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March 16, 2018 | 29 Adar, 5778 | Vol. 93; No. 6 Published by The Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg | Greater Harrisburg’s Jewish Newspaper

Jewish Poetry:




arch 21st is World Poetry Day, and this edition of the Community Review focuses on Jewish poetry and Jewish poets. Jewish poetry has a long and storied history and can be found throughout much of the Bible. The contents of the Bible that appear as poems vary wildly in their purpose, from teachings, worship, prophecy, celebration of success, and mourning over destruction. Three books, Psalms, Lamentations, and Song of Songs, are comprised entirely of verse and song. There are several notable Jewish poets from the medieval age. Muslim Spain residents experienced a “golden age of Jewish poetry,” with Jews taking a cue from Arab culture. During this time, many of the poets wrote in Arabic, using Hebrew character. While secular topics began to appear in these authors writings, early Zionistic ideas are found during this time period, also, such as in Yehudah Halevi’s work “To Israel, In Exile.” Halevi exclaims,

L “ et them not exult, those who say, ‘Zion is desolate! ’— for My heart is in Zion and My eyes are there.” The national anthem of Israel, “Hatikvah”, was written as a poem in the 1870s by Naftali Herz Imber, who came from current-day Ukraine’s “City of Poets.” The song reflects the sense of hope and prayer for a return to Israel as a Jewish homeland.

Statue of Liberty inscription

Over the last century and more, Jews have had a major impact in the realm of American poetry and song. The poetry of Emma Lazarus, an American Jew and early advocate for a Manuscript of Hatikvah, handwritten by Naftali Herz Imber Jewish Homeland, welcomed millions of Jewish immigrants to this country after her words were inscribed on the Statue of Liberty near Ellis Island in 1903. Allen Ginsberg is one of the most famous poets of the second half of this century, and Jewish poets such as Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman), Carole King (born Carol Joan Klein), and Paul Simon are regarded as some of the finest songwriters in American pop music. Of course, many of the prayers found throughout our congregations in Harrisburg take poetry into account, whether through the words or meters used during services. Of course, Jewish Poetry figures can be found in places beside the national stage, and many Jews across America have found comfort and solace in the written, rhyming word. Featured throughout this edition of the Community Review, you will find poems from several of our community members, who were kind enough to send these so we can share them with you. They range from acclamations of Jewish pride, praise for fellow community members, remembrances of family members, and more. We have included them throughout this edition for you to enjoy, be moved by, or learn from. Thank you to all who have shared poems for our community’s benefit and for allowing us to publish them here. Enjoy!

Poems by Allen Ginsburg, who has featured Jewish themes in many of his works.

Message from the CEO BY JENNIFER ROSS


n honor of this edition’s theme of Jewish Poetry, I have taken a stab at an original piece called “Community.” Hopefully this will give you a smile and you will have no concern that I will quit my day job to be a poet. Community, what does it mean to me? Everyone who enters the doors of the JCC Is part of my extended family. Your presence gives me a smile When I see you on the treadmill running a mile Or cross your path at Giant in the aisle. We come together to learn, to pray, To exercise, to eat, and/or to play, And our union enriches us every day. Some we’ve known for generations, l’dor vador. Some friendships are new and pure. Others we have lost but love for evermore. What I know, it is this: Living in Greater Harrisburg is pure bliss. Without you here, things would be amiss. We are stronger when we come together. The good we do goes on forever. Without all of us, we would not have such treasure. Please let me know what community means to you. No rhyming necessary. Feel free to call me 717-236-9555 x3104, email me at, share your thoughts from the treadmill or even chat with me at Giant as long as I don’t have any ice cream in my cart and then I’ll schedule a raincheck.

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I AM THE JEW WHO… By The Girls of Ruach I am the Jew who…

Jewish Poetry:

Celebrates Hannukah, but goes to Christmas parties Is Kosher one day and eats bacon the next Loves Passover because of an excuse to eat pizza every day! That goes to Jewish sleepaway camp Celebrates Easter with my Christian cousins Celebrates Christmas Has a Christian father Goes to a church for school Who goes to the JCC Never goes to services because there wasn’t a synagogue Doesn’t eat bacon, but shellfish is my favorite! Does not celebrate Shabbat Always tries to laugh I am a Jew and I am PROUD!

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Community Review Vol. 93 No. 6 March 16, 2018 (ISSN 1047-9996) (USPS 126-860) Published bi-weekly by the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg, 3301 N. Front Street, Harrisburg, Pa., 17110. Subscription rate: $50 per year. Periodicals postage paid at Harrisburg, Pa., and additional entry office. President/CEO Jennifer Ross Editorial Board Members Roberta Krieger Rabbi Carl Choper Aaron Dym Rita Gordon Jeanette Krebs Jennifer Ross STAFF Editor Oren Yagil Contributing Editor Adam Grobman Sales Director Ayelet Shanken 717-409-8222 Design and Layout Lisette Magaro Designs Graphic Designer Lisette Magaro Postmaster: Send address changes to Community Review, 3301 N. Front Street, Harrisburg, Pa., 17110. Mission Statement of The Community Review: Inform readers about local, national and international events of interest to Jews. Promote Jewish values, Jewish identity and a sense of Jewish community in central Pennsylvania. The opinions expressed in the Community Review do not necessarily reflect the position of the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg. The Federation does not endorse any candidate or political party for any elected office.

Queen Esther, Early Feminist and Jewish Heroine, Celebrated at Women’s Megillah Reading BY MARY KLAUS


wenty-nine women dressed as everything from a scarecrow to an airline pilot celebrated Purim by reading the Megillah, the book of Esther. Coordinated by Marian Frankston and Holly Engelman, the seventh annual Women’s Megillah reading at the Jewish Community Center focused on the brilliant and gutsy Jewish woman who saved her people from planned extinction. About 75 women ranging from Silver Academy girls to senior citizens attended. Purim is a time for Jews to celebrate their ancestors’ salvation from Hamen, an arrogant and wicked prime minister in ancient Persia. Hamen hated Queen Esther’s Uncle Mordecai because he would only bow to God. The anti-Semitic Hamen made plans to exterminate the Jewish people. Then Queen Esther -- who until then had kept her Jewish heritage a secret from King Ahasuerus, her husband – saved the day. She risked her life by telling him her ethnicity and asked him to save the Jews. He did and Hamen and his sons ended up being hanged on the very gallows built for Mordecai. Purim, considered the happiest of Jewish holidays, commemorates Esther’s courage. The hour-long reading, performed in Hebrew with grace, style, and musical cadence, was an entertaining way for women to read an ancient text with a modern lesson, said Susan Leviton, who has participated in the tradition for seven years. She said that reading the Hebrew text is more difficult than it looks. “Every word has to be chanted precisely,” she said. “It’s all in Hebrew and there are no vowels, no punctuation and no indication of musical notes. It has to be chanted in a very particular cadence. It takes months of preparation.” Susan expressed admiration for Esther, whom she called “literate and brave.” Leah Muroff said that she and Holly (who dressed as Morticia Addams of “The Addams Family”) grew up in Queens, N.Y. and have been reading the Megillah in Hebrew since they were teenagers. She said that the women’s reading “creates a tremendous sense of community. We have women here from many generations, many synagogues, and many areas.” Eva Siegel as Minnie Mouse Jackie Rubin as Princess Leia The audience members, many dressed in costumes, seemed spellbound while following the reading in Megillah books. They sat quietly until the hated name of Hamen was said. Then, in a delightful Jewish tradition, they booed, hissed, and shook noisemakers known as groggers to obliterate his name. Each time that happened, readers paused briefly, some suppressing a grin. Whether their voices were soprano or alto, each participating woman owned her reading. The powerful yet poignant reading featured a variety of styles – some quiet, some forceful, some dramatic, and all with deep felt passion. Sally Jo Bronner, wearing an Army uniform, spoke with military precision. Luisa Narins, in an airline pilot uniform, seemed to fly through her performance with practiced ease. Jaclyn Rubin, dressed as Princess Leia Organa of Star Wars fame, gave a regal performance. Lindsay Hameroff came as a character from the Hunger Games. “Esther was the first women’s libber, the person who started the women’s movement” said Shari Dym, one of the Megillah readers. “She used her role as a woman to stand up and save her people and the world.” Wearing a scarecrow outfit, Dym read her part of the fourth chapter smoothly. She said that reading Hebrew from a scroll is more difficult than it looks. “I started practicing in January, working a couple hours each week,” she said. “I had lots of coaches – Holly Engelman, Sally Jo Bronner, Tammy Reid, Marian Frankston and my son, Brian.” The costumes were as colorful as the reading – Saundra Schoicket as a pharaoh, Geri Henshell as a Red Hat Society

member, Mandy Cheskis as the Ace of Hearts and Eva Siegel as Minnie Mouse, to name a few. Jenn Ross sported the most unusual costume. She wore over her head a cardboard box depicting Purim characters. Tammy Reid, a whimsical Esther bunny, and her daughters, 17-year-old Mariam and 15-year-old Alana, all gave readings. Asked why she participated, Tammy Reid grinned. “There’s no rule saying women can’t read the Megillah,” she said. “I don’t want to do a man’s job but I want to joyfully participate whenever I can.” After the reading, the audience and readers stood and sang “Shoshannat Yaacov,” a hymn from the Song of Songs which compares the Jewish nation to a rose. The women then enjoyed refreshments, including grapes, oranges, bagels and, of course, hamantaschen.





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Saundra Schoicket as a pharaoh

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Meet Our Leadership


y family and I moved to Harrisburg in July 2008, and became involved in the Young Adult group at Beth El Temple. When we had twins in 2010, we truly felt a new connection to the Jewish community, with people we had never even met showing up at our door with meals and Shabbat dinner. Our involvement blossomed from there, from PJ Library family programs, to taking my children with me while we delivered Kosher Meals on Wheels. Pretty soon, I was involved in the Federation Annual Campaign, on the Federation board, and as a board member at Beth El Temple. I’m proud of and interested in the history of this community. This is the longest I’ve ever lived anywhere, but that pales in comparison to the deep roots of families and individuals that have carried the Harrisburg Jewish community from generation to generation. However, both the changing demographics

Abby Smith: Carrying Out the Mission within the larger Jewish community and within the Harrisburg area have me interested in identifying and addressing our needs for the future. I am committed to asking the tough questions, exploring many solutions, and doing my part in ensuring our collective legacy for the future. In my role as Federation Vice Chair, I am committed to balancing not just the day-today operational needs of our JCC, but truly carrying out the missions of a Federation -Jewish continuity and connection to Israel. I am committed to asking the tough questions, exploring many solutions, and doing my part in ensuring our collective legacy for the future. I’m not alone in saying that my family and I would not be in Harrisburg without the Jewish community. For me, I feel my center of gravity is the Harrisburg Jewish community here in Central PA. Whether it’s the Sukkah hop, or eating Varda’s challah every Friday

Abby Smith with her husband, Brandon, and two sons

Gregg Freeburn: Strengthening Our Community


was born in Harrisburg. I left Harrisburg to go to college and law school and returned in 2012. After coming back to Harrisburg, I started getting involved in the Jewish community in a few different ways. I am a board member of Chisuk Emuna, on the sports and fitness committee at the JCC,and a member of the Cardozo Society. My two daughters also attend the ELC here at the JCC, so I am here all the time. I am most interested in outreach to new members of our community, event organizing, and fundraising, and my skills in these areas were put to the test the last two years as the co-chair of Super Sunday, along with my wife, Emily. I took on this new role in order to help strengthen and grow our community. The Jewish community in Harrisburg is important to me because I grew up here and have lived

night, or attending the community Tashlich along the Susquehanna River, or hearing my children hum Hatikvah when they come home from camp, it’s a privilege to be part of such a rich Jewish experience and an honor to pay it forward as a board member. I have three main areas that I’d like to address during this term and into the future. First, I would like to see our community provide more resources and support for interfaith families. As the most neutral space for being Jewish in the Harrisburg community, the JCC and Federation is the ideal convener on the topic. Second, we need to be good fiscal stewards so we can better support the Jewish programs, synagogues, and agencies in Harrisburg. Lastly, we need to think about the long term future of our Jewish community, and I hope to engage in meaningful conversation -- and ultimately action -- that helps us grow and thrive together.

Jewish Poetry:

THE PICNIC TRAIN Jack B. Ogun A memorial to my lost, but never forgotten, family members. Childhood and grade school, fond memories of play, Fourth grader explorations,springtime’s warm days. Report cards were good, marble games, baseball too; The school picnic would come, with clothes so new. The thoughts and excitement, I couldn’t restrain; To Kennywood park our class would travel by train. Twenty purple tickets in strips of ten, we bought; Each cost a nickel, for the roller coaster, I got!

Gregg Freeburn with his wife, Emily, and two daughters

here almost my entire life. Now that I have daughters, I hope that they will benefit from having a strong Jewish community. I hope to contribute new ideas that will strengthen our community.

Mother packed a basket of lunch goodies to eat, We all boarded the Pittsburgh train, each took a seat. The reversible benches in the old 30’s rail cars, We could ride forwards, or backwards, and see near and far. The railroad, the park, the penny arcade, such fun, Skooter rides, Ferris wheel, and warm summer sun. Adding memories to memories of a childhood joy, The springtime picnic train; for a little Jewish boy. The big war was hard,our trains grew busier and old, But the picnics were there, a promise, we were told. This little boy grew tall, but never did he know, That in Nazi Germany, trains rolled, fired and all a-glow. Railway coaches from Holland and France snaked east, Cattle cars from Warsaw, were shipped by the beasts. Filled with Jews, my uncles and aunt, no picnics, no play, The locomotives dragged their trains, mysterious and gray. Kennywood and Auschwitz, the tracks are still seen; Bringing children to each place, just a memory, a dream. The cattle car rests, in the Holocaust museum, I spied, No faded purple tickets, only tears, long, since dried.

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What’s in Your Heart?

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3. Create Your Legacy: Establish a legacy gift - whether it's through a bequest in your will, or a portion of your IRA,

or another option - and you send a clear message to your children, grandchildren, and the community. You tell one-andall that being generous, caring about others, and thinking about the future are important values to you. You send a profound message to Jewish community members of all ages.

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organization(s). There is no monetary gift that must be made now, just your commitment, your leadership - your promise to be there in the future - through your legacy gift!

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Middle School Championship Night Does Not Disappoint Fans; Reflections of a Coach BY TERRI TRAVERS


he Harrisburg JCC girls and boys middle school basketball teams found themselves both in the championship game of the Central Pennsylvania Basketball League (CPBL) on Thursday, February 15. The teams advanced to the finals after having dominating semi-final wins. Both teams ended up with Harrisburg Academy as their opponent. In the first game of the night, the Middle School girls executed their game plan and put in an all-out hustle. Despite a few players being under the weather, the girls put up a strong fight and ended up losing only by 2 points. The game came down to the final seconds and every girl on the team made on-court contributions in the battle. In the second game of the night, the boys started

strong but found themselves down by 4 at the half. In the second half the desire to win and their hard work throughout the season and strong team play paid off as the boys fought back to win by 6! The basketball played in both games was a good quality performance. The boys are the new CPBL champions and the girls finished in second place in the league. However, the night was about more than just basketball. It only took a glance around the gym to see the support. The stands were packed with our JCC family. JCC staff, former JCC middle school players, and their families were all on hand. Over a dozen JCC high school players and/or former middle school players were cheering on the teams. The support for our program was outstanding.

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In addition, the effort and heart given by every member of our two teams was strong. In coaching middle school I often find that nervous young athletes have the tendency to become spectators on the court and are paralyzed by the fear of failure. However, on championship night everybody put it all on the line. They didn’t hold back and worry about making mistakes or looking silly. They took a chance and gave it everything they had; neither team despite different outcomes in the games had any regrets. Anybody who doubts the dedication of these teams only had to look at the faces of

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the middle school girls after they suffered the very close and heartbreaking loss. As we discussed, as a team it hurt so much because we cared. It hurt because we fell a tiny bit short of the end goal. Yet, that is a part of life and being willing to take chances is what separates average people from champions. So yes, maybe the girls were a few points off from being handed gold medals, but nobody doubts they are winners. In a life where we are never promised another day, these kids showed us how we should all live; giving forth all-out effort, not being afraid to make mistakes, and to risk caring so much it can hurt.

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Seussical Kids Comes to the JCC

JCC Maccabi Games August 5-10, 2018 Orange County, CA



he JCC Drama Department will be presenting their annual production later this month when approximately 40 young actors and actresses take the stage for Seussical Kids! The production is being directed by Macy Deskiewicz, who has led past productions of Aladdin & Lion King here at the JCC. Macy has high hopes for this year’s production, saying “the children have been practicing three times a week and they are clearly getting better the closer we get to the performance. The show basically tells the story of ‘Horton Hears a Who’ and consists

mostly of songs. It’s quirky and different, but there’s definitely some good stuff in there that people will enjoy seeing.” The production, an adaptation of the Broadway show ‘Seussical’ is narrated by Cat in the Hat, and the JCC production has 3 actors playing this part over the course of the 30 minute production. The show was originally scheduled to play one night at the JCC, but demand was such that a second show was added to accommodate a fervent fan base. For more info on the show, see the flyer below.

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

Join Team Harrisburg for an experience of a lifetime. Jewish Athletes 13-16 years of age as of 7/31/18 & Jewish Artists 12-17 as of 7/31/18 are eligible to participate. Individual Sports: Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field, and Table Tennis Team Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Lacrosse, Soccer and Ice Hockey, Volleyball, Flag Football

For more information contact Terri at or 717-236-9555 ext. 3110

Thur., March 22 | 7:00 pm Sun., March 25 | 4:00 pm Jewish Community Center 3301 N Front Street, Harrisburg

Tickets: $5 To purchase tickets call the JCC at 717-236-9555, ext. 0

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Jewish Poetry:

PASSOVER SEDER Maggie Grotzinger Eighteen people are coming for Seder Mom desperately wants to help Food prep is out After slicing her finger While cutting vegetables last Thanksgiving Let’s go set the table I say Dishes are put out You do the napkins and silverware But she cannot remember how to fold a napkin Does the fork go on the right or the left? Dementia is standing in the corner Of the dining room Laughing

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You’re a jerk I say to him, but not out loud

Flashbacks to when I was 7 or 8 Mom is teaching me how to set the table Fork is always on the left Knife and spoon on the right Remind me, which is left and which is right? Mom asks Dementia is still there In the corner Snickering

Film Festival Announces New Season (May 10-17) With New Name! BY JULIE SHERMAN


he Harrisburg Jewish Film Festival will launch its 2018 season on May 10th with the same compelling films and special events that you’ve come to expect, but with a new name and a new logo! In recognition of longtime Festival supporter Ed Finkelstein’s generous planned gift to the Festival through the Jewish Community Foundation of Central Pennsylvania, henceforth, our annual, much anticipated week of Jewish cinematic fare will be known as Edward S. Finkelstein Harrisburg Jewish Film Festival. Ed’s gift will be used to enhance and expand Festival programming both during Festival Week and throughout the year. With it, we want also to take opportunities to spread knowledge and appreciation of Jewish history, heritage, and culture throughout the greater Harrisburg community. The first of these opportunities will be on Thursday, March 22nd, when the Festival will proudly co-sponsor (along with the Jewish Home of Greater Harrisburg and Chisuk Emuna Congregation) a WITF special event - a preview screening and panel discussion of the new PBS documentary, “GI Jews” at the WITF studios – as well as Holocaust Remembrance Day television programming that will air on WITF in April. Save the date for Festival Week – May 10th-17th– and watch this space, as well as Kol Central PA, Jewish Federation global emails, and our website,, for details of what promises to be another very exciting season, with a wide array of films and guest speakers you will not want to miss!

Jewish Poetry:

YOU ARE MY WARRIOR Felix Thau A poem written on the passing of a young man just coming into his prime with terms mother employed to describe her son.

You are my warrior, my son! The battle’s won, the hour’s come. The time is neigh to say goodbye. Your blush recedes, your breath concedes. I carried you. In me you grew. Too soon to say goodbye. Oh why? My mother dear, your presence near, your voice, your touch, erase all fear. In bed I lie. My soul lifts high. I see you, mother, grieving so. I weep for you as you for me. Remember this in your torment. Had you not brought me into life, had you not nurtured, succored me, what mass of joy would you have missed, How many tender moments gone? The gain of love engenders pain. A sharing heart must break apart. Love and loss are intertwined. Bereavement is the price assessed, when we to others fast relate. As I traverse from here to there, hold short the rage that life’s unfair. Is life a tick or tock of time, an endless count of metered ones? There must be more to why we breathe. My body’s gone, my soul released. And in the oceans’ ebb and flow, or in a sunrise blazing glow, or where you are, or where you go, there I abide so near to you.

Jewish Poetry:


My friend bakes bread. No, not that square white brand But golden brown, beautifully braided Challah with a Twist for Shabbat.

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My friend bakes bread. No, she crafts it and nurtures The baby-bottom-smooth dough Handling with care, protecting with prayer. We see the finished product, Not the heavy lifting Twenty-five pound bags of flour, Five pound bags of sugar. Not the back straining kneading of dough Measured, separated, rolled into Six stands under, over, across. We hear the pleasant Shabbat greeting, Not the whirring moan of mixing Flour and water, Sugar and yeast. Not the high-pitched timer beeping Two minutes, ten minutes, Twenty-six minutes -- done. My friend bakes bread, No, not as a business proprietor But as a model of propriety, Sharing loaves and lessons and love.

The 2018 Mid Atlantic Jr. Maccabi Games are an Olympic-style sporting event. This year the event is open to all Jewish athletes ages 9-12 years of age as of May 1, 2018.

Hosted by the Baltimore JCC Participation Fee: $95.00 Please call the JCC at 236-9555, ext. 0 to register. Questions?? Contact Terri at 236-9555, 3110 or

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A Woman of Valor and Strength


sther Boldes can be summed up in two Hebrew phrases -- eshet chayil (woman of valor) and chazaqa (strong and courageous). Yet Esther doesn’t see her life as extraordinary or herself as remarkable as she is. She’s lived through decades of Jewish history including Kristallnacht, the Holocaust, the establishment of Israel, immigration to the United States, and more. She said her secret to survival has been simple. “My motto is ‘don’t look back’ because that stops you in your tracks,” she said. “Have a plan and look forward.” Esther has been planning and looking forward all of her life. Born in Frankfurt, Germany, she said she was “spoiled and protected” in her childhood. Her father worked as an accountant for a Jewish company that dealt with scrap metal and Esther went to a large Jewish school. Life changed after Kristallnacht in 1938. “One day, Nazi police came to our door and wanted to take my father to a camp,” Esther said. “My mother had our Czech passports and told them we were Czech, not German. They believed her and didn’t take my father away.” Her dad lost his job when the Germans took over the company and other Jewish businesses. When he couldn’t find another job, he, his wife and youngest daughter moved to Prague, Czechoslovakia (Esther’s oldest sister, 12 years her senior, already was on her own). Her dad learned to repair shoes. He also made plans for the family to join his oldest daughter in Palestine, where she had been since 1936. During her time in Prague, Esther couldn’t go to school because she didn’t speak Czech. But she was active with B’nai Akiva youth movement. As the Germans persecuted Jews, Esther’s father knew that his family had to leave for Palestine as soon as possible. “When I was 12, I got my visa for Palestine but my parents didn’t have theirs,” Esther said. “They got me a passport and decided to send me on ahead of them. They sewed some rings into my coat, took me to the train station in Prague and said goodbye. We were sure we’d see each other again, but they never got out. That’s the last time I ever saw them.” Her mother died of cancer in Germany, her mother’s family was taken to the camps and she never found out exactly what happened to her father. Esther, who had never been away from her parents before, went on a train from Czechoslovakia to Italy with other children making Aliyah. After a few days, the train arrived in Genoa, Italy, where the children stayed in a youth hostel. Then, they took a boat called “The Jerusalem” to Palestine. Esther was seasick on the way over. Unknown to her, Heinz Boldes, her future husband, also was on that boat.


Esther Boldes

Original Painting by Esther

Esther Boldes, during Israel’s Independence War

“My sister didn’t know I was coming because we had no way to reach her,” Esther said. “I got a bus to Herzliya and my brotherin-law took me to my sister’s. I lived with them and went to school there until I was 17. I knew Hebrew and English so I could communicate.” Soon, she was part of the Haganah, an underground group formed by Jews to defend themselves that later became the Israeli Defense Force (IDF). “While I was in the Haganah I learned how to crawl around on the seashore to look for people coming to infiltrate,” she said. “I was 15 or 16. We were to help protect the military because there was only the police force led by the British. This was us helping our people, Jews helping Jews. I learned how to shoot and to stand guard although I never had to shoot anyone.” When Esther graduated from high school at the age of 17, she  volunteered for the Auxiliary Territorial Service, which was the female branch of the British Army located in Palestine. “I wanted to learn how to drive,” she recalled. “I had training, learned about mechanics and learned how to drive in the desert.” She signed up to become a driver. She trained to become a soldier in Sarafend, and then was sent to a large camp in Egypt where she learned the mechanics of vehicles and

how to drive in the desert. She was stationed in Cairo and in Haifa and drove a three-ton truck until her discharge in 1946. Although she loved art, Esther selected her career “by sticking my finger in a career book and pointing,” Her finger landed on pediatric nurse. She became one, and worked in hospitals and in a refugee camp in 1947-48. “We knew something was happening,” she said. “There was fighting between the Arabs and Jews all the time. The Arabs came into villages and murdered people in their beds. I learned how to shoot if I needed to and how to communicate with flags from the water tower. Word got out that people needed to learn first aid, so I signed up for a one-week course.” That course was taught by her future husband, Heinz Boldes. “Everyone liked Heinz,” she said. “He was a good instructor and not bad looking. A couple weeks later, he came to visit me out of the blue. We had a lot in common. Like me, he came to Palestine from Germany.” A year after Israel was founded in 1948, the young couple got married. He was a major in the Israeli Army while she had a red card, meaning she could be drafted. Instead, she decided to enlist and drove pick-up trucks. “I first drove a pickup truck and did general

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deliveries of food and ammunition to the front line as necessary,” she said. “Then I drove for a captain in charge of civil defense in the city of Hadera.” When she got pregnant, she did desk duty until her 1949 discharge. Esther and her husband came to Philly in 1957, then moved to Harrisburg in 1964. They lived here for many years. They had two children, the late Naava Boldes Ellis and Eitan Boldes. After Heinz retired as senior vice president for Rite Aid in 1986 they moved to Las Vegas that year and were there until his death in 1999. Then Esther moved back to Harrisburg that same year. She has lived here ever since. “I don’t always like the weather here,” she said, “but the people here are a community. My neighbors and I care about each other and the Jewish community here is very close. I go to the Jewish Community Center a couple times a week and do things with the senior group there.” Esther, who loves to write, for years wrote “A Senior Footnote” for the Community Review. She also sent out greeting cards to others in the senior organization. She’s a talented painter too and several of her original paintings hang on her walls. She’s a proud mother to her son, Eitan, and a doting bubba to her grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, kvelling over their achievements. “I’m sorry my husband didn’t live long enough to see all these kids,” she said, proudly showing family pictures, “because he sure would have loved them.”

Purim Carnival Features Fun-Loving Folks as Seuss, Steelers and Shark BY MARY KLAUS


hree weeks after the Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl, Joel Cheskis continued to celebrate. Wearing green and white paint on his face and Super Bowl Champions hat and shirt, his smile brightened the Community Purim Carnival almost as much as the bright lights and colorful games at the Jewish Community Center on an otherwise rainy day. “I’ve waited 46 years to dress like this,” Joel said over the din of hundreds of Purim revelers. “It sure beats wearing the Moses costume again!” Purim celebrates a serious event -- the salvation of the Jewish people from Haman, an evil prime minister whose plan to kill all the Jews was defeated by the bravery of Queen Esther and her Uncle Mordechai in ancient Persia. Yet the carnival was anything but solemn. The young and the young at heart (which appeared to be most of the adults attending) dressed in zany costumes which indicated their fantasies. Mikel, as devoted to his Pittsburgh Steelers as Joel is to the Eagles, showed up in Steelers pants, shirt, scarf and jacket. His crowing accent was his “Pittsburger” hat, a play on his love of burgers. When the cross-state football fans saw each other, they pretended to duke it out in the fun spirit of Purim. Another fan

of Philadelphia sports, Phil Bloom, wore a Philadelphia Phillies uniform and brought along his glove and baseball. “I went to ‘Phillies Phantasy Camp’ in Clearwater, Fla. for my 50th birthday three years ago,” Phil grinned. “I was one of the Phillies for a week. It was so cool, the best week of my life.” When asked, Phil happily went outside and demonstrated his pitching and catching skills. Queen Esthers popped up everywhere in the Mary Sachs Auditorium. Young Julia was one of the most beautiful Esthers in a regal purple gown with pearls and white fur. Funloving Tammy Reid dressed as an “Esther bunny” in a black and white outfit, tall black top hat and fluffy white bunny ears. “I’ve done a Persian Esther and a Barbie Esther,” she said. “This year, I’m an Esther bunny!” One little Esther -- Abby, 7 -- wore a light pink gown and a hot pink cast on her left arm as she made an Esther crown at one of the crafts tables. “I tripped during recess at school and broke my arm,” she explained, adding that she wanted to portray Esther because “she was brave.” Whimsical Bryan Reid showed that he was in touch with his inner child as he paraded around in his “Cat in the Hat” outfit. “I was the

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FITNESS CENTER HOURS: Monday-Thursday: 6am-10pm;Friday: 6am-6pm; Saturday: 7am-4pm; Sunday: 7am-7pm INDOOR POOL HOURS: Please check pool schedule on website HOLIDAY CLOSINGS March/April 2018 Friday, March 30 Erev Passover – JCC closes at 6:00pm Saturday, March 31 Passover – Building Closed Sunday, April 1 Passover – JCC Open/Federation Offices closed Friday, April 6 Passover – JCC Open/Federation Offices closed Saturday, April 7 Passover – JCC Open/Federation Offices closed

Cat in the Hat in Seussical years ago and I had the costume,” he said, grinning under the tall red and white hat. “Dr. Seuss is very cool and good for all ages. ‘All the Places You’ll Go’ gives great life advice. My son, Yaakov, is in the JCC production of Seussical.” Susquehanna Twp. Police Sgt. Jason Reber and two other township police officers came to the carnival for lunch and ended up giving Bryan (Cat in the Hat) Reid Philly Phil Bloom out their baseball-style cards and signing autographs. A wide-eyed Sophia, 6, wore a Supergirl costume and grinned at the tall sergeant. “It’s a real treat for the kids to see the police officers here,” said Lisa Buffington, the child’s grandmother who wore a Pittsburgh Penguins sweat shirt. Maly Jackson and her daughter, Ariella, wore blue butterfly costumes because, Maly said, “butterflies represent freedom, love and happiness.” Two brothers portrayed the fiercest characters with Abie dressed as a dinosaur with 53 teeth and Moshe as a blue-headed shark. “This is one of our best events of the year,” said Jennifer Ross, Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg president and CEO. “It’s a fun holiday and a nice kickoff for a busy week here. We have a full house today.” Throughout the auditorium, booths sponsored by synagogues and various Jewish The Rubins dressed as their favorite Star Wars organizations offered children the chance to characters toss plastic fish into a hole, race little cars on a straight course, pick a lollipop and win a filled cookies representing Haman’s threeprize, toss darts, get a wash-away tattoo, string cornered hat. They came in a variety of flavors – raspberry, apricot, strawberry, blueberry beads into necklaces and make sand art. Curtis Sweitzer, dressed as a king, made and chocolate peanut butter. “There’s a couple hundred people here balloon toys. Nancy Sweitzer, his wife, dressed laughing, talking and, of course, eating,” said as a queen and drew caricatures of children. Visitors ate pizza, soft pretzels and, of Rabbi Eric Cytryn. “There’s multi generations course, homemade hamantaschen, triangular of our community having fun. It’s amazing.”

May 2018 Saturday, May 19 Erev Shavuot Sunday, May 20 Shavuot – JCC Open/Federation Offices closed Monday, May 21 Shavuot – JCC Open/Federation Offices closed Monday, May 28 Memorial Day Food service will be unavailable in the JCC from March 31 to April 7 in observance of Passover. No music or large celebrations are permitted in the JCC from March 31 to May 3 in observance of Sefirah. For a full list of community activities, please visit and click on the Community Calendar.

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Synagogue Life


Beth El Temple

Historic B’nai Jacob, Middletown

Temple Ohev Sholom

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

Historic B’nai Jacob Synagogue, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and located at 300 West Water Street in Middletown, Pennsylvania, near the Harrisburg International Airport and Penn State-Harrisburg campus, will have a Pesach Seder on Friday, April 6, 2018, beginning at 6:00pm, for which seating is limited (contact Marlene Snell at marlenefksnell@ for more information and to reserve a seat - there is no charge for the Seder Meal).   We are a community shul and all are welcome to join us.  

Friday night Shabbat services at 6pm on March 16, with soup and Torah study afterward; at 7:30pm on March 23 (with the Old World Folk Band); and at 5 pm on March 30. Basic Judaism is at 10am on Sunday, March 18 in the Lehrman Chapel; Rabbi’s Book Review, discussing Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly, is at 11am on Sunday, March 18 in the Lehrman Chapel; Adult B’nai Mitzvah is at 7pm on Tuesday, March 20 in the Temple Library. “Lunch and Learn” class with Rabbi Kessler at noon on Wednesday, March 21 in the Lehrman Chapel. Hershey Study with curriculum from the book Jewish Literacy by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin at 7:30pm on Thursday, March 22 (call for location). Congregational seder at 6pm on Saturday, March 31. Yom HaShoah service at 7:30pm on Wednesday, April 11. Call for Tot Shabbat and Parallel Education Program details in April. Ohev Sholom’s main office, 717-233-6459.

2637 N. Front St, (717) 232-0556

Chisuk Emuna Congregation 3219 Green St, (717) 232-4851

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

Congregation Beth Israel, Lebanon 411 S 8th St, (717) 273-2669

All are welcome to our egalitarian services: Sundays at 9am and Thursdays at 7:30am. Our Shabbat services begin at 7:30pm on Friday evenings and on Shabbat morning at 9:30am followed by Kiddush.

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

Friday Shabbat Services at 7:15pm Please join with us for a Holocaust Remembrance Service (Yom HaShoah) jointly sponsored by Congregation Beth Tikvah and the Carlisle Area Religious Council on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 7:00pm. The service will be held at First Lutheran Church, corner of East High and South Bedford Streets (one block east of the Square), Carlisle, PA (GPS—100 East High Street). The guest speaker will be Harrisburg resident Deborah Kravitz who will present the story of her mother Regina Fields, who survived the Holocaust in hiding in Germany.  Enjoy musical interludes by Lori Elliott, flutist for the West Shore Symphony Orchestra. Congregations might wish to bring a Sunday school class or youth group to the service.  Light refreshments will follow the service. Beth Tikvah meets twice a month. Check newsletter on website for dates and times.

Water & Nissley Streets, (717) 319-3014

Kesher Israel Congregation 2500 N 3rd St, (717) 238-0763

Participate in daily Minyanim. Mornings: Sundays and Federal holidays at 8am, Monday-Friday at 6:45am. Rosh Chodesh and fast days at 6:30am. Evening services begin 20 minutes before sunset. Please join Kesher Israel for 9am Shabbat morning services followed by Kiddush. Please contact Office Manager, Cecelia Baker, (717) 2380763 for info.

Temple Beth Israel

2090 Hollywood Dr, York (717) 843-2676, York’s 140-year-old Reform congregation. Rabbi Jeffrey Astrachan leads services at 7pm each Friday, followed by an Oneg. Birthday celebration/family service first Friday of each month. Religious School on Sunday mornings. Torah Study (Genesis) some Saturday mornings – call for details.

Temple Beth Shalom

913 Allendale Rd, (717) 697-2662 Temple Beth Shalom’s Friday evening Shabbat Services are at 7:15pm, followed by an oneg in the social hall. Services are led by Lay Leaders of Beth Shalom.  Please call the office at 697-2662 or check the website calendar for Shabbat service dates, as well as updates on when Saturday Shabbat services will be held. Upcoming Shabbat services will be held on Friday, March 16 and April 13 and 27. Temple Beth Shalom’s Annual Community Passover Seder will be held on Saturday, March 31 at 6:30pm.  For reservations, contact the Temple office at , or check out our website at  for details.  Reservation deadline March 16.  For details on upcoming Temple Beth Shalom services and events, check the website:

Jewish Poetry:

2345 N Front St, (717) 233-6459

Jewish Poetry: ALL GROWN UP Hester Guida

Now for sure all grown up No more Grandmom. Peering Slipping Falling Into the whirlpool of reverie…

Big circles of thick glass Red syrupy obliquely painted mouth Encircled by Permanent kinks Rhinestone pinned to flowery house dress Wrinkled stockings in shiny black pointed oxfords Saddled with pocketbook and shopping bag full Dauntlessly, warily stepping off the trolley Dim recognition Then smiles, kisses, blessings. And… Listening, nearly watching her “stories” (Everyone knew when) Cooking homey smells and tastes Dancing and singing to gladden the family Her cry – It’s nothing – Enjoy At Bubby’s, a refuge from shame. Long life turned into no life before death The dimness became darkness And I couldn’t say Goodbye, Bubby.

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Author: Dawn Marie Huddleston submitted by Paul Latchford with written permission from the author

If I knew it would be the last time that I’d see you fall asleep, I would tuck you in more tightly and pray the Lord, your soul to keep. If I knew it would be the last time that I see you walk out the door, I would give you a hug and kiss and call you back for one more. If I knew it would be the last time I’d hear your voice lifted up in praise, I would video tape each action and word, so I could play them back day after day. If I knew it would be the last time, I could spare an extra minute to stop and say “I love you,” instead of assuming you would know I do. If I knew it would be the last time I would be there to share your day, Well I’m sure you’ll have so many more, so I can let just this one slip away. For surely there’s always tomorrow to make up for an oversight, And we always get a second chance to make everything just right. There will always be another day to say “I love you,” And certainly there’s another chance to say our “Anything I can do?” But just in case I might be wrong, and today is all I get, I’d like to say how much I love you and I hope we never forget. Tomorrow is not promised to anyone, young or old alike, And today may be the last chance you get to hold your loved one tight. So if you’re waiting for tomorrow, why not do it today? For if tomorrow never comes, you’ll surely regret the day, That you didn’t take that extra time for a smile, a hug, or a kiss And you were too busy to grant someone, what turned out to be their one last wish. So hold your loved ones close today, and whisper in their ear, Tell them how much you love them and that you’ll always hold them dear Take time to say “I’m sorry,” “Thank you,” “Please forgive me,” or “It’s okay.” And if tomorrow never comes, you’ll have no regrets about today.

COMMUNITY IMPACT REPORT FOR 2017 The mission of the Jewish Community Foundation of Central Pennsylvania is to foster philanthropy through meaningful partnerships between area donors and our community organizations, to further their charitable goals, by increasing current and future support for a vibrant and secure Jewish community in Central Pennsylvania, Israel and the world. Our vision is to become the principal address for Jewish charity in Central PA. As the primary, trusted and expert resource for philanthropy, the Jewish Community Foundation wishes to engage, educate and assist donors with their charitable giving and estate planning.

The 349 Funds of the JCF: At the end of 2017 the JCF consisted of 349 funds: Donor Advised Funds . . . 103 Endowed Funds . . . . . . . 120 Other Funds . . . . . . . . . . . 126

The Foundation professionally administers lifetime and testamentary charitable giving plans designed to: 

21 new funds were created in 2017.

Assist individuals with their plans to achieve their personal charitable goals.

Of these new funds over half are endowments which will sustain the Jewish community for years to come!

Accumulation of endowed resources for the perpetual support of our Jewish agencies and synagogues and to provide for emergent and future needs.

Provide grants for charities, both Jewish and non-Jewish, which help meet the social, cultural and educational needs of our communities.

2017 Assets of the Jewish Community Foundation:

Please remember the Jewish Community with a gift through your will, trust, retirement account(s) or life insurance policy.

Assets 1/1/2017 . . . . . . . . . . $22,564,255 Contributions . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,720,860 Net Annual Change . . . . . . . 2,781,495 Distributions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (2,250,217) Assets 12/31/2017 . . . . . . . . $25,816,393 UNAUDITED

Join us for a community wide celebration as JCF honors those who are sustaining the Jewish Community in Central PA for years to come:

ANNUAL DONOR RECOGNITION DINNER Honoring Our Legacy Heroes WHEN: Tuesday, May 8, 2018 WHERE: Jewish Community Center, Harrisburg, PA RECEPTION: 5:30pm

DINNER: 6:30pm

Watch for more details in the Community Review!

These $2M+ in distributions were made to more than 200 separate charitable agencies, organizations and synagogues. Locally these include B’nai B’rith, Jewish Family Service of Harrisburg and of York, the Jewish Group Homes, the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg and all of its components from the JCC to the ELC, the Jewish Home of Greater Harrisburg, the Silver Academy. All our synagogues received support including Beth El Temple, Chisuk Emuna Congregation, Historic B’nai Jacob, Kesher Israel Congregation, Temple Beth Israel, Temple Beth Shalom, Temple Ohev Sholom and Ohev Sholom Congregation. Plus many, many other charitable groups worldwide.

Contributions were received from Jewish organizations and individuals to support causes that are dear to them. What’s in your heart that you wish to support? Ask how the Jewish Community Foundation can help you with your charitable giving! JCF’s assets consist of donations of cash, securities and other assets received from individuals, families and Jewish organizations. Services offered by the JCF allow donors to manage their charitable gifting needs and improve the quality of life in our own community and world-wide. JCF is governed by a diverse group of Jewish Community leaders. Experienced staff oversees the administration and management of funds. Acting under the purview of our Investment Committee, professional investment specialists are utilized to advise and assist the JCF in maximizing returns and the preservation of principle, within strategic investment parameters designed to ensure the continuity of funds 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 717-236-9555 x 3202 or email her at

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Life Cycle Autism Spectrum Disorder and a Parent’s Role


David Samuel Feinberg, 70, of Camp Hill, PA, passed away at his home in Bethesda, Maryland, at 5:00am on Monday, February 19, 2018, after an 11-month battle with cancer. David was born in Pittsburgh on March 4, 1947, son of the late Norman and Phyllis Feinberg. After earning a BS and MBA from Penn State University, David settled in the Harrisburg area. He spent his professional life in service of the healthcare needs of vulnerable citizens both in PA and nationally. Most recently, he ran a consulting firm, Feinberg Shopp Associates, and had previously served as the PA Deputy Secretary for Medical Assistance in the Department of Human Services. He was also proud to have served on the Board of Directors for PA Partnerships for Children. His passion for his work was only surpassed by his love for his family. David is survived by his siblings, Iris (Myron) Brown and Eddie Feinberg; his only first cousin, Alan (Susan) Weisenberg; his children, Josh (Jenny) Feinberg and Becky Feinberg; his step-children, Amanda (Rob) Roth and Amy (Dan) Blanchard; and his seven grandchildren, whom he absolutely adored: Maya, Ellie, Desmond, Violet, Felix, Abe, and Graeme.

Attention: Harrisburg “JCC Senior Adult Club” Theatre Enthusiasts CHERYL YABLON


eniors, don’t forget we have wonderful theatre options in our own backyard. Through Allison Graham Hays, the Executive Director of Theatre Harrisburg, we are offering more shows for you to choose from. Allison is offering members of the JCC Senior Adult Club a special rate of $22 per ticket for all shows put on by Theatre Harrisburg. These tickets must be paid for (checks made out to the Senior Adult Club) by the deadline dates and the tickets will be held, in your name, at the ”Will Call” Box Office at either Theatre HarrisburgKrevsky Center or Whitaker Center. Transportation for these shows is not included. Here are a couple of the upcoming dates of the performances, shows, and the deadline by which I must have payment in order to purchase your tickets. Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 2:00pm at the Whitaker Center: Hairspray. The 1950’s are out, and change is in the air! Hairspray, winner of eight Tony awards, including Best musical, is a family-friendly musical piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs. Appropriate for all audiences. DEADLINE for purchasing tickets is April 11, 2018. Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 2:00pm at the Krevsky Center: Grave Doubts. Winner of Theatre Harrisburg’s 2016 New Work’s Festival, David Simon’s comedy with a lot of “plot holes” follows a married couple’s apres death reunion six feet under. Intended for mature audiences. DEADLINE for purchasing tickets is May 23, 2018. I hope you will take advantage of these incredible offerings at our special rate. Enjoy The Show!



utism Spectrum Disorder, now known as ASD, cuts across all types of children and adults in all types of families. Since 2013, when the American Psychiatric Association (APA) updated its diagnostic system, all autism-like diagnosis has changed. The general symptoms that characterize autism are “deficits in social communication and social interaction across multiple contexts (emphasis added) and restricted, repetitive behaviors, interests, and activities remains.” However, the APA wisely outlines the need to note the severity of impairment so as to better identify treatment for each child or adult based on what is really happening in their life. Regardless of what level of severity is identified, there are common things that a child with ASD needs in their life: a consistent adult who will accept them for who they are, work with them to develop skills to overcome gaps in their neurological development, and advocate for their needs to be met in school, home, and the community. Imagine a child, three or four years old, who has pretty much stopped talking, shows developmental delays, struggles with social interactions, and has repetitive behaviors, such as rocking, spinning, or flapping of hands. As a parent, you would most probably say, “Something is going on here,” and you would ask your pediatrician for a referral for an evaluation, or seek out Early Intervention services. You would find a way to get your child into social skills classes, and special educational services. You would reach out to other parents whose children struggle with the same issues. Most of all, you would advocate for that child. But parenting a child with an ASD diagnosis also means recognizing a few other considerations such as: does this child need a different style of parenting than other children in your home; and can this child give back to me in the way that other children do. They may also show you their anxiety, fear, and love in ways that may be very different from other children. Because of their deficits in social interaction skills, they may struggle to play in an imaginary world with you and with other children. Because their brains struggle to understand what is abstract or not seen, they may seem happy in their own world and exclude you from their play. A child with ASD may “get stuck” in an interest that is hard for you to be part of or understand. Additionally, they may have self-stimulating behaviors (flapping, rocking) that are hard for parents and other family members to understand and accept. Because of their need to manage their understanding of the world around them, they may struggle with changes in their routine or the household structure. What children with the ASD diagnosis need more than anything is a loving and caring family. This is the best place for any child, let alone one with autism, to learn communication, coping, social, and interaction skills. It is also the best place to have an adult willing to go to bat for that child in all situations. In the intimacy of the parent-child relationship, the child begins to see the value of the hard work of improving these skills and overcoming these challenges. They need someone who accepts and learns to love their quirks will be a voice for them when they need different services or a new school placement or is willing to play trains with them for hours and hours. Here at JFS, we have had the privilege to work with many families whose children have an ASD diagnosis; from Mynd Works Counseling to social skills groups; from Healing Hearts Family Based Mental Health services to AdoptionLinks. Through AdoptionLinks, in particular, we help children with ASD prepare for adoption or understand why they are in foster care. We always ask prospective adoptive and foster parents about their openness to love each and every child for who they are, regardless of their diagnosis. And we help these children find parents who will advocate for them. If you would like more information about mental health services for children with ASD, or if you are interested in fostering or adopted a child with ASD, we would like to hear from you. Feel free to contact us at (717) 233-1681. We also encourage you to join us on April 15, 2018 to view the film “Life Animated” and hear Pulitzer-Prize winning author Ron Suskind speak about his personal experiences raising a child on the autism spectrum. Tickets are available by calling JFS or visiting Sponsorship opportunities are also available at JFS.

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JCC Senior Adult Programs Classes available at the Jewish Community Center:

SilverSneakers® CLASSIC – Have Fun and move to the music through a variety of

exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement, and activities for daily living. Hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles, and a SilverSneakers ball are offered for resistance. A chair is available if needed for seated or standing support. Tuesday/ Thursday mornings 9:30 -10:15-30am. Drop-in Fee $7.00 per class. Free to JCC members, SilverSneakers® and Silver and Fit participants. SilverSneakers® CARDIOFIT – SilverSneakers® CardioFit is an advanced group exercise class designed for active adults who desire a safe and effective low-impact cardiovascular workout. Energizing and easy-to-follow movements promote heart-healthy, total-body conditioning to increase cardiovascular and muscular endurance. In addition, a variety of strength training options are offered to provide a well-rounded workout. Mondays/Wednesdays at 10:30-11:30am. Drop-in Fee $7 per class. Free to JCC members SilverSneakers® and Silver and Fit participants. 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 Fee $7 per class. Free to JCC members, SilverSneakers® and Silver and Fit participants. JOIN US FOR THE NEXT SENIOR BRUNCH AND BINGO – MARCH 16TH – 10AM-NOON. FOR JCC SENIOR MEMBERS, SILVERSNEAKERS AND SILVER AND FIT MEMBERS MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS WITH LINDA 717-236-9555 EXT.3050

Reading of Names Scheduled for April 11-12 at Temple Ohev Sholom


oin the Jewish community on Wednesday evening, April 11 at 7:30 pm at Temple Ohev Sholom in Harrisburg to commemorate Yom Hashoah with the Reading of Names. The Reading is a vigil in which the names of our Kedoshim (those who lost their lives during the Holocaust) are read continuously over a period of 24 hours. “Unto Every Person There is a Name” seeks to dignify the memories of the victims of the Shoah (the Nazi Holocaust) by reading their names aloud. These victims were stripped of their names by their oppressors and tattooed with numbers. Through the public reading of the names of Holocaust victims, this program strives to restore a portion of their humanity and to retrieve them for the lost depths of anonymity. In order to continue passing the torch of memory to the next generation, students from congregational Religious Schools and The Silver Academy will take part in conducting of the opening ceremony. Names are being read by a variety of Jewish and non-Jewish groups and individuals, congregations, organizations, youth groups, schools, and churches who have each signed on to read for portions of the vigil. If you would like to have the opportunity to participate in the Reading of Names, please contact Lillian Rappaport at 236-9555, ext. 3402.

The JCC Senior Adult Club is offering the following senior events: Every Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30am-10:15-30am - SilverSneakers Classic Every Tuesday from 1:30-3:00pm - Mah Jongg classes with Ellen Mussaf or play Farkle with Harold Williams and Mel Krieger After Lunch Program on the FIRST and THIRD THURSDAY – Spanish Class with Cecilia Lee. 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


March 27, 2018 - Dr. Donald Koones, History Professor at HACC will lecture on “Leonardo Da Vinci” March 29, 2018 - “Yiddish with Rabbi Peter Kessler” April 3rd and April 5th – NO SENIOR ADULT LUNCH OR PROGRAM – PASSOVER BREAK April 10, 2018 - Business Meeting/Birthday Party. 1:30-3:00pm. Mah Jongg with Ellen Mussaf or Farkle with Harold Williams and Mel Krieger April 11, 2018 – Artist Residency Program from 1:30-3:00pm. April 12, 2018 – “Mass Marketing Fraud Schemes: Why, How and What To Do If You Fall Victim” by United States postal Inspector Christiana Kasian April 17, 2018 - Current Events with Herman Minkoff. 1:30-3:00pm Mah Jongg with Ellen Mussaf or Farkle with Harold Williams and Mel Krieger April 18, 2018 – Bus Trip to Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre to see the classic, “Showboat.” April 19, 2018 - “Spanish Class” – This class is being taught by retired teacher, Cecilia Lee. Artist Residency Program 1:30-3:00pm. April 24, 2018 – Camera Functions on Tablets and Phones by computer expert Nanci Reinhart. 1:30-3:00pm. Mah Jongg with Ellen Mussaf or Farkle with Harold Williams and Mel Krieger April 25, 2018 – Artist Residency Program – 1:30-3:00pm. April 26, 2018 – “Anastasia – Missing Daughter of the Czar” by Dr. Donald Koones, History Professor at HACC. Due to Dr. Koones’ teaching schedule, this program will start approximately 1:00pm. and finish between 2:00 - 2:30pm.

AZA LOX BOX Delivery Sunday, March 29th Price $12.00 (checks payable to Harrisburg AZA) Contents: Bagel, Lox, Cream Cheese, Onion, Lettuce, Tomato, Fruit Check One: Delivery 6:00pm – 8:00pm Donation

Pickup at JCC

Name_______________________________________________________________________ Address_____________________________________________________________________ Phone Number_____________________________________________________________ Email________________________________________________________________________ Number of Lox Boxes______________________________________________________ PLEASE DROP ORDER OFF IN “LOX BOX” in JCC Lobby Or Email to Paula Rosen at Thank You! Deadline to Order is March 23, 2018

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Community Review - March 16, 2018  
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