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LETTERS Proud to be an activist
oday I am even prouder than usual to be a pro Israel activist. I want to say a huge bravo to Israel and to the airlines who cooperated with her to thwart those irresponsible Palestinian Solidarity “do-gooders” who had planned to try to fly into Israel to disrupt Ben Gurion Airport today (Sunday, April 15) and then move on to make trouble in Israel on the misguided premise that they would be helping the Palestinians to face false Human Rights allegations. Some 2,500 had planned to travel, but airlines such as Lufthansa and Air France were notified and provided with the names of known activists and warned they would have to fly them home at the airlines expense. As a result, hundreds were denied access to the planes they had booked on. Around 40 who did get into Israel were returned home immediately with the following brilliant letter:
“Dear Activists, “We appreciate your choosing to make Israel the object of your humanitarian concerns. “We know there were many other worthy choices. “You could have chosen to protest the Syrian regime’s daily savagery against its own people, which has claimed thousands of lives. “You could have chosen to protest the Iranian regime’s brutal crackdown on dissent and its support of terrorism throughout the world. “You could have chosen to protest Hamas rule in Gaza, where terror organizations commit a double war crime by firing rockets at civilians and hiding behind civilians. “But instead, you chose to protest against Israel, the Middle East’s sole democracy, where women are equal, the press criticizes the government, human rights organizations can operate freely, religious freedom is protected for all - and minorities do not live in fear. “Therefore, we suggest you solve the real problems of the region first, and then come back and share your experiences with us. “Have a nice flight.” Joy Wolfe StandWithUs UK chairman
n the current issue (April 9, 2012), there is an unfortunate juxtaposition between the teases for the program “Miss Representation” and the “Oy” joke on page 23. Does anyone else see the contradiction? Otherwise the paper is informative as always.
Pro-Palestinian ‘fly-in’ protesters detained at Ben Gurion Airport JERUSALEM (JTA)—At least 43 foreign pro-Palestinian activists who arrived in Israel for a “fly-in” protest were detained at Ben Gurion Airport. Two protesters, citizens of France and Italy, made it through security to Bethlehem. Thirty-one of the detained activists were transferred to a detention center and 12 were deported to their point of origin, Israel Police told reporters. Nine local activists who protested the detentions at the airport also were arrested. The foreign activists who arrived Sunday, April 15 from several European countries and North America are part of the “Welcome to Palestine” campaign in which activists declare their intention to travel to the West Bank to highlight that there is no way to visit what they call Palestine without traveling through Israel. The group had plans to travel to Bethlehem and lay a cornerstone for an educational institution. The campaign said it expected up to 2,500 activists to attempt to make it to Israel. Several airlines, including Lufthansa, Air France and Easyjet, canceled the flights of known activists before they could leave from their points of origin. Israel had requested that airlines prevent activists from boarding flights. In addition, if fliers are turned away from Israel and put on a flight back to their point of origin, the airline must absorb the cost of the return flight. Sunday, which also was the day after Passover ended, is one of Ben Gurion Airport’s busiest flying days. Last July, some 300 activists flew to Israel for a protest fly-in. About 120 were detained.
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BRIEFS BIDEN TO ADDRESS RABBINICAL ASSEMBLY Vice President Joe Biden will address the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly. Biden will speak at the RA convention in Atlanta on May 8. His speech is the latest in an intensive election-year outreach to Jewish Americans by the administration. President Obama in recent months has addressed the Reform movement and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. (JTA) KOSHER FOR PASSOVER COKE BARRED FROM CALIFORNIA Kosher for Passover Coca-Cola was barred from California. California’s new state laws on toxic chemicals kept kosher for Passover Coke out of the state, a company spokesman told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. Coke was required to change the way it manufactures caramel due to the high levels of the chemical 4-methylimidazole, or 4-MEI, which California has listed as a carcinogen under its new guidelines. The manufacturing changes in California affected the kosher for Passover status of the cola, according to reports. The company expects to offer the kosher for Passover variety of Coke in California by 2013, the newspaper reported. The Passover version of Coke uses sugar in place of corn syrup, which is not kosher for Passover for Ashkenazi Jews. Some kosher stores in California carried limited amounts of kosher for Passover Coke, which bears a yellow cap, that was imported from other states. (JTA) EGYPTIAN GAS PIPELINE TO ISRAEL ATTACKED FOR 14TH TIME Egypt’s pipeline carrying gas to Israel and Jordan was attacked on Monday, April 9 at the entrance to El Arish in the northern Sinai Peninsula, Reuters reported. The attack came days after a rocket fired from the Sinai struck a residential area in the southern Israeli resort town of Eilat. The pipeline has been closed since a similar attack on Feb. 5. It has been blown up 14 times since uprisings began in February 2011 against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. No arrests have been made in any of the attacks. The supply of gas to Israel has been halted numerous times in the last year, leading to a scramble to find alternate fuel sources to produce electricity that are more expensive. Egypt supplies Israel with more than 40 percent of its natural gas needs to produce 4 | JEWISH NEWS | April 23, 2012
electricity; electricity prices have risen by more than 20 percent in Israel since the attacks began. (JTA)
PALESTINIAN HANGED IN GAZA FOR COLLABORATING WITH ISRAEL A Palestinian man reportedly was hanged for collaborating with Israeli intelligence. The hanging was one of three on Saturday, April 7 in the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Maan news agency reported, citing the Gazan interior ministry. The man hanged for collaboration with Israel was found guilty of treason and was called a “traitor” in the interior ministry’s statement, Reuters reported. The other two men were found guilty of murder by Gaza City’s military court. Two Palestinians were executed last summer, also on charges of collaborating with Israel. (JTA) POLLARD MOVED FROM HOSPITAL TO PRISON Jonathan Pollard was transferred from a federal hospital to his prison cell. Pollard, who reportedly was rushed to a hospital outside of the prison on the eve of Passover suffering from an unspecified emergency condition, was returned to Butner Federal Correctional Complex in North Carolina on Sunday, April 15 according to the Justice for Jonathan Pollard organization. Pollard was permitted to make a short call to his wife, Esther, who reported that he sounded weak and it seemed hard for him to speak, according to the organization. Esther Pollard told her husband that Israeli President Shimon Peres had appealed personally to President Obama to grant clemency to the convicted spy for Israel. Peres has not received an official reply to his letter, according to his office. Pollard asked his wife to thank Peres and urge him not to back down. Pollard has suffered from a variety of illnesses since being imprisoned for life in 1986. “He has been returned to his unit in the prison, where he is compelled to work no matter how weak or sick he may feel,” Esther Pollard said in a statement. “He is not receiving much-needed follow-up medical care. It is only a matter of time until the next medical crisis occurs.” (JTA) BEASTIE BOYS AMONG SEVERAL ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES The Beastie Boys were among several bands and performers inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at its 27th induction ceremony.
Three Jewish musicians make up the pioneering hip-hop group, which was inducted Saturday, April 14 at the Public Auditorium in downtown Cleveland—the third time the ceremony has been held in the city that hosts the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Joining the Beastie Boys were Guns N’ Roses and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, as well as Donovan, Laura Nyro, The Small Faces, The Crickets, The Famous Flames, The Midnighters, The Comets, The Blue Caps and The Miracles. The Beastie Boys are Mike D (Michael Diamond), MCA (Adam Yauch) and Ad-Rock (Adam Horowitz). (JTA)
OHIO TEST QUESTION THAT RAISED JEWISH CONCERNS IS WITHDRAWN An Ohio Graduation Test question that draws a direct correlation between the Holocaust and Arab resentment over the formation of the State of Israel was withdrawn for future tests. The question on a test given to Ohio 10th-graders in five subject areas raised concerns among Ohio Jews, the Cleveland Jewish News reported. Joyce Garver Keller, executive director of the Ohio Jewish Communities representing eight Jewish communities in the state, told the newspaper that following a March 30 meeting with Ohio Department of Education official Stan Heffner, the question will not be given again. The test on which the question appeared was given between March 12 and 16. The question on the test’s social studies assessment read: “After the Holocaust, many Jews felt that they needed a state of their own in order to provide security for the Jewish people. In 1948, the state of Israel was formed. Many Arabs disagreed with this action. Identify two perspectives of many Arabs that explain their objection to the establishment of Israel.” Garver Keller objected to the question’s implication that the establishment of Israel was a direct consequence of the Holocaust. She added that the second part of the question about Arab perspectives makes it appear that Arab perceptions are legitimate and that Israel therefore does not have a right to exist. (JTA) IRVING MOSKOWITZ DONATES $1 MILLION TO ANTI-OBAMA SUPER PAC American Jewish billionaire Irving Moskowitz, a financial backer of the prosettlement movement in Israel, has donated $1 million to a conservative super PAC. Moskowitz’s donation to American
Crossroads, which is connected to Republican Party stalwarts Karl Rove, Ed Gillespie and Haley Barbour, is the gambling magnate’s single largest contribution to U.S. politics, Paul Blumenthal reported in the Huffington Post. The primary mission of the PAC is to unseat President Obama, according to the Blumenthal article. Moskowitz, 83, also has donated to “birther” groups that question the legitimacy of Obama’s U.S. citizenship and to groups that claim Obama has ties to radical Islamic groups. Moskowitz and his wife, Cherna, have donated millions of dollars to the settlement movement, including buying property in eastern Jerusalem, and to Ir David, which runs the historic City of David archeological park in eastern Jerusalem. (JTA)
DEMJANJUK ATTORNEYS ASK COURT TO RESTORE HIS U.S. CITIZENSHIP POSTHUMOUSLY Attorneys for convicted Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk have asked a U.S. appeals court to restore his citizenship posthumously. The attorneys in their request of April 12 asked the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati to reinstate Demjanjuk’s citizenship or to order a hearing on the question, The Associated Press reported. They argued that U.S. District Court Judge Dan Polster in Cleveland made a mistake by not reopening the case when Demjanjuk requested it last year. Demjanjuk died last month at the age of 91 in an old-age home in southern Germany, where he was free while he appealed his conviction last year by a Munich court for his role in the murder of 27,900 people at the Sobibor death camp in Poland. He reportedly was buried in secret in an undisclosed location in the United States on March 31. Born and raised in Ukraine, Demjanjuk immigrated to the United States following World War II. In 1986 he was sent to Israel to face trial on charges of being the notorious Treblinka guard “Ivan the Terrible.” An Israeli court sentenced Demjanjuk to death, but the Israeli Supreme Court ordered him released due to reasonable doubt while noting that substantial evidence emerged during the trial identifying him as a guard at Sobibor. In 2009 U.S. authorities deported him to Germany. Last May he was convicted for his crimes in Sobibor, and he was sentenced to five years in prison. (JTA)
Recognizing Elie Wiesel on the occasion of Yom Ha’Shoah and the 64th anniversary of the State of Israel by Rabbi Israel Zoberman
ith more than 50 books to his illustrious credit, Elie Wiesel continues to bless us at age 84 with his multiple pursuits, including his recent as a musician of his childhood songs and melodies. If anyone deserves the honorary appellation of “Our Teacher and Rabbi” these unsettling times of post-Holocaust perplexities for Jew and Gentile, it is this distinguished, yet humble survivor of the Holocaust’s unique tragedy, calling upon us to bear sacred witness with Zachor’s undying remembrance. He emerged from the “Kingdom Of The Night” resolved to help save humanity, struggling with his shaken faith in his early classic Night, while contending with his brethren’s fate in Soviet captivity in Jews Of Silence, ever faithful to his rich Jewish moorings, as well as universal culture. Wiesel, a 1986 Nobel Peace Laureate-he should receive one for literature too-is on the very short list of those serving as humanity’s conscience. He courageously speaks out for human rights in addition to his “Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity,” and academic work as the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University. Among many awards and honors, this great American and humanitarian is a recipient of the United States Congressional Gold Medal, along with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and is the 1980 founding chairman of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, receiving on May 16, 2011, the first U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Award, the museum’s highest honor, now bearing Wiesel’s name. He turned down, reportedly, in 2007 the sure opportunity to become Israel’s president. Wiesel’s latest literary gem, The Sonderberg Case, is a suspenseful Holocaust related novel reflecting his being at home both in the vineyard of Jewish knowledge as well as general philosophy and literature. Wiesel is the founding president of the Universal Academy of Cultures. In the book, Werner Sonderberg’s grandpa, and unrepentant ex-Nazi officer of the notorious Einsatzgruppen, boasts to his grandson of his murderous record and only regretting that Hitler lost the war with hope of yet a future victory. My own maternal aunt, BasMalka Bobrov Gurvitz, husband Shachne and children Aharon, 14, Yisrael, 12, and Rochel-Leah, 2, were murdered in Sarny, the Ukraine, August 27–28, 1942, among
14,000 Jews by the Einsatzgruppen and their collaborators. My grandma Esther Bobrov was killed by German air bombs when on the run with my mother, Chasia, from their hometown Sarny. My great-grandparents, Rabbi Yaacov and Dena Manzies Zoberman from Zamosc, Poland, perished in the Belzec death camp and great-grandparents Yitzchak and Zipora Anker were also among the many victims from both family sides, of the six million martyrs with its million and a half children. Five million Gentiles were murdered by the Nazis with World War II claiming the lives of 50 million. My uncle, Emanuel Zoberman, who was a member of a Russian attached Polish commando unit, helped liberate Poland and was killed while crossing the Oder River. My father, Yechiel Zoberman, served in the Russian Army for five years, fighting on the outskirts of Moscow and St. Petersburg (Leningrad), among other battles. We cherish the enormous sacrifices of the heroic American military and all the Allied Forces, along with Righteous Gentiles who stepped forward to protect human dignity and honor. Wiesel applies the Holocaust’s awesome lessons of guilt and responsibility, resonating in the anguished sharing of his German students at Boston University, as well as those of healing and hope, to the lingering conflict between Palestinians and Israelis while trying to acknowledge all concerned and seeking to protect the “The Other” that both sides have suffered from. He probingly reflects on the opposite polls and messages of Auschwitz and Jerusalem, altering and sensitizing us toward mutually respectful and professional relations, and that what we do bears moral consequence. Wiesel eases the burden of memory without diluting its sacred essence. The outstanding Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater of which I have been a proud member for many years, just sponsored the 15th annual Elie Wiesel Writing Competition and the 10th annual Elie Wiesel Visual Arts Competition. So close to recalling the destruction of two-thirds of European Jewry- one-third of world Jewry-which has reduced the potential of the Jewish people and humanity, we celebrate the 64th anniversary of the only Jewish state, The State of Israel, America’s very special democratic ally in an uncertain world. With its deep historical roots in the Middle East from whence its prophets challenged humanity with the message of
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universal shalom, the reestablished Third Jewish Commonwealth absorbed the remnant of Holocaust survivors and dispersed Jews from more than 100 countries and diverse cultures, bound together by shared faith and fate. It has set a high bar with its astonishing accomplishments in all fields of human endeavor in spite of mighty existential threats, as it rose from the ashes of a consuming Holocaust following a most trying history of exile and denial, with its survival vow, “Never Again!” In the midst of a still raging “Arab Spring” with the Syrian slaughter continuing and the international community doing so little, a reminder of the Holocaust’s years of deafening silence, Israel’s flourishing
democracy and loadable stability stand out in a region lacking both, as a beacon of hope and noble example. I was born in Chu, Kazakhstan, in 1945 to Polish survivors who met and married in Siberia in 1944. We returned to Poland in 1946 only to escape after four months-some 15,000 Jewish survivors were murdered there-making it to Germany’s Wetzlar Displaced Persons Camp (19471949). I grew up in Haifa, Israel, where my family settled in 1949, a year after Israel’s transforming establishment. —Dr. Israel Zoberman is the founding rabbi of Congregation Beth Chaverim and is president of the Hampton Roads Board of Rabbis and Cantors. April 23, 2012 | JEWISH NEWS | 5
News from Pardes Katz
by Hal Sacks
al Markowich, youth director at the Matnas, has written about a very special project they have been working on in the youth department. Developed in cooperation between the Pardes Katz community and BMC Software, the project provides one-on-one tutoring for 13 seventh and eighth graders of the local “remez” (middle school). BMC is a multinational high tech company with corporate headquarters in Houston, Texas and an office in Tel Aviv. All activities take place at BMC’s offices, which in itself provides an exciting and enriching experience for the children. BMC provides transportation and a warm meal for the kids, in addition to tutoring and helping with their homework. The environment is a source of inspiration to the children and considerable prestige is associated with the project. Two of the Matnas’ counselors accompany the children, and in addition to serving as a point of contact between the children, ASSET MANAGEMENT
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the volunteers at BMC and the middle school follow up and supervise the students’ achievements outside the project. The improvement in academic achievement affects their self-esteem, confidence, and willingness to keep on striving. Every six weeks or so, the students and volunteers hold a social gathering which strengthens their ties to each other. At Purim, the kids were invited to BMC’s company party. I was taken to BMC’s offices several years ago, before BMC became so successful (more than $2 billion in sales annually) and it is gratifying to see the early efforts become productive. In the coming year, the Matnas will try to expand the program and make it available to more children of the Pardes Katz community. One of my objectives when I visit this fall will be to try to engage other high tech firms in the area to get involved with the Matnas. Orly Bar Okay, volunteer chair of the annual food fair, reports that this year, as every year, all parts of the Matnas participated in the experience: the children, youth and older people. Each group prepared special traditional foods and set up stands for the welfare of the community. The money raised from the sale of food is used to fund the programs of each group. Pardes Katz residents, mothers with small children, teenagers, adults and seniors came in large numbers and were greeted by rhythmic music and colorful stalls selling chocolate candy, candy skewers, yogurt with granola, hot dogs, fries, hot corn and different kinds of prepared rice to eat and take home—and all at reasonable prices. A lot was eaten at the fair, and a lot was taken home. It was a delicious experience. Pardes Katz is a recipient of funds from United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.
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Amid mainstream success, Regina Spektor stays true to Jewish roots amazing like full-circle kind of thing.” Spektor has not been shy about identiNEW YORK (JTA)—Regina Spektor has a fying publicly with Jewish causes. cold—or as she calls it, “a nondescript New In 2008, she performed on the National York disease.” The singer is onstage at Jazz Mall as part of celebrations of the 60th at Lincoln Center in New York headlining a anniversary of the establishment of Israel. benefit concert for the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Two years later she was back in the capital Society, or HIAS, which helped resettle her performing at a White House reception family in New York more than 20 years ago. before the Obamas to celebrate Jewish Though the crowd, which includes American Heritage Month. She has blown Spektor’s parents, calls out words of a shofar onstage and performed Hannah encouragement, Spektor is struggling. She Senesh’s Eli, Eli in Hebrew. On the cover gulps water between songs, suppresses of the Begin to Hope CD, she is Spektor little coughs and refers more than wearing a visible Star of David once to the mysterious Russian pendant. emigrated health tonic she downed in an In 2009, in the midst with her family effort to ready herself for the of Israel’s Operation performance. Cast Lead, launched in from the Soviet “It was one of those response to Palestinian Union and resettled in things where anyone in rocket fire from Gaza, New York with help from their sane mind would Spektor penned a post have canceled,” Spektor on her MySpace page HIAS, the immigrant relief says later. “It was just such defending the Jewish agency founded in 1881 an important show for me. state and criticizing that has helped millions Everybody had been workwhat she saw as unfair ing on it for so long, all media coverage of its of refugees fleeing the HIAS people, and all the actions. deprivation tickets were sold out. It was “Israel has been just a cause that was so important shelled,” she wrote. “It abroad to me.” has been hit with rockets for A talented pianist and composer years…. There is no government in known for her playful lyrics and dramatic the world that would not protect its citizens shock of curls, Spektor started out perform- from attack. That’s unlawful. And it’s not ing in East Village cafes before gradually sticks and stones, as many of my friends finding mainstream success, culminating and relatives who live in Israel know. It’s with the release of her critically acclaimed rockets.... Are there different laws and rules breakthrough record, Begin to Hope, in for a Jewish government? If you prick us do 2006. Rolling Stone magazine named it one we not bleed?” of the 50 best albums of the year. Like other Jewish immigrants who have Her music has been featured in count- benefited from HIAS assistance, Spektor less commercials and television shows, has remained close to the organization. She including Grey’s Anatomy and How I Met describes her family’s move to the United Your Mother, and Peter Gabriel recorded States as part of a promotional video series a cover of her song Apres Moi. Her next called myStory produced for the 130th album, What We Saw From the Cheap Seats, anniversary of the organization’s foundis due May 29. ing. Writers David Bezmozgis and Gary Spektor says her performance for HIAS Shteyngart and the boxer Dmitriy Salita set back her recovery a month, but it’s not also appear in the series. Google co-founder hard to see she why she forged ahead. As a Sergey Brin, another HIAS beneficiary, gave nine-year-old, Spektor emigrated with her the group $1 million in 2009. family from the Soviet Union and resettled Born in Moscow to a musically inclined in New York with help from HIAS, the family, Spektor began studying classical immigrant relief agency founded in 1881 piano from an early age. Landing in New that has helped millions of refugees fleeing York without her beloved piano, Spektor deprivation abroad. found one in the social hall of a synagogue “I don’t think any of us would be in in her new Bronx neighborhood. America if it wasn’t for them,” Spektor says. “It was really fun to turn on the lights “They did so much. To get to play a benefit because they had all these stage lights,” show for them was like—it was just such an Spektor recalls. “It was totally dark, and by Ben Harris
you make your way in, checking out what lights what. And I practiced there. And it was great because I had nowhere else to practice at all.” Later, on a trip to Israel in 1996, Spektor found her singing voice. A selfdescribed wimp, she struggled on hikes through the desert in blazing sunshine. Humming helped her develop a rhythm and pass the time. “It sort of kept me a little more sane,” Spektor says. “I had some people be like, ‘That was really cool what you sang.’ No one ever said to me in all my years of humming that I had a good voice. And so I was like, really? OK, I’ll try and sing. When I got back to New York from that trip, I sort of had this renewed excitement that maybe I should try singing.”
The closeness Spektor feels to the Jewish community was evident in her Lincoln Center show, which often had the feel of an informal performance in a family living room. Spektor bantered casually with fans who called out to her between songs and offered recollections of the assistance afforded her family by HIAS after their arrival in the United States. “I’m not a politician, and I would never want to be,” she says. “And so I just try to stay true to the causes that I care about without making my songs and my music and my art just be an element of my agenda as well.” Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society is a recipient of funds from United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.
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Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut Wednesday, April 25 • Thursday, April 27
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HATIKVAH Israel’s national Anthem Kol ode balevav P’nimah Nefesh Yehudi homiyah Ulfa’atey mizrach kadimah Ayin l’tzion tzofiyah Ode lo avdah tikvatenu Hatikvah bat shnot alpayim L’hiyot am chofshi b’artzenu Eretz Tzion v’Yerushalayim
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emorial Day for most people in Tidewater, or throughout America, for that matter, generally signals the opening of neighborhood pools, a three-day weekend, and maybe a day to remember and honor those who have fought to defend America’s freedom. In Israel, it means only a day to remember and honor those who have fought to defend freedom and nothing else. Unlike a traditional Memorial Day in America, there are no BBQs, no fireworks, or sandcastle competitions. Israelis throughout the country pay somber tribute to those who have offered the greatest sacrifice. Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day, is observed this year on Wednesday, April 25. Like most Jewish holidays, Yom Hazikaron begins at sunset and ends the next day at sunset. All public entertainment is closed. Just after sunset, at 8 pm, an air raid siren is sound-
ed throughout the streets of Israel. This siren plays for one minute during which all activity ceases. People in the streets come to a complete stop. Transactions come to a halt. Cars stop. Everyone stands in silence, honoring and remembering the price of freedom. Another siren at 11 am the following morning is met with the same behavior and official ceremonies begin. During the day, students walk to school wearing outfits of white shirts and blue pants. Israelis attend ceremonies all over the country—in schools, public buildings, and cemeteries— to honor those soldiers who perished during the fight for Israel’s independence and those who have perished defending it ever since. Regular television and radio programming is replaced with remembrance-themed shows, songs, and tributes to those who have fallen. A national ceremony is held at Mt. Herzl (Har Hazikaron or Mount of Remembrance), where Theodor Herzl, the father of Zionism, is buried. Prayers and readings are recited both aloud and with silent reflection during these ceremonies. The Mourners Kaddish and a special Yizkor prayer are read. During the 1950s–60s, a poem written by Natan Alterman was a popular read. The poem, The Silver Platter, is a vivid metaphor meant to represent those who died in their efforts to bring freedom to Israel. This is a tragic representation of the result of battle, and who ultimately pays the price. Yom Ha’atzmaut, Independence Day for Israel, is celebrated the following day. Yom Ha’atzmaut is a joyous festival full of celebration. Just after sundown, as ceremo-
THE SILVER PLATTER Natan Alterman
And the land grows still, the red eye of the sky slowly dimming over smoking frontiers As the nation arises, Torn at heart but breathing, To receive its miracle, the only miracle As the ceremony draws near, it will rise, standing erect in the moonlight in terror and joy When across from it will step out a youth and a lass and slowly march toward the nation Dressed in battle gear, dirty, Shoes heavy with grime, they ascend the path quietly To change garb, to wipe their brow They have not yet found time. Still bone weary from days and from nights in the field Full of endless fatigue and unrested, Yet the dew of their youth. Is still seen on their head Thus they stand at attention, giving no sign of life or death Then a nation in tears and amazement will ask: “Who are you?” And they will answer quietly, “We Are the silver platter on which the Jewish state was given.” Thus they will say and fall back in shadows And the rest will be told In the chronicles of Israel
Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebrations in Tidewater Three local companies Inside Israel sponsor How a small nation makes a big difference Simon Family Thursday April 26, 7 pm • Sandler Family Campus
Israel Festival Sunday April 29, 1–5 pm • Sandler Family Campus nies for Yom Hazikaron come to a close, the President delivers another speech on Mt. Herzl acknowledging and commending the Israeli military for their past and future successes. The Israeli flag is raised to the top of the pole and the mood throughout Israel switches to pure elation. Twelve torches are lit to represent the 12 tribes of Israel as Israelis pour onto the streets to begin their celebrations. Singing and fireworks continue into the night along with parades and traditional folk dancing. The next day, this year, Thursday April 26, holds even more celebration. Families spend time with Israel—hiking, going on picnics, or visiting the Army camps for tours. This is an opportunity for the IDF to show civilians some of their new technology and achievements. The International Bible Contest is held on this day not only in Jerusalem, but also throughout the Diaspora. The winner is awarded a four-year college scholarship to Bar Ilan University. The first runner-up and the winner of the Diaspora contest each win a scholarship to Mechon Lev. Yom Ha’atzmaut ends with the presentation of the Israel Prize. This prize is noted as the top award handed out by the state. Winners include individuals or organizations, and are chosen on an array of standards, including involvement in humanities and Jewish studies, all areas of science, arts and sports, and lifetime achievements or exceptional contributions to the nation. Yom Ha’atzmaut is a popular holiday among Jewish communities in America. Many host large scale festivals to celebrate Israel independence. During these festivities, it is customary to have a short ceremony for Yom Hazikaron and to honor those Israelis who bravely fought and lost their lives.
HARE’UT “THE FRIENDSHIP” In the Negev, the autumn night falls, And it kindles the stars in the quiet, As the breeze rustles outside the door And the dust settles down on the highway. Time goes on, do we notice at all How the months have gone by one by one? Time goes by, there are few of us left, And so many we once knew are gone. Chorus They are gone from our midst, All their laughter, their youth and their splendor. But we know that a friendship like that, We are bound all our lives to remember, For a love that in battle is forged, Will endure while we live, fierce and tender.
Oh, the friendship we bore without words, It was silent and grey, it was wordless. From the pain and the blood of those days, It remains with us, ardent and yearning. In the name of that friendship we know, In its name we’ll go on, every forward, For those friends, when they fell on their swords, Left us this precious gift to recall them. Chorus They are gone from our midst, All their laughter, their youth and their splendor. But we know that a friendship like that, We are bound all our lives to remember, For a love that in battle is forged, Will endure while we live, fierce and tender.
Follow the Shalom Tidewater “How to Live Jewishly in Tidewater” blog on www.jewishva.org/ShalomTidewater for more updates of celebrations and events in Tidewater. Articles will discuss topics such as how-to celebrate the holidays in Tidewater, how-to keep kosher in Tidewater, how-to give back in Tidewater, and more. Contact Rebecca Bickford, community concierge, for additional information.
JCC’s Israel Festival 2012
by Leslie Shroyer
n a gesture of goodwill and community spirit, three local companies— Old Point National Bank, Charles Barker Infiniti, and Christian Broadcasting Network—are generously sponsoring Israel Festival 2012 at the Simon Family JCC. The annual festival takes place Sunday, April 29, 1–5 pm. The festival aims to reach beyond the Jewish community to those who are looking for a taste of Israeli culture. Among the Festival’s many attractions and activities will be traditional Israeli cuisine, cultural entertainment, unique shopping, and arts and crafts. Admission is free, with some activities requiring ticket purchase. “Old Point is proud to support the Simon Family Jewish Community Center’s 2012 Israel Festival,” says Louis G. Morris, president & CEO of Old Point National Bank. “Like the Simon Family JCC, Old Point strives to build a stronger Hampton Roads community every day and we encourage everyone to join us in celebrating Israeli Independence Day on April 29.” Nathan Drory, president of Charles Barker Automotive, is having his Infiniti line sponsor the festival. Drory, a dedicated Jewish community member, has been to countless Israel Independence Day celebrations at the JCC, and has brought his three children to most of them. When he was asked to sponsor the festival, Drory says he had no hesitations. “It was simply a good match,” he says. “I have many loyal customers in the Jewish community, and I’m glad to be a part of it.” Drory’s goal in sponsoring the festival is to spur other local businesses to do the same. “If my sponsorship can inspire other local businesses to support programs at the JCC, then I will consider it a success,” he says. “CBN has long been a friend of Israel and the Jewish people. We are proud to be a sponsor of The Simon Family Jewish Community Center’s 2012 Israel Festival,” says Michael Little, president of CBN.
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Israeli well on cusp of producing natural gas
n exploration well in Israel is scheduled to produce natural gas in July, just as the country’s sole reservoir is about to be drained. Avner Oil and Gas and Delek Drilling announced Monday, April 16 that they will begin gas deliveries from the Pinnacle 1 well in July, the Israeli business daily Globes reported. The development plan for the well was approved in late March, the companies said.
Google Street View in Israel to go online
oogle’s Street View in Israel will go online this week. The project, which will feature 3-D images of the streets of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa and other attractions in Israel such as the Dead Sea, the Sea of Galilee, Nazareth and the Ramon Crater, will be launched with a ceremony in Tel Aviv, Israel’s business daily Globes reported. Israel’s Justice Ministry in approving the project set several conditions on Google Street View, including the right for Israelis
A survey found that the Pinnacle 1 well contains up to 1.3 billion cubic meters of natural gas. The Yam Tethys natural gas reservoir, Israel’s only reservoir, is close to running out. Nobel Energy CEO Charles Davidson told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the company will work to start production from a larger reserve, the Tamar field, by April 2013. The Tamar field is said to contain some 9 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. (JTA)
to request further blurring of residences and license plates. Israeli officials reportedly had been concerned that terrorists would use the service to plan attacks in Israel. The Google cars and tricycles, fitted with 360-degree cameras to take panoramic images, began collecting the images last September. Google Street View, an online mapping tool that provides a 3-D view of buildings, landmarks and streets, is available in 30 countries. (JTA)
Former Brown’s Hotel in Catskills burns down
he former Brown’s Hotel, once a popular resort in the Catskill Mountains, has burned down. The fire, which began at approximately 6 pm Saturday, April 14, destroyed seven of the nine buildings in what are now the Grandview Palace condominiums in Fallsburg, N.Y. About 100 people were evacuated; no injuries were reported. Earlier this year, the town of Fallsburg had condemned the complex for fire safety
and other building code violations. An investigation into the cause of the fire reportedly is underway. During the 1950s and 1960s, Brown’s was among the more popular Borscht Belt resorts with Grossinger’s and the Concord. Many comedians, including Jerry Lewis, performed at Brown’s. After business declined in the 1980s, the resort was sold and converted into condos. (JTA)
Omaha temple breaks ground on its tri-faith campus building
Reform congregation in Omaha, Neb., has broken ground on a new synagogue building as part of a trifaith campus. The 140-year-old Temple Israel broke ground Sunday, April 15 on a building that will seat 900 in its sanctuary. The campus is set to include a mosque, an Episcopal church and a center for all faiths. Each of the buildings will be built on 10 | JEWISH NEWS | April 23, 2012
a four-acre plot of land, with an additional nine acres of green space, the Omaha World Herald reported. Rabbi Aryeh Azriel told the newspaper that the tri-faith center will be a place where all religions can come “to study, to learn and to celebrate. It’s going to be a home.” The synagogue building is scheduled to be completed in August 2013. The other buildings are still in the planning stages. (JTA)
JFS CELEBRATES THE 3 RS OF HEALTHY LIVING
8th Annual Week of Healthy Living May 4–11
hen it comes to the 3 R’s, everyone thinks of “Reading, Writing and Arithmetic.” But for Jewish Family Service of Tidewater, the 3 R’s will stand for Running, Resting, and Recycling as it kicks off its 8th Annual Week of Healthy Living.
Betty Ann Levin, executive director of JFS, says, “While the Week of
Healthy Living is our primary fundraiser, it’s also the agency’s opportunity to promote wellness and environmental responsibility to the entire community in a weeklong event. “This year, the focus will be on restoring health through sleep and exercise, and on being environmentally responsible through recycling,” says Levin. “People look forward to this event every year and this year will not disappoint.” Sunday, May 6
On Your Mark, Get Set… Run, Roll or Stroll! One of the highlights of the Week of Healthy Living is the Run, Roll or Stroll, which includes an 8K Run, a 5K Run/Walk and a 1 Mile Run/Walk at Neptune’s Park in Virginia Beach. “Our race is unique because we have the only local 8K Run in the month of May,” says Levin. JFS welcomes Entercom Norfolk as the media sponsor this year. Don London of 2WD radio station will emcee the event and provide entertainment at the park. “This will be a fun event for the whole family,” says Levin. The Run, Roll or Stroll is sponsored by the Lori and Michael Glasser family. To better serve participants, the event has its own website at www.jfsrunrollorstroll.org, where people can register for the race, learn about the other events, and see race results after the race. The website also gives people the ability to do even more good deeds by fundraising for JFS. “Every dollar raised stays right here in our community,” says Elena Baum, JFS board president. “This helps JFS provide valuable and much-needed services such as home health care, counseling, Meals on Wheels, and financial assistance.” People are encouraged to form fundraising teams, but they can also fundraise alone if they prefer. The fundraising process is easy— participants set up a fundraising page on the website and then send emails to their friends and family asking them to donate to JFS.
Prizes will be awarded to the participants and teams that raise the most money. To get started, visit www.jfsrunrollorstroll.org. A Race Expo and Packet Pickup will be held on Friday, May 4 at the Simon Family JCC, 8 am–4 pm. Participants can pick up their packets early, enabling them to sleep in a little longer on race day. Exhibitors and vendors will also be on hand at the Race Expo. Tuesday, May 8, 11am
Sleep…Your Way to Health and Happiness The second “R” of the Week of Healthy Living involves resting, or more specifically, sleeping. Dr. Michael Breus, The Sleep Doctor, is the featured speaker at the Simon Family JCC. “More than 70 million Americans suffer from a sleep problem,” says Levin, “so this is a topic everyone can relate to.” At the program, Breus will explain how sleeping can make people slimmer, smarter, sexier, and happier and give specific tips on how to get better sleep. Breus is a clinical psychologist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine and a Fellow of The American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He was one of the youngest people to have passed the board at age 31 and, with a specialty in Sleep Disorders, is one of only 163 psychologists in the world with his credentials
and distinction. The author of The Sleep Doctor’s Diet Plan: Lose Weight Through Better Sleep, a groundbreaking book discussing the science and relationship between quality sleep and metabolism, Breus’ first book, GOOD NIGHT: The Sleep Doctor’s 4-Week Program to Better Sleep and Better Health, an Amazon Top 100 Best Seller, has met with rave reviews and continues to change the lives of readers. Breus appears regularly on Dr. Oz, The Doctors and Sirius XM Radio. Breus’ books will be available for sale at the program. The program is free, but registration is required. Call 321-2222 to register. This program is sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Dozoretz. Wednesday, May 9, 12– 6 pm
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle & Replenish “Our third ‘R’ stands for recycling,” says Levin. “Most everyone has items lying around the house they no longer need, want or use. Now is a great time to get rid of them in an environmentally responsible way!” This day offers an opportunity to bring the following items to the Simon Family JCC for recycling: • Hearing aids and eye glasses (for Lion’s Club) • Gently worn shoes, athletic and nonathletic (for Soles4Souls) • Ink cartridges (for CURE Recycling) • Cell phones (for CURE Recycling) • iPods/MP3 players (for CURE Recycling) • Digital cameras (for CURE Recycling) Cure Recycling benefits CURE Childhood Cancer. CURE was founded in 1975 as a non-profit organization dedicated to conquering childhood cancer through research, education and support of patients and their families. Soles4Souls collects and distributes shoes to people in need, regardless of race,
religion, class, or any other criteria. Since 2005, Soles4Souls has delivered over 16 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes. The shoes have been distributed to people in over 127 countries, including Kenya, Thailand, Nepal and the United States. Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with 1.35 million members in more than 46,000 clubs worldwide. Founded in 1917, the Lions Club is best known for fighting blindness. Members also volunteer for many different kinds of community projects—including caring for the environment, feeding the hungry and aiding seniors and the disabled. Help the Red Cross! Help replenish the local American Red Cross blood supply by donating blood during this Reduce, Reuse, Recycle & Replenish day. Call 321-2327 to reserve a spot. A Taste of Tuscany! Visit No Frill Grill at Hilltop April 30–May 11 and order a tasty Tuscan Chicken Salad for lunch or dinner. The restaurant will donate all the proceeds to JFS. The restaurant is at 1620 Laskin Road, Virginia Beach. JFS thanks Presenting Sponsor TowneBank for its support of the 8th Annual Week of Healthy Living. Thanks also to Diamond Sponsors: Lee & Bernard Jaffe* Family Fund of the Tidewater Jewish Foundation, Copeland and Klebanoff families, and Lori and Michael Glasser family. *of blessed memory April 23, 2012 | JEWISH NEWS | 11
From planting to blessings, Boulder gets into Jewish food movement
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BOULDER, Colo. (JTA)—The new Jewish food movement arose here organically, so to speak. No large federation or organization swooped in to make sustainable farming and eating within a Jewish framework a priority. Yet in this city of 100,000—some 13,000 residents are Jewish—“green” has long been a way of life. So it’s not surprising that interest in sustainability has led to a variety of Jewish grass-roots projects such as the establishment of greenhouses in food deserts, a chicken and egg co-op, community farms and an organic chicken schechting (kosher butchering) project, along with—thanks to a $335,000 grant from three foundations— the arrival of Hazon, a national Jewish environmental group. The grant, which brought Hazon to the region in December 2010, came from the Rose Foundation and the locally based Oreg Foundation and 18 Pomegranates. On April 29, the partnership among CWW-JN Ad2.375x5.375.indd 1
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the local funders, activists and environmental organizations will culminate with the Rocky Mountain Food Summit, which will be held at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The event will feature presentations from restaurateurs who use farm-to-table practices in their establishments, ways to adapt your bubbe’s recipes to meet your dietary and health needs, and information about GMOs, genetically modified organisms. The goal is to shine a light on local Jews and the food movement, and to provide resources available to groups and individuals who want to change their lives for the more sustainable. Participants will choose three sessions among 22 offerings throughout the day. Middle schoolers can attend classes geared toward their age group, including one in part based on the beloved childhood book The Little Red Hen. That session will examine the seed-to-table approach to farming and eating, from planting to blessings. Rabbi Elisheva Brenner, founder and CEO of Eco Glatt; Yadidia Greenberg, who founded the Boulder Kosher meat co-op; and Bob Goldman, whose company LoKo Chicken specializes in both kosher and locally sourced birds for consumption, will lead a panel discussion on eco-ethical kosher. The day will conclude with a DIY (doit-yourself) extravaganza where participants will get their hands dirty—literally in the case of the microgreens workshop—and leave with a new skill in addition to the information gleaned over the course of the three sessions they attended. “We have some of Denver and Boulder’s top chefs, some amazing, successful food entrepreneurs, leaders in the field of food justice, and experts on everything from gardening and baking, beekeeping, canning and beer brewing,” says Josh Dinar, the Hazon steering committee chair who is working on the conference. For Dinar, the connection to food is more than personal—it’s professional. He is one of the founding editors of the Dining Out magazine franchise and coowns HBurger, a gourmet hamburger joint in Denver. “An interesting thing about being kosher—it makes you be conscious of what you are eating,” Dinar observes. “And the rest of the country is catching up to the idea that you can’t just trust that because someone calls it food, you can put it in
your mouth.” While Dinar does not observe the rules of kashrut—he urged a reporter to try the bacon-wrapped figs at a local eatery owned by another foodie Jew—he certainly is mindful of the food he eats and its origins. His family owns seven chickens that hatch eggs for the household. Dinar, a transplant like most others living in Boulder—he hails from New Jersey—first learned of Hazon from his father. “My dad had been on the first Israel [bike] ride with Nigel and just raved about him,” he says, referring to Hazon founder Nigel Savage. “And I thought this is something that would be awesome in Colorado.” Hazon in Boulder hasn’t held its fundraising bike rides, which long have been emblematic of the organization’s activities. Rather it has hired staff locally and sought to discover the native priorities, which has led to an emphasis on food and farm. “When we first initially started, we went on a listening tour and we created a map of the local Jewish community,” says Becky O’Brien, the director of community engagement for Hazon in Boulder. “There really wasn’t a premeditated idea of what we were going to do. It was ‘you’re going to talk to two dozen organizations and figure out what they’re doing there.’ And of course we bring Hazon’s expertise to bear. “You have people creating stuff because they’re just so passionate about it,” O’Brien says, referring to the communal environmental activity she inherited upon taking the job. “It’s neat to weave those together when I can.” O’Brien is a lifelong nonprofit professional, an environmentally engaged Boulder denizen and seemingly a perfect fit for the organization. “This in a lot of ways is my dream job,” she says. “I’ve been a foodie and an environmentalist in my personal life for a long time.” The idea to host the food summit, which will be a miniature version of the multiday event that Hazon holds annually on both coasts, came from the local steering committee. O’Brien is expecting 200 to 300 participants ranging in ages and environmental engagement levels, from chefs to educators to farmers to folks checking out this stuff for the first time. “The idea,” she says of the summit, “is that this is spurring the next thing.”
Virginia Tech’s Seth Greenberg named head coach for USA Open Men’s Basketball Team
he head men’s basketball coach at Virginia Tech, Seth Greenberg, has been named the head coach for the USA Open Men’s Basketball Team competing at the 19th World Maccabiah Games in Israel, July 2013. Greenberg just completed his ninth season as head coach at Virginia Tech where the Hokies have made five consecutive and six total post-season appearances during his tenure. “We at Maccabi USA are very excited that Seth Greenberg has accepted this appointment as head coach for the Open Men’s Basketball Team,” says Marc Rosenberg, chairman, USA Open Men’s Basketball. “As a two-time Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the year, he has the leadership and ability to lead Team USA to a Gold Medal at the 19th Maccabiah Games.” Greenberg has a career record of 383– 293 in 22 seasons as a collegiate head coach and a 170–123 record in nine seasons at Virginia Tech. Since coming to Virginia Tech, Greenberg’s Hokies have three wins over No. 1 ranked teams, including a 64–60 victory over top-ranked Duke on Feb. 26, 2011. He has also been named the ACC Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2008. Additionally, Greenberg was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2010. When asked why he volunteered to be the coach for Maccabi USA’s Open Men’s Basketball Team, Greenberg says, “This volunteer position is important to me because anytime you can represent your country and your faith in the same event,
it’s something very special. Having participated previously as an assistant coach at the 13th Maccabiah Games in 1989, it was a life-altering experience. I look forward to representing the USA and bringing a great group of athletes with me to Israel to share that same experience.” Greenberg will use his network of contacts around the country to identify the best, young, Jewish players. He hopes to put together a team that plays with great passion, great energy and sense of purpose. “I want good, young people that are going to work hard, be good teammates, be trusting of each other and understand what a tremendous experience this will be for them,” Greenberg says of the team he will be recruiting. “I want them to be highly competitive, tough players with a high basketball IQ. It is really important to me to have a team that is committed to playing winning basketball, committed to competing at the highest level and understand that it’s the good of the group and playing to win is the ultimate goal.” Applications for the team are available at www.maccabiusa.com and details for the tryouts will be posted on the site as soon as they are confirmed. The Maccabiah Games are about more than just sport. For two unforgettable weeks, Jewish athletes of all ages and backgrounds convene to share their culture, history and values in Israel, while competing. The World Maccabiah Games, sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee, is the third largest international sporting event in the world.
It’s summer 1944 and a touring variety show is entertaining the troops on the new battleship. Dancers, singers, a fun emcee and a band belting out Swing Era tunes –
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Beth Sholom donation board honors children of the 21st Century
he l’dor v’dor board, located in The Berger-Goldrich Home at Beth Sholom Village, has space available for members of the community to list a child’s, grandchild’s or great-grandchild’s name. This board is dedicated to children born in the 21st century—those born since the year 2000.
Individual name plates are only $500 each and include the name of the child and the name of the donor. The board has limited capacity. Think how special these children will feel when, years from now, they visit and see their name. Call Bryan Mesh at 282-2384 to reserve a name plate.
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With It’s a Jungle Out There as the theme for the first two weeks of summer camp at the Simon Family JCC, animals from the wild and “not so wild” are planned to be around to delight campers. ZooPro Adventures and The Tiny Farm are visiting the JCC, adding educational and hands on experience to the first theme of camp. ZooPro Adventures will bring animals that could be found in the jungle, such as tropical birds, an exotic wild cat, reptiles, insects and spiders from the jungle floor, and even an alligator. ZooPros also plans to bring animals found in non-jungle habitats such as a grey horned owl. “Kids get so excited when we bring live animals for them to see and learn about,” says Joanna Wauhop of ZooPro. “We talk about body coverings, habitats, what animals eat and so much more. “Noting that live learning really makes children understand animals, she says her sessions are tailored age appropriately. “For the younger, we keep it to simple concepts like how the animals survive and thrive in their environment.” For the older campers, ZooPros introduces terms such as predator and prey, omnivore, carnivore, herbivore and more. In contrast to ZooPros’ exotic animals and reptiles, The Tiny Farm will bring min-
iature animals. This hands on experience is unique because kids get to “love, hug and pet” all the animals. The miniatures include a llama, horse, donkey, cow, sheep, goat, chicken, bunnies and a pig. All of the animals are friendly. “Our animals appeal to all children, and kids who see and play with them will remember this wonderful experience for years,” says owner Deb Robinson. In addition to the animals, during It’s a Jungle Out There, campers will explore environments and ecologies in which people and animals live, the great outdoors and ways animals and people communicate. As with every two-week theme, younger campers will make keepsake books using mementos and memories from their camp experience. The remaining six weeks of camp promise more fun and adventure with the themes of Raiders of the Lost Artifacts: Diamonds in the Rough; Mystical Magical Me: Mastering the Magic Within; and JCC General: The Camp with Heart. Download a brochure at simonfamilyj. org, call 321-2306 or stop by the JCC for more information. Scholarships are still available on a first come basis. The Simon Family JCC is a constituent agency of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.
Shir Darom sings a new song! October 2011 marked the rebirth of Shir Darom, the Jewish Community Chorus of Hampton Roads, under the direction of Madeline Rossettini. Founded in 1998, Shir Photograph courtesy of Mark Robbins Photography at the Virginia Darom, or Song of the South, Festival of Jewish Film at The Roper Theater. has recently performed at the Simon Family JCC’s American Jewish both liturgical and secular, from the shtetl Composers series and its Virginia Festival of to show biz, in Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino Jewish Film, at Old Dominion University’s and English. International Festival at the Ted Constant For more information on joining or Convocation Center and at the Interfaith having Shir Darom perform at a future Celebration Concert at ODU’s Chandler synagogue, social or community event, Recital Hall. contact Linda Samuels at firstname.lastname@example.org The voices of Shir Darom perform tra- or 573-8788. ditional and contemporary Jewish music,
Want to become a Festival of Jewish Film insider? by Leslie Shroyer
ext year is a landmark for The Virginia Festival of Jewish Film presented by Alma* and Howard Laderberg, as it celebrates its 20th season. The Festival is one of the oldest Jewish film festivals in the country, and the Simon Family JCC looks forward to it thriving as one of its signature cultural events. For the 20th Anniversary, a gala event will be held. More than showing 10 or so films over a week’s time, the Virginia Festival of Jewish Film takes months in planning, requires many hours of research for critically acclaimed available films, then hundreds of viewing hours by the Film Festival committee. Most people are unaware of how expensive it is to show the Festival’s films. Each year the costs for distribution and shipping fees add up to more than $10,000. The Friends of the Fest, a new campaign for Film Festival enthusiasts, has been created to support the Festival and offset a major portion of its annual costs. Gloria Siegel, vice president cultural arts and movie aficionado, thought of the idea of a Friends group as a way for film lovers
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to show their support for the Festival. Her goal is to create an ongoing group of 100 “Friends” at a level of $100. A Friend of the Fest will get the complete scoop on the “behind the scenes” process, from trailers to short films. They will also receive exclusive emails about the films’ backgrounds and will know what films have been decided before they are revealed to the general public. “It’s an inside track to the Festival,” says Siegel. “If you love the Film Festival and want to see it thrive, becoming a Friend of the Fest is a great way to show your support.” To become a Friend of the Virginia Festival of Jewish Film presented by Alma* and Howard Laderberg, contact Rebecca Bickford at 452-3180 or email@example.com. *of blessed memory
Simon Swordfish summer swim team hires coach by Leslie Shroyer
he’s been active ever since she can remember. The daughter of an avid triathlete, Kristin Knott, the new summer swim team coach at the Simon Family JCC, has always been passionate about sports. Knott swam every year at Princess Anne High School and in a summer adult league while she was at University of Virginia. Since graduating in 2005, she has been a teacher with Virginia Beach public schools, now teaching psychology at Kempsville High School, where she also coaches Varsity swimming, leading the team to numerous state qualifiers, including two last year. When a lifeguard at the JCC told Knott about the newly formed swim league at the JCC, she was interested. Fondly remem-
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bering the days of her own childhood summer swim league, she says she is interested in teaching kids ages five to 18 swim stroke technique and general swim skills. But mostly, she says, it’s about the fun. “Sure, we will have some competitions, and I’ve already lined a few up. But it’s mostly about having a good time, seeing little ones master swimming the 25 meters straight, and getting older ones ready for a future of swimming either recreationally or for a team.” The Simon Swordfish Summer Swim Team will meet Monday through Friday, June 18–July 29, 8:30–9:30 am in the JCC outdoor pool. For information and to register, call 321-2308 or email tedwards@ simonfamilyj.org.
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Bye, Bye Boychik at Temple Israel
t was a night to remember. The congregation laughed, cried and wept. Purim night at Temple Israel featured talented Megillah readers and a troupe of young Purim players who spoke in “Fakespearean prose.” The adults offered a creative interpretation of the Book of Esther in Bye Bye Boychik, a takeoff of Bye Bye Birdie. From the Shpiel itself to the few frenetic rehearsals, the program was a completely collaborative experience. Jody Mazur was the show’s producer, and Bob Seltzer was chief lyricist. Other writers included Rabbi Michael Panitz, Phil Walzer and the entire Purim Shpiel troupe: Cheryl Dronzek, Bobbie Fisher, Robyn Friedman, Bonnie Gordon-Rabinowitz, Darva Gruber, Seth Klein, Jody Mazur, Lauren Moscovitz, Ruth Ann Moscovitz, Lyna Raschdorf, Jo Lisa Rosenblum, Gizella Wade, Milcah Wade, Richard Yanku and Valerie Yanku.
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ast month, while Temple Israel’s adults were treated to a presentation during Shabbat services by Rabbi Michael Panitz and congregants who recently returned from a trip to Israel, the Junior Congregation enjoyed a fun-filled and educational Chocolate Seder. Sixteen children joined Sheila Panitz and Melissa Kass in Sandler Hall for a morning filled with everything one could want in a traditional Seder—the Four Questions, the Ten Plagues (with a fun twist), Matzo and a Seder plate—all in the name of chocolate.
From four cups of wine to four cups of chocolate milk; from Matzo of the salted variety to Matzo drenched in sweet chocolate, Temple Israel’s Junior Congregation discovered that like all of the Jewish people’s rich traditions, in the end, every story, especially the Exodus from Egypt, has a silver (or sweet) lining. After the Chocolate Seder ended, members of the Junior Congregation rejoined their parents, ready to participate in their own family Seders.
Poll results emphasize need to articulate Pro-Israeli message by Laine M. Rutherford
hen measuring peoples’ opinions about Israel, pollster Nathan Klein has found that something as small as the letter “i” can make a big difference. Speaking to an audience at Ohef Sholom Temple on Sunday, April 15, Klein revealed poll findings that showed questions where the word “Israeli” was used in place of “Israel” elicited a 10 percent jump in positive responses. Klein is the director of Research and Messaging for The Israel Project, a nonprofit educational organization that provides information about Israel and the Middle East to the press, policy makers and the public. Event co-chairs Nataly Fleishman and Nichole Kushner, Nathan Klein, Rabbi Roz Mandelberg, and At a brunch briefing presented by Miriam Seeherman, CRC chair. the Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater in “The number one predictor of support should be used rather than “undivided.” partnership with OST’s Adult Education for Israel in this poll came from people Again, Klein says, the difference in word Committee and Men’s Club, Klein shared who believe that Israel is working toward choice translates into a 10 percent increase results from a new bi-partisan poll that peace,” says Klein. The top reason for nega- in positive responses. examined American attitudes toward the tive attitudes, he adds, is a belief that Israel When speaking about Iran and its Middle East. does not want peace. nuclear weapons threat, Klein recommends The national survey of 800 registered Klein also says Jerusalem needs to be a raising the point that the U.S. has voiced U.S. voters asked questions that deter- topic of discussion more often, and, when concerns for many years. mined opinions on who America should speaking of the city, the word “unified” “We’ve been dealing with the issue for side with in Israel’s over 10 years,” Klein says. “It’s not sudden. conflict with Our goal when talking about Iran is to help the Palestinians people understand the background, the (answer: Israel), timeline and the threat. Talk about Iran’s why the United instability.” States should supUltimately, Klein says, the messages port Israel (answer: the Jewish community and Israeli supportmost important ally ers need to share with others should be in the Middle East), proactive and positive. He stresses that and what are the the messages should include the Israeli biggest threats to narrative, and not the Israeli argument, to the U.S. (answer: personalize the issues and create continued Muslim extremism support among Americans. and Iran’s nuclear (photos by Laine M. Rutherford) program). Klein Nathan Klein speaks at Ohef Sholom Temple. provided charts that outlined some of the questions and the percentages of positive and negative answers. “When we look at the results, we can make recommendations on messaging,” Klein says. “We can find out which issues to focus on and which to avoid.” Among the recommendations Klein shared was to leave the topic of foreign aid out of discussions, but, whenever possible, to articulate a pro-Israeli message that includes Audience members review The Nathan Klein and community members continue the discussion. Israel Project poll results. Israelis’ desire for peace.
N.J. Gov. Chris Christie takes hawkish line on Israel PRINCETON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (JTA)— New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie cautioned against Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank, Jerusalem or the Golan Heights. Speaking at a news conference Tuesday, April 17 following his first trip to Israel earlier this month, Christie, who has been mentioned by Republicans as a possible vice presidential pick, said the most “eyeopening” part of his trip was a helicopter tour over part of the West Bank with Israeli military officials. Then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush expressed a similar sentiment after taking a similar helicopter tour in 1998 with then-Israeli Foreign Minister Ariel Sharon. “Everyone who thinks they have an opinion that’s worth something on the Palestinian issue should take that tour,” Christie said. The helicopter ride took “three minutes from West Bank settlements to the Mediterranean. A missle goes much faster than a helicopter.” Christie billed the trip, called “Jersey to Jerusalem,” as an “economic growth, diplomacy [and] observance” mission. Christie met with leaders of several Israeli companies, including Teva Pharmaceuticals and Project Better Place—the electric car startup—but the trip also focused on Israeli defense and policy. The first-term governor added that he hoped to “expand my portfolio” as an upand-coming national voice of the Republican Party. Last year, several Republican leaders urged Christie to run for president, but Christie demurred, and he has said he does not intend to seek national office during this gubernatorial term. During the April 1–5 trip, Christie met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and discussed Israel’s security concerns and Iran’s suspected pursuit of a nuclear weapon. “The prime minister is an articulate spokesman and advocate for how peace negotiations should be conducted,” Christie said. Christie called his meeting with Israeli President Shimon Peres, 89, like “walking into a history book.” The N.J. governor did not meet with any leaders of the Palestinian Authority during the trip. After Israel, the Christie family spent a weekend with King Abdullah of Jordan. Christie also met Abdullah at a conference in Iowa in 2010.
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BOOK REVIEWS Skillful writing, familiar story A Prayer for the Departed Bill Broder The Ainslee Street Project, 2011 230 pages ISBN 978-1-46113893-8 Your reviewer owes an apology to author, Bill Broder, having received A Prayer for the Departed more than six months ago and allowed it to remain at Hal Sacks the bottom of a short stack of unread books. Broder, a fellow Columbia graduate and Navy veteran, has worked as a freelance writer specializing in the design and production of educational materials for museums, schools, exhibitions and publishing companies. This, his fourth work of fiction, strings together tales of a family through the decades of the 20th century. In many ways this homage by the youngest son to the elders of his family, however well written, is an unremarkable story in itself. They came with the tide of immigrants at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th; they struggled; they survived; they passed on their values, their traditions, a mix of secular and Jewish belief and ritual. Some were more successful than others. The German Jewish component had a leg up on the Eastern European Jewish component. One supposes many in our community could write such a book. I think of my mother’s sister’s husband’s family of 11, eight brothers and three sisters, offspring of a pulpit-less and penniless Galician rabbi. Eight finished college; there was an N.Y.City high school principal, an attorney, a dental surgeon, a plastic surgeon, a corporate executive, an automobile dealer, etc. Most married in the faith, a few married out. The difference is Broder’s skillful writing. A masterful story teller, his graceful prose illuminates a life-long dialogue with his mother, with whom there were serious differences of opinion, and with his siblings, who considered him the favorite child of very busy and undemonstrative parents, is wrapped around tales of his grandmother, his uncles, aunts and cousins. Illustrative of the tensions among siblings are the discussions Broder and his two older brothers have regarding his mother’s funeral. Asked for input by his oldest
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brother, who was designated to prepare the eulogy, his contribution based on what was perhaps a more insightful understanding of what drove her to accomplish so much during her lifetime, was dismissed as ridiculous by his brothers. Clearly neither was speaking about “the same mother.” Whether due to his greater sense of family or a greater sense of empathy, the author was the one leaned on during family crises at the end of various aunts’ and uncles’ lives. Broder unburdens himself of a half-century of collected observation and at the same time reminds us that “the failure of memory puts the future in peril.” —Hal Sacks is a retired Jewish communal worker who has reviewed books for Jewish News for more than 27 years.
For Jazz Fans Jazz Jews Mike Gerber Five Leaves Publications, 2009 628 pages. Fifty-eight year old Brit Mike Gerber has done a superb job of assembling information and opinions, and stating them in a readable manner. This book is of special interest to jazz fans, including fans of traditional jazz/Dixieland fans, but also will be of much interest to students of Jewish history and culture. Gerber does a very thorough job of covering the United States, plus places other than those that are usually identified with Jewish presence. Jazz students will have gotten their money’s worth by the half-way mark at this point. Unless the reader is very interested in Jewish history and culture, the worldwide portion is of diminishing interest. However, Europe, Canada, and Israel still present some familiar names. Surprise inclusions: Shanghai, South Africa, and New Zealand; Gerber is thorough! Sections about Germany and Russia abound with unpleasant examples of discrimination and worse. Ironically, some of those tales are not without ”humor:” legendary alto man Herb Geller lost a gig in modern Germany at a tribute to Jewish jazz because he doesn’t
look Jewish enough! So, what does constitute qualifying for this book? The author usually specifies when a person involved is half-Jewish, or a secular, ethnic Jew, versus religious, but this presentation lacks the space or need to become that detailed. American Jews of Russian or eastern and central European descent, have made disproportionate contributions. Another dividing line is that of nmes. In many cases, especially in Europe, it was wise to change one’s name; fear was so great that many Jews could not determine who was “safe to tell.” Some presenters removed Jewish names from printed-programs, for various reasons. Stateside, many singers went by “vanilla” names: Jolson, Kitty Kallen, Fanny Brice, Fran Warren, Helen Forrest, Georgia Gibbs, Dinah Shore, Sylvia Syms, Frances Faye, Teddi King, Judy Holliday, Harry Connick ,Jr.; Mel Torme, Eydie Gorme, and hubby, Steve Lawrence. Among instrumentalists, people using non-Jewish-sounding names included pianists Barbara Carroll, Andre Previn, Benny Green, Art Hodes, Ralph Sharon; bassists Chubby Jackson, Jay Leonhart, plus Satch’s man, Irv Manning (who helped me immeasurably upon hitting New York); guitarist-singer Ray Benson (Western Swing); drummers Buddy Rich, Shelley Manne, Duffy Jackson, Mel Lewis; vibists Terry Gibbs, Teddy Charles; reedmen Paul Desmond, Eddie Daniels, Artie Shaw, Woody Allen, Bud Freeman, Georgie Auld, Herbie Mann, Kenny G (?); trombonist/leaders Buddy Morrow, Will Bradley; trumpeters Red Rodney, Ruby Braff, Shorty Rogers, Herb Alpert, Ziggy Elman; and composer/ arrangers Ralph Burns, Raymond Scott. Those retaining ethnic names include: Joe Bushkin, Dick Hyman, Dave Frishberg; the incredible Shelley Berg; guitarist Barney Kessel; drummers Ben Pollack, Stan Levey; reed players Serge Chaloff, Stan Getz, Al Cohn, Benny Goodman, Mezz Mezzrow , Lee Konitz, Anat Cohen, Gary Smulyan; trumpeters Lou Soloff, Max Kaminsky; film composer/arrangers Johnny Mandel, Lalo Schifrin, Lennie Niehaus, Elmer and Leonard Bernstein, Dave Grusin. Sometimes, unwittingly, non-Jews such as Frankie Trumbauer were unintentionally discriminated against because of their Jewish-sounding names. Songwriting has too many Jewish names even to think about, although many fine jazz players were successful at both. The same applies to facilitators, such as
businessmen and DJs. However, I must mention promoters Norman Granz and George Wein, plus critic/historians Leonard Feather, George Simon, Barry Ulanov, Nat Hentoff, Dan Morgenstern, Ira Sabin, Will Friedwald, Scott Yanow,Dick Sudhalter, and Charles Delaunay. Blacks include Willie “The Lion” Smith, Slim Gaillard, Joshua Redman (but not his father). Undetermined: John Levy, bass, and O’Donnell Levy, guitar, who were not mentioned by Gerber. Jazz is widely conceded to be created by, and dominated by, African-Americans; but Jews have played an unmistakably disproportionate role among whites. And Gerber’s book is a jewel! —Eric Stevens
Addendum Jazz Jews Hampton Roads by Eric Stevens
There are two categories of jazz players: full time, found largely in New York, L.A., Chicago, New Orleans, Orlando, Las Vegas, and a few other large cities or resorts, plus the unknowns in military bands; and parttime musicians everywhere who range from world-class to wannabe’s, who squeeze in as much jazz on commercial jobs as they can get away with. Our local area, over the years, has had many Jewish musicians, mostly part- time. William and Mary faculty pianist Harris Simon is world-class…as we say in the business, “scary.” Widely recorded pianist Joel Futterman, mentioned in Gerber’s tome, is known to avant-garde fans around the globe. The late Charlie Schneer (“Top,” or “Topper”) was the ‘swingingest’ pianist I ever heard. In the fifties, in Washington, before he and I coincidentally moved here, I would drive across from Virginia to Maryland just to hear him. During the seventies and later, I had the honor of doing dozens of gigs with him. Sick, exhausted, or whatever, he swung relentlessly, even on the rock tunes that I, as band-leader, had to impose on him. Versatile accordionist Sid Sward, a retired professor, is well versed in the art of “jazz accordion,” which for aficionados
BOOK REVIEWS is a true delight, although seldom so identified by the public. Another accordionist is Klezmer—oriented Dave Gussman of Williamsburg. The late Dave Greenberg was a master pianist, who should have been a comedy-writer. His multi-instrumentalist son, Jonathan, mainly a trumpeter, has relocated to Richmond. Another pianist (and singer- guitarist) is Gette Sendak, who grandfather founded the Chicago Musicians Local of the AFM, made famous by James C. Petrillo. Her daughter is described as a “kick --- drummer.” Jerry Fisher, a Peninsula clarinetist, is widely admired, as were the late horn players, “Doc” Scheier, Danny Teagarden, and Julie (Schack) Schaikowitz. An institution locally is broadcaster Jack Frieden, whose “The Vocal Sound of Jazz,” at 11 pm. on Saturdays on WHRV is a rare treat for radio. The Friedman family’s gift to local jazz is Birdland Record Store, in Kempsville. Some years back, it was an honor for me to meet retired pianist Boris Norman at Beth Sholom Home. Boris fled the Russian Revolution, made his way across Siberia, played in the Orient, and eventually came here. He told me, “I spik seven lengvitches, all of dem vell, except dis demn Engel-eeish.” When African American saxist Bernie Jacobs moved here, his name appeared often in the entertainment pages; no one laughed harder that he did upon hearing that local veterans were wondering, “Who is this new Jewish cat in town!?” —Pianist-singer-songwriter-lyricist Eric Stevens writes concert and musical theater reviews for Splash Magazine and for Cabaret Scenes (New York). He has written more than 400 songs. For a free lead sheet of his It’s the Bar Mitzvah Day, or other jazz/theater/cabaret songs, send USPS address to eric.stevens8@ verizon.net or call 481-7792. For further information, reviews, photos, bio, and essays, see www.ericstevensmusic.com.
Alyssa and Jonathan Muhlendorf Create a Jewish Legacy by Laine M. Rutherford
lyssa and Jonathan Muhlendorf believe in sharing what they have. Whether that’s the laughter and beauty of their children, Elijah and Nyla, their professional expertise, their time, or their commitment to the Tidewater Jewish community, if there’s a way, this young couple will do their best to make a difference. They recently established the Alyssa and Jonathan Muhlendorf Family Fund with the Tidewater Jewish Foundation that benefits Ohef Sholom Temple and the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater. “There are a whole host of reasons why we wanted to do this,” Alyssa explains. “We both come from a legacy of providing for our community, either through volunteerism or financially.” Jonathan’s mother and father, Diane and Ken Muhlendorf, have volunteered for and donated to various Jewish organizations throughout Jonathan’s life. Ken currently serves on the board of Jewish Family Service. “My parents volunteered their time and their resources my entire life. It’s just a natural thing that we feel like we’re modeling for our own children.” Jonathan grew up in Norfolk, around the corner from the Jewish Community Center. He attended the pre-school there and counts some of those classmates among his closest friends today. As a youth, Jonathan was a frequent visitor at Beth Sholom Home, where his beloved grandfather, Sam Gould*, lived for 15 years. The daughter of David and Karen Jorgenson, Alyssa moved frequently during her childhood due to her father’s job as a professor and his work in environmental science. Most of her family lives in the Seattle, Wash. area. The young couple met in 2003 in Washington, D.C. Alyssa worked on Capitol Hill in international human rights, and Jonathan worked for a financial planning firm. While dating, they discussed their values and shared ideals of Tikun Olam, repairing the world and helping others. It
was, and continues to be, an important part of their lives. Their 2005 wedding ceremony in Seattle was coofficiated by a rabbi and contained traditional Jewish elements, although Alyssa, whose family is Lutheran, had not yet made the decision to become Jewish. That would come soon, though. Shortly before their wedding, Jonathan Alyssa, Jonathan, Nyla, and Elijah Muhlendorf. and Alyssa moved to Norfolk. Alyssa transitioned to the field of social work Ohef Sholom Temple and Tidewater Jewish and began working as the special needs Foundation with their ongoing planned case manager at Jewish Family Service. giving initiatives. Her experience with the staff, clients, and Jonathan says it just made sense that if agency’s mission solidified Alyssa’s decision he was going to ask people to help the comto convert, and she did so in 2007. munity, he and Alyssa step up and create “The job at JFS is where the cornerstone their own Jewish legacy. The Muhlendorfs of my Jewish experience really began,” established their fund using life insurance Alyssa says. “I had this amazing view into policies. what the Jewish community was doing “The great part about our gift is that for people and it connected me immedi- it doesn’t take a lot of current resources ately to how active this community is for to create a tremendous amount of future people who have the greatest needs. I really resources,” says Jonathan. “We want to learned what it was like to be Jewish while show our generation that they can be I worked there.” involved today in planning for the future, Although working and raising their fam- and they don’t have to be super wealthy to ily takes a considerable amount of their make a difference.” time, Jonathan and Alyssa have committed Jonathan smiles and nods in agreement to being a part of the Jewish community and as Alyssa adds, “It’s really important to us living a Jewish life, faithfully celebrating for our children to know if we have enough Shabbat, holidays and festivals. Members of to eat, if we have a roof over our heads and Ohef Sholom Temple, the couple co-chairs there’s someone that doesn’t, we try to help the Young Adult Committee and Alyssa is them in whatever way we can. We feel like a board member. She helped start the OST if we can help, in even a small way, we want interfaith committee three years ago. The to be able to do it.” Muhlendorfs are also involved in the UJFT’s For more information about to Create a Tidewater Couples Project, and are taking Jewish Legacy, call or email Philip S. Rovner, pleasure in learning more about the differ- 965-6109, firstname.lastname@example.org at the Tidewater ent agencies and organizations that operate Jewish Foundation. under the Federation. In addition to all * Of blessed memory these commitments, Jonathan is assisting
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WHAT’S HAPPENING Israel at 64: “Chutzpah is the Key” by Michael Steinhardt
As Israel prepares to begin its 65th year of modern-day independence, there can be no disputing that this nation remains confronted with a myriad of challenges and threats to its very existence. But despite the perceived pall of fear and tension which seem to hang eternally over Israel, I can confidently say, as someone who has been blessed to contribute to its modern renaissance, that Israel’s daily reality is one of hope and promise for a brighter future—a reality in which most Israelis live. Recently, I appeared in a new film which will soon be showing across the world: Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference. The film attempts to pin down the elusive key characteristics that make modern Israel a nation unlike all other nations. I’ll name a few: Chutzpah, Transforming Adversity to Advantage and Powerful Family Links. While many explanations have been offered as to why our nation has accomplished so much in such a short amount of time and in a challenging and hostile environment, I believe that the issue of national character and personal determination shouldn’t be overlooked. Undoubtedly, there is an underlying Israeli (or many would say Jewish) characteristic that can only be defined as chutzpah. To the uninitiated, this term is often mistranslated as brashness or even rudeness. Yet, those who truly appreciate what motivates chutzpah know that this is a character trait driven by an unwavering determination to get things done—and ensuring that “no” can not be the answer. Chutzpah can also be used positively to challenge the status quo and look for new ways to do things better and reject the skepticism of the naysayers. This is a big part of what makes Israel so successful and unique. I can certainly relate to this character trait—it’s what made me push ahead when I founded Birthright Israel and since then, it’s a vision that I have been blessed to share with hundreds of thousands of young people since the program’s launch. In the spirit of this film, Israel’s 64th anniversary should be used to dismiss the notion of a modern Israel solely defined ISRAEL INSIDE: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference Thursday, April 26, 7pm Simon Family JCC Free RSVP to JJohnson@ujft.org.
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by the conflict that surrounds it. In little more than half a century, a country has been created that is a burgeoning haven of scientific innovation, a marketplace of ideas that attracts the world’s leading minds and a center of some of the world’s most contributive medical discoveries. An arid land of desert and harsh climate has literally been transformed into a leading international exporter of thousands of products to the majority of ports around the globe. Despite the global economic downturn, the Israeli export industry continues to grow and in 2011 recorded $89 billion in sales, a 4.5 percent increase over the previous year. As clichéd as many might think it to be, the truth is that all of Israel is one big family —in times both good and bad. The concept of a national collective that motivated the establishment of the state demonstrates itself today in the ethos of a national responsibility for fellow citizens and has penetrated into all aspects of Israeli society. I chided the Jewish establishment when I founded Birthright. My theory was that Jewish identity among American secular Jews would surge if that group felt connected to Israel. And I was right. Here, I will chide again: Israel’s identity at 64 must be linked to our collective pride in Israel’s accomplishments, and the confidence that we have only revealed a portion of the country’s full national potential. It is for this reason that I threw my lot in with the makers of Israel Inside, JerusalemOnlineU.com, a group of innovative American Israelis dedicated to upping the connection of unaffiliated American Jews through paradigm-shifting film education. Israel gives us many reasons to look forward to another year of our beloved nation’s independence. But most of all we need to remember that now is the time to embrace a new outlook on the Jewish State and ensure that we begin to view her for what she truly is—a nation of remarkable progress, innovation and the very best of downright chutzpah. Michael Steinhardt is the Founder of Birthright Israel and a member of the advisory Board of JerusalemOnlineU.com. He is featured alongside other leading Jewish and Israeli personalities in the film Israel Inside, produced by JerusalemOnlineU.com. To RSVP to the free and open to the community, Tidewater screening of the film in celebration of Yom Ha’Atzmaut on Thursday, April 26 at 7 pm at the Simon Family JCC, contact JJohnson@ujft.org .
Celebrate Yom Ha’Atzmaut with the CRC and see How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference Thursday, April 26, 7pm
he Community Relations Council will celebrate Israel’s 64th birthday with a screening of the documentary, Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference. The film explores the triumph of the human spirit. Israelis, surrounded by enemies, have turned a desert with hardly any natural resources into a flourishing, productive society. Hosted by former Harvard lecturer Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar, the
film examines the core character strengths that have made this possible. Sidestep the usual conversations about politics, conflict and violence, and get a glimpse into the makeup of the Israeli people and their dynamic, innovative and humanitarian society. Free and open to the community at the Sandler Family Campus. For more information or to RSVP contact JJohnson@ ujft.org.
Join the Tidewater Jewish community for two opportunities to celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut:
Thursday, April 26, 7 pm
Sunday, April 29, 1–5 pm
he Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation presents Israel Inside—a documentary that shows how even a small country can make a big difference. This film illuminates the Israeli people, transcending politics and the standard rhetoric, as a dynamic, innovative, and humanitarian society. This event is free and open to the community. To RSVP or for more information, contact Jan Johnson at email@example.com.
he Simon Family JCC will host its Annual Israel Festival in celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut. Join in the celebration with crafts, games, and camel rides. Adults can enjoy a beer garden with Israeli beer tasting and peruse the merchants at the indoor shuk. Get a taste of Israel with authentic Israeli food and games. Sponsors include Old Point National Bank, Charles Barker Infiniti, CBN and Jackie and Randall Furman.
Jewish Women’s Salon—Part II showing of the documentary film Miss Representation
Jewish Education Night
Sunday, May 20, 10 am Light Brunch followed by film and discussion at the Sandler Family Campus.
Monday, May 14, 6:30pm Jewish Education Night at the Simon Family JCC honors Jewish educators in area schools. Several categories of awards are given, including the announcement of the Jewish Educator of the Year. Free. RSVP to Miriam Brunn Ruberg, 321-2328 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yeshivas Aish Kodesh Talmudical Academy of Norfolk
WHAT’S HAPPENING Itzhak Perlman and The Perlman Music Program presented by Simon Family JCC and Virginia Arts Festival
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Sunday, May 13, 3 pm
his students at their previous perhe Simon Family JCC will co-pres- formance at the ent Itzhak Perlman and a group of Sandler Center,” young musicians from The Perlman says Alan Bartel, Music Program at the Sandler Center for a flutist, Virginia Performing Arts as part of the Virginia Arts Festival board Arts Festival. They will perform Mozart, member, and onoring Shostakovich and Mendelssohn. active supporter Jordan Slone Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of of the Main Event the violin, Perlman enjoys superstar status Performing Arts Itzhak Perlman rarely afforded a classical musician. Beloved Series at the JCC. for his charm and humanity, as well as “The experience was the culmination of ur irst raduates his talent, he is treasured by audiences formal training for these gifted musicians t h e c l a s s o f 2 0 0 6 throughout the world. who were all committed to highly sought In less than two decades, his Perlman positions all around the world. Music Program has become a leader in “The chamber music performancBentzion Dicker Uri Feldman training the next generation of leaders in es mixed and mingled Perlman with his dical Academy of Norfolk Adam Garfunkel Avrohom Hirtz students in various ensembles to make sh Kodesh classical music. Menachem Nudell Hillel Silverberg “The Simon Family JCC’s partnership beautiful chamber music for an afternoon,” vites you to attend with the Virginia Arts Festival is an amaz- Bartel says. “Chamber music is so differDinner ing opportunity to bring our Performing ent than music played in the concert hall Complimentary Valet Parking Arts Series to the next level,” says Susan because it was written for a much more Schwartzman, Main Event Series chair for intimate setting—the home or small hall. Slone uest peaker the JCC. “We are excited to be able to offer It thus engages an audience that is much our community the chance to enjoy such closer to the performers, who have no Academy of Norfolk Malcolm I. Hoenlein of 2006 a special afternoon of music from an icon conductor and must The relyTalmudical on each other Yeshivas Aish Kodesh Executive Vice Chairman and his talented students. That this concert for timing, cues to the music, consistent cordially invites you to attend of the Conference of Presidents icker Uri Feldman Adam Garfunkel our Tribute Dinner is on Mother’s Day is icing on the cake—a tempos and the proper volume and mix of Major American Jewish Organizations Hirtz Menachem Nudell Silverberg great way toHillel spend the afternoon, in Town of sound and playing honoring techniques for each Malcolm I. 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He WatersideEither fill out the reverse side of this form or attach a separate sheet and mail to: year-round mentoring, And, recalls, the students don’tcontinued to serve as the president for 8 years. His Academy of Norfolk,or 612performance Colonial Ave, Norfolk, VA Bartel 23507 or e-mail text to email@example.com. ginia Talmudical ?Sunday Evening oldest sons, Jacob and Aron, are graduates of the Yeshiva, while his younger son, S u nday, M ay 2 0 , 2 0 1 2 tour, the program offers musical training take their opportunities for granted. Phone: (757)daughter, 623-6070 Fax: (757) 623-6074 . Journal Ad Deadline: March 26, 2010 ?Sunday, 20, 2012 Jesse, isMay currently a junior. Jordan’s Anna,. is a freshman at BINA High 2009, the Slone Family dedicated a new building for Yeshi5:30School PM in Norfolk. for students ages 12 to 30, playing the “One handsome young cellist with Inlong o nsubmit orin vas Aish Kodesh in memory of Jordan’s grandparents, Leah David Slomowitz. 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MAZEL TOV TO ACHIEVEMENT Michael Hearst, whose composition Secret World premiered at Carnegie Hall on Feb. 28. It was performed by the Kronos Quartet, along with Hearst and more than 50 audience members. The New York Times said about the piece, “It seemed a perfect ending to the concert: an encore would have been anticlimactic.” Hearst is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and writer. His musical instruments include claviola, theremin, guitar, piano, drums, and bass. He earned a degree in music composition from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1995, where
he studied under Dika Newlin. Hearst is a founding member of the eclectic musical group One Ring Zero, which started in Richmond in 1997 and relocated to Brooklyn in 2001. The group has released multiple albums since its formation, including As Smart As We Are and the book/cd The Recipe Project, which is a collection of recipes set to music and sung word for word in the musical style suggested by the chefs. Hearst has also released a number of individual albums including the popular Songs for Ice Cream Trucks and the forthcoming children’s book/CD Songs for Unusual Creatures.
Hearst grew up in Virginia Beach, is the son of Jean Hearst and Dan Graf of Virginia Beach and Earl D. Hearst of Florida. ENGAGEMENT Gary and Miriam Rotfus on the engagement of their daughter Abby to Brandon Rothschild, son of Marc and Nancy Rothschild of Chesapeake, Va. A spring 2013 wedding is planned at Temple Beth El in Norfolk.
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Reflections from Mike Wallace The following excerpt written by Mike Wallace is from I Am Jewish: Personal Reflections Inspired by the Last Words of Daniel Pearl. © 2005 Dr. Judea and Ruth Pearl. Wallace was senior correspondent on “60 Minutes” and was a reporter for CBS News for more than four decades. Occasionally down the years I’ve winced at being labeled a “self-hating Jew” because my reporting from the Middle East was perceived as tainted by hostility toward Israel. It wasn’t true, of course, but I figured it came with the territory, meaning that I was deemed biased because I reported accurately what was happening on the other side, with the Palestinians. And it turned out that every once in a while it was helpful to me as a reporter, for the fact that I am Jewish and not in the pocket of the Israelis seemed to appeal to movers and shakers in Cairo and Damascus and Riyadh, who were willing to talk to me on the record with some candor. I’ve worked the Middle East beat since the 1950s, back in the days of Moshe Dayan, Golda Meir, Menachem Begin, Anwar Sadat, Yasir Arafat, Muammar Gadhafi. My relations with all of them, with the sole exception of Begin, were cordial and straightforward. But when I questioned Begin in a fashion that I thought reasonable and he found belligerent, our conversation was brought to an end by the intervention of Ezer Weizman, his defense minister, who shortly afterward took me for a friendly drink at a nearby bar. My eyes had first been opened to IsraeliPalestinian realities by two pioneering figures from that part of the world. Back in the fifties, Reuven Dafne, a Romanian Israeli, and Fayez Sayegh, a Palestinian Christian, two friends of mine, gave me a primer course on the complicated subject, for which I remain grateful. I have long admired the courage and determination of the Israelis and sympathized with their yearning for a secure state. I have similar feelings about the Palestinians. But I’m an American reporter, a Jew who believes in going after facts on the ground, as Daniel Pearl did, and reporting them accurately, let the chips fall where they may. (Permission granted by Jewish Lights Publishing, P.O. Box 237, Woodstock, VT 05091, www.jewishlights.com <http://www. jewishlights.com>.)
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OBITUARIES BARRY EPSTEIN VIRGINIA BEACH—Barry Paul Epstein, 68, passed away April 1, 2012. He was born Sept. 27, 1943 to the late Leonard and Lillian (Weisman) Epstein. Barry was the previous owner, CEO and president of Southland Industries in Chesapeake, Va., before relocating to Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. 15 years ago. He was a sports enthusiast and loved playing golf and tennis. Barry is survived by his son, Oliver Epstein (Jonna) of Jacksonville, Fla.; daughter, Jennifer Wolff of Virginia Beach; brother, Marc Epstein (Nancy) of Westchester County, N.Y.; grandchildren, Mason and Ethan Wolff of Virginia Beach; Evelyn and Eli Epstein of Jacksonville; and niece and nephews, Adam, Brett and Logan Epstein. He was predeceased by his parents and grandfather, Ben Epstein of Norfolk. Memorial services were held in the chapel of Quinn-Shalz Family Funeral Home. Donations may be made to Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughter’s (CHKD). Online tribute at www.quinn-shalz. com. Quinn-Shalz Family Funeral Home, Jacksonville Beach. SARI GLASSER ERLANGER JUPITER, FLa.—We deeply mourn the loss of Sari Helen Glasser Erlanger, cherished, wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt, who died after a brief illness, on April 5, 2012. She was born in Norfolk, Nov. 30, 1933, a daughter of the late Robert and Anna Glasser. Sari graduated from Maury High School and attended Mary Washington College, in Fredericksburg, where she met and later married her husband, David Erlanger. Sari later graduated from Adirondack Community College, Queensbury, N.Y., with an associate degree in Liberal Arts. She spent her lifetime raising her three children in Glens Falls, N.Y., and volunteering to help others. Sari’s volunteer work included pastoral care at Jupiter Medical Center. She was also a corresponding secretary at Temple Beth Am, Jupiter, Fla. Besides her husband David, she is survived by her brother, Morton (Lynne) Glasser, her children, Rhonda (Erlanger) Mitchell, Wendy (Erlanger) and Alan Porter, and Kay (Erlanger) and Michael McNamara. Sari is also survived by four grandchildren: Travis and Courtney Mitchell, Ethan Porter, and Andrew McNamara; many cousins, and five nieces and nephews.
To celebrate her lifetime of commitment to charitable giving and countless years of service to the Jupiter, Fla., and Glens Falls, N.Y. areas, the family has asked for donations to Hospice of Palm Beach County or Temple Beth Am, in Jupiter, or Temple Beth El, Glens Falls. Services were held at Temple Beth Am, Jupiter. Interment took place at Temple Beth El Cemetery, So. Glens Falls, N.Y. Star of David Funeral Chapel, West Palm Beach, Fla. BERNARD RIVIN PORTSMOUTH—Bernard Rivin, 93, passed away Tuesday, April 3, 2012 in his residence. A native of Boston, Mass., he was a graduate of Harvard College, class of 1940, with a BA degree in economics and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army and served from 1941–1946. Mr. Rivin was president of The Famous of Portsmouth, Inc. from 1946–1991 and was the first president of the US Naval Shipyard Museum of Portsmouth. Mr. Rivin was president of the Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce; chairman of the United Jewish Appeal; chairman of the Israeli Bonds Campaign; founder of Temple Sinai in Portsmouth and its second president; a volunteer for the Portsmouth Public Library, Friends of the Juvenile Court and the Bear Program (reading to children) for Portsmouth Public Schools. He was on the Norfolk State College Board of Trustees, Jewish Family Service (Personal Affairs Management), a longtime member and officer of the Kiwanis Club of Portsmouth and over his lifetime he was honored by many Hampton Roads organizations. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Zelma G. Rivin; children, Richard A. Rivin (Theo Bonk), Anne R. Stanfield (Jeffrey Stanfield) and Jonathan Rivin; two brothers, Arthur and Robert; seven grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. He was predeceased by a daughter, Rosalind R. Chernoff (Carl Chernoff). A funeral service was held at Temple Sinai, Portsmouth. Memorial donations may be made to the Jewish Museum and Cultural Center, PO Box 7962, Portsmouth, VA 23707, or to a charity of choice. Sturtevant Funeral Home. CAROLE WEINSTEIN VIRGINIA BEACH, VA—Carole Weinstein, 82, passed away Sunday, March 11, 2012.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Mrs. Weinstein was a former resident of Lawrenceville. She was a secretary at the Norfolk Police Department before retiring. Wife of the late Harold “Red” Weinstein, she is survived by two sons, Douglas and Scott Weinstein; two daughters, Terri Miller and Iris Weinstein; three grandchildren, Mark, Harrison and Blythe, and one great-granddaughter, Gianna. Funeral services were held at Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, 1534 Pennington Rd., Ewing Township. Burial followed at Floral Park Cemetery, Deans.
Mike Wallace, veteran 60 Minutes correspondent Veteran journalist Mike Wallace, who appeared on the CBS news program 60 Minutes from its first airing, has died. Wallace died Saturday, April 7 at 93 at a care facility in New Haven, Conn., where he had been living in recent years. Known for his probing interviews, Wallace had retired from the highly rated 60 Minutes in 2006 after 38 seasons, but continued to contribute to the program and other CBS news shows. The watchdog group CAMERA had accused Wallace of having an Israel problem. During a 1989 interview with Yasser Arafat, Wallace allowed the PLO leader to spout his anti-Israel views without questioning them. When he asked Arafat if he had renounced “military operations” inside Israel, Arafat responded, “Any people who are facing occupation or oppression have the right to use all methods.” Wallace did not probe this with a follow-up question, CAMERA pointed out in a 2006 report called “Mike Wallace’s Middle East Problem.” Wallace interviewed Abba Eban, then Israel’s ambassador to the United States, in 1958. He was awarded 21 Emmy Awards, five DuPont-Columbia journalism awards and five Peabody Awards during his career. Born Myron Leon Wallace in Brookline, Mass., to Russian Jewish parents who had shortened their family name from Wallechinsky, he graduated from the University of Michigan, where he worked for the Michigan Daily student newspaper and was a member of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity. Wallace hosted several game shows in the 1950s. His son Chris is the host of Fox News Sunday for the Fox News network. (JTA)
OBITUARIES Raymond Aubrac, 97, French Resistance fighter Raymond Aubrac, a prominent figure of the French Resistance against the Nazis during World War II, died April 10 in Paris, at the age of 97, his daughter confirmed. French President Nicolas Sarkozy called Aubrac a “heroic figure” of the Resistance. Aubrac was one of the last high-profile members of the National Council of the Resistance, a movement founded in 1943 and coordinated by Jean Moulin to fight the Vichy regime. Aubrac joined the Resistance in 1940 with his wife, Lucie, who died five years ago. In June 1943, the Gestapo arrested him and other leaders of the Resistance in Caluire, near Lyon in east-central France. Moulin, who also was arrested, died from torture a few days later. Aubrac escaped in an attack led by his wife during a prison transfer. The couple spent the end of the war in London. After the liberation of France in 1944, Aubrac was named the state supervisor for the city
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Jack Tramiel, 83, computer pioneer and Auschwitz survivor Jack Tramiel, an Auschwitz survivor and founder of Commodore International, which pioneered low-cost home computers, died April 9 at 83. “Jack Tramiel was an immense influence in the consumer electronics and computing industries,” said Martin Goldberg, who is working on a book about the early days of video games and computing. “A name once uttered in the same vein as Steve Jobs is today, his journey from concentration camp survivor to captain of industry is the stuff of legends.” His company launched the Vic20, Commodore PET and Commodore 64 computers in the 1980s. The Commodore 64 would become one of the best-selling
computer models of all time and it was a favorite among early fans of video games, including a number who became wellknown designers of video games. He was born Jacek Trzmiel in Lodz, Poland, in 1928. His family was put in the Lodz ghetto and then sent to Auschwitz, where he came face to face with Josef Mengele. His family perished in the camp. Tramiel was liberated from Auschwitz by the U.S. Army, which he later joined. In the Army he learned how to repair office equipment. In the late 1960s Tramiel went to California’s nascent Silicon Valley, where Commodore began manufacturing electronic calculators. Tramiel purchased a chip manufacturer and moved it into microcomputers, where it developed PET. He later purchased the video games company Atari. (JTA)
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Barbara Kaufman Pributsky: Expanding her Jewish tent
by Karen Lombart
y using a map and AAA travel books, Barbara Pributsky navigates the route that she and Gerry, her husband of almost 56 years, take as they tent across North America. They have travelled by car from the Bay of Fundy to the Florida Keys; from Mexico to Washington State and Canada and across the country twice, seeing every state in the United States including Alaska and Hawaii. When their children were young, they bought a tent camper and introduced all five of them to the magnificence of the country. With Pributsky’s retirement in 1990, her husband convinced her to sleep outdoors in a tent. “One of the first things that I did when we entered an area, was leaf through the local phone book for Jewish names and synagogues,” says Pributsky. “I wanted to know if there was a Jewish population in the vicinity. In the grocery stores, I felt lucky if I found kosher hotdogs as a source of protein for the week.” With her inquisitive nature and conversational acumen, Pributsky consistently transformed the ordinary into an adventure of Jewish identity. In a small gift shop in Valdez, Alaska, for example, while waiting to board a boat to see the puffins, whales and glaciers, she spotted a metal sculpture of a rabbi on an inconspicuous shelf. She was thrilled to discover the owner’s familial history and that of the town’s only other Jewish family. For their 50th wedding anniversary, their five children and their spouses gave she and Gerry a vacation to Italy. Attending Orthodox services in Rome on Friday evening, Gerry met a young Israeli man on his honeymoon. Standing outside the synagogue, the older couple invited the newlyweds to dinner. While visiting Israel, the Pributskys lived there as if they were residents, renting a room in a condominium in the French Hill section of Jerusalem. Touring with friends who had made aliyah, they were driven to some of the remote areas of the country. On their own, however, they took public transportation like the locals. Pributsky’s younger sister, Harriet, who also learned to love the outdoors from her father, looked forward to the adventures of tenting just as much as her sister. The
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Pributskys enjoyed travelling with others as well as on their own. Exploring the Florida Keys with their friends of 55 years, Honey and Maurice Spivak, they adorned the exterior of their campers with Chanukah decorations and exchanged gifts. While camping with Sarita and Bert Sachs in Florida, they celebrated Shabbat under the stars. Together, they lit candles, ate Challah, and drank wine. In Canada with Orthodox friends, they created an eruv so that belongings could be carried between tents from Friday evening until Saturday night at sunset. Born in 1932 to American parents during the Depression, Pributsky lived during her earliest years in a huge house that dated to the 1890s with her parents, her younger sister and six extended family members. She has fond memories of many of the traditional Jewish dishes, especially watching her father chop the fish in a wooden bowl for her mother’s delicious gefilte fish. Her maternal grandmother owned an antique store where Pributsky spent much of her time. On Sundays, she went to Tifereth Israel’s Reform Sunday school in Malden, Mass. and was confirmed at age 16. Although she always felt Jewish, the significance of the traditions and holidays were not apparent to her. As a young girl, the one thing she knew with certainty was that her parents expected her to marry a Jewish man. From the moment the Pributskys were married in October, 1956, they made the decision to always belong to a synagogue. Gerry had grown up in an Orthodox schul in Fall River near New Bedford, Mass., where sermons were delivered in Yiddish. Together, they decided to keep a kosher home. She was happy to learn the laws of kashrut from her mother-in-law. Yom Kippur came quickly after they married, and Pributsky’s curiosity led her to further exploration. That “Yontiv” was the first she ever fasted. Supportive of his wife’s interests, Gerry came home every day by 5 pm so that Pributsky could take night classes in Hebrew, sewing and/or painting. Living in Springfield for eight years, the couple had four girls: Beth, Caren, Debby and Lisa. Although she worked from the time she was 12 years old, the couple decided that she would be a “stay at home mom.” After moving for a year to Charleston, S. C., the family settled in Baltimore, Md.
Their last child, David, was born there. No matter where they lived or travelled, on Friday night, candles were lit and wine was served. As an active member of a Baltimore Orthodox congregation, Pributsky wrote some of the plays with the rabbi’s wife. One of her favorites was How To Succeed In Simchas Without Really Crying. She juggled life’s demands between classes, hobbies, volunteer work and carpooling. Her three older daughters went to the Orthodox Hebrew school and were confirmed. Moving to Tidewater, they became members of BBYO. Lisa and David had their Bat and Bar Mitzvahs at Temple Israel. David was a member of NCSY, the Orthodox youth group. Pributsky became a member of Hadassah, Brandeis Women, ORT, Hebrew Ladies Charity, and B’nai Brith. In 1976, she had her college credits transferred from a Baltimore school to Tidewater Community College. Her major had been early childhood education, until Pributsky switched to therapeutic recreation because of her desire to help others. In 1977, after her graduation ceremony at Scope, she took a job as program director with Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation. Pributsky organized and ran programs for adults and children with special needs including the hearing impaired, the mentally challenged, and the physically disabled. Two years after Beth Sholom Home opened in 1980, Alan Funk, executive director, hired her. “Within a month, I was orchestrating the Seder, accommodating the 60 residents, their guests, and the wheelchairs,” Pributsky reports. “The personnel were passionate about their jobs, committed to each other and the residents,” she says. “We always felt as if we were working for people in their own home. Work never felt like employment.” In 1990, when she retired as Beth Sholom Village’s community relations director, Pributsky moved her parents from Boston to the BSV complex. She served on the agency’s board for six years. When Pam Synder needed help baking Shabbat challah to be sold in the gift shop, she volunteered her services, ultimately taking over. Now, once a week, Pributsky works in the gift shop. She has remained a life time member of the Beth Sholom Auxiliary, serving as recording secretary for six years and now a member-at-large. A member of Congregation Beth El, she
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helps Nancy Kantor in the kitchen when needed. Pributsky also assists with the annual summer rummage sale and in recent years, has prepared the Purim Shalach Manot bags. As a longtime sisterhood member, a member of the board in years past and now part of the book club, she enjoys her synagogue community. Today, she and Gerry frequent the Simon Family Jewish Community Center. While he uses the fitness center, she goes to water aerobics and yoga three times a week. They often participate in activities organized by the Seniors Club. On Mondays, Pributsky has a Mahjongg game with a group of women she met there. Many Chanukahs ago, her son David gave her the two-set volume of The Jewish Book of Why. Always curious, the one thing she has never questioned is her love for her children, and their families. She adds, “I also feel so fortunate that all five of my children are married to wonderful people who come from caring, loving homes.” Among the Pributsky traditions is her family’s gathering for the second Passover Seder. For years, the wine stained Haggadahs have been set at the table for at least 22 people, 10 of them her grandchildren. Barbara Pributsky is full, even before the meal begins. During her lifetime, she has known great abundance. She has experienced great joy from her family, her friends and the adventures that she and Gerry have shared. “Her cup runneth over.”
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