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BAS Rabbi's Message

Message from Rabbi Daniel Stein

July, 2012

Before my column, I would like to thank the outgoing board at Bnai Abraham, and especially Aron and Julie Hochhauser. In Aron's term as president, he devoted countless hours to ensuring a smooth transition of leadership and maintaining the high standards of integrity that our community so values. Thank you so much and congratulations. I look forward to working on future projects together, and continuing to build on the strength of your work over the last several years.

I would imagine that every Jewish community has its own particular heroes. In Ohio, where I was raised, we were especially proud of David Berger. Berger was a standout high school athlete at Shaker Heights High School in Cleveland and then at Tulane University. He excelled as an Olympic-style weightlifter, and, by the time he was in college, he was able to jerk almost three times his body weight over head. In 1968, Berger barely failed to qualify for the U.S. Olympic team, placing fourth at trials. He continued to lift and compete, while, at the same time, earning an MBA and a law degree from Columbia. After visiting Israel in 1969 for the Maccabiah games, Berger decided to stay.

Berger's Aliyah was true reflection of his love of the Jewish people and state; he served in the IDF and planned to build his life in his new home. In 1972, he achieved what he considered his greatest accomplishment: he competed in the light heavyweight class at the Olympics, representing the State of Israel. Though he did not place, finishing 17th overall, his accomplishments and commitments on behalf of the Jewish people made him a source of great pride.

Early in the morning of September 4th, 1972, Berger, along with 10 other members of the Israeli Olympic team were taken hostage by Palestinian terrorists. After a failed rescue attempt the next day, Berger was murdered along with his teammates.

This coming Olympic cycle represents the 40th anniversary of Black September and of the senseless murder of Israeli athletes dedicated to the peaceful mission of the Olympic games. Since 1976, and at every Summer Olympics thereafter, Ankie Spitzer, the widow of murdered fencing coach Andre Spitzer, has made one request: for a moment of silence honoring the memory of fallen Olympians. This year, as in every previous Olympics, Spitzer's request was denied. In a certain sense, the IOC's hands are tied—as Jessica Apple notes in a recent editorial in the Forward, the Olympics are meant to be above politics, and cannot favor one nation over another. To recognize Israelis might create a kind of public relations nightmare. But the Munich attack was more than an attack on Jews—it was an attack on the kind of spirit that the Olympics are meant to create: a place where nations can come together in peace to celebrate our shared humanity. Ankie Spitzer's request—to recognize murdered Olympians at the 40th anniversary of their deaths—is not political; it is human.

David Berger wanted nothing more than to represent his people and his country as an athlete. He expected to compete, he dreamed to win. If you believe, as I do, that his memory should be honored at the 2012 Olympics along with the other murdered Israeli athletes, you can do what I and over 75,000 others have done: sign Ankie's petition and let the IOC know how you feel: Sign Petition Now - 2012 Olympics Moment of Silence

Best wishes for a most meaningful month,

Rabbi Daniel Stein