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November 23, 2018 | 15 Kislev, 5779 | Vol. 93; No. 23 Published by The Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg | Greater Harrisburg’s Jewish Newspaper
Dear Rabbi Muroff:
Community Honors 25 Years with Mensch and Friend
hen Ezra Match heard Rabbi Ron Muroff on the phone, the teenager greeted him with a breezy “Yo, Rabbi!” Match realized what he said and quickly apologized. Muroff laughed and said “it’s OK to ‘Yo, Rabbi’ me, anytime. When Mike Doctrow went to a Purim celebration, he did a double take at his rabbi wearing the same orange and white McDonalds uniform Ron wore while working there in his teens. When I finished interviewing Ron several months ago for a story on Chisuk Emuna, his cell phone rang. I suggested that he take the call. I heard him tell the caller, a woman with car troubles, that he would be there in 10 minutes. He was. Built like a long distance runner, blessed with energy, compassion, and brilliance and made to both lead and serve, Ron is an endangered species. He’s also an appreciated and much loved leader at Chisuk Emuna, where more than 400 people recently gathered to celebrate his 25th anniversary as congregation leader. Prior to the program, visitors to the celebration discussed their spiritual leader of the past 25 years. David Spector was on the rabbi search committee that hired Ron in 1993. “We interviewed him and liked his personality,” Spector said. “His religious stance matched what we were looking for. We liked the way he relates to people. He has an uncanny ability to say what needs to be said at the times it needs to be said. He’s not intimidated by difficult situations. He knows when to talk and when to be silent.” Doctrow, who grew up in Chisuk Emuna, said he, too, liked the “young, energetic, and kind” rabbi from the start. He agreed with Spector that Ron can talk to anyone of any age or religion. Carl Shuman was Chisuk Emuna president when the present shul was being built to replace the one heavily damaged by fire in 2009. “Rabbi Muroff was intimately involved in every facet of this building,” he said. “He wanted it to reflect our values and be fully accessible. He wanted the design to be flexible so we could use it for many events.” During construction, Ron visited the site daily to check on the progress.
BY MARY KLAUS
“We are a very diverse congregation,” said Dr. Maggie Grotzinger, congregation president. “Rabbi Muroff meets people where they are and treats everyone with respect. He’s a positive leader, compassionate, and kind.” Hank Lerner remembered accompanying his wife, Amy, to Jewish conversion classes from Ron. The three of them went for a “walk and talk” at nearby Italian Lake. “We walked among the goose droppings, talked, and had a great conversation,” Hank said. “He knows how to connect to people.” Sisters Leora and Aviva Match and their brother, Ezra, said they feel at home with Ron. “He’s like a gardener who grows people,” Ezra said. “He creates a community of people who share what they know.” Aviva recalled the time he talked to her liturgy class. “He sat on the floor and made himself at home with a bunch of high
school juniors,” she said. Leora smiled while recalling going to the Muroff home and seeing her rabbi “wearing a T-shirt and sweat pants as he passed a football. He’s youthful and fun.” Ron’s parents, Barry and Bea Muroff of Toronto, attended the celebration of their youngest son, one of two rabbis in the family. They chatted with congregants until the program began, first with a moment of silence and the chanting of Oseh Shalom in memory of the Jews murdered during the synagogue attack in Pittsburgh. Using the theme “Dear Rabbi Muroff,” the program took place on a stage at Chisuk Emuna. Various people, including Marcos Askenazi, Carl Shuman, Leora and Aviva, and Ron’s four children, sang. Six people read excerpts of letters from friends and fans. Many of the letters were poignant. “On my best days, I see and experience the world through your eyes,” one wrote. “I try to be more curious and engaged. I attempt to read texts with greater care. I dare to break out into song even when it embarrasses my children.” Ron’s love of children came through many letters. “I will always remember one Rosh Hashanah when we attended services,” one congregant wrote. “You stretched out your arms to our little grandchild. She gleefully went to you. Then you proceeded to continue the service from the pulpit with her in your arms.” Several letters were humorous, with readers calling him “the best thing since peanut butter and “my shul buddy.” One praised his “combination of wisdom, humor, and goofiness.” Another reader wrote of Ron’s visit to check on his dad suffering from terminal lung cancer. The reader’s mother was nervous at the thought of her rabbi visiting. Ron walked into the house where the grandchildren were playing under the kitchen table “making goofy sounds and giggling at their own antics.” Without hesitation, the rabbi crawled under the table and joined in. “Within moments, all five of you were laughing, singing, and enjoying a grand silly fest,” the letter writer said. “Mom couldn’t help but grin. For the first time in several days, she relaxed.” Another wrote that Ron is “not only our rabbi and our friend but a member of every family whose lives you have touched whether you want to or not. You are the wise dad, the amusing brother, the devoted son, even the slightly crazy uncle in the attic… sometimes all at the same time.” One letter to Ron summed up what so many said. “You are there at the door when a flood threatens the neighborhood, when a crisis has pained the community, when a loved one is ill. You are there at the ready when others shy away. You are not afraid of grief. Yes, you are a man who can be counted on and so I warmly count you as my friend.”
Message from the CEO BY JENNIFER ROSS
CANDLE LIGHTING TIMES November 23 » 4:24 PM November 30 » 4:22 PM December 7 » 4:21 PM
I am dedicating my column to the memory of the eleven people killed at the Tree of Life Synagogue. We included their obituaries in our prior edition of Community Review. I am sharing an Op-Ed piece that I submitted to the Patriot News at the request of the Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition where I serve as Treasurer. The suggested focus was the impact of Jews on the fabric of life in Pennsylvania and my reflections on this tragedy. October 30, 2018, Harrisburg. This has been a painful and challenging week for our community in the aftermath of the tragedy in Pittsburgh at the Tree of Life Synagogue, where 11 people were killed during a sacred time, and six additional people, including four police officers, were injured. This tragedy, the worst anti-Semitic attack in United States history, has created shockwaves across our community and across the country, and left me numb for days, unable to express my emotions through written word or speech. Like many communities across the nation, ours came together on Monday, October 29 for a candlelight vigil to mourn and heal and stand in solidarity with Pittsburgh. Between the strength I gained from that evening, and from the numerous calls and emails and kind words I have received from people since Saturday, my own words are forming again. Tikkun Olam, repairing the world, is a driving force behind the mission of all Jewish agencies, synagogues, and the individuals who work for them. Although Jews are in the minority in Pennsylvania, the work of our Jewish agencies have incredible impact on people of all faiths across the Commonwealth. These agencies include Jewish Federations, Jewish Community Centers, Jewish Family Service agencies, museums, Jewish Nursing Homes, Jewish Community Foundations, Jewish Day Schools, JEVS Human Services, the Jewish Healthcare Foundation of Pittsburgh, National Council of Jewish Women in Pittsburgh, and the Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition. One of the most common misconceptions is that you need to be Jewish to be served by one our agencies. The truth is, we enrich the lives of individuals of all backgrounds from the earliest stages of life though their final moments in nearly every way. Respect for diversity is a high priority for our agencies and this extends not only to those of other faiths or those who chose not to practice, but also to people of all genders, races, ethnicities, sexual preferences, capabilities, nationalities, and other differences. The Torah teaches us repeatedly to welcome the stranger and that is inherent in the work that we do. The agencies listed above provide a multitude of services including caring for individuals of all ages, providing preschool through high school educations, summer camp experiences and memories that last a life time, creating forever families through adoption services, providing cultural enrichment, job training, counseling services, senior enrichment programs, meals on wheels, recreation, and advocacy services, just to name a few. Many of these service are provided regardless of ability to pay as our agencies often raise extensive funds to provide scholarships and grants to support those in need. Tikkun olam inspires many Jewish individuals as well. You will often find people involved in board leadership outside of the Jewish community and we have been on the forefront of all aspects of civil rights and other grassroots initiatives. It has inspired me personally to serve, even when it isn’t easy to serve. I am in awe of my colleagues in Pittsburgh for their strength and perseverance. I have been praying for them and everyone impacted by this tragedy and I have been hurting along with so many other people, but the solidarity and support of the community is helping me heal. There is a concept in Tikkun Olam that when you save one life, you save the world, and when you take one life, you destroy the world. Robert Bowers tried to destroy our world on October 27. He has maimed us. He has broken us. He has left us without words. However, his hate is weaker than the love and the strength of our Jewish Community and of the compassion and love from our interfaith friends and entire community. Together, we will repair the world. Dear friends, family, and colleagues in Pittsburgh-- - we stand in solidarity with you from Harrisburg – from Pennsylvania – and throughout the world. Now, and always. Our CEO Jenn can be reached at 717-236-9555 x3104 or j.ross@ jewishfedhbg.org.
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Community Review Vol. 93 No. 23 November 23, 2018 (ISSN 1047-9996) (USPS 126-860) Published bi-weekly by the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg, 3301 N. Front Street, Harrisburg, Pa., 17110. Subscription rate: $50 per year. Periodicals postage paid at Harrisburg, Pa., and additional entry office. President/CEO Jennifer Ross Editorial Board Members Roberta Krieger Rabbi Carl Choper Rita Gordon Jeanette Krebs Jennifer Ross STAFF Editor Adam Grobman email@example.com Sales Director Ayelet Shanken 717-409-8222 firstname.lastname@example.org Design and Layout Lisette Magaro Designs Graphic Designer Lisette Magaro Postmaster: Send address changes to Community Review, 3301 N. Front Street, Harrisburg, Pa., 17110. Mission Statement of The Community Review: Inform readers about local, national and international events of interest to Jews. Promote Jewish values, Jewish identity and a sense of Jewish community in central Pennsylvania.
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The Hasmonean Idea BY ELISHA FRIEDMAN
he Chanukah story is well known; the aftermath not so much. After the first generation of Hasmonean fighters freed Israel from the Syrian-Greek rule, they assumed political power and established the Hasmonean dynasty. They transformed from the ragtag team of priestly fighters who, under the dynamic leadership of the elderly priest Matityahu and his famous son, Judah Maccabee, had freed Israel from religious tyranny and persecution, into a royal family. Within a hundred years the situation deteriorated terribly. The leaders of the Hasmonean family were killed out one by one in the fighting which dragged on long after the miracle of the burning of the oil, which we celebrate on Chanukah. Finally, a servant of the family, Herod, killed off the remaining members of the family, leaving no one, and assumed power, founding the Herodian dynasty, which aside from architecture, left little of lasting significance. Within a hundred years, the Judean state would fall to the Roman Empire entirely, unable to withstand the powerful forces sweeping the region.
The Hasmonean victory which we celebrate during Chanukah was then less a victory than a brief interlude toward the inevitable. It would fall but a few short generations after the Chanukah story, sending the Jews into a thousands-of-years-long exile. There is nothing wrong with celebrating fleeting victories; as humans we do it all the time. So, too, in the life of a nation. We may celebrate a national success, despite knowing that a few centuries later the situation would take a turn for the worse. So on Chanukah, perhaps we celebrate a moment in time, though it didn’t last forever. One could say all the above and it would be true, but not about Chanukah. The victory of Chanukah is lasting and has never been usurped. This is because the victory of Chanukah was not one of military might or political success, but rather a spiritual one. It was the first time in Jewish history that our people stood up to what was then a new scourge, a little understood problem called assimilation. Up until the Chanukah story there was a simple formula for attacking Jews: one either
tried to kill them, or take them captive, or capture their country, or all three. The Jews would fight back, either physically or through their prayers, or both. In the Second Temple era, something new developed. Enemies who were less interested in killing Jews, but more interested in controlling how they thought. Today we have dozens of studies and books devoted to every facet of this problem; we have think tanks which employ scholars to find solutions and foundations which throw millions of dollars at the issue. But when it first appeared in the Chanukah times, it was little understood. The Hasmoneans were the first think tank devoted to the problem of Jewish continuity, probably the most effective, and by far, the cheapest. Their solution is one that has remained with us forever more, though their methods have fallen into disrepute. We try not to go to war anymore over religious freedoms, but the essential idea the Hasmoneans fought to defend lives on: that Jews require constant renewal and rededication to their heritage and to the observances of Judaism. Chanukah
is not a celebration of a one-time victory, but a timeless one. A victory which has remained with us wherever Jews continue to faithfully live their lives according to the Torah. If we will compare the Hasmonean method to the ideas coming out of our contemporary Jewish think tanks and foundations, we shall find a few things. Our modern scholars are undoubtedly more creative, they have more imagination and better ideas, and are unquestionably superior in their use of social media. They have recast Judaism in the trendiest of ways and stretched it to be as politically relevant as could be imagined. But what the Maccabees lacked in creativity they made up for in commitment. What they lacked in imagination they made up for in dedication. The Maccabees had one thing which seems to be eluding all our learned modern scholars: lasting success. So this Chanukah, perhaps we had better think a bit more about that first attempt to deal with assimilation. As sophisticated as we have become, we have yet to find a better solution to the problems they dealt with long ago.
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Interfaith Community Shows Up for Shabbat
BY RABBI SAM YOLEN
wo days after the Pittsburgh shooting, my phone was on fire. Not from my congregants, many of whom had shared their concerns at our morning Minyan, but from the other clergy in the Lebanon area; they wanted to voice their support and love. “What can we do?” they asked in email and text, “How can we help?” Our congregation was reached by Episcopalians, Lutherans, Catholics, Methodists, The Brethren, and so many more. In a short few hours, this multifaith need grew into a clear ritual with the purpose of religious solidarity. Many local faiths wanted some way to join with us and show support. They looked to us to take the lead in healing, because our American Jewish community had been hit hardest in terror. “What would we do?” they patiently asked our leadership.
I contacted our synagogue president and discussed our options. The next morning I wrote a few press releases, gave an interview on the radio, and invited the general public to Shabbat services. I would later find out that the AJC would create a marketing campaign called “Show Up for Shabbat,” complete with a hashtag, “#ShowUpForShabbat,” to publicize the very palpable sentiment of love we received. We had only invited guests to our Friday night services, though AJC then decided to invite them to our Saturday morning services as well. The response we received from the community was beyond heartwarming. Once I had received the names of priests that would be participating in our service, pastors, and ministers in the area, I included their names in our program. They would help us memorialize The Tree Of Life’s deceased. It was
my hope that the guests would see these clergy as examples of interfaith solidarity and lionize the camaraderie between our faiths. Also, by detailing certain prayers in a program, the larger non-Jewish community could participate as more than voyeurs. As far as ritual goes, since we are in a period of mourning, we removed much of the Kabbalat Shabbat service - which is joyous and thematically inappropriate for our community. We decided music was unnecessary for this Shabbat, yet we included a few Christian choirs whose songs were based on the 23rd Psalm, one that is said at the graveside and during Yizkor services. We utilized many English translations, yet I made sure to chant the peticha and the chatimah (the opening and the closing of the blessing), in Hebrew. It was this delicate balance between our community’s halakhic needs with the needs
of our many guests that created an intentional atmosphere of friendship and love. Over four hundred people attended our Shabbat services. Lebanon Mayor Sherry Capello gave a blessing. Politicians, university professors, clergy, commissioners, and laypeople all joined together in solidarity in a moment that filled our cavernous synagogue space with light and joy. In opening my sermon, I stated that “I feel more American now than I have ever felt.” Which was true: to celebrate Shabbat as a proud Jew, and to see the support of the entire city before me took my breath away. The benevolence that this town has given us will be remembered for years to come. This Shabbat wouldn’t have been possible without the support received from the greater Lebanon community, the internal resources of our congregation, and the help of God.
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Great Big Challah Bake Features Dough, Dancing BY MARY KLAUS
evorah and Rena Cheskis created their challahs like the bubbes they aren’t, blending flour, sugar, salt, yeast, water, egg, and oil almost without thinking. While Devorah carefully kept her dough soft, supple, and just a little bit sticky, her younger sister kneaded her dough confidently. After the dough rose, the Cheskis sisters shaped it into strands and began to braid. Moments later, their loaves easily were among the fanciest at the second annual Great Big Challah Bake at the Harrisburg Jewish Community Center. “Making challah and lighting Shabbat candles are two of the three Mitzvot or commandments given specifically to women as unique opportunities to connect with G-d,” said Andrea Weikert, who helped Varda Gewirtz and Sadie Brenner, co-chairs of the event. “The Shabbat challah represents a powerful idea that is especially relevant in our complex world.” Challah, a yellow, sweet, and rather squishy bread, is served at Jewish Sabbath and holiday meals. The two-hour challah bake, complete with refreshments, Israeli dancing, and laughter, turned the Mary Sachs Auditorium into a fun, family kitchen. Ingredients assembled on each table were transformed into a traditional egg bread amid the schmoozing and laughter often heard at JCC gatherings. A record 80 participants sat eight to a table, each with a challah maven to guide them. Wearing smiles and black aprons proclaiming “The Great Big Challah Bake The Shabbos Project,” they got to work. The braiders took their duties seriously, giving step-by-step instructions to the challah novices. Varda, who makes 60 challahs a week in her home baking business, and Tammy Reid, who uses a family challah recipe which she tweaked, serve challah every Friday night. “This challah bake is to teach people who never made challah how to do it,”
Mandy, Rena, and Dvorah Cheskis
Tammy said. “We come together as a community here.” Under the mavens’ directions, participants mixed their ingredients, kneaded their dough and let it rise. The seasoned veterans taught them how to make the dough into balls, form strands, and braid them so the loaves resembled arms intertwined. The auditorium buzzed with activity. Maly Jackson and her daughter, Ariella, worked together. Sally Jo Bronner mixed dough for several loaves at the same time, then vigorously kneaded her dough. Mandy Cheskis didn’t need to supervise her daughters because Devorah, 11, and Rena, 9, have been making challah for years. “Sometimes, we jazz up our challah,” she said, recalling how they made green challah when the Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl and have put everything from sprinkles to honey and cinnamon on their challah. Paula Rosen grinned when admitting that she usually buys challah for her family’s Friday night meals. “It’s fun to make,” she said, kneading dough, “but it’s a lot of work. It’s a sweet bread and makes the best French toast.” Seth Narins, laughed as he said that he’s more at home eating than making challah, and said that challah is fun to make. He confidently braided six strands of dough into an attractive challah.
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The evening’s intermission, held as the dough rose, featured lively Israeli folk dancing lessons by Dr. David Peisner. “I’ve been doing Israeli folk dancing since I was in college,” he said after the bakers, still in their aprons, performed the circle dances to lively recorded music. After dancing, participants admired their risen challahs, then applied toppings as different as their own personalities – poppy seeds, raisins, chocolate chips, honey, sesame seeds, and more. After the loaves raised again, participants proudly took them home to bake. “Our homes will smell awesome,” Weikert predicted.
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Today I Saw a Happy Beginning BY RACHEL KUHR, LCSW, DIRECTOR OF ADOPTIONLINKS
ost of you would not recognize a happy adoptive family if you saw them in the Giant, at a school meeting, or on the soccer field. But the members of that family, especially the children, know what it means to have a happy beginning. The three adopted children in this picture know, as do their older adopted siblings. Can you tell who in this picture is adopted and who came to this happy family by birth? Adopted families come about because of sadness, every one of them. They exist because somebody could not or would not keep their children safe, or recognized that they could not care for their child due to their own mental or physical health issues. That is what happened to these children. The people caring for them, the adult responsible for their day to day safety and wellbeing, ignored the children’s needs and put their own needs first, all the time. Some people don’t care for their children because of substance abuse and addiction, some from untreated mental health, some because they put their relationship with an abuser over their children, some perhaps out of not knowing better. Some voluntarily realize that another family would be best for their
children. But every child ends up in foster care because the person tasked with loving and nurturing them can’t or won’t do that. Into this fray steps a stranger, someone who has never met these children. This adult says, I will love them, I will feed them, I will make sure they know this is not their fault and not their doing. They discipline the children without refusing to give them dinner or with a belt or by locking them into a basement. These families take up the huge task of getting children through the trauma of their abuse and neglect. They help them feel like they belong. They teach the child to read and to play like a child and to feel safe enough to get out of bed in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, not the corner of their closet. Foster and adoptive parents of these children do it all. Some of the children’s stories you know, because you see them on the evening news. A child dead, a child burned horribly, a child starved almost to the point of death. But most of them quietly come into the foster care system without fanfare, because finally their parent stepped over the line that local child welfare authority or the court had set for them. Some come into the system from the hospital after birth, and some after being
in foster care many times before. And then the hard work of helping that child become a loved, educated, healthy, accepted child is put on those foster parents. Not an easy job for anyone. This happy family adopted their first set of children—nieces and nephews--when the couple was in their mid-twenties, four children they took in so they could grow up with family. They had birth children after that, and felt to each other like a full, settled family.Then some children in dire need crossed their paths, and the parents looked at each other and said, “we need to take them home, they need us.” The hard work begins, but it gets easier. The children play and laugh and grow and feel like part of the family. And after two years, a happy beginning-an adoption before a big crowd of caseworkers and teachers and extended family and adult children and grandchildren and a tearful speech by the judge. Are you ready to give some children their happy beginning? Are you ready for the challenge of fostering older youth to a successful adulthood? Can you hold a child while they rage about the abuse? Can you be part of play therapy so the child can tell you their story with toys over and over until
it no longer causes them nightmares? Are you up to the challenge? This family was, and they are very proud of it. If you think you are, or you just want to know more about adoption from the foster care system, please call Rachel Kuhr or Leslie Rutter at JFS. We can be reached at 717-233-1681 or by email (Rkuhr@jfsofhbg.org or Lrutter@ jfsofhbg.org). Consider it seriously this November: National Adoption Month. Permission for use of the photo provided by the adoptive family and the Honorable Judge Cherry.
Thank You CRC Joint Event Sponsors The Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg and the York JCC express gratitude and appreciation for the following sponsors of our Ilan Troen event on October 29th.
Dr. Ed & Esther Beck Robert D. Brenner and Edward J. Brenner Philanthropic Fund Mark & Janice Illfelder
Mark & Ruby Schmidt
Mickey & Vered Shefet
Allison & Bryan Siegelman
Sue & Elliot Weinstein
Program was generously supported by an AEN Micro Grant and by a grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Central Pennsylvania. www.jewishharrisburg.org
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Kids and Adults alike donned their best Princess and Pirate costumes with PJ Library on Sunday, November 4.
Compete in teams to build the best Chanukah - themed donut sculpture! Winning team will receive a “holey” surprise.
Sunday, December 2 | 10am - 12noon For 5th - 7th graders Harrisburg JCC | 3301 N. Front St.
In lieu of fee, please bring a canned food item to donate to the JFS Food Pantry.
Please RSVP to Andrea at email@example.com or to your Religious School Principal.
& D L I W Y K C A W CAMP REUNION Sunday, December 23, 2018
10:00 am – 12:00 pm at the JCC Enjoy:
• Breakfast • Art Projects • Ice Cream Sundaes • Wacky Games & Relays • Enjoy Time with Camp Friends & Counselors • And LOTS more! No Fee!
Funding for this program made available through the Jewish Community Foundation of Central Pennsylvania Jewish Cultural Fund.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com by December 17 so we can plan accordingly. JCC programs are funded by the Annual Campaign of the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg.
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Oh Hanukkah, Science and Miracles
BY DEBRA FREEBURN
BY SARA LUSTER
abbi Muroff shared a thought with me the other day that accurately reflects my views on The Silver Academy and perhaps life, in a general way. He said that our life is a reflection of the perspective we hold about it...perhaps an ordinary, monotonous stroke on a blank canvas or maybe a diverse tapestry of excitement and joy. Well...maybe that’s not exactly what he said, but that was my version of his thoughts, that I will expand upon! What is the lens through which you view the world? Are you content with the ordinary, mundane version of life, or are you looking for a life filled with experiences and opportunities? Are you satisfied with the education that your children or grandchildren are receiving in public school, or are you looking for an educational experience that will separate your kids from the others? Are you pleased that your students spend several months of the school calendar year preparing for a standardized test and then taking the test, or are looking for student engagement and enrichment? Are you content with the lack of values displayed in the public school environment, or are you looking for your children to develop morals and ethics, respect for others and themselves, and an obligation to honor all human beings? The Silver Academy has been able to enrich the lives of their students and their families for nearly 75 years. We have provided the Harrisburg Jewish Community with its leaders and nurtured the kids who have gone on to become the best and the brightest in hundreds of different fields. This cultivation of mensches needs your continued support. Your visit to Silver, your donation of time or expertise, your understanding of the importance of The Silver Academy to our community is vital to our school. Let us help you to view the world through the lens of the students at Silver...a lens filled with excitement to learn, a lens full of joy and the understanding that an education at The Silver Academy is unrivaled...uncomparable and superior to others. Shabbat Shalom, Debra
he stories of Hanukkah are amazing! The Hasmonean family overpowered and was victorious over the great Greek army. A single small jar of oil, enough to light the menorah for a single day, lasted for eight days. Often things seem too small to make a difference, the miracles of Hanukkah proved differently. Science is awesome! It’s fun. It’s interesting. Science is not just about discovery; it’s also about discovering what is possible. It’s about realizing that a drop of water, a rock, a jar of oil, or anything else we find has powers far beyond what we might first believe. Water can carve mountains or quench fire. Rocks may become buildings or computers. Oil may become medicine or make light. The more we discover about our world, the more miraculous things we can do with even small things. On December 8th, the story of Chanukah, science, and miracles will mold into one amazing show at the York JCC, with Festival of Laser Light Show. “Wondergy’s Festival of Light laser show celebrates these discoveries, and relies on small things bringing miraculous results.” Says Ken Fink, President of Wondergy. “The entire laser show is made from just one laser dot, one tiny beam of light. By exploring how light works, and how our vision works, we take one tiny thing and make it capable of amazing displays. It is the product of many tiny miracles.” The show starts with a dot of light. Move it fast enough and it becomes a marvelous show to delight the whole family. You’ve never seen a laser show like this! The Hanukkah story becomes a duel of light beams and fantastic effects. The show culminates with a giant menorah lighting you’ll never forget – each “flame” glowing with a different color, creating shadows in the fog. Please join us at the York JCC for this special Hanukkah Program. Come celebrate the holiday with a dazzling Festival of Laser Light, while bringing the Hanukkah story and philosophy to life for all ages. The program will take place on Saturday, December 8th, 2018, at 5:30pm. Ticket prices are $8 for Adult Members, $12 for Members 18 and younger, $12 for Adult Non-Members and $15 for 18 and younger Non-Members. Harrisburg JCC Members are invited to join at the discounted Member rate. Black Friday Special - $2 off on any ticket. Please reserve your tickets at yorkjcc.org or 717-843-0918. For additional information, please contact Sara Luster, Youth and Family Coordinator at 717. 843. 0918 ext. 128 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Life Cycle CHARLES COHN Charles I. (Chuck) Cohn, 81, passed away on October 22, 2018 following a long battle with cancer. He was born to the late Nathan and Gertrude Cohn in Philadelphia and spent most of his life in Harrisburg, PA where he was the owner of “Your Living Room”. He lived in North Bergen NJ for the last several years. Chuck loved both playing and watching tennis. He also enjoyed gambling and watching his favorite Philadelphia sports teams. His favorite activity was spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Frances (Kandy Adler) Cohn, his son Neil Cohn (John Brown), and his daughters, Gwynn Suttenberg (Richard). and Shelly Jacobs (Mark). His five grandchildren were the light of his life. Allison and Lauren Suttenberg, and Zackery, Ethan, and Ryan Jacobs. His sister Susan Goss also survives him. A Memorial service was held Oct 28 in New York. JIM EISENHOUR James W. “Jim” Eisenhour, Sr., 71, of Lower Paxton Township, passed away Monday October 22, 2018. Born in Harrisburg, on May 29, 1947, he was a son of the late Irvin M. and Lois N. (Reynolds) Eisenhour. Jim had been employed as an IT Manager by the U.S. Postal Service, for nearly 25 years, prior to his retire-
ment in 2002. Until his own recent health concerns, he had been a devoted caregiver for his uncle, Bernard Eisenhour. An avid Penn State football fan, he also enjoyed racing. Jim was an Air Force Veteran, serving during the Vietnam Era, and had been a member of the Progress Fire Company, American Legion Post #730 and V.F.W. Post #1718. Jim is survived by his son, James W. Eisenhour, Jr., and his wife, Pamela, of Lewisberry; and two grandchildren, David and Leah Krebs. He is also survived by his brothers, Andrew, Gary (Linda) and John (Paula) Eisenhour, all of Harrisburg; nephews, Tony and Ryan Eisenhour, and, cousins, Joe and Frank Pugliese and Wendy Eisenhour Bear. His memorial service was held on Thursday November 1, 2018 at the Hetrick-Bitner Funeral Home, Inc, with Rev. Dr. Keith A. Blank, officiating. Inurnment, with Military Honors, followed in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. HYMAN LARIFF Hyman “Hy” S. Lariff, 92, of Harrisburg, passed away on October 24, 2018, at UPMC Pinnacle Harrisburg. Born on July 20, 1926 in Indiana, PA, he was the son of Myer and Dora (Yasmir) Lariff. He was the widower of Dorothy (Covitch) Lariff. Hy owned and operated a Ben Franklin
Variety store in Lilly for 34 years. Hy was very involved with Jewish life and the community. He was a member of Beth El Temple, where he was the president of the Cemetery Association for 25 years and a greeter at Temple. He was also a member of the J.C.C. Senior Adult Club. Hy honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII. Hy is survived by his sons, David Lariff and partner, Renee, of Harrisburg and Jeffrey Lariff of Houston, TX; daughter Debra Levin and husband Dr. Leonard of Warsaw, VA; grandchildren Rebecca Shulman and husband Jordan, Joseph, Aaron and Jacob Levin; great grandson Abraham Shulman. A funeral service was held at the Beth El Cemetery Chapel on Friday, October 26, 2018 with Rabbi Eric Cytryn officiating.
lowed by owning his own business known as Cameron Auto Sales. He then was an automobile wholesaler, selling his cars at America’s Auto Auction. Alan enjoyed the outdoors, boating, waterskiing, fishing, motorcycling, snowmobiling, golfing, and flying his plane. He was a member of Kesher Israel Synagogue. Alan is survived by his wife, Barbara Benn Levin of Harrisburg; son, Craig (Harriet) Levin of Ft. Washington PA; daughter, Rebecca (Jacob) Sitman of Dresher, PA; sister, Ruth Ann Krug (Howard) of Harrisburg; brother, Stanford Levin of Harrisburg; grandchildren, Anna, Asher, Raya and Rose. A funeral service was held at the Kesher
ALAN LEVIN Alan P. Levin, 73 of Lower Paxton Township, passed away on October 28, 2018, at Carolyn Croxton Slane Hospice Residence, Harrisburg. Alan was born in Harrisburg on October 1, 1945. He was the son of the late Herman and Esther (Leapman) Levin. Alan graduated from William Penn High School. After high school he went in to the Army Reserves as a medic. After his commitment to the army, he worked in his family’s business at Cameron Auto Volkswagen folIsrael Cemetery Chapel on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 with Rabbi Elisha Friedman and Rabbi Peter Kessler officiating. Burial followed at Kesher Israel Cemetery.
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Consider gifts to this Jewish Community Wish List!
Jewish Family Service of Greater Harrisburg is an innovative, cost-effective, forward looking social service agency. We provide a variety of services to our clients. JFS is in need of 7 laptop computers (with Windows 10 OS)
that will enable us to enhance the quality of care by staying on the cutting edge of communications with customers, volunteers, donors and the general public. A gift of $500 can help JFS purchase one laptop computer for their professional team. Contact Chudney Lewis 717-233-1681, x3019.
JFS relies on audio-visual equipment to educate our clients
and employees about the critical services we provide. We are in need of a large flat-screen digital television and a DVD player to facilitate our efforts. This provides a much-needed interactive component to the learning process. A gift of $350 would purchase a high-quality digital television and a DVD player. Contact Chudney Lewis at 717-233-1681, x3019.
Many people experience ongoing financial challenges in
Uptown Harrisburg and Susquehanna Twp. JFS is committed to ensuring that the basic needs of those we serve are met on an ongoing basis. Please consider making a donation of $100 or more to help us with the purchase of gift cards for their groceries, gas or household supplies. Contact Barry Stein at 717-233-1681, x3006 to discuss giving options.
Sababa (formerly Hebrew High) seeks support for a new class, Moot Beit Din (Prizmah). Moot Beit Din provides high school students with a firsthand look at the workings of the Jewish legal system and helps them hone their critical thinking skills by applying the ancient wisdom of halakhah (Jewish law) to some of the significant ethical issues of our time. The class will be taught by Rabbi Friedman from Kesher Israel Congregation. We wish to send one team of four and the instructor, to the national competition. The cost is estimated to be $3,700. Contact Sally Jo Bonner at 717-236-9555, x3406.
The Jewish Community Foundation has many funds supporting both Jewish and non-Jewish causes in Central PA and beyond. Please consider these funds listed here — or the many, many others administered by the Foundation — when making your year-end gifts. Please call us to discuss how your gifts can impact Jewish and other causes important to you! Dr. Norman M. Woldorf B'nai B'rith Apts. Resident Fund Historic B'nai Jacob Synagogue Endowment Beth El Cemetery Association Fund Beth El Temple Fund Beth Yehuda (Lock Haven) Cemetery Chisuk Emuna Cemetery Fund Chisuk Emuna Congregation Fund Gesher L'Machar-Bridge to Tomorrow (March of the Living Scholarships) Greater Harrisburg Holocaust Memorial Perpetual Care Fund Jewish Comm. Alliance of Lancaster Fund JCC Golden Age Club Fund JCC of York Designated Fund JCC Teen and Tween Athletic Fund Jewish Community Impact Fund Philanthropy Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation Fund for the Foundation Jewish Group Home Restricted Fund
Life and Legacy Program Fund Congregation Beth Israel (Mahanoy City) Cemetery Fund Mount Moriah Cemetery Assoc. Fund Temple Ohev Sholom Designated Fund Ohev Sholom Congregation Designated Fund (York) Rabbi's Catastrophic Fund Reform Cong. Oheb Sholom Music Program/ Cantorial Endowment (Reading) Ronald C. Roland Scholarship Fund Rosh Hodesh-It's a Girls Thing Eddie Rubin Camp Scholarship Fund Linda Schwab Holocaust Education Fund Sports/Fitness/Recreation/Sr. Club Wish List Fund Sidney & Diana Slotznick Holocaust Education Fund South Hill Hebrew Cemetery Fund (York) Janet Frankel Staub Endowment (Kol HaNashama)
Jewish Cultural Program Fund
Congregation Sons of Jacob (Tamaqua) Cemetery Fund
Harrisburg Jewish Film Festival Fund
Temple Beth Israel Fund (York)
Jewish Federation CRC Israeli Speakers Educational Endowment
Temple Beth Shalom Restricted Fund
Jewish Federation of Grtr. Hbg. Endowment
UJC of York Fund
Jewish Family Service Endowment JFS-Kosher Meals on Wheels Fund Endowment Fund of the Jewish Home
Tifereth Israel Cemetery (Mt. Carmel) Fund Libby Urie Endowment for English and Hebrew Reading Program (Silver Academy)
Kehillat Israel Cemetery (Shenandoah) Fund
Elliott and Sue Weinstein Penn State Hillel Endowment
Kesher Israel Congregation Endowment
Women of Vision Philanthropic Fund
Roman Korsunsky Memorial Scholarship Educational Endowment
York JCC Holocaust Education Remembrance Fund York JCC Social Action Fund
Call the Jewish Community Foundation to discuss what is in your heart and how you can leave a legacy to causes that are important to you! Contact Paulette Keifer at 717-409-8220 or email her at email@example.com
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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, 7am Rosh Chodesh, 6:45am Shabbat, 9:15am Daily Evening Services: Sunday thru Thursday, 7:15pm Friday & Saturday nights, sunset For more information, please contact the Chisuk Emuna office, 717-232-4851 or info@ chisukemuna.org
Congregation 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, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and located at 300 West Water Street in Middletown, Pennsylvania, near the Harrisburg International Airport and Penn State-Harrisburg campus, will have a Shabbos Service on Friday, December 7, 2017, beginning at 7:30pm, led by Marc Bluestein. The Congregation will also be hosting a Hanukah Party on Sunday, December 9, 2018, beginning at noon,
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 717-542-0000 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 minyons 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.
Temple Beth Shalom
913 Allendale Rd, (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 Shabbat services will be held at the Temple on Friday, November 30, December 14, and 28. Saturday Shabbat Services, led by Rabbi Choper, will be held at 10:00am at the Jewish Home on November 24, December 1, 8, 15, and 29. All are welcome. On Sunday, December 2 at 5:30pm, Temple Beth Shalom will celebrate their Charter AND the first night of Chanukah. There will be latkes, other vegetarian dishes and desserts, a menorah lighting and dreidel spinning! All are welcome! Bring menorahs for the candle lighting and dreidels to spin through the night. RSVP is requested. Please email the Temple office by 2pm on Monday, November 19. Hope to see you there! For details on upcoming Temple Beth Shalom services and events, check the web-
Come prepared to sing a song, dance and read from the script
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
including freshly made latkes and dreidels, for which seating is limited and must be reserved in advance by contacting Marlene Snell at email@example.com. There is no charge or admission fee for the Hanukah Party. We are a community shul and all are welcome to join us.
Auditions! Mon. 12.10.18 | 6:30 pm
Beth El Temple
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site: http://tbshalom.org. On Sunday, November 18 at 6pm, Temple Beth Shalom will participate in the community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at Shiremanstown United Methodist Church. The service is open to everyone and a time of refreshments will follow. 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
JCC Drama Department Presents
Mary Sachs Auditiorium 3301 N. Front Street
Age Range: 2nd to 10th grade Show Date: April 11 at 7:00 and April 14 at 4:00pm Rehearsals: Mon. & Wed. 6:30 - 8:30 pm | Sun. 1:00 - 3:00 pm Production Dates: April 11 at 7 pm | April 14 at 4 pm Participation Fee: $40/JCC Member Discount | $80/Regular Rate Questions? Contact Terry at firstname.lastname@example.org The drama program is funded by a generous grant from The Lois Lehrman Grass Foundation.
JCC 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 lowimpact cardiovascular workout. Energizing and easy-to-follow movements promote hearthealthy, 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.
HBG JCC Indoor Triathlon February 10, 2019
How far can you go? 15 Minute Swim in our indoor pool 20 Minute Ride on a spin bike 15 Minute Run on a treadmill Join the JCC for the fifth annual indoor triathlon. Participants ages 13 and older of all skill levels are encouraged to participate. Cost: $25 JCC Member/$30 Regular Rate All Individual Pre-Registered by 1/28/19 will receive a t-shirt. First heat starts at 8am. Preregistration required as limited spots. For a registration form contact email@example.com HBG JCC 3301 N. Front Street Harrisburg PA 17110 717-236-9555
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.
Guided Meditation – Learn to de-stress
in this quiet relaxing class. Thursdays at 1:45pm. Drop in fee $7 per class. Free to JCC members, SilverSneakers®, and Silver and Fit participants. JOIN US FOR FARKLE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21ST FOR JCC SENIOR MEMBERS, SILVERSNEAKERS AND SILVER AND FIT MEMBERS. MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS WITH LINDA 717-236-9555 EXT.3050
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 1:30-3:00pm - Mah Jongg classes with Ellen Mussaf or play Farkle with Harold Williams and Mel Krieger After Lunch Program on the FIRST and THIRD THURSDAY – Spanish Class with Cecilia Lee. After Lunch Program on usually the THIRD TUESDAY – Current Events with Herman Minkoff Senior Lunch will be served Tuesdays and Thursdays at Noon. Reservations are preferred two days in advance if possible, but no later than 4:00pm the day before. Call Cheryl 236-9555 EXT. 3115 Upcoming After Lunch Programs are: • November 27, 2018 - Current Events with Herman Minkoff. 1:30-3:00pm Mah Jongg with Ellen Mussaf or Farkle with Harold Williams and Mel Krieger. • November 29, 2018 – A presentation and demonstration by Susquehanna Service Dogs Association. • December 4, 2018 – Hanukkah Party. Please come at 11:00am to make chocolate menorahs with the ELC children. After lunch we will have our Hanukkah Gift Exchange. If you want to participate, please bring a $10 new gift (no re-gifting please). 1:30-3:00pm Mah Jongg with Ellen Mussaf or Farkle with Harold Williams and Mel Krieger. • December 6, 2018 – Pat Dodd will present a short 15-minute nutrition talk and then we will have our Spanish Class with Cecilia Lee. • December 11, 2018 - Business Meeting/Birthday Party. 1:30-3:00pm - Mah Jongg with Ellen Mussaf or Farkle with Harold Williams and Mel Krieger • December 13, 2018 - Dr. Donald Koones, history professor at HACC, will lecture on “Mothers Who Influenced Famous People” • December 18, 2018 - Current Events with Herman Minkoff. 1:30-3:00 pm - Mah Jongg with Ellen Mussaf or Farkle with Harold Williams and Mel Krieger. • December 20, 2018 - Spanish Class with Cecilia Lee. • December 25, 2018 – CLOSED – NO LUNCH OR PROGRAM • December 27, 2018 – Senior Adult Club’s Annual New Year’s Luncheon. Entertainment by TIMES PAST. Cost $10 Members/$20 Non-Members. Reservations due December 17, 2018
MARK YOUR CALENDARS Fitness Center Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 6am-10pm Friday: 6am-6pm Saturday: 7am-4pm Sunday: 7am-5pm
Thursday, November 22 Friday, November 23 Monday, December 24 Tuesday, December 25 Monday, December 21 Tuesday, January 1
Thanksgiving Day ** Day After/Black Friday ** Christmas Eve – Closing at 4pm Christmas Day** New Year’s Eve – Closing at 4pm New Year’s Day**
**On Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day: Fitness Center open from 7am - 2pm and Pool open from 7am - 12noon. Regular Hours on Black Friday.
For a full list of community activities, please visit jewishharrisburg.org and click on the Community Calendar.
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