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el Aviv, Israel—Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe

According to Robbins, this

and his senior team were in Israel

activity could lead to the creation

for only 46 hours last month, but

of more than 500 jobs in Virginia

significant results took place.

over the next 12–36 months.


The MOU with Petah Tikva-

Briefing from the Virginia-Israel

based Strauss Group creates an

Advisory Board notes that a high-

innovative platform to collaborate

light of the trade mission was a

on food technologies research

Memorandum of Understanding

between the Virginia Polytechnic

signed by Virginia Tech and the

Institute and State University

Strauss Group. Ralph Robbins,

and the Israeli food and bever-




executive director of the Virginia

age company. Popularly known as

Terry McAuliffe

Virginia Tech, the school, with its

Israel Advisory Board, says “this MOU is consistent with our goals of transforming Southwest

main campus in Blacksburg, is the Commonwealth’s third-largest

Virginia’s economic infrastructure from basic agriculture to

university and its leading research institution.

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At the MOU signing ceremony, Robbins said, “Collaboration

industries based on agro-technology.” Other achievements of the visit included more than 20 high-

around agriculture, food research and development is another

level meetings by the Governor’s senior staff, understandings

important phase in the relationship between Israel and the United

by five companies that they will expand or initiate activities in


Virginia in the coming 12 months, four announcements including

The Sabra Dipping Company, which is jointly owned by

a $10 million investment in ImmunArray, a Virginia-Israel life

Strauss and PepsiCo, operates the world’s largest hummus pro-

science company, and a potential multi-million fund for addi-

duction facility in Richmond, as well as a cutting-edge food

tional Israeli life science companies’ expansion into the U.S. from

research operation.

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Briefs Muslim woman’s praise for kindness of Jewish man, 90, wins social media salute A Facebook post by a Muslim-American woman about the kindness of a 90-yearold Jewish man attracted the attention of thousands on social media. Leena Al-Arian wrote that she met a man on Thursday, July 28 named Lenny at her Boston-area Barnes & Noble, where she took her two young daughters for a special children’s program. Lenny approached the young family “and conveyed a heartfelt apology for the general anti-Muslim sentiment in our society today. He had tears in his eyes and told me that it must be so hard to turn on the news, that he feels awful about the bigotry my kids might one day experience, and that as a Jewish man whose parents didn’t speak any English growing up, he personally understands what it feels like to be rejected and discriminated against,” Al-Arian wrote in her Facebook post. “I asked if I could give him a hug (he looked like he needed one more than me, but I guess I needed one too) and he wanted to reassure me that most Americans are decent people who don’t hate people like me or believe what they hear on the news,” she continued. Lenny took a photo with the family and then bought the girls each a present at the store in honor of his 90th birthday the next day. Al-Arian said she decided to post it after a friend suggested she put it out there “to add to what I guess is our modern day chicken soup for the anti-racist soul.” More than 7,400 people had liked the post, and 2,575 people had shared it by the following Sunday afternoon. (JTA) Himmler’s diary discovered in archive in Russia The diary of Nazi SS leader Heinrich Himmler was discovered in an archive in Russia. The diary, actually a service calendar including dates, meetings and military decisions, was discovered earlier this year in the Russian Military Archive in Podolsk. It was filed under Dnewnik, which is

Russian for diary, the Daily Mail reported. The diary will be serialized in the German newspaper Bild. An entry in the 1,000-page diary in August 1941 revealed that Himmler, who was known to be squeamish at the sight of blood, almost fainted when the brains of a Jewish mass shooting victim at the edge of a pit outside of Minsk splattered on his coat, according to the Mail. He writes in 1943 about witnessing the “effectiveness” of the diesel engines used to gas prisoners at the Sobibor death camp. That same day SS men threw a banquet in his honor, he recorded. He also calls for new guard dogs at the Auschwitz complex “capable of ripping apart everyone but their handlers,” according to the Mail. In 1945, Himmler was captured by British soldiers in northern Germany, carrying falsified papers. He was recognized during his interrogation, which led him to bite on a cyanide capsule hidden in one of his teeth. He died moments later. (JTA)

Oskar Schindler letter on sale online for $32,500 A letter written by Oskar Schindler, the German industrialist who saved some 1,200 Jews from the Nazis, to his bookkeeper Itzhak Stern is for sale online. The letter is on sale for $32,500 on the website, which deals in rare original autographs and historical documents. It was put up for sale by a descendant of Stern, who composed the list of Jews that Schindler saved by calling them essential to the running of his factory, Page Six reported. The two-page letter, which is type-written in German and can be viewed on the website where it is a featured item, is from 1963, and deals with the industrialists’ finances. “If I think in retrospect, that a year ago I was with you and full of optimism towards the future, and now/today I have to carry the effects of the last year, I sometimes ask myself if it’s even worth living,” Schindler writes in the letter which discusses the “desperate situation” of his finances. Schindler attempted to start several businesses after World War II, all of which failed, leaving him bankrupt. (JTA)

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Pope Francis becomes newest Krakow JCC member Pope Francis is the newest member of the Krakow Jewish Community Center. JCC Executive Director Jonathan Ornstein presented the pontiff with a JCC membership card and an acid-green JCC T-shirt during a reception Sunday, July 31 at the residence of the archbishop in Krakow. Francis was concluding a four-day visit to Poland to mark the Roman Catholic Church’s World Youth Day. During his trip, the pontiff visited Auschwitz-Birkenau, the former Nazi death camp that is now a museum and memorial, where he prayed silently and met with Holocaust survivors. Ornstein told JTA the meeting with the pope was an honor. “I told him about the rebirth of Jewish life in Krakow and how close our relations are with the church. And I thanked him for giving voice to the oppressed,” he said. Among the guests at the JCC were the chief rabbi of Poland, Michael Schudrich, and prominent Auschwitz survivors Marian Turski and Roman Kent. Also present were Piotr Wislicki, director of the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland, and the presidents of several Polish Jewish communities. Francis’ JCC membership card features the number V007—V for VIP. The number 007, with the 00 meaning “license to kill,” is the ID number of the fictional British secret agent James Bond. Asked on Facebook whom the pontiff had the license to kill, Ornstein replied: “A license to kill intolerance.” The Krakow JCC was founded in 2008 and numbers up to 600 members. One Facebook commentator quipped that the pope, 79, would be eligible to join the JCC’s seniors club. (JTA) Report: Israeli combat soldiers to receive full college scholarships Israeli combat soldiers will receive full scholarships from the military to pursue a university degree or professional certification. The scholarships will be funded by the Israel Defense Forces, as well as the Friends of the IDF and the Association for

the Wellbeing of Israel’s Soldiers, the Israeli Hebrew daily Yediot Acharonot reported. In a recent meeting, IDF Chief of Staff Gen. Gadi Eisenkot asked Israel’s Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon to help him find the funds to offer such scholarships to not only to combat soldiers, but to all soldiers after their service, according to Ynet, the English-language sister publication of Yediot. Soldiers who are new immigrants, minorities or from disadvantaged families also will receive scholarships for higher education, according to the report. The scholarships for combat soldiers are expected to cost about $60 million a year, and an additional $130 million a year if all released soldiers are included, according to the report. (JTA)

Shimon Peres joins Snapchat at 93 Former Israeli President Shimon Peres has joined Snapchat, a messaging and multimedia mobile app. Peres made the announcement in a post on Facebook. “I turned 93 this week, and it seemed like just the right age to join Snapchat. Young people inspire me, and the most important thing for me is to hear what they have to say. Today, all the young people are on Snapchat, and I am happy to be on there with them,” Peres said in the post. He invited the public to follow him on Snapchat, “and to join my new movement, which is based on the understanding that innovation is the key to the future,” he wrote. Peres turned 93 on August 2. Peres, who retired as president of Israel in 2014 after more than half a century in public life, including a stint as prime minister, shared the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. In December, social media were flooded with rumors that Peres had died, leading him to take to Facebook to declare that rumors of his demise were greatly exaggerated. He suffered a heart attack in January and underwent a cardiac angioplasty to open a blocked artery. (JTA)

Torah Thought

True leadership


e all feel hurt when something we love is taken away from us, especially something that we ourselves worked hard to build. Who could know this better than Moses, who reminds us in this week’s Torah portion how he pleaded with God to allow him to enter the promised land. With God’s help, Moses had built the ragtag bunch of slaves he led out of Egypt into a nation. It was Moses who fed them, disciplined them, chastised them, answered their annoying questions and intervened to save them from annihilation. Can we truly imagine what Moses felt when God told him he would never enter the land of Israel? Despite his outstanding leadership, his steadfast dedication, his strength and compassion, he would never…ever…see his dreams fulfilled. Perhaps then, Moses’ greatness was not his accomplishments, but his

humility. Moses petitioned God repeatedly to change his mind, to let him be the leader to take the Jewish people into the land, yet God steadfastly refused. This is perhaps the only time in the Torah that God refused Moses’ heartfelt pleading, for on every other occasion he pleaded for others—this time he pleaded for himself. In the end, Moses receives God’s decision with humility. He has the vision to see that he has built something far greater than himself and that the work of continuing it would ultimately fall to others. Because of his humility, Moses was able to let go of the limelight, to step out of the sun, and calmly hand the reigns of religious leadership over to his successor Joshua. We all feel hurt when something we have built is taken out of our hands. The spiritual challenge this presents us each with is “letting go.” Letting go of being in control. Letting go of our sense of ownership. Letting go of the rush that the responsibility gave us. It means realizing that the child we have given birth to is ready to make her own decisions and be responsible for the consequences they entail for her. In those moments, whether we are parents, entrepreneurs or activists, our duty is to understand that “letting go” is our moral responsibility. —Rabbi Marc Kraus, Temple Emanuel

Knesset committee chair vows ‘world war’ to stop $2.6M allocation for non-Orthodox mikvahs JERUSALEM (JTA)—A Knesset committee approved funding to build mikvahs for use by non-Orthodox Jewish movements in Israel, but its chairman promised a “world war” in allowing the plan to advance. The Finance Committee allocated 10 million shekels, or more than $2.6 million, for the project, The Jerusalem Post reported. The four mikvahs will be used for non-Orthodox conversion ceremonies. The allocation comes on the heels of a Knesset law passed in late July that allows local Orthodox rabbinates to bar non-Orthodox Jewish conversion ceremonies in publicly funded mikvahs.

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NEW YORK (JTA)—The co-author of the Black Lives Matter platform passage accusing Israel of “genocide” defended the term, saying Israel’s actions fit in its wider definition. Ben Ndugga-Kabuye co-authored the statement along with Rachel Gilmer, the former board member of a Zionist youth group. Ndugga-Kabuye says he understands why Jewish groups disagree with the statement, but is perplexed that it has received so much attention. He compares it with the accusations of genocide that black activists have leveled at the United States and called the Israeli-Palestinian conflict one of many international conflicts U.S. black activists feel connected to. “The way we look at it is, we take strong stances,” Ndugga-Kabuye, a New York City organizer for the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, says. “The demand we’re making is we’re against the U.S. continuing funding and military aid to the government of Israel. These are all things that are going to be in debate.” The platform, released August 2 by The Movement for Black Lives coalition, is largely a statement of the goals of a movement that coalesced around police violence directed against black people in the United States, mass incarceration of AfricanAmericans and other domestic issues. But it also calls for ending U.S. military aid to Israel and accuses Israel of being an apartheid state. The platform includes a link to a website promoting the movement to boycott, divest and sanction Israel called BDS. “The US justifies and advances the global war on terror via its alliance with Israel and is complicit in the genocide taking place against the Palestinian people” reads the “Invest/Divest” section of “A Vision for Black Lives.” A string of Jewish organizations, from the Anti-Defamation League to the Reform movement and National Council of Jewish Women, has condemned the genocide and apartheid language as well as the BDS endorsement. T’ruah, a rabbis’

human rights group that opposes Israel’s West Bank occupation, also criticized the document. Most of the organizations took pains to note that they are sympathetic to other parts of the platform, many of which jibe with liberal Jewish positions on the criminal justice system, economic justice and immigration. “While we are deeply concerned about the ongoing violence and the human rights violations directed at both Israelis and Palestinians, we believe the terms genocide and apartheid are inaccurate and inappropriate to describe the situation,” NCJW wrote in a statement. “Further, BDS is too often used to de-legitimize Israel’s right to exist.” Jewish Voice for Peace, which supports BDS, is the rare Jewish group that endorsed the platform in its entirety. Ndugga-Kabuye says state actions don’t need to rise to the level of the Holocaust or other historical genocides to deserve the term, which he says could connote unjust state killing of a disadvantaged group. He compares his usage of the word to We Charge Genocide, a group that opposes police violence in Chicago. “We’re talking about a structure of violent deaths that are state sanctioned, that are without accountability, and that are ongoing,” he says. “We can say this is what’s happening in Palestine and not equate it with what’s happening in South America. It doesn’t say it’s the same number of people being killed or the [same] manner of people being killed.” Ndugga-Kabuye says the IsraeliPalestinian conflict is just one of many international issues the platform comments on—including the dangers African migrants face in crossing the Mediterranean Sea, or conflicts in Somalia, Colombia or Honduras. He says the passage on Israel is longer because “there’s a certain prominence to it, and that may require us to go a little more in detail.” But he says the statements about other conflicts, charging the United States with imperialist actions, are just as strong as the language condemning Israel.

“I don’t see it as a special connection,” Ndugga-Kabuye says about the link between the Movement for Black Lives and the Palestinian cause. “We stand in solidarity with Palestine, but it’s not any different than our connection with the Somali community. It’s not any different than our connection with the Colombian community.”

The vast majority of the platform addresses issues unrelated to the IsraeliPalestinian conflict. Its six sections deal with physical, social, economic and political discrimination against black people. Among its list of demands is an end to capital punishment, free universal education and a universal basic income for black Americans, the demilitarization of police,

a broad reform of the prison system and reparations for black Americans. In addition to demanding an end to foreign aid for Israel and Egypt, the platform calls for divesting from the fossil fuel industry and reducing the U.S. defense budget. The platform accuses the U.S. of subjecting black Americans to “food apartheid” and “educational apartheid.”

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and how that’s tied into what’s going on here domestically.” “The main effort of a number of the sections in the platform is to connect the domestic Movement for Black Lives to the international movement for black lives in a number of different countries,” he says. Gilmer, the co-author of the Invest/ Divest section, told Haaretz her father is African-American and her mother is Jewish. She is a former board member of Young Judaea, a Zionist youth group, although she no longer identifies as Jewish, according to Haaretz, and has become an anti-Israel activist. Now she is the chief of strategy for Dream Defenders, a black community organizing group based in Florida. (Gilmer did not respond to email and Facebook messages from JTA seeking comment.) Dream Defenders released a statement doubling down on the genocide language. The statement accused pro-Israel critics of being “wolves in sheep’s clothing” for supporting the Black Lives Matter movement only as long as it supports Israel. It asserted that Israel committed genocide during its 1948 War of Independence, as some 700,000 Palestinians were expelled from Israel or fled and were prevented from returning. Fighting Israeli “apartheid,” the statement said, is inseparable from fighting racism in America. It called on its allies to join the BDS campaign. “As Black people fighting for our freedom, we are not thugs and our Palestinian brothers and sisters are not terrorists,” the statement said. “For the children who are met with tear gas and rubber bullets as they walk home from school, for the families of those we have lost to police violence, for the communities devastated by economic violence and apartheid walls, we fight.” On Friday, August 5, Jewish Voice for Peace released a statement from a group called the Jews of Color Caucus backing the platform’s section on Israel. “We call on the U.S. Jewish community to end its legitimization of anti-Black racism through its combined attacks on the Black Lives Matter Platform and U.S. Palestine solidarity,” the statement

said. “We call on the U.S. Jewish groups that have engaged in this anti-Black violence to retract their racist and harmful statements.” Mainstream Jewish groups rejected the notion that because they object to the use of the term “genocide” and the emphasis on Israel, they are opposed to the economic and social justice goals of the Black Lives Matter movement. The groups noted how difficult, if not impossible, it is for them to work with members of Black Lives Matter on common causes when the Israel language signals they are not welcome. “JCRC cannot and will not align ourselves with organizations that falsely and maliciously assert that Israel is committing ‘genocide,’” wrote Boston’s Jewish Community Relations Council in a statement on the platform. That being said, the statement continued, “As we dissociate ourselves from the Black Lives Matter platform and those BLM organizations that embrace it, we recommit ourselves unequivocally to the pursuit of justice for all Americans, and to working together with our friends and neighbors in the African-American community, whose experience of the criminal justice system is, far too often, determined by race.” Ndugga-Kabuye says he understands that the genocide term could prevent some Jews from joining the Black Lives Matter movement, but says it was “something we have to consider, but it’s also something we have to accept.” He says negative Jewish reactions to the platform recalled the later years of the 1960s civil rights movement, when white and black allies split over tactics and ideology. He rejects the idea that accusing Israel of genocide makes the movement anti-Semitic, saying the accusation is not connected to Israel’s Jewish character. “Are you saying I’m committing genocide because of who I am, my identity?” Ndugga-Kabuye says, hypothetically placing himself in Israel’s role. “That would obviously be racist. But if you’re talking about a series of policies that are in place between one group over another, folks may argue we’re wrong, but the question of whether we’re anti-Semitic is another question altogether.”

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JERUSALEM (JTA)— On behalf of Donald Trump, Republicans this month launched a get-out-the-vote campaign geared to Americans living in Israel. The initiative, which began Wednesday, August 3 has unprecedented funding and local strategic support. The effort by Republicans Overseas Israel, the main group supporting the party here, reflects it leaders’ conviction that American Israelis overwhelmingly back the GOP presidential nominee—and that their votes could even tip the election in his favor. The group will target Americans here who hail from pivotal “swing states,” such as Florida and Pennsylvania. There are approximately 30,000 eligible voters in Israel from states that are likely to be close on Election Day, according to the Republicans, who say those votes could be instrumental in selecting the 45th president of the United States. “This election promises to be close, and the many conservative Americans from swing states who are living in Israel could make the difference,” Marc Zell, the co-chairman of the group and vice president of the parent Republican Overseas, says. “[President George W.] Bush won the 2000 election based on 537 votes in a few southern Florida districts, if I’m not mistaken.” Republicans Overseas Israel leaders see the country as a rare bastion of American-Jewish political conservatism. They estimate there are 300,000 to 400,000 eligible voters living in Israel, with the largest populations in Jerusalem, Ranaana, Modiin, Bet Shemesh and the Gush Etzion region of the West Bank. Some 30 percent of Americans in Israel are religious Zionist, 20 to 25 percent are haredi Orthodox and 15 percent are “traditional” religious, by their count. The Republicans estimated 85 percent of Americans in Israel will vote for Trump. According to an exit poll conducted by another get-out-the-vote group, iVote Israel, that is the percentage that voted for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt

Romney in 2012. By contrast, in the United States, 69 percent of Jews voted for President Barack Obama in 2012, compared to 30 percent for Romney. Merrill Oates, the Democrats Abroad vice chair for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, dismisses the Republicans Overseas Israel and iVote Israel estimates as “wildly exaggerated.” He questions iVote Israel’s avowed nonpartisanship, saying he knows reports that it has ties to the Republican Party to be true. Oates says his experience suggests most American Israelis favor the Democratic nominee, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and that the 2012 numbers do not apply to this election, since the candidates are so different. “People are very much concerned about Trump’s rhetoric and his reputation,” he says. “They may have some disagreements policy-wise with Secretary Clinton, but they feel she is a reliable person who they can have confidence that they will steer the ship of state with a steady hand.” Trump’s disparaging remarks about Muslims, Mexicans and the family of a Muslim-American soldier killed in combat—among other controversial statements he’s made on the campaign trail—have been criticized by many American Jewish groups, including Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America. In December, even Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized Trump for saying he would bar all Muslims from entering the United States. Oates says Democrats Abroad, which facilitates American voting around the world, did not have alternative statistics about Americans voting in Israel, citing the lack of organization in the country at the moment and their historic focus on grassroots organizing over polling. But a March poll by the Israel Democracy Institute think tank found that most Israelis prefer Clinton to Trump. When asked which of the two candidates would be “be better from the standpoint of Israeli interests,” 38 percent said Clinton and 28 percent said Trump. Only 49 percent of Israelis approved of President

Election 2016 Barack Obama in 2011, according to a Pew Research Center survey. Eitan Charnoff, iVote Israel’s national director, says the group is indeed nonpartisan, and has staff members and volunteers from both parties, as well as some who he does not how they affiliate. “That’s just not what we’re about. Our goal is to get as many Americans to vote from Israel, regardless of who they are voting for, to continue to demonstrate to American politicians that they have a serious constituency that they need to pay attention to in Israel. We want to ensure that just as in 2008 and 2012, more American votes from Israel than from any other country outside the U.S.—exponentially more—despite their being a large population in other countries, such as Canada,” he says. Charnoff says iVote Israel estimates there are 200,000 eligible American voters in Israel, up from about 160,000 in 2008. Whatever the numbers, Republicans Overseas Israel leaders are intent on turning out more voters than ever before. This is the first year the group has hired paid strategists since its founding in 1991. The head of the team is Tzika Brot, a former political journalist for centrist Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth, who is now a political and business strategist. “In a few days, I believe we will have a team of 4-6 people,” Brot says. “It’s a great team that has worked with the right and the left in Israel, the secular parties and the haredi parties. So we have all of the sectors [of society] covered.” The Republicans would not discuss fundraising numbers, but say the budget was unprecedented and had been raised from within the organization in Israel. The money will go toward messaging by telephone, email and social media, as well as public voter outreach and campaign-related events. Republicans Overseas Israel leaders plan to court early, and often, voters who hail from several swing states that are expected to be hotly contested on Nov. 8. They said those states—Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey—are all

well represented in Israel, to the tune of some 30,000 eligible voters, including 10,000 to 12,000 from Florida alone. Another overlapping target demographic for the Republicans is young Americans who were raised in Israel. Though they are U.S. citizens, the strategists say, they tend to be detached from American politics and not inclined to vote. “We’re going to stress that this is like reserve duty in the army,” Brot says. “If they care about their country, they need to vote.” Israel is an increasingly right-wing country, with young Israelis holding more nationalistic views than their parents, but many here still identify as centrists or leftists. Statistics specific to Americans in Israel are hard to come by; the Republicans say they draw on various sources, including official Israel reports, academic research and Republican Overseas Israel’s experience. Meanwhile, Democrats Abroad Israel, the official party body here since 1976, is without official local leadership. Oates, who is based in Hungary, says the group “fell behind” in organizing. He is temporarily filling in, but expects to be replaced “before too long.” Democrats Abroad Israel held its first organizing meeting of the election season this month in Jerusalem. Oates says some 2,000 people have volunteered to help with get-out-the-vote efforts similar to those planned by Republicans Overseas Israel. Whatever their views on Trump, Zell has no doubt that American Israelis, and Israelis in general, will ultimately trust only the Republican Party to protect their national interests. Zell, a U.S.-born attorney who lives in the West Bank settlement Tekoa, was a late convert to the Trump cause, and he says most of the Republican Overseas Israel board members were, too. But he says that after helping to draft the Republican party platform—which removed mention of the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict—it’s now “the most pro-Israel ever.” Since the Republican National Convention, Zell has warmed to Trump.

Republicans and Democrats in Israel “I was a major critic of his during the prithis year had to wait until after the mary process,” Zell says. “But I was very July national conventions to get to work, impressed by what people at convention leaving them with less than 100 days said about working with him behind the to go until the election. An upside for scenes.” Republican Overseas Israel is it won’t have Unlike in 2012, when former to wait long to find out how sound its new Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was Jewish News ad : August 5, 2016 — FINAL strategy is. the presumptive nominee by March 3/8 Vertical is: 4.875”w x 8.125” h and Obama was running for reelection,

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EW YORK (JTA)—It’s never been easy for Jewish Republicans. Jews have broken overwhelmingly for Democratic candidates since Woodrow Wilson. Despite rising American Jewish affluence, usually a harbinger of conservative voting patterns, a plurality self-defines as liberal. Republican Jews have poured millions into upping their share of the Jewish vote in recent elections, portraying the GOP as the pro-Israel party and telling largely affluent Jewish Americans to vote their economic self-interest. The needle has only moved a little, despite those efforts: 80 percent of Jews voted Clinton in 1992, 79 percent voted Gore in 2000 and 74 percent voted Obama in 2008. Organizations like the Republican Jewish Coalition have kept pushing despite it all. Most Jews don’t vote primarily based on Israel, but as Democrats passed a controversial Iran deal and condemned Israel’s West Bank occupation, Republicans saw a window of opportunity. Republicans doubled down on the Israel case at their national convention in Cleveland last month. Donald Trump, Mike Pence and a handful of other speakers included lines in support of Israel in their speeches and drew loud applause. President Barack Obama’s support of Iran’s nuclear program, anathema to the Israeli government, was a nightly punching bag. Dozens of delegates told JTA that the main reason Jews should vote Trump is that he’s better on Israel than his opponent, Hillary Clinton. The Republican platform swung right on Israel, eliminating the long-held bipartisan consensus supporting the two-state solution, and rejecting the United States’ right to dictate terms on Israeli-Palestinian peace. Even so, Republican Jewish uneasiness showed at the convention. Big-name Jewish donors declined to attend. Republican Jews, from journalists Bill Kristol and Jennifer Rubin to former Republican operatives like Noam Neusner and David Frum, oppose Trump. The Republican Jewish Coalition held no events that were

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open to the media, a departure from previous conventions. Much of this ambivalence has to do with Trump’s string of statements insulting minorities – Jews among them. It’s a point Democrats stressed every day of their confab a week later in Philadelphia. A video aired on the first night of the their convention featuring Trump’s retweet of an image widely called anti-Semitic. The convention’s explicit message was that anyone who cares about safeguarding minority rights has to vote Clinton. The first night of the Democratic National Convention featured a string of Jewish public figures—Sarah Silverman and Sen. Al Franken among them—and it ended with a keynote speech by Bernie Sanders, the first Jewish candidate to win a major party primary. Jewish entertainers, activists and politicians peppered every night’s roster, from singer Paul Simon to Senator Barbara Boxer. Criticism of Israel was a recurring feature in Philadelphia, a point the RJC pressed in an ad calling the party “stridently anti-Israel.” Many Sanders supporters wore pro-Palestinian stickers, and a few advocated changing the United States’ historically pro-Israel policy. On the night devoted largely to national security, no one mentioned the U.S. alliance with Israel. There was full-throated support for the Iran deal throughout the convention. At one point, protesters outside the convention burned an Israeli flag. At a roundtable discussion held outside the convention by the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and the American Friends Service Committee, Georgia Rep. Hank Johnson compared Israel’s West Bank settlement movement to termites. But in the end, the party could point to the ways it shored up its traditional pro-Israel wing. The Democratic platform

committee rejected an effort to even mention settlements and occupation in its section on Israel. Like Trump, Clinton threw a shout-out to Israel’s security into her acceptance speech, and didn’t mention Palestinians. Gen. John Allen, the former commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, gave a convention speech in support of Clinton that echoed neoconservative rhetoric, which tends to be forcefully pro-Israel. Even Bill Clinton got into the act, sporting a Hebrew “Hillary” button during Obama’s speech. It could be that, in future election cycles, discord over Israel will drive more Jews to the Republican party. Part of Sanders’ dissent from Democratic orthodoxy was in his call for more criticism of Israel. In her acceptance speech, Clinton adopted much of his domestic rhetoric but none of his Middle East policies. But if Sanders delegates become the new Democratic mainstream, the party could gravitate away from its pro-Israel stance. At Jewish Democratic events, though, the old guard held sway. If anything, the Democratic Jews’ biggest problem came from one of their own, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was ousted as chair of the Democratic National Committee at the convention’s start. Schultz was the favorite daughter of Jewish Dems, a former National Jewish Democratic Council staffer who rose to be a congresswoman and party bigwig. Now, she’s facing a primary challenge and could exit political life. Even as she was embattled, the NJDC stood with her, presenting her with an award on the convention’s final afternoon. Wasserman Schultz sounded defiant at the event, calling Trump a traitor and promising to win her primary. And despite her fall from grace, Jewish Democrats cheered her, as if to say that whatever the future held, they felt good about this year.




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placed in the U.S. Capitol building. Three members of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council—Reps. Steve Israel, D-N.Y.; Patrick Meehan, D-Pa., and Ted Deutch, D-Fla.—offered a resolution Friday, July 8 in praise of Wiesel’s contributions to the American understanding of the Holocaust. On the same day, Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., proposed a bill for the statue to memorialize the activist and 1987 Nobel Peace Prize winner because his “moral leadership served as a beacon across our country and around the globe,” Cohen was quoted as saying in a release. His bill as of Monday, July 11, had 14 cosigners, both Democrats and Republicans. “Elie Wiesel was one of the greatest examples of good the world has ever seen,” Steve Israel said of Wiesel, who died July 2. “He educated the world about the atrocities of the Holocaust, taught us the true meaning of ‘never again,’ and devoted his entire life to ridding the world of hate and intolerance. I am proud to introduce this resolution to honor Mr. Wiesel’s life and acknowledge the indelible mark he has made on the Jewish community and the entire world.” “Elie Wiesel was a giant,” Meehan said. “His writings brought the truth about the horrors of Auschwitz and Buchenwald to the rest of the world and for decades he was a tremendous messenger for peace.” Wiesel had been awarded numerous honors from the United States, includ-

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Education Improvement Scholarships Tax Credit Donors $10,000 and above Mr. and Mrs. Michael Blachman Mr. Daniel Gordon Mr. Mark Gordon Mr. and Mrs. Steven Gordon Mr. Tavia Gordon* Dr. and Mrs. Warren Karesh Mr. and Mrs. Peter Segaloff

$5,000 and below Mr. and Mrs. Jon Becker Mr. and Mrs. Edward Reed Cmdr. and Mrs. Hal Sacks *of blessed memory

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Berger-Goldrich Home at Beth Sholom Village to undergo $5-million renovation starting this fall UJFT kicks off “Honor” Campaign with $200,000 Lead Gift Joel Rubin


ig changes are planned for the area’s only Jewish nursing home, and the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater is taking the lead on ensuring they succeed. At an event last month at the BergerGoldrich Home, Jay Klebanoff, UJFT president, announced that UJFT has made a lead gift of $200,000 to kickoff a $3-million campaign to make substantial improvements to patient rooms, common areas, rehabilitation therapy spaces and more to upgrade the well regarded skilled care facility. The actual cost of the project is $5-million, with $2-million coming from the Beth Sholom Home of Eastern Virginia Foundation. “We must have a high quality continuum of care for our parents, grandparents and ultimately for us,” says Klebanoff. “The Home does a wonderful job providing services to the elderly and to rehab patients, and it must never stop.” Klebanoff and Harry Graber, UJFT executive vice president, joined a number of Beth Sholom board members and staff at a late morning kickoff on July 15. “Our goal is always to be the next generation of care in our community, both for Jews and non-Jews,” says David Abraham, Beth Sholom Village CEO. “We have not had a substantial upgrade here since 2004 when

we also built the Terrace. It’s time to bring the Berger Goldrich Home up to today’s standards in terms of lighting, technology, furnishings and administrative offices.” One major upgrade will be adding showers in each patient room. “We have private bathrooms now, but it will be so much better to have showers in them, too, rather than having staff take patients down the hallway to bathe,” says Neal Stern, chair of the Village board. The theme for the Campaign is Honor, based on the universal value in the Ten Commandments to Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother. “That is why we have a Beth Sholom Home,” says Stewart Kahn, co-chair of the effort along with Larry Siegel. “We take care of our elderly because someday, we want our children and grandchildren to take care of us in a Jewish setting with kosher food, daily services, compassionate doctors and nurses and the other amenities that have always made Beth Sholom such a fantastic institution in our community.” Steve Suskin, who will oversee the campaign in his role as director of philanthropy, is confident his committee will raise the funds necessary. “Beth Sholom has enjoyed a wonderful reputation for nearly four decades, so I believe it will not

Board members of Beth Sholom Village: Neil Friedman, Frances Levy Birschstein, Gary Bartel, Bill Halprin, Stuart Nachman, Jay Kossman, Neal Stern, Mathew Weinstein, Paul Terkeltaub, and Stan Dickman.

Harry Graber, UJFT executive vice president, Neal Stern, Beth Sholom Village chairman of the board, David Abraham, BSV CEO, Jay Klebanoff, UJFT president.

be difficult to find persons whose family members have been here who will want to contribute to enhance the Berger Goldrich Home to the levels we all want.” “We want everyone to participate financially at some level,” said says Stern,

“and on behalf of the Village, I thank the Federation for getting us started with this generous gift.” For more information on the Honor Campaign, call Steve Suskin at 757-420-2512.

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5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Suite 200 Virginia Beach, VA 23462 757-965-6100, Twitter: @UJFTidewater Executive Vice President: Harry Graber The United Jewish Federation of Tidewater nurtures a vibrant, engaged, inclusive and caring Jewish community, guided by its values and mission to strengthen and perpetuate Jewish life. Funds donated to the UJFT Annual Campaign are combined with gifts from more than 1,300 other generous community members. These funds are then distributed to trusted Jewish agencies and institutions as part of a thorough allocation process. This time-tested model of communal giving assists Jewish agencies and organizations in Tidewater, North America, internationally, and in Israel. The UJFT cares for those in need, aids Jews in danger, enhances Jewish security, and advocates for Israel. Gifts help UJFT partners provide healthcare, social services, Jewish UJFT holds an Annual Campaign fundraising effort each year because the needs of Jews locally, globally, and in Israel never go away. More than 100 local Jewish leaders volunteer to help with the Campaign in partnership with a small professional staff. An emphasis is placed on one-on-one or small group conversations in order to hear personal concerns and ideas about challenges facing the community. In turn, UJFT donors are better able to understand how gifts make a difference and how to help secure the future of the community through tax-deductible contributions. The Annual Campaign runs on the UJFT’s fiscal year, July 1–June 30. A Kickoff celebration to begin the Campaign is slated for Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016 at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts with Ambassador Dennis Ross. At the end of the Campaign year, the UJFT board of directors allocates funds based on recommendations by the Finance Committee for distribution to the local community, and by the Israel & Overseas Committee for distributions to international and Israeli agencies and organizations. Donations to the Annual Campaign are welcome at any time, and can be made securely online at

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Women’s Division Director: Amy Zelenka, 757-965-6139, The Women’s Division is the women’s fundraising arm of the Annual Campaign, providing the women of the community with opportunities for volunteerism and philanthropy. At the helm of the Women’s Division is the Women’s Cabinet, a leadership committee that meets regularly to learn what’s happening in the Tidewater Jewish community, as well as in the greater Jewish world. The Women’s Cabinet takes the lead in volunteer fundraising for the Women’s Division of the UJFT Annual Campaign, serving as ambassadors and role models for women of all ages in the Tidewater Jewish community. In addition to fundraising, the Women’s Division builds community by reaching out to the women in the Jewish community, through a series of outreach events and activities throughout the campaign year.

Young Adult Division (YAD) Director: Leah Abrams, 757-965-6127, The Young Adult Division promotes social, cultural, leadership and philanthropic opportunities for young Jewish adults between the ages of 22 and 45 in Tidewater. YAD fosters Jewish identity, involvement and responsibility among young Jews in Tidewater in order to sustain and enrich the vibrant community at home, in Israel, and around the world. YAD aims to cultivate relationships, build networks and develop and hone highly skilled leaders to assume the responsibility of ensuring the future of the Jewish community. YAD hosts numerous programs such as monthly happy hours, holiday parties, business networking lunches, Shabbat dinners and men’s and women’s specific programs. Super Sunday, the community’s annual fundraising phone-a-thon, scheduled for January 22, 2017, is led by YAD, and demonstrates the success of the area’s young leaders. The Tidewater Couples Project is another path of leadership within YAD for young married couples to learn about UJFT’s mission, network, gain leadership skills and most importantly, create community. Future leaders are nurtured through YAD’s Hineni! program and the Tom Hofheimer Young Leadership Mission to Israel.

Society of Jewish Professionals

DESIGN | ENHANCEMENTS | LIGHTING | OUTDOOR LIVING Contact: Jasmine Amitay, 757-965-6138, The newly formed Society of Jewish Professionals of the UJFT is dedicated to educational, social and philanthropic activities. The Society provides opportunities for members of the Tidewater Jewish community to network and socialize while becoming active participants in meeting today’s challenges through a financial commitment to the Annual Campaign. As a part of the SJP, members serve as role models for their colleagues, family and friends, and provide funding for Jewish survival, welfare and continuity. SJP is an evolution of the once separate organizations Maimonides and Business & Legal Societies, whose members decided to merge in light of their common Jewish and communal interests, and to enjoy the programming and benefits. All healthcare, business, legal, media, real estate, entrepreneurs, and service providers are invited to become members.

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22 | Jewish News | Guide to Jewish Living in Tidewater | August 15, 2016 | Contact: Jasmine Amitay, 757-965-6138, The Tidewater Jewish community is a hub of activity, spanning five cities: Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth and Suffolk. A wealth of resources is offered for newcomers to the Tidewater Jewish community. Whether Interfaith, unaffiliated, or everything in between, the Tidewater Jewish community celebrates diversity every day, and Shalom Tidewater is available to help everyone find their place in Tidewater.

Guide Community Relations Council Director: Robin Mancoll, 757-965-6120, Assistant Director: Wendy Weissman, 757-965-6107, The Community Relations Council educates the community on issues impacting the rights of Jews locally, in the United States, in Israel and around the world. The CRC’s mission is to establish constructive dialogue, create educational opportunities and maintain positive exchanges with public officials and government, the media, the Jewish community, as well as with other faith and ethnic communities throughout Tidewater. The CRC offers numerous opportunities for engagement for the entire community throughout the year, including Jewish Virginia Advocacy Day and the popular speaker series, Israel Today. To get involved with the CRC, or join their mailing list, which offers advocacy opportunities, news and events, email

The Holocaust Commission Director: Elena Barr Baum, 757-965-6129, The Holocaust Commission encourages teachers, students and the community at large to

apply the lessons of history to the moral decisions they make each day. The Commission offers programs, provides resources and holds community events related to Holocaust education and remembrance. Dedicated volunteers from the community guide and foster the Holocaust Commission’s work. Among its many events and programs, the Holocaust Commission offers the innovative What We Carry multimedia program for schools, community and military groups; a yearly community gathering for Yom Hashoah, the commemoration day of the Holocaust; the annual Elie Wiesel Writing and Visual Arts Competitions for students, annual educators’ awards and Biennial Educators’ Conferences. The Holocaust Commission’s webpages provide trusted resources for those interested in learning more about the Holocaust, participating in, or supporting its programs.

Jewish News Editor: Terri Denison, 757-965-6132, Published 22 times annually, Jewish News connects the Tidewater Jewish community with news of Jewish interest from local, national and global spheres. The Jewish News is delivered to thousands of mailboxes each month, and reaches tens of thousands through its easy-to-navigate website. Electronic editions of the Jewish News are available to view online. | August 15, 2016 | Guide to Jewish Living in Tidewater | Jewish News | 23

Guide Hal Sacks Jewish News Archives

JCC MEMBERSHIP Research, laugh, remember and honor. The Hal Sacks Jewish News Archives is an online site where it is possible to access past issues of the Tidewater community’s Jewish News. Browse, search and download published articles and photos from the years 1947 through 2005.

Wellness and Membership director: Tom Purcell, 757-321-2310 JCC membership includes use of its state-of-the-art fitness center, three indoor pools, outdoor water park, free drop-in babysitting services, gymnasium, nine-hole miniature golf course, tennis courts, complimentary towel service, and locker rooms equipped with steam and sauna rooms. All new members receive two free BeWell sessions with a personal trainer, including a fitness assessment, as well as discounts on classes and cultural events.



Simon Family JCC Summer Camp Simon Family JCC Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus 5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 757-321-2338, fax 757-489-4427, Camp director: Erika Eskenazi, 757-321-2342 Camp JCC provides children with a rich and unique day camp experience. This dynamic program allows every child to explore their own interests and try new activities within a safe camp atmosphere. Summer camp runs mid-June through early August, with three weeks of post camp up until Labor Day.

GAN ISRAEL Chabad House, 1920 Colley Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23517 Director: Rashi Brashevitzky, 757-616-0770 Gan Israel is part of a growing worldwide network of Jewish day camps. Held at the Chabad House, campers have ample space for loads of fun both inside and outside. Along with crafts, and sports activities, Gan Israel campers do water activities and/ or swimming daily, take weekly field trips and enjoy weekly sessions at local gymnastics facilities.

Community Centers Reba and Sam Sandler Family campus of the tidewater Jewish COmmunity 5000 Corporate Woods Drive Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462 757-965-6100 Facility Director: Glenn Saucier When the Jewish agencies moved to the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus in 2004, a department was established to assume the operations formerly administered by each agency. Mechanics, heating and cooling, food services—including the Cardo Café— janitors, landscaping, and security is a function of the Campus. This enables the individual agencies to concentrate on serving the Jewish community and reduces spending.

Simon Family Jewish Community Center Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus 5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 757-321-2338, fax 757-489-4427, CEO: Harry Graber COO: Andrew Weinberg The Simon Family Jewish Community Center serves the entire Jewish and greater Tidewater community, from infants to seniors. Everyone is welcome.

Wellness and Membership director: Tom Purcell, 757-321-2310 The JCC offers a place to get fit and learn lifetime skills and sports with indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, cardiovascular and strength equipment, and more than 60 group exercise classes weekly, including: • Spinning • BODYPUMP • Yoga • Pilates • Zumba • BODYCOMBAT • Group training • Tabata • Piloxing • Water Fitness Personal training packages and swim lessons are available year round for all ages.

SPORTS AND RECREATION Athletic director: Tom Edwards, 757-321-2308 Membership not necessary to participate in: • Youth, teen, and adult basketball • Youth and adult soccer • Youth and adult tennis • Youth and adult Pickleball • Youth tee-ball • Youth swim team • NFL’s Punt, Pass & Kick Competition

CULTURAL ARTS Director of Cultural Arts: Michele Goldberg, 757-321-2341 The Lee and Bernard Jaffe* Family Jewish Book Festival More than 500 titles for sale, lectures, panel discussions and special events for children are planned for November 5–18. Virginia Festival of Jewish Film Presented by Alma* and Howard Laderberg One of the nation’s longest continuous Jewish film festivals, the 24th annual event takes place January 14–22, 2017. Art Exhibits Local artists’ exhibits are regularly rotated in the Leon Art Gallery. Stop by to see the latest installation. Children’s Cultural Art Series This series partners with local arts organizations to present family-friendly performances. Look for Virginia Opera, Todd Rosenlieb Dance, and Young Adults of Virginia events. Israel Fest Israel Fest is the Simon Family JCC’s biggest outdoor community event of the year, celebrating Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day. Event will be Sunday, June 4, 2017.

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Adult Program coordinator: Naty Horev, 757-321-2304 Celebrations and fun activities, friendly company, programs, Jewish holidays, trips to area attractions, lounge with TV; Book Club; Yiddish Club; Current Events; Mah Jongg; Bunco; and snacks. Transportation to JCC provided by Jewish Family Service, 757-321-2338.

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Guide YOUth PROGRAMMING Program director, Erika Eskenazi: 757-321-2342 Tikkun Sundays —Middle School Programming (6th–8th grade) Jewish teens make a difference in the world while socializing and watching a movie. Tikkun Sundays are October 23 and November 20. B’nai B’rith Youth Organization (BBYO) (Jewish 9th–12th grade) Erika Eskenazi, 757-321-2342 BBYO involves Jewish teens in meaningful Jewish experiences, guiding them into leadership positions that will last a lifetime. Teens meet weekly September through June at the JCC and focus on community service and social action programs. Hillel at Old Dominion University 757-321-2338, Hillel at Old Dominion University is the home to the Jewish community on campus with social activities, educational events, and holiday celebrations on campus and in the community. Visit to learn more.

CHILDREN AND FAMILY Program Director: Erika Eskenazi 757-321-2342 Classes, family programs, and holiday events. Children’s Classes Age 3 through elementary school Cooking, dance classes, gymnastics, yoga, and more are offered. Learn more by viewing the JCC program guide at



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Strelitz 2016 PJ Library Want a free children’s book each month? Any family with a Jewish connection—affiliated, unaffiliated, interfaith or non-traditional—can sign up for PJ Library online at www. The organization sends a free, age-appropriate Jewish book in the mail monthly for children six months to six and a half years. Bi-monthly PJ Library programs bring the books to life with other PJ kids in our community.

SUMMER CAMP, BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL CARE Children and Camp director: Erika Eskenazi, 757-321-2342 Camp JCC Camp JCC provides children with a rich and unique day camp experience. This dynamic program allows every child to explore their own interests and try new activities within a safe camp atmosphere. Summer camp runs mid-June through early August, with three weeks of post camp up until Labor Day. Kids Connection Before and after school enrichment program provides a safe, fun, and educational experience for children Pre-K to 6th grade, including half-day Kindergarten and Early Discoveries. Offerings include holiday camps on days schools are closed. Open Monday–Friday, 6 am–6 pm during the school year. Transportation provided from many Virginia Beach Public Schools.

INFANT TO PRE-KINDERGARTEN CARE Director, 757-424-4327 Early Childhood is a series of starts. At Strelitz, these starts are celebrated whenever they occur and work with parents to ensure their child progresses. The initial years of life are very important and parents depend on the guidance and encouragement of experienced teachers and care providers to prepare their son or daughter for success in school and a life-long love of learning. • Full Care, Monday through Friday, 7:30 am–6 pm, six weeks and up • Half Day, 2, 3, and 5-day options, 8:45am–12pm, 16 months and up • Extended Day Option, 8:45am–3:30pm (includes Lunch Bunch Program), 16 months and up Strelitz is located in a modern community center which boasts: • Large outdoor play area and garden • Indoor and outdoor pools • Full-size gymnasium • Auditorium • Oversized classrooms with bathrooms and sinks in each • Dedicated sleep space with individual cribs for full-care infants Strelitz also celebrates the birth of new babies with a Chai Baby Basket. Baby Ambassadors deliver the baskets to new moms in Tidewater. The baskets include Judaic toys, keepsakes and information to help families make connections with other parents.


CONGREGATIONs B’NAI ISRAEL CONGREGATION 420 Spotswood Ave., Norfolk, VA 23517 757-627-7358, fax 757-627-8544, Rabbi Sender Haber ORTHODOX B’nai Israel Congregation is an exciting, family-oriented full-service Orthodox synagogue in the heart of a diverse and dynamic Jewish community in the Ghent neighborhood of Norfolk. It offers daily morning and evening prayer services. The synagogue houses the Norfolk Area Community Kollel, BINA High School for Girls and the Norfolk Community Mikvah. It is affiliated with the Orthodox Union and the National Conference of Young Israel. • Adult classes • Children’s programming • Teen programming

CHABAD LUBAVITCH OF TIDEWATER /CHABAD HOUSE 1920 Colley Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23517 757-616-0770, Fax 757-616-0772, Rabbi Aron Margolin, Rabbi Levi Brashevitzky Rychel Margolin, Rashi Brashevitzky Established in 1979, Chabad Lubavitch of Tidewater is dedicated to increasing the awareness, knowledge and observance of Judaism in Tidewater by reaching out to all Jews, regardless of age, affiliation or level of observance. Chabad participants experience the joy and celebration, the intimacy and compassion, the wisdom and knowledge that is inherent in Jewish life and learning. Chabad of Tidewater responds to both the material and spiritual needs of the Jewish community through classes, counseling, Shabbat and holiday celebrations and innovative programming for children. • Women’s Rosh Chodesh Society • Jewish Learning Institute • Shabbat Youth services • Jewish Art Calendar


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CONGREGATION BETH CHAVERIM 3820 Stoneshore Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23452 757-463-3226, Fax 757-463-1134 Israel Zoberman, Rabbi Emeritus REFORM Founded in 1982, Beth Chaverim has been affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism since 1984. In 2006, the Marilyn and Marvin Simon Family Sanctuary and new religious school wing opened. • Religious School • Library • Adult classes • Gift Shop • Teen programming • 8 PM Friday Night Services

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422 Shirley Ave., Norfolk, VA 23517 757-625-7821, fax 757-627-4905, Rabbi Jeffrey M. Arnowitz Cantor Wendi Fried Rabbi Arthur Ruberg, Rabbi Emeritus Education Director: Sharon Wasserberg Executive Director: Pamela Gladstone CONSERVATIVE

530 Raleigh Ave., Norfolk, VA 23507 757-625-4295, fax 757-625-3762, Rabbi Rosalin Mandelberg Cantor Wally Schachet-Briskin Interim Associate Rabbi Deborah Bodin Cohen Executive Director: Linda Peck Director of Family Learning: Chris Kraus Music Director: Charles Woodward Rabbi Lawrence A. Forman, Rabbi Emeritus REFORM

As the oldest Conservative synagogue in Virginia, Beth El has been translating Jewish practice into purposeful living for more than 160 years. Beth El provides a full educational program for all ages, diverse religious services and ritual moments, cultural events and participation in social action projects within the Jewish community and beyond. Beth El holds daily morning and evening services, as well as weekly Shabbat morning worship services. • Religious School • Adult clubs and classes • Teen programming

COMMODORE URIAH P. LEVY CHAPEL Corner of Maryland Ave. and Gilbert St. aboard the Naval Station Norfolk Rabbi Gershon Litt 757-559-1836 UNAFFILIATED The Commodore Levy Chapel is the oldest land based Jewish Chapel on a Naval Station in North America. Established in 1942 and named for Commodore Uriah Philips Levy in 1959, the Levy Jewish Chapel celebrated 50 years of service to God and Country in 2009. Religious worship services are held every Friday evening and during the Holy Days of the Jewish calendar. Access to worship services is available to Active Duty and Reserve Military, their dependents, military retirees and Civil Service employees. Guests are allowed, when accompanied by sponsors from the above groups or by special permission from the Base Chaplain’s Office.

KEMPSVILLE CONSERVATIVE SYNAGOGUE Kehillat Bet Hamidrash 952 Indian Lakes Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA 23464 757-495-8510,, Chazzan M. David Proser CONSERVATIVE Kempsville Conservative Synagogue (Kehillat Bet Hamidrash) is a place for traditional, yet egalitarian Jews to celebrate all things Jewish in a comfortable and inviting atmosphere. Services take place on Shabbat (Friday evening and Saturday morning) and holidays. Members may participate in all facets of synagogue life—spiritual, educational and social. Kehillat Bet Hamidrash (KBH) continues to share activities with its programming partner, Temple Israel; both are member congregations of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. KBH was established in 1978 and is centrally located in Tidewater, not far from Town Center and the Sandler Family Campus. • Religious School • Adult clubs and classes • Youth programs

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Founded in 1844, Ohef Sholom Temple is the largest and oldest Reform congregation in Tidewater. Services take place Friday nights at 6:30 pm and Saturday mornings at 10:30 am. Ohef Sholom Temple is committed to welcoming interfaith couples, empty nesters, singles and seekers. • Religious School from ages 3 through 10th grade • Extensive family programming • Adult study and teen programming • Library • Gift shop • Archives

TEMPLE EMANUEL 424 25th St., Virginia Beach, VA 23451 757-428-2591, Rabbi Marc Kraus Office manager: Gail Gogan CONSERVATIVE Temple Emanuel is a thriving oceanfront Jewish community located in Virginia Beach. It is intimate, accepting and open to all. Temple Emanuel embraces the many ways to express Jewishness and spirituality, welcoming people of all family situations, ethnicities and sexual orientations. Located at the beach, it offers a relaxed, informal atmosphere with creative worship services as well as cultural programming for all. Religious School is cutting edge. Learn more about Temple Emanuel at

TEMPLE Israel 7255 Granby St., Norfolk, VA 23505 757-489-4550, fax 757-489-3425, Rabbi Michael Panitz Executive Director: Nancy Tucker CONSERVATIVE Temple Israel is a vibrant, egalitarian, full-service synagogue continuing to meet the spiritual, educational, life cycle and social needs of its diverse membership. Through fulfillment of mitzvot, it provides opportunities for meaningful living for members. Temple Israel’s focus on tikkun olam and valuing each individual for who they are enables the congregation to welcome new ideas and new voices into its family and to continue to innovate while still respecting tradition. • Religious School • Adult Clubs and Classes • Library • Gift Shop • Teen programming

Guide TIDEWATER CHAVURAH 757-499-3660 or 757-468-2675 Contact: Carol or Reesa Rabbi Cantor Ellen Jaffe-Gill Unaffiliated Tidewater Chavurah, is a “synagogue without walls” involved in Jewish fellowship. Formed in 1998, Tidewater Chavurah is an alternative to the formality of religious institutions. Tidewater Chavurah welcomes singles, couples and families in interfaith marriages, people of all ethnicities, gender identities and sexual orientations while remaining a small, vibrant and friendly group. The Hebrew term chavurah means “fellowship” and generally denotes a group of like-minded people who interact within a Jewish context. Tidewater Chavurah holds monthly Shabbat and High Holiday services, using prayer books of the Reform movement. Rabbi Jaffe-Gill also leads holiday celebrations and facilitates Jewish themed learning experiences.

Education Beit Sefer Shalom and United Hebrew School 2.0 757-489-4550 School Principal: Sharon Wasserberg Hebrew Coordinator: Bill Nossen Students from Congregation Beth El, Kempsville Conservative Synagogue and Temple Israel meet Sundays at Beth El to engage in a values-based, technology-driven curriculum and Hebrew instruction. Each student also receives personalized, one-on-one instruction from a Hebrew teacher during the week.

BINA High School 425 Washington Park, Norfolk, VA 23517 757-627-BINA (2462), fax 757-627-2461, Menaheles: Aviva Harpaz Norfolk’s first and only Orthodox Jewish High School for young women, BINA opened in 2007. The BINA experience enables each student to develop her love for Hashem, His Torah and the Jewish people. In a supportive and challenging academic environment, students are given the skills to excel in both Judaic and General studies. BINA’s knowledgeable and professional faculty foster a love of learning and pride in achievement. A BINA student is taught to be proud of her heritage, concerned for her community and prepared for her future.

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The Hebrew Academy of Tidewater Konikoff Center of Learning affectionately known as HAT is a progressive Jewish Day School serving students from all backgrounds from kindergarten through fifth grade. HAT is proud to continue to serve the community since its establishment in 1955. The secret to HAT’s continued success is the strength of its traditions, outstanding secular and Judaic curriculum, and dedicated faculty who prepare knowledgeable, confident, and responsible graduates year after year. | August 15, 2016 | Guide to Jewish Living in Tidewater | Jewish News | 29

Guide Students are secure in their Jewish identity, nourished by the Jewish values and experiences throughout their years at HAT. Graduates are ready to meet the challenges of today’s fast-paced world, evidenced by their acceptance into the best independent, IB and public school academies in Hampton Roads. The advantages Hebrew Academy students receive are extraordinary: A rigorous academic curriculum including language arts, science, math, social studies, Jewish studies, Hebrew language, music, violin, art, physical education and the use of 21st Century technology. HAT Quick Facts • Kindergarten–5th grade • Welcoming families of all backgrounds and practices • Warm, spirited, nurturing community • Dual curriculum of secular and Judaic studies • Fosters critical and independent thinking • Certified teachers • On site developmental specialist • 21st century technology including Chromebooks, ActiveBoards, and student television news program • Dedicated science lab, Regulation size gym, soccer field, tennis courts and indoor pool • Outdoor Learning Garden • Opportunities for exploration of the world around us through field trips, virtual learning, and community service experiences • Graduates prepared for future academic success • Need-based financial aid available

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• Comprehensive SECURE facility • Accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools • Founding member of RAVSAK, the Jewish Community Day School Network Infant through preschool programming offered through the Strelitz Early Childhood Education Center. (Constituent agency of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater)

Guide Institute for Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding at Old Dominion University Old Dominion University 5215 Hampton Blvd. Norfolk, VA 23529 Cooper Room, BAL 2024, Batten Arts and Letters 757-683-6816,, Director: Farideh Goldin The Institute for Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding, an interdisciplinary academic program at Old Dominion University, fosters knowledge of Jewish history, thought, cultures and languages through education, scholarship and community outreach. The Institute offers courses in the Jewish religion and literature, the Hebrew language, the history of modern Israel and its role in shaping global Jewish identity, the cultures of the Jewish diaspora throughout the ages, and the ethical and philosophical role of Judaism in influencing other world religions and civilizations.

Norfolk Area Community Kollel 420 Spotswood Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23517 757-655-1836, Rosh Kollel: Rabbi Baruch Danziger Executive Director: Rabbi Gershon Litt Rabbi Moshe Rubinovich Rabbi Velvel Cook Rabbi Shmuel Katz Rabbi Gavriel Rudin Norfolk Area Community Kollel offers Jewish classes and programming regardless of affiliation or practice. Their philosophy is Torah based and centers on gaining spirituality through personal growth. The Norfolk Kollel offers programs at college campuses and high schools, as well as lunch and learn programs, and can “tailor-make” a Jewish education program for specific needs. The motto of the Kollel is “Inspiration Through Education.”

STRELITZ EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION CENTER Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus 5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23462, strelitzearlychildhoodcenter Executive Director: Lorna Orleans, 757-321-2307 Assistant Director: Becky Feld, 757-321-2332 Admissions Director: Carin Simon, 757-424-4327 The mission of Strelitz Early Childhood Education Center is to establish a strong foundation for lifelong learning, social interaction and ethical principles in a dynamic, supportive and enriching Jewish environment. Strelitz Early Childhood Education Center is “Right From the Start,” understanding the importance of the initial years of life and how much parents depend on the guidance and encouragement of experienced teachers and care providers to prepare children for success in school and life. The infant care program offers a stimulating and developmentally-appropriate curriculum that focuses on sensory stimulation, exploration, stories, songs, finger play and floor time that helps children achieve a secure sense of identity. Preschool age youngsters learn age-appropriate art, songs, games, creative movement and stories. In addition, social, emotional, cognitive and spiritual growth are addressed, as well as skills for math, science and reading that prepare children for the leading kindergarten and elementary school programs in the area. | August 15, 2016 | Guide to Jewish Living in Tidewater | Jewish News | 31

Guide Children of all faiths, ages six weeks to four years, get a great start at the Strelitz Early Childhood Education Center, which is accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS). What makes Strelitz Early Childhood Education Center exceptional? • L arge classrooms with bathrooms, sinks and technology for ongoing parent/teacher communication • Indoor and outdoor play areas for motor development • Music, library and physical education • Aquatics (ages three and four) • Cooking center • Extended day and full-care options • Diaper changing for infants • Area’s most comprehensive building security

Talmudical Academy Yeshivas Aish Kodesh 612 Colonial Ave., Norfolk, VA 23507 757-623-6070, Judaic principals: Rabbi Shaul Lefkovitz and Rabbi Avrohom Weinreb General Studies principal: Dr. Brian Brennan, Ph.D Administrative director: Debbie Wilson Yeshivas Aish Kodesh is geared toward the student striving for excellence in Limudei Kodesh and General Studies. The school aims to facilitate the spiritual, personal and academic growth of talmidim, with an eye toward producing well-rounded bnei Torah. Yeshivas Aish Kodesh meets these goals with a full, balanced schedule. The curriculum features Gemara shiurim in both iyun and bekius, as well as regular classes in Chumash, Navi, Halacha and Tefillah. Yeshivas Aish Kodesh offers a general studies program taught by state-certified instructors. Yeshivas Aish Kodesh’s facilities feature a Beis Medrash, state-of-the-art classrooms, a well-stocked library and a recreation/work-out room. The students can participate in varsity and junior varsity basketball, as well as intermural football and judo. The students have regular opportunities to participate in pick-up basketball games, swimming, iceskating and other activities. Yeshivas Aish Kodesh views experiential learning as an integral part of the Yeshiva’s approach. Visiting and interacting with Gedolei Yisrael, an energetic Oneg Shabbos, a heartfelt kumzitz—ways in which the special ruach and warmth that characterizes Yeshivas Aish Kodesh is extended.

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TORAS CHAIM 3110 Sterling Point Drive, Portsmouth, VA 23703 757-686-2480, Principal/menahel: Rabbi Mordechai Loiterman Toras Chaim is an Orthodox Jewish Day School committed to providing quality Judaic and general studies education in a Torah environment for infants through eighth grade. The school day is divided into two curricula. First, it offers an academic program of high rigor with a superior set of learning objectives which is accredited by Advanc-Ed, formerly the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Second, it offers a religious curriculum that teaches original texts and traditions that ground the students in a sense of their Jewish heritage and traditions founded on national standards created by Torah Umesorah, the national Jewish day school organization. The staff of Toras Chaim is comprised of committed educators. Religious instruction is taught by religious leaders who live the traditions and values they teach. Secular academics are taught by certified teachers who are exceptional in their fields and who convey both the content and the flavor of their studies. The school year at Toras Chaim also contains many exciting and fun activities to enrich the students’ experience. Students celebrate Jewish holidays, participate in league sports, spelling bees, geography bees, and writing contests that help them be the best that they can in whichever area is their strength.

Foundation Tidewater Jewish Foundation Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus 5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Suite 200 Virginia Beach, VA 23462 757-965-6111, President and CEO: Scott Kaplan The Tidewater Jewish Foundation (TJF) is dedicated to building and creating permanent resources to help meet the current and future needs of the Jewish community. Founded in 1984 as a single endowment fund under the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, TJF has grown to $100 million in assets, representing funds on behalf of individual donors, the Federation and just over a dozen local affiliate agencies and synagogues. TJF leads the community’s initiative to raise awareness about planned giving and endowments and to encourage bequests. TJF’s planned giving and endowment programs help individuals and families support the Jewish causes they care about; building a strong, vibrant community, now and in the future, including developing bequests for permanent endowments. TJF promotes the message that everyone, regardless of age, wealth or affiliation, has the ability to make a difference for future Jewish generations. Planned giving is a powerful commitment to the future. It is the process of making a lasting charitable gift (now or after one’s lifetime) that can financially benefit both the donor and the institution receiving it. For anyone considering establishing a fund at TJF, who has a family foundation, or is beginning the estate planning process to consider their legacy, TJF can assist in accomplishing philanthropic goals. TJF works in partnership with United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, Simon Family Jewish Community Center, Jewish Family Service, Hebrew Academy of Tidewater, Beth Sholom Village and local area temples/synagogues, as well as many other charitable organizations. The Simon Family Legacy Society is TJF’s donor recognition program to honor those who have committed to providing for the future of the Jewish community. TJF supports the needs of the community through grants and donor-advised funds. Most importantly, TJF helps people help others.


services and organizations America Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Southern States Area Director: Kate Samuels, 770-541-7610 AIPAC is a 100,000-member grassroots movement of activists committed to ensuring Israel’s security and protecting American interests in the Middle East and around the world. For information on Tidewater’s chapter, call Kate Samuels.

B’NAI B’RITH OF TIDEWATER Arnold Gamsey Lodge #1195 Officer: Steve Legum, 757-627-6225 Founded in 1843, B’nai B’rith is dedicated to building a strong sense of Jewish identity and unity within the Jewish community.


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Brith Sholom Center of Virginia Inc. LeeAnne Mallory, secretary, 461-1150 or Brith Sholom Center of Virginia was established as a benevolent, charitable and nonpolitical organization to foster and perpetuate the spirit, ideals and traditions of Judaism. Membership is currently at 260. Applications for men and women 21 years and above are available for new membership. Activities include dinners dances, trips, entertainment and cultural events. Our philanthropic endeavor is to support Jewish education and community organizations that provide services plus international groups that assist needy causes. Brith Sholom meetings take place on the first Sunday of each month (except July and August) at 11 am at Beth Sholom Village in Virginia Beach.

HADASSAH Norfolk-Virginia Beach Chapter Contact: De Anne Lindsey, 757-418-4336 In New York in 1912, the first group of Hadassah was chartered after its founder, Henrietta Szold returned from Jerusalem. The second chapter of Hadassah was chartered in Norfolk, Va. Today, Hadassah is the world’s largest women’s Zionist organization. The original purpose of the organization was to bring modern health care to Palestine. Today, the Hadassah Medical Organization is internationally recognized as a leading authority in healing, teaching and research. Hadassah is the largest organizational contributor to Jewish National Fund. Hadassah’s Norfolk-Virginia Beach chapter serves all of Tidewater.

HEBREW LADIES CHARITY SOCIETY Representative: Frances Levy Birshstein, 757-572-3817 Hebrew Ladies Charity Society of Tidewater supports Jewish Family Service’s food and financial assistance programs.

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Jewish Museum and Cultural Center 607 Effingham St., Portsmouth, VA 23704 757-391-9266, Administrator: Barbara Rossen The Jewish Museum and Cultural Center is housed in the beautifully restored Chevra T’helim Synagogue, the interior of which is a rare surviving example of Eastern European Jewish Orthodoxy. The Center offers monthly programming, an annual lecture series, exhibits, a summer music series, as well as school programs, adult programs and tours.

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Guide JEWISH WAR VETERANS of the United States of America Old Dominion Post #158 Adam Goldberg, Post Commander, 831-917-3996 The oldest active veterans organization in America, Jewish War Veterans brings together men and women with joint ties of a common heritage as Jews and a common experience as active duty or past members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

National Council of Jewish Women Established nationally in 1893 and locally in 1905, NCJW is the oldest Jewish women’s organization in the U.S. The group’s educational and legislative efforts have helped bring about action in areas of concern to women and children. The Endowment Fund, which provides scholarships and contributions, functions as the Tidewater Council of Jewish Women under Jewish Family Service Foundation Philanthropic Fund Agreement. Donations may be made to the TCJW Fund through JFS, 260 Grayson Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23462.

Norfolk Area Community Mikvah 757-627-7358 The Mikvah serves the entire Jewish community. Call for information or to schedule an appointment.

ORT AMERICA Abbie Laderberg, 757-497-7238 ORT America supports vocational and technical training for Jews around the world. More than 300,000 students are enrolled in the ORT network of schools and training programs which include comprehensive and vocational high schools, colleges, apprenticeship programs and teacher training institutes.

Social Services beth sholom village The Berger-Goldrich Home 6401 Auburn Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464 757-420-2512, fax 757-424-0657, Executive Vice President/CEO: David R. Abraham Since 1980, The Berger-Goldrich Home at Beth Sholom Village (formerly Beth Sholom Home of Eastern Virginia), has served as the only nursing facility in Tidewater, which embodies traditional Jewish values, customs and traditions. A full time religious leader, kosher food, holidays and special observances enable residents to continue to live with dignity, and as Jews. The Home is a 120-bed licensed skilled nursing facility providing multiple levels of care. The Home accepts all Medicare, as well as all payer types including private pay. The Home also accepts managed care plans for short-term rehabilitation and other approved services. Professional affiliations exist with The Freda H. Gordon Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Jewish Family Service of Tidewater, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Glennan Center and others. Services • The Rose Frances and Bernard Glasser Health and Wellness Center serves residents and staff of The Village, as well as those in neighboring communities. • A coordinated approach to care, including physical, occupational and speech therapy in two state-of-the-art therapy gyms. One gym includes a practical kitchen for residents to relearn skills necessary for their return home.

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• Team of nursing personnel, therapists, social workers and an activities department with certified activity therapists. • Dentist, ophthalmologist and podiatrist. • Out-patient physical therapy department. • Kosher meals and snacks. • Daily and Sabbath services, as well as holiday services. • The Kantor Café. Open to the public, kosher; serves breakfast, lunch and snacks. • A 40-bed Special Care Unit for residents with advanced dementia. • Beds certified for Medicare and Medicaid in private and semi-private rooms. • Excellent staff to resident ratio. • Hair salon with full-time hairdresser. • Outdoor gardens, patios and secure courtyards. • Auxiliary Gift Shop. • Auxiliary with almost 1,000 members bringing enhancements to the lives of the residents. The Berger-Goldrich Home is a recipient agency of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, UJC-VA Peninsula, TJF, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, VEJA, and BSHEV Foundation.

The Terrace at Beth Sholom Village 1049 College Park Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA 23464 757-282-2384, fax 757-361-0151, Administrator: Pam Guthrie (retiring December, 2015) Administrator: Mikelle Rappaport Seniors who are no longer able to live on their own find a new lease on life at The Terrace at Beth Sholom Village. The Terrace, a Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Assisted Living Center, can accommodate 75 residents in 69 units. The Terrace provides gracious assisted living where residents can live comfortably in their own studio, one or two-bedroom apartment. Three levels of care are offered to assist residents with their activities of daily living in a secure and comfortable environment. Three kosher meals are served daily by the wait staff in the dining room, and snacks and drinks are always available in the Club Room. The activity calendar is filled with entertainment, outings, art programs and a wide variety of in-house activities, including daily exercise. A caring staff provides scheduled transportation for shopping and doctor appointments. Licensed nurses attend to residents’ regular medical needs and are available for more urgent situations. The Memory Enhancement Center allows residents with Alzheimers or dementia related illness to be as independent as possible within a safe and secure environment. This secure unit has 18 individual apartments which surround a well-lit central atrium with areas designated for dining, activities and relaxing. The secure walking path is accessible through the screened-in sun porch or the music room.

Jewish Family Service MAIN OFFICE Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus 5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Suite 400, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 Administration 757-321-2222 Counseling and Adoption 757-459-4640 Home Health 757-489-3111 Fax 757-489-1958, Executive Director: Betty Ann Levin Personal Affairs Management Program Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus 5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Suite 300, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 757-938-9130

Guide Peninsula Office United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula 401 City Center Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23606 757-223-5635 Jewish Family Service of Tidewater, Inc. is a home health and social service agency providing a continuum of home-based solutions to those in need throughout Hampton Roads regardless of religion or financial status. The Hebrew Ladies Charity Society began this work in 1865, which continued through the 1900’s until Jewish Family Service was established in 1946 and incorporated as Jewish Family Service of Tidewater, Inc., in 1969. The agency has earned a national reputation of responding to community needs by the creation and expansion of programs for the children, youth, families, older adults, the developmentally disabled and the chronically mentally ill. JFS depends on the generosity of the Jewish and the broader Hampton Roads communities for support. Local funding sources include the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, Tidewater Jewish Foundation, United Way of South Hampton Roads, the United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula and many generous foundations and donors.

JFS HOME HEALTH CARE JFS is extremely proud to have a Medicare-certified skilled home health agency, which is accredited by the Community Health Accreditation Partner (CHAP) and has a 4 out of 5 Star Quality of Patient Care rating from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This rating is above the state and national averages and also above many local competitors. JFS also enjoys a 5-star Patient Satisfaction Rating, which is also above local competitors as well as state and national averages. These ratings are based on patient outcome data reported to Medicare and from the national home health patient satisfaction survey. When individuals face surgery, serious illness and the process of recovery, physicians may prescribe skilled home health care to help patients heal and rehabilitate at home. Skilled home health care is reimbursed by Medicare as well as private insurances. Every patient has the right to choose his/her home health care provider and can convey to the hospital discharge planner or physician that JFS is his/her agency of choice for home health care. JFS skilled home health offers a comprehensive array of services provided by highly skilled professionals: • Professional nursing care by Registered Nurses (RNs), including a Certified Wound Care RN • Psychiatric nursing • Physical, occupational and speech therapists • Medical social work • Home health aides • Wellness/Recreational Therapist JFS clinicians have many years of experience and have developed an excellent reputation in our community for providing quality, compassionate, patient-focused care. Under Private Duty Home Care, certified nursing assistants and nurse’s aides can provide services such as dressing, bathing and personal care, supervision of medication, meal preparation, ambulation assistance, range of motion exercise, private care while hospitalized, transportation and accompaniment to medical appointments, outpatient procedures and shopping, in addition to companionship and family support. For more comprehensive care, Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) can provide medication administration, blood pressure monitoring, catheter care, diabetes management, tube feedings and other services.

COUNSELING FOR CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILIES At the Doored Center for Family Healing, Jewish Family Service provides confidential clinical services such as individual, marital and family therapy, as well as educational and support programs for children, teens and adults experiencing stress and difficulties adjusting to life’s challenges.

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Guide The Jessica Glaser Children’s Therapeutic Pavilion is designed to support children and their families through the process of grief, loss and other life transitions. A full range of counseling services is offered for those dealing with divorce and separation. In collaboration with the Edmarc Hospice for Children, JFS co-sponsors age-appropriate support groups for children and teens that have lost a loved one. Each spring, during the Month of the Grieving Child, JFS showcases artwork by area children who have experienced a significant loss. Specialized substance abuse counseling for teens and adults and support for family members is are also available. JFS provides educational advocacy and assessment services for children and teens experiencing school or learning-related difficulties. The JFS Parent Resource Center, including the Annabel Sacks Collection, is a lending library addressing a wide range of parenting issues.

SPECIAL NEEDS JFS offers a variety of services to Jewish children and adults with special needs and their families: • SIMCHA, a socialization and recreation group for Jewish adults with mental illness offers cultural and recreational outings. • CHAVERIM, meets the cultural, socialization and recreational needs of the Jewish developmentally disabled. • Special Needs camp. In cooperation with the Simon Family JCC staff, special needs children are integrated into summer programs and activities, enabling them to participate with their non-disabled peers.

ADOPTION Adoption Resources of Jewish Family Service is a licensed child placement agency offering services to guide families through the beginning of a family through adoption. Professional staff counsel birth parents and assist adoptive parents. Adoption Resources staff members are cognizant of Virginia law and are experienced in working with attorneys and other agencies to facilitate parental placement adoptions, domestic adoption, and international adoptions. Counseling services are offered to any family facing an unplanned pregnancy.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE Financial assistance is available for Jewish families coping with unplanned financial debt and obligation. Case managers help with budgeting, financial planning and payment arrangements. This program is made possible by the generosity of the Pincus Paul Fund of the Jewish Family Service Foundation and the endowment fund of the Hebrew Ladies Charity Society, along with the support of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and the United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula. Individuals and families fund special projects, including holiday food baskets, Chanukah gifts for children, grocery certificates and clothing donations. To make donations, contact JFS. Individuals and families under 60 years of age who need assistance should call 4594640. Mature adults and families over the age of 60 who need assistance should call 321-2222.

OLDER ADULTS JFS is able to help ensure that older adults live their lives with dignity and the greatest degree of independence possible. Agency professionals work closely with patients, families, health care providers and other organizations to design comprehensive care plans.

CARE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM This program assists individuals and their families in assessing the medical, personal and social service needs of the elderly, and, with the cooperation of the client and their families or legal guardians, helps design a long-term care plan. This plan allows the frail and vulnerable elderly person to remain in their own home for as long as possible. Care managers address the practical needs of daily living with older adults. Programs include kosher Meals on Wheels, volunteer friendly visitors, senior companions and transportation services.

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PERSONAL AFFAIRS MANAGEMENT The Personal Affairs Management (PAM) Program at JFS safeguards the personal and financial affairs of vulnerable, incapacitated adults, 18 years of age and older, with physical, cognitive and/or mental disabilities. Guardian and/or conservator services are provided based on court order. The PAM Program has been recognized as a Model Program by the Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging and is approved as a Regional Public Guardian and Conservator Program by the Virginia Department for the Aging and Rehabilitative Services. On-call case management is available 24 hours a day to improve clients’ quality of life and manage personal and medical care.

COUNSELING FOR OLDER ADULTS The golden years of life are sometimes tarnished by relationship problems, adjustment to retirement, financial shifts, losses such as the death of a loved one or relocation, changing relationships with adult children, and a variety of health concerns. JFS therapists offer an opportunity to speak openly and confidentially, allowing older adults and their families to explore feelings, ideas and options. JFS therapist services are covered by Medicare and Medicaid, and by many private health insurance companies. Services can also be provided on a sliding scale fee basis to those without insurance who qualify.

COMMITMENT TO HEALTHY LIVING For the past 12 years, JFS’s Spring Into Healthy Living has provided opportunities for education, fitness and fun. Activities include the JFS Run, Roll, or Stroll (a race along the Virginia Beach boardwalk), seminars and speakers on a variety of topics to encourage healthy bodies, minds and spirits.

Freda H. Gordon Hospice & Palliative Care of Tidewater Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus 5000 Corporate Woods Dr., Suite 500, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 757-321-2242, Fax 757-321-2236 Freda Gordon, of blessed memory, spent her life quietly and humbly nurturing her family and her community. Now her legacy of caring and compassion lives on through the Freda H. Gordon Hospice and Palliative Care of Tidewater (HPCT). Making the decision to enter into hospice can be difficult. Choosing hospice, however, doesn’t mean giving up. It means taking control of however long an individual or a loved one has left. HPCT is a hospice provider with expertise and a palliative care team that is available— day or night. HPCT’s vision is to exceed the expectations of its patients and families in providing outstanding care, and encourage patient choice resulting in improved quality of life. The hospice team is committed to providing comfort and dignity through physical, emotional and spiritual support. From the award-winning medical directors, certified hospice nursing staff, social workers, chaplains and volunteers, at a time when life can be filled with uncertainty, one thing to be certain of is: the HPCT team will be with the family every step of the way. HPCT is dedicated to helping families navigate the myriad of choices that so often accompany living with a terminal diagnosis, and will at all times treat everyone with dignity, compassion and respect. While it may not be possible to control when someone dies, HPCT can help regain control of how an individual lives out his or her final phase in life. HPCT has experts in pain management and symptom control, which helps patients enjoy a higher quality of life and gives them the ability to spend more time with the people and things that matter most, and helps them make every moment count. The Freda H. Gordon Hospice and Palliative Care of Tidewater has received the Gold Seal of Approval® from The Joint Commission. HPCT has also received its Jewish Hospice Accreditation from the National Institute for Jewish Hospice.

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Youth Groups

757-463-3226 Beth Chaverim Youth Group (BEACHY) participates in NFTY-MAR events. For students in grades 9–12.

B’nai B’rith Youth Organization (BBYO) (Jewish 9th–12th grade)

Ohef Sholom Temple Youth

Erika Eskenazi, 757-321-2342 BBYO involves Jewish teens in meaningful Jewish experiences, guiding them into leadership positions that will last a lifetime. Teens meet weekly September through June at the JCC and focus on community service and social action programs.

North-American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY)

757-625-4295 Ohef Sholom Temple’s Youth Group (OSTY) is for students in grades 8–12. JOSTY, the Junior Ohef Sholom Temple Youth group, is for 6th and 7th graders. Members participate in community service, regional and national conventions, religious and other “just-for-fun” events.

United Synagogue Youth (USY)

Mid-Atlantic Region—NFTY-MAR REFORM, Reform Jewish teens from North Carolina, eastern West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC, Delaware and far-eastern Tennessee comprise NFTY-MAR. Members come together for learning, fun, worship, community service and fellowship to help young Jewish adults build and strengthen lifetime ties with each other and Reform Judaism.

CONSERVATIVE USY Advisor: Ben Ipson Kadima Advisor: Jason Lovitz Congregation Beth El, Temple Israel and Temple Emanuel co-sponsor two youth programs: Kadimah for students in grades 6–8 (which includes Machar for grades 4 and 5), and USY for students in grades 9–12. Both groups promote synagogue identification, foster friendships and make Judaism an integral part of life. Activities are recreational, social and religious, and are tied into the philosophies of the Conservative Jewish Movement. Contact a local Conservative synagogue for details.

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Water is the most important nutrient Tom Purcell


t is possible to last for some time without food, but not without water. The human body is comprised of about 75 percent water. Water not only keeps the body hydrated, but it helps to maintain regulation. Water supplies nutrients, maintains blood circulation, controls body temperature, helps regulate metabolism, removes waste, and keeps our skin moist and healthy. In order to beat the heat and last through these final summer days, keep these tips in mind. Like they say, it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.

What happens to the body when the weather gets hot and humid? Heat travels through the bloodstream to the skin, causing a person to sweat. Sweat allows one to cool off and maintain a safe body temperature. Proper hydration carries the heat away from vital organs to prevent any damage. When the temperature outside rises, causing the body’s core temperature to increase, the risk of dehydration increases. Not staying hydrated can lead to heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and even possible death. This is why it is extremely important to look for the signals of these dangerous conditions when in hot and humid conditions: What are the signs? • Feeling thirsty • Serious fatigue • Lightheaded and possible headache • Dizzy • Yellow to dark color urine

• A fter sweating, skin gets dry and salty • Nauseated or sick feeling

Hydration and safety tips: • Hydrate throughout the day and night • Most say 64 ounces of water a day are sufficient for the average person. However, since people are different sizes with bodies that have different needs, it is best to drink at least half of one’s body weight in ounces. • Drink water if exercising under an hour. If exercising for more than an hour, then consume a sodium and sugar combination. Try a low sugar drink, such as Gatorade or coconut water, to prevent high sugar uptake. Consult with a physician if health issues or diabetes is a concern. • Drink plenty of fluids the day before and in the hours before, during, and after exercise. • L imit large amounts of caffeine, alcohol, or any other diuretic the day before during a long day in the heat. • Eat the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables every day for optimum health, as they all contain various levels of water and the important nutrient potassium. • Get into a cool, shady place when the heat and humidity start to climb. • Remember that the best times to be outdoors are early morning and late evening. What does this all boil down to? (pun intended!) Water is the best weapon against the heat.

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Israeli author Etgar Keret awarded $100,000 Bronfman Prize


Etgar Keret

sraeli author Etgar Keret has been named the recipient of the 2016 Charles Bronfman Prize. The prize recognizes Keret’s work “conveying Jewish values across cultures and imparting a humanitarian vision throughout the world,” the prize said in an announcement. The annual prize, which carries a $100,000 award, goes to a Jewish humanitarian under age 50 whose work is informed and fueled by Jewish values and has broad, global impact that can potentially change lives. Keret, 48, best known for his short stories, graphic novels, and film and television projects, has been one of Israel’s most popular writers since his first collection of short stories was published in 1992. Hailed as the voice of young Israel, Keret is one of the most successful Israeli writers worldwide. His work has been

published in 46 countries and translated into 41 languages, including Farsi, and has been featured in outlets including The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, The Paris Review and National Public Radio. “We recognize that humanitarian work is increasingly taking new forms and this marks the first time The Charles Bronfman Prize has been awarded to an individual who uses storytelling as a medium through which he challenges and inspires the way people think about themselves and the world,” says Stephen Bronfman, Charles Bronfman’s son, on behalf of the prize founders and international panel of judges. “Etgar Keret is an important international voice who speaks of the Jewish condition in contemporary terms and demonstrates that writers can play an influential and critical role within society.”

Charles Bronfman says he was “delighted” by the selection of Keret. “In a dangerous world, Etgar Keret portrays people who have the capacity to empathize with the other, to hear the other, and to find compassion for the other,” Charles Bronfman says. “He counters dehumanization and inspires his readers with warmth and humor and original thinking. He encourages others to make the world a better place and translates the lessons of the Holocaust to a new generation.” Previous recipients include Jay Feinberg, founder and executive director of the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation; Eric Rosenthal, founder and executive director of Disability Rights International, and Rebecca Heller, co-founder and director of the International Refugee Assistance Project. (JTA)

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Book Reviews One tale from two perspectives

Delightful, intelligent and personal The Seven Good Years: A Memoir Etgar Keret Riverhead Books, Penguin Random House,  2015 171 pages, $26.95


ast spring, Etgar Keret’s The Seven Good Years, appeared in my mailbox. The cover and press release promised a fun read, so I gave it a try. After the first story (all of three and a quar- Terri Denison ter pages), I determined the book was not for me, as I didn’t see the humor. The slim tome with its bright yellow jacket found a comfortable place on my desk and there it sat. Then, this past June, I saw that Keret was the recipient of an impressive award, the Charles Bronfman Prize (see page 42), so I decided to give his memoir another chance. This time, I couldn’t put the book down and concluded that I must’ve been tired when I read those few pages last year. A collection of essays— with some first appearing in 2006 in publications such as The New York Times, Jewish Quarterly, The New Yorker and The Wall Street Journal, among others—each piece runs two to at the most six pages and bounce from profound to bizarre to heartfelt observations of snippets of Keret’s life. The book opens with the birth of Keret’s son in a Tel Aviv hospital where victims of a terrorist attack are being brought for treatment and concludes seven years later with Keret, his wife Shira and sevenyear-old Lev jumping out of their car on the side of the road to make a “pastrami sandwich”—laying on top of each other for protection—as air raid sirens blare and a bomb explodes in the distance.

But this isn’t a book about an Israel at war (though the possibility is always looming). This is about an internationally acclaimed writer who lives in Tel Aviv with his smart wife who pulls no punches (“Our life is one thing, and you always reinvent it to be something more interesting. That’s what writers do, right?”) and his young son who gives him a run for his money (such as the time Keret and his wife are called to school because fiveyear-old Lev is manipulating the cook to bring him chocolate, which is strictly prohibited on school grounds). The book is about Keret’s many travels to promote his work and to teach, and about his family— his orthodox sister with 12 children and his secular bother with no children and his parents who survived the Holocaust. The stories, presented in chronological order, are charming, amusing, relatable, mischievous, and, at times somber and emotional. No matter the topic, they are all brilliantly told. Originally written in Hebrew, the English translation is flawless. Since finishing The Seven Good Years, my copy has been read by my husband and one daughter. My other daughter is next, followed by a few friends. Also since reading it, Farideh Goldin, director of Old Dominion University’s Institute for Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding, contacted me to let the readers of Jewish News know that she had invited “a great Israeli writer, Etgar Keret” to ODU’s Literary Festival. What perfect timing! Don’t follow my lead and wait a year to read The Seven Good Years. Do it now, maybe even before hearing him speak at ODU. I’ll be there. —Terri Denison is the editor of Jewish News.

Etgar Keret at ODU Literary Festival Tuesday, September 27, 8 pm Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Galleries at ODU Open and free to public

Nathan’s Famous: The First Hundred Years William Handwerker with Jayne A. Pearl Morgan James, 2016 192 pages, $17.95 Paper Famous Nathan Lloyd Handwerker and Gil Reavill Flatiron Books, 2016 306 pages, $26.99


s a child growing up in New York during the Great Depression, I experiHal Sacks enced no hardships; my father had a steady position and drove a late model car. Frequently, on pleasant Sundays, we drove out to Long Beach, just for the ride. As a seven-year-old, the high spot of the day was eating at the Roadside Rest, which was the second Nathan’s hot dog emporium (after the original in Coney Island). The taste and smell of the orange drink and the “snap” of the hot dog can still be evoked after all these years. To this reviewer’s knowledge, nowhere is it written that the disagreements of the fathers shall be revisited upon the sons. Yet the simultaneous publication by two cousins, grandsons of the legendary creator of Nathan’s Famous Frankfurters, reflects the conflicts that separated their fathers, Murray and Sol, sons of Nathan Handwerker. Both books offer the interesting saga of Nathan Handwerker’s upbringing under conditions of extreme privation in the Galician shtetl of Narol, and for some years in the larger town of Jaroslaw. Apprenticed to bakers, primarily as a means of fending off starvation, Nathan develops excellent sales experience and, ultimately, is able to assist his mother’s small business selling vegetables. And both tell the story in detail of Nathan’s immigration, after the outbreak of WWI, to the United States, his early struggle to

be independent, and his opening of a tiny hot dog stand in Coney Island. But then the interpretation of events starts to differ somewhat. This is understandable since Lloyd’s grandfather, Sol Handwerker, harboring irreconcilable differences with both Nathan (viewed as a tyrannical father) and Nathan’s brother Murray (William’s grandfather) left the business and went out on his own. Thus, Lloyd’s book, Famous Nathan, is based on research and interviews, while William’s book, Nathan’s Famous, reflects the experience and biases of a grandson who worked beside his father and grandfather for 30 years. Lloyd’s book covers in some detail the patriarch’s relationship with local politicians, resulting in his ability to get special treatment for his hot dog business in Coney Island. William, in somewhat greater detail than Lloyd, covers the expansion of Nathan’s to a public corporation and its subsequent decline, resulting in loss of control by the family. In truth, both books offer an interesting tale of incredible success by an unlettered immigrant, driven by ambition and a willingness to work 20 hours a day, seven days a week, only to be diminished in the next generation by profound disagreement between the brothers. Either book will provide the reader with a poignantly nostalgic journey. A reader who enjoyed Russ & Daughters learned that for a family business to survive through five generations requires the involvement of nephews and nieces. Many businesses brought along by one or two generations of immigrants failed to survive into the third generation as the grandchildren earned college and graduate degrees and drifted into professional lives or more trendy businesses. It is still possible to buy Nathan’s Famous all beef hot dogs with a “natural casing.” Bite into one: “SNAP”! —Hal Sacks is a retired Jewish communal worker who has reviewed books for Jewish News for more than 30 years. | August 15, 2016 | Jewish News | 43

it’s a wrap

Girls’ Day Out: A trip to the Culinary Institute of Virginia Callah Terkeltaub


he United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Young Adult Division’s women’s programming held a successful kickoff event on Sunday, July 17 at the Culinary Institute of Virginia. Trading the muggy humidity outdoors for the heat in the kitchen, 18 YAD women embarked on a culinary journey with Chefs Mary Cook and Kelly DeMarchena of the Culinary Institute. Upon arrival, participants were greeted with a mimosa and a recipe booklet filled with the Mediterranean fare they would prepare. After mingling, the women broke off into four groups and headed into the main kitchen where their keepsake aprons and towels awaited them at their stations. Each group prepped, cooked and plated menu items for a family-style dinner after the cooking class. Whether the “job” was to chop, sauté, or roast— every participant became a professional chef for the day learning new techniques and recipes. DeMarchena demonstrated how to make fresh mozzarella, while Cook gave a detailed lesson on how to roll out fresh pasta and form potato gnocchi.

The entire afternoon wasn’t all business though, Monique Shelly Werby says that while “learning some new tricks and tips in the kitchen was helpful, the best part was the laughter and camaraderie shared among the women I was lucky enough to spend the day with.” After the cooking class, YAD ladies shed their aprons and enjoyed the fruits of their labor with a dinner paired with wine and good conversation. The afternoon was a resounding success and revitalized YAD women’s programming. Shikma Rubin notes that she “loved learning recipes like the Vegetable Moussaka and getting to know some of the other ladies.” The next event will be held Thursday, Sept. 1 and will be the first of its kind; Ladies’ Night In is the new laid back sister of Girls’ Night Out programming and will be hosted in a YADian home. This event will be Cocktails & Competition— women will bring a favorite game and YAD will mix favorite cocktails. For more information, contact Jasmine Amitay, UJFT development outreach and event coordinator, at

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Tzofim Friendship Caravan Israeli Scouts wow crowd with performance at JCC

Gaby Grune


couts were jumping and jiving, rhythmically rhyming, and moving as one to the beat of Israeli music, as well as to popular Disney tunes, when, for one hour on the evening of Tuesday, August 3, the Tzofim Friendship Caravan performed song and dance numbers and presented personal stories and games. Nearly 100 community members poured into the Simon Family JCC to join the fun. Each summer, the Tzofim Israeli scouts visit Hampton Roads to perform at the JCC and to build bonds with the local Jewish community. This year, as always, audience members participated. The scouts’ energy was infectious, and language was not a barrier. The audience easily picked up on the lyrics to the mostly Hebrew songs, and a mash up of songs from the hit movie Frozen had even the smallest audience members on their feet. In fact, everyone was up, dancing and singing along. The performance is more and more

impressive each year. And this year, a couple of children even joined the scouts on stage and sang, says Erika Eskenazi, Camp JCC director. For 40 years, the Tzofim Friendship Caravan has shared their musical talents with North America. Each caravan consists of 10 scouts and two leaders. The caravan is split into groups of five boys and five girls. To become a Tzofim Friendship Caravan scout in Israel is a competitive process. Scouts are chosen based on their English fluency, maturity, and talent in the performing arts. Each member goes through a series of auditions and interviews before being selected to train and rehearse for an entire year in North America. The mission of the Tzofim is clear: to tour in America to strengthen the relationship between Israeli and North American Jewry. While singing songs of joy, they promote brotherhood, tolerance and respect among people of all faiths, and form strong bonds of friendship between the Israeli youth and their American counterparts.

what’s happening Next year in Jerusalem—and Tsfat— and Tel Aviv—and the Golan— Federation plans Summer 2017 “B’Yachad” Israel Mission Amy Zelenka, UJFT missions director


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There will also be plenty of shared

ready for a mission unlike any

experiences for the entire group (like

this Federation has offered in the

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past, featuring men’s,

The mission will show-

women’s and joint

case today’s Israel—with

programming, AND a

its thriving arts and cul-

meet-up with the Young

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Leadership Hofheimer

high tech business sector.

mission participants for

But it will also bring par-

a closing celebration.

ticipants to the country’s

The Tidewater B’Yachad

touchstone sites, including

Israel Mission is open to

Jerusalem and the Kotel;

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the mystical city of Tsfat;

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the ancient fortress at

men and women. A fan-

Masada; and others.

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finalized, and participants will be

mission will come near its close, as

WOW’d by the new and exciting sites

the group meets up with Tidewater’s

to visit and speakers to hear from, as

young adults, whose Tom Hofheimer

well as those which are true “staples”

mission is timed to coincide with this

of Tidewater missions to Israel.

one. A community celebration will mark the culmination of the trip,

June 11–June 19, 2017

with a true L’Dor V’Dor message and

The United Jewish Federation of


Tidewater will bring a community mis-

Cost for the B’Yachad Mission is

sion to Israel. Designed for first timers,

$3,750 per person (land only, does not

as well as those who’ve been to Israel

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many times, this unique multi-track

a minimum of 20 participants. The

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price will decrease if the group size

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increases. Pricing is based on double

activities as: golf with Israeli business-

occupancy. Single (hotel) supplements

men on the beautiful Caesarea course;

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a meeting and tour of the Tel Aviv

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Stock Exchange with its CEO; water

transportation, programming and

sports with Israeli youth through a

speakers, admission fees, security, all

Jewish Agency-sponsored program;

breakfasts, several lunches and din-

visiting Rafael Industries (manufactur-

ners. Price does not include upgrades,

ers of the Iron Dome defense system).

extensions, or tips.

The “women’s track” will feature

Interested in learning more about

hands-on workshops with Israeli art-

the mission? Contact Amy Zelenka

ists and clothing designers; a wine

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tasting at a boutique winery; and a

pastry workshop with artesian bakers.

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what’s happening UJFT Campaign kickoff features

Ambassador Dennis Ross Tuesday, September 20, 5:45 pm Sandler Center for the Performing Arts (Israel today with Dennis Ross follows at 7 pm) we free to abandon it.…” In other words, there is still more work to be done; more dollars to raise; and more lives to improve. The Annual Campaign kickoff is meant to engage and inspire community mem-

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bers to support or renew their support for the Campaign and the community. Dollars

Sunday, August 21, 1–4 pm, Simon Family JCC outdoor water park, free

raised each year are put to work through beneficiary agencies at home and overseas, to meet today’s immediate needs, and to secure a Jewish future. Campaign kickoff will take place immediately prior to the appearance of Ambassador Ross at 7:30 pm. This later

Dennis Ross

event kicks off UJFT’s Community Relations Madeline Budman



ee what the Simon Family JCC’s Kids Connection program is all about for the upcoming school year. Parents will learn about the enrichment program, which provides children pre-K through sixth grade with transportation to and from school, homework help, swim lessons and more opportunities. Parents may also tour the learning space while children enjoy a bounce house, poolside fun, mini golf and back-to-school arts and crafts. This free party is open to the community. Call 321-2342 for more information.

he United Jewish Federation of

Council’s, Simon Family JCC’s, and community partners’ 6th annual Israel Today series, in collaboration with Virginia Beach Forum.

Campaign with an evening of education

speak to the upcoming U.S. Presidential

Hampton Roads Diversity and Inclusion Consortium quarterly meeting

and inspiration.

election, his own decades of experience

September 15, 9–11 am, Sandler Family Campus, free

Tidewater will kickoff its 2017 Annual

This year’s kickoff reception will fea-

Ross’ remarks during the Forum will

with postings spanning the administrations


he United Jewish Federation

from speakers, network and learn

ture former U.S. peace negotiator and

of five U.S. presidents, both Democrat and

diplomatic adviser, Ambassador Dennis

Republican, and highlights from his latest

the next Hampton Roads

organizations more inclusive.

Ross. Free and open to all members of the

book, Doomed to Succeed: The US–Israel

Diversity and Inclusion

HRDIC programming is con-

Jewish community, the event will be an

Relationship from Truman to Obama.

Consortium quarterly

ducted in partnership with the

intimate, kosher cocktail reception on the

Complimentary tickets for the 7:30 pm

of Tidewater will host

strategies and skills to make their

meeting. The HRDIC pro-

Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, an 81-year-

very stage from which Ross will address

Israel Today event are available to the first

vides organizations with

a wider community audience, afterwards.

100 individuals who RSVP for Campaign

opportunities to share

Kickoff participants will have the chance

kickoff (as this article goes to press, 50

ideas, resources, and lessons learned

that works with schools, businesses and

to hear from Ambassador Ross, up close

complimentary tickets are left). These tick-

to embrace diversity and build inclusive

communities to achieve success through

and personal.

ets will be available at the sign-in table at


inclusion. VCIC will facilitate the Sept.

Annual Campaign Kick-Off celebrates the start of a new campaign year. It also brings campaign donors together to thank

Campaign kickoff, but RSVP prior to the event is required. Call Patty Malone at 757-965-6115 or

them and to illustrate some of the many

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October that brings together more

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what’s happening Robert Gillette to open Jewish Book Council’s season on the Peninsula

Community Relations Council and Simon Family JCC join to expand Israel Today series

Sunday, September 11, 7 pm,

Kickoff event with Ambassador Dennis Ross in collaboration with Virginia Beach Forum

United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula

Tuesday, September 20, 7:30 pm Sandler Center for the Performing Arts


obert Gillette will speak about his young adult book, Escape to Virginia, in the first event of the Jewish Book Council’s 2016–2017 season. Escape to Virginia tells the true story of how Richmond department store magnate William Thalhimer helped Jews escape the Holocaust by bringing them to Virginia to live and work on a farm near Burkeville. The story focuses on two teenagers, Eva Jacobsohn and Werner “Töpper” Angress, who after being expelled from school and finding more and more professions closed to them, turned to the Gross Breesen Institute to study agriculture, along with other Jewish students, in the hope of emigrating and finding new lives as farmers. Even with Thalhimer’s assistance, leaving Germany was not simple and Eva and Töpper experience a number of harrowing events before they end up in Virginia. Gillette tells the story of how these two teenagers

Robert Gillette

eventually triumph over the horrors of their emotional torture and exile to build new lives in America. Originally from Connecticut, Gillette and his wife Marsha live in Lynchburg, Va. He spent 40 years as a public school educator and is the author of two other books, Paddling Prince Edward Island and The Virginia Plan: William B. Thalhimer and a Rescue From Nazi Germany. Escape to Virginia will be for sale during the event. Gillette’s appearance is made possible through the Jewish Book Council and is co-sponsored by Temple Sinai and the UJCVP. The program is free and open to all. UJCVP is located at 401 City Center Blvd. in Newport News. For more information, call 757-930-1422.

negotiator, who has played a leading role in shaping American policy in the Middle East for more than a generation. Following Ross, in October, the CRC and Simon Family JCC, along with community partners, will welcome Israeli artist Neta Levi who will showcase her work in the Leon Family Art Gallery and offer family and adult workshops. In November, the series continues with a visit from Avi Melamed, Middle East expert, educator, and strategic intelligence analyst, in partnership with the Simon Family JCC’s Lee and Bernard Jaffe* Family Jewish Book

Dennis Ross

Festival. The programming continues with Robin Mancoll

ists—a lineup that is sure to make the 6th


he Simon Family JCC’s Cultural Arts department and the Community


Sunday, August 21, 5:30 pm, Beth Sholom Village

he “Club 50” is a celebration of Brith Sholom’s members who are married for 50 years or more. This year, 36 couples have reached or exceeded the 50 years. In fact, one couple has been married 65 years. According to Bud and Leyba Blumenthal, who have been married 55 years, the secret to a long union is “never have a headache at the same time.” Joseph and Ruth Goldberg, who are married for 61 years, offer this advice: “It helps to enjoy the same things, to communicate with each other, to have no secrets, and try to be each other’s best friend and then if there is a disagreement, end it with ‘yes dear, you’re right!!’” Harvey and Harriett Eluto say, “Our religious values have seen us through joy and sadness in our 52 years of marriage.” And then there’s Jerry and GiGi Epstein, who have been married for 62 years who proclaim, “We fight all the time.” For more information about the event, contact LeeAnne Mallory, secretary, Brith Sholom Centerof Virginia, Inc. at 757-461-1150 or

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annual Israel Today series the best yet. The CRC’s mission is to motivate, edu-

Relations Council of the United Jewish

cate, and advocate and Israel Today has

Federation of Tidewater are combining

successfully done so by engaging both the

resources to create an expanded Israel

Jewish community and the community at

Today series.

large, including a wide demographic of

The Israel Today of 2016-2017 aims

Brith Sholom to hold annual “Club 50 Dinner”

Israeli dancers, vocalists, chefs and art-

teens, college students and adults. This

to be both a source of information and

year, the goal of the CRC and the Simon

an opportunity to experience Israel from

Family JCC is to tap into the communi-

a variety of perspectives. The series will

ty’s interests to spark engagement with

continue to offer area synagogues, agen-

Israel in the most impactful and relat-

cies, organizations and donors the ability

able platform to each individual and the

to come together to learn, experience and


support Israel. Kicking off the 6th annual Israel Today

Learn more about the 2016–2017 Israel Today series, the visiting experts and

series in collaboration with the Virginia

artists, buy tickets or reserve seats, and

Beach Forum, is Ambassador Dennis Ross,

more, at

a scholar, skilled diplomat and seasoned

or by calling 757-965-6107.

what’s happening

Star Trek night at Temple Israel Saturday, August 20, 7:30 pm Temple Israel will celebrate the 50th

Elie Bar Adon

anniversary of The Man Trap, the first


Star Trek episode aired, with a Star

still do, but the Beatles no longer

tary donations to defray refreshment

ulturally, what has happened in 50 years? Fifty years ago, people

were listening to the Beatles, and perform. F Troop no longer mans its outpost in TV-country, and McHale’s Navy no longer patrols the South Pacific. But a few survivors continue

End of Summer Shabatt 2015

to delight audiences, and none


alien as another creature

is the first of the 2017 Campaign

the community and enjoy a celebration

with whom to strive to develop good

together at the pool.

relations. With a Spock-delivered mind

While families eat and lounge by the,


against Hitler and Nazism. For those who prefer


meld, it was possible to understand


each other and enter into a fruitful

front desk, or by calling 757-321-2338.


Simon Family JCC’s outdoor water park,

Early bird tickets, purchased by

“Star Trek reflects so many Jewish

games will be held in the pool for adults

August 23, are $8 for kids ages 3–12 and

themes,” Temple Israel’s Rabbi Michael

and kids alike. Fun cool off activities

$12 for adults. After August 23, prices

Panitz says. “Moses teaches us to love

include a beer dive and a coin dive in

rise to $10 and $15, respectively.

the stranger. David tells us to seek

the pool. And new this year, is the first-

The pool party and games begin at

peace and pursue it. Isaiah tells us to

ever Summer Shabbat pie eating contest.

5 pm, with Shabbat blessings and dinner

look forward to a day when nations

In addition to pie, there will of course

at 6 pm.

will not lift up sword against nation.

be summer barbecue classics such as a

Make sure to stick around until

chicken dinner (nuggets for the kids),

6:40 pm, when the all-ages pie-eating

black bean salad, corn on the cob, and

contest starts.

adult beverages.

Contact Jasmine Amitay, Development

Last year, more than 100 attended the

Outreach and Event coordinator, at

Shabbat dinner and pool party, and this or 757-965-6138 with

year, JCC and YAD hope for even more.


the large-screen television in Sandler

dealing with the struggle

nity to gather together the families in

popular ones from previous years.

continue with a Star Trek marathon on

City on the Edge of Forever,

he End of Summer Shabbat dinner



all Star Trek episodes, The

Trek’s staying power? In

Trek taught to regard the



airing of the most beloved of

What accounts for Star

and Pool Party is an excellent opportu-



evening will conclude with an

a century ago.

Bug Eyed Monsters, Star

exciting activities are on tap, along with


those themes will be shown. The

August 20, 1966, exactly half

The End of the Summer Shabbat Dinner

year, and to kick it off, several new and


Havdalah under the stars, and then

Jewish teachings, and clips from

Trek. Its original airing was

an era regarding aliens as Madeline Budman

costs will be accepted at the door.

to suggest which episodes reflect

the human future than Star

UJFT’s YAD and the Simon Family JCC’s End of Summer Shabbat Dinner and Pool Party Friday, August 26, 5 pm

community and is free, although volun-

Hall. Participants are encouraged

with greater optimism regarding

End of Summer Shabbat to be filled with friends, food and fun

Trek night. The program is open to the

In the Star Trek universe, we need to approach the stranger in empathy, and

acting to sitting and watching, there will be an opportunity to act out scenes of an original Star Trek screenplay, originally written for this past Hannukah. The Enterprise is in mortal danger, its “dilithium” crystals denatured! But wait! There is a “dilithium” powered menorah on board. Will Scottie and Spock be able to restart the engines in time? August 20 is two days past full moon, and during the evening, participants will be able to enjoy moonrise, scanning celestial neighbors through

be ready to go the extra parsec for

a telescope with spectacular views of

the sake of peace. The entire earth is

the craters, lunar maria and rocky high-

united in a single, peaceful society, and

lands. According to Rabbi Panitz, “The

so we can reach out to the far quad-

Heavens declare the glory of God.”

rants of the galaxy.” | August 15, 2016 | Jewish News | 49

what’s happening

Calendar August 18, Thursday Dr. Adolfo Roitman curator of the Dead Sea Scrolls of the Shrine of the Book in Jerusalem will conducting a lecture at Thalia Lynn Baptist Church entitled: Understanding the Scrolls. This lecture is free and open to the public. 7 pm. 757-499-0557. August 21, Sunday Kids Connection Welcome Back party. 1–4 pm, Simon Family JCC. 757-321-2342. See page 46. August 26, Friday End of Summer Shabbat Dinner & Pool Party at the Simon Family JCC. Simon Family JCC and Young Adult Division of the UJFT’s fun, annual end of summer Shabbat pool party. Open swim, games, blessings, casual dinner, adult beverages and a pie-eating contest. Discounted tickets until August 23: $8 Child (ages 3–12); $12 Adult. Regular price will be $10 per child; $15 per adult. 5 pm. 757-321-2338. See page 49. August 30, Tuesday 28th Annual Hebrew Academy of Tidewater Konikoff Center of Learning Golf Tournament. Bayville Golf Club. Registration 10:30 am. Tee Off 12 noon, Shotgun start. To register or sponsor, contact: Patti Seeman, director of development, 757-424-4327, or on-line at

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Iota Gamma Phi plans reunion Sunday, September 11, 11:30 am to 3 pm Cavalier Golf & Yacht Club


isters of Iota Gamma Phi are planning a reunion to “connect with sisters from years past.” To RSVP, send a check for $35 to: Pearl Taylor, P.O. Box 56556, Virginia Beach, VA 23456. A check secures a reservation.

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September 18, Sunday NFL Punt, Pass & Kick Competition at the Simon Family JCC. 1–3 pm. For boys and girls ages 6–15, this competition is the first step to advancing sectionally, regionally and perhaps all the way to an NFL stadium for a national competition. Free. Sign up at For more information, email, or call 757-321-2308. September 20, Tuesday Israel Today with Ambassador Dennis Ross, Doomed to Succeed: The U.S.-Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama and the potential impact of the 2016 U.S. presidential election on foreign policy, presented by the Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, Simon Family JCC, and community partners, in collaboration with the Virginia Beach Forum. Tickets $40, $10 for students, at www.VABeachForum. com or 757.385.2787 or visit See page 46

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WHO Knew? Alden Ehrenreich tapped as new Han Solo for Star Wars prequel


ewish actor Alden Ehrenreich will play a young Han Solo for a Star Wars prequel about the early life of one of the series’ most beloved characters. Ehrenreich, 26, was introduced at the Star Wars Celebration Europe event in London, E! News reported. Rumors floated two months ago that the Los Angeles actor would be cast in the role. He has appeared in numerous films, most recently playing a hick star in western films in the Coen Brothers’ Hail Caesar. He also appeared in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. Ehrenreich’s big Hollywood break came 12 years ago when he made a movie screened at the ceremony of a friend’s


bat mitzvah, according to the Daily Beast. Although Ehrenreich later described the film as “a piece of s***,” director Steven Spielberg, whose daughter Sasha was friends with the bat mitzvah, was in the synagogue and was impressed. In January, four other Jewish actors— Logan Lerman, Dave Franco, Ansel Elgort and Emory Cohen—made the shortlist of those under consideration for the starring role, according to a list published by Variety. Harrison Ford, now 73, played the character in the original Star Wars movies. The prequel, which as yet is untitled, is scheduled to be released by Disney in theaters in May 2018. (JTA)

Israeli driver on track to make NASCAR history

lon Day could make history as the first Israeli to drive in a NASCAR national series race. Day, a 24-year-old from Ashdod, Israel, was poised to make his debut in the NASCAR Xfinity Series on Aug. 13 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, USA Today reported. The Xfinity Series is NASCAR’s second-tier league, behind only the Sprint Cup Series. According to USA Today, Day’s next opportunity to make his Xfinity Series debut would be Aug. 27 at the Road America course in Plymouth, Wisconsin. USA Today noted that it is not known whether NASCAR has ever featured a Jewish driver in one of its top leagues. Day, who now lives in Tel Aviv, was one of 11 drivers selected to the NASCAR Next program in May. The program is designed to develop and promote the sport’s upcoming stars. Since Israel is not a center for motor sports, Day got his start as a teenager in Go Kart racing. For the past two years he has raced in NASCAR’s European circuit, the Whelen Euro Series. As USA Today reports, Day’s NASCAR

NYPD officers help Jewish man with wedding proposal


hree New York Police Department police officers staged a fake traffic stop as part of a wedding proposal. The officers stopped Yehuda Coriat, 22, and his girlfriend, Sorah Oppen, 20, in the borough of Queens last month, the New York Post reported. They accused Coriat of carrying drugs and weapons in the car and questioned Oppen about her boyfriend before ordering her to get out of the car and open the trunk, according to the newspaper. When Oppen opened the trunk balloons flew out, and Coriat dropped on one knee and proposed, the Post reported. A friend named Yoel Tyrnauer

arranged the ruse, Oppen told the Post. Oppen said Tyrnauer was a member of the Shomrim, a Jewish volunteer neighborhood watch group, and asked the police officers for a favor. Tyrnauer said he walked into the precinct “and tried my luck,” the Post reported. “I don’t know the cops. This whole thing has nothing to do with Shomrim.” In April, the city put its funding for the Shomrim on hold following the arrest of a former member in a $900,000 alleged bribery scheme involving gun permits. It is not known if the police officers, who wore uniforms, were on duty or off duty. (JTA)

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hopes were recently given a boost by a Jewish lawyer from Florida. NASCAR fan David Levin, 63, was watching a race in April when Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson gave an invocation and said that he hopes “we put a Jesus man in the White House.” Levin was offended by the comment, so he reached out to the MBM Motorsports racing team. The Xfinity Series team offered Day a spot. “Jewish kids want to have a sports role model,” Levin told USA Today. “This is something where the Jewish community should step up to the plate.” (JTA)

Wedding Ariella Weiss and Jacob Epstein on their marriage. Ariella is the daughter of Edie Weiss of Virginia Beach, and Dr. Howard Weiss, of Denver, Colorado. Jacob is the son of Dr. William and Vickie Epstein of Blacksburg, Virginia. The wedding was officiated by Rabbi Marc Kraus of Temple Emanuel on Sunday, July 3, 2016 at Marina Shores in Virginia Beach. Also attending were the grandparents of the bride, Jack and Ruth Appel of Marlboro, New Jersey and Natalie Weiss of West Orange, New Jersey, as well as the grandmother of the Groom, Bobbi Epstein of Blacksburg, Virginia and Florida. The bride’s parents sponsored a Kiddush at Temple Emanuel following the joint Aufruf of the couple overseen by Rabbi Kraus on July 2. The couple resides in Arlington, Virginia.

Bar Mitzvah Benjamin Reed Saunders on becoming a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, September 17. Benjamin is the son of Stephanie and Jeff Saunders, brother to Carleigh Saunders, and grandson to Larry and Natalie Saunders of Virginia Beach, Marie Eardley and Murray Eckstein of Medford, N.J., and Robert Eardley of Myrtle Beach, S.C. In the fall, Benjamin will enter seventh grade at Cape Henry Collegiate School. Benjamin has been involved with baseball since he was five years old. During the last four years, he has played on various travel baseball teams as a pitcher and first baseman. When he’s not on the baseball field, he can be found on the golf course or enjoying a day of fishing on his kayak.

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obituaries Elsa C. Borman Norfolk—Elsa Carol Borman, 83, passed away July 25, 2016, in Norfolk, Virginia, where she had lived since 1975. She was born in Washington, DC, to the late Leo and Gertrude Pinkus. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the American University and a master’s degree in English from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute. She taught English in the public schools in New Jersey, Massachusetts, and most recently for the Norfolk and Virginia Beach school systems. After formal retirement, she taught English as a second language for over 10 years to older Soviet Jewish immigrants under the auspices of the Jewish Family Service. One hundred percent of her students passed the literacy test for their U.S. citizenship applications, and she received formal commendations from Temple Israel and JFS for her work. Elsa was much beloved by all who knew her for her cheerful disposition, her warmth, her vitality, and her love of learning. Elsa is survived by her husband of 56 years, Gerald Sanford Borman; her brother, Charles Pinkus; her sons Reuben L. Borman, Benjamin R. Borman, and Peretz I. Borman; three grandchildren; and nine nieces and nephews. A graveside funeral service was held at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Norfolk with Rabbi Michael Panitz officiating. H. D. Oliver Funeral Apts. Condolences may be left online at

Esther (Esta) Forstate Hallandale, Fla.—Esther (Esta) Forstate died June 19 in her home a few weeks into her 110th year. She was predeceased by her husband, siblings and all of her friends. A lady with attitude, she was sassy, stubborn and independent to the end. Esta will continue to provide the family links to the past in the form of her funny, witty stories of life in the good old days. She will remain in the family’s hearts as an inspiring bridge to the future. She will be lovingly remembered by her niece, Marcia, as well as by Burton Moss and the families of Marc Moss, Pam Blais, Gary Moss and Amy Levy. To quote from her optimistic and funny diary of quotations and pithy sayings, collected over her long life: “You must not take life too seriously—no matter how you handle it, you won’t get out of it alive!” Dr. Emanuel Michaels Norfolk—Dr. Emanuel “Manny” Michaels, DDS, age 86, passed away at the Beth Sholom Home in Virginia Beach on August 7, 2016 from complications arising from a stroke. He was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania to the late Erwin and Eva Michaels. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife and treasure of 43 years, Ada Rubin Michaels. Survivors include his loving children, Larry Michaels and wife Diana of Atlanta, Georgia, Dr. Hillary Michaels, Ph.D., of Alexandria, Virginia, and Gayle Michaels of Chicago, Illinois; his two beautiful granddaughters Elizabeth and

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of Dental Hygiene at Old Dominion University and authoring several resolutions to the ADA House of Delegates regarding dental health care for the underserved members of our community. Manny believed strongly in one’s duty to give back to society and was active in the community. He championed education and community health efforts and his community service was focused on initiatives that he believed in and where he felt he could make a difference. He was a member of the Vocational Education Advisory Council for the Norfolk Public Schools; a member of the State Board of Health for the Commonwealth of Virginia; a board member of the Eastern Virginia Health Systems Agency; a member of the City of Norfolk Health Advisory board, including chairman in 2006; a board member of the Norfolk Senior Center; a Highlight Docent for the Chrysler Museum; a mediator for the Better Business Bureau; the citizen member of the Disciplinary Committee for the Virginia State Bar Association; and a member of Rotary Club of Norfolk. He was an active member of Congregation Beth El for 57 years. Manny’s many interests included his family, his friendships, history, politics, reading, traveling, photography (he was never without a camera) and public service. Manny was a lifelong learner and was knowledgeable on a wide range of topics and always shared his insight and point of view. He believed that everyone should be actively involved in the world around us and he practiced what he preached. The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to the Ada R. Michaels Book Program at Congregation Beth El,; or a donation to either the Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia, http://, or the VCU School of Dentistry, The funeral took place at Congregation Beth El. Interment followed at Forest Lawn Cemetery. H. D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Norfolk Chapel. Online condolences may be made at

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oseph Wilf, a Polish-Jewish Holocaust survivor and founder of one of the country’s largest real estate development companies, has died at 91. He and his brother Harry founded the Wilf Family Foundation in 1964 and have since contributed over $200 million to Jewish causes. Joseph was a founder of the American Society for Yad Vashem, a U.S.-based fundraising arm for the Israeli Holocaust museum, and a benefactor behind the building of Yeshiva University’s Wilf campus in New York City. Wilf, the father of Minnesota Vikings owners Zygmunt “Zygi” Wilf and Mark Wilf, passed away August 3 at his home in Hillside, New Jersey, according to information released by his family. The cause of death was not specified. Wilf was born in Jaroslaw, Poland, in 1925. During World War II, he was deported with his brother and his parents to a Siberian work camp. They all survived but did not go back to Poland when anti-Semitic pogroms erupted there after the war. His sister Bella died in the Warsaw Ghetto. “There were only two Jews in my class in high school,” Wilf recalled in remarks during the groundbreaking for a new Holocaust museum at Israel’s Yad Vashem memorial in 2000. “We were totally isolated from the rest of the students. We were not allowed to participate in sports, no one ever talked to us and the teachers were distant. It was as if there was an organized boycott against the Jews.” He and his wife Elizabeth—known as Suzie—married in Germany in 1949. The Wilfs eventually migrated to the United States where he founded the Garden Homes real estate company, which has since built over 100 shopping centers and housing developments. Joseph Wilf’s many honors include the Louis Brandeis Humanitarian Award from the Zionist Organization of America and honorary degrees from Yeshiva University, Kean University and the Rabbinical College of America. Among the institutions and causes he supported were the former Jewish Federation of Central New

Jersey, United Jewish Appeal, Israel Bonds, The Jewish Museum, Park East Synagogue, Jewish Agency for Israel, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, and the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. “Despite discrimination and the horrors of the Holocaust, Joseph’s life and that of his extended family stand as eloquent testimony to the heroism and tenacity of the Jewish people,” read a statement issued by his family. In addition to his wife and and two sons, Wilf is survived by daughters-inlaw Audrey and Jane, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his son Sidney. Mark Wilf is a member of the board of directors of 70 Faces Media, JTA’s parent company. (JTA)

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Full house for bar mitzvah at Levy Chapel Rabbi Ellen Jaffe-Gill

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ommodore Levy Chapel at Norfolk Naval Station can be described as attractive, historic and well-appointed. What it usually isn’t, is crowded. That changed on Saturday, July 23, when more than 150 friends and relatives filled the chapel to the walls to celebrate Josh Burton’s bar mitzvah. Rabbi Ellen JaffeGill of Tidewater Chavurah and Cantor Aaron Sachnoff, former Josh Burton (in chair), with Scott Poteet and David Burton. program director at as a small child. He overcame those Levy Chapel, trained Josh in prayers and hurdles to become an avid consumer of Torah and led the Shabbat service. heavy metal music and hip-hop, a surfer Josh is the son of Lieutenant and a gamer. He delivered a d’var Torah Commander Eve Burton-Poteet, currently on Parshat Balak that drew chuckles assigned to the Naval Medical Center from the congregation. Active in Special Portsmouth as a Psychiatric Mental Health Olympics and a competitive speed skater, Nurse Practitioner. LCDR Poteet discovJosh welcomed many friends from the ered the chapel named for Commodore organization to the chapel. Uriah P. Levy (1792-1862) last year and The reading from Torah was an interattended High Holy Days services there, generational affair, with LCDR Poteet, her which Cantor Sachnoff led. An alumna mother, Ingrid Nelson, and Josh all chantof the University of Virginia, she knew ing from the scroll. the history of Commodore Levy well, After the service, the congregation as he saved Thomas Jefferson’s home, went up the street to the base’s Vista Point Monticello, from destruction. Center for a lively, DJ-driven lunch, at LCDR Poteet says she knew the pretty which Josh was not only lifted in a chair chapel was the right place for Josh’s bar in Jewish tradition with a traditional hora mitzvah and received permission from dance, but also carried around the large Command Chaplain Commander Vinson room by his friends and family. Miller for the service. Cantor Sachnoff “Josh is not only my son, but my introduced the Burton-Poteet family to hero,” says LCDR Poteet. “The child who Rabbi Jaffe-Gill so they would have a was told for years he couldn’t, wouldn’t, congregational home base at Tidewater shouldn’t—does. He never gives up, and Chavurah in absence of regular Shabbat he teaches all of us everyday to never give services at Levy Chapel. up on ourselves or others.” Josh is on the autism spectrum and was nonverbal and afraid of many sounds


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