HAKOL LEHIGH VALLEY The Voice of the Lehigh Valley Jewish Community MAY 2013 |IYYAR/SIVAN 5773 Schiff Award recipient, and friends, share lifelong passion for community By Monica Friess Special to HAKOL and Jennifer Lader Editor, HAKOL From his earliest days growing up in Allentown, Barnet Fraenkel learned from the best how to make a difference in the lives of others. For his work in this regard, on June 3, at the Mortimer S. Schiff Memorial Golf Tournament, Fraenkel will accept the Schiff Award for Prejudice Reduction. Established in 1999 by Vera Schiff to honor her husband Mortimer’s memory, the award is given to members of the Lehigh Valley community who are committed to spreading and teaching tolerance by both word and action. Past recipients have included the Rev. Dr. Peter Pettit, Ilene and Bob Wood and Jeanette Eichenwald. The Rev. Daniel G. Gambet received the award at last year’s golf tournament. Although Barnet has much to show for his years of active service to the Jewish and general communities, it all started with his father, Fabian Fraenkel. Fabian was a member of the boards of the Jewish Community Center and the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley, and actively sought – and found—numerous ways to serve the larger community. “Fabian Fraenkel was, as Barnet is, very concerned with the Jewish community and for the general community, and [especially] for people less fortunate,” said Stewart Furmansky, a close personal friend of Barnet, whom he met while still a teenager in Allentown. Years ago, Fabian called Furmansky and asked him to serve on the board of the Charles and Figa Kline Foundation, STRATEGIC PLAN looks toward programs that engage more adults. See page 3. MEMORIAL DAY Thank our veterans ... and consider a bike ride. See page 17. Barnet Fraenkel, right, links up with 2012 Schiff Award winner Rev. Daniel G. Gambet, left, at last year’s Mortimer S. Schiff Memorial Golf Tournament. They teamed up with Charles Marcon and J.B. Reilly. which primarily funds Jewish causes. “On his father’s passing, we had Barnet on the board,” Furmansky said. It was one of several such responsibilities for Barnet. A stellar product of the Allentown public school system, he graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and received an M.B.A. in finance from the Wharton Graduate Division of the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently a senior vice president of wealth management with Morgan Stanley-Smith Barney in Allentown. “[Barnet] is smart. He gets the job done,” said Roberto Fischmann, another close friend. “Always focusing on the job and not on himself, he also knows more about the Jewish community of Allentown than anybody I know.” Barnet has been deeply involved with this community at various times as president, campaign chair, allocations chair and personnel chair of the Federation. He is a former board member and treasurer for Jewish Family Service and a former board member at Temple Beth El. “I have known Barnet now for a little bit over 25 years,” Fischmann said. “During that time I cannot think of him not working very hard for some project or projects for nonprofits, Jewish or not Jewish. “ In the larger community, Barnet has been a member of the development committee and Leonard Pool Society at Lehigh Valley Hospital. He as been a board member for AAA East Penn and serves on the Parents Barnet Fraenkel Continues on page 3 KI rabbi home safe from Boston By Ginny Cohen Special to HAKOL ISRAEL’S 65TH BIRTHDAY Hundreds walk the land for Yom Ha’atzmaut. See page 23. No. 356 com.UNITY with Mark Goldstein 2 Women’s Division 4 LVJF Tributes 8 Jewish Family Service 18 Jewish Day School 19 Jewish Community Center 21 Community Calendar 30-31 Rabbi Seth Phillips, spiritual leader of Congregation Keneseth Israel, is an accomplished runner, having completed 53 marathons. An enthusiastic participant in this year’s Boston Marathon, he crossed the finish line about two minutes before two explosions shook Boylston Street. Phillips heard the loud boom, saw the smoke, but said he was unaware of the true danger until he heard a news report in the taxicab that he was taking to Logan Airport. Shocked and saddened by the news, Phillips said in a recent interview, “We don’t have the power to prevent tragedy, but we do not have to live through this alone. After the explosions, a number of strangers became united as a community, caring for each other Non-Profit Organization 702 North 22nd Street Allentown, PA 18104 U.S. POSTAGE PAID Lehigh Valley, PA Permit No. 64 and helping each other. We can focus on the understandable: that people were kind and compassionate.” On the day of the marathon, after crossing the finish line, Phillips was funneled into a several-block area full of volunteers who offered Mylar blankets, water, bananas, medical assistance and emotional support. He was winded and shaking from having completed the marathon, and a volunteer stopped to give him comfort and support. The volunteer was wearing a U.S. Army combat uniform. Phillips recounted, “We talked, and I found out he was a physician’s assistant in the Army, nearing retirement. I told him that I had retired from the U.S. Navy. Boston Marathon Continues on page 10 Lehigh Valley Jewish community to sponsor Memorial Day events Paul Kottler, a U.S. Navy veteran, looks on as sons Jack and Ben place flags on the graves of Jewish War Veterans at Congregation Brith Sholom’s cemetery in South Bethlehem. To find out more, see story top of page 17.