§04-11 Bernel Goldberg

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BERNEL GOLDBERG was born in Modesto, California, on June 16, 1961. He moved to Hawaii in August of 1969 with the rest of the Goldberg family. Bernel was eight years old at the time. He took to the ocean right away and enjoyed surfing, scuba diving and was a trophy-winning "hobie cat" sailer. He was active in sports and was the fastest runner in the family. After a long and diligent effort, Bernel became the youngest person to earna pilot's license in Hawaii.

Bernel left Hawaii for college in 1979 and was Phi Beta Kappa at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado where he earned a double degree in International Relations and Political Science. He spent one of his college years at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and is fluent in Hebrew. He was accepted into, and graduated from, Goergetown [sic] University in Washington, D.C., in their dual Foreign Service/Juris Doctor program.

He married Michal Ozeri in Jerusalem on August 13, 1985 and many of the family got together in Israel for the wedding. Michal was born July 4, 1961 and is of Yeminite heritage and her entire family remains in Israel. Michal and Bernel have one son, Shoham Leroy Goldberg, who was born May 6, 1986. The family has visited Israel many times and even Shoham speaks Hebrew as his Israeli grandparents do not speak English.

Bernel has been on his own since he left Hawaii and has been a very busy student, father and husband. He might become the first Jewish President of the United States. His name, BERNEL, came from Jack Goldberg's niece, BERnice, and from Mimi Goldberg's sister, NELlie.

The family lives outside Washington, D.C., where Bernel is a lawyer for a branch of a New York law firm. He is a specialist in International law, particularly treaty and trade laws, and is considered an expert in U.S./Middle East treaty, trade and policy and other law matters.

[Below is from a post-it attached probably by Hillel Lazarus.]
TWINS BORN ON 23 OCT 84
1. DANIELLE NATALIE GOLDBERG
2. ADAM ELY GOLDBERG


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The Lebanon War As Seen From Jerusalem's Streets

By BERNEL GOLDBERG

The usually bustling and joyous streets of Jerusalem solemned a bit. People walk with radios to their ears, eyes fixed ahead, tired. There is a noticeable lack of men the ages 18 to 55.

Many shops are closed, their owners and employees miles away, possibly fighting for their lives. One day selling ice cream; the next dying in a foreign desert.

The ancient Jewish capital is again forced to war; the Jews of Israel, again having to protect their land and people from destruction.

THE WAY CAME not as a surprise to most Israelis. They do not fool themselves into a false sense of security as most Jews of the world seem to. They understand after wars, pograms, and persecution the way the world operates.

They are the "new" Jews, not content with their "appointed" role by the world. When someone plans or tries to kill their women or children, these Jews pray as their ancestors did, but also grab their rifles. They have come to understand that words only go so far in helping survival, after the bullets are often necessary.

To be slow in using these bullets means the loss of Jewish lives; these lives being an exceedingly rare and valuable commodity, each one a necessity for tiny Israel.

The Palestinian Liberation Organization: a group existing solely for the destruction of the only Jewish state in the world. Their covenant cries that no compromise will be reached. The Zionists must be expelled: the Zionists that bought, worked for, bled for their land.

The PLO method of acquiring Israel: terror. Of the thousands of Russian-made Katushka rockets fired by the PLO into Israel, none were aimed at the numerous military installations. All were fired into Jewish towns, villages, kibbutzim. Their time bombs and suicide squads do not attempt to kill soldiers, in fact, they avoid them. They go straight to the bus stations, theaters, crowded street corners, schools, and children's nurseries.

MY FRIENDS AND I skipped out of the Hebrew University and up to Misgav Am, a small kibbutz on the Israeli-Lebanese border. The nursery there had been attacked three years previously and infants murdered. Now, most of the men of the kibbutz were in Lebanon; some would inevitably not return to the fields.

Everyone has someone fighting: sons, brothers, fathers, cousins, friends. Israelis gather around televisions for the nightly war reports and lists of dead and wounded. Israel is very small; each name announced causes pain to a lot of people.

Bitterness? Of course. Jews again are dying. Regrets? Rarely. An army existed across a barbed wire border, massively armed by the Russians and Arabs.

At the northern Rosh HaNikra border station, I watched as dozens of lorries of captured missiles, guns, bombs, mortars and bullets were trucked into Israel. An office at the border told me that all the munitions so far would take months to truck out. Chills shook me as I imagined what the results would have been if these weapons arrived as the Palestinians desired.

It didn't take much imagination: I visited the towns of Netanya, Kiryat Shemona, Metula, and several kibbutzim. Palestinian missiles had slammed into hundreds of buildings causing millions of dollars of damage. The kibbutzniks huddled in their overcrowded bomb shelters for days, listening to the Katushka fall and their fields burn. For some reason, the damage in Lebanon is all that is shown on American TV.

THE PLO WILL soon be completely expelled from Lebanon. Another peaceful border will result. The northern populations can plow their fields and send their children safely to school. If all the Jews of Israel could speak at once, I am convinced that all would be heard is one great sigh of relief.

Bernel has just returned to Hawaii after a year in Israel. He attended the Hebrew University in Jerusalem for his junior year in college and will be returning to the Univresity of Colorado-Boulder for his degree in political science.

During his year in Israel he had the opportunity to visit and tour the length and breadth of Israel. He also visited Egypt, Italy, and Switzerland.

He blended his study time with many scuba diving trips in the Red Sea, backpacking Mt. Sinai, and the desert, working on kibbutzim, and participated in Israeli lifestyles. He spent three months in preparation for his school year.

[There is a caption for with contact information for Hawaii Jewish News; I presume that this was the publisher for the article.]


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MICHAL, SHOHAM AND BERNEL GOLDBERG, WASHINGTON, D.C., DECEMBER 1987

SHOHAM GOLDBERG, SPRING 1988

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