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MAY 2014

May 2014

SOMETHING NEW UNDER THE SUN

Bender-Dosik Parenting Center Transformed Page 2

ISRAEL FEST

Community Celebration Page 8

SUMMER CLASSES Register Now! Page 12

TO LIFE!

Health & Wellness Expo Page 13

Cover Photo: Marissa McTernan and her daughter Hailey have been enjoying the sunny refurbished Bender-Dosik Parenting Center. (story, page 1)

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STORY

Something New Under the Sun

Parenting Center is Brightened Up with the Support of the JCCGW Village murals in homes throughout the country, donated her time to spearhead the project. • BPDC children, parents and grandparents who attended design workshops to paint, assemble and decorate.

Bender-Dosik Parenting Center before…

• JCCGW employees for their help, and particularly the facilities staff whose efforts brought the entire transformation together.

In 1989, the Bender Foundation gave the JCCGW a seed grant to realize what has become a shared dream: the Bender-Dosik Parenting Center (BDPC). Since then, the BDPC has been a popular gathering place for expecting parents and families with young children. BDPC classes, activities and lectures help guide and support new parents, while providing opportunities for parents and children to bond, and for families to connect with each other, often creating long-lasting relationships.

Together, they have created a warm and cheery space—complete with engaging play corners, a cozy reading nook, a climbing corner and a nursing lounge—where families with young children can connect. Inspired by the Reggio-Emilia preschool approach, children’s artwork and photos are displayed in creative ways. In short, the BDPC has been completely transformed, both in function and style, to meet the needs of those who visit for a class, holiday celebration or just to connect with others.

In order to make the space more engaging and functional, a makeover was in order. With BDPC Director Lauren Dworkin coordinating the efforts, the village responsible for taking the BDPC from drab to fab over the last several months consists of:

Lisa Miller has been coming to the parenting center for classes since her daughter Riley was 20 months. Riley, now 3, attends the JCCGW preschool, and Lisa has returned to the parenting center with her son Jacob, 19 months. “We have always loved coming to the parenting center for classes. But now we stay and hang out after class because it’s so much more welcoming of a space.” Like flowers that need sunlight to grow, we are confident that future generations of families in our community will thrive with the support and guidance they receive in our newly-designed and welcoming BenderDosik Parenting Center. Please stop by to see our transformation. For more information about the Bender-Dosik Parenting Center, please contact Lauren Dworkin at 301.348.3837 or ldworkin@jccgw. org. To see photos of the BDPC makeover as it progressed, please visit jccgw.org/ bdpcmakeover.

…and after!

• The Elaine Gorbach Levine Charitable Foundation for its generous funding. Presided over by Joanne Peck, the foundation is dedicated to serving Jewish families. • Susan Kehnemui Donnelly, owner of Ushie Baby (www.ushiebaby.com) and an acclaimed DC muralist and designer who has created dozens of children’s wall

CENTER SCENE EDITORIAL STAFF Treva Bustow Chief Marketing Officer Mauricio Garcia Production Artist/Design Andrea Kronzek Editor

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Center Scene, the magazine of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, is issued monthly from September through June. The Center is a member of the Jewish Community Centers Association of North America, a beneficiary agency of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, and

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center OFFICERS Bradley C. Stillman, President

Robyn Judelsohn, Vice President for Administration/Treasurer Heidi Hookman Brodsky, Vice President for Development

Mindy Berger, Vice President for Member Services Arthur Polott, Vice President for Programming Neil Gurvitch, Vice President and General Counsel Felicia K. Gottdenker, Secretary Andrew Chod, Assistant Secretary Brian Pearlstein, Assistant Treasurer Monique Buckles, Ombudsperson EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Robert G. Epstein Matthew Weinberg Michael E. Winer BOARD OF DIRECTORS Gilly Arie Helen Rubin Brent Berger, MD Andrew Sachs Robert I. Black Tracy Bloom Schwartz Nathan Bortnick Reed Sexter Andrew Bridge Darryl Shrock Brian Gaines Andrew P. Shulman The Honorable David Waghelstein Douglas F. Gansler The Honorable Jeff Amy Guberman Waldstreicher Holli Beckerman Jaffe Samantha Wasserman Randi K. Meyrowitz Sharon Zissman Adam Polsky COUNCIL OF ADVISORS Lawrence Mann Daniel H. Abramowitz Alan Meltzer David S. Bender Pamela Nadell, Ph.D. Stuart Bindeman Robert Phillips Dean Eisen Howard Ross Bernard Forseter Julie Silver Greg Friedman Kathy Sklar Eric Kassoff Marc Solomon Michael Kay Robin Taub Mark Lerner Susan Zuckerman Jeffrey Linowes PAST PRESIDENTS Morris Cafritz z”l Harry M. Linowes Marcella E. Cohen Steven D. Lustig Scott M. Cohen Philip N. Margolius The Honorable Col. Benjamin Ourisman z”l Stuart E. Eizenstat Sydney M. Polakoff Barry P. Forman Richard B. Reff, M.D. Rosalie B. Gerber z”l Leo Schlossberg z”l Michael S. Gildenhorn Burnett Siman z”l Col. Julius Goldstein z”l Beth C. Sloan Simon Hirshman z”l Charles E. Smith z”l Lesley Israel Andrew M. Stern Rosalyn Levy Jonas John D. VerStandig Edward H. Kaplan Bernard M. Weisz z”l Joel S. Kaufman Bernard S. White z”l z”l Harry King Morton H. Wilner z”l Fred Kogod z”l Donald E. Wolpe Robert P. Kogod z”l Samuel Lehrman of blessed memory EXECUTIVE TEAM Robert H. Weiner, Executive Director Emeritus Michael Feinstein, Chief Executive Officer Treva Bustow, Chief Marketing Officer Ruth E. Carski, Chief Financial Officer Tracey E. Dorfmann, Chief Program Officer Amy I. Gantz, Chief Operating Officer Tasha Museles, Chief Development Officer

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LEADERSHIP

Serving Those Who Serve Message from Michael

From the window of my office, I can see the sleek incredible opportunity to stand with our delegation sculpture in the middle of a small grassy area near aboard the USS Midway Museum, mesmerized by the circle driveway in front of our building. It stands the sight of a Torah being marched under a chuppah next to a flag pole and between two and presented for use by active trees. If you’re not looking for it, you duty military chaplains (see Brad may well miss the American Jewish Stillman’s column on page 4 for Military Memorial created by local additional details). artist Phillip Ratner, and dedicated in 2008 by Alexander and Ruth Adler “in This confluence of events – reading memory of all American Jewish men Alison’s article, thinking about our and women who served bravely and own American Jewish Military honorably in the military campaigns Memorial, speaking with Rabbi of our country.” The sculpture is a Sharofsky, and standing on the USS memorial to those who gave their Midway – helped me to remember lives in service to our country. It is the important role our JCC once typically visited by members of our played in serving military personnel. local Jewish War Veterans posts Michael Feinstein, CEO In 1917, during WWI, when we on Memorial Day and Veterans were still a YMHA, we opened Day. “Remembering” is a very important part of our the first Servicemen’s Club in the country. It was a Jewish tradition and remembering those who made non-sectarian club open to all American and Allied the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of our country is an military men. During WWII, as a JCC, we made our important combination of our Jewish and American facilities available to all service people without traditions. charge on a non-sectarian basis. The Center’s policy was, “Your uniform is your admission to all activities In a recent article posted on The Jewish Daily and facilities.” Forward, Alison Buckholtz, a member of our local community, discusses from personal experience While times are different, I think it is appropriate ways in which the Jewish community can be more for us to rekindle and reimagine the connection welcoming to military families – both active-duty between the Center and those who serve, or have service members and veterans of the Iraq and served, our country through military service. In order Afghanistan conflicts who are transitioning back to be the welcoming and inclusive community that to civilian life. At a time when so many American we strive to create, I have asked our Membership Jews are disengaged from Jewish life, she makes Committee to consider policies to make participation a compelling case for appreciating and recognizing more affordable for active-duty military personnel the service and sacrifice of Jewish military families as well as veterans who are returning from active who seek, but often struggle, to connect to the local duty and are seeking community as they transition Jewish communities in which they are based. Alison to civilian life. I have also asked our program staff to makes the case for a different kind of remembering, consider ways that we can connect these families to the importance of remembering those who may feel Jewish life, whether they are here on a permanent or invisible in our communities. temporary basis. With this idea in the back of my mind, I joined our Center’s delegation to the JCC Association’s Biennial in San Diego. During the conference, I was anxious to speak with Rabbi Abbi Sharofsky, deputy director for programming, Jewish Welfare Board (JWB) Jewish Chaplains Council, who has developed Project Welcome Home as an initiative to serve Jewish men and women who are returning from military service and are transitioning to civilian life. The goal of this program is to help JCCs proactively reach out to veterans from Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn, all part of the Global War on Terror, to help them connect to the Jewish community. After discussing ideas about what our Center might do to support both active-duty and veteran military families, I had the

In a few weeks we will celebrate Memorial Day. The pools will open and the retail sales will abound, but maybe we can rise above the din and pause to remember those who died in our nation’s service. As noted on the American Jewish Military Memorial in front of the Center, Jews served in every war and military conflict since the Revolutionary War. As Jews and as Americans, we owe gratitude to all who have served our country. As a JCC, it is incumbent upon us to remember and acknowledge those in our own community who are serving, or have returned from service, and provide a welcome embrace and connection to Jewish life.

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LEADERSHIP

Celebrating Freedom and Opportunity Message from Brad Stillman, JCCGW President I hope you enjoyed a meaningful and happy Passover holiday. The fact that Passover is the most celebrated Jewish holiday in America and it is so focused on bringing together families and friends for a communal meal celebrating our freedom makes it very special. In a way, Passover does for our friends and families what the JCCGW does for our community every day.

in which our community serves not only those of us in the Greater Washington area but Jewish communities around the country, and in fact, the world. It illustrates how fortunate we are to have such dedicated professionals developing best-inclass programs for our community.

Finally, our JCC had four of our Board members (more than any other center) I recently attended the JCC participating in the Esther Leah Ritz Association of North America Emerging Leaders program which Biennial meeting in San Diego. identifies up-and-coming leaders Nearly 1,000 professional and lay within the JCC movement and creates leaders gathered to be inspired about special opportunities for participants the future of the JCC movement to learn together and bring their and the communities we serve, to talents and new ideas back to their network and to learn from each other. home Centers. Congratulations to Mindy Berger, Heidi Brodsky, Our JCCGW was well represented Brad Stillman, JCCGW President Andy Chod and Arthur Polott who in several important ways. First, we participated in the program this year. had a large delegation of professional staff and lay leaders that included current Board members, While there were many outstanding speakers past JCCGW Presidents and current JCCA Board and programs that will influence the work at the members from our community who have used JCCGW in the coming months and years, I wanted their experience and talents to help the movement to share one event in particular that touched me across North America. personally and said a lot about the JCC movement and its role in the Jewish community and our Second, beyond our human resources, it was country as well. As background, there is a group exciting to see that a number of our programs, which is associated with the JCCA called the including PJ Library and Camp JCC, were featured Jewish Welfare Board (JWB) Jewish Chaplains as outstanding examples of top-notch, creative Council. The JWB has representatives from all programming from which other communities could of the major streams of Judaism and provides learn. It is incredibly gratifying to see the ways for the religious, educational and morale needs

of Jewish military personnel, their families and patients in Veterans Affairs hospitals. The JWB’s work also includes maintaining liaison with the offices of the Chiefs of Chaplains in all branches of the US military. The JCCA Biennial included a large number of Military Chaplain Rabbis as delegates. The final event of the Biennial was a reception and awards ceremony held on the USS Midway, the legendary aircraft carrier that is permanently docked in San Diego. On the deck of this massive ship, surrounded by military aircraft from across the decades and in front of hundreds of JCCA Biennial attendees, a Torah designed for use on any ship or military base in the world was dedicated to the Torahs for the Troops program. There was palpable emotion as the Torah was escorted, under a chuppah with each of the corners held by a Rabbinical Chaplain from one of the four branches of the military, through a line of all of the Rabbinical Chaplains in attendance standing at parade attention. The Torah, which was commissioned by the San Diego Jewish community, was presented to Rear Admiral Rabbi Harold Robinson for use by our troops. Witnessing this meaningful event underscored the unique and amazing opportunities that this country gives our extremely diverse Jewish community to find its place here in the Greater Washington area, around the nation and even across the U.S. military. For these freedoms and opportunities and so much more, we can all be thankful.

Making Sense out of the Center’s Dollars Something goes on at the Center that is much like in the US Congress—preparation of the annual budget. This multi-faceted, labor-intensive task falls to Ruth Carski, chief financial officer (CFO), and her staff. In brief, Ruth consolidates department budgets into a master plan which is balanced, reviewed by committees, and approved by the board of directors. Ruth works to assure that the Center remains financially stable and compliant with state and federal regulations for nonprofits, that a positive work environment is maintained for employees, and to assure that the right technology is available. Her role is integral to the Center’s goal of providing the best experience possible for its members and guests. A University of Maryland graduate and a certified

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public accountant, Ruth worked at the Center in Maryland Garden Railway Society. Each winter, the mid-1980s as assistant comptroller. She left the club designs and sets up a garden railroad in 1989 and returned in 2008 in her at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton. current position at CFO. Ruth is They also construct displays in the passionate about the Center, she area—including at Union Station says, because of all the programs in Washington, D.C.—for National and services offered—something Train Day, which this year falls on for everyone from newborns to May 10. seniors. The oldest of five children in a In her spare time, Ruth enjoys military family, Ruth was born reading murder mysteries and in Aberdeen, Maryland and has gardening. She is particularly lived in many places, including Ruth Carski, JCCGW CFO interested in the preservation of Alaska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, train stations. “I like the architecture Washington State and Germany. of most of the stations which were built in the She currently resides in Columbia, Maryland with early 1900s, some of which have been converted her husband Michael, a retired firefighter. They into museums,” she relates. Ruth and her husband have a wonderful son, Jason, and wonderful are members of The Washington, Virginia & daughter-in-law, Sharon.

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MAY 2014

SUPPORT

2014 JCCGW

Honorary Chair Larry Mann Kiddush Cup 18-Hole Tournament Co-Chairs Andy Bridge | Adam Lehman

June 9, 2014

Elijah’s Cup Tennis Tournament Co-Chairs Harris Rosenblatt | Robin B. Taub

Lakewood Country Club

Schedule

11 a.m.

Lunch Buffet

12:30 p.m.

Golf Tournament

1 p.m.

Tennis Tournament

5:30 p.m.

Cocktail Reception & Awards Ceremony

For more information or to register, please visit jccgw.org/golftennis or contact Jodi Shulimson at 301.348.3769 or jshulimson@jccgw.org. Presenting Sponsor

Proceeds benefit the JCCGW’s programs and services for senior adults.

Help Us to Make a Difference

So many of you tell us that the Center is Your support provides: your “home away from home”—whether it’s • Scholarships to families in need who by coming to the fitness center to exercise otherwise could not afford to give their and schmooze, bringing your grandchildren children a Jewish preschool education or to preschool every day, or attending a film or summer day camp experience; lecture with friends. • One-on-one camp counselors for children and young adults with special needs so With your help we can spread that same that they can have a fun and meaningful warm feeling to everyone in our community. summer camp experience in our nationallyEach year, the JCCGW receives requests for recognized inclusion program; more than $500,000 in financial assistance. • Reduced-rate memberships for adults with disabilities living in group homes, so that Your gift to the JCCGW’s Annual Fund they can enjoy all the JCCGW has to offer; makes it possible for us to provide financial assistance to many who request assistance. • Support services for senior adults, including hot kosher meals, continuing Our hope is that everyone can participate in education, health & fitness programs and our programs and connect to their community, just like you. social opportunities, helping them to live independently for as long as possible.

Your support can make a difference. A contribution made between now and June 30, 2014 will help us meet our Annual Fund goal and help an individual or family in our community. If you have already given, thank you for your generosity! If you have not yet found the time to contribute, please make a difference for someone in our community. Donations may be made on our secure website at jccgw.org/donate or by contacting Katya at 301.348.3855 or katya@jccgw.org. Thank you for making a meaningful difference. Your gift today will have a significant impact on the lives of families in our community so they too can feel at home.

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ANNUAL MEETING Please join us for our

2014 Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition Awards

Celebrating the installation of JCCGW Officers and Board of Directors and recognizing the service of our outgoing board members and volunteers

Thursday, May 22, 2014 • 22 Iyar 5774 Darryl Shrock, 2014 Annual Meeting Chair

VOLUNTEER AWARDS

Flora M. Stetson Distinguished Service Award Toby Gottesman Vivian and Morton Rabineau Teen Volunteer Awards Bailey Dinman | Nir Raviv

7 p.m. Annual Meeting JCCGW Social Hall

Special Volunteer Recognition Awards

2014 Nominating Committee Report NOMINATING COMMITTEE Scott Cohen, Chairman Andy Chod Arthur Polott Andy Shulman Debbie Snyder* Stuart Tauber* Matthew Weinberg Sharon Zissman

*Community representative

OFFICERS President Brad Stillman President-Elect Felicia Gottdenker Vice President for Administration/ Treasurer Brian Pearlstein Vice President for Development Heidi Brodsky

Vice President for Programming Arthur Polott Vice President for Member Services Mindy Berger Vice President and General Counsel Neil Gurvitch

Secretary Matthew Weinberg Assistant Secretary Andrew Chod Assistant Treasurer Darryl Shrock Ombudsperson Monique Buckles

Continuing Board Members Robert Black • Robert Epstein • Amy Guberman • Randi Meyrowitz Adam Polsky • Tracy Bloom Schwartz • Reed Sexter Andy Shulman • The Honorable Jeff Waldstreicher

VOLUNTEERS RECOGNIZED AT ANNUAL MEETING

Volunteers are an integral part of the JCCGW’s daily operations. We deeply appreciate all the time and energy that our volunteers devote to serving the Center. We could not accomplish all that we do without their support. At the annual meeting on May 22, Isadore Goldmanz”l and Toby Gottesman will be honored for serving more than 300 hours in 2013. The following volunteers will be recognized for serving 100-300 hours in 2013: Ruth Brinn, Herbert Dubin, Melanie Dubin, Brenda Flam, Faye Freedman, Naomi Horowitz, Zehavit Kandel, Jack Katz, Marcia Levinsohn, Arlene Mager, Bea Marx, Jolene Masters, Sam Niedzviecki, Phyllis Perlberg, Elaine Rosenblum, Theda Rosenblum, Jerilyn Schweitzer and Alice Strasser.

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*Nominated as new member to the Board

Nominated for a Two-Year Term Gilly Arie • Holli Beckerman Jaffe Brian Gaines Nominated for a Three-Year Term Brent Berger • Nathan Bortnick Andy Bridge • Helen Rubin David Waghelstein • Sharon Zissman

Board Members Concluding Service The Honorable Douglas Gansler Robyn Judelsohn • Andrew Sachs Samantha Wasserman • Michael Winer

INCOMING BOARD MEMBER

Dale Singer

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native Dale Singer received her bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in health care administration from the University of Maryland. Since 1995, she has served as executive director of the Renal Physicians Association (RPA), a national medical specialty association that provides educational programs, business tools and resources and public policy analysis and advocacy on behalf of its 3,700 member nephrologists and associated professionals. Prior to joining RPA, Dale managed federal contracts for the National Institutes of Health. Dale’s husband Andy works for the Department of Navy as deputy major program manager for surface

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Nominated for a One-Year Term Toby Gottesman* • Dale Singer* Mac VerStandig*

ship weapons. Dale and Andy have two children: Michelle, who will graduate this month from the College of Charleston, and Josh, who is completing his sophomore year at Dickinson College. Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School graduates, Michelle and Josh spent many hours at the JCCGW in classes such as dance, ceramics and karate. They also participated on several JCC Maccabi teams. Josh was recognized with the Hyman M. and Phillip D. Perlo Award for High School Athletes at the 2011 JCCGW Dinner of Champions. For the second year, Dale is chairing the JCCGW Lessans Family Annual Book Festival this November. She has been an active volunteer at B’nai Israel Congregation for many years, chairing committees and serving on the board of governors. As empty nesters, Dale and Andy enjoy traveling and cheering on the Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles.


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INCOMING BOARD MEMBER

Maurice VerStandig A native of the Washington, DC region, Maurice “Mac” VerStandig grew up in and around the JCCGW, utilizing the facilities and volunteering to help coordinate and operate various Centersponsored events.

he is general counsel to various regional businesses, as well as numerous individuals whose complex and diverse personal holdings regularly invite an equally complex and diverse array of legal issues. He has appeared in over 50 courts throughout the United States, structured financial deals of all sizes, and used his Florida and Maryland licenses to work with so-called “snow birds” as they confront a wide array of issues stemming from their seasonal travel.

Upon graduating from Georgetown Day School in 2002, Mac received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and a J.D. from the University of Miami. After law school, Mac served as judicial law clerk to the Hon. Steven G. Salant, a then-longstanding member of the JCCGW’s board of directors, and founder of the The eldest son of John VerStandig, a past Simon E. Sobeloff Jewish Law Society. president of the JCCGW, and Nadine Levin, Mac is Today, Mac is an attorney with Offit Kurman, a director of Women’s American ORT Foundation, P.A. His practice is focused on facilitating the an international Jewish educational charity for needs of individuals and businesses of all sizes, which he also serves as general legal counsel, both inside and outside the courtroom. Licensed and maintains his membership in the Simon E. to practice law in Maryland, Virginia and Florida, Sobeloff Jewish Law Society.

VIVIAN AND MORTON RABINEAU TEEN VOLUNTEER AWARDS

Nir Raviv

Bailey Dinman

Nir Raviv, 16, was born in Jerusalem. He lived in Modi’in until 2005 when he moved to New Hampshire. In 2010, Nir moved to Rockville and joined Tzofim (Israeli Scouts). He has been a counselor for the 4th grade and 7th grade Scouts, which he says has not only taught him responsibility and dedication, but has also brought him closer to his country of Israel.

Earlier this year, Bailey Dinman led a Good Deeds Day project for both BBYO and NCSY, during which 200 teens traveled to five local community service sites for various projects. “Our impact on our community was profound, and inspired many teens to continue with regular community service,” Bailey reports.

Nir volunteers at the JCCGW for events such as holiday festivals, Good Deeds Day and Israel celebrations, as well as with Chabad programs. He worked at Camp JCC last summer as a swim instructor, and loves to work out and play basketball at the JCCGW.

As the daughter of a breast cancer survivor, Bailey is passionate about advocating for breast cancer awareness. Recently, she has been an advocate for primarily local issues, such as hunger and homelessness in DC, as well as international issues regarding poverty and medical aid.

A student at Walter Johnson High School, Nir is a member of the school’s football and wrestling teams.

A student at Richard Montgomery High School, Bailey plays field hockey, having served as junior varsity captain in 2011 and currently as an off-season captain. Additionally, she plans on being the co-editor in chief of the yearbook, as well as the head community service committee member for the student government.

Amit Levinson, JCCGW shaliach (Israel liaison), says that Nir is a very responsible teen and eager to help in any way he can. “Nir is amazing, always willing to volunteer with Scouts and JCCGW events whenever he is asked.”

BBYO DC Council Program Associate Rachel Pazornick says that Bailey is dedicated to and passionate about every project that she takes on. “She is incredibly reliable and an outstanding member of our program.”

FLORA M. STETSON DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD RECIPIENT AND INCOMING BOARD MEMBER

Toby Gottesman Toby Gottesman is currently enjoying his “retirement” by managing and facilitating the JCC Men’s Club, which he conceived and started 2½ years ago. He was inspired to undertake this project because he believes that socializing is one of the keys to healthy aging. Having grown in size and scope beyond all expectations, the group meets twice a week and boasts more than 70 members who meet for discussions and lectures. Sub-groups—such as a chess club, poetry reading group and poker night—have spun off from the club. A native of the Bronx, New York, Toby relocated to the Washington, DC area when he was 24. He joined the JCCGW more than 30 years ago and enrolled his then 3-year-old son in the JCCGW’s day care program. Toby holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Columbia University. He spent most of his professional career as a project manager and construction project executive, managing complex technical and real estate development projects. His involvement in the Washington real estate community includes the construction of FBI’s Washington Field Office Building, a new headquarters building for the IRS, the renovation of the U.S. State Department Building and the development of several apartment projects in Maryland and Virginia. For four years, Toby served as program manager for a joint project between the DC Jewish Community Center and the Washington Literacy Council to promote adult literacy. He also served as a reading tutor and volunteer recruiter for the organizations. He now volunteers with the Lymphoma Research Foundation in fundraising efforts. Taking classes in Jewish studies, playing tennis, traveling and spending time with friends are some of Toby’s other interests. His taste in music and food has, however, not evolved. He still loves doo-wop and klezmer music and prefers chicken soup with matzo balls that float rather than sink.

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JEWISH FAMILY LIVING & LEARNING

Israel Fest

Sunday, May 18 1-5 p.m. at Rockville Town Square In celebration of Israel’s 66th birthday, the community is invited to join us to experience Israeli culture, featuring: • Israeli headliner, Capa’im will play hits from Israel and Jewish culture • Performances by Makela, Jewish A Cappella for Young Professionals in DC, and other local musicians and dance groups • Taste the homeland with foods from Israeli Harvest, Soom Foods, Siena’s Vegetarian Pizzeria & Restaurant and more • Activities for children from the PJ Library • An array of agencies and organizations that support and promote Israel

Through an energetic and uplifting performance, the cover band Capa’im brings their love of Israeli music to the stage.

For more information about Israel Fest, visit jccgw.org or contact Tracey Dorfmann at 301.348.3712 or tdorfmann@jccgw.org.

Israel Fest is presented by JCCGW in partnership with The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.

WOMEN’S TRIP TO ISRAEL

See Israel in a Whole New Way October 19-30

For JCCGW Members

Free On-Site Estimate and Unlimited Packing Supplies provided on the day of the move. Explore Israel with women from the DC area. This trip is intended for women who have been to Israel before and who are seeking new ways to experience the country. Highlights include: • a sunset jeep ride in the Ramon crater • conversations and meetings with key women in the Israeli Army, Israeli government, journalists, activists and heroes • a hands-on art workshop at Kakadu, a dance workshop with Vertigo, or a visit to a local boutique winery • explore Israeli cuisine with a shopping and cooking experience with chef Tali Friedman Registration and a deposit are due June 1. For more information, please contact Tracey Dorfmann at 301.348.3712 or tdorfmann@jccgw.org.

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MAY 2014

ISRAEL CONNECTION

Honoring Fallen Israeli Soldiers and Commemorating Independence

The State of Israel and the entire Jewish world will celebrate Israel’s 66th anniversary on the fifth day of the Hebrew month of Iyar, May 5, 2014. Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, joyfully commemorates the Israeli Declaration of Independence in 1948, but it is preceded by Yom Hazikaron, the Israeli Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism Remembrance Day. Each year, the number of fallen Israelis is greater, and the bereaved welcome new members into their sad club. Memorial Day is truly a sad day felt across the country. The official day begins the evening before at exactly 8 p.m. when the entire country pauses for one minute as a siren wails to mark the beginning of ceremonies. While the siren calls, Israelis stop everything and stand in silence. Many Jews say prayers for the souls of the fallen soldiers at this time. At the Western Wall, the flag of Israel is lowered to half-mast. Every community center hosts local ceremonies and Israelis, wearing blue and white, the colors of the Israeli flag, gather to commemorate the state’s heroes. The following morning, the meaning of Yom Hazikaron is discussed in all Israeli schools. At 11 a.m., a second two-minute siren marks the beginning of ceremonies held at military cemeteries where soldiers are buried. All across the country flags wave, radio stations play sad Israeli songs, and TV stations program documentaries about fallen soldiers. Restaurants, movie theaters and other places of entertainment are closed by law, and many wear a sticker of the red flower known as “Blood of the Maccabees.” The flower’s name comes from a legend that says that wherever a flower grows, a drop of blood has been spilled.

The day draws to a close at five minutes before 8 p.m. and, at once, national mourning turns to collective celebration. On Mount Herzl, the flag of Israel is returned to fullmast. Scheduling Yom Hazikaron right before Yom Ha’atzmaut reminds people of the price paid for independence. Yom Ha’atzmaut commemorates the declaration of the establishment of the State of Israel by the Jewish Leadership led by future Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion on May 14, 1948. This was declared eight hours before the end of the British Mandate of Palestine, which was due to finish on May 15, 1948. An official ceremony is held every year on Mount Herzl on the evening of Yom Ha’atzmaut. The ceremony includes artistic performances and the ceremonial lighting of twelve torches, one for each of the twelve Tribes of Israel. Every year a dozen Israeli citizens who made significant social contributions are invited to light the torches. It’s a great honor to be called to light a torch. The following day, Yom Ha’atzmaut, all Israeli establishments are closed. Crowds gather to watch public shows and many spend the night dancing and singing Israeli songs. During the day, Israeli families go on hikes and picnics. Army bases are open for civilians to visit and to display the recent technological achievements of the Israeli Defense Forces. The day culminates with the granting of the Israel Prize for unique contributions to the country’s culture, science, arts and the humanities. Source: JCC Association

BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY FORUM

Roots of Israelite Monotheism: Evidence from Archaeology and Text Sunday, May 18 | 7:30 p.m. This lecture will take place at B’nai Israel Congregation, 6301 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD

Mark Smith, a renowned biblical scholar, joins Elizabeth Bloch-Smith, a field archaeologist and author, to explore the origins of monotheism as practiced in ancient Israel. They will examine material evidence and analyze critical texts to support their explosive theory that Israelite monotheism actually came from… (sorry, but you will have to attend the lecture to find out!). Mark Smith is a professor of Hebrew and Judaic studies and the Skirball Professor of Bible at New York University. Elizabeth Bloch-Smith is an area dig director at Tel Dor and teaches at New York University and the Jewish Theological Seminary. This lecture is co-sponsored by the JCCGW, B’nai Israel Congregation, BASONOVA, BAF and Foundation for Jewish Studies. The fee is $5 for residents of CES Life Communities, college students and B’nai Israel congregants; $6 for BAF benefactors; $8 for JCCGW or BASONOVA members; and $10 for the general public. For more information, please contact Debbie Sokobin at 301.348.3760 or dsokobin@jccgw.org.

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SPRING GALA

Photos by Freed Photography

HONORING NORMA LEE AND MORTON FUNGER

Norma Lee and Morton Funger, Benjamin Ourisman Memorial Spring Gala Chairs Tracy Bloom Schwartz and Alan Schwartz Award for Civic Achievement honorees; County Executive Ike Leggett; JCCGW CEO Michael Feinstein; JCCGW President Brad Stillman

Steven Rakitt, executive vice pr Federation of Greater Wash JCCGW Executive Committee Susan Stillman and JCCGW Pre

Ryna Cohen; Ambassador Joseph Gildenhorn and Alma Chris Ourisman and Juliet Ourisman, great-grandchildren of Robert Kogod, Benjamin Ouris Gildenhorn, Benjamin Ourisman Memorial Award for Civic Benjamin Ourisman Achievement past recipient an Achievement past recipients; Liz Dubin; Morton Funger; Dick Arlene Kogod; Norma Lee and M Dubin; Norma Lee Funger; Albert Small

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS* *Those who have contributed $1,250+ to the JCCGW Spring Gala as of April 14, 2014

Bender Foundation, Inc.

Howard Bender | Julie and David Silver | Nan and David Bender Barbara Bender | Eileen and Richard Greenberg | Jason A. Belinkie

Amy and Alan Meltzer Janyse and Bernie Weisz

Every effort has been made to accurately list each donor. We apologize for any omissions or errors. If you have any qu

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Close to 200 guests attended the JCCGW Spring Gala on March 19 to honor Norma Lee and Morton Funger with the Benjamin Ourisman Memorial Award for Civic Achievement and to celebrate the Center’s service to our community. The gala was also held to help raise funds to support the JCCGW. Whether providing meals for seniors, making memories for children at summer camp or giving those with special needs the chance to shine, support of the gala and other programs allows us to welcome so many people to the Center and helps us build a new tomorrow for generations to come. This special evening would not have been possible without the leadership of chairs Tracy Bloom Schwartz and Alan Schwartz and their hard-working committee. Thanks also go to our sponsors and everyone who supported the event and who support the Center’s efforts throughout the year.

resident and CEO of The Jewish County Executive Ike Leggett, right, presenting a proclamation Alma Gildenhorn, Benjamin Ourisman Memorial Award for Civic hington; Robin Weinberg and to Norma Lee and Morton Funger Achievement past recipient, and Norma Lee Funger e member Matthew Weinberg; esident Brad Stillman

sman Memorial Award for Civic JCCGW Council of Advisors member Daniel Abramowitz; Members of the Funger family: William McClain, Lydia McClain, nd JCCGW past president, and JCCGW Board members Lisie Gottdenker and Heidi Brodsky Keith Funger, Mauri Pioppo, Norma Lee Funger, Morton Funger, Morton Funger Ali Fried, Melanie Nichols, Zachary Fried, Holly Funger and Marc Dubin

Norma Lee and Morton Funger Arlene and Robert Kogod Elizabeth and Richard Dubin Foundation The Ochsman Foundation, Inc. Lisa and John Ourisman Susan and Brad Stillman

Arlene and Harvey Cherner Ed and Loretta Downey Frann and Eric Francis George Washington University Alma and the Honorable Joseph B. Gildenhorn Lisie and Michael Gottdenker Grossberg, Yochelson, Fox & Beyda, LLP Thelma and Melvin Lenkin

uestions or corrections, please contact Development Director Tasha Museles at 301.348.3815 or tmuseles@jccgw.org.

Ellen and Stuart Lessans Joan Bialek and Louis Levitt Molly Meegan and Abbe Lowell Linda and Kenneth Pollin Foundation, Inc. Melanie and Larry Nussdorf Tracy Bloom Schwartz and Alan Schwartz Helene and John VerStandig

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SUMMER CLASSES

Registration opens May 1. For descriptions and to register, please visit jccgw.org. CLASS

CODE

AGE

DAY

DATES

TIME

FEE mem/gen. public

AQUATICS Caroline Cardullo • 301.348.3890 or ccardullo@jccgw.org Registration for all aquatics classes is due at least one week prior to start date. Swim Lessons Waterbabies

13223

6-18 mos

Su

Jun 22-Aug 3

9-9:30 am

$66/$81

Swim Lessons Watertots

13219

1-3 yrs

Su

Jun 22-Aug 3

9:30-10 am

$66/$81

Swim Lessons Level 1

13216

3-5 yrs

Su

Jun 22-Aug 3

10-10:30 am

$66/$81

Swim Lessons Level 1

13212

3-5 yrs

Tu

Jun 24-Aug 5

4:15-4:45 pm

$77/$95

Swim Lessons Level 1

13213

3-5 yrs

Th

Jun 26-Aug 7

4:15-4:45 pm

$77/$95

Swim Lessons Level 2

13217

4-6 yrs

Su

Jun 22-Aug 3

10:30-11 am

$66/$81

Swim Lessons Level 2

13218

4-6 yrs

Tu

Jun 24-Aug 5

5-5:30 pm

$77/$95

Swm Lessons Level 2

13220

4-6 yrs

Th

Jun 26-Aug 7

5-5:30 pm

$77/$95

Swim Lessons Level 3

13221

4-7 yrs

Su

Jun 22-Aug 3

11-11:30 am

$66/$81

Swim Lessons Level 4

13222

6-14 yrs

Su

Jun 22-Aug 3

11:30 am-12 p.m

$66/$81

Early Morning Masters Swim Club

13198

18+ yrs

Tu & Th

Jun 24-Aug 7

6:30-7:30 am

$84 members only

Pre-Team Swim Club

13206

6-14 yrs

Tu & Th

Jun 24-Aug 7

4:15-5:15 pm

$117 members only

Mid-Day Masters Swim Club

13210

18+ yrs

M&W&F

Jun 23-Sep 5

12-1 pm

$163 members only

"Mid-Day Master Swim Punch Pass 10 Visits"

13215

18+ yrs

M&W&F

Jun 23-Sep 5

12-1 pm

$75 members only

BENDER-DOSIK PARENTING CENTER Lauren Dworkin • 301.348.3837 or ldworkin@jccgw.org Baby Sign Workshop

13267

birth-3 yrs

W

May 14

10-11 am

$25/$35

Hot Date! Summer Playtime

13259

birth-1 yr

M

Jun 2-Jul 28

11 am-12 pm

$20/$25

Hot Date! Summer Playtime

13260

1-2 yrs

Tu

Jun 3-Jul 29

11 am-12 pm

$20/$25

Shabbat Shalom Playgroup

13194

birth-3 yrs

F

Jun 20-Aug 15

10-11:30 am

Free; registration required at jccgw.org/parenting

Story Time Morning

13200

birth-5 yrs

W

Jun 25-Aug 13

10-11:30 am

$20/$25

Story Time Morning

13199

birth-5 yrs

Th

Jun 26-Aug 14

10-11:30 am

$20/$25

Summer Shape Up

13211

13+ yrs

Su

Jun 1-Jul 27

8:30-9:30 am

$35 members only

Summer Shape Up

13246

13+ yrs

W

Jun 4-Jul 30

6:30-7:30 am

$35 members only

Summer Shape Up

13240

13+ yrs

Th

Jun 5-Jul 31

11 am-12 pm

$35 members only

Tai Chi

13203

12+ yrs

M

Jul 7-Aug 25

3-5 yrs

M

Jun 23-Aug 4

3:45-4:30 pm

FITNESS Meghan Batteau • 301.348.3710 or mbatteau@jccgw.org

11:30 am-12:30 pm

$79/$119

GYMNASTICS Sarah Catanzaro • 301.348.3892 or scatanzaro@jccgw.org Tumble Tots

13229

$77/$91

Gymnastics Level A

13228

5-8 yrs

M

Jun 23-Aug 4

4:30-5:15 pm

$77/$91

Gymnastics Level B/Level B Advanced

13226

6-12 yrs

M

Jun 23-Aug 4

5:15-6:15 pm

$91/$105

Tu & Th

Jun 17-Jul 31

7-9:30 pm

$300/$375

HEBREW CLASSES Rivka Degani • 301.348.3810 or rdegani@jccgw.org Intensive Beginning Hebrew

13248

14+ yrs

Intermediate Level Hebrew

13250

14+ yrs

M

Jun 30-Jul 28

7-9:30 pm

$125/$160

Advanced Hebrew

13251

14+ yrs

W

Jul 2-30

7-9:30 pm

$125/$160

Beginning Hebrew

13249

14+ yrs

W

Jul 2-30

7-9:30 pm

$125/$160

Lil Dragons Karate

13225

3-5 yrs

W

Jun 25-Aug 6

3:15-3:55 pm

$128/$147

Kid Tiger Karate

13224

5-8 yrs

W

Jun 25-Aug 6

4-4:45 pm

$128/$147

Beginner/Intemediate Karate

13230

7-18 yrs

W

Jun 25-Aug 6

4:45-5:30 pm

$128/$147

Advanced/Black Belt Karate

13227

7+ yrs

W

Jun 25-Aug 6

5:30-6:15 pm

$128/$147

KARATE Sarah Catanzaro • 301.348.3892 or scatanzaro@jccgw.org

MUSIC Private music lessons are offered year-round for students 5 years and older. Contact Janet Getz at 301.348.3779 or jgetz@jccgw.org.

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MAY 2014

HEALTH & FITNESS

5th Annual HEALTH & WELLNESS EXPO

Thursday, May 22 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Leisure World Clubhouse 1 Live Entertainment • Dynamic Demonstrations • Delicious, fixed-price lunch ($10)

FREE

FANTASTIC

PRIZES!

ADMISSION! HIGHLIGHTS

50 + Exhibitors Health Screenings Live Music Groovin’ to Zumba “Head to Toe” Massages Photo Favors Keynote Speaker

Interactive Workshops

Music! Politics! Satire! Grand Finale Show • 2:15-3:00 p.m. Free • Tickets Required & Available On-Site Seating is Limited For more information, call CoA at 301.348.3832.

1 2 3

“Fast & Fussless” Food Demonstration Your “Arch” Enemy MedStar “Mary Cassatt” Art Appreciation

Co-Sponsored by the Jewish Residents of Leisure World & Presented by Coming of Age in Maryland (CoA)

Thank You to Our Expo Sponsors

Coming of Age in Maryland and Jewish Residents of Leisure World thank our sponsors for their generous support of the 5th Annual Health & Wellness Expo.

WOW! Women on Weights

Attention ladies! Are you in a workout slump? Are you struggling to achieve your fitness goals? Do you prefer working out with a partner over training alone? Women On Weights can help you achieve your goals and have fun working out at the same time. Through this 6-week class, members have gained strength, improved cardiovascular health, lost inches and made friends. To register, please visit jccgw.org. For more information, please contact Meghan Batteau at 301.348.3710 or mbatteau@jccgw.org.

ProAction Offers FREE Running Clinic Thursday, May 15 | 3-5:30 p.m.

Runners who attend the clinic will receive an individual evaluation of their running style, as well as advice about improving speed without causing injury, footwear, and strengthening and stretching, all tailored to each runner’s individual needs.

Want to improve your running, avoid injury, and find out what may be causing those aches and pains? Rachel Miller, PT, OCS, RRCAcertified running coach, and the physical therapists at ProAction Physical Therapy will offer free individual running assessments to JCCGW members. Those who are interested must sign up for a time slot by calling 301.881.2273.

Rachel Miller is well known in the local running community and has been involved in running clinics in the area for 10 years. She has been quoted in Runner’s World magazine and has hosted a segment of a local radio show for six years. She has lectured extensively to local running groups and has completed six marathons. She has served as medical coordinator of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Miler since 2001, Marathon in the Parks (2004), Parks Half Marathon (2006) and the USATF Cross Country Championships (2009).

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CHILDREN & FAMILIES

Enriching Our Preschool through Connecting with Israel professionals I met and their uncompromising values that inform their work every day.” Participants spent time at Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu where they learned about the “junkyard playground,” an outdoor play area that was invented at this kibbutz in the 1940s. They studied with one of the primary researchers and developers of this playground philosophy, which allows children to construct knowledge and invent with every-day, castoff objects.

JCCGW Early Childhood Education Director Ora Cohen Rosenfeld, shown with Jerusalem in the background, was one of 23 participants from 20 JCCs in the United States who attended the recent JCCA Early Childhood Education Leadership Seminar in Israel. The seminar was designed in part to allow the educators to better integrate Israel into their early childhood programs.

JCCGW Early Childhood Education Director Ora Cohen Rosenfeld attended JCC Association’s (JCCA) Early Childhood Education Leadership Seminar in Israel in March. Ora and the other participants had the hands-on opportunity to study with scholars in Israel in early childhood education in areas such as development, crisis management, children’s literature and spiritual development of children. Each day was designed to be the foundation for continuing work in connecting North American JCC early childhood centers to the state of Israel in meaningful and long-lasting ways. As Ora reports, “This trip to Israel gave me the opportunity to visit dynamic organizations and meet the passionate and visionary individuals who are making an impact on the lives of children, families and their communities. I was impressed by the caliber of

The early childhood educators on the trip also visited Beit Issie Shapiro, a center for children with special needs, to see Israel’s first accessible and inclusive playground. Throughout the seminar, participants spent time at community centers and preschools, getting ideas about the similarities and differences between their own JCC programs and Israeli ones. Visits included the YMCA Peace Preschool for Jewish, Christian and Arab children, an Orthodox Jewish early childhood program and a Reform movement preschool. Ora reflects on one of the ways in which her experience on this trip will enhance the JCCGW Preschool: “I was able to create strong connections with other early childhood directors from Israel and from JCCs across the United States, which has given me a network of colleagues and friends with whom I can exchange ideas and get support.” Read more about Ora’s experience at orosenfeld.livejournal.com.

PJ Library is a Jewish family engagement program through which free, high-quality Jewish children’s literature and music are mailed to families on a monthly basis. It is funded in part through the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and supported by The United Jewish Endowment Fund, the Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation and the Perlin Family Foundation. Families raising Jewish children from age six months to eight years are invited to sign up for the program at pjlibrary.org. In addition to the books that are sent home each month, the JCCGW makes PJ Library come alive through activities for families with young children. For more information, watch this space each month, visit jccgw.org/pj or contact Tracy Newman at 301.348.3848 or tnewman@ jccgw.org.

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CAMP, YOUTH, TWEENS & TEENS

MAY 2014

…here we come to save the day!

SUMMER 2014…

Session 1 l June 23-July 3 (no camp July 4) Session 2 l July 7-July 18 Session 3 l July 21-August 8

DATES TO REMEMBER May 1 June 11 | 7-9 p.m. Required forms deadline

June 22 | 3-5 p.m.

Parent orientation (parents only) Family open house (families)

For more information, please send an e-mail to campjcc@jccgw.org.

SHALOMLEARNING AT THE JCCGW

A Teacher’s Perspective By MollyBeth Rushfield

I’ll admit my first online lessons had quite a few glitches; siblings ran through the room or a video just didn’t work as planned. But I learned and adapted. I know now how to adjust my pace so that distractions aren’t so… distracting. I use these peeks into my students’ lives (or living rooms or kitchens) to help me understand my students better. I see their home life and how it shapes them, and therefore, I can be a better teacher. It’s easier to teach the whole child when you can see more than what is present on a random Sunday in a borrowed classroom.

MollyBeth Rushfield

“What really matters is that we care about the people we seek to engage. When we genuinely care about people, we will not only welcome them; we will listen to their stories, we will share ours, and we will join together to build a Jewish community that enriches our lives.” —from the introduction of Relational Judaism by Dr. Ron Wolfson I was lucky enough to study with Dr. Wolfson in the 90s, back when family education was a new idea and “building community” was not yet a common educational term. And while in the class, we actually experienced Dr. Wolfson’s method of building community. We were welcomed to his home, he listened to our stories and shared his own, and we felt what it was like to be part of a Jewish community. Teaching in the ShalomLearning program here at the JCCGW has allowed me to sharpen those skills and to use technology as a tool to build connections.

My students share their stories with me, and I share mine with them and their families. During our tikkun olam projects, we all rejoiced when I showed them the plaque for the library I was starting in my grandmother’s memory. We all laughed when I shared my son’s dismay at the Post-its around my house in response to a lesson about the mezuzah. I opened up my life to my students, and they followed my lead. They feel safe to ask questions, wonder and laugh at mistakes. And as we share, we learn. ShalomLearning has truly helped to build a Jewish community that enriches our lives. We use technology to help us reach each other in new ways, then use ourselves to cement the relationships as they form. In a time when so many families are considering themselves “Just Jewish,” we are helping them create communities that satisfy the needs of today’s society. We are helping to build relationships and connections with peers, teachers and Jewish values within the realities of the 21st century. MollyBeth Rushfield teaches third and fourth grades at the ShalomLearning program at the JCCGW. Classes are held at the JCCGW on Sunday mornings, except for the monthly teacher-led virtual class where students log in from home. To find out more, go to www.ShalomLearning.com/JCCGW.

BBYO is now accepting new member registration for teens in 8th-12th grade. Programming for 6th and 7th graders also takes place on a monthly basis. Please contact dcc@bbyo.org or 301.984.6073 for further information.

After-School Cool For more than 30 years, the JCCGW has been providing families with an enriching after-school experience where kids can socialize, swim, do homework, dance, play basketball, paint, sculpt and tumble—all in a safe, warm and welcoming Jewish environment. After-school program registration for the 2014-2015 school year is now open. To register or for more information, please visit jccgw.org or contact Stacy Katz Olivera at 301.348.3767 or solivera@jccgw.org.

Overnight Camp Member Benefit Capital Camps, the official overnight camp of the JCCGW, is thrilled to offer a special JCCGW Member Discount for their Yotair (rookie camp) program for only $180 (reduced from $400). This intimate program offers children an opportunity to sample a wide variety of activities such as sports, arts & crafts, swimming, ropes course and drama. Yotair is a fabulous introduction to Jewish overnight camp for first-time campers. Campers return home with great friendships and memories, strong self-confidence and a passion for Jewish life. Yotair (August 12-15) is open to boys and girls entering 2nd, 3rd or 4th grades in the 20142015 academic year. The program is for new campers only, as all participants share their first overnight camp experience with other “first-timers.” Activities and programs are engaging and fun, led by nurturing staff at a first-class facility. For more information, visit www.capitalcamps.org.

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ARTS & CULTURE

POLINGER ARTISTS OF EXCELLENCE CONCERT SERIES

Dazzling Violinist Chee-Yun Graces JCCGW Stage Sunday, May 18 | 7:30 p.m.

dazzling tone and compelling artistry have enraptured audiences on five continents. Tickets are $30 for members; $35 for senior adults (age 62+) and students; and $40 for the general public. To purchase tickets, please visit jccgw.org/concerts or call the box office at 301.348.3872.

Violinist Chee-Yun returns to the Polinger Artists of Excellence concert series after her Please note that pianist Alessio Bax will not sold-out concert at the JCCGW in October be performing at this concert, as previously 2012. Chee-Yun’s flawless technique, announced.

Dance School Recital

Featuring Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra (MCYO) students Monday, May 19 at 7 p.m.

RSVP to Janet Getz at 301.348.3779 or jgetz@jccgw.org.

United States Air Force Band

Chamber Players Series

Sunday, June 1 | 3 p.m.

dance—on June 1. Tickets, which are $12 for members and $15 for the general public, will be available at jccgw.org starting May 15. For details, please contact Bunnye Levey at 301.348.3777 or blevey@jccgw.org. Students in the JCCGW Dance School youth program will present works demonstrating new skills learned in a variety of dance styles— including hip-hop, jazz, ballet, tap and modern

Violinist Chee-Yun Teaches a Free Master Class

In addition, preschool dance students will have informal presentations in the dance studio. For dates and times, please contact Bunnye Levey at 301.348.3777 or blevey@jccgw.org.

Book Talk and Signing

with David Laskin, author of “The Family” FREE |Sunday, May 4 | 4 p.m. Co-sponsored by the Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington

For more information, contact Debby Goldberg at 301.348.3816 or dgoldberg@jccgw.org.

FREE | Thursdays at 8 p.m.

Celtic Aire May 1 | Langford/Brandon Jazz Quintet May 8 | Celtic Aire May 15 | Contemporary Music Ensemble May 22 | Felsen Trio For more information about each group, please visit jccgw.org/concerts. Free; RSVP to Janet Getz 301.348.3779 or jgetz@jccgw.org.

We’re on the Air Tune in to Classical WETA’s Front Row Washington at 90.9 FM on Monday, May 5 at 9 p.m. to hear a broadcast of violinist Chee-Yun and pianist Alessio Bax’s concert recorded live at the JCCGW’s Kreeger Auditorium at the October 28, 2012 Polinger Artists of Excellence Series concert. The Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. Funding for the Maryland State Arts Council is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency which believes that a great nation deserves great art. The JCCGW is also supported in part by funding from the Montgomery County Government and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, the County Executive’s Ball for the Arts, and private sources.

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ADULTS & LIFELONG LEARNING

“A Lifetime of Perspective” Opens this Month Senior Adult Art Show on Display May 12-June 1

“A Lifetime of Perspective” is chaired by Karen Kaplan. It was created by Deena and Jerome Kaplan and their family in memory of Deena’s parents, Eve and David Berliant. The exhibit is underwritten by the Kaplan family, the JCCGW’s Deena and Jerome A. Kaplan Fund for Senior Adult Programming, and the Berliant/ Kaplan Fund of the United Jewish Be sure to visit the Center’s Goldman Endowment Fund of The Jewish Art Gallery to view the works of Federation of Greater Washington. our community’s talented artists, age 65 to 99. This wonderful show For more information on this special affirms the belief that life experience exhibit, please contact Kandy Hutman enhances the creativity of the human at 301.348.3864. spirit.

MAY 2014

Volunteer Views

Thank you to all volunteers who helped with our hamentaschen sale in March. Special recognition goes to early riser Faye A. Freedman, above, who volunteered each day of the sale from 8 to 10 a.m.

Goldman Art Gallery

Docents are needed weekdays, evenings and Sundays.

Kass Judaic Library

Senior Satellite Program

Assistants who have computer knowledge are needed on a regular or as-needed basis

Golf and Tennis Tournament

Help is needed for the tournament on Monday, June 9 at Lakewood Country Club.

Are you over 60 and looking to socialize, exercise and expand your knowledge? Check out the Selma Sweetbaum Senior Satellite Program! We offer weekly programs in Montgomery County and Prince

George’s County. The programming is free; a $5 donation is suggested for the delicious hot kosher lunch. For more information, please contact Debbie Sokobin at dsokobin@jccgw. org or 301.348.3760.

To volunteer or for more information on these and other opportunities, please contact Gloria Derkay at 301.348.3740 or gderkay@jccgw.org. SAVE THE DATE: All active volunteers will receive an invitation to the annual meeting and volunteer appreciation reception to be held on Thursday, May 22. 17


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Thank You for Your Support

To make a tribute gift, please visit jccgw.org/donate or contact Katya Pidgurskaya at 301.348.3855 or katya@ jccgw.org.

This list reflects gifts received from March 18 through April 18. CAMP R. Andrew Helgeson “Heart of Gold” Memorial Endowment Fund for Camp JCC Counselor Awards • “in memory of our son, Andrew” by Rita and Richard Helgeson • in memory of Andrew Helgeson’s yahrzeit on May 25th. “We miss you and cannot believe it is 9 years already” by Rita, Richard and Jennifer Helgeson • in memory of what would have been Ida Weiss’ birthday May 24th (maternal grandmother of Andrew) by Rita and Richard Helgeson • in honor of Jennifer Helgeson by Rita and Richard Helgeson • in honor of Rita Helgeson by Jennifer and Richard Helgeson • in honor of Richard Helgeson by Jennifer and Rita Helgeson • in honor of Rita and Richard Helgeson’s anniversary May 17th by Jennifer Helgeson • in honor of Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Day in Maryland, May 25, 2014, in memory of Andrew Helgeson’s yahrzeit, proclaimed by Governor Martin O’Malley by Rita, Richard and Jennifer Helgeson • in honor of Khristin Carroll’s birthday May 14th by Rita, Richard and Jennifer Helgeson • in honor of Julia Reider’s birthday May 24th by Rita, Richard and Jennifer Helgeson • in honor of Robert Weiss’ birthday May 24 by Rita, Richard and Jennifer Helgeson • in honor of Dr. Julius Goldhar’s birthday by Rita, Richard and Jennifer Helgeson • in honor of Frances and Alan Tetervin by Rita and Richard Helgeson • mazal tov to Julie and Michael Glassman on the birth of their daughter, Tiferet Leah by Jennifer, Rita and Richard Helgeson • in honor of Jonathan Jona on completion of his PhD and becoming assistant prof. at The University of Melbourne by Jennifer Helgeson Jane Hulman Camp Scholarship Fund • in memory of Herman Taube by Jerry Hulman Barbara Cohen and Walter Shorr Memorial Fund for Camp Scholarships and Israel Initiatives • in honor of Dr. Erick Skolnick by Lissa and Andrew Shorr • in honor of Dr. Mario Golocovsky by Lissa and Andrew Shorr

TRIBUTE CONTRIBUTIONS CHILDREN & FAMILY SERVICES Ida Forman Children’s Assistance Fund • in memory of Charlene D’Albora by Howard Forman CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS Brad and Monique Buckles Family Endowment for Youth Programs • in memory of Phyllis Margolius by Brad, Monique and Charlie Buckles Children’s Scholarship Fund • in honor of Becca and Noam Ben-Tov’s wedding by Cindy and Howard Gibbs CULTURAL ARTS Vera and Ralph Deckelbaum Music Endowment Fund • in memory of Amy Antonelli by Vera and Ralph Deckelbaum EARLY CHILDHOOD Bender-Dosik Parenting Center • in memory of Sondra D. Bender by Julie Bender Silver and David Silver • in memory of Phyllis Margolius by Julie Bender Silver and David Silver • in memory of Arnold Heft by Julie Bender Silver and David Silver • in memory of Eleanor Alderman by Julie Bender Silver and David Silver • in memory of Kori Silver by Julie Bender Silver and David Silver • “in honor of our new granddaughter Siena Evelyn Belinkie and her parents, Jason and Michelle Belinkie” by Julie Bender Silver and David Silver • in honor of Jena Belinkie and Chris Riley’s wedding on September 1, 2014 by Julie Bender Silver and David Silver • in honor of Nikki Belinkie and Jason Cole’s engagement by Julie Bender Silver and David Silver • in honor of Sidney Silver’s special birthday by Julie Bender Silver and David Silver Early Childhood Scholarships • in honor of Yael Smith by Sarah Arenstein

Spring Gala • in honor of Norma Lee and Morton Funger by Vera and Ralph Deckelbaum SENIOR ADULTS Deena and Jerome A. Kaplan Fund for Senior Adult Programming Kaplan • in honor of Kandy Hutman’s special birthday by Gloria Brown Senior Adult Programs • in honor of Kandy Hutman’s special birthday by Meryl and Jeff Cohen; Leslie and Allan Slan Selma Sweetbaum Senior Satellite Program • in memory of Isadore Goldman by Phyllis Perlberg Sweetbaum Family Endowment Fund for Senior Adult Programs • in memory of Isadore Goldman by participants of the Young Israel Shomrai Emunah and Har Tzeon-Agudath Achim satellite programs TEEN PROGRAMS JCC Maccabi Games • in honor of Carol Levinson on her birthday by Edith Black

Donate your vehicle and support three agencies. • jewish Foundation for group Homes • jewish community center of greater washington • jewish council for the aging

Step by Step Scholarship Fund • in honor of Lisa Baydush by Justin, Ron and Margie Glancz Marc Jeffrey Streidel Memorial Playground Fund • in memory of Arnold Plant by Robin and Glenn Streidel GENERAL SUPPORT Annual Fund • in memory of Irv Nurik by Ezra and Monica Friedman

18 6125 Montrose Road • Rockville, MD 20852 • jccgw.org • 301.881.0100

240.283.6000

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UPCOMING EVENTS

THURSDAY, MAY 1 8 p.m. Free concert: Langford/Brandon Jazz Quintet (page 16)

TUESDAY, MAY 20 7 p.m. Jewish Book Club: “The Family” by David Laskin. 301.348.3816

FRIDAY, MAY 2 12 p.m. New Friends, a group for widows and widowers. 301.348.3760

THURSDAY, MAY 22 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Fifth Annual Health & Wellness Expo at Leisure World Clubhouse I (page 13) 12:30 p.m. National Council of Jewish Women Book Club: “Room” by Emma Donoghue. 301.348.3816 1:30-3:30 p.m. History Club meets at Ring House. 301.348.3760 3:10 p.m. Creative Movement Preschool Dance Showcase. 301.348.3777 7 p.m. Annual Meeting (page 6) 7:30 p.m. 50+ Singles Group. 301.348.3808 8 p.m. Free concert: Felsen Trio (page 16)

SUNDAY, MAY 4 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Books & Fellowship for Jewish singles age 45+: “And the Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini. 301.348.3816 4 p.m. Book Talk & Signing: “The Family” by David Laskin (page 16) THURSDAY, MAY 8 1 p.m. JCCGW/Hadassah Book Club: “Binocular Vision” by Edith Pearlman. 301.348.3816 8 p.m. Free concert: Celtic Aire (page 16) FRIDAY, MAY 9 1:30-3 p.m. Coming of Age excursion to Ford’s Theater: “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” 301.348.3832 MONDAY, MAY 12 “A Lifetime of Perspective: Art by Older Adults” opens in the Goldman Art Gallery and is featured through June 1. 301.348.3770 11 a.m. Hurwitz Internal Light Low Vision Support Group meets at Ring House. 301.348.3760. 10:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m. Coming of Age Day @ the Ring. 301.348.3832 WEDNESDAY, MAY 14 10-11 a.m. Baby Sign Workshop. 301.348.3837 THURSDAY, MAY 15 3-5:30 p.m. ProAction Physical Therapy free running clinic (page 13) 8 p.m. Free concert: Contemporary Music Ensemble (page 16) SUNDAY, MAY 18 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Books & Fellowship for Jewish singles age 45+. Discussion only of the movie “42,” The Story of Jackie Robinson. 301.348.3816 1-5 p.m. Israel Fest at Rockville Town Square (page 8) 7:30 p.m. Biblical Archaeology Forum (page 9) 7:30 p.m. Concert: Violinist Chee-Yun (page 16) MONDAY, MAY 19 7 p.m. Free Master Class with violinist Chee-Yun (page 16)

FRIDAY, MAY 23 5-6:30 p.m. PJ Library program at Kentlands Shopping Center: “Is Your Dog Kosher?” 301.348.3848 MONDAY, MAY 26 Memorial Day 7 a.m.-5 p.m. H&F hours Offices & preschool closed TUESDAY, MAY 27 7 p.m. Low Vision Support Group. 301.299.7077 SUNDAY, JUNE 1 11 a.m.-12 p.m. PJ Library program at Carvel at Muddy Branch Square: “Sundaes on Sunday.” 301.348.3848 3 p.m. Dance School Recital (page 16) WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4 Shavuot 5:30 a.m.-10 p.m. H&F hours Offices & preschool closed THURSDAY, JUNE 5 Shavuot 5:30 a.m.-10 p.m. H&F hours Offices & preschool closed FRIDAY, JUNE 6 5-7 p.m. PJ Library program at the JCC outdoor pool: “Splash into Shabbat.” 301.348.3848

WEEKLY ONGOING PROGRAMS

SUNDAYS 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Elie Ronen Scott Family Gym MONDAYS 7:15 p.m. Duplicate Bridge TUESDAYS 1 p.m. Women’s Discussion Group 1 p.m. Men’s Discussion Group 2:30 p.m. Chess WEDNESDAYS 10-10:30 a.m. Storytime Singalong. Age 5 and under with parent/caregiver 2:30 p.m. Men’s Discussion Group THURDAYS 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Senior Adult Chorus at Ring House 10:45 a.m. Seniors Organized for Change at Ring House 1 p.m. Scrabble 3 p.m. Drop-in Discussion in Hebrew FRIDAYS 9:30-10:30 a.m. Shabbat Shalom Age 6 mos.-3 yrs. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Chess

SELMA SWEETBAUM SENIOR SATELLITE PROGRAM 301.348.3760

MONDAYS Temple Solel in Bowie Ring House in Rockville 1st & 3rd WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH Young Israel Shomrei Emunah Congregation in Silver Spring 2nd & 4th WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH Har Tzeon Congregation in Wheaton THURSDAYS Har Tzeon Congregation in Wheaton Ring House in Rockville

HEALTH & FITNESS HOURS Monday-Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

5:30 a.m.-10 p.m. 5:30 a.m.-6 p.m. 7 a.m.-8 p.m. 7 a.m.-8 p.m.

The building closes ½ hour after the H&F Department closes.

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