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Southeastern Virginia | Vol. 52 No. 14 | 7 Nissan 5774 | April 7, 2014 THE W hite Rose PROJEC PROJECT T THE HOLOCAUS T COMMISSION

HANS AND SOPHIE SCHOLL, young and idealistic German students, were appalled by what was happening around them in 1943. They formed a resistance group called “The White Rose,” and heroically protested the policies and actions of the Nazi regime. Hans, his sister Sophie, and many of the students and teachers who made up the group were eventually arrested and executed. The Tidewater Jewish Community honors the memory of Hans and Sophie Scholl with our White Rose Project. Using your donation to the White Rose, we provide educational material on the Holocaust each year to Tidewater schools and institutions. In addition, your donations to our Red Rose Project enable us to continue other important initiatives sponsored by the

Holocaust Commission. Recent White Rose Project gifts have included educational materials such as the Paper Clips video and book, the book, Beyond Courage, a compilation of stories of Jewish resistance, Tell Them We Remember, from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and A Lost Youth and My Name is Anne Too, memoirs written by our own former Speakers’ Bureau survivors whom we’ve recently lost, David Katz and Anne Friedman. Red Rose Project programs include Yom Hashoah, What We Carry, the Elie Wiesel Writing and Visual Arts Competitions, The Goldman and Kroskin Educator Awards, presentations of Through the Eyes of a Friend, and the Biennial Educators’ Conference for Hampton Roads Educators.

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Greetings from waters near South-East Asia! From the bottom of my heart and the bottom of Combat Logistic Battalion-31 bellies, we thank you and your corps of volunteers for the delicious hamentaschen. As the Jewish chaplain embarked on the USS Ashland (LSD-48) with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit/Amphibious Readiness Group 11, my Jewish Marines and Sailors often feel isolated from home Jewish communities; even when we return to homeports (Sasebo and Okinawa, Japan), we are not in central hubs of Jewish community. We are incredibly grateful to you for organizing this event. To be remembered during Purim brought incredible joy to our little group. As a chaplain for all sorts of Marines from different backgrounds, I can tell you that your gift was appreciated by others, as well. Hamentaschen make an outstanding icebreaker for talking about different religious foods and practice. Breaking religious barriers, I am happy to report that while writing this I heard a non-Jewish Marine call down a passageway, screaming “I LOVE JEWISH COOKIES.” It is a proven fact: Hamentaschen make people smile and bring together people of all religions. Please forgive the delay in our gratitude. While we are forward deployed in the Western Pacific, things get to us a little slower than ideal (the hamentaschen were still delicious). Thank you so very much. On a personal note: as a camper for countless Camp JCC Summers, a former pre-schooler in the Shalom Children’s Center, an alumnus of the Hebrew Academy of Tidewater (1997), the son of a former teacher at the Hebrew Academy (Jay Warren, Middle School Science), and a former lifeguard at the pool in both Norfolk and Virginia Beach, seeing a package from the Simon Family Jewish Community Center was exactly the thing I needed to make it feel like a proper holiday season and connected to home. Thank you! Shalom and Semper Fidelis, Very respectfully yours, Rabbi Yoni Warren Ch. Yonatan M. Warren LT, CHC, USN Battalion Chaplain, CLB-31, 31st MEU Embarked on USS Ashland (LSD-48)


Cover: A JDC employee wearing a white helmet en route to visiting an elderly Jew, walks past a barricade erected by protesters on the streets of Kiev, Ukraine. JDC photo.

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Passover recipes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

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Local Passover services and events. . . . . . . . . . 23

Torah Thought. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

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Responses to the crisis in Ukraine. . . . . . . . . . . 6

Local educator retires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Yom Hashoah observance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

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Nearly half of Israelis surveyed said Israel’s Chief Rabbinate should officially recognize Reform and Conservative Judaism. In the survey of 500 adults, 49 percent “strongly feel that the Chief Rabbinate should officially recognize the Reform and Conservative streams of Judaism,” Walla. com reported, because this “will in turn strengthen the connection with American Jews.” The poll, published March 27, was commissioned by the Ruderman Family Foundation and conducted by Teleseker polling. It focused on how Israelis perceive the relationship between their countrymen and state institutions and U.S. Jews. Asked about whether the views of American Jews on the peace process should be taken into account, 30 percent of respondents said “to some extent,” 22 percent said “to a great extent” and 18 percent said “not at all.” Thirty-one percent of respondents said that Diaspora Jews should not be represented in the Knesset while 29 percent said Diaspora Jews should be represented “to some extent.” The survey was conducted ahead of a trip to New York and Boston that the Ruderman Family Foundation is organizing for six Knesset members to learn more about U.S. Jewry. (JTA)


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briefs Kerry, Netanyahu reportedly consider Pollard for Palestinian prisoners deal Israel would release hundreds of Palestinian prisoners and freeze West Bank settlement building, and the United States would free Jonathan Pollard under a deal reportedly discussed by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Kerry and Netanyahu met in Israel on March 31 in an attempt to prevent the U.S.-backed peace negotiations from breaking down. Kerry’s visit to Israel was last minute. According to reports in the Arab media as well as by international news services, under the deal discussed by Kerry and Netanyahu, Israel would release the final group of 26 Palestinian prisoners agreed to in August as well as several hundred others. Israel also would agree to a freeze in settlement construction in the West Bank, though not eastern Jerusalem, and the freeze would be unannounced. Meanwhile, news agencies citing “sources close to the negotiations” said Pollard, the convicted American spy for Israel serving a life sentence in a U.S. prison, could be free by Passover as part of the deal. Passover starts on the night of April 14. The agreement is awaiting approval from Ramallah, according to Israel Radio. ( JTA) Most Jewish Israeli teens identifying as Zionist Approximately 70 percent of Jewish Israeli youth consider themselves Zionists, according to a survey released by the Zionist Council in Israel. The findings were presented at the 33rd National Youth Zionist Congress last month in Gush Etzion, The Jerusalem Post reported. The survey of 501 Hebrew-speaking teens conducted via an Internet questionnaire found that 76 percent intend to enlist in the Israel Defense Forces, and 14 percent plan to do national service instead. Eighty-five percent of the youth said they would not agree to divide Jerusalem, even if it meant achieving true peace with the Palestinians. The survey also found that one out of 4 | Jewish News | April 7, 2014 |

every 10 youth—and one out of every four secular respondents—would like to live abroad. The findings indicated that 92 percent of boys read from the Torah on their bar mitzvahs, 87 percent have Shabbat meals with their families, 67 percent say Kiddush for Shabbat and 60 percent eat or try to eat at kosher restaurants. (JTA)

White House ‘disappointed’ by Saudi denial to Jerusalem Post scribe The White House said it was “deeply disappointed” that Saudi Arabia denied a visa to a Jewish American reporter working for The Jerusalem Post. Michael Wilner, the Israeli newspaper’s Washington bureau chief, planned to cover President Obama’s visit to Saudi Arabia last month. “We are deeply disappointed that this credible journalist was denied a visa,” Bernadette Meehan, the spokeswoman for the National Security Council, told JTA. “We will continue to register our serious concerns about this unfortunate decision.” Meehan said Saudi Arabia and Israel do not have relations, but Wilner is a U.S. citizen who has never lived in Israel. Saudi Arabia previously has granted visas to journalists working for Israeli or Jewish news outlets. The White House Correspondents Association called the visa denial “outrageous.” “The denial is an affront not only to this journalist, but to the entire White House press corps and to the principle of freedom of the press that we hold so dear,” it said in a statement. (JTA) N.J.’s Christie apologizes to Adelson over ‘occupied territories’ reference New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie apologized to casino magnate Sheldon Adelson for referring to the “occupied territories” in a speech to the Republican Jewish Coalition. Christie met with Adelson, a major GOP donor, privately in Adelson’s Las Vegas office in the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino, which hosted the RJC meeting, Politico reported, citing an unnamed source. During his speech on Saturday, March 29, Christie spoke of his family’s trip to

Israel in 2012. “I took a helicopter ride from the occupied territories across and just felt personally how extraordinary that was to understand, the military risk that Israel faces every day,” he reportedly said. Several news outlets reported that the crowd of Jewish Republicans at Christie’s speech noticeably gasped at Christie’s use of the loaded term. Christie was one of several prominent Republicans to address the conference. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush spoke to a private dinner on March 27 at Adelson’s personal aircraft hangar, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Ohio Gov. John Kasich both addressed the conference on Saturday, along with Christie. Politico reported that the unnamed source, which it called “familiar with the conversation,” said that Christie made clear “that he misspoke when he referred to the ‘occupied territories.’ And he conveyed that he is an unwavering friend and committed supporter of Israel, and was sorry for any confusion that came across as a result of the misstatement.” The source told Politico that Adelson accepted Christie’s explanation. Christie said that during his trip to Israel, everyone he met wanted “America to be their unblinking, unwavering, unquestioning friend. The sense I got from my trip was that many of those folks, not all, but many of them were worried that we were no longer being that,” The Star-Ledger newspaper reported. (JTA)

Pat Robertson: Jews too busy ‘polishing diamonds’ Televangelist Pat Robertson said Jews are too busy “polishing diamonds” to do weekend chores. Conservative activist Rabbi Daniel Lapin appeared on the 700 Club Monday, March 31, with Robertson to discuss what makes Jews successful. “What is it about Jewish people that make them prosper financially? You almost never find Jews tinkering with their cars on the weekends or mowing their lawns. That’s what Daniel Lapin says and there’s a very good reason for that, and it lies within the business secrets of the Bible,” Robertson said in introducing the rabbi.

Lapin was on the show to promote his book Thou Shall Prosper, which, according to his website, discusses “why Jews throughout the ages flourish economically,” and “how you can benefit from this Jewish wisdom.” “When you correctly said in Jewish neighborhoods you do not find Jews lying under their cars on Sunday afternoons, no, I pay one of the best mechanics around to take care of my BMW, I’d be crazy to take my time doing it myself,” Lapin said during the interview. Robertson followed Lapin’s explanation with the remark that Jews were polishing diamonds instead of fixing their cars. (JTA)

Thousands attend Paris aliyah fair amid spate of anti-Semitic incidents Thousands of French Jews attended an information fair in Paris about moving to Israel. The Sunday, March 30 fair, organized by the Jewish Agency for Israel in cooperation with the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption and the World Zionist Organization, offered information from representatives of many Israeli organizations and institutions, including government ministries. The Drancy-based Bureau for National Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, a watchdog group known as BNVCA, has recorded a spate of anti-Semitic incidents in France in recent weeks, including a violent attack on a Jewish teacher and a knife attack on a Paris rabbi and his son. Immigration to Israel, or aliyah, from France has risen sharply since the beginning of 2014, with 854 new immigrants arriving in January and February compared to 274 during the previous year, according to the Jewish Agency. Some 3,280 immigrants from France arrived in Israel in 2013, compared to 1,917 in the previous year. Earlier last month, the French Jewish community’s watchdog organization, SPCJ, released a report that counted 423 anti-Semitic incidents in France in 2013—a 31 percent decrease from the previous year, but still higher by 8 percent than the number of incidents recorded in 2011. (JTA)

Torah Thought

A genuine seder is an inclusive seder


or many of us, the Passover seder is our own version of Norman Rockwell’s classic “Thanksgiving” illustration: the family is happily gathered around the dinner table. The gracious and beaming patriarch and matriarch serve sumptuous portions of delicious fare. All is radiant. But the picture is incomplete. It takes more than matzah and maror, instead of dinner rolls and cranberry sauce, to go from the Thanksgiving of popular imagination to the Passover that our rabbis fashioned, at the dawn of our era. What is the missing element? People in need, in one way or another. We are commanded to reach out beyond immediate family and to include “all who are hungry/ all who are in need.” We say those words near the beginning of the seder, just before the “Four Questions.” There are different kinds of need­ — emotional as well as financial—and there are different ways of fulfilling the charitable imperative. Readers of this column are to be praised for making tzedakkah a way of life. But the import of the seder liturgy is clear: in addition to making it possible for others to dine, elsewhere, we are supposed to bring people in need to our own tables. A childhood memory: When I was growing up, my parents, of blessed memory, would invite a wide variety of guests to

join our Passover celebration. Some were friends, some, colleagues and dignitaries. But there were always some who would have had a lonely meal, or perhaps a scant meal, if not for an invitation. I recall one lady, quite gracious, who was a Holocaust survivor. She had married after coming to the USA, but by this point, she was a widow. She was our steady guest for the second seder, year after year. One year, when she had grown much older, she brought me the yellow star that she had been compelled to wear. She said that she had no family member to whom she could give that badge, and since I was studying to be a rabbi, she wanted me to inherit the star. I would have the opportunity to teach others to appreciate all that it had meant. I accepted it humbly, and ever since, my wife and I have used that item to teach our students about the Holocaust. If you have not made this kind of hospitality a part of your family tradition, it is never too late to start. Call your synagogue office, and inquire if people have called to ask about a seder invitation. We have many in our midst who would qualify within the broad definition of “all who are in need.” Some hunger for companionship, and especially so at holiday time. Some are empty nesters, and others, college students. Some are serving in the military, and are contemplating a Passover far from home and family. Some are new to Jewish identity or Jewish observance, and have not yet become anyone’s broader family, for seder purposes. Picture your own seder table, with the generations happily gathered, with food aplenty…and with one or more of these people in need, truly embraced and enfolded into your “family.” Now, that’s a great work of art!

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JDC continues Ukraine crisis response

s the events in Ukraine continue to unfold with growing uncertainty, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is continuing its emergency response on the ground to ensure the well-being and expedient care of its most vulnerable clients. “Even as we mourn the loss of life in Ukraine and track ongoing changJDC’s former Soviet Union regional director Ofer Glanz visiting a bedridden es throughout the country, Jewish man in his home in downtown Kiev, Ukraine. JDC photo. we are ensuring emergency services for those in our care and the uninterrupted flow of critical ensure round-the-clock care. More than 300,000 Jews live in Ukraine supplies at this challenging time,” says JDC today. JDC provides life saving assistance CEO Alan H. Gill. to tens of thousands of needy Jewish “For 100 years we have been elderly and children in Kiev there for Jews in need—during In and other cities and towns war, famine, and strife—and throughout the country. JDC we are upholding that legathe immediate is also shaping new gency today in Ukraine with the support of our global areas of unrest in erations of Jewish leaders and developing Jewish partners.” Kiev, JDC is ensuring community life through In the immediate areas of unrest in Kiev, that its elderly clients Jewish Community Centers, Jewish family JDC is ensuring that its camps, Jewish holiday elderly clients receive receive services at celebrations, culturservices at home so they home so they do not al festivals, educational do not have to risk their opportunities, and young lives to get basic necessihave to risk their adult leadership training ties. JDC staff and Jewish community volunteers lives to get basic programs. The United Jewish have been providing urgent necessities. Federation of Tidewater profood packages to homebound vides financial support and individuals located in the hardpartners with the JDC. hit parts of the city. The organization In addition to its continued support of also deployed emergency mobile units delivering food, medicine, and other criti- the JDC, the UJFT is actively working with cal supplies. For the most frail who require the Jewish Federations of North America daily home-care services, some home-care to mobilize a communal response to the workers are spending nights with their situation in Ukraine. To find out how to help make a differclients. Additionally, JDC’s office and the Kiev Hesed (the Jewish social service orga- ence, visit nization) is running on special hours to


Jewish mogul Vadim Rabinovich running for Ukraine presidency


krainian Jewish businessman Vadim Rabinovich announced his candidacy for president of Ukraine in the May elections. Rabinovich, 61, the owner and co-founder of Jewish News One and co-chair of the European Jewish Parliament, made the announcement during an interview for the news website and online radio service. In the interview, which Rabinovich posted on his Facebook page, he said Ukraine should become a neutral nation, with a small professional army based on the Swiss model and a regional administration similar to the German federal system. “There is no need for 26 areas,” he said in reference to the regions that make up Ukraine. Rabinovich also called for canceling value added taxes, which he said “turned into a tool for power to feed itself.” He said transparency in government would encourage investments that would help Ukraine recover economically following months of political turmoil that began in November and worsened an already acute financial crisis. According to, Rabinovich submitted his candidacy for the May 25 elections at the Central Elections Committee and spoke to reporters outside the building. “I want to debunk the myth that Ukraine

is anti-Semitic, which is being spread throughout the world,” he said, referencing allegations by Russian President Vladimir Putin that the revolution over former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s perceived pro-Russian policies was being led by “anti-Semites and neo-Nazis.” “I’m probably the best candidate. We need union, and I am the unifying candidate. I have no particular lust for power, I just want to help the country,” Rabinovich said. Rabinovich, founder of the AllUkrainian Jewish Congress, told JTA during an interview at his office in October that he became involved in Jewish causes after he turned 40. “I made a discovery that there is a thing called Torah,” he said. “It led me in all kinds of new directions.” In the 1980s, Rabinovich was arrested and sentenced to 14 years in prison for black market ventures, but wound up serving only seven years, according to Korrespondent, a Ukrainian weekly. Rabinovich says he was jailed on “trumped-up charges,” but the United States still bars his entry as a result, he confirmed to JTA. Following his release in 1991, Rabinovich began to amass a fortune as a metals dealer. He has donated millions of dollars to Jewish causes, including bringing the Limmud Jewish learning festival to Ukraine. (JTA)

Russian TV anchor says Jews brought Holocaust on themselves


television news anchor on a stateowned Russian network said the Jews brought the Holocaust on themselves. Evelina Zakamskaya of the Rossiya 24 channel made the statement during an interview with writer Aleksandr Prokhanov on the Ukraine crisis. The interview was first made public by Americablog. Prokhanov said that supporters of Ukraine were bringing about “a second Holocaust.” He added that it is “strange that Jewish organizations, the European and our own

Russian organizations support the Maidan [protests]. What are they doing? Do they not understand that they are bringing about a second Holocaust with their own hands? This is monstrous.” Zakamskaya replied that the Jews “brought about the first [Holocaust] similarly.” Matvey Chlenov, deputy executive director of the Russian Jewish Congress, told JTA, “We note that the anti-Semitic remarks appeared in state media, but do not believe it is state-sponsored or endorsed. But we are concerned [at how] the remarks are not confronted or condemned by officials.” (JTA) | April 7, 2014 | Jewish News | 7

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he Tidewater community’s solemn, annual observation of Yom Hashoah, the Holocaust Day of Remembrance, may be a bit lighter this year. A laugh, or two, could even erupt Werner Reich during the community-wide gathering. This year’s speaker at the evening of prayer and remembrance, hosted by the Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, is Holocaust survivor Werner Reich. A resident of Long Island, Reich believes in the power of optimism. In presentations to more than 10,000 people a year, Reich splashes his positivity with a bit of humor in a fervent goal to inspire others to take action when they see injustices, and to never again allow a repetition of the indifference that permitted the atrocities of the Holocaust. “Werner has a wonderful sense of humor,” says Wendy Auerbach, Yom Hashoah co-chair. “In his presentations, he has related that humor often played a part in his survival.” Reich is a frequent guest speaker at schools and has tailored his presentation to engage his audiences and relate his experiences to contemporary issues. To that end, Reich shares his Holocaust survival story freely, relating his life as a teen in Yugoslavia, hiding from the Gestapo, his subsequent capture and life, as he knew it, for two years in a prison and four concentration camps. In one of those camps, Auschwitz II, also known as the Birkenau extermination camp, Reich was among 89 boys chosen randomly from a group of 6,000 inmates by the notorious Dr. Josef Mengele. Those not chosen were gassed to death over the next

few days, while Reich and his group were transferred to another camp. When the war ended, fewer than 40 of the 89 were still alive. “I had a choice of either dying or being alive,” says Reich. “I am alive, but not in order to mourn. That’s not the purpose. Life is here to live, to be happy, to enjoy.” The message Reich works diligently to deliver is that the reason the Holocaust occurred was not because of the Nazis, but because of the indifference of the bystanders. Bad things happen, he insists, when good people do nothing. “To sum it up, I want students to be concerned with people around them. I want them to do little things that will make other people’s lives a bit easier,” Reich says. “In the spirit of Tikkun Olam, I am trying to make this world a little bit better, just a small repair job. My suffering and that of thousands of others is only used as a tangible example of what happens when good people do nothing. But don’t feel sorry for me—I survived. Feel sorry for those who didn’t.” In addition to Reich’s presentation, the event at Ohef Sholom will include songs, prayers, and a poignant candle lighting ceremony, which honors and remembers survivors, liberators, Righteous Gentiles, and those who perished in the Holocaust. “Yom Hashoah, known worldwide as the international day of remembrance for the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust, is a time where we can stand in solemnity with our neighbors and our children,” says Anne Fleder, Holocaust Commission chair. “Together we will carry the torch for a brighter tomorrow.” The evening’s program also incorporates recognition of the efforts of Holocaust education, and students and teachers who demonstrate an understanding of the

The feel of another era, The convenience of today. lessons of the past, and hope for the future. Winners of the annual Holocaust Commission’s Elie Wiesel Writing and Visual Arts Competitions for area students will be honored, with selected literary pieces read aloud and a sampling of artwork displayed. Teachers’ awards for excellence in Holocaust education will be announced, as well. Elyse Cardon, Yom Hashoah co-chair, believes the evening will be special for all who attend. “Sharing in our Yom Hashoah community-wide event, we have the honor of standing side by side, hand in hand, with Holocaust survivors, liberators, Righteous Gentiles, educators, and of course our younger generation,” Cardon says. “We literally get to look the past, present and future right in the eye and collectively say, ‘Hineni!’ We remember and are (still) here!” Observation of Yom Hashoah continues

on Monday, April 28, when The Reading of the Names takes place, 10 am–4 pm at the Simon Family JCC. Sponsored by the Beth El Men’s Club, volunteers from the community continuously read aloud names of Holocaust victims, honoring their memories and the tragic loss of lives. Yom Hashoah observances are free and open to the community. The community is also invited to attend a larger exhibition of student art winners in the Elie Wiesel competition at the Old Dominion University Virginia Beach campus May 19– June 6. All 2014 writing and visual art entries winners will be posted on the Holocaust Commission website following Yom Hashoah. For more information about Yom Hashoah or the Holocaust Commission, visit, call 757-965-6125, or email

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NEW YORK (JTA)—Gisela Kohn Dollinger tricked death twice. Soon after Kristallnacht, when she was 36, Dollinger persuaded the Gestapo to release her husband, rather than send him to a concentration camp, and the two of them fled Austria for Shanghai, where she almost died of typhus. After that, death seemed to forget all about her—until March 10, when Dollinger passed away peacefully at Manhattan’s Beth Israel Hospital. She was 111 years old. Dollinger’s passing came just weeks after Alice Herz-Sommer, a pianist and the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary who was believed to be the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor, died at the comparatively young age of 110. Known by her friends and family as “Gisa,” Dollinger was the youngest of 15 children. She was born in Baden-be-Wien, a Vienna suburb, on Aug. 30, 1902, according to her relatives. Widowed in 1993 after more than 60 years of marriage, Dollinger never had children, but leaves behind scores of nieces, nephews and their offspring in numerous countries, including the United States, Israel and England. “To everyone in the family she was always Aunt Gisa or Tante Gisa,” recalls Dr. Mark Horowitz, a grand-nephew who lives in Manhattan. Dollinger retained her full mental faculties and was able to remain in her New York apartment until the end, although in her final years her vision and hearing deteriorated—a source of frustration since reading, conversation and listening to music were her favorite activities. Horowitz describes his great-aunt as “well educated and well cultured,” a frequent theater and opera-goer who spoke several languages. Carole Vogel, a great-great-niece who is the unofficial family historian, told how in 2005, at the age of 103, Dollinger returned to Austria for the first time since she and her husband, Bernard, had fled in December 1938.

She had been invited to speak at the rededication of the synagogue her father had helped found in the 1880s and decided to use the trip as an excuse for a family reunion. At least 22 family members came along. “I don’t know how many 103-year-olds go on trans-Atlantic flights, but she did,” recalls Vogel, who attended the reunion. During the trip, the centenarian guided family members around Baden-be-Wien, pointing out where family members and other Jews lived. “She also pointed out the homes of the Nazis and their names,” Vogel says. “She’d say, ‘I went to school with her, and she married a Nazi.’ She had a phenomenal memory up until the end.” Shortly after Kristallnacht, when her family-owned dry-goods store was destroyed and Bernard was arrested, Dollinger went to the Gestapo in Vienna— putting herself at risk—and asked for her husband’s release. She argued successfully that since he was not an Austrian citizen (he was Polish), he should not have been included in the roundup of men scheduled to be sent to Dachau or Buchenwald. Some family members have speculated that her persuasion included a bribe, but Dollinger never mentioned that when recounting the story, Vogel says. “She credited the release of her husband to the fact that someone had advised her to speak to a certain Gestapo officer who was known to be more open to reason and that she showed him a valid Polish passport belonging to Bernard,” Vogel explains, adding that “open to reason” might have meant bribes, because “with Gisa everything could be in the nuance.” Upon his release, Bernard was told that if he did not leave Austria within two weeks he would be sent to a concentration camp. Thanks to a last-minute cancellation, the couple managed to obtain two first-class tickets on a boat to Japanese-occupied China, one of the few places where Jews could easily obtain visas at the time. “She described [the voyage to Shanghai] as a surreal vacation being on first class, especially after being treated so shabbily in Austria,” Vogel says.

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In Shanghai, the Dollingers lived in blessed with good genes, her great-great the crowded and impoverished ghetto to aunt thought “maybe her purpose was to which stateless refugees were restricted, bring together the far-flung relatives.” “She served as the uniter of the family— and Gisela worked for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, which was she had nieces and nephews in Argentina, Switzerland, England, Israel and Austria,” distributing clothing and other aid there. Vogel says. “She became the place In December 1948, exactly 10 where people connected and years after leaving Austria, the the purveyor of information. Dollingers departed China for When When she was too old to the nascent State of Israel. get out much, her currenAfter the hardships they received cy became the stories of the Shanghai ghetto reparations money people told her.” and the typhus bout, Dollinger and Dollinger and her from Germany for a her husband had husband were leery postponed having of life in a new and relative who had been their own children embattled country, even though most killed in the Holocaust, for various reasons—the war of Dollinger’s relthey put the entire sum economy in Austria, atives were there, the Nazis, the diffiVogel said. Since into a scholarship cult life in wartime Bernard had sisters in Shanghai—and by the the United States who fund at an Israeli time they reached the urged them to come, United States, where raisthe couple moved to New university. ing a child was possible, York in 1950. Dollinger was already in her They soon settled in a late 40s. rent-controlled one-bedroom “She had up until the end the most apartment in the East Village, where she would live more than 60 years. He painted phenomenal memory—she knew if somehouses, she worked at an envelope factory. one’s baby was due, if someone was up for a The couple frequently hosted friends for new job, if someone was on vacation—she bridge games. When they received repara- always had this list of things in her head,” tions money from Germany for a relative Vogel says. “Everyone who called, she who had been killed in the Holocaust, they knew what was going on in their life. She put the entire sum into a scholarship fund really cared.” Dollinger kept up not just with her at an Israeli university. (Vogel is not sure family’s news but with current events, which one.) Despite their relatively modest circum- making a point of voting in every election, stances, Dollinger, whose father had sold Vogel says. In his 2008 victory speech, Presidentmen’s and women’s clothing in Austria, elect Obama referenced a 106-year-old was a sharp dresser, Vogel says. “By touch she could tell a fabric and its voter who had been profiled on CNN. quality,” she says. “She was a size six all her Upon reading about it in The New York life except near the end, and all her clothes Times, Dollinger, who was the same age, apparently said, “They should’ve written were absolutely, completely fitted. “She was a very elegant lady, very con- about me, but I’m not a publicity hound.” Although she died at Beth Israel, having cerned about the appearance she gave. She wasn’t vain, but she had just been taught checked in a few days before her death, that when you go out, or even when you’re Dollinger managed to remain in her home, at home, you get dressed and present your with the help of caregivers, until the end. In her final 10 years, relatives suggested best foot forward.” What was the secret to her extremely Dollinger consider moving to an assisted living facility. Vogel says “she was absolutelong life? Vogel says Dollinger participated in ly against it.” “She didn’t want to be around old peoan academic study on longevity among Ashkenazi Jews, and that aside from being ple,” she says.

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Film builds anticipation for Israel Philharmonic Performance

Maimonides Society pre-film reception showcases talent of local violinist

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ore than 200 community members attended the Tuesday, Feb. 25 screening of the documentary Orchestra of Exiles at the Simon Family JCC. The film, which explores the story behind the founding of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, helped build excitement for the Philharmonic’s scheduled appearance on April 2 at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts in Virginia Beach. The Philharmonic’s performance was collaboratively sponsored by the Virginia Arts Festival and the Simon Family JCC, and a featured part of the Roger, Naomei and Marion Lidman. JCC’s Celebrate Israel series. The Community Relations Council and today known as the Israel Philharmonic. “I liked both the historical parts of the Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, with the the movie and the music,” says Naomei Simon Family JCC, presented the free Lidman. “Some parts of the film were Orchestra of Exiles screening. The evening’s brutal, because it took place during the program was elevated by a pre-film perfor- Holocaust, but I really liked Huberman— mance by Virginia Symphony Orchestra he was such a great leader and he helped a violinist Pavel Ilyashov and a post-film lot of people.” Naomei, a 12-year-old Blair Middle discussion with Academy Award nominated Orchestra director and writer, Josh school student who attended the screening with her parents Marion and Roger, discovAronson. Aronson discovered the little-known ered she had a special link to Huberman history of the Israel Philharmonic less than and to some of the greatest violinists 10 years ago, and, as a filmmaker, felt the performing today. Naomei’s violin teacher story deserved to be shared with as many is violinist Ilyashov, who says some of his own greatest teachers were students of people as possible. In the film, Aronson reveals—through Bronislaw Huberman. For a line-up of the Celebrate Israel series, reenactments, archival footage and present-day interviews—the story of Bronislaw visit Huberman, a Polish violinist who conv i n c e d Jewish musicians to flee from Europe during the Holocaust. Huber man took the Jews to Palestine, where he founded the Palestine Sy mphony O r c h e s t r a , Danny Rubin interviews Josh Aronson. 12 | Jewish News | April 7, 2014 |

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he Maimonides Society of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater hosted a special reception for its members prior to the screening of Orchestra of Exiles at the Sandler Family Campus on Tuesday, Feb. 25. Featured at the reception was professional violinist Pavel Ilyashov. A Virginia Symphony Orchestra musician and teacher at the Governor’s School for the Arts, Ilyashov played a selection of pieces that provided an introduction to music featured in Orchestra of Exiles. In addition to performing, Ilyashov shared his connection to the film’s protagonist, Bronislaw Huberman, a Polish violinist who rescued Jewish musicians Pavel Ilyashov and Michael Gross. during the Holocaust, moved them to Palestine and formed the Palestine Symphony, now known as the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. “Three of my teachers were students of Huberman’s, and they either appeared or were mentioned in the film,” Ilyashov said. “And while I can’t say that I can even come close to playing like Bronislaw Huberman, he certainly inspired me and many of the greatest violinists of our time.” Ilyashov also relayed additional, litBilly Bernstein and Ellie Brooke. tle-known stories about Huberman with the audience of 35 who gathered to hear him in the Miller Family Judaic Studies Society’s continuing growth, increasing Library on the second floor of the Hebrew both our membership and our support for the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.” Academy of Tidewater. To find out more about joining the Maimonides Society co-chair Michael Gross appreciated the opportunity to hear Maimonides Society, its mission, and even live music with other Jewish healthcare pro- more about its programs, visit fessionals in the Society, as well as Holocaust Maimonides. Commission members who also attended. “The Maimonides Society is holding excellent and diverse programs that appeal to many of our members,” Gross says. “We look forward Vivian Margulies, Marty Snyder, Elena Baum and Rabbi Israel Zoberman. to the Maimonides


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ocated outside of Tel Aviv, Pardes Katz has been an Israeli sister community with Tidewater for more than 20 years. It is a recipient of funds from United Jewish Federation of Tidewater. Here’s a recap of some of the community’s latest activities: Choir A new choir group, comprised of children ages eight to 12 years old who can sing and who love to perform, includes children from special needs to foreign workers and many more. The choir meets once a week for a two-hour session in which the children learn to sing correctly and to appreciate all sorts of music genres. A young man who is a talented piano player and is serving the community for a year before joining the army accompanies the

group. The choir is now working on a musical tribute to the well-known children’s singer Tzipi Shavit. The kids wrote to Tzipi and invited her to come watch their show. She accepted their invitation.

Purim Purim was a great success as 50 boys and girls enjoyed a party that consisted of a costume competition, boys against girls Purim quiz competition, karaoke, disco, and great food and prizes. Passover The youth division is planning a trip for about 30 teens to Eilat. The Passover trip became a tradition and is now in its sixth year. This year, the teens will be joined by two more community centers. Ninety teens will be together to enjoy rafting, kayaking, yacht sailing, disco, a night jeep ride, and more.

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oth the teen camp for rising seventh through ninth graders and the Counselor in Training programs at Camp JCC are taking new directions this summer. Under the leadership of Harris Flax, a teacher with experience in both the Newport News and Virginia Beach school systems, the teen camp is designed for kids to have fun, and also give back to the community. Each week is assigned a Jewish value. Campers will give back to the community with experiences like learning from a chef to prepare meals to serve to large groups such as guests at the Ronald McDonald House. These teen campers will work with CITs on team building and leadership training, and will play an integral part in planning campwide Shabbats each Friday. About half of the teens’ time will be spent being a camper, either with free swim time and activities at Camp JCC, or at two “off campus” trips per week to places such as ropes courses, water parks, and other outdoor adventures. The hybrid program, explains Flax, “also allows teens to enhance their leadership skills while still enjoying the camp experience.”

The CIT program, for rising ninth and 10th graders, plays an essential part of campers’ bunks and bunk life. Affectionately called “counselor lites,” they Harris Flax will enjoy some of the activities of the teens and other campers, but will also focus on learning skills to one day become Camp JCC counselors. “The CIT program is a great opportunity for those who want to fulfill a guided leadership role at camp,” says Flax. “CITs will grow through experiential learning by planning and implementing activities with staff and also working directly with campers.” Several CITs from last year are returning this year as counselors at Camp JCC. CITs can choose the weeks they come to camp, but they must commit to two initial consecutive weeks. Teens can pick any or all of the eight weeks of camp. Camp JCC starts June 16. Register now at SimonFamilyJCC. org (brochures or online), stop by the JCC front desk, or call 321-2306. The Simon Family JCC is a constituent agency of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.

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ommemorating the Exodus from Egypt, Pesach, or Passover (as we say in English), is certainly considered the most anticipated of Jewish spring celebrations. As we go to press, it actually, finally, feels like springtime— the perfect warm, flower-budding time to think about preparing our homes for Pesach. Not a surprise, throughout the Tidewater Jewish community there are plenty of ways to celebrate Passover. For this special section, Shalom Tidewater has compiled an extensive list of the services, seders and other events taking place in our area for the holiday. There are a lot of options, as you’ll see. What would a Passover section be without recipes? We could never let that happen! The beauty of the recipes presented here is that they are so delicious (and even mostly healthy!), that they can be enjoyed throughout the year… Passover, kosher, or not. And, for “the people of the book,” new children’s books are reviewed that might help prepare the little ones for the holiday, or perhaps keep them occupied during the long seder. In addition to the warm Passover greetings extended in this section, we hope you have a wonderful holiday and that this beautiful weather holds, so that when the doors open for Elijah, only a bit of pollen and a warm breeze enters our homes. Jewish News Staff

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Considering: Next year in Jerusalem by Dasee Berkowitz

NEW YORK (JTA)—On a recent trip to Jerusalem, my son decided that his favorite color was gold. Whenever he’s asked why, he replies with a wry smile befitting a five-year-old. “Jerusalem is the city of gold, of course,” he says. When we told him our family was moving to Israel this summer, he was quite pleased. “Ima, will we live there until I’m a grownup?” he asked. That’s the idea, we nodded. While I know what my family will mean when we reach the end of the Passover seder this year and say “Next Year in Jerusalem,” for those not making the trek to the Holy Land anytime soon, what do these words mean? Are we being disingenuous? Or, as the rabbis encourage with every other part of the Haggadah, are we expounding, embellishing, interpreting and reading ourselves into the story of the Exodus from Egypt? The end of the Haggadah, with the promise to arrive “next year in Jerusalem,” is just as ripe for exploration as the beginning. I am always struck when Israelis, especially Jerusalemites, say “Next year in Jerusalem” with the same intention as their Diaspora brethren. Jerusalem surely cannot only represent a physical destination. It must represent more; an ideal, a hope, a possibility. In the language of the Haggadah, the land of Israel and Jerusalem represent the final stage of redemption. When we lift the four cups of wine during the seder, we are giving ritual expression to the four stages that the Jewish people move through, with God as their guide, to reach freedom and leave Egyptian slavery in the dust. The Torah explains (Exodus 6:6-8), “I [God] will bring you out from under the burdens of Egypt” (cup 1); “I will deliver you out from their bondage” (cup 2); “I will redeem you with an outstretched arm” (cup 3); and “I will take you to me for a people” (cup 4). But there is a fifth mention of redemption just a few verses later in the narrative: “And I will bring you into the land (of Israel).” Arriving to the land is the final stage of redemption and corresponds to the cup of Elijah, the prophet who is

said to be the one who ushers in messianic times. The cup, untouched, yet filled with wine to the brim, represents the future ahead, filled with possibilities and promises for peace on earth. As the late Rabbi David Hartman writes in The Leader’s Guide to the Family Participation Haggadah: A Different Night, “The cup is poured, but not yet drunk. Yet the cup of hope is poured every year. Passover is the night for reckless

dreams; for visions about what a human being can be, what society can be, what people can be, what history may become. That is the significance of ‘Le’shanah ha’ba’a b’Yerushalayim’ [Next year in Jerusalem].” Now that we are freed from the bondage in Egypt, we are called to embrace our biggest dreams, and our wildest aspirations for ourselves, for Israel and for the world. Or when we say “Next year in Jerusalem,” are we referring to a more modest endeavor? There is a midrash about the etymology of the word Jerusalem or Yerushalayim. The Rabbis look at the word “Yerusha,” which means inheritance, and “ayim,” which connotes doubling, and understand that there are two

Jerusalems—a heavenly one (“Yerushalayim shel ma’alah”) and an earthly one (“Yerushalayim shel ma’ata”). While the heavenly Jerusalem might refer to the possibilities of a world redeemed, an earthly one is rooted in the complexities of politics, economics and daily life. It is a place filled with energy, vibrancy and urgency. In the late poet Yehuda Amichai’s terms, Jerusalem is a place where its inhabitants are longing for God’s presence. Jerusalem, he writes, is “saturated with prayers and dreams like the air over industrial cities. It’s hard to breathe.” And according to the Midrash, the earthly Jerusalem is the place where God will arrive even before reaching the heavenly Jerusalem. As the Midrash imagines God saying, “I will not come into the city of Jerusalem that is above until I first come into the city of Jerusalem that is below.” What does it mean to make earthly Jerusalem a place in which God—whatever God means for us—can enter and reside? Let us create partnerships with Israelis that help let a sense of godliness, justice and love permeate the city. Let us devote more time to learning more about the complexity of life in Israel through travel and research. Let’s partner with Israelis working on the ground to improve society through education, social and economic equality, and religious pluralism. Let’s read more Israeli literature and honor Israeli artists. Or is Jerusalem a state of mind? More than physical places, rabbis have noted that Egypt and Jerusalem represent two inner spiritual states. Egypt, or mitzrayim, has at its root “tsar,” or narrowness. Egypt represents the places in which we live in narrow places, where we feel constricted and confined. It is a state in which we are quick to anger, to react, to put our own ego needs before the needs of others. Jerusalem, on the other hand, has at its root “shalem,” or “wholeness.” It is the feeling of expansiveness, when the disparate parts of ourselves weave together into a seamless whole. As the seder winds down and the matzah crumbs are swept off the table, let the question of “next year” continue to echo—with all its hopes, plans and the self-understandings of where Jerusalem resides for each one of us. | Passover | April 7, 2014 | Jewish News | 17


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Don’t pass over the post-seder meals by Helen Nash

NEW YORK (JTA)—Planning Passover meals is always a wonderful challenge. For the seders, most of us focus on traditional family recipes because they are tried and proven, and because everyone likes them (and often asks for these favorites dishes). But what about the remaining six days of meals? They must be considered. Once the big seder meals are done, it’s nice to be able to eat healthy, simple and flavorful meals for the rest of the week. An abundance of vegetables, fruits, poultry, meat, fish and fresh herbs can be incorporated into cooking on Passover. Here are some recipes that I make on Passover because they are easy to prepare and provide flexibility as to when they can be served—not to mention they are quite delicious.

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CHICKEN WITH POTATOES AND OLIVES I am always pleased to come up with a dish that is a meal in itself, one that combines either chicken or meat with vegetables. This is one of my favorites. I bake it in an attractive casserole so it can go directly from the oven to the table. Ingredients 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 9 garlic cloves Kosher salt Ÿ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice Leaves from 10 thyme sprigs Freshly ground black pepper 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 6 ounces each) 5 plum tomatoes 1 pound Yukon gold potatoes, unpeeled, quartered ½ cup pitted black olives, quartered Preparation Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. With 1 tablespoon of the oil, grease a glass, ceramic or enamel-lined baking pan that can hold all the vegetables in a single layer. Coarsely chop 4 of the garlic cloves on a cutting board. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and, using a knife, crush them into a paste. Place the paste in a small bowl and

combine it with the lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of the oil, half of the thyme leaves and pepper to taste. Pat dry the chicken breasts with paper towels and season lightly on both sides with salt and pepper. Coat the chicken with the mixture and set aside. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Drop the tomatoes into the boiling water; bring the water back to a boil and drain. Core the tomatoes and slip off the skin. Cut the tomatoes in half width wise and squeeze gently to remove the seeds. (Some seeds will remain.) Cut the tomatoes in quarters. Thickly slice the remaining 5 garlic cloves and spread them in the prepared baking pan along with the tomatoes, potatoes, olives, the rest of the thyme leaves and the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Roast the vegetables, uncovered, for 20 minutes, or until almost tender. Place the chicken breasts on top of the vegetables and bake, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Turn them over, spoon on some pan juices and bake for another 5 minutes, or until the chicken is slightly pink on the inside. Cover with foil for 1 minute. Makes 4 servings

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HALIBUT CEVICHE Ceviche is a refreshing appetizer that I make with fresh fish marinated in lime juice. The juice “cooks” the fish in a very short time, allowing it to turn opaque and firm. It can be served on a bed of butter lettuce with slices of avocado. It’s a wonderful alternative to gefilte fish for an appetizer or makes a nice, light lunch. Ingredients 1 pound skinless halibut cut into ¼ inch cubes 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 ⁄ 3 cup lime juice, plus 2 tablespoons 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded, finely chopped 2 scallions, including the green part, thinly sliced ¼ cup loosely packed cilantro leaves Freshly ground black pepper Butter lettuce Slices of avocado Preparation Place fish in a nonreactive bowl and season with salt. Pour juice over fish and press down so the fish is submerged in the juice. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until fish is opaque and firm. Drain off and discard the lime juice. Add peppers, scallions and cilantro to the fish. Just before serving, add the remaining 2 tablespoons of lime juice and season to taste with salt and pepper. Makes 4 servings

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Revel in chocolate desserts resonating with Passover themes by Deborah R. Prinz

(JTA)—Toss the potato starch and matzah meal—serve delectable desserts this Passover made from chocolate. These desserts, especially if using fair trade or organic chocolate, further awareness of the themes of Passover. They remind us of the great poverty of many cacao farmers and of the children tragically enslaved in Ghana and the Ivory Coast.

CHOCOLATE CHAROSET TRUFFLES This is a great combination of chocolate and charoset, the Passover fruit concoction representing the building of granaries by the Hebrew slaves. If you are using left over made Ashkenazi style, you may want to drain the excess wine/grape juice. Ingredients 3 pounds dark or bittersweet chocolate, broken into pieces ¼ cup pistachios ¼ cup pecans 1 ⁄8 cup almonds 1 ⁄8 cup pine nuts ½ tart apple ¼ navel orange, with rind A few drops of sweet white wine A few drops of honey Pinch of fresh or ground ginger (or to taste) Pinch of ground cinnamon (or to taste)

FORGOTTEN COOKIES These delicacies stay in the oven overnight, but they are not easily forgotten when you taste them. Ingredients 2 large egg whites 2⁄3 cup sugar 1 cup chocolate chips, cocoa nibs, or both 1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped Pinch of salt (optional) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 30–40 chocolate buds or kisses Preparation Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 or 3 baking sheets with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Beat the egg

whites until foamy. Gradually add the sugar and beat until stiff. Gently fold in the chocolate chips and/or cocoa nibs, and nuts. Add the salt and vanilla. Drop teaspoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets. Cap each cookie with a chocolate bud or kiss. Place the pans in the oven; after about 1 minute turn off the heat. Leave in the oven for several hours or overnight. Carefully peel the cookies off the paper or foil using a spatula. Quantity: About 35 cookies

Preparation Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or waxed paper. Grind the nuts, apples and orange separately in a food processor. The nuts should be as close to a powder as possible without becoming “butter.” Combine the nuts, apple, orange, wine, honey, ginger and cinnamon in a bowl, mixing well. The charoset filling should have a smooth, thick texture. Roll the charoset into 1-inch balls. Melt the chocolate in a large heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water; remove from the heat. Using two forks, dip the balls into the melted chocolate and place on the prepared baking sheet; refrigerate until the chocolate has set. Quantity: 24 truffles | Passover | April 7, 2014 | Jewish News | 21

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Max, Hannah and some frogs: Kids’ books bring new friends by Penny Schwartz

BOSTON ( JTA)—Frolicking frogs and magical matzah balls are featured in this season’s crop of new Passover books for children that are sure to engage, inform, entertain and inspire. David A. Adler, author of the hugely popular early reader Cam Jansen series, offers The Story of Passover. Adler is highly acclaimed for his straightforward narrative style in non-fiction books, including dozens on Jewish holidays. He says he likes to appeal to readers of any Jewish background. “I like my books to be open and acceptable to all,” Adler says. The winner of the 2014 Sydney Taylor Book Award for young readers given by the Association of Jewish Libraries is a Passover story, The Longest Night, by Laurel Snyder, illustrated by Catia Chien. The

beautifully illustrated book is told in poetic rhyme from the perspective of a young girl as if she were an Israelite slave living through the Exodus from Egypt. The following is the new crop of children’s books for Passover: The Story of Passover David A. Adler, illustrated by Jill Weber Holiday House ($15.95); ages 4–8 The story that is retold at the Passover seder begins 3,000 years ago in the biblical days of Jacob as he settles in Egypt. Readers learn how the Israelites become slaves and follow Moses as he is raised by Pharaoh’s daughter in the palace and later as he leads the

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Israelites out of Egypt. Weber’s detailed illustrations evoke the color palette and landscape of ancient Egypt. She gently conveys the Egyptians’ suffering through the plagues and the Israelites’ triumph of the in a fantasy-like drawing as they cross the Red Sea into freedom. Frogs in the Bed My Passover Seder Activity Book Ann D. Koffsky, based on the song by Shirley Cohen Steinberg Behrman House ($7.95); ages 4–7 Young kids will have fun with the frolicking frogs in a book that also includes a comic book story and activities for before or during the seder. Koffsky’s colorful, cartoon-like illustrations animate the song. Cute frogs turn up everywhere Pharaoh goes. They also pop up out of chandeliers and juggle fruit. The book includes the Four Questions, as well as mazes and other seder-related distractions. An easy set of instructions with shapes to trace lets kids make their own jumping froggy. The sheet music is included. The Littlest Levine Sandy Lanton, illustrated by Claire Keay Kar-Ben ($7.95); ages 3–8 Hannah Levine is not happy about being the littlest (and youngest) in her family. Her grandfather keeps reassuring her, “Your holiday is coming, my littlest Levine.” As Passover nears, he makes her feel special, teaching her the Four Questions. When it’s time for the seder, Hannah is ready to enjoy the spotlight. This charming intergenerational story will strike a chord for many kids and may help those who are a tad reluctant to recite the Four Questions.

Max Makes a Cake Michelle Edwards Iillustrated by Charles Santoso Random House ($17.99); ages 3–7 Max is ready for Passover. The endearing young boy knows the Four Questions and can tell his baby sister why Passover is different from all other nights. He’s also eager to bake his artist mom a Passover birthday cake. But with the baby in the house, his dad gets a bit distracted. Losing patience and with little time to spare, the ingenious young fellow takes matters into his own hands. He creates a memorable cake all by himself. The recipe for a Hurry, Hurry, Hurry Cake is included. Stone Soup with Matzoh Balls A Passover Tale in Chelm Linda Glaser illustrated by Maryam Tabatabaei Albert Whitman ($16.99); ages 4–7 In Jewish folk tradition, Chelm is known as a make-believe town filled with naïve fools who, despite themselves, manage to impart wisdom with a huge dose of humor. In this delightful story, Linda Glaser gives a Chelm spin to a tale told in many cultures around the world. On the eve of Passover, a poor ragged stranger arrives in the village and asks if anyone will invite him in to share the holiday. He quotes from the Haggadah, “All who are hungry come and eat.” He sparks their interest by telling them he can make a pot of matzah ball soup from only a stone. With clever prodding, he gets the villagers to create a huge pot of delicious soup, with light and fluffy matzah balls. Maryam Tabatabaei’s expressive illustrations are a perfect match for the humorous story.

Passover 2014/5774 Check the Shalom Tidewater “How-To Celebrate Pesach 5774/2014 in Tidewater” Blog on for more information regarding these Passover services and events: BETH SHOLOM VILLAGE Beth Sholom Village will host two Passover Seders Monday, April 14 and Tuesday, April 15 6:15 pm both nights Adults $36. Children 12 and under $18 (no charge to residents) Traditional Passover Seder led by Cantor Flax RSVP: Sarah Harbin at 757-420-2512 or e-mail Requests may be made to sit with a resident or other family members.

B’NAI ISRAEL CONGREGATION Services are free and open to all Jews in Tidewater. To sell your Chametz through B’nai Israel or be placed for a Seder, contact the office at 627-7358. Monday, April 7, 7:45 pm Laws of Pesach: Cleaning, Koshering and Enjoying the Seder. Saturday, April 12 Class for Shabbos HaGodol: 6:15 pm Mincha 7:10 pm Havdalah 8:17 pm Sunday, April 13 Search for Chometz 8:18 pm Monday, April 14—Erev Pesach Daf Yomi 6 am Shachris 6:45 am Siyum for First Born Last Time to eat Chometz 10:31 am Last Time to burn Chometz 11:48 am Mincha 7:20 pm Candle Lighting 7:21 pm Midnight 1:05 am

Tuesday, April 15—1st Day Shachris 9 am Daf Yomi 6:20 pm Mincha 7:20 pm Ma’ariv 8:19 pm Candle Lighting not before 8:19 pm Midnight 1:05 am Wednesday, April 16—2nd Day Shachris 9 am Daf Yomi 6:25 pm Mincha 7:25 pm Ma’ariv/Havdalah 8:20 pm Monday, April 21—7th Day Shachris 9 am Daf Yomi 6:10 pm Mincha 7:30 pm Ma’ariv 8:26 pm Candle Lighting not before 8:26 pm Tuesday, April 22—8th Day Shachris 9 am Yizkor not before 10:30 am Daf Yomi 6:15 pm Mincha 7:30 pm Neilas HaChag 7:50 pm Ma’ariv/Havdalah 8:27 pm

Chabad Community Seders Monday, April 14 and Tuesday, April 15 8:45 pm at the Chabad House Suggested donation for each Seder: $20 for children, $40 for adults RSVP to Chabad of Tidewater at 616-0770

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Passover Seder Monday, April 14, 7pm The Joint Expeditionary Base (JEBLCFS) Little Creek in Building 3089, across from the Base Chapel when entering through Gate 5. Approved base access to attend is necessary. Open to Military Active Duty, Reserve, Retirees, Military Dependants, Civil Servants and invited civilian guests. All branches of Military Service are welcome to attend. A reservation list is posted at the Naval Station Chaplains Office. The Passover Seder is a fellowship event and is not a Command Function. It is solely supported by donations to the Jewish Chapel Religious Offerings Fund of Naval Station Norfolk and is a catered event. Call to reserve at 757-444-7361 Mon.– Fri. 8 am–3:30 pm. Prizes for all children joining in the search for the Afikoman.

Monday, April 14 and Tuesday, April 15, 6 pm Gomley Chesed will sponsor the first and second seders after a service. The costs are $20 per member for one night $36 per member for both nights. $25 per night for each non-member and $10 for children under 10. 10% discount for parties of 8 or more.

CONGREGATION BETH EL Kids and family-friendly Second Seder at Congregation Beth El Tuesday, April 15, 5:30–8 pm Rabbi Arnowitz and Cantor Piltch will lead this fun second Seder using the Torah Aura haggadah, We Were Slaves. Post-dinner, the kids will head out for Pesach-friendly programming and an Afikomen Hunt to end all Afilkomen Hunts (with prizes for each involved in the search). Pesach mincha-maariv service in the Barr Chapel and first counting of the Omer, 8 pm. This event is sold out but there is a waiting list. Call the Beth El office at 625-7821. A Chocolate Seder for Kids Monday, April 21, 11 am–noon A donation of $5 per child is suggested Celebrate the seventh day of the Festival of Freedom with a meal featuring the tastiest samples of the Fifth Food Group. RSVP the Beth El office at 625-7821. Development Corporation for Israel/Israel Bonds 6900 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 307, Bethesda, MD 20815 800.795.6575 x1 This is not an offering, which can be made only by prospectus. Read the prospectus carefully before investing to fully evaluate the risks associated with investing in Israel bonds. Member FINRA Photos: ©; ©

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OHEF SHOLOM TEMPLE Congregational Seder for Second Night of Passover Tuesday, April 15, 6 pm–Seder begins promptly (come at 5:45 pm!) Family-friendly seder led by Rabbi Roz and Cantor Wally. Delicious seder dinner catered by BITE Restaurant. Adults $50, Children age 6 to 12, $25, and Children 5 and under, $12. For prices for nonmembers, military personnel, and students, call the office at 625-4295. To sign up, send in check and registration form, which can be downloaded at Click on link to “Download Congregational Seder Registration Form.” Last day to register is April 9. For questions call 625-4295.

TEMPLE EMANUEL Let’s go to the Zoo for a Pesach lunch and tour Friday, April 18, 11am Meet at the front gate and join friends. Public school kids are out of school that week and private school is out that day. Open to all. Bring a matzah bag lunch. Children under 2, free; Children age 2-11, $9; Adults, $11; Seniors 62+ $10. Train ride is $2 extra RSVP to the temple office or Beth Gross at 757-428-2591.

Passover 2014/5744 TEMPLE ISRAEL All Passover events at Temple Israel are open to the community with no RSVP required. Service Schedule Monday, April 14, 5:30 pm Tuesday, April 15, 9:30 am, 5:30 pm Wednesday, April 16, 9:30 am, 5:30 pm Sunday, April 20, 5:30 pm Monday, April 21, 7:30 am, 5:30 pm Tuesday, April 22, 9:30 am (Yizkor), 5:30 pm A kiddush luncheon will be served after each 9:30 am service. Model seder for the kids Sunday, April 13, 10 am While the youngest students leapfrog their


active way through the story of the seder, the elementary school-aged children will read a brightly illustrated haggadah and learn the order and meaning of the story of our passage to freedom. Meanwhile, the pre-teens and teens will be with Rabbi Michael Panitz discussing what freedom means as they chant their way through the sequence of songs and prayers.

Celebrate Passover freedom. peace. happiness.

Sweet and Savory Matzah Brei Fry-Off Sunday, April 20 10 am (following the 9 am minyan) Lawrence Fleder and Rabbi Michael Panitz present the traditional recipes of their bubbes’ kitchens. Open to the public and free of charge.

OU Kosher extends hours for Kosher Hotline o assist with Passover preparations, OU Kosher Hotline’s will have additional hours—10 am–12 noon on Sunday, April 13 and 10 am–1 pm on Monday, April

14 (the night of the first seder.) The kosher hotline number is 212-613-8241.

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it’s a wrap At Temple Israel, Purim is like a Broadway musical opening night—on steroids!

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here was Oys and Veys (loosely based on Guys and Dolls), East Side Tsuris (inspired by West Side Story), and then Bye Bye Boychik. Last year, Temple Israel went down a road less traveled with The Rockin’ Hora Purim Spiel, a takeoff on The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the 1975 cult classic. This year, it was pompa“Queen Esther (Valerie Yanku) gets dours and poodle skirts, as the counsel from Mordecai (Lenny Levine).” Temple Israel Players adapted the John Travolta-Olivia Newton-John hit Grease! to create—what else?—Schmaltz! Congregants were rocking and “shuda-bop-bopping” to the skit, which was written, directed, produced and arranged by Madi Rossettini, former director of the local choir Shir Darom. It featured such memorable lines as Haman (played by a most sinister Richard Yanku) complaining, “That Mordecai, he hocks my chinick” (sung to the tune of You’re the One That I Want.) Vashti (Cheryl Dronzek) vowed a fresh start after she was ousted from the kingdom. “Independent I will be,” she sang. “A franchise in hand, a Falafel King stand. I’m free…to be…Vashti.” Queen Esther (Valerie Yanku) and King Ahasuerus (Phil Walzer) proclaimed their love for each other in “Hopelessly Devoted to You.” Mark Nachman and Lyna Raschdorf showed off their Lindy dance moves in Go Queen Esther (originally known as Go Greased Lightning.) Then, they and the rest of the cast had the audience on their feet, singing “Join Queen Esther by putting your hands in the air—Queen Esther, go Queen Esther!” Other cast members included narrators Paula and Jim Gordon and chorus members (and unsuccessful beauty pageant contestants) Madi Rossettini, Doris Friedman and Marcia Shall. The cool band members were Joe Wetherbee, Andy Rabiner and David Credle. Megillah readers also provided their own silliness with unusual voices and costumes. They included Rabbi Michael Panitz, Cheryl Dronzek, Barry Einhorn, Emily Panitz, Sheila Panitz, Andy Rabiner, Joel Rubin, Beverlee and Cantor Larry Tiger and Nancy Tucker. “Who knew that the Jewish men of Shushan wore leather jackets and ducktail hairdos, and that the women wore poodle skirts and ponytails?” Rabbi Panitz asked. “Maybe it’s a modern midrash. Whatever the source, it’s wonderful to see the spirit of playful inventiveness continuing to be wedded to Jewish engagement. Our annual Purim Shpiel is one of the highlights of congregational life at Temple Israel.” Pictures are available on the Temple Israel Facebook page at

es the commitment They did it! — of the Foodbank to Temple Israel’s can providing healthy tree displays were Top: Phil Walzer, Danny Rubin, David Pearline, Marilyn Suskind-Pearline, Jodie a hit at Taste of Rafalowitz, Mary Ann Walzer, Shikma Rubin, and Joel Rubin. Bottom: Anthony Wilson food and promoting farm-to-table proHampton Roads, and Sara Jo Rubin. duce. The Temple with the 1,500 cans used in the construction donated to the Foodbank of Israel team used predominantly canned fruits and Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore. Taste of vegetables to underscore the emphasis on healthy eatHampton Roads, held on March 4 at Virginia Beach ing. The plentiful fruit of the Garden of Eden inspired Convention Center, is the Foodbank’s annual fund- a structure consisting of three potted fruit trees, seven raiser and consciousness-raising event. Temple Israel feet high. Each tree reflected a dream of how large has a long history of partnership with the Foodbank, fruit might grow in paradise. Cheryl Dronzek, the and gladly accepted the opportunity to help provide dedicated project manager, led the team for the test build in February and for the actual build during the sculptures made of cans of food for the event. Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern snowstorm on March 3. Marilyn Suskind-Pearline Shore serves the hungry throughout its 4,745-square- and Susan Eilberg braved the weather and discovered mile service area, including Norfolk, Portsmouth, the fun of cutting foam core circles. Test build volChesapeake, Suffolk, Franklin and Virginia Beach, as unteers, Murray Parkin, Eitan Mor, Mark Nachman, well as Southampton, Northampton, Sussex, Isle of Mark Solberg, Jill Haverson, Haley Haverson, Wendy Wight and Accomack. Even though the Foodbank is Brodsky, Jody Mazur, Leslie Bradner, Nancy Tucker, salvaging and distributing more food than ever before, Kirk Turner and Anthony Wilson, helped test build, census and poverty statistics indicate that it is a long transport, and rebuild the sculptures. Shawnee State University students, who were in town for Spring way from meeting the need. Anat Mor and Jodie Rafalowitz used the inspiration Break, also assisted. of Gan Eden to create the design, which symboliz-

Celebrating 100 days of school in style


ebrew Academy of Tidewater students recently celebrated their 100th day of school. This fun milestone offered the perfect chance to mix a little silliness with a good learning opportunity. In activities and lessons that helped sharpen students’ math and observational skills, some learned different ways to add, subtract, multiply and divide to get to 100. Others learned how far they would get if they took 100 giant steps or baby steps forward. Writing skills were also honed with students who wrote about what they will do when they reach 100 years of age. They even came to school dressed the part. Hebrew Academy of Tidewater is a constituent agency of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.

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it’s a wrap Retiring of a leader by Shannon Ponack


n Saturday, Feb. 22, Temple Israel celebrated Education Shabbat and the leadership of Kathryn Morton, who will retire this summer after 16 years as director of the synagogue’s Sunday school. She has touched many lives with her passion for teaching, her endless creativity, and her vast patience. Many of Morton’s current and former students demonstrated what they have learned from her over the years. Students sang the song she created listing the books in the Hebrew Bible. “My greatest happiness that day was seeing my kids reciting the books of the Hebrew Bible and leading prayers with such skill and confidence,” says Morton.

Susan Eilberg, vice president of fundraising, and teen aides Katie Ponack, Saderiah Wright, and Haley Bosher led the Torah service. Morton chanted the Haftarah, showing her students that not only can she teach them to chant, but that she can also do it with skill and ease. Jordan Goldman sang the Ashrei prayer for the first time and Miriam Blake sang Morton’s favorite Debbie Friedman song, “Lechi Lach,” bringing tears to her eyes and those of many congregants. Eli Bilderback, a student and friend of Morton’s, shared favorite memories that he and other students had of her. He emphasized that she always found a way to motivate children to learn, even if it was clearing the hall to let his classmates run down the steps to get a bagel. He said

he and his classmates enjoyed successful B’nai mitzvot due to her motivation and creativity. Morton spoke and compared her job of teaching to planting little seeds and eventually seeing a desert in full bloom. Teachers and others who have worked with Morton presented her with gifts. The first was a Mizrach, a beautiful ritual item and consciousness-raiser to always keep Jerusalem in one’s mind. Usually hung on the eastern wall of one’s home, the gift to Morton was made of glass and in the shape of a pyramid. The second gift, made from the ingenuity of art teacher “Crafty” Kravitz and the Sunday school children, was a book of the seven days of creation, complete with illustrations from the students. Future B’nai mitzvot students Jordan

Goldman, Lauren Moscovitz and Noah Alperin led the Musaf portion. All of the children were invited to the Bimah to say the Aleinu. At the service’s conclusion, people of all ages who had studied with Morton were invited to join in Adon Olam. After the service, congregants enjoyed a Kiddush luncheon prepared by the Temple Israel Sisterhood in honor of Morton and participated in Israeli dancing, led by Reuven and Judy Rohn. “It was so gratifying to see children, teens and adults all coming up to the pulpit to laud our retiring educational director, Kathryn Morton,” Rabbi Michael Panitz says. “An educator’s fondest wish is to reach out and touch both today and tomorrow. At this Shabbat, we were able to reassure Kathryn that she has done precisely that.”

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tudents at Hebrew Academy and the Strelitz preschool celebrated Shushan Purim with great enthusiasm last month. The day HAT and Strelitz preschool students join on stage in a parade of Purim costumes. began with a parade and then everyone convened in the multi-purpose ciation for the sacrifices soldiers make. Hakesher parents (HAT’s parent teachroom where all Queen Esthers, Hamans, superheroes and Disney characters joined er organization) put together and sent on stage in a display of creative and colorful Purim boxes of food to residents of Beth Sholom Home. Deb Segaloff, development costumes. Other Shushan Purim activities and director, coordinated these efforts. Hat students watched Megillas Lester, tzedakah efforts included: Students exchanged mischlat a full-length animated feature film depicting manot—goodie bags of food to share, as is the fictional story of Lester, a boy whose imagination turns the Purim story upside customary during the holiday. Entertainment by magician Harold down. What wonderful memories and learnWood—students watched in awe as he juggled, rode a unicycle, and performed ing experiences students shared, combining magic tricks. Everyone went wild when he their knowledge of Judaism, love for their homeland and, as always, the importance of made a bunny appear from nowhere. Students sent 50 baskets of food to doing for and thinking of others near and far. Hebrew Academy of Tidewater is a conIsraeli soldiers through the Connections Israel program. Shuly Einhorn coordinated stituent agency of United Jewish Federation of this very worthy effort, which shows appre- Tidewater.


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Faith or history? Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth Reza Aslan Random House, 2013 296 pages, $27.00 ISBN 978-104000-6922-4 Reza Aslan, currently associate professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside, is a highly regarded scholar of religions (as opposed to Hal Sacks being a religious scholar). Born in Iran, he is widely-known for his best-selling book, No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, a highly readable argument for a liberal interpretation of Islam. Raised in the United States in what he describes as a “motley family of lukewarm Muslims and exuberant atheists,” Aslan “found Jesus” at the age of 15 while attending an evangelical youth summer camp and eventually became a Christian. His enthusiasm for “sharing the good news of Jesus Christ” became tempered by a growing disbelief in the inerrancy of the Bible, leading him to examine and question the disparity between ‘Jesus the Christ’ and ‘Jesus of Nazareth.’ His mother, influenced by him, also converted from Islam to Christianity. Subsequently Aslan converted from Christianity to Islam and publication of his book set off a firestorm of criticism. “How dare he, a Muslim, write a biography of Jesus?” In Zealot, Aslan attempts to synthesize and summarize, for the general reader, the accumulated research into the life of Jesus, as well as the development of the Christ legend. He discusses the research in the context of Jewish life in a Palestine ruled by Rome and ultimately decimated during the disastrously unsuccessful Jewish revolt in the first century BCE. Aslan is generally even-handed in his description of the environment into which Jesus and his followers insinuated themselves, but sometimes appears unable to avoid the use of pejorative description. For example, the moneychangers in the temple courtyard are “grubby money changers;” the high priests are “rapacious;” the Temple priesthood is “bloated;” and the Torah

scrolls maintain the “Jewish cult.” Despite this, the most interesting part of the book is perhaps Aslan’s depiction of the times and events surrounding Jesus’ career. Aslan repeatedly ensures us that Jesus and his disciples were Jews and he remains generally successful in his effort “to pry the historical Jesus away from the Christian Christ.” Contributing to the lack of historical clarity, early Christian church leaders felt it necessary to separate Jesus from the zealotry that led to the Jewish revolt against Roman rule and the destruction of Jerusalem. Unfortunately, the author is forced to rely heavily on the writings of Josephus, a Jewish historian of the last third of the first century. Josephus himself is not a totally reliable source, dependent as he was on Roman patronage. The problem for early church leaders seemed to be that Jesus did not fulfill any of the messianic requirements. The end of days did not come to pass. His promise that God would liberate the Jews from bondage was not fulfilled. Rather than the restoration of the 12 tribes of Israel, the Romans expropriated the land and slaughtered its inhabitants. And the predicted Kingdom of God never developed. Clearly, as Aslan illustrates, the evangelists, writing decades after the crucifixion, had an extremely poor grasp of Jewish law and Sanhedrin procedure. Descriptions of the trial of Jesus before the Sanhedrin are replete with problems. Jewish law precludes the Sanhedrin meeting at night; nor is it permitted to meet during Passover or on the eve of the Sabbath. Finally, if the Sanhedrin concluded that Jesus blasphemed then the Torah is specific on the punishment: “the congregation shall stone him to death.” Aslan spends a good bit of time dealing with the matter of the resurrection as a matter of faith rather than history—“without the resurrection the whole edifice of Jesus’ claim to the mantle of messiah comes crashing down.” Not satisfied to rely on the inerrancy of the Bible, a multitude of scholars have delved into the social and religious culture in which Jesus was born, lived, and died in an attempt to parse the minutiae of his life that can be reasonably validated. Your reviewer has a surprisingly vivid recol-

lection of a controversial work by British biblical scholar, Hugh J. Schonfeld, who 50 years ago published The Passover Plot. Schonfeld concluded, in part, “That Jesus was a deeply religious Jewish man…[who had]…a skeptical and somewhat rebellious relationship to the hierarchy and teachings mandated by the authorities (the Pharisees) of the Temple in Jerusalem…that Jewish Messianic expectation was extremely high in those times… that he was convinced of his role as the expected Messiah…and that he consciously and methodically…attempted to fulfill that role…being perfectly aware of the consequences of his actions.” Schonfeld contended that the events of the Passover are more accurately presented in the Gospel of John and that everything from crucifixion to resurrection was planned: Jesus assumed he would not be on the cross for more than a few hours and, still alive, would be taken down according to the law, upon the arrival of the Sabbath. Foiled by the action of a Roman soldier with a spear (who may have stabbed Jesus to put him out of his misery), the plan to literally resurrect Jesus collapsed. Zealot places on Paul’s shoulders the principal blame for distorting the words and life of Jesus to create a church more acceptable to the pagan believers of Rome. Where Jesus is believed to have said “Not everyone who says to me ‘Lord Lord’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven,” Paul’s epistle to the Romans says that “everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.” Aslan concludes that: “…two thousand years later, the Christ of Paul’s creation has utterly subsumed the Jesus of history. The memory of the revolutionary zealot who walked across Galilee gathering an army of disciples with the goal of establishing the Kingdom of God on earth, the magnetic preacher who defied the authority of the Temple priesthood in Jerusalem, the radical Jewish nationalist who challenged the Roman occupation and lost, has been almost completely lost to history.” —Hal Sacks is a retired Jewish communal worker who has reviewed books for Jewish News for more than 30 years.

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what’s happening Transforming destructive conflicts and the importance of social justice Dr. Richard Rubenstein Tuesday, April 22, 6-7 pm by Dr. Scott M. Debb, assistant professor of psychology


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magine a world where all problems are resolved immediately and managed so effectively that similar problems never happened. Now, step out of this world and into reality and ask yourself: Why can we NOT solve everyday problems when we seem so capable of thinking about what an ideal world looks like? Conflict, in any form, can be thought of either as an obstacle or an opportunity. Obstacles are frustrating and stressful forces that lead to mental and physical fatigue. Opportunities, on the other hand, allow people to engage in personal growth. This can be very rewarding, but it is no easy task since it is difficult, time consuming, and likely to lead to awareness of personal weaknesses and vulnerabilities. It often seems more efficient in the short-term to avoid, ignore or deflect the roots of problems. Some conflicts go past the level of the individual and actually transcend entire cultures, with the seeds of hate and cycles of learned helplessness (despair) being re-planted with each new generation. We do not have to look far to find examples of this—consider the tumultuous nature of Middle East relations. Many attempts have been made to bridge the gap between not so disparate groups of people. Is it fair to say that one side has to be right while the other side has to be wrong? It seems that assuming such minimal complexity dooms potential resolution to failure. Someone with no ties to this region might refer to “those” people and “their” problems, so why consider understanding it? Here in the United States, social and economic factors have always been powerful constructs that at times seem to have formed an intractable wedge between different classes of people. Real or perceived, differences between groups of people sets the stage for conflict, and when group members feel isolated, outcast, or abandoned, perceptions of inequality often become fuel for destructive conflicts. What can be done as individuals, or as

a society, to combat these injustices? First, consider that no conflict exists in a vacuum. The roots of conflict must inherently exist on multiple levels. Dr. Dr. Richard Rubenstein Richard Rubenstein, professor of conflict resolution and public affairs at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution in Fairfax, Va., proposes several ways to transform destructive conflicts into peaceful relations.  First, take a step back—move away from the conflict and give yourself a timeout to lessen the likelihood of overreacting. Second, consider what is really going on. Too often, we fail to get past the most recent event and fail to consider the true roots of the problem. This is the third step—figuring out what is actually causing the conflict by considering what systems and institutions in our society are at play, and what social (cultural) and psychological (mental and emotional) components are involved. Fourth, and perhaps most importantly, take a moment to imagine better systems or solutions. This allows us to think about what life would be like in an ideal world with no constraints. We need to consider if people’s basic human needs are being met, and what the likely outcome for those folks might be if they are not. Finally, we must implement those creative solutions that can be implemented. Humans are remarkably capable of implementing radical solutions to problems when we truly want to. Join Dr. Rubenstein at a community-wide event to be held on the main campus of Norfolk State University followed by Q&A. Dr. Rubenstein will deliver a keynote address focusing on “Social and Economic Disparities: Their Cost and Their Cure”. The talk will be held in the Student Center building, conference room 148 (enter through Gates 2 or 3 off of Corprew Ave). For any questions, contact Dr. Scott Debb at or 757-843-8943.

what’s happening There’s a rock star in the community Saturday, May 3, 4–6 pm

Michael Hearst and his Unusual Creatures Wednesday, April 16, 7 pm


antor Wally Schachet-Briskin Cantor Wally is not only clergy at Ohef Sholom Temple, he is a recording artist and engaging musician who is guaranteed to entertain families with Jewish music and songs. (In fact, check him out on iTunes.) “Cantor Wally Live,” a free musical festival for the community and playful event for children up to age 13 and their parents, will take place on the steps of Ohef Sholom at Stockely Gardens (between Raleigh and Redgate Avenues). In addition to great music, there will be face painting, a bounce house and art projects for the young kids, while older kids will be challenged with a scavenger hunt. Even a pizza dinner and snocones from Kona Ice will be provided. The event will conclude with Havdallah, a brief service that ends the Shabbat. The street in front of Ohef Sholom will be closed for easy and safe access to the park. Contact Linda at 625-4295 or to RSVP or for more information. Wally-AJ-booklet.indd 1


uirky author, composer, and host, Michael Hearst returns to Tidewater to present Songs for Unusual Creatures: a highly-geeky A/V presentation of some of the most bizarre animals that roam the planet. From the Australian bilby to the deep-sea magnapinna squid, to the microscopic tarde, the creatures are brought to life with such odd-ball instruments as theremin, claviola, daxophone, and stylophone. The first time Hearst has performed in Tidewater in more than 20 years, this performance “with my project…which is a book, an album, and now a PBS Digital series,” takes place at Virginia Wesleyan College in the Marlin Grille. The event is free and open to the public. Hearst grew up in Virginia Beach, went to Temple Emanuel, and graduated from Cox High School class of 1990. He has lived in New York City for the past 14 years, and says he is “very much looking forward to coming to Tidewater” and that this event is for the entire family. To see an episode from the PBS series featuring Kronos Quartet and the seapig, go to: For more information about the event, contact Dr. Susan Wansink,, 757-455-3235.

It’s been 12 years since I recorded an album of original music, though I’ve been writing compositions throughout this time. (Thanks for your patience!) I tend to write songs for occasions, and over the past decade-plus I have had so many moments to celebrate life’s blessings: the birth of my daughter Channa (Kein Tikaneis), and in the blink of an eye, I was writing a song with her (S’mores); the birth of my son Micah (Y’varech’cha), and the opportunity to encourage both of my kids to become the best people they can be (Be A Mensch). My parents celebrated their journey through life together at their 40th wedding anniversary (With Joy We Come Together), my nephew David became Bar Mitzvah (Awesome Journey), and others close to my family became Bat Mitzvah (Gal and Achoteinu).

Many of these songs were written at my beloved second homes, URJ Camps Swig and Newman (Shalom Rav, Ma Rabu, and V’samti Makom). Other songs were created at communal Jewish gatherings or at the request of some of my mentors (Al Kein, N’sia Kedosha, Stop! Look! Remember!, One Small Flame, and Pitchu Li). Some of these songs are just silly parodies with fun learning opportunities, celebrating the joy of life and being in a Jewish community (Hey! There, in the Nile, a... and Shabbat-bat-bat!).

Produced by Six Point Productions for Wally Schachet-Briskin (

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Wally Schachet-Briskin: vocals; 6-string, 12-string, nylon string acoustic guitars; 6-string banjo; hand percussion Troy Dexter: keyboards; electric guitar; electric bass; rhythm programming

I could not have done this project alone — it really does take a village! I am tremendously grateful to my wonderful, extremely supportive wife Tammy for believing in me, for encouraging me to continue to write music and to release a new CD, and for giving me the time to do it. Channa and Micah fill my days with joy and giggles and I am in awe of all the blessings they bring to my life. Enormous globs of thanks go to my enthusiastic and loving family and my amazing network of friends — they all inspire me and have faith in me and my music. Working with my unbelievably gifted cohorts to create this product was truly a treasured opportunity. Bringing my Yidlets and their Chavurah of close friends to the studio was also a special treat. I feel so very blessed to have all of these people in my village. May these lyrics and this music inspire you as you go through life’s awesome journey! L’Shalom, Cantor Wally

Additional vocals: Channa Schachet-Briskin, Micah Schachet-Briskin, Gal Tabachnik, Jane Tabachnik, Leah Schwartz, Sue Epstein, Cantor Marcelo Gindlin, Ben LaCross, and The Pacoima Middle School Singers (Scott Mandel, director)

Engineered by Troy Dexter at The Green Room, Chatsworth, CA ( Design by Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik (

Photos by Tammy Schachet-Briskin at “Genesis Land” near Jerusalem, Israel. I’m riding a camel named Ben Gurion; the lighter one is Snow White.

Music and English lyrics written by Wally Schachet-Briskin. All Hebrew lyrics are from biblical or liturgical sources. Music to “Hey! There, in the Nile, a...” by “Plain White T’s” (Thomas John Higgenson), © Warner Chappell Music Inc. Music to “Shabbat-bat-bat!” by “Arrow” (Alphonsus Cassell), © Chrysalis Music.

This project was sponsored in part by the Sales and Marketing Division of Six Point Productions, The Schachet-Briskin Family “Cantor Wally Account,” and The Schachet Family Memorial Music Fund, in memory of Barbara Schachet (z”l) and Rabbi Dick Schachet (z”l). Please visit, where you can find other Cantor Wally products, view song lyrics, and get information about bookings.

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What Jews owe the U.S. military Saturday, May 3—Service, 9:30 am; Congressman Rigell speaks after 11 am by Mark Solberg


y father was an anomaly. He was a Jew and a career officer in the U.S. military. There weren’t many of them. In 1940, he knew a war was coming and he wanted to get some stripes on his sleeve before things got ugly. So, he enlisted in the Coast Guard. Between 1942 and 1945 he made 22 crossings of the North Atlantic on convoy duty. He said the number didn’t matter, as long as it was an even number with no fractions. He also said that every American who was killed in World War II died so I could grow up free and Jewish in the USA. I believed him then, and I believe him now. As I grew older, he made sure I knew that it wasn’t just World War II, and it wasn’t just the Jews. Today, every American enjoys freedom and opportunity unparalleled in the histo-

ry of the world, only because freedom was won, and has been preserved and protected, by the U.S. military. Temple Israel’s connection with the military goes back to before the synagogue was built. Many of the founders of Temple Israel were veterans of World War II and the Korean War. Temple Israel has been the congregational home of many of the Jewish chaplains serving the Tidewater community. Chaplains Moe Kaprow, Seth Phillips and Karen Soria were all members of Temple Israel, and co-officiated from its pulpit, in coordination with Rabbi Michael Panitz. The sons of Chaplains Phillips and Soria celebrated their bar mitzvah rites of passage at the congregation. Temple Israel continues this tradition through joint services and programs with Cantor Aaron Sachnoff and the Commodore Uriah P. Levy Jewish Chapel at the Norfolk Navy Base.

But, despite this long and close association, Temple Israel has never formally and officially thanked the military for defending America’s freedom. Until now. “Giving thanks for our blessings is a basic tenet of Judaism,” says Rabbi Panitz. “With the high concentration of military bases and facilities in the area, a congregation in Hampton Roads has a unique opportunity to show the thankfulness and respect for our military that every American should feel.” Temple Israel will honor the United States military at a special Military Appreciation Shabbat with Congressman Scott Rigell as the featured speaker. Service personnel, active duty or retired, of all religious affiliations, are welcome. The event is open to the public. Lunch will be served. RSVP to Temple Israel’s office at 489-0550. | April 7, 2014 | Jewish News | 31

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what’s happening JFS presents two free programs for 10th Annual Week of Healthy Living

Season of Faves • 2013–14

May 2–9 Advances in Cancer Immunotherapy Wednesday, May 7, 7 pm Presented by Evan Lipson, MD, melanoma specialist with Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center Sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Dozoretz

Thu. April 10, 7:30pm

Jon Batiste and Stay Human

Thu. April 24, 7:30pm & Fri. April 25, 8pm

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo


r. Evan Lipson, MD, will present the latest innovations in cancer treatments, based on groundbreaking research on cancer immunotherapy, named by Science magazine as the “Breakthrough of the Year” in 2013. Jewish Family Service presents this program in partnership with the Maimonides Society of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater. As the immune system teaches researchers about its intricacies, researchers are also teaching immune cells how to use those abilities to specifically target disease. By using what they learn about the immune system, scientists can create synthetic molecules to attack a tumor, or can help the immune system to do its job more effectively. Lipson is a melanoma specialist at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center in Baltimore, Md. His research focuses on investigating new therapies for patients with various stages of melanoma, ranging from preventing disease recurrence in high-risk patients to developing innovative drug therapies for patients with advanced

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be discussed, as well as tips and tricks for sustained weight loss. Lunch will be served at this program. Kennedy has practiced in Virginia Beach since 1989. She graduated from the Medical 2014 College of Virginia and completed her residency at Magee Women’s Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh. She was voted one of Hampton Roads’ “Top Docs” in 2009 and into the Top Docs Hall of Fame in 2010. Kennedy was awarded Physician of the Year by the Virginia Beach Medical Society in 2009. Betty Ann Levin, JFS executive director, says, “We are thrilled to have two physicians of this caliber speaking to our community on these two very different, but equally important, subjects. These programs fit with JFS’ mission to engage members of the community in health education programming and healthy activities for optimal quality of life. We look forward to seeing our community members at these programs.” Both programs will be held at the Simon Family JCC. The programs are free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. JFS also suggests that attendees bring at least one non-perishable food item for the JFS Food Closets. To register, visit www. or call 757-321-2222.

E A LT H Y L I V I N G May 2 – 9,

disease. Lipson is also the founder of, which chronicles the stories of cancer patients who, with power and determination, find interesting and meaningful ways to add life to their days. The Art & Science of Healthy Eating Thursday, May 8, 12 pm Presented by Kris Kennedy, MD, FACOG, Complete Women’s Care Sponsored by the Esther and Alan Fleder Foundation


ris Kennedy, MD, FACOG, is a founding member of The Art and Science of Healthy Eating faculty. She is passionate about helping people learn how to gain optimal health through eating. Kennedy will present how to decipher the science and discard the hype regarding food and health. She will teach how to use food to correct obesity, improve disease, and gain health. Processed food and reviews of the paleo, whole foods plant-based, and Mediterranean diets will

America and the Holocaust is subject of talk at Ohef Sholom Sunday, April 13, 11 am

Thu. May 1, 7:30pm

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arty Mandelberg will present What Did We Know and When Did We Know It: America and the Holocaust, a program sponsored by Ohef Sholom Temple’s adult education committee. The program will explore historical perspectives, the political environment, current events, and the personalities that influenced the Allied responses (or

lack thereof) to the plight of the Jews in Europe. What did FDR, the Allies, the U.S. State Department, Jewish leaders and the American people know and when? Some of the answers to these and other questions will be presented. Mandelberg will also examine the options that may or may not have been available and the debate they created.

Examples are an Allied bombing of Auschwitz, rescue missions, bartering and ransoming of Jews, and increased immigration to safe havens. This event is free and open to the community. Ohef Sholom Temple is located at 530 Raleigh Avenue in Norfolk. For more information, call 625-4295.

what’s happening Lawrence L. Steingold to receive the 2014 Henry B. Kaufmann Award

Third annual Tikkun Tidewater

Sunday, May 4, 10:30 am, brunch; 11 am, program


or more than 30 years, Ohef Sholom Temple’s Men’s Club has bestowed the Henry B. Kaufmann Award upon a congregant for extraordinary service to the temple and the community at large. Henry B. Kaufmann, an accountant by trade, was extremely active in Men’s Club and numerous other temple affairs. He was also a devoted volunteer for civic clubs throughout the city, as well as an active fundraiser for the Heart Association, Cancer and Arthritis Foundations. The Men’s Club established this memorial to him posthumously to honor his exemplary service to the community, his devotion to Ohef Sholom Temple and his love for Judaism. This year, the Men’s Club selected Lawrence L. Steingold as the 2014 Henry B. Kaufmann Award Recipient. A Norfolk native and Norfolk Academy graduate, Steingold credits his parents for stressing the importance of community involvement and education to

himself and his brothers Ira, Joe and Sam. He is a graduate of Emory University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and is a Certified Public Accountant. Steingold works with Joe and Sam in the family real estate development and investment business, Woodway Management. The family gathers frequently and, with the merger of Ohef Sholom and Temple Sinai, are all members of Ohef Sholom Temple. At OST, Steingold has volunteered countless hours helping to ensure financial stability and accountability. He has played a key role in this effort as current treasurer and member of the executive, budget and finance committees. It is rare to come into the building and not see him working in the office. As he readily admits, one of his “hobbies“ is sleeping between meetings. Steingold flashes that infectious smile when talking about the variety of arts, community and Jewish organizations in which

he has been involved, but becomes modest when speaking about himself. To list just a few, he is the incoming president and current vice-president and treasurer of Jewish Family Service of Tidewater, chair of the audit and finance committee for Tidewater Jewish Foundation, vice-chair of Hospice & Palliative Care of Tidewater, and an active member of the boards of the Simon Family JCC, Beth Sholom Home Foundation and the Sandler Family Campus. He has been involved with Young Audiences of Virginia, Lyric Opera and the Virginia Opera Association. He also lists as a “favorite,” his participation in the OST NEST program, the Judeo-Christian Outreach Center, Union Mission and the Cromwell House. Brunch will be held in Ohef Sholom’s Kaufman Hall with the presentation following. Admission is $10. Reservations may be made by contacting the temple office at 625-4295.


Sunday, May 4, 1-4 pm

n a project of J-SERVE to reduce, reuse and recycle, the Simon Family JCC and BBYO present the third annual Tikkun Tidewater at the JCC on the Sandler Family Campus. Participants need only drive through a covered area and let volunteers unload unwanted, but recyclable household items. Items accepted include, but are not limited to, cell phones, household batteries, prescription eyeglasses, canned food (to benefit Jewish Family Service), pharmaceuticals, women’s professional clothing for Dress for Success, and computers through a partnership with Goodwill Industries and Dell. For a complete list of items being accepted, visit For more information, contact Ellie Bernstein at ebernstein@simonfamilyjcc. org or 757-321-2324.

Robert Satloff for Israel Today Thursday, May 1, 7 pm by Karen Lombart


ne of the most sought after speakers at the AIPAC National Policy Conference attended this year by 14,000 people, Dr. Robert Satloff knows how to present the facts about the Middle East in an authentic, compelling way. Those who have never heard Satloff, should not miss this Robert Satloff man’s presentation. Those who have heard him, will want to hear him again when he visits Tidewater. Satloff is the third speaker in the Israel Today series offered by the Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and community partners. As the executive director since 1993 and the Howard P. Berkowitz chair in

US Middle East Policy at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, he is an expert on Arab and Islamic politics. Speaking Arabic, French and Hebrew, he has written extensively on the challenge of political Islam, the need to revamp US public diplomacy in the Middle East and the Arab-Israeli peace process. Well respected within the top echelons of the research community, he is an expert on Egypt, Jordan, North Africa, Palestinians, Arab and Islamic Politics, and Arab-Israeli Relations. The event takes place at the Sandler Family Campus. Visit IsraelToday for more information or to RSVP. Contact or 965-6107 with questions.

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Get Fit with Camp JCC Fun!

calendar April 12, Saturday JMCC presents Bagels and Bluegrass. Lecture, music, entertainment and bagels! 7 pm. Call 757-391-9266 or visit

open house

Family Fitness Funday

Sunday, March 23 • 1– 4pm at the Simon Family JCC

5000 Corporate Woods Dr., Virginia Beach

Bring your children for a preview of all they can expect at Camp JCC. In addition, enjoy: • Giveaways • Face Painting • Inflatables • Bike Rodeo & Safety Tips • Kid IDs • Family Activities • Games for kids of all ages

For more information, visit or call 757-321-2306.

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Counselors (Must be 21years old; minimum requirement) • Specialists (Activities: Sports, Music, etc.) • Special Needs Assistants

Camp JCC provides children with a rich and unique day camp experience. A dynamic program allows every child to explore their own interests and try new activities within a safe camp atmosphere. Engaging and supportive staff encourages campers to have fun, develop skills, and form meaningful relationships. All staff members are hired for their ability to facilitate memorable experiences for our campers. All camp personnel have a background check and participate in an extensive orientation program.

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April 13, Sunday Best Chopped Liver in Tidewater. A contest sponsored by Beth Sholom Village/58 Deli at 58 Deli. 4 pm. Call Bryan Mesh or Claire Roth at Beth Sholom Village at 757-420-2512. APRIL 23, WEDNESDAY Maimonides Society: Healing Across the Divides: Fostering Improved Health Among Israelis and Palestinians. Special guest will be Dr. Norbert Goldfield, whose organization promotes the health of Israelis and Palestinians while helping to forge inter-agency cooperation and mutual understanding. 6 pm cocktails and hors d’oeuvres; presentation follows at 6:30 pm at the Sandler Family Campus. RSVP by April 16 to Shayna Horwitz at 757-965-6124 or For more information, visit APRIL 27, SUNDAY Yom Hashoah, an evening of prayer and remembrance. Guest speaker is Werner Reich. Ohef Sholom Temple, 6:45 pm. See page 8. 757-965-6100. Brith Sholom will hold a Semi-Annual Dinner at Happy Buffet, located on S. Lynnhaven Rd., behind Lynnhaven Mall. Cyndi and Billy Mitchell will sing and play music. Dinner is at 5:30 pm. $7.50 members $15 guests. RSVP by April 22. Call Gail at 461-1150. April 28, Monday “Reading of the Names” Sponsored by the Beth El Men’s Club at the Simon Family JCC. 10 am–4 pm. 757-965-6100. See page 8. May 1, Thursday Robert Satloff, the final speaker of the 2013–2014 Israel Today series. Presented by the Community Relations Council and community partners at 7 pm at the Sandler Family Campus. Free and open to the community. See page 33. Shushanisit and be sure to RSVP there or to MAY 3, SATURDAY Military Appreciation Shabbat at Temple Israel. Service at 9:30 am. Congressman Scott Rigell will speak after 11 am. RSVP to Temple Israel’s office at 489-0550. See page 31. MAY 4, SUNDAY Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day at Temple Israel. Ceremony honoring the memory of Israeli soldiers who lost their lives in battle for the creation and preservation of the State of Israel, and the memory of all victims of terrorism. The event is free and open to the community. RSVP to the Temple Israel office, 489-4550. Jewish Family Service’s 10th Annual Run, Roll or Stroll. 24th Street Park, Virginia Beach. 757-321-2222 or May 6, Tuesday Screening of the documentary based on the bestselling book, The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers. This film looks inside the offices of Israel’s Prime Ministers through the eyes of Yehuda Avner, former Chief Aide to Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin, Menachem Begin and Shimon Peres. Presented by the Community Relations Council. 7 pm at the Sandler Family Campus. Free and open to the community. For more information or to RSVP, visit www. or contact or 965-6107. May 18, Sunday A look into the Iron Dome. A discussion and dessert reception with Lieutenant Colonel Gideon Weiss, vice president, business development, Rafael USA, Inc. at the Regent University Theatre in Virginia Beach. Free and open to the public. This is Celebrate Israel’s final event; a program of the Simon Family JCC, co-sponsored by The Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater. 7 pm. RSVP required. IDs will be checked. To RSVP, visit or contact or 965-6107. Send submissions for calendar to Be sure to note “calendar” in the subject. Include date, event name, sponsor, address, time, cost and phone.

Pink Tea at Temple Emanuel • Sunday, May 18, 2 pm


he community is invited to a Pink Tea at Temple Emanuel to honor women cancer survivors. This is an opportunity to hear how “Your Good Health is in your Hands.” The panel consists of Pat Thornton, nurse navigator for Breast Services at Sentara Leigh Hospital; Mary Beth Sullivan, director of Radiation Therapists at the Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute; and Martin Freedman, registered pharmacist. The minimum contribution of $7.50 will be donated to the Beach Health Clinic, which provides mammograms and pap


smears to women who do not have any insurance. Last year the event collected more than $1,200. Susan Hellstrom, director of the Beach Health Clinic will be at the event to answer questions. The Tea is sponsored by local Pink Angels allowing all the proceeds to go directly to the clinic. The festivities will take place in the Social Hall of Temple Emanuel at 424 25th Street in Virginia Beach. Make reservations by Wednesday, May 14, by calling the temple office at 757-428-2591 or Renee Heyman 757-853-2145.

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OF M ARKETING AND C OMMUNIC ATION The Director of Marketing and Communication develops and ensures the successful implementation of agency branding, marketing, advertising, promotion and communication strategies to support the vision, mission and goals of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and Simon Family JCC. Candidate should have proven leadership skills in directing and/or coordinating progressive marketing policies and programs. This position requires hands on experience in the coordination and use of all creative, visual, graphic and written materials required to meet objectives of marketing and communications to reach target audiences and oversee all public relations, advertising and promotional staff, agencies and activities. Education/Experience:


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obituaries Stanley Brower Brundage Norfolk—Stanley Brower Brundage, age 86, passed away at home with his beloved family by his side, on March 26, 2014 in West Palm Beach, Fla. Born Oct. 19, 1927 in Newark, N.J., he was the son of Alfred and Lucy Brundage. Stanley was raised in Maplewood, N.J., graduated from Columbia High School in 1944 and was commissioned into the U.S. Army where he served as a cryptology specialist for the duration of the war. After completing his service, he received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Yale University in 1951. He married Birdie Glanzer in 1951 and they moved to Norfolk where they shared a wonderful life raising their three children. Stanley founded the architectural firm, Brundage Kroskin, in 1956 and continued practicing even after he officially retired from the firm in 1989 in order to help his daughter establish her architectural practice, Archi-Techniques, in Norfolk. Stanley had a lifelong love of animals and devoted his time and energy to protecting them and advocating on their behalf. He served several terms as president of the Norfolk SPCA. He was an avid boater and golfer and enjoyed many hours with family and friends pursuing both interests. Twenty years ago, Stanley took up painting and as in most things he attempted, he excelled at it. He loved exploring the use of color to define and inter-relate varying sized and configured geometrical shapes. His architecture background heavily influenced his award winning works, which were shown in several galleries. Stanley is survived by his adoring wife of 63 years, Birdie; his dearly loved children, Peter and Susi Brundage of Dallas; Lisa and Randy Shapiro of Boca Raton, Fla.; Eric and Margo Brundage of New Vernon, N.J..; his beloved grandchildren, Amy, Lauren, Casey, William, Molly, Shane, Lori, Jared and Erica and great grandchildren, Ella, Cole, Laine, Chloe and Lola; and two brothers, Lyle and Robert, nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held at Beth Israel Memorial Chapel in Boyton Beach, Fla.

Harry Andrew Cohen Norfolk—Harry Andrew Cohen, born April 27, 1925 in Norfolk to the late Joseph and Sarah Cohen, died on March 25 after a short illness. A beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend, he passed away at his home on Granby Street with his family by his side. Known to many in his hometown as “Brother Cohen,” Harry was a fixture in downtown Norfolk as the owner of Quality Furniture, which operated first on Church Street and then on Granby Street for 40 years until its closing in March 2013. A tireless and creative businessman, “Mr. Harry,” as he was also called, cared deeply for his loyal customers who depended on him for appliances, bedding, home furnishings, watches, jewelry and a friendly smile. Harry had a knack for retail at an early age, working as a clerk at Lord and Taylor in New York City, where he lived with his stepbrothers and sisters for two years as a teenager. In the Navy during World War II, he volunteered to run the ship’s store on the USS Randolph, which allowed the meticulous sailor 24-hour access to the laundry so he could keep his own uniforms constantly cleaned and pressed. He would continue to be a flashy yet elegant dresser, and dancer, well into his later years. Harry was a cheerful presence in any setting. At Temple Israel in Norfolk, he acted in shows and called bingo. He enjoyed cooking and baking, making many fans with his delicious mandel bread. His greatest love though was his family, particularly his wife Susan or “Miss Sue,” whom he adored and cherished for 57 years. Together as true life partners, they operated Quality Furniture as a strong team and raised three children in the Wards Corner area where they hosted large Sunday cookouts for many summers, a tradition that began in Thoroughgood at Sue’s parents’ home. Kind, helpful, nurturing, encouraging, punctual, thankful and always looking for one more way to be productive and help others, Harry Cohen always tried to do the right thing. He will be missed by everyone he met in his store, at the opera, theater, symphony, and synagogue or at one of his son’s restaurants. Harry is survived by his wife Sue, daughter Sara Jo and husband Joel Rubin,

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daughter Jill Cohen, son Jeff Cohen, grandson Danny Rubin and his wife Shikma, granddaughter Molly Nizhnikov and her husband Joe and grandson Dylan Cohen, as well as by many nieces and nephews who had great affection for their Uncle Harry. He is also survived by one sister, Miriam Weisberg, and was predeceased by another, Pearl Brenner. A funeral service, conducted by Rabbi Michael Panitz took place graveside at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Altmeyer Funeral Home. Memorial donations can be made to the Harry A. Cohen New Mahzor Fund at Temple Israel. Email Joyce L. Crockin NORFOLK—Joyce L. Crockin, 55, passed away. Graveside funeral service took place in Forest Lawn Cemetery. H.D. Oliver. Hazel Carol Glaser Virginia Beach—Carol Glaser, 83, passed away on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. Born in Robeson County, N.C., she is the daughter of the late Cleo Warwick Floyd and Dewey Floyd. She was a member of Ohef Sholom Temple in Norfolk. Carol strived to be the perfect Jewish mother. She lent a southern flare to even the most traditional of Jewish foods. She was known for her matzo ball soup, chopped liver, honey cake, and brisket. Her children related that she hardly ever used food from a can while they were growing up. They have fond memories of weekly trips to the Mennonite Farms in Kempsville for fresh eggs, dairy products, fruits, and veggies. She canned and froze everything: jellies, veggies, and soups. That was a holdover from her growing up with 11 brothers and sisters on a 500-acre tobacco farm in North Carolina. Carol also kept an immaculate home, loved to play bridge, and was an avid gardener and won several “Best Yard in the Neighborhood Awards” over the years. Her yard contained fruit trees, trellises with cucumbers, tomatoes, and just about any other veggie that you could think of. She was always there for any family or friend that needed her help. She is survived by her beloved husband of 61 years, Bernard H. Glaser; daughter, Janet G. Sturgis and her husband, William

J. Sturgis II of Nassawadox, Va., and their daughter, Rachel Anne Sturgis; son, Martin “Stan” Glaser and his wife Kim of Virginia Beach, and their children, Jonathan and Sarah Glaser; sister, Jo Ann Rushton and husband David of Idaho Falls, Id.; brothers, Jake Floyd and wife Faye of Nashville, Tenn., Ray Floyd and wife Bertha Rose of Whiteville, N.C., Morris Floyd and wife Carol of Chadbourn, N.C., and Moses Floyd and wife Patsy of Lumberton, N.C.; and a number of nieces and nephews. A graveside funeral service took place in Forest Lawn Cemetery with Rabbi Rosalin Mandelberg and Cantor Wally SchachetBriskin officiating. H. D. Oliver Funeral Apts. Online condolences may be offered to the family through Stephen R. Margulies Kill Devil Hills—Stephen R. Margulies, 75, of the 100 block of Goddard Street died Tuesday, March 18, 2014 in a Virginia Beach hospital. He was a native of Norfolk, Va. and the son of the late Irving and Sarah Lou Salsbury Margulies. He was preceded in death by his son Simon Ross Margulies. Mr. Margulies graduated from Maury High School, class of 1956 and the Norfolk College of William and Mary with a BA in Sociology. He attended the Medical College of Virginia and graduated from T. C. Williams School of Law at The University of Richmond with a Doctorate in Juris Prudence. He clerked for Judge Walter E. Hoffman of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Mr. Margulies practiced law for 25 years and later worked for the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, where he retired in 2012. He was a former member of Temple Israel. Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Sharon Wynn Margulies of Kill Devil Hills, N.C., and his daughter, Sarah Rose Margulies of Atlanta. He is also survived by his brothers; Burke W. Margulies and his wife Vivian of Virginia Beach, Alfred S. Margulies, MD and his wife Bonnie of Newton, Mass. and Richard N. Margulies and his wife Karen of Jacksonville, Fla. A graveside funeral service was held at Forest Lawn Cemetery with Rabbi Michael Panitz officiating.

obituaries Memorial donations to the charity of the donor’s choice. H.D. Oliver. David Israel Millison Norfolk—David Israel Millison, 52, of the 400 block of Fairfax Ave., died Saturday, March 22, 2014 in a local hospital. David was a native of Washington, D.C., and a resident of Norfolk for over 20 years. He was the son of the late J. Laurence Millison. David was the retired owner of Let Us Produce Company, a wholesale produce company. He was a member of Ohef Sholom Temple. Survivors include his mother, Loretta Comess Cohen and her husband Jack of Norfolk, his daughter, Sydnee Millison of Annapolis, Md., his sons; Jules and Sheldon Millison of Norfolk, and his sister, Rachelle Millison of Annapolis, Md. Graveside funeral services were held at Forest Lawn Cemetery with Cantor Wally Schachet-Briskin officiating. Memorial donations to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312. Online condolences may be sent to the family at H.D. Oliver. Bernard Rafal Norfolk—Our beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, Bernard Rafal, 97, passed away on Monday, March 24, 2014 at home in Long Grove, Ill. surrounded by his loving family. Born in Norfolk, Va., he was the son of the late Bertha Fine Rafal and Solomon Rafal, and was the widower of Cynthia

Orleans Rafal. Mr. Rafal was a meatpacker for many years. He was a U. S. Navy veteran, a founding member of Temple Israel in Norfolk, and was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons. He is survived by his children, Renee Segal and husband Stewart, and Dale Atherton and husband Brian; a brother, Eli Rafal; grandchildren, Shannon BenYoseph and husband Roy, Jason Rafal and wife Ashley, Erin Whaley and husband Tim, Jeremy Segal and wife Allyson, Lisa Segal and fiancé Steve Paul, and Ashley Atherton. He is also lovingly survived by his great grandchildren, Addie and Ellie Ben-Yoseph, Casey and Caleb Rafal, and Jackson and Hannah Whaley. He was preceded in death by his beloved son, Nelson Rafal, and two of his brothers, Nathan and David Rafal. A graveside funeral service was conducted in Forest Lawn Cemetery with Rabbi Michael Panitz officiating. H. D. Oliver Funeral Apts. Online condolences may be offered through Memorial donations to Temple Israel.

James Schlesinger, U.S. defense secretary during 1973 Yom Kippur War James Schlesinger, the Jewish-born U.S. defense secretary who played a role in the emergency shipment of arms to Israel during the 1973 Yom Kippur war, has died. Schlesinger, 85, of Arlington, Va., died March 27 of complications from pneumonia. He was born and raised in a Jewish home in New York, but converted to Lutheranism after a visit to Germany in 1950. Schlesinger rose through the Nixon administration to become CIA director and then defense secretary, a role he had just assumed when the Yom Kippur War erupted. Egypt and Syria launched the war on Oct. 6, 1973, Yom Kippur, with surprise attacks. The United States airlifted arms a week later. Some media reports at the time blamed Schlesinger for the delay, suggesting he was bowing to the oil lobby, but he vehemently denied it in an interview with JTA, saying he relayed the order as soon as he got the go-ahead from the White House.

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Meet the Presidents Philip Walzer President, Temple Israel Profession Business writer, The Virginian-Pilot

Ties to the Tidewater Jewish community I sometimes joke that we’re the only family that isn’t related to any other Jews in Hampton Roads. I’m from New York; Mary Ann’s from Ohio. But we have made many close friendships at Temple Israel and other local synagogues, and we feel part of the extended Tidewater Jewish family.

Education Bachelor’s degree in English, Princeton University, 1981 Family Wife, Mary Ann, registered nurse at Virginia Beach Ambulatory Surgery Center; sons Jacob, 24, University of Maryland graduate, operations research analyst with Booz Allen Hamilton in Northern Virginia, and Benjamin, 21, third-year student at the University of Virginia, majoring in foreign affairs and economics.

Philip Walzer

Jewish organizations We have been supporters of several local Jewish organizations and, if my knees hold up, I plan to run the 8K in the JFS Run, Roll or Stroll in May. Favorite Jewish holiday Holidays are important. But other moments in Jewish life can provide equally powerful moments, such as attending a shiva minyan or rejoicing at a congregational aufruf. Recently, we and a bunch of friends celebrated Havdalah under Mary Ann’s bottle tree in our backyard, which was a wonderful experience.

CRC Program Coordinator The United Jewish Federation of Tidewater is seeking candidates for the position of Community Relations Council Program Coordinator (CRC). This is part-time position (approximately 20 hours/week). The Program Coordinator is responsible for administrative, event planning and program support for the Community Relations Council (CRC) as the Council fulfills its mandate as the central public policy community relations and government affairs arm of the Federation. Candidates must be proficient in the advanced use of MS Office applications including Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Publisher; Excellent interpersonal, research, written, verbal communication and proofreading skills; Familiarity with social media platforms in order to use these tools to disseminate information and messaging of the CRC. Ability to multi-task, prioritize, must be detail oriented, self-directed; an enthusiast with the ability to foster working relationships with multicultural groups and various faith based audiences. Strong dedication, commitment and knowledge of Jewish culture, values and heritage are essential. A minimum of 2 years of administrative experience, event planning, civic and community engagement, non-profit, public affairs or related fields; Associate’s Degree in Business, Public Administration, or other related and appropriate field. Submit resume with salary requirement to:

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Most memorable personal Jewish milestone It is a tossup between my wedding to Mary Ann, my sons’ bnei mitzvah and Mary Ann’s adult bat mitzvah.

Most admired Jewish leader Elie Wiesel was a crucial figure in opening up dialogue and awareness worldwide about the Holocaust. He also has been a beacon against intolerance of all sorts and, with the spare lyricism of his prose, written movingly on subjects from Chasidic scholars to the plight of Soviet Jews. Rabbi Artson, in his recent talk at Temple Israel, recalled Wiesel’s words to President Reagan about visiting Bitburg: “That place, Mr. President, is not your place.” It was one of the most powerful sentences of the 20th century—and a quintessential Jewish challenge to the mistakes of the powerful. What other positions have you held with Temple Israel? I have served in three vice presidential positions at Temple Israel—youth, education, and community and outreach. Why have you chosen to devote so much time to Temple Israel? I have found a religious home—and lots of great people—at Temple Israel, and I wanted to maintain and increase its strength and vitality. What would you like people to know about Temple Israel? Temple Israel is vibrant and busy. On Sunday, April 6, for example, we had at least four things going on: Rabbi Panitz ran a tutorial for people interested in learning how to lead the Musaf service. We held our second annual blessing of the animals. Melissa Kass led a pre-Passover program for tots. Finally, we had a wine and chocolate tasting at the home of Amy and Kirk Levy, thanks to the support of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, Tidewater Jewish Foundation and Simon Family Foundation. Under the leadership of Rabbi Panitz and several members, we are constantly expanding services and initiating compelling programs. Earlier this year, for instance, we filled Sandler Hall with a unique program commemorating both Rosh Chodesh and the Chinese New Year. Among the other examples I’m proud of: We’ve strengthened and expanded our shomrim program to recite psalms before the funeral of a congregant. Our members this year make up the majority of the volunteers in the homework help club at Granby Elementary School. And we are planning another powerful Yom Hazikaron tribute to fallen Israeli soldiers. (It’s at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 4, and it’s open to everyone in the community.) As a whole, these initiatives strike the perfect balance of pursuing innovation and change while respecting tradition, in the best sense of Conservative Judaism. What are your goals as president? Synagogues should open their doors wide to everyone, regardless of age, ethnic background, financial status or level of observance. I have tried to model that attitude and have sought to empower congregants to pursue their interests, in keeping with the synagogue’s participatory history. In short, every member is important. I also have worked to communicate openly with congregants, to expand social-action initiatives and to perpetuate my predecessors’ legacy of keeping Temple Israel debt-free. | April 7, 2014 | Jewish News | 39

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