The Voice of the Lehigh Valley Jewish Community
Issue No. 412
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My Lehigh Valley Journey is about to begin By Rotem Bar Israeli Shlicha Editor’s Note: Rotem Bar will be spending the year in the Lehigh Valley as an emissary from Israel through the Community Shlichut Program, a partnership between the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley and the Jewish Agency for Israel, made possible in our community through the support of Lewis and Roberta Gaines. Czech Republic, Belgium, Israel, Belgium, Israel … and soon to be the United States. My childhood was multicultural. From a young age, I lived in Europe and studied at an international school with children from all around the world. Being Israeli was always people’s first impression of me. It was a big part of my story and I loved sharing it. I am looking forward to adding
another piece to my life puzzle when I arrive in the Lehigh Valley at the end of August. Another piece that will be meaningful and powerful, a piece that will enrich me as a human being who aspires to learn more about the world, about people and their knowledge and experiences, as a Jewish individual who shares these same values with other Jewish individuals and wishes to build relationships based on similar values. Besides my own story, I wish to become a piece in your community’s puzzle. I hope to get to know each and every one of you, to “bring Israel to life” in the Lehigh Valley and to deepen the connection between Israel and the community. I will share with you Israel through all her beauty and complexity. I’m hoping to promote mutual understanding and bring to the community new and refreshing ways of exchanging ideas and passions.
I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of the Jewish Agency emissaries delegation, to be a part of the Israeli story, part of the social mosaic that is so unique in the Israeli society and that I get to share it with your community, with Jews like me who live at the other end of the world and experience their Jewish identity and Israel from a different perspective, or perhaps from a very similar one. In just over a week I will be leaving my country, my home, my family and friends, all that is familiar, in order to start this special journey. I am trying to absorb as much of Israel as I can by spending time with my loved ones, my friends and family (Yuki my dog), and visiting all my favorite spots in Israel. Shlichut, or being an Israeli emissary, is a natural next step for me. I feel that I am at the right place in my life to embark on this journey, build bridges, learn and teach and bring
Rotem Bar, right, with Talya Inber, Muhlenberg’s new campus shlicha. “my Israel” to the community. I intend to bring the values and content I absorb during this experience back to Israeli society upon my return. I am beyond excited! Behatzlacha!
Federations allocate funds to help besieged Israelis
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The Jewish Federations of North America allocated nearly half a million dollars in August to help relieve suffering in southern Israel caused by recent “kite arson” and provide trauma counseling and support for a growing number of Israelis who have been impacted by increased strife along the Gazan border. In early August, more than 180 rockets were fired from Gaza at civilian targets in Israel’s southern border communities over the course of two days. The fighting has since calmed and talks of a full ceasefire continue. Federations provided funding so that 100 children from border communities could participate in The Jewish Agency for Israel’s Summer Respite Camp which offers children a reprieve from their homes’ daily hardships. Grants were also made to local organizations to purchase critical equipment such as radio transmitters and fire carts, bring experienced volunteer American firefighters to Israel, and support trauma counsel-
ing for the most vulnerable. The grants were made possible by donors and Federations across the United States and Canada, including our own Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley. “It’s not just the ‘kite arson’ that is taking a toll,” said JFNA President and CEO Jerry Silverman. “Israel’s southernmost communities have been hit with hundreds of rockets from Gaza—the most intense exchange of fire since the 2014 conflict, Operation Defensive Edge.” “Ensuring the residents are safe and that life is able to flourish is of strategic importance to Israel and to Jewish Federations,” he added. Among the most recent grants, Federations are supporting a second group of 10 firefighters from across the U.S. who will work shoulder to shoulder with Israeli first responders who are deployed round the clock to try and halt further destruction. “Kite arson,” a new tactic employed by Palestinian terrorists, has traumatized Israelis and caused
millions of dollars in damage. “Though we are fortunate that to date no one has been killed or physically injured by the kite terror,” said Richard Sandler, chair of JFNA’s Board of Trustees, “the wave of arson has caused devastating damage and emotional trauma. The harsh sights of blackened fields, damage to crops, agriculture, wildlife, people's livelihoods, and their connection with the land is having a devastating effect on all residents, young and old.” “Throughout Israel there is considerable tension and the security establishment is on high alert,” said Silverman. “With our local partners we will continue to identify pressing needs in communities on the southern border. Fortunately, Federationfunded programs, established with emergency dollars in the aftermath of Operation Protective Edge, are in place to support the resiliency of civilians living in towns near Gaza, providing real-time comfort and assistance during this tense period.”
Here’s what heart care that’s amazing everyday is all about. Anita K.’s heart was failing. She was 66 years old and too weak to even pick up her newborn grandson. She resigned herself to a life of inactivity. Then Anita went to the Lehigh Valley Heart Institute and received specialized treatment from the region’s only board-certified heart failure team. Something amazing happened. She started getting better and stronger. It’s really no surprise that when you care for twice as many heart patients
than anyone else in the region, you excel at saving lives. Our level of technology, skill and expertise puts us near the top of the best heart care in the country. And it’s right here, close to home. Just ask Anita, when she’s not too busy playing with her grandson. To learn more about Anita’s amazing journey, visit LVHN.org/HeartInstitute.
ANITA’S HEART DISEASE LEFT HER TOO WEAK TO LIFT HER GRANDSON. NOW SHE CAN’T PUT HIM DOWN.
BY CAROL BUB FROMER AND GARY FROMER
Annual Campaign Co-Chairs | Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley
The Annual Campaign for Jewish Needs: Why we give As the summer draws to a close, and we approach the Jewish New Year, we are also very excited to commence a new year for our Annual Campaign for Jewish Needs. The Annual Campaign is a marathon effort by our community agencies, volunteers, professionals and donors. In our role, we are asked many questions. Frequently, we are asked why we give – both time and funds – to the Annual Campaign.
abroad, for engagement with and care for our elderly, for the health and education of our children, for ensuring a vibrant Jewish life here in the Lehigh Valley and in Israel for future generations. Often, other concerns and viewpoints are shared with us that, in our view, are based upon incomplete information:
For us, it comes down to three simple but intense feelings: • We are proud to be Jewish. • We are proud of Israel. • We believe that all Jews are responsible for one another. These feelings most express our own Judaism, perhaps even more so than our own personal religious fervor or observance do. We feel responsible for each other – here and
“Israel is the ‘Start-Up Nation,’ it is doing superbly and doesn’t need our money!” As of 2016, 22 percent of Israelis live below the poverty line – the highest rate of poverty among the world’s developed countries. This poverty level is despite middle-class Israelis paying 48 percent income tax, 12 percent social security tax, and 17 percent VAT – taxes aggregating to 77 percent of earned income.
“Our Jewish agencies in the Lehigh Valley are doing great independently.” While we are blessed with wonderful Jewish institutions in the Lehigh Valley, each and every institution is challenged financially. Our Federation Annual Campaign provides: • 9 percent of the annual operating budget of our Jewish Community Center. • 22 percent of the annual operating budget of our Jewish Day School. • 15 percent of the annual operating budget of our Jewish Family Service. • Essential funding for the Muhlenberg College, Lehigh University and Lafayette College Hillels, family education at our local synagogues, our local kashrut commission and mikvah, Jewish summer camps and Chabad Friendship Circle programs.
The High Holidays will inevitably come around every year. Early or late, weekends or weekdays, they always come. In practical terms, this involves a lot of planning – cooking meals, taking time off work if necessary – but this year, as the High Holidays approach, I’m thinking about change. Rosh Hashanah, which begins the cycle, is the new year, and although many of our traditions remain the same from year to year, every year brings new opportunities.
This aspect of the High Holidays can get lost through all the reflection during the 10 days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. It can be all too easy to reflect on the past year and then stop once the holidays are over, leaving further reflection for next Rosh Hashanah. This year, however, I’m making a resolution to keep that reflection going throughout the year, hoping to find ways to keep positive change as an ongoing process rather than only once a year. As the High Holidays approach once again, I hope you
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take this opportunity to create positive change for yourself and others in the new year and have a wonderful 5779! Shalom, Michelle
Petr Bruk, of blessed memory
A celebration of life was held at the JCC on Aug. 16 for Petr Bruk, who passed away days earlier after a valiant fight with cancer. Bruk was the maintenance director at the JCC for 20 years and the celebration was filled with friends from near and far, including many JCC staffers and members. Bruk is survived by his wife Valentina, also a JCC employee, his son Dmitry and his daughter-in-law Olga.
The two of us, our Federation, our local agencies and synagogues, and Israel are far from perfect. Our collective weaknesses and imperfections motivate us to invest, innovate and improve. The Annual Campaign is one local effort in which we all strive to be better, as individuals and as a community, by taking responsibility for the well-being of fellow Jews here, in Israel and everywhere in the world.
HAKOL is published 11 times per year for the Jewish communities of Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton and vicinity by the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley.
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR Dear Readers,
“There aren’t any more Jews in despair and need.” This past year, we in the Lehigh Valley have contributed tens of thousands of dollars to emergency campaigns for Jews (and non-Jews) in despair in Venezuela, Puerto Rico and Houston. Our Annual Campaign provides support directly to the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the Jewish Agency for Israel, funds deployed directly and proactively in addressing the urgent needs of Jews in distress in locations throughout the world. Even in our own community, our Jewish agencies serve Jews challenged with poverty, addiction and despair on a daily basis.
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JEWISH FEDERATION OF THE LEHIGH VALLEY We gratefully acknowledge those individuals who have offered expressions of friendship by requesting that trees be planted in the Yoav--Lehigh Valley Partnership Park. IN HONOR RENEE AND ANDRAS BOGI Birth of their son, Grayson Andras Bogi SHALOM BABY NEELA COVEL Birth of her daughter, Osher Yakira Covel SHALOM BABY DANA AND CHARLES GOLDBERG Birth of their son, Natan Shai Goldberg SHALOM BABY MICHAEL NOTIS Happy 80th Birthday Roberto and Eileen Fischmann Cooky Notis and his children
and grandchildren MORTON WEISBURD Happy 90th birthday Fred and Barbara Sussman IN MEMORY VIVIAN FRIEDMAN (Mother of Philip Segal) Barnet and Lisa Fraenkel ALVIN MISHKIN (Father of Carol Furmansky) Roberto and Eileen Fischmann Norman and Roberta Marcus and Family
TO ORDER TREES, call the JFLV at 610-821-5500 or visit www.jewishlehighvalley.org.
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
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WOMEN’S PHILANTHROPY OF THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF THE LEHIGH VALLEY
Local women knit hundreds of blankets for local nonprofits By Gwen Jacobs Special to HAKOL Way back in 2006, an appeal was sent out from Warren Hospital for some comfort lap blankets for the patients who came into the Oncology department for chemotherapy infusions. During the process, patients would experience chilling. The request was responded to by a group of women from Temple Covenant of Peace and B’nai Abraham Synagogue. Under my guidance from TCP and Jessica Ytkin from B’nai Abraham, a monthly (well, maybe not exactly monthly) meeting was arranged on a similar basis of the “floating crap game” from the Broadway show “Guys and Dolls.” In addition to lots of yarn and “yarns,” there was even some money that was most generously floated around to buy additional supplies. The result: Some 25 women managed to handmake and donate an extraordinary number of blankets reflecting various levels of expertise from very simple to beyond beautiful! No two blankets were alike. All were made with love, machine washable and dryable, and featured a label: “Made with love by B’nai Abraham Syna-
gogue and Temple Covenant of Peace.” The hospital was overwhelmed, both emotionally and physically. Their need was satisfied, and our vision was expanded. Our donations have since gone to Jewish Family Service and Glory House (a transitional home for women released from incarceration) in Allentown; Meals On Wheels and the 3rd Street Alliance (a safe and healthy shelter for women and children), both in Easton; New Bethany Ministry (an interfaith organization that provides for the homeless and mentall illy) and Hogar Crea International (an organization dedicated to preventing alcohol and substance abuse and reintegrating individuals in society) in Bethlehem; and St. Luke’s Hospital – Warren Campus in Phillipsburg. Our criteria are very simple: 1. Where there is a need, and 2. The organization must be nonprofit. To date, over 870 blankets have been donated, as well as innumerable hand-knit slippers, mittens, scarves, hats, vests, handbags etc. All are either knitted or crocheted, and each is an individual work of art. We are looking to expand our numbers, so we would most heartily welcome new members to our fun group.
We meet once a month (mostly) in each other’s homes and serve coffee, tea, a small nosh and a large dollop of friendship. If you are interested, or know of someone who would love to learn to knit or crochet or just donate time and/or
money, please contact either Jessica Ytkin at 610-253-8251 or me at 908-859-6509. If you have a favorite nonprofit which would benefit from our endeavors, please let us know that too. We take comfort in the
knowledge that wherever the need is greatest, these dedicated women answer the call with nimble fingers and caring hearts. We wish you a joyous New Year 5779 filled with blessings, good health and peace!
SPONSORED BY THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF THE LEHIGH VALLEY’S WOMEN’S DIVISION
WELCOMING NEW BABIES
to the Lehigh Valley GRAYSON ANDRAS BOGI son of Renee and Andras Bogi
NATAN SHAI GOLDBERG
son of Dana and Charles Goldberg If you’re expecting, know someone who is, or have a new baby, PLEASE LET US KNOW! Contact Abby Trachtman, 610-821-5500 | firstname.lastname@example.org SPONSORED BY
Handmade Afghans BY EVA LEVITT
All proceeds benefit projects in Israel:
Food Banks in Israel Neve Michael Youth Village
For prices or to place an order, call Eva 610-398-1376.
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New laser solution could slow spread of forest fires The company of four is now in the engineering, modeling and testing phase. It’s not yet clear when the technology will reach the market. This depends on finding a strategic partner. Laser (which stands for “light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation”) uses concentrated light to cut or perforate anything from metal to human tissue. One might think this heat would just make a fire worse, but Leigh explains that the laser works lightning fast and then switches off. The moisture remaining in the foliage immediately extinguishes the combustion. In preliminary lab experiments, FTF’s laser technology sheared off targeted pine needles without igniting them or the remaining pine needles. Moreover, the fallen foliage – while still flammable — forms a compact highmoisture bed with restricted airflow. With less oxygen and densely packed fuel, the ground fire loses intensity and speed, and is easier to extinguish. “We now aim at large-scale experiments and later on prototype development so that we can do outdoor real-life proof of concept testing,” Leigh says. “We are now seeking partnerships, licensing agreements and/or investments. The firefighting community is all excited to try it out but they need a demo tool to work with.” The technology at the heart of FTF is patented in Israel, Australia and Europe; a US patent is pending. There is already interest in the technology from Australia, which suffers devastating wildfires every summer.
Aggressive wildfires are rampaging through many countries this summer, bringing death and destruction in their wake. In California alone, firefighters are scrambling to control 18 separate blazes. Texas, Oregon, Florida, New Jersey, as well as Canada, Greece, India, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the UK are among other areas battling massive forest fires, a phenomenon experts expect will only increase due to climate change. It was the massive forest fires in Israel over the past several years that gave electro-optics physicist Daniel Leigh the idea of using algorithm-controlled laser beams from helicopters or trucks to zap leaves, thin branches and pine needles off treetops in the path of fire. The flames are forced downward, where they can be more easily controlled by conventional methods. Leigh explains that leafy treetops provide a highly combustible smorgasbord for hungry forest fires. Fanned by extreme wind and weather conditions, a forest fire that rises to the treetops spreads out of control in the blink of an eye. When Leigh shared his idea with ecologist Zvika Avni, former chief of the Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF) Forestry Department, Avni agreed to be the ecology and the wildfire fighting specialist for Leigh’s startup, Fighting Treetop Fire (FTF). Founded in 2012 and bootstrapped by Leigh, FTF developed its laser technology in consultation with Hebrew University academics and with professionals. Several years later, management consultant Noach Cholev joined as a cofounder.
Israel using advanced technology to fight Gaza’s incendiary kites
Israeli firefighters extinguish a fire in a wheat field caused from kites flown by Palestinian protesters, near the border with the Gaza Strip, May 30, 2018. Jewish Telegraphic Agency Israel has deployed a new system that it says can neutralize much of the threat from the thousands of incendiary kites and balloons that Gazans have been sending into Israel in recent weeks. The Sky Spotter system, which was designed to deal with drones, was deployed around Israel’s border with Gaza and has been able to pinpoint and track multiple targets during peaks of activity by dispatchers of incendiary objects. The system, which is based on powerful optics, provides an interactive 3-D image of the border area at great resolution. Flagged objects appear as red lines suspended above the topography. The system tracks the objects as they drift eastward from Gaza on breeze blowing inland from the Mediterranean.
Operators can then engage the objects with remote-operated drones. The system can also calculate the projected point of impact with or without interception, allowing operators to dispatch firefighters to the expected area to extinguish the flames before they spread or even when they are still in the air, the report said. The report said the system, which was developed by the Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, detects and tracks 100 percent of all incendiary objects sent Israel’s way even when dozens are launched almost simultaneously. Before the system’s deployment, the Israel Defense Forces recruited drone operators to intercept the incendiary objects. The use of incendiary objects as a tactic began this spring. Hundreds of acres of farming land and natural forest have been consumed in the flames.
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New Partnership2Gether director signs on in Yoav By Michelle Cohen HAKOL Editor Amit Zehavi, member of Kibbutz Tzora in Mateh Yehudah, Israel, will be assuming the duties of the Partnership2Gether associate director position. She will lead a brigade of volunteers in Israel to help organize Partnership programs, increase awareness of the Yoav community in the Lehigh Valley and foster connections between residents of the two regions, which she sees as the most important part of her role. “I want to nourish the people-to-people connections. The impact is made when we send people over to the Lehigh Valley community because they bring not only themselves but they bring themselves as Israelis and residents of Yoav, and ultimately bring those two worlds closer together,” said Zehavi, who has 10 years of experience working with other Partnership2Gether paired regions including Beith Shemesh Mateh Yehuda-South Africa and Milwaukee-Sovev Kinneret. Zehavi is hitting the ground running, working with volunteers during committee meetings to figure out action items for the upcoming months. At the moment, she is focusing on the school twinning program between the Jewish Day School and the elementary school in Yoav, as well as helping the Lehigh Valley community best utilize Rotem Bar, the future shlicha. “I worked as a shlicha for three years in Milwaukee, so I know how we can utilize Rotem in the ways I was useful to
that partnership. It's very helpful to have boots on the ground,” she said. She also hopes to bring new programs to the Lehigh Valley that worked in ther regions, like an art exchange program where artists in each region create pieces for a joint exhibit shown in both America and Israel. “If not that, we can identify which strengths exist on both sides and connect them through some kind of program,” Zehavi said. “In Milwaukee, we brought beer makers from Israel because Milwaukee is the beer capital of the U.S., so it's a great way to bring people together who do something similar. We also brought cheese makers because Wisconsin is the dairy capital. I want to see what people in the Lehigh Valley are passionate about and what's a natural strength in the region that we can work with.” Zehavi and the committee members are eager to get started. “Everyone in Yoav that I've encountered
is very excited about the Partnership and as long as you guys can visit, there are a lot of people who would be happy to open their homes to host people and show them around,” she said. “Even if people are just here with their family, they should know that people in Yoav would love to meet them, host them and show them a good time. That's the heart of the partnership, the people-to-people aspect.” It is this aspect that Zehavi is most excited and confident about: “I know that these connections will happen and deepen. From everyone I've met through the steering committee, they say everyone from the Lehigh Valley is like family. I want to help maintain that and make that happen for more people.” As for her message for the Lehigh Valley, “I'd like to expand the circles of engagement in any way - when you tell us how you'd like to engage with Israel, I can help make that happen.”
ABOUT AMIT Amit was born in New York but moved to Israel at age 10. She served in the Nachal division of the army, a branch of the IDF that combines military service with youth movement ideology and settling kibbutzim. Her husband Doron works in the high tech industry in Rechovot. She has three children – Yonatan, who is serving in the IDF navy, Daniel, who is in 11th grade and Neta, age 12, who visited her friends from the Milwaukee partnership this summer. Her family lives on a kibbutz with their cat and dog. One of her favorite hobbies is doing recycled arts-and-crafts. 6 SEPTEMBER 2018 | HAKOL LEHIGH VALLEY
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Catching up with Yoav teen madrichim to the Lehigh Valley By Annette Mashi and Cynthia Wroclawski Special to HAKOL As Israel celebrates 70 years of statehood, Yoav - Lehigh Valley Partnership2Gether reflects on 16 successful summers of Yoav teen delegations to the Lehigh Valley. Sixty-four Yoav teens, many of whom traveled to the U.S. for the first time, facilitated Israel programming and forged great friendships with the campers, their families and the staff at Camp JCC. Similarly, deep connections were made with the Jewish families in the Lehigh Valley who generously hosted the teens, as well as with the families of the teens in Yoav. The ever-widening circle of lives impacted by this flagship Partnership2Gether project continues. "Where Are They Now?" will periodically highlight several Yoav teens from the past 16 delegations and include updates on their lives today and memories and insights as to how their experience connecting with and living with Jews outside of Israel influenced and impacted them. Readers are invited to reconnect and share their memories and photographs on the Partnership2Gether Facebook page or write to the editor of HAKOL (email@example.com). Don't forget to mention who you remember from Yoav and how you got to know them, including the year you met.
From Kibbutz Negba, participated in the first delegation in 2003, hosted by the Klasko and Strauss families. “Being part of the first delegation was very exciting
Mor and her husband Daniel. for everyone,” says Mor, 32, who is still in contact with both of her host families. “My fondest memory was ‘color war’ at camp. The campers were divided into teams of different colors and competed in sports and other activities. One of the smallest children (pre-K) beat one of the older children from another team and brought her team to victory.” Mor had the opportunity to host Dave Klasko, who was a fellow camp counselor and "brother" from her host family, when he traveled to Israel on a Birthright trip several years ago. She was living in Haifa at the time and asserts that their connection was greatly strengthened during that visit. When asked about how her experience in the Lehigh Valley influenced her, Mor recalls something that her host, Margie Strauss, told her that made a lasting impression on her. “We know that America is a temporary home for us – we must protect the state of Israel so there will always be a place for us to go to if we
Itay Zuk and Miriam Zager, March 2018 in Yoav Israel. need it.” Today Mor lives in Ramat Hasharon with her husband, Daniel, and works as a chemical engineer.
From Vardon, Israel, participated in the 2012 delegation, hosted by the Zahn, Fisher, Lemberg and Epstein families. Itay is currently studying for his bachelor’s degree in mathematics and history of the Middle East at the University of Haifa. He fondly remembers the warm reception he and the teens received in the Lehigh Valley. He recalls a particular afternoon they spent with Marc Berson, who took them on his boat in a lake near Allentown. "Beyond the experience itself, which was special and enjoyable, I was happy and surprised that
Marc devoted his leisure time to make a personal connection with us. This is a testament to the importance the community attaches to strengthening ties with Israel." “I did not attach much importance to Jewish life and traditions until I spent time in the Lehigh Valley,” Itay says, explaining that he considers himself a secular person. “There [in Lehigh Valley], I saw that preserving Jewish traditions and the Jewish community is what unites and preserves the collective [Jewish] identity. In Israel, we take our Jewish identity for granted; the opposite is the case in the USA.” Despite the time difference and the distance, Itay remains in contact with some of the host families and co-counselors he met
in the summer of 2012. This past Passover, he met his “adopted brother,” David Zahn, who is studying at the local college as an exchange student. "It was great to meet him again and get to know his classmates." He also met with Miriam Zager, who visited Israel and spent time in Yoav in March of this year. "It is very important for me to maintain a good relationship with the community there and also to attend various events that take place within the framework of the Partnership," Itay asserts. Upon completing his studies, Itay will serve as an officer in the IDF for six years. After that, he is confident that he will “strengthen the connection with the Partnership.”
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Federation mourns the loss of lifetime trustee Al Mishkin The Lehigh Valley Jewish community lost a stalwart community leader on July 21 with the passing of Alvin Mishkin at age 94. Alvin was predeceased by his wife of 68 years, Rosalind. Together they were a leadership force for decades and were both honored as lifetime trustees of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley. Al Mishkin was a lifelong member of Temple Beth El and served several terms on its board. He served on the Jewish Community Center board for over 35 years, 15 of which as president of the JCC Endowment Fund. He was elected by the JCC as an honorary board member. Al served on the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley board for more than 30 years, held leadership positions in the Jewish Federation Annual Campaign and was a supporter of missions to Israel. He is also recalled for his many years of dedication to Jewish Family Service. Al was very active at the Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding, receiving its prestigious Raul Wallenberg Tribute Award in 2005. He was a proud member of the local Charles Kline B’nai B’rith Lodge and the Jewish War Veterans.
His wife, Roz Mishkin, who passed away in 2013, was a past president of the Women’s Division of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley and a mentor and role model for many of the leaders in the community. She served on the board of Temple Beth El and as corresponding secretary of its Sisterhood. She was a life member of Hadassah and the Auxilary of the Jewish Community Center. Al and Roz are survived by their four children; Mark Mishkin, Joan Shapiro, Carol Furmansky, and Sanders Mishkin; 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren; and Roz’s sister Marilyn Kolb. “Our family was not shomer Shabbos, but this connection with Israel and all things Jewish was something that was very much a part of my parents,” said their son Mark, who now lives in Israel along with three of his four children and 11 of his 13 grandchildren, a fact that he attributes to the values passed on by his parents. “I think by their very nature, their personalities, because they were so outgoing and caring and loving ... they just wanted to give and give,” Mark said. “They were really givers and not takers, is the way I always saw them.”
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IN HONOR SANDY AND ALAN ABESHAUS Marriage of their grandson Sam and Sylvia Bub and Family MARC AND ALIETTE ABO Birth of their granddaughter Mark Goldstein and Shari Spark ANDREW BLOCK Congratulations on his promotion at Good Shepherd Mark Goldstein CHARLIE DENT President’s Award Mark Goldstein and Shari Spark ROBERTO AND EILEEN FISCHMANN Birth of their grandsons Mark Goldstein and Shari Spark SANDRA GOLDFARB Happy "Special" Birthday Mark Goldstein and Shari Spark MARK GOLDSTEIN Speedy Recovery Arthur and Barbara Weinrach HOWARD AND NINA GERSHMAN Mazel Tov on their marriage Lynn and Sam Feldman LILLIAN KOBROVSKY Happy "Special" Birthday Fred and Barbara Sussman Rick and Cherie Zettlemoyer EVA AND LARRY LEVITT In appreciation of their thoughtfulness Elaine Lerner BERNIE MENDELSOHN Happy "Special" Birthday Lynn and Sam Feldman SANDY NEWMAN Birth of her grandson Mark Goldstein and Shari Spark LOLLY AND SHEL SIEGEL Happy 61st Wedding Anniversary Mark Goldstein and Shari Spark ARTHUR AND AUDREY SOSIS Marriage of their daughter, Ellen Barry and Sybil Baiman Jeanette and Eduardo Eichenwald Marlene and Arnan Finkelstein CANTOR KEVIN WARTELL Schiff Award for Prejudice Reduction Barry and Sybil Baiman ARTHUR AND BARBARA WEINRACH
Birth of their grandson Mark Goldstein and Shari Spark IN MEMORY PETR BRUK (Husband of Valentina Bruk) Suzanne Lapiduss and Tracey and Jason Billig ROLF FRANKFURTER (Brother of Roberto Fischmann) Mark Goldstein and Shari Spark HELEN RUTH GLAZER (Mother of Cynthia Wroclawski) Mark Goldstein and Shari Spark SIDNEY GREENBERG (Father of Jake Greenberg) Mark Goldstein and Shari Spark JANET HARTZELL (Mother of Rick Zettlemoyer) Donald and Randi Senderowitz FRED RUDY HOFFMAN (Grandfather of Taryn Gluckman) Vicki Wax MARY KANE (Mother of Margee Forgosh) Ross and Wendy Born AGNESE LERDA (Mother of Daniella Viale) Michele and Ben Leisawitz ALVIN MISHKIN (Father of Carol Furmanksy) Barry and Sybil Baiman Jeff and Jill Blinder Mike and Rita Bloom and Family Ross and Wendy Born Sam and Sylvia Bub and Family Jeanette and Eduardo Eichenwald Roberta and Jeff Epstein Lynn and Sam Feldman Marlene and Arnan Finkelstein Barnet and Lisa Fraenkel Rhoda and Len Glazier Mark Goldstein and Shari Spark Edward Hawk and Alice Hessinger Dorothy Hoffman Judith, Jeffrey, and Steven Jolton Helen Kirschbaum Stephanie and Jeff Kirschbaum Ferne Kushner Elaine Lerner Jay and Evelyn Lipschutz
Norman Lipsett Edie Miller Taffi Ney Adam and Penny Roth and Family Mimi Roth and Family Lenny and Arlene Samuelson Stuart and Janice Schwartz Fred and Barbara Sussman Vicki Wax Ben and Deborah Weinstein Rick and Cherie Zettlemoyer (Father of Mark Mishkin) Laura and Bob Black Ross and Wendy Born (Father of Joan Shapiro) Alan Weintraub JILL STEWART NARROW (Wife of Hank Narrow) Carol and Stewart Furmansky Stuart and Janice Schwartz Donald and Randi Senderowitz MARTIN SHER (Father of Anita Hirsch) Taffi Ney DEBBIE SIMON SAFER (Sister of Denise Simon Silverstein) Lisa and Barnet Fraenkel LOUISE WEINSTEIN (Mother of Amy Kipnes) Barnet and Lisa Fraenkel (Mother of Ben Weinstein) Marlene and Arnan Finkelstein Barnet and Lisa Fraenkel Carol and Stewart Furmansky Ruth Sheftel (Sister-in-Law of Anne Cornfeld) Ferne Kushner HELEN AND SOL KRAWITZ HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL FUND IN HONOR ELAINE LERNER Speedy Recovery Joani Lesavoy IN MEMORY ALVIN MISHKIN (Father of Carol Furmanksy) Joani Lesavoy 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.
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Young Adult Division enjoys end-of-summer barbecue Young Adult Division members came together at the home of Chelsea and Elliot Busch on Aug. 19 for a late summer barbecue with their families. The kids enjoyed some backyard play time while the adults got to know each other better over hamburgers and hotdogs. Whether youâ€™re interested in volunteering, learning more about your Jewish heritage, networking socially and professionally, or all of the above, plus more, the Young Adult Division of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley has something to offer you. Visit www.jewishlehighvalley.org/yad or join the Young Adult Division - Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley group on Facebook to find out about upcoming events.
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Thank you for being the
start of something powerful 2018 Annual Campaign for Jewish Needs Because of your support of the 2018 campaign, we are able to help when help is needed, provide a safety net for those who must rely upon it, and nurture the core institutions that are the fabric of a rich and dynamic Jewish community.
THANK YOU. PRIME MINISTERS CIRCLE $100,000+ Ross Born° Wendy Born*° Charles and Figa* Kline Foundation° Lewis and Roberta Gaines° Robert and Bonnie* Hammel° Just Born Inc° Anonymous (1) THEODORE HERZL SOCIETY $50,000 - $99,999 Master Family°
Harry Louis Yanoff & Jeanette Master Yanoff Charitable Fund Richard and Susan* Master MCS Industries The Wax-Goldman Family Funds Vicki Wax* Robby and Laurie* Wax Steven and Nancy* Wax Goldman KING DAVID SOCIETY $25,000 - $49,999 Fischmann Family Fund° Roberto and Eileen* Fischmann Tama Fogelman* and Family° The Fraenkel Family° Dr. Harold and Sandra* Goldfarb° Joseph B. and Rita* Scheller° Shelley Stettner*° The Mortimer S. Schiff Memorial Golf Tournament TREE OF LIFE SOCIETY
$18,000 - $24,999 Leonard Abrams° The Deanne* and Arnold Kaplan Foundation KING SOLOMON CIRCLE $10,000 - $17,999 Dr. Jeffrey and Jill* Blinder° Charles Cohen and Rebecca Binder* Jonathan and Iris* Epstein Gary Fromer and Dr. Carol Bub Fromer* Mark L. Goldstein and Shari Spark*° Kobrovsky Family Fund Elaine Lerner*° The Martin Cohen Family Foundation° Orgler Family Fund The Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation Dr. Richard and Barbara* Reisner° Robert & Judy Auritt Klein Family Fund
$2,596,300 raised Lisa Scheller* and Wayne Woodman Dr. Stuart A. and Janice Schwartz° Seidel Cohen Hof & Reid LLC° Daniel and Nancy* Cohen Phillip and Ellen* Hof Chris and Tara Reid Sylvia Perkin Perpetual Charitable Trust Jean Weiner*° Anonymous (1) BUILDERS OF ISRAEL $5,000 - $9,999 Dr. Marc and Aliette* Abo Bernard and Flo Kobrovsky Special Fund Hon. Alan and Donna* Black° Nathan and Marilyn* Braunstein° Dr. Sam and Sylvia* Bub° Peter and Karen* Cooper° Scott and Beth* Delin Dr. Peter Fisher and Kathy Zimmerman* Susan Gadomski*° Dr. Jeffrey Gevirtz° Robert J. and Susan* Grey Allen and Patricia* Gribben° Shirley F. Gross*° Barry and Carol R.* Halper° Eugene and Toby Halpern Nat and Erica* Hyman Judy Auritt Klein Lion of Judah Endowment Dr. Wesley and Beth* Kozinn° Stuart and Lynda* Krawitz Dr. Lawrence and Eva* Levitt° Stanley R. Liebman Estate Dr. Moshe and Lisa* Markowitz Dr. William and Jane* Markson° Michael and Linda* Miller° Dr. Alan and Judith* Morrison° Drs. Steven and Nancy* Oberlender Daniel Poresky° Rhoda Prager*° Dr. Alex and Robin* Rosenau° Shaoli Rosenberg* Drs. Jarrod and Nicole* Rosenthal Sadie Berman Lion of Judah Endowment Lorrie Scherline*° Irwin and Ellen* Schneider° Mark and Deena* Scoblionko° Elizabeth Scofield* Bruce Sheftel and Ronnie Sheftel* Larrie and Judy* Sheftel° Edith Simon*° Sylvia and Herb Rosen Foundation Dr. Frank and Tama* Tamarkin Dr. Michael and Eileen* Ufberg° Dr. Robert and Carol* Wilson James and Linda* Wimmer° Ilene Wood* Dr. Israel and Valeska* Zighelboim Jeri Zimmerman* Anonymous (1) SABRA CIRCLE $2,500 - $4,999 Alan and Marsha* Abraham Dr. Houman and Lori* Ahdieh Dr. David and Sara-Jane* Bub Dr. Ian and Patricia* Carlis° Glenn and Jan* Ehrich° Andrew and Dr. Lisa* Ellis Dr. Eric J. and Amy* Fels Veronica Fischmann* Dr. Jay and Fran* Fisher° Frances & Abraham Schwab Memorial Fund Louis and Shirley* Furmansky° Stewart and Carol* Furmansky°
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Dr. Mark and Carmyn Gittleman° Dr. Ronald J. and Linda* Glickman° Dr. Steve and Audrey* Kanoff° Dr. Arthur and Jane* Kaplan° Drs. Andrew and Deborah* Kimmel° Martin and Judy* Krasnov° Dr. Harold and Linda* Kreithen° Robert and Roberta* Kritzer Dr. Howard and Beth* Kushnick Dr. Brian LeFrock Leonard and Beverly* Bloch Foundation° Donald and Lois* Lipson° Dr. Richard and Roberta* London° Ryan and Claudia* Mattison Dr. Jay and Marla* Melman° Dr. Holmes and Jeannie* Miller° Dr. Michael and Cary* Moritz Dr. Michael and Ruth* Notis° Dr. Noah Orenstein and Diana Fischmann Orenstein* Dr. Robert and Joanne* Palumbo Rabbi Seth Phillips and Marge Kramer* Dr. Robert and Lota* Post° Judith Rodwin* Dr. Abraham and Nancy* Ross and Family Cathy Sacher*° Dr. Elliot Shear Jack and Amy* Silverman° Dr. Arthur and Audrey* Sosis° Dr. Jay E. and Margery* Strauss° Dr. Kenneth and Alla* Toff° Dr. Edward Tomkin and Sandra Wadsworth Arthur and Barbara* Weinrach° Steven and Margo* Wiener° Dr. Michael and Miriam* Zager and Family Larry and Carolyn Zelson Anonymous (3) GATES OF JAFFA $1,500 - $2,499 Alan and Sandy* Abeshaus Dr. Howard Altman° Richard J. Mongilutz and Kelly Banach* Dr. Alan Berger° William M. and Peggy* Berger° Dr. Marc and Lauren* Berson° Samuel and Dr. Janet* Brill Dr. Michael and Nancy Busch Lawrence Center Marilyn Claire*° Natalie Coleman*° (z"l) Dr. William and Gail* Combs Helen Cook*° Patrick and Dr. Karen* Dacey Hon. Maxwell Davison° Norman Falk Arnan and Marlene* Finkelstein Dr. Hal and Kimberly Folander Jerome and Sally Frank Dr. Ronald and Emily Freudenberger Dr. Lawrence and Vicki* Glaser° Neil and Eydie* Glickstein° Dr. Gordon and Rose Lee* Goldberg° Mitzi Goldenberg* Drs. Zach and Andrea* Goldsmith Dr. Marsha Gordon* Dr. Robert M. Gordon° Dr. David Greenberg Dr. Robert and Tracy Grob Dr. Paul Gross° Bennett Grossman Esther Halperin*° Hausman Family Dr. Jonathan and Marjorie*
Hertz Dr. Howard Horne Stuart and Hope* Horowitz° Dr. Howard Israel° Dr. John Jaffe° Dr. Jeffrey and Nancy Jahre Rabbi Allen and Toby* Juda° Dr. Robert and Janice* Kaplan Mark and Patty Klein° Dr. Robert and Stephanie* Kricun° Dr. Michael and Fay* Kun Ferne Rodale Kushner*° Dr. Michael and Carole* Langsam° Dr. Henry and Susan* Lehrich Dr. Paul and Diane* Lemberg and Family Howard and Rachel* Levin Dr. Jay and Evelyn* Lipschutz° Dr. Gerald and Ethel* Melamut° Robert and Betty* Mendelson Katherine Molinaro* Morris & Dyna Gorfinkel Memorial Fund Dr. Robert and Amy* Morrison" Dr. Richard J. and Amy* Morse Mort & Myra Levy Philanthropic Fund Taffi Ney*° Dr. Mark and Alice* Notis° Alan and Roberta* Penn° Drs. Andrew and Flora* Pestcoe Phoebe Altman Lion of Judah Endowment Bruce and Enid Reich The Ringold Family* Dr. Marvin and Janet Rosenthal° Selma Roth* Dr. Michael and Lynn F.* Rothman Ronald and Martha* Segel° Donald and Randi Senderowitz Dr. Darryn and Lorey* Shaff Ruth Sheftel* Howard and Susan* Sherer Dr. Bruce and Donna Silverberg Dr. Frederic A. and Gilda Stelzer° Fred and Barbara K.* Sussman° Dr. Adam Teichman Dr. Ryan and Carah* Tenzer Marsha Timmerman*° Dr. Darren and Stefanie* Traub Dr. Michael and Janet Ulman* Dr. Marc and Susan* Vengrove° Dr. Andrew Wakstein Dr. Benjamin and Ellen Weinberger° Gail Wolson*° Dr. Eric and Helaine* Young Helaine Young* Dr. Larry and Debra Zohn° Leon and Debbie* Zoller Anonymous (6) CHAVERIM $500 - $1,499 Richard and Karen* Albert° Dr. Richard and Judith* Aronson° Marietta Banach* Tama Lee Barsky* Richard and Joan* Bass Sanford and Patricia* Beldon Dr. Harry and Donna Berger Steven Bergstein and Nanci Goldman Bergstein° Larry and Susan W.* Berman° Joseph and Sharon* Bernstein Ronald and Linda* Black° Rance and Sheryl* Block° Michael and Rita* Bloom° Akiva and Rachel* Boonswang Dr. Stuart and Joan* Boreen Dr. Jeffrey and Nan* Bratspies° Harry and Edna* Brill° Evelyn H. Brown*° Richard and Kira* Bub Gordon and Janet* Campbell Harvey and Elizabeth* Cartine Charles L. Fletcher Memorial Fund Robert Cohen and Michelle Hindin Albert and Eva* Derby Richard and Ruth* Derby° Eduardo and Jeanette* Eichenwald° Dr. Mark and Ellyn* Elstein° Joan Epstein*° Dr. Bruce Feldman° Finkelstein Family Fund Dr. Ari and Mia* Forgosh Frank Penn Family Fund Hon. Robert and Ronnie Freedberg° Dr. Henry and Monica* Friess
and Family Dr. Gene and Ann Ginsberg° Leonard and Rhoda* Glazier° Dr. Brian and Alyssa Goldberg Dr. Eric Goldman Lance and Ellen* Gordon Alan Greenberger° Dr. H. William and Ruth* Gross° H. Sheftel Memorial Fund Drs. Harvey and Melissa Hakim Jay Haltzman° Aron and Julie* Hochhauser Arthur and Susan* Hochhauser° Dr. Arthur and Barbara* Hoffman° Roslyn Holtz* Dr. David and Susan* Hyman° Selma Jacowitz* Roland and Dorothy Joseph Jules and Tama Fogelman Fund Andrew and Nancy Kahn° Dr. Binae Karpo* Dr. Barbara Katz* Seth and Kathi* Katzman° Dr. Jay and Phyllis* Kaufman° Lisa Kirshner* Drs. William and Susan* Kitei° Maxine S. Klein*° Paul and Dore Kottler Dr. Jeffrey and Kim Kramer Dr. Joshua and Teri* Krassen Joshua and Danielle* Kroo Karen Kuhn*° Dr. Hartley Lachter and Dr. Jessica Cooperman* Lawrence M. Lang and Elaine N. Deutch* Dr. Paul H. and Elaine* Langer° Gerson Lazar Family Fund Martha B. Lebovitz*° Bernard and Laurie Lesavoy Lesavoy Butz & Seitz LLC Dr. Edward Levy Lillian Schwab Memorial Fund Dr. Lisa* and Rivki Lindauer Dr. Sheldon and Paula* Linn Scott and Allison* Lipson Eric Luftig Jean Mandel*° Drs. Evan and Aviva* Marlin Dr. David and Robyn Meir-Levi David and Judy* Mickenberg Debbie* Miller° Edith Miller*° Morton and Judy* Miller° Michael Molovinsky° James and Shelah Mueth Dr. Jonathan Munves Jay and Bobbi* Needle Marc Nissenbaum° Dr. William and Marjorie Ofrichter° Dr. David and Carole* Ostfeld° Dr. David and Ann* Packman Leon and Elaine* Papir° Henry and Phyllis* Perkin Allen and Sandra* Perlman Edward and Beth* Posner° Alison Post* and Morgan Godorov Sandra Preis*° Michael and Ilene* Prokup° Elaine Rappaport-Bass*° Dr. Daniel Relles Nan Ronis* Dr. Howard and Lisa* Rosenberg° Adam and Penny* Roth and Family Jerry Roth Memorial Fund Sheila Saunders*° Marcia Schechter*° Nathan and Rusty* Schiff Michael and Brenna Schlossberg John Schneider Bernard and Sara* Schonbach Mark and Joyce Schuman* Dr. Andrew and Jacqueline Schwartz Schwartz Family Fund Dr. Howard and Tamara Selden Elliot and Linda* Sheftel° Dr. Andrew and Rachel* Shurman Dr. Howard and Diane* Silverman° Marshall and Nina* Silverstein° Rabbi Michael Singer and Alexis Vega-Singer* Lynda Somach*° Marcy Staiman* Richard and Allison Staiman Lenore Stecher* Dr. Richard and Arlene* Stein° Dr. Phil and Diane* Stein Dr. Ronald and Melissa Stein and Family
Hon. Robert L. Steinberg Barry Goldin and Cheri Sterman* Aimee Stewart*° Dr. David and Laurie Strassman Dr. Michael F. Stroock° Sussman Family Fund Ron Ticho and Pam Lott* Dr. Mark and Abby* Trachtman Dr. Stephen and Beverly* Volk° Dr. Ronald and Beverly* Wasserman° Robert and Sandy* Weiner° Rosalyn Weingrod * Michael Weinstein° Alan J. and Abby* Wiener David and Deborah* Wiener Jerry and Flossie* Zales° Richard and Cherie* Zettlemoyer Anonymous (18) SHORASHIM $250 - $499 Herma Abramson* Alexander Sach Philanthropic Fund Alfred T. Gifford Family Fund Isabella Alkasov* Dr. Michael and Lynn Alterman Vivian Appel* Joan Balkwill*° Miriam Bandler*° Dr. Peter and Barbara Barbour Fran Bassett* R. Bill Bergstein° Beth El Sisterhood° Andrew and Dr. Christy* Block and Family Ilya Borshansky Dr. Marianna Borshansky* Sally Brau*° Dr. Lisa Bunin* Dr. Elliot and Chelsea Busch* Allen and Marjorie* Carroll Robert and Jane* Cohen° Marcia K. Cohen*° Temple and Ann Coldren Roger and Sharon* Collins Dan Pomerantz Fund Donald Denburg° Dr. George and Roberta* Diamond° Fred and Gail* Eisenberg Dr. Thomas and Roni* Englert and Family° Eleanor Extract* Melissa Falk* Dr. Alex and Harriet* Feig° Samuel and Lynn* Feldman° Marcia Felkay*° Brian and Emily* Ford Phyllis Ford* Neil and Marjorie* Forgosh Dr. Eric and Debbie* Gertner and Family Renee Gittler*° Dr. Barry and Sharon* Glassman Sharon Glassman* Ann Goldberg* Amy Golding* Allan and Mary Goodman° Lothar and Wendy Gumberich Etta Heller* Ricky Hochhauser* Ferne and Jack Kushner Fund James and Andrea* Jesberger Stacey Kandel* Irving Kaplan° Chelsea Karp* Carolyn Katwan* Keneseth Israel Sisterhood° Dr. Corey Kirshner Iris Klein*° Lillian Kobrovsky*° Hilary Koprowski* Gary and Jennifer* Lader Dr. Samuel Land Merry Landis*° Suzanne Lapiduss*° Olivier and Alice* Level Susan Levin* Gilfrid and Michele* Levy Eileen Lewbart* Dr. Irwin and Linda Lewis Robert and Shirley* Malenovsky° Dr. Norman and Roberta* Marcus Drs. James and Meredith Margolis Marvi Family Fund Merck Foundation
* Indicates an individual woman’s gift to the 2018 Campaign for Jewish Needs ° Indicates Silver Circle member
Attendees at the Jewish Federation's Major Donor Reception each contribute pieces to complete this puzzle. There was only one piece missing, leaving an opening for those who want to contribute in the future.
At The Main Event, bestselling author and syndicated advice columnist Harlan Cohen teaches us how to get comfortable with the uncomfortable. Attendees at the event all pledged their support to the Annual Campaign.
Past and present leaders of Women's Philanthropy come together for tea and a discussion about how best to cultivate the next generation of women's leadership in the community.
On Yom Ha'atzmaut, the community releases 70 balloons in honor of Israel's 70th birthday, part of a year-long celebration. HAKOL LEHIGH VALLEY | SEPTEMBER 2018 11
Dr. Douglas and Ruth* Nathanson Norma Neff*° Sandy Newman* Dr. Michael and Martina Obenski° Dr. Martin and Amy Oselkin Papir Family Fund Stephen and Marianne Phillips Dr. Mitchell and Carol Rabinowitz° Dr. Jason Radine Rabbi Moshe and Adina Re'em Harry and Carole* Rose° Michael and Linda Rosenfeld° Judd Roth Dr. Matthew and Keren* Saltz Samuel and Ann Born Foundation Dr. Norman and Jett* Sarachek° Naomi Schachter* Joel and Linda Scheer James and Sandra* Schonberger° Renee Schwartz*° Sally Shapiro*° Stuart and Susan* Shmookler° Dr. Laurence and Mimi* Silberstein° Mimi Silberstein*° Dr. Roger and Marna* Simon° Adam and Stephanie* Smartschan Sons of Israel Sisterhood° Michael and Jane* Spitzer° Stephanie Szilagyi*° Tenzer Family Fund Selma Tomkin* Kimberly Valuntas* Robert and Marcia* Weill Martin and Frances* Weinberg Joseph and Kristina* Weiner Gerald Weisberger and Gail Ehrens Rabbi David and Dr. Rachel* Wilensky Bruce and Alicia* Zahn Zelickson Family Fund Debby Ziev* Anonymous (13) KEHILLAH $100 - $249 Richard and Maria* Ain Alfred Wiener Family Fund Amy Born Fund Choty Andres* Elaine Atlas*° Pnina Avitzur* Dr. Marsha Baar*° Karen Bader*° Karen Bardawil* Barbara Bassano* Michael Benioff Elaine Berk* Scott Berman Jeffrey and Lisa* Bernfeld Dr. Joan Bischoff* Randi Blauth* John Botzum and Miriam Harris Botzum Ilya Bragin Joan Brody*° Victor and Leslie* Bunick Robert and Gail* Burger Sara Camuti* Muriel Charon* Audrey Cherney*°
Dana Cohen* Zachary and Ginny* Cohen Coleman Family Fund Jerome and Audrey* Cylinder° Leah Devine* Dr. Neil and Linda* Dicker Brooke Dietrick* David and Vikki* Dunn Dr. Abbott and Judy* D'ver° Barbara Einhorn* The Eva Levitt Knitting Project Howard and Shirley Falk Dr. Ellen Field* Brenda Finberg* Michael Finley and Audrey Ettinger* Vivian Fishbone* Harry and Amy* Fisher Lance and Marian* Flax Eric and Rebecca* Fleisch Jeffrey Fleischaker and Dr. Ophira Silbert* Frederick Fleszler Bette Friedenheim* Jenna Fromer* Rachel Fromer* Dr. Allan and Sandra* Futernick Linda Garber*° Murray and Linda* Garber° Dr. Jennifer Gell* Uri and Melany Ghelman Jerome and Gloria* Ginsburg° Gary and Pat* Glascom Dr. Joel and Muriel* Glickman° Becky Goldenberg* Brian and Judith* Goldman° Susan Goldman* Nathaniel and Joanna Golub Mark Kennedy and Arlene Gorchov*° Aaron Gorodzinsky Donald Greenberg Jeff and Elizabeth* Greenberg Judith Greenberg* Arlene Griffin*° Tom and Rita* Guthrie° Marion Halperin*° Rabbi Yaacov and Devorah* Halperin Ronald Harrison° Dr. Leo and Marilyn Heitlinger Alvin and Arlene* Herling° Philip Heyman° Syman and Anita* Hirsch Dr. Michael and Stacy* Hortner Charles and Dale Inlander° Michael and Donna* Iorio Baron and Marjorie Jasper Julie Paige Fraenkel Fund Eva Jones* Jennifer Kaplan* Alexa Karakos* Dr. Lewis and Joan* Katz Daniel and Anne* Kaye Ilena Key* Kimmel Family Fund Renee B. Kleaveland* Jerry Knafo Deborah Kohler*° Alyssa Komarow* Dr. Arnold and Barbara* Kritz° Barbara Kritz*° Ruth Kugelman*° Gilbert and Judy* Lappen Mary Laronge* Dr. Judith Lasker*° Frederick and Sherry Lesavoy° Bob and Ilene* Levin-Dando°
Leonard and Janice Levy Paul Levy and Helen Mack-Levy Joan Lichtenstein*° Lisa Ellis Fund Dr. Zalman and Maya Liss° David and Marilyn* Louick° Steven Markowitz° Janis Mikofsky* Gary and Diane* Miller° Norman and Maxine* Miller° Millie Berg Memorial Fund Natalie Millrod* Steven and Judy Molder Gladys Morgenstein*° Alex and Elaine* Morrow Judith Murman* Hank and Jill* Narrow Howard and Jill Nathanson Richard and Paula* Nelson Audrey Nolte* Benjamin Notis Robert Orenstein Joseph and Eve* Peterson Dr. Peter Pettit Linda Piesner* Howard and Jane* Pitkoff Jay and Marlene* Plotnick Dr. Matthew and Denise* Pollack Charles Richter and Lynda Pollack* Patti Price* Abram and Alyssa Pure Raab Fund Eric Rappaport and Choty Andres* David Reiff Charles Richter and Lynda Pollack* Ira and Erica* Robbins Dan and Mary* Rockman Dr. Joel Rosenfeld Wendy Rothstein* Herman Rovner Barth Rubin Ryan Sacher Philanthropic Fund Fae Safer* Alan and Mary* Salinger° Helene Rae Scarcia* Seith Schentzel Melvin and Pearl* Schmier Ivan and Jill* Schonfeld Dr. Arthur Levine and Dr. Janet Schwartz* Dr. Mark and Lynne* Shampain° Stanley Shrager Barry Siegel° Sheldon and Lolly* Siegel Serita Silberg* Abigail Silverman* Jessica Silverman* Micki Sinclair* Dr. Yehuda and Victoria* Smooha° Anne Snyder-Lyons* Susan Sosnow* Dr. Mark Stein and Sharon Albert* Dr. Stanley and Manya Stein Michael and Sybil* Stershic David Vaida and Cantor Ellen Sussman* Matthew and Tracy* Sussman Kenneth Szydlow Norman Tahler Alan and Enid* Tope° Sharon Trinker* Dr. Mark and Gayle* Unger° Sharone and Lora* Vaknin
At the 7th Annual Mortimer S. Schiff Memorial Golf Tournament, Erica Hyman celebrates after winning the grand reverse raffle prize, and donates half of her winnings back to Federation. 12 SEPTEMBER 2018 | HAKOL LEHIGH VALLEY
Dr. Steven Vale and Dr. Jennifer Gell* Volk Family Fund Dr. Stanley and Judith* Walker Marcia Weingartner* Philip and Lynn* Weinzimer Marjorie Weiss* Norman and Sandra* Wruble Dr. Robert and Susanna* Zemble Anonymous (32) GENESIS $1 - $99 Abigail Silverman Fund Rabbi Jake Adler Marvin and Sylvia* Adler Joseph Aflalo Aaron Alkasov Florence Applebaum* Robert and Maryanne Appleby-Shaffer* Harris Apsell Arianna Delin Fund Max Averbach Zoe Averbach* Dr. Susan Basow* Marla Beck* Delores Bednar* Arthur and Phyllis Berg Bernard and Sarina* Berlow Stephanie Berman* Nancy Bernstein* Jason and Tracy Billig Dr. Jeffrey and Jill* Blinder° Jerome Block Igor and Alla* Bolotovsky Johanna Brams* Tammy Breslin* Jenna Brody* Neil and Diane Brown Jerry and Wilma Brucker Petr Bruk (z”l) Betty Burian* Ivan Buyum Joyce Camm* Dena Cedor* Linda Chmielewski*° Claudia Fischmann Fund Dr. Barry and Robbie Cohen Neela Covel* Danielle Staiman Mitzvah Fund Edwin and Rabbi Melody* Davis Eugene and Eileen* Denitz Betty Diamond* Diana Fischmann Fund Linda Dietrick* Marilyn Doluisio*° Wendy Edwards* Rabbi Dan Ehrenkrantz David Eiskowitz Elena S. Cohen Charity Fund Joseph Epstein and Sheryl Feinstein Anita Evelyn* Joseph Facchiano E.G. Jerry Farris* Ben and Abby* Feinberg Sharon Feldman* Diane Fisher*° Michael and Sandra Freeman Ann Friedenheim* Dr. Michael and Traci Gabriel Dr. Todd and Laura* Garber Dr. Debra Garlin* Gail Gelb*
Cathy Gilbert* Bernice Glickman* Steven Glickman and Hannah Zabitz Shelley Goldberg* and Family Caroline Goldblat* Anita Goldman* Dr. Malvin and Lillian* Goldner Ezra Goldstein Martin Goldstein° Nathaniel and Joanna Golub Nissa Gossom* Ann Gould* Rabbi Zalman Greenberg Harry and Paula* Grines Herman Gross Sharon Guindine* Bernice Harris* Holly Hebron* Dolores Heller* Philip Heyman° Rima Hirsch* Carolyn Hoffman* Dorothy Hoffman*° Robert and Arlene* Hurwitz Dr. Lubov Iskold* Sondra Jacobs*° Jessica Silverman Philanthropic Fund Joseph Mozes Memorial Fund Leonard Kahn Jessica Kamber* Joel and Liz* Kamp Liz Kamp* Honey Kandel* David and Margaret* Kaplan Jennifer Kaplan* Sidney and Helene* Kaplan Harriet Karess* Francine Katzman* Chaim and Carol Kaufmann Herbert Klivan Rosine Knafo*° Blanka and Walter Knie Holocaust Education Fund Jeffrey Koch Paul and Dore Kottler Bret and Hilary Kricun Samson Kroo Sandra Lachter* Peter and Madeline* Langman Andrea Lass* Daniel and Daniela* Leisawitz Myron Levenson Barbara Levinson* Nancy Levy* Julian Lewis Howard Lieberman Doris Lifland* Rebecca Lovingood* Rochelle Lower* Caren Lowrey* Leonard Lutsky° Michael and Pam Magnan Ronald and Patricia Malvin Rikki Mandel* Silvia Mandler* David and Susan* Manela Louise Mapstone* Brie Marks* Marlee Senderowitz Fund Aliza Martin* Chahine Marvi* Robert Mayer and Jan Muzycka* Debrosha McCants* Diane McKee* Ruth Meislin*° Dr. Robert and Ellen Miller*
On Super Sunday, callers work in teams led by the young leaders from Israel Next Dor to see who can raise the most money for the Annual Campaign.
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The American Dream and making the world a better place
CANTOR KEVIN WARTELL Temple Beth El “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” (Emma Lazarus) These are the words inscribed upon the Statue of Liberty that we visited in early August as a group
of Temple Beth El members journeyed to Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty and concluded our trip at the Holocaust Museum at Battery Park in New York City. As Marcy and I walked about the various sites, we noticed something quite interesting and moving. The various languages and cultures of people who were visiting was unbelievable! Oriental, European, Mediterranean … a virtual sea of humanity together taking pictures and reading about the essence of how and why people yearn to be part of the American dream. As we visited the displays, we also read about the various immigration waves that America has experienced and our political response throughout our history that was also on display. As it is written in our Bible, “There is nothing new under the sun …” (Ecclesiastes 1:9)
This is my final HAKOL article as an active member of the Jewish clergy in our community. I would like to leave you with a brief observation and an eternal challenge. My observation is this. Human behavior thrives on autonomy. Judaism teaches that we are all born with the possibility of doing good or choosing evil in our behavior in life. We are also taught that we are G-d’s partners in creation. The choices we make can help the world we live in or damage it dramatically for the next generation. These behaviors are mirrored in the very first encounters G-d has with humanity in the very first chapters of The Torah. As we begin to enter into our holiest of days, I ask each and every one of you reading this article to reflect on your own behavior, as will I. Do you live a life that reflects wanting to make the world a better place for the next generation of
humanity? Does humanity include all peoples, regardless of their skin color, there social background, their political affiliation or their ancestral homeland? Finally … where would you be, and the members of your family who you love to the deepest of your core, if the opportunity to make your American dream come true had been denied at the foot of Ellis Island so many years ago? Fear of the other paralyses us into behaviors that create deep divisions in having communal relationships built on mutual trust and respect. As in any marriage, trust is a vital ingredient to making a loving relationship thrive. Some marriages work … even thrive. Some do not. But to stop trying, to stop trusting for fear that the other is somehow evil or different or is going to hurt you creates the very boundaries that will destroy our America that has given us the very
freedoms that have enabled us to thrive as Jews in a free land, for the first time in Jewish history! The people visiting with us that day, speaking their various languages and celebrating those words inscribed on The Statue of Liberty, understood that. I wonder … as someone born in America … someone whose grandparents were born in America, do we understand how much the American dream means to the world? Let us not take freedom and democracy and the ability to make autonomous choices in our lives lightly. “I set before you life and death … therefore choose life so that you may live.” (Deuteronomy 30:15-20) Choose life, my dear community, choose to be sacred listeners to the others in your journeys, and with respect and mutual understanding, make our world a better place for the next generation. G-d bless you all!
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LVLuxuryCollection.com Roger de Anfrasio, a member of the French Resistence, is interviewed during the filming of “Garden of Thorns.” By Michelle Cohen HAKOL Editor Roger de Anfrasio was 9 years old when the Nazis invaded his hometown of Dijon, France, beginning a chain of events that would lead to him becoming a French Resistance spy and young hero. Now 87 years old, he is sharing his story in a documentary and miniseries created by a couple newly moved to the Allentown area, James Arcuri and Lauren Levine. The film “A Garden of Thorns” is based on a memoir of the same name written by de Anfrasio to bring his living family members back together. Producers/directors Levine and Arcuri of Identity Features motion picture production company are telling the whole story of de Anfrasio’s boyhood adventures throughout World War II. “Roger didn’t realize the scope of what he did – he didn’t do it to be a hero,” said Levine, who was inspired by de Anfrasio to the point that she sought acknowledgment for him from France, writing the government in 2010 when she and her husband optioned the book. She was incredulous to receive a call back from the city of Dijon, France, saying that de Anfrasio was going to receive the Medal of Honor because the information he gave the French Resistance saved thousands of lives of both civilians, including many hidden children, and Resistance partisans. Part of his contribution was giving information that helped the French resistance blow up a Nazi convoy and Nazi supply trains, just ahead of D-Day. In an immediate response, the Nazis, in an effort to recover their cache of stolen supplies, called off the terrifying house-to-house searches and round-ups of Jews and the Resistance to focus strictly on commandeering
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more supplies before the pivotal battle. De Anfrasio was honored in France in 2011 in a ceremony followed by a military parade in which the French military honoring Les Libertaires and the Resistance marched down Le Rue de La Liberte, or the Street of Liberty, to the city hall that the Nazis once occupied. Levine was unable to travel to attend the momentous ceremony. While caring for her elderly mother, who was stricken with Parkinson’s disease and dementia, she was diagnosed with Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. After undergoing a radical bi-lateral mastectomy, very intensive treatment, both chemotherapy and radiation, she is still working on film projects six years later. “God allowed me to live to tell these stories. That’s why I was born,” said Levine, who was given a citation of her own for her courageous cancer battle. In order to tell de Anfrasio’s story, Levine teamed up with her husband Arcuri, who has been a filmmaker for 45 years and has authored over 70 screenplays. The story begins with de Anfrasio as an innocent young boy. He was small for his age, bullied often for his diminutive stature. Though he was French-born, he was ridiculed, and later ostracized for his Italian heritage. As Italy became allied with Germany, the French population became far less tolerant of their occupying force’s friends. De Anfrasio befriended a classmate, Joeh Eisenberg, who he recalled in an interview for “East Meadow Life” as “the smartest kid in the class, [and] also one of the smallest. Because he was a Jew, he was the butt of the cruelest jokes, insults and intolerance from the French bullies, let alone the Nazis.” In his youth, “I didn’t really understand what the difference was that made Joeh the object of
cruelty and ridicule. He lot about myself, as I ro defend his honor, as w After a failed escap land, the Nazis occupi house, forcing them to shed. De Anfrasio’s mo the Nazis, only to secu food for her four youn As the Nazis began harder on their French helped Eisenberg obta meeting with him in a long-forgotten, abando den from sight by over vines and one enormo most unnoticeable hole garden, overgrown wi and unattended, becam later used as the memo This same garden also place for the French Re Food shared by the was mostly what little scrounged up. De Anfr find some food someh age of 10 1/2, was cau food. He had gone to t “take back a few thing Eisenberg that the Naz These foods were stole people. Though still a by the Nazis over a pe They believed he was d Resistance forces. He w and very clever thinkin who dressed up in bor to go to “pick him up.” still alive, she hugged she beat him badly, cau think they were both c to get rid of both of the
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In addition to “Garden of Thorns,” I will also be writing, directing and producing another dramatic story of a woman's legacy. "Escape to Nowhere" is the story of a remarkable woman who outsmarts the Nazis for four years on a journey to freedom. This adventure began the legacy of a strong Jewish woman, culminating now as her lovely great-granddaughter is actively serving in the IDF. The story is told by the only eyewitness survivor to this incredible journey, her son, Alex Konstantyn. He is a known speaker in many different arenas, as he went on this journey as a very little boy, experiencing his family's flight to freedom first-hand!
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Local actor Zane Childs (young Roger) with filmmaker James Arcuri.
escaped death, Roger had no idea that his closest friend, Joeh, who was like a little brother, was about to face death himself. De Anfrasio wept when he remembered how the Gestapo arrived in Dijon and made a round-up raid at his school, sparing him because he was not a Jew, but tearing Joeh Eisenberg out of his arms. Of the 90 people taken by the Gestapo, not even one of them ever returned. Heartbroken, de Anfrasio was forced back to his seat by a teacher whose actions likely saved his young life. De Anfrasio returned home from school to find his father and older brother Tony taken to forced labor, leaving him and his other brother, Vincent, to support their remaining family. In the face of desolate poverty, de Anfrasio took a job sweeping up hair at the barber shop, which led to his involvement with the French Resistance. Ironically, his mother, seeking to keep him off the streets and out of trouble, placed him in the hotbed of contact of the French Resistance. One day, de Anfrasio stole a pair of German binoculars from a Nazi, who wanted him to shine his boots. Shortly thereafter, he started spying, writing things down on a memo pad which was supposed to be for his school work. Initially the Resistance saw Roger’s contributions as unimportant. At first it was, until he brought them much more detail. That information really paid off. After passing along this information, he became an official member of the French Resistance, unbeknownst to his family, who could have been killed for this very knowledge. De Anfrasio’s time in the Resistance was full of danger. One mission he recalled as a “suicide mission,” as it involved sneaking almost to the Swiss border to save two orphaned children of French physicists.
Many missions included brushes with death including the time when he had a Nazi gun pressed to his temple. In the end, his contributions helped the French Resistance in myriad ways, which he is still discovering all these years later. In 2014, for example, he met a “hidden child” whom he had saved with his knowledge. Ater moving to the United States after the war, de Anfrasio became a naturalized citizen. He became a celebrity hairstylist known throughout the East Coast as “Roger of New York,” under contract with Columbia Pictures in Hollywood. This remarkable story inspired Arcuri and Levine to option the book for producing the film. After the 2012 murder of a rabbi and his family in Toulouse, France, they became even more determined to spread this story of fighting back against hatred and bigotry. “After Toulouse, I started seeing anti-Semitism in more and more places. I feel I have to tell these stories,” Levine said. The couple moved to Allentown recently, in the interest of filming this movie and others. “A Garden of Thorns” features local actors like Zane Childs, who is cast to play Roger at a young age. His sister, Willow Childs, is cast as a Roma gypsy who helps the French Resistance. “There are good opportunities for filmmaking here,” said Arcuri, after their move from Long Island, New York. In the upcoming years, they hope to develop other local programs like a film camp and a hands-on film school. Levine, in particular, hopes to focus on creating programs to encourage participation in Jewish life.
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patriot and the financier of the American Revolution. Salomon’s name will forever be linked to the ideals and success of the American Revolution and to the contributions that he and other Jews have made to the cause of American freedom. In 1975, the U.S. postal service issued a commemorative stamp honoring Salomon. For more information, contact email@example.com.
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Carly's BirthdayBackPACKS drive concludes with successful packing event Five-year-old Carly Kudryk gathered with her friends and family on July 25 for the conclusion of a 5-month drive to supply local students with backpacks and school supplies. With supplies set up in boxes in the JCC’s Auxiliary Auditorium, the volunteers made their way around, filling each backpack. In total, 150 backpacks were filled with items including pencils, folders and calculators and later distributed to students at local schools as well as to clients of the Community Food Pantry at Jewish Family Service of the Lehigh Valley. “Carly and her family have been an inspiration to their community,” said Chelsea Karp, volunteer coordinator for Jewish Family Service, who worked with the Kudryks to make the drive a success. “Purchasing backpacks, calculators and the extensive list of supplies required by schools can be a hardship for many families. JFS believes every student should start the school year ready for success and the Kudryk family has made that possible.” Kicking off the campaign in honor of Carly’s 5th birthday, the Kudryks raised $4,500 for Jewish Family Service to purchase the supplies. Carly and her friends then shopped for the supplies themselves before the packing event.
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Israel @70: A Holocaust survivor recalls fighting in Israel’s War of Independence Mordechai Schachter didn’t know he would soon be a soldier when he traveled from his native Romania to prestate Israel in 1948. He was a 17-yearold with a passion for Zionism, leaving behind a country that was becoming increasingly antiSemitic a few short years after at least 270,000 Romanian Jews died during the Holocaust. At the end of 1947, Schachter had boarded one of two boats of 7,500 Jews each that were to take them to the promised land, despite a British ban on Jewish emigration there. Many of the passengers were lone children whose parents sent them on the boats to escape Romania. Schachter’s parents had meant to come, but his father fell ill before the trip, so they stayed behind. The journey went as planned until the boats hit the Dardanelles, a narrow strait in northwestern Turkey. There they were met by seven British ships. Passengers decided not to fight back since a significant portion of them were children and elderly; their boats were rerouted to Cyprus. Three months later, the British agreed to allow the children, including Schachter, to go on to Palestine. Schachter remembers arriving in Ranaana, and eating hamentaschen and oranges on his first week there. In Ranaana he also met one of his three brothers, who had arrived in prestate Israel four months earlier. Five weeks later he was ordered to join the army, where he was taught how to shoot a gun and given an Italian rifle from World War I and 25 bullets. Others got “whatever they could find,” Schachter recalled. “Everybody had a different type [of weapon] at that time. They had very little ammunition,” he told JTA at his home in this northern New Jersey township about 11 miles from Manhattan. Schachter remembers the exuberance felt in Israel a few weeks later, on May 14, 1948,
when the country declared its independence. “Everybody was dancing in the streets celebrating,” he said. The next day, a coalition of neighboring Arab states — Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq — invaded the new country. Israel’s War of Independence would end the following year with an Israeli victory. Seventy years later, as Israel prepares to mark the milestone anniversary, Schachter spoke to a reporter about his role in Jewish, and world, history. Schachter was assigned to be a mortar commander, which meant he did not have to be in the first line of fire. However, he had to deal with incoming mortars fired at him from the enemy side. “We were in a couple of cases in very dangerous situations, but you don’t think about it because you are too young to realize how dangerous it is,” he said. Schachter fought alongside native Israelis, immigrants from Romania, Poland, Hungary, Iran and Yemen, as well as volunteer fighters from the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. “It wasn’t easy for a commander to give orders,” he said. “Sometimes he had to give orders and somebody else had to translate the orders.” One of his units had a large contingent of Yemeni Jews, so Schachter quickly learned how to communicate in Hebrew. “We got very friendly because we fought together, so you’re like brothers,” he said. When the war ended the following year (Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria each signed armistice agreements with Israel in 1949 between February and July, while Iraq did not sign an agreement), Schachter stayed in the army. Over 6,300 soldiers were killed as part of fighting during the war and several months preceding it, a number representing nearly 1 percent of Jewish settlers in Israel at the time. The Israeli army had over 100,000 Israeli soldiers by the end of the war, including 12
brigades. After serving in the army for two years, Schachter took a job at a yeast production factory in Tel Aviv. He later studied television and radio repair at a school in Milan set up by World ORT, a Jewish organization providing education and training around the world. After four years in Italy, he returned to Israel, finding a job at a chemistry lab in Haifa and later a government computer center in Jerusalem. Jerusalem is also where he met Fanny, the woman who would become his wife. At a party, the pair discovered that they both came from the same town in Romania, Botosani, in the northern part of the country. Three months later, at Passover, Schachter went to visit his family, who by then had moved to America. They had survived World War II because Russia
COURTESY OF SCHACHTER
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Schachter, third from left in top row, with fellow soldiers who fought in Israel’s War of Independence. occupied Botosani right before its Jewish residents were set to be deported to concentration camps and were now living in the Bronx. A month after Schachter arrived in the United States, his father died, so he decided to stay in New York and found a job working for a computer servicing company. He kept in touch with Fanny for a year via letters before returning to marry her in Israel and bring her with him to the U.S. The couple would have two children and two grandchildren,
relocating to Teaneck and joining Congregation Beth Sholom, a Conservative synagogue. Schachter, who still works part time for the same computer servicing company, says that although he does not consider himself “a hero,” he looks back at his time fighting in Israel with pride. “You are proud of it,” he said. “You think you were there when this came up, and [that’s] something that doesn’t happen to every generation. Being there as a soldier, you feel happy, you feel good about it.”
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Jewish Student Life at Lehigh appoints Rabbi Nathan to director’s post
By Shelley Drozd Lehigh University After serving as the interim director of Jewish Student Life
and associate chaplain since August 2017, Lehigh University officially welcomed Rabbi Steven Nathan to its permanent ranks after a conducting a national search to fill the position. The hiring marks Nathan’s official return to the director’s job. In 1990, he served as the part-time director of Lehigh Hillel while studying at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in suburban Philadelphia. After two years at Lehigh, Nathan continued his service to the Lehigh Valley as a student rabbi for Am Haskalah, a Reconstructionist congregation in Bethlehem. In 1994, Nathan received his ordination and a master’s in Hebrew letters from the RRC. He had previously earned a bach-
elor’s degree in human development from Boston College and an M.A., Ed.M. in psychological counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University. As a congregational rabbi, Nathan has lead religious services in a variety of Jewish denominations and settings, most recently for the Jewish Fellowship of Hemlock Farms. His educational programs have tackled topics ranging from social justice, politics and bioethics to gender, sexuality and body image. Nathan has developed curricula for both youth and adults and provided psychological and pastoral counseling to children, teens and families. Lehigh’s new director has previously served as the
resident rabbi at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts and at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. He often represented the Jewish voice on campus in interfaith dialogue and engagement with the LGBTQ community—work that he continues at Lehigh as a member of the Diversity, Inclusion and Equity initiative. During his year as interim director, Nathan focused his efforts on holiday and ritual observances, on- and off-campus community outreach, social programming, and a renovation of the Jewish Student Center.
He worked closely with Hillel International and has represented Lehigh at several of the organization’s events. The close collaboration has already yielded good fruit: Starting in fall 2018, Lehigh Hillel will add four peer engagement interns to its outreach staff. Planned highlights for academic year 2018-19 include two trips to Israel: a birthright trip over winter break and an interfaith trip in the spring. “This is just the beginning of what will be an exciting time for Hillel and for all of Jewish life at Lehigh,” says Nathan.
Muhlenberg College announces appointment of Rabbi Rachmiel Gurwitz as Jewish chaplain and Hillel director Rabbi Gurwitz will serve as a key member of the College Chaplain’s senior leadership team and serve as representative for Jewish student life at Muhlenberg College.
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Rabbi Gurwitz is a recent graduate from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School and comes to Muhlenberg College from The Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life at New York University, where he served as a rabbinic intern. "I am delighted to celebrate Rabbi Rachmiel Gurwitz's appointment as the Jewish chaplain and Hillel director at Muhlenberg College. His dedication to inclusion and dialogue will continue the mission, values and work of our community," said President John I. Williams, Jr. “I thank the search committee (Rebekkah Brown '99, vice president for advancement; Anne Cannon '21; Jessica Cooperman, assistant professor of religion; Melissa Falk, dean of admission and financial aid; Eveily
Freeman, associate director of community engagement; Glenn Gerchman, director of Seegers Union and campus events events; Justin Greenbaum '19; Riley Minkoff '20; Eva Nelson '20; Mark Stein, associate professor of history; Tama Tamarkin, admissions counselor) for their diligence throughout this process. I join them in welcoming Rachmiel to campus this summer." "I am thrilled to be joining the Muhlenberg community as the Jewish chaplain and Hillel director," said Gurwitz. "I was taken by the warmth and enthusiasm of the Muhlenberg community, and I am so excited to lead the Jewish community on campus. I look forward to meeting with students, creating innovative programs and learning opportunities and striving to build a Jewish community that nourishes every student at Muhlenberg." Rabbi Gurwitz completed his bachelor of arts in global and international studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara; completed post baccalaureate studies at the David Shapell College of Jewish Studies/ Darche Noam in Jerusalem, Israel; and was ordained from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah in Riverdale, New York this June. Rabbi Gurwitz will succeed interim Jewish chaplain and Hillel director Dan Ehrenkrantz, who has served the Muhlenberg community since August 2017.
An all-female Orthodox ambulance corps gets a film of their own
Rachel Freier, center, is the protagonist of “93Queen.” By Curt Schleier Jewish Telegraphic Agency Like many heavily Orthodox sections of Brooklyn, Borough Park has been served for decades by an all-male volunteer ambulance corps called Hatzalah. The corps caters to a religious Jewish community with particular needs and customs — including one custom that can increase the tension for patients in already stressful emergency situations. The strict boundaries between men and women are familiar to anyone who has attended an Orthodox synagogue or has read the stories of airplane flights being delayed because haredi Orthodox men refuse to sit next to women. In the event of a medical emergency, the male Hatzalah volunteers may touch women — if, for example, a woman needs to be moved to a stretcher or requires assistance while giving birth. But while Jewish law has its exemptions, women concerned about the rules of modesty have plenty of reasons to prefer treatment by a female EMT. “93Queen,” Orthodox filmmaker Paula Eiselt’s bigscreen debut, documents one woman’s attempt to create an
all-female version of Hatzalah with only strictly observant Orthodox members. In a statement, Eiselt explains that over four years of filming, she essentially operates as a onewoman crew. The film opened July 25 in theaters in New York City and Aug. 14 in Los Angeles, with a wider release to follow. The woman behind the female corps is Rachel “Ruchie” Freier, a lawyer and Borough Park native. She assembles a group of volunteers who are tentative at the start. And, not surprisingly, her plan sets up a clash with the establishment Hatzalah and its supporters. Opponents threaten to boycott the hospital that is training the women and the companies that sell them medical supplies. They also post nasty comments on Twitter, such as “God have mercy if you wait for them to get their make-up and the right dress on.” But Freier’s leadership and inner strength help the members of what they call Ezras Nashim (“helping women”) persevere. “The worst thing you can tell me is that I can’t do something because I‘m a woman, a religious woman,” she says. Part of Freier’s fortitude manifests itself in a my-way-
or-the-highway manner. When she insists that only married women can join the team, some members object — including an experienced EMT who recently became religious — and others resign. “There’s a whole host of issues that come up in a marriage that will give you that level of maturity,” she says. Though the film is gripping, the viewer is never entirely sure how it all works. The women on call respond from wherever they are to the scene of the emergency. However, it does not appear that Ezras Nashim owns its own ambulance. It contracts with a private company to provide patient transport. Who staffs that ambulance? Men? Do the women EMTs accompany patients in the ambulance? There are other questions. At one point Freier says she refuses to let the project fail because that might blemish her image and hurt her plans to run for a judgeship. Was the ambulance fight just a way to build a political base, to get her name out there? Does it matter? In the end, Freier must be doing something right: Last year, Ezras Nashim won the New York Basic Life Support Agency of the Year award, a high honor. And in 2016 Freier was elected as a judge in New York City’s 5th Civil Court District, becoming what is believed to be the first Hasidic woman elected to public office in the United States. Eiselt calls her film a story of “proud Hasidic women challenging the status quo of their own community and refusing to take no for an answer from the all-powerful patriarchy.” Regardless of your background — religious or atheist, feminist or nonpolitical — “93Queen” is a film that will get your juices boiling.
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JCC students prepare for a rich garden harvest
By Michelle Cohen HAKOL Editor When Holly Hebron returned from a Partnership2Gether teachers’ exchange trip to Israel, she was determined to bring what she learned to the students at the JCC back home – in particular, she was inspired by the outdoor learning spaces, gardens and other ways for children to learn about nature and participate in the world around them. That was two years ago – and now, students are preparing to harvest tomatoes, squash and a variety of herbs and flowers from the JCC school garden, a cooperative project between Hebron, Terrence Baker and preschool, pre-K and kindergarten students. A project that began with an indoor greenhouse has grown so much thanks to the efforts of Hebron and her young helpers
who are determined to make the world a better place. “They are so excited checking the tomatoes on the vine every day,” said Hebron, who takes the children out to the garden to water, weed and check on crops. “I’m so glad the kids are excited about it.” In a world increasingly dependent on technology, giving the kids an opportunity to engage with the world around them is very important for Hebron. She also drew inspiration from the Sheva program, a guide from the JCC Association of North America that offers seven Jewish principles that are important to impart to children. Tikkun olam is one, and it is interpreted as healing the world in both an emotional and a physical sense. “This responsibility extends to our behavior concerning our environment,” the manual says.
“According to the Torah, our role on earth is both that of master and steward … as partners with the Divine, we are involved in continual redemption and reparation of our world.” This connection between personal ethics and the environment finds its way into the classroom in more ways than one. During the year, the students go on a field trips to places like a nature observatory, where they take immersive walks in nature, and Strawberry Acres, where they learn about fruits before picking and eating them. “They learn on these trips that things don’t have to be technological to be exciting,” said Hebron, who also emphasized the communal aspect of the school’s garden. As part of the curriculum, the kids learn about nature and take care of their own plants as well as the school’s
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plants. Every class picks weeds, and this past year, every student painted a rock to arrange in the garden. Students also used clay donated by a parent to create totem poles to decorate the garden. As for the plants themselves, during the past school year, students had the option to plant one herb, one flower and one vegetable for a variety of classroom activities. Some were focused on learning skills such as inquiry, classifying and sorting, dialogue, cooperation and fine motor skills. Others were for special events, like planting flowers for Mother’s Day and using plucked weeds to create centerpieces for a Tu B’Shevat event this past winter. “It’s so rewarding to see how excited they are about something so simple like nature,” said Hebron, who looks forward to this year’s harvest and many more to come.
Jewish book review: ‘The Endless Steppe’
By Sean Boyle JDS Librarian Editor’s Note: Sean Boyle, retired commander from the U.S. Navy, is beginning his second year as the Jewish Day School librarian. Under his leadership, the JDS Library has become certified as a member of the Association of Jewish Libraries. His mission is to encourage Jewish literacy. Below is his first book review for HAKOL. “The Endless Steppe” (Hautzig, Esther, NY, Harper Collins, 1968) is the 1968 winner of the Association of Jewish Libraries’ (AJL) Sydney Taylor book award. AJL is celebrating 50 years of Sydney Taylor awards, and the copy reviewed is a 2018 revised paperback edition of the 1968 award winning original. The JDS Library is accredited by the AJL. For Polish girl Esther Hautzig, “Wars and bombs stopped at the garden gates ...” That all quickly changed when the Soviet troops,
with bayonets on their rifles, came to arrest Esther and her family as enemies of the Soviet state. “The Endless Steppe” is an autobiography of Esther’s and her family’s exile to Soviet Siberia during World War II. Esther was 10 years old when her family was arrested in 1941 and she provides us with a firstperson account of their five-year-long forced exile. From their first days providing slave labor in a gypsum mine, through their moving to the local village and being helped by the local populace, to them finally making a living in the inhospitable Siberian Steppe. Esther desperately works at assimilating in with the locals and other Soviet exiles. She sees this as the only way her family’s terrible situation can improve. She does not see herself as a little rich girl being punished by the Soviet officials, and instead sees herself not being accepted because she has long braided hair and has clothes make from finer materials than her classmates. She begs her mom to make her clothes just like her classmates so that she can finally make friends. Esther Hautzig, writing as an adult, bounces between a young girl’s desire to fit in at a new school and trying to give justice to the hardships experienced by her family. This duality is most clear when young Esther describes her pride of not just fitting in but actually excelling at school and gaining recognition for her hard work. She embodies this by worrying about her father when he is sent to the German-Russian front to join a labor brigade, and stressing over watching her mother quickly age from the harsh work conditions she’s forced to suffer under. While there is very little anti-Semitism suffered by her family in exile, there is the guilt over denying knowledge of family members when the Soviets were arresting and exiling them. The realization that those left behind were to later suffer the horrors of the Holocaust adds to the challenges faced in this award-winning book. Strongly recommended for ages nine and up, and a copy is available at the JDS Library.
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JDS harvests and donates basil for JFS Pantry By Amy Golding JDS Head of School On Monday, July 23, 12 students and I ran between the raindrops (and even had some sun) to harvest our first crop from our beautiful and bountiful JDS School Garden, which is also growing pumpkins, garlic and tomatoes! With help from Mr. Ron Sunshine we pinched (not cut or plucked) off the basil from our lush plants to give to Chelsea Karp, volunteer coordinator for Jewish Family Service. Seventeen families were scheduled for their monthly appointment at the Food Pantry the next day. Partnering with JFS allowed us to share our bounty of delicious, fresh herbs with families in need. Morah Joanna Powers, Hebrew and Judaics director at the JDS, led us in a few prayers to mark our basil harvesting ceremony. Because this was the first harvest, we said the Shehechiyanu blessing that celebrates any new milestone in our year. We also smelled the sweet basil and said "boray eesvay b'samim," which means "Blessed are You, HaShem, Who creates fragrant herbage." Finally, we sang the first paragraph of birkat hamazon together, which reminds us that HaShem "gives food to all creatures [and] does good to all ...[so that] we never be in want of sustenance." Between the JDS and the JFS, we are doing our best to celebrate blessings and to help make our community a better place! HAKOL LEHIGH VALLEY | SEPTEMBER 2018 27
Advice for other young Jewish professionals
The dreaded question at a Shabbat or Passover seder with extended family is what do you want to do post-college? The truth is that working for Hillel International in a small town such as Allentown was not in my web of post-college plans. Receiving a master’s degree in psychology and criminal justice, working for a law firm in Philadelphia, becoming a researcher for a nonprofit in D.C. were options that fluttered around my mind, locked away in a summer journal. However, working for Hillel has also struck me as the most obvious choice for my first job. My advice for Jewish students that are looking for ideas for internships or jobs post-college is to look beyond the surfaced qualifications for your job search. I had not researched Jewish nonprofits or Hillel positions because I was fixated on my insular resume alone—my two summer internships, psychology
By Sam Sokol Jewish Telegraphic Agency Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg described how grateful she was for her Jewish heritage during a screening of a new documentary film about her life and career at the Jerusalem Cinematheque. “The demand for justice, peace and enlightenment runs through Jewish history and tradition,” she said, describing how she is reminded of this fact every day when she enters her judicial chambers and is confronted with a poster proclaiming the biblical verse “Justice, justice thou shalt pursue.” “My room has the only mezuzah in the U.S. Supreme Court,” she said, noting that “growing up Jewish, the concept of tikkun olam, repairing tears in the community and making things better for people less fortunate, was part of my heritage. The Jews are the people of the book and learning is prized above all else. I am lucky to have that heritage.” In Jerusalem to receive a lifetime achievement award from the Genesis Prize Foundation, Ginsburg — who is equally well known for her scathing dissenting opinions as for her lifetime commitment to gender equality — was feted by the Jewish state’s political and judicial
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major, and classes that qualified me for a particular job description. When I dug past my academics I realized my deeper resume, my Jewish resume. This resume was a door to other possibilities. My summer camp job as a counselor, an assistant teacher and tutor at my temple, 12 years of Hebrew school, my bat mitzvah, my birthright trip. These Jewish experiences helped me understand that I can combine my psychology major and my passions for organizing, communications, and research with my love for being Jewish. Sandwiching these interests has aided me to become an engagement/programming associate for Muhlenberg College Hillel. Working for Hillel has also allowed me to connect with Jewish organizations such as the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley’s Young Adult Division, where I plan to attend the barbeque and meet other Jewish adults in the area. I am excited to bridge diverse communities together with Hillel to produce widespread dialogue and new perspectives for the college. I hope that Hillel can participate in events with the Allentown community and encourage students to have difficult conversations with one another as we live in a polarized sociopolitical climate. If I have learned anything from a liberal arts degree, it is that there is no direct path you are supposed to take. Every class, extracurricular, internship, study abroad opportunity, first entry-level job and conversation in passing plants a seed and offers a unique skill set off the beaten path.
In Jerusalem, Ruth Bader Ginsburg celebrates her commitment to tikkun olam
Ruth Bader Ginsburg receives the inaugural Genesis Prize Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award in Tel Aviv, July 4, 2018. elites. Speaking at the ceremony, Ginsburg evoked the memory of Anne Frank, who questioned common gender roles in her famous diary. “When I became active in the movement to open doors to women, enabling them to enter occupations once closed to them — lawyering and judging, bartending, policing and firefighting, for example — I was heartened by the words of a girl of my generation,” said Ginsburg, 85. “I am a judge, born, raised and proud of being a Jew. The demand for justice, for peace and for enlightenment runs through the entirety of Jewish history and Jewish tradition. I hope, in all the years I have the good fortune to continue serving on the bench of the Supreme Court of the United States, I will have the strength
and courage to remain steadfast in the service of that demand.” Addressing the crowded theater after the screening of “RBG,” Ginsburg made two pleas. The first was a call for renewed bipartisanship in Washington, D.C., specifically when it comes to confirming federal judges — a process that has become deeply politicized in the years since her ascension to the Supreme Court. Ginsburg also reiterated her longstanding support for the adoption of an equal rights amendment to the Constitution. Holding up a pocket copy of American’s foundational legal text, the justice said that she would like to be able to show it to her greatgranddaughter and tell her “your equality is a fundamental tenet of the United States.”
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Wallenberg Tribute at Muhlenberg College to feature Bonhoeffer expert and honor local soup kitchen leader Dr. Reggie Williams will present the annual Raoul Wallenberg Tribute Lecture at Muhlenberg College on Sunday, Oct. 14. Williams, who teaches Christian Ethics at McCormick Seminary in Chicago, is a well-regarded expert on the German pastor and theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer. His lecture is entitled, “What Harlem’s Humanity Taught Dietrich Bonhoeffer about Hitler’s
Anti-Semitism.” It will begin at 3:30 p.m. in Miller Forum, Moyer Hall, and is open to the public without charge. It is co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley. Bonhoeffer was a key leader in church resistance against the Nazis and was hanged in Flossenburg concentration camp just before the end of World War II. The lecture will focus on Bon-
First Friday speaker series kicks off at Muhlenberg The Rev. Bruce D. MacLaughlin and Morning Call columnist Bill White will make the first two presentations in the 2018-19 First Friday series at Muhlenberg College. The talks are free and open to the public and both will take place at noon in Seegers Union, Rooms 111-112, on Muhlenberg’s campus. The series theme for the year is “Seeking Truth, Building Trust: Making the World Make Sense.” It will include speakers in political analysis, the art world, language, psychology, social media and community-building, in addition to MacLaughlin and White. MacLaughlin, a retired Lutheran minister, will open the series on Friday, Sept. 7. He will speak of the personal journey of transformation that led him into wider horizons of understanding regarding race and religion. Meeting different people as he moved into his adult
world and work led him to build trust and therefore to challenge the truths he had been taught about various groups. White will follow on Friday, Oct. 5, speaking on “Fake News.” What exactly has the phrase come to mean? How does it function? What is its impact in a news operation like the Morning Call and Tronc Network? How might an informed public respond and interact with news media in the climate shaped by competing accusations of “fake news?” The First Friday series is coordinated by the Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding and its volunteer Interfaith Studies Committee. It is free and open to the public in a brown-bag format, with food available for purchase in Seegers Union. For further information contact the IJCU of Muhlenberg College at 484-664-3470 or ijcu@ muhlenberg.edu.
hoeffer’s one-year teaching fellowship at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, when he also taught Sunday School at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem. There he encountered the vibrant, humanist convictions of the black church, which laid the foundations for his fight against anti-Semitic racism when he returned to Germany. The Wallenberg Tribute has been a fixture at Muhlenberg College since the mid-1980s. It honors the service and heritage of Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat in Budapest, Hungary, who defied Adolf Eichmann and the Nazi-sympathizing government of Hungary in the waning months of World War II. Wallenberg is credited with saving as many as 100,000 Jews from deportation to death camps, through the wholesale distribution of protective passes that put Jews under the protection of the Swedish embassy and in safe houses that he had set up across the city. The tribute will honor Deacon Elizabeth Miller of Trinity Episcopal Church, Bethlehem, as a local figure who embodies the courageous moral action exemplified by Wallenberg. Miller is the Deacon in Charge of the church’s soup kitchen ministry, which has served a complete midday meal to the homeless, low-income, mentally ill and unemployed
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people of Bethlehem since 1982. “Deacon Liz” began her work there in 1991 and was ordained in 2003. A reception in Miller’s honor, sponsored by Trinity Episcopal Church, will be held following the lecture in Seegers Union on the Muhlenberg campus. The college will then present Miller with the 2018 Wallenberg Honors at a dinner following the reception. Miller’s award will be presented by Marcie Lightwood, a Trinity parishioner who works as schools program coordinator at the Institute. Also at the dinner, the Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding will recognize 2018 Muhlenberg graduate Alexandra Senal, who received the Jeanette Eichenwald Interfaith Award at the College’s Honors Convocation in the spring. Senal was
a double major in theatre and in Jewish studies, with a focus on Holocaust studies. She performed the lead role of “Rachel” in the one-act play, “The Library,” as part of the IJCU’s Youth & Prejudice: Reducing Hatred conference and worked at the Institute as a work-study student. The Eichenwald Award is presented annually in recognition of a student’s exemplary commitment to deepening understanding between Jews and Christians. The lecture and dinner are organized by the Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding of Muhlenberg College as its premier annual event and in support of its programs. For reception and dinner reservations, at $60 per person, please contact the IJCU of Muhlenberg College at 484-664-3470 or ijcu@ muhlenberg.edu.
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FRIDAY, AUGUST 24 Shabbat Under the Stars 6 p.m., Temple Beth El. BBQ Shabbat dinner 6 p.m., crafts, songs and story 6:30 p.m., musical Shabbat under the stars 7 p.m. Welcome new members and have fun with friends. Dinner: $18 per person, $45 max per family. RSVP required to firstname.lastname@example.org. FRIDAY, AUGUST 24 Broadway Shabbat 7:30 p.m., Temple Covenant of Peace. New Broadway Shabbat. Our beautiful liturgy has been adapted to the music of yesterday’s and today’s Broadway. Join us for this soon to be Tony Award winning production with Maestro Michael G. Tornick. Evening attire is suggested. Special oneg imported from the Davis Patisseri. SUNDAY, AUGUST 26 JCC Fall Sampler Open House 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., JCC of the Lehigh Valley. Something for everyone! Free and open to all. Enjoy free snacks, prizes and savings, tie-dye station (bring your own white garment) and hands-on demos of fall programs and events. SUNDAY, AUGUST 26 KI Welcome Back BBQ Bash 5 p.m., Congregation Keneseth Israel. Hotdogs, hamburgers, chicken, salads, brownies and watermelon! Featuring clips of music and videos by Noah Aronson. RSVP to the office at 610-435-9074 or online at www.kilv.org. MONDAY, AUGUST 27 Coffee & Conversation: Friendship Circle End of Summer Program 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., JCC of the Lehigh Valley. Coffee and conversation with some fun surprises. Reconnect with friends and make new ones at a casual get-together featuring bagels, coffee, fruit and pastries. We will be accepting dues for the coming year ($30). Free to all Friendship Circle members and prospective members. RSVP by Wednesday, Aug. 22 to Amy Sams at asams@lvjcc. org or by calling 610-435-3571 ext. 182. ORDER DEADLINE WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29 Temple Beth El Sisterhood’s Annual High Holiday Challah, Babka & Honey Cake Sale Temple Beth El. Baked in New York, Bagels-n-More’s challahs, babkas and honey cake are made fresh daily, freeze beautifully and are baked in a nut-free environment. Please return order form and payment by Wednesday, Aug. 29. Order pickup at Temple Beth El on Friday, Sept. 7, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Contact Temple Beth El at 610-435-3521 to learn more. WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 Jewish & Israeli Film Series Special Event in Honor of Israel’s 70th Year: ‘Hill 24 Doesn’t Answer’ 7 p.m., JCC of the Lehigh Valley. Set during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, this landmark film of 1955 is the first feature film produced in the newly created state of Israel and was entered into the 1955 Cannes Film Festival. Charles Ticho, father of JCC board member Ron Ticho, was the film’s sound engineer. He will be here to introduce the film and share stories and insights with us about this achievement in Israel’s history. In Hebrew with English subtitles. Price: $12, JCC MVP $8. For more information, contact Monica Friess at email@example.com. THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 Happy Hour, Happy Life 5:30 p.m., Whole Foods. Looking for ways to en30 SEPTEMBER 2018 | HAKOL LEHIGH VALLEY
hance knowledge of Judaism? KI is introducing a new opportunity for members to come together to learn and get to know each other. A monthly Happy Hour (1st Thursday of each month) where we can share our thoughts and reflection on URJ’s podcast, “10 minutes of Torah” with Rabbi Rick Jacobs (reformjudaism.libsyn.com). The best part: no advance preparation needed. You can listen to the podcast while you drive over to the bar or restaurant where we’ll meet. We promise a little study, a little socializing, lots of fun! THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 JDS Back to School BBQ 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Jewish Day School of the Lehigh Valley. Kick off a new school year with a community dinner featuring burgers, hot dogs, chicken, baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw, corn on the cob and more! Everyone is invited. $36/family or $18/ person. RSVP to 610-437-0721. FRIDAYS, SEPTEMBER 7 - OCTOBER 26 Fall Mosaics 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., JCC of the Lehigh Valley. In this six-week class (seventh bonus class included in price), you will learn all the skills needed to create your own beautiful mosaics. Instructor Cindy Schneider will teach participants how to safely handle glass and how to use appropriate glass cutting tools. Whatever your art level, Cindy will support and encourage you to grow as an artist and designer. Get ready to have fun and enjoy this relaxing, creative form of expression. All materials are included in this course. Limited to nine participants. Price: $246, JCC MVP $164. If the class fills up, interested participants are encouraged to put there names on the waiting list. To register, stop by the JCC Welcome Desk, call 610-435-3571 or visit www.lvjcc.org. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 KI Dedication Ceremony 7:30 p.m., Congregation Keneseth Israel. Dedication ceremony for our newly repaired Torah. All welcome. THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 Jewish Federation Major Donor Reception 6:30 p.m., private residence. Save the date for the Jewish Federation’s major donor reception to inaugurate the 2019 Annual Campaign for Jewish Needs. Attendance requires a $5,000 minimum family commitment to the campaign. Adult children of major donors are encouraged to attend. Contact Jeri Zimmerman at 610-821-5500 or jeri@ jflv.org to learn more. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 Celebration Honoring Cantor Wartell 7:45 p.m, Temple Beth El. Join Temple Beth El for a celebration honoring Cantor Kevin Wartell’s 30 years at the temple. Havdalah, tribute and reception. RSVP to Temple Beth El at 610-435-3521. SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 PJ Library Sukkah Hop 2 to 5 p.m., Temple Beth El. Take a bus ride around town to experience different sukkot and learn about tzedakah. Each sukkah will feature its own activities. The “hop” will end with a dairy potluck dinner at Temple Beth El. $10 per family. RSVP to alyssa@ bethelallentown.org.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 KI Harvest 5k Run/Walk 3:30 p.m., Lehigh Parkway, Allentown. Join Congregation Keneseth Israel for the 4th Annual Harvest 5K Run/Walk at Allentown’s beautiful Lehigh Parkway. The beneficiaries of this event are: The Fund to Benefit Children & Youth and The Literacy Center. Please visit helplehighvalleychildren.org and theliteracycenter-lv.org for details on these two organizations. Special awards await first time 5K racers and most improved racers! Please register via the KI website at www.kilv.org, or at www.runsignup.com, or stop by the KI office to pick up a flyer. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5 JCC Centennial Weekend: Community Shabbat 5 to 8 p.m., JCC of the Lehigh Valley. Services led by the Lehigh Valley Jewish Clergy Group, Shabbat dinner and family friendly activities. $18 per person or $54 per family, 5 and under free. To register, stop by the JCC Welcome Desk, call 610-435-3571 or visit www.lvjcc.org/celebration. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6 JCC Centennial Weekend: Birthday Bash 7:30 p.m. to 12 a.m., JCC of the Lehigh Valley. It’s a party for the 21 and older crowd. Musical entertainment by Ron Sunshine and DJ Dharak. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, amazing dinner stations, dancing and more. Don’t miss this spectacular night of the JCC through the decades. Re-live some of your fondest JCC memories and make new ones with dear friends! $180 per adult, $72 per young adult (21-35). To register, stop by the JCC Welcome Desk, call 610-435-3571 or visit www.lvjcc.org/celebration. SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7 JCC Centennial Weekend: Family Fall Fest 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Camp JCC in Center Valley. Reconnect with friends from Camp JCC, jump in the moon bounce, hop on a hay ride, play kickball and tetherball, decorate a pumpkin, run in the “Wild & Crazy” relay, enjoy a barbecue with all the fixings, apple cider, cotton candy and more! $18 per person or $54 per family, 5 and under free. Come early and kick off the day with the JDS Fun Run at 10 a.m. ($25 additional per person). To register, stop by the JCC Welcome Desk, call 610-4353571 or visit www.lvjcc.org/celebration. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18 Paint & Create Party 6:45 p.m., JCC of the Lehigh Valley. Gather your friends and make new ones. Join other adults for a fun, social, evening paint party. Class is taught by Kristina Cole, owner of Paint of Mind LLC. This class includes all you need to have fun and create a 12 x 16” masterpiece to take home. Just bring your creative mind, and be ready to relax and be entertained. No experience needed. Wine and snacks provided. $36 per person. Sponsored by the JCC of the Lehigh Valley and the Shalom Lehigh Valley Committee of the Jewish Federation’s Women’s Philanthropy. To register, stop by the JCC Welcome Desk, call 610-435-3571 or visit www.lvjcc.org. SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21 Maimonides Society Bagel Brunch 10:15 to 11:45 a.m., JCC of the Lehigh Valley. Hear from local experts on an important topic. Free for Maimonides Society members and spouses, $10 for community members. To learn more, contact the Jewish Federation at 610-821-5500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Ongoing Events SUNDAY to FRIDAY DAF YOMI 7:30 a.m., Congregation Sons of Israel Meeting all year long, this class covers the gamut of Talmudic law, studying one page of the Talmud each day, and completing the Talmud over the course of seven and a half years. Basic Jewish background is recommended. SUNDAYS JEWISH WAR VETERANS POST 239 2nd Sunday of the month, 10 a.m., JCC of the Lehigh Valley Veterans and their significant others are invited as the guest of the Ladies Auxiliary. Come and enjoy comradeship; we’ll even listen to your “war stories.” A brunch follows each meeting. Questions? Contact Commander Sheila Berg at 610-360-1267 or sh-berg1@ hotmail.com. TEFILLIN CLUB & ADULT HEBREW SCHOOL 9:30 a.m. Tefillin; 10 to 11 a.m. Adult Hebrew, Chabad Tefillin is for Jewish men and boys over the age of bar mitzvah, to learn about, and gain appreciation for, the rich and enriching Jewish practice – the mitzvah – of donning tefillin. Contact 610-3516511. TALMUD CLASS FOR BEGINNERS! 10 to 11 a.m., Congregation Beth Avraham of BethlehemEaston For information,contact Rabbi Yitzchok I. Yagod at 610-905-2166. TUESDAYS TORAH STUDY 12:30 p.m., at the home of Cindy Daniels, 3630 Corriere Rd., Apt. 100, Easton Join Rabbi Melody of TCP to delve into the heart and soul of the Torah and how it applies to your life! No knowledge of Hebrew is necessary, nor is registration. Contact 610-253-2031 for information. PIRKEI AVOT (THE ETHICS OF THE FATHERS) 1:15 p.m., home of Cindy Daniels, 3630 Corriere Rd., Apt. 100, Easton Join Rabbi Melody of TCP for this wonderful class. Contact 610253-2031. YACHAD TORAH STUDY GROUP 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., JCC of the Lehigh Valley It doesn’t matter how much you know, it matters how much you want to know. Bring your curiosity to Yachad’s Torah study group and discover the wonders, adventures and meaning of the Torah. Moderated by lay leaders. Held in the front gallery at the JCC. Email email@example.com for information. J-DAYS: CONNECTION CORNER AT THE J – YIDDUSH CLUB
1:30 to 3 p.m., JCC of the Lehigh Valley Enjoy fun, fellowship, stories and more. Discuss topics like cooking, humor, music and all kinds of entertainment in the Yiddish language. Join other adults to experience similar interests. Register for the year and participate in as many of the weekly activities as you would like. $5/season or register for a full year: $18/year. JCC members: free. Register with the JCC Welcome Desk or call 610-435-3571. Contact Amy Sams for more information about J-Days at 610-435-3571 ext. 182 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
TORAH STUDIES: A WEEKLY JOURNEY INTO THE SOUL OF TORAH 7 p.m., Chabad of the Lehigh Valley Torah Studies by JLI presents: Season Four 5778: A 12-part series. Cost is $36 for the complete series (textbook included). For more information contact 610-3516511or Rabbi@chabadlehighvalley.com.
100,000 MILES/YR FOR KOSHER! First Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m., Congregation Beth Avraham Open to all. Fascinating vignettes from a mashgiach who drives approximately 100,000 miles/year (yes, per year!) to keep the kosher supply chain intact. From rural Arkansas to frigid Nova Scotia, winter and summer, the demands are always there. Contact Rabbi Yitzchok I. Yagod, Kashruth Hotline (24/6), 610-905-2166, email@example.com.
TORAH ON TILGHMAN 12:15 p.m., Allentown Wegmans Cantor Ellen Sussman of Temple Shirat Shalom leads a lunch and learn on the Torah. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-820-7666.
101 JUDAISM CLASS 10 a.m., Temple Covenant of Peace Join Rabbi Melody for the 101 Judaism Class. All welcome! Contact 610-253-2031 for information. J-DAYS: CONNECTION CORNER AT THE J – MAH JONGG 1 to 3:30 p.m., JCC of the Lehigh Valley Drop in for a friendly game of mahj and conversation. Join other adults to experience similar interests. Register for the year and participate in as many of the weekly activities as you would like. $5/season or register for a full year: $18/year. JCC members: free. Register with the JCC Welcome Desk or call 610-435-3571. Contact Amy Sams for more information about J-Days at 610435-3571 ext. 182 or asams@ lvjcc.org. HADASSAH STUDY GROUP Every other Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., Temple Beth El Allentown Hadassah presents a stimulating series of short story seminars. All are welcome to attend these free sessions in the Temple Beth El library. The group will be reading selections from anthologies available from Amazon.com. For dates and stories, contact Marilyn Claire, mjclaire@ gmail.com, 610-972-7054. BETH AVRAHAM TORAH STUDY 7 p.m. Torah: It is the common heritage that binds all Jews together. Explore the ancient wisdom of Torah together. All are welcome. RSVP: Rabbi Yitzchok I. Yagod, 610-9052166, email@example.com.
ORTHODOX JEWISH LIVING: WHAT IS IT & HOW? 8 p.m. Contact Rabbi Yizchok I. Yagod, 610-905-2166, firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHRONIC CONDITIONS GROUP 2nd Thursday of the month, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Jewish Family Service The group is open to anyone that is coping with living with a chronic condition and looking for others to share life issues and garner support. Co-led by Susan SklaroffVanHook and Rebecca AxelrodCooper. Call 610-821-8722 to learn more. There is no charge for the group.
SHABBAT BEGINNER’S GEMARA 8 a.m., Congregation Sons of Israel Facilitated by Dr. Henry Grossbard, this is an excellent primer for developing the analytical tools necessary for in-depth study of the Talmud. CONTEMPORARY HALACHIC ISSUES FROM THE PARSHA 12 p.m., Congregation Sons of Israel This class takes Halachah from the weekly Torah portion and brings it to bear on some of the most pressing issues of our time. CHAVURAT TORAH STUDY Saturdays following kiddush lunch, Temple Beth El Taught by Shari Spark. No sign-up needed. Length of each class will vary. Enrich your Shabbat experience by studying the parashat hashavua, the weekly Torah portion. Questions? Email Shari at email@example.com. CBS WISDOM OF THE TALMUD 1 p.m., Congregation Brith Sholom Join Rabbi Singer in a lively discussion about Jewish law, ethics, customs and history, as found in the pages of the Talmud. Focusing on the roots of the Sh’ma and Amidah, foundations of Jewish prayer, found in Masechet Brachot. Books are available for order. No previous Talmud study required.
Congregations BNAI ABRAHAM SYNAGOGUE 1545 Bushkill St., Easton – 610.258.5343 Conservative SHABBAT EVENING services are Fridays at 8 p.m., SHABBAT MORNING services are Saturdays at 9:30 a.m., RELIGIOUS SCHOOL classes are Wednesdays at 4:15 p.m. and Sundays at 9:30 a.m. CHABAD OF THE LEHIGH VALLEY 4457 Crackersport Rd., Allentown – 610.336.6603 Rabbi Yaacov Halperin, Chabad Lubavitch SHABBAT EVENING services are held once a month seasonally, SHABBAT MORNING services are held Saturdays at 10 a.m., RELIGIOUS SCHOOL classes are held Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. and Sundays at 10 a.m. CONGREGATION AM HASKALAH 1190 W. Macada Rd., Bethlehem – 610.435.3775 Rabbi Malkah Binah Klein, Reconstructionist Weekly Shabbat services and a monthly family service with potluck dinner. Religious school meets Sunday mornings. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more. CONGREGATION BETH AVRAHAM 439 South Nulton Ave., Palmer Township – 610.905.2166 | Rabbi Yitzchok Yagod, Orthodox SHABBAT EVENING starts half an hour after candle lighting. SHABBAT MORNING starts at 9:30 a.m., followed by a hot kiddish. CONGREGATION BRITH SHOLOM 1190 W. Macada Rd., Bethlehem – 610.866.8009 Rabbi Michael Singer, Conservative MINYAN is at 7:45 a.m. on Mondays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. on Shabbat and holidays. RELIGIOUS SCHOOL classes every Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. at Brith Sholom and Sundays at 9:30 a.m. at Temple Beth El. CONGREGATION KENESETH ISRAEL 2227 Chew St., Allentown – 610.435.9074 Rabbi Seth D. Phillips Services begin at 7:30 p.m. every Friday night. The first Friday of the month is a FAMILY SERVICE and celebration of birthdays and anniversaries. RELIGIOUS SCHOOL classes are held Tuesdays at 4 p.m. and Sundays at 9:30 a.m. CONGREGATION SONS OF ISRAEL 2715 Tilghman St., Allentown – 610.433.6089 Orthodox SHACHARIT: Sundays at 8:30 a.m., Mondays and Thursdays at 6:30 a.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 6:45 a.m. MINCHAH/MAARIV: 20 minutes before sunset. FRIDAY EVENING: 20 minutes before sunset, 7 p.m. in the summer. SHABBAT MORNING: 9 a.m. SHABBAT AFTERNOON: 90 minutes before dark. TEMPLE BETH EL 1305 Springhouse Rd., Allentown – 610.435.3521 Rabbi Moshe Re’em | Cantor Kevin Wartell Conservative WEEKDAY MORNING minyan services at 7:45 a.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m. SHABBAT EVENING services at 7:30 p.m. with the last Friday evening of the month featuring our Shira Chadasha Service. SHABBAT MORNING services at 9:30 a.m. followed by kiddush. RELIGIOUS SCHOOL classes every Tuesday at 4 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. Midrasha school classes Monday at 6:30 p.m. Shalshelet meets bimonthly on Monday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Shalshelet (the chain) is open to ALL 10th, 11th and 12th grade students in the Lehigh Valley. For more information, contact Alicia Zahn, religious school director, at email@example.com. TEMPLE COVENANT OF PEACE 1451 Northampton St., Easton – 610.253.2031 firstname.lastname@example.org; tcopeace.org Rabbi Melody Davis | Cantor Jill Pakman Reform TCP holds Shabbat evening services every Friday night at 7:30 p.m. A family Shabbat service is held on the second Friday night of each month at 6:30 p.m. Religious school meets on Sunday mornings from 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. For more information about our Temple and activities, see our website at www.tcopeace.org or look us up on Facebook. TEMPLE ISRAEL OF LEHIGHTON 194 Bankway Str. Lehighton – 610-379-9591 Pluralistic Shabbat evening services are held monthly beginning with potluck at 6:30 p.m. followed by services at 7:30 p.m. All other regular monthly events can be found at templeisraeloflehighton.com. TEMPLE SHIRAT SHALOM 610.706-4595 Cantor Ellen Sussman TSS meets in congregants’ homes once per month and at Cantor Sussman’s home once per month. Call Cantor Sussman for details.
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