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MEMORIAL PROGRAM A tribute to Holocaust survivors Sunday, May 1 at 3:00pm at Charleston Music Hall 37 John Street, Charleston, SC FREE & OPEN TO EVERYONE Index
Dr. Emanuel Tanay, featured speaker for Yom Hashoah OF CHARLESTON, SC
The REMEMBER Program
Shoes are a powerful reminder of the productive lives led by Holocaust victims before the Nazi terror. Please bring and donate new or gently used shoes as you enter the Music Hall. The shoes will then be distributed through Soles4Souls. Starting with a symbol of social injustice, the Charleston community will work to promote social responsibility.
On May 1, 2011, at 3 p.m. at the Charleston Music Hall, the Charleston Jewish Federation welcomes Emanuel Tanay, M.D. as guest speaker for the annual, community-wide Yom Hashoah Memorial program, a tribute to Holocaust survivors. Dr. Tanay’s acclaimed autobiography, Passport to Life— Autobiographical Reflections of a Holocaust Survivor, combines his experiences as a Holocaust Survivor with his insight as a psychiatrist. His book is a historical drama with hair-raising adventures. As a fourteen-year-old boy, Dr. Tanay saved the lives of his mother, sister and girlfriend. His struggles during the war years include escaping from the ghetto of his small Polish town, hiding in a church organ, and being present in the Warsaw Ghetto during the 1943 uprising. Dr. Tanay’s presentation will deal with historical aspects of the Holocaust and the intimacy that comes from experience. Hate, fear, pain, loss, and death are part of his story, but also love, courage, resourcefulness and the kindness of strangers. Sadism, indifference, and heroism were everyday happenings during the years of this manmade calamity. Join us for this intriguing story, which is free and open to the public.
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In Honor Of: Thank-you Jewish community: Michelle Waters Jean & Herb Rosner, Mazel Tov on receiving the Crown of Good Name award from BSBI: Irene Garfinkel & family Rabbi Yossi & Sarah Refson, G-d Bless Both of You: Mel Goldstein
CJF President’s Article
The Eternal Flame In this world of troubling times, senseless massacres and major disasters with the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan, words from the Rabbinic counsel of the Jewish Federations of North America, Parashat Tzav, an eternal flame, provide solace. This is from Leviticus 6:1-8:36. This week’s Torah portion was discussed by Rabbi David J. Zucker, PhD, and Rabbi Josh Zlochower, MSW. The message from this week’s Torah portion discusses as we travel along life’s journeys, occasionally we encounter setbacks as well as suffering and pain. At times, we feel the full vigor of life’s spirit coursing through us to meet these challenges with strength and energy. At other times we feel down and in despair, devoid of hope and paralyzed with fear and worry. At these moments, where can we find the strength and hope to continue along life’s path? Leviticus 6:6 explains: “A perpetual fire (esh tamid) shall be kept on the altar, not to go out.” When we take these words as a symbol, as a metaphor, we can apply them to our own life journeys. You shall maintain “a perpetual fire” explains the Torah. It is “not to go out.” In our life journeys, even when met by difficulties, let us not despair. The fire is deep within us, even when desolation and despondency hide it. There are times we can access our own internal esh tamid; there are times we need to seek help from others; or from the Divine. Likewise, there are times we lend our light to others. These thoughts are with us as we reflect on the brutal murders last Friday night of five Israelis, including two young children and a baby. This sent shock waves and anguish throughout the country and the world. Israel was hurting this week. When Israel hurts, we hurt. This massacre of five family members has affected not only Israelis, but also has deeply touched all who care about the Jewish faith including those of the Charleston Jewish Federation. Our thoughts and prayers go out to family and friends of the victims in Israel, as well as to the victims of the tsunami and earthquake in Japan. It is events like these recent, sad and awful occurrences that remind us that we are obligated to help, and the Annual Campaign does just that; it reaches out and helps Jews and others locally, in Israel and around the world. Our Campaign Major Gifts event took place on March 10, 2011, at the home of Liz and Spencer Lynch. They had a phenomenal event with a very exciting guest speaker, Micah Halpern, a syndicated columnist, political commentator, and Kosher wine reviewer. We opened the event with a Kosher wine tasting with vivid descriptions of various wines by Micah. A central theme of the evening was that, as Jews, we have chosen to be at the event and have chosen to be part of the Jewish mosaic. We are grateful to the generous people who made substantial pledges to the campaign. A crucial theme discussed at the Major Gifts event was saving lives/changing lives. We talked about each person digging a hole based on a quote from Jose Saramajo as follows: “Everyone has his own patch of earth to cultivate. What’s important is that he dig deep.” The volunteer of the month has been a very active leader in the Charleston community. This person has contributed inordinate time, expertise, vision and commitment to our major Jewish organizations. He has served as President of the JCC. He has been an instrumental force as Chair of critical committees and serves as Vice President of the Charleston Jewish Alliance. He has taken on the leadership role in a very important Jewish endowment fund. Recently he and his wife were most gracious to host our major event with delicious sushi and other homemade goodies by the resident chef. His commitment to Judaism and the success of the JCC and Federation have trickled down, in their family, as reflected by their sons’ involvement in development of web-based programs for the JCC and Federation. The Jewish Community Alliance of Greater Charleston and the entire Jewish community thank Spencer and Liz Lynch for their dedication and commitment to the Charleston Jewish community. As we celebrate Pesach, we remember the Book of Exodus. It gives instructions on why, when and how to commemorate the Israelites’ liberation from the Pharaohs. Why? “And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your hosts out of the land of Egypt; therefore shall ye observe this day throughout your generations by an ordinance forever.” We remember that more than three thousand years ago, the Jews had to leave their land, Canaan (now Israel) and go to live in Egypt. They had to leave because there was drought and no food in their country. For several hundred years they were treated well by other Pharaohs, lived safely and grew in number. However, eventually the Pharaoh, who became the ruler of Egypt, was afraid they would take over the country and decided to make the Jews slaves. The Jews never forgot the esh tamid. Let the perpetual fire/ esh tamid be there as a blessing for all the people, for all of G-d’s creations and indeed for the earth as well. L’Dor V’Dor
Lynn Bernstein, a Speedy recovery: Rebecca & Norman Nirenblatt Debbie Baker, a Speedy recovery: Rebecca & Norman Nirenblatt Cathy Rovick, a Speedy recovery: Rebecca & Norman Nirenblatt Morton Needle, a special Happy Birthday: Rebecca & Norman Nirenblatt Harriet & Charles Goldberg, a Happy 50th anniversary: Rebecca & Norman Nirenblatt Neil Draisin, Mazel Tov for being recently elected as President of the Southeastern Congress of Optometry: Roselyn & Donald Barkowitz In Memory Of: Bernice Silver, beloved mother, grandmother & great-grandmother: Irene Garfinkel & family
Kirsten Steen, beloved mother & grandmother of Ann-Therese & Eli Hyman & family: Irene Garfinkel & family; Katie, Moshe, Simcha & Malka Bielsky Kirsten Steen, beloved mother & grandmother of Camilla & Mark Rosenberg & family: Katie, Moshe, Simcha & Malka Bielsky Art Shorago, beloved father & grandfather of Susan & Ben Chase & family: Katie, Moshe, Simcha & Malka Bielsky Art Shorago, beloved father & grandfather of Lynn & Mark Hunsinger & family: Katie, Moshe, Simcha & Malka Bielsky Marilyn London, beloved mother & grandmother of Deborah & Morris Ellison & family: Katie, Moshe, Simcha & Malka Bielsky Anita Levine, beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother of Ralph & Charlotte Levin & family: Katie, Moshe, Simcha & Malka Bielsky
Charleston Jewish Social Services In Memory Of:
Betty Marcus, beloved mother of Wendy Marcus: Shelley Parness
Janice & Ellis Kahn Fund for Jewish Education and Preservation of Jewish Historic Sites In Honor Of: Judy Lutz, a Speedy recovery: Janice & Ellis Kahn
Gilbert Snyder, a Speedy recovery: Janice & Ellis Kahn Ralph Kahn, a Speedy recovery: Janice & Ellis Kahn N. Steven Steinert, a Speedy recovery: Janice & Ellis Kahn Helen Goldbert, a Speedy recovery: Janice & Ellis Kahn In Memory Of: Ray Frisch, beloved father of Ellen Mintz: Janice & Ellis Kahn
Richard Hirsch, beloved son of Ev G. Hirsch: Janice & Ellis Kahn Morris Feinberg, beloved father, grandfather & great grandfather of Leah Chase & family: Janice & Ellis Kahn Lenny Rothstein, beloved father of Mara Kupperman: Janice & Ellis Kahn
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JEWISH COMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMIT TEE
Advocacy for Israel How Can You Advocate for Israel? Learn the Facts. Eileen Chepenik JCRC Chair
Are the settlements a violation of international law?
In its educational publication, “A Guide for Activists”, the Anti-Defamation League clarifies numerous inaccuracies that cloud the public knowledge of the issues to be resolved between Israel and the Palestinians. One issue involves the settlements and the claim by opponents that they are a violation of international law. The ADL guide explains: “Settlements, Jewish communities that were established in the West Bank and Gaza Strip after the territories were gained in the 1967 War, do not violate international law. Israel’s administration of the territories in 1967 replaced Jordan’s control of the West Bank and Egypt’s of the Gaza Strip. Neither Jordan nor Egypt had legal sovereignty over these areas, but took them over during the 1948 war with the newly established State of Israel. (According to the U.N. Partition Plan, the West Bank and Gaza Strip were to be part of an independent Arab state to be established alongside an independent Jewish state – a plan rejected by Arab nations and Palestinian leadership.) “Israel maintains that these areas can thus not be considered “occupied territories” under international law, since Israel did not “occupy” it from another sovereign nation. Rather, they are “disputed territories” over which there are competing claims requiring that their future must be determined through negotiations. Since 1967, Israeli governments have maintained a willingness to withdraw from areas of the West Bank and Gaza Strip as part of a peace agreement with the Arabs. Israel uprooted all of the settlements in the Gaza Strip in August 2005 as part of its unilateral disengagement from Gaza. “Critics of Israel frequently cite Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which prohibits the forcible transfer of segments of a population of a state to the territory of another state which it has occupied through the use of armed force, as proof of the illegality of settlements. However, Israel maintains that the Geneva Convention, drafted after World War II, was intended to protect local populations from displacement, such as the forced population transfers experienced before and during the war in Czechoslovakia, Poland and Hungary. The situation in today’s West Bank is clearly different. Israel has not forcibly transferred Israelis to these settlements. Rather, Israeli settlers voluntarily moved to the areas where Jews have historically dwelled. Jews have lived in the West Bank throughout recorded history, until 1948, but they were forced to flee the invading Arab armies. Indeed, several of the current settlement communities existed prior to 1948 when they where overrun by invading Arab armies. For example, Kfar Etzion and other villages in the Jerusalem-Bethlehem corridor fell to Arab forces in May 1948 and those captured were massacred. Sons and daughters of those who lived there until 1948 were the first to return after the 1967 war.” For more information:
For more information, please visit adl.org/Israel/advocacy.
Save the Dates Join the Jewish Community Relations Committee of the Charleston Jewish Federation and the YWCA of Greater Charleston as they take a
Stand Against Racism Friday, April 29, 2011 10:00am - 2:00pm YWCA, 106 Coming Street, Charleston, SC Food, Entertainment, Guest Speakers, Panel Discussions and More! For more information, visit JCRC’s page on www.jewishcharleston.org
Save the Date for the Community-Wide
Yom HaAtzma’ut Celebration Tuesday, May 10, 2011 More details soon at jewishcharleston.org!
A WOMAN WHO MAKES A
Top (L-R): Masha Kalinsky, Anita Zucker, and Susan Addlestone Berlijn
Special Thanks to Sandy Katz (writer) and Gerry Katz (our wonderful phtographer)
Hadassah president Sharon Hox made a fashionable and elegant “Mistress” of Ceremonies for “A Woman Who Makes a Difference” awards night on March 8, 2011 at Charleston Jewish Community Center. Sharon’s super supportive persona was perfect for this event’s theme and introduction of honorees’ presenters. It takes a village of dedicated women to accomplish social change, advance philanthropic opportunities for women, possess political savvy and advocate for the betterment of society. That night, six well-deserving women were designated by their various organization affiliates to shine their bright light upon us and encourage us to follow their leads. It is understood that behind every one of these women is a support group of family, friends and professional colleagues that helped them up the ladder of success. So many acts or random kindness also accompany the personalities of these wonderful honorees! Each of these women had a special someone to introduce them, highlighting their specific accomplishments. The awards night began by having two of the community’s most talented vocalists share their uplifting musical renditions of the Star Spangled Banner, sung by Missy Gold, and Hatikva, sung by Helen James. The first honoree, Anita Zucker, needed two presenters to cover her accomplishments representing Charleston Jewish Federation Women’s Division: Susan Addlestone Berlijn and Masha Kalinsky. Anita is one of the most down-to-earth, super “mensch”, humble, generous and kind women who deserves all the special honors she gets. She empowers all women to be able to make a difference in this world through the challenges of philanthropy and outstanding leadership. You can always count on a smile and a hug from this gracious woman, and it always makes your day better being around her. Anita gave a special thanks to her dearly departed Jerry for the opportunity to carry on his legacy in the name of the Zucker family. Honoree Barbara Backer was presented by Elisheva Holub for Synagogue Emanu-el Sisterhood. Barbara was encouraged
At Left (L-R): Marsha Kronick, Evelyn Engel, Barbara Backer, Nadine Chavin. Nancy Weiner and Anita Zucker (pictured above) are women who make a difference.
and programmed for volunteerism from childhood with these words: “Community service is rent you pay for being on earth.” How appropriate that she became a teacher and author of children-oriented publications since learning was a prime motivator in her life. She inspires everyone she is in contact with to be a better person. Honoree Nancy Weiner was presented by Sarah Finkelstein for National Council of Jewish Women. Nancy’s high-energy and spirited enthusiasm for completing a challenge led her to accomplish many outstanding fundraising events for her organization. She nurtures and encourages participation! Honoree Nadine Chavin was presented by Naomi Gorstein for KKBE Sisterhood. Nadine is an amazing young woman who can juggle a career, motherhood and marriage along with all her volunteer specialties that benefit her organization. Her accomplishment in receiving a black belt is certainly admirable for a quiet, small in stature, peaceful woman. This probably gives her the confidence and strength to carry out all the marvelous and tireless activities that benefit all of us. Honoree Evelyn Engel was presented by her beautiful daughter Debbie Engel for Charleston Chapter of Hadassah. Evelyn is a gracious, kind and generous woman who sets a perfect example of winning a medical challenge in her own life and, in turn, does some fabulous fundraising to support medical causes that Hadassah is involved in. She can always be counted on to support her organization big time and makes a significant difference! Honoree Marsha Kronick was presented by Sydney Richman for Brith Sholom Beth Israel Sisterhood. Marsha has singlehandedly taken on an enormous Sisterhood project since its inception, carrying on responsibilities from her mother’s initial involvement. She brings lots of sunshine through her Ortho-gram project when special occasions are remembered, and Ortho-grams always arrive on their special day! This is a very lucrative fund raiser for her organization. Marsha’s night was made even more special by a surprise visit from her daughter from L.A. Congratulations, honorees!
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REMEMBER PROGRAM FOR GENOCIDE AND HOLOCAUST EDUCATION
For more information, contact Sandra Brett at firstname.lastname@example.org. Call 571-6565 to RSVP!
2011 Holocaust Creative Arts
CJF Employee Spotlight
The REMEMBER Program for Holocaust and Genocide Education invites you to view entries from the
for Holocaust and
Genocide Education Director
2011 Holocaust Creative Arts Competition A showcase of creative interpretations on the theme of “Resistance and Survival in the Holocaust” by area high school students
The Charleston Jewish Federation presents
and the Children of Blankenese
April 1-April 30 at the Charleston Public Library, 68 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC
Tuesday, May 3, 2011 7:00pm Charleston Jewish Community Center 1645 Wallenberg Blvd. Dora Love, a survivor originally from Lithuania, will recount her Holocaust experience. After the war, she helped locate children who had survived the Shoah and tried to reunite them with family members with support from the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. We welcome Dora and her amazing story to Charleston!
Join us for a reception honoring the students on April 7, 6:30 p.m, featuring refreshments, awards, student presentations and remarks by Bob Novick, who participated in the conception of the United States Holocaust Museum
For more information contact Sandra Brett, email@example.com
Proceeds will be directly allocated to the REMEMBER Program for Holocaust & Genocide Education and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee through the CJF Annual Campaign. $18 suggested donation Light refreshments will be served.
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Sandra Brett, the Director of the REMEMBER Program for Holocaust and Genocide Education, has been with the Charleston Jewish Federation since July of 2010. Sandra is originally from Johnstown, PA, but has lived in Charleston for the past four years with her husband, Richard Friedman. Richard and Sandra have four wonderful children. Outside of the JCC, Sandra is a painter and teaches at the Art Institute of Charleston. Sandra also enjoys playing tennis and sings in the Jewish Choral Society. Sandra plays an important role in reminding people to “never forget,” the idea that remembering genocide’s of the past will help prevent them in the future. Sandra assists schools with creating Holocaust and Genocide related curriculum and coordinates a creative art competition about the Holocaust for high school students. She schedules proclamations in commemoration of the Holocaust with local city councils and organizes an annual Yom Hashoah commemoration. Sandra also schedules informative programs, films and speaker pertaining to the Holocaust, social justice and genocide. Sandra has a few programs coming up. The “Pursuit of Nazis and Modern-Day War Criminals” with Eli Rosenbaum is happening on Tuesday, April 12th at the Citadel. The 2011 Holocaust Creative Arts Competition is showcasing their entries at the Charleston Public Library until April 30th. Plus the Community-Wide Yom HaShoah Memorial Program, a tribute to Holocaust survivors, is happening Sunday, May 1st at the Charleston Music Hall. Interested?
For more information on the CJF REMEMBER Program, please contact Sandra at 843.571.6565 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit us online at www.charlestonremembers.org
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CONNECTING JEWISH WOMEN
The Journey Continues Sharon Becker CJW Outreach Program Director
Connecting Jewish Women Kiruv (“Reaching Out”) Program is an outgrowth of the interest expressed at the First Annual Connecting Jewish Women’s Conference last August. This new program is founded and supported by Charleston Jewish Federation. Connecting Jewish Women is dedicated to building a broadened and stronger united community of Jewish women in the Charleston area. A community that offers something for everyone: a sense of connection, opportunities to strengthen our Jewish identity, a way to develop new social and professional relationships and working collectively to address the needs of our local Jewish community and beyond. We invite you to join us in upcoming Kiruv (Reach Out) gatherings aimed at providing a forum to meet, share, learn and embrace our Jewish identity as a group. These forums will be hosted by Jewish women in different locations throughout Charleston including Mt. Pleasant, Downtown, West Ashley, Summerville and Barrier Islands. If you are interested in an opportunity to reach out through
hosting or participating in a Kiruv gathering, contact Sharon Becker, CJW Outreach Program Director for the CJW Outreach Programming by phone at 884.0887 or by email at email@example.com.
We encourage all
Jewish Women in the
Join Us at the 2nd Annual Forum
Charleston area, affiliated and unaffiliated, to be a part of this Special Day. It is through events like
this that we celebrate our shared experiences as Jewish women and broaden our unity as a community.
The conference was well organized, beautifully presented and marvelously executed. - Ellen Elmaleh
Sunday, August 28, 2011
10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Charleston Marriott on Lockwood 170 Lockwood Blvd., Charleston, SC Continental Breakfast and Lunch • Workshops Exhibitors • Networking • Entertainment
Sharon Becker, Co-Chair • 884.0887 • firstname.lastname@example.org Jamee Schlesinger, Co-Chair • 766.4936 • email@example.com Carol Berlin, Special Events • 568.4450 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Federation Around the World The Charleston Jewish Federation expresses our deepest sympathy for those affected by the natural disaster in Japan and the Pacific, for the Fogel family in Israel, and for the victims of the recent bombing in Jerusalem, and we encourage those who are so moved to send targeted donations through the Charleston Jewish Federation’s Annual Campaign to support responses to the crises.
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You can target your gift to The Japan, Hawaii and the Pacific Relief Fund or The Fund for Victims of Terror to help alleviate some of the suffering from these recent, terrible events. To Give Your Gift:
To give your gift, call 571.6565 or visit our website, www.jewishcharleston.org.
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There are still PJ LIbrary subscriptions available in Charleston. Sign your child up at pjlibrary.org
Welcome to our Jewish community, Itai! Shalom, Itai! “Shalom Baby,” an outreach program of the Charleston Jewish Federation, warmly welcomes new babies and reaches out to parents in the Charleston Jewish Community. Each new baby is greeted with a visit by CJF Staff and a gift, a custom-made tzedakah box from “HelloEverywear!”, a custom-design, made-to-order T-shirt and gift company run by a Jewish mother right here in Charleston. Itai Chapman loved his gift from the CJF!
Do you have a new addition to the family? We'd love to visit and provide a gift! Contact Sarah Swingle, CJF Program Director, at 571.6565 x 304 to let us know about your special new family member!
PJ Library participant Molly Jackson loves her PJ book! “I am beyond thrilled to share how the PJ Library has enhanced not only our child Molly’s life, but ours as well. My husband Ryan converted to Judaism before we got married and seeing how engaged he is while reading our daughter a PJ Library book is something I cannot describe in words. Every book that arrives at our home is one that brings us closer together. Each book that we receive, we cherish and all the lessons we learn from reading them are ones that continue to make us grateful and hopeful for our future. With another child on the way, we are thrilled to pass on our PJ Library and continue our journey together. Thank you for giving us this gift. We will forever be appreciative.” Ashley Jackson, Mom of Molly
Special thanks to our local funders who are making this possible: Ettaleah & Nicky Bluestein Linda & David Cohen Quyen & Adam Feller Marilyn Hoffman Janice & Ellis Kahn
Elaine & Barry Krell Nancy & Bernard Mendelson Neda & Alan Nussbaum Sandra & Howard Peskin Jean & Herb Rosner
Pictured: Molly Jackson is a big fan of The PJ Library
Gina & Sammy Shapiro In Memory of: Freddie & Milton Kronsberg Judy & Melvin (OBM) Solomon Sunny & Samuel Steinberg
Elaine & Stuart Tessler Laurie Waters The Zucker Family Foundation Anonymous
CONTACT SARAH SWINGLE, 571.6565 X 304 FOR MORE INFORMATION.
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The Shalom Baby program is funded by a generous grant of the Zucker Family Foundation.
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JEWISH ENDOWMENT FUND
Death Taxes Get Reprieve
Young Adult Division
George Stevens, President/CEO
Coastal Community Foundation
With ever y Learn More: adjustment to If you are interested the tax system in learning how there are always you can create an questions about Endowment Fund how it will affect to ensure Jewish life charitable giving. continues in perpeIn December, the tuity, please contact: tax laws got a little more lenient and Spencer Lynch unexpectedly generous in the area of firstname.lastname@example.org gift taxes. For the next two years $5 843-324-8007 million a person is exempt from the gift tax. That means that a couple can give assets worth up to $10 million tax-free to children, nieces and nephews, or any individual, during this year and next, when the law is in place. So, does that mean we can expect less money going to charity in the next two years? One of the great things about our country is taxes. Yes, you read that right, taxes. It is a tradition that we complain about our tax system. Parents complain and pass those complaints on to their children…along with the child’s sizable inheritance. It is also a tradition that we pay our taxes, unlike other countries (most notably in the news recently; Greece). Compliance with the tax laws is remarkably high in our country. So if all of your neighbors are doing it, what is so great about taxes? Our tax system is set up to penalize the rich. Yes, you read that right, penalize. (I know I am not winning any friends here, but I am hoping that you will come around by the end.) The tax system was designed to make it more difficult for a plutocracy to develop. In the early 1900’s Congress passed laws that shake loose the wealth that accumulates in families by being passed down generation to generation. In America, we expect the next generation to work for their money. We like wealth creation but we don’t think anyone, even a kid in a wealthy family, should be given a free ride. One of the tools to shake loose wealth from families is the idea of taxing gifts. We are not talking about the little gifts that we exchange as housewarming gifts, or those wrapped with a bow at holiday time, rather we are talking about big gifts…million dollar gifts. So the “can do” spirit of America, the “pulling yourself up by your bootstraps” ethic, is written into our tax laws. I like that about our tax system. It encourages us all to work for a living. We can argue about the tax rate, but in concept I like that our tax laws have captured something about ourselves that makes us proud…our willingness to work for a living, to make something of ourselves. So what is likely to be the outcome of the change in tax laws and the exemption of up to $10 million dollars from each family from taxes? Some are suggesting that for the next two years we are going to see lots of kids getting major increases in their allowances. I do not think so. Parents know that you can spoil a kid by giving them too much. One said to me “I do not want to deprive my son of the thrill of making money. I want him to be poor, at least for a while.” I like that about us. So if you would like to give some of your accumulated wealth to your kids, now is the time. If you would rather spare the child and give instead to Jewish causes, or any causes for that matter, please contact Judi Corsaro at 843-571-6565 x 313 or email@example.com or Spencer Lynch at firstname.lastname@example.org or 843-324-8807 to learn more details about charitable giving through the Jewish Endowment Fund.
YAD’s Purim Pub Palooza on March 19, 2011 was a costume party on the move! YADniks met at Mad River Bar & Grill to start the night off with festive partying and hamantaschen, then took to the streets in their various costumes, visiting one bar after another for exclusive drink specials and Purim revelry. Many curious onlookers were treated to a condensed version of the Purim story by YADdies eager to share the fun. Check out some of the disguises worn by Purim-ready YADdies! Top (L-R): A hula girl, birthday cake, patriotic princess and Paul Bunyan all enjoy Purim Pub Palooza! At Right (L-R): Veronica Grant as Pig Latin, Mimi Lewis as a gypsy and Sarah Swingle as a thank you letter to Queen Esther from the Jews, hang out at bar #3 on the Pub Palooza circuit. Interested? For more information on YAD, visit www.charlestonyad.org.
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Jewish Social Services
Being the caregiver of a loved one can be a joy and a challenge. Join us as we host a series of seminars on several topics.
Grief can be hard to go through alone. That’s why we’re here to help.
Ongoing Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm Days: 1st Wednesday of the Month Location: Charleston JCC 1645 Wallenberg Blvd., Charleston, SC, 29407 Facilitators: Traci Cappaert, LMSW, or Kristen McColough, LISW, of Lutheran Hospice.
TOGETHER, WE CAN HELP EACH OTHER. 4/13, 5/11, 6/15 Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm Days: Wednesdays Location: Charleston JCC
• Tips for daily living & useful gizmos and gadgets
1645 Wallenberg Blvd.,
• Self-care & avoiding burnout
• Creating moments of joy
Kristen McColough, LISW, of
Charleston, SC, 29407 Traci Cappaert, LMSW, or Lutheran Hospice.
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CO Jewish Endowment Fund Legacy Honor Roll We give special thanks to the leadership and thoughtful planning the following persons have initiated. Each has made special provisions to ensure continued funding for the future of our Jewish community. • Anonymous • Dr. Edmund and Marilyn Barron • Haskell and Barbara Ellison • Janice and Ellis Kahn • Mr. and Mrs. Hugo M. Spitz • Mr. Stanley B. Farbstein • Scott and Lara LeRoy • Sharon and Eddie Toporek • Mrs. Alwyn Berlin • Dr. and Mrs. William H. Golod • Spencer and Elisabeth Lynch • Mrs. Sharon Toporek • Mrs. Linda G. Cohen • Sam and Regina (OBM) Geene • Mr. Edwin Pearlstine • Jerry (OBM) and Anita Zucker • David L. and Linda Cohen • Alvin J. Hammer • Ms. Lillie L. Rubenstein
Men’s Division $25,000-$99,999 Eli H. Hyman $18,000-$24,999 Anonymous (1) $10,000-$17,999 Jeffrey Buncher Sam Shapiro $5,000-$9,999 Charles H. Banov Danny Berlinsky David M. Ellison Richard Friedman Norman Nirenblatt Herbert E. Rosner Stuart Tessler $2,500-$4,999 Manuel Cohen Harold Fox Carl H. Jacobson Howard V. Peskin Henry W. Rittenberg Mitchell L. Sherman Samuel Steinberg Alan D. Toporek C. Leonard Zucker
$1,000-$2,499 Stephen W. Bielsky Benjamin H. Chase Haskell Ellison Joseph Engel Lowell Epstein Paul M. Feldman Mitchell R. Fischbein Neil Fisher Raphael Haller Marshall Kalinsky Maurice Krawcheck A. Lawrence Lemel Theodore Levin Morey Lipton Marshall V. Miller Allan Mysel Charles Rittenberg Peter A. Rosenthal Norton M. Seltzer Bernard Steinberg Haskell Toporek $500-$999 Anonymous (5) Mark Antman Ted Corsaro Herbert Engel Gerald A. Feinberg P. Maurice Fox Martin A. Gold
Jason Goldberg Kenneth Goodman Colby H. Grossman David C. Kalik Stanley Kaplan Newton Klements Jordan Lash Sean I. Lynch Spencer J. Lynch Seth Manaker Burnet Mendelsohn Robert B. Miller Harry R. Needle Robert New Wilfred D. Novit William Olasov Michael Prystowsky Michael Spandorfer Marty Yonas $100-$499 Mark Adelson Moshe Arfa Jerry I. Baker Seymour Baron Roger Bender Melvyn Berlinsky Jeffrey Berry Michael S. Berry Wayne Braverman Craig Browdy
Pete Brown Jeffrey W. Buncher, Jr. Kenneth Chavin Alan F. Coleman Fred R. Feldman Dennis J. Fisher Benjamin Glass Herbert S. Goldberg Alan Goldkin Mel Goldstein David F. Grossman Les Herman Warren Hyman David Jaffee Thomas T. Johnston Sewell Kahn Charles Karesh Stuart J. Kestenbaum Andrew Kraft Barry Lash Ira K. Lash Arnold Levin Sam Liberman Meyer Lipman Carl Masonberg David Mendelsohn Ivan N. Nossokoff Bernard J. Novit Adam Rosenbaum Adam Rosner Phil Saul
Andrew B. Slotin Philip H. Slotin Paul Sykes Leon Wolper Paul A. Wurtzel Loren R. Ziff $1-$99 Murad Abed Jordan Adelson Samuel H. Baker Jamie Ball Kregg Brandenburg Barry Breibart Tim Carle Andrew Cohen Cary Fechter Gerald Fechter Paul C. Feldman Irving Fisher Thomas Heyward Marvin Katzen Seth Kupferman Harold Lenoff Lawrence M. Libater Arthur Liberman Gerald Meyerson Edward Silverberg Hanes Swingle Neil Weintrob
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Charleston Jewish Federation 2011 Annual Campaign Contributions
Raised as of March 31, 2011: $591,017
Womenâ€™s Division Prime Ministerâ€™s Council Black Diamond Lion of Judah
$100,000+ Anita G. Zucker
Emerald Lion of Judah
$25,000-$9,999 Ann Therese S. Hyman Ruby Lion of Judah
$10,000-$17,999 Elizabeth Buncher Marilyn Hoffman Judith M. Solomon Lion of Judah
$5,000-$9,999 Anonymous (1) Susan Addlestone Berlijn Nancy L. Banov Jackie S. Berlinsky Ruth F. Berlinsky Linda Cohen Lisa Cohen Judi Corsaro Tiffany J. Dye Debbie Fisher Amy Foster Ruth Goldberg Ellen Hoffman Masha Kalinsky Halle Lipov Sandra Lipton Liz Lynch Suzanne G. Lynch Diana Manaker Susan Pearlstine Jean S. Rosner Jamee Schlesinger Roxann Spandorfer Sunny Steinberg Susie Steinberg Catherine Stuhr Toporek Phyllis K. Tanenbaum Elaine Tessler Sharon Toporek Pomegranate
$2,500-$4,999 Shera Lee E. Berlin Debra S. Engel Mickey Sonenshine Barbara L. Zucker $1,000-$2,499 Anonymous Ettaleah Bluestein Sandra Brett Marilyn Brilliant Barbara Ellison Julie L. Ellison Barbara Epstein Sally Fischbein Irene Garfinkel Judy Grossman Charlot M. Karesh Rose Levin Carol A. Mysel Evelyn Needle Neda C. Nussbaum Karen Pinosky Sara Rittenberg
Sheran Rittenberg Patricia Rones-Sykes Mindelle K. Seltzer Freida L. Sokol Robin Solomon Marcia Spar Dale Toporek Ellen L. Yampolsky $500-$999 Anonymous (5) Elizabeth Baker Eileen Chepenik Dutch (Dorothy) Cohen Carolyn Draisin Marilyn Feldman Renee Frisch Harriet Goldberg Pam Kaplan Barbara Landsman-Jacobson Jeanne Lieberman Rachel Lipton Judy C. Lutz Nancy N. Mendelson Sonia Rothschild Carol Seltzer Ellen S. Steinberg Judy Volkman Ronneca Watkins $100-$499 Anonymous (7) Katherine Abrams Carole Addlestone Ruth Addlestone Lori Adelman Michele Adelson Stephanie M. Alexander Shari Allen Madge Altman Janna K. Baker Stacey Bauknight Michelle K. Bayme Margaret Bender Tassie Bielsky Laurie Bixler Traci E. Black Marcy Bolster Sarah Book Elaine O. Brabham Sara B. Breibart Tsivia Browdy Frances Chase Leah F. Chase Brenda Chepenik Phyllis Cohen Rosemary (Binky) R. Cohen Sandra Conradi Amy M. Davis Heather R. Dawson Patricia Ellison Evelyn Engel Debby Feldman Shirley Feldman Toby Felton Lorraine Finkelstein Audrey Fleishman Ruth Freedenberg Marsha Freudenberg Ibis Glass Jess Glasser Lori Gleaton
Missy Gold Amy Goldkin Sylvia Greene Marylyn Haspel Flo Herman Lenor Ruthe Himmelstein Mordenai R. Hirsch Toby Hirsch Elisheva N. Holub Judy Holz Renee Kahn Sandra Katz Phyllis G. Katzen Ellen Kay Harriet Keith Nanci Kestenbaum Dorothy Kipnis Janet B. Kolender Katherine Kraft Linda Krawcheck Peggy Krawcheck Amy Kronsberg Rita B. Kurtz Dorothy H. Lancer Debbie Lash Teri B. Lash Brenda Y. Lederman Jill S. Levy Jeanne Lichtman Terry Linker Evelene Livingston Ruthie Major Judy G. Markowitz Sharon Martin Janet F. Masonberg Jane Mendelsohn Rhetta Mendelsohn Doris F. Meyers Teri New Fay Novit Grabin Claire K. Nussbaum Christine L. Olasov Ruth Oser Betty Pearlman Janet E. Pearlman Sonja K. Pearlman Lynn Reichlyn Yvonne Rephan Hilary Rieck Susan N. Rieder Brenda M. Rosen Marcelle S. Rosenberg Debbie Rothschild Arlene Rovick Dora Rovick Edie Rubin Lynn Rundbaken Rochelle Rutledge Terry Schuyler Barbara Schwartz Sandra K. Schwartz Carla Seitz Marcia Shealey Susie Sheftel Joann Sherman Phyllis Shorago Dunlap Silver Gail Silverman Ruth B. Silverman Carole Slotchiver Mary Anne Snyder Eve Sokol Appel
Rita N. Solomon Heather Speizman Jane Steele Ann Stein Muriel Stillman P.Z. Streit Sarah Swingle Lila Trussler Janice K. Turner Karen Ullian Susan Warshaw-Garfinkle Laurie Waters Tammy Weintraub Paige Williams Ruth K. Wurtzel Mindelle Ziff $1-$99 Anonymous (4) Leah Abramson Caitlin Adelson Sofia Agrest Jennet Alterman Susan Altman Helen Antman Sharon Applebaum Sandra Archambault Rosalie Arnoff Barbara S. Baker Debra P. Baker Irene Baker Pearl C. Baker Rhoda Baker Delphine Barnett Sharon Becker Muriel Bellow Carrie Ben-Yisrael Zhenya Berenboim Charlye E. Berlin Joan Berlinsky Frieda G. Bernstein MaryDeann Bernstein Faye Bernstein Schupbach Denise L. Berry Sharon Binder Helen C. Brandenberg H. Sandra Bregman Flo Breibart Ronna Bridges Penny Bronshtein Harriett Brown Heidi Brown Judy Carle Donna Cash Laura Chandler Diane Chard Caroline Cohen Julie E. Cohen Shira Cohen Tamara Conner Susan Coomer Maria Cordrey Pam Coyle Sandy De Antonio Sarah Deitsch Phyllis Doobrow Michelle Duenas Sheila Edelson Beth Elmaleh-Stapleton Bari Engel Ann Epstein Susan Epstein
Beth Epstein-Matenaer Sarah Evans Karen Fedder Joan Feldman Beverly Finkel Linda Finkelstein Susan Firetag Becky Fisher Rochelle Fisher Missee Fox Marcelle Furchgott Myra Gabel Jennie Garfinkel Louise Gartenberg Roberta Gifford Irene Gilbert Sherry Gilston Bryson Samantha Goldberg Judith L. Goldsmith Lynn Gorod Sandra Grauer Patricia Greenberg Adina Gross Lisa Grossman Mari Guarneri Arlene Harris Mary Ann Heath Susan Heidenberg Madeline Hershenson Deborah Hirshhorn Daphne Hubara Lynn S. Hunsinger Pearl Hyman Marty L. Jackson Jan G. Jacobson Sondra Jaffe Dolly Jaffee Teri S. Kahn Judy Kaiser Amanda Kalinsky Jennifer Kalinsky Phillis Kalisky-Mair Ruth Kaplan Diane Katz Amy Kirshtein Sonya Knee Maria Kogan Judy Kramer Lora Kratzok Townie Krawcheck Marsha Y. Kronick Cindy Kupferman Marilyn Laken Barbara Langston Esther Lapin Adel Lazarus Aasta Lefcourt Heather Leiterman Evie Lenoff Nancy Lerner Abigail M. LeRoy Charlotte Levine Jane Levis Alice Levkoff Mary P. Littman Linda S. Lombard Gabrielle Lynch Millie Maier Dianne Mandel Lydia Mandel Victoria Manigault Elizabeth Meyers
Jane Meyerson Ganna Mikulinskiy Marcia Miller Julie Moody Beth Neboschick Julie Niess Jane Norris Eve Olasov Donna Orner Eva Oxler Sheryl Parkman Avery R. Perlitz Sandra P. Perlitz Blyma Pilat Allison Pinosky Claudia Pollack Mindy Popowski Ruth Posner Jacki M. Powell Janet Price Betty A. Quiat Julia Rabhan Barbara Radinsky Ruth Redick Carol Rice Rhonda Richards Natalie Riley Judy Rivkind Sara Beth Rosen Marcia Rosenberg Dale Rosengarten Lu Ann Rosenzweig Gail Rubinstein Jean Rudich Kristi M. Ryba Marilyn Sagel Joanne Schwartz Lynda Schwartz Blanche C. Seifstein Faye Seigel Margaret Seres Louise Sexton Marlene Shulman Mira Shulmanovitch Bonnie Silverberg Mildred G. Silverman Galina Smolkin Libby Soffar Harriet Stein Muriel Stern Lois Sugarman Chana Sytner Jac Tepper Bootsie Terry Christine Toporek Courtney Toporek Deborah P. Toporek Celia Toubiana Inessa Tsveer Lyudmila Tsveer Ruth G. Watkins Sally Weil Dorothy M. Weiner Trudi Weiner Olga Weinstein Sara Weinstein Susan Weintrob Beth Welling Miriam Wilchanovsky Sidni Yelman
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[ letters from our jcc program directors ] Ronneca Watkins JCC Assistant Executive Director
Shalom Yall! First, I want to say a HUGE thank you to Judi Corsaro, the JCA Board of Directors, our JCC Members, the JCC/CJF staff, and our wonderful community for all of your support over the past 15 months. I’m extremely honored to represent the JCC as the Assistant Executive Director. Thanks to everyone listed above, our JCC campus and programming have been revitalized during those months, and we are thrilled to have welcomed many new members and program participants. The gym is in use nearly every night, and many of our Jewish organizations have chosen to hold their programs right here at the “J”! We appreciate your hosting your programs here and I’d like to encourage other Jewish organizations to consider having your next event here. It would be our pleasure and that’s part of why the JCC is here! I am thrilled that Tamar Sternfeld has come on board as Youth, Family & Camp Director. She will have B. Jay Novit and Makala Boczkowski at her side as Camp Co-Directors. They will be making your children’s dreams come true the same way Camp Baker did for you when you were children! Tamar’s experience and proven track record, most recently from the Akron, Ohio JCC, is extensive and I welcome her with open arms as I know she has lots to bring to the table. Thanks to Lauren Dumas, who did a fantastic job of helping rebuild and revitalize children’s programming. Lauren’s talents have really continued to shine recently as she has turned the William Ackerman Gymnasium into a revenue generator. Lauren will continue to oversee sports and in her new role as Sports, Wellness, and Aquatics Director. I know she will make the Pearlstine Pool and the Fitness Center THE places to be for summer fun and healthy workouts. Last but not least, Louise Petkov, our amazing Senior Director, and Josephine Green, Senior Transportation, are working together as a team to truly offer our seniors wonderful programs and events to enjoy and stimulate them. I truly have an amazing team. They are all “in it to win it” and each has a passion and determination to ensure the JCC’s growth. As always, my door is open!
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Lauren Dumas JCC Sports, Wellness & Aquatics Director
B. Jay JCC Membership Director
Tamar JCC Youth, Family & Camp Director
April sure is a busy month for us here at the JCC! We are getting the pool ready for the JCC Starfish swim team to begin practices on May 2nd, we are starting up our baseball games with our 9-10 JCC baseball team, our soccer clinic is in full swing and Prisca’s Zumba class is rocking it out on Wednesday nights! The gym is full almost every night of the week with some kind of practice, game or class going on! It is so nice to see the ‘J’ so lively again! I am very excited to be taking on the new role of Sports, Wellness and Aquatics Director. This summer is going to be so amazing out at the Pearlstine pool for camp, family nights and especially for instructional swim during Camp Baker. Also, swim team registrations are going on NOW! Please sign your child(ren) up for a wonderful swim season with Coach Brittany and Assistant Coach Moshe! I can’t wait for summer!
Wow! Spring is here and summer is right around the corner. We are gearing up for another exciting year at Camp Baker. Founded in 1947, Camp Baker serves children 18 months through early teens. We have incredible camps this summer including cheerleading camp and horseback riding camp. Check out our website, charlestonjcc.org, to find out more about Camp Baker.
We are still looking for donations and sponsorships for Team Charleston going to the 2011 Israel Maccabi Games. We are raffling off a NEW iPad 2 to help us raise money for our trip. Tickets are only $10, so please support Team Charleston buy a few! We only have two more months to raise money, so time is coming to an end to help get us to Israel!
Don’t forget to get your membership discount when signing up your children for our Starfish swim team. And just like Camp Baker, members receive sibling discounts when signing up multiple children.
The summer is great time to truly get the greatest value from your JCC membership. Our members have full access to our pool through out the whole summer. Come swim laps for a great workout or bring the kids to splash around in the afternoons. Also, your membership can save you a lot of money when registering for Camp Baker. Not only do our members qualify for the special membership only pricing, but you also receive sibling discounts.
Please take the time to stop by the ‘J’ and see all of the great activities we have. I’m looking forward to seeing you around the building. Remember, we have something for everyone.
I am so excited to be returning to Camp Baker for another great summer! Although it has been a long time since I was a part of Camp Baker, I still have some very fond memories of my time spent in Charleston. My love of Judaism and Jewish culture, as well as passion for working within the community led me to pursue a career in Jewish Communal Service. My Jewish Journey was inspired, in part, by my time at JCC Camps. I am very excited to share this love of JCC Camping with my own children, Hadassah, David, and Noam, and I am very eager for the opportunity to share it with yours as well. I have been lucky enough to be a part of six different JCC Camps, both day and residential, in a variety of roles. Over the years, I have grown to love and appreciate JCC Camping and the impact that it can have on a child. I can’t wait to get to know all of you throughout the summer. Please know that my door is always open and if you should ever need anything, I am here to listen and happy to help! Thank you for allowing me and the Camp Baker team the opportunity to inspire your child the way that I was inspired by JCC Camping.
Welcome Tamar! We’re so excited to have you at the ‘J’ JCC Contributions Honor Of: Neil Draisin, Mazel Tov for being recently elected as President of the Southeastern Congress of Optometry: Judi & Ted Corsaro David Ellison, Mazel Tov on receiving the Physician Champion award from Roper St. Francis Foundation at their recent annual gala: Judi & Ted Corsaro Ellen Steinberg, Mazel Tov on your recent election as President of Synagogue Emanu-El: Judi & Ted Corsaro In Memory Of: Morris Feinberg, beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather of Leah Chase & family: Sally & Alan Davis
JCC BUILDING FUND
In Memory Of: Hershel Leibowitz, beloved father of Michael Leibowitz: Carolyn & Neil Draisin
JCC CAMP BAKER
In Memory Of: Sharon D. Walsh, beloved wife & mother of Michael & Ben Walsh: Linda & David Cohen
Sharon D. Walsh, beloved wife & mother of Michael & Ben Walsh: The JCC
JCC Employee Spotlight Lauren Dumas JCC Sports, Wellness, &
Lauren Dumas, JCC Sports, Wellness and Aquatics Director, started work at the JCC last June, but on Lauren’s first day, the JCC was more familiar to her than for most people. As a native Charlestonian, Addlestone alum and past Camp Baker Camper the JCC is more of a home to Lauren than a workplace. Now planning JCC events instead of going to them, Lauren enjoys seeing the children playing and having fun at
For more information on JCC Sports, Wellness & Aquatics Programs, please contact Lauren at 843.571.6565 x 330 or email@example.com. Visit us online at charlestonjcc.org.
the JCC just as she did as a child. Lauren, now All grown up, recently bought a house in Rice Hollow, a neighborhood right down the street from the ‘J.’ In her spare time, Lauren enjoys fishing and playing volleyball. You might just catch Lauren, in the JCC fields, playing a game of fetch with her two Labs, Marlin and Capers. Lauren’s active lifestyle gives
her an advantage in her new role as JCC Sports, Wellness and Aquatics Director. As Sports Director you’ll see Lauren cheering on the sidelines of the adult and youth sports leagues games. During the coming summer months, Lauren will take her place by the pool, as the Aquatics Director, where she hopes to see you on the Starfish swim team, taking swim lessons or just playing in the Pool!
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WANTED Alive VERY Alive
Fitness Programming Senior Programming ARF
ARF (Aerobic Resistance Flex) is a Tri-Part Fitness class that utilizes the 3 areas of Fitness: Aerobic, Resistance, and Flexibility. For a balanced workout program, each class will have components of all three areas Ongoing Days: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays Time: 8:00am Member Fee: FREE Community Fee: $5/class
Non participation in JCC Active Adult Programs The Beautiful people - Males and Females, 50+, active, vital, youthful, adventurous, curious, progressive and creative thinkers who want to be enlivened and challenged. Especially those who have forgotten how to play. YEARS AGO having fun, playing tennis, swimming, shooting hoops, running laps, playing ping pong, debating, having enlivening conversations, playing cards, bowling, creating works of art.
These non participators are ENCOURAGED to turn themselves in voluntarily. Better health, more fun, feeling more youthful, having more flexibility, less pain, feeling stronger, more confident, being mentally stimulated and challenged. Getting the creative juices flowing
Louise Petkov, Active Adult & Senior Director, 843.571.6565 x 325 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
ELMS DIGESTIVE DISEASE SPECIALISTS & ELMS ENDOSCOPY CENTER Judd B. Adelman, MD David A. Florez, MD Gregory C. Goodear, MD
Salvatore A. Moscatello, DO Marc D. New, MD Todd L. Snyder, MD
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Sports Programming 2011 Starfish Swim Team
Pratice Begins 5/2; See schedule below The Charleston JCC is accepting registrations for the 2011 JCC Starfish Swim Team. Swimmers age 5-18 are welcome to be members of the team. The JCC Starfish Swim Team is one of 23 teams that compete each summer in the Coastal Carolina Aquatic Association Swim League. No prior swim team experience is necessary. Member Fee: $80/child; $125/2 children; $150/3 children; Community Fee: $125/child
Teach Your Talents
If you would be willing to teach a class in beading, painting, or crafts please call Louise. We are trying to do as many classes in house as possible and would love for some of our talented members to share their skills with our 50+ members. This can be a one time class or a series of classes, whatever fits into your schedule. Louise Petkov, Senior Director, 843.571.6565 x 325 - Iâ€™d love to hear from you!
Special Events Programming Mindful Manners
A well-mannered dog is a pleasure to be around and is welcome in many places and circumstances. Learn how to communicate clearly and concisely with your dog. This class will teach basic obedience skills needed for a well-mannered dog including: touch, sit, down, stay, leave it, wait, watch, walk politely on a leash and come when called. It is appropriate for dogs, 6 months and older with no training or just needing a refresher course.
Starts April 3 Day: Sundays Time:11:00am Member Fee: $80/dog for a 6 week course Community Fee: $100/dog for a 6 week course Pre-registration is required as space is limited.
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Friday, April 1 Adar II 26 KKBE Congregational Dinner 5:45pm Candlelighting 7:22pm Saturday, April 2 Adar II 27 E-E Men’s Club Shabbat 9:00am Shabbat Ends 8:25pm Sunday, April 3 Adar II 28 JCC Cultural Arts Brunch: Rabbi Marvin Tokayer 10:00am BSBI Dedication of Holocaust Torah 1:00pm NCJW Tea & Election of Officers 2:00pm Monday, April 4 Adar II 29 JSP Intermediate Reading Hebrew 5:25pm JSP Class w/Rabbi Krohn: Intro to Talmud: Bava Metzia 5:30pm Jewish Choral Society 7:00pm BSBI Class w/Rabbi Sytner: Preparing for Pesach 7:45pm Tuesday, April 5 Nisan 1 AHA Performance of Schoolhouse Rock 12:00pm BSBI Sisterhood Nominations/ Election Mtg. 7:00pm Wednesday, April 6 Nisan 2 CJF Grief Counseling 6:00pm E-E Sisterhood Elections 6:30pm AHA Performance of Schoolhouse Rock 7:00pm Thursday, April 7 Nisan 3 REMEMBER Program Arts & Literature Contest Awards 6:30pm AHA Performance of Schoolhouse Rock 7:00pm Friday, April 8 Nisan 4 E-E Shabbat Dinner 7:00pm Candlelighting 7:26pm Saturday, April 9 Nisan 5 E-E Confirmation 9:00am Shabbat Ends 8:30pm Sunday, April 10 Nisan 6 JSP Sunday Morning Brunch w/ Kenneth Jacobson 9:00am Hadassah Donor Program 11:00am E-E Congregational Mtg. 1:00pm Cohen Dessert Reception for ADL Speaker Ken Jacobson 7:00pm Monday, April 11 Nisan 7 JSP Intermediate Reading Hebrew 5:25pm JCA Exec. Cmte. Mtg. 5:30pm JSP Class w/Rabbi Krohn: Intro
to Talmud: Bava Metzia 5:30pm JSP Speaker: Lenny Rogoff 6:30pm JCA Board Mtg. 7:00pm Jewish Choral Society 7:00pm Tuesday, April 12 Nisan 8 REMEMBER Lecturer: Eli Rosenbaum, The Nazi Hunter 7:00pm Wednesday, April 13 Nisan 9 AHA Coffee Talk w/Susan Weintrob 8:30am BSBI Board Mtg. 5:30pm CJF Social Services Caregiver Seminar 6:00pm KKBE Women’s Seder 6:00pm E-E Sisterhood Book Club 7:30pm Thursday, April 14 Nisan 10 Friday, April 15 Nisan 11 Candlelighting 7:31pm Saturday, April 16 Nisan 12 Alex Millman Bar Mitzvah Shabbat Ends 8:37pm Sunday, April 17 Nisan 13 JSP Sunday Morning Brunch w/Rabbis Alexander & Schindler 9:00am AHA Chometz Dinner Monday, April 18 Nisan 14 Jason Goldberg Bar Mitzvah 1st Seder Erev Pesach Candlelighting 7:34pm Tuesday, April 19 Nisan 15 Pesach I E-E 2nd Night Seder 6:00pm KKBE Board Mtg. 7:00pm Candlelighting after 8:37pm Wednesday, April 20 Nisan 16 Pesach II Summerville/N. Area Chavurah Seder 6:00pm Omer I 8:38pm Thursday, April 21 Nisan 17 Pesach III Omer 2 E-E Board Mtg. 7:30pm Friday, April 22 Nisan 18 Pesach IV Omer 3 Candlelighting 7:37pm Saturday, April 23 Nisan 19
Pesach V Omer 4 Shabbat Ends 8:40pm Sunday, April 24 Nisan 20 Pesach VI Omer 5 E-E Sisterhood Education Day Event 9:30am Candlelighting 7:38pm Monday, April 25 Nisan 21 Pesach VII Omer 6 JSP Intermediate Reading Hebrew 5:25 JSP Class w/Rabbi Krohn: Intro to Talmud: Bava Metzia 5:30pm Jewish Choral Society 7:00pm Candlelighting after 8:40pm Tuesday, April 26 Nisan 22 Pesach VIII Omer 7 JCRC Mtg. 7:00pm Candlelighting 8:42pm Wednesday, April 27 Nisan 23 Omer 8 REMEMBER Prgm. REMEMBER the Children 4:00pm YAD/Birthright NEXT Presentation 7:00pm
JSP Class w/Rabbi Krohn: Intro to Talmud: Bava Metzia 5:30pm Jewish Choral Society 7:00pm Tuesday, May 3 Nisan 29 BSBI Sisterhood Installation Mtg. 10:00am REMEMBER Cmte. Mtg. 7:00pm Dora Love, Holocaust Survivor 7:00pm Wednesday, May 4 Nisan 30 CJF Grief Counseling 6:00pm Kehila Café 7:00pm Thursday, May 5 Iyar 1 Israel Bonds Annual Charleston Event 7:30pm Friday, May 6 Iyar 2 KKBE Congregational Dinner 5:45pm Candlelighting 7:47pm Saturday, May 7 Iyar 3 Jake Kalinsky Bar Mitzvah Shabbat Ends 8:51pm Sunday, May 8 Iyar 4 E-E Sisterhood Education Day 9:30am Trip to Israel Via AHA 3:30pm Monday, May 9 Iyar 5 JCA Exec. Mtg. 5:30pm AHA Judaics Fair 6:00pm JCA Board Mtg. 7:00pm
Thursday, April 28 Nisan 24 Omer 9 REMEMBER/AME Church Holocaust Ed. Program 6:00pm AHA Board Mtg. 7:00pm
Tuesday, May 10 Iyar 6 Yom HaZikaron Stand Up for Israel Community Yom HaAtzma’ut Celebration 5:00pm Hadassah Board Installation 7:00pm
Friday, April 29 Nisan 25 Omer 10 David Lynch Bar Mitzvah KKBE Brotherhood/Sisterhood Shabbat 8:00pm Candlelighting 7:41pm
Wednesday, May 11 Iyar 7 CJF Social Services Caregiver Seminar 6:00pm Kehila Café 7:00pm
Saturday, April 30 Nisan 26 Omer 11 Candlelighting 8:37pm
MAY Sunday, May 1 Nisan 27 Yom HaShoah KKBE Congregational Mtg. 11:00am Community-Wide Yom HaShoah Program 3:00pm David Lynch Bar Mitzvah Monday, May 2 Nisan 28 JCC Starfish First Swim Team Practice 3:30pm JSP Intermediate Reading Hebrew 5:25pm
Thursday, May 12 Iyar 8 Hebrew Benevolent Society Annual Dinner Mtg. 6:00pm Friday, May 13 Iyar 9 Candlelighting 7:52pm Saturday, May 14 Iyar 10 Margo Schwartz Bat Mitzvah Shabbat Ends 8:56pm Sunday, May 15 Iyar 11 KKBE Mitzvah Day 9:00am E-E Sisterhood Installation 10:00am AHA Spring Fest 10:00am
Monday, May 16 Iyar 12 BSBI Board Mtg. 5:30pm Tuesday, May 17 Iyar 13 AHA Coffee Talk w/Susan Weintrob 8:30am E-E Men’s Club Stag Dinner 6:00pm KKBE Board Mtg. 7:00pm Wednesday, May 18 Iyar 14 KKBE Sisterhood Luncheon & Installation of Officers 11:30am Kehila Café 7:00pm E-E Sisterhood Book Club 7:30pm Thursday, May 19 Iyar 15 AHA Board Mtg. 7:00pm E-E Board Mtg. 7:30pm Friday, May 20 Iyar 16 Candlelighting 7:57pm Saturday, May 21 Iyar 17 E-E L’Dor V’Dor Shabbat 9:00am Shabbat Ends 9:01pm Sunday, May 22 Iyar 18 Lag B’Omer E-E Last Day of Religious School 9:00am Chabad Lag Fest on the Harbor 1:00pm Monday, May 23 Iyar 19 CJF Faces of Aliyah 6:00pm Tuesday, May 24 Iyar 20 JCRC Mtg. 7:00pm Wednesday, May 25 Iyar 21 JSP Jews, Slavery & the Civil War Conference 8:00am JHSSC Program & Mtg. 9:00am KKBE Speaker Jonathan Sarna 6:30pm Thursday, May 26 Iyar 22 JSP Jews, Slavery & the Civil War Conference 8:00am JHSSC Program & Mtg 9:00am Friday, May 27 Iyar 23 Candlelighting 8:02pm Saturday, May 28 Iyar 24 Emma Mandel Bat Mitzvah Shabbat Ends 9:01pm Sunday, May 29 Iyar 25 PJ Library Pool Party 12:00pm Monday, May 30 Iyar 26 Memorial Day Tuesday, May 31 Iyar 27
Charleston Congregations: Reform - Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim
Rabbi Stephanie Alexander 90 Hasell Street, Charleston, SC 29401 p 843.723.1090 f 843.723.0537 • Friday Evening Services: 8:00 pm • Saturday Morning Services: 11:00 am
Conservative Synagogue Emanu-El
Rabbi Adam Rosenbaum 5 Windsor Drive, Charleston, SC 29407 p 843.571.3264 f 843.402.0844 email: email@example.com www.emanu-el.com • Erev Shabbat Services: 6:00 pm • Shabbat Morning Services: 9:00 am • Morning Minyan Services: 7:15 am (Monday - Friday); 9:00 am (Sunday) • Evening Minyan Services: 5:30 pm (Monday - Thursday)
Orthodox - Brith Sholom Beth Israel Congregation Rabbi Ari Sytner 182 Rutledge Avenue, Charleston, SC 29403 p 843.577.6599 f 843.577.6699 email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.bsbisynagogue.com • Morning Minyan Services: 7:00 am (Monday - Friday); 8:00 am (Sunday) • Evening Mincha/ Maariv Services: 7:00 pm (Sunday - Friday) • Shabbat Morning Services: 9:00 am • Shabbat Minchah Serves: Call BSBI office for times.
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Bring in your pets to be blessed by a Rabbi from 2-6pm Friday, April 15th or Episcopal Priest from 10am -5pm Saturday, April 16th. Offering Pet Valet - we’ll watch your pet while you go and shop!
Stingrays Game On March 27, 2011, YAD and the entire Jewish community joined together for an afternoon of fun at the last Stingrays home game of the year. Josh Pernick and Meyer Sytner enjoyed the game in their complementary Stingrays hats!
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serendipity Did you know that…? Aidan Berendt, Sydney Delson, Jonathan Gleaton, Maya Hyman, Brett Schlesinger, Reuven Sytner, and Max Weinstein had their artwork on display at the 2011 Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Marion Square on February 18-20? Aaron Levine and Chai and Jett Kirshtein made the All-Star Basketball Team? Dr. David M. Ellison received the 2010 Roper St. Francis Foundation’s Physician Champion Award? Ralph B. Piening, MD (Internal medicine) has joined Jeffrey W. Buncher, MD, President of the Jewish Community Alliance of Greater Charleston and CJF Annual Campaign Co-Chair, in practice? They are accepting new patients at Charleston Family Medicine and Pain Rehabilitation Center in West Ashley. At the 20th annual banquet of the Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy, the group honored many of its volunteer chaplains? Special recognition was given to Rabbi Tony Holz, who recently retired as Rabbi from KKBE as well as from the chaplaincy. Mazel Tov!
Did you happen to see…? The AHA Lions as the middle school’s basketball team? Team members included: Ari Levine, Judah Ellison, Berlin Strange, Aaron Kirshtein, Ben Berry, Zach Allen, Daniel Toubiana, Nate LeRoy, and Maxim Fisher. The AHA Lions competed against other independent schools’ middle school teams in the area. Richard Moryl, husband of Ellen Moryl, on his recent article in the Post & Courier? Brian Moses Hawkins and Jasper Wesley Hawkins’ performances in the recent Charleston Youth Company’s latest musical? Brian and Jasper are the sons of Mindy and Al Hawkins and grandsons of Betsy and Graham Hawkins and Sally and Mickey Fischbein. What a stellar performance by the whole company! Sharon Hox being featured in the Post & Courier? The Pearlstine family pictures in the Post & Courier? Sarah Swingle’s letter to the editor in the Post & Courier on March 3 about The PJ Library? Thanks for the wonderful plug for this most exciting project.
Please keep the information flowing to us at SerendipityCharleston@gmail.com. We'd love to know all of your simchas so we can share them with others. Send us your pictures of new babies, engagements and wedding announcements, and Bar/Bat Mitzvah announcements. We want to fill our pages with your simchas! Please send us your information with correct spelling, family ties, etc. You keep this column going and you deserve the bragging rights! SCISA South Carolina State Spelling Bee. Abby and another young speller went head to head for 61 rounds to determine the winner. Way to go, Abby! In the same Spelling Bee, Jacob Gleaton won 4th place for 5th grade, and Max Weinstein won 4th place for 3rd grade! How proud we are of all of them for a tremendous job well done!
anniversary in Dallas at the B’nai Mitzvah of their grandchildren Emily and Henry Goldberg, children of Nancy and Michael Goldberg. A double mazel tov to all!
Thank you to Rachel Fischbein Landis, Jed Elmaleh, Jonathan Zucker and Wade Manaker for judging the science fair! Winners were:
Special Birthdays: A very special mazel tov to Doris Meyers on the occasion of her 90th birthday. Kine horah!
AHA Science Fair Overall Winners:
1st Place (tie)--Zack Allen and Elayna Gleaton 2nd Place--Abby LeRoy
AHA Science Fair Winners for each category:
* Behavioral & Social Sciences 1st place--Elayna Gleaton 2nd place--Abby Turner 3rd place--Aaron Kirshtein * Biological Sciences 1st place--Abby LeRoy Honorable Mention--Miriam Kirshtein * Chemistry/Biochemistry 1st place--Jasmine Hubara * Engineering 1st place--William Weinstein * Geology & Environmental Sciences 1st place--Maxim Fisher * Math & Computer Science 1st place--Jaimee Leverett * Medicine & Health 1st place--Ari Levine * Physics 1st place--Zack Allen Mazel tov to all the winners! Mazel tov to the Kindergarten and 3rd grades for their wonderful performances before the Community Leaders Breakfast and to the Middle School Student Ambassadors for giving their guests such wonderful tours. Thanks to the participants and volunteers, Shari Allen, Sarah Book, Todd Schlesinger, Scott LeRoy, Jodie Ball, and Abby Levine who helped make the Race to Nowhere such a tremendous success.
Judy and Mark Green celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary. Congratulations!
Arthur Sarnoff celebrated his 80th birthday. Arthur is the husband of Joan Goldberg Sarnoff, and sometime resident of Sullivan’s Island. He is also the brother-in-law of Sandra and Dr. Morey Lipton. Ann Meddin Hellman has finally reached true senior citizen status according to the U.S. government. She is the wife of Max B. Hellman and mother of Brian and Scott Hellman, and grandmother of Mia Hellman. Better yet, she is the daughter of Doris Levkoff Meddin. Mazel tov to Jeri Perlmutter on her special birthday. Robert Goldstein has entered a new decade. Happy Birthday on your 70th!
B’Nai Mitzvah: Julia Cohen, daughter of Elizabeth and Andy Cohen, and granddaughter of Joan and Arthur Sarnoff became a bat mitzvah. Mazel tov to the entire family! The Bat Mitzvah was held in New York. Jaimee Leverett became a Bat Mitzvah. She is the daughter of Allyson Leverett and Tony Leverett. Anna Book celebrated her Bat Mitzvah at Synagogue Emanu-El. She is the daughter of Sarah and Michael Book and sister of George and Sam.
Awards: The following women were honored for “A Woman Who Makes a Difference” for their respective organizations. Hadassah: Evelyn Engel, presented by Debbie Engel
Education: Estee Perlmutter, daughter of Jeri and Marty Perlmutter, has graduated from the Vanderbilt Medical Center and has passed her boards to become a Nurse Practitioner.
KKBE: Nadine Chavin, presented by Naomi Gorstein
Mazel tov to Michele and Mark Adelson on the birth of their new granddaughter, Ella James Nares. The parents are Dana and Greg Nares and big sister is Cameron.
NCJW: Nancy Weiner, presented by Sarah Finkelstein
Becca Ellison, a senior at Porter Gaud, daughter of Julie and David Ellison, and Rebecca Rosen, a senior at Ashley Hall, daughter of Sara Beth and Sam Rosen, are among the 61 South Carolina high school seniors who have been identified as candidates for the 2011 U.S. Presidential Scholars program that honors young people for outstanding academic achievement, artistic excellence, leadership, citizenship and community service.
Mazel tov to Judy and Rabbi Tony Holz on the birth of twin grandsons to their daughter, Dara, and her husband, Ofir.
Emanuel: Barbara Backer, presented by Elisheva Holub
Molly Codner, daughter of Jane and Mark Codner, granddaughter of Marilyn and Howard (OBM) Hoffman, is spending the spring semester in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Molly is a junior at Indiana University in Bloomington. From the halls of Addlestone Hebrew Academy:
Mazel tov to Jasmine Hubara and William Weinstein on their acceptance into the American Hebrew Academy’s Honor Society! Jasmine is the daughter of Daphne Hubara and sister of Noa Leigh and Gilli Hubara. She is also the granddaughter of Rose and Ted Levin. William is the son of Sara and Mitch Weinstein. Abby Turner brought home first place for the 6th grade in the
To Christine and Eric Jablon, a hearty mazel tov on the birth of their son. Susan and Joseph Sacco of Queensberry, New York, announce the arrival of their twin daughters, Payton Elizabeth and Annie Rose. The proud grandparents are Slava and Joseph Tsveer. Payton and Annie are second generation Americans. They are the great grandchildren of Inessa and Peter (OBM) Tsveer and Genrikh and Ida Polyachenko. “Sam” and Jason Goldberg and big brother Harry welcomed Felix Reuben into their family. Mazel tov!
Anniversaries: Happy 50th to Marcia and Harvey Spar. Harriet and Charlie Goldberg celebrated their 50th wedding
BSBI: Marsha Kronick, presented by Sydney Richman CJF: Anita Zucker, presented by Susan Addlestone Berlijn and Masha Kalinsky Mazel tov to all these well-deserving women who add so much to our community. Dr. Neil Draisin, a behavioral optometrist, has been named President of the Southeastern Council of Optometry.
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Coming Up at Jewish Hadassah News Studies in April 2011 A Sesquicentennial Commemoration The United States is about to begin a five-year period of commemorating the causes, course and consequences of the Civil War. Charleston, a hub of the slave trade and the secession movement, and the very site where the conflict began, will take center stage in the Spring of 2011. At least 8,000 Jewish soldiers fought for the Union and Confederacy during the Civil War. A few served together in Jewish companies while most fought alongside Christian comrades. Yet even as they stood “shoulderto-shoulder” on the front lines and on the home front, Jews encountered unique challenges. Thanks to a generous grant to the Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program from the Legacy Heritage Jewish Studies Project, we have organized a range of public events designed to analyze the impact and legacy of the war on Jews and Jewish life in both North and South. Food for Thought Lecture Series continues…… Join us at 7:00pm on Monday evenings in Arnold Hall at the Jewish Studies Center for our new Food for Thought Lecture Series. We’ve invited a stellar lineup of leading speakers to reexamine the course and consequences of the conflict for Jews, and to discuss its impact on Jewish – African American relations after the war ended. All the talks will be preceded by desserts and coffee. April 4: Saskia Coenen Snyder (University of South Carolina), The Civil War and the Jews of Europe April 11: Leonard Rogoff (Jewish Heritage Foundation of North Carolina), Who is True Israel? Yankees, Confederates, Jews and African-Americans
Sunday Mornings: now in the Stern Center Ballroom Bagels, coffee, and orange juice will be served in Arnold Hall beginning at 9:00am. This semester the talks will be held in the Stern Center (on the corner of Glebe and George Streets) in the fourth floor ballroom. All talks begin at 10:15am. Events are free and open to the public. Immediately after the presentations, Sig Schildcrout will host an informal discussion with the speaker. Free parking is available for Sunday morning events (only) in the Wentworth Street Garage on the corner of Wentworth and St. Philip. Bring your parking ticket to the talk for validation. Thanks to Lora and David Kratzok, Jean and Zev Wolf, and Thelma Becker, our indefatigable volunteers, for their ongoing commitment, hard work, and good humor. Kenneth Jacobson Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 10:15am in the Stern Center Ballroom
Rabbis Stephanie Alexander and Judy Schindler Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 10:15am OPENING OUR TENTS The demographic of American Jewish life has resulted in increased efforts to connect the unaffiliated and the non-Jew to the Jewish world and its institutions. Those efforts have resulted in dramatic changes in the Jewish establishment and Jewish identity. Both Rabbi Alexander and Rabbi Schindler share a deep commitment to Jewish outreach and will discuss both the changes inclusivity requires and its intended result. A Class with Rabbi Epstein continues…
Medicine and Morals - a course on Practical Jewish Medical Ethics
Monday May 2, 2011 7:00 - 8:30pm Arnold Hall, Jewish Studies Center This course will introduce you to the traditional Jewish analysis of these issues in an environment that supports the rabbinic tradition of debate and discussion. This energetic and intellectually challenging course is sure to broaden your perspective and provide greater sophistication in analyzing and thinking about medical perplexities.
Israel At a Crossroads... again Israel is at a crossroads… again. There are two competing trends—one an existential threat to Israel, the other a more hopeful sign. The campaigns to delegitimize Israel have gained strength and traction in many parts of the world. But there have been practical changes in attitudes toward Israel that offer hope for ONE-ON-ONE progress toward CONSULTATIONS FREE peace. Kenneth Jacobson currently serves the AntiINVITATIONS ANNOUNCEMENTS Defamation League as its Deputy National Director, PARTY FAVORS AND ACCESSORIES responsible for overseeing and coordinating the formulation of of ADL’s 10% all policy proceeds go to the and its implementation.
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On March 8, 2011 the Jewish women of Charleston came together for the annual program “The Woman Who Makes a Difference” at the Charleston JCC. This celebration of remarkable women always reminds us of the many ways we, individually and collectively, make the world a better place. Tikkun Olam means repairing the world and the women who were honored indeed represent that spirit. What has been striking through the years is how versatile our honorees all are. They are career women, senior spokeswomen, wives, mothers, daughters, sisters, friends, coaches, counselors, mentors, caregivers, philanthropists, volunteers, community leaders and so much more. They all have caring hearts and a strong support for the Jewish community. This year there were six honorees: Barbara Backer, Nadine Chavin, Evelyn Engel, Marsha Kronick, Nancy Weiner, and Anita Zucker. Toda Raba – thank you to all of them. And thank you to the seven presenters. Since this is Hadassah’s column, and since Hadassah founded “The Woman Who Makes a Difference” program, we thought this chart would be of interest. A full 85% of the honorees and presenters are Hadassah members. In real numbers, all but two of thirteen women are members. Hooray for you!!! And what are the other two waiting for? Hadassah is proud that our members actively support their
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synagogues, National Council, Federation and other great Jewish organizations. But of them all, Hadassah’s mission is unique. HADASSAH, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, is a volunteer women’s organization whose members are motivated and inspired to strengthen their partnership with Israel, ensure Jewish continuity, and realize their potential as a dynamic force in American society. If you are already a member of Hadassah, take a bow. If you are not, please join us. There’s not going to be a better time to become a member, since right now we are
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Synagogue Emanu-El “Youth from Synagogue Emanu-El in Washington, D.C.”
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Coffee Talk - April 13, 8:00 am, Addlestone Library and Media Center:
April 2 Men’s Club Shabbat April 3
April 5 Emanu-El University
April 9 Confirmation April 10 Congregational Meeting
April 12 Hazak
April 16 Shabbat Yachad Religious School April 19 Congregational Second Seder
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SAVE THE DATE April 19, 2011 Congregational Second Seder open to the entire community. Watch your mail and for more information please call the Synagogue at 571-3264 or email email@example.com.
The Pre-Confirmation Class of Synagogue Emanu-El returned from Washington D.C. with great memories and experiences. The group spent time at the White House, and even saw the first dog, Beau! There was a beautiful Shabbat at the University of Maryland Hillel. All the kids had a taste of Jewish life on campus. The weekend continued with a tour of the D.C. area, however, the most impact was from their interactions with Holocaust
survivor, Nesse Godin, in the United States Holocaust Museum. Everyone listened to Nesse’s personal stories and then experienced the museum at their own pace. All of the kids now have an even stronger knowledge of the Holocaust and what their role is in ensuring a bright future. This trip could not have happened without the support of the Emanu-El Men’s Club, the Sol and Celia Cohen Foundation, and Sisterhood Emanu-El. Bi-annually, our 7th and 8th grade students travel to Washington D.C. to strengthen their connections to the past, the present, and the future. Again, thank you for giving our children the opportunity to have this experience.
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Everything you wanted to know about Standardized Testing but were afraid to ask! Standardized testing is part of our school landscape. Many feel it is more than a snapshot of a student—many feel it is a portrait for all time. When parents receive the results of these tests, often the number is looked at and panic or pride ensues. We test to help us teach better. We test to measure children, the class as a whole and the school. Does the testing really give us a better understanding? The answer is yes and no. Children, like adults, have strengths and weaknesses and testing helps us to know these areas and support children’s learning better. For example, if a child struggles with abstract ideas but does well with retaining data, we may have to help that child understand symbolism and inferences. Nonetheless, some information about learning is not on a standardized test. Children’s learning and analytical styles are equally gained through teacher and parent long-term observations rather than a onetime test. At times, politicians seek to put firm standards in place. A local initiative is to link teachers’ salaries to test scores. This rigid stance does not take into consideration different learning styles or poor test takers. It punishes, in a sense, teachers who focus on helping students learn in the broadest and best sense of the word. Yet how are teachers accountable if we do not create these standards? Being in a Jewish Independent Day School makes all of this easier, because our definition of “success” includes skills, not only data. We want students who are problem solvers, team players, innovative thinkers and who are able to face challenges. Hiring practices of companies confirm this view as well. Mental health professionals also relate that these are skills for healthy living, certainly a part of “success,” however defined. While we strive for academic excellence in both General and Judaic Studies, we also look at the larger picture of values and community. We teach children to be good citizens of the world by giving tzedakah or creating a culture of tikkun olam, caring for each other and our environment. How does this fit into standardized testing? As a parent, I know the dreams that we have for our children, including high achievement, friendships, marriage, resilience, and much more. At the top of most parents’ list is happiness for their children. We want our children to live full lives—filled with the blessings of love and family and giving to others. Having Jewish values as foundations for living enhances and strengthens all the academic and life skills that we nurture and teach.
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April 2011 | Nisan 5771
Rescued Torah from the Holocaust Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim is Dedicated at BSBI Synagogue L’dor Vador
The Survival of a Torah and the Jewish People (March 9, 2011, Charleston, SC) – Brith Sholom Beth Israel Congregation has sponsored the restoration of a Torah discovered from a magnificent synagogue in Poland destroyed by the Nazis in World War II, and it is now being dedicated for use. This Torah needed a much overdue restoration, as there were many letters and words that are cracked, broken or missing altogether, rendering the Torah unfit for use. Each Torah has 304,805 letters on 62 panels, with each panel consisting of three to five columns of Hebrew text. Each Hebrew character or letter must be examined and restored by a licensed scribe who carefully and repeatedly retraces the shape with a quill pen. This project that has been a labor of love for over two years, and the Torah is finally ready to be welcomed into its new home. We would like to welcome everyone in the Charleston Community to witness this momentous occasion and celebrate the survival of this Torah as well as the Survival of the Jewish People. There is no charge for this commemoration and all are welcome to attend. When: Sunday, April 3, 2011 Time: 1:00pm Where: Brith Sholom Beth Israel Synagogue, 182 Rutledge Avenue, Charleston, SC 29403 Music and refreshments will be provided.
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Torah is the name given to the Five Books of Moses in traditional Judaism. These five books are considered a faithful and exact record of the word of G-d to his Prophet, Moses. Torahs are written using special ink, on approximately 62 sheets of “kosher” parchment by a trained scribe, who is also called a sofer. A Kosher Torah is one that has no mistakes, no missing letters or words, nor any extra letters or words, and no holes or tears. Each letter and word has to be formed in accordance with Jewish Law.
BSBI is supported in part, by a generous contribution from Charleston Jewish Federation.
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From generation to generation, even before our nation was founded, members of the Jewish community in Charleston have been laid to rest in the historic Coming Street Cemetery (190-195 Coming Street), the oldest surviving Jewish cemetery in the South. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Cemetery dates from 1764 long before there were Orthodox, Conservative, or Reform designations. “There is a significant portion of the cemetery that contains members of the Brith Shalom Beth Israel family and descendents of members of Synagogue Emanu-El,” says KKBE Cemetery Committee Chair, Morton Ellison. Coming Street belongs to generations of Jews throughout our community AND across our nation. The wall enclosing the Coming Street Cemetery has portions pre-dating the Revolution. Heroes are buried inside the wall. There lie Jewish soldiers--men who fought in the American Revolution, six soldiers who died in the War of 1812, two soldiers from the Seminole Wars in Florida, twenty-one Civil War participants, eight of whom died in the Confederate cause. Other Jewish leaders are buried there; six rabbis and eighteen past congregational presidents. Headstones are being worn by age and air pollution. Sadly, the tall brick and stucco wall surrounding the Coming Street Cemetery has portions which have been ravaged by the effects of time and the natural power of the trees which shade the graves inside. “Like many trees in the cemetery, the oldest elm in the City of Charleston (which stands in the center of the graveyard) needs pruning—but very carefully,” says Ellison, “Precious graves lie beneath those branches.” KKBE is dedicated to honoring the men and women who established a Jewish Community in the South—and in our nation—by preserving
the Coming Street Cemetery for generations to come. Experts have been contacted to assess what is required to professionally restore the cemetery so generations may visit there with pride. The Restoration Team will include a landscape architect, an arborist, structural engineers to repair the historic wall, and an expert in the restoration of historic markers. Everyone who wishes to honor those who forged our Jewish
Community are invited to become a part of this important project. Every contribution will help! KKBE welcomes donations to the Coming Street Cemetery Restoration Fund. Tax deductible gifts may be sent to KKBE’s Coming Street Cemetery, 90 Hasell Street, Charleston, SC 29401 or you can contribute online by visiting www.kkbe.org and scrolling over the GIVE button. To arrange a tour of the Cemetery, email Office@kkbe.org.
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Corporate Sponsors • First Federal Bank • Gaillard Auditorium & Exhibition Hall • Host South Productions • Iron Gate Events • The Citadel Alumni Association • The Post and Courier/LowCountry Parent Magazine Publix Super Markets C hari t i es , Inc. & Publix Super Markets, Inc.
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Kidsville News Bioveda Health & Wellness Family Wellness Chiropractic Silver Meadows Stables Monster Mobile Game Theater MMGT Triest & Sholk, Inc. Elliot Davis LLC Jan & Larry Lipov Nice Ice Jewelers Marilyn Hoffman Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics Howard V. Peskin,DDS Jump Indoors of Charleston Anonymous Coburg Dairy Hebrew Orphan Society Hyman’s Seafood Charleston Lawn & Tennis Absolute Total Care Draision Vision Group The Music Maker Kapla/Tom’s Toys, LLC. Healthy Home Foods
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North Charleston High Culinary Arts Military Magnet School - Culinary Arts Andolini’s Pizza Willies Famous Hot Dogs and Fries Berry’s Wholesale Fresh Berry Yogurt Black Bean Co. Louie’s Cotton Candy West Ashley High School Culinary Arts Dept. • Qdoba Mexican Grill