Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle 9-16-22

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USCJ CEO views movement as ‘passionate Ambulance dedication delivers centrists’ lesson about giving and givers  Community Day School students stand beside an ambulance "presented to the people of Israel" by representatives of the Jewish and Christian communities of Pittsburgh and the Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry. Photo by Adam Reinherz

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WQED film considers the difficulties Jews pre-WWII had in immigrating.

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By David Rullo | Staff Writer

By Adam Reinherz | Staff Writer


fter seven years of work, Jeff and Arlene Berg may finally get a chance to rest. The Wilkins Township Evangelicals raised nearly $100,000 toward buying an ambulance for Israel. Having secured commitments from approximately 40 donors, and with the medical vehicle ready for shipment east, the Bergs joined representatives of American Friends of Magen David Adom and Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry at Community Day School to celebrate. The Sept. 12 gathering, the Bergs noted, was preceded by a similar ceremony a day earlier at their church, Crossroads Ministries in Finleyville, Pennsylvania. Wendy Strip, a development executive for the Midwest Region of AFMDA, attended both events and praised the Bergs for their ability to bridge different faith communities. “It’s not often that an ambulance is dedicated by the Jewish and Christian communities combined,” Strip said. “It’s wonderful to see these communities come together and beautifully represent the ideals of Magen David Adom.”

Originating in 1930, Magen David Adom enables individuals of “all backgrounds to work together and care for people all over the country regardless of their backgrounds,” Strip added. Richard Zelin, director of strategic philanthropy for the Midwest Region of AFMDA, credited the Bergs with aiding an organization that predates the state of Israel, and said the newly dedicated vehicle will help numerous citizens: “This ambulance will be there to respond to terrorist attacks, typical medical emergencies and also to bring new lives into the world.” Before the Sept. 12 function, Joe Talmonte of Auto Driveaway brought the vehicle from Carnegie to Finleyville. On Monday morning, Talmonte delivered the ambulance to Squirrel Hill, where he told the Chronicle he was “ecstatic” to see the ambulance continue its travels to Israel. “It’s going to be helping people,” he said. Standing beside the shiny white new vehicle, Strip told scores of curious Community Day School students that after the ambulance leaves Squirrel Hill it will be sent to Baltimore, then placed on a crate with Please see Ambulance, page 14


abbi Jacob Blumenthal has a simple motto: “More Torah and Jewish life for more people in more places and more ways.” The motto serves the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism chief executive well as he works to fulfill his long-term goal of “creating a robust, Conservative Masorti movement in North American and throughout the world where we bring our unique tradition and modernity to as many people as possible.” With more than 600 synagogues in North America and a home in Israel, USCJ is the largest network of Conservative Jews in the world. Blumenthal became the organization’s chief executive in 2020, after serving for a year as the chief executive of the Rabbinic Assembly, representing Conservative rabbis in 2019. The two organizations have a strategic partnership that allows Blumenthal to serve as the CEO of both. The rabbi has taken the helm of the Jewish organization at an interesting time for the movement. Like those in the Orthodox, Reconstructionist and Reform movements, the USCJ has had to find ways to make Jewish life meaningful when members Please see Centrists, page 14

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Headlines NCJW and JWA partner on reproductive justice storytelling initiative — NATIONAL — By Adam Reinherz | Staff Writer


torytelling is an act of transmission, but several Jewish professionals hope it serves as a means of activism as well. In preparation for Rosh Hashanah, and in conjunction with a self-described “week of action,” National Council of Jewish Women is partnering with the Jewish Women’s Archive on a storytelling initiative. The two groups are asking community members to share narratives about abortion and reproductive health through JWA’s Story Aperture app. The objective, according to NCJW Pittsburgh’s Kate Rothstein, is to not only document and archive experiences but to “normalize” behavior and reposition communal understanding. Whether people realize it, “almost everyone knows and loves somebody who has had an abortion,” Rothstein said. Hundreds of thousands of abortions occur each year within the United States, but determining the exact number is difficult, according to Pew Research Center. Although a specific count is “hard to come by,” the think tank credited the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Guttmacher Institute with compiling nearly 50 years of related data. Based on figures from 49 reporting areas ending in 2019, the CDC found that the abortion rate was 11.4 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44. The Guttmacher Institute found that in 2020, among the same demographic, the abortion

p Interview conducted using the Jewish Women’s Archive’s Story Aperture mobile app

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rate was 14.4 per 1,000. Abortions occur for myriad reasons, and there’s value in articulating these stories, Rothstein said. “Keeping things secretive attaches a label of shame to something, and there shouldn’t be shame about a decision that someone is making about their own life and their own body.” Storytelling is also an act of reclamation, she said. “There is a narrative — that has been pushed by a minority — that people of faith should be anti-abortion,” Rothstein said. Yet there are many groups of religious individuals, including most Jews, who favor abortion rights. According to a 2014 Pew study, 83% of

Jews believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases. Shira Zemel, co-director of NCJW’s abortion access campaign, pointed to Pew’s findings and said that although the Jewish community is “not a monolith,” there’s broad support for abortion. Given that overwhelming stance, it’s problematic to be dictated to by “the religious right” and told that these views are inconsistent with the tenets of faith, she added. Zemel said the time has come for a “culture change in this country, particularly around the intersection of religion and abortion.” Telling stories, marching or publicly blowing the shofar, she said, are all ways help to rally

groups and effectuate change. Jennifer Sartori of the Jewish Women’s Archive said that in addition to the activist element of storytelling, there’s another purpose to asking people to share the intimacies of their lives. Whether to help further contemporary understanding or to aid future historians, it’s imperative to ensure that the historical record is complete, she said. Sartori serves as JWA’s chief communications officer and encyclopedia editor. She said the organization has long been interested in collecting stories, but that the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision made clear that more effort was needed to preserve the tales of women, their allies and those who’ve experienced a reproductive health journey “We want to bring people’s experiences out of the shadows and really show how this is such a real and painful and complicated experience that so many people in so many backgrounds have gone through,” she said. Sartori hopes people in Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania will share their stories — whether about abortion, in vitro fertilization, miscarriage, stillbirth or related activism. “It’s not only the national figures and the national speakers whose voices are important,” she said. “It’s people in small towns and bigger cities around the country, whose stories are just as important.” By preserving these tales people can “help us continue to really push for reproductive justice.” PJC Adam Reinherz can be reached at areinherz@pittsburghjewishchronicle.org.

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Headlines Our Giving Kitchen cooks up a response to food insecurity — LOCAL — By Justin Vellucci | Special to the Chronicle


ebby Eisner is well-versed in volunteerism. The longtime University of Pittsburgh audiologist, an observant Jew who attends services at Congregation Poale Zedeck, spent much of her time helping out at food pantries and senior living facilities. Now, she goes to Our Giving Kitchen. “When they asked us to come and help, I jumped at the opportunity,” said Eisner, who has lived in Squirrel Hill for more than 40 years. “They have young people and old people there. It’s not like work; they make it so much fun. And it’s such a worthwhile cause — the highest form of tzedakah.” The Squirrel Hill-based nonprofit Our Giving Kitchen launched last summer when Rabbi Chezky Rosenfeld opened what he calls a “surplus store” on Murray Avenue — in the heart of Jewish Pittsburgh — for families to come and get free groceries, no questions asked. With COVID-19 raging at the time, more than a few families took Rosenfeld up on the kind gesture, and he began seeking (and receiving) private donor funding for the project. Today, the nonprofit is what Rosenfeld calls a “communal kitchen” — people from all walks

p Volunteers roll meatballs.

p The Beck family celebrates their daughter’s bat mitzvah with a volunteer session at Our Giving Kitchen. Photo by Bassie Rosenfeld

of life creating and cooking kosher meals on site for others in need. “We started a little surplus pop-up store, which ran through August, September, when the food programs started going on at schools,” Rosenfeld told the Chronicle. “Now, volunteers come together to make the meals, and we have hundreds of meals each week. And it’s open to everyone.” “Our model now,” he added, “is as important as the end result, which is the meals. It’s about how we get there.” Rosenfeld runs the volunteer-driven

operation “from A to Z” with his wife, Bassie, he said. Since they have moved over to the “communal kitchen” model, they’ve even started hosting private sessions, where a family or company covers the costs, and they do the cooking. Recently, a girl and 20 members of her family marked her becoming a bat mitzvah by volunteering at Our Giving Kitchen: “While they were celebrating a bat mitzvah, they were also doing a mitzvah,” Rosenfeld quipped. “The beauty of it is that it’s open to everyone

Photo by Bassie Rosenfeld

— there’s no religious requirements or anything about levels of observance. The food is kosher, but it’s open to all,” Rosenfeld said. “The end result is the food, and that’s very important. But, coming out of COVID, we’re trying to build a community. And food is the great equalizer.” Small but meaningful details enrich the experience. Every week, while volunteers prepare chicken and rice dishes or make Please see Kitchen, page 15

Pittsburgh sculptor featured in art book just three years after taking up his craft full time — LOCAL — By Justin Vellucci | Special to the Chronicle


Los Angeles-based publishing house is releasing a lavishly illustrated art book about a Pittsburgh sculptor who entered the medium in the September of his years. Dan Droz started sculpting full-time in 2019, while in his late 60s, after retiring from a 38year career that included teaching at Carnegie Mellon University and working at his firm in furniture and graphic design. Droz, who is Jewish, is surprised by his recent successes, including the coffee table book, which is titled “Behind The Fold” and is on sale from Griffith Moon Publishing. “Having a book after only three years? That’s something I never expected,” Droz said. “It’s just about getting out there and showing your work,” he added. “People respond to it.” In this case, the publisher approached Droz when the latter presented during the Kipaipai Conference at the Lancaster Museum of Art and History in Ojai, California. “Kipaipai” translates as “to encourage and inspire” in native Hawaiian. “I am familiar with publishing design, but I’ve never designed a book before, particularly not an art book,” Droz said. “It was a learning experience.” Droz will take part in a book signing event on Dec. 9 at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Oakland. More information is set to come PITTSBURGHJEWISHCHRONICLE.ORG

p Dan Droz holds “Behind the Fold” Photo courtesy of Dan Droz

out about the event, which is co-sponsored by Pittsburgh Magazine. The book features essays about Droz, as well as images of his most well-known and accomplished works. L.A.-based painter Virginia Broersma met Droz when she made a presentation on artists’ contracts via Zoom for the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh. Droz was one of the artists on the call. “Artist Dan Droz has the ability to make you look,” Broersma wrote in her essay in “Behind The Fold.” “His sculptures reveal themselves in layers over time; the first impression is not always what remains at the end. Droz has had a lifetime interest in magic — actual magic tricks — and this particular activity is an excellent

metaphor for art and a window into his sculptures. In magic, there is trickery, but also a great thrill at being shown something impossible.” Broersma told the Chronicle that “you cannot separate the art and the artist.” “In this case, he’s such a great example of a person involved in visual things his entire career,” Broersma said, speaking by phone from California. “But the way he’s been pursuing it, so aggressively … it’s like he’s in hyper-speed.” The artist said she was taken with Droz’s experimental zeal; to illustrate, she pointed to how Droz works with mesh materials, which “requires a lot of finessing to get the material to stretch.” “It’s just very experimental, and I feel that’s inspiring, as another creative person,” Broersma

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said. “He’s making a career later in life — and he’s doing a good job of it.” Droz also is quick to talk about his technique, the process of making art almost as essential to the viewer as the final product. For example, Droz talked about a method he invented for turning a pane of glass in a kiln without touching it. “I’ve done the methods and techniques but the fabricators implement it … and that increases my productivity, versus other sculptors,” he said. “It’s been a very busy period and it’s been a very productive period.” Please see Sculptor, page 15

Photo courtesy of Dan Droz

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New WQED documentary sheds light on Pittsburgh residents’ attempts to help strangers in Nazi-controlled Austria — LOCAL — By David Rullo | Staff Writer


ou can learn a lot from a letter. Dottie Levitsky uncovered the good work done by her late aunt and uncle and Pittsburgh residents Avram Sanford and Hasele Deutsch Levy from a collection of letters she inherited after their death. She also learned a little about America. “The government did everything possible to not let the people come, even though they knew they were going to be killed,” Levitsky said. The people she referred to are the Jews, desperate to escape the rising tide of antisemitism and hate taking hold in pre-war Germany and its satellite countries. The government is the United States which, because of laws and quotas, like the Immigrant Act of 1924, would only accept so many refugees, no matter the dilemma they might face. To find safe passage from Nazi-controlled Europe, refugees had to work with both the Nazi government and the government of the country where they wished to escape. To enter the United States, emigrees had to secure affidavits from American citizens who would vouch for the refugee, stating that they would be able to find work and, if not, that the

p Eric Lidji, John Spurlock, Barbara Burstin and Lauren Bairnsfather recently spoke at a public screening of the new WQED documentary “The Letters: A Plea for Help” Photo by Kim Rullo

signatory would provide financial backing. Gertrude Deutsch Perles, an Austrian citizen living in Vienna with her husband, knew the terror that was about to visit her homeland and was frantic to find an avenue of escape. She came across Hasele Deutsch Levy’s name in the magazine Woman’s Wear Daily; Deutsch Levy was a buyer for Kaufmann’s department store. Deutsch Perles saw the shared surname and thought it might motivate the American to

provide a lifeline from the coming Holocaust. Coinciding with the release of the new PBS documentary by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein, “The U.S. and the Holocaust,” WQED has created the short documentary “The Letters: A Plea for Help.” The film tells the story of discovering the letters after the death of Avram, an estate lawyer who died without a will; the search for Levy’s descendants; and the historical story of refugees

like Deutsch Perles who, scared for their lives, sought a way to escape Nazi Germany. Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh Director Lauren Bairnsfather, University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon professor and author Barbara Burstin and Director of the Rauh Jewish History Program and Archives at the Senator John Heinz History Center Eric Lidji are all featured in the documentary. In fact, when WQED producer Iris Samson was searching for a subject for the documentary she turned to Lidji who suggested the letters, among a few other ideas centered on America and the Holocaust. Lidji said the Levy collection is special because of the types of documents it contains. “What makes it unique is that it has all the government documents but there’s also this set of correspondence going back and forth that both explains what the documents are and contextualizes it within a very human scenario,” he explained. “This exchange back and forth, you see what it takes to navigate that process. The boldness that you need. The faith you have to have in other people. The repeated requests for more information. You get a sense in real time of what it must have been like to be Please see WQED, page 14

‘From Darkness to Light’ seeks to battle antisemitism and hate with art — LOCAL — By David Rullo | Staff Writer


hen Susan Ribnick learned of the massacre at the Tree of Life building on Oct. 27, 2018, she felt compelled to act. The mosaic artist and president of Austin Mosaic Guild in Austin, Texas, said she was horrified watching images of the tragedy on CNN. “You don’t have to be Jewish; you just have to be human. I was walking around in a state like, ‘What do you do with this feeling?’ You’re outraged. I’m Jewish. I could be in a synagogue where this happened,” she said. In fact, Ribnick said that she had been in a Minneapolis synagogue a few weeks before the shooting, driving home the point that anyone, anywhere could have been part of the massacre. Ribnick made use of the resources at hand. She called a meeting of the guild and suggested the members create small memorials, 8”x8” with a jewel tone theme. She envisioned a group of 10 artists working on the project “From Darkness to Light: An exhibition of mosaics inspired by the Tree of Life Tragedy.” That number jumped to 12 when artists in Denver and Philadelphia heard about the project. It soon increased to 18. She eventually decided to include more than 40 pieces in the exhibition, which 4

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p Artist Susan Ribnick addresses those attending the “From Darkness to Light” exhibit reception and gallery talk on Sept. 11 Photo by David Rullo

p “Coming Together in Peace” by Squirrel Hill artist Steve Sadvary

includes artists from Canada, Israel, Morocco, Scotland and Venezuela, in addition to the American artists. “People would contact me through Facebook. I couldn’t say no,” she said. Those that reached out included Squirrel Hill artist Steve Sadvary, whose work “Coming Together in Peace” is included in the collection. Ribnick recounted the circuitous journey of the project at an exhibit reception and gallery talk on Sept. 11 at the Jodee Harris Gallery Seton Hill Arts Center in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, where the mosaics will be on exhibit through Sept. 30. Realizing she had no connection to the Tree of Life synagogue but sensing there

was something special happening with the mosaics, Ribnick reached out to her rabbi, Neil Blumofe at Congregation Agudas Achim. Blumofe agreed that there was something special afoot. He decided to show the pieces at Agudas Achim. He also reached out to Rabbi Jeffrey Myers at Tree of Life. The Pittsburgh synagogue was deluged with not only requests for interviews and speakers and to join ceremonies and concerts but also with physical objects sent to the congregation. Laurie Zittrain Eisenberg was designated an unofficial ambassador, connecting requests with members. As luck would have it, Tree of Life member

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p Tree of Life member David Kalla, Seton Hill University President Mary Finger, Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh Director Lauren Bairnsfather, artist Susan Ribnick and Director of the National Center for Holocaust Education James Paharik

Photo by David Rullo

David Kalla was going to Galveston, Texas, at the same time “From Darkness to Light” would be hanging at the Austin synagogue. Eisenberg asked him to pay a visit and see the exhibit. Ribnick said it was fate that Kalla stopped by the congregation. “The rest is history,” she said. “If you put an idea in that guy’s mind, it’s going to happen. It’s amazing.” During remarks to those in attendance, Kalla said that he was glad the exhibit was on a Please see Art, page 17


Calendar Submit calendar items on the Chronicle’s website, pittsburghjewishchronicle.org. Submissions also will be included in print. Events will run in the print edition beginning one month prior to the date as space allows. The deadline for submissions is Friday, noon. q SUNDAY, SEPT. 18 Take advantage of NCJW’s final Squirrel Hill pickup of 2022. In downsizing or tidying up your space and donating to Thriftique, not only are you giving new life to your household items, furniture, and clothing, but you are also helping support all the programming of NCJW PGH. 9 a.m.-noon. ncjwpghevents.org/upcoming-events. Join Classrooms Without Borders for “The Hippocratic Oath at the Umschlagplatz: The Jewish Doctors of the Warsaw Ghetto.” Moderated by Tali Nates, founding director of the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Center. For this program, there will be a limited pre-screening of the documentary film “No One Told Me,” directed by Sean O’Sullivan. Guest speaker Dr. Maria Ciesielska, Medical Review Auschwitz Project and Luc Albinski. 2 p.m. cwbpgh.org/event/the-hippocratic-oath-at-theumschlagplatz-the-jewish-doctors-of-the-warsaw-ghetto. Join Chabad of the South Hills for Shofar Factory, a blast for the entire family. Create your own authentic shofar, learn how a shofar is made, braid your own challah and taste Rosh Hashanah delicacies. 4 p.m. $12/shofar free for those in Discovery Club. 1701 McFarland Road. chabadsh.com/shofar.

Workshop.” A variety of topics will be covered for those who are interested in joining advocacy work. Participants will learn both helpful information about joining movements and about the place advocacy can hold in your healing journey. Masks must be worn and vaccination records are required. Workshop will take place in the 10.27 Healing Partnership suite on the third floor of the Jewish Community Center JCC membership is not required. 6 p.m. 1027healingpartnership.org/event/ advocacy-workshop.


q MONDAYS, SEPT. 19 -OCT. 24


Join Congregation Beth Shalom for a weekly Talmud study. 9:15 a.m. For more information, visit bethshalompgh.org.

The Embassy of the Czech Republic, in collaboration with Classrooms without Borders, invites you to the online discussion with novelist, poet and translator Marek Toman. 3 p.m. cwbpgh.org/event/czechembassy-series-featuring-novelist-poet-and-translatormarek-toman/?cwb-cache-buster=1.

q TUESDAY, SEPT. 20 Join NCJW for the Just Films series with Chatham University’s Women’s Institute. The first film in the series is The Janes. Learn the story of seven women who were part of a clandestine network who built an underground service for women seeking safe, affordable, illegal abortions. 5:30 p.m. Free. chatham. edu/events/details.cfm?eventID=30431.

Registration is now open for “Melton Core 1: Rhythms and Purposes of Jewish Living.” This 25-lesson course will take you through the year’s cycle — the life cycle traditions and practices that bind us together. Explore not just what is and how is of Jewish living, but the why is that go with them. 7 p.m. $300 per person, per year (25 sessions), includes all books and materials. Virtual. foundation.jewishpgh.org/melton-core-1.

Join the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh for its annual meeting at the Heinz History Center. Review the achievements, challenges and direction of Pittsburgh’s Jewish community, as reflected in the activities of the Jewish Federation. 7 p.m. jewishpgh.org/event/jewish-federation-of-greater-pittsburgh-annual-meeting-5.



q SUNDAY, SEPT. 18- SEPT. 30

Join Chabad of the South Hills for a Pre-High Holiday Seniors Lunch. Immunization clinic by Pathways Wellness program. Lunch, honey cake, hands-on holiday presentation and raffle prizes. Noon. Preregistration recommended. $5 suggested donation. 412-278-2658.

The Jodee Harris Gallery Seton Hill Arts Center presents “From Darkness to Light: An Exhibition of Mosaics Inspired by the Tree of Life.” Reception and gallery talk, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2 p.m. 205 W. Otterman St., Greensburg, 15601. RSPV at ncche@setonhill.edu.

The Sq. Hill chapter of AARP will hold its September meeting at Rodef Shalom Synagogue, Falk Library. Sam Arnold will present Shape Training. Refreshments will be served. 1 p.m. Call Marcia Kramer, 412-6565803, with questions.

Join the 10.27 Healing Partnership and the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy for a four-week healing, consciousness-building forest bathing series at the Frick Park Environmental Center. We will take 90-minute gentle walks throughout Frick Park while nurturing our connection to the natural world through reflective practices. If you feel disconnected from nature, yourself or others, consider participating in this forest bathing series. Registration is required. Series is free. 9 a.m. Frick Park Environmental Center. 1027healingpartnership.org/forest-bathing.




Join a lay-led Online Parashah Study Group to discuss the week’s Torah portion. No Hebrew knowledge is needed. The goal is to build community while deepening understanding of the text. 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit bethshalompgh.org.

Join the 10.27 Healing Partnership’s holistic support group as they partner with Sunny’s Community Garden on a journey to address grief through the healing power of gardening and herbs. This five-week program involves self-expression through gardening and writing. The group is open to all adults who have experienced grief, no matter where they are on their healing journey, and offers an opportunity to connect and grow with others. 10 a.m. 5738 Forbes. Ave. 1027healingpartnership.org/seeds-of-resilience.

Finding it harder to make ends meet? You are not alone. A recent study shows a growing group of people in the Pittsburgh area are economically insecure and inflation is adding additional challenges to meeting basic needs. Join NCJW for “Yes, You May Qualify!” to see what financial supports you may qualify for. Noon. ncjwpghevents.org/upcoming-events

q MONDAY, SEPT. 19 Why did the Germans create ghettos throughout Eastern Europe? What functions did they fulfill for the Germans? For two-and-a-half years, Jews from all over Poland were herded into ghettos and forced to live in terrible conditions of overcrowding, hunger, and disease. Join Classrooms Without Borders for “The Establishment of the Ghettos,” a presentation with Yad Vashem educator Yiftach Meiri. 3 p.m. cwbpgh. org/event/the-establishment-of-the-ghettos. The 10.27 Healing Partnership is proud to host Dana Kellerman, Policy Director of Squirrel Hill Stands Against Gun Violence, and Ken Segel, Executive Director of Just Harvest, for “Use Your Voice: Routes to Advocacy

q WEDNESDAYS, SEPT. 21-OCT. 26 Bring the parashah alive. Study the weekly Torah portion with Rabbi Mark Asher Goodman. 12:15 p.m. bethshalompgh.org/life-text. Join Temple Sinai to study the weekly Torah portion in its hybrid class available on Zoom. Open to everyone. Noon. templesinaipgh.org/event/parashah/weeklytorah-portion-class-via-zoom11.html.

q THURSDAY, SEPT. 29 Classrooms Without Borders, in coordination with Tali Nates, founder and director of the Johannesburg Genocide & Holocaust Centre, and in partnership with the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, Liberation75 and the USC Shoah Foundation is pleased to present “Remembering the Holocaust in the United Kingdom.” 2 p.m. cwbpgh.org/event/holocaustmuseums-and-memorials-around-the-world/?cwbcache-buster=1. Presented by the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, the course Advanced Community Active

Threat Training (CATT) With Defensive Tactics will address the mind of an active shooter, predator versus prey, situational awareness and survival mindset; explore basic self-defense using techniques such as Krav Maga and is hands-on for those wishing to do so; explore weapons awareness and disarming techniques and will build on skills learned adding more advanced defensive tactics to include team tactics and reality based training. 5 p.m. Squirrel Hill JCC. jewishpgh.org/ event/advanced-community-active-threat-training-cattwith-defensive-tactics. Join Community Day School and the Boys & Girls Club of Western Pennsylvania for Together We Rise: Challah Baking Event, a free community event to celebrate each other and the history of challah baking with the Challah Back Girls and special guests. Bake your own challah to take home and participate in a one-ofa-kind raffle. Free. 5:30 p.m. Estelle S. Campbell Clubhouse, 4600 Butler St, Pittsburgh, 15201. eventbrite. com/e/together-we-rise-tickets-411534419527. q THURSDAYS, SEPT. 29-DEC. 15 Register now for the virtual course “Melton: Social Justice – The Heart of Judaism in Theory and Practice.” This 10-part Melton course highlights the Jewish call to action and provides a practical approach for achieving lasting change. Drawing from classic and modern texts, the course explores the communal connection that compels us to support the most vulnerable. 7 p.m. foundation.jewishpgh.org/meltonsocial-justice-the-heart-of-judaism-in-theory-and-practice. q THURSDAY, OCT. 6 “The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are.” Libby Copeland will explore the extraordinary cultural phenomenon of home DNA testing. This program is possible through the generous support of the William M. Lowenstein Genealogical Research Endowment Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation. Presented by the Jewish Genealogy Society of Pittsburgh and the Rauh Jewish Archives at the Heinz History Center. Free for JGS-Pittsburgh members; $5 for the general public. 7 p.m. heinzhistorycenter.org/events/ jewish-genealogical-society-libby-copeland-oct-6-2022. q WEDNESDAY, OCT. 12 Chabad of the South Hills presents Seniors in the Sukkah. Enjoy holiday music, a special Sukkot program, delicious lunch, shake the lulav and etrog, raffles. $5 suggested donation. Noon. 1701 McFarland Road. Call 412-278-2658 to preregister. chabadsh.com. Chabad of the South Hills presents a ladies’ event, Soup in the Sukkah, with a special guest speaker. 7:30 p.m. 1701 McFarland Road. chabadsh.com. q THURSDAY, OCT. 13 Chabad of the South Hills presents a men’s event, Scotch in the Sukkah. 7:30 p.m. 1701 McFarland Road. chabadsh.com. PJC

Join the Chronicle Book Club!


he Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle invites you to join the Chronicle Book Club for its Oct. 2 discussion of “Antiquities and Other Stories” by Cynthia Ozick. From The New Yorker: “Five and a half decades after her belated début, [Ozick] has established herself as one of our era’s central writers, with an ample supply of exquisite fiction and belles-lettres; and she is still going. To publish a novel in your early twenties is impressive; to publish one at the age of ninety-three is something else altogether ... A brisk work of some thirty thousand words, [‘Antiquties’] explores her

favorite subjects — envy and ambition, the moral peril of idolatry — in her favorite form. As you might expect, it also has much to say about last things, and the long perspectives open to the human mind as it approaches its terminus.”

Your Hosts

Toby Tabachnick, editor of the Chronicle David Rullo, Chronicle staff writer

How It Works

We will meet on Zoom on Sunday, Oct. 2, at noon.

As you read the book, we invite you to share your favorite passages on a shared document you will receive when you register for the meeting.

What To Do

Buy: “Antiquities and Other Stories.” It is available from online retailers, including Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Email: Contact us at drullo@pittsburgjewishchronicle. org, and write “Chronicle Book Club” in the subject line. We will send you a Zoom link for the discussion meeting. Happy reading! PJC — Toby Tabachnick

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Headlines John Spear, longtime retail professional with ‘huge personality,’ dies at 83 — LOCAL — By Justin Vellucci | Special to the Chronicle


ohn Spear, a Kaufmann’s retail giant who spent eight story-filled decades living within a five-mile radius of Squirrel Hill, died Aug. 14, after a 17-year battle with kidney cancer. He was 83 and wrote his own obituary. “In death, people come out of the woodwork, and everyone says nice things — people did that for my dad during his life,” Doug Spear, the youngest of Spear’s three sons, told the Chronicle. “Everybody loved the guy. He had such a huge personality and just had a way about him.” A lifelong Pittsburgher, Spear was born Oct. 23, 1938, to Jacob and Else Spear, who ran Fashion Spear, a family retail business based in Braddock that eventually spread to several area malls. He graduated from Taylor Allderdice High School in 1956, forming friendships he frequently revisited during the many class reunions he organized. Spear earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1960 and served during his college years as president of Pi Lambda Phi fraternity. Spear married the former Janet Elinor Cohen on May 6, 1962. They were together for 55 years, until her death in 2017. “Their courtship began when Janet bought

 John Spear

Photo courtesy of the Spear family

his ‘53 Chevy for $200,” Spear wrote in the obituary he submitted to Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc. “He then delivered snow tires to her house and asked her for a date. They went to LeMont and on the way home, he startled her by announcing that he would marry her. Soon thereafter, their love affair began.” The couple raised three sons — Jeffrey, David and Doug, each of whom grew up to become a lawyer in different U.S. cities. Jeffrey Spear went to New York City and, in 1999, Doug Spear trekked to Atlanta; David Spear was the only son who stayed in Pittsburgh. In 1980, after his time at the family business, Spear joined Kaufmann’s in Greensburg as store manager. In 1983, he was promoted downtown to become divisional merchandise manager of coats, furs and bridal. He later became a Kaufmann’s vice president and quadrupled the company’s fur business in one year, according to his obituary. “His coat and fur auditorium sales and his flair for fashion provided much excitement to the downtown store as well as the branches,” Spear wrote in his obituary. “He was known for successful fur trunk shows in Kaufmann’s Pittsburgh branches and in Erie, Youngstown, Cleveland, Charleston and New York state locations.” Upon his retirement from Kaufmann’s, Spear

consulted for three years for the Millstein family, founders of Burlington Coat Factory. Above all, though, Spear stayed active in his community and regularly attended services at Rodef Shalom Congregation. “My parents volunteered from the moment I remembered,” Jeffrey Spear said. “They instilled in us that community service was essential.” Spear was president of the Braddock Rotary Club (1978-80), a Rotarian (since 1964) and president of the Greater Braddock Chamber of Commerce (1972-74), where he negotiated the reopening of the Braddock schools after the Martin Luther King riots. He also was president of the Youth Squad, which provided work to men following their release from jail. He also served as vice president of the Hebrew Free Loan Association, on whose board he served for 20 years. The list of his credentials runs on: Forward Shady Housing Corp., Jewish Residential Services, Concordia Club, and the board of the Israel Heritage Room at the University of Pittsburgh in the Cathedral of Learning. “The man was tireless,” his sons said, and his kidney cancer diagnosis, which led to Please see Spear, page 15

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High Holidays of Hope

Our moderator, Feyisola Akintola, Manager, Office of Immigration Affairs for the City of Pittsburgh, will guide us through a conversation with neighbors including those from Afghanistan, Ukraine, the Congo, Latin America, and Asia.

Yom Kippur When Rights are Challenged Standing UP with Our Neighbors Women and Their Families The Incarcerated and Their Families The LGBTQ+ Community and Their Families Wednesday, October 5 • 3-4 pm Levinson Hall • JCC Squirrel Hill Join us for an essential conversation about our responsibility to stand UP with our neighbors when their reproductive health rights, civic engagement rights, and gender identity rights are restricted. Our conversation will be highlighted with modern interpretations of the Yom Kippur confessional prayers. We will conclude with a contemporary Yizkor memorial service.

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SEPTEMBER 16, 2022


Headlines — WORLD — Russia’s Chabad rabbis call to ‘end the suffering’

For the first time since Russia invaded Ukraine six months ago, dozens of Russian rabbis from that country convened for an emergency meeting that ended with a politically fraught plea for an end to the bloodshed, JTA reported. At a two-day gathering in Moscow that ended on Sept. 6, more than 75 Chabad-affiliated rabbis from across Russia issued a statement that read: “We pray that no more blood be spilled, and call upon people of good conscience everywhere to help aid those in need, including refugees, and end the suffering.” The statement does not use the words “war” or “invasion,” which can carry legal risk in Russia when applied to the deadly offensive that Russian President Vladimir Putin initiated in February, nor does it mention Ukraine explicitly. But it can easily be construed as disapproval of the war at a time when other state-recognized clergy, including in the Russian Orthodox Church, have backed it. The church’s head, Patriarch Kirill, has justified the invasion of Ukraine on spiritual and ideological grounds.

Goyim Defense League founder arrested in Poland outside Auschwitz

The founder of the American extremist group Goyim Defense League said he was

arrested in Poland after demonstrating in front of the Auschwitz-Birkenau former extermination and concentration camp, J. The Jewish News of California reported. Jon Minadeo Jr. posted about his arrest on Gab, the social media platform favored by right-wing extremists barred from other platforms, on Sept. 4. He said he was charged with “(((Hate Speech))) regarding Aushwitz,” using a parenthetical notation adopted by neo-Nazis to identify Jews online and misspelling the Nazi concentration camp. The Polish national police did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But the Polish penal code includes penalties for anyone who “propagates a fascist or another totalitarian state or calls for hatred against national, ethnic, racial or religious differences.” Minadeo posted pictures of himself and a fellow Goyim Defense League member, Robert Wilson, holding posters outside Auschwitz’s notorious front gate. The posters contained lewd and derogatory messages about the Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish civil rights group that is a frequent Goyim Defense League target.

ADL to review education materials after Fox News calls it ‘far-left’

The Anti-Defamation League says it will “launch a thorough review” of its educational content to address materials “misaligned with” the organization’s values after Fox News published a story accusing the anti-hate group of including “concepts

from critical race theory” and “far-left ideas,” JTA reported. The ADL’s statement, released in response to a Fox News story published on Sept. 7, did not specify which of its freely available education materials were cause for review. But the conservative news network accused the nonpartisan group, which offers anti-bias training to schools, of participating in a broader leftist indoctrination of schoolchildren. In a statement, an ADL spokesperson said that Fox’s story “raised important issues” and said the group “plans to undertake a comprehensive, in-depth review of all of our education programs.”’ “However, we are not wavering from our long-standing support for marginalized communities, such as the rights and safety of transgender youth,” the spokesperson said.

Tel Aviv hosts weeklong party to celebrate Brazil’s 200th Independence Day

Brazilians threw a party in Israel to celebrate the 200th anniversary of their independence, as well as the strong cultural ties between the two countries, JTA reported. The event, called Casa Brasil, began on Sept. 4 and continued through Sept. 9, and featured lectures, cultural presentations, a fashion show, a food festival and more. It was held at Hangar 11, a large event venue at Tel Aviv’s port, which was decked out in green and yellow, the colors of Brazil’s flag. “Our two peoples have nurtured a close relationship over several areas, including in trade,

education, politics, culture, defense, agriculture and innovation,” Brazil’s ambassador to Israel, Gerson Menandro, said at a gala event. Brazilian diplomat Oswaldo Aranha presided over the United Nations General Assembly that voted in favor of the resolution that partitioned the British Mandate of Palestine into two states, Jewish and Arab. Aranha heavily lobbied in favor of the partition and, for his efforts, he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1948.

Biden nominates Jewish lawyer to serve as delegate for UN General Assembly

President Joe Biden nominated Jewish lawyer Andrew Weinstein to be a public delegate of the United States to the upcoming 77th session of the U.N. General Assembly, the White House announced on Sept. 6, JNS.org reported. Weinstein has been a managing attorney at the Weinstein Law Firm since 1996 with a focus on civil litigation. He is also the chairman of the Lawyers Council for the Democratic National Committee. During the administration of former President Barack Obama, Weinstein served as a “key liaison to the Jewish community” during the unveiling of the Iran nuclear deal and was appointed by Obama in 2017 to the board of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the White House said. PJC — Compiled by Andy Gotlieb

ADATH JESHURUN Today in Israeli History Sept. 19, 1988 — Ofek 1 Is Launched — WORLD — CEMETERY HOLIDAY VISITATIONS Sept. 16, 1949 — Israel Joins Items are provided by the Center for Israel Education (israeled.org), where you can find more details.

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Israel joins the Paris-based U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Israel quits UNESCO in 2018 after repeated accusations back and forth regarding abuses of history.

Sept. 17, 1978 — Camp David Accords Are Signed

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p Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and U.S. National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski play chess at Camp David during a break in the September 1978 negotiations.

Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin sign the Camp David Accords, brokered by President Jimmy Carter. The accords lead to the March 1979 peace treaty.

Sept. 18, 1918 — Swimmer Judith Deutsch Is Born

Champion swimmer Judith Deutsch is born in Vienna, Austria. She joins fellow Austrian swimmers Ruth Langer and Lucie Goldner in refusing to go to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin and later makes aliyah.


Israel becomes the ninth country with a space capability, launching the 340pound Ofek 1 satellite from an undisclosed location near the Mediterranean Sea. Named for the Hebrew word for horizon, Ofek 1 completes an Earth orbit every 90 minutes.

Sept. 20, 1931 — Actress Haya Harareet Is Born

Actress Haya Harareet, best known as Judah Ben-Hur’s love interest Esther in 1959’s “BenHur” remake, is born p Actress Haya Harareet, shown in in Haifa. She appears an MGM publicity in Israeli, Italian, photo, died Feb. 3, U.S. and British films 2021, in England. from 1955 to 1964.

Sept. 21, 2008 — Olmert Resigns as Prime Minister

Facing corruption charges on which he later is convicted, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert resigns. A Knesset election in February 2009 results in Benjamin Netanyahu’s return to the prime minister’s office.

Sept. 22, 1943 — Musician Ariel Zilber Is Born

Singer-songwriter Ariel Zilber is born in Tel Aviv. In the 1970s and 1980s he establishes an eclectic sound, leads multiple rock bands, then has a solo career. He spans rock, pop and hip-hop. He moves toward the Orthodox right in the early 2000s. PJC PITTSBURGHJEWISHCHRONICLE.ORG


Armenian, Greek and Jewish communities join together to mark dark period of history



lassrooms Without Borders is partnering with western Pennsylvania’s Greek and Armenian communities for a series of events to mark 100 years since a period in history when Christians and Jews were targeted for their faith and culture. The program is titled “Agape and Hope Resurrected in Hripsime’s Agony, Athena’s Mourning, and Rachel’s Heartbreak.” This year “represents the 100th year from one of humanity’s darkest periods, a time point that inspired and ignited what eventually resulted in one of humankind’s bleakest moments,” according to promotional materials. “1922 was the peak of the period between 1915-1923, when Christians and Jews were systematically targeted for their faith and culture. The western world’s general indifference to the genocide of Christians and Jews in Anatolia, the Pontus, and Asia Minor would soon be used by the Nazis as the basis of their plan to exterminate the Jewish people.” Educational outreach programs will be offered during September, including those celebrating “the music, literature, and artwork that was created by those who either perished

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in, or survived the genocide of Christians and Jews in Anatolia, the Pontus, and Asia Minor between 1915-1923 and by those who perished in, or survived the brutal concentration camps of the Holocaust during World War II.” Artworks of and inspired by the period will be on display in several area galleries in September; “soirees” of literature and poetry bringing together members of the Armenian, Jewish and Greek communities of western Pennsylvania are planned; and a series of lectures by scholars, historians and living witnesses and/or their descendants will be presented. A concert featuring Armenian, Jewish and Greek musicians, performing music written by those who perished and/or survived those dark periods, as well as music that was inspired by their lives and sacrifice, will be held on Sunday, Sept. 18. The Greek Nationality Room Committee, The Armenian Nationality Room Committee, The American Hellenic Foundation of Western PA and The European Art Center of Greece are partnering with CWB for the event. For more information and a schedule of events, go to cwbpgh.org/event/ armenian-greek-and-jewish-communityweek-long-event/. PJC —Toby Tabachnick

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SEPTEMBER 16, 2022


Opinion Queen Elizabeth II — EDITORIAL —


n the end, everyone was an Elizabethan. Queen Elizabeth II’s 70-year reign ended quietly with her death last week. And with the accolades from across the globe came a sense of wonder that the 96-year-old monarch’s greatest contribution may have been her steadfastness in her role as wearer of the crown of state and a symbol of continuity in the United Kingdom. That remarkable constancy — a particularly British devotion to form and ceremony arising from England’s entrenched class system — was a fulfillment of Elizabeth’s promise very early in her reign of unending devotion to service and to her imperial family. Her formality

in that role differed from the looser, more informal royals of Europe’s other remaining monarchies. But then, how many of us can name the king of Norway? (Answer: Harald V). Yet, somehow, although Americans may feel superior in not being weighed down by the pomp, the castles, the cost and calls to duty of an outdated monarchy structure, many Americans still thought of Elizabeth II as “the” queen and felt an affinity toward her. For British Jewry that was certainly true. Within months of acceding to the throne in 1952, Elizabeth met with the British chief rabbi and leaders of the Jewish community. Jewish leaders and the ambassador of the 4-year-old state of Israel attended her coronation soon after. And over the years

of her long reign, she cultivated a warm and trusting relationship with the UK Jewish community, with particular focus on interfaith relations and Holocaust memorial. And yet, the queen, who visited more than 100 countries during 271 foreign trips, never visited Israel. That was a source of frustration to British Jews and some Israeli officials. The reason was ascribed to the unsolved IsraeliPalestinian conflict along with other excuses, but it amounted to a de facto boycott of Israel. The boycott was lifted just five years ago when Prince William made the first official royal visit to Israel in 2018. There were, however, many unofficial visits. Prince Charles — now king — visited in 1995 and 2016 for the funerals of former Prime Ministers

Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres. But we can’t help but wonder whether the queen’s refusal to visit the Jewish state had an echo of British hostility toward the Jews of its colony in pre-state Palestine more than 70 years ago. Today’s Israel was as surprised as anyone at how quickly the queen seemed to slip away after being a consistent fixture on the world stage for so long. Israel’s leaders joined other world leaders in mourning her passing and recognizing her legacy of leadership and service. Elizabeth’s death marks the end of an era. In the course of her 70 years of service, she overlapped with 15 British prime ministers, 14 American presidents and seven popes. May the memory of this gentle and devoted lady be for a blessing. PJC

What Queen Elizabeth meant to a British Jew like me Guest Columnist Jeremy Havardi


he death of Queen Elizabeth II after 70 years on the throne is a devastating loss for Britain, the Commonwealth and the free world. It is hard to overstate the sense of grief that will be felt at her passing, including from within the Anglo-Jewish community. I was brought up in a typical liberal Jewish family that showed a healthy respect for the queen, and the royal family more widely. I recall marching down the Mall in London for the 60th anniversary of VE Day and catching a sight of our monarch on the steps of Buckingham Palace. Like other British Jews, I also remember hearing the prayer for the royal family which was, and is, a feature of every Shabbat service. For Anglo-Jewry, the queen was a rock and mainstay of her nation, a constant, familiar and reassuring presence amid the turbulence of both domestic and international crises. Indeed, she became such a fixture in British life that she created the illusion that she would always carry on as head of state. Of course, no one is immortal. But the queen etched herself so deeply into her country’s story that she became emblematic of its very character, the unspoken essence of modern Britain. She was truly the matriarch of the nation.

The queen was unlike political heads of state. She was not a polarizing figure because, being unelected, she was in no way beholden to vested interests or parties. Instead, she united her nation by becoming a symbol of its most enduring and cherished values. What she brought to her role was an old-fashioned sense of duty and loyalty, reflecting the vow that she made in 1947 to live a life of service, no matter how long or short it lasted. Her values were those of an older Britain, a nation framed by a Christian ethos in which self mattered less than duty and obligation trumped personal ambition. Those values had resonance for British Jews too, given that their own faith encompassed notions of religious duty and communal service. They recognized that the queen’s tireless devotion to her nation was an example of tikkun olam at its finest. The queen never compromised her fidelity to those values and conducted herself at all times with dignity, decency and propriety. If only one could say the same about today’s leaders. Above all, she was a steadfast symbol of old-fashioned calm and stoicism in an age when the stiff upper lip was being assailed as quaint and harmful. It was that facet of her character, her ability to show coolness and fortitude despite crisis and sadness, that endeared her to millions of her countrymen and women. In her own life, those sad episodes included the breakdown of her children’s marriages, the death of Princess Diana, the fallout caused

by the disillusionment of Prince Harry and his wife with the monarchy, and, above all, the loss of her beloved husband, Prince Philip. Yet her belief in service and her promise to the nation meant that she never contemplated stepping aside. She simply got on with her job, exuding a steely strength and determination that won her so many admirers. The queen was also an internationally renowned figure. It is easy to forget that she visited some 117 countries as monarch, meeting countless leaders, statesmen and diplomats. She acted as head of state to 15 British prime ministers and met no fewer than 13 American presidents. Indeed, her reign lasted more than one quarter of the entire history of the United States. She was the first British monarch to travel to a communist country when she toured Yugoslavia in 1972. She was a symbol of the reconciliation with Japan, receiving the emperor in the United Kingdom, while her visits to China and Russia in the 1980s and 1990s were equally significant. She also reflected a changed mood when she went to the Republic of Ireland in 2011, something that would have been unthinkable decades earlier. She was undoubtedly the most experienced diplomat of her age and a figure to whom many would turn for wise counsel. She was also a friend of the Jewish community in the U.K. She met many faith leaders and gained the praise of figures such as the late Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, who described her and the royal

family as “one of the great unifying forces in Britain, a unity we need all the more, the more diverse religiously and culturally we become.” She hosted Israeli leaders in the U.K., including President Ephraim Katzir in 1976, and gave an honorary knighthood to Shimon Peres in 2008. In 2000, she also inaugurated Britain’s first permanent memorial to the Holocaust and served as patron of the UK Holocaust Memorial Day Trust for a decade. It is true that she did not visit Israel as a monarch despite a number of entreaties from the country’s leaders. But this did not reflect any personal malice or bigotry and instead resulted from longstanding Foreign Office policy to avoid antagonizing Britain’s Arab allies. Accordingly, the queen’s death has seen a genuine and palpable outpouring of grief from Jewish communal leaders of every denomination. British Jews are feeling the loss of this remarkable monarch as much as their gentile counterparts. For now, Britain has a king who will provide the nation and Commonwealth with a sense of much needed continuity. But Queen Elizabeth II was a truly unique figure whose guiding presence symbolized unity, constancy and, above all, human decency. We will not see her like again. PJC

organization built on Jewish values working to end hunger in the United States and Israel, I believe the upcoming conference can provide a historic opportunity to envision and advance bold, transformative ideas. At the same time, I harbor no illusions that a one-day summit of political leaders, policymakers, academics and advocates will immediately realize the vision of MAZON’s founders in 1985. MAZON was founded on the vision of working

toward systemic change so that every American can put food on the table. To truly end hunger, we need the political will to examine the roots of societal problems — racism, sexism, anti-immigrant sentiment and other forms of discrimination that contribute to persistent inequities, including food insecurity. With an understanding of those systemic biases,

Jeremy Havardi is a journalist, historian and political activist, is director of the Bureau of International Affairs of B’nai B’rith UK. This first appeared on JTA.

Envisioning an End to Hunger Guest Columnist Abby Leibman


this time of year, Jews around the world engage in moments of reflection and renewal. We read that each human being is created “b’tselem Elohim” — “in the image of


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God” — and we eat special foods that are meaningful to our families and our communities. This year, we have an opportunity to reflect not only on our personal and communal struggles but also a chance to chart a path forward for those facing hunger in our nation. On Sept. 28, President Joe Biden will host a White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health. As the head of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, a leading anti-hunger


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Chronicle poll results: In-person High Holiday services


ast week, the Chronicle asked its readers in an electronic poll the following question: “Are you planning to attend any High Holiday services in person this year?” This question was identical to what Chronicle readers were asked about High Holiday attendance in 2021. As the numbers indicate, this year marks a sizable increase in the number of people who plan on attending services in person inside a building. Whereas 27% of readers said they planned on attending services in person inside a building last year, the number grew to 57% this year. Similarly, whereas 55% of readers said they planned on participating in High Holiday services by streaming or on their own at home in 2021, the number fell to 24% in 2022. Readers provided various explanations of what they’re doing this year. Of the 294 people who responded to the 2022 poll, 40 people provided comments. A few responses follow. No longer interested. The last reason for attending, bonding with the community, is no longer important to me. The conflating of politics and religion is exhausting and irrelevant. I’m unaffiliated, so going to a physical service is not possible. I will do some of the streaming services either locally or from NYC. I’m waiting to see how the numbers of infections are before I decide.

Are you planning to attend any High Holiday services in person this year? 8% No, but I usually don’t participate in High Holiday services anyway.

6% Not sure yet.

28% Yes, I will be there in person inside a building.

3% Yes, I will be there in person but only outside.

55% No, I will participate by streaming or on my own at home.

I’m doing both in person and online. I feel it is important to be there in person. It is more meaningful to me. I am making a symbolic silent protest by taking a 1-year leave of absence as a member of the temple that unceremoniously “fired” its main spiritual leader without good cause. COVID is so over. If you don’t want to be exposed, don’t leave your home. I am a Pittsburger living in South Florida. Our local synagogue’s constant pleas,

Are you planning to attend any High Holiday services in person this year? 8% No, but I usually don’t participate in High Holiday services anyway.

1% Yes, I will be there in person but only outside. 9% Not sure yet. 25% No, I will participate by streaming or on my own at home. 57% Yes, I will be there in person inside a building.

haranguing members for money alienated family and me. Our community also offers Zoom services this year, but I intend to be there in person, as I am the soloist for our community in Mexico. Services via Zoom don’t feel real to me (and are hard to do halachically), so I won’t do that if I have a choice. I’m vaxxed and boosted, and I’m inside a building (masked) every week for Shabbat. That hasn’t caused any problems.

I will do the main Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur service in person. The rest on Zoom. COVID is completely over for me. There’s vaccines now, or you can get it naturally, or both. There is no longer any reason for fear. There is limited seating at my shul, and I am forgoing attending to allow those who want to attend in person do so. I do not care one way or the other. I have not and will not participate in streaming services. I understand the need for it, and glad it was available, but the elimination of in-person services was not necessary. I will be wearing a mask. We have been to Zoom shul since the pandemic, but I am looking forward to returning in person. PJC —Adam Reinherz

This week’s Chronicle poll question:

How do you feel about the death of the United Kingdom’s Queen Elizabeth II? Go to pittsburghjewishchronicle.org to respond. PJC

No objectivity in Rubin’s opinion piece

— LETTERS — Roosevelt administration prevented Anne Frank’s family from coming to U.S.

A news article in your Sept. 9 edition stated that in a scene in Ken Burns’ upcoming film, Otto Frank, the father of Anne Frank, “tries to secure passage to America for his family but gets stymied by the country’s fierce anti-immigration legislation.” America’s immigration system was indeed restrictive, but the main obstacle to the Franks reaching the United States was that the Roosevelt administration took a bad system and made it worse. In the year Otto was applying, 1941, the U.S. quota for German nationals (such as the Franks) was only 47% filled, meaning there were more than 15,000 empty quota slots; there was plenty of room for the Franks. The problem was that the Roosevelt administration actively sought to suppress immigration below the legal limits, by imposing extraneous requirements upon visa applicants and looking for any technicality to reject them. To make matters worse, 1941 was also the year that President Roosevelt approved a new regulation barring all visa applicants who had close relatives staying behind in Europe, which would have provided additional grounds for disqualifying the Franks. The theory behind the new regulation — a theory that was never backed by any evidence — was that the Germans would take the relative hostage in order to force the immigrant to spy for Hitler. In effect, Anne Frank was denied admission to the United States because the Roosevelt administration feared she might become a Nazi spy. Rafael Medoff Director of The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies Washington, D.C.

In regard to the article, “Israelis should support American diplomacy on Iran” (Sept. 2), what Mr. Rubin failed to mention was that during the time the JCPOA was in effect, Iran continued to advance its bomb and missile program. Mr. Rubin’s Trump derangement syndrome has completely overwhelmed any objectivity he might have once possessed. Bernita Barnett Mt. Lebanon

Roosevelt could have done more when confronting the Holocaust

Andrew Lapin’s review in JTA’s article regarding Ken Burns’ new documentary “The U.S. and the Holocaust,” which you published on Sept. 9, quotes the noted filmmaker as still believing that President Franklin D. Roosevelt was mostly acting within his means as a politician when confronting the Holocaust. In his words, FDR’s very limited response to Jewry’s darkest hour was due to the fact that he “could not wave a magic wand. He was not the emperor or a king.” The wartime chief executive did not need a magic wand, however. There were ways to help Jews or interrupt the mass murder without serious political risk. Some possible examples: allowing the existing immigration quotas to be filled; permitting refugees to go temporarily to the U.S. Virgin Islands (as U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau, Jr. suggested regarding the more than 900 Jews fleeing Nazi Germany in May 1939 aboard the St. Louis); bringing refugees back to America’s shores on empty Liberty cargo ships, vessels which needed ballast to avoid capsizing; and dropping a few bombs on the railways and bridges leading to Auschwitz from planes that were already bombing those regions. Professor Monty Noam Penkower Jerusalem, Israel

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other ambulances for shipment to Haifa. The donated vehicle will endure a lengthy journey, but those driving the enterprise have experienced one as well. Jeff Berg told the Chronicle that although he and his wife spent almost seven years working toward getting an ambulance to Israel, the couple’s connection to the Jewish state began decades earlier. Arlene Berg first visited Israel in 1974. Jeff Berg was introduced to the Jewish state while working on a kibbutz in 1979. Since the 1970s, the couple organized several Christian tours of Israel, however,

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couldn’t gather in communal spaces because of COVID-19. It has also experienced a decline in the number of Jews identifying as Conservative. A survey by the Pew Research Center, “Jewish Americans in 2020,” reported that for every person who has joined Conservative Judaism, nearly three raised in the movement have left. It also found that 57% of people raised Conservative now either identify as Reform, don’t identify with any movement or are no longer Jewish. Asked about those numbers, Blumenthal said he doesn’t view Judaism as a contest. “We have a lot of vibrant synagogues. We have lots of people who grew up in our movement. We continue to live very dynamic Jewish lives,” he said. The rabbi said that although there is a need for synagogues to continue to adapt and evolve to meet the needs of the 21st century, he doesn’t think identity is the primary way Jewish people identify themselves. “If people are finding meaning in kashrut, in Jewish Holidays, in living an ethical life and they’re informed by our Torah, rabbis and institutions, then I think that’s great, whether they call themselves a Conservative Masorti Jew, or not.” In fact, Blumenthal said, congregation

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a part of that process.” Burstin said the letters help us to understand what was at stake. “There was correspondence in the 1930s. That’s what these letters are all about — pleas to help. The Jews began to realize that it was life or death,” she said. “The pleas get more desperate as the 1930s dragged on. Americans certainly got those letters; that’s a feature to this movie.” By 1940 or 1941, the letters stopped, Burstin said, because the Jews had been sent to concentration camps or were murdered. The process of gathering the needed documents could be frustrating, especially considering the slow pace of intercontinental 14

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their attitude toward the country and its inhabitants significantly shifted during the Second Intifada. Israel had always been a “biblical issue, but it became a moral issue,” Jeff Berg said. “There was so much blood being shed. All these terrorist bombs in restaurants and Israelis just suffering under organized terror. It was just terrible … We became pro-life for Israel and wanted to do anything to see Israel live.” Arlene Berg said that she and her husband began volunteering with the Jewish Association on Aging and were introduced to Rabbi Eli Seidman, who suggested the possibility of donating an ambulance to Israel. Seidman, a retired JAA staffer, credited

his former colleague Sharyn Rubin with helping the Bergs. He praised the Plum Borough residents for bringing their “dream” to life. Pittsburgh Shinshinim Einav Mayer and Michal Dekel observed the outdoor dedication, which was relocated from the JAA to CDS due to COVID-related concerns. Mayer, a resident of Kibbutz Dovrat in northern Israel, said the ceremony illuminated the sizable role Americans play in securing Israeli ambulances. Dekel, a Karmiel native, agreed and said, “The Jewish community of the United States and the Jewish community of Israel are so connected.” There’s another takeaway that young people will hopefully appreciate, the

teenage Israeli emissaries added. “Something like this, where both Jewish people and non-Jewish people help and contribute and assist, is beautiful,” Mayer said. “Considering the rising amount of antisemitism, especially outside of Israel and in the United States, it’s amazing to see how non-Jewish Jewish people still support Israel and still support the Jewish community,” Dekel said. Especially for children, it’s important to realize there are “a lot of people who are good people, who support them and support Israel and the Jewish community.” PJC

life and relationships are often more important than what movement Jews use to self-identify. That doesn’t mean, however, that he feels there aren’t differences among the liberal Jewish movements. He noted that there are ideological differences in both Jewish law and tradition that vary among the various movements that can be significant. “Our approach to egalitarianism, our approach to inclusion of people based on sexual orientation and gender identity, our approach to how we observe Shabbat and kashrut,” he said. The type of Judaism practiced in USCJ synagogues can vary based on the community, spanning the bridge between liberal congregations and those sometimes labeled Conservadox. Blumenthal called that diversity the movement’s strength. “I think extremism is doing extraordinary damage to our culture and our society. Being a dynamic and strong middle space is, I think, a very important contribution to Judaism, to Jewish life and our society as a whole. People don’t often see themselves as passionate centrists, but, in fact, that’s what we need is a strong and center for Jewish life.” Differences in the movement, he said, are acknowledged and talked about, allowing USCJ synagogues and rabbis to find value in those opinions rather than fighting against them.

COVID, and the USCJ’s response, is one example of where modern needs rubbed against tradition. During the pandemic, the Rabbinic Assembly issued updated protocol for synagogues. Participants were allowed to join weekday minyans through electronic means, for example, and livestreaming services were permitted in certain situations. Blumenthal wasn’t ready to say how long or whether those new allowances would continue; rather, he said there are still some people facing significant health challenges that continue to require greater leniency for Jewish laws. He also said the technology has allowed for new ways to engage people Jewishly. “Our communities will need to explore the best ways to do that,” he said. “We live in an age when people demand choice. I come from a space where we don’t judge that, instead we engage on those terms. I’m excited to see the opportunities that creates.” One area that has been a long point of tension in the movement has been interfaith marriage. The rabbi said it’s an important topic that is always under conversation. An approach, he said, has to be balanced by both the need for engagement and Jewish tradition. Blumenthal was clear though that Jewish adjacent community members should be welcomed as members of the community. “The USCJ does have guidelines for communities, where they can include Jewish adjacent members, who are part of

Jewish families to become members of our synagogues,” he said. “They can serve in leadership roles and many of our communities have embraced that approach to more fully engage members of the community.” Blumenthal was in Pittsburgh to attend the USCJ national board meeting, which was held at Beth El Congregation of the South Hills on Sept. 11. Pittsburgh, Blumenthal said, has been an important site since the founding of the USCJ in 1913. He pointed out that the Tree of Life synagogue was one of its founding congregations after breaking away from Rodef Shalom Congregation. The rabbi spent time with representatives from all three Pittsburgh USCJ member synagogues: Beth El Congregation, Congregation Beth Shalom and The Tree of Life Congregation. “Pittsburgh continues to have vibrant Jewish life and synagogues for our movement,” Blumenthal said. “We got to spend time with three different congregations. We saw the vitality and vibrancy and creativity at each one. That was very exciting and inspiring for me and for our board.” The city’s importance to both the USCJ and Conservative movement will be recognized in December when Beth El member Andy Schaer is installed as the board president. PJC David Rullo can be reached at drullo@ pittsburghjewishchronicle.org.

communications at the time, Bairnsfather said. That’s a point illustrated in the documentary and by the letters between the Levys and Deutsch Perles. “By the time the documents arrived,” she offered, “there might be new procedures and you’d have to start all over again. It was very difficult. People who were able to get out were either high profile like Einstein, Sigmund Freud or other internationally prominent people. You also had a much better chance if you started in 1934 than if you tried in 1938 or 1939.” Deutsch Perles’ story ended on a happy note. She and her husband were able to immigrate to America, though not to Pittsburgh, through the assistance of another contact. In a final letter, she writes the Levy family, thanking them for their efforts and saying she would like to meet them one day. Unfortunately, the families never met.

Documentary producer Samson said when she was approached by a vice president at WQED to make a documentary she remembered a story she researched during her time working at a magazine published by B’nai B’rith International. “I found letters from all over Europe in the late ’30s to people in Washington, D.C., and other Americans. I found them very moving — the fact that we didn’t know the full scope of what was going to happen but these letters, you can read the desperation in their voices,” she said. “The Letters: A Plea for Help” premiered on Sept. 9 and was screened on Sept. 12 at Baldwin High School. The public screening included a panel featuring Bairnsfather, Burns, Lidji and Seton Hill professor John Spurlock. Samson said there are some takeaways from the documentary for America today.

“There’s a rise in antisemitism and racism and bigotry that we’re seeing in America that I don’t recall in my 63 years on earth. There are parallels to the sort of political climate that was happening in Germany and Austria at the time,” she said. “The more we speak up about these types of issues, racism, anti-immigrant mentality and antisemitism, the more people can’t ignore it.” For Levitsky, the documentary and letters prove what she’s always known about her family. “My grandfather used to have a business in Germany. The story goes that during the Holocaust he would smuggle people out. I don’t know if that’s true. I have no proof of that but this, I have proof. And they were very good people,” she said. PJC


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meatballs from scratch, they also bake a sheet of chocolate chip cookies. The purpose? At the end of the session, each volunteer takes a pouch of two or three cookies and is

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several surgeries, did not slow him down. “He always recovered,” David Spear told the Chronicle. “Even when the cancer came back, he wouldn’t miss a beat. He simply wouldn’t let it get him down.” After his wife’s death, Spear reconnected with

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we can then attempt to build strategic, long-term solutions to end hunger with creativity, open dialogue, and vision. It is only through an honest understanding of our history — including the history of hunger and our response to it — that we can begin to realize meaningful policy changes that can truly address the problem. The only previous White House Conference on hunger took place in 1969, and it led to the expansion of federal food programs that to this day provide a critical safety net when troubled times strike the most vulnerable. The 1969 conference led to the broad national expansion of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps), the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and the National School Lunch Program. It was the dawn of an

told to share them with anyone they please. “One good deed leads to another,” Rosenfeld said. “And it brings a smile to people’s faces.” Eisner said she tries to save the cookies for someone who is sick. But she is enthralled with the whole process, which she called “a well-oiled machine.” “It’s great, it’s a good time — you don’t feel

like you’re working,” Eisner said. “It’s a great mitzvah to be part of, and it makes you feel good. You feel appreciated. And they do such a great job; they should get all of the credit.” Our Giving Kitchen holds 90-minute volunteer cooking and food preparation sessions on alternating Sundays every month.

Rosenfeld said each session yields about 150 to 200 kosher meals, cooked, packaged and ready for those who need them. Information on how to volunteer can be found at ogkpgh.com. PJC

not always there.” My work “really speaks to that,” Droz said. “When you look at a piece, it’s not clear how it’s done.” Those itching to see Droz’s work in the flesh won’t have to wait long. Following recent exhibitions at the Merrick

Museum & Gallery Biennial and the show “Art for Change” at Stage AE on Sept. 9, Droz will work with the Society of Sculptors on a show at Full Spectrum, 711 S. 21st St., Pittsburgh, which runs from Sept. 15 through Oct. 11. Droz will participate in an annual exhibition at the Bridgeville Library from Oct. 7-31.

His work can also be viewed at “Art of the State” at The State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg. That show, which opened Sept. 11, runs through Jan. 15, 2023. PJC

Marcia Gross, a former acquaintance, through Facebook — he loved social media and was great with evolving technology, his sons said — and she became a close companion in his later years. Spear was a lifelong Pittsburgh sports fan, especially enjoying Pirates games and becoming a season ticket holder at the age of 16 at Forbes Field. (He was in right field when Bill Mazeroski hit his famous walk-off home run in the 1960 World Series. Doug Spear framed the tickets to

the game.) He coached his sons’ teams for six years in the 14th Ward Little League and won two championships. Also meaningful to Spear, as well as to his family and friends, were greeting cards, Doug Spear remembered. His father sent tons of cards — and spent lots of time at Target poring over the selection, looking for just the right one. “He sent birthday cards to everyone and the more people appreciated it, the

more he did it,” Doug Spear laughed. “It’s just an example of how invested he was in personal relationships. He did that on such a scale. It kept up a lot of relationships [and] it was one of the reasons he was so beloved.” PJC

age of unprecedented progress against hunger and malnutrition. Then the 1980s reversed that progress. Draconian policies of federal aid cutbacks, fueled by racist and sexist tropes, low-wage jobs, and corporate takeovers of our food and farming industries, propelled the dramatic rise in the number of Americans unable to regularly access nutritious food. While most of us manage to weather boom and bust economies, financial crises like the 2008 housing market collapse, and the more recent global pandemic and spiking inflation, have only pushed more people to the brink amid widening income inequality. During the pandemic, we all saw news reports of long lines at over-burdened food pantries. While a robust charitable sector provides vital resources in emergencies, federal nutrition benefits provide a lifeline for those who struggle to put food on the table. When the Biden administration boosted benefit levels for programs like SNAP, WIC, Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT), and the Child Tax

Credit during the pandemic, we saw something remarkable: a front-line defense that kept even more people from the long lines at charities. The just-released annual Department of Agriculture report, “Household Food Security in the United States in 2021,” reveals that about 10.2% of Americans experienced food insecurity last year, a rate nearly unchanged from the year before, despite the worsening economy. While that is relatively good news, the persistence of hunger and the brutal fact that 13.5 million households are experiencing hunger remains a national disgrace. The White House Conference can be a first step toward ensuring that no household goes hungry. At MAZON, our vision is that the conference is but the beginning of the real, difficult work of looking at where we’ve been, how we got here, and why we are still faced with millions of American families who do not know where their next meal will come from. We cannot turn away from the hard questions: Why do single mothers face food insecurity at

twice the national average? Why are Black families nearly twice as likely to experience hunger as white families? Why is there a food pantry at or near every single military base in America? Despite alarming rates of hunger among Native Americans, why doesn’t the USDA report collect data about hunger among Indigenous households? Guided by the Jewish values of tzedek (pursuing justice) and respecting the inherent dignity of every person — for we are all “b’tselem Elohim” — we are committed to confronting the root causes of hunger, and this must include understanding what brought us to this moment, and why the stark disparities among the most vulnerable not only exist but persist. If the upcoming White House Conference leads us down that path, we will finally be taking steps to ensure that hunger becomes a thing of the past in America. PJC

Justin Vellucci is a freelance writer living in Pittsburgh

Justin Vellucci is a freelance writer living in Pittsburgh.

Justin Vellucci is a freelance writer living in Pittsburgh.

Abby J. Leibman is president and CEO of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger.

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Visit TempleSinaiPGH.org to order your Card of Admission for High Holy Wednesday, October 5, 2022 Day Community & Tot Services or contact Helene Kessler Burke at 1:30 PM Beit Midrash 2:45 PM Minchah Afternoon Service (412) 421-9715 ext. 115 or Helene@TempleSinaiPGH.org. 5:15 PM Yizkor and N’ilah Service *Donation requested. For security Break Fast (a light snack to break reasons, registration is required for your fast) follows N’ilah all services.


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Life & Culture Anne Hathaway, Jeremy Strong and Anthony Hopkins form a Jewish family in ‘Armageddon Time,’ upcoming film garnering Oscar buzz — MOVIES — By Caleb Guedes-Reed | JTA


ow often do viewers get to see Anthony Hopkins use the word “mensch”? The two-time Oscar winner (who is not Jewish) plays a Jewish immigrant who escaped the Holocaust in acclaimed director James Gray’s autobiographical upcoming film “Armageddon Time.” A trailer was released on Tuesday.

Others included in Hopkins’ on-screen family: fellow Oscar-winner and superstar Anne Hathaway, and Emmy-winner Jeremy Strong, known for his seething lead performance on HBO’s “Succession.” The pair play Irving and Esther Graff, a Jewish couple raising two sons in Queens in the 1980s, at the beginning of the Reagan era. Politics and race are central themes, and the Graffs’ son Paul, played by Banks Repeta, is shown in the trailer being forbidden by his mother from seeing his friend Johnny, played by Jaylin Webb, who is Black. Another scene shows Paul confiding in


his grandfather (Hopkins) about the way he feels when kids at his new school say “bad words against the Black kids.” Hopkins’ character encourages Paul to stand up for his friend. “You’re gonna be a mensch, OK?” he says. Strong’s character uses another choice (see: profane) Yiddish word in one scene, to describe Reagan, who is shown winning the 1980 presidential election. Gray — whose well-known films include “We Own the Night,” “The Immigrant” and “Ad Astra” — grew up in Flushing, Queens, to Ukrainian-Jewish immigrant parents. His

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college campus. Its purpose, he posited, wasn’t simply to commemorate the victims of Oct. 27 but to promote a wider discussion on education of antisemitism. “Art, like these mosaics, have a way of moving audiences,” he said. “I hope you see these pieces and read the artists’ words and feel inspired to talk to your neighbors and take action to end antisemitism.” The exhibit was presented as part of the commemoration of the Seton Hill University National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education’s 35th anniversary. Center Director James Paharik opened the exhibition by recalling the day the mosaics arrived at the university. “I remember opening the large wooden crate. I was astounded by the vision of each of these little gems. Each is unique, each one is an inspiration for those of us who live in the area,” he said. “It gives us hope in the aftermath of the tragedy.” Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh Director

first feature “Little Odessa” is set in Brighton Beach, a Brooklyn neighborhood with a large population of Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union. The film, which hits theaters Nov. 11, has earned rave reviews at international festivals, including Cannes in May. Some see it as an early Oscar favorite. Strong’s father is Jewish and Hathaway is married to a Jewish husband, but none of the stars identify as Jewish. The castings come at a time when many are questioning whether non-Jews should play Jewish characters on-screen. PJC

Lauren Bairnsfather noted the significance of “From Darkness to Light” opening on Sept. 11, recalling the terrorist attacks on that day. “It’s fitting on this day to be here in Greensburg where there is so much effort behind interfaith cooperation and bridge building, much of it taking place at Seton Hill University,” she said. The effects of Oct. 27, she said, continue to be felt, moving like ripples from Western Pennsylvania, crossing America and oceans. “It’s a convergence of all these things happening on this day,” she said. Seton Hill President Mary Finger said the university was honored to be part of the exhibit. Ribnick concluded her remarks by saying that it’s disheartening events like the Tree of Life shooting continue to occur. “Art can be a powerful catalyst and can promote discussion to reach out to not-likeminded-people. It’s very hard to affect change, but art is a powerful thing. If we get somebody’s attention, then we will have done a good job,” she said. PJC David Rullo can be reached at drullo@ pittsburghjewishchronicle.org

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Bat Mitzvah

A people as crown jewels Hannah Isabella Freedman, daughter of Dana and Daryn Freedman, will become a bat mitzvah at Beth Hamedrash Hagodol-Beth Jacob Congregation on Friday Sept. 16, 2022. Hannah is the older sister of Max and the granddaughter of Marcia and Jack Sussman, the late Nyles Freedman, and Sharon and Richard Dezotell. Hannah is a rising eighth-grader at David E. Williams Middle School, where she is a member of the cheerleading squad, team leadership club and student council. She also shines on stage during the middle school musicals and competes in X-Cel Gymnastics. In her free time, Hannah loves spending time with family and friends. The celebration will continue Saturday night at Hotel Monaco. PJC

Bar Mitzvah Zane Mason Schachter, son of Shaina and Joshua Schachter, and brother of Trey and Lucy, became a Bar Mitzvah on Sept. 10, 2022. Grandparents are Nancy Rabner and Tat Rabner and Linda and Barton Schachter. Zane, Zion Moishe, was called to the Torah in an outdoor service led by Rabbi Jeffrey Myers of Tree of Life Synagogue. The Havdalah Service was attended by family and friends. Zane attends Colfax Elementary where he is an eighth-grade student. His major interests include basketball and music.

Rabbi Yossi Feller Parshat Ki Tavo | Deuteronomy 26:1 - 29:8


fter 96 years on Earth, 70 of them spent on the throne, the Queen’s passing is a historic moment. After a period of mourning, the spotlight will turn to the new King Charles III. In a pompous ceremony that last took place 70 years ago, the new king, clad in silk and ermine, will have the crown placed on his head, the scepter placed in his hand and will be adorned with other objects that make up the coronation regalia, a portion of the crown jewels of the United Kingdom, which include 23,578 stones, among them the largest clear-cut diamond in the world, cut from the largest gem-quality rough diamond ever found.

the Jewish people: “G-d has set you apart today to be His treasured people ...” Rashi (elsewhere) explains this to mean “a cherished treasure ... costly vessels and precious stones, which the kings stow away. Likewise, you will be treasured by Me more than the other nations.” The crown jewels are stowed away, mostly to contribute to the monarch’s sense of eminence and kingship, for him to delight in them. In fact, this is part of what makes him a king. By setting us apart as His “treasured nation,” G-d showed that the Jewish people’s essential connection to Him transcends the “purpose” we serve. While performing mitzvot is an important expression of our bond and reveals G-d’s glory, our preciousness to Him lies in the pleasure he derives simply from our being. Like the treasures belonging to a monarch,

While performing mitzvot is an important expression of our bond and reveals G-d’s glory, our preciousness to Him lies in the pleasure he derives simply from our being. Twenty-three thousand, five hundred and seventy-eight! That’s a lot of precious stones! What are they for? Do they fund the monarch’s domestic programs or military campaigns? No, they do not. While some of the collection is used for the coronation and other ceremonies, the majority don’t have a particular use other than sitting on display at the Jewel House at the Tower of London. They signify the royal authority to lead and protect the nation. In this week’s Torah portion, Moses tells

a Jew’s very existence is a source of delight for G-d, even prior to his fulfilling G-d’s commands. As we prepare to usher in the new year and crown G-d as our king, let’s remember that we are His crown jewels. PJC Rabbi Yossi Feller is the rabbi of the Chabad Jewish Center of Cranberry. This column is a service of the Vaad Harabanim of Western Pennsylvania.

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Obituaries BRESS: Jane Goldsmith Bress died on Sept. 5, 2022, at the age of 87. Beloved by her family and friends, she will be missed for her devotion to family, her sharp wit and her adventurous spirit. Jane was the daughter of Louise Sloan Goldsmith and Stanley Goldsmith, and wife to Dr. Alan N. Bress for 64 years before his passing a yearand-a-half ago. Jane is survived by her children and their spouses, Kathy (Jerry Seidler), Rick (Debbie), and Karen Phillips (David), her eight grandchildren, and her four great-grandchildren. Nana has a special place in all of their hearts. Born and raised in Pittsburgh with black and yellow in her veins, Jane graduated from Taylor Allderdice High School, and earned her B.A. in education from the University of Pittsburgh and her M.A. in psychology from Duquesne University. She was a lifelong member of Rodef Shalom Congregation. She loved to travel, and she earned her Life Master Award in bridge. When she was younger, Jane painted, rode horses, danced, skied, and played tennis and golf — all of which she passed down to the ensuing generations. Outside of a close friends’ circle and meeting new friends on her excursions, most of Jane’s life was devoted to her husband and family. She nurtured her children and grandchildren, taking the time to get to know each of them. Additionally, she encouraged them to forge close bonds and reveled in their accomplishments. Graveside services and interment were held at Homewood Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., family owned and operated. schugar.com FRIEDMAN: Samuel Hicks “Colonel” Friedman, on Monday, Sept. 12, 2022. Beloved son of the late Eva Shulgold Friedman and O. Hicks Friedman, Esq. Brother of the late Ellen Friedman Harlow. Survived by loving niece Randi Harlow and nephew Glenn (E.B. Pepper) Harlow. Also survived by great-nephews Kristofer and Max. The family wishes to thank his dedicated caregivers. Hicks was a very accomplished, loving, and eccentric personality. He g re w up in S qu i r re l Hi l l , an d af t e r g r a du at i ng f rom Taylor Allderdice High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II. As one of America’s best and brightest, Hicks served in the V-2 Program as part of his Naval service. After leaving the Navy, Hicks went on to obtain two undergraduate and one master’s degree and then attended Dickinson School of Law. Then, Hicks moved on to a career as an insurance and investment advisor, where he joyfully plied his craft at various golf courses and clubs. He was a proud and devoted son and loved his immediate and extended family dearly. Hicks loved animals, golf, and participated in many legendary poker games over the years. He was a prolific and published artist, A 70-year Master Mason and a member of the Scottish Rite for 50 years. Services and Interment were Private. Contributions may be made to the Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh, 6926 Hamilton Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15208. Arrangements entrusted to Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., family owned and operated. schugar.com HOFFMAN: William L. Hoffman (“Bill” or “Doc”) of Columbia, Maryland, formerly of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, passed away on Sept. 10, 2022, at age 98. Bill was predeceased by his beloved wife, Barbara, and loving daughter, Cindy Hankin, sisters June (Ed) Roth and Fran (Bob) Fleshin, brother-in-law Eli Shulman, and sister-in-law Arline (Mel) Buros; and he is survived by his son, Joe (Margie) Hoffman, son-in-law Ken Hankin, granddaughters Stephanie (Mike) Stein, Jennifer Hankin, Ellen Hoffman and Erica Hoffman, great grandsons Bradley and Colin Stein and sister Betty Shulman. Bill was born and grew up in Youngstown, Ohio, attended Ohio State University, served as a radio operator in World War II, and then settled in Pittsburgh working as a self-employed optometrist. First and foremost, Bill was committed to family – to his father and sisters (his mother died at a very young age) as a devoted son and brother, working at the family delicatessen in Youngstown (where he developed a life-long addiction to deli food); and then to Barbara, the ultimate love and light of his life who he met at Ohio State; they married in Pittsburgh in 1949, and enjoyed 52 years of marriage. Bill established his optometry practice in downtown Pittsburgh and devoted himself to his young family, raising two children, Cindy and Joe, both of whom he often referred to as the “pride and joy” of his life. Bill remained loyal to Ohio State and Pittsburgh throughout his life, rooting for Buckeyes football, and the Pittsburgh Steelers, Penguins and Pirates. Beyond family and sports, Bill enjoyed spending time with friends, bowling, gardening, as a stamp collector, ham radio operator and family photographer, pickling green tomatoes and pickles (the ever-famous “Bill’s Dills”), and traveling the world with Cindy, Joe and Barbara. Later in life he enjoyed reading and quoting obituaries (hope he likes this one!). In 2010, following Barbara’s death, Bill moved to Vantage Point in Columbia, Maryland to be close to his children and their families. He immersed himself in community activities (lectures, movies, sightseeing tours and concerts), and made many new friends among staff and residents. He was always quick with a quip or a joke for every occasion (“Bill-isms”), including, “I’d rather leave them laughing than crying.” Bill’s family is so proud of the life he led, and the values he exemplified as father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, son, uncle, relative, neighbor and friend - Bill was the epitome of a good man and a mensch. Graveside Services and Interment were held at Beth Shalom Cemetery in Pittsburgh (Shaler Township) on Tuesday, Sept. 13th. Donations in Bill’s memory may be made to The Cynthia Hoffman Hankin Glioblastoma Research Fund at the National Brain Tumor Society or a charity of your choice. Arrangements entrusted to Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., family owned and operated. schugar.com PITTSBURGHJEWISHCHRONICLE.ORG

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Obituaries JACOBS: Rosalyn Rothman Jacobs, born in 1923 in Pittsburgh. The daughter of Louis and Regina Rothman. Died on Aug. 26, 2022, at the young age of 98. Survived by cousins Stanley Lederman (Lynette), Robert Lederman (Gayle), Phyllis Shrinsky (Jay), Barbara Weschler (Stanley Levine), Janice Dash (Marvin) and stepdaughters Alison Ebert of Baltimore and Jessica Levin of Philadelphia. Predeceased by her husband, Stanley Jacobs, her brother, Howard Rothman and her dear friend and cousin, Beatrice Lederman. Special acknowledgement and gratitude to the staff of Weinberg Terrace for the extraordinary care they provided to Rosalyn. Service and Interment in Baltimore, MD. Contributions in Rosalyn’s memory may be made to the JAA, 200 JHF Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15217. Arrangements entrusted to Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., family owned and operated. schugar.com KLEIN: Natalie W. Klein, on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022. Beloved wife of the late Donald A. Klein. Loving mother of Steven (Elisa) Klein of NYC and Jill Klein (Steve) Matthiasson of Napa, CA. Sister of Richard (Suzanne) Wagner. Adored grandmother of Samantha, Olivia, Harry and Kai. Also survived by nieces and nephews. Services were held at Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc. Interment Beth Shalom Cemetery. Contributions may be made to The Wagner-Klein Preschool Playground Fund. Make check payable to Congregation Beth Shalom, 5915 Beacon Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15217. Arrangements entrusted to Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., family owned and operated. schugar.com LEBOW: Morris “Moe” Lebow, in his 103rd year on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022. Beloved husband of the late Charlotte Gross Lebow. Loving father of Alan (Linda) Lebow and Roberta (David) Brody. Son of the late Harry and Rebecca Lebovitz. Brother of the late Samuel and Meyer Lebovitz, Joseph Lebow and Leah Mallinger. Beloved Poppy Bo to grandchildren, Jason Lando (Troy Harris), Brad (Laura) Lando and Brett Lebow, step-grandchildren, Benjamin (Lauren) Brody, Michael Brody, Dane Brody and Patrick Keating, great-grandchildren, Jackson, Claire and Landon Lando and step-great-grandchildren, Will and Teddy Brody. Also survived by many, many nieces and nephews. Services were held at Rodef Shalom Congregation. Interment Homewood Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Moe Lebow Tree of Life Fund, 5898 Wilkins Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217. Arrangements entrusted to Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., family owned and operated. schugar.com

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TISHMAN: Lenore Sternberg Tishman, 93, died on Sept. 4, 2022. She is survived by her loving family. For full obituary and to express condolences online visit segalfuneralhome.com. PJC

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Life & Culture Three Stooges Festival will ‘soitenly’ delight


— COMEDY — By Adam Reinherz | Staff Writer


hanks to 190 short films and decades of live performances, The Three Stooges have delighted audiences since 1922. Now, a century after their inception, the Stooges and their work will be celebrated with a festival on Sept. 17 at Harris Theater. The 7:30 p.m. program, hosted by Pittsburgh Magazine’s Sean Collier, will feature six of the Stooges’ short films and allow audience members to participate in related trivia and activities. The Three Stooges Festival is “going to be a really entertaining laugh-out-loud night of cinema,” Collier, a media personality and stand-up comedian, told the Chronicle. Attendees will see “Pop Goes the Easel,” “Grips Grunts and Groan,” “Three Little Pigskins,” “Brideless Groom,” “Fright Night” and “Sing a Song of Sixpants.” Collier said that even decades after their release, the six films still resonate because they’re not only funny and entertaining but “artful.” “In this era, where so much of what we

p A collection of artifacts inside The Stoogeum Photo courtesy of The Stoogeum

watch is brand new — the newest thing on streaming, the newest movie out — the cultural impact is so ephemeral,” Collier said. Conversely, the Stooges — like Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplain, Abbot and Costello, Jonathan Winters and even Jim Carrey — largely hold up, he added, because of a “little bit of a magic formula of what makes them funny.” Michelle Squiccimara, museum registrar of The Stoogeum, a 10,000-square-foot, threestory building in Ambler, Pennsylvania, housing nearly 100,000 pieces of Stoogeabilia, said that though times are certainly different now than when the Stooges were in their heyday, their appeal goes beyond their on-screen antics. For many families, it wasn’t uncommon for grandparents and grandchildren to enjoy

p Wax figures of the Stooges inside The Stoogeum Photo courtesy of The Stoogeum

the same gags. And by sitting together and laughing at the same jokes, the Stooges became something that was “passed down” from generation to generation, she said. Although there’s a certain nachas in sharing laughs with your offspring, that isn’t the only pride many landsmen feel when it comes to the Stooges. Moe, Larry, Curly and Shemp were all born Jewish. Elements of their heritage were evident throughout their work, with a notable example occurring in their 1938 film, “Mutts to You.” During a scene involving Moe and Larry, who are both impersonating foreign laundrymen, a police officer asks them about their origin. Larry, in an attempt to confuse the officer, replies, “Ikh bin ah China boychik fun Slobodka un Ikh bet dir hak mir nit ah chaynik and I don’t mean efsher.” Larry’s remark, which some viewers considered gibberish, is Yiddish for, “I am a Chinese kid from Slobodka, and I beg you not to bother me, and I don’t mean maybe.” The line is an Easter egg, or inside joke, to Yiddish speakers, but not every bit in the Stooges’ repertoire still generates a smile. Whether due to cultural misappropriation or reliance on stereotypes, some elements of their humor may trouble audiences today. Those scenes aside, the Stooges’ humor is mostly “G-rated comedy,” Collier said. “It’s physical slapstick. It’s situational.” Although plenty of comedy lovers already revere the Stooges, festival organizers hope a new generation will appreciate the performers’ gifts as well, Collier added. “There’s a real treasure in going back to that era and finding some great movies to laugh at.” Squiccimara agreed, telling the Chronicle that even 100 years after the Stooges’ beginnings, the performers and their gags still cause a “nyuk, nyuk, nyuk.” Added the Stoogeum staffer, “I think they are still pretty funny.” PJC

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Community Softball Success

Little legs, big win

Pittsburghers Grace Stark and Izzy Zober represented Team Israel as part of the 12U Israel Softball Team at the European Massimo Romero Youth Tournament in Collecchio, Italy.

Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh took first place at the East End Cross Country Series in the Girls Varsity (grades 6-8) division. The Sept. 11 race was held at White Oak Park and featured teams from area schools, including St. Bede, Winchester Thurston, The Campus Laboratory School of Carlow University, Sacred Heart, Riverview, Divine Mercy Academy and St. Edmund’s Academy.

p Grace and Izzy helped their team receive the silver medal at the four-day tournament while facing teams from Croatia, Czech Republic, Great Britain, Italy and Spain. Photo by Jennifer Stark

Kabbalat Shabbat with songs, dances and smiles p Hillel Academy runners finally pause for a photo.

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It’s Time to Learn

p Eighth graders Shira Levy, Daniella Babichenko, Jordan Block and Sylvie Bails help classmates get in the spirit.

p Religious school got underway at Temple David in Monroeville.

Photo courtesy of Rabbi Barbara Symons

Sweat breaking, fun making, Spartan style

Staff from the Jewish Community Center in the South Hills tried out a DEKA class. The new spartan-inspired workout program will launch this fall at the JCC.

p Fifth graders Eve Sandefur, Ava Velazquez, Lilliana Haber, Hannah Dworin and Alisa Syvak enjoy the pre-Shabbat ruach. Photos courtesy of Community Day School


p Never retreat, never surrender; it’s Spartan time.


p No place for weakness

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