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Sivan/Tammuz/Av 5773 • June/July 2013
Welcome Joel Marcovitch, CEO Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo at the
JFGT ANNUAL MEETING Tuesday, June 11 at 7 p.m. at Congregation Etz Chayim
Barry Greenblatt comes full circle, celebrates 40th anniversary
The meeting includes installation of new board members of Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo and affiliated agencies, acknowledgements of outgoing board members, and recognition of Leadership Award winners! 2013 Leadership Awards High School Leadership Award Ben Yaffe, Jessica Horwitz Max Kaufman, Isaac Rubin
Toledo Jewish Community Foundation National Endowment Achievement Award Paul Goldner
Harry Levison Young Leadership Award Lauren Sachs
Marjorie Siegel Jewish Communal Service Award of Excellence Hindea Markowicz JCC Sports Hall of Fame Richard Rusgo and Robert Rusgo
Silver Circle Leadership Award Alix Greenblatt, Kathryn Gallon Inge Horowitz
Bob Wick Community Service Award Bob Lubell and Stevie Grand, Grand Lubell Photography
Spirit of Jewish Family Service Award Phyllis Diamond
Department of Jewish Programs Program of the Year Live from NY’s 92nd Street Y Ruth and Ralph Delman
JFGT allocates nearly $120,000 to Israel The Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo (JFGT) board of directors has approved an allocation of approximately $120,000 to Israel for JFGT’s fiscal year 2013/2014, nearly doubling the allocation of the previous fiscal year. Of this $120,000, $76,500 has been designated for use by PARTNERSHIP2GETHER Western Galilee (P2G)*, a significant increase to the $20,000 to $30,000 allocated to our Partnership in past years. The remaining portion is allocated to World ORT ($13,500), Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) ($19,335) and Birthright ($10,000). “I am so proud to let the community know that not only are their campaign dollars being used here but they are going to support those who need it most in Israel,” said Joel Marcovitch, JFGT Chief Executive Officer. “Our bond between our community, and especially to our Partnership region, and the rest of Israel is unbreakable. To almost double the allocation from last year is a strong statement of intent that Israel is a central component to
the Jewish community of Toledo and that campaign dollars are going to worthwhile causes that people care about.” “There was a resounding agreement, to allocate this amount to Israel, particularly our Partnership region," added Tina Stieben, JFGT Chief Financial Officer. “Our community sees the beneficial programs that the organizations are supporting and feels that our dollars need to go to help these vital causes.” According to René Rusgo, Director, Department of Jewish Programs, the
Pedal power at Gan Yeladim's 2013 Trike-a-Thon
commitment to Israel, and specifically to P2G, is a deep rooted reflection of commitment to our greater community and family. “To know that we will be able to continue our work as a kehilla and bring together individuals from both sides of the ocean is amazing,” she said. “This lifelong connection grows stronger and stronger every day. I am humbled and honored to be a part of the team working with PARTNERSHIP2GETHER.” “We are so grateful for this wonderful allocation to our Partnership, and I cannot begin to tell you what it will do to enhance programming for the Western Galilee and our communities,” said Jan Goldstein, Central Area Consortium representative, P2G. “We know that Toledo’s involvement with the Partnership has always been a key part of the energy, which fuels our Central Region Consortium, and we look forward to doing even more because of this very significant allocation.” * In addition to this $76,500, an additional $5,000 of JFGT campaign dollars goes to sponsor local P2G programs.
Guest speaker discusses "Six-Word Memoir"
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Dr. Louis Ravin Memorial Emerging Leader Award Ian Katz
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Local News Babies, Bibs & More…
Water Play Wednesday, July 17, 10 - 11:30 a.m. Jewish Federation Campus, 6465 Sylvania Avenue Please bring a baby item for donation to Jewish Family Service
Meet between Temple Shomer Emunim and the JCC/YMCA playground for some water fun. Come ready to get wet (and dry off). We will have little pools set up with fun water toys. Adults, bring a lawn chair if you would like. We will provide a nosh and hopefully lots of sun. In the event of rain, we will meet in the Leonard Lounge and have an indoor play date. Registration required by Wednesday, July 10 to registration@JewishToledo.org or 419-724-0354. Questions? Please contact Sherry Majewski at 419-724-0386 or sherry@JewishToledo.org This event is part of the Welcome to Jewish Toledo initiative of Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo.
Israel at 65: A Celebration of Art Jewish Family Service Art Show set for October 17-20 at B’nai Israel As Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo prepares to celebrate Israel’s 65th birthday/anniversary, Jewish Family Service (JFS) is planning A Celebration of Art. Set for October 17-20 at Congregation B’nai Israel, the event will serve as a fundraiser for JFS. On the evening of October 17, an opening gala will be held for patrons and sponsors. Co-chairs for the event are Alix and Dick Greenblatt and Gail and Jay Mirrow. “How exciting to be able to share this wonderful art from Israel and support Jewish Family Service in honor of Israel's 65th anniversary,” said Alix Greenblatt. "The Jewish Family Service Art Show, scheduled for October 2013, will bring
a very large collection of Israeli Art to the United States," added Gail Mirrow. "Featured in the show will be over 1,000 pieces of fine art representing outstanding artists in a variety of media and styles. We are looking forward to bringing the community together to support the sale of Israeli Art, which will benefit Jewish Family Service of Toledo." Committee members are Rochelle Barchick, Bonnie Berland, Paul Causman, Jill and Matt Kripke, Marilyn Levine, Rhoda Miller, Nancy Newbury, Lisa and Barry Rosen and Ron Wachsman. Dick Greenblatt said, “We're excited to be bringing art work from Israel to the community once again.”
Artist Spotlight: Shemuel Katz Painter, Shemuel Katz, was born in Vienna in 1926. He spent the second World War in hiding in Hungary after escaping from a concentration camp. With the conclusion of the war, he attempted to enter Palestine with a group of illegal immigrants who were intercepted by the British and deported to a displaced persons’ camp in Cyprus. It was there that Katz’s artistic talents were discovered. With nothing else to
occupy his time, he began drawing. Upon arriving in Israel in 1947, Katz put aside his newfound artistic interests in order to help found Kibbutz Baaton and to fight in the War of Independence in 1948. It was not until the early 1950s that he returned to his art when asked to illustrate a children’s magazine. With the blessing and help of his kibbutz, Katz was sent to Paris to study.
Shemuel Katz S-285 "View to Tunnel" Serigraph
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Toledo Jewish News Volume 61 No. 9 • 28 pages
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2013-2014 slate of officers and directors that will be voted on at the 107th Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo Annual Meeting Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 7 p.m. Congregation Etz Chayim, Toledo, Ohio
Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo Andy Golding, President Elliot Feit, Immediate Past President Richard Greenblatt, Vice – President Gary Delman, Treasurer Eric Dubow, Secretary Lauren Sachs, President, Department of Jewish Programs Steven Nathanson, President, Jewish Senior Service Joanne Rubin, President, Toledo Board of Jewish Education Donna Pesin, President, Jewish Family Service Daniel N. Steinberg, Chairman, Toledo Jewish Community Foundation David Beckmann, President, Congregation Etz Chayim Ian Katz Frank Jacobs, President, Temple Shomer Emunim Tom Jaffee Scott Rothstein, Chair, JCRC Rich Rusgo Dr. Stephen Shall Ron Wachsman, President, Congregation B’nai Israel Judge Charles Wittenberg Dr. Stephen Shall
University of Toledo Hillel Joel Beren, Chairman Gary Delman, Gary and Andrea Delman Supporting Organization Ian Katz, Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo Madeline Levinson, Honorary Committee Member Jerome Phillips, Wasserstrom Family Supporting Organization Nancy Shall, Toledo Jewish Community Foundation Peter N. Silverman, Donald L. Solomon Supporting Organization Patti C. Tuschman, At Large
Toledo Jewish Community Foundation Daniel N. Steinberg, Chair Gary Delman Andy Golding Paul Goldner Mark Greenblatt Inge Horowitz Lynn Jacobs Tom Jaffee Linda Liber Scott Liber Jon Liebenthal Stephen Rothschild Nancy Shall James Swartz Frederick J. Treuhaft
Jewish Community Relations Council Scott Rothstein, Chairman Fagie Benstein, Interfaith Programming Coordinator/ Israel Programming Coordinator Kathryn Gallon, JCPA Representative Thomas Klein, Interfaith Programming Coordinator Hindea Markowicz, Ruth Fajerman Markowicz Holocaust Resource Center Director Joanne Rubin, Church/ State/ Civil Liberties Coordinator Devorah Shulamit, Coordinator of Interfaith Programming Robert K. Vincent, Israel Programming Coordinator
Jewish Family Service Donna Pesin, President Anita Levin, Vice-President Tom Kasle, Secretary Rich Rusgo, Immediate Past President Ann Albert Ross Chaban Alida Forshaw Dr. Jeanine Huttner Dr. Julie Kalniz Dr. David Zack
Toledo Board of Jewish Education Joanne Rubin, President Stephen Rothschild, Immediate Past President Kate Theise, Treasurer Dena Eber, Secretary Kim Brody, Congregation B’nai Israel Wendy Payne, Temple Shomer Emunim Marjorie Siegel Phyllis Wittenberg, Congregation Etz Chayim
Department of Jewish Programs Lauren Sachs, President David Freed, Secretary/Treasurer Jodi Barr Mike Forshaw, Past President Renee Jacobson Chad Kripke Jill Kripke Leslie Podolsky Liz Platsis Janet Rogolsky Diane Treuhaft
Inviting all boards and committees of the Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo Keynote speaker Linda Hurwitz will address the Boards and Committees of Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo (JFGT) with the message of what our national organization, Jewish Federation of North America (JFNA), is all about and how to make our local Federation a stronger and a more vibrant organization. Linda is the immediate past chair of National Women’s Philanthropy of JFNA and in June will be appointed the National Campaign Chair of JFNA. She comes to our community with a wealth of knowledge in the Jewish communal world and has received numerous awards celebrating her leadership roles. This program will take place on Monday, June 24 from 7-8:30 p.m. at Congregation B'nai Israel. RSVP to Wendy Goldstein, Campaign/JCRC Director by June 17. You may make your reservation by calling Wendy at 419724-0360 or emailing her at wendy@JewishToledo.org. We look forward to seeing you there.
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Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo The following community members will leave the Board on June 30, 2013. Their service is appreciated, and we wish them well.
Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo Dr. Ken Brochin Mark Greenblatt Dr. Julie Kalniz Lisa Rosen Stephen Rothschild Aileen Pargament, Congregation Etz Chayim Meira Zucker, Congregation B'nai Israel Toledo Jewish Community Foundation Elliot Feit Dick Greenblatt Jewish Family Service Ron Wachsman Chad Tuschman
Department of Jewish Programming Maurine Glasser Rebecca Katz Barbara Saltzman UT Hillel Daniel N. Steinberg Jewish Senior Service Kathryn Linver Steven Kaufman Toledo Board of Jewish Education Andrea Delman
Congratulations to the 2013 Annual Community Leadership Award Honorees High School Leadership Award Ben Yaffe Jessica Horwitz Max Kaufman Isaac Rubin Harry Levison Young Leadership Award Lauren Sachs Dr. Louis Ravin Memorial Emerging Leader Award Ian Katz Silver Circle Leadership Award Alix Greenblatt Kathryn Gallon Inge Horowitz Spirit of Jewish Family Service Award Phyllis Diamond
Toledo Jewish Community Foundation National Endowment Achievement Award Paul Goldner Marjorie Siegel Jewish Communal Service Award of Excellence Hindea Markowicz JCC Sports Hall of Fame Richard Rusgo and Robert Rusgo Bob Wick Community Service Award Bob Lubell and Stevie Grand, Grand Lubell Photography Department of Jewish Programs Program of the Year Live from NY’s 92nd Street Y Ruth and Ralph Delman
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Chances are you already donate generously to the Jewish charitable organizations of your choice. But have you considered including those organizations in your will so you can continue to make a difference for generations to come? Whether you use a will or other estate planning vehicle, your generosity can do a world of good. The Toledo Jewish Community Foundation can help you start this rewarding process.
The act of creating a legacy empowers you to complete the work of your heart, and to enjoy the peace that it brings. You are assured that your work will continue and the Jewish future will be bright.
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Jewish Family Service ATTENTION ALL SENIORS Household chores too much for you to handle? Need help to stay in your home?
A homemaker is your answer! Jewish Family Service is your connection to quality, culturally trained homemakers.* Contact Deb Damschroder at 419-724-0405 or Ruth Franzen at 419-724-0405 *Subsidy available for those who qualify
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Senior News Senior Adult Center activities Jewish Family Service Senior Adult Center art class will submit paintings and poetry to the Leading Age Fine Arts juried competition, scheduled for June 14 at Swan Creek Retirement Village. Eight members of the class have entered paintings, and one of the artists has also entered a poem. All first, second or third place winners in this regional competition will be entered in the State contest, held in September. Last year, one of our artists placed in the regional competition, and her work was submitted for state-wide competition. A bus will be available to take the art class and any other interested persons to Swan Creek to view the show on June 14. A trip to the Toledo Museum of Art on June 19 will include a stop at the Glass Pavilion as well as the museum. Lunch is on your own, either at the museum café or a nearby restaurant to be decided at a later date. Please make a reservation as soon as possible, as seats on the bus are limited. There is no charge for museum entry or for transportation. Art class members have reserved seats, but Pelham Manor there are available places. Call Tenants Association 419-531-2119 for registration. President Harriette Another Mystery Lunch Black at the Island is scheduled for June 13. This Party, sponsored by popular outing will allow you the group, as a mixer to visit towns and restaurants to get to know new you may not have experienced residents
before or in many years. Lunch is on your own. We leave Pelham Manor between 10 and 10:30 a.m. A reservation must be made by Monday, June 10 to the Senior Adult Center at 419-531-2119. Transportation is available for the Israeli Scout Tzofim Friendship Caravan program to be held Thursday, June 20 at 7 p.m. at Congregation Etz Chayim on Woodley Road. Please register by Monday, June 17 to 419-724-0354. For a ride, call 419-531-2119. Pelham Manor’s Annual Ice Cream Social, sponsored by the Pelham Board of Directors, will take place on Father's Day, Sunday, June 16, from 1 to 3 p.m. Residents and their families will enjoy ice cream sundaes, cookies and entertainment. Pelham Manor’s cookout is Sunday, July 21, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Weinman Community Hall. Residents will enjoy hot dogs, hamburgers, a variety of picnic foods and entertainment. Please register for Camp L’Chaim by Monday, July 22 by filling out a registration form (below) and sending it, along with your $60 registration fee, to Senior Adult Center, 2700 Pelham Road, Toledo, OH 43606. Transportation to Pelham will be provided from the JCC/YMCA parking lot or from your home, if necessary. There is parking available also in the Pelham parking lot or nearby schools. Counselors will valet park if you wish. Highlights this year, August 5 through 9, include a trip to Maumee Bay Resort Park, with all the resort activities available; a scenic train trip from Clinton, Michigan to Tecumseh, Michigan; and lunch at the five-star Evans Street Station in Tecumseh. The week will finish on Friday with a concert by Gemini, including violinist Emily Slomovitz, portrayer of the Fiddler, in the Encore Theatre production of Fiddler on the Roof. In between all those special events, we will
Camp L'Chaim 2013 Plans are in the works for Camp L’Chaim (senior day camp), which will take place at Pelham Manor and two other venues, from August 5 through August 9. The camp schedule is filling up, with special entertainment and favorite activities. As usual, there will be exercises including ballet, drumming, chair volleyball, tai chi and yoga, with water aerobics
at Maumee Bay State Park Resort, led by Eileen Seegert. A new outside activity will include a train ride through Southern Michigan, ending up at a five-star restaurant in Tecumseh, Michigan for lunch. Some new entertainers will be joining us for a rousing good time. Other standard features include massages, manicures, facials and paraffin
Registration Form Camp L'Chaim, August 5-9 5 Camp L’chaim, August 1 through $60for forthe theweek week $50 Name__________________________________________ Address________________________________________ Street City Zip Telephone #_____________________________________ Payment:
check______________________________ (Payable to Jewish Family Service) Cash_______________________________ Credit card__________________________ Number & type Expiration Date______________________
Signature_________________________________________ Send or bring registration and payment to: JFS Senior Adult CenSendRd., or bring registration and payment to: ter, 2700 Pelham Toledo, OH 43606
JFS Senior Adult Center, 2700 Pelham Rd., Toledo, OH 43606
have chair volleyball, drumming, Tai Chi, yoga, swimming, water aerobics, word games, other games, dancing, drama, spa treatments, tea parties, Yiddish movies and much more. Remember, you can choose to do everything, just some things or nothing at all. Please make checks out to Jewish Family Service, or you may pay by credit card or cash. Some scholarships are available. See or call Mary Lou Whittaker at 419-531-2119 for more information.
Irv and Renee Jacobson have attended Camp L'Chaim every year since they moved from Youngstown to Toledo. Here they are enjoying a counselor skit at Maumee Bay State Park after a lovely meal during last year's camp
Ruth Steingroot, Phyllis Diamond and Shirley Gerber await lunch and entertainment at the Stone Shelter House in Grand Rapids, Ohio during one of last year's camp outings
waxing to pamper your hands. The cost for camp is just $60 for the entire week. Please complete your registration form and send it with your check
or credit card information to JFS Senior Adult Center, 2700 Pelham Road, Toledo, OH 43606. Checks should be made out to Jewish Family Service.
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Lion of Judah and Lion of Judah Endowment 2013 Reunion Event In the spirit of celebration, commitment, joy and the continuum of women’s philanthropy we, the Lion of Judah Lions and LOJE committee, invite you to join us for an extraordinary event
Celebrating You Monday, June 24, 2013 | 16 Tammuz 5773 Noon Manor House at Wildwood Metropark, 5100 West Central Catered by A Fare to Remember Special recognition: Honoring all of our dedicated Lion of Judah and LOJE women Rene Akers Fagie Benstein Linda Beren Andrea Delman Ruth Delman Kathryn Gallon Stephanie Gersten Esther Greenfield Inge Horowitz Julie Kalniz Sharon Kalniz Jill Kripke
Joan Kripke Stacey Kripke Bernice Katz Janet Katz Joan Katz Arleen Levine Marla Levine Shirley Levine Madeline Levison Cindy Liber Linda Liber Hindea Markowicz
Sheri Neufeld Leeta Nistel Diane Phillips Nancy Ravin Julie Romanoff Marjorie Romanoff Nora Romanoff Nancy Shall Doris Stark Linda Steinberg Hadassah Strobel Bonnie Swartz
Diane Truehaft Julie Treuhaft LOJE Marla Levine Esther Greenfield Nora Romanoff Sandra Romanoff Cyndi Rosenthal Terry Robbins
Special Guest Speaker Linda Hurwitz, Jewish Federations of North America Campaign Chair Covert: $36
Teens honored as community superheroes On Sunday, May 22, Friendship Circle Volunteers were honored for their “superhero” efforts with speeches, awards, gifts and a delicious dessert reception at the Sekach building. Thanks to a philanthropic spirit and high schools that award credits for public service, teenage volunteers are not uncommon. However, finding teenagers to commit to volunteering for an entire school year, on top of their studies and after-school activities, is nothing short of amazing. This past year, nearly 50 teens in the Jewish community devoted time either weekly or monthly to becoming an important friend to children with special needs. Ten of these teens spent so many hours with their buddies that they earned the special “Fellowship Award,” which was sponsored this year by a grant from the Savage Foundation. Through the Friends-at-Home program, where teens go to hang out with their buddy once a week; the monthly Sunday Circle afternoon events; weekly after-school gettogethers for bowling or cooking club; holiday and birthday parties and more, the teens and children with special needs develop real bonds of friendship. “Friendship Circle has taught me that just because a person has special needs it doesn’t mean they need to be treated differently,” said Fellowship Award recipient Volunteer Sophia Yakamuthis. “Sadie (Kaplan) and I do everything with our buddy Rachel that any friends would do. We go for walks, we watch movies, talk about how cute Zac Efron is in High School Musical and even complain about what’s bothering us in life.” Mike Forshaw shared some of the real life benefits his daughter gained. “One of the best programs I have ever had the opportunity to observe has been the Friendship Circle Life Skills series of programs. With her volunteer, my daughter learned certain life skills that others often take for granted. She learned how to shop for groceries on a budget, as well as how to search for and check out a book from the library.” Officially, the Friendship Circle volunteers have fulfilled their commitments for the
year. With the annual trip to Cedar Point scheduled for June, a few birthdays to celebrate and a whole week of summer camp for children with special needs in August, Friendship Circle Director Mushka Matusof feels certain that she hasn’t seen the last of her volunteers for the year. “I know of three volunteers who plan to continue visiting their buddies weekly throughout the summer,” Mushka happily explained. “And another two girls just asked me if it would be okay to keep up the weekly visits because they were enjoying it so much. Of course I said yes!” As Dan Steinberg, representing both the Savage Foundation and the Jewish Community Foundation, said before the awards were presented, “I know families who have children with special needs in this program, and I know families who have children volunteering in Friendship Circle, and I’m not sure that the volunteers don’t possibly gain a little more from the experience. What they learn is remarkable.” For more information about becoming involved in the Friendship Circle, contact Mushka Matusof at 419-509-0105 or visit www.fctoledo.com.
“Everyone has bad days; it’s inevitable. But, It feels so incredible to know that I’m able to help someone have a good day,” said Sophia Yakumithis
Please RSVP by June 17 by calling Wendy Goldstein at 419-724-0360. If you prefer to respond by mail, you may send your check to LOJ Luncheon, JFGT, 6465 Sylvania Ave., Sylvania, Ohio 43560. For more information, please contact Wendy Goldstein, Campaign Director, at 419724-0360 or email@example.com. Lion/LOJE Celebration Committee: Fagie Benstein, Lion of Judah Chair; Marla Levine, (LOJE); Diane Treuhaft; Julie Treuhaft; Diane Phillips; Kathryn Gallon, (LOJE); Nora Romanoff, (LOJE) and Linda Steinberg Linda Hurwitz is the immediate past chair of the National Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA). She has served as a campaign chair, Young Women’s Leadership chair, Major gifts, New gifts and Upgrade chair. She is a founding co-chair of the Ashkelon Partnership with Baltimore’s sister city and serves as chair of the Associated Commission on Israel and Overseas. Ms. Hurwitz has received numerous awards throughout her career, including the Young Leadership Award. In June, Ms. Hurwitz will be appointed JFNA National Campaign Chair. Elliot Feit, President, Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo Andy Golding, 2013 Campaign Chairman Daniel N. Steinberg, Chairman, Toledo Jewish Community Foundation Joel Marcovitch, CEO, Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo Arleen R. Levine, Director, Toledo Jewish Community Foundation Wendy Goldstein, Campaign Director
Fellowship Award Winners: Kayla McQueen, Bari Resnick, Dahlia Zack, Ian Segall, Morgan Segall, Sadie Kaplan, Sophia Yakamuthis, Max Kaufman, Sam Zack, Zoe Yaffe, and Shayna Zack
The Friendship Circle family Photos: Grand Lubell Photography
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Local News Mazel Tov to our B'nai Tzedek graduates
Not pictured: Morgan Isenberg and Derek Reiner
May you go from strength to strength As Jews, we have a duty to help repair the word by giving charity and doing acts of loving kindness. The B’nai Tzedek Fund is a great way to make a difference, because fundholders can choose where and how to donate my funds to best help others. We hope that the examples set by our B’nai Tzedek fundholders will inspire
and encourage many other young adults to come forward and establish their own personal fund. A student’s gift of $125 quickly grows to $500 through a generous match from the Suzanne and Allan Cohn B’nai Tzedek Fund and the Toledo Jewish Community Foundation. On an annual basis, fundholders will be able to designate
Our Newest B’nai Tzedek Student
USY Update By Stephen Lamb As we wind down the school year, I would like to take a moment and thank our graduating seniors and our outgoing United Synagogue Youth (USY) board for all of their hard work and accomplishments this year. Our graduating class of 2013 includes Max Kaufman, Zoe Yaffe, Michelle Jacobson, Shayna Zack and Catie Sack. Their collective dedication to the chapter through the years has made BITUSY an award-winning and successful chapter. We wish you all the best in your future college endeavors. This year’s success would have not been possible if not for our 2012-2013 BITUSY executive board, Presidents ,Shayna Zack and Zoe Yaffe; Israel Affairs VP, Catie Sack; Membership and Kadima, VP Sam Zack; Social Action and Tikkun Olam VP, Michelle Jacobson; Religious Education VP, Deena Zucker; and Communications VP, Josh Brody. Along with BITUSY’s general board, the Executive Board planned a wide range of innovative and exciting programs, and through collaboration with Kadima,
a minimum charitable contribution of 5% of their fund to a Jewish community need of their choice. Please contact Sherry Majewski at 419-724-0386 or sherry@JewishToledo. org for more information, or visit our website at www.jewishtoledo.org – Toledo Jewish Community Foundation link.
Welcome to our B’nai Tzedek Newcomers: Emmie Brody Alexander Goldstein Charley Kale Asher Kripke Nathan Podolsky Matthew Rothschild Dahlia Zack
Asher Kripke created a welcoming atmosphere. At Regionals this year, BITUSY took first place in the following categories: Best Religious Education Program, Best Membership and Kadima Program and Most Money Raised for Philanthropy per member. BITUSY was also recognized as the region's most improved chapter. Fall Board and Freshmen Kinnus 2013: October 3-6 Toledo USY will be hosting the 2013 Fall Boards/ Freshman Kinnus at B’nai Israel. This is an amazing opportunity for Jewish youth around the Midwest to participate in a weekend full of leadership, education, Jewish community and fun. Interested in learning more about USY (9th-12th grades) and Toledo Kadima (6th-8th grades)? Contact Stephen Lamb, Youth Advisor, at 419704-8950 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are thrilled to welcome Asher Kripke to our family of B’nai Tzedek Philanthropic Fund Holders. Asher attends Timberstone Junior High School. He enjoys tennis, baseball, basketball and attending Camp Ramah. Asher and his family are members of Congregation B’nai Israel. When asked why he established a B’nai Tzedek Fund, Asher replied, “To be able to give to others in need." We hope that the examples set by our B’nai Tzedek fundholders will inspire and encourage many other young adults to come forward and establish their own personal fund. A student’s gift of $125 quickly grows to $500 through a generous match
from the Suzanne and Allan Cohn B’nai Tzedek Fund and the Toledo Jewish Community Foundation. On an annual basis, fundholders will be able to designate a minimum charitable contribution of 5% of their fund to a Jewish community need of their choice. Contact René Rusgo at (419) 724-0365 or rene@JewishToledo. org for more information. Please visit www.jewishtoledo.org – Toledo Jewish Community Foundation link as well.
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Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo Programs Senior events calendar
FREE books and CDs – Are you getting YOURS? PJ Library® is completely FREE for participating families in the Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo region. PJ Library® seeks to engage Jewish families with young children. Each participating child in our community will receive a high-quality Jewish children’s book or CD every month, from age six months through age eight. Each book and CD comes with resources to help families use the selection in their home. The book and music list has been selected by the foremost children’s book experts and includes a wide array of themes related to Jewish holidays, folktales and Jewish family life.
PJ ABC FOOD BOOKS FOR JUNE ARE: Apples & Honey (ages 6 months to 2 years) Baby Be Kind by Jane Cowan-Fletcher Bagels & Lox (ages 2 to 3) ABC Israel by Rachel Raz Challah Toast (ages 3 to 4) Rise and Shine by Karen Ostrove Dates & Almonds (ages 4 to 5) A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Snead or Say Hello, Lily by Deborah Lakritz Egg Matza (ages 5 to 6) No Baths at Camp by Tamar Fox or Noah's Swim-a-thon by Ann Kofsky Falafel (ages 6 to 7) Camp Wonderful Wild by Laurel Snyder Gefilte Fish (ages 7 to 8) Emma's Poem by Linda Glaser Hamantaschen (ages 8 and above) All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor or Naming Liberty by Jane Yolen PJ ABC FOOD BOOKS FOR JULY ARE: Apples & Honey (ages 6 months to 2 years) When I First Held You by Mirik Snir Bagels & Lox (ages 2 to 3) Good Night, Laila Tov by Laurel Snyder Challah Toast (ages 3 to 4) Estie the Mench by Jane Kohuth Dates & Almonds (ages 4 to 5) The Mitzvah Magician by Linda Marshall or Mendel's Accordion by Heidi Smith Hyde Egg Matza (ages 5 to 6) A Song for My Sister by Lesley Simpson or Abraham's Search for God by Jacqueline Jules Falafel (ages 6 to 7) Joha Makes a Wish by Eric Kimmel Gefilte Fish (ages 7 to 8) Children's Jewish Holiday Kitchen by Joan Nathan or A Sack Full of Feathers by Debby Waldman Hamantaschen (ages 8 and above) Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue by Anna Harwell Celenza To learn more about PJ Library® and to ensure your child receives this wonderful gift, please contact Sherry Majewski at 419-724-0386 or sherry@JewishToledo.org. PJ Library® is supported in part by the Gary and Andrea Delman Family Foundation and Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo.
The Senior Adult Programs of the Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo are supported in part through your campaign dollars and through a generous grant from the Jewish Senior Services Supporting Organization. All events are part of the Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo and occasionally take place at the various synagogues. Please note registration deadlines for all programs! To register for a Jewish Federation Senior Program, please call 419-724-0354 or email registration@JewishToledo.org. Thursday, July 11 A Day at the Bay ... PUT-IN-BAY! 8:30 a.m. Depart Federation Campus, 6465 Sylvania Avenue Return at approximately 7 p.m. $40 per person includes transportation, ferry transportation, guided train tour, all stops and lunch Limited seats! Join us for a day at Put-In-Bay. We will travel in style to Port Clinton, where we will catch the Jet Express and enjoy the 20-minute ferry ride over to the island where our covered train will be waiting for us. We will tour the sights of the Butterfly House, Antique Car Museum, Crystal Cave, Heineman Winery and Perry’s Monument Visitor Center. Lunch will be at Tipper’s Buffet with time to shop the shops! Dress in comfy shoes and bring a hat! We will depart on the 10:15 a.m. ferry and return on the 5 p.m. ferry. This trip has minimal walking, as we will be on the train most of the time. Registration and payment required by Monday, July 1. Thursday, July 18 Dinner & Theatre – Les Misérables – The Encore Musical Theatre Company 3:30 p.m. Depart Federation Campus, 6465 Sylvania Avenue $40 per person includes transportation, dinner and theatre ticket Limited seats! Join us for an evening out with dinner in Dexter, Michigan, followed by an evening performance of Les Misérables at The Encore Musical Theatre Company in Dexter. Les Misérables is now the world’s longest-running musical, seen by over 65 million people in 42 countries. Discover a nation in the grip of revolution, where convict Jean Valjean is on the run. Hunted relentlessly by the policeman Javert for breaking his parole, he must leave his past behind and keep his vow to
raise the young orphaned Cosette. With revolution in the air and Javert closing in, Jean Valjean has no choice but to fight for his life and sacrifice everything to protect the people he loves. We will return to Toledo after the show. Registration and payment required by Monday, July 8. Thursday, August 29 Take ME Out to the Ballpark! Toledo Mud Hens vs. Indianapolis Indians 5 p.m. Depart Federation Campus, 6465 Sylvania Avenue $10 per person includes transportation, ticket and dinner Limited seats! Join us for an evening at the ball park as we cheer on our Toledo Mud Hens from high above in a reserved suite just for us! Limited seats! Registration and payment required by Monday, August 12. Thursday, September 12 The stars ... What does it all mean for the coming year? with Janet Amid, Astrologer, Columnist and Media Personality 1 p.m. Federation Campus – Leonard Lounge, 6465 Sylvania Avenue Join us as we explore our Lunar calendar during the time between the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. See what the stars can teach us about the concept of forgiveness and what the coming year may bring for us. Plus, enjoy a personalized mini reading! Janet is a certified life coach specializing in recovery, relationships and career goal setting. Her primary goal is to incorporate her knowledge of astrology and psychology into everyday life. Based on her philosophy of life cycles, her belief is that we are all “one” with the universe and that everything travels in sync based on the theory of time. Registration is required by Tuesday, September 3.
Special Notice: Please note that our trips are open to all seniors and reservations and payment are due at the time of the request to hold your space. We will accept reservations on a first-come basis since space is limited. A wait list will be formed as needed. No confirmations will be mailed; your credit card charge or canceled check will serve as your confirmation. Please fill out an Emergency Contact Form if you will be traveling with us and have not already done so. For questions about a program, please contact René Rusgo at 419724-0365 or rene@JewishToledo.org or Mary Lou Whittaker at 419531-2119 or marylou@JewishToledo.org. Please note registration deadlines for all programs. To register for a Jewish Federation Senior Program, please call 419-724-0354 or email registration@ JewishToledo.org.
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Local News Gan Izzy Club kids always on the go
Alpha Epsilon Pi family picnic Sunday, July 28, Alpha Epsilon Pi alumni and undergraduates from all chapters are invited to a "Family Picnic" at the JCC/YMCA campus from noon to 4 p.m. Multiple events will be celebrated, primarily the 100th anniversary of the fraternity. The event will also welcome Brother Joel Marcovitch, new Chief Executive Officer of the Federation. All family members are welcome to attend this free event. RSVP to David Berland (DBerland@LHBMA) or Mark Greenblatt (email@example.com). You may be asked to bring a salad or dessert.
The Gan Izzy Gang who turned out for the final Gan Izzy Club afternoon of the season were treated to sunshine, friends and a day of go-karting and putt-putting
Benny Golding, Anna Siegel, Charlie Bauer, Jack Bauer and Sophie Golding loved roller skating at the April Gan Izzy Club
AEPi Alumni event fall 2012
Shmouel Matusof rests in the limo on the way home from skating with Ian Wise. Two unidentified members snoozing under cover of kippa nearby)
Isaac Saltzman and Sophia Platsis saying goodbye to friends until Camp Gan Israel in June
For more information about the Gan Izzy Club, contact Shmouel Matusof at 419-322-2730.
To advertise in Toledo Jewish News, contact Abby at abby@JewishToledo.org or 419-724-0363
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Barry Greenblatt comes full-circle, celebrates 40th anniversary By Abby Hoicowitz Staff Editor/Reporter In September 1972, an article was published in the Sylvania High School (now Sylvania Northview High School)
(top) Beth Golding Silver's original article, as published in the Sylvania High School newspaper in September 1972; (bottom) Barry and wife Judie in the 1970s
newspaper, announcing the opening of a brand new local business to be located near the Jewish Community Center, at the corner of Holland-Sylvania Road and Sylvania Avenue. Written by Beth Golding, then a high school junior, the article said that the store’s managers, Barry Greenblatt (just three years out of high school himself ) and Peter Johnson, were bringing a fresh new idea to the area, one that was hot in the Detroit area, yet seemingly lacking in northwest Ohio. As of November 1972, The Bagel Place, a branch of Ann Arbor and Detroit-based The Bagel Factory, was open and serving eight varieties of bagels at a cost of 9 cents each. Today, Barry Bagels (owned solely by Barry Greenblatt) celebrates its 40th year as a Toledo-area staple. Beth (Golding) Silver and I recently sat down with Barry to discuss the last 40 years and the growth his company has experienced since she first wrote her article about the entrepreneur in 1972. Beth was also one of The Bagel Place’s first employees, manning the cash register from the day the restaurant opened. “It seemed like we made a lot of money then,” Beth said (Federal minimum wage in 1972 was $1.60 per hour).
Madcap Puppet Company delights
It was steamy outside, but we were inside enjoying a cool puppet show! The Madcap Puppets from Cincinnati came and entertained us in midMay with its nationally-recognized performance of Rumpelstiltskin. Jackie Forshaw and Jude Lingan played a role in the performance, and both did fantastic jobs! There were a lot of laughs, “oohs” and “ahhs” throughout the performance delighting families with children of all ages.
“And we got all the bagels we wanted.” Beth and Barry reminisced about those first several months of business. “Your article got me fired from my job,” Barry laughed as he recalled the story and his work with Beth. “I worked for a group of investors in Ann Arbor who planned on coming to Toledo. Peter and I came down first; one of the investor’s friends saw the article and sent it to them, and they fired me.” According to Barry, he moved to Toledo that year with his wife Judie and “Bagel” the beagle because he discovered, while working for an Ann Arbor bagel company, that Toledo’s supply of fresh bagels was at best, lacking and at worst ,non-existent. The business “caught on immediately,” Barry said. “Toledo had about 9,000 Jews at that time. When we first opened, we sold only bagels for the first few months [before expanding the menu to include lox, smoked fish, corned beef, salami and potato salad]. With our eight employees, we stayed open until midnight Fridays and 10 p.m. during the week.” Beth and a few of her classmates would come to work the hours they could after school. Today, Barry Bagels has four Toledoarea locations and one in Ann Arbor, altogether employing hundreds of staff members. A family affair, Barry’s wife Judie, son Mark, and brother Les maintain heavy involvement with the company. According to Barry, he is considering an expansion to the Cleveland area, where he has two daughters and five grandsons. “I’m going to be winding down over
(top) Barry Greenblatt and Beth Golding Silver today; (bottom) Barry at the original Sylvania location the next three to four years,” Barry said. “Mark [helps manage] all the stores, and we have a manager in Ann Arbor who has been with the company nearly 40 years.” The bagels (now available in 16 varieties and weighing in at 4 ounces versus the 3-ounce product of prior decades) are joined on the menu by a range of deli meats, cheeses, salads, potatoes and more. Concerning his 40 years of success with no decline in sight, Barry noted, “Customers come in as babies, come back as teenagers and come back as adults with their parents and families. [Success is] all in how you work it.”
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g ri h e t h d t i n r i e ction p e t s A
SEPTEMBER 2013 The warm and nurturing environment that defines Gan Yeladim includes: Individual attention for every student, attending to every child’s individual needs. Staff that is dynamic, skilled and caring. A Dual Program of Excellence that includes Secular Studies and Judaic Studies. Hebrew language instruction (research supports the introduction of a second language early in a child’s development as a tool to enhance further language acquisition). State Standards that serve as a minimum goal, a base from which to reach and soar. Curriculum that is built on an interdisciplinary approach to learning. An Educational Philosophy that encourages the growth of the whole Jewish child. A Full-Day program, from 8:30-3:30, with after-care available until 5:30 p.m. Schoolmates who come from homes that also value education, goodness and kindness. A Jewish Character and Jewish holiday celebrations
At Gan Yeladim, we specialize in HAPPY CHILDREN! To register, or for further information, call Raizel Shemtov at 419-344-9142
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Toledo Board of Jewish Education Where there’s a wheel, there’s a way! Pedal power at Gan Yeladim’s 2013 Trike-a-Thon With the wind at their backs, their hearts singing, their pulses dancing, their beautiful faces smiling with glee and the sun shining brightly in the sky, over 25 Gan Yeladim preschoolers, (aka the “Shining Stars” and the “Toddler Treasures”) joyfully rode laps around the freshly-made courses in the Congregation B’nai Israel parking lot (thank you B’nai!). While, at times, it looked more like Dodge’em bumper cars than the Tour de France, squeals of delight, shouts of joy and cries of “look at me!” escalated from the decorated bikes, trikes, cars and scooters. Of course, the Mom and Pop-arazzi were on hand to take 100s of priceless pictures. Prior to the event, each child requested a pledge of a money donation per lap, or a flat contribution, from family and friends. They felt so good inside, knowing that the money they raised was going toward buying an adaptive bike for a child with special needs. In addition, the more than $2,000 raised will be used to purchase new trikes for the students of Gan Yeladim. The children
dutifully and beautifully fulfilled their promised commitment, stopping only for a quick break to replenish their energy at the fruit stand and hydration station. With Allie Berns expertly chairing the “steering” committee, consisting of Hallie Freed, Liz Platsis, Rebecca Katz, Jodi Barr, Wendy Payne, Kay and Steve Weingarden, Allison and Jeff Bucko, Kara Fine and Amy Corman, this successful event was diligently planned with extra-special, loving attention to every delightful detail. A giant thank you goes to each of them and, of course, to our devoted sponsors, Teddy and Kay Miller, The Andersons, Kroger and Reggie’s Bike Shop. Also, many thanks to Joel Mahoney for doing bike adjustments, and to his family for donating a beautiful trike; to the Gan Yeladim staff for preparing the children for
this spectacular event; and to Allie’s mother, Grandma SuSu, who created a driver’s license and license plate for each participant. Raffle tickets were sold and the grand winner of a bright red Schwinn roadster tricycle was Ron Shnider, Jacob Payne’s grandpa. Guess who is now the proud owner of that gorgeous new bike? As John F. Kennedy once said, “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.” How true that is! All the “drivers” (and their parents) must have had “sweet dreams” that night!
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‘Babies, Bibs & More … Toddlers Too’ enjoys story and craft time “Babies, Bibs & More … Toddlers Too” recently met at Barnes and Nobles for story and craft time. We began with a story from Miss Emily about a very cute bunny; Miss Emily had a stuffed bunny that visited the children while she read. After our story, we made a craft of a butterfly, naming and flying our butterflies around the story area. After our fun craft, Miss Emily read another story
and then we enjoyed a snack. Before we knew it, our story and craft time was over. We all said goodbye until the next event. “Babies, Bibs & More … Toddlers Too” is part of the Welcome To Jewish Toledo initiative. For more information about “Babies, Bibs & More … Toddler Too,” please contact Sherry Majewski at 419-724-0386 or sherry@ JewishToledo.org.
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Hillel News University of Toledo Hillel Update Summer at Hillel a time for reflection, personal growth By Olivia Nedorezov Edelman While households are teeming with the excitement of college students returning from another successful year of school (just surviving is a success, right?), the halls of the Hillel House have fallen silent. For the next two-and-a-half months, the couches where students once sat will go unoccupied, the only smells to waft out of the kitchen will be the occasional microwaved lunch, and the majority of the chatter I’ll hear in my office will come from streaming NPR programs on the computer. “Ahhh, alone at last!” some may sigh with contentment, but not me. Solitude has never been something that I’ve particularly enjoyed. If anything, I find it unsettling. It’s something that stems not from loneliness but from needing purpose. As a Hillel advisor, I wrap up much of my purpose in forging relationships with students and creating Jewish experiences for
students to unlock their heritage as well as the person they envision themselves becoming past their college years. I don’t get much of a chance to do either of those things sitting in my office by myself, and even when I do get to interact with an incoming student at UT’s orientation days, it’s a bit challenging to connect with a person when the only experience they want to have is getting their hands on some of the free candy sitting on our information table. It’s those moments that I really miss seeing the familiar faces and being part of the hustle-and-bustle that every week brings to Hillel during the academic year. However, my outlook on being alone may have begun to change thanks to something I stumbled upon on aish.com during an especially quiet afternoon at Hillel, ironically enough. It was one of their inspirational “Daily Lift” quotes, which reads, “A person who does not know how to use his mind productively will flee from
the state of being alone. But when a person has learned how to think, he will greatly appreciate the moments when he is by himself, for then he will be able to utilize those moments for intellectual and spiritual growth.” Perhaps, I started to think, it’s not that my job as a Hillel adviser becomes less purposeful in the summer months; instead, maybe my purpose should take a more self-directed turn. Rather than dwelling on the fact that I have fewer opportunities to create experiences for others, what if I took the time to create those experiences for myself, to focus on my own Jewish learning? Am I so educated and in tune with my Jewish identity that I have no room for further discovery? Certainly not, and after all, a Hillel adviser is only as good as the example she sets for her students. So this summer, even though much of my time may be spent alone here in the Hillel House, some of my most challenging and meaningful work lies ahead – working on me.
Bowling Green State University Hillel Update The 2012-2013 academic year has come to a close at BGSU. BGSU Hillel has been able to provide Jewish students with religious and social activities over the past year; highlights include a campus cookout, sukkah building on the library green and a Passover Seder. BGSU Hillel also continues to play an active role in BGSU’s Campus Multifaith Alliance. Although attendance at monthly membership meetings was down, event attendance increased from an average of 23 attendees to 26. Major events such as the campus Seder yielded higher attendance (37 compared to 28 last year). In mid-April, BGSU Hillel’s last general membership meeting was held with two items on the agenda. The first was to nominate and elect officers for the 2013-2014 Executive Board. The second was to solicit feedback on the programming for the past year. Members were asked to identify strengths and weaknesses
of the events over the past year, offer suggestions for improvement and provide programming ideas. The most consistent suggestion was seeking transportation for the High Holidays in fall of 2013. The new board met with the faculty advisor to discuss long-term planning for 2013-2014, to get to know each other and to finalize plans for the last Shabbat dinner of the semester. BGSU Hillel’s Executive Board members for 2013-2014: President: Danielle Trauth-Jurman (Pittsburgh, PA) VP-Social & Service Events: Emily Daiell (Deer, Park, NY) VP-Religion: Emily Harel (Solon, OH) Treasurer: Danielle Mormol (Columbus, OH) Secretary: Zach Greenfield (Holland, OH) BGSU Hillel’s 2013-2014 Board leading the last Shabbat Service of the 2012-2013 academic year
BGSU Hillel’s 2013 Board: Zach Greenfield (Secretary), Danielle Mormol (Treasurer), Jessica Echales (Public Relations Officer), Danielle Trauth-Jurman (President), Emily Daiell (VP-Social & Service) and Emily Harel (VP-Religion)
Public Relations Officer: Jessica Echales (Chicago, IL) Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kyle Ingle The year ended with a final Shabbat dinner, which was held at the Bowen-Thompson Student Union on BGSU’s campus. The outgoing board members were recognized. Morgan Levin discussed her December 2012 Birthright trip and her internship experience with the largest advertising firm in Israel. She is returning to Israel for the internship this summer. Event planning for 2013-2014 has already begun. This summer, new president Danielle Trauth-Jurman will meet with faculty advisor Kyle Ingle to further discuss long-term planning for religious activities in 2013-2014. As always, BGSU Hillel will facilitate the provision of tickets and carpooling for students who want to attend High Holiday services in the Toledo area. The board will continue to explore transportation possibilities for fall
2013. Sukkot observance will take place again on the library green. In August, the new board will meet in advance of the new academic year in order to plan for social and community service events. BGSU Hillel will take part in Welcome Week (selling the new “Oy” Ziggy Zoomba t-shirts) and host a campus barbeque for new and existing members. During the summer, a representative of the Campus Multifaith Alliance will continue to provide information to inquiring Jewish students and parents at student orientations as a means to recruit any new Jewish students that are attending BGSU in the fall. The Board and general membership will meet monthly during the 2013-2014 school year. If you have a son or daughter who will be attending BGSU this fall, please have them contact Danielle Trauth-Jurman, President, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Kyle Ingle, Faculty Advisor, at email@example.com or visit BGSU Hillel on Facebook.
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Temple Shomer Emunim June/July Worship Schedule
Temple Book Club
Friday, June 7 Healing service at 6 p.m.
SAVE THE DATE!
Friday, June 14 Shabbat service at 6 p.m. Friday, June 21 Shabbat service at 6 p.m. Friday, June 28 Shabbat service at 6 p.m. Friday, July 5 Shabbat service at 6 p.m.
The Temple Book Club will meet with the B’nai Israel Book Club at noon on Thursday, June 20, at Charlie’s Coney Island Restaurant, 6945 West Central Avenue across from Lowe’s and Giant Eagle. We will discuss Once We Were Brothers by Ronald Balson. There some copies in the public library system, and we have one in the Temple library.
Saturday, July 6 Bar Mitzvah of Justin Forshaw at 10:30 a.m.
Major League Fundraiser Dinner Sunday, June 30 The Beirut 4082 Monroe Street Toledo, OH 43606
Family Seating 5:30 p.m. Adults: $30 Children 13 and under: $10 Children 4 and under: free Late Seating 7 p.m. Adults: $30
Friday, July 12 Shabbat service at 6 p.m.
All reservations must be made in advance to The Temple with check or credit card by June 21.
Friday, July 19 Shabbat service at 6 p.m.
If you have any questions, please call The Temple at 419-885-3341.
Friday, July 26 Shabbat service at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 27 Bar Mitzvah of Frank Fuhrman at 10:30 a.m.
Congregation B'nai Israel B'nai Israel Annual Meeting
Honored for outstanding service to the synagogue: Congregant of the Year: Ellie Williams Board Member of the Year: Bruce Post Sam Schwartz Minyan Award: Sanford Stein Board Members 2013-2014 Officers for one-year term 2013-14 President: Ron Wachsman VP Administration: Hope Davis VP Religious Affairs: Ellen Federman VP Youth/Education: Michael Portnoy Secretary: Alix Greenblatt Treasurer: Bruce Post Trustees for one three-year term ending 2016: Stuart Brody, David Friedes, Marc Glasser, Jan Katz, Howard Rosenberg, Jerry Russell and Debbie Spangenthal Trustees also include Arnie Remer, Fran Weinblatt, Jeannette Bernstein and Jill Kripke
Religious School Israel Trip
On June 10, Hazzan Ivor Lichterman will take a group of 17 students on the trip of a lifetime to Israel. This year’s confirmation class will be joined by Noah Hupp and Jenny Zaurov who were confirmed last year and Kayla Bernstein, Jolie Brochin, Nathan Hendel, and Ben Yaffe, who are members of the Confirmation Class of 2014. The trip was made possible through the Sherwin and Naomi Kripke Israel Program fund. Jill Kripke and Stuart Brody will travel with the group.
2013 Confirmation Class
Kyle Bader, Joshua Brody, Daniel Intrater, Jonathan Intrater, Lauren Kohler, Sari Kripke, Emma Podolsky, Bari Resnick, Morgan Segall, Josh Sherman, Sam Zack and Deena Zucker
Deena Zucker Honored At Family Shabbat on May 11, Hazzan Lichterman awarded prizes to the many youth who participated in his Yad & Bimah Youth Squad. Deena Zucker was honored as the most outstanding participant for her involvement in B’nai Israel programs and services. She is active in many aspects of synagogue life and was part of 3Z Productions (Deena, Sophie, and Meira Zucker) who wrote and produced GAGAMEGILLAH for Purim.
Interfaith Blood Drive The 25th anniversary Interfaith Blood Drive is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday June 22 and June 23 at Grace Lutheran Church, 4441 Monroe Street, Toledo. It is the oldest ongoing interfaith blood drive in the nation. The Celebration of Life Service, a celebration of the arts and reception takes place on Sunday, June 23 at 7 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church. Hazzan Lichterman will be performing in the service. All are invited to attend. See page 26 for more information. Afternoon services on Shabbat are discontinued until after Labor Day. There will be no mincha, third meal, ma’ariv or havdallah. The Mincha service will take place at 1 p.m. after the Shabbat morning kiddush.
Lunch and Learn Returns
This popular program returns July 10 for six weeks concluding on August 14. Save Wednesdays at noon for a stimulating discussion of “Current Events” with Hazzan Lichterman. A $5 donation for lunch is suggested. The program is open to all.
Joint Book Club
A joint Book Club meeting will be held at noon on Thursday, June 20. B’nai Israel and Temple Shomer Emunim will meet at Charlie’s Restaurant at Central and Sequoia. We will be reviewing Once We Were Brothers by Ronald H. Balson. Join us for lunch and a lively discussion. No reservation necessary. B’nai Israel congratulates its graduating seniors: Sam Brochin, Morgan Isenberg, Max Kaufman, Zachary Rothschild, Catie Sack, Ian Segall, Cory Stein, Zoe Yaffe and Shayna Zack. We wish them Mazel Tov as they begin their college studies. Visit our newly updated website: www.CBIToledo.org for complete and current information on programs The Congregation B’nai Israel Annual Meeting and Election of Officers will be June 2 at 7 p.m. For more information about the programs at Congregation B'nai Israel please contact Kandee at 419-517-8400 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Congregation Etz Chayim Sisterhood News
The spring rummage sale will be held Sunday, June 2 through Tuesday, June 4. For more information (including times or to sign up to help the days of the sale), please contact Marcia Grossman at 419-536-0890. We need help from both men and women. Many thanks in advance to all those individuals who are working so hard to make our Spring Rummage Sale such a success. Please mark your calendars for Sunday, June 9, the date for Sisterhood’s Closing Luncheon and Installation of Officers. The luncheon will begin at 12:30 p.m. In addition to the installation of officers, everyone attending will enjoy a wonderful spring program. Cost for the luncheon is $10 per person. RSVP to the synagogue at 419-473-2401 by June 4.
The following officers will be installed for the year 2013-2014: President Kathryn Gallon Vice President Donor Barbara Feldstein Vice President Membership Suzie Rosenberg Secretary/Treasurer Phyllis Wittenberg Corresponding Secretary Linda Franklin During the months of June and July, Sisterhood takes a little break while we plan the year’s upcoming programs. As always, we will continue to have our Annual Donor and Shalach Manos projects along with our Rummage Sale in conjunction with Congregation B’nai Israel. Look for details regarding these programs in upcoming bulletins. We look forward to seeing everyone in September for our Opening Luncheon. Enjoy your summer; we will see everyone in the fall.
Everyone is invited to attend a graduation Kiddush on Shabbos morning, June 8. The synagogue will be honoring its high school and middle school graduates. A lovely dessert reception will be served.
Etz Chayim Annual Picnic Sunday, August 11 3-7 p.m. Congregation Etz Chayim Mark your calendars for the annual picnic featuring an assortment of delicious foods and activities for the entire family. More information will be forthcoming in the mail. Call the office at 419473-2401 for reservations.
Interfaith Blood Drive
Blood donors and helpers are needed for the 25th annual Interfaith Blood Drive, to be held on Sunday, June 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 4441 Monroe Street, Toledo, Ohio. Please call the synagogue office at 419-473-2401 to schedule an appointment. There will also be a Celebration of Life Service on Sunday, June 23 at 7 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church. Everyone is invited to attend. See page 26 for more information.
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BBYO holds elections
March of the Living a trip of a lifetime By Miriam Shafransky Taking part in March of the Living was, by far, the most amazing and rewarding experience of my life. Through this journey, I met and made friends from all over Ohio, America and the world. I traveled to Poland and Israel, visited concentration camps and learned about the amount of pride and nationalism taking place from the lowest points of Jewish history to the heights of Judaism now. The memories, experiences, survivor stories and friendships will stay with me for the rest of my life. I wish that every Jewish teen would be able to take this
journey, and I plan to share my stories and experiences with anyone willing to listen. When 11,000 adults and teens marched from Auschwitz to Birkenau, the sheer amount of people was overwhelming, but very small compared to the 11 million people who died in the Holocaust, six million of whom were Jewish. On the March of the Living trip, I really embraced my Jewish heritage. Being in Israel, I also saw first-hand why I have heard so many great things about the country. Overall, I realized on my journey that I love being Jewish. I am a witness to the witnesses, and I will never forget.
March of the Living journal excerpts By Zoe Yaffe
B’not Shalom BBG at 2013 Spring/Summer Installations and BSN AZA at 2013 Spring/Summer Installations in early May Mazel Tov to all the Toledo BBYO seniors: Rachel Federman Emily Gross Madison Isenberg Morgan Isenberg Katherine Kieninger Sydney Lahre Elayna Levison Elizabeth Overmeyer Morgan Rondinelli Zoe Yaffe
Congratulations to the new Spring/ Summer term Toledo BBYO Boards: B’Not Shalom N'siah: Mollie Groth S'ganit: Miriam Federman Aym Ha Chaverot: Miriam Shafransky Brown Smullin Neufeld Godol: Kyle Bader S'Gan: Ryan Leslie Moreh: Ben Yaffe Shaliach: Jacob Groth Mazkir: Adam Liber Gizbor: Matthew Rothschild Sopher: Josh Liebes-McClellan
The first weekend in May, five members of Brown Smullin Neufeld traveled to Camp Wise for a fun-filled weekend.The teens made new friends, participated in Shabbat programming and showed off their dancing skills during zumba
BBYO NEEDS YOU BBYO is looking for additional advisors!
BBYO Toledo is looking for a positive role model and advisor who can help lead Brown Smullin Neufeld AZA or B’not Shalom BBG. BBYO chapters meet approximately four times a month and attend five conventions a year. If you or someone you know is 22 years or older, Jewish and enjoys being around high schoolaged teenagers, please contact René Rusgo at 419-724-0365 or rene@JewishToledo.org
Hi everyone, my name is Zoe Yaffe, and I recently returned home from an incredibly meaningful and powerful journey called March of the Living. I, along with 33 other teenagers from around Ohio, traveled to Poland and Israel for one week each (a total of two weeks). The trip is designed to show how, from the ashes, a rich and beautiful land can emerge and thrive. Below you will find two excerpts from the journal that I kept on my journey, as well as recollections on Israel. 4/3-4/5 Today I left for what I hope will be an incredibly life-changing journey. The flight was long, but as to be expected. When we landed, nothing felt different. We got onto our bus and began the journey to Treblinka. This camp was mostly destroyed by the Nazis, but parts remain. There are now hundreds of stones varying in size as a memorial and to represent the communities and towns that were destroyed by the Nazis. As we walked in the knee-deep snow, slipping and sliding all over, still nothing felt all that different. When Hillel, the guide, said that we would recite Kaddish (memorial prayer) for those who couldn’t and for those who had no one to say it for them; that is when I felt something. I don’t quite know what it is yet, but hopefully I will soon. On the bus, we watched a movie about the camp Sobibor and the escapes that happened there. This camp was similar to Treblinka. The movie was upsetting but set the tone of our day very preciously. After dinner, all 34 of us met in a circle in the hallway of our hotel and we began to discuss how we identified ourselves – as Americans, teenagers, and Jews. We also spoke about our expectations for the journey. If I had a dollar for every time someone said “lifechanging,” I would have a lot of money. After we discussed our expectations, Hillel asked the group for personal stories from their family and friends. A young woman told the story of how her grandfather survived Treblinka and that when she was on the phone with her mom 20 minutes before we gathered, her mom told her that her grandfather was in disbelief that his granddaughter would be able to walk out of Treblinka, in the same foot-
steps and the path that he carved. A young man told the story of how his grandfather survived and how much his participation on the trip meant to him. At this point, everything started to seem a little surreal. Are we actually in Poland? Are these stories true? Are we ready for this experience? And the responsibility that comes with it? I’m not sure. Earlier on the bus, we figured out the math and proved to ourselves that we really are the last generation to hear the survivors speak. We are the most critical link in “never again.” We discussed how, with this trip, we all are required and obligated to ensure that everyone hears our journey and the stories of the survivors. Tomorrow is the Warsaw Ghetto. I am nervous, but also ready. I hope. 4/7 Today was probably one of the hardest and most affirming days I have had in a very long time. We woke up extremely early to begin our long drive. After driving for a while, we began the movie Schindler’s List. The movie is very fitting because we are going to visit the factory tomorrow. At noon, we pulled into the gates of a parking lot for the Auschwitz museum. It was an eerie feeling to be eating lunch in a place where people starved to death. We walked into an old building and received individual headsets so we could listen to our guide as we toured the camp. When I went through the other door of the building, I saw the infamous sign, “Arbeit Macht Frei” (work will make you free). I got chills and shivers ran down my spine. This is real life and this is happening. Before we walked in the gate, the guide talked to us a little about some things I don’t really recall. Aaron, a member of our group, told us that his grandfather was in a certain block of the camp and that we would be seeing and experiencing it. If I were him, I would not be able to handle
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Organizations ORT Teenagers look to the future with World ORT A one-hour personal audience with the President of the European Court of Human Rights was a high point of a two-day seminar in Strasbourg for past and present participants of World ORT’s Future Leaders Program. The 42 teenagers from 18 Jewish communities across Europe were free to ask Dean Spielmann anything they liked and the judge responded with disarming candor. “Questions ranged from the personal – examining his motivation for doing the work he does – to the functional, about how the Court works,” said the Head of World ORT’s Education Department, Daniel Tysman. “Here was one of Europe’s most influential individuals talking openly about himself and his work. It was a tremendous privilege.” The seminar’s tightly packed schedule was intended to develop students’ interest in and knowledge of civil responsibility, representation and activism. It featured meetings at the Council of Europe and practical workshops on developing leadership skills, as well as meetings with prominent members of Strasbourg’s Jewish community and leaders of the local Union of Jewish Students who made news around the world last year when they successfully challenged Twitter in the French courts for failing to respond effectively to an anti-Semitic campaign. It was the first physical meeting for the participants since they congregated in London for the opening seminar in December and was a chance to cement friendships forged since then in the on-going series of on-line webinars.
Training included practical workshops on developing skills such as communication and negotiation, and many of the students that participated in the project’s pilot in 2011 led workshops and gave presentations that helped develop a deeper understanding of Jewish history, culture and Israel-Diaspora relations. “The alumni from last year’s inaugural program proved to be very good role models for our current participants,” Mr. Tysman said. “And that’s important because creating future leaders is a long-term project in which a sense of continuity is critical – and that can only come from face-to-face meetings.” Ilana Davis, the only English member of the current group, said she was struck by the maturity of the alumni. “We’re all about the same age but they seem much more confident. I remember at the start of the Program feeling not so confident, so it was nice to see how last year’s program had turned out; we can look forward to being like them by the end,” Ilana said. A Turkish member of this year’s program, Cenk Bonfil, agreed. “They’ve learned skills which have obviously been very useful and practical. It raises my expectations for the end of the program.” The program, supported by the European Jewish Fund and Israel’s Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs, aims to identify and train young activists aged between 16 and 18 for future roles in their community’s leadership. It is designed to address the needs of smaller communities in particular, supporting their continuity, as well as fostering an appreciation of their
symbiotic relationship with Israel where the program culminates with an intensive two-week summer school. Participants put what they learn into practice by implementing a project in their respective communities. For this year’s Turkish teens, that means preparing a presentation about the Holocaust, which they plan to take around public schools later in the year. “They have no idea about the Holocaust and they talk about it like it wasn’t so bad,” said Kleris Baruh. “They don’t know Jewish people and they are very prejudiced about us. So maybe they can understand us a bit more.” However, there are concerns about how they will be received, given strained relations between Turkey and Israel and the chilling effect that has had on Turkey’s Jewish community. “Perhaps it’s brave of us to do it because we don’t know how they will react to what we tell them,” said Reysi Haleva. “We will definitely get a reaction; hopefully it won’t be too bad.” She says the skills that she has learned on the Future Leaders Program will help her, in particular, her greater ability to explain herself clearly. Ilana said that participating in the program has made her much more confident but has also helped her to develop her views on critical contemporary issues. “Before the program, I was a bit uncertain about my relationship with Israel. I didn’t feel confident to put forward a Jewish viewpoint or stand up for Israel with all the negative press. And some close friends of
mine speak about Israel negatively. But now I’m more educated about Judaism and about Israel and its history and that’s allowed me to put forward a more constructive argument with confidence and more substance and context, whereas before I would keep any opinions to myself,” she said. The program has also had a profound effect on Amanda Pyscheva, from Germany. She told the Deputy Mayor of Strasbourg that it has shown her the importance of personal growth and fulfilling one’s potential by working with others. “To be surrounded by people who are willing to change something and who would like to grow with you is important and this forms a strong and connected community. This is the purpose we have to achieve with all the Jews around the world as our little nation wants to survive,” Amanda said. “I have understood that nothing in life can be reached alone. People around you are important, and you should treat them accordingly because it is not just about taking in life but giving … so if we want to make the world a better place this is the first thing we need to internalize, and to love people and not things.” Mr. Tysman said the participants left Strasbourg enthused to make a greater impact on their own communities and noted ORT Strasbourg’s immense contribution to the seminar’s success. “We are immensely grateful to Claude Sabbah and his staff at ORT Strasbourg for all their support in putting together such an ambitious program and for the warm hospitality that the group enjoyed from the moment they arrived,” he said.
Na’amat NA’AMAT Israel: Empowering abused women NA' AMAT Israel aims to empower battered women so they can build healthy, abuse-free lives for themselves and their children. Statistics show that there are more than 200,000 battered women in Israel and a half-million children exposed to domestic violence in a one-year period. NA' AMAT's Glickman Center, established in 1993, serves as a unique model. Under one roof, there is secure shelter for battered women, as well as a counseling and treatment center for battered women, violent
men and children exposed to violence. The center, which serves about 1,000 women a year, aids people from all over Israel and functions as an emergency haven for residents of Tel Aviv/Jaffa. The shelter houses about 30 women and their children at one time. Residents include Jews and Arabs, secular and observant individuals, longtime residents and new immigrants. The center also works to prevent domestic violence through the educational system, in the community and in the army. NA'
AMAT volunteers accompany women to the police station when they file complaints and later connect them to the Glickman Center for therapy. The volunteers work with the men to get them into anger management treatment. Glickman Center staff members include social workers, psychologists, criminologists and lawyers. Among the services NA' AMAT provides are a hotline for emergencies, individual and group counseling and legal advice. A group of volunteers work side by
side with the staff. The center helps the parties reach reconciliation agreements if both the husband and wife attend therapeutic counseling sessions. It also helps prepare divorce agreements, that clearly define arrangements for child custody and the division of assets. The goal of the center is for the residents to re-enter the mainstream as independent individuals. By providing treatment for both victims and perpetrators, NA' AMAT works to break the cycle of violence for women and their families.
NA’AMAT USA to hold 41st National Convention July 21–24 in Cleveland NA’AMAT USA will hold its 41st National Convention in Cleveland, July 21–24. “Rock with NA’AMAT” is the theme of the triennial national convention held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Cleveland East in Beachwood, Ohio. While the full slate of speakers is still being developed, NA’AMAT USA is pleased to announce the following confirmed presenters: • Galia Wolloch, NA’AMAT Israel’s new President and Shirli Shavit, Director of NA’AMAT Israel’s International Department, will update delegates about the latest projects in Israel as well as its plans of action. • Masha Lubelsky, World Zionist
Organization (WZO) Executive Committee Member, will speak on “Leadership in Zionism in Times of Crises.” She is a former NA’AMAT Israel president and a former member of Israel's Knesset, serving as a deputy minister to Yitzhak Rabin. • Mark Raider, American historian and Professor of Modern Jewish History at the University of Cincinnati, will speak on the “American Jewish Scene When Israel Became Important to Americans.” • Yaron Sideman, Consul General of Israel to Mid-Atlantic Region. • Panel discussion on "War on Women” with panelists Laurie J. Wasserman, a prominent employment law attorney practicing in Chicago; Ohio State
Senator Nina Turner, a Democrat and former Cleveland City Council member; as well as other women renowned for expertise in women's issues. New national NA’AMAT USA officers and board members will be elected at this triennial event. In addition to speakers, there will be breakout sessions on leadership, advocacy, fundraising, membership and programming. "The committee and I are working hard to make ‘Rock with NA’AMAT!’ educational, meaningful and fun for all participants,” said Chellie Goldwater Wilensky, national chairperson of the convention. Participants will be treated to entertainment by Israeli-born artist Shlomo Haviv, a
popular singer and songwriter; local Cleveland entertainer Cantor Kathryn Wolfe Sebo of The Temple-Tifereth Israel; and the Yiddishe Cup, a top Klezmer band. Special visits are being arranged to the renowned Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage and an optional pre-convention trip to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Chellie Goldwater Wilensky of Chicago is national chairperson of the convention, while Gail Simpson of Agoura, California; Dr. Linda Schoenberg of Cleveland Heights, Ohio; and Marcia Weiss of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania are national program co-chairpersons. Greater Cleveland resident Robin Lieberman is the local convention chair.
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Partnership2Gether Journal continued from page 20 what we would soon see. We began touring and saw different exhibitions about numbers, who, how, and logistics regarding the camps Auschwitz and Birkenau. I forget some of it. Too shocking. We then went into the rooms containing artifacts. I walked into a very large room and behind the glass – human hair. So much hair. It was almost sickening. We were told that the Nazis used the hair to make fabric.
That is both disgusting and disturbing. At this point, I had chills. I was not crying yet. In the next room, glasses, shoes, hairbrushes and pots and pans. We then went into a room where behind the glass were suitcases. Hundreds of them, all with names on them. I started to tear up a little bit. It was all feeling very real and extremely incomprehensible. We then went over to a small display case containing baby and children clothes, dolls and other items required for small children. Looking at that
The Same Moon Project: Twinning with Families “The Same Moon” is a project created to establish a connection between young Jewish families in the United States and Israel. Through “The Same Moon,” the families involved will hopefully realize, despite the great distance between them and their international counterparts, their similarities and “closeness.” “The Same Moon” project began in the Indianapolis, Indiana Jewish community with the Partnership2Gether program, Western Galilee. The Israeli emissary in the community, Adi Shacham, established the idea and worked with students from the Hasten Hebrew Academy of Indianapolis, who illustrated the pages of the book, and with local artist Joani Rothenberg, who illustrated the cover. Unique copies of the book were sent to several families in Indianapolis and the Western Galilee. As a result, no one book is the same as the other; each is as different as the two families who fill its pages. Together, we all create a partnership between two communities. Together, we are all taking part in something big that gives new and diverse meaning to the partnership concept. And, no matter where we are, we all go to sleep every night under the same moon. What does it mean to be part of this project? 1. Each family receives a book and contact information of a family that lives “across a big, deep sea” (email, home address, Skype name and Facebook). 2. Each family will write a letter about
itself to the other family as the first letter for the first envelope in the book. 3. The project will last six months with six letters about the different subjects in the book – six envelopes, six letters, six stories: Month 1: “Our Family” Month 2: “The place where we live” Month 3: “How we celebrate the Jewish holidays” Month 4: “Our good deeds as a family” Month 5: “The things that we do in our free time as a family” Month 6: “Our friends” 4. The families will send pictures in special frames with the letters. 5. As in the past, families must mail letters via the post office (snail mail). 6. The letters should be written in English. Toledo is thrilled to be able to participate in “The Same Moon” Project 2013 with three wonderful families: the Berns Family, the Bucko Family and the Platsis Family. If you would like to learn more about the Western Galilee or our Partnership2Gether program, please contact René Rusgo at 419724-0365 or rene@JewishToledo.org.
Annabelle and Parker love being part of the Same Moon project. They love receiving mail from their friends in Israel, learning all about them and finding out how their lives are different from ours.
stuff, I lost it. Standing there. In the camp that changed history, looking at the clothing of murdered babies, with no sins at all, the only thing I could do was break down. I cried for a while. At this point, everyone was crying. We were all comforting each other. The bond that can be formed in such a short time under such circumstances is remarkable. After the display cases, we went to the death barracks and saw the torture cells and other stuff along those lines. We also learned about the Nazi doctors and their experiments. One was widespread sterility. It is actually incomprehensible that someone would do that to another person. We saw the gas chamber. And we walked out of it. Very remarkable. We then saw the crematorium. More chills. As we walked out of that camp, the chills subsided and the numbness set in. We then took a very short trip to Birkenau where we sat in a barrack and listened to Trudy, a survivor, tell her story. As always, very moving. There is absolutely nothing like hearing a survivor’s story. After she spoke, someone asked her the question if she believed in G-d after she lived through such horrors. She said she did because the people were bad, not G-d. I thought it was a very interesting and compelling position on that question. After our talk, we toured the camp. Still numb from Auschwitz, I couldn’t feel much except the size and mass of the Shoah (Holocaust). The camp was so big and the atrocities happened on such a large scale. I still can’t fully process everything. We left the camp and headed for the hotel. I still feel as if I can’t totally grasp what happened today. But all I know is that I am so fortunate and blessed to be able to enter the gates of Auschwitz and be able to leave, like so many before me could not. As Trudy and my parents said, it is now my obligation to ensure “never again.” The march is tomorrow and I hope it will solidify the feelings and cement the notion that we must live for those who never got the chance. After a long, grueling and freezing week in Poland, we boarded the LOT airplane for Israel! Words cannot describe the excitement that filled each and every participant’s body. When we landed in the
holy land, the feeling was amazing. We began our week in Israel with the long, but beautiful, hike up Masada. After Masada, we did the only thing there is to do after the hike – the Dead Sea! After we arrived at our kibbutz, we were in for the night after a great first day in Israel! We toured Tzfat, went to the beaches of Tel- Aviv and walked the beautiful walls of Jerusalem. I was also very fortunate to be able to travel to our partnership region in Acco/Naharyia. I traveled with Miriam and Noah (our new friend from Youngstown!). We met some amazing people and went to an authentic Israeli shuk. We visited a shul that was decorated entirely with mosaics! It was really beautiful. There was a map of Europe in the mosaics and there were markings for the different camps. We all felt a special connection to the map of Poland because we had just visited there. I felt as if it was a very “full-circle” moment. After the tour, we went to a center for at-risk teens. We met some of the kids and talked about our lives. We bonded by playing chess and painting a special mural depicting the similarities between American and Israeli teenage life. We spent a Shabbat in Jerusalem, and that was a very beautiful and meaningful experience. Israel was amazing, beautiful, spiritual, meaningful and all over just an incredible country. Being on Ben Yehuda Street for Yom Ha’Atzmaut was crazy! The pride and love that Israelis have for their country is unparalleled by anyone I have ever met. This trip was truly a life-changing experience. Simply put, Israel was amazing, and this trip provided contrast and poignancy like nothing else. I would LOVE to share more about my trip; if you would like to know more, please ask me or send me a note [contact René Rusgo at 419-724-0365 or rene@JewishToledo.org to reach Zoe]. This trip did live up to my expectations and I hope that I was able to share some insight on what actually being a part of this journey was like.
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S'machot/B'nai Mitzvah/Local News S'machot B'nai Mitzvah Mazel Tov, Dr. David Weinberg, for your 19 years of outstanding service to the Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies at Wayne State University in Detroit and your well-deserved retirement. Dr. Weinberg has been a visiting professor in modern Jewish history at the University of Michigan, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Pennsylvania, the Institute for Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University, and
the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He earned his MA and PhD from the University of Wisconsin. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Loewenstein-Wiener Fellowship from the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives of Hebrew Union College, and a Wayne State University Distinguished Faculty Fellowship and Faculty Recognition Award.
Former Toledoan David Levine, author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Marathon Training, and his fiancée, Julie Weiss can be seen in the film, "Spirit of the Marathon 2," on Wednesday, June 12 at Rave Cinemas locations around the United States
(including Rave Cinemas - Franklin Park 16). Levine coached and trained Weiss, and the couple ran 52 marathons in one year to raise over $170,000 for pancreatic cancer (in memory of her father). Seven other runners were also followed by professional filmers.
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Justin Forshaw, son of Michael and Alida Marie Forshaw, will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, July 6 at Temple Shomer Emunim. Justin is the older brother of Jacqualynne. He is the grandson of Carol Forshaw and the late Edward Forshaw of Englewood, Ohio, and Diane Harris and the late Jack Harris of Dayton, Ohio. Justin is a student at Arbor Hills Middle School in Sylvania. He writes poetry for the Arbor Hills News Staff website. He also enjoys reading, art, computer games and playing with his mini dachshund, Queenie. Justin is very excited to celebrate his special day with all of his family and friends. Frank Andrew Fuhrman will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, July 27 at Temple Shomer Emunim. Frank is the son of Viorica and Anthony Fuhrman, brother of Claudia, grandson of Rosann Kaplin and Helen and Edward Schiopu. Frank is a student at Ottawa Hills Junior High School. Frank loves playing golf and tennis. He spent five years studying martial arts and earned his black belt in karate. He also loves playing video games with his friends and is great at drawing. He enjoys creating his own storybooks and hopes to one day become an architect. He loves playing with Snowball, his Siberian Husky. Frank is looking forward to celebrating with congregation, friends and family. He would like to thank Mrs. Kruszynski and Rabbi Weinstein for all their help.
Guest speaker discusses 'Six-Word Memoir'
What is your life story in six words? In late April, local seniors created six words for their life story. Larry Smith, founder and editor of SMITH Magazine, spoke about his book, Six-Word Memoirs of Jewish Life, sharing the story of how his six-word memoirs came to be. Before Larry began his presentation, we had a wonderful lunch prepared by Three Seasoned Chicks. It was fulfilling and very enjoyable. If you would like more information on senior adult programs, please contact rene@JewishToledo.org or call René at 419-724-0365.
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June 2013 Sunday
1 Note: All dates, times and locations are subject to change. Call 419-885-4461 for more information. Seniors: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Annual Anniversary Luncheon Noon Congregation B'nai Israel
Seniors: Seniors: Community: 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Mystery Lunch Leading Edge Fine Arts JFGT Annual Meeting 10 a.m.
7 p.m. Congregation Etz Chayim
Friendship Circle: Cedar Point 9 a.m.
juried competition Swan Creek Retirement Village
Community: Kids Klub/ Seniors: Community: 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Sunday's-a-fun Day Glass Pavilion at Toledo Tzofim Friendship 25th Annual Interfaith
Seniors: Annual Ice Cream Social 1 p.m. Pelham Manor
Rolling Hills Waterpark 11 a.m. Ypsilanti, MI
Caravan 7 p.m. Congregation Etz Chayim
Museum of Art
Blood Drive 9 a.m. Grace Lutheran Church
Lion of Judah: 2 3 24 25 26 27 28 29 Annual Luncheon
Community: 25th Annual Interfaith Blood Drive/Unity Service 9 a.m./7 p.m. Grace Lutheran Church
Noon Manor House at Wildwood
July 2013 Sunday
Independence Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 Federation offices closed
Seniors: 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 A Day at the Bay 8:30 a.m. Put-in-Bay
Babies, Bibs & More: Seniors: 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Water Play Dinner & Theater 10 a.m. JFGT campus
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Seniors: Trip to Philadelphia
Seniors: Trip to Philadelphia
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Seniors: Trip to Philadelphia
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Seniors: Pelham Manor Cookout 1 p.m. Pelham Manor
3:30 p.m. Dexter, MI
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Interfaith Blood Drive 25th Anniversary: Bringing people of many faiths together to help sustain the life-giving blood supply The 25th Anniversary Interfaith Blood Drive will take place on Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 4441 Monroe St., Toledo. In 2013, the Interfaith Blood Drive in Toledo celebrates 25 years of uniting people of all faiths, races and ethnicities in an effort to save lives through blood donations. The Interfaith Blood Drive fosters positive communication, respect and understanding by working together in peace and by breaking down prejudices and biases. The Unity Service will follow the Drive on Sunday, June 23 at Grace Lutheran Church at 7 p.m. The service, for all faith
groups, includes arts, singing, dancing, music and special readings about unity, acceptance and peace. Hazzan Ivor Lichterman from Congregation B'nai Israel will represent the Jewish community in the service. A gala reception will follow the service. Interfaith is in partnership with the Multifaith Council of Northwest Ohio. For the past quarter century, June has been designated as Unity Month for Toledo and the surrounding area. Be a part of this amazing milestone in northwest Ohio. For more information, please contact Devorah Shulamit at Devorah@bex.net or 419-841-4652.
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Coming soon to Jewish Toledo Tzofim Friendship Caravan: Caravan Ariel The Tzofim Friendship Caravan Thursday, June 20 | 12 Tammuz 5773 Come sh 7 p.m. are the j oy, sing out loud and Congregation Etz Chayim s 3853 Woodley Dr. Toledo, OH 43606 Open to community members of all ages!
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For 40 years, the Tzofim Friendship Caravan has been spreading their message of peace, brotherhood and friendship throughout North America. Through song and dance, conversations and activities, they warm your hearts and bring a piece of Israel right to you. Most of all, they have a love for their country and their people and a desire to share that love with their brothers and sisters in America. There is no better time to celebrate in our shared heritage and to support the State of Israel! To learn more about the Israel Scout Caravan check out www. Israelscouts.org Reservations requested by Monday, June 17 to registration@JewishToledo.org or 419-724-0354. For questions about the event, please contact Sherry Majewski at 419-724-0386 or sherry@JewishToledo.org
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Rolling Hills Waterpark Ypsilanti, Michigan Monday, June 17
11 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. Depart JCC/YMCA campus at 11 a.m. and arrive back at 2:45 p.m. $10 per person Open to children currently entering the 3rd through 6th grades Come join the fun at Rolling Hills Outdoor Waterpark. Bring your swimsuit, towel and sunscreen. We will provide lunch at the park.
You must have an emergency contact form on file to participate. Walk-ins will not be accepted. R.S.V.P. by Monday, June 10 to registration@JewishToledo.org or 419-724-0354. Payment due at time of registration. If you have any questions, please contact Sherry Majewski at 419-724-0386 or sherry@JewishToledo.org.
Israel Amazing Adventure Race Tuesday, August 6
9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Federation Campus, 6465 Sylvania Avenue $10 per person Open to children currently entering the 3rd through 6th grades Love the Amazing Race TV show? Have we got the event for you! Come to the Federation Campus to take part in your own Israel Amazing Adventure Race. Eat a good breakfast and come prepared to compete as teams with simulated adventures from Israel to win “the amazing race.” We will provide lunch and snacks; after lunch you will be whisked away in a limo to a fun, mysterious location for more fun and games. It will be a day filled with excitement, fun and good food. Please wear closed toe shoes and bring a towel, swimsuit and sunscreen!
You must have an emergency contact form on file to participate. Walk-ins will not be accepted. R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, July 31 to registration@JewishToledo.org or 419-724-0354. Payment due at time of registration. If you have any questions, please contact Sherry Majewski at 419-724-0386 or sherry@JewishToledo.org.
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