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Workshop:Hear, O Israel, Jews Are Going Home
Anne Phyllis Pinzow

Anne Phyllis Pinzow is a script writer who makes her main living as a newspaper reporter and editor.  

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Families amidst suitcases and boxes waiting to check in at JFK.

 Moshe Fuld, formerly of Teaneck, NJ kisses the ground after his first steps into Israel.

The Shofer is blown to welcome new Israelis home.

A 20th century phenomenon, a Jewish Army, members of the Israeli Defense Force.

It’s not the corner of Route 59 and Middletown Road. It’s Peres Square in the center of Jerusalem where demonstrators with opposing views are equally guarded by the army and police.

Even the hotel concierge carries a gun to protect guests from the next suicide bomber.

Shoshi and David Cohen, formerly of Chestnut Ridge, NY and Teaneck, NJ as they leave the plane in Israel.

Matzel Twersky, wife of Rabbi Isaac Twersky, of Monsey, is traveling with him and their nine children and his mother.

Hundreds of family members and friends crowd the an El Al plane hanger at Ben-Gurion Airport to welcome the newcomers home.


Hear, O Israel, Jews Are Going Home

By Anne Phyllis Pinzow
Staff Writer
Special report from Jerusalem

Arab terrorists are being sought in the stabbing of both a Jewish foreign student a few months ago and a tourist on August 10 while he was walking with friends to pray by The Western Wall headline the local Israeli newspapers.
Amidst huge boxes filled with household belongings, “I am going home,” says Rabbi Isaac Twersky, formerly of Monsey, while standing on the waiting line with his wife, nine children and his mother, in the departures lounge of Terminal Four at JFK airport in New York on August 9.

Half million Israelis have fled their bombed out homes in the north of Israel reports Haaretz (an Israeli newspaper), as another day passes as thousands of Katyusha rockets rain down from the Hizbullah (Party of God) gangsters sheltered in Lebanon, says Hellen Hogri, formally of Fairlawn, NJ. An American with duel Israeli citizenship living in Jerusalem, her family has volunteered to house some refugees.

“I am going home,” says David Cohen, formerly of Chestnut Ridge, NY and Teaneck, NJ on the El Al plane over the Atlantic as it travels east to Israel.

Iraqis, Iranians and Syrians are traveling to Lebanon by the thousands in order to join their brethren sworn to kill every Jew in Israel wiping the 1948 United Nations political designation off the map. This they are told from their Wahhabis (the militant Islamist sect) mosque pulpits and in their elementary schools, must be done before the Islamist world can unite to defeat the Great Satan Crusaders, the Jews and Christians of the United States reports varied Islamist websites.

“I am home,” says Moshe Fuld formerly of Teaneck, NJ as he steps off the airplane ramp at Ben-Gurion Airport falls to his knees on Israeli soil and kisses the ground.

“Shalom Aleichem,” (Peace be upon you) sing the hundreds of friends and family members who have gathered in an El Al plane hanger, festooned with waving, blue and white Israeli flags to welcome the influx of new citizens, from the specially chartered Nefesh B’Nefesh (volunteer group aiding in Jewish immigration) flight. Because their paperwork was processed on the plane, they are not refugees or immigrants as they pass through the lines at immigration. They are citizens handed new Israeli identification cards.

What’s more, except for three volunteers out of the 240 passengers from on the flight, they are not soldiers going to help the IDF (Israeli Defense Force) push back the Al Qaeda supported terrorists.
They are retirees, like Pauline, 84 and Abe Goldfarb, 89 formerly of New Orleans, who survived Katrina, and are relocating to an assisted living facility being built in Herzliyyah.

They are entrepreneurs like David Cohen who is relocating his business headquarters to Israel because he wants to live in the holy land.

They are 40ish professionals like Moshe Fuld, a lawyer who spoke of ancestors coming to the United States to escape the Holocaust, but now he’s running to the Jewish state to live his life where he has always wanted to live.
With relocation partially funded and arrangements assisted by The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), this year more than 22,000 olim (returning Jews) went home. All told, more than three million people have gone to “the promised land,” more than Moses led out of Egypt, said Michael Landsburg, Executive Director of the North America Aliyah Delegation of JAFI.

While, in many cases plans for the future were uncertain to ambiguous, without exception, there was just one reason to leave the relative security of life in the United States, “I want to go home.”

Home now is in a country with land area smaller than the state of New Jersey, surrounded by implacable enemies, except for the west coast, facing the Mediterranean, facing the United States.

What once was a land of desert, blooms with fields of grain and hillsides of grape arbors, fig, and date, and almond, orange and olive trees. Where once nomadic herdsman grazed their sheep, turning the grassland into wasteland, modern industrial cities flourish, where cutting edge technological advances are being made in every form of human endeavor.

And five times each day heard amidst the hustle and bustle of congesting traffic, to rival New York City, is the call of the Muslim muftis to prayer, where followers of that faith fall to their prayer rugs, answering Allah’s call, in safety.

They too are protected by a phenomenon which perhaps holds the most effrontery to those who harbor a mind’s eye view of a defenseless, feeble, black clothed, bearded, Jewish stereotype bent over a lambskin scroll.

Israeli soldiers, members of a Jewish Army are something the world could not conceive of until the mid 1900s, and never in the previous 2,000 years. At an average age of 19, they patrol, defend, guard and fight Israel’s enemies swearing “Never Again,” upon their induction into the armed forces on the plateau of Masada near the Dead Sea; never again to be forced to the choice of the historic mass suicide or slavery to the Romans. And now it’s never again to be driven into the Diaspora.

Greeted by the sound of the Shofer (ram’s horn) as he stepped of the plane in Israel, Fuld cried tears of joy as he and his wife embraced leaving the plane. He said he looked forward to soon seeing his four brothers, two of whom were fighting for the safety of the country in Lebanon. On that same day 25 soldiers were killed from Hezbollah rockets.

As of this writing, he does not know his siblings’ fate. He made his choice, as his brother’s made theirs and they will die to defend their country or live to nurture it.
Order amidst chaos, a refuge of life, amidst a blood frenzied foe, Israel is calling its people home.

(Editor’s note: The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) formed in 1929, aids in the immigration and absorption of Jews who wish to make Israel their home. Anne, who is a member of the American Jewish Press Association, was asked by JAFI to accompany a group of people from the local area as they flew to Israel and to write their stories. Our Town asked her for her personal perspective of the experience.)




 Though published as a personal perspective, this article above is actually a shell with interchangeable modules for different markets and locations.

 I have interviews from people from different areas of the country and will put those in when marketing the article to those areas. Also, the interview pieces will be longer with less of the news aspect or the atmospheric aspect depending on the nature of the interviews.  But this was the hard part yet it was done rather quickly.

 Also, this was written for the secular press and most of the market is in the Jewish religious press so more emphasis on the outlooks of the people towards their religious beliefs will be included in those pieces.

 Also, when doing articles of this nature, always get a means of contacting the people because as you develop more articles from the material, you will need more information.

 Something similar to this might be a march for solidarity, a demonstration or a rally, something where there are a lot of people who are there for what seems like one purpose.

 Also, make sure you actually get interviews, talk to the people and don't let them brush you off with short, standard, canned or yes and no answers.
 Ask difficult questions.

 In this case, no audience would be interested in the operational aspect of how to move from here to there but it could be interesting to focus on one family and how they dealt with it.

 Also keep your eyes and ears open and don't be afraid to jump in with both feet. If you overhear a conversation in an elevator or at dinner, that sounds like there are interesting aspects to it, then be polite, admit that you could not help overhearing, introduce yourself and explain your interest and ask if later you could interview the people. Let them finish the business at hand first.

 Again, let them talk but if you find you're getting mediocre material go for the guts.

 Most of the families were talking about the higher spiritual aspects of this move which was wonderful but the country was in the midst of hostilities.

 So I went straight to the mothers, with their babies in their arms and their teenagers around them. "All high school graduates in Israel are required to serve in the armed services. Your children could be drafted to fight in just a few months instead of playing baseball in the States? What will you do?"

 Notice I didn't ask them what they felt about it. The reason I chose the "What will you do?" as the question is that it opens the options up for them and invites a broader, richer diversity of answers. It also went straight to the issue of consequences of the move at this time.

 I always advise that you be as prepared as possible by doing your homework before going into any story.

 When dealing with highly charged issues, it's even more important because that homework will enable you to have those "nail on the head" questions when you need them.

 Understand where the people are coming from in their viewpoints. Also, understand your own bias in the matter and either use it or edit it out, depending on the nature of the story.

 But above all, especially in such a highly charged situation, check everything. Write what you actually observe and give proper attribution to add to the credibility of the story.       

 One last thing, take tons of pictures and give he ones you want to use all slugs (one or two word identifiers)

 Then, when you write the captions, give them slugs to match them to the pictures. This makes it much easier for editors to match up pictures with captions and choose which pictures they want to include in the story.

Read the other lessons by Anne Phyllis Pinzow.  Especially her Rules for good reporting.  


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