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United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and Community Relations Council statement on proposed Iran Nuclear Deal
he United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and its Community Relations Council believe the proposed nuclear deal between Iran and world powers is cause for grave concern. We share the Administration’s goal of achieving a negotiated, peaceful solution to Iran’s nuclear activities. We support the efforts of the United States and its allies to arrive at a diplomatic solution, and we are grateful for their efforts. But the proposed agreement, as it currently stands, has significant flaws: • The proposed deal does not ensure “anytime, anywhere” short-notice inspections; • The proposed deal is unclear as to what extent Iran must come clean on its prior nuclear work, nor does it specify explicit consequences for Iran if the International Atomic Energy Association is unsatisfied; • The proposed deal lifts sanctions as soon as the agreement commences, rather than gradually as Iran demonstrates sustained adherence to the agreement; • The proposed deal lifts key restrictions in as few as eight years; • The proposed deal only delays critical aspects of Iran’s nuclear ambitions,
Contents UpFront . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Briefs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Torah Thought . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Iran Nuclear Deal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Election 2016 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Virginia Beach Republicans say “No!” to hate speech . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Tom Hofheimer Young Leadership Mission to Israel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Global anti-Semitism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Pollard’s fight to travel to Israel . . . . . . . 21 The Nosher. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 OST begins new lifetime learning initiative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
thus acknowledging or even affirming Iran’s place as a threshold nuclear state; • The proposed deal would disconnect and store centrifuges in an easily reversible manner, but it requires no dismantlement of centrifuges or any Iranian nuclear facility. The Iranian regime has clearly stated and acted on its desire to wipe Israel off the map by providing potentially devastating and increasingly sophisticated, accurate and powerful missile technology to Hezbollah in Lebanon. Its intentions were also apparent at a recent public rally calling for Israel’s destruction. Leaders from across the Israeli political spectrum, from Labor Party head Yitzhak Herzog to Prime Minister Netanyahu, have expressed grave concerns about the proposed deal and what it could mean for Israel’s security. In the very short term, experts agree that lifting sanctions on Iran will mean a boon for Hamas and Hezbollah. This is a defining moment. As Americans, as Jews and as people who love and support Israel, we are deeply concerned that this agreement leaves the Middle East and the global community less stable and more vulnerable to Iran’s radical
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Briefs After Trainwreck shooting, Amy and Charles Schumer join for gun control U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer of New York joined with his cousin, comedian Amy Schumer, to launch a campaign for gun control. At a news conference at the senator’s office in Manhattan on Monday, August 3, Amy Schumer said she agreed to his request for the campaign, dubbed “Schumer and Schumer, Enough is Enough,” in the wake of the July 23 shooting in Lafayette, La., during a screening of her film Trainwreck. Two people were killed and nine were injured. “I’m not sure why this man chose this movie to end these two beautiful lives and injure nine others, it’s very personal for me,” said Amy Schumer, who stars in and wrote the movie. “Unless something is done and done soon, dangerous people will continue to get their hands on guns.” The Louisiana gunman, John Russell Houser, was known for espousing misogyny and anti-Semitism on the Internet and call-in radio. Schumer’s film has been presented as a feminist comedy. Both Schumers are Jewish. At the news conference, Senator Schumer, a Democrat, said he plans to introduce legislation that would offer incentives to states to share histories of domestic violence and mental problems with the Justice Department, which administers background checks for gun purchasers. It would also fund mental health care. Houser had a history of domestic violence and had been institutionalized. Houser, who killed himself as police moved in, legally purchased his gun last year. ( JTA) Air France ‘deeply regrets’ map snafu omitting Israel Air France said it “deeply regrets” the technical problems that omitted Tel Aviv and Jerusalem from in-flight map displays that showed Gaza and the West Bank. On Monday, August 3, Air France wrote on its official Twitter account that it “deeply regrets this incident. It is due to a map scale and display problem which is currently being resolved.” The message was a reply to
Twitter users who demanded an explanation for Israel’s absence from the map. The airliner’s tweet followed a query sent by the Simon Wiesenthal Center regarding photos of English- and Frenchlanguage flight path displays that were taken between New York and Paris. The English-language map named Cyprus, Lebanon, the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan and three Egyptian cities. The French-language one listed additionally the Black Sea, Turkey and the Turkish city of Mersin, as well as Syria and its cities of Aleppo and Homs. In addition to Israel, the maps displayed parts of Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Ukraine without listing them. Israel’s name is often absent from atlases, textbooks and official publications by firms seeking to avoid angering Arab consumers over Israel. “We are asked whether Air France has succumbed to the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) campaign to delegitimize the Jewish State by literally wiping it off the map,” Shimon Samuels, director of international relations for the Simon Wiesenthal Center, wrote in his letter to Air France CEO Frederic Gagey. (JTA)
Shabbat meal at European Maccabi Games sets Guinness record A Shabbat meal at the European Maccabi Games broke a Guinness World Record. Some 2,322 Jewish men and women gathered for a meal held by ChabadLubavitch at the games in Berlin, making it the largest Shabbat meal ever. The gathering broke the mark of 2,226 set in June 2014 at an event hosted by White City Shabbat, a Tel Aviv organization that hosts and coordinates Shabbat meals. That meal also was co-sponsored by Chabad-Lubavitch. (JTA) Study: N.Y., Boston and Miami are America’s 3 most Jewish cities New York, Boston and Miami are the three most Jewish cities per capita in the country, according to a new analysis of data gathered last year by the Public Religion Research Institute. Eight percent of New York City residents
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are Jewish, followed by Boston at 6 percent and Miami at 5 percent, according to the data. Philadelphia and San Francisco each are 4 percent Jewish, and Chicago and Washington are 3 percent Jewish. Nationally, 2 percent of all Americans are Jewish, according to the study. Los Angeles, which by raw numbers is believed to house the country’s second-largest urban Jewish population, is just 2 percent Jewish. Ranked by state, New York and New Jersey tie as the most Jewish, with 6 percent of residents of both states counted as Jews. Next are Massachusetts (5 percent) and Maryland (3 percent), followed by California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Vermont each with 2 percent. Ranked by region, the Northeast is 4 percent Jewish; the Midwest, South and West each are 1 percent Jewish. The analysis is based on data collected in some 52,741 telephone interviews conducted in 2014 as part of the Public Religion Research Institute’s American Values Atlas. Overall, the largest urban religious group is Catholics, who are No. 1 or tied for the top spot in 15 of America’s top 30 metropolitan areas. Religiously unaffiliated make up the top “religious group” in 10 of those metro areas, and white evangelical Protestants are the plurality in six of the major metro areas. Atlanta is the only major metro area with a different group at the top: black Protestants. Nationwide, Nashville, Tennessee, has the largest percentage of a single religious group, with 38 percent of all residents identifying as white evangelical Protestant. The least religious city appears to be Portland, Or., where 42 percent of respondents identified as religiously unaffiliated. Two percent of the city’s residents are Jews. (JTA)
Cousin of Michelle Obama to serve as ‘black chief rabbi’ Rabbi Capers Funnye of Chicago was nominated to become what an international organization is calling the first “black chief rabbi” of the 21st century. A statement from the International Israelite Board of Rabbis declared that Funnye would serve as the “titular head
of a worldwide community of Black Jews.” Along with the United States, the community has branches in the Caribbean, South Africa, Uganda and Nigeria. Funnye, a cousin of first lady Michelle Obama, is expected to officially assume his duties in the fall. His nomination was unanimous; Funnye ran unopposed. The position has been vacant since the 1999 death of Rabbi Levi ben Levy. Funnye is the spiritual leader of the Beth Shalom Bnai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation and the only black rabbi on the Chicago Board of Rabbis. He was ordained by the Israelite Rabbinical Academy in New York by one of the mainstream Jewish branches. His goal as chief rabbi is to build closer ties with the Ethiopian Jewish community that was transplanted to Israel, the International Israelite Board said. The Black Hebrew Israelites are not recognized as Jews by the mainstream Jewish community. Funnye converted to Judaism, the Chicago Tribune reported. He has traveled to Israel to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (JTA)
German to be taught in Israeli schools Israeli public schools will introduce a German-language elective for ninth-graders. The program will start in five schools, the German-language Israelnetz online news agency reported. Israeli and German officials signed a Joint Declaration of Intent to enable official exams to be administered and German language certificates awarded that will be recognized in Israeli and German institutions of higher education. Udo Michallik, an education official in Germany, said the program “shows—and it’s not to be taken for granted—how much the diplomatic relations between Germany and Israel have deepened in 50 years of dialogue and exchange.” Germany and Israel are marking the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations this year with events in both countries. (JTA)
Introducing Deuteronomy: A distinctive Jewish voice
e are now near the beginning of our annual rereading of Sefer Devarim, the Book of Deuteronomy. Engaged Jews agree that the Bible presents a clear and distinct message: that there is One God, Creator of all, Who reaches out to all of us, and Who has become known to our people, Israel, throughout the course of our unique history. As Jews, we know God from our Bible as the One Who has rescued us from Egyptian slavery, given us a covenant and taken us to our Promised Land. But there is a difference between unity and uniformity. The Thirteen Colonies could unite in their resolve to cast off the rule of King George III, but they were clearly not unanimous with respect to the new country or countries they wished to erect. Deuteronomy is an integral part of the Chumash. But are its teachings unanimous with those of the other four of the Five Books of Moses? On this point, Orthodox and non-Orthodox Jewish scholars disagree. Non-Orthodox readers point to many distinct messages seen only in Deuteronomy, not in the first four books. Orthodox readers devote great ingenuity to harmonizing those messages with the other books’ teachings. I respect the intellectual effort to defend the sanctity of the Bible. But in my world view, seeing the distinctness of Deuteronomy is not an attack on the holiness of Scripture. God spoke to many prophets, and each reported the message in his or her own distinct voice. To hear this kind of distinctness in the various subsections of the Chumash only reminds me that the Chumash is like the other parts of the Bible, with every voice in the choir worthy of being heard distinctly.
In Deuteronomy, and only in Deuteronomy (chapter 12), we are commanded to bring our sacrifices not on any high hill or under any resplendent tree, but only at one divinely chosen place. Six centuries after Moses, during the reign of King Josiah, we achieved this centralization of worship in Jerusalem. Jews have a worldwide capital, Jerusalem, and Deuteronomy is the first Biblical source pointing to that crucial reality. In Deuteronomy, we hear a persistent humanitarian voice, often reinterpreting laws that we had first heard elsewhere. To cite just a few of many examples of this: Exodus (chapter 20) tells us to rest on the Sabbath, and so does Deuteronomy (chapter 5). But the Exodus passage explains resting on the Sabbath as a way to emulate God, Who rested on the seventh day of creation. On the other hand, Deuteronomy connects our Sabbath rest to the liberation from slavery in Egypt, and makes it more explicit that the purpose of the day of rest is to allow our male and female servants to rest along with the more fortunate among us. Again, Exodus 21 allows the institution of indentured servitude, reforming the practice of other ancient nations to preserve the life and limb of the servant. But it envisions that the servant will leave after six years, no further payment being given by the owner. In Deuteronomy 15, however, the owner is admonished, “Do not let him go empty. Furnish him liberally from your flock, your threshing floor and your winepress.…” It is in Deuteronomy, and not elsewhere, that we learn of the dignity of the impoverished borrower. The lender may not go into his home to take the collateral, but must allow the borrower to keep the dignity of his private quarters, and to bring the pledge out to the lender (Deuteronomy 24:10-11). I see this humanitarianism as a clear and beautiful development within Judaism during the many centuries of the Biblical era. What so many of us prize about our religion achieved its distinctive voice for the first time in Deuteronomy. To encounter the first flowering of this characteristically Jewish world-view is inspiring. —Rabbi Michael Panitz, Temple Israel
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IRAN nuclear Deal Opinion
Next year in Tehran by Rabbi Rosalin Mandelberg
ooking for a locale for your next vacation? How about Iran? Seriously, a quick Google search will lead you to discover that Iran is and has been listed in the top 20 tourist destinations for the past two years. No longer difficult to obtain a visa or direct flights from major American cities to Tehran, you can explore the grandeur of the Persian Empire in the ruins of gorgeous Shiraz. At the Friday Bazaar, a pop-up marketplace that features hundreds of vendors in a four-story concrete parking lot, you can shop the most traditional faction of merchants selling antique wares ranging from tarnished silverware and chipped porcelain to Curtis Mayfield LPs, or, just alongside their stalls, you can check out the young and progressive artists, who display their brightly colored handcrafts. You can go skiing in the Tochal ski resort, which features one of the world’s highest and longest tele-cabin lifts, traversing four miles, and reaching its 13,000-foot summit. You can visit the Caspian Sea in the North, where it is cool and temperate, or go South to the Strait of Hormuz, where the weather is tropical. Indeed, as the news of the completed deal with Iran over its nuclear program has been announced, I have heard people who I love and respect look forward to normalized relations with Iran, to the possibilities of increased tourism and commerce, to the good will an affirmative vote from Congress would generate with the Iranian people. Comparing our relationship with Iran to that of our association with Cuba, they say that Congress’ rejection of the deal would be disastrous to our relationship with Iran and they predict that only good can come from entering into this agreement. “Iran would never actually use a nuclear weapon,” they say, “it’s just for political posturing. Besides, Iran is tired of being a pariah and wants to be in favor with the world. And, finally, Iran is the best-positioned country in the region to take on ISIS and defeat it. They could be our allies in this critical endeavor.” You know I am an idealist, that
rabbi-types like me, live in the world of the ideal and share with you a vision of life as it should and could be, rather than as it is. So I wish, from the bottom of my heart, that I could believe as they do, that this deal will herald a new world—almost the fulfillment of the messianic vision of the lion lying down with the lamb. But I cannot. I just don’t have that much faith. I’m too pragmatic; I’m too afraid. After all, Castro does not chant threats of “death to the United States” and “death to Israel.” And not only does the Iranian government threaten death to us and our greatest ally in the Middle East, but also it continues to be the number one exporter of terrorism in the world, funding every rogue terror group from Hamas and Hezbollah (whose missile arsenal is entirely supplied by Iran); to Assad in Syria; to the Houthis in Yemen; to its proxies in South America, just to name a few. Like all rational human beings, diplomacy is the preferred course of action in deterring Iran’s nuclear ambitions. No one wants to go to war with Iran for myriad reasons, not the least of which is that they have an endless supply of young men whom they would be willing to sacrifice (as they did in their decade long war with Iraq). But the reality is that we have been trying diplomacy with Iran for more than 20 years and the only thing that succeeded in getting them to the negotiating table were severe economic sanctions, all of which would be lifted by December 2015, just five months away. What we are talking about in dollars and cents is an influx of $150 billion dollars that could be used to fund whatever the current regime chooses, and, if their past spending habits are any indication, they wouldn’t be using it to build roads, schools, and hospitals. That is only one of the reasons that the deal on the table is such a bad deal—that it would allow Iran to fund terrorism on a much grander scale than anything we’ve seen to date. By the way, Hezbollah is estimated to have 60–100,000 missiles in its weapons cache, many of them much better able to reach specific targets in Israel, and all of them supplied by Iran.
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Here are the other reasons this deal is such a bad deal for America, for Israel, for our traditional Sunni allies in the Middle East, like Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Egypt and for the entire Western world and the Jewish and Christian civilization we cherish: For one, rather than diminish the likelihood of war, it would increase it. There is no way that a nuclear-armed Iran would not precipitate an arms race. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Turkey have already said, “If Iran has a nuclear weapon, we want one.” And even if the big countries do not use these weapons as anything more than a deterrent, the rogue elements within these countries will have the technology from their parent-state, Iran, further destabilizing an already religiously torn, violent, and volatile region of the world. People are already killing each other with conventional weapons in the name of God; can you imagine what would happen if they could kill each other, in God’s name, in the shadow of nuclear annihilation!?! Secondly, while the deal asks Iran to put its uranium and plutonium enrichment on hold and to use only one of its centrifuges for energy production, the International Atomic Energy Agency cannot do spot check, anytime, anywhere inspections. Instead, they are required to give twentyfour day notice, giving Iran plenty of time to remove any evidence of violations. Having broken so many agreements in the past, Iran will be free to operate as it pleases with no oversight. Thirdly, the deal allows for most of Iran’s extensive nuclear infrastructure to remain intact. No centrifuges or nuclear facilities need be dismantled. According to this deal: 1. In five years, the UN Arms Embargo against Iran will be lifted and Iran will be able to obtain any conventional weapons it desires. 2. In eight years, Iran will be able to obtain any rocket technology that exists in the world. 3. And in fifteen years, Iran is free to pursue its nuclear program without any restrictions.
According to the current terms, all Iran needs to do is wait out the world. The deal is not subject to compliance, but rather upon reaching milestones on the calendar. Since economic sanctions would be lifted immediately, what incentive is there for Iran to comply anyway? The fate of the world is now in the hands of the United States Congress. As our country did in the past, now is the time to again be world leaders. We have two months to prevail upon our elected officials to demand a good deal for us, for Israel and for the world. I urge you to call your congressmen and senators and let them know that you want a deal with Iran, but you want it to be a good deal, a deal which requires five things: 1. Inspections and verification, by the International Atomic Energy Agency, anytime, anywhere. 2. A full explanation from Iran of it weaponization efforts to date, so we know how close they really are to obtaining a nuclear weapon. 3. Gradual, rather than immediate sanctions relief, so that Iran earns its economic freedoms through compliance. 4. The blocking of its conventional and nuclear weapons programs for decades not five, eight or fifteen years. 5. And finally, the dismantlement of its nuclear infrastructure so that it has no path to a nuclear weapon. I know this sounds like Netanyahu’s party line, but lest you think that it is only Bibi and the Conservatives in Israel who think this is a bad deal, 78% of Israelis believe this deal endangers their country. Israeli Opposition Leader, Isaac “Bougie” Herzog said: “I think it is bad for Israel. [Netanyahu and myself] will certainly cooperate when it comes to the security of Israel. As an Israeli patriot, this deal is dangerous.…[Lifting sanctions will] immediately give Iran a lot of money and resources, which will reach our enemies at our borders. Now Iran is out of the cage and will become a regional tiger.” Yesh Atid’s Leader and Opposition Member, the liberal Yair Lapid, said, “I will continue fighting to the last minute so that
IRAN nuclear Deal the whole world and the U.S. Congress understand that lifting sanctions without changing the issue of inspections would be wrong.” And finally, Former Prime Minister and Labor Party member Ehud Barak said, “This agreement gives Iran the legitimacy to become a threshold state, it gives her the option to choose when to start producing a nuclear weapon, not without risks, it enables Iran to evade the financial stranglehold and to subsidize or support terror. In this aspect, this is a bad agreement.… Iran, which is following the footsteps of North Korea and Pakistan, will become in the coming decade a nuclear superpower.” AIPAC’s national director of Synagogue Initiative, Mark Waldman, wrote the following D’var Torah: “In this week’s double Torah portion, Matot-Masei, as the Nation of Israel stood at the entrance to the Promised Land, the tribes of Gad and Reuben approached Moses with an offer: ‘If we have found favor in your eyes, let this land be given to your servants for a possession; bring us not over the Jordan.’ Rather than enter and fight for the Holy Land, they wished to remain on the east bank of the Jordan River and inhabit the fertile lands that the nation had already conquered. “Moses responds forcefully, asking the historic question: ‘Shall your brethren go to the war, while you sit here?’ Their offer was not only unreasonable and unfair, but dangerous, as Moses innately recognized that their refusal to join in the fight to conquer the Promised Land would weaken the resolve of the other tribes, and in time, endanger the entire nation. “For this reason, Moses responds clearly and firmly: As long as their proposition posed a danger to the nation, he could not accede to their request. As much as he might have wanted to respond positively, conditions demanded that he respond with a firm ‘no.’ “After Moses refuses to accept their request, the tribes return with a better offer; “We will build sheepfolds here for our cattle, and cities for our little ones; but we ourselves will be armed and ready to go before the children of Israel, until we have brought them to their place…We will not return unto our houses, until the
children of Israel have inherited every man his inheritance.” After alleviating Moses’ concerns and ensuring that their actions would not endanger the nation, Moses accepted their offer. “Sometimes, as much as we can try to see the positive points of an argument and as much as we may want to say “yes,” “no” is the right way to go. Moses could not in good conscience accept their proposal, as long as saying “yes” to the tribes’ offer posed a danger to the rest of the nation. Moreover, Moses’ “no,” rather than causing a rift among the people, served instead as sufficient incentive for the tribes to make a better offer. Moses demonstrated that in certain circumstances, “no” really is the best answer to a bad offer.” “Like Moses, we must evaluate any proposal against the outcome it is designed to protect against. As the United States entered into negotiations with Iran, it was clear that any agreement must address five key issues outlined by Congress to block any path to an Iranian nuclear weapons capability: inspections and verifications, past possible military dimensions, sanctions, duration, and dismantlement. “Saying “no” is not about scuttling a deal—far from it! As when Moses said no to the tribes’ first request, it is about setting the stage for a better deal. It is about a deal that truly dismantles Iran’s nuclear program. It is about a deal with “anytime, anywhere” inspections. It is about a deal that only grants sanctions relief as Iran proves, over time, that its nuclear ambitions are only peaceful in nature. “Sadly, this deal will do none of those things. Rather, it will embolden Iran, enhance its ability to sponsor global terror and threaten Israel and our allies in the region. “It is now our turn to fight for America and Israel’s security. We must reach out to our members of Congress to ask that they oppose this deal and that they, like Moses, demand a deal that accomplishes the objective, in this case, a nuclear weapons free Iran.” Then might we be able to say, not only, “Next year in Jerusalem,” but also, “Next year in Tehran.”
AIPAC: Obama administration peddling ‘inaccuracies’ about lobby WASHINGTON (JTA)—AIPAC said the Obama administration is peddling inaccuraciesabout the pro-Israel lobby’sopposition to the Iran nuclear deal. AIPAC President Robert Cohen emailed the organization’s activists on Monday, August 10 linking to a New York Times article published this month about tensions arising between the lobby and the administration, and said it reflects “multiple inaccuracies stemming from claims by the administration.” AIPAC’s facts, Cohen said “are well-substantiatedand accurate.” President Barack Obama has said that opponents to the deal have peddled arguments distorting or omitting elements of the sanctions relief for nuclear restrictions deal reached July 14 between Iran and six major powers.
An AIPAC affiliate, Citizens for a Nuclear Free Iran, has run a TV ad addressing the substance of the deal. “This ad does not single out the president in any way,” Cohen said. According to the Times article, Obama in a meeting with Jewish leaders conflated the CNFI ad with others attacking Obama personally. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee treated administration speakers who addressed about 700 activists who flew in last month to lobby against the deal “with courtesy and respect,” Cohen said. Administration officials have said that the speakers, among them top negotiators on the deal, were not permitted to take questions. AIPAC said the officials were free to use the 30 minutes allocated them as they pleased.
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The proposed nuclear agreement with Iran—What can you do? • The Israel Project: www.nobombforiran.com • United Against Nuclear Iran: www.unitedagainstnucleariran.com • The Washington Institute for Near East Policy: www.washingtoninstitute.org
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Every voice matters. It only takes a minute to call your senators and congressmen, and let them know how you feel, that a nuclear Iran is not in America’s best interest or that of America’s allies. Use the quick and easy talking points provided by the CRC at www. JewishVa.org/CRCIran, or share your own personal concerns. You can also find members of Congress by visiting www.JewishVa. org/CRCIran. Members of Congress count each call, email and letter that they receive on every issue. We always say, your voice matters, but today we’re telling you every voice matters! Please multiply your voice by urging your family and friends to contact their members of Congress, too. Know the facts. Visit the CRC’s Iran page at www.JewishVa.org/CRCIran for resources, talking points, statements and analysis on the Iran agreement. Here are a few sources: • AIPAC: www.aipac.org/iran • Citizens for a Nuclear Free Iran: http://nuclearfreeiran.org • Foundation for Defense of Democracies: www.defenddemocracy.org • Iran Fact File: www.iranfactfile.org • Iran Intelligence: www.iranintelligence.com • The Iran Primer: www.iranprimer.com
Share. Circulate the facts and encourage friends to join you by taking action through social media from the CRC’s Facebook page ‘CRC UJFT’ which is constantly being updated with new articles, analysis and information, as well as via email to spread the word about the risks of the proposed agreement and the danger Iran continues to pose to the world. Pray. Join Jews around the world in reciting Psalm 121 and other prayers for Israel’s safety. Find Psalm 121 here, http://www. mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/pt26c1.htm, or by Googling Psalm 121. Virginia Members of Congress, 2015 Senators U.S. Senator Mark Warner 475 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510 Phone: 202-224-2023 Website: http://www.warner.senate.gov
U.S. Senator Timothy Kaine 388 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510 Phone: 202-224-4024 Website: http://www.kaine.senate.gov Representatives U.S. Congressman David Brat 303 Cannon House Office Building Washington DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-2815 Website: http://brat.house.gov U.S. Congressman Gerald Connolly 424 Cannon House Office Building Washington DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-1492 Website: http://connolly.house.gov U.S. Congressman Randy Forbes 2135 Rayburn House Office Building Washington DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-6365 Website: http://forbes.house.gov U.S. Congressman Bob Goodlatte 2309 Rayburn House Office Building Washington DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-5431 Website: http://goodlatte.house.gov U.S. Congressman Morgan Griffith 1108 Longworth House Office Building Washington DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-3861 Website: http://morgangriffith.house.gov
U.S. Congressman Robert Hurt 125 Cannon House Office Building Washington DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-4711 Website: http://hurt.house.gov U.S. Congressman Don Beyer 431 Cannon House Office Building Washington DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-4376 Website: http://beyer.house.gov U.S. Congressman Edward (Scott) Rigell 418 Cannon House Office Building Washington DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-4215 Website: http://rigell.house.gov U.S. Congressman Robert Scott 1201 Longworth House Office Building Washington DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-8351 Website: www.bobbyscott.house.gov U.S. Congressman Robert Wittman 2454 Rayburn House Office Building Washington DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-4261 Website: www.wittman.house.gov U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Comstock 226 Cannon House Office Building Washington DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-5136 Website: www.comstock.house.gov
Jewish Democrats Schumer, Engel to oppose Iran deal NEW YORK ( JTA)—Two of the most watched Jewish lawmakers in Congress announced that they will vote to disapprove of the Iran deal. Sen. Charles Schumer and Rep. Eliot Engel, Democrats from New York, both said that they had considered the issue carefully before their decision. “Advocates on both sides have strong cases for their point of view that cannot simply be dismissed,” Schumer said in a statement obtained by The New York Times. “This has made evaluating the agreement a
difficult and deliberate endeavor, and after deep study, careful thought and considerable soul-searching, I have decided I must oppose the agreement and will vote yes on a motion of disapproval.” Schumer, who is poised to become his party’s leader in the Senate in 2017, and Engel, the top Democrat on the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, had come under intense pressure from the White House and critics of the deal both because of the intensity among some Jewish New Yorkers and the lawmakers’ influence
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as unabashed supporters of Israel. “The answers I’ve received simply don’t convince me that this deal will keep a nuclear weapon out of Iran’s hands, and may in fact strengthen Iran’s position as a destabilizing and destructive influence across the Middle East,” Engel was quoted as saying by Reuters. MoveOn, a liberal group that backs the deal, announced within minutes of Schumer’s declaration that it would launch a donor strike targeting the Democrats’ Senate reelection committee. Such a strike could
send a message to the party’s establishment while freeing up the grassroots movement’s base to give to individual senators. “The vast majority of Democratic voters —the people who elected President Obama in part because of our shared belief that war must always be a last resort—will not stand for it,” said a statement from Ilya Sheyman, the group’s political action director. “Frankly, we thought Senator Schumer and other Democrats in Washington had learned their lesson after being misled into supporting a misguided war of choice in Iraq.”
IRAN nuclear Deal
Bloomberg to Obama: Don’t oversimplify Iran deal WA SHINGTON ( JTA) — Michael Bloomberg said President Barack Obama’s arguments in defense of the Iran nuclear deal are simplistic. “Overstating the case for the agreement belies the gravity of the issue and does more to breed distrust than win support,” the former New York mayor, now reinstalled at the helm of his media empire, said Tuesday, August 11 in a Bloomberg column. Obama in an interview with NPR said the deal was the best guarantee of keeping Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. “The notion that somehow we are going to be safer by rejecting a deal that prevents Iran from getting a nuclear weapon and instead leave — leaves Iran the option of installing more and more advanced centrifuges, shrinking their breakout time, that that somehow is going to make our
neighbors more secure, I think is kind of a—well, it doesn’t make any sense,” he said. Congress has until mid-to-late September to consider whether or not to reject the deal. Most Republicans are pledged to derail the deal, so the focus is on Democrats, especially the Jewish lawmakers among them. On Monday, August 10, Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, became the 10th of 27 Jewish Democrats in Congress to back the deal. “Iran must never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon, and that is why I support this agreement,” he said in a statement. “It is what is best for the United States, Israel, and peace in the region. Another six Jewish Democrats have declared against the deal, chief among them Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., in line
for his party’s leadership in the Senate. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has led opposition to the deal, told 22 Democrats touring Israel that he would not tell them how to vote. “He didn’t tell them to vote one way or another,” Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., the minority whip in the U.S. House of Representatives whip who is leading the tour of 21 freshmen, told Haaretz, describing the meeting. “But it was clear he hopes they will vote against the agreement because it is a bad deal that will allow Iran to have a path to a nuclear bomb in 13 years.” Among mainstream U.S. Jewish organizations, B’nai B’rith International joined AIPAC and the American Jewish Committee in opposing the deal. In a statement, B’nai B’rith said the deal “requires an unprecedented suspension of disbelief that
Iran has only peaceful intentions for its nuclear program. Given its decades of dissembling, it is infeasible to conclude that Tehran will honor its obligations under this agreement.” Also, Gary Samore stepped down as president of United Against a Nuclear Iran, a group opposed to the deal. Samore, who had served as an arms control coordinator for Obama, had been a skeptic of the deal, but ultimately decided he favored it. He remains on UANI’s advisory board, although his resignation robs deal opponents of the argument that a former Obama official stood against it. Replacing Samore will be Joe Lieberman, a former Connecticut senator and longtime Democrat who in his final six-year term was an independent who caucused as a Democrat.
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IRAN nuclear Deal
What can Iran hide in 24 days?
Answering the questions posed by the nuclear deal by Ron Kampeas
WASHINGTON ( JTA)—Congress has until mid- to late September to consider whether to reject the nuclear restrictions for the sanctions rollback deal reached by Iran and six major powers on July 14. Some of the debate is over the meaning of certain provisions in the accord. Here’s a breakdown of differences in how the sides interpret parts of the deal. The 24 days All sides agree that the deal has a rigorous inspections regime for Iran’s known sites: “24/7” scrutiny, as President Barack Obama has put it, with inspectors and video monitoring. But what happens when intelligence agencies suspect nuclear weapons activity
at an unmonitored site? Under the agreement, Iran has 14 days to work out terms to check the site in question with a joint commission composed of its own representatives along with those from the United States, Britain, France, Germany, the European Union, Russia and China. If after 14 days terms are not agreed upon, the commission has up to seven days for a majority of its members to decide on terms of inspection. Iran must comply within three days—a total of 24 days. Obama and his Cabinet have said that detectable signs of nuclear enrichment activity outlast 24 days—by centuries, even. But critics say there are other activities related to nuclear weaponization that can go undetected, such as computer modeling for nuclear devices, explosives testing and
the building of nuclear warheads, says Mark Dubowitz, director of the Foundation of Defense of Democracies. “That kind of activity may not involve actual enrichment where there would be traces of uranium to detect,” he says. Additionally, a small centrifuge plant with advanced centrifuges in a containment system could be rapidly moved without leaving traces, according to Senate testimony by David Albright, a former U.S. nuclear inspector who is now president of the Institute for Science and International Security. Deal proponents say the mining and transportation of the uranium needed for a contained enrichment site would be impossible to hide, given the numerous monitoring and verification choke points. Additionally, Iran has little to gain from such small-scale cheating like testing explosives, says Alireza Nader, an Iran analyst with the Rand Corp.
allies in the region. But Daryl Kimball, president of the Arms Control Association, says that is not the intention of the provision. Rather it’s meant to maintain security at civilian nuclear sites so terrorists can’t access them or steal equipment for other countries. The provision does not oblige the United States to avoid sabotage operations like Stuxnet, the computer virus believed to have been designed by Israel and the United States that wrecked Iran’s centrifuges in 2010. But Dubowitz says the wording may give Iran legal cover to solicit assistance from other countries, such as China, in stopping cyber attacks. “It’s not clear from the agreement,” he says.
Cabinet have said
that detectable signs
of nuclear enrichment activity outlast 24 days—by
Preventing sabotage Among the agreement’s provisions aimed at ensuring nuclear safety is “cooperation through training and workshops to strengthen Iran’s ability to protect against, and respond to nuclear security threats, including sabotage, as well as to enable effective and sustainable nuclear security and physical protection systems.” Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who is running for president, argues that this provision sets the United States and its traditional allies in the Middle East on a collision course by requiring the United States to help Iran defend itself against Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and other U.S.
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Ghasan Soleymani Soleymani, the general in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps whose Quds force is believed to have trained Hezbollah and helped carry out some of the worst Assad regime atrocities during the ongoing Syrian civil war, has appeared on a broad array of sanctions lists since 2007. In the agreement, he appears on a long list of entities and individuals to be removed from “nuclear-related” sanctions lists. Critics say that this and other delistings open up the floodgates to global financial activity by the Revolutionary Guard. Deal defenders note that Soleymani still appears on multiple lists, in the United States and elsewhere, sanctioning him for terrorist activity. “The United States has a lot of leverage on that person,” Kimball says.
IRAN nuclear Deal N.Y. Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand backs ‘imperfect’ Iran deal WASHINGTON ( JTA)—Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said she would back what she called an “imperfect” Iran nuclear deal. Gillibrand, the junior senator from New York, said in a statement Aug. 6 that Iran was likelier to obtain a nuclear weapon sooner should Congress kill the deal. “Iran will still be disruptive in the Middle East and fund terrorist activities,” Gillibrand said. “This regime will continue to deny Israel’s right to exist, the Quds Force (a division of the country’s Revolutionary Guards) will still be listed as a terrorist organization, and Iran will continue to exacerbate tensions with our allies in the region,” she said. “But Iran would be exponentially more dangerous to Israel and the entire region with a nuclear weapon.” Gillibrand’s decision was not unanticipated, but is still a blow to opponents of the deal. Democratic lawmakers are facing pressure from the administration to back the deal and from the mainstream pro-Israel community to oppose it. The opposition has been especially in New York, where there was a mass rally last month against the deal. Gillibrand’s choice shows that the administration’s arguments are persuasive
even under those circumstances. Gillibrand outlined what she said were the deal’s flaws, including advance notice of up to 24 days of inspections in non-authorized nuclear sites and the lifting of U.N. embargoes on arms sales in five and eight years. Separately, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, said investors in Iran should realize that they would likely lose their money should he be elected president. Rubio, in an interview with The Atlantic, expressed near certainty that Iran would violate the deal or would otherwise incur sanctions. “What they need to know is that if they make a significant investment in Iran, and a future administration reimposes sanctions, or Iran violates the deal, or Iran conducts some outrageous act of terrorism around the world and [is] sanctioned for it, your investment could be lost,” he said. “If you go into Iran and build a pharmaceutical plant, and you invest all this money to build it, and then suddenly Iran does something, and now you’re subject to sanctions if you continue to do business with them, you’re going to lose that investment.”
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Iran grants Jewish Daily Forward reporting visa
ran issued a rare reporting visa to the New York-based Jewish Daily Forward last month, The New York Times reported. The Forward initially filed for the visa about two years ago with Iran’s Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, which accredits foreign journalists, according to the Times report. The application was granted on July 20. The visa appeared to be part of an effort by Iran to influence the American Jewish community in favor of the nuclear deal Iran reached with the world powers on July 14, according to the report by the Times. The Iranian ministry said the visa was for 30 days, but the Forward said it was only for seven, adding that its reporter,
who remained unnamed, has already returned from Iran. “The proposed deal with Iran is of huge importance to American Jews, and we sent a reporter to Iran so that we could provide our readers with an in-depth, objective look at what real Iranians think of the proposed deal, the United States, and Israel,” the Forward’s editor in chief Jane Eisner said in a statement. “It has taken two years of negotiations with the Iranian government to win this opportunity, and we look forward to presenting this objective reporting,” Eisner said. Congress is expected to vote on the Iran deal in September. (JTA)
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Election 2016 In raucous debate, GOP candidates agree on nixing Iran deal WASHINGTON (JTA)—Republicans in their first presidential debates said they would undo the Iran nuclear deal. “What happened in Iran is a disgrace and it’s going to lead to destruction in huge parts of the world,” Donald Trump, the real estate magnate leading in the polls, said Aug. 6 in the second of two debates broadcast by Fox from Cleveland and billed collectively as the first GOP debate in the 2016 election season. Among the 17 candidates vowing to kill the deal were former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. If other candidates did not pledge to end the deal, it appeared only to be because they were not asked directly due to time constraints given the large number of candidates. Most candidates managed to get in pledges of support for Israel, nonetheless. Cruz said in his closing statement that
he would move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Six major powers reached the sanctions relief for nuclear restrictions deal with Iran on July 14, and President Barack Obama has pledged to veto any attempt by the Republican-led Congress to kill the deal. The only candidate who when directly asked did not say he would kill the deal was Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., although he said the deal was poorly negotiated. “I don’t immediately discount negotiations,” Paul said. Paul was also asked about his pledge in 2010 to end assistance for Israel as part of a plan to end foreign aid. He said he stood by the statement, but added that he would first end assistance to hostile countries, calling Israel a close ally. Much of that debate was taken up with sniping between Trump and the candidates trailing him. Trump was the only candidate who would not pledge to support the winning GOP candidate if it were not him.
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ermont Sen. Bernie Sanders surpassed front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton as the leading Democratic presidential candidate in a poll of New Hampshire voters. Sanders, who is Jewish, led Clinton 44-37 percent among the 442 likely Democratic primary voters who responded in the Franklin Pierce University/Boston Herald poll released Wednesday. It was the first survey of voters in which Clinton was not the most popular candidate, according to the Boston Herald. A Franklin Pierce/Boston Herald poll in March had Sanders, an independent running in the Democratic race, trailing Clinton by a 44-8 margin. The poll was conducted Aug. 7–10 by
phone and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.7 percentage points. More than half of the poll respondents said they viewed Sanders “very” favorably. Just 35 percent said they were “excited” about Clinton’s campaign, according to the poll. Among the 80 percent of respondents who said they viewed her favorably, only 38 percent said it was “very” favorable. Sanders, 73, was more popular among younger voters than older ones, according to the Washington Post. Among poll respondents 65 and older, the 67-year-old Clinton had more than 50 percent support, compared to less than 30 percent for Sanders. (JTA)
Global surges of anti-Semitism
Virginia Beach Republicans say “No!” to hate speech Congressman Rigel speaks out against anti-Semitism by Harry Graber
nti-Semitism struck in an unexpected place this year: on the blog of a Virginia Beach resident. The unexpected part is that the resident’s name is James Cohen and that he made the remarks on a blog designed to appear as an official site for the Republican Party of Virginia Beach, which it is not. To express his personal dismay for Congressman Eric Cantor on Feb. 26, 2015, Cohen wrote, “Cantor was a disgusting Jew in the eyes of many Jews. There, I said it again.” Earlier on Oct. 18, 2014, on the same blog, he wrote: “Bruce Meyer is a disgusting Jew. Tell Connie.” The shock for Meyer, along with the offensive comment, was that he had never met Cohen. When the comments were brought to the attention of the Party’s leadership, they were outraged, met and deliberated on how to address the issue, to make certain that hate speech was not permitted within their Republican Party. “As chairman of the Virginia Beach Republican Party, I will never ever tolerate that kind of speech—whether it is in the form of anti-Semitism, it is racially-motivated or it is any other form of hatred,” says Ken Longo, chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia Beach. Rabbi Jeffrey Arnowitz, vice president of the Board of Rabbis and Cantors of Hampton Roads, in a letter to the Republican Party of Virginia Beach affirmed, “Hate speech remains reprehensible no matter the ethnicity, religion or background of the speaker.” At a meeting of the Republican Party of Virginia Beach on Monday, August 10, a letter was read from Congressman Scott Rigell in which he said, “The comments in question, in my view and in the view of many in our community, are irrefutably anti-Semitic. Further, as I see it, there is no excuse, rationale or justification, which would make the comments acceptable.” Rigell’s letter also said, “I respectfully ask that you consider what values get elevated tonight, and our ability—and our
willingness—to take measured yet meaningful steps, when needed, to align what we say as Republicans with how we actually conduct ourselves.” Later that evening, a formal censure of condemnation of Cohen passed 60 to 30 at and was read into the record: Censure resolution of James Cohen August 10, 2015 Whereas, the Republican Party of Virginia Beach values inclusivity, diversity and acceptance of all Americans, regardless of their religious, racial or ethnic origin as long as they adhere to the tenants of our Republican Creed, and Whereas, the Republican Party of Virginia Beach vehemently rejects racial, religious or ethnic intolerance, bigotry or slurs of any form, and Whereas, Mr. James Cohen, a Member of the Republican Party of Virginia Beach, did refer to a fellow member of our party, Mr. Bruce Meyer, as a “disgusting Jew” on October 18, 2014 on the “Virginia Beach Republicans” Facebook Page, and Whereas, Mr. James Cohen, did also refer to the Honorable Eric Cantor, the then Republican Majority Leader of the United States Congress as a “disgusting Jew”, on February 26, 2015 on the “Virginia Beach Republicans” Facebook Page, and Whereas, Mr. Cohen’s remarks are inconsistent with the values, principles and message of the Republican Party of Virginia Beach, Let it be resolved that we, the Republican Party of Virginia Beach, do hereby formally censure and repudiate Mr. James Cohen for his remarks and make noted in the record of our collective condemnation for the use of such language, and further Let it be resolved that we, the Republican Party of Virginia Beach, hereby strongly urge Mr. James Cohen to both publicly and private apologize to Mr. Bruce Meyer and Mr. Eric Cantor for the use of such language. At the conclusion of the vote, according to some who attended the meeting, Cohen apologized to the Virginia Beach Republican Party for his “inappropriate and
offensive” language. “Anti-Semitic language and all hate speech is abhorrent and has no place in civilized discourse,” says Jay Klebanoff, president, United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.
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Senate panel passes energy efficiency bill championed by Orthodox Union
he U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources passed a bill developed in part by the Orthodox Union that will help synagogues and other nonprofit buildings lower their energy costs. The Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Act, which was co-sponsored by Sens. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and passed by the committee last month, will create a federal grants program to support houses of worship, schools, youth centers and other nonprofits that make their buildings more energy efficient, according to a news release issued by the Orthodox Union. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the approximately 370,000
houses of worship in the United States pay $3 billion in annual energy costs. The Orthodox Union, which claims to be the largest Orthodox umbrella organization in the U.S., led a coalition of groups, which included the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the National YMCA Association and the Jewish Federations of North America, to push the bill through the Senate. “The Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Act will deliver important support for America’s nonprofits, help them reduce their energy costs and better serve our communities,” Nathan Diament, the O.U.’s executive director for public policy said in a statement. (JTA)
Reform rabbis join NAACP march from Selma to Washington ( JTA)—More than 150 Reform Jewish rabbis are marching with the NAACP from the Deep South to the U.S. capital to promote social justice. The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis are participating in the NAACP’s Journey for Justice, an 860mile march from Selma, Alabama, to Washington, D.C. The march, which started Aug. 1 and ends Sept. 15, commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. Organizers from the NAACP, the nation’s oldest civil rights organization, say they aim to bring attention to issues like economic inequality, education reform, criminal justice reform and voting rights in each of the five states they visit on the march. Rabbi M. Bruce Lustig, senior rabbi of the Washington Hebrew Congregation, was at the start of the march in Selma, the site of historic civil rights marches led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1965 that spurred passage of the Voting Rights Act. He said he was inspired to become involved by his childhood in Nashville, Tennessee, and the pain he saw caused by the Jim Crow segregation laws. When the marchers arrive in Washington at the close of the Jewish New
Year, they will be welcomed, on behalf of the Reform movement, into Lustig’s congregation for an interfaith service, teach-in and rally. “We believe in equality. We believe that every human being is made in the image of God. We believe that America is a country where there should be justice for all,” he said. Rabbi Denise Eger, president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, and Rabbi Seth Limmer of the Chicago Sinai Congregation, joined Lustig in Selma. Each took turns carrying the Torah scroll that will make the entire journey. Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, director of the Religious Action Center, the Union for Reform Judaism’s Washington, D.C., office, said in a statement, “Just as Reform Jews who marched 50 years ago in Selma and throughout the civil rights movement understood that racism and racial inequality undermine the social fabric of our communities, we know it is still true today.” He added, “Acting in accordance with our values as a movement and a people, these clergy and lay leaders are called upon to live our Jewish values by marching with our historic partner to protect the rights of all citizens.”
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Tom Hofheimer Young Leadership Mission to Israel
The journey begins
In their own words
by Amy Weinstein
wenty young adults, all graduates of the Hineni! Institute for Leadership Development, boarded an airplane on Monday, June 22 bound for Israel. The Hineni! Institute for Leadership Development is the advanced leadership program for volunteers within the Young Adult Division of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater. Ten of the travelers had never visited Israel before, and none of them had ever experienced anything like the Tom Hofheimer Young Leadership Mission to Israel. After a shared leadership development journey, this trip would fortify their connection to the Tidewater Jewish community, Israel and each other. Throughout their journey, their friends, family and community in Virginia were never far from their minds, particularly when visiting important places that are funded in part by an allocation from the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Annual Campaign. When the group arrived in Tel Aviv on June 23, they began their journey with a powerful site visit, driving north to Pardes Hanna to visit with the children living at Neve Michael Youth Village. Neve Michael is a residential home for children who are victims of neglect, physical and sexual abuse, and need a safe place to live. Other highlights from the first half of the Mission included visiting the UJFTfunded ORT Schoenbaum Campus and the JDC’s Center for Young Adults, both in Kiryat Yam. The group enjoyed kayaking down the Jordan River, visiting the spiritual city of Tzfat, and riding ATVs to the Syrian border at the UN checkpoint. Together, the Mission group navigated a series of experiences that evoked particular emotions, ranging from pride to shock to love, as they traveled through the history of the land of Israel and the Jewish people. As evidenced in their photos and their own words, this Mission experience was life changing, and the Tidewater community will be better for it. Check the next issue of the Jewish News for more comments from the participants about their Israel experience.
Participants of the 2015 Tom Hofheimer Young Leadership Mission to Israel “I grew up in a Reform Jewish household, one where we attended temple on the High Holy Days, but Judaism was never part of our daily lives. I could never really understand why Judaism was even important to my parents, given that our practice of it felt so culturally based. I was a Religious Studies major in college and went in search of religious answers, but I never really found what I was looking for until this mission trip to Israel. Avraham Infeld explains that, as Jews, we are a People. That comes first, before religion, before statehood, before any other way we choose to identify. Suddenly it made sense to me that, despite my differences to an Orthodox woman in Israel, there is a oneness that we both feel when we see challah being prepared. I hope to make my son understand this oneness in a way that I never did. Matthew and I cannot wait to bring him to Israel so that he can understand his birthright and help to protect it, the way we feel committed to do.” —Jenny Sachs
“I remember when I first told others in the community that Ashley and I were considering doing the Hineni! program. I was met with a mixed bag of encouragement and skepticism: skepticism about whether or not it’s a prudent use of funds, whether or not the Federation is getting the bang for its buck. Well, now that I have been through the entire experience myself, I can’t wait to talk to people in our community about this incredible program and Mission. I will tell them that this is a life-changing process, that the Hineni! leadership team has done an excellent job. I came back from the Mission with a new understanding and a renewed commitment to both the people of Israel and really, a commitment to our own community here. We should take nothing for granted, and it takes work to build and continue to build community. Our synagogues, HAT, the Simon Family JCC, the Sandler Family Campus –it is a place for our families to feel safe and we need to work to keep it that way.” —Greg Zittrain
“The overall Mission experience was incredible. I personally enjoyed it all. I felt it was experiential, diverse and fun. I want to emphasize how privileged I feel to be a part of such a strong Federation and strong Jewish community. I am grateful for the Tidewater Couples Project and Hineni! Institute for Leadership Development, and look forward the future and making my own contribution to our thriving community.” —Danielle Leibovici
Felix Portnoy (kneeling) presents a Neve Michael Children’s Village resident with a new baseball cap. Neve Michael Children’s Village receives an allocation from the UJFT’s Annual Campaign.
The Tom Hofheimer Young Leadership Mission participants with the young leaders at the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee’s ( JDC) Center for Young Adults (CYA) in Kiryat Yam. The Young Adult Division of the UJFT has been forging a relationship with the young leaders in Kiryat Yam and will be in communication with them throughout the year.
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An investment in Tidewater’s Jewish community’s future from the Tom Hafheimer Fund board of directors:
he Tom Hofheimer Young Leadership Mission to Israel is a project of the Tom Hofheimer Fund. The mission is highly subsidized by the Tom Hofheimer Fund, and open to graduates of the Hineni! Institute for Leadership Development, powered by the Young Adult Division of the UJFT. This Mission experience is an investment in the future of our Jewish community—and we need your help to continue to offer this opportunity to Tidewater’s emerging leaders. This unique and life changing experience gives our local leadership a shared passion for Israel and her people, and an understanding of where and how our community fulfills its responsibility of tikkun olam. Please consider a gift to the Tom Hofheimer Fund—this is the perfect way to honor or pay tribute to a family member or friend. Visit jewishva.org/Hofheimer for more details.
Ashley Zittrain and Danielle Leibovici meet a Neve Michael Children’s Village student in the one of the Girl’s Family Units. Residential units at Neve Michael consist of a married couple with their biological children, who live in a home with up to 12 residents of Neve Michael. Visiting the Ari Ashkenazi synagogue in Tzfat.
Students at the Music Conservatory in Kiryat Yam, Israel, welcome the Tom Hofheimer Young Leadership Mission participants with a surprise concert. The students had just returned home from a concert tour in Europe.
Tom Hofheimer Young Leadership Mission participants tour the Neve Michael Children’s Village campus with Hava Levine, director of Public Relations. Neve Michael is a multidisciplinary children’s home that serves 250 at-risk children who have been removed their homes under traumatic circumstances.
Jonathan Muhlendorf, Felix and Erinn Portnoy and Alyssa Muhlendorf.
Mission participants try out the pitch pipe at the outdoor Science City on the World ORT Alex and Betty Schoenbaum Science, Educational, Cultural and Sports Campus in Kiryat Yam, Israel.
Mission participants in the spiritual city of Tzfat.
Ashley Lemke, Matthew and Jenny Sachs and Shawn Lemke.
Mission participants kayaking on the Jordan River at sunset.
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Global surges of anti-Semitism Tidewater mayors join AJC’s international initiative focusing on anti-Semitism by Robin Mancoll, director, Community Relations Council
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U.S. mayors across the country are joining an American Jewish Committee (AJC) initiative calling on their European counterparts to publicly address and take concrete actions against rising anti-Semitism. “We call upon mayors, municipal leaders and other officials in Europe to join us in affirming that anti-Semitism is not compatible with fundamental democratic values,” states the Mayors United Against Anti-Semitism statement. The Mayors’ statement emphasizes that “in a world of global communications where anti-Semitic ideas can and do spread quickly, the impact of the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe does not stop at Europe’s borders.” The Mayors United Against AntiSemitism project comes on the heels of AJC’s groundbreaking strategy conference, “A Defining Moment for Europe,” held in Brussels. At the May gathering, attended by representatives of nearly all European Union countries, AJC released the Call to Action, a detailed plan for European governments to prioritize and fight the escalating problem. “Anti-Semitism is a cancer that, left unchecked, will metastasize and threaten to destroy the democratic and pluralistic nature of Europe,” said David Harris, AJC executive director, at the Brussels gathering. U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken, addressing the recent AJC Global Forum, said “AJC released a very thought-provoking ‘Call to Action’ on anti-Semitism that raises important recommendations that all of us can benefit from.” U.S. mayors who have signed on to the initiative include Bill De Blasio of New York, Rahm Emanuel of Chicago, Ed Murray of Seattle, Annise Parker of Houston, Kasim Reed of Atlanta, Tomás Pedro Regalado of Miami, Marty Walsh of Boston and Setti Warren of Newton, Mass. Joining these large cities, as the first mayors in Virginia to sign on to the AJC
initiative were Will Sessoms of Virginia Beach, Alan Krasnoff of Chesapeake, Paul Fraim of Norfolk and Linda Johnson of Suffolk. The Mayors United Against AntiSemitism statement affirms a core set of principles, including the condemnation of anti-Jewish hatred in all forms; rejection of the notion that anti-Semitic acts may ever be justified by one’s view on the actions or existence of the State of Israel; a declaration that anti-Semitism and any prejudices due to religious differences are inconsistent with core American values; and the belief that the promotion of mutual understanding and respect among all citizens is essential to good governance and democratic life. The statement pledges a commitment to working within and across U.S. communities to advance the values of respectful coexistence. And it calls on mayors and municipal leaders in Europe to add their names and to affirm that anti-Semitism is incompatible with fundamental democratic values. “Anti-Semitic challenges facing Jews globally are so significant that it is important that we all do what we can to safeguard Jews facing those anti-Semitic threats. A strong statement from political and municipal leaders in the United States indicating that they are firmly committed to fighting anti-semitic actions throughout the world is important,” says Jody Wagner, who is leading the initiative in Tidewater. “It tells foreign leaders that leaders in the United States are focused and watching what happens in their countries. I was sure that our mayors in Hampton Roads would want to make a statement on this important issue, and I am grateful that Mayors Fraim, Johnson, Krasnoff and Sessom did so,” says Wagner. To learn more about the initiative, read the statement, or to see who else has signed on, visit www.AJC.org or email RMancoll@ ujft.org.
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Neo-Nazis attack Orthodox Jewish man on Zurich street
group of some 20 men making the Hitler salute and shouting anti-Semitic slogans assaulted an Orthodox Jewish man in Zurich. The incident last month on a main street in the Swiss city’s Wiedikon district was only reported recently in the national media in Switzerland following the completion of an initial investigation into the case, the Tele Zurich reported on July 25. Two leaders of the group spat in the victim’s face and pushed him before police, alerted by passers-by, intervened, according to the Sonntags Zeitung daily. The officers asked the men to leave the victim alone, according to the Zeitung. The unnamed victim, who is in his 40s, was on his way home from a local synagogue when the attack happened, the daily reported. Police would offer no
further information, citing an ongoing investigation. Switzerland’s Federation of Jewish Communities said in a statement that the incident was “highly unusual and frightening.” The alleged leader of the neo-Nazi gang has been referred to in the Swiss press as Kevin G., 27, from Hombrechtikon, a village in the Zurich Oberland area. He is a singer with the far-right rock band Amok. Herbert Winter, president of the Jewish federation, said the incident was disconcerting because it risks worsening already prevalent fears. “There are parents who instruct their children not to wear a kippah or hide it under a baseball cap on their way to school,” Winter told the Blick daily. (JTA)
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he number of anti-Semitic incidents recorded in Britain this year has risen 53 percent over the same period last year, according to British Jewry’s main watchdog on anti-Semitism. The Community Security Trust, or CST, reported that it had recorded 473 cases in the first six months of 2015, compared to 309 incidents recorded in the corresponding period last year. The increase is likely the result of a growing inclination by victims to report the incidents and does not necessarily reflect an increase in their prevalence, CST wrote in a statement about the report. “These figures may of course include a real rise in incident levels, but our analysis strongly suggests that the primary explanation is a greater willingness by people to report anti-Semitism, either to CST or police (with whom CST has an incident exchange protocol),” the statement read. The increase in reporting, CST said, is believed to be due to heightened concern in the British Jewish community following
terrorist attacks in January and February against the Jewish communities of Paris —where an Islamist killed four Jews at a kosher market—and Copenhagen, where another Islamist gunned down a Jewish guard at a synagogue. January saw 106 anti-Semitic incidents reported to CST, the sixth-highest monthly total since CST began recording anti-Semitic incidents in the 1980s. CST recorded 44 violent anti-Semitic assaults in the first half of 2015, double the 22 incidents of this type recorded during the comparable period in 2014. Vandalism and threats each featured in 36 of the incidents this year. One incident involved a handwritten hate letter sent in February to a synagogue in Scotland. “Hitler attempted to rid Europe of the filthy Jews and everything they stand for, he failed,” the letter read. “Next time there must be no mistakes made, they are as much use on the planet and to humanity as dog s***.” (JTA)
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Paris court jailed more than a dozen Islamists for planning jihadist attacks on French Jews and other targets. The Correctional Tribunal of Paris last month handed down its harshest punishment, a nine-year prison term, to the leader of the banned terrorist group Forsane Alizza, Le Figaro reported. Mohamed Amchalane, 39, and 13 other members of Forsane Alizza were convicted of “participating in a group formed with a view to preparing terrorist acts.” The accomplices received lighter punishments of varying severity, ranging from a suspended sentence of one year to six years in prison, Le Figaro reported. Among the group’s alleged targets were five Jewish supermarkets of the Hyper Cacher chain, the news site ouest-france.fr reported, and several other Jewish businesses. A Hyper Cacher market in the Paris
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area was the scene of a deadly terrorist siege in January. The names of the businesses targeted were recovered from a computer seized in 2012, when Amchalane was arrested with other suspects during a police raid in the vicinity of Nantes, in western France. Police also found in Amchalane’s possession three AK-47 assault rifles, a grenade and a pistol, Le Figaro reported. He also had manuals on how to carry out terrorist attacks using explosives, including dirty bombs, which contain radioactive material. Amchalane maintained in court that he was neither involved in violent activity nor planning to become involved. Forsane Alizza, Arabic for “knights of pride,” was a group dedicated to fighting Islamophobia, Amchalane’s lawyer said. (JTA)
Anti-Semitic graffiti was spray-painted on some 30 cars and buildings in a San Antonio neighborhood near an Orthodox synagogue. The graffiti discovered Wednesday, Aug. 12 in the Texas city included swastikas and references to the Ku Klux Klan, according to local reports. At least one car’s side window was smashed in with a rock. The San Antonio Police are investigating the incident. Most of the congregation’s 300 member families live near the synagogue. “I want to tell those who did this that you have done something destructive,” Rabbi Arnold Scheinberg of Rodfei Shalom told News Radio 1200 WOAI. “Your life could be much better if you could have more love than hate. We’re sorry for you; we are sorry the way you express your life.”
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Pollard’s wait not over: Fight to bring him to Israel will outlast his release by Ron Kampeas
WASHINGTON (JTA)—President Barack Obama will not alter the terms of Jonathan Pollard’s parole once he is released, a signal that Israel’s struggle to bring him to the country whose citizenship he has assumed will outlast his November release date. “Mr. Pollard will serve his sentence as mandated by statute for the very serious crimes he committed,” Alistair Baskey, a National Security Council spokesman, said in a statement emailed to JTA. “The president has no intention of altering the terms of Mr. Pollard’s parole.” It is not clear what if any parole terms may be imposed on the convicted Israeli spy upon his Nov. 20 release after serving 30 years in a federal prison. His lawyers in a statement suggested that Pollard would face travel restrictions. “President Obama, who has the constitutional power of executive clemency, has the authority to release Mr. Pollard before November 21, 2015, as well as the authority to allow Mr. Pollard to leave the United States and move to Israel immediately,” the statement said, noting Pollard’s mandated release date by statute. A Justice Department spokesman says that the Parole Commission’s communication with the lawyers for Pollard was not available to the public. The lawyers have secured lodging and employment for Pollard in the New York area once he is released. Israeli officials and U.S. advocacy groups for years have called for the release of Pollard, a civilian U.S. Navy analyst arrested in 1985 and sentenced to life in 1987 for spying for Israel. The hope is that he would immediately move to Israel. A number of Israeli officials rushed to express the hope that they would greet him on his arrival in Israel, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was cautious, stopping short of looking forward to Pollard’s arrival in a short statement he released after he spoke with Pollard’s wife, Esther. “After decades of effort, Jonathan Pollard will finally be released,” Netanyahu said. “Throughout his time in prison, I consistently raised the issue of his release in my
meetings and conversations with the leadership of successive U.S. administrations. We are looking forward to his release.” In 1995, Pollard was granted Israeli citizenship, in part because he hoped to travel to Israel as soon as he was released. Mandatory parole did not guarantee Pollard’s release. However, as opposed to previous requests, where the burden was on Pollard to show why he should be released, in the case of mandatory parole, the burden was on the government to show why he should not be freed. Justice Department officials declined to raise objections. “The Department of Justice has always maintained that Jonathan Pollard should serve his full sentence for the serious crimes he committed, which in this case is a 30-year sentence, as mandated by statute, ending Nov. 21, 2015,” Justice Department spokesman Marc Raimondi said. Another spokesman later clarified that under the law at the time Pollard was prosecuted, “an individual would be presumed eligible for mandatory parole once they had served two thirds of their sentence. Thirty years is two thirds of 45.” Obama administration officials have been at pains to distinguish between the Nov. 20 parole and the earlier denied requests. A number of media reports and critics of the Obama administration have said that Pollard’s release is compensation to Israel for the Iran nuclear deal reached between the major powers and Iran on July 14. Israel’s government rejects the deal and is urging Congress to use its power to kill it. “Mr. Pollard’s status was determined by the United States Parole Commission according to standard procedures, and the Parole Commission’s decision was in no way linked to foreign policy considerations,” Baskey says. The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the umbrella foreign policy body for the community, in welcoming the paroled release announcement also emphasized that Iran was not a factor. “We do not believe that there is any
connection to the nuclear agreement with Iran,” its statement said. “The parole date was set at the time of his sentencing and the current parole process preceded the negotiations with Iran.” Among those criticizing Pollard’s release was Donald Rumsfeld, the former defense secretary, who revealed that he advised President George W. Bush to “forcefully” refuse Israeli entreaties to free Pollard. Rumsfeld, Bush’s defense secretary from 2001 to 2006, posted a letter on Twitter that he wrote to Bush in March 2001, ahead of a visit by Israeli officials early in Bush’s presidency. “Releasing Pollard was a bad idea in 1998 & 2001,” Rumsfeld said in his tweet. “It is not a better idea today.” Rumsfeld copied the March 16, 2001, letter to Bush Secretary of State Colin Powell, National Security Adviser
Condoleezza Rice and Vice President Dick Cheney. “It is possible that in the meeting you will be asked to take action to free Pollard,” Rumsfeld wrote. “Any step to free Pollard would be enormously damaging to our efforts to keep spies out of government. My suggestion would be to come on very forcefully and say not no, but definitely no—no today, tomorrow and the next day, and that is not a matter that you would consider during your administration.” Rumsfeld, who was also defense secretary during the presidency of Gerald Ford in the mid-1970s, attached to his letter to Bush a 1998 letter he had drafted and co-signed with six other former defense secretaries— including Cheney, who served in the post during the George H. W. Bush presidency— urging President Bill Clinton not to accede to Israeli requests to free Pollard.
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Challah Hot Dogs by Shannon Sarna
The Nosher via JTA—It’s officially hot dog season, if ever there was one, and I freely admit: I love hot dogs. I have even found a way to combine a love of hot dogs with a love of challah with my famous challah dogs. What are challah dogs, you might be wondering? Well, it’s my answer to the bagel dog or the pretzel dog. And one of the great things about this recipe is you can use any challah recipe you prefer. The key is rolling your challah into roughly 3-ounce pieces and then snaking it around the hot dogs. I brush them simply with a beaten egg before adding toppings. The challah dogs are all about fun toppings. I like making an “everything bagel” topping by combining 1 tablespoon each of sesame seeds, poppy seeds, dried garlic (whole pieces, not garlic powder) and dried onion (whole pieces, not onion powder)
and ½ tablespoon-thick sea salt and then sprinkling it on top. You can also top with poppy seeds, black sesame seeds or even caraway seeds. These are such a fun appetizer for summer parties, Shabbat dinners, game-watching nights or even kids’ birthday parties. Make a big batch and don’t count on leftovers. Can you make them and reheat them? You can. They are always better immediately out of the oven, but I have also served them several hours later either reheated or at room temperature. Abeles & Heymann are my favorite hot dog to use, but like the challah dough, you can use any brand you like. —Shannon Sarna is editor of The Nosher, a food blog offering a array of new and classic Jewish recipes and food news, from Europe to Yemen, from challah to shakshuka and beyond. Check it out at www.TheNosher.com.
Challah Hot Dogs Yield: 14-16 challah dogs Prep: 4 hours Ingredients For the challah dough 1½ tablespoons dry active yeast 1 teaspoon sugar 1¼ cup lukewarm water 4½–5 cups of all-purpose, unbleached flour (preferably King Arthur flour) ¼ cup vegetable oil ½ tablespoon salt ¾ cup sugar 2 eggs 2 packages kosher hot dogs 1 egg + 1 teaspoon water Optional: sesame seeds, poppy seeds, black sesame seeds, caraway seeds and thick sea salt Directions Make your challah dough In a small bowl, place yeast, 1 teaspoon sugar and lukewarm water. Allow to sit approximately 10 minutes, until it becomes foamy on top. In a large bowl or stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, mix together 1½ cups flour, salt and sugar. After the water-yeast mixture has become foamy, add to flour mixture along with oil. Mix thoroughly. Add another 1 cup of flour and eggs and mix until smooth. Switch to the dough hook attachment if you are using a stand mixer.
Add another 1½–2 cups of flour, mixing thoroughly, and then remove from bowl and place on a floured surface. Knead remaining ½ cup flour into dough, continuing to knead for around 5 minutes (or however long your hands will last). Place dough in a greased bowl and cover with damp towel. Allow to rise at least approximately 3 hours, punching down at least once if possible.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
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After dough has risen, start cutting it into 3-ounce pieces (I like using a small digital scale for this task). Wrap dough around each hot dog, pinching ends under and placing on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silpat baking mats. Whisk 1 egg with 1 teaspoon water and brush each challah dog with egg wash. Top with sesame seeds, poppy seeds, black sesame seeds, thick sea salt or caraway seeds if desired. Bake for 18 minutes or until puffy and golden all over. Serve warm with mustard.
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Men’s Division Director: Alex Pomerantz, 757-965-6136, email@example.com The Men’s Division is dedicated to engaging the community in the support of the Federation’s Annual Campaign. The Men’s Division is comprised of an executive committee and more than 50 volunteers who are bound together to serve the Tidewater Jewish community and to solicit funds for the Annual Campaign. These generous leaders ensure funding is available for Jewish education, health and social welfare, the fight against anti-Semitism, emergency services and crisis relief.
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Women’s Division Director: Amy Zelenka, 757-965-6139, firstname.lastname@example.org www.JewishVA.org/women www.facebook.com/JewishWomen757 The Women’s Division is the women’s fundraising arm of the UJFT 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 Jewish community at home as well as in the greater Jewish world. The Women’s Cabinet also 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.
Young Adult Division (YAD) Director: Amy Weinstein. 757-965-6127, email@example.com www.JewishVA.org/yad www.facebook.com/YAD The Young Adult Division is designed to promote social, cultural, leadership development and philanthropic opportunities for young Jewish adults ages 22–45 in Tidewater. YAD’s outreach programs invite young professionals, singles and growing families to attend. YAD hosts monthly happy hours, holiday parties and outreach events including Family Shabbat dinners, Girl’s Night Out and Guy’s Night Out. Super Sunday, the community’s annual fundraising phoneathon, is led by YAD, and demonstrates the success of the area’s young leaders. The Tidewater Couples Project is for married couples to learn about UJFT’s mission, to network and to gain leadership skills. Future leaders are further nurtured through YAD’s Hineni! program and the Tom Hofheimer Young Leadership Mission to Israel.
Affinity Groups: Maimonides Society and Business & Legal Society Contact: Alex Pomerantz, 757-965-6136, firstname.lastname@example.org www.JewishVA.org/Maimonides, www.facebook.com/UJFTMaimonides www.JewishVA.org/BusinessAndLegalSociety, www.facebook.com/BusinessAndLegalSociety The Maimonides Society is for Jewish healthcare professionals and the Business & Legal Society for Jewish professionals in any area or stage of a law or business career. Both groups serve to connect emerging and seasoned Jewish professionals, and to instill in them a heightened sense of engagement and commitment to the Jewish community. Committees plan events for social and professional networking, educational forums and philanthropic and service opportunities within the Jewish community, both locally and abroad.
Shalom Tidewater www.JewishVA.org/ShalomTidewater This program helps create and nurture an inclusive Jewish community. Shalom Tidewater serves as a resource for newcomers to the Tidewater Jewish community and “locals,” too.
Community Relations Council Director: Robin Mancoll, 757-965-6120, email@example.com www.JewishVA.org/CRC www.facebook.com/CRCUJFT The Community Relations Council (CRC) 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. CRC offers numerous opportunities for engagement for the entire community throughout the year, including Date With the State (Jewish Virginia Advocacy Day) and the popular speaker series, Israel Today. To receive notification of news and programs, to become a friend of the CRC or learn more about their work, visit www.JewishVA.org/CRC.
The Holocaust Commission Director: Elena Barr Baum, 757-965-6129 firstname.lastname@example.org www.HolocaustCommission.org 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 JewishNewsVA.org Editor: Terri Denison, 757-965-6132 www.jewishnewsva.org www.facebook.com/JewishNewsVA 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 homes in Tidewater, and can be viewed in a variety of online formats.
Jewish Family Service MAIN OFFICE 260 Grayson Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 Administration 757-321-2222 Counseling and Adoption 757-459-4640 Home Health 757-489-3111 Fax 757-489-1958, www.jfshamptonroads.org Executive Director: Betty Ann Levin SATELLITE OFFICES Personal Affairs Management Program 5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Suite 300, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 757-938-9130 United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula 401 City Center Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23606 757-930-1422 Jewish Family Service of Tidewater, Inc. is a fully accredited home health and social service agency that has served Tidewater since 1946. The agency has earned a national reputation of responding to community needs by the creation and expansion of programs for the elderly, children and youth, families, individuals, the developmentally disabled and the chronically mentally ill. JFS depends on the generosity of the Jewish and the larger Tidewater communities for support. Local funding sources include the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, United Way of South Hampton Roads, the United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula and many generous foundations and donors.
JFS HOME HEALTH CARE Patients have the right to choose their home health care provider and can tell the hospital discharge planner or physician to use JFS. When people 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. The award-winning department offers a comprehensive array of services provided by highly skilled professionals: •P rofessional 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 • Dietitian • Wellness/Recreational Therapist The JFS skilled home health program is Medicare-certified and accredited by Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP). Under Private Duty 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 these services: medication administration, blood pressure monitoring, catheter care, diabetes management, tube feedings and other services.
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COUNSELING FOR CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILIES
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. The Dozoretz Center for Family Healing and Jessica Glasser Children’s Therapeutic Pavilion are 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 who 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, adults and support for family members is 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.
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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 459‑4640. 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.
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 11 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.
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Tidewater Jewish Foundation 5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Suite 200, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 757-965-6111, www.jewishva.org 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 Create a Jewish Legacy initiative—to raise awareness about planned giving and endowments and to encourage bequests. This undertaking was designed to 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. It promotes the message that everyone, regardless of age, wealth or affiliation, has the ability to make a difference for future Jewish generations. As of July 2015, the Create a Jewish Legacy initiative has secured both current gifts and legacy commitments totaling approximately $40 million of its $50 million goal. 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 UJFT, JCC, JFS, HAT, 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.
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Beth Sholom Village The Berger-Goldrich Home 6401 Auburn Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464 757-420-2512, fax 757-424-0657, www.bethsholomvillage.com 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 Jewish Family Service, The Freda H. Gordon Hospice and Palliative Care Center of Tidewater, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Sentara Healthcare System, Glennan Center and others. The Home is a five-star facility—the highest rating available in Virginia. 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. • 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, www.bethsholomvillage.com 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 a day are served 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.
Freda H. Gordon Hospice & Palliative Care of Tidewater 260 Grayson Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 757-321-2242, Fax 757-321-2236 www.hpctidewater.com 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’s vision is to exceed the expectations of 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. The Freda H. Gordon Hospice and Palliative Care of Tidewater has received the Gold Seal of Approval® from The Joint Commission.
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Simon Family Jewish Community Center 5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 757-321-2338, fax 757-489-4427, www.SimonFamilyJCC.org Executive Director: Scott Katz The Simon Family Jewish Community Center serves the entire Jewish and greater Tidewater community, from infants to seniors. Everyone is welcome.
JCC MEMBERSHIP Membership Associate: Kyrus Whitehurst: 757-321-2327 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 personal training sessions, including a fitness assessment and results-based exercise plan, as well as discounts on classes and cultural events.
FITNESS AND AQUATICS Wellness Director: Sharon Giannelli, 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.
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SPORTS AND RECREATION Sports & Recreation Director: Tom Edwards, 757-321-2308 Membership not necessary to participate in: •Y outh, teen and adult basketball •Y outh and adult soccer •Y outh and adult tennis •Y outh and adult Pickleball •Y outh tee-ball •Y outh swim team •P unt, Pass & Kick
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CULTURAL ARTS Director of Cultural Arts: Michele Goldberg, 757-321-2341 Performing Arts at the J Experience the Cutting Edge Dueling Pianos on Saturday, Oct. 24, starting at 8 pm. Check website for other Jewish-centric entertainment throughout the year, including comedies, musicians and theater productions. 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 1–15. VIRGINIA FESTIVAL OF JEWISH FILM presented by Alma* and Howard Laderberg One of the nation’s longest continuous Jewish film festivals, the 23nd annual event takes place January 16–24, 2016. 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 5, 2016.
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ADULT PROGRAMS Adult Program Coordinator, 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; Rummikub; and snacks. Transportation to JCC provided by Jewish Family Service, 757-321-2222.
ADULT JEWISH EDUCATION Program Director: Alicia Cohen Kraus, 757-321-2323 Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning With its international headquarters at Hebrew University Jerusalem, The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning offers Jewish literacy through Jewish texts in an interactive, pluralistic and non-denominational environment. No exams, no quizzes and no homework. Prerequisite: commitment to learning. Classes to enhance Jewish Journeys From Jewish architecture to an Israel Advocacy, spirituality to music, the JCC has classes for every Jewish journey.
YOUNG ADULT PROGRAMMING Program Director: Alicia Cohen Kraus, 757-321-2323 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 25 and November 22. B’nai B’rith Youth Organization (BBYO) (Jewish 9th–12th grade) Executive Director: Scott Katz, 757-321-2371 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, as well as social action programs. Hillel at Old Dominion University ODU Hillel Director: Alicia Cohen Kraus, 757-943-9410, email@example.com 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 www.JewishVA.org/Hillel to learn more.
CHILDREN AND FAMILY Program Director: Alicia Cohen Kraus 757-321-2323 Classes, family programs and holiday events. Children’s Classes Age 3 through elementary school Cooking, dance classes, gymnastics, yoga, Brickheadz, and more are offered. Learn more by viewing the JCC program guide at www.SimonFamilyJCC.org. 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.pjlibrary. org. 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 • E xtended 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.
Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus of the Tidewater Jewish Community Cardo Cafe Hebrew Academy of Tidewater Jewish Family Service Marilyn and Marvin Simon Family Jewish Community Center Tidewater Jewish Foundation United Jewish Federation of Tidewater 5000 Corporate Woods Drive Virginia Beach, Virginia 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. Everything concerning mechanical, heating and cooling, food service including the Cardo Café, janitorial, landscaping, and security is a function of the Campus. This enables the individual agencies to concentrate on serving the Jewish community, and to reduce spending.
Camp GAN ISRAEL Chabad House, 1920 Colley Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23517 www.ganizzy.org 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.
Simon Family JCC Summer Camp 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.
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Education BINA High School 425 Washington Park, Norfolk, VA 23517 757-627-BINA (2462), fax 757-627-2461 www.binahighschool.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Menaheles: Shira Rubin 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.
Hebrew Academy of Tidewater 5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 757-424-4327, fax 757-420-0915, www.hebrewacademy.net Interim Head of School: Heather Moore Admissions Director: Carin Simon Visitor tours by appointment. As Tidewater’s only Jewish Community Day School, the Hebrew Academy of Tidewater Konikoff Center of Learning has served the educational needs of families for more than 60 years. What’s the secret to this continued success? The strengths of traditions, an outstanding dual curriculum and a certified and dedicated faculty who turn out confident, prepared and bright graduates year after year. Students are secure in their Jewish identity, nourished by the spirit and ethics they are infused with throughout their elementary years. They are well prepared to meet the challenges of today’s fast-paced world, evidenced by their acceptance into the best independent, IB and public school academies around. The advantages HAT students receive in the halls of this exceptional campus setting are extraordinary: A rigorous and comprehensive academic curriculum filled with language arts, science, math, social studies, Jewish studies, Hebrew language, music, art, physical education and the use of 21st Century technology. The school’s mission is to provide the highest quality Judaic and general studies education and establish a strong foundation for lifelong learning in a dynamic, supportive, and enriching Jewish environment. HAT Quick Facts • Kindergarten–5th grade • Welcoming families of all Jewish backgrounds and practices • Warm, spirited, nurturing community • Dual curriculum • Fosters critical and independent thinking • Certified teachers • On site developmental specialist • 21st century classrooms (technology including Chromebooks, ActiveBoards, and student run television news show) • Dedicated science lab, Regulation size gym, soccer field, tennis courts and indoor pool • 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 • Comprehensive SECURED facility • Accredited by the VAIS • Founding member of RAVSAK, the Jewish Community Day School Network Infants through preschool programming offered through the Strelitz Early Childhood Education Center. (Constituent agency of the United Federation of Tidewater) 34 | Jewish News | August 17, 2015 | Guide to Jewish Living | jewishnewsva.org
Institute for Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding at Old Dominion University Cooper Room, BAL 2024, Batten Arts and Letters Old Dominion University 757-683-6816 al.odu.edu/ijiu www.facebook.com/IJIUatODU Director: Farideh Goldin email@example.com 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 757-559-1836, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.norfolkkollel.com Executive Director: Rabbi Gershon Litt Rabbi Baruch Danziger, Rosh Kollel Rabbi Moshe Rubinowitz Rabbi Velvel Cook 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.
STRELITZ EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER 5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 www.simonfamilyjcc.org, www.facebook.com/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 and helps children achieve a secure sense of identity. Pre-school 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. 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).
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• Large 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 • The area’s most comprehensive building security
Talmudical Academy Yeshivas Aish Kodesh 612 Colonial Ave., Norfolk, VA 23507 757-623-6070, fax 757-623-6074, email@example.com Rabbi Shaul Lefkovitz and Rabbi Avrohom Weinreb—Judaic principals Dr. Brian Brennan, Ph.D—General Studies principal 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, ice skating 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.
TORAS CHAIM 3110 Sterling Point Drive, Portsmouth, VA 23703 757-686-2480, www.toraschaim.net 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. 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.
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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.
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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 Gail Gogan, secretary, 461-1150 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. With about 150 members, men and women of all ages, activities include dances, trips, entertainment and cultural events. Philanthropic endeavors support Jewish education, community organizations that provide services and international groups that assist needy causes. Brith Sholom meetings take place on the first Sunday of the month at Beth Sholom Home of Eastern Virginia.
HADASSAH NorfolkVirginia 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.
Jewish Museum and Cultural Center 607 Effingham St., Portsmouth, VA 23704 757-391-9266, www.jewishmuseumportsmouth.org 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, a summer music series, as well as school programs, adult programs and tours.
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Celebrating 100 Years! A Jewish social/philanthropic club for men and women meeting at the Beth Sholom Village in Hampton Roads. For membership information call Gail at 757-461-1150 Joe Goldberg at 757-467-0688 or email Brith.Sholom1@gmail.com Jewishnewsva.org | Guide to Jewish Living | August 17, 2015 | Jewish News | 37
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.
3820 Stoneshore Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23452 757-463-3226, Fax 757-463-1134 Michelle.Anderson@bethchaverim.com www.bethchaverim.com REFORM, Rabbi Israel Zoberman Administrator: Michelle R. Anderson 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 clubs and classes • Gift Shop • Teen programming
B’NAI ISRAEL CONGREGATION 420 Spotswood Ave., Norfolk, VA 23517 757-627-7358, fax 757-627-8544 firstname.lastname@example.org, www.bnaiisrael.org ORTHODOX, Rabbi Sender Haber 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
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1920 Colley Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23517 757-616-0770, Fax 757-616-0772 email@example.com, www.chabadoftidewater.com 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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THE COMMODORE URIAH P. LEVY CHAPEL 757-444-7361 firstname.lastname@example.org Cantor: Aaron Sachnoff One of the few designated Jewish chapels in the U.S. Navy, the Commodore Levy Chapel serves Jewish military personnel including reservists and retirees. It is the focal point of a growing Jewish life within the military community. This historic chapel is named after Commodore Uriah Levy who was one of only two Jewish men ever to move up the ranks, from enlisted to Commodore status. Shabbat Services take place Friday evenings at 7:30 pm. For information about upcoming events, High Holiday services and Festival worship, call the Naval Station Chaplains Office Mon.–Fri. 8 am–3:30 pm. Facebook: Commodore Uriah P. Levy Chapel, Naval Station Norfolk, Va. Access to the Naval Station with proper ID, Military escort or by special permission of the Senior Chaplain.
CONGREGATION BETH EL 422 Shirley Ave., Norfolk, VA 23517 757-625-7821, fax 757-627-4905 www.bethelnorfolk.com, email@example.com CONSERVATIVE, Rabbi Jeffrey M. Arnowitz Cantor Wendi Fried Rabbi Arthur Ruberg, Rabbi Emeritus Education Director: Sharon Wasserberg Executive Director: Pamela Gladstone 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
KEMPSVILLE CONSERVATIVE SYNAGOGUE Kehillat Bet Hamidrash 952 Indian Lakes Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA 23464 757-495-8510, www.kbhsynagogue.org CONSERVATIVE, Chazzan M. David Proser 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
Ohef Sholom Temple 530 Raleigh Ave., Norfolk, VA 23507 757-625-4295, fax 757-625-3762 firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ohefsholom.org REFORM, Rabbi Rosalin Mandelberg Cantor Wally Schachet-Briskin Rabbi Arthur Z. Steinberg, Rabbi Emeritus Administrator: Gail W. Bachman Director of Congregational Life: Linda Peck
Director of Family Learning: Chris Kraus Music Director: Charles Woodward Rabbi Lawrence A. Forman, Rabbi Emeritus 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 www.tevb.org, email@example.com CONSERVATIVE, Rabbi Marc Kraus Office manager: Gail Gogan Temple Emanuel is a thriving oceanfront Jewish community located in Virginia Beach. It is intimate, accepting and open to all. Located just four blocks from the beach, it offers innovative worship services, a cutting-edge religious school (k-9), as well as other educational and cultural programming for all ages. Videos are available on the congregation’s website: www.tevb.org.
TEMPLE Israel 7255 Granby St., Norfolk, VA 23505 757-489-4550, fax 757-489-3425 TempleIsraelVA@aol.com, www.templeisraelva.org CONSERVATIVE, Rabbi Michael Panitz Administrator: Nancy Tucker 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
TIDEWATER CHAVURAH www.tidewaterchavurah.org 757-499-4660 or 757-468-2675 REFORM/RECONSTRUCTIONIST Rabbi Cantor Ellen Jaffe-Gill Contact: Carol or Reesa Tidewater Chavurah is a “synagogue without walls” involved in Jewish fellowship. Formed in 1996, Tidewater Chavurah has been an alternative to the formality of religious institutions since its inception. Tidewater Chavurah welcomes new members who are not involved with established synagogues, 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. Monthly Shabbat and High Holiday services, use prayer books of the Reform movement. Rabbi Jaffe-Gill also leads holiday celebrations and facilitates Jewish themed learning experiences for the Chavurah.
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B’NAI B’RITH YOUTH ORGANIZATION, BBG/AZA
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(Grades 9–12) Executive Director: Scott Katz, 757-321-2371 BBYO is one of the world’s leading Jewish movements, connecting teens of all backgrounds to become inspired to live Jewish lives while making a difference in the world through AZA and BBG. Recognized as the preeminent leadership training and character development program for teens, BBYO’s umbrella of innovative experiences—service and action, college and career prep and travel—and technologies provide a robust and effective way of delivering meaningful Jewish contents. In Tidewater, BBYO meets Sundays at the Simon Family JCC. There are two BBG and two AZA chapters.
North-American Federation of Temple Youth Mid-Atlantic Region—NFTY-MAR REFORM www.nfty.org/mar, firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Congregation Beth Chaverim 757-463-3226 Beth Chaverim Youth Group (BCTY) participates in NFTY-MAR events. For students in grades 9–12.
Ohef Sholom Temple Youth 757-625-4295 Advisors: Amy and Eliot Weinstein 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) CONSERVATIVE Congregation Beth El, Temple Israel, Temple Emanuel and Kempsville Conservative Synagogue (KBH) 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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Gomley Chesed Cemetery Shell Road near Frederick Blvd. and George Washington Highway Portsmouth, Va. 757-484-1019
Hebrew Cemetery Princess Anne Road and Tidewater Drive Norfolk, Va. (757) 441-2576
Mikro Kodesh Chesapeake, Va. 757-965-6100
Princess Anne Memorial Park 1110 North Great Neck Road Virginia Beach, Va. 757-481-1097
Rosewood Memorial Park Cemetery 631 N. Witchduck Road Virginia Beach, Va. 757-497-8925
Woodlawn Memorial Gardens 6309 E. Virginia Beach Blvd. Norfolk, Va. 757-461-4054
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Ohef Sholom makes a full time commitment to Jewish learning “We are so excited to be on the cusp of a new era of learning at OST,” says Karen Fine, immediate past chair of Ohef Sholom Temple’s Religious School Committee. After seven years of planning, restructuring and re-thinking, OST invested in a full time director of Family Learning to encompass Jewish education from preschool through college age. Chris Kraus, who moved from Cincinnati, Ohio, to assume this new position, says “Religious School can be viewed by some as drop them off on Sunday, but we are nurturing the soul here, and that’s not a one day a week kind of thing.” Indeed, he asserts that learning is a life-long process, in which the soul is nurtured on Sundays, with the intention that the lessons are put into action the other days of the week, on a full-time basis throughout one’s life. On Monday, July 6, 13 members of the Ohef Sholom Temple Religious School
Committee, chaired by Tammi Foer, held their first meeting with Kraus. After delivering a D’Var Torah (V’Shinantam L’Vanecha ‘And You Shall Teach Them [these words of Torah] DILIGENTLY’ to your Children, Deuteronomy 6:7, the committee was asked to interpret the meaning of this mitzvah. Some of their responses include: • Diligent teaching means connecting Torah to many different dimensions of daily life. • Thinking outside the conventional box towards a realization that this seemingly secular experience is Jewish, too. • Getting families excited about coming to Ohef Sholom to learn. • Showing how Jewish learning is comprehensive and everywhere. • Teaching consistently. • An awareness that it is a blessing to pursue Jewish learning. The Hebrew phrase derives from the
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word for “tooth,” and so it means taking a tasty, satisfying, nourishing and deep bite into learning. “The kids we teach and touch at Ohef are our kids, they are our community,” says Kraus. “So what we teach in our Sunday learning community are values and ways our children can make the world a better place in the days that follow.”
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After the movie, the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions of medical professionals who specialize in Alzheimer’s and dementia, including Dr. Hamid R. Okhravi, Glennan Center at EVMS
In 2011, music legend Glen Campbell set out on an unprecedented tour across America. They thought it would last 5 weeks; instead it went for 151 spectacular sold out shows over a triumphant year and a half across America. What made this tour extraordinary was that Glen had recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He was told to hang up his guitar and prepare for the inevitable. Instead, Glen and his wife went public with his diagnosis and announced that he and his family would set out on a “Goodbye Tour.” This film documents this amazing journey.
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Inviting community to Holocaust Commission Educators’ Conference proves successful by Elka Mednick and Elena Baum
he Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater held its Educators’ Conference July 28–29. For this 12th Biennial offering, chairs Joan London and Vivian Margulies tried something new. In addition to inviting educators, administrators and student advocates, this year’s conference was open to community members. Two options were offered for non-educators: morning keynote presentations only, held July 28 at Norfolk
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Academy, or the full two-day conference, which included afternoon workshops following the presentations, and a trip to the Virginia Holocaust Museum on July 29, with special presentations and workshops. Of the 100 people registered for the conference, more than one-third were from the greater community. Follow-up surveys affirmed that all participants appreciated the opportunity to attend; educators and non-educators alike commented that the conference provided them with insightful perspectives they could use in a variety of situations, including in their daily lives. Keynote presenters at Norfolk Academy included Jeannie Opdyke Smith, daughter of Righteous Gentile Irene Gut Opdyke. Smith tells her mother’s story of courage and love, emphasizing the power a single person has in influencing the world around them. Smith is a popular speaker for Jewish Federations nationwide and also works with the ADL. Community members particularly appreciated Smith’s passionate presentation, one noting, “She was absolutely inspiring! You don’t have to be an educator to be educated!” Glenn Kurtz, author of Three Minutes in Poland: Discovering a Lost World in a 1938 Family Film, was the second keynote presenter on July 28. Kurtz explained the importance of artifacts and photographs as a means to study the Holocaust, understand
Commission members Ellie Brooke, Ronnie Yancey, Phyllis Sperling and Joan Benas welcome conference participants.
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history and pass down memories and traditions. He pointed out that it is often the people, places and things that people know best, that are taken for granted, and are often lost to history, because these well-known people and places aren’t labeled in photos. His decade-long quest to reconstruct his father’s hometown was a project in which many educators could see great potential. One educator told the Glenn Kurtz and Elena Baum. commission, “I was especially impressed with Kurtz’s work, and said complimented the museum tour perfectly, she also brought a plethora of video am inspired to bring it into my classroom.” Kate English, a US Holocaust Memorial and online materials for each participant, Museum Teacher Fellow, was the featured which according to the surveys, will defikeynote speaker in Richmond on July 29, nitely be referenced in many Hampton sharing definitions, resources and help- Roads classes in the future. For more information about the Holocaust ful guidelines for teachers in tailoring Holocaust lessons for different grade levels Commission, visit www. holocaustcommission.org, and various groups. She provided not only email firstname.lastname@example.org or call a discussion of genocide that teachers 965-6125.
Presenter Kate English works with a small group at the Virginia Holocaust Museum.
Speakers captivated the attention of educators and community members.
Holocaust Commission members Randi Dunlap and Dale Jacobs.
Dr. Charles Sydnor tells attendees about the VHMâ€™s new Auschwitz exhibit.
Participants view the Auschwitz exhibit.
Boarding the bus for Richmond Wednesday morning.
Teacher Verdell Williams. Educators Richard Oberdorfer and Ray Bousman.
Keynote Speaker Jeannie Opdyke Smith and Gwendolyn Stancill.
Touring the Virginia Holocaust Museum with docent Alex Keisch. Cape Henry teachers Karen Mason and Kathleen Sharp.
Teachers Joshua Horwitz and Craig Blackman.
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$10,000–$19,999 Mr. and Mrs. Robert Copeland Mr. and Mrs. Robert Josephberg Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Kramer with Will, June, Alex, and Austin Mr. Arnold Leon Mr. and Mrs. Peter Segaloff
$5,000–$9,999 Mr. and Mrs. Jon Becker Mr. and Mrs. David Brand Charles Barker Automotive Tavia, Randi, and Steven Gordon Mr. Raymond Gottlieb Mr. Howard Joffe JRJ Family Partnership Mr. and Mrs. Jay Klebanoff L. M. Sandler & Sons, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Miles Leon Mr. and Mrs. Jerrold Miller Mr. and Mrs. Alan L. Nordlinger Mr. and Mrs. Art Sandler with Leyla, Jessica, Max, and Dylan Mr. Steven B. Sandler with Wesley, Mitch, and Katie Mr. and Mrs. John Strelitz
$2,500–$4,999 Mr. and Mrs. Avraham Ashkenazi Alan and Esther Fleder Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Friedberg Dr. and Mrs. Abbey Horwitz Mrs. Libbie Kaplan Krug Foundation
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$500–$999 Dr. Jason Alper and Dr. Jennifer Rush Anonymous Rabbi and Mrs. Jeffrey Arnowitz Mr. and Mrs. Herbert K. Bangel Bay Disposal Inc. Dr. Robert Bernstein and Ms. Lisa Ehrich Mr. Roy Beskin Beth Sholom Home of Eastern Virginia Brith Sholom Center of Virginia, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. David Cardon Copy Fax Creative Images Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Drory ECS Mid-Atlantic LLC Faggert & Frieden P.C. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Friedman Dr. and Mrs. Michael Gross Hercules Fence Ms. Marcia Hofheimer Jewish Family Service Jormandy, LLC Dr. and Mrs. Edward Karotkin
Ms. Debra Keeling KMG Prestige Inc. Dr. and Mrs. David* Kruger Dr. and Mrs. Robert Laibstain LoanCare Servicing Center Lombart Instrument Company Mrs. Joan London-Baer Mid-Atlantic Dermatology Center, P. C. Dr. Bernard H. Miller Dr. and Mrs. Julius Miller Dr. and Mrs. Norman Miller Monarch Properties Inc. PAYDAY Payroll Services Mr. and Mrs. Steve Poorman, Sr. Property Management Group Mr. and Mrs. Murray Rosenbach Rosenblum Plastic Surgery Cmdr. and Mrs. Harold Sacks Salter & Associates, PC Ms. Toni Sandler Mrs. Shari Dozoretz Scheible Dr. and Mrs. Ivan Schiff Dr. and Mrs. Eric Schwartzman Cmdr. and Mrs. Paul Seeman Mr. Rand Shapiro Mr. and Mrs. Yaron Sibony/ Sunsations Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Siegel Mr. and Mrs. Larry Sifen Mr. and Mrs. Britt Simon Mr. and Mrs. Michael Simon Mr. and Mrs. Paul Terkeltaub The Foleck Center for Cosmetic Implant and Dentistry Williams Mullen Foundation Yorktown Materials
$100–$499 Mr. and Mrs. David Adut Mr. and Mrs. Warren L. Aleck Mr. Sam Alofer and Ms. Chen Segal-Alofer Dr. and Mrs. Bernard Alper Mrs. Karen Alpert Anonymous
Anonymous Anonymous Anonymous Mr. and Mrs. Michel Ashe Dr. and Mrs. Jerome Auerbach Mr. Jody Balaban Mr. and Mrs. Alex Barkan Mrs. Clay Barr Dr. and Mrs. Alan Bartel Beach Eye Care Belgard Hardscapes Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Berezovsky Mr. and Mrs. Danniel Berkovich Ms. Beth Hirsch Berman Mr. and Mrs. William Bernstein Mr. and Mrs. Michael Blachman B’Nai Israel Congregation Mr. and Mrs. Jack Bookbinder Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Brenner Dr. and Mrs. Herbert Brewer Mr. Hyman Brooke Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Brooke Mr. Steven Brown and Dr. Beryl Brown Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Buxbaum Ms. Stephanie Calliott and Mr. Don London Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Cardon CB Richard Ellis Mr. Hyman Cohen Congregation Beth El Cooper Hurley, PLLC Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson Cooper Mr. and Mrs. John M. Cooper Mrs. Rebecca Danker Ms. Shelby Davis Mrs. Hilde D. Deutsch Mr. and Mrs. Larry Dobrinksy Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Drory Mr. Frankie Edmondson/ Portsmouth Commissioner of the Revenue Dr. Edwin Epstein
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Up to $99 Mr. and Mrs. Laurent Abitbol Dr. and Mrs. Arnold Abrams Mr. and Mrs. S. Beryl Adler Mr. Steve Advocat Anonymous Mr. and Mrs. Alan Arnowitz Mrs. Marlene Bass
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Mr. Richard Marten and Ms. Nancy Loewenberg Ms. Elsie Martin Mr. and Mrs. Walter Matthias Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Mesh Mr. and Mrs. Richard Miles Mr. and Mrs. Claude Miller Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Mitnick Mr. Andrew Moore Mrs. Bernice Moses Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Muhlendorf Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Muhlendorf Mr. and Mrs. Charles Nusbaum Mr. and Mrs. Lorence Osmunson III Ms. Rhona Peck Mr. and Mrs. Alex Pomerantz Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Rabin Dr. and Mrs. B. L. Reshefsky Dr. and Mrs. John Rosenman Ms. Judit Roth Ms. Tara Rowlett Dr. and Mrs. Leonard Ruchelman Dr. and Mrs. Robert Seltzer Mr. and Mrs. Mike Shaffer Dr. Roberta Shames Mr. and Mrs. Richard Shelly Dr. Gary Siegel Mr. and Mrs. Louis Silverman Mr. and Mrs. Kingsley Smith II Mr. Mark Solberg Dr. Patricia Speer Ms. Kim Tapper Dr. and Mrs. Louis Tonelson
Endowments Harry & Sylvia Belkov* Memorial Scholarship Fund Leon & Florence Berlin* Memorial Fund William and Carole Bernstein Ezra Annuity Abraham and Malka Bornstein* Memorial Fund Julian Colby* Memorial Unrestricted Fund Bessie Dozoretz* Scholarship Fund Ronald Dozoretz Scholarship Fund Rosa K. Frieden* Memorial Unrestricted Fund Tavia and Freda* Gordon Scholarship Fund HAT Supporting Unrestricted Fund Hebrew Academy Scholarship Fund The Lester & Barbara Horwitz Restricted Fund Leola Banks Jaffe* Unrestricted Fund of HAT Carl J* & Juliet A. Katz Unrestricted Fund Barry and Reatha Kantor Scholarship Fund of HAT Alene Jo Kaufman Endowment Fund
Klebanoff Family Philanthropic Fund Kramer Family JFN/PEJE Fund Celia Krichman* Unrestricted Fund Leon Leach Ezra Annuity Selma* and Leon Leach Restricted Scholarship Fund Jeff & Elayne Littman Philanthropic Fund James London* Athletic and Outdoor Program Marguerite Marx* Jewish History Collection Ada R. Michaels* Faculty Development Restricted Fund Joseph* and Barbara Patish Ezra Annuity Reba and Samuel Sandler* Memorial Fund of HAT Lonny & Terri Sarfan Philanthropic Fund Segaloff Family JFN/PEJE Fund Sarah and Samuel Sonnenberg* Memorial Fund Harold and Reva* Sprung Technology Endowment Celia Stern* Fund of HAT Solomon and Sylvia Yavner* Fund The Lorna Legum Rising Star Award Fund The Mel Bass* & Debbie Bass Sadoff* Memorial Restricted Fund The Teachers’ Endowment Fund The Zena Herod Endowment Fund
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Krichman Charitable Trust Isabelle and Erik Krupnick Carol and Leonard Laibstain Carol and Robert Laibstain Roz Landres Darryl Lefcoe Amy and Kevin Lefcoe Danielle and Sam Leibovici Ashley and Shawn Lemke Arnold Leon Lisa and David Leon Sandra and Miles Leon Caren and Steven Leon Mark Lipton Brenda and Sheal Lisner Elayne and Jeffrey Littman Louise and Barry Lubin Honey and David Maizel Rita and Sid Mallenbaum Vivian and Burke Margulies Shaina Ettel and Yitzchak Menda Susie and Joe Mersel Laura and Jerry Miller Jeanne and Julius Miller Gail and Norman Miller Sandra and Moshe Moallem Heather and Doug Moore Stephanie and Neil Morrison Mary Nichols Emily and Joel Nied Ann Nusbaum, in honor of the Sandler/ Balaban wedding Stephanie and Paul Peck Rhona Peck Cara Scheffres and Steve Poorman Debra and Steve Poorman Elinore Porter Erinn and Felix Portnoy Rona and David Proser Jan and Ed Reed Beth and Bonnie Reshefsky Eilene and Jordan Rosenblum Gabrielle Schwartz and Richard Rosenblum Ellen and Scott Rosenblum Miriam and Arthur Ruberg Sara Jo and Joel Rubin
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n time for Veteranâ€™s Day, Jewish News salutes Jewish Americans who served in various U.S. Armed Forces. Weâ€™ll share some of their stories, highlight ongoing
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it’s a wrap Friday Light at Temple Emanuel
Beth Sholom Village holds annual board meeting
he weather was perfect, the food delicious and the speaker eloquent for Temple Emanuel’s Friday Light Shabbat experience on June 19. The congregation began with worship on the beach, where the sun was warm, the breeze gentle and the music inspirational. After a short walk to the Temple, the participants enjoyed dinner prepared by Sue Adler. Following dinner, the children and Rabbi Marc Kraus left for adventurous Nerf games and the adults listened to the speaker, Jonathan Zur, president and CEO of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities. Zur described the history of the center and explained several of the programs it offers to other organizations in Virginia. He discussed how inclusivity in schools can reduce bullying, increase graduation rates, improve student behavior and result in a better educational experience for all students. The examples Zur provided were striking, particularly in light of the shooting, which had occurred in Charleston just two nights before.
eal Stern was installed as president of Beth Sholom Village’s board of directors at its annual board meeting on Wednesday, June 24. A long-time member of Beth Sholom Village’s board, Stern has served on its finance committee as well as on the board of The Freda H. Gordon Hospice and Palliative Care of Tidewater. Since 2011, Stern has been the executive vice president of operations at Neal Stern. PRA Group, Inc. Also at the meeting, new directors joined the board: Linda Fox Jarvis, Bruce Rubin, Judith Snyder and Jack Young. Staff recognized for their longevity within Beth Sholom Village included three employees who have worked at BSV for more than 30 years: Lane Chapman, LPM, Gail Brickhouse, director of environmental services and Calena Williams, CNA.
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Drip irrigation: an Israeli innovation by Abby Sher
(Jewniverse via JTA)—On these hottest days of summer—especially when parts of the United States are rationing water—the late Israeli engineer Simcha Blass should be thanked for helping farmers figure out how to best harness the water they do have. Blass revolutionized drip irrigation in the early 1930s, pretty haphazardly. As the story goes, Blass saw a big tree growing seemingly without water. When he dug into the soil, he found an onion-shaped pocket of underground water feeding the tree’s roots. Each drop of water was being stored and
sucked out as needed. Blass made tubing that would release water slowly and steadily through larger and longer passageways, using friction to keep the flow. Blass refined this method and patented his surface drip irrigation emitter. In 1965, Kibbutz Hatzerim used Blass’s creation to create a new irrigation development industry, called Netafim, Hebrew for “droplets.” Today, inspired by Blass, Israel continues to lead the way in drip- and micro-irrigation inventions. The new products help farmers all over the world, no matter how arid the soil or how slow the water pressure. It’s also a great lesson in human ingenuity
and patience. Each water drop (and every kind action) makes a difference in the life and growth of the world. Abby Sher is a writer and performer living in Brooklyn. She is the author of Amen, Amen, Amen: Memoir of a Girl Who Couldn’t Stop Praying (Among Other Things) and Breaking Free: True Stories of Girls Who Escaped Modern Slavery. Jewniverse is a daily email list and blog featuring extraordinary, inspirational, forgotten and just-plain-strange dispatches from Jewish culture, tradition and history. Sign up at www. TheJewniverse.com.
NPR’s Nina Totenberg reclaims dad’s stolen violin, now worth millions by Julie Wiener
( JTA)—Jewish violin virtuoso Roman Totenberg enjoyed a long life, making it to the ripe old age of 101. But that wasn’t quite long enough to be reunited with the prized instrument that was stolen from him in 1980. The FBI officially announced Thursday, August 6 that it had recovered Totenberg’s almost 300-year-old Stradivarius, which he purchased in 1943. With just a few hundred of its type in the world, it’s now worth millions of dollars, according to The Associated Press. The Polish-born Totenberg, who died three years ago, was the father of NPR’s legal correspondent Nina Totenberg. He was a musical prodigy, making his debut at age 11 as a soloist with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, according to his New York Times obituary. After purchasing the Stradivarius,
Totenberg, who had immigrated to the United States in 1938, played exclusively on the prized instrument for decades, soloing with major orchestras in the U.S. and Europe. He appeared on “dozens if not hundreds of recordings,” according to the Times obituary, and taught at Boston University and elsewhere. Then, in 1980, the violin was stolen from his office. Although an aspiring violinist, Philip S. Johnson, had been spotted nearby at the time of the theft, the police did not have enough evidence for a search warrant or arrest. The case remained unsolved for years. In June, the FBI called Nina Totenberg and said it had the violin; an appraiser to whom the instrument had been presented alerted authorities. “I really could hardly believe it at the time,” Nina Totenberg told the AP. “I said, ‘I have to call my sisters. I’ll tell them not
to get their hopes up,’ but he said, ‘You don’t have to do that. This is the violin.’” (Totenberg described the whole affair in greater detail on NPR.) “This loss for my father was, as he said when it happened, it was like losing an arm,” Nina’s sister Jill Totenberg told the AP. “To have it come back, three years after he died, to us, it’s like having him come alive again.” The AP did not identify the woman who brought the violin for appraisal, but said she is the former wife of Johnson, the violinist who had long been a suspect. He died in 2011. The violin was returned to the Totenbergs, who plan to sell it—to a musician, not a collector. With potentially millions of dollars coming from the sale, will Nina Totenberg, who is 71, be tempted to retire in style from her job at NPR?
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it’s a wrap Summer fun at Camp JCC
ach day of Camp JCC is as individual as the children who attend. Campers bustle with excitement as they enter the Simon Family JCC, talking about the day’s theme, waving to new friends and asking if it’s time to swim at the water park. Efi Potashski, like many other parents, walks her children to their classrooms in the morning, and says the energy is contagious. “The music in the morning makes me happy when I walk them in. The atmosphere is fun and upbeat. It makes me want to be a camper, too!” says Potashski, who moved to the area one year ago from Israel. Camp days continue with art, music, games, field trips, lessons, sports and special surprises. At home, at the end of the camp day, Robyn Bailey’s children surround her dinner table and share their favorite parts of the day. “My six-year-old was pretending to be
the art teacher, leading us in a new technique of coloring he learned, while my four-year-old was proudly singing boomchicka-boom-boom, and my three-year-old was dancing along,” says Bailey. “Every day, when my kids come home, they tell us about a new activity that they really enjoyed,” says Lauren Scolnick, mother of four-year-old Oliver and sixyear-old Henry. “Whether it’s fishing with Mr. Chris, sports class, swim instruction or duck, duck, goose, they have a lot to say about the fun they had. I love that they each see some familiar faces, but also make new friends as well.” Omer Potashnik, who is six, says he loves camp field trips and catching fish right in the JCC pond. “It’s been a wonderful experience, and it is so reassuring as a parent to know that your children are in good hands and that they are having a blast,” says Scolnick. “The JCC is able to accommodate all different
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types of campers, and has activities to interest every kind of child. Our family has had a fabulous summer at Camp JCC.” Bailey agrees: “Camp JCC is the total package. It solidifies a sense of comfort, safety and community.” “I couldn’t be happier with the experience that my boys had at camp this summer. The counselors and specialists were amazing,” Scolnick says. “Erika Eskenazi [Camp Director] did a terrific job getting to know all of the campers, and energetically greeted them by name— each and every morning.” Camp JCC: A Hidden Gem Spencer Turner hadn’t viewed Camp JCC as an option for his children until his wife’s grandparents, who live in San Diego, suggested the young couple tour the Simon Family JCC. The Turner family immediately liked what they saw, and have been camp regulars for two years. “The place was very welcoming, and we knew from the start that the camp program would be great for my boys. I am always impressed that the whole staff seems to know not just the boys’ names, but mine as well,” says Turner.
This year, two-year-old Mason joined his older brothers, Nathanial and Ayden, at Camp JCC. “It’s great that they can all be there,” says Turner, who picks the trio up after work. “Camp keeps them active throughout the day. They’re excited to tell me about what they’ve done, and they’re never bored.” Turner says the boys talk about camp on the weekends, asking if they can go to summer camp every day. When asked what he likes most about camp, Ayden, a rising first grader at Hebrew Academy of Tidewater, says, “Swimming, swimming and swimming—every morning and afternoon. And I like free play. Oh! And every kind of sport at camp, even Frisbee and football.”
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Briefly Reviewed: What I have been reading this summer The Lion’s Gate: On the Front Lines of the Six Day War Steven Pressfield Sentinel (Penguin), 2014 426pp., $18.00 (paper) ISBN 978-1-59523-119-2 Forgiving Maximo Rothman A.J. Sidransky Berwick Court (Chicago), 2013 306pp., $16.95 ISBN 978-0-9889540-0-7 The Pawnbroker Edward Lewis Wallant, 1961 (reissued 2015) Fig Tree Books, $15.95 (paper) ISBN 978-1-941493-14-4
ometimes we bite off more than we can chew. A book is often sent to me that I would really like to read. Somehow I Hal Sacks don’t get around to it. The unread book gets schlepped back and forth between Norfolk and Scottsdale for a year or so. Some books I finally give up on (“It was not meant for me to read it”). Occasionally, I get an unexpected chance in the summer to catch up on a few. Here they are. The Lion’s Gate At about the same time that the U.S. Navy was conducting a blockade during the Cuban missile crisis, a maneuver based on a plan created by a bunch of Navy post-graduate students, a couple of fairly junior Israeli Air Force officers were charged with creating a war plan in the event the United Arab Republic (Egypt and Syria) attacked Israel. Not long thereafter Egypt mobilized hundreds of tanks and aircraft and numerous divisions of troops in the Sinai, in preparation for the “final solution” of the Israel problem, i.e., the total destruction of Israel. The Israeli air war plan worked; without its smashing success Israel would have been doomed. The Six Day War, in which Israel roundly defeated the combined forces of the UAR plus Jordan augmented by Iraqi forces, is presented in great detail in a clear
and logical manner by Steven Pressfield— best selling author of historical fiction and non-fiction ranging from the Battle of Thermopylae to the Afghan War. Pressfield presents the three major areas of struggle, Sinai, Golan and Jerusalem, through the eyes and testimony of the men and women, politicians, generals, sergeants and privates who achieved the unlikely victory. A wonderful read; not merely for history buffs. Forgiving Maximo Rothman My reviewing responsibilities seldom allow me the luxury of reading a good mystery. Thus, I guess I will not read the currently popular The Girl on the Train—which brings to mind a movie of the 1940s in which a murder in a tenement is witnessed from a passing elevated subway train in New York City. (A prize to the first reader who tells me the name of the movie and the star!) A.J. Sidransky’s debut novel, Forgiving Maximo Rothman, a mystery involving a Russian Jewish New York City detective; a ba’al tshuvah contemporary married to the daughter of an important orthodox rabbi; and Maximo Rothman, a very elderly Holocaust survivor who is the victim of a deadly assault. Detective Tolya Kurchenko and Shalom Rothman (nee Steven Redmond), although both Jewish, share little in common other than a falling out with their respective fathers. The murder investigation leads Detective Kurchenko to Maximo’s hidden diaries, which span 65 years of his life from Hitler’s Europe to refuge in the jungles of the Dominican Republic to life in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City. Sidransky, a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award, draws on the life experience of his own family members who were fortunate to get to the Dominican Republic just before Hitler closed off emigration. The Settlement of Sosua is a little known story of a safe haven for Jews—created for that purpose by the non-profit agency Dominican Republic Settlement Association (DORSA). Washington Heights, where the author lives and works, has a huge Dominican immigrant community. The solving of the murder is almost anti-climactic to the revelations of
serving Tidewater’s unaff iliated Jews and spiritual seekers as
Maximo’s life. The Pawnbroker Sophie’s Choice, arguably one of the best “Holocaust novels,” was published in 1982. The Pawnbroker, first published in 1961, was one of the first American novels to come to grips with the destruction of European Jewry. Edward Lewis Wallant, its young author, received much deserved acclaim and his book, a National Book Award finalist, sold more than 500,000 copies. The Pawnbroker was a masterpiece and Wallant was compared with the great generation of American Jewish writers including Philip Roth, Norman Mailer, Saul Bellow and Bernard Malamud. Wallant never lived to realize his place in that firmament, dying of an aneurism just a year after publication. Recently reissued in paperback by Fig Tree Books, The Pawnbroker’s antihero Sol Nazerman is a dead soul, traumatized by the Holocaust. Re-readers (and it is definitely worth re-reading) as well as first readers, with the advantage of a half-century of Holocaust research and writing, will just have to overlook Wallant’s lack of historical accuracy. This iconic Holocaust novel may be considered not a Holocaust novel at all, yet its symbolic impact is as gripping today as it was 54 years ago. There’s plenty of summer left—enjoy it with a good book! —Hal Sacks is a retired Jewish communal worker who has reviewed books for Jewish News for more than 30 years.
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provide updates on trends and concerns about Jewish communities in the U.S., in Israel, and in other countries. Silverman heads up the umbrella organization of which UJFT, 150 other North American Federations, and 300 Network Communities are a part. The Federation’s concept of communal giving— which involves fundraising through the Annual Campaign—results in its being able to touch more Jewish lives than any other organization in the world, and its placement among the top 10 global charities. Call 757-965-6124 or email sgolden@ujft. org to RSVP or for more information.
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he United Jewish Federation of Tidewater kicks off its 2016 Annual Campaign with an evening of socializing, information and inspiration. The entire community is invited to the free event; a night designed to share the impact that donations to Jerry Silverman the Annual Campaign have in this community and far beyond. Following a cocktail and kosher hors d’oeuvre reception, the president and CEO of the Jewish Federations of North America, Jerry Silverman, will discuss how the Tidewater Jewish community can, and already is, meeting the challenges and securing a Jewish future. He’ll also
27th Annual Hebrew Academy of Tidewater Konikoff Center of Learning Golf Tournament Tuesday, September 1, Bayville Golf Club Registration at 10:30 am; Shotgun Start at 12 noon To register or sponsor, contact: Patti Seeman, director of development, 757-424-4327, firstname.lastname@example.org or online at https://www.hebrewacademy.net/hat-golf-page.
Temple Sinai to hold Open House
Kids Connection Welcome Back Party
Sunday, August 30, 11 am–2:30 pm
Sunday, August 30, 2–4 pm, Simon Family JCC outdoor water park
emple Sinai of Newport News invites members, friends, relatives, neighbors and newcomers to the area to attend an Open House. Rabbi Séverine Sokol and Temple members will conduct tours of the sanctuary, Biblical Garden, historic displays and the religious school. There will be plenty of food, including lunch and an ice cream social, as well as arts and crafts for children. In addition, internationally renowned storyteller Jim Weiss will tell classic stories and tales from history and the Bible. Weiss has been entertaining audiences of all ages for more than 25 years and has performed all over the U.S., including at the White House, and in other countries. His company, Greathall Productions, has produced award-winning audio recordings for children. The open house is free. For more information, call 757-596-8352. Temple Sinai is located at 11620 Warwick Blvd. in Newport News.
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inal touches are being put on the Simon Family JCC’s brand new Kids Connection space, and it’s just in time for the Welcome Back Party. Parents will learn more about Kids Connection (the JCC’s Before and After School enrichment program for children in preK-6th grades) and tour the space while children enjoy a bounce house and other fun, summer activities. This free party is open to the community. Call 321-2342 for more information.
Ohef Sholom plans community mitzvah
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CME course for healthcare professionals Preparing for emergencies November 7–12, Tel Aviv by Steven Warsof, co-chair of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Maimonides Society
iving in uncertain times, emergencies are never expected. What will you do in a hurricane, flood or fire? What will you do in the face of a terrorist attack or biological or chemical warfare? What will you do in a mass casualty event? These threats are an everyday reality in Israel and increasingly relevant to Americans and our local community in Tidewater, Virginia. As health care professionals, the community turns to us in times of emergency. Are we prepared? Are you prepared? Join us for a unique educational experience to learn from the world’s experts on how to prepare for these events. The APF (American Healthcare Professionals and Friends for Medicine in Israel) has a unique CME opportunity in Israel to teach
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how Israelis prepare for these possibilities. As a participant in this 1-week CME course several years ago, my eyes were opened to the possibilities of tragedy in the post 9/11 world and how to respond. It was an incredible learning experience. Upon graduation, participants are also inducted into the Reserve medical or Nursing Corps of the Israeli Defense Forces. We will stay in beautiful hotels along the Tel Aviv Mediterranean Coast and travel daily to hospitals around Israel. We will learn how Israeli healthcare providers are ready for any emergency. Israel is prepared. Are you? For more information, call Alex Pomerantz at 757-965-6136.
n the morning of erev Rosh Hashanah, Ohef Sholom Temple will lead a beach cleanup as part of the International Coastal Cleanup coordinated by the Ocean Conservancy. Celebrate creation by ridding the beach and ocean of man-made trash and helping to repair the world with Ohef Sholom’s community. Cleanup supplies and snacks will be provided. Bring a picnic lunch and beach gear to enjoy the clean beach after the efforts. The cleanup takes place at Sarah Constant Beach Park, 300 West Ocean View Ave. Register via the Tikkun Olam Together Quick Link on www.ohefsholom.org.
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C A R E E R O P P O RT U N I T Y H O LO C AU S T CO M M I S S I O N P RO G R A M C O O R D I N ATO R The United Jewish Federation of Tidewater seeks candidates for the position of Holocaust Commission Program Coordinator. This part-time position (approximately 20 hours/week) is responsible for the administrative and program support of Holocaust Commission activities. A minimum of 1-2 years of administrative experience is required. Associate's Degree in business, Public Administration, Jewish Communal Service, or other related and appropriate field, preferred. Candidate must be proficient in using MS Office Suite; have an understanding of social media and its usage; excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written. Must be available for flexible working hours.
Calendar AUGUST 19, Wednesday The J.C.C. Seniors Club entertainer will be Kathy Whatley who sounds just like Patsy Cline. She played Patsy in Always Patsy Cline and did a tribute to Patsy on stage on the Virginia Beach Legends stage. Board meeting at 10:30 am, lunch at 12 noon, general meeting follows. Call 757-497-0229. AUGUST 23, SUNDAY Brith Sholom Club 50 dinner at Beth Sholom Village. Free for everyone married 50 years or more, dinner is at 5:30 pm. Fond Memories entertains at 7 pm. $10 for members and $20 for guests. Menu includes flat iron steak, salmon, salad, red potatoes, dessert of sugar-free pie and regular pie, coffee or tea. Call 757-461-1150. September 1, Tuesday 27th Annual Hebrew Academy of Tidewater Konikoff Center of Learning Golf Tournament at Bayville Golf Club. To register or sponsor, contact: Patti Seeman, director of development, 757-424-4327, email@example.com. SEPTEMBER 6, Sunday Brith Sholom meeting will be held at Beth Sholom Village. Board Meeting at 10 am; General meeting at 11 am; brunch at 12:00 Noon.
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September 20, Sunday NFL Punt, Pass & Kick sponsored by the NFL. The PPK program is a national skills competition for boys and girls (ages 6 to 15) to compete separately against their peers. Spaces limited for this free program at the Simon Family JCC. 1 pm. Register at nflppk.com. October 24, Saturday Performing Arts at the J presents Cutting Edge Dueling Pianos. Anything the audience wants to hear, the players are sure to know—whether it’s classic rock, current songs, rap or country. Cash bar available. 8 pm at the Simon Family JCC. Detailed information at SimonFamilyJCC.org or contact Michele Goldberg at 757-321-2341. $20 or $10 for JCC members. October 18, Sunday The Children’s Cultural Arts Series of the Simon Family JCC presents The Tricksters Trilogy by Virginia Opera. A collection of stories focusing on three “tricksters” from around the world, this piece is sure to entertain with its very imaginative and fun approach, includes some audience participation, and is suitable for all ages. 2:30 pm at the JCC. 321-2338 for tickets or simonfamilyjcc.org.
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Celebrate JoAnn Falletta’s 25th season with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra
Achievement: Dr. Jenefer Dayle Snyder on earning her doctorate in education. Dr. Snyder is the Dean of Languages, Mathematics and Sciences at the Portsmouth campus of Tidewater Community College. She is the wife of Michael Snyder and mother of Brayden, who had his Bar Mitzvah at Beth El last year. Her parents are Marvin and Marsha Ornoff Merkle and grandparents, Melvin and Frances Ornoff of Portsmouth, Va. Dr. Snyder also has a sister, Heather Keller and nephew Dylen. She is the daughter-in-law of Jeffrey and Nancy Snyder of Las Vegas, Nevada. Dr. Sharon Weinstein, who is exhibiting two watercolors and one mixed media painting at The Artists Gallery on Norfolk
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Birth Josh Lannik and Liz Shayne on the birth of their daughter, who was born on August 3, 2015, 18th Av, 5775. Proud grandparents are David and Phyllis Lannik of Norfolk and Mark and Yael Shayne of Great Neck, N.Y. and her great grandmother Marilyn Shayne of Floral Park, N.Y. The baby’s naming took place in Riverdale, Bronx, N.Y. Mazel Tov submissions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with Mazel Tov in the subject line. Achievements, B’nai Mitzvot, births, engagements and weddings are appropriate simchas to announce. Photos must be at least 300k. Include a daytime phone for questions. There is no fee.
Friday, September 18 – Ferguson Center for the Performing Arts, 8:00 PM Saturday, September 19 – Chrysler Hall, 8:00 PM Sunday, September 20 – Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, 2:30 PM
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Continental breakfast served at registration On-course lunch and refreshments provided Post-tournament awards ceremony, reception and buffet dinner Raffle tickets will be sold for chance to win great prizes!
Registration deadline: Friday, August 21 To register or sponsor, contact: Patti Seeman, Director of Development 757-424-4327, email@example.com www.hebrewacademy.net/hat-golf-page
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Obituaries Herbert Bregman Virginia Beach—Herbert Lewis Bregman, PE, 91, passed peacefully on Sunday, July 12, 2015. A retired professional mechanical engineer, graduate of Virginia Tech, and World War II veteran who served in the European Theater of Operation in the Army Air Corps, he belonged to the Jewish War Veterans and was Post 590 Commander in 1953. He is survived by his beloved wife and devoted caregiver Elaine, who he married 69 years ago, his three sons, Mark (Sandy), Randy (Jacey Claire Byrne), and Glenn (Robyn); five grandchildren, Cortney, Hannah (Ross) Byrd, Christopher (Monica), Heather (Kirk) Robinson, and Anya. Also surviving are five great-grandchildren, Ila Grace Byrd, Catelyn Marie Bregman, Susannah Virginia Byrd, Mason Willard Bregman, Samuel Ross Byrd. A Norfolk native, Herb was proudly registered to practice engineering in nine states and a member of ASHRAE during
his working life. He was passionate about his family, golf (proud of his five holes-inone), boating and radio controlled airplane modeling and was often seen motoring on the James River and at local airfields and schoolyards. He most recently could be found on Tuesdays having lunch and enjoying the friendship of fellow workers from his tenure at McGaughy, Marshall, and McMillan, a world-wide architect and engineering firm based in Norfolk in which he was a shareholder for many years. Burial took place at Forest Lawn. H. D. Oliver Funeral Apts. Linda Mayer Gissen Virginia Beach—Linda Mayer Gissen, Loving and compassionate mother, grandmother and friend, died peacefully on Monday, July 20, 2015 in her home in Virginia Beach. She leaves her beloved children Laura (husband John Porter), Emily Gissen Dreyfus (son Sam), David (wife Rachel
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Schreiber), her brother Robert Mayer (wife Susan), and sister-in-law Betty Zimmer to cherish her memory. She was predeceased by her husband of 49 years, Ira Gissen, her parents Max and Ruth Mayer and brother Lionel Zimmer. Born in 1937, Linda studied at the University of Michigan and the University of Cincinnati, graduating with a degree in sociology and anthropology. Linda and Ira raised their children in Bergen County, N. J., where they lived for 27 years before settling in Virginia in 1983. For 50 years, Linda created sculptures, religious ritual objects and jewelry. Her works reside in museum, liturgical, corporate and municipal collections, including the Chrysler Museum and the White House. In 1987, the Catholic Archdiocese of Richmond commissioned her to create the first Holocaust memorial on the grounds of a U.S. Catholic church. In Virginia Beach, her bright, sun-shaped memorial to the founder of Sunny Day Magazine overlooks the city’s Boardwalk. In addition to her passion for art, Linda loved engaging in discussions of politics and current events, volunteering for a range of community organizations and causes, gardening and playing bridge with her friends, all of which she enjoyed throughout her life. She was interred in Beth-El Cemetery, Paramus, N.J. A service in celebration of Linda’s life was held at Altmeyer Funeral Home. Donations are being accepted by the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art to support their educational programs for children: http://www.virginiamoca.org/ make-donation. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.altmeyerfh.com.
Barbara Broudy Howie Norfolk—Barbara Broudy Howie passed away unexpectedly in her sleep at her home on Sunday, July 19, 2015. Born in Norfolk, she was the daughter of the late Sara Swersky Tuckman and Arthur Jacob Tuckman. Left to cherish her memory is her husband, Jeff; her daughter, Lauren Broudy of Virginia Beach; two sons, Seth Broudy of Virginia Beach and Jon Broudy of Chesapeake; a sister, Linda T. Scott of Virginia Beach; and three grandchildren Sari, Jason and Sommer Broudy. Mrs. Howie was a graduate of Maury High School and Mary Washington College. She was a member of Ohef Sholom Temple and B’Nai Brith Women, and was a former member of ORT. She was an avid reader and loved playing Mahjong with “her girls.” A graveside funeral service was conducted in Forest Lawn Cemetery with Rabbi Rosalin Mandelberg officiating. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts. Online condolences may be offered to the family through hdoliver.com. Shirley Saunders Hurwitz Virginia Beach—Shirley Saunders Hurwitz, 95, passed away on July 22 at The Terrace. A native of Norfolk, she was the daughter of the late J.L. and Rena Saunders. She was preceded in death by her husband Beryl Hurwitz (Barney). She is survived by her children Carole Schustek of Macon, Ga., Barbara Friedberg (Alan) of Boca Raton, Fla. and Don Hurwitz (Judy) of Chesapeake; grandchildren Steve Schustek, Jennifer and Dori Friedberg, Sarah and Bryan Hurwitz, and Seth and
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Macon (Clay); eleven grandchildren: Jason Spencer (Keila), Sarah Dolsey Jordan (Rob), Aaron Mangum (Danielle), David Jacobson, Anna-Liisa Davis (Tim), Lauren Mangum, Joseph Dolsey, Conrad Macon (Meredith), Sylvia Macon, Amelia Dolsey, Emily Macon and one great-grandchild, Ariel Jacobson. A graveside service took place at Forest Lawn Cemetery. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apartments. Online Condolences may be shared with the family at www.hdoliver. com. Seth Allen Littman Virginia Beach—Seth Allen Littman, 39, passed away Thursday, July 2, 2015. He was born in Norfolk, Va. to Richard Littman and Pamela Horner Hughes. Seth was an outdoor person who enjoyed rock climbing, camping and spending time with his children. He was predeceased by his paternal grandfather, Abraham Littman and his maternal grandfather, Francis Patrick Horner. Left to cherish his memory is his father, Richard Littman and his wife Kimberly; his mother, Pamela Hughes and her husband Ron, children, Lily, Ira, Ethan and Liam, and their mother, Bridget; paternal grandmother, Gail Littman; maternal grandmother, Carol Horner; sisters Lorie Hughes Payne and Amy Hughes Shaffer; brother BJ Hughes; cousin Benjamin Rego who was like a brother to him; many other loved and cherished family members; and his lifelong friend who he grew up with, Frank Insley. His sense of humor and kind spirit will be missed by all who knew him. A service took place at Altmeyer Funeral Home. Condolences may be offered to the
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family at www.altmeyerfh.com. Robert L. “Bob” Mandell Virginia Beach—Robert L. “Bob” Mandell, 92, of Richmond, Va., passed away on July 27, 2015. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bernice, his parents, Harry and Hannah Mandell and his brother, Jack Mandell. Bob was born on June 25, 1923, in Paterson, N.J. A child of the great depression, he went on to graduate from the United States Merchant Marine Academy and served in WWII. He married Bernice Sophia Levison on August 18, 1946. With his young children, the family moved to Richmond, Va. where Bob opened Liberty Food Markets, a chain of grocery stores in Richmond, Petersburg and Colonial Heights. He loved bridge, golf, singing, dancing and telling jokes (Timbuktu!). Bob is survived by his children Susan Friedman (Richard), Linda Cain and Barry Mandell (Debbi); grandchildren Rick continued on page 60
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Friedman (Beth), Brian Friedman (Dena), Todd Friedman, Jamie Mandell, and Nicole Mandell; and great- grandchildren Brady, Cooper, and Makenna Friedman. His graveside service was held at Greenwood Memorial Gardens. Nancy Nusbaum Norfolk—Nancy Nordlinger Nusbaum died peacefully on August 3, 2015 at her home. Born on April 14, 1929, Nancy was the older of two children born to Alan and Rose Nordlinger. Nancy grew up in the West Ghent section of Norfolk where she met and dated the love of her life, V.H. Nusbaum, Jr. (Pooch), marrying in 1949. Throughout her life Nancy enjoyed a variety of activities including bridge, Mah Jongg, reading, painting, needlepoint and knitting; however, her greatest joy was her son, Alan. Nancy will be remembered as a beloved wife and mother. In addition to her parents, Nancy was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, V.H. Nusbaum, Jr. (Pooch) and son, Alan B. Nusbaum. She is survived by her brother, Alan L. Nordlinger (Susan), niece, Allison N. Rachels (John), Andrew N. Rachels and Nancy Elizabeth Rachels. Also left to cherish her memory are her daughter-in-law, Ann G. Nusbaum, grandchildren, Andrew S. Nusbaum, Matthew R. Nusbaum, Lindsay N. Davenport (Rad) and great grandchildren, Ann Harper Davenport and Grant Harding Davenport. Contributions may be made to the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia or a charity of choice. A graveside service was
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conducted by Rabbi Rosalin Mandelberg at Forest Lawn Cemetery. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Norfolk Chapel. Dr. Sally Rose Rogers Washington, D.C.—Dr. Sally Rose Rogers, PhD in Classics, died Monday July 20, 2015. Sally was born on November 10, 1948 in Smithfield, N.C. She was the first born daughter of John Patterson Rogers, Jr. (of blessed memory) and Martha Pridgen Rogers. She is also survived by her two sisters, Susan Rogers Einhorn (Marty) and Jean Rogers (George Bergantz) and her adored nephews Will and Jay Einhorn. A memorial service was held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Washington, DC. Contributions may be made to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church or the charity of choice. Condolences may be sent to 1365 Botetourt Gardens, Norfolk, VA 23517. Virginia Evett Rosen Norfolk—Virginia Evett Rosen, 90, died Thursday, August 6, 2015 in Beth Sholom Home. She was a native of Pinetown, N. C. and a resident of Norfolk for most of her life. She was the daughter of the late William Marslender and Cora Waters Evett and was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Rosen and her grandson, Tyler J. Ann. Mrs. Rosen retired from Norfolk Public Schools after 20 years employment as a home school community worker and teacher’s aide. She was a member of Ohef Sholom Temple and a teacher in its religious school for more than 35 years. She was a volunteer and former troop leader with the Colonial Coast Girl Scouts and volunteered at the Chrysler Museum. Through her volunteer and employment experiences Mrs. Rosen connected with, helped and positively influenced many people. Survivors include her loving daughters, Jacquelyn R. Haywood and her husband, Michael and Leslie R. Ann, both of Norfolk; her sister, Frances McArthur of Sun City Center, Fla.; her grandsons, Isaac Haywood and his wife, Rebekah and Aaron Haywood and his wife, Amber; and great-grandchildren, Sophie and Benjamin. Funeral Services were held at Ohef Sholom Temple with Rabbi Rosalin Mandelberg and Cantor Wally
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Schachet-Briskin officiating. Interment was in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Ohef Sholom Temple or the charity of the donor’s choice . H. D. Oliver Funeral Apts. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.hdoliver. com. Gertrude K. Rosenblatt Virginia Beach—Gertrude (Trudy) K. Rosenblatt, 93, passed away on July 18, 2015. She was born in Norfolk and was the daughter of Adolph and Jenny Lipkin Kramer. Trudy was predeceased in 2008 by Sam, her beloved husband of 65 years. Her brother, Herbert (Pete) L. Kramer also predeceased her. Trudy is survived by her three children: Alan and his wife Barbara; Chuck and his wife Nancy; and Judy; as well as her granddaughters Amy and Barbara. Trudy graduated in 1939 from Maury High School. She was an avid reader and loved to travel. She particularly loved the surf and sand of Virginia Beach, and spent countless hours on the beach enjoying the company of her family and friends. During the past several years, Trudy resided at the Atlantic Shores Retirement Community, and enjoyed the good company of her evening dinner group. Trudy and Sam were founding members of Temple Israel in Norfolk. She was actively involved in the Temple Israel Sisterhood, the United Jewish Federation and the Jewish Community Center of Tidewater. A graveside service and burial was held at Forest Lawn Cemetery with Rabbi Michael E. Panitz officiating. Memorial donations to Temple Israel, the Virginia Beach Rescue Squad, the Oceanfront Branch of the Virginia Beach Public Library or a charity of the donor’s choice. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts. Online condolences may be made at www.hdoliver.com. Ruth Cohen Wasserman Norfolk—Ruth Cohen Wasserman, 91, passed away July 10, 2015. She was born to Reba and Charles Cohen in Charleston, W. Va. and was predeceased by her husband of 54 years, Bernard L. Wasserman, and her sister, Carol Marks.
Her son, Charles Wasserman, her daughter and son-in-law, Gail and Tom Bachman survive her. Also, left to cherish her memory are her grandsons, John, David and Brian and his wife Sara. Ruth attended Miami University of Ohio before marrying and moving to Norfolk with her beloved Bernard in 1946. They shared an amazing life raising their family, building a business and embracing their grandsons, who were the lights of their lives. She was an active member of Ohef Sholom Temple and its Sisterhood, volunteering in a wide variety of roles. In addition, Ruth taught in the Sunday school and served as its principal. Ruth was generous in word and deed, donating her time and energy to many worthy causes, including volunteering at DePaul Hospital and in several Norfolk Public Schools. She loved traveling, as long as it was with her family. She enjoyed playing Bridge and her regular Mah Jong games with friends. A memorial service took place at Ohef Sholom Temple with Rabbi Rosalin Mandelberg officiating; a private burial took place at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Ohef Sholom Religious School Relief Fund. H. D. Oliver Funeral Apts. Online condolences may be offered to the family through www.hdoliver.com.
Theodore Bikel, Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof by JTA Staff
(JTA)—Theodore Bikel, an actor and folk singer who was recognized in 1997 with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture, has died at 91. Bikel, who won fame playing Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, doing more performances of the role than any other actor, died Tuesday, July 21 of natural causes at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Born in Vienna, Bikel fled Austria at age 13 with his family after the 1938 Nazi Anschluss. The family settled in prestate Palestine, and in 1946 Bikel went to London to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatics Arts. In his autobiography, according to Variety, he expressed regret about not returning to Israel to fight in the 1948 War
obituaries of Independence: “A few of my contemporaries regarded what I did as a character flaw, if not a downright act of desertion. In me, there remains a small, still voice, that asks whether I can ever fully acquit myself in my own mind.” Bikel moved to the United States in 1954 to appear on Broadway in Tonight in Samarkand, becoming a U.S. citizen in 1961. Also on Broadway, he played Captain Georg Von Trapp in the first Broadway production of The Sound of Music. During his career, Bikel appeared on stage, film and television in musicals, dramas and comedies. In 1958 he was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in The Defiant Ones, and in 1959 he co-founded the Newport Folk Festival with Pete Seeger and George Wein. Along with his arts work, Bikel was active in many left-wing causes, from the civil rights movement to the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa to the Soviet Jewry movement to progressive Zionism and the Democratic Party. He was a longtime board member of the American Jewish Congress. In 2010, he was one of more than 150 American artists to sign a letter in support of Israeli actors boycotting performances in the West Bank settlement of Ariel. Bikel also was a labor activist, serving as president of Actors Equity Association for 11 years and as the longtime president of the AFL-CIO-affiliated Actors & Artistes of America, according to Deadline Hollywood. In a 2007 interview with Hadassah Magazine, Bikel linked his activism to his experience living through the Anschluss, the Nazi invasion of Austria in 1938. “It became clear that I would never ever put myself in the place of the nice people next door who said ‘It’s not my fight,’” he said. “It’s always my fight. Whenever I see an individual or group singled out for
persecution, there’s a switch thrown in my mind—and they become Jews.” Tevye was not Bikel’s only Jewish role. In 2007 he was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for outstanding solo performance in Sholom Aleichem: Laughter Through Tears and in 2014, Bikel produced and starred in the documentary Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem. In 2013, at an event marking the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Austrian government honored Bikel with its highest honor in the arts. As a finale, Bikel asked the distinguished audience to rise, as he sang the Song of the Partisans in Yiddish. Many of Bikel’s 27 albums featured Hebrew and Yiddish folk music—two languages that he spoke fluently, along with German, French and English. In a 2013 interview, he said that of all his accomplishments he was proudest of “presenting the songs of my people, songs of pain and songs of hope.” In the same interview, Bikel said he had planned the inscription for his tombstone—“He Was the Singer of His People”—in Yiddish. —JTA correspondent Tom Tugend contributed to this article.
Orna Porat, grande dame of Israeli theater Orna Porat, a German convert to Judaism who became a grande dame of Israeli theater, died at the age of 91. Porat passed away Aug. 6 in her home, i24 News reported. Porat won the prestigious Israel Prize in 1979 for a lifetime of achievement in theater as well as Yedioth Acharonot’s Kinor David Prize in 1970, 1974 and 1980. Born in Germany as Irene Klein, she moved to prestate Israel with her Jewish husband in 1947. In Germany, she had studied acting and eventually began working at a theater in Schleswig. Porat’s husband, Yossef, was an
employee of Israel’s foreign intelligence service, the Mossad. He passed away in 1996. During her time at the Cameri Theater of Tel Aviv, where she began performing in 1948, Porat created and managed its children’s theater from 1965 to 1970. After it closed, she created another, the Orna Porat Theater for Children and Youth. The Cameri arranged for her body to be placed in a coffin on its main stage before it was to be brought for burial in Hadid, a moshav located between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Israel’s former President Shimon Peres sent a letter of condolence to Porat’s family, saying she was “a cultural giant—she introduced theater to the Israeli society, especially the young generation” and “educated our children and grandchildren to love the theater.” (JTA)
Baltimore Jewish educator dies in car crash (Baltimore Jewish Times via JTA)—Neely Tal Snyder, a Jewish educator and advocate who was known for her professional dedication, was killed in a car crash on Monday, August 10. Snyder, 37, was waiting to make a left turn on Route 30 in Reistertown, Maryland, near the Pearlstone Center, where she was the program director, when a tractor-trailer struck her car from behind. She was transported to a hospital, where she was declared dead. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured. Snyder, a graduate of the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary, previously served as the director of teen engagement at the Louise D. and Morton J. Macks Center for Jewish Education and as the informal Jewish educator at the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. In a statement on its Facebook page, the Pearlstone Center, a Jewish retreat center
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Who Knew? Get your kosher dogs at Dodger Stadium! by Lisa Keys
( JTA)—The Los Angeles Dodgers may never achieve the lore of their brethren in Brooklyn, but now at least they’ve brought a bit of Brooklyn to the West Coast—in the form of hot dogs. Earlier this summer, Dodger Stadium opened its first kosher hot dog stand, Jeff’s Gourmet Sausage Factory. The stand, which is open for the season’s remaining home games—except for those on the Jewish Sabbath and holidays—is serving up three versions of its titular tube steak: regular and jalapeno, both $9, and sweet Italian sausage, $10. The hot doggery, which opened last month, was a welcome development for Dodgers’ fans and observant Jews alike. “It was inconceivable to me that the second largest Jewish community in America does not have a kosher dog stand,” Michael Berenbaum, a professor at American Jewish University in L.A. and an outspoken advocate for a kosher dining option at the stadium, says. “It felt absolutely terrific to have a hot dog with all the trimmings.” The Dodgers, of course, have a long history of Jewish ties, notably players from the legendary lefty Sandy Koufax—he moved with the club to Los Angeles for the 1958 season—to the current center-fielder, Joc Pederson. But at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field, the hot dogs weren’t kosher. In other Jewish-related snacking news: Lay’s recently unveiled four new potato chip flavors as part of its annual “Do Us A Flavor” contest in which average folks dream up their wackiest ideas for tastes. The finalists
this year are Greektown Gyro, West Coast Truffle Fries, Southern Biscuits and Gravy and—wait for it—New York Reuben. While not technically kosher—most Reuben sandwiches have Swiss cheese, along with corned beef and sauerkraut— it’s a flavor evocative of Manhattan and its Jewish-style delis. Vote for the Reuben chip at www. dousaflavor.com (or not—reviews of the offerings have been mixed, to say the least). Serving a kosher hot dog on the side is strictly optional.
U2 dedicates performance of One to Shimon Peres by Gabe Friedman
(JTA)—Former Israeli President Shimon Peres may be a big U2 fan, but it seems like Bono is an even bigger Shimon Peres fan. Peres was in Toronto for an economic conference and attended U2’s performance at the Air Canada Centre there. During the encore, Bono took advantage of the opportunity to praise Peres—who also served as Israel’s prime minister, among other roles—for his efforts to broker a two-state solution. “There’s somebody here who’s got one of the hardest jobs on earth,” Bono said, referring to Peres, “somebody who has acted as the voice of reason in a region where the loudest voices are often the bellicose ones.” “We understand, President Peres, that you have tried to be the voice of reason. And you’ve dedicated a lot of your life, all of your life, to try and bring peace in this really dangerous region,” the Irish rock star continued. “We wish that you, who worked so hard for that incredible Oslo Accord, that you don’t give up on the two-state
solution. At age 92, we know we can count on you.” Before launching into the band’s 1992 hit One, Bono said, “We’re going to sing this song with two ancient peoples in mind.” Bono and Peres met after the show, and the Times of Israel reported that Peres called Bono “a voice for hope and peace.”
Spielberg sells Malibu property for $26 million LOS ANGELES (JTA)—The award-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg sold his housing compound in Malibu, bordering the Pacific Ocean, for $26 million. The Los Angeles Times headlined the sale last month by the creator of Jaws, Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List as “Spielberg’s latest blockbuster.” The compound’s two-story main house features seven bedrooms and 10 bathrooms, formal living and dining rooms, a massage room and a home theater. Outside the house is a swimming pool and spa, and a two-bedroom guesthouse. Spielberg bought the property in two separate transactions in 1989 and 2000, paying a total of $6.575 million. In past years, when Spielberg and his family were not at home, he rented the property during the summer for $125,000 a month. Not to be outdone by Los Angeles, a New York City penthouse owned by the recently deceased comedian and talk show host Joan Rivers sold for its asking price of $28 million also last month. Located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, near Fifth Avenue, the property encompasses the top three floors of a 1903 mansion converted to condos in the 1930s. Among its attractions is a ballroom and music room with Louis XIV-inspired decor featuring 23-foot ceilings, crystal chandeliers, antique paneling and columns, tall windows and two fireplaces.
James Franco to have bar mitzvah, with help from Seth Rogen by Gabe Friedman
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(JTA)—James Franco may be 37, but he isn’t yet a man in the Jewish tradition: The popular actor never had a bar mitzvah. With the help of fellow Jewish actor Seth Rogen, that’s about to change.
Rogen and his wife, Lauren Miller Rogen, will throw Franco a bar mitzvah during their annual Hilarity for Charity variety show at the Hollywood Palladium on Oct. 17. “Ever since I’ve known James, he’s been talking about wanting a bar mitzvah,” Rogen told Variety in a statement. The Rogens founded Hilarity for Charity four years ago to raise money and awareness about Alzheimer’s disease, which Lauren Miller Rogen’s mother was diagnosed with at 55. Actors and comedians such as Paul Rudd, Aziz Ansari, Sarah Silverman and Joseph Gordon-Levitt have performed at past shows. Tickets to the event, which Rogen said could include a mohel and “a live bris for James,” went on sale on Aug. 11. (In case you were wondering, Rogen had a bar mitzvah as a teenager.)
Donald Sterling sues TMZ and ex-girlfriend over leaked recording Donald Sterling, the disgraced former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, is suing the celebrity gossip site TMZ and ex-girlfriend V. Stiviano. Sterling, who owned the NBA club for more than three decades before being banned by the league last year, filed suit against the two in Los Angeles Superior Court, the Washington Post reported. Sterling’s suit alleges that Stiviano “illicitly” recorded a phone conversation without his knowledge. In the recording, made public in April 2014, Sterling told Stiviano not to socialize with AfricanAmerican men. Public outrage over his statements led to the lifetime ban from the National Basketball Association, many of whose players are African-American. The suit contends that the recording was edited deliberately to distort his meaning and damaged him on a “scale of unparalleled and unprecedented magnitude.” In the recording, and in subsequent comments and interviews, Sterling, who is Jewish, made reference to a number of Jewish issues as well, including the Holocaust and Jewish free loan organizations. Sterling also is suing his wife, Rochelle, and numerous other individuals. (JTA)
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