HAKOL LEHIGH VALLEY The Voice of the Lehigh Valley Jewish Community
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Community garden grows produce and creates friendships By Laura Rigge HAKOL Editor 2015 ANNUAL CAMPAIGN Closing a successful year. See pages 8-11.
JEWISH HERITAGE NIGHT IronPigs game is a home run! See pages 12-13.
On July 8, volunteers from across the Jewish Lehigh Valley gathered at Camp Olympic in Emmaus to work their community garden plot together. “I can’t believe how big everything has grown,” said volunteer Alicia Zahn. “Last month, everything had barely sprouted.” The volunteers were there as part of a larger effort coordinated by master gardener Bob Yoder of The Barn. When he started the interfaith gardening operation seven years ago, Yoder’s mission was twofold: to provide produce to the underserved populations of Lehigh Valley and to bring people of different classes, races and faith backgrounds together. “Our main goal is build unity in the community,” Yoder said. Today the gardens are tended
by over 40 volunteers at sites in Whitehall and Macungie as well as the site at Camp Olympic in Emmaus that the Jewish volunteers tend monthly. At Camp Olympic, the volunteers from Temple Beth El, Congregation Keneseth Israel, Muhlenberg Hillel and BBYO are led in their gardening efforts by master gardener Joe Vincent, a Lutheran who was brought into the project by Yoder. Vincent was intrigued by the idea of “bringing together people of different religions to do something productive and informal.” Besides the social impacts of the project, the crops themselves are thriving. The main crops Vincent has focused on are corn and string beans, but the garden also boasts neat rows of sweet potatoes, Swiss chard, and beets. Vincent said while the growing season got off to a rough
start with a late frost, the rain has helped produce a successful crop of vegetables. “We almost lost the sweet potatoes to the frost,” he said, pointing to the now flourishing rows of plants, “but they came back.” “The fresh produce is truly appreciated by Allentown's underserved population,” said Amy Morse, one of the volunteers helping to weed the garden at Camp Olympic. Morse also
noted that the project has given them “opportunities to work alongside our Allentown neighbors, forming friendships as well as growing veggies.” If you are interested in volunteering at the community garden, the next scheduled session at Camp Olympic is Aug. 12 at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Bob Yoder at 610-762-5379 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next steps for the Iran nuclear deal siders and Iran experts. Here’s what we found out. THE U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL Action: The U.N.’s sole lawmaking body must now endorse the deal. Likely consequence: Endorsement The five veto-wielding permanent members of the Security Council – France, Britain, China, the United States and Russia – are among the six, along with Germany, that signed off on the deal. Among the remaining rotating members, only one, Jordan, has expressed skepticism about the Iran talks.
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By Ron Kampeas Jewish Telegraphic Agency Editor’s Note: As this issue was going to press, the P5+1 nations announced the nuclear agreement with Iran. Time and allocated space did not allow a full presentation on the agreement and its opposition. The nuclear deal with Iran 20 months in the making is now done — at least as far as negotiations go. The accord, announced July 14, still faces hurdles, although they likely won’t keep the deal from going ahead. So what happens next? We read the laws, perused the speeches, scanned the deal and canvassed congressional in-
Congress, by law, gets the full text of the deal within five calendar days of the agreement in English, and thanks to an amendment proposed by Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in Persian as well. Congress has 60 days to consider a deal and another 12 days to send a joint resolution to President Barack Obama, should they resolve to do so. “In the coming days, Congress will need to scrutinize this deal and answer whether implementing the agreement is worth dismantling our painstakingly constructed sanctions regime that took more than a decade to establish,” Corker said in a statement. He and his ranking member, Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., co-authored the law mandating congressional review. Leaders in the Senate and House of Representatives could bring resolutions to either approve or disapprove the Iran deal directly to Iran deal Continues on page 3
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A dissatisfied nation We have all cited the joke of the waiter dealing with a table of difficult, demanding and seemingly not-to-be-satisfied Jewish diners. At other tables he checks in and asks “Is everything okay?” but at this particular table he asks “is anything okay?” Perhaps our tradition teaches us never to be satisfied. With the joy of the Exodus from Egypt, our Passover seder recalls the plagues which befell the Egyptians., and in modern times we all know the jokes of the Jewish mother unable to relish in her son’s election to president of the United States simply because he did not become a doctor or lawyer. Israel’s immediate past president Shimon Peres wrote a wonderful essay describing Jews as the “dissatisfied nation” and said that dissatisfaction is what characterizes the Jewish People. “From our early days,” writes Peres, “we rejected ignorance and postponed satisfaction. Jewish children are taught to question everything and the habit is never lost. It is that ongoing quest for betterment which has made us a people of research, a people of demand, a people of questions, a people of Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World),
never content with the world as it is and always believing and striving to improve it.” Is anything okay? You bet. We just need to notice. In this issue of HAKOL we tout the closing of our 2015 Annual Campaign at $2,316,626! This achievement is in excess of our 2014 Annual Campaign and in excess of our closing projections. Kudos to our Annual Campaign leadership – Iris Epstein, general campaign chairperson, and Judy Diamondstein, assistant executive director – for leading a campaign volunteer and professional team to a fine achievement. Their accomplishment is all the more impressive since this was a year when crises required additional special fundraising efforts for emergencies in Israel and Ukraine. There is nothing wrong with Peres’ articulation of our being a dissatisfied nation, as long as it is within the context of our achievements. Without a doubt our Annual Campaign did not raise enough to meet all of the needs of our local and international service partners, but let us not mask what we have accomplished. This year we focused funding on programs that promoted collaboration among agencies:
the JCC received funding for an afterschool program being implemented in partnership with the Jewish Day School; Muhlenberg College Hillel will be engaging an Israel Fellow to promote pro-Israel understanding on the college campus and within our broader Jewish community; Congregation Brith Sholom and Bnai Abraham Synagogue will enjoy an off-site Shabbaton weekend; Jewish Family Service will grow its therapeutic services for seniors at various locations in the Lehigh Valley; and the Jewish Day School received funding to strengthen its Israel curriculum and its school twinning program with Yoav, our partnership community in Israel. Is everything okay? Of course not! And neither should we ever think so. It is tremendous that our fundraising efforts are as successful as they are. And we should rejoice in the diligent use of those funds as recommended by our allocations process. But, as warranted as it would be, it is hard for us to rejoice in our accomplishments without being a bit uncomfortable. Another dollar could have bought another meal for a pensioner in Odessa or Kiev.
HAKOL wins Rockower Award! The ballots are in and the Rockower Award goes to HAKOL! Jennifer Lader’s piece on the cultural impact of the TV show “Bewitched” took first place for Excellence in Arts and Criticism News and Features. The award covered all circulation levels. Known as “the Jewish Pulitzer,” The Simon Rockower
Awards honors excellence in Jewish journalism and are sponsored by the American Jewish Press Association. The awards will be presented at the AJPA conference in November. Congratulations to Jennifer and all those involved with HAKOL for this remarkable achievement!
Think what another $10 could do. Another hundred. Another thousand. It’s not a game. We don’t want to raise more money so we can say we raised more money. We understand what we do with the generous funds we raise. We know how we help. We know the impact. It’s not wrong to never be satisfied. It is challenging. It enables us to be creative. It forces us to make smart decisions. Paraphrasing Peres, dissatisfaction has led us thus far, and I am fully confident that it will carry us to new heights in the neverending quest for enriching and enhancing our Jewish community. Every day we have things to be proud of as a dynamic,
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JEWISH FEDERATION OF THE LEHIGH VALLEY We gratefully acknowledge those individuals who have offered expressions of friendship by requesting that trees be planted in the Yoav--Lehigh Valley Partnership Park. IN HONOR SHEILA BERG Pomerantz Award for Campaign Excellence Roberto and Eileen Fischmann AARON BERGER AND NISSA GOSSOM Birth of their daughter, Norah Gwynn Berger SHALOM BABY TRACEY AND JASON BILLIG Birth of their daughter, Madison Leigh Billig SHALOM BABY KEVIN AND SARAH DANNA Birth of their son, Lev Samuel Danna SHALOM BABY ROBERTO FISCHMANN Happy Birthday Steven Aronsky ROBERTO AND EILEEN FISCHMANN Marriage of Claudia to Ryan Stan and Vicki Wax VERONICA FISCHMANN In honor of completing Master’s Degree Steven Aronsky HARVEY HAKIM Pomerantz Award for Campaign
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Muhlenberg Hillel leads Birthright Trip to Israel
New LVJF fund offers greater flexibility for donors
By Stephanie Smartschan JFLV Director of Marketing
From May 27 to June 8, 39 Jewish college students, 26 of whom attend Muhlenberg College, embarked on a 10-day journey to Israel. In search of a deeper, more meaningful understanding of Israel and their own Jewish identities, these students, accompanied by Muhlenberg College Hillel’s former Program Assistant Matan Ayash and Programs and Engagement Manager Jaimie Krass, explored Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Tiberias, the Negev and many other sites within the Holy Land.
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the floor, but that’s unlikely: Lawmakers on both sides have talked up the need to consider closely the 50-page agreement and its 80 or so pages of annexes, so the likelihood is that the agreement will get the committee treatment. The first hurdle is each chamber’s foreign policy committee, Corker’s and the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Cardin said he anticipates a hearing quickly. The overwhelming failure of a vote to approve would not be binding, according to the law, and would allow the deal to go ahead – but it would register as a moral victory for Congress, Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., a senior member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and a skeptic of some aspects of the deal, told JTA. It would indicate the intention of Congress to allow a future president to renegotiate the deal, particularly its sunset clauses, which remove restrictions on Iranian nuclear activity after 10 and 15 years. “That will be a signal that future congresses are not prevented from turning to Iran in years to come and say, ‘No, you cannot have an industrial size uranium enrichment process after a decade, and all options are on the table to stop you,’” Sherman said. Should Congress consider a resolution of disapproval, there’s a chance that it would not make it out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, one congressional insider said. Republicans, in the majority, own 11 of its 21 seats. But among the 11 Republicans are two who have been party outliers – Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. – having voted against Iran sanctions in the past. A source at a pro-Israel group acknowledged that a vote to disapprove could conceivably fail if Flake and Paul voted against it. But Paul was unlikely to jeopardize his bid for the GOP presidential nomination with a vote against disapproval, the pro-Israel source said, and among the 10 Democrats on the committee, at least one, Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., was enough of a hard-line Iran skeptic to cancel Flake’s nay vote. The next hurdle for disapproval
would be cloture, the minimum 60 votes needed to end debate, and cloture may be scrapped through a filibuster. Reaching cloture would require a minimum five Democrats, which is not a high hurdle, especially if the American Israel Public Affairs Committee is rounding up votes. Mark Dubowitz, the director of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a group skeptical of the Iran deal that has consulted with Congress and the administration on the agreement, said Democrats should consider how a vote against disapproval could affect their political careers. He noted how votes for the Iraq War in 2003 derailed the ambitions of more than a handful of politicians. “No member of Congress pays an historical or political price for voting against a massive leap of faith that goes right,” he said. “They pay a huge price for voting for one that goes badly wrong.” With Republican majorities in both chambers and enough skeptical Democrats, a motion to disapprove will likely succeed.
Making your charitable donations just got easier. The Lehigh Valley Jewish Foundation, the community endowment fund of the Jewish Federation, is introducing a brand new type of Donor Advised Fund (DAF) that will allow donors to easily support all of the causes they believe in. The fund will act like a charitable giving checkbook: donors make one gift to the Federation, and can then recommend distributions to be made to qualifying non-profit organizations. The Federation handles the logistics, making record keeping that much simpler. “The new DAF will now offer an enticing additional menu item to help meet the needs of philanthropic individuals in our community,” said
Mike Miller, a member of the Lehigh Valley Jewish Foundation Committee. “It can be established very quickly, allowing for the implementation of a good solution to year-end financial and tax planning.” Donors will have year-round access to make their charitable gifts. They will be able to distribute as much or as little of the fund as they choose. “Donors can make one payment to qualify for the IRS charitable donation and after that, at their leisure, they can make payments to their favorite charities,” said Sandra Goldfarb, chairperson of the Lehigh Valley Jewish Foundation. “Federation does all of the paperwork for them.” Want to learn more? Contact Jim Mueth at 610-821-5500 or jim@jflv. org or visit www.lvjfgiving.org.
VETO Action: Presidential veto and congressional override Likely consequence: A veto followed by a failure to override Obama said outright when announcing the deal that he would veto any resolution of disapproval. Congress then has 10 days to override the veto. Congress needs two-thirds of each chamber for an override. The 246 Republicans in the House would need 44 Democrats to hit 290, or two-thirds. That’s unlikely: Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., the minority leader known for commanding the loyalty of her caucus, has lined herself up with deal backers in her party and described the Iran agreement as “the product of years of tough, bold and cleareyed leadership from President Obama.” “The likelihood of Congress stopping this agreement is now low,” Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., a deal opponent, told JTA, describing the agreement as against American national security interests. Kirk said, however, it does not rule out a congressional role in the future. Down the line, the deal requires Congress to permanently lift sanctions against Iran. “That’s a non-starter,” he said. “There are no votes in the House and Senate for that.” HAKOL LEHIGH VALLEY | JULY/AUGUST 2015 3
WOMEN’S DIVISION OF THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF THE LEHIGH VALLEY
Women's Division shows its 'art and sole' at the Spring Event On May 21, Women’s Division members joined together to celebrate another successful year at the Dollar-a-Day Spring Event. The cocktail hour featured a boutique of local vendors and the opportunity to purchase featured speaker Jane Weitzman’s book “Art and Sole,” with proceeds going to the Federation. Weitzman and her fellow speakers Michal Barkai and Hal Appleman encouraged the attendees to “walk the talk” of philanthropy. Thank you to everyone who made this event possible, and stay tuned for news about next year!
Above, the Women’s Division Dollar-A-Day Spring Event Committee. Above right, Campaign Chair Iris Epstein with special guest speaker Michal Barkai, founder of the Alma Preparatory School for female leadership in Israel.
Left, Jane Weitzman. Above, the ladies show off their copies of Jane Weitzman’s book.
Above left, Vicki Wax and Rabbi Melissa Simon. Above right, thanks to the creativity of Debi Wiener and the event committee, the room looked beautiful.
Spring trip takes Poms and Lions to the Jewish Museum
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On June 1, 23 Pomegranate and Lion of Judah women traveled together to New York City for a day of culture and community. The group were treated to a guided tour of the special exhibit “Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television,” which explored how avant-garde art influenced and
shaped the look and content of network television in its formative years from the late 1940s to the mid-1970s. The early creators of American television, many of whom were young and Jewish, were heavily influenced by modernism, and their risk-taking and experimentation mirrored the world of fine arts. The exhibit
included works by Saul Bass, Marcel Duchamp, and Andy Warhol alongside clips from television shows like “Batman,” “The Ed Sullivan Show” and “The Twilight Zone.” The women also enjoyed lunch at Tevere Restaurant, a New York City establishment that specializes in the kosher cuisine of Rome.
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Fun for all at Shalom Baby Reunion
old friends and made new ones too. Shalom Baby is an outreach program of the Women's Division of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley. It is our way of wel-
coming our newest members and their families with a personal visit and special gift. To learn more about Shalom Baby, visit jewishlehighvalley.org/shalom-baby.
PHOTOS BY EDWIN DAVIS PHOTOGRAPHY
Shalom Baby held its annual reunion June 7 for families who have been visited by the program. Parents and kids enjoyed snacks and playtime while they caught up with
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golfers help feed the hungry, combat hate
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By Stephanie Smartschan JFLV Director of Marketing First there were 10 names left, then seven, then five, then two. The grand prize of $5,000 was on the line for the last person standing and Jerry Biel was in the running. “The whole time I’m thinking, if I do win, I can’t accept the money,” said Biel, who was participating for the second year in the Jewish Federation’s annual Mortimer S. Schiff Memorial Golf Tournament. Throughout the evening, Biel, who is Lutheran, said he was struck by the Federation’s efforts to work with people of all faiths to combat prejudice and hate. When his name was indeed the last to be called in the reverse raffle, he quickly announced he would be donating the entirety of his winnings back to the Federation. “It was a wonderful surprise and truly showcased what this tournament is all about and what my father would have wanted,” said Richie Schiff, tournament co-chair. It wasn’t the only opportunity for philanthropy that evening. For the first time ever, participants and dinner guests were able to “bid” on special auction packages to benefit two specific causes – feeding the hungry and reducing prejudice. A $250 donation “bought” bidders 15 food boxes that will be distributed to indigent persons in wartorn Ukraine through the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. Thanks to the generosity of those at the tournament, 285 people will be receiving this life-saving gift. For $300, bidders could help bring a prejudice reduction speaker or exhibit to a local public school. Five of these programs will now be possible. Also up for auction, thanks to the generosity of Lexus, was the opportunity to play at Lexus’s Champions for Charity golf tournament. Gary Fromer placed the winning bid and will be heading for Pebble Beach this December. Overall, more than $46,000 was raised to benefit these causes and the Annual Campaign for Jewish Needs and more than 80 players and 35 sponsors made the tournament a huge success. Stay tuned for details about next year!
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Above, Bruce Pudlock makes the qualifying putt in the $10,000 putting contest, putting him in the final round. He came extremely close to winning the grand prize!
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A special thanks to the 2015 Golf Tournament Committee: Honorary Co-Chairmen Leonard Abrams Mark Klein Chairmen Barnet Fraenkel Richard Schiff
Committee Houman Ahdieh David Bub Howard Epstein Stewart Furmansky Erica Hyman Richard Lerner
Herb Levy Peter Pettit Rita Scheller Donald Senderowitz Larrie Sheftel Scott Waldman Jean B. Weiner
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Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley 2015 Campaign for Jewish Needs
TOGETHER WE RAISED $2,316,628 TO SUPPORT THE LEHIGH VALLEY AND WORLDWIDE JEWISH COMMUNITY
THANK YOU. Because of your support of the 2015 campaign, we are able to help when help is needed, provide a safety net for those who must rely upon it, and nurture the core institutions that are the fabric of a rich and dynamic Jewish community.
PRIME MINISTERS CIRCLE $100,000+ Ross Born° Wendy Born*° Robert and Bonnie* Hammel° Just Born Inc° Charles and Figa* Kline Foundation° Anonymous (1) THEODORE HERZL SOCIETY $50,000 -$99,999 Master Family° Richard and Susan* Master MCS Industries Harry Louis Yanoff & Jeanette Master Yanoff Charitable Fund Shelley Stettner*°
KING DAVID SOCIETY $25,000 - $49,999 Leonard Abrams° Fischmann Family Fund*° Roberto and Eileen* Fischmann Tama Fogelman* and Family° The Fraenkel Family° Dr. Harold and Sandra* Goldfarb° Robert J. and Susan* Grey The Mortimer S. Schiff Memorial Golf Tournament Joseph B. and Rita* Scheller° TREE OF LIFE SOCIETY $18,000 - $24,999 The Deanne and Arnold Kaplan Foundation* Lisa Scheller* and Wayne Woodman KING SOLOMON CIRCLE $10,000 - $17,999 Dr. Jeffrey and Jill* Blinder° The Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation Charles Cohen and Rebecca Binder* The Martin Cohen Family Foundation° Seidel, Cohen Hof & Reid LLC° Daniel and Nancy* Cohen Phillip and Ellen* Hof
Chris and Tara Reid Norman Seidel (z”l) Peter and Karen* Cooper° Gary Fromer and Dr. Carol Bub Fromer* Richard Green Family and Firstrust Bank Robert and Judy Auritt Klein Family Fund*° Kobrovsky Family Fund° Elaine Lerner*° Orgler Family Fund° Dr. Richard and Barbara* Reisner° Nan Ronis* Mortimer S. and Vera M.* Schiff Foundation° Jean Weiner*° Anonymous (1) BUILDERS OF ISRAEL $5,000 - $9,999 Dr. Marc and Aliette* Abo Dr. Arthur and Phoebe* (z”l) Altman° Sadie Berman Lion of Judah Endowment Fund* Hon. Alan and Donna* Black° Ellis and Lisa* Block Pearl Brooks* Dr. Sam and Sylvia* Bub° Marc and Judy* Diamondstein Andrew and Dr. Lisa* Ellis Jonathan and Iris* Epstein Arnan and Marlene* Finkelstein Susan Gadomski *°
Dr. Jeffrey Gevirtz° Mark L. Goldstein and Shari Spark*° Allen and Patricia* Gribben° Nat and Erica* Hyman Dr. Arthur and Jane* Kaplan° Drs. Stephen and Barbara* Katz Drs. Andrew and Deborah* Kimmel Mark and Patty Klein° Bernard and Florence Kobrovsky Special Fund Dr. Wesley and Beth* Kozinn° Dr. Lawrence and Eva* Levitt° Stanley R. Liebman Estate Dr. William and Jane* Markson° Michael and Linda* Miller° Dr. Alan and Judith* Morrison° Daniel Poresky° Dr. Alex and Robin* Rosenau° Shaoli Rosenberg* Drs. Jarrod and Nicole* Rosenthal Lorrie Scherline*° Irwin and Ellen* Schneider° Dr. Stuart A. and Janice Schwartz° Mark and Deena* Scoblionko° Elizabeth Scofield* Larrie and Judy* Sheftel° Milton and Ronnie* Sheftel° Edith Simon*° Spira Family Foundation Dr. Frank and Tama* Tamarkin Dr. William and Pauline* Trachtenberg° Dr. Michael and Eileen* Ufberg° Dr. Robert and Carol* Wilson Ilene Wood* Dr. Israel and Valeska* Zighelboim Anonymous (3) SABRA CIRCLE $2,500 - $4,999 Alan and Marsha* Abraham Dr. Houman and Lori* Ahdieh Leonard & Beverly* Bloch Foundation Dr. David and Sara-Jane* Bub Dr. Ian and Patricia* Carlis° Scott and Beth* Delin Glenn and Jan* Ehrich Henriette Engelson*° Dr. Peter Fisher and Kathy Zimmerman* Louis and Shirley* Furmansky° Stewart and Carol* Furmansky° Dr. Gene and Ann* Ginsberg° Dr. Mark and Carmyn Gittleman° Dr. Lawrence and Vicki* Glaser° Dr. Ronald J. and Linda* Glickman Steven and Nancy Wax Goldman* Bennett Grossman Barry and Carol R.* Halper° Dr. Steve and Audrey* Kanoff Dr. Jeffrey and Kim Kramer Stuart and Lynda* Krawitz Dr. Harold and Linda* Kreithen° Robert and Roberta* Kritzer Dr. Howard and Beth* Kushnick Donald and Lois* Lipson° Dr. Richard and Roberta* London° Dr. Moshe and Lisa* Markowitz Dr. Jay and Marla* Melman° Dr. Holmes and Jeannie* Miller Dr. Richard J. and Amy* Morse Drs. Steven and Nancy* Oberlender Dr. Noah Orenstein and Diana Fischmann Orenstein* Dr. Robert and Lota* Post° Rhoda Prager*° Judith Rodwin* Sylvia and Herb Rosen Foundation Cathy Sacher*° Frances & Abraham Schwab Memorial Fund Ronald and Martha* Segel Jack and Amy* Silverman° Dr. Arthur and Audrey* Sosis° Dr. David and Barbara* Sussman° Alan J. and Abby* Wiener° Arthur and Barbara* Weinrach° Dr. Michael and Leslie* Weinstock James and Linda* Wimmer° Gail Wolson*° Dr. Michael and Miriam* Zager and Family Larry and Carolyn Zelson Anonymous (4) GATES OF JAFFA $1,500 - $2,499 Alan and Sandy* Abeshaus Dr. Howard Altman
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Richard J. Mongilutz and Kelly Banach* Dr. Alan Berger° William M. and Peggy* Berger° Steven Bergstein and Nanci Goldman Bergstein Dr. Marc and Lauren* Berson° Michael and Rita* Bloom° Dr. John and Ingelise* Brown Dr. Michael Busch Lawrence Center Marilyn Claire*° Dr. William and Gail* Combs Helen Cook*° Justin and Erin* Corsa Dr. Karen Dacey* Norman Falk Claudia Fischmann* Veronica Fischmann* Dr. Jay and Fran* Fisher Dr. Hal and Kimberly Folander Jerome and Sally Frank Dr. Ronald and Emily Freudenberger Dr. Henry and Monica* Friess and Family Neil and Edyth* Glickstein° Dr. Gordon and Rose Lee* Goldberg° Mitzi Goldenberg* Dr. Marsha Gordon* Dr. Robert M. Gordon° Morris & Dyna Gorfinkel Memorial Fund Dr. David Greenberg and Bonna Sue Burtt-Greenberg* Kenneth and Ellen* Greene Dr. Robert and Tracy Grob Dr. Paul Gross° Drs. Harvey and Melissa Hakim Esther Halperin*° Hausman Family Mark and Amy* Holtz Roslyn Holtz* Dr. Howard Horne Dr. Howard and Susan* Israel Dr. John Jaffe° Dr. Jeffrey and Nancy Jahre Roland and Dorothy Joseph Rabbi Allen and Toby* Juda° Dr. Robert and Janice* Kaplan Muriel Kosen* Martin and Judy* Krasnov° Dr. Joshua and Teri* Krassen Dr. Robert and Stephanie* Kricun° Ferne Rodale Kushner*° Merry Landis*° Dr. Michael and Carole* Langsam Dr. Brian LeFrock Dr. Paul and Diane* Lemberg and Family Monica Lemelman*° Mort & Myra Levy Philanthropic Fund Dr. Jay and Evelyn* Lipschutz° Lois Lipson* Dr. Eiran and Janet* Mandelker Dr. Gerald and Ethel* Melamut° Robert and Betty* Mendelson Dr. Michael and Cary* Moritz Dr. Robert and Amy Morrison Taffi Ney*° Dr. Mark and Alice* Notis° Dr. Michael and Ruth* Notis° Dr. William and Marjorie Ofrichter° Dr. Robert and Joanne* Palumbo Frank Penn Family Fund Drs. Andrew and Flora* Pestcoe Rabbi Seth Phillips and Marge Kramer* Rhoda Prager* The Ringold* Family Dr. Edward Rosenfeld Dr. Marvin and Janet Rosenthal° Dr. Abraham and Nancy* Ross and Family Selma Roth* Dr. Michael and Lynn F.* Rothman Dr. Wayne Saunders Dr. Darryn and Lorey* Shaff Dr. Elliot Shear Ruth Sheftel* Marshall and Nina* Silverstein° Dr. Raymond and Bonnie Singer Lynda Somach*° Richard and Allison Staiman Dr. Sidney and Lenore* Stecher Dr. Ronald and Melissa Stein and Family Dr. Frederic A. and Gilda Stelzer° Dr. Jay and Margery* Strauss° Fred and Barbara K.* Sussman Dr. Adam Teichman Dr. Ryan and Carah* Tenzer
Dr. Kenneth and Alla* Toff Dr. Edward Tomkin and Sandra Wadsworth Dr. Darren and Stefanie* Traub Dr. Marc and Susan* Vengrove° Dr. Andrew Wakstein Gordon and Kathy* Weil Dr. Benjamin and Ellen Weinberger° Abby Wiener*° Steven and Margo* Wiener° Susan Wild* Dr. Eric and Helaine* Young Dr. Larry and Debra Zohn° Anonymous (5) CHAVERIM $500 - $1,499 Richard and Karen* Albert Steven Aronsky Dr. Richard and Judith* Aronson° Marietta Banach* Tama Lee Barsky* Dr. Sherri Bassner* Sanford and Patricia* Beldon Dr. Harry and Donna Berger Larry and Susan W.* Berman° Joseph and Sharon* Bernstein Ronald and Linda* Black Dr. Robert and Linda Bloch Rance and Sheryl* Block Akiva and Rachel* Boonswang Dr. Stuart and Joan* Boreen Dr. Jeffrey and Nan* Bratspies° Regina Brenner* Dr. Scott Brenner and Cheryl Figlin-Brenner* Edna Brill*° Evelyn H. Brown*° Drs. Sylvan and Sharon Brown Richard and Kira* Bub Gordon Campbell Harvey and Elizabeth* Cartine Dr. Robert Cohn and The Harold and Matilda Cohn Family Fund° Dr. William Combs Meir Dardashti and Ricki Notis* Hon. Maxwell and Barbara Davison° Deborah Degani* Richard and Ruth* Derby° Gerald Weisberger and Gail Ehrens*° Eduardo and Jeanette* Eichenwald° Dr. Mark and Ellyn* Elstein° Dr. Thomas and Roni* Englert and Family° Joan Epstein*° Howard and Shirley* Falk Dr. Bruce Feldman° Dr. Michael Feldman Dr. Neil and Ellen* Feldman Samuel and Lynn* Feldman° Dr. Eric J. and Amy* Fels Finkelstein Family Fund Jules and Tama Fogelman Family Fund* Dr. Ari and Mia* Forgosh Hon. Robert and Ronnie Freedberg° Ronald and Olga* Gelber Vicki Glaser* Dr. Brian Goldberg Barry Goldin and Cheri Sterman* Dr. Eric Goldman Lance and Ellen* Gordon Dr. Jeffrey Gould Alan Greenberger° Irwin and Diane Greenberg° Ralph and Anna Mae* Grossman° Jay Haltzman° Ronald and Joan* Harrison° Arthur and Susan* Hochhauser° Dr. Arthur Hoffman° Carol Hoffman* Alex Hornstein° Dr. David and Susan Hyman° Gwen Jacobs* Selma Jacowitz* Audrey Kanoff* Seth and Kathi* Katzman° Dr. Jay and Phyllis* Kaufman° Dr. Corey and Lisa* Kirshner Drs. William and Susan* Kitei° Maxine S. Klein*° Dr. Elwood and Marilyn* Kolb° Dr. Mark and Iris Koshar Paul and Dore Kottler Karen Kuhn*° Dr. Michael and Fay* Kun Dr. Hartley Lachter and Dr. Jessica Cooperman* Lawrence M. Lang and Elaine N. Deutch* Dr. Paul H. and Elaine* Langer° Gerson Lazar Family Fund Martha B. Lebovitz*° Bernard and Laurie Lesavoy-Lesavoy Butz & Seitz LLC The Eva Levitt Knitting Project Dr. Lisa Lindauer* Dr. Sheldon and Paula* Linn Scott and Allison* Lipson Eric Luftig Jean Mandel*° Dr. Norman Maron Dr. David and Robyn Meir-Levi David and Judy* Mickenberg Edith Miller*°
Dr. Gary and Debbie* Miller° Morton and Judy* Miller Michael Molovinsky° James and Shelah Mueth Dr. Jonathan Munves Jay and Bobbi* Needle Sandy Newman* Marc Nissenbaum° Dr. David and Carole* Ostfeld° Myra Outwater * Dr. David and Ann* Packman Leon and Elaine* Papir° Alan and Roberta* Penn° Phyllis Perkin* Allen and Sandra* Perlman Alison Post* Michael and Ilene* Prokup° Dr. Mitchell and Carol Rabinowitz Rabbi Moshe and Adina Re'em Dr. Max L. and Helen Robbins Elaine Rappaport-Bass*° Dr. Howard and Lisa* Rosenberg° Joseph Rosenfeld and Jonathan Rosenfeld Drs. Jason Rudolph and Stacey Resnick* Adam and Penny* Roth and Family Judd Roth Dr. Norman and Jett* Sarachek° Sheila Saunders*° Marcia Schechter*° Jane Schiff Nathan and Rusty* Schiff Dr. Michael and Heidi* Schiffman° Michael and Brenna Schlossberg John Schneider Bernard and Sara* Schonbach Lillian Schwab Memorial Fund Renee Schwartz*° Schwartz Family Fund Dr. Howard and Tamara Selden Dr. Edward and Sally* Shapiro° Elliot and Linda* Sheftel° Howard and Susan* Sherer Dr. Andrew and Rachel* Shurman Helaine Sigal* Richard Silberg Dr. Bruce and Donna Silverberg Dr. Howard and Diane* Silverman° Rabbi Michael Singer and Alexis Vega-Singer* Dr. Bruce and Ardeth* Smackey° Marcy Staiman* Dr. Phil and Diane* Stein Dr. Richard and Arlene* Stein° Dr. Stanley and Manya Stein Hon. Robert L. Steinberg Kevin Stempel Cheri Sterman* Aimee Stewart* Dr. David and Laurie Strassman Dr. Michael F. Stroock° Fred and Barbara K.* Sussman Fund° Marsha Timmerman*° Ron Ticho and Pam Lott* Dr. Mark and Abby* Trachtman Dr. Stanley and Judith* Walker Dr. Ronald and Beverly* Wasserman° Robert and Sandy* Weiner° Louise Weinstein* Gerald Weisberger and Gail Ehrens* Deborah Weiss* Jerry and Flossie* Zales° Martin Zippel Debbie Zoller* Anonymous (29) SHORASHIM $250 - $499 Isabella Alkasov* Vivian Appel* Dr. Mark Auerbach Joan Balkwill* Miriam Bandler*° Dr. Peter and Barbara Barbour Randy and Jodi* Barson Richard and Joan* Bass Dr. Harry and Donna Berger David and Clara* Bergstein Richard Bergstein° Dr. Neil and Christy Boderman° Amy Born Fund* Sally Brau*° Barbra Butz* Robert and Jane* Cohen° Marcia K. Cohen*° Robert Cohen and Michelle Hindin Temple and Ann Coldren Howard and Catherine* Coleman Roger and Sharon* Collins Donald Denburg° Dr. George Diamond° Fred and Gail* Eisenberg Jack and Shirley* Engelson° Eleanor Extract* Melissa Falk* Susan Fegley* Dr. Alex Feig° Marcia Felkay*° Harry Fisher Charles Fletcher Memorial Fund Brian and Emily* Ford Phyllis Ford* Neil and Marjorie* Forgosh
Rabbi Jonathan Gerard and Dr. Pearl Rosenberg Dr. Eric and Debbie* Gertner Alfred T. Gifford Family Fund Renee Gittler*° Rhoda Glazier*° Glazier Furniture° Ann Goldberg* Libby Golomb*° Nathaniel and Joanna Golub Allan and Mary Goodman° Alvin and Sharon Goren Dr. H. William and Ruth* Gross° Lothar and Wendy Gumberich Les and Ricky* Hochhauser Dr. Neil and Janet* Hogan Carol Jaspan* Lisa Jeffery* James and Andrea* Jesberger Andrew and Nancy Kahn Irving Kaplan° Dr. Binae Karpo* Carolyn Katwan* Phyllis Kaufman* Renee B. Kleaveland* Iris Klein*° Dr. Neal Kramer Suzanne Lapiduss* Dr. Judith Lasker*° Dr. Henry and Susan Lehrich Alice Level* Dr. Edward Levy Gilfrid and Michele* Levy Dr. Arthur Levine and Dr. Janet Schwartz* Herbert Litvin Dr. Robert and Elizabeth* Malacoff Dr. Norman and Roberta* Marcus Paul and Natalie Millrod° Alex and Elaine* Morrow Judith Murman* Dr. Douglas and Ruth* Nathanson Dr. Michael and Martina Obenski Papir Family Fund Honorable Edward Pawlowski Stephen Phillips Daniel Pomerantz Fund Edward and Beth* Posner° Raab Fund Julian Rappaport and Toby Brandt° Harry and Carole* Rose° Rosenau Family Fund Michael and Linda Rosenfeld Gerald Roth Memorial Fund June Rothkopf* Cary Rothstein Keren Saltz* Joel and Linda Scheer Terry Schettini and Barbara Yudis* Henry and Isabel Schiff° Jane Schiff* James and Sandra* Schonberger° Dr. Andrew and Jacqueline Schwartz Reba Scoblionko* Lynne Shampain* H. Sheftel Memorial Fund Dr. Laurence and Mimi* Silberstein° Stuart and Susan* Shmookler° Dr. Roger and Marna* Simon Beth El Sisterhood° Keneseth Israel Sisterhood° Sons of Israel Sisterhood° Adam and Stephanie* Smartschan Peter and Sheila* Sokalsky Rabbi Aryeh and Beth* Spera Michael and Jane* Spitzer Dr. David and Cindy* Stein Dr. Mark Stein and Sharon Albert* Stephanie Szilagyi*° Norman Tahler Dr. Jonathan Tenzer Family Fund Selma Tomkin* Danny and Ben Wax Robert and Marcia* Weill Martin and Frances* Weinberg Joel, Susan, and Gershen Weiner° Joseph Weiner° Kristina Weiner* Michael Weinstein David and Deborah* Wiener Rabbi David and Dr. Rachel* Wilensky Bernard and Adele* Wolensky° Bruce and Alicia* Zahn Dr. Robert and Susanna* Zemble Debbie Ziev Anne Zuckerman* Anonymous (20) KEHILLAH $100 - $249 Linda Adler* Richard and Maria* Ain Florence Applebaum* Elaine Atlas*° Pnina Avitzur* David and Carmit* Bach Karen Bader*° Joan Balkwill*° Karen Bardawil* Dr. Marsha Baar*° Michael and Barbara* Bassano Dr. Neil Belman Millie Berg Memorial Fund Elaine Berk*
Carah Tenzer and Erin Corsa take the 60 Day Challenge at the Community Patrons Reception on Sept. 29. Tenzer and Corsa were among 625 donors who made their pledges to the Annual Campaign before Thanksgiving.
Federation President Mark H. Scoblionko and Larry Levitt make the call on Super Sunday. Volunteers raised $43,000 for the Annual Campaign that day and made 800 thank-you calls.
Rabbi Melody Davis and Rabbi Seth Phillips help celebrate Israel's 67th birthday. The community gathered at the JCC on Yom Ha'atzmaut for train rides, kids activities, falafel and birthday cupcakes.
Sarah and Tom Morse and Valeska Zighelboim help package food for families in need at Thanksgiving. Thirty Jewish families had a brighter holiday thanks to the Young Adult Division food drive. HAKOL LEHIGH VALLEY | JULY/AUGUST 2015 9
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Susan Goldman* Dr. David Goldner Arlene Gorchov* and Mark Kennedy Aaron Gorodzinsky Donald Greenberg Jeff and Elizabeth* Greenberg Sidney Greenberg and Joan Lesavoy° Arlene Griffin*° Merle Grollman* Tom and Rita* Guthrie Sharon Hamilton* Etta Heller* Alvin and Arlene* Herling Marjorie Hertz* Anita Hirsch* Stuart and Hope* Horowitz° Dr. Michael and Stacy* Hortner Charles and Dale Inlander° Dr. Joseph Jacobs Baron Jasper Susan Kamber*° Lorraine Karess* Katz Family Dr. Lewis and Joan* Katz Daniel and Anne* Kaye Ludmila Khodorkovsky* Renee B. Kleaveland* Mark Klein Family Fund Lillian Kobrovsky* Dr. Arnold and Barbara* Kritz Ruth Kugelman*° Kimmel Family Fund Dr. Michael Kun Gary and Jennifer* Lader Peter and Madeline* Langman Gilbert and Judy* Lappen Mary Laronge* Dr. David Leff Frederick and Sherry Lesavoy° Paul Levy and Helen Mack-Levy* Steven Markowitz° Joan Lichtenstein* Boris and Ellen Lifschutz Dr. David and Elizabeth* Lischner Dr. Henry and Pat Luftman Robert and Shirley* Malenovsky° Susan Mellan Memorial Fund* Donald and Julia* Miles Gary and Diane* Miller° Norman and Maxine* Miller° Rabbi Alan and Patricia* Mittleman° Gladys Morgenstein*° Joyce Morse* Henry and Jill* Narrow° Howard and Jill Nathanson
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Jerome and Norma* Neff° Richard and Audrey* Nolte Robert Orenstein Debbie Ovitz*° Dr. Ilan and Sima Peleg Joseph and Eve* Peterson Dr. Peter Pettit Linda Piesner* Mark and Nina* Pinsley Jay and Marlene* Plotnick Dr. Matthew and Denise* Pollack Patti Price* Abram and Alyssa Pure Martin Rapoport David Reiff Ruth Reiter* Charles Richter and Lynda Pollack* Ira and Erica* Robbins Dr. Joel Rosenfeld Myra Rosenhaus* Debra Ross* Monro and Mimi Roth Ryan Sacher Phil Fund Gerald and Etta* Salman° Alan and Mary* Salinger° Michele Salomon* Richard and Amy* Sams Helene Rae Scarcia* Seith Schentzel Elana Schettini Fund Noah Schettini Fund Mike and Ellyn* Schindler Sol (z”l) and Dolly* Schocker Ivan and Jill* Schonfeld Leon Schneider Dr. Michael Schwartz Brian Segel Adrian Shanker and Brandon Pariser Stanley Shrager Barry Siegel° Serita Silberg* Linda Silowka*° Abigail Silverman* Jessica Silverman* Marna Simon*° Rabbi Melissa Simon* Robert Simon Ruth Skoglund* Dr.Yehuda and Victoria* Smooha° Anne Snyder-Lyons* Susan Sosnow* Michael and Sybil* Stershic David Vaida and Cantor Ellen Sussman* Matthew and Tracy* Sussman
Julie Thomases* Sharon Trinker* Dr. William and Rae Tuffiash° Dr. Mark and Gayle* Unger° Sharone and Lora* Vaknin Volk Family Fund Dr. Arkady and Ilana* Voloshin Lynn Waite* Debbie Walther David Weiner Joel and Susan Weiner Eugene and Helene Weiss° Alfred Wiener Family Fund Norman and Sandra* Wruble Zelickson Family Fund Richard and Cherie* Zettlemoyer Anonymous (33) GENESIS $1 - $99 Marvin and Sylvia* Adler Joseph Aflalo Aaron Alkasov Gregory and Seli* Allen Richard and Regina* Angel Scott Appleman Max Averbach Zoey Averbach* Timothy Bacak Kristian Ball and Elizabeth Rich* Jayson and Nurit* Baron Nurit Baron* Dr. Susan Basow* Marla Beck* Belman Family Fund Dr. Cindee Belman* Michael Benioff Lillian Benton* Arthur Berg Stephanie Berman Jeffrey and Lisa* Bernfeld Marc Bernstein Nancy Bernstein* Ronnie Blaufarb Jerome and Loretta (z”l) Block Igor and Alla* Bolotovsky Dr. Edward and Lila* Borshansky Benjamin Brenner Fund Rose Breuer* Lawrence and Rebecca* Brisman Ron Brodsky Neil and Diane Brown Victor Bunick Kate Burdick* Ivan Buyum
Joyce Camm* Dena Cedor* Fran Chizeck* Linda Chmielewski*° Dr. Barry and Robbie* Cohen Elena Cohen Charity Fund Ginny Cohen* Dr. Karen G. Cook* and Caity Kanengiser Karli Cozen* Edwin Davis Shane and Lauren* Davis David Deneberg Eileen Denitz* Betty Diamond* Marilyn Doluisio*° Michael and Cheryl Donahue Cindy Drill* Sandra Dror* Shelley Drozd* Vicki Duerr* Helen Ebert* Wendy Edwards* Emily Eider* David Eiskowitz Joseph Epstein and Sheryl Feinstein Mordechai Eskovitz Anita Evelyn* Inna Eyzerovich* E.G. Jerry Farris Stuart and Susan Fause Sharon Feldman* Anna Figlin* Brenda Finberg* Fredda Fischman* Claudia Fischmann Fund Diana Fischmann Fund Veronica Fischmann Fund Adele Fisher* Diane Fisher*° Melanie Franklin Lauri Franko* Marla Freedman* Michael and Sandra Freeman Ann Friedenheim* Barbara Friedenheim* Peter Friedman Fran Gaines* Lewis and Roberta* Gaines° Dr. Todd and Laura* Garber Dr. Debra Garlin* Arnon and Hagit* Gavish Gail Gelb* Candice Gerber* Ian Gertner
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Jeffrey and Sharon Murdoch Dr. Scott and Barbara* Naftulin Scott and Phyllis* Naiden Mattathias Needle Myra Needle* Terry David and Shirley* Neff Richard and Paula* Nelson Gary Nussbaum Maurice and Sandy* Ojalvo Ellen Osher* and Robert Prichard Lena Packer* Cantor Jill Pakman* Dr. Alan Parker Matan and Cantor Jennifer* Peled Howard and A. Jane* Pitkoff The Pitkoff Family Robert Platt and Jane Silverblatt* Daryl and Suzanne* Poliner Mildred Poliner*° Igor and Anna* Polonsky Aron and Adina* Preis The Purple Fund Alex and Nava Raban Alan Raisman Eric Rappaport and Choty Andres* Lillian Ratarsky* Linda Rich* Michael Rockmaker Phyllis Rothkopf* Steven and Ilene* Rubel Barbara Rudolph* Deborah Sarachek* David and Myra Saturen Mary Lou Scarf* Jon Schaeffer Melvin and Pearl* Schmier Helaine Schonberger* Lewis Schor° Lorraine Secouler* Philip Segal Marlee Senderowitz Fund Rissa Senderowitz Philanthropic Fund Richard and Dr. Cheryl* Shadick Robert and Maryanne Appleby-Shaffer* Alan Shapiro Ezra Shapiro Shay and Allison* Shimon Dr. Carl and Rhonda* Shulze Diane Silverman* Silverman Family Fund Abigail Silverman Fund Jessica Silverman Philanthropic Fund* Debra Skinner* Danielle Staiman Mitzvah Fund* Alan and Lori Starr Bruce and Jill* Steigerwald Arieh Sternberg Carl Stevenson Linda Stevenson* Rabbi Danielle Stillman Norman and Cindy* Sussman° Robert Sussman Carrie Tamutus* William and Elizabeth Taylor Temple Covenant of Peace Sandi Teplitz*° David Teumim Harriet Theodore* Sondra Toland* Saul and Sheila* Topolsky Robert Trotner Ufberg Family Fund Janet Ulman Inna Vishnevetsky* Nicholas and Jessica* Volchko Dori Wallace* Alice Ward*° Anne M. Warschauer*° Cantor Kevin Wartell° Isadore and Dorothy* Weiner° Marcia Weingartner* Les and Anita* Weintraub Marjorie Weiss* Dr. Brian Wernick and Joy Rothman* Jon and Francine* Wolfe Barbara Wolfgang* Rabbi Yitzchok and Frima Yagod Gladys Yass* Herman and Jessica* Ytkin Krista Ytkin* Zatalya Zabezhinskaya* Anonymous (28)
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LION OF JUDAH DONORS Aliette Abo* Sadie Berman* Rebecca Binder Donna Black Jill Blinder Nancy Bloch Wendy Born* Pearl Brooks Carol Bub Fromer Nancy Cohen Karen Cooper*
Judy Diamondstein Iris Epstein* Roberta Epstein* Eileen Fischmann* Tama Fogelman* Lisa Fraenkel* Susan Gadomski Sandra Goldfarb* Susan Grey Bonnie Hammel* Erica Hyman
Deanne Kaplan* Judy Auritt Klein* Beth Kozinn Elaine Lerner* Eva Levitt* Barbara Reisner Nan Ronis Shaoli Rosenberg Nicole Rosenthal Lisa Scheller* Rita Scheller
Lorrie Scherline Vera Schiff Elizabeth Scofield Ronnie Sheftel Edith Simon Shelley Stettner Vicki Wax* Jean Weiner Carol Wilson Ilene Wood* *Endowed Lion of Judah
POMEGRANATE DONORS Sandy Abeshaus Marsha Abraham Sheila Berg Beverly Bloch Lisa Block Sylvia Bub Patricia Carlis Marilyn Claire Helen Cook Erin Corsa Karen Dacey Beth Delin Tamar Earnest Lisa Ellis Marlene Finkelstein Claudia Fischmann Veronica Fischmann Ann Ginsberg
Linda Glickman Edyth Glickstein Norma Goldenberg Nancy Goldman Marsha Gordon Patricia Gribben Carol Halper Esther Halperin Ellen Hof Jane Kaplan Barbara Katz Deborah Kimmel Lynda Krawitz Linda Kreithen Roberta Kritzer Ferne Kushner Merry Landis Monica Lemelman
Lois Lipson Lisa Markowitz Jane Markson Jeannie Miller Linda Miller Judith Morrison Amy Morse Taffi Ney* Nancy Oberlender Diana Orenstein Lota Post Rhoda Prager Judith Rodwin Robin Rosenau Selma Roth Cathy Sacher Deena Scoblionko Martha Segel
Judy Sheftel Ruth Sheftel Amy Silverman* Lynda Somach Audrey Sosis Shari Spark Dena Stein Barbara Sussman Tama Tamarkin Pauline Trachtenberg Eileen Ufberg Laurie Wax Barbara Weinrach Leslie Weinstock Abby Wiener Gail Wolson Valeska Zighelboim *Endowed Pomegranate
MAIMONIDES SOCIETY DONORS Marc Abo Houman Ahdieh Arthur Altman Howard Altman Marcus Averbach Alan Berger Marc Berson Jeffrey Blinder Scott Brenner John Brown David Bub Sam Bub Carol Bub Fromer Ian Carlis Mitchell Cooper Karen Dacey Beth Delin Tamar Earnest Lisa Ellis Jay Fisher Peter Fisher Hal Folander Henry Friess Jeffrey Gevirtz Gene Ginsberg Mark Gittleman Lawrence Glaser Ronald Glickman
Harold Goldfarb Marsha Gordon Robert Gordon David Greenberg Robert Grob Harvey Hakim Eric Holender Howard Horne David Hyman Howard Israel John Jaffe Jeffrey Jahre Steve Kanoff Arthur Kaplan Robert Kaplan Barbara Katz Stephen Katz Deborah Kimmel Wesley Kozinn Jeffrey Kramer Joshua Krassen Harold Kreithen Robert Kricun Howard Kushnick Brian LeFrock Paul Lemberg Lawrence Levitt Richard London
Eiran Mandelker Moshe Markowitz William Markson Gerald Melamut Jay Melman Michael Moritz Alan Morrison Robert Morrison Richard Morse Mark Notis Nancy Oberlender Steven Oberlender William Ofrichter Gary Oxfeld Robert Palumbo Robert Post Richard Reisner Michael Ringold Alex Rosenau Jarrod Rosenthal Marvin Rosenthal Nicole Rosenthal Michael Rothman Wayne Saunders Andrew Schwartz Stuart Schwartz Howard Selden Darryn Shaff
Elliot Shear Amy Silverman Ray Singer Arthur Sosis Ronald Stein Frederic Stelzer Jay Strauss David Sussman Frank Tamarkin Adam Teichman Ryan Tenzer Kenneth Toff Edward Tomkin William Trachtenberg Darren Traub Michael Ufberg Marc Vengrove Stephen Volk Andrew Wakstein Robert Wax Benjamin Weinberger Michael Weinstock Robert Wilson Eric Young Michael Zager Israel Zighelboim Larry Zohn
2015 CAMPAIGN VOLUNTEERS Aliette Abo Leonard Abrams Isabella Alkasov Tama Lee Barsky Fran Bassett BBYO Sheila Berg Richard Bergstein Larry Berman Susan Berman Lauren Berson Marc Berson Lawrence Bitterman Jeffrey Blinder Andrew Block Ellis Block Lisa Block Rance Block Ross Born Wendy Born Nathan Braunstein Regina Brenner Scott Brenner Sylvia Bub Carol Bub Fromer Sara Camuti Lawrence Center Marilyn Claire Charles Cohen Daniel Cohen Karen Cooper Jessica Cooperman Erin Corsa Justin Corsa Lauren Davis
Melody Davis Shane Davis Scott Delin Marc Diamondstein Niles Dubin Glenn Ehrich Jeanette Eichenwald Andrew Ellis Lisa Ellis Iris Epstein Eileen Fischmann Roberto Fischmann Harry Fisher Peter Fisher Brian Ford Barnet Fraenkel Gene Ginsberg Pat Glascom Lawrence Glaser Vicki Glaser Harold Goldfarb Sandra Goldfarb Harvey Hakim Barry Halper Rabbi Yaacov Halperin Robert Hammel Ronald Harrison Hillel Students at Muhlenberg, Lehigh, Lafayette, and Moravian Ellen Hof Linda Hurwitz John Jaffe Rabbi Allen Juda Andrew Kahn
Seth Katzman Beth Kozinn Joshua Krassen Stuart Krawitz Roberta Kritzer Beth Kushnick Merry Landis Diane Lemberg Paul Lemberg Eva Levitt Lawrence Levitt Henry Luftman Elvira Mana Moshe Markowitz William Markson Betty Mendelson Robert Mendelson Jeannie Miller Linda Miller Michael Miller James Mueth Taffi Ney Mark Notis Michael Notis Rabbi Seth Phillips Mark Pitkoff Robert Platt Lota Post Elaine Rappaport-Bass Rabbi Moshe Re’em Bruce Reich Samuel Reichgott Nan Ronis Carole Rose Jarrod Rosenthal
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Every penny counts! Ben and Danny Wax, children of Robby and Laurie Wax and grandchildren of Stan and Vicki Wax, count out the nickels, dimes, quarters and dollar bills that they have collected at Shabbat dinner all year long. The boys generously donated their Shabbat tzedakah to the Jewish Federation’s 2015 Campaign for Jewish Needs. In addition, Danny has started a business called Cardukah that sells greeting cards. The cards are $1 a piece, are hand-drawn and all the proceeds go to the boys’ Federation tzedakah fund. There are five designs available. To learn more visit cardukah.webs.com.
KI Flea Market gives back to the community
By Vikki Dunn Congregation Keneseth Israel Back again – bigger and better than ever! The annual Keneseth Israel Flea Market was once again a rousing success. The Flea Market, KI Sisterhood’s largest fundraiser of the year, has been held for over 30 years. KI congregants bring in all sorts of items ranging from clothing and jewelry to children’s toys and sporting equipment. This year, there were a number of larger items that found good homes, includ-
ing a trundle bed, an elliptical machine, bureaus and bookshelves. Iris Epstein and Michele Salomon, co-chairs of the Flea Market, noted that the event has a number of benefits in addition to the funds it raises. They said that friendships develop between women as they sort clothing, organize, man the check out desk or clean up, and this ties people even closer to Sisterhood. Through the years, it has been a great way for newcomers to the congregation to become part
of Sisterhood by volunteering for a shift or two. Additionally, congregants appreciate having a place to donate their gently used goods, and many community members who come year after year like having access to very reasonably priced, high-quality merchandise. This year, higher-end women’s and men’s clothing that was not sold has been donated to The Perfect Fit and The First Impression, organizations that help lower income people entering the workforce get the required clothing for job interviews and new careers. Winter coats will be distributed to high school students in Allentown. Shoes were donated to the Temple Beth El shoe drive and books to the AAUW book sale. Sisterhood is very proud to sponsor a fundraiser that has the added benefit of Tikkun Olam right here in our community.
Doo wop group to perform at TBE By Cantor Kevin Wartell Temple Beth El The Cultural Arts Committee of Temple Beth El is bringing the Norristones to Temple Beth El on Aug. 29 as part of a Men’s Patio Event. The Norristones, a group named after their connection to the city of Norristown, have been together for over a decade. They have performed throughout Pennsylvania, entertaining their fans with classic songs from the 1950s and 1960s. Even though the group performs mostly songs from 50some years ago, they still attract a crowd wherever they go. Mark Pastor, one of the group members, attributes their success to their repertoire reminding people of a "simpler, happier time." The other group members include Andy Petruzelli , Cheryl Petruzelli , Harold Leiter and Elliotte Jenkins. HAKOL LEHIGH VALLEY | JULY/AUGUST 2015 17
IN MEMORY FATHER (of Barry Miller) Carol and Stewart Furmansky GRANDMOTHER (of Nicole Smith) Iris and Jonathan Epstein PHOEBE ALTMAN (Wife of Arthur Altman) Abraham, Borda, Corvino, Butz, LaValva & Co. PC Mina and Sherman Bannett Nate and Marilyn Braunstein John and Ingelise Brown Joanne Rowan Carlson Michael and Georgene DePaola Dolly Hege Ellen and Phil Hof Gwen Jacobs Karen Kuhn Roberta and Mitch Kurlander Linda and Mike Miller Patti and Alan Mittleman Muhlenberg College Community Ruth Reiter Anne Rowan Kurt and Ann Marie Schumann Stuart and Janice Schwartz Diane and Howard Silverman Arlene and Richard Stein Frank and Grace Stettner Stan and Audrey Sykes Carolyn Wolf (Mother of Suzanne Offit) Bruce and Janice Chase Lauren Chase Lise Geduldig Meg, Marc, Rachel and Ben Gold (Sister of Rabbi Rim Meirowitz) Levine Chapels in Brookline, Mass. BART AXELROD (Father of Rebecca Axelrod-Cooper) Wendy and Ross Born Kira and Richard Bub DON BASSIN (Husband of Frankie Bassin) Cathy Sacher LORETTA BLOCK (Aunt of Ellis Block) Wendy and Ross Born Iris and Jonathan Epstein (Aunt of Rance Block) Wendy and Ross Born Iris and Jonathan Epstein MARGARET FAVASSO (Grandmother of Sara-Jane Bub) Judy, Marc, Noah and Molly Diamondstein Stan and Vicki Wax
GERSON “GERRY” GROSMAN (Husband of Trany “Triny” Grosman) Selma Roth HENRY KURLANSIK (Husband of Nancy Kurlansik) Karen Kuhn ELLEN OFFENBERG (Mother of Lori Wiener) Carol and Stewart Furmansky Sandra and Harold Goldfarb Suzanne Lapiduss ELEANOR ROSENBERG (Mother of Howard Rosenberg) Carol and Stewart Furmansky Sandra and Harold Goldfarb SANFORD WALLENSTEIN (Husband of Laura Wallenstein) Renee Schwartz IN HONOR ROMAINE AND MEL BACKER Happy 60th Wedding Anniversary Selma Roth and Family TAMA LEE BARSKY Graduation of her granddaughters Selma Roth SHEILA BERG Pomerantz Award for Campaign Excellence Wendy and Ross Born Sam and Sylvia Bub and Family Gary and Carol Bub Fromer Sandra and Harold Goldfarb Linda and Mike Miller Arthur and Barbara Weinrach BILL AND PEGGY BERGER Happy Anniversary Your Dinner Anniversary Pals LARRY AND SUSAN BERMAN Engagement of Lindsay to Ari Linda Silowka Stan and Vicki Wax WENDY BORN Becoming President of Jewish Family Service Linda Silowka JUDY AND MARC DIAMONDSTEIN Son Noah’s graduation and acceptance to rabbinical school Beth and Wesley Kozinn Karen Kuhn VIKKI AND DAVID DUNN Graduations of their children Wendy and Ross Born GLENN AND JAN EHRICH Noah’s graduation Monica and Martin Lemelman JEANETTE EICHENWALD In honor of her erudite method of teaching
Marilyn Claire In appreciation for teaching Yachad class Linda and Mike Miller JOAN EPSTEIN Engagement of son Joel Laura and Bob Black ARNAN AND MARLENE FINKELSTEIN Bat Mitzvah of their granddaughter Maya Karen Kuhn ROBERTO FISCHMANN Happy “special” birthday Stan and Vicki Wax ROBERTO AND EILEEN FISCHMANN Marriage of daughter Claudia to Ryan Mattison Wendy and Ross Born Sam and Sylvia Bub Carol and Stewart Furmansky Betty Greenberg ROBERTO AND EILEEN FISCHMANN In honor of Veronica’s graduation Jeff and Jill Blinder Judy, Marc, Noah and Molly Diamondstein Jay and Evelyn Lipschutz PHYLLIS FORD Speedy Recovery Elaine and Leon Papir JERRY AND BETTE FRIEDENHEIM Bat Mitzvah of their granddaughter Madelyn Karen Kuhn VICKI AND LARRY GLASER In honor of Amy’s graduation Jeff and Jill Blinder Monica and Martin Lemelman HAROLD GOLDFARB Happy 80th Birthday Vivian Ebersman and Ken Ritvo MARK GOLDSTEIN AND SHARI SPARK Graduation of their son, Ezra Stan and Vicki Wax HARVEY HAKIM Pomerantz Award for Campaign Excellence Sybil and Barry Baiman Wendy and Ross Born Sam and Sylvia Bub and Family Gary and Carol Bub Fromer Eydie and Neil Glickstein Amy and Mark Holtz Beth and Wesley Kozinn Linda and Mike Miller Laurie, Robby, Ben, and Danny Wax ERIC AND MINDY HOLENDER Graduation of their daughter, Samantha David and Debi Wiener and Family AMY AND MARK HOLTZ Graduation of their daughter, Sarah Stan and Vicki Wax NAT AND ERICA HYMAN Graduation of their daughter, Julia David and Debi Wiener and Family ROBERT KRITZER Happy “special” birthday Eydie and Neil Glickstein Stan and Vicki Wax SUZANNE LAPIDUSS Birth of her granddaughter, Madison Leigh Billig Karen Kuhn
Linda Silowka JAY AND EVELYN LIPSCHUTZ Birth of their grandson, Avi Jeff and Jill Blinder Wendy and Ross Born ALLI AND SCOTT LIPSON Graduation of their daughter, Meredith Stan and Vicki Wax David and Debi Wiener and Family TAFFI NEY Lifetime Achievement Award Wendy and Ross Born Marlene and Arnan Finkelstein Sam and Sylvia Bub and Family Gary and Carol Bub Fromer Eydie and Neil Glickstein Sandra and Harold Goldfarb Linda and Mike Miller Selma Roth and Family RABBI MOSHE AND ADINA RE’EM Graduation of their daughter, Hadar Stan and Vicki Wax ROBIN AND ALEX ROSENAU Birth of their granddaughter, Aviva Wendy and Ross Born ADAM ROTH Happy Father’s Day Selma Roth JUDD ROTH Happy Father’s Day Selma Roth KYLE ROTH Happy Father’s Day Selma Roth LEAH ROTH AND VERONICA ROTH Congratulations on finishing first year of high school Selma Roth PENNY AND ADAM ROTH Happy anniversary Audrey and Jerome Cylinder Selma Roth MICHAEL AND LYNN ROTHMAN In honor of Sarah’s graduation Jeanette and Eduardo Eichenwald ALAN AND MARY SALINGER Steven’s graduation from law school Monica and Martin Lemelman SANFORD SEPLOW Happy 80th Birthday Diane and Paul Lemberg LINDA SILOWKA Marriage of son David to Rachel Farley Wendy and Ross Born Suzanne Lapiduss and Family JAY AND MARGERY STRAUSS Marriage of daughter Amanda Beth and Wesley Kozinn Diane and Paul Lemberg FRANK AND TAMA TAMARKIN In honor of their wonderful achievements for JFLV Peggy and Bill Berger TAMA TAMARKIN George Feldman Achievement Award for Young Leadership Wendy and Ross Born Sam and Sylvia Bub and Family Marlene and Arnan Finkelstein Gary and Carol Bub Fromer
Sandra and Harold Goldfarb Ellen and Lance Gordon Amy and Mark Holtz Muriel Kosen Beth and Wesley Kozinn Beth and Howard Kushnick Don and Lois Lipson Linda and Mike Miller Laurie, Robby, Ben and Danny Wax Ed Wolf and Fran Ginsburg ENID AND ALAN TOPE Birth of their granddaughter Wendy and Ross Born ABBY AND MARK TRACHTMAN Graduation of their son, Douglas Judy, Marc, Noah and Molly Diamondstein JENNIFER AND CLIFFORD TRACY Graduation of son Evan Haltzman Tracy Sam and Sylvia Bub MICKEY UFBERG Speedy Recovery Sybil and Barry Baiman Arlene and Richard Stein VICKI WAX Happy “special” birthday Kira and Richard Bub Beth and Howard Kushnick RABBI DAVID WILENSKY In honor of his erudite method of teaching Marilyn Claire BEN ZAGER Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Scholar-Athlete Award Stan and Vicki Wax MICHAEL AND MIRIAM ZAGER Graduation of son Ben from high school Sylvia and Sam Bub HELEN & SOL KRAWITZ HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL FUND IN HONOR HENRIETTE AND SIDNEY ENGELSON Happy 50th wedding anniversary Susan and Samantha Friefeld SUZANNE AND GREG HARRIS Sam’s graduation from New York University Lynda and Stuart Krawitz AMY AND MARK HOLTZ Sarah’s graduation from Parkland High School Lynda and Stuart Krawitz LAURIE AND BUDDY LESAVOY Bret’s graduation from Duke University Lynda and Stuart Krawitz DEBBIE AND SCOTT ROSEN Danielle’s graduation from University of Pennsylvania Lynda and Stuart Krawitz We gratefully acknowledge those individuals who have offered expressions of friendship through recent gifts to the Lehigh Valley Jewish Foundation. The minimum contribution for an Endowment Card is $10. Call 610-821-5500 or visit www.jewishlehighvalley.org to place your card requests. Thank you for your continued support.
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CANTOR ELLEN SUSSMAN Temple Shirat Shalom
We are now entering the High Holy Day season. There are many rituals associated with the holidays. Some are easy and enjoyable to follow and some seem anachronistic to the modern Jew. I had an experience this summer that may hold the key on how to approach our tradition. This summer one of my students, who is also a dear friend of our family, is getting married. She is one of my daughter’s best friends. She spent countless hours at our house and would get a kiss good night at sleepovers. This young adult has been Jewishly connected and committed her
whole life. Her parents are dedicated to temple life. But here is the conundrum we faced: although her mother converted to Judaism, the ceremony was after she was born. The rabbi at the perspective groom’s synagogue suggested that our bride go to the mikvah, just in case. He wanted her to be “kosher.” Well, all of us who were trained in the Reform movement were outraged. This girl is Jewish through and through, she is marrying a Jewish boy and is committed to a life steeped in Jewish tradition. She called me to discuss the matter and was in tears. I had learned about these turn of events before the phone call and had time to think this through. I told her according to me and most Jews, there was no question that she was Jewish, but to make everyone else happy we should go to the mikvah together. Let us reinvent our tradition. Let us not throw out the ways of our ancestors just because they are foreign to us or might seem misogynistic. Let us capture the spirit of the mitzvah and put a modern spin on it and make the experience our own. I have come to realize anything we do that might heighten our commitment to Judaism is wonderful and that
traditional commandments can add much to our lives and fill us with wonder. We went on our trip to the mikvah: one of the witnesses, our bride and myself. One of my colleagues was meeting us at a beautiful mikvah at a conservative shul on the Main Line in Philly. The mikvah matron was the rabbi’s wife. She explained to us all about the mikvah and treated our bride like any of her brides that choose to immerse themselves before the ceremony of marriage. She told us women throughout the community go to the mikvah to demarcate this important moment in their lives. As all of us who are married understand, marriage is a monumental change in our lives; our “status” is profoundly different. She told us that the mikvah is used for that exact reason. When something is profoundly changed in our lives the mikvah helps us process the change. We are different upon our ascending from the living waters of the mikvah. When we convert to Judaism, recover from a terrible illness, get married or have a baby, all these events are life transforming and the mikvah can add to the experience. The mikvah was beautiful, calming and inextricably linked to our
people. All of us in attendance were moved by witnessing the immersion of our bride and she was moved the most. She told me she loved going to the mikvah and felt at that moment ready to enter into kidushim with her groom. She was now ready to begin their life
together in a Jewish context. As we enter the season of the Yamim Noraim, let us go back to the “old time religion“ of our ancestors, but put a modern spin on it. Let us engage fully in the traditions of our mothers and fathers, reinventing ritual in a way that speaks to us today.
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Brith Sholom explores food and culture of Israel By Casey Goldblat Special to HAKOL On the morning of July 15, our group of eight from Brith Sholom landed in Israel. We hit the ground running and didn’t stop for the next 11 days. The focus of our trip was food, and we not only tasted it, but we also prepared it, saw how it was grown and learned about respecting natural resources. We also learned about the people of each place we visited and ate the culinary delights they brought to Israel from the many different cultures that they represented. These tastes are now considered to be part of the fabric of the land. I could go on about the wonderful foods we had, the Kurdish, Moroccan, Israeli (using ingredients native to Israel) and Yemenite cuisines we sampled. I could also talk about shuk tasting, falafel, wine tasting, chocolate making (yummy), the steak house, the pomegranates, the olive oil and the burgers. But, instead, let me focus on some very special experiences on this trip. We went to Meir Panim - a free restaurant. Here we helped prepare food (we peeled many, many carrots) for those that needed food. It not only served those that did not have enough money to buy food, but also those that were in need of emotional and social support. The workers ask no questions of the clients except “Did you have enough?” We picked beets for Leket Israel, a National Food Bank. As our band of eight began working, we were soon joined by a larger group of Israeli soldiers. We worked hand in hand with these young men and women, and we heard their stories and their future dreams as we worked together. Just before our time was over, a group of Greek children came to join the ranks of workers. It was a joy to see people coming together to help others.
The salad trail was an exceptionally interesting place. We were in the Negev, where it was dry, hot and sandy, yet we went into greenhouses filled with strawberries, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, kohlrabi, arugula and many more varieties of vegetables. We had been to Bio-bee earlier in the week, where we learned about how beneficial insects were modified and used for pollination and control of destructive insects. On our salad trail, we saw that these methods for healthy control were in use by real farmers. It was safe to eat right from the plant because there were no insecticides used! Although we had visited a water treatment plant, now we could see that technology being used to keep the Negev green. We also milked cows, fed calves, braided challah, participated in an archeological dig, slithered through a cave crawl, sloshed
through Hezekiah’s water tunnel, walked around the top of the wall surrounding the old city, kayaked on the Jordan River, visited the Israel Museum and the Shrine of the Book, Herodium Park, Maimonides Heritage Center, and did I mention we made our own chocolate treats? There were many “firsts” for our group. For some, it was their first time in Israel, first time at the Western Wall welcoming Shabbat, or first time on the citypass train system. For me, it was my first time reading Torah on Rosh Hodesh. I got to experience this honor at Robinson’s Arch, the Masorti Kotel. While I chanted my portion, I could hear other groups singing shahaarit and children being joyfully brought to Robinson’s Arch to celebrate a bar or bat mitzvah. The warmth of our group, seven Jews and our Rabbi, surrounded me. I was home.
Yoav teens arrive in the Lehigh Valley Or-El, Noa, Itay and Tamir are here as part of the Partnership2Gether program, a joint initiative of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley and the Yoav Regional Council in Israel to create a peopleto-people connection between our Jewish communities. The teens will spend the summer working with shlicha Dor Ben Beno at Camp JCC.
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Wax Fellows finish year with mission to Israel By Beth Kushnick Wax Family Fund Leadership Fellow If you could imagine the most incredible, amazing, inspiring trip of a lifetime, it would be the Wax Family Fund Leadership Fellows Mission to Israel. I am blessed to be part of this incredible organization and to have had the opportunity to travel to Israel with Stan and Vicki Wax and the 14 Wax fellows. The 12 days we spent together were spent from morning until night traveling to every kind of place to visit in Israel imaginable, including Haztor Air Force Base, the Knesset, Mount Herzl and Golan Heights Winery. This experience not only educated us, but brought us close together as a group. The trip contained so many highlights which included a Shabbat of a lifetime, having dinner with lone soldiers,
KI’s Dynamic Duo continue to serve By Michele Salomon Special to HAKOL
praying together at the Kotel and reuniting with Dr. Dov Engelstein, who visited the Lehigh Valley last year. Every day just got better and better, and our only wish is that everyone would come to this beautiful place and experience Israel for them-
selves. There were no words to describe how incredible this trip was. We learned so much, opened our eyes to so much and our hearts were filled with joy and love for Israel. We are thankful for this opportunity and can't wait to return.
Remembering Nicholas Winton, the 'British Schindler’ Jewish Telegraphic Agency Sir Nicholas Winton, who organized the Kindertransport that rescued 669 children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, has died. Winton, known as the “British Schindler,” died July 1 at 106. The baptized son of Jewish parents, Winton was a 29-year-old stockbroker when he arrived in Prague in December 1938. He was planning to go on a skiing holiday in Switzerland, but changed his plans when he heard about the refugee crisis in Czechoslovakia, which had just been occupied by the Nazis. In the following nine months, he organized eight trains that carried children, the vast majority of them Jewish, from Czechoslovakia to safety in the Britain. Winton’s heroism was unremarked until the 1980s, when his wife found evidence of the rescues. The discovery that led to a reunion with some of the children and a documentary. Britain's chief rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, praised Winton for his "exceptional courage, selflessness and modesty." "He lived to see thousands of descendants of those whose lives he saved who were proud to call themselves members of his family, and
who were inspired by his example to undertake outstanding charitable, humanitarian and educational initiatives," Mirvis was quoted as saying by the BBC. Winton received many honors in his later years, including a knighthood. Last year, the Czech government flew him to Prague in a military plane to receive the country’s highest honor.
Superheroes – they have secret identities, hiding their true selves and showing their hero natures only just in time to save the world. At KI we have Rabbi Seth and Matan Peled, superheroes who don’t hide their heroism and who demonstrate their strengths – kindness, compassion, spirituality, generosity and enthusiasm – all the time, at KI and around the community. We are lucky to have them and to have more time with them. Rabbi Seth has been at KI for three years, and the time has truly flown. It has been a time of renewal and expansion. We are delighted that, at the unanimous request of the board, he has renewed his contract for another three years. We look forward to the places Rabbi Seth will continue to take us. Equally exciting is that we will see more of Matan Peled. Currently serving as KI’s Youth Director, Peled will expand his role in his senior year of rabbinic training and become KI’s rabbinic
intern in August of this year. Peled’s enthusiasm and exuberance have helped rejuvenate KI’s youth groups. Whether he is planting grape vines in the Sukkah, building Jewish snowmen, teaching about Israel, or leading youth services, Peled has brought smiles to the faces of our young people and their parents. As KI’s rabbinic intern, Peled will continue his role as youth director, expand his responsibilities with the religious school including coordination of the confirmation program, and assist Rabbi Seth. The expansion of Peled’s role and compensation for his increased hours is made possible by the generosity of the Ulman Family – Janet, Mike, Tatyana and Eli. Their contribution was made in blessed memory of Janet’s beloved mother Irene Leiben, on the second Yahrzeit, as a celebration of her life. We are thrilled to announce that KI’s Dynamic Duo of Rabbi Seth and Matan Peled will be out in the open – no costumes required – at KI and in the entire Jewish community.
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TUESDAY, JULY 21 PrimeTime Crafts 11 a.m., JCC of Allentown. Join PrimeTime or a fun, creative project. Class led by Barbra Butz. $5. Contact 610-435-3571. WEDNESDAY, JULY 22 J Gourmet: The MINT Gastropub 6 to 9 p.m., The MINT Gastropub, 1223 W. Broad St., Bethlehem. Enjoy an inventive and delicious dinner menu and beer pairing created and presented by owner and chef Domenico Lombardo exclusively for this J Gourmet event. Special four-course menu includes amuse bouche, salad/vegetable, entree and dessert. Limited seats available. Vegetarian and gluten free options available upon request. Wine pairings available for those who do not drink beer. Price $64. JCC member value price $54. Prices are allinclusive. Register online at www.allentownjcc.org or at the JCC Welcome Desk, 610-435-3571. Sponsored by Adults at the J. FRIDAY, JULY 24 TCP Girl Groups Shabbat 7:30 p.m., Temple Covenant of Peace. Join us for this musical Shabbat and let the girl groups strut their stuff. All welcome! Contact 610-253-2031. FRIDAY, JULY 31 TCP Meditative Shabbat 7:30 p.m., Temple Covenant of Peace. Join us for a contemplative service of chant, silence and poetry. All welcome! Contact 610-253-2031. WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5 PrimeTime Broadway Bus Trip: Something Rotten Set in the 1590s, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play, but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rockstar known as “The Bard.” When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theater involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. But admist the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self ... and all that jazz. The show has been nominated for 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Bus departs from the JCC of Allentown at 8:15 a.m., free time in NYC followed by a matinee and a return to Allentown around 7 p.m. Hosted by PrimeTime at the J and partially subsidized by a Groups on the GO grant from Jewish Family Service. $159, space limited to 30 registrants. To register, visit the JCC Welcome Desk or
call 610-435-3571. FRIDAY, AUGUST 7 TCP A-ROUND Shabbat 7:30 p.m., Temple Covenant of Peace. Join us for a service based on new and traditional rounds. All welcome! Contact 610-253-2031. FRIDAY, AUGUST 14 TCP Family Rock Shabbat 6:30 p.m., Temple Covenant of Peace. Join us for this free family “rocking” Shabbat service. All welcome! Contact 610-253-2031. AUGUST 17 - 21 Tennis Camp at the J 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., JCC of Allentown/Oakmont Tennis Courts. Ready to develop that major winning serve this summer? Come have a great time this summer developing your tennis skills on the historic clay courts at Oakmont Tennis Club. Participants of all abilities will enhance their skills in a fun and engaging environment by developing: Footwork, stroke, serving, doubles, sportsmanship and teamwork. JCC member value price: $170, price: $230. Contact Terrence Baker, 610-435-3571 ext 140. AUGUST 17 - 21 Lightnings Swim Camp 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., JCC of Allentown. A total person approach to swimming. This swim experience will bust bad habits, build on skills and uncover hidden talents of each participant. Our unique blend of stroke development, endurance training and competitive technique will be the backbone of this week’s swim experience. Our goal is for each child to become more confident in his/her ability, while having fun in a safe aquatic atmosphere. JCC member value price: $170, price: $230. Contact Jodi Lovenwirth, 610-4353571 ext 118. AUGUST 17 - 28 JCC Post Camp 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., JCC of Allentown. 7:30 to 10 a.m.: Morning snack, crafts the Wii and more. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Program time. 2 to 6 p.m.: Swimming, snack, outside fun and quiet time in the lounge. Price per day: $94, JCC member value price per day: $55, Price for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: $60, JCC member value price: $40. Contact Brenda Finberg, 610-4353571 ext 183. TUESDAY, AUGUST 18 PrimeTime Crafts 11 a.m., JCC of Allentown. Join PrimeTime or a fun, creative project. Class led by Barbra Butz. $5. Contact 610-435-3571. WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19 CBS Annual Golf Outing 12 p.m., Willow Brook Golf Club. Enjoy 18 holes of golf -- best ball modified scramble, a delicious kosher steak dinner by Boscov’s and prizes for men and women. 12 p.m. shotgun start, dinner at 6 p.m. $110 per person includes cart, greens fees and dinner. $45 for dinner only. Reserve your spot now. Mail your
check payable to Congregation Brith Sholom to: Jerry Housman - 1201 Butztown Road #24 - Bethlehem, PA 18017. For more information, call Tammy at the CBS office, 610-866-8009 AUGUST 21 - 28 J Hoops Basketball Camp 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., JCC of Allentown. Camp Goals: to help kids understand the right way to play basketball, learn skills that will build confidence in all aspects of their life and know that attitude is everything and to believe in themselves. JCC member value price: $190, price: $260. Contact Terrence Baker, 610-4353571 ext 140. SATURDAY, AUGUST 22 KI PJ Library Mini Minyan 10 a.m., Congregation Keneseth Israel. Bring the little ones for a Tot Shabbat service with songs and blessings and of course, a PJ Library story. For more information contact KI at 610-435-9074 or Cantor Jenn at email@example.com. SUNDAY, AUGUST 23 Young Adult Division Summer BBQ 3:30 p.m., home of Ben Grossman. Join the Federation’s Young Adult Division for an afternoon of hamburgers, hotdogs, games and prizes! Hosted by Jewish Federation board member Ben Grossman. KIDS WELCOME! Food prepared on site, not under direct supervision. RSVP required by Monday, Aug.17, to Aaron Gorodzinsky at 610-821-5500 or aaron@jflv. org. SATURDAY, AUGUST 29 Doo Wop on the Patio 8:45 p.m., Temple Beth El. The Cultural Arts Committee of TBE will host the Norristones, a Pennsylvaniabased group that entertains fans with classic songs from the ‘50s and ‘60s. To learn more, contact Temple Beth El at 610-435-3521. SUNDAY, AUGUST 30 KI Welcome Back BBQ Bash 5 to 7 p.m., Congregation Keneseth Israel. Join KI congregants as we end the summer and kick off the new year. Brotherhood will provide a great BBQ, learn about volunteer opportunities, meet your kids’ teachers, reconnect with old friends and meet some new ones. New this year – a MAGICIAN to entertain you! If you bring a potential new member, everyone in your party will get a prize! Totally FREE – donations welcome. Please RSVP to the temple office at 610 435-9074. WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 Simcha Club 12 p.m., Congregation Brith Sholom. The program will feature a deli lunch (cost $5). Please make a reservation by calling 610-866-8009. This is a senior program, but everyone from 5 to 105 is welcome.
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Ongoing Events SUNDAY to FRIDAY DAF YOMI 7:30 a.m., Congregation Sons of Israel Meeting all year long, this class covers the gamut of Talmudic law, studying one page of the talmud each day, and completing the talmud over the course of seven and a half years. Basic Jewish background is recommended. SUNDAYS JEWISH WAR VETERANS POST 239 2nd Sunday of the month, 10 a.m., JCC of Allentown Veterans and their significant others are invited as the guest of the Ladies Auxiliary. Come and enjoy comradeship; we’ll even listen to your “war stories.” A brunch follows each meeting. Questions? Contact Commander Sheila Berg at 610-360-1267 or sh-berg1@ hotmail.com. TEFILLIN CLUB & ADULT HEBREW SCHOOL 9:30 a.m. Tefillin; 10 to 11 a.m. Adult Hebrew, Chabad Tefillin is for Jewish men and boys over the age of Bar Mitzvah, to learn about, and gain appreciation for, the rich and enriching Jewish practice – the mitzvah – of donning Tefillin. Contact 610-351-6511. TALMUD CLASS FOR BEGINNERS! 10 to 11 a.m., Congregation Beth Avraham of Bethlehem-Easton For information,contact Rabbi Yitzchok I. Yagod at 610-905-2166. MONDAYS FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., JCC of Allentown Friendship Circle is a place for people to meet, make new friends and enjoy each other’s company. We welcome all adults over 50. Friendship Circle meets weekly for lively and enjoyable programs and a delicious lunch. Annual dues $25; paid up members are treated to two major programs with a catered luncheon. Regular weekly meetings and lunch – $6. First visit – NO CHARGE. Weather permitting. Contact Betty at 610-395-6282 for reservations. THE RHYTHM OF JEWISH LIVING 8 to 9 p.m., Temple Beth El Taught by Rabbi Moshe Re’em. This course will examine the ideas, beliefs and practices that define and shape Jewish life through daily, weekly, annual and life-cycle observances. The is designed as a year-long course for those wishing to learn more about the religious observances of Judaism, theology of the holidays and ritual practices. The course is organized around the Jewish calendar, but includes other daily Jewish rituals. TUESDAYS TORAH STUDY 12 p.m., Temple Covenant of Peace Join Rabbi Melody to delve into the heart and soul of the Torah and how it applies to your life! No knowledge of Hebrew is necessary, nor is registration. Join us when you can and do the Jewish thing: LEARN! Contact 610-253-2031 for information. PIRKEI AVOT (THE ETHICS OF THE FATHERS) 1:15 p.m., Temple Covenant of Peace Join Rabbi Melody in TCP’s new “lounge” for
this wonderful new class. All welcome! Contact 610-253-2031 for information. YACHAD TORAH STUDY GROUP 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., JCC of Allentown Bring your curiosity to thet Yachad Torah study group and discover the wonders, adventures and meaning of the Torah. Moderated by Rabbi Yehoshua Mizrachi. Held in the Teachers’ Learning Center/Holocaust Resource Room (lower level, JCC). Call 610-435-3571 for information. 100,000 MILES/YR FOR KOSHER! First Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m., Congregation Beth Avraham Open to all. Fascinating vignettes from a mashgiach who drives approximately 100,000 miles/year (yes, per year!) to keep the kosher supply chain intact. From rural Arkansas to frigid Nova Scotia, winter and summer, the demands are always there. Contact Rabbi Yitzchok I. Yagod, Kashruth Hotline (24/6), 610-905-2166, rabbiyagod1@ gmail.com. LATTE & LEARN 8 to 9 p.m., Starbucks, Schoenersville Road, Bethlehem Grab your favorite Starbucks quaff and jump right in as we relate the weekly Torah portion to world events, western civilization and even our own relationships. No Hebrew is required. Contact Rabbi Mizrachi 207-404-0474; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.torahovereasy. blogspot.com. WEDNESDAYS 101 JUDAISM CLASS 10 a.m., Temple Covenant of Peace Join Rabbi Melody for the 101 Judaism Class. All welcome! Contact 610-253-2031 for information. HADASSAH STUDY GROUP Every other Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., Temple Beth El Allentown Hadassah presents a stimulating series of short story seminars. All are welcome to attend these free sessions in the Temple Beth El library. The group will be reading selections from anthologies available from Amazon.com. For dates and stories, e-mail Lolly Siegel at email@example.com or call 610-439-1851. BETH AVRAHAM TORAH STUDY 7 p.m., Congregation Beth Avraham Torah: It is the common heritage that binds all Jews together. Explore the ancient healing wisdom of Torah together. All are welcome. Who knows? It might even be fun! RSVP: Rabbi Yitzchok I. Yagod, 610-905-2166, firstname.lastname@example.org. HUSBANDS ANONYMOUS First Wednesday of the month, 7:30 p.m., location upon signup Calling all wives! Send your husbands to this class! Rabbi WIlensky guides us on how to become more attentive, caring, sensitive partners, and how to strengthen and deepen our spousal relationships in the context of Torah. Contact Sons of Israel for exact dates and locations. ORTHODOX JEWISH LIVING: WHAT IS IT & HOW? 8 p.m. Contact Rabbi Yizchok I. Yagod, 610905-2166 or email@example.com.
THURSDAYS ADULT EDUCATION CLASS 10:15 to 11:15 a.m., Bnai Abraham Synagogue No preparation or prior knowledge is required. Rabbi Daniel Stein leads an eager-to-learn group. We examine the Torah, Judaism, the holidays, Hebrew and Yiddish literature, wellknown stories and poetry. Cost: $10 each semester. Contact 610-258-5343, office@ bnaiabraham.org. MOMMY & ME 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., Chabad Led by Devorah Halperin and Alli Lipson, Mommy & Me is an innovative program for babies and toddlers to experience Jewish traditions in a stimulating, fun and creative atmosphere. Cost is $10 per class, $40 for full session. For information and to register, morahdevorah@ chabadlehighvalley.com. TORAH ON TILGHMAN 12:15 p.m., Allentown Wegmans Cantor Ellen Sussman of Temple Shirat Shalom leads a lunch and learn on the Torah. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-820-7666. FRIDAYS SIMCHA SHABBAT 1st Friday of the month, 6:30 p.m., Bnai Abraham Synagogue Please join us for our musical Simcha Shabbat and stay for a special oneg. For more information please call Bnai Abraham Synagogue at 610-258-5343. SHABBAT BEGINNER’S GEMARA 8 a.m., Congregation Sons of Israel Facilitated by Dr. Henry Grossbard, this is an excellent primer for developing the analytical tools necessary for in-depth study of the Talmud. JAVA AND JEANS 4th Saturday of the month, 10 a.m., Bnai Abraham Synagogue Join us for our monthly Shabbat service to discuss current topics of interest as they relate to Jewish laws and practices. For more information, call 610-258-5343. CHAVURAT TORAH STUDY Each Shabbat following kiddush lunch, Temple Beth El No sign-up needed for this class. Taught by Shari Spark. Enrich your Shabbat experience by studying the parashat hashavua, the weekly Torah portion, with other congregants, each Shabbat in the library at approximately 12:45 p.m. No previous knowledge or long-term commitments are required as we discuss Torah together. ISSUES IN CONTEMPORARY HALACHAH 12 p.m., Congregation Sons of Israel Join Rabbi Wilensky as he takes Halachah from the weekly Torah portion and brings it to bear on some of the most pressing issues of our time. BNEI AKIVA 5:45 p.m., Congregation Sons of Israel An Israel-centered fun program for kids ages eight to 14. This program is free and open to the public. For information and to RSVP, call 610-433-6089.
Honorable MENSCHens Hannah Hakim Hannah Hakim, daughter of Harvey and Melissa Hakim, competed in the 2015 National History Day competition at the University at Maryland. Hannah won third place in the Senior Individual Performance Category with “ The Grimke Sisters: The Two Sisters Whose Legacy Turned the World Upside Down.” Mazel tov, Hannah!
Graduating Seniors Editor’s Note: Below are amendments and additions to our graduating seniors spread from our June issue. MEREDITH LIPSON Daughter of Alli and Scott Lipson
University of North Carolina School of the Arts Editor of newspaper, ARCH (Art Reaching Children in Hospitals), Interact Club, theatre, National Honor Society, Civic Theatre, Temple Beth El Hebrew School aid, Friendship Circle. Plans to attend University of North Carolina School of the Arts to study drama. DANIEL AARON TOLAND Son of David and Rima Toland Parkland High School Parkland Trojan marching band, concert band, symphonic band, lab band, jazz ensemble, Allentown AZA chapter sigan (vice president and programmer), Liberty Region AZA sigan. Plans to attend Union College.
DAVID ZAHN Son of Bruce and Alicia Zahn Parkland High School Future Business Leaders of America, InterACT, National Merit Award, National Honor Society, Science Honor Society, English Honor Society, BBYO, USY, Friendship Circle, Shalshelet.
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Congregations BNAI ABRAHAM SYNAGOGUE 1545 Bushkill St., Easton – 610.258.5343 Rabbi Daniel Stein, Conservative MORNING MINYAN services are Thursday mornings at 7:25 a.m., SHABBAT EVENING services are Fridays at 8 p.m., SHABBAT MORNING services are Saturdays at 9:30 a.m., RELIGIOUS SCHOOL classes are Wednesdays at 4:15 p.m. and Sundays at 9:30 a.m.. CHABAD OF THE LEHIGH VALLEY 4457 Crackersport Rd., Allentown – 610.336.6603 Rabbi Yaacov Halperin, Chabad Lubavitch SHABBAT EVENING services are held once a month seasonally, SHABBAT MORNING services are held Saturdays at 10 a.m., RELIGIOUS SCHOOL classes are held Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. and Sundays at 10 a.m. CONGREGATION AM HASKALAH 1190 W. Macada Rd., Bethlehem – 610.435.3775 Student Rabbi Leiah Moser, Reconstructionist Weekly Shabbat services and a monthly family service with potluck dinner. Religious school meets Sunday mornings. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more. CONGREGATION BETH AVRAHAM 439 South Nulton Ave., Palmer Township – 610.905.2166 | Rabbi Yitzchok Yagod, Orthodox SHABBAT EVENING starts half an hour after candle lighting. SHABBAT MORNING starts at 9:30 a.m., followed by a hot kiddish. CONGREGATION BRITH SHOLOM 1190 W. Macada Rd., Bethlehem – 610.866.8009 Rabbi Michael Singer, Conservative MINYAN is at 7:45 a.m. on Mondays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. on Saturdays and holidays. RELIGIOUS SCHOOL classes every Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. at Brith Sholom and Sundays at 9:30 a.m. at Bnai Abraham Synagogue. CONGREGATION KENESETH ISRAEL 2227 Chew St., Allentown – 610.435.9074 Rabbi Seth D. Phillips Cantor Jennifer Duretz Peled, Reform Services begin at 7:30 p.m. every Friday night. The first Friday of the month is a FAMILY SERVICE and celebration of birthdays and anniversaries. RELIGIOUS SCHOOL classes are held Tuesdays at 4 p.m. and Sundays at 9:30 a.m. CONGREGATION SONS OF ISRAEL 2715 Tilghman St., Allentown – 610.433.6089 Rabbi David Wilensky, Orthodox SHACHARIT: Sundays at 8:30 a.m., Mondays and Thursdays at 6:30 a.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 6:45 a.m. MINCHAH/MAARIV: 20 minutes before sunset. FRIDAY EVENING: 20 minutes before sunset, 7 p.m. in the summer. SHABBAT MORNING: 9 a.m. SHABBAT AFTERNOON: 90 minutes before dark. TEMPLE BETH EL 1305 Springhouse Rd., Allentown – 610.435.3521 Rabbi Moshe Re’em | Cantor Kevin Wartell Conservative Weekday morning minyan services at 7:45 a.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m. Shabbat evening services at 7:30 p.m. with the last Friday evening of the month featuring our Shira Chadasha Service . Shabbat morning services at 9 a.m. followed by Kiddush. Religious school classes every Tuesday/ Thursday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m. Midrasha school classes Monday at 7 p.m. Shalshelet — Temple Beth El’s new innovative high school program — meets bi-monthly on Monday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. Shalshelet (the chain) is open to ALL 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade students in the Lehigh Valley. For more information contact Alicia Zahn, religlious school director, at bethelallentown.org. TEMPLE COVENANT OF PEACE 1451 Northampton St., Easton – 610.253.2031 Tcp@rcn.com; tcopeace.org Rabbi Melody Davis | Cantor Jill Pakman Reform TCP holds Shabbat evening services every Friday night at 7:30 p.m. and a Renewal Style Shabbat morning service on the 4th Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m. A family Shabbat service is held on the second Friday night of each month at 6:30 p.m. Our services reflect a diverse culture of traditional, innovative and musical experiences with a Reform Jewish context. Religious school meets on Sunday mornings from 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. We have a Family Game / Movie night on the first Saturday of every month at 6 p.m. For more information about our Temple and activities, see our website at www.tcopeace.org or look us up on Facebook. TEMPLE SHIRAT SHALOM 610.820.7666 Cantor Ellen Sussman Friday night SHABBAT WORSHIP SERVICES held at 7 p.m. at The Swain School, 1100 South 24th St., Allentown. For more information, Contact Us at templeshiratshalom.org or 610-820-7666.
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Federation honors volunteers, community leaders at Annual Meeting It is a tradition at the Jewish Federation that the George Feldman Achievement Award for Young Leadership be presented by the previous year’s recipient. This year’s presentation was particularly heartfelt, as the torch was passed from husband to wife. Frank Tamarkin quickly became emotional as he talked about his wife Tama’s commitment to the community and their family, including their three children. Then Tama humbly accepted the award, and shared the story that brought her to where she is today. “I grew up in a close-knit and traditional Jewish family,” Tama said. “My parents and extended family embodied Jewish values and Jewish life. They were invested in their kids’ successes. They were deeply engaged in their local community in everything from synagogue life, day school involvement and JCC and Federation leadership. My parents … they led by example, and every ounce of commitment that I have can be tied directly to them.” Four other special awards were presented at the Federation’s Annual Meeting on June 16: Sheila Berg and Harvey Hakim received the Pomerantz Awards for Campaign Excellence and Taffi Ney received the Lifetime Achievement Award for her 40-year career, including 28 years at Federation. Jaccii Farris, a reporter for WFMZ-TV and founder and president of Julian Farris Films, received the Mortimer S. Schiff Award for Prejudice Reduction for her documentary about a local
Holocaust survivor. Farris is now working to bring “Letters to Frieda,” along with an associated curriculum, into the classroom. “As powerful as the film may be, Julian Farris Films wants to take it to the next level, to make sure that every Pennsylvania middle school and high school student has access to the firsthand account of a last-generation member of the Holocaust survivors,” Farris said upon receiving the award. “It’s a big task, but it’s one that we’ve taken on and we’re very proud to do so.” In addition to the awards, several outgoing leaders were honored for their service: Frank Tamarkin, Maimonides Society president; Carol Wilson, Women’s Division president; Rance Block, Allocations Committee chair; and Lisa Block, Danny Cohen, Jay Fisher, Stewart Furmansky and Ryan Tenzer for their service on the Federation board. Volunteer Isabella Alkasov was also honored for her work in the Federation office. Mark H. Scoblionko was elected to a second term as president of the Jewish Federation. Karen Cooper, Carol Bub Fromer, Sandra Goldfarb, Nan Ronis, Nicole Rosenthal and Robert Wilson were elected vice presidents, Lawrence Center as secretary and Iris Epstein as treasurer. The evening capped off with a special presentation to honor members of the Federation’s new Silver Circle Society – those who have given for 25 years or more. Each member received a pin and was asked to stand and be recognized.
Above, more than 200 people attending the Federation’s annual meeting, including more than 100 members of the Silver Circle Society. Right, Federation President Mark H. Scoblionko thanks Rance Block for his service as allocations chair.
Above left, Richie Schiff and Shari Spark present Jaccii Farris with the Schiff Award for Prejudice Reduction. Above right, Sheila Berg accepts the Pomerantz Award from Iris Epstein. Right, Carol Wilson finishes her terms as Women’s Division president.
Above left, Frank Tamarkin is honored for his years as Maimonides Society president. Above right, volunteer Isabella Alkasov receives a special thank-you. Right, Frank Tamarkin presents his wife Tama with the George Feldman Achievement Award for Young Leadership.
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