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Orthodox rabbi and the daughter of Tom Lantos to serve on new US human rights commission
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JERUSALEM (JTA)—The Israel Democratic Party, or Yisrael Demokratit, is the name of former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak’s new political party, and neither the U.S. Democratic or Republican party organizations in Israel are happy about it. Barak announced the name of his party this month, under the slogan “the State of Netanyahu or the State of Israel.” Barak announced late last month that he would form a new party with the goal of defeating Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “Netanyahu has reached the end of his political career,” Barak said in his June 26 announcement. “The Netanyahu regime must be felled.” Democrats Abroad Israel chair Heather Stone told the Jerusalem Post that the new party’s name is “misleading, because Democrats Abroad has a country committee in Israel and Democrats Abroad is an arm of the Democratic Party.” Barak announced he would try to form a center-left bloc with the Labor and Meretz parties and to include Tzipi Livni, who most recently united her HaTnuah party with Labor. Mark Zell, co-chairman of the Republicans Overseas Israel, later tweeted his criticism. “Why Ehud Barak would want to name his new party after this bunch of losers is beyond me,” he tweeted shortly after the announcement. “I can’t figure out why @barak_ehud would want to identify with a party that has gone off the rails especially when it concerns Israel and the Jewish People,” he tweeted later.
n Orthodox rabbi and the daughter of the late Sen. Tom Lantos, the only Holocaust survivor elected to Congress, will serve on a new human rights commission in the United States whose funding was prohibited by the House of Representatives. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the creation of the State Department’s Commission on Unalienable Rights, to define and set the direction for human rights in the country earlier this month. “The time is right for an informed review of the role of human rights in American foreign policy,” he said. Commission members include Rabbi Meir Soloveichik of Congregation Shearith Israel in New York City, as well as the director of the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University, and Katrina Lantos Swett, president of the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice. The commission will be headed by Harvard Law professor Mary Ann Glendon, a former ambassador to the Holy See who teaches and writes on bioethics and human rights in international law. Glendon is a leader in the intellectual anti-abortion movement. Pompeo said the commission “will provide me with advice on human rights grounded in our nation’s founding principles and the principles of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.” The House recently voted to ban funding for the commission. Eliot Engel, who heads the body’s Foreign Affairs Committee, called the panel “bizarre” and said it risked “undermining many international human-rights norms that the United States helped establish.” Other members of the commission are Russell Berman, Jewish political scientist Peter Berkowitz, Paolo Carozza, Hamza Yusuf Hanson, Jacqueline Rivers, Christopher Tollefsen and David TseChien Pan. (JTA)
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BRIEFS Tel Aviv suburb votes to operate public transportation on Shabbat The City Council of Ramat Gan, a municipality in central Israel, approved operating public transportation on Shabbat by a vote of 15–6. In a harbinger of the religious freedom debate that will infuse the campaign for the September elections, Avigdor Liberman, head of the secular right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu party, applauded the decision and called on other municipalities to follow suit. In Israel, buses and trains in general do not run in Jewish-majority cities on Friday night and Saturday before sundown as part of the “status quo,” a doctrine that regulates the public relationship between the religious and secular positions. It was reached between the haredi Orthodox community and David Ben-Gurion before the formation of the state. A statement from the haredi Orthodox United Torah Judaism party called the decision “a shameful and disgraceful move” that “ignor(es) the feelings of tens of thousands of religious residents of the city.” The party, headed by Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman, vowed to “act in cooperation with lawyers and jurists to prevent implementation of the decision to harm the holy Shabbat and the status quo.” According to the legislation, the city-sponsored transportation will include two routes that run to the beach and other recreation areas. The routes will avoid areas that would upset the Sabbathobservant community. Some private bus lines run through certain Israeli cities to allow non-Orthodox Jews to get to the beach and other places of entertainment. (JTA) Israel’s embassy didn’t want you to see the lobster in envoy’s lunch with Brazil’s president Israel’s embassy in Brazil shared a photo of its ambassador eating lunch with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, but not before blurring out the lobster dishes the two appeared to be enjoying. The camouflaged picture made headlines in Brazil, with local media noting that the crustacean is an expensive delicacy and 4 | Jewish News | July 15, 2019 | jewishnewsva.org
international media noting it is decidedly non-kosher. Black smudges blur what appear to be lobsters from a picture posted on social media of Ambassador Yossi Shelley having lunch with Bolsonaro. Shelley and Bolsonaro are close friends. The picture was taken at a seafood restaurant in Brasília before they went to watch the Copa America final soccer match in Rio, where Brazil beat Peru 3–1, winning the championship. Later, the ambassador posted several photos at the Macarana stadium expressing his effusive support for the Brazilian team. In May, Bolsonaro awarded Shelley the National Order of the Southern Cross, Brazil’s highest national honor for high-ranking guests. Shelley was the very first diplomat welcomed by Bolsonaro, less than 24 hours after his electoral victory last year in a clear signal of close ties between Brasilia and Jerusalem. During the previous 15 years Brazil’s former far-left governments clashed with Israel’s government. (JTA)
Did Brooklyn candidate adopt Jewish husband’s last name to win race? An Orthodox Jewish judicial candidate in Brooklyn says one of her opponents changed her last name to that of her Jewish husband in order to win the race. Civil court judicial candidate Caroline Piela ran for office under the last name Cohen, which she officially changed in February just weeks before she announced her candidacy despite being married since 2006, the New York Post reported. Tehilah Berman, 49, also a candidate for the judgeship in Brooklyn’s 6th Municipal District, called the name change “deception,” according to the Post. “Catering to religious groups is not proper in this democracy,” Berman, an Orthodox Jew from Flatbush, told the Post. “People should be proud of their religion and not make believe they are something else.” Cohen won the June election with 44.24 percent of the vote. Berman came in last in the field of four with 14.53 percent. “To the extent that I received support from the Orthodox community, it was
because those folks saw who I am and what I did,” Cohen told the Post. “I know Tehilah Berman is an Orthodox woman, and I believe her name to be very identifiably Jewish, and Ms. Berman did not do nearly as well as I did,” she said. One of Cohen’s ads in Jewish publications included the biblical quote, in Hebrew letters, “Tzedek Tzedek Tirdof,” or “justice, justice, you shall pursue.” (JTA)
After touring the Jaffa school, Martin reportedly visited the West Bank. Martin has attempted to set up a concert in Israel for years to promote Israeli-Palestinian coexistence, but the plan has never taken shape. He was married to the Jewish actress and lifestyle guru Gwyneth Paltrow from 2003 to 2016. One of their two children is named Moses. (JTA)
Department of Justice to convene summit on fighting anti-Semitism The U.S. Department of Justice is convening a “Summit on Combating Anti-Semitism” that will bring together Jewish community figures with “administration leadership.” The summit’s agenda, to take place July 15, includes sessions on “combating anti-Semitism while respecting the First Amendment;” “anti-Semitism on campus;” and “prosecuting hate crimes;” and will be rounded out by a “fireside chat” with “administration leadership” on the topic. Participants are not listed on the agenda, but top Trump administration officials who deal with anti-Semitism include Elan Carr, the State Department envoy combating anti-Semitism, and Kenneth Marcus, the top civil rights official at the Education Department whose last job was president of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, which tracks anti-Israel activity and anti-Semitism on campuses. (JTA)
Otto Warmbier’s parents claim North Korean cargo ship as part of wrongful death settlement The parents of Jewish American college student Otto Warmbier filed a claim for a North Korean cargo ship seized by the U.S, seeking to collect on a $501-million wrongful death judgment over their late son. The claim filed in federal court in New York on Wednesday, July 3 in New York said the asset could be used to pay off part of the judgment against the North Korean government for the death of their son, who was detained on trumped up charges in the country for over a year and died shortly after he was returned home in June 2017 in a coma. The University of Virginia student had been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for allegedly stealing a propaganda poster. His doctors in the U.S. said he suffered extensive brain damage. Warmbier was traveling to Hong Kong for a study abroad program when he decided to visit North Korea on a guided tour. “The Warmbiers are committed to holding North Korea accountable for the death of their son Otto, and will work tirelessly to seize North Korean assets wherever they may be found,” Ben Hatch, an attorney for the family, told The Associated Press. The vessel was detained in May because it was carrying coal to be sold in other countries in violation of United Nations sanctions. After the ship’s detention, senior Justice Department officials called the seizure the first of its kind, and said it was part of the U.S. campaign of “maximum pressure” against the North Korean government to stand-down as a nuclear weapons power. (JTA)
Coldplay’s Chris Martin visits Israeli kindergarten for Jewish and Arab Coldplay frontman Chris Martin visited a kindergarten for Jewish and Arab children in the central Israeli city of Jaffa during a quick visit. The English rock star was spotted by a reporter for Israel’s Channel 12 show Good Evening with Guy Pines. Martin donates to the foundation behind the Bustan Yafa network of schools, according to the Jerusalem Post. The schools teach multiple religions and languages, and preach tolerance and coexistence.
nation A museum on Southern Jews moves its eclectic 4,000-item collection across state lines Josefin Dolsten
(JTA)—A prosthetic leg that belonged to a Russian Jewish immigrant to Lake Providence, Louisiana. An 8-foot neon sign from a hotel that advertised as the only establishment with an “up to date kosher kitchen” in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Two organs from the now shuttered Temple B’nai Israel in Canton, Mississippi. These items made the trip from Mississippi to Louisiana last month— along with the rest of the more than 4,000 artifacts that make up the collection of the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience. Movers had to build custom crates and transport the items in climate-controlled trucks due to the size and number of unusual artifacts. The museum is the only one in the world wholly dedicated to telling the history of Jews in the American South. And when it reopens next year in New Orleans, it will be easily accessible to the general public for the first time. Founded in 1986, the museum was located previously at the Union for Reform Judaism’s Jacobs Camp in the remote town of Utica, Mississippi. The museum closed in 2012 and put its collection in storage in Jackson, Mississippi, as leadership contemplated a move. New Orleans was chosen as the new location because of its vibrant Jewish population, tourism industry and the fact that it didn’t already have a Jewish-themed attraction. Museum officials predict that some 40,000 people will visit every year. With the reopening, the museum will shift its focus, says Kenneth Hoffman, executive director. “What we’re doing in New Orleans is attempting to tell a larger story about Jewish life in the South.” In 2017, the museum launched a $10-million fundraising campaign for the move and redesign. It has raised $6-million through donations. Jews have lived in the South since before the Revolutionary War, but the bulk arrived as immigrants during the 19th century. Many settled in small towns, where they worked as merchants.
However, by the 20th century, young Jews were leaving those towns to study and work in larger cities in the South. Though some Jews remain in small towns today, many synagogues have closed or are on the verge of shutting down. The Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience is the only physical space wholly dedicated to the study of the experience of Jews in the region. Atlanta’s Breman Museum has a gallery dedicated to Southern Jewish history and exhibits about other topics, but it focuses on Atlanta. The exhibit at The Jewish Museum of Florida is local, too. Dallas and Houston have Holocaust museums. Other organizations—including the Southern Jewish Historical Society and the Institute for Southern Jewish Life, to which the museum belonged until it separated in 2017 as part of the relaunch—hold events but do not have permanent exhibits. Few people associate the American Jewish experience with the South, despite the region’s rich history, says Gary Zola, the executive director of the Jacob Rader Center of the American Jewish Archives and a professor at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. But its story includes slaveholders and civil rights activists, high-ranking Confederate politicians and society women. “Thankfully, this new Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience will provide the American public with an opportunity to learn more about this vitally important facet of our collective past,” says Zola. Interactive exhibits will address topics such as anti-Semitism, how Jews reacted to the civil rights movement, Southern Jews in popular culture and the religious customs of the region’s Jews. “If we wanted to get Jews and non-Jews to experience the museum, then we had to be relevant,” Hoffman says. “So, we had to expand our mission and talk about how Jews across the South made an impact or were impacted by their communities. “One of our goals is to expand people’s understanding of what it means to be a Southerner,’ he says, “and what it means to be a Jew.” jewishnewsva.org | July 15, 2019 | Jewish News | 5
There’s a new rabbi in town: Rabbi Murray Ezring at Beth El
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candidate to be the rabbi of Congregation Beth El in Norfolk, he is returning to Beth El to serve as an interim replacement for Rabbi Jeffrey Arnowitz, the man who succeeded Rabbi Arthur Ruberg, the man who got the job in 1988. “I’ve hounded (then-president) Stuart Held ever since,” Rabbi Ezring, 68, quipped during a meet-and-greet with Beth El board members and trustees earlier this spring. But seriously, folks, things never quite got that far. Rabbi Ezring, who had just completed 10 years at his first full-time pulpit in Ocean Township, N.J., says he received an offer from Boca Raton, Fla., before Beth El was ready to make an offer. He served six years in Boca, where his parents lived, before deciding to take a job outside the rabbinate. “When I went to sign the contract on my new job, my hand was shaking. I realized it was a sign that I should give it another try.” Enter Temple Israel in Charlotte, N.C. Family business: Both of my brothers are rabbis. My father had Smicha but worked as a cantor until he retired when he began to serve as a rabbi in nursing homes. There are over a dozen rabbis in my generation of my family. Celebrity twin: I have often been mistaken for Dom DeLouise and a couple of lesser known country singers. Favorite movie: My favorite movie is the next one I will see, especially if it is from the Marvel family of movies. Favorite song: As an optimist, my favorite song is Judy Garland singing Over The Rainbow. A close second and third are: Liza singing Ring Dem Bells or To Dream the Impossible Dream from Man of La Mancha. Favorite sermon subject: Human beings are created in the image of God, are equal in the eyes of God, and enjoy the wonderful gifts of life and free will.
tidewater Now, 25 years later, Temple Israel celebrated his retirement on Memorial Day weekend. “It was so much more than we were prepared for,” Rabbi Ezring says of the Shabbat weekend. “It was unbelievable; we had over 300 in attendance on Friday night and more than 500 Saturday. It was all lay-led—from pre-schoolers to senior citizens.” Rabbi Ezring, accompanied by his wife Barbara, will begin his duties at Beth El in mid-July. Though renting a place in Ghent, they will maintain a home in Charlotte where they have two elderly parents in a nursing home. “I’ll be going back and forth a lot,” Barbara says. So why retire from his full-time gig? “I’ve served a couple of stints on the (USCJ) placement commission. It’s getting harder and harder to find rabbinical students who want a pulpit because it seems to be getting more difficult to work with lay leadership.” After 43 years on the pulpit, Rabbi
Ezring thought he could help bridge that gap. He calls the interim position “a healing rabbi.” “It’s helping a congregation heal from political trauma or the sudden, unexpected loss of a rabbi.… Above all, I’m a pastor, so I thought it would be nice to pastor a congregation instead of individuals, although that’s still part of the job.” Rabbi Ezring has already started down the introductory healing path at Beth El by meeting with board members and staff. He plans to expand the path to members of the congregation in a series of meetings. “Just like a family situation, synagogues are all different, so I have to learn a little about the congregation before I can decide about how to handle Beth El. But I won’t be working in a vacuum; I will be working closely with the board and with families.” Rabbi Ezring says his career has been influenced on two levels: one by his over 30-year friendship with Dr. Ron Wolfson, the “guru of relational Judaism.”
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At Ezring’s retirement Shabbat, Wolfson spoke to the Charlotte congregation, reminding folks what it means to be engaging. “You must welcome everyone into the sanctuary; leave your seats to welcome the newcomer,” Rabbi Ezring says of the message. On a second level, Rabbi Ezring says he has always been involved in civil rights, immigration, and poverty because “welcoming the stranger is such an important concept in Judaism.” As for his rabbinic style, Ezring says he
spends little time on the bimah. “I like to walk the aisles. I want people to feel engaged with me physically and orally.” As an interim rabbi, Ezring says he is charged with getting the congregation in the right frame of mind to hire a fulltime replacement. He has gone through extensive training for the position and is actually not allowed to take the job. “If I do my job well, then Beth El will be positioned to hire a good rabbi who wants to move in the same direction that the congregation wants to move.” It’s a careful dance—deciding to address such subjects as instrumental music, longer/shorter services, more or less tradition, lay or staff davening, and interfaith participation. “I’m not going to tell you where to go. These are all important questions for a congregation to decide.” And what about his future? “Maybe I’ll decide to be a congregation president,” he says with a laugh.
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Restoration continues at the B’nai Israel Cemetery in Norfolk Sharon Freeman
ith a significant contribution from United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Cemetery Fund, coupled with the tireless work of numerous volunteers, B’nai Israel Cemetery is showing the results of a massive restoration effort that began 14 months ago. B’nai Israel Cemetery is the final resting place for more than 1,100 individuals who lived, worked, and worshiped in Tidewater’s Jewish community. Lt. Commander Adam Goldberg (Ret.), chairman of the B’nai Israel Cemetery committee, says that 142 damaged, cracked, or fallen headstones have been repaired. Volunteers restored 54 of those markers, saving an estimated $23,500 on the overall cost of the project.
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Approximately $32,050 was spent to overhaul 92 stones and complete maintenance at the south and southeastern walls. This includes efforts to stop further deterioration caused by overgrown vegetation, as well as adding extra support to that portion of the wall to keep it from falling over. Debris from the back cemetery has also been removed and the land leveled. Says Goldberg, “Volunteers will continue the ongoing task of removing vines, moss, lichen, and other growths from the headstones and clearing sidewalks covered in grass. An additional 83 stones with minor damage are scheduled to be repaired by volunteers in the next year or two.” Goldberg and B’nai Israel’s Rabbi Sender Haber are creating and producing a clear and concise map of the cemetery, outsourced to a company that will produce the final electronic copy. The cemetery’s online registry is currently up-to-date, but will be upgraded in the next few years. The online registry may be accessed by going to usgwarchives.net/va/norfolkcity/cemeteries/bnai/bnai-a-b.html. Plans are underway for an information booth to be added at the cemetery entrance to provide visitors access to three maps and an internee list, making it easier to locate family members. Headstones at the end of each row will be numbered like street signs to assist cemetery guests find their loved ones. The reconstruction at B’nai Israel has unearthed the final resting places for 30 veterans. These graves are now identified and flags and mounts have been placed at the site by the Jewish War Veterans of the USA Post 158, Tidewater. “The cemetery has come a long way since our family moved to Tidewater seven years ago. Though the vandalism was a horrible incident, it opened our eyes to the need to repair our cemetery. It looks really nice now,” says Goldberg. Art Sandler supports the effort to restore and care for many local Jewish cemeteries. Sandler says, “The progress of managing and repairing the cemeteries, particularly at B’nai Israel, has really been extraordinary. Security has improved,
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and broken headstones have been renovated and righted. “We have such dedicated volunteers, under the leadership of Lt. Commander Goldberg, who are working tirelessly to restore the dignity of this sacred place. Adam’s sons are even heavily involved in the progress of this project.” Goldberg says that members of the Norfolk Society for Cemetery Conservation (NSCC) have been valuable assets in the B’nai Israel cemetery restoration. NSCC is a local community organization whose mission is to preserve, protect, and promote Norfolk’s eight historic municipal cemeteries through conversation, education, and advocacy. “This is an all-encompassing community effort, made possible in part by the foundation grant and federation involvement. So much work has been done to restore the dignity of the cemetery, making it a beautiful, peaceful place that honors the people who are buried there
and the families who visit them,” says Sandler. Photos: Lt. Commander Adam Goldberg (Ret.)
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Richmond, Va.—On behalf of the Virginia House of Delegates, Speaker Kirk Cox has named Bill Nusbaum to the Virginia Israel Advisory Board (VIAB). Nusbaum is an attorney with Williams Mullen. VIAB is a government agency that helps Israeli companies locate and grow their U.S. operations in Virginia and to team up with Virginia businesses to provide innovative Israeli technology. VIAB seeks to leverage synergies between Virginia and Israeli businesses to increase direct foreign investment in Virginia, bilateral trade, and lasting partnerships, focusing on manufacturing, maritime, military-related, and agribusiness industries. Dov Hoch, VIAB executive director, says, “I look forward to working with Bill on Commonwealth-wide economic development undertakings like the Israel Virginia Defense Contractors Partnership Program which he advised on and participated in, as well as the VIAB Maritime Program which will bring port and shipping related Israeli companies to the Hampton Roads region.” Nusbaum is a partner in Williams Mullen’s Finance and Real Estate Section. For 39 years, Nusbaum has represented clients in commercial real estate transactions, economic development incentives, tax-exempt housing, industrial development and qualified 501(c)(3) bonds, hospitality transactions and alcoholic beverage licensing. His experience includes the representation of owners of shopping malls, strip shopping centers, apartment projects, hotels, and office parks in development, leasing, and management matters. He also has represented both localities and prospects in economic development projects. Nusbaum has served on numerous boards and held prominent positions with many associations and committees throughout Hampton Roads and statewide. He is a past president and honorary life director of the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia, past chair of the Hampton Roads
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former members of the NPBA who have exemplified the highest standards of professionalism throughout their careers. The award’s stated qualifications are: A. The award recipient should, over a substantial period of time, have demonstrated: 1. Respect for the law, the judicial system and the legal profession; 2. Respect for clients, court personnel and other counsel; and 3. Honesty, candor, fairness and competence before the Court and with counsel. B. The award is intended to recognize and honor personal and professional qualities, reputation, and conduct. Leadership activities and service
within the bar or the community in general, while probative of professionalism, should not be considered essential in the screening and selection process. C. Pro bono service should be considered in the screening process. D. Award recipients should be role models for other attorneys, particularly younger attorneys. Rashkind is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and a Fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation. Rashkind is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Virginia Super Lawyers, Virginia’s Best Lawyers, Who’s Who in America and
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WASHINGTON ( JTA)—It’s not the speech, it’s the conspiracy. Roberta Kaplan, the lead counsel on one case that changed U.S. history—upholding the rights of samesex spouses—wants to make history again and scare white nationalists intent on violence into thinking again. Government efforts to confront the rise of white supremacism have been inhibited over the last decade by free speech considerations: However vile the expressions of people who express hatred toward Jews, blacks and other minorities, the argument goes, the expressions are speech protected under the First Amendment. Free speech protections are why the American Civil Liberties Union stepped in ahead of the Aug. 12, 2017, neo-Nazi march in Charlottesville and sued on behalf of the marchers to assemble at their preferred venue, a park in the center of the Virginia university town. The march turned deadly. Kaplan, reviewing the evidence in its aftermath, saw in online conversations between the organizers not speech, but a conspiracy to commit deadly violence. “They intended for violence to happen, it did happen and they celebrated it,” Kaplan says. “I think it is important for Americans to hear what these men and groups did, what they intended to do, how they celebrated and what a grave threat to our system they are.” Kaplan and another lawyer, Karen Dunn, are leading a team that has sued 25 of the alleged organizers of the Charlottesville violence under postCivil War statutes that cracked down on Ku Klux Klan terrorism in the South aimed at keeping blacks from exercising their newly acquired civil rights. A 1983 amendment to the Ku Klux Klan Act, an 1871 law, allows victims of the terrorism to sue for monetary compensation, not just the government. Their suit, known as Sines v. Kessler,
essentially says the defendants used websites and other social media not just to share protected free speech, but to coordinate and plan the racially motivated violence that occurred at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville. “The Defendants in our case used various forms of social media to coordinate their illegal conspiracy to commit racialized violence in Charlottesville in August 2017,” Kaplan said in a statement in February after a judge said Twitter and other platforms must turn over material. A nongovernmental organization has raised $10 million toward paying the costs, an official of the group told JTA, and is still fund-raising. Integrity First for America, according to its website, is “dedicated to holding those accountable who threaten longstanding principles of our democracy—including our country’s commitment to civil rights and equal justice.” But for now, its only brief is the Charlottesville case. Amy Spitalnick, the group’s executive director, in recent months has explained the lawsuit in Jewish forums, including to the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and the American Jewish Committee. Using subpoenas, Kaplan’s team has obtained reams of information. Although part of the legal work by a team of about 12 lawyers is pro bono, there are steep costs involved in sorting through the material and preparing incriminating statements for use throughout the process, as well as for security for the lawyers. Spitalnick says the lawsuit was critical, especially because the government during the Trump administration has rolled back efforts to track and prevent white supremacist violence. (The Department of Justice has chosen not to sue the Charlottesville defendants under the same 1871 Klan law.) “The infrastructure that’s meant to address this sort of thing has actively been dismantled,” Spitalnick says. The point is not to make the 10 plaintiffs rich, Kaplan says. It’s to create a
LEGAL MATTERS disincentive for anyone to carry out the violence again. “One point of this case is to make it clear to anyone considering this, if you do that, there will be very large judgments against you that will follow you until they are paid,” she says, noting that it is unlikely plaintiffs will be able to collect, in part because some of the defendants are in hiding and others are broke. “Our hope is that it will act as a deterrent for people to engage in organized racialized violence.” Kaplan, Dunn and other lawyers involved very much want the case to come to trial and have the same impact as other high-profile cases. Kaplan cites the Scopes Monkey Trial of the 1920s, which turned into a national lesson on evolution, and the Proposition 8 case, that together with the lawsuit she took to the Supreme Court (and won in 2013) on behalf of a Jewish woman, Edie Windsor, helped turn American opinion around on gay marriage. The 112-page complaint, which was filed in October 2017, reads less like a legal document and more like one of those book-length reconstructions of actual events, where the reader knows the awful outcome and still turns each page. (Norman Moon, the U.S. District Court judge considering the case, said in a separate filing that the complaint’s length is “pushing the limits” of federal requirements, but allowed it.) The complaint, in spare language, forcefully makes the case that ideology and actions are inextricable. “Defendants brought with them to Charlottesville the imagery of the Holocaust, of slavery, of Jim Crow and of fascism,” it says. “They also brought with them semi-automatic weapons, pistols, mace, rods, armor, shields and torches.” The plaintiffs got a break when Unicorn Riot, an alternative media site, posted hacked exchanges between the plaintiffs on Discord, a chat site for gamers. Kaplan selected individual defendants based on evidence in the chat rooms of them organizing the violence in Charlottesville. “Everyone we sued as a defendant in the case was pretty involved in the intricate planning of what happened,” Kaplan
says. Among the 25 defendants are Jason Kessler, who with ACLU assistance secured the permit for the protest against plans to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee; Richard Spencer, who coined the term “alt-right” and founded a “think tank” propagating white nationalist ideas; Andrew Anglin, the publisher of the neo-Nazi site The Daily Stormer; and James Fields, who was sentenced to life in prison for the car-ramming attack that killed a counterprotester, Heather Heyer, and injured 20 others. Also named are the white supremacist groups Identity Evropa, Traditional Worker’s Party, League of the South and iterations of the Ku Klux Klan whose members were present. A range of channels Kessler and a colleague set up on Discord run from the practical (“lodging_wanted,” “shuttle_service_information”) to the ideological (“dixie-lyrics”) to the tactical
foundation attaches to them “sinister motives.” He calls the complaint “lawfare,” the practice of using the courts to punish and silence a political opponent. The 10 plaintiffs also were strategically chosen to represent the scope of the alleged targets. Among them are Rev. Seth Wispelwey, a pastor allegedly assaulted during the protests who has since suffered PTSD; Marcus Martin, an African-American man who was injured when he moved to push his fiance out of the way of Fields’ car; and Hannah Pearce, a member of the city’s Congregation Beth Israel, who allegedly was harassed, intimidated and assaulted during and after the event. Kaplan says that she and her office staff watched Charlottesville unfold on folding chairs on Aug. 12, 2017 (she had just moved into new offices in the Empire State Building) and within days she was in the town seeking appropriate plaintiffs.
(“gear_and_attire,” “safety planning”). On page 76 of the complaint, the plaintiffs note that a co-conspirator, identified only as Tyrone, in a channel called “virginia_laws” nearly a month before the rally asks: “Is it legal to run over protesters blocking roadways? I’m NOT just shitposting. I would like clarification.” On page 77, it notes that on the day of the rally, “at approximately 1:40 pm, in furtherance of the conspiracy, Defendant Fields drove his Dodge Challenger onto Fourth Street, idled for a moment while his vehicle faced the peaceful protesters, and then deliberately accelerated into the crowd.” Judge Moon has dismissed filings from multiple defendants who want the case dismissed on the basis of freedom of speech and gun rights. Spencer, filing for himself—he has said he could not find a lawyer willing to represent him—argued that the complaint weaves together “scattered” statements and acts and without
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That’s when she understood that the case could be best made under anti-conspiracy laws. (Moon for now has dismissed the complaints filed by Pearce, the Jewish woman who was hit by a “foul liquid” and who wore a Star of David and carried a rainbow flag while protesting against the neo-Nazi march. He has concluded that she, alone out of the 10 plaintiffs “has not sufficiently alleged her injuries were caused by overt acts committed in connection with Defendants’ conspiracy.”) Kaplan says her Jewish identity drives her in this case, just like the Windsor ruling. She celebrated that victory with a sermon she delivered at her Manhattan synagogue, Congregation Beth Simchat Torah. “It’s pretty hard to shock me, and the one thing that I found in this case to be
really quite shocking is that while all these defendants hate blacks and LGBT, are not thrilled with Hispanics and women, the one element that is their raison d’etre is anti-Semitism,” she says. Kaplan’s wife is related by marriage to Sigmund Warburg, the prominent German Jewish businessman who said dismissively of the Nazis in 1930, “once they are in government they will immediately become, first, more sensible and, secondly, once again less popular.” She says she is reminded constantly of Warburg and his unfounded certainties watching current events in the United States, including recent arson attacks on synagogues in Chicago and Boston. “These are not one-off events,” she says. “It’s part of a much larger crisis of anti-Semitism and racism and violent hate.”
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Ellen Rosenblum installed as new president of Jewish Family Service of Tidewater to the people. It is the only liturgical formula that is preserved in the canon of ith a theme of “Honoring Our Past, Torah: May God bless you Envisioning Our Future,” Jewish and keep you. May God’s Family Service of Tidewater (JFS) held its face shine upon you and be 64th Biennial Meeting on June 17. At the gracious to you. May God meeting, JFS installed Ellen Rosenblum lift up God’s face to you and as the president for 2019–2021, thanked grant you peace.” She conJeff Cooper for serving as president 2016– tinued, “We spend much of 2019, installed new board and executive our lives looking for these committee members, and presented sevthings. Blessing and proteceral recognition awards. tion—they are the essentials. The meeting began with an invocation Food, shelter, clothing, medby Cantor Jennifer Reuben of Ohef Sholom icine. These are a central part Temple. Reuben said, “One of the most Jeff Cooper, JFS immediate past president; Kelly Burroughs, JFS CEO; Ellen Rosenblum, JFS president, 2019-2021; of this organization’s mis- Scott Rosenblum; and Lawrence Steingold, JFS past president. extraordinary passages in our Torah is sion. Without them, we lack the one in which God teaches Aaron and the ability to strive for life’s the priests the words for offering blessing challenging environment,” he said. “In young people learn about the needs of the deeper meaning, and so JFS strives to such an environment, our organization community and the decisions involved ensure that those needs are met within our has to look at itself carefully, and to our in the grant making process. Sponsored community and beyond.” credit I think JFS has been doing a good by the Tidewater Jewish Foundation, the Zach Sissel and Danial Watts of the job to respond to this year’s challenges.” Emerging Philanthropists had a total of Emerging Philanthropists Council preAs Cooper wrapped up his remarks, he $1,000 to designate to programs in supsented JFS with a check for $500. These thanked his family and the board for their port of Jewish organizations. funds will be used to purchase 50 $10 gift support and service during his tenure Jeff Cooper, 2016-2019 board presicards for perishable food items for people the past three years. He concluded his dent, updated the audience on the state accessing the JFS food pantries. Drawing remarks with a special message to Ellen of affairs at JFS. In his overview, Cooper from Maimonides’ Ladder of tzedakah Rosenblum, the new board president, shared indicators of organizational health and Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, they said “I wish you tremendous success as you in relation to the vitality of the organiit was important for them that people assume the presidency here at JFS…I zation: how well the agency achieves have access to perishable items such as know you will do an amazing job in workits mission, how well an organization fresh milk. The Emerging Philanthropist Cantor Jennifer Reuben of Ohef Sholom Temple ing with everyone on behalf of JFS.” engages its team, and how well it balances Council is a program designed to help delivered the invocation. Kelly Burroughs, JFS chief executive its mission to margin. “JFS operates in a officer, continued highlighting several of JFS’ programs, and encouraging people to learn more by visiting its new website. “The complexities of what we do every day cannot be fully explained in such a brief time,” she said. “But I encourage you to get involved! JFS loves its volunteers who provide nearly 7,000 hours of volunteer service every year.” As Burroughs highlighted each of the programs, she remarked that each of the leadership teams’ combined service with the agency represents over 100 years of knowledge, and thanked them for their dedication to serving the Tidewater Jewish community. Scott Kaplan, president/CEO of Tidewater Jewish Foundation Danial Watts and Zach Sissel of the Emerging Philanthropists Council Debbie Mayer, JFS clinical director, with Lisa Delevie, JFS board member and Mark Delevie. Amy Cobb
present a check for $500 to Kelly Burroughs, JFS CEO.
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it’s a Wrap recognizes individuals who have given recognized four youths for their generosof themselves to help support the agenity and tzedakah on the occasion of their cy’s mission. This year, JFS selected Patti bar and bat mitzvahs. Braden Dobrinsky Wainger, who has served on the JFS board collected non-perishable foods and toiletof directors for 11 years, ries through food drives most recently serving on during October and Patti Wainger the executive commitNovember 2017 as part received the tee as secretary. Wainger of his Bar Mitzvah service has been instrumental in project. He then re-visited Distinguished coordinating and planJFS in January 2018 with Service Award ning several of JFS’ Spring two more boxes from Into Healthy Living another food drive that events, bringing in speakhe had conducted, and ers such as Joan Lunden, Jane Gardner, he and his brother helped re-stock JFS’ and most recently, Dr. Janet S. Wright of food pantry shelves. Elizabeth Goldstein the office of the U.S. Surgeon General. She collected food and household supplies has also helped to foster multi-year relafor her service project in 2017. She then tionships with Linda Kaufmann, EVMS, created 11 beautifully decorated baskets and WHRO, and now LifeNet Health for JFS filled with these items to be through JFS’ most recent event, Organ used as center-pieces for her Bat Mitzvah. Donation: the Gift of Life. “In the short Matthew Helman first volunteered at the time I have known Patti,” said Burroughs, JFS Food Pantry during summer 2017 and “she has had a tremendous influence on during the following school year during me personally with her care and concern, breaks. He helped re-stock food shelves, humor, and sheer determination to make carried food for clients to their cars, and things happen. Her passion is contagious, helped them shop. He then collected food and her energy is boundless.” as part of his 2018 Bar Mitzvah service Lawrence Steingold recognized outproject with food drives in his neighgoing board members Erica Kaplan, borhood, religious school, and at the David Konikoff, and Patti Wainger. JFS JCC. Wyatt Jones collected non-perishalso welcomed two new board members, able foods during July and August 2017 Jody Greason and Rebecca Tall. Steingold as part of his Bar Mitzvah service project also installed the Executive Committee and brought JFS these items in September members: Ellen Rosenblum, president; 2017. JFS appreciates the involvement of Kim Gross, vice president; Anne Kramer, young people for their service contribuvice president; Stephanie Peck, secretions to helping make the world a better tary; Lawrence Steingold, treasurer; Jeff place. Cooper, immediate past president; Dr. Cooper recognized the United Way Marcia Samuels, past president; and of South Hampton Roads with JFS’ Ashley Zittrain, member-at-large. Community Partner Award for their outTo conclude the meeting, Rosenblum standing support of JFS. The United Way presented her remarks as the new presand JFS share many core values—both ident. “JFS is transforming lives with agencies striving to create opportunities respect, compassion and sensitivity,” she for a better life for the most vulnerable said. “In considering today’s volatile and people in the community. Through this uncertain world, the need for the vital partnership, JFS is able to help feed more services that JFS provides has never been hungry people, enhance the health care of greater. Our job, as a board, is to help the older adults, reduce social isolation, and organization have a sustainable future improve the mental health and wellness of and make sure that we have adequate hundreds of people throughout the region. resources to support the mission of JFS.” The United Way seeks to bring people and Rosenblum’s involvement within resources together to “solve problems too the Jewish community began when she big for any of us to solve alone.” For the joined the Hebrew Academy of Tidewater past several years, JFS has been a proud board of directors. She later joined the United Way Certified Agency. UJFT Women’s Cabinet and served as The Distinguished Service Award
a president of ORT. Her involvement with JFS began in 2011. After graduating from Norfolk Collegiate, Rosenblum attended Emerson College where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders. She then attended the University of North Carolina and received a Master of Science degree in Speech and Language Pathology. After practicing in a variety of pediatric
settings, Rosenblum became actively involved coaching forensics at her children’s school. “I’m fortunate to have the love and support of my husband, Scott, for 27 years, and my children Andrew, Julia, and Jack. I also credit my parents, Aaron and Carol Peck, for stressing the importance of community involvement and a compassionate life,” said Rosenbloom.
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ffering Religious School for preschoolers through 10th grade, Ohef Sholom Temple is committed to raising Reform Jews whose identity is firmly grounded in Torah and Jewish texts, and who are connected to Israel, Jewish history, culture, language, and traditions. OST’s curriculum is relevant and engaging, striving to ensure that children find joy, pride, and meaning in becoming lifelong learners. Ohef Sholom Temple welcomes children from Independent Households who are in 5th grade or younger for one year. For more information, call Kitty Wolf, director of education, at 757- 625-4295. To register for the 2019-2020 school year, go to www.ohefsholom.org. Under the Education tab, select Sunday Learning Community.
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ikkun Olam is the social action concept in Judaism of repairing the world. The Young Adult Division of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Hands on Tidewater ‘HoT’ programming meets multiple times a year to volunteer throughout Hampton Roads. This past year, the ‘HoT’ group packaged food at the Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia and volunteered at Beth Sholom Village with the patients during their Trivia Night. ‘HoT’ emphasizes that it is the social responsibility of UJFT’s young adults to fulfill Tikkun Olam—these small acts of giving back to make a difference towards the greater good. Next month, Hands on Tidewater will meet at First Landing State Park for a beach
cleanup. Jessica Ruthenberg, ‘HoT’ chair, will lead the group to make the designated space free from garbage and unsafe items. All supplies and material for the cleanup will be waiting for the group to get to work. ‘Hot’ invites all young adults, ages 22-40 to participate, along with their children. To register, contact Jasmine Amitay, at JAmitay@ujft.org.
Beach congregations to hold joint High Holiday services
Chad Bornstein, president, Beth Chaverim; Ellen Jaffe-Gill, rabbi, Tidewater Chavurah; Dr. William E. Feldman, president, Tidewater Chavurah.
ongregations Beth Chaverim and Tidewater Chavurah will see in the Hebrew year 5780 together, holding joint holiday services beginning Sept. 29, 2019. All services will be held in the parish hall of Old Donation Episcopal Church, 4449 N. Witchduck Rd., Virginia Beach. Tashlich, the casting of sins into water on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, will take place at a congregant’s home. Tidewater Chavurah has been a “congregation without walls” since its formation in 1998, meeting in members’ homes. Beth
Chaverim, which was founded in 1982, has been conducting Shabbat services at Temple Emanuel since relocating from its building on Rosemont Road several months ago. The two congregations have held joint services twice, once in January and again the Shabbat before Purim. Each has a connection to Old Donation through a former or current congregant. The Bayside church is providing space without charge. “We’re so grateful to Old Donation for its generosity to Tidewater Chavurah and Beth Chaverim,” says Dr. William Feldman, the chavurah’s president. “They’ve been a wonderful friend for several years.” Beth Chaverim, the only congregation in Virginia Beach affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism, and Tidewater Chavurah use the same High Holidays prayer book, Gates of Repentance, and each uses Reform liturgy on Shabbat. Rabbi Ellen Jaffe-Gill, spiritual leader of Tidewater Chavurah, will lead the services along with Beth Chaverim’s soloist and guitarist, Jim Hibberd. Also providing musical depth
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to the service will be Beth Chaverim’s choir. “I can’t wait to work with the choir,” says Rabbi Jaffe-Gill, who is also a cantor. “It’s been more than 10 years since I’ve sung the holiday liturgy with a choir and instrumental music, which really enhance the beauty and spiritual nature of each service. Jim is a joy to work with.” Beth Chaverim’s incoming president, Chad Bornstein, says “Beth Chaverim is really pleased to team up with Tidewater Chavurah. We have our musicians, and they have the rabbi. I’m looking forward to blending our High Holiday traditions into services that will be meaningful to everyone.” For more information about High Holiday services with Tidewater Chavurah and Beth Chaverim, contact Carol Smith, 499‑3660, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Betsy Blank, 495‑0730, email@example.com, of Tidewater Chavurah, or the leadership of Beth Chaverim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ne of the fastest growing sports in the nation, Pickleball is now available at the Simon Family JCC in partnership with Virginia Stephanie Calliot helps 757 Pickleball prepare courts for pickleball. Association. Many volunteers have diligently worked to get the eight dedicated courts ready for play. Along with the opportunity to reserve courts, skill training, and clinics to learn and improve the game are offered at the JCC. All ages (minors must have adult supervision) and levels—from beginner to advanced—may play. For more information, including guided play schedules, classes, court hours, and fees, email email@example.com.
Three-session class offers overview of Judaism Tuesdays August 7, 14, 21; 4–6 pm Alfriends House behind Old Donation Episcopal Church, 4449 N. Witchduck Rd., Virginia Beach
abbi Ellen Jaffe-Gill of Tidewater Chavurah will present a three-session class, Belonging, Behaving, and Believing. The class will provide a brief overview of Jewish history, holidays, lifecycle, ritual, and philosophy for people, Jewish or not, who are unfamiliar with Judaism and want to know more. There is no charge to attend the class, which is open to everyone. For more information and to register, contact Rabbi Ellen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 464-1950. Alfriends House is entered through the church’s main building.
Calendar July 17, Wednesday Members and potential members monthly meeting of the Simon Family JCC Seniors Club at the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus. Noon. $6 registration at the door. Entertainment is Kathy Whatley, local Patsy Cline impersonator. For more information on this event or on becoming a member of the JCC Seniors Club, contact Sheryl Luebke, senior programs coordinator at Sluebke@ujft.org or 321-2334. July 18, Thursday YAD Backyard Beer and Bourbon Happy Hour. Join UJFT’s Young Adult Division at Hank’s Filling Station in Norfolk. Happy Hours are a great way to have fun and expand Jewish Networks. Bring a canned food item to be donated to Jewish Family Service. Happy Hours start at 5:30 pm. For more information, contact Jasmine Amitay at JAmitay@ujft.org. JULY 30–AUGUST 1, TUESDAY–THURSDAY 14th Biennial Educators’ Conference, “Teaching Difficult History: How Our Past Informs Our Present.” Holocaust Commission invites educators, community members, and students to attend. For more information, call 965-6125, email email@example.com or visit https://holocaustcommission.jewishva.org/educators-conference. August 14, Wednesday YAD Girls Night Out: Cocktails and The Dirty Jeans Tour. Join the Ladies of UJFT’s Young Adult Division as they laugh their way from the bar to the comedy club to see Jewish comedian, Claudia Oshry on her Dirty Jeans Tour. The night starts at Twist in Town Center at 6:15 pm, followed by Funny Bone Virginia Beach for an 8 pm show. Pricing includes one drink and ticket. For more information, contact Jasmine Amitay at JAmitay@ujft.org. August 21, Wednesday Simon Family JCC Seniors Club monthly meeting at the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus. Noon. Open to the Tidewater senior community. Chaplain Jim Thompson of the Freda H. Gordon Hospice & Palliative Care will discuss the changing role of services in patient care. $6, members, $10 for potential members with pre-registration by August 14. Register at the JCC front desk, call 321-2338, or online at JewishVA.org/Seniors.
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August 25, Sunday YAD Beach Clean Up. Get Hands on Tidewater with UJFT’s Young Adult Division for a beach clean-up for all ages. This social action project will start at 9 am at First Landing State Park Beach. To sign up, contact Jasmine Amitay at JAmitay@ujft.org. See page 26.
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Obituaries Bonnie Ungar Dowdy Blacksburg, Va.—Bonnie Ungar Dowdy, age 47, of Blacksburg passed into eternity, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. She was born in Norfolk, Va. on October 26, 1971. She was preceded in death by her father, Myron Milton Ungar and father-in-law, Robert Wayne Dowdy. She is survived by her husband, Mitchell Wayne Dowdy; daughter, Lauren Dowdy; son, Austin Dowdy; grandchildren, Addilyn Rose Cook, Owen Andrew Dowdy; mother, Toby Alpert Grim; sisters, Dana Ungar Patish, Angie Greene Smith, Heather Ungar Cardenas; brother, Joshua Cane Ungar; mother-in-law, Diane Frazier; sister-in-law, Angela Griffith; grandparents-in-law, Ruth and Mitchell Dowdy; numerous other relatives and friends too many to mention. The family thanks friends for the condolences and outpouring of love during this difficult time. Donations may be made to the ASCPA, P.O. Box 96929, Washington, DC 20090-6929. Jerry William Ellisberg Raleigh, N.C.—Jerry William Ellisberg, 80 years old, of Raleigh, N.C., peacefully passed after a battle with cancer on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at his home surrounded by family and loved ones. Jerry was born on April 13, 1939 at Rex Hospital, when it was located on Wade Avenue and St. Mary’s Street, to parents Mortimer and Mildred Ellisberg. He attended Ravenscroft and Broughton High Schools, and graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1961, with a degree in Metallurgical Engineering.
Ignoring this completely, Jerry spent time “Kerouac-ing” across the country, and insists that records and memories of these times were sparse. He returned to his hometown to take over the family clothing atelier, Ellisberg’s, located in the historic Cameron Village underground. He married Pamela Ballentine, nee Butler, and had two incredibly talented, wonderful, and modest children: Lauren (born 1984) and Eric (born 1990), whom he raised (mildly) successfully in the age of the Internet. He met his life partner, Judy Wittstein, as she walked down the street in Wilmington, N. C., and insisted that she get into his car. After she realized he wasn’t a murderer, just tactless, they forged a relationship that would span over 17 years. They shared a home in North Raleigh, where Judy cared for him through his many battles with cancer, and in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election. Jerry will be dearly remembered for his philanthropic spirit, his love of tennis, and his cantankerous relationship with everything else. He will be mourned by family and friends throughout the world, especially his sister, Barbara Abielle, of Avignon et Provence, France. Memorials to the ACLU of North Carolina, PO Box 28004 Raleigh, NC 27611. Benjamin Arthur “Arty” Gladstone Virginia Beach—Benjamin Arthur “Arty” Gladstone, 77, passed away in his home in Virginia Beach on June 29, 2019 after a battle with Parkinson’s Disease and additional illnesses.
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He was the son of the late Olga and David H. Gladstone of Norfolk, Va. Arty grew up in Norfolk where he graduated from Maury High School and then Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond where he met and married the love of his life, Pam Green, in 1963. Arty’s career began at Goodman & Company, CPA’s in 1966. He became controller of Jacobson Metal Company in 1968 and subsequently opened Arty’s Deli Restaurant in 1984. He absolutely loved seeing, feeding and socializing with all the people who frequented and worked with him in his second home. He returned to his accounting roots before retiring. Arty is lovingly remembered by his wife, Pam of 55 years; his children, Ron (Robin), Ann (Mark), grandchildren, Hilary, Amanda and Carly; sister, Maxine Friedenson; brother, Dr. M. David Gladstone (Kathy); brother-in-law, Steve Green (Nancy); nieces, nephews, cousins, lifelong friends, former co-workers and neighbors. Arty will be deeply missed because he touched so many lives. Truly ”one of a kind,” Arty never met a stranger. Warm, generous, loving, and affectionate, Arty always seemed to be bigger than life and did things his way with an attitude, wit, and humor that was infectious and as big as his heart. Even through his unique delivery, his concern and compassion for others was genuine and obvious. Spending time with family was his greatest joy. He always said he had a wonderful life, would happily do it all over again and wouldn’t change a thing! The funeral was held at Congregation Beth El, followed by burial in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Rabbi Jeffrey Arnowitz and Cantor Wendi Fried officiated. Memorial donations to Congregation Beth El or a charity of choice. H. D. Oliver Funeral Apts. Lawrence Kreshin San Francisco, Calif.—Lawrence Kreshin, loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather, passed away quietly on June 25, 2019 at his home in California while surrounded by his family. He was born to Fanny and Herman Kreshin in Brooklyn, New York on September 9, 1931.
He was predeceased by his wives, Leatrice Levin Kreshin and Paula Kroskin Kreshin, and his sister, Rhoda Silverman. He leaves behind his beloved daughters, Rosalind Kreshin Sarkees (Ameen), Dr. Alison Kreshin (Dr. Nate Cohen), and Phyllis Baker Papkin (Allan), plus six adoring grandchildren, Michael, Amy Joy (Jimmy), Leah, Levi, Sam (Kate), and Jonathan (Emily) and two great grandchildren, Bradley and Connor. Larry graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Cooper Union in New York City. He went on to serve his country in Korea as part of the Civil Engineering Corps of the United States Navy. In 1960, Larry obtained his Master of Science in Structural Engineering from Penn State University. Larry had a successful career from 1962 through 1995 at the Norfolk Redevelopment Housing Authority and he was appointed in 1971 as the director of housing. In 1997, Larry was inducted in The Harly Cross Hall of Fame at Old Dominion University School of Engineering. Upon retirement from the NRHA, Larry joined Clark-Nexsen as a consulting engineer. Larry was a lifelong member of Congregation Beth El. He was known to all for his big smile and kindness. Rabbi Arthur Ruberg will officiate at a memorial service at Congregation Beth El, Norfolk, on Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 11:30 am. Donations may be made to Congregation Beth El. Elaine B. Lustig Norfolk—Elaine B. Lustig died peacefully in her home on June 22, 2019 after a day spent with loving family and friends following a long and courageous battle with breast cancer. She was 83. Lainy was born and raised in Hazleton, Pa. to Harry and Lillian Bohorad, and graduated with a B.A. in English from Penn State University. Despite her Pennsylvania roots, she enthusiastically adopted Norfolk as her home town when she and her late husband, Wayne Lustig, moved here after his graduation from UVA law school in 1959. She lived in Norfolk the rest of her life. She worked as a travel consultant for
Obituaries 28 years, which served as a springboard for a life-long wanderlust that took her, frequently on cruise ships, to all corners of the globe. She was a voracious reader and an avid fan of ODU football and basketball, rarely missing a home game even during her lengthy illness. Before her cancer returned in the fall of 2016, she was an energetic walker, frequently spotted walking at brisk pace from her Freemason condo, where she lived for 31 years, to Ghent to enjoy a bagel and conversation with friends. Lainy served as a board member of Virginia Opera for 25 years, as president of the local Republican Women’s Club, and as a volunteer at the Nauticus Naval Museum where she provided guided tours of the museum and steered tourists to her favorite local establishments. In 2012, the Nauticus Foundation recognized her for 1,000 hours of volunteer service. She was also a long-time member of Ohef Sholom Temple. Lainy is survived by three children, daughters Tracy Lustig Feldman (husband Robert D’Agostino) and Heidi Lustig Simon, her son, Charles B. Lustig, five adoring grandchildren, Leah, Wayne and Alexandra Simon, Hilary Feldman and Jessica Feldman Grant (wife Zoe), and her dear friend, companion and travel partner of 12 years, Dr. James Cox. Funeral services were held at Ohef Sholom Temple. Burial followed in Forest Lawn Cemetery. H.D. Oliver. Donations may be made to the Old Dominion University Educational Foundation for the Benefit of the Wayne and Lainy Lustig Endowed Athletic Scholarship. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.hdoliver.com. Gloria Markman Charlotte, N.C.—Gloria Markman, age 91 of Charlotte, N.C., passed away on June 25, 2019. She is survived by her husband Charles, her son Joseph Markman, her daughters Barbara Ezring, and Deborah Fine. Many grandchildren also survive. Funeral services were held at Beth Israel Memorial Chapel in Boynton Beach, Fla. Burial followed at Eternal Light Memorial Gardens, Boynton Beach.
Gloria’s son-in-law, Rabbi Murray Ezring officiated. Online condolences may be offered to the family through www.hdoliver.com.
Eva Mozes Kor, survivor of Mengele twin experiments who preached forgiveness
olocaust survivor Eva Mozes Kor, who underwent experiments in Auschwitz together with her twin sister, has died at the age of 85. Kor, of Terra Haute, Indiana died on Thursday, July 4 in Krakow, Poland, the CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center she founded said in a statement. She was in Poland with the museum’s annual trip to visit Nazi camps. Kor and her sister were one of some 1,500 sets of twins who were experimented on by Josef Mengele. CANDLES stands for Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiments Survivors. She founded the museum in 1985.
Kor and her twin sister Miriam, who were born in Romania, were the only members of her family to survive the Holocaust, after being sent to Auschwitz in 1944. They were liberated 18 months later by the Soviet army. Kor moved to Israel, with her sister, in 1950 where she served in the Israeli army as a Sergeant Major in the Engineering
Corps. In 1960 she married fellow survivor, an American, Michael Kor and they moved to the United States. Her experiences during the Holocaust became public due to the 1978 miniseries The Holocaust. Kor frequently spoke about the power of forgiveness and publicly forgave Mengele and the Nazis.
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M E ET TH E LEONS Lisa and David Leon are proud supporters of our community and give to a variety of local organizations. Their daughters, Isabella and Emily, are 5th generation Tidewater residents and the 2nd generation to attend Hebrew Academy of Tidewater. To ensure they benefit from a Jewish tomorrow, Lisa and David established a Donor Advised Fund with the Tidewater Jewish Foundation (TJF) – a team they know and trust.
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JCC Seniors Club visits Virginia Holocaust Museum
wenty five JCC Seniors Club and community members boarded a bus at the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus for a day trip to the Virginia Holocaust Museum in Richmond on Wednesday, June 19. The two-hour museum tour was led by a knowledgeable and accommodating docent, John Hagadorn. Currently completing a doctorate in Holocaust Studies, emphasizing the under-recorded experiences of women, Hagadorn stayed with the group following the tour and during lunch to engage in a question and answer session. On the drive home, the group watched The Search for the White Rose and discussed the far-reaching impact of this small, short-lived German university student resistance group. For more information on the JCC Seniors Club and other trips, contact Sheryl Luebke, seniors program coordinator, at 321-2334 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seniors Club members and guests enter the Museum’s re-creation of Kovno, Lithuania’s famous Choral Synagogue.
Confirmation and 30 years of dedication
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ongregation Beth Chaverim confirmed three students on June 9, 2019. This was a special occasion because of the students’ lifecycle accomplishment, as well as of their teacher. This year marked Jill Mitcham’s 30th year of teaching Confirmation classes for Congregation Beth Chaverim. In addition to 30 years of service, Mitcham’s granddaughter, Arianah, was among the Confirmands. In fact, four generations of the Mitcham/ Moskowitz family attended: Mitcham’s 93-year-old mother, Grace Moskowitz, her daughter Moriah, and granddaughters Alannah and Arianah. This was truly a night of celebration and blessing.
Jill Mitcham, Jayson Ellis, Zachary Bornsterin, and Arianah Mitcham.
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