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Notes and appreciation y now, the publication commemorating Tidewater’s Jewish community’s 75 organized years should have made it to everyone’s mailboxes, and, hopefully, been opened, browsed though, and maybe even read. Tidewater Jewish Community 1947–2013 We’ve heard from many readers (who must have opened, browsed and read) in the form of emails, calls and in-person visits to the Jewish News office. Most have offered favorable comments, which, of course, we appreciate and want to thank those thoughtful people for taking the time to share your impressions. Some people have noted information that we could have or should have included about events that have taken place in the Tidewater Jewish community throughout the years. We appreciate those comments, too, and in fact are collecting them and soliciting more. We knew we’d unintentionally omit some items, but didn’t want to let that fear stop this publication. So, please send us what you feel should have been mentioned. We’ll include as much as possible in the on-line version (which can be found at www.jewishnewsva.org) and hope to find another use for the history in a future publication. One unfortunate omission was Temple Emanuel’s advertisement. The ad was ordered and created, but somehow never made it to the publication. We hope the congregation accepts our apology for the error. We heard from a few others who were dismayed that they hadn’t been asked to advertise. Lesson learned. It took a lot of effort by a host of people to create the 75th. Thank you to the writers: Hal Sacks, Marilyn Goldman, Reba Karp, Laine Mednick Rutherford and Shayna Horwitz. Germaine Clair, our art director, as always, deserves much appreciation for her creativity, professionalism and patience. Thank you to those involved with advertising sales: Sandy Goldberg, Mark Hecht, Risa Levitt, Alex Pomerantz and Harry Graber. Charlotte Kelleher who takes care of billing and Marilyn Cerase who manages the circulation list, we always appreciate. The wonderful people at Teagle & Little, the magazine’s printer also deserve thanks. And finally, to Harry Graber, executive vice president of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, thank you for your support and guidance during the process.
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Up Front. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Briefs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Torah Thought: The Lubavitcher Rebbe. . . . 5 Update on Operation Protective Edge. . . . . . 7 UJFT Mission to Israel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Local Presbyterian disagrees with divestment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Jewish groups and Supreme Court ruling. . 16 Max Sandler prepares to lead mission to Israel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Reaction to Palestinian teen’s death . . . . . . 20 ATID program for community leaders . . . . 22 Book Reviews . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Leon Chovitz joins Temple Israel. . . . . . . . 24
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briefs Florida rabbi finds owners of unclaimed tefillin A Florida rabbi discovered seven pairs of tefillin at a store that sells the contents of unclaimed airline baggage. Rabbi Uri Pilichowski was on vacation with his family when he visited the store in Scottsboro, Ala., looking for cheap cell phones, the New York Daily News reported. The rabbi bought the religious items, worth hundreds of dollars, for $45 each on July 1. He then posted photos of the bags in which they were stored on Facebook in an attempt to find the owners. Six of the seven pairs were claimed in less than a week, with four of the owners living in the New York area, one in Israel and one in Los Angeles, according to the news website Vos Iz Neis. One belonged to Noah Jacobson, a singer for The Maccabeats, and another had belonged to David Malka, a former chef for the Lubavitcher rebbe, which he had given to his grandson before his death. (JTA) SodaStream store in Britain shuts after two years of weekly protests An Israeli-owned store in England that sold replacement parts for SodaStream closed after two years of weekly boycott protests. The EcoStream shop in the coastal town of Brighton shut down, the Jewish Chronicle reported. The store sold the recyclable bottles for the SodaStream machines made in the factory in the West Bank settlement of Maale Adumim. Since September 2012, pro-Palestinian activists from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign have demonstrated in front of the store every Saturday as part of the global boycott, divestment and sanctions movement. The Sussex Friends of Israel staged regular counter-protests, according to the Chronicle. “Following a two-year test period, the company has decided to focus its business efforts on other channels,” a SodaStream spokesman told the Jewish Chronicle. The British department store chain John Lewis recently removed SodaStream products from its shelves as well. SodaStream had been in the news in
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recent months following the signing of actress Scarlett Johansson as a spokeswoman and the ensuing controversy over its West Bank factory. Johansson resigned as a global ambassador for Oxfam over her position with the company, which employs Jewish and Palestinian workers in Maale Adumim. (JTA)
Recording of kidnapped teen’s emergency call released The recording of the emergency call placed by one of the abducted teens was officially released after a leaked copy spread throughout Israel on WhatsApp. “I’ve been kidnapped,” a teen, identified by his father as Gilad Shaar, is heard whispering in the call made at 10:25 p.m. June 12. “Keep your heads down,” a voice is heard shouting in Arabic-accented Hebrew. Sounds of a struggle are heard followed by several loud noises believed to be gunshots and then groaning. The operator is heard trying to talk to the caller and find out where he is located throughout the call. Blood and bullet casings reportedly were found in the burnt-out car that is believed to have been used to abduct the teens. The call was transferred to the operator’s supervisor, who also tried to speak to the caller. The supervisor reportedly called back eight times, first receiving no answer then being transferred to voice mail. The supervisor did not report the call, believing it to be a prank. Several senior officers were demoted after the release of an investigation that found “severe failure of conduct” in handling the call. (JTA) 60,000 Israelis download app to notify of abduction Some 60,000 Israelis have downloaded a free app designed to assist in the event of an abduction. Using the free United Hatzalah SOS smartphone app, subscribers can inform the emergency organization that they need assistance and provide their exact location via GPS technology. The app, developed by the Israeli start-up NowForce, requires one swipe of the finger. The system contacts any family or
friends that are programmed into the system during registration. The app responds to problems that arise from placing an emergency call to the police in the event of a kidnapping situation. Security forces have to undergo lengthy legal processes to obtain permission to track an individual’s cell phone signal, prolonging emergency response times and the chance of rescue. The app allows for a discrete method to call for help, its creators say. (JTA)
BNP Paribas pays record $8.9B fine for sanctions busting BNP Paribas, France’s biggest bank, paid a record $8.9 billion in fines for violating U.S. sanctions on a number of countries, including Iran. The amount was negotiated with an array of U.S. agencies in a plea deal for violating sanctions on Cuba, Sudan and Burma as well as Iran, according to a Treasury Department statement. The bank pleaded guilty to practices that obscured the identity of sanctioned parties in bank dealings. “Under the settlement agreement, BNPP is required to put in place and maintain policies and procedures to minimize the risk of the recurrence of such conduct in the future,” the Treasury statement said. The fines include a $963 million settlement with Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control, which tracks sanctions busting. (JTA) Stepped-up Gaza operation could last long time, Israeli defense chief says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Israeli military to “take off the gloves” against Hamas, as Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon prepared the public for a long campaign in Gaza. “Hamas chose to escalate the situation and it will pay a heavy price for doing so,” Netanyahu said Tuesday, July 8 as he entered meetings with defense officials at the Kirya Military Headquarters in Tel Aviv hours following the launch of Operation Protective Edge in the Gaza Strip. Yaalon called for patience at the start of the operation.
“We are prepared for a campaign against Hamas, which will not end within days,” he said. “Hamas is leading the current confrontation to a place in which it seeks to exact a heavy price from our home front.” “The situation in the south has become insufferable,” Interior Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich told reporters. “We cannot allow over a million citizens be held hostage in bomb shelters.” He added that Hamas is responsible for bringing back the calm. Summer camp and high school matriculation exams, as well as exams and studies at Ben Gurion University, were closed amid the falling rockets. Events with more than 300 people were ordered canceled in the 25-mile zone. Public bomb shelters were prepared in municipalities including Ashkelon, Ashdod and Beersheba. Since the beginning of the year, more than 450 rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip at civilians in southern Israel, according to the IDF. (JTA)
Chain with kosher certification, abruptly shuttered its stores across the United States. The publicly traded company had closed a few of its 65 stores in recent months amid heavy financial losses. On Monday, July 7, Crumbs Bake Shop shut down its remaining stores. “Regrettably Crumbs has been forced to cease operations and is immediately attending to the dislocation of its employees while it evaluates its limited remaining options,” the company said in a statement emailed to The Associated Press. The first Crumbs store opened on Manhattan’s Upper West Side in 2003, and the company went public in 2011 with a listing on the Nasdaq exchange. At its peak, the company ran 65 stores in 12 U.S. states. But its stock price, which opened at $13 a share, fell quickly as the company’s earnings turned out to be crummy. This year’s first quarter losses reached about $3.8 million and in June, the stock price sank to a low of about 11 cents per share. Last week, Crumbs was delisted from Nasdaq. Following the news of Crumbs’ closing, many observers cited it as the official end of the cupcake craze.(JTA)
Torah Thought A giant remembered: The Lubavitcher Rebbe at his 20th Yahrzeit
“What should I do with them in New York?” The year was 1971. I was a 20-something rabbinical student living in Manhattan. That summer I was in charge of a group of 30 teenagers at Camp Ramah in the Poconos. The high point of the summer was to be five days in New York. So of course I took them to the usual special places. We went to a Yankees game. We saw an off-Broadway production of “The Fatasticks.” We went to the U.N., we ate kosher Chinese food at Shmulka Bernstein’s on the Lower East Side (using my prized possession, a Shmulka Bernstein’s credit card). But one experience was most unusual. It turned out to be the most memorable of all. A friend told me to go to a Farbrengen, a gathering at the headquarters of the Lubavitcher Rebbe in Brooklyn. For Lubavitcher Hasidim, yahrzeits, anniversaries of deaths, are joyous occasions. Instead of crying about their losses, they rejoice in the lives of their departed. I think that night marked the 20th yahrzeit of the rebbe’s father. And what a night it was! Hundreds of Hasidim were packed into a hot, steamy room. The rebbe sat at a table. The room was full with young adult men, eyes riveted on the rebbe, hanging on his every word of Torah. In between his teaching, the guys sang Niggunim, spirited Hasidic melodies. In their hands they held shot glasses. Every so often the rebbe would give a personal nod to one of his followers. The Hasid he singled out would smile, raise his glass, drain it, and there would be more singing. Then the rebbe would speak. I can’t tell you what he said, mostly because he spoke in Yiddish. But you could tell that his followers were inspired. They learned. They sang again. And they drank again.
My group of teenagers from Philadelphia was “blown away.” They were moved by the enthusiasm, by the passion, by the love for Judaism that resonated through the room. In an age of cynicism, my young charges were taken by the sincerity and frankly, by the Jewish joy they saw and they felt. A joy they wanted for themselves. When they came back to camp, they had a plan. They would walk into the camp dining hall arm in arm, singing that Niggun. Singing that Hasidic melody together was their way of bringing some of the enthusiasm and passion they saw in Brooklyn back to the younger kids in camp. I will never forget that special evening with the rebbe, with the spiritual head of the Chabad Hasidim. One boy in that group never forgot either. He went on to study for the rabbinate, he got Semicha; and instead of staying the wild red haired hooligan he was at age 16, years later he became one of the head Lubavitch leaders in Philadelphia, a rabbi and a lawyer too. And to think I started him on the path that July night in Brooklyn. As influential as the rebbe was in the life of American Jewry back in the early 1970s, by the 1990s he had become almost larger than life. When I saw him at the Farbrengen, his influence was felt mostly in New York and in the larger American cities. But in the subsequent years, the rebbe’s teachings and ideas spread far and wide. You see—the rebbe understood marketing almost before the term was invented. Early on, the rebbe organized his followers into a network of “Shluchim,” literally Yiddish for messengers. He inspired them to go out and bring Judaism to the masses, by settling in communities and establishing personal contacts and relationships. He sent them off, usually young couples in their 20s, to become representatives of Judaism and Jewish living in communities everywhere. At first, the Shluchim were known mostly for gimmicky programs like the “Tefillin Mobile” or for giant Chanukah menorahs they lit on hills and downtown squares. Or for taking them on pilgrimages
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to Brooklyn to be blessed by the rebbe; the rebbe gave each visitor a dollar bill that they cherished for the rest of their lives. Soon there were Chabad houses, centers of Jewish life all over North America. They were community centers that lacked the fitness equipment of the JCCs, but were often more effective in conveying Jewish pride. Because in the Chabad houses lived young couples who loved Judaism, who invited people to spirited Shabbat dinners, and who taught by example. Truth to tell, while we rabbis of the major religious denominations became known mostly for announcing pages, for giving sermons and
for officiating at life cycle occasions, the Lubavitch Shluchim were busy establishing close relationships with Jews everywhere. Rabbi Jeff Arnowitz often speaks of the contemporary need for “relational Judaism.” It has become a popular term used by leaders of Conservative Judaism today. The truth is that even those of us who endorse it understand that the Lubavitcher Rebbe was sending out his representatives to practice relational Judaism many years before. Then in 1992 at age 90, the Rebbe suffered a major stroke that crippled him and left him unable to speak. His followcontinued on page 6
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ers prayed daily for his recovery. But to no avail. Twenty years ago, on the Jewish calendar on June 12, 1994, the rebbe succumbed to old age and to complications from the stroke. He was mourned by thousands and thousands. Police estimate that there were 35,000 mourners outside Lubavitch headquarters in Brooklyn. The New York airports and the traffic around them ground to a standstill on the day he was buried, as his disciples converged on his burial spot. I’ve concentrated my remarks more on the rebbe’s methods than on his teachings themselves. Obviously there is much to say about them too. One of the rebbe’s main lessons was that when we do mitzvot, when we perform every day acts of kindness; we help bring the long-awaited coming of the Messiah. In the days before his death many of his followers began to believe that the rebbe himself was the Mashiach, that he wouldn’t die, and that he would soon
reveal himself as the Messiah. In Brooklyn and in Chabad strongholds from New York to Jerusalem banners hung that said “Yehi Hamelech Hamashiah” (Long live the King Messiah). After his death it became clear to all but a minority of his followers that while we had lost a great, great teacher and leader, the rebbe himself was not the Mashiach. And that it was still up to us who survived him to follow his teachings and by our actions, to hasten the coming of the Messianic Era and the perfect world it stands for. Many wondered, understandably so, what would happen to the Lubavitch movement after the Rebbe died. After all, Chabad is a sect of Chasidim, and Chasidim are led by rabbinic dynasties whose hereditary leadership is passed on through the family. But this rebbe had no heirs. Indeed, he was such a giant and Chabad was so identified with him, that many doubted whether the movement could survive his passing.
In 20 years of retrospect, we realize how larger than life the rebbe really was! Because through loyalty to him and to his teachings, the movement has prospered even after his death. If anything, 20 years later, without a new rebbe or even a titular head, Chabad is stronger than ever. It has become a cliché that wherever you go around the world, there is Chabad. And because there is Chabad, there are Jews, there is Judaism, a Judaism that thrives. Shanghai, Nepal, Boise, Idaho; even at the World Cup in the rain forests of Brazil there are Chabad houses. There are Shabbat dinners; there are Menachem Mendel Schneerson at the Lag BaOmer parade in Brooklyn, 1987. holiday services and kosher Margolins; I treasure their friendship. We food. Wherever we go, just look up Chabad. They’re always there. Is have worked together time and again on Chabad so successful because of the reb- behalf of Judaism in this community. What be’s unique teachings or the teachings of divides us from Chabad is far less than Lubavitch rabbis before him? I don’t think what unites us. There are so many examit’s that. Or maybe only in part. I would ples of that cooperation and I wish I had argue that what makes Chabad the Chabad the time to share some of them. Suffice it to say this. About 10 years ago, we know and love is the unique and monumental action plan of Menachem Mendel a book about the Rebbe and his followers Schneerson, the last Lubavitcher Rebbe; called The Rebbe’s Army became a best sellthe man in whose presence I was back in er. It detailed some of the tension between 1971, who passed away in 1994 and whose Chabad and the established Jewish denominfluence 20 years later is stronger than ever. inations. But on page 123, it talked about That is why several new biographies one major exception, the close relationship of the rebbe have been released just this in Norfolk, Va. between Congregation Beth month. One is by the great author of Jewish El and the local Chabad. Look it up. I am proud of that ongoing relationship and I books, Rabbi Joseph Telushkin. Maybe you wonder—Here I am, a clear- am glad to say it continues. July 1971. June 1994. June 2014. The ly identified Conservative rabbi, delivering an admiring tribute to the Lubavitcher last Rabbi of Lubavitch shaped Judaism Rebbe. There are many non-Orthodox and in his generation and infused life into the Orthodox rabbis who had significant dif- American Jewish community. He may not ferences with the Rebbe and even more have been Hamelech Hamashiach, but he with his followers. I share some of those was a giant. A true “Gadol” of Jewish life. We remember the Rebbe today, 20 years disagreements. But we here in Tidewater and particu- after his passing; we remember him with larly at Beth El have had a very close and love, with affection, with respect and with cooperative relationship with our local the deepest reverence. —Rabbi Arthur Ruberg, rabbi emeritus, Chabad rabbi, Rabbi Margolin and with his family. I “think the world” of the Congregation Beth El continued on page 6
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UJFT provides community with up-to-date information about Operation Protective Edge
he escalating conflict in Israel, with Hamas firing missiles into populated areas from Gaza and the Israel Defense Forces launching Operation Protective Edge to protect its citizens, is changing daily, sometimes even hourly. Members of the Tidewater Jewish community are troubled, and concerned for the safety of friends and family in Israel, for Israelis, and for the stability of the region. Within 24 hours of the start of Operation Protective Edge on Monday, July 7, 1,500 Israel Defense Forces reservists were called up for active duty, and a draft of 40,000 more was approved. Sirens warning of rocket attacks are being heard throughout Israel—in Tel Aviv, Herzliya, and Jerusalem, and dozens more cities. While the Iron Dome, Israel’s anti-missile system, has intercepted most of Hamas’ missiles from destroying property and innocent lives, experts are warning of the extended reach of these weapons and Hamas’ goal of doing the most harm possible to Israel. The United Jewish Federation of Tidewater is keeping a close watch on the situation to provide the community with as much updated information as possible, relying on the knowledge base and strong network of partners and sources it is linked with through the Community Relations Council, and through the Jewish Federations of North America, the Federation umbrella organization. During times such as this, JFNA Israel represents UJFT and other Federations at the Non-Profit Emergency Situation Roundtable under the auspices of the Ministry of Defense. JFNA convened its emergency roundtable early last week and met with partner agencies, The Jewish Agency for Israel and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, as well as the Israel Trauma Coalition. Together, they are monitoring the situation on the ground and sharing information with Tidewater.
This effective communal system is ready to mobilize if assistance is needed, and the CRC and the UJFT will keep the Tidewater Jewish community, and supporters of Israel, up to date as the situation evolves. For information and updates on Operation Protective Edge and what you can do to help support Israel during this crisis, visit www.JewishVa.org and Like the CRC UJFT Facebook page and go to the Jewish News site at www.jewishnewsva.org for the latest news.
n the meantime, here is a summary of events curated by JFNA’s Israel team that reflects what is happening on the ground at press time July 9, 2014. THE SITUATION More than 45 rockets were fired by Hamas July 8 and 9, including at Israeli major cities, as far north as Zichron Yaakov, 39 miles north of Tel Aviv and 72 miles north of Gaza. Of the 160 rockets that have been fired by Hamas since Monday, July 7, 116 have struck Israel. 23 were intercepted by the Iron Dome Defense system. Rockets on track to hit open areas are not intercepted by Iron Dome, which has a very high cost per-fire. Amongst the rockets Hamas has fired is the Iranian M-302 rocket, which can reach up to 90 miles away. Israel’s northernmost point is only 138 miles from Gaza. Hamas continues to attempt other acts of terrorism; the Israeli Navy repelled an attempt to infiltrate Israel’s coastline and a reported attempted kidnapping near Jerusalem that failed. IDF RESPONSE The night of July 8, the IDF targeted approximately 160 terror sites throughout the Gaza Strip, including 118 rocket launching sites, 10 terror and smuggling tunnels, 6 Hamas official facilities, and 10 continued on page 8
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terror command positions. In just under two days, since the start of Operation Protective Edge on July 7, the IDF has targeted approximately 440 targets. One of the many challenges in facing Hamas terror is their use of human shields. Israel is calling Palestinian civilians in Gaza to warn them to evacuate minutes before they perform airstrikes. Five of the weapon manufacturing facilities the IDF has targeted were concealed within mosques. The IDF coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Major General Yoav Mordechai called on Hamas to immediately stop firing rockets into Israel. “Calm will be answered with calm,” Mordechai said, stressing that escalation would only lead to more escalation and a harsh IDF response. He said Hamas had taken the decision to wreak havoc on the Gaza Strip during Ramadan as distraction from its own economic and social problems. IMPACT There have been no serious physical injuries to Israelis due to rocket fire, but much property has been hit, and significant psychological damage sustained. The escalating conflict with Gaza has already caused $3-million in property damage, and collateral business damage, and that number is increasing. Children’s summer camps are continuing as much as possible. In order to lessen the trauma involved, children are encouraged to sing the ‘tzeva adom’ song. Israel Railways also been affected by the barrage of rockets causing disruptions of service across the country. There is no train activity between Ashkelon and Sderot. Some 2,400 young scouts were evacuated July 7, during a camping trip, east of Ashdod. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Sapir College, the Shamoon College of Engineering and others have suspended all classes and exams until further notice. IMPACT ON JFNA PARTNERSHIP WORK The Jewish Agency for Israel: Currently has more than 4,500 young adults in Israel on short-term immersion experiences, and an additional 3,000 on
long term. Security briefings have been provided for all tour operators and participants, and none are currently within 24 mi. of Gaza (an Onward group from Be’er Sheva was moved northward). Programs operating between 24 and 49 miles north of Gaza must brief participants on how to act if sirens sound, and must remain within proximity of safe shelter. Parents of all Onward participants (270 currently in Israel), have been contacted and other programs either have already sent or will be sending communications shortly. Staff from a Jewish Agency subsidiary, Amigour, are performing damage assessment caused by rocket fire for the National Property Tax Authority. American Jewish Joint Distribution Commitee (JDC): Better Together, which serves children and youth has activated program managers in communities in the 24 mi.range. Activities for children have been suspended and large public gatherings are now prohibited in those areas. Currently the BT staff are putting together alternative activities that can be offered, with an emphasis on what can be done to keep the children occupied should there need to be extended stays in public shelters. Israel Trauma Coalition: There has been a 150% increase in those seeking help for shock and anxiety. The overly demanding work of the previous weeks is already wearing down the professional staff who have been dealing with a spike in demands for help, related to the abduction of the three teenage boys. Over 100 therapeutic workshops have been set up to provide support to the population of the South, especially to parents, and a show is being put on for children to educate them about safe responses to the situation. Birthright Israel: Currently there are 3,600 Birthright participants in Israel. BRI reviews all security measures and implements the most stringent security recommendations throughout the trip to ensure comprehensive safety. No effort or expense is spared as it relates to the security of participants.
Egypt and United States, usual brokers in cease-fires, may not help this time by Ron Kampeas
WASHINGTON ( JTA)—Escalations between Hamas and Israel are nothing new. What’s missing this time, analysts say, is the alignment of outside interests that has resolved such fights in the past. Egypt’s government lacks the influence over Hamas of its predecessors and the United States is in hand-washing mode on the Middle East, says Ami Ayalon, a former chief of the Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service. “In the past, Egyptians could play a major role and America had an interest in pressing for cease-fires,” Ayalon says. “Now,” he said, “Egypt’s new president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, is strongly hostile to Hamas—a posture Israel appreciates but one that undercuts his ability to force a cease-fire—and the United States is not actively pressing for a truce. “Today, the way it seems from here, America couldn’t care less,” Ayalon says. The Obama administration issued a short statement Tuesday, July 8 slamming the rocket fire from Gaza. “We strongly condemn the continuing rocket fire inside of Israel and the deliberate targeting of civilians by terrorist organizations in Gaza,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said at the daily press briefing. “No country can accept rocket fire aimed at civilians, and we support Israel’s right to defend itself against these vicious attacks.” He mentioned U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s willingness to “engage robustly” and restore the ceasefire. In the current fighting, scores of missiles have rained down on Israel from Gaza. Hamas unveiled longer-range rockets that for the first time hit targets as far away as Jerusalem. Intensive U.S. interventions, in collaboration with Egypt, ended Gaza wars in 2009 and 2012. Shlomo Brom, a former director of the Israeli army’s strategic planning division, says the United States had little choice but to hold back in the absence of Egyptian influence on Hamas.
“The United States doesn’t have much power in this situation because they don’t have leverage over Hamas,” says Brom, now the head of the program on IsraeliPalestinian relations at Israel’s Institute for National Security Studies. “The United States has leverage in Israel—but Israel is willing to have a cease-fire.” Aaron David Miller, a former top U.S. Middle East negotiator, wrote that holding back for now made sense for the United States because to intervene and treat Hamas as an equal to Israel would undercut America’s preferred Palestinian interlocutor, the Palestinian Authority, led by President Mahmoud Abbas. The conflagration is fueled by a slew of incidents: the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens; Israel’s military campaign in the West Bank against Hamas, which it blamed for the kidnapping; retaliatory rocket fire from Palestinian factions in Gaza; and the murder of a Palestinian teen from eastern Jerusalem. Brom says even more extreme rivals cornered Hamas into escalation. “If you will go back and see how it all began, the current conflict in the Gaza Strip, you can see that quite a number of days that those who were attacking Israel from the Gaza Strip were not Hamas but members of other militant groups in the Gaza Strip that were in opposition to Hamas,” Brom says. “These groups are interested in dragging Israel and Hamas into a wider conflict.” Jonathan Schanzer, vice president for research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in Washington, says Israeli officials told him that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu exercised restraint in Israel’s response to the rocket fire until a blitz of 80 rockets on Monday. July 7. “That was the tipping point,” Schanzer says, speaking from Jerusalem. “Everybody we talked to made it clear Bibi was not interested in escalation.” In a statement, Netanyahu underscored his reluctance to have the situation escalate. “This comes after our repeated efforts to restore calm were met with increased Hamas rocket fire,” he says. “Israel is not eager for war, but the security of our citizens is our primary consideration.”
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UJFT Mission to Israel A journey of a lifetime in just eight days by Amy Zelenka
eventeen members of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater Summer mission to Israel recently returned from an action-packed and highly emotional visit. The adventure began in Jerusalem, with a breathtaking panoramic view of the city atop of the Tower of David. Mission co-chairs Bonnie and David Brand and Jodi Klebanoff welcomed the group (which included several first-timers in Israel), and together we said Sheheheyanu and drank L’Chaim to the start of what promised to be a wondrous and meaningful journey. Jerusalem held a number of highlights for the group, including tearful visits at Har Herzl (Israel’s national cemetery) and Yad Vashem (Israel’s Holocaust Museum and Research Center). The group shared a beautiful Kabalat Shabbat with well-known Israeli performer Shuly Natan as the sun set on the walls of the Old City and exchanged hugs and greetings with friends and neighbors from Tidewater, who were in Israel with the Temple Israel mission. Participant Maggie Erickson: My first glimpses of Jerusalem, visiting the Holocaust memorial and national military cemetery and then welcoming my first Shabbat in Israel with singing and visiting the Wall was my most emotional experience!
lacing our hands on the smooth stones of the Kotel, we connected in a very physical way to the generations of Jews before us and left our own mark for those who will follow. Participant Mona Flax: I made my way through the throngs of women and found my place, alone, at The Wall. I placed my right hand on the cool stone. Next to me was a young Orthodox woman who was davening. This was all I heard. The sweet rhythmic repetition of her prayers lifted me to a place that cannot be described. I felt the tears on my cheeks and I wanted to stay forever. Finally, I turned and it was then that I noticed that the throngs of women were my sisters…praying, singing, dancing, glowing.
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habbat dinner introduced the group to Dr. Ofer Merin, head of Emergency and Trauma at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem and chief of IDF Field hospitals. Ofer talked about his team of IDF medical professionals who come together at a moment’s notice to go wherever they are needed. His most recent assignments have taken him to the Syrian border to treat
Participant Mona Flax: We began our venture to the Wall with a concert by Shuly Natan who sang the song she made popular in 1967, “Yerushalyim Shel Zahav”. I was like a groupie listening to her because after hearing that song when I was 12 years old, I began to learn and perform Israeli music throughout my high school years.
Participant Jeri Jo Halprin: I was like Alice in Wonderland (Jeri Jo in Israel). Anyone who knows me also knows that I never had a desire to make the trip to Israel—I didn’t have “the connection.” Well, at the Kotel at the beginning of Shabbat, Jodi and I found our way to the Wall and I felt the electricity. Then the young girls brought us into their circle of song and dance and the rejoicing of Shabbat. Now I get it.
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UJFT Mission group with featured speaker Avraham Infeld.
injured victims of Syria’s civil war. Shabbat ended with text study and Havdalah with our friend and teacher Avraham Infeld. And the text that we studied came not from the Torah (at least not directly), but rather from the Israel’s Declaration of Independence. The next few days had the group connecting with the land and people of Israel in the Galil and Golan Heights. Setting out from Jerusalem (leaving the excavation site of the City of David behind), we traveled thousands of years in just a few miles, to land on a high-tech airbase, where we met with ATIDIM graduates. From ATIDIM we went back in history to the time of Herod with a sunset visit to the ruins at Caesarea. Participant Billy Halprin: Prior to visiting Israel, I did not appreciate the eminent danger the country faced each and every day. After viewing the checkpoints throughout Jerusalem and noticing the barrier fencing and realizing how close Israel is surrounded by countries that want to annihilate them, it became real and apparent. When we visited the air force base and listened to the young men who commanded the
first person Participant Maggie Erickson: What an enlightening experience hearing from Micha Feldman and then meeting and hearing the story of the Ethiopian young man and his walk to freedom.
UJFT Mission group at Yad Vashem.
Blackhawk helicopters or listened to the head engineer at Raphael Industries who discussed the Iron Dome defense system, I got a real understanding of the life and death realities of what it takes to keep Israel safe each and every day. To me that was meaningful, surprising, overwhelming, special and memorable rolled up together. I’m a believer in the necessity to keep Israel safe as our homeland.
oving from the Golan to Kiryat Yam on the coast, our day began with a VIP tour of Rafael Industries—manufacturers of the Iron Dome Missile Defense System. Here we were impressed not only by Israeli ingenuity but also by Israeli humanity, as our host described the corporate culture at Rafael, which asks each of its employees to volunteer and give back in their community. We then visited the Alex and Betty Schoenbaum Science, Educational, Cultural and Sports Campus—part of the ORT Campus in Kiryat Yam. Here we met the new mayor of Kiryat Yam and toured the campus. The group then visited the JDC-run Center for Young Adults in Kiryat Yam. Thanks to the generous support of Tidewater donors Laura and Jerry Miller, the “CYA in KY,” as it’s known, brings together the Young Leadership of its community (professionals in various industries as well as students and those who’ve recently completed their army service) to brainstorm and plan for how to make and keep their community healthy and strong. Our group was most impressed by their desire to make Kiryat Yam a desirable place to work and live and to raise families together. Tidewater’s YAD is in the d an on ns Be na planning stages of a P-2-P program with the Leslie Siegel, Ila e JAFI Ethiopian Maggie Erickson, children at th th wi CYA in KY, and we hope that it is the beging in nc da Joan Joffe er in Tzfat. ning of a long and beneficial relationship. Absorption Cent Further down the coast we visited the Neve Michael Youth Village, where we planted a garden with the children. As our hostess Hava shared some of their stories, it was impossible not to feel a mix of anger and sadness for these children. But seeing their smiling faces, it was gratifying to know that our community— through its commitment to Neve Michael—offers these children the chance for a safe home and a productive future.
Mona Flax, Jodi Klebanoff, Leslie Siegel, Maggie Erickson and Joan Joffe in the Community Garden at the JAFI Ethiopian Absorption Center in Tzfat.
ur next visit catapulted us to the future of high tech medicine, which is being taught and researched at the Bar Ilan Medical School and Research Center in Tsfat. Speaking with the young researchers made us all hopeful that better treatments and cures for Jewish genetic diseases are within our grasp. From Bar Ilan, we visited the JAFI Absorption Center in Tsfat, meeting with Micha Feldman and learning the history and challenges facing the Ethiopian Israel community. We visited the Center’s community garden and danced with the kids in the courtyard. That afternoon saw the group visiting seniors at a JDC supported Senior Center in Tsfat. We joined the seniors for a sing along and exercised with them in the gym. And we were struck by the notion that we are touching their lives through our Annual Campaign—providing services for seniors who might otherwise Jeri Jo Halprin, Ilana Benson, Joan Joffe, Leslie Siegel, Maggie Erickson and Mona Flax at Har Herzl. remain isolated.
Participant Mona Flax: Neve Michael was an experience that has stayed with me. The way these at risk children are really given a chance in life is a model the United States Court System could and should learn. The selflessness of those working is immeasurable.
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Dylan Sandler, Nathan Benson, Bonnie Brand, Eric and Joan Joffe, Leslie and Larry Siegel, Jodi Klebanoff, Lawrence Steingold and Genna Brand overlooking the Old City in Jerusalem.
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vice. Zipper receives services and helps run the Tidewater-funded Center for Independent Living in Tel Aviv. She joined us for breakfast and to share her story with the group and to give us an update on the Center and the state of the disabled in Israel. From here, we visited Tel Aviv University to try and understand what makes Israel “the Start-Up Nation.” As we watched in wonder, a 3-D printer created the scaffold upon which would be built a synthetic heart patch—made to function like real heart tissue and utilizing electrical impulses and stem cells. Again, we gained a sense of hope that treatments and cures for our current illnesses were not too far away.
first person Harkening back to the beginning of the week and our text study with Avraham Infeld, we finished our mission in Tel Aviv, whose very name means “old” and “new,” at Israel’s Independence Hall, where we heard the (recorded) voice of David Ben Gurion declare a Jewish State, to be called “Israel,” followed by Israel’s national anthem HaTikva. And how fitting an end it was to this mission—filled with awe, remembrance, inspiration, meaning and hope. Participant Eric Joffe: I thought that the group dynamic was great. I could not have improved on the group had I been able to pick the individuals myself. I enjoyed seeing Israel through the eyes of the first-timers. The mission was an opportunity to see the agencies that receive allocations from the UJFT—in effect seeing where our contributions are being used and I was not disappointed in this.
Ilana Benson, Jodi Klebanoff, Amy Zelenka, and Bonnie Brand with JDC’s director of the Disabilities Department, Avital Sandler Loeff, and speaker Tzipi Zipper.
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Participant: Joan Joffee: Even though I have visited Israel many times in the past, the Federation Mission 2014 was more meaningful than anytime before. The places we visited, the people we met and everything we learned on this trip evoked incredible emotions. We were overwhelmed by the way Israel takes care of their elderly, abused children and immigrants. We felt
Amy Weinstein, Bonnie Brand, Jeri Jo Halprin, Mona Flax, Jodi Klebanoff, Lawrence Steingold, Ilana and Nathan Benson and Amy Zelenka in the fresh water springs at the Tel Dan Nature Preserve.
such pride for the medical research, military training, Iron Dome, Start Up Nation etc. It was so rewarding to see where our Campaign dollars go. My parents, German refugees, always taught me how important it is to have a State of Israel and to always give it the support it needs.
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A Presbyterian disagrees with his denomination’s vote to divest by The Reverend Albert G. Butzer, III, First Presbyterian Church, Virginia Beach, Virginia
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et me begin by saying that I am very disappointed with the decision of the General Assembly to divest from three U.S. companies doing business with Israel. I have a great love and respect for the Jewish people, which began even before I was born! I grew up in a Presbyterian Church in Buffalo, N.Y., which had a wonderful relationship with the local synagogue. One day, tragically, Temple Beth Zion burned to the ground. Before the flames were extinguished, the minister of the church, The Rev. Albert Butzer (my grandfather for whom I am named), arrived at the scene, embraced his friend Rabbi Fink and offered the use of Westminster Church as a place where the Jews could worship until they were able to rebuild. Years later, long after those two clergy were dead and gone, the synagogue provided worship space for the Presbyterians when the church underwent a restoration. Those two congregations have made joint trips to Israel, have worked jointly on local mission projects and have studied together, celebrating the places were our two faiths agree, and talk honestly and openly about our differences. My love for Jews does not diminish my sympathy for Palestinians. I first became aware of the plight of the Palestinian people when I traveled to the holy land in the late 1990s. We spoke with Palestinians, both Christian and Muslim, who had been forced off the lands their families had farmed for many generations and driven
Reverend Al Butzer, First Presbyterian Church Sandler Family Campus, Tuesday, July 15, 7 pm
The Reverend Albert G. Butzer, III
into refugee camps. The tragic story of their displacement is one of the unintended consequences of the creation of the modern State of Israel. In my judgment, the recent decision of the Assembly to divest will do little to bring about a peaceful, two-state solution that many people (Jews, Christians, as well as Palestinian Muslims and Christians) seek in Israel and Palestine. I oppose divestment for at least two reasons. First, the decision to divest is based on a biased analysis of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. It casts Israel as the “oppressor” and the Palestinians as the “oppressed” when the reality is infinitely more complex. There is culpability on both sides: Israel’s settlement policy is profoundly problematic, as of course is Palestinian intolerance and terrorism. Secondly, divestment empowers the most extreme voices on both sides of the wall, encouraging Palestinians to imagine a onestate solution, and Israelis to imagine that since world opinion is so hostile to them, they can only ignore it.
first person I believe in a different approach. One of the Presbyterian Church’s statements of belief is “The Confession of 1967,” which describes the mission of the church in these terms: “To be reconciled to God is to be sent into the world as God’s reconciling community. This community, the church universal, is entrusted with God’s message of reconciliation and shares God’s labor of healing the enmities, which separate people from God and from each other.” I love the Presbyterian Church for its emphasis on peacemaking and reconciliation and wish that the recent General Assembly had remembered our mission as “God’s reconciling community.” Our denomination is very democratic. We elect commissioners from every geographic area (presbytery) in equal numbers, one half clergy and one half lay persons we call elders. Through discussion, debate and an ultimate vote, the commissioners determine what they believe God is saying to the church. Historically, much of the time our denomination has gotten it right. But occasionally, we get it wrong. Our General Assembly never speaks with infallible authority. Rather, as a denomination we have the humility to state, “Occasionally church councils can err.” A significant number of Presbyterians across the country believe that the recent decision of the General Assembly to divest is an instance in which the church has erred. Even now, a group of Presbyterian ministers is preparing a statement, which will strongly disagree with the decision of the Assembly to divest. We will try to gather the signatures of like-minded Presbyterians who will affirm our desire to seek peace and reconciliation in IsraelPalestine through a two-state solution, with positive investments in Palestine (a strategy the Presbyterian Church has used for the last two years), and with an end to occupation and settlements, which will lead more quickly to peace. Additionally, we will encourage like-minded Presbyterians to begin a community-by-community effort to reach out to our Jewish brothers and sisters to try to repair the damage done by our
Make it Happen denomination’s vote so that Presbyterians and Jews can once again work together in a spirit of mutual respect. We also hope to initiate community conversations between Jews, Christians and Muslims in the spirit of reconciliation. Personally, I have responded to the General Assembly decision in this way. Even before the Assembly ended, I wrote from Detroit to two Jewish friends, a rabbi and a professional at the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, offering to speak to a gathering of Jews to try to explain the votes and begin to repair the rift caused by the decision. We have a date set for July 15 at 7 pm at the Sandler Family Campus. Finally, I want to say a word about the biased study guide, Zionism Unsettled, which has caused great pain for Jews as well as many Presbyterians. The Israel-Palestine Mission Network, an advocacy group within the Presbyterian Church, published it and sold it through the denomination’s on-line bookstore. However, the recent Assembly voted that Zionism Unsettled does not represent the official views of the Presbyterian Church. Thankfully, it has now been removed from the denomination’s on-line bookstore. See this link: http://www.pcusa.org /news/2014/6/27/ zionism-unsettled-no-longer-sold-pcusa-website/ The Reverend Albert G. Butzer, III served as a commissioner to the recent General Assembly and voted against the motion to divest. Join the Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater as Reverend Al Butzer of First Presbyterian Church shares insight as a commissioner to the Presbyterian Church USA’s General Assembly and their decision to divest from three American companies because of their sales to Israel, by a very narrow margin of 310-303. The resolution divests from Caterpillar, Motorola Solutions and Hewlett-Packard. A similar resolution was narrowly defeated by a margin of two votes at the last biennial held in Pittsburgh in 2012. RSVP is requested to RMancoll@ujft. org or 965-6120.
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WASHINGTON (JTA)—Two decades ago the Jewish community united in support of landmark religious freedom legislation. Now the Supreme Court’s application of that law has Jewish groups divided. Leading Jewish advocacy groups denounced the court’s 5-4 decision Monday, June 30 in the Hobby Lobby case granting religious freedoms protections to companies, while Orthodox groups lauded the ruling. In ruling that closely owned corporate firms with religious objections do not have to provide contraceptive coverage in their employee health plans, the majority based its decision on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993. “They’ve opened up a Pandora’s box
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through corporations claiming religiously motivated exemptions against an array of rules and regulations the government passes to enhance the public welfare,” Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Reform movement’s Religious Action Center, says. In two friend-of-the-court briefs, nine Jewish groups had opposed arguments by Hobby Lobby, a crafts chain, and Conestoga Wood Specialities, a cabinet maker, that their owners’ devout Christianity exempted them from extending to employees contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signal first-term legislation. But the Orthodox groups that had joined an amicus brief backing Hobby Lobby and Conestoga praised the decision. “The Court’s ruling stands for the proposition that—even when the government seeks to implement valuable policy goals— it must do so without trampling upon the conscientious beliefs of American citizens, especially, as is the case here, when there are many other ways to meet the policy goals without infringing on religious liberty,” Nathan Diament, director of the Orthodox Union’s Washington office, says. Both sides refer to the law that undergirded the conservative majority’s decision authored by Justice Samuel Alito. Saperstein says the majority ruling badly missed the point of the Religious Freedom Reform Act. “We believe deeply in RFRA and robust religious liberties,” he says. “We believe the court was wrong in saying there are religious claims corporations can make. Corporations don’t have souls or consciences the way that people or associations of like-minded people do.” Diament has a much different perspective on the law. “RFRA is about keeping the government from inhibiting people’s practice,” he says. “It doesn’t mean employees can have their employers’ religion imposed upon them, it means the government can’t force employers to violate religious beliefs.” But even Jewish groups that are critical of the ruling are standing by RFRA. Nancy
Kaufman, the CEO of the National Council of Jewish Women, says the slippery slope she now fears was in the ruling, not the law. “RFRA was not a mistake because it was designed to help protect individual people’s religious freedom—we worked hard for its passage,” she says. “The problem is that the court has granted closely held corporations (without really defining what that is) religious freedom even when it means that it would take away religious liberty from their individual workers who are ‘people’.” Rabbi Abba Cohen, the Washington director of Agudath Israel of America, another Orthodox group that sides with the two corporations in the case, applauds the court for balancing the freedoms of employers and employees. “We are all too familiar with the problem from the perspective of the employee, who often must choose between his religious beliefs and his livelihood,” he says. “But the problem is no less compelling from the employer’s point of view, where that Hobson’s choice may likewise force him or her to sacrifice either his religion or his business.” Liberal Jewish groups say the decision’s broader implications were troubling and could lead to chaotic menus of what might and might not be available to employees. “While the majority’s assertion that the ruling is limited solely to the contraception mandate is worth noting, we are troubled that it may be used by corporations seeking to impose other religious beliefs on employees,” the Anti-Defamation League says. Alito in his decision took pains to confine the ruling to contraceptive coverage. “This decision concerns only the contraception mandate and should not be understood to hold that all insurance-covered mandates, e.g., for vaccinations or blood transfusions, must necessarily fall if they conflict with an employer’s religious beliefs,” he wrote. Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her dissent for the four liberal justices chided Alito, arguing that the declaration that religious exemptions not having to do with contraception would be turned away under the
ruling does not necessarily make it so. “The court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield,” she said, a phrase that a number of groups, including the ADL, echoed in their statements. “Approving some religious claims while deeming others unworthy of accommodation could be ‘perceived as favoring one religion over another,’ the very ‘risk the Establishment clause was designed to preclude,’” Ginsburg wrote, citing Supreme Court precedents. Kaufman of the NCJW says that Alito’s distinction between contraceptive coverage, which is offensive to some Christians, and vaccinations or blood transfusions relegated women’s health needs to second class. which are offense to Christian Scientists and Jehovah’s Witnesses, respectively, “It’s really saying contraception is not health care,” she says. Despite their misgivings, the Reform and Conservative movements see in the narrow ruling a way toward restoring coverage: Alito wrote that the government had failed to persuasively distinguish privately held companies from religious nonprofits, which have been granted a workaround under Department of Health and Human Services regulations, and that the same workaround could be extended to the privately owned companies. The government “could extend the accommodation that HHS has already established for religious non-profit organizations to non-profit employers with religious objections to the contraceptive mandate,” Alito wrote. The government’s solution requires health insurance companies to bypass the religious nonprofit employer and provide contraceptive coverage to the employee directly. “That accommodation does not impinge on the plaintiffs’ religious beliefs that providing insurance coverage for the contraceptives at issue here violates their religion,” Alito wrote. That prompts a degree of hope from the Reform and Conservative movements. “We urge that this decision be read more narrowly to hold that it is only permissible to accommodate a ‘closely held private corporation’s’ religious beliefs about contraception to the extent that
there is a readily and easily implementable alternative to provide all contraceptive options to affected employees,” Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, the executive vice president of the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly, says. Saperstein of the Religious Action Center also sees that aspect of the ruling as an avenue to restoring contraceptive coverage. “The court did not do anything to inhibit the government’s ability to create a mandate for health care coverage and contraception” under the terms that now govern religious nonprofits, he says. Using the nonprofit workaround would be a solution that the Orthodox Union would welcome, Diament says, noting that Orthodox groups had opposed the mandate not because of objections to contraceptive coverage but because of the broader issue of requiring compliance with practices that violate a religion. “The key point in this particular case is that it’s very clear that the government has other channels to serve its goal of getting women to have access to contraception,” he says. Marc Stern, the general counsel for the American Jewish Committee, which signed onto a friend-of-the-court brief in support of the Obama administration’s position, said it was unclear from the court’s ruling how the nonprofit workaround could be applied to privately owned companies. “It’s an untested plan with uncertain costs and uncertain ability, given the importance of the availability of contraception,” he says. Alito wrote that his ruling does not cover publicly traded corporations such as IBM. The National Council of Jewish Women and the ADL say they would back legislative redress, something Obama spokesman Josh Earnest also anticipated, but with the Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, the passage of a bill that enshrines a contraceptive coverage mandate is unlikely. One bill that has such provisions, the Women’s Health Protection Act, has a 4 percent likelihood of passage, according to govtrack.us, a legislation monitor.
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Promoting change in struggling communities Max Sandler’s efforts continue
by Laine Mednick Rutherford
hen the Jewish News caught up with Max Sandler two years ago, the Virginia Beach native was adapting to life in Gondar, Ethiopia. Then 26, Sandler had committed to a year living and working in an environment unlike anything he was familiar with, as a Jewish Service Corps Fellow teaching English in a village with spotty electricity, an intermittent water supply system, and unreliable internet service. Despite the huge societal and cultural differences he experienced, Sandler thrived in the fellowship coordinated through Entwine, an initiative of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). Entwine is a boots-on-the-ground, grassroots-style movement that engages young Jewish leaders who want to positively impact global Jewish needs and address international humanitarian issues. After returning to the United States a year ago, Sandler entered graduate school at George Washington University’s School of Business where he is a 2015 MBA candidate. The demands of school are great, but so
is Sandler’s commitment to Entwine, the JDC, and the organizations’ ideals, and his involvement remains a priority. In November, Sandler will be the co-leader of a JDC Entwine trip to Israel. Inside Israel 2014 is a departure from the Israeli experience many young adults get on missions or through Taglit-Birthright. This trip provides an in-depth look at social innovations in Israel through the lens of JDC’s programs there. Visitors witness how JDC, the Israeli government’s leading partner, helps meet the critical social issues facing the country’s most-vulnerable citizens. “JDC believes that we are part of a single, interconnected Jewish world, and Max and other Entwine volunteers are a critical part of our mission by bringing their talents, knowledge, and passion to bear on Jewish needs in every corner of the world,” says Sarah Eisenman, executive director of Entwine and an assistant executive vice president at JDC. “They truly are a force for good, and then return home where they continue their volunteer leadership, bringing their young adult peers along with them and connecting them to the global Jewish community and Israel.” While Sandler no longer lives in the area, his parents do (Annie and Art Sandler), he considers Tidewater home, and remains an ardent supporter of the goals and mission of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater. Respect for his leadership is widespread, and Sandy Katz, executive director of JDC International Initiatives, says Sandler’s involvement is a reflection of many in the Tidewater Jewish Community. “JDC treasures our relationship with the Jewish community of Tidewater, whose philanthropic generosity and shared leadership has significantly benefited Jews all over the world,” says Katz. “In countless ways, your community embodies our commitment to the ideal that all Jews are responsible for one another and all humankind.” We asked Sandler to share his JDC Entwine experiences, insights and personal opinions with Jewish News and he readily agreed.
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Jewish News One-on-one with Max Sandler JN: You spent a year as a JDC Jewish Service Corps fellow in Gondar, Ethiopia, teaching English. How did that experience shape your world view in relation to your Jewish values? MS: I think that my upbringing really shaped my world view. My family has always traveled together since I was very young. I’ve seen and done a lot of things in various places across the globe. We always, and still do, travel to learn about the world. This being my background, I take pride in the fact that I’ve learned so much from my experiences. My time as a Jewish Service Corps (JSC) fellow in Gondar was the first time I have lived anywhere outside of the U.S. In this regard it was an eye-opening experience for me. My parents engrained in my sisters and me the importance of giving back and tikkun olam. While it is always great to give back financially, there’s nothing quite like giving your time and energy to make this world a better place. My time in Gondar motivated me to do more, to try and make a bigger impact. What I realized is that I don’t have to travel 7,000 miles to do that. There is plenty to be done right here in my home community. To that
end I am more active than ever with my local Jewish organizations and strive to fill leadership roles within them to both share my experiences and learn from like-minded people.
What are some of the reasons for your continued involvement with JDC Entwine? The first thing that comes to mind is history. JDC is an organization that my family has been involved with for a very long time. It was part of my upbringing. As I’ve grown, so has JDC. I continue to stay involved with Entwine, and JDC as a whole, because I believe in the mission of the organization. Entwine gives young Jews around the country, and really around the world, an outlet; a place to meet people of different backgrounds who are interested in similar things. Entwine also provides people with opportunities, just like mine, to go abroad and see the work they do to promote change in struggling communities. JDC is an outlet where there is none, and JDC Entwine is a way to keep young people involved in this process.
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Was it your request or JDC’s to have you lead a trip? What are your responsibilities? I would say that this was a mutual decision. I was looking for ways to get more involved with Entwine specifically
one-on-one with an international program. While in Gondar, we got chances to interact with many different JDC groups, from college students to young professionals to donors. I would have to say one of my favorites was the young professionals’ group like Inside Israel. JDC reached out to me and asked if I would co-chair one of their trips. I’ve seen their work in Israel and have been many, many times. To that end I consider myself a good resource to discuss their work there. My responsibilities as co-chair will be to provide basic information about some of their programs as we visit them. Additionally I will be a resource, among others, for people to ask questions and engage. As I mentioned, I have a lot of experience working with JDC. I’ve played a role in recruitment for the trip and have worked with JDC staff to develop the itinerary and ensure the group is excited to get involved before and after the experience. Lastly, JDC needs someone who’s passionate and outgoing to develop cohesion among the group. I think I am a good resource for that. What are you looking forward to experiencing, hearing, and learning more about on this trip? I am looking forward to going back and seeing the evolution of JDC’s programs. Israel is an ever-changing landscape with evolving issues. None of my trips to Israel are ever the same. I look forward to seeing JDC’s new programs as well as the success of their older ones. I am also looking forward to reconnecting with JDC staff that I haven’t seen in some time. One thing that is close to my heart is the issue of asylum seekers in Israel. It’s a challenging topic and JDC is working with this population. There’s also a huge Ethiopian-Israeli population in Israel and I look forward to hearing about the continued process of their assimilation. For this trip, and all other Entwine trips and opportunities, visit www.jdcentwine.org, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about JDC,visit www.jdc.org. The JDC is one of the exemplary organizations that receives funding from the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.
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sraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the father of the Palestinian teen allegedly murdered by Jews in a revenge attack. Three of the six suspects arrested in the July 2 kidnapping and murder of 16-year-old Mohammad Khdeir of eastern Jerusalem to avenge the slaying of three Israeli teens have confessed to the crime and reenacted burning and dumping the body in the Jerusalem forest, Israeli media reported. “I would like to express my outrage and that of the citizens of Israel over the reprehensible murder of your son,” Netanyahu said in the phone call to Hussein Abu Khdeir, the father of Mohammad, according to a statement from his office. “We acted immediately to apprehend the murderers. We will bring them to trial and they will be dealt with to the fullest extent of the law. “We denounce all brutal behavior; the murder of your son is abhorrent and cannot be countenanced by any human being.”
The suspects, reportedly from Jerusalem and the surrounding area, have not been allowed to see their lawyers because they are being charged under the law for suspected terrorists, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni explained in an interview with Army Radio. There is a judicial gag order on the case. Police reportedly have connected the Khdeir case to the attempted kidnapping of a 9-year-old boy by Jewish extremists in the same Shuafat neighborhood a day earlier. No one in the boy’s family filed a report with police and the case was not followed up. Meanwhile, Yishai Fraenkel, the uncle of Naftali Fraenkel, one of the three Israeli teens who was kidnapped and murdered allegedly by Hamas terrorists, spoke by phone with Hussein Abu Khdeir in a conversation in which the men comforted each other. Palestinians from the Hebron area also paid a condolence visit to the Fraenkel household on the same day. (JTA)
Rachel Fraenkel condemns revenge killing, offers condolences
achel Fraenkel denounced the revenge killing of a Palestinian teen and offered condolences to the family. Fraenkel made a public statement Monday, July 7 outside her home in Nof Ayalon at the end of the shiva period for her son Naftali, one of three Israeli teenagers kidnapped and killed last month. “Even in the abyss of mourning for Gilad, Eyal and Naftali, it is difficult for me to describe how distressed we are by the outrage committed in Jerusalem— the shedding of innocent blood is against morality, is against the Torah and Judaism,
and is against the foundation of the lives of our boys and of all of us in this country,” Fraenkel said. Muhammad Abu Khdeir, 16, was murdered in the hours after the funeral of Naftali Fraenkel and Gilad Shaar, both 16, and Eyal Yifrach, 19, apparently in retaliation for the murders. The Israeli teens were kidnapped June 12 and killed shortly afterward; Israel has accused Hamas terrorists of the slayings. Their bodies were discovered 18 days later in a shallow grave in a field near Hebron. “Only the murderers of our sons, along with those who sent them and those who
helped them and incited them to murder— and not innocent people—will be brought to justice: by the army, the police, and the judiciary; not by vigilantes. No mother or father should ever have to go through what we are going through, and we share the pain of Mohammed’s parents,” Fraenkel said. Fraenkel said the legacy of the three Israeli teens “is one of love, of humanity, of national unity, and of integrity. Alongside
the pain of this terrible act, we take pride in our country’s zeal to investigate, to arrest the criminals and to stop the horror, and we hope that calm will return to the streets of our country.” Earlier in the day, in a conversation with the grandfather of Gilad Shaar, the father of Muhammad Abu Khdeir said there was no evidence of who killed the Israelis and that it could be Jews. (JTA)
American Jewish organizations condemn murder of Arab teen
he murder of a Palestinian teenager allegedly by Jewish extremists has drawn widespread condemnations from across the ideological spectrum of the organized Jewish world. Jewish groups ranging from the Union for Reform Judaism to the haredi Orthodox Agudath Israel, and including erstwhile rivals J Street and AIPAC, all issued strongly worded statements forcefully denouncing the July 2 murder of 16-year old Muhammad Abu Khdeir. The Jewish groups urged the Israeli government to prosecute the perpetrators to the fullest extent of the law. “We are appalled that this heinous crime was allegedly carried out in revenge for the kidnapping and murders of three innocent Jewish teens in Gush Etzion,” said the Modern Orthodox Rabbinical Council of America and the Orthodox Union in a joint statement condemning the murder issued Sunday. “The murder of innocents is antithetical to Jewish law and tradition and must always be opposed by men and women of decency and morality.” The murder was condemned as well by the umbrella groups that represent a broad spectrum of Jewish organizations, including the Jewish Federations of North
America, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and the Anti-Defamation League. “We learned with anguish and sorrow that the investigation by Israeli authorities appears to have determined that the perpetrators of the murder of Muhammed Abu Khdeir are Israeli citizens,” said the chairman and vice-chairman of the Presidents Conference in a joint statement issued Saturday. “There is no justification for such a heinous attack by selfstyled vigilantes.” While the statements were universally condemnatory, at least one organization did attempt to draw distinctions between the Israeli and Palestinian responses to the murders. “While Israel condemned the murder and is taking steps to ensure that those responsible will be punished accordingly, it is troubling that the Palestinian Authority has historically named streets after murderers and glorified their terrorist acts, while Hamas celebrates violence and martyrdom,” said the National Council for Young Israel in a statement on Sunday. “The difference between Israel’s reaction to a senseless murder and that of the Palestinian Authority and Hamas is particularly striking.” (JTA)
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ATID program highlights future possibilities for community leaders by Laine Mednick Rutherford
The three-year Strategic Plan adopted by the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater in 2011 was developed and instituted to unify and strengthen the Tidewater Jewish community. A key initiative of the plan—one of seven—was to establish a community leadership development program. With representation from almost all area synagogues and all UJFT agencies, but without much fanfare, the 2014 ATID: Leadership for the Future program was inaugurated and held from January through June to fulfill that initiative. A Hebrew word meaning “future,” ATID’s purpose was to cultivate an informed and committed Tidewater Jewish leadership to bring the community forward with shared values, in the spirit of trust and collaboration. Anna Goldenberg, principal of Goldenberg Consulting, LLC (and a former UJFT development staff member),
directed and facilitated the program. “There is so much need in our community, and the larger non-profit community, for skill building, for knowledge of how to effectively participate and run non-profit organizations,” says Goldenberg. “We had many established leaders saying…‘I want to transform my own leadership; I want to get some focus, some education; I want to build my skill set; I want to get together with other leaders in the community to find out what they’re doing and what they’re thinking.’ So this was a program that was developed according to what we heard in the community, that they wanted,” she says. “I think that the Federation is perfectly positioned as a facilitator of change and movement within the community, and I cannot think of any other organization that would be more appropriate to spearhead this program.” With input and nominations from synagogue and agency boards and executives, Goldenberg was hoping for at
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least a minimum of 12 participants. The number went beyond, exceeding the maximum of 20; in total, 22 members of the community took part in the monthly ATID sessions held at the Sandler Family Campus. The meetings included small group and brainstorming sessions, as well as Members of ATID meet in small groups workshops led by nationally-recognized professionals in the minded and creative—it was an extraordinary bunch of people. field of leadership development. “We talked about a lot of things that “Each session was better than the next,” says Susan Alper, a UJFT board member, nobody ever mentions out loud, and we who was also on the UJFT’s strategic plan- felt free to say whatever we wanted to ning committee. “The talks by the experts say,” she says. “I think it was a very couhelped me not only to think about my role rageous thing for the Federation to invite in the community, but also my role as a a lot of people—some of who really didn’t professional: how to deal with my staff, know much about the organization or how to deal with people, how to have bet- each other—to essentially talk about what ter relationships. The best take-away for the next era will look like, to have the me was how to use communication to help opportunity to brainstorm, to share their people do their best, be their best, to get challenges and their successes, and look the best from the people who work with at what the next steps will be for our community, to acknowledge how different the you, because then you’ve succeeded.” After agreeing to participate, Alper’s world is now and to make suggestions. “All of us were ready to say, ‘there must already full calendar of meetings got even fuller, but she didn’t consider attendance be change, and we hope people will listen.’ Some of the things we are facing are huge, an effort. “It got to the point where I didn’t want and we need to chip away at them and do to miss it, because it would be my loss. One what we can,” Auerbach says. “We don’t of the meetings was on an icy and snowy have all of the solutions, by any means, day, but I braved it because I didn’t want to but the dialogue needs to start, because if miss the speaker, and, interestingly, most we don’t acknowledge that we have a chalpeople did, too. I would have liked ATID lenge, we can’t begin to fix it.” Alper, Auerbach and the 20 other memto have been a longer program, to continue bers of ATID are so committed to the meeting.” Wendy Auerbach is a Temple Israel group and the ideas they shared during board member and long-time Holocaust the program, that they decided to not just Commission member who wasn’t sure talk about leadership, but to demonstrate what to expect from the program, or the it. ATID has taken over the planning and execution of what was originally a UJFT fact that it was presented by the UJFT. “I realized after the first meeting, that project, a community-wide Mitzvah Day on as small as our Jewish community is, there September 21. Read more about ATID in the August 18 are still a lot of people I don’t know,” says Auerbach. “I really enjoyed the opportu- issue of Jewish News, and look for details about nity to meet people who were probably in how to be part of the Community Mitzvah Day. my backyard my whole life, who were like
Book ReviewS Reflections on a tenacious spirit Paula’s Window: Papa, the Bielski Partisans and a Life Unexpected Paula Berger, as told to Andrea Jacobs Paula Burger, 2013 ISBN:978-1-938859-47-2 $18
n Paula’s Window, Paula Berger nee Koladicki re-spins the wheel of her life. At age five the Russians occupied the very Hal Sacks old town of Novogrudek, in Lithuania, home to 6,000 Jews, 50% of the population. When she was six, the Germans bombed the town and the Russians scattered. When she was seven, the Nazis occupied Novogrudek, which had over the centuries belonged to Latvia, Russia and Belarus. The yellow stars and the aktions were begun with eager abandon. By year’s end (1941) “…4,000 dead Jews lay under frozen blankets of blood at the bottom of a pit.” When she was eight, having for months avoided the local ghetto, the die was cast and her father, Wolf, was planning an escape. During the summer of 1942 her mother, Sarah, was taken and subsequently murdered by the Nazis on Yom Kippur. Hidden in an empty barrel, Paula and her younger brother, Isaac, were spirited out of town and reunited with their father. After a long night’s journey she was awakened deep in the forest, and welcomed by none other than Commander Tuvia Bielski, of the now famous Bielski Partisans. Different from other partisan groups, this one contained more than 1,200 Jewish survivors, men, women, but practically no children. Readers will recall Nechama Tec’s 1993 account of the Bielski Partisans in Defiance and the movie of the same name directed by Edward Zwick in 2009. As gripping as they were, they pale in the face of Paula Berger’s tale of the months of freedom mixed with fear and suffering through the eyes of a girl young in years and very old in life. When she was 11, sharing her father’s love with his then common-law wife,
Chana, who was forever cold to Paula, this remnant of the Koladicki family joined Jewish survivors, wandering like defeated anonymous ghosts in a new Europe. Their papers destroyed by the Nazis, their identities obliterated, they rejoined the human race, first spending some months in Lida, then on the move once again their next stop was Lodz, where 900 Jews of the former community of more than 200,000 survived. They made their way via Prague to a DP camp near Munich. Wolf married Chana and Paula’s half-sister, Fay was born. Finally, in 1949, when Paula was 14, they were permitted to enter the United States and aided by the Joint Distribution Committee traveled to Chicago where Wolf had relatives. A mother at 18, partner in building a successful business with her first husband, David, Paula, in her mid 40s discovered a way to express herself artistically. After studying under the tutelage of artist Morton Schneider, and at the Art Students League of Denver, she developed to where her landscapes, abstracts and signature menorahs are in private, public and corporate collections throughout the world. Now married to Sam Burger they have four children and nine grandchildren together. And in 2013 she and her “baby” brother, Isaac, attended a tribute dinner in New York City celebrating the partisans of the Bielski Brigade and honoring Commander Tuvia Bielski. This book, as told to Andrea Jacobs, pays tribute to Paula’s courageous will and tenacious spirit. We are grateful that she chose to tell her story while her memory of 70-year-old events was sharp.
A great collection The 40s: The Story of a Decade The New Yorker Random House, 2014 696 pages, $30.00 ISBN: 978-0-679-64479-8
hen Harold Ross, a hard-drinking, card-playing, heavy smoker, conceived of The New Yorker his plan was to create a Manhattan-centered “fifteen-cent comic paper,” somewhat modeled after
the British Punch and the German satirical Simplicissimus. First published in 1925, The New Yorker didn’t strive to be “important” or political. According to David Remnick, present editor, Ross “…managed to hire James Thurber and E.B. White, Janet Flanner, and Lillian Ross, Edmund Wilson and Vladimir Nabokov, A.J. Liebling and Joseph Mitchell. He could not afford to pay Hemingway’s short-story rates, and so… he went about discovering John O’Hara, John Cheever, J.D. Salinger, and Shirley Jackson…” among others. It is generally accepted that World War II “made” The New Yorker. Writers such as A.J. Liebling were embedded (although the word “embedded” as applied currently was not yet in use) with troops in landing craft approaching the beaches of Normandy and women were hired to provide brilliant reporting, notably the likes of Mollie Panter-Downes writing from London on the Blitz. As a rising high school senior in the summer of 1946, I was alternatively serving ice-cream cones at Tomkins Dairy stand in Asbury Park, N. J. (three scoops for a nickel), or making change on the boardwalk at the Pokerino concession, or jerking sodas at a drug store soda fountain whose name (after 68 years) escapes me. One day, instead of a tip, someone handed me a copy of a magazine filled with great cartoons, an interesting profile, and reviews of Broadway shows, movies, art shows and restaurants. One reading and I was hooked. By late August I was astonished to pick up a copy of the magazine with nothing in it but John Hersey’s newest book, Hiroshima. The New Yorker had irreversibly changed. I bought my first subscription as a college freshman in 1947. It was $7 for a 52-week subscription. $7 was what I paid for a week’s room rent at Syracuse University, therefore, not a trivial sum. The New Yorker had a liberal stance, highly appropriate for a young college student in the “ban the bomb” era. If you like your history served up through primary sources who happen to be great writers, The 40s: The Story of a Decade is ideal. Rebecca West takes us to Nuremburg; Janet Flanner, reminds us of General Eisenhower’s letter to field com-
manders before the Normandy invasion that began: Shortly we will be fighting our way across the continent of Europe…Inevitably, in the path of our advance will be found historical monuments and cultural centers which symbolize to the world all that we are fighting to preserve. It is the responsibility of every commander to protect and respect these symbols whenever possible. Two weeks after Normandy the Monuments Men, recently celebrated in a film of the same title, “were turned loose to hitchhike towards their goal, the salvation of art.” The decade that began shakily with a nation still suffering the effects of The Great Depression, that saw more than nine million men and women in uniform, and concluded with millions of veterans utilizing the G. I. Bill to seed the equally great boom of the 1950’s, is all there in The 40s. Character studies of such as Albert Einstein and Eleanor Roosevelt; Lionel Trilling reviewing George Orwell’s Nineteen EightyFour; movie reviews of Chaplin’s The Great Dictator, Bogart and Bergman’s Casablanca, and Ray Milland’s The Lost Weekend, are all there. Not to mention Walcott Gibbs on Broadway’s Death of a Salesman and South Pacific. This wonderful recording of a decade, viewed through new classical music and jazz, feminine fashions, poetry, art, architecture and fiction is not to be missed by the nostalgia seekers of my generation nor younger students of 20th century history. The New Yorker, having published a massive collection of its cartoons just a few years ago (all available electronically), it is perhaps understandable that this volume includes no cartoons, understandable but regrettable, serving as they do as a marvelous foil to the prose. To carry the thought a step further, one supposes that the uniquely identifiable New Yorker style of advertisements of the time would similarly enhance the historicity of the work. But to be fair, The 40s is what it is: A collection of writing, never less than good, generally excellent, and occasionally truly great. —Hal Sacks is a retired Jewish communal worker who has reviewed books for Jewish News for more than 30 years.
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Temple Israel’s new director of education: Leon Chovitz
f the name Leon Chovitz sounds familiar, it might be because he has been a resident of Leon Chovitz Hampton Roads since last August, when he accepted the position of coordinator at the Konikoff Center of Life and Learning and educator at Hebrew Academy of Tidewater and—and part-time teacher for the Simon Family JCC’s Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning. And, now, he’s been hired to serve as education director at Norfolk’s Temple Israel. An enthusiastic man with expressive eyes and a broad smile, Covitz looks every bit the farmer he was growing up. “I love cows and Shetland ponies,” he says. “I learned the trade from my father, and he learned it from his father, who emigrated from Lithuania.” As soon as he starts talking, it’s clear
that the dairy farm where he learned his trade was in Scotland. His family lived in Glasgow, where he grew up. He recalls there were around 12,000 Jews at the time; today, he says, there are no more than 5,000. Over the years, he explains, those who wanted a more intensive Jewish life tended to go to England, or to America – or like him, made aliyah to Israel, where his early training stood him in good stead. “I lived on a farm kibbutz for eight and-a-half years and worked in the dairy,” he says. From his father, Chovitz also learned the values of traditional Judaism. As a youngster, he went to both the local Jewish Day School and the Hebrew Day School, and if he behaved himself during the week, he says, “my father would take me to the farm on Sundays—but only after Sunday School.” His love for Judaism and for the State of Israel impacted his decision to make Jewish education his career. In 1985, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Jewish Studies from
accent, not a Scottish one. But, Jews’ College, the London rabbinhe adds, there’ll occasionally be ical seminary that was founded some of the flavor of his homein 1855. That was followed by There’s land because he’ll sometimes a master’s degree in Jewish Studies from the Siegal no difference wear his kilt to class. Ask Chovitz what fires College of Cleveland in 2003. him up, and he’s quick to Chovitz knows he has big between reply that it’s his love for shoes to fill at Temple Israel, following Kathryn Morton Scottish Judaism Israel. He’s lived there twice, and hopes one day to return. who served as the temple’s education director for 16 and American For now, he’s excited about the opportunities to enhance years. He intends to build on Jewish education in Tidewater, the strong foundation she estabJudaism. both at HAT and at Temple lished by bringing in ideas from Israel. “I believe education fulfills his own experience. He’s a proa number of important roles in the ponent of both formal and informal education, and says he’ll employ some new development of the person,” he says. “It’s techniques of teaching that embrace both not merely a means for a student to attain textual and experiential learning. He’s cre- skills and knowledge in order to survive ated an innovative way of doing tefilah with and thrive in the outside commercial world younger students, in which he incorporates and daily family life. Education also promore song, and he’s eager to introduce it to vides each person with the opportunity to fulfill his or her potential – to be the Temple Israel’s teachers and students. He says he is looking forward to the start best they can be. It enables each student to of the Temple’s school year on Sept. 14, and learn from others who impart disciplines plans to meet and get to know the Temple that will be invaluable for attaining a high quality of life.” Israel teaching staff well before then. Before school starts, however, he plans There’s no difference between Scottish Judaism and American Judaism, Chovitz to spend part of this summer working with says. The essence of tefilah is the same, a favorite pre-bar mitzvah student, his and he notes that he davens with an Israeli 11½-year-old son, Miki.
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ast June, Rabbi Marc Kraus arrived in Virginia Beach to become the rabbi at Temple Emanuel. Rabbi Kraus’ wife, Alicia Cohen Kraus, was recently appointed Old Dominion University’s Hillel director. Since their arrival, the couple has hosted more Rabbi Marc Kraus than 120 people for dinner. “Hospitality is key value for us,” Alicia Kraus says. “We’ve loved this opportunity to build relationships, and feel so blessed to have found a community that shares our love of welcoming people in.” “We’re so excited with everything happening at Temple Emanuel,” Rabbi Kraus says. “We want our community to be
a great choice for young families. We hope that by including religious school, Hebrew and bar/bat mitzvah tutoring with membership dues, parents will see how passionate we are about providing a high-quality integrated Jewish education for their children. “At Temple Emanuel we believe that Judaism is about having meaningful spiritual experiences, and this simple belief permeates everything we do,” he says. “Our worship services are musical, joyous and succinct. Our school curriculum is focused on ethical and spiritual skills that will be meaningful for kids in their everyday life. Our community has a distinct feel and flavor.”
Amanda Gladstone is Stein Family College Scholarship’s 2014 recipient
manda Gladstone does not know what the term “free time” means. As one of only two Jewish students attending Hickory High School in Chesapeake, she got involved with BBYO to be more connected with her Judaism. And this involvement did not simply entail going to weekly meetings. Amanda immersed herself in BBYO, beginning in ninth grade, holding multiple leadership positions over the years, participating in numerous committees and coordinating conventions. In 2013 she was awarded the Gold Star of Deborah, which is the highest honor bestowed by the organization. “BBYO has meant everything to me and been very impactful on my life. It sparked Amanda Gladstone my interest in leadership and the nonprofit world,” says Gladstone. Her involvement doesn’t stop with BBYO. made her feel “in her place” and its diverGladstone’s academic standing has award- sity is very appealing. She also plans to ed her membership in the National Honor get involved with the campus’ very active Hillel. Following college, Society and the National Gladstone wants to work Spanish Honor Society. for a nonprofit, where she She is also involved with can create and implement the Operation Smile impactful programs. And, Club and the Family, area students no doubt, be a great leader. Career and Community have received On behalf of the Arlene Leaders of America the Stein Family Stein* family, the Tidewater Club at Hickory High College Jewish Foundation is honSchool. When asked Scholarship ored to award this generous about the class that has scholarship to Amanda had the most impact Gladstone to help her fulon her throughout high fill her academic dream at school, she says that Virginia Tech. it was the Advanced Prior recipients of Placement Literature and the Stein Family College Composition class that Scholarship include Morgan Conley she completed this past semester. “I adored this class,” Gladstone says. (Brandeis University, class of 2013), Eric “It was a smaller class and I had a great Smith (University of Virginia, class of 2014), connection with my teacher. She is very Marissa Arager (George Mason University, dedicated to everything she does and has class of 2015), Avi Malkin (William & taught me a lot about appreciating the little Mary, class of 2016) and Dinar Yusufov things and understanding that a few mis- (James Madison University, class of 2017). Contact Shelby Tudor with the Tidewater takes aren’t going to determine my entire Jewish Foundation at (757) 965-6105 for future. It was an amazing experience.” Gladstone will attend Virginia Tech in more information or visit TJF online at www. the fall, where she plans to study in their jewishva.org/stein. *of blessed memory business school. She says that the campus
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Hunger Feast: Experiential voyage in Tidewater by Tom Moss
ardly a day goes by when I don’t hear a friend say, “I’m starving” because they haven’t eaten in a couple of hours. I am guilty of it, too. We use this term so lightly because true hunger seems like such a remote problem. We’ve seen the commercials of ‘people in need,’ we’ve heard of various famines, and, though many of us think it’s sad, it feels distant—these are problems that occur elsewhere. In fact, though, hunger is prevalent everywhere, even Tidewater. As many as one in seven individuals in Tidewater are unable to provide themselves with a nutritious diet, and there are around 166,000 people who are considered food insecure. These people are unable to afford both food and the other essentials of daily life, and thus are forced to choose one above the other. Luckily, in this community, the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore provides aid. The Foodbank partners with many other organizations, such as Mobile Pantries and Kids Cafes, and serves as a central distribution site for these programs. Last year alone, the Foodbank was able to aid 390,000 individuals, 37% of whom were children. Although the Foodbank distributed 14.2-million meals in the last fiscal year, they hope to increase that number to 16.6-million annually by 2018. Other organizations, such as Jewish Family Service, or JFS, are also making efforts to help the hungry. The JFS mission is to “provide a full spectrum of services that promotes quality of life within the philosophy and tradition of Judaism.” Last year, JFS provided services to approximately 2,700 individuals, with approximately 68% of the recipients non-Jewish. While both the Foodbank and JFS are making valiant strides in helping the hungry, there is always more to be done. Next month, a diverse group of young Jewish students, under the leadership of James Madison University graduate Hannah Hofheimer Moss, are partnering with JFS to create Hunger Feast. This experiential
Ryan Klavan (on left) with Onward Israel.
#Firgun: What’s it all about? by Ryan Klavan
Eight-year-old Logan Simon at her lemonade stand to benefit Hunger Feast.
event will serve as a hands-on expose on the difficulties hunger poses for many locally and around the world, and will provide an opportunity for members of the community to tangibly contribute to the effort through the creation of meal bags to be sent overseas. (See page 30 for details). With your help, we can ameliorate hunger both in our own community and throughout the world. We would love to have you come support and participate in Hunger Feast at the Simon Family JCC on August 6 at 6 pm. We would also appreciate any financial support you can offer. Recognized giving levels range from Planter $100, Grower $250, Harvester $500, and Distributor $1000, though any donation would be greatly appreciated. Contributions should be mailed to: JFS, attn: Hunger Feast, 260 Grayson Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23462. For more information, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hunger is all around us. It pervades our community and the world we live in but you can help change that. Everyone can make a difference.
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uring the winter of 2013–2014, I was a participant on a Birthright trip sponsored by the Hillel at Virginia Tech. When I got back to school I knew I wanted to get back to the land of Israel and help develop the country that made me feel so at home. After a bit of research, I stumbled upon a program called Onward Israel, which allows students from the United States and Canada to live, work and get immersed in Israeli society. Co-sponsored by the Jewish Agency for Israel and Hillel, my Onward Israel trip is based in Jerusalem and places participants in internships according to their major or interests. I am interning at a non-profit startup in Jerusalem called MadeinJLM this summer. Israel is known as the Silicon Valley of the Middle East and has more technology companies listed on the NASDAQ than any other country besides the U.S. But when people think of technology in Israel, they think of Tel Aviv. And that’s what we are trying to change. Our purpose is to help foster the creative entrepreneurial community within the diverse city of Jerusalem. With this mission we are creating an international holiday called #FirgunDay centered on the concept of simply being nice to someone. But, what is a “Firgun?” Many words in Hebrew can be traced
back to the Bible. In the case of “firgun” (pronounced FEER-GOON), you won’t find it anywhere. Firgun isn’t even in that old dusty Hebrew-English dictionary you have on your bookshelf. Firgun is a cultural concept that defies translation. It means to root for someone, to be supportive and not to rain on someone else’s parade. Wrapped up in this little word is the notion of not begrudging someone else’s success. A Firgun is an act of saying nice things or doing nice things to someone without any other purpose, but to make the other feel good. Five Easy Steps • Follow @FirgunDay on Twitter and join the Facebook event (http://bit.ly/ FirgunDay). • Pick a person, organization, or company, which you find inspiring and worth a “Firgun,” a selfless compliment. • Post on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other social media and explain why this individual or company embodies the #FirgunDay spirit. Don’t forget to add the #FirgunDay hashtag. • Help us spread the #FirgunDay love and celebrate this new international holiday! • Our team at MadeinJLM is trying use #Firgun to help inspire innovation and collaboration across the world by small acts of Firgun to make the world a better place. How will you inspire someone on #FirgunDay?
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it’s a wrap Leigh Baltuch receives Endowment Achievement Award
ach year, Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), the organization that unites Jewish Federations and independent Jewish communities throughout the world, presents outstanding leaders with the Endowment Achievement Award. This award is to honor the recipient’s dedication to their community and tikkun olam. The Tidewater Jewish Foundation works closely with JFNA in this process and nominated a member of its board of directors, Dr. Leigh Baltuch. The following was submitted to JFNA for consideration: A New Jersey native, Leigh Baltuch, M.D. is a successful psychiatrist and committed philanthropist. Leigh and wife Linda have been members of Temple Israel for over 20 years, and he has worked tirelessly during this time to create permanent resources to ensure their Temple’s future. Leigh is a past president and treasurer of Temple Israel, and is currently president of the Temple Israel Foundation and a Board member of the Tidewater Jewish Foundation. He is a valued member of the Temple’s Men’s Club and the Seaboard Region Federated Jewish Men’s Club and a recipient of the Blue Yarmulke Man of the Year Award. In addition, Leigh also continues to serve the community as a volunteer with the American Red Cross as a Disaster Mental Health Supervisor. Hampton Roads is fortunate to have such a dedicated member serving its community, and we are delighted to honor Leigh with this award.
Leigh Baltuch and Philip Rovner.
On Temple Israel’s future, Rabbi Michael Panitz says, “While still serving our long-time members and enjoying their participation, we are increasingly engaging a new and younger generation—a generation interested in a Jewish life of learning and caring, of socializing as well as of spirituality. Thus our past gives us direction for our future.” The time and energy Baltuch has dedicated to the Temple Israel Foundation has secured the future for the next generations of Temple Israel congregants. Baltuch was presented the Endowment Achievement Award at the June 11 meeting of TJF’s board of directors.
HAZAK at The Chrysler by Dorothy Zimmerman
pproximately two years ago, Congregation Beth El formed HAZAK, a group to bring together senior congregants interested in synagogue-based events, as well as cultural offerings. The HAZAK committee meets monthly to plan and organize programs. So far a variety of experiences have been offered, including a tour of an orchid conservatory, a talk by a political analyst and a demon-
stration by a renowned glass artist who specializes in Judaica. On June 12, 26 participants (the size of the group was limited) toured the Chrysler Museum with Dr. Jefferson Harrison, chief curator. It was an opportunity to view the renovated premises with in-depth explanations of the reasoning behind the redesign of the galleries and the new spaces. The group saw how the displays have been enhanced with more contemporary and less cluttered galleries. The flow from one
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Kids helping Kids: Mitzvah moments to help young children transition into foster care. Students used the tzedakah funds they collected throughout the school year to purchase the backpacks and then solicited contributions from all the Strelitz preschool families to fill them. Generous donations In June, the Strelitz preschool’s four-year-old class donated several backpacks to the Up Center of Hampton Roads. These backpacks were filled with essential and comforting piled into the classitems to help young children transition into foster care. room, resulting in enough supplies to fill seven backpacks to by Lorna Orleans, incoming director, the brim—four for infants and three for Strelitz Early Childhood Center children ages three and four. Representatives from the Up Center hile watching television one spring day this year, Strelitz preschool stu- visited the students in June to accept the dent Conner Drohobyzcer was moved by donations. As this mitzvah evolved, Connor and a commercial about under-privileged children. He immediately wanted to send them his classmates learned many life lessons his toys to make them feel better. Connor’s such as the meaning of foster care. They parents, Alex Drohobyzcer and Shawn also learned that their concerns and ideas Mollen, saw a teachable moment and seized may be put into action when working as the opportunity. The two were involved a team—and how those actions can have in training at the Up Center of Hampton tremendous positive impact on children Roads, an organization that provides foster and others in times of great need. Never underestimate the power of a care and adoption services for children. A plan was hatched, and Connor enlisted the Strelitz preschooler to change the world. Strelitz Early Childhood Center is a reciphelp of his four-year-old classmates. Connor’s class spearheaded a project to ient agency of United Jewish Federation of supply the Up Center with backpacks filled Tidewater. with both essential and comforting items
space to the next is much improved. Gone are the small rooms with walls, which created obstacles for easy passage. The glass collection, one of the best in the nation, shines. The major pieces are highlighted, each one stands out and allows the viewer easy access. Other sections of the museum have also benefited. Harrison has been with the museum for more than 30 years, and worked with Walter Chrysler, who was the moving force and the major contributor to the collection. Zan Salzburg, who took the tour, says, “My wife Diane and I have been to the museum many times. However this visit
was special. Jeff Harrison was extremely informative and at the same time amusingly witty.” After the tour, several people had lunch in the relocated restaurant, “Wisteria.” Its location right off Huber Court, the main lobby of the museum, is a great improvement and now offers an outside patio. Cuisine and Company continues to manage the restaurant, and the food is excellent. The tour of the Chrysler with an outstanding guide was a success and HAZAK members are looking forward to the next program.
it’s a wrap Rabbi Zoberman marks 40 years in the rabbinate
n afternoon filled with praise, warmth, dance, song, speeches, proclamations and a packed house, commemorated the 40th anniversary of Rabbi Israel Zoberman’s ordination. On Sunday, June 1, Congregation Beth Chaverim’s sanctuary was standing room only as religious and civic leaders came together to honor, reflect and rejoice with the area rabbi. Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms and Chesapeake Mayor Alan Krasnoff each read
proclamations from their cities declaring June 1, 2014 “Rabbi Israel Zoberman Day.” Among the many speakers from the Tidewater community were the Rev. Jim Parke, the Rev. James Medley and Bishop Fred Hill— each who have experienced close working relationships with Rabbi Zoberman—whether sharing space or services. From the Jewish community, Rabbi Arthur Ruberg, Rabbi Michael Panitz, Rabbi Arthur Steinberg, Rabbi Mordechai Wecker, Cantor Elihu Flax and Rabbi Rosalin Mandelberg and others such as Linda Spindel and Betsy Karotkin took to the podium to express their appreciation for Rabbi Zoberman’s commitment to Judaism, his congregation and the welfare of Jews in Tidewater and around the world. “Thank you, Israel, for making us feel so good and so proud in our faith and in ourselves,” said Rabbi Mandelberg.
Rabbis Israel Zoberman and Rosalin Mandelberg.
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Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms with Rabbi Israel Zoberman.
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what’s happening HUNGER FEAST: Young adults plan experiential event
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Wednesday, August 6, 6 pm, Simon Family JCC by Tom Moss
unger Feast, an experiential event designed to instruct about local and world hunger, will take place in partnership with The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, Jewish Family Service, and the international hunger relief agency Stop Hunger Now. Last year, the Foodbank provided aid to 390,000 people, and distributed 14.2-million meals. The JFS, in turn, has provided services to approximately 2,700 people in the past year, and, contrary to popular belief, a majority of those who received aid were not Jewish. Stop Hunger Now’s goal is to end hunger by providing food and further aid to those who need it. Half of the money raised by the event will go to Stop Hunger Now, and the other half will be split between JFS and the Foodbank. Not only will this event help these organizations, but it will also provide an opportunity for participants to experience first-hand the difficulties many people, both in Tidewater and around the world, face regarding hunger. For entrance to the event, participants are asked to bring either a nonperishable food item or $5, all of which will be directly donated to JFS and the Foodbank. Upon entering, participants will be randomly assigned to one of three classes: lower class, middle class or upper class. The assignments will be based on global class distribution. These three groups will be seated in designated areas reflecting class-status. The upper class will be seated
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at chairs and nicely set tables, the middle class will be at tables with chairs, and the lower class will be on the floor or on chairs. Once participants are situated, Joanne Batson, CEO of the Foodbank and Betty Ann Levin, executive director of JFS, will discuss local hunger, and William Evans, PhD., will discuss international hunger. Each presentation will last around 10 minutes, and will be followed by the ‘feast.’ The meal will be different for each class. Though the meals will all be catered, the upper class will have the most lavish and plentiful meal, and the middle and lower class will have meals of rice and beans, though disparate portions. This event will give participants a chance to experience a hardship that many face every day, and will provide more tangible evidence of the dietary discrepancies that surround this community and the world. At the end of the meal, there will be an activity to further exemplify the struggles many people face with regard to hunger. Following the “feast,” participants will have an opportunity to pack bags for Stop Hunger Now. These meal bags contain rice packs with dehydrated veggies and proteins, along with vitamins. Each bag can feed six people, and 35 volunteers can pack around 10,000 meals in just two hours. These bags will go all around the world, and help feed people in need. The plan is to pack 20,000 meal bags to feed 120,000 people. One of the unique aspects about this event, besides its experiential nature, is that it is being created by a group of young adults. The members of the committee are Hannah Hofheimer Moss, Rebecca Curry, Andie Eichelbaum, Elli Friedman, Ben Klebanoff, Sophie and Jake Levy, Max
Jacqueline Strelitz, Ben Klebanoff, Hannah Moss, Sophie Levy, and Andie Eichelbaum.
Max Moss, Jake Levy and Tom Moss. Not pictured in either photo: Rebecca Curry, Shikma Rubin, Elli Friedman and Becca Schwartzman.
and Tom Moss, Shikma Rubin, Becca Schwartzman and Jacqueline Strelitz. In addition to participation, donations are welcome. Recognized giving levels are Planter $100, Grower $250, Harvester $500, and Distributor $1,000, though any amount is greatly appreciated. Contributions should be mailed to JFS, attn: Hunger Feast, 260 Grayson Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23462. For more information, email the organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org. This event is more than an average charity event: it is designed to develop empathy. Participants, to a degree, will be exposed to the struggles many people face daily, and then be able to take strides against them. With help, change is possible.
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what’s happening Bringing Israel Home for college students enters fifth year — Sneak preview of film Thursday, August 14, 8 pm, Azar’s at Hilltop, in Virginia Beach — free for college students (with RSVP) by Rachel Gross
he Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater continues it support of local college students with their fifth annual program, Bringing Israel Home (formerly Sababa Sunday). Designed to educate and motivate young adults while encouraging Israel advocacy on college campuses, a bit of social is in the mix, too. After her Birthright trip five years ago, Staci Eichelbaum started the program, which is planned by and hosted for college students—rising freshmen through seniors. Since its inception, Bringing Israel Home has partnered with several international organizations. For example, Masa Israel Journey, an agency that connects Jewish young adults (ages 18–30) to gap year, study abroad, post-college, and volunteer programs as a joint project of the Government of Israel, the Jewish Agency for Israel (a constituent agency of UJFT) and its partners and the Jewish Federations of North America, of which UJFT is a member, was the first partner. Other partners have been AIPAC and The David Project as the students learned about ways to advocate for Israel and articulate their own personal narrative as to why they support a Jewish state. Each year, resources are offered so that students go to school confident that they can hold a conversation or even argue on behalf of the Jewish state. This year, the college students have chosen to work with Jerusalem U, a film based-educational initiative that seeks to change the way the world sees Israel. Their recent original film, screened in Tidewater a number of times, Israel Inside: How A Small Nation Makes A Big Difference has succeeded in showing millions of people across the globe an uplifting, inspiring and accurate face of Israel seldom considered in main-stream media. At the event, students will screen Beneath the Helmet: From High School to the Home Front, followed by discussion through a focus group. The film is set for release in the fall. In fact, Jerusalem U plans to use Tidewater college students’ input as they finalize edits and complete
Bringing Israel Home 2013.
production. Students attending the event will not only walk away with tools they can use to articulate their Israel conversation, but will shape the way others view Israel and the IDF through this new film. Beneath the Helmet documents the dramatic transformation of five Israeli paratroopers from high school graduates to defenders of the State. Looking beyond uniforms, the film explores recruits’ personal lives, dreams, fears and dilemmas, revealing the human side of Israel’s military and the inspiring young people who comprise the IDF. Leading the focus group discussion after the film and offering first hand knowledge of Israel and great ways to be part of the conversation on campus (or even defend, if needed) will be Matt Weisbaum, managing director of Jerusalm U. Trained by Hasbara Fellowships, Weisbaum works in Florida and runs Israel advocacy workshops for high school and college students. Born and raised in the United States, Weisbaum immigrated to Israel in 2001, where he witnessed firsthand the devastating attacks on civilians during the War of Palestinian Terror. He joined Jerusalem U in 2009 to
pioneer new systems for Israel education and to show the world the true, vibrant and creative face of Israel. Whether as a tour guide or as a guest lecturer, Weisbaum excels at conveying not only the facts, but also the depth and meaning of a host of Israel-related issues. The event will provide young adult community members with a casual space to discuss matters as fun and exciting as their own experiences on Birthright, and more serious matters such as the current situation in Israel, while being able to contribute to the making of a film that will be used by many thousands of others for Israel advocacy. Students will be free to share as much or as little as they are comfortable sharing, for participation on any level is encouraged and valued. I have been attending Bringing Israel
Home since its beginning the summer before my freshman year of college. This program has helped me develop a better understanding of the conflict in Israel, reconnect with old friends from home, meet new friends and engage in interesting conversations. Bringing Israel home has played an important role during my time as a college student as I realize that it helped me to develop my own individual connection with Israel. I’m looking forward to seeing how, in this fifth year, this great event planned by and for college students will continue to succeed and influence the lives of other young people as much as it did my own. RSVP required by August 11 to RMancoll@ ujft.org. More information can be found on www.JewishVA.org/CRC-BIH.
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what’s happening Linda Spindel honored at Arthritis event Saturday, August 16, 6 pm
Roy S. Beskin, CIC, Vice President In 1985 Roy joined Beskin and Associates, Inc., where he plays a key role on the executive team as a Vice President. Roy began his insurance career after working for the Xerox Corporation, first as an Account Executive, then later being selected as a National Sales Trainer at Xerox World Training Headquarters in Reston, VA. A native of Norfolk, Roy received his degree from Virginia Tech in 1973. In addition to his success in business, Roy was honored by election to the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame.
‘Seas the Day,’ Arthritis Ball 2014 will honor Linda Spindel at its gala event, which includes cocktails, a program, live and silent auctions, a seated dinner and dancing. “My beloved Grandfather, Jack Leterman, taught us by example the importance of sharing with those less fortunate,” says Spindel. “My husband Ron and I feel that becoming involved in charitable organizations is our way of “giving back” for the blessings we have received.” Area organizations that have benefitted from that feeling include Ohef Sholom Temple and Jewish Family Service, each where Spindel served as president; United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, where she is chair of the Israel & Overseas Committee; and the Simon Family Jewish Community Center where she is a member of the board. The list doesn’t end there, Spindel serves on the boards of Seaton Family Shelters and Portsmouth Museums Foundation. Her volunteer activities also include the Arthritis Foundation. “About nine years ago, my niece, Stephanie, returning from her honeymoon, was suddenly unable to walk. After many doctors’ visits, she was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. She has been on so many medications, been through so many procedures, and has suffered more than anyone I’ve known. It has been so difficult to watch the progression of this horrible disease,” says Spindel. If that wasn’t close enough, a frantic phone call from her son Kevin about three years ago brought the disease even nearer to home. “After he regained his composure, he told me he had just had an appointment with his doctor and he too, has
Rheumatoid Arthritis,” she says. Spindel says that the Arthritis Foundation offers her an opportunity to help impact “the lives of people in my family.” Since the publicity about the upcoming event, Spindel says that she has been “touched by the number of people who have made contributions and care so much about my family and others suffering with this terrible disease.” With this event, Spindel says she’s hoping to “raise awareness and money for research to find a cure or at least relief for those suffering with the horrendous and progressive disease. Young people should not suffer. The families of these young people should not have to watch helplessly. Please help me make a difference.” The event takes place at Sheraton Oceanfront Hotel. For tickets and sponsorship opportunities, call 757-340-5600, extension 312 or email SLSmith@spindelagency.com or call (757) 456-1119.
Club 50 Luncheon celebrates marriages of 50+ years Sunday, August 3, 12 noon
rith Sholom will hold their Club 50 Luncheon at Beth Sholom Home. This Luncheon is free for everyone married 50 years or more, and just $10 for all other members. Guest price is $20. Reservations and payment must be made by July 29. Call 461-1150. Menu includes steak, salmon, sides and pineapple upside down cake. Entertainment by “Frank sings Frank Sinatra” for the “old timers.” 300 Southport Circle • Virginia Beach, VA 23452 • (757) 497-1041 • www.beskin.com
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what’s happening “An Honest Day’s Work” The life of a Jewish immigrant, artist Jacob Pell
Temple Israel and JCC to co-sponsor special Shabbat Morning Service
Tuesday, July 29 – Friday, August 29, Leon Family Gallery, Sandler Family Campus by Sherri Wisoff
everal months ago, Yeda Strasser, a beloved member of Tidewater’s Jewish community schlepped a large canvas bag into the Simon Family JCC’s cultural arts department. It was filled with albums, folders of fragile yellowed letters, programs of past shows, inventory lists of art, and thank you letters from various museums that now house Jacob Pell’s art work. Written over the course of 50 years, this correspondence offered a fascinating glimpse not only into the life of a prolific artist, but also into the life of an American-Jewish immigrant experience. Jacob Pell (originally named Jacob Peltzman) was one of 10 children born in 1898 in a small Ukrainian village. He belonged to one of the fortunate families that managed to get out of Russia before the outbreak of war in 1914. At the age of 15, his family moved to Brooklyn, where he helped support his siblings by sweeping floors in a garment factory. Fascinated with art as a boy, Pell began his formal training at the National Academy of Design, studying art in the evenings after work. Under American masters Leon Kroll and John Sloan at the Art Students League, Pell avoided the first two years of the Depression by continuing his studies in Paris. While the United States was reeling with the market crash of 1929, Pell was in the world’s epicenter of artistic endeavors, the Left Bank. Upon his return from Paris in 1931, Pell was chosen as one of the 2,500 artists across America to paint scenes depicting the country’s history for the Works Progress Administration (WPA) as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. He worked from old engravings found in libraries and was paid $28 a week for his effort. Pell met his loving wife, Lilyan, a professional singer in New York, during
this challenging period of American history and together they forged a love story that would span 56 years; working and struggling together, so that Pell could pursue his first love—painting. Pell showed his work at the Corcoran Art Gallery in Washington, worked on many large murals projects and participated in shows in New York, Washington and Virginia. By 1938, his paintings were being acquired for the permanent collections of U.S. galleries, starting with the William Rockhill Nelson Gallery. While in New York, it was the tenement and street scenes of the immigrant experience and Jewish life that caught his artistic eye. When he lived and worked in Connecticut during 1940s and early 1950s the lush, rural scenes of New England’s countryside appeared on his canvases. His uses of color and brush strokes show his kinship with French Impressionists such as Bonnard and Cezanne. In 1955, he moved to Los Angeles and took up residence in the San Fernando Valley. While the majority of his work continued to emphasize landscapes, urban scenes and still life; Southern California offered new subjects of desert scenes, mountains and seacoasts imbued with more intense light and color. In a 1977 interview by Josette Germain, Pell, at 80 years old, summed up his life and art in the way he lived it: “I feel that fame is accidental. I have never chased it.
I think if I had gone looking Saturday, July 19, 10 am, for it, I would have missed the Sandler Family Campus main pleasure of life—doing a useful day’s work at what I like best—painting.” Jacob Pell died in March 1991. He was 93 years old and had painted for 75 years. His wife, Lilyan spent the last years of her life trying to promote his legacy. Her hand written letters reveal a passionate woman determine to share Jacob’s life work with the world. During much of his life, Pell was not interested in pursuing commercial art success; refusing to exhibit any work for the last 20 years of his life, many of his paintings remain in storage and on the walls of his family home. Painting six to eight hours each day, Pell left behind more than 1,000 paintings in in various Rabbi Jake Rubin media. It was one of Lilyan’s last wishes to someday find permanent, museum homes lways innovative, Temple Israel will for all of her husband’s work. relocate its Saturday, July 19 morning Because of her devoted efforts, Pell’s service to the Fleder Multipurpose Room work has been accepted in more museum at the Sandler Family Campus to give its collections around the U.S., such as the congregation and the community a chance archives of 20th Century American Art at to meet an innovative rabbi and experience the Smithsonian in Washington D.C., six a new model of ritual for Hampton Roads. of his etchings and drawings are in the The Simon Family JCC is co-sponsoring Los Angeles County Museum of Art, some the event with the synagogue. are in the Hebrew Union College-Skirball The service will be led by Rabbi Jake Museum in Los Angeles, and in the New Rubin, nephew of Temple Israel presiYork City Public Library. Today, Jacob Pell, dent Joel Rubin, who is a graduate of the the young boy from the Ukraine, who said Reconstructionist Seminary in Philadelphia that he “liked to do an honest day’s work and the director of the Hillel chapter at every day of his life” is listed in Who’s Who the University of Virginia. The interacin American Art. tive service will include explanations of A small, personal collection of Jacob Reconstructionist observance and engagPell’s art will be on exhibit at the Leon ing Torah study. College and pre-college Art Gallery at the Simon Family JCC. This age students, as well as their parents, are work has been generously offered by Yeda urged to attend to learn about Hillel. Alicia Strasser and her late husband, Daniel A. Cohen Kraus, the new director of Hillel at Strasser, who was Jacob Pell’s nephew. ODU, will also attend to answer questions. Many of the paintings will be for sale. Lunch will be provided to all “congreInquiries should be directed to the cultural gants” after the service and program. arts department at 757-321-2304. For more information, contact Temple Simon Family JCC is a constituent agency Israel at 489-4550. of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.
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calendar July 15, Tuesday The Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater invites the community to meet Reverend Al Butzer of First Presbyterian Church in Virginia Beach as he offers insight into the Presbyterian Church USA’s 2014 General Assembly and the vote to divest from three American companies because of their sales to Israel, by a very narrow margin of 310-303. Sandler Family Campus in Virginia Beach. RSVP to RMancoll@ujft.org or 965-6120. See page 14. July 16, Wednesday JCC Senior Club meeting at the Simon Family JCC. Guest performer will be Kathy Whatley, who performs in the style of Patsy Kline. Board meeting begins at 10:30 am, lunch at 12 noon, general meeting follows. For further information, call 338-2676. July 19, Saturday Temple Israel and JCC to co-sponsor Shabbat Morning Service. 10 am, Sandler Family Campus. 489-4550. See page 32.
UJFT Maimonides and Business & Legal Societies Summer Parties Maimonides Society Summer Social, Sunday, July 27, 5:30 pm
July 23, Wednesday Robynne Redmon at Wonderful Wednesdays Music Series at The Jewish Museum and Cultural Center in Portsmouth. Critically acclaimed mezzo-soprano, Redmond has performed in opera houses and concert halls around the world. She will present an evening of song. 7:30 pm. For information and tickets, call 391-9266 or website www.jewishmuseumportsmouth.org. July 27, Sunday Maimonides Society summer social. 965-6124.
Business & Legal Society Summer Social, Sunday, August 10, 5:30 pm
July 29, Tuesday Works of Jacob Pell at Leon Family Gallery, Sandler Family Campus through Friday, August 29.
August 6, Wednesday Hunger Feast, an experiential event designed to instruct about local and world hunger, 6 pm. Simon Family JCC. firstname.lastname@example.org. See page 30.
he Maimonides Society and the Business & Legal Society of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater are hosting Summer Socials in the coming weeks. The parties offer a chance to socialize with colleagues and peers in a relaxed setting, while enjoying refreshing summer fare, adult beverages, and cool ocean breezes. The Maimonides Society of the UJFT Summer Social will be held at the home of Dr. Alan and Dolores Bartel in Virginia
Beach. All Jewish healthcare professionals and their spouses/partners are welcome. RSVP by Wednesday, July 23 to 757-9656124, or email email@example.com. The Business & Legal Society of the UJFT Summer Social will be held at Amy and Kirk Levy’s home in Virginia Beach. All Jewish business and legal professionals and their spouses/partners are welcome. RSVP by Wednesday, August 6 to 757-965-6136, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mazel Tov to Achievement Matt Nusbaum for being elected a member of the board of directors of Heritage Bank. He is an asset manager in the Commercial Division of Matt Nusbaum S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co. Nusbaum joined the firm in 2010 following graduation from the University of Alabama.
Rabbi Israel Zoberman, who offered the opening prayer at the House of Representatives on June 25, 2014 on the occasion of his 40th anniversary as a rabbi.
August 10, Sunday The Business & Legal Society’s summer social. 965-6124. August 14, Thursday The Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater invites local college students to the fifth annual Bringing Israel Home, a program for and by college students. Partnering with Jerusalem U, students will screen the soon to be released film, Beneath the Helmet—From High School to the Home Front and act as a focus group for the producers to help shape the final version. This free event includes dinner and will offer students tips and resources for talking about Israel on campus as they head back to school in the Fall. Azars at Hilltop. RSVP required by August 11 to RMancoll@ujft.org or through www. JewishVa.org/CRC-BIH. See page 31. August 16, Saturday Arthritis Foundation honors Linda Spindel. 6 pm, Cocktails; 7 pm, dinner, program and dancing to the Steve Forss Band. Sheraton Oceanfront Hotel. 757-340-5600, ext. 312 or email SLSmith@spindelagency.com. See page 32.
Congressman Scott Rigell, Rabbi Israel Zobermam, and Speaker of the House John Boehner.
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Violinist Pavel Ilyashov at Wonderful Wednesdays Music Series at The Jewish Museum and Cultural Center in Portsmouth. Program: “Four Strings-One Voice. Music for Unaccompanied Violin.” 7:30 pm. For information and tickets, call 391-9266 or website www. jewishmuseumportsmouth.org.
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Meet the Presidents Gary Alan Tabakin President of Temple Emanuel Profession President, Meyers & Tabakin Furniture Company
Education Bachelor of Science in Business, Indiana University, 1977. Master of Business Administration, University of Wisconsin, 1978.
Family Married to Kevin; Three children Michael, Amy and Brian with our Yellow Lab Rosie.
Gary Alan Tabakin
Jewish Community Center, member. Congregation Beth El, member, past board member, past vice president.
Favorite Jewish Holiday Shabbat. There is nothing better than sharing Shabbat with family and friends. It is a day to leave all my work behind and be at peace.
Most Memorable Personal Jewish Milestone The bar and bat mitzvahs of our sons and daughter. It was incredibly meaningful to watch my children read from the Torah and become part of the Jewish community.
Ties to the Tidewater Jewish community My family has been involved in the Tidewater Jewish community for four generations. I have been very fortunate to have numerous relatives as role models who have shown me the importance of the obligation, and joy of working with local Jewish organizations.
Most admired Jewish leader David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister of Israel.
Eric Kline Business Development
What other positions have you held with Temple Emanuel? Finance committee member, board member, fund raising chairman, Gabbai and vice president.
Why have you chosen to devote so much time to Temple Emanuel?
Danny Kline Vice President
Andy Kline President
Temple Emanuel is a holy community. Spending time at the synagogue with friends, family, guests and Rabbi Kraus brings me joy, and a wonderful sense of community. I hope that through my efforts, others will be able to experience the beauty of being involved with the Temple.
What would you like people to know about Temple Emanuel? We believe that Judaism is about meaningful spiritual experiences for both adults and children. Our services are musical, joyous and succinct. Our religious school education is focused on real life issues and tuition is included with membership. We are very fortunate to have Rabbi Marc Kraus as our spiritual leader. He is dynamic, creative and extremely musical.
What are your goals as president? My goal is to welcome more young families into our community, build relationships and cultivate the next generation of leadership.
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At teens’ funeral, personal grief and national solidarity merge by Ben Sales
MODIIN, Israel (JTA)—They were their mothers’ sons. They were all of our sons. They were dear boys. They were martyrs for Israel. They were funny, clever, creative. They are the messengers of the Jewish people in heaven. The joint funeral Tuesday, July 1 of Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach provided a capstone to a harrowing ordeal that over 18 days united Israelis in hope and prayer. When the teens were found dead the previous night, their bodies lying half exposed in a field near Hebron, the national outpouring became one of grief and despair. It is simultaneously a national tragedy for Israel and a personal one for the boys’ families. And at the funeral and the memorials preceding it, the national and personal melded together. The country shared in the families’ tragedy. The families became national heroes.
“We prayed, each of us alone and all of us together, for a miracle,” said Israeli President Shimon Peres in his eulogy. “We prayed that we would see them return in peace to the families, to their homes and to us all. Sadly we were hit by the tragedy of their murder and a deep grief enveloped our people.” When news of the boys’ death hit, Israelis looked lost, unsure how to proceed after more than two apprehensive weeks since the teens were kidnapped on June 12 while hitchhiking in the West Bank settlement of Kfar Etzion. At Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square—the site just a day before of a packed, loud concert in solidarity with the boys’ families—a much more subdued vigil coalesced. A few men sat on the floor with guitars singing as several others lit candles that spelled out the boys’ names. Soon the crowd swelled to hundreds, all singing songs of mourning and comfort. The next day, outside the synagogue in the rural central Israeli town of Shaalvim, a crowd of hundreds milled in an open field. Five boys sat on the ground reading from prayer books. Some people spoke in hushed tones. Most stayed silent, exhausted from the heat, beaten by the tragedy. They were the neighbors, the friends, the family of Naftali Fraenkel. Shaalvim resident Debbie Schuval noted the emotions and hope that had been invested in the teens returning home. “There was almost this energy of mission, this energy that was buzzing about,” she said. “By last night the energy just dissolved and it was just quiet.” A microphone stood underneath a bare frame meant for a wedding canopy, against the backdrop of a large Israeli flag. Speaker after speaker—the village rabbi, Israeli Education Minister Shai Piron, Fraenkel’s grandfathers and parents— told the largely religious Zionist crowd about the 16-year-old’s tenderness and the state’s resilience. Some mixed memories of the boy with calls for a forceful strike against Hamas, which Israel blames for the murders, or for increased Israeli settlement in the West Bank. When Naftali’s mother ascended the podium, the subdued crowd broke into tears. Since the boys went missing, Rachel
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Fraenkel had become an increasingly fierce public advocate for them in international forums, speaking to a range of media and appearing at the United Nations. Here, her words were directed to the Israeli people and to her son. “From the very first day, we said to ourselves that even if it ends badly, God gave us an abundance of blessings,” she said. “Our prayers were never for naught.” After the memorial service, the crowd boarded a fleet of buses bound for the nearby cemetery where the boys would be buried in a valley near this central Israeli city. Soon they joined a sea of people—like them, overwhelmingly religious Zionists—all streaming toward the graves. People climbed over rocks, through ditches and along dirt paths, all to squeeze in among the thousands of people who had gathered to put the boys to rest. Old and young squeezed next to each other. Paramedics holding stretchers pushed through to treat those who had fainted in the heat. One group would begin to sing a somber Jewish song, only to be drowned out by another group across the cemetery that had chosen a different tune. The gathering was, perhaps, the last manifestation of how this tragedy has captivated Israel, dominating its news and bringing a sense of unity to the country that had long felt absent. And the speeches at the cemetery focused on the kidnapping’s national aspect. “A whole nation stood together and got a reminder of who we are, why we are here and, no less, what great strengths are found within us,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, addressing the victims’ families. “The light shining from you stood out all the more against the horrible darkness of those who seek our souls.” Throughout the crisis, there was talk of national unity, of terrorism, of politics and of sacrifice. But when Rachel Fraenkel spoke outside the synagogue in Shaalvim, remembering how much Naftali loved music, it was clear that at its core, this was a tragedy of three families who had lost their boys. “Rest in peace, dear son,” Fraenkel ended her eulogy. “We’ll learn to sing without you.”
obituaries Florence Creta Virginia Beach—Florence Creta, 82, wife of the late Joseph A. Creta, passed away on June 14, 2014 at her residence. She was born on November 26, 1931 to the late Milton Siegel and the late Rose Jacobs Siegel. She worked at Captain John’s Crab House as a waitress. She is survived by a daughter, Rhonda Y. Seymour of Virginia Beach, five step-daughters, Linda, Marie, Janet, Grace, and Barbara, a sister, Muriel Beyer of California, several step-grandchildren, and a step-great granddaughter. Other than her husband, she was predeceased by a sister, Sandra Lewis and a brother, Herbert Siegel. A graveside service took place at Colonial Grove Memorial in Virginia Beach. Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.woodlawngroup.com. Ruth Jurysta Lida NORFOLK—Ruth Jurysta Lida, 91, died Monday, June 30, 2014 in her residence at The Terrace with her loving family at her side. She was a native of Krakow, Poland and was a resident of Norfolk since 1950. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jurysta and Chana Kaufman and her husband of 54 years, Szaja Lida. Mrs. Lida was one of the last local Holocaust Survivors. She and her husband owned and operated Lida’s Market for 22 years. She was a member of B’Nai Israel Congregation for over 50 years. She was a loving and caring woman who was very social and thought of the people at Beth Sholom Terrace and Home as her friends and family and extended family. Survivors include her daughter, Anna Lida Karp of Norfolk and her granddaughter, Rachelle Karp of Miami, Fla. Graveside Funeral Services were held in Forest Lawn Cemetery, with Rabbi Sender Haber and Cantor Elihu Flax officiating. Following the graveside service, the family held a reception at Beth Sholom Home. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts. Memorial donations may be made to the Beth Sholom Home. Online condolences may be sent to the family at hdoliver.com.
obituaries Etta Iris Miller Lind VIRGINIA BEACH—Etta Iris Miller Lind, 79, of Beth Sholom Terrace, passed away on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 in a local hospital. Born in Baltimore, Md., she was the daughter of the late Faye Richman Miller and Morris Robert Miller, and was the widow of Arnold L. Lind. Mrs. Lind was a long-time member of Beth Chaverim in Virginia Beach and was a dedicated volunteer to a number of Jewish organizations. She is survived by three daughters, Heidi Thacker and her husband, Al, Sabina McPherson and her husband, Byron, and Hinda Lind; grandchildren, Miki and her husband Adam, Josh, Mara, and Jimmy; great grandchildren, Leah and Zach; a sister, Annette Mand; a sister-in-law, Irma Kopelove; and many nieces, nephews, and beloved friends.
A service was conducted at the Norfolk Chapel of H. D. Oliver Funeral Apts. with Rabbi Israel Zoberman officiating. Burial followed in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions to Beth Sholom Village, 6401 Auburn Dr., Virginia Beach, VA 23464. Online condolences may be offered to the family through hdoliver. com. Mildred Klein Salins Portsmouth—Mildred (Mickey) Klein Salins passed away peacefully in her home Friday, July 4. Born August 28, 1916, daughter of Louis and Rose Klein and beloved wife of the late Edgar Salins, she was a deeply devoted and loving mother of Bonnee (Franklin) Korel of Baltimore, Md., and Stuart (Rhonda) Salins of Highland Park, Ill. She was adored by her grandchildren, Leslie (Dan) Hartman of Austin, Texas,
Paul (Inna Eidelman) Korel of Atlanta, Ga., Dr. Erica (Dr. Matthew) Keats of Baltimore, Md., Erin Salins, Lauren Salins and Jordan Salins of Chicago, Ill. and her precious great grandchildren, Amy Rose, Evan the late Molly Hartman, Braden and Finley Keats and Gavin Korel. She was devoted to her family, cared for her late mother Rose until her death at age 100, was a long and trusted friend to many and a compassionate worker for many organizations. She will be greatly missed by her family and dear friends. Graveside services were held at Olive Branch Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.altmeyer.com. Donations are suggested to the ASPCA. Melissa A. Truman Virginia Beach—Melissa Ackman
Truman, 53, died June 26, 2014 in Norfolk General Hospital surrounded by her children. Ms. Melissa was preceded in death by her parents; Nathaniel “Chuck” Ackman and Vivienne Ackman. She worked side by side with Arlette Johnson for 13 years with the STOP Organization. She was a member of Beth Chaverim and manager of Fairfield Barbershop in Virginia Beach. Ms. Melissa was loved by all who knew her and will be sorely missed. She is survived by her daughters, Ari and Hilary Truman, as well as numerous “adopted” children and grandchildren. A graveside service took place in Forest Lawn Cemetery with Rabbi Israel Zoberman officiating. The family received guests at Congregation Beth Chaverim, following the service. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts. Online condolences may be made to the family at hdoliver.com.
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JCC Annual Presidents’ Cup Golf Tournament raises dollars and awareness by Leslie Shroyer
he Simon Family JCC 4th Annual Presidents’ Cup Golf Tournament brought golfers together for a worthy cause and an afternoon of recreation, relaxation and a little community education at Heron Ridge Golf Club on Tuesday, June 24. More than 70 golfers gathered to support the Simon Family JCC, specifically programs for children. The JCC provides programs and services for children such as a before and after school activities, infant and toddler care, summer day camp, special needs sum-
Jason Hoffman and John Strelitz, past Simon Family JCC president.
mer day camp, and teen programing. The Simon Family JCC Presidents’ Cup Golf Tournament raises funds for scholarships and to support these programs. “We are so very thankful to the JCC staff and all those whose generosity makes a camp experience possible for our son,” said Roy Zaletski, who spoke before the foursomes teed off at Heron Ridge. Thanks to the hard work of the solicitors and the generosity of the community sponsors and players, nearly $60,000 was raised. The day’s success was largely due to the dedicated volunteers and JCC staff members. A special thanks to Charles Barker Automotive for providing the “Hole in One” Infiniti, and to PayDay PayRoll Services for running the Vegas hole, and donating 100% of the proceeds back to the JCC. Beskin and Associates sponsored the winning team of Roy Beskin, Jerry Meltsner, Jason Drewry and Joby Foley. Evan Levitt, JCC development director and lead staff for the tournament, worked closely with the solicitation committee of Marty Einhorn, Lynn Cohen, David Gilbert, Jason Hoffman, Alex Pomerantz, Sandra Porter Leon, Terri Sarfan, Normie Sher, Fay Silverman, John Strelitz and Adam White. Rebecca Bickford, JCC development associate, was responsible for tournament logistics, from raffle prizes to player organization, day-of execution, and sponsor recognition. Kathy Higgins, membership associate, recruited and managed
Guest speaker Roy Zaletski, lead staff Evan Levitt, Sandra Leon, past Simon JCC president, and Nathan Jaffe.
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Winning foursome: Joby Foley, Jerry Meltsner, Roy Beskin and Jason Drewry.
all tournament volunteers and assisted in planning and day-of logistics. As the players began each hole, they were educated about the JCC, specifically about the programs their dollars support. New this year was an opening statement by someone who benefits directly from a program supported by the tournament. “Our oldest son, Gus, is 10 years old and has Down syndrome,” explained his father, Roy Zaletski. “As you might imagine, finding fulfilling activities for him outside of
Steve Stein, Norman Berger, Lonnie Slone and Jeff Kramer.
school and over the summer can take some research. We were referred to the JCC Summer Camp program by an educational advocate, specifically for the one-to-one “shadows” which the JCC provides for special-needs campers at no additional cost to the family. Whether it ‘s during swimming lessons or singing and dancing each morning at Boker Tov, the degree to which Gus is supported and included at the JCC Summer Camp is incredibly unique and appreciated. This summer will mark his
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Past Presidents Gene Ross, Barry Einhorn, Ellie Lipkin, Paul Lipkin, Linda Samuels, and Fay Silverman. Not pictured, but in attendance: Sandra Porter Leon, Adam White and John Strelitz.
sixth straight year attending the camp, and it has become a big part of his life.” Throughout its history, the JCC has been fortunate to have the strong leadership of visionary presidents who have given countless hours to guide the Center’s successful development. The Annual
Simon Family JCC Presidents’ Cup honors their commitment and dedication to the JCC mission. The Simon Family JCC is a constituent agency of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.
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Gerald Einhorn, Barry Einhorn past Simon Family JCC president, Marty Einhorn Simon Family JCC president, and Jay Einhorn.
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