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to Southeastern Virginia Jewish News Professor Berk CONTINUED Fi@M PAGll 1 die East and even on the cam- puses of American colleges and universities. Dr. Berk will compare the similarities and differences between today's insecurities and the rise of anti- Semitism in the 1930's. Since it is easy for some to lay the blame for the violence in the Middle East at Israel's doorstep, the Jewish people are the scapegoat once more. : 7 "Israel has become the touch- stone of attitudes toward the Jewish people, and anti-Zion- ism has become the main and most relevant form of anti- semitism," writes Norman Podhoretz. Berk's message is critical in the uncertain times of the 21st century. He is widely known for his expertise on the Holo- caust, Russia and the Middle The Knee an J Hip Replacement Center Advanced Surgical and Therapy Treatment for Hip and Knee Pain Aaron L. Marlow, M.D. Total Joint Replacement For Appointments Call (757) 397-0783 East. Berk is the first Henry and Sally Schaffer Professor of Holocaust and Jewish Studies at Union College. Author of Year of Crisis, Year of Hope: Russian Jewry and the Pogrom of 1881-1881, he is currently writing a book that explores the civil rights movement in America and the myths and misconceptions surrounding the Black-Jewish relationship. Israel is on trial in the world community today and some of the inquisitors reside in Bel- gium, a country that has elect- ed itself as an International Criminal Court. On its agenda is to put Ariel Sharon and other Israelis on trial for war crimes when Sharon leaves office and immunity from prosecution. Ignored are Belgium's own war crimes in the Congo, Rwanda and Somalia where millions were subjected to starvation, torture, rape and murder. The importance of Berk's message has been expressed by Lawrence Summers, President of Harvard University, who noted on Sept. 17, 2002 that "There is disturbing evidence is now scheduling appointments for k F. Riedler, MD Board Certified in Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatry Most major insurances accepted. Specializing in Depression ADHD in Children ADD in Adults and General Anxiety Disorders Also offering a comprehensive array of counseling services by licensed therapists. Call 459-4640 to schedule an appointment. of an upturn in anti-Semitism globally and also...closer to home. Profoundly anti-Israel views are increasingly finding support in progressive intellec- tual communities. Serious and thoughtful people are advOcat- ing and taking actions that are anti-Semitic in their effect if not their intent." The Yom Hashoah program at Beth El begins at 7 p.m. Earlier in the day there will be a "Reading of Names," (of Holocaust victims) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Temple. Also on the evening's program will be a short musical perfor- mance presented by Norfolk Collegiate's Upper School cho- rus. As is the tradition, Red Rose and White Rose donors will be presented with roses to March acknowledge their commit- ment to Holocaust education. The White Rose project honors the memory of Hans and Sophie Scholl who were lead- ers of a German resistance group of students and teachers called "The White Rose." As a result of their heroism, most were executed by the "People's Court." This year's proceeds the White Rose Project will enable teachers recognized for Excellence to Holocaust cation to take their classes to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. Chairs for this year's Yore Hashoah commemoration are Rita Mallenbaum and Patty Slotnick. Christina Bublick is chairman of the Holocaust Commission. Yom Hashoah events scheduled The Elie Wiesel Writing/Arts Competition for public and private school students throughout the area Awards for teachers who have demonstrated excel- lence in Holocaust Education 30 Performances of "Through The Eyes Of A Friend," a dramatic presentation about Anne Frank that encourages students to think about preju- dice and stereotyping. Weeks of 3/31 - 4/14 and 4/21-4/25. The award winning film, "Anne Frank Remembered," will be shown at the Naro Cinema on Sunday, April 27, 1 p.m. The White Rose Project will enable the teachers recog- nized for Excellence in Holo- caust Education to take their classes to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Finally, the 6th Biennial Holocaust/Tolerance Confer- ence for Hampton Roads Educators, June 16- 19, "Responding to Evil: Lessons From the Holocaust for a Post 9/11 World." Mark B. Kerner, M.D. Spine Surgery Anu Datyner, M.D., Ph.D. Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine Non-Surgical Spine Treatment State of the Art Surgical and Non-surgical Spine Treatment For Appointments Call (757) 397-6930