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Denmark synagogue attack seen as ‘wake-up call’ By Cnaan Liphshiz Jewish Telegraphic Agency
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From the window of the Jewish Community of Copenhagen’s crisis center, Finn Schwarz can see his country changing before his eyes. Hours after the slaying of a guard outside the Danish capital’s main synagogue early Feb. 15, two police officers toting machine guns were on patrol outside the center – a common sight in France, Belgium and other trouble spots for Jews, but which resistant authorities in Denmark had previously considered both excessive and unpalatable. “I think this attack was a wake-up call,” said Schwarz, a former community chairman who has lobbied the authorities for years, often in vain, for greater security. “What we have long feared happened and we will now see a changed Denmark. We have never seen this much security and guns before.” The deployment of armed officers at Jewish institutions came within hours of a shooting at a Copenhagen cafe where a caricaturist who had lampooned Islam was speaking. One person was killed at the cafe in what Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt called a terrorist attack. Later that night, Dan Uzan, a 37-year old volunteer security guard, was with two police officers at the Great Synagogue when a gunman opened fire with an automatic weapon, killing
Copenhagen’s main synagogue, where a guard was shot and killed on Feb. 15. Uzan and wounding the officers. The trio were standing guard over approximately 80 people who had gathered for a bat mitzvah celebration in a building behind the synagogue. Guests reportedly took shelter in the basement after the shooting and later were escorted out under heavy guard. Former community chairman Finn Schwarz says there is a gap of tens of thousands of dollars between the security funding sought by Danish Jews and what the government is offering. The attack comes amid an escalation in anti-Semitic incidents in Denmark, includ-
ing one this summer in which several individuals broke into a Jewish school just weeks after the conclusion of Israel’s seven-week conflict with Hamas in Gaza. No one was hurt in the incident, but some weeks earlier Jewish educators had instructed students not to wear yarmulkes or other identifying garments to school. “This reality and the attack hurt the Jewish community both by encouraging emigration and by forcing people to distance their children, for security reasons, from the Jewish community, its schools and institutions,” Schwarz said. Yet Danish authorities often
resisted requests for greater security measures, an issue that Rabbi Andrew Baker raised last September during a visit to Denmark in his capacity as the representative for combating anti-Semitism of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Noticing the absence of the sort of security arrangements familiar in Paris and Brussels, Baker asked Danish officials whether they were worried about an attack on Jewish institutions. “The officials I met recognized the risks but said that Denmark had a ‘relaxed approach to security,’ as one interlocutor put it, and that having armed police in front of buildings would be too disturbing to the population at large,” said Baker, who also serves as director of international Jewish affairs for the American Jewish Committee. “I was taken aback because I never encountered in other countries this argument of rejecting security measures while fully acknowledging the threat,” Baker told JTA. “I left knowing it was only a matter of time before I got the call.” Schwarz said authorities had improved security around Jewish institutions after the slaying last month of four Jews at a kosher market near Paris. “I think the heavy security is good, but I’m also sad to see Denmark Continues on page 6
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In the year marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, leaders from Congregation Sons of Israel will transform their annual Purim Gala and honor Lehigh Valley Holocaust Survivors during “From Darkness to Light” at the Jewish Community Center of Allentown on Sunday, March 15, at 6 p.m. "It took tremendous strength for my family to return to normal life after the Holocaust,” said Eva Levitt, who as a very young child survived in hiding with her Non-Profit Organization
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mother. “We must all, Jews and non-Jews, show great strength and perseverance to prevent another Holocaust from occurring.” “This was the time to do this. I am very passionate about the need to show proper respect to our survivors,” said Harry Fisher, who is co-chairing this year’s event with Robert Simon and synagogue president Dr. Scott Brenner. After helping launch a Holocaust remembrance project in 2014 for The Morning Call, Fisher promoted the theme to the event’s committee, which included Brenner, Simon, Rabbi David Wilensky, survivor Regina Brenner, Sandra Preis, Judy Livny and Jordan Goldman. Allentown residents Julius and Roseanna Jacobs will be the guests of honor. Julius, who has dedicated a large part of his life to Holocaust education and prejudice reduction and previously served as the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley’s Holocaust Resource Center coordinator, was featured in The Morning Call’s report. Growing up in Lodz, Poland, Jacobs first learned of the Nazi invasion of Poland 10 days before his 14th birthday, after school one day
at a newsstand in his native city, The Morning Call reported in a story by Dan Sheehan and Samantha Marcus published on Julius and Roseanna Jacobs April 27, 2014. To begin with, toward his brother who would the invaders burned synagogues labor to survive, according to The and required Jews to wear yellow stars. With his parents Mailech and Morning Call report. The final words as their mother was led Ruth, and siblings Fred and Reaway had been for Fred to take gina, Julius was then marched into care of Julius. the Lodz Ghetto where the only Later, when Julius could go food was, as he told Sheehan and on no longer, he was again put in Marcus, "moldy bread, a couple of the line for death but, as Sheehan potatoes, whether they were good and Marcus quote him saying, or not.” “As I'm walking, I hear a loud Being appointed a mechanic’s scream from my brother. He said, helper eventually saved Julius’s 'Come back! They need mechanlife; still, like everyone else, he ics!'” became emaciated. With the infaThe two ended up in the mous terrors of the 1944 liquidation of the ghetto, the Jacobs fam- camp, Wobbelin, which was liberated on May 2, 1945. They were ily spent two weeks hiding in the attic of an abandoned cottage in a later reunited in the U.S. with their sister, and Julius married cemetery. Yet they were eventuRoseanna, who had survived an ally found. The night of the train Eastern European work camp. ride to Auschwitz was the last he spent with his parents, who were gassed upon arrival. Julius, too, had been selected but said that at Purim Gala the last moment “a jolt” sent him Continues on page 10
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Addressing anti-Semitism, combatting apathy This has been a most sobering month. In early February in Denmark, one person was killed at an event celebrating free speech and three police officers were wounded. Danish police believe that the target may have been Lars Vilks, an artist who has received death threats for drawing images of the prophet Muhammad. Just hours later, a Jewish man, Dan Uzan, was shot in the head and two police officers were wounded in a shooting in front of Copenhagen’s Krystalgade synagogue. Uzan was part of a security patrol guarding the synagogue while a bat mitzvah took place inside. Danish police later shot and killed a man by the Noerrebro train station whom they assume was the perpetrator in both attacks. Two other persons were arrested in connection to the attacks and remain in custody. The Copenhagen attacks are an alarming echo of those that took place in January in Paris that killed 17 people. Twelve were killed when two gunman opened fire at the satiric French magazine Charlie Hebdo, and four others were shot in a kosher grocery store in eastern Paris by a lone gunman who also killed a policewoman in an
earlier incident. All three of the perpetrators were influenced by radical Islamist ideology. And as I write this I am reading about an incident in Madison, Wisconsin, in which dozens of homes were attacked overnight with swastikas and antiSemitic slurs. The attacks coincided with the release in neighboring Milwaukee of a report about the increase in anti-Semitic incidents in Wisconsin. The Madison crimes were not necessarily targeting Jewish homes, but a hate crime nonetheless. But also, not in Europe and (according to initial news reports) not appearing to be related to radical Islamist ideology. Without a doubt, we are experiencing an unnerving increase in openly antiSemitic acts. Some have said that the world is desensitized to anti-Semitism, perhaps because it is cloaked by antiIsrael sentiments, or perhaps because of the unconscious institutionalization of antiSemitism in which some don’t think twice when people express or act upon their hatred toward Jews. As a Jewish community we unite with Jewish communities worldwide to combat anti-Semitism. Our national and international
partners are helping Jewish communities, especially in Europe, deal with physical improvements to their institutions and organize political coalitions to leverage proactive government action. For Jews who feel their lives are better elsewhere, we assist with those transitions. For Jews who desire to remain in their countries, we are there as well. Anti-Semitism is a difficult challenge we face. But it is not new. Prejudice against or hatred of Jews has plagued the world for more than 2,000 years. The natural strategy is to address the anti-Semite. Hate crime laws with stiff penalties are a necessary deterrent. An equally necessary strategy is to address the hate. We partner with the Institute for JewishChristian Understanding in its Youth and Prejudice Workshop. During four days throughout the year over 1,200 middle- and highschool students participate in a powerful program that explores prejudice and hatred primarily through the lens of the Holocaust. And our Federation’s Holocaust Resource Center has expanded from library-like activities to a creative series of programs implemented at local public and private
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While we must battle the anti-Semite, equally we must educate others – likely the majority – against apathy and indifference. Whether anti-Semitism or Islamophobia. Whether racism or sexism. Allowing hatred against one provides license for hatred against many.
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Newsman decodes elections before Israelis take to the polls
Above, Gil Tamary, Washington bureau chief for Israel’s Channel 10 News, speaks about the upcoming Israeli elections at a brunch at Congregation Sons of Israel. Right, Mike Notis of Sons of Israel and Barry Halper, chair of the Federation’s Community Relations Council, which co-sponsored the event.
By Barry Halper Community Relations Council Chairperson What was the real reason for Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu’s congressional visit? How well will Isaac “Buji” Hertzog do in the Israeli elections on March 17? Will the Arab parties have an impact on the new government? Who is the rising star in Israeli politics? These questions and many more were answered in a lively presentation on Feb. 8 by Gil Tamary, Washington bureau chief for Israel’s Channel 10 News, at a brunch co-sponsored by the Congregation Sons of Israel Men’s Club and the Jewish Federation’s Community Relations Council. Tamary, known by virtually every Israeli as a top news reporter, has worked for Israel Broadcasting Authority and Israel Public Radio, and is currently featured on "Good Morning Israel" as anchor and chief editor. Based in Washington, Tamary covers a wide range of Middle Eastern issues and conducts exclusive interviews with many dignitaries and political figures, including presidents and secretaries of state. In 2006, he made media history when he trapped Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad into answering a question he posed at a United Nations press conference. The moment was extremely significant, being the only time
the Iranian “strongman who doesn’t recognize Israel’s right to exist" had ever spoken to an Israeli journalist. As with many of Israel’s national elections, having many political parties – each headed by a well-known person – makes predicting the outcome quite a challenge. Tamary skillfully explained that the outcome of the election will be that no single party will receive the majority of the votes; no one party will get the required 61 seats in the Knesset. Each party must then work in concert with other parties prior to the election, and the “winning” party assembles a coalition to form the government. Tamary spoke about the leaders of the major parties. He was particularly humorous in his description of the leader of the Labor Party, Hertzog, commonly referred to as “Buji,” the nickname his mother gave him. Although quite intelligent and politically effective, “Buji” does not have public charisma, and this could hamper Labor’s chances, Tamary said. However, Labor is in collaboration with Tzipi Livni’s party, Hatnua, and the coalition could command an effective number of seats. The Arab parties will likely band together and have approximately 11
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seats in the Knesset. Even with that significant number, they will not be given a Minister portfolio in the new government, Tamary said. However, by the strength of their number of seats, the Arab parties will have an impact on many of the issues voted on in the Knesset. Tamary views Naphtali Bennett as the rising star in Israeli politics, and expects that Bennett will be prime minister at some point. Bennett’s party, HaBayit HaYehudi, is in collaboration with Likud. Netanyahu leads the Likud party. Tamary explained that the public feels that the Likudled government has not done a
good job on domestic economic issues. However, for many of the voters, Israel’s security remains the top priority, and thus Likud will still receive sufficient votes to retain enough Knesset seats to remain as the coalition leader and Netanyahu will remain prime minister, in Tamary’s opinion. Tamary also expresed his strong belief that Netanyahu’s visit to Congress was meant to warn the American public of the threat of a nuclear Iran. Netanyahu believes that such a scenario will directly threaten not only Israel and Western Europe, but the United States as well, Tamary said. Similar to America’s top newscasters in the days of
Cronkite, Huntley and Brinkely, it was not discernable what Tamary’s political leanings were. This made his presentation that much more effective. The attendees left the breakfast with a better knowledge of the rather complicated picture of the upcoming Israeli elections, and having that knowledge should make the elections and the creation of the new Israeli government more interesting to follow.
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WOMEN’S DIVISION OF THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF THE LEHIGH VALLEY SAVE THE DATE
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Thursday, May 21, 2015 FEATURING JANE WEITZMAN, former executive vice president of Stuart Weitzman and the founding vice president of Stuart Weitzman retail Open to women who have pledged a minimum of $365 to the 2015 Campaign for Jewish Needs www.jewishlehighvalley.org. Merry Landis, Spring Event Chairperson Carol Wilson, Women’s Division President
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THURSDAY, MARCH 26 12 to 1:30 p.m., JCC of Allentown
With Lindsey Jancay, who will speak about the life and influence of Laszlo Matulay, the first artistic director of Rodale, Inc. Despite Matulay’s prolific art production, his work is relatively unknown. Jancay will provide a brief overview of materials in Matulay’s collection, which includes photographs, sketches from his time in the army, teaching notes, letters and his paintings. The collection is currently housed at Congregation Keneseth Israel and there will be an exhibition of his work at the Gallery at the JCC in August. Program is $12, including lunch.. Men & women welcome. RSVP to 610-821-5500 or email@example.com. Sponsored by the Women’s Division of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley
The Jewish Federation’s Women’s Division will host a Lunch & Learn program on March 26 with Lindsey Jancay, who will discuss the relatively unknown artist Laszlo Matulay and his deep local connections. Matulay was born in Vienna in 1912. He attended school at the Academy of Applied Arts and graduated with a degree in graphics and painting. In 1935, Matulay emigrated to the United States and settled in New York, where he was a freelance illustrator and designer. He eventually made his way to Emmaus to serve as the first artistic director of Rodale, Inc. He died in 1999 at the age of 86. Matulay’s “fine art” has been exhibited at the New York World’s Fair, the Museum of Modern Art and the Pennsylvania Art Association. The collection is currently housed at Congregation Keneseth Israel and there will be an exhibition of his work at the Gallery at the JCC in August. Some of his clients for illustrations, magazines and children books include Harper’s Bazaar, Fortune Magazine and Columbia Publishing Company. In 1980, Alpine Fine Arts published Matulay’s autobiography, “Then and Now,” that does not have words but rather 112 haunting line drawings. Matualy is known so little as an artist because he is not listed in standard reference books and had only a few minor exhibitions of his work. He didn’t publicize or market his work in a way that would make it known, said Alfred Bader of Alfred Bader Fine Arts at
Purdue University in 2002. Rather, he gave it away to family and friends, Bader said. Jancay has been researching Matulay and finds a lot of value in his work. “What is so exciting to me about working with the Laszlo Matulay Collection is the wide range of materials it features,” she said. “With over 2,000 pieces, ranging from paintings and drawings to letters to teaching materials, the collection offers us unique insight into how Matulay's work impacted both his local and global communities. His efforts to highlight the goodness in humankind and contribute to the world around him through his artwork and design are intensified within the context of the collection. While Matulay's artwork already speaks volumes, the dialogue is deepened through the intimate details we can only find in the ephemera that makes up a great deal of the collection.” Jancay earned her bachelor’s degree in English literature and studio art at Cedar Crest College. She pairs her editorial experience with print and online publications with her work in archives, focusing mostly on artists’ books and arts publications. Jancay aims to make scholarly information easily available, and encourage the consideration of non-traditional resource materials through archive development. To do this, she looks at online resources and experimental publications. Meet Jancay, hear more about Matualy and see some of Matualy’s work at the Women’s Division Lunch & Learn on Thursday, March 26, from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at the JCC of Allentown. Cost is $12 including lunch, men and women welcome.
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Lexus support keeps golf tournament going strong By Jenny Oswald JFLV Development Intern For four years running, Lexus of Lehigh Valley has served as the title sponsor of the Jewish Federation’s Mortimer S. Schiff Memorial Golf Tournament. “We believe in the work Federation does. They are a critical part of this community,” Peter Cooper, Lexus of Lehigh Valley owner, said of the sponsorship, which is administered through the national Lexus Champions for Charity program. “We are thrilled to see Lexus reach out into communities all over America by participating in golf tournaments and it is a thrill that we can do this for our Jewish community in our own backyard,” Cooper’s wife and co-owner, Karen, added. According to the Lexus website, Champions for Charity “gives [amateur] golfers the opportunity to compete and raise money for their [local] charity.” As part of the sponsorship, charities are also able to auction off a place in the Lexus National Championship tournament at Pebble Beach. This once-in-a-lifetime experience will be up for grabs again at the Schiff tournament, which will be held Monday, June 15, 2015, at Lehigh Country Club. In addition to its ongoing support of the tournament and the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley’s Annual Campaign, Lexus of Lehigh Valley has a wide variety of charitable pursuits. The company also supports St. Baldrick’s Foundation, an orga-
nization that supports childhood cancer research. Some employees will shave their heads in order to raise money and in solidarity for childhood cancer patients. Lexus will also hold a “Lex-a-thon” stationary bike race to raise money for another one of its causes, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. “Lexus’s support has been critical to the success of this tournament,” said Richard Schiff, tournament co-chairman. “Many thanks to the Coopers for making it all possible.” In addition to the Pebble Beach trip, Lexus also brings another exciting prize to the tournament’s table – the opportunity to win a two-year lease on a Lexus by making a hole in one. Every player has the opportunity to take that critical swing. While no one has landed the shot at the Schiff tournament – yet – though Dr. William Markson did once hit the pin, Lexus assures us that it can be done and it has
been done in other tournaments. In addition to the chance to win the car, players that are part of the tournament’s speciality package are eligible to win a slew of other great games and prizes, including the chance for a $10,000 purse in the putting contest. All players, regardless of whether they are part of the package, will be entered into the reverse raffle, with a grand prize of $5,000 and something for everyone. This full day experience on the green also includes a decadent dairy brunch, snacks and beverages on the course and a scrumptious plated dinner in the clubhouse. Want to get in at the early bird price? Visit www.jewishlehighvalley.org/golf to register by Friday, March 20. All registrations must be postmarked by May 22 and the tournament is limited to the first 120 golfers. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.
Above, Federation staffers check out the “Lexus hole” where golfers can win a two-year lease by making a hole-in-one. Right, Lexus of Lehigh Valley owner Peter Cooper with Lenny Abrams.
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My Jewish experience in Copenhagen By Jennifer Chevinsky Special to HAKOL
MAX “MAGGIE” LEVINE ESSAY CONTEST for Alexander Muss High School in Israel Scholarship
The Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley is pleased to announce the Annual Maggie Levine Essay Contest. The essay contest, established to recognize an outstanding essay submitted by a teenager interested in enrolling in the Alexander Muss High School in Israel (AMHSI), is open to all Jewish 10th, 11th, and 12th graders. The winner(s) will receive a generous prize toward the cost of the AMHSI program. The theme of the essay should address “How Israel is part of my Jewish identity and/or how the High School in Israel experience will help shape my relationship with Israel.” Deadlines for the essays are as follows: March 31, 2015 for summer 2015 program August 1, 2015 for 2015-16 school year program March 15, 2016 for summer 2016 program To learn more about how to apply, visit www. jewishlehighvalley.org/scholarships.
The terrible attack on Feb. 15 outside of the Great Synagogue has brought increased attention to the Jewish community in Copenhagen, Denmark. When one thinks about the geographical distribution of Jews across the world, or even in Europe specifically, Denmark is not a country that immediately comes to mind. However, it is interesting to note that in 1622, Denmark was actually the first Scandinavian country to permit settlement by Jews. Later on, during World War II, Denmark is known for being one of the countries that partnered with the Jews, bringing the majority of the population to safety in neutral Sweden. Compared to the approximately 6 million Jews who currently live in the United States, according to a recent census, there are only approximately 6,000 Jews in all of Denmark – fewer than in the Lehigh Valley. Jews comprise only around one-tenth of a percentage of the total population, compared to over 2 percent in the U.S. During the summer of 2010, I had the opportunity to travel to Denmark with my family along with a Jewish tour group. Together, we explored the small, welcoming Jewish community of Copenhagen, including the Great Synagogue, a large majestic building covered in deep red velvet and gold trim. I remember meeting with the local Chabad and discussing some of the concerns regarding Danish Jewry. Even at that time, they mentioned that it was becoming difficult to be Jewish in Denmark, noting a sense of growing anti-Semitism. In fact, the recent attack is unfortunately not that unexpected when put in context of a community that felt targeted back in 2010, even while statistics of recordable antiSemitic events remained “stable” throughout Europe. At the same time, it is difficult to imagine that the same friendly community I visited, the same synagogue that I stood inside of, has now faced such a tragedy. It is actually a feeling that many of us who have traveled to Israel are likely not too unfamiliar with, hearing about attacks in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv or other large and frequently visited tourist locations. In response to the attack, the World Union of Jewish Students has collaborated with the European Union of Jewish Students to promote
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it because a Denmark where armed officers stand outside [the] synagogue doesn’t seem like the peaceful country I know and love,” Schwarz said. “But
Jennifer Chevinsky, center, at the Great Synagogue.
a social media campaign encouraging the use of the #IGoToSynagogue hashtag. Behind this campaign is a sentiment that I think is very important. It is to let the people we are in contact with know that these attacks are not far-removed and insignificant. For many of us who consider ourselves to be immersed in the “secular world” – with friends and colleagues of various cultures, religions and backgrounds – we are letting them know that we could be the next targets. These attacks are occurring outside peaceful houses of worship, in kosher supermarkets, in the kinds of locations where no one should ever have to fear for their life. It is my hope that as a community, not only will we continue to recognize and mourn for those who are lost in these tragedies, but that we will never let ourselves normalize or become accustomed to these events. We should never accept or brush off anti-Semitism anywhere, even in the countries that have small Jewish populations thousands of miles away from us. It is an uncomfortable reality that if it were just five years ago, it could have been my family, it could have been me. It could be any of us. Jennifer Chevinsky lives in Allentown and is a member of the Jewish Federation’s Young Adult Division.
it’s necessary.” Denmark has approximately 8,000 Jews, according to the European Jewish Congress. EJC officials stressed that the problem of Jewish security is not Denmark’s alone and called for continent-wide countermeasures, including legislation that
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provides national governments with improved tools to counter the threat. “We are dealing with a pan-European problem which is being dealt with individually instead of on a pan-European basis,” said Arie Zuckerman, a senior EJC official who oversees the group’s Security and Crisis Centre. “This is part of the reason our enemies are the ones that have the initiative.” EJC President Moshe Kantor called on the European Union to establish an agency devoted to fighting anti-Semitism. “European governments and leaders who in the name of upholding liberties refrain from acting effectively against terrorists are endangering those very freedoms because they are exposing them to the terrorists’ attacks,” Kantor said. Back in Copenhagen, Dr. Ilan Raymond, a Jewish physician and father of two, spoke of an uncertain road ahead. “What happened [Feb. 15] is a shock that will stay with us for a long time,” said Raymond, who learned of the attack while on vacation abroad when his 16-year-old son sent him a text message that read “I am alright.” The attack “will have a profound effect and may cause some to leave,” Raymond said. “It’s early days.”
Tzedakah, kids and world peace: An interview with Sam Glaser a powerful way, it’s a real feeling of accomplishment. I’ve always had a knack for working with young people. On one hand, it’s because I’m very empathetic and on the other hand, it’s because I’ve never grown up.
By Julie Taffet JFLV Marketing Intern I recently had the opportunity to interview Jewish musician Sam Glaser, and discuss his music, mentality and future. Glaser’s soulful music has been heard all around the world, and he is bringing his talents to the Lehigh Valley Jewish community on March 14 for a concert to benefit struggling Jewish families. How has music helped shape your Jewish identity? Being a musician, I’ve always been impacted by music very deeply. From my earliest memories, it was music in general and Jewish music specifically that I gravitated toward and formed my memories. What does tzedakah mean to you? Tzedakah technically means righteousness. I think it means keeping the cycle flowing,
not only being a taker, and knowing that everything that comes to you is a gift from God. That includes your breath and ability to digest, and your blood that keeps circulating and your income, even if it seems like you are getting a regular pay check, it’s always a gift. When it’s a gift the natural feeling is to want to give back, to want to share. Tzedakah is really about an awareness of where everything comes from. You do a lot of work with young people, at places like Camp Ramah and the JCC Maccabee Games. What about the younger demographic and these positions is rewarding for you? Kids are tough to work with. It requires a lot of energy and while they can be very judgmental, there is no more rewarding group to work with. If you can make it work with kids and teenagers and you can move them in
What is the difference for you performing at a huge venue as opposed to a small, more intimate venue? I try to make my performance appropriate for wherever I am. I try to elicit what the audience needs. Wherever I am, no matter what size of my audience, I try to always give my all. I try to be 100 percent there, totally present. What do you hope to accomplish in the future with your music? I think that music is an agent of transformation and unification. I have big hopes for music. I believe music can unite the world, bring peace and brotherhood. Music is a rallying point, I hope that my music can be part of the music that brings peace and redemption to the world. Get your tickets now for ONE HAND, ONE HEART: Sam Glaser in Concert to benefit struggling Jewish families in the Lehigh Valley on Saturday, March 14, at 8:15 p.m. at the JCC of Allentown. The concert is presented by all local Jewish agencies and synagogues. Tickets can be purchased online at www. jewishlehighvalley.org/samglaser or at any of the participating organizations. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.
Maimonides Society offers expertise to Muhlenberg The Maimonides Society of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley teamed up with Muhlenberg College Hillel in February to offer an informational night for pre-medical students, cosponsored and hosted by Hillel at Muhlenberg under the new leadership and direction of Rabbi Melissa Simon. The Maimonides Society is composed of involved heath care professionals, physicians and dentists in the Lehigh Valley, and as an organization, wanted to share its experience with those interested in pursuing a career in the health care professions. When Maimonides began hosting educational events for its own members, it became apparent that experts in the field were right here in the Lehigh Valley and were already members of the organization, Maimonides Society President Frank Tamarkin said. Periodically, the Maimonides Society meets to discuss a current topic in medicine. The speakers are often physicians who are part of the organization and who work right here at one of the many excellent health care institutions in the Lehigh Valley. “We wanted to take the same approach to the pre-med informational night as with our educational meetings where we utilized our own excellent physician resources to provide an informative program,” Tamarkin said. “We thought that a panel discussion to inform Muhlenberg College pre-medical students about our own experiences and pathways to our medical careers would make for an excellent program.” In addition to practicing physicians, medical students from the St. Lukes/Temple University School of Medicine along with a resident physician were set to round out the panel. The Maimonides Society is hopeful that this program can become an annual event on the Muhlenberg campus and even be repeated at other local universities and colleges with a pre-medical student body here in the Lehigh Valley. HAKOL LEHIGH VALLEY | MARCH 2015 7
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By Alyssa Kevelson JFLV Donor Relations Intern Have you been donating to the Jewish Federation for 25 years or more? Welcome to the Silver Circle! The Silver Circle is a newly launched recognition society to honor these long-time donors for their dedication and commitment to Jews in the Lehigh Valley, in Israel and around the world in the past, present and future. As noted in the January HAKOL, I am in the process of interviewing more than 400 of these Silver Circle members in
an effort to learn more about who they are and what has motivated them to support the Federation for over a quarter of a century. I will be reporting my findings as I uncover them. A few observations from my first conversations: • Many Silver Circle members have maintained an active involvement in the Jewish community over the years by committing themselves to helping and supporting in any way they can. Some have held leadership positions in organizations such as Hadassah, the JCC and local synagogues while others have given their time to Friendship Circle, Jewish Family Service and more. • We have donors who are Holocaust survivors or children of survivors, individuals who witnessed Israel declare its statehood, and others who have traveled the world advocating on behalf of Israel and the global Jewish community. • In addition to their involvement in bettering
Jewish life, many of these longtime donors have given additional support to other organizations such as Lehigh Valley Hospital, the Red Cross, United Way and the Allentown Arts Museum. These members all have their own unique stories and experiences which have shaped their desire to support the Federation, but the one thing they all share is an amazing passion for the longevity and future strength of the Jewish community. This is only the beginning of our efforts to speak with our long-time donor base, but it has already shown the impressive backgrounds, character and enthusiasm which each individual possesses. We look forward to honoring the major commitments of these donors and formally thanking those who have already helped us accomplish so much. If you are one of these donors and haven’t heard from me yet, expect a call soon!
MEET THE PRESIDENTS By Monica Friess Special to HAKOL When he completes his current and third term, Gerald Weisberger will have served as president of Bnai Abraham Synagogue in Easton for seven years – two three-year terms and one year filling in for a resigning president. Clearly a man dedicated to his congregation, Weisberger speaks enthusiastically about the synagogue, its members and its clergy. “We’re a relatively small synagogue, which means increased membership is always a challenge and a goal,” he says. “But the homey atmosphere is also one of our nicest features. We all know one another and work well together.” Weisberger moved to the Lehigh Valley from the Wilkes-Barre area in 1967, and soon he and his wife, Gail Ehrens Weisberger, became involved in the newly formed Young Adult Division of the JFLV. The couple has a son and a daughter; Gail has two sons from a previous marriage, and between them they have two granddaughters. A retired counselor in psychology in St. Luke’s Behavioral Health Department, Weisberger serves on the Federation’s Easton Leadership Council and is also a volunteer with Lower Saucon Township, where he runs a computer class for senior citizens. Weisberger praises Rabbi
Daniel Stein, who was installed as Bnai Abraham’s rabbi in 2011, for his vision and enthusiasm. “Rabbi Stein has instituted some wonderful programming,” says Weisberger. “He works well with the entire crosssection of our congregation, from the very young to our senior citizens.” Through a cooperation with Congregation Brith Sholom in Bethlehem, the two Hebrew schools have merged and are flourishing. Weisberger says he and the rabbi are working with Brith Sholom on mutual programming and participation. “I've long admired Jerry's dedication to Bnai Abraham and the larger Jewish community,” says Rabbi Stein. “Under his leadership, we have maintained a vibrant communal presence in the face of demographic challenges. At the same time, Jerry has been instrumental in planning for a strong future and his unwavering commitment has been crucial in building a path forward both at Bnai Abraham and in Easton.” Weisberger finds it gratifying to be able to play a role in perpetuating tradition and practice at the synagogue. “It’s very satisfying to be there – to know I’m playing a small part in keeping Judaism afloat in our area. We’re a very open and welcoming congregation, and it’s rewarding to know I’m helping to keep the doors open.”
ONE HAND, ONE HEART
SUPPORTING STRUGGLING FAMILIES ... a tzedakah event
HAVE A HEART, LEND A HAND. Proceeds from the concert will benefit struggling Jewish families in the community. TOGETHER... WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
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ONE HAND, ONE HEART SUPPORTING STRUGGLING FAMILIES ... a tzedakah event
$18 per person $10 students under Bar/Bat Mitzvah age
$100 maximum per family
ONE HAND, ONE HEART IS SUPPORTED BY: ALLENTOWN JCC JEWISH DAY SCHOOL JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE JEWISH FEDERATION OF THE LEHIGH VALLEY MUHLENBERG HILLEL BNAI ABRAHAM SYNAGOGUE CHABAD OF LEHIGH VALLEY CONGREGATION AM HASKALAH CONGREGATION BETH AVRAHAM CONGREGATION BRITH SHOLOM CONGREGATION KENESETH ISRAEL CONGREGATION SONS OF ISRAEL TEMPLE BETH EL TEMPLE COVENANT OF PEACE TEMPLE SHIRAT SHALOM
Tickets are available online at all participating organizations & synagogues and at:
• jewishlehighvalley.org/samglaser Inquire about additional tzedakah opportunities to sponsor ONE HAND, ONE HEART: Supporting Struggling Families.
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Enterprising teen stocks JFS with toiletries By Monica Friess Special to HAKOL A Syracuse-based social action organization founded to provide toiletries and household cleaning products to people in need recently made its way to our own Jewish Family Service via 15-year-old founder Adena Rochelson and a chance Allentown connection. Rochelson, founder of “Operation Soap Dish,” recently delivered a large number of boxes of toiletries to JFS. “This is such a welcome gift and a wonderful surprise,” JFS Executive Director Debbie Zoller said of the donation. For Rochelson, it began with a trip to a local food pantry in 2009. “I noticed that one shelf with a few rolls of toilet paper and a couple of bars of soap was almost always empty,” she said. “I also learned that food stamps could only be used to buy food. Soda is OK; soap isn’t.” She decided she would do what she could to change that situation. With her $4.50 weekly allowance money as well as deposits collected from returned cans and bottles, Rochelson began purchasing items for the local pantry. She also began reaching out to the community to promote awareness of this need and to collect donations. Operation Soap Dish was the result, and to date, over 28,000 items (28,914 to be exact; Rochelson personally counts and logs each item) have been collected and donated to locations throughout the Syracuse area such as food pantries, the Ronald McDonald House and shelters for women and children escaping domestic
abuse. Zoller said that JFS seeks out these items, but doesn’t often get them. “Our clients are so appreciative when we can provide this,” she said. “What Adena is doing is fantastic. She is a great role model.” “One of my goals,” said Rochelson, “is to help anyone I can in any community.” Because she has ties that bring her family to Allentown – her sister is a freshman at Muhlenberg College – members of the Lehigh Valley community are now benefitting from her kindness. In addition to JFS, a large number of items were donated to Haven House, a nonprofit, outpatient community mental health clinic in the Lehigh Valley. "For the clients at Haven House, amazing Adena's Operation Soap Dish has made a difference,” said Haven House board member
Bev Wasserman. “We are grateful for this dedicated young person.” Rochelson was last year’s recipient of the Diller Teen Tikun Olam Award, which recognizes 15 Jewish U.S. teens for exceptional leadership and engagement in service projects. She was also awarded a Kohl’s Cares scholarship for making a difference in her community. Operation Soap Dish has made national and even international news, as a JTA article was just picked up by the Times of Israel. For Rochelson, this is still a bit overwhelming and surreal. “I started doing this because I saw I could play a small role in helping my community,” she said. “It’s nice to know that so many others support my vision.” For more information on Operation Soap Dish, visit www.operationsoapdish.org.
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In addition to the Jacobs, other survivors to be honored will include:
Regina Brenner, Allentown
Rose Breuer, Allentown
Lilly Golumb, Allentown
Marcel Guindine, South Whitehall
Gloria Hartglass, Easton
Nina Jackson, Allentown
Eva Levitt, Allentown
Michele Levy, Allentown
Anna Warschauer, Allentown
NOT PICTURED: Henry Grossbard, Allentown. Photos by Harry Fisher.
A portion of the event’s proceeds will be donated to the Jewish Federation’s Holocaust Resource Center. For more information or to make a reservation, please contact the synagogue office at 610-433-6089. 10 MARCH 2015 | HAKOL LEHIGH VALLEY
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RABBI MICHAEL P. SINGER Congregation Brith Sholom Of all the major Jewish holidays, Pesach is focused in our homes, and more specifically around our tables. From the initial cleaning of our homes, the search for hametz, and the making of the matzah balls, the spiritual center of Pesach is sitting around the seder table and telling the story of how God saved our people, taking us from slavery to freedom. In telling the story of our exodus, our rabbis in the Haggadah use the metaphor of four children, each with different levels of understanding and each asking different questions. They wanted each of us to literally look around the seder
Save me a seat at the seder table: Why the wicked child is invited table and tell the story so that each person there would be moved, challenged and inspired by the story. Yet, of all the four children represented in the story – the wise, the wicked, the simple and the one who doesn’t know how to ask – why each year would the host of the seder invite the wicked child? As a reminder, the wicked child asks, “What mean you by this service? By the word ‘you,’ it is clear he does not include himself in the community.” Whoa! Talk about attitude! The question of the wicked child can be understood not only as his eyes rolling to the back of his head, but also a total disconnect from the family, our people and the tradition. It is completely understandable that the first year when the wicked child initially asks the question, the parent responds. In that case, the seder leader’s response seems relevant, if not a necessary stern rebuke of the wicked child, even going as far as to say, “had he been there (in Egypt), he would not have been redeemed!” But what is not obvious is why year after year the wicked child is
invited back. Is it just because he had to move back in with his parents? Maybe he loves his mother’s chicken soup, or maybe it’s just some type of masochistic fetish? After all, why would you want someone at the seder table who does not feel a part of the holiday or even the people, and actively taunts others about it? Maybe the answer lies with the very story of Pesach itself. Our people start out hungry, enslaved and abused. We are strangers in Egypt physically, but we are also estranged from our innate sense of dignity, self-worth and connectedness to our land and our right to determine our future. In the end, God nourishes us, gives us hope and restores our freedom. The journey we travel, however, is not a straight one. In fact when Moses first goes to Pharaoh seeking our freedom, Pharaoh not only rejects Moses, but also increases the burden on our people. The people’s response is to blame Moses and mock him. Indeed, over and over throughout our journey to freedom, the people continually accuse Moses of trying to kill them and wish they could return to
Egypt. Likewise, the wicked child is hungry, estranged and adrift. Had he not been invited to the seder, he would not have been able to engage in the conversation, and would not have maybe even recognized what he was missing. Surrounded by family, by community, by food that not only nourishes the body but also speaks to the values of love, hope and freedom, the wicked child may by the end of the seder have been moved. The opportunity exists only because the wicked child has been welcomed and invited. Remember, the wicked child shows up when invited every year! The tradition believes that even though the wicked child does not feel a part of Jewish life and tradition now, the door is always open and more specifically a place around the table has been set and is waiting for him. May our tables, but more importantly, our hearts, be big enough, welcoming enough and hopeful enough to invite all who are hungry to come and join us at the seder table. Chag Kasher v’ Sameach!
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Ronald and Joan* Harrison Arthur and Susan* Hochhauser Alex Hornstein Gwen Jacobs* Selma Jacowitz* Audrey Kanoff* Seth and Kathi* Katzman Dr. Jay and Phyllis* Kaufman Dr. Corey and Lisa* Kirshner Drs. William and Susan* Kitei Maxine S. Klein* Dr. Mark and Iris Koshar Paul and Dore Kottler Dr. Hartley Lachter and Dr. Jessica Cooperman* Gerson Lazar Family Fund Martha B. Lebovitz* Bernard and Laurie Lesavoy-Lesavoy Butz & Seitz LLC The Eva Levitt Knitting Project Dr. Lisa Lindauer* Lois Lipson* Pam Lott* Dr. Norman Maron David and Judy* Mickenberg Edith Miller* Dr. Gary and Debbie* Miller Michael Molovinsky James and Shelah Mueth Dr. Jonathan Munves Bobbi Needle* Sandy Newman* Marc Nissenbaum Carole Ostfeld* Myra Outwater * Alan and Roberta* Penn Phyllis Perkin* Allen and Sandra* Perlman Dr. Mitchell and Carol Rabinowitz Elaine Rappaport-Bass* Joseph Rosenfeld and Jonathan Rosenfeld Drs. Jason Rudolph and Stacey Resnick* Adam and Penny* Roth and Family Dr. Norman and Jett* Sarachek Sheila Saunders* Jane Schiff Nathan and Rusty* Schiff Dr. Michael and Heidi* Schiffman Michael and Brenna Schlossberg John Schneider Bernard and Sara* Schonbach Lillian Schwab Memorial Fund Renee Schwartz* Schwartz Family Fund Dr. Howard and Tamara Selden Sally Shapiro* Elliot and Linda Sheftel Howard and Susan* Sherer Dr. Andrew and Rachel* Shurman Helaine Sigal* Richard Silberg Dr. Bruce and Donna Silverberg Dr. Howard and Diane* Silverman Rabbi Michael and Alexis Vega-Singer* Dr. Bruce and Ardeth* Smackey Marcy Staiman* Dr. Richard and Arlene* Stein Dr. Stanley and Manya Stein Hon. Robert L. Steinberg Kevin Stempel Cheri Sterman* Aimee Stewart* Dr. David and Laurie Strassman Dr. Michael F. Stroock Fred and Barbara K.* Sussman Fund Dr. Ryan and Carah* Tenzer Marsha Timmerman* Ron Ticho and Pam Lott* Dr. Mark and Abby* Trachtman Dr. Ronald and Beverly* Wasserman Robert and Sandy* Weiner Louise Weinstein* Gerald Weisberger and Gail Ehrens* Deborah Weiss* Miriam Zager and Family* Jerry and Flossie* Zales Debbie Zoller* Anonymous (24) SHORASHIM $250 - $499 Isabella Alkasov* Vivian Appel* Dr. Mark Auerbach Joan Balkwill* Miriam Bandler* Randy and Jodi* Barson Dr. Harry and Donna Berger David and Clara* Bergstein Richard Bergstein Susan W. Berman* Amy Born Fund* Sally Brau* Barbra Butz* Robert and Jane* Cohen
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Temple Beth El volunteers take on Super Sunday.
The Jewish Day School makes Super Sunday a family affair.
Congregation Sons of Israel members transform into superheroes.
The donors noted above represent gifts to the JFLV 2015 Campaign for Jewish Needs. Every effort is made to correctly recognize all of our generous donors and honor their listing requests. If there are any inaccuracies or omissions, please call the Federation office at 610-821-5500. * Indicates an individual womanâ€™s gift to the 2015 Campaign for Jewish Needs
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Super Sunday reach spans babies to bubbies By Stephanie Smartschan JFLV Director of Marketing The morning shift was underway and volunteer callers from across the Lehigh Valley filled the JCC auditorium. With cell phones in hand and pledge cards in front of them, they worked diligently to reach out to potential donors and ask for their support. By the end of the day, they would raise more than $43,000 for the 2015 Campaign for Jewish Needs. But this year, it was arguably the youngest volunteers who had the greatest impact. The BBYO teens were given one simple task – to say thank you. And over the course of the day, they reached out to 800 donors to do just that. On the heels of the Jewish Federation’s 60 Day Challenge earlier this year, pledges to the campaign were already up by the time Super Sunday arrived and more donors than ever before had made their pledges. The 800 thank you calls made were compared to last year’s 627. By the end of Super Sunday, total campaign pledges this year reached $1,607,092. “We still have a ways to go before we close the campaign, but this puts us way ahead of where we’ve been in past years at this point,” said Iris Epstein, 2015 campaign chairperson. “We were so glad to have this chance to say thank you.” The fundraising success, however, was just the tip of the iceberg this year that made Super Sunday so special. Nearly 50 children attended the superhero-themed PJ Library program to sing songs with Rabbi Daniel Stein and hear stories read by state Rep. Mike Schlossberg. In the afternoon, one group of volunteers – including a large contingent from Lehigh University – headed to the Country Meadows Retirement Community to bring bagels and cheer to the 20-or-so Jewish seniors that live there. Another volunteer contingent from Muhlenberg College braved the cold and snow to help clear out buildings at Camp JCC in Center Valley. “There are so many ways to be a superhero,” said Brian Ford who. with his wife Emily, organized the mitzvah component of Super Sunday. “Our community really proved that on this day.”
thank you for being a superhero
150 volunteers made 800 thank you calls to donors who had
previously pledged their support to the 2015 campaign;
298 donors pledged $43,146, including 84 first-time gifts
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Thank you to everyone who volunteered and everyone who gave! You are supporting Jewish life in the Lehigh Valley, across the country and around the world. If you did not have an opportunity to answer the call on Super Sunday, please contact JFLV at 610-821-5500 or visit www.jewishlehighvalley.org.
PHOTO KEY: 1. Carmit Bach 2. Superheroes from Congregation Keneseth Israel 3. Beth Kushnick and Valeska Zighelboim 4. JFLV President Mark H. Scoblionko with Larry Levitt 5. State Rep. Ryan Mackenzie 6. A Lehigh University student at Country Meadows 7. Congregation Brith Sholom Rabbi Michael Singer 8. State Rep. Mike Schlossberg with the PJ Library kids 9. Israel Zighelboim 10. Jonathan Epstein with student volunteers 11. Danny Cohen 12. Bob Wilson, Justin Corsa, U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent, Erin Corsa, Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, Barry Halper, Aaron Gorodzinsky and Judy Diamondstein
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Watchdog: Anti-Semitic incidents doubled in France to new high Jewish Telegraphic Agency
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Last year saw a doubling of anti-Semitic incidents in France to a record high and a 60 percent increase in Belgium. In France, the Jewish community’s watchdog on anti-Semitism, SPCJ, recorded 851 incidents in 2014 compared to 423 the previous year, the group reported on Jan. 27, International Holocaust Memorial Day, on its Facebook page. The total was slightly above the previous record year of 2009, which saw 832 incidents. In Belgium, the number of incidents recorded last year rose to 200, a 60 percent increase over 2013, according to a report published by the Le Soir daily. The number was based on data collected by the online platform antisemitisme.be, which works with Jewish and government institutions. Belgium has approximately 40,000 Jews, while France has approximately half a million.
In both countries, the increase was attributed to Israel’s actions during its war in Gaza last summer. According to SPCJ, about half of all racist attacks in France last year were committed against Jews, who constitute 1 percent of the population. SPCJ released similar figures in 2012, but France’s National Consultative Commission on Human Rights said antiSemitic attacks accounted for only 39 percent of the overall figure of 1,539 that year. Anti-Semitic incidents in France that involved violence increased by 130 percent in 2014 over the previous year, according to SPCJ, to 241 from 105. According to the report, the figure for 2014 was the third highest since 1998. The record was 974 incidents in 2002. Along with major cities such as Paris and Marseille, anti-Semitism was prevalent in heavily Jewish suburbs of the French capital such as Creteil and Sarcelles, SPCJ reported.
Portugal adopts return law for Jewish descendants Jewish Telegraphic Agency Portugal’s government adopted legislation that offers citizenship to some descendants of Sephardic Jews. The letter of the legislation passed Jan. 29 by the Council of Ministers. The legislation was passed in 2013 by the parliament, making Portugal the second country in the world after Israel to pass a law of return for Jews. Spain is poised to pass a similar law. Portugal’s Jews were forced out of the country along with their Spanish correligionists in the 14th and 15th centuries because of the church-led persecution known as the Inquisition. In both Iberian countries, the authors of the legislation described it as an act of atonement for the Inquisition period. Applicants need to demonstrate a cultural link to Portugal and an ancestral one approved by the Jewish Community of Lisbon or that of Porto, according to the president of the Lisbon community, Jose Oulman Carp.
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“I would not say that it is a historical reparation because I believe that in this regard there is no possibility of repairing what has been done,” Justice Minister Paula Teixeira da Cruz was quoted as saying by Protuguese RPT News at the conclusion of the Cabinet meeting on Jan. 29. “I would say that it is the granting of a right.” Michael Rothwell, a delegate of the Committee of the Jewish Community of Porto, said his organization regards the measure as “an act of justice.” He described it as “another important step toward reconciliation with the past.” His committee is one of the vetting organizations. But for James Harlow, a Sephardic Jew from California who owns a Silicon Valley start-up, the issue is also financial. “Portugal is a great starting point to expand my business in the European Union,” he told JTA. On average, approved applicants can expect to receive a Portuguese nationality within a few months, the Porto community said.
Reflections on a Jewish Federations solidarity mission to Paris
Jewish communal and civic leaders visit the sites of recent terror attacks in France during a solidarity mission in February organized by the Jewish Federations of North America.
By Mark Gurvis JNS.org My early days as a Jewish Federation professional were at a time when our system was evolving away from reliance on messages of combating anti-Semitism and statements of "never again," to one of strengthening our communities through education and meaningful engagement. Yet reflecting on the turbulent and troubling start to 2015, I cannot help but be struck by the rapid change in our global agenda. Last year, we were working with the Israeli government to explore how to strengthen Jewish life and connection globally. Now, we are increasingly focused on protecting Jewish lives and securing Jewish institutions worldwide. In February, I joined an intensive two-day trip to Paris with Jewish communal and civic leaders, experiencing remarkably emotional moments. We attended a memorial service at the Hyper Cacher supermarket, placed flowers at the Charlie Hebdo offices in honor of the victims who were brutally murdered there, and heard the harrowing story of one of those held hostage in the kosher market. But the two days were packed with much more. We met with the leadership of the key organizations of the French Jewish community, spent time with both the U.S. and Israeli ambassadors to France, and spoke with the main French government officials responsible for addressing the complex and intertwined challenges of antiSemitism, racism, xenophobia, and violence. The French Jewish community is the third largest Jewish community in the world, with a long and proud history and significant resources. They have been shaken by the evolving reality of violent anti-Semitism. Their current reality consists of army and police guards at their institutions, and guards sleeping overnight in their schools. While they are grateful for the protection, their communal institutions were never meant to become armed fortresses. To see an aliyah fair overwhelmed by thousands of young French Jews exploring opportunities to study, work,
volunteer, or live in Israel is to recognize that the community’s next generation is openly questioning their future in France. At the same time, we must recognize that this community – with a strong population of more than 500,000 and with a vibrant network of synagogues, schools, community centers, student organizations, cultural institutions, and service organizations – is not going to disappear. We must address the real security issues the Jewish community faces, in France, throughout Europe, and also here in North America. We, and Jewish communities worldwide, face a long road ahead of increasing our preparedness and protection. The creation of the Jewish Federations’ Secure Community Network represents our system’s serious shift of attention and resources to this priority. The French Jewish community is now awakening to this reality and working quickly to address it. Our assistance through the France Emergency Fund will help French Jews take their next steps; their community, will ultimately bear the long-term responsibility. There is a deep anxiety today among French Jews – not just about their physical security, but also about whether France will continue to hold onto its unique social fabric. President François Hollande has been quoted widely for his statement that "France without Jews will no longer be France." Those of us coming off this two-day immersion only scratched the surface, beginning to understand the depth of this reality. Hollande’s was a sincere statement, but it was also evident during this trip that there is no clear path to addressing the complex challenges that France faces. Mirroring our own reality, the challenges for French Jews also extend to assimilation and engaging with the next generation. The community estimates that only 50 percent of its members are connected with the vibrant network of community institutions. The external threats from rising Islamic fundamentalist terror, and the internal challenges of meaningfully engaging the next generation, offer all Jews around the world opportunities to connect, to learn from one another, to strengthen one another,
and to inspire one another. There came a time when the old UJA slogan, "We Are One," went out of fashion. It was presumed to be focused on political uniformity and gave way to concerns about diversity of expression. But today, we can and should understand "We Are One" in a different way – that we, as Jewish communities and Jewish individuals, face a common set of renewed challenges and threats, both internal and external. They may be shaded differently based on local context but, underlying the surface differences is a common core, and hopefully a common destiny. Our fates are interconnected and intertwined. Are We One? We had better be. Mark Gurvis is the executive vice president of The Jewish Federations of North America.
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GIVE A MITZVAH, DO A MITZVAH
Bar Mitzvah organizes golf outing for children of Guatemala
By Abby Trachtman Project Coordinator Gabe Ytkin, a seventh grade student at Moravian Academy, will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday May 2, 2015, at Congregation Keneseth Israel. When planning his mitzvah project, Gabe, who was born in Guatemala, knew he wanted to help children in Guatemala, many of whom are unlikely to receive even a grade school education. A close family friend familiarized the Ytkin family with The Phoenix Projects. The goal of Gabe’s project is to raise enough money in order for The Phoenix Projects to hire an additional teacher in Guatemala. The Phoenix Projects provide primary, secondary and college education to over 1,000 children and teenagers in several indigenous communities across Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Ecuador and Peru. In addition to supplying daily food, fruit and school materials, they offer education to children without other options simply because of their backgrounds. Many of the teachers are exstudents who have been supported through
their education by The Phoenix Projects to become qualified teachers. The Phoenix Projects are dedicated to implementing sustainable long-term income-generating plans and small local businesses. These help with the costs of educating and feeding the children as well as providing increased family income. Control of the projects will be handed over to the communities in the future, and will offer employment opportunities for graduates. Being a lover of baseball and golf, Gabe chose to use golf as a means of raising money for The Phoenix Projects. “I thought it’d be easier to organize a golf outing and I want to raise as much money as possible,” Gabe said. “I planned this with my Dad, and I’m really excited that we got the first golf outing date of the season.” Golfers can register by April 1, 2015, for a shotgun-scramble that begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, 2015, at the Whitetail Golf Club in Bath. Gabe would appreciate any donations, sponsorships and prizes for the golf outing. If you would like to participate or support Gabe in his efforts, please e-mail his Dad, Steve, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Gabe will also be selling items at the outing as part of Plan Doll. Plan Doll is a Fly the Phoenix fundraising initiative, exchanging locally-made items from Guatemala with friends and family for donations to The Phoenix Projects. It was started in 2012, exchanging bags of worry dolls for donations, hence the name. “My wife, Krista, and I are so proud of Gabe,” his father said. “School this year is packed with projects, but Gabe took this on in addition to his bar mitzvah studies.” In addition to his mitzvah project, Gabe has made his first adult gift of tzedakah to the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley’s Annual Campaign for Jewish Needs. For help developing your mitzvah project, contact Abby Trachtman, program coordinator, at email@example.com or 610-821-5500.
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JCC offers interactive murder mystery experience By Amy Sams JCC Adult Programs Coordinator Adults at the J is hosting an intriguing evening of interactive entertainment, cocktails, buffet dinner and dessert, socializing, prizes and fun. Help solve the mystery of “Law & Murder” at the JCC on Sunday, April 19, 2015, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Without A Cue Productions, LLC, will entertain and lead our guests through an exciting murder mystery. Professionally trained actors will guide us through the mystery of “Law & Murder.” Do you have an alibi for your whereabouts 15 minutes ago? Have your stories straight! The detectives in a small town with an even smaller budget have you pinned as their main suspect. Be involved with a line up and be questioned by these sharpshooting detectives. A string of murders have Hunch, Claire, Jennifer and Toni on edge, and they’re taking it personally. The detectives are equipped with badges, guns and, in Claire’s case, their psychic abilities, and they’re hot on the trail! Will they be able to catch the killer in time? Or will it be too late? Perk your
ears and sharpen your pencil, clues may pop up where you least suspect them. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for cocktails, dinner buffet, mingling and music. Act I of the murder mystery will begin at 6:30 p.m. An intermission will follow with time for more mingling and dessert. Act II will begin at 7:15 p.m. and at approximately 8:15 p.m., the murderer will be revealed and winner announced. All adults 18 years and up are welcome. $60 per person, $54 for JCC members. Adult discount price for a group of eight is $392 (all eight tickets must be purchased at one time). Student (high school/ college age) discount group price is $352 (all eight tickets must be purchased at one time). To register, contact the JCC at 610-435-3571, stop by the Welcome Desk or visit www.allentownjcc.org. Limited spaces available. Deadline to register is April 10. Be sure to check out the broad range of programs and events available for adults of all ages offered through Adults at the J. You can find details at www.allentownjcc.org. Contact Amy Sams, Adults at the J coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
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Film festival kicks off 20th season
The JCC's 20th Annual Jewish & Israeli Film Festival opens on March 29 with "Cupcakes." Presented in partnership with Adults at the J and PrimeTime at the J, the film will be shown at 7 p.m. at the JCC. Wine and cupcakes included in admission price. Tickets: $12 general community/$8 JCC members. By Monica Friess Special to HAKOL The JCC’s 20th Annual Jewish & Israeli Film Festival opens in March and it promises to keep you entertained and informed. It will have you laughing, it may make you cry, you will be enlightened, you will ponder some deep issues and you will want to see each one. Once again, the festival will partner with various groups in the community to present a diverse mix of films. The opening event will be co-sponsored by Adults at the J and PrimeTime at the J. “Cupcakes,” which will be shown on March 29 at 7 p.m. at the JCC, is a feel-good Israeli musical comedy about the right to be
yourself. It won the Audience Award for Best Comedy at the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival last year and is a festival favorite around the country. The presentation will include wine, popcorn and - of course - cupcakes. Tickets: $12 general community/$8 JCC members. On April 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Moyer Hall at Muhlenberg College, the IJCU will co-present “Under the Same Sun,” a film which takes place in the near future and explores what could happen when two businessmen – one Palestinian and one Israeli – launch a Facebook campaign, set up a solar energy company and set the peace process in motion. The Rev. Dr. Peter Pettit will introduce the film and moderate a panel discussion
following the film. Tickets: $8 general community/$5 JCC or IJCU members. Congregation Keneseth Israel will partner to present “The Green Prince” on April 26 at 7 p.m. at the JCC. This is an amazing work based on the book “Son of Hamas” about the relationship and friendship between a Palestinian informant and his Mossad handler. This film exposes a complex world of terror, betrayal and impossible choices. Rabbi Seth Phillips will introduce the film and lead a post-presentation discussion. Tickets: $9 general community/$6 JCC members. Linda and Jim Wimmer are co-sponsoring the presentation of “Ida” on May 6 at 7 p.m. at the JCC. A 2015 Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Film and Achievement in Cinematography, this movie tells the story of a woman who learns she is Jewish as she prepares to take her vows as a nun. Tickets: $9 general community/$6 JCC members. “Beneath the Helmet” is co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley’s Community Relations Council and will be presented at the JCC on June 3 at 7 p.m. It is a moving documentary which follows five young Israeli high school graduates as they begin their service in the army. Tickets: $9 general community/$6 JCC members. See you at the movies!
In Vienna, widely varying viewpoints for small Jewish community
The memorial to the 65,000 murdered Austrian Jews in the Holocaust at Judenplatz in Vienna.
By Noah Diamondstein Special to HAKOL Editor’s Note: This story is the third in a four-part series by Noah, who recently studied in Europe and who seeks “to see the world become a place where all can live together in peace.” On our way to Auschwitz, we stayed a night in the town of Mikulov in Northern Moravia as well as the Moravian capital of Brno and finished in Vienna. Vienna’s Jewish community is a somewhat small one, not much larger than that of the Lehigh Valley. There are between 8,000 and 11,000 Jews registered in the community. In speaking to a lay-leader of the only Reform congregation in the city, I learned of the startlingly
sub-par Holocaust education happening there. There is only one Jewish Holocaust memorial in the city to commemorate the 100,000-plus Viennese Jews who perished at Nazi hands during the time of Nazi occupation of Austria. Many young Austrian students never get the chance to visit a ghetto or concentration camp. My guide for the Viennese Jewish quarter also informed me that the political situation is such that openly antiZionist political discourse has become common, and antiSemitic themes have become constant undertones of those discussions. In large part, the Jewish community of Vienna is Orthodox. In fact, Or Chadash (Vienna’s reform congregation) is quite small when com-
Fighting in Ukraine leaves Jews caught in crossfire By Jacky Schimmel American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee Editor’s Note: The following are reflections from American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee Vice President Jacky Schimmel, who had just returned on Feb. 4 from a field visit to war-torn eastern Ukraine, before the recent ceasefire was announced. A week later, rockets fell on a Federation-supported Hesed welfare center in Kramatorsk, Ukraine. Thankfully, no one was injured. The Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley’s partner agencies, including the JDC and The Jewish Agency for Israel, are bringing vital emergency assistance to desperately needy Jews caught in the crossfire of this conflict. Our original plan was to go to Donetsk, but overnight shelling of checkpoints made it impossible. So we reset our plans to head to Mariupol, where, over the weekend, 30 had been killed and 200 injured in a market in the town center. Mariupol has a population of 500,000 and lies in a vital strategic position, between the rebelheld eastern areas of Ukraine and Crimea, which was annexed
by Russia last March. The city already suffered heavy shelling last August. The human cost of the fighting in Ukraine to date has been catastrophic. To give you some idea of the picture: • Some 5.2 million Ukrainians live in the conflict-affected areas. • 1.4 million are considered highly vulnerable and in need of assistance. • More than 1 million people have fled their homes, with 633,000 living as displaced persons in Ukraine and 600,000 living outside Ukraine, mainly in Russia. • Over 5,000 have been killed in the fighting and 10,000 injured. There are 3,000 Jews in the Mariupol region. We serve 750 of them, as well as 42 internally displaced persons (IDPs). After a two-hour safety and security briefing, we went to our hotel to rest. We woke at 5:30 a.m. and left for Mariupol at 6 a.m. The five-hour trip took us through five checkpoints and 350 km of grey, dismal Ukraine landscape, mostly covered by thick, bleak fog. Ukraine Continues on page 29
pared to the other synagogues of Vienna. However, the community’s largely Orthodox make-up does not equate to homogeneity. The Jewry of Vienna is made up of originally Austrian Jews, German Jews, Turkish Jews, Yemenite Jews and still others. These many groups, with their many levels of observance and widely varying customs, also have widely varying viewpoints on the future of the community. My guide, John, taught me that the different representatives of the community who serve on the community’s federation board rarely agree on statements with regard to Zionism and methods of working with the Viennese government. In short, a rich and endlessly complex community can be found in Vienna, which in the face of political anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism struggles to organize itself. Noah Diamondstein is a religious studies major at the University of Pittsburgh with a concentration in Jewish studies. He just completed his fall semester abroad in Prague, Czech Republic, attending the CET Academic Program with a focus on Judaic studies and will graduate in April. Noah will begin his studies at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion pursuing a career in the rabbinate. The last in Noah’s series of reports on European Jewry will appear in the April edition of HAKOL.
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Honorable MENSCHens Dana Allison Briggin and Dr. Matthew Wilf Ufberg Dr. Michael and Eileen Ufberg of Allentown and Steven and Debra Briggin of Lawrenceville, New Jersey, are pleased to announce the engagement of their children, Dr. Matthew Wilf Ufberg and Dana Allison Briggin. Dana graduated from the University of Delaware, where she earned a bachelor of science in hotel/restaurant management. She is now the director of catering at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. Matthew graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and the Temple University School of Medicine. He is currently pursuing specialty training in high-risk obstetric
anesthesiology and perinatology at the University of California San Francisco. Dana is the granddaughter of the late Edward Briggin, and Marion Briggin of Del Ray Beach, Florida, and the late Charles Morgan, and Barbara Morgan of Brooklyn, New York. Matthew is the grandson of Sam and Ruth Wilf of Merion, Pennsylvania, and the late Dr. David Ufberg and the late Helen Ufberg of Shamokin, Pennsylvania. Sharing in the couple’s happiness are Dana’s sister Leah Briggin and Matthew’s four siblings and spouses: Drs. David and Leslie Ufberg, Dr. Jacob and Amy Ufberg, Dr. Larry and Melissa Ufberg and Bonnie and Emanuel Citron.
They are planning a 2015 wedding.
Susan Wolfson Travel Agent Magazine named Susan Wolfson of Go Astro Travel one of the Top 25 All Stars of 2014. Wolfson paired up with beer expert Joe Sixpack (Don Russell from the Daily News) to create Joe Sixpack Tulips and Beer River Cruise to Amsterdam and Belgium. This is the first ever brewery-focused luxury river cruise for Ama Waterways, a California based cruise operator. “After taking a seminar on wine cruises, I thought, why not beer?” Wolfson said of the tour. Wolfson got award-winning reporter Russell to host the cruise
and lead tours to breweries and famous beer cafes, host a beerpairing dinner and conduct tasting sessions. “Thanks to the microbrewing renaissance in America, so many people now ‘get’ beer,” Russell said. “Instead of traipsing through vineyards in search of exotic wine while on vacation, they’re hunting for unusual ales and lagers from the world’s greatest brewers.” Beer-focused vacations have exploded worldwide with the increased growth of craft brewing in America and abroad. Wolfson of Allentown has operated Go Astro Travel LLC, an independent agency of Avoya Travel, for over 13 years.
Zachary Cohen Lesavoy and Seitz Attorneys at Law announced that Zachary Cohen has been elected as the president of the Bar Association of Lehigh County for the 2015-16 term. Cohen, a member of Congregation Keneseth Israel, graduated from Lewis and Clark Law School in 2003, where his primary focus was environmental law. Since 2007, Cohen has been at Lesavoy and Seitz, and is currently a partner with a focus on civil litigation. From 2012-14, Cohen was named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star. “In addition to promoting comradery among those in the legal profession, as president of the Bar Association of Lehigh County I’m tasked with addressing the
needs of more than 750 area lawyers and paralegals by acting as a liaison to the county and federal judges, overseeing more than 20 committees devoted to a wide assortment of legal disciplines and issues, as well as working with other county and state bar associations to ensure that the voices of legal professionals are heard by our legislators and other policy makers,” Cohen said about his new position.
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Beth El ‘Shabbat Angels’ bring joy to those in need By Julie Taffet JFLV Marketing Intern On the first Friday of every month, “Shabbat Angels” from Temple Beth El deliver care packages to homebound congregants. The program – funded by the Sylvia Perkin Charitable Trust – began only four months ago and already has over 60 volunteers. The Shabbat Angels program is divided into three parts: preparing the bag and Shabbat greeting cards, challah baking and volunteering for delivery. The packaging and greeting cards are made by school volunteers. Inside these bags is fresh challah made by Jen Oxfeld along with other volunteers, juice and other holiday treats. When the packages are ready, Beth El Executive Director Michelle Rohrbach organizes volunteers to deliver the care packages. “I have people who deliver to the same people every time
because they’ve developed such a beautiful relationship with that person; a person that they didn’t even know before and it’s just been a wonderful, wonderful thing,” Rohrbach said. Lynn Rothman, a delivery volunteer and the former president of Beth El, is thankful for the planning and organization that has been put into this program. “Michelle is the one not only who came up with the idea, but did the planning and execution with the help of the Chesed Committee,” Rothman said. The Chesed Committee works on community outreach, and sets up programs with soup kitchens, blood drives and community service projects in addition to Shabbat Angels. Bernie Schonbach has been a volunteer for the Shabbat Angels program since it began. “We have over 30 receivers of the Shabbat packages, and we’ve involved several people on the board and in the congregation at large,” he said.
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The main goal of the program is to let the congregants of Beth El who cannot get out of the house know that they are not forgotten. “You feel good when you make the delivery,” Schonbach said. “You realize the joy in their eyes when someone assembled a package to present to them; you really think they are going to have a great day because of this. Then you get back in your car and realize you are going to have a better day. It really gives you a reward of sharing.”
Noted author to speak on spiritual tradition of Mussar By Rob Cohen Congregation Keneseth Israel Congregation Keneseth Israel will soon be embarking on a program of study and practice in the way of the Jewish spiritual tradition of Mussar. Alan Morinis, author of “Everyday Holiness: The Spiritual Path of Mussar” and founder and director of the Mussar Institute, will introduce the new course of study at Friday night Shabbat services on March 13. Mussar might best be described as “Jewish spiritual ethics” and has been practiced for centuries by people who sought to cultivate and strengthen the qualities of the inner mensch. Mussar, which until lately has been best known in the world of Ortho-
dox Judaism, has been undergoing a revival in the Jewish world. Morinis will speak of its significant relevance in the 21st century. Through Mussar, participants can learn more about what Jewish tradition has to teach about the traits of humility, gratitude, equanimity, patience, order and honor, among others, and discover how they can contemplate and improve these qualities in their own lives. Morinis, born and raised in a culturally Jewish but non-observant home, studied anthropology at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship. For the past 16 years, the nearly lost Jewish spiritual discipline of Mussar has been his passion. Morinis will also be attending the Saturday morning Shabbat service at Congregation Sons of Israel on March 14.
Finally, we arrived at the Joint’s Hesed [social welfare center]. A ray of sunshine – perhaps the single ray of sunshine in our three-day trip. The room was crowded with over 50 Hesed clients, mostly elderly, and a handful of younger ones. They were singing Hebrew and Yiddish songs. For one radiant moment we forgot where we were, but brutal reality came crashing back in the form of an explosion of shelling outside. The music died down. We listened eagerly to the stories of the old and the young – stories of fear, shame and helplessness. The fear in the room was palpable. People spoke of the shelling that had erupted over the weekend, killing 30 innocents in a market in the center of the residential area, close to where we stood. They spoke of their helplessness; lives which had begun in war – the Second World War – were now ending in war. They spoke of shame – a young lawyer, who had escaped with his wife and young daughter to Mariupol from Donetsk, told the story of the shame he felt at no longer being able to provide for his family, reduced now to holding out his hand to Hesed for help. He is one of the 42 IDPs whom Hesed currently cares for. In his case, the help is temporary but essential, as he hopes to begin a new job soon with a law firm in Mariupol. We listened to the many voices and then left for a home visit in the area where the shelling had taken place over the weekend. We stood outside the building; a missile had killed a young woman just outside the entrance. As we stood, just about to go up, shelling began again and we took cover. After the attack had quieted down, we entered the building and ascended multiple flights of steps to a freezing-cold apartment; there stood a proud Ukrainian Jew, dressed in his coat and a fur hat. The windows had been blown out of his apartment. His wife was sitting in the kitchen, terror written plainly over her face. She was deaf. She could not hear the shells as they fell – she could only feel the shock of the vibration, the smashing of the windows, the rocking of the building. I hugged her. She cried. So much was spoken in those tears. A cry for help, and tears of thanks that we had come.
“Finally we realized that while change is hard, not changing is even harder.”
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For years, Matt could see his parents struggling to get up the steps and do simple maintenance on their home, but couldn’t seem to convince them that there was a better way to live.
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SUNDAY, MARCH 1 Yoga Body, Jewish Mind 9 a.m., Bnai Abraham Synagogue. Veronica Grant will lead a “traditional” yoga class, incorporating her Jewish approach to practice. Please wear workout clothes. Contact email@example.com. Sponsored by Bnai Abraham Synagogue and the Easton Leadership Council of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley. SUNDAY, MARCH 1 Jewish Book Council: The New Senior Woman 11 a.m., Bnai Abraham Synagogue. Bnai Abraham and the Easton Jewish Book Council welcome Thelma Reese to discuss her book, “The New Senior Woman.” A deli lunch will follow this discussion. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. THURSDAY, MARCH 5 Thirsty Thursdays Happy Hour 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., JCC of Allentown TV Lounge. Stop by the JCC at the end of the day. Join other adults at the JCC, sit back, relax and unwind. Connect with fellow members and friends. Light refreshments (including adult beverages) will be served. FREE for JCC members, $5 guests. Stop by or call the Welcome Desk at 610-435-3571. Register online at www.allentownjcc.org. Sponsored by Adults at the J. Walk-ins welcome. Advance registration appreciated. FRIDAY, MARCH 6 IJCU First Friday Luncheon Discussion 12 to 1 p.m., Muhlenberg College, Seegers Union, Rooms 111 & 112. El Sistema: An International Music Program at the Roosevelt School with Mr. Steven Liu, Allentown Symphony Association. Free and open to the public. Bring your lunch or buy lunch at Seegers Union. Be sure to leave ample time to locate on-street parking as this program begins promptly at noon. To learn more, visit www.ijcu.org. SUNDAY, MARCH 8 Congregation Am Haskalah Pre-Spring Gardening Panel 11 a.m., 1190 West Macada Road, Bethlehem. The owners of Liberty Gardens, a commercial vegetable farm owned by Jeffrey Frank & Kristin Illick, will discuss organic gardening and Hank Cedar will speak on home canning, pickling and freezing. There is no cost for this event and it is open to the entire community. TUESDAY, MARCH 10 Jewish Book Council: Midnight in Siberia 7 p.m., Lafayette College. Lafayette Hillel, Bnai Abraham Synagogue and the Easton Jewish Book Council welcomes David Greene, host of NPR’s Morning Edition, to Easton. David will be available for book signing, light dessert to follow. For two years prior to taking on his current role in 2012, Greene was an NPR foreign correspondent based in Moscow covering the region from Ukraine and the Baltics, east to Siberia. He spent a month in Libya reporting riveting stories in the most difficult of circumstances as NATO bombs fell on Tripoli. He was honored with the 2011 Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize for that coverage. Contact office@bnaibraham. com. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11 Simcha Club: Overview of Vocal Music 1600 - 2015 12 p.m., Congregation Brith Sholom. The program will feature a deli lunch (cost $5) and a program by Cantor Ellen Susan: “Overview of Vocal Music 1600 - 2015.” Please make a reservation by calling 610-866-8009. This is a senior program, but everyone from 5 to 105 is welcome. Contact email@example.com. THURSDAY, MARCH 12 PrimeTime Current Events 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., JCC of Allentown. We live in turbulent times, and it can be hard to make sense of the politics, personalities and disturbing acts featured on TV and in the newspaper. Rabbi Jonathan Gerard offers a monthly class for PrimeTime at the J members to discuss current events and place them in a Jewish context. THURSDAY, MARCH 12 Gallery at the JCC Exhibit Opening Reception 6:30 to 8 p.m., JCC of Allentown. Join the Gallery at the JCC for an opening reception for its latest exhibit by Diane Hutchinson and Renzo Fagiololi, which runs through April 30. Great music by “Just So” with beverages and snacks. Free and open to the public. THURSDAY, MARCH 12 TBE Healing Service 1 p.m., Temple Beth El. We will be creating a safe space to bring our pain, our questions and our yearning. This one-hour service will be held in the Hammel Family Chapel. The service will include music, silent meditation, traditional prayers and Torah study. The entire community is invited.
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FRIDAY, MARCH 13 Grandbuddies at the J 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., JCC of Allentown PrimeTime at the J members are invited to join the JCC kindergarten class for a Shabbat celebration followed by an activity and lunch. $5 per Shabbat. Brought to you by PrimeTime at the J, a division of Jewish Senior LIfe Connection. FRIDAY, MARCH 13 Shabbat and Holiness: The Spiritual Path of Mussar 7:30 p.m., Congregation Keneseth Israel. Join KI for Shabbat and to learn about Mussar, Jewish spiritual ethics. We will hear from noted author Alan Morinis, founder and director of the Mussar Institute, and author of “Everyday Holiness: The Spiritual Path of Mussar.” All are welcome. For more information call 610-435-9074. FRIDAY-SATURDAY, MARCH 13-14 Shabbat with Sam Glaser Temple Beth El. Sam Glaser is a world-renowned singer, composer, educator and entertainer. On Friday, March 13, at 6 p.m. there will be a Shabbat dinner and singing with Sam. RSVP and additional fee required. At 7:30 p.m. Sam will lead us in Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma’ariv. On Saturday, March 14, at 9 a.m. our weekend of celebration and song continues with services led by Sam. A Kiddush lunch with Shabbat songs after services is free, but you must RSVP. Sam will lead a Shabbat afternoon Torah study following Kiddush lunch. Please join us. For reservations, call 610-435-3521. SATURDAY, MARCH 14 Sam Glaser Community Concert 8:15 p.m., JCC of Allentown. Join the community in welcoming famed Jewish musician Sam Glaser for a benefit concert at the JCC. Proceeds from the concert will benefit struggling Jewish families in the community. Sam Glaser’s soulful music has become part of the fabric of Jewish life in communities worldwide. He performs in an average of 50 cities a year and his energetic style and passionate delivery never fails to ignite the spirit of audiences of all ages. Tickets are $18 per person, $10 students under bar/bat mitzvah age, $100 maximum per family. Tickets may be purchased at www. jewishlehighvalley.org/samglaser or are also available at all participating organizations and synagogues. Sponsored by all local Jewish agencies and synagogues. SUNDAY, MARCH 15 Congregation Brith Sholom Kitchen Shower 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Congregation Brith Sholom. Pots and pans, bowls and dishes, let’s shower Brith Sholom’s kitchen with all its wishes. We will be holding a kitchen shower to replace our worn-out kitchen equipment. Light refreshments will be served. Please join us by saying yes when you receive your Evite. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. SUNDAY, MARCH 15 SOI Purim Gala: Honoring Holocaust Survivors of the Lehigh Valley 6 p.m., JCC of Allentown. In the year marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, the entire Jewish community is invited to remember the atrocities that befell the Jewish people, as Congregation Sons of Israel honors local Holocaust survivors at its annual Purim gala. Proceeds will also benefit the Holocaust Resource Center of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley. Make your reservation by calling 610-433-6089. SUNDAY, MARCH 15 TCP Dinner & Show 6:15 p.m., Temple Covenant of Peace. Come join us for a magical, musical evening with piano man/vocalist Tommy Zito. Cost $22.50 per adult, $25 at the door; $10 for children under 12, $12.50 at the door. Cost includes a pasta dinner. RSVP to email@example.com. MONDAY, MARCH 16 Abraham’s Other Son: How Muslims Uphold Abraham’s Values in the Modern World 7:30 p.m., Congregation Keneseth Israel. Brother Rizwan Butt from the Muslim Association of Lehigh Valley will be the featured speaker at an event co-sponsored by the Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley and Congregation Keneseth Israel as part of the Dr. Raymond and Bonnie Singer Education and Community Lecture Series. Free and open to everyone. RSVP to 610-8215500, firstname.lastname@example.org. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18 Carb-load Before Passover: Lehigh Valley Jewish Professionals 5:30 to 7 p.m., The Pub by Wegmans, 3900 Tilghman St., Allentown. Enjoy beer, bread and all the chametz you can eat while networking with other Jewish professionals. $18 in
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advance, $20 at the door. Includes appetizers and first drink (beer, wine or soft drink). Sip. Schmooze. Connect. FRIDAY, MARCH 20 CBS Sephardic Shabbat Dinner 6 p.m., Congregation Brith Sholom. Join us for a Shabbat dinner and Friday night services. All are welcome to enjoy this kosher dinner which will feature wonderful flavors with a Sephardic theme. Make your reservations by 12 p.m. on March 13 (reservations are required). The price is $15 per adult; $5 per child between the ages of 5 and 13; no charge for children under 5 with maximum family charge of $45. Please pay in advance. Make out checks to “CBS Shabbat Dinners.” Call Tammy at 610-866-8009 for reservations and more information. For those that need transportation, please contact Tammy. SATURDAY, MARCH 21 Israeli Elections: What Now? 9 a.m., Congregation Brith Sholom. Brith Sholom is pleased to present Dr.Ilan Peleg, Charles Dana Professor of Government and Law at Lafayette College. Dr. Peleg is an Israeli born expert on Middle East politics. He will offer insights into the March 17 Israeli elections and how they may impact the future course of Israel, as well as the their importance for Jews around the world. Join us after services for a Kiddush lunch followed by a question and answer session. SUNDAY, MARCH 22 BAS Dinner and a Movie 4 p.m., Bnai Abraham Synagogue. “Cast a Giant Shadow.” Part fact, part fiction, powerfully dramatizes Israel’s heroic 1947-48 struggle for independence. Both a realistic war story and passionate romance, it features an all-star cast. Film is free, dinner is dutch treat at Pizza D’Oro, Easton. Contact Bnai Abraham Synagogue, 610-258-5343. MONDAY, MARCH 23 TBE Sisterhood Mah Jongg 6:30 p.m., Temple Beth El. We will begin to play promptly at 6:45 p.m. Please be there by 6:30 p.m. to register. We play for about three hours. $10 per player donation to TBE Sisterhood. For questions or to RSVP, contact Ilene Rubel, 610-7761577 or IRUBEL@aol.com. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25 J to Go: The Meredith Vieira Show in NYC 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., 30 Rockefeller Center, NYC. Day bus trip to NYC. Bagels and coffee. Motor Coach round-trip transportation. Fun-filled experience as part of the studio audience at The Meredith Vieira Show. Snacks on return trip. Register by calling or stopping by the Welcome Desk, 610435-3571 or visit www.allentownjcc.org. Limited tickets to the show available. Additional seats on the bus available. $68 per adult (includes ticket to show)/JCC member value price $62 (includes ticket to show). $58 per adult (without show ticket)/JCC member value price $52 per adult (without show ticket). Sponsored by Adults at the J. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26 Women’s Division Lunch & Learn 12 to 1:30 p.m., JCC of Allentown. Join the Women’s Division of the Jewish Federation for a Lunch & Learn with Lindsey Jancay, who will speak about the life and influence of Laszlo Matulay, the first artistic director of Rodale, Inc. Despite Matulay’s prolific art production, his work is relatively unknown. His collection is currently housed at Congregation Keneseth Israel. $12 for lunch and program. Men and women welcome. Please RSVP, 610-821-5500, email@example.com. FRIDAY, MARCH 27 PrimeTime at the Gallery 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Gallery at the JCC of Allentown. Back by popular demand, PrimeTime members will tour the Gallery, meet artist Diane Hutchinson and enjoy catered lunch and champagne. Cost: $8. Visit the JCC Welcome Desk or call 610-435-3571 to register or learn more. FRIDAY, MARCH 27 TBE Shira Chadasha Service 7:30 p.m., Temple Beth El. Come celebrate a musical Shabbat service with contemporary American and Israeli music. SATURDAY, MARCH 28 Java and Jeans Shabbat: Understanding the Israeli Elections 10 a.m., Bnai Abraham Synagogue. Ilan Peleg will hold a discussion on understanding the Israeli Elections. Ilan Peleg, Ph.D, has been the Charles A. Dana Professor of Government and Law at Lafayette College since 1990 and served as chairman of Lafayette’s Government and Law Department from 1985 to 1997.
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Community Calendar SATURDAY, MARCH 28 KI PJ Library Mini Minyan 10 a.m., Congregation Keneseth Israel. Bring the little ones for a Tot Shabbat service with songs and blessings and of course, a PJ Library story. For more information contact KI at 610-435-9074 or Cantor Jenn at firstname.lastname@example.org. SATURDAY, MARCH 28 TCP’s Renewal Style Service 10:30 a.m., Temple Covenant of Peace. Please join us for a leisurely morning of davening (Yiddish for praying), music and Torah. This is an intimate, less formal service in which participants are encouraged to ask questions and share their experiences and memories. All welcome! Contact 610-253-2031.
Purim Events Bnai Abraham Synagogue & Congregation Brith Sholom
SUNDAY, MARCH 29 Passover Bus Trip 7 a.m., Temple Beth El. Bus trip to Brooklyn for Passover shopping. A full narrative Passover tour by Susan Birnbaum. Leave on a bus from Temple Beth El at 7 a.m. Some of the stops include KRM Kollel Supermarket, The Pickle Guys, Pomegranate Market and so much more! Tickets will include transportation, treats to nosh throughout the day and an Essen NY Deli Sandwich for the bus ride home. Cost is $85 per person. Return to TBE around 7 p.m. RSVP to 610435-3521. SUNDAY, MARCH 29 PJ Library Passover: Let My People Go … On a Story Walk 3:30 to 5 p.m., Congregation Sons of Israel. Learn about the holiday, visit interactive story stations and enjoy snacks, crafts
Congregation Sons of Israel WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4 The Fast of Esther, 5:20 a.m. Shacharis, 6:30 a.m. Mincha, 5:35 p.m. Maariv & Megillah Reading , 6 p.m. Fast Ends, 6:39 p.m. Youth Carnival, 7:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4 Megillah Reading, 6 p.m., Congregation Brith Sholom The religious school children will partake in a pizza party before donning their costumes and joining in the Megillah reading. This will be immediately followed by handmade hamantaschen, a dance and a sundae bar.
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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4 Je Suis Purim, 6 p.m., Jewish Day School Including multi-media Megillah reading, crafts, a full French dinner, hamentash, the Amazing Kenny Rodriguez Basketball Show, caricatures by Caricitoonz and Hebrew school Purim shpiel.
SUNDAY, MARCH 1 ‘Let’s Make a Shpiel,’ 10:45 a.m. Featuring Purim shpiels from religious school.
Congregation Keneseth Israel WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4 Purim Pizza Party Followed by The Megillah According to Disney!, 5:30 p.m. Please come in costume (children & adults).
SUNDAY, MARCH 1 Community Purim Palooza, 12:30 to 3 p.m. Family-friendly carnival with activities including games, a moon bounce and face painting. Tickets are $0.50 each. There will be prizes and food.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, Costume Challenge, 6:30 p.m. Megillah Reading & Midrasha Purim Carnival, 7:30 p.m. Come dressed in your Purim finest, or goofiest, or super-hero-iest. Family Megillah reading in sanctuary until 7:30 p.m. or complete Megillah reading in chapel. Finish the evening off with the Midrasha Carnival. Games, prizes and dessert! Fun
TUESDAYS TORAH STUDY 12 p.m., Temple Covenant of Peace
For more information about these events, visit www.jewishlehighvalley.org/hakol/ ongoing-events.
PIRKEI AVOT (THE ETHICS OF THE FATHERS) 1:15 p.m., Temple Covenant of Peace
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YACHAD TORAH STUDY GROUP 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., JCC of Allentown
DAF YOMI 7:30 a.m., Congregation Sons of Israel SUNDAYS
100,000 MILES/YR FOR KOSHER! First Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m., Congregation Beth Avraham
JEWISH WAR VETERANS POST 239 2nd Sunday of the month, 10 a.m., JCC of Allentown
LATTE & LEARN 8 to 9 p.m., Starbucks, Schoenersville Road, Bethlehem
TEFILLIN CLUB & ADULT HEBREW SCHOOL 9:30 a.m. Tefillin; 10 to 11 a.m. Adult Hebrew, Chabad
TSS HEBREW & ADULT EDUCATION CLASSES 10 a.m., JCC of Allentown TALMUD CLASS FOR BEGINNERS! 10 to 11 a.m., Congregation Beth Avraham of Bethlehem-Easton
101 JUDAISM CLASS 10 a.m., Temple Covenant of Peace THE BEGINNINGS OF JUDAISM 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Congregation Brith Sholom
and a PJ Library story. There will be a story walk to the book “All of Me: A Book of Thanks” by Molly Bang. Co-sponsored by Bnai Abraham Synagogue, Congregation Sons of Israel, Congregation Keneseth Israel, Temple Beth El and Temple Shirat Shalom. To RSVP, contact Abby Trachtman at 610-821-5500 or email@example.com. Free and open to everyone. SUNDAY, MARCH 29 ‘Cupcakes:’ Film Festival Kickoff 7 to 9:30 p.m., JCC of Allentown. JCC Jewish & Israeli Film Festival kickoff event in partnership with Adults at The J and PrimeTime at The J showing the film “Cupcakes.” Popcorn and wine during the film, cupcakes and coffee dessert reception to follow. Stop by or call the Welcome Desk at 610-435-3571 to register. Price: $12, $8 JCC members.
for everyone. The entire program is free. THURSDAY, MARCH 5 Shacharit, Megillah Reading & Breakfast Seudah, 7:15 a.m.
Temple Covenant of Peace WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4 Erev Purim Service, 6 p.m. FRIDAY, MARCH 6 Vegetarian Purim Potluck Dinner and Jersey Boys Purim Service, 6:15 p.m. SATURDAY, MARCH 7 ‘The Little Per-maid,’ 5:30 p.m. TCP is proud to present “The Little Permaid,” the Purim story told using the music of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.” Followed by a Souper-Supper featuring three kinds of soup and wonderful bread from the Rockland Bakery. (Donations greatly appreciated.) After supper we will have our game night with board games, Dungeons & Dragons, etc.
Temple Shirat Shalom SUNDAY, MARCH 1 Purim Celebration, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., JCC of Allentown
ORTHODOX JEWISH LIVING: WHAT IS IT & HOW? 8 p.m.
THURSDAYS ADULT EDUCATION CLASS 10:15 to 11:15 a.m., Bnai Abraham Synagogue MOMMY & ME 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., Chabad TORAH ON TILGHMAN 12:15 p.m., Allentown Wegmans
FRIDAYS KINDERLIGHTS 2:45 p.m., Jewish Day School and Congregation Sons of Israel SIMCHA SHABBAT 1st Friday of the month, 6:30 p.m., Bnai Abraham Synagogue
SHABBAT BEGINNER’S GEMARA 8 a.m., Congregation Sons of Israel
HADASSAH STUDY GROUP Every other Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., Temple Beth El
FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., JCC of Allentown
BETH AVRAHAM TORAH STUDY 7 p.m., Congregation Beth Avraham
JAVA AND JEANS 4th Saturday of the month, 10 a.m., Bnai Abraham Synagogue
SOUL MATES: JEWISH SECRETS TO MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIPS Once a month, 7 p.m., Chabad of the Lehigh Valley
HUSBANDS ANONYMOUS First Wednesday of the month, 7:30 p.m., location upon signup
CHAVURAT TORAH STUDY Each Shabbat following kiddush lunch, Temple Beth El
TORAH STUDIES: A WEEKLY JOURNEY INTO THE SOUL OF TORAH 7:30 p.m., Chabad
ISSUES IN CONTEMPORARY HALACHAH 12 p.m., Congregation Sons of Israel
THE RHYTHM OF JEWISH LIVING 8 to 9 p.m., Temple Beth El
Congregations BNAI ABRAHAM SYNAGOGUE 1545 Bushkill St., Easton – 610.258.5343 Rabbi Daniel Stein, Conservative MORNING MINYAN services are Thursday mornings at 7:25 a.m., 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 Student Rabbi Leiah Moser, 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 Saturdays and holidays. RELIGIOUS SCHOOL classes every Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. at Brith Sholom and Sundays at 9:30 a.m. at Bnai Abraham Synagogue. CONGREGATION KENESETH ISRAEL 2227 Chew St., Allentown – 610.435.9074 Rabbi Seth D. Phillips Cantor Jennifer Duretz Peled, Reform 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 Wednesdays at 4 p.m. and Sundays at 9:30 a.m. CONGREGATION SONS OF ISRAEL 2715 Tilghman St., Allentown – 610.433.6089 Rabbi David Wilensky, 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 a.m. followed by Kiddush. Religious school classes every Tuesday/ Thursday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m. Midrasha school classes Monday at 7 p.m. Shalshelet — Temple Beth El’s new innovative high school program — meets bi-monthly on Monday evenings from 7 to 9 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, religlious school director, at bethelallentown.org. TEMPLE COVENANT OF PEACE 1451 Northampton St., Easton – 610.253.2031 Tcp@rcn.com; tcopeace.org Rabbi Melody Davis | Cantor Jill Pakman Reform TCP holds Shabbat evening services every Friday night at 7:30 p.m. and a Renewal Style Shabbat morning service on the 4th Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m. A family Shabbat service is held on the second Friday night of each month at 6:30 p.m. Our services reflect a diverse culture of traditional, innovative and musical experiences with a Reform Jewish context. Religious school meets on Sunday mornings from 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. We have a Family Game / Movie night on the first Saturday of every month at 6 p.m. For more information about our Temple and activities, see our website at www.tcopeace.org or look us up on Facebook. TEMPLE SHIRAT SHALOM 610.820.7666 Cantor Ellen Sussman Friday night SHABBAT WORSHIP SERVICES held at 7 p.m. at The Swain School, 1100 South 24th St., Allentown. For more information, Contact Us at templeshiratshalom.org or 610-820-7666.
BNEI AKIVA 5:45 p.m., Congregation Sons of Israel
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