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Summer 2017 camp scholarship applications available BY JUDITH L. STANDER The Jewish Federation of Central New York and the Foundation for Jewish Camps program “One Happy Camper” will once again partner to offer two levels of incentives for first-time Jewish campers in Central New York. The first step involves completing an online application on the One Happy Camper website, www.onehappycamper. org. When a camper is determined eligible by the program, a $1,000 incentive can be awarded to that first-time Jewish overnight camper who plans to stay at least 19 days at a Jewish overnight camp. Similarly, an eligible first-time camper who plans to attend camp for 12 days can be awarded a $700 first-time incentive. These incentive awards

are for first-time Jewish overnight campers who currently reside in the Central New York area. An online application for each One Happy Camper incentive must be completed before eligibility can be determined. Step two involves completing a separate local application to the Jewish Federation of Central New York. The deadline for submission of this form is Tuesday, April 4, by noon. To receive an application, contact Judith Stander at the Federation at 315-445-0161, ext. 114, or While OHC does not provide any incentives for campers who attend a day school, the Jewish Federation of Central New York has determined that local children currently attending a day school will

be eligible to receive half the face value of either first-time camping incentive from funds provided exclusively by Federation. There is no online application process. Only a local application is needed. This can mean $500 for a Jewish first-time camper who is registered for a 19-day camping session or $350 for a Jewish first-time camper who is registered for a 12-day camping session. To further assist families with the costs of Jewish overnight camping, Federation is making limited funds available in the form of needs-based grants. Families of first-time campers, as well as families of repeat campers, can apply for a needs-based summer camp grant. This includes families of the Syracuse Hebrew Day School, Syracuse

Community Hebrew School and Central New York synagogue religious schools. Jewish students who are not affiliated with a religious institution are also eligible to apply to the Federation for summer camp grants. To assure confidentiality and privacy of information, an initial recommendation regarding a needs-based grant amount will be made by the camp, rather than the Federation. A Jewish Federation of Central New York Summer Camp Committee will make the final decision. Camping families can apply for the One Happy Camper program as well as the needs-based grant program. For more information, contact Judith Stander at 315-445-0161, ext. 114, or

The Epstein School prepares for upcoming Teen Taste of Israel trip BY CANTOR PAULA PEPPERSTONE The Rabbi Jacob H. Epstein School of Jewish Studies, with the support of an endowment fund at the Jewish Community Foundation of Central New York, will continue A Teen Taste of Israel, a bi-annual educational program begun in 2015. The fund that makes the trip possible is being supported by Elaine Rubenstein and Jack Lyon. The program, which will be held from February 16-26, is a 10-day touring trip to Israel, with 13 ninth and 10th-grade students and two chaperones. It will provide a “hands-on” Jewish educational experience. Students who attend the program will make “a serious commitment” of their time and energy. They have attended the Epstein School since seventh or eighth grade. As a condition of their participation on the largely-subsidized trip, they have committed to continuing their Jewish studies at the Epstein School through their senior year. In preparation for the trip, they learn

about Israel with Tamar Frieden, focusing on the country’s history, successes, challenges and the sites the tour will visit. The trip itinerary includes visits to the Kotel (Western Wall) and the Old City; Yad Vashem; the shuks (markets) in Jerusalem and Jaffa; an evening on Ben Yehuda Street; climbing Masada; swimming in the Dead Sea; staying in Bedouin tents; hiking; and meeting with Israeli peers. Participants “met” their Israeli tour guide through Skype in preparation for the trip. Miriam Elman, associate professor of political science at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School, will speak to the students on the history and current status of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. For more information about the Epstein School’s Teen Taste of Israel trip, contact Epstein Director Cantor Paula Pepperstone at Community members who wish to ensure the continuation of the program in the future should contact Linda Alexander

Federation statement

As a result of the recent presidential campaign, the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of Central New York issued a clear statement reaffirming our Jewish values of freedom and human rights. At its January 2017 meeting, the board voted unanimously to accept and endorse the following resolution: The Jewish Federation of Central New York is deeply troubled about the rising tide of antisemitism in the United States and abroad. We are also concerned about increased virulent anti-Israel statements and actions here and abroad which go beyond differences over policy but rise to antisemitism in their scope and degree. We condemn all hate speech and reaffirm our commitment to equality, human dignity and peace. We condemn attacks on any religious or ethnic groups that share our commitment to equality, human dignity and peace, and hold that an attack on any such group is an attack on us as well. We will continue to be vigilant in identifying all manifestations of bigotry, and we will work independently, or with allies, to reduce and eliminate their adverse effects on our community. We will respond as needed to acts and words that are in opposition to our mission to protect the interests of the Jewish community and to advocate for the State of Israel.

at the Jewish Community Foundation of Central New York at 315-445-2040, ext. 130.

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Israel slated to take in 100 orphaned Syrian refugee children BY JNS STAFF ( – Israel has announced that it will take in 100 orphaned Syrian refugee children, the Jewish state’s first such move since Syria’s civil war began nearly six years ago. According to the report by Israel’s Channel 10, the children will receive temporary resident status and become permanent residents after four years. Additionally, the children, who will be housed in an Education Ministry boarding school for the first three months and then enrolled in Israeli schools, will eventually be placed by the government with Arab-Israeli foster families. Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri approved the plan. “Israel to take in Syrian orphans as refugees with path to citizenship. Arab-Israelis will help absorbing,” Israeli-Arab diplomat George Deek wrote on Twitter. The Channel 10 report also said that Israel may allow close relatives of the Syrian children – such as siblings or parents, if they are found alive – to be granted Israeli residence. While Israel has largely remained neutral in regards to the conflict in Syria, the Jewish state has treated more than 2,600 Syrian war casualties in special

hospitals set up along the border as well as in conventional Israeli hospitals.

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Posted wins the 2017 JCC Battle of the Bands

BY WILLIAM WALLAK Nine bands performed at the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center of Syracuse for four-and-a-half hours on January 14. The 15th annual high school Battle of the Bands concert drew a crowd of more than 300 people to the JCC Neulander Family Sports and Fitness Center’s Schayes Family Gymnasium, where the musicians played a variety of musical styles. The fans reportedly “grooved and ate it all up.” In the end, returning rock band Posted, from Marcellus Senior High School, rose to the top and was named this year’s winner. Along with bragging rights, Posted received a $200 cash prize, eight hours of studio time at More Sound Recording Studio in Syracuse, an interview segment on 95X radio’s Locals Only show, an opening act slot for an upcoming show at The Lost Horizon, the headline slot at this summer’s TeenFest event and the opportunity to play in the JCC 2017 Spring Showcase concert. “This has truly been a milestone Battle of the Bands concert,” said Mick Hagan,

JCC’s director of children and teen services. “For 15 years, we’ve been bringing local high school musicians together to showcase their talents and make them rock stars for an evening. It’s so awesome that we’ve been able to grow this thing into Central New York’s biggest battle of the bands competition exclusively for high school musicians. I’m so impressed by the bands that played this year and how successful our Battle of the Bands event has become.” Posted had prior experience with the Battle of the Bands, as the band tied for third in last year’s show. “We’d like to thank the JCC for putting on this awesome event,” said Nate Murphy, Posted’s lead singer. “It’s so great how they pull all of this together and give high school bands a chance to play out. It was so incredible to be here with so many good bands.” Judges for the 2017 Battle of the Bands were Scott Dixon (dXn), a 95X radio personality; Bob Staffa (B.O.B), a 95X radio personality; and Garrit Peck and Max Marcy from last year’s winning band, The Cuddlefish. This year’s Battle of the Bands was

Mick Hagan, JCC director of children and teen services, posed with the band members of Posted, the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center of Syracuse’s 2017 Battle of the Bands winner, after awarding them their $200 prize. L-r: Hagan and band members Dan Wrona, guitar; Nate Murphy, lead vocals; Sam Hayduke, percussion; Riley Burns, bass; and Josh Winoski, percussion. sponsored by More Sound Recording Studio, 95X, Pepsi and Contact Community Services. For every high school student admission, the JCC donated $1 to his or

her school district’s music department. For more information about the Battle of the Bands, contact Hagan at 315-4452040, ext. 129, or

Federation funds training and support tools for local Jewish educators BY DIANE WLADIS A grant from the Jewish Federation of Central New York funded the Syracuse Area Jewish Educators all-teacher training in October. The communitywide, in-service was led by the national organization Matan, and focused on an array of training

specifically for special education in the Jewish classroom. Syracuse Community Hebrew School Education Director Shannon Small coordinated the event for SAJE, and was subsequently able to assess the impact of the training in her own classrooms.

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Judaic Heritage Center needs your photos BY MICHAEL MOSS More than a century ago – on May 21, 1907 – a photographer captured this image of my mother, Frances Silverstein, at her desk where she worked as executive secretary for the Syracuse Lighting Company. My mother is the woman in the dark dress at the center of the photo. Behind her, at the right side of the photo, is Arthur Dean Dudley, the lighting company president. To me, this is a treasured family photo from our past. To others, it is a photo of historical importance, because it shows the main office of a business that became part of the Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation. By 1932, just 25 years after this photo was taken, Niagara Mohawk (then known as Niagara Hudson) was the largest electric utility company in the U.S. and the biggest seller of electrical power in the world.

And what about your photos? Are they just family history? Or, more likely, are some of them also of historical importance to the community? The Judaic Heritage Center is in the process of creating a permanent exhibit at the Onondaga Historical Association pertaining to the Central New York Jewish community – and we need your photos to help us tell the story. Please rummage through your old storage closets and drawers and boxes, and search for any photos that you can pass along to the Judaic Heritage Center. As we accumulate memorabilia from our community’s past, we don’t want anyone to be left out. We need you to identify at least some of the people in your photos. Share with us as much information as you have about See “Photos” on page 7

She said, “Our teachers learned about how to include students with different learning needs. One change that has been apparent is the use of ‘fidgets,’ items that students can fidget with to help them focus more in the classroom. Teachers have been allowing students to use them and have noticed that they have increased students’ attention and engagement in the classroom.” Sixth grade student Sam Allen said, “[The fidgets] are fun, interactive and help me concentrate through the challenging times in class.” Fourth grade student Ella Azria agreed, saying, “They don’t distract you. They help you focus more in school. It helps me relax.” On January 8, Small held a follow-up training with the SCHS teachers, led by Andrea Speer, SCHS special education teacher. The training focused on giving more concrete advice and specific

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materials to practice what was taught in the October training. She provided more suggestions on active learning within the classroom and gave the educators a chance to share their own ideas for such activities. She emphasized three keys to motivation: fostering connections through community building activities; challenging students so they will want to participate more; and giving them an opportunity for choice so they will feel more in control. Speer also taught the importance of fostering a “growth mindset,” which is the idea that “my mind and my knowledge can be developed,” where praise is given for effort and group behavior, and the emphasis is that everyone is working on the process of learning. Speer also discussed the value of formative assessment as a tool to help students “synthesize what they have learned” so that the teacher has See “Funds” on page 7

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AROUND CENTRAL NEW YORK Four synagogues to celebrate Tu B’Shevat together Temple Concord, Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas, Shaarei Torah Orthodox Congregation of Syracuse and Temple Adath Yeshurun will celebrate Tu B’Shevat together on Saturday, February 11, beginning with Havdalah at 7 pm. The joint event will be hosted at Temple Concord, 910 Madison St., Syracuse. Following Havdalah, chef Steve Samuels will lead an

“Iron Chef Community Tu B’Shevat,” where participants will divide into teams to create dishes using foods from the seven species associated with the holiday, including what Samuels described as a “secret ingredient.” All ingredients will be kosher/pareve, and everyone in attendance will be able to sample the dishes when they are ready.

There will be a modest fee to attend, adjusted by age. For more information, contact Temple Concord at 315475-9952 or; Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas at 315-446-9570 or office@; Shaarei Torah Orthodox Congregation of Syracuse at 315-446-6194 or; or Temple Adath Yeshurun at 315-445-0002 or

Applications for 2017 summer Israel programs BY JUDITH L. STANDER Families with teenagers planning a trip to Israel this summer can request application forms for financial assistance now from the Jewish Federation of Central New York. The Israel Experience Grant Program is a local program supported by the estate of Helen Millstein. The fund was established, with the help of Sheldon and Mateele Kall, to assist students with some of the expenses related to first-time organized travel to Israel. Students must

be current high school students and have completed the 10th grade of a Jewish education program, or expect to complete it by this spring. This can be done through the Federation-supported Rabbi Jacob H. Epstein School of Jewish Studies or the equivalent at an area congregation. The Isaiah and Rosalind Wolfson Scholarship Fund is said to “celebrate the life of highly respected members of the Syracuse Jewish community.” The family continues to help send area youth on trips to Israel through their ongoing

Catering by The Oaks celebrates lunar New Year

Catering by The Oaks is celebrating the Chinese lunar new year with a Chinese kosher take-out dinner. The dinner menu is now available for pre-order. It is recommended that people call ahead by Friday, February 3, for pick up on Wednesday, February 8. The Oaks will also accept same-day orders.

While Catering by The Oaks has daily dinner menus that can be pre-ordered any weekday, organizers have found the kosher Chinese dinner to be popular every year. For more information about menu selections or pricing, call Lisa Stuttard at Catering by The Oaks at 315-4469111, ext. 255, or 315-449-3309, ext. 107.

JCC to hold February break vacation camp BY WILLIAM WALLAK The Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center of Syracuse will offer a February break vacation camp for school-age children in kindergarten-sixth grade from Monday-Friday, February 20-24, from 9 am-4 pm, at the JCC, 5655 Thompson Rd., DeWitt. Children may attend just one day or all five days. Early and late care to extend each day from 7 am-6 pm is available, and

half-day programs will be offered most days. “We’ll have so many enjoyable and entertaining activities for the kids. It’s going to be a blast,” said Mick Hagan, the JCC’s director of children and teen services. “Each day our campers will choose from a variety of age-appropriate arts and crafts, games, sports and more. We’ll also take a field trip to Wonderworks in the mall.”

support of the Wolfson Scholarship Funds, which are administered by the Jewish Federation of Central New York. The application process includes a scheduled interview with the teenager, a representative of the Wolfson family and one from Federation. The fund functions primarily as needs-based to help underwrite some of the expenses related to the planned group trip to Israel. Federation believes in encouraging teenagers to travel to Israel, as an organized youth group trip can establish “a strong experience base for growth and involvement with one’s Jewish identity.” These trips are typically sponsored by national or international Jewish youth organizations and must be approved by the Federation. The deadline for submission of all paperwork is Tuesday, April 4, by noon. To receive an application or for more information, contact Judith Stander at 315-4450161, ext. 114, or



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CONGREGATIONAL NOTES Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas TU B’SHEVAT SEDER AT CBS-CS Rabbi Daniel and Rhea Jezer will lead the annual Tu B’Shevat seder on Saturday, February 11, following morning services, at Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas, 18 Patsy Ln., Jamesville. The seder will include songs, four courses of nuts and fruits, and wine or juice. The celebration, which will be for children and adults, will include Hebrew and English songs, more than 20 varieties of foods, a dessert from biblical times, and an exploration and appreciation of the natural world. Tu B’Shevat is one of the four new years enumerated in the Mishnah and is the official birthday of the trees. For the past several hundred years, but especially recently, with people’s raised ecological conscience, it has been celebrated worldwide with Tu B’Shevat programs such as the one at CBS-CS. In Israel, school children and others plant trees to help reforest the land. This year, CBS-CS has focused on environmental issues leading up to its scholar-in-residence weekend from Friday-Sunday, March 31-April 2, with Rabbi Lawrence Troster, a nationally recognized leader of Jewish environmentalism. Services and the seder will be open to the community. For more information, contact the CBS-CS office at 315-4469570 or SISTERHOOD BOWLING The CBS-CS Sisterhood will go bowl-

ing at Bowl Mor Lanes in East Syracuse on Saturday, February 4, at 7:30 pm. There is a cost for the event, and reservations may be made by contacting Robin Young at 315-449-0113 or, or Gwen Kay at 315-446-0383 or gwen. The evening is an adult-only activity. CBS-CS HELD BOOK PARTY FOR “NEW AMERICAN” CHILDREN Every year, Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas holds a Mitzvah Day. For the second consecutive year, it was held on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which this year was on January 16. Prior to the event, congregation members collected books. This year there were more than 500 children’s and young adult books to give away. Congregants of all ages visited the InterFaith Works’Center for New Americans on January 16. Orientation was held from 9:30-10 am. From 10 am-noon, participants read books to the New American children and then helped each one decorate and fill a book bag with at least 10 “gently used” children’s books. CBS-CS Director of Youth and Education Julie Tornberg organized the event. She said, “This intergenerational event was amazing! It was even better this year than last year. The families were so pleased to receive the books. Some of them came last year and returned. Friendships have evolved from the event, and we hope the See “CBS-CS” on page 6

In front, l-r: On Dr. Martin L u t h e r K i n g J r. D a y, Congregation Beth SholomChevra Shas members Rachel Pettiford, Hadar Pepperstone and Marcia Cohen helped New American children make book bags for the children’s books collected by synagogue members. Each New American child received a decorated book bag with at least 10 books. The InterFaith Works Center for New Americans will give out the remaining books throughout the year.

At right, l-r: Owen Reckess, an unidentified New American child and Eden Shirilan-Howlett looked at books before helping the boy choose some.

Temple Adath Yeshurun SHABBAT IN THE ROUND BY SONALI MCINTYRE Temple Adath Yeshurun will usher in Shabbat on Friday, February 10, with a Shabbat in the Round service led by Rabbi Paul Drazen, with music led by Ba’alat Tefillah Esa Jaffe and the TAY adult choir. Following the service, there will be a Shabbat dinner hosted by the TAY Sisterhood. “Shabbat dinners have become something we look forward to at TAY. It’s a wonderful feeling to be together as a congregation – eating, talking and watching the children running around and having fun,” said Alison Bronstein, Sisterhood president. “We invite the community to join us for the celebration of Shabbat.” The service and dinner will be open to the community. The Shabbat in the Round service will begin at 5:30 pm. Dinner will begin at 6:30 pm. Attendees can bring their own kosher wine for dinner. There will be a fee for the dinner. For more information or to RSVP for the dinner, contact the temple office at 315-445-0002 or e-mail Alison Bronstein at RECC’S STORAH TIME DOES MITZVAH PROJECT The children in Storah Time, the Jewish Enrichment Program at the Temple Adath Yeshurun Rothschild Early Childhood Center, have been studying the meaning of a mitzvah. After reading “It’s a... It’s a... It’s a Mitzvah,” the children discussed ways they could do kind deeds for others. They decided to recognize and thank some of the people they encounter in their daily routine by making cards. They were “especially appreciative” of the cook who prepares the meals at the RECC. Through this process, they also created a collage, which they plan to give to Menorah Park to “brighten the day” of some of the residents. Storah Time is held on Tuesdays from 10-10:45 am in Room 15, the youth lounge,

L-r: Three-year-old Bella Gross and 4-year-old Nolan Truex helped create a collage in RECC’s Jewish enrichment class, Storah Time.

Charlie O’Neil, a toddler enrolled at RECC, worked with clay in the art studio, which is one of the activities available for the children. at the synagogue, and is free and open to the community for children ages 2-5 with a caregiver. For more information, call 315-445-0049 or e-mail RECC OPEN ART STUDIO BY SONALI MCINTYRE The TAY Rothschild Early Childhood Center will offer an open art studio for 2-5-year-old children and their caregivers. The six-week session will be held on Wednesdays from 9:30-10:30 am, beginning on February 22 and ending on March 29. Participants can explore See “TAY” on page 6

Temple Adath Yeshurun celebrated the consecration of the third-grade class on January 21. L-r: Benjamin Resig, Sadie Sevak, Noah Mowers and Leo Charlamb. Not pictured: Ronen Shapiro.

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HARP DUO FANTAISIE AT TEMPLE CONCORD BY CHANA MEIR Duo Fantaisie, a harp duo of sisters Jessica Wilbee and Brittany Hart DeYoung, will perform on Monday, February 13, at 7 pm, as part of Temple Concord’s Regina F. Goldenberg Music Series. Though considered young, both sisters have been playing the harp since age 8, and are said to “already have a lifetime of music behind them.” While Wilbee has performed with

orchestras and festivals throughout the country, including Syracuse’s Symphoria, DeYoung is a harp faculty member at the Flint Institute of Music in Michigan, and is the principal harpist for the Lansing Symphony Orchestra. This performance will provide an opportunity to see the instrument played up close in concert. The event will be free and open to the public. Donations will be welcome. For more information, contact the TC office at 475-9952 or

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BY JESSICA LAWRENCE Organizers called Super Sunday a “super success.” More than 60 volunteers helped raise approximately $30,000 on January 15 to help support the Jewish community locally, nationally and overseas. Super Sunday Committee members Orit Antosh, Joel Friedman, Myrna Koldin and Danielle Mazursky agreed that they could not have reached this goal “without the support of a generous community.” Syracuse Hebrew Day School’s “Club 56” students, with their teacher, Jennifer Hall, and teenagers from the Jewish Community Foundation of Central New York Teen Funders also contributed to the effort.

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Sunday, February 5 Acting In-Dori Rose Levit at TAY at 10 am Monday, February 6 Temple Concord Board of Trustees meeting at 7 pm Tuesday, February 7 Epstein School meets at Congregation Beth Sholom Chevra Shas at 6:30 pm Syracuse Community Hebrew School Board meeting at 7:30 pm at Temple Adath Yeshurun Syracuse Rabbinical Council Series Davar Acher, an adult class taught by community rabbis, to present Rabbi Leah Fein at CBS-CS at 6:45 pm Wednesday, February 8 Syracuse Community Hebrew School at TAY from 4-6 pm Thursday, February 9 Epstein School at Wegmans Café at 7 pm Saturday, February 11 CBS-CS annual Tu B’Shevat seder after Shabbat services TC, CBS-CS, Shaarei Torah Orthodox Congregation of Syracuse and TAY will celebrate Tu B’Shevat together, beginning with Havdalah, at 7 pm at TC Sunday, February 12 TC Sisterhood book talk at 9:30 am TC GAN program from 10:30 am-noon Rabbi Paul Drazen presents “Meet the Text” at TAY at 11 am Monday, February 13 Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center of Syracuse blood drive from 11 am-4 pm TC Goldenberg Series presents harpist duo, “Duo Fantaisie,” Jessica Wilkbee and Brittany Hart DeYoung at 7 pm Tuesday, February 14 JCC Executive Committee meeting at 6 pm, followed by board meeting at 7 pm Epstein School meets at CBS-CS at 6:30 pm Syracuse Rabbinical Council Series presents Rabbi Leah Fein at CBS-CS at 6:45 pm Wednesday, February 15 Deadline for March 2 issue of the Jewish Observer SCHS from 4-6 pm at TAY TAY Executive Committee meeting at 6 pm, followed by board meeting at 7 pm CBS-CS Board meeting at 7:30 pm Thursday, February 16 Epstein School at Wegmans Café at 7 pm Thursday, February 23 Menorah Park Operating Board meeting at 6 pm



The lowly hyssop

Chloe Smeader

BY RABBI LEAH FEIN It is a wonder that amidst what is perhaps the most epic parasha of the entire Torah, the rabbis chose to focus so many midrashim on the humble hyssop plant, a small detail from an otherwise larger-than-life narrative. While many are familiar with its context, few remember the pivotal role of the hyssop, or that it is even part of the dramatic Exodus story at all. Right before the 10th plague, Moses summons the elders of Israel and tells them to retrieve lambs for their families, which they will sacrifice as the Passover offering. Moses then instructs them to take hyssop, dip it in the lamb’s blood and use the hyssop to paint the blood on their doorposts. God will see the blood and pass over the homes of the Israelites, thereby protecting them from the final plague, the death of the firstborn sons. (Exodus 12:21-23) In a beautiful midrash, the ancient rabbis explain that, like many things, the hyssop “appears to people to be of no worth, yet its power is great in the eyes of God... God performs miracles with the smallest things, and through the hyssop, which is the most lowly of trees, did God redeem Israel.” (Shemot Rabbah 27:2) Both through the words of the midrash, and the act of highlighting what would otherwise be a forgettable detail, the rabbis remind us of the great potential present within every creature, that even the mundane has the power to become miraculous. So the next time we are quick to ignore someone or something that to us appears lowly or insignificant, or we ourselves need a boost of empowerment, may we call to mind the words of the rabbis, that “the small and the great are equal in the eyes of God.” The lesson is a simple one, but no less powerful. Rabbi Leah Fein is the campus rabbi at Hillel at Syracuse University. She received rabbinic ordination and an M.A. in Jewish education from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2015.

Chloe Smeader, daughter of Ray Smeader, of Liverpool, and Melissa Cohen, of Clay, became bat mitzvah at Temple Adath Yeshurun on December 3. She is the granddaughter of Alice Cohen, of East Meadow, NY, and Joan Webb, of Liverpool, NY. She is a B’nai Mitzvah Fund holder and a member of the Teen Chloe Smeader Funders Committee at the Jewish Community Foundation of Central New York. She is a student at North Syracuse Junior High School and enjoys playing soccer and volleyball, as well as traveling and summer camp.

MAZEL TOV Jules Blank celebrates 102nd birthday with friends at The Oaks BY STEWART KOENIG Jules Blank celebrated his 102nd birthday on January 10 at a party in his honor at The Oaks at Menorah Park. Fellow residents and staff gathered to toast Blank, eat cake and sing “Happy Birthday.” Blank served as the “master of ceremonies” as he recalled his early years in Petersburg, VA, and moving to New York City with his family when they lost everything in the Great Depression. He thanked everyone for honoring him. Patricia McGregor, co-director at The Oaks, said, “Jules is a joy. He really lifts the spirits of everyone around him. We look forward to celebrating his 103rd next year.”

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to experience the RECC’s Reggio-inspired art studio. RECC Director Alicia Gross said, “We are excited to share our philosophy with more children and families in the community. This is an excellent space for young children to create their own works, express themselves and communicate through art.” There will be a cost per child and payment can be made by cash or check. Registration is required for participation. To register, visit www.rothschildearlychildhoodcenter. org, e-mail or call 315-445-0049.


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project will continue. Extra bags were made for other New Americans when they arrive in Syracuse. Many of the New Americans have never owned books, and they see them as keys to many things. Having the books makes them feel special and cared about in ways that we cannot imagine.” The InterFaith Works’ Center for New Americans provides resettlement and post-resettlement services to help refugee families re-establish their lives and overcome the barriers to successful integration in their new communities.

Myah Pettiford (on left) reconnected with a friend from last year at the CBS-CS Mitzvah Day as other New Americans looked on.


The camp will feature various indoor and outdoor activities, along with theme days, such as “Hawaiian Hullabaloo,” “bounce-a-palooza” and “splish splash day.” All campers should bring winter clothing for daily outdoor activities, weather permitting, including waterproof pants, coats, hats and gloves. Sneakers are required to play in the gym. Full-day campers have been asked to bring a nonmeat lunch. An afternoon snack will be provided. The

L-r: Shirley Klein and Judy Franklin helped Jules Blank celebrate his 102nd birthday at The Oaks.

Dana Goldberg - Matthew Cutter wedding

Steven and Sondra Goldberg, of Fayetteville, have announced the marriage of their daughter, Dana Goldberg, to Matthew Cutter, on September 11 at Temple Adath Yeshurun. The bride’s uncle, Cantor Hal Rifkin, and Rabbi Paul Drazen officiated. Dana is the grandMatthew Cutter and daughter of Normal Dana Goldberg Cutter Goldberg, of Fayetteville, the late Bernard Goldberg, the late Beverly Rochelson and the late Francis Rochelson. She completed her master’s degree at Northeastern University and is working as a human resource manager in Boston, MA. Matthew is the son of Nancy and Steven Cutter, of Needham, MA. He is the grandson of the late Judith Cutter, the late Harold Cutter, the late Sandra Shapiro and the late Sheldon Shapiro. He completed his undergraduate degree at Ithaca College and is working as a wealth management advisor in Boston, MA. The maids of honor were Dana’s sisters, Rebecca Cantor and Kara Goldberg. The best man was Matthew’s brother, Davis Cutter. Matthew’s sister Shelby served as a bridesmaid. The newlyweds honeymooned in South Africa. They reside in Boston, MA. Continued from page 3 camp’s half-day options, when available, will run from 9 am-noon and from 1-4 pm. Early registration pricing and a discount for siblings is available through Monday, February 13. Registration will be discounted for JCC members; however, membership or JCC program enrollment is not necessary for a child to attend the February break vacation camp. For more information and to obtain a registration form, call 315-445-2360 or visit

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Kenneth E. Gale, M.D., 95, a cancer surgeon, particularly of breast cancer and melanoma, in upstate New York for nearly 70 years, died on January 12. He was 95 years old. He participated in establishing the first oncology clinic in Syracuse and pioneered the palliative treatment of metastatic cancer tumors through the use of hormone therapy. He was also an early researcher in cancer survivorship, helping to establish the first cancer registry program in upstate New York. This program collected stochastic data on patients throughout 15 counties who survived cancer treatment, and utilized this data to establish programs that improved patient care and survival rates for thousands of upstate New York cancer patients. He was a researcher, and published numerous articles and scientific papers detailing the results of his cancer research throughout the years. He was a frequent speaker at domestic and international cancer conferences, including the 11th International Cancer Congress in Florence, Italy. He was a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society of Breast Surgeons, the James Ewing Society of Surgical Oncology, the Cancer Liaison Fellow at the American College of Surgeons, a member of the International Association for Breast Cancer Research and the former chairman of the Cancer Committee of the Onondaga County Medical Society. He was a member of Temple Concord. Born in Binghamton, he graduated from Nottingham High School, Syracuse University and the Syracuse University College of Medicine, where he matriculated as part of the U.S. Navy’s V-12 program during World War II. After completing residency at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago and active duty service as a U.S. Navy physician at the Brooklyn Navy Hospital and Halloran VA Hospital in Staten Island, he returned to Syracuse in 1948 to establish his private practice. He was affiliated with St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, Crouse Irving Memorial Hospital, Community General Hospital and was also an associate clinical professor of surgery at SUNY Upstate Medical University. He was an enthusiastic tennis player and Syracuse University basketball and football fan. He was a member of the boards of education of the Syracuse and Fayetteville-Manlius school districts, and also a chairman of the United Jewish Appeal of Syracuse. He was devoted to his children and, in addition to attending athletic and musical events, served as doctor for a number of high school sports teams. He was predeceased by his first wife, Lois Arnold Gale, and brother, William S. (Jean) Gale, of Cape Needick, ME. He is survived by his wife, Catherine A. Gale, of Manlius; children, Kathy (Donald) Rocklin, of North Haven, CT; Frederick M. (Cathy) Gale, of Boston, MA; Patricia (Daniel), of Kigar Ridgway, CO; Jacob D. Gale, of Bangkok, Thailand; and Max D. (Kristen) Gale, of Cazenovia; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nephews. Burial was in the Temple Concord Section of Woodlawn Cemetery. Birnbaum Funeral Service had arrangements. Contributions can be made to the Gale Family Fund at CNY Community Foundation, 431 East Fayette St., Suite 100, Syracuse, NY 13202. 


Sheldon Garfinkel died on January 13 at Crouse Hospital. Born in Utica, he had been a resident of Syracuse for almost 50 years. He was a real estate agent in the Syracuse area for most of his career until retiring. He was a member of Temple Adath Yeshurun. He is survived by his wife, Susan; their children, Lori (Christopher) and Jill (Will); five grandchildren; his brothers, Stuart (Lorraine) Garfinkel and Marty (Claire) Garfinkel; his sister-in-law, Gail (Bruce) Berlin; and brother-in-law, Joe Heyman. Burial was in Frumah Packard Cemetery. Sisskind Funeral Service had arrangements. Contributions can be made to the Berse Memorial Endowment Fund at the Crouse Health Foundation, 736 Irving Ave., Syracuse, NY 13210. 




Regina “Reggie” Meadvin, 91, died on January 19 in Lexington, MA. Born in Cleveland, she had been a resident of Syracuse since 1956, when she was married. She was a longtime member of Temple Beth El, and the synagogue’s Sisterhood; a member of the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center of Syracuse; a member of Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas and was active with the senior exercise group through the Town of DeWitt. She was predeceased by her husband, Edward. She is survived by her daughter, Hildy (Paul) Mazur; four grandchildren; her sister, Lillian Gottlieb; and her brother, Morris Brown. Burial was in Temple Beth El Cemetery. Sisskind Funeral Service had arrangements. Contributions can be made to the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults at 

Allen Tecler, 78, died on January 18 at Menorah Park. He was a resident of Mohawk until moving to Utica in 2015. He was a social studies teacher at Herkimer High School for more than 30 years; a member of Temple Beth Joseph of Herkimer and Temple Emanuel of Utica; and a dedicated volunteer at the Rescue Mission of Utica. He is survived by his wife of more than 45 years, Susanne; their children, Ben (Jessica), of Kirkville, and Cynthia; four grandchildren; and his sister, Elaine Tecler. Burial was in the synagogue’s section of Oak Hill Cemetery in Herkimer. Sisskind Funeral Service had arrangements. 


BY JNS STAFF ( – European Jewish Congress President Dr. Moshe Kantor called on Europe’s leaders to adopt a working legal definition of antisemitism amid growing threats and incidents facing the continent’s Jewish community. In May 2016, the Berlin-based International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance adopted an official legal definition of antisemitism as a “certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.” In December, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said her government would officially adopt that definition amid an uptick in antisemitic attacks.

Irving Bernard Rosenthal 90, died January 21 at the Syracuse V.A. Medical Center. Born in Syracuse, he volunteered at 17 to serve his country during World War II, and saw combat at the Battle of the Bulge. He later became a Syracuse University engineering alumnus and used his technical “genius” and love for every new gadget as president and owner of Rosenthal-Chadwick Inc., providing solutions to complex building system challenges. He was a lifelong private pilot, who flew and skied until he was almost 80. He was known for his “dry, critical wit” and humor. He found pleasure and intellectual compatibility, and traveled extensively with his longtime love, Elly Andrews, and remained a generous friend to his former wife, Barbara Joanne Bates. His home was the hub of family gatherings, which often included his 10 nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his siblings, Pauline Share, Marvin and Harvey. He is survived by his two daughters, I. Holly Rosenthal, of Jamesville, and Debbie (Brian) Gaffney; three grandchildren; and his brother, Seymour (Ethel). Burial was in Adath Yeshurun Cemetery. Sisskind Funeral Service had arrangements. Contributions can be made to the Syracuse V.A. CLC Recreation Department, 800 Irving Ave., Syracuse, NY 13210 to encourage programs that enhance life through music. 

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“Love Is The Answer” – the seventh annual World Harmony Assembly

BY ELIZABETH “BETTY” LAMB Women Transcending Boundaries and InterFaith Works of Central New York will join this year with University United Methodist Church to bring the seventh World Harmony Assembly to Syracuse and the Central New York community. “Love Is The Answer” will be held on Monday,


“I urge all European governments to follow the British government’s lead and adopt this definition,” Kantor said at an International Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony at the European Parliament in Brussels. “The reason this is so essential is because for the first time it tells antisemites, ‘your words and actions are illegal.’ ...Currently, in most of Europe, we have an absurd sit-

February 6, from 6-8 pm, at University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., in Syracuse. The free event will be open to the community. A reception will follow the assembly. More than a dozen different faith communities will gather to share their faith traditions in dance, song, poetry, scripture readings and traditional dress. The Syracuse Continued from page 7

uation whereby antisemitism, unlike any other form of racism, is defined by the perpetrator and not the victim, as it should be.” The best way for European leaders to commemorate the Holocaust, added Kantor, “is not just by talking about the past but by re-committing themselves to a safe future, especially for the Jewish community.”

World Interfaith Harmony Assembly commitment to “love, peace and harmony” is the community’s response to the U.N. General Assembly unanimously proclaiming in 2010 that the first week of February would be the annual World Interfaith Harmony Week, which was established to bring people of all religions, faiths and cultures, together “in love, mutual respect and harmony.” The event has been celebrated locally for six years, with the assembly being hosted by a different faith community annually. This year, the Mosque of Jesus, Son of Mary, will “pass the light of love, peace and harmony” to University United Methodist Church. After six years of observing the assembly, Syracuse and Onondaga County have now officially been declared a “Compassionate Community.” For more information, contact Betty Lamb, president of Women Transcending Boundaries, at 315-727-5996.

Seven questions to ask before hiring your wedding photographer (NewsUSA) – Some moments are too important to trust to a camera phone. Your wedding will be one of the most memorable times of your life, and no one can capture it better than a professional photographer. As you interview photographers, the Professional Photographers of America suggest you ask them these questions to help you determine who is the right photographer for you. 1. Do you have a portfolio I can review? Reviewing sample work allows you to see the photographer’s style. Is it more formal or candid? Look for images you can see yourself in. Think of three words that describe you and share those with your photographer. 2. Will you create a detailed shot list?

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This list will ensure no important photo is missed during your wedding. You should be able to create that list together. Take an honest look at what images really matter and fill your photographer in on situations he or she might need to be aware of in order to prevent awkward moments. 3. Do you belong to any professional associations? You want to work with the best and professional photographers do more than just snap pictures. They have the technical expertise and artistry to make you look your best and bring your vision to life. 4. Do you have backup equipment? A true professional will always bring one or two backup cameras, lenses, flashes, lighting equipment, extra memory cards and batteries. 5. Do you have liability insurance? Accidents happen, and if one of your guests trips over your photographer’s light stand, it’s good to know you both are protected. Your reception venue may even ask the photographer to submit a certificate of liability ahead of time. 6. What happens to my images after the wedding? Will your images be backed up to a hard drive or the cloud once processed? How long will your photographer keep the images afterward? If you have any concerns about losing your photos, knowing what the photographer plans to do with your images after your wedding is important. 7. When will I get my photos? Printed photos usually take several weeks, but your photographer may be able to get you some images for social media quickly. Just ask.

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