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JEWISH BROADCASTING SERVICE PUSHES FOR COMCAST CARRIAGE
BY ADAM GROBMAN
magine,” Mark Golub says, “that the Jewish community is starting out without a serious Jewish television channel and they wanted to create one. One that feels and looks like any other American channel. What would we want to see.” Hard News related to America and Israel. Jewish Studies programs. Talk shows. Hebrew and Talmud lessons. Live Shabbat and High Holiday services. These are just some of the highlights that Mark, the President and Founder of Jewish Broadcasting Service (JBS), names as important to Jews in America. “JBS has all of this,” he says. “It is the most relevant, informative, exciting, mass-educational initiative in the Jewish world today.” When the network was founded in 2006 as ShalomTV, it was hosted by Comcast’s On Demand feature and was the first Jewish TV network offered on a major provider in America. Eventually, Shalom TV realized it needed a regular channel to be able to reach their audience. They began shifting toward partnerships with TV providers, one by one, and rebranded as JBS in 2014. “Today, JBS is available in more than 45 million American television households,” says Mark. “It is carried on every major TV system in America, except one: Comcast.” Comcast is the largest, terrestrial cable system in America. Mark says that it can be viewed in more secondary Jewish markets than any other TV provider, and that while it’s not available in the largest markets of Manhattan and Los Angeles, it is available in most others, including Harrisburg. Mark and his staff have engaged in several conversations with Comcast programming executives, encouraging the provider to carry JBS, but to no avail. “Every month we send them emails from Comcast viewers, who ask why we’re not on Comcast,” Mark says. “Comcast has told us that they have no answer, they simply cannot do it. While they have multiple channels of Christian services on Sunday mornings, they will not air this channel which has
Jewish services on Saturday mornings. It is an insult to their Jewish customers.” Comcast did not respond to multiple requests for comment for this story. Local community members who are familiar with JBS’ programming hope that Comcast will rethink its decision to not air the channel. “JBS offerings continue to eclipse all my expectations,” says Myra Sacks. “From its rebroadcast of services from New York’s Central synagogue, to its daily Israeli news broadcast, films, children’s holiday programming and outstanding adult Hebrew language classes, there is such a marvelous breadth to its programming.” Mark says that JBS does not charge TV providers for the rights to carry the channel, and that Comcast has the technology to begin airing JBS’ programming at any time. “It is beyond fathomable that Comcast is telling its subscribers that they cannot have access to the most significant Jewish channel airing in America today.” He encourages Comcast subscribers to write to Comcast’s programming department in support of JBS and to request
carriage of the channel. “We represent American Jewry,” he says. “This is a Jewish channel and the Jewish community has a certain place on the American scene which must be recognized.” While the channel is not available on Comcast, viewers can watch the channel’s content on DirecTV, Roku, and online at JBSTV.org. Mark says that he works hard to run the network as a non-profit service to the American Jewish community and the American community at-large. I get emails from people saying it’s hard to be a Jew in Nashville or Austin because it’s not always where all Jewish cultural events are happening. JBS brings us to Jewish cultural events, encourages learning, and provides Jews with valuable programming. It’s everything the Jewish community always wanted and never had.” Those wishing to request Jewish Broadcasting Service on Comcast can write to JBS at firstname.lastname@example.org. JBS forwards all messages to Comcast’s Programming Department.
Message from the CEO BY JENNIFER ROSS
here are seemingly endless problems to solve in our community and the world. It feels less hopeless when there are strong partnerships. JFS’s Executive Director Barry Stein and I have been talking at length about ways to help deal with those struggling directly or indirectly with mental health challenges and/or the opioid epidemic and our two agencies have offered a number of programs, often collaboratively, over the past several years. Myra Sacks told us this summer about an amazing free program called Drugs 101: What Parents and Kids Need to Know and we are hosting it at the JCC on November 4. You merely need to register at https:// pennstatehealthnews.org/drugs-101. This program is open to the entire community and I’ve shared it with numerous contacts at local churches and mosques as well as with our membership, synagogues, and partner agencies. Please encourage people to attend to help prevent needless tragedy. The opioid epidemic was the focus of last year’s Cardozo/Maimonides panel discussion and this informational session is another resource we are offering in response to this challenge. This year’s Cardozo/Maimonides program will focus on Challenges in Patient Decision-Making, something many of us struggle with whether we have aging parents or spouses, or children or other family members with intellectual disabilities. When those
we love struggle with competency and/or the capacity to make the decision for their medical care, how can we best help them? This program is for medical and legal professionals and also for any individuals who are faced with these dilemmas. Please save the date December 11. One of the ways I have refilled my cup is by participating in wonderful interfaith programs in our community. I am deeply humbled this year as I have been invited to provide the keynote speech at this year’s Interreligious Forum Thanksgiving Eve Service. It will be held at 7pm on November 27 at St. Andrew’s in the Valley Episcopal Church at 4620 Linglestown Road in Harrisburg. I haven’t written my entire speech yet, but its theme is similar to this column—that if we approach things individually, the world can seem challenging, but when we work together with our friends and neighbors, there is hope and joy because we have at least built community. I also see this same beauty in the friendships each day at the J, and it is these relationships that keep me focused on the mission of our organization even on my most challenging days. Thank you for being part of our JCC family. As always, please reach out to me with your thoughts, hopes, and ideas at 717-236-9555 x3104 or email@example.com.
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Three Ways to Help the Harrisburg Jewish Community That Don’t Require you to Open your Wallet BY JORDAN KLEIN
he Harrisburg Jewish community needs your help. For a generation, synagogue membership and Jewishstudent enrollment at our local Jewish schools have been in decline, Jewish organizations like the Federation have faced year-over-year shortfalls, and, notwithstanding the community’s many bright spots, it remains in disrepair. In these times, here are three ways that you can help your Harrisburg Jewish community that don’t require you to open your wallet: 1. Get Involved. The number one way you can help the Harrisburg Jewish community is to get involved. Just suit up and show up. In the words of Helen Keller: “Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much.” If we want to retain our core contingent and possibly even attract new-
comers, we need to work together. When community events are well attended and when everyone shows up to help out, the community shines brightly. Simply showing up is all you need to do. In the words of philosopher, theologian, and humanitarian Jean Vanier: “One of the marvelous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldn’t as individuals.” In short, show up, even when you don’t want to. You know what? Call your friends to show up too. 2. Get Involved. The second-best way you can help the Harrisburg Jewish community is to get involved. If you have an idea for a community project or opportunity, just make it happen. Poke around, solicit help—sure—but, ultimately, the responsi-
bility to make this community great rests on you. Everyone is full of ideas, but only a select few will act on those ideas. Most fizzle out in seconds. Seize the moment and be one of those select few. If we constantly rely on others to make things happen, nothing ever will. In the words of George Bernard Shaw: “I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live.” In the words of Golda Meir: “Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.”
3. Get Involved. The third-best way you can help the Harrisburg Jewish community is to get involved. The Harrisburg Jewish community was built on a set of ideals that fused us together. Although those ideals have changed over time, the community remains. In the words of Coretta Scott King: “The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” With this in mind, and in the spirit of Harrisburg’s future, we need to ask ourselves the age-old adage of Hillel the Elder, “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am only for myself, who am I? If not now, when?” As we come out of the High Holidays, what is your answer to Hillel’s question: Will I get involved this year?
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JCRCs of Harrisburg & York present
Thou Shall Not Hate:
Personal Stories from Survivors of Conflict & Terror
Join the Jewish Community Relations Councils of Harrisburg & York for a powerful dialogue on overcoming tragedy and denouncing hate in place of compassion, featuring: Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish - A Nobel Peace Prize nominee whose three civilian daughters were killed in the conflict in the Gaza Strip Mindy Corporon - An activist and former CEO whose father and son were murdered in a terrorist attack at the JCC of Greater Kansas City Moderated by Rabbi Eric Cytryn of Beth El Temple Harrisburg
sunday, november 24 | 7pm | Harrisburg JCC $10 General Admission | free for students | VIP & Sponsorships Available
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Jewish Home Launches “Meet Your Neighbor” Program BY KATIE CRANE
he Jewish Home is launching its new Meet Your Neighbor Program. Each month, one person from our own backyard will share their story of life, love, and laughs. Some will share big accomplishments and others will share the everyday happenings that keep life interesting. Everyone has a story to tell and this event will highlight a variety of individuals’ stories from The Home and the community. All ages and experiences welcome. We hope to bring the community together, get to know our neighbors, learn from each other, and pass on our legacies. We want to hear the story about your first job, how you met your spouse, what embarrassed your child the most, what brought you to Harrisburg, that time you met a famous person, your proudest moment, and all the other pieces that make you unique. Make your story part of ours. This program will be one hour with time for questions. The speaker will sit with the facilitator at the front of the room, talk-show-style, and share some of their favorite stories (questions/topics pre-approved by the speaker). Both residents/guests of The Home and community members are welcome to attend. Stay tuned for more details about our first program in November! To nominate yourself, a friend, or a family member for Meet Your Neighbor 2020, contact Ivy Buchan, Interim Development Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (717) 857-7432.
Winter Break Activities at the JCC Kick off the winter time blues by attending the JCC holiday mini camp. For: Kindergarten to 5th grade
Willy Wonka Day
Tuesday, December 24, 7:30 am–4:00 pm
We will make hot chocolate, search for chocolate, and make chocolate treats to eat. Please pack a lunch, bathing suit, and towel Cost: $40/JCC Member; $70/Guest Rate | BUILDING CLOSES AT 4PM
Go ‘N Bananas in Lancaster Thursday, December 26, 7:30 am-6:00 pm
JCC Senior Adult Club Thanksgiving Membership Luncheon Join us for a delicious and delightful afternoon Tuesday, November 26, 2019 At 12:00 Noon $10.00 Per Person for Members $20.00 Per Person for Non-Members A Traditional Turkey Dinner Catered By Norman Gras Entertainment By : MAGICIAN BRENT KESSLER
We will spend the day at this amazing place. They have go carts, laser tag, arcade games, and so much more. Kids can pack a lunch or bring money to buy a lunch there. Cost: $50/JCC Member Discount; $90/Guest Rate
Mad Science Camp Friday, December 27, 7:30 am-6:00 pm
Spend the morning creating, inventing, and exploring with Judy Bower and her crazy science experiments. Please pack a lunch, bathing suit, and towel. Cost: $50/JCC Member Discount; $90/Guest Rate
Bowling & Friendly’s Monday, December 30, 7:30 am-6:00 pm
We will go bowling and then enjoy a delicious ice cream treat. Cost: $50/JCC Member; $80/Guest Rate
Pajama Party and Noon Year’s Eve Party Tuesday, December 31, 7:30am-4:00 pm
No need to get out of your pajamas for this day. Count down to noon and celebrate a Noon Year’s Eve! Please pack a bathing suit, towel and lunch. Cost: $40/JCC Member Rate; $70/Regular Rate | BUILDING CLOSES AT 4PM
Don’t forget we start signing up for our 2020 Dinner Theatre trips at this Luncheon. Reservations are a must!!! DEADLINE NOV.19, 2019 Call: Cheryl at 236-9555 ext.3115
"JCC Programs are funded by the Annual Campaign of the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg.” We also recognize Wegman’s for their generous donation toward the event.
Thursday, January 2, 7:30am-6:00 pm
We will have an indoor snowball fight, make edible snowmen, and many other activities. Please pack a lunch, bathing suit, and towel Cost: $40/JCC Member Rate; $70/Regular Rate.
Final registration deadline is December 14. To register, please contact the Front Office at 236-9555, ext. 0. If you have any questions, contact Terry at 236-9555 ext. 3121 or email@example.com. JCC Programs are funded by the Annual Campaign of the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg.
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Israel National Baseball Team Qualifies for 2020 Summer Olympics
Rosen Sukkah at the Jewish Group Home
ast month, Israel’s National Baseball team became the first to qualify for the 2020 Summer Olympics held in Tokyo, Japan. Israel qualified by winning the Africa/Europe Qualifying Event, in which they had a record of 4 – 1 and defeated teams from Spain, Netherlands, Italy, and South Africa. The 2020 Olympic Baseball tournament will be Israel’s first and the first time that baseball is featured at the Summer Olympics since 2008. A total of six teams will compete, including Israel and Japan (who qualified automatically as the host country). Israel’s National Baseball team rose to prominence in 2017 during an improbable run to a sixth-place finish in the World Baseball Classic, and was the subject of the documentary film Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel. The baseball team joins a robust roster of athletes representing Israel in Athletics (a collection of running, jumping, throwing and walking events), Cycling, Equestrian, Gymnastics, Sailing, Shooting, Surfing, and Swimming.
n October 6th, Sababa students helped build the Rosen Sukkah at the Jewish Group Home on the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg’s campus. The group was led by Rabbi Ron Muroff with assistance from Norman Gras. The Jewish Group Homes are a joint project of Jewish Family Service and Keystone Services, and support developmentally disabled members of our community to live a Jewish life and be part of the community.
Event – Free and Open to the Public.
The Center for Holocaust and Jewish Studies presents a talk by
Beverley Driver Eddy
Camp Sharpe’s “Psycho Boys” Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019 • Noon W107, Olmsted Building, Penn State Harrisburg For additional information, contact Neil Leifert at 717-580-2954 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 777 West Harrisburg Pike, Middletown, PA 17057
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Kol Nidrei Sermon
BY RABBI SAM YOLEN, RABBI AT CONGREGATION BETH ISRAEL, LEBANON
’d like to tell you an Etgar Keret story. Keret is a famous Israeli writer, born to Holocaust survivors, and a very decorated artist. His story, Only Through Death Will You Learn Your True Identity, is about a boy named A who is being raised in a mysterious orphanage for an unknown purpose. We sympathize with A. This boy grows up learning German, its history and art, and hates the orchestration of his childhood by the mysterious man (ironically named Goodman) running the orphanage. A is pushed by Goodman to accomplish vast academic feats and finally, when A is ready, it is revealed to A that he is to be given to an owner named Mr. Klein, who can do whatever he wants to A. In the final scene, in which we are duped and committed to humanizing A’s struggle, we learn that A’s true identity is a clone of Adolf Hitler. And in the final scene, he is murdered by his new owner, Mr. Klein, a Holocaust survivor. One of the teachings of the Holocaust by logotherapist Viktor Frankyl is that an irrational response to an irrational situation is, in fact, rational. For Mr. Klein - we see in real time how the cycle of violence continues from the Holocaust to a clone of Adolf Hitler. It’s dangerous to surreptitiously extend humanity to an individual who worked so hard to deny the humanity of others. Even in fiction - this story focuses on the dark human capacity of revenge and not forgiveness. There’s so much pain and suffering going on in the world right now that it may seem odd I start Kol Nidre with my thoughts on revenge and the cycle of violence, but there’s a reason for it. That’s what we’re trying to break here tonight. That’s what Yom Kippur is about. Self reflection, apologizing, and teshuvah. Forgiveness and the hope for peace. A hope that may be all we have, sometimes clouded by the darkness of our most painful experiences. Sunday night, I went to see Joker, the rated-R movie about the green-haired villain in Batman. Joker has been called a masterpiece and fantastic in one breath and terrifying and harrowing in the next. Some people even warn you to stay away.. I saw the film and left shook. For starters, it’s a movie peripherally about “incel culture,” or involuntary celibates, people who have no intimacy in their life and who often resort to violence. I read a number of reports and learned a lot connecting this movie to a very at-risk demographic. The average Joker moviegoers, is male between teen and 40s. The Joker, like some of the individuals in the incel movement, might be unemployed or underemployed, or live at home. In one of the high points of the film, the protagonist sticks up for his decision to live at home and take care of his mother. We cheer him on. His
benevolence is palpable and the Joker, as we know him, is doing something good. But this story isn’t the usual bad guy epic. It’s not supposed to be the empathetic story of a person who lost his way, but who ultimately does something good. Rather, this is the humanizing tale of a mentally sick man who tried violence on for size and liked it too much. It was the “origin story” of the most deranged comic book villain, and it opened the bag on America’s failure to reign in fundamentalism. Besides blowing box office expectations out of the water, it prompted the military to issue legitimate security concerns for its empathy towards people who have the capacity for grave violence. Unlike the original comics, created by descendants of Jewish immigrants on the Lower East Side of NYC, who felt powerless to Nazi Germany and Fascism, these movies were created in a different cultural milieu. This is the incoherent emotional plea of a sick person who wants to see the system go down. It is selfish and dangerous to empathize with a character like The Joker. But even still, Hollywood makes it feel so real, and we may just do it anyway. Whether it is this movie, or the hundred others that treat our world as an all or nothing, apocalyptic struggle, I want you to note that we are watching art that depicts the erosion of a civilized society. The missing ingredient to this film is exactly what our High Holidays is about, exactly what the rabbis warned us that humanity would be doomed without - Teshuvah. Repentence. Self reflection, prayer, acts of lovingkindness. That’s why I left the movie shook. If an individual paused for just one second to count their blessings and to harvest even one iota of gratitude, they could’ve derailed the chaos of Joker. And if this movie is a “mirror” for ourselves as Americans,that same iota of heart could’ve derailed violence in our own world. One good therapist or friend, one good home cooked bowl of matzoh ball soup, one smile and a hug and an “I am sorry,” an “I forgive you,” one “I love you,” would have disarmed the violence and fundamentalism creeping around the dark corners of the web. This movie teaches us the lesson we didn’t need to realize: that we can easily drown in a pit of self-loathing, and we can so easily lash out. For those who think I don’t talk about God enough - That’s what God wants out of us. To forgive and heal. It’s atonement day for a reason. Judaism forces us to be self-reflective and aware of our emotional state. We cannot medicate away our connection to God. Judaism charges us to be our brother or sister or sibling’s keeper. Mishnah Pirkei Avot warns us: by saying “Mine is mine, and yours is yours,” we fall for the same greedy deflection that destroyed Sodom. Even Maimonides, in his treatise on how to give charity requires
eye contact and a touch of humanity. You are forbidden from giving tzedakah in a way that debases someone who requires it. You are forbidden from embarrassing someone no matter how pathetic they may appear to you. They are your sibling in the enterprise of humanity. They deserve appropriate patience and compassion and humanity. We must never forget to prioritize humanity in a cold world. Someone who is suffering without a community and without proper medication and without a spiritual mentor has neither the capacity, wherewithal, nor discipline to develop positive behavior patterns. Violence is never the answer and should never be entertained as a solution to the pain a person feels, but it seems to be endorsed by this movie. It seems to be endorsed by Etgar Keret. It seems to be the last action in a long line of failed Robin Hoodesque enterprises that I pray we don’t begin to glorify. If we go down that road, an “eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind.” The Holocaust is the experience par excellence that posed to us the question, “can a moral man live by a moral code in an immoral world?” and the answer still remains elusive. We certainly have cases where the Jewish resistance units did use violence. We also have cases where Jews went to their
deaths solemnly and steadfast in their belief. Viktor Frankyl makes note of the sweetest souls, commenting to the effect of “We lost the best ones in the camps.” Even the famous pacifist Gandhi wrote to the leader of India’s Jewry in November 1938, saying, “My sympathies are all with the Jews … If there ever could be a justifiable war, in the name of and for humanity, war against Germany to prevent the wanton persecution of a whole race would be completely justified. But I do not believe in any war.” Not long before he was assassinated in January 1948, Gandhi called the Holocaust “the greatest crime of our time,” yet maintained that “… the Jews should have offered themselves to the butcher’s knife. They should have thrown themselves into the sea from cliffs … It would have aroused the world and the people of Germany … As it is they succumbed anyway in their millions.” To Ghandi, it was the morality of pacifist offering - as Hasidic communities did give themselves up that way. Yet, the ones we look back proudly at are the resistance fighters who fought with courage and conviction. They stood in the way of the German military when they had to. They lived by a moral code in an immoral world, and that was how they Continued on page 13
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Step in to Swim
Sunday, December 8 at the Harrisburg JCC One day intro to swim lesson with an emphasis on pool safety. Join the HBG JCC for a free swim lesson event made possible through a grant from the National Swimming Pool Foundation. Space is limited. Register by December 2 however if spaces fill registration will close earlier. Each session will last 30 minutes. Please be on time.
Sunday, November 3, 2019, 3 pm Mary Sachs Auditorium | Harrisburg JCC
9am-Parent/Tot (6 months and above. Parents/guardian 18 years or older must be in water with child) 9:45am 2-4 years of age 10:30am 5-7 years of age 11:15am 8-11 years of age To register email email@example.com or call 717-236-9555 ext. 3110
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AARP SAFE DRIVING REFRESHER COURSE
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
For those of you who have taken the AARP Safe Driving Class three years ago
FITNESS CENTER HOURS:
(2016), there will be 1 more refresher class given in 2019. The classes will be
given Thursday, November 7, 2019. The class runs from 12:30-4:30PM.
Since this class is concentrated, in order for the instructor to have your
Thursday, November 28
Friday, November 29
Day After/Black Friday**
Wednesday, December 25
Wednesday, January 1
New Year’s Day**
certification cards prepared ahead of time, when you register, you will need to have the following information ready: 1. Name 2. Address 3. Phone number 4. Date of Birth 5. 8-digit Driver’s License Number and expiration date 6. To get discount - your AARP membership number 7. YOU MUST BE ABLE TO SHOW A COPY OF YOUR LAST AARP SAFE DRIVING COURSE CERTIFICATE IF YOU DID NOT TAKE THE COURSE HERE IN 2016.
For a full list of community activities, please visit jewishharrisburg.org and click on the Community Calendar. An ** indicates that the Gym and pool will be open for limited hours.
Class size is limited to 32 people and the cost is (as of Jan.1, 2014) $20 (check made payable to AARP) or if you are an AARP member you get a $5 discount.
To register, call Cheryl at 717-236-9555 Ext. 3115
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Life Cycle Obituaries ROCHELLE “SHELLY” ALTMAN Dr. Rochelle Ida Altman passed away in the early morning of Sunday, October 6 in Yavniel, Israel. Rochelle, also known by her friends as Shelly, was born in October of 1940 to Samuel and Jessica Sotonoff in Chicago Illinois. She was predeceased by her husband, William Altman, her sister, Bette Howland of State College, Pennsylvania and her grandson, Naor Altman of Arad, Israel. She leaves behind three sons: Arno Altman of Houston Texas, Avraham Altman of Ramat Yishai Israel, and Benjamin Altman of Harrisburg Pennsylvania. Also Surviving are 2 daughters-in-law, Yael and Bella Altman, 9 grandkids, and 5 great grandkids. Shelly married the love of her life, William, in 1959 and pursued a wide variety of interests, from music, to art, carpentry, and piloting aircraft. She discovered a passion for ancient languages and received her Doctorate from Arizona State University and published several works. In recent years she was a guest lecturer at the University of Beer Sheva and a frequent online academic poster. Shelly loved her family, cats, and traveling. HARVEY CHERNOV Harvey Irwin Chernov, Ph.D., 83, of Palmyra, passed away at the M.S. Hershey
Medical Center on Thursday, September 26, 2019. He was born Tuesday, March 31, 1936 in Providence, RI to the late John and Ann (Kasper) Chernov. He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Janie Ann (Joulwan) Chernov. Harvey graduated high school at the age of 16, earned a Bachelors Degree from Rhode Island College of Pharmacy, Masters from University of Wisconsin, and Doctorate in Neuropharmacology from the University of Iowa. He spent most of his career in drug research in the private sector and with the FDA. He later embraced his passion of service to others as a retail pharmacist. He enjoyed bowling, coaching little league baseball, and watching Family Feud. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family and loving his grandchildren. He is survived by four children, Stephen R. Chernov of Enola, James J. Chernov of SC, Tara Chernov-Hamm and husband Kerry of Tamaqua, and Geoff J. Chernov and wife Yelena of MD; five grandchildren, Jonathan Chernov, Alyssa Chernov, Alisabeth Chernov, Briana Hamm and fiance Will Ahner, and Haley Hamm. He was predeceased by a sister, Charlotte Storlazzi; two cousins, Paul Chernov and Larry Perlman. A graveside service was held Wednesday,
October 2nd at Beth Israel Cemetery, 370 East Maple Street, Lebanon, PA 17046 with Rabbi Samuel Yolen officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his honor to Alzheimer’s Association, Greater PA Chapter, 2595 Interstate Drive, Suite 100, Harrisburg, PA 17110. REGINA FIELDS Regina Fields (nee Stanger) passed away on October 7, 2019 at the age of 96 surrounded by her loving family. She was born on May 7, 1923 in Stanislawow, Poland. She was predeceased by her parents, Emanuel and Yetta Stanger, and a younger sister, Esterra, at the outbreak of WWII. After an idyllic childhood, the war changed the course of Regina’s life. She followed the admonition of her mother that a member of her family must survive. Although the rest of her extended family perished in the war, she survived by hiding for 22 months in the attic of the home of a Righteous Gentile. In 1945, her city was liberated by the Russians. Among the soldiers was a Jewish Officer, Dr. Philip M. Fields. Her liberator became her husband in 1946. Their daughter Edna was born in a German displaced persons camp in 1947, where they resided for two years before immigrating to the United States. Symbolically, they arrived in New York Harbor on July 4th, 1949 to begin their new life. They settled in Philadelphia, where daughters Estella and Deborah were born. Regina was an educator at Har Zion Nursery School from 1965 to 1970. She continued teaching at Temple Adath Israel until her retirement in 1993. Teaching and interacting with young children was the joy of her life. Regina was a beloved member of the Philadelphia Main Line community. Because of her unique background, she was called upon to memorialize her story, which was recorded and distributed to children at bar and bat mitzvahs. Her life’s story was also
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recorded by Gratz College, the University of Pennsylvania, Yad Vashem in Israel, and by the Spielberg Shoah Foundation’s Oral History Project in California. Regina was preceded in death by her husband Philip of 38 years, her companion Myer Adler, who passed away in 1995, and her close friend Sam Chirsan who passed away in 2010. She is survived by children Edna Metzger, Dr. Estella and Peter Graeffe, Deborah and Dr. Arthur Kravitz, nine grandchildren including six spouses, and twelve great-grandchildren. Graveside services were held on Friday, October 11, 2019 at Mount Sharon Cemetery, 502 East Springfield Road, Springfield, PA 19064. Funeral services were held on Friday, October 11, 2019 at Temple Adath Israel in the Tuttleman Chapel, 250 North Highland Avenue, Merion Station, PA 19066. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Jewish Home of Greater Harrisburg, 4000 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17112, Temple Adath Israel, Myer Adler Memorial Fund, 250 North Highland Avenue Merion Station, PA 19066, Beth El Temple, 2637 North Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110, or to Chisuk Emuna Congregation, 3219 Green Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110. RONALD ISAACMAN Ronald Lee Isaacman, 86, of Harrisburg, passed away on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Born on October 16, 1932 in Harrisburg, PA to the late Harry and Fannie (Minsky) Isaacman. He was a graduate of the former William Penn High School Class of 1950 and Penn State University Class 1954. He was a financial consultant/stock broker for Wells Fargo Advisors. Ron was a past President and served on the board of the Jewish Home of Greater Harrisburg, a past President of the Jewish Community Center,
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Obituaries member and former Vice President of Beth El Congregation, former co-chairman for the Jewish Community Center & Jewish Home of Greater Harrisburg fundraiser drive called the Preservation Campaign, a board member for the Jake Gittlen Cancer Institute and a former board member of the Silver Academy Foundation. He was an avid golfer and often traveled to Aruba. Surviving are his wife Joan (Levinsohn) Isaacman, 2 sons Stephen Isaacman of Los Angeles, CA, Larry Isaacman and his wife Janet of Ambler, a brother Alan Isaacman and his wife Deborah of Los Angeles, CA, his only grandchild Ali Paige Isaacman of Ambler, 2 sisters-in-law Beverly Isaacman of Harrisburg, Flossie Isaacman of Harrisburg, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by 2 brothers Mervin Isaacman, Bruce Isaacman and a sister Helen Watzman. Funeral services were held on Sunday, October 6, 2019 at Beth El Temple, 2637 North Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110. Burial in Beth El Temple Cemetery. Memorial contributions in honor of Ron may be made to the Beth El Temple, 2637 North Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110, Jewish Home of Greater Harrisburg, 4000 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17112 or to the Jake Gittlen Cancer Fund, 4331 South Victoria Way, Harrisburg, PA 17112. JACK MILLER Jack Miller, former Vice President of Meat, Deli & Seafood at Food Fair/Pantry Pride Stores died Tuesday, October 8, 2019 from complications of lung cancer & Parkinson’s disease at Del Ray Hospital in Florida at the age of 90. Jack Miller, the son of John and Sarah Miller, was born in Harrisburg, PA. He was a graduate of John Harris High School, class of 1947. He met his first wife and the mother of his 4 children, Pauline (nee Pruss), in 1949. They got engaged in 1951.
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Marriage plans were placed on hold when he was drafted to the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He received many honors during his service and upon discharge he married Pauline in 1953. He worked at Food Fair/Pantry Pride Stores first as an apprentice meat cutter, advancing to V.P. of Meat, Deli & Seafood over a 32-year period of service. He purchased and operated a Prime Meat retail store in Warminster, PA with family for many years. His 1st wife, Pauline, died of cancer at age 61 in 1993. He subsequently married Betty Sacks, also from Harrisburg, PA in 1995. During their 14 years of marriage, they lived both in Harrisburg and Florida until her death in 2009. He then lived in Boca Raton, Florida full time where he spent 8 years with a close friend and companion, Elaine Tischler. Jack was an avid golfer, coin collector, and sports fan. He was a member of Beth Am Congregation in Boca Raton, FL; Chisuk Emuna Congregation in Harrisburg, PA; Beth Shalom Synagogue in Elkins Park, PA, and for many years at Blue Ridge Country Club in Harrisburg, PA. He is predeceased by his sister Helen Stadd (Mort), brother Leo Miller (Rose) both from Baltimore, MD. He is survived by 4 children: Jeffrey (Dr. Janice) Miller of Pikesville, MD; Dean (Donna) Miller of Newtown, PA; Sandra (Michael) Moncada of Doylestown, Pa; and Eric Miller of Boca Raton, Florida. Pop-pop Jack had great love and affection for his 9 grandchildren: Harris, Paulina, Alexandria, Jordan, Parker, Reid, Hayden, Jake, and Jared. Jack is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Graveside funeral services were held on Sunday, October 13, 2019 in Roosevelt Memorial Park, 2701 Old Lincoln Highway, Trevose, PA 19053. Memorial contributions in Jack’s honor may be made to the American Cancer Society, 125 Lucy Avenue, Hummelstown, PA 17036.
connected with their God. And our God. There was no senseless violence to the resistance of the Holocaust. There was compassion and love and intimacy with every act of disobedience. Even on the brink of death, there was a witnessing community to promote love. “We will fight it righteously when fascist dictators overstep,” says the resistance. And today, we live in a moral world - or do we? We have institutions - larger than life organizations with mission statements that seem to be composed of the loftiest aspirations. Yet they also seem to be breaking down quicker than cooperation and coalition building can remedy. Individuals are being shown to betray the trust of the many, and we watch as fundamentalism grows. That’s why the movie Joker is so scary, and why what we do publically is so important. When you look at intimacy as Judaism does - intimacy being a crucial element to the human soul, you can easily connect the dots between action and reaction. A fundamentalist zealot is defined by that person’s lack of integration into society. We need to open our doors when we can, to embrace love. To apologize with a full heart. To forgive with a whole heart. To call out when we need to. To invite people to warm themselves by the fire of our desire to do good, no matter where they come from. A religious community is a witnessing community. That means we’re here for the good times and the bad times. That means we can see the ridiculous nature of the things that happen, not as isolated islands, but as a community of worshippers praying for a better world. That means when we beg God for forgiveness, as we do on Yom Kippur, we do so first as individuals, but also together, publically. Here’s a fable about humanity. When God was creating the world, God shared a secret with the angels, that human beings will be created in God’s own image. The angels were jealous and outraged. Why should humans be entrusted with such a precious gift when they are flawed mortals? Surely, if humans find out their true power they will abuse it. If humans discover they are created in God’s image, they will learn to surpass us! So the angels decided to steal God’s image and planned on hiding it so that we would never find it. They held a meeting and brainstormed. The angel, Gabriel, suggested hiding it at the top of the highest mountain. The other angels, objected, “one day humans will learn to climb and they will find it there.” The angel, Michael said, let’s hide it at the bottom of the sea.” “No,” the other angels chimed in ‘humans will find a way to dive to the bottom of the sea and they’ll find it there.” One by one, the angels suggested hiding places, but they were all rejected. And then Uriel, the wisest angel of all, stepped forward and said. “I know a place where man will never look for it.” So the angels hid the precious holy image of God deep within the human soul. And to this day, God’s image lies hidden in the very place we are least likely to search for it. Lying there, it is farthest away from you than you ever imagine. Lying there, it is closer to you than you will ever know. We gathered on Kol Nidre to annul the vows we could not possibly make happen. The ways we’ve fallen short and failed. And we gather here tonight to understand that it’s OK. It’s OK we didn’t match up exactly as we wanted to. If we look deep within ourselves for the mark of humanity that God placed us - If we removed ourselves from the violence that is becoming commonplace in our world. If we watch beautiful terrifying pieces of art and say “This challenges me to scream peace,” and not “This makes violence OK,” or even, “I can see why they would do it” we will have done as much as we can, we will have preserved our humanity in the face of crisis, and that is enough for God. This year, let’s work really hard to humanize people who are downtrodden, to forgive people who are ready to apologize, and to take a stand when we need to. There are things worth dying for - to promote senseless incoherent violence is not one of them. As we annul our vows and pray to be written in the Book of Life, we also pray for compassion. Avinu, our father, love us even when we feel unworthy. Malkeinu, our king, judge us even when fate deals us a poor hand. Imeinu, our mother, comfort us with understanding when judgement is rendered. Malkateinu, our queen, grant us intimacy in the rendering of the judgements that befall us.
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Synagogue Life Beth El Temple 2637 N Front St, (717) 232-0556 www.bethelhbg.org Minyan 7am daily and 5:30pm Sunday morning at 9am Friday Kabbalat Shabbat 6pm Shabbat morning service 9am Saturday night mincha/maariv/havdalah at same time as Friday evening candle-lighting time. Chisuk Emuna Congregation 3219 Green St, (717) 232-4851 firstname.lastname@example.org www.chisukemuna.org Daily Morning Services: Sunday & Legal Holiday, 8:30am Monday & Thursday, 6:50am Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday, 7:00am Rosh Chodesh, 6:45am Shabbat, 9:15am Daily Evening Services: Sunday thru Thursday, 7:15pm Friday & Saturday nights, sunset Special Services and Programs: Shabbat mornings: Torah Trope Class with Gerry Gorelick, 9am. Learners of all abilities welcome. For more information, please contact the Chisuk Emuna office, 717-232-4851 or email@example.com. Beth Israel, Lebanon 411 S 8th St, (717) 273-2669 www.congregation-beth-israel.org All are welcome to our egalitarian services: Sundays at 9am and Thursdays at 7:30am. Our Shabbat services begin at 7:30pm on Friday evenings and on Shabbat morning at 9:30am followed by Kiddush.
Congregation Beth Tikvah, Carlisle Asbell Center, 262 W High St, (717)-240-8627 www.bethtikvah.org Friday Shabbat Services at 7:15pm Beth Tikvah meets twice a month. Check newsletter on website for dates and times. Historic B’nai Jacob, Middletown Water & Nissley Streets, (717) 319-3014 www.bnai-jacob.org Historic B’nai Jacob Synagogue, located at Water and Nissley Streets in Middletown, near the Harrisburg International Airport and Penn State-Harrisburg, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, will have its annual Shabbos Services Honoring Veterans on Friday, November 8, 2019 beginning at 7:30pm. Marc Bluestein will be leading the services after which stories from veterans about their experiences are welcomed. There will be a meal including hot food and sandwiches in the Social Hall after the Services (there is no charge for the meal but seating is limited). We are a community Shul and you are welcome to join us. There are no membership dues or admission fees. Kesher Israel Congregation 2500 N 3rd St, (717) 238-0763 www.kesherisrael.org Participate in daily Minyanim. Mornings: Sundays and Federal holidays at 8am, Monday-Friday at 6:45am. Rosh Chodesh and fast days at 6:30am. Evening services begin 20 minutes before sunset. Please join Kesher Israel for 9am Shabbat morning services followed by Kiddush. Please contact Office Manager, Cecelia Baker, (717) 2380763 for info.
Ohev Sholom Congregation, York 2090 Hollywood Drive 717-852-0000 www.OhevSholomYork.org Ohev Sholom Congregation is a Conservative congregation serving York County in an inclusive, egalitarian manner. Established in 1902, the congregation is led by our student rabbi in association with our lay leadership. Worship services held in the sanctuary every Shabbat morning at 9:30am and at the homes of individual congregants on Friday evening at 7:30pm. Yarzeit minyans are by request. Please call for details. Ohev Sholom provides adult educational opportunities in conjunction with our local Chabad Learning Center while embracing different levels of observance, stages of life, and family structures. Temple Beth Israel 2090 Hollywood Dr, York (717) 843-2676, www.tbiyork.org York’s 140-year-old Reform congregation. Rabbi Jeffrey Astrachan leads services at 7pm each Friday, followed by an Oneg. Birthday celebration/family service first Friday of each month. Religious School on Sunday mornings. Torah Study (Genesis) some Saturday mornings – call for details.
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Temple Beth Shalom 913 Allendale Rd, Mechanicsburg (717) 697-2662, www.tbshalom.org Temple Beth Shalom’s Friday evening Shabbat Services are at 7:15pm, followed by an oneg in the social hall. Services are led by Lay Leaders of Beth Shalom. Please call the office at 697-2662 or check the website calendar for Shabbat service dates, as well as updates on when Saturday Shabbat services will be held. Upcoming services will be held on November 8 and 22. Saturday Shabbat Services, led by Rabbi Choper, will be held at 10am at the Jewish Home on October 26 and November 2, 9,16,23, and 30. All are welcome. For details on upcoming Temple Beth Shalom services and events, check the website: http:// tbshalom.org. Temple Ohev Sholom 2345 N Front St, (717) 233-6459 www.ohevsholom.org Friday night Shabbat services on Oct. 25 and Nov. 1 are at 6pm; Lunch-n-Learn class is at noon to 1pm on Wednesday, Nov. 13 in the Lehrman Chapel; curriculum is “Timeline of Jewish History.” Rabbi’s Book Review is at 11am to noon on Sunday, Nov. 17 (with bagels and coffee) in the Lehrman Chapel. Hershey Study is at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21 (call for location); curriculum for this year is “Maimonides, Spinoza and Us,” by Rabbi Marc D. Angel. Parallel Education Program is at 11am to noon on Sunday, Nov. 10 (with coffee and bagels) in the Lehrman Chapel; curriculum is Leo Rosten’s “The Joys of Yiddish.” Ohev Sholom’s main office, 717-233-6459.
JCC Senior Adult Programs Classes Available at the Jewish Community Center: SilverSneakers® CLASSIC – Have fun and move to the music through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement, and activities for daily living. Hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles, and a SilverSneakers ball are offered for resistance. A chair is available if needed for seated or standing support. Tuesday/Thursday mornings 9:30 -10:15-30am. Drop-in Fee $7.00 per class. Free to JCC members, SilverSneakers®, and Silver and Fit participants. SilverSneakers® BOOM (CARDIOFIT) – SilverSneakers® Boom (CardioFit) is an advanced group exercise class designed for active adults who desire a safe and effective low-impact cardiovascular workout. Energizing and easy-to-follow movements promote heart-healthy, total-body conditioning to increase cardiovascular and muscular endurance. In addition, a variety of strength training options are offered to provide a well-rounded workout. Mondays/ Wednesdays at 10:30-11:30am. Drop-in Fee $7 per class. Free to JCC members, SilverSneakers®, and Silver and Fit participants. SilverSneakers® YOGA – SilverSneakers® Yoga will move your whole body through a complete series of seated and standing yoga poses. Chair support is offered to safely perform a variety of seated and standing postures designed to increase flexibility, balance, and range of movement. Restorative breathing exercises and final relaxation will promote stress reduction and mental clarity. Mondays and Wednesdays 11:45-12:30-45pm. Drop-in Fee $7 per class. Free to JCC members, SilverSneakers®, and Silver and Fit participants. Gentle Yoga – Easy stretching poses for those with intermittent back issues or those new to yoga. Restorative breathing exercises and stress relief are emphasized. One must be able to get down on to floor. Thursdays at 5:00-6:00pm. Drop-in Fee $7 per class. Free to JCC members, SilverSneakers®, and Silver and Fit participants. Zumba Gold – The class introduces easy-to-follow Zumba choreography that focuses on balance, range of motion, and coordination. Perfect for beginners or older adults. Thursdays at 11:00-11:45am. Drop-in Fee $7 per class. Free to JCC members, SilverSneakers®, and Silver and Fit participants. SilverSneakers® SPLASH– Activate your urge for variety! Splash offers fun, shallow water movement to improve agility and flexibility while addressing cardiovascular, strength, and endurance conditioning. No swimming ability is required and a SilverSneakers® kickboard or other aquatic equipment is used to improve strength, balance, and coordination. Mondays/Wednesday 9:30 -10:30am. Drop-in Fee $7 per class. Free to JCC members, SilverSneakers®, and Silver and Fit participants. Aqua Zumba – A challenging water-based workout that’s cardio-conditioning, body toning, and most of all, exhilarating beyond belief. Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30-9:30am. Drop in Fee $7 per class. Free to JCC members, SilverSneakers®, and Silver and Fit participants.
JOIN US FOR FARKLE FRIDAY, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2019 AND NOVEMBER 15, 2019 FOR JCC SENIOR MEMBERS, SILVERSNEAKERS AND SILVER AND FIT MEMBERS.
The JCC Senior Adult Club is Offering the Following Senior Events: Every Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30am-10:15-30am - SilverSneakers Classic Every Tuesday from 1:30-3pm - Mah Jongg classes with Ellen Mussaf or play Farkle with Harold Williams and Mel Krieger Senior Lunch will be served Tuesdays and Thursdays at Noon. Reservations are preferred two days in advance if possible, but no later than 4PM the day before. Call Cheryl 717-236-9555 EXT. 3115
Upcoming After Lunch Programs are: •
October 29, 2019 – A program presented by Alrusa Jokesters will have you laughing all afternoon!
October 31, 2019 – Come play the Millionaire Game! Each table plays for the grand prize of being the first to choose their candy!
November 5, 2019 - Current Events Program lead by Jeff Jacobs. Play Mah Jongg with Ellen Mussaf or Farkle with Harold Williams and Mel Krieger from 1:30-3pm.
November 7, 2019 – John Maietta will lecture on “The True Story of Thanksgiving.” In 1621, a year after their fateful landing at Plymouth Rock, grateful Pilgrim settlers in Massachusetts sat down to a three-day feast with their Native American neighbors. That event, known as “the First Thanksgiving,” left an enduring legacy all across the country – a beloved annual ritual of family, food, faith, and football. Come learn about the history, traditions, and lasting meaning of a uniquely American holiday.
Also on Nov.7th, 2019, we will have our last AARP Refresher course for 2019 in the Miller with Instructor, Arthur Dym, from 12:30 to 4:30pm. Please contact Cheryl at 717-236-9555 for a reservation for this class. Cost is $15 for AARP Members and $20 for Non-AARP participants.
November 12, 2019 - Business Meeting/Birthday Party. After the meeting, stay and play Mah Jongg with Ellen Mussaf or Farkle with Harold Williams and Mel Krieger from 1:30-3pm.
November 14, 2019 - Dr. Donald Koones will present “A NOSTALGIC VISIT TO WALTON’S MOUNTAIN” at 10:30 am. In 1961, a novel entitled Spencer’s Mountain, by Earl Hamner, Jr., was published resulting in a movie of the same name two years later. The final result was a TV series called The Waltons, which ran for nine seasons and earned a total of eleven Emmy Awards. The series featured seven children, as well as parents and grandparents living in Schuyler, Virginia from 1933 through 1946. Let’s return to those simpler times and reacquaint ourselves with the family which became special in the hearts of many Americans. Due to Dr. Koones’ teaching schedule this fall, we will have his lecture before our lunch at Noon. After lunch stay and play Mah Jongg with Ellen Mussaf or Farkle with Harold Williams and Mel Krieger until 3pm.
November 19, 2019 – Please come and learn about the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn, will provide an overview of DCNR with regard to State Parks, Forest Land, Outdoor Recreation, Climate Change, Youth, and Diversity. After the program, stay and play Mah Jongg with Ellen Mussaf or Farkle with Harold Williams and Mel Krieger from 1:30-3pm.
November 21, 2019 – Pat Dodd, DCAAA Nutritionist, will present a program on “Budget-Friendly Shopping Advice For Healthy Eating.”
November 26, 2019 – Senior Adult Club Annual Thanksgiving Membership Luncheon! Cost $10 for Members/$20 for Non-Members. PLEASE MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS BY NOVEMBER 19TH. After Lunch entertainment is Magician Brent Kessler. Sign-Ups for the 2020 Theatre Day Trip Season begin.
November 28, 2019 – NO LUNCH OR SENIOR PROGRAM TODAY. HAPPY THANKSGIVING !
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