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November 8, 2019 | 10 Cheshvan, 5779 | Vol. 93; No. 47 Published by The Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg | Greater Harrisburg’s Jewish Newspaper



ne of the great things about running the children’s garden at the Brenner Family Early Learning Center is the opportunity to truly celebrate the agricultural cycle which our holidays are based upon. We get to feel the rhythm of the earth, and grow the things that particular holidays connect to: apple trees for Rosh Hashanah, potatoes and onions for Hanukkah, and pomegranates, figs, and grapes for Tu B’ Shvat. Case in point is our recent celebration of Sukkot, the Festival of the Harvest. All of the children worked hard to create beautiful decorations for our unbelievable “Living Sukkah.” We have a structure inside our garden that I planted clematis vines around. These vines grow up the seven posts that form the structure. All summer, they twist, climb, and curl up the posts and across the top, creating a living, breathing, green space for our children to play, learn, and snack in. We plant corn, sunflowers, and herbs to create three walls that surround the structure by fall....just in time for Sukkot. The children were excited to help me put up the s’chach, the branches that cover the top, and create a roof where you can see the stars, but still be protected from the rain. This year, we celebrated Shabbat in our sukkah. We learned the blessings particular to Sukkot, we lit the Shabbat candles, and said the brachot for juice and challah. We talked about the Harvest. I told them that I had gathered the last of the beans, peppers, and tomatoes to share along with our challah, because on that very night, they were calling for our first real frost. It could mean the end of our 2019 growing season, but oh, what a way to celebrate in our garden, in our sukkah, with our own “last” fruits. To feel the earth and share in its life cycle! Chag Sameach.


Message from the CEO BY JENNIFER ROSS


round this time each year, I dedicate my column to all of our Veterans and also to our active duty military and I have gratitude for your hard work and sacrifices to our nation year round. Your service has maintained our freedom and has positively impacted the lives of Americans and citizens of countless other nations worldwide. Thank you! On the home front, concerns for our personal safety continue to escalate as domestic terrorism, anti-Semitism, and other acts of hate impact communities with increasing frequency. On October 24, I attended a Religious Security Summit at the State Capitol that was coordinated by Hank Butler of the Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition to hear from many experts about current threats and what organizations can do to further protect themselves. Thank you to Hank for coordinating this informative session. We heard from representatives from Homeland Security, US Secret Service, PA State Police, FBI, US Postal Service, and Robin Burstein from the ADL. Paulette Keifer of the Jewish Community Foundation also attended and suggested that the organizers create a contact list for congregations and agencies which documented what we learned that morning so people would know who to contact for different purposes. That was a fantastic idea that I was able to share with the security list-serve in our community. One of the presenters acknowledged that the volume of information being shared probably felt like we were drinking from a fire hose. Here are

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some takeaways you may find useful if you are not already aware of them: • JFNA funds an incredible resource, www.SecureCommunityNetwork. org, which aggregates a wide variety of security information, provides daily updates, alerts and warnings, and more. Additionally, if suspicious issues occur, please report them to DutyDesk@SecureCommunityNetwork. org which is staffed 24/7 and tracks national trends. This is a resource I reference regularly and everyone concerned with security (this applies to other faiths as well) should make use of this site. • I encourage you to review US Postal Poster 84 about suspicious mail and packages and hang it in your mailroom if applicable: https://about. • Robin Burstein shared that according to ADL Data, at least a dozen White Supremacists have been arrested for plots, attacks, & threats against the Jewish Community since the deadly Pittsburgh shooting (October 20 press release). As a reminder, ADL provides numerous resources for dealing with hate and bias for free on their website • The Jewish institutions in our community are well aware that Department of Homeland Security will provide a security assessment of religious institutions free of charge. If you belong to another faith community and your institution needs an assessment, visit the South Central Task Force for more information: • You can download the “See Send” app, which connects you to a nationwide network of intelligence centers and allows you to report suspicious activities.. I commend our synagogues and agencies for taking security seriously. Safety is ultimately everyone’s responsibility and that’s why two of my highlights focus on reporting suspicious activities and a third talks about ADL’s announcement about thwarted attacks. One of the other things that was mentioned was that every perpetrator in an attack last year had publicly announced a threat about an individual or a facility in advance of an attack. Awareness and follow through are among our best defenses. Stay safe and keep in touch. You can reach me at 717-236-9555 x3104 or

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Community Review Vol. 93 No. 47 November 8, 2019 (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 Sales Director Ayelet Shanken 717-409-8222 Design and Layout Lisette Magaro Designs Graphic Designer Lisette Magaro Postmaster: Send address changes to Community Review, 3301 N. Front Street, Harrisburg, Pa., 17110.

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A Year After Pittsburgh, News Reporter Reflects and Learns BY ADAM GROBMAN


s Matt Maisel sat in High Holiday services this October, listening to Rabbi Eric Cytryn’s sermon on antiSemitism, he thought about the role that antiSemitism had played in his life and the lives of those around him. As a Jewish Pittsburgh native, Matt, a news reporter for Fox43, had been touched by the shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh a little more than a year ago. He had memories of running around the building as a child, where he and his family were members of the Conservative synagogue. “When the news hit a year ago, I could just picture myself walking those halls again,” says Matt. “I still identify as a Pittsburgher, so I felt emotionally connected and hurt the same way as other residents of Squirrel Hill.” With the anniversary of the attack bringing the tragedy back into people’s minds, he felt he could use his role as a reporter to bring this

issue to the forefront. Last month, Matt sat down for an on-camera conversation focusing on the tragedy and the challenges facing Jews today with four of Harrisburg’s congregational rabbis: Eric Cytryn, Elisha Friedman, Peter Kessler, and Ron Muroff; as well as Rep. Dan Frankel, who represents Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood in the PA House of Representatives. “I wanted people to realize that anti – Semitism is strong and it often exists right under our noses,” says Matt. “Next time, it may not be a shooting, but a stereotype or a comment that someone might use in common form and not even realize it’s a slur against Jews. I wanted people to see how prevalent anti – Semitism is so that maybe next time they see someone that is Jewish, they’ll ask questions instead of assuming things.” Matt felt that this could be best accomplished through a conversation with rabbis.

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“These are four of the great minds in our community,” he says. “They all share the same message in that the way to defeat hate is through embracing one another. We can all learn from that lesson.” Throughout the five-minute video, our community’s rabbis speak of a message of unity and interaction. “I think part of the reason why there is anti – Semitism is because we don’t know people,” Rabbi Ron Muroff says in the piece. “It is incumbent on all of us to get to know each other better.” Matt says that the Squirrel Hill neighborhood is “hard to describe in terms of the diversity and closeness that is there.” He says that the message imparted by the rabbis he spoke with is a reflection of the neighborhood that he knows. “Instead of being turned off because someone is different, educate yourself about them through questions and conversation,” he says.

“It’s the simplest lesson and we forget it too often in society.” This was Matt’s first opportunity reporting about anti – Semitism, and it was important to him to include his personal perspective. “I wanted to include myself as a member of the Jewish community because that’s who I am,” he says. “The majority of our viewers are non-Jewish and have a lot of questions about Judaism and what it’s like.” With that in mind, Matt points to Rabbi Elisha Friedman, who said in the piece, “We might worship in a certain way that is different than other people in this country, but the way we live our lives as people is fairly similar.” To view Fox43 Reporter Matt Maisel’s conversation with four of Harrisburg’s rabbis and Rep. Dan Frankel, as well as other coverage by Matt, visit MattMaiselFox43.

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Governor Wolf Commemorates Tree of Life with Statewide Remembrance Day BY HANK BUTLER


ast month, Governor Tom Wolf signed a proclamation declaring Sunday, October 27, 2019, a day of remembrance and ordered state flags to halfstaff on the one-year mark of an anti-Semitic attack on the Dor Hadash, New Light, and Tree of Life• Or L’Simcha congregations in their synagogue in Pittsburgh. The proclamation extends the City of Pittsburgh’s resolution declaring the day “Remember Repair Together Day” statewide to include all Pennsylvanians. “A year has passed, but I continue to carry sorrow for the victims and their families of this heinous attack,” said Gov. Wolf. “We must honor them by remembering, and through

our thoughts, prayers, and actions.” “Pittsburgh is a city of bridges, and so it is a fitting tribute to commemorate this occasion with a day of building bridges of understanding, welcome, and friendship.” In addition to signing the proclamation, Gov. Wolf ordered the commonwealth flag at all commonwealth facilities, public buildings, and grounds to half-staff from sunrise until sunset on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019. Gov. Wolf reflected on the shooting throughout the year, most notably during his trip to Lithuania and Poland. The governor carried a mezuzah from inside the synagogue with him as he visited Paneriai and AuschwitzBirkenau, two prominent locations of

atrocities against the Jewish people during the Holocaust. He wrote the names of the eleven victims in the guestbooks at both locations with the intent of memorializing them in perpetuity. He recently returned the mezuzah to Rabbi Jeffery Myers, who had lent it to the governor to bring on his trip. “My visits to Holocaust sites reaffirmed my belief that we need to work every day to stop anti-Semitism and hate from growing in Pennsylvania,” said Gov. Wolf. “By reaching out to cultivate bonds of friendship and understanding, we observe the one-year mark of the attack at Tree of Life with action that helps strengthen our commonwealth and prevent hate from growing.”

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Heard of “Dinner Theatre”? How about “Brunch Cinema”? Join us at the JCC on Sunday, November 17th at 9:30am to enjoy a delicious Sunday Brunch while watching 93Queen, the inspiring documentary chronicling the birth of Ezras Nashim, an all-female emergency medical service established in 2014 to provide dignified medical care to the Hasidic women and girls of Borough Park, Brooklyn. With special guest Yocheved Lerner-Miller, the Lubavitcher, 29-year veteran EMT who helped initiate the project, and whose fascinating career in the years since landed her in the pages of The New York Times, as “a matchmaker for Orthodox Jews…from unorthodox backgrounds”: converts, older singles, divorced people, and sometimes, she says, “just people who somehow missed the boat.” For more information contact Michele at the Jewish Community Foundation at 717-409-8220 (x3) or visit our website at Couvert is $20 for WOV members and $25 for non-members.

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Local Jew Spent Decades on the Water with Coast Guard Auxiliary



or nearly his entire life, Jerry Rogoff has been somewhat of a “fish out of water.” A 1987 profile of Jerry, then Vice President of the JCC, mentions that his friends referred to him as the “Best Jewish Fisherman.” Jerry and his wife, Rena, first came to Harrisburg in 1962, where they raised their family. Over the next 30 years, he was active in the retail business, and JCC leadership. For 10 years, he volunteered as a physical education instructor for senior adults. But it wasn’t until he retired and moved to Virginia Beach that he discovered a way to merge his passion for volunteering and his love of boating into one through the Coast Guard Auxiliary. “It’s a very unique organization,” says Jerry. “Nowhere do civilians operate on a military base in uniform except through the Coast Guard Auxiliary.” Jerry first got involved in the organization when he bought a much larger boat than he was used to owning. “I didn’t know much about it, so I took a free course from the Coast Guard Auxiliary,” he says. “I fell in love with these older guys that were teaching it. At the end, they asked certain people to join, and I became one of them.” The United States Coast Guard has approximately 41,000 active duty members, while the auxiliary boasts 31,000 additional members, mostly retirees in their 60s, 70s, and even 80s that help to support Coast Guard missions. The members routinely patrol the coast, help boaters in need, and teach free courses to the public. “The secret word to everything in the Auxiliary is ‘qualifying,’” says Jerry. “The standards are very high for the knowledge that you have to have and the condition of your boat and gear.” As a member of the Auxiliary, Jerry would work alongside enlisted members of the Coast Guard to perform the duties of the branch. Many of the members were 18 – 20 years old and away from home for the first time. “It was like being a father figure,” Jerry says. “They would ask for advice on whether to buy a car or not. When you go on patrol, you’re not supposed to wear jewelry, so the women would trust us to hold their engagement rings until they came back. They would use you as a substitute father.” In his younger years, Jerry had served in the U.S. Army at the tail end of WWII, when he was stationed in Alaska (before it became the 49th state). While he left the Army after a couple of years, Jerry spent more than two decades with the Coast Guard Auxiliary before retiring a few years ago in his late 80s. “It was the best twenty –five years of my life,” he says. “Every time you come across a boat in trouble and you end up helping someone, they’re so grateful.” When he finally left the Auxiliary, he was given the very rare honor, as a civilian, of receiving a flag that flew above Capitol Hill, a recognition typically reserved for active duty members. “They didn’t pay us in the Jerry and Rena Rogoff Auxiliary,” he says. “The ribbons and plaques – that’s the pay.” Now, Jerry and Rena have moved back to Harrisburg to be closer to their son, Marty. During her career, Rena taught English and Journalism and was beloved by her students at William Penn, where she taught for 6 years, and Camp Hill, where she spent 24 years. In her retirement, she became a docent at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, VA. Both Jerry and Rena have given much of their time and energy to helping their communities through volunteer work and stewardship. But Jerry sees the Coast Guard Auxiliary as an example of how he has benefitted through his service. “It’s a two way street,” he says. “You get something for giving something.”

As the “Best Jewish Fisherman,” Jerry Rogoff reeled in fish small and large.

JCC Drama Department presents

auDitions Monday, December 9, 2019 at 6:30 pm Come prepared to sing a song, dance and read from the script. Harrisburg JCC Mary Sachs Auditorium 3301 N. Front Street Age Range: 2nd to 10th grade Show Date: April 2 at 7:00 pm and April 5 at 4:00 pm Rehearsals: Mon. & Wed. 6:30 - 8:30 pm | Sun. 1:00 - 3:00 pm Participation Fee: $40/JCC Member Discount | $80/Regular Rate Questions? Contact Terry at The drama program is funded by a generous grant from The Lois Lehrman Grass Foundation.

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he Harrisburg JCC Senior Adult Club is once again selling the National Mah Jongg League’s card for 2020. The price of the 2020 card is $8 for a standard card and $9 for a large print card. Please make your checks payable to the Harrisburg JCC Senior Adult Club and mail them by January 23, 2020, to:

Cheryl Yablon Harrisburg JCC 3301 N. Front St. Harrisburg, PA 17110

JCC Senior Adult Club JCC Senior Adult Club Thanksgiving Membership Luncheon JCCThanksgiving Senior Adult Club Membership Luncheon Join us for a delicious and delightful afternoon Join us for aMembership delicious and delightful afternoon Thanksgiving Luncheon Tuesday, November 26, 2019 Tuesday, November 26, afternoon 2019 Join us for aAtdelicious and delightful 12:00 Noon 12:0026, Noon 2019 $10.00Tuesday, Per PersonNovember forAt Members $10.00 Per Person for Members $20.00 Per Person for Non-Members At 12:00 Noon $20.00 Per Person for Non-Members A Traditional Turkey Dinnerfor Catered $10.00 Per Person Members A Traditional Turkey Dinner Catered ByPer Norman Gras $20.00 Person for Non-Members By Norman Gras Entertainment By : A Traditional Turkey Dinner By Catered Entertainment : MAGICIAN BRENT KESSLER MAGICIAN By NormanBRENT Gras KESSLER


Cheryl will be paying for ONLY the number of cards ordered and paid for! The Mah Jongg League will mail your card to you in the spring.

Don’t forget we start signing up for our 2020 Dinner Theatre trips Don’t forgetatwe start signing up for our 2020 Dinner Theatre trips this Luncheon. at this Luncheon. Reservations are a must!!! DEADLINE NOV.19, 2019 are a must!!! DEADLINE NOV.19, 2019 Call:Reservations Cheryl at 717-236-9555 ext.3115 Call: Cheryl atFederation 717-236-9555 ext.3115We "JCC Programs are funded by the Annual Campaign of the Jewish of Greater Harrisburg.”

also recognize Wegman’s for their generous donation the event. of the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg.” We "JCC Programs are funded by the toward Annual Campaign also recognize Wegman’s for their generous donation toward the event.

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 717-236-9555 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.

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Joint Agency Annual Meeting Celebrates Community


n Thursday, October 24th, community agencies came together for the Joint Agency Annual Meeting at the Harrisburg JCC. This was the fifth time that the meeting was held, during which board members of Jewish agencies in Harrisburg were elected/ installed and community members and staff were honored in recognition of their service to the Campus of the Jewish Home, Jewish Community Foundation, Jewish Family Service, Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg, and The Silver Academy. The program was emceed by Fox43 news reporter Matt Maisel, who noted the wide spectrum of attendees’ backgrounds and affiliation. “I look around this room and see that what makes this community so spectacular is our diversity,” he said. “Whether you are reform, conservative, orthodox…these are just labels. It’s unlike any other Jewish community I’ve seen.” Members of Kol Haneshama, Harrisburg’s Jewish chorus, under the direction of Marina Cherepinsky, led the audience of more than 150 in singing the Star Spangled Banner and Hatikvah, which was followed by a D’var Torah and installation of agency boards by Rabbi Eric Cytryn of Beth El Temple Harrisburg. A moment of silence was held on behalf of community leaders who have passed away in the last year as well as the victims of terror at Tree of Life Synaoguge, Chabad of Poway, and at churches, mosques, schools and other public venues. Kol Haneshamah returned later in the program for performances of L’dor Vador and Halleluyah.


Staff members from Jewish agencies celebrate multiple years of service

Volunteers and staff were honored from each of the community’s five Jewish agencies. For a full list and bios of honorees, see the 10/11 edition of Community Review. The program concluded with a dessert reception sponsored by the Jewish Community Foundation of Central PA.

Children • Adults • Family Addiction. ADHD. Anxiety. Autism. Bipolar. Child Defiance. Couples Counseling. Depression. Divorce Issues. Eating Disorders. Grief & Loss. Parenting. School Concerns. Social Skills. Trauma.

Ed Beck, left, receives Albert Hursh Award, presented by Federation Past President, Rob Friedman

Rabbi Eric Cytryn gives D’var Torah at JAAM

Amanda Levison, M.S., LMHC, LPC & Associates 1820 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17110 (717) 202-2510 •

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Girls Sports & Fitness Night

At the Harrisburg JCC 3301 N. Front Street, Harrisburg PA 17110

Saturday, January 11, 2020 6:30-8:30pm Open to all Girls in 1st-6th Grade Sample a variety of Sports and Fitness Activities Including: Basketball, Soccer, Kickboxing, Hip Hop Dance, and Yoga Cost is only $10 per girl Registration forms are available at the Harrisburg JCC or register online at Registration forms are due by January 3, 2020 Registration will close when we reach capacity so we highly suggest registering early.

Mondays & wednesdays | 1:15pm - 2:45pm learn more and schedule your initial assessment by contacting linda at 717-236-9555 x 3050 or 10 | COMMUNITY REVIEW | greater harrisburg’s jewish newspaper

First Meet Your Neighbor Program to Feature Alyce Spector BY KATIE CRANE


he Jewish Home is excited to host its first ever Meet Your Neighbor Program on Thursday, November 14 at 11am-12pm at The Home’s theater. Every month, this talk-show-style event will feature one person from our own backyard who will share their story of life, love, and laughs. Meet Your Neighbor was created to bring the community together, get to know our neighbors, learn from each other, and pass on our legacies. Everyone has a story to tell. 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. Alyce Spector, Legacy Initiative participant, longtime community member, volunteer, and advocate, will be the first to give us a glimpse into some of the events in her life that she cherishes most. Alyce will share in-depth, firsthand accounts of major historical events. You will not want to miss this opportunity to hear her fascinating adventures in Harrisburg and around the world. Both residents and guests of The Home and community members are welcome to attend. Community members are strongly encouraged to RSVP to this event.. To RSVP or nominate yourself, a friend, or a family member for Meet Your Neighbor 2020, please contact Katie Crane at or 717-857-7425.

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

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

Winter Wonderland

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 JCC Programs are funded by the Annual Campaign of the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg.

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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Life Cycle Obituaries BESSIE GREEN

Bessie Jennie (Yoffee) Green was born in Diamondtown, within the township of Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania on August 9, 1923. The third child and first daughter of Max and Sarah (Wishkin) Yoffee, she attended public schools in the region, graduating from Coal Township High School in 1939. During WWII, Bessie worked as an office manager and assistant to the owners of Shroyer’s Dress factory and the National Ticket Company. She died on October 6, 2019 at The Jewish Home of Greater Harrisburg, where she lived for the past year. In October 1946, she met Erwin D. Green, aka “Sonny”, a Field Surveyor with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. From New York, stationed in Sunbury, PA, and looking for a good home cooked Jewish meal, Sonny was introduced to Bessie and the Yoffee family of Shamokin, Pennsylvania. She accepted his proposal on New Year’s Eve, 1947, and was married a few months later on March 16, 1947. Early in their marriage, they lived in Sydney, New York, and Williamsport, Pennsylvania before they relocated to Atlantic City, New Jersey (1953) and Ventnor, New Jersey (1965), where she lived until 2015. She recounts telling Sonny that Atlantic City was the last stop, and it was

time to plant roots with their son Barry. When her children were all enrolled in school, Bessie went to work. She was the night auditor of the Virginia Hotel, directly down the street from the Steel Pier, when Atlantic City was in its heyday. She was also the head checker of the personalizing department at Spencer Gifts’ catalog division until her retirement in 1985. The Greens maintained an active commitment to volunteering and community service. Bessie was a very involved officer of the Chelsea Heights Elementary School PTA. She was an active member of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Knights of Pythias A.C. Chapter #98, where her husband served as Grand Chancellor in 1981. In addition, she was their chief loan officer in their National Credit Union. She was affiliated with Beth Israel and the Rodef Shalom Synagogue in Atlantic City where she and Sonny were very active members, taking part in fundraising, Purim plays, and most important to them, providing their three children with a Jewish education at the associated Atlantic City Free Hebrew School. It was within these groups where they forged lifelong friendships. Bessie loved and supported the casino industry in Atlantic City. Despite her keen math skills throughout her career as a hotel

night auditor and loan officer, somehow you could never figure out if she won at the casinos. Her answer “I started out with $100, then I won, and then I put it back into the machine, and then I hit triple bars and then the lights kept flashing.” Only she knew! And we were entertained. Bessie moved to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in 2015 and resided at the Campus of The Jewish Home of Greater Harrisburg for three years, allowing her to continue living independently. She is survived by her children – Emmett Barry Green, Maxine C. Green (Scott Silverstine), and Arthur C. Green (Jill Green). She is the proud grandmother of eight grandchildren – Austin B. Green, Daniel Green, Todd B. Green (Justine Green), Matthew E. Green, Jordann R. Silverstine, Samuel M. Silverstine, Dina Green, and Noah E. Green. She is the great grandmother to Theo and Amelia Green. In addition, she is survived by her sister in law, Chickee M. Yoffe. She was predeceased by her husband of 48 years, Erwin D. (Sonny) Green, and her siblings Milton Yoffee, Lewis Yoffee, Rebecca Winnick, and Morris Yoffe. Her everyday wish was to go home. She was buried next to her husband, Sonny, at the Rodef Shalom Cemetery, just outside of Ventnor,

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New Jersey on October 10, 2019. She was the aunt, great aunt, and greatgreat aunt of many loving nieces and nephews from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, California, Florida, Washington, Arizona, and New York. They delighted her with visits to the Jersey Shore to spend Shabbos with her and her fabulous Friday night chicken. In the past four years, they continued their visits and phone calls for the holidays, Shabbos, birthdays, and special afternoons of fun, laughter, and memories. The Green family would like to thank the entire staff of The Jewish Home of Greater Harrisburg, who never let a day go by without a friendly hello, and concern for her health and welfare. Their kindness and compassion to our Mother was a source of comfort to our family. The sisterhood of personal aides and caregivers in the Harrisburg community is beyond anything we could have ever imagined. Our thanks for your devoted care to our Mother. Donations in memory of Bessie Y. Green can be made to The Jewish Home of Greater Harrisburg (4000 Linglestown Rd, Harrisburg, PA 17112) or Hospice of Central Pennsylvania (1320 Linglestown Rd, Harrisburg, PA).

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Dorothy Kapenstein passed away on Oct. 15, 2019. Wife of the late Henry. Mother of Jack (Bonnie) Kapenstein, Larry (Mari Anne) Kapenstein and Joe (Jolan) Kapenstein. Sister of Mitchell Goldstein. Also survived by 9 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Interment at Montefiore Cemetery. Dorothy was a graduate of the Philadelphia High School for Girls, class of ‘46. She remained the archivist for the school until her death and organized many events for the alumnae association. She dearly loved Girls High and it was a big part of her life. Dorothy graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in History and Languages class of ‘50, and then a Master of Library Science degree from Drexel University in 1953. Her post graduate work also included 2 1/2 years of study towards a Ph.D. in Arabic and Islamic History at Dropsie University, a Post Master’s certificate in Library Science in 1978 from Drexel, and 2 years of study in Theatre History at the University of the Arts in the 1980’s. She was a speaker at many high schools and colleges over the years in her areas of expertise including Egyptian, Greek and Roman history, the Golden Age of Islam, Emperor Charles V, Japanese Theatre, and other topics. She was a consultant for an encyclopedia of Medieval History (The world of the Middle Ages) and contributed to the curriculum writing for the Philadelphia School District. Dorothy loved to listen and watch operas and had a keen interest in African American History. She was a librarian and school teacher at Wanamaker Middle School in North Philadelphia for 34 years, where she was awarded Teacher of the Year in 1987 in her district. She had previously worked at the University of Pennsylvania Library and the Free Library of Philadelphia. In retirement, she continued to participate in the academic community through her work as a consultant with the PATHS/ PRISM educational group. She continued to write newsletters and proposals for grants for Historic B’nai Jacob Synagogue in Middletown, PA, as well as a monthly column on African American History for a prize-winning church newsletter known as “Church Chat,” a publication of the Calvary Baptist Church. Her articles were compiled into a book named “African Americans Who Made History.” Contributions in her memory may be made to the Philadelphia High School for Girls Alumnae, 1400 W. Olney Ave., Phila., PA 19141.



ack in May of this year, my hard drive at work crashed. Foolishly, I had saved things on it that I thought I would always have access to-reports I had written, my last foster care budget that I sent to the state, a program description in progress, pictures from prior events. After waiting many months to get these important things back, I was told they were gone forever, lost to the great electronic netherworlds. I am still figuring out what all I lost. Today, I realized it included every article I have written for Community Review about adoption and foster care since I came to JFS in 2003 – sixteen years’ worth. Should have saved to the cloud. I tell you my sad story both as a cautionary tale and as a way to help you put yourself into the shoes of a child in foster care. Like me, one day they had all their toys and clothes and pictures and memories and the next, they were living with a new family and had nothing that was familiar. Things may not have been great at home. In fact, they would have been far from perfect, but still, it was familiar and somewhere in the mess that was their home life, they had a toy or a pillow or a picture that helped them feel a little better at moment. Picture Andy, now 9, who, when the caseworker came to his home to get him for his third stay in foster care, said, “let me get my garbage bag, I was figuring you were coming soon.” Picture Amy, 3, whose heroinaddicted parents did not teach her to talk or feed herself or change her diapers – all things that her foster parents must now teach her. Picture Dory, who ran from six different foster homes and group homes because getting comfortable with people made her so scared; she had been let down so many times before. Dory would run with her family photo album shoved into her backpack to protect the one thing she could not bear to lose. It was her story to save. Each of these children needs a forever home. They need someone to help them rebuild their childhood. They need parents who don’t give up and who will make sure they don’t have to pack their things into a garbage bag and move along. Some children need a place until their mom gets stable on her medication or works in therapy, and they can go home. Some need a waystation to going to live with Grandma in South Carolina, where there are people who can tell them stories about their mom, who unfortunately died from an overdose. But many more need a place to call their own forever. Now for the stats. There are about 14,000 children in foster care in Pennsylvania alone in 2018, half over age thirteen. Every year,

more than 1,000 age out of foster care, meaning they are too old to stay in a home or they leave on their own at 18. The statistics for these youth, who have no stable permanent resource, are devastating – no jobs, lack of stable housing, many without a high school education. They make up a large portion of the homeless youth population. Remember, these children were not in the foster care system because of their own issues. We have got to do better. And I hope you can help. I know that many of you are not in a position to help these children. You are retired and helping with the grandchildren and traveling a lot. You have small children at home, a houseful. You are not sure you want this responsibility. But you may know someone whose children are getting older, and they love being a parent and they are not quite

done guiding teens into adulthood. You may have a friend, a nurse, who loves children and now that she is home full-time with her own kids, may have room for one more child with medical needs that match her skills. Or maybe, you feel you can help by being a respite resource for other families who need a break, a mentor or a tutor for the children in their foster home. Or just maybe, you can offer to work with just one family and one child to support their journey through the system. Perhaps, this year, you’ll be able to say, “yes, I can help these families to have an easier time.” All of you are welcome in the JFS AdoptionLinks program. For more information about our foster care and adoption program or to learn of other ways you can be supportive to our families, please call Rachel or Crystal at 717-233-1681.

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Synagogue Life Beth El Temple 2637 N Front St, (717) 232-0556 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 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 Congregation Beth Israel, Lebanon 411 S 8th St, (717) 273-2669 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 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 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 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.

Religious School on Sunday mornings. Torah Study (Genesis) some Saturday mornings – call for details. Temple Beth Shalom 913 Allendale Rd, Mechanicsburg (717) 697-2662, 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, December 6 and 20. Saturday Shabbat Services, led by Rabbi Choper, will be held at 10am at the Jewish Home on November 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, and December 7,14,21, and 28. All are welcome. The Sisterhood Book Group will meet on Wednesday, November 13 at 1:30pm at Wegman’s on the Carlisle Pike to discuss the books Being Mortal by Atul Gawande and The Lost Man by Jane Harper. Please contact

Ohev Sholom Congregation, York 2090 Hollywood Drive 717-852-0000 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, 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.

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the Temple office at if you are not active on the Book Club’s website, and would like to attend. This group is open to all women! For details on upcoming Temple Beth Shalom services and events, check the website: http:// Temple Ohev Sholom 2345 N Front St, (717) 233-6459 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.

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: •

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.


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