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November 9, 2018 | 1 Kislev, 5779 | Vol. 93; No. 22 Published by The Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg | Greater Harrisburg’s Jewish Newspaper


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he United States is home to approximately 22 million military veterans. With a large chunk of those belonging to an aging population, healthcare (and particularly hospice care) for veterans is an issue that is potent in the medical field. “Veterans needs at end-of-life are very specific. We are seeing a lot of PTSD at end-of-life and ‘soul injuries,’” says Jeanne McClintick, a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse with Hospice of Central Pennsylvania (HCP). “Basically, this is something that goes against their moral and ethical values, to be put in situations of war, where the individual may need to take another life or see another life taken.” Jeanne is the chair of the We Honor Veterans Committee for HCP. “We started about four years ago with this partnership with the VA and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO).” HCP’s committee and program is certified as level four by the national We Honor Veterans organization, indicating that they have “increased access and improved quality of care for Veterans in (their) community.” The program provides resources and services to veteran patients and their families in a variety of ways. “Roughly a quarter of HCP’s patients are veterans. “ WWII vets are dying on average of 5,000 per day in the United States. The biggest uptick recently that Jeanne and HCP have seen is in deaths of Vietnam War Veterans. “Vietnam, in particular, was not a popular war and a lot of the veterans were treated with disrespect when they came home. They weren’t recognized as previous generations had been for their service.” One program that the We Honor Veterans Committee and HCP have seen great success in is their Veterans Volunteer program. The program trains veterans to spend time with other vet patients, providing comfort and bonding. “In WWII and Vietnam, vets didn’t talk about their service,” notes Jeanne. “They pushed their experiences down and didn’t deal with them. So these issues come out at end-of-life. They need to talk to somebody. And there’s so much relief in having another veteran to talk to.” This program has been implemented across the area,


including among veterans at the Jewish Home, with whom HCP has had a longtime partnership. The two organizations will team up to present A Salute for Our Veterans, a program that will be held on November 13th at 2:30pm. The program will honor approximately 50 veterans residing at the Jewish Home. Each will receive a pin and certificate recognizing the service they have provided to the country. Invocation will be given by Rabbi Peter Kessler and HCP’s chaplain, Ken Forincola. Commissioner Jeff Haste will speak, and Red Land High School will present colors and lead the National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance. Refreshments will be provided and the program is free and open to the public. “We’ve had a wonderful Air Force Servicemen partnership with the Jewish Home attend a Rosh to care for patients at end-of-life,” Hashanah service in says Jeanne. It is our commitment Guam during World to serve all religions and all War II cultures, so that’s certainly very much in what we do. I think that it’s incredibly important that we recognize our veterans and their service to our country. When veterans are admitted to HCP, we have a checklist identifying their branch and if they saw action. And their stories are so important.” Military service is also one of the first things that the Campus of the Jewish Home inquires about when admitting residents. “When I thank veterans for their service, they usually say ‘it was an honor,’” says Jessica Finkenbinder, Director of Therapeutic Recreation at the Home, who is involved in organizing this event annually. “I think sometimes we forget that they put their lives on the line so that we could be free, so we want to make sure that we can honor them.” The Campus of the Jewish Home of Greater Harrisburg and Hospice of Central Pennsylvania will hold a program titled, A Salute for our Veterans, on November 13th at 2:30pm at the Campus. Veterans and family members of veterans who could not be present can be recognized at the event. For more information, contact Jeanne McClintick at 717-732-1000 or jmcclintick@

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n November, we celebrate two federal holidays, Veterans Day and Thanksgiving, so my article highlights some of the ways I will be recognizing them. First, I want to express my gratitude to all Veterans and all active military in our community. We are indebted to you for your service. This year, I am spending Veterans Day Weekend attending Beth El Temple’s Dr. Marcia Robbins-Wilf Scholar in Residence Weekend, which brings retired Navy Chaplain Rabbi Arnold Resnicoff back to Harrisburg. If you didn’t RSVP in time for the Friday night dinner and Saturday morning Kiddush, you can still attend services to hear his sermons, and the entire community is invited to Sunday morning’s interfaith Memorial Service for all Veterans at 9am. I am grateful that the work that we do at the Federation and through our JCC programming allows us to address challenging topics. On November 15, the Cardozo and Maimonides Societies are hosting “Opioid Epidemic: Legal, Ethical, and Medical Issues in Central PA.” Our Annual Campaign doesn’t just raise money, it also raises awareness. We are bringing a distinguished panel of experts: • Raphael Barishansky - Deputy Secretary for Health Preparedness and Community Protection for the PA Department of Health • Honorable Jeannine Turgeon – Judge, Court of Common Pleas of Dauphin County • Honorable Jessica Brewbaker – Judge, Court of Common Pleas of Cumberland County • Dr. Sarah Kawasaki - Director of Addiction Services at the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute • Dan Ocko - Counsel to the PA House Democratic Caucus Chair I’m pleased to announce that our Emcee will be Brett Sholtis, Reporter for WITF/Transforming Health. This free event is planned for the benefit and education of legal and medical professionals as well as members of the general community seeking information about this crisis. The panel will discuss the impact, the legal and medical issues, and the variety of programs and activities available to address the epidemic. The only fee is for attorneys seeking the available 1.5 CLE credits or any individual wishing to attend the light dinner reception preceding the event. We ask that everyone register at www.jewishharrisburg. org. This program is made possible by the generosity of our sponsors. At the time of this printing, they were Memorial Eye Institute, Penn State Health, Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC, Ed Finkelstein, Esq., and McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC. Thank you. I am also grateful that my work allows me to engage in interfaith, Jewish programming, and general community programming that enables me to “refill my cup.” On Wednesday, November 21, I will be attending and participating in the 28th Annual Interfaith Service of Thanksgiving hosted by the InterReligious Forum of Greater Harrisburg. The Keynote speaker will be Osho Geoff Dunaway of the Blue Mountain Lotus Society (Buddhist) and the program will be held at the HARI Temple (Hindu) at 301 Steigerwalt Hollow Road in New Cumberland. It is a lovely way to kick off the holiday as this service will demonstrates a multitude of ways we and our neighbors show gratitude. In closing, I want to personally acknowledge Rabbi Muroff and thank him for his twenty-five years of service to our community. I am grateful that he was joined by 100 children as he jumped for joy and was acknowledged by a full house of over 400 people from our entire community. Yasher Koach!

You can reach our CEO at or 717-236-9555 x3104 A copy of the official registration and financial information of the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling, toll free within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.

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Community Review Vol. 93 No. 22 November 9, 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 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. 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.

The opinions expressed in the Community Review do not necessarily reflect the position of the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg. The Federation does not endorse any candidate or political party for any elected office.

Standing in Solidarity with Pittsburgh: Statement from the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg Our heart goes out to those affected by the senseless tragedy at Tree of Life * Or L’Simcha synagogue including the Dor Hadash and New Light Congregations. The Jewish Federation and the Community Relations Council of Greater Harrisburg strongly and unconditionally condemn all forms of anti-Semitism, racism, bigotry, and hatred. Moreover, we denounce violence motivated by these malign attitudes that is committed against innocents. We stand in solidarity with our friends, family, and colleagues in Pittsburgh. Their statement is below, followed by a press release from our partners from the Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition. The Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh is collecting donations to help its community during this difficult time at

Following the horrific, anti-Semitic attack at the Tree of Life * Or L’Simcha synagogue in Pittsburgh, we remember those who lost their lives on Saturday, October 27th: Joyce Fienberg, 75, of Pittsburgh, was a research specialist in the University of Pittsburgh’s Learning Research and Development Center prior to her 2008 retirement. Predeceased by her husband, Stephen, she is survived by her sons, Anthony and Howard, and her grandchildren.

Jerry Rabinowitz, 66, was a family physician who was beloved by his patients. One of his patients, Jan Grice, called him “the sort of doctor who sent you on your way feeling better in all respects.” Amid the chaos of the shooting, Rabinowitz rushed to help other victims and is being hailed as a hero.

Daniel Stein, 71, was a leader at the New Light Congregation. Fellow congregant Barton Schachter said of Stein, “You call on him for a tough task, and he’ll do it without looking for any kind of pat on the back or plaque or anything.” He had recently become a grandfather.

Richard Gottfried, 65, owned a dental practice along with his wife, Margaret “Peg” Durachko. He offered his dental services to those in need, working with low-income residents, refugees, and immigrants at free and low-cost dental clinics. He was president of the New Life Congregation, which met at Tree of Life Synagogue.

Cecil Rosenthal, 59, was known as the “Honorary Mayor of Squirrel Hill,” a well-loved presence in his community. His brother,

Melvin Wax, 88, was an accountant prior to his retirement, as well as a father and grandfather. An active member of the Jewish Community Center, he was leading Shabbat services at Tree of Life when the shooting began.

Rose Mallinger, 97, was a devoted member of the congregation at Tree of Life. Some news outlets initially reported erroneously that Mallinger was a Holocaust survivor, but she was a native of Squirrel Hill, though she was a young woman during the time of the Holocaust. She is survived by her daughter, Andrea Wedner, who was among those wounded in the attack at Tree of Life, and her son, Alan.

David Rosenthal, 54, also killed in the shooting, was remembered by neighbors as a quiet, gentle spirit. The brothers were residents at a local group home for adults with intellectual disabilities. Bernice Simon, 84, was a former nurse who was known in her community for doing charitable work. Her husband, Sylvan Simon, 86, to whom she’d been married since 1956, was an accountant prior to his retirement. Neighbors noted that the couple would hold hands as they walked around their neighborhood.

Irving Younger, 69, was a regular at Tree of Life’s services and an enthusiastic volunteer, greeting visitors to the synagogue and helping them get settled. He ran a Pittsburgh real estate company and coached youth baseball.

Obituaries originally published on, with full profiles available from the Pittsburgh PostGazette and TribLive.

A candlelight vigil organized by Abby Kantor Smith was held on the lawn of the Harrisburg JCC on Monday, October 29th.

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Train Your Brain and Take Control of Your Life at the Women of Vision Brunch BY MICHELE WICKWIRE


manda Levison, M.S., LMHC, LPC, of the Neurofeedback and Counseling Center of PA, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor. After earning her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Florida, she earned her Master of Science Degree in Mental Health Counseling from the Nova Southeastern University. She was a teacher and has worked with children for over twenty years. Amanda uses a variety of approaches in her therapy practice, from cognitive behavioral therapy to play therapy to art therapy. She is also trained to work with clients using neurofeedback intervention to train the brain for optimum performance.  ​Neurofeedback  is the direct training of brain function, by which the brain learns to function more efficiently. In her therapy approach,  Amanda uses multiple therapies for adults and focuses on play therapy with children. She applies a strength-based holistic approach in which she aims to promote positive mental health, healing, and long-term personal growth in each of her clients. “I want to help you, to help yourself,” says Amanda. “I listen to my clients and help connect so they don’t feel alone. I am often asked about my specialties but I see outside of that...I see the person for who they are with a variety of symptoms and/or concerns. I came into this field to help people and I am doing my best, to do just that.”

Amanda Levison, M.S., LMHC, LPC of the Neurofeedback and Counseling Center of PA.

The entire Jewish Community is invited to join the Women of Vision for Sunday Brunch with Amanda on Sunday, November 18 at 10am at the Harrisburg JCC. Registration is $20/Women of Vision members and $25/nonmembers. Send your RSVPs to Michele at 717409-8220 or Michele@pajewishendowment. org.

Alumni Roll Call and Save the Date



reetings to all readers of Community Review! I am Lara Kravitz Novak, a former attendee of the Yeshiva Academy (for my Kindergarten and 1st grade years), and current parent of 2 students attending The Silver Academy. My husband, Kris, and I are so pleased to have our son, Eli, in 2nd grade and our daughter, Grace, in Kindergarten, enrolled at The Silver Academy. Eli has just started learning Chumash and the excitement he has demonstrated toward this is unlike anything I have ever seen. Grace spontaneously breaks into the Birkat Hamazon or Adon Olam on a regular basis. Eli is reading books to me at bedtime now and Grace is pointing out words she is learning to read everywhere! I am channeling their enthusiasm towards the creation of a complete Alumni database as well as an Alumni event to celebrate 75 years of The Silver Academy. Talia Rosen Mann, class of 1994, is planning to co-host the event. We are anticipating an evening of reunion, re-connection, and rejoicing on Saturday, January 5, 2019 in our beloved Mary Sachs Auditorium. This evening event will also include a Kosher/Israeli Wine Tasting! I am reaching out to all members of our community in the hopes that you will mark your calendar to attend, and to appeal for your help in making this event a success. Our alumni database is incomplete and I would like to recruit you to help me fill in the blanks! My goal is to reach out to all of our alumni, parents of alumni, and those who would be interested in attending with an invitation to our event as well as opportunities to be an active member of our alumni organization. Please reach out to me with updated contact information, or directions on who else to contact! If you would like to be more involved with the Yeshiva/Silver Alumni Committee, I’d love to hear from you! I can be reached at L’shalom, Lara Kravitz Novak

The Women of Vision Philanthropic Fund is a component of the Jewish Community Foundation. Its goal is supporting Jewish women and children in need in the Harrisburg area and presenting compelling programs of interest to women and the community. For more info, contact Michele.

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Your Life—Your Legacy… What’s in Your Heart? Happy Thanksgiving from the Jewish Community Foundation of Central PA On this Thanksgiving, we are grateful for you! Thank you for creating Jewish community endowments. Thank you for signing your letter of intent to remember Jewish organizations with a gift in your will, trust, retirement account, life insurance policy, or with other assets.

Thanks to you, we will enjoy Jewish life in Central PA —now and in the future! Ready to Create Your Legacy?

Contact our Jewish Community Foundation at 717.409.8220 Option #1 Or Jewish Community Foundation of Central PA is sponsoring the community wide legacy initiative. Please join these organizations in the securing the future of the Jewish community:

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8 Young athletes and their parents recently completed the Fall session of Parent/Tot Basketball. The program for 2-4 year olds led by Coach Terri provides an introduction of basketball for the future all-stars and their parents!

Celebrating 25 Years with the Edward S. Finkelstein Harrisburg Jewish Film Festival BY JULIE SHERMAN


s 2018 draws to a close, the Edward S. Finkelstein Harrisburg Jewish Film Festival committee is ramping up its effort to present the greater Harrisburg community with another fabulous season, which will begin on Sunday, May 5th, 2019 (a slight change from the date previously announced, so please mark your calendars). But that’s a whole six months away, you might cry - and while that is true, for your committee, it’s only six months away – and not only are we hard at work choosing films, we’re also planning an opening event at the State Museum of Pennsylvania to celebrate the Festival’s 25th anniversary that anyone who is anyone (and that means everyone) should attend! After our opening, the Festival will continue at the Midtown Cinema from Friday, May 10 through Thursday, May 16th. Watch the Community Review and the Festival website (www. over the coming months for details of what’s in store, and thank you all for your enthusiasm and support!

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he twelve-year-old girl from York, Pennsylvania had an accident; she fell off her bike, hit her head, and broke her teeth. With a concussion, she couldn’t remember the details of the event, but remembered the  feeling. While lying in the ER and “in the midst of all this confusion” her family pediatrician arrived. His smiling face brought “such comfort,” and she was extremely grateful simply for his presence. She believes that this started her “going down the track of medicine.” As a daughter of first-generation Americans (whose own parents came through Ellis Island from Eastern Europe), Dr. Michelle Weiss was taught the value of education. She and her two sisters were made to believe that there were “no limits” on what they could do in life. That is, as long as they would become either a teacher (like her mother), an accountant (like her father), a lawyer (as her two sisters would eventually become), or a doctor (as she herself would be)!   As she finished college and then immersed herself in medical school studies, she “loved” all of her rotations in the medical specialties. She was most moved, however, by her time spent in pediatrics. On the peds-oncology floor she saw that nobody was “burned out” as they took care of the desperately sick children. How could they be, she thought, as the resilient kids played together, and sold cups of sweetened lemonade? Taken by this, Dr. Weiss did a three-year pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Needless to say, she “loved” this, too, as “everybody worked together.”  But how did Dr. Weiss eventually narrow down her broad interests to become a pediatric allergist/immunologist? The only one in York? The story goes way back. In elementary school, she watched with delight as a fellow student began to show talent. The gym teacher’s son was athletic and charming. In high school, he was a “magnificent” dancer who could “fly through the air like Billy Elliot.” At NYU, he majored in the arts.

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Sadly, he developed AIDS and died before he graduated college. This affected Dr.Weiss deeply. In fact, she was so “shook up” that she needed to know more. So she took a graduate class in immunology at Rochester (while still an undergraduate). Her interest in immunology continued through medical school and residency training. After the three years of general pediatrics, she did a two-year fellowship in allergy and immunology at CHOP with prominent immunologist and noted HIV researcher Dr. Steven Douglas.  She worked closely with Dr. Kathleen Sullivan (currently chief of Allergy and Immunology at CHOP) who was “kind, and brilliant beyond belief.” It was Dr. Sullivan who taught Dr. Weiss to “go out of your way to help go the extra mile.” Early on during her fellowship, 28-yearold Dr. Weiss was offered a month-long pulmonary elective in Israel. Without hesitation, she went. But the rounds on patients in the hospital were in Hebrew and she was (uncharacteristically) not prepared.  So she played the role of tourist, and with a small group tagging behind, she became known as “the map girl.” One Friday night her group was invited, to the Western Wall, and then to a private residence for a Shabbat dinner. Most of the guests were much younger, but as Dr. Weiss looked around the lovely home she spotted a young Aussie man, Martin, who she thought might be her age. They immediately hit it off and it wasn’t long before he wanted the girl “who knew her way around” all to himself. Before long, they fell in love. Martin went back home, and she returned to CHOP. A few months later she visited him in Australia.  He was smitten, and did not equivocate: “I am quitting my job, putting my house up for rent, giving my dog away, and moving to Philadelphia. Let’s see if this works.” He arrived in Philadelphia in September 1993 and proposed on November 1st. They got married at City Hall on November 30th,

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cow’s milk, eggs, and peanuts. The incidence of peanut allergy doubled in recent years and leads to are as many as 200 deaths yearly in the U.S. Recently, there is good reason for hope. Dr. Weiss noted that it had been accepted dogma that exposure to peanuts should be avoided in infants and young children to prevent the development of peanut allergy. But this idea was questioned after it was found that Jewish children in Britain had ten times the rate of peanut allergies of Jewish children in Israel of similar genetic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Why? “Bamba,” a ubiquitous 50% peanut/puffed-corn doodle. Israeli infants are given this to suck on.  Eureka! Early exposure seemed to be protective, not and the wedding was in July 1994. A few harmful. The proof? A 2015 NEJM study months later they were starting their family.    of allergy-prone infants (with eczema or an The family moved to York, where she worked egg allergy) showed that only 1.9% of those with Dr. Greg Lanpher for a few years, and she who were given peanut-containing products went out on her own in 1997 (while carrying developed a peanut allergy compared to 13.7% of the infants for whom peanuts were her second child). Private practice has had its challenges, but carefully avoided. Dr. Weiss also reports that asthma can Martin worked behind the scenes to smooth things out as much as possible for his wife, usually be controlled without using and Dr. Weiss could focus solely on her repeated doses of systemic steroids (such as prednisone) that have potentially harmful patients.  The practice of allergy and immunology side effects. While death rates of asthma have has, of course, changed substantially over risen since 1980, she noted that the newer the past 25 years.  There is a much better inhaled steroids are very effective, and are safe understanding of the genomic aspects of the for use in very young children. There is much more. Dr. Weiss has so-called innate and adaptive arms of the (exceedingly complex) immune system. The presented more than 20 carefully-prepared precise molecular mechanisms of specific Grand Rounds to her fellow medical staff, diseases are now known, opening up novel and has given noon lectures for the residents treatments.  She notes that, “our diagnostics to enlighten them. She spends much time are so much better.” Obtaining a meticulous educating her patients and their anxious history of patient health is still difficult, but families. All of this is done with the same it is a skill that Dr. Weiss has carefully honed “love” she experienced in her work during over the years. It takes time to elicit and her training years, the “love” she found in her Mid-East travels, and the “love” she shares record it accurately. She spends the time. What’s new? What should we know about? with her family and close friends. Dr. Weiss remembers the smiling “Everything we knew about food allergies was thrown out the window two years ago,” pediatrician who met her in the ER when she was vulnerable and frightened, and she she says. Food reactions are the most common channels that smile as she engages with, and cause of trips to the ER for life-threatening brightens, the world around her. We smile anaphylaxis. The usual culprits in children are back in return.

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Senior Meditation Class Learn about and experience the benefits of guided meditation.

After 23 years, Mollie B Fine Jewelry is CLOSING THE DOORS FOREVER!

Thursdays | 1:45 pm For: Senior Adult Club members, Silver & Fit, SilverSneakers, & Senior members of the JCC.

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Guided by JCC Wellness Coach Spangler. Andi Spangle

Contact Andi at 717.460.6424 or to let her know you're interested


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WEIGH-OUTS JANUARY 2-8 This year, get a head start on your New Year’s resolution with a little help from the JCC, by joining The Great Weight Maintenance Challenge! All you have to do is maintain your current weight or lose weigh through the holidays and you'll be entered into a drawing to win a gift card. We will be providing health and fitness information, tips, recipes, and ideas along the way to help participants be successful. Sign up today!

CONTACT: Terri Travers 717-236-9555 x 3110


Looking for unique gifts for the holido�s? (Jou will find them ond A LOT more qt the JCC!

<;:undo(d november 11, 2018 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Jewish Community Center, 3301 N. Front Street, Harrisburg

VoriettJ of vendors, food, rqffles ond morel LulaRoe, Avon, Origami Owl, Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple, Thirty-One, Usborne Books & More, Made to Meander, Siqnature Homestyles, Pure Romance, Beth El Temple Gift Shop, Simply Chic Nails, Norwex, Novel & Star, Perfectly Posh, Paparazzi Accessories, The Silver Academy, Keep Collective, Jewelry, Ceramics, Crafts and lots more!

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This well-used Chumash was recently dropped off at The Silver Academy. It was a gift from the first graduating class of the Yeshiva Academy of Harrisburg, presented by Mr. and Mrs. Herman Hervitz, dated 1950.






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ZUMBA This December join us on Tuesdays for a special 3 weeks of Zumba class with Alicia. Members Free/Regular Price $7

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 paper good to donate to the JFS Food Pantry.

WHEN Please RSVP to Andrea at or to your Religious School Principal.

Tuesdays December 4, 11 & 18th for two weeks of special class! Contact Terri at


Funding for this program made available through the Jewish Community Foundation of Central Pennsylvania Jewish Cultural Fund.

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A Big Thank You to JFGH



magine my shock seeing the headline in the CR (Sept. 28) “MARTY BRILL NAMED.” My immediate reaction was named what? Most muscular in the Fitness Center—not even close. Deepest thinker at Federation Board meetings—most everyone else! Yet the tagline, still above the fold, told it all, the prestigious Albert Hursh Leadership Award. As a relative new comer to Harrisburg (just over 22 years), I was truly honored to receive this recognition. Unfortunately, as a “late” arrival to Harrisburg, I only knew Al Hursh for a few years late in his life. He was already a legend when I was becoming active in the Federation and in the JCC. The established members told me how Al welcomed all members, no matter what they could afford to pay to join the JCC or contribute to Federation. His “can do” attitude, genuine concern for our Community, and collegial style still permeate our Jewish institutions and influence our behavior at meetings and events. Yet this recognition is humbling, noting the long list of recent and past recipients of this award. I noted on the plaque of award winners on the first floor hall, many pillars of the community and many friends who have contributed in the Community for years, sometimes generations. Indeed, both Sandy and Marcia Cohen are previous awardees and three times the Maisel family has been recognized: Jay, Mark, and Neysa. Yes, this is humbling, especially because I know how much time, funding, and service staff and volunteers contribute to the Federation, JCC and communal organizations, mostly without notice or recognition. These were the thoughts I had in receiving the Al Hursh award on October 10. There was no time available for speeches, (the Federation is well aware that my speaking skills are well suited to a silent movie), but I did want to share them with our Community Review readers. Rest assured that I have scooped up every remaining copy to send to all living relatives and acquaintances, with the cover page being preserved for future wallpaper! With sincere thanks, Marty Brill

Join us tor a high energv, comedv piano show � where the audience is iust as much a part ot the show as the entertainers!

ORDER YOUR 2019 MAH JONGG CARDS TODAY CARDS WILL BE PURCHASED ON JANUARY 30TH, 2019! The Harrisburg JCC Senior Adult Club is once again selling the National Mah Jongg League’s card for 2019. The price of the 2019 card is $8.00 for a standard card and $9.00 for a large print card. Please make your checks payable to the Harrisburg JCC Senior Adult Club and mail them to: Cheryl Yablon Harrisburg JCC 3301 N. Front St. Harrisburg, PA 17110 By January 23, 2019. I will be paying for ONLY the number of cards ordered! The Mah Jongg League will mail your card to you in the spring. Thank you, Cheryl

Saturdav, December 1, 2018 1:00 pm- Social Hour 11:30 pm- Entertainment Begins Harrisburg JCC, 3301 N Front Street, Harrisburg Purchase tickets by November 20 and the fee is $20 a person Purchase tickets after November 20 and the fee is $25 a person

Fee includes light appetizers, adult beverages and entertainment

To make reservations please call 111-236-9555, ext. o or visit /dueling-pianos18 Cutting Edge Dueling Pianos brings a level of excitement, hilarity and musicianship in a show tailored to you! An interactive experience, the show is request-driven with music ranging from the songs of today to back before you can remember.

JCC Senior Adult Club Thanksgiving Membership Luncheon Join us for a delicious and delightful afternoon Tuesday, November 20, 2018 At 12:00 Noon $10.00 Per Person for Members $20.00 Per Person for Non-Members A Traditional Turkey Dinner Catered By Norman Gras Entertainment By : SEASONS (DUO)

SEASONS IS A FIVE SIBLING GROUP, BUT SINCE THIS IS A DAY PERFORMANCE ONLY TWO ARE GOING TO BE AVAILABLE, MARY-KATE SPRING AND PETER WINTER. SEASONS create a fusion of Celtic and roots music on harp, hammered dulcimer, mandolin, fiddle and more. Their original music has been featured on both national radio and television, including the show Life on the Rock. Don’t forget we start signing up for our 2019 Dinner Theatre trips at this Luncheon. Reservations are a must!!! DEADLINE NOV.13, 2018 Call: Cheryl at 236-9555 ext.3115

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

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

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Life Cycle Obituaries ELSA BAKER Elsa Baker of Harrisburg PA, passed away on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at the age of 85. Elsa was born May 31, 1933 in Baltimore, MD and was the daughter of the late Sadie and Jack Eskridge.  She is also preceded in death by her husband, David Baker,  and by her brother, Neal Eskridge.   Elsa is survived by her loving cousins, Harry and Jean Tabor  of MI, several nieces and nephews,  and by her many loving friends within the deaf community, Hospice of Central Pennsylvania, the Capital Region R.S.V.P. and Chisuk Emuna Congregation.  In addition to Elsa’s community involvement, she truly enjoyed collecting her Teddy Bears and her Beanie Babies.  Services for Elsa were held on October 21, 2018 at the Chisuk Emuna Cemetery Chapel.  WILLIAM GOTSHALL William Lee Gottshall (Bill), born January 23, 1927 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, passed away in Celebration, Florida, surrounded by loved ones on Sunday, September 2, 2018. After graduating from William Penn HS in 1944, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from West Chester State College in 1950, and a Master’s degree in Education from Temple University in 1968. Bill went on to teach health and physical education, as well as coach multiple sports at Pembrook HS, Camp Curtin Junior HS, and New Cumberland Junior HS in Harrisburg. He retired from the West Shore School District in

1982. Subsequently, he traveled extensively as a tour leader for Boscov’s Department Store. In 1959 he married his true love, Noriand Albert Gottshall, of Reading, Pennsylvania. They worked together for many years at the Harrisburg JCC, Yeshiva Academy, and YMCA. In the summers they managed the Olympus Swim Club in Reading, Pennsylvania or the Green Hills Swim Club in Harrisburg. Bill was the son of Howard Gottshall and Sarah Eckert Gottshall. He is preceded in death by sisters Janet and Patricia, and by his brothers George, Ray, Earl, and Donald. He is survived by his wife Noriand; daughter Kim Gottshall and husband James Atkins of Celebration Florida; daughter Kathee Rhode of Barto, Pennsylvania; and daughter Karen DeJarnett and husband Bruce Lachuisa of Venice, Florida; grandchildren Benjamin Rhode, wife Jen Rhode, and three great-grandchildren of Blackriver, New York; Monika Heydt and husband Scott Heydt of Chalfont, Pennsylvania; and his sisters Kay Holtzman and Jane Fleck, as well as his brother Michael Gottshall. Bill’s final wishes were of love for his wife, family, and great friends; that they all would continue to enjoy each day. SEYMOUR GURWITZ Seymour Gurwitz, age 89, passed away on Saturday, October 20, 2018. Seymour was born in Brooklyn, NY on August 21, 1929 and was preceded in death by his mother and father; Aaron “Harry” and Yetta Lieberman Gurwitz, also by the love of his life for 48 years, his wife and Lindy partner; Florence Gurwitz.

Seymour is survived by his son: Lenny (Susan) Gurwitz of Monroe Township, NJ, his daughters; Abby (Lionel) Goddard of Camp Hill PA and Susan (Steven) Bastedo of Brooklyn, NY, by his sister; Irma (Carl) Solomon of Cedar Grove, NJ and his Sister-inlaw; Shirley Abramson.   “Grandpa,” as he was known by his 5 grandchildren and “Booboo” by his 2 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews will miss him terribly, as well. Born at the end of the “Roaring 20s,” the pace for Seymour’s life was set. Following High School, he proudly served in the United States Army, where his mechanical skills were put to good use, in the maintenance and repair of tanks. There were few things which Seymour could not fix or reengineer to work better. In addition to spending cherished time with his family, Seymour had a true love of salt water fishing and dancing with his wife, and did so at any opportunity. The passing of Seymour will definitely leave a void in the lives of his family and anyone who had the honor and privilege of knowing him. A traditional graveside service was held for Seymour at Beth Moses Cemetery, West Babylon, NY on October 24, 2018. ROBERT KEEFER Robert M. Keefer, 77, of Valley Road, Marysville, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at his Rye Township home. Born December 27, 1940 in Rockville, he was the son of the late Walter and Mary Elizabeth Shuey Forney Keefer. He was a member of Salem United Methodist Church, a 1960 graduate of Susquenita HS and a retired employee of Sutliff Chevrolet. He had also been employed by Alside Supply of Harrisburg and Herre Bros. He was a patriot and a Vietnam Era army veteran. He was a member of Perry Lodge F&AM 458 of Marysville, Harrisburg Consistory, Harrisburg Forest #43 Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Newport Royal Arch Chapter #238 and Duncannon American Legion Post 340. He enjoyed hunting, camping, and fishing. Surviving are his wife, Velma (Shick). A sister, Marjorie Diemler of Palmyra, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Theresa Keefer and a half-brother, Pat M, Keefer Jr. Services

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were held on October 19, 2018 in Salem UMC, Marysville, PA. His Pastor, Rev. David Keyworth officiated. Burial, with full military honors, was in Copenhaver Cross Roads Cemetery, Dayton, PA. KEVIN SHEETS Kevin Paul Sheets D.M.D, 57, of Harrisburg, passed away on October 14, 2018, at his residence following a long fight with metastatic melanoma. Born on April 2, 1961 in Altoona, he was the son of Arthur Paul and Marlene Joyce (Shute) Sheets. He was the loving husband of Kevin Hancock. Kevin earned his D.M.D. from the University of Pittsburgh where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He was a partner in a dental practice with two offices, Colonial Park Family Dentistry and Steelton Family Dentistry, and was very fond of his staff and the thousands of patients he saw over his 30-year career. He was an avid Penn State, Steeler and Pirates fan and was a worldrenowned follower of Van Morrison and his music, having seen him more than 100 times in more than 8 countries. He also enjoyed golfing and was a former member of the Harrisburg Country Club. He was a member of the William Penn Association. Kevin is survived by his husband; parents; brother, Gregory Jon Sheets and wife Jessica Orr; sister, Lisa Chiado and partner Ray Palmer; nephews and niece, Garrett Chiado, Dylan Chiado, Janna Sheets, and Cameron Sheets.

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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, 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@

Congregation Beth Israel, Lebanon

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.

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 minyons are by request. Please call for details. Ohev Sholom provides adult educational

Water & Nissley Streets, (717) 319-3014 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 its Shabbos Service for Veterans on Friday, November 9, 2018, beginning at 7:30pm, led by Marc Bluestein.  We are a community shul and all are welcome to join us.  During this service we honor all veterans for their service and hear their stories.

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. Religious School on Sunday mornings. Torah Study (Genesis) some Saturday mornings – call for details.

Temple Beth Shalom

913 Allendale Rd, (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.

Temple Ohev Sholom

2345 N Front St, (717) 233-6459

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Upcoming Shabbat services will be held at the Temple on Friday, November 9 and 30.  Saturday Shabbat Services, led by Rabbi Choper, will be held at 10am. at the Jewish Home on November 10 and 24.  All are welcome. The Sisterhood Book Group will meet on Wednesday, November 14 at 7pm at the home of Jodi Siliker to discuss the book, “La’s Orchestra Saves the World”, by Alexander McCall Smith.  Please contact the Temple office at 717-697-2662 to RSVP if you plan to attend.  This group is open to all women!  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:

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JCC Adult Programs Classes Available at the Jewish Community Center:

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 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

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 at 11:45-12:30-45pm. Drop-in Fee $7 per class. Free to JCC members, SilverSneakers® and Silver and Fit participants.

Gentle Yoga – Easy stretching Poses for those with intermittent back issues or those new

to Yoga, restorative breathing exercises and stress relief are emphasized. One must be able to get down on to floor. Thursdays at 5:00-6:00pm. Drop-in Fee $7 per class. Free to JCC members, SilverSneakers® and Silver and Fit participants.

Zumba Gold – The class introduces easy-to-follow Zumba choreography that

focuses on balance, range of motion and coordination. Perfect for beginners, or older adults. Thursdays at 11:00-11:45am. Drop-in Fee $7 per class. Free to JCC members, SilverSneakers® and Silver and Fit participants. SilverSneakers® SPLASH– Activate your urge for variety! Splash offers fun, shallow water movement to improve agility and flexibility while addressing cardiovascular, strength and endurance conditioning. No swimming ability is required and a SilverSneakers® kickboard or other aquatic equipment is used to improve strength, balance and coordination. Mondays/Wednesday 9:30 -10:30am. Drop-in Fee $7 per class. Free to JCC members, SilverSneakers® and Silver and Fit participants.

Aqua Zumba – A challenging water based workout that’s cardio-conditioning, body

toning and most of all, exhilarating beyond belief. Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30-9:30am. Drop in Fee $7 per class. Free to JCC members, SilverSneakers® and Silver and Fit participants.

Guided Meditation – Learn to de-stress in this quiet relaxing class. Starting in October 2018 class will be held on Thursdays at 1:45pm. Drop in fee $7 per class. Free to JCC members, SilverSneakers® and Silver and Fit participants.


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 236-9555 EXT. 3115 After Lunch Programs are: • November 13, 2018 - Business Meeting/Birthday Party.

1:30-3pm Mah Jongg with Ellen Mussaf or “Farkle” with Harold Williams and Mel Krieger

• November 15, 2018 - Dr. Donald Koones, history professor at HACC will lecture on “100 Originals Made in the USA” • November 20, 2018 – Senior Adult Club’s Annual Thanksgiving Membership Luncheon. Entertainment by SEASONS. Cost $10 Members/$20 Non-Members. Reservations due November 13, 2018 • November 22, 2018 – HAPPY THANKSGIVING. NO SENIOR LUNCH OR PROGRAM • November 27, 2018 - Current Events with Herman Minkoff.

1:30-3:00 pm 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.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS Fitness Center Hours:

Monday-Thursday: 6am-10pm Friday: 6am-6pm Saturday: 7am-4pm Sunday: 7am-5pm

Thursday, November 22

Thanksgiving Day **

Friday, November 23

Day After/Black Friday **

**On Thanksgiving, 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 and click on the Community Calendar.

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Congregation Beth Israel Annual Lecture Series Presents Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie New York Times best selling authors of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s First Daughter, the 2018 selection of the Lebanon County Reads Program

Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018 at 8:00 PM 411 South Eighth Street, Lebanon, PA 17042 Lecture Only: Adults $20, students $10

7PM Reception with Author: $100

For Tickets call: 717-273-2669

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