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Adar I/Adar II 5774 • March 2014

There’s There’s aa world world of of Programs Programs for for YOU at JFGT!

Playhouse Square Theatre Trip Thursday, March 20 For: Seniors See page 10

Yom Ha’Atzmaut in a Box Tuesday, April 22 For: Young Families See page 12

Walleye Game Sunday, March 23 For: Club 678 See page 20

Snowbird Brunch Sunday, March 16 For: Florida Snowbirds See page 4

Public Library Program Thursday, March 6 For: Seniors See page 10

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Toledo women create glass flowers and hearts at downtown gallery

Toledo B’nai Tzedek Celebration Thursday, March 6 For: B’nai Tzedek See page 4

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Local families donate time, money to Jewish Family Service Food Bank

Partnership2Gether Book Sharing Sunday, April 6 For: Community See page 9

The 2nd Annual

Toledo Jewish Film Festival A Taste of Passover Thursday, April 10 For: Seniors See page 10

Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park Sunday, April 13 For: Sunday's-a-Fun Day, Kids Klub and Club 678 See page 20

coming in 2014

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BBYO takes snowy getway to northwest Ohio

2014 Jewish Film Festival Zigzag Kid Monday, April 7 Oma & Bella Monday, April 28 For: Community See page 14

Babies, Bibs & More… Toddlers Too! Kindermusik PJ Bedtime Stories For: Babies and toddlers See page 22

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Thursday, March 27 For: Seniors See page 10

See page 4 for information on the upcoming 92nd St Y events right here in Toledo!


Passover Masterpiece


Passover with Paula Shoyer Wednesday, March 19 For: Women See page 2

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'Once I had a love ... turned out it was a heart of glass' Over 60 women recently attended two hands-on glass blowing events at Gathered Art Studio and Gallery in downtown Toledo. Artists Adam Goldberg, Eli Lipman and Mike Stevens entertained and instructed the women


on the art of glass blowing while guests enjoyed wine and kibitzed. Each woman took home their unique, one-of-akind glass creation (a flower or a heart). If you missed these events, we look forward to you attending our next party.

(clockwise from top left) Erin Glatter, Amanda Goldberg, Amanda Winter, Megan Rhodes, Jodi Barr and Lauren Sachs

Eli Lipman helps Dawn Goldstein choose colors for her glass flower

Stacy Cochran enjoys hearing Eli explain the physics behind the glass


- For all women -


Madge Levinson squeezes the pedals of her glass flower, held by Eli Lipman Adam Goldberg creates a sample piece as an instruction

7 p.m. | $25 Congregation Etz Chayim 3853 Woodley Road, Toledo Join us for a “sweet genius” of an evening with author and pastry chef Paula Shoyer as we learn all the tricks and trade secrets to making delicious and beautiful Passover creations from The Holiday Kosher Baker! The Holiday Kosher Baker offers a thoroughly modern approach to Jewish holiday baking that includes both contemporary and traditional recipes, more than 45 of which have been skillfully adapted for Passover.

Alix Greenblatt makes a heart with Eli Rochelle Barchick observes the finishing touches

Have a question for Paula? Send it via email to rene@ $25 per person includes: a beautiful, hardcover cookbook, author presentation and participatory hands-on demonstration, wine and desserts. Registration and payment requested no later than Monday, March 10 Email us your favorite Passover recipe (, and after the event we will email them to you so we can share our local favorites! Lauren Sachs, Chair Bonnie Berland Jeanette Bernstein Hallie Freed Erin Glatter Inge Horowitz

Eli helps Joyce Moran flatten her glass in preparation of flower making

Rebecca Katz Stephanie Levitt Shaulsky Mushka Matusof Sheila Odesky Megan Rhodes Dena Zack

This event is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo and endorsed by the Sisterhoods of Temple Shomer Emunim, Congregation B’nai Israel and Congregation Etz Chayim. This event is supported by a generous grant for the Toledo Jewish Community Foundation Unrestricted Fund. SUPPORTED BY


Amy Corman and Eli swirl the colored glass for her heart

Glenda Schwartz flattens her glass heart with the help of Eli

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Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo

Toledo Jewish News Volume 62 No. 6 • 24 pages


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March 6 March 6 March 16 March 18 March 19 March 20 March 23 March 24 March 27 March 27 March 30

B’nai Tzedek Annual Banquet Seniors: Toledo Lucas County Public Library event Florida Snowbird event Babies, Bibs & More … Toddlers Too Kindermusik Women’s Network event – Paula Shoyer Senior Theatre Trip - Cleveland Club 6,7,8 Walleye Game 92|Y broadcast: Simon Schama Seniors: Peace, Love & Pottery - Passover Farewell open house for Jewish Family Service's Ruth Franzen Pottery Painting with Bubbe and Zayde

DJP Youth DJP Seniors Foundation DJP Youth DJP Community DJP Seniors DJP Youth DJP Community DJP Seniors DJP Community DJP Youth

April 6 April 7 April 8 April 8 April 9 April 10 April 13 April 24 April 28 April 29

Partnership2Gether Book Sharing 2014 Toledo Jewish Film Festival: Zigzag Kid Adults with Developmental Disabilities Passover Seder PJ Bedtime Story Time Passover Seder for the Interfaith Community Seniors: A Taste of Passover Sunday’s A-Fun Day/ Kids Klub/Club 678: Skyzone Seniors: Preventing a Nuclear-armed Iran 2014 Toledo Jewish Film Festival: Oma & Bella Yom Ha’ Atzmaut-in-a-Box

DJP Community DJP Community DJP Community DJP Youth Jewish Community Relations DJP Seniors DJP Youth DJP Seniors DJP Community DJP Youth

May 5 May 8 May 12 May 19 May 22

Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha'Atzmaut Friendship Circle volunteer recognition event 2014 Toledo Jewish Film Festival: The Other Son 2014 Toledo Jewish Film Festival: When Comedy Went to School Seniors: Before Youve Fallen (rescheduled event)

DJP Community Friendship Circle DJP Community DJP Community DJP Seniors

June 1 June 2 June 22 June 24

Senior Forum: Planning for Successful Living and Aging Lion/Pomegranate reception Family spring event: Jump into spring JFGT Annual Meeting

Jewish Family Service Campaign DJP Family Jewish Federation

August 3 August 4 – 8

Parking Lot Party Camp L’chaim

Campaign Senior Adult Center

September 9

Major Gifts Dinner


October 12

DJP Fall Festival

DJP Family

November 14

Hillel Anniversary Shabbat


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Wendy Goldstein, Director, Campaign: 419-724-0360 | Elizabeth Lane, Director, University of Toledo Hillel: 419-724-0364 | Arleen Levine, Director, Toledo Jewish Community Foundation: 419-724-0355 | Colette Lundberg, Executive Associate, Jewish Federation: 419-724-0361 | Sherry Majewski, DJP, Director, Family, Youth & Children’s Programs: 419-724-0386 | Joel Marcovitch, CEO: 419-724-0372 | Mushka Matusof, Friendship Circle Program Coordinator: 419-509-0105 | Nancy Newbury, Director, Jewish Family Service: 419-724-0208 | René Rusgo, DJP, Director, Senior and Community Programs: 419-724-0365 | Mary Lou Whittaker, Director, JFS Senior Adult Center: 419-531-2119 |



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After 30 years working with the Toledo Jewish community, the Senior Adult Center’s Mary Lou Whittaker will be saying goodbye and retiring in mid-August. René Rusgo has been named Interim Director of the Senior Adult Center and will transition into the role of Director in August. René will continue her dedicated work with the Federation's Partnership2Gether, Book Fair and other community-wide programs. “We are very excited that René has accepted this expanded role; her passion and excellent record working with seniors in our community make her a wonderful fit for the Senior Adult Center,” stated Joel Marcovitch, JFGT CEO. René added, "I am excited to enrich our program selections to the senior adult community, both at the Federation campus and the JFS Senior Adult Center. I will be working

to bridge the gap between our locations and increase equally our programmatic schedule and services. If any community member has suggestions or programs to recommend, please feel free to share them with me at rene@" As a result of this move, the senior programming portion of the Department of Jewish Programs will be merged with the Senior Adult Center. Senior programs will continue to take place both on the Federation campus as well as the Senior Adult Center at Pelham Manor. At Jewish Family Service (JFS), we are saying goodbye, after 16 years, to Ruth (Greenberg) Franzen, Senior Services Coordinator. Ruth's husband has accepted a position in Alpena, Michigan, where they will be moving. Ruth's last day will be the end of March. *See page 6 for more information on Ruth’s

departure as well as her replacement, Elizabeth Witter. “Both Ruth and Mary Lou have served this community with the utmost distinction and dedication,” Marcovitch said. “Our community is stronger as a result of their hard work. We thank them and wish them both the very best for the future.” Hallie Freed has returned to the Federation as our new part-time Program Associate. Hallie will be working with young Jewish professionals as well as young couples in the area, connecting them to Jewish life and to the Federation. Hallie comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience to offer to this demographic and to our team. “I am thrilled that we have recruited such a wonderful talent as Hallie and look forward to many years of success,” Marcovitch said.

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Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo You are cordially invited to join us as we continue our series of live broadcasts. Compelling and thought-provoking The Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo is proud to present some of the 92nd Street Y’s highly regarded lecture series, made available via live simulcast to Jewish institutions all over the world. This program, open to the entire Jewish community, is a cooperative effort of Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo, JFGT Department of Jewish Programs and Temple Shomer Emunim. Monday, March 24 Jewish Federation The Story of the Jews: Simon Schama & Foundation 8:15 p.m. (reception at 7:15 p.m.) Temple Shomer Emunim You may know some of the history of the Jews, but you haven’t heard it the way Simon Schama tells it – full of rich detail and a keen sense of how people really lived. Schama’s The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words 1000 BC-1492 AD (a new book and television series, soon to air on PBS) takes us all over India, Spain, Oxford, Syria, Paris, Cairo and beyond to show how Jews everywhere lived not as a people apart, but as a vital force in any society they joined, inspiring and being inspired by everything around them. YOUR CAMPAIGN AND LEGACY GIFTS AT WORK

Registration requested by Friday, March 21 to 419-724-0354 or Babysitting is available, by request, for all 92nd St Y™ programs.

92|Y events are generously supported by Ruth and Ralph Delman.

Florida Snowbird Lunch Sunday, March 16, 2014 10:30 a.m. BallenIsles Country Club 100 BallenIsles Circle Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418 No couvert Please be our guest for a warm get-together and brunch with your Toledo Snowbird friends.

For reservations, please contact or 419-724-0357 by February 28. No solicitation Jewish Federation & Foundation YOUR CAMPAIGN AND LEGACY GIFTS AT WORK

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SPOTLIGHT: Toledo Jewish Community Foundation The vision of the Toledo Jewish Community Foundation is to create and support a range of programs that enrich and add meaning to the lives of those in our Toledo Jewish community and to our fellow Jewish people. Our dream is to make a distinctive contribution in the fields of social service ... academic and cultural education, and to ensure that the sacred link that has connected our people for so many generations will continue to do so for the generations to follow. TJCF offers a variety of vehicles for individuals and families to establish a lasting legacy for the benefit of the Toledo Jewish community.

Asset to be Donated

Planned Gifts

A planned gift to the Toledo Jewish Community Foundation enables you to be present forever. Contributions to the Toledo Jewish Community Foundation can be made today or in the future. The purpose of the fund can be broad or specific. You can support general community needs, a particular interest or an agency or specific program. We offer a variety of fund types – unrestricted, restricted, philanthropic or a supporting foundation – so that we can meet the charitable goals of EVERY member of our Jewish community. There are 4 easy steps to consider when establishing a fund within the Foundation: • Determine the asset to be donated • Identify the appropriate planning vehicle for making the gift • Decide the purpose of the gift MISSION • Consult with your professional advisor and the staff STATEMENT: of the Foundation

How to structure your gift Identify the planning vehicle that works best for your personal situation.

Gifts may be established with: Gifts of Cash Establishing a fund with the Foundation using cash is as simple as writing a check. Gifts of Stock Donors enjoy a two-fold advantage in donating long-term appreciated assets. They avoid capital gains tax and receive a charitable tax deduction for the full fair market value of the asset.

Life Insurance – Do you have a policy that you no longer need because your children are grown? You can name the Foundation the beneficiary of the policy which will entitle you to a charitable tax deduction. Whether you use an existing policy or purchase a new policy to replace the value of a different asset, you will The Toledo Jewish Community reduce your estate taxes because the policy proceeds are Foundation, founded in 1980 as the now removed from your estate.

endowment development program of Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo, was established Retirement Plans to meet the philanthropic challenges and needs These can be powerful tools for endowing a chariof the Toledo Jewish community as well as to table legacy to the community while avoiding heavy estate and income taxes. Too often, the estate and serve the needs of our people, locally, nationally income taxes imposed on these plans make them a and in Israel. The Foundation provides an poor choice for passing on to your heirs. opportunity to leave a lasting legacy – a permanent imprint that will enrich Real Estate and Investment Property the lives of the generations to For some donors, gifts of real estate may be the most come.

Bequests – A bequest is a gift of property to a beneficiary through a will. A charitable bequest in your will can help safeguard the community and enrich the lives of others. You can make an unrestricted bequest, which allows the Foundation to use the gift to support the Jewish community’s immediate needs or unanticipated future needs. Or you may plan a restricted gift through a bequest for a specific purpose or field of interest. If you have already drafted your will, your legal advisor can help you arrange a charitable bequest with a simple amendment, known as a codicil.

convenient way to make a meaningful gift.

Tangible Personal Property Items such as artwork, jewelry or other personal property may be donated.

Decide the Purpose of Your Gift Unrestricted Fund giving is the most flexible form of giving. This permits the Foundation to use its discretion to meet the most pressing needs of the community. You can enjoy the assurance that your contributions will be utilized most wisely in the light of ever-changing future demands.

Donor Advised Funds are funds which allow you a voice on how your donation will be distributed, while avoiding the expense and regulation of a family foundation. In order for you to enjoy all the tax benefits of a gift to a charitable organization, the gift must be “complete,” meaning you relinquish control. Thus, the donor may have the privilege of making recommendations as to how the money is distributed, but the charitable organization makes the final decisions. Charitable Gift Annuity(CGA). – A charitable gift annuity provides you with a fixed income for life or for your designated beneficiary. Assets transferred to the Foundation are managed for you and provide you a yearly income. You will also receive a tax deduction. A combination of factors, including the value of the asset transferred and the beneficiary’s age when the annuity is created determine the amount of your income payment. Charitable Remainder Trusts – Charitable remainder trusts are life income arrangements where assets are gifted to the trust, which in turn pay you a regular income for life. At your death, the assets revert to the Foundation.

Restricted Funds give you the opportunity to designate the program, facility or agency that you wish to support. There are many giving opportunities throughout our community, including programs and physical space which can carry your family name.

core community needs.

Scholarship Funds can be established to support your interests. You can establish a fund to support formal educational opportunities for youth and children, camperships, Israel experiences, teen or adult leadership programs, college scholarships or any other interest that meets

Field of Interest Funds allows you or your family to create a permanent charitable fund earmarked for a purpose that is especially close to your heart, such as care for children with special needs or services for seniors or Jewish education. You designate the aspect of community life your fund will address and then recommend qualified charitable organizations, in the Jewish community and beyond, that will benefit from contributions.

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Jewish Family Service JDAM: Ability, not disability The Toledo Jewish community celebrated Jewish Disability Awareness Month with special programs and a community reads event in early February.

The fifth annual program, a collaborative effort of the Jewish Federation of

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New social worker joins Jewish Family Service Ruth (Greenberg) Franzen, Senior Services Coordinator for 16 years, will be leaving Jewish Family Service at the end of March to move to Alpena, Michigan. The professional, compassionate services she provided over the years greatly enhanced the lives of many individuals. While leaving the JFS “family” is difficult, Ruth is looking forward to new adventures along with her husband, Russ. Nancy Newbury, JFS Executive Director, stated, “Ruth has been a tremendous asset to the Agency and to our community. Her warmth and compassion have touched the hearts of many individuals. May new adventures provide her with happiness and fulfillment of which she so deserves.” Jewish Family Service is proud to introduce its new Senior Services Coordinator, Elizabeth Witter. Liz brings with her a wealth of experience from her many years working in the social work field, including child welfare, serving as a school social worker, and providing service coordination for older adults. Liz stated that the resilience demonstrated by others who face various life challenges continually inspires her to do her best to serve them.

Ruth (Greenberg) Franzen and Elizabeth Witter Liz is well-known in the community for her dedication, professionalism and her sincere interest in the welfare of others. Nancy Newbury said, “We are extremely fortunate to have Liz Witter joining our professional staff. Her skillset fits our mission, programs and direction for the future.” Liz is a long-time resident of Toledo and attended Ohio University, graduating with a B.A. in Sociology. Liz is married with four grown sons, and has one grandchild. Liz enjoys watching movies, spending time with friends and family, reading the Sunday New York Times and bird-watching. Welcome, Liz!

One last Esther story: A fond farewell By Ruth Franzen This last story is about how I met my sweet husband, Russell, and how that meeting was arranged for by Esther, if you must know the truth. It is a story I love to tell, one of true love that has been worth the very long wait. I’d been having a very nice time in life, working at Jewish Family Service where I helped others and enjoyed coworkers that are the best anywhere on many levels. I was surrounded by friends, was learning to do

hands-on energy work and dabbled in many types of art, from painting murals to making stained glass windows. I had a home and gardens and dogs, and life was good, but I had never married. The world at times seems to be made up of pairs, and I felt as though there was some very important aspect of life I was missing. At the time, I was writing Esther’s Story for Toledo Jewish News every month, and for a while I was writing the wonderful “How

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Local families donate time, supplies to JFS Food Bank Oscar and Rochelle Barchick (and Joe and Annie Barchick, not pictured) shopped and delivered seven cartfuls of groceries for the JFS food bank as part of Annie’s Bat Mitzvah project

Danny Nusbaum, Sammy Golding and Chase Kripke purchased food for the JFS Food Bank with their tzedakah money and delivered it with the help of Jill Kripke. According to Cami Golding, her son, Sammy, received a letter in the mail from Chase Kripke in midDecember asking him to join his "Tzedakah Club." The club came with some rules: (1) you must collect $5 or more per month; (2) the club will meet on the 15th of every month; (3) you must know how much money you collect so the club knows the grand total; (4) siblings Joey, Benny and Sophie can join, but you must tell them the rules. Chase called for a meeting on one of the many recent snow days. Sammy and Sophie went to his house with the money the Golding household had collected, and they put all of their money together. They collected over $100. "Chase is such a special little boy. He thought of this all on his own and mailed out several letters," Cami said. "I am fortunate enough to know three generations of Kripkes, and apples truly don't fall far. They are an incredible Jewish family who have demonstrated and walked a life of tzedakah. This was such a thoughtful idea for a young boy. It was so special, and it made my kids feel so good about helping others." A terrific mitzvah!

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Jewish Family Service/Senior News Senior Adult Center Activities The fabulous chili cook-off at Glendale will be held on Tuesday, March 4. The JFS Senior Adult Center has won two golden chili awards, and a people’s choice second place last year in this competition among the area senior centers. Sign up if you want to attend and vote for our entry. We will leave Pelham at 1:30 p.m. and have a chance to sample all the entries. The Jewish Friendship Club will have its annual Paid-up Member Luncheon on Tuesday, March 11, starting at noon

JDAM continued from page 6 Greater Toledo and the synagogues, was a unified initiative to raise awareness and support efforts to foster inclusion of individuals who have disabilities in Jewish communities worldwide. This year’s programs were generously funded by the Harry Lublin Philanthropic Fund of the Toledo Jewish Community Foundation. On February 2, two programs took place simultaneously for all religious school students and their parents. Children in first through fourth grades met at The Temple to learn about various disabilities from the “Kids on the Block” puppets. The puppets’ unique approach to teaching highlighted everyone’s desire to be accepted for who they are. Mark Greenblatt commented about his first grade son’s reaction, “Cayden really was able to associate with it. He told me that he shared with the kids that he wasn't exactly like the puppet who couldn't hear at all but that he has one ear that doesn't work. He also said they learned that it is wrong to laugh at people who have difficulty or struggle with things.” As a special treat, the children in Pre-K and Kindergarten classes enjoyed a short performance by the “Kids on the Block” puppets. They were introduced to Renaldo, who is blind, and Mandy, who is deaf. The puppeteers taught the children some sign language that they quickly learned. They also learned that kids with a disability can be as fun and

in the Weinman Community Hall at Pelham Manor. All attendees must have paid their dues by February 28 in order to attend the luncheon at no charge. A special program of music will add to the festivities. Checks made out to the Friendship Club should be sent to Elaine Stram, 2700 Pelham Road, Toledo, OH 43606, or given to Mary Lou Whittaker, Club Advisor, at Pelham. Dues are still $10, and have remained so for 20 years. It’s a bargain!

playful as their other friends. Students in grades 5 through 10 met at Congregation B’nai Israel to hear Angie Hiser, Information and Community Outreach Coordinator for the Ability Center, talk about her experience of losing her vision 15 years ago as a young adult and how she has met this challenge while working and raising a family. On Sunday, February 9, a Jewish Disability Awareness Month Community Reads program was held at the Sekach Building. Judi Fox led a discussion of The New York Times bestselling novel, The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon. The trend toward closing institutions for those with developmental disabilities began in the mid-1970s and gained renewed momentum during the recession of the early 1980s. It was difficult for group participants to realize that this movement occurred relatively recently. Participants shared their perspectives of how deinstitutionalization has provided opportunities for children with various special needs to be mainstreamed and educated in our public schools and for typical students to study and socialize alongside of them, a benefit for all. Rachel Simon is a wonderful author and writes from a personal perspective of growing up with her sister who has disabilities. Everyone is encouraged to read the book as it will touch your heart and demonstrates that, as Rachel states, “everyone deserves to love and be loved – and to live a life of freedom and meaning, with dignity and respect.”

(left) Mandy shows the children how to count in sign language; (right) Angie Hiser from the Ability Center discusses the sudden onset of blindness and how she doesn’t let it control who she is or what she does. Amelia, an assistance dog, relaxes alongside Angie

A Mystery Lunch will take place Thursday, March 13. The group will depart Pelham Manor at 10:30 a.m. for a secret place to enjoy lunch and friends. Transportation is no charge, and lunch is on your own. Please make your reservation by calling the senior center at 419-531-2119. A very special theater trip to Playhouse Square in Cleveland is available to our seniors Thursday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m. Not By Bread Alone, a play created

and performed by Nalagaat Theater DeafBlind Acting Ensemble, will be shown at the Ohio Theatre; 11 deaf-blind actors take the audience on a magical tour of the districts of their inner world, the world of darkness, silence and bread. The cost is $45 per person, and includes transportation, theater ticket and dinner. Seats are limited, and registration and payment is required by March 10. You may call René Rusgo at 419-724-0365 or Mary Lou Whittaker, 419-531-2119.

Pelham Manor residents enjoy many programs, especially musical events; Poson Price, Rachel Korostyshevskaya, Sofya Fridman and Bong Hong gathered for a concert by students from the Toledo Academy for the Arts, held in the Pelham lobby. Violin and piano performances made the evening special

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Local News Esther continued from page 6

We Met” column, featuring the story of the match behind local Jewish couples. I longed for a story of my very own! A good friend suggested a dating website where he had met several eligible women, and I took the information and put it in a drawer. One night, it was as though “something” was “utzing” me to sign up on the site. I decided to join the dating website for one year, and if I had not found my husband within that time period, I would simply accept the fact I would be single forever and would just get on with enjoying life on my own. I wrote up my profile as required, and then got out the secret list I’d made years before, with everything I wanted in a husband. I prayed, and visualized my prayers going out in all directions, like the beam of a lighthouse. Wherever my husband was, I wanted him to find me! Then I read my secret list out loud. One man, Russell, listed on the website seemed very nice, and was a syndicated columnist for some Detroit-area newspapers. I contacted him and told him that I, too, was a columnist, and told him about Esther. While Russell hadn’t been interested in meeting someone who lived as far away as Toledo (he lived in Plymouth, Michigan), he later said something about Esther’s Story intrigued him, and he agreed to come down to Toledo the very next day and meet me for lunch. As I often hear when true love strikes, it does so almost instantly. Russell arrived at the restaurant before I had, and came out to open the door for me. I simply walked into his arms, and that was that. From the first time we met, it felt as if we had been married for 40 years, more like

remembering each other than learning each other. He had, it turned out, been working on a book on the stories of the lives of lighthouse keepers! Further, he had signed up on that website for a free trial week. He was the first and only man I met through that dating website, which no longer exists. Although this match seemed perfect, I still wasn’t certain Russell was “the one.” I wanted a clear sign from the Heavens that everyone ‘upstairs’ approved. On a trip up to Presque Isle, Michigan, where Russell was to interview a retired lighthouse keeper, out of the blue I began telling him the story of an old movie I’d seen, starring Marjorie Main and W.C. Fields, “Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch.” In that film, a poor, pretty widow set her cap for Fields, who arrived in town, bragging about how much money he had. The problem was, Fields insisted he marry an excellent cook, when truth be told, the widow could not boil water. Mrs. Wiggs, her neighbor, had an idea: the widow should invite Fields for dinner, and Mrs. Wiggs would cook and pass the dishes to the widow through her kitchen window, which she would then serve to Fields as something she’d made herself. The plan worked. Fields took one bite of the apple pie for dessert, got down on one knee and pleaded with the widow to marry him. He was, of course, penniless, and the widow could not cook. They squabbled continuously in their new marriage. Russell and I had a good laugh about that. Once at the Old Presque Isle lighthouse, we were being given a tour around the keeper’s cottage. Russell cleared his throat and pointed to a counter that held an old book. It was a first edition of “Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch!” That was the sign I’d been looking for from Heaven

that it was all right to marry Russell. He had everything on my secret list, even down to the detail of playing a musical instrument. We have had six years of wedded bliss so far, ours being a most congenial and happy home. Now Russell and I are turning our faces north, where he can live by the water and I can travel the world teaching, providing treatments, and writing. Ours has been a decidedly blessed life, and we have Esther to

thank for bringing us together. Well, Esther and everyone “upstairs.” I am most grateful for the opportunities everyone has given me to help make life a little better, and sometimes a lot less stressful. Working at Jewish Family Service has provided me a way to touch many lives, but in all honesty, the life that was touched the most, was mine. I will miss you all. And, as Esther would say, I bid you “a zeisel sheynem dank.”

Rabbi/author enthralls seniors

Rabbi Robert Alper turned stand-up comic spoke recently to local seniors about his book, Thanks. I Needed That. And other Stories of the Spirit. He shared warm, touching stories that evoked laughter and tears. The event was supported by Jewish Senior Services, and Alper is a Jewish Book Council Author

Seniors learn history of The Underground Railroad in the Maumee Valley

Last month, Angie Quinn, Executive Director of the Maumee Valley Heritage Corridor, presented local seniors with a discussion about the Maumee Valley during the turbulent years prior to the Civil War, when people who had been enslaved escaped and made their way to freedom in Canada

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Partnership2Gether Toledo teens Skype with Youngstown friends Teen2Teen participants recently spent an afternoon learning, via Skype about “Being a Jew in the Disapora.” We spoke with our friends in Youngstown about our differences in how we look, dress and so much more. We also completed an exercise where we had various sayings posted around the room and picked the top three that had meaning to us as individuals and as a group. It was great fun to learn from one another!

Partnership2Gether book sharing Our Holocaust by Amir Gutfreund Sunday, April 6 12:30 p.m. - Leonard Lounge Jewish Federation Campus 6465 Sylvania Avenue

JOIN US IN A GROUP SETTING AS WE DISCUSS THE BOOK. Join us, to read and discuss the book Our Holocaust by Amir Gutfreund (who lives in the Galilee) with our English Speakers Book Club from Kibbutz Beit HaEmek. The panel and discussion with the author will be facilitated by Professor Dena Eber of Toledo. Dena is the American chair of the Arts & Community task force. This unique book club experience will take place via Webex, an online program that allows us to connect with anyone, anywhere, any time. Please register by Monday, March 31 to or 419-724-0354.

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Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo Programs Senior events calendar

The Senior Adult Programs of the Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo are supported in part through your campaign dollars and through a generous grant from the Jewish Senior Services Supporting Organization. All events are part of the Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo and occasionally take place at the various synagogues. Please note registration deadlines for all programs! To register for a Jewish Federation Senior Program, please call 419-724-0354 or email

Thursday, March 6 Toledo Lucas County Public Library – Nook/Kindle, iPad 1 p.m. Leonard Lounge - Federation Campus 6465 Sylvania Avenue FREE with YOUR Library Card Bring your Kindle, Nook, iPad or e-reader and learn how easy and simple it is to borrow library books, magazines, music and videos for FREE from the comfort of your computer. Please bring your library card. The library will provide a step-by-step guide on how to borrow all media. Please bring along your own device and when registering please let us know which device you will be bringing. If you don’t have an e-reader yet, come and learn how wonderful your public library can be! Registration is requested.

Thursday, March 27 Peace, Love & Pottery: Passover Masterpiece 1 p.m. Peace, Love & Pottery 6750 Sylvania Avenue (next to Classic Café) $5 per person Join us for afternoon of complete creativity. Make something special for your own Seder, a hostess gift or even start a new traditional piece to be used by family. Dress for a mini mess, have a nosh with us and enjoy a nice afternoon out! Registration and payment required by Thursday, March 20.

Thursday, April 10 A Taste of Passover 1 p.m. Congregation B’nai Israel 6525 Sylvania Avenue $5.00 per person Join us for an untraditional Seder. Instead of flipping page-by-page in the Haggadah, we will jump around, learn about new traditions and try new flavors that represent all the various regions of the world and so much more! Registration and payment required by Monday, March 31. Thursday, April 24 United Against Nuclear Iran presents: Preventing a Nuclear-armed Iran 1 p.m. Leonard Lounge Federation Building 6465 Sylvania Avenue, Sylvania Bob Feferman, Mid-West Coordinator. will answer three very important questions: * How close is Iran to developing nuclear weapons? * Why should Americans be concerned about this? * What can citizen-activists do to help prevent a nuclear-armed Iran? United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) is a not-for-profit, non-partisan advocacy group that seeks to prevent Iran from fulfilling its ambition to obtain nuclear weapons. Registration is required by Thursday, April 17.

Thursday, May 22 Before You’ve Fallen and Can’t Get Up: How To Stay Safe and Independent Noon Congregation B’nai Israel 6525 Sylvania Avenue $5 per person Truly, there IS no place like home, and d e l u hed remaining there is c s Re date something most people aspire to achieve as they age. But, how best to ensure that this can happen? Caregivers, adult children with older family members and baby boomers – this event is for you; come as a family and come with friends! Our homes are our castles, and castles can be fraught with dangers unless preventative steps are taken. Come and participate in a learning experience that will provide you with information about mobility aids, easy home modifications and how to create a safety network. One hour can truly change your life and arm you with tools to protect that castle and its king and queen for years to come! This event is supported by Jewish Senior Services. Registration and payment is required by Monday, May 12.

Travel Opportunities for Seniors

FREE books and CDs – Are you getting YOURS? PJ Library® is completely FREE for participating families in the Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo region. PJ Library® seeks to engage Jewish families with young children. Each participating child in our community will receive a high-quality Jewish children’s book or CD every month, from age six months through age eight. Each book and CD comes with resources to help families use the selection in their home. The book and music list has been selected by the foremost children’s book experts and includes a wide array of themes related to Jewish holidays, folktales and Jewish family life. PJ ABC FOOD BOOKS FOR MARCH ARE: Apples & Honey (ages 6 months to 2 years) What I Like About Passover by Varda Livney Bagels & Lox (ages 2 to 3) Afikomen Mambo by Joe Black Challah Toast (ages 3 to 4) The Matzah that Papa Brought Home by Fran Manushkin Dates & Almonds (ages 4 to 5) The Littlest Levine by Sandy Lanton Egg Matza (ages 5 to 6) Max Makes a Cake by Michelle Edwards Falafel (ages 6 to 7) Stone Soup with Matzoh Balls by Linda Glaser Gefilte Fish (ages 7 to 8) The Story of Passover by David A. Adler Hamantaschen (ages 8 and above) Private Joel and the Sewell Mountain Seder by Bryna J. Fireside To learn more about PJ Library® and to ensure your child receives this wonderful gift, please contact Sherry Majewski at 419-724-0386 or PJ Library® is supported in part by the Gary and Andrea Delman Family Foundation and Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo.

Thursday, March 20 Not By Bread Alone Created & Performed by Nalagaat Theater Deaf - Blind Acting Ensemble Directed by Adina Tal 2:30 p.m. depart Toledo 7:30 p.m. show (70 minutes) Ohio Theatre @ Playhouse Square, Cleveland, Ohio $45 per person (includes transportation, theater ticket and dinner. Limited tickets) Direct from Israel, in Not By Bread Alone, 11 deaf-blind actors take the audience on a magical tour of the districts of their inner world; the world of darkness, silence and bread. As the process of bread making unfolds on stage (the dough is being kneaded, raised and baked "for real") a unique encounter occurs between actors and audience. Transformative. Moving. Profound. Educational. Unforgettable. These are just a few of the words used to describe this once-ina-lifetime experience that brings the theatrical and culinary arts together in an unprecedented way. Registration and payment required by Monday, March 10.

Special Notice: Please note that our trips are open to all seniors and reservations and payment are due at the time of the request to hold your space. We will accept reservations on a firstcome basis since space is limited. A wait list will be formed as needed. No confirmations will be mailed; your credit card charge or canceled check will serve as your confirmation. Please fill out an Emergency Contact Form if you will be traveling with us and have not already done so. For questions about a program, please contact René Rusgo at 419-724-0365 or or Mary Lou Whittaker at 419-531-2119 or marylou@ Please note registration deadlines for all programs. To register for a Jewish Federation Senior Program, please call 419-724-0354 or email registration@

Wednesday, May 14 & Thursday, May 15 Columbus Theatre & Foodie Tour Join us for a night away in the state’s capital. Enjoy travel via luxury motor coach, accommodations at the trendy The Lofts boutique hotel, an amazing dinner at Lindy’s in the German Village and an evening performance of The Book of Mormon at the Ohio Theatre as part of Broadway in Columbus. Rise and shine the next morning with breakfast and then board the bus for a Columbus Food Adventure. Be a foodie (a person who seeks new food experiences as a hobby rather than simply eating out for convenience or hunger), in the heart of Short North, with stops at a top 10 Columbus restaurant, a famous ice cream store and of course the famous North Market! TOUR INCLUDES: Modern Motor Coach transportation 1 Night at The Lofts, Downtown Columbus 1 Ticket to The Book of Mormon at The Historic Ohio Theatre, Columbus 1 Dinner/1 Breakfast/1 Food tour Bus Snacks Tax & tip on included meals COST PER PERSON: $200 Double Occupancy* + Driver Gratuity $250 Single Occupancy* + Driver Gratuity *Member Fee is for those in good standing with a current pledge and no unpaid gifts to the annual Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo Campaign. A non-member may pay an additional $75 per person Full payment due at time of registration, no places will be held without payment. Registration and payment deadline is Friday, April 11. Cancellation Policy: 100% refunded before Friday, April 11 After Friday, April 11: No refund This trip has moderate walking/standing, and could include a few flights of stairs and/ or uneven terrain. Our Foodie tour will have parts where we are walking – wear comfy and supportive shoes and getting on and off the bus. Travel insurance may be obtained by contacting your insurance agent. A current emergency form needs to be on file. *Travel itinerary subject to change

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Gan Yeladim

Preschool & Kindergarten We specialize in happy children.

I AM CREATIVE. I am Queen Esther today. I built a castle out of cereal boxes - and one out of sand, too. I spelled my real name on a paper crown and colored the jewels ruby red. I even made perfect triangles by folding the soft sides of dough into hamantaschen.

Pictured: Becca Weingarden

Fall registration now open! Toddler group Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8:30 a.m. -12:30 a.m.

Preschool Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. or full time 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Kindergarten Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Aftercare: 3 - 5:30 p.m.

NEW: PRECARE NOW AVAILABLE FROM 7 - 8:30 A.M. We encourage all new families to come tour and observe in our classrooms. To schedule an appointment or for more information please call Morah Raizel at 419-344-9142 or email

Preparing for Purim Of all the Jewish holidays, Purim provides perhaps the most fun for children. Dressing up in costumes, watching or putting on plays, and tasting Purim foods all help to inspire children’s interest. Although Purim lasts only one day, there are many ways to increase children’s anticipation of this joyous holiday. At Gan Yeladim, many exciting activities are planned to help the children experience Purim. Equipped with paint, brushes and large cardboard boxes, the children will transform the classrooms into the city of Shushan, creating child-sized castles in which they can play. A collection of costumes and accessories, some of which the children will create, will be available so that they can dress up as the historical figures from the Purim story. They can also recreate the story using puppets and other props. This hands-on experience is one of the most effective ways for children to acquire knowledge. Just telling the story, or even having the children watch a puppet show, is not enough. They need to “play” out the story again and again, so that it becomes meaningful to them. In keeping with this theme of “learning by doing” the children will participate in other aspects of Purim as well. They will set up a bakery where they can practice making hamantaschen with Play-doh. When they master the rolling, filling and pinching skills, they will get to make real hamantaschen to include in their Shalach Manot Baskets, which are given to family and friends on Purim. In

order to encourage free artistic expression, the teachers will provide materials for the children to create baskets and cards to go along with their shalach manot. All of these classroom experiences will culminate with

a grand Purim parade and party where the children will celebrate Purim together in the true spirit of the holiday. To receive a creative guide for Purim with your preschooler, email

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Local News BBYO spends snowy weekend at Hiram House Camp

BSN laser tag an epic battle By Nathan Podolsky


On a Sunday in early February, the boys of BSN traveled to Warzone Lasergames for a fun afternoon of laser tag and pizza. Starting off with the first match, the green team and red team squared off in an epic battle. After the green team emerged victorious, the warriors sat down, played arcade games and spoke about different topics ranging from the Israeli Defense Force to future BBYO conventions and programs. After the short break, the battlefield was stormed once again in another grueling fight resulting in another green win. Finally, in the last round, it was an unruly free-for-all, as Aleph Ryan Leslie (a.k.a. Scorpion) won with nearly 20,000 points. Finally, we sat down and ate a minimum of three pieces of pizza each, all while talking and strengthening the bonds of brotherhood. With 13 boys in attendance, including four freshman, the program was a huge success. We are all looking forward to the next one.


At the end of January, Toledo BBYO spent a very snowy weekend at northeast Ohio's Hiram House Camp for Kallah: What Will You Create That Will Make The World Awesome?! The weekend centered around the YouTube sensation, “Kid President,” an energetic young boy who shares his optimism and wise words in short videos. The Toledo teens had the opportunity to change the world by learning about advocacy and making hats for the homeless. The teens also worked with visiting song leaders Happie Hoffman and Eric Hunker to write their own original song and painted their own self-portraits. Toledo teen Ben Yaffe read Torah for

the convention body on Saturday in a joyful Shabbat Service. The weekend was full of inspirational and moving programs. One of the most riveting parts of Kallah was when the 100 teens were silently listening to Mrs. Betty Gold, a Holocaust survivor. Mrs. Gold shared her story about surviving in Poland, describing all that she experienced and overcome. The teens were in awe of her journey and determination and had many questions when Betty concluded. After a snow-filled weekend, the teens returned home safely, with a refreshed outlook, new friends and their own spice box they created for Havdallah.

BSN at Warzone for laser tag and a discussion about the Israeli Defense Force

Attention 9th-12th graders BBYO Regional Convention April 10-13 Join hundreds of teens from northern Ohio for an amazing weekend in Cleveland full of awesome programs, spirit and friends. For more information about Toledo BBYO (8th-12th graders), please contact Adrienne Goldberg at

(back row) Miriam Federman, Ben Yaffe, Alex Goldstein and Matthew Fink; (front row) Mollie Groth and Miriam Shafransky

BSN gets ready for Shabbat dinner

YOM HA'ATZMAUT IN A BOX TUESDAY, APRIL 22 4 p.m. Leonard Lounge/Classrooms 2&3 Federation Campus 6465 Sylvania Ave., Sylvania, OH Happy Birthday, Israel! We will have a birthday party with crafts, games and a celebratory snack. Registration required by Monday, April 14 to Sherry Majewski at 419-724-0354 or

(back row) Miriam Federman, Morgan Segall, Miriam Shafransky and Ilana Dolin; (front row) Emma Podolsky and Mollie Groth

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Hillel News


Bowling Green State University Hillel Update


President’s Day Tabling In January, BGSU Hillel students took part in organizational tabling at BGSU’s Get Involved Fair. Students also participated in the organization fair at BGSU’s 2014 President’s campus visit event for visiting parents and students. Hillel on Ice

Bowling Green State University Ice Arena played host to BGSU Hillel last month; the 5,000-seat hockey arena is home to the BGSU Falcons ice hockey team, but is open to the public for ice skating. BGSU Hillel student skated and held a Havdallah service. UT-BGSU Hillel trip to Sky Zone It has been a tough winter, keeping students indoors and suffering cabin fever. Last month, BGSU Hillel and UT Hillel students travelled to Sky Zone in Canton, Michigan to bounce off the walls – literally – at the indoor trampoline park that provides a safe place to get some fun exercise and burn off the winter blues. Gift of Life Shabbat Last month, BGSU Hillel hosted a Gift of Life Shabbat; after a short presentation on the Gift of Life organization, students provided a cheek swab and registered as bone marrow donors. Gift of Life is one of the oldest and largest of 58 organ procurement organizations (OPO) in the United

States. Gift of Life is part of the nationwide organ and tissue sharing network run by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). Upcoming Events Hamantaschen Making Party On the evening of March 20, BGSU Hillel will host a Hamentaschen Making Party in celebration of Purim. March Shabbat Dinner On March 28 at 6 p.m., BGSU Hillel will host its monthly Shabbat service at the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Second Night Passover Seder On Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 7 p.m., BGSU Hillel will host its second night BGSU Hillel VP Emily Passover Seder in Room Daiell and Matthew Snider 201 of the Bowen-Thomp- manage to avoid falling on son Student Union. the ice

University of Toledo Hillel Update By Devin Billstein, Jessica Moses and Zach Greenfield It has been a great start to the University of Toledo Hillel semester! With attendance on the rise, we have been able to have almost two dozen programs since returning from winter break. On our first Friday back, Elizabeth Lane and her husband, Andrew Mariani, had us over to their house to welcome us after a nice relaxing break. Shabbat services and dinner are a special time at Hillel and one of the most looked forward to events of the week. So far this semester we have had some incredibly fun Shabbats including our Iron Chef Shabbat, where we competed to see who could come up with the best meal using the seven species of Tu B’Shevat; a Birthright Shabbat where our students had a chance to learn about their free trip to Israel; and our Gift of Life Shabbat. Ali Eubanks, Rachel Federman, With help from Yelena Zhernovskiy and Sara Federman at Shabbaton 2014 a grant from the

Gift of Life Shabbat: Eden Golan, Devin Billstein, Mitch Horn and Delaney Gilligan

Toledo Jewish Community Foundation, we were able to partner with another student organization on campus and organize a Bone Marrow Donor Drive, Maddie Isenberg at Havdalah on Ice giving tremendous hope to thousands of patients searching for a match every day. Though all of this was fun, we can safely say that a weekend in early February was by far our busiest and most exciting. Friday started off with our Gift of Life Shabbat, followed by Havdalah on Ice with BGSU Hillel on Saturday night. It was a great way to bring the two Hillel’s together! This all led to Sunday when we carpooled to Sky Zone in Michigan and had a blast at the indoor trampoline warehouse. We had a great time playing dodge ball and watching everyone do a trick as they jumped into the foam pit; but trying to get out of the pit was probably one of the hardest and funniest parts of the day. Here at Hillel, we are enriching the lives of the Jewish students and showing others on campus what being Jewish is really about.

UT Hillel: Gift of Life Shabbat

BG Hillel members having a great time on the ice

BGSU Hillel members met up for an evening of skating at BG’s Ice Arena SUPPORTED BY


Sydney Brinsky, Emily Daiell, Jacob Rashbaum and Eden Golan at Havdalah on Ice

UT Hillel at Sky Zone

Gift of Life Shabbat: Taylor Zanville, Maddie Isenberg, Zach Greenfield, Britteny King

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Local News

Monday, April 7 Zigzag Kid 2013 | 95 minutes | Dutch/English/French | Adventure/Drama/Family A witty, spirited and action-packed adventure about an almost-13-year-old boy named Nono, his world of confusions, fears and fantasies. Nono longs to be a good detective like his father, a famous police inspector, but his wild nature constantly gets him into trouble. Gaby, his father's secretary, cherishes Nono and recognizes his anguish, which comes from his lack of knowledge about his mother, who died when he was very little. Two days before his bar mitzvah, he is sent off to his uncle's to be disciplined yet again. Once on the train, the overimaginative boy discovers one last chance to prove himself. Together with charming international thief Felix Glick, an old acquaintance of his father's, he travels to the French Rivera and enters a world of disguises and crazy pursuits, crossing paths with the famous singer Lola Ciperola (played by Isabella Rossellini) and Zohara, a mysterious woman whose secrets will forever change Nono's life.

ALL FILMS: 7 p.m. Maumee Indoor Theatre 601 Conant Street Maumee, Ohio 43537 RESERVATIONS: $5 per person per film Reservations may be made by calling 419-724-0354 or Payment is due at the time of reservation. No refunds will be offered. AT THE DOOR: first come, first served; exact payment appreciated. Seating is limited and may sell out. We suggest you arrive 30 minutes in advance of the start of the film. TRANSPORTATION (OPTIONAL): 6:15 p.m. Bus departs Federation Campus (6465 Sylvania Avenue) with service to the Maumee Theater and return to the Federation Campus. Limited seats! Reservation a must to 419-724-0354 or (do it when you buy your ticket!)

Monday, April 28 Oma & Bella 2012 | 76 minutes | German/English Subtitles | Documentary Oma & Bella is an intimate glimpse into the world of Regina Karolinski (Oma) and Bella Katz, two friends who live together in Berlin. Having survived the Holocaust and then stayed in Germany after the war, it is the food they cook together that they remember their childhoods, maintain a bond to each other and answer questions of heritage, memory and identity. As the film follows them through their daily lives, a portrait emerges of two women with a light sense of humor, vivid stories and a deep fondness for good food. Created by Oma's granddaughter Alexa, the film captures their ongoing struggle to retain a part of their past while remaining very much engaged in the present.

Monday, May 12 The Other Son 2012 | 105 minutes | French/English/Arabic/Hebrew | Drama As he prepares to join the Israeli army for his national service, Joseph discovers he is not his parents’ biological son, but that he was inadvertently switched at birth with Yassin, the son of a Palestinian family from the West Bank. This revelation turns the lives of these two families upside-down, forcing them to reassess their respective identities, their values and their beliefs.

Monday, May 19 When Comedy Went to School 2013 | 83 minutes | English | Documentary/Comedy Why are there so many Jewish comedians? When Comedy Went to School answers this question with an entertaining portrait of this country's greatest generation of comics – the generation that includes the likes of Jerry Lewis, Sid Caesar, Jackie Mason, Mort Sahl, and Jerry Stiller, all of whom make appearances in the film, telling jokes and telling their stories. The answer is also found in upstate New York's Catskill Mountains, aka the Borscht Belt, where Jewish immigrants transformed lush farmland into the 20th century's largest resort complex. Those Catskill hotels and bungalow colonies provided the setting for a remarkable group of young Jewish-American comedians to hone their craft and become worldwide legends. It was truly When Comedy Went to School. SUPPORTED BY

Committee: Deborah Norin-Kuhen Janet Rogolsky Judy Weinberg


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Local News

Learning life skills with the Friendship Circle List creating, budgeting, shopping and health were all things Friendship Circle tackled on our recent trip to Kroger. Children and teens spent an hour putting all these skills to the test as they brought grocery lists from home and had to stay within a $10 budget to buy every-

Jude Lingan and Christina Pasternak

thing they needed. Volunteers were right beside their special friend guiding and lending a helping hand when needed. Birthday Club What better way to spend your birthday than with all of your friends at the Friendship Circle? Michael Pasternak and Luke Vincent got to celebrate theirs with friends, cake, gifts, funky glasses and song.

The birthday boys, Michael and Luke

Kayla McQueen and Madison Bush wearing funky birthday glasses

Ella Musher-Eizenman and Jackie Forshaw choosing their watermelons carefully

The more cooks in the “Lights of Shabbat” kitchen, the better the soup A bowl of homemade chicken soup and a loaf of hand-braided challah is a simple recipe for saying a warm hello to a community member, but it takes a lot of helping hands to make it happen. “Lights of Shabbat” is a Chabad House volunteer-driven project that brings gift bags each Friday to members of the Jewish community. The bags contain Shabbat candles, chicken soup, challah, grape juice and perhaps a holiday treat. Who receives a Friday afternoon “hello,” and, also importantly, what’s the reason? “Absolutely everyone in the Jewish community is available for nomination for a ‘Lights of Shabbat’ bag,” said Coordinator, Blumie Shemtov of Chabad House. “These Friday afternoon gifts are given to anyone who we’ve received a request to send one. So, it’s sort of like having a secret friend out there who has thought of you, for whatever reason, and called the crew at Lights of Shabbat to send a secret message to your door.” The idea, Blumie explained, is that one person thought of another person, and the community becomes the tool to recognize that individual, increasing the strength of the mitzvah with each person involved. “It’s a pretty beautiful thought, and it has been even better to see in action.” From the program launch in December to mid-February, the team has delivered 45 Lights of Shabbat bags, cooked four huge pots of soup, rolled 260 matzah balls, and kneaded and braided 150 loaves of challah together. Over a dozen women have done all this work in two cooking sessions, all while laughing and noshing together in the warm

Chabad kitchen. The second cooking session fell during a series of snow days for the Sylvania school district, which meant plenty of extra hands to help in the kitchen. Each Friday afternoon, volunteers are needed to take a few bags to that week’s recipients, all of whom have been called earlier in the week by volunteer Becky McQueen. The delivery end of the operation has been a tougher job to fill, as the hours are mid-day Friday afternoon, there is driving and navigation to deal with and not everyone feels comfortable knocking on someone’s door. Volunteer driver and kitchen crew member Julie Fruchtman Yakumithis has no such qualms. “Everyone is always so very appreciative and happy to receive this gift,” Fruchtman reported. “There is nothing about this program that I don’t just love.” Sometimes she is invited to come in and visit for a while, which she really enjoys. A recipient with Alzheimer’s was so delighted at the gift and especially the visit that she asked that Julie come again to see her, and since then, they have sat and visited together on several occasions. A thank you note from another family revealed that the delivery was perfectly timed. “The challah, soup and grape juice were enjoyed, and I was really thankful for the candles as I had run out the previous Shabbat and had forgotten to get more. It made our Shabbat extra special!” To become involved in this project or to nominate a community member for a Lights of Shabbat Friday afternoon “hello,” please contact Blumie Shemtov at or 248-224-7181.

Light of Shabbat cooking crew & driving divas Bonnie Berland Seth Berland* Jeanette Bernstein Kayla Bernstein* Nechama Fleishman Audrey Friedman Julie Fruchtman Elaine Gutowtiz Nancy Katz Jill Kripke Becky McQueen Kayla McQueen* Madison McQueen* Stephanie Levitt Shaulsky

Liz Platsis Mushka Matusof Marilyn Newman Andy Richards, Co-Chair Lauren Sachs Blumie Shemtov Alison Sherman Jamie Sherman* Josh Sherman* Dahlia Zack* Dena Zack, Co-Chair Sam Zack* Julie Fruchtman Yakumithis Sophia Yakumithis* *Snow day Lights of Shabbat volunteers

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Temple Shomer Emunim

Congregation B'nai Israel

Religious School

We have a lot of exciting activities going on at CBI Religious School. Our students did an amazing job raising money for Jewish Family Service through their Penny Wars tzedakah project and bake sale. Both of these tzedakah projects were initiated and carried out by our students. They should be very proud. We are looking forward to Queen Vashti’s Persian Style Brunch honoring our CBI Religious School aides for all of their dedicated service to CBI. Purim is just around the corner, and we are looking forward to another amazing Purim spiel- Hakuna Megillah a Disney Purim Spiel. Sunday, March 2: Classes plus Open House 9:30 a.m. - noon for prospective students and their families Wednesday, March 5: Classes Sunday, March 9: “Queen Vashti Brunch” honoring our Religious School Aides Wednesday, March 12: Classes Sunday, March 16: Abbreviated Megillah Reading, Purim Spiel, and USY Purim Carnival Wednesday & Sunday, March 19 & 23: Classes Wednesday & Sunday, March 26 & 30: Classes (Rabbi Miller on Sunday) For more information, contact religious school principal, Kim Brody at

Purim Events

Sunday, March 9 - 9:30 a.m. to noon “Vashti: Victim or Villian” Brunch Hear Queen Vashti’s story, and you be the judge of her legacy as we also honor our religious school aides and role models for their ongoing commitment to our religious school: Josh Brody, Sari Kripke, Emma Podolsky, Morgan Segall, Josh Sherman, Sam Zack and Deena Zucker. The morning will also include a sale of Israeli jewelry by three of Israel’s hottest designers: Ayla Bar, Yoolie and Angie Alomi. The jewelry sale is open to the public from noon - 1 p.m. with no admission charge.

Anne Bauer & Ann Rosenberg are Queen Vashti Sisterhood event cochairs. The jewelry sale coordinated by Luann Garber and Tova Eisenberg. Call the office at 419-517-8400 for brunch reservations by March 3.

Saturday, March 15 - 8:15 p.m. Full Traditional Purim Megillah Reading

Sunday, March 16 - 10 a.m. to noon Hakuna Megilla: A Disney Purim Spiel Signs of Spring: The snow melting … The birds singing … and The Purim Spiel! Come laugh with the singers, actors, dancers, kosher hams and all-around goofs who are ready to have fun and tell the story of Purim yet again, in an all-new, locally created spiel. Produced by 3Z Productions, a.k.a. Deena, Sophie and Meira Zucker Sunday, March 16 - Noon Purim Carnival With games, gifts, lunch and hamentaschen!

Rabbi Jason Miller Congregation B'nai Israel is pleased that Rabbi Jason Miller will be spending more time at Congregation B’nai Israel the rest of this year. Rabbi Miller will join us on March 8 for Shabbat services. In addition, Rabbi Miller will be spending the weekend at B’nai Israel from March 2930. More information on the programs scheduled will soon be available. Be sure to come and hear his dynamic approach to Conservative Judaism. Rabbi Miller is an entrepreneur, social media expert and a “Rabbi Without Borders.” As a popular and influential speaker, blogger and writer on technology and its effect on the Jewish world, he reaches hundreds of thousands. Rabbi Jason writes the “Jewish Techs” blog for The Jewish Week, the monthly “Jews in the Digital Age” column for the Detroit Jewish News and is a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post, JTA, The Jewish Daily Forward and The Times of Israel. For more information on Rabbi Miller, check out his blog at http://blog. Stay up to date on all events at Congregation B’nai Israel by visiting our website, For more information about the programs at Congregation B'nai Israel please call 419-517-8401

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Ohr Chadash Calendar: March

Congregation Etz Chayim Purim Schedule

FAST OF ESTHER THURSDAY, MARCH 13 Shacharit: 6:30 a.m. Ma’ariv: 6:30 p.m. PURIM EVENING SATURDAY, MARCH 15 Mincha: 7:10 p.m. ShaloshSeudas/Lecture: 7:30 p.m. Shabbos ends: 8:22 p.m. Ma’ariv: 8:45 p.m. Megillah Reading: 9 p.m.

Shalosh Seudas on Saturday evening will feature a lecture with Rabbi Bienenfeld speaking. His topic will be “Mordechai Takes a Stand: The Megillah’s Message of Social Activism.” PURIM SUNDAY, MARCH 16 Shacharit: 8 a.m. Megillah Reading: 9 a.m.

Hamantaschen Sale

Congregation Etz Chayim is once again selling hamantaschen to the community. The available flavors are raspberry, apricot, chocolate, prune and poppy seed. The cost is $7 per dozen. Also available are chocolate dipped

raspberry, chocolate dipped apricot and chocolate dipped chocolate for $9 per dozen. The hamantaschen are kosher pareve. Call the synagogue office at 419-473-2401 to reserve your pastries or stop in to purchase.

Men's Club

The next meeting of the Men’s Club will be held on Sunday, March 23 at 11 a.m. Plans are under way for the annual Kishka Dinner, which will take place on Wednesday, April 2 at 6 p.m. The guest speaker for the eve-

ning will be the newly elected mayor of Toledo, D. Michael Collins. Tickets are available in the synagogue office or by contacting Steve Marcus at 419-841-8886. The cost is $36 per person. Men and women are cordially invited.

Book Club

The next meeting of the Etz Chayim Book Club will be Monday, March 10 at 1 p.m. The book chosen is The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro. Dessert will be served. Everyone is invited.

Chabad House

Ohr Chadash Religious School What makes our Etz Chayim Ohr Chadash unique? Our outstanding teachers plan and implement innovative, creative and meaningful lessons and activities for the wonderful children who attend our school. The students from Rabbi Bienenfeld’s Chumash class are actively involved and engaged in the discussion. Laughter is bursting from the classroom doors! The dynamic team of Mrs. Sarah Bienenfeld and Mrs. Allie Berns (teaching Confirmation) brings relevance and meaning to their students. The girls enjoy the discussions and the research in class. Mrs. Sharon Lapitsky leads services with her students on Sunday mornings. The familiarity of hearing and singing the prayers is important for our young Ohr Chadash family. Mrs. Lapitsky also incorporates a discussion on the weekly Torah portion and review of Hebrew Language. She has also planned wonderful holiday lessons and activities. If you asked the two girls why they like to come to Mrs. Van Dyke’s class, they would say it’s because the learning is fun! We are so busy learning Hebrew, reading stories, planning special holiday programs and events: like our Consecration! The smiles on our three and four-year-olds tell how they feel about Ohr Chadash. They are so excited to come to the K’TonTon room to see Miss Gina and Miss Falyn. The love and enthusiasm

from both teachers are so apparent to each child. Each week, Gina plans fun activities which include singing, learning Aleph Bet, davening, creating holiday and art projects, discussing tzedakah, learning about holidays and so much more. We are fortunate to have Mrs. Phyllis Walkin teaching our Hebrew language classes on Tuesday and Thursday. Her diverse lessons are well planned and implemented to our group of students. Lessons are taught, fun review games are played and individual tasks are planned accordingly. Mrs. Cindy Becker is a valuable addition to our teaching team. She has successfully built a relationship with her students and developed a connection with them. Cindy tutors Hebrew on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Etz Chayim has an education program three days a week. Adults and children are filling the classrooms and library on Sunday mornings. The students attend the Tuesday/Thursday classes for Chumash and Hebrew language lessons. Special Purim activities are planned for the children and families. Come hear the Megillah Reading on March 15. A very special Purimspiel will be presented by the students in Mrs. Lapitsky’s class on Sunday morning with fun-filled activities to follow for EVERYONE! Save the date: The Ohr Chadash model seder is Sunday, April 6.

Sunday: March 2: Class March 9: Class March 16: Purim fun March 23: Class March 30: No class (spring break)

Tuesday/Thursday: March 4 & 6: Class March 11 & 13: Class March 18 & 20: Class March 25 & 27: Class

Ohr Chadash Adult Classes

Class begins at 10 a.m., and a continental breakfast will be served. If anyone is interested in sponsoring a breakfast, please call the synagogue office at 419-473-2401. The cost is $36. Sunday, March 2: “Animal Sacrifices: Relics of the Past, Or Part of Our Future?” Sunday, March 9: “Esther and the Moon: Reflecting Beauty”

Ner Tamid, The Flame of Our Future Instead of a multitude of fundraisers, this year’s fundraising efforts at Congregation Etz Chayim are centered around a Ner Tamid project. Focused on flaming and securing our future, this non-event event consists of the sale of a MAXIMUM OF 300 TICKETS, each at $100.

The winners will receive a grand prize of $1,500, a second prize of $750 and a third prize of $375. Tickets will be drawn at the Board Meeting on March 27, and winners will be notified. To purchase a ticket, please call the synagogue office at 419-473-2401.

Sisterhood News

The Sisterhood would like to thank all those who took part in our annual Shaloch Manos project. Once again, due to the participation of so many, this project was a huge success. We thank those who took time out of their busy schedules to help put the bags together and deliver them to members of our congregation who might be unable to pick them up.

The Sisterhood gift shop has wonderful items for all occasions. Our featured artist of the month is Sara Beames of Beames Designs. Check out our new assorted handmade glass designs. We now have colored glass to break at weddings. Chards can be placed in any of Sara’s designs. Every purchase includes free gift wrapping.

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Organizations/Local News Hadassah

Submitted by Hindea Markowicz Be happy – it’s Adar! But wait – which Adar is it? This year, 5774, is a leap year in the Jewish calendar – one in which we adjust our calendar for the earth’s rotation by adding a month. The Gregorian calendar, as we all know, makes this adjustment by adding one day every fourth year. February 1, 2014 is 1 Adar 1. Do we get to be happy twice? Of course! We greet Adar by declaring, MiShenichnas Adar, marbim b’simcha! (“When Adar comes, our joy increases!) We look forward to the joy and celebration of Purim, certainly doubled for Hadassah, as we rejoice both in Esther and Mordechai’s victory over Haman and Henrietta Szold’s founding of Hadassah on Purim. March 14 and 15 will usher in a new Hadassah tradition – the Sabbath immediately preceding Purim, every Shabbat Zachor, every Sabbath of Remembrance, will be “Hadassah Shabbat,” and congregations across the country will unite in remembrance and celebration. The joy of Adar is always tempered, however, by the special Torah reading read on Shabbat Zachor. We read the admonition: “Remember

what Amalek did to you on your way out of Egypt.” In attacking the Israelites from the rear, Amalek attacked the defenseless: the old, the sick, women and children. This was a tragedy for the already stressed band of former slaves. Why would the Rabbis designate such a grim reading for the eve of Purim? We are taught to be attentive to our world, both its dangers and its needs. We are reminded that faith plays a role in our destiny, but so does human effort. We succeed best when we learn from adversity to be positive and proactive about the present and the future. Hadassah has had a glorious past filled with both triumph and tragedy. We have learned the lesson of Shabbat Zachor: im kol zeh, in spite of this, we continue to be a beacon of hope for the people of Israel through HMO, Youth Aliyah and Hadassah College. We work hard to care for the old, the sick and the disadvantaged. We face obstacles with the eyes of practical Zionists, but we strive to repair the world with the zeal of dreamers! Life Membership Campaign Hadassah – Lock in for Life In honor of our Centennial Year, Hadassah

Disagreement is good for the interfaith soul, scholar says By David Yonke, Arguing has always been an integral part of Jewish tradition, going back to Abraham’s debate with G-d over the fate of Sodom and Gomorrah. Abraham didn’t win that one, but his ancestors have carried on his and other Jewish prophets’ knack for argumentation, according to Loyola University professor, Devorah Schoenfeld. “We love to argue,” Schoenfeld said at the 12th Annual Jewish-Christian-Muslim Dialogue in mid-February at The University of Toledo, sponsored by UT’s Center for Religious Understanding. Her topic was “Disagree: The Power of Sacred Dissent.” She displayed copies of the Talmud, a Jewish text in which Scriptures are surrounded by commentaries and interpretations by rabbis. Arguing, challenging, and asking questions are “life-giving” activities, Schoenfeld said, and she encouraged participants in interfaith dialogues to discuss their differences and not be afraid to challenge one another’s beliefs. “When I have somebody who challenges me, who confuses me, then I have the possibility of growing,” she said. “If I have a partner who just tells me I’m right, then I stagnate; then I die. It’s tragic.” An assistant professor of theology/Judaism at Loyola University in Chicago, Schoenfeld was the keynote speaker at the dialogue, which alternates each year among the religions in leading the dialogue. Peter Feldmeier, professor of Catholic studies, and Ovamir Anjum, professor of Islamic studies, both of the University of Toledo, presented brief responses from their own traditions’ perspectives. Schoenfeld gave the audience of about 65 people an assignment: to read a selection from the Talmud aloud to a partner, then discuss, interpret and take a stand on the text. Reading aloud and debating the meaning of a text is taught in yeshiva, or Jewish schools. “In a yeshiva, it’s not quiet; it’s not a library,” Schoenfeld said, adding that reading aloud and listening are important parts of the process of interpretation. In the Talmud passage, a rabbi and his student both thrive when they debate Scripture. When the student dies, the rabbi’s new student agrees with everything he says and

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. 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. Become a Member. 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. Offer valid JanuaryDecember 31, 2014 Hadassah Contributions/ Mah Jongg Cards 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 419-841-4936 and/or Yvette Levin at 419-536-1703. Standard 2013 Mah Jongg cards are $8; the large card is $9. Send your payment to Jan Weaver at 7541 Hollow Creek Dr., Toledo, OH 43617 or call her at 419-340-9819. Change of Address Calling all members: if you have a change of address, please contact SP at 841-4311 or

Feldmeier also quoted the late Pope John Paul II’s statement that “the unity of the church is not in uniformity but organic blending of legitimate diversities.” He added, however, that despite the pope’s promise of diversity, “in no sense does this model really reflect the actual dynamics of the Catholic Church.” Anjum said diversity and debate had flourished within Islam for more than 1,200 years, but said there is truth to observations of “a

contemporary bankruptcy of Muslim thought.” He said colonialism and post-colonial modernizing Muslim governments stifled intellectual freedom and diversity within the Islamic world, but he sees signs of change – including events such as Monday night’s dialogue. “Interfaith dialogue with Jews and Christians is one of the places where this tradition is coming back, and coming back with full force,” Anjum said.

Devorah Schoenfeld leads a discussion on “The Power of Sacred Dissent” at UT Photo by David Yonke/

Celebrate and sponsor Fagie Benstein on her 73rd birthday

it leads to the rabbi’s frustration and, ultimately, his death. “When your mind is challenged, you stay alive. For Rabbi Yochanan, when nobody is challenging his mind, it kills him. It’s the worst thing that could happen to him,” Schoenfeld said. “There’s a danger in disagreement,” she said. “There’s a danger in saying things that are too harsh, hearing things in a way that isn’t receptive. Still, there’s a way in which disagreement is essential. There’s a way in which disagreement can give life. There’s a way that it can be dangerous and there’s a way in which we as Jews, Christians, Muslims in dialogue with one another can’t live without it.” Feldmeier said the Roman Catholic Church does a good job of discussing differences with other Christian groups, but not within the Catholic Church itself. “Maybe surprisingly to some of you, I think that we do this well in ecumenical dialogue,” he said. “We know how to find legitimate similarities and also even to sympathize and try to understand legitimate distinctions among Christians and even appreciate alternative ways of thinking about things.” But within the Catholic Church, “We’ve gone from arguing with each other to … mostly ignoring each other. And the divide between the theological community and the bishops of the church has grown larger in the last 20 years for sure,” Feldmeier said. He cited an effort by the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin of Chicago to encourage discussion of such topics as the role of women in the church, the nature of sexuality and the inclusion of Latino and Asian cultures. But Bernardin’s “Common Ground” project never got off the ground, with other bishops saying that “error has no room in dialogue.”

In gratitude for her many blessings, including being a breast cancer survivor, Fagie Benstein is dedicating her 73rd birthday to a fundraising event for two organizations: the JCC/YMCA Annual Campaign and the Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo Partnership2Gether in the Western Galilee in Israel. Both of these organizations embody the American ethic found in scripture to help those less fortunate. Thursday, March 20 | 9-10 a.m. Please join Fagie as she dedicates her Zumba class in the Sylvania YMCA/JCC gymnasium to raise funds for these two organizations You can participate by dancing at the Zumba class with us, cheering from the bleachers for us or contributing from afar. The levels of sponsorship are: Executive Producer ($500): Includes 6 dancers/cheerleaders Producer ($250): Includes 3 dancers/cheerleaders Director ($150): Includes 2 dancers/cheerleaders Musical Director ($118): Includes 2 dancers/cheerleaders Stage Manager ($54): Includes 1 dancer/cheerleader Dancers ($18): Includes t-shirt and continental breakfast Cheerleader Bleachers ($18): Includes t-shirt and continental breakfast Dancing for joy is also scriptural; please join Fagie in gratitude for your own blessings by supporting these two most worthy organizations. 100% of your gift will go directly to the JCC/YMCA of Greater Toledo and Partnership2Gether. For additional information, please contact Fagie Benstein at or 419-322-9681.

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S'machot/Special Interest B'nai Mitzvah


e Honor Our B'nai Mitzvah

Anne E Barchick will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, March 29 at Temple Shomer Emunim. Anne E is the daughter of Joe and Rochelle Barchick, and the older sister of Oscar. Her proud grandparents are William and Marge Goldstein, Joan Barchick and Richard Barchick (z”l). As an Honor Roll student at McCord Jr. High, Anne E plays the flute in the band, is a member of Youth to Youth and volunteers in the special needs room. Her extracurricular activities include playing rec soccer, swimming, reading, art projects and hanging out with her family and friends. She has also completed the MVP program of the Friendship Circle. The Mitzvah project Anne E selected was helping the Jewish Family Service (JFS) Food Bank. She toured the Northwest Ohio Food Bank. For JFS, she shopped several times for major restocking then stocked and organized the shelves. She also helped with the sort and stock from the High Holiday Food Drive collection. Anne E plans to continue helping the JFS Food Bank. For a week before and after her Bat Mitzvah date, there will be a collection bin at the Temple. Please consider making a donation of a non-perishable food item, toiletry or personal hygiene product. Anne E would like to thank Laurie Kruszynski, Cantor Amanda Winter, Wendy Payne and Rabbi Weinstein for their help in preparing for this Judaic milestone.

Annsley E. & Abigail L. Mann will be called to the Torah as a B'not Mitzvah March 8 at Temple Shomer Emunim. Annsley and Abigail are the twin daughters of Jeffrey & Corrine Mann and sister of Alexandria Mann. They are the granddaughters of Rena and the late Alex W. Mann, and Louis and Sherrie Darah. Annsley is a seventh grader at Timberstone Jr. High School. She is an honor roll student and involved in many school activities including yearbook

staff and Power of the Pen. In her free time, Annsley enjoys reading and playing competitive tennis for Laurel Hill Tennis Club and Inverness Club. Abigail is a seventh grader at Timberstone Jr. High School. She is an honor roll student and involved in many school activities including Student Council. In Abigail's free time she enjoys playing travel soccer for Pacesetter Soccer Club. Annsley and Abigail are looking forward to sharing their special day with family and friends.

Madeline Mc Naughton Vandyke will become a Bat Mitzvah on Sunday morning, March 9 at Congregation Etz Chayim. She will be celebrating her proud day with her parents Megan and Sam Vandyke, her sister Isabelle and grandparents Steve and Elizabeth Fried and Jack and Jane Vandyke as well as many other family members and friends. Madeline is currently is a fifth grade student at Horizon Science Academy as well as a student at Ohr Chadash Religious School. Extra-curricular activities are a way of life for Madeline. She is an active cheerleader, rides horses and plays baseball and golf. She is a member of the Friendship Circle. In her spare time she volunteers at Otterbein Senior Living Facility. She loves children and helping others. Madeline adores her two pets: Parker, her dog and Olive, her cat. We wish Madeline the very best as she ascends “MaChayil El Chayil” – from strength to strength. May she always be a blessing to her family and the people of Israel.


Ruth Chaban was recently named Northview High School Musician of the Week. Ruth is alto in the Northview A Capella Choir and Harmony Road Show. She is also an active member in Northview's Theater Department. This fall, she portrayed the role of one of the three blind mice in Northview's production of Shrek the Musical. On a daily basis, Ruth shares her musical abilities, wonderful attitude and great sense of humor with the faculty and students of Northview. Max Gold, recent University of Toledo graduate and former UT Hillel President, is now the Interim Development Coordinator for American Friends of Magen David Adom's area office based in Cleveland. Magen David Adom is Israel's national emergency medical response agency and also provides the nation's

blood supply, including 100% for the Israel Defense Forces. Max will be assisting Cari Margulis Immerman, Director, as they seek support for Magen David Adom's everyday operations, including ambulances and sophisticated medical technologies and a new blood center. To congratulate Max and for more information on the work of MDA and how you may assist, Max can be reached at 877-405-3913 or

Have something to kvell about? Send us your wedding, engagement, graduation, baby, job or other news for consideration in Toledo Jewish News today! Submit your simcha to Abby Hoicowitz at 419-724-0363 or

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Local News/Business Cards/Classifieds WALLEYE GAME


Sunday March 23

4:30 p.m. Jewish Federation departure 6465 Sylvania Avenue $10 per person

Sunday, March 30

1 p.m. Ages 5 through 10 Peace, Love & Pottery Studio 6750 Sylvania Avenue (next to Classic Café)

We will watch the Walleye battle Gwinnett. Parents will be called when the bus leaves the rink for pickup. A nosh will be provided. Registration and payment required by Monday, March 3 to Sherry Majewski at 419-724-0386 or You must have a current emergency contact form on file to participate.

Have Bubbe, Zayde and/or a special friend bring you to the studio to paint your masterpiece! A light snack will be served. Registration and payment required by Friday, March 21 to Sherry Majewski at 419-724-0386 or You must have a current emergency contact form on file to participate.

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12:30 p.m. Jewish Federation departure 6465 Sylvania Avenue $5 per person Please bring a canned good for donation to Jewish Family Service Food Bank Meet at the JCC/YMCA at 12:30 p.m. We will ride in style to the Sky Zone in Canton, Michigan, where we will have a jumping good time and then fill our stomachs with a yummy nosh. Registration and payment required by Monday, April 7 to Sherry Majewski at 419-724-0386 or You must have a current emergency contact form on file to participate.

Classifieds Lessons GUITAR LESSONS Beginner, intermediate. All ages. Blues, rock, jazz, folk, etc. Contact Nick Thanasiu, 419-297-7401 VIOLIN AND VIOLA LESSONS Over 25 years of experience. Call Yanina, 419-345-0749. FIGURE SKATING LESSONS FROM EXPERIENCED COACH Group and private lessons available. Competition preparation. Call 419-882-5941. Services BLINDS/SHADES CLEANING & REPAIR Ultrasonic cleaning process. Mini blinds, wood blinds, fabric shades, vertical blinds, sheer curtains. Pick up & deliver. Take down & rehang. Next day turnaround. Recommended by area blinds/shades retailers. Serving Northwest Ohio since 2005. Call Perrysburg Clean Blinds Plus at 419-874-9199.

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Simply send your business card and billing information to: Abby Hoicowitz at 6465 Sylvania Ave., Sylvania, OH 43560 or Publish your business card (reproduced with no changes in black & white, unless color space allows) for just $36/month; Three-month minimum. Any changes to business card include extra charge. Ads must be received by the 15th of the month. Call 419-724-0363 for more information

CERTIFIED DOG TRAINERS Gili and Daniel Obedience, Behavior Modification, Puppy Development, Breed Selection. Free Evaluations 567-249-7190 It is easy to run a classified ad in Toledo Jewish News! First 12 words - $8, $0.10 per additional word. Phone numbers and abbreviations count as separate words. Ads must be received by the 15th of the month. Simply email your ad and billing information to or call 419-724-0363 for more information. Please note: Classified ads will run every month (and the purchaser will be billed) until notification of cancellation is received.

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Calendar/Local News

March 2014




Adar I/II 5774







Note: All dates, times and locations are subject to change. Call 419-885-4461 for more information.


Seniors: B'nai Tzedek: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Chili Cook-off Celebration 1:30 p.m. Glendale

5 p.m. Sekach Building

Seniors: Toledo Public Library event 1 p.m. | Leonard Lounge Seniors: Seniors: 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Mystery Lunch Jewish Friendship Club 10:30 a.m. Depart Pelham Manor

Paid-up Member Luncheon Noon Pelham Manor


Babies, Bibs & More ... Seniors: Women: 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Toddlers Too: Playhouse Square Passover with Paula

Snowbirds: Florida Snowbirds Lunch 10:30 a.m. | Florida

PJ Bedtime Stories 6:30 p.m. Sherry Majewski's Office Federation Campus

7 p.m. Congregation Etz Chayim

2:30 p.m. (depart Toledo) Cleveland, OH BGSU Hillel: Hamentaschen Making Party

Club 6,7,8: Walleye Game 4:30 p.m. (depart JCC)

Seniors: Comunity: BGSU Hillel: 2 3 24 25 26 28 29 Peace, Love & Pottery 27 92|Y: Simon Schama Shabbat Dinner

Children 5-10: Pottery Painting 1 p.m. Peace, Love & Pottery

30 31

7:15 p.m. Temple Shomer Emunim

1 p.m. Student Union Peace, Love & Pottery Community: Ruth Franzen goodbye open house 4 p.m. | Sekach Building

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Local News Chevra Kadisha event sponsored by the Phillip and Inge Horowitz Family Foundation in memory of Phillip Horowitz, MD (z”l) All persons served by the Chevra Kadisha are accompanied at some point in their journey toward that holy ceremonial process by a physician. One such physician, renowned in the Toledo community for his devotion and skill in matters related to medicine as well as for his devotion and skill in matters related to Judaism, was Dr. Phillip Horowitz (z”l). It is in that spirit that his family has sponsored this event. Phillip Horowitz, MD was a physician who embodied the highest ideals of the profession. He was the consummate physician, sympathetic and empathetic, rigorous in his thinking, diligently and continuously applying his brilliant mind

to the acquisition and utilization of medical knowledge for the benefit of his patients in a compassionate caring manner. He was born to be a personal doctor, the patient’s confidante, advocate, skilled advisor and guide. He genuinely enjoyed people and cared about them – and his patients immediately sensed it. Each individual had a special place in his heart. He was a humanitarian who gave freely of his time and knowledge to care for indigent patients. His reputation in the medical community was second to none, not only for his professionalism, diagnostic acumen, and skilled management of complex cases, but also for his affability, humor and good nature. He

The Kindness of Truth ... The Ultimate Task ... The Ultimate Mitzvah:

Caring for Our Departed SUNDAY, MARCH 30

2-5 p.m. workshop Jewish Family Service Sekach Building Federation Campus 6505 Sylvania Avenue, Sylvania, OH All are welcome

simply loved being a doctor. In turn, he was deeply loved by his many patients for all those qualities. His personal life centered on his family, friends, and the synagogue. He was an active and generous supporter of the institutions of the Toledo Jewish community. With an upbringing steeped in Jewish learning and customs, and blessed with a good voice, he was a skilled liturgical leader and a master of the ancient traditional elaborate weekly reading of Hebrew scripture from the Torah scroll using a beautiful trope, the notations that guide chanting. His efforts, activities, and generosity earned him admiration and respect. R abbi Elchonon Zohn is the renowned founder and director of Vaad Harabonim of Queens, a national association of rabbis who promote traditional burial. “We don’t think of this being we are preparing for burial as a ‘body,’ ” said Rabbi Zohn, an Orthodox Jew whose knowledge of burial tradition is

mainly sought after by the non-Orthodox. “It’s a person; and that person in our view is still alive in a parallel world, very much aware of what’s happening.” The Jewish Approach to Death Rabbi Zohn presents the Jewish view on death, burial and the afterlife, and how to pragmatically prepare for it in the Jewish tradition.

Dinner honoring current Chevra Kadisha members: 7 p.m. Congregation Etz Chayim There is a shortage of volunteers on the current Chevra Kadisha organization (a sacred society). We would like to educate and demystify the process of the tahara for members of our community who might consider volunteering for the Chevra Kadisha before making that commitment. Anyone may attend the program to learn from a master teacher and true expert what the process involves.The workshop will also address specific questions. A dinner will be held as an additional expression of gratitude to those currently serving on the Chevra Kadisha. Please join us at Congregation Etz Chayim at 7 p.m., where Rabbi Elchonon Zohn will be featured as keynote speaker.

This program is graciously and lovingly sponsored by Inge Horowitz through the Dr. Philip and Inge Horowitz Fund of the Toledo Jewish Foundation in memory of her beloved husband, Phil (z"l). This program is endorsed by Congregations B'nai Israel, Congregation Etz Chayim and Temple Shomer Emunim


Community Observance of Yom Hazikaron & Celebration of Yom Ha’Atzmaut Monday, May 5, 2014 | 5 Iyar 5774 7 p.m. Temple Shomer Emunim 6453 Sylvania Avenue

Babies, Bibs & More…


Toddlers Too! SUPPORTED BY

Tuesday, March 18, 10-11 a.m. Leonard Lounge, YOUR CAMPAIGN GIFTS AT WORK Jewish Federation Campus Instruments, songs, motions and dance will all be a part of this Kindermusik event. A snack will be provided. Come put your groove on! Please register by Tuesday, March 11 to or 419-724-0386.

PJ Bedtime Stories Tuesday, April 8, 6:30 - 7 p.m. Sherry Majewski's office, Jewish Federation Campus Come in your pajamas, robes and slippers for bedtime stories before it is time to drift off to sleep! Please register by Tuesday, April 1 to or 419-724-0386.

Join us as we commemorate the Day of Remembrance for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel and Victims of Terrorism. We will then transition to Yom Ha'Atzmaut, the national day of Israel commemorating the Israeli Declaration of Independence in 1948. Follow us on Facebook at


Questions? Please contact Sherry Majewski at 419-724-0386 or WESTERN GALILEE CENTRAL AREA CONSORTIUM

These events are part of the Welcome to Jewish Toledo initiative of Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo.

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Local News Inaugural Maimonides Society event a success In early February, at the home of Dr. Allen and Hindea Markowicz, more than 40 healthcare professionals and their spouses attended a social reception, under the banner of Federation. The event came about after a November meeting by Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo’s campaign department in which a focus group determined that healthcare provider networking would be enjoyable and beneficial. Moving forward, there will be more opportunities for this group to get together. If you are a healthcare provider and have any suggestions about our next event, please contact Wendy Goldstein, Campaign Director, at 419-724-0360 or wendy@ Additionally, a new focus group for Cardozo (attorneys) was held in February to determine interest in the group getting together socially. We are looking forward to offering a program in the spring – stayed tuned. If you would like to be part of this committee, please contact Wendy Goldstein, Campaign Director, at 419724-0360 or



Hindea Markowicz and Wendy Goldstein

Dena Zack, David Zack, Ross Chaban and Rich Rusgo

David Grossman, Ira Orgel and Allan Miller

Nancy Shall, Steve Dolin, Allen Markowicz and Deborah Dolin

Joel Marcovitch, Allen Markowicz, Ross Chaban, Dennis Kogut, Michael Kogut, Buzz Romanoff and Hedva Romanoff

Richard Fine, Kara Fine, Michael Bielefeld and Cynthia Okin

Dagmar Stein, Howard Stein and Hindea Markowicz

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