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February 1, 2019 | 26 Shevat, 5779 | Vol. 93; No. 28 Published by The Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg | Greater Harrisburg’s Jewish Newspaper
Song and Dance:
The Story of Jewish Theatre in Harrisburg BY ADAM GROBMAN “
ou can’t have a life without arts,” says Lois Grass, “I think culture needs to be in our everyday life.” Lois is longtime supporter of the theatre and visual arts in the Harrisburg area, including the JCC Drama Department. Culture has been part of the everyday life of Harrisburg residents, thanks in large part to Jews and their families, who have been involved with theatre in our area for nearly 100 years. Timothy Conway, father of Nancy Krevsky, was involved with Theatre Harrisburg (originally Harrisburg Community Theatre), since almost the beginning, and Jews have been entertaining audiences on that production house’s stages ever since. “Bert Goldberg, Shim Lehrman, Frank Meneker, Sue Dym,… these are just a few of the many Jews who have entertained over the years,” says Jay Krevsky, Nancy’s husband, who has acted in more than 60 shows. “And it wasn’t just theatre, but dance studios, musicians, singers, dancers, actors, financial supporters. Wherever you look in show business, it’s hard not to find Jews!” Theatre Harrisburg was housed for many years at the old JCC on Third Street, before moving to its current location (now named the Jay and Nancy Krevsky Production Center) on 6th and Hurlock in the early 1950s. Shortly after that move, in 1957, Mike Greenwald saw a show at Theatre Harrisburg for the first time. “From the first time I saw their show, one of the things that attracted me was the professional quality. It wasn’t your typical community theatre.” Mike, who is a current board member of Theatre Harrisburg, recalls that the longest running and most well-attended production in the theatre’s history was Fiddler on the Roof, which has been produced two times. The original production starred Jay Krevsky as Tevye. “If you drop a hat, Jay will perform a selection from Fiddler on the Roof,” says Mike. Jay also played Rabbi Isaac Saunders in Gamut Theatre’s 2008 production of The Chosen. The Krevsky family is now in its fourth generation of performers, as Jay and Nancy’s children, Mona and Sol, have both performed, and Sol’s children, Abby and Lilah, have graced the stage, as well. “Seeing familiar Jewish faces on stage was always a treat,” says Julie Sherman, who was active in JCC drama throughout her
Nancy Krevsky, Front and Center, The Crucible. Courtesy of Jay Krevsky
Jay Krevsky and Mike Greenwald on the HCT Revue. Courtesy of Jay Krevsky
Chorus sings during 2018 JCC production of Seussical The Musical
teen years. “It reflected well on our community, as well as opened minds and hearts in the wider community to aspects of the Jewish experience.” In the early 1980s, the JCC was home to a special Broadway Revue titled “Showstoppers,” featuring an all-Jewish cast performing songs from many of the JCC’s previous productions. The show was directed by Richard Wilson, who is a member of the JCC’s Legacy Hall, and featured Harvey Freedman, Elaine Simons, Jay and Nancy Krevsky, Scott and Carol Sudhalter, Allison Barget, Steve Reuben, Henry Silberman, Doris Adelstein, Sue Dym, Ellen Aronson, Barry Gordon, Bobby Kessler, Marc Finkle, Sheri Minkoff Solomon, Pat Taksen, Al Bryant, Marian Frankston, Lanie Freedman, Bruce Bayuk, Laurie Fisher, and more. “Ira Rappaport is another actor who’s often seen on stages in our area,” adds Mike. Theatre continues at the JCC today. The children’s theatre program is produced by longtime JCC employee Terry Fisher, who has been around theatre all her life. “I love watching the end result. And the kids love it. They sing the songs on the bus and in aftercare. All the parents come to see the shows. It’s amazing to watch these kids.” The tradition will continue in April when the children perform their rendition of Shrek Jr., for which rehearsals started in January. Continued on page 5
Message from the CEO BY JENNIFER ROSS
ne of the annual highlights at the JCC is the children’s drama production. I am eagerly awaiting Shrek Jr. in April. We have been fortunate to have talented actors and actresses, creative technicians and staff, and devoted producers and directors of our children’s drama productions for many years now. We are appreciative of generous patrons like Lois Lehrman Grass and the audiences that have filled the Mary Sachs Auditorium on a regular basis. A child’s participation in these type of productions is a stepping stone to a lifetime of appreciation of the arts and a richer life overall. This year’s production will also be enhanced by the generosity of Peggy Grove who donated funding to replace the curtains in the Mary Sachs Auditorium to match the wallpaper she replaced five years ago. You can read more about theatre in our feature article in this edition. There are times when drama isn’t healthy, and that is when it interferes with the relationships that we have with our family and friends. Last fall, I reported that I was working on an initiative with the JCC of the East Bay in Berkeley, CA called Living Room Conversations. These online discussions are intended as bridges across issues that divide and separate us. I thought it was important to co-host one of these dialogues to demonstrate that we are capable of listening to and learning from people whose viewpoints differ from ours. As an organization whose mission is to unify the Jewish Community, I saw this as a good vehicle to demonstrate how it could be done. Simply due to logistics, it took a little longer than expected to coordinate, but on January 10, our two communities came together for a video conference call regarding immigration. Nevin Mindlin, Sanford Krevsky, and I represented Harrisburg, and one of East Bay’s participants was Sandy’s brother George Krevsky, formerly of Harrisburg. I’m happy to report that we had an engaging and very respectful conversation on the topic. Overall, I was pleased with the outcome and the possibility of future follow up conversations. A recording and a more detailed article will be forthcoming. January 10 was an impactful and meaningful day for me because we also held the official launch of the Jewish Leadership Program (JLP) that evening. Past President Gerry Gorelick taught Jewish Values to fifteen of our participants. There was healthy debate and opinion about what constitutes Jewish Values and people came to the session reflecting upon what general leadership traits they value most. JLP is comprised of a nice blend of Harrisburg natives and newcomers. I personally learned a lot from this session and look forward to learning together with this engaged group. I was inspired by the new generation of leadership in the room.
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Community Review Vol. 93 No. 28 February 1, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Sales Director Ayelet Shanken 717-409-8222 email@example.com Design and Layout Lisette Magaro Designs Graphic Designer Lisette Magaro Postmaster: Send address changes to Community Review, 3301 N. Front Street, Harrisburg, Pa., 17110. Mission Statement of The Community Review: Inform readers about local, national and international events of interest to Jews. Promote Jewish values, Jewish identity and a sense of Jewish community in central Pennsylvania.
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JCC Teams Find Success at Carlisle Christian Basketball Tournament BY TERRI TRAVERS
ecently the JCC’s High School Boys and Girls basketball teams as well as the Middle School Boys team participated in the Carlisle Christian 3rd Annual Basketball Tournament. The tournament featured great competition, amazing effort, and a few moments of complete fun. The Middle School boys’ team won the tournament for the third straight year. The boys had a close call in a preliminary game against a talented Carlisle Christian team but the boys fought hard to hold on to a 5 point victory. The boys also beat a team from Frederick Christian. In the championship game where the boys yet again faced Carlisle Christian the JCC team came out on fire. The boys won by a final score of 49-29. With only 9 guys on the team it was truly a total team effort to go 3-0 over the course the tournament. This improves the middle
JCC High School Girls finish in 2nd place in Carlisle Christian Basketball Tournament
up their opponent. The JCC plays Carlisle Christian at least twice each season and many of our high school players have been battling against the same group of kids since they were in 6th grade. Over the years many of the players have gotten to know each other and
despite wanting to win, there is a high level of respect for each other. In addition to the games, the tournament also featured a 3-point-shooting contest and some crazy halftime competitions. In the middle school 3-point-shooting contest, the JCC had numerous players participate. JCC players clinched the second and third place finish, losing to a sharp shooter from Carlisle Christian. Josh Jackson finished second, hitting 13 of 25 shots and Carter Fitzgerald finished third, hitting 12 of 25 from 3-point range. In one of the most entertaining moments of the weekend, varsity boys assistant coach Brendon Booz won a halftime competition by eating a hotdog and making a layup before his opponent. According to senior co-captain Ryan Jacobs, “Coach Booz disappointed us by missing his first attempt at his layup as he is always telling us we must finish by the basket. Luckily he got his own rebound and made the follow-up shot. We were proud of him for sticking with it” The JCC basketball season is going strong and with a month left in the season, the teams are excited to see what else they can accomplish.
Serving Central PA for 40 Years JCC Middle School Boys take home championship trophy
school boy’s overall record to 11-1 on the season. The High School Boys have also participated in all three years of the Carlisle Christian tournament. The JCC won the tournament last year and was looking to defend its title. After an exciting preliminary game against Frederick Christian where the JCC won 50-40 it led to a very competitive final between the JCC and Carlisle Christian. The championship game went back and forth with the JCC pulling ahead to win by a final of 58-53.
The High School Girls team was short on numbers but that did not keep them from playing their hardest. Despite only having 6 players and massive foul troubles the girls team held on to win an exciting semifinal game against Frederick Christian. The girls eventually lost in the championship to Carlisle Christian 42-28 however they played hard until the final buzzer. The on court competition was wellmatched. What sets this tournament apart from many others is that it was full of great kids who fight for the ball, but when the whistle blows, they extend a hand to help
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This celebration is for YOU! Join us! THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21 Registration 6:00 pm—Awards Presentation 6:30 pm
SUSQUEHANNA ART MUSEUM (SAM)* 1401 N. 3rd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102 f
Michael Halak, Syrian-African Cracked Olives, 2014-15, oil on canvas, courtesy of Noga Gallery of Contemporary Art
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Please RSVP by Wednesday, February 13 (717) 409-8220 OPTION 2— firstname.lastname@example.org
THANKS TO YOU…
our organizations achieved success and will receive grant awards! Israeli style hors d’oeuvres Beer/wine Dress—business casual Free valet parking front of SAM Glat Kosher Dairy Dietary Laws will be observed
Tal Shochat, Afarsemon (Persimmon), 2011, C-print, courtesy of the artist and Rosenfeld Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel
* Includes exciting Israeli Art: Visions of Place: Complex Geographies in Contemporary Israeli Art The Jewish Community Foundation of Central PA is sponsoring and presenting our community-wide legacy initiative. It is a collaborative effort between the following organizations:
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Shrek Jr., The Musical Rehearsals are underway for the JCC Drama Department’s Production of Shrek Jr., The Musical, being performed on April 11 and 14. Here’s a sneak peak of the cast that you can look forward to in the performance: Shrek- Luke Patterson
Papa Ogre-Chris Fleming
Mama Bear- Julia Klein
Pied Piper-Yael Hadora
Princess Fiona- Emma Creason
Baby Ogre/Little BearJosh Davidheiser
Papa Bear-Jonah Turk-Gellar
Puss in Boots-Chloe Hjelm
Wicked Witch-Sadie Ross
Bishop- Abby Krevsky
Ugly Duckling-Lilah Krevsky
Dwarf- Aeden Hardie
Big Bad Wolf-Maddie Lepore
Rooster- Iyanna Walker
Pig 1- Caleb McElwee
Ensemble – Ben Creason Scott Creason Nayella Reeves Cali Summerscales Brad Dissinger Zoe Schwartz
Donkey- Ella McKell Lord Farquaad-Yaakov Reid Pinnochio-Hannah Harvey Gingy (Gingerbread Man)Hannah Strickland
Young Fiona-Caitlyn Shorey Storyteller/Knight 1- Brady Turk-Gellar Storyteller/Knight 2- Chelsea Myers Storyteller/Knight 3- Katie Paul
Dragon- Alana Reid
Knight 4-Chauncey Papenfuse
Mama Ogre/Teen FionaDevorah Cheskis
Captain of the Guards- Cullen Hardie
Pig 2- Addy Rosenberg Pig 3- Penelope Lepore Peter Pan- Jenna Klein
Message from the Macy Deskiewicz, Director:
“I’m so excited to get started on this production! After three years of doing ‘kids’ versions, I think the cast and the audiences will be really excited to see how much we can do with a Jr. Show! Shrek is so full of funny lines and beautiful costumes and we have a really wonderful cast this year! This will be our best show yet!”
Theatre in Harrisburg Continued from page 1
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SO WHY ALL THESE JEWS IN THEATRE? “I love telling a story,” says Nancy Krevsky. “Theatre reflects current ideas in politics and in religion. For Jews, it goes way back to survival. Joking and making fun of ourselves, that’s how we stayed alive in very difficult circumstances. There’s nothing like live entertainment to tell that story.” Jay recalls that he once gave a talk for which he compiled a binders-worth of names of Jewish people in show business. “I don’t know why, but it’s hard to find a name that you can think of that isn’t on that list!” In 2013, PBS released a documentary titled “Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy,” which looked at the inventive and plentiful contributions of Jewish composers through the beginnings and history of Broadway, showcasing the work of Jewish innovators such as Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Stephen Sondheim, and more. “Aren’t we all hams?” jokes Mike Greenwald, who performed as the lead in Theatre Harrisburg’s 1967 production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. “We like to show off.” Lois Grass adds that “a world without theatre, music, and visual arts is just not the kind of world that we want to live in.” TWO WAY STREET It is true there are many Jews in the Harrisburg area who have benefitted from community theatre and educational theatre programs. Theatre Harrisburg once held the HCT School during evenings and weekends, and the JCC and The Silver Academy both have children’s theatre programs to this day.
Theatre in Harrisburg has benefitted from the intense involvement of the Jewish community, as well. Mike Greenwald credits Jews in the Harrisburg area with helping to keep theatre viable across the midstate. “I’m not sure that theatre in Harrisburg would be as vibrant as it is if it were not for the substantial support it gets from the Jewish community. Music, dance, and theatre are all things that are important to Jews and Jewish families.” Look in most Playbills in the area and you can often find many names you will recognize not just in the cast listing, but the patron listing, as well. “In terms of education as well as appreciation, I think that the Jewish community in Harrisburg has had a major impact on theatre, and theatre has had a major impact on the community,” Mike continues. In 2017, Maureen Kendler wrote an article for the Jewish Chronicle exploring the Jewish community’s love for Fiddler on the Roof. “The shtetl has a very special place in the Jewish heart, as a place of identity and origin,” she writes. “(Fiddler on the Roof showed) a tragic and unspeakably painful end to a remarkable way of life where, despite living in danger, with boundaries so limited and security so flimsy, shtetl life was warm and vital.” Like the shtetl that Maureen describes, today’s theatre can also be thought of as “warm and vital,” where community members come together for an experience where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. Nancy has a simple message for theatre lovers who may have retired their dancing shoes or who prefer to stay away from the spotlight: “Just come to the theatre!”
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Silver Academy Alumni Make Impact Through Giving Circle BY LARA NOVAK
Silver Academy’s Musical Theater Club Presents…
BY SAMARA SOFIAN
very Wednesday throughout the school year 24 Silver Academy students, representing grades 1-8, stay after school for an hour to participate in the Musical Theater Club, led by Mrs. Marina Cherepinsky. The club focuses on the process of preparing for a performance. Through a carefully crafted experiential education curriculum, students learn how to become better actors and singers. They don’t simply learn their lines and the songs, but gain an understanding of how to work as a team, follow stage directions, and develop a character. Students learn how to utilize their facial expressions, speech inflections, and body language to enhance their performance. They also learn choral blend and balance, group vocal technique, and sight singing skills. The club focuses on the quality of the students’ performance, rather than an elaborate production and set. The students, of course, are what our audiences are here to see! Furthermore, connections to other elements of The Silver Academy’s curriculum are made within the English, Social Studies, Science, Math, and Jewish Studies classrooms. This year the Musical Theater Club is presenting Disney’s Peter Pan, Jr. Their performance will be held on Thursday, May 30 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm in the Mary Sachs Auditorium at the JCC. There is a suggested donation of $5 per ticket. The Silver Academy looks forward to welcoming the community to the performance!
Silver Academy students inspect specimens through microscrope donated by Giving Circle
he Silver Academy is a one-of-a-kind institution: a community based Jewish Day School that provides a top rate education and focuses on molding children into Mensches. We are beyond fortunate to have the opportunity to immerse our children in an educational institution nestled in our Jewish Community Center. I am a former attendee of the Yeshiva Academy (1984-1985) for K and 1st, now mother to a kindergartener and 2nd grader at The Silver Academy. I want to share about a project that began last year -- the creation of Silver Academy’s Alumni Giving Circle. A giving circle pools the intellect and resources from a group of like-minded individuals to make an impact on the world. To join the circle, a person had to once have been a student at Silver or the Yeshiva, though matriculation through graduation was not a requirement. We had a minimum contribution to join, though members were welcome to donate more. Each member is eligible to vote on applications to fund projects within the school using the membership fees of the Giving Circle. In 2018, we had 3 virtual meetings. We established our mission and discussed goals, reviewed grant requests, and voted on the allocation of funds. Our Mission Statement became the following: “The members of the Alumni Giving Circle are grateful for The Silver Academy education that has shaped us into the adults we are today. In coming together, we aim to ensure the legacy of Rabbi David L. Silver and his teachings for future generations.” The establishment of the Giving Circle was shared with the teachers and staff at Silver and within the Harrisburg Jewish Community. We asked for grant requests and received 3. At the 2018 Silver Academy graduation ceremony, I was pleased to report that our inaugural alumni giving circle was able to support, in part, all 3 of the requests as well as establish a donor advised fund within the Jewish Community Foundation. We hope that this fund will grow as our Silver Academy Alumni Giving Circle grows from one circle into many circles as more alumni join the mission. The following is what we were able to support last year: The Musical Theatre program was awarded 3 scholarships for students to participate in the school’s musical theatre production. The science program was awarded a new microscope. Mrs. Gaughan had requested two microscopes; a member of the circle personally contributed funds for the second microscope. Our third grant was awarded to PJ Library in Harrisburg. We were able to contribute funds toward a matching grant for additional programming in Harrisburg. PJ Library programs spread the good word of the Silver Academy to folks within Harrisburg and the larger region. If the mission of the Silver Academy’s Giving Circle resonates with you, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will begin our 2019 Giving Circle Campaign in February. I look forward to another successful Giving Circle campaign and can’t wait to see what opportunities will come forward for us this Spring!
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Senior Update BY ROBERTA KRIEGER
n Thursday, January 3rd, after lunch we played the Millionaire game. Well, all I can say is we are not as smart as we think we are. The difficulty, or in some cases, lack of difficulty (questions given to other tables, of course) ranged from Very Early Childhood (2 years of age) to many that can only be answered by people with a genetic connection to Einstein, Michelangelo, or Mozart (those given to our table), just to give you a few examples. The competition is fierce, even though everyone gets a prize of a candy bar. The only difference is that the winning table gets first choice. On Tuesday, January 8th, we had our business meeting, better known as “Lox Tuesday.” It’s too bad that we are unable to video our meetings and send it to Congress and the Senate to show how proficient grown-ups can be. On second thought, Big Brother might actually be watching. If so, a lesson could have been learned. All one needs for camaraderie is a good bagel, cream cheese, lox, tomato, and onion. Finish that off with a piece of kugel or cheese blintzes, and the world will be saved. A highlight of this meeting was the appearance of Carla and Ira Silverman. As many of you are aware, Ira is recuperating from surgery and they have not been able to go to the JCC, or for that matter, any place that doesn’t have a stethoscope or blood pressure monitor on the premises. It was great to see them both, and hopefully they will soon be back on our list of “regulars.” On Thursday, January 10th, one of our many talented Sr. Club members, Sandy Gilleo, once again came armed with paints, stencils, and markers, etc., for us to use to show off our artistic abilities. Sandy brought a few tablecloths which highlighted our talents from her previous lesson. In actuality, they really were very nice. Even the few of us that find it hard to tell the difference between a marker and a paintbrush and the colors yellow and orange did some beautiful work. It will be a feel good moment when we actually use these cloths. By the time you get to read this column we would have completed an exciting end to the month. Some of our “faves” (Herm Minkoff, John Maietta, Pat Dodd and Dr. Koones) will have done programs, making us very happy that we are part of the JCC Sr. Adult Club. As usual, I will give you all the highlights in my next column. FYI...If any of you seniors have something you would like me to incorporate in my next column, please let me know and I will try to accommodate your request. Before I sign off, I would like to let you know that one of our members, Marshall Galinsky is now in a rehab for physical therapy and although it will be a long haul, so far so good. We wish him and Susie the best. Our deepest condolences go to the family of Harvey Engelman on his recent passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.
Opening of Alexander Grass Second Stage at Gamut Theatre
Photo courtesy of HRC and CREDC.
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Visions of Place: Complex Geographies in Contemporary Israeli Art AN INTRODUCTION TO THE EXHIBITION BY MARTIN ROSENBERG PH.D. AND J. SUSAN ISAACS PH.D., CO-CURATORS
rom February 10-May 19, 2019, people in the Harrisburg region will have an unprecedented opportunity to view the first major national touring exhibition of contemporary Israeli art in decades -- “Visions of Place: Complex Geographies in Contemporary Israeli Art,” at the Susquehanna Art Museum in Harrisburg. The exhibition includes 49 works by a diverse group of 34 artists, including many of Israel’s leading contemporary artists. It focuses on the theme of the “geography” of Israel, which is not only of central importance to Israel, but also to the larger world today. Israel is a complex, fascinating country. Its significance as a modern nation---built on the foundation of millennia of history, as a focal point for three major religions, as a place of geopolitical importance in a turbulent region, as a complex mosaic of peoples from many backgrounds, and as a microcosm of many of the forces and issues of the 21st century---far outweighs its tiny size and population. Yet many people in the United States know relatively little about its vibrant contemporary expressions of art and culture.
These include: competing views of history, relationship to, and conflicts over place, questions of identity, and secular vs. religious perspectives, among others. The exhibition—a broad survey focused around a significant central theme—demonstrates the richness, complexity, and diversity of perspectives in contemporary Israeli art as a reflection of Israeli society. It is particularly timely, providing a rich artistic experience while also catalyzing a broader, more open dialogue relating to the important issues raised by Israel’s contemporary artists. Given the complexity of the central theme and the variety of works, we have divided the exhibition into five sub-themes: • “The Past in the Present,” in which works address Biblical and historical aspects of Israel, including the Holocaust; • “People in the Land,” in which works engage with the Zionist narrative, the agricultural past and present, and some of the diverse populations and geographies of Israel; • “Contested Geographies,” in which works deal primarily with Gaza and the West Bank; Tal Shochat, Afarsemon (Persimmon), 2011, C-print, courtesy of the artist and Rosenfeld Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Visions of Place: Complex Geographies in Contemporary Israeli Art will be on display at the Susquehanna Art Museum from February 10 – May 19, 2019, and showcases approximately 50 works, including photos, videos, installations, paintings, sculptures and more, by 34 artists. For more information on the exhibits visit to Harrisburg, visit www.SusquehannaArtMuseum.org.
Michael Halak, Syrian-African Cracked Olives, 2014-15, oil on canvas, 31.2 x 47.25, courtesy of Noga Gallery of Contemporary Art
Oded Balilty, A Royal Wedding, 2013, Archival print, courtesy of the artist and N&N Gallery,Tel-Aviv, Israel3-Oded-Balilty_A-Royal-Wedding
As Americans, we (the curators) are “outsiders.” Before we began this project, we had limited knowledge of Israeli contemporary art (since relatively little is exhibited in this country). We began our exploration with no preconceptions or specific agendas. After extensive research, including numerous trips to Israel, visits with gallery directors, curators, and many artists, we found that some of the most compelling works by many contemporary Israeli artists engaged the theme of geography, in its physical, personal, religious, intellectual, political, existential, historical, and economic manifestations. Geography, conceived in this broad sense, is an inescapable part of Israeli life, its psyche, and art, and issues in relation to geography are some of the most pressing ones in the contemporary world. Many of the artists in the exhibition have a focus that is both local and global, and also exhibit their work internationally. Visions of Place includes works in diverse media by Israeli citizens who speak to these vital concerns from a variety of perspectives. Like the population of Israel, the majority of the artists are Jewish and come from many different backgrounds. The exhibition also includes Arab artists who are Muslim, Christian, and Druze. Half of the artists are women. While focused specifically on Israel, the topics raised by the exhibition have wide interest and applicability in the broader contemporary world.
• “Interventions: From Destruction to Healing,” in which the works reveal the impact of conflict on the land and people, and individual artists’ struggle toward an alternative vision, one of peace and healing; • and “Diverse Identities,” in which artists reveal the complex mosaic of peoples that make up Israel by exploring issues of religion, nationality, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and other aspects of identity, from a variety of perspectives. More information about the artists, the works, and the exhibition as a whole can be found on the exhibition website: israelivisionsofplace.com We hope to expose the viewing public to as wide a sampling of work centered around this significant theme as is feasible in a single exhibition. We have chosen a broad survey approach, rather than showing a substantial number of works by a few select artists. In this way, we hope to open a window for viewers to engage with a large number of aesthetically compelling and conceptually rich “insiders’” views of contemporary Israel, seen through its artists’ rich and diverse perspectives. We hope that all viewers will find a visit to the exhibition a deeply engaging and meaningful experience.
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HBG JCC Indoor Triathlon February 10, 2019
How far can you go? 15 Minute Swim in our indoor pool 20 Minute Ride on a spin bike 15 Minute Run on a treadmill Join the JCC for the fifth annual indoor triathlon. Participants ages 13 and older of all skill levels are encouraged to participate. Cost: $25 JCC Member/$30 Regular Rate All Individual Pre-Registered by 1/28/19 will receive a t-shirt. First heat starts at 8am. Preregistration required as limited spots. For a registration form contact email@example.com HBG JCC 3301 N. Front Street Harrisburg PA 17110 717-236-9555
They created their Jewish Legacy. Please join them and the many others who are remembering Jewish causes in their will, trust, life insurance policy or retirement accounts. THE JEWISH COMMUNITY FOUNDATION Of Central Pennsylvania INDUCTED
JOSH MILLMAN & DEBBY ABEL Susquehanna Tzedakah Society May 8, 2018
Josh Millman, Foundation Chair (FY2018-2020) and Debby Abel
Debby is a Harrisburg native and very grateful for her nine year Silver Academy education. The JCC was a second home for activities including art and swimming classes. Summers meant the JCC day camp. Learning Jewish values at home and in school, it was only natural to want to give back to the community. Volunteering and philanthropy were natural for Debby. Her Grandmother, Mina Grosky, raised money for Youth Aliyah and served for decades as Hadassah Life member chair. Her mother, Dottie Abel, was also very active in Hadassah. Father, Frank Abel (z’l) was influenced at an early age to practice Tzedakah by his step father, Sam Lehrman – his first donation was to a school in development – at that time – the Yeshiva Academy. Frank was active in the Harrisburg Jewish community including the Yeshiva/ Silver Academy and as a founder of the Jewish Community Foundation. In 2017, Frank and Dottie were recognized by the Foundation with the Morrie Schwab Award for their lifelong service. Neighbor, Frances Goldberg (z”l) was another influence on Debby. Frances got Debby involved in Young Judaea which further generated her love for Israel and Judaism. Debby served as local and Regional President of Young Judaea, necessitating regular trips to Philadelphia. This was fortunate, enabling her to meet a kind, intelligent, fun young man with a great sense of humor. Debby and Josh have been married for over 40 years! Debby was also very active in UJA teen campaigns and volunteered elsewhere in the Harrisburg community. During college, Debby and Josh were very involved with Jewish Big Brothers/Big Sisters in Minneapolis. They still keep tabs on their “littles”, attended weddings and have met their children. The Jewish Community Foundation of Central PA has a new phone number! You can still reach us by calling the JCC or you may call us directly at
717-409-8220. Our way of continuing to improve services to the Central Pennsylvania Jewish community.
After eighteen years living elsewhere, Debby and Josh made an unexpected move - back to Harrisburg. Debby returned to volunteering working as co-chair of the Federation Super Sunday program, and serving on the Silver Academy Board. Debby is proud to serve as president of Abel Personnel, her family business which is in its 50th year. Abel Personnel has helped thousands of people find employment and assisted companies to find quality employees. More recently, the firm has added a new division, A+Teachers which provides substitute teachers to schools. Debby and Josh have built a beautiful family which has grown from daughter Rachel and son Jonathan to include, their wonderful spouses – respectively Jason and Rebecca, grandchildren George and Maddie, and newest arrival—Avery Stephanie on May 21, 2018! On behalf of a grateful community, the Foundation thanked Debby for outstanding contributions to Jewish life in our community. The Jewish Community Foundation of Central Pennsylvania was founded, and is guided, by passionate Jews who recognize the need for a trusted, Jewish, charitable gift planning resource. For decades, the Foundation has been helping Jewish givers and Jewish organizations support Jewish and general life in central PA, Israel and around the world. In partnership with these Jewish organizations and donors, the Foundation is ensuring that our synagogues, agencies and rich Jewish heritage and traditions are vibrant now and secure for the future.
Call the Jewish Community Foundation to discuss what is in your heart and how you can leave a legacy to causes that are important to you! Contact Paulette Keifer at 717-409-8220 (ext 1) or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Girls’ Sports Night is Back
fter several years break, the Harrisburg JCC’s annual Girls Sports and Fitness Night was back and more fun than ever! Over 30 girls participated in an amazing night that allowed girls to try seven different sports and fitness activities. “The program’s goal is to expose girls to a variety of fitness options to show there is something fun for everybody. We want to help increase self-esteem and empower girls to try new activities in a fun and supportive environment” stated Sports & Fitness Director Terri Travers. Over the course of the evening, the girls took part in Zumba, Yoga, Kickboxing, Gaga, Soccer, Basketball, and Hip Hop Dance. “My favorite activities were yoga and kickboxing,” said 1st grader Emily Fleming.Most of the instructors volunteered their time and were beyond excited to be part of this great night. Gaga instructor Allie Schwartz commented “The girls had so much fun and were willing to try hard. It was amazing to be around such positive energy.” The JCC Girls middle school basketball team volunteered to be the group leaders for the event. “I remember doing the event when I was younger so it was awesome to be able to help out at the event now,” said 7th grade student Sydney Plesco. Thanks to all who participated and the JCC looks forward to hosting the event again next year.
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Upcoming Sports Schedule 2.1.19 – 2.14.19
3rd – 5th 2/7 vs Holy Name, Girls 7pm 2/10 vs East Penn Rec, Girls, Time TBD 2/12 vs Good Shepherd, Girls 6pm 4th -7th 2/5 vs St. Margaret Mary, Boys 6pm 2/7 vs West Shore Christian, Boys 6pm Middle School 2/3 vs Hershey Christian, Girls 4pm, Boys 5pm 2/5 at Christian School of York, Girls 4pm, Boys 5pm 2/6 at Kraybill, Girls 4pm, Boys 5pm 2/7 West Shore Christian, Girls 4pm, Boys 5pm 2/11 Playoffs, Time TBD 2/14 Championships at HBG Academy, Time TBD High School 2/6 vs St. Catherine, Girls 7pm 2/13 vs St. Catherine, Boys 6:30/7:45pm Bold = JCC Home Game
Upcoming Sports Schedule 1.4.19 -1.23.19
3-6th Grade Girls 1/6 JCC 18-East Penn Rec 10 1/7 JCC 10 vs CDYBA 12 1/10 JCC 12 vs. CDYBA red 16 1/14 JCC 12 vs. Holy Name 20 1/15 JCC 8 vs. Good Shepherd 18 1/20 JCC 28 vs. East Penn Rec 26 4th-7th Boys 1/3 JCC Lost to Holy Name 1/10 JCC lost to St. Theresa 1/15 JCC 10 vs. Good Shepherd 40 1/17 JCC 4 vs. West Shore Christian 8 JCC 26 vs. St. Margaret Mary 10 Middle School Girls 1/3 JCC 26 vs. Grace Baptist 15 1/10 JCC win over HNJ 1/15 JCC 15 vs. Kraybill 25 1/17 JCC 18 vs. West Shore Christian 19 1/22 JCC 18 vs. LCD 19 Middle School Boys 1/3 JCC vs Grace Baptist 32-11 1/8 JCC vs Carlisle Christian 45-22 1/15 JCC 43-Kraybill 19 1/17 JCC 33-West Shore Christian 15 1/22 JCC 20-LCD 29 High School Boys 1/8 JCC 60 vs. Carlisle Christian 52 1/9 JCC 59 vs. St. Theresa 37 1/16 JCC 53 vs. St. Joseph Mechanicsburg 32 1/17 JCC 55 vs. Holy Name 33 JV High School Boys 1/6 JCC 59 vs. St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton 48 1/9 JCC 53 vs. St. Theresa 38 1/14 JCC 62 vs Seven Sorrows 15 1/16 JCC 52 vs. St. Joseph Mechanicsburg 31 High School Girls 1/8 JCC 14 vs Carlisle Christian 36 1/14 JCC 20 vs. St. Catherine 45 1/21 JCC 29 vs. St. Joseph Hanover 41
History and the Effects of Its Absence BY DANI FESSLER, YORK JCC CEO
he International Holocaust Remembrance Day was established by the U.N. to be commemorated on January 27th. This date was chosen as the same date that the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp was liberated by the Soviet Red Army. In the text of Resolution 60/7, which established the commemoration of the day, the General Assembly of the United Nations called for nations not only to remember the horrors of the Holocaust, but also to teach its history to new generations, rebuke holocaust denial, preserve any sites or camps of concentration and destruction, and denounce xenophobia and race-based or religious-based violence. This was done lest we forget what happened, and ensure that genocides such as the one committed during the Second World War will not be repeated. In the last few weeks, mainstream media in the United States unveiled images of hate from across the nation. Youth in Indianapolis, Wisconsin and other places make regular use of the Nazi salute and other Nazi symbols in this day and age. One of the teenagers in the Wisconsin photos was quoted saying, with pride: “I hate all races equally.” These kinds of images were seen in Nazi Germany before the onset of WWII, and were part of an active program of the National Socialist Party to recruit support from all strata of the population. When the Nazi Party seized power in March 1933, all children and teenagers were required to be part of the party’s youth organization – The Hitler Youth. Are these images from the United States in 2019 an indication and warning for things to come? When viewed on the evening news or on the front page of a newspaper, some might cry out and say: “How can this be?,” or “This is just horrible.” Some might think that this is rebellious teen spirit and these children do not fully know what they are doing. That they are ultimately innocent and they are all good children. Some might even move on to the next page, ignoring the images and not seeing the problem. Comments made by the principals of the schools where these teenagers attend, came quickly and viewed this behavior with harshness, and goes counter to every value the schools and communities try to teach these young adults. The use of Nazi symbolism is protected under the First Amendment and some of the teenagers were even quoted saying so. They are right, and some might say that this constitutes hate-speech and that it should be outlawed. While the kind of rhetoric these teenagers use is fueled by hate, we must not forget that the very Nazi party that was democratically elected in 1933 used speech-restricting laws to cement its grasp on power and outlaw any other party that held different views. By taking the liberties of one group, you endanger yours from being taken as well. Freedom and liberty cannot be sustained unless they are provided for all. Furthermore, Nazi symbolism is banned and outlawed in most countries in Europe, and that has done little to prevent the rise of Neo-Nazi groups on the continent. Therefore, restricting speech is not the solution. Seeing images like these on International Holocaust Remembrance Day of 2019 should worry us and move us out of our comfort and indifference zone. We must call for clear and decisive action across all states of the Union to establish mandatory school programs that teach the history of the Holocaust and the humanitarian disciplines that may prevent another one. The chapter of history that is the Second World War is still very recent in memory and is critical to understanding the state of our world today, and the dangers that it still faces. This should not be a matter exclusive to the Jewish community and other minorities, but as the top priority for anyone whose life, liberty, and security matter to them. The images that were released to the public on January 27th, 1945, on the day of liberation of Auschwitz, should be at the back of our minds constantly when faced with the threats to our modern society. We must not observe idly as young minds are corrupted by hate and lack of knowledge, but take active measures to teach tolerance and liberal values.
Community Purim Carnival Sunday, March 17, 2019 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Jewish Community Center Exciting carnival games for all ages, arts & craft projects, prizes & inflatable fun. Free to the entire community.
Lunch is available at a nominal fee.
This program is funded by the Annual Campaign of the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg
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Life Cycle Obituaries SELMA BERKOWITZ Selma Berkowitz, 89. devoted mother, grandmother, and friend, passed away in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania until she and husband Lee moved to Florida twenty years ago. He passed away in 2009. Most recently, she lived at the Palace Suites in Kendall from 2008-2014. She is survived by her loving sons and their families. Robert (Cathy), Alan (Felecia), and Mark. She will be tremendously missed by Grandchildren Emily, Matthew (Carla), Scott, Katie (Etan) and Annie (Jordan). She is also survived by loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends. Funeral Services were held on Thursday, January 10th at Riverside Gordon at Mt. Nebo, Kendall. HARVEY ENGLEMAN Harvey Engelman, 87, of Harrisburg, PA (formerly of Forest Hills, NY and Brooklyn, NY) passed away on January 13, 2019 at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Harvey was a sweet mensch. From a young age he learned to take care of those around
him. He was a good son and brother. He was an exceptionally devoted husband to his beloved wife, Phyllis, z”l, caring for her and nursing her at home throughout her last years. Harvey was an exceptional parent and a loving, joyful grandfather. He was a dutiful Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, and a quiet hero at home and in his communities. Harvey is survived by his daughter Holly, son-in-law Moshe, and grandsons Chaim and Elez Bell. He will be deeply missed. Funeral services were held on January 15 at Schwartz Brothers Memorial Chapel (Forest Hills, NY). Donations in memory of Harvey Engelman may be made to The Silver Academy, 3301 N. Front St., Harrisburg, PA 17110. ARLENE FRADKIN Arlene E. Fradkin, 82, of Harrisburg, passed away on Friday, January 11, 2019 at Carolyn’s House. She was born on November 16, 1936 in Philadelphia, PA to the late Louis and Catherine (Levanthal) Mitchell. She was a member of Temple Ohev Sholom of Harrisburg and its sisterhood. She had
volunteered in the Susquehanna Township School District and was a volunteer reader for the blind in the community. Mrs. Fradkin enjoyed fashion, decorating, golf, and tennis, but it was her grandchildren that brought her the most joy. Surviving are her husband Charles Fradkin, her daughter Valerie S. Gross (Laurence) of Voorhees, NJ, her son Gregg A. Fradkin (Amy) of Boston, MA, her brother Joseph Mitchell (Phyllis) of Philadelphia, her 5 grandchildren, David “DJ” Fradkin, Alec Fradkin, Seth Gross, Alyssa Gross, and Hannah Gross. Funeral services were at 2pm on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 in the Bookstaber Chapel of Mount Moriah Cemetery, Harrisburg. Burial at Mount Moriah Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Arlene’s honor may be made to Carolyn’s House 1320 Linglestown Road Harrisburg, PA 17110. HENNY FREEDMAN Henny Freedman, 93, of Harrisburg, passed away on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at her home. She was born on October 7, 1925 in New York, NY to the late Isadore & Caroline Greene. She was a member of Beth El Temple, Harrisburg, Hadassah, and the former Blue Ridge Country Club. Henny was a poet… not as well-known as Emily Dickinson…but extraordinaire nonetheless. An avid reader, she enjoyed doing the New York Times puzzle every Sunday. She volunteered at the library once a week and was a regular at her Synagogue’s Wednesday minyan service. She also had a passion for music and was a Symphony regular for several decades. Henny was preceded in death by her loving husband Morris Freedman, her brother Daniel Greene and her sister Evelyn Goldstein.
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Surviving are her 2 sons, Dr. Alan Freedman (Nancy) of Atlanta, GA, Chuck Freedman (Margaret) of Harrisburg, her daughter Carol Freedman Kampf (Murray) of Atlanta, GA, her 5 grandchildren Stephanie Freedman, Dr. Nikki Freedman, Max Kampf, Danny Kampf, and Gabe Freedman. Funeral services were held on Friday, January 18, 2019 in the Chapel of Beth El Cemetery. Burial at Beth El Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Henny’s honor may be made to the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra 800 Corporate Circle Suite 101 Harrisburg, PA 17110 or to The Jewish Home 4000 Linglestown Road Harrisburg, PA 17112. SHIRLEY GOLDBERG Shirley Goldberg, 98, of Wilmington passed away on January 8, in Wilmington, Delaware. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, on December 2, 1920, to Jack and Molly Schwartz. She was a homemaker, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Her greatest pleasures were the times spent with her family. She enjoyed traveling, going to the beach, playing the piano, singing in a choral group, and playing Mah Jongg. She was a member of Kesher Israel Synagogue in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Molly Schwartz, her husband Harry, brother Matthew Schwartz, and sister Suzanne Morrison. She is survived by her daughters, Phyllis Kazinoff, Ruth Sharon (Jim), and Marsha Goldberger, eight grandchildren and eight great- grandchildren, in addition to many nieces and nephews. She was loved and will be greatly missed by her extended family and friends. The family would like to thank the wonderful, dedicated, caring staff at Kutz
Open Stage Presents The Diary of Anne Frank
Obituaries Rehabilitation and Nursing for the compassion given to Shirley during her time with them for the past few years. Private graveside service was held in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The family requests contributions be made in Shirley’s memory to: Kutz Rehabilitation and Nursing, 704 River Road, Wilmington, DE 19809. STANLEY GREEN Stanley Norman Green, 85, of Voorhees, NJ formally of Harrisburg, passed away on January 14, 2019. He was born in Harrisburg, PA on August 11, 1933 to Max and Elizabeth (Finkelstein) Green. He graduated from William Penn High School in Harrisburg, and Penn State University with a degree in Music Education. He was a member of Phi Mu Alpha Music Honorary Society and the Zeta Beta Tau Social Fraternity. He taught music in the Harrisburg Public Schools for over 40 years, and inspired many students to pursue music as a career. He was a member of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra and the Hershey Symphony. He was a founding member of the Old World Folk Band for the Preservation of Ethnic European Music. He had been an active member of The PA Music Educators Assn. (PMEA) and an active and retired member of The PA State Education Assn. (PSEA). Stanley served with the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Corps in Western Europe in the 1950s. He was a member of Beth El Temple and its choir, United Jewish Community and its Senior Group. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, the former Mildred Lowy, and his children David (Ann Hurwitz), Phillip (Lauren Sataloff), Leslie (Dan Ocko), and Michelle (Eddie Goldberg) and six grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Irene Abramson, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sisters Ruth Malask and Louise Finkel. A funeral service was held at the Beth El Cemetery Chapel on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at with Rabbi Eric Cytryn officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Beth El Temple. ROSLYN SILVERMAN Roslyn Silverman, 89, passed away on January 7, 2019 in Palo Alto, California. She was the beloved wife of Myer Silverman who served as Educational Director at Temple
Beth El for several years in the 1970s. She was born in Winnipeg Canada and lived there into adulthood, but moved with Myer and her three children, Sheree, Ian, and Gary to Miami Beach FL. Myer took positions in PA after this. Myer died prematurely in 1983. Roslyn was fortunate to gain employment for the State of PA in the late 70s and worked and lived in her home into retirement on Parkside Lane until 2007. She was well known walking on Italian lake with her Schnauzers Roxie and Erica. After her retirement she moved to Palo Alto, CA to be closer to her daughter and husband Ron Roth. True to form there as well, she was a constant, walking her Shnudel Kipper. Roslyn enjoyed her time in Harrisburg with the help of her Beth El Havurah that did wonderful trips and learning together. She loved her grandchildren Marc and Alan, Max and Zach, and shared in their care when they were young, and in all of their accomplishments, graduations, bar Mitzvahs, and weddings with great pride. She enjoyed Shabbat meals together with the expanding Roth clan and hosted and cooked for every other Shabbat to the very end. She took a special delight in her newly arrived great grandchildren and they in she, Mika, Will, and Owen. She will be sorely missed by her family: by her sister Clara Buckwold, her children and their spouses, Sheree (Ron), Ian (Beth), and Gary (Barbara), by her grandchildren and their spouses Zach (Ilana), Max (Rachel), Marc, and Alan, and by her greater family and friends. Funeral services were held on Thursday, January 10, 2019 in the Beth El Cemetery Chapel. Burial at Beth El Cemetery.
BY, DARA BERGEL BOURASSA
n Thursday, March 14, 7:30pm, in honor of the 20th anniversary of their production, Open Stage of Harrisburg has graciously decided to donate half of all ticket sales to Temple Ohev Sholom’s Religious School. The Diary of Anne Frank is based on the actual diary of a young girl who comes to age while hiding from the Nazis in a tiny, overcrowded attic with her family for more than two years. Anne’s story is a constant reminder of the power of the human spirit. This fundraising event will take place at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, 2701 N. 3rd St. Harrisburg, PA 17110. You do not need a special code or to select a specific ticket.
Half of all proceeds will automatically be donated to the Religious School. The cost of a ticket is $18. Please note that The Diary of Anne Frank is recommended for ages 10+ for difficult themes. All guests require a ticket, regardless of age, and no children under age 6 will be admitted. On behalf of Temple Ohev Sholom’s Religious School, we would like to thank you for attending the performance and truly appreciate the donation. For more information about the performance and to purchase tickets, please either visit this website https://www. openstagehbg.com/thediary or contact Open Stage of Harrisburg directly at 717-232-6736.
Jewish Leadership Program Holds First Meeting
ifteen young professionals of the Jewish community came together for an evening of discussion and brainstorming during the first meeting of the newly-revamped Jewish Leadership Program on Thursday, January 10th. The session was facilitated by Gerry Gorelick, who led an exploration of the group members’ values, Jewish values in general, and how those values play into leadership among Jewish organizations and otherwise. Members of the group included local clergy members, as well as professionals and executives from local
Jewish organizations and from the forprofit and nonprofit sector. “Gerry Gorelick lead a stimulating discussion on the way Jewish values can inform the decisions we make as communal leaders,” said Harvey Freedenberg, the project’s advisory chair. “I was pleased with the thoughtful contributions many of the leadership program participants made to the conversation. It’s a great group.” The Jewish Leadership Program was formerly titled Young Leadership Cohort and is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg.
PJ Library Turns 8!
Celebrate PJ Library’s birthday with us! Enjoy lunch, games, crafts, face painting, moon bounce, party bags, birthday cake, and more!
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Synagogue Life Beth El Temple
Congregation Beth Tikvah, Carlisle
2637 N Front St, (717) 232-0556 www.bethelhbg.org
Asbell Center, 262 W High St, (717)-240-8627 www.bethtikvah.org
Minyan 7am daily and 5:30pm Sunday morning at 9am
Friday Shabbat Services at 7:15pm
Friday Kabbalat Shabbat 6pm
Beth Tikvah meets twice a month. Check newsletter on website for dates and times.
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 email@example.com www.chisukemuna.org Daily Morning Services: Sunday & Legal Holiday, 8:30am Monday & Thursday, 6:50am Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday, 7am Rosh Chodesh, 6:45am Shabbat, 9:15am Daily Evening Services: Sunday thru Thursday, 7:15pm Friday & Saturday nights, sunset
Historic B’nai Jacob, Middletown Water & Nissley Streets, (717) 319-3014 www.bnai-jacob.org
Historic B’nai Jacob Synagogue, located at Water and Nissley Streets in Middletown, near the Harrisburg International Airport and Penn State-Harrisburg, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, will have Shabbos Services on Friday, February 1, 2019, at 7:30pm. Marc Bluestein will be leading the services and there will be an oneg in the social hall afterward. We are a community shul and all are welcome to join us.
Kesher Israel Congregation
For more information, please contact the Chisuk Emuna office, 717-232-4851 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Congregation Beth Israel, Lebanon
411 S 8th St, (717) 273-2669 www.congregation-beth-israel.org All are welcome to our egalitarian services: Sundays at 9am and Thursdays at 7:30am. Our Shabbat services begin at 7:30pm on Friday evenings and on Shabbat morning at 9:30am followed by Kiddush.
2500 N 3rd St, (717) 238-0763 www.kesherisrael.org
Participate in daily Minyanim. Mornings: Sundays and Federal holidays at 8am, Monday-Friday at 6:45am.
Ohev Sholom Congregation, York 2090 Hollywood Drive 717-852-0000 www.OhevSholomYork.org
Ohev Sholom Congregation is a Conservative congregation serving York County in an inclusive, egalitarian manner. Established in 1902, the congregation is led by our student rabbi in association with our lay leadership. Worship services held in the sanctuary every Shabbat morning at 9:30am and at the homes of individual congregants on Friday evening at 7:30pm. Yarzeit minyons are by request. Please call for details. Ohev Sholom provides adult educational opportunities in conjunction with our local Chabad Learning Center while embracing different levels of observance, stages of life, and family structures.
Temple Beth Israel
2090 Hollywood Dr, York (717) 843-2676, www.tbiyork.org York’s 140-year-old Reform congregation. Rabbi Jeffrey Astrachan leads services at 7pm each Friday, followed by an Oneg. Birthday celebration/family service first Friday of each month.
Temple Beth Shalom 913 Allendale Rd, Mechanicsburg (717) 697-2662 www.tbshalom.org Temple Beth Shalom’s Friday evening Shabbat Services are at 7:15pm, followed by an oneg in the social hall. Services are led by Lay Leaders of Beth Shalom. Please call the office at 697-2662 or check the website calendar for Shabbat service dates, as well as updates on when Saturday Shabbat services will be held. Upcoming Shabbat services will be held at the Temple on Friday, February 8 and 22, and March 8, and 22. Saturday Shabbat Services, led by Rabbi Choper, will be held at 10am at the Jewish Home on February 9, 16, and 23. All are welcome. The Sisterhood Book Group will meet on Wednesday, February 13 at 7 pm at the home of Susan Long to discuss the book, “The Dry” by Jane Harper. Please contact the Temple office at email@example.com if you are not active on the BookClub’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://tbshalom.org.
Religious School on Sunday mornings.
Temple Ohev Sholom
Torah Study (Genesis) some Saturday mornings – call for details.
2345 N Front St, (717) 233-6459 www.ohevsholom.org
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) 238-0763 for info.
Children • Adults • Family David J. Remmel, P.E., SIOR
Industrial Retail Office Commercial Investments Land
20 Erford Road, Suite 215 Lemoyne, PA 17043 717-731-1990
Addiction. ADHD. Anxiety. Autism. Bipolar. Child Defiance. Couples Counseling. Depression. Divorce Issues. Eating Disorders. Grief & Loss. Parenting. School Concerns. Social Skills. Trauma. Amanda Levison, M.S., LMHC, LPC & Associates 1820 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17110 (717) 202-2510 • www.NeuroAndCounselingCenter.com
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JCC Senior Adult Programs Classes Available at the Jewish Community Center:
The JCC Senior Adult Club is Offering the Following Senior Events:
SilverSneakers® CLASSIC – Have fun and move to the music through a variety of
Every Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30am-10:15-30am - SilverSneakers Classic
exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement, and activities for
Every Tuesday from 1:30-3:00pm - Mah Jongg classes with Ellen Mussaf or play Farkle with Harold Williams and Mel Krieger
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/
After Lunch Program on the FIRST and THIRD THURSDAY – Spanish Class with Cecilia Lee.
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 heart-
After Lunch Program on usually the THIRD TUESDAY – Current Events with Herman Minkoff Senior Lunch will be served Tuesdays and Thursdays at Noon. Reservations are preferred two days in advance if possible, but no later than 4:00pm the day before. Call Cheryl 236-9555 EXT. 3115
healthy, total-body conditioning to increase cardiovascular and muscular endurance. In addition, a variety of strength training options are offered to provide a well-rounded workout. Mondays/Wednesdays at 10:30-11:30am. Drop-in Fee $7 per class. Free to JCC members, SilverSneakers®, and Silver and Fit participants.
SilverSneakers® YOGA – SilverSneakers® Yoga will move your whole body through a complete series of seated and standing yoga poses. Chair support is offered to safely perform a variety of seated and standing postures designed to increase flexibility, balance, and range of movement. Restorative breathing exercises and final relaxation will promote stress reduction and mental clarity. Mondays and Wednesdays 11:45-12:30-45pm. Drop-in Fee $7 per class. Free to JCC members, SilverSneakers®, and Silver and Fit participants.
Gentle Yoga – Easy stretching poses for those with intermittent back issues or those new to yoga. Restorative breathing exercises and stress relief are emphasized. One must be able to get down on to floor. Thursdays at 5:00-6:00pm. Drop-in Fee $7 per class. Free to JCC members, SilverSneakers®, and Silver and Fit participants.
Zumba Gold – The class introduces easy-to-follow Zumba choreography that focuses on balance, range of motion, and coordination. Perfect for beginners or older adults. Thursdays at 11:00-11:45am. Drop-in Fee $7 per class. Free to JCC members, SilverSneakers®, and Silver and Fit participants.
SilverSneakers® SPLASH– Activate your urge for variety! Splash offers fun, shallow water movement to improve agility and flexibility while addressing cardiovascular, strength, and endurance conditioning. No swimming ability is required and a SilverSneakers® kickboard or other aquatic equipment is used to improve strength, balance, and coordination. Mondays/Wednesday 9:30 -10:30am. Drop-in Fee $7 per class. Free to JCC members, SilverSneakers®, and Silver and Fit participants.
Aqua Zumba – A challenging water-based workout that’s cardio-conditioning, body toning, and most of all, exhilarating beyond belief. Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30-9:30am. Drop in
Upcoming After Lunch Programs are: • February 5, 2019 – Freelance writer Mary Klaus will talk about some of her medical missions overseas. 1:30-3pm - Mah Jongg with Ellen Mussaf or Farkle with Harold Williams and Mel Krieger • February 7, 2019 - Spanish Class with Cecilia Lee or “Man & Woman of the Hour: Lucille Ball & Danny Thomas” – a Dean Martin TV “Roast” Special.
• February 12, 2019 – Business Meeting/Birthday Party.
1:30-3pm - Mah Jongg with Ellen Mussaf or Farkle with Harold Williams and Mel Krieger
• February 14, 2019 – TBA
• February 19, 2019 - Current Events with Herman Minkoff.
1:30-3pm Mah Jongg with Ellen Mussaf or Farkle with Harold Williams and Mel Krieger. • February 21, 2019 – Spanish Class with Cecilia Lee or expand your vocabulary with Group Crossword Puzzles • February 26, 2019 – “Unlocking a Few Secrets of your Devices” with Senior Tech Tutor, Barry Gordon. If you are struggling with the latest technology, this presentation is for you. 1:30-3pm - Mah Jongg with Ellen Mussaf or Farkle with Harold Williams and Mel Krieger • February 28, 2019 – HACC professor Dr. Donald Koones’ lecture will be on “The Pets of the Presidents”. Because of Dr. Koones’ teaching schedule his lecture will begin approximately 1pm and be finished at approximately 2 - 2:15pm.
Fee $7 per class. Free to JCC members, SilverSneakers®, and Silver and Fit participants.
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ISRAELI BREAKFAST BASH Join us for a classic Israeli breakfast prior to the PJ Library Birthday Party, featuring traditional Israeli foods, drinks, and more beneďŹ tting PJ Library.
Sunday, February 17 | 9 - 11am Harrisburg JCC Mary Sachs Auditorium Shakshuka
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