HAKOL LEHIGH VALLEY The Voice of the Lehigh Valley Jewish Community
SEPTEMBER 2013 |ELUL/TISHREI 5774
Kerry presses for peace deal
Exhibit brings free Holocaust education to local schools
By Ron Kampeas Jewish Telegraphic Agency
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION What the future holds for the Valley’s non-Day School students. See page 3.
THEY ATE ONLY POTATOES A family’s emotional return to a Holocaust place of hiding. See pages 16-17.
By Stephanie Smartschan JFLV Director of Marketing U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT
After 20 years of stops, starts and a bloody intifada in between, John Kerry believes he can pull out a final status IsraeliPalestinian peace deal in nine months. What clock is the U.S. secretary of state trying to beat? According to his aides, the one ticking down as Syria and Egypt roil into unknowable futures and Palestinians fume at the prospect of never achieving sovereignty. “It’s becoming more complicated on the ground, and a feeling of pessimism is settling in among Israelis and Palestinians,” said a State Department official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “It’s getting harder, not easier.” The breadth of Kerry’s ambition is breathtaking given the failure of multiple U.S. administrations over two decades to bring the conflict to a close and end the deep skepticism that exists on both sides. Kerry did not specify
brovsky, immigrated from Poland to the United States, settling in Allentown in 1904. He worked in the scrap metal business to earn passage for his wife Lena, daughter Martha and son Victor – who later became the father of Marilyn. “My grandmother came and found a house on Grant Street,” Marilyn said. “They settled in the 6th Ward, where all the Jews settled …” The family grew to include two more boys, Sam and Bernie, and five more girls: Rose, Mary, Mildred and Lillian – who still lives in Allentown -- and Anita, who later married Milt Berman, both of them active in Jewish
For Marylou Lordi, it all started with a little girl named Sara who had never been to a museum and a chance meeting with a Holocaust survivor at a Bethlehem film festival. Lordi, who was raised Catholic, had developed an interest in the Holocaust since spending her children’s nursery school hours researching the subject at Bnai Abraham Synagogue. She furthered her studies while pursuing an education degree at East Stroudsburg University, becoming the first student in the department to write a curriculum on teaching the Holocaust. The survivor she met, Ela Weissberger, told her of the 15,000 children who were interred in the Czech ghetto/camp known as Terezin. Only 132 survived, and she was one of them. Lordi decided she wanted to use her knowledge and training to honor those children of the past while helping the children of the present – many of whom, like Sara, probably could not afford fancy museum trips – by enhancing Holocaust education in the local schools. “I want children to develop an empathy and sensitivity to the suffering of other children,” Lordi said. “It seemed only natural that the most effective way to teach today’s generation about the Holocaust – to have them make the emotional connections -- is learning through the drawings, poems and songs left behind by the children who experienced it.” It was a natural partnership when Lordi teamed up with the Holocaust Resource Center of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley two years ago, and the Legacy Exhibit was born. The traveling exhibit is loaned to schools free of charge and has already been shared at 11 high schools and one college in the Lehigh Valley and New Jersey. Words and drawings of the children of Terezin are featured in the exhibit, along with a chronological
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Left to right, Israeli negotiators Yitzhak Molcho and Tzipi Livni, Vice President Joe Biden, President Obama and Palestinian negotiators Saeb Erekat and Mohammed Shtayyeh at an Oval Office meeting to discuss the formal resumption of direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations on July 30, 2013. which issues are considered “core.” They would have to include not only the borders of a Palestinian state but also the status of Jerusalem and the fate of Palestinian refugees -- issues that scuttled the 2000 Camp David talks. Since the 2000 talks, the conventional wisdom has been to first address borders and only then proceed to the more intractable parts of the conflict. But the clock is ticking loud
enough that it appears to have roused Israeli and Palestinian leaders who had not given an inch since October 2010, when the last round of talks stopped. “Our ability to impact the internal situation in Egypt or in Syria is very limited, but we can potentially impact our relationship with the Palestinians in a way that will
Kerry Continues on page 12
‘You lead with a gift’: The Kobrovsky Family and the Allentown Jewish community
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THE EARLY FEDERATION, around the table from left: Morris Senderowitz, Sam Smith, Mort Schneider, Louis Subin, Cy Gutman, E. G. Scoblionko, Rabbi Rothenberg, Rabbi William Greenburg, Rabbi Youngerman, Lynn Hirshorn, Marvin Holtz, Mort Levy, Bernie Kobrovsky. By Jennifer Lader Editor, HAKOL On a warm August afternoon, eight people gathered in the Non-Profit Organization
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Allentown home of Nate and Marilyn Braunstein. Fred and Barbara Sussman and Lillian Kobrovsky were among them. Their purpose was to reflect on the Kobrovsky family; however, talk soon centered on one man, Bernie Kobrovsky. Father to Barbara, uncle to Marilyn, Bernie was one of the founders of today’s Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley. As we begin the new campaign year, it is well to ask how Bernie Kobrovsky came by his intrinsic drive to help other Jews, and what his legacy means to Lehigh Valley Jews today.
GETTING HERE Bernie’s father, Lozer Ko-
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Intrigue. Espionage. Clandestine. These are not necessarily words associated with the network of services funded by our Jewish Federation. We prefer “transparency,” “fulldisclosure,” and the like. But sometimes it is necessary to forego transparency, especially when human lives are at stake. It is hard to fathom that there are Jews today that still need to be rescued. Most of us associate the “rescue of Jews” as a Holocaust-era phrase related to countries, heroic towns, and righteous Gentiles who sheltered Jews from the Nazis. Since the founding of the State of Israel, the organization mandated to rescue Jews is the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI). JAFI, a significant beneficiary of our Federation’s annual campaign, works closely with Israel’s Security Services to monitor the conditions of worldwide Jewry and stands ready to conduct emergency rescue missions at a moment’s notice. Many of the Jewish Agency’s rescue efforts have now become well known. In 1949, 49,000 Jews from Yemen were airlifted and caravanned to Israel during Operation Magic Carpet. In partnership with several amazing volunteers, the Jewish Agency facilitated a clandestine rescue of nearly 4,500 Syrian Jews over the course of 25 years,
ending in 2002. Had the efforts become public, the situation might have deteriorated for Syria’s remaining Jews. Today, virtually no Jews live in Syria. In 1991, during the worst of the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Jewish Agency, Joint Distribution Committee (another Federation beneficiary) and the Mossad, mobilized convoys of buses, many armorreinforced, to rescue 15,000 Jews from Sarajevo. In 1984 and again in 1991, the Jewish Agency, partnering with the Israeli military, was able to work political and diplomatic channels to clandestinely airlift 20,000 Ethiopian Jews to safety in Israel. In 1984, the airlifts ceased prematurely, stranding thousands of Ethiopian Jews, when news of the operation became public. For years a complex network enabled Soviet Jews to emigrate to Israel (usually on visas to other countries) despite the U.S.S.R.’s prohibitions. Then in 1990, the Jewish Agency’s public Operation Exodus enabled the aliyah of 1 million Soviet Jews to Israel. And last month, amidst one of the most public terror alerts since 9/11, the Jewish Agency was at it again. Seventeen Yemenite Jews were brought to Israel on May 14. In a coordinated plan, four Jews were flown directly from Yemen to
Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport, and two couples and a young child arrived through an unidentified third country. The rest were taken clandestinely from Buenos Aires after being smuggled to the Argentinian capital some time ago in anticipation of reuniting the families. The operation — a coordinated effort among the Jewish Agency and the Israeli ministries for the interior, foreign affairs and immigration absorption — was prompted by growing concern for the safety of the Jews in Yemen Anti-Semitic violence has been a growing problem since the 2011 ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. In recent years, Yemenite Jews have been the targets of threats by Muslim extremists, including those identified with al Qaeda. The airlift brings to 45 the number of Yemeni Jews who have been brought to Israel this year and 151 since 2009. Within hours of arriving in Israel, these immigrants were brought to their new homes at a Jewish Agency absorption center in the south where they will begin the next chapter of their lives as free and protected Jews living of the State of Israel. While we always talk about what our annual campaign does, we sometimes neglect to mention that our donated funds support a necessary infrastructure that enables us to
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR Dear Readers, Recently, I watched a 1963 film called “Lilies of the Field.” A few days later, HAKOL received word that the granddaughter of one of that film’s stars, Lilia Skala (1896 - 1994), will perform a onewoman show about her movie star grandmother at Jewish Family Service’s October benefit dinner. In the movie, Skala plays Mother Superior, a strong-willed German nun, opposite Sidney Poitier’s handyman, Homer Smith. With a not-so-gentle nudge from Skala’s character, who herself had journeyed around the world, Smith finds himself accomplishing more than he ever set out to do. Smith’s
personal journey illuminates the joys and tensions of building not only a sought-after chapel, but more importantly, a network of relationships with other people, something at which Allentown’s Kobrovsky family, subject of one of our lead stories, excelled. As it was for Skala’s character, their journey was that of the immigrant. This month, we bring you other sorts of journeys as well: We accompany Dr. Jarrod Rosenthal as he travels into his family’s past; we discover with teen correspondent Josh Goldin his newfound “home”; and in our New Year special section, we look into the human heart, both physically with Dr. Ray Singer and spiritually through our
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respond at a moment’s notice. All this certainly helps me better understand what the marketing gurus meant when they created our new tagline: The Strength of a People; the Power of a Community. It’s not simply a slogan. It’s real. I am so proud of our annual campaign and loudly extoll the virtues of funding the Jewish Community Center, the Jewish Day School, Jewish Family Service and our entire local service delivery network. I am also grateful that our annual campaign enables me to be connected to a worldwide Jewish organizational network that feeds elderly Jews in the former Soviet Union, runs
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• Supporting Jews in need wherever they may be. • Supporting Israel as a Jewish homeland. • Supporting and encouraging Jewish education in the Lehigh Valley as a means of strengthening Jewish life for individuals and families. • Supporting programs and services of organizations whose values and mission meet local Jewish needs. To accomplish this mission the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley is committed to the following operating guidelines: • Raising and distributing funds to support the core values. • Developing Jewish leaders. • Building endowments to support implementation of core values. • Committing to ongoing Jewish community strategic planning. • Fostering cooperation among organizations and community building. • Evaluating all decisions with respect to fiscal responsibility. • Identifying unmet needs and investing in community initiatives to help get them started. • Coordinating and convening a community response as an issue or need arises. • Setting priorities for allocation and distribution of funds. • Acting as a central address for communication about events, programs and services of the Jewish community as a whole. Approved by the JFLV Board of Directors on November 15, 2000
Strategic plan tests potential of religious schools
William practices his Hebrew letters in Kitah Bet class at Temple Beth El, one of eight Lehigh Valley congregations that offer religious school programs.
By Jennifer Lader Editor, HAKOL Over the past few years, the numbers at Congregation Brith Sholom’s religious school in Bethlehem had decreased as several families chose to enroll in the Jewish Day School. Smaller classes stressed resources, but the dedicated leaders and families that wanted their children to continue with a quality Jewish education, even without attending the Day School, knew they had to find a way to make that happen. So this summer, Brith Sholom approached Bnai Abraham Synagogue in Easton about a possible collaboration. Though geographically separate, the two congregations are ideologically in line. By late August, an agreement had been reached to collaborate, with Brith Sholom students attending Bnai Abraham’s Sunday morning religious school classes. Likewise, Brith Sholom’s weekday Hebrew-intensive class will be open to Bnai Abraham’s students. “We are stronger working cooperatively than competitively,” Brith Sholom’s Rabbi Allen Juda said. It’s a message reiterated by the Jewish Community Strategic Planning Committee, which set goals for how the Jewish community can and should be strengthened in the coming years. Some of those goals -- like providing for seniors and strengthening adult Jewish education -- call for a proactive approach by the committee and its process. Others, like this goal, to enhance supplemental Jewish education for non-day school children, mainly seeks to enable and encourage institutions like the synagogues, youth groups and overnight camps that are already providing this service. “The motivation is simple and the outcome vitally important to our community’s future,” said Mark L. Goldstein, executive director of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley, which headed up the strategic planning process. “Educate Jewish children to become fulfilled Jewish adults and they will continue to participate in Jewish life and provide for generations to come.”
OUTSIDE THE BOX
In three years, the quality of education in synagogues’ supplemental schools will be enhanced. The schools will have an increase in enrollment as parents appreciate the quality improvements. (Strategic plan, supplemental education, Outcome 1.) Families today have choices, both in where to go and whether to go to religious school. Awareness of that reality challenges planners and motivates them to push beyond traditional boundaries of classroom and siddur. In the Lehigh Valley, religious school
leaders are already turning a keen eye on what will enhance their programming. Alicia Zahn, religious school director at Temple Beth El in Allentown, spoke of the vision rather than the goals of the school, which is “to foster deeper understanding and appreciation of how our rituals are rooted in Jewish history and spirituality.” While that may sound lofty, students are going to be solidly, and literally, on the ground this year, building a 400-square-foot Lego model of Jerusalem – something sure to kindle the interest of students in this largest of Lehigh Valley religious schools. Stacey Delcau, Congregation Keneseth Israel’s new director of education, talked about helping students look at the world “through a Jewish lens” and said she is rebuilding the congregation’s school. “I’m a big believer in the power of modern Hebrew, if it’s real and living and vibrant,” Delcau said. She said one of KI’s offerings is “Hebrew through Movement,” based on the way very young children learn language. Temple Covenant of Peace in Easton has responded to the many aspects of society that are pulling at families and diverting attention with what Rabbi Melody Davis referred to as a “big tent” (ohel gadol) approach to religious education, from practicing mitzvoth to running a school that offers “Hebrew, Jewish history and culture, and art and music components.” At Bnai Abraham, Rabbi Daniel Stein speaks of “building” a school, not in the sense of bricks and mortar, but in creating a school that meshes with contemporary family life. In addition to learning Hebrew and tefillot (prayers), Bnai Abraham students participate in a lively, experiential hour each week. For example, for Tu b’Shevat, students posed as spies going into the land of Israel and visited stations that allowed them to explore the seven species associated with the holiday. Right now, a family like the Zagers of Allentown may choose from among a menu of after-school activities for their children. Mike and Miriam Zager have five children, ages 6 to 18, and plenty of extra-curricular demands on their time. The Zagers have chosen to make religious school a priority, but it’s important to them to make those school hours count. “We live in a world where there is so much going on, and it doesn’t stop,” Miriam Zager said.
COLLABORATION IS KEY
Teacher resources will be shared and synagogues will begin to collaborate more with shared programming and resources in their supplemental school offerings. (Outcomes 2-3.)
The various religious schools are all seeking to attract students -- and teachers -- from a pool limited by the size of the Lehigh Valley Jewish community. “We heard frustration,” said Goldstein of the representatives of Jewish congregational life who shared their experiences as part of the strategic planning process. “Frustration with issues of critical mass, with finding and training teachers and with gaining access to cutting-edge educational resources.” What would be better, Goldstein said, is for “the religious schools to network as effectively as possible,” and also link the camp and youth group values and methods with those of the religious schools because “they work.” “One of the things we believe can make supplemental schools more effective is if they are not silos, standing alone,” Goldstein said. But everyone involved acknowledged that collaboration is not without its challenges. Geography is one of them. In the Lehigh Valley, it’s tough to go very far without getting on Route 22 and demands on time encroach from every direction. Ideological differences can sometimes make collaboration difficult, even for schools that are close in distance. Even so, steps are being taken. Congregation Am Haskalah, a Reconstructionist congregation, has an arrangement to use space at Brith Sholom, including for religious school classes. Temple Shirat Shalom’s religious school meets at the Jewish Community Center and at a private home. And, last school year, the various schools collaborated on the eighth grade trip to the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., made possible by the Holocaust Resource Center of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley. And so opportunities abound. Another example: Multiple congregations sometimes utilize the same teacher for their religious schools. It raises the question of whether that teacher could be shared, instead of shopped, and resources saved.
would likely hesitate to turn away those who could not afford an education. But in a world of choices, digital devices and cable connections in homes of every income level, the real question may be to what people want to be connected. Here again is the idea of making the time count. KI’s Delcau pointed out that, society-wide, there is more “blurring of the lines among types of programming, with Jewish education happening in camp programs and youth groups partnering with religious schools,” the result being “community building.” A school can also be very successful if it has good staff. Rabbi Yaacov Halperin of Chabad of the Lehigh Valley emphasized that his school has, as the pillars of its program, teachers completely focused on instilling the children “with a love for learning and a love for Judaism while fostering a feeling of familiarity within their heritage.” “What they’re really looking for is connections and community,” said Beth El’s Zahn of religious school families. It is this need and the future needs of Jewish children to which a strategic planning sub-committee headed up by Cantor Kevin Wartell will respond. Currently, the Jewish Federation offers scholarships to attend Jewish overnight camps and teen Israel programs, but each year there are many more applicants than there are dollars. The Federation plans to expand its scholarship pool, as well as enrollment in the VISIT Israel Savings Partnership, which helps families save for trips to Israel for their children and receive a funds match. Through the congregations, the Federation funds the Family Life Education program. And youth groups like BBYO are bursting with enthusiastic and involved youth, but enhancing the Jewish content provided by these groups will be key. What the strategic plan calls for, whether it happens at a grassroots level or as a top-down approach, is to bring the Valley’s many streams together to enhance them all. Note: Jennifer Lader is a parent and member at Congregation Brith Sholom.
ROOM TO GROW
Jewish youth-focused programs will have richer Jewish content, will offer a wider variety of opportunities and will have higher levels of participation; Jewish day and overnight camp enrollment will increase, enrollment in teen Israel programs will increase; and community teen programming will increase, as will participation in teen youth groups. (Outcomes 4-7.) In the Lehigh Valley’s 2007 Jewish community study, demographer Dr. Ira Sheskin determined that there were 312 children between the ages of 0 and 5 who were being “raised Jewish.” Those children are now of school age and many -- along with their 12- to 17-yearold cohorts of perhaps an equal or larger number -- are enrolled in the Valley’s religious schools, teen programs or the Day School. But not all of these 600-plus Jewish children are enrolled. Religious school and Day School enrollments total about 460 students. That means for every three children enrolled, there is likely another who is not enrolled at all and may never have been. These children may or may not be part of an unaffiliated family. Families may choose not to affiliate for many reasons, not least of which is financial. Supplemental religious schooling alone can range in cost from several hundred dollars – and that may assume a synagogue membership – to twice that amount. The rabbis of both Easton synagogues have spoken of wanting to ensure that anyone who wants a Jewish education may have one, regardless of ability to pay. Other synagogues, too,
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WOMEN’S DIVISION OF THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF THE LEHIGH VALLEY
Allentown leader ensures legacy with endowment By Anita Hirsch Special to HAKOL For Lisa Scheller of Allentown, running is both a hobby and a way of life. She leads her family’s international company of which she is president, holds public office as county commissioner and is active on numerous boards. But she is never too busy to show her appreciation for what she has and her connection to the Jewish people of which she is a part. Already a Lion of Judah, as which she stands among 16,000 women internationally who promote the strength of today’s Jewish woman, Scheller has now made sure that her family legacy will continue to endure. By endowing her Lion, Scheller will be there for the Jewish community into perpetuity. She joins a growing group of local Lions to make this commitment.
Women who are Lions of Judah proudly wear a pin that denotes caring about the Jewish world and a financial commitment of at least $5,000 to the Annual Campaign for Jewish Needs. Scheller’s lion will now feature a gold flame to symbolize her endowed gift. Scheller learned about tzedakah (charity) and giving back to the community from her parents, Ernest, Jr., and Roberta Scheller, who now live in Villanova, Pa., and are strong supporters of Jewish organizations. The family moved from Connecticut to Tamaqua, Pa., when Scheller was 4 years old. They joined Beth Israel Temple in Hazleton and Scheller attended Hebrew school, became a Bat Mitzah and was confirmed there. Scheller earned a bachelor of arts in math from the University of Colorado and a master of science in manufacturing system engi-
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neering from Lehigh University. In 1987, she joined her family’s company, Silberline Manufacturing, as a data processing/systems analyst manager. She was promoted to vice president of information technology and process engineering and became president and chief executive officer in 1997. Silberline Manufacturing Company, Inc. is a thirdgeneration, family-owned business in operation since 1945. It is a world leader and global supplier of high-quality special effect and performance pigments with world headquarters in Tamaqua. Under her leadership, the company made a product line acquisition in 1999, expanded manufacturing in Asia in 2005 and established a Joint Technology Venture in 2006. The company also opened an office in Mexico, acquired a Chinese pigment manufacturer in 2008, and opened a sales office in India in 2008 and a sales and tech service center in Suzhou, China, in 2009. Her vision for the company is “to be the world’s leading supplier of special effect and performance pigments.” Silberline has received numerous awards and accolades under Scheller’s leadership. She is active on numerous boards, in the Women Entrepreneurs Group and the World Presidents Organization. In 2011, Scheller successfully ran for Lehigh County Commissioner and she currently serves as chairwoman of the board. She was motivated to run because she felt “things could be done better at the county level.” She said that being a county commissioner is supposed to be part-time, but that it is in fact very time-consuming -- and worth it. She said that she strives to “look out for what is best for all residents of Lehigh County.” Scheller is married to Wayne Woodman and between them they have
six wonderful children. Scheller’s daughter, Zary, and son, Leo, both attended the Jewish Day School in Allentown because she wanted to instill in them a love of Judaism and wanted them to experience a full day of curriculum without being interrupted by traveling to another school as she did when she went from Tamaqua to Hazleton for Hebrew instruction. Now Zary is taking a leadership role in Hillel at Georgia Tech University where she is a student. Scheller has been to Israel at least a dozen times. This past July, she vacationed there with her family. She said these trips strengthen their family ties to Israel and to Judaism. According to one of her employees, “Lisa is truly an
inspiration and a shining example that women can have it all: a successful career, a thriving business and a loving family.” No doubt bearing all of these things in mind, Scheller said, “Tzedakah is a personal thing for me. I do it because I have been blessed in life and want to help others, not for any kind of recognition. It is an honor and a privilege to give back.” You, too, can help ensure a bright future for the Jewish people. Annual campaign gifts can be endowed at any level. To learn more about endowing your campaign gift, contact Jim Mueth at 610-821-5500 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about endowing your Lion of Judah or Pomegranate Pin, contact Judy Diamondstein at 610-821-5500 or email@example.com.
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Experts help Jewish community be prepared
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By Stephanie Smartschan JFLV Director of Marketing
From left, Bob Gerken of Muhlenberg College, Mark Genatempo of the Secure Community Network, Mark L. Goldstein, executive director of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley, and Capt. Keith Morris of the Allentown Police Department.
By Stephanie Smartschan JFLV Director of Marketing Nearly 40 percent of thwarted U.S. terrorist plots since September 11 could have included Jewish targets if the assailants had been able to follow through with all of their plans. It’s a staggering statistic that was presented by Mark Genatempo, program administrator for the Secure Community Network, at a security preparedness meeting of local Jewish agencies organized by the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley in July. The network was established in 2004 as the national homeland security initiative of the Jewish Federations of North America and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. It provides communities with the resources they need to be as prepared as possible for security challenges. At home, that preparedness starts with establishing security committees, building relationships with law enforcement and undergoing a threat risk assessment, steps that many of the Lehigh Valley’s Jewish organizations have already taken or will be taking in the near future. “Building a culture of security starts with situational awareness,” Genatempo said. In the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, police departments across the nation have received requests to review security procedures of institutions, and Allentown is no exception, said Capt. Keith Morris, who also spoke to attendees at the security meeting. It’s something that the department is more than happy to do to be as prepared as possible in the event an incident does occur, he said. What institutions can be doing to help is welcome officers when they stop in to visit, provide emergency procedures, floor plans and contact lists to be kept on file and trust the officers in an emergency situation, Morris said. Two representatives of the Easton Police Department also attended the meeting, allowing them to establish a relationship with the representatives from Easton’s synagogues. Meetings like this are important to keep information flowing and make sure that everyone is as prepared as possible for whatever might occur, said Mark L. Goldstein, executive director of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley. “Security is not something we have the luxury of planning for the moment something is occurring,” Goldstein said.
It can be tough to truly grasp the depth and breadth of a Federation gift. Whether we donate $18 or $1,800, our money is used all over the world, wherever the needs are the greatest. So to illustrate what we do, we tell stories. We talk about Estelle, 87, who was homebound and alone until Federation connected her with her caregiver, Ernie. With the Federation’s help, Estelle has been able to continue to live the independent life she craves while enjoying the security of being cared for and a sense of companionship. We tell you about David who, after his parents’ divorce, grew up at his JCC because it was the only thing made affordable to his family. Those Jewish experiences – including a trip to Israel made possible by the Federation– helped shape his identity. . We hear from Leeza, a single mother of six living in a low-income neighborhood in Netivot, Israel. Feeling it unsafe to allow her children to play in the streets and unable to afford organized activities, she looked to Better Together, a community outreach program run by Federation’s overseas partner, the
JDC, which provided those social and educational opportunities the family was lacking. These are merely three stories of the countless, but for me, they resonate. I feel good knowing my dollars are helping Estelle, and David, and Leeza, even though I know their needs and those of people like them remain, year after year. As we kick off the 2014 Campaign for Jewish Needs, we will be asking once again for your help. We don’t ask just for the elderly, or to provide Jewish youth experiences, or for the underprivileged in Israel. We ask for your help for all of these things. Together they need our undivided support and together, we do extraordinary things for so many people. This past year, the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley adopted a new tagline: “The strength of a people. The power of community.” We hope this resonates with you as you embark on a sweet New Year. Because of you, our donors, our community, we hope that all Jews here in the Lehigh Valley, in Israel and around the world will have a year just as sweet. L’Shanah Tovah, from the board and staff of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley.
Please plan to join us for these exciting campaign events this fall: CAMPAIGN AMBASSADOR TRAINING NIGHT September 17, 7:00 p.m., JCC of Allentown It all starts with you. Seasoned campaign volunteer Leslie Dannin Rosenthal from MetroWest New Jersey will help both new and veteran campaign ambassadors learn how to share the impact of the Federation to raise dollars for the campaign.
MAJOR DONOR RECEPTION
October 6, 6:30 p.m. Families that have pledged a minimum $5,000 to the 2014 Campaign for Jewish Needs are invited to a private reception with Miri Eisin, retired colonel in the Israel Defense Forces, and Jerry
Silverman, president and CEO of the Jewish Federations of North America.
A NIGHT OF COMEDY WITH RABBI BOB ALPER
November 9, 7:30 p.m., JCC of Allentown Don’t miss the event of the season! Rabbi Bob Alper, the world’s only practicing clergyman doing stand-up comedy … intentionally … will bring his musings on everything from seminary to seeing eye dogs to the Lehigh Valley. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at www. jewishlehighvalley.org. Attendees will have an opportunity to make their pledge to the campaign. A minimum $18 pledge is required.
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It all starts with you CAMPAIGN AMBASSADOR TRAINING NIGHT with LESLIE DANNIN ROSENTHAL, seasoned campaign volunteer, Metro West, New Jersey
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It was Saturday, July 14, 2012. Roberta, my wife of 43 years, had spent the last 10 days in Salt Lake City helping her sister care for the children of her niece and nephew who were in the hospital donating and receiving, respectively, kidneys for transplant. She was due home the next evening as all went well. I had gone up to our Pocono vacation home for the weekend with our 11-year-old miniature poodle, Rosey. I had plans to do some bike riding so just two days before, decided to buy a new helmet as the old one was loose and unable to fit securely on my head. The day before the ride, my cell phone of many years stopped working and I went to a Verizon store to get a new one. There was over an hour wait and I had been invited to a couple’s house for dinner so I thought of leaving the store so I would not be late. That would have meant I would not have a phone for my bike ride so, after having second thoughts, I called my friends and said I would be late. I waited and received a new “dumb” phone. On Saturday, I had no friends available for a ride so I decided to find a safe, offroad route that my wife and others could enjoy without the fear of traffic. I had been “road biking” for more than 20 years and was comfortable sharing the road with cars even though most roads in the Poconos have minimal shoulders. Less experienced or more cautious bikers were not. Gouldsboro State Park had advertised on its website Old Route 611, a “flat, wide trail runs along the western side of Gouldsboro State Park …
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excellent for hiking, bicycling and cross-country skiing.” I put my mountain bike on the roof of my car and drove to the park. It was 11:30 a.m. and Rosey was left in the house for what should have been an hour-and-a-half outing. The 20-minute ride to Gouldsboro State Park was uneventful and I parked in Parking Lot 3, the only car there. I put on my new helmet, put my cell phone in my right pants pocket, clipped into the pedals and rode to the trail head marked by an orange gate. After riding about a half mile along a dirt path, I reached Old Route 611. It was a concrete road that had not been used or maintained for at least 50 years. The dirt trail ended in the middle of the road and I turned left. The road was flat, easy to ride, with only a few small gaps in the concrete slabs that provided a little “bump” but were not dangerous. I rode about four or five miles to the end of the road, encountering only two other people who were hiking. I turned around and returned to the dirt road. I thought about going home, but decided to continue straight and investigate the rest of the road. The right side of Old Route 611 started out OK but within a half mile, its condition deteriorated. The size and depth of the gaps in the concrete increased significantly. In addition, there was a downward incline which caused the bike to pick up speed. I felt the situation was getting dangerous, with stronger and more frequent “bumps,” and wanted to slow down. I must have had my hands on the brakes because
after the next bump, I found myself on the pavement, most likely having had the brakes engage completely and causing the bike to come to a sudden stop, ejecting me over the handle bars. I was completely alert and in no pain. I was lying on my left side with the only sound being traffic noise from nearby Route 380. I tried to move my arms to get up but nothing happened. It was then I realized I had injured my cervical spine and at least for the present time, was quadriplegic. I remembered that the spinal cord could be temporarily put out of commission by “spinal shock,” so I did not panic. I then tried to take a breath and my diaphragm did not move. I realized the seriousness of the injury, remembering from medical school the rhyme “C3, 4 and 5 keeps the diaphragm alive.” I knew I had about one minute before I would experience air hunger, become unconscious and then die. I remained calm, resolved to my fate. I reminisced that I had lived a good life and had done my best as a husband, father and physician with my only regret being that it was soon to end. About 30 seconds later, I felt my diaphragm move and took a deep breath. I realized I was going to live, at least for the time being. Shortly thereafter, I felt a sharp pain in all four extremities and was thrilled. That meant there were functioning nerves below the level of my injury and hence a chance for eventual recovery. I then became aware that I was alone on a seldom used trail
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Together, we do extraordinary things. Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley 2014 Campaign for Jewish Needs
Major Donor Reception SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2013, 6:30 P.M.
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and unless I was found, I would be at the mercy of the elements as well as any bear that wandered by. I found my voice and yelled for help for about 10 minutes to no avail. After about 30 minutes, I began to have the ability to move my right hand and leg, although there was no sensation in either. I reached for the cell phone in my right pants pocket and eventually pulled it out. I was very happy to see 1 bar indicating some reception and after multiple tries, eventually dialed 911. The 911 operator answered and I told him my name, my type of accident and that I had a cervical spine injury and could not move. I told him I was in Gouldsboro State Park on a trail called Old Route 611. He said he did not know where the park was located. I told him to look it up on the Internet on the website “PA State Parks” and download a PDF file of a map of the park. I then gave him specific directions from Parking Lot 3 to my location. He then informed me that Gouldsboro Park was in Monroe County and his 911 location was in Lackawanna County and he would transfer me to the appropriate 911 operator. I quickly told him that he did not understand the tenuous nature of our connection and that the phone could drop out of my hand at any time. I said he could transfer me to another operator but he must also take responsibility for sending help. He agreed and then transferred me to the Monroe County 911 operator and I repeated my story and the call was ended. About one minute later, the phone slipped out of my hand on the
pavement, the back opened and the battery fell out. There was nothing more to do except to remain perfectly still to prevent further spinal cord injury and wait for rescue. After about 45 minutes, I heard the sound of a vehicle and soon the EMTs arrived. I explained that I had a high cervical cord injury that needed to be stabilized. They carefully immobilized my neck, strapped me to a board and placed me on a vehicle on which I could still see the sky. When I asked them what type of vehicle they were using, they informed me that I was on the back of a pickup truck since the ambulance could not fit down the trail. They said they would take me to a spot in the park where an evacuation helicopter could land and I would be flown to a Level 1 trauma center. I requested to go to Lehigh Valley Hospital where I am on staff and they agreed. I then asked to use a phone to call my wife in Salt Lake City to inform her of my accident. After a brief moment of shock, she said she would get to the hospital as soon as possible. I told her that was fine but Rosey, our dog, was alone in our house and no one knew she was there. Someone must be called to take care of her. Roberta took care of that and was at Lehigh Valley Hospital by 1 a.m. the next morning. By then I was diagnosed with a fracture of the second cervical vertebrae with compression of the left side of the spinal cord at that level, but no brain injury thanks to the helmet which cracked, thus absorbing the force of the impact. I was stabilized with a halo and later had surgery to fuse and thus stabilize the first and second vertebrae. What followed were five weeks of inpatient rehabilitation and 10 months of outpatient rehabilitation. I consider myself lucky in that I am alive, have no brain injury, that only the left side of the spinal cord was injured -- a Brown-Sequard injury -- and that the movement on my right (dominant) side was preserved. The prognosis for almost complete recovery is excellent, although it may take several years. I have maintained a positive outlook by not focusing on things I could no longer do but rather on my improvement from the initial injury. I am once again enjoying cycling with my friends, but now only on “rails to trails” using a recumbent “trike.” That is because my neck will remain stiff with limited movement due to the high cervical fusion. It is a small price to pay for being alive with use of my brain, arms and legs.
Israeli physician to visit Lehigh Valley Jewish physicians By Judy Diamondstein JFLV Assistant Executive Director Dr. Offer Paz, a cardiologist from Israel, will visit the Lehigh Valley as part of the Maimonides Society Visiting Physician Program. The program, now in its 28th year, welcomes physicians to the Lehigh Valley to participate in an academic and social exchange experience. Paz will spend three weeks in the Valley, the first two accompanied by his wife. His academic program is coordinated by Dr. Jeffrey Gevirtz and will be facilitated primarily by Dr. Ron Freudenberger at Lehigh Valley Hospital and Dr. Darren Traub at St. Luke’s Hospital. Paz will also
experience private practice when he spends time with Drs. William Markson and Ron Stein. In the evenings and on weekends, the Pazes are available to be hosted for dinners and outings. The greater Jewish community is strongly encouraged to get involved and get to know our friends from Israel. They live in our Partnership2Gether community, the Yoav Regional Council. We look forward to fostering more opportunities to know our Israeli partners. A special reception will be held in Dr. Paz’s honor by the Maimonides Society on October 1. Watch for details in the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley’s weekly e-mail.
ON A MISSION Federation Assistant Executive Director Judy Diamondstein presents a donation from the Maimonides Society to the Rev. Tony Sundermeir of First Presbyterian Church in Allentown to support a medical mission to Honduras.
come to aid of young Ethiopian boy The Maimonides Society of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley is stepping in to help save a young Muslim Ethiopian boy who was viciously attacked by a wild hyena in his home village. In January, 8-year-old Abdulrazak suffered severe head and eye injuries in the attack. Six people were killed and 18 injured. The hospital outside Addis Ababa was only able to dress the wounds, although Abdulrazak would need multiple surgeries to repair the extensive damage. A physician working in Ethiopia through the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee took note of the case and facilitated a transfer to Western Galilee Hospital in Nahariya, Israel, in July. “We’re trying to perform all the surgeries we can. We’re saving his life and we’re taking him out of danger,” Dr. Masad Barhoum, director-general of the Nahariya hospital, told ISRAEL21c. “What the hyena did was catastrophic.” The hospital vowed to absorb the majority of medical costs. It then turned to its friends around the world to make up the difference. The members of the Maimonides Society of medical professionals, which has a long-standing relationship with the hospital, immediately decided to make a donation. “Our partnership with the hospital goes back almost 30 years, when it was a small community hospital that we supported from the very beginning. Now, it’s a groundbreaking medical facility,” said Dr. Frank Tamarkin, Maimonides Society President. “When we found out about the opportunity to help, it was really a no-brainer,” he added. “We will do whatever we can.” More than 25 physicians from Western Galilee have come to the Lehigh Valley as part of the Maimonides Society’s Visiting Physicians Program and many Maimonides Society members have visited the Nahariya facility.
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KI’s rummage sale never old
By Matan Peled Congregation Keneseth Israel Every year in the month of July, something great happens at Congregation Keneseth Israel. It’s a rummage sale, in which people from the congregation donate clothes, baby stuff, old televisions, sports equipment and more in order to help the synagogue, and to perform the act of tzedakah -- of doing a good deed in this world. “Thank you, thank you, now I can have a crib for my baby to sleep in,” one woman told me during the
sale this July. “You see, my baby was just born and we cannot afford anything for her so we came to the nearly new sale at KI this year. We do it every year, your synagogue allows us to live better and to have the clothes and things that we need. We love you and this tzedakah project that you have.” “Do you know what tzedakah [is]?” I asked her. “Yes,” she said, “it is when one is doing a good deed, helping, giving from himself or herself in order to help the ones in need.” “Thank you so much,” I said, “you made my day.” “No,” she replied, “You made our day.” I wanted to share that with you because in the past few years I have felt astonished by the quantity of goods donated and the responses of many of the buyers. The items that people donated filled three rooms. Volunteers from the congregation then came and sorted through all of them and offered them at laughably low prices to the general public. The response is immense, with hundreds of people coming to find what they need to better their lives. That is something that never gets old.
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MOTHER OF ANDREA ABRAMOWITZ Wendy and Ross Born FATHER OF ALLEN RAU Norma Neff MOTHER OF JASON BIRNBAUM Cathy Sacher ROB, FRIEND OF MELISSA ROTH Selma Roth ALAN FREEMAN (Father of Jennifer Oxfeld) Tama and Frank Tamarkin TILLIE GRENKER (Mother of Marilyn Claire) Rita and Michael Bloom Marlene and Arnan Finkelstein LAUREN HALPER (Mother of Ava, daughter of Carol and Barry Halper and sister of Alex) Susan and Bob Gadomski MARCIA JALAZO (Wife of Morris Jalazo and mother of Paul Jalazo, Jesse Jalazo and Carrie Glazier) Wendy and Ross Born Alice and Mark Notis Penny and Adam Roth & Family Randi and Donald Senderowitz HERBERT KATZ (Father of Andrea Welch, Cynthia Katz and Jeffrey Katz) Lisa and Barnet Fraenkel BEVERLY KAWA (Sister of Gerry Goodman) Marilyn and Elwood Kolb LESLIE LERNER (Husband of Elaine Lerner) David Archibald Wendy and Ross Born Sylvia and Sam Bub Audrey Eisler Cherney and Family Roslyne Fels Marlene and Arnan Finkelstein Bruce Fleisher Lisa and Barnet Fraenkel Larry Keller Matthew Kutner David and Jennifer Molish Brier & Family Sandra and Harold Goldfarb Ronald W. Rogozinski, ParenteBeard Penny and Adam Roth Selma Roth and Family Randi and Donald Senderowitz Rosemary and Larry Shelton Barbara and Fred Sussman Vicki and Stan Wax MIRIAM LEVINE (Mother of Charles Levine) Sylvia and Sam Bub Karen Kuhn and Family
Randi and Donald Senderowitz SHIRLEY MILLER (Mother of Janice Kaplan) Carol and Stewart Furmansky Randi and Donald Senderowitz ROZ MISHKIN (Wife of Al Mishkin and mother of Mark Mishkin, Carol Furmansky, Joan Shapiro and Sanders Mishkin, sister of Marilyn Kolb and mother-in-law of Lisa Mishkin) Linda Abrams Fred Eisinger and Peter Jewell Judith and Robert Jolton John Fellin and Bruce Moskovitz Elaine and Leon Papir MARY ANN ORGLER (Wife of Joel Orgler) Lisa and Barnet Fraenkel Arlene and Dick Stein Barbara and Fred Sussman MARION PROKUP (Mother of Michael Prokuo) Suzanne Lapiduss, Tracey and Jason PHILIP SCHWARTZ (Father of Stuart Schwartz) Lisa and Barnet Fraenkel Roberta and Alan Penn ALBERTA SMITH (Mother of Sheryl Block) Sylvia and Sam Bub & Family Judy and Marc Diamondstein Jeanette and Eduardo Eichenwald Sandra and Harold Goldfarb Suzanne Lapiduss & Family Randi and Donald Senderowitz Susan and Stuart Shmookler Barbara and Arthur Weinrach HELEN SULLUM (Mother of Daniel Sullum) Lisa and Barnet Fraenkel MAGDA WEISS (Cousin of Sandra Schonberger and close friend of Eva and Larry Levitt) Selma Roth HOWARD ‘BUD’ WIENER (Husband of Bobbie Wiener and father of Joel and Stephen Wiener and Suzanne Diamond) Roberta and Jeff Epstein Penny and Adam Roth Flossie and Jerry Zales STEVEN WINKLER (Son of Ellen Winkler and brother of Jennifer) Leah Brody Ordun
NANCI AND STEVEN BERGSTEIN Son’s marriage Carol and Stewart Furmansky INA AND STANLEY BERMAN Randi and Rob’s marriage Arlene and Dick Stein LAURA AND BOB BLACK Birth of granddaughter Layla Roberta and Jeff Epstein MARILYN AND NATE BRAUNSTEIN Marriage of grandson Shari Spark and Mark Goldstein
REGINA BRENNER Speedy Recovery Vicki and Stan Wax LAURA AND LARRY COHEN Marriage of son Avi to Allison Shirley and Lou Furmansky IRIS EPSTEIN Receiving the George Feldman Achievement Award for Young Leadership Rae Kaplan and Kaplan and Poisson Families Roberta and Alan Penn Arlene and Dick Stein BARNET FRAENKEL Receiving the Schiff Award for Prejudice Reduction and named Honorary Vice President of the JFLV Board of Directors Roberta and Alan Penn EYDIE GLICKSTEIN Happy Birthday Jeanette and Eduardo Eichenwald Vicki and Stan Wax EYDIE AND NEIL GLICKSTEIN Happy Anniversary Jeanette and Eduardo Eichenwald Vicki and Stan Wax SUSAN AND HOWARD ISRAEL Bat Mitzvah of son Chase Francie and Annie Eiskowitz PETER JONES Birth of granddaughter Gabriella Selma Roth SUSAN AND KEN KIRSHNER Birth of grandson Charlie Isaac Kirshner Roberta and Jeff Epstein Vicki and Stan Wax LINDA LEVY Speedy Recovery Lisa and Barnet Fraenkel LOIS AND DONALD LIPSON Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary Marlene and Arnan Finkelstein DAHLIA MIRIAM LYSS Our granddaughter’s Bat Mitzvah Cooky and Mike Notis BILL MARKSON Hole-In-One Barnet Fraenkel MICHAEL MILLER Receiving the Pomerantz Award for Campaign Excellence Jeanette and Eduardo Eichenwald Eydie and Neil Glickstein Roberta and Alan Penn ANN AND DAVID PACKMAN Bat Mitzvah of granddaughter Elana Marlene and Arnan Finkelstein KAREN AND LARRY PRICE Birth of grandson, Leo Benjamin Rita and Michael Bloom NANCY AND ABE ROSS Birth of grandson Jacob Roberta and Jeff Epstein Sandra and Harold Goldfarb DOLLY AND SOL SCHOCKER Marriage of granddaughter Jessica Schocker to Scott Zolotsky Lisa and Barnet Fraenkel
JACK SCHOCKER Marriage of daughter Jessica Schocker to Scott Zolotsky Lisa and Barnet Fraenkel MARTHA AND RON SEGEL Daughter Julie’s engagement to Gary Mendelson Sandra and Harold Goldfarb PAM AND GREG SILVERBERG Engagement of daughter Katie Francie and Annie Eiskowitz SHARI SPARK AND MARK GOLDSTEIN Engagement of daughter, Carlyn to Jason Vicki and Stan Wax SY TRAUB Speedy Recovery Marlene and Arnan Finkelstein CINDY AND NORMAN SUSSMAN Engagement of son Lee Jeanette and Eduardo Eichenwald SAMI TURNER Bat Mitzvah The Ringold Family VICKI AND STAN WAX Bar Mitzvah of grandson Benjamin Sylvia and Sam Bub LINDA AND JIM WIMMER Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary Marlene and Arnan Finkelstein
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IN HONOR IRIS EPSTEIN Receiving the George Feldman Achievement Award for Young Leadership Audrey and Art Sosis IN MEMORY MAGDA WEISS (Cousin of Sandra Schonberger and close friend of Eva and Larry Levitt) Edith Blinderman Carole and Michael Langsam Audrey and Art Sosis
HELEN AND SOL KRAWITZ HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL FUND IN MEMORY JEFFREY CHRISTMAN (Brother of Diane Greenberg) Joani Lesavoy and Sid Greenberg SIDNEY CUTLER (Husband of Ruth Cutler) Joani Lesavoy and Sid Greenberg MARCIA JALAZO (Wife of Morris Jalazo) Joani Lesavoy and Sid Greenberg LESLIE LERNER (Husband of Elaine Lerner) Joani Lesavoy and Sid Greenberg
We gratefully acknowledge those individuals who have offered expressions of friendship through recent gifts to the Lehigh Valley Jewish Foundation. The minimum contribution for an Endowment Card is $10. Call 610-8215500 or visit www.jewishlehighvalley. org to place your card requests. Thank you for your continued support.
One-woman show to dazzle JFS supporters By Leslie Weinstock JFS Board Member
Holocaust exhibit Continues from page 1 history of the Holocaust, authentic American and Nazi soldier uniforms, unique photos by local American veterans taken at the Liberation, vintage radio broadcasts and a newly expanded Kristallnacht presentation. “Students see the pictures and read the verses. That’s when they get it. That’s the moment they realize many of these gifted children in the ghetto were teens like themselves,” Lordi said. For Carol Dickerson, the librarian at Parkland High School, it was hard to even put into words the reaction of the students to the presentation, she said. “Many students simply looked at the photos and shook their heads, unable to verbalize what they were feeling,” Dickerson said. “The exhibit was overwhelmingly emotional. It provoked meaningful and thoughtful discussion among the students.” Along with the exhibit, the Holocaust Resource Center also provides schools with access to speakers, including survivors and liberators, as part of a complementary program to close out the exhibition. “When the exhibit is coupled with the assembly, the mission of tolerance and understanding is underscored,” said Shari Spark, Holocaust Resource Center coordinator. “It is clear that when students meet a survivor and a liberator, and broaden these stories to present day situations, they are better equipped to stand up to prejudice in their own lives.” The Legacy Exhibit will be available for public viewing for the first time during the month of September at the Sigal Museum in Easton. An open house reception will be held September 8 from 12 to 4 p.m. Special programming will be offered throughout the afternoon: 12:30 p.m. 1:15 p.m. 1:30 p.m. 2:45 p.m.
Special viewing of "Nuremberg: Tyranny on Trial" Welcome remarks Presentation by Dachau liberator Donald Burdick "Meet a Survivor" panel discussion
Reception is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. To learn more, visit www.jewishlehighvalley.org/legacy. aspx.
What a delight! Let me take you back to an evening last summer. My husband and I attended a performance entitled “Lilia” at a theater in Great Barrington, Mass. We had no idea what to expect, but we love theater. We were amazed and delighted by the lovely young woman who performed a moving tribute to her grandmother, a movie star, television and stage actress named Lilia Skala. Libby Skala will perform her one-woman show at a gala event to benefit Jewish Family Service, to be held at the Jewish Community Center at 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 19. She has performed across the United States and abroad to great acclaim: “One actor, cloaked in magic,” said Bruce Weber of the New York Times. Many of you will recognize Lilia as the nun in “Lilies of the Field” for which she received an Oscar nomination. Lilia, born in Vienna and educated as an architect, escaped Nazi-occupied Europe and found work in a Queens zipper factory. However, before long, she was enchanting audiences on stage and screen. Libby Skala is “Absolutely dazzling … luminous, utterly captivating,” say others. Please join Jewish Family Service for an
evening of dinner theater. We will celebrate friendship and community, and honor the memory of our friend, Jay Scherline, Esq. Tickets for the event are $180 and include dinner and show. For information and reservations, contact Jewish Family Service at 610821-8722.
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from. They also included information about their families, friends and hobbies so that the kids could better get to know them and compare lifestyles. The campers truly grew to respect Itay, Yarin, Shai and Shani. They really connected with all of the campers on a personal level. The kids enjoyed the unique twists the teens added to the activities. More than that, they were excited to learn something new each day that they were able to share with their friends and family.
Yoav teens Itay, Yarin, Shai and Shani spent six weeks at Camp JCC in Center Valley this summer as part of the Partnership2Gether program through the Jewish Federation’s partner, the Jewish Agency for Israel. The teens were quickly and warmly welcomed by both campers and staff. Under the leadership of Shiri Licht, the camp’s 2013 Shlicha, the four teens worked together to create fun activities, which incorporated Israeli geography as well as Hebrew vocabulary, for the campers to enjoy. Every morning the teens worked to get the kids energized for the camp day by leading group songs such as “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” sung in Hebrew. During the morning flagpole ceremonies Itay and Yarin were known to the campers by their superhero name, “Mar Milon” (Mr. Vocabulary). Every morning they would dress up, complete with capes representing the Israeli flag, and teach the kids “Israeli Words of the Day." Each week they entertained the kids with different games and activities which included various Hebrew words as well as culture. Even though the kids tired out throughout the day, the never-ending energy and positive attitudes of the Israeli staff kept the campers’ attention and got them excited to learn about new things. An entire space was dedicated to the camp’s Israeli Fun program run by the teens. They decorated the room with streamers, Israeli flags and even a map showing the campers where they are each
Favorite activities/ times with the kids:
SHAI BACHAR especially enjoyed playing games with the kids. They got very excited about the games and every day asked if they were going to play “3 Sticks,” a game in which the kids have to jump over sticks placed parallel on the ground. Each round they have to avoid stepping twice between the sticks as they are placed further apart. SHANI GILAN loved dancing with the kids at the end of the day on Friday and seeing them all sing the songs as well as participate in the blessings during the camp’s Oneg Shabbat celebration. YARIN SHLOMO liked watching the kids playing together during Friday’s end of the day activities and singing all of the songs together. ITAY TZUK enjoyed going with the kids to music and dance run by Camp Shlicha Shiri. It was fun to see the kids walking around after singing the songs they just learned or doing the dances with each other, he said.
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RABBI SETH PHILLIPS Congregation Keneseth Israel You, dear readers, are synagogue members, JCC attendees, day school parents and philanthropic supporters of the Jewish community and Israel. With the exception of our Shalom Baby babies, you have heard it all before from learned rabbis and beloved community leaders. The meaning of the holidays, the challenge of the new, the call for repentance all blur into a familiar, pious haze. But there is definitely something about these upcoming Days of Awe that a new rabbi can weigh in on. Yes, Virginia, the holidays are “early” this year, even though Rosh Hashanah will
How to have a New Year that counts still fall on the first of Tishrei. However, for most of us in the Valley, we serve our life sentence on a JanuaryDecember calendar. Thus, the secular calendar shocks us with our New Year appearing on September 4. Following the calendar cycle of subtracting days and adding months, be prepared to be shocked again in 2016 when Rosh Hashanah will occur “late” on October 3 and the first Chanukah candle will be lit on eruv Christmas! But early or late, the real issue is -- are we ever ready for a birthday ending in a zero after our 20th or for a new year, religious or secular? We respond to the passage of secular time with funny cards or denial (“29 and holding”). But Rosh Hashanah with its Book of Life and Death, when our souls are weighed in the balance, is not so easily held at bay with Hallmark sentiment or poetic optimism (“the best is yet to be”). This year, let us remember that “ready and set” are the necessary prerequisites to get to “go” in the race of life. Though the holidays are early, there is still time to get used to the shofar which is sounded at morning minyans during the month of Elul (corresponding to August). Good seats are still available
at temples and shuls, and membership chairs are standing by for your calls. And for those who still drink coffee, swearing off even decaf will make the fast faster. Before putting in our time at various services, we might spend time thinking about what we want to get out of them (besides home for lunch). Instead of relying on ancient words to recall our “sins” or atone for them, we might find our own words
according to your word”) more than lip service. If the talmudic enemies, Kamza and Bar Kamza, had taken a chance and finally nodded to each other as they passed at Wegman’s, the Temple might still be standing. Dr. Samuel Johnson described a second marriage as “the triumph of hope over experience.” We have all certainly made lists of resolutions before the closing of the gates that do not
“…remember that ‘ready and set’ are the necessary prerequisites to get to ‘go’ in the race of life.” to acknowledge where we missed the mark. Teshuvah or returning to repair the divine relationship starts first by acknowledging that we are in a relationship, even with those who hurt us. Choosing not to let that hurt have power over us or attempting to see our actions from the other person’s perspective will make the formulaic “Salachti Ki d’varecha” (“I have forgiven
survive the break-the-fast and so can be equally cynical. And yet who would not give love a chance, not reach out for a New Year? The holidays may be early this year, but there is still time to have a New Year that counts. Even while asking to be blessed with life in 5774, may we use our power to bless our family, friends and community in our deeds and prayers.
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Kate gives birth — in a Jewish-funded hospital wing When the duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, was rushed to the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital in July, anxious to avoid hundreds of paparazzi camping outside, she almost certainly missed the little plaque at the entrance. The memorial pays tribute to the anonymous donor “who was not unmindful of his neighbors’ needs” and who paid for the wing in 1937. In fact, he wasn’t so anonymous: the wing is named after him. Frank Charles Lindo was a wealthy Jew, descended on his mother Adeline’s side from the Heilbut family, and on his father Charles’s side, it appears, from one of London’s most famous Sephardi families. While it is not clear exactly how he is related, the Lindo name is particularly associated with the silver Lindo Lamp, the earliest known English menorah, which was commissioned in 1709 on the marriage of Elias Lindo to Rachel Lopes Ferreira. Born in 1872, Frank Lindo married Violet Portman, a member of a British aristocratic family and a member of the board of management at St Mary’s. When Lindo died in 1938, he had donated £111,500 to the hospital, including £5,000 on the morning of the opening of the Lindo Wing so that
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Kate, the duchess of Cambridge, rides in a carriage to Buckingham Palace in London. She gave birth to a son, Prince George Alexander Louis, on July 22 in a hospital wing of St. Mary’s Hospital named for a Jewish philanthropist. it could open free of debt. While nowadays considered state-of-the-art, at the time it was meant for ”patients of moderate means” who could not afford private care but were too well off to be treated in a charity hospital for the “deserving poor.” In his will, Lindo left his house at Aldeburgh to the hospital as a convalescent home for the nursing staff, with an endowment fund of £25,000
Continues from page 1 increase stability in at least part of our region and perhaps better enable us to cope with the turmoil occurring elsewhere,” said Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to Washington. To get the latest round of talks started, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas gave up his insistent demand that Israel reinstate a settlement freeze prior to negotiations. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed to release 104 Palestinians imprisoned for violent acts dating to before the launch of the 1993 Oslo process. Netanyahu could make such a move in part because he is secure in his government and has the backing of Israelis who for years have told pollsters that they would accept the terms of a final-status agreement negotiated by their government, said Peter Medding, an emeritus professor of political science at Hebrew University. Netanyahu may be following in the footsteps of other Likud party leaders such as Ariel Sharon, Menachem Begin and Ehud Olmert, hardliners who ultimately abandoned the idea of keeping all the lands Israel captured in the 1967 Six-Day
for its maintenance. “His gifts, sympathy and understanding made possible the erection and equipment of this building for the relief of sickness and suffering,” says the memorial plaque, “and will remain for all time a monument of his outstanding generosity.” Surely he would have shepped much nachas from the royal baby born in the birthing suite he funded. War. “The question is, what is the alternative,” Medding said. “There is a part of Bibi that understands however terrible it is that a two-state solution is the only way to go as far as Israel is concerned. This may be the best way for Israel to proceed in an Arab world which is having its own significant problems.” Kerry has been relentless in pushing the sides to the table, making many trips to the region in recent months and shuttling continuously between Jerusalem, Ramallah and Amman. Two factors were central to the strategy pursued by Kerry and President Obama: reassure the Israelis that they would not be sold out and keep as much as possible under wraps. Obama’s March visit to Israel, in which he emphasized the closeness of the defense relationship between the United States and Israel, as well as historic Jewish ties to the land, did much to advance the first element. And Kerry vowed to maintain the radio silence that got him this far, emphasizing that only he was authorized to speak publicly about the talks, per agreement with the parties. “That means that no one should consider any reports, articles or other -- or even rumors -- reliable unless they come directly from me, and I guarantee you they won’t.”
Allentown couple connects with students in Uruguay
By Taffi Ney JFLV Donor Development Officer Bob and Susan Grey believe in the need for a good education and decided to reach further afield to help two Jewish university students in South America. This decision initiated a process that helped the Greys connect in a meaningful way with two students in Uruguay. Jim Lodge from World ORT and I worked with the Greys to select a program that would meet their initial wishes -- and the ORT Uruguay University in Montevideo became the perfect fit. World ORT is the world’s largest Jewish education and vocational training nongovernmental organization. World ORT assists people of all ages, both Jewish and non-Jewish by running training programs and colleges in countries such as Israel, Russia and Uruguay. According to the World ORT website, ORT Uruguay “is now counted among the world’s top 500 tertiary institutions; the number of PhDs on faculty has increased by at least 20 percent over the past four years, and it now has some 10,000 Jewish and non-Jewish students, an increase of 15 percent since 2008; a United Nations study showed that half of all the computer-related workers in Uruguay were trained by ORT.” The students who would receive the scholarships were selected by the university based on a combination of academic merit and financial need and the scholarships were awarded in March 2013. Both beneficiaries are Jewish undergraduate students, and the funds they receive will help them through their first year of studies. One student is a graduate of a Jewish
high school in Montevideo, which he was able to attend thanks to a partial scholarship. His father is an independent salesman with no formal employment and his family earns below the average income. The beneficiary achieved above average test scores. He will attend the School of Management and Social Sciences at ORT Uruguay University. The other student is also a graduate of a Jewish high school in Montevideo, which he was able to attend through a partial scholarship. His father is a salesman and his mother is a primary school teacher and they live in a working-class neighborhood. He placed in the top third of SAT exam results. He will attend the School of Communications and Design at ORT Uruguay University, and said he is very eager to study at ORT both for his degree studies as well as for the Jewish education that comes with it. At the end of the first year of their studies, ORT Uruguay University will send a
progress report on each of the students to Bob and Susan and the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley. This is a most important gift. It is very meaningful to the students who receive the scholarships, while at the same time these scholarships can help ensure that Jewish students can attend the University. In the past, World ORT was able to provide sizable scholarships to Jewish students at the university. However, because of financial constraints, the scholarship program ended. This gift from the Greys comes at a most opportune time and is a step toward restoring this important contribution to individual Jewish students and Jewish life on the campus in Montevideo, Uruguay. “We are very pleased to help provide these two scholarships because of our belief in the importance of education and our great confidence in ORT,” Bob Grey said. “We wanted to support a highly credible program that provides practical as well as academic skills to students who would otherwise not have this opportunity. ORT met these requirements, and we are looking forward to future support of its programs. We want to thank the Federation for its great assistance in this process.” At the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley, we work as a team, to ensure that families like the Greys find a way to best fulfill their philanthropic visions. Contact the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley at 610-8215500 to learn more about what you can do to help Jews around the world.
SUSAN’S UNDOING A SURVIVOR’S STORY
An intimate, behind-the-scenes portrait of a ballerina-turned-actress whose battle with breast cancer became a work of art and healing Followed by a panel discussion with physicians, experts and survivors
Sunday, October 27, 2013 10:15 a.m., Jewish Community Center of Allentown 702 N. 22nd St., Allentown, PA 18104 Free for attendees. Light refreshments will be served. Register online now at www.allentownjcc.org or call 610-435-3571. Co-sponsored by the JCC of Allentown, the Maimonides Society and Women's Division of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley, Cancer Support Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley and Jewish Family Service.
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Hiding benea By Jarrod Rosenthal, M.D. Special to HAKOL I recently had the unique opportunity to accompany my 84-year-old grandmother back to Ukraine, to relive her amazing and improbable story of survival during the Holocaust. The trip was bound to be profound on its own, but was made so much more so by the fact that we were able to meet with the descendants of the Ukrainian family who saved her life almost 70 years ago. Like many other survivors, my grandmother Edith, born Itka Dawidowicz, had never discussed the life-altering events of her early years; she chose to bury away the painful memories. Instead, it was her husband of almost 60 years, my grandfather of blessed memory, who had always yearned to take me back to his homeland, where he had last seen his parents and sister alive in 1941. He grew up a few miles from his eventual wife, but did not meet her until after the war in a displaced persons camp, when he was 23 and she was 17. However, the timing for a journey to Ukraine was never right for him, as he suffered from heart trouble in the 1980s, and later liver failure; he passed away in 2003. Over the last few years however, my grandmother, perhaps sensing her own mortality, began to openly discuss the early events of her life during those turbulent years.
She began by writing her memoirs, then telling her story to the family at holidays, meeting with school students and other groups, participating in Yom HaShoah events, all culminating in a return trip to the place of her birth an formative years. Her story alone is incredible and “miraculous,” to use her word. She and her entire family survived not one, but two Nazi selections as well as the final liquidation of Jews her town of Ostrog. The family went on to hide and survi in a small ditch in a potato field for 16 months of the Shoa until the area was liberated by the Soviet Red Army. A poor, illiterate family of farmers named Zygadlo risked their lives hiding my grandmother, her parents and her two sisters. They hid in a shallow ditch so small that only four people could lie side by side. She had to lie horizontally at their feet. They were barely able to move and could not stand upright during the rest of the Nazi occupation. The Zygadlos brought them a pot of potatoes every da for 16 months, passing it under the wooden and earthen cover of their dark hiding place, and thus kept them alive All the while, this was done under the constant threat of Nazi retribution against anyone harboring Jews. Without the selfless and very dangerous acts of the Zygadlos, the family of five would never have survived.
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Hours after assailants shot Rabbi Artur Ovadia Isakov on a street in the Russian republic of Dagestan in late July, mainstream Russian media were still scrambling to ascertain his identity. But Isakov’s name and condition already were known to the readers of Jewishnet.ru, a growing social network with 80,000 daily users that has relied on user participation to cover Jewish news and help connect fastassimilating Jews across the Russian-speaking world. “Traffic on the website usually picks up when something dramatic happens in the Middle East or involving the Jewish community,” said Igor Kozlovskiy, a technology professional and the site’s co-founder. While English-speaking Jews have a number of social networks to share news and connect around shared interests, Russianspeaking Jewry had none when Kozlovskiy founded Jewishnet with a partner, Roman Gold, in 2011. The site, which maintains sections devoted to dating, couch surfing and finding travel buddies, is used as well to promote Jewish events in Kiev, home to one of the largest Jewish communities in the former Soviet Union and one of the most highly assimilated.
According to 2008 figures from the Jewish Agency, 80 percent of Jewish newlyweds in the former Soviet Union married a non-Jew, a figure dramatically higher than the rate in the United States. The vast majority of Ukraine’s 360,000 Jews are non-observant, and only a small fraction is affiliated with the organized Jewish community, which many young Jews find obsolete and rife with internal discord. A platform called Juice, which is run partly through Jewishnet, invites young Jews -- many of them unaffiliated -- to meetings with community leaders, Jewish businessmen and journalists. Reports of the events often are published on Jewishnet, and users can submit questions online in advance that are asked by moderators during the actual event. “It was a unique experience because it was the first time participants could ask a rabbi anything they wanted,” Inna Yampolskaya, one of Juice’s volunteer organizers, said of one event. “Transparency is new in Ukraine, where everything including Jewish life used to work top to bottom, not the other way around.” Others turn to Jewishnet for functions more typical of social network users the world over. “Many people their age are not interested in participating in organized Jewish life, and they are reaching out to those people,” said one rabbi. “One of the reasons that this is succeeding is the authenticity.”
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Nearly 70 years later, my grandmother, along with my mother, aunt, brother and me, journeyed back to her childhood hometown. With the help of a local expert on Ukrainian Jewish history, we toured the town of Ostrog and met with the Zygadlo family. My grandmother recalled for us the path that the 9,500 Jews of her town took, when they walked from the center of town to the field where the first Nazi selection took place in 1941. We were surprised, pleasantly, to find that the sites of the mass graves around town were all marked with reverential monuments to those who perished there. It was certainly an emotional experience for her and for us to visit the mass graves of all of her friends and neighbors. As we visited several neighboring towns, we found that all one had to do was ask one of the locals, “Where are the Jews buried?” and we were pointed in the direction of the local mass grave and monument. It is interesting to note that most of these monuments were erected within the last 20 years, after Ukrainian independence from the U.S.S.R. This does not deny their complicity in the actions of the Holocaust, but it certainly is a welcome acknowledgment of their past. The Zygadlo family hosted us with unbelievable hospitality and more food than they probably eat in a month. The extended family and their neighbors all
gathered to meet the Americans who came to visit from so far away. They were very gracious and eager to hear our story. They knew that their grandparents saved the lives of a Jewish family, but clearly did not feel the importance of this to the extent that we did. The Zygadlos brought us to see the field where my grandmother and her family had once been hidden underground for 16 months. It is now a peaceful field of beautiful sunflowers, still isolated on a hill as it was so many years ago. It was a surreal experience to walk that field with her, knowing now the history that took place there, that which was not spoken of for nearly 70 years. We formally thanked the Zygadlo family, giving them gifts, money and a plaque to honor their forebears’ heroic actions. The plaque notes that 34 people are now living, who never would have been born, thanks to their daring and lifethreatening undertaking. Their only response was that “that is what people should do for others.” My grandmother left Ukraine feeling a sense of closure to a chapter of her life that had been, not forgotten, but
denied and hidden for so long. I left with a more complete sense of my heritage, as well as the sense of awe and appreciation that may be felt when considering the ability of ordinary people to do extraordinary things in times of great peril. Writer’s Note: The autobiographical account of my grandmother’s survival and renewal will be available to the community in the Holocaust Resource Center later this year. PHOTO CAPTIONS: Left, The five-member Dawidowicz family hid in a ditch near this field for 16 months during the Holocaust, never standing, and eating only the potatoes that the Zygadlo family brought them. Center, Edith, born Itka Dawidowicz (center), with the Zygadlo family, who say their forebears helped the Dawidowicz family because ‘that is what people should do for others.’ Right, The mass grave of most of the Jews of the town of Ostrog, Ukraine, holds the remains of Rosenthal’s grandmother’s childhood friends and neighbors.
Legacy Exhibit HOLOCAUST RESOURCE CENTER
OPEN HOUSE RECEPTION
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2013 12 to 4 p.m. | Sigal Museum, 342 Northampton St. Easton Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served.
Available to the public for the first time, see the touring exhibit that is educating a new generation of students about the Holocaust. • • • • •
A chronological history of the Holocaust Authentic American and Nazi uniforms Photographs of the Dachau concentration camp taken by liberators Reproductions of artwork and samples of poems providing a view of the Holocaust through the eyes of children Vintage radio broadcasts
The exhibit will be on display at the Sigal Museum through the month of September. For prices and hours, visit www.sigalmuseum.org. www.jewishlehighvalley.org/legacy.aspx
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Fall Programs at the J Fall 2013 offers a plethora of activities and programs at the J. Here’s a sampling of what is coming your way. See the full schedule online at www.allentownjcc.org or stop by the J.
Early Childhood Picture Days Scholastic Book Fair Kids Stuff Books Boxtops for Education Recreation Enrichments: Lil Sports Itty Bitty All-Stars Camp Games
Children Lil’ Yoga Mommy & Me Yoga Kids Lounge at The Zone The Zone Enrichments: Guitar & Piano lessons Nerf NFL Floor Hockey Beginner’s Spanish Cake Decorating Swimming Lessons
jTimes Newspaper Comic Book Creations GaGa Handball JR. NBA Fit Kids: Fitness and Fun Nutrition Boot Camp Zone Jr. Enrichments, for 3 and 4 year olds: Kids Beginner Spanish Swimming Class Fall Sports: CATCH Cooking Shabbat and other Surprises PJ Library Does Yom Kippur PJ Library Shabbat Experience Stagemakers at the J auditions for the musical “Oliver” on October 6 & 7
Aquatics Private lessons Semi-private lessons Groups by appointment Swim clinics Sunday group lessons H2O Zone ECE enrichments Mommy & Me Tot Time Gym & Swim CPR for grandparents
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TEAM FUN JCC: non-competitive Swim Team, geared for team building and friendship, with an emphasis on swimming skill development JR lightnings SR lightnings Dip-n-disco Special needs swim Lifeguard training course Water jogging club Aqua arthritis Aqua aerobics Silver Splash
Recreation SNL (Saturday Night Lights): Fall J Games Skills-n-Drills JCC Tennis at Oakmont Youth Basketball
Fitness Power Bar Pump & Spin with Bar & Bikes Kickboxing Bars Flexibility & Fitness Ball Silver Sneakers Classic Yoga Silver Sneakers Circuit
Power Legs Butts & Guts Rollers & Stretching Zumba Boot Camp - Coming Soon! Israeli Dancing
More Adult Programs Coming Soon Ron Sunshine
Adults and Special Events at the J The Gallery at the J jNights: A Readers Theater Experience exploring When Everything Changed For Women as seen through the eyes of playwright Wendy Wasserstein Board game nights Special dining experiences Update Your Status: Social Networking with Mike Smith jGourmet on the Road: A fabulous, decadent, chocolate experience jNights: jCreates with Michael Thomas Floral Design Studio jNights: Jazz at the J with Ron Sunshine & His Trio. Thursday, October 3 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
jNights: College Bound Workshop jAdults to Go: Hans Moller Art Tour with Larry Miley jAdults to Go: Bowling Night jAdults to Go: LVH art tour jNights: Self defense workshop Do you have an idea for a program at the J? We want to hear from you. Call 610.435.3571 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
GIVE A MITZVAH, DO A MITZVAH
Mitzvah and caring go together
Josh Lemberg became a Bar Mitzvah at Temple Beth El in Allentown this past June. The Springhouse Middle School student wanted to do something big for his mitzvah project. After brainstorming ideas, it was his mom, Diane, who came up with the idea to volunteer at The Caring Place. The Caring Place is a youth development center that reaches out to youths in the inner city who may be in jeopardy of being entangled in the everyday life of drugs, violence, unemployment and hopelessness by providing programs and activities designed to enable young people to overcome the pressures and disadvantages of their environment. All of The Caring Place programs
follow a goal to build selfesteem and confidence, increase educational potential and provide a positive and motivational support environment where all youths have a chance to avoid becoming a statistic. Initially, Josh was hesitant about volunteering at The Caring Place as his mitzvah project. He had volunteered there with his religious school class from Beth El and had really enjoyed it, but the idea didn’t seem big enough. The adults assured Josh that any mitzvah, no matter how small, was big and that doing it from his heart was huge. He worried that he wouldn’t have time to volunteer before his bar mitzvah, and was once again assured that before or after, a mitzvah was a mitzvah and timing was not the important part. In early July, Josh got moving on his mitzvah project. He went to The Caring Place and volunteered his time there. Realizing how hard the staff work at The Caring Place, Josh wanted them to know their efforts weren’t overlooked. On his first day, he made brownies for the staff, something he had never done before. He called his friend Ben Wilson to join him for the af-
ternoon. The next day, he rallied again and took his neighbor Andy LeBoeuf with him. In addition to volunteering, Josh donated some of his bar mitzvah money to The Caring Place. He mentioned his mitzvah project to his parents’ friends, and Eva and Larry Levitt were nice enough to send a donation with Josh. Josh’s parents sent a donation as well. Josh ended up volunteering several times during the summer. His mom and his dad, Paul, are so proud of him. “Joshua really enjoyed working at The Caring Place and is struck by the difficult situation from which these children are coming,” his mom said. Josh has learned how fulfilling doing for others can be, his mom said, and it’s a life lesson that his parents know he will keep close to his big heart. In addition to his mitzvah project, Josh has made his first adult gift of tzedakah to the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley Annual Campaign for Jewish Needs.
Yachad University Fall 2013 Course Guide
NEW AND RETURNING STUDENTS ESPECIALLY WELCOME! TUESDAYS, SEPTEMBER 10 - DECEMBER 17 Future Tense: Jews, Judaism and Israel in the 21st Century with Jeanette Eichenwald 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
TUESDAYS, SEPTEMBER 10 - DECEMBER 17 Bountiful Blessings, Timeless Text with Barbara S. Sussman 10:45 to 11:45 a.m.
THURSDAYS, SEPTEMBER 12 - DECEMBER 19 Future Tense: Jews, Judaism and Israel in the 21st Century with Jeanette Eichenwald 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
THURSDAYS, SEPTEMBER 12 - DECEMBER 19 The Resurrection, the Messiah and the Afterlife: Where Judaism and Christianity Part Ways with Rabbi David Wilensky 10:45 to 11:45 a.m.
ENROLL ONLINE AT WWW.JEWISHLEHIGHVALLEY.ORG/YACHAD.ASPX ALL CLASSES WILL BE HELD AT THE JCC OF ALLENTOWN.
Payment is expected at the time of registration and is due by the first class session. After six weeks of classes, there are no refunds. Prior to six weeks, credit will be issued on a pro-rated basis. There is no compensation for missed sessions.
For help developing your mitzvah project, contact Abby Trachtman, program coordinator, at abbyt@jflv. org or 610-821-5500.
Dennis DeYoung The Music of Styx sponsored by The Pottstown Mercury and WFMZ
October 27 | 8 pm
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Upcoming Events Doug Benson September 7 | 8 pm $24 | $19 Advance $29 | $24 Day of Show
Gaelic Storm sponsored by WDIY
September 11 | 7:30 pm $32 | $27 | $22
MarchFourth Marching Band September 29 | 7 pm $27 | $22 | $17
October 3 | 7:30 pm $49 | $39
Vienna Teng Trio October 9 | 7:30 pm $55 VIP | $25
Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze October 13 | 7:30 pm $25 | $20
The Hungry Hungry Games: A Parody October 15 & 16 | 8 pm $39 | $34 | $29
The Lehigh Valley Beatles Showcase III October 20 | 3-7 pm $30 | $24 Advance $35 | $29 At the Door
David Bromberg October 25 | 7:30 pm $49 | $39
Marty Stuart and Roger McGuinn November 8 | 7:30 pm $54 | $42
Chef Robert Irvine LIVE sponsored by The Express-Times
November 16 | 7:30 pm $49 | $39
November 22 | 8 pm $30 | $25
The Large Flowerheads November 23 | 8 pm $12 | $10 Advance $17 | $15 Day of Show
Enter the Haggis November 27 | 8 pm $30 | $25 | $20
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Jewish Day School appoints Alvin Goren as acting head of school By Heather Mill Jewish Day School Director of Marketing & Communications When Al Goren and his wife moved to the Lehigh Valley to be near their family, the retired principal had hoped to keep at least one foot in the world of education. Instead, he jumped with both feet -- right into the Jewish Day School’s search for a new head of school. After engaging in a threemonth search process, the Jewish Day School of the Lehigh Valley has appointed Alvin (Al) Goren as the acting head of school for the 2013-14 school year. Goren and his wife Sharon recently arrived in the Lehigh Valley from Kingston, N.Y., to join two of their three grown daughters and their grandchildren who
live and work in the area. Bringing with him many years of experience as a teacher, principal and assistant superintendent, Goren has devoted his career to establishing academically-focused learning communities that address the social and emotional needs of students and creating a positive school climate built on the cornerstones of respect, responsibility, effort and kindness. Goren attended Jewish day schools as a child and has maintained a strong Jewish identity in both his personal and professional life. “I actually went to a school a lot like this one growing up and it instilled in me a strong sense of identity,” he said. “My family was very traditional, very Zionistic, and attending a Jewish
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day school perpetuated those values and traditions. That is why a Jewish education is important.” Goren started his career as a science teacher in the New York State public school system. He then served as a middle school vice principal and principal and finished his career as the assistant superintendent for math, science and technology for the Kingston City School District in Kingston. Despite having officially retired in 2011, Goren soon took a position as interim principal for the Highland Falls-Fort Montgomery Central School District during the 2011-12 school year, and taught Principles of Secondary Education 202 at the local community college there. He continued to seek school leadership opportunities upon planning his move to the Lehigh Valley, and was excited to learn about the opening at the Jewish Day School. When it comes to leading a school, Goren believes that it is important that every child has an advocate in the building with whom the child is able to bond. He has seen this tactic successfully create a family atmosphere in a school with as many as 1,000 students. “I enjoy being a principal because you are still a teacher, at the heart of the role,” Goren said. “In leading a school, I can implement ideas
Al Goren, interim head of school, in his office at the Jewish Day School. Growing up, Goren experienced a Jewish day school education firsthand. He went on to become a successful teacher, principal and assistant superintendent in various school districts. that I believe will benefit the school, while continuing my role as a teacher.” Given his credentials and experience, the Jewish Day School Board of Directors made the decision to bring Goren on to lead the school for the 2013-14 school year. “We are thrilled to have a professional educator and administrator as the acting
Mazel tov to JFLV’sTemple Coldren, Lehigh Valley Business publication CFO of the year finalist. A Technion alumnus did. In May 2012, paraplegic Claire Lomas finished the London Marathon in 14 days using ReWalk, a lightweight, computer-assisted exoskeleton developed by Technion alumnus Dr. Amit Goffer, who is paralyzed from the chest down. Says Goffer of his invention, “Everything was based on the basic education that I received at the Technion, which is priceless.” And he is developing ReWalk further, so more people can use it. n There are many more breakthroughs at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. As one of the world’s leading universities in science, technology and medicine, the Technion is a major source of innovation. The brainpower of its graduates helps drive the Israeli economy and contributes to the health and well-being of people in Israel and around the world. n The American Technion Society consists of thousands of people in the United States who support the Technion. Please join us and help make the next generation of Technion breakthroughs possible. Visit www.atscampaign.org or call 610.940.3800.
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Egyptian Jews support military’s fight By Ben Sales Jewish Telegraphic Agency When protesters filled Cairo’s Tahrir Square at the end of June calling on President Mohamed Morsi to step down, Magda Haroun, president of the Egyptian Jewish community, was right there with them. “The amount of people in Tahrir was breathtaking,” Haroun told JTA. “The unity between people was breathtaking. Some of the people recognized me because I was on TV. They were shaking my hand and telling me, ‘God bless you. You are a real Egyptian.’ ” Haroun, 61, is the youngest of the 14 women who make up Cairo’s dwindling Jewish community. Most are now in their 80s, living off charity and rental income from properties the community has owned for generations. But though small in number, Haroun says the community is proud of its country and, like many Egyptians, supportive of the army’s campaign to quell Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood. The latest round of unrest in Egypt began in July after mass protests in Tahrir Square led the army to depose Morsi, the country’s first democratically elected leader, and install a new government. The Muslim Brotherhood denounced the move as a coup and confrontations raged between its supporters and the military, leaving more than 1,000 Egyptians dead in just the last week alone. Jews have lived in Egypt for millennia. Around the time of Israel’s founding in 1948, the community was estimated to number 75,000, but in the decades that followed the vast majority fled. Those that remain are happy to call Egypt home, Haroun says. Although she has relatives in several European countries, she vows to “never, never, never” leave. Egypt’s unrest will prevent the community from celebrating Rosh Hashanah together in a few weeks. In past years, the community has hosted festive meals and invited foreign dignitaries and non-Jewish Egyptians. Due to the curfew now being imposed by the army, however, they cannot meet in the synagogue. A rabbi set to fly in for the holiday has canceled his trip. Still, the community is providing support to the army’s campaign. When a call went out for Egyptians to donate money to the government during the unrest, the 14 Jewish women in Egypt decided to scrounge together what they could. “We have no money, but do you agree we should contribute a small amount of money in the name of the Egyptian community?” Haroun recalled asking the women. “You know what they responded? ‘Yes, of course. We are not dead yet.’ “
JFS food patrons to be empowered by choice When it comes to tastes, everyone has a preference – tuna fish over beef stew, carrots over string beans. Instead of receiving a prepacked bag of food items, clients of the Jewish Family Service food pantry will now be able to order off the “menu.” They will get to choose which carbohydrates, protein, dairy products, fruits, vegetables and snacks they prefer, receiving enough food each month for nine meals for each family member. “It empowers people to feel like they have control over what they’re selecting,” said Debbie Zoller, executive director of Jewish Family Service. As a certified partner of the Second Harvest Food Bank, the food pantry serves an average of 85 families a month – kosher and nonkosher – including anyone living in the 18104 zipcode and Jews living throughout the Lehigh Valley. The pantry is particularly vital in the summer time, Zoller said, as children are
not receiving a hot lunch in school and temporary school employees are out of work. For Jewish families, the pantry allows those living below the poverty line to properly celebrate the High Holidays. In an effort to better assess client preference, the food pantry will have new hours beginning October 1. The pantry will be open on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. “That’s when we’ll have more volunteers,” Zoller said of the new hours. “We’re really trying to develop more of a volunteer program, have it more community-based to give out the food.” JFS is also working on developing a food delivery program to cater to the needs of Jewish families across the Valley. Want to help? The food pantry is always looking for donations of food items – particularly protein like canned tuna fish and peanut butter – or grocery
store gift cards. Want to volunteer? If you are looking to work in the food pantry, deliver food or conduct a food drive, JFS needs your services. A food pantry
volunteer orientation will be held on Tuesday, September 17, at 3 p.m. at Jewish Family Service, 2004 Allen St., Allentown. Call 610- 821-8722 to learn more.
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MARILYN AND NATE BRAUNSTEIN took to heart the example of Marilyn’s father, Victor, and the Kobrovsky family.
REACHING FURTHER When Marilyn was 16, she met Nate Braunstein. Her father, Victor, was “overprotective,” said Nate, “so it was a constant challenge. He lost!” However, according to Fred Sussman – husband of Bernie’s daughter Barbara – in the long run, “Victor won.” For Victor’s brother, Bernie, lost no time in getting new relations involved in Jewish giving. “He brought us into the fold,” Nate said, “the newcomers who could partake.” “Bernie was out front and tough and straightforward,” Fred explained. “He told you what he thought and he told it like it was.” Fred was undaunted by Bernie’s direct manner at the time they met. “I was 16 years old,” Fred said. “I didn’t know any
fear.” Nevertheless, after he and Barbara married in 1958, “I was at the next Federation Board meeting,” Fred quipped.
THE PRESSURE WAS ON That was only the beginning. Later, when Bernie heard that Nate and Marilyn had bought a vacation home, he summoned Nate to the scrap yard office. “You don’t go out and buy a second home until you take care of the Jewish people first,” Bernie told him. Although Nate’s first reaction was that Victor – “the man hiding behind the newspaper over there” – was the only person who could speak to him in that way, Nate took Bernie’s words and example to heart. Both the Braunsteins and the Sussmans have demonstrated
Above, LENA AND LOZER KOBROVSKY immigrated from Eastern Europe and settled in Allentown in the early 1900s. They led the way for future generations helping family, neighbors and, most especially, the Jewish community. Right, LILLIAN KOBROVSKY. In the background is a photo of her husband, Norman, z”l, from his days serving in the army and fighting against Germany.
ongoing and dedicated commitment to the Jewish people throughout their lives. Nate, in particular, became extremely involved in the Jewish community through the Federation and as a national vice chairman of United Jewish Appeal. There are photos in the Braunstein home of Nate with Yitzhak Rabin and with Moshe Dyan, who visited Allentown. “We had and may still have one of the highest per capita giving rates,” Nate said. When it came to giving money for the ’67 and ’73 wars, the pressure was on. “If we didn’t [donate] enough money,” Nate recalled, “they closed the meeting and we couldn’t go home! Those were tumultuous times. We went all out,” for Bernie believed that in order for the Jews of Allentown to survive, Jews in the State of Israel must survive.
LENA, THE BACKBONE There are several photos of that early Jewish Federation. One person looking closely at them said, “Notice anyone missing?” Unlike today, when many Lehigh Valley women are leaders in Jewish philanthropy, in the mid-1900s, there were few women in positions of formal leadership. Yet, in seeking to understand what instilled in Bernie and his brothers such an extraordinary dedication to the survival of the Jewish people, there may be no need to look any further than their mother. At the mere mention of Lena, Marilyn and Barbara’s faces lit up – “My grandma!” one of them exclaimed. “She was a lovely lady,” Lillian said. “When Norman went to college, she gave him a red sweater and he treasured it.” For this afternoon gathering at the Braunstein home, Lillian was seated in front of a photograph of Norman in military uniform; he served in the army, fighting against Germany. “He was a very lovely man,” Lillian said. Sadly, Norman passed away just a few hours after his father, Victor.
Lillian recalled that the entire family gathered in Lena’s home each Sunday for a lunch of tuna fish sandwiches with cheese and tomatoes. “She was the one everyone talked to,” Marilyn said of Lena. “But she didn’t speak English,” Barbara objected. “Sure she did!” So the details may not all be clear so many years later, but as Nate said, “We can surmise.” “She bore nine children and had a husband who was not involved [in the childrearing]. Back then, women did everything. She was the backbone,” he said. And there was nothing like what today would be called a social life. “It was all family,” everyone present agreed. Lillian’s son Larry said that Lena “showed great compassion and empathy for those who didn’t have. She was a good friend not only to the Jewish community but also to those around her, like the Irish and Polish.”
KEEPING THE SPIRIT ALIVE It required all their determination and strength to get the family here and to build a life and a community in Allentown, yet Lozer lived until around 1946 and Lena until about 1954. Their legacy, and that of their children, is a strong Jewish community, both financially and spiritually. “Bernie felt that as a Jew your first responsibility was to your community -- to other Jews -- which he would lecture me,” Nate said, “… and he wasn’t wrong.” He added, “Today, you have a spirit that I’ve seen among younger people, more attuned to the community than I’ve seen in a long time. It’s the evolution of all the things that came before it.” The afternoon gathering at the Braunstein home had evolved, too. What started as a rather serious collection of a few relatives had instead become a celebration.
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Lone Soldier writes home Editor’s note: Sami Meir-Levi graduated from high school in the Lehigh Valley in the spring of 2012, then headed for Israel. She writes to us each month of her experiences as a lone soldier -- an Israeli soldier without family living in Israel.
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Dear HAKOL Readers, As summer slowly comes to an end, unfortunately this heat still continues. We are wearing our long IDF uniforms in the scorching heat (talk about embarrassing sweat stains -- eek!). Other than that I would have to say this has been a great summer. A very special event occurred, and it was by far the best week of my summer: The Meir-Levi family was together, reunited for the first time in Israel! We stayed in Jerusalem and saw as much as we could within the short period of time we had. That Friday night, we went to the Western Wall. It was such a beautiful sight, especially on Shabbat, with everyone crowded together at this holy and historical spot. We drove up north to my kibbutz and saw my room and the “moadon” where my friends and I eat our meals and hang out. The most exciting part of that visit was when my family and my BA13104 Barrack_Welcome ad Hakol2_Layout 1 7/23/13 4:03 PM Page 1 adopted family met, finally!
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It meant a lot for me to see the people I’ve been spending time with for the past year and my family that I’ve known my entire life meet and talk. The next day, after returning to Jerusalem from Kibbutz Maoz Chaim, we went to my base in the southern part of Israel and they met my commanders who were kind enough to give us a little tour. From there we explored the Caramel Market (Shuk) in Tel Aviv, full of all the usual noise, people, crowdedness, varieties of fruits, vegetables, clothing and random items. It was fun to show off my new and improved bargaining skills to my family. But I think the highlight of the trip was waking up at 3:30 in the morning, arriving
President Obama has awarded Daniel Kahneman, a Princeton psychologist known for his application of psychology to economic analysis, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The White House release August 8 naming Kahneman and other recipients notes that the Princeton University scholar, who shared the Nobel Price for Economics in 2002, escaped Nazi Europe and served in the Israeli army. Among the 16 people receiving the award this year are Gloria Steinem, the feminist pioneer, and the late Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), who was for decades a pro-Israel leader in Congress. The awards will be presented later this year. The Presidential Medal of Freedom, established by President John Kennedy in 1963, is with the Congressional Gold Medal the highest civilian honor in the United States.
at the bottom of Mount Masada by 5:30 and hiking all the way up to watch the sun rise. It was the most incredible view any of us have ever seen, literally watching the sun come up. The next day was time for their flight back home. It’s never easy to say goodbye to anyone, especially my family because I live so far away. Whenever one trip ends, I always look forward to the next. Can’t wait to see you again, Mom, Dad and Dani!
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Israeli Arabs protest in Tel Aviv over Egypt violence Jewish Telegraphic Agency Dozens of Israeli Arabs protested in front of the Egyptian embassy in Tel Aviv following clashes in Egypt between government security forces and protesters backing deposed President Mohamed Morsi. At least 149 protesters affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood were killed and more than 1,400 injured throughout Egypt in early August after government security forces raided sit-in protests in Cairo. Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and pro-reform leader, resigned in protest over the violence. Following the raids, the Egyptian government, led by interim President Adly Mansou, declared a monthlong state of emergency. A nighttime curfew has been imposed on Cairo and other areas of the country. The protesters in Tel Aviv were joined by Knesset member Ibrahim Tzartzur of the Arab Ra’am-Ta’al party. “Our message is simple: We are here to condemn the attacks and the Egyptian coup in general,” Tzartzur told Ynet. “We are protesting against the bloodshed of those who protested quietly.” A Jerusalem-based cameraman for Sky News, Mick Deane, 61, was killed in the violence.
Above, Josh Goldin, in Haifa, Israel. Josh experienced Israel this summer as an NCSY Jerusalem Journey Ambassador. Right, ‘I learned that the future of Israel lies in its ability to provide for its people and to have its story told,’ Goldin writes of his trip to Israel. By Josh Goldin Teen Correspondent Right before my El-Al flight took off from the United States this summer, the pilot’s voice came over the intercom: “Please sit back and let me take you home.” Little did I know how true this statement would become or that my bond with Israel could grow so deep, so fast. After the 11-hour flight, I stepped off the plane for the first time in Israel and was taken aback by the beauty of the country. The next five weeks were the most inspirational, fun and educational days of my life. I traveled as part of the NCSY Jerusalem Journey Ambassador Program and so had a broad range of experiences, from historical to hysterical. Seeing the archaeological sites in Israel gave me my first definitive feeling of connection with Israel. Ruins thousands of years old and left by the Romans still had the Jewish symbols etched in them; I knew the Romans had tried to destroy Jewish culture, and I felt proud because the Romans failed to extinguish the Jewish way of life. Today, thousands of years later, I can still see and experience Jewish life, but the Romans, supposedly so strong, are no longer dominant. From these ruins, my fellow travelers and I understood the persistence and strength of Jews in our homeland. The Kotel (Western Wall), part of the second Temple that was to have been destroyed, is another vivid reminder of our Jewish past and present. I was at the Kotel on Shabbat, and was amazed at the energy that emerged from the community at the Wall. We danced and sang, not even knowing who was next to us, sharing this joyous moment that radiated throughout the crowd. This experience strengthened my connection not only to this historical site, but also to the people of Israel. Then there was Sderot. It was here that my group held a two-day camp for the children of this city who have experienced so much trauma. We played games with the kids, and did a variety of activities with them to brighten their lives. Being able to help these children and see them laugh made me feel as if they were my brothers and sisters, causing me to feel again like I was at home with family. From there, we traveled to a farm to pick tomatoes for people who were
unable to afford food – yet another way of connecting with the Jewish people. Part of what the dozens of teens in my group noticed was how new and different everything seemed to be in Israel, awakening our love of this country. As we traveled we found ourselves sometimes in quiet awe of what we were seeing and sometimes laughing hysterically at jokes – here, too, a bond was growing. Yet, the weekend I spent with relatives in Israel was most comfortable and impactful. Sitting at the dinner table in Jerusalem with cousins felt so familiar and comfortable, even though I had never met them before. Visiting the Knesset and the Supreme Court helped me understand that Israel is a strong country because of its democratic government. Yet it is threatened by surrounding countries that deny its right to exist. For 65 years, this government has struggled, has grown stronger and has demonstrated that it can survive and face many challenges. I learned that the future of Israel lies in its ability to provide for its people and to have its story told. This trip showed me that my job, as a youth ambassador, is to support my Jewish heritage, deepen my commitment to our religion and advocate for Israel. Now, back in my American Jewish home, my job is to teach others what Israel has taught me about its incredible history, unique culture, religious connections, natural beauty, loving children and bright future. For all this and more, I call Israel my home. PAID POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT HAKOL LEHIGH VALLEY | SEPTEMBER 2013 29
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