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The Voice of the Lehigh Valley Jewish Community

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Issue No. 421

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June 2019

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Iyyar/Sivan 5779

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Relive the fun of our Yom Ha’atzmaut IsraelFest p9

Mazel Tov to the graduating class of 2019! p13-14

WOMEN’S PHILANTHROPY p4 LVJF TRIBUTES p8 JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE p11 JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER p15 JEWISH DAY SCHOOL p16 COMMUNITY CALENDAR p23

Jewish Federation to honor award winners and leaders

Eva Levitt, Outgoing President

Gary Fromer & Carol Bub Fromer, Kobrovsky Award for Campaign Leadership

By Stephanie Smartschan JFLV Director of Marketing The Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley will honor individuals who exemplify leadership and elect its new board and officers at its Community Celebration & Annual Meeting on June 12. The event will include a buffet dinner, open bar, and is free and open to everyone. After two years as president, Eva Levitt will be turning over the gavel to President-Elect Gary Fromer (see more on page 3). Fromer and his wife, Carol Bub

Carah Tenzer, George Feldman Achievement Award for Young Leadership

Fromer, will also receive the Kobrovsky Award for Campaign Leadership for their chairmanship of the Federation’s Annual Campaign. Carah Tenzer, a long-time dedicated volunteer at several Jewish agencies, will be this year’s recipient of the George Feldman Achievement Award for Young Leadership. Most recently, Tenzer has served as co-chair of Jewish Family Service’s major fundraiser. The Schiff Award for Prejudice Reduction will be given to the Branches of Love Initiative. The 18 women involved with

Branches of Love Initiative, Schiff Award for Prejudice Reduction

the initiative raised $35,000 for the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh last year by selling tree of life necklaces after the tragedy that took place. The group is continuing its efforts to fight prejudice and hate (see more in the May issue of HAKOL). Amy Golding, head of school at the Jewish Day School, will be the first-ever recipient of the new Mark L. Goldstein Award for Jewish communal professionals. The award in Goldstein’s memory seeks to honor his life-long commitment to serving the Jewish community in a professional role. Goldstein, who served as the

Amy Golding, Mark L. Goldstein Award for Outstanding Jewish Communal Professionals

executive director of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley for 16 years, passed away in October. The event is sponsored by Country Meadows Retirement Communities, Embassy Bank and RCN. The Jewish Federation’s Community Celebration & Annual Meeting will take place on Wednesday, June 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the JCC of the Lehigh Valley. Dinner buffet and open bar, free and open to everyone. RSVP by June 7 to 610-821-5500 or mailbox@jflv.org or register online at jewishlehighvalley.org/events.

Young Israelis remembered through a Taste of Memories on Yom Hazikaron By Stephanie Bolmer HAKOL Editor An intimate group gathered in the auxiliary auditorium of the Jewish Community Center of the Lehigh Valley on the evening of May 6. Community shlicha Rotem Bar had prepared a special evening for them to commemorate the lives of two young men from Israel. One, Bar Rahav, z”l, was a 20-year-old soldier who died fighting for the Israel Defense

Forces (IDF). The other, Naftali Frenkel, z”l, was just 16 years old when he and two of his friends were kidnapped and murdered by terrorists in 2014. For the nine people gathered around the table at the JCC, the simple meal they were about to share would prove to be a meaningful and poignant one. The program that evening, “Taste of Memories,” was created by a shlicha serving in Minnesota a few years ago. The idea, like the Non-Profit Organization

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dinner, was simple—to remember those souls lost too soon through something everyone can relate to. Food. “We’re always thinking about how to bring Yom Hazikaron to the community outside Israel. It’s very hard to explain,” Bar said. “But, everyone has someone they’ve lost and a food that reminds them of someone they miss.” That’s the concept behind Taste of Memories. Together, community members prepare the favorite recipes of fallen soldiers and victims of terror. Two teams worked in the JCC’s kitchen under the supervision of Amy Fisher from the Lehigh Valley Kashrut Commission. One group made lasagna the way Frenkel liked it, with olives, while another team cooked pasta with a cheesy sauce, Rahav’s favorite. Though these young men’s faces smiled out of photographs propped up by candles burning in their memories, it wasn’t until everyone regrouped, waiting for the food to finish baking, that Frenkel and Rahav became real to them.

First, they learned about Rahav, who, as Bar told them, died in Operation Protective Edge, a time that was very hard for her, personally. “It was the first time that people my age were fighting in a serious, big operation,” she explained. Rahav was one of those people. A star water polo player, he could have elected to take the route offered to elite athletes in the IDF and focused on his sport. Instead, he chose a combat role like the rest of his friends. Serving in a very special small unit, Rahav was supposed to be on vacation the day he was called back to fight and gave his life. For the Lehigh Valley residents learning about him through

watching a documentary put together in his memory, hearing from Rahav’s three young siblings firsthand about what life is like without him was heartbreaking. The next video was about Frenkel and his friends and what it was like for all of Israel to come together while they were missing. When the time finally came to eat, there were many tears threatening to fall on the table, and appetites were diminished. Over dinner, the group further discussed how it feels to live in Israel, where, Bar said, one out of every three Israelis visit a cemetery on Yom Hazikaron, and families live in dread of “the knock” of someone in uniform at their door, bringing them the news of the death of a loved one.


It all starts with YOU The situation in Venezuela is a dire humanitarian emergency. The cyclone in Mozambique, devastating. The synagogue shootings in Pittsburgh and San Diego and multiple arson threats in communities like Boston and Chicago have forced us to look inward at our own security protocols and do everything we can to strengthen our local communities. All the while, we look on in despair as, again, rocket fire falls in Israel. The Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley could have opened an emergency campaign for each one. We have not, and here’s why: The truth is, opening an emergency campaign for each incident would be reactive, when we want and need to be

proactive. How can we best help the Jewish community of Venezuela, which is suffering under ongoing political turmoil? We can strengthen our overseas partners, the Jewish Agency for Israel and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), who are “quietly” providing support that is required for the most basic material needs. This includes providing food and sending regular shipments of critical medications for illnesses including high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. JDC is also supporting programs for elderly people, as well as initiatives to strengthen Jewish communal life. How can our community help in Mozambique? Our an-

nual support for the JDC means their emergency response team was on the ground providing emergency medical supplies through its partner the Afya Foundation and deploying a response and assessment team, including a disaster relief expert and field medic, to the devastated nation before one dollar was specifically allocated toward that situation. Because of the strong support to Federation that we receive each year from our local community, from generous donors like you, we are able to embark on new security training and implement a system that connects our Jewish institutions with each other and with emergency personnel at the click of a button.

JDS students lobby for scholarships and school security in Harrisburg

By Stephanie Bolmer HAKOL Editor On May 7, Rabbi Seth Phillips sent off a bus full of Jewish Day School of the Lehigh Valley fifththrough eighth-graders, along with educators and community members, with a blessing and a charge to remember that they represented both “Jewish and American values.” The group was embarking on a full day at the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg for the second year in a row. This year, they were lobbying their legislators not only for increases for the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program, which provides scholarships that enable many of them to be able to attend JDS, but also for more ef-

forts for school security in the wake of tragic acts of violence rooted in anti-Semitism over the past year. They joined with 250 other Jewish students from 13 Jewish schools across Pennsylvania, alongside many other schools. Their day included meeting with representatives from both sides of the aisle and both sides of the building – both the Pennsylvania state House and Senate – such as Rep. Mike Schlossberg (D) and Rep. David Hickernell (R), where they got a chance to personally thank them and speak about what was most concerning to them. They also joined in enthusiastic rallies on both the outside and inside steps of the Capitol building, one for EITC and one for school security. The latter was organized by Teach PA, where they spoke about the new School Safety Bill and also announced the passing of the EITC House bill that morning. The spirit of the day was perfectly encapsulated by Sen. Andy Dinniman (D), introduced by JDS alum Yitzi Powers, who reminded the crowd that Pennsylvania was founded on a declaration of religious tolerance, and that “we’re blessed by a God to work to make this the best place we can and to make sure that the tradition of William Penn is alive and well in Pennsylvania.” To learn more about the EITC program, if you qualify and how to apply ON July 1, 2019, call the Jewish Federation at 610-821-5500 or visit www.jewishlehighvalley.org/eitc.

The Lehigh Valley-Yoav Partnership Park in Blessed Memory of Mark L. Goldstein We gratefully acknowledge those individuals who have offered expressions of friendship by requesting that trees be planted in the Mark L. Goldstein Friendship Park, a Yoav-Lehigh Valley Partnership Forest. IN MEMORY BERNIE FILLER (Husband of Bunny) Jeanette and Eduardo Eichenwald Carole and Michael Langsam SHIRLEY LEVY (Mother of Abby Wiener) Jeanette and Eduardo Eichenwald Carole and Michael Langsam LILLIAN SIMON (Mother of Denise Silverstein) Lisa and Barnet Fraenkel IN HONOR JOAN EPSTEIN In honor of special birthday

Judy Copeland Ann Golden Dena Hammel IRIS KLEIN In honor of special birthday Judy Copeland Ann Golden Dena Hammel LAURA AND BILL RUTHERFORD In honor of birth of son, Elijah Brady SHALOM BABY MIKE VENTOLA Thank you for being a great speaker Aaron Gorodzinsky BOB WILSON In honor of birthday Aaron Gorodzinsky

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It’s why when four Israelis were killed and many more injured in recent rocket fire, the Jewish Agency’s Fund for the Victims of Terror was at the ready, providing Israel’s terror victims with direct, immediate financial assistance after the attack. That is why, at this time, we are choosing to ask for just one gift this year—your gift to our 2019 Annual Campaign for Jewish Needs. We are asking you to be proactive, too. By making a gift to our Annual Campaign, you are not just helping the people of Venezuela, of Mozambique, of Pittsburgh, San Diego or Israel. You are helping the people living in the next place to face a crisis—and the next, and the next.

We hope you will make your gift before June 30 to address these pressing needs. Our Federation campaign slogan is It all starts with you—you exemplify and give meaning to that slogan. Your support enables our community to be at the ready. Please take this opportunity to be proactive. Thank you for your strong and continued philanthropic support. It all starts with you, improving the lives of those who count on us.

HAKOL STAFF STEPHANIE BOLMER Editor

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JEWISH FEDERATION OF THE LEHIGH VALLEY MISSION STATEMENT

In order to unite, sustain, and enhance the Lehigh Valley Jewish community, and support Jewish communities in Israel and around the world, the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley is dedicated to the following core values: • Supporting Jews in need wherever they may be. • Supporting Israel as a Jewish homeland. • Supporting and encouraging Jewish education in the Lehigh Valley as a means of strengthening Jewish life for individuals and families. • Supporting programs and services of organizations whose values and mission meet local Jewish needs. To accomplish this mission the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley is committed to the following operating guidelines: • Raising and distributing funds to support the core values. • Developing Jewish leaders. • Building endowments to support implementation of core values. • Committing to ongoing Jewish community strategic planning. • Fostering cooperation among organizations and community building. • Evaluating all decisions with respect to fiscal responsibility. • Identifying unmet needs and investing in community initiatives to help get them started. • Coordinating and convening a community response as an issue or need arises. • Setting priorities for allocation and distribution of funds. • Acting as a central address for communication about events, programs and services of the Jewish community as a whole. Approved by the JFLV Board of Directors on November 15, 2000


Looking ahead with Federation’s president-elect Gary Fromer Gary Fromer is no stranger to the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley. He and his wife, Dr. Carol Bub Fromer, have long been involved and served as co-chairs of the Annual Campaign for Jewish Needs for the past two years. Now, Fromer is taking on a new challenge as Federation’s president-elect. We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Fromer to ask about his perspectives and priorities as he approaches this new role. Q: When did you first get involved with Federation and why? A: My introduction to Federation began a little over 20 years ago, when Carol and I moved to the Lehigh Valley. Carol’s parents, Dr. Sam and Sylvia Bub, had been leaders, donors and volunteers for our Federation from the time of their emigration from South Africa to Allentown in 1977. Through them, we participated in annual major donor and campaign events and became engaged as volunteers and donors ourselves. Q: What does the Lehigh Valley Jewish community mean to you? A: We have been blessed to

live in a unique Jewish community with a breadth of world-class Jewish professionals, clergy and programs that enrich our lives. Over the years, we have benefitted from a variety of programs at our Jewish Community Center, a top-notch Jewish education for our children at our Jewish Day School, wonderful synagogues, a great Chabad, a Jewish Family Service that serves those in our community in need – and the list goes on. It is amazing to take a glance at our “Community Calendar” (www.jewishlehighvalley.org/ calendar) – we have multiple Jewish education and enrichment programs every day in our small community. Q: What do you hope to achieve over the next few years? A: First and foremost, I want to make sure that our community is in a position to sustain our Jewishness now and beyond the foreseeable future. Preferences and expectations change over time. Our community agencies must evolve to satisfy those new preferences and expectations. I’m certain that achieving sustainability will require us to simplify our agency governance structures, to test creatively new services and funding models and to in-

tegrate certain services across our Jewish agencies. At the same time, as we modernize our own community, we must and will continue to support Jews in need in Israel and abroad – whose circumstances unfortunately may be much more dire. Q: That sounds like a big effort. How can we go about it? A: We are blessed with a wide diversity of bright, talented and motivated lay leaders and professionals. Experienced, energetic, passionate. Yes, there is a different energy level needed to execute change successfully. But it is well within our capability. After all, we don’t need to build all new local agencies or build a new State of Israel–our predecessors did that for us. All we need to do is to provide support and proactively evolve into the future. We have a Reform rabbi who regularly attends services at our Orthodox synagogue. We have a Chabad rabbi who lights a menorah at center ice during a hockey game each Chanukah. Our JCC executive director and our JDS head of school made two joint program proposals this spring. Our Conservative synagogues in Allentown and Bethlehem have done camping trips

together. We are able to fund and operate a mikvah and kosher commission and deliver kosher meals to those in need locally. JFS provides counseling, outreach and a food pantry for all Jews in the Lehigh Valley. And we are able to provide for Jews in need in Israel and abroad. What can’t we accomplish if we have a vision and act collectively?

Gary Fromer

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WOMEN’S PHILANTHROPY OF THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF THE LEHIGH VALLEY

Ladies luncheon speaker: ‘Shift the paradigm’

Left, Speaker Adrienne Gold, center, with Federation Executive Director Jeri Zimmerman, Event Co-Chairs Beth Kushnick and Lauren Rabin and Women’s Philanthropy President Iris Epstein. Center, Ferne Kushner, who supported the program, has the pleasure of celebrating her 90th birthday with 90 Jewish women. Right, Women pack into Temple Beth El to hear Adrienne Gold’s presentation on “The Power of the Paradigm Shift.”

By Stephanie Smartschan JFLV Director of Marketing The world is only what we make of it, and it’s time to re-frame our perspective, said Adrienne Gold, a former Canadian TV personality and current trip leader for the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project. Gold spoke to a group of 90 women at a “Ladies Luncheon” on May 1, sponsored by Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley. “We don’t see the world as it is,” she said. “We see the world as we are.” When you’re pregnant, everybody’s pregnant. When you’re on a diet, there’s a new bakery every four miles. “When you have something in your sights,

it’s like you see it everywhere,” she said. But a “paradigm shift” can quickly change your perspective, she said. It can be from an “external agent” – an extra piece of information that makes a situation look different. But Jews are not supposed to wait for an external agent to shift the paradigm. “The reason we study Jewish wisdom – Torah – is that we see the safest and bravest and the holiest way to see the world,” Gold said. We don’t know what’s going on in other people’s heads, and so it’s best not to judge. But when we do judge, we’re meant to judge favorably, she said. “The trick in judging favorably is training yourself to have a good heart,” Gold said. “The trick is looking at others in the same way you look at yourself.”

Pom/Lion Spring Series wraps up Pomegranates and Lions came together on May 5 for the third and final program in their Spring Event Series. The women gathered in the JCC kitchen to make soup for Jewish Family Service clients. They then spent some time getting to know each other better. Though the spring event series is over, the year will culminate with a Pomegranate and Lion Spring Recognition program on June 4. The ladies will enjoy an exclusive evening with Daniel Sahalo, representative of the philanthropic Megemeria jewelry school and social business for Ethiopian immigrants in Israel.

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LETTERS FROM A LONE SOLDIER

Two meaningful days

By Helaina Zahn Special to HAKOL Hello Lehigh Valley Jewish community! How're you doing? I hope you celebrated Yom Ha'atzmaut with an Israeli flag and Log B'Omer with a bonfire. Every month I have a very jam-packed schedule, and this article lets me reflect a little on what has happened in my life. In truth, it is very therapeutic. This month, I have decided to write about two specific days when I recently had meaningful experiences. I hope everyone has been keeping up to date with the recent news in Israel. On Saturday, May 4, Hamas began firing rockets at Israel. Now think to yourself where were you Saturday, May 4, at 10 a.m. (I recognize the time difference makes you guys in America actually in the middle of the night, but for imagination’s sake, let's just pretend). I was in Ashkelon looking forward to a relaxing day at the beach. Ashkelon is on the west coast of Israel, touching the Mediterranean Sea. It has a beautiful beach, wonderful weather, big houses for Israeli standards and a great style of living except for the fact that Ashkelon is 26.7 miles from the Gaza Strip. Saturday morning on May 4 at 10 a.m., I was staying with a very nice family in Ashkelon in their cabin that they offer to Lone Soldiers to stay in for free. At 10 a.m., the mother rushed to get us into the bomb shelter with the rest of her family, having only 15 to 30 seconds to do so. I had never experienced the red alert sirens before while being in Israel, as I have always been in the country in a time of relative peace. Although the siren was alarming, I felt very protected by the family and the bomb shelter. There was no going to the beach that day as it was too open and everyone needed to be close to a shelter at all times. The scariest part of the whole experience was 7:30 that night when the sirens went off again. This time, instead of being near a bomb shelter, I was on a bus on my way back to Jerusalem. Instead of knowing exactly where I would run to, I ran off the bus with

everyone else, very uncertain of where to go and what to do. It was a feeling of vulnerability that I do not want to experience again. Just a few days before this was Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day). I have been in Israel for this before, but I have never had the honor of commemorating the day in uniform. Soldiers from my base and I had the opportunity to participate in a program called "The Flower and the Survivor." This program brought soldiers from bases in Israel to communities with Holocaust survivors to give survivors the opportunity to talk and share their stories as well as the soldiers the opportunity to listen, observe and have the privilege to hear their experiences. In the picture you see on this page are two men sitting with me in their community center. The man on my left was born in Poland before being brought to Israel by his parents through Germany during the Holocaust. The man on my right was not a Holocaust survivor, but was born in Israel when it was still the British Mandate of Palestine. Both men

had very interesting stories to share, and one had even, to my surprise, been to Allentown before, creating an even stronger connection between us. It was an amazing opportunity that I am grateful the army facilitated. Along with the program, the whole base participated in a commemorative ceremony for Yom HaShoah. Hearing this siren was very powerful when standing in silence surrounded by the whole army base in official uniform. My experience so far, fortunately, has been great, and I cannot wait for summer to officially start and my friends and family to come for a visit. Please let me know if you have any questions about what I am doing in Israel or specific questions about the climate of the situation that I can address in my next article.

On Yom Hazikaron, remembering the fallen

On May 7, the community came together for a moving ceremony on the eve of Israel’s Memorial Day. Rotem Bar, who served in the Israel Defense Forces before becoming an emissary of Israel in the Lehigh Valley, put together a presentation that offered a glimpse into the lives of fallen soldiers. She shared videos that brought their stories to life, interspersed with poignant readings. She then called upon five people to light candles in honor of all of the fallen: Shay Shimon and Ofer Shimoni, brothers from Israel who served in the IDF, Ari Powers, a Jewish Day School student, Rabbi Seth Phillips of Congregation Keneseth Israel, who served in the United States Navy, and Rabbi Yaacov Halperin of Chabad of the Lehigh Valley, who reflected on the recent tragedy at the Chabad of Poway.

Helaina Zahn is an Allentown native who attended Hebrew school at Temple Beth El and graduated from Parkland High School. She graduated from Temple University before making aliyah and joining the IDF. If you have a question for her, e-mail hakol@jflv.org.

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PARTNERSHIP2GETHER UPDATE FROM YOAV

Life continues in Yoav as rockets fall

By Nurit Galon Partnership2Gether As I write this, sitting in the calm of my house in Kibbutz Galon, in the Regional Council of Yoav, and looking out at the gardens and flowers, there is a strange silence. No toddlers' voices on a walk with

their nursery and kindergarten teachers, no elementary and high schools students arguing about their exams and the next sports tournaments, very few cars on the circle road around the kibbutz and a minimum of tractors. What has happened? Yesterday at 9 a.m., most

of us were taking it easy with our second cup of coffee. An hour later, the south of Israel was virtually at war. Once again, the orders went out: Open all the shelters. Make sure the "safe rooms" (for those who have them) are uncluttered and provided with all necessary items—water, toys for the children, first aid equipment, basic food products. Keep the children nearby and remind everyone what to do when the sirens announcing that rockets are en route chill all our hearts. No safe room? Try to use the 15-45 seconds before the rocket falls to get to a shelter. No shelter? Lie flat on your stomach and cover your head with your hands. Preparation for a comedy movie? Unfortunately not. This is real life almost daily by the Gaza strip, in Shderot, in Ashkelon, and this time in Kiryat Gat, Ashdod, Yoav, Lachish, Beit Shemesh and,

for the first time, Arad and Rehovoth. In the last 24 hours, over 500 rockets were launched against our cities, towns, kibbutzim and moshavim that are in the 40-kilometer range from Gaza. The terrorist organization Hamas has tens of thousands of rockets ready to be launched against our citizens. There are already Israeli casualties killed and wounded in addition to thousands of adults and children who are in trauma and severe stress, and there is heavy damage to houses and property. Today there are no schools, day care centers or nurseries open throughout the above regions. This means that thousands of babies and children and students and their parents must stay at home close to safe rooms or shelters. And in the background, the code word for danger and in which area is being broadcast constantly over the radio. For the people living in

the kibbutzim and moshavim close to Gaza, this has become an impossibly frequent part of their daily lives. Do they get used to it? NEVER! For thosewho experience this happening much less frequently, it is terrifying and incomprehensible. When will this particular bout end? And how? What agreements will be made? Will this just be a pause to enable the Eurovision Festival to take place in Tel Aviv next week? To give us a false sense of security so that we can celebrate Independence Day? Then what? Will our government make a long term settlement? Or are we destined for a constant replay? Tuesday evening is the Eve of Remembrance Day, with memorials all over the country for our soldiers and citizens who gave their lives so that Israel can survive and flourish and involves every citizen—is there anyone here who is not connected to a bereaved family? Wednesday is Remembrance Day itself, and I can think of little more moving than at 11 a.m. when the memorial siren is heard throughout the country, and everything and everyone stands still for two minutes in memory of the price we have paid and still are paying, for this wonderful, dynamic, funny and annoying country of Israel. Thursday—no matter what!—we shall join with you, our family and partners and the Jewish People everywhere, to celebrate Independence Day. May I end with this poem for Remembrance Day: We should continue to sing—because they sang, We should continue to laugh— because they laughed, We should continue to love—for they loved, We should continue to live—because they wanted so much to live.

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Yom HaShoah speakers vow to never forget

Above, Sophie Kleinhandler lights a candle with her grandfather David Zajac after sharing his Holocaust story at the Federation’s annual Yom HaShoah Holocaust Commemoration. Below left, attendees follow along with the program. Below center, Henry Luftman shares his mother’s Holocaust story. Below right, Holocaust survivor Eva Levitt lights a candle.

By Stephanie Smartschan JFLV Director of Marketing Whether you’re a first, second or third generation survivor, now is the time to speak up, Sophie Kleinhandler, a freshman at Muhlenberg College, told the hundreds of community members gathered at the JCC on Yom HaShoah. Through a training program at Muhlenberg Hillel, co-sponsored by the Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding and the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley, Kleinhandler has been studying her grandfather’s Holocaust story and learning how to present it. “You can only imagine how intimidating it is for me to stand in front of all of you and try to do my grandfather’s story justice. But I would not change it for the world,” said Kleinhandler, with her grandfather, David Zajac, in the audience. “Being able to share his story has been so incredibly meaningful and fulfilling for me, and I want to continue to do so for as long as I can.” Kleinhandler’s presentation followed those of Holocaust survivor Michele Levy and second generation survivor Henry Luftman, who both spoke about their family’s journeys. Levy, who often works with the Federation’s Ho-

locaust Resource Center to share her own story in local public schools, focused this time on the fate of her grandparents and her uncle. “What compels me to speak tonight are the stories of my family that can never be fully told. So many questions and so few answers,” said Levy. “I am driven to discover their legacies, haunted by the details I lack, yet obligated to continue my search in their honor.” Luftman, who presented his story at a Federation Lunch & Learn last year, touched on his mother’s Holocaust story and the details recently uncovered in letters written between his mother and her parents. Each of the speakers had the opportunity to light a candle, along with Holocaust survivors Eva Levitt and Marcel Guidine and second generation survivor Eydie Glickstein. The ceremony occurred only a few days after the shooting at the Chabad of Poway in San Diego. “What do the words ‘remember’ and ‘never again’ mean today? After brutality in San Diego, in Pittsburgh, in France, anti-Semitism in the streets, in our newspapers, in cemeteries, in schools,” said Shari Spark, Holocaust Resource Center coordinator. “Our next generations, with the memory

of the Shoah and with the lessons of survivors and the children, like us all, they search. They search for the answers.”

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JEWISH FEDERATION OF THE LEHIGH VALLEY

Nominees for the 2019-20 Board of Directors

The Federation’s Board consists of 33 elected directors serving staggered 3-year terms. The nominated directors will be presented for election at the:

Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley ANNUAL MEETING Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at 6:30 PM at the Jewish Community Center The Board Nominating Committee recommendations are: (as of May 16, 2019) DIRECTOR, 1-YEAR TERM (ENDING IN 2020) Vicki Wax DIRECTORS, 3-YEAR TERMS (ENDING IN 2022) Iris Epstein Lauren Rabin Dr. Carol Bub Fromer Lynn Rothman Gary Fromer Dr. Mickey Ufberg Lewis Gaines Larry Zelson HONORARY BOARD MEMBERS, 1-YEAR TERMS (ENDING IN 2020) Robert J. Grey Jean Weiner Rita Scheller Hon. Matti Sarfatti Harcavi, Ronnie Sheftel Mayor, Yoav

The Officers Nominating Committee recommendations are: President Gary Fromer

Secretary Dr. Mickey Ufberg

Vice Presidents Aliette Abo Iris Epstein Dr. Eric Fels Beth Kozinn Robert Wax Dr. Israel Zighelboim

Treasurer Mark Scoblionko HONORARY President Ross Born HONORARY Treasurer Roberto Fischmann

HONORARY Vice Presidents Leonard Abrams Bob Born Wendy Born Daniel E. Cohen Barnet Fraenkel Murray Goodman Robert Hammel Martin Zippel

Pursuant to the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley by-laws, “any twenty (20) members of the Federation may, by petition, present to the Secretary the name of any one qualified member for nomination. No member may sign more than one such petition. No person shall be eligible for election as a member of the Board of Directors unless his or her name shall thus have been submitted to the Secretary or nominated by said Nominating Committee.”

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IN HONOR BILL BERGER In honor of a speedy recovery Vicki Wax SHERYL AND RANCE BLOCK In honor of son Josh’s engagement Sybil and Barry Baiman SYLVIA BUB In honor of your Birthday Etta Heller PATTY AND IAN CARLIS In honor of being honored by KI Sybil and Barry Baiman JOAN EPSTEIN In honor of your Birthday Jane and Rob Cohen Terri Hafetz Roberta and Alan Penn JEFF GEVIRTZ In honor of your engagement Sylvia and Sam Bub SANDRA AND HAROLD GOLDFARB In honor of birth of greatgranddaughter, Penelope Roberta and Alan Penn IRIS KLEIN In honor of your birthday Terri Hafetz Roberta and Alan Penn KAREN KUHN In honor of your grandson Jackson’s bar mitzvah Elaine and Leon Papir FERNE KUSHNER In honor of your 90th Birthday Martha and Ron Segel LAUREN RABIN In honor of your birthday Ilana and Eric Rabin STANLEY STEIN In honor of your 85th birthday Sybil and Barry Baiman EILEEN AND MICKEY UFBERG In honor of birth of grandson Jeanette and Eduardo Eichenwald Lota and Robert Post EILEEN AND MICKEY UFBERG In honor of grandson’s bar mitzvah Lota and Robert Post KEVIN WARTELL In honor of Marit’s marriage

Carol and Stewart Furmansky VICKI WAX In honor of grandson’s bar mitzvah Sybil and Barry Baiman ABBY AND ALAN WIENER In honor of grandson Izzy’s bar mitzvah Jeanette and Eduardo Eichenwald JERI AND LEN ZIMMERMAN In honor of Gadi and Shai’s college graduation Ellen and Phil Hof Vicki Wax JERI ZIMMERMAN In honor of birth of granddaughter, Maya Stav Amy and Eric Fels JERI ZIMMERMAN In honor of being named JFLV executive director Sybil and Barry Baiman Marilyn Claire Joy Goldstein Cooky and Mike Notis Elaine and Leon Papir Eve and Joseph Peterson Martha and Ron Segel Carly and Michael Zimmerman IN MEMORY MARY BECK (Mother of Marla Beck) Martha and Ron Segel Randi and Donald Senderowitz PAUL BROOKS (Father of Charles Brooks) Wendy and Ross Born Martha and Ron Segel BERNIE FILLER (Husband of Bunny) Wendy and Ross Born Carol and Stewart Furmansky Martha and Ron Segel Barbara and Fred Sussman DAVID FORGOSH (Brother of Neil Forgosh) Martha and Ron Segel MARION HALPERIN (Mother of Marcia Halperin Monhait, David Halperin and Alan Halperin) Martha and Ron Segel SHIRLEY LEVY (Mother of Abby Wiener)

Martha and Ron Segel MILTON NOVAK (Father of Barbara Platt) Wendy and Ross Born Jeanette and Eduardo Eichenwald LARRY RIFKIN (Father of Benjy and Sarah, grandfather of Leila and Jackson) Adam and Penny Roth Alex and Julia Roth Nikki Roth and AJ Silverberg ETTA SALMAN (Mother of Susan Salman) Randi and Donald Senderowitz MARLENE SALTZMAN (Mother of Sue Goldstone and Jane Rosenfeld) Martha and Ron Segel Randi and Donald Senderowitz LILLIAN SIMON (Mother of Denise Silverstein) Randi and Donald Senderowitz GERSHEN WEINER (Father of Joel Weiner) Randi and Donald Senderowitz MICHELLE WEITZMAN (Mother of David Weitzman and Lisa Alford) Martha and Ron Segel MARTIN WIMMER (Brother of Jim Wimmer) Martha and Ron Segel HELEN AND SOL KRAWITZ HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL FUND IN HONOR JUDY AND LARRIE SHEFTEL In honor of the christening of their grandson, Logan Sheftel Lynda and Stuart Krawitz PHYLLIS AND STEVEN SPIERER In honor of birth of granddaughter, Juno Spierer Lynda and Stuart Krawitz IN MEMORY REBECCA FISHER (Mother of Peter Fisher) Lynda and Stuart Krawitz

We gratefully acknowledge those individuals who have offered expressions of friendship through recent gifts to the Lehigh Valley Jewish Foundation. The minimum contribution for an Endowment Card is $10. Call 610-821-5500 or visit www.jewishlehighvalley. org to place your card requests. Thank you for your continued support.


Lehigh Valley celebrates Yom Ha'atzmaut with IsraelFest The community came together on May 9 at the JCC in celebration of Israel's 71st birthday. Philadelphia-based DJ City Beat Entertainment kept the party rocking with fun Israeli music. Around the Table Catering served up delicious Israeli food from their new kosher-certified food truck. The kids visited craft stations to make their own hamsas, Israeli flags and kites for peace. Downstairs, groups had the opportunity to travel the Israel trail and try to make their way out of the escape room. Israeli Shlicha Rotem Bar created the adventure, which began in the elevator and led the groups through a series of clues in order to escape. The party concluded with the singing of "Hativkah" and "Yom Huledet Sameach" and, of course, birthday cake.

Above, kids celebrate Israel's birthday with cake and popcorn.

Above, volunteers hand out free snow cones in celebration. Left, a student proudly waves the Israeli flag in the JDS parade. Below, a JDS group concludes their Israel trail adventure.

Left, JDS elementary school students stand ready to march in their Yom Ha'atzmaut parade. Center, a JDS student dances along to Israeli music from City Beat Entertainment. Right, Rabbi Michael Singer introduces the clown from Congregation Brith Sholom.

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Curiosity: A path to revelation

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As I write this column, we are in the midst of counting the Omer, the 50 days from Passover, which celebrates our redemption from slavery in Egypt, to Shavuot (June 8-10 in 2019), which celebrates receiving the Torah at Sinai. Our tradition invites us into ongoing reflection on how to live a holy life and how to deepen our relationship with the Divine. This year, I am particularly drawn to Moses’ encounter with the Divine at the burning bush. To put the burning bush moment in context, Moses is raised in the home of the daughter of

Pharaoh, and then as a young man witnesses an Egyptian beating a Hebrew slave and strikes down the Egyptian. He flees for his life to Midian, where he marries Zipporah and becomes a shepherd. In Chapter 3 of Exodus, Moses is tending his flock in the wilderness and sees a bush “all aflame yet not consumed/ hasneh boer ba’esh v’hasneh einenu ucal.” When Moses encounters this burning bush, he has many choices of how to react. He might notice the bush and move on, essentially ignoring that he has seen something out of the ordinary. He might get scared and run away or

try to figure out how to put out the fire. Or he might bring a spirit of curiosity and wonder to the encounter. This third choice is the choice that he makes, as we read in Exodus 3:3: “Moses says, ‘I must turn aside to look at this marvelous sight; why doesn’t the bush burn up?’” Moses takes the time to stop what he has been doing and to allow his encounter with the bush to engage his attention and his intellect. Moses chooses to be curious rather than indifferent or afraid, which opens up a new path to connection with the Divine. In fact, a passage in Midrash Tanhumah (500CE-800CE) considers this act to be the opening to God’s revelation. Rabbi Shimon ben Lakish imagines that the Holy One said to Moses, after he looks at the bush: “Because you troubled to look, be assured you will merit that I shall reveal Myself to you.” Indeed, as the Torah continues, “When the Holy One saw that he had turned aside to look, God called to him out of the bush, ‘Moses! Moses!’” (Exodus 3:4). What can we learn from the example of Moses at the burning bush? I learn

the importance of paying attention to the world around me, of ever being open to being surprised, of believing that there are invitations to Divine encounter waiting for us, when we are ready to receive them. When our son was small, my wife Neysa told the story of Moses’ cousin Irving who saw the burning bush, got scared and moved on. Do I want to be Irving or Moses? Sometimes we forget that we have the choice. We do have that choice. Psalm 96 proclaims, “Sing to God a new song! Shiru l’adonai shir chadash!” Singing a new song means being open to the possibility that the world is different than we have assumed it to be, that in all aspects of life, a new song can be sung. There are pathways to singing a new song in our relationships with our parents, siblings and children; there are pathways to singing a new song in our habits of eating and caring for ourselves; there are pathways to singing a new song in our work towards justice and freedom. I invite you to join me in embracing the spirit of curiosity and creativity. This is why we are here.

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MAZEL TOV CLASS OF 2019 BAYLEY AHDIEH

Daughter of Houman & Lori Ahdieh MORAVIAN ACADEMY President of Animal Welfare Club, Moravian College Dean’s Scholar, volunteer at Last Chance Ranch, employed at Rakkii Ramen. Plans to attend Tulane University.

ISAIAH ALBERT-STEIN*

Son of Sharon Albert & Mark Stein WILLIAM ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL Swim team captain, CEO of William Allen Construction Company, class vice president, Key Club president, lead tech on tech crew, National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, National Math Honor Society, jazz band, Student Forum, Special Olympics Buddies, BBYO. Plans to do a year of service with City Year Americorps in Washington, D.C., and attend McGill University majoring in art history the following year.

ALEX BECKER

Son of Julie & Erick Becker SOUTHERN LEHIGH HIGH SCHOOL Lehigh University High School Scholars program, selected to participate in Yale Young Global Scholars program, Harvard economics summer program, president of Chess Club, president of Future Business Leaders of America, captain of speech and debate team, state champion of Pennsylvania Speech and Debate Tournament, placed at Harvard and Princeton tournaments, competed in national tournaments. Lacrosse team. Member of junior board and volunteer camp counselor for Camelot for Children. Plans to study economics and computer science at either Tufts University or University of Virginia.

ORI COHEN*

Son of Ilan & Galit Cohen PARKLAND HIGH SCHOOL Garin Tzabar Friends of Israel Defense Forces. Plans to join

the Paratroopers Brigade in the Israeli Defense Forces.

WILLIAM DACEY

Son of Karen & Patrick Dacey PARKLAND HIGH SCHOOL German Honor Society president, Math Honor Society, National Honors Society, Engineering Club, Jewish Culture Club. BBYO, Friendship Circle, Shalshelet. Plans to attend University of Maryland to major in aerospace engineering.

REBECCA DONAHUE

Daughter of Cheryl & Michael Donahue MORAVIAN ACADEMY Varsity field hockey cocaptain, co-president of International & Diversity Club, co-president Model Congress, President's Education Award, MA Pride Mentor, Jewish Heritage Club, Comenius independent study research project, peer tutor. X-Calibur field hockey travel team, township recreational field hockey referee. Plans to attend Haverford College to major in biology with a concentration in neuroscience.

LEIGHA EVANS

Daughter of Lori & Dan Evans FREEDOM HIGH SCHOOL Diving team, National Honor Society. Has danced competitively for past 15 years at Miss Tanya’s Expression of Dance, plays piano, kindergarten and first grade teacher at Congregation Keneseth Israel. Plans to attend Temple University majoring in communications and minoring in French.

SETH FINE*

Son of Sandi & Harris Fine PARKLAND HIGH SCHOOL National Honor Society Leadership Team, class of 2019 treasurer, Future Business Leaders of America president, LEO Club treasurer, Jewish Culture Club, student rep. to the District Community Advisory Council, Parkland varsity volleyball captain. Parkland

volleyball team's scholar athlete, FBLA Entrepreneurship 2nd place in Pennsylvania; Top 15 nationally. Godol of Allentown AZA, Yorktowne volleyball club captain. Plans to attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology to study electrical engineering and finance.

BRENDAN FRALEY

Son of Randi & Keith Fraley PARKLAND HIGH SCHOOL Ski Club, Jewish Culture Club. Active member of Allentown AZA, holding board positions on both the chapter and regional level, volunteer with Friendship Circle, SPYA baseball, teacher's aide at Temple Beth El Religious School, Lifeguard at JCC and JCC campsite. Plans to attend Temple University majoring in business with a minor in political science.

MAX FREUDENBERGER

Son of Ron & Emily Freudenberger LIBERTY HIGH SCHOOL Plans to attend University of Alabama to study business.

ALEXANDER GARBER*

Son of Laura & Todd Garber JACK M. BARRACK HEBREW ACADEMY Spring and winter track and field, cross country, track captain, most improved varsity track, most improved varsity cross country, Political Action Club, World Affairs Club, World Affairs Global Economic Forum. Volunteer at Camelot for Children, started a lawn mowing business. Plans to attend College of Charleston to major in meteorology.

MATTHEW GERTNER

Son of Debbie & Eric Gertner EMMAUS HIGH SCHOOL East Penn Conference scholar athlete for boys’ swimming 2019, captain of boys’ swim and dive team, treasurer of Habitat for Humanity Club,

boys varsity track and field, marching band, concert band, Interact Club, National Honor Society, PA Math League, Envirothon Club, Engineering Team. Volunteer for St. Luke's Marathon, volunteer for Carly Rocks! Benefit for Juvenile Diabetes, Brookside Bullfrogs swim team, Emmaus Aquatic Club. Plans to attend Virginia Tech majoring in mechanical engineering.

ZEV GOULD*

Son of Alison Post & Jeff Gould PERKIOMEN SCHOOL Theater, Model UN, strength and conditioning, volunteer at Temple Beth El Sunday school. Plans to attend Rochester Institute of Technology majoring in game design and development.

ELYSE MARTINE HORTNER*

Daughter of Michael & Stacy Hortner PARKLAND HIGH SCHOOL Track and field, Welcome Pack, Latin Club. Volunteer at Sacred Heart Hospital (St. Luke's), commissioned artist designing and painting shoes. Plans to attend University of Maryland at College Park, College of Arts and Sciences, where she was invited to participate in their research program, FIRE.

CHASE ISRAEL

Daughter of Howard & Susan Israel PARKLAND HIGH SCHOOL Tennis team, Key Club, SADD PALS, treasurer. Plans to attend High Point University to major in physical education.

ABIGAIL LANGER*

Daughter of Eric Langer PARKLAND HIGH SCHOOL Horseback riding. Plans to attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

ADIR MANA*

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President of Investment Club, first place in trading competition as part of the Investment Club, basketball. Creator of a few podcasts. Plans to attend Lehigh Carbon Community College majoring in communications before transferring to another school.

YITZI POWERS*

Son of Rabbi Jonathan & Joanna Powers JACK M. BARRACK HEBREW ACADEMY Co-Founder and president of Chill with Will Club, co-president of Jewish Thoughts Club, member of Sports Debate Club, stage crew member for the productions of "Clue" and "Legally Blonde." Vice president of Derech Eretz Council, Student Association grade representative (9th, 10th and 12th grade), Jewish Leadership Initiative member. Recipient of the Mark P. Klein Exemplary Student Award. Selected to participate in the 2018 Schusterman Advocacy Institute High School Summit in Washington, D.C. Member of NCSY and Camp JCC counselor. Plans to attend Kutztown University.

ROBBIE SHAFF*

Son of Darryn & Lorey Shaff MORAVIAN ACADEMY Plans to attend Lehigh University.

MICHAEL TOLAND*

Son of David & Rima Toland PARKLAND HIGH SCHOOL Marching band, concert band, symphonic band, German Honor Society, German Club, Reading Olympics, Jewish Culture Club, D&D, BBYO. Plans to attend Washington and Jefferson College to study computer information science.

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Daughter of Eric & Helaine Young PARKLAND HIGH SCHOOL National History Day, National Honor Society, French Honor Society, piano. Plans to attend Ithaca College to major in writing.

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LIFE & LEGACY: CELEBRATING A SUCCESSFUL YEAR 2! The 10 local Jewish organizations who have been participating in the LIFE & LEGACY program run by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation are closing out a second successful year. The focus for Years 1 and 2 was to have legacy conversations and generate commitments. In Year 2, which ended on April 30, each participating organization reached their goal of 18 commitments—and six of them reached the stretch goal of 25 commitments. The incentive for 18 commitments is $5,000, while the incentive for 25 is $7,500. There was also a $2,000 incentive for the organization that generated the most commitments for other organizations. This year, that winner is the Jewish Community Center of the Lehigh Valley, which generated 17 commitments for other organizations. Mazel tov! Totals for Years 1 and 2 for the entire commu-

nity are $7.7 million in estimated gifts through 471 commitments from 291 donors! The community will celebrate this momentous achievement on Sept. 17. The focus for Years 3 and 4 will now shift. Although having legacy conversations and generating commitments remains of vital importance, the goal is now to formalize the commitments that have already been received. Formalization can be done by making a provision in one’s will or retirement account or through a life insurance policy. Volunteers from participating organizations will be contacting their donors to discuss the option that will work best for the donor. Thank you to all of our donors and to all of the volunteers who have worked so hard over the past two years to make this program such a success in the Lehigh Valley. Together, we will finish strong.

THANK YOU TO OUR DONORS FOR ASSURING JEWISH TOMORROWS IN OUR COMMUNITY Dr. Marc and Aliette Abo Leonard Abrams Rony Ackerman Dr. Houman and Lori Ahdieh Karen Albert Richard Albert Carolyn Andersen Robert Becker Sheila Berg Ethan Berkove Kyra Berkove Dr. Scott Berman Dr. Marc Berson Lauren Berson Hon. Alan and Donna Black Dr. Jeffrey Blinder Rance and Sheryl Block Ross Born Wendy Born Dr. John and Ingelise Brown Sheila Brown Jerrold L. Brucker Dr. Wilma Krause Brucker Dr. Ian Carlis Patricia Carlis Elizabeth Cartine Harvey Cartine Emily Charlap Lawrence Center Nancy and Daniel Cohen Joanna Cohen-Katz Elsa G. Collins Dr. Jessica Cooperman Edwin Davis Rabbi Melody Davis Risa Dorfman-Thomas Vikki Dunn Brion and Nancy Ebert Glenn and Jan Ehrich Eduardo Eichenwald Jeannette Eichenwald Gail and Fred Eisenberg David Eiskowitz Andrew Ellis Dr. Lisa Ellis Iris Epstein Rabbi Mordechai Eskovitz Joseph J. Facchiano Elizabeth Fear

Amy Fels Dr. Eric Fels Eileen Fischmann Roberto Fischmann Veronica Fischmann Dr. Jay and Fran Fisher Dr. Peter Fisher Eric Fleisch Brian and Emily Ford Rena Fraade Barnet and Lisa Fraenkel Susan Engelson Friefeld Dr. Jeffrey Gevirtz Renee D. Gittler Jordan Goldman Gary and Patricia Glascom Leonard Glazier Rhoda Glazier Lauren Glick Steven Glickman Neil and Eydie Glickstein Gordon Goldberg Rose Lee Goldberg Sandra Goldfarb Amy Golding Anita Goldman Mark L. Goldstein (z”l) Martin Goldstein Allan B. Goodman Dr. Robert M. Gordon Ben Grossman Dr. Harvey and Melissa Hakim Linda and Greg Hamilton Robert and Bonnie Hammel Jerome and Florence Hausman Kevin and Mary Ellen Hausman Diana Hirsch Arthur Hochhauser Susan Hochhauser Arthur David Hoffman Barbara Jean Hoffman Carolyn Jayne Hoffman Charity Hyde Dr. David and Susan Hyman Mike Iorio Gwen Jacobs

Rabbi Allen Juda Toby Juda Andrew Kahn Dr. Kenneth and Marilyn Kalnitsky Irving Kaplan Alan Kares Aaron Katz Dr. Barbara Katz Kathi Katzman Seth Katzman Anne Keller-Smith Ken and Sue Kirshner Rabbi Malkah Binah Klein and Neysa Nevins Dr. Hilary Koprowski Dr. Nelson and Andrea Kopyt Lucy Korsky Marin and Judy Krasnov Stuart and Lynda Krawitz Danielle Kroo Ferne Kushner Hartley Lachter Gary Lader Jennifer Lader Madeleine Langman Peter Langman Suzanne Lapiduss Scott Leiber Henry and Susan Lehrich Daniel Leisawitz and Daniela Viale Elaine Lerner Olivier Level Ina Levin Larry Levin Mary Jane Levine Eva and Dr. Larry Levitt Dr. Marc Levitt Dr. Jenni Levy Edward Levy (z”l) Ursla S. Levy Joan Lichtenstein Emmy Livezey Raymond Livezey Pam Lott Gale Malesky Lisa Markowitz Moshe Markowitz

Dr. William and Jane Markson Richard Master Susan Master Claudia Mattison Ethel Melamut Dr. Gerald Melamut Jay E. and Marla J. Melman Jeannie Miller Linda Miller Mike Miller Rabbi Yehoshua Mizrachi Lynn Mollick and Milton Spett James Mueth Shelah Mueth Jeff Murdoch Douglas C. Nathanson Ruth Nathanson Daria Newfeld Kyle Newfeld Sandra Newman Taffi Ney Audrey Alexander Nolte Alice Notis Mark Notis Dr. Michael Notis Dr. Michael A. Obenski Martina A. Obenski Diana Orenstein Roberta and Alan Penn Dr. Andrew Pestcoe Dr. Flora Pestcoe Eve Peterson Rabbi Seth Phillips Edward and Beth Posner Dr. Robert and Lota Post Gary Preis Sandra Preis Patti Price Elaine Rappaport-Bass Sy and Lois Ratner Rabbi Moshe and Adina Re’em Bruce Reich Dr. Richard and Barbara Reisner Kevin and Lauren Reuther Carol Robins

YEARS 1 & 2 By the Numbers 471 COMMITMENTS WITH AN ESTIMATED VALUE OF

$7.7 MILLION (As of April 30, 2019)

To learn more about ways that you can remember one or several of these organizations with a gift in your will, trust, retirement account or life insurance policy, contact Jim Mueth at 610-821-5500 or jim@jflv.org or any of the participating organizations.

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Robert Rockmaker Judith Rodwin Michelle Rohrbach Jodie Rosenblum Dr. Alex and Robin Rosenau H. Janet Rosenthal Alan Salinger Mary Salinger Amy Sams Richard Sams Herbert Saunders Julia Saunders Mary Louise Scarf Marcia Schechter Lorrie Scherline Melvin Schmier Pearl M. Schmier Irwin J. Schneider Ellen R. Schneider Ivan Schonfeld Jillian Schonfeld Mark and Deena Scoblionko Joy Scott Eileen Segal Vickie L. Semmel Lynne Shampain Dr. Mark Shampain Adrian Shanker Elliot and Linda Sheftel Howard Sherer Susan Sherer Stanley J. Shrager Robert E. Simon Rabbi Michael and Alexis Singer

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IJCU director says goodbye after 20 years By Stephanie Bolmer HAKOL Editor After 20 years of building bridges between the Jewish and Christian – and more recently, Muslim – communities in the Lehigh Valley, the Rev. Dr. Peter Pettit has departed from his role as director of Muhlenberg College’s Institute for JewishChristian Understanding (IJCU). Under his decades of guidance, the IJCU has seen much growth, adding on from the simple beginnings of conversations in local living rooms in the 1980s to its current robust calendar of First Friday speakers, Youth and Prejudice workshops, annual Wallenburg tributes and more. Pettit said the college has affirmed its commitment to the future of the institute and the current staff there. When asked what the highlight of his years spent at the IJCU was, Pettit said, “I think the single highlight is the openness of the Jewish community of the Lehigh Valley, the clergy and the lay leaders, to welcome a Lutheran minister and to develop a deeply trusting relationship. I could name half a dozen different moments over the 20 years that would be really singular moments of our work together with the Christian and the Jewish constituencies, but none of those moments happen if there isn’t the openness of the Jewish community to welcome the efforts and the goodwill of the Christian who happens to be leading it.” Leaving the Valley after all this time is bittersweet for Pettit. Asked what he’d like to say to the Jewish community after reflecting on his time here, he responded with: “Thank you! Absolutely thank you. Everything is about relationships, and I have been privileged to enjoy and benefit from the most wonderful relationships with clergy and lay leaders in the Jewish community as well as the

The Rev. Dr. Peter Pettit, right, presents the Schiff Award for Prejudice Reduction to Cantor Kevin Wartell at the Federation’s annual meeting in 2018. Christian community that I ever could possibly imagine. I will deeply miss those relationships as I move on.” Pettit will be taking on a new position as teaching pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport, Iowa, where he will have direct responsibility for adult and public education and oversight of the entire educational program of the congregation of 1,100 families.

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Remembering the Holocaust

Above, state Rep. Mike Schlossberg lights a candle to remember the six million lost at a Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony at the Pennsylvania State Capital. Gov. Tom Wolf addressed those in attendance, including the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley’s Director of Outreach and Community Relations Aaron Gorodzinsky. Right, Holocaust Resource Center Coordinator Shari Spark introduces Holocaust survivor David Tuck at the ArtsQuest cinema during their Holocaust Remembrance Day program. The program, sponsored by the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley, was followed by a screening of “Who Will Write Our History.”

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GIVE A MITZVAH, DO A MITZVAH Gabriel Morse

Filling a grocery bag for those in need Gabriel Morse, son of Sarah and Tom Morse, will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah at Congregation Keneseth Israel on Sept. 14, 2019. The Springhouse Middle School student knew he wanted to help those with food insufficiencies for his mitzvah project. “When we go to New York City, I always see people who are begging for food, and I thought this would be a great way to help,” Gabe said when discussing his project. “I

wanted to help people in my community, so I’m volunteering at Jewish Family Service Community Food Pantry.” Jewish Family Service of the Lehigh Valley’s Community Food Pantry provides emergency assistance to individuals and families in the 18104 area, regardless of religion. It also serves Jewish clients across the Lehigh Valley. Stocked with food and personal items, the pantry is supported through generous contributions from our community and maintained by dedicated volunteers. JFS works in partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank. Gabe threw himself into his mitzvah project. At his school, there is also a small food pantry for students in need. Gabe reached out to guidance counselors to tell them about the JFS food pantry so that the two organizations could be in sync. In addition to bringing in food from delivery trucks, stocking shelves and breaking down boxes as a volunteer, Gabe is raising money to support the food pantry by selling custom-made reusable shopping bags. He sold them during religious school at KI and at the JCC before and after Stagemakers performances. If you would like to purchase a bag in support of Gabriel’s mitzvah project, please email him at gabrielsmitzvahproject@gmail. com. Bags are $5 and all the proceeds will be used to buy

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back-to-school supplies that Gabriel will use to stock the JFS pantry in August. “Since his bar mitzvah is the second week of school, we thought the timing would work out well, and school supplies are something that has meaning in his life right now,” said Gabriel’s mother Sarah. “We are so proud of Gabriel’s instinct to help others and carry on a family tradition of giving back to the community. We have had fun working with him to sell the reusable bags and enjoy seeing him learn from this experience.” To bring his project full circle, at his bar mitzvah, he will be renting bimah baskets for tzedakah from Jewish Family Service. The baskets are decorated with empty boxes of non-perishable kosher food items, which show a sample of the foods that JFS gives to those in need. The Morse family would like to extend their thanks to Chelsea Karp, JFS volunteer coordinator; Sharon Gayner, JFS food pantry coordinator; and the JFS staff for supporting Gabriel and his project. In addition to his mitzvah project, Gabriel has made his first adult gift of tzedakah to the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley Annual Campaign for Jewish Needs. For help developing your mitzvah project, contact Abby Trachtman, project coordinator, at abbyt@jflv. org or call her at the Federation office at 610-821-5500.

JDS student places 2nd in stock market challenge Jewish Day School of the Lehigh Valley seventh-grader Noah Cohen has ranked in second place in the Middle School Division for the Pennsylvania Council on Literacy Spring 2019 Stock Market Challenge competition. Under the guidance of parent and financial advisor David Dahan and teachers Jaymi Sam and Gwen Hartnett, JDS seventh- and eighthgrade classes met weekly for 10 weeks to participate in this challenge. This was the school’s second year participating in the competition. Students started with $100,000 on Feb. 11, and Noah ended the game with $110,385.71. The classes had the opportunity to manage a hypothetical portfolio by investing in stocks chosen from the U.S. markets: American, New York and NASDAQ exchanges. The competition teaches students about investing, encourages financial literacy and teaches entrepreneurship skills that elevate their professional success. If you’re looking for a new financial advisor, Noah may be available in a few years. Dahan said, “The students did exceptionally well this semester. The concepts were much more difficult than when we first participated last year. Being their second time seeing it, I did a deeper dive into each topic. They had to do more research and more calculations. They rose to the occasion both in interest and ability. I think it showed at the Lehigh Valley Jewish Foundation Investment Committee meeting which they recently participated in.”

A second act for KI’s religious school By Michele Salomon Congregation Keneseth Israel Earlier this year KI embarked on a search for a religious school director. We weren’t just looking for a new religious school director – we were looking for a new way to do religious school. We sought someone who would bring meaning, purpose and engagement. We wanted someone to raise the bar on what our students learned and how they felt about their experience. A survey among KI parents confirmed a strong desire that our children develop a strong Jewish identify, including knowledge of our culture, history and traditions. And to have fun and make friends while doing so. To our good fortune, the perfect candidate found us. Rabbi Shoshana Hantman loves Jewish education and has since she

was a religious school student. A professional educator, rabbi, author and lover of the arts, she lives in Westchester, New York, but her roots are in Philadelphia. Hantman has dedicated her life to making Jewish education engaging and meaningful. Her daughter, Mollie, has followed in her footsteps and will also be part of the KI religious school team, providing administrative and planning support. Hantman’s vision and philosophy is inspired by Rabbi Moredecai Kaplan, z’’l, who believed that Jewish education must be so effective that it enlarges the scope of a child’s inner life and prepares them to live in a way that expresses their Jewish values. Classrooms will be transformed, taking on distinctive Jewish personalities from history. Imagine coming to class in the Tent of Abraham and Sarah or an 11th century courtyard in Cordoba in the Golden Age of Spain. Additionally, students will participate in weekly club meeting, and parents will have the opportunity to have a regular date night while their children enjoy activities at KI. Act II for KI’s commitment to Jewish education will kickoff with a family friendly event, KIDSTOCK, on Sunday, Aug. 18, from 2 to 5 p.m. Come for food, friends and a Jewish treasure hunt. The whole Jewish community is welcome; stay tuned for more details. The curtain is rising for Act II of religious school at KI. You won’t want to miss this!


BBYO closes out a successful year By Jake Wiener AZA As the BBYO and AZA year comes to a close, it is a great time to reflect on the amazing year that this chapter had. Between chapter and regional events, volunteer opportunities and friendships made, this year was one of the most fun and exciting years in recent history. These past few months have been filled with some of the most memorable events and highlights of the year, starting with the 3v3 basketball tournament that

the chapter held at the JCC on June 2. The chapter was able to have several kids from the AZA chapter, as well as other teens in the community, take part in a competitive tournament to help raise money for our standup cause, the Lauren Halper Fund, which helps people in their last days receive one last wish. Overall, it was a very successful event for the chapter. Spring Fling Convention was held this past May. This was the last regional event of the year, and the last event

for seniors. All seniors gave their lives speeches, where they reflect on their time in BBYO, and at the end of every speech, seniors gives their “life� to a younger member of the region. This convention is often a great last hoorah for the senior class. Overall, this year has been one the most memorable and on behalf of the chapter, we would like to thank the parents and people in the community who made this whole year possible. We truly appreciate all of your help and support throughout the year.

We hope we were able to help make a positive impact on the Jewish community. Stay tuned for upcoming news and events. You do not want to miss out! If you

have any questions regarding upcoming events or about signing up for BBYO, please contact allentownaza@gmail. com or afraley8626@gmail. com.

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Anna looks forward to her PJ Library books each month. The books are very colorful and child friendly as well as educational. They help to teach her good values and to teach her about her Jewish heritage. Anna asks to read them over and over again throughout the month. - CECILIA AND JONATHAN BLOCH To learn more about PJ Library and register to receive free Jewish-themed books for children from 6 months through 8 years, visit www.pjlibrary.org.

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Sons of Israel gala honors IDF On March 31, Congregation Sons of Israel held their annual gala, and this year, rather than honoring members of the congregation, they honored the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) through the Friends of the IDF Adopt a Unit Program. A portion of the proceeds from the gala was directed to soldiers of the 80th Territorial Division, “Utazvat Edom,” which is based near the southern city of Eilat. Those attending learned about the workings and importance of the IDF in speeches by Galit Peleg of the Consul General’s office; our community’s shlicha, Rotem Bar; IDF Captain Chen Lugasi; and lone soldier from Philadelphia, Jaime Asaraf. In a continuous presentation throughout the evening, the synagogue proudly displayed pictures and brief backgrounds on a large screen of those soldiers who have a connection to Sons of Israel and to our Lehigh Valley Jewish community. We keep these brave men and women in our minds and prayers always.

From left to right: Captain Chen Lugasi, IDF, Operations Division officer in the Communications, Computers and Information Corps.; Stephen Mould, Regional Manager, Echelon Security, Lehigh Valley; Jaime Asaraf, lone soldier from Philadelphia.

Shavuot Flan By Sandi Teplitz Ingredients: 1 c. sugar 1/4 c. water 10 large eggs 1 c. sugar 1 qt. whole milk 3 t. pure vanilla Technique: For the caramel, put the sugar and water in a saucepan and cook until caramelized without stirring. Pour immediately into an 8 1/2" Bundt pan and shake until it coats the bottom of the pan and an inch up the sides. Preheat oven to 325° and put

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a large pan in the oven filled with 2" of boiling water. Mix eggs and remaining 1 c. of sugar well with a whisk. Heat milk with vanilla and heat until almost boiling. Remove from heat and slowly combine mixtures. Strain, pour over caramel in pan, put in water bath and bake for an hour. Remove flan from water bath, then cool at room temperature for 2 hours. Chill

overnight in refrigerator. When ready to serve, remove from pan and invert. Allow the caramel sauce to dribble down. Serve soon after.


Community Calendar To list an event in the Community Calendar, submit your information on our website, www.jewishlehighvalley.org, under the “Upcoming Events” menu. All events listed in the Community Calendar are open to the public and free of charge, unless otherwise noted. Programs listed in HAKOL are provided as a service to the community. They do not necessarily reflect the endorsement of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley. The JFLV reserves the right to accept, reject or modify listings.

THURSDAY, MAY 30 JCC Jewish & Israeli Film Series: ‘The Cousin’ 7 p.m., JCC of the Lehigh Valley. After a wellmeaning Arab-Muslim handyman arrives in an Israeli village, a young woman is assaulted, and the community assumes he was her attacker. Co-sponsored by Jim and Linda Wimmer. Price: $12, JCC members $8. Tickets available at 610435-3571 or lvjcc.org/film. THURSDAY, MAY 30 Judaism’s Best Kept Secret-Mikvah 7 to 9 p.m., Chabad of the Lehigh Valley. Join us for an evening when we will discover Judaism’s best kept secret – the mikvah, where Rebbetzin Miriam Lipskier will lead us on a discovery of Judaism’s view of intimacy and relationships. Sponsored by the Hebrew Family League of the Lehigh Valley. Couvert: $36, including a dessert reception. FRIDAY, MAY 31 Scholar-in-Residence Judy Klitsner 6:30 p.m., Congregation Sons of Israel. Congregation Sons of Israel invites you to join us for a program in memory of Dr. Murray Schechter, z”l, when we welcome back our scholar-inresidence, Judy Klitsner, student of bible scholar Nechama Leibowitz and author of National Jewish Book Award “Subversive Sequels in the Bible.” Please join us Friday night in the main sanctuary at 6:30 p.m. to meet our new rabbi and his family; mincha and welcome to Shabbos to follow. During the Friday night dinner, Judy will speak on “Would You Murder and Also Inherit? A Biblical Story of Crimes, Misdemeanors and Other Addictions.” Babysitting will be available. Cost: $18 for adults, $10 for children under 12, RSVP with your payment by Friday, May 24, to the shul office. SATURDAY, JUNE 1 Scholar-in-Residence Judy Klitser Congregation Sons of Israel. Join us at the end of Shabbat morning service when Judy will address the congregation on “The Patriarch and the Priest: Why do Jewish Leaders Have NonJewish Mentors?” Mincha will be held at 7:30 p.m., followed by shalosh se’udos, when Judy will speak on “The Tent, the Field and the Battlefield: Upheavals in the Roles and Fortunes of Biblical Women.” SUNDAY, JUNE 2 Meet the Experts Breakfast 9:30 a.m., Jewish Day School of the Lehigh Valley. Featuring Judy Goldman, Jill Hammer, the JDS guidance counselor, and Pam Gibson, the JDS education specialist, for a catered breakfast by the Sunshine Café. You will be able to ask questions about parenting, schooling, childrearing and more. For parents and caretakers of children five and under. Free and open to the public. Babysitting will be provided for children age two and up. RSVP to sschonbach@jdslv.org. MONDAY, JUNE 3 Special Friendship Circle Closing Luncheon & Program: Musical Performance by Conductor George Fennell and the Lehigh Valley Pops Orchestra 11:30 a.m., JCC of the Lehigh Valley. Special closing luncheon with musical performance by Conductor George Fennell and the Lehigh

Valley Pops Orchestra. Free to Friendship Circle members, guests $10. RSVP by calling the JCC Welcome Desk at 610-435-3571. MONDAY, JUNE 3 Community Conversations: Paying Attention to Substance Abuse 6 to 7:30 p.m., Jewish Family Service. Join JFS and Paul Toth, Ph.D., LPC, staff development manager and clinical supervisor of Eagleville Hospital, for a community conversation about paying attention to substance abuse. The event is free and open to the community. Dinner will be served. RSVP to Susan Sklaroff-Van Hook at 610-351-9961 or svh@jfslv.org. TUESDAY, JUNE 4 Lion of Judah & Pomegranate Spring Recognition 6:30 p.m., private residence. Lions of Judah and Pomegranates are invited to an exclusive evening with Daniel Sahalo, representative of the philanthropic Megemeria jewelry school and social business for Ethiopian immigrants in Israel. RSVP to 610-821-5500 or mailbox@jflv.org or register at www.jewishlehighvalley.org/women. A minimum $1,800 gift to the Jewish Federation’s 2019 Annual Campaign for Jewish Needs is required to attend. THURSDAY, JUNE 6 JDS Special Friends Day 9 a.m., Jewish Day School of the Lehigh Valley. Join us for a morning celebrating our special friends and family. RSVP to amanger@jdslv.org. THURSDAYS, JUNE 6, 13 & 27, JULY 11, AUGUST 1 & 8 Flying Solo: A Support and Growth Group for Women Jewish Family Service. This group is for women ages 50 and up who are living on their own and looking for a supportive place to share their stories, connect with others and thrive as singles. Come and join with others who can understand this journey while finding humor, strength and community along the way. $120 for the entire series of six sessions. Sliding scale and scholarships available upon request. Pre-registration by May 24 required. Contact Susan Sklaroff-Van Hook, LPC, at 610-351-9961 or svh@jfslv.org to set up a pre-group appointment. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12 Jewish Federation Community Celebration & Annual Meeting 6:30 p.m., JCC of the Lehigh Valley. Join the Federation for an end-of-year dinner to celebrate award winners, volunteers and leaders. Free and open to everyone. RSVP by June 7 to 610-821-5500 or mailbox@jflv.org or register online at www.jewishlehighvalley.org/events. THURSDAY, JUNE 13 JDS 8th Grade Graduation 7 p.m., Jewish Day School of the Lehigh Valley. The board of directors, the faculty, and the class of 2019 of the Jewish Day School of the Lehigh Valley request the honor of your presence at the 8th Grade Graduation. Please RSVP by June 3 to

Adrienne Weaver, amanger@jdslv.org or 610437-0721. SATURDAY, JUNE 15 Bethlehem Federation Shabbat 9 a.m., Congregation Brith Sholom. Jeri Zimmerman, new executive director of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley, will offer remarks at a Federation-sponsored Shabbat in Bethlehem. Open to everyone. SUNDAY, JUNE 16 JCC Camp Meet & Greet 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Camp JCC in Center Valley, 5831 Vera Cruz Rd., Center Valley. Come out to the campsite, meet your Camp JCC counselors and specialists and get pumped for the summer of a lifetime. Light breakfast will be provided. Contact Mike Smith at msmith@jfslv.org to learn more. SUNDAY, JUNE 16 Dip Dip Hooray Pool Party 12 to 3:30 p.m., Camp JCC in Center Valley, 5831 Vera Cruz Rd., Center Valley. Ready to get summer started? Stick around after the meet and greet for the Dip Dip Hooray Pool Party and enjoy a poolside dance party, craft by the pool, and more. Non-camp families welcome! Hot dog BBQ lunch: $5 (not LVKC supervised). MONDAY, JUNE 17 Mortimer S. Schiff Memorial Golf Tournament Lehigh Country Club. The Jewish Federation’s annual golf tournament in support of prejudice reduction and tolerance education that brings people of all faiths together. To learn more, visit www.jewishlehighvalley.org/golf. SUNDAY, JUNE 23 TCP/BAS New Membership Drive 5 p.m., Temple Covenant of Peace. New membership drive with an informal hot dog dinner featuring the Main Street Cruisers. Cost is $18, but if you bring a potential NEW member, the event is free for both of you. If interested, please call 610-253-2031 and make a reservation. FRIDAY, JUNE 28 Starry Services 7:30 p.m., Congregation Brith Sholom. Friday night service followed by oneg Shabbat. Starry Services will be held on June 28, July 26 and Aug. 30, 2019. Contact Tammy at 610-8668009 for additional information. SUNDAY, JUNE 30 PJ Library How Does Your Garden Grow? 11 a.m., Temple Beth El. Join PJ Library and Temple Beth El as we explore our community garden, learn some Hebrew garden vocabulary words, taste test some veggies and, of course, read a PJ Library story. Free and open to the community. RSVP or questions to Alyssa Pure alyssa@bethelallentown.org. If you’d like, bring a dairy or pareve picnic lunch to enjoy on the lawn after the program. In case of inclement weather, the program will be held indoors, but no picnic.

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He’s growing fast. So are we. The region’s leader in pediatric care has a new name: Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital Thanks to the Reilly family, the only children’s

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We already have the most pediatric doctors in the region – plus a surgery center and ER designed just for kids. And now, with the Reillys’ gift, we

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HAKOL - June 2019  

The Jewish newspaper of the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania.

HAKOL - June 2019  

The Jewish newspaper of the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania.