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Standing with Kansas City n Sunday, April 13, three innocent lives were taken by bullets fueled by hatred, shot by a man consumed with bigotry. We echo the following sentiments initially expressed by the chair of the Jewish Federation of North America board of trustees: “We at the Jewish Federations stand in solidarity with the Jewish community in Kansas City following Sunday’s horrific events, and our sympathies are with the families of the victims. No community should have to face a moment such as this one, and we pledge to do whatever is necessary to help the people of Kansas City through this terrible time.” The UJFT leadership understands now more than ever, especially as we have just experienced the holiday of Passover, that the freedoms of all people must be safeguarded and oppression of any kind must be fought with every act of our being. We renew our pledge to do so and have our communal efforts dedicated to the celebration of the lessons of the Passover holiday on a daily basis. We have also taken the necessary steps to be in touch with our local synagogues and agencies, as well as with local and national law enforcement agencies to ensure the safety of our community.
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he Manischewitz Company, well known for its Passover foods, was sold a week before the holiday. Sankaty Advisors, an arm of the private equity firm Bain Capital, purchased the Newark, N.J.-based purveyor of kosher foods for an undisclosed price, The Associated Press reported. The deal had been first disclosed by The New York Times. Under its new owner, Manischewitz is expected to promote kosher as an indication of quality food rather than just a religious designation, according to the
Times. “This investment reflects our confidence in the Manischewitz brands and team,” Sankaty Advisors said in a statement earlier this month. “Manischewitz has earned a position as one of the most highly recognized brands in the world, and it has distinguished itself through a passionate commitment to producing the highest quality kosher products possible. We believe Manischewitz is well positioned to grow due to rising mainstream interest in kosher foods.” (JTA)
National Hunger Seder aims to raises awareness
ongress members, White House delegates and representatives of Jewish social service agencies spoke out against hunger at the National Hunger Seder in Washington, D.C. The seder, which was organized by the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger, revolved around the traditional Passover seder message “Let all who are hungry, come and eat.” The event at the Capitol building is among 27 hunger seders held across the United States. It featured a Haggadah that included four questions on food insecurity, particularly among the elderly. The 10 “plagues we see today are not punishment from God, but ones of our own doing -the awful unintended results of our own actions and creations,” said JCPA President Rabbi Steve Gutow.
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The plagues include “the grandmother who must choose between paying for medicine and paying for food” as well as “Apathy, the greatest plague of all -- the failure to make ending senior hunger a national priority.” Abby Leibman, the president and CEO of Mazon, said nearly 5 million American seniors struggle to put enough nutritious food on the table. “And unfortunately, that number is only projected to grow as 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 each day between now and 2020,” she said. Among the seder participants were Reps. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), Jim McGovern, (D-Mass.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) and Brad Schneider (D-Ill.), as well as Matt Nosanchuk, associate director of the White House Office of Public Engagement for Jewish Outreach. (JTA)
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briefs Britain’s Tate Gallery to return Nazi-looted painting Britain’s Tate Gallery said it would return a Nazi-looted painting to the heirs of an art collector from Hungary. The gallery announced on March 27 that it would return the 1824 painting Beaching a Boat, Brighton by John Constable. The artwork had been loaned to museums in the United States as late as 2006, The New York Times reported. In a report, the British government panel settling claims on alleged Nazilooted artworks said the painting should be returned to the anonymous heirs of Budapest art collector Baron Ferenc Hatvany. The Spoliation Advisory Panel criticized the museum for not attempting to establish the painting’s provenance. The museum said it would recommend to its trustees at its next meeting in May that the painting be returned, according to The New York Times. Hatvany, a Christian convert from Judaism, had his art stolen while he was in hiding during World War II. A donor gave the painting to the museum in 1986. (JTA) London teacher threatens to send Jewish student to ‘your gas chambers’ The parents of a Jewish student at an exclusive girls’ school in London called on the head of school to make a public statement about an incident in which a teacher told their daughter that she would be sent “to one of your gas chambers.” The incident at North London Collegiate School occurred in January, London’s Daily Mail reported Sunday, April 13. The parents of the student, 17 at the time of the incident, called on the head of the school to speak publicly about the remarks to highlight the incident’s severity, according to the Mail. The family has remained anonymous. The teacher reportedly apologized to the student, but the school has not gone public with what, if any, disciplinary action was taken against the teacher. In a statement, the school said it was “recently made aware of an allegation of an offensive statement made by a member of staff. The school promptly commenced an
investigation. Having reached a determination and sought specialist legal advice, appropriate action was taken.” The teacher, who was not one of the teen’s regular teachers, made the remark after the girl cut in line in the dining hall. “Don’t do that or I’ll have to send you to the back of the queue or to one of your gas chambers,” the girl’s father quoted the teacher as saying, according to the Mail, which reported that the remark was heard by several students. Another family reported the incident to the Community Security Trust, which advises Britain’s Jewish community on security issues, according to the Mail. (JTA)
Adelson donation helps Israeli moon mission meet $37M budget Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his wife pledged $16.4 million to fund the Israeli SpaceIL mission to the moon. The donation by the American Jewish couple’s Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Family Foundation was reported on the Israeli science news site hayadan.org. “Sheldon and I are thrilled to be supporting the SpaceIL association in its effort to land the first Israel spacecraft on the moon,” Miriam Adelson was quoted as saying. “As a physician and an Israel-born scientist, I am particularly proud of the positive effect this will have on a generation of young Israelis and non-Israelis.” With 20 full-time staff and 250 volunteers, the SpaceIL project aims to land a spacecraft on the moon at a cost of approximately $37 million. The Adelson donation means the program has the necessary budget to push ahead with the mission, SpaceIL’s fundraising and development head Daniel Saat told the London Jewish Chronicle. SpaceIL is taking part in the Google Lunar X competition launched in 2007 and is the only team running its project through philanthropic donations rather than corporate sponsorship, according to the Chronicle. Yariv Bash, one of the co-founders of SpaceIL, said that once the craft makes it to the lunar surface, he hopes it will also carry out a number of groundbreaking experiments, including the first attempt to grow plants outside the earth. (JTA)
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Warsaw Jews donate Passover food to Ukrainian community The Jewish community of Warsaw donated food to Jews celebrating Passover in western Ukraine. The 200-pound shipment arrived in Lviv and was transported to IvanoFrankivsk, a nearby city whose Jewish community experienced a shortage of holiday goods, Poland’s chief rabbi, Michael Schudrich, told JTA. Since the fall of communism, the Jewish communities of Poland and Ukraine have received millions of dollars in aid from the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, or JDC, and other Jewish welfare bodies. The financial situation of Jewish communities in Ukraine deteriorated recently due to instability that paralyzed the country’s market and was connected to a bloody revolution that resulted in the ousting of President Viktor Yanukovych. “After decades of only receiving generosity of others, we are gratified that now we can also extend help to those who are in greater need than ourselves,” Schudrich said. “Personally this has a very special meaning to me since my grandmother, Clara Brill Schudrich, came from IvanoFrankivsk [then Stanislow].” Anna Chipczynska, the newly elected president of the Jewish Community of Warsaw, said the members of her community feel that “this is our obligation to help those in need, especially a Jewish community so close to Poland.” (JTA) Paris auction of Nazi memorabilia canceled after Jewish groups protest Following protests by two Jewish groups, a Paris auction house canceled an auction of Nazi objects. The Maison Vermont de Pas auction house nixed the April 26 sale following the protests by the National Bureau for Vigilance against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA, and the CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish communities. The objects included passports and books that were collected from a residence of Adolf Hitler. BNVCA President Sammy Ghozlan said his group was satisfied with the decision. His group has asked French
government officials to urge those in possession of Nazi objects from the 1930s and 1940s to give them to police. “There is a connection between the sale of such goods and the sort of violence we witnessed only yesterday in Kansas City,” Ghozlan told JTA in reference to the murder of three people Sunday, April 13 outside a Jewish community center and a nearby retirement community in Overland Park, Kan. “People who adhere to the Nazi ideology are incited to act on it by these objects and literature of hate until someone actually goes ahead and does it,” Ghozlan said. The collection that the auction house sought to put on the block comprised approximately 40 objects that French soldiers took from Hitler’s residence in Bavaria in 1945 and from a neighboring house where the Nazi boss Hermann Goering lived, Le Parisien reported. CRIF said in a statement that the sale of the objects offended the memory of Jews and non-Jews who “fell victims to the Nazi barbarity.” Ghozlan, a former police officer, said the sale was “reprehensible not only from a historical and moral perspective, but also from a legal one, since the objects being sold were illegally pillaged and taken back to France as war booty.” (JTA)
Billionaire Roman Abramovich books entire Israeli hotel for Passover Russian-Jewish billionaire Roman Abramovich booked an entire hotel in Israel for Passover. Abramovich and his partner Darya Zhukova, a billionaire fashion designer and businesswoman, rented all 111 rooms at the Beresheet Hotel in Mitzpe Ramon in southern Israel, London’s Daily Mail reported. The cost was estimated at $450,000. Abramovich hosted family and friends during the holiday, including a seder in a tent specially constructed in the desert, according to the newspaper. The hotel has a view of the Ramon Crater, the world’s largest crater created by erosion. (JTA)
You Shall be Holy…
hat does it mean to be holy? What does it mean to be a people that stand for something and represent greatness? What does it mean to be instructed by G-d to be a “Holy nation?” In this week’s Torah portion, Kedoshim, we are instructed to be exactly that. G-d speaks to Moshe and tells him to speak to the entire Jewish people and say, “You shall be holy, for holy am I, Hashem, your G-d.” (Leviticus 19:1-2) Reading the Torah we find 613 commandments. There are many times when G-d speaks to us and tells us to do certain things, act a certain way, eat or not eat certain foods or celebrate certain days in particular ways. This command, however, is not commanding a specific action, but rather an attitude. This command is instructing us how to live our lives as Jews. We can do all the rest of the commandments found in our holy Torah, but if we are not holy people then why are we doing them? On Succos we wave a lulav and esrog. On Yom Kippur we do not eat. On Passover we eat matzah, but what is the action associated with this commandment of “being holy?” One approach to this question is offered by the Ramban, otherwise known as Nachmanides. The Ramban suggests that while most commandments in the Torah are specific actions, this command of “kedoshim te’hiyu,” “You shall be holy,” is a commandment that applies to all of the other commandments and living in general. The Ramban states that one could live a life that is seemingly complete with mitzvah observance, but behind the scenes
may not be holy at all. One could look at such a person and see, “A religious and pious person.” Truth be told, however, that person may not be moral, ethical, or otherwise scrupulous in his or her business dealings or interpersonal communications. Such a person may be “getting credit” for doing lots of commandments, but missing out on what defines the Jewish people as a moral nation and, therefore, personally void of credit for doing those commandments properly. A Jew, however, who is doing commandments for the right reasons, making decisions that are consistent with Jewish moral teachings, and living their life as a “holy” person is rewarded as being a person who is correctly performing this mitzvah of “kedoshim ti’hiyu.” The mitzvah of kedoshim ti’hiyu teaches us that one has to be holy and good in every aspect of their life. When a Jew makes a decision they should have the strength to look into their holy books, speak to holy people, and make holy choices. We should listen to the Torah and live Judaism instead of simply performing commandments without understanding why. Living a holy life and being a holy person comes from first recognizing that we come from a holy heritage and putting stock and value into that heritage. As we come out of the Passover season and head towards Shavuos, the time when we received the Torah on Mt. Sinai, we should all consider how we can add more holiness into our lives, how we can make decisions based on our Torah values, and how we can add this commandment of kedoshim ti’hiyu into everything that we do. In just a couple of short weeks my son, Yitzi, will, G-d willing, become a Bar Mitzvah. My wish for him is that every decision he makes will be made through the lens of a person who is trying his best to keep the command of kedoshim ti’hiyu in the front of his mind. —Rabbi Gershon Litt, executive director, Norfolk Kollel
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Kansas City shootings highlight threat of ‘lone wolf’ attacks by Ron Kampeas
WASHINGTON (JTA)—The suspect in deadly shootings at two Jewish institutions in suburban Kansas City made no secret of his hateful views, but nobody anticipated the attack that claimed three lives on Sunday, April 13. The shooter was identified as Frazier Glenn Miller, a 73-year-old white supremacist. The attack illustrates the dilemma of how best to protect Jewish institutions from the threat of deadly violence by extremists acting alone. “Lone wolves are really by far the most dangerous phenomenon. They are vastly more difficult to stop in advance of their actions,” says Mark Potok, the publications director for the Southern Poverty Law Center. “You can’t simply follow around all the people in the United States who have noxious views.” Vigilance on the part of communal institutions is key, says Paul Goldenberg, who directs the Secure Community Network, the security arm of national Jewish groups. “The only way is to stop the lone wolf is prevention and hardening a soft target,” Goldenberg says. Miller is suspected of killing a man and his grandson in the parking lot of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park, Kan., and then shooting to death a woman at Village Shalom, a Jewish assisted-living facility a few blocks away, where she was visiting her mother. After Miller was placed in a police vehicle, he was heard to yell “heil Hitler.” The family of the victims killed at the JCC were William Lewis Corporon, a retired physician, and his 14-yearold grandson, Reat Griffin Underwood. Corporon and Underwood, members of an area Methodist church, were hit by bullets as they were in a car. Underwood, an aspiring singer, was at the JCC for a talent show, family told local media. The third victim, Terri LaManno, a Catholic mother of two, was killed in the Village Shalom parking lot. This was not the first time a JCC has been targeted by a lone gunman.
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In 2006, Naveed Afzal Haq, motivated by anti-Israel views, killed one woman and wounded five others when he attacked the Seattle Jewish Federation building. In 1999, white supremacist Buford Furrow wounded five people, including three children, when he opened fire on the North Valley Jewish Community Center in suburban Los Angeles and shortly after killed a mail carrier. The Southern Poverty Law Center was the first to identify the gunman as Miller, of Aurora, Mo. The center said he was the grand dragon of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1980s and subsequently a founder of the White Patriot Party, and served three years in prison on weapons charges and for plotting the assassination of its founder, Morris Dees. Miller had not been involved in criminal activity for decades, but he kept his views known and publicized them avidly. He maintained a website, www.whty.org (for “whitey”) and posted links to his media appearances, including one on a black radio show. In 2012, he appeared on a panel of extremists organized by a professor at Missouri State University and reveled in the encounter. In a post on the Vanguard News Network, a white supremacist site, he described sparring with Jewish students from the audience, whom he described as “two kikes.” Mark Pitcavage, the director of investigative research for the Anti-Defamation League, says lone wolves tend to operate on the margins of extremist communities, which makes it harder to detect when they may be plotting actions. This was true of Miller, who had alienated much of the movement in the 1980s when he had his sentence reduced in exchange for testifying against co-conspirators. Pitcavage says monitors can sometimes detect planning for violence, as extremists often will report in online forums private exchanges with individuals seeking co-conspirators for a violent act. “When we see extremists start warning other extremists about someone, we pay attention,” he says. “The way the vine works, they think ‘he’s a government plant
who’s trying to get me in trouble.’ They have a skewed reaction to it, but nevertheless they have a reaction. We have learned when we see those sorts of things to take them seriously.” The ADL passes on such information to law enforcement. In other instances, there are signs that the poster is a “powder keg,” Pitcavage says. Monitors, he says, look for “a long series of posts expressing aggravation -‘something has to be done, it’s time to do something.’ They may say things to other people trying to get people involved.” Potok of the law center says extensive posting on such sites is not in of itself necessarily an indicator of such violence. Wade Michael Page, a white supremacist who in 2012 killed six people at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., had been prominent among online extremists but had not exhibited typical signs of an imminent attack. “We had been following Page for 12 years,” Potok says. “There was no indication that he had finally decided to start shooting.” Other times, Pitcavage says, lone wolves operate completely under the radar, with no communications preceding an attack. White supremacist Keith Luke killed two West Africans in the Boston area in 2009 and was on his way to attack a synagogue when police stopped him. “No one had ever heard of Keith Luke before,” he says. “After his arrest we discovered he had spent countless hours watching white supremacist videos on YouTube.” Other lone wolves embrace the status because of its utility, Pitcavage says, noting that Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in bombings and shootings in and near Oslo on July 22, 2011, had assembled data showing that lone attacks were more successful. “The more steps there are, the more people there are,” the likelier it is that the plot will be leaked, Pitcavage says. Goldenberg, the Jewish security official, says it has become easier for potential assailants to surveil Jewish targets because of information that’s easily accessed on the Internet. It’s not clear what drew the assailant to the Greater Kansas City JCC, Goldenberg says, but it was notable that there were at least two events that had been publicized and were likely to draw crowds:
a play and the singing audition. It was a tough balance, says Karen Aroesty, the ADL director in St. Louis, Mo., who was in touch with the Kansas City community and law enforcement in the wake of the attack. “You want communities to spread the word about the activities they are doing, balancing that with the kind of security that protects against” potential assailants, she says. “How do they pitch security really strongly while being warm and welcoming? That’s a tough balance.” Goldenberg notes the importance of training members of the Jewish community. “It is empowering members of the Jewish community through education and knowledge, how to identify a suspicious person, how to face an active shooter,” he says. With the caveat that he was not yet fully apprised of how the JCC shooting went down, Goldenberg notes that the building immediately went into lockdown, that the assailant struck from the rear -- away from security officers who would have been manning the front—and that he did not breach the back door. “Sometimes the best defense is a locked door,” he says. “The best defense is having a plan for a lockdown and keeping the individual outside. The individual did not gain entry to the building, and that undoubtedly saved many lives.” The Jewish Federations of North America, a leader in obtaining Department of Homeland Security funding for security measures for Jewish buildings, says the Overland Park shootings underscored the need for the program. “The horrific shootings in Kansas City emphasize the fact that Jewish communal institutions have been the victim of an alarming number of threats and attacks,” William Daroff, the Jewish Federations’ Washington director, wrote in an email. “Due to those threats, the federal Nonprofit Security Grant Program has provided millions of dollars to assist nonprofits in upgrading their security capacity.” President Obama, who in a statement said the attack was “heartbreaking,” pledged federal resources to the investigation. “I have asked my team to stay in close touch with our federal, state and local partners, and provide the necessary resources to support the ongoing investigation,” he said.
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Community partners ensure future of Israel Today Forum A new partner this year is Jones Zittrain Wealth Management Group of Merrill n May 1, the final presenta- Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc. Greg tion in the 2013–2014 Israel Zittrain says his company is proud to Today forum will take place as help connect the Tidewater community to Robert Satloff, executive director of the Israel, and to each other. “The Israel Today events are extremeWashington Institute for Near East Policy discusses Geopolitics. The two presenters ly informative and of very high quality,” preceding Satloff in the well-respected Zittrain says. “If you look in the audience speaker series were Ishmael Khaldi, the at any of the Israel Today events, you see first Bedouin appointed as an Israeli dip- a broad group of attendees with a very lomat, who spoke in December about high level of engagement. Learning about diversity, and pro-Israeli activist Gil Troy, the issues facing Israel brings our own community together, and that’s why we are who spoke in January about Zionism. In this, the forum’s third season, hun- happy to be partners.” Robin Mancoll, CRC director, dreds of Jewish community members, says community partners such students and Tidewater residents as the Kantors, the Jones have heard expert opinions, Zittrain Wealth Management personal experiences, and Israel Today Group, synagogues, ageninsiders’ information about what life was, is and may helps to keep our cies, and so many others, have allowed the forum be like in the future for community informed to bring in exceptionIsrael. Israel Today is a of the very current al speakers, as well as continue to offer the prepresentation of the and very pertinent sentations free of charge, Community Relations and invite the general Council of the United issues dealing with public to attend. Jewish Federation of “We are so grateful to Tidewater and communiIsrael. our partners who believe in ty partners. Those partners the Israel Today forum,” says are as diverse as the discusMancoll. “Together, we’ve reached sion topics; this year about 40 hundreds and hundreds of people— supported the forum, and included synagogues, businesses, organizations, including area high school and college students, military and public safety perfoundations, and individuals. Jerry Kantor and his wife Kathy have sonnel, and numerous interested, Jewish partnered with the CRC since the forum’s and interfaith audiences. “Thousands more have been reached inauguration. “Israel Today has been a terrific pro- through our presenters’ discussions and gram which helps to keep our community appearances with area media who’ve been informed of the very current and very per- so supportive, too—The Virginian-Pilot’s tinent issues dealing with Israel—its editorial board, the Christian Broadcasting problems, its needs, its successes—and its Network, and Hearsay with Cathy Lewis— importance to the entire world, not just the and through the videos we make available on the UJFT’s Youtube channel.” Jewish world,” says Jerry Kantor. With the positive feedback she con“The CRC and UJFT have provided our community with very high profile, tinues to receive, along with the ongoing extremely knowledgeable speakers,” Kantor financial, emotional and attentive support says. “It is important for the Federation and of the community, Mancoll believes the the CRC to have our financial support, future is bright for Israel Today. For more information about the CRC, its and our attendance and attentiveness to these programs. Kathy and I feel fortunate upcoming events and community resources, to have been able to help support Israel visit JewishVa.org/CRC. Links to recent Israel Today speaker videos can also be found there. Today.” by Laine Mednick Rutherford
A dynamic decade
Celebrating 10 years of the Week of Healthy Living
en years ago, Jewish Family Service’s board of directors and leaders wanted a way to give back to the community while at the same time, raise funds for the agency. “The Week of Healthy Living was created to not only hold a fundraising event that would bring together our entire community, but also so that we could ‘give back’ to the community we serve through health-related educational programming,” says Betty Ann Levin, JFS executive director. Over the last decade, the Week of Healthy Living has grown in its outreach, as has the annual Run, Roll or Stroll—the week’s signature race event. This year’s Week of Healthy Living features the race, along with two free programs for the community.
Race Packet Pickup Friday, May 2, 8 am–4 pm Simon Family JCC Run, Roll or Stroll participants can pick up packets, enabling them to sleep in a little longer on race day. Onsite race registration will also take place.
10th Annual Run, Roll or Stroll Sunday, May 4 24st Street Park, Virginia Beach The event features an 8K Run, 5K Run/ Walk and 1 Mile Run/Walk on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk with the Atlantic Ocean as the backdrop. The race is sponsored by the Copeland and Klebanoff Families. Event Times 6:45–7:45 am Registration at Neptune’s Park 8 am—8K Run and 5K Run/Walk 9:15 am—1 Mile Run/Walk 9:30 am—Post-Race Party Entercom Norfolk is the media sponsor. Don London of The New 101.3 radio station will emcee the event and provide musical entertainment, contests and prizes throughout the morning. “This will be a fun event for the whole family,” says Levin. Early registration for the race ends on Friday, April 18 when race fees increase by $5. To register and learn more details, visit www.jfsrunrollorstroll.org. Those who don’t want to run or walk, but would like to help can be a “Virtual Walker,” or fundraiser. “Being a Virtual Walker is as simple as sending a few emails to your friends
and family asking them to donate any amount of money in support of JFS,” says Levin. “It’s an easy way to do a good deed, without even breaking a sweat!” For information on becoming a Virtual Walker, contact Sue Graves at 757-321-2238.
Soles4Souls JFS will accept new and like-new shoes for the Soles4Souls program at the race. Soles4Souls facilitates the delivery of shoes worldwide. For more information, visit www.soles4souls.org.
Advances in Cancer Immunotherapy Wednesday, May 7, 7 pm Simon Family JCC Presented by Evan Lipson, MD, melanoma specialist with Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, Baltimore MD Sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Dozoretz Dr. Evan Lipson, MD will present the latest innovations in cancer treatments, based on groundbreaking research on cancer immunotherapy. A melanoma specialist at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center in Baltimore, Md., Lipson’s 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 disease. He is also the founder of SeizeTheDays.org, which chronicles the stories of cancer patients who, with power and determination, find interesting and meaningful ways to add life to their days. This program is presented in partnership with the Maimonides Society of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.
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. Kennedy will discuss processed food and review the paleo, whole foods plant-based, and Mediterranean diets. She will also present tips and tricks for sustained weight loss. Lunch will be served at this program to pre-registered attendees. Kennedy has practiced in Virginia Beach since 1989, was voted one of Hampton Roads’ “Top Docs” in 2009, into the Top Docs Hall of Fame in 2010, and was awarded Physician of the Year by the Virginia Beach Medical Society in 2009. • • • • • Both programs will be held at the Simon Family JCC in Virginia Beach. 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 Closet. To register, visit www.jfsrunrollor-
stroll.org or call 757-321-2222. The 10th Annual Week of Healthy Living is sponsored by Presenting Sponsor: Towne Bank; Lead Sponsor: Lee & Bernard Jaffe* Family Fund of the Tidewater Jewish Foundation; Diamond Sponsor: Copeland & Klebanoff Families; Gold Sponsors: Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Dozoretz and the Esther and Alan Fleder Foundation. For a complete list of sponsors, visit www.jfsrunrollorstroll.org. *of blessed memory Jewish Family Service is a constituent agency of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.
During May 2–9, visit No Frill Grill at Hilltop, 1620 Laskin Road in Virginia Beach. Order the Tuscan Chicken Salad and the restaurant will donate the proceeds to JFS. Visit the restaurant’s website at www.nofrillgrill.com.
The Art & Science of Healthy Eating Thursday, May 8, 12 pm Simon Family JCC Presented by Kris Kennedy, MD, FACOG, Complete Women’s Care Sponsored by the Esther and Alan Fleder Foundation Kris 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
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it’s a wrap Olympic Games spark a Mitzvah-lympics at HAT and the Strelitz preschool
Students impress at Hebrew Academy’s Annual Science Fair by Dee Dee Becker
Strelitz preschool four-year-olds show off their Shabbat dinner donations, along with teacher Elyssa Brinn and assistant Jacquie Lam. by Carin Simon, admissions director
t Hebrew Academy and the Strelitz Early Childhood Center preschool, the Sochi Olympics sparked a unique twist on performing acts of kindness. After all, what is better than inspiring others to practice kindness and pass it on? Carlyn Goldstein, third grade teacher and HAT alum, designed a special bulletin board of the five gold Olympic rings. “Each ring,” says Goldstein, “represents an act of kindness which everyone strives to achieve: tzedakah, peace, friendship, payit-forward, and respect. Throughout the Olympics, students worked on each goal. It was great to see the joy on their faces from doing simple things that made others smile and feel good inside.” Preschool teacher Elyssa Brinn also worked with her four-year-olds to celebrate their own version of the Olympic Games —the Mitzvah-lympics. Students created “torches” and visited the freezer to feel how cold it would be in Sochi, Russia. After a discussion about the letter “M” for “mitzvah,” they carried out a week of mitzvot to make the world a better place. Activities included making get well cards, cleaning up trash around the campus, and arranging through Jewish Family Service for a needy family to have a delicious Shabbat dinner. They even made the challah from scratch!
Preschooler Hattie Friedman decided that providing one Shabbat dinner for a needy family was not enough. She wanted to do more, so she and her classmates along with Brinn invited the entire school to participate in a canned food drive to fill the JFS food pantry in time for Purim. They developed fliers promoting the drive (which gave them great handwriting practice), and then labeled and painted collection boxes for the canned goods. At the drive’s completion in March, these young mensches put the food in wagons and walked with their trusty chaperones to make a special delivery to JFS to stock the shelves. This was done as part of Hattie’s “Family Week” project, in which each preschooler gains early public speaking experience by sharing information and stories about his/her family in front of the class with classmates. “Our students learned the importance of doing something for someone who cannot return the favor,” says Rabbi Mordechai Wecker, head of school. “Additionally, when we teach the values of tzedakah through the use of current events, such as the Sochi Olympic Games, it adds relevance and meaning in the minds of each student. The morals become strongly imprinted during these foundational learning years, establishing positive character traits for a lifetime of good.”
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arch 25 m a r k e d Hebrew Academy’s Annual fourth and fifth grade Science Fair. Sixteen students proudly presented their projects in a packed cafeteria filled with parents, grandpar- Winners of this year’s Hebrew Academy Science Fair: Back row: Tori Chapel, Blake ents, faculty and Brown, Shayda Rahimzadeh, and Danial Watts. Front row: Mushky Brashevitzky, Abbie Friedman, Abby Seeman, and Noah Alper. students. Also in attendance were NASA scientists and con- topics of interest and writing individual research papers. Upon completion of the test judges, Drs. Chris Wohl and Yi Lin. Tanya Conley, HAT science teach- papers, students postulated about their er, mentored students over the past few topics, developed hypotheses and began months as they worked meticulously on experiments aimed at proving—or distheir experiments, which followed the sci- proving—those theories. Research and analysis was finalized, entific method of study, a process for theorizing how and why things work. and then show time arrived when students Students began in January by choosing displayed and presented their experiments to the judges. “I was so proud of them,” says Conley. “They presented well and exhibited widespread knowledge of their topics along Hebrew Academy with truly impressive displays.” Science Fair 2014 During the fair, the judges spoke with winners each student and spent more than an hour reviewing and deliberating between dis1st place plays. Score sheets were tallied by these Blake Brown, fifth grade, NASA scientists, who put their own knowlCalcium vs. Vinegar edge of the scientific method to work. They 2nd place tie judged on creativity, scientific merit, data Noah Alper, fourth grade, collection, analysis and presentation, and Rocking the Boat; linear thinking. Conley says, “It was easy Mushky Brashevitzky, fifth grade, to see the extensive thought they put into Bubble Blowing Blast observation and scoring.” 3rd place: The next school day, Conley and stuShayda Rahimzadeh, fifth grade, dents met for the awards ceremony. What Makes Ice Melt Fastest? “As always we were blown away by the Honorable mentions: hard work, creativity, and scientific merit Tori Chapel, fourth grade, in each student’s projects. It is very clear Effects of Liquids on Radish Growth; that Tanya Conley is changing the lives of Abby Seeman, fourth grade, these students and we think she is doing The Perfect Cookie; an extraordinary job to help inspire comDanial Watts, 5th grade, plex thinking and scientific development Drinking Colors in each of these children. We are excited People’s Choice award for next year and are looking forward to Abbie Friedman, fourth grade, seeing what creative projects the students Keeping Cool research, ” says Wohl.
it’s a wrap Positive feedback abounds after Tidewater Together community weekend by Laine Mednick Rutherford
ntrigued by the concept of exploring the community’s Jewish future, Rear Adm. Janet Donovan and her husband Dan chose to attend the Tidewater Together discussion held on March 21 during the Friday night Shabbat service at Ohef Sholom Temple. More than 300 people attended the service. It featured Tidewater Together’s Scholar-in-Residence, Rabbi Brad Artson, discussing the topic: Why be Jewish? What’s in it for me? “The concept of Tidewater Together—of the community joining together, and these discussions being about the community—was very well reflected during the service,” says Janet Donovan. “What really struck me, what made it feel very much about community, was when we sang. People would sing in their different tradition, so you knew they belonged to other synagogues or came from different backgrounds, but it didn’t matter—and that meant a lot to me.” The Donovans enjoyed Rabbi Artson’s presentation so much, that—like many other “repeat” Tidewater Together attendees—they chose to attend another event as well. They joined more than 120 community members the next night at Congregation Beth Chaverim to hear Rabbi Artson’s take on God and the Big Bang. “He’s such an engaging speaker,” says Donovan. “We were glad to have the chance to hear him again.” Tidewater Together was a collaborative weekend presented by the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, the SynagogueFederation partnership of the Tidewater Jewish Community, and the Milton “Mickey” Kramer Scholar-in-Residence Fund. Held March 20–23, Tidewater Together
included diverse discussions at six different locations, and was free and open to everyone in the Jewish community. Audience attendance for the weekend’s events totaled about 1,000. “There were people in the community who had heard Rabbi Artson before, so they knew what a compelling and inspirational speaker he is,” says Alex Pomerantz, UJFT development specialist and Tidewater Together coordinator. “He proved to be that, and so much more for this inaugural Tidewater Together weekend,” Pomerantz says. “Days and weeks later, we’re still hearing from people about how terrific the weekend was. I think it’s inspired us all to continue these discussions, to plan more events like this, and to keep working together in the best interests of our community’s future.” Rabbi Artson applauded the vision for Tidewater Together, its organizers, and the participation of so many in the community. “It is astonishing to me that this little, tiny Jewish community dreams as big as it does,” Artson says. “To watch the way, for example, that you bring in a scholar from one of the major metropolitan centers and you spend four days of intensive learning and conversation and dialogue, that crosses every institutional boundary in the community is unparalleled. I know of two other communities in North America that do something similar, but nothing like this. “Your creativity and your strength as a community, inspires and strengthens others,” says Artson. “I really want to congratulate you. I think it’s a remarkable achievement.” To see and hear more of Rabbi Artson’s comments, visit JewishVa.org/tidewatertogetherextraordinary.
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A personal account of Beth El’s trip to Israel
by David Laibstain
mpty nester…. Sounds so “empty” and negative-right? Wrong. My wife, Jody and I finally reached that stage of life this fall when our second daughter flew the coop and went off to college. It was sad for us, but we found ourselves able to make our first, long talked about, but never taken adventure to Eretz Yisrael. So, when our beloved Congregation Beth El and its dynamic Rabbi Jeffrey Arnowitz started planning an Israel trip last year, we signed up along with 18 others—mostly Beth El members. We met several times before the trip for bonding and discussion. We learned that we could all get along with each other even on a lengthy bus ride! On Sunday, March 2, we left Norfolk and arrived at Ben Gurion International Airport the next afternoon. I was impressed at the size and beauty of the very modern airport. Walking to retrieve our luggage, we passed soaring interior walls built of
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Jerusalem stone, surely designed to mimic the Kotel (Western Wall). At baggage claim, we met our brilliant and passionate Israel guide, Ilan Bloch (whom Rabbi Arnowitz understandably has used repeatedly on past trips). An Aussie who made Aliyah 10 years ago, Ilan is a bottomless well of information regarding Middle East history, politics, religion and culture. (Visit Ilan’s website, teachingisrael.com, to read what he has written in the Jerusalem Post.) Between Rabbi Arnowitz’s and Ilan’s very extensive knowledge, you can bet we surely would learn a lot. From the airport we boarded our bus and traveled to our first destination. It was just light enough for me to see and be impressed by the up-to-date highways. I have to admit, I was surprised. A handsome and modern hotel at Kibbutz Lavi was where we spent our first night. Tuesday morning, a member of the Kibbutz who has lived there for more than 30 years gave us a short tour. We visited their synagogue as well as their library/memorial room where she took a book and showed us a picture of her first husband. Sadly, he lost his life in the 1967 War. Being in that room with her talking about him, made that war very real for us and I think all of our hearts were touched. She explained that although he lost his life, it was for the great cause of Zionism and the very survival of Israel. I will always remember her and that little library where she spoke. We then drove to the beautiful and mystical city of Tsfat, home of Kabbalahism. Ilan lectured on Tsfat’s history as well as the tenets of Kabbalah. After that, we had time for exploring the winding alleys, streets and shops. Next, we went to a boutique winery for a tour by the owner and a lecture on the craft, followed by a visit to a local chocolatier. From there we travelled to the Golan Heights where standing upon the mountains we could overlook Syria. We listened to a
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Swiss NATO representative speak about the horrors of the current Syrian conflict. Wednesday morning we arrived at the ancient fortification of Masada, which sits on a mesa-like plateau. We took a cable car to the fortress, which overlooks the Dead Sea. In addition to the Sea, you are surrounded by very dry hills and canyons. We davenedinside the remains of these ancient buildings, and heard the history of Masada. After our time in the desert, we drove to Jerusalem. Our first stop was at Mt. Scopus where we had our first real view of the city. Next, it was on to our hotel, perfectly located in a very urbane area just off of Ben Yuhada Street. We were warned to go to bed early as Thursday was going to be BUSY. And it was! After an 8 am T’filot we visited the City of David with lots of history lessons from Ilan. We walked up the hill through a neat underground passageway. From there we walked to the Jewish Quarter to tour the Old City. We visited the “Burnt House” and watched a film set during the burning
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of the Temple. After lunch and shopping, we walked through the tunnels under the Kotel. We returned to the hotel and had a free night to explore Ben Yehuda Street. Jody and I went to a restaurant where we had to decide before entering whether we wanted dairy or meat. Dairy eaters sat on one side and the meat eaters on the other. It was like two separate restaurants in one. Friday morning we went to Israel’s memorial to the Holocaust, Yad Vashem. Just like when visiting the Holocaust museums in Richmond and D.C, I was emotionally drained by Yad Vashem. The building dedicated to memorialize the Holocaust children was particularly poignant: a pitch black space with thousands of mirrors all reflecting only five candles, tricking you into seeing infinite flames representing the young victims. While at these Holocaust museums, one can’t help but to be transported back in time and feel the horrors. However, as you exit the museum, the building opens up onto an outside veranda overlooking the beauty of Jerusalem, and your emotions are immediately uplifted! During lunch on Friday, we were driven to the amazing outside commercial area called the Shuk. Throngs of Israelis were buying everything in sight to prepare for
their Shabbat. We saw selections of fruits, nuts, meats, fish, cheeses, pastries, halvah, and wines being sold on the streets from small open air shops. Rabbi Arnowitz told us about some exceptional chocolate rugala at a particular shop. They were selling it as fast as it was coming out of the oven and the money they were taking in was overflowing the cash drawer— what a scene! Friday evening before Shabbat began we went to the Kotel where thousands of other Jews were pouring in. I do not ever remember seeing so many people who seemed so happy to be someplace. We saw varying sects of Orthodox men, groups of young soldiers, groups of Yeshiva boys and tourists like ourselves—all on a high from being at the Kotel. Saturday morning we went shul hopping. All within walking distance of our hotel, we visited various synagogues including an Italian, Syrian, Reform and the Great Synagogue of Jerusalem. This was the most memorable to me. Its sanctuary is twice the size of Beth El’s and has an opera quality Hazan, along with a 15-man choir. It was a powerfully beautiful service. Sunday we drove northwest to Tel Aviv along the Mediterranean Sea coastline. We visited Independence Hall, a house where a secret meeting in 1948 was held for declaring Israel a state. Afterwards, we went to the fabulous Yitzhak Rabin Museum. Mr. Rabin’s life as well as the complete modern history of Israel was chronicled in a top notch form using the latest in audio and visual tools. Before going to the airport Sunday, we ended the trip in style with a farewell dinner in the Yemenite Quarter that was an absolute feast. The trip and the country exceeded all of my expectations. I learned a great deal of history and a lot about modern Israel. I discovered it is a complex country with many factions: Orthodox and Secular, Ashkenazi and Sephardic, Muslims and Jews, etc. Though these elements are often contentious, when woven together, they make a unique and rich fabric of society. When one considers what Israel has achieved as a nation since 1948, one can only wonder in awe what it can accomplish in the coming years. I shall look forward to revisiting Israel many more times to see for myself.
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10th Annual Jewish Family Service of Tidewater presents…
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Race Packet Pickup
Friday, May 2, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Simon Family JCC
May 2 – 9, 2014
Beat the crowds (and catch some extra zzz’s) on race day by picking up your race packet early!
10th Annual Run, Roll or Stroll
Sunday, May 4 – Returning to 24th Street Park, Virginia Beach Sponsored by the Copeland & Klebanoff Families Participate in an 8K Run, 5K Run/Walk or a 1 Mile Run/Walk! Enjoy a post-race party with entertainment by The New 101.3 radio station, fun activities, refreshments, and awards.
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Wednesday, May 7, 7:00 PM, Simon Family JCC
Lee & Bernard Jaffe* Family Fund of the Tidewater Jewish Foundation * Of blessed memory
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Presented by Evan Lipson, MD, Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center Sponsored by Dr. & Mrs. Ronald Dozoretz Please join us as Dr. Lipson presents the latest innovations in cancer treatments, based on ground-breaking research in cancer immunotherapy, named by Science magazine as the “Breakthrough of the Year” in 2013. Presented with the Maimonides Society of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater. Register online or call 321-2222 to register.
The Art & Science of Healthy Eating
Thursday, May 8, 12:00 PM, Simon Family JCC Presented by Kris Kennedy, MD, FACOG, Complete Women’s Care Sponsored by Esther & Alan Fleder Foundation Dr. Kennedy will present how to decipher the science and discard the hype regarding food and health. She will discuss processed food and review the paleo, whole foods plant-based, and Mediterranean diets. She will also present tips and tricks for sustained weight loss. Lunch will be served to pre-registered attendees. Register online or call 321-2222 to register.
ALL WEEK: “Taste of Tuscany”
May 2 – 9 @ No Frill Grill, 1620 Laskin Road, Virginia Beach Visit No Frill Grill and order a tasty Tuscan Chicken Salad for lunch or dinner. Proceeds will be donated to JFS! Visit www.nofrillgrill.com. The Simon Family JCC is located on the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus of the Tidewater Jewish Community, 5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Virginia Beach, VA. ID will be required for admittance. Transportation is available in the Norfolk & Virginia Beach areas for the May 8 program only. To arrange transportation, call Duane Aikman at 321-2241. 14 | Jewish News | April 21, 2014 | jewishnewsva.org
Give Local 757! Imagine 1 day, 100s of communities, and 1000s of people, coming together to raise millions of dollars for the greater good! It’s all happening Tuesday, May 6 for 24 hours from coast to coast, in communities of all sizes, including ours! The Hampton Roads campaign is called Give Local 757, and JFS is a participating non-profit. For 24 hours, on May 6, everyone can be a philanthropist by donating online to your favorite non-profit, JFS!
Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, May 6, and visit www.givelocal757.org to donate!
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An inquiry into the creative life of Lorraine Fink Tuesday, May 13—Wednesday, June 18 • Leon Family Art Gallery at the Simon Family JCC by Sherri Wisoff
fter raising five children and seeing them off to college, many might decide that it is time to relax, smooze and play a little mahjong. But, not Lorraine Fink. Instead, Fink was just beginning to create. For more than four decades, nothing has been able to hold back her creative life force. Painting, printmaking, collage, photography and sculpture have become her everyday activities. Fink transformed herself into an artist of substantial stature. Encouraged to go back to school by her husband, the late Dr. H. William Fink, she earned a BFA and MFA in Visual Studies from Old Dominion University. Inspired and mentored by teachers such as Charles Sibley and Ken Daley, she went on to produce works that have been shown in many juried and invitational art shows including the Irene Leach at the Chrysler Museum, Printmakers 1979 at the Virginia Museum, the Hermitage Museum, the Twentieth Century Gallery, The Peninsula Fine Arts Center, the Crestar Bank Gallery and the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). Among her many awards are the Virginia Watercolor Society’s Purchase Award at the College of William and Mary, The Miniatures Juror’s Choice Award at the Hermitage Museum, a Tidewater Artist Today Painting Award at the Virginia Beach Arts Center and inclusion in a two-year traveling Smithsonian exhibition from the Virginia Museum. Her paintings and sculpture are in many public and private collections, including the series of 24 paintings entitled, Seven Days of Creation, permanently displayed at the Sandler Family Campus. To date, this creative force of nature has had more than 45 one-woman shows. What fuels Fink’s artistic energy and vision? In preparation for her upcoming show, On the Run/To or From for the Leon Family Art Gallery at the Simon Family JCC, I had a chance to get a privileged glimpse into this mystery when she invited
me to her home. Stepping into her foyer, one is immediately greeted by five, floorto-ceiling, wood, hand-carved, Papua New Guinean shields loyally, standing sentinel over a very creative, world traveled life. Art from every continent grace the walls and ceilings of her home. Examples of indigenous craft, sculpture, masks and fabrics of all materials and textures record trips to visit cultures in Africa, India, the Caribbean islands, Nepal, China, Israel, Russia, Mexico, Japan, South America and New Guinea. While moving through a hallway towards her art studio, it becomes obvious that she is not one to sit on a tour bus listening to a guide rattle off dry facts about destinations. Preferring to explore in the footsteps of the late Michael Rockefeller, Fink displays photos of her dancing with exotically painted, New Guinean tribesmen complete with bones through their noses, wearing grass skirts and holding spears. In India, she was spotted in the Bhratapur waterbird sanctuary, photographing the three-foot painted stork and the hornbill. In Africa, the huge marabou storks, Masai ostrich, peacocks and sacred ibis are only a few of the exotic birds she captured with her lens. Every surface of her studio is covered with evidence of an inquisitive, persistent, creative voice delighted with the process of composing her own song. An earth brown, wood paneled space, the studio walls and table tops are decorated with various bits and pieces of artistic reference. Tiny masks from Mexico, tribal bone necklaces, Indian animal puppets, husks of dry leaves, handmade paper, images of mythological creatures, calligraphy, and photos of loved ones are lovingly placed like tokens of homage from a generous heart well aware of her life’s blessings. Large canvases stacked along any available wall and piles of unframed drawings and paintings offer glimpses of lyrical, abstract, gestural bird, fish and animal imageries. Some of her paintings have rich textural surfaces built up gradually with paint and wax, some are
loosely modeled, layered with photos, yet all suggest an outpouring of personal iconography that borders on her own special mythologies. In one of her own artist statements, Fink wrote that she often uses “the imagery of animals and birds as a metaphor for the human condition…. Birds are a symbol of aspects of humanity, fidelity, and family values. They are universal symbols of freedom and peace.” Is there some message in Fink’s images of anthropomorphic animal shapes seen joyfully dancing, flying, swimming and running across her canvases? She wrote, “Sometimes birds swim—sometimes fish fly…they run toward a goal, away from some beginning.”
Skyward and Ocean Deep by Lorraine Fink.
Delighted with the kaleidoscope of nature and every creative expression of human kind, Fink’s paintings reflect her fascination with Jungian thought, myths, and folktales of other cultures. How this swirling stew of influences can simmer inside an artistic sensibility and take new expressive form is the beautiful mystery of shared humanity. Perhaps in one sense or another, we are all mythmakers, driven by a passion to define, explain and make sacred the story of our lives.
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any Jewish families have accomplished what others are just now tackling—a thorough spring cleaning. Days and weeks before Passover began on April 14, floors were scrubbed, upholstery was vacuumed, rugs were shaken out, loads of laundry were washed and dried, and kitchens were scoured from top to bottom. All of that cleaning may have been exhausting, but what resulted was a home, physically and spiritually ready for Pesach. At Passover’s conclusion, aside from a stray smattering of matzah crumbs, Jewish homes remain fresh and clean. For those who chose to forego the pre-Passover ritual, there are still two more months of spring, and more warmth and daylight to chase the dust bunnies outside. Besides feeling and looking good, a clean home proves an opportune time to consider rearranging furniture, sprucing up home décor, repairing (or replacing) damaged floors, wall coverings and accessories, or going all out and hiring an interior designer for an entirely new look. When it comes to deciding how to move items around, what new handles or artwork to integrate into existing décor, or what styles to embrace if starting from the ground up, one place to begin is with the advice of experts. Candace Altschul, IIDA, CID, owner of Altschul Interiors in Norfolk, recently returned from the Spring High Point Market in High Point, N.C., the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world. While there, Altschul averaged eight miles a day on her pedometer and noted six significant new and exciting trends. 1. Gold. The biggest trend Altschul spotted was the emergence of gold—used as an accent on lamps, pulls and handles, and on furniture. She particularly saw it used on mirrors. Gone are the days of satin nickel and chrome, Altschul says. Gold, and its close cousin brass, are back—the shinier the better. She says its appearance stood out so strongly because it has rarely been seen at all in recent years. Altschul believes it’s just the tip of the iceberg, and gold will be even more dominant in seasons to come. 2. Color. Color is everywhere, says Altschul. She saw many of the colors associated with
summer—yellows, lime green, blue and white, but, notably, no teal. Pink is the color she saw in almost every showroom—not red, not purple, and not brilliantly bright pink, but a clean, fresh tone. 3. Gray is the new neutral. For years, cream, white, beige, tan and buff were the neutrals that dominated. They’ve been pushed aside by gray—in shades from charcoal to an almost pearled gray, says Altschul. Gray can be found in flooring, in carpets, in area rugs, in paint, wall coverings and upholstery. 4. Patterns. Altschul says florals are big, particularly on upholstery. Like the other trends, patterns tend to go well with gray. 5. Less natural wood finishes. Again, Altschul saw lots of gray appearing in wood finishes from dark shades to bleached, pickled finishes. The oak pieces she saw were wire brushed and stained, and unless they were in the Arts and Crafts style, were not left in their natural finish. 6. Multipurpose furniture. Game tables had hydraulic lifts that turned them into bistro tables; coffee table lids lifted up to reveal storage compartments. One particular piece that Altschul thinks remarkably clever is a sofa that swings around, becomes a queen-sized bed and has storage beneath it for linens. People are moving into smaller spaces and they’re thinking of ways to make one room serve the purposes of three rooms, Altschul says, and manufacturers will be designing more multifunctional furniture in the coming years. While trends are good to know, designer Francine Morgan says it is important to assess what you have and what you like before making big decisions. Morgan, of Designs by Francine, makes it a point to sit down with her clients before any new redecorating decisions are made. She wants to find out how they use their home, the styles they’re attracted to, how much they entertain, and whether or not they have a lot of overnight guests. Francine then creates a plan that makes the new décor seem organically linked to the homeowners. “No one will come into your home and say, ‘It’s nice, but it looks as if everything was chosen by a designer,’” Morgan says. “This is important, because you want your home to be a reflection of you and your family.”
Jewish education week 2014
Jewish Education Week at Old Dominion by Ben Ipson, Hillel president
his spring, Old Dominion University hosted its inaugural Jewish Education Week. A group comprised of individuals from the Office of Intercultural Relations, the Communications department, the Institute for Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding, the Philosophy and Religious Studies department, the History department, and Hillel, the Jewish student organization, developed a week of events that would touch on issues of Jewish faith, history, and culture. More than 250 people attended the events that were part of Jewish Education Week, including notable Old Dominion University faculty members. The kickoff event was on Thursday, April 3 at the University Theater, where the first episode of the Israeli television series, Hatufim, was shown. Hatufim is the TV series the HBO series Homeland was based on. Dr. Sharon Shahaf from Georgia State University, introduced the film. This event was co-sponsored by the Communications Department, the Institute for Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding, and the Office of Intercultural Relations. Friday, April 4, American Dreams: Israeli Formats, a discussion and Q&A with Dr. Sharon Shahaf, took place. Students and faculty were taught about the recent global popularity of Israeli television formats. The discussion centered on how these formats have been adapted in numerous countries, including the United
States, with series like Homeland and In Treatment. This event was co-sponsored by the Communications Department, the Institute for Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding, and the Office of Intercultural Relations. On Tuesday, April 8, Old Dominion University held an Interfaith Seder to teach students and faculty about the Passover Seder in an interfaith setting. It was sponsored by The Institute for Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding. The last event on Wednesday, April 9 was the Paris/ Auschwitz Post Study Abroad Student Forum, a discussion by Dr. Annette FinleyCroswhite and Dr. Brett Bebber, along with their students, about their experiences studying the Holocaust abroad on a faculty-led trip over spring break. The students traveled to Paris, Krakow, and Auschwitz to study the Holocaust and to look more closely at the French Holocaust in which 75,000 of France’s 350,000 Jews perished because of the collaborationist French Vichy government. This event had more than 100 people in attendance and was the second time Old Dominion University hosted the trip and student forum. Many in the audience teared up as they listened to students read from journals about their heartfelt experiences when they entered Auschwitz and other places of Nazi brutality. This event was co-sponsored by Academic Affairs, the Department of History, The Office of Intercultural Relations, the Office of Study Abroad, and the Institute for Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding.
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he Community Relations Council invited first through 12th graders of Tidewater to participate in an Israel Poster Contest in February. Students were asked to illustrate a cool fact about Israel in a hand-made, 8.5” x 11” poster. More than 100 entries were on display in the Simon Family JCC Cardo on the Sandler Family Campus between March 18 and April 1. The community was asked to vote in person, and the top 10 vote-getters were selected as finalists. Through April 30, voting on the posters is taking place at www. jewishva.org / israelpostervoting. (One vote per person per day.) This contest offers the entire community a chance to advocate for Israel by sharing these cool facts around the world. The poster that receives the most online votes will be announced on Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israeli Independence Day, May 6 at the 7 pm screening of The Prime Ministers documentary at the Sandler Family Campus. Details about that event can be found at www. jewishva.org/PrimeMinisters. (see page 24) The winning poster will be profession-
ally framed and hang permanently in the Sandler Family Campus and be distributed to attendees at the community Israel Festival on May 18. (see page 23) For more information, contact Robin Mancoll at RMancoll@ujft.org.
Camp JCC to host two Israeli Scouts this summer by Leslie Shroyer
n years past, Camp JCC was visited by the traveling Caravan of Scouts, one of several groups of Israeli performers who visit camps for a couple of days. This summer, however, two Israeli Scouts (Tzofim), Lior Goldrath and Thai Zahavy, will play an integral part of camp, spending all eight weeks at Camp JCC. Working as junior counselors and Israeli cultural specialists, these teens will interact with campers of all ages and be involved in Jewish programming, such as Friday Shabbats. In Israel, the two girls went through a rigorous interview program to be chosen to travel to the United States for summer camp. They spend about eight weekends during the year training to become emissaries of their country, learning to create activities for campers that will introduce them to Israeli culture, arts, geography, history and more. They practice their lessons on each other during these weekend retreats and gain the confidence to teach campers overseas about Israel. The program’s goal is to forge a closer relationship between young Americans and Israelis, and encourage American children to visit Israel one day.
Thai Zahavy, 16, lives in Ramat-gan, which is very close to Tel Aviv. She has been in the Tzofim since fourth grade, and is currently the supervisor of a fourth grade troop. She describes herself as very artistic, and hopes to be a professional seamstress in the fashion industry. Lior Goldrath, 17, is from Kiryat Tiv’on, a town in the Haifa district. She joined the Scouts in sixth grade and is currently the leader of a seventh grade troop. She’s traveled extensively, including the U.S. with her family, and looks forward to returning on her own as a Scout. “I want to make a difference in the lives of the kids I meet this summer,” she says. “I am proud of Israel, and it’s the people who make the country what it is,” she says. “I hope to share this in Virginia Beach, and also get to know campers and counselors for a memorable and great summer.” The Simon Family JCC is a constituent agency of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater. Want to house an Israeli Scout this summer? The JCC needs host families. This is a great way to bring some culture into your home, and share this community with them. Call Erika Eskenazi at 321-2342 for more information.
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ll member-families at Temple Emanuel will be offered free religious school education this coming year. “Our program will include Judaic studies, Hebrew instruction, and individualized Bar/Bat Mitzvah lessons at no extra cost,” says Rabbi Marc Kraus. “We will focus on ethics and spirituality, framing Judaism as a living, breathing tradition that is relevant to everyday life.” Gary Tabakin, president-elect, is spearheading the project, saying that, “With this initiative we hope to bring more young families to our community with a focus on reaching the unaffiliated.” Moving away from earlier models, the school will meet twice weekly and integrate the study of Hebrew and Judaism in the
classroom. “We are staffing the school with experienced faculty that can teach both Judaic studies and Hebrew. Students will have the same teacher Wednesday afternoons and Sunday mornings, providing continuity in learning,” says Tabakin. A new feature for the school will be that during the Bar/Bat Mitzvah experience, students will be taught in the classroom and tutored individually by Rabbi Kraus. “Ultimately, this is about parents, teachers, and our temple community working as partners to provide a meaningful and rich Jewish education for our children,” says school board chair Helen Sissel. “We look forward to working side-by-side with parent volunteers and increasing student attendance both at religious school and at services.”
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The magic of books: Annual Book Fair stirs memories by Dee Dee Becker
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ooks have always had a magical power for me. In the public library I was always ecstatically overwhelmed as a kid by the vast aisles of books—so high and so long. Some were so colorful, shiny and new, and I couldn’t get my hands on them quickly enough. I knew the stories would come alive as soon as I broke open the pages. You know that hard crackle when opening a new book? As a child, I also noticed that other books in the library were exceedingly old, heavily worn around the edges and had that overpowering scent. You know the one I mean, the smell of history (and yes, dust), signifying this paper-filled treasure trove had an even greater tale to tell that extended way beyond the one told on its actual pages— an account of how it had been cherished by hundreds of other kids who had previously read it over the years, perhaps decades, before me. I would most certainly choose to take home that book along with several shiny new ones. Thus began my love affair with the written word and an understanding of its power to take you anywhere you want to go without ever having to rise from your favorite chair. So why do I share this story? It is this exact sense of enchantment and sheer joy that inspires the tradition of the Annual Book Fair at Hebrew Academy and the Strelitz Early Childhood Center preschool. Held in March and shepherded by Lorna Legum, HAT librarian, the annual Book Fair is attended by all students and parents—others who feel the same way I do about books—marvelous paper toys that chase you from childhood into maturity, keeping you thoroughly immersed in any world you so choose to run to (or escape from, for that matter). As in years past, the multipurpose room at HAT and the Strelitz preschool was transformed into passageways of colorful books and fun, and Family Fun Night
Janet Jenkins, HAT general studies director; Rabbi Wecker, head of school; and Lorna Legum, HAT librarian/Book Fair Coordinator, “dress up” for Family Fun Night as part of the finale of the Book Fair.
added even more excitement to the event with face painting, food and extraordinary flare akin to Walt Disney’s Fantasia. The faux-hawks added an entertaining twist to things, and so did Clifford the Big Red Dog. “Truth be told,” says Legum, “Rabbi Wecker, our head of school, (sporting a purple faux-hawk) agrees to almost any crazy idea of mine that promotes the event!” The Book Fair always generates a warm reception. Legum spends hours preparing for it, but she won’t take all the credit. “There are so many people who helped pull it off. Deb White, fifth grade teacher, and her entire class; Veronica Samonte, preschool teacher, and her daughter; Linda Fulcher, retired HAT general studies teacher; David Cardon, board of trustees, who face painted beaming faces at the Family Fun Night; Nancy Zeitman, who worked tirelessly throughout the five days; as well as Janet Jenkins, director of general studies and Rabbi Wecker, whose incredible efforts made everything go off without a hitch.” A portion of the proceeds help HAT and the Strelitz preschool generate needed funds to regularly update its ever expanding collection of books in the Laura and Jerry Miller family library. Total sales reached nearly $6,700 over five days. To make a book donation in honor or memory of a loved one, contact Deb Moye, development office, at email@example.com or call 757-424-4327. Hebrew Academy of Tidewater is a constituent agency of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.
what’s happening Business & Legal Society hits one out of the park with upcoming event Tuesday, May 27, 5:30 pm at Harbor Park
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he Business & Legal Society of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater is holding its final event of the year at a quintessential American venue—the ballpark. Scoring Big: Bringing the Pros to Hampton Roads includes a discussion with two influential sports business professionals, opportunities for networking, dinner at Hits at the Park, and a Norfolk Tides game. Guest speakers at Scoring Big are Ken Young, president of the Norfolk Tides baseball team and the Norfolk Admirals hockey team, and Jeff Cogen, a Newport News Native and Old Dominion University graduate who is chief executive officer of the Nashville Predators and Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.
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emple Israel will present a special program to honor the United States military with U.S. 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 489-4550.
Cogen was previously president of the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. With 70 years of professional entertainment and sports experience between them, Young and Cogen will share their insights about what it will take to bring another professional sports team to Hampton Roads, and their opinions about the viability of such an enterprise. The event is open to all Jewish business and legal professionals. Reservations are $10 and include discussion, dinner (meat, with Kosher parve options), and the game, as well as a chance to throw the first pitch of the night. For more information and to make reservations, visit JewishVa.org/Scoring-Big, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 757-965-6124.
he number of rockets fired into Israel by Hamas in November 2012 is estimated at around 1,000. Not all of the weapons were armed or considered a threat, but the majority of the 300 or so that could have caused major destruction, injuries, and death, were stopped. Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system was credited with detecting and eliminating those harmful missiles during Operation Pillar of Freedom, as the November conflict was called. The world marveled at video footage of rockets exploding in the sky before they could hit the ground, and, while there were three casualties, it was universally agreed that Iron Dome saved many lives. The Simon Family JCC’s Celebrate Israel series, in partnership with the Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, invites the community to An Exclusive Look into the Iron Dome: the Anti-Missile System that Protects Israelis. The featured guest speaker is Lt. Col. Gideon Weiss, a vice president with Rafael USA, Inc., an affiliate of Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, which develops and manufactures advanced defense systems for the Israel Defense Forces, including the Iron Dome.
Weiss will discuss the development and deployment of the Gideon Weiss Iron Dome, and how it fits into Israel’s multi-layered missile and rocket defense. “Gideon gives a very personal and emotional account as to why the Iron Dome is so important to Israelis’ safety,” says Robin Mancoll, CRC director. “As a father, as someone who has lost family members in missile attacks, as a 28-year veteran of the IDF, and as an expert in the defense industry, there’s no one better to tell this story. “This is not a technological or academic program—it’s an off-the-record briefing and an honest discussion about what so many Israelis go through on a daily basis, and the difficult choices they have to make to protect themselves and their families,” says Moncoll. While this presentation is free and open to the community, because of the sensitive nature of the discussion, reservations are required in advance. Identification will be checked at the door. The audience is invited to stay for discussion and dessert reception after Weiss’ presentation. RSVP by May 15 by calling 321-2337, or visit SimonFamilyJCC.org/ IronDome.
Simon Family JCC’s Israel Fest Sunday, May 18, 11 am -5 pm The Simon Family JCC’s biggest party of the year, Israel Fest, is presented this year by Charles Barker Automotive. The day will include a food extravaganza of authentic Israeli and Jewish cuisine prepared by area synagogues and Beth Sholom Village. Activities for the entire family include a live Israeli band, camel and carnival rides, crafts, inflatables, and displays and samples from Israeli companies whose technologies impact the world. Taste, explore and discover Israel without leaving Tidewater. Free and open to the public. Food and some rides require ticket purchase. Contact SimonFamilyJCC.org for more information.
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what’s happening Cantor Piltch at MOCA: Sephardic Roots and Brazilian Art Thursday, April 24, 12:30 pm
emple Emanuel’s Lunch Bunch/Torah Study will take place at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in order to enjoy the Brazil art exhibit and discover the Brazil-Jewish connection in a dynamic presentation by Cantor Gordon Piltch of Congregation Beth El: “Sephardic Refugees and the Roots of Western Secularism.” The event is open to the community. BYO Lunch (bring your own lunch). Admission is at a special rate $5. RSVP to the temple office: 757-428-2591.
Yom Hazikaron Commemoration and Day of Learning for adults May 5 Hebrew Academy of Tidewater Konikoff Center of Learning 8:30–9:30 am—Commemoration and Memorial Service with students Session I: Israel Through Local Voices 9:45–10:30 am Session II: World Jewry Answering the Call for a Jewish Homeland with Maly Jackson, Avraham Ashkenazi and Amos Berkovich 10:45–11:30 am Session III: Hatikvah-Israel-The Jewish Hope with Leon Covitz, IDF veteran 11:45 am–12:30 pm Commemoration and Memorial Service with Leon Covitz, IDF veteran (Light lunch served) The three adult learning sessions are free and open to the community. Refreshments will be served during session I & II; dairy lunch during session III. RSVP appreciated for learning sessions, but required for lunch. Respond by Thursday, May 1, to email@example.com or to Deb Segaloff at 757- 285-9009. *Sponsored by a grant from the Tidewater Jewish Foundation.
Film screening commemorates Israel Independence Day
The flower and the torch
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Sunday, May 4, 7:15 pm
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In celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israeli Independence Day, The Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, as a part of the Simon Family JCC’s Celebrate Israel series, presents:
or those who can’t be in Israel on Tuesday, May 6 to celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel Independence Day, there is an opportunity to commemorate the occasion locally. The Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, in partnership with the Simon Family JCC’s Celebrate Israel series, will present a free film that night at the Sandler Family Campus. The entire community is invited to attend. TUESDAY, MAY 6 • 7:00PM Free & open to the community • Sandler Family Campus • 5000 Corporate Woods Dr., Virginia Beach The CRC’s screening of The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers, SANDRA BULLOCK • MICHAEL DOUGLAS • LEONARD NIMOY • CHRISTOPHER WALTZ will give audiences a look at some of the most pivotal events in Israel’s history in For more information or to RSVP by May 2nd, visit JewishVA.org/PrimeMinisters or call 757-965-6107. the 20th and 21st centuries. motivate. educate. advocate. C O M M U N I T Y R E L A T I O N S C O U N C I L The documentary combines archival film footage and photographs with contemporary narra- Yom Kippur War and its aftermath. Listen closely to some of the voices tion and interviews. Based on Ambassador Yehuda Avner’s bestselling memoir of in the film. Additional narration uses the same name, audiences are treated to the talents of popular Hollywood actors: Avner’s recollections of the years he spent Sandra Bullock as Golda Meir, Michael as a chief aide, note-taker and speechwrit- Douglas as Yitzhak Rabin, Leonard Nimoy er to Israeli Prime Ministers Levi Eshkol, as Levi Eshkol and Christoph Waltz as Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin, Menachem Menachem Begin. The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers Begin and Shimon Peres. “People here loved Ambassador Avner’s is written, produced and directed by book, and we thought showing this film Academy Award winner Richard Trank, would be a great way to celebrate Israel and co-written and produced by two-time Independence Day on the actual day,” says Academy Award winner, Rabbi Marvin Hier. Grammy and Emmy winner Lee Robin Mancoll, director of the CRC. “Coming together, as a community on Holdridge composed and conducted the May 6, is a way we can show our support films’ original score. A second documentary, scheduled for and solidarity with Israelis.” The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers is release later this year, will be titled The the first part of Avner’s story. It focus- Prime Ministers: Soldiers and Peacemakers. In es on Avner’s years working with Prime it, Avner relates his experiences with Prime Ministers Levi Eshkol and Golda Meir, Ministers Yitzhak Rabin, Menachem Begin and then U.S. Ambassador Yitzhak Rabin. and Shimon Peres, as well as his role as Attendees will learn new details about the Israel’s Ambassador to England. For more information about the film Six-Day War, the development of Israel’s close strategic relationship with the United and to RSVP by May 2, visit JewishVa.org/ States, the fight against terrorism, and the primeministers, or call 757-965-6107.
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Featuring the voices of as the Prime Ministers
The Prime Ministers brings to life some of the most important events of the 20th and 21st centuries in the first, and only, insider account of Israeli politics from the founding of the Jewish State to the near-present day. Told through the eyes of Yehuda Avner, chief aide, English note-taker and speechwriter to Prime Ministers Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin, Menachim Begin, and Shimon Peres.
by Mark Solberg
n Hebrew, the flower Red Everlasting is called “Dam HaMacabim,” the Blood of the Maccabees. The name comes from a legend that red flowers grew wherever a Maccabee’s blood fell to the ground. The Dam HaMacabim has become a symbol of Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day. On Yom Hazikaron, Israelis honor the memory of Israeli soldiers and civilians who lost their lives in battle for the creation and preservation of the State of Israel, and the memory of all victims of terrorism. In workplaces, at schools and on military bases, memorial ceremonies take place. Military cemeteries are crowded all day with families visiting their lost loved ones, and IDF veterans honoring their fallen comrades. Everywhere, the Torch of Remembrance is lit to perpetuate the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of the State of Israel. A memorial ceremony will take place at Temple Israel, 7255 Granby St. in Norfolk, to commemorate Yom Hazikaron and honor the fallen heroes of Israel. The ceremony will start promptly in Brody Auditorium. The event, which is free of charge and open to the community, will be conducted in Hebrew and English. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony. RSVP to the Temple Israel office at 757‑489-4550. It is customary in Israel to dress in white and blue for Yom Hazikaron. Charitable contributions will be accepted on behalf of the IDF Widows and Orphans Organization, an organization dedicated to providing social, emotional and financial support to the widows and orphans of Israel’s fallen soldiers.
Lawrence Steingold to receive OST Kaufman Award Sunday May 4, 10:30am Ohef Sholom Temple Men’s Club annual award brunch $10 Call 625-4295 for reservations.
what’s happening Israel Today Forum tackles the timely topic of Geopolitics Thursday, May 1, 7 pm by Laine Mednick Rutherford
ith IsraeliPalestinian peace negotiations at a contentious and critical point— the nine-month deadline for the Americanm e d i a t e d discussions is Robert Satloff April 29—Robert Satloff will have plenty to discuss as the featured Israel Today Forum speaker. The Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and community partners, including the Simon Family JCC’s Celebrate Israel series, host Satloff in a conversation about geopolitics and Israel. Israel Today takes place at the Sandler Family Campus, and is free and open to the public. Satloff is the executive director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a D.C.-based think tank. He is a frequent guest on major news shows, a respected writer for newspapers and periodicals, and hosts a satellite TV public affairs program that reaches a weekly audience of billions throughout the Middle East. In Virginia Beach, Satloff will share his expert views and analysis about the peace talks, other current events in the Middle East—in relation to Israel, the United States, and the Tidewater community–, as well as his views on U.S. policy in that region and around the world. In particular, Satloff says he will speak about how Israel fits into the three big current political topics in the Middle East—negotiations over Syria, over Iran,
and over the Palestinians. The reality of the situation, Satloff says, is that Israelis are trying to find security in a world where there are a lot of “moving parts.” “It really doesn’t suffice just to try to understand Israel’s security dilemma through a single lens,” says Satloff. “So we are going to have a very serious conversation about this very complex environment in which Israel finds itself.” Satloff will also explore the current evolution of the political relationship between the U.S. and Israel. The impact of this relationship is enormous, he says, not just between the two countries, but also in how adversaries view Israel’s strength, solidity power in the Middle East. “If you think about a clash that the United States and Israel may have over, say, West Bank settlements, people don’t recognize the powerful repercussions that can have for Israel’s deterrent posture in the region,” says Satloff. Beyond Israeli politics, Satloff will make a case for much greater American—and Jewish community—involvement in Syria. “I think we have special responsibility here, and we are failing,” he says. “That responsibility is to do everything we can to prevent genocide. Our community really needs to step up.” Current events in Ukraine, too, will be discussed. “What’s happening in Ukraine is a reminder that history didn’t end,” says Satloff. “It is a reminder that the world of the 21st century is not going to be only Mark Zuckerberg and Sergey Brin, of Facebook and Google. It’s also going to be the Putins of this world, where old-fashioned, hard power matters, and you have
Social Security is topic of meeting for JCC Senior Club Wednesday, May 21, 12 noon Guest speaker Inez Loyd from the Social Security Administration will talk about Social Security benefits now and what can be expected at the JCC Senior Club meeting. The board meeting begins at 10:30 am; lunch at 12 noon; general meeting follows. For further information, call 338-2676.
to recognize that for what it is.” The way the United States is responding to the conflict in Ukraine, while seemingly unrelated, does affect Israel, Satloff says. If the United States is viewed around the world as a power that is not able to roll back aggression, or not able to effectively counter such events, will Israel’s security be weakened? Satloff’s dedication to the Washington Institute’s goal of improving U.S. Middle East policy has been a major part of his life since he was named executive director in 1993. For the past eight years, another significant part of his life has been his Dakhil Washington (Inside Washington) TV show—which opens and closes with essays he delivers in Arabic. Satloff wears another hat as well—that of scholar, researcher and expert on what happened in Arabic countries during the Holocaust. “This year, I’m quite honored to be the first-ever Director’s Fellow of the Holocaust Museum,” says Satloff. “I’m involved in a big project that looks at the Jewish resistance in North Africa, and the American policy toward the Jews there.” Satloff wrote the 2006 bestseller, Among the Righteous: Lost Stories of the Holocaust’s Long Reach into Arab Lands, which became the subject of a PBS documentary in 2010. The Community Relations Council has links to several recent presentations Satloff has participated in at the Washington Institute. To see these links, for more information about Israel Today, more upcoming CRC events, and for valuable community resources, visit JewishVa.org/CRC. RSVP for this event at JewishVa.org/ CRC, or call 757-965-6107.
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what’s happening Israel: The Royal Tour, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and CBS Travel Editor Peter Greenberg, Premieres on Public Television, local WHRO (Cox Channel 15) One-hour special — Sunday, May 11, 6 pm Israel: The Royal Tour is an up-close-and-personal journey with special guide, the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu. The latest in the Royal Tour series hosted by CBS News Travel Editor Peter Greenberg, Israel: The Royal Tour provides unprecedented access inside a sacred land that is at once ancient and modern, with a long history of conflict. The one-hour special provides an all-access pass into—and across—the entire country, led by the one man who knows it best. Prime Minister Netanyahu takes Greenberg by helicopter, ship, dune buggy and bicycle throughout Israel. Netanyahu and Greenberg explore the country’s iconic destinations: from climbing Masada to walking the streets in the Old City of Jerusalem; from the Mediterranean beaches of Tel Aviv to the holy sites below the Western Wall; from the Jordan River to the Temple Mount. Greenberg and Netanyahu also hold a frank discussion of the situation in the region, and discuss Palestinian statehood and the prospects for a real peace. Netanyahu says, “Many times during my years of public service I have wished there were an accessible way to share the many facets of Israel’s unique beauty: its distinct landscapes, its inspiring holy sites, its ancient history and modern cities, its cultural and culinary treasures, its thriving nightlife and above all, its diverse and dynamic people. And Peter proved that he was more than up to the task.”
Rosh Hanikra—Netanyahu takes Greenberg to the stunning grottoes of Rosh Hanikra and shares a very special history of his time there in the Israeli army.
Featured locations The Red Sea—Shared by Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, the Red Sea is both a place of beauty and strategic economic significance. Netanyahu and Greenberg explore the Dolphin Reef and have up-close interactions with the dolphins that live there, but are not captive.
Masada—For the Jewish people, few places hold the symbolic and emotional significance as Masada. Netanyahu and Greenberg head to the top of Masada to hear the whole story of determination, sacrifice and historic victory.
Caesarea—The prime minister tells the legendary stories and walks Greenberg through the pivotal drama of this ancient port city.
Jordan River—The most famous baptism sight in the world, the Prime Minister and Greenberg raft down the river together. Jerusalem—The most contested piece of real estate in the world, Jerusalem is home to the holy sites for three of the world’s major religions. Netanyahu takes Greenberg in, above and under the city. From the Citadel to the Western Wall, to the oldest active cemetery in the world to the Kotel tunnels. And, of course, inside the old city. P.M. Residence—Netanyahu invites Greenberg for a rare visit to the Prime Minister’s residence for a visit with his wife Sara, and a personal look at his life, his family and his history. Technion—Netanyahu takes Greenberg into Israel’s prime center for science and technology and an inside look at the latest inventions. Tel Aviv—This is a city that has exploded onto the world’s cultural scene, and boasts a world-class nightlife — and an average age of 30. Netanyahu and Greenberg stay up late at one of the city’s hottest clubs.
Dead Sea—The lowest point in the world, the Dead Sea’s high-salt content gives it a natural buoyancy and provides the perfect setting for the Prime Minister and Greenberg to end their journey….afloat.
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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 at 6:30 pm at the Sandler Family Campus. RSVP to Shayna Horwitz at 757-965-6124 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit JewishVa.org/Maimonides. APRIL 27, SUNDAY Yom Hashoah, an evening of prayer and remembrance. Guest speaker is Werner Reich. Ohef Sholom Temple, 6:45 pm. 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. 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. May 1, Thursday Robert Satloff, the final speaker of the 2013–2014 Israel Today series. 7 pm at the Sandler Family Campus. Free and open to the community. www.JewishVA.org/IsraelToday. RSVP there or to LHenderson@ujft.org. See page 25. 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 489-4550. See page 31. “Cantor Wally Live,” a free musical festival on the steps of Ohef Sholom Temple. 4–6 pm. 625-4295. 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 www.jfsrunrollorstroll.org. See page 9. Third Annual Tikkun Tidewater. Reduce, reuse and recycle at the Sandler Family Campus. 1–4 pm. 321-2324. May 6, Tuesday Screening of the documentary based on the bestselling book, The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers. 7 pm at the Sandler Family Campus. Free and open to the community. For more information or to RSVP, visit www.JewishVA.org/CRC or contact LHenderson@ujft.org or 965-6107. See page 24. May 18, Sunday Charles Barker Automotive presents Israel Fest, the Simon Family JCC’s biggest party of the year; 11 am-5 pm at the Simon Family JCC. Open to the public. SimonFamilyJCC.org. See page 23. A look into the Iron Dome. A discussion and dessert reception with Lieutenant Colonel Gideon Weiss, at the Regent University Theatre in Virginia Beach. Free and open to the public. 7 pm. RSVP required. IDs will be checked. To RSVP, visit www.JewishVA.org/CRC or contact LHenderson@ujft.org or 965-6107. See page 23. Pink Tea at Temple Emanuel to honor women cancer survivors. 2 pm. 428-2591. Send submissions for calendar to email@example.com. Be sure to note “calendar” in the subject. Include date, event name, sponsor, address, time, cost and phone.
tips on jewish trips Lower East Side Tour—Sunday, May 4, 10:45 am
his activity-packed day of exploring and learning about the Jewish history of Manhattan’s Lower East Side includes three walking tours of the neighborhood, as well as a vintage goods benefit sale and special presentations by renowned guest speakers. The Festival will also include the opening of an exhibit by artist Leah Raab, whose paintings depict the streets and spaces of the Lower East Side. She will be on hand for a “Meet the Artist” at 2 pm. Events kick off with “Crossing Delancey,” a walking tour of the Lower East Side which examines three of the oldest synagogues in New York City: Congregation Chasam Sopher (built in 1853); the Orensanz Foundation (formerly Congregation Anshe Chesed, built in 1850); and Congregation B’nei Jacob Anshei Brzezan, one of only two remaining tenement-style synagogues left on the Lower East Side. The “Bialystoker the Beautiful,” a 90-minute tour of the
magnificent Bialystoker Synagogue and its surroundings, begins at 11 am. The tour also makes stops at Congregation Beth Hachasidim De Polen (a 19th Century shtiebl, or prayer room) and at Beth Hamedrah Hagadol, former home of the largest RussianJewish Orthodox congregation in the United States. “Bialystoker the Beautiful” is also presented at 3 pm. All three tours meet at the LESJC Kling & Niman Family Visitor Center, located at 400 Grand Street between Clinton and Suffolk Streets. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students and are available at www.lesjc.org or by calling 212 374 4100. Children under eight tour for free. The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving, sharing and celebrating the Jewish heritage of the Lower East Side. Private tours are available. For information, call 212-374-4100 or visit www.nycjewishtours.org.
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A Minyan at the Philharmonic by Kevin Lefcoe
In Kansas City, targeting a community’s beating heart by Victor Wishna
3 Nisan is the Jewish calendar date on which my father passed away 12 years ago. It is my honor and obligation to say the Kaddish prayer on each anniversary of that date, his Yahrtzeit. This year in 5774, the third of Nisan fell in the evening of April 2, 2014 through the next day on April 3. On the evening of April 2, The Virginia Arts Festival and the Simon Family JCC produced an event at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts in Virginia Beach featuring the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. It was well promoted throughout the region, and we knew it was to be a performance we couldn’t miss. Weeks before, we bought tickets for ourselves and our children, marked our calendars, and moved on to our next things. Among the reasons Jewish people say the Kaddish prayer, in a group of at least 10 Jews, is to praise G-d during specific times as one memorializes a loved one. It is well known among Jews that we say in unison, “y’hay sh’may raboh m’vorach ul’olmay olmaya,” meaning “May His great Name be blessed forever and ever.” Ultimately, the Kaddish is a prayer for peace. So, why do we say this Kaddish at these appointed times (in the case of my father, his Yahrtzeit last 3 Nisan/April 2)? We praise the Lord as the true Judge, the loving Father, and the merciful and beneficent King of the universe. But we know the Almighty needs nothing, not even our praise. We praise G-d for ourselves—and when reciting Kaddish for a loved one at the appointed times, we praise Him in honor of their souls, since their bodies can no longer do mitzvot. After saying the memorial Kaddish, friends in the Minyan say, “Your father’s neshama should have an aliyah,” meaning “may his soul be elevated.” A week before the Israel Philharmonic was to perform, I re-visited my calendar and the timing became obvious. Saying Kaddish the evening of my father’s yahrtzeit would mean I would need to make a Minyan at the Sandler Center, sometime after the show began, since the evening would not have set in at the start of the show. By the way, I love a good problem
to solve, and this one was a no brainer —Jews everywhere! Maybe I could pray with the members of the Philharmonic! Maybe I could get the Maestro to make an announcement that there would be a Minyan for my dad at the intermission! Ah, romantic notions, to be sure. I took my Siddur (prayer book) with me into the Sandler Center. I ran into a friend who asked about it, and I told him I would need to make a Minyan later. He, among a few others, would be glad to participate— just let them know. How great are the Jewish people!!! Intermission came—we had seats on the mezzanine level. I went out into the atrium area and started asking people I know if they would stand with me as I would say Kaddish for my father on his Yahrtzeit. Swift yeses by anyone I asked and, in only moments, I had the 10 Jews needed for me to say the prayer. As it turned out, this Minyan of 10 Jews included three who had recently lost a close relative. I knew all three of those souls well. A brother, a first cousin, and a son-inlaw stood with me and answered “Amen,” as I praised Hashem in honor of my father’s memory. I know their souls were uplifted by our prayer, too. I’ll never forget this kindness, or the place I stood, or the love I felt, and the presence of my father’s neshama being right there. Baruch Hashem. *of blessed memory
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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (JTA)—Every Friday at noon, my two-year-old daughter and I rush through the doors of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City here to meet my father for lunch. We are usually late, and the JCC’s Heritage Center, catering to active seniors (and their preschool-aged guests), is only our first stop. Vivien refuses to leave until she and zayde have had a run of the entire building. At the White Theater, she chatters on about the time she saw Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins. She reads books about Purim and Passover in the library, points out the most colorful paintings hung in the atrium and chases soccer balls around the gym until it is time to go. Only when I promise we can always return does she let us carry her back through those large glass doors, the ones now shattered by shotgun blasts. It’s a surreal image, those scarred doors, no easier to believe for having seen it on TV than the fact that two lives were taken in the parking lot outside. After all, I grew up here, too. This is the place my parents first left me to fend for myself as a day camper, where I made an awkward preteen stage debut, worked summer after summer as a counselor, later helped produce a film festival, ran my first meeting and now continue to volunteer, work, work out (occasionally) and build some of the strongest relationships I’ve known. My experience differs only in the details from those of thousands of other Kansas Citians. In the hours since the shootings, friends—some who moved away years ago, leaving few ties behind—have written, called, posted on Facebook. One commented that it felt like an attack “inside my childhood home.” Much has been made of the JCC as a safe place, but this is not our haven, it’s our habitat, a campus full of organizations serving those in all stages and walks of life. There is a preschool, a K-12 day school and the offices of Jewish federation and multiple other philanthropic, vocational,
educational and family-service agencies, as well as the respected theater and popular fitness and sports facilities. Nearly anyone involved with the Jewish community, even tangentially, has a regular reason to stop by—for a meeting, a preschool pick-up, a rehearsal, a lecture, a volunteer assignment, a swim lesson, a Zumba class—or knows someone who does. A mile away, Village Shalom, the second site targeted by 73-year-old white supremacist Frazier Glenn Cross, is another community hub. It is an assisted-living facility for seniors but also houses a kosher cafe, an art gallery, a social hall for community lectures and events, and a chapel where our family’s synagogue holds weekday minyanim (and where we celebrated our son’s brit milah two months ago). These campuses are the physical manifestation of a remarkably cohesive Jewish community. Perhaps more so than in larger communities, Kansas City Jews hold tight across political and denominational lines. But neither is the community an island. The Jewish Community Campus serves visitors of all religions and backgrounds; in the perfect phrasing of my friend Josh Stein, who works there, it is “the living room of our community, open and welcoming to everyone.” In the moments before the shooter struck, an audience was gathering for a performance of To Kill a Mockingbird, a stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s call to tolerance. Across the hall, auditions were underway for KC SuperStar, an “American Idol”-style competition open to students from high schools across the region. The two victims from the JCC parking lot would be identified as Dr. William Lewis Corporon and his grandson, 14-year-old Reat Griffin Underwood, who was there to audition. Both were members of United Methodist Church of the Resurrection. Many in the Jewish community count its members among our neighbors and friends. Pastor Adam Hamilton has built close relationships with local Jewish leaders, including some who participated in a church trip to Israel.
obituaries The third victim, Terri LaManno, a Catholic mother of two, was killed in the parking lot of Village Shalom, where she had come to visit her mother, a resident at the home. The victims may not have been Jews —as the murderer likely intended—but they were members of our community all the same. At a vigil only hours later, Mindy Corporon, Dr. Corporan’s daughter and Underwood’s mother, rose to deliver an impossibly articulate appeal. “I want you all to know that we’re going to have more life,” she said. “And I want you all to have more life.” All year, the JCC has been celebrating its centennial—a time for looking back and retelling, something Jews know how to do. But throughout the building, the black-and-white and faded-color photos from the first 100 years are dwarfed by the banners bearing the center’s slogan: “100 More.” We must deal with the necessary reactions: profound sadness, anger, some fear, heightened security and insecurity. But in the hours after the lockdown was lifted, people rushed in, not away—clergy, counselors, off-duty JCC staff—arriving to see how they could help. As Pesach begins, this may now be the moment that separates the center’s last century from its next, “l’dor v’dor.” Let all who are hungry come and eat. There will be more life, and the doors to the community will only open wider.
Lynn Pearl Silvers Zitron Virginia Beach—Lynn Pearl Silvers Zitron, 65, of the 3200 block of Silver Sands Circle, Virginia Beach, passed away April 3, 2014 in her home, surrounded by those she loved most. Lynn was born in Philadelphia, Pa., the daughter of Richard Silvers and Elayne Glassman Silver, and proud mother of Melissa and Michael Zitron, and Yaya to Asa Brixton. A funeral service was conducted at the Norfolk Chapel of H.D. Oliver Funeral Apartments. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.hdoliver.com.
Jacob Birnbaum, founder of the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry Jacob Birnbaum, who helped launch the movement to free Soviet Jews, has died. Birnbaum, the founder of the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry, died Wednesday, April 9 at the age of 87. A native of Germany, Birnbaum escaped with his family to England after the Nazis came to power and later moved to France.
Upon moving to New York in 1964, he set out to mobilize students to call on the Kremlin to stop the oppression of Soviet Jews, believing that Soviet Jews should not have to suffer the way Eastern European Jews did under the Nazis. In April 1964, he held a student meeting at Columbia University in New York, and on May 1 of that year, more than 1,000 students from Yeshiva University, Columbia, Stern College and other campuses demonstrated outside the Soviet mission to the United Nations calling for freedom for Soviet Jews. “New York City is the largest center of Jewish life in the world, and from New York we could generate pressure on Washington,” Birnbaum told JTA in 2007. “The goal was always Washington—first to convert the Jewish community, and then convert Washington.” The protest would spark a worldwide movement that led to the largest Jewish exodus in history and contributed to the collapse of the Soviet Union. (JTA)
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The empty seat at the Seder table by Meryl Ain
(N.Y. Jewish Week)—As a little girl, my mother took me to see Marjorie Morningstar, a movie about a Jewish girl, played by Natalie Wood, who wants to follow an unconventional path in the late 1950s. When Marjorie’s Uncle Sampson, played by Ed Wynn, died suddenly of a heart attack at the summer camp at which Marjorie was working, I was shocked and upset. When Marjorie’s family gathered for a Passover seder the following spring, there was a pillow in an empty seat at the table that was left as a memorial to Uncle Sampson. I remember crying hysterically at the symbolism. It’s probably no wonder that years later when I asked my mother whether we should have an empty chair for my father, who had died days before Pesach, she responded with a resounding, “Oh, NO!” I’m not a big fan of the empty seat either, but now that I’ve lost both of my parents, and most of my other relatives who were also members of the Greatest Generation, my mission has become to keep alive the memories of my loved ones. For example, ever since my mother died seven years ago, we get all the adults and children at our seder table to try to recite “Who Knows One?” in one breath. My mother was the master of this family custom and each year we all try, but lovingly acknowledge that no one can do it as well as she did. After my mother died, I was bereft. I began speaking with friends and came to the conclusion that there is no closure with those we love deeply. They are in our lives and in our hearts forever, although they are not physically present. Since my mother always told me to “get a project” when I was sad or bored, I decided that my project would be to write a book about how people keep alive the memories of their loved ones. I was hoping to get ideas from them—and to heal myself. I enlisted the support of my husband, Stewart, and my brother, Arthur Fischman, and together we wrote The Living Memories Project: Legacies That Last. It captures the stories of more than 30 individuals who created tributes—big and small—as living memorials. Some keep alive their memories through small acts, such as looking at
photos and making recipes. For example, Florie Wachtenheim of Scarsdale, makes her mother’s recipe for gefilte fish for every Jewish holiday. “Cooking is an interest my mother and I shared,” she says. “Having come from Europe, my mother was quite good at all the most traditional dishes, homemade gefilte fish, for example. This is probably the single tradition that I carry on and that means the most to me. She is in my head and heart when I compose each holiday menu.” Others do big things to carry on the legacies and values of their loved ones, such as establishing foundations, scholarships and artistic endeavors. For instance, Boris Chartan, a Holocaust survivor, founded The Holocaust Museum and Tolerance Center, in Glen Cove, L.I., to help succeeding generations remember the victims and lessons of the Holocaust. “It’s a living memory to my family,” he says. “I lost about 80 or 90 uncles, grandparents, and other members of my family. And it is a learning center for kids. We want what happened during the Holocaust to be embedded in them so that they will go home and tell their parents—and someday their own children—what they saw and heard.” Arthur Kurzweil carries on the memories of his ancestors through a lifetime dedication to Jewish genealogy. “For the people who appreciate it, genealogy provides amazing tools for exploring identity,” he says. “I was named after my great-grandfather—my father’s grandfather. Many people told me about him; I found wedding pictures and other pictures of him as a young man.” What I learned from researching and writing The Living Memories Project is that you don’t necessarily need an empty chair at the seder table. Just as the Haggadah is our remembrance of the Jewish people’s exodus from slavery to freedom, it is incumbent upon us to remember our loved ones who are no longer here—with words, with deeds, with stories and songs—at Passover and throughout the year. That is how we keep alive their memories, traditions, values and passions. —Meryl Ain, a former teacher and school administrator, is a blogger for The Huffington Post, in which she writes about education and family life.
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