Ahavas Sholom – an Historic Landmark and Sacred Space

Newark's Last Remaining Synagogue born of the Great European Migration at the turn of the 20th Century

145 Broadway, Newark, NJ 07104
Phone: 973-485-2609 | Email: cahavassholom@optimum.net


Simon Says, January 30, 2022

George Santos is in the news, television and newspapers.  The representative-elect fabricated his resume and his life, claiming to be a college graduate, a former Goldman Sachs employee, a landlord, and a Jew, descended from grandparents who survived the Holocaust. This story reminds of Frank Abagnale, the anti-hero of “Catch Me if You Can.”  (The investigative reporter Alan Logan investigated Abagnale’s claims and debunked Abagnale’s claims.)

By contrast, Joseph adhered to his story:  shepherd, slave, prisoner, dream interpreter.  When the story broke about Santos’ lies, he claimed not to be Jewish, but Jew-ish.  By contrast, Joseph retained the language of his youth, Hebrew, and he retained the identity of Jewish heritage underneath of his Egyptian clothes.

The moral of the story is that you should be proud of your background.  The Joseph story is about how a person can achieve greatness despite his background.