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Drink to Every Beast:
Joel Burcat Quenches Thirst for Environmental Thriller Novel
Joel Burcat’s first novel, Drink to Every Beast, is now available.
BY MARY KLAUS
oel Burcat could be considered a homebody. For decades, he worked as a lawyer specializing in environmental law just a few miles from his Uptown Harrisburg home. He attends a synagogue in walking distance of that home. He lives a block from the Susquehanna River, the setting for his first novel, Drink to Every Beast. These days, he’s busy promoting the book, billed as an “environmental legal thriller.” Although environmental law doesn’t sound like the stuff of a page turner, Joel has managed to make it one. “Writing has been my hobby for several years,” he said “I’ve always felt that I have stories in me to tell. I started writing short stories, some based on real events, others purely fictional. The people in Drink to Every Beast, which I wrote in 2010, are fictional but some have hints of real people in them.” The novel begins with the deaths of two teenagers who were exposed to chemicals while swimming in the Susquehanna River north of Harrisburg. Mike Jacobs, a young lawyer for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, is assigned to investigate who dumped the chemicals into the river. The main chemical turned out to be phenol, a caustic, poisonous substance. Joel shines in bringing to life the thought processes and behind-the-scenes work of environmental lawyers conducting investigations. Jacobs starts his investigation even as people are dumping phenol, waste oil, benzene, PCBs, and other chemicals into a borehole where it goes into the remains of an old mine and eventually into the Susquehanna River. Descriptions are so vivid that readers almost can smell the vile mix. The book’s subplots are just as engaging. The Governor (who is running for re-election) and his opponent each have a vested interest in the investigation – and the Governor’s opponent even offers Jacobs a job. On the social side, Jacobs is dating two women at the same time, dealing with his mother’s Alzheimer’s disease, and checking in with his older brother (who happens to be a Chicago rabbi). Local readers will recognize Harrisburg in the book – the Governor’s Residence with its high ceilings, circular staircase, and extensive gardens; the Harvey Taylor Bridge;
a restaurant in a former firehouse; a lake in Uptown Harrisburg; apartments on Second Street and Briggs Street, and the restaurants in Strawberry Square. They even may smile at Jacobs attending Yom Kippur services at Temple Beth Emuna, a fictional Conservative congregation. The book has received favorable reviews from Kirkus, Amazon readers, and other authors. Joel said he is thrilled at its “very good” reception. Joel’s background helped to prepare him to write Drink to Every Beast. Like the main character, he majored in physical geography at Pennsylvania State University, then specialized in environmental law at the Vermont Law School. After passing the bar, he spent three years working at the then Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources, then moved over to private practice, including working at Rhoads & Sinon, then Kirkpatrick & Lockhart, and finally, Saul Ewing Arnstein Lehr. Joel spent his career as an environmental lawyer handling everything from enforcement to permitting to regulating. Three years ago, he was diagnosed with non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION) in his left eye. This involved the loss of blood flow to the optic nerve and caused sudden, irreversible vision loss to that eye. Last year, he developed it in the right eye. Specialists at the Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania and Wills Eye Hospital, both in Philadelphia, and Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore all agreed on the diagnosis. Unfortunately, Joel said, they also agreed that nothing could be done to reverse it. “I’m legally blind,” Joel said. “My law firm was magnificent, but by 2018, I knew I had to retire. I transferred my cases to other lawyers. Then, I decided to work on my books.” Joel bought himself a “yard-wide computer monitor” with a large, bright, and bold font. He dictated his work, which then went from voice to text. He hired a top-notch editor to polish Drink to Every Beast and worked hard to get the book published despite receiving numerous rejections from publishers over the years. Eventually, Headline Books of Terra Alta, West Virginia agreed to publisher his novel. Joel officially launched Drink to Every Beast on June 26th at Midtown Scholar Bookstore. Continued on page 8
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BY JENNIFER ROSS
ach fall, we partner with our neighbors from York to do important programming through the Community Relations Council Israel Speaker Series. The past three years focused on education about Israel, focusing on combating BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction) and other challenges facing Israel in today’s world. Dennis Ross, Jonathan Tobin & JJ Goldberg, and Ilan Troen all shared extensive historical and political knowledge with our communities. This November, we are taking a bit of a different approach. After a year of numerous unspeakable racial and ethnic violence and tragedies, we felt it was important to bring strength and hope to our community by inviting individuals to speak to us who had overcome them personally with the hope of better understanding the human aspects of war and terror. In January 2009, an Israeli tank shelled the home of Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish in the Gaza Strip and killed three of his daughters. He founded Daughters For Life Foundation which raises money to educate women in the Middle East in memory of his daughters. According to the organization’s website, “Dr. Abuelaish never sought to seek revenge or sink into despair and hatred. Instead, he called for those in the Middle East to stop the bloodshed and facilitate discourse for mutual understanding. His strongest hope is that his daughters will be the last sacrifice on the road to peace between Palestinians and Israelis.” This speaker may seem controversial to some in our community, but I hope all will take the opportunity to hear him speak. Dr. Abuelaish has never challenged or denied Israel’s right to exist. His powerful desire for peace, even after tragedy, is honorable, and is expressed in his book I Shall Not Hate, which I read in its entirety before he was invited to speak by our joint committee. Our Israel Speaker Series has to date primarily focused on education from Jewish Israel insiders. We encounter a lot of Jewish education about Israel, but don’t often hear from other stakeholders in the region. Our second speaker, Mindy Corporon is equally inspiring. In April 2014, Mindy’s father and oldest son were murdered by a White-supremacist intent on killing Jews at the JCC of Greater Kansas City. According to her bio: “Though Mindy and her family are of the Christian faith, people from other religions held support vigils and she was asked to speak at a Mosque by a family holding services for their young son killed in a separate act of religious violence. Mindy took action. She started the Faith Always Wins Foundation and a community- wide event, SevenDays®: Make a Ripple, Change the World. She also formed high school programs for productive interfaith dialogue and now helps companies create healthy workplace environments so healing can occur after tragedy.” In the aftermath of the Tree of Life shootings, I read Something Beautiful Happened by Mindy’s cousin, Yvette Manessis Corporon. Yvette’s primary focus was about a Greek Island that hid Jews on a Greek Island during WWII, but also incorporated her family’s tragedy which occurred during her research into that history. I had been aware of the shootings, but did not know about Mindy and the positive impact she has had on so many communities. I encourage you to mark your calendars for 7pm on Sunday, November 24 at the JCC. The committee is currently seeking sponsorship support to help underwrite this programming. If you would like an opportunity to meet one or both of the speakers at a VIP reception in advance, please be in touch with me at email@example.com or 717-236-9555 x3104. I also welcome your feedback if you have any questions or concerns.
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Community Review Vol. 93 No. 41 August 2, 2019 (ISSN 1047-9996) (USPS 126-860) Published bi-weekly by the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg, 3301 N. Front Street, Harrisburg, PA, 17110. Subscription rate: $50 per year. Periodicals postage paid at Harrisburg, PA, and additional entry office. President/CEO Jennifer Ross Editorial Board Members Roberta Krieger Rabbi Carl Choper Rita Gordon Jeanette Krebs Jennifer Ross STAFF Editor Adam Grobman firstname.lastname@example.org Sales Director Ayelet Shanken 717-409-8222 email@example.com Design and Layout Lisette Magaro Designs Graphic Designer Lisette Magaro Postmaster: Send address changes to Community Review, 3301 N. Front Street, Harrisburg, Pa., 17110. Mission Statement of The Community Review: Inform readers about local, national and international events of interest to Jews. Promote Jewish values, Jewish identity and a sense of Jewish community in central Pennsylvania.
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Blue Ridge Country Club: Documentary Film Tells Unique Story of Jewish Harrisburg BY ADAM GROBMAN
arrisburg residents are experiencing a different sight than usual on Linglestown Road, near the grounds of the former Blue Ridge Country Club. Where golfers used to send dirt flying from bunkers, dust kicks up seemingly on its own, surrounded by makeshift construction offices. Rather than golf carts zipping around, trucks and Caterpillars slowly crawl across an empty space. And replacing the yell of “Fore” and laughter emanating from the clubhouse, the hum of heavy machinery echoes across the site that occupied Blue Ridge for decades. Those wishing to relive and reminisce on the memories and sights of Blue Ridge can do so one last time through the new documentary about the country club. The current site is contrasted by the former glory of Blue Ridge with aerial shots of its lush fairways and memories of members, employees, and leaders, who sat down in front of the camera to remember the role the club played in their lives. “The goal was to preserve the memory of the institution,” says Eric Epstein, who directed and funded the twenty-two minute film. “There was a period in the 60s, 70s, and 80s where Blue Ridge served as the social and cultural hub for the Jewish community.” The film showcases the early history of Blue Ridge, which was founded by Jewish community member Dr. Ben Gainsburg in 1936. “It was the place to be,” Denny Woolf,
club President for 10 years, says in the film. “The mission was to provide a facility for Jewish members where they were respected and not just tolerated. Eventually, it became a golf course for everyone to enjoy.” Throughout the film, familiar faces reflect on memories from the golf course, the clay tennis courts, and the family fun at the swimming pool. Connie Siegel, Toby Yoffe, Sue Dym, and Linda Schwab all appear in the film, as well as Blue Ridge icons such as golf professional Pete Micklewright and swimming instructor Michael Mausner. Each imparts how central the country club was to the Jewish experience in Harrisburg, from family life to social and business relationships. “People would build their days around the club,” says Eric. “I remember going to minyan on Sundays with my grandfather and his friends. Then we’d all go play golf at Blue Ridge, where they’d meet up with their wives after and play cards.” The club was known for having phenomenal staff, including Whitey Suttles, the greenskeeper, and for being an outstanding facility. It was a source of great pride for the community, which rallied to rebuild the clubhouse after an extensive fire in 1982. “They got things done really quickly,” said Pete Micklewright in the film, recalling the rebuilding which coincided with his arrival as golf pro. “In 14 months, they went from a
burned-out building to a full new clubhouse, up and operating.” Throughout the film runs the linear progression of changes in American society, where women slowly incorporated into male-dominated activities, like golf, and men became more involved in dayto-day parenting duties. “Young married men do things with their children now,” says Sue Dym in the film. “If the children are playing soccer, they’re with the kids playing soccer.”
Eric says that the Blue Ridge story is a reflection of socioeconomic shifts and social mores. “It’s basically an outgrowth of the economic advancement of Jews. You see this progression of Jews moving out of the inner-city shtetl, and that fuels a larger discussion of where Jewish cultural institutions should be located. The documentary is important to measure the growth and opportunity that the Harrisburg Jewish Community has experienced, but also it’s sad. There is not another cultural magnet like Blue Ridge.” Today, a new housing development is planned for the former grounds of Blue Ridge Country Club. “The land went from a farm to a country club, and now to a place where people will live,” Eric notes. “I think the documentary is a really interesting way to document a 50-year period of Harrisburg Jewish culture.” The film ends on a high note. As the credits roll, the film’s talking heads share favorite memories from the heyday of Blue Ridge. While the country club is no more, the memories and relationships formed there remain. The documentary film is slated for an online release in the Fall 2019. It will be available for viewing on YouTube and Vimeo. The film is produced by EFMR Monitoring Group and filmed by GK Visual.
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JCC Artist-in-Residency Program Attracts Live-Wire Seniors
arah Weisberg excelled in art as a high school student in Brooklyn. Decades later, she still does as part of the JCC Senior Adult Club’s Artist-inResidency Program. “After I got out of high school, I discontinued art, although I later went into photography,” Sarah said as she twisted and formed floral wire into a portrait. “When I started coming to this Artist-in-Residency class a couple years ago, I rediscovered the artist in me.” That’s exactly what Cheryl Kugler, an independent artist who teaches art as part of creative aging, had in mind when she began the program at the Jewish Community Center. Now in its third year, the 15-week program has been good for her students, she said. “Art keeps the mind active and growing,” she said. “I want people to work out of their comfort zones. This class is not competitive. Nobody is being graded. I just want them to try new things.” The program is facilitated through a grant from the 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. Last year, participants painted on tea bags. They’ve also done finger painting and even copied art masterpieces with finger paint. Recently, they made wire art. “I had the participants bring in a picture of someone who was meaningful to them and had a sense of humor,” Cheryl said. “We sketched portraits of these people to learn how to work from a single line. Then, I had them make a wire portrait of that person. Art keeps creativity growing.” A visitor to the program noted the easygoing nature of the class. Seniors who may have worked their hands hard for decades were relaxed as they twisted wire into shapes. Their
BY MARY KLAUS eyes, which may have seen unending work, now sparkle as they have fun indulging their imaginations. Sarah Weisberg made a loving wire portrait of Lucas, her grandson, complete with blue beads for his eyes. Irene Berman-Levine and her mother, Phyllis Berman, have come to the classes together, where the mother made a wire portrait of her husband, Leonard, and the daughter did a portrait of her son’s dog, Macy. Irene said that she “couldn’t wait to turn 65 and do some of these activities for seniors.” She noted that her mother and sister are artists with natural talent. “I’ve never had art training before,” she said. “I’m an artist wannabe. I love learning about the different art forms and dabbling in new techniques. This is two hours of pure fun. Cheryl has told us that our art doesn’t have to be perfect.” Harold Williams Jr. was just starting on a
The 15-week Artist-in-Residency program will culminate with an exhibit of participant’s work beginning on September 25th at the Harrisburg JCC.
wire portrait of his late great uncle, Marshall Sanders. Using a charcoal drawing of him for a model, he said he started with the head and hair. “I took art in high school and always liked it,” he said. “This is a first for me.” At a nearby table, Laverne Cooper made a wire portrait of “I love you” in sign language and Roberta Krieger made what she called “a nobody with a nose ring.” Carol Huling said that she likes working with wire “because it bends easily.” She made a wire portrait of her husband, Michael. “I’ve never done art before, but it’s fun,” she said, looking up from her handful of wire. “I
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like being with people and find that this class stirs my creativity. I try not to judge myself and just go with the flow.” The seniors also are working on “River of Life” exercises in which they answer a question: “If your life were a river, what shape would it take?” Participants draw bends and turns for changes, rocks or boulders for lifealtering moments and, sometimes, a river flowing powerfully and peacefully when all is going well. The class ends at 2pm on Sept. 25th. That same day, the class will present an exhibit of their work in the Spector Lounge at the Harrisburg JCC.
Your Life – Your Legacy...
What’s in Your Heart? I signed a letter of intent to leave a legacy for both Kesher Israel and The Silver Academy because both institutions have been influential in my life and shaped the person I am today. I attended The Silver Academy for 9 years and even now some of my closest friends are from the school. I would like to see both KI & Silver last indefinitely and leaving my legacy is the way to ensure that they will. Both organizations are important to my family. Along with my parents, the Silver Academy and Kesher Israel inspired me and instilled in me my values and beliefs. The Harrisburg community is very unique. I appreciate our small community where I feel needed. Because of our size you can get involved and make a difference. In a larger city, I could be just another face in the crowd. Here I am a big fish in a small pond because I am actively involved in our Jewish community. I see how legacy gifts help, specifically with Kesher Israel. There was one particular gift, other as well, that if generous donors had not left them our shul might not be here for those of us who want an Orthodox congregation. I see how important legacy gifts are to those of us who love it here. It’s true – we cannot take it with us when you are gone. To me, the impact of my legacy gift, regardless of the size, is significant. It was easy. I just decided what I cared about and signed a letter of intent. It matters to me to know that there will be a Jewish community, for me, for my contemporaries and for future generations. I feel good knowing I am making a difference in the Jewish future. Please join me. Create your legacy today!
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Circus of the Kids Flies High at JCC BY ANDREA WEIKERT
he 2019 production of Circus of the Kids was a huge success! This was the 3rd year the JCC Summer Camp partnered with Circus of the Kids Camp and the campers’ progress and success each year has amazed audiences each year. Campers attended auditions on Sunday, June 30. In just 4 days, they matured in many ways such as personal strength, dedication, self-determination, and confidence. By learning circus skills, the campers developed a strong sense of endurance, perseverance, and discipline. The innovative educational program features instruction in such circus arts standbys as juggling, pyramid building, and mini trampoline acrobatics, all for campers ages 6 – 14 years. The program culminated with two performances on Friday, July 5th. The children worked so hard and put in many hours of rehearsal to perfect their stunt. Campers learned more than just physical stunts….they’ve learned the value of trying new things and the courage that comes with the mastery of a new skill. And now they can teach the power of a “can-do” attitude.
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JCC Sports Hall of Fame: Submission of Nominations BY TERRI TRAVERS
re you or were you an elite athlete? Know someone who is? Have you made an impact in the world of sports through business, media or marketing? Let us recognize these achievements! The JCC Sports Hall of Fame will be inducting its next class of athletes in March 2020. Nominations and resumes will be collected from now until August 15, 2019. At that time, information submitted will be compiled and sent to the Committee to vote on new members. Requirements for the JCC Sports Hall of Fame: 1. Must Be Jewish 2. Must have had their athletic accomplishments in Harrisburg or live in Harrisburg for at least 5 years and have some involvement within the Jewish Community. 3. Must be at least 30 years of age. 4. May be living or deceased. 5. In addition to those with athletic accomplishments, the Hall of Fame Committee also considers individuals with outstanding
performance in the business of sports including broadcasting, journalism, and management. Anybody interested in submitting a resume or nomination to be considered for the Sports Hall of Fame must email to the attention of Sports and Fitness Director Terri Travers at email@example.com or send in a resume to HBG JCC ATTN: Terri Travers, 3301 N. Front Street Harrisburg PA, 17110. New for 2020: In addition to the Hall of Fame the Sports and Fitness Committee is looking to pay tribute to a past JCC team who found great success in their sport. The Team Spotlight Award is open to any past JCC sports team. To nominate your team to be honored, please send information about the team (including team achievements and members of the team) to Terri Travers. The team selected to be honored will be chosen by the committee. For more information on the Sports Hall of Fame or Team Spotlight Award please contact Terri at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-236-9555 ext. 3110
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Drink to Every Beast: Joel Burcat Quenches Thirst for Environmental Thriller Novel Continued from page 1
He’s also written Amid Rage about strip mining in Somerset County, Strange Fire about fracking in Bradford County, Firebrand about water pollution in York County, Little Brother about a police department and Whiz Kid about the 1950 Philadelphia Phillies. His future as a popular fiction writer looks bright. “I love to write,” he said, adding that he does so nearly every day. “It energizes me.” Burcat and his wife, Gail, have two daughters, a son-in-law, and a granddaughter. When he’s not at promotion events for his first novel, he enjoys flower gardening and cheering for the Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia Phillies, and Philadelphia Flyers. He attends Kesher Israel Congregation. After interviewing Joel and reading his book, I’ve concluded that he, like Mike Jacobs, is a loveable mensch.
WHERE TO BUY THIS BOOK: Drink to Every Beast, a 352-page paperback novel by Joel Burcat, was published by Headline Books and is available at the Midtown Scholar or online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. For more information, visit www.joelburcat.com.
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Monday, September 2 Labor Day Sunday, September 29 Erev Rosh Hashanah Monday, September 30 Rosh Hashanah – Building Closed Tuesday, October 1 Rosh Hashanah – JCC Open/ Federation Offices Closed Tuesday, October 8 Erev Yom Kippur – JCC closes at 6pm Wednesday, October 9 Yom Kippur – Building Closed Sunday, October 13 Erev Sukkot Monday, October 14 Sukkot – JCC Open/Federation Offices Closed Tuesday, October 15 Sukkot – JCC Open/Federation Offices Closed Sunday, October 20 Erev Shimini Atzeret Monday, October 21 Shimini Atzeret – JCC Open/ Federation Offices closed Tuesday, October 22 Simchat Torah – JCC Open/ Federation Offices closed
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he month of July started off, NOT with a bang, but with Resonator Bells. On Tuesday, July 2nd, we had our annual picnic lunch of burgers, hot dogs, and our wonderful caterer, Norman Gras’ delicious coleslaw and potato salad. Our amazing advisor, Cheryl Yablon, once again, came up with an after lunch program that was fun for all. Barbara Martinetti gave us lessons on how to play a few tunes on Resonator Bells. We had a blast. Get ready AGT (America’s Got Talent), here we come. If you weren’t among the lucky seniors at this program, I would definitely make a reservation for the next time we are fortunate enough to have Barbara return. We are all looking forward to making music again. On Tuesday, July 9th, during our business meeting, a vote was taken and the raffle prizes are now back to $5. It was decided that more winners were better. On Wednesday, July 10th, Cheryl Kugler, our most talented artist-in-residency, came up with some new projects for us. Read more about the program in the article by Mary
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Klaus in this issue. On Thursday, July 11th, Rabbi Peter Kessler entertained us. All I can say is we had an afternoon of laughing, laughing… and more laughing. He is so amazing. We sincerely hope he will be good enough to join us again real soon. By the time you have this issue in your hands, July will be over. This means that many much looked-forward-to programs have gone from future expectations to promises fulfilled. Nanci Reinhart will have helped us transfer pictures from one device to another, a fun-
filled afternoon of Bingo will have passed, and we will have been awed by our long awaited concert by David Kopp. These and our bus trip to American Music Theatre to see Ovation, preceded by lunch at Miller’s Smorgasbord, and the challenges faced by those playing in the Millionaire Game will be reviewed in my
next column. If you are not already a member of the Senior Adult Club, now is the time to join. For $20 per person you will have paid membership for August 2019 through the year 2020. A better deal is hard to find. Hope to see you soon.
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Mourner’s Kaddish for a Business BY RABBI SAM YOLEN, CONGREGATION BETH ISRAEL, LEBANON
n a local restaurant under dimly lit ceiling lights, someone recognizes Stu Perlmutter from over an aisle and introduces herself. “Hi,” she says. “I’ve always bought my furniture from you, I heard about your store closing, I just wanted to say thank you.” Stu paused and acknowledged his former customer. He shook the conversation off politely, nonchalantly, as though being recognized publically is a regular occurrence for him (which it has been since his “going out of business” commercials aired on local television). What is not regular for Stu, or for the Lebanon town altogether, is the closing of another visibly Jewish store in South Central PA, and not just any store, but Harold’s, Lebanon’s Oldest and Largest Furniture Store. As we meet over dinner and talk about aspirations for the future we also talk about what his family business’s departure means for the town. “I remember when at least half, if not two-thirds, of Main Street were Jewish businesses,” he paused between bites. “Allan’s factory was over there. The dry goods store over there. The shoe store over there.” He pointed in all directions and mentioned individuals I only know from memorial plaques in our shul. “If you came out on a Friday night, it was hard to walk up the street - so many people.” I half listened, and half imagined what these beautiful small Pennsylvania towns looked like in their prime, animated with thriving, young families. Main streets glistening with post-WWII economic opportunity. Stu’s business, Harold’s, sold furniture to many of them. Even
our synagogue is furnished with the hard work of his family members and employees. Upon returning from World War II, Stu’s father, Harold, recognized that factories were slow to convert production from military goods to domestic ones. He remembered a small town with an ideal main street in Lebanon, PA from when he was discharged from the military. Thusly, Harold set up shop in Lebanon and began selling the items that adorn the homes of the Baby Boomer generation. Harold’s uniquely bundled furniture into package deals for the whole house: living room, bedroom, and dining room together, at one low price. He also was the exclusive dealer for General Electric products, and quickly expanded into more space in 1959. He couldn’t have timed the market more appropriately for a retail business. Birth rates were up, housing was affordable, and people needed to fill their edifices with furniture. Harold’s was there. There’s a social responsibility to operating a small business that elevates you from a faceless storefront salesperson to an avuncular town figure. Harold (and subsequently Stu) became that person, a pillar in the Jewish community, a leader of the local retail market, and a busy family man. During the wave of globalization that steadily eroded the local manufacturing jobs across the state, Harold’s continued to operate during the downturn. Under stressful conditions, with Stu’s forward guidance, the store expanded into office furniture, mattresses, Stu Perlmutter removes the mezuzah from Harold’s, the La-Z-boy recliners, and even moved into its final prominent furniture store his father started in Lebanon, PA. location, further down Cumberland County. As a known Jewish person, Stu was often encouraged to be saved through a number of publications his customers left for him. Occasionally after services he would forward this literature to me with a jest, “Look rabbi, they’re giving me books.” I found it touching that these neighbors cared for Stu enough to think of him. Through informal meetings at his office, I learned practical skills in communicating between Lebanon’s Jewish community and it’s Christian neighbors. I’m sure these interfaith work relations were a widespread phenomenon when the majority of Jewish businesses existed on Main Street, however today Harold’s was the last business left. Last November, Stu gave the opening speech at our commemoration to the Pittsburgh Shooting, “We are here in Lebanon because you have invited us here,” he spoke to the town’s non-Jewish residents, “We are here as Jews because the good people of Lebanon allowed us.” Like many second- or third-generation immigrants, Stu, a first lieutenant in the US Army infantry and graduate of Pennsylvania Military College, didn’t always expect to be running the family business. The American dream of being “anything you want,” often inspires us with foreign ambition, and Stu first worked as a sports writer in a Philadelphia suburb. Stu’s commitment to his family was something that developed over time, something that was deeply motivated by the biblical injunction to honor thy mother and father. Ritualizing the closing of his family’s furniture business has given Stu the opportunity to forgive family members, make peace with the Jewish immigrant dream “to own one’s own business,” and get ready for the next stage of life. One of the lifelong hopes that Stu’s mother held for her children is that they would one day preside over the congregation as synagogue president. The nachas a mother would schep knowing her son is the venerable head of the community is the stuff of Yiddish legend. With more time available for Stu in retirement, he can continue to fulfil the mitzvah of honoring one’s parents, by serving the congregation in ways he had always wanted. Closing a business is a painful decision, and one that gets processed by the town and individuals together. In a Jewish light, to make Stu’s transition into retired life more fluid, we celebrated a business closing ritual that broadened the words of Havdallah. We added to the traditional prayer: Blessed is God who makes a distinction between work time and recreation time, between the phases of one’s life, and between now and retirement. Harold’s lives on in people’s living rooms, bedrooms, offices, and cohabitation spaces.
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Rick and Ellie are helping to build Jewish Legacies. Please join them, and the many others, who are remembering Jewish causes in their will, trust, life insurance policy or retirement accounts. THE JEWISH COMMUNITY FOUNDATION Of Central Pennsylvania HONORED
RICK & ELLIE FRIEDMAN Legacy Heroes
Rick and Ellie Friedman – in their own words
May 21, 2019 Rick: One reason we relocated to Harrisburg from Washington DC in 1989, was this small, uniquely vibrant Jewish community. Ellie was expecting our third son. After a dozen years as an environmental lawyer for the EPA, I was starting a new job at a law firm. Harrisburg provided opportunities we did not find in suburban Maryland. We enrolled our two younger sons in the JCC's Brenner Family Early Learning Center where they enjoyed a safe, enriching program. Through the Hebrew School, Lillian Rappaport provided our sons with a first-rate basis in Hebrew and Jewish education, followed by Hebrew High. Our oldest son participated with March of the Living, and partly as a result of that life-changing experience, has become ultra-orthodox. For years, Ellie volunteered in creating and managing the Ohev Sholom library and later organized the JFS Bernard Forner Healing Center Library. Importantly, to us, every member of our community is able to choose among various synagogue denominations, allowing each to develop, learn, and grow toward a comfortable, meaningful level of religious observance. Seniors are supported through the facilities and programs of the Campus of the Jewish Home and JFS, and when we needed it most, Rabbi Muroff and the Chisuk Emuna community was there for us, providing a caring, unconditionally loving, warm, supportive environment, as well as rituals of worship and the gift of learning that uplifts our souls. I grew up in a large (about 25 aunts, uncles, cousins from one set of grandparents), loving, Conservative family that celebrated Jewish holidays together. Prior to my Bar Mitzvah my grandfather took me to shul weekly to ensure I was familiar with the service. Spending time with him on Shabbat taught me what it meant to become a Jewish man and inspired me to try to emulate him and be a “mensch.”
On behalf of a grateful community, the Jewish Community Foundation wishes to thank Rick and Ellie for their outstanding contributions to sustaining Jewish life in our community.
Ellie: I grew up a secular Jew, at best. While I had Jewish friends, some whose parents were Holocaust survivors, my education as a Jew really began after Rick and I married. Every Friday night Rick’s mother invited us to Shabbos dinner where I learned to light candles, cook traditional foods, and love and long for the peace and beauty of Shabbos. It was not until we moved to Harrisburg that I really began my spiritual journey and learned what Jewish community meant. Rabbi Jeff Weisblatt (z”l) was a great teacher, spiritual mentor, and powerful inspiration. Then, we joined Chisuk Emuna and found comfort in the warmth of its congregation and the wisdom and kind spiritual leadership of Rabbi Muroff. After my mother-in-law, my greatest inspiration for growing as a Jew was my friendship with Bonnie Weintraub (z”l), and assisting her at home with her food preparation. I learned the meaning of kashrut, felt pride in my growing Jewish identity, and experienced the joy of Jewish life while in her company. I continue to honor Bonnie’s memory including donating to the Harrisburg Mikvah. Rick and Ellie: Our Jewish community offers exceptional agencies and programs, providing numerous benefits, that we must preserve for future generations. For us, Chisuk Emuna stands out given its unique, enriching, caring, nurturing and intellectually expanding culture. So, when Maggie Grotzinger undertook to lead the Legacy effort at CE, we immediately wanted to support it. Other than providing a legacy in our own estate plan, it was a volunteer opportunity that Rick wanted to facilitate. Everyone can leave a legacy to support the Jewish institutions of their choice, and no matter how small or great. Harrisburg has such a rich Jewish heritage, well beyond what most other Jewish communities, have. Keeping this unique Jewish community vibrant through our legacies is profoundly important. Everyone’s contribution, whether by participation or funding, or both, is needed and will keep this valuable culture alive for our children, grandchildren, and generations to come.
Call the Jewish Community Foundation to discuss what is in your heart and how you can leave a legacy to causes that are important to you! Contact Paulette Keifer at 717-409-8220 (ext 1) or email her at email@example.com
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Life Cycle Obituaries CHARLES BRUNO
Charles Peter Bruno, 88, August 8th, 1930 to July 6th, 2019. Born in Newport to the late, Fred and Carrie (Acri) Bruno. Charlie retired from the United States Postal Service and was an Air Force veteran serving during the Korean War. He was a lifetime member of Penbrook American Legion Post 730 and the Penbrook VFW Post 1718. Charlie graduated from the former Catholic High School, which is now Bishop McDevitt. Charlie’s family includes his wife, Bernice Ann Bruno; daughters, Bobbie Lou Sweeney, Toni Marie Petroski, husband Brian, Holly Worful; sons, Eugene Ellenberger, who is deceased and wife, Jackie, Roger Ellenberger; brother, Fred Bruno, wife Shirley; sister, Mary Lou Purvis, husband Jack; six grandchildren, Chris and Ryan Sweeney, Weston Petroski, Maria Druckman, husband, Charles, Jared Worful, partner, Matthew Meisel, Emille Ellenberger; three great grandchildren, Bentley Sweeney, Julian Druckman, and Evanee Ellenberger, as well as numerous nephews and nieces.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, July 10th with Rabbi Peter Kessler officiating. Burial at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Charlie’s honor to the Boys and Girls Club of Harrisburg, 1227 Berryhill St, Harrisburg, PA 17104 or to a charity of your choice.
Richard A. Colledge passed away on Sunday, July 21, 2019 at the UPMC West Shore Hospital in Mechanicsburg. He was born on June 1, 1933 to Amos A. Colledge and Helen Robinson Colledge of New Germantown, PA. He was a graduate of Blain Union High School and was a Korean War veteran. He was employed by Ralston Purina for 45 years. He is survived by his wife Audrey “Becky” Colledge, a son Brian R. Colledge, and a granddaughter Ashley L. Colledge, all of Mechanicsburg. He is also survived by a sister Joann Fyler of Dillsburg, a brother William Colledge and wife Bertha of Port Royal.
Interment at Blain Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital.
Michael L. Greenberg, 79, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania passed away on Saturday, July 13, 2019 in Bethany Beach, Delaware. He was born on April 3, 1940 in New York, NY to the late Samuel and Rose (Weissman) Greenberg. Michael was a graduate of the University of Miami. He was a longtime resident of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where he developed a close network of friends and business associates. He was employed by Ethyl Corporation and served as the Director of Purchasing at the Capitol Products Division for over 25 years. Surviving are his loving wife Barbara A. (Wike) Greenberg of 45 years, three sons, Scott A. Greenberg and his wife Andrea Schoenberger of Corning, NY, Gregory M. Greenberg and his wife Kathleen Reilley of Barrington, RI, Jeff M. Greenberg and his wife Raquel of Fort Myers, FL, a brother Harvey Greenberg and his wife Bobbie of West Hills, CA, a sister Vivian Hecker of Hollywood, FL, five grandchildren, Andra Rose Greenberg, Paige Reilley Greenberg, Kyle Reilly Greenberg, Sayler Mae Greenberg, and Hunter Michael Greenberg. He was preceded in death by his granddaughter Brooke Reilly Greenberg. Michael was always known for his great sense of humor and wit. He was an extremely devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He cherished family time in Harrisburg, Florida, and Bethany Beach. He also enjoyed
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spending time with his friends playing golf, cards, and working-out at the local gym. Football was his favorite season. But his greatest joy of all was spending time with his wife, Barbara. A memorial service was held on Friday, July 19, 2019. Charitable giving was important to Michael. Donations in Michael’s name may be made to the Ronald McDonald House of Tampa, Florida at www.rmhctampabay.org or The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at www.lls.org.
Born December 24, 1930, died June 28, 2019. Beloved husband of Alice; brother of Donald; father of Ted and Amanda; grandfather of Emma, Hannah, Evan, Sarah and Leah. Worked in public relations at NYU Medical Center. Co-founded L.I. Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies. Fine tennis player, loved ocean swimming and classical music.
Tzedakah Members Make a Difference! BY LINDA SKULSKY
The JCC would like to give a big thank you to the following individuals, couples and families who have supported the JCC as Tzedakah Members. In the words of Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever does”.
The following Tzedakah or Medal members are special friends of the Jewish Community Center and make an enormous difference to the lives of many individuals and families with special needs or limited incomes, enabling them to participate fully in the Jewish community of Harrisburg. For information on Tzedakah membership, please contact Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org or (717) 409-8206. PLATINUM Anonymous Esther & Edward Beck Myrna & Bert Rubin Marlene (z’l) and Herman (z’l) Minkoff
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When you refer a new member to the J CC
GOLD Marilynn & Richard Abrams Linda Schwab Marcia & Sandy Cohen
SILVER Glenda & Brian Dechowitz Jay Maisel Jennifer & Stephen Rubin Faith & Davy Goldsmith Marian Frankston & Burt Morris Philip Bloom & Jennifer Huebner Irene Berman-Levine & Sam Levine Ricci & Michael Doctrow Holly Engelman & Moshe Bell Marjorie Sherman Alvin Rostolsky Jill & Steven Kusic Marti & Gerry Morrison Colleen & Jay Prensky Ileane & Harold Hurwitz
Contact Linda at 717-409-8206 or email@example.com with your referrals. Two free months redeemable after six months of membership by new member. New person must mention referral at the time of joining. Expires December 2018. Harrisburg Jewish Communty Center Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg 3 3 01 N. Front Street • Harrisburg • 7 1 7 -2 3 6 -9 5 5 5 • jewishharrisburg.org
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Synagogue Life Beth El Temple 2637 N Front St, (717) 232-0556 www.bethelhbg.org Minyan 7am daily and 5:30pm Sunday morning at 9am Friday Kabbalat Shabbat 6pm
Friday August 9, 6pm. We will review The Tattooist of Auschwitz: A Novel, by Heather Morris. https://www. jewishbookcouncil.org/book/the-tattooist-of-auschwitz-anovel. The book discussion leader will be Jill Bruce. Everyone is welcome to join us. Beth Tikvah meets twice a month. Check newsletter on website for dates and times.
Shabbat morning service 9am Saturday night mincha/maariv/havdalah at same time as Friday evening candle-lighting time.
Historic B’nai Jacob, Middletown
Chisuk Emuna Congregation
Historic B’nai Jacob Synagogue, located at Water and Nissley Streets in Middletown, near the Harrisburg International Airport and Penn State-Harrisburg, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, will have a Shabbat Service on August 2 starting at 7:30pm. Marc Bluestein will be leading the services. We are a community Shul and you are welcome to join us. There are no membership dues or admission fees.
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 Special Services and Programs: Shabbat mornings: Torah Trope Class with Gerry Gorelick, 9am. Learners of all abilities welcome.
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 Congregation Beth Tikvah will hold Shabbat Dinner and Book Club events this summer. We will meet at 6pm at the Asbell Center (Dickinson College). Attendees should bring a vegetarian dish to share in the Potluck. After we eat, we will discuss books we have all read in preparation. There is one more Shabbat dinner and potluck on our schedule:
Water & Nissley Streets, (717) 319-3014 www.bnai-jacob.org
Kesher Israel Congregation 2500 N 3rd St, (717) 238-0763 www.kesherisrael.org
Participate in daily Minyanim. Mornings: Sundays and Federal holidays at 8am, Monday-Friday at 6:45am. 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.
Ohev Sholom Congregation, York 2090 Hollywood Drive 717-852-0000 www.OhevSholomYork.org
Ohev Sholom Congregation is a Conservative congregation serving York County in an inclusive, egalitarian manner. Established in 1902, the congregation is led by our student rabbi in association with our lay leadership. Worship services held in the sanctuary every Shabbat morning at 9:30am and at the homes of individual congregants on Friday evening at 7:30pm. Yarzeit minyans are by request. Please call for details. Ohev Sholom provides adult educational opportunities in conjunction with our local Chabad Learning Center while embracing different levels of observance, stages of life, and family structures.
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Temple 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, Mechanicsburg (717) 697-2662, www.tbshalom.org Temple Beth Shalom’s Friday evening Shabbat Services are at 7:15pm, followed by an oneg in the social hall. Services are led by Lay Leaders of Beth Shalom. Please call the office at 697-2662 or check the website calendar for Shabbat service dates, as well as updates on when Saturday Shabbat services will be held. Upcoming Shabbat services will be held at the Temple on Frida, August 9 and 23. Saturday Shabbat Services, led by Rabbi Choper, will be held at 10am at the Jewish Home August 3,10,17,24, and 31. All are welcome. On Sunday, August 18 at 5:30pm, the Temple will host a Tu B’Av Celebration at 913 Allendale Rd., Mechanicsburg. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn games, musical instruments (let us know what you will bring), and yourselves! Temple Beth Shalom will provide corn on the cob, baked beans, other grilled vegetables, watermelon and other fruit, and soft drinks. People are invited to bring salads and vegetarian dishes of their choice to share (No meat, no shellfish). This event is open to all! Please RSVP to the Temple office (email@example.com) by August 1 (If after August 1, please call Temple office). 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
JCC Senior Adult Programs Classes Available at the Jewish Community Center:
The JCC Senior Adult Club is Offering the Following Senior Events:
SilverSneakers® CLASSIC – Have fun and move to the music through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement, and activities for daily living. Hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles, and a SilverSneakers ball are offered for resistance. A chair is available if needed for seated or standing support. Tuesday/Thursday mornings 9:30 -10:15-30am. Drop-in Fee $7.00 per class. Free to JCC members, SilverSneakers®, and Silver and Fit participants.
SilverSneakers® BOOM (CARDIOFIT) – SilverSneakers® Boom (CardioFit) is an advanced group exercise class designed for active adults who desire a safe and effective lowimpact cardiovascular workout. Energizing and easy-to-follow movements promote hearthealthy, 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.
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 Senior Lunch will be served Tuesdays and Thursdays at Noon. Reservations are preferred two days in advance if possible, but no later than 4PM the day before. Call Cheryl 717-236-9555 EXT. 3115
Upcoming After Lunch Programs are: • August 1, 2019 - Essential Oils presented by Grace Delp. •
August 6, 2019 – Jeff Jacobs has generously volunteered to do our monthly Current Events Program that Herm Minkoff (z’’l) did for us for the last several years. After the program stay and play Mah Jongg with Ellen or Farkle with Harold and Mel from 1:30pm to 3pm.
• Wednesday, August 7, 2019 – Artist in Residency Program with Cheryl Kugler from 1:30pm-3pm
• August 8, 2019 – Movie Day - Man of The Hour: Bob Hope, a Dean Martin TV Roast
• August 13, 2019 - Business Meeting/Birthday Party. After the meeting stay and play Mah Jongg with Ellen Mussaf or Farkle with Harold Williams and Mel Krieger from 1:30-3pm. • Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - Artist in Residency Program with Cheryl Kugler from 1:30pm-3pm •
August 15, 2019 – If you have a paid reservation for the Bus Trip today to Hickory Bridge Farm Restaurant and Totem Pole Playhouse to see The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas please be at the JCC by 10:15am. NO LUNCH OR PROGRAM FOR SENIORS AT THE JCC TODAY.
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.
August 20, 2019 – Stuart and Zev Malina Concert. Please make your reservations by August 13th. We get a very large crowd for this concert so please respect the deadline! Cost is $10 for JCC Senior Adult Club Members and $20 for all guests. This is for lunch and the concert. No Walk-ins please.
SilverSneakers® SPLASH– Activate your urge for variety! Splash offers fun, shallow
• Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - Artist in Residency Program with Cheryl Kugler from 1:30pm-3pm
Zumba Gold – The class introduces easy-to-follow Zumba choreography that focuses on
water movement to improve agility and flexibility while addressing cardiovascular, strength, and endurance conditioning. No swimming ability is required and a SilverSneakers® kickboard or other aquatic equipment is used to improve strength, balance, and coordination. Mondays/Wednesday 9:30 -10:30am. Drop-in Fee $7 per class. Free to JCC members, SilverSneakers®, and Silver and Fit participants.
Aqua Zumba – A challenging water-based workout that’s cardio-conditioning, body toning, and most of all, exhilarating beyond belief. Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30-9:30am. Drop in Fee $7 per class. Free to JCC members, SilverSneakers®, and Silver and Fit participants.
• August 22, 2019 – Game Day: Play Mah Jongg, Farkle, or bring a game of your choice to share. • August 27, 2019 – Rabbi Eric Cytryn will do a program for the Seniors. After the program stay and play Mah Jongg with Ellen or Farkle with Harold and Mel from 1:30pm to 3pm. • August 28, 2019 - Artist in Residency Program with Cheryl Kugler from 1:30pm-3pm. • August 29, 2019 – Our Senior Adult Club member, Ann Weiss, will play the piano for our entertainment.
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