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Education issues and the CRC

n 2010 I was asked to chair the Community Relations Council’s (CRC) education committee. Eliot Weinstein serves as vice chair. This committee assists with common education situations in our local school systems both public and private. Our goal is to provide a united position for the Jewish community on issues important to Jewish students and Jewish school employees. Over the years, most of these issues have related to appropriate handling of student or employee absences for Jewish holidays, textbook issues, and concerns of separation of church and state. We seek to help and offer suggestions for parents, employees, or students experiencing issues with a school. Over the past few years we have heard only a few complaints and concerns and have addressed those we thought needed addressing and gritted our teeth and ignored those we thought should be ignored. Living in a military town, we all understand the concept of chain of command. Some situations need to be dealt with from the top down, but most need to be dealt with up the chain of command. Even when you solve a problem yourself, we want to hear about it and at what level it was resolved, so we can look for patterns and bigger issues where we may need to provide education to the school systems. If your child is experiencing a problem in the classroom, or you as a school employee are experiencing a problem at

contents Letter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Briefs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Torah Thought . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Israeli gun laws. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 In Israel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Tidewater’s Men Mission to Israel . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Jewish Olympians. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 B’nai Israel at Siyum Hashas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Hebrew Academy thanks donors . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Tips on Jewish trips: mah jongg . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Hebrew Ladies Charity: 110 years . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Law enforcement execs go to Holocaust Museum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Beth Sholom Village . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 AIPAC exec visits Tidewater. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Hampton Roads Jewish Hero . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

school, the appropriate place to begin is with the lowest possible person in the chain of a command. For a student, this would be the teacher. If the matter cannot be resolved with the teacher, then try either the guidance department or the assistant principal, followed by the principal. If that does not work, try an assistant superintendent for that level of school, then up to the superintendent of schools, and finally the school board. For employees, the chain of command would be an immediate supervisor at the school level—which might be a department head, followed by the appropriate assistant principal or principal, then perhaps the human resources department. While the education committee addresses issues on a regional level, we need help to know when situations occur. For example, if you see a textbook that contains anti-Semitic material or presents a distorted history of the Arab-Israeli conflict, please let us know. If you cannot provide a copy of the textbook, please copy (1) the ISBN Number or the relevant pages in the front of the textbook with the title, author, publisher, copyright date, etc; and (2) the pages containing the problematic material. Public School textbooks are generally adopted by the City’s school board, and are placed in service for five to 10 years. We would like to be certain that textbooks are reviewed prior to their adoption. We would appreciate volunteers to help us review textbooks as they are put on display for

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the public to review. If you are interested in helping review books, please contact me at nrose@wilsav.com, Eliot Weinstein at esweinstein@gmail.com, or Robin Mancoll, Community Relations Council director, at rmancoll@ujft.org. On the other hand, you may see an issue where others do not. Some may perceive you as thin skinned for seeing anti-Semitism where none was meant. Sometimes when you see an anti-Semitic act, it is best to ask others whether they see it as well before taking action. The CRC is here to ask such questions and get that second opinion. We hurt our position when we are perceived as “crying wolf”—you might have been offended, but please allow us to speak and respond as a community to the big issues and let small unintentional slights fade away rather than being worried into a new issue. If you are interested in assisting the education committee or have an education concern, please contact any one of the members of the committee: Neil Rose, Eliot Weinstein, Harvey Eluto, Linda Hoffman, Sue Ellen Kaplan, Rabbi Gershon Litt, Rachelle Luna, Roberto Luna, Rabbi Michael Pantiz, Bethany Prince, Judi Rohn, Miriam Seeherman, Mark Solberg, Kevin Tabakin, Larry Weinstein, Laura Wingett or Robin Mancoll. —Neil L. Rose, Community Relations Council Education Committee chair


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briefs Jewish stars shine in Emmy nominations Mayim Bialik, Larry David and Lena Dunham are among the Jewish performers nominated for the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards. Jewish filmmaker and actress Lena Dunham was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Hannah Horvath on the HBO series Girls. The show has also been nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series and was inspired by Dunham’s experiences as a Jewish girl living in New York City. Larry David, who is best known as one of the creators of the TV show Seinfeld was nominated as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in the HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm. The show also was nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series. Mayim Bialik was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her role as Amy Farrah Fowler on the CBS show Big Bang Theory. The show has also been nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series. Max Greenfield, an American actor known for his roles on Veronica Mars, Ugly Betty and Modern Men, has been nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Schmidt in the Fox series New Girl. The show Homeland, which was loosely based on the Israeli series Hatufim, has also been nominated for Outstanding Drama Series. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart has also been nominated for Outstanding Variety Series. The Emmy Awards will be hosted live on ABC on Sept. 23. (JTA) NFTY, BBYO teens gather for intercamp Maccabiah games Nearly 500 teens from the leadership programs of NFTY and BBYO joined for their first inter-camp Maccabiah games. The games took place July 18 at Reform Judaism’s Kutz Camp in Warwick, N.Y. Campers from the B’nai B’rith Perlman Camp in Starlight, Pa. traveled there. BBYO is a pluralistic Jewish teen movement. NFTY, the North American Federation of Temple Youth, is a program of the Union for Reform Judaism.  “This is truly a unified effort to begin building more meaningful bridges between the participants in our programs, and to support the ongoing work of the Coalition of Jewish Teens and the Reform movement’s Campaign for Youth Engagement,” said Camp Kutz director Melissa Frey.  The Coalition of Jewish Teens brings together five North American Jewish youth

movements—BBYO, NFTY, the Orthodox Union’s NCSY, the Conservative movement’s United Synagogue Youth and the Zionist group Young Judaea—to take united stands on issues such as youth bullying. During the games, teams learned about both youth movements and shared ideas for how they can better collaborate on service projects in their local communities.  “In addition to the fun aspects of Maccabiah, there was very intentional messaging and programming around collaboration, unity and responsibility as Jewish teen leaders,” Frey said. (JTA)

Founder of London Shomrim carries Olympic torch The founder of London’s Shomrim patrol carried the Olympic torch in South London. Efrayim Goldstein, 23, was one of 187 people who carried the Olympic torch through the city. Goldstein wore the official white Olympic uniform and was given a matching yarmulke, according to VIN News. He carried the torch for about a half-mile. After handing off the torch, Goldstein and a group of fellow torchbearers observed a moment of silence in memory of the 11 Israeli athletes and coaches who were killed by terrorists at the Munich Olympics, according to VIN. Goldstein is the founder of the Shomrim Safety Patrol and runs a soup kitchen. According to the nomination for Goldstein, he set up seven charities by the time he became 16. (JTA) In Bulgaria, Israel’s tourism minister vows to continue tourism ties Israeli Minister of Tourism Stas Misezhnikov traveled to Bulgaria to shore up the relationship between the two countries in the wake of the deadly attack on a bus full of Israeli tourists. Accompanying Misezhnikov on the trip were senior representatives of the Israeli tourism industry. “After what happened in Burgas, we will continue to travel as tourists—in Israel and in Bulgaria, and wherever else we wish,” Misezhnikov said. “We will not reward the terrorist act. We will not react to it with fear.” (JTA) Romney brings in $1.5 million from Jewish backers at L.A. dinner Mitt Romney raised $1.5 million at a dinner for Jewish supporters in Los Angeles. Romney addressed a $50,000-a-couple dinner in Bel Air on July 23, the Los Angeles Jewish Journal reported.

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The dinner capped a day of California fundraising for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee that brought in $10 million. The Journal quoted donors attending the dinner as saying that Romney felt President Obama was not sufficiently focused on Israel. (JTA)

StandWithUs to place pro-Israel ads in suburban N.Y. rail stations The Israel advocacy organization StandWithUs is placing pro-Israel advertisements in suburban New York public transit stations that are displaying antiIsrael ads. StandWithUs will place a total of 75 ads in Metro-North railway stations in Westchester County. The ads aim to show how Israel has had a positive impact on the world, and make the case that Palestinian leaders have opposed efforts to establish peace between Israel and the Palestinians. The ads also highlight the historical Jewish connection to the land of Israel. One ad shows a picture of the Bible and says, “According to this 3,000-year-old best-seller, Israel is the Jewish homeland.” Another says, “Israel needs a partner for peace. Urge the Palestinians to accept Israel as their neighbor.” In the news release Roz Rothstein, CEO of StandWithUs, said that “We cannot allow the public to be misled by the factual distortions in yet another anti-Israel campaign. We are committed to countering anti-Israel campaigns whenever they appear.” StandWithUs has opposed anti-Israel advertising campaigns in cities throughout the U.S. Last year, the group used a similar technique of countering anti-Israel messages with pro-Israel billboards in New York City. (JTA) Part of gold medal ‘belongs to Israel,’ Kiwi sailor Jo Aleh says Jo Aleh, the New Zealand Jewish Olympian who won gold in the sailing regatta, said part of her medal “belongs to Israel.” Aleh, the New Zealand-born daughter of dual Israeli and Kiwi citizens Shuki Shukrun and Daniella Aleh, clinched gold in the women’s 470 sailing event with her partner Olivia “Polly” Powrie. Her parents were on hand to witness the triumph. The new Olympic champion—whose father lives in Moshav Yinon near Kiryat Malachi and whose mother served in the Israeli army—said she was amazed and slightly bemused at the media fanfare in Israel. “It feels great to know that there is even

more people behind me and, given my parents’ background, part of my medal belongs to Israel,” she said. Aleh’s half-sister Shefa is celebrating her bat mitzvah in two weeks. Aleh, the 2007 world champion, was scheduled to go straight to Israel, but as one of five Kiwi gold medalists she is traveling back for parades in Auckland and the earthquakeravaged city of Christchurch. “I am still hoping to make it back to Israel in time for my sister’s bat mitzvah,” she said. In New Zealand, it was after midnight Aug. 10 as many in the small Jewish community, which numbers around 7,000, celebrated a slice of their own history: Aleh is believed to be the first Kiwi Jew to win an Olympic medal. “I was not aware of this,” Aleh said. “I guess it’s a good bonus.” Shemi Tzur, Israel’s ambassador to New Zealand, said that “This is both an outstanding personal achievement and a great accomplishment for New Zealand. My colleagues at the embassy in Wellington and I followed the competition enthusiastically and we all share your joy and pride.” (JTA)

Amsterdam to name bridge for WWII savior of 350 Jewish children The City of Amsterdam will name one of its last remaining nameless bridges for Pieter Meerburg, who saved 350 Jewish children during the Holocaust. Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan and other dignitaries are scheduled to christen bridge 234 the Pieter Meerburg Bridge on Sept. 2. As a student in Amsterdam in 1942, Meerburg was in charge of a network that smuggled Jewish children to safe houses across the Netherlands. Meerburg died in 2010. The network was known as the Amsterdam Student Group. One method used by the group to camouflage the Jewish identity of babies they rescued was by allowing foster parents to adopt them. Female couriers working for the group would pretend the babies were their own, telling authorities they wanted to give the babies away for adoption because they did not know the identity of the father. Yad Vashem, Israel’s authority for Holocaust commemoration, recognized Meerburg as Righteous Among the Nations in 1974. Bridge 234 is situated at the Hortusplantsoen, some 200 yards from the Portuguese Synagogue and the Jewish Historical Museum. (JTA)

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The Elul To Do List

An end of summer to do list: 1. Put away beach and vacation gear 2. Buy school supplies 3.  Plumb the depths of the relationship between your immortal soul and God in hopes of rekindling the spiritual passion in that relationship* 4. Return “summer reading” books to library *If number three sounds intimidating, don’t worry. You have an entire month to deal with it.


n August 19 we turned the page of our Jewish calendars to the new month of Elul, the month that immediately precedes Rosh Hashanah and the Ten Days of Repentance. Elul is a very special time. The process of teshuva, of returning to God through repentance, is so important that the rabbis wanted to make sure we are prepared. The entire month was designated for that preparation and is marked by the blowing of the shofar at services every morning to serve as a call to action. It makes a certain amount of sense when you consider it. Suppose you have an important meeting with the CEO of your company, a meeting that could decide your future employment. Would you prepare for that meeting, try to predict what the boss will say and develop responses, carefully arrange a Powerpoint highlighting your good work and value to the organization? Or would you arrive the day of the meeting without giving it too much thought and let the chips fall where they may? Most likely, you chose the former. So, how much more should we prepare for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur when we will stand metaphorically face to face with our Creator with no less than our spiritual wholeness, the health of our relationships and even our fate on the line? Of course, just because we understand the task at hand doesn’t make it any less daunting. I have often found that daunting

tasks are made easier when broken down. So, to help us all get started, here is an Elul To-Do List: The Calendar Assessment—It is sometimes difficult to judge how we really spend our time. Luckily, we live in a calendar-obsessed age so we have coldhard facts to examine. A great step towards teshuva is taking last year’s calendar and reviewing everything that’s in it. Who’d you spend most of your time with? How often did you visit those you consider most important to you? How many entries are there for good acts you were involved in? Perhaps most importantly, is the way you spent your time reflective of what you think of as your priorities. If not, how can you change your time allocation in the coming year to better reflect your true self? The Family Year-in-Review—Another way to get a better idea of how the past year went is to ask family members to join you in discussing the past year. By exploring the past year with your spouse, your children and/or your parents, you can get a fuller picture of how your actions affected those around you. You also may be reminded of incidents that were important to others, but which you have long forgotten. Lastly, this could be a good entry into the exploration of the health of your relationship with your family members, an essential part of the teshuva process. The One Thing to Improve—Is there something you have always wished you were better at? Elul is the time to think of practical ways to improve. These are not New Year’s resolutions like exercise or learn to ride a unicycle. During Elul we should think about the things that impact others and the world—being more patient with our children or parents, treating God’s Creation with more respect, respecting ourselves, etc. That should be a pretty good list to help us get started with a very intense, but fulfilling, month. Perhaps the best thing about Elul and the teshuva process is that if we engage in even one or two of the activities on the Elul To-Do List we will not only have a more meaningful High Holiday season; we will have a more meaningful, healthier and more priority-driven life. Now who wouldn’t want to check that off their “to do” list? —Rabbi Jeffrey Arnowitz, Congregation Beth El.

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Despite militarized society, Israel has strict gun laws “It’s not guns that kill, it’s people that kill” by Ben Sales

TEL AVIV (JTA)–First-time visitors to Israel might be taken aback to see groups of armed teenagers walking through a city plaza on a weeknight, or surprised to walk into a public bathroom and see an M-16 laying across the sinks as a soldier washes his face. But guns are ubiquitous in Israel, where most 18-year-olds are drafted into the army

after high school. Once those soldiers finish their service two or three years later however, they are subject to civilian gun control regulations that are much stricter than American laws. In fact, it’s pretty much impossible for civilians who live in Israel to acquire an arsenal of weaponry of the sort used by the alleged shooter in last month’s massacre in Aurora, Colo. James E. Holmes, who is

accused of killing 12 people and wound“They don’t recruit everyone,” says ing 58 in the Aurora movie theater, legally Nedivi, who runs a company called bought the firearms he used, according to Advanced Forensic Science Services. “If you reports, including a semiautomatic rifle, a are a person with a record of violence, you semiautomatic pistol and a will be discharged.” 12-gauge shotgun. Leading Nedivi favors allowNumber of up to the shooting, Holmes ing private gun ownership pistols Israeli had bought thousands of with tight regulations, gun owners bullets online. noting that armed civilare allowed. In Israel, assault rifles ians have used their guns are banned except for speto stop terrorists during cial circumstances, such attacks. as communal self-defense He says that gun masin areas deemed to be a sacres don’t occur in Israel security risk. And while political violence in because gun owners undergo more compreIsrael is all too common and gun violence hensive psychological screenings than do is a growing problem, random shootings of U.S. gun owners. strangers—like the Aurora “It’s not guns that kill, Rounds of massacre—are virtually it’s people that kill,” Nedivi ammunition unheard-of. says. “If this person in Israelis are Unlike in the United Colorado will be screened allowed States, where the right to now, they will say he to buy bear arms is guaranteed in has mental problems. In each year. the Constitution’s Second Israel, most people like Amendment, Israel’s this don’t get a chance to department of public get a gun.” security considers gun ownership a priviGun violence does still occur in Israel, lege, not a right. Gun owners in Israel are though gun control is not a sensitive politilimited to owning one pistol, and must cal issue. undergo extensive mental “We think the sociand physical tests before ety is over-armed,” says Number of they can receive a weapon, Smadar Ben-Natan, a years an Israeli and gun owners are limited lawyer who co-heads must have been to 50 rounds of ammuniGun-Free Kitchen Tables, a captain or tion per year. an Israeli coalition to end lt colonel in order Not all Israelis, however, domestic gun violence. to own a gun. may own guns. In order to “There are too many own a pistol, an Israeli must weapons going around. for two years have been There is no justification either a captain in the army or a former lieu- that these weapons go home and are prestenant colonel. Israelis with an equivalent ent in civilian surroundings.” rank in other security organizations may also Rather than lobbying for new laws, own a pistol.  Gun-Free Kitchen Tables is pushing for the In addition, residents of West Bank enforcement of current regulations, which settlements, and those who work there, require security guards to leave their weapmay own pistols for self-defense. ons in their workplace. Ben-Natan says Other groups of Israelis, such as profes- private security companies often do not sional hunters and sharpshooters, or people abide by the law. transporting dangerous goods, may also own “The private police companies offer firearms. And Israelis may keep unloaded an illusion of security,” Ben-Natan says. guns they inherited or received as a gift. “They’re not accountable in terms of the Lior Nedivi, an Israeli firearms expert, public interest. They don’t bear the cost of said that despite Israel’s militarized society, the precautions that need to be in place. neither soldiers nor veterans engage in The people that pay this price are the extensive gun violence because 18-year- women and family members who get shot.” olds are tested for mental and physical For soldiers who take their weapons fitness before being drafted. home on weekends and off-nights, the rule In 2008, 143 people in Israel died from is they must be on their person at all times firearms, according to the website gun- or under double-locks if left at home. policy.org.



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Haaretz newspaper launches English edition iPad App Haaretz, Israel’s premier news source, launched the Haaretz iPad App for English readers last month. The Haaretz iPad app is the first Israeli product to be available on the Apple Newsstand, and can be downloaded for free at the Apple store. <http://itunes. apple.com/app/haaretz-english-edition-for/ id500132377?mt=8>

Designed with one of the top news app developers, the Haaretz iPad app delivers the most comprehensive and interactive news experience Haaretz has offered covering Israel, the Middle East, and the Jewish world. The iPad edition gives readers enhanced news content, photos, in-depth videos and a daily digital replica of the print edition, as well as the latest breaking news and other interactive features.

Lollapalooza is coming to Israel The popular music festival Lollapalooza will make its next international stop at the Yarkon Park in Tel Aviv next summer. Founder Perry Farrell, of the popular ’90s band “Jane’s Addiction,” says that Tel Aviv was chosen because on a recent visit there he found an “international music community that listens to everything we all listen to, but the artists weren’t traveling there so it was an opportunity.” Farrell

created the festival in 1991 as a farewell tour for his band; it has been held in various locations throughout North America, with the festival now being held regularly in Chicago. In addition, an international expansion brought the festival this year to Santiago, Chile and Sao Paulo, Brazil. Farrell describes Tel Aviv as a “sexy city,” adding: “Talk about the after party!” (JTA)

Finding gold Despite advances in mining technology, mountain ranges prove notoriously difficult environments in the hunt for valuable minerals. Now a new three-dimensional mapping method from Tel Aviv University is uncovering untold riches. Prof. Eppelbaum TAU’s Department of Geophysics and Planetary Sciences began working on his methodology with the late Prof. Boris Khesin of Ben Gurion University. Presented at the European Geosciences

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o, let’s say you’re a Jewish community leader… And let’s say you have a vision for the future of the Jewish community—not just the community of Tidewater, but the global Jewish community…. And let’s say that vision requires future leadership to bring it to fruition. What do you do to make that happen? Why, you invite 50 of your closest “friends” to join you on a trip to Israel. And that is exactly what Art and Steve Sandler did. This July, 51 men from the Tidewater Jewish community traveled together on a remarkable journey—back in time AND into the future. And they didn’t need a time machine to get there…just a couple of planes and a great big tour bus to bring them to the land of Israel. During this Men’s Leadership Mission (the second of its kind—organized, led, and heavily-funded by the Sandler Family) Tidewater’s future leaders heard from topnotch speakers, visited unique sites, and experienced first-hand the visceral connection that exists today and must continue to exist between all Jews and the Jewish land of Israel. Comprised primarily of emerging Jewish community leaders, along with a handful of more seasoned leaders, each participant came into the mix with his


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own set of expectations about what the trip would bring. High-spirited and enthusiastic, most (though not all) had been to Israel before. Most serve on local Jewish agency and synagogue boards. Some support AIPAC. And many are “graduates” of Federation-sponsored leadership development programs. All shared the desire to help strengthen and ensure the future of the Jewish community and Jewish world. One mission goal was to create bonds of friendship and support among the participants. These friendships will benefit the community for years to come, in ways most cannot even imagine. Tidewater’s Jewish leaders now have an expanded “peer group” they can go to for guidance and support when difficult decisions must be made. The mission also sought to bring its participants closer (in body and spirit) to the People and the Land of Israel, to embed in their souls the passion of the country, a passion they could bring home to their boards and committees—to lead with the great energy, high ideals, and high standards that Israel represents. True, Israel is the land of our ancestors (this was evident wherever the group traveled—from Tel Aviv to Yafo to Caesarea to Jerusalem). But it is also the land of Herzl and Ben Gurion, of giant ideas and undertakings. It’s the land of ethical ideas, ideals, and practices; a land of high tech-

Leadership Mission is a terrific success nology and entrepreneurship; and a land of immense and growing intellectual promise. And it’s a land which uses that very intelligence to face its internal and external challenges (demonstrated at visits to a JDC program site, an Israeli Navy Seal Base, and a manufacturing facility for electric cars). Amidst growing concern that young American Jews are disconnected from the land and people of Israel, this mission aimed to create and strengthen those personal connections for each participant. From food and wine to text study and discussion…from planting trees in a “biblical forest,” to problem solving with vulnerable Israeli teenagers…from high-tech Tel Aviv to ancient Jerusalem…the mission was a study in contrasts, all of which came together to make sense, in a very “Israeli” sort of way. When asked about their vision for this mission, co-chair Steve Sandler says, “If two people having the same values can accomplish more working together than separately, than what can 50 like-minded people do working together? Our goal was to take a group of potential leaders to Israel and share a common bond. We hope that the bond between these leaders (and also between the other leaders who shared a similar mission six years ago) will work to assure and insure the future of our wonderful Jewish community.”

Ross Culliner (lower right) instructs about the security fence.

Art Sandler, Steve Sandler, Brad Bangel, Scott Flax and David Konikoff plant trees.

Mission co-chair Art Sandler adds, “I am very proud to have done this with my

brother. We are acting on the influences of our family and parents.” The Sandlers

had been thinking about “what they could do to make an enduring impact on the community.” This mission was the answer. “And we look forward to doing it again in the future,” he says. “You build a community through shared experiences. That is what this trip did. We were busy morning until night, seeing things that others don’t see. We shared experiences.” Okay, so traveling to Israel with 50 of your closest friends may not be the easiest undertaking. It has a few challenges that go along with it… but when it works, and this mission did, there’s nothing more gratifying. And when it works, the entire community reaps the rewards.

Wes, Art, Max, Steve and Mitchell Sandler at the Kotel.

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Bill Miller That was the second time I visited Israel; of course it will not be the last experience. Before we left on July 21 (Eric’s birthday), I accepted my brother’s recommendation— have fun and keep an open mind. Overall, it was a good time even though a few of us spent time under the weather. The number one lesson I took from the mission would be to find balance in life. I would like to “share myself” with work, community involvement, family time and personal time. Thank G-d PTO (personal time off) exists in the workplace. Israel is a great State. Andrew Nusbaum As a first timer to Israel, I couldn’t have been more excited to go on this trip. While I have been fortunate to travel many places, Israel always seemed to escape me and yet has been the place I’ve most wanted to go. However, when we sat down to dinner the first night it hit me that for whatever reason, I was meant to experience Israel at this point in time, with this group of men. For me, the meaningful part of the trip didn’t come from one particular speaker or place, but rather the connection between our community members and those we interacted with throughout the week. It was special to be around so many Jewish people, in such a storied location as Israel. More than that, it was hopeful and inspiring to experience so much diversity in such a limited geographical space. To see various types of people living side by side reminds me that we are more similar than we are different, there is more good than bad in the world, and we have more reason to reach out to others than to be afraid of them.  Israel felt like home away from home. I couldn’t have been more excited to go to Israel. The experience exceeded all expectations. I couldn’t be more proud to be Jewish. To share this experience with fellow members of our community was the best part. Oh...and the food was fantastic! When are we going back? Jason Alper It is truly amazing to see so many different individuals, beliefs, ideas and histories come together and live in one land, the land of Israel. With a language thousands of years old, people from across the globe have come together to form one land and one nation, the Jewish Homeland of Israel. Hassidic Jews, Ethiopian immigrants, troubled teens, young military SEAL warriors, Reform rabbis; all are trying and succeeding in working together to exist as

one people in one land. The problems that these brave and pioneering individuals fight daily truly make our day to day difficulties here in the States pale by comparison. A trip to Israel is an eye opening and inspirational trip; it is one I would strongly recommend to any fellow Jew, and it truly inspires me and others to work and support Israel, in order to insure a safe haven and Homeland for all the Jewish people across the globe. Marty Snyder For me, the most meaningful event was our Security Barrier and Eyal Checkpoint tour with Ross Culiner. His running commentary brought into perspective the historical, socio-economic, political and religious factors that make the State of Israel the dynamic and culturally complex entity that it is. It re-enforced for me the concept that Israel is a state of mind, centered around a religious belief. Avraham Infeld’s comment that Judaism is not a religion may at first shock, but when put into context of Mishpacha (family) it truly defines what it means to live “a Jewish life…” Steve Zuckerman For me, Israel is the most wonderful place on Earth and I am constantly baffled and disheartened by the news media’s coverage of what is really happening on the ground. While groups like Hamas fire some 500+ rockets into Israel and no less than 12 attacks on Israel were intercepted in the past month, we all hear on the news is how the Palestinian people are being treated inhumanly via Israel’s use of fences and border checkpoints. On our visit to one of these checkpoints outside of Jerusalem we saw first-hand how Israelis ease the personal hardships of those who pass through the boarders. The real stance the news media should take is that this process is simple homeland security and that these fences and border checkpoints were not built by the Israelis, but by the terrorists themselves.

Seth Fleishman For me, the best part of the trip was the opportunity to better get to know the other participants. While I had some good friends on the trip, there were many others with whom I’d never had a chance to converse. In terms of the Israel experience, I enjoyed the activities that made my Israeli wife/ friends jealous: visiting the Navy Seals base, driving the electric car, and seeing security behind the scenes at the checkpoint and Old City. For the sake of our community, I am most interested in seeing the lasting impact of the trip on the participants. Will we be more active in a year? Five years? 10 years? 20 years? It could have that kind of impact (at least for some). David Leon The last full day of the 11-month period of daily Kaddish recitation for my mother fell on the day we arrived in Jerusalem. I was able to say Kaddish at the Kotel with a minyan made-up of men from our trip… in the country my mother loved tremendously. It is hard to think that this was not bashert. I could not have planned a more perfect way to end the daily Kaddish for my mother. Ed Epstein It has been 13 years since I took my youngest daughter to celebrate her Bat Mitzvah in

Israel and introduce her to her heritage and its history. A visit to Israel is both a physical and spiritual journey, and on a personal note, an opportunity to reconnect to my heritage and recharge my “Jewish battery.” Israel, too, has external and internal challenges, but the optimistic spirit of the people to excel and stay ahead of adversity was most impressive. The recognition that ordinary people can achieve extraordinary accomplishments to the betterment of society is an inspiration. Max Sandler I have traveled all over the world and done some pretty incredible things, but VERY few of them compare to that trip. I think the most interesting thing/event that we did was the visit to JDC’s MAFTEACH program. Unfortunately, I am so disconnected with what’s going on in Israel that I had no idea the issues surrounding both conscription and employment of the ultra-orthodox community. The evolution of the social, economic and political climate in Israel is occurring right before our eyes and this issue is pressing. It was wonderful to see and hear the evolution of the mindset of some in the ultra-orthodox community as well. Ten years ago they weren’t working and they weren’t participating in the army. Now times are changing and JDC is at the forefront of that change. Incredibly interesting stuff.


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Raisman, Down Under athletes soar among Jewish Olympians by JTA Staff

U.S. gymnast Aly Raisman and athletes from Down Under were the story for Jewish sports fans at the London Olympics. Raisman, who performs her floor routines to the melody of “Hava Nagilah,” won an individual gold medal in the floor exercise as well as a bronze on the balance beam after helping the U.S. women’s team take the gold. Her bronze came after the U.S. lodged a protest against the original result. Raisman, 18, of Needham, Mass., had finished fourth, but the judges agreed to a rescoring, putting her in a tie with Romania’s Catalina Ponor. Under a tie-breaking procedure, Raisman took the medal with a higher execution score. Raisman defeated Ponor again in the floor exercise final. Meanwhile, there was something good in the water for Jewish athletes from Down Under. Nathan Cohen, who is Jewish, and his partner Joseph Sullivan won the men’s double sculls on Aug. 2 to give New Zealand its first gold medal of the London Olympics. They rallied in the last 200 meters to over-

take Italy’s Alessio Sartori and Romano Battisti with a time of 6 minutes, 31.67 seconds—1.13 seconds ahead of the Italians. Australian kayaker Jessica Fox, 18, won a silver medal in the K-1 kayak slalom final. Her first Olympic medal followed a family tradition: Her mother, Myriam Jerusalmi Fox, won a bronze in the same race for France at the 1996 Atlanta Games. Her British father, Richard, finished fourth in the same event at the 1992 Olympics and was appointed coach of the Australian kayak team before the 2000 Sydney Games. New Zealand sailor Jo Aleh won her first Olympic gold medal. Aleh’s parents, Shuki and Daniella, lived in Israel before moving to Auckland. Aleh’s father flew in from Israel to watch the final rounds, while her mother arrived from New Zealand. Aleh has two half-siblings who both live in Israel. After the Olympics, the family is traveling there for her half-sister’s bat mitzvah celebration. Australian sprinter Steven Solomon’s bid for a medal ended when he ran out of steam in the 400-meter final. Solomon trailed the pack, finishing eighth in 45.14 seconds—his second fastest time and just 0.17 seconds off

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his landmark semifinal time. The 19-year-old runner, who played soccer at the 2009 Maccabiah before taking up sprinting, heaped praise on his Jewish Ukrainian coach, 78-year-old Fira Dvoskina, who could not travel to London but was coaching him via Skype. Israeli athletes were not faring well and, for the first time since 1988, seemed likely to return home without a medal. Windsurfer Lee Korzits, Israel’s likely last hope for a medal, finished the medal race in ninth place, dropping from second place to sixth in the overall rankings. Shahar Tzuberi, the bronze medalist from Beijing, did not qualify for the medal event. Also, Israeli judoka Arik Zeevi, who predicted he would win a medal at the London Olympics, lost his opening match. Dmitri Peters of Germany put Zeevi in a headlock in their 100 kg. match on Aug. 2, forcing the 35-year-old Israeli to tap out after 43 seconds, the Times of Israel reported. He had tears in his eyes as he left the mat. Female judoka Alice Schlessinger, another Israeli medal hope, was eliminated early as well. Israeli gymnast Alex Shatilov finished

sixth in the floor exercise finals. Shatilov, 25, had finished 12th last week in the individual all-around final. In an odd incident, Israeli sprinter Donald Sanford was forced to borrow running shoes, saying his had been stolen and that he did not have the opportunity to warm up. He argued unsuccessfully with the judges for more time and failed to advance out of the first round in the 400 meters, though he did run his personal best time of the season. Meanwhile, French Olympic swimmer Fabien Gilot grabbed some attention with the Hebrew tattoo on his left arm that he said is a tribute to his late grandmother’s husband, a Jewish survivor of Auschwitz. Gilot, who is not Jewish, said the tattoo is dedicated to his family and honors Max Goldschmidt, who has been a major influence in his life, Ynet reported. The tattoo says, “I’m nothing without them.” Gilot revealed the tattoo, which is on the inside of his left arm, after exiting the pool following his team’s gold medalwinning performance in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay.

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etLife Stadium in New Jersey was transformed into a “makom kadosh,” a holy place, on Wednesday, Aug. 1, as 92,000 Jews attended the 12th Siyum Hashas­ —a ceremony marking the completion of the Babylonian Talmud by groups of people who learned a page a day for seven and a half years. Members of B’nai Israel Synagogue in Norfolk attended the ceremony, which included speeches by leading rabbis, music, prayer, and a video presentation that included interviews with members of Bnai Israel’s learning group In the video, Rabbi Paysach Krohn, a leading author and lecturer, explained the story of how Bnai Israel’s Daf Yomi group formed after Rabbi Sholom Mostofsky saw his brother complete a cycle and wanted to bring that accomplishment to Norfolk. Rabbi Mostofsky’s interview was broadcast, along with other members of the Bnai Israel Daf Yomi Group—Sherman Katz, Bern Schlauss (who complete his first Daf Yomi cycle at the age of 80), Shmuel Yitzhak, Sid Bridge and Bnai Israel’s Daf Yomi instructor, Rabbi Sender Haber. The event is part of a learning program called “Daf Yomi” (English: Daily Folio), initiated in 1923 by Rabbi Meir Shapiro. His goal was to get Jews across the country to learn the exact same page of Talmud every day to ensure that anyone interested in learning Talmud would be able to join a group in any location and find himself on the same page. The movement was successful, as evidenced by the event at MetLife park—the largest Siyum Hashas to date—and the thousands of people who joined in via remote broadcast, including a group in Norfolk led by Rabbi Sender Haber. The entire B’nai Israel Daf Yomi group attended the event with the exception of Rabbi Haber, whose wife was due to deliver

their latest baby (a boy—born Aug. 9, mazel tov!). “When Amy Bridge suggested that Norfolk host a live broadcast of the giant Siyum Hashas at Metlife stadium, I envisioned my family and hers getting together in a living room for an hour or so. I contacted the Agudah and asked if they would be willing to help us set up a hookup for 10 people,” says Haber. Once the ceremonies were underway, 50 men and women had crammed into the largest classroom available in the BINA High School wing of B’nai Israel. “Some people came to tap into the energy of 100,000 Jews gathered together to celebrate Torah study, some came for the speeches, some came to hear the Kel Maleh recited for the six million Jews who perished in the holocaust, and some (like Amy –) came to celebrate a milestone.” The event had greater significance for Sid Bridge, completing the Talmud for the first time. “The event fell on the same day as my father’s Yahrzeit, the commemoration of his passing,” says Bridge, “All 92,000 of us at the arena joined together for the afternoon Minchah prayer, and I joined with hundreds of mourners to recite the mourner’s Kaddish, a prayer recited for our deceased loved ones. Hearing 92,000 people respond to that Kaddish was like nothing I had ever experienced.” The event culminated with the completion of the final tractate of the Talmud, followed by an eruption of singing and dancing—in the arena and with those watching remotely. The event continued late into the night with more inspiring speeches and learning the first page of the first volume of Talmud, officially starting the 13th cycle. B’nai Israel conducts its Daf Yomi class on weekdays at 6 am, before morning prayers.

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Now playing at a museum mah jongg table: Jewish pop culture by Edmon J. Rodman

LOS ANGELES (JTA)—With a Chinese “bam” and “crak,” and a Jewish “pop,” the real action is happening outside the galleries of the Skirball Cultural Center. That was by design. Unlike most art shows, where guards may stand watch to ensure that no one gets too close to the artworks, “Project Mah Jongg” is different: Not only is the central exhibit touchable, it’s playable, too. At the Skirball through Sept. 2, “Project Mah Jongg” next travels to the Jewish Museum of Florida in Miami Beach in October and then the William Breman Jewish Heritage & Holocaust Museum in Atlanta in April. The exhibit originated at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York. On a recent afternoon, the distinctive clinking-clanking sounds of mah jongg

tiles fill the air of the Skirball. Although the game table sitting in the middle of the exhibition looks inviting, eight players of the rummy-like game of Chinese origin— popular with Jewish players since its U.S. introduction in the early 1920s—prefer to take their friendly games to the terrace, where the museum has set up several mah jongg tables. The players come from several generations, and the bams, craks and dots—the names for the various suits of mah jongg tiles—are flying. Before taking a seat at a table, each player had warmed up by taking in the show: a gallery of memorabilia illustrating the game’s place in Jewish pop culture supplemented by more contemporary and humorous interpretations by artists Maira Kalman and Bruce McCall. One exhibit, titled “Mah Jongg Hostess,”

features a mah jonggKaufman is visiting the themed skirt, gelatin mold show with members of her Players needed to and a box of Joya chocHadassah group—all mah play Mah Jongg. olate-covered jelly rings. jongg players. For the mostly groups of Another display women visiting that day, attempts to answer whethits accompanying text er Chinese food was the belabors an already interJewish link to mah jongg, nalized point: “In many or possibly the other way households, mah jongg around. The show’s text was a ritual created by and for women.” explains that Jewish Americans of the 1920s Jewish women were pioneers in stan- were enthusiastic adopters of immigrant dardizing the game and writing rulebooks, products, including Chinese food. even becoming authorities of the game, the “Cross-ethnic sampling created a show’s text reminds.  sense of adventure, and demonstrated a “This is my grandmother’s set. I have sophistication that transcended old-world it at home. It’s a family heirloom,” Teri parochialism,” it reads. Kaufman says, pointing to a vintage mah “I am so craving Chinese food right jongg set with an artificial reptile skin case now,” says Nancy Eisman, responding to she found on display. “I remember my the Asian motif of the tiles, vintage scoregrandmother playing with that set.” cards and other accouterments of the game.


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Ronee Kraves, who is Chinese, encounThe game, slow at first as players draw tered the original version of the game while tiles and arrange them on racks, quickgrowing up in China. She is doing her own ly picks up speed. They try to achieve “cross-ethnic sampling.” mah jongg by using “The tiles are the same, their tiles to match speTiles and the rules might be cific sequences of tiles based different,” she says. “My dictated by a game on parents played and I card published by the Chinese characters learned from them. When National Mah Jongg and symbols in a we go back to China, we League, a group foundmah jongg set play.” ed in 1937 by German Kraves says that until Jewish women. visiting the show, she was “Who has all the joknot aware that Jews were ers?” Sukonig asks as she big players. She points to a eyes each player. “You’re large 1924 photo, “Leisure a good a bluffer,” she class ladies playing a floating game of mah says to her daughter as they cross looks. jongg,” depicting a group of bathing-suited The players continue a complicated Jewish women playing the game. passing sequence until Sukonig announces, “They’re just like the Chinese people “Mah jongg,” signifying victory. who play in the water when it gets hot,” “At home they would all have to pay me Kraves says. money,” she says in an aside. Many mah “The game is a perfect runway to memo- jongg games are played for small amounts ries,” says the traveling show’s curator, of money; it’s part of the game’s sociology. Melissa Martens, director of Collections Martens says that each aspect of the & Exhibitions at the Museum of Jewish game is meant for sharing and community, Heritage. “So many people have mah jongg and that the exhibit “was designed to feasets buried in their attics or closets.” ture the visitor.” On the Skirball deck, several visitors are As a result of the New York museum’s ready to add to those memories. Assisting creation and continued involvement with them is Lisa Blandford, the Skirball exhibit’s the show, she and some 30 staff members mah jongg facilitator. have learned how to play mah jongg, “I try to get people to play,” she says. Martens says. “The tables are usually filled with people “They have become addicts,” she says. who bring their own groups, and someExhibit visitor Bonnie Neustein, seated times people who have just met each other.” on a couch next to Eisman, observes that Players of one game included Necia mah jongg is about “reaching out to other Sukonig, a veteran who sometimes plays people, face to face instead of a computer.”  twice a week, and her daughter, Ivy Ransom, Eisman adds, “It will be interesting to as well as Kraves, who after watching a game see if a younger generation can sit still long is ready to try her hand. Blandford, also a enough to play.” newcomer to the game, makes the fourth. 


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Hebrew Ladies Charity: 110 years

Times change…but the vision remains the same for Hebrew Ladies Charity Society This is the first in a series about the 110th anniversary of the Hebrew Ladies Charity Society. In future issues: about the founders, how the organization helps the community, and how HLC will commemorate 110 years.


ome say it takes a village, but it took only nine Jewish women from Norfolk to revolutionize local charitable giving in 1902. At that time, the plight of financially distressed people in Norfolk was often known publicly. Well-meaning friends and neighbors, with only the best intentions and with hearts filled with pity and concern, would carry big white handkerchiefs around to collect money for the needy. While these volunteer solicitors lamented the fact that the details of each case had to be explained and identities revealed, they had no other arrangement. And so, while poverty is no crime, the unfortunate beneficiaries of these charity drives were exposed to the pity – sympathetic as it was – of the entire community and felt a stigma attached to their names and the charity provided. One woman in Norfolk was so profoundly touched and deeply distressed by these circumstances that she decided to make a change. Fannie Brenner gathered a group of young Jewish matrons, and in March 1902, Hebrew Ladies Charity Society was born. The other eight original members were Rosa Brener, Ray Cohen, Rebecca Goodman, Sara Legum, Frieda Schapiro, Hennye Shaeffer, Bertha Siegel and Annie Spensky. In 1946, this group formed what is now known as Jewish Family Service of Tidewater. One hundred and ten years later, the Hebrew Ladies Charity Society pays homage to these nine ladies—and all other members—and celebrates the agency’s commitment to what was then radical: client privacy and confidentiality. For these past 110 years, the Relief Committee of the Hebrew Ladies Charity Society has stood ready to meet emergencies or crises in the local Jewish community requiring immediate financial assistance. The organization provides money for food and clothing for the High Holidays so needy families may observe holidays with appropriate meals; they offer money before Chanukah so parents may experience the joy of giving and the look of happiness and excitement on their children’s faces; on Passover, HLC repeats the distribution of gifts of money so needy Jewish families may enjoy a Seder.

Hebrew Ladies Charity Society has provided confirmation and wedding dresses for those who needed them. They have prevented local Jews from eviction because of their inability to pay utility bills. They have provided summer camp scholarships to the Jewish Community Center and substantial funds to Beth Sholom Village in Richmond and Virginia Beach. In recent years, through Pharmacy (1905) on the corner of College Place and partnership with Jewish Family Ries Granby Street in Norfolk. Photograph courtesy of the Service, the organization has Mollie and George Radin Archives of Ohef Sholom Temple. provided funds for home nursing care, medicines, home hospice care, the group has created the “110th and services for senior adults. Preserving Anniversary Society.” A one-time gift of the dignity of the poor, even in death, has $110 to be placed in a special account to always been one of the Society’s goals as it support those who will need the services of contributes funds for burial or headstones the Freda H. Gordon Hospice and Palliative when a rabbi makes a request. Care of Tidewater, a joint venture of JFS This year, in celebration of the Hebrew and Beth Sholom Village, makes a donor a Ladies Charity Society’s 110th Anniversary, member of this society.

Tip Your Hat to the Hebrew Ladies Charity Society The entire community is invited to the 110th Anniversary Celebration of The Hebrew Ladies Charity Society Tuesday, Oct. 23 11:30 am Beth Sholom Village 6401 Auburn Drive Virginia Beach $20 per person For information, call Frances Levy Birshtein, 226-0037

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Law Enforcement execs make special trip to learn lessons of the Holocaust

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alking through the darkened aisles of the U. S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., the same thought kept creeping into Laura Kaiser’s consciousness: when is somebody going to step up? When is somebody going to step up and do the right thing? After what seemed like too many emotionally moving exhibits later, Kaiser found what she was seeking. “The building got lighter and we could see people’s names written on the walls and how they tried to make an impact,” Kaiser says. “That’s when you go back and start reflecting on why you do what you do every day as a police officer. You bring back what you learn and you’re like, ‘I’m not going to let that happen.’” Kaiser is a lieutenant with the Virginia Beach Police Department. On July 17, she traveled with 20 fellow law enforcement officers from Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Newport News and the United States Marshals Service to attend Law Enforcement and Society (LEAS): Lessons of the Holocaust at the museum. A unique training program organized by the Anti-Defamation League and the U.S. Holocaust Museum, LEAS is specifically designed to increase the understanding of law enforcement personnel’s relationship to the people they serve and the duty to uphold their sworn oaths. The daylong program includes docent-led, small group tours of the museum, followed by a discussion of the implications of the Holocaust in a law enforcement context. As of 2011, more than 70,000 law enforcement professionals had received LEAS training. The program is required of all new FBI Agents and Intelligence Analysts, and has been incorporated into three of the FBI

Academy’s premier training programs. Virginia Beach Police Chief James Cervera participated in LEAS with the FBI’s National Executive Institute. The impact of the training led him to share his experience in the program at a meeting of the Hampton Roads Chiefs of Police, and subsequently to plan the July trip. “One of the reasons we set this up was because we know we’re going to have challenges, and this program reinforces that it’s the value system that drives the right responses to the challenges,” says Cervera. “My theory was that not just our police department, but departments throughout the region should get the same experience. I’m planning on two trips a year.” “We want to thank all of the support we’ve been given in order to do this—the ADL in D.C. and the local community that came together and said ‘We’ll do lunch for you,’” says Cervera. The Community Relations Council and the Holocaust Commission of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater supported the effort by paying for lunch. “The CRC has been working with the VBPD on this and is excited about the relationship that has formed,” says Robin Mancoll, CRC director. U.S. Marshal Robert Mathieson, Eastern District VA, heard about the trip and asked if he and two of his senior staff members could join the group. They were welcomed. “I got such a close, upfront, well-led historical perspective of the Holocaust,” Mathieson says. “It was very powerful for folks who know a little about the history, but who don’t know its depth and magnitude. And for those of us on the law enforcement end, it was chilling to see how many people in military roles and keepers of justice could be brainwashed. “It was a fascinating opportunity,” adds Mathieson. “Everyone that attended walked away with a profound awareness.”

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ra Ginsburg, a resident at The BergerGoldrich Home at Beth Sholom Village, celebrated his 90th birthday with a special Shabbat Service on July 21. Ginsburg, and the other members of Cantor Elihu Flax’s second Beth Sholom B’nai Mitzvah class, conducted the Saturday morning service in front of a large audience of residents, family members and friends. Members of the class include Gwen and Jim Johnson, Virginia Mann, Vergie McCall, Lolly Wiegand, Lois Gettier, Susan Emerson, Marti Azimi, Arline Jarashow, Bob Schabel, Margaret Russell, Shirley Weichselbaum, and Marlene Wilks. The class will celebrate its B’nai Mitzvah at a Shabbat morning service in November.


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Tidewater gets visit from top AIPAC exec by Karen Lombart


oward Kohr, American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s executive director, made his first visit to the Tidewater Jewish community on Tuesday, July 17. His trip

is a testament to the tremendous growth in local pro-Israel activism. In addition to meeting with local proIsrael activists and political leaders during the day, Kohr delivered a briefing on the current state of the U.S.—Israel relationship at an evening event for AIPAC members at the home of Jodi and Jay Klebanoff. The executive director’s remarks touched on many of the issues that AIPAC activists deal with daily. He focused

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on the rapidly evolving security situation in the Middle East following the election of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Mursi as president of Egypt, the bloody civil war in Syria and the intensifying threat posed by Iran and its quest for nuclear weapons. AIPAC is a fully bi-partisan organization committed to strengthening the ties between the United States and its ally Israel. Kohr encouraged the community members to play an active role in educating their elected officials on the mounting threats to the safety and security of Israel and to encourage their representatives in Washington to support the U.S. – Israel relationship in light of these dangers. The organization empowers pro-Israel activists across all ages, religions and races by offering educational seminars and speaking Abby Horwitz, Sam and Diane Werbel.

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arrowing the field of worthy nominees submitted to the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater for the 2012 Hampton Roads Jewish Community Hero contest was no easy task, but eventually four were chosen to compete for the award. In July, a review committee comprised of a cross-section of community members selected the candidates it felt best exemplified the concept of a Jewish hero, combining ethics, dedication, passion, tikkun olam (repairing the world) and tzedakah (charity). The four people on the ballot are: Dana Cohen, a Holocaust survivor committed to telling her story and teaching lessons of history and hope; Morris Elstein, the president of Temple Emanuel who has been a role model for his congregation, showing commitment to the synagogue even as he experienced great personal loss; Nancy Metheny, Temple Israel’s secretary who extends her kindness and care to both humans young and old, and to animals (she’s a dedicated zoo volunteer); and Miriam Seeherman, chair of the

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Kempsville Conservative Synagogue welcomes new officers and board


ehillat Bet Hamidrash, the Kempsville Conservative Synagogue, held its annual meeting and elections on June 24. Following morning prayers and breakfast, Edward Landress, president, delivered an eloquent farewell address, recalling highlights of his four year term: baby namings, bar and bat mitzvot, visiting rabbis, and the Pearl Anniversary Dinner Dance. Then he handed over the reins of leadership to his successors, co-presidents Jason Silverstein and Harvey Eluto. Other elected officers are: First vice president: Ed Landress Second vice president: Bruce Finkelstein Treasurer: Samuel Epstein Recording secretary: Alene Kaufman Members at large: Phyllis Cowley Myra Savransky Trustee: Nathan Segal Alene Kaufman, outgoing programming and social chair, reported on the many outings and celebrations of the past year, including Israeli movie night, the Jewish Film Festival, and the annual Chanukah celebration.

“We are a small and mighty congregation,” Kaufman said, “respected for our role in participating in and advocating for what the larger Jewish community has to offer.” She cited the synagogue’s co-sponsorship of the Israel Today series with the Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater. KBH also continued to promote adult education with its annual fall series co-sponsored with Temple Israel and presented by Rabbi Michael Panitz. Next year the series, which is open to the public, will focus on “American Jews in Time of War” with the following sessions: Feb. 12 The Civil War—American Jews find their voices Feb. 19 The second World War: G. I. Jew becomes a Full American Feb. 26 Vietnam: American Jews and the Right to Protest Located in the heart of Kempsville, KBH is a small congregation in numbers only. “We are the little engine that could,” said Landress. “Our morale is as high as our commitment to our faith.”

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he most recent graduating class of the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School has been through a lot together. During their two years, the students have both mourned and celebrated together. Among other milestones, classmates mourned the passing of a beloved husband and welcomed two grandchildren and two babies among their ranks. On August 10, the group proved that their bond cannot Back row: Cindy Krell, Mickey Glick, Anne Weimar, Beth Dorsk, Marty be contained to the classroom, Snyder. Front row: Janet Kass, Sara Jo Rubin, Tracie Guy-Decker. as they celebrated Shabbat at the home of Beth and Barry Dorsk. Their shared year, students take two concurrent courses meal also served as a send-off for Anne over the course of 30 weeks. There is no Weimar, a classmate who is returning to her homework and no tests, and the only prenative Denmark in the coming weeks. This requisite is a desire to learn. New classes was the second post-graduation get-together, are forming in the fall. Those interested and promises not to be the last. in enrolling should contact Miriam Brunn The Florence Melton Adult Mini-School Ruberg, director of Jewish Life & Learning at is a Jewish curriculum designed especially the Simon Family JCC. She can be reached at for adults. It is a two year program. Each mbrunnruberg@simonfamilyj.org.

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Teens choose Jewish summers


or some of Tidewater’s Jewish teens, the summer was an opportunity to immerse themselves in Jewish worlds…focused on Judaism, performing mitzvot, exploring their Jewish identity. And, along the way, they all seemed to have incredible,

meaningful and fun experiences. Here are a few of their stories:

Skylar Arias Program/Camp: Mitzvah Corps, New Orleans, La. Affiliation: North American Federation of Temple Youth hy are you here?” That’s what we were asked on the first day of work in the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans. I was taken back for a moment, not because of how frank the question was, but how I couldn’t answer it. It wasn’t until I returned home when I finally figured it out. I had joined Mitzvah Corps confident I wanted to take part in helping people in need. Though what I didn’t realize was that I would also be helping myself. Sometimes life can be overwhelming, and it’s hard to remember who you are when so many people are trying to make you someone else, and in taking this trip I was working to create me. Between building homes for Habitat for Humanity/St. Bernard’s Project, working in food banks, and volunteering at local schools and synagogues, you’d think there wouldn’t be time to breathe! But somehow we managed to find time to relax and have fun. We experienced New Orleans at its best, (after working to clean up its worse parts). And the friendships continued to grow stronger every day. We lived together, worked together, and laughed together. The people I shared this experience with will forever have a place in my heart. Two weeks seemed so long when it was only day one, but with a busy schedule and amazing people around it flew by. And now when I look back, I recall indescribable feelings. They came at a moment like when I played with the kids at the lower 9th ward community center, or when I met the dad whose family would be living in the house I helped build. Those moments, the way those people lived, changed the way I carry myself and made me realize what’s really important in life.


Brenna Becker Program/Camp: CLTC 3, Mukwanago, Wisc. Affiliation: B’nai Brith Youth Organization very day we’d get up, eat, daven, attend a morning leadership session, have lunch and then go to an afternoon leadership session. We had programs after dinner, too. In the beginning, we were split into different groups. Each group created a mock chapter, elected officers, and planned fund raisers. My group raised money for Alby’s Voice (a Leukemia Fighter’s Fund) by planning a silent auction. We learned how to work together as a team—to communicate and make decisions together. We also learned about social media, more about the history of BBYO and got inducted on an international level. My favorite part was meeting other Jewish kids my age. Having that background in common made the friendships come so easily, like we had known each other forever. It was really hard to say goodbye. We’re constantly in touch now and talk about which programs we want to do together next summer.


Madeline Budman Program/Camp: Kutz Camp, Warwick, N.Y. Affiliation: North American Federation of Temple Youth his summer, I attended Kutz: NFTY’s Campus for Reform Jewish Teens. Every day, I attended the Temple Youth Group Leadership major for three hours and gained the tools I need to make OSTY, Ohef Sholom Temple’s Youth Group, the best it can possibly be, as well as learned valuable life lessons. Afterwards, I took fun classes that ranged from basic conversational Hebrew and how to write an evening tefilah service to hiking, cloud watching, improv, yoga and meditation, and even how to properly maintain curly Jewish hair. Every evening we attended meaningful and thought-provoking all-camp programs about topics such as pluralism, the history of the Reform movement, the Campaign for Youth Engagement, mental health, bullying, love, and more. I prayed in beautiful services every day of the week and explored my personal connection to God and Judaism and the community around me. We also had plenty of time to socialize, from meals and breaks to over two hours of free time every single day. I lived in a cabin with 14 other girls who soon became my sisters. I made best friends with people as far away as Los Angeles and Washington state and as close as Baltimore and even Virginia Beach. Every day I laughed harder than I thought was physically possible. I was surrounded by 200 of the most wonderful teenagers I have ever met. My peers at Kutz give me hope for the future of the Reform movement, as well as for every community they will be a part of. It’s safe to say that in these 27 days, I learned more about leadership and Judaism and myself than I learn in an entire year of school. I would say that based on my experience at Kutz, I am a different person than when I arrived at the Kutz gates at the beginning of the summer.


Elli Friedman Program/Camp: International Kallah, Camp Perlman, Lake Como, Pa. Affiliation: B’nai Brith Youth Organization his summer I attended BBYO’s International Leadership Training Conference and International Kallah summer programs both held at B’nai B’rith Camp Perlman in Lake Como, Pa. Over those five weeks I had some of the most memorable experiences of my life. I made friends from all over the country and the world. At Kallah, which focuses on Jewish identity, I learned a lot about myself and who I want to be in the Jewish world. At ILTC, I learned a lot about being a leader in BBYO. I developed leadership skills to use with my chapter, council and region. Overall, this was one of the best summers of my life.


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Ben Klebanoff Program/Camp: CLTC 3, Mukwanago, Wisc. Affiliation: B’nai Brith Youth Organization The Chapter Leadership Training Convention hosted in Mukwanago, Wisc. or better known as CLTC, is the program I chose to go on this summer through BBYO. I went to the program in hope of gaining leadership experience that I could bring home to my chapter and to hold in my life in general, but other than that, I was not exactly sure what to expect. I was constantly told by the members who went on the program before me that I would learn so much and create friendships which would last for the rest of my life. I thought they were exaggerating, but now after having gone to CLTC, I know the feeling they are trying to express. CLTC was amazing! I learned so much, ranging from leadership and public speaking to learning about other people’s lives. I have never been somewhere so positive, where everyone is confident to be in there own skin and I am thankful that I had the chance to have the unique experience CLTC has to offer.

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Hallie Schulwolf Program: Impact Boston Affiliation: B’nai Brith Youth Organization On our very first night at Brandeis University, the staff of Impact Boston shared the following message with us, “Even though you may have come here in hopes of impacting others, you are the ones who will be impacted.” Each Impact Boston participant was assigned a service group where he or she would perform community service every morning. Each afternoon we’d gather back on campus to reflect on our time at our sites, listen to speakers, and take certain passages from the Torah and compare them to what we were doing out in the world. At night we had various activities, ranging from venturing to different parts of Boston, to configuring ways on how to better our world. For two weeks, I volunteered at the Elliot Heritage House. There are various Elliot Houses throughout Massachusetts that assist the elderly by aiding as housing facilities for people with mental illnesses. The house where I worked assisted patients who suffer from mental illness such as schizophrenia and depression. Many of the residents had been institutionalized for 30 or more years. Our task was to build a fish tank for the residents. I must confess it was hard to interact with the residents, as they were not used to having outside visitors and many were still dealing with living with mental illnesses. Impact Boston gave me confidence to realize that my efforts matter. Whether it is constructing some form of beauty to help brighten someone else’s dark world, even for a moment, or educating others to be more tolerant, every small step each of us takes will eventually make a greater difference.

Adam Zelenka Program: JCC Summer Camp Affiliation: Simon Family JCC This summer, my most significant Jewish experience has been volunteering at the JCC Summer Camp as Counselor in Leadership Training. I have participated in this program for many years, and each year has been quite different from the others. On a typical day, I would arrive at camp at around 9 am and help supervise the campers’ game of gaga (an Israeli sport similar to dodge ball), before officially starting the day with “Boker Tov,” a camp-wide morning gathering that has always been a part of a JCC camp day. From there, I was assigned an age group to work with, ranging from two to 10-years old. All the while, the other “CILTs” and I would be planning for a special Shabbat activity at the end of the week. The experience was at times stressful, but nonetheless it was always worth the stress to see the kids’ smiling faces.

Freda H. Gordon honored at hospice’s ribbon cutting


hursday, July 12 will be remembered as a momentous occasion, as the community honored Freda H. Gordon, of blessed memory, and officially open the Freda H. Gordon Hospice and Palliative Care of Tidewater. Tavia and Steven Gordon, along with Randi and Steven Gordon’s children, Marah, Evan and Eliana, ceremoniously cut the ribbon, as the family and community remembered Freda Gordon and dedicated the new organization. Tavia Gordon remarked how happy and delighted he and his family are to have made the gift that honors Freda. Steven Gordon added that the establishment of the hospice is “perhaps the most fitting tribute to both Freda Gordon’s life and her life’s work.” He spoke of his mother’s upbringing and the fact that she was the first in her family to complete four years of college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, during a time when few women were admitted. Earning a pharmacy degree, she spent 30 years as a pharmacist at Children’s Hospital of The King’s

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une 7 marked not only the graduation ceremony for Hebrew Academy’s Class of 2012, but also a farewell reception for Zena Herod, outgoing head of school. Held on the Sandler Family Campus, the cardo was filled with nearly 200 well-wishers including HAT trustees, faculty, administration, community members, other Jewish agency representatives, and numerous past colleagues of Herod’s. Herod’s sister, Eilene Rosenblum, who served as HAT’s interim head of school twice during her career, also joined in the celebration. During her farewell speech, Herod was visibly touched by those who came to say good-bye and recognize her more than 30 successful years in the field of education, including the last six at Hebrew Academy Konikoff Center of Learning where she returned to her roots. “Coming to the Hebrew Academy,” said Herod, “was like the feeling I assume most American Jews or Jews around the world have when they visit Israel for the first time. You fly in, you hear the singing of Hatikvah, and you hear people speaking Hebrew - it’s like coming home. I was very lucky in my two careers—at Norfolk Collegiate and here at HAT—that I had board presidents whom I really adored and teachers whom I felt were truly colleagues…it was always important to me to feel that we were working together as a team. It was especially important here at Hebrew Academy where we have such a unique and special mission in serving the Jewish community.” In his speech at the reception, Burle Stromberg, board president, said, “In a selfish way, I must first thank Miles Leon

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and the board of trustees during Miles’ term as president for hiring our wonderful headmaster, thus making my life a lot easier…when I became president last year of our terrific school. Without Zena’s vast knowledge, experience, organizational skills, preparedness, level headed management, patience and compassion, I would have never made it through my first year as president.” Stromberg also paid homage to his predecessors Jodi Klebanoff and Deb Segaloff who, along with Leon, steered the helm of the school during the course of Herod’s leadership. Together they planned this very fitting reception for Herod where Stromberg announced the establishment of an endowment fund for Hebrew Academy in Herod’s name. The endowment currently measures at $22,700 and growing. “I was truly overwhelmed,” says Herod, “by the number of people who honored me by supporting this very worthwhile cause. I can’t think of a better investment, one which will continue to support the needs of our school…our children…our Jewish future.” After almost two hours of great food, great friendships, and fond farewells, Herod exited the cardo and entered the multipurpose room one last time to bid one more farewell—this time to Hebrew Academy’s Class of 2012 who excitedly took the stage for their awards and diplomas. It was a beautiful and bittersweet night for all. The faculty, students, parents, alumni, board of trustees and dear

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he United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Young Adult Division did not go on summer vacation— in fact, the schedule was packed. July featured several summer events. Tailgating and Tides took place on July 15. A shared program with Congregation Beth El’s new group for young members, The Collaborative, more than 40 young Jewish professionals gathered at the home of Fred Rose for a pre-game poolside tailgating party, and then went to Harbor Park for an evening game. The following week, a bus filled with YADians traveled to the New Kent Winery in New Kent, Va. for the first ever TriFederation Young Adult event. UJFT’s YAD joined similar groups from the UJC of the Virginia Peninsula and the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond. The three groups enjoyed a tour and tasting at the New Kent Winery, followed by schmoozing, mingling and a picnic lunch. Finally, July wrapped up with a HeBrew Happy Hour on the back deck at Chick’s Oyster Bar. HeBrew Happy Hour is held monthly, and provides an opportunity for young Jewish professionals to build relationships and network. On August 17, YAD presented a Shabbat dinner with the Children and Family department of the Simon Family JCC. This

YAD Group at Tailgating and Tides Pre-Game Party.

HeBrew Happy Hour July 2012.

Super Summer Shabbat was an opportunity to enjoy the last days of summer by celebrating Shabbat with friends and family on the pool deck at the JCC’s Water Park. Something exciting is always going on for young Jewish professionals between the ages of 22 and 45 in Tidewater—visit www. jewishva.org/yad to learn more.

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Lawrence Steingold inspires with a Legacy of involvement by Laine M. Rutherford


he word “No” isn’t in Lawrence Steingold’s vocabulary. He just can’t bring himself to utter it. A Certified Public Accountant and Virginia Beach resident, Steingold’s demeanor is easy-going and friendly. His eyes sparkle with warmth and curiosity, but his head tilts a bit when greeting people, as if waiting for the question to come his way: “Will you…?” A perfect example occurred this past April. Steingold was on his way to a meeting in the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s boardroom when Terri Sarfan, the incoming president of the Simon Family Jewish Community Center, stopped him. “I asked him to be on my board next year, and he said yes, just as he always does,” Sarfan says. “Those of us who have worked with Lawrence before know that when he says yes, he actually follows through and does things.” Steingold is passionate when speaking about the variety of art, community and Jewish organizations in which he has been involved, but becomes modest when speaking about himself. Quietly, he ticks off his current commitments: Vice-president and treasurer of Jewish Family Service of Tidewater; treasurer of Ohef Sholom Temple; audit and finance committee chair of the Tidewater Jewish Foundation; vice-chair of Hospice & Palliative Care of Tidewater, a member of the UJFT finance committee; and now, a board member of the Simon Family JCC. “I truly believe that everyone can help in some meaningful way,” says Steingold. “I started off in all of the organizations I’ve volunteered with wondering what I had to contribute. But I found out once I got involved, there are things I could contribute to each endeavor.” He has a long history of volunteering with arts organizations such as Young Audiences, Virginia Opera and Lyric Opera Virginia, as well as with Beth Sholom, JFS, OST, JCC, Gordon Hospice of Tidewater and TJF. “The big theme in all of this is, ‘because they asked’,” says Steingold, a knowing grin crossing his face. “That’s how all of these things came about for me. Whether it’s for volunteering or making a financial contribution, a simple request is generally all that anyone needs. Most everything that I’ve been involved with was through someone asking, ‘Will you help us out?’ There are plenty of opportunities for anyone wanting to get involved – don’t wait. The volunteer

world is full of these opportunities, using whatever skills you might have­.” A Norfolk native and Norfolk Academy graduate, Steingold says his parents, Maurice* (of blessed Lawrence Steingold memory) and Thelma Steingold, were role models for himself and his brothers Ira, Joe and Sam. “My parents were very involved in the arts, sports and other organizations in Tidewater,” he says. “They constantly stressed the importance of education.” A close-knit family, Steingold works daily with brothers Joe and Sam in the family real estate business, Woodway Management, seeking Ira’s input on a regular basis. The family gathers frequently and, with the recent merger of two temples, are now all members of Ohef Sholom. The Jewish value of Kavod—respecting others’ rights, dignity and feelings—runs deep among the Steingold family. Steingold notes that his brothers are also communityminded, volunteering with a number of local organizations including Virginia Beach CASA, The Dwelling Place, Temple Sinai and the H.E.R. Shelter. Steingold is inspired by his family and by his first-hand knowledge of how much the organizations in which he is involved help the Jewish and greater communities. By following the guiding principles of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), Kavod and Kol Yisrael Arevim Zeh Bazeh (communal responsibility), he has created a Restricted Fund through the Tidewater Jewish Foundation. “I had an investment that grew exponentially in value and so I decided I would start the fund with that. It took me all of about five minutes to set it up—it was a simple two-page document. Later I decided to add a life insurance policy to the fund and again they made it so easy,” he says. Steingold’s fund is unnamed, reflecting his wishes to be impactful and selfless simultaneously and benefits multiple local Jewish organizations. “My philosophy on work, on volunteering, on philanthropy, is all the same: Let’s not dwell on what’s wrong, but determine what the goal is and get started to see how we can get there,” he emphasizes. “My legacy will be the same, to quietly help as many people in as many ways as there is time, energy and resources—whatever they may be.”

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ama Doni, a band billed as Performers of Funky Music with a Jewish Twist for children, got campers and their families in the mood and in the groove at the Simon Family JCC last month. The energetic Doni, and her three band members were full of pep and enthusiasm. The group was touring East Coast camps and other venues, with Rockville and Northern Virginia stops before heading back up to their home in New Jersey. A celebration of Jewish culture with musical genres from Reggae to pop and disco, the concert had kids of all ages singing, dancing and waving their hands in the air. Mama Doni, aka Doni Zasloff Thomas, formed the band in 2008 after submitting a video on a whim for an International Jewish music competition. The theatrically inclined singer/dancer/ songwriter was no stranger to Jewish verse and music. She attended Jewish Day schools in D.C., Rockville and Philadelphia where music was her passion, she was a drama counselor at Jewish camps such as Ramah, and she graduated from NYU in educational theatre. After the success of her competition, the young mother of two decided to form a real band for performances and record some of her songs. With the help of Eric Lindberg (her creative partner), they wrote songs and created variations of some traditional Jewish songs for young children. Doni, who calls herself a “totally regular Mom,” is on a mission. “It’s all about making people feel connected to their Jewish spirit,” she says. “I want kids to celebrate life through Ruach.” Doni also relates to adults since her music is participatory, engaging moms, dads, grandparents and counselors. “My stage is a loving, safe universe where we can all connect.”

Her CDs and performances have all been uplifting, joyous, zany, fun…and loud! Her new cd, Emunah (meaning faith and hope), comes from a darker, more soulful place. “It is not intended to be dark, but rather just to explore deeper thoughts. I feel this is my responsibility as well, to make kids think about their deeper role in this world,” she says. On this more somber note, Doni asked members of the audience near the end of the concert to think about what they were grateful for. Most responded with answers such as “my little sister,” “this summer at camp.” Doni’s message is to live in the moment and be grateful. “She made us all think for a second about how lucky we are to be here, to celebrate among family and friends,” says Michele Goldberg, mother of three JCC campers. “Yes it’s mostly about fun, but she certainly got the kids thinking about being grateful, thankful and respectful.”

Bringing Israel Home to Tidewater


by Mason Leon

ollowing up on the success of Sababa Sundays of the past two years, the Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater hosted a new event for local college bound Jewish students: Bringing Israel Home. Held on Sunday, Aug. 5 at Bite Restaurant in Norfolk, the event reached out to college students to educate them on various pressing issues affecting university campuses across the country regarding Israel. Throughout the United States, Israel is

Mason Leon, co-chair of the event introduced the America Israel Public Affairs Committee Southern States Area Director.

Jennifer Waldholtz, Ariana Spiegel, and Staci Eichelbaum, co-chair of the event, open the evening with an ice breaker.

facing increasing criticism based on a series of false and incorrect set of ideas. Although some criticism toward Israeli government policies are perfectly legitimate and worthy of debate, this criticism is becoming more hostile and misguided in particular on college campuses with many anti-Israel student groups attempting to demonize and delegitimize the nation. Bringing Israel Home was designed to inform and educate Tidewater students of the problems they may face on their own school’s campus and give them access to the proper resources to address Anti-Israel bias. The event’s two key speakers, Kate Samuels, the America Israel Public Affairs Committee’s (AIPAC) Southern States area director and Avi Jorisch of Red Cell Intelligence Group, addressed many of these concerns, as well as provided guidance and direction as to how to become involved at school. Samuels discussed political activism and the important role students play in mobilizing support for lobbying members of Congress. Although college students only comprise a portion of the country’s voters, while on campus, students can make a difference in garnering support for Israel not only for Congressional leaders, but also from the leaders of student body government, the future leaders of the country. Attendees were encouraged to vote in the upcoming election, either in their school district or via absentee ballot. To make things easier, forms were avaliable to register to vote absentee and quite a few students took advantage of the opportunity and registered to vote absentee that day. Jorisch offered a crash course in understanding the Arab-Israeli conflict from both perspectives. An expert on national security issues relating to terrorism, illicit finance and radical Islam, he has held prominent positions at the American Foreign Policy Council, the Treasury Department’s Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, and as a liaison to the Department of Homeland Security. Jorisch also serves on the advisory board of United Against a Nuclear Iran, as well as an Arab media and terrorism consultant for the Department of Defense. By helping explain both perspectives of the history of the conflict, students were enabled to bolster the case for Israel when confronted with Anti-Israel sentiment. Although the many threats Israel faces may seem daunting, Israel is a vibrant Democracy that affords freedoms and justice to all citizens residing within her borders. Only in Israel can Arabs vote in fair elections, can women serve in the highest offices, can gays openly fight in the

military and live without fear of government reprisal, and can citizens speak out against the government, even in denunciation over the Palestinian-Israeli issue. With so much turmoil in the Middle East, it is vital that college students know the facts about Israel and how to defend her against detractors. The upcoming elections come at an extremely important time not just for America domestically, but at a time of immense challenges to America and the Western World in the international arena. In particular, a growing Iranian threat continues to berate and antagonize the United States and its only true ally in the Middle Eastern region, Israel; a nation that shares the same liberal democratic freedoms and principles America was founded upon 236 years ago. For young voters, this program helped facilitate an understanding of the complex issues regarding Israel in the general election to be able to make responsible and well thought out decisions regarding the future of this nation and Israel. Bringing Israel Home also offered a chance to get together and reconnect with other Jewish college students before heading back to school…and preparing to vote.

Keynote Speaker, Avi Jorisch from Red Cell Intelligence Group.

Attendees of Bringing Israel Home enjoyed great food from Bite Restaurant and Pepe’s Kosher Pizza.

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hen you pull into a gas station, turn the rear view mirror a bit to the left and you’ll be looking into the eyes of the person who’s funding the small, eight-year-old boys who are taught by radical Muslims to want to be suicide bombers. “You’re looking at your own eyes when you answer that question—you’re the one who’s paying,” says R. James Woolsey, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency (1993–95). Woolsey uses the visual description to emphasize his assertion that America’s addiction to oil and dependence on the OPEC cartel to fuel that addiction affects the environment, military strategy and human rights. The Community Relations Council presents “Energy in the 21st Century: Could Muir, Patton and Gandhi Agree on a Program?” featuring Woolsey at the Sandler Family Campus next month. “There are a couple of main messages I’ll be talking about,” Woolsey says. “I think with respect to energy, first of all, there are huge problems—strategic and financial, as well as environmental and even medical. There are all sorts of reasons to get off oil and I’m in favor of all of them—whatever works to break OPEC’s cartel and move off of oil for transportation. “A second major point, is that you can’t do it by just drilling for more oil in the west and you can’t do it just by achieving what some people call energy independence,” he says. “You’ve got to do to oil what electricity and refrigeration did to salt at the very end of the 19th century—they completely undermined salt’s position as a dominant commodity. You basically want to use alternatives [liquid fuels derived from natural gas, biofuels, some combination of both, and renewables] that do to oil what electricity and refrigeration did to salt.” Currently the chairman of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Woolsey is a foreign policy specialist who served in the Carter, Reagan, Bush, Sr. and Clinton administrations. A Rhodes Scholar, Woolsey received a law degree from Yale, and among many government appointments, he served as the General Counsel to the U.S. Senate committee on Armed Services from 1970–73 and as the Under Secretary of the Navy from 1977–79. Woolsey sits on, or chairs, a range of government, corporate and non-prof-

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it advisory boards, including the National Commission on Energy Policy. CRC director Robin Mancoll heard Woolsey speak during a panel discussion last year and was impressed with the depth of his knowledge and the impact of his message. “Jim Woolsey is an intelligent and charismatic speaker who really makes you stop and think,” says Mancoll. “We’re looking forward to having him share information and insights about our dependency on oil, its affect on the U.S. and Israel, and what we can do to change the situation.” The motivation to move away from oil dependency has remained strong in Woolsey for almost 40 years, and is connected directly to Israel. “I’ve been interested in this and worried about this since October of 1973—the Yom Kippur War and the oil cutoff by the Saudis and the gas lines—that really kind of got me onto it,” he recalls. Woolsey’s interest and determination to try to change America’s thirst for oil grew even stronger about a decade ago, as he became more concerned about electrical security and climate change. He is now a prolific and passionate speaker on the topic. The program is free and open to the community. RSVP required by Sept. 5; jjohnson@ujft.org. For questions about this program and other CRC initiatives, contact Robin Mancoll at rmancoll@ujft.org.

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North American Impact on Israel — Sunday, Sept. 9, 11 am by Laine M. Rutherford


or the past year, Jenilee Bader-Ben Shimon regularly has visited the website of Nefesh B’Nefesh, the nonprofit agency that assists in the process of North Americans seeking to make aliyah (immigration to Israel). Bader Ben-Shimon looked, learned, and spent countless hours trying to familiarize herself with the steps involved and the help that’s available in turning her dream of moving to Israel a reality. When the 58-year-old Virginia Beach resident heard that Ari Schuchman, director of Overseas Programs for Nefesh B’Nefesh would be speaking at Congregation Beth Chaverim, she was elated. “Nefesh B’Nefesh gives insight to that person who wants to go to Israel deep, deep down, but maybe is a little afraid,” the retired Navy Chief explains. “Going on the website has made me feel comfortable with my decision. Nefesh B’Nefesh is like my personal support attach-

ment was in the military, but I’m so excited to finally be able to speak with someone who’s not on a computer, but in person. And I may not be the only one who needs to speak to a real Ari Schuchman, person—there director of Overseas Programs may be other for Nefesh B’Nefesh. people in our community who are seriously considering doing this, too.” Someone very close to Bader-Ben Shimon did make aliyah recently—her 28-year-old son David. A dancer with the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, David told his mother of his decision in a phone conversation during which she was revealing her thoughts about moving.

“I told him, ‘I’m thinking of making Aliyah,’” Bader-Ben Shimon recalls, “and he told me, ‘I’m in the process, with this group called Nefesh B’Nefesh!’” David Ben-Shimon, 28, became an Israeli in September. His mother says she feels a calmness in him that she’s never felt before, and when she visited him at the kibbutz in June, she said she felt like both he, and she were home. She’s moving to Israel not to retire from her job as a recreation specialist with the city of Virginia Beach she says, but to give back—in whatever ways she can. Nefesh B’Nefesh is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The organization, in cooperation with the Jewish Agency for Israel, provides olim (immigrants to Israel) with the resources and support they’ll need to find jobs, housing and to become integrated into Israeli society. A Times of Israel news story reported that 350 olim were welcomed at Ben Gurion Airport last week and that by the end of the year, more than 4,800 American, Canadian and British Jews are expected to make aliyah.

Jenilee Bader-Ben Shimon welcomes the chance to speak to a Nefesh B’Nefesh representative in person.

Ari Shuchman’s appearance is presented by the Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater in partnership with Congregation Beth Chaverim. RSVP by Sept. 5 to jjohnson@ujft.org. For questions about this program and other CRC initiatives, contact Robin Mancoll, CRC director at RMancoll@ujft.org.

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am Glaser knows how to transform an audience with his music. He will bring his high-energy performance to Congregation Beth El next month. Temple Emanuel asked Glaser to come to Tidewater from his hometown of Los Angeles for this concert and to act as their cantor for the synagogue’s High Holidays services. Music has always been a part of Glaser’s soul. At two years old he was harmonizing and when his mother, a pianist, set his third grade poems to music, seven-year-old Glaser corrected her, insisting she wasn’t correctly playing the melodies. He had already heard the tunes in his mind. One of four sons, his family could have formed their own band, complete with a guitarist, a trumpet player, a bass player, pianists and vocalists. As members of a Conservative synagogue, Glaser went begrudgingly to afternoon Hebrew school. Friday evenings, however, were always special. Guests came for Shabbat dinner and after the meal, everyone gathered around the piano and sang songs from musicals, tunes written by Gershwin, Cole Porter and Carol King, the best of the 60s and a repertoire of Jewish melodies. During his Bar Mitzvah studies, Glaser’s cantor recognized his extraordinary talent and began to teach him the full spectrum of liturgy. Today, his compositions resonate with all ages. His goal is to transport concert goers with open hearts to a place of heightened spirituality. Adults leave his performances feeling uplifted and appreciates the rare opportunity to experience the wonder of Jewish peoplehood. From toddlers to teens, kids think Sam Glaser is “cool,” while he also serves as a powerful

role model. Before a concert, Glaser finds a quiet space to go inward. “I give a lot during my concerts, so I have to prepare myself for that emotional exchange,” he says. The reciprocal energy nourishes and recharges him. The sharing starts the moment he steps on stage. He confesses that his concerts are an “out of body” experience. His wife, Shira’s favorite compositions are his love songs to God. Glaser says, “As a modern Orthodox Jew, I feel that living spiritually allows me to create a continuum where there is no boundary between my daily activities and service to God. Judaism has actually given me the clarity to see that life can be a living prayer.” Glaser finds that much of his inspiration comes from the master text of Jewish law, the Shulchan Aruch. Instead of feeling restricted by Jewish practice, Glaser feels that “his spiritual journey has become enhanced immeasurably by living with a system of mitzvot, Shabbat, holidays and blessings.” Videos of his concerts and of his family are on his website, www.samglaser.com. “I am crazy for my three kids, Max, Jesse and Sarah. I can plan an entire day of whirlwind adventure just so I see the joy on their faces, reflecting life’s sweetness,” he smiles. His Fatherhood album was inspired by his unadulterated love for them and his respect and admiration for his own father. His other two secular albums are also based on family relationships: Shira includes songs from his courtship with his wife. Soap Soup, which has won a Parent’s Choice award and the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, features musical fun for children of all ages. Glaser says he is extremely disciplined. “It’s the only way for a freelancer to get things done!” He has been named “the most prolific Jewish performer/composer

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of our times.” He writes and records during the day and often finds himself composing in his dreams. Over the next few years, he will release four new albums to add to his Sam Glasser 22. Hineni, his first album, is about awakening to the excitement of Judaism and his newfound awareness of the miracle of Jewish peoplehood. A Day in the Life includes songs inspired by his first adult experiences with prayer. Across the River illustrates Glaser’s exuberance for traveling and connecting with world Jewry. The Songs We Sing is soon to be a three-volume set covering classical melodies, historical songs and Jewish dance music. Kol Bamidbar celebrates the saga of the Jewish people in the Torah and features a children’s choir. Glaser loves to include his audiences in his shows. On this trip to Norfolk, several guest vocalists and a choir assembled for the occasion will sing with him. When he travels, he uses a keyboard or plays a piano, frequently accompanied by local musicians. In California, his performances usually incorporate his eight-piece band with some of L.A.’s finest musicians. He has even played many times with the city’s Jewish symphony. Having travelled the world in concert, from Asia to Europe to Israel, Glaser can visit 50 cities a year. Tidewater, however, holds a special place in his heart because it was one of his first stops, many years ago. For more information, call 428-2591.

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rith Sholom’s first meeting after its summer break will be held Sunday, Sept. 9 at 10 am. Brunch includes bagels, lox and cream cheese. A post holiday kosher-style dinner takes place on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 6 pm. Menu includes brisket, tzimmes, latkes, etc. $15 per person. RSVP before Sept. 24. A check is a receipt. Call Dale for further information at 757-461-1150.

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lways wanted to learn a little Yiddish? A newly formed Yiddish Club at the Simon Family JCC might be the answer. Sherry Lieberman, senior adult program director, and Miriam Brunn Ruberg, Jewish Life and Learning director, “have been thrilled” with the attendance of the first few sessions of this group of 20 or so, and say that anyone else who is interested is welcome to join for the learning and fun. Many of the attendees are fluent and knowledgeable in Yiddish, including Doris Friedman, Abbott and Kitty Saks, Sarita Sacks, Bea Minskoff and Bronia Drucker. These club members have each contrib-

uted to the group’s overall knowledge and learning, sharing past experiences with the Yiddish language. No spoken Yiddish is necessary, just an interest in learning some phrases and words. Fewer and fewer people are passing on this language, which will become extinct if communities don’t make an effort to keep it alive. Curious learners, as well as those willing to share, are welcome. Bring a dairy lunch; dessert will be provided. Call Sherry Lieberman at 321-2309 for more information.

Area temples plan Open House at JCC Sunday, Sept. 9, 1–4 pm by Laine M. Rutherford


he high holidays are approaching and for some in the Tidewater Jewish community, it’s time to choose a synagogue to attend services and, perhaps, eventually join. The Internet is an option for area temple discovery, as is the Shalom Tidewater website, www.shalomtidewater.com. This year, though, another option is available: area synagogues are holding an Open House at the Simon Family Jewish Community Center. Representatives from all area temples and synagogues will be available to explain, one-on-one, what they can offer in terms of community, education, affiliation and support. “This is a great opportunity for new residents to our area, or unaffiliated members, or those looking for something different,

to find out—in a welcoming and neutral setting—about houses of worship in Tidewater,” explains Rebecca Bickford, Community Concierge for the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater. “It’s designed to be casual, informational and pressure-free.” At the same time visitors are doing some “Back-to-Shul” shopping, they can also find out what the JCC has to offer during a membership Open House, scheduled to run concurrently with the synagogue Open House. JCC staff will be onsite, and can answer questions about the cultural events it hosts during the year, the Jewish educational opportunities offered at the JCC, and the J’s state-of-the-art fitness center and classes. Children’s activities will be offered throughout the Open Houses, including the creation of a New Year’s card that will be sent to active duty military.

Bob Josephberg (right) with his team during last year’s golf tournament.


‘em up! Tuesday, Sept. 11 will mark the 24th Annual Hebrew Academy of Tidewater–Konikoff Center of Learning Golf Tournament. As the school’s largest fundraiser, the tournament helps provide need-based scholarships for students and families. Last year more than $110,000 was raised. Held again at the prestigious Bayville Golf Course, event planners are signing on players, volunteers and sponsors. To register, players and sponsors may visit www.hebrewacademy.net and click Register Here. To volunteer or for more information, contact Deb Segaloff at 757-285-9009 or email dsegaloff@hebrewacademy.net. Hebrew Academy of Tidewater–Konikoff Center of Learning and Strelitz Early Childhood Center is a constituent agency of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.

New Year’s lunch for seniors Thursday, Sept. 13, 11:30 am


Rosh Hashanah luncheon for seniors and their guests will take place at the Simon Family JCC. Sing holiday songs, see friends, enjoy great food…and even play Jewish Jeopardy! Miriam Brunn Ruberg, director of Jewish Life and Learning at the JCC, will host a High Holiday version of Jeopardy. Prizes of foods to be enjoyed throughout the holiday will be awarded. Cost for lunch is $5 per person. RSVP to 321-2338 by Sept. 10. Call Sherry Lieberman with questions or for more information at 321-2309.

Leagues for youth and adults at the JCC now forming


t the Simon Family JCC, the back to school routine means that teams are forming. For the youngest, Pee Wee soccer returns in September for boys and girls ages three to six. Practices begin on Thursdays at 5 pm with games on Sundays at 1 pm. It is not too early to learn the basics of soccer since many of these children will play competitively through high school. An adult coed indoor volleyball league will begin Sept. 12. Games and practices are 6–9:30 pm on Wednesdays. Save the day after Thanksgiving to run off all that turkey at the JCC with a one-day adult flag football tournament. Coming late fall: look for youth basketball leagues to begin after Thanksgiving. A JCC tradition, these practices and games begin in December, culminating in a March tournament. Children in grades K through eight can join age appropriate teams, get great coaching, and learn valuable team building and basketball skills. For information any of these leagues, contact Tom Edwards at 321-2308 or tedwards@ simonfamilyj.org.

Simon Family JCC and Jewish Family Service Need Your Help!


he United Way of South Hampton Roads begins its 2012–2013 community fundraising campaign in September. Please strongly consider designating all or part of your United Way pledge to the Simon Family JCC and/or Jewish Family Service of Tidewater. Simply write in one or both agency’s names on your pledge card under “Specific Agency Name.” Your designation provides a critical hedge against possible cuts in future funding and an opportunity for additional funds in support of important services to the community. Designation your gift will fund needed scholarships for children attending JCC summer camp and the Strelitz Early Childhood Center. It will support our most vulnerable and impoverished who require subsidized counseling, meals on wheels and guardianship services. Please designate, enrich lives and protect our vital services.

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mazel tov to achievement Teviya and Job Abrahams, whose short film, “In Captivity” won the 48 Hour Film Project award. The couple, along with a few friends, wrote, shot, edited and scored the film in just 48 hours last year. The film was selected from more than 3,500 entered in the contest. In Captivity was shown at the 2012 Virginia Festival of Jewish Film at the Roper theater. Joanne Batson, for serving as chairman of National Hunger Month for the Foodbank system. Hannah Mancoll’s design won the grand prize in a contest for the Old Beach Farmers Market 2012 t-shirt design competition. Competing with other students from the Virginia Beach School for the Arts, Hannah’s vibrant graphic caught the judges’ eyes and made her the winner.

T-shirts are available for purchase each Saturday morning during the market at 19th Street and Cypress Avenue in Virginia Beach. A rising fourth grader at Malibu Elementary in Virginia Beach, Hannah is the daughter of Robin and Matt Mancoll and sister of Molly. David Matthew Sinclair on his graduation from the Mathematics & Science Academy at Ocean Lakes High School, June 16. He will attend Virginia Tech as a member of the Air Force ROTC & Corps of Cadets with a double major in mechanical engineering and vocal music performance. Kathryn Megan Sinclair on her graduation from James Madison University, May 5, 2012, with a Bachelor of Science degree in biotechnology and a theatre minor. She will attend Virginia Commonwealth University in the fall to pursue a PhD in microbiolosgy.

Anniversary Annabel and Hal Sacks who celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary on August 12. Hal and Annabel were married August 12, 1952 in a small ceremony in their rabbi’s study in the Bronx. They honeymooned at Lake George, N. Y. Hal left that Fall for Officer Candidate School and then served in Korea. The Navy took them up and down the East Coast while Hal served two tours of duty in Vietnam until they settled in Norfolk in 1963. While raising daughter Judy and son Skip, Annabel became a professor at Old Dominion University. Annabel and Hal both became heavily involved in the Jewish community and have served virtually every Jewish organization in the region, as well as many national organizations. Working as a team, Hal and Annabel have left their mark on their adopted home town and provided family and friends with a great example of how much can be accomplished by a loving husband and wife team.

Their joy is shared by their two children, daughter-in-law Ellen, five grandchildren— Jonathan, Miche, Nate, Sam and Hannah —and one great grandchild—Eli. Birth Shaina and Andy Moore on the arrival of their son, Caleb Jerome on July 14. Caleb is the grandson of Ben and Brenda Gordon and Darlene and Tom Tupper, and T.J. Moore. Engagement Rena Dorf Rogoff and Jerry Rogoff on the engagement of their grandson, Matthew David Star, son of Robin Rogoff Star and Michael B. Star of Rockville, Md. to Sarai Silverman. The wedding will take place June 2013 in Columbus, Ohio.

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obituaries Evelyn S. Brand Virginia Beach—Evelyn S. Brand, 90, died Sunday July 29, 2012. She was a devoted member of the Jewish communities of Middletown Connecticut and Tidewater. She and her husband, Emil were active participants in The Holocaust Commission of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater. A graveside service was held in Forest Lawn Cemetery. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts. Contributions may be made to UJFT or to a charity of choice. Online condolences may be made to the family at hdoliver.com. Barbara Spitz Davis Columbus—Barbara Spitz Davis, age 79, passed away peacefully on August 5, 2012. Preceded in death by her parents Henry A. and Mary A. Spitz, husband Coleman L. Davis and cousin Richard Chalkin. She is survived by her daughter, Leslie (Dr. Mary Beth Wiles) Davis; son, Barry (Kathy) Davis; grandsons, Jordan Davis and Chad Woodhouse; sister and brother-inlaw, Helene and Michael Lehv; nephews, H. Anthony (Robin Gross) Lehv and Spencer (Dr. June) Lehv; great nephews, Benjamin and Addeson; great nieces, Marissa and Amelia and her beloved friend, Annie. A memorial service took place at Wexner Heritage House with Rabbi Sharon Mars officiating. Burial took place in New York. Donations to The Henry A. and Mary A. Spitz Endowment Fund at the Columbus Jewish Foundation, 1175 College Ave., Columbus, OH 43209. Online guestbook at www.epsteinmemorial.com. Gary A. Drucker Virginia Beach—Gary Drucker, 77, passed away peacefully on June 9, 2012, son of Max and Rose Drucker, of blessed memory. Gary was a loving husband to Rosalind for 52 years, a proud father and grandfather. He is survived by his wife Rosalind, children Stephen Drucker (Diane) and Robin Stromberg (Burle), and four grandchildren. Gary enjoyed free time with his family, took pride in his yard, enjoyed fishing, was a member of the Lion’s Club of Wards Corner, and retired as manager of Hofheimer’s Shoes after 42 years. A graveside funeral was held. Memorial donations to Hebrew Academy of Tidewater. Daniel E. Frank Virginia Beach—On July 27, 2012, Daniel E. Frank, formerly of Washington, D.C. and Olney, Md., passed away peace-

fully in Virginia Beach, Va. Dan is survived by Rita, his soul mate of 47 years, his devoted children, Abe Frank of Seattle, Wash. and Ilene Topper (husband Larry), and his grandson, Laurence, of Sewickley, Pa. whom he cherished. He is also survived by his two brothers, Ronald (wife, Twyla) of Vienna, Va., and Leo (wife, Dianne) of Portland, Or. as well as his many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Robert and Eleanore Frank. Dan was born and raised in Washington, D.C. where from his earliest days he demonstrated that his role in life would be as someone who enjoyed seeking out and solving problems for everyone including his teachers, family, and friends and always without any desire for reward or recognition. He earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at Drexel Institute of Technology in 1963 and his Ph.D. from the Moore School of Electrical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania in 1971. His career as a civilian scientist working for the Navy, Army, Postal Service, and Office of Law Enforcement Standards in Gaithersburg, Md. was long and distinguished. He believed his most important accomplishment was a series of standards for police protective equipment, which has been credited with saving the lives of officers throughout the United States. Dan was also a sworn Special Deputy U.S. Marshal until his retirement in 1995. In 1968 Dan was introduced to the art of Ki Aikido. Dan rose to the rank of 7th Degree Black Belt in Ki Aikido and full lecturer in Ki Development. He lived his life based on the philosophy and discipline of his art. In the 1970’s he started his own dojo in Maryland and his students continue in his footsteps to this day. In retirement, Dan became “Dr. Dan” starting a small business that included blacksmithing, locksmithing, and repair shop services. During this period he also became a member of the Tidewater Blacksmith’s Guild and became so proficient in blacksmithing that he was invited to teach that subject to undergraduates in the Fine Arts Department of Old Dominion University. He continued as a teacher up until his passing. Dan always believed in, protected and supported those for whom he was responsible. He has left his family, friends and students a legacy of someone who lived his life with integrity and honor. A funeral service was held at HinesRinaldi Funeral Home in Silver Spring, Md. Burial was at Judean Memorial Gardens in Olney, Md. Memorial con-

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tributions in his name to the American Cancer Society; Congregation Beth Chaverim 3820 Stoneshore Drive, Virginia Beach, Va. 23452; or to a favorite charity. Arrangements by Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home, Inc. under Jewish Funeral Practices Committee of Greater Washington contract. Rita S. Kaufman Hobbs Portsmouth—Rita S. Kaufman Hobbs, 79, left this earth on Thursday, July 19, 2012. Rita was a native of Brooklyn, N.Y. She was predeceased by her first husband, Leonard Kaufman, second husband, James Hobbs, sons, Steven Kaufman and Martin Kaufman, and her daughter-in-law Missy Kaufman. She is survived by her daughter, Marsha Hogge and her husband Kevin, three sons, Fred Kaufman, Robert Kaufman and his wife, Patricia, Richard Kaufman; brother, Harvey Segal and wife, Lynda; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Rita was a past president of the PTA, as well as an instrumental advocate for the Spina Bifida Association and past president of the March of Dimes. She was an active member of the Friday Night Poker Players. A funeral service was conducted in Loving Funeral Home, with interment in Gomley Chesed Cemetery. On-line condolences may be made at www.lovingfuneralhome.com. Memorial contributions to the Spina Bifida Foundation. Dr. Eugene L. Kanter Virginia Beach—Eugene L. Kanter, D.D.S., 82, died Thursday, July 26, 2012. He was born in Norfolk to the late Rose and Samuel Kanter. Dr. Kanter was a graduate of Maury High School, received his degrees from the College of William and Mary, and M.C.V School of Dentistry. Gene was a naval officer and veteran of the Korean Conflict and served a tour on the U.S.S. WISCONSIN. He maintained a dental practice in Norfolk for more than 30 years. He was a life member of Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity and was made a Fellow in the honorary International College of Dentistry. In 2003, he was inducted into the distinguished honorary Pierre Fauchard Academy. Dr. Kanter provided dental care on a volunteer basis to disadvantaged patients in Israel. Gene was past president of the Norfolk Fraternal Order of Police Associates, Commodore Lodge No. 3, and was a past president of Congregation Beth El. He was a docent for the Hampton

Roads Naval Museum aboard the U.S.S. Wisconsin. He provided 12 years of service to Jewish Family Service, served on their board, and was also on the committee for Russian Resettlement. One of his great loves was show business and he participated in many local productions including with The Norfolk Little Theater. Survivors include his loving wife of 47 years, Nancy Kaplan Kanter; his daughter, Lisa Kanter; his son, Steven Kanter and wife, Laura, and their sons Zachary and Matthew; his brother, Dr. Jack C. Kanter; and his niece, Andrea Meltzer. Gene cherished the warm, close relationship he shared with his many friends. Funeral Services were held at Congregation Beth El with Rabbi Arthur Ruberg, and Cantor Gordon Piltch officiating. Interment followed in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Memorial donations to Congregation Beth El. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts. Online condolences may be sent to the family at hdoliver.com. Harriet Kronick Virginia Beach—Harriet Kronick, 84, passed away Monday, June 25, 2012, at Virginia Beach General Hospital. She was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., to the late Bess and Abraham Herman. She was also preceded in death by Sidney Kronick, her beloved husband of 61 years, their son Kevin, her brother, William Herman and her sister Rhoda Silverstein. Survivors include their two children, Kate Kronick and her husband, Tony D’Amato, and Jeff Kronick; two granddaughters, Jacia Monaco and Dorey Kronick; brother- and sister-in-law, Milton and Chari Kronick and many loving nieces and nephews, all of whom will miss her dearly. Harriet graduated from a commercial art school in Pittsburgh, having learned all types of advertising art, life drawing, and fashion illustration and until her marriage worked as a fashion illustrator in Pittsburgh department stores. After moving to Uniontown, she continued with freelance artwork, specializing in portraiture. She taught drawing and painting classes in Uniontown for 10 years and then also in Virginia Beach for many years, until 2011. She exhibited her portraits and pastel landscapes in local galleries and her many artworks hang in homes and institutions including judicial portrait commissions, which hang in Norfolk and Portsmouth courthouses and a portrait of Edgar & Gertrude Cayce which

obituaries hangs in the Association for Research and Enlightenment. She was also known for her “green thumb” and loved tending to her many beautiful plants. She volunteered for the American Cancer Society for 20 years, and also for Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. for more than 30 years. A memorial service was held at the A.R.E. Gerry Mendelson Portsmouth—Gerry Barney “Doc” Mendelson, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, died August 11, 2012. Gerry was born Oct. 5, 1933, in Brooklyn, N. Y., to Frances Daniels Mendelson and Monroe Mendelson. Surviving Gerry are his wife of 54 years Marilyn, son Moss and daughter-in-law Julie, son Judd and daughter-in-law Sara, and grandchildren Rachel, Anna, and Noah. Gerry received BS and MA art degrees from New York University and taught art first in Long Island, N.Y. public schools and then at Ball State University, Indiana. After earning an EdD from Indiana University in audio-visual communications, Gerry held positions in higher education: director, Learning Resource Center, University of Hawaii; director, Biomedical Communications, MSU College of Human Medicine; Assistant Dean for Curriculum, U of Miami School of Medicine; associate professor, Medical University of South Carolina; and director, Medical Media, EVMS. Gerry never met a stranger; he enjoyed talking to all. Hardly ever without a pet cat, Gerry rescued Max, last of a long line, some 15 years ago. Gerry was an out-of-century horse trader; he bought and traded almost anything that appealed. By his 60th birthday he had owned over 50 cars, cycles, and trucks. He loved to travel, especially behind the wheel of a motor home, and he and Marilyn camped in all but four U.S. states. In 2001 Gerry drove 12,000 picturesque miles to Alaska and back. A funeral service was held at Sturtevant Funeral Home. Burial was at Olive Branch Cemetery. Donations to the Alzheimer’s Association or Portsmouth Humane Society. Rubin Sandler Virginia Beach—Rubin Sandler, 89, born June 4, 1923 in Philadelphia, Pa., passed away on August 11, 2012. He was survived by his wife Joan Sandler and his children; Mindy (Steven), Beryl (Steven), Fredric (Brook), David (Daniella), Isaac (Miriam), Ronald (Debbie), Lawrence (Janice), Dale (James), and 23 grandchildren. He was a Veteran of WWII. He was a certified public accountant for over 55

years. He was loved by many and will be missed by all. A graveside service was held at Forest Lawn Cemetery with Rabbi Israel Zoberman officiating. Grace W. Weinstein Virginia Beach—Grace W. Weinstein, age 76, beloved wife of Stephen, sister of Ellis Wohlner (and Joan), mother of Lawrence Weinstein (and Carol) and Janet Mercadante (and Rick), grandmother of Lee, Rachel, Samantha, and Jared. Newspaper, magazine and newsletter journalist for publications including Money, the Newark Star-Ledger, Ms, and McCalls, author of the nationally syndicated column Grace W. Weinstein on Your Money, author of 13 books including Children and Money and The Lifetime Book of Money Management, columnist for Good Housekeeping, the Financial Times and Investor’s Business Daily, past president of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, corporate consultant and expert on personal finance. She loved her family and will be greatly missed. Donations may be made to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center for Dr. Larry Norton’s breast cancer research or to the American Society of Journalists and Authors, Writer’s Emergency Assistance Fund. The funeral service took place at Temple Emanuel. Burial followed in Princess Anne Memorial Park. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts. Online condolences may be made at hdoliver.com. VIRGINIA WEINSTEIN Portsmouth—Virginia Weinstein, 102, was born Oct. 29, 1909 in Portsmouth, Va. and passed away on August 6, 2012 at her home in Rossmoor, Calif. surrounded by family. She is survived by her son and daughterin-law, Richard and Leah Weinstein; son and daughter-in-law, Bentley and Steffi Weinstein; grandchildren, Amy Peterson (Eric), Emily Galdes (Frank) and David Weinstein (Luba); and great-grandchildren, Sarah, Ben, Jacob, Hannah, Raquel and Talia. Virginia was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 65 years, Samuel Weinstein. “Vidye,” as many knew her, was selfless in her kindness and generosity to all those who knew her. She was loved by many and will be missed by all. A graveside service was held at Gomley Chesed Cemetery. Sturtevant Funeral Home.

David Rakoff, humorist of pessimism and Jewishness David Rakoff, a humorist who often wrote about American Jewish culture, has died. Rakoff, 47, died August 9 in Manhattan of cancer, a disease he has battled since he was 22, according to media reports. A frequent contributor to National Public Radio’s This American Life, Rakoff, a Montreal native, embraced his misfortunes with a cheerful negativity. A book of his essays was named Half Empty. “Optimism is not for everybody,” he told Tablet magazine in a 2010 podcast. “There are a lot of people who are simply going to feel anxious no matter what, it predates consciousness almost, it’s pre-verbal, it’s the way you are and ultimately it’s as value neutral as having brown eyes.” He wrote in a 2006 Tablet blog chronicling his attendance at virtually every film in a Woody Allen film festival of his delight in his discovery of a shared identity with Alvy Singer, the Allen doppleganger in Annie Hall.

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by Karen Lombart

arolina Blue is the color of yarn Nataly Cahana Fleishman chose for her three and one-half year old son’s yamulke. She crochets a few stitches, accesses their appearance, keeps or replaces them and continues. A craft taught to her by Rabbi Susie Tendler, she hopes that Matan will proudly wear his “North Carolina” blue head covering to Shabbat services. “I came to America to learn to be Jewish,” Fleishman laughs as she reflects on her life. “We were secular Jews in Israel. My family never went to synagogue. We celebrated the holidays, but never observed them religiously.” The fifth child of six born to the Cahanas, Fleishman is an eighth generation Israeli. Her father’s father, Yakov Cahana, was born in a village in Lithuania in 1911 and left with a group of his Zionist friends to live in Israel when he was 19 years old. A peer of Ben Gurion’s, he chose not to make a career of politics, but rather change the face of the country by becoming an architect. He was one of the designers of the famous Rockefeller museum. “My paternal grandmother’s family left Lithuania after the pogroms of the 1800’s,” Fleishman says. They lived in Jerusalem and my grandmother’s father became the first pharmacist in the city. Known as the “Motke Aftaker,” he helped everyone in need, earning special recognition by both the Jewish and Arab communities. During the riots in Jerusalem, he was protected by his diverse groups of friends. “My mother’s parents, Saba Shmuel and Savata Yhudit, immigrated to Israel from Poland. While the rest of their families perished during the Holocaust, my grandmother’s brother survived because he was a carpenter in a Polish labor camp,” says Fleishman. “Both my parents were in the army when they met on the beach. My mother, Ofra, grew up in Haifa, a beautiful, dark skinned girl in her 20s who was studying nursing. My father, also from Haifa, was a soldier with blue eyes and blonde hair and a student at the university, studying business and economics. “I imagine that the horror of the Holocaust affected both of my parents. I was raised in a secular home. We did not believe in God, and yet I wondered about

many things,” she offers. “I wanted to know why it was important to be Jewish.” Even as a young child, Fleishman sensed that being an Israeli Jew made her different. She knew there were 22 Arab states surrounding her tiny homeland. She also understood that the United States was Israel’s greatest ally, and that Americans supported Israel by giving money to ensure its survival. At age nine, Fleishman decided to take tennis lessons instead of continuing to chase after her father’s tennis balls. Her first experience was with a non-profit organization called the Israel Tennis Center (ITC). Its mission was to strengthen the social, physical and psychological well-being of its students as well as market “the strength of Israel” to foreigners. Fleishman took two buses a day, riding an hour and a half each way to play on the ITC courts, instead of using courts near her home. The Center became her afternoon home. At 11 years old, she travelled to the USA with the ITC Center. She spent a month and a half touring the East Coast with a stop in Salt Lake City. Up until the age of 15, Fleishman ranked as one of the top players in Israel, placing #3 in Singles and #1 in Doubles while traveling to 30 countries and competing in international tournaments. She was invited to join the Wingate Institute in Netanya, a boarding school designed for the country’s best athletes. She met people from all over Israel who shared their opinions and ideologies, sometimes different from her own. It was an eye opening experience. She questioned her own values again when she discovered the resentment and underlying hostility expressed by one of her Israeli Arab friends and mother. Her friend was a tennis player who had been sponsored by a Jewish-Israeli group and had gone to the best schools in Haifa. Her mother, a successful lawyer, was also the beneficiary of the country’s democracy. Neither recognized that Israel’s infrastructure was the bedrock for their success. Both anxiously anticipated the day that “the land would be returned to the Arab people.” Fleishman’s father passed away when she was 16 years old, and she began to support herself. Fortunately, a lot of good people from the Israeli Tennis family, as well as her uncle helped her financially and emotionally through those years. After high school, she went into the army and played tennis, ranking in the Top 200

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in the world, until she had an accident. Rehabilitated, she appled to colleges for financial aid. Accepted to Haifa and Tel Aviv Universities, Fleishman decided to attend Old Dominion University on a full scholarship. On the tennis team, she was recognized as a two- Nataly and Seth Fleishman with their children Shira and Matan. time All-American player, as well as the Conference Player of the Year, four times. year after arriving in Norfolk, Fleishman New to American culture as a freshman, joined him. Chabad has had a profound Fleishman dated, never thinking twice effect on both of them. Her brother and his about her companion’s religion, until one family now adhere to an Orthodox lifestyle. night, her date casually mentioned he was “Seth and I also chose to evolve religoing to church on Sunday. Fleishman giously. We wanted our decisions to be shocked herself with her own reflection. “I permanent. Our greatest challenge has been may not know much about my religion,” keeping kosher, not just in our home, but she thought, “but my family died during also when dining in public. By avoiding the Holocaust, and I will not allow my heri- non-kosher restaurants, it makes it difficult tage to die with me.” to socialize. Yet, we have found that the She started to date Seth in the fall of laws, rituals, and traditions have added to her sophomore year. They were married in our life spiritually instead of restricting it,” 2004 when she graduated from ODU. Seth, Fleishman reveals. three years older, had become more obserIn 2005, Fleishman and her husband vant when he graduated from UNC because became involved with Federation by first of a promise he made to his grandfather. working with Super Sunday. A year later, He had started wrapping tefillin daily and they went on the Tel Aviv One mission. keeping kosher. He encouraged his wife to Within a few years, Seth became the coexplore her own religious commitment. founder of YAD (Young Adult Division), In 2005, Fleishman’s brother, Amit, and the first YAD Cabinet chair, and Super his family moved to Tidewater from Israel. Sunday chair. Together, Fleishman and Confused at the changes in his sister, he her husband joined the one year Hineni accused her of being “too religious.” Her program. Now focused on the Community Israeli friends did the same. “How could I Relations Council, Fleishman will start her explain to them that in Israel, my priority second year as the co-chair of the Israel had been to protect the land? In the U. S., I Advocacy Committee. Her daughter Shira wanted to protect my heritage. My perspec- (5 ½) goes to kindergarten at Hebrew tive had changed,” she says. Academy of Tidewater. Her son, Matan, is Fleishman remains amazed that her soon to follow. Seth is first vice-president at homeland has given so much to the world. Congregation Beth El. “Many civilizations and governments have When born, Fleishman weighed two tried to destroy the Jews, and yet we have pounds. Her Hebrew name “Nat-hamanaged to build a nation, and turn a lee” means “God has given me a second desert land into an oasis,” she says. She chance.” Having survived at birth, her lifealso now realizes that it wasn’t only the time challenges have continually become Jewish people that survived, it was also the opportunities to start over. She has never Torah. She adds, “Shabbat and the laws been afraid to reassess and make changes, of kashrut have preserved Jewish com- even when crocheting. Fleishman looks munities throughout the Jewish people’s forward to her future with promise. tumultuous history.” When Amit started to go to Chabad, a

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