2021 is already flying by. I started to write a tribute to my dear friend, AVIVA SCHNEIDER: “THE ISRAEL AIR FORCE FAMILY LOSES A MATRIARCH, THE INTERNATIONAL INTER-GALACTIC NE’SHAMA OF AVIVA SCHNEIDER z l” on DR. KING’S BIRTHDAY, January 18. I learned of her passing the day after the stunning loss of Philanthropist SHELDON ADELSON on January 12.
Sheldon Adelson was also a friend through my volunteer fund raising efforts for the ISRAEL AIR FORCE CENTER FOUNDATION in Herzlyia, Israel. Or as RABBI ISAIAH ZELDIN, Founding Rabbi-Stephen Wise Temple, Bel Air, CA said when I told him how I met my beloved fiancé, NATHAN SHAPELL, “You see Cheryl, it pays to volunteer!”
It’s only fitting that I began such an emotional journey on MLK’s National Holiday—“NEVER EQUATE ZIONISM WITH RACISM!” and a life that demanded justice, acceptance of people of color, and the living proof that there are giants in the African American community. Music, art, dance, science; THE TUSKEGEE AIRMEN….other triumphs over bondage too numerous to mention. And for the most part, mid-century U.S. treated dark skinned people like crap.
His outspoken Christian leadership earned him the wrath of the Muslim Brotherhood, the FBI, CIA, KKK and every jealous boyfriend threatened by his charismatic eyes. Not long before such enemies snowball and become one great, televised public lynching with one grieving widow and a new Martyr left behind.
RABBI MARC SCHNEIER wrote the wonderful 1999 book, SHARED DREAMS, MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. & THE JEWISH COMMUNITY. I treasure my author signed copy, a quick reference to the mind of an icon.
Recently aware of the B’nai Mitzvot of some friends in January, I began to think of such a coming of age event in the time of the CCP Virus, born in the Wet Markets of Wuhan and pandemic perfected in the bioweapons laboratory in China’s third largest province. How sad to think of such austerity and gloom and doom, as opposed to say, the Shapell produced, Gary Marshall film, KEEPING UP WITH THE STEINS, the hilarious account of themed Bar Mitzvah, with a casts of thousands, and relatives who just showed up for the food and gift bags.
I was thrilled to learn of my attorney, and long time friend, JEFFREY A. SHANE’S gleeful 1965 BAR MITVAH speech delivered at Temple Emanu El, in San Bernadino, CA.
“My Torah portion was the great story of the Biblical Hero for the Jewish people- Samson, a Nazarite, and that he was given immense strength to aid him against his enemies and allow him to perform superhuman feats, including slaying a lion with his bare hands and massacring an entire army of Philistines using only the jawbone of a donkey. I analogized, this being 1965, there has arisen another Hero, and Leader, this time in our American land, Martin Luther King Jr. Noble Peace prize winner, fighting with strength of the civil disobedience.; for Black People’s civil rights and the morality of recognizing their humanity and dignity. This fight is joined by many Americans, Jewish and Christian, poor and wealthy, Black and White. At 13, I mentioned to the Congregation, It is a fight for Justice that inspires me, and is another journey to the Promised Land.”
In an essence a rousing speech, one can imagine the attendees of that event signing up to be “freedom fighters,” boarding the crowded buses headed for the Deep South.
Other times presented more modest hopes. In 1931, a family member’s Bat Mitzvah speech was simple. “I pray for my parent’s health, and that the Jewish people be one day reunited in ERETZ ISRAEL.”
ERETZ ISRAEL was the birthplace of the Jewish people. Here their spiritual, religious and political identity was shaped. Here they first attained to statehood, created cultural values of national and universal significance and gave to the world the eternal Book of Books.
After being forcibly exiled from their land, the people kept faith with it throughout their Dispersion and never ceased to pray and hope for their return to it and for the restoration in it of their political freedom.
So reads paragraph one and two of a 19 paragraph Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel* Published in the OFFICIAL GAZETTE, No. 1 of the 5th IYAR, 5706 (14th May 1948).
Signed by DAVID BEN-GURION, who immediately was elected Prime Minister, and 36 others, including Golda Myerson and Rabbi Kalman Kahana. It was a coalition of freedom fighters, Zionists, Holocaust avengers, atheists, rabbis and religious Jews; igniting the War of Independence of 1948, and other Arab wars to follow, most notably the 1967 SIX DAY WAR and THE YOM KIPPOR WAR of1973…
ARLENE SHANE, Jeffrey Shane’s older half sister, was born in Los Angeles in 1948, and was my bf during my long courtship (10 years) with DAVID PAUL KANE, marriage and widowhood. I thought my life was over, at age 49. I’d never date again, be considered more than a pathetic old bag by my male contemporaries, let alone the older men I valued; forever looking for their next wife, at the local Chuckie Cheese. Arlene’s profession, property manager for her grandmother’s family trust, allowed her enormous free time and in 1994-1995 we watched the televised O.J. SIMPSON trial “Trial of the Century” with religious fervor. We held hands as the Verdict was read, and then collapsed in tears…
Kalmon Aron did a life sized pastel portrait of Arlene clutching her two toy poodles. It haunts her family and friends to this day. Both the model and the artist, Perfectionists, had to have every detail just right. Arlene sat for months for that huge portrait, like a movie star or European Monarch. In the end it was breath taking.
I’m sure Arlene is walking her little ones in a heavenly Dog Park, with my beloved Bentley, my 180 lb. Tibetan Mastiff watching over them.
EVIL is EVIL. EVIL is choosing DEATH OVER LIFE, not as a personal suicide, but en masse, for every living thing…even the Messenger, the innocent little donkey who thought he was just
Delivering flowers to the orphanage…
The MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD has deemed some women unfit to be HOMICIDE BOMBERS.
If AOC, ILHAN OMAR, and the SQUAD want to have nightly rituals of bathing in their own MENTRUAL BLOOD, RAGING at the MOON, or U.S. CAPITOL in unison celebration of SISTERHOOD; Let them do it in private. I can smell the stench of their Mikvah in L.A.
I ACCEPT the incredible compliment Capt. LOU LENART always gave me; “She has great Neshama” All the introduction needed on any Israel Air Force Base, and any group of young US Marines.
TRY PREACHING DIVERVSITY in a country where your life depends on an Ethiopian soldier, your manicure is done by a Russian girl, your original cocktail dress is Designer/Holocaust Survivor on Jabotinsky Street, while a Druze pilot screams a modified F-16 over your head, very quietly…during the Dinner Party.
I accept the MYSTIC judgement of my life. A Pisces, the last sign of the Zodiac, like Einstein I am an Ancient Soul—Dust, older than the Pyramids…ask the DEAD SEA SCHROLLS
You can do more damage with a scalpel than a Machete, ask your surgeon.
AS a seven day old baby, my dad, Jess held me in his arms, cried his eyes out and apologized “for bringing me into this CRUEL, CRUEL WORLD. He had been a Merchant Marine in WW11, and I had a lot to look Forward to…
When Rep. ILHAN OMAR started a riot of over a thousand protesters on March 23, 2019 in front of her Woodland Hills Hilton fund raiser for CAIR, I checked the L.A. TIMES for coverage in the Sunday edition, there was none. But the Pisces horoscope I framed and keep on my nightstand: “People come and go through your life. Be grateful you had them.”
In the same frame is my handwritten April 7, quote from Dr. Keith Agre, my primary physician: “Each day I learn from you” “And I FROM you…
”What better compliment to a human being.
Cheryl Kane, is a best selling author, socialite, political humorist, financial planner and a Leader of the RJC Republican Jewish Coalition.
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