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June 8, 2018 | 25 Sivan, 5778 | Vol. 93; No. 11 Published by The Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg | Greater Harrisburg’s Jewish Newspaper
GRADUATES of Jewish Harrisburg BY ADAM GROBMAN
ach year in Jewish Harrisburg, new students join our community, and others move on to the next step in their education. While some are continuing on to college, others are just completing one of the cornerstones of their education. As a way to show our pride for the students in our community, this issue is dedicated to the theme of graduation. Throughout these pages, we have several submissions from students graduating from Middle School and High School, who have sent us information on their next steps and how they will stay involved with the community. If you missed this issue, no reason to worry! We will be accepting submissions of this nature all summer long. Please contact me at a.grobman@ jewishfedhbg.org for more information. Listed below are the names of our community’s Jewish education graduates, along with messages from their school’s administrators. STUDENTS FROM THE GESHER SCHOOL (2ND-7TH GRADE): Lucy Burg, Lauryn Chotiner, Ava Grace Kaplan, Shira Lerner, Emily Weinstock, and Sarah Wiener. From Rabbi Ilyse S. Kramer, director of the Gesher School: Mazal Tov, Mazal Tov... to our 7th grade Gesher School Graduates of 2018! When we complete the communal reading of each of the five books of Torah, we chant a phrase aloud, “Hazak, Hazak, v’Nithazek... May you (grow) strong and stronger, and be strengthened (by completing one book and moving on to another book)...” Like the next narrative reading, or, the next chapter or book, we wish for you all good blessings for the “new chapters in your lives”: filled with a love for learning and a desire to keep doing mitzvot and acts of kindness for others; smiles and curiosity; health and happiness...onward, now, into SABABA!
STUDENTS OF OHEV HEBREW SCHOOL (UP TO 7TH GRADE): Alex Blumenthal, Danny Blumenthal, Ethan Cohen, Madeline Cohen, Jack Goodman, Jessica Hutcheson, Zoe Mendelsohn, Cara Morrison, Gabriel Pinsker, Adam Saunders, Sam Shienvold, Jonah Spotts, Ben Teplitz, and Seth Winnick. From Hebrew School principal Lillian Rappaport: This is a remarkable group of young people whom I, as the school’s educational director, had the pleasure of teaching this past year. Part of the year involved preparing the students for the community service portion of their curriculum which included Gesher School Graduates, 7th grade: Lucy Burg (not pictured), Ava Grace Kaplan, visits to the Hetrick Funeral Home Emily Weinstock, Shira Lerner, Lauryn Chotiner, and Sarah Wiener, to learn about Jewish death rituals; Faculty: Sally Jo Bronner, Hallel Cheskis, and Maly Jackson (not pictured), Gesher School Director: Rabbi Ilyse S. Kramer to the mikva to learn laws of family purity, to the Jewish Home to reinforce the mitzvot of respect for the elderly and of kibbud av v’em--honoring your mother and father, to Downtown Daily Bread Soup Kitchen to learn about our responsibility as Jews to feed the hungry, and cleaning the Holocaust monument as a sign of respect and communal responsibility. We also spent a good portion of the year learning about the Holocaust and its lessons, an extensive unit which culminated in a trip to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Through it all, these students were a joy to teach---they were respectful, inquisitive, smart, engaging, and funny---and I will miss them. I wish all of them much, much good luck, hope they will come back and visit often, and look forward to seeing all of them at Sababa in the fall. STUDENTS OF THE SILVER ACADEMY (PRE-K -8TH GRADE): Brian Dym, Isaac First, and Mikel Garner. From Debra Freeburn, Head of School at The Silver Academy: Quoting JFK, “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” At The Silver Academy we educate leaders and it is with great pleasure that I congratulate Brian Dym, Mikel Garner, and Isaac First on their graduation from The Silver Academy! I have been at The Silver Academy for only one year, whereas these three boys have had the pleasure of being here since Ganeinu, and before that, the ELC. I’ve been told they’ve been together since three-year old nursery school! They have completed their elementary and middle school education at The Silver Academy and are well prepared for the challenges of high school. They aspire to be engineers and psychologists who want to build roller coasters and use innovative technology. They have traveled to Israel together, participated in Teva, launched rockets, and acted in plays. They have shown their academic excellence by competing in science fairs, writing essays, and have developed lifelong friendships. These are bright, articulate young men who are goal-oriented and driven to succeed. Each one of these young men is unique and has the capacity to empower others and change ideas into reality. They are an integral part of the Harrisburg Jewish Community and will become the leaders in their high schools and communities. Our hope for Brian, Mikel, and Isaac is continued success Continued on page 5
Message from the CEO BY JENNIFER ROSS
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here are numerous cultural opportunities in our community. I wrote about the Edward S. Finkelstein Jewish Film Festival and the musical Shabbaton weekend featuring Kol HaNeshama and Joshua Jacobson in my last column and was inspired this edition to discuss other programming that enriches our lives. We learned at the Jewish Community Foundation annual dinner that its Executive Director Paulette Keifer is also a talented parody song writer when she scripted homages to our community heroes. Some upcoming musical programs include Women of Vision’s annual chocolate buffet featuring “Finding Your Rhythm” with Camille Baughman on Wednesday, June 13; The Tzofim Friendship Caravan (Israeli Scouts singing and dancing) on June 18; and the annual performance of pianist David Kopp on June 26 at our Senior Club luncheon. Prefer to read? Every synagogue and Hadassah each host book clubs acquainting us with authors and stories which engage our mind. Frequently, the authors share their insights and respond to our curiosities in person or via skype. Some of my favorite books and authors have been introduced to me through these clubs including “The Dovekeepers,” “The Invisible Bridge,” and Dara Horn. What/who have been your top picks? Drama anyone? Children explored their imaginative side as characters in the JCC production of Seussical, Jr. and in Silver Academy’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Or perhaps you enjoy the visual arts. The hallways of the Brenner Family Early Learning Center are decorated with the wonderful artwork the children create. It is curated regularly so there is always something new to see. Jodie Raffensperger also teaches adults to be artists at periodic Paint and Sip programs held at the JCC. The Silver Academy students’ artwork was on display in the Mary Sachs Auditorium for their Celebration of Learning. Participants of our Senior Club’s art program were admiring the pieces prior to starting their weekly session. That day, they were developing tea bag art, something introduced to them by visiting artist Cheryl Kugler. They created many individual and collaborative pieces and I encourage you to join the Senior Club from 3:00-4:00 pm on June 13 to see how creative they are. If you cannot attend the opening, the artwork will be on display in the Harry Spector Lounge for approximately one week. I hope to see you as you explore your creative side in our community.
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Jacobson Captivates Harrisburg Jewish Community BY DAVID SPECTOR
very Friday, Jews all across America begin their Friday evening dinner with the hymn Shalom Aleichem, which most sing to a well-known tune. If you asked them where that tune comes from, many might say it is very ancient, perhaps even “from Sinai.” Actually, it’s “from Goldfarb,” Rabbi Israel Goldfarb to be precise, and this year is the 100th anniversary of its publication. This Jewish musical morsel, among numerous others, was baked into an intriguing and entertaining history of Jewish liturgical music in America, presented by Professor Joshua Jacobson during his recent visit to the Harrisburg Jewish community. Jacobson is retiring as Professor of Music and Director of Musical Activities at Northeastern University. He continues to serve as Visiting Professor and Senior Consultant in the School of Jewish Music at Hebrew College, and is founder and director of the Zamir Chorale of Boston. His talk highlighted the third annual Janet Frankel Staub (z”l) memorial program, on Sunday, May 6, at Chisuk Emuna Congregation. At this event, Kol HaNeshama, Harrisburg’s Jewish Chorus and an activity of the Federation, recognizes Janet’s founding of the chorus, along with her unique and
Front: Sam Fisher, Rena Staub Fisher, Marina Cherepinsky, Risa Reid, Mandy Cheskis, Debra Kaunitz, Amy Sauertieg, Daniela Tomer, Susan Leviton, Melanie Lowe, Josh Jacobson; 2nd Row: Alan Weinberg, Ellis Rosenberg, Ilya Shvartzman, David Spector, Bryan Reid
infectious zest for life, her philanthropy, and her passion for music and the arts. Rena Staub Fisher, Janet’s daughter, began the program with an inspiring message framed by her mother’s decision to form the chorus even as she confronted terminal cancer. Professor Jacobson’s presentation of “American Jews and Their Music” followed, and he guided us on a visual and musical journey through the successive waves of
Jewish settlement in America. He showed how each group of Jewish immigrants brought their own music to temple and synagogue services in the New World, and also how secular American musical motifs penetrated Jewish sacred music, especially in the latter half of the twentieth century. The program concluded with a short concert by Kol HaNeshama, directed by Marina Cherepinsky. The chorus performed both accompanied and a cappella selections, rehearsed earlier in the day at a workshop conducted by Professor Jacobson. The singers were particularly pleased to experience and learn from the conducting techniques for which he is world-renowned. Fortunately, Jacobson’s participation in Sunday’s events was only part of a full weekend of musical activities. On Shabbat, Jacobson served as Scholar-in-Residence at a Shabbaton held jointly at Beth El Temple and Chisuk Emuna. He displayed his full range of expertise - leading Kabbalat Shabbat and arvit “in the round,” deftly answering with depth and breadth a wide range of questions about Jewish music at Kiddush lunch, and guiding a cantillation workshop Shabbat
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afternoon. The latter featured essential principles from his comprehensive text “Chanting the Hebrew Bible,” or “almost anything anyone could ever want to know about reading Torah, haftarah, and the megillot.” Everyone who had the pleasure of meeting and interacting with Josh, as he prefers to be called, was taken by the “menschiness” of such a distinguished scholar and musician. His graciousness is exemplified by his comments about Kol HaNeshama: “I greatly enjoyed my experience working with Kol HaNeshama, a delightful choir of dedicated singers with a talented conductor. I have no doubt that they will continue to grow and bring the inspiring sounds of choral music from a variety of Jewish traditions to their many fans in Harrisburg.” What better individual to host for a weekend of events that exemplifies what can be accomplished by the co-operation of different organizations in the Jewish community? Kol Ha’Kavod to members of Kol HaNeshama, the Federation and JCC, Beth El Temple, Chisuk Emuna, and the generous sponsors who made these programs possible.
Celebrating Graduates of Jewish Harrisburg Continued from page 1
in their educational endeavors and continued commitment to the values of Judaism. We are certain that the exemplary education that they received at The Silver Academy will combine with the leadership skills they’ve acquired and serve as the springboard for each of them to reach their full potential. STUDENTS OF SABABA & MARCH OF THE LIVING (HIGH SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS): SABABA: Nathan Adler, Rosa Benson, Shula Bronner, Hallel Cheskis, and Brendan Rubey. MOTL PARTICIPANTS: Nathan Adler, Rosa Benson, Hallel Cheskis, Madison Schwab, Brendan Rubey, and Lexi Weikert. From Sababa and MOTL administrator Sally Jo Bronner: I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect ending to the first year of Sababa. I have known some of those kids since birth! It was a particularly poignant graduation for me since my daughter, Shula, was in it. My message to the graduates is inspired by the famous words of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov:
An Afternoon of Friendship, Entertainment and Desserts
Never be afraid to stand up for what is right, remember your roots, and text your mother once a day, at least!
SAVE THE DATE
Join us to celebrate this remarkable milestone and to honor Rabbi Muroff for his extraordinary dedication to Chisuk Emuna Congregation, to the entire Jewish community, and to the Greater Harrisburg community-at-large.
Sunday, October 28, 2018 | 1-3 Chisuk Emuna Congregation
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Celebrating Years with Rabbi Ron Muroff “Dear Rabbi Muroff . . . “ Each of us has a “Dear Rabbi Muroff” letter waiting to be written. Now is your opportunity to share your thoughts. We are building a wondrous event of words & song around the letters you write. Write your letter by July 1st: chisukemuna.org/dear-rabbi
He has graced us with his gentle, kind presence, his humility and humanity, his passion for making cultural and spiritual connections, his humor and sensitivity. There is much to celebrate about Rabbi Muroff’s 25 years in our community! Proceeds from this event will support Chisuk Emuna Congregation and will help honor him with the creation of “The Rabbi Ron Muroff Community Inspiration Fund.” The Fund will support new initiatives to engage individuals in innovative and inspiring experiences, including prayer and study, and community service that express and reflect Jewish and universal values. www.jewishharrisburg.org
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Edward S. Finkelstein Harrisburg Jewish Film Festival Draws Record Crowds BY JULIE SHERMAN
he 2018 Edward S. Finkelstein Harrisburg Jewish Film Festival was out the gate on Thursday, May 10th, with tremendous attendance at a remarkable event. Nearly 300 members of the Jewish and greater Harrisburg communities were on hand for Keep the Change, a romantic comedy whose central characters – and the actors who played them, Brandon Polansky and Samantha Elisofon – have autism. Brandon and Samantha joined us on stage after the film for a lively Q&A that Festival attendees were talking about all week. The Midtown Cinema was home away from home to 1400-plus Festival attendees over the next seven days. Highlights included our preShabbat screening of Mountain, after which our audience was greeted outside the theatre by Film Festival committee members serving soup. While those still caught up in the world of the story and its ambiguous (though undoubtedly lethal) conclusion steered clear, those “courageous” enough to eat this (obviously) non-toxic potage were rewarded with something quite delicious - with the added bonus that they lived to talk about it! Our thanks to Lee Casher (Lee’s Good Eats) for her good-humored participation. Saturday night’s sold-out screening of The Cakemaker was a great hit, and those in attendance were further treated to a reception inspired by the mouthwatering German pastries highlighted in the movie. Committee member Seena Chriti chose the recipes, and her culinary passion and skill were evident in every one of the thousand-plus sweets that she made with her own hands, and that our audiences enjoyed after the show and throughout the week. Mother’s Day Sunday began with our annual bagel nosh and Book Club film (this year, 1945), with a discussion afterwards led
Film Festival Committee on Opening Night
Professor Helen Khanzhina leading discussion following screening of 1945.
Ed Finkelstein and Angela Lawson
Film Festival Co-Chair Julie Sherman with Keep The Change co-stars
by Professor Helen Khanzhina. Based on a Hungarian novella not yet published in English (but conveniently translated into Russian, Helen’s native tongue), 1945 is a tour de force in its own right, and as usual, Helen added color and context that deepened our appreciation for the work. Our second guest-speaker film, My Dear Children, chronicled the brutal pogroms of the early 20th century and the lengths one woman went to save her offspring. This important
and moving film was also well attended, and the talkback with filmmakers LeeAnn Dance and Cliff Hackel was enlightening, with audience members sharing similar memories of grandparents and other family members going to their graves unwilling to divulge the horrific experiences that had shaped their lives. Strong presales made our closing night film, Bombshell: the Hedy Lamarr a sell-out the day after the Festival began. In order to
Celebrating GRADUATES LAUREN KUSIC My goal for the future is to take advantage of all the new events and opportunities that will be offered to me in the large and diverse city of Philadelphia, where I will be attending Drexel University. My plan is to study and pursue a career in accounting and finance. I plan on staying involved in the community by being a part of Drexel’s Hillel and hope to bring home a stronger relationship with my own Jewish community on a larger spectrum. My education here in Harrisburg has helped me to take part in the community and be involved in activities and events that allow me to expand my interest beyond my comfort zone. I encourage young members of the community to take part in as much as possible in and outside of the Jewish community in order to stay involved and learn valuable life skills.
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accommodate as many people as possible – and to make sure everyone could enjoy the scheduled post-screening conversation between filmmaker Alexandra Dean and film critic Carrie Rickey - we took over a second theatre at the Midtown (which sold out in a day) and equipped it with a closed-circuit system with sound and picture that worked like a charm on the night. The Edward S. Finkelstein Harrisburg Jewish Film Festival committee would like to express its thanks for the tremendous enthusiasm on display from so many members of our community throughout Festival Week. We thank you also for your patience with our growing pains as we negotiated (and continue to negotiate) this season’s unexpectedly record-setting attendance. We’ll be “back at it” to prepare our 25th season before long, and will look forward to sharing the fruit of our labors from (Save the Date!) May 9-16th, 2019. See you at the movies!
Pinat Ivrit: Month - Chodesh
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As we are transitioning into summer, I was looking for Hebrew words to write about related to the summer months. We already covered the Hebrew word for Summer last year and then I thought looking up the background for the word month in Hebrew, Chodesh ()שדוח. In Hebrew today, Chodesh means a period of time, of course, of 30 days or so. But it seems that that wasn’t always the meaning of the word. In Shmuel A, chapter 20, David and Jonathan decide to test Saul’s intentions, since David fears he wants to kill him. And so they discuss the event taking place tomorrow since tomorrow is “chodesh.” This means that Chodesh here is probably based on the term we use today of Rosh Chodesh – beginning of the month and because it is a special day, it had the designation of the word Chodesh. The word itself is from the root ח.ד.ש meaning new, and was developed to signify the new moon when it starts to show again. Thus the original meaning of Chodesh was the beginning of the moon, only later it became the word to mean the entire period between new moons. We see a similar connection in English as well, between the word Month and the word Moon. In English we also see that connection to the day Monday, but that’s a different story. Have a wonderful safe summer.
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2018 PROGRAM OF SONG, DANCE & GOODWILL Returns to the JCC
Celebrating GRADUATES HALLEL CHESKIS
Susquehanna Township High School/ Sababa Hebrew School I am graduating from Susquehanna Township High School in June, and I’ll be spending the summer at Green Hills JCC Day Camp as a counselor. In the fall, I’ll be off to college at Penn State to study business and marketing. I was a student at The Silver Academy from Ganeinu to 8th grade, attended multiple Jewish summer camps, and recently finished by 5th year at Sababa. I’m also an active member of BBYO and I teach prayer and Torah trope at Gesher Hebrew School. I believe that the most meaningful insights I’ve gained from my Jewish education were the Jewish values that make up a mensch and the importance of Tikkun Olam. I plan on joining Jewish organizations in college like Hillel and being active in Jewish Greek life. I’ll be home for the holidays and hope to see you then! My goals in life are to become a successful businessman, raise a nice Jewish family, be an active leader in the Jewish community, and be the proud owner of a 2017 McLaren 720S. I would like to thank the community for being there for me for the past 17 years and supporting me through every step of my journey.
MON. JUNE 18 | 6:30 pm Mary Sachs Auditorium, JCC Free and open to the community. Don’t miss this group of talented Israeli teens who travel the U.S. entertaining communities. The show is for kids of all ages, families, and friends!
JCC Programs are funded by the Annual Campaign of the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg.
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Celebrating GRADUATES LEXI WEIKERT
Susquehanna Township High School After graduating from Susquehanna Township High School, I will be heading to Goldey-Beacom College in Wilmington, Delaware, where I will be a member of the Women’s NCAA Division II basketball team. I have held a lot of leadership roles throughout my four years of high school and plan to continue to use that experience and drive to make a difference in this next phase of my life. I have always liked to challenge myself academically, too, and am looking forward to taking new classes and learning new perspectives. As a senior at STHS, I chose the path of work/study and have participated as a volunteer at the Jewish Community Center. I have also been a member of BBYO for the past four years and have volunteered at Downtown Daily Bread, Caitlin Smiles, and other places in the community. I have had incredible experiences like the fifteen-day trip to Poland and Israel on March of the Living, and am looking forward to all that college life has to offer to broaden my horizons. I have always been taught to live a life of giving back to my community through mitzvahs and good deeds. It is who I am and how I want to live. Giving back and making a difference has always been a part of my plan and it remains a goal of mine to continue in Wilmington and for the rest of my life.
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ARTIST RESIDENCY EXHIBIT BY CHERYL YABLON
his spring, 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 Jump Street, which enabled us to offer a ten sessions of Art Classes with professional artist, Cheryl Kugler. Each class, Cheryl has introduced a different facet of the theme, “Individuality Becomes Collaboration.” Some of the activities offered were drawing to music with a “twist”, Tea Bag art, Index Card art, Hand Silhouette art, exploration of Canadian, contemporary and famous international artists, and a collaborative piece. On Wednesday, June 13, 2018, we will be exhibiting the art pieces created by the participants of this wonderful program at 3:00pm. Please come and see the wonderful pieces on display. The exhibit will be up for one week in the Spector Lounge of the Harrisburg JCC.
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“There Are No Words to Describe the Feeling of Walking into a Gas Chamber” March of the Living Proves Life-Changing for Six Young Harrisburg Jews BY MARY KLAUS
ix young Harrisburg Jews recently marched shoulder to shoulder from the Nazi concentration camps Auschwitz to Birkenau. As their feet took them about two miles through the camps in Poland, their souls bonded with millions of Holocaust victims who were murdered simply for being Jews. “Walking from Auschwitz to Birkenau was a powerful yet humbling experience,” said Hallel Cheskis, one of the Harrisburg’s 30th March of the Living participants. “It was heartbreaking to see firsthand the concentration camps and death camps where millions of our people were murdered. After going on March of the Living, I will bear witness by standing up against discrimination of any kind. I will speak up and say something when I see hatred or anti-Semitism being spread.” The March of the Living, an annual educational program which began in 1988, brings thousands of people from around the world to Poland, where they see the heartbreaking history of the Holocaust on Yom Hashoah, then fly to Israel to joyfully celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day. Accompanied by Rabbi Ron Muroff of Chisuk Emuna Congregation and Dan Schwab, the six youth from three congregations found their 15-day experience unforgettable and life changing. “There are no words to describe the feeling of walking into a gas chamber or of marching with over 10,000 others on ground where millions of your ancestors died,” said Nathan Adler. “I will share my story and urge others to take this journey.” The Harrisburg delegation flew to Poland and spent a day in Krakow, touring its historical Jewish Quarter and learning about the Krakow ghetto. In Auschwitz, sadness overwhelmed them as they gazed at heaps of shoes, hairbrushes, suitcases, and clothing the Nazis took from the prisoners before killing them. The group later joined more than 10,000 people in the March of the Living from Auschwitz to Birkenau, the largest concentration camp complex built by the Nazis during World War II. At Birkenau, the group attended a moving ceremony featuring a survivor, the presidents of Israel and Poland, and inspiring music. That survivor was Elizabeth Citrom of Germany, the grandmother of Rosa Benson, a March of the Living participant. The grandmother shared her story of loss and resilience. “She spoke of how it was always dark at Auschwitz because of the ashes from the crematoria that continually clouded the sky,” Rabbi Muroff said. He quoted Citrom as saying “Take nothing for granted and believe that nothing is impossible” calling her gratitude, strength, optimism, and humility values that are being passed on to future generations. Dan Schwab, who joined his 18-year-old daughter, Madison, on the trip said that Citrom showed participants the Auschwitz barracks where she had lived and the latrine where she hid when Nazis were rounding up children to take to the gas chambers. He said that when he and his daughter held hands while standing under the Arbeit macht frei (“work sets you free”) sign at Auschwitz, he heard her say softly “never again.” Others sang songs of peace. As Madison Schwab looked at that sign, she realized that it wasn’t true but was an example of how the Nazis continually tried to deceive their victims. She and the March of the Living
MOTL participants at Auschwitz-Birkenau
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participants paused there, confronting the truth of the evil the Nazis had committed. “I had the same feeling about the train station and when I saw the big tower at Auschwitz-Birkenau,” she said. “It’s just weird to look at these places knowing that millions of my people were killed there. I was at one of the most memorable sites in Jewish history. This trip changed me as a person and how I value my Jewish identity.” The delegation also visited the Majdanek Extermination Camp on the outskirts of Lublin -- which during the Holocaust and to this day is within view of people living nearby. In Warsaw, they met local teen-agers, attended Kabbalat Shabbat services, and learned about the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. They also toured the Treblinka Death Camp. Next, the group flew overnight to Israel, arriving at the Ben Gurion Airport in time to attend a sunrise ceremony on Masada. Delegates spent the next several days exploring Israel. They visited the Dead Sea’s Ein Bokek beach, raved over the panoramic views at Mt. Scopus, cried with soldiers while honoring soldiers and Israeli leaders buried in Mt. Herzl National Cemetery, and shopped at the Mahane Yehuda marketplace. They learned about Israeli government and participated in Yom Hazikaron (Israeli Memorial Day) ceremony at the historic Latrun Fortress on the way to Jerusalem. The group spent time in the Old City, exploring the Jewish Quarter. They heard the Yom Hazikaron national siren, which brought Israel to a standstill. They also reflected at the Western Wall, where Lexi Weikert and others placed notes and Brendan Rubey was so moved that he wrapped an Israeli flag around his shoulders. The Harrisburg group enthusiastically participated in various Yom Haatzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) celebrations and joined groups from around the world for the March from downtown Jerusalem to the Western Wall to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Israel’s Independence. “The energy and enthusiasm were virtually palpable as we marched and sang our way through the streets of the Holy City,” Rabbi Muroff said. “May all of us who live in the specter of the Shoah and the rebirth of the Jewish State find ways to respond to the opportunity and the challenges of this moment in our history.” The group then went to Tel Aviv and stayed in Haifa. After some beach time, dancing and a dinner party, they returned to the United States. Since their return, all have reflected on what the trip meant to them. Rosa recalls looking in the Book of Names (in one of the exhibits at Auschwitz) and thinking of the “six million who died with families, jobs, fears, hopes, and dreams who could not live their life to its full potential.” She called for unity of all people. “As we pause to reflect on the Holocaust, let us honor the lives and deaths of our ancestors who suffered in the Holocaust,” Rabbi Muroff said. “Let us honor their legacies by recommitting ourselves to living ever more fully Jewish values such as gratitude and hopefulness, promoting good and opposing evil.” Dan Schwab called the trip “incredibly powerful” and predicted that the students who went on the March of the Living “will be the future leaders” of the Harrisburg Jewish community. This trip confirmed their Jewish identity and heritage more than anything else in their lives,” he said.
Rhythm, Music, and Giving BY JANE MENDLOW
here can you socialize, enjoy dessert and a chocolate buffet, experience a music therapy session with drums and percussion instruments, and at the same time hear about this year’s grants for Jewish women and children in our community who need financial assistance? The answer is simple: The Women of Vision event on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 7 pm in the Mary Sachs Auditorium of the JCC will combine all these features for you. Come prepared to hear Camille Baughman speak and entertain us on how to “Relax and Relate in Rhythm,” which she calls the ‘’3 R’s of Livin’.“ Ms. Baughman, a massage therapist and educator, has a BS degree in education and Master’s in Applied Healing Arts. She frequently conducts workshops on women’s wellness, workplace wellness, and movement in medicine. Ms. Baughman serves on the faculty of the Lancaster School of Massage where she teaches ethics, communication, and awareness classes. She also owns the Camille Baughman and Associates Therapeutic Massage and Wellness Center in Carlisle. Women of Vision, a philanthropic organization under the Jewish Community Foundation, has raised and distributed funds since 2005 to help Jewish women and children facing a wide range of needs. These funds have provided financial assistance for child care, medical expenses, educational and vocational opportunities, services for children with special needs, and general household support. Ms. Baughman’s presentation is designed to deepen our appreciation for the needs of others in our community and tap into our own spiritual needs through music and inner reflection. Please RSVP by calling 717-236-9555, option 1, or emailing michele@pajewishendowment. org. The cost for members of Women of Vision is $20 and for non-members it is $25. Checks may be made out to the Jewish Community Foundation, with Women of Vision on the memo line.
It’s not the same without you. Call 717.236.9555 to give in support of the Annual Campaign.
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Synagogue Life Beth El Temple
Congregation Beth Israel, Lebanon
Kesher Israel Congregation
Temple Beth Shalom
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
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.
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) 238-0763 for info.
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.
2637 N. Front St, (717) 232-0556 www.bethelhbg.org
Chisuk Emuna Congregation 3219 Green St, (717) 232-4851 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com
411 S 8th St, (717) 273-2669 www.congregation-beth-israel.org
Congregation Beth Tikvah, Carlisle Asbell Center, 262 W High St, (717) 240-8627 www.bethtikvah.org
Beth Tikvah meets twice a month. Check newsletter on website for dates and times.
Historic B’nai Jacob, Middletown Water & Nissley Streets, (717) 319-3014 www.bnai-jacob.org
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 Shabbos Service on Friday, July 13, 2018, beginning at 7:30pm, led by Marc Bluestein. We are a community shul and all are welcome to join us.
2500 N 3rd St, (717) 238-0763 www.kesherisrael.org
Temple Beth Israel
2090 Hollywood Dr, York (717) 843-2676, www.tbiyork.org York’s 140-year-old Reform congregation. Rabbi Jeffrey Astrachan leads services at 7pm each Friday, followed by an Oneg. Birthday celebration/family service first Friday of each month. Religious School on Sunday mornings. Torah Study (Genesis) some Saturday mornings – call for details.
913 Allendale Rd, (717) 697-2662 www.tbshalom.org
Upcoming Shabbat services will be held at the Temple on Friday, June 15 and 29. Saturday Shabbat Services are held at 10:00am at the Jewish Home, led by Rabbi Choper. All are welcome. The Sisterhood Book Group will meet on Wednesday, June 13 at 7pm at the home of Andi Russell to discuss the book, “The Alice Network: A Novel”. Please contact Andi through the Temple office if you plan to attend. This group is open to all women! For details on upcoming Temple Beth Shalom services and events, check the website: http://tbshalom.org.
Temple Ohev Sholom
2345 N Front St, (717) 233-6459 www.ohevsholom.org Friday night Shabbat services at 6 p.m. on June 8 and 15, and at 7:30pm on June 22 and 29.
Tam Huynh and Ed Mandel playing table tennis at the JCC. If interested in playing, contact Ed Mandel at 717-487-7234
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Celebrating GRADUATES ISAAC FIRST The Silver Academy
I am graduating from The Silver Academy this June. I’ll be moving on to Beth Tefiloh in Baltimore to further my Jewish education. Before heading off to BT, I’m spending the summer working at the JCC Summer Camp as a CIT, and also I’ll be going to Camp Stone for a month. The Silver Academy taught me modern and ancient Hebrew, Judaic studies, an appreciation for mathematics, and good morals. Our school has a minimum number of community service hours for each student, and I’ll be volunteering here in our community as a way to stay involved. I hope to be an engineer in the future and live in the mountains. I want to say thank you to the community as a whole. You all were great and I thank you for helping to bring me up.
BRIAN DYM The Silver Academy
I want to thank The Silver Academy for making me smarter in many ways. They have taught me that it is always important to Be Yourself. My goals for the future are to play football for Penn State, move to Israel, and to become a psychologist. This summer, I will be attending Emma Kauffman Camp. Even though I am moving, I’ll be swimming during the Maccabi Games in Orange County, California, representing Harrisburg. In the fall, I’ll be moving on to Unionville High School in Chadds Ford, PA. Isaac, Brian, and Mikel
MIKEL GARNER The Silver Academy
I’ll be graduating from The Silver Academy this month. After graduation, I plan to go to lifeguarding session this year and be a lifeguard next year. I will be continuing my Jewish and general education in High school at Beth Tefiloh in Pikesville, Maryland. Weekend visits to Harrisburg to go to synagogue and see friends will keep me involved in the community. I am thankful to The Silver Academy, as they have given me an English and Hebrew education, and have taught me general manners and how to be a mensch. I was in three musicals this year this year and I recently published an article about my Bar Mitzvah Tour in the Community Review. My goals for the future are to graduate as valedictorian, become an engineer, and work at an amusement park in Israel.
Smile Station Creating Memories at Jewish Home
BY SAMI COOPER
hroughout the past couple of months I have been doing a project to install a photo printer at the Jewish Home. Whenever a visitor goes to see their loved ones at the Jewish Home, they take pictures on their phone to commemorate their visit. Yet, they leave with the photo, leaving the resident with nothing. Thus came the creation of a Sami’s Smile Station! A Sami’s Smile Station allows a photo of the family to be printed out on the spot for a resident to keep in their room. The family can print from their own phone if they choose, but the station is equipped with an iPod Touch as well. Sami’s Smile Station’s official launch was on Mother’s Day, May 13th, 2018. If you are visiting a loved one in the Jewish Home, make sure you check out the station which is located across from the receptionist’s desk. A manual is there to help you. Thank you to Jessica Finkenbinder, Jack Walker, and all those who donated for helping to make this possible! Enjoy!
Sami Cooper at the Sami’s Smile Station at the Campus of the Jewish Home.
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Life Cycle Obituaries
Deborah Jaffe Cohen, 84, passed away on Tuesday May 15, 2018, at the Select Specialty Hospital in Camp Hill, PA. She was born in Jersey City, NJ, on January 12, 1934, to the late Benjamin and Anita Jaffe. Deborah graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1957 with a Bachelor in Architecture and is a member of the Tau Sigma Delta honor society. Deborah and Henry were married in September of that same year. While Henry was in the Army, they lived in Tacoma, WA and Germany. They also lived in New York City before returning to Central Pennsylvania to raise their family. In 1972, Deborah and Henry established Cohen Associates Architects, specializing in residential, religious, and commercial architecture. She was a devoted mother and had a passion for baking and cooking for her family each and every day. She also enjoyed travel, visiting friends and family here in the Unites States and Europe. She is survived by her loving husband, Henry Allen Cohen; her sons, Jon Cohen (Donna), of Overland Park, KS, Bruce Cohen (Michelle), of Harrisburg, PA, and Michael Cohen (Monica), of Seattle, WA; brother, Julius Jaffe, of Santa Rosa, CA; and her grandchildren, Lucas, Erica, Bella, Madeline, Ethan, Margot, and Sebastian. Funeral services were led by Rabbi Peter Kessler on Sunday, May 20 at 11:00am at Mt. Moriah Cemetery, Strouse and Fritchey Streets, Harrisburg (Colonial Park), PA 17109.
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JCC Senior Adult Programs Classes available at the Jewish Community Center:
The JCC Senior Adult Club is offering the following senior events: Every Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30am-10:15-30am. SilverSneakers Classic
SilverSneakers® CLASSIC –
Every Tuesday from 1:30-3:00pm Mah Jongg classes with Ellen Mussaf or play Farkle with Harold Williams and Mel Krieger
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.
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.
SilverSneakers® CARDIOFIT –
AFTER LUNCH PROGRAMS ARE:
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 –
After Lunch Program on the FIRST and THIRD THURSDAY – Spanish Class with Cecilia Lee.
Call Cheryl 236-9555 EXT. 3115
June 12, 2018 - Business Meeting/Birthday Party. 1:30-3:00p.m. Mah Jongg with Ellen Mussaf or “Farkle with Harold Williams and Mel Krieger June 13, 2018 - Artist Residency Program – 1:30-3:00 p.m. 3:00p.m. Art Exhibit. Come see the Art created by the seniors who participated in the ten week program. June 14, 2018 – Bingo June 19, 2018 - Current Events with Herman Minkoff. 1:30-3:00 pm Mah Jongg with Ellen Mussaf or “Farkle” with Harold Williams and Mel Krieger June 21, 2018 - “Spanish Class” – This class is being taught by retired teacher, Cecilia Lee June 26, 2018 – David Kopp, pianist will give his annual summer concert. Please have your reservations in by June 19th. Cost: Regular donation for JCC Senior Adult Club Members/ $10 for everyone else to cover lunch cost. June 28, 2018 – Millionaire Game!
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.
Pianist David Kopp to Perform at Senior Adult Club
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 11:0011:45am. 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 8:309:30am. Drop in Fee $7 per class. Free to JCC members, SilverSneakers® and Silver and Fit participants.
JOIN US FOR FARKLE FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2018. FOR JCC SENIOR MEMBERS, SILVERSNEAKERS AND SILVER AND FIT MEMBERS MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS WITH LINDA 717-236-9555 EXT.3050
BY CHERYL YABLON
he JCC Senior Adult Club is happy to announce that Harriet Kopp’s son, David will be doing an after lunch performance for the seniors on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. David Kopp, pianist, is a faculty member at the Boston University School of Music, where he is head of graduate music theory. A Harrisburg native, David holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and graduate degrees from Stony Brook University and Brandeis University. Don’t miss your chance to see and hear one of Harrisburg’s wonderful musicians. For reservations call Cheryl at 236-9555 EXT 3115 by Tuesday, June 19, 2018!!!. Cost for the lunch for Senior Adult Club Members will be a suggested donation of $4, and cost for the lunch for Non-Members of the Senior Adult Club will be $10.
Pianist David Kopp will be performing for the Senior Adult Club luncheon on Tuesday, June 26.
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Memorial Day – Labor Day May 28 – Sept 4, 2017 JCCs GET MOVING! JOIN THE CHALLENGE! Join the 100 Days of Summer Fitness Challenge along with JCCs across North America to celebrate the JCC movement’s centennial. Compete as an individual and as part of your JCC team.
Fitness activities include: • Running • Cardio Equipment (ellipticals, rowers, UBEs, steppers, etc.) • Swimming • Group Fitness • Cycling (any type of class) • Walking • Personal Training
JCC Association will present awards to: • Top Three JCCs • Top Three Individual Champions
For more information contact: Terri Travers 717-236-9555 ext. 3110 or at firstname.lastname@example.org Track your exercise throughout the summer. Log in at: 100.jcca.org/100-days-fitness