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Past Presidents Gene Ross, Barry Einhorn, Ellie Lipkin, Paul Lipkin, Linda Samuels, and Fay Silverman. Not pictured, but in attendance: Sandra Porter Leon, Adam White, John Strelitz, Jeff Kramer and Lonnie Slone.

Simon Family JCC gets support from past presidents


s I read the last issue of the Jewish News and specifically the article on the Simon Family JCC’s 4th Annual Presidents’ Cup Golf Tournament, I took the opportunity to reflect on the past year. And what a great year it was. Everything that the Simon Family JCC does on behalf of community members would not be possible without the hard work of our current leadership and the vision and guidance of our past leaders. As the executive director of the Simon Family JCC, it is my pleasure to work with our current leadership and to engage with so many of our past leaders as they continue to support an organization that is close to their hearts. In June, we recognized the past presidents of the Simon Family JCC at our 4th annual Presidents’ Cup Golf Tournament. I would like to personally acknowledge our presidents who attended the Presidents’ cup and work so hard on behalf of the JCC and our community.

conte nts Letter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 UpFront. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Briefs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Stop the Sirens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Obama and Netanyahu. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Amy Decker in Israel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Visit to Pardes Katz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 JWRP includes area women. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Rabbi Israel Zoberman reports from Israel. . 9 Community gathers to support Israel. . . . . 10 Shimon Peres steps down. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 The cost of Israel’s war in Gaza. . . . . . . . . . 14 What We Carry goes to Yad Vashem. . . . . . 16 Dershowitz retires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Guide to Jewish Living in Tidewater. . . . . . 19

Marty Einhorn, 2014–present Sandra Porter Leon, 2010–2012 Fay Silverman, 2008–2010 Wm Adam White, 2006–2008 John Strelitz, 2002–2004 Gene Ross, 2000–2002 Lonnie Slone, 1998–2000 Jeffrey Kramer, 1992–1994 Ellie Lipkin, 1981–1984 Bernard Einhorn, 1977–1979 Paul Lipkin, 1969–1972 Although not at the President’s Golf Tournament, several other past presidents who reside in Tidewater continue to be involved and support the Simon Family JCC, including Terri Sarfan, Laura Gross, Lonny Sarfan, Marshall Bonnie, Linda Samuels and Chuck Rosenblatt. Thank you! We are pleased to have the support of our past leadership as we continue our work as the “Center” of the Jewish community.

s Operation Protective Edge lingers on (at press time, a temporary cease-fire is about to expire, though efforts appear underway to extend the deadline), the news from Israel continues to be disturbing. This edition of Jewish News devotes about a dozen pages of information, articles and reflections from area residents who happened to be in Israel when the fighting broke out, to Israel and the war. Instead of attempting to deliver news, our articles examine the Israeli/American relationship, Tidewater’s show of support, the cost of the war and how to contribute, among others. Community members’ reports of experiencing the sirens and daily life in Israel this summer are compelling. For up-to-the-minute information, go to www.jewishnewsva.org or jewishva.org/ CRC, where our sources in Israel often present information not found in mainstream media. Our September 8 issue will include additional articles and essays from more community members who are living in Israel, or just returned from there. We are doing our best to keep you informed.

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briefs Obama nominates Saperstein to religious freedom post President Obama nominated Reform movement leader Rabbi David Saperstein as Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom at the State Department. Saperstein, a veteran civil rights activist, is director and counsel of the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism, a position he has held since 1974. The rabbi lobbies on Capitol Hill and speaks throughout the country on social issues. He delivered the invocation at the Democratic national convention in 2008 at which Obama was nominated for president, and was selected in 2009 by Newsweek as the most influential rabbi in America. “I am grateful that Rabbi Saperstein has chosen to dedicate his talent to serving the American people at this important time for our country,” said President Obama. Saperstein is the fourth person and the first non-Christian to hold the post, first established in 1998. The ambassador travels the world making the case for minorities facing persecution or discrimination; in recent years, ambassadors have taken up the causes of Muslims in Burma and Christians in China and Sudan, among other cases. The office produces the annual report on religious freedom. That report has in recent years made note of the special privileges enjoyed by the Orthodox in Israel, often at the expense of the Reform and Conservative streams. Leaders of other Jewish streams were quick to congratulate Saperstein. “Over the years David has worked with the Rabbinical Assembly to advance a number of key projects related to American Jewish life, Israeli politics, global religious freedom, and more,” Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, the executive vice-president of the Conservative movement’s political wing, said. Nathan Diament, the Washington director of the Orthodox Union, called Saperstein a “good friend and colleague” and said he would “be a great religious freedom advocate.” Saperstein, 66, is an adjunct law professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches First Amendment ChurchState Law and Jewish Law. He serves on

many boards, including The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the National Religious Partnership for the Environment. This is not his first position within the Obama Administration. He was a member of the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships from 2010 to 2011. Rabbi Saperstein also was a member of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom from 1999 to 2001. If approved, Saperstein is expected to begin his new duties in the fall. He received a B.A. from Cornell University, an M.H.L. from Hebrew Union College, and a J.D. from American University.

Alan Gross says goodbyes to family during prison visit The family of Alan Gross said the State Department contractor jailed in Cuba has made his goodbyes. “During a recent visit with his wife, Judy, and his daughter, Nina, Gross said he could not take life in prison much longer and said his goodbyes,” Emily Black, a spokeswoman for the family, said in a statement sent Monday, Aug. 4 to reporters. “In addition, Gross is refusing to see visitors from the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, including the new chief of mission.” The statement did not give a date for the recent visit by his wife and daughter. Gross, jailed in 2009, is serving a 15-year sentence for “crimes against the state” for helping to provide Internet service for the island’s small Jewish community while working for the U.S. Agency for International Development. The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations expressed alarm at the alert. “His health has been deteriorating and he has reportedly lost vision in his right eye,” the umbrella body said. Gross, 65, of Potomac, Md., has been increasingly depressed since his mother died in June, the statement said. He had hoped for a humanitarian visit with her, as the U.S. government had allowed a convicted Cuban spy to attend the funeral of a relative on the island on condition that he return to serve out his parole, which he did.

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Gross’ family has hinted that the Obama administration should more seriously engage with the Cuban government regarding its offer to exchange Gross for three Cuban spies in jail. Meanwhile, 300 rabbis of all denominations wrote President Obama urging him to “secure the immediate release” of Gross. “Alan went to Cuba on behalf of our government,” said the Aug. 1 letter. “His immediate release from prison in Cuba and return to the U.S. must be a priority for our nation. Indeed, we believe this is a moral imperative.” (JTA)

Recognize Yom Kippur as official holiday, 32 countries tell UN Some 32 countries wrote a letter to a committee of the United Nations General Assembly in support of Israel’s bid to have the international body recognize Yom Kippur as an official holiday. The letter, dated June 30, was sent to the General Assembly’s Committee on Conferences last month, the Associated Press reported. It calls for Yom Kippur to be recognized beginning in 2015. The letter says that the U.N. “recognizes the major festivals of many of the world’s main religions, yet Judaism is not represented.” “We believe that the United Nations calendar should reflect the organization’s founding principles of coexistence, justice and mutual respect,” the letter said. “We urge the United Nations to correct this inequity and recognize the holiest day of the Jewish faith.” The United Nations in New York recognizes 10 official holidays, most of them national holidays in the United States: New Year’s Day, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Thanksgiving. The list also includes the Christian holidays of Christmas and Good Friday, and the Muslim holidays of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. Israel’s U.N. Ambassador Ron Prosor said in May, when Israel launched its campaign to include Yom Kippur on the calendar of official holidays, that the exclusion of one of the most widely observed Jewish holidays amounts to discrimination. “There are three monotheistic religions, yet only two are recognized by the U.N. calen-

dar. Such discrimination at the U.N. must end,” Prosor said. The ambassadors of 32 countries signed the letter: U.S., Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Bahamas, Canada, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Dominica, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Ivory Coast, Malawi, Micronesia, Monaco, Nauru, Nigeria, Palau, Panama, Philippines, Rwanda, Samoa, Seychelles, South Sudan, Suriname, Togo, Uruguay and Vanuatu. (JTA)

Cantor to quit Congress on August 18 Rep. Eric Cantor announced his resignation from Congress the day his term as majority leader came to an end. “It is with tremendous gratitude and a heavy heart that I have decided to resign from Congress, effective Aug. 18,” Cantor (R-Va.) said in a statement emailed by his staff last month to reporters that originally appeared in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. A special election to serve out the rest of his term will take place on Nov. 4, the same day as the general election. Cantor, the sole Jewish Republican in Congress, as majority leader was the most senior Jewish lawmaker in U.S. history and had ambitions of becoming speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. A poorly funded opponent with national backing from the insurgent Tea Party movement defeated Cantor in the primary in June, in part because the lawmaker was seen as contemplating immigration reform. Cantor’s final speech as majority leader on the House floor on July 31 earned him a standing ovation from both sides of the chamber. “My grandparents fled religious persecution in Europe in order to find a better life,” Cantor said in his speech. “My grandmother, a young Jewish widow, was soon raising my dad above a grocery store in Richmond, just trying to make ends meet,” he said. “And so it goes, two generations later, her grandson would represent part of what was James Madison’s seat in the House and then go on to serve as its majority leader. I have truly lived the American Dream.” (JTA)


ince July 7, when Israel initiated Operation Protective Edge, we have been closely monitoring events and praying for an end to the conflict, while mourning each and every life lost. We don’t know how long it will take for authorities to feel that Israelis are safe against the incessant acts of terror perpetrated upon them. No matter the timeframe, it will be difficult and costly to get to that place of confidence. In the past, Israel has had to fight defensive wars or initiate IDF operations against Hezbollah and Hamas. This conflict has shed light on the changing tactics these terrorists employ. Hamas’ missiles are reaching farther into more populated parts of Israel, with sirens sounding even in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Most alarming is the discovery of Hamas’ newest method of warfare and terror—more than 50 underground tunnels that could allow Hamas terrorists to come into Israel and murder and kidnap innocents. We can’t even imagine what it must feel like to be threatened from above and below where we are living and working and raising our children. This is the new reality, every day, for so many Israelis. I know the entire community wants to help. UJFT has responded with the Tidewater Emergency STOP THE SIRENS Israel Relief Fund. Money donated will be added to the nationwide fundraising effort coordinated by Jewish Federations of North America, in partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. Donations will help humanitarian efforts already underway, which to date include providing relief to 50,000 Israeli children living in proximity to Gaza, ensuring 22,000 elderly and disabled Israelis receive food, medicine, and basic needs, giving crucial trauma support and counseling to 15,000 Israelis, and other flexible direct response services. These services are being supplied by our trusted overseas partners—the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, the Jewish Agency for Israel, and World ORT. Donations given to STOP THE SIRENS will also go to humanitarian aid provided by the Reform and Conservative movements in Israel, and the Israel Trauma Center. The sooner you can donate, the better—for tens of thousands of Israelis who are affected by this crisis, for our partners delivering crucial humanitarian relief, and for Israel. Please, make your pledge to help, today. Thank you in advance for your generosity, Harry Graber Miles Leon Executive Vice President President United Jewish Federation of Tidewater United Jewish Federation of Tidewater P.S. This is a special STOP THE SIRENS emergency appeal for funds. It is not a regular campaign gift, which is still vital to fund the operations of local agencies and overseas partners. This STOP THE SIRENS donation will be used specifically for the supplemental programs and emergency services required by the Israelis as a direct result of the war. United Jewish Federation of Tidewater 5000 Corporate Woods Dr, Ste 200 Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462 757-965-6100 • info@ujft.org • www.jewishva.org

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How Obama and Netanyahu can make up by Ron Kampeas

WASHINGTON (JTA)­ — President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are not the best of friends—that seems pretty clear by now. But following reports during the Gaza conflict of cut-off phone calls, tough talk of “demands” and eavesdropping, it may be time for them to figure out a way back to steadier ground. JTA asked an array of experts on the U.S.-Israel relationship what the two leaders must do to restore a relationship that both say is critical for their countries. Deus ex machina: A crisis will bring us together Aaron David Miller, a Middle East negotiator under Democratic and Republican presidents, remembers the last such breach between U.S. and Israeli leaders—when George H.W. Bush was president and Yitzhak Shamir was prime minister—and it was worse, he says. That is, until Iraq invaded Kuwait in August 1990. “The only thing that will improve the relationship is the emergence of a joint project that affords both of the them the opportunity to get on the same page and succeeds and makes them look good,” says Miller, now a vice president at the Wilson Center. The first Persian Gulf War and the subsequent Madrid peace talks are “what saved the Bush-Shamir relationship.” “You need a set circumstances that compels the United States and Israel to operate in a way that not just manages something but accomplishes something and makes them look good,” Miller says. “That’s the only thing that will do it—phone calls and warm statements won’t do it.” Let’s talk big picture Tamara Cofman Wittes, who served as deputy assistant secretary of state for Near East affairs in Obama’s first term and now is director of the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, says Netanyahu and Obama should talk not about the specific near-term issues they face but about what they want to get done and what kind of legacies they wish to leave.

“Both of these guys have a clear sense of what they were put there to do,” Wittes says. “Both of them have a clear sense of what they want to leave behind. And I am confident that one of the things both of them want to leave behind is a strong and solid U.S.-Israel relationship. That broader, deeper conversation will help them get past practical differences.”

in the Arab world that they never had before,” Indyk added, noting that Egypt explicitly sided with Israel during the recent Gaza war, and that Saudi Arabia and several other Sunni-led countries did so tacitly.


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Honey, we’ve both changed since we were young and in love Haim Malka, the deputy director of the Middle East program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, says their big-picture talk should focus on how America and Israel each are changing. “Young people in America don’t have the same kind of perception of Israel as their parents and grandparents—in part because they grew up at a time when Israel has been a strong military power. They don’t see the same threat their parents did,” says Malka, who in 2011 wrote a book about the future of the U.S.-Israel relationship. “The U.S. and Israel need a serious conversation about the relationship, the tension points in the relationship and why it’s changing.” Martin Indyk, who until June was the top U.S. Middle East peace negotiator and is now a Brookings Institution vice president, says the United States must recognize Israel’s shifting alliances. Israel, as opposed to past crises in the relationship with the United States, “is strong economically, strong militarily and has a range of relationships across the world with other powers beyond the United States,” Indyk said at a Brookings event on the Gaza war aftermath, citing India, China and Russia as examples of Israel’s burgeoning friendships. “They feel more independent of the United States than they have in the past that they can stand on their own two feet. “They also feel they have relationships

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We need to talk about that thing Both leaders also need to address third rails—like the $3 billion in defense assistance Israel receives from the United States, Malka says. “There has to be an honest discussion about the sustainability of U.S. military aid and about how that affects the relationship,” he says. “Does Israel want to continue to be a dependent country, or does it want to graduate to a different kind of status?”

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Maybe we shouldn’t talk at all The solution for the animosity that Netanyahu and Obama have for one another is to keep them apart and have a fixer mediate, says Robert Danin, who specialized in the Middle East in high-ranking positions in the George W. Bush administration and assisted Tony Blair in his capacity as Middle East peace mediator. “President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu now have over five years of accumulated baggage, so I don’t see how they are going to reconcile,” says Danin, now a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. “What appears to be sorely lacking right now is a trusted and discreet private channel between the two leaders,” he says. “You need a trusted emissary who operates below the radar who can go back and forth between the White House and the Prime Minister’s Office. This person can quietly solve problems, clarify misunderstandings and serve to manage the relationship.” Maybe everyone should just shut up Stop the leaks is the advice of Jonathan Schanzer, a vice president at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

Netanyahu and Obama meet, July 2010

“So much is flying back and forth that does not make either leader look competent and does not make the relationship look solid,” says Schanzer, who was a terrorism finance analyst under President George W. Bush. “It makes very little sense to me that this administration has allowed for leaks given how tight their communications are,” he says. “From the Israeli side, we know leaking is a contact sport. Netanyahu needs to do a better job of keeping his right flank in check.” Natan Sachs, a fellow at the Brookings Center for Middle East Policy who focuses on Israel, says each side needs to better understand how leaks play out on the other. “In Israel, when a junior minister criticizes the United States, it’s understood he’s speaking for himself. In America, it’s assumed that the government thinks that way,” he says. “Israelis have to be much more careful in the way they speak. The converse is that Americans need to take it more with a grain of salt.” Deal with Iran already The Iranian nuclear program issue is deeply distorting the relationship, Schanzer says. Dealing with Iran’s suspected weapons program needs to come to a head. “Whatever tensions existed during this latest round of violence with Hamas, tensions would not have been as high without the backdrop of Iran nuclear,” he says. “The fact that this has gone on for years without conclusion and the Israelis have been told and told to wait, it’s pushed both sides to a place where we do not want tensions to be.”

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Amy Becker — July 16–July 27


ince I am a teacher and had time off this summer, I planned a trip to Israel to see friends and family who had moved there. Leading up to the day of my trip, I sat and thought about whether or not to go. I went back and forth one million times. I spoke to all my friends and family trying to get them to make the decision for me. Alas, it was up to me in the end. I wasn’t so much concerned for my safety, as I had faith in the Iron Dome and more importantly, in God. I just was more worried that this would really affect me and my trip. Could I survive hearing the booms and knowing missiles are being launched at me!?! What if I had a breakdown and wanted to go home but couldn’t? I decided to go and make the best of it. Something in me knew it was the right thing to do, and it was the best decision I made. Not only did I have an amazing time, I learned so much about myself and about the state of Israel. The night I arrived I experienced my first siren. I prepared for this by telling myself “you will hear a siren—you will go to a shelter—you will hear the boom and then you’ll go about life. You will be safe.” And that is exactly what happened, in that exact order. Over the next few days, there were more sirens. Yet, my friends and cousins took me all over Israel. We went to the beaches in Herzliya, to The Shuk in Tel Aviv, to all the places in Jerusalem, including the Kotel, and even wine tasting in the North. I struggled with having so much fun

Amy Becker in Israel.

while a war was taking place. Was I allowed to have fun knowing the Israeli army was fighting and sacrificing their lives for the people of Israel? Was it okay that I felt safe and just went about my day after each siren? The ultimate answer is yes. Because that was how I was able to show my support to this beautiful land, to the soldiers, to the people of Israel. I wasn’t letting Hamas accomplish their goal to mentally and physically stop Israel from being her true self. I had the trip of a lifetime filled with family, friends, adventures and excellent food. I won’t lie and say it was all bliss. The sirens are terrifying and the sound stayed with me. But above all of it, I learned that I am stronger than I thought and that I have more pride in Israel than I thought. —Amy Becker is an alumnus of Hebrew Academy of Tidewater. She currently teaches second grade at a public school in the Bronx in New York City.

West Bank Hamas chief charged with setting up terror cells JERUSALEM (JTA)—The head of Hamas in the West Bank was arrested for his involvement in setting up terror cells to attack Israelis. Riad Natzer was indicted Thursday, Aug. 7 in an Israeli military court in the West Bank, accused of raising millions of dollars to set up and arm the cells, The Jerusalem Post reported.

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Natzer was arrested May 27, nearly two weeks before the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens by Palestinian gunmen allegedly operating on behalf of Hamas in Gaza. A gag order on the release was lifted with the publication of the indictment. Natzer reportedly has been the head of Hamas in the West Bank since 2010.

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Facing the music at Pardes Katz by Marilyn Goldberg Johns

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visit to the Matnas (community center) at Pardes Katz, struck many chords with the Tidewater Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project. Located outside of Tel Aviv, Pardes Katz has been an Israeli sister community with Tidewater for more than 20 years. The highlight of our visit was a music performance given by a group of enthusiastic 10- to 12-year-olds. Forming this group has been a dream of their music teacher, Tal Markovits, for several years. It became a reality when a talented Israeli soldier volunteered his piano playing skills and electric piano to accompany the children for singing practices and performances. “The students attend five different schools during the day and attend afterschool practices twice a week for two to three hours at a time,” explains Markovits. “It is very difficult for their families to get the students to the center because of family hardships, but they make a huge effort because of the wonderful things that happen here for them.” For some of the children, this is the Tidewater JWRP ladies at Pardes Katz: Mara Bates, Debi Yarow, Amy Lefcoe, first time they have Brenda Kozak, Marilyn Johns, Lesa Leiden, Julie Byers and Melissa Clapper.

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ever sung. So, they feel like rock stars when they are singing for an audience. Markovits even holds auditions to add a bit of competition to be a part of the group. The children proudly wear donated T-shirts that help them feel special. Our JWRP group gave them a standing ovation and enjoyed conversations with them about Israel, living in America, their favorite subjects in school and just loving music. Being treated like a dignitary during our visit was special but, it was even more special knowing that our Tidewater Jewish community does a mitzvah every day by helping to fill a need by providing services for families in one of Israel’s poorest communities. (See Tidewater Women page 9.)

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Report from Israel by Rabbi Israel Zoberman


have just returned from an extraordinary experience last month in Israel, the land I first came to in 1949 at the tender age of three and a half, already a refugee, from post-World War II Europe. Yet nothing could have prepared me for the surrealistic reality of approaching rockets and wailing sirens, a frightful scenario that Israeli citizens of all ages in its south have had to contend with for 14 long years, with only 15 seconds to find protective shelter. I will long remember being awakened by the sirens’ piercing sounds of war alert at 3:15 am in Haifa, Israel’s northern city, far away from Gaza or as proven rather close, and moving quickly with my mom, a 92-year-old remarkably resilient Polish Holocaust survivor, to the best possible room in her apartment to await whatever might happen with our hearts pounding. Luckily, the rocket was intercepted by an Iron Dome installation that the United States has gratefully financed. No nation would have done less than Israel to fulfill a basic mandate of protecting one’s population and all nations would have done more early on. Restrained by its legacy of Jewish and humanitarian values, ever conscious of the double standard applied to its conduct, Israel has exercised an admirable measure of caution to save lives even

from the midst of a firing hostile territory controlled by Hamas, a recognized terrorist organization whose covenant unabashedly calls for Israel’s destruction and criminally has used children, women and men as human shields. Hamas shot 3,500 rockets and also mortars from schools, hospitals, mosques, homes and U.N. facilities with the clear goal of indiscriminately killing and maiming Israelis. When Hamas and the host of other Arab terrorist organizations will care more for their children than the death of its “enemy’s” children, there will emerge new hope for the long-awaiting to be transformed Middle East. When Israel’s insistence on the sacredness of human life—all human life, will become the inheritance of the entire troubled region, replacing pagan human sacrifice, will the yearning of modern Israel and its biblical prophets for that essential though elusive Shalom, Salaam, Peace, reemerge as a potent force for the sake of all. How could Hamas, tragically and ironically elected into power by Gaza’s misguided and long-suffering people, following Israel’s 2005 withdrawal from Gaza at an enormous cost, squander its donated material resources away from the declared purpose of creating a supportive and necessary infrastructure toward establishing a terrorizing war machine with attack tun-

hostage by an ideology nels reaching into alien to what we in the Israel with a goal West will never willof surprising Israel ingly give up. someday with morMake no mistake. tal death blows? We Israel represents the are duty-bound to American democratic remember that Iran heritage with common supplied Hamas Rabbi Zoberman’s 92-year-old mother, purpose and interest, with the smugChasia Zoberman, next to her apartment in in a part of the world gled weaponry and Mt. Carmel Hafia. disdaining it and in that Hamas is but which Radical Islam Iran’s proxy, alerted increasingly makes by Iran’s stubborn disastrous inroads as search for a nuclear the shameful slaughcapability that will ter in Syria and Iraq make all the differcontinues while ence. Sadly, Qatar self-righteous and calis not an innocent lous Europe with its by-stander, offering growing anti-SemiHamas vast finantism fueled by Islamist cial support. forces looks aside, I was deeply expecting the Israelis touched by Israel’s to be like past Jews courageous people Rabbi Zoberman in th IDF in the 1960s. who could not defend coming together in a themselves and paying heart-warming display of national unity in face of a mighty such a high price for it. Let all Americans and unique challenge, while maintaining say with one voice for the sake of all that is its enviable democratic impulse of cher- sacred and sane in a triumphant message ished freedom to express a variety of views that dare not be misunderstood, “Never that could not take place in Gaza. Israel is Again!” —Rabbi Israel Zoberman is the spiritual weeping for its heroic defenders as well as the innocent victims on the other side held leader of Congregation Beth Chaverim.

Tidewater women join The Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project in Israel by Amy Lefcoe


he water was low, but our determination was high as we kayaked our way down the Jordan River, pushing at times instead of rowing. We had already been in the North for a day but it felt like much longer. We were 200 Jewish women from across the country, together in the Holy Land to learn, to experience, to grow and unexpectedly, to be part of and support a grieving nation. No doubt, our first 24 hours were an emo-

tional roller coaster. The Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project is a movement focused on making the world a better place. The trip to Israel, known as the Transform and Grow Tour (TAG) is just the beginning of the journey. Souls soared as they were exposed to holy sites, life changing Torah concepts and a beautiful new sisterhood. A highlight of the trip was the naming ceremony atop Masada where women who didn’t have a Hebrew name, took the opportunity to get one. We danced in celebration for our very

own Melissa who now has the Hebrew name Shifra. The women bonded over dinner at beautiful wineries, danced at the Kotel on Friday night and enjoyed a mud covered swim in the Dead Sea. The power of all these Jewish women was unstoppable. We laughed, cried, sang and prayed. We made new friends from many different places, each on different points in their journey, but with familiar desires and goals. The Mitzvah Mamas, as the Tidewater women affectionately dubbed themselves

were a strong and engaged presence, making the most of each new experience. They were leaders, friends and role models each bringing their own special qualities to the whole group. A calendar of learning, Shabbos dinners and special events are planned for the upcoming year. If interested in participating in any of these programs or for information on next year’s trip to Israel, contact Amy Lefcoe at 757-343-3638 or amyshuz@aol. com. (See Parades Katz, page 8)

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Standing room only crowd attends Stand Strong for Israel solidarity gathering community and our friends in the area can show solidarity with the millions of people in Israel currently affected by the ter ror ist campaign being waged Doris Friedman and others listen intently to messages of solidarity. against them,” said Miles Leon, president of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater. by Laine Mednick Rutherford As Leon looked out at the hundreds of Photos by Joel Mednick supporters in the standing room only gym, ith only three days notice, he said in his welcoming remarks, “It is a more than 550 people statement to the strength of our communiin Tidewater rearranged ty, and the power of a people, that so many their calendars, braved of us—of all faiths and backgrounds—are stormy weather, and waited in long lines here tonight.” The evening included prayers and songs, for security checks, all to show their dedled by the community’s congregationicated and determined support for Israel. Stand Strong for Israel, a gathering al rabbis and cantors who could attend. planned by leaders of the Tidewater Jewish The Stand Strong for Israel committee— community and supported by synagogues David and Bonnie Brand, Barbara Dudley, and Jewish agencies, was held in the gym Brad Lerner, Shikma Rubin and UJFT’s of the Simon Family JCC on the evening of Community Relations Council director Robin Mancoll—worked tirelessly to plan Thursday, July 24. “This event is a way that the Jewish the event, beginning just two days before


The gathering was moved to the gym due to the large crowd.

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notifications went out to the public. Guest speakers for the evening included area residents who had traveled recently to Israel, some of whom had to seek shelter as sirens warning of incoming missiles blared, a former Major in the Israel Defense Forces, the director of a program for the disabled in Israel, and an international political and military analyst. A poignant moment of the evening came as Camp JCC’s Israeli counselors Thai Zahavy and Lior Goldrath, both 17, shared their appreciation for the support the community showed them and their nation, during this crisis, and attested to the Rabbi Rosalin Mandelberg, Rabbi Marc Kraus and Miles Leon. fortitude of the Israeli people. Members of the audience were brought to tears as Thai, barely holding back tears herself, announced that earlier in the day a funeral was held for one of her good friends from home—a young IDF soldier who had been killed in the war. Before concluding the evening’s program, UJFT board member and community leader Jay Klebanoff thanked the Stand Strong for Israel committee, clergy and guest speakers, politicians and leaders of other faith who attended, and the hundreds who turned out to support Israel. Klebanoff also suggested ways the Johathon and Laura Storm show their support. community could continue to help, such as contributing to Tidewater’s Emergency Stop the Sirens humanitarian relief fund, Strong for Israel. You’re not alone—as you sending thank you notes to elected officials can see here tonight—and it’s up to all of us who passed funding legislation for the Iron to show Israelis that they’re not alone, either. Dome anti-missile defense system, writing letters to the editor, and using social media For updates and information about the crisis in Israel, actions you can take to make a differin a positive way to advocate for Israel. “In closing,” said Klebanoff, “I’d like to ence locally and in Israel, and links for more remind you to continue to pray for peace, photos and statements of support from elected for healing, for lives lost during this war, official and faith leaders, visit JewishVA.org/ and for this crisis to end. Continue to Stand StopTheSirens or jewishnewsva.org.

The United Jewish Federation of Tidewater thanks the following for participating in and supporting Stand Strong for Israel

Cantor Wally SchachetBriskin and Rabbi Mordechai Wecker.

Carly and Evan Roesen.

Young and old attended the event, including Aliyah Amuial.

Joanne Macon and Janet Kass hold Israeli flags, distributed by Shayna Horwitz.

Charles Hecht-Leavitt agreeably goes through the security check.

Estelle Suzan Carroll shows her support.

Stand Strong for Israel Steering Committee Bonnie Brand David Brand Barbara Dudley Brad Lerner Robin Mancoll Shikma Rubin

Kempsville Consvervative Synagogue Ohef Sholom Temple Simon Family JCC Temple Emanuel Temple Israel Tidewater Jewish Foundation Toras Chaim Yeshivas Aish Kodesh Talmudical Academy

Stand Strong for Israel Speakers Cantor Gordon Piltch, Congregation Beth El Miles Leon, president, United Jewish Federation of Tidewater Rabbi Rosalin Mandelberg, Ohef Sholom Temple and president of the Hampton Roads Board of Rabbis and Cantors Rabbi Marc Kraus, Temple Emanuel Barbara Dudley, Community Relations Council (CRC) member Brad Lerner, CRC member Mona Flax, UJFT June 2014 Mission to Israel participant Avital Sandler-Loeff, director, Israel Unlimited, JDC Israel’s Division for Disabilities & Rehabilitation (via video) Thai Zahavy, Israeli Camp Counselor, Simon Family JCC Lior Goldrath, Israeli Camp Counselor, Simon Family JCC Elliot Chodoff, Major IDF Reserves and Political and Military Analyst, featured guest speaker Deb Segaloff, Holocaust Commission of UJFT, July 2014 co-presenter at Holocaust education conference at Yad Vashem Eitan Mor, Major IDF Reserves Marilyn Johns, Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project Mission to Israel participant Rabbi Arthur Ruberg, Congregation Beth El, rabbi emeritus Rabbi Sender Haber, B’nai Israel Congregation Rabbi Jeffrey Arnowitz, Congregation Beth El Jay Klebanoff, UJFT board member Cantor Wally Schachet-Briskin, Ohef Sholom Temple

Special guests* Rabbi David Barnett Rabbi Levi Brashevitzky Cantor Elihu Flax Rabbi Gershon Litt Rabbi Mordechai Loiterman Rabbi Moshe Sosna Rabbi Arthur Steinberg Cantor Lawrence Tiger Rabbi Mordechai Wecker

Stand Strong for Israel Co-Sponsors B’nai Israel Congregation Beth Sholom Home of Eastern Virginia BINA High School Chabad Lubavitch of Tidewater Community Relations Council Congregation Beth Chaverim Congregation Beth El Hebrew Academy of Tidewater Heichal Shlomo Jewish Family Service of Tidewater

Reverend Al Butzer, First Presbyterian Church of Virginia Beach Pastor Victor Hildebrand, Kempsville Presbyterian Church Reverend Joel Palser, Christian Broadcasting Network Delegate Glenn R. Davis Jr., 84th District, Virginia House of Delegates Delegate Scott Taylor, 85th District, Virginia House of Delegates Diane Kaufman, regional director Eastern Virginia for U.S. Senator Tim Kaine Suzanne Patrick, Democratic Candidate for Congress, 2nd District Letters of Support/Prayers for Peace J. Randy Forbes, U.S. Representative, 4th District, Va. Scott Rigell, U.S. Representative, 2nd District, Va. Bobby Scott, U.S. Representative, 3rd District, Va. Tim Kaine, U.S. Senator, Virginia Paul D. Fraim, Mayor of Norfolk Will Sessoms, Mayor of Virginia Beach Rabbi Israel Zoberman, Beth Chaverim The Christian Broadcasting Network Regent University Cantor Aaron Sachnoff, Commodore Levy Chapel, Naval Station Norfolk Max Taverniti, Christians United for Israel Imam Fareed, Masjid William Salaam *(contact apomerantz@ujft.org to add names of political and faith leader attendees; we regret any omissions)

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As chapter closes, Shimon Peres hailed by normally divided Knesset

Shimon Peres

by Ben Sales

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JERUSALEM ( JTA)—In the midst of a grinding war in Gaza, a sometimes near-empty Knesset gallery was packed last month for an uplifting moment: what probably was the final political act of Israel’s elder statesman. Shimon Peres—former Israeli prime minister, defense minister, foreign minister and now former president—stood before the Knesset for the last time as a public servant on July 24, just prior to the inauguration of his successor, Reuven Rivlin. Facing his professional home for almost all of the past six decades, Peres gave a farewell speech that traced the arc of his long career, recounting Israel’s past, defending it in its present predicament and offering hope for its future. “We are a people that experienced unimaginable agony,” Peres said. “And we are a people that reached the lofty heights of human achievement. We made great efforts. We paid a heavy price.” It was a toned-down ceremony due to the continuing conflict in Gaza and was an inauspicious time for Peres, 91, to be exiting the political scene.

For decades, the man who in 1994 was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for helping engineer the Israeli-Palestinian Oslo Accords has repeated over and over that peace is within reach and could be achieved in his lifetime. Yet the final months of his presidency saw the acrimonious collapse of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, the murder of four boys—three Israeli teenagers and a Palestinian teen—and Israel’s bloodiest military offensive in five years. Peres is known today as a peacemaker, but he began his career in the Defense Ministry, helping to cement a close military alliance with France in the 1950s and developing Israel’s nuclear program in the 1960s. Following the 1967 Six-Day War, Peres advocated the settlement of the West Bank and Gaza. Only in the 1980s, as Labor Party leader, did Peres become the peacenik he’s known as today. And it was only after he left party politics for the presidency, in 2007, that he rose above the parliamentary rivalries and failed leadership bids that had embroiled and foiled him over the previous few decades to become the unifying figure he is today. Peres is the phoenix of Israeli politics. From hawk to dove, from faction leader to uniter, he has ridden the wave of Israeli history and somehow stayed afloat while others fell, faded away or died. It is that history that makes Peres one of the few Israeli leaders who could deliver the speech he did: at once vociferously defending Israel’s offensive in Gaza while also calling for an aggressive approach to Israeli-Palestinian peace. “There is no place to doubt our victory,” Peres said, adding immediately: “We know that no military victory will be enough. There is no permanent security without permanent peace. Just as there is no real peace without real security.” In a political career that spans 55 years, Peres has never prevailed in a popular election. He became prime minister in

When two-state solution. Rivlin has 1984 after his party, unable I return and pledged to focus his efforts to form a government, meet the beauty on healing Israel’s internal entered into a unity coadivisions; Peres at times has lition with the Likud. He and strength of acted like Israel’s second also occupied the post foreign minister. briefly in 1977, after the State of Israel, Though he is no longer Yitzhak Rabin resigned, I find myself a government official, Peres and in 1995, after Rabin’s is unlikely to disappear. He assassination. shedding a tear. intends to continue working The peace treaty Peres for regional reconciliation at his yearns for has yet to be signed. Peres Center for Peace and he still But whether or not peace comes will be a presence in the media and at in his lifetime—though in his 10th decade he still appears energetic—his star- international conferences. And Peres’ story remains woven into ring role in so much of Israeli history has earned him a respect that transcends polit- the history of Israel—its successes, its failures, its frustrations and its resilience. ical divisions. “When I return and meet the beauty At the Knesset session on July 24, Peres received thunderous applause from a gen- and strength of the State of Israel, I find myself shedding a tear,” he said near the erally divided house. The man who succeeds him, Reuven end of his speech. “Maybe excited slightly Rivlin, is in many ways Peres’ opposite. more than my younger friends. Because Rivlin is a lifelong Likudnik; Peres has throughout my years I witnessed the bounced between three parties. Rivlin wants entire incredible journey, and the miracles to annex the West Bank; Peres prefers a of Israel.”




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150 Jews who fled Ukraine fighting expected in Israel At least 150 Jews who fled fighting in eastern Ukraine are expected to land in Israel next month in one of the largest group of arrivals of its kind this year. Many of the would-be immigrants, who will arrive aboard three flights chartered by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, are staying at a Jewish summer camp in Zhytomyr that has been converted into a temporary shelter for them, according to the fellowship’s founder, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein. The exact date of arrival depends on “how fast the Jewish Agency emissaries and other Israeli officials can work to get all the paperwork done,” Edelstein said. “Meanwhile we’re taking care of them.” In recent weeks, interest in immigrating to Israel, or making aliyah, has risen among the Jews who left war-torn cities like Lugansk and Donetsk, according to Eckstein. He expects the number of people heading to Israel next month with his organization’s help to significantly surpass 150. “Many people are waiting this thing out,” Eckstein said of the fighting that is

going on between government forces and pro-Russian separatists. “But increasingly there is a growing realization that the fighting will continue for a long time. This is producing an increase in people’s interest to make aliyah and I believe there will be hundreds.” The summer camp in Zhytomyr, which is run by Rabbi Shalom Gopin, Chabad’s emissary to Lugansk, can accommodate the flood of Jewish refugees, who number 200 to 250 and are arriving at a pace of 40 per week, Eckstein added. Several Jewish groups working in Ukraine, including the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Jewish community of Dneproprovsk, have arranged temporary homes for hundreds of Jews who fled the fighting in the east. The fellowship has allocated more than $10 million this year toward helping Jews in Ukraine, constituting a 25 percent increase over what it usually spends on Jewish communities there. (JTA)

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TEL AVIV (JTA)—After the missiles have stopped, after the troops have come home, even after most of the wounded are out of the hospital, Israelis will still be feeling the burden of Operation Protective Edge—this time in their pockets. With the recent expiration of a temporary cease-fire, the operation may not be over. (Another temporary cease-fire was put in place starting at midnight Monday, Aug. 11.) But through that previous week, including both direct military expenses and indirect hits to the Israeli economy, the total cost of the four-week conflict is estimated at $2.5 billion to $3.6 billion. The government has maintained radio silence on the war’s military costs and estimates vary, but Israeli media report that they range from $1.2 billion to $2.3 billion. Lost economic activity amounted to an estimated $1.3 billion, with the tourism sector in particular taking a massive hit. “Along with soldiers, we won’t spare a shekel in reimbursements to residents of the south and reservists,” Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid said at a news conference. “From our perspective they’re all soldiers, and all deserve special treatment from us.” Ever the populist, Lapid promised not to raise taxes. But he admitted the money will have to come from somewhere and predicted the 2015 budget deficit would rise. Here’s a partial look at how all those shekels were spent. Israel’s pricey weaponry Iron Dome: The U.S.-funded star of the war, the Iron Dome missile defense system limited Israeli civilian casualties to three while shooting down 90 percent of the rockets headed toward Israeli cities,

according to the Israeli military. Of the 3,460 rockets fired at Israel during the war, Iron Dome intercepted 584 of them—at $50,000 a piece. That comes to a total of $29 million, or about $1 million per day. Congress approved another $225 million in funding for Iron Dome. Smart bombs: Israeli war technology isn’t limited to the home front. Israeli planes have bombed Gaza approximately 4,900 times during the war—roughly 150 times a day. Yiftah Shapir, head of the Military Balance Project at Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies, said most of the bombs Israeli planes dropped were likely equipped with computers and cameras to increase accuracy. Shapir doesn’t know how many bombs Israel used and the IDF won’t say, but he said most Israeli ordnance was likely one of two missiles: the Joint Direct Attack Munition, or JDAM, a GPS-guided missile made by Boeing, and the Tammuz missile, an Israeli-made munition that locates its target with a camera and has a 15-mile range. According to Shapir, not including the bombs, each of the Air Force’s 4,900 sorties cost $15,000, for a total of over $73 million. Add on a $32,000 JDAM or a $140,000 Tammuz and the price skyrockets. Critics of Israel have accused the IDF of using imprecise—and far less expensive—artillery in strikes that have killed more than 1,000 civilians in Gaza. Calling up the reserves One of the unifying factors of this war was that almost every Israeli knew a few people in uniform. Israel has called up 82,000 reservists during the conflict—nearly half at the war’s start and 42,000 more as it went on. It’s hard to determine the exact cost of reserves because each soldier receives

a reimbursement for lost salary pegged to his monthly paycheck. But according to the Israeli daily Yediot Acharonot, each reservist costs the army $174 a day—including food, shelter, a uniform and weapons. If the figure is accurate, the IDF spent nearly $200 million on reservists, not including the salary reimbursement. Direct hits to the home front Along with Israel’s 65 fallen soldiers and three killed civilians, 674 Israelis have been wounded in Protective Edge, 23 of them civilians. A Health Ministry spokesman estimated that treating the injured would cost $4.4 million. In addition, the government already has received 2,500 claims for property damage from the missiles and estimates a total payout of $14.6 million. Compensation for lost wages and property damage will come from a $1.5 billion fund taken from taxes on real estate transactions. The economic costs Israel also will compensate workers from the south who couldn’t do their jobs because of the rockets. The Manufacturers Association of Israel estimates that one

in five workers in the south stayed home because of the war, but it couldn’t estimate the total amount of lost wages. Israel’s biggest civilian cost by far will be the $1.3 billion in lost gross domestic product, an estimate provided to JTA by Moshe Asher, the director general of Israel’s Tax Authority. Asher said the war affected industries across Israel, but one of the hardest hit was the tourism business. Of the 600,000 tourists expected to come on organized tours from July through the end of 2014, the Israel Incoming Tour Operators Association expects only 300,000 to make it. Overall, the tour operators group estimates that organized tours will lose $350 million from July through December, similar to the $375 million loss estimated by the Israel Hotel Association. But the cancellations may have been toughest on private tour guides, who depend on summer tours to make it through the year. “These months are the months where I make money,” says Gil Shemesh, 28, who lost a quarter of his summer income when a bar mitzvah trip and a Christian pilgrims’ tour canceled. “It took out a whole month. I won’t be working at all in August.”

Hillary Clinton defends Israel and Netanyahu, says anti-Semitism might fuel some criticism NEW YORK ( JTA)—Hillary Rodham Clinton defended Israel’s handling of the Gaza conflict and said anti-Semitism was possibly behind some of the criticism of Israel. Clinton also appeared to back Israel’s insistence on maintaining a security presence in the West Bank and stopping Iranian uranium enrichment. The former U.S. secretary of state made her remarks in an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg for The Atlantic. “I think Israel did what it had to do to respond to the rockets,” Clinton said. Israel, she added, may have made some mistakes that led to civilian casualties, but that is what happens in the “fog of war.” “I don’t know a nation…that hasn’t made errors, but ultimately the responsibility rests with Hamas,” Clinton said, pointing to the terrorist group’s rocket attacks against Israel and the way its fighters base their operations in civilian areas. Clinton criticized the “enormous inter-

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national reaction” against Israel, calling it “uncalled for and unfair,” especially in comparison to the relatively more tepid responses to the far greater death toll in Syria and Russian aggression against Ukraine. “You can’t ever discount anti-Semitism,” she added, “especially with what’s going on in Europe today.” Clinton, who butted heads as secretary of state with Netanyahu over settlements, said that “dealing with Bibi is not easy.” But she noted that he endorsed a two-state solution and in 2009 accepted a 10-month settlement freeze in the West Bank. She also voiced support for his position on several fronts. Citing the instability and fighting in Iraq and Syria, Clinton said Netanyahu was right to insist that Israel maintain a military presence in the West Bank along the Jordan River. “If I were the prime minister of Israel,” she said, “you’re damn right I would expect to have control over security.”

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Reflections on two journeys by Mickey Held


s a member of the Holocaust Commission for 20 years, I have been privileged to witness the impact we have made on our community with our many programs. As I escorted survivors to share their stories, I became transfixed by their journeys and inspired by their courage. We became family, and my life was enriched by their friendship. As my friends shared the horrors and lessons of the Holocaust, I was fortunate to see the changes their stories made in people’s lives. For more than 10 years, our Commission grappled with, “What will we do when we no longer have survivors to give live testimony?” We contacted numerous Holocaust Centers, and talked to production companies. In 2010, we struck gold in the talents of two award winning Los Angeles-based filmmakers, Amber Howell and Janice

Engel. There was great pride and excitement when Amber, my daughter-in-law, and Janice, her film partner, developed the program, What We Carry. Fast forward four years, during which time the program premiered in Los Angeles at the Simon Wiesenthal Center and in Norfolk at the Roper Theatre, was featured for two hours on the internationally televised program The J Report, was presented at the 2013 Virginia State Social Studies Teacher’s Conference, and shown live to more than 14,000 people. Our Commission members have presented this program across Virginia and even North Carolina. The impact has been both astounding and rewarding. This was my first journey. On Saturday, July 5, my next journey began. What We Carry was selected to be presented at the International Educator’s Conference at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. It

was another privilege for Elena Baum, Deb Segaloff, Janice Engel, and myself to travel to Israel to present our treasured project, and to share the stories of David Katz and Hanns Loewenbach, (both of blessed memory), Kitty Saks and Dana Cohen. We met and connected with 450 participants from 50 countries represented at this Conference. We were inspired by world renowned speakers and humbled by the warmth and enthusiasm of all present. We experienced the joy of Jerusalem and the tension of warning sirens. We were whisked to shelters and witnessed solidarity as we danced and sang when the sirens ceased. Yad Vashem and Israel were on a state of alert, but all the Conference participants stayed. Missiles were overhead, but we were one. With great pride, we shared our program and relished the accolades. In some small way, we were honoring our survivors

Elena Baum, Janice Engel, Mickey Held and Deb Segaloff in Israel.

and perpetuating their memory. Yes, we were a quartet of intrepid travelers who experienced the danger Israelis live with daily. We survived cancelled flights, little sleep, changed plans, and stressful conditions. But, we found joy in Jerusalem and joy in fulfilling a promise, from generation to generation, let no one forget. Shalom.

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After Harvard, Alan Dershowitz plans an active—and combative—retirement by Anthony Weiss

CHILMARK, Mass. ( JTA)—Alan Dershowitz’s house is a bit of a mess. Most of the rooms in his Martha’s Vineyard home are cluttered with half-unpacked boxes filled with items from his Cambridge house, which he and his wife emptied recently and sold after he retired from his Harvard Law School professorship in June. Dershowitz himself wears a few days growth of gray beard with his black track pants and a faded blue T-shirt that says “Martha’s Vineyard” in English and in Hebrew letters, looking utterly unlike America’s most famous super-lawyer. Judging solely by appearances, he looks ready to pad comfortably into retirement, with no ambitions beyond a nice walk on the beach. But appearances can be deceiving. Even at 75, there is nothing retiring about Dershowitz. Despite leaving Harvard after a 50-year teaching career, despite publishing last October a nostalgic memoir that ends with a letter to the editor to be published after his death (so he can have the last word), Dershowitz says he isn’t slowing down. “I’m now busier than ever,” he says. “When I was teaching at Harvard, there were limits on how many cases I could take. Now there are no limits. I have no excuses. So I’m involved in some of the most exciting cases in the world today.” These days, Dershowitz’s practice takes him around the globe as he consults on high-profile international legal issues, such as the trial of former President Pervez Musharraf in Pakistan and a case stemming from April’s deadly ferry disaster in South Korea. Dershowitz says he has another six books he is writing or plans to write, including one provisionally titled Abraham: The World’s First (But Certainly Not Last) Jewish Lawyer. He is working on an opera about the Polish Cantor Gershon Sirota based on Jewish liturgical music. He wants to create an organization to serve as an alternative to J Street, the dovish Israel policy group with which he has

frequently clashed. Dershowitz says his group would seek “a reasonable resolution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict “with compromise, but without any compromise to Israel’s security.” Dershowitz also continues to churn out opinion articles at an astonishing pace, many of them focused on Israel. “I always have 10 ideas in my head,” he said. “I wake up every morning having to write a column or an article or a chapter of a book.” Above all, Dershowitz loves to be a part of the action. “My theory about writing books is every book is a first draft for me,” he says. “I don’t obsess about them. If there are mistakes in them, I’ll correct them in the next edition. I want to get them out. I want my ideas out there. Life’s short. I want to have as much impact as I can.” By the same token, Dershowitz professes to have few regrets about the life he has lived so far—a couple of columns he wishes he could take back, the occasional client who wasn’t worth the headache, but nothing significant. “I’m not a looker-backer,” he says. “I don’t tend to look back and regret. I’ve had wonderful children, I have a wonderful marriage.” Dershowitz is also proud of his career. “I’ve never done anything for money, which was really important for me,” he says. “I’ve earned a lot of money doing things I wanted to do and that I would have done even if I hadn’t earned the money doing it.” He says that currently 60 percent of his work is pro bono. Dershowitz wrote his recent memoir, Taking the Stand, not as a kind of valedictory but to clarify what he thought were a few misconceptions about him. One was the view that he is a right-wing Republican neoconservative, not the pro-Israel liberal Democrat that Dershowitz considers himself to be. Another thing he wanted to set straight is that there are, in fact, two Alan Dershowitzes: the hard-charging, sharp-el-

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bowed “Dersh” character that people see on TV (and, he acknowledges, frequently dislike) and the affable, good-natured man known to his friends and family. “I’m a pushover when it comes to friends. I never say no, I’m easy to get along with,” he says. “People on the Vineyard don’t recognize the guy they see on TV.” But the transition from Alan to the Dersh can be lightning fast: Conducting a phone interview on Geraldo Rivera’s radio show, one moment Dershowitz is gazing peacefully out his window at the treetops of Martha’s Vineyard with his hand in his pocket, the next he is pacing back and forth, pumping his fist as he argues with Rivera. “You’re encouraging Hamas to do what they’re doing and kill babies, that’s what you’re doing,” he shouts into the phone. After Dershowitz signs off, he gives an excited “Whoo!” In a few moments, he has regained his previous calm. Dershowitz says he is at peace with his combative nature. “My wife thinks I spend too much time fighting against my enemies,” he says.

“But as I tell my students, don’t try to be something you’re not. That’s part of my personality, that’s who I am.” He adds: “This is my Brooklyn coming-out—if you mess with me, you’re going to have to pay a consequence.” Dershowitz now plans to split his time between his native New York, Miami Beach and his summer house on Martha’s Vineyard, where the decor reflects his idiosyncratic blend of ego and unpretentiousness, flamboyance and humor. The walls are covered with photographs of Dershowitz with luminaries like Shimon Peres and Barack Obama alongside images of casual family outings, as well as tapedup newspaper clippings, Roy Lichtenstein art, an old Harlem Globetrotters poster, Jewish memorabilia and maritime-themed tchotchkes. In the bathroom is what Dershowitz calls his “rogues gallery,” featuring photos and mugshots of famous and infamous individuals, many of whom he has defended. Prominent among them is O.J. Simpson, on whose legal dream team Dershowitz served. Dershowitz says the ex-football star

and actor stiffed him on a sizable portion of the legal bills. Dershowitz leads an active social life on Martha’s Vineyard, moving in high-profile circles. President Obama has rented the house next door, and the next house beyond that, owned by Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen, has played host to Bill Clinton, with whom Dershowitz has dined many times and even davened once, on Rosh Hashanah. Dershowitz often goes to multiple parties in a night, and for the particular day on which he received JTA, he was planning to play poker with a group of friends that included comedian Larry David. Dershowitz is also devoted to his routine of a standing noon lunch date on the front porch of the Chilmark General Store. It’s there that he is at his least Dersh, kibitzing with a group of mostly Jewish, mostly older regulars, trading news, gossip and jokes. Upon hearing that a reporter is present, the friends immediately crack that now they will finally spill the truth about

Dershowitz—and then lapse into effusive praise. “The thing people don’t know about Alan is what a mensch he is,” gushes Sharon Bialy, a front porch regular and a prominent Hollywood casting director. “He is so nice, and he is so kind to all the kids.” Dershowitz estimates—or at least, he says, hopes—that he has another 10 productive years ahead of him. Once he hits 85, he adds, he will be ready for a more sedate type of retirement. In the meantime, though, he prefers to remain in the mix while there are still good arguments to be had. In his typology of Jewish lawyers from his upcoming book on Abraham, Dershowitz says, “Clearly I’m the guy who argues with God. For me, the higher the authority, the more I like to argue.” “I’m just critical of everybody and everything,” he says, a touch of Dersh coming out. Then he adds, “There’s nobody with whom I completely agree, including myself.”

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Tidewater Jewish Agencies

United Jewish Federation of Tidewater 5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 757-965-6100, JewishVA.org, Executive Vice President: Harry Graber, info@ujft.org The United Jewish Federation of Tidewater nurtures a vibrant, engaged, inclusive and caring Jewish community, guided by its values and its mission to strengthen and perpetuate Jewish life. As a leader and facilitator of collective action, UJFT allocates the funds it raises through the Annual Campaign to assist Jewish agencies and organizations in Tidewater, North America, internationally, and in Israel through partnerships with local, national and global organizations. UJFT cares for those in need, rescues Jews in danger, enhances Jewish security and advocates for the State of Israel. Allocations help UJFT partners provide healthcare, social services, Jewish cultural and educational programs, and initiatives that improve human relations. “Together, we do extraordinary things.”

Annual Campaign UJFT’s Annual Campaign is conducted by more than 100 local volunteer Jewish leaders in partnership with a professional campaign staff. The Annual Campaign runs on the UJFT’s fiscal year, July 1–June 30, and officially kicks off on September 15, 2014 with the Week of Extraordinary Deeds. Other events are held throughout the year to welcome, inform and thank community donors. Donations are welcome at any time, and can be made securely online at JewishVA.org/Donation. The Federation board of directors allocates funds at the end of the Annual Campaign based on recommendations by the finance committee for distribution to the local community; and the Israel and Overseas Committee for distributions to international and Israel agencies and organizations. Links to programs and services the Annual Campaign supports are at JewishVA.org.

Men’s Division Director: Alex Pomerantz, 757-965-6136, apomerantz@ujft.org 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 volunteer men who are bound together to serve the Tidewater Jewish community, and to solicit funds for the annual campaign, ensuring funding for Jewish education, health and social welfare, combating anti-Semitism, emergency services and crisis relief.

Women’s Division Director: Amy Zelenka, 757-965-6139, azelenka@ujft.org 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.

YOung Adult Division (YAD) Director: Amy Weinstein. 757-965-6127, aweinstein@ujft.org 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

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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 brings together 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: Medical and Business and Legal JewishVA.org/Maimonides JewishVA.org/BusinessAndLegalSociety The Federation sponsors two affinity groups—the Maimonides Society 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 JewishVA.org/ShalomTidewater Launched in 2011, the Shalom Tidewater program helps create and nurture an inclusive Jewish community.

Community Relations Council Director: Robin Mancoll, 757-965-6120, rmancoll@ujft.org 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 transforms issues into action through the community, public officials and government, the media and other faith and ethnic communities. Comprised of members from each Tidewater Jewish community agency and institution, the CRC’s five committees focus on these areas: legislative action, the media, Israel education and advocacy, education of area schools and public institutions, and outreach. The CRC presents numerous events throughout the year, including the popular speaker series, Israel Today, and Bringing Israel Home, for college students.

The Holocaust Commission Director: Elena Barr Baum, 757-965-6129, info@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 other 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 Elie Wiesel Writing and Visual Arts Competitions for students, and annual educators’ awards.

Jewish News JewishNewsVA.org Editor: Terri Denison, 757-965-6132 Published 22 times annually, Jewish News connects the Tidewater Jewish community with news of Jewish interest from local, national and global spheres. The Jewish News is delivered to thousands of 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 Middle Ground 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 community, as well as the larger Tidewater community 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: • Professional nursing care by Registered Nurses (RN’s), including a Certified Wound Care RN • Psychiatric nursing • Physical, occupational and speech therapists. • Medical social work • Home health aides • Dietitian • Wellness/Recreational Therapist. JFS is the only Home Health Care provider in Tidewater to offer lymphedema treatment, the swelling of extremities due to surgical or other trauma to the lymphatic system, by a certified Lymphedema Physical 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 (LPN’s) can provide these services: medication administration, blood pressure monitoring, catheter care, diabetes management, tube feedings, and other services.

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 to 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. Additionally, specialized substance abuse counseling for teens, adults and support for family members is available. JFS also 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: •S  IMCHA, a socialization and recreation group for Jewish adults with mental illness, offers cultural and recreational outings. •C  HAVERIM, meets the cultural, socialization and recreational needs of the Jewish developmentally disabled. •S  pecial Needs camp. In cooperation with the Simon Family JCC staff, special needs children are integrated into summer programs and activities, enabling them to participate with their non-disabled peers.

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

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE Financial assistance is available for Jewish families coping with unplanned financial debt and obligation. Case managers help with budgeting, financial planning and payment arrangements. This program is made possible by the generosity of the Pincus Paul Fund of the Jewish Family Service Foundation and the 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 there 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.

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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. The Embrace program reaches out to older adults who anticipate needing help in the future.

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 10 years, JFS’s Week of 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. Look for the Week to expand in 2015!

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Tidewater Jewish Foundation 5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Suite 200, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 757-965-6111, www.jewishva.org Interim president and CEO: Randy Parrish, CPA, chief financial officer The Tidewater Jewish Foundation (TJF) is dedicated to the creation of permanent resources to help meet the challenges and needs of the Jewish community for present and future generations. Founded in 1984 as a single endowment fund under the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, TJF has grown to just over $100 million in assets. 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 2014, the Create a Jewish Legacy initiative has raised 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. If an individual already has a fund at TJF, is thinking about establishing one, has a family foundation, or is just beginning the estate planning process, TJF can assist in accomplishing philanthropic goals. This can be done through strategic collaborations with UJFT, family foundations, area agencies, temples/synagogues and 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.

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 withcertified 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 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 dementiarelated 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.

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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.

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, regardless of where they might find themselves on their Jewish path.

JCC MEMBERSHIP Membership Associate: 757-321-2327 JCC membership includes discounts on classes and cultural events, use of state-ofthe-art fitness equipment and gymnasium, free babysitting services, complimentary towel service and locker rooms equipped with steam and sauna rooms. All new members receive two free personal training sessions, which include a fitness assessment and a results based exercise plan.

FITNESS AND AQUATICS Interim director, Fitness and Aquatics, Sharon Giannelli, 757-321-2310 One of the largest and most varied facilities in the area with a full time professional and certified staff, 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 offered weekly including Spin, Body Pump, yoga, Pilates, Zumba and group training. Personal training packages and swim lessons are available year round for all ages.

SPORTS AND RECREATION Coordinator: Tom Edwards, 757-321-2308 Youth, teen and adult basketball; youth soccer; adult volleyball; youth tee ball; youth swim team; and more. Membership is not required to participate.

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CULTURAL ARTS Director of Cultural Arts: Michele Goldberg, 757-321-2341 VIRGINIA FESTIVAL OF JEWISH FILM presented by Alma* and Howard Laderberg One of the nation’s longest continuous Jewish film festivals, the 22nd annual event takes place Jan. 17–25, 2015. THE LEE AND BERNARD JAFFE* FAMILY JEWISH BOOK FESTIVAL With more than 500 titles for sale, lectures, panel discussions and special events for children, the Book Festival takes place Nov. 2–Nov. 16, 2014. Performing Arts at the J presented by Leah Wohl* Comedy, music and theater at the JCC. Art Exhibits Local artists exhibit work in the Leon Art Gallery. Children’s Cultural Art Series Partners with local arts organizations (Virginia Opera, Virginia Symphony, Virginia Stage) to present family-friendly performances. Israel Festival Annual celebration marking Israel’s Independence Day. This year it takes place May 17, 2015.


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Adult Program coordinator, Sherry Lieberman, 757-321-2309 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. *of blessed memory


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FLORENCE MELTON SCHOOL of Adult Jewish Learning With its international headquarters at Hebrew University Jerusalem, The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning offers the opportunity to attain a level of Jewish literacy through the study of Jewish texts in an interactive, pluralistic and non-denominational environment. No exams, no quizzes and no homework. The only prerequisite is a commitment to learn.

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CLASSES TO ENHANCE JEWISH JOURNEYS From Jewish architecture to an Israel Advocacy series, the JCC has classes for every Jewish journey.

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530 Raleigh Avenue in Ghent RSVP 757Ÿ 625 Ÿ 4295

Young Adult Programming Middle School Programming 6th–8th grade Jewish teens make a difference in the world while having a great time. Programs include Tikkun Sundays and a Mystery Bus Tour. BBYO Jewish 9th–12th grade Director: Ellie Bernstein, 757-321-2324 BBYO is the largest Jewish teen organization in Tidewater. Teens meet weekly at the JCC to program within the folds of BBYO. Activities involve community service, social, athletics, social action and Judaic. BBYO involvement guides teens into leadership positions that will last a lifetime. (See page 36) JCC Maccabi Games Jewish teens 13–17 The JCC Maccabi games are an Olympic style sporting and arts completion held each summer at a different location within the U. S.

Ÿ Get a flavor of our Clergy Ÿ Take a taste of our High Holiday services and activities information Ÿ Experience the smorgasbord of our Programs & Volunteer opportunities Ÿ Tickle your palate with a Tour of our Building and Religious School Ÿ Enjoy a tidbit of a Children’s Prayer Service Ÿ Sample a Torah Study Class & Savor an open Torah up Close


Ohef Sholom Temple is a Member of the Union for Reform Judaism and is the spiritual home for ALL. Whether you are single, married, a senior, a young professional, LGBT, single parent, empty nester.... Ohef Sholom is truly “A House of Prayer for All People.”

Serving the communities of Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Hampton, Newport News, and beyond.

Hillel, Old Dominion University www.jewishva.org/hillel Hillel Director: Alicia Cohen Kraus, 757-943-9410 Hillel at Old Dominion University is the home to the Jewish community on campus. A variety of social activities, educational events and holiday celebrations are held on campus and in the community.

Children and Family Assistant director: Erika Eskenazi, 757-321-2342 Programs for children and families offer a wide array of services including classes, family programs, and holiday events. Camp JCC Camp JCC provides children with a rich and unique day camp experience. A dynamic program allows every child to explore their own interests and try new activities within a safe camp atmosphere. Summer camp runs from mid-June through early August, with three weeks of post camp up until Labor Day. Kids Connection A Before and After School Enrichment Program, Kids Connection provides a safe, fun, and educational before and after school experience for children Pre-K to 6th grade. It also offers care for children who attend half-day Kindergarten, full-day Kindergarten, and Early Discoveries. Holiday camps on days schools are closed are offered. Transportation from many Virginia Beach Public Schools is included. Monday–Friday, 6 am–6 pm, during the school year. Children’s Classes Ages 2 through elementary school Mini dance classes to Brickheadz and art. See the JCC program guide at www.simonfamilyjcc.org.

Chesapeake Bay Academy educates bright kids with learning challenges including ADHD, dyslexia and other learning differences (LD), empowering them with the skills and confidence necessary for success in higher education, careers and life.

~ 6/1 Student-Teacher Ratio ~ Individualized Instruction Plans

~ Multisensory Instruction & Project Based Curriculum ~ College Preparatory Program ~ VAIS Accreditation ~ Tuition Assistance Available ~ Kindergarten – 12th Grade

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Call 757.497.6200 or visit cba-va.org to schedule an individual tour and learn more. 821 Baker Road l Virginia Beach, VA 23462

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PJ Library For any family with a Jewish connection—affiliated, unaffiliated, interfaith or non-traditional, PJ Library sends a free age-appropriate Jewish book in the mail monthly. For children six months through five-and-one-half years old, PJ Library also sponsors programs. Beginnings Infant and Toddler Program Director: Becky Feld, 757-321-2332 A perfect place to bond with one’s baby and make lifelong friends, these programs help and support parents through the first years with their babies with a variety of enrichment classes and programs for parents and children from birth to 36 months old. In addition to various parent and baby classes, the following are offered: • Infant and Toddler Full Care, Monday thru Friday, 7:30 am–6 pm, babies six weeks and up • Beginnings Day Out, 2-, 3-, or 5-day options available, 8 am–12:30 pm • Beginnings Extended Day program, 2-, 3-, or 5-day options available, 8 am–3:30 pm Beginnings 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.

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c amps 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 take weekly field trips and enjoy weekly sessions at local gymnastics facilities.

Simon Family JCC Summer Camp 5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 757-321-2338, fax 757-489-4427 www.simonfamilyj.org Director: Erika Eskanazi, 757-321-2342 Camp JCC provides children with a rich and unique day camp experience. A dynamic program allows every child to explore their own interests and try new activities within a safe camp atmosphere.

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BINA High School 425 Washington Park, Norfolk, VA 23517 757-627-BINA (2462), fax 757-627-2461 www.binahighschool.com, info@binahighschool.com 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, Torah, and the Jewish people, and to imbue her with Derech Eretz that guides her actions, speech, and way of dress. The Judaic studies program is primarily skill-based. The secular studies program provides the tools for students to continue education at any institution of higher learning. Academics are complimented with physical education, art and music lessons. Located in a secured wing at B’nai Israel Congregation, the school has a state-of the-art computer lab, a student lounge, and access to a kosher kitchen. Boarding is available in local homes.

Hebrew Academy of Tidewater 5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 757-424-4327, fax 757-420-0915, www.hebrewacademy.net Head of School: Rabbi Mordechai Wecker Admissions Director: Carin Simon Since 1955, Hebrew Academy of Tidewater has served as the region’s only Jewish Community Day School, welcoming families of all Jewish backgrounds and practices. 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. The program offers a rigorous and comprehensive academic curriculum of language arts, science, math, social studies, Jewish studies, Hebrew language, music, art, physical education, and the use of advanced technology. Immersion in the school’s dual curriculum prepares students for the rigors of academic programs at other fine schools while instilling leadership skills and a strong Jewish identity. They identify as proud Americans, loyal to the State of Israel and their fellow Jews throughout the world. Kindergarten–fifth grade • Children of all Jewish backgrounds (Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, interfaith and unafilliated) • Facility boasts a regulation size gym, soccer field, tennis courts and indoor pool • Faculty includes general studies, Judaic studies/Hebrew language and multiple resource teachers • Clubs and intramurals • Need-based financial aid available • All teachers certified by the Virginia Department of Education or meet other professional accreditation standards • Full membership in and accreditation by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS) and National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) • Founding member of RAVSAK, the Jewish Community Day School Network • Constituent agency of the United Federation of Tidewater

Institute for Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding at Old Dominion University College of Arts and Letters, Cooper Room, Batten Arts and Letters Building 2024 Old Dominion University, al.odu.edu/ijiu/, www.facebook.com/#!/IJIUatODU 757-683-6816, fgoldin@odu.edu Director: Farideh Goldin The Institute for Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding at Old Dominion University offers programs and events to promote the understanding of Judaism and interfaith relations in the global environment. A variety of college-level courses serve ODU students as well as community members. The Institute actively partners with cultural organizations throughout the area to bring Jewish and Interfaith programming to Tidewater.

Norfolk Area Community Kollel 420 Spotswood Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23517 757-559-1836, rabbilitt@norfolkkollel.com, www.norfolkkollel.com Executive Director: Rabbi Gershon Litt 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 An educational partnership of the Hebrew Academy of Tidewater and The Simon Family Jewish Community Center 5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 www.strelitzECC.net, www.simonfamilyjcc.org Preschool director: Lorna Orleans, 757-321-2307 Admissions director: Carin Simon, 757-424-4327 The Strelitz Early Childhood Center’s mission is to provide the highest quality Judaic and general studies education and to establish a strong foundation for lifelong learning in a dynamic, supportive, and enriching Jewish environment. (Children under the age of two are welcome in the JCC’s Beginnings program.) Preschool The Strelitz Early Childhood Center revels in the curiosity and potential of youth. From classrooms and activity centers to individual programs, this is an exhilarating environment infused with Jewish culture and a commitment to lifelong learning. The child-centered program makes liberal use of graphic arts and group work under the direction of teachers who love, nurture, support, and challenge little ones to new heights. The school educates the whole child by providing a balance between academic and social development, helping children grow physically, socially, emotionally and educationally. Thematic learning units from the Jewish and secular worlds provide options for intellectual curiosity and develop emerging readiness skills, preparing students for kindergarten programs. Preschool Fast Facts • Welcoming children of all faiths, ages two to four years • Large classrooms, with bathrooms and sinks • Indoor and outdoor play areas for motor development • Music, library, and physical education • Aquatics (ages three and four)

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• Children’s cooking center • Classrooms equipped with technology for ongoing parent/teacher communication • Extended Day and Full Care options • Still in diapers? Not a problem. • Accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS) Membership in the JCC is required for enrollment in the Strelitz Early Childhood Center.

Talmudical Academy Yeshivas Aish Kodesh 612 Colonial Ave., Norfolk, VA 23507 757-623-6070, fax 757-623-6074, dwatyak@gmail.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.

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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.

United Hebrew School 757-489-4550 Principal: Becky Roberts Students from Congregation Beth El, Kempsville Conservative Synagogue and Temple Israel meet Wednesdays at 4 pm at the Sandler Family Campus and on Sundays at their synagogues for Hebrew instruction. jewishnewsva.org | Guide to Jewish Living | August 18, 2014 | Jewish News | 31

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

B’NAI B’RITH OF TIDEWATER Arnold Gamsey Lodge #1195 President: 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.

BRITH SHOLOM CENTER Gail Gogan, secretary, 461-1150 Brith Sholom Center of Virginia was established as a benevolent, charitable and non-political 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 Norfolk-Virginia Beach Chapter Contact: De Anne Lindsey, 757-418-4336 In New York in 1912, the first group of Hadassah was chartered after its founder, Henrietta Szold returned from Jerusalem. The second chapter of Hadassah was chartered in Norfolk, Va. Today, Hadassah is the world’s largest women’s Zionist organization. The original purpose of the organization was to bring modern health care to Palestine. Today, the Hadassah Medical Organization is internationally recognized as a leading authority in healing, teaching, and research. Hadassah is the largest organizational contributor to Jewish National Fund. Hadassah’s NorfolkVirginia Beach chapter serves all of Tidewater.

HEBREW LADIES CHARITY SOCIETY President: Frances Levy Birshtein, 757-572-3817 Celebrating its 110th anniversary in 2012, Hebrew Ladies is comprised of women concerned with tzedakah (charity) based on the Jewish concept of responsibility to fellow human beings. Members work to support local people in need to help an individual or family survive with pride and dignity, until he or she can be self-supportive. Most referrals to this group come from Jewish Family Service. Confidentiality is always maintained. The group meets once a year. All Jewish women are invited to join.

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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.

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

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

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

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

Synagogues BETH CHAVERIM 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 office@bnaiisrael.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

CHABAD LUBAVITCH OF TIDEWATER/CHABAD HOUSE 1920 Colley Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23517 757-616-0770, Fax 757-616-0772 rabbilevi@chabadoftidewater.com, www.chabadoftidewater.com Rabbi Aaron 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

THE COMMODORE URIAH P. LEVY CHAPEL 757-444-7361 commlevycantor@verizon.net 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 men ever to move up the ranks, from enlisted to Commodore status. Shabbat Services take place every Friday evening at 7:30 pm. Access to the Naval Station with proper ID, Military escort or by special permission of the Senior Chaplain.

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422 Shirley Ave., Norfolk, VA 23517 757-625-7821, fax 757-627-4905 www.bethelnorfolk.com, office@bethelnorfolk.com CONSERVATIVE, Rabbi Jeffrey M. Arnowitz Cantor Gordon Piltch Rabbi Arthur Ruberg, Rabbi Emeritus Director of Community Learning: 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

424 25th St., Virginia Beach, VA 23451 757-428-2591, fax: 757-428-3797 www.tevb.org, office@tevb.org CONSERVATIVE, Rabbi Marc Kraus Office manager: Gail Gogan Temple Emanuel is a member of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and strives to make Judaism meaningful and joyful in a holy and inclusive manner, integrating tradition with the best of modernity. • Religious School • Adult clubs and classes • Teen programming • Library

GOMLEY CHESED SYNAGOGUE 3110 Sterling Point Dr., Portsmouth, VA 23703 757-484-1019, fax 757-484-5263, gomleychesed@verizon.net CONSERVATIVE One of the area’s oldest synagogues, Gomley Chesed was founded in 1886. Serving the Conservative Jewish communities of Portsmouth, Suffolk and Chesapeake, Gomley Chesed owns a cemetery for the community’s benefit.

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,Conservative Jews to celebrate all things Jewish in a comfortable and inviting atmosphere. Shabbat services are held on Friday evening and Saturday morning; holiday services and celebrations take place regularly. The membership takes an active role in both worship services and running the synagogue. • Religious School • Adult clubs and classes • Teen programming

Ohef Sholom Temple 530 Raleigh Ave., Norfolk, VA 23507 757-625-4295, fax 757-625-3762 gail@ohefsholom.org, www.ohefsholom.org REFORM, Rabbi Rosalin Mandelberg Cantor Wally Schachet-Briskin Administrator: Gail Bachman Director of Congregational Life: Linda Peck Religious School Educator: Kitty Wolf Music Director: Charles Woodward Rabbi Arthur Z. Steinberg, Rabbi Emeritus 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 • Adult clubs and classes • Teen programming • Library • Gift shop • Archives

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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 Education director: Leon Covitz Administrator: Leslie Bradner Temple Israel is an egalitarian, racially diverse, full-service synagogue with morning and evening minyan, traditional worship on Shabbat and on all festival days, an innovative women¹s service once a month on Saturday evening, and a Junior Congregation on Shabbat mornings twice monthly for children. • Religious School • Adult Clubs and Classes • Library • Gift Shop • Teen programming

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Youth Groups B’NAI B’RITH YOUTH ORGANIZATION, BBG/AZA (Grades 9–12) City Director: Ellie Bernstein, 757-321-2324 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. (see page 27)

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

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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 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. They are active groups participating 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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those working on the project realized that their sights could be held much higher and that it was possible to create a resource for the entire community, one that could be reached by simply logging on to the website. Jewish News’ book review editor, Hal Sacks, used the proceeds from the sale of his book, Hal’s Navy, to kick off a modest fund-raising effort and to date more than $31,000 has been raised. The community is especially grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Lust whose generosity put the fund over the top. Grants from the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and the Tidewater Jewish Foundation were essential to the success of this project, as was the dedicated effort of Shayna Horwitz who was the action officer and without whose dedication the project could not have progressed as it has. Terri Denison, Jewish News editor, has been the



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bronze sculpture of Leonard Bernstein, one of the 20th century’s towering musical figures, was unveiled at Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The sculpture, by artist Penelope Jencks, is the second in a series planned depicting Tanglewood’s most iconic music figures. The first sculpture, also by Jencks, is of Aaron Copland, Bernstein’s teacher and mentor, who in 1940 recommended the young Bernstein for Serge Koussevitzky’s conducting class at Tanglewood. Over the next 50 years Bernstein, who went on to lead the New York Philharmonic, and later conducted around the world—frequently in Israel—became a highly anticipated presence at the renowned Berkshires music center, known for its pastoral scenery. “Tanglewood has always been, and will continue to be, the spiritual home of Leonard Bernstein,” says composer and Academy Award winner John Williams, whose donation to the BSO is funding the sculpture series. A courtyard at the music center is named after Bernstein, who died in 1990 at age 72. The themes of many of Bernstein’s scores, including his Kaddish Symphony and Chichester Psalms, reflected his Jewish roots. The son of Ukrainian Jewish immigrant parents, Bernstein wrote of the early musical influence of Solomon Braslavsky, the European-born and trained vocal director and organist at Boston’s Congregation Mishkan Tefila, the family’s synagogue. Bernstein, who taught at Brandeis University, 1951–1956, launched the school’s Festival of Creative Arts in 1951 and served on the university’s board of trustees from 1976 to 1981. He performed frequently in Israel, notably during the country’s founding years and the 1967 Six-Day War. At age 70, Bernstein was named conductor laureate of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Bernstein was also a prolific composer for Broadway, with the musical West Side Story his most famous show. (JTA)

Presbyterian Divestment from Israel discussed with local pastor by Robin Mancoll, director, Community Relations Council, United Jewish Federation of Tidewater


arlier this summer, the Presbyterian Church USA (PC USA) voted by a very narrow margin (310-303) at its General Assembly in Detroit to divest from three companies who do business with Israel. It passed because of a well-organized, vocal minority allied with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement whose sole purpose is to undermine the existence of the Jewish State. Despite this distressing news, many church leaders argued on behalf of Israel at the General Assembly and are heartbroken by their church’s decision. One of them is Reverend Albert G. Butzer, III, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Virginia Beach. A dear friend of Rabbi Roz Mandelberg’s for the past nine years and a recent friend of the Tidewater Jewish community, Reverend Butzer’s concern for Israel and the Jewish community prompted him to organize a meeting prior to the General Assembly, which included all seven Southern Virginia delegates, me as the CRC director, and Rabbi Mandelberg as president of the Board of Rabbis and Cantors of Hampton Roads. As my colleagues across the country were also experiencing such meetings, we knew there was much work to be done. We feared the negative outcome, though we left the meeting hopeful that our efforts shed light on Israel’s extraordinary efforts to treat, with humanity, the Palestinian people who live within its borders. Following the decision of the General Assembly on June 20, Reverend Butzer contacted Rabbi Mandelberg and me, expressing his sorrow and embarrassment. Disagreeing with the decision “with all of his heart,” Reverend Butzer believed the best way to do everything in his power to help to repair the damage was to explain the General Assembly’s process and decision; to reaffirm his affection for American Jews as well as the people of Israel; and to determine what positive steps the Tidewater community can take to prevail upon our Presbyterian friends and neighbors to work together to stop the BDS advocates from gaining further ground. On Tuesday, July 15, more than 125 members of the Tidewater community,

seemingly split down the middle, Jewish and Christian, joined together in friendship and in faith, as Rabbi Mandleberg welcomed her friend to the stage and Reverend Butzer shared details about the General Assembly, the process, the feeling during his time in Detroit, and more. Reverend Butzer first spoke about the Presbyterian Church USA movement, which is sometimes considered more progressive and more influenced by secular society than other Protestant denominations. He also shared some important points about the Presbyterian Church USA bi-annual General Assembly in which 171 Presbyteries are represented by commissioners. Half of the commissioners are clergy members and the other half are chosen as elders of the local churches. He was very clear that the attendees of the conference are commissioners (they vote their conscience) vs. delegates (who would vote the desires of their constituents). Reverend Butzer suggested a variety of reasons why he and what he felt the other 302 delegates that voted against the divestment based their vote on: • Divestment will do little to bring about a peaceful, two-state solution that many people (Jews, Christians, as well as Palestinian Muslims and Christians) seek. • Divestment will not alleviate the suffering of Palestinians. • The decision to divest is based on a one-sided analysis of the conflict, which casts Israel as the “oppressor” and Palestinians as the “oppressed” when the reality is infinitely more complex. Both sides have contributed to the conflict: Israel’s settlement policy is profoundly problematic, as of course is Palestinian terrorism, violence and intolerance.

One thing that Rev. Butzer felt led to the vote for divestment was the disproportionate show of members of the pro-divestment group Jewish Voice for Peace, who held themselves as representative of the broader Jewish community, when, in fact, they are widely recognized as a fringe group. Their constant lobbying was “most unfortunate,” according to Rev. Butzer. “They were everywhere. They were wearing these black T-shirts that said on the back, ‘Another Jew for divestment.’ “One engaged me,” he said, “and I asked, ‘What percentage of American Jews agree with your feelings about this?’ She said she didn’t know, but thought about 30 or 40 percent. My response was, ‘I’m guessing less than 5 percent.’” Fortunately, there are some people within the Presbyterian Church USA who are working for a different outcome. Even now, a group of Presbyterian ministers is crafting a statement that strongly disagrees with the decision of the Assembly, which states “We greatly regret the deep and unnecessary pain the action of our Assembly has caused our Jewish brothers and sisters. Only by working together can we find the true path to a just and lasting peace for both peoples; we need Muslims, Jews and Christians together; Americans, Palestinians and Israelis together.” Their statement invites all Presbyterians to work together as they commit themselves to the following aspirations and goals: • To reclaim the church’s role as peacemaker and “repairer of the breach” nationally and in our local communities among Christians, Jews and Muslims through deep and relational work that models peace and reconciliation with justice and compassion.

• Divestment strengthens extreme positions on both sides of the conflict.

• To reaffirm the church’s commitment to a two-state solution with Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace, each with secure borders, territorial integrity, and a fair share of natural resources.

• It smacks of defeatism, saying in essence, “There is nothing more that we as a church can do.”

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nomic, educational and interfaith ventures that promote understanding across ethnic and religious divides. Following the event on July 15, Reverend Butzer said, “I was very happy to speak to such a gracious audience, which received me so warmly and genuinely. I tried to suggest that there are many Presbyterians who strongly disagree with our denomination’s recent decision to divest. Although the official vote cannot be reconsidered until the next General Assembly in 2016, there is so much we can do in the meantime, sharing mutual respect, working to repair the damage done by the foolish and short-sighted vote, and modeling all this is possible in positive interfaith relationships. Members of my congregation and I look forward to meaningful relationships and sincere friendships with members of the Jewish community.” The Community Relations Council looks forward to strengthening the relationship with Reverend Butzer, along with his congregants and the other Presbyterian Church USA members of the Tidewater community. We believe that after such a strong showing on July 15, where attendees of the Jewish and Christian communities listened respectfully and responded civilly, we know that there’s hope for even greater solidarity than before this vote took place.

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Sunday, September 21st 1st Annual Mitzvah Day VA 1:30 - 3:30pm, Mitzvah Projects (various locations) 4:30 - 3:30pm, Pool Party & Cookout Choose one project designed to build community and help others: the military, our seniors, area homeless, the environment, kids with Diabetes. Following the Miztvah Day projects, participants are invited to enjoy music, food, and games with new and old friends at the Simon Family JCC. Register by September 17th

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New leadership roles at Hebrew Academy by Dee Dee Becker


ebrew Academy of Tidewater and the Strelitz Early Childhood Center will experience several new leadership changes and services for the start of the 2014-2015 academic year. Lorna Orleans, Strelitz preschool teacher, assumes the role of preschool director; Laurie Feldman, MSW, joins the school in the newly created position of coordinator of student support services and Rabbi Yitzchak Menda assumes the position of director of Judaic studies.

Orleans has enjoyed her longtime stint as the teacher of four-year-olds and says, “They are beginning to read, expanding their vocabulary and understanding many new learning concepts. It is amazing to watch their little light bulb moments every day, as they grasp the understanding of something different and the world opens up to them in extraordinary ways. They are refreshing, inspiring and make me feel enthusiastic about teaching. While I will miss being in the classroom, I look forward to building upon the preschool’s successful history and partnering with our teachers to provide exceptional new programs and opportunities for our community. The Strelitz preschool is known for offering a well-balanced program that is academically, spiritually, emotionally and socially grounded, and my goal is to strengthen that foundation.”

Jenkins, general studies director; and preschool director Lorna Orleans. Feldman says her team “will support teachers and parents by providing early identification and intervention strategies that offer structure and direction to students who may benefit from additional support. Our goal is to nurture and support each student’s individual needs along the growing and changing path of his/her development.” In addition to this team, HAT will also make available the professional services of an occupational therapist and speech pathologist from the Southeastern Therapy for Kids.

munity,” says Rabbi Menda. “When young Jewish children from different backgrounds come together and study Torah, it’s an amazing experience. It should be fun, exciting and meaningful to each student according to their talents. The sages say ‘I’ve learned more from my students than my teachers.’ I look forward to continuing my own path of learning while furthering each student’s unique learning experience in the coming years.” On August 25, Hebrew Academy and the Strelitz preschool’s new school year begins. To enroll children, or for more information about the school’s rigorous dual curriculum, contact admissions director, Carin Simon, at 424-4327, or email csimon@hebrewacademy.net. Hebrew Academy is a constituent agency of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.

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Lorna Orleans, director, Strelitz Early Childhood Center Preschool Lorna Orleans received her bachelor’s degree in education from Old Dominion University. She taught high school English for several years and served as the third grade Sunday School teacher at Temple Israel for 12 years. Orleans is also a past HAT parent and has served as a Strelitz preschool four-year-old teacher for the last 15 years. “Lorna brings many years of teaching experience and an intimate knowledge of our school to the position,” says Rabbi Mordechai Wecker, head of school, “and we are excited to welcome her in her new role as director. She possesses a quiet confidence and a profound dedication to her students and the preschool. We look forward to realizing the preschool program’s continued growth under her direction.”

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Laurie Feldman, MSW, coordinator of student support services No stranger to Hebrew Academy, Laurie Feldman is a HAT parent to two children who are now in high school and college. She has a bachelor’s degree from SUNY at Albany and an MSW from Norfolk State University. As coordinator of student support services, Feldman will head a team that includes school nurse Susan Schwartzman, RN; Jewish Family Service school guidance counselors Debbie Mayer, LCSW and Michelle Fenley, LCSW; Janet

Rabbi Yitzchak Menda, director of Judaic Studies The recreated position of director of Judaic Studies is being filled by Rabbi Yitzchak Menda. He has a bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University and a master’s degree from Touro University California. Rabbi Menda recently served as coordinator of Judaic activities at the Oakland Hebrew Day School in California. Menda will teach a class in Mishnah (the first layer of the Talmud, the authoritative work on Jewish law and tradition), provide enrichment and remediation to students, and render logistical and other support to both teachers and parents. “I love working with a diverse com-

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“It’s time to put your affairs in order.” This euphemism conveys a dramatic message in TV shows or films, but it is also practical advice for patients and families served by Freda H. Gordon Hospice & Palliative Care of Tidewater (HPCT). However, it is not always easy advice to follow. Regardless of how the message is delivered, a terminal diagnosis can trigger a host of overpowering emotions. In fact, the fear, anger and grief that inevitably follow, often combined with confusion about what needs to be done, can make it next to impossible. Still, that is exactly what social workers Carolyn Lempert and Meital Jakubovitz help people do. As an integral part of the hospice team, they use their case-management skills to help patients and families put their social, financial, familial and emotional “affairs in order.” Built on many of the same values upheld by Judaism: the value and dignity of each human life, the social work profession recognizes the connections we have to each other, and empowers people to care for themselves and assist each other. Such training prepared Lempert and Jakubovitz to apply these principles across diverse faiths, cultures, ages, and circumstances, an essential skill for hospice work. The social workers’ involvement starts with the admission process, where they

sometimes must help clients and their families decide whether hospice is the appropriate choice. Then, they provide both practical and emotional support and guidance, continuing through the 13 months of bereavement services that HPCT provides families after their loss. As with many hospice jobs, their role is not always clear-cut; they must be responsive to the family’s specific needs. Some families need assistance with financial or administrative tasks—finding sources of financial aid such as Veteran’s Benefits or Medicaid, organizing extra support for caregivers or helping with funeral plans. For others, the needs are different. Lempert says that with some patients, “I try to provide emotional support and review the good and bad aspects of their lives.” She also tunes in to family stressors. “Family members are often grieving the loss of their loved one even before the patient passes. Helping them recognize their own symptoms of grief and assisting their mental processing of events is crucial.” There are many ways that hospice social workers use their training to identify and address ways that families can “put their affairs in order.” They exemplify traditional Jewish reverence for life in all its stages, using their skills and compassion to ease the burdens on patients and families during one of life’s most difficult junctures. —Norma Gaetani is a freelance writer, editor and hospice volunteer in Virginia Beach, Va.

Backed by Bloomberg, Genesis launches “big ideas” competition by Anthony Weiss

(JTA)—It is now open season for those who would like a chunk of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s change and think they have a big idea up their sleeves. On Tuesday, August 12, the Genesis Prize Foundation announced the launch of the Genesis Generation Challenge, a competition offering 10 awards of $100,000 each to teams that can successfully present innovative projects “guided by Jewish values to address the world’s pressing issues,” according to a foundation statement. Teams must have approximately 10 people and be led by someone aged 20 to 36. The money for the prize, which originally was announced in May, had been awarded to Bloomberg as the inaugural Genesis Prize recipient. Bloomberg, a billionaire and the former mayor of New York, promptly regifted the money to Genesis. He set on the competition model after first pledging the money to encourage IsraeliPalestinian trade, changing his mind at the urging of the Genesis Prize Foundation. The Genesis Generation Challenge is the latest in a series of prizes aimed at coaxing a “big Jewish idea” in some form or another. In 2007, philanthropist Charles Bronfman launched a competition for an innovative Jewish idea, with the reward of a book deal and a two-year appointment as the Charles R. Bronfman Visiting Chair in Jewish Communal Innovation at Brandeis University, with a six-figure salary. The first winner, to great fanfare, was Yehuda Kurtzer for “The Sacred Task of Rebuilding Jewish Memory.” The academic position has since lapsed due to lack of funds. In 2011, the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles started a competition to select the Next Big Jewish Idea, awarding the $100,000 prize to Batsheva Frankel for the LaunchBox, a toolkit designed to provide materials to encourage Jewish practice and exploration. Frankel currently is attempting to raise funds for a second iteration of the LaunchBox via crowdsourcing. Jonathan Sarna, a professor of American Jewish history at Brandeis University and the chair of the selection committee for the Bronfman “big idea” competition, says the recent focus on major transformative ideas in the Jewish world was elicited by

the success of Birthright Israel—what he called “Birthright envy.” Sarna also argues that the focus on innovative breakthroughs was spurred by the modern culture of rapid technological change. “People got used to the idea that there are big things—a cellphone, the iPhone—that would truly change our world,” says Sarna. “I do think there is a sense that the world is changing faster than it used to change. It may not be true, but that’s the view.” Wayne Firestone, president of the Genesis Prize Foundation, says the competition’s focus on big ideas came in part from looking at Bloomberg’s own experience in starting competitions to attract the attention of young talent. Firestone notes the Bloomberginitiated NYC BigApps competition, which triggered the creation of smartphone apps using city data to locate high-quality child care, encourage teacher collaboration and trade information about subway service. “Bloomberg saw the benefit of reaching into the target population to come up with target answers,” Firestone says. The Genesis competition also will focus on encouraging collaboration and communication among the competing teams, and on offering mentorship, support and expertise to teams as they develop their proposals. The Genesis Prize, which will be given out annually, is awarded to an accomplished, internationally renowned professional who is a role model in his or her community and can inspire the younger generation of Jews worldwide, according to the Genesis Prize Foundation website. Although the prize was launched with the explicit purpose of inspiring young Jews, the Generation Challenge is open to applicants of all backgrounds, and teams are encouraged to address global problems. But Firestone is confident that the competition would nonetheless attract the interest of young Jews. “When you go looking in the innovation space, you will find young Jews,” says Firestone, noting that the competition’s online portal already was attracting one of its strongest concentrations of visitors from Tel Aviv. “We think you’re going to find lots of Jewish individuals, but not only by asking people ‘are you Jewish?’”

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Swordfish Swim Team celebrates winning season by Leslie Shroyer


s they took their final strokes of the season, members of the Simon Family JCC’s Swordfish Swim Team were all smiles and high fives on the last evening in July. The fifth and final swim meet for participants, ages 5 through 18, took place at the JCC. Team mates lightly Tom Edwards hands out medals. competed against each other. The evening was about a good workout, saying goodbye to friends and feeling good about their many accomplishments over a season that began in late May. “Swimming on the team gives me a chance to do this sport,” says rising seventh grader Rachael Stromberg, who plays basketball in the winter at school, the same season swimming is offered. Free-styling with a kick that would put some high school swimmers to shame, she modestly adds, Kristie Kimener with her children Morgan, “This team is laid back and fun. We’re all Kerrigan, Aidan and Connor. here to improve our swimming skills and work hard, but it is summer time.” Her mother, Robin Stromberg, is equally enthusiastic. “Rachael likes the physical activity, especially in the morning. It’s a great way to start her day. The team has been a great self-esteem boost and she’s even surprised herself and us with her speed.” All the Kimener kids swim for the Swordfish team. Morgan, the youngest, didn’t quite make the minimum age requirement last year, and at age six, has happily joined her three older siblings in the pool. “It’s great exercise, and something Burle, Rachael and Robin Stromberg. that the whole family can do together,” says Kristie Kimener, the proud mother of four accomplished Swordfish. “My kids enjoy ons, with Tom Edwards, sports and recreation making new friends, and they have learned director, handing out medals and ribbons to to set and beat personal goals. We just love all as the season ended with a pizza dinner. The Simon Family JCC is a constituent agency our summers here.” All the Swordfish swimmers were champi- of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.

what’s happening When one day isn’t enough: The UJFT Week of Extraordinary Deeds Monday, Sept. 15–Sunday, Sept. 21 “Will It, Create It, Achieve It” Monday, Sept. 15, 7 pm • Mitzvah Day VA, Sunday, Sept. 21, 1:30 – 3:30 pm


very year, in order to nurture and enrich Jewish life in Tidewater, strengthen the global Jewish community, and care for vulnerable populations, the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater begins its fundraising efforts anew, in an initiative known as the Annual Campaign. Traditionally, the Annual Campaign begins with an event that’s designed to motivate and remind community members of the importance of their financial donations, the need for their continued involvement and the benefits that they, and others, receive through the UJFT’s model of communal giving. This year, however, rather than just hold a single evening Kick Off to mark the 2015 Annual Campaign, the UJFT is inviting the community to join in seven days of activities. The UJFT Week of Extraordinary Deeds provides multiple opportunities through which the community can contribute to the 2015 Annual Campaign financially and through volunteerism, and

allows individuals to personally experience how their deeds and actions benefit others in extraordinary ways. The Week of Extraordinary Deeds begins with the 2015 Annual Campaign Kickoff on Monday, September 15. Free and open to the community, the evening includes a cocktail reception at 6:30 pm, followed at 7 pm by a theatrical presentation, “Will It, Create It, Achieve It.” The show brings together two inspirational and historic Jewish leaders—Theodor Herzl, the father of modern Zionism, and Golda Meir, a heroine of the state of Israel. Professional actors Michael Lifshitz and Gail Beyer star. Immediately following the Kick Off, UJFT will begin the social media segment of the Week of Extraordinary Deeds. Each day, UJFT Facebook posts will notify “friends” of a different good deed that they can easily do; a deed that could have an extraordinary impact on other people’s lives. Shares of the good deeds,

comments, and photos are encouraged, and are designed to help build, strengthen and connect the community on all levels. Also during the week, some community members will have personal interactions with their peers, to learn more about the importance of their gifts to Jews locally and around the world. The Week of Extraordinary Deeds wraps up with a day full of good deeds. The 1st Annual Mitzvah Day VA on Sunday, Sept. 21 includes five projects that range from making blankets for the homeless to writing a note to an Israeli soldier. (See article below.) UJFT Week of Extraordinary Deeds events are all free and open to the community. “Like” the UJFT on Facebook: Facebook.com/UJFTidewater. For more information, to RSVP for the Annual Campaign Kick Off, and to register for Mitzvah Day visit JewishVA.org/Be-Extraordinary. Need more information or want to RSVP by email or phone? Write to extraordinary@ujft.org, or call 757-965-6115.

Mitzvah Day committee and Atid 2014 participants Susan Alper, United Jewish Federation of Tidewater Jody Alperin, Congregation Beth El Wendy Auerbach, Temple Israel Karen Bennett, Congregation Beth Chaverim, Gemilut Chasidim Project Chair Marcia Brodie, Temple Israel, L’dor V’dor Project Chair Lisa Cohen, Ohef Sholom Temple Lynn Cohen, Jewish Family Service of Tidewater Karen Fine, Ohef Sholom Temple, Mitzvah Day VA co-chair Matt Fine, United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, Mitzvah Day VA co-chair Randi Gordon, Hebrew Academy of Tidewater, Todah Rabah Project chair Karen Kendall, Congregation Beth Chaverim, L’Chaim Project Chair Jay Kossman, Beth Sholom Village Ross Legum, Congregation Beth El Jason Lovitz, Temple Emanuel Kara Molin, Congregation Beth Chaverim, Tikkun Olam Project Chair Marc Moss, Simon Family JCC Howard Roesen, Simon Family JCC Ellen Rosenblum, Jewish Family Service of Tidewater Myra Savransky, Kempsville Conservative Synagogue (KBH) Linda Sinowitz, Congregation Beth Chaverim Helen Sissel, Temple Emanuel Ralph Soussan, Simon Family JCC

Leadership group plans community-wide Mitzvah Day • Sunday, Sept. 21, 1:30–3:30 pm by Laine Mednick Rutherford


n unpredicted outcome of the leadership group ATID (Hebrew for future) was the connection its members felt with each other, and with the Tidewater Jewish Community. When the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Strategic Plan initiative launched last January, many of ATID’s 22 members didn’t know each other, and some weren’t familiar with the organizations and synagogues represented in the diverse group. In June, after six months of workshops, speakers and “aha” moments, the 22 members didn’t want the understanding they had gleaned and the connections they had forged to dissipate. The group decided that if its members could successfully cross boundaries of institutions and religious practices and thrive and feel more connected, then maybe many others in the Jewish community could, as well. The result of ATID’s determination will

be realized at the 1st Annual Tidewater Mitzvah Day. Planned and organized by ATID members, the five Mitzvah Day projects are purposefully designed so that everyone in the community—no matter their affiliation, level of observance, socio-economic class or age—can participate and do good deeds. “Mitzvah Day will be people from all of our Jewish organizations working together, doing what we are supposed to do as Jews— commanded to do: build one community,” says Karen Fine, co-chair of the Mitzvah Day steering committee with her husband, Matt. In order to fulfill the group’s goal of strengthening the community by breaking down organizational walls—that feeling of community connectedness—Matt Fine says projects were carefully chosen, without the specification that they only benefit Jews. “These projects are inclusive of everyone and provide a great flexibility of mitzvot to choose from,” says Matt Fine. “We expect

hundreds of people to participate, and we’d definitely like to see this become a yearly community event.” Mitzvah Day projects will take place at four locations. A Pool Party and Cookout follow for participants at the Simon Family JCC. There is no charge to take part and everyone is welcome. The five Mitzvah Day projects include: Todah Rabah (Thank you), making paracord bracelets and writing notes of support for U.S. and Israeli troops.; L’dor V’dor (From generation to generation), baking, creating, or playing games with Beth Sholom Village seniors; Gemilut Chasidim (Acts of loving-kindness), making no-sew fleece blankets for area homeless residents; Tikkun Olam (Repairing the world), a special planting project for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s new Brock Environmental Center; and L’Chaim! (To life!), walking as a Mitzvah Day team in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes.

Members of the Mitzvah Day Planning committee: Kara Molin, Karen and Matt Fine, Randi Gordon, Karen Bennett and Karen Kendall. Not pictured, Marcia Brodie.

Tidewater Mitzvah Day is the culminating event in the UJFT’s Week of Extraordinary Deeds, which includes the 2015 Annual Campaign Kick Off on Monday, Sept. 15, and a week of ongoing connection through face-to-face interactions and social media initiatives. For more information and to register for Mitzvah Day projects, visit JewishVA.org/ Be-Extraordinary.

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what’s happening Ohef Sholom Temple offers free membership for young adults under 30 “We understand that starting off after college can be a financial challenge, especially for those with student debts to pay off,” says Barbara Dudley, chair of the dues committee. “So we are making it financially stress-free to get involved with our Temple community” by offering free membership for those under 30 years old. Diverse to its core, Ohef Sholom offers something for everyone. Whether a “Jew of the Spirit,” a “Jew of the Mind,” or a “Jew of the Heart,” Ohef Sholom has “got you covered,” according to Dudley, noting that, “inscribed above our sanctuary are the words ‘A House of Prayer for All Peoples,’ a quote from Isaiah, which structurally and spiritually reinforces OST’s mission to accept, foster and further Judaism in all its dynamic variations.” For “Jews of the Spirit” who enjoy attending services, moving, one-hour services take place each Friday at 6:30 pm, conducted by Rabbi Rosalin Mandelberg, who conveys warmth, vitality and wisdom to her spiritual leadership; Cantor Wally Schachet-Briskin, who inspires worship with his mellifluous voice and music; and Rabbi Arthur Steinberg, whose intelligence, warmth and compassion make him beloved by all. These engaging clergy are supported by Music Director Chuck Woodward and the OST Choir. Saturday morning services are held at 10:30 am and also last about one hour. OST hosts monthly Shabbat dinners,

a convenient way to meet fellow congregants and enjoy a delicious meal without cooking. For “Jews of the Mind,” various adult learning opportunities such as a Torah Study on Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings, Intro to Judaism classes and “OST University on the Road,” in which congregants select a topic of interest and hold a class at their house for their friends and neighbors are offered. For “Jews of the Heart” Ohef Sholom’s vibrant caring committee offers opportunities to do tzedakah or “deeds of loving-kindness.” Among its activities are a monthly Soup Kitchen, an annual Mitzvah Day, hosting Norfolk Emergency Shelter Team, cooking for Judeo-Christian Outreach Center, and helping local students in need. Ohef Sholom Temple also offers events specifically for young adults, age 21 to 35, who periodically gather for fun, social and educational programs of interest, such as “Kayaking and Kiddush” or the well received “Let’s Talk Sex with the Rabbi.” Whether single or married, with or without children, young or old, gay or straight, in an interfaith relationship or not, Ohef Sholom offers a special community. For more information, go to www.ohefsholom.org, visit Ohef Sholom’s Facebook Page, or call Linda Peck, director of Congregational Life at 757- 625-4295.

Popular lifting class at the JCC Classes begin Monday, Sept. 8

JCC instructors Tony Pearsall and Rebecca Denny welcome the new BODYPUMP classes by Leslie Shroyer


esigned for those who want to get lean, toned and fit fast, BODYPUMPtm is on its way to the Simon Family JCC. Members will have their choice of five classes offered weekly in the fitness center. The class, called “The original LES MILLS barbell class” will sculpt, tone and strengthen the entire body by using lighter weights at a higher rate of repetition to produce leaner muscles—faster. This intense training technique accelerates the heart rate at the same time. “Focusing on low weightloads and high repetition movements, you’ll burn fat, gain strength and quickly produce lean body muscle conditioning,” says the BODYPUMPtm promotional material. “It’s

one of the fastest ways to get in shape, as it challenges all of your major muscle groups while you squat, press, lift and curl.” With “cutting edge choreography and chart topping music” changed up every third month, it should never get old or repetitive seeming. JCC instructors spent a weekend of intense training to be able to deliver highly skilled instruction. “BODYPUMP tm really is addictive,” says Sharon Giannelli, group exercise director. “You enjoy feeling so much stronger. It’s safe for any age, as you use weights of your choice. It really does get people into shape. The music, instructors and group effect are so motivating that everyone should come give it a try.” The Simon Family JCC is a constituent agency of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.

Shabbat Shirah at Temple Emanuel Football competition for young athletes Sunday, September 21, 10 am–3 pm (rolling enrollment) Simon Family JCC


he Simon Family JCC will host a local Washington Redskins competition for NFL Punt, Pass & Kick. The competition is free and open to all boys and girls ages 6 to 15 (a valid birth certificate for age verification is required). Attend when convenient. The competition only takes a few minutes. This lively and engaging forum creates an opportunity for children to compete against their peers in punting, passing and

kicking skills. The winners in each age division will advance to sectional competitions, with the chance to earn entry to the finals at an NFL playoff game this season. For more information, call 757-321-2308, or register online at NFLPPK.com. The Simon Family JCC is a constituent agency of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.

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Saturday, August 23 by Jason Lovitz

“This is a game-changer when it comes to synagogue worship!” proclaimed one attendee at Temple Emanuel’s first monthly ‘Shabbat Shirah’ service. “We wanted to create something joyous, soulful and engaging,” says Kevin Tabakin, the lead-organizer. “We’ve done extensive research and chosen a new model that facilitates deep and powerful prayer experiences.” At Shabbat Shirah, the service is facilitated by a group of leaders, or ‘Levites’—a nod to the musicians of the ancient temple. The music is eclectic, featuring

melodies from Jerusalem, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. “Each piece shares a similar quality,” says Temple Emanuel president Gary Tabakin, “participants catch on quickly and suddenly the whole room is singing!” “People are bored listening to sermons,” says Rabbi Marc Kraus. “They’re much more engaged when they get out of their seats, interact with others and have conversations on meaningful issues.” “We’d like to invite the wider community to try something refreshing,” says Kraus. “Our next Shabbat Shirah will be held on August 23. All are welcome.”

what’s happening Get Shakin’ and fight hereditary cancer Zumbathon to Benefit FORCE

Religion, Ethics, and Dying: Controversies and Perspectives—Bio-Ethics Lecture Series Thursday, Sept. 4, 7 pm Old Dominion University, Chandler Recital Hall

Sunday, Sept. 7, 1 pm, Simon Family JCC by Leslie Shroyer


two-hour party with dancing, sweating, fun and door prizes to benefit FORCE’s lifesaving work will take place at the Simon Family JCC. FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered) is a national non-profit that focuses on hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. One FORCE chapter is based in Virginia Beach. With the high occurrence of the presence of the BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 mutations among Jewish populations, this event will provide an opportunity to increase awareness about hereditary cancer, the risks and support for those at high risk and/or diagnosed with cancer, both among the JCC membership and the general community. Most people (90 percent) are unaware of their increased risk for hereditary cancer. The Zumbathon will help raise funds to support efforts to close the gap between those that need to know and those that do not know about their risk. Carin Simon, who took a proactive approach to reducing her risk for cancer several years ago when she tested positive

for BRCA, says that “because the BRCA gene occurs heavily in the Jewish community, I thought it would be a great fit to hold the event at the JCC. So many of us have cancer in our families or have personally been touched in some way by these genes. Zumba is a fantastic way to feel good about your health and raise awareness about this organization that works tirelessly to educate and help those dealing with cancer.” Get Movin’, Get Fit, Save Lives! To reserve a spot, go to http://www.firstgiving.com/teamforce/ZumbaForFORCEVAB or sign up the day of the event at the door, starting at 12:30 pm. $10 per person if pre-registered; $15 at the door. Call 321-2310 for more information. Connect with FORCE Locally: Stay up-to-date on FORCE’s local events, information, and support for individuals and families affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancer by visiting and liking the Virginia Beach FORCE Facebook page: https://w w w.facebook.com / VirginiaBeachFORCE. The Simon Family JCC is a constituent agency of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.

Open house at Ohef Sholom


oin Dr. Jonathan Crane and Dr. Gerard Magill for a presentation that sheds light on what patients and families can expect from medicine to support a good death. Medical technology increasingly complicates the dying process, especially challenging religious belief and ethics. As Jewish and Catholic scholars, Crane and Magill will discuss controversies and perspectives including: withdrawing life-sustaining treatment, palliative care measures, assisted suicide and criteria of death for transplantation of organs and tissues. Crane is the Raymond F. Schinazi Junior Scholar of Bioethics and Jewish Thought at Emory University’s Center for Ethics in Atlanta. He is an assistant professor in several departments, including medicine and religion. Crane majored in international relations and now holds four graduate degrees, including a master’s degree in international peace studies from University of Notre Dame. Crane is also an ordained rabbi. Magill holds the Vernon F. Gallagher Chair for the Integration of Science, Theology, Philosophy and Law and is a tenured professor in the Center for Healthcare Ethics at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. He received his bachelor

Dr. Jonathan Crane

Dr. Gerard Magill

degrees in philosophy, theology, as well as his Licentiate degree in Moral Theology from the Gregorian University, Rome, Italy. He received his PhD degree in Theology from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. This presentation is a partnership of the Maimonides Society of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Old Dominion University and Bon Secours Virginia Health System. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required at www.bsvaf.org/ bio-ethics. Additional lectures in the series will be held in January and March 2015. One contact hour of CME and CEU available upon request. Moderator: Dr. Yvette E. Pearson, chair, Old Dominion University, Dept. of Philosophy and Religious Studies.

Sunday, Sept. 7, 10 am–12:30 pm


hef Sholom Temple will host an Open House for guests to get a “taste” of what the temple is all about, including High Holy Day services and activities information, samples of a children’s prayer service led by Rabbi Roz Mandelberg and Cantor Wally Schachet-Briskin, a Torah Study class, and much more. Volunteers from the various committees will give tours, describe volunteer opportunities and answer questions. Organized by Nichole Kushner and Marnie Waldman, co-chairs of the membership committee, the Open House is designed to welcome new and prospective members, as well as reengage current members who

may not know all the Temple offers. “Ohef Sholom offers something for everyone,” says Kushner. “Our goal with the Open House, and the original idea of our president, Linda Fox-Jarvis, is for unaffiliated Jews living in Hampton Roads to be able to get a sampling of the rich variety of activities offered at OST. Whether serving on our Armed Forces Committee, getting involved in our Sisterhood or Men’s Club, attending interfaith family activities, volunteering for our Special Needs Committee, just to name a few, Ohef Sholom has an abundance of opportunities to get involved in Jewish life in a way that fits each person’s needs.”

The Empress and the Nightingale presented by the Virginia Opera Sunday, October 19, 2:30 pm, Simon Family JCC


he Virginia Opera will perform The Empress and the Nightingale at the Simon Family JCC for families and children. This adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic children’s story of a small bird sharing her gift of song, has a cast of three performing original music. The opera vividly teaches the value of music performed live and how humans

cannot control nature. Recommended for Grades K–5. Child (ages 10 and under) $6; $4 JCC members; Adult (ages 11 and up) $8; $6 JCC members; Family (2 adults + children) $27; $22 JCC members. Call 321-2338 for tickets. The Simon Family JCC is a constituent agency of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.

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Marriage Ending?

calendar August 20, Wednesday The JCC Senior’s Club meets at the Simon Family JCC. Guest speaker will be Kay Stovall, a docent from the Chrysler Museum. Board meeting at 10:30 am; lunch at 12 noon; general meeting follows. Call 338-2676.

August 24, Sunday Consider the Collaborative method of divorce - a more enlightened and less adversarial approach based on the following principles:

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Emphasizes the well being of your children Avoids going to court and maintains your privacy Keeps you in control of the process Encourages mutual respect and open communication Addresses the interests, goals, and needs of all Utilizes a problem-solving approach Lower average cost than a litigated divorce

Leads to a compassionate ending and a healthy new beginning for everyone!

Parent and child yoga class. Introduce little ones to the world of yoga (ages 4+). 3—4pm at the Simon Family JCC. Free to JCC members. Reservations required 321-2338 or sgiannelli@simonfamilyjcc.org.

September 4, Thursday Religion, Ethics, and Dying: Controversies and Perspectives— Bio-Ethics Lecture Series at Old Dominion University, Chandler Recital Hall. 7 pm. See page 49.


(757) 819-7739


Brith Sholom meeting will be held at the Beth Sholom Home. Board meeting at 10 am; general meeting at 11 am; brunch at 12 noon. Zumbathon at 1 pm at the Simon Family JCC. See page 49.

September 15, Monday United Jewish Federation of Tidewater Annual Campaign Kick Off. 7 pm. 757-965-6115. See page 47. Eric Kline Business Development Danny Kline Vice President

Andy Kline President

September 21, Sunday Calling all young athletes! The Simon Family JCC, sponsored by the Washington Redskins, will host a local competition for NFL Punt, Pass & Kick from 10 am to 3 pm. See page 48.

September 21, Sunday Community Mitzvah Day. 1:30 – 3:30 pm. See page 47. Football competition at the Simon Family JCC. See page 48.

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The Empress and the Nightingale presented by Virginia Opera at the Simon Family JCC. See page 49.

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Will Larry David’s Broadway show add to his Jewish file? by Ami Eden

NEW YORK (JTA)—In Larry David’s fake real-life world on the HBO sitcom Curb Your Enthusiasm, he is tapped by Mel Brooks to take over the Zero Mostel-Nathan Lane role of Max Bialystock in the megahit Broadway adaptation of The Producers. Just as Max and accountant Leo Bloom set out to make money by producing a surefire bomb, Brooks picks Larry with the (secret) goal of killing the Tony Award-winning musical and getting his life back. But in an art-imitates-art twist, Larry (like Springtime for Hitler) miraculously becomes a hit. Now comes news that the real real-life Larry David is set to make his Broadway debut in 2015 with a play titled Fish in the Dark. David wrote the script and will star in the show. David isn’t saying much about the details except that it is a comedy about a death in the family. So odds are good that David will be adding to his already sizable Jewish canon. OK, he’s not Philip Roth. But who is? Few in showbiz have tackled as many Jewish topics with as much attitude and as prominently as David has on Curb and as the co-creator/lead writer of Seinfeld. Among the highlights: Survivors and making out during Schindler’s List It was fitting that in 2004, David dedicated the entire fourth season of Curb to the Larry-gets-cast-in-The Producers plot line. Few have followed as boldly in Brooks’ footsteps as David when it comes to turning the Holocaust into a punch line. In fact, you could argue that David has attempted a far more daring (some would say offensive) maneuver—whereas Brooks deployed comedy as a weapon against Hitler, David has taken aim at the hallowed status of survivors and Holocaust memorialization. First came the Seinfeld episode (“The Raincoats”) when Jerry is caught making out with his girlfriend during a screening of Schindler’s List. As it turns out, the roots of the gag were actually the doldrums of synagogue. “I think it must have come from sitting

in temple,” David said several years ago in an interview packaged with the release of the series on DVD. “I would sit in temple wondering what would happen if I reached over and touched my wife’s breast now or something like that. I can’t pay attention; my mind wanders.” Israel activism and tribal loyalty In 2011, between the last two large-scale Israel-Hamas conflicts, David gave us a Curb episode titled Palestinian Chicken. A lesser artist would have settled for interethnic feuding between supporters of the Jewish deli and the new Palestinian chicken place, but David also delivered a biting take on the often tedious sniping between Jewish universalists (Larry, who has a yen for the chicken and lusts after the Palestinian owner of the restaurant) and tribalists (a yarmulke-clad Marty Funkhauser disgusted by Larry’s betrayal). Bonus factoid: Funkhauser is played by Bob Einstein, whose brother is Albert Brooks (yes, real name: Albert Einstein). Mohels and rabbis Jewish clergy haven’t fared too well in David’s creative hands (then again, few people do). The rabbis on Seinfeld and Curb are always flawed, either incapable of keeping a secret or self-absorbed. And then there’s the shaky-handed mohel from “The Bris” episode of Seinfeld. Jewish self-hatred Curb ended its fifth season with a multi-episode arc featuring Larry being told he was adopted and tracking down his supposed birth family—a collection of decidedly un-neurotic and extremely kind religious Christians. In short, the exact opposite of Larry. The result is a new, gentile, gentler Larry. Until he discovers it was all a mistake, at which point he returns to his old self (following a brief trip to heaven). Implication: The Jews and the Jewish are responsible for all of Larry’s loathsome characteristics. It’s hard to think of a more decidedly anti-Jewish message on television. Not that there’s anything wrong with that—as long as it’s funny.

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obituaries Betty Argogeti Atlanta, Ga.—Betty Mardy Arogeti, age 88, of Atlanta died on July 21, 2014. Devoted to her family, she is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Jeannie and Walter Schroder, Scotch Plains, Shelley and Lonnie Slone, Norfolk, Va., and Gail and David Philipson, Alpharetta, Ga.; sons and daughters-in-law, Jack and Susan Arogeti, Roswell, Ga., and Mardy and Lashayne Arogeti, Suwanee, Ga.; grandchildren, Harris and Nancy, Jon and Rachel, Brooke and Chris, Michael, Jessica S., Joey, Danny, Zachery, Jessica A., Amanda, Jamie; and great grandchildren, Lacey and Liv. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Arogeti. Sign online guest book: www. edressler.com. Donations to Congregation Or VeShalom or the American Lung Association. A graveside service was held at Greenwood Cemetery with Rabbi Hayyim Kassorla officiating. Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, Atlanta. Fred Burg Norfolk—Fred Burg, passed away Saturday, August 2, 2014. A native of Vienna, Austria, he was pre-deceased by his parents Leo and Fannie Burg and his brother Paul, all who perished during the Holocaust. Mr. Burg escaped Nazi occupied Austria on a Kindertrain in November 1938. From England he relocated to the Dominican Republic where he married his first wife, Greta, of blessed memory. Together they settled in New York City, then Paramus, N.J. In 1969, he relocated his family to Richmond, Va. In 1977, Mr. Burg made his last move to Virginia Beach. For many years he owned and operated Singer Sewing Machine stores in Wards Corner and Coliseum Mall. Mr. Burg was an avid master bridge player. He was a member of the Amity Club and the Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater. Mr. Burg is survived by his wife Anne Verner Burg of Virginia Beach; his daughters Diana Burg and wife Gay, Fay Silverman and husband Charlie, step daughters Leslie Verner and Ellen Tenenbaum, step-son Charles Verner; grandchildren Samuel

Silverman and wife Nicole; and Paul “P.J.” Silverman; and his brother and sister-inlaw Erica and Harold Unger. Graveside services were held at Forest Lawn Cemetery with Rabbi Jeffrey Arnowitz officiating. Memorial donations may be made to either the Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater or the American Cancer or Diabetes Associations. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts. Online condolences at hdoliver.com. Jeanette Holtz Eisen Norfolk—Jeanette Holtz Eisen, 93, died on June 21, 2014 at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Jeanette, whose parents emigrated from Russia to the United States, was born in Georgetown, Delaware on May 5, 1921. She was valedictorian of her class and captain of her basketball team in spite of being 5'2". She attended the University of Pennsylvania and after World War II, married Mortimer Raymond “Buddy” Eisen on Feb. 3, 1946. They were married for 35 years, until Buddy’s death on June 22, 1981. Residents of Norfolk since 1954, Jeanette was a long-time member of Hadassah and administrator of Temple Israel in the mid’80s. She was a refined lady, but could clean fish and shuck oysters with the best of them. She was predeceased by her husband, Mortimer Raymond “Buddy,” her parents, Fannie and Harry Holtz; her brother, David, and her sister, Selma Sorkin. She is survived by three children, Harriet, of New York, N.Y.; Robert, of Norfolk; and Susan, of Houston, Tex. She is also survived by three grandchildren: Faye Eisen of New York, N.Y., Michael Eisen of San Diego, Calif. and Georgette Salman of Houston, Tex., as well as many loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. Graveside services were held at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Memorial donations to M.D. Anderson-Kidney Cancer Research, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, TX, 77210-4486. Weymouth Funeral Home. Mildred Klein Salins Portsmouth—Mildred (Mickey) Klein Salins passed away peacefully in her home Friday, July 4.

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Born August 28, 1916, daughter of Louis and Rose Klein and beloved wife of the late Edgar Salins, she was a deeply devoted and loving mother of Bonnee (Franklin) Korel of Baltimore, Md. and Stuart (Rhonda) Salins of Highland Park, Ill. She was adored by her grandchildren, Leslie (Dan) Hartman of Austin, Texas, Paul (Inna Eidelman) Korel of Atlanta, Ga., Dr. Erica (Dr. Matthew) Keats of Baltimore, Md., Erin Salins, Lauren Salins and Jordan Salins of Chicago, Ill. and her precious great grandchildren, Amy Rose, Evan the late Molly Hartman, Braden and Finley Keats and Gavin Korel. She was devoted to her family, cared for her late mother Rose until her death at age 100, was a long and trusted friend to many and a compassionate worker for many organizations. She will be greatly missed by her family and dear friends. Graveside services were held at Olive Branch Cemetery. Donations to ASPCA. Renee J. Wolfson-Moses Jacksonville, Fla.— Irene “Renee” J. Wolfson-Moses passed away on July 19, 2014 at her home in Jacksonville, Fla. Renee was a lifelong resident of Jacksonville and was born on Jan. 12, 1925. She graduated Robert E. Lee High School and attended the Florida State College for Women and the University of Georgia. She married her childhood sweetheart, Murry Wolfson, in 1946 and reared five sons. After Murry’s death in 1986, she married Robert D. Moses of Hartford, Conn. in 1992. She worked tirelessly at many jobs to help support her growing family, but was most proud of her accomplishments and successes as a three-time pink Cadillac sales director with Mary Kay Cosmetics. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Renee was a kind, compassionate and caring individual whose down to earth and sincere personality made lifelong friends easily. Her spirit lives on in the many people she influenced throughout her life. She will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her. Renee is survived by her second husband, Robert D. Moses; her sons Bob E. Wolfson (Vicki), Gary S. Wolfson, David

M. Wolfson, Richard J. Wolfson (Karen) and Dr. Bud L. Wolfson (Lisa), 11 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She is also survived by her step children Linda Litwin, Elliot Moses (Jolene), five step grandchildren and one great grandchild, several nieces and nephews and a large extended family. She is predeceased by Murry Wolfson, parents Ben and Gussie Baker, and her beloved sister, Ruby Price. Graveside services were held at the Jacksonville Jewish Center New Cemetery with Rabbi Jonathan Lubliner as officiant. Words of comfort can be left at www. h a r d a ge - g idd e n s h e n d r ic k s a v e.c om . Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home. •

Jesse Steinfeld, anti-tobacco surgeon general LOS ANGELES (JTA)—Dr. Jesse Steinfeld, who fought vigorously as surgeon general to warn the public of the dangers of smoking, has died. Steinfeld, who served in the post from 1969 until President Richard Nixon forced his resignation in 1973, died Tuesday, Aug. 5 in Pomona, Calif., from complications resulting from a stroke. He was 87. Nixon appointed Steinfeld, who used his office as a bully pulpit to become an outspoken and pointed critic of tobacco until his ouster. Steinfeld was the first surgeon general to warn the public of the dangers of secondhand smoke and called for a smoking ban in most public areas. He also insisted on the warning on cigarette labels, “The Surgeon General has determined that smoking is hazardous to your health,” which was stronger and more definitive than previous warnings. During his tenure as surgeon general, Steinfeld also warned against the deleterious effects of television violence on children, the dangers of pesticides and carcinogens in food. The son of Jewish immigrants from Hungary, Steinfeld grew up in West Aliquippa, Pa., a suburb of Pittsburgh. According to The Washington Post, he was inspired to study medicine by the premature death of his father, a heavy smoker,

obituaries from a heart attack when Steinfeld was five years old. After resigning as surgeon general, Steinfeld subsequently served as the dean of the School of Medicine at the Medical College of Virginia and then as president of the Medical College of Georgia.

Israeli filmmaker Menahem Golan JERUSALEM ( JTA)—Israeli filmmaker Menahem Golan, who produced more than 200 movies, including several popular action films of the 1980s, has died. Golan, who also directed Dolph Lundgren, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Sylvester Stallone and Chuck Norris, died

Friday, Aug. 8 in Tel Aviv. He was 85. Golan, a co-founder with his cousin Yoram Globus of the Cannon Group production company, reportedly lost consciousness outside his home in Jaffa while walking with family members. He was pronounced dead after an hour of attempts to resuscitate him. Globus told the Hollywood Reporter that Golan was “undoubtedly a founding member of the Israeli cinematic landscape, locally and all of its appeal internationally.” Golan produced such films as “The Delta Force,” starring Norris; the “Death Wish” sequels with Charles Bronson; “Masters of The Universe” starring Lundgren; “Cobra”

starring Stallone; and “Bloodsport” with Van Damme. He also produced the iconic Israeli films “Sallah Shabati” starring Israeli actor Chaim Topol, and “Operation Thunderbolt,” based on the Israeli raid on Entebbe airport in Uganda. Golan was born in Tiberias in northern Israel, the son of Polish immigrants. He changed his last name from Globus after the 1948 War of Independence for patriotic reasons. He was the recipient of the Israeli Film Academy’s Ophir Award for Lifetime Achievement and The Israel Prize.


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