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How Justice Scalia’s death impacts five cases that matter to Jews by Ron Kampeas

WASHINGTON (JTA)—With the sudden passing of Justice Antonin Scalia, the Supreme Court is now split 4-4 between liberals and conservatives, throwing into doubt how the court will rule on a raft of cases—including several watched by Jewish organizations. Scalia, who was 79, is being mourned by Orthodox Jewish groups, which embraced his robust originalist doctrine, as well as Jewish church-state separation advocates, who railed at some of his decisions but admired his sharp wit and dedication to upholding the Constitution. “This was a person who looms large in American society,” Rabbi Jonah Pesner, who heads the Reform movement’s Religious Action Center, says. “It’s initially about mourning his death, but it’s also about affirming democracy.”

Officials at Jewish organizations outlined cases with implications for the Jewish community that may turn out differently absent Scalia’s fifth conservative vote. Zubik v. Burwell In 2013, the Obama administration allowed faith-based employers to work around the contraceptive coverage mandate in the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. Under the system, religious nonprofits— for instance parochial schools—could refer employees to outside insurance agencies for such coverage. A number of religious organizations have since argued that the mere fact of filling in a government form that would allow employees to get contraceptive coverage elsewhere violates their rights. Zubik v. Burwell consolidates seven challenges to the mandate. Before Scalia’s death, a 5–4 conservative majority seemed the likeliest

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outcome based on the 2014 Hobby Lobby case, which allowed closely held companies to reject the contraceptive coverage mandate and split the court along conservative-liberal lines. A split decision would allow the seven lower court decisions to stand. That would be chaotic since they had a range of outcomes, some favoring and some opposing the Obama administration. “If [Justice Anthony] Kennedy votes with conservatives, we’ve got a mess,” said Steve Freeman, the director of legal affairs for the Anti-Defamation League, which has filed an amicus, or friend-of-the-court, brief on the government’s side. Nathan Diament, the Washington director of the Orthodox Union, which has joined an amicus brief backing the plaintiffs, said judicial flexibility could also go the other way. One or more of the liberal justices who bristled at the notion that

private businesses had religious beliefs in Hobby Lobby might not be so opposed to the charitable groups represented in Zubik v. Burwell, he said. Fisher v. University of Texas The Supreme Court in 2013 sent this case back to the appellate court in a 7-1 decision, saying the lower court’s decision did not adequately take into account the high bar for allowing affirmative action set by earlier Supreme Court decisions. The appellate court reconsidered and came up with the same ruling: The university’s affirmative action program is legal. The program works this way: The top 10 percent of any graduating high school class in Texas is automatically admitted to the university, making up 75 percent of a freshman class. The remaining 25 percent are admitted through what the university continued on page 3

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calls a “holistic” system that considers race. Abigail Fisher, the plaintiff, a white student who was not in the top 10 percent of her graduating class and did not qualify by “holistic” standards, says she suffered discrimination because of her race. Backed by groups that seek an end to affirmative action, she appealed to the Supreme Court. The ADL, the AJC and a number of Reform groups have filed amicus briefs backing the university consistent with the position long held by Jewish groups opposing race-based quotas, but favoring broad-based programs that advance diversity. Justice Elena Kagan recused herself in 2013 and is doing so again in this case; as Obama’s solicitor general in 2012, she filed an amicus brief favoring the university when the case was in a lower court. Without Kagan, when Scalia was alive, the university appeared headed for a 5-3 defeat. The court’s conservatives have long seemed to be itching to strike a blow against affirmative action, and Scalia made headlines when he wondered in December during oral arguments whether black students do better at “less advanced, slower track” schools. The conservative majority remains in place at 4–3. Evenwel v. Abbott The conservative activist plaintiffs in this case want Texas to apportion election district populations according to registered voters and not according to total population, which includes non-voters such as children, felons and non-citizen


immigrants. The Reform movement, the AJC and ADL have all joined briefs on behalf of Texas, favoring apportionment according to total population—a system that boosts the influence of urban areas, where non-voters are likelier to reside, and favors Democrats. The judges seemed split during oral arguments in December along ideological lines. Scalia’s absence could mean a 4-4 vote, which would revert the decision to a lower court that has ruled in favor of apportionment according to total population. U.S. v. Texas Texas led 26 states last year in filing lawsuits challenging the Obama administration’s plans in late 2014 to add parents to a 2012 program that indefinitely defers the deportation of illegal immigrants who arrived in the United States as children. Federal courts, heeding Texas and the other states, have put a hold on the program, which would apply to about 5 million undocumented immigrants. The Obama administration has asked the Supreme Court to consider whether the states have standing to bring the suit. The Anti-Defamation League and the National Council of Jewish Women have joined an amicus brief defending the Obama administration’s prerogative in this case, and the AJC’s Stern said his group plans to as well. Stern also noted that because the lower courts have favored the states, this is one of the cases where Scalia’s absence is less consequential.

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“We’ll be supporting the administration, but if the court splits 4-4, the technical result is to affirm the Court of Appeals,” which has upheld the states’ right to sue to stop the program, he said. Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt A federal appeals court has upheld a Texas law mandating regulations on abortion clinics that reproductive rights advocates say are onerous and aimed primarily at shutting down abortion access. Among these are requirements that the clinics establish formal relationships with hospitals within a 30-mile radius. Owing to the anti-abortion climate in the state, most hospitals have declined such relationships. An array of Jewish groups, including the Reform movement, the NCJW and the ADL, have joined amicus briefs backing abortion providers. Reproductive rights advocacy groups said the case could be as consequential as Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that expanded a woman’s right to an abortion. The NCJW had asked members to rally in Washington, D.C., on March 2, when oral arguments are scheduled. Ahead of oral arguments, it’s difficult to assess which way the justices are leaning. Should they split 4-4, the case would devolve back to the 5th Circuit Appeals Court ruling upholding the law. Unlike a majority Supreme Court ruling, a split decision would not apply nationally and would only affect states covered by the 5th Circuit: Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.


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Briefs Anti-Semitic educational videos pulled from NY schools A New York state legislator is calling on all state districts to avoid using an educational publisher whose videos inaccurately depict Judaism. On Wednesday, Feb. 10, New York State Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski spoke out against the California-based, after the Jewish Federation of Rockland County raised concerns about two of its videos shown at public schools in the suburbs north of New York City, The Journal News reported. In one video, Jews were described as being “aloof,” whereas in another, about first-century Palestine under Roman rule, Jews are depicted as aggressors. In a letter to the company, Zebrowski urged it to review its videos to ensure its materials are “accurate and appropriate, especially when the materials are being used to introduce young, impressionable students to complex topics such as religion, race and ethnicity.” The superintendent of Rockland County’s Nyack district told The Journal News that district officials had removed the two videos because they contain “historically inaccurate information and misrepresentation of the nature of Judaism.” Jennifer McHam, a spokeswoman for, told The Journal News that the company is modifying at least one of the videos and that it “was not intended to offend or be anti-Semitic.” (JTA) India close to $3 billion arms deal with Israel India is nearing final approval to buy $3 billion worth of arms from Israel. The deal would make Israel one of the top-three arms suppliers to the world’s second-most populous country, according to the Times of India. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who plans to visit Israel later this year, is waiting for a cabinet committee to approve the deal. Under the deal’s terms, Israel and India would jointly develop a surface-to-air missile system for the Indian Army. Israel would also sell India lasers and bunker-busting bombs. Since Modi was elected in 2014, relations between the two countries have warmed. Netanyahu and Modi have met

and spoken multiple times, and Indian President Pranab Mukherjee visited Israel last year. (JTA)

Jewish groups slam Ted Nugent for anti-Semitic gun control post Right-wing rocker Ted Nugent came under fire from Jewish groups for an anti-Semitic Facebook post blaming prominent Jews for pushing gun control. On Monday, Feb. 8, Nugent shared a graphic featuring images of 12 Jews— including former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Democratic New York Sen. Chuck Schumer—branded with images of Israeli flags below the words: “So who is really behind gun control?” Alongside the graphic, which has previously appeared on anti-Semitic websites, Nugent wrote: “Know these punks. They hate freedom, they hate good over evil. They would deny us the basic human right to self defense & to KEEP AND BEAR ARMS while many of them have tax paid hired ARMED security! Know them well. Tell everyone you know how evil they are. Let us raise maximum hell to shut them down!” Jewish organizations quickly condemned the post. “Ted Nugent has a long history of being an equal opportunity offender. But his latest share on Facebook, making the outrageous suggestion that Jews are behind gun control, is nothing short of conspiratorial anti-Semitism,” said an Anti-Defamation League statement signed by CEO Jonathan Greenblatt. Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Wiesenthal Center, said in a statement: “Ted Nugent has every right to advocate against gun control laws. However he won’t be getting a free pass for his anti-Semitic bigotry. There are Jews on both sides of the gun control controversy and Nugent knows it. He owes our community an apology. He can start by removing the offensive graphic and if he won’t we urge Facebook to do it for him.” In the graphic on Facebook, the Jewish politicians and activists are labeled with descriptions, such as “Jew York City Mayor Mikey Bloomberg” and “Sen. Chucky boy Schumer.” Over Emanuel’s face, the text reads: “Served in Israel’s army during Gulf war.”

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Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz and U.S. Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, both California Democrats, are also among those targeted. Nugent is an avid hunter, a board member of the National Rifle Association and a strong supporter of the Republican Party. He has a history of making inflammatory statements. In response to the Michael Bay film, 13 Hours, about the highly politicized attack by Islamist militants on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya, Nugent said President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should be “tried for treason and hung.” (JTA)

Jewish billionaire David Rubinstein donates $18.5M to repair Lincoln Memorial Billionaire businessman and philanthropist David Rubenstein has donated $18.5 million to repair and restore the Lincoln Memorial. The donation from Rubenstein, the co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, to the National Park Foundation’s Centennial Campaign for America’s National Parks was announced on Monday, Feb. 15, President’s Day. In the past few years, he has given tens of millions of dollars to fix national parks and historical institutions. His most recent gift will allow the National Park Service to repair damaged brick and marble masonry and clean the memorial; conserve the Jules Guerin murals located above the memorial’s inscriptions; create approximately 15,000 square feet of functional space including exhibit, education and research areas; and add an elevator to improve accessibility, the park service said in a statement. “These improvements will hopefully enable more people to better understand and appreciate Abraham Lincoln’s remarkable leadership during one of the most trying periods in American history,” Rubenstein said in the statement. His donations over the past several years for parks and institutions total over $35 million. They went to the Washington Monument, George Washington’s home in Mount Vernon, the Robert E. Lee Memorial and the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial. Rubenstein, 66, of Bethesda, Md., is worth $2.3 billion, according to Forbes. The

Carlyle Group is a global alternative asset manager based in Washington, D.C. (JTA)

Ohio diner owned by Arab-Israeli reopens after machete attack An Ohio restaurant owned by an ArabIsraeli reopened days after four patrons were injured in a machete attack. The Nazareth Restaurant and Deli in Columbus reopened Monday, Feb. 15 with a limited menu, according to local reports, four days after the attack. Owner Hany Baransi, a Christian originally from Haifa, told WBNS-TV in Columbus that he has no doubt the attack was terrorist in nature. “I come from the Middle East,” he said. “I come from Israel, and this has been a big thing here. People ask me ‘where are you from?’ [I respond] I’m from Israel. Sometimes it offends people. I don’t know, but I still am. I’m not going to change. I am what I am.” The FBI reportedly is involved in the investigation to help determine a motive for the attack and whether it was terror-related. The injured patrons are expected to recover. Police identified the assailant as Mohamed Bary and said he had come to the restaurant earlier and asked a worker where the owner was from originally. Bary was shot and killed by police about two miles from the restaurant after lunging at officers with the machete and a knife. Sources said that investigators are looking into whether the attacker mistakenly believed the owner was Jewish. (JTA) Muslim farmer donates produce to NY kosher soup kitchen A Muslim organic farmer from upstate New York made an emergency donation of vegetables to a kosher soup kitchen in Brooklyn. Zaid Kurdieh, who with his wife, Haifa, owns and farms at Norwich Meadows Farm, delivered 800 pounds of high-end organic carrots to Masbia, a network of kosher soup kitchens that provides meals to hundreds of hungry New Yorkers each week in Brooklyn and Queens. He also pledged to give more in the future. Kurdieh’s donation came after the soup kitchen’s shortage of donated food was featured in a local ABC news report. (JTA)

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Atonement needs to be done on an individual level and a national level. Individuals atone for their sins, but the Jewish people can work together, pray together, and gather together with a united mission and push away our failings, while embracing the idea of national pride. While the Torah asks us to perform a census and be counted as individuals the expectation is really that we act like one people, with one mission. If we act accordingly then atonement on every level becomes easier and we accomplish that which seems impossible together. We see this clearly towards the end of this week’s Torah portion with the building of the golden calf. Each person had the power to choose their own destiny. Those who followed the mob and assisted in the building of the idol were blinded by fake hope. They temporarily lost their vision of true freedom and returned momentarily to a fake hope, a hope made of gold instead of hope based in “One nation under G-d.” It is with this theme, this mantra that we push forward as a nation. We can experience hate, pogroms and Holocaust, but we still exist. We exist as individuals and as a nation. As we read this week’s Torah portion and learn about how each Jew was counted by giving something of value in the census let us each ask ourselves how we are being counted. How are we contributing not just to our personal Jewish future or our children’s Jewish future but to the Jewish people’s future as a whole? We all give money to charity and we all give time to organizations. We should consider how much effort, time, and resources we are depositing into our Jewish community and the Jewish people. In our times maybe this is one way that we can be “counted.” Pay into the census and be part of something great. —Rabbi Gershon Litt is the executive director at the Norfolk Kollel, rabbi at Adath Jeshurun Synagogue, director of the Hillels at William and Mary and CNU, and rabbi of the Commodore Levy Chapel at Naval Station Norfolk.


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$12,980, was high necked in the front and backless, with sheer tulle insets that began at both thighs. Beyonce wore a red outfit created by Israeli designer Alon Livne for her 2013 world tour, according to the Times of Israel. She is scheduled to perform in Tel Aviv in August as part of her Formation world tour. (JTA) | February 22, 2016 | Jewish News | 5

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Election 2016 50 years on, Bernie Sanders still champions values of his Israeli kibbutz by Ben Sales

SHAAR HAAMAKIM, Israel (JTA)—Every morning, Bernie Sanders would wake up at 4:10 am to pick apples and pears. Leaving the cabin he shared with a few other American college student volunteers, Sanders would have a quick bite of bread before heading out to the orchard. After 2 1/2 hours of work, he and the other 20 or so volunteers would sit down for a traditional 30-minute Israeli breakfast of tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, butter and hard-boiled eggs. Then it was back to work. Probably. It’s hard to know his routine for sure, but that spartan schedule was standard fare for American and French volunteers at Shaar Haamakim, the Israeli kibbutz where the U.S. Democratic presidential candidate apparently spent several months in 1963. The name of his kibbutz had remained a mystery until recently, when Haaretz unearthed a 1990 interview with Sanders identifying the agricultural commune. No one currently at Shaar Haamakim remembers Sanders, who has preached his doctrine of democratic socialism on the campaign trail. No records with his name survive. But Albert Ely, 79, who managed the kibbutz volunteer program in the early 1960s, remembered someone named Bernard. And he said that if Sanders was there, he was probably picking fruit before the sun rose. “I was astonished that the name Bernard, which is French, belonged to an American,” Ely says. “I remember a lot of volunteers. I don’t remember him. If he was here, he was with the Americans.” Founded in 1935 by immigrants from Romania and Yugoslavia, Shaar Haamakim sits at the nexus of two valleys near the northern port city of Haifa. During Sanders’ time, its members grew apples, peaches and pears, and were opening a factory for solar water heaters. The kibbutz also boasts a flour mill. But as much as agriculture or industry, ideology drove Shaar Haamakim in the ‘60s. The kibbutz belonged to the Israeli political party Mapam, which in the 1950s

had been a communist, Soviet-affiliated faction. Kibbutz members had admired Joseph Stalin until his death, and they would celebrate May Day with red flags. They spoke of controlling the means of production, taking from each according to his abilities and giving to each according to his needs. “All the members were equal in all ways,” says Yair Merom, the kibbutz’s current chairman. “They lived in identical houses. There wasn’t a salary; everyone received according to their needs. The kibbutz gave everything: food, shelter, education, health.” Merom says Shaar Haamakim is proud to have hosted a U.S. presidential candidate who trumpets its principles. “Our values of mutual responsibility are social democratic values, and we choose willingly to create that society,” Merom says. “Sanders is talking about the social democratic approach that gives freedom to the individual, but with responsibility for the whole. We do that in a practical way.” Socialist ethos permeated kibbutz life in the ’60s. All of the kibbutz’s 360-some members wore the same uniform: khaki slacks with a matching button-down shirt. After working in the morning and early afternoon, members often would attend committee meetings where they would discuss the kibbutz’s problems. Until 1991, as at many other kibbutzim, kids lived apart from their parents at a children’s house. Several things, according to Ely, were considered “taboo” or bourgeois: skirts, playing cards, neckties, ballroom dancing. Instead, when they weren’t working or holding meetings, kibbutzniks would take classes on anything from English language to choir singing. Once or twice a week they would dance to Israeli folk songs. Tuesday was culture night. “In the ’60s, the members were very idealistic,” Ely says. “They believed in the path they were going on. They thought it was [also] the solution to other problems. They thought they had a mission to help the population outside to do as they did on the kibbutz.” Kibbutz members tried to impart some of those values to volunteers, most of whom

Election 2016 stayed for a one-month program of work and a weeklong hike. After they finished picking fruit at noon, ate lunch and rested for a few hours, volunteers would attend lectures on Zionism, the history of Israel and kibbutz life. Fewer than 100 volunteers came annually to the kibbutz in the early 1960s, Ely estimates. Those who stayed longer than

a month, like Sanders, likely would have worked in the cowshed or the fishery. Some volunteers also built relationships with adoptive families on the kibbutz. Although Shaar Haamakim, like many other kibbutzim, underwent privatization in the early 2000s, its members still jointly own its factories and maintain a fund to support kibbutzniks in need.

Sanders says he has consulted with J Street, Arab American Institute on Middle East Sanders also has defended Israel from WASHINGTON (JTA)—Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said he attacks from the far left, saying it has a took advice on the Middle East from right to defend itself from rocket attacks and from groups that seek its elimiJ Street and the Arab American nation. Additionally, he has been Institute. a regular among the majority The Vermont Independent Clinton’s of lawmakers who drop into senator, mounting a tough the annual conference of challenge to front-runner campaign is the American Israel Public Hillary Rodham Clinton Affairs Committee. for the nomination, has pounding Sanders Clinton’s campaign, been under pressure to meantime, is pounding provide details on his foreign policy. for what it says is Sanders for what it says is his naivete on the Middle Clinton, a former secretary of state, has his naivete on the East, honing in on his pledge to “normalize” relaan array of foreign policy tions with Iran in the wake advisers, while Sanders Middle East. of the Iran nuclear deal, made lists none as formally advisduring a January debate. ing his campaign, which until Clinton has argued that Iran still now has focused mostly on income retains its pariah status for its backing inequality. “We’ve talked to people like Jim Zogby, of terrorism and its human rights abuses, talked to the people on J Street to get a and its compliance with the nuclear deal broad perspective of the Middle East,” must be closely monitored. Sanders agrees Sanders said Sunday, Feb. 7 on Meet the that Iran remains a bad actor but says that Press. Zogby is a founder and the president normalization is likelier to create the conditions that would spur change. of the Arab American Institute. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., who Both groups confirmed conversations with Sanders, whom they said was one backs Clinton, convened a conference call of several candidates with whom they for reporters of Clinton’s foreign policy advisers, who picked apart Sanders’ consulted. “Effective advocacy organizations pro- proposals. “Iran still remains the country trying vide their views and advice to campaigns,” says Jessica Rosenblum, a spokeswoman to destroy Israel, it has a lot of history for J Street, a liberal Jewish Middle East of cheating on sanctions,” says Daniel policy group. “We’ve done that broadly in Benjamin, who was the coordinator for counterterrorism for Clinton when she was this cycle, without favor or endorsement.” Both groups have clashed with the Secretary of State. Expressions calling for the “warming of pro-Israel center and right, and Sanders has called for tougher pressure on Israel to relations” between the United States and Iran are mistaken, he says. make concessions in peace talks.





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Remembering and moving forward— AMIA in Argentina Sixteen members of the Tidewater Jewish community recently returned from a mission to the Jewish community of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Sponsored by the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, the mission allowed local donors to “follow their campaign dollars” to one of the many overseas communities served by Tidewater’s Annual Campaign. This is the second in a series of “Postcards” from the mission, highlighting some of the most impactful experiences. by Amy Zelenka


nother stop along the complex road that tells the often contradictory story of the Jewish community of Argentina was the site of the “new” AMIA building. To call it a building is a bit of an understatement. Today’s AMIA building is more of a compound, with understandable layers of security protecting it from would-be enemies at its gates. AMIA is an acronym for Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina, which translates to Argentine Israelite Mutual Association. Established in 1894, its mission was to promote and preserve Jewish life in Argentina and to secure the continuity and values of the Jewish community. By 1950, AMIA became the headquarters of the Federation of Jewish Argentine Communities. Over time, it became the center of the Jewish community, providing and sponsoring formal and informal education programs, cultural and recreational

activities, and a health care cooperative. As the group was escorted into the courtyard, it encountered a massive and colorful kinetic sculpture by Israeli artist Yaacov Agam. Impressive for its size and apparent whimsy, the installation at first seems at odds with the somber walls and plaques that surround it memorializing those whose lives were lost or forever changed on July 18, 1994. On that day, a Hezbollah suicide bomber drove his van, loaded with 600 lbs of an ammonium nitrate fertilizer and fuel oil explosive mixture (similar to that used in the Oklahoma City bombing nine months later) into the AMIA building in a densely constructed commercial area of Buenos Aires. The blast destroyed the building, killing 85 people and injuring hundreds. The community had been in the midst of celebrating AMIA’s Centennial anniversary. Like the Israel Embassy bombing of two years’ prior, the AMIA bombing was never solved, and not one person has ever been held accountable.



Mission co-chair David Cohen (far left) walks around the Agam Sculpture in the heavily fortified courtyard of the AMIA building in Buenos Aires. On the far wall in the photo is a plaque listing the names of the 1994 bombing victims. Co-chair Charlene Cohen (far right), along with Ilana Benson and Maggie Erickson, looks at the sculpture from another perspective. 10 | Jewish News | February 22, 2016 |

The re-built and fortified AMIA building re-opened in 1999. Today it houses many of the same kinds of organizations and institutions as those which reside on Tidewater’s own Sandler Family Campus. It also houses the local offices of the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) and the Israel Embassy. The Agam sculpture greets arriving visitors and it stands as a monument to the victims of the bombing. According to the AMIA curator, “It is a visual prayer that becomes a symbol against terrorism and a permanent expression of the Jewish people’s struggle for truth, justice, and peace.” The sculpture also “bears witness to the reconstruction of the Argentine Jewish community.” While moving around the installation, colors and shapes turn into changing images which symbolize the innate ability of humans to cope with and adapt to life’s inevitable changes…a fitting tribute to the Argentine Jewish community. The group next made its way to the JAFI offices, where it was welcomed by Gaby Glazman, the Jewish Agency Emissary. The Jewish Agency is hard at work in Argentina, providing Israel education programs for all ages and offering Israel Experience Opportunities for those seeking to make aliyah, and for those wishing to learn more about Israel. Three young adults introduced the group to the JAFI programs they’d recently experienced and shared their personal stories. The first young lady spoke about her experience on Taglit-Birthright Israel. Birthright is the Jewish Agency’s “introductory” Israel experience program. Ten days in duration, Birthright is designed to give college students a “taste” of the Jewish State and to inspire them to make personal connections with the Land and the People of Israel. The young lady’s story was reminiscent

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of stories that many in the group had heard from their own children or friends’ children who’d experienced Birthright programs. Her description re-confirmed how impactful those 10 days in Israel can be for students experiencing it with their peers. Anxious and enthusiastic to return to Israel, she cannot wait for the opportunity and already has her eye on a number of JAFI programs that can help her get there. The next young woman spoke about her very recent (she’d only returned to Argentina the prior week!) Onward Israel experience. A college graduate in the job market, she explained how her 10 weeks in Israel were incredibly rewarding and inspiring. Along with several of her Onward peers, she was considering making aliyah and looking for a job in Tel Aviv. The Jewish Agency created Onward Israel so that graduates of Taglit-Birthright and other peer-trip programs in Israel could spend a longer period of time (six to 10 weeks) in Israel, building their resumes and getting to know the Jewish state in a deeper way. Onward offers internships, service-learning, academic study, and fellowships, in cooperation with Jewish organizations and communities overseas. Participants in this program come from the same community or organization, allowing them to create local networks and maintain connections after the program. The Onward alum spoke so well and so eloquently of the program that several in the group suggested JAFI hire her on the spot! The last young person to address the

group spoke about his JAFI Masa experience. Officially named the Masa Israel Journey, this program offers an even longer-term experience in Israel (between five and 12 months) allowing participants to seek and find a learning and service program most relevant to them. Some enroll in Masa as a gap year program; others do a Study Abroad program through Masa, coordinating college credits with their regular schools. Some find internships in their fields of study through Masa, and others utilize Masa for volunteer work. This young man worked for 10 months in Israel then came back to Buenos Aires, only to realize…he prefers Israel! Each of the young people illustrated the importance of the Jewish Agency in connecting young Jewish adults with Israel and the broad array of value-added methods by which those connections can be made. It felt like the group had stepped out from under a great shadow cast by the Agam sculpture and the memory of the 1994 bombing, into the light of hope which glowed around the faces of the young people who spoke. The mission group departed AMIA understanding more about of the complexity of Jewish life in Buenos Aires, but also with the kind of optimism that only comes from meeting with young adults just returned from an Israel experience. It was fitting that the next stop was to a place called L’Dor Va’Dor. The next postcard from Argentina will be: L’Dor Va’Dor—JDC at work in Buenos Aires.

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2016 Super Sunday exceeds expectations by Laine M. Rutherford


ame Over!” said Jeremy Krupnick, 2016 Super Sunday Steering co-chair, as he approached his fellow committee members after the Tidewater Jewish community’s annual Super Sunday phone-a-thon on January 31. “You aren’t going to believe this,” Krupnick said, as he uncapped a dryerase marker, wiped away the previous total on the game-themed tally board, and increased the amount by $20,000. The updated total resulted in cheers and high-fives all around as the young adult members of the Super Sunday steering committee who had organized and staffed the event, congratulated one another. The day’s totals were among the highest in Super Sunday’s 35-year history in Tidewater: 289 individual donors made gifts – 77 of them were new donors. More than 80 volunteers participated, including 20 walk-ins. Super Sunday raised more than $108,000, exceeding the committee’s goal by nearly $10,000. Additional donations continue to trickle in. “Super Sunday provides a great boost for the Campaign, and gets everyone to continue giving throughout the year,” Brandon

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Elka Mednick, Nicole Smith, and Sam Sacks greet volunteers and donors.

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Matt Kantro and Bern Glasser exercise, volunteer and receive matching funds.

Terkeltaub, Super Sunday co-chair, said. “We had a wonderful committee that turned this into a great success.” Krupnick agreed. “Today far exceeded any expectations. We’re so proud of all the volunteers and donors who stepped up today, and I hope this inspires more people to get involved.” A senior loan officer with Coastal Home Mortgage Co., Krupnick enlisted his company’s support as a Super Sunday corporate sponsor. Coastal Home Mortgage also provided a $2,000 matching grant for donors who made contributions as they worked out in the Simon Family JCC fitness center. More than $7,500 came in from the combined exercise incentive and grant—which

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Orit Seiderman takes advantage of a challenge grant from Super Sunday sponsor Coastal Home Mortgage Company and doubled her pledge as she exercises.

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Super Sunday committee pauses mid-day for an update: Front Row: Brandon Terkeltaub, Jasmine Amitay, Nina Kruger, Noel Smith, Ethan and Catherine Heben. Back row: Jeremy Krupnick, Leah Abrams, Elka Mednick, Matt Kantro, Bern Glasser, and Allison Handler.

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was new this year. “From a corporate perspective, to see how much good the Federation does—not only in our community, but around the world—made us happy and proud to play a small part in the day,” said Krupnick. Donors who make gifts on Super Sunday play a significant part in the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Annual Campaign. They enable the UJFT to allocate funds to Jewish organizations and programs locally, such as Jewish Family

Service, Strelitz Early Childhood Education Center, and the Holocaust Commission. Funds raised during the Annual Campaign are also distributed to national and international Jewish organizations to help Jews in need, strengthen Jewish communities, and ensure Israel’s survival. To see more photos from Super Sunday 2016, visit To learn more about how these gifts make a difference and to contribute to the UJFT’s Annual Campaign, visit

y generation faces unique leadership challenges. The Jewish community—nationally and locally—is changing and must adapt to a world with geopolitics and demographics that are utterly transformed from a generation ago. New voices and leaders are essential to that process. That’s why I decided to join the Super Sunday Steering Committee. I moved to Norfolk two years ago and was welcomed into the community right away. Activities through YAD and the JCC were an easy and fun way to meet people who have now become my friends. I knew this was a community where I would be happy to get more involved and was pleased to volunteer my time when the opportunity arose. Throughout the experience of planning the Super Sunday campaign and learning about the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, I met a variety of lay leaders and volunteers. Their commitment to our community’s institutions was impressive. As a transplant to the area, I knew that Tidewater did not match the size of larger Jewish cities like my native Cleveland. However, from the Hebrew Academy of Tidewater to the Simon Family JCC and Beth Sholom Village, Tidewater has all the institutions of a large community. This is no small feat. Having also lived in much smaller and more isolated Jewish populations, I recognize that maintaining these institutions is critical. Every student of law and political science knows that such institutions are the frame on which a rich communal life is built. It is up to us to preserve them, celebrate them and, for those willing to lead, actively improve them. Of course, leadership takes many forms. There is leadership in law and

medicine, in business and science; but there is also tremendous leadership in being good parents, in being appreciative children, in volunteering for Meals Allison Handler on Wheels, in supporting Jewish Family Service, and in engaging—even in the smallest way—in tikkun olam. An important part of this communal effort is contributing to the Federation’s annual campaign. I encourage anyone who is not yet involved to get involved, and all those who already give their time, ideas, and money, to keep it up. Particularly in Tidewater, many of us come from elsewhere and bring our own stories to the table. I am involved because I am the daughter and granddaughter of social workers who taught me the importance of tzedakah; because I believe that the power of a minyan, of what we can achieve when we come together, extends far beyond prayer; and because the Tidewater Jewish community has been so welcoming to me. Allison Handler is an associate attorney at Hammer Law, P.C. She earned her law degree from William & Mary Law School where she served as the executive editor of the Journal of Women and the Law and as the Election Law Fellow. She completed her undergraduate studies at Oberlin College. Prior to becoming an attorney, she worked in several legislative affairs and political positions including with the American Jewish Committee as a Goldman Fellow and for the American Civil Liberties Union. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, she now calls Tidewater her home. | February 22, 2016 | Jewish News | 13

February is Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month Awareness and inclusion of Jewish people with disabilities an ongoing priority in Tidewater

by Laine M. Rutherford


rom 2009 until 2015, February was known throughout Jewish communities as Jewish Disability Awareness Month. This year, there’s a new name and a more encompassing vision: February is now Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM). Established by the Jewish Special Education International Consortium, JDAIM is a unified effort among Jewish organizations worldwide. Its goal is to raise awareness and foster inclusion of people with disabilities and those who love them. Michelle Fenley, Maryann Kettyle, and Michelle Walter like the name change, and are working to make disability awareness and inclusion part of the consciousness of the Tidewater Jewish community—every day of the year. The three work as a team at Jewish Family Service of Tidewater, providing services, support, and programs for people with special needs. “People with disabilities deserve to be part of this community, too,” says Walter, a licensed clinical social worker who has been with JFS for 23 years. There is so much to be gained—all around—from inclusive activities, she says, whether at synagogues, Jewish gatherings, or in the general community. JFS has two programs exclusively for Jewish adults. The Chaverim (friends) group supports people with developmental disabilities. The Simcha (joy) group assists people with chronic mental illness. Both groups hold social, recreational, and religious gatherings several times each month. Activities include celebrating Jewish holidays with one another and within the greater community, such as an upcoming Purim party with the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) group

at Ohef Sholom Temple. The groups also go on outings together. Popular trips are to Norfolk Tides baseball games, bowling with the Young Adult Division of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, or an upcoming ladies-only tea at an area restaurant. “Our groups serve a lot of purposes, including being out in the community and being seen by the community” says Fenley, a licensed clinical social worker and 18-year-JFS-employee. “They also give us a chance to be with these individuals monthly, and to have an informal way to assess that their needs are being met—on top of the fact that we have a lot of fun together.” JFS’ Jewish clients with disabilities range from 18-years-old and up. They may live at home, independently, or in area group homes. “For some, the other members of the group are their only friends. And if it weren’t for these programs, many of our clients wouldn’t have any Jewish life or any Jewish connections” says Kettyle, JFS special needs case manager. “They might not get out at all.” Participation in the JFS groups is provided at no charge to the clients with one caregiver. Transportation is provided. The programs are fully funded by endowments and allocations made possible through contributions to the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Annual Campaign. “It is so important that our Jewish family, friends and neighbors with disabilities in Tidewater have the same opportunities as all members of the Tidewater Jewish community,” says Betty Ann Levin, JFS executive director. “Our Jewish traditions and values teach that each of us is created in God’s image and each of us is to be valued.

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“We are so pleased to play a small role in this awareness and inclusion and so appreciative of what our Federation and our community continues to do to support us in this work.” Two longtime supporters are Dolores and Alan Bartel. Inclusion in the Jewish and general community for people with disabilities is important to Alan and Dolores Bartell receive the Joseph H. “Buddy” Strelitz Memorial Award them—for their son for Distinguished Community Service from Bobby Copeland. Craig, who is autistic and deaf, and for all others as well. For decades, the Bartels have More programs of interest: • Inclusion program for Jewish children worked tirelessly as advocates, spokespeople, and activ- with special needs at Ohef Sholom Temple. ists to ensure services Open the Gates began in 2012 with the are available for people support of a UJFT synagogue grant. It is with disabilities. At the held during Religious School. • Inclusive program for children with 2015 UJFT Biennial, the Bartels were rec- special needs at the Simon Family JCC’s ognized for their summer camp. The Shadow Camper proefforts as recipi- gram is open to Jewish and non-Jewish ents of the Joseph campers, and allows them to participate H. ‘Buddy” Strelitz fully in all camp activities. The JFS Special Memorial Award Needs team coordinates and facilitates the for Distinguished program. • The Tidewater Jewish community supC o m m u n i t y ports awareness, inclusivity, skills training, Service. “Our family, and a social network for people with disincluding our mother abilities in Israel, through its allocations and dad and our son to the Center for Independent Living in Gary, have found that Tel Aviv. Find out more about JFS’ Special Needs supporting these kinds of efforts helps a lot of programs at or people—not just Craig, call 757-459-4640. Read a recent article and not just those with dis- about Ohef Sholom Temple’s Open the abilities,” says Alan Bartel. “It’s Gates program in the January 11 issue, expanded the view of our grand-, and call the children, and so many others, who realize temple at 757-625-4295. Jewish Family Service of Tidewater and that everyone plays an important part in the Simon Family JCC are constituent agencies our lives and our community.” Craig Bartel participates in the of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater. Chaverim group, and enjoys the social Gifts made to the 2016 UJFT Annual Campaign interaction, Jewish holiday celebrations, provide allocations for these agencies, special and the annual party the groups have, his grant funding for area synagogues, financial support for the CIL in Tel Aviv, and much father says. “But there’s still a lot more to be done,” more. To contribute and find out more, visit says Alan.

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That may include cosmetics at Macy’s or a job at the local hardware store. Retirees should think about where they like to shop. • Sporting venue or theater: For those who love sports or any kind of performance, consider being an usher at a venue. Ushers assist fans to their seats and help answer questions. Consider that the job might entail walking up and down steps. If that’s difficult, find out beforehand. The job may have perks, such as free tickets. • Tour guide: A tour guide’s job is to introduce people to places that they are unfamiliar with, which may include wineries, museums and a host of area historical locations.

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• Theme park/zoo: Perfect for bragging about a job to grandkids, look into the local zoo or theme park. Some of the most popular jobs for retirees at these parks include ticket takers, working at a merchandise stand or helping assist guests at an information booth. • Current or former job: This one may sound odd, but it could be perfect, possibly maintaining the same salary for the rest of one’s earning years; it’s something already known; and, many people derived much satisfaction from their profession. Also, there may be new freedom in knowing that this job is more optional than before, which may engender a sense of freedom and, perhaps, an outside-the-box mentality.

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“I invited him in for tea when he brought me to the door. I said to him then, ‘I am not interested in remarriage, I am not interested in dating or a relationship. I moved into this villa with a one car garage. I am only interested in good company,’” Sharon recalls. “The tea was really good,” Alan says with a wide grin, his eyes focused on his new wife. The two giggle like the newlyweds they are. The Poisners have both been married before; Alan lost his wife of 50 years in 2013. As the couple learned more about each other, they found that they had been living parallel lives. Their homes were blocks from one another, and at one point their sons were in the same Boy Scout troop. They both enjoy learning, travel, and exercise. They even subscribe to the same journals. “I admit I wanted a companion, but I wasn’t looking to get married,” says Alan. “It became inevitable. We just fit perfectly.” “His brain fascinated me and his humor tickled my funny bone,” Sharon says, poking her husband’s side lightly and lovingly with her elbow. Since moving into the one-car-garage villa, the couple is thriving. They say they each had successful marriages and brought the positives into their new union. They also learned a lot about themselves and marriage from those original relationships, knowledge that informs their current one. They describe themselves as “flexible.” ‘Live, love, laugh’ is our motto. We each had that same motto on a plaque before we met,” Alan says. The Poisners’ situation is neither common nor particularly uncommon. According to “Remarriage in the United States,” a 2006 report published by the U.S. Census Bureau, an average of 35.9 percent of marriages annually are between couples in which at least one spouse is remarried. Among men and women who married for the second or third time, 91 percent were remarrying after being divorced, and 9 percent were remarrying after being widowed. But only about 3 percent of men over the age of 65 (and 1 percent of women) tend to remarry.

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Retirement Favorite moments of retirement Alene Jo Kaufman Marital status: Married Children: Two sons, one daughter-in-law Jason and Jessica in Arlington, Va. and Adam in Virginia Beach Grandchildren: Grandchildren fill the spaces in your heart that you didn’t know were empty! Maya Abigail, age 5; Lillian Emelia, age 3 Occupation: Jewish educator/administrator How long actively worked: Thirty-six years in Jewish education in this community; most of my career was centered on the Hebrew Academy of Tidewater and the Strelitz Early Childhood Center. I also worked in supplemental and informal Jewish education, USY/Kadima advisor; Seaboard Region USY Tidewater Fieldworker; United Hebrew School, Sunday school and had a few years in the clerical end of retailing. How long been retired: A little more than a year and a half Current organization involvement: Kehillat Bet Hamidrash/Kempsville Conservative Synagogue, my first priority for volunteer commitments Brith Sholom Center Recently began to volunteer at the PAM office of Jewish Family Service Organized team members for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Favorite part of being retired: The gift of time. Time to stay in touch with family and friends. Time Alene and Ron Kaufman to help out and visit our parents or lend a hand to our children and grandchildren (especially during a blizzard). Time to take care of ourselves, our bodies and our minds (take exercise classes, do the crossword puzzle and Sudoku, take a photography course). Time to sleep, time to read. Time to volunteer when and if we want to. Time to travel. Time to have a bathroom remodeled. Time to do nothing! Time to have fun! Favorite last book read: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, a Holocaust story that provided insight into issues and pieces of the Holocaust that were different from the more familiar events. Captivating, riveting, and a must read! Favorite last concert/performance/movie attended: True story—In January of 2014, Ron and I went to see Arlo Guthrie at the American Theatre. The band came out on stage and I said, “I know that drummer!” And I did. Terry ala Berry had come to Hebrew Academy as the drummer in the group who performed and did workshops for children. I e-mailed him after the 2014 concert and recounted our meeting at HAT and told him how much I enjoyed the concert. He said that I should be sure to let him know if we were ever planning to be in the audience again. Fast forward about a year—Arlo Guthrie and his band are doing their 50th Anniversary Celebration of ‘Alice’s Restaurant,’ so we bought tickets for the February 2015 show at the American Theatre. In January of 2015, we ended up in Florida visiting family and my cousin surprised me with tickets for the same show there! What an opportunity to see that amazing performance—twice! It was fun, funny, moving, and spiritual. And yes, Terry came out from back stage to speak with us and I officially became a 60+ year old groupie! Advice for those about to retire: Plan ahead. You can’t retire without planning. Find a good financial advisor to help you through the process. When your financial plan is in place and you are actually ready to retire, it is easier to enjoy your retirement if you know what to expect financially. And then, take it slowly. At first, you may be a little lost. It was hard to figure out how to organize my day without a schedule. Once I gave myself permission to actually relax and not feel like I had to accomplish everything by the end of the day, things started to fall into place. Perhaps one of the most illuminating experiences I had was the day that I read an entire Lisa Genova novel (she is an amazing neuroscientist and author)—and didn’t do anything else until it was time to make dinner—and it was okay. The other bit of advice that I have is to take advantage of the opportunities that are placed before you. Celebrate everything you can with everyone you can! We’ve been invited to visit friends and family in a myriad of places. And we go! We’ve attended a three- year-old’s birthday celebration, my parents’ 65th wedding anniversary, b’nai mitzvah, and weddings. (Unfortunately, those celebrations are counter-balanced by sad events and you don’t want to fall in the trap of only acknowledging the sad moments.) Keep abreast of the programs and speakers in our community – and go. From the CRC’s Israel Today programs to the Tidewater Together weekend, we have great opportunities right here in our “home.” The JCC is right here – use it. The camaraderie is great and the class instructors really care about you. Make sure you have a comfortable chair with a side table for a great cup of coffee (made with freshly ground beans,) grab a great book or television remote, and treat yourself to an occasional pajama day!

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efore the sun had a chance to fully rise, members of the Jewish community rose to take action at the state capitol in Richmond on Tuesday, Feb. 2. More than 50 participants, Tidewater’s largest group for Virginia Jewish Advocacy Day, gathered to make their voices heard on issues important to the local community.

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Jewish Community Relations Councils from across the Commonwealth converged in Richmond and divided their regions’ state legislators among themselves to assert their viewpoints. The Hampton Roads activists, for example, had appointments with 21 different legislators. House and senate bills were discussed regarding tax credits that help fund Jewish Family Service’s Neighborhood Assistance Program and local private Jewish schools stay afloat by granting educational opportunities to the less fortunate. Continued funding for the Virginia Israel Advisory Board, which contributed to the growth of 144 new jobs in the Commonwealth in 2015, was also a key subject in these meetings. The pinnacle issue for the day was the first resolution condemning the Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions movement (BDS) also known as the HJ177 anti-BDS Resolution. When the bus arrived in Richmond, the travelers immediately separated into groups to meet with their assigned delegates and senators. Following the activists’ meetings with

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their legislators, all of the Virginia communities came together to hear from Lt. Governor Ralph Northam before heading out to the Capitol. At noon, Rabbi Rosalin Mandelberg of Ohef Sholom Temple, gracefully led the House in the invocation which began the afternoon session. Tidewater’s delegation, along with other Jewish Advocacy Day attendees, observed the proceedings from the gallery. Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn of Northern Virginia formally recognized the group. Participants then headed back to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church for lunch, followed by a stirring speech from Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe.

The audience hung on his every word, joke, and gesture. The advocates left the room comforted by his promise to protect the rights of religious minorities when under attack in the state of Virginia. Danielle Leibovici, one of Tidewater’s delegates, says, “It was so wonderful to attend this important day with so many motivated participants from Tidewater who understand the significance of speaking up for Israel and other important issues to our Jewish community. We must never take for granted the freedom and safety we have in the United States of America.”

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ith ancestry that dates to 17th century Virginia and includes veterans of every war both before and since the nation’s conception, B. Frank Earnest has immersed himself in American history with an emphasis on the Civil War. On Sunday, Jan. 24, Earnest shared his expertise with members and friends of KBH over a breakfast of eggs, grits, and cornbread. As he addressed the role of Jewish people in the Confederacy, he provided a new perspective into the participation of Jews in this critical time in U. S. history. Earnest discussed Jewish artists, statesmen, and soldiers, the famous and the obscure,

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it’s a wrap 3rd Annual Tidewater Together scholar challenges community to think about the future by Laine M. Rutherford


abbi Eric Yoffie knew he would be speaking to a wide cross-section of the Jewish community as the Milton “Mickey” Kramer Scholar-in-Residence for the 3rd Annual Tidewater Together, which took place February 4–7. What he didn’t know was if his Jewish audience—of all backgrounds, affiliations, and practices—would be courteous in their reactions, if they would be willing to consider an “outsider’s” perspective, or if they would even listen to what he had to say. And the rabbi had a lot to say. Beginning on Thursday night at the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus, Yoffie led discussions about challenges facing Jewish communities like Tidewater’s. His themes changed throughout the four days of Tidewater Together, but his underlying message continually emphasized the important role synagogues, along with Jewish organizations, have in ensuring the future of American Jewry—and the optimism he holds for a strong Jewish future. “Our communities are two pronged,” says Yoffie, president emeritus of the Union of Reform Judaism, an organization of 1.5 million Jews he led for 12 years. “One that you have is the communal structure, and the Federation is the very heart [of that]. And then you have the grass-roots religious structure, which is the synagogue. “My message over the course of the four days is you need to have those two arms working together. Either one, without the other, is disaster,” he says. “Communities don’t survive if you have communal bodies that aren’t sensitive to and supportive of the needs of synagogues, and vice versa.” Yoffie also emphasizes his belief in justification for an optimistic, hopeful view for American Jewry. The Tidewater Jewish community responded to Yoffie’s six unique presentations with curiosity, admiration, extended conversations, and some debate. All of which are goals of the ambitious program, and which satisfied Yoffie’s desire

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for energetic—and civil—discussions. “I pushed people to think about the challenges around us,” Yoffie says, “to think about things in new ways. Beyond that, we have to assert the solidarity of our community, even amongst our differences. “Coming to a program like this and being there, sitting next to someone from a different institution and different point of view, is a concrete act of saying, ‘We Jews in the Tidewater area—we are all in this together.’” After Yoffie’s presentation on Saturday night, community leader David Brand thanked him for sharing his insights and personal experiences, and called the evening’s discussion enlightening. The next morning, at Yoffie’s final presentation at Temple Israel on the topic of challenges facing Jewish students on campuses, social activist and long-time lay leader Barry Einhorn was impressed at the

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breadth of the scholar’s knowledge and the depth of the conversation. “He was one of the best speakers on that subject we’ve ever heard,” Einhorn said. “He was outstanding.” In addition to the presentation at the Campus, Yoffie spoke at Congregation Beth Chaverim, Ohef Sholom Temple, Congregation Beth El, Temple Emanuel, and at Temple Israel, co-hosted with Kehillat Bet Hamidrash. Audiences ranged from 80 people to more than 200 at each discussion. All conversations were free, and every member of the community was invited to attend. Tidewater Together is made possible through the generosity of the Milton “Mickey” Kramer Scholarship fund. It is presented collaboratively by the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and the Tidewater Synagogue Leadership Council.

Dr. Ron Brodsky and Dr. Ed Karotkin.

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what’s happening Pink Tea raises funds for Beach Clinic

Israeli mentalist mixes magic and telepathy

Sunday, April 10, 2 pm, Temple Emanuel


he 5th Annual Pink Tea will honor Women Cancer Survivors and promote the concept that “your good health is in your hands.” Concerned that not everyone had health insurance and were not able to afford mammograms and pap smears, a group of cancer survivors and their friends decided to help correct this situation. So, four years ago, the Pink Angels arrived in Hampton Roads. Each year the group celebrates with a tea and presentation dealing with a health issue. This year, the two guests are members of the San Diego medical community. Dr. Anne Daigle, an epidemiologist, is involved with many pharmaceutical

companies, serving as a liaison for them, presenting information on clinical trials to the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Richard Heyman is a molecular scientist and Biotech CEO. He serves on several scientific boards including the Salk Institute in San Diego. The minimum contribution to attend the Pink Tea is $7.50. All funds will be donated to the Beach Health Clinic in Virginia Beach. This clinic provides mammograms and examinations for women who do not have insurance. This tea is sponsored by the Pink Angels. For more information, call the temple at 757-428-2591 or Renee Heyman at 757-853-2145.

JMCC Lecture Series presents Eric Mazur The S.S. Quanza: Jewish Refugees and the Port of Norfolk Sunday, March 6, 2 pm


n 1940, one year after the St. Louis and its “Voyage of the Damned,” a Portuguese steamer brought fewer than 100 refugees from Europe to Norfolk, Va. Most of the passengers were Jews, and all had been denied entry into Mexico. But this time, through the concerted efforts of members of the local and national Eric Mazur Jewish community—as well as a few well-placed friends in the nation’s capital—all of those on board were granted permission to land. The story of the SS Quanza, one that has eluded in-depth analysis for decades, is one of hope and courage, but also one of complex political realities about the image of Judaism in

mid-century America, contested political will, and the nature of story-telling as it relates to human tragedy and triumph. Eric Mazur will discuss the event as part of the JMCC Lecture Series. Mazur is the Gloria and David Furman Professor of Judaic Studies, professor of religious studies, and director of American studies at Virginia Wesleyan College, where he teaches courses on Judaism, religion in American culture, and the academic study of religion. The Jewish Museum and Cultural Center is located at 607 Effingham St. in Portsmouth. Donation of $15 at the door. Call 757-3999266 for more information.

16th Annual Matinee Art Auction at KBH Sunday, March 13, 2 pm, preview; 3 pm, auction


nnual Matinee Art Auction is sponsored by and benefits Kempsville Conservative Synagogue–Kehillat Bet Hamidrash. Featuring art in all media and price ranges by Marlin Art. Hors D’oeuvres, wine, coffee and dessert will be served. $7.50 KBH is located at 952 Indian Lakes Blvd. in Virginia Beach. For additional information, contact

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Saturday, March 5, 8 pm, Simon Family JCC by Leslie Shroyer


ant a little magic in your life? Eran Biderman, known for his feats of mentalism in Israel, has competed against other top Israeli magicians and won a TV contest in his country. Combined with a sharp sense of humor, stage charisma and abundant personal charm, Biderman’s performances, integrating the world of magic with the world of telepathy, create an unforgettable experience for a wide variety of audiences both in Israel and around the globe. Biderman will perform at the Simon Family JCC as part of the Celebrate Israel Series, presented by Charles Barker Automotive. “The full array of Biderman’s mysterious and mind baffling techniques will stupefy even the most skeptical,” according to his website. Members of the audience will be invited to play leading roles as he predicts and influences their behavior. How does a mentalist become a mentalist? For Biderman, it began at age seven, when he was intrigued by magic tricks his grandfather showed him on a visit to Turkey. He returned to Israel determined to master the tricks he learned. Soon his school friends and teachers were amazed by what they saw. As Biderman matured, his interest in magic continued, and so did his tricks. He delved ever deeper into the world of mysticism.

Eran Biderman

Approximately 10 years ago, the young adult decided to take his magic into the world of the psychological. He investigated and researched Mentalism and the “paranormal”—a field that has stirred the imagination and enticed many different cultures of the human race for thousands of years. “This is my calling,” Biderman says. “I can truly look into the mind and read it.” In his fast paced show, which lasts just over an hour, audience members can expect many surprises and see mind-blowing stunts. “You’ll remember the show long afterwards,” he promises. “My goal is that it will resonate and be a different show than those you usually see, and so it won’t easily be forgotten.” Although he admits to having a talent, Biderman believes that anyone can access the tools he uses for mind reading. “Like a pianist with his instrument, it simply takes practice.” Beer and wine available for purchase starting at 7 pm. Light refreshments will be served. Tickets are $20 guests or $10 for JCC members. To purchase tickets, call 757-321-2338, visit the JCC front desk, or buy online at Free babysitting is available 7–10 pm with the purchase of a ticket.

Find treasures at rummage sale at Ohef Sholom Temple Sunday, April 3, 8:30 am–2 pm, Ohef Sholom Temple


argains are sure to be found at Ohef Sholom Sisterhood’s indoor rummage sale, which will include furniture, toys, household items, books, CDs, DVDs, jewelry and children’s clothing. Donations for the sale are welcome and appreciated and must be in good, clean condition. No clothing, hats and shoes. Ohef Sholom is located at 530 Raleigh Ave. in Norfolk. For more information, call

625-4295 or email

what’s happening Partners in Torah now in Tidewater

The Sonenshine Lecture Series features Michael Brenner

Mondays, 8 pm, Simon Family JCC

Friday, March 18, 12–1:30 pm, ODU Library Friday, March 18, 6 pm, Congregation Beth El Saturday, March 19, 11:30 am, Ohef Sholom Temple

by Velvel Cook


nyone who happened to be at the Simon Family JCC on Monday, Feb. 1 might have caught a glimpse of Dr. Herb Brewer studying Jewish history and philosophy with Rabbi Shmuel Katz of the Norfolk Kollel, or attorney Ken Wilson, a member of Congregation B’nai Israel, discussing Jewish customs with caterer Ed

Landress, of KBH. One of today’s hottest Jewish programs for the intellectually curious—Partners in Torah, was taking place. Although Partners in Torah is, perhaps, best known for its phone study program which gives Jewish adults of all backgrounds a cost-free learning opportunity to discover Judaism’s culture, history, and traditions—at an individual’s pace and schedule—it also runs a full range of personalized community-based learning programs, such as the one held at the JCC. Since its inception, 15 years ago, Partners in Torah has engaged 30,000 Jews from over 2,000 North American cities. Approximately 13,000 religiously diverse participants study together each week. Community members are invited, regardless of background and affiliation, to join the sessions to experience the warm and friendly atmosphere (and the learning and the food!) that is the hallmark of Partners in Torah. For additional information, visit, email or call 757.655.1836.

CRC’s 4th annual Israel Poster Contest for 1st–12th graders Last call for entries: Deadline is Monday, Feb. 29, 4:30 pm


he Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater invites area 1st through 12th graders to participate in their fourth annual Israel Poster Contest. Students and teachers can find a list of cool facts about Israel at www. Each student should choose one fact from the list to serve as the poster’s theme. The fact should be clearly stated on the front of the poster. Posters are to be submitted on 8.5" by 11" paper and are to be hand drawn (not computer generated) only using pencil, crayon, marker, or 2-D art. Names should not be visible on the front of the poster, but must be included along with age, grade, school, email address and phone number on the back. Submissions should be dropped off at the UJFT office located at the Sandler

CRC’s 1st annual Israel Poster Contest winner in 2013, Elizabeth Hughes with her mother Dorothy Hughes and Harry Graber, UJFT executive vice president.

Family Campus, 5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Virginia Beach. For more information, visit www.JewishVA. org/CRCIsraelPosterContest or email CRC@

of Bolshevik oppression; German Jews hoped to finally integrate through the common army experience, but were disillusioned by new anti-Semitic measures. As a result of the war, anti-Jewish violence in Eastern Europe reached unprecedented dimensions, and as a result of the demise of the Habsburg and Ottoman Empires in the new postwar order, most Jews were no longer subjects of multinational empires, but of nation states. In short: The war and its aftermath completely transformed Jewish society. This event is open to public. Free parking available in the parking garage behind the library.

Michael Brenner


ld Dominion University’s Institute for Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding will feature Michael Brenner, the Seymour and Lillian Abensohn Chair in Israel Studies at American University in Washington, D.C., as this year’s Sonenshine Lecture Series speaker for three events. At American University, Brenner directs the Center for Israel Studies. He is also a professor of Jewish History and Culture at Ludwig-Maximilian-University in Munich. Previously, he taught at Brandeis University and was a visiting professor at several universities, including Stanford, Berkeley, Johns Hopkins, Haifa, ETH Zurich, Lucerne, and CEU Budapest. Brenner is the International president of the Leo Baeck Institute for the Study of German Jewry. The three lectures are: War, Revolution, and Displacement: European Jews and the First World War Friday, March 18, 12 pm, ODU library World War I was a decisive event in European Jewish history: Jews fought Jews on all fronts; Russian Jews were liberated from the Czarist yoke, but became subject

The Balfour Declaration: Its Meaning Friday, March 18, Congregation Beth El Shabbat Dinner at 6 pm;   services and speaker to follow The Jewish State was born during World War I when the British government uttered its support for the establishment of a Jewish homeland in Palestine. But what exactly did this support mean? Did it open the road to Jewish independence? And what was the British role in the decades to come? $18 adults; $10 children 3–12. RSVP by March 11. Babysitting available during the lecture. World War I and the Revival of Jewish Thought Saturday, March 19, 11:30 am: lunch   12:30 pm: speaker, Ohef Sholom Temple The War experience strengthened the religious bonds of many assimilated Jews in Germany and other places. This talk will concentrate mainly on the German-Jewish thinker Franz Rosenzweig who grew up in an assimilated family, rediscovered his Jewish roots, and became one of the most important modern Jewish thinkers during World War I. Lunch is free. RSVP to linda @ ohefsholom. org or | February 22, 2016 | Jewish News | 31

what’s happening Author to speak on Ethiopian immigrants in Israel

Jewish Museum & Cultural Center’s Chevra Cinema presents The Jazz Singer

Thursday, March 10, 6 pm, Temple Sinai, Newport News


Sunday, Feb. 28, 2 pm

n her book, Drawn from Water: An American Poet, An Ethiopian Family, An Israeli Story, Dina Elenbogen explores her 30-year friendship with Ethiopian Jewish immigrants in Israel as they struggle in a new country, while dealing with her own desire to join them there. Elenbogen will speak at Temple Sinai through the congregation’s membership in the Jewish Book Council. Elenbogen’s poetic voice examines immigration in all its forms, success and failure, adaptation and resistance. Black Ethiopians suffer discrimination, and are hindered by cultural and language difficulties, yet the children eventually attend college, marry, and have families of their own. Elenbogen’s personal journey parallels theirs, but poetry and the arts give her a bridge between her life in America and her desire for Israel. The event is free and open to all. For more information, call Temple Sinai at 596-8352.


roduced for Warner Brothers by Darryl F. Zanuck and based on the 1922 play The Day of Atonement by Samson Raphaelson, this classic film, The Jazz Singer, stars Al Jolson, May McAvoy, Warner Oland and Yossele Rosenblatt. A 1927 American musical film and the first feature-length motion picture with synchronized dialog sequences, it tells the story of the son of a cantor who must defy the traditions of his religious father in order to pursue his dream of becoming a jazz singer. Rabbi Arthur Steinberg of Ohef Sholom Temple will introduce the film. Professor Andrew Quicke, former Bureau Chief CBN Jerusalem and Israel Chair at Regent University School of Television and Performing Arts will make a presentation. $5 donation at the door. JMCC is located at 607 Effingham Street in Portsmouth. For more information, call 757-391-9266 or visit www.

Dina Elenbogen

Registration is open for Camp JCC

What Happens at Purim, Does NOT Stay at Purim! Saturday, March 19, 8 pm

by Leah Abrams


r at least it probably won’t—not this year anyway. UJFT’s Young Adult Division is getting ready for its annual Purim Party. This year, it’s Las Vegas style. The 2016 YAD Purim Party promises Elvis impersonators, showgirls, casino tables, basically anything that could be hoped for in Tidewater meets Vegas party. The event, sponsored by Tidewater Home Funding, invites guests 22–45 years old to come in costume or Vegas cocktail attire—the more inventive and creative, the better. A joyous and festive time for the Jewish people, Purim celebrates the biblical story

of good triumphing over evil. Revelers are encouraged to dress up, and even to go a little wild. “It’s a little bit like a St. Paddy’s Day or Mardi Gras celebration for the Jewish community,” says Ashley Zittrain, co-chair of the event. “Anyone who has been to a YAD holiday party in the past couple of years knows how much fun we have.” The food, music, drinks and surprises must be experienced firsthand to believe. “Last year’s party was such a success and everyone had such an incredible time that people started early to plan what they’re going to wear this year, and to get their friends involved,” says Zittrain. In Israel, Purim is a huge nation-wide celebration where costumes and street parties are common, and that everyone gets involved—young and old, religious and secular. Tickets for What Happens at Purim Stays at Purim are $25 in advance, and $30 at the door. Visit to see photos from last year’s party, reserve tickets, and get more information.

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t camp JCC, summer camp is more than just a place where children go when school is out. Campers discover, grow, and learn. Each week, a new theme is introduced with activities to match. Register for one week or the entire summer. Camp lasts from June 20 through August 20 and serves children ages 16 months through 11th grade.

Interested? Visit call 757-321-2306.


A Pluralistic Introduction to Judaism Thursdays, beginning March 3, 6–7 pm, Simon Family JCC


he Hampton Roads Board of Rabbis and Cantors, in partnership with the Simon Family JCC, is offering a new free weekly course, A Pluralistic Introduction to Judaism. Designed for those seeking to learn more about Judaism from a variety of perspectives, the course will attempt to address fundamental questions from a range of viewpoints via a direct examination of sacred texts. It will be taught by rabbis and cantors from across the religious spectrum—Reconstructionist, Reform, Conservative and Orthodox—and will run on a six-month rolling basis. Anyone can join the course at any time. The course is intended for Jews looking to learn more about their faith from a mature standpoint, as well as non-Jews interested in learning more about Judaism. Check out the course website at for more details about the course, topics covered, and teachers.

what’s happening Olga Meshoe: attorney, consultant, human rights activist, CEO of DEISI, and loyal Israel advocate is headed to Tidewater

First Person

Operation Hamantaschen: Why it means so much to the soldiers Sunday, March 6, 11 am–2 pm, Sandler Family Campus

Wednesday, March 2, 7:30 pm, Sandler Family Campus by Gaby Grune


outh African Olga Meshoe plans to tell as many people in Tidewater as possible why Israel is not an apartheid state. She is the second speaker in the Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and community partner’s 5th Olga Meshoe Annual Israel Today series. Meshoe will be in Tidewater for a limited time, but is booked solid. Meshoe will join UJFT’s Women’s Cabinet for lunch and a discussion on the important voice of Israel’s allies; meet and discuss with Jewish teens from BBYO and other youth groups, the importance of making their stance and voices clear; and discuss with UJFT’s Young Adult Division’s Hineni (YAD leadership program) alumni the impact that leaders can have on their community. Meshoe will be interviewed by the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) News team, speak at a combined CBN and Regent University Chapel during lunch and meet with their leadership, students, and administration. And this is all prior to her community event on the Sandler Family Campus. Talk of her impending visit has caught the attention of many community

members and faith leaders. Congregation Beth El’s Rabbi Jeff Arnowitz, in particular, says he was elated to learn of Meshoe’s upcoming visit to Virginia Beach, so much so that he agreed to be the moderator for the Israel Today discussion. When asked why he felt compelled to moderate the talk, he is clear, “I was drawn to Olga’s story. As the BDS Movement seems to be gaining ground on the argument about Apartheid, it is so important to have a victim of Apartheid stand up and explain the differences. To her, the comparison is not only false, it is offensive. This discussion could not be more timely or important.” Meshoe will cross an ocean and meet with many of Tidewater’s community leaders and members several times in an effort to educate and motivate the Tidewater community to speak up for Israel, and to assure them that Israel has allies near and far defending the Jewish State. Don’t miss the chance to meet this young woman who has gone through so much and come so far to meet with the Tidewater community. RSVP for the event on Wednesday, March 2 at 7:30 pm at the Sandler Family Campus by calling 965-6107, emailing or visiting

by Lindsey Clements


eing deployed overseas presents a soldier or sailor with difficult situations, no matter their location. In addition to being separated from family, they’re stripped of all normal creature comforts, living on mostly bare necessities. Holiday observances are also very different—rarely having access to traditional fare. Care packages, therefore, are somewhat of a lifeline for troops and sailors, connecting them to loved ones back home, and creating new connections to people who show support—some of whom they may never have met. Having that love, support, and most of all the comfort that a care package represents is a buoy at sea, a beacon of hope. From this Navy family’s experience, Jewish sailors are a small percentage of the population on an aircraft carrier. Depending on numbers and demand, a rabbi is occasionally flown out to lead services for major holidays, but other holidays tend to be observed in a more solitary manner. So, it is easy to imagine that hamantaschen for Purim aren’t usually on

the galley’s menu. In fact, neither are latkes, and rarely even a challah. My husband, Marvin, is currently deployed on the USS Harry S Truman, and is one of only a handful of Jewish sailors on the ship. Receiving a care package from Operation Hamantaschen will be a wonderful connection to the community that has loved and supported us through our years in Tidewater. When he’s home, we celebrate full out, so he has many memories for when he’s overseas, but it’s never the same. To have even a little bit of home means more than words can express. I haven’t told Marvin yet about the care package that will be on its way, so I’m excited to surprise him! Everyone thanks service members, veterans, and their families for our service and sacrifices. But it is the love and support of our families and communities—and especially faith communities—back home that keeps us going. So thank you, as well, for your help and your unconditional love and support. You are what makes it all worth it. To learn more about Operation Hamantaschen, visit

Join Ultimate Commit to be Fit this March


oney is a big motivator, and “gamification” certainly makes mundane tasks more alluring. That’s why Sharon Giannelli, Simon Family JCC wellness director, decided to pump up the fitness center’s existing Commit to be Fit program with a cash prize and a points system, to make the competition more game-like.

“During our last Commit to be Fit, we had very small prizes, and we still had 150 participants,” says Giannelli. “So we thought, ‘What if we give away $100 and give participants different ways to earn points? We’ll even throw in a second chance prize and give everyone a t-shirt.’” The name of this competition: Ultimate Commit to be Fit. Four categories are split between genders and two age groups—18 to 19 and 50+.

Participants can earn points for: • Attending group fitness classes • Individual workouts • Personal training sessions • Pounds lost • Inches lost • Nutrition seminars attended “We wanted everyone to have a chance to win, so we’re factoring in workouts, as well as pounds lost,” says Giannelli. “The goal is to be as fit as you can be.”

Considering joining the competition? First, participants must be members of the Simon Family JCC. Second, weigh-ins and registration start at 5:30 am on Tuesday, March 1. Ultimate Commit to be Fit continues for eight weeks until Thursday, April 26. Weight loss and inches lost must be calculated by 9 pm on the last day. Visit for complete rules. | February 22, 2016 | Jewish News | 33

Employment Oppor tunity


ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Part-Time (variable 30 hours/week)

The Tidewater Jewish Foundation has an immediate opening for a part-time Administrative Assistant to perform various administrative functions in providing support to the TJF team; consisting of the Director of Development, CEO/President, CFO and Controller. The ideal candidate is ambitious, energetic, self-directed and has proven Administrative Assistant experience; a high level of professionalism and proficiency in the execution of duties is required. Primary responsibilities include processing information, producing reports, preparing daily deposit information, maintaining the organization’s databases, preparing correspondence and other forms of communications to/from staff, donors professionals, and vendors as required. Event planning/meeting logistics experience is helpful. Associate degree or Bachelor’s degree, preferred. Ideal candidate has1-3 years’ experience. Proficient use of Windows and MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) We offer an exciting, fun, and rewarding work environment.

Contact Taffy Hunter, Human Resources director, at 757-965-6117, or submit resume to: Tidewater Jewish Foundation Attention: Human Resources 5000 Corporate Woods Drive Virginia Beach, Virginia The Tidewater Jewish Foundation is firmly committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity for all qualified persons without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, non-disqualifying disability, genetic information or military status.

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February 29, Monday The 4th Annual Israel Poster Contest sponsored by the CRC. First through 12th graders are invited to participate. Submissions must be received by 4:30 pm on Monday, Feb. 29 and can be dropped off at the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, 5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Virginia Beach. For more information, contact Gaby Grune, CRC program associate, at 965-6107 or Contest details on page 31.

March 2, Wednesday Olga Meshoe. One of the world’s most vocal supporters of investing in Israel and denying the claim that Israel is an apartheid state, Meshoe is a black South African, Christian, attorney, dancer and politician. She shares her story with thousands of people a year, and this year, with Tidewater. Part of UJFT’s CRC and community partner’s 5th Annual Israel Today series. 7:30 pm. RSVP for this free and open to the community CRCIsraelToday or call 965-6107. See page 33.

March 5, Saturday Israeli mentalist Eran Biderman. An evening of mystery for the second of the Celebrate Israel Series at the Simon Family JCC. 8 pm. Bar opens at 7pm. $10 members; $20 guests. Call 321-2338 or visit simonfamilyjcc cultural arts page for tickets. See page 30.

March 6, Sunday Operation Hamantaschen. 11 am–2 pm. Bring the family to bake hamantaschen to be distributed to troops stationed locally and overseas in time for Purim. Sandler Family Campus. Contact Alicia Cohen Kraus 321-2338. See page 33.

March 13, Sunday 16th Annual Matinee Art Auction. Sponsored by and to benefit Kempsville Conservative Synagogue—Kehillat Bet Hamidrash. 2 pm. $7.50. See page 30.

Danny Kline President

March 19, Saturday YAD Purim party—Vegas style. The Young Adult Division of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater invites 22–45-year-olds to: What happens at Purim Stays at Purim. 8 pm–12 am. Sandler Family Campus. Live music. Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at the door. For more information: or email See page 32.

Andy Kline CEO

April 10, Sunday Atumpan, a drumming and storytelling group presented by Young Audiences of Virginia at the Simon Family JCC as part of the Children’s Cultural Arts series of the Simon Family JCC. 2:30 pm. To purchase tickets, visit, call 757-321-2338, or visit the customer service desk.

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April 30, Saturday Ghent Your Game On! An evening of live music by Cheap Thrills with craft beers, wine tastings, food, games, fun, prizes and a live auction. Presented by Ohef Sholom Temple. 7–11 pm at O’Connor Brewing Co. , 211 W. 24th St., Norfolk. Tickets $55 in advance, $75 at the door. Go to for tickets and additional information.

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Achievement David Abraham, CEO of Beth Sholom Village on his appointment to The American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living’s Not for Profit (NFP) Council. Abraham was also appointed by Vernon Baker, chairman of the Virginia Health Care Association board of directors, to serve as a member on the association’s Regulatory Committee in 2016.

Position Available Sales experience a must • Media sales, a plus • Flexible hours • Great earning potential

Birth Ilana and Nathan Benson on the birth of their granddaughter Macie Rya Benson on November 28, 2015. She is the daughter of Glenn and Danielle Benson and sister to Cooper Harris. They reside in Bethesda, Md. Macies’s maternal grandparents are Freda and Jerry Shevitz of Livingston,N.J.

If you are an ambitious, high-energy, self-starter with good people skills, this might be the job for you!

Mazel Tov submissions should be emailed to with Mazel Tov in the subject line. Achievements, B’nai Mitzvot, births, engagements and weddings are appropriate simchas to announce. Photos must be at least 300k. Include a daytime phone for questions. There is no fee.

Beth Sholom Village easily passes inspection


ive state surveyors walked into Beth Sholom Village’s The Berger Goldrich Home unannounced for an annual state survey earlier this month. The three-day inspection of The Home received three minor isolated tags (deficiencies). The average number of tags for a comparable facility in Virginia is 10. During the inspection, each area of The Berger-Goldrich Home was scrutinized. The surveyors exam the dietary department and observed the nursing team, which includes nurses and CNAs. Environmental services, social workers,

and activities staff, are all part of the inspection. The outstanding outcome of this inspection is a result of exceptional teamwork under the leadership of Rebecca Moralez, RN, administrator, Heather Thomas, RN, director of nursing, and Nancy Rose, assistant director of nursing. “Beth Sholom Village’s dedicated staff work diligently every day to create the highest quality of care for our residents,” says David R. Abraham, BSV chief executive officer.


Contact Taffy Hunter, Human Resources director, at 757-965-6117, or submit resume to

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Attention: Human Resources 5000 Corporate Woods Drive Virginia Beach, 23462


Camp JCC is a wonde rf ul place to wor k! SUMMER 2016

Staff Orientation: June 13 - 17 Camp JCC: June 20 - August 12 Post Camp: August 15 - September 2

NOW HIRING….. Fun and Creative Staff for:

• Counselors (HS grads, min.) • Junior Counselors (Rising HS junior, min.) • Specialists (full & part-time): Sports, Music, and Arts • Special Needs Counselors • Lead Counselors • Camp Nurse

Summer camp JCC offers a rich and unique day camp experience,

WHO Knew? $55,000 trip to Israel included in Oscar swag bag


10-day trip to Israel valued at $55,000 is among the gifts that will be offered in the swag bags given to some of this year’s Academy Awards nominees. Distinctive Assets, the company that assembled the bags, put the value on the first-class trip, the Daily Beast reported. In total, the luxurious gifts in each bag are worth $200,000, the report said. Among the other gift items are a lifetime

supply of skin creams from Lizora, valued at $31,200; ultherapy, a laser skin-tightening procedure courtesy of 740 Park MD, $5,530; a year’s worth of unlimited Audi car rentals from Silvercar, $45,000; and a 15-day walking tour of Japan, $45,000. Nominees in the Oscars main acting and directing categories receive the bags, according to the Daily Beast. (JTA)

allowing every child to explore their own interests and try new activities within a safe camp atmosphere. Engaging and supportive staff encourages campers to have fun, develop skills and form meaningful relationships. Staff members are hired for their ability to facilitate memorable experiences for our campers. Positions available for experienced counselors, unit head lead counselors, part time and first time counselors. All camp personnel have a background check and participate in an extensive mandatory orientation program. EOE For more information, contact:

Erika Eskanazi, Children, Family and Camp Assistant Director (757) 321-2342 Taffy Hunter, Human Resource Director (757) 965-6117

Submit completed application to: Applications available at:

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obituaries Orthodox Jewish trader, immigrant Harvard grad


Beth Sholom Village appreciates donors

eth Sholom Village recognizes all of the donors who contributed gifts of $500 or more from July 1 through December 31, 2015. Their generosity serves as a blessing on the lives of the residents, their families, and our amazing staff. A complete list of our more than 1,000 contributors will appear at the end of our fiscal year. For information on giving opportunities, contact Steve Suskin, Director of Philanthropy, at, or directly at (757) 961-3053. Thank you! ABS Funding Adelle Adler Leonette & Beryl Adler Ronna & Lawrence Adler Alcaraz Fisher Justis Wealth Management Group Helen & Warren Aleck Estate of Sylvia Altschul* Wendy & Frank Auerbach Auxiliary of Beth Sholom Village Dr. Linda & Leigh Baltuch Jack & Bobby* Barr Philanthropic Fund Dr. Lisa Barr Marc Benson Beskin & Associates, Inc. Gilbert Binder Percy A. Brill* Charitable Remainder Unitrust Brith Sholom Center of Virginia Janice & Norris Brodsky Rose* & Armond* Caplan Foundation Lois & Bernard Cohen Commodity Foil & Paper, Inc. Roy Culbertson Philip Davidson Ann & Gale Day Karen & Eric Dickman Shirley Elder Nancy Evans Dr. Joseph & Lynne Familant John & Cheryl Finguerra Alan* & Esther* Fleder Foundation The Hon. Jerome & Sandra Friedman Leslie Friedman Dr. Randall & Jackie Furman Dr. Craig & Judy Futterman Dr. Martin & Karen Goldberg Barbara & Allen Gordon

Daniel Gordon Randi & Steven Gordon Gordon Paper Company Patricia & Kenneth Grabach Bernard Hamilton & Marian Marconyak Nancy & Phil Helman Hospice and Palliative Care of Tidewater Housing & Healthcare Finance Norma & Robert Hunter J. W. Diesel Service, Inc. Beth & Nathan Jaffe Dr. Alan & Norma Jaffe Jewish Family Service of Tidewater Howard Joffe Sheila & Robert Josephberg Eileen & Stewart Kahn Nancy Kaplan Bernice Kaplan Dr. Warren & Mimi Karesh Kay & Barry Kesser Dr. Lawrence & Brenda Klar Jay & Joyce Kossman Celia K. Krichman Charitable Trust Dr. Robert & Carole Laibstain Larrymore Foundation Legacy Healthcare Services Miles & Sandra Leon Nancy Levin Pauline Levin Deborah & Jerry Meltsner Linda & George Metzger Tina & Douglas Moses Judy & Stuart Nachman Harry* & Rosalind* Norkin Philanthropic Fund Bertram* & Lois* Nusbaum, Jr. Philanthropic Fund Payday Payroll Services

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Peformance Food Group Dr. Jerome & Pansy Perlman Ellen & Samuel Phillips Pillar Capital Finance LLC Janet & Stephen Pitler Teresa Poore Elinore Porter Rashkind Family Foundation Joyce Salzberg David Saren Melissa Saren Theresa & Wayne Sawyer Amelia & Ivan Schiff Dr. Robert & Miriam Seeherman Pam & Larry Sifen Cheryl & Harris Sloane Judy & Mannie Smith The Spindel Agency Lawrence Steingold Thelma Steingold Renee & John Strelitz Lee Summers TowneBank Neal Stern Dr. Theodore & Christine Verfurth Adam White Katharine & Edwin Waitzer Wall, Einhorn & Chernitzer, P.C. Doris & Seeman Waranch Anne & Terry Waranch Donna & Gene White Williams Mullen Foundation Sylvia* & Solomon* Yavner Memorial Fund Jarrett & Ronald Zoby Phyllis & Robert Zuckerman *of blessed memory

NEW YORK ( JTA)—A 38-year-old Orthodox Jewish man was killed when a construction crane collapsed on his car in Manhattan. David Wichs, an immigrant from Prague, in what is now the Czech Republic, was standing outside his parked car Friday, Feb. 5 when the giant crane collapsed, crushing him to death, several media outlets reported. Three other people were injured, two seriously, in the accident in the Lower Manhattan neighborhood of Tribeca. According to The Associated Press, Wichs worked at the computerized financial trading firm Tower Research Capital in New York. He immigrated to the United States as a teenager and graduated from Harvard University with a degree in mathematics. While at Harvard, he served as co-chair of a men’s group under the auspices of the campus Hillel. Wichs and his wife, Rebecca, were members of Kehilath Jeshurun, a modern Orthodox congregation on the Upper East Side. The couple lived on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, according to The New York Daily News. An unidentified man interviewed as he was leaving Wichs’ apartment building said he was Wichs’ rabbi and told The Daily News that Wichs was “an absolute angel.” Lisa Guttman told AP that Wichs, her brother-in-law, was “the most brilliant person ever.” Wichs is listed as a donor on the websites and publications of numerous charities, both Jewish and secular, including Avodah, Mazon and Teach for America. An unidentified employee at Bay Crane, which manufactured the crane, told AP an investigation of the collapse was underway.

obituaries Sol Axel Virginia Beach—Sol Axel, 102, of Virginia Beach, formerly of Richmond, passed away Thursday February 4, 2016. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 26 years, Marjorie Koblenzer Axel and a son, Mitchell Corey Axel. He is survived by his daughter Madge Lee Spector (Louis) and his son Marc Axel; a granddaughter Anne C. Axel (Jon); and a step-son Lance Lavenstein. A private graveside service was held at Hebrew Cemetery in Richmond. Hattie Edna Rosenthal Hechtkopf Virginia Beach—Hattie Edna Rosenthal Hechtkopf, age 101, died peacefully on February 8, 2016 at a local hospital. Hattie was born May 14, 1914, the daughter of Pincus and Bertha Rosenthal in New York City. In 1934, Hattie married the love of her life, Jack Hechtkopf, and they moved to Norfolk when they opened a drug store on Church Street. Hattie thoroughly enjoyed her family and playing golf with her beloved late husband of 73 years, Jack, well into their 90s. She was a member of Lake Wright Golf Course and Broad Bay Country Club. Several years later, Hattie wanted a hobby and Jack purchased a greeting card and gift shop for her. Thus Cards and Gifts Galore was born. Hattie was a member of Temple Emanuel, and previously of Temple Israel in Norfolk. She was a lifetime member of Hadassah. She volunteered with Navy Relief and received many meritorious awards for her tireless efforts in knitting baby blankets. Hattie is survived by her children Paul

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Cape Henry Collegiate’s Global Connections students prepare for trip to Israel by Ali Brooke

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o, what are your views on Donald Trump?” asks Joyce Schwartz, an English literature teacher at Ramot Yam School in Michmoret, Israel. Her students stare at the Skype screen in silence, awaiting an answer to one of the most politically loaded questions of the moment. “I hate Donald Trump!” exclaims one Virginia Beach student on the opposite end of the camera, which pans across a Cape Henry Collegiate classroom. “If he becomes president, I don’t know, I may have to move to Israel I think.” With that begins a 20-minute conversation on American and Israeli life, their differences and similarities, and how it impacts the daily routine of these 20 teenagers. Every week, these students gather together in their cyber classroom, united by a Skype feed, as part of a cultural immersion and exchange program between Cape Henry Collegiate and Ramot Yam School. As an extension of their classroom work, 13 students from Cape Henry Collegiate will travel to Israel this spring, hosted by their cohorts from Ramot Yam School. Cape Henry Collegiate, in association with the Virginia Israel Advisory Board, spent several years developing their Global Connections course. “We’ve been speaking with schools in Israel for over 10 years now,” says William Fluharty, director of Nexus Global Studies at Cape Henry Collegiate. “We are thrilled to be able to give a group of students and faculty this opportunity.” The Israel program kicks off the 11th year for Nexus Global Studies, Cape Henry Collegiate’s nationally renowned global education program. “We have developed a unique focus on people and planet by combining in-class curriculum with experiential education,” says Fluharty. “Travel is just one component of each of our programs, a component that students are more prepared for because of the foundation we’ve laid in the classroom.” Students in Nexus Global Studies’ Israel program meet weekly with program leaders to discuss Israel’s history, current events, and cultural differences they may experience during their visit. Students find these classes invaluable, especially those traveling with Nexus for the first time. “As

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a student that isn’t the greatest at history, [the classes] helped me understand Israel’s historical background, allowing me to better understand the thrill and upcoming adventure,” says Julia Beck, Cape Henry Collegiate sophomore. The pre-departure meetings, along with the Skype teleconferences with Ramot Yam School, prepare Cape Henry Collegiate students not only for the travel experience, but also to be future global leaders. “Our students are using technology to connect the dots around the world and at the same time are promoting Virginia-Israel relations,” says Schwartz. For Cape Henry Collegiate students, the Skype teleconferences also give them an opportunity to interact with their Israeli host families. “The [conversations] prepare us by getting us more acquainted with the group of students we will be staying with, and what to expect when we stay with them,” says Cathleen Woodward, Cape Henry Collegiate junior. Cape Henry Collegiate students will spend their first days in Israel exploring sections of Jaffa and Tel Aviv before heading to Michmoret. Students will spend five days attending classes at Ramot Yam School, and as part of their cultural immersion, will stay with host families from the school community. Fluharty says that for many students, this immersion component not only becomes the most memorable part of the program, but also has the most impact. “Our students learn so much just by walking in the shoes of another teenager. The experiences our students will have, being truly immersed in the life of their host family, will impact them for the rest of their lives.” In addition, students will spend two days exploring Jerusalem, with plans to view the Dead Sea Scrolls and various religious sites within the Old City. Students will also spend a day interacting with a Bedouin community located in the Negev. The local Jewish community played an active role in crafting Nexus Global Studies’ program to Israel. David Brand, president and CEO of Alliance for Global Good, believes the program will equally benefit the students at Cape Henry Collegiate and Ramot Yam School. “These are tomorrow’s leaders, and it’s very important that they

get educated at a very young age to what’s real, and what’s hearsay,” he says. “It’ll have a lifetime impression on the Cape Henry students, to be exposed to the situation in the Middle East, and to understand the great contributions that Israel is making. “And it’s gonna have a lifetime impression on the Israeli students that they meet, to know that there are American students that care enough about their culture to live it and understand it.” Ronald Kramer, president of Kramer Management Enterprises, believes Nexus Global Studies’ Israel program will afford students the opportunity to engage with the citizens, culture, and physical characteristics of a country with such a complex history. “I think that people hear a lot of things about Israel and the Middle East,” says Kramer, whose children traveled with Nexus. “You get the real picture when you get your feet on the ground over there. “It’s a tremendous opportunity for the kids to experience the people of Israel, really understand the geography, and have a better understanding of the issues, unfiltered.” Brand adds that this program will offer Cape Henry Collegiate students an honest perspective of Israeli life. “Believe me, they’ll see Israel’s problems, too. It’s not the Garden of Eden. There are social problems and political problems enough to fill volumes. But to understand what this country is doing for people, and the religious and social freedoms that exist, it has great relevance to the world today.” While travel to the Middle East can give any parent cause for concern, many also see the benefit in encouraging their children to participate in this unique experience. Eric Apperson’s daughter, Virginia, will travel to Israel in the spring, as well as to South Africa and Peru this summer. “As parents, the program offers opportunities to immerse the kids in the Israeli culture that we could not offer on a family vacation, like the school visits and home stays,” he says. Zelda Patrick, with both daughters traveling to Israel with Nexus Global Studies, says, “We believe that in order to never be afraid of diversity, you need to learn about different cultures of the world. “We want our girls to be immersed in that. It deepens their knowledge of the world, religion, and culture as a whole.”

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