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July 6, 2018 | 23 Tammuz , 5778 | Vol. 93; No. 13 Published by The Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg | Greater Harrisburg’s Jewish Newspaper
REMEMBERING RABBI SCHERTZ: R E F L E C T I O N S
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RABBI CHAIM SCHERTZ (Z’’L) WAS THE CHIEF RABBI AT KESHER ISRAEL CONGREGATION IN HARRISBURG FOR 25 YEARS. DURING THAT TIME AND THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE, HE MADE AN IMPACT ON THE PEOPLE AND COMMUNITY AROUND HIM. RABBI SCHERTZ DIED ON JUNE 14TH, 2018, AND IN RECOGNITION OF HIS CONTRIBUTIONS, WE HAVE GATHERED REMEMBRANCES FROM CONGREGATIONAL RABBIS OF OUR COMMUNITY.
ERIC CYTRYN, RABBI AT BETH EL: Rabbi Schertz was one of the few people I’ve met who so embraced the wise saying, “He is as his name describes him” Kishmo, Keyn Hu. Rabbi Schertz was a force of nature, a vibrant, energized, passionate, and vital human being. He was passionate about his family, who he loved with all his heart. He was passionate about Jewish Education and understood that lifelong learning, in particular learning as adults, was the sure path to Jewish continuity. He did everything he could to support Day School Education at the Yeshiva and more adult learning in the community. He saw himself as chosen to find a path into the 21st century for Kesher Israel Congregation and our greater Harrisburg Jewish Community,
as well as chosen to uphold the spiritual and financial vibrancy of those agencies whose existence is, at least partially, due to the fundraising and visionary work of his predecessor, Rabbi David L. Silver. Rabbi Schertz took all of us very seriously, with love and fellowship, with sensitivity and vigor. He represented “life” in the Jewish Community, and his loss is deeply felt by all of us who care about his family and this great community. 25 years ago this coming November, Rabbi Schertz offered the opening prayer in the US House of Representatives in Washington. He offered the traditional bracha, “Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has bestowed His glory upon flesh and blood.” For those of us who knew Rabbi Schertz, who saw him interact with lovingkindness and deep care with this family, his congregants and all who looked for his support, we were blessed to witness God’s glory embodied in a great human being. RON MUROFF, RABBI AT CHISUK EMUNA: For nearly 25 years, Rav Schertz has been my colleague, teacher and friend. It is painful to talk of him in the past tense. A true Torah scholar and brilliant philosopher, Rav Schertz sometimes surprised me with the breadth of his reading list and the unconventionality of his views. In sermons and eulogies, classes and conversations, Rav Schertz had a unique way of bringing eclectic ideas together to make powerful arguments and offer genuine praise and profound comfort. Rav Schertz was a fierce advocate for Israel and the Jewish People. Rav Schertz was not a typical rabbi - Orthodox or not. He wore cowboy hats and matching boots; he was his own man. When he became ill many years ago, he was open about his health challenges and encouraged others to grapple with their own struggles. He demonstrated tremendous faith in G-d, but did not claim to understand suffering - his own or that of others. Continued on page 8
Message from the CEO BY JENNIFER ROSS Brief Message about Rabbi Schertz, Z’L. During my college years at Dickinson College, I spent many Shabbatot at Kesher Israel. The power and wisdom of Rabbi Schertz’s, z’l, sermons are among the positive factors that influenced me to make Judaism a central focus of my life. We are a richer community because of his impact on all of us.
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Hazon Conference Impressions Last month, Rabbi Choper and I attended Hazon’s 5th International Jewish Intentional Communities Conference at the Pearlstone Center in Maryland. This conference ties into the initiative I have discussed in past columns of engaging our community through Mussar learning and other activities. Through volunteer leadership of Ari Huberman and David Borowsky, our community has formed an intentional community temporarily called Harrisburg Tzibur. Harrisburg is one of dozens of American communities participating in this Hakhel program of Hazon. We were joined by community activists from Europe, Israel, and Australia. I immediately recognized this was a wise investment of my time to spend the next several days with nearly 200 individuals whose purpose is to engage their communities by creating additional vibrant components to Jewish life. The first person I met was Rabbi Sid Schwartz of Kenissa (Communities of Meaning Network), which was very exciting because Rabbi Cytryn had recently lent me his book “Jewish Megatrends.” I was able to learn more from Rabbi Schwartz during a workshop where he provided an overview of the findings of his book. Unlike many of the doom and gloom reports that are shared about the future of American Jewish life, Rabbi Schwartz’s belief is that we are on the verge of a Jewish Renaissance driven by these emerging organizations. According to Rabbi Schwartz, in many communities, the traditional institutions such as synagogues, Federations, and JCCs haven’t embraced these emerging initiatives. I’m excited to say that Rabbi Choper and I were able to share that our community bucks the trend. Harrisburg Tzibur is driven by many volunteers representing several Jewish organizations. Allow me to focus on one additional aspect. The media focuses heavily on the political issues occurring in Israel that it overshadows the people and the communities the Israeli citizens serve. Throughout the conference, I learned about numerous initiatives taking place in Israel to serve different communities. As an example, thanks to our partnership with Hakhel, Harrisburg Tzibur has a community consultant to guide us through this process. Through her organization Eretz-Ir, our consultant, Noa, works with the Bedouin sector throughout Israel, helping residents develop a strong and independent civil society through social projects. This was one of the many social justice and community building initiatives that we learned about. An intriguing overview of Israeli-Diaspora relations was presented during one of the final plenaries. After receiving a general overview based on surveys and history, panelists representing the United States, Germany, Australia, and Israel shared their insights. I learned that unlike US youth, who do not feel the same strong affiliation with Israel as their parents and grandparents, in Australia, individuals in their early 20s are very supportive of Israel, even more so than Australians in their mid to late 30s. According to the panelist, this is based on the well-rounded immersive experience they receive during trips to Israel that allow them to have a fuller picture of life and politics in Israel. I encourage you to reach out to me with any questions you have. I welcome a larger discussion of this experience and how it can benefit Jewish Harrisburg. Moreover, I want to hear your thoughts about how your role in Jewish life in our community can be enriched and if you are willing to be part of this movement. I can be reached at 717-236-9555 x3104 or email@example.com.
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The Rabbi Schertz I Knew
arly Friday morning, June 15th, I received a phone call telling me of the passing of Rabbi Dr. Chaim E. Schertz, z”l, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Despite the heat and humidity surrounding me in Memphis, Tennessee, I felt a sobering chill as I realized a security blanket that had enveloped me for the last eleven years was now gone. During the 73 years of his life, Rabbi Schertz worked and studied to become a great scholar -- in both Torah and secular subjects. Although privileged to serve as a rabbi, teacher, and leader in varying capacities and locales, he will always be intricately linked to Harrisburg for the 25 years he served as rabbi of Kesher Israel Congregation (1983-2008). Though I cannot write a complete biography of Rabbi Schertz, I can share some of the impressions he made on me. Unfortunately, I never knew Rabbi Schertz when he was strong, healthy, and independent. Of course, I vividly remember meeting him when Layala and I spent the Shabbos before Pesach of 2007 in Harrisburg. The Rabbinic Placement Office of Yeshiva University and the Rabbinical Council of America had told me about Harrisburg’s storied Jewish community, Kesher Israel Congregation (KI), and Rabbi Chaim Schertz. I also learned that after serving KI as its rabbi for close to a quarter of a century, Rabbi Schertz’s body had been ravaged by a rare disease, and he was now in need of an assistant. Over the course of that Shabbos, I remember being impressed by Rabbi Schertz’s scholarship and his determination to continue exercising his mind -- the one muscle he had successfully wrested away from the grasp of illness. The dignity and respect shown the rabbi by KI also made a huge impression on us. It reminded me of our Sages’ teaching: “Haluchos V’shivrei Haluchos Munachim B’aron” -- both the complete second tablets of law and the original shattered tablets were placed in the Holy Ark (Talmud, Bava Basra 14b). This teaching reminds us to accord our debilitated scholars the same degree of respect we showed them when they were functioning fully. KI’s behavior toward Rabbi Schertz spoke volumes of the congregation’s special nature. Layala and I relocated to Harrisburg just before Rosh Hashanah, in the summer of 2007 to become KI’s Assistant Rabbi (or to be more precise, its Rabbinic Fellow), and it was from that vantage point that I developed a relationship with Rabbi Schertz. That first Rosh Hashanah I felt privileged to sit/stand before KI at Rabbi Schertz’s side at one end of the Bimah, while Cantor Seymour Rockoff, z”l, balanced us on the other. Aside from assisting Rabbi Schertz by sharing sermons and various Torah lessons that Yom
BY RABBI AKIVA MALES Tov, I also remember assisting him with his Tallis which kept slipping off the smooth fabric of his Kittel. It was also a struggle for Rabbi Schertz to rise from his chair, and I recall helping him do so throughout Yom Tov. I remember thinking that while so many congregants were honored with opening the Ark throughout that Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, I was honored to physically assist the Shul’s “Shivrei Luchos” -- KI’s stricken, yet revered rabbi. After assisting Rabbi Schertz at KI’s helm for about a year, in 2008, he decided to retire, and I was tasked with filling the role of the Shul’s Rabbi. At first, I felt overwhelmed by my congregational and communal responsibilities, but Rabbi Schertz made the task feel manageable by assuring me I could always count on his support and/or advice. Rabbi Schertz loved KI’s members and their families, and he was happy to remain involved in their lives even after he retired -- albeit in a different capacity. Though he would remind everyone that he was no longer the Shul’s rabbi, true to his word he was always ready to share his advice, experiences, and sharp insights whenever I called upon him (I even did so occasionally after Layala and I moved to Memphis in the summer of 2016). He gladly obliged when I asked him each Rosh Hashanah to direct the Shofar blowing at Shul. I would assist him as he struggled from his pew to the Bimah several times during the two days of Rosh Hashanah. This responsibility was something I looked forward to each year. I strongly believed that having Rabbi Schertz lead that crucial part of the Rosh Hashanah service meant a great deal to him -- and to the congregation he had faithfully led for 25 years. Rabbi Schertz adored his family ferociously. He loved and appreciated his devoted wife Reva. He was so proud of his daughter Sara, her husband Ronen, and their children in Israel. He shared a close bond with his son David, his daughter-in-law Niema, and their children as well. (Rabbi Schertz treasured the opportunity to sit together with David and his boys in the pews after he retired from the Shul’s Bimah.) As I mentioned earlier, Rabbi Schertz was a brilliant Torah scholar. He was always eager to enter into a Torah conversation, and it seemed as if there was no area in the vast sea of Torah study with which he was unfamiliar. Quite often, not only was he familiar with whatever topic I told him I was working on, but it seemed as if he had already spent time studying that matter in great depth. This always amazed me. After all, Rabbi Schertz’s illness had left the muscles in his hands and arms severely weakened, and it was very
Rabbi Males assisting Rabbi Schertz with the Kesuvah at the wedding of Rivkah Blutstein and Judah Bellin in Kesher Israel Congregation in June of 2012.
difficult for him to access his beloved (but heavy) volumes of Talmud, Shulchan Aruch, and responsa, etc. As such, much of the Torah discussions he loved to take part in were based on the intense study he had engaged in years earlier -- a testimony to Rabbi Schertz’s powerful memory. Another aspect of Rabbi Schertz’s personality fascinated me. A whole spectrum of people were proud to count themselves among his friends and admirers -- and what an eclectic group that was! Jews, non-Jews, rabbis, scholars, laymen, elected officials, a coroner, judges, lawyers, physicians, craftsmen, musicians, philanthropists, people in great need, soldiers, cowboys, and so many more. How did one Orthodox rabbi in Central Pennsylvania build so many relationships with so many diverse people? The answer, I believe, is that Rabbi Schertz possessed an unquenchable thirst for knowledge blended
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with a genuine fascination with the world and people around him. This led him to become well acquainted with almost every subject matter he read. As such, Rabbi Schertz was able to have an intelligent conversation with anyone he encountered. Once that individual sensed that Rabbi Schertz had an interest in whatever subject that was meaningful to him/her, it wasn’t long before friendships developed. It was through those friendships that Rabbi Schertz was able to draw people from such different backgrounds closer to G-d, Torah, the Jewish people, and Israel. Amazingly, he continued to develop those relationships over the last 13 years -- despite the great pain and illness he continuously experienced. As much as Layala and I wanted to attend Rabbi Schertz’s funeral, we were unable to do so. Thank G-d, we were able to make it to Harrisburg on Monday, June 18th, and we spent several hours visiting and reminiscing with the Schertz family during Shiva. It was surreal to spend so much time in the Schertz home with Rabbi Schertz nowhere in sight. However, after 13 years of caring for Rabbi Schertz with heroic devotion, I’m certain that Reva, David, and Niema will always feel his reassuring presence there. We concluded our visit to Harrisburg with a stop at KI’s cemetery. We felt drawn to recite several chapters of Tehilim (Psalms) at Rabbi Schertz’s fresh grave, and to say ‘goodbye’ to someone who truly cared about us -- and so many others. After reciting the Kel Maleh memorial prayer, we made our way back to our car and slowly left the cemetery. I will always feel a deep sense of gratitude for the many valuable lessons Rabbi Schertz taught me. May his soul be bound in the bond of eternal life. Rabbi Akiva Males serves as the rabbi of the Young Israel of Memphis (TN). He was privileged to serve Kesher Israel Congregation in Harrisburg, PA from 2007-2016. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
No Bump on the Log: Woodworking Keeps Community Member Robert Gaynes Sharp
BY ADAM GROBMAN
ore than 25 years into retirement, community member and former Annual Campaign chairman Robert Gaynes is still keeping busy. And he’s productive, too. After selling his successful medical supplies business, Harrisburg Surgical Company, he built a workshop for himself in his back yard, in which he carefully crafts wood into decorative bowls. “When I was 10 or 11, I saw woodworking equipment in the window of Sears/Roebuck. I didn’t know what it was, but I knew that I wanted it.” Once Robert retired from business life, he found himself gravitating toward left-brain activities. “I have an artistic bent,” he says. “So I went up to a school in Vermont and then to Utah to take lessons. It just evolved from there.” Robert and his wife, Gail, estimate there are 400-500 pieces in their home in Harrisburg, not to mention the various candlesticks, music boxes, and even furniture that is scattered throughout two stories and seemingly endless offices and display rooms. “It’s not like some big secret,” says Gail. “So, if a friend comes over and wants a bowl or two, that’s fine. I don’t know what I’m going to do with all of these bowls.”
Robert moved to the area in 1962 and married Gail in 1966, where they raised 5 children. In the past, Robert maintained a darkroom in his basement, which he used to develop many of the more than 10,000 slides he has taken while travelling the world with Gail. “We’ve been to all 7 continents.” In his office, you can find evocative photographs of Chinese locals, taken in 1978, when the couple traveled with the American Chinese Friendship Association as one of the first groups of Americans to visit China. Over time, Robert gravitated away from photography and back toward woodworking. “I like working with my hands. I’ll take whatever wood comes my way. I don’t play favorites.” Robert has used both local and exotic wood. “We used to get the call that a tree was down, and we’d run out with the chainsaw.” In addition to his artistic side and his success as a businessman (one that was once featured on the cover of a trade magazine in his field), Robert has had a lifelong passion for philanthropy and community. He is a past president of the Harrisburg Chamber of Commerce, fundraiser for United Way, helped raise $5 million for a renovation project at the Campus of the Jewish Home, and
Robert Gaynes, former Annual Campaign chair, in his workshop.
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together with his wife, chaired a Wildwood Park renovation project. Robert has had long-term involvement with Jewish Federation’s Annual Campaign, formerly known as the UJCA, as well. “When I moved here in 1962, I wanted to meet people. So I started soliciting and taking some cards. If you want to raise money, you have to go see people.” Robert was so good at asking for money that he was asked to be the chair of the 1984 Campaign, during which Lt. General Mordechai Gur, the retired Chief of Staff of the IDF, visited the community. “They always had heavy-hitters like Golda Meir and Yitzchak Rabin coming to visit. When Gur came to our house and saw we had a hot tub, he was in there so fast Gail didn’t even have time to bring him a towel!” Coming from Canton, Ohio, Robert always had great respect for the Harrisburg commu-
nity. “It was a very unique group of people that lived here. They were very philanthropic and Israel oriented. Harrisburg was always known for raising an inordinate amount in its campaigns.” Throughout his life, Robert has achieved at high levels because of his attention to detail and his ability to think outside the box. “Usually when people go right, I go left. But it has to be done right. If I’m putting my name on it, it’s got to be perfect.” It is this creative and perfectionist personality that has helped Robert complete hundreds of wooden bowls, lead successful philanthropic efforts, and be a significant contributor to our community. Want to see more of Robert’s artwork? Stay tuned. We are working on displaying his work in an exhibit featuring photographs, bowls, and other creations of Robert’s to the JCC.
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Remembering Rabbi Schertz: Continued from page 1
RON MUROFF, RABBI AT CHISUK EMUNA - CONTINUED In 1995, just before the funeral of Rabbi Jeff Weisblatt, of blessed memory, Rav Schertz approached the family and asked if he could say a few words. He spoke personally about the impact of his Reform colleague. Not every Orthodox rabbi has such genuinely warm and respectful relationships with non-Orthodox rabbis. Rav Schertz was a good friend. I recall his presence at our family simchas and how kind he was to Leah and to me during a difficult time. Rav Schertz knew - before I did - that the young man whom Tali brought to Kesher Israel one Shabbat morning was her besheret (match). And, he was right then as he was so often. Rav Schertz’s death leaves a void in our world. May his life and legacy inspire us to learn Torah and act kindly, express gratitude to G-d for the gift of our lives, both through our words and actions. And may we comfort the remarkable Schertz family along their journey. Morah Reva, David and Niema, Sarah and Romen and the grandchildren taught all of us how to care for someone over a long period of time with unparalleled dignity and love.
May the memory of Rav Schertz always be for a blessing, may he rest in peace, and may his family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. ELISHA FRIEDMAN, RABBI AT KESHER ISRAEL: Rabbi Schertz was a man of varied intellectual pursuits and interests. Interacting with him, one almost got the sense that he was bursting forth from the confines of his physical space, yearning to occupy the more exciting, for him, world of ideas. This trait would serve him well when in the last decade of his life he was, unfortunately, largely paralyzed and confined physically and yet he could still explore the intellectual world around him he valued so much. We were, of course, colleagues, though of a strange sort. I came to Harrisburg to occupy the position he had previously served in for twenty-five years, and so we never served alongside each other in any official capacity. In addition, the dynamic of my being his successor brought with it certain professional challenges, as would be expected in such a case. But alongside the professional relationship we shared, we enjoyed common interests and could spend many hours in
study and conversation with each other. He would share his ideas and the centrality of study to his life, and his thoughts on the rabbinate and Jewish life. The difficulty of his illness was apparent, but the activity of his brain was steady throughout. In many ways, Rabbi Schertz’s presence in the Harrisburg community had diminished over the past few years, but his being here was still important. He is one of the few Harrisburg rabbis in the history of our community to have stayed in town since the day he was hired and to be buried in Harrisburg. Even though he was originally from Brooklyn, and had lived all over the world before coming here, Harrisburg was home. He loved the outdoors, the slower pace of life, the small size of our community, but out-sized vibrancy of Jewish life here. Having his presence here was a daily reminder of his commitment to this Jewish community and to ensuring Jewish life in the Harrisburg area. We will miss him. As we lay him down to rest in the KI cemetery, we will miss him, but we pray that the peace which so often eluded him in this world he will now find in abundance. CARL CHOPER, RABBI AT TEMPLE BETH SHALOM: I knew him for 28 years, because that’s when I came here. And, within six months of meeting, in 1991, we went to Israel together. It was a mission put together by the Federation, because hardly anyone was going to Israel during the Gulf War. He and I were both on the same trip and one thing I specifically remember is how much he loved Mozart. At one point while we were riding through the countryside on a bus, he took out a tape of Mozart to give to the driver so that we could be listening to it on the bus as we were going through the countryside. The bus speakers were distorting the music so he took it back and
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said “You can’t distort Mozart.” So I asked ‘the reason you like Mozart, is it because it has passion but all inside a certain set of rules? And he said ‘exactly.” And I think that said a lot about his approach to Jewish life and life in general. In the community he was known to be a proponent of Halachic approach to Judaism. I think a lot of people overlooked the extent to which he was willing to be flexible when there was a strong human need, not because he didn’t respect the laws, but because he thought compassion was an integral part of the laws. I saw examples of that over and over throughout the past 28 years. There were examples of that when dealing with people with illness, when there was a need to keep the community together, and he was a strong proponent of keeping the community together. PETER KESSLER, RABBI AT TEMPLE OHEV SHOLOM: Rabbi Schertz was wonderful. Rabbi Schertz was always very open-minded, even though he was the Orthodox rabbi in town and some people would think that he would have some very rigid ideas about who was a Jew. He was very flexible in his dealings with Jewish people throughout the community. He was a brilliant scholar, but his greatest gift was his wisdom, rather than being just booksmart. He had a way of compromising when there were difficulties in our community, and he was very gifted in being a team player. On a personal note, Rabbi Schertz welcomed my family and me when we came to Harrisburg almost 18 years ago and his kindness toward an ‘out of the box’ rabbi inspired others in the community to be more open-minded about diversity. I was proud to call him my friend, but was even more proud that he called me his friend.
Israel Scouts Entertain Harrisburg BY ADAM GROBMAN
n Monday, June 18th, the Tzofim Friendship Caravan returned to the Harrisburg JCC to entertain the community with a program of song, dance, and friendship. Consisting of members of the Israel scouts, the program travels North America throughout the summer, sharing their talents with communities from all over. They have made Harrisburg an annual stop on the tour and we are happy to have them back again and again.
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MESSAGE FROM THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF GREATER HARRISBURG’S COMMUNITY RELATIONS COUNCIL
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Many members of our community have expressed concern and outrage regarding the family separation issue at our borders. A letter expressing opposition to this policy with broad participation from the Jewish community nationally was sent on June 20 to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen. The Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg was one of 292 state and local organizations from 35 states and the District of Columbia, co-signing with 55 national Jewish organizations, including all four streams of religious Judaism. Locally, we were joined by Temple Beth Shalom and Progressive Jewish Voice. The full letter and list of signatories can be found on the Community Relations Council page of our website.
June 20, 2018 The Honorable Jeff Sessions Attorney General U.S. Department of Justice Washington, DC 20530 The Honorable Kirstjen Nielsen Secretary of Homeland Security Department of Homeland Security Washington, DC 20528
Dear Attorney General Sessions and Secretary Nielsen, On behalf of the 55 undersigned national and 292 state and local Jewish organizations and institutions, we write to express our strong opposition to the recently expanded “zero-tolerance” policy that includes separating children from their migrant parents when they cross the border. This policy undermines the values of our nation and jeopardizes the safety and well-being of thousands of people. As Jews, we understand the plight of being an immigrant fleeing violence and oppression. We believe that the United States is a nation of immigrants and how we treat the stranger reflects on the moral values and ideals of this nation. Many of these migrant families are seeking asylum in the United States to escape violence in Central America. Taking children away from their families is unconscionable. Such practices inflict unnecessary trauma on parents and children, many of whom have already suffered traumatic experiences. This added trauma negatively impacts physical and mental health, including increasing the risk of early death. Separating families is a cruel punishment for children and families simply seeking a better life and exacerbates existing challenges in our immigration system. It adds to the backlog of deportation cases and legal challenges in federal courts, places thousands more immigrants in detention facilities and shelters, endangers the lives of more children, and instills additional fear in people seeking safety in our country. In addition, those seeking asylum or other legal protection face numerous obstacles to making a claim, especially from detention. Separating family members at the border would force families into two or more immigration cases instead of a single case for each family, harming their ability to present a successful case. Our Jewish faith demands of us concern for the stranger in our midst. Our own people’s history as “strangers” reminds us of the many struggles faced by immigrants today and compels our commitment to an immigration system in this country that is compassionate and just. We urge you to immediately rescind the “zero tolerance” policy and uphold the values of family unity and justice on which our nation was built.
SABABA NEWS BY ALEX LOUX
i, my name is Alex and this Fall I will be in 9th grade. I am currently a Counselor-intraining at the JCC Day Camp, helping kindergarteners have a great summer. I am also an intern at SABABA. For those of you wondering what SABABA is, it is the new version of Hebrew High - a weekly program that provides meaningful educational and social experiences for students in grades 8-12 based on Jewish values, culture, and history. SABABA is wonderful and provides any Jewish teen with countless opportunities. Students are able to take classes such as Moot Bet Din (Jewish mock trial), Debate-Jewish style, and Jewish Villains. SABABA is also great because it provides a social opportunity to Jewish teens who cannot normally socialize with other Jews at school. Students can hang out with each other during the 30 minute break between classes, where we will be selling kosher pizza. SABABA is currently from 1:00-3:00 on Sunday afternoons. Our first day is on September 16th. We hope to see many teens and parents there. You can also register online at http:// community.jewishfederation.org/site/Ecommerce?store_id=3301. Have a great rest of the summer!
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A Helping Hand Goes a Long Way at Jewish Family Service BY ELAINE STROKOFF, JFS SERVICE COORDINATOR
would like to share a vignette which tells the story of JFS reaching out to help a Jewish man in our community. Sheila*, a cantor from Philadelphia, called JFS seeking help for a Jewish friend, Harry* living in the Harrisburg area. The cantor knew Harry from long ago when they were both attending Hebrew school in another city and state. She became very concerned when she learned through Facebook that Harry was suffering from cancer and other health issues. Sheila asked me to try to contact Harry to see how he was doing. Harry was a private, proud person and Sheila was reluctant to call him herself. I reached out to Harry and learned that he was renting a house and existing on a very limited income. He was unable to work and Elaine Strokoff, JFS Service suffering from depression. Coordinator In speaking with Harry, I learned that his main concern was finding transportation to his cancer treatment center. I could hear the anxiety and stress in his voice. His illness was causing him mental anguish. I knew Harry needed help. I called the director of a program which provides free transportation to doctors’ offices and treatment centers in the area. I arranged for Harry to have the transportation he needed. I then connected Harry to a cancer support group to help him open up to others facing the same health challenges. In time, Harry began to feel better. His cancer was under control and he did not feel that he needed mental health treatment. Together, with help from social services agencies, the stress of providing for the family was eased. Meanwhile, Sheila put a group of old friends in touch with Harry which also helped his mental state. It was cantor Sheila, an old Hebrew school friend, who was responsible for sending Harry the help he needed from his new Jewish community. I hope that Sheila will call Harry very soon. If you or someone you know is in need, please reach out and we can see together what we can offer to help solve an issue, get you to the right place for a solution, or help through a difficult process. In the May 25th edition of the Community Review I wrote of the need for inclusion of diverse individuals, especially the mentally ill, in our community. For JFS, diversity and inclusivity are not hollow words. In March of 2017, thanks to the generosity of Connie and Gail Siegel and Mort and Alyce Spector, JFS began a Mental Health Case Management Program. This pilot program provides casework as well as emergency financial assistance for individuals or families experiencing temporary hardships. Along with requests for assistance, financial or otherwise, the caseworker does an assessment of the client, discusses what might be contributing to the situation, and determines if mental health therapy is needed. Possible solutions and referrals to other resources are also explored. The JFS caseworker also serves as a liaison between family members. It is common to hear from an adult child living in another part of the county asking for help for a relative living in Harrisburg. Calls also come from rabbis, cantors, and other social services workers asking for help for individuals experiencing difficulty living their day to day lives. Acceptance and inclusion go a long way in helping folks recover. People who suffer from mental illness have to deal with the stigma and discrimination that comes with it. They are often unable to find appropriate work or keep the jobs they have. They struggle to find housing, medical services, and employment options. This may result in a financial crisis which can lead to homelessness. Relatives and friends may not be able to help, which results in stress and anxiety for them as well. Mental illness does not just affect the individual, it affects everyone in the family and those around them. Mental illness does not discriminate. People of all races, gender, language, ethnic heritage, and religion suffer from this “brain disease.” One in five adults has a mental health problem and the number is increasing for children each year. It affects our neighbors, our relatives, our co-workers, and our friends. It affects members of our Jewish community and our synagogues, as well. You can play a role in understanding and supporting people with mental illness by attending a mental health training, volunteering, or by making a financial contribution to a mental health agency. As Jews, it is always the “right time” to welcome and include fellow Jews into our community and religious institutions. Make friends with those who have emotional or physical challenges. Offer to take them to synagogue and introduce them to fellow congregants. Provide mental health trainings and seminars at your synagogue and talk about the issue. Work together to provide a welcoming and friendly environment. Contact JFS with your input, questions, or concerns. We are here to help. Every person wants to be noticed and accepted for who and what he is. The synagogue is an essential place for making this happen. Isn’t that what we all want? *All names fictionalized to protect privacy.
DOGGIE DIP AT GREEN HILLS
Sunday, September 9, 2018 | 11am-1pm Green Hills Swim Club | 2055 Fishing Creek Valley Road
All dogs must be registered by September 6th. No walk-in registration. Cost: $5 a dog for JCC Members A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Humane Society and we will be accepting additional donations.
• Open to Non-Aggressive, Friendly Dogs on a Leash. • All Owners must provide record of dog vaccinations. • Any dog not acting in a friendly manner will need to immediately leave the property. • Owners are required to clean up after their dog.
Join us in celebrating the end of Summer and the closing and emptying of the pool at Green Hills by taking your furry family member for a swim. To register visit www.jewishharrisburg.org Questions please contact email@example.com JCC Programs are funded by the Annual Campaign of the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg.
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Sponsored Content Planning For Your Financial Security by Ari Huberman When Yasminah and I moved to Harrisburg, two years ago, we never expected to find such an extraordinary concentration of good people in such a small geographic area. What Harrisburg lacks in quantity it most certainly makes up for in quality. I also never would have thought that I’d be organizing and presenting a free three-session seminar focusing on money management, financial planning, investing, and charitable gifting – all taking place at the Harrisburg Jewish Community Center – in July this summer. Many of you may remember me as “the guy who liked to talk about solar power and renewable energies,” Planning For Your which I was highly interested in when we first moved to Harrisburg. Don’t get me wrong, I still am that guy – but Financial Security my focus has since shifted from solar-powered renewable energy to investment-powered renewable energy. Shortly Seminar after moving to Harrisburg, I met David Borowsky at Kesher Israel and – long story short – he hired me to work for his Investment Advisory firm, Invariant Investment Management, located just across the Harvey Taylor Bridge on the West Shore. David is a highly-skilled investment professional, to say the least, and has proven to be an Learn about: exceptional mentor – not just in terms of investing, market economics, and various other aspects of business – but in other areas of life as well. David is also passionate about giving back to the communities in which he lives and Investing has inspired me to do the same. Those attending our free-of-charge seminar in July will have the opportunity to hear from David, directly. Financial Planning The bulk of each session will be delivered by me along with Joe DeMuro, Vice President of Financial Charitable Giving Planning and Investments at Invariant Investment Management. Joe is a Certified Financial Planner®, a Certified Money Management Money Coach® with decades of experience, and a background in formal education. Basically, Joe is the man and he knows what he’s talking about. Moreover, Joe and I will be working with Paulette Keifer, Executive Director of The Jewish Community Foundation of Central PA, who will join us as a guest-speaker offering special insights into THREE SESSIONS the world of charitable gifting! Wednesdays, At Invariant, we understand that investing isn’t purely about the money – all people invest their time and July 11, 18, & 25 energy, in different ways, as an expression of what is important to them. However, while that is a fascinating 6:00pm-7:30pm and important subject, for this seminar, we will focus on effective money management strategies. So, if you are Harrisburg JCC interested in spending some time learning and thinking about: Investing | Financial Planning | Charitable Gifting | Money Management FREE COURSE w/ Ari Huberman Come join us on Wednesdays – July 11, 18, and 25 – from 6:00-7:30 PM at the JCC. & Joe Demuro RSVP to: (717) 317-9006 or firstname.lastname@example.org | There is no cost to attend this event.
M A R K YO U R CA L ENDAR S FITNESS CENTER HOURS: Monday - Thursday: 6am - 9pm Friday: 6am - 6pm Saturday - Sunday: 7am - 4pm
INDOOR POOL HOURS: Please check pool schedule on website
For a full list of community activities, please visit jewishharrisburg.org and click on the Community Calendar.
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Through the Annual Campaign You Support: Jewish Education PJ Library Holocaust Education Camp Scholarships Sababa (Hebrew High)
Early Learning Lecture Series Sports, Fitness, & Recreation Cultural Programming Interfaith Relations
Campus Staff Member Connie Sterner Wins State-wide Award BY JUDITH GEDULDIG
And so much more…
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Challenge your peers and take teamwork to the next level!
ong-time Jewish Home staff member Connie Sterner was honored as Staff Member of the Year by LeadingAgePA, the Pennsylvania association that represents and advocates for not-for-profit providers of services, housing, and health care for the elderly. Connie has worked at the Jewish Home for more than 26 years, and twice has won the Campus’ Employee of the Year award. Connie’s official title is Scheduler, a fraught position that requires her to schedule all nurses and aides for their shifts, and concurrently, make sure all shifts are filled with the appropriate individuals. It’s a job that would regularly raise the blood pressure of anyone else in the position, and maybe even drive someone completely crazy in the process. But Connie remains calm, taking all in stride and doing a marvelous job of fulfilling our rigorous staffing requirements. In addition to the tasks outlined in her job description, Connie offers advice, a shoulder to lean on, and a personality that relaxes and comforts everyone who encounters her - even those who think they have nothing to smile about. We think it’s Connie’s smile that does that! Before she enters her office in early morning to begin her day’s work, Connie goes to the Main Dining Room in the Home
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Community Relations Council Youth Events Holiday Programming Young Adult Programming
Thursday, August 23 5:30pm Olympic-Style Competition open to all skill levels! Compete on a team of four or more!
Jewish Home Campus Connie Sterner named LeadingAgePA Staff Member of the Year 2018
to help serve breakfast to the residents. She will feed residents who need that extra care, she will cut up fruit for cereal, and she will fetch coffee for residents who ask for it. She will do everything she can to assure residents have whatever they need at breakfast so their days can begin happily. Please join us in congratulating Connie Sterner, whose very presence on the Campus is a benefit to all who live and work here.
Registration: $25/person Includes participation fee, t-shirt, and light refreshments
Team Registration Deadline: July 12, 2018
Sponsorship opportunities available!
For more info contact Terri at email@example.com www.jewishharrisburg.org
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Pinat Ivrit: Home – Bayit
Synagogue Life Beth El Temple
Kesher Israel Congregation
2637 N. Front St, (717) 232-0556 www.bethelhbg.org
2500 N 3rd St, (717) 238-0763 www.kesherisrael.org
Minyan 7am daily and 5:30pm
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.
Sunday morning at 9am Friday Kabbalat Shabbat 6pm Shabbat morning service 9am Saturday night mincha/maariv/havdalah at same time as Friday evening candle-lighting time
Chisuk Emuna Congregation 3219 Green St, (717) 232-4851 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 info@ chisukemuna.org
Congregation Beth Israel, Lebanon 411 S 8th St, (717) 273-2669 www.congregation-beth-israel.org
All are welcome to our egalitarian services: Sundays at 9am and Thursdays at 7:30am. Our Shabbat services begin at 7:30pm on Friday evenings and on Shabbat morning at 9:30am followed by Kiddush.
Congregation Beth Tikvah, Carlisle Asbell Center, 262 W High St, (717)-240-8627 www.bethtikvah.org Friday Shabbat Services at 7:15pm
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 and August 3, 2018, beginning at 7:30pm, led by Marc Bluestein. We are a community shul and all are welcome to join us.
or this issue with a theme of Come Back Home, the word home, Bayit, ( )תיבis our word this time. A word that can be found in the bible with the same meaning as we use today of home, place of safety, place one feels welcome, etc. In addition, in comparison to English, it can also mean house, as in” this is my house,” or the House of Shamai, or the House of Windsor, would be Beit Shamai or Beit Windsor. The word Bayit has common roots with many other Semitic languages. Ugarit, Moabite, Phoenician – Bat; Acadian – Betu or Bitu; Amharic – Bet; Aramaic – Bayit, Gebalit, Ge’ez, Tigrinya – Bet, and Arabic – Bayi’it. As is plain to see, all are very similar and clearly have a common root. We of course, use the word in referring to beit Kneset (synagogue), etc. and so the theme for this year’s campaign, of come back home, would be Bo Habayita, or Bo-ee Habayita, and to the entire community, I would say: Bo-oo Habyita. I look forward to seeing you.
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.
Temple Beth Shalom
913 Allendale Rd, (717) 697-2662 www.tbshalom.org Temple Beth Shalom’s Friday evening Shabbat Services are at 7:15pm, followed by an oneg in the social hall. Services are led by Lay Leaders of Beth Shalom. Please call the office at 697-2662 or check the website calendar for Shabbat service dates, as well as updates on when Saturday Shabbat services will be held. Upcoming Shabbat services will be held at the Temple on Friday, July 13 and July 27. Saturday Shabbat Services are held at10:00 a.m. at the Jewish Home, led by Rabbi Choper. All are welcome. The Sisterhood Book group will meet on Wednesday, July 11 at 7 pm at the home of Sonny Press to discuss the book, “Alaska, 1974”. All women are welcome! Please RSVP to the Temple off if you plan to attend. 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
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Drum Roll for Women of Vision Submitted by Jane Mendlow If you strolled by the Mary Sachs Auditorium at the JCC the evening of June 13, you may have wondered if a band or percussionists from a community orchestra were rehearsing. Surprise! It was none other than women supporting the Women of Vision who used their ingenuity and creativity to beat on drums with their hands and use shakers and chimes to create a community drum corps! Surprisingly, you’d also see everyone laughing and smiling at one another as they performed spontaneously and found their inner rhythm, thanks to the gentle instruction of music educator and guest speaker, Camille Baughman. Ms. Baughman praised the group for their support for Jewish children and women in need of assistance and reinforced the concept of community through the group’s music program. She reminded everyone that people in past times used instruments such as drums to bring people together, perhaps around a fire, to tell stories, connect through the music and create a sense of community. As the audience followed her directions to increase, decrease and then stop playing their various instruments, she called attention to the silence when there is no sound from a ? community. The music, once started again, brought everyone together as a community, including those who were not present and those whose needs are great. After an announcement of grants to children and families in the community and near the conclusion of the musical program, Ms. Baughman led everyone in what resembled a camp song, with the following words that touched everyone’s heart: “You’re a bright light; Perfect just the way you are; Yellow, brown, black or white; Don’t you know that you’re all right?”
For more information or to support to the Women of Vision Philanthropic Fund, please contact Michele (717-236-9555) at the Jewish Community Foundation.
Arlynn Weber, Chair of Women of Vision, a philanthropic entity under the Jewish Community Foundation, cited an article in the Wall Street Journal about the benefits of feeling happy. Certainly, Ms. Baughman’s inspirational remarks and her talent at transforming the audience into happy, laughing, momentary musicians achieved that connected sense of community and joy that she embraces. The experience internalized for all those who attended the deep need to reach out to and support others in the community so they too can experience more happiness.
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 email@example.com
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Life Cycle Obituaries
RABBI CHAIM SCHERTZ Rabbi Dr. Chaim Eliezer Schertz, 73, of Harrisburg, passed away on June 15, 2018 at Hershey Medical Center. He was the loving husband of Reva (Sylvetsky) Schertz. Born in Israel, he was the son of the late Moshe and Mina (Stanger) Schertz. Rabbi Schertz was ordained at Yeshiva University and received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from New York University. He taught at Penn State and Regis College in Colorado. He served as the Rabbi of Kesher Israel Congregation in Harrisburg for over twenty-five years, where he retired from. He also honorably served his country as a Chaplain in the U.S. Air Force and Army.
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He is survived by his wife; son David Schertz and wife Niema of Harrisburg; daughter Sara Kory and husband Ronen of Jerusalem; sister Bella Flom and Husband Bernard of Brooklyn; grandchildren, Moshe, Abie, Aliza, Eliyahu, Esther and Avigail. He was buried at Kesher Israel Cemetery.
RITA LEVITISS BECK Rita Levitiss Beck, 99, passed June 23 at Abington Hospital-Lansdale Hospice (PA). Rita was born on December 1, 1918 in Brooklyn, NY to Anne (Voloshin) and Samuel Levitiss. She was predeceased by her parents; her son, Andrew Preston Beck, Ph.D.; her husband, Gustav Julius Beck, MD and her brother Maurice Weiner. She is survived by son and daughter-in-law Edward and Esther Beck; grandchildren, Avi (Anat) Beck and Rishona (Scott) Myers and Samantha (Rob) Masabny and five great-grandchildren, Elle, Amanda, Michael, Sarah and Andi. Rita Beck, educator, bacteriologist and immunological researcher, graduated from New York University in 1938. She did post graduate training and research in microbiology in the New York University College of Medicine where she was Senior Bacteriologist and Serologist. It was there she laid the groundwork for the immunologic method of detecting syphilis in the spinal fluid. She also perfected tests to detect and differentiate different rheumatological diseases. After her marriage and birth of her two sons, participated in many continuing education courses from the Liberal Arts Extension Program of New York University and then went on to take graduate courses at Monclair State University where she developed pioneering sex education courses for adults which she offered through the Rutgers University Extention Program. As a member of the Jewish Community Center on the Palisades in Tenafly, NJ, she endowed the Andrew P. Beck Memorial Fund For Environmental Education. She was a patron of the New York University College of Medicine, a Trustee for the New Jersey Film Institute and Bergen County Heart Association. She was a active volunteer in the League of Women Voters, a Founding Member of Temple Sinai of Tenafly, NJ and the New Jersey Association on Adult Education. In 1996, she and her husband moved to Foulkeways in Gwynedd, PA, a continuing care facility where she continued her volunteer activities. Rita and members of the Beck family request that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to a fund that the family has established, the Israel Speakers Education Fund of the Jewish Community Relations Council of The Jewish Community Foundation of Central Pennsylvania.
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Industrial Retail Office Commercial Investments Land
20 Erford Road, Suite 215 Lemoyne, PA 17043 717-731-1990
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
AFTER LUNCH PROGRAMS ARE: July 10, 2018 - Business Meeting/Birthday Party. 1:30-3:00pm. Mah Jongg with Ellen Mussaf or Farkle with Harold Williams and Mel Krieger. July 11, 2018 - Senior Day Trip to Shady Maple and the Fulton to see “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” July 12, 2018 – Movie Day: “The Kids Are All Right” with Annette Bening, Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo. This is a funny, smart and vibrant portrait of a modern American family. It is “R” rated and has a running time of 1 hour 47 minutes. July 17, 2018 - Current Events with Herman Minkoff. 1:30-3:00pm Mah Jongg with Ellen Mussaf or Farkle with Harold Williams and Mel Krieger. July 19, 2018 - “Spanish Class” – This class is being taught by retired teacher, Cecilia Lee. July 24, 2018 – Art Project with instructor Sandy Gilleo. July 26, 2018 – John Maietta is coming back to present “What so proudly we hail”: The Story of The Star-Spangled Banner 12:30-4:30p.m. – AARP Safe Driving Refresher Course. You must be registered to take this course. Call Cheryl at 717-236-9555 EXT. 3115 for information. July 31, 2018 – Altrusa Jokesters: Come join us for a fun program of jokes and laughter!
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 FARKLE FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2018.
FOR JCC SENIOR MEMBERS, SILVERSNEAKERS AND SILVER AND FIT MEMBERS MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS WITH LINDA 717-236-9555 EXT.3050
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