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February 15, 2019 | 10 Adar, 5779 | Vol. 93; No. 29 Published by The Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg | Greater Harrisburg’s Jewish Newspaper

JFS Lifts Community Up Through Case Management Program BY MARY KLAUS

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hen a single Jewish mother named Beth needed help in paying for school supplies and clothing for her children, she turned to Jewish Family Service. When Seth and Rivka relocated to Harrisburg, they had trouble finding their place in the Jewish community and they came to JFS in need of a place to stay and a few weeks’ worth of groceries. When Bill needed support so he wouldn’t end up living on the street, he sought out help from JFS. JFS, the Jewish community’s mental health and social service agency, has for years helped people achieve their full potential while honoring choice, diversity, and Jewish values. Nearly two years ago, JFS added a Mental Health Case Management Program, known as “Project Lift,” to help clients find their way through the social services maze and also to help fulfill some of their practical needs. The project offers shortterm, personalized interventions. Barry Stein, JFS executive director, says Project Lift lives up to its name. “Project Lift allows our mental health liaison and case manager, Elaine Strokoff, to provide support, referrals, and advocacy to people who come to us in need,” Barry said. “The program focuses on, first and foremost, matching people with what they need, rather than offering financial assistance. It’s a broker rather than a bank.” Strokoff calls Project Lift an urgent care center for social services, a place to help those who might “fall between the cracks” of the social services network. She helps people find therapists for mental health needs, caregivers for child or elder care, entitlements for ongoing financial support, and everything from housing to food for basic needs. “Everyone should have food, clothing, and a roof over their head,” said Elaine, who has spent more than two decades providing just that to the Harrisburg area’s homeless and hungry. “I help people find resources you can’t see, like therapy, and what you can see, like food and clothing. I also give emotional support and provide advocacy as necessary. I care about each person we help.” Project Lift began in April 2017 through generous support from Alyce and Morton Spector and Connie and Gail Siegel.

Elaine Strokoff helps clients through Jewish Family Service’s Project Lift.

Subsequently, a grant was awarded by the Martin M. Sacks Memorial Fund of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC) to extend these donations through the end of last year. As of the close of last year, Barry says that Project Lift has helped 78 people, and at least partially resolved 66 of the presenting issues. Now, Project Lift is poised to continue its provision of these essential services through generous donations from numerous other supporters. The program, which began as a pilot program, is now being extended for the foreseeable future thanks to gifts made by Principal Supporters Michael Brenner, Bennett and Inez Chotiner, Michael and Ellen Geduldig, Peggy Grove, Bill Lehr, Harold Rabin, Daniel and Patty Schwab, and The Dorothy B. and S. Lawrence Koplovitz Foundation, as well as Supporters Erick and Robyn Chotiner, Jay and Nancy Krevsky, and program facilitator Elaine along with her husband, Elliot Strokoff. Elaine said the project helped Beth, the single mother, by matching her with a caseworker who helped her work on her budget, showed her how to get supplemental income and helped her figure out balancing the demands of her life. JFS also helped her figure out child-related expenses and told her about the JFS Food Pantry. Project Lift helped Seth and Rivka find housing, furniture, and legal counsel to deal with an outstanding financial matter. It kept Bill from living on the streets. “We give a lift to people at a time they need it most,” Elaine said. “It’s not ongoing, but short-term, lasting from a week to a couple months. I stay with them until they are on solid ground. Our clients feel like there is someone there for them.” Sometimes, JFS clients need short-term financial help such as money for rent, car repairs, medicine, children’s winter clothing, electric bills, or job training. When that happens, Elaine can turn to the “Back on Track” fund, provided by the Geduldig family and other budgeted resources to relieve short-term financial crises. The bottom line, Elaine said, is that Project Lift “gives people a little extra help while allowing them to retain their dignity and move on with their lives.” ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ NEED HELP? Contact Elaine Strokoff, JFS service coordinator and development associate, at 717-233-1681 or estrokoff@ jfsofhbg.org. WANT TO HELP? Make a donation to Jewish Family Service of Greater Harrisburg, 3333 N. Front St., Harrisburg, PA. 17110, attn: Barry Stein.


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ven in the midst of an arctic winter, there is a warmth emanating from the J and our overall community that makes Harrisburg a great place to be year round. It is wonderful to receive a cheerful greeting and pleasant farewell and have wonderful encounters throughout the day from staff, members, and guests. I hope that your experience is parallel to mine and that you know that you are part of our family. It is delightful seeing children engaged in learning in the Brenner Family Early Learning Center and at The Silver Academy and having fun during activities such as the joint PJ Library Silver Academy Sippy Cup and Paint Party. Children from both programs engaged in acts of tzedakah (charity) on Martin Luther King Day and learned tikkun olam (how to repair the world). An inner warmth is created and maintained by a good fitness regimen and there are a multitude of ways to accomplish that at the J. Please join us in recognizing our community members who exemplify this on March 10 at the Youth Sports Banquet and on March 24 at our Adult Sports Banquet. Congratulations to our athletes who are being honored this year. Even if you cannot attend, you can honor them with an ad in the annual Sports Ad Book. Herm Minkoff has championed this initiative for many years and we thank him for his support. Look for an inspirational poem that was submitted with thoughts by Herm in the pages of this edition. There are ways to be inspired and engaged at every age. This edition includes an article about our Senior Club’s 2019 Artist in Residency Program which is another initiative which brings me considerable joy. Our wonderful artist Cheryl Kugler and I were talking the day prior to my writing this column with a member of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts about how this program emerged and its evolution. I couldn’t help but become more enthusiastic about this program. I encourage seniors reading this column to consider participating whatever skill level you believe you have. I will show you, with pride, the tea bag art I created last year when I participated while Cheryl Yablon was away. Members of all ages came together on January 27 at the J for the benefit of the community. I dedicate my column in appreciation of all of the fantastic individuals who donated their time and talents on Super Sunday to reach out to the community. Thank you to Emily and Gregg Freeburn for spearheading the effort and to team members Adam, Amanda, and Beth for making sure everything ran smoothly. Thank you to our volunteers who were instrumental in making the day a success for the entire community: Ed Beck, Phil Bloom, Heather Bohn, Nicole Brantner, Marty Brill, Ricci Doctrow, Michael Doctrow, Emily Freeburn, Gregg Freeburn, Rob Friedman, Rabbi Elisha Friedman, Rabbi Moshe Gewirtz, Gerry Gorelick, Norman Gras, Alex Halper, Joel Hervitz, Debra Hervitz, Ari Huberman, Mayer Kohn, Steve Loux, Lindsay Saxe Meszaros, Bryan Reid, Arlene Ross, Carly Sachs, Mike Sand, David Schertz, Ayelet Shanken, Marjorie Sherman, Barry Stein, and Cynthia Sussman.

Jenn can be reached at 717-236-9555 x3104 or j.ross@jewishfedhbg.org.

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. 28 February 15, 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 a.grobman@jewishfedhbg.org Sales Director Ayelet Shanken 717-409-8222 a.shanken@jewishfedhbg.org Design and Layout Lisette Magaro Designs Graphic Designer Lisette Magaro Postmaster: Send address changes to Community Review, 3301 N. Front Street, Harrisburg, Pa., 17110. Mission Statement of The Community Review: Inform readers about local, national and international events of interest to Jews. Promote Jewish values, Jewish identity and a sense of Jewish community in central Pennsylvania.

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Super Sunday, Campaign Funds Jewish Federation Programs

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s their young children alternated between napping and playing with other preschoolers, Emily and Gregg Freeburn led a group of Super Sunday volunteers in the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg’s annual phone-athon highlighting the Federation’s annual fundraising campaign. “Last year, Super Sunday donations were up 16 percent over the previous year,” Emily Freeburn said. “This year, we hope to beat that.” Super Sunday, the first big event of the federation’s annual fundraising campaign, involved 30 callers ranging from their 20s to their 80s contacting hundreds of potential donors and asking them for financial pledges to provide critically needed services for Jewish life in this community and beyond. At the end of Super Sunday, the volunteers had raised $55,946. This year’s theme is “It All Starts With You.” Phil Bloom, federation campaign chairman, called Super Sunday donations an integral part of the campaign goal of $1.1 million. “The campaign runs from September through August,” Bloom said. “It’s the backbone of our fundraising, the part that sustains our programs and keeps our doors open. Super Sunday is our first big event, a day in which we reach out to consistent donors. We got off to a good start today.” Phil noted that this year’s Super Sunday was held on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which commemorates the

BY MARY KLAUS

Cynthia Sussman chats with a community member on Super Sunday

Marty Brill secures a donation to JFGH’s Annual Campaign

Rabbi Elisha Friedman makes a call as his wife, Yamit, and son, Eden, watch.

tragedy of the Holocaust and remembers the genocide that killed an estimated 6 million Jews and millions of others. “Part of the money we raise goes to Holocaust education and keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive,” he said. The day was both solemn and festive as the volunteers used the iconic telephones to ask for donations, then rang white ceramic bells when they got them. “A key part of what we do is talk to people, engaging people who have donated before and new people who haven’t,” said Gregg Freeburn. “Usually, people who use our facilities are supportive.” The callers agreed. Rabbi Elisha Friedman, spiritual leader of Kesher Israel congregation, brought his wife and children along, grinning as son Eden ran up to him and hugged him while he made calls. “This is my third year as a Super Sunday volunteer,” Friedman said. “I like to support all the programs the Federation offers.” Marty Brill, a Super Sunday caller for eight years, said he found the call recipients receptive. “The traditional givers know the range of our programs,” he said. “Sometimes people like to have a long conversation when we call them.” He laughed as he recalled the story of dialing a person sitting across from him on Super Sunday making phone calls too. “That one was pretty easy!” Cynthia Sussman, a youthful 86-yearold, is a lifelong member of the local Jewish community and a willing Super Sunday caller. “I’ve been here through the good times and the bad,” she said. “Now, my children help make the calls too.” One donor, Zoe Miner, said she stopped in after getting a text message from Phil asking for her support. “My parents have always supported this cause,” she said. “So I decided to stop in and make a donation because I can afford to do so.” Money raised on Super Sunday and in the overall campaign supports the Jewish Community Center from The Brenner Family Early Learning Center to senior adult programs, Jewish Family Service, Community Review, Shalom Neighbor directory, Sababa (Hebrew High School), March of the Living, holiday programming, and more. The money also helps educate children, provide recreational opportunities for campers, links Jews to each other, expands social and wellness programs for seniors, and supports PJ Library. Anyone wishing to donate to the campaign may give online at jewishharrisburg. org/give, call 717-236-9555, or send contributions to the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg, 3301 N. Front St., Harrisburg, PA 17110.

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You’re Invited!

Legacy Celebration

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

FREE for LOI signers, spouses, and their guests

Please RSVP by Wednesday, February 13 (717) 409-8220 OPTION 2— rebecca@pajewishendowment.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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EITC: The Future of Jewish Education in Harrisburg

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ost of us are used to the oldworld, tried-and-true fundraising methods. An organization we care about comes asking for funds to continue providing services in which we’re invested and we ask ourselves the golden question: Who should get my gold? On one side sits our hard earned funds; on the other sits the organization’s mission. Do I give or not? If so, how much? For those of us with a generous spirit, we send in our checks and wait until next time, which we hope is at least a year away. Sound familiar? Well, for better or worse, it’s 2019, and the world is a bit more complicated. The traditional fundraising methods we are used to have evolved. Fortunately, we live in Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has recently enacted legislation that allows Pennsylvania residents to redirect their state income tax dollars to local qualified educational institutions like The Silver Academy and the Brenner Family Early Learning Center. This

BY SCOTT RUBIN program, called the Educational Investment Tax Credit (EITC), allows participants to elect to support The Silver Academy and the Brenner Family Early Learning Center in lieu of paying their state taxes! I hear you thinking . . . “this is too good to be true!” I can elect to support The Silver Academy and the Brenner Family Early Learning Center at a fraction of the cost of my actual donation? What happened to the golden question? YES! Through Pennsylvania’s unique EITC program, donors are able to direct their hardearned money to support children’s private education at institutions of their choosing instead of the state government. EITC has greatly expanded in the past few years and now is the time for the Harrisburg community to get on board. To put the program into perspective Jewish schools in Philadelphia received more than $3.5 million EITC dollars last year; Pittsburgh received over $2.5 million. By contrast, Harrisburg Jewish schools received less than $250,000. Needless to say, we have

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not done enough to maximize much-needed revenue for the foundations of our community— our local educational institutions. Our local Jewish schools, and the future of the Harrisburg Jewish community, depend on us. In Harrisburg, we have a tendency to do things the traditional way, which is often good. But the world of fundraising has changed, and as many of our Jewish institutions struggle to bring in mission-critical funds, it is time to explore more creative ways of giving. EITC is a great model of win-win giving and removes a significant portion of the burden. If we are able to build our EITC program up to even twenty percent of our neighboring communities, we could sustainably change the dynamic of Jewish Harrisburg and be the architects of its future. We can either roll with the times, or get rolled over. In that spirit, everyone is invited to attend one of our EITC information sessions. Our first sessions will be held at the JCC on Sunday, February 17th at 11am with a repeat session to be

held on the same day at 4pm. We will also host an information session at the JCC on President’s Day, Monday, February 18th at 6pm for those that prefer evenings, and another session at the Silver Academy on Thursday morning, February 21st at 7:30am for those that prefer mornings. All meetings will be held in the Wolfson Auditorium. At the session, we hope to educate people about the simple ways to get involved. We have streamlined the process and it takes no more than ten minutes to sign up to participate in EITC. Come, bring your friends, your family members, and anyone else you can think of. The more people who attend, the more word of this phenomenal program will spread. For information about the program or attending the information sessions, contact Samara Sofian, director of development at The Silver Academy, at ssofian@silveracademypa. org or (717) 238-8775 x 209, or Amanda Kohn, development coordinator at the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg, at a.kohn@ jewishfedhbg.org or (717) 236-9555 x 3299.

ISRAELI BREAKFAST BASH Join us for a classic Israeli breakfast prior to the PJ Library Birthday Party, featuring traditional Israeli foods, drinks, and more benefitting PJ Library.

Celebrate PJ Library’s birthday with us! Enjoy carnival games, balloon animals, crafts, face painting, moon bounce, party bags, birthday cake, and more!

Make a unique keepsake. Handimal™ Artist will transform your child’s handprint into a creative character or animal!

Sunday, February 17 | 11am - 1pm Harrisburg JCC -- Fun for all ages! Register by February 13 to a.weikert@jewishfedhbg.org. In lieu of fee, please bring an item to create a party-in-box for a child in need (birthday cake mix, icing, candles, small gift, decorations)

Sunday, February 17 | 9 - 11am Harrisburg JCC Henry Miller Room Shakshuka

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PJ Library is made possible by the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg, The Harold Grinspoon Foundation, and through generous grants and donations.

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No One Should Be Hungry

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his Shabbat, families across our community will sit down to a dinner table filled with delicious food. It may feature a traditional kosher meal complete with challah and gefilte fish, or perhaps takeout from Hong Kong Ruby. Many will not experience this scene. The homeless and food-insecure will go hungry this winter. Some are students. Some are seniors. Some are Jews. Some are not. As the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s tagline states: No One Should Be Hungry. But many in our community are. In fact, the Food Bank states that one in nine central Pennsylvanians struggle with hunger, including one in six children. Each day, eighteen (chai) trucks depart from the Food Bank’s two Healthy Food Hubs (one in Harrisburg and one near Williamsport) to serve hungry people across twenty-seven counties, from Tioga to York. By teaming up with more than 1000 program partners (where food is distributed), CPFB is able to serve people in need in their own zip codes.

BY ADAM GROBMAN

“Food is one of the most basic needs humans have,” says Jennifer Sands, Communications Manager at CPFB. “You have to eat. If you don’t, it causes all types of other problems.” This is why CPFB takes a “wholistic approach to ending hunger,” according to David Carl, Corporate and Foundation Giving Manager. “Our mission reads: Fighting Hunger. Improving Lives. Strengthening Communities. We do that not just by providing food, but also by being a sustainable source of knowledge, resources, and nutrition so that people can move forward with their lives.”

David notes that fresh fruits and vegetables make up 30 – 40% of the food distributed by the Food Bank. CPFB has a staff of approximately ninety people, including several members of the Harrisburg Jewish Community. It relies on more than 3,000 volunteers providing 35,000 hours of service throughout the year. “We couldn’t do what we do without our volunteers,” says David. “Equally important are our large food donors, who provide us with tons of fresh food, and our financial donors. Every dollar helps to provide six meals for hungry people.”

During the most recent government shutdown the Food Bank held six special distributions, serving 700 people with a tractor-trailer equivalent of food. Both Jennifer and David say that there is no “typical” client that CPFB helps. “60% of our clients are working families with children. We also serve the elderly through our ElderShare program, as well as the veterans and active duty military through our MilitaryShare program,” said Jennifer. “At the end of the day, it’s about meeting people’s needs,” says David. “Everyone that works here is passionate about what we do and who we serve.” WANT TO HELP? Learn more about financial donations, food donations, and volunteering at www.centralpafoodbank.org. Most-needed food items include peanut butter, canned chicken and tuna, and non-perishable items rich in protein. NEED HELP? Visit www.centralpafoodbank. org and click “Find Food” or call 717.564.1700 to locate food assistance near you.

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Senior Update

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BY ROBERTA KRIEGER

he saying “when the cat’s away, the mice will play,” definitely does not apply to Sr. Club Board members and volunteers. Actually, it’s just the opposite.  With Cheryl gone we really had to up the ante.  I’m not sure how many people it takes to change a light bulb, but I know it takes at least 6 of us to do just one iota of Cheryl’s job.  One person in particular, Faye Richter, got the brunt of it. Besides helping in the kitchen and serving our meals, Faye put on another hat: table setter. All these jobs were done in addition to her being attentive to her charges. For this Faye, we thank you. Couldn’t have done it without you. On Tuesday, January 15th, we enjoyed our after lunch program on current events led by Herm Minkoff, who knows how to keep us on our toes.  On Thursday, January 17th, as Sra. Lee was still not back, Harold and Mel gave lessons on how to play Farkle.   On Tuesday, January 22nd, we were fortunate to hear John Maietta give a lecture on “The Scourge of the Century:  The Great Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918.”  It’s quite amazing how much we learned. It kind of makes one want to go back to school. Hopefully John will be back soon.  On Thursday, January 24th, Pat Dodd gave us all the ins and outs on sugar facts vs fiction. FYI, our super caterer, Norman Gras, gave us one more reason to be high on our list of faves – he didn’t withhold our dessert! Coming up on Tuesday, January 29th (when you have this issue it will be on our “been there and done that” list) is a big favorite after lunch happening:  BINGO...just think, prizes purchased from Neiman Marcus’ outlet store, aka DOLLAR TREE! If you’ve never been to our bingo bash, try it next time. You won’t be disappointed. And, last but not least, on Thursday, January 31st, to end off the month, Dr. Koones will be lecturing on “A Nostalgic Return to Mayberry.”  Matters not the topic... Dr. Koones will have our undivided attention and everyone will leave with smiles on their faces. In the next issue, I will fill you in on all the details of abovementioned programs, as well as the first couple in the month of February. I would like to welcome new members from the month of January:  Susan and Steven Goodman, Otis and Nadine Martin, and Adrienne Potter. Also, two returnees: Elizabeth Clouser and Alice Gahring. I personally was very fortunate to enjoy the company of Susan and Steven Goodman during a few of our lunches. Hopefully, they will continue to avail themselves of all we have to offer, and that our other new members will do so as well.

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For a full list of community activities, please visit jewishharrisburg.org and click on the Community Calendar. www.jewishharrisburg.org

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Geography Informing Art ALICE ANNE SCHWAB, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SUSQUEHANNA ART MUSEUM

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isions of Place: Complex Geographies in Contemporary Israeli Art has just opened in the Main Gallery of Midtown Harrisburg’s Susquehanna Art Museum at The Marty and Tom Philips Family Art Center. Susquehanna Art Museum is a non-collecting art museum. That means that there’s always something new for visitors to enjoy at the Museum, with Main Gallery exhibitions lasting for approximately three months. Visions of Place will run through Sunday, May 19. Co-curated by Martin Rosenberg, Ph.D., and Susan Isaacs, Ph.D., Visions of Place offers the viewer a first-hand experience with original works of art by living Israeli artists, most of whom are Jewish. Works by Arab artists (Christian, Muslim, and Druze) are also included in the exhibition. Susquehanna Art Museum’s mission is to bring art that inspires curiosity and

contemplation in the pursuit of education and understanding. We think Visions of Place does this magnificently, offering our community an opportunity to view the issues of a divided world through the lens of the artist. Yes, these are images drawn from the land, the place, the geography of Israel. And while documenting the mundane and the beautiful, the exquisite and the challenging images of a specific geography, the art included in the exhibition holds a sense of timelessness and a vastness of ‘everyplace.’ The role of Susquehanna Art Museum, with Visions of Place as well as the other wonderful exhibitions we present for the community, is to offer a theme, or a group of themes for consideration, conversation, and growth. It is with this mission in mind that we present this exhibition to our community. We value the opportunity to bring to Harrisburg the offering of 49 works of art by 34 different

HArrisburg JCC

Mary Sachs Auditiorium | 3301 N. Front Street

JCC Drama Department Presents

Gilad Efrat, Negev with Tamarisk, 2013, oil on linen, 51.25 x 86.5, courtesy of the artist.

Israeli artists, curated by American academics who have realized that Israeli art is something rarely seen and often under-recognized in the United States. Partnering with International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC, the curators’ vision is to present this exhibition for our further understanding and edification. We are proud to be the very first Museum to host Visions of Place: Complex Geographies in Contemporary Israeli Art. While the exhibition as a whole is commanding and visually stimulating, visitors who come to see the exhibition are encouraged to spend some time with each of the pieces individually. There are nine pieces in the exhibition that feature video and in some cases audio. Nearly all media are represented in the eclectic exhibition. The Museum’s hours of operation are Tuesday – Saturday, 10-5 with extended hours through 7 pm on Wednesdays and 12-5 on Sundays. Along with Visions of Place on exhibit in the Museum’s Main Gallery February 10 – May 10, 2019, two artist events will be held at the Museum during the run of the exhibition.

Orly Maiberg, Crossing the Sea of Galilee, 2012, oil on canvas, 55 x 71, courtesy of Noga Gallery of Contemporary Art.

On Saturday, March 9, Susquehanna Art Museum will host an event with photographer, Natan Dvir, featuring refreshments in the Lobby gallery followed by a personal tour guided by Mr. Dvir. And on Saturday, April 13, another event featuring artist, Naomi Safran-Han will be held following a similar format. For tickets and more information on these two artist events, call the Museum at 717-233-8668 or email at info@ SusquehannaArtMuseum.org.

Event – Free and Open to the Public

April 11 At 7:00 pm April 14 At 4:00 pm To purchase tickets call the JCC at 717-236-9555, ext. 0 Questions? Contact Terry at t.fisher@jewishfedhbg.org

Storytelling with Yiddish Folk Artist Susan Leviton Tuesday, February 19, 2019 Noon • W107, Olmsted Building Penn State Harrisburg For additional information, contact Neil Leifert at 717-580-2954 or shoahteach@comcast.net. 777 West Harrisburg Pike, Middletown, PA 17057

The drama program is funded by a generous grant from The Lois Lehrman Grass Foundation.

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Mark is helping to build Jewish Legacies. Please join him, 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 HONORED

MARK SCHMIDT Legacy Hero May 8, 2018 Born and raised in a predominately Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY, Mark came to York in 1969 to attend York College. After graduating in 1973, Mark remained in York and began looking for a job. He was fortunate to land a position at the Arthur J. Glatfelter Insurance Agency (now known as the Glatfelter Insurance Group), where he began a 43 year career at the Company. Mark met his wife Ruby, and they were married in 1981. Even though Ruby was not Jewish, they immediately joined Temple Beth Israel (TBI) and the JCC. They understood that if they wanted to raise their children, Josh and Kara, in the Jewish faith, it was important they become active participants in York’s Jewish Community. Mark first became involved in a volun teer/leadership position in York when one of our Co-honorees, Elliott Weinstein, called and asked if he would be willing to serve on the Nominating Committee for the JCC. As everyone knows, it is hard to say “no” to anything Elliott asks you to do. At that meeting, after the Committee sourced multiple names, Mark was asked if he would be interested in serving on the Board. At the company where he was employed, the founder was actively involved in the York community and he served on various nonprofit boards. He encouraged the employees to get involved with other non-profits, as a way of giving back to community. The JCC was the perfect organization, as it provided an opportunity to become involved in York’s non-profit community, as well as the Jewish Community. Mark accepted the invitation and became a JCC Board Member in the mid 80’s. After serving multiple Board terms, Mark joined the Executive Committee and was eventually President from 1994-1996. Prior to becoming President, he served on the Search Committee to hire a new Executive Director. Since that time, he has served on multiple JCC Search Committees, including chairing the most recent JCC search, and was also a member of the TBI search for a new Rabbi.

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.

ABOVE: Mark Schmidt with Sam Levine, Foundation Chair (2014-2018). RIGHT: Mark Schmidt and Family

As JCC President, Mark initiated a project in 1994 to dedicate a fitting Memorial to the Holocaust inside the JCC building. His proudest moment came when the sculpture, “The Six Million” was unveiled to a completely packed Auditorium at the 1997 Annual Community Yom Hashoah observance. The room was totally dark, and as the lights were gradually raised, the life-sized sculpture appeared to emerge into the room……from the darkness of the past into the light of a better world. It was truly breathtaking. After his time at the JCC, he joined the Board of York Council of Jewish Charities (YCJC). It was York’s version of a Federation. At YCJC, Mark chaired the Annual Campaign and eventually became President. YCJC eventually evolved into a new organization, the United Jewish Community of York (UJC) which was comprised of representatives from all of the local Jewish Agencies; JCC, Jewish Family Services (JFS), TBI, and Ohev Sholom Congregation (OSC) and some Atlarge members. Mark was a member of the original Steering Committee that helped form the new organization and was its first President. Mark was also involved in the formation of the UJC of York Foundation, which eventually was merged into the Jewish Community Foundation of Central PA, and he served on both those Boards as well. Mark understands the value of a strong Jewish Community. Without viable religious institutions like TBI and OSC, or agencies like the JCC or JFS, Jewish life in York would cease to exist. As previous generations made sure there was Jewish life in York for them, it is now up to all of us to ensure that it will still exist for generations to come. Legacy gifts can help make that happen.

On behalf of a grateful community, the Jewish Community Foundation thanks Mark for his outstanding contributions to sustaining Jewish life in our community.

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 paulette.keifer@pajewishendowment.org

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The Thrill of the Game BY TERRI TRAVERS

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n a cold January evening, the JCC gym is packed. The fans sit at the edge of their seats. The gym is alive and rocking. There is a look of determination in the eyes of the players. Coaches are yelling out directions. A shot goes up…it bounces and manages to hit every part of the rim before rolling out. There is a collective sigh amongst the crowd. But wait. Somehow an offensive player comes out of nowhere and rebounds the ball and a shot goes back up. This time it is meant to be…a soft touch off the backboard and through the hoop. The crowd goes crazy. Fans are jumping up out of their seat. Both sides of the gym applaud and cheer. The players on the court cannot contain their excitement. They are jumping up and down and celebrating like it was a championship moment. With 4 minutes to go in the half the score is now 4-2 and we are in the middle of another crowd pleasing 3rd-6th grade girls basketball game. If one was looking for the finest basketball team or the next superstars they may not want to start their search at a 3rd-6th grade girls’ basketball game at the J. But if you are a true fan of the game and love to watch the pure joy of what sports can provide, then you are in the right spot. The JCC has 17 girls playing on the

3rd-6th grade level this year. They range in height and skill but one thing is for sure: they are playing for the simple love of the game. The girls have learned about double-dribbles and walks the hard way: by trial and error. For many in this group, it is the first time they have had to fight for something they want. The majority of the girls are not used to ripping the ball away from their opponent or trying to stop somebody who wants to score. They have been thrown into a situation where, for most, the game does not come naturally, and they must work to start to build the foundation of becoming a basketball player. They have begun to understand what being part of a team means and how to work towards a collective goal. Each player has something to offer and it is up to them to bring forth the best of what they can contribute. This is a special group of girls who are just as happy to cheer on their teammates accomplishments as their own personal victories. The team represents the JCC with first-rate sportsmanship and is learning how to battle to the whistle, and to extend a hand to their opponent afterward. If I had to guess, I would say nobody in this group is going to making a living one day playing basketball. However they are all growing as individuals because of what they will learn through sports. Youth sports should always be

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a way to develop student-athletes in to better people. And while it may not always be pretty when you see the ponytails flopping from side to side and the huge grins on the faces of each player, coach, and fan, you know it is all worth it.

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Around New Year’s I shared this important message with my family specifically my grandchildren and gave each one of them a copy. This reflects the way I try to live my life.  I saw this as a great model for our teens in our sports and a great message for the whole community.

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HS Boys Varsity 1/24 JCC 50 vs. St. Margaret Mary 39 1/31 JCC 51-Carlisle Christian 30 2/4 JCC 41 vs St. Joseph York 34 HS Boys JV 1/24 JCC 54 vs. St. Margaret Mary 44 1/27 JCC 45 vs. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton 46 2/4 JCC 41-St. Joseph Hanover 38 Middle School Boys 1/31 JCC 39-Carlisle Christian 29 2/4 JCC 42 vs. Hershey Christian 22 2/5 JCC 48 vs. Christian School of York 14 2/6 JCC 44 vs. Kraybill 30 2/7 JCC 39 vs. West Shore Christian 17 Middle School Girls 2/4 JCC 32 vs. Hershey Christian 6 2/5 JCC 20 vs. Christian School of York 13 2/6 JCC 12 vs. Kraybill 39 2/7 JCC 13 vs. West Shore Christian 20 4-7th Boys 1/28 JCC 14 vs. Grace Baptist 22 2/4 JCC 25 vs. St. Margaret Mary 6 2/7 JCC 14 vs. West Shore Christian 17 3-5th Girls 1/27 JCC 14 vs. East Penn Rec 16 2/7 JCC 8 vs. Holy Name 16

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If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost For out of the world we find, Success begins with a fellow’s will It’s all in the state of mind. If you think you are outclassed, you are You’ve got to think high to rise, You’ve got to be sure of yourself before You can ever win a prize. Life’s battles don’t always go To the stronger or faster man, But soon or late the man who wins Is the man WHO THINKS HE CAN!


SAVE THE DATE Outreach Specialist From the Attorney General’s Office to Speak to the JCC Senior Adult Club on March 5, 2019

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he Office of Attorney organizations who engage in General’s Bureau of unfair and deceptive conduct Consumer Protection trade or commerce which affects is charged with promoting the Commonwealth. The Bureau consumer education and also maintains a statewide publicizing matters relating to mediation program which assists consumer fraud, deception, consumers in attempting to and misrepresentation.  To help resolve issues with businesses.  their mission of protecting the With a large percentage citizens of the Commonwealth, of citizens over the age of 60, the Office of Attorney General is Jerry O. Mitchell, Pennsylvania residents are partnering with other state and Specialist targeted for a wide variety of federal agencies to provide free information scams, cons, and crimes.  The Bureau’s goal and giveaway items to the senior community as is to make Pennsylvania’s older population well as the general public during their National aware of the threat of fraud, teach them how Consumer Protection Week Consumer Fair. to avoid being victimized, and make sure they Representatives of these agencies will be on know who they should call when they are hand to answer questions and provide referral concerned about their safety and well-being.  or contact information as needed. The goal of Bureau Specialist Jerry O. Mitchell will this event is to educate Pennsylvania consumer’s be presenting this informative program on about scams, cons, and other crimes.  March 5, 2019 at the JCC Senior Adult Club Based upon consumer complaints or Luncheon. Please call Cheryl for a lunch investigations, the Bureau is authorized to and program reservation at 717-236-9555 take formal legal action against persons and EXT. 3115.

Building Character Every Day at The Silver Academy

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BY RABBI MOSHE YOSEF GEWIRTZ

reat rabbinic literature has always speculated on the rationales of the Torah’s Mitzvot. While humbly admitting that the human being cannot expect to appreciate all of the Divine reasons for Mitzvot, the rabbis have always maintained that a human mind constructed “in God’s Image” could certainly understand some of them. A major conclusion is that the Mitzvot are the means by which we become better people. They help us develop certain “Midot” (Personality Traits). It has also been acknowledged that when one is aware of the Midot that can be thus acquired, doing Mitzvah with “intentionality” can accelerate that effect of the Mitzvot. This idea is the foundation of a “Midot program”. At The Silver Academy, each Monday begins with a short assembly at which that week’s “Midah,” or character trait, is introduced. The students receive their “challenge,” practical ways to practice the midah, and are encouraged to report their results on an online form, that is reviewed at a Friday Midah “wrap up” assembly. The Silver Academy lunchroom wall displays a Periodic Table of Character Strengths, designed by Rabbi Avi Orlow, director of Jewish education for the Foundation for Jewish Camps. This helps students visualize that each trait is part of an ongoing and growing personality map that grows in breadth and depth.

What do the students do with their Midot? He [Rabbi Hillel] used to say: If I am not for me, who will be for me? And when I am for myself alone, what am I? And if not now, then when? (Mishna Pirke Avot 1:14) Judaism insists on the expansion of one’s “self-interest” to the many other “selves” in the world. Mitzvot and Midot are both the tools for building one’s own relationship with God and also improving the welfare of our fellow human beings. Some Midot are clearly self-focused. “Yir’a” (Awe and Reverence) is a personal experience of interaction with the world. But, it can also be other-directed if one helps other people develop that ability. Other Midot like Kindness and Justice are primarily utilized for the benefit of others. Silver Academy students have many opportunities to put their study of Midot and Mitzvot into action. Through all-school Mitzvah projects, such as the recently completed Book Drive which collected over 1,500 books, and the newly created Kids Care Club, students actively engage in helping others. Through classes like the 5th-8th grade Jewish Ethics class, students are able to consider how these values inform their lives, their actions and their priorities. Each and every day, Silver Academy students practice living their lives guided by Jewish values and informed by Jewish tradition.

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 THOMAS BENZ Thomas Benz of Harrisburg and Boca Raton, Fl., died peacefully on January 10, 2019. He was 98 years old. He was born in Paterson, NJ on December 19, 1920, to Mathilda and Harry Benskofsky. Tom will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 73 years, Hilda, and his children, Vivian Peikin and Dr. Robert Benz (Marie), his grandchildren Jeffrey Peikin, Gregory (Jen) Benz, Michael (Suzie) Benz, and Liz Benz, and his great grandson, Jack Thomas Benz. He was predeceased by his grandson, Scott Peikin. Tom owned and retired from Rayco. He loved to fish and all things computer. An active member of Temple Ohev Shalom, he crafted the Torah covers and recovered the pews after the Agnes flood. The funeral was held on January 18, 2019 at Mt. Sharon Cemetery in Springfield, PA. MARILYN ROTH Marilyn Roth, 81, of Lone Tree, CO, formerly of Marina Del Rey, CA and Harrisburg, PA, peacefully passed away Sunday January 20, 2019 surrounded by her loving family near

and far at the Porter Hospice Residence in Centennial, CO. Marilyn was born on October 31, 1937, in Paterson, NJ, to the late David and Leah Senick Green. Marilyn was the beloved sister to surviving siblings; Gary (Shia Toby) Green of Aventura, FL, Steven Green of CA, and Sara (Joe) Finkelstein of Bala Cynwyd, PA. Marilyn shared a wonderful life of over 40 years with her late husband Frederick (Fred) Roth. Marilyn and Fred were the loving parents to four surviving children: Bruce of Newtown, PA, Marla (Aaron) Fisch of Highlands Ranch, CO, Daniel (Stacey) of Castle Rock, CO, and Martin (Lisa) of Highlands Ranch, CO. Marilyn’s 11 surviving grandchildren simply adored her: Lily, Annabelle, Sydney, Emma, Jackson, Rick, Sarah, Benjamin, and Jessica Roth, along with Abi and Jason Fisch. Marilyn is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. Marilyn was a former member of Beth El Temple, National Council of Jewish Women, and Hadassah. Marilyn was a past PTO president of the Yeshiva Day School, and former owner of Table Top Kitchenware’s in Harrisburg. A funeral service was held

on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at the Beth El Cemetery Chapel with Rabbi Eric Cytryn officiating. Burial in the Beth El Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society or a charity of the donor’s choice. VINCENT JAY SMITH Vincent Jay Smith, 96, of Scottsdale, Arizona, passed away on Thursday, January 17th, 2019 in Scottsdale. He was born in Harrisburg to the late Sol and Mary (Cooper) Smith on August 20, 1922. Vince graduated from William Penn High School in Harrisburg and Franklin & Marshall College. At both schools, he was a leading player on the basketball team. Vince retired from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1982 after a long career working as a computer analyst. He was a WWII Air Force veteran, a member of Beth El Temple and Temple Solel Arizona, and was inducted into the Harrisburg Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. He was preceded in death by his wife, Edythe (Tuch) Smith. Surviving are his son and daughter-in-law, Stephen R. Smith

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and Eileen B. Smith of Tempe, AZ and his companion, Saralee Rahm of Scottsdale, AZ. Funeral services were held on Thursday, January 24 at the Beth El Cemetery chapel with Rabbi Eric Cytryn officiating. Burial in the Beth El Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to: Franklin & Marshall College, Office of College Advancement, Attn: Advancement Services, P.O. Box 3003, Lancaster, PA 17604-3003; or Beth El Temple; or a charity of your choice.


ARTIST RESIDENCY PROGRAM FOR SENIOR ADULTS BY CHERYL YABLON

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he last two years, the JCC Senior Adult Club participated in an “Artist Residency Program� facilitated by Jump Street, Arts in Education. Jump Street works in partnership with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts to place professional artists in a setting for 10 classes. The participants enjoyed this program so much, that we decided to offer a new, different 15 class program. It is an incredible opportunity for our seniors to work with Cheryl Kugler, a professional artist. This year, we received a grant from Arts For All Partnership, a partnership between the Cultural Enrichment Fund and the Greater Harrisburg Foundation, a regional foundation of the Foundation for Enhancing Communities; and seed funding from The Lipsett Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation which has enabled us to cover most of our cost to offer this 15-class session. We are suggesting a donation of $20 for JCC Senior Adult Club members and a fee of $40 for Non-JCC Senior Adult club members Each class, Cheryl Kugler will introduce a different facet of art. The program is being worked on right now and will be announced at a later date. We can register up to 30 people for this program, first come, first serve. The group will meet on Wednesdays. Because of the length of the program and pre-scheduled activities the classes will be spread out from May through September.

All classes will take place 1:30-3:00pm on the following dates: 1. Wednesday, May 1, 2019 9. Wednesday, August 7, 2019 2. Wednesday, May 8, 2019 10. Wednesday, August 14, 2019 3. Wednesday, May 15, 2019 11. Wednesday, August 21, 2019 4. Wednesday, May 29, 2019 12. Wednesday, August 28, 2019 5. Wednesday, June 5, 2019 13. Wednesday, September 4, 2019 6. Wednesday, June 19, 2019 14. Wednesday, September 11, 2019 7. Wednesday, July 10, 2019 15. Wednesday, September 25, 2019 8. Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Please call Cheryl Yablon at 236-9555 Ext. 3115 to register for this incredible opportunity by March 31, 2019, so we know the quantity of art supplies we will need to purchase.

Tuesday, March 5 | 6:30 - 8:30pm Harrisburg JCC | $10 RSVP by 3/1 to Terri at t.travers@jewishfedhbg.org or 717-236-9555 x 3110.

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Synagogue Life Beth El Temple 2637 N Front St, (717) 232-0556 www.bethelhbg.org Minyan 7am daily and 5:30pm Sunday morning at 9am Friday Kabbalat Shabbat 6pm Shabbat morning service 9am Saturday night mincha/maariv/havdalah at same time as Friday evening candle-lighting time The 8th Annual Freedom Seder will be held on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at 7pm at Beth El Temple. It will celebrate Passover, the Festival of Freedom. This special interfaith community event will celebrate the journey from slavery to freedom. The theme will be “Welcoming the Stranger.” Speakers will discuss the biblical teachings on welcoming the stranger in the Torah, the Gospels, and the Koran.The fee for the Freedom Seder including dinner is $18/person. Registration may be made by calling Beth El Temple.

Chisuk Emuna Congregation 3219 Green St, (717) 232-4851 info@chisukemuna.org www.chisukemuna.org Daily Morning Services: Sunday & Legal Holiday, 8:30am Monday & Thursday, 6:50am Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday, 7am Rosh Chodesh, 6:45am Shabbat, 9:15am Daily Evening Services: Sunday thru Thursday, 7:15pm Friday & Saturday nights, sunset For more information, please contact the Chisuk Emuna office, 717-232-4851 or info@chisukemuna.org

Congregation Beth Israel, Lebanon

411 S 8th St, (717) 273-2669 www.congregation-beth-israel.org All are welcome to our egalitarian services: Sundays at 9am and Thursdays at 7:30am. Our Shabbat services begin at 7:30pm on Friday evenings and on Shabbat morning at 9:30am followed by Kiddush. Join us on February 24th at 12pm for our next event in our Lecture Series featuring Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army Woody Goldberg. Woody’s lecture will cover Jewish contribution to America’s armed forces, including individual tales of military valor and the historic significance of such endeavors.

Congregation Beth Tikvah, Carlisle Asbell Center, 262 W High St, (717)-240-8627 www.bethtikvah.org

Friday Shabbat Services at 7:15pm

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.

Beth Tikvah meets twice a month. Check newsletter on website for dates and times.

Birthday celebration/family service first Friday of each month.

Historic B’nai Jacob, Middletown

Torah Study (Genesis) some Saturday mornings – call for details.

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, March 1, 2019, at 7:30pm. There will also be a special Purim Celebration at 7:30pm on March 22, 2018 (Shusan Purim), including reading of the Megillat Esther. Marc Bluestein will be leading the services and there will be an oneg in the social hall after each service. We are a community shul and all are welcome to join us.

Kesher Israel Congregation 2500 N 3rd St, (717) 238-0763 www.kesherisrael.org

Religious School on Sunday mornings.

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 22, and March 8 and 22. Saturday Shabbat Services, led by Rabbi Choper, will be held at 10am at the Jewish Home on February 16 and 23, and March 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30. All are welcome. For details on upcoming Temple Beth Shalom services and events, check the website: http://tbshalom.org.

Participate in daily Minyanim. Mornings: Sundays and Federal holidays at 8am, MondayFriday 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) 238-0763 for info.

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

Ohev Sholom Congregation is a Conservative congregation serving York County in an inclusive, egalitarian manner. Established in 1902, the congregation is led by our student rabbi in association with our lay leadership. Worship services held in the sanctuary every Shabbat morning at 9:30am and at the homes of individual congregants on Friday evening at 7:30pm. Yarzeit 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.

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Temple Ohev Sholom 2345 N Front St, (717) 233-6459 www.ohevsholom.org Friday night Shabbat services are at 6pm on Feb. 15 and March 1 and at 7:30pm on Feb. 29. The Friday night Shabbat services on March 15 will be at 6pm and include participation by the Old World Folk Band. The Market Square Concert is at 8pm on Wednesday, Feb. 20 in the main sanctuary. Hershey Study is at 7pm on Thursday, Feb 21 (call for location); curriculum for this year is “12 Major World Religions,” by Jason Boyett. Rabbi’s Book Review is at 11am to noon on Sunday, Feb. 24 (with bagels and coffee) and Sunday, March 10 in the Lehrman Chapel. Rabbi’s Adult Education program is at 11am on March 3. Tot Shabbat is at 10:30am on Saturday, March 9 in the Lehrman Chapel. The Sisterhood Brunch and speaker event is 10:30am to 11:30am on Sunday, March 10 in the social hall. Lunch-n-Learn class is at noon on Wednesday, March 13 in the Lehrman Chapel; curriculum is “Nine Essential Things I’ve Learned about Life,” by Harold S. Kushner. Ohev Sholom’s main office, 717233-6459.


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

Upcoming After Lunch Programs are:

• 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.

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.

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