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Av/Elul 5776 • September 2016

Federation creates annual Ahava scholarship aiding families of children with special needs

By Emily Gordon

Glass artisit Adam Goldberg decanter and wine glasses On Sunday, September 11, 25 local Jewish artists will be presenting and selling their own work at the 2016 Jewish Art Festival at Temple Shomer Emunim next to the JCC/YMCA in Sylvania. All artists are Jewish, but their work is not all Jewish in nature. Media on display for sale will include jewelry; felted wool mittens; knit wear; glass jewelry; blown glass; fused glass; slumped glass; needle point; acrylic and graphite paint; kiln-fired glass; needle felted fairy houses; 3D framed digital collage art; photography; quilting; pottery; graphic art prints; pen/ pencil/wood/paint prints; touchable art; eco-printed scarves; paper cuts and copper enamels; hardwood kitchen wares; and more. In addition, each vendor/artist has donated a piece of their work for an auction during the Art Festival. Tickets will be sold for the auction and 100% of the proceeds will go directly to Ohio C.O.P.S ( Ohio Concerns of Police Survivors provides resources to assist in the rebuilding of the lives of surviving families and affected co-workers of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Tickets for the raffle are available for purchase at $1 per piece or six for $5. You do not have to be present to win. The Art Festival is sponsored by the Jewish Federation and Foundation of Greater Toledo; major sponsor Huntington Bank; and additional sponsors Arakyta; Perry Pro Tech; Rehmann Robson; and an anonymous funder. Most artists accept cash or check and some will accept credit cards. For more information please contact Hallie Freed at 419-724-0362 or

Jewelry by Sharon Frankel

Madison Bush Madison Bush is a bubbly, effervescent young woman. The 20-year-old loves to dance, help her family garden, and ride horses with her sister. She revels in many forms of art, from painting to sculpture, and is active in the Toledo Jewish community. She also has cognitive disabilities. Her parents, Robyne and Stephen Bush, of Temperance, Michigan, do their best to provide their daughter with all the therapies, medical care, specialized equipment, and other resources Madison significantly benefits from. Unfortunately, many of those resources have always been just out of reach, Robyne Bush said. “One of the sources of great stress for families who have children with special needs is not being able to get access to things like therapies for their kids. Either the insurance deductible is huge or families can’t fit equipment into their budgets,” she said. “We’re not millionaires by any stretch of the imagination. Therapy camp starts at $1,100, so Maddie has never been to camp because of the cost.” Megan and Samuel Vandyke can relate. The Toledo couple spends a large amount of money paying for resources for their children, Madeline, 14, and Isabelle, 12, who are both diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. “When you have children with special needs, you spend a lot of money out-of-pocket because insurance turns you down most of the time. The things

people recommend to my children for them to be happier are just out of our means,” Megan Vandyke said. “Unfortunately, we pay for so many appointments, co-pays, and medications that we can’t afford to take them to special events or classes. Everything has a cost.” In Toledo’s Jewish community, there are 20 families raising children with special needs who could all use a helping hand to keep up with medical care, education, and hobby expenses. Joel Marcovitch, CEO of Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo, called each family to learn about what it’s like to raise children with special needs. “They were very open about it and told me about how their medical insurance doesn’t see these special needs as insurable. Nearly all of the families are paying out-of-pocket,” Marcovitch said. “We developed the idea of the Ahava program over a few months with the idea that the Federation could help lessen the financial burdens on these families and dramatically improve the children’s lives, as well as their family dynamics.” The Ahava program, which launches this year, offers each family an annual scholarship of up to $1,500 to put toward the cost of their children’s therapy, equipment, continuing education for their parents, and related resources.

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Madeline and Izzy Vandyke The Federation and Toledo Jewish Community Foundation supporting organizations already support a third of the budget of Friendship Circle, a collaborative program of the Federation and Chabad that provides programs and support to children with special needs and their families with the help of passionate teen volunteers. The program provides excellent short-term support for families who have children with special needs on an initial level, hosting approximately 25 programs and events during the year. Ahava continued on page 8

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For more information contact Hallie Freed at 419-724-0362 or On Sunday, September 11, 26 local Jewish artists will be presenting and selling their own work at the 2016 Jewish Art Festival at Temple Shomer Emunim next to the JCC/YMCA in Sylvania. All artists are Jewish, but their work is not all Jewish in nature. Media on display for sale will include jewelry; felted wool mittens; knit wear; glass jewelry; blown glass; fused glass; slumped glass; needle point; acrylic and graphite paint; kiln-fired glass; needle felted fairy houses; 3D framed digital collage art; photography; quilting; pottery; graphic art prints; pen/pencil/ wood/paint prints; touchable art; eco-printed scarves; paper cuts and copper enamels; hardwood kitchen wares; and more. In addition, each vendor/artist has donated a piece of their work for an auction during the Art Festival. Tickets will be sold for the auction and 100% of the proceeds will go directly to Ohio C.O.P.S ( Ohio Concerns of Police Survivors provides resources to assist in the rebuilding of the lives of surviving families and affected co-workers of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Tickets for the raffle are available for purchase at $1 per piece or six for $5. You do not have to be present to win.

Children's Corner Paint the town Shmulik and Ezra! PJ Library® is supported in part by the Gary and Andrea Delman Family Foundation and Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo.

Participating Artists: Leah Connor Sue Dessner Marilynn Fine Sharon Frankel Adam Goldberg Lila Goldman Sharon Hoicowitz Renee Jacobson Tom Klein Jill Lane Stephanie Mahoney Gail Mirrow Gabi Mallin Ella Musher-Eizenman Sheila Painter Debbie Perlmutter Jane Petitjean Karen Posner Arnie Remer Lori Rosenberg Jeff Rosenbloom Michelle Ross Ellen Rubin Joel Rudinger Bert Spangenthal Mary Weiss

Metro Detroit resident and author of Shmulik Paints the Town, Lisa Rose, will entertain and delight children of Sunday, September 11 all ages. Shmulik Paints the Town is 11:30 – 1 pm the delightful PJ Library story about Basement of Temple Shomer Emunim friendship, cooperation and doing your best! Children will have lunch, hear FREE TO ATTEND – Lunch included Lisa read her book and partake in some ***please notify us of any dietary fun crafts! restrictions***

FREE babysitting will be provided for children 3 and older. Parents are invited to visit the Jewish Arts Festival in the Social Hall of the Temple. Reservations requested by Friday, September 2 to Colette Lundberg at 419-724-0361 or Colette@

Meet a few of the 26! artists

Sue Dessner Sue has been making and sharing jewelry for more than 10 years. Her work began with delicate, fringed beadwork bracelets in various color mixes. After a few years, she branched out and found her niche with affordable, unique jewelry; primarily pendant necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. Sue’s pieces are made of various components including glass; metal; acrylic; clay; wood; crystal; shell; and fiber, among others. Although some of the components and pendants Sue uses may be machine made, each finished item is designed by her. This allows her to keep the pieces very affordable which, in turn, brings her a wider audience to enjoy her work. The daughter of native New Yorker Jewish parents, Sue grew up in Toledo, and though not the basis or look of her jewelry, she privately values her inherited culture and education. Adam Goldberg Adam Goldberg has been working with glass since 2005, and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Bowling Green State University in 2011. Throughout college, he worked at the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion teaching workshops, and doing public demonstrations. Adam is co-owner of Gathered Glassblowing Studio. Located in Toledo's Historic Warehouse District, Adam, his family, and his studio partners worked over a year to renovate the space - Ohio's first fireproof building built in the 1890's - into the the gallery and studio that it is today. They teach classes, create a line of studio work, and take on custom commissions. Adam received the Stuart R. Givens Fellowship in 2010 and spent two months traveling, observing, and working for glass artists throughout Japan's main island of Honshu. This journey led

to Adam being invited to work at Pilchuck Glass School as a Teaching Assistant to artist Omura Shunji in 2011. The Japan experience helped Adam develop his understanding of glass and his aesthetic. Thomas Klein Thomas Klein is a retired English professor from Bowling Green State University. He taught English for 40 years to students of all education levels, from elementary school to graduate school. He also taught English as a second language courses. In 1998, Klein was a Master Teacher Award Finalist and received the provost and faculty senate’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. Klein has written textbooks and other works. He is co-writing a textbook that will creatively invite students to think about their and America’s place in the world and offers workshops in interfaith understanding at Sanger and Wood County libraries. His extensive volunteer and community service projects include working as a Court Appointed Special Advocate with abused and abandoned children and teens, advisor for the BGSU Amnesty International chapter, and consultant for the Ohio Council on Holocaust Education. In his downtime, Klein enjoys glass lampworking. Ella Musher-Eizenman Ella Musher-Eizenman is passionate about photography. Her goal is to capture “all of those little, beautiful moments in nature, families, and oneself, that are not always seen,” she said. Ella is able to combine her photography with her second passion - helping people with special needs - by donating to Friendship Circle, a collaborative program of the Federation and Chabad that provides programs and support to children with

special needs and their families with the help of passionate teen volunteers. Sharon Frankel The marriage of glass and bead has been a remarkable personal journey. It is one of patience, practice, and constant learning and experimentation. Along the way I have studied with talented people whose passions for glass and teaching make learning a feast for the senses. Glass is my vision of the ecstasy of life. Sharon began bead making in the summer of 1997, using a hot head torch in on the porch. She then studied with Shane Fero/Frederick Birkhill at the Dearborn Campus of University of Michigan at a weekend workshop. This experience made her want more knowledge and skill so she drove to Corning, New York to study with Tom and Sage Holland for a week in the summer of 2001 and really advanced by skill level. Last summer Sharon returned to Corning for a weeklong class with the great Loren Stump! She was hired by Leonard Marty at the Toledo Museum of Art to teach weekend classes in beginning bead making beginning in April 2004. All three pieces of her glass jewelry have been accepted in the 87th Toledo Area Artist Show, a juried show at the Toledo Museum of Art. The show runs one and one-half months and the show features art work in all categories. Karen Posner Karen Posner spends her time making decorated flip-flops, among other things. Would you believe that a pair of her flip-flops actually helped save someone’s life? One of her customers related that, after being stung by a lot of fire ants, Karen’s flip-flops were the only shoes she could comfortably put on her feet for

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Toledo Jewish News Volume 64 No. 11 • 24 pages

Dear Jewish Toledo

A note from your CEO

I want to direct you to the story on the front page. If you haven’t read it, then please take the time to do so. The story of the Ahava program is the story of Federation. For more than 100 years, the Federation in this community has responded time and time again to make sure the needs of the community are met. The Federation continues to give a voice to those who feel marginalized and underserved. The inspiration for the Ahava program came from a long-range plan we have been putting into effect for the past year. With this plan, we’re taking a deep dive into thinking about what makes Federation unique among other nonprofits and how we must constantly reinvent ourselves in a world where some things become obsolete the moment we attain them. Ideas constantly shift. One minute you are relevant, and the next, you aren’t.

(ISSN 0040-9081) Toledo Jewish News is published 11 times per year, by Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo, 6465 Sylvania Avenue, Sylvania, Ohio 43560. Toledo Jewish News invites correspondence on subjects of interest to the Jewish community, but disclaims responsibility for any endorsement of the views expressed by the writers. All submissions become the property of Toledo Jewish News. Submissions will be edited for accuracy, brevity and clarity and are subject to verification. Toledo Jewish News reserves the right to refuse any submissions. Toledo Jewish News does not guarantee the kashrut of any of its advertisers.

Joel Marcovitch, CEO

It has always been the deep desire of the Federation and Foundation Board and Staff to continue to bring positive change in people’s lives. Having spoken to many in our community who are raising children with special needs, the Ahava program is, and I quote one parent, “life changing.” That’s what Federation’s mission has always been about. We are in the business of changing lives for the better. Using your generous donation to our annual campaign and your legacy giving to the Foundation gives us the tools to change lives. It was our focus over 100 years ago, it’s our focus now, and it will continue to be our focus for the next 100 years and beyond. Your gift truly changes lives. From strength to strength, Joel

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Wednesday, November 2 Mother, Can You Not? Kate Siegel appearing with her mother Kim Friedman

Thursday, November 10 The Gefilte Manifesto: New Recipes for Old World Jewish Foods Jeffrey Yoskowitz

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Friday, November 11 Let There be Laughter Michael Krasny

Sunday, November 6 Dreidels on the Brain Joel Ben Izzy Oy Oy Oy Gevalt! Jews and Punk Michael Croland Sadie and Ori and the Blue Blanket Jamie Korngold Ida, Always Western Lake Erie OMS Ltd. Caren Levis Gary and Andrea Delman Family Foundation

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Toledo Jewish Community Foundation Toledo woman wins 2016 KipnisWilson/Friedland Award

By Emily Gordon The Jewish Federations of North America reaches out to its communities biennially for nominations of deserving women to receive the KipnisWilson/Friedland Award. The award acknowledges women who embody the Lion of Judah and LOJE vision with their passion for Jewish life through initiative and philanthropy. This year, Women’s Philanthropy of Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo is proud to announce Diane Philips as the 2016 recipient of the award. Phillips is a dedicated community leader and volunteer who pledges to assist Jewish people today and for generations to come. She has served in many leadership capacities in Federation and has helped steward community resources through her involvement with the Annual Campaign’s Pomegranate and Lion of Judah divisions as well as Federation Board of Trustees. Phillips also played an active role in resettlement efforts for those of the former Soviet Union. She is a long-standing member of Women’s American Organization for Rehabilitation and Training, having

served on its executive committee for many years. Phillips attended Ohio State University, where earned her degree in education, and taught in both the Columbus and Toledo Public School systems. She later pursued her passion in the arts and in 1978 opened her own interior design studio, Design Dimensions, with her sister-in–law. Diane and her husband, Jerome, are proud parents of a son and a daughter as well as three grandchildren. The Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award, named for for Lion of Judah pin founders Norma Kipnis-Wilson and Toby Friedland z”l, was created in 2004. The the Lion of Judah pin, which recognizes a woman’s contribution of at least $5,000 to the Annual Campaign every year, was introduced in 1972 to benefit Women’s Division of the Annual Campaign in Miami. Ever since, the pin has become a symbol of Jewish women’s commitment to Jews worldwide. Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award recipients will be honored during the International Lion of Judah Conference in Washington, D.C. this month.

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Lori Hope Rosenberg Lori began her career in art at the age of two, when she created very lifelike figures and animals on the living room chair cushions with indelible ink. She’s been drawing nonstop ever since. Lori graduated from the Ohio School for the Deaf in 1993. She has exhibited her work in local festivals as well as festivals across the country. Lori was commissioned for work displayed in the dental office of Pero and Glinka. As a member of the “I Live” art group of The Ability Center of Greater Toledo, Lori has participated in creating murals for the Erie Street Market; Lott Industries; the Ability Center’s offices; the child care center of the Wolfcreek YMCA; and the Salvation Army main offices. Lori loves petting cats and riding horses. Her love of animals and cartoon characters is clear in all of her whimsically made artwork, spelling out and customizing individuals’ names. Lori also enjoys traveling to visit family and friends; playing with her nieces, nephews, and cousins; collecting anime and manga; exploring museums; driving wave runners; participating in online art groups, and eating French fries.

many days. “She was a truly satisfied customer,” Karen said with a smile. As a vendor at numerous craft shows and farmers markets for several years, Karen has heard many interesting and satisfying comments from past customers. “That is what makes this ‘job’ so much fun. I enjoy meeting people and chatting with them. I prefer to sell directly at shows and markets as opposed to online marketing for just that reason,” she said. After selling over 1,600 pairs of flip-flops decorated with fabric, fur, or deflated balloons, she continues to enjoy her craft. In addition to making flip-flops, she makes hand-knit rugs, shawls, necklaces, and children’s and ladies scarves. Karen sells her wares at local craft shows in the Toledo area and in Naples, Florida, at a Farmers’ Market during the winter season. Karen’s husband, Curt, and their two children, Dan of Venice, California, and Robyn of Solon, Ohio, are her greatest cheerleaders for her endeavors, encouraging her to try new ideas, she said. Karen is looking forward to participating in the 2016 Jewish Arts Festival and hopes to meet new customers along the way. Arnold Remer Arnold Remer creates works of art through calligraphy and custom written and hand-decorated graphics of Ketubahs, Family Circle of Life, Anniversaries and other milestones. His “Hebraphic” prints display “A unique, limited edition series of colorful serigraphs and computer generated graphic prints in Hebrew and English,” he said. Arnold graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in advertising design, and went on to receive his master’s degree in visual communication from Syracuse University. Since receiving his bachelor’s degree, Arnold has worked as a graphic designer with Curtin & Pease, art director with Academy Group, and creative director with Zimmerman & Associates. He also formed Remer Graphic Design, specializing in graphic design and English and Hebrew calligraphy. Arnold has been married to Marlene Remer for 57 years. They have three children and seven grandchildren.

Jeff R. Rosenbloom Jeff has been in the bookbinding business for over 40 years with his wife, Linda. He also runs Rosenbloom’s Farm, a nonprofit bringing positive experiences to children and adults who have special needs through the sights, sounds, and touch of their farm animals. Jeff and Linda are committed to making an impact on our community. They are in the process of becoming a “dayhab” provider for adults who have special needs. After their son, Zach, decide to be a chef, Jeff started making end grain cutting boards out of maple; cherry; walnut; mahogany; and occasionally purpleheart and paduak. All of these woods are extremely hard and when they are used as an end-grain cutting board, the wood doesn’t scratch and knives remain sharper for longer. Jeff uses his wooden art as a creative release and hopes to integrate his art when working with his “day-hab” clients. Self-taught on the lathe, Jeff turns beautiful pens, bottle stoppers, bottle openers and other useful kitchen gadgets. Jeff is father to Carly, Zach, and Justin, and “Grampy” to Caylah and Carter.

IRA Charitable Rollover

As of December 18, 2015, the IRA Charitable Rollover was passed by Congress and signed into permanent law by the President, allowing taxpayers age 70 ½ or older to transfer up to $100,000 annually from their IRA accounts directly to charity without first having to recognize the distribution as income. Prior to 2006, taxpayers wishing to transfer Individual Retirement Account (IRA) assets to charity first had to recognize the amount as income, make a transfer, and then claim a charitable deduction for the amount gifted. This often resulted in tax liability, even though the donor ultimately transferred the entire IRA distribution to charity. PPA partially solved this problem by allowing taxpayers age 70 ½ or older to transfer up to $100,000 annually from their IRA accounts directly to charity without first having to recognize the distribution as income. The IRA charitable rollover has proven to be very popular with taxpayers and beneficial to charities. Despite its broad appeal, the provision remains limited in several respects: it is limited to taxpayers age 70½ or older; the amount of gifts is capped at $100,000; and donors are specifically not permitted to make charitable rollovers to donor-advised funds, supporting organizations, and private foundations. The Council strongly supports enhancing the IRA charitable rollover by dropping the age threshold and expanding the organizations eligible for transfer of the IRA distribution to donor advised funds, supporting organizations and private foundations.

6465 Sylvania Avenue, Sylvania, OH 43560 For more information or assistance in planning and charitable giving call: Arleen R. Levine, Executive Director at 419.724.0355 Michelle (Mickey) Ross Mickey is a 23-year Sylvania resident. Her love of photography started when she was very young, but she got “really serious” with it in the past five years. Mickey enrolled in the New York Institute of Photography and joined two local camera clubs to obtain a better understanding of her camera and what she was photographing. Her specialty is creating local images from around Sylvania and Toledo of iconic landmarks that showcase what this area has to offer. Along with the usual matted and framed prints, Mickey also puts her original photographs on ceramic tiles that can be used as coasters. “The best part is, you can put your frosty glass on them,” she said. Ellen Rubin Ellen Rubin graduated from Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in art education and art therapy. After teaching for 26 years at Toledo Public Schools, she studied at the Toledo Museum of Art, inventing and testing glazes for ceramics. Ellen later returned to education at the University of Toledo, where she earned her master’s degree in art education and glass, specializing in slumping and fusing. The book Ellen wrote about the new glass techniques she invented is on reference at the Toledo Museum of Art center for the visual arts library. After teaching at the Toledo Museum of Art, Ellen opened her own school, with the mission of being “affordable to all at any age” and teaching the techniques she has invented. Her glass art can be found in several galleries. Ellen is working with glass accessories at “Mood” in New York City. She recently participated in the Glass and Bead Expo in Las Vegas as a Glass Master. This is a distinct honor for glass artists from all over the world. Ellen enjoys teaching and working on her own projects for juried shows, and continues to share her ideas and experiments with her friends, contemporaries, and students. Joel Rudinger Joel Rudinger is Poet Laureate of Huron, OH, where lives with his wife, Susan. They are members of Congregation Shomer Emunim in Sylvania. Joel studied enameling on copper from master enamellist Julius Kosan in 1995. He also works with “black cut paper,” an art form he calls “narrative paper cuts” with which he recently il-

lustrated two books by Harry Eiss, Divine Madness and The Mythology of Dance. Joel has published four books of poetry. In 2006, he also wrote and illustrated his Alaskabased “Sedna: Goddess of the Sea.” He earned his master’s degree in English in 1964 writing the University of Alaska’s first creative thesis. He was then accepted into the University of Iowa’s Writer’s Workshop and earned an MFA degree in 1966 with a second volume of poetry. Joel earned his doctorate from Bowling Green State University in 1971. He taught at BGSUFirelands College from 1967 until his retirement in 2012. Bert Spangenthal Bert’s journey into the world of touchable art began with a phone call from his wife, Debbie, who was a teacher at Rogers High School. Students were melting crayons on a canvas using a hair dryer. Not quite understanding what the students were doing, Bert went to the school to check it out. Since then, his works have been at the Davis Building Gallery during the Toledo's Art Walk and in the homes of friends and family members. If you are looking for a special gift for a newborn child, consider giving one of Bert’s art pieces with the child's name in wooden play blocks. Mary Weiss After 25 years as a potter, Mary decided to change hats. Texture and color have always been of interest to her in the pots she made and the scarves she is now creating. After attending a workshop on eco-dyeing and another on ecoprinting, Mary was enamored with the process. What she likes most is the array of colors and flora that one can use. Each scarf is one of a kind. “Becoming a fiber artist has become a totally liberating experience,” she said.

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Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo Jewish Community Relations Council Report

By Sharon Lapitsky During the month of July, the Federation hosted 50 partnership participants from Israel, Budapest, and various communities in the United States. This was a very busy time for our community and as a Partnership Director. Between my hosting responsibilities toward 50 participants and arranging Dr. Eisenman’s talks at the University of Toledo Medical Center and congregation B’nai Israel, CRC was less active than usual. Having said that, CRC collaborated with the Federation’s Mitzvah Day, which was arranged by Hallie Freed. We asked participants to bring in a loaf of bread to be donated to the PB&J project (a Peaceful way to Brighten a day & Just say ‘hey’!) spearheaded by the Board of Community Relations from the Mayor’s office. PB&J distributed between 300-500 sandwiches three times a week for a full month. The goal was to reach out to inner city com-

munities affected by gun violence as determined by statistics from the Toledo Police Department. With the help of those from Mitzvah Day, Federation was able to donate 90 loaves of dread. CRC committee member Bruce Post helped prepare the sandwiches in addition to the bread donation. Thank you all who participated in this project and Hallie Freed who organized Mitzvah Day! Devorah Shulamit and Bruce Post are very dedicated in their shared attendance in the Toledo International Film Festival meetings. The goal is to ensure that the Federation will have more of a voice in the movies suggested this year for the film festival. On Friday, August 26, at One Government Center, there was a Pride Faith Event. It was an opportunity for different organization leaders to speak about inclusion of the LGBT community. Joel Marcovitch spoke at the event.

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in Lakewood where the whole family would live in the summer. One of my For many in the age of digital tech- aunts taught me to swim at an early age nology, it can be hard to imagine what and I loved the water," he said. "I belife was like a century ago. came a red cross swimmer and worked Roy Treuhaft doesn't have to imag- as head counselor for a boy scout camp. ine - he lived it. I could do anything in the water." In 1916, World War I was in full Upon graduating from Scott High swing. School, Treuhaft spent two years at UniOur nation's president was Wood- versity of Toledo and four years at Ohio row Wilson. State University to get degrees in social Albert Einstein completed his math- work. ematical formulation of the general theBut jobs were hard to come by. ory of relativity. "At that point in time, men were not On the last day of August of that being hired because they were subject to year, Treuhaft was born. the draft, so women were being picked He lived in Toledo's Old West End instead," he said. with his older brother, Bernard, his He ran a summer camp at the Indiamother, Belle, “A hell of a housekeeper,” napolis Jewish Center for just the season and his father, Sol, a merchant, he said. before meeting his wife, Doris (Hahn) Treuhaft fondly remembers his Treuhaft in 1938 at OSU. They were childhood, in which his parents raised married in 1940. him well, and he has no complaints Treuhaft went to work for his wife’s about his youth, he said. uncle in Lafayette, Indiana, before going "Although, if I was a bad boy when I into the Navy during WWII. was young, I got my tushie potched, I’ll He was shore-based and learned a tell you that," he said with a smile. great deal about what was going on in The centenarian's family was active the war, he said. in Toledo's Jewish scene, he said. The Treuhafts moved to Toledo in One of his grandfathers was a found- 1946 upon his return from the service er of an orthodox shul in Toledo in the and had three sons, Paul, William, and late 19th century, he remembers. Alec. The Treuhafts were members of that When his friend, Lou Michael, ofsynagogue as well as Collingwood Ave- fered him a job at his firm, Michael Renue Temple, now Temple Shomer Emu- alty Co., his life was changed forever. nim, where he is still a member. "I knew nothing about real estate. Treuhaft also recalls his bar mitz- But Lou said he thought I’d like the vah in 1929 and how much he enjoyed business and he wasn’t concerned that I swimming as a young man. Treuhaft continued on page 17 "My grandparents had a cottage

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Jewish Family Service

JFS Friends help friends weather healthcare storm By Emily Gordon

Calling the Jewish community: Come join in and help make this food drive a huge success!

Pick up a paper bag from your synagogue, fill it, and return it promptly to the synagogue. Youth volunteers will transport bags to Jewish Family Service on October 16. Please keep in mind that all canned goods must be sealed, non-dented, and cannot be past the expiration date. Please double check each item as this saves JFS volunteers a lot of time in having to pitch unusable items. By law, expired food cannot be distributed. Items needed for the Jewish Family Service Food Pantry: Paper products: Facial tissues Napkins Paper towels Toilet paper Baby items: Baby shampoo or body wash Baby wipes Bandaids Diapers—sizes 3, 4, 5, 6 Pullups – sizes 2-3 and 4-5 Personal Care Items: Bars of soap Deodorant

Dish soap Disposable razors Feminine hygiene products Laundry detergent Liquid hand soap Shampoo/conditioners Toothpaste Canned Food: Applesauce Baked beans Boxes of mac & cheese Boxes of pasta Canned chicken Catsup Cereal

Creamy peanut butter Diced tomatoes Fruit Jelly Mayonnaise Mustard Oatmeal –quick oats or packs Pancake mix –complete Pancake syrup Salad dressing Soups Spaghetti pasta Spaghetti sauce Spaghettios or ravioli Tomato sauce Tuna Vegetables

CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS Volunteers needed to help organize, sort, & shelve items and to fold/discard brown paper bags. Please call barbara levison at 419/724-0407 or

It can be difficult for anyone to navigate the rough waters of healthcare regulations. With so much misinformation and confusing policy wording floating around, it’s no wonder patients suffer crises on top of their injuries or illnesses. Frieda (whose name has been changed to protect her privacy) nearly had one recently after enduring a fall in her home. A letter sent out in August as part of Jewish Family Service’s annual fundraising campaign details Frieda’s experience. After being hospitalized for injuries sustained from her fall, Frieda was transferred to the hospital rehabilitation unit, still under Medicare Part A. Her son, Bill, who lives out of state, contacted JFS with concerns about the benefit running out. Bill worried that his mother would be forced to prematurely return to her home, which is in need of numerous repairs. JFS was happy to help. Upon observing Frieda’s frail condition, a JFS social worker advocated for Frieda to instead be moved to a skilled nursing facility for additional physical and occupational therapy, which was covered under Medicare Part B. Frieda was appreciative of the additional care and worked hard through her therapies so she could be discharged to independent living. Feeling stronger and safer, Frieda eagerly returned home with ongoing JFS involvement. Some adaptations recommended by her occupational therapist included the installation of grab bars. Our social worker obtained them

through another agency and arranged for a volunteer to install them and to make some much needed minor repairs to her home. She also arranged for subsidized inhome services, got Frieda’s food stamps reinstated since they were discontinued while she was in rehab, and assisted her in completing an application to move to Pelham Manor. A JFS Patient Advocate volunteer now takes Frieda to her routine medical appointments and provides a health status summary for Frieda to share with Bill. Today, Frieda is safe and happy, and her son is relieved that JFS will continue to provide excellent care to his mother. “Her story is an example of what we do on a daily basis,” said Nancy Newbury, executive director of JFS. “We continue to be the premiere resource in the community in educating and advocating for individuals and families.” With the help of JFS, clients are smooth sailing. But a ship can’t make headway without a crew. JFS depends on the support of its Friends to help Frieda and many other individuals live dignified, independent lives. Look for the Friends letter in the mail, which includes a remittance envelope with donation information to support the 2016 Friends Campaign. “Contributions enable us to provide critical services to the Jewish community and beyond,” Newbury said. “The process is very simple and you play an important role in the agency’s ability to meet the needs of the community.” For more information about Jewish Family Service, call Deb Damschroder at 419-724-0405 or email her at deb@

NOW RECRUITING volunteers for the new “phone buddy” program Would you like to “visit” someone without ever leaving your home? Would you like to volunteer but feel you don’t have the time to commit to visiting someone in person? If so, we have a program that’s just right for you! As an extension of our Friendly Visitor Program, we are now implementing a program called “Phone Buddy,” and here is how it works. A volunteer will be given a few names of Jewish individuals who are homebound and desire a connection to the community. Your weekly phone call can be as long as the two of you desire to chat. By staying in touch on a regular basis, you will be providing individuals with much needed interaction. In inclement weather, your phone call will serve to check on their wel-

fare so a family member can be alerted if their loved one is without heat or low on medication or food. The beauty of a “Phone Buddy” is that you are still in touch with another Jewish community member and providing a valuable link to the outside world. If you would like to be a special “Phone Buddy,” please contact Barbara Levison at or 419-724-0407.

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Israeli animators earn top prize at film festival ( JTA) — Two graduates of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem won first place for design in a major U.S. animation festival. “Scapegoat,” a short film by Gal Haklay and Shulamit Tager, was recognized in the original design category at the 13th annual Animation Block Party Awards, Bezalel announced Monday. The Animation Block Party is a showcase for independent, professional and student animation. The Israeli pair were among 100 participants selected for the festival, which

was held late last month in Brooklyn, New York. The two earned bachelor’s of fine arts degrees from the Israeli art school. “We are proud of our students’ great achievements as they creatively represent the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design around the world,” Dudu Mezach, head of Bezalel’s Screen Based Arts Department, said in a statement. “The successes of our students reflect their excellent work during their studies at Bezalel, and we wish them every success in their future endeavors.”

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But Friendship Circle staff members are not professional therapists. "Their wonderful expertise only goes so far," Marcovitch said. "These families still have unmet needs, and by setting up a permanent yearly fund of at least $30,000 in the budget, funded by the Federation annual campaign, the Federation is able to make a real, tangible impact in the lives of Jewish families," he said. “We need to be the tip of the spear in the fight to advocate for the needs of our community,” Marcovitch said. “We have to dare ourselves to be remarkable. When it comes to children with disabilities, there’s no reason why we can’t lead the way and make a real, tangible impact.” Jason Levine, assistant professor of psychology and psychiatry at University of Toledo and Ahava program board member, agrees. "There are remarkably high levels of unmet healthcare needs for children with disabilities across the country. One of the major barriers to help is access to affordable care,” he said. “The Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo is a vanguard in improving access for our most vulnerable in the local Jewish community. I am enthusiastic about using my skillset to help this unique program and the rest of the Ahava committee believes it will make a significant positive impact in the lives of families in our community." The mission of the Ahava program can be found in its name, which means ‘love.’ The root of ‘Ahava’ is ‘Hava,’ meaning ‘to offer’ or ‘to give.’ It shares a root with ‘Ahav,’ which means ‘to nurture.’ With the Ahava program, the Federation is showing its community members with special needs that love is an action, and it will spread its love for them by issuing scholarships that will improve their lives. “We want to make sure our children and parents feel that the full weight of the community is behind them,” Marcovitch said. “This scholarship gives parents the freedom to decide where the money goes, how it can improve the quality of life for their child. They’re always on the offensive and have to take care of each thing that comes up, but now, they can take a breath and think about how they can best use the money for their child.” For the Bushes, that means their daughter’s speech therapy and cranial facial surgery costs will be aided. “Then, in the future, I would like to get Maddie a three-wheel bike. It would have to be adult-size with a back on the seat because she has problems with stability,” Bush said. “It will cost about $1,300 with all the adaptive equipment on it. The bike will give her freedom of motion and she won’t be wishing for something she feels like she’s missing out on.” Future scholarship money will also go toward paying for Madison’s art lessons, Bush said. “When Maddie does art, she’s much more relaxed. She feels a sense of pride in having created something,” she said. “She’s also not as verbal as other kids, so a lot of the time, going to art class can tell us her state of mind or how she sees her relationships with family members.” For the Vandyke family, the scholar-

ship will help with their children’s everyday needs. “The biggest things the scholarship will help us with are just some of the basic things we’d need to get the money together for. Madeline needs a special pair of glasses and therapeutic inserts for her shoes, which cost about $400. Now, we don’t need to worry about it,” Vandyke said. “Isabelle likes things quiet, so we thought we’d get her some noise canceling headphones. These are the things you think about that can help them but we haven’t been able to get. Now we can.” The Ahava program gives parents of children with special needs not only monetary help, but also peace of mind, Vandyke said. “Without the Ahava program, we’d be in the same boat we’ve always been in and that’s a constant state of frustration. When you have two children who you know would benefit from things that you can’t buy for them, that’s frustrating,” she said. “This scholarship will help our kids get the things that have always been just out of our reach. It will help things move along in the right direction at home, so they’ll be happy and content, and if they’re happy, we’re happy. We have peace of mind, and we didn’t have that before Ahava.” The program also brings attention to those with “invisible disabilities” in the community, including mental illnesses, who might otherwise go unrecognized, she said. “I really haven’t seen this kind of help for the population of children with special needs elsewhere. We appreciate that the Federation realized this issue is out there,” Vandyke said. “They could have swept it aside and said Friendship Circle is enough for this population and that could have been the end of it. But the fact that they took the issue and looked at it and said ‘We have this group and their needs are not being met. What can we do to help them?’ We just can’t thank them enough.” Bush notes that, in general, Jewish communities have a great appreciation for their children. But Toledo’s Jewish community is “really special,” she said. “Maddie first identifies as a Jew - that she’s a Jew among Jews - not a kid with special needs. And that really touches my heart. What’s equally as important is there’s no fawning, no condescending…. it’s just ‘Come in, you’re one of us. Do what you can,’” Bush said. “We look at them like all of these children are our children. Maddie is exactly as G-d made her to be and I feel like my daughter is celebrated for exactly who she is here.” As a former military family, the Bushes have lived all over the world, from Japan to Hawaii. But being a part of the Toledo Jewish community really makes her family feel at home, she said. “The Toledo Jewish community is the most embracing community I’ve ever lived in, and I can’t tell you how many we’ve lived in,” Bush said. “And now with Ahava, I feel like every member of our community said ‘Here, I want to help you.’ It’s like an ‘I love you’ from every Jew in the community.” For more information about the Ahava program and to fill out an application, visit

Active Life for 60 and Better

Saturday Morning Shabbat Bus Service

Did you know that the JFS Senior Adult Center offers transportation for Saturday Morning Shabbat Services to those 60 and over? Seniors may board the bus at 9:30 am at Pelham Manor, and 9:35 am at West Park Place and neighborhood residences. Passengers are dropped off first at Etz Chayim, then B’nai Israel or Temple Shomer Emunim and then at Chabad House. The return trip begins at 12:30 pm, in the reverse order. Congregants who need rides from their homes may arrange those by calling the JFS Senior Adult Center, 419-531-2119 # 2. Everyone is required to have a client form on file to use this service. You must call by Friday at Noon each week to reserve your spot on the bus as seats are limited - 419-531-2119 #2. Please be sure to leave your name and phone number and which shul you want to attend. There is no charge for this service which is provided through a grant from Jewish Senior Services Supporting Organization.

♥ Seniors stopping for a break on the Asheville, NC trip.

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Balance and Fall Prevention – Don’t Become a Statistic Did you know?

Falls are the leading cause of injury-related hospitalization and death among Ohioans aged 65 and older An older Ohioan falls every two minutes on average, resulting in an injury every five minutes, six emergency department visits and one hospitalization each hour, and three deaths each day. Approximately 15 percent of Ohio citizens are age 65 or older, yet this group accounts for more than 84 percent of fatal falls. The total estimated cost of falls (medical costs, work loss) is $646 million annually in Ohio, or $1.8 million each day. Falls are not a normal part of aging, and most falls can be prevented!

It Takes Everyone Most falls in older adults can be prevented. A person's risk for falls goes down the minute he or she stops being afraid of falling. Preventing falls for every older Ohioan will take a community approach. Everyone - from the individual and his family, to doctors and nurses, to business owners and managers, to community leaders and more - has a role to play in preventing falls. It's like the old saying goes, "united we stand, divided we fall." What's your role in preventing falls in Ohio? Stay Active and Healthy to Prevent Falls Simple exercise, like walking or swimming at least 15 minutes a day can help build muscle strength and improve balance, which can prevent falls.* Find a good balance and exercise program, like tai chi, to build balance, strength, and flexibility. Select a program you like and take a friend.* Talk to your health care provider and ask for an assessment of your risk of falling. Share your history of recent falls. Regularly review your medications with your doctor or pharmacist for side effects that may increase your risk of falling. Get your vision and hearing checked annually and update your eyeglasses. Slow down and think through the task you are performing. Be mindful of possible falls risks and act accordingly. Drink 6-8 glasses of non-alcoholic liquids each day to prevent low blood pressure, fatigue and confusion. Eat a well-balanced diet with a variety of vegetables and calcium-rich foods like yogurt, cheese, milk, orange juice, tofu and calcium-fortified cereals to promote your health. * Consult with your doctor before beginning any new exercise routine or program.

** All of the above information is provided from the Ohio Department of Aging.

We have the answer for YOU right in our OWN community! Wednesday’s

For more information about senior programming, please contact René Rusgo at 419-531-2119 #1 or

FREE Balance Class Pelham Manor -2700 Pelham Road 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

This class is taught by Eileen Seegert, KT, NASM-CES. Eileen is a Kinesiologist and movement therapist and A Matter of Balance Certified Instructor. Eileen has been teaching at the JFS Senior Adult Center for over 20 years and teaches our Prime Movers Class as well as our Drumming Class. Come join us and don’t be a statistic.

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Active Life for 60 and Better

The Senior Adult Center and Senior Adult Programs of the Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo are open to all who are 60 years old and above and 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 Emily at 419-531-2119 #2 or email For questions about a program, please call René Rusgo at 419-531-2119 #1 or


To help us better plan for our programs and events, we ask that you make payment at the time of your registration. 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 done so.

Did you know ...

you can view and read the JFS Senior Adult Center Newsletter online? Visit and click on "Seniors" to find a link for the current issue.

Note: In consideration of individuals who are sensitive, please consider the amount of perfume, cologne, and other fragrances that you wear.

Out & About Summer & Fall Day Trips Kosher Shopping & Lunch in Detroit Thursday, September 22 9 a.m. Depart from Senior Adult Center (Pelham Manor) -2700 Pelham Road 4 p.m. Approximate return time to Senior Adult Center Registration is required by Friday, September 16 – limited seats It’s that time again to get ready for the High Holidays! So let’s go north and bring your own reusable shopping bags and coolers to One Stop Kosher Grocery Store, Zeman’s Kosher Bakery, Kroger’s, and Harvard Row Kosher butcher shop! Lunch will be on your own at our mystery location. Please call ahead to Harvard Row (248-539-8806) and Zeman’s (248-9673905) to place your order for pick up. Lake Erie Shores Wine Tour THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 9:30 a.m. Depart from the Federation Campus -6465 Sylvania Avenue 6 p.m. Return to the Federation Campus (Estimated) $45 per person – includes transportation, tastings & snacks at all wineries, lunch & bus snacks Registration and Payment required by Friday, June 3 Ohio is a wine lover’s haven. Ohioans have been commercially growing grapes since the early 1800s. Today, the state’s winemakers continue the tradition of crafting high quality wines. Each year, more than 200 licensed Ohio wine manufactures pump over $786 million into the economy! Let’s help our economy grow as we explore just 4 of our Lake Erie Shores Wineries. We will enjoy a tour of Firelands Winery, you will see firsthand how their wine is made. From the tour balcony you have a clear view of the cellars, bottling room, champagne cellars, and warehouse. You will be able to see and experience an authentic working winery. Firelands is a premier winery both locally and within the state of Ohio! Going east to the Paper Moon Vineyards. Paper Moon sits on 50 acres of cleared and wooded land just west of the Vermilion River in the historic harbour town of Vermilion, OH. Located less than two miles from Lake Erie, Paper Moon benefits from the moderating climate the lake provides. In May of 2008, four thousand vines were planted over five acres of the property. These vines produced Paper Moon's first estate-grown wines in 2012. The varietals currently

grown include Chambourcin, Marquette, Noiret, Traminette, and Vidal Blanc. Continuing on our tour along the lake will be Quarry Hill Winery & Orchard, established 2005 -the winery has offered a wide variety of award winning, estate grown & bottled Vinifera wines, including Ice Wine. The vineyard's peak sits at 834' above sea level, approximately 100' higher than the surrounding areas along the lake. They offer one of the "best views and scenery" of any winery in Ohio as acknowledged by Ohio Magazine! This outing has moderate walking/ standing, and could include a few flights of stairs and/or uneven terrain.

Free services and events at the

To use any of these services, just fill out a simple and quick Client Registration Form. To learn more about the JFS Senior Adult Center, call 419-531-2119 or visit The JFS Senior Adult Center is supported by the Area Office on Aging, the Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo and Jewish Seniors Services Supporting Organization.

Mondays Wellness Checks 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Have a registered nurse from Senior Independence help you keep your blood pressure and sugar under control with a FREE weekly check!

Tuesdays (dates and descriptions on page 11) Craft Time 1 – 2:30 p.m. Come create, socialize and have fun in a no judgement zone. All skill levels are welcome. Please call Emily Harel at 419-531-2119 #2 or sign up in the lobby one week before the event, and please arrive promptly at 1 p.m. for instructions! Wednesdays Balance Class 1 – 2 p.m. Take your workout to the next level and focus on your core and balance.

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays Prime Movers 11 a.m. – Noon Prime Movers is a basic all around strength and movement class. A mix of cardio, strength and flexibility. All levels welcome. Walkins welcome.

Wednesdays Art Class 2 -4 p.m. From sketching to oils to water colors you’re in charge of your project. No assignments. Work with the instructor to create a one of a kind piece of work.

Mondays Drumming 1 – 2 p.m. Any fitness level, anyone can do this! Come give it a try and be your own rock star!

Fridays Poker Group 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. Poker players needed! Nickel and dime games.

Active Life for 60 and Better

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Take me out to the ball game! Senior trip to the Mudhens

You‘re Invited… Annual Thanksgiving Celebration – The Turkey Dinner

Thursday, November 17 5:00 p.m. dinner and entertainment by Senior Adult Center -2700 Pelham Road $5.00 per person Registration & payment requested by Friday, November 11. Join us as we come together to celebrate and be thankful for all that we have and enjoy a bountiful traditional meal together.

Annual Latke Luncheon

Tuesday, December 20 Noon – Luncheon Congregation B’nai Israel -6525 Sylvania Avenue $5.00 per person – lunch & entertainment Registration & payment requested by Monday, December 12 Celebrate the festival of lights together with a celebratory Hanukkah lunch and wonderful entertainment, a not to be missed event! To register for a Jewish Federation Senior Program, please call Emily at 419-5312119 #2 or email For questions about a program, please call René Rusgo at 419-531-2119 #1 or

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Active Life for 60 and Better



Seniors tour to the Biltmore Mansion, Asheville, North Carolina

Young Jewish Toledo Coming soon!

The Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo Presents Young Jewish Toledo


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Weed & Wine with YJT and the Toledo Botanical Garden

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VALENTINE THEATRE March 4, 2017 A little party never killed nobody!

Chris Epstein, Sister Rita Wienken, Dorian Slaybod, Hallie Freed, and David Becker

YJT got together on August 17 for a fun evening of light garden work, good wine and friends at the Robert J. Anderson Urban Agricultural Center and Farm.

YJT Serves Up the Annual Turkey Dinner at Pelham Manor Thursday, November 17 Pelham Manor – 2700 Pelham Road Dinner starts at 5, please arrive by 4:45pm



Join YJT for an amazing opportunity to give back to the Seniors of our community. We will be serving drinks, taking orders, and helping with clean up for the Annual Turkey Dinner at Pelham Manor. Volunteer Space is limited, You MUST RSVP by Monday, November 14 to Colette Lundberg at 419724-0361 or

Young Jewish Toledo is a staple of Jewish life in the Toledo area, existing to draw wonderful, dynamic, young Jewish people together for the greater benefit of the community.





From Hebrew Happy Hours to date nights to volunteer opportunities, Young Jewish Toledo provides a range of outlets for young Jewish professionals 2140. These future leaders of Jewish Toledo are continuously strengthening personal connections while participating in – and perpetuating – Jewish life in Toledo. To find out more about how you or someone you know can get involved with Young Jewish Toledo, contact Hallie Freed at 419-724-0362 or

YJT Fridays


High Holiday Food Pantry Help

Sunday, October 23 9:30 a.m. Jewish Family Service, Darlington Hall, 6505 Sylvania Ave


The Jewish Family Service Food Pantry is a well-known resource not only in the local Jewish community but for all Lucas county residents. Community food drives help sustain the food pantry, and the High Holiday drive is the largest of the year for the agency. This drive will help sustain the food pantry and will provide holiday meals for those in need. YJT will join with JFS and the religious schools to organize, box, and shelve food pantry items for the upcoming holidays. Please bring a paper item (napkins, toilet paper, etc.) with to donate to the pantry. RSVP Requested by Friday, October 21 to Colette Lundberg at 419-724-0361 or

Get inspired with other young Jewish professionals at our NEW Shabbat dinner program. Socialize, nosh on some great eats and bring in Shabbat with new friends. Friday, September 16, at 7:30 p.m.– 5th Street Pub 5577 Monroe Street, Sylvania, OH 43560 Apps on us! Dinner on you!




Check out our Facebook group: “Young Jewish Toledo”


Programs especially for post college to young families.

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Young Jewish Toledo and PJ Library

Summer Mitzvah Day 2016

By Hallie Freed More than 40 members of our community joined forces to put together almost 300 delivery bags of dry soup for seniors and shelters during Summer Mitzvah Day 2016. Our hardworking, intergenerational assembly line scooped boullion base, Italian seasoning, onion flakes, barley, split peas, and lentils into 290 soup cups. The dry soups were then placed into personally decorated paper delivery bags with cooking instructions, oyster crackers, and spoons for recipients. Pelham Manor, the Jewish Family Service Food Pantry, Beach House Family Shelter, and St. Paul’s Community Center each received packaged soup deliveries. Children also made colorful cards for soldiers overseas. Sharon Lapitsky, JCRC Director, coordinated efforts with Project PB&J and asked participants of the Mitzvah Day to bring a loaf of bread to the event. We were able to contribute and deliver 90 loaves of bread to help their efforts for the week. Thank you to all of the families and friends who came together to make this event such a success.



s e t a d y a l P J P Join us for a new program designed for you and by you! PJ Library® will be hosting bi-weekly playdates in the Leonard Lounge on the Federation Campus. Playdates will offer story time, snacks, and free play. Some playtimes will have themes and crafts! PJ Playdates are a great opportunity for moms, dads, bubbies, zaydies and more to meet other young families! Play with us at Sylvania Playland! Friday, September 30 10 – 11:30 a.m. Sylvania Playland 3620 Centennial Road Sylvania, OH 43560 $5 per child – Includes playtime and snacks

Turkey Tots! Friday, November 16 10 – 11:30 a.m. Jewish Federation Campus – Leonard Lounge Make some fun decorations for your Thanksgiving Table with friends!

RSVP requested the Thursday prior to each event to Colette at 419-724-0361 or ***Please notify us of any dietary restrictions***

PJ Playdate – Movin and Groovin With Laurel!

14 Families boogied the morning away with the music and motio of Laurel Weatherford. Shakers, drums, and friends filled the room with noise and laughter! Thank you to Laurel for bringing us music and fun and thank you to everyone who attended! See you in September!

To learn more about PJ Library® and to ensure your child receives this wonderful gift, please contact Hallie Freed at 419-724-0362 or PJ Library® is supported in part by the Gary and Andrea Delman Family Foundation and Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo.

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Local News

Graduate student finds home in Young Jewish Toledo

Danielle Howard and Zachary Myers check out the Toledo Zoo & Aquarium’s jellyfish tank at the 2015 Young Jewish Toledo Soiree. By Emily Gordon Danielle Howard follows her dreams – literally. The Heidelberg University graduate from Macedonia, Ohio, has a passion for medicine, so she moved to Toledo last year to further her career goals. This month, Howard, 24, was happy to start her second year of physician assistant studies at University of Toledo, but she didn’t always feel that way. “I converted to Judaism not too long ago so leaving my home temple was hard for me. I didn’t want to make new friends, join a new temple, and then be disappointed about it when I compared it to home,” Howard said. “My rabbi told me that was a silly way to look at life and religion, so I put myself out there.” Feeling encouraged, Howard went to an event hosted by Young Jewish Toledo, a group dedicated to offering young professional Jews in their 20s through 40s fun social events and meaningful service opportunities. She made friends immediately. “My first friends in Toledo were from YJT. We went to Sky Zone (an indoor trampoline park) before heading out for drinks. It was amazing to finally be involved with local Jewish people in my age group,” Howard said. “Since then, I’ve invited friends to events and prepared for holidays with YJT. It’s helped me adjust to living in a new place by having a group of friends who share my faith.” Being so new to Toledo, having longtime and life-time residents show her the Glass City was a great way to get to know her new home, she said. “In my program at UT, we are in class eight hours a day and study most nights, so the most social interaction we have is with each other. The events that YJT puts on allows me to branch out and meet new people, see Toledo, and enjoy my weekends again,” Howard said. “Knowing that I have Jewish friends who I can easily text to grab cof-

fee or lunch really makes Toledo feel like home.” Though her schedule keeps her busy, Howard said she tries to make it out to YJT events whenever she can. So far, she’s been introduced to a fun bar during Hebrew Happy Hour, painted a Passover Seder plate at Peace Love and Pottery, and saw the beauty of the Toledo Zoo & Aquarium after hours at the 2015 Young Jewish Toledo Soiree, an annual cocktail-chic event for young professionals to mix, mingle, and let down their hair. The zoo’s historic aquarium had recently re-opened to the public after closing in 2012 for major renovations, and YJT seized the chance to enjoy a private experience at one of Toledo’s hottest and most well-known attractions. There, members enjoyed food from international food stations and sipped on cocktails before interacting with sharks, rays, and horseshoe crabs in the aquarium’s touch tank. “Just the uniqueness of these events would draw anyone into participating. They showed me the beauty and fun Toledo brings to the table,” she said. But it’s the friends she’s made from YJT that gives the group a special place in her heart, she said. Not only has the YJT helped Howard forge strong friendships in a new place, but seeing young Toledo Jews excel in their careers has encouraged her to do the same, she said. Howard recently returned from a mission trip to Nicaragua with her class and hopes to dedicate herself to mission work and her career to pediatrics. Her friends from YJT support her in following her dreams. “I love that I am making friends who look at life the same way as I do. YJT really has been a blessing,” she said. To get involved and stay up to date with YJT and its events, “Like” its Facebook page or visit www.jewishtoledo. org/get-involved/young-jewish-toledo.

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B'nai Mitzvah

We Honor Our B'nai Mitzvah Abigail Britton-Lowden will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, September 17th at Temple Shomer Emunim. Abby is the daughter of Kathleen Britton and Jeff Lowden, and the granddaughter of Dr. Ron & Peg Lowden and Margaret Britton. Abby attends Maumee Valley Country Day School, where she will be entering into the 8th grade this fall. In her free time she is an avid equestrian rider, swimmer, and enjoys being with her friends. Abby is looking forward the celebrating her Bat Mitzvah with her family and friends.

Eleanora Richards will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah at Congregation B’nai Israel on September 10, 2016. Eleanora is the daughter of Andrea and Mark Richards, sister of Samuel, granddaughter of the late Fred and Paula Flox and Robert-Ian Salit of Panama City Beach, Florida. Eleanora is an 8th grade student at Arbor Hills Junior High. Eleanora enjoys playing clarinet, swimming, Kadima, Destination Imagination, Friendship Circle, and spending time with her friends. Some of her favorite memories are from her summers spent at Camp Wise. Eleanora would like to thank Cantor Lichterman and Fagie Benstein for all the support and preparation for this important day. The Richards family looks forward to celebrating her very special day with friends and family.

S'machot Nicole Trehearne and Matthew Markoff were married under the chuppah by Rabbi Barri Tuchman on June 17 at the beautiful Bel-Air Bay Club, Malibu, California. The bride is the daughter of James and Dr. Barbara Trehearne, Seattle, Washington. The groom is the son of Dr. Richard and Beverly Markoff, Carmel, Indiana. Nisa Basilicato, sister of the bride, served as Matron of Honor, while Steven Markoff, brother of the groom, was Best Man. In addition to the reception and dinner at Bel-Air Bay Club, the Markoffs hosted a rehearsal dinner at Taverna Tony’s, Malibu, and both sets of parents co-hosted a beach party for the newlyweds at the Paradise Cove Beach Café, Malibu, later that weekend. Nicole and Matt plan a honeymoon in Greece. They reside in Marina Del Rey, California. The new Mrs. Markoff, a graduate of the University of Washington, is the Executive Director of Operations, Flip Turn, an event planning firm for the movie industry. Mr. Markoff, a graduate of Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis and the John F. Kennedy School of Law, is the owner and CEO of Holy Toledo Productions, a multi-platform music company. Matthew is the grandson of Shirley (Mrs. Ben J.) Schall, Sylvania Township.

Jacob Morgan Schwartz born July 12, 2016. Big brother Logan and proud parents Abby and Kyle. Even prouder grandparents Paulette Sherline and Glenda and Larry Schwartz.

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Public lecture at UT main campus with Dr. Yonatan Miller

Unnecessary Roughness: American Perspectives on Biblical Violence The Public Lecture by Dr. Yonatan Miller, the Philip Markowicz Assistant Professor in Judaism and Jewish Biblical Studies and Director of the Center for Religious Understanding at the University of Toledo, will be presented on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 7:008:30 PM in Libbey Hall on the University of Toledo main campus. Free (and well-signed) parking will be available in the UT lot closest to the venue. There will be a post-lecture reception. After graduating summa cum laude from Yeshiva University, Professor Miller earned his MA and PhD in Jewish studies from Harvard University where he was a Harry Starr Fellow in Judaica and three times awarded the Harvard University Certificate of Excellence in Teaching as well as numerous other awards and fellowships. His topic will be: "Unnecessary Roughness: American Perspectives on Biblical Violence."

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Hadassah Women ADVOCATE Women face unique challenges in our Submitted by Hindea Markowicz society. Hadassah provides a framework for women to organize and reLynn Furness to speak at spond to these issues. Today, we are advancing two issues to improve the Hadassah Opening Honor quality of life and respect for women. Roll Meeting Advancing Gender Equity in Medical The Toledo Chapter of Hadassah Research and actively working to curwill hold its annual opening fall meeting tail Human Sex Trafficking aid womon Thursday September 22nd at 7 p.m. en in the fight for the same rights and at the Vera & Leo Sekach Community protections as our male counterparts. Service Building on the Jewish Federation campus. The guest speaker will be Hadassah Women SUPPORT Lynn Furness, President, Central States ISRAEL Region of Hadassah, who will speak As a member of the international about the Power Of Our Dreams with community, Israel faces challenges at highlights from Hadassah’s 98th Nation- the United Nations, including a disal Convention. proportionate number of sanctions by A life member of Hadassah since the United Nations Security Council. 1997, Lynn was active in the Lexing- Additionally, Israeli non-government ton Chapter for many years, holding organizations face challenges in getseveral executive board positions as well ting endorsement so they can operate as serving as Chapter President from within and outside of Israel and bet2009-2011. Then she served as the Ex- ter people's lives. Nelly Shiloh, UN ecutive Vice president for Central States Israeli Mission Counselor and Huand as a member of its advisory board. man Rights Division Head, shared Assuming the 3-year term as president with us the critical role Hadassah has of Central States Region on January 1, in leveling the playing field at the UN. 2015, Lynn leads chapters in Kentucky, Michigan, New York, Ohio and West We also went inside Israel’s Iron Dome, Virginia with a combined membership learning first-hand how this feat of of approximately 10,000. security and technology protects IsThe September meeting will launch rael. Natan Barak, IDF Retired ColoHadassah’s annual Honor Roll Cam- nel and CEO of mPrest, the software paign. Members can turn in their company behind the Iron Dome’s pledge cards which will be mailed with command control, showed us how the September bulletin. Pledges can be this amazing system targets and depaid at the meeting or by mail. stroys bombs mid-air. The Iron Dome Refreshments will be served. Trans- has saved thousands of Israeli lives. portation will be provided if needed.

Highlights from Hadassah’s 98th National Convention THE POWER OF OUR DREAMS" was the theme of the 2016 Hadassah National Convention. We were truly inspired to reflect on our mission and celebrate our accomplishments. Yet, convention also highlighted the challenges that remain. As far as we have come, there is much more to do. Now is our opportunity to DREAM new DREAMS so that we can chart a path of ACTION toward a better FUTURE. We will be more effective and make a difference in more lives when YOU join with your group To Dream and Do. That is our real power.

Hadassah Women HEAL Our physicians and researchers, who truly embody Research in Service to Humanity, provide hope and healing for people with life threatening medical conditions, victims of trauma and terrorism. There were no words to describe the atmosphere in the room when Liana Alvarez, a woman whose leg was crushed by a bus, jogged toward the podium in high heels. Her spirit shone high as she thanked Hadassah and our physicians for literally saving her life. We also cheered for the MS patient who has the ability to walk again thanks to the stem cell therapy of Dr. Karussis. Our ongoing support of this research has enabled these women and many others to live full and active lives.

Membership Campaign Hadassah – Lock in for Life Hadassah members make a personal impact at home and on the local, national and global community— every day. As a member, you enrich the lives of American Jewish women by focusing on vital issues and making tangible connections to Israel and Zionism through education and supporting the Hadassah Medical Organization and Israel projects. In honor of our Centennial Year, Hadassah continues to offer Life Membership and Associate enrollment for $212. The strength and support of Hadassah’s members and donors sustain the extraordinary work of Hadassah. As an incentive to enroll new Life Members, National will give internal Fundraising Goal Credit to the units for each new Life member and Associate enrolled. Life Members and Associates can give an unlimited number of free annual memberships as long as they complete an enrollment form for each individual. The Gift Enrollment form is available in the Gifting Campaign folder on the Intranet. A very special welcome to the more than 50,000 women, men and children who showed their support for the extraordinary work of Hadassah by becoming new Life members and Associates. Our collective strength will continue to make a difference in the United States, Israel and around the world for the next 100 years. Let’s continue to enroll women and men in Hadassah and Lock in for Life.

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Be a Supporter Hadassah – Lock in for Life. Member-Get-A-Member Campaign DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT If every Hadassah member enrolled a new member, imagine the IMPACT DOUBLE YOUR VOICE in your community DOUBLE OUR INFLUENCE in Washington DOUBLE THE SCOPE of medical research in Israel DOUBLE HADASSAH’S IMPACT in the world Gift a Life Membership for @$212 and receive a multi-generational pin. Hadassah Contributions Hadassah is always grateful for the many contributions it receives throughout the year from members and friends. Beautiful cards and certificates are sent to acknowledge the donor’s gift and the donation is listed in the Hadassah bulletin. To make a donation or send a tribute card, contact Selma Master at 419841-4936. Hadassah is always grateful for the many contributions it receives throughout the year from members and friends. Beautiful cards and certificates are sent to acknowledge the donor’s gift and the donation is listed in the Hadassah bulletin. To make a donation or send a tribute card, contact Selma Master at 419841-4936. Change of Address Calling all members: if you have a change of address, please contact Shelli Plosscowe at 841-4311 or SPlosscowe@

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Treuhaft continued from page 6 didn’t know real estate, he could teach me," Treuhaft said. "But he also said 'You have something I can’t teach you - integrity.' I said 'I didn’t know I had that,'" he laughed. Treuhaft is not the bragging type. But there are two areas of his life he will kvell about: his family and his accomplishments in industrial real estate. From his first job with Michael, his role in the firm evolved from sales, to management, to vice-president until he became president. Treuhaft brokered land for organizations like Owens-Illinois and the Temple. "I was very fortunate to do well in it. Years later, I ended up owning it and it became the biggest real estate firm in northwest Ohio. I’m very proud of that," he said. "I loved it because you do something challenging and you feel like you’ve accomplished something." Treuhaft is dedicated to doing things not for recognition, but because he likes to do them. He served as trustee of Toledo Development Committee; president of the Ohio chapter of the Society of Industrial Realtors; treasurer of Bernards Inc. floor covering contractors; chair of the Board of Trustees of the Medical College of Ohio; and board member of Toledo Board of Realtors. Treuhaft and his wife were active at the Temple, where they were on many committees and he was president. He also served on the board of the Jewish Community Center and was president of Darlington House. "I think the Jewish community has done a good job caring for its people," he said. While Treuhaft said he is lucky to have rung in his 100th year, he doesn't have many secrets to living such a long and happy life. "I’ve been very fortunate to get to this point. I can’t say one thing or another got me where I am today," he said. But two things might have made a difference, he added. "I was 50 when I quit smoking because my cousin, Stan Nathanson, quit, so I did too, and I never touched a cigarette since," Treuhaft said. "I even remember the day I quit and the intersection I was in when I threw my last pack of cigarettes out the window." The second credit goes to eating well, he said. "I get all the nutrients and vitamins, protein, and everything else recommended to stay healthy," he said. Treuhaft enjoys reading history and mystery books, growing plants in his living room, and going out for dinner weekly with his friends. He also keeps in touch with his large family via telephone. They hosted a large brunch in honor on his 100th birthday, where he spent quality time with his sons, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. "I will brag about these kids of mine. I’m the proud father," he said. "The kids have all done well and that’s the thanks you get for having put in the effort."

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Congregation Etz Chayim HIGH HOLIDAY SCHEDULE OF SERVICES ROSH HASHANA EVENING SERVICES Sun., Mon. & Tues. Oct. 2, 3 & 4 Mincha 7:00 P.M. Ma’ariv 7:15 P.M. Mon., Oct. 3 6:55 P.M. Tues., Oct. 4 6:00 P.M. ROSH HASHANA MORNING SERVICES Monday & Tuesday, Oct. 3 & 4 Shachris, Morning Service 7:45 A.M. Reading of the Torah (Kreeah) 9:20 A.M. Kiddush 10:30 A.M. Sermon 11:00 A.M. Blowing of the Shofar 11:15 A.M. Musaf 11:15 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. Tashlich, Sun. Oct. 9, B’nai Israel 9:30 A.M.

SHABBAT SHUVA Friday Evening, Oct. 7 5:40 P.M. Saturday Morning, Oct. 8 9:00 A.M. Shabbat Shuva Lecture & Kiddush Lunch Saturday Evening, Oct. 8 6:00 P.M. YOM KIPPUR SERVICES Tuesday, Oct. 11 Mincha, Tues. Afternoon 2:30 P.M. Kol Nidrei 6:40 P.M. Wednesday, Oct. 12 Shachris, Morning Service 8:15 A.M. Reading of the Torah (Kreeah) 10:30 A.M. Memorial, Dedication Service and Sermon 11:30 A.M. Musaf 1:00 P.M. Mincha 4:40 P.M. Neila, Conclusion 6:10 P.M. Blowing of the Shofar 7:40 P.M. Break the Fast Light Dinner-Following Shofar

A Babysitter will be available from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on both days of Rosh Hashana and on Yom Kippur for children ages 2 to 5 years


Please remember to patronize our Sisterhood Gift Shop, as new and exciting merchandise is coming in all the time. Come in and check out the jewelry from the Bali Chi collection including beautiful natural stone, shell, and silver jewelry. New O “chi” O and “mem” Michigan hats and kippahs will be arriving any day! Exquisite glass platters and apple and honey plates will arrive before the holidays. Call our gift shop chairman, Sandy Marcus at (419) 473-2401, if you need a gift idea or have a particular gift item you’re looking for. As always, we offer free gift wrapping.


HIGH HOLIDAY COOKING DEMONSTRATION Everyone is invited to a cooking and tasting demonstration featuring High Holiday foods on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. Recipes will be distributed and tips for easy preparation and cooking will be featured. If you have a favorite recipe, please bring it along to share. There is no charge for this program. SELICHOS PROGRAM & DESSERT RECEPTION Everyone is invited to a Selichos Program and dessert reception on Saturday, September 24, 2016. Beginning at 9:00 p.m., desserts will be served followed by a special video musical program featuring the famous DuDu Fisher in Concert from Israel. Dudu Fisher, best known throughout the world for his stirring performance as Jean Valjean in the his Broadway show “Les Miserables,” brings an exciting and visually stunning concert taped at the historic Beit She’an archaeological site in his beloved Israel. Through his music and stories, Dudu takes the audience on a joyful musical journey connecting his talent as a Broadway performer, cantor, and contemporary artist with the beauty of Israel’s landscape, culture and people. As an introduction, prior to the video concert, Rabbi Rubin will be speaking about Cantorial music and the High Holidays.

The Etz Chayim/B’nai Israel Rummage Sale will be held on November 6th and 7th (bag day) from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Drop offs will be on Sunday and Monday, October 30th and 31st from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Volunteers, both men and women, will be needed before, during, and after these dates. Call Marcia Grossman 419-536-0890 (margro@, Phyllis Wittenberg 419-8412579 ( or Diane Treuhaft 419-829-9986 (ditreuhaft@ to volunteer. Looking for a delicious new idea for your Shabbat dinner? Maybe you want to try a yummy dessert to surprise your dinner guests? Our Sisterhood is working on a new cookbook titled Recipes from Etz Chayim’s Kitchen. Copies will be available to purchase very soon at a cost of $10. If you are not currently a member of Sisterhood and would like to join, please contact Suzie Rosenberg, Membership Chairman. Yearly dues are $20. If you are currently a member of Sisterhood or are planning to join now and you are 60 or over, you can become a Life Member for $200. Please contact Suzie at 419536-7758 to get all the details on both categories of membership. Watch for information about the upcoming Sisterhood/Men’s Club Sukkot dinner. It will take place on Thursday, October 20th. The next Sisterhood Board/Planning meeting is Tuesday, September 6th, at 10:00 a.m. in the Shul Library. All Sisterhood members are invited to attend.

Following the program Selichos services begin at 11:30 p.m. Please R.S.V.P. to the Synagogue Office, 419-473-2401

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10 AM Morning Learner’s Service 11 AM Children’s Program 11:15 AM Shofar 3 PM Tashlich Service (10/3)


6:45 PM Kol Nidrei Service 10 AM Morning Learner’s Service 11:30 AM Yizkor Memorial Service 6:10 PM Neila Closing Service

You can learn to read (or brush up on your) Hebrew in 5 lessons, just in time for the High Holidays! Join Rabbi Shemtov for a new, cutting edge, 5 week Hebrew Reading Crash Course! 5 Tuesdays at 7:00 PM, Beginning August 30 (Make-up class for those beginning on September 6, 5:45 PM before Class #2) Course Fee: $69 (student materials included) Register:


GAN IZZY CLUB BEGINS SUNDAY, SEPT 25 11:45 AM – 2:00 PM FOR KIDS IN GRADES K-4 Membership costs are $75 per child for the year (8 events) Or, you can pay $13 for each event. Pick up available from Sunday school. More info:

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Friendship Circle

In June, we celebrated The Friendship Circle's 7th year, honoring our volunteers and dedicating the Friendship Circle to the memory of Joanne Galler Rubin. Over 150 people joined for a beautiful evening, at the Southview Auditorium, which began with a presentation from the volunteers and participants of The Friendship Circle and was followed by messages from Joel Marcovitch, Rabbi Shemtov, Marcia Pasternak and Mushka Matusof. After a touching tribute to Joanne Galler Rubin by Mrs. Raizel Shemtov and a presentation to her loving family, the new Joanne Galler Rubin Friendship Circle was announced and the new logo unveiled. Representing Team Friendship at the Miami Marathon, Andy Golding spoke briefly and introduced the guest speaker, Anthony Ianni, who rounded out the evening with his message of determination and success, despite the odds. The Friendship Circle is grateful to be surrounded by a community who supports its vision of bringing joy and friendship to all. With tremendous thanks to The Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo and Chabad House, co sponsors of the Joanne Galler Rubin Friendship Circle. Photo credit - Grand Lubell Photography

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Summer 2016 at the Joanne Galler Rubin Friendship Circle summer camp has been amazing! With daily trips, treasured friendships and fun every moment of the day, our volunteers and participants had a packed week from beginning to end. Judging from the smiles at the end of each day, we can confidently say it was definitely a success! Thank you for joining us and we can't wait for next summer!

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Interested in being a part of the Historical Society and the important archival work they are accomplishing? Email Toledo Jewish Historical Society Director Lynn Jacobs for information at Help us identify and date histortical photos Can you identify any of these of our former Toledo Jewish community members who worked hard to create a vibrant Jewish life for all of us? Each month, our Toledo Jewish News will feature a photo from the extensive "Rogues Gallery" of past leaders and participants in Toledo Jewish life whose enthusiasm and dedication created the rich, varied ativities we still remember so well! Take a good look, turn your mental time clock back several decades, and call or write Lynn Jacobs with your discoveries! "Guess-timates" are also gladly accepted. Contact Lynn Jacobs at "Our" JHS really belongs to the entire Jewish community – to anyone who identifies with it. We have NO MEMBERSHIP FEE, which automatically makes ALL Toledo Jews members.

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Art by Holocaust survivor displayed at downtown gallery By Emily Gordon As a child, Adam Grant was fascinated by art. Little did he know the medium of expression would end up saving his life. In the first exhibit hosted by the newly reopened 20 North Gallery on North St. Clair Street, “Adam Grant: Art for Life,” visitors can get a glimpse of the late Toledo artist through his work. Adam Grochowski, a name he would later Americanize upon becoming a citizen, was born in Warsaw in 1924. His father, a physician, received in-home art lessons weekly from a talented artist, piquing the little boy’s interest. He learned alongside his father, although he wasn’t exactly supported in his dream of becoming artist. “Adam’s aunt told him ‘You’ll never earn the price of your bread,’” said his widow and executor, Peggy (Brennan) Grant. As it turned out, the artist’s talent was the only thing that secured him bread, as well as the will to live, during World War II, she said. As soon the war broke out, his father enlisted as a medical physician. “He was sent to the Eastern Front, made to dig his own grave, then shot in the head and killed,” Grant said. “Adam was studying underground, because furthering his education was forbidden. He was walking to a friend’s house to attend class when he was grabbed.” Though Grant was not Jewish, he was imprisoned in the camps because he was of Slavic descent. “The Nazis hated Slavs. They wanted to eliminate them just like they wanted to eliminate the Jewish people,” Grant said. “I always thought it was terrible what they did to the Jewish people. Adam did, too. We had a kinship with them and had many dear Jewish friends in Toledo.”

The budding artist was sent first to Auschwitz and then to Mauthausen. He traded artwork for bread, and was forced to create works for Nazi officers to gift to their loved ones. Some of the budding artist’s work made in secret for himself was found by a friend in his former bunk years later. The works were previously unknown to his widow, who gave some to the Auschwitz Holocaust museum and kept others. When Adam was finally liberated in May of 1945, “he was at death’s door,” she said.

He spent five years in a refugee camp, emigrated to the United States in 1950, and secured a job with the Palmer Paint Company in Detroit, Michigan, which created the internationally popular Paint-By-Number kits, she said. He met his wife, a designer and inker with the company, in 1952. “Adam and I met through a shared a love of art. All we did was go to art museums, concerts, and attend the ballet,” she recalled. “We had all the same interests. We could talk to each other about anything.”

The couple married 1954 and, a year later, celebrated the artist’s new status as an American citizen. “He had no problem passing the citizenship test because he knew American history so well and spoke five languages fluently - Polish, German, English, Latin, and Russian,” Grant’s widow remembered. “He would correct the news anchor’s grammar and tense as we watched TV, he knew English so well.” When Toledo-owned Craft Master bought their company and set up shop in the city, the Grants moved with it in 1956. They were the only members of the design department to follow the company, Grant said. The couple had two sons, Adam Mark, who resides with Peggy, and Thomas, who lives in the Toledo area. He painted his specialty in their home studio: the human figure. Inspired by the symbol of life and rebirth of the female figure, he first sketched out his vision before painting, Grant said. “He never jumped into a painting without knowing what he wanted to do. He knew exactly what he wanted to do before he picked up a brush,” she said. “Adam was an outstanding figure painter, the best of the best.” The couple enjoyed living in Toledo. “We liked the friendliness of the people in Toledo. Even strangers had someone in common they knew, everyone knew everyone,” she said. “We enjoyed the artistic scene in Toledo. We didn’t want to live anywhere else. Life was wonderful.” But it could also be difficult at times. The artist was plagued by health problems, both physical and mental. “He had what would now be called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and severe depression. Many, many soldiers returned from war suffered from it,” she said. “You cannot see so many die around you and walk over dead bodies and not be stressed beyond belief.” Grant managed her husband’s fine art career and worked as 20 North Gallery’s art director for 20 years. “The job was challenging. I had to keep variety of exhibits coming and I wanted to put a spotlight on overlooked groups like African Americans and celebrate Black History Month, which we did for 30

years,” she said. “To me that was satisfying to do, especially coming from Maryland where things were horrible for them. They couldn’t go to the same restaurants as us, the same theaters, the same schools…I didn’t like that.” The Grants befriended many individuals of oppressed groups in Toledo. “If you get to know people, you’ll find every group has something in common and something to celebrate together,” she said. Adam Grant painted until he died in 1992 from prostate cancer. His work was exhibited in galleries all over the world, including the Collegium Maius Museum in Krakow, Poland, the Auschwitz Museum in Poland, and the Polish Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Closer to home, his art can be found at Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio; the Midwest Museum of American Art in Elkhart, Indiana; Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio; Monroe Community College in Monroe, Michigan; University of Toledo; and Toledo Federation of Art Societies. About 40 of the artist’s oil paintings, ranging in size and theme, can be seen in the gallery, including his sketches and small pastel paintings. “One can see his artistic process, how he transposed his smaller work into the larger, finished piece,” said gallery owner Eric Hillenbrand. “He was a rare artist, one who painted in a style that was uniquely his own. He was a true master of his craft.” Condessa Croninger, Art Director, agreed with Hillenbrand, asserting that his work was influenced by his life. “At a time when other artists were focusing on the conventional and the universal, Adam decided to dedicate himself to the depiction of humanity,” Croninger said. “That is a beautiful thing when you think about what he went through.” Now recognized by the Polish government as a national hero in the arts, his widow is determined to continue managing his art for future generations to see. “I’m looking on his legacy and I’m determined to make him well-known around the world,” Grant said. “I must have him be remembered.” “Adam Grant: Art for Life” runs through September 30. The gallery is open from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and by appointment. For more information, visit

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