borders in compliance with UN resolutions and in fact has expanded it's borders beyond any internationally accepted (green line) areas.

So my knowledge of history is rooted in facts not press releases from Israel.

When you plant a tree it yields fruits, Israel has planted a tree and now likes to complain of the fruits.

Bobs: Posted: August 4, 2014 6:00 p.m.

Article 7 of Hamas' Covenant
"The Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him"

It doesn't matter what Israel does. Hamas will continue to launch rockets killing innocents and give their idiotic reasons why its OK. Middle East problems will only end one way.

leonardosobe: Posted: August 5, 2014 9:02 a.m.

Hamas Manual: How to use it's citizens, hospitals and Mosques as a shield.

Unreal: Posted: August 5, 2014 11:08 a.m.

BlueBall: I don't care what you think your knowledge of history is. The fact is you are supporting the people killing innocent citizens of Israel.

The bible says "do not give what is holy to dogs, or pearls to swine".

Israel is Holy.

Israel should remain in the hands of the Jewish people. --edited.

Unreal: Posted: August 5, 2014 1:01 p.m.

BlueBall: Since other than having to deal with the likes of the Palestinian people and the other crazy a** countries in the middle east, Israel is a great place to live. Thriving.

What "tree" do you think that the Palestinian people planted to have the cr*p life they do?

I just hope the people of Israel know that the VAST majority of people in the USA support them even if our President does not.

From one Christian to the Jewish people here and in Israel, Shalom.

eliscv: Posted: August 5, 2014 1:37 p.m.

"Israel has not set borders in compliance with UN resolutions and in fact has expanded it's borders beyond any internationally accepted (green line) areas."

Blueball. To refresh your history, Israel expelled ALL Jews from Gaza... Yes, back to the 67 borders.

BTW,Guess how many Syrians were murdered (beheaded, shot, crucified, burnt) in the last few weeks? Many times more than in Gaza. I have yet to see a rally for the people of Syria, a condemnation by actors, newsreporters, etc. Is Palestinian blood redder than Syrians?

Unreal: Posted: August 5, 2014 1:48 p.m.

eliscv: Very true. It only seems to count when the Jewish people or America
is on the other side.

BlueBall: Posted: August 5, 2014 5:01 p.m.

"Israel expelled ALL Jews from Gaza" So whats your point Gaza was not Israeli territory, why wouldn't Israelis be expelled?
This would be like saying all Americans have been removed from Iraq, of course they have it's not theirs. Modern society does not accept land be taken as a spoil of war.

"Syrians were murdere..."
You would have had a point 40+ years ago, but now seems strange.

All this finger pointing over the simple internationally recognized request for Israel to set a border.

Basically the modern day colonization of Israel is no different then the way native Americans were treated, they were labeled as savages(terrorist) and displaced from there homes.

Support Israel by being honest, right now your all apologist for a UN-moral fallacy.

stray: Posted: August 5, 2014 6:50 p.m.

@BlueBall - "Support Israel by being honest"

Okay... And, I'm a proud Christian standing alongside with Israel 100%...I totally agree with Israel's leaders and cabinet. This buffoon of ours is NOT a leader and he's making us look weaker and weaker with each and every foreign policy he has. It's just a matter of time, the US will be attacked - Israel is just the beginning. This buffoon of ours has pledged BIG $$$ to the terrorist leaders in Palestine to rebuild. Our aid to Palestine was originally handed to them for schools and hospitals and the citizens themselves. Where did that government put that money? Answer: Underground tunnels to be used to attack Israel. - BlueBall, it doesn't get any more honest than that!


stray: Posted: August 5, 2014 10:24 p.m.

Unreal: Posted: August 6, 2014 2:04 p.m.

We should be giving NO money to Palestine! They are children who can't handle themselves in a civilized world.

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