On September 25, 2013, JEROME, beloved husband of Selma Ricklen Hertzbach (nee Eisenberg) and the late Ruth Hertzbach (nee Barnish); devoted father of Dr. Allyn Hertzbach (Amy Hersh), Toby (Randolph) Goodman, Miriam “Mimi” (Stuart) Resnick, Michael Ricklen and Neil Ricklen; dear brother of the late Selma Ricklin; loving grandfather of Abigail (Frank) Borrago, Ian Hoffman, Edward (Alyson) Hoffman, Andrew (Melisa) Hoffman, Steven (Hayley) Hoffman, Hal (Jennifer) Resnick, Brian (Stacie) Resnick, Cassandra Ricklen (Nick Nicholson), Sara Ricklen (Adam Alter) and Paul Ricklen; loving great-grandfather of Gaige Hoffman, Caiden and Sabrina Hoffman, Mason and Liam Hoffman, Zachary and Ethan Resnick, Hannah and Samara Resnick, Dallas Nicholson, Austin Nicholson and Savanah Nicholson. Interment at Swinicher Woliner Benevolent Society, 6700 Bowleys Lane. Please omit flowers. In mourning at 10535 Park Heights Ave., Owings Mills, MD 21117, with services on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. and Monday 7:30 p.m.
A Belgian citizen spying for Iran was arrested on September 11th 2013 in Tel Aviv, this according to a statement released by Israel’s General Security Service (GSS). The man, named Alex Menes, aged 55, was arrested as he tried to leave Israel via Ben Gurian airport.
In his interrogation it became apparent that he is an Iranian citizen, born Ali Mansuri, who was sent to Israel on various espionage missions. He lived with his family in Iran until 1980, then moving to Turkey where he established himself as a business man. In 1997 he received a Belgian visa, marrying a native Belgian who he subsequently divorced. During this period he was granted Belgian citizenship, changing his name to Alex Menes, thus obscuring his Iranian identity.
In 2007 he returned to Iran, and broadened his business connections. He remarried, this time to an Iranian woman, and was recruited by the Iranian espionage services in 2012. He was instructed to use his business as a cover for visits in Israel. He was promised vast sums to finance his activities.
Mansuri has previously visited Israel in July 2012 and January 2013 on the request of his Iranian handlers. His last visit began on September 6th. He tried to establish business connections during these visits, presenting himself as a Belgian businessman.
During his arrest he was in the possession of numerous photos from various locations in Israel, several of them of interest to the Iranian intelligence services, including the US embassy in Tel Aviv.
Mansuri detailed during his interrogation by the GSS the training he received, the various methods he used to maintain contact with the Iranian intelligence services and his actions in Israel over the past months.
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This book is an autobiography of an ordinary woman who made unusual choices. The story describes her life from childhood to old age, without a lot of detail. I found the book very interesting and well written, but I wanted more. In a way, this story of self-exploration was almost like taking a sneak peek at her diary. What’s the story?
In 1956, Mary Bogot and a Jewish man were married by a minster. At the time, Mary had no intention of converting to Judaism. Envisioning a peaceful family unit and to appease her in-laws, she agreed to raise her three children Jewish, while she remained active in her church. Inspired by a rabbi and drawn to family dynamics and values, Bogot found that Judaism “ignited an undiscovered and vital part” of herself.
Bogot officially converted to Judaism in 1964 and never looked back. Her commitment to Judaism resonates throughout the book and never falters — even through divorce, remarriage, another child, multiple moves and one child’s conversion to Christianity. Most interesting, her strongest connection with the Jewish people was discovered in the five years she lived in Israel. Her decision to move, the logistics of the move and the living experience in Israel were the most interesting parts of the book. They are where I found my connection to her and a renewed spirit for Judaism.
In addition to the every-season tourist attractions, there are a number of festivals to enjoy.
Schedule your visit around the Festival of Festivals, held in Haifa each December. The popular event promotes peace, understanding and good relations with one’s neighbors. There are numerous artistic and cultural events celebrating Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
For the more adventurous, sign up for Israel’s largest biking and off-road running event that is held at the lowest place on Earth. The Veolia Desert Challenge runs Dec. 20-21. And don’t forget the Night Spectacular, a 45-minute light-and-sound display using the walls beneath the Tower of David in Jerusalem.
This winter, if you are traveling on Birthright, you can participate in Taglit 12, adding two additional days in Baltimore’s sister city, Ashkelon, for free to volunteer, explore and get to know Israeli peers. For information, contact Sam Konig at firstname.lastname@example.org.