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Obama proclaims Jewish Heritage Month WASHINGTON (JTA)—President Obama celebrated the “shared struggle” of Jewish identity in proclaiming Jewish Heritage Month for the month of May. In the proclamation issued Tuesday, May 1, the president discussed the perseverance of Jewish Americans in overcoming adversity and hostility in order to reach success in America. “Even here, Jewish Americans bore the pains of hardship and hostility; yet, through every obstacle, generations carried with them the deep conviction that a better future was within their reach,” Obama said. “In adversity and in success, they turned to one another, renewing the tradition of community, moral purpose, and shared struggle so integral to their identity.” The proclamation highlighted the achievements of Jewish Americans such as composer Aaron Copland, Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, physicist Albert Einstein, and writer and art collector Gertrude Stein, stating that their achievements “forever enriched our national life.” “Our country is stronger for their contributions, and this month we commemorate the myriad ways they have enriched the American experience,” Obama said. Jewish Heritage Month was first proclaimed in 2006 by President George W. Bush following two resolutions that unanimously passed Congress in 2005 and 2006. The U.S. House of Representatives resolution, which was introduced by Jewish Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), passed in December 2005. The Senate resolution, which was introduced by former Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), also Jewish, passed two months later.

N.Y. volunteers snap Guinness record for sandwiches for needy (JTA)—One hundred volunteers from the UJA-Federation of New York broke the Guinness World Record for most sandwiches made for the needy in one hour. A group of Long Island parents and children made 1,660 sandwiches on Sunday at Temple Beth Sholom in Roslyn Heights, breaking the mark of 1,500. The sandwiches and other food, made on the federation’s Mitzvah Day, were donated to the Queens Jewish Community Council for needy families. Guinness requires that each sandwich have two components between two slices of bread. The sandwiches were made from soy

butter and jelly to ensure that the recipients would have no allergy problems, according to an event spokeswoman. At least another 100 volunteers wrapped the sandwiches for distribution and attached cards and decorations. A Guinness representative was on hand to certify the results.

Early elections likely for Israel Israeli elections are likely to come a year earlier than scheduled. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly has asked his advisers to look into holding new national elections in August or September, according to Ynet. October, right after the High Holidays, also is a possibility, according to reports. There has been no official announcement of early elections. The reasons for early elections include Netanyahu’s desire to consolidate his position ahead of U.S. elections in November, as well as the looming coalition crisis over the Tal Law, which gives military deferments for full-time yeshiva students. Polls have shown that Netanyahu’s Likud Party would gain more seats in early elections. (JTA)

Israel blasts inclusion on U.N. list of human rights violators WASHINGTON (JTA)—Israel’s Foreign Ministry criticized as “absurd” the country’s inclusion on a list of countries that restricts the activities of human rights and advocacy groups. The response last week came after the United Nations’ high commissioner for human rights placed Israel on a list that includes Egypt, Belarus, Venezuela, Algeria and Ethiopia. Israel is the only democratic country to appear on the list; the rest are either dictatorships or developing countries. Navi Pillay, the U.N. high commissioner, said in a statement that the listing was due to the potential bill in the Knesset that would restrict the funding by foreign governments of nonprofit organizations. The bill was approved by a ministerial committee but never reached the full Knesset for a vote. “In Israel, the recently adopted Foreign Funding Law could have a major impact on human rights organizations, subjecting them to rigorous reporting requirements, forcing them to declare foreign financial support in all public communications, and threatening heavy penalties for non-compliance,” Pillay said in a statement issued late last week. (JTA)

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Up Front. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Briefs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Torah Thought . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 JDC awards and archives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Linda Gissen’s Holocaust sculpture . . . . . . 7 Yom Hashoah . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 JCC Israel Festival. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Freda H. Gordon Hospice and Palliative Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Jewish Women’s Salon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Tikkun TIdewater. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Maimonides Society . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Beth Sholom Village . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

BINA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Toras Chaim’s 10th anniversary . . . . . . . . 20 Shavout pizza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 JCC fundraising appeal. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 A positive film on Israel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Create a Jewish Legacy: Harriet and Sam White. . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Rabbi Zoberman’s prize-winning poem . . 23 What’s Happening. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Mazel Tov . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Obituaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Face to Face: Burle Stromberg . . . . . . . . . 30

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briefs Maccabiah coach, is out at Va. Tech Seth Greenberg, who will coach the U.S. men’s basketball team at the 2013 Maccabiah Games, was fired by Virginia Tech. The Atlantic Coast Conference school made the announcement on Monday, April 23 in a news conference. “We needed to go another direction in our men’s basketball program,” athletic director Jim Weaver said, USA Today reported. Greenberg, 56, led Virginia Tech to a record of 167-117 in nine seasons. The Hokies made the NCAA tournament in the 2006-07 season and the NIT five times. Weaver said Greenberg was “shocked” when told he was being fired, USA Today reported. The athletic director also said that the rest of the athletic department had a “family environment”—and the basketball program didn’t. Greenberg, a member of the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in Commack, N.Y., has won nearly 400 games as the head man at Virginia Tech, South Florida and Long Beach State. At the Maccabiah Games, the U.S. team under Greenberg will be trying to win its second consecutive gold medal. Greenberg served as an assistant coach for the 1989 men’s basketball team—an experience he has called “life altering.” (JTA) Honor Munich 11, International Olympic Committee urged An online petition urging the International Olympic Committee to honor the Munich 11 at the Olympic Games this summer has garnered thousands of signatures. The Jewish Community Center of Rockland County, N.Y., a member of the JCC Association, initiated the petition, which calls for a moment of silence at the Games in London honoring the 11 Israeli athletes who were murdered at the 1972 Olympics in Munich by the Palestinian terrorist group Black September. The Jewish Federations of North America is asking communities to support the petition, which is attempting to gather 1 million signatures. “The Jewish Community Center movement is deeply involved in an effort to create a worldwide viral response to a wrong that has not been addressed since 1972,” said JCC Association president and CEO Allan Finkelstein. He adds, “Let us finally get the Munich 11 acknowledgment and respect they deserve from the international sports community.” The JCC Association has recognized the Munich 11 during every Maccabi Games since 1995. 4 | Jewish News | May 7, 2012

In an official letter sent to the IOC, Israeli Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Danny Ayalon asked on behalf of the State of Israel for the 2012 Games to open with a moment of silence honoring the 11 Israeli athletes. (JTA)

Italian convert to Islam arrested on terror charges An Italian convert to Islam arrested for suspected links to terrorism was connected to a suspect who planned to bomb Milan’s main synagogue. Andrea Campione, 28, who worked in a picture frame factory, was arrested in the Adriatic seacoast town of Pesaro last week during an anti-terrorism crackdown in several cities. Authorities said Campione was associated with Mohamed Jarmoune, a Moroccan man arrested last month on suspicion of plotting an attack on Milan’s main synagogue. Reports said Campione had a Moroccan girlfriend and was apprehended as he was about to leave Italy for Morocco. Investigators, who said Campione disseminated jihadist material, seized his computer and other digital material. They said that Campione had sent Jarmoune and others links to Internet sites containing information on how to carry out terror attacks. (JTA) Israeli movie, director win at Buenos Aires film fest Policema was named best film at the Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival—the first time an Israeli film has been recognized there. Director Nadav Lapid also won in the Best Director category at the 14th edition of the festival, which ended April 22. It was the first time in festival history that the award for best director and best film went to the same movie. “The Israeli film industry is growing,” Sergio Wolff, the festival’s artistic director, told JTA. “I enjoy the new Israeli cinema a great deal, with movies like Waltz with Bashir for example. The five-member international jury selected Policeman among 15 films. The film tells the story of an officer in Israel’s counter-terrorism unit and his encounter with a group of anarchists who kidnap a billionaire. The Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival is one of the biggest cinema contests in Latin America. More than 230,000 tickets were sold, and 449 films were shown in 23 venues during the 11 days of the festival. (JTA)

‘60 Minutes’ slammed over segment on Christians in Israel Thousands of Christian and Jewish supporters of Israel have bombarded CBS executives with complaints about a 60 Minutes segment that blamed Israel for the exodus of Christians from the West Bank and Jerusalem. In the segment that aired Sunday, April 22, correspondent Bob Simon, Palestinian Christian leaders and others blame Israel and the settlements for Christians leaving cities such as Bethlehem and Jerusalem. The Jewish Federations of North America and Christians United For Israel asked their members to send messages to CBS executives to complain about the segment. JFNA’s action alert, sent before the segment aired, read: “We hope that CBS will be flooded with responses through their inboxes, Facebook, Twitter and mail after the program to express discontent if it is as biased as we anticipate.” CUFI told its supporters in a Twitter message that “Sunday night 60 Minutes blamed Israel for Christian flight from the Middle East. Join me in telling them the truth.” CUFI tweeted later in the day that more than 22,000 supporters had contacted “60 Minutes” over the segment. In the segment, Simon says that “Palestinian Christians, once a powerful minority, are becoming the invisible people, squeezed between a growing Muslim majority and burgeoning Israeli settlements. Israel has occupied the West Bank for 45 years.” The segment quoted Israeli journalist Ari Shavit as saying that “Israel is not persecuting Christians as Christians. The Christians in the Holy Land suffer from Israeli policies that are a result of the overall tragic situation. And this, of course, has consequences for everybody.” Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren is quoted as saying that Christians are leaving the West Bank due to Islamic extremism. The segment takes Oren to task for calling Jeff Fager, the head of CBS News and executive producer of 60 Minutes, before the segment ran to make sure that the story would not be a “hatchet job.” “It seemed to me outrageous. Completely incomprehensible that at a time when these communities, Christian communities throughout the Middle East, are being oppressed and massacred, when churches are being burnt, when one of the great stories in history is unfolding,” that ‘60 Minutes’ would focus on Christians in Israel,” Oren told Simon in the segment. Simon said that “I’ve been doing this a

long time. And I’ve received lots of reactions from just about everyone I���ve done stories about. But I’ve never gotten a reaction before from a story that hasn’t been broadcast yet.” “Well, there’s a first time for everything, Bob,” Oren responded. (JTA)

Obama adds Dylan, Albright to Freedom Medal recipients Madeleine Albright, Bob Dylan, Shimon Peres and Jan Karski will be among 13 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The list was released Thursday, April 26. President Obama had previously announced that he was set to confer the medal on Peres, the Israeli president, and Karski, the late Polish resistance fighter who was among the first to document the Nazi genocide. Among Albright’s contributions, the White House said in announcing the medal recipients, she “helped lead the Alliance’s campaign against terror and ethnic cleansing in the Balkans, pursued peace in the Middle East and Africa, sought to reduce the dangerous spread of nuclear weapons, and was a champion of democracy, human rights, and good governance across the globe.” Albright learned from a reporter in 1997 that her parents had hid their Jewishness from her. The revelation came just as she was set to be named President Bill Clinton’s secretary of state. She is now writing a book tracing the Jewish heritage of her parents and the fate of 25 relatives she lost in the Holocaust. In a Washington Post interview, she likened the revelation of her Jewish past just as she was preparing to become the first female secretary of state to being handed a gift to unwrap just as she started a marathon. Dylan, a singer-songwriter, transformed rock and folk music in the 1960s by fusing the sensibilities of the two genres. The White House release said Dylan was “known for his rich and poetic lyrics,” and “his work had considerable influence on the civil rights movement of the 1960s and has had significant impact on American culture over the past five decades.” Karski, who died in 2000, “carried among the first eyewitness accounts of the Holocaust to the world,” the White House said, and Peres “has strengthened the unbreakable bonds between Israel and the United States.” The medals will be given out this summer on a date yet to be determined. (JTA)


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JDC Global Archives website brings Jewish history to life

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hich U.S. president publicly urged Americans to support the first campaign aiding war-ravaged Jews overseas? Which organization brought the first John Deere tractor to Ukraine? What killer disease was eradicated in Ottoman Palestine by a Jewish doctor? Such historical gems, together with harrowing eye-witness testimonies of war, strife, and Jewish community life in Jerusalem, Warsaw and Morocco comprise the hundreds of thousands of searchable documents and more than 45,000 photos now available at the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee’s (JDC) Global Archives website, http://archives.jdc.org. The website, and the JDC Global Archives digitization project were made possible through a lead gift from Dr. Georgette Bennett and Dr. Leonard Polonsky. Drawn from the humanitarian organization’s vast international collection, the online compilation currently represents materials from JDC’s founding in 1914 through 1932. Additional records are being added in the coming year. “The JDC Archives document an important chapter of modern history. It would be tragic if they had been lost. They will now be broadly accessible and available for posterity,” says Polonsky. The website offers extensive photo galleries, including photos by renowned photographers Walter Limot and Al Taylor;

lists of more than 7,000 aid recipients from the First World War Era, and a video lecture series on JDC from Professor Yehuda Bauer. With materials for scholars, educators, genealogists, and the general public, the site also has a tutorial for site visitors. Users will be able to match archival documents with photos, the names index, and oral histories. The website includes material for serious scholarly research, curated exhibits, and a search option for those interested in family history and general Jewish interest. “The importance of this website, and JDC’s archives overall, is not just that it uniquely chronicles Jewish life abroad for the past 100 years, it’s that it demonstrates how one organization steadfastly stood by its vow to help Jews in need, wherever they were,” says New York University Professor Marion Kaplan. Whether it’s the shocking field reports of pogroms in Polish cities during the WWI, vintage fundraising posters depicting the plight of Jewish suffering, or papers detailing the remarkable cooperation of JDC and the American government in alleviating famine in Ukraine, all can be found through an integrated search of text, photos, and names. “JDC’s Archives contains some of the most remarkable stories of Jewish life and Jewish heroism in the last 100 years. No matter what your background or reason for visiting this site, you will be inspired by tales of perseverance, bravery, and an unquenchable desire to hold onto our Jewish identity in the most difficult of circumstances,” says JDC CEO Steven Schwager. A special feature on the site is a virtual memoOver three miles of text documents rial to more than 100,000 photographs 40 JDC staff who died in the field. 1,100 audio recordings including 95 oral Victims of Nazism, histories, 157 recorded historic speeches and Communism, and broadcasts other tragedies, these men and 1,300 video recordings women were dediClose to 1,000 researchers, scholars, cated to saving lives genealogists, filmmakers, journalists, and rebuilding communities. “Their Holocaust survivors and the general public legacy is our misconduct research each year in the sion, even today,” JDC Global Archives. says Schwager.

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Leonard Bernstein conducting a JDC-supported DP Camp Orchestra after the Second World War.

Paired with the website launch is recruitment for the Fred and Ellen Lewis JDC Archives Fellowship. Designed for scholars engaged in graduate level, post-doctoral, or independent study, the fellowship’s research can take place in either New York or Jerusalem in JDC Archives facilities. Topics for consideration include 20th century Jewish history, general history, and humanitarian assistance, as well as other areas of academic research covered in the JDC archival collections. JDC previously made available a collection of its historic records and photographs from the Holocaust period on the Our Shared Legacy mini-site, now part of the JDC Global Archives website. About JDC The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian assistance organization. JDC works in more than 70 countries and in Israel to alleviate hunger and hardship, rescue Jews in danger, create lasting connections to Jewish life, and provide immediate relief and long-term development support for victims of natural and man-made disasters. To learn more, visit www.JDC.org. It is a recipient of funds from the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.

JDC earns high Charity Navigator rating

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he American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee was informed last month by Charity Navigator that it was again awarded a 4-star rating, the highest rating possible. Charity Navigator is America’s premier charity evaluator. They highlight the work of efficient charities and provide donors with essential information needed to give them greater confidence in the charitable choices they make. Ken Berger, president and CEO, Charity Navigator, wrote the following about JDC: “Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that your organization adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way. Only 15% of the charities we rate have received at least two consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee outperforms most other charities in America.” JDC is a recipient of funds from the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.


Commemoration of Rachel Weeping For Her Children the sculpture of copper and bronze, handcrafting it using the flames of an oxyacetylene welding torch. With Rachel’s granite base, engraved with the word “remember” in both Hebrew and English, she stands 11 feet tall. Rachel, installed on the South lawn of The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart faces the street so that all may stop, reflect and remember. A dedication stone, placed near the sidewalk in front of the statue, is engraved: Linda Gissen surrounded by her children: Laura, Emily and David, “Rachel Weeping for Her and grandson Sam at The Sacred Heart Cathedral in Richmond. (Photographer: Michael Lawler) Children, In Memory of the Martyrs of the by Emily Gissen Holocaust, April, 28, 1987.” The service was specially written and eople of all backgrounds the music specifically chosen to honor the gathered at The Sacred Heart memory of victims of the Holocaust, honor Cathedral in Richmond on those who risked their lives to rescue, and Sunday, April 22 to commemo- to commemorate Rachel’s 25th anniverrate the 25th anniversary of the sary. Participants included Rabbis, Bishops, dedication of “Rachel Weeping for her Cantors, a violinist, a magnificent interfaith Children,” the Holocaust sculpture com- choir and lay people including children and missioned by Bishop Walter Sullivan of adults, public officials, Holocaust survivors, the Diocese of Richmond. The sculpture and family members of those who perished. was initially dedicated on Yom HaShoah, While the congregation paid their respects, in April of 1987. The sculpture is the first members of different faiths were united in public Holocaust memorial in the state of prayer, song and friendship. In never forVirginia, and the only one commissioned getting, all were united as one. by a diocese of the Roman Catholic Church Over the years Bishop Sullivan and in the country. Gissen often spoke of how the public, when Twenty-six years ago, Bishop Sullivan, passing Rachel, would stop, reflect, leave well known for his love and devotion to flowers, and in many cases cry. Countless peace and inter group relations, asked members of the Parish came up to Gissen Linda Gissen to meet with him to discuss at the event to let her know that every time his desire to commission a meaningful and they see Rachel on Sunday morning they permanent sculpture to teach the lessons of stop to remember. Gissen spoke of the orithe Holocaust and honor the martyrs of the gins of the sculpture and her collaboration Shoah. The two met often and decided to with Bishop Sullivan. During his homily, use the verse from Jeremiah 31:14: “A voice Bishop Sullivan commented on how many is heard on high, wailing, bitter weeping, of the V.C.U. students stop, read the dediRachel weeps for her children; she refuses cation plaque, become quiet, look at the to be consoled for her children, for they are sculpture and reflect. On Sunday, they both gone” as the inspiration for the sculpture. reminisced on the past 25 years and their Gissen imagined how to transform this confidence that Rachel is teaching the lespassage into visual form; an image came sons they intended: “zachor:” remember. to mind: a grief stricken, inconsolable, Everyone had hoped the weather on emaciated maternal image, weeping with April 22 would cooperate, providing sunhands to her face, engulfed and surrounded shine so all could congregate around the by six flames representing the six mil- sculpture after the service. The weather lion who had perished. As she created did cooperate, although not as expected; it the sculpture, Bishop Sullivan and one of rained in the direction of Rachel’s tears, as the Parish priests often visited her studio if she was actually weeping. It was a perfect to watch Rachel emerge. Gissen created day for gathering and reflection.

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Gratitude and remembrance mark Yom Hashoah ceremony at Beth El Commission. “We make sure the world knows that they lived, and how senselessly they died...Tonight we must tell our children this sad story in the history of the Jewish people, so they know what can come of hatred and indifference.” Friedman quoted Holocaust survivor, author, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel: “How does one mourn for six million people who died? How many candles does one light? How many prayers does one recite? Do we know how to remember the victims, their solitude, their helplessness? They left us without a trace, and we are their trace.” The 90-minute ceremony included Cellist Lei Lei Berz playing during the candle lighting ceremony songs, words of wis(Laine M. Rutherford photo) dom, student and teacher awards, a by Laine M. Rutherford candle lighting ceremony, and prayer. The Hebrew Academy of Tidewater choir led nterspersed within the reverent the audience in singing Hatikva, Israel’s mood that marked much of the Yom National Anthem, and Eli Eli, a poignant Hashoah ceremony on April 19 at song whose lyrics were written by Hannah Congregation Beth El, were touches Senesh, a Jewish partisan who lost her life of passion, expressions of hope, and in the Holocaust. displays of dedication to remembering the Rabbi Michael Panitz of Temple Israel lessons of the Holocaust. ardently reminded those present to avoid The Holocaust Commission of the remaining silent when confronted with United Jewish Federation plans and coor- injustice. The evening’s gathering was not dinates the annual event that honors local only about commemorating the victims and Holocaust survivors—both living and of survivors, Panitz said, but to energize the blessed memory—those who perished in community to help Jews at risk today, and, the Holocaust, the righteous gentiles who as a people, to rally around the banner of risked their lives helping Jewish people “never again.” during the Holocaust, and the liberators The evening’s guest speaker, author who bore witness to the Nazis’ horrors as Thomas Weisshaus, was one of approxiWorld War II ended. mately 100,000 Hungarian Jews rescued by “Tonight we gather to shine a light Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg during on their memories,” said Alicia London the Holocaust. Weisshaus referred to his Friedman, chair of the Holocaust survival as a series of accidents, or lucky

breaks, and advised those congregated to, concentration camp, and family members “find the thing in Judaism that you can of survivors who recently passed away. respect and love and have; that is the thing Two active and beloved members of the to fall back on. It is this, that will survive Holocaust Commission’s Speakers’ Bureau the survivors,” he said. died at the beginning of 2012: David During the ceremony, stuKatz and Hanns Loewenbach Holocaust dents and teachers who of blessed memory, and their received awards in the absence was noted by Yom survivors Holocaust Commission’s Hashoah co-chairs Anne who rebuilt their Fleder and Wendy Juren 15th Annual Elie Wiesel Writing Competition Auerbach. The men’s preslives in the local and the 10th annual ence lives on, though, in Jewish community What We Carry, a Holocaust Elie Wiesel Visual Arts Competition were welCommission educational were invited comed onto the bima, and program that includes docuto light a their names were individumentary films in which the ally announced. More than men tell their stories of survival memorial 1,350 entries were received and their hopes for future gencandle. this year, heartening members erations. Survivors Dana Cohen and supporters of the Holocaust and Kitty Saks, who were present at Commission, among whose goals are the Yom Hashoah evening of prayer and making sure the six million are not forgot- remembrance, are also featured in the films. ten, and promoting Holocaust education The winners and notable “Judges’ in area schools, military installations, and Choice” entries from the Elie Wiesel Visual community organizations. Arts Competition, including its popular Before the final prayers of the evening Multimedia division, will be on display at were sung, Holocaust survivors who rebuilt the Diamonstein Education Workshop in their lives in the local Jewish community the Chrysler Museum, at 245 West Olney were invited to the front of the sanctuary Rd. in Norfolk, through May 27. to light a memorial candle. Also lightTo find out more about the Holocaust ing candles were special guests, including Commission, to read winning written entries Dame Mary Barraco, a righteous gentile and see photographs of the winning artwork who saved many Jewish lives during the from the 2012 Elie Wiesel Competitions, Holocaust, Bill Jucksch, a local army vet- visit www.holocaustcommission.org. eran who liberated the Gunskirchen Lager (photos by Elizabeth Leor)

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Holocaust survivor Kitty Saks and her husband Abbott

Holocaust survivor Louiza Weintraub


Chrysler Museum exhibit features Holocaust art contest winners “He wouldn’t let me see it until I got here,” Jackson says. “It shook me for a moment magination, intensity and introspection when I first saw it, but I think he expressed are evident in the student artwork fea- the emotions so well. I think dealing with this tured in the Chrysler Museum exhibit subject is difficult, but so important.” of notable entries from the 2012 Elie Wiesel Grassfield High School art teacher Meg Visual Arts Competition. Childers smiled when she looked at the The show opened on Sunday, April 29, table displaying the ceramics, including with a reception for about 150, includ- Stephen’s piece. Nineteen of her students ing artists, teachers, friends, and families, entered the competition and all 19 were in the Diamonstein chosen for recognition. Education Workshop. “This is the only “I am so impressed contest I have my stuby the quality of dents enter,” Childers entries we received this says. “We have an year,” says Elena Barr entire section on the Baum, director of the Holocaust—we do Holocaust Commission research, we have of the United Jewish speakers. I let them Federation of know in the beginTidewater. “This exhining of the term that bition highlights ] the this project is going Jackson and Thomas Richard many amazing and Stephen to make you think, display exhibited pieces. thought-provoking and the result will works these stube not just about the dents have created. construction and the They are not forgetother elements of the ting the lessons of the piece, but what mesHolocaust—they are sage you’re sending, passing those lessons what the lessons of on through their art.” the Holocaust—like Elena Barr Baum, indifference—can look director of UJFT’s like, in your unique Holocaust Commission, Artist Carly Crago with Grassfield High way.” In light of her says, “This exhibition art teacher Meg Childers. commitment to the highlights the many thought-provoking works competition, Childress received a special these students have created. They are not award for Dedication to Holocaust educaforgetting the lessons of the Holocaust—they tion a the Yom Hashoah commemoration are passing those lessons on through their art.” April 19. Judges look at every piece of submitted Nance Corriveau teaches art at Norfolk artwork, including pencil sketches, oil paint- Collegiate School. She has encouraged ings, ceramics, photography, and multimedia student participation in the competition videos. This year, pieces from 65 students for nine years, and is a past recipient were chosen to receive either winning or of the Holocaust Commission’s Award for honorable mention recognition. The selected Excellence in Teaching. “This competition art will be exhibited through May 27 at the is a wonderful opportunity for teachers to Chrysler, 245 W. Olney Rd., in Norfolk. learn and to enable students, through the Artist Stephen Jackson, a student at lessons we give them, to have an experiGrassfield High School in Chesapeake, won on ence of what genocides mean,” Corriveau honorable mention for The Face of Emotions, says. “To see something good come out of a ceramic, vase-shaped piece depicting four something awful is a win-win situation all distinct faces abutting each other. the way around.” “This shows the four faces of the Corriveau says she has seen changHolocaust—evil, indifference, crying and es in the student work since she first silence,” explains Stephen, 18. “I was try- began incorporating the Holocaust into the ing to depict all of the emotions and to say, school’s art curriculum. ‘What we did in the past is not what we “The quality of the work is at a higher have to do in the future. We must keep this level of critical thinking, and I can tell you, from happening again.’” it takes more thought process to tell a meanLora Jackson, Stephen’s mother, came ingful story, which these students are doing, to document her son’s participation in the than it does to paint a pretty picture.” exhibit and the opening. (Laine Rutherford Photos) by Laine M. Rutherford

I Mary Anne Katz lights a candle in memory of her husband David, of blessed memory. Their son, Sam,looks on.

Holocaust survivor Phil Caminer.

Miriam and Rachel Becker light a candle in honor of survivor Hanns Loewenbach, of blessed memory.

Holocaust survivor and guest speaker Tom Weisshaus.

Matthew Leon lights a candle for the 1.5 million children who died during the Holocaust. Leon is the son of Holocaust Commission pioneer Telsa Leon, of blessed memory.

Paula Alperin with Dame Mary Barraco lighting a candle for the righteous gentiles who helped save Jewish lives during the Holocaust.

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Largest turnout ever for JCC Israeli Festival

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by Leslie Shroyer, photos by David A. Beloff

ore than 1,300 festival goers flooded into the cardo and all over the Simon Family JCC into the back fields, where they rode a camel, ate falafel, played gaga, wrote notes at the “Western Wall,” and so much more at the JCC’s biggest Israel Festival to date. It was a time to experience Israeli culture, enjoy the company of friends, meet new ones, and share a special Yom Ha’Atzmaut with members of the Jewish community and beyond. A handful of children share what they most enjoyed about the day: “The orange motorcycle with lights was my favorite part,” says 10-year-old Yecheil Adler. Eight-year-old Noah Alper liked playing in the gaga pit best, but his five-year-old brother Adam says the best thing about the festival was definitely the frozen yogurt! HAT second grader Tal Zach says that the monkey jump inflatable was his favorite, and that his camel ride was fun but bumpy. His mother Hila, originally from Israel, thought the entire festival was run in a very authentic way. “The atmosphere was very Israeli in feeling and in the layout. My kids got a lot out of putting a special ‘note’ in the Western Wall. I’d think all the children here today really got a taste of celebrations in Israel,” she says. Bradlee Goldberg proudly carried his caricature, and says that this was his favorite thing about the day, while his older sister Alyssa proudly displayed her recent jewelry purchase, and thought the jewelry vendors were fabulous. With the help and participation of more than 80 volunteers and staff from area Jewish agencies, it was a successful and memorable day for all. The festival would not have been possible without its sponsors, Old Point Bank, Charles Barker Infiniti, The Christian Broadcasting Network, Congressman and Mrs. Scott Rigell, and Jackie and Randall Furman. “We were so pleased with the overwhelming support that our Israel Festival celebration received both from our sponsors and from the community at large,” says Harry Graber, executive vice president of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater. “Events such as these truly make everyone present feel a part of something much greater than themselves.” “What a joy to see hundreds of children and adults in our community waving the Israeli flag,” says Gloria Siegel, vice president, cultural arts at the JCC. “The Simon Family JCC and Israel are holding hands across the ocean to help our local community celebrate the 64th anniversary of the creation of the State of Israel.”

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Visitors enjoying the petting zoo

Jody’s popcorn and other vendors

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Danielle Leibovici and her daughter Ava Leah, Scott and Abraham Flax

Avram Zysman and his daughters with Laura Mercer and her daughter

Dana and Jessica Patish

Beth Gerstein and Jen Groves

The Silverman sisters enjoy a camel ride JCC kids enjoying the new permanent gaga pit

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Honoring Freda Gordon

Gordon Family Philanthropy continues through naming of new hospice

Freda H. Gordon Hospice and Palliative Care of Tidewater heroine of our community who was dedicated to her family, community, synagogue and Israel. She was extremely supportive of Jewish education and making sure our youth received a start in life that was fortified by our Jewish teachings, morals and ethics. Now, because of Freda, her family is making sure all members of Jewish Tidewater can end their lives the way they began- surrounded by their loved ones, supported by their community and comforted by their Judaism. On behalf of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, I extend my heartfelt gratitude to the Gordon family, Jewish Family Service and Beth Sholom Village, and the UJFT board of directors for making it all possible,” says Harry Graber, executive vice president. In addition to her role as a loving wife, mother and grandmother, Gordon was truly a caregiver for the entire community through her work as a pharmacist at the Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters for more than 30 years. She

Freda* and Tavia Gordon.

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reda Gordon, of blessed memory, spent her life quietly and humbly nurturing her family and community. Now her legacy of caring and compassion will live on through the Freda H. Gordon Hospice and Palliative Care of Tidewater. “Our family is pleased to make this lead gift in Freda’s memory and we hope that it will encourage others to come forward to support Beth Sholom Village, Jewish Family Service, this initiative and our community,” says Tavia Gordon. This new hospice entity is a partnership between Beth Sholom Village and Jewish Family Service. “We would like to convey our deepest and most sincere appreciation to Tavia, Steven and Randi Gordon for their generosity in naming the hospice organization in honor of Freda, of blessed memory,” say David Abraham, executive vice president of BSV and Betty Ann Levin, executive director of JFS. The hospice board of directors is comprised of active BSV and JFS board members. Marcia Futterman Brodie is the

first board chairperson and says, “Due to the generosity of the Gordon family, both the Jewish community and community atlarge have another hospice choice when needed. “Having experienced hospice care within my own family, it is nice to know that Freda H. Gordon Hospice and Palliative Care of Tidewater is owned and operated locally and developed by people whom many of us know and by those who truly have an interest in providing the best resources available during difficult times. I am proud to be the chairperson and look forward to serving our community,” says Brodie. To honor her life and her work, Gordon’s family is ensuring all members of the community can end their lives comfortably and peacefully, receiving the highest quality of hospice and palliative (comfort) care, while surrounded by loved ones. “Freda Gordon was a modest and quiet

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also nurtured future professionals through teaching pharmacology at DePaul Hospital. Unfortunately, during these activities she occasionally witnessed negative patient outcomes, as well as individual and family suffering. She conveyed a simple message to her family– when her time came, she did not wish to linger. “My mom cared deeply about end of life issues,” says Steven Gordon. “She watched her father suffer from cancer treatments in the 1960’s, which were much harsher at that time, and wanted others to be more comfortable in his or her last days. She always wanted to die with dignity and was adamant she did not want to suffer.” When Freda suddenly became ill in the fall of 2011, hospice services had to be brought in to the home rather quickly. “We had been utilizing JFS for home health services,” continues Steven. “We had to quickly transition from JFS to a hospice agency that did not know us. Compounded with the imminent loss of a loved one, it was very stressful. It would have been seamless to transition into hospice care with the same organization.”

Alvin Wall, president of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and a longtime friend of the Gordon family, says, “I have been privileged to know the Gordon family both professionally and personally. The family’s devotion to ‘doing the right thing’ is exemplified through their support of this valuable hospice service. Over the years, I learned about Freda’s interest in helping others in need and how she quietly made her contributions to these causes. Freda never clamored for any fanfare and always shunned the spotlight, but took great personal pride in how hard Tavia, Steven and Randi worked for our Jewish community. Freda had a special place in her heart for her three lovely grandchildren and, before gushing over their accomplishments, she would always qualify her compliments by adding ‘I know I’m their grandmother.’ Honoring her with the naming of this hospice entity is a wonderful way for Tavia, Steven, Randi, and especially her grandchildren to always remember all the good things about Freda.” To make a gift to the Freda H. Gordon Hospice and Palliative Care of Tidewater, contact David Abraham at 420-2512 or Betty Ann Levin at 321-2222. Following state licensure, which is anticipated this month, the hospice will begin to accept referrals. For more information, contact Jessica J. Willingham, patient care administrator, at 321-2242. *of blessed memory


Jewish Women’s Salon tackles tough topics shown in film by Laine M. Rutherford

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primary goal of the newly launched Jewish Women’s Salon is to form a community of women—both live and virtual—where diverse demographic, geographic and Jewish backgrounds are welcome. Another is to initiate and encourage discussions on topics that impact 21st century Jewish women. These goals—and more—were met during the screening of Part I of the award-winning documentary film Miss Representation on April 22 at the Sandler Family Campus. The 45 women who participated in the event saw filmmaker Jennifer Sieble Newsom’s interpretation of how the mainstream media portrays women—and the negative impact those portrayals have on self-actualization, self-esteem and society’s perceptions and support. The film features profiles and interviews with famous women in business, politics and the media. It also interviews a number of young girls and teens. A common theme runs through each of their remarks. They have all struggled, for a variety of reasons, to be happy with themselves. The professionals spoke to their experiences of being taken seriously and treated as equals by male counterparts in the workplace. Several mental health professionals weigh in throughout the film on the negative impact of these experiences and the harm that comes from constant reinforcement of the idea that women are unequal to men. This devaluation has, and continues to have, long-term ramifications on leadership development, world politics, and messaging to our next generations. In examining the way that women are portrayed in television, the movies, music videos, print and video advertisements, and even video games, a picture emerges of the falsely perfect and completely unrealistic ideal, to which most women will never live up. This further erodes the confidence of women and young girls. It also sets an expectation among men and young boys which is bound to disappoint. “This movie really showed me a lot, and it made me realize that it’s important for not only women to realize what’s going on in the media, but men need to realize it too,” says Caitlin Abrams, 15. “Then maybe things will change.” Caitlin and her sister Stephanie, 18, saw a flyer for the film and asked their mother, Melissa Taylor, if they could come. Taylor agreed and was glad she did. “More women need to see this movie; more mothers need to bring their daugh-

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ters; and more mothers need to teach their sons that all individuals should be treated as intelligent people who can make a difference,” Taylor says. Following the film, event co-chairs Danielle Leibovici, Janet Mercadante and Janet Peck led a discussion about issues raised in the film, and how some of those issues change when viewed through a uniquely Jewish lens. The Jewish Women’s Salon program, originally called 614 eZine in Tidewater, was the vision of Annie Sandler, who was deeply involved in the development of the on-line magazine 614 eZine at Hadassah Brandeis Institute. Sandler had a vision to turn the pixels on the screen into a meaningful program for women here in Tidewater. Sharon Debb, a young mother of three, was motivated by the film and the discussion. “I have two girls that I’m raising to grow up to be Jewish women,” says Debb. “I wanted to see and hear what these girls can do and be. I want things to be different than when I grew up, and maybe we can all be part of making that happen.” Part II of Miss Representation screens on Sunday, May 20 at 10 am at the Sandler Family Campus. Organizers expect more people to attend after the success of the first part. The discussion has continued past the airing of Part I. The Jewish Women’s Salon has an online forum and a Facebook page. Comments and information are available at those sites; all of the information—including events, discussions, links to the Jewish Women’s Salon online forum, and the latest issue of the Hadassah Brandeis Institute eZine 614 (which includes great articles for Jewish women)—can be found at www. jewishwomenssalon.org. To RSVP for Part II of Miss Representation, or for more information about the Jewish Women’s Salon, call 965-6139. (Laine Rutherford Photos)

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Community enthusiastically participates in Tikkun Tidewater 2012 by Laine M. Rutherford

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Instead, the three-hour event supporting the Jewish ideal of repairing and caring for the world for future generations was an overwhelming success, despite the day’s cool weather, incessant rain and nor’easterly wind. The total number of items recycled during Tikkun Tidewater was beyond any the organizers had anticipated or imagined. More than 120 cars came through the sorting area bringing with them: 8,241 pounds of electronics that were kept out of area landfills, 30 pounds of drugs that could have ended up in the local water supply or in the wrong hands, an abundance of professional outfits for women reentering the workforce, 70

cell phones, 100 pairs of glasses and one hearing aid. A collaborative effort of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Community Relations Council and Young Adult Division, Jewish Family Service, and BBYO, in a project of J-Serve, the event was designed to encourage reducing, reusing and recycling. Tikkun Tidewater consisted of several unique components. Partnerships were created with community organizations to dispose of or reuse products in an environmentally and socially-conscious way. Those organizations included Jewish Family Service, Goodwill, Dress For Success, Lions Club, and the Virginia Beach Police Department. Children’s activities, originally planned to be held outside, were still offered; opportunities for learning and creativity were moved to a drier location—inside the Simon Family Jewish Community Center. Young hands made folded flowers out of plastic grocery bags, colored Lorax-themed pictures donated by local IHOP restaurant owners, and crafted working terrariums from empty two-liter plastic soda bottles. In what turned out to be a fortuitous design plan, recyclers were able to drop off their disposables beneath a large, tented area set up in the Hebrew Academy of Tidewater parking area—a novel, “recycling drive-thru.” A cadre of volunteers worked quickly and continuously throughout the day to unload, sort and thank those who helped Tikkun Tidewater meet its environmental, social and educational goals.


Debbie Smith and Larry Patish say they didn’t mind the few minutes wait time before driving up in a truck laden with computer towers, monitors and peripherals, recycled from Patish’s law office. “We were so excited when we heard they were collecting computer equipment,” Smith says. “When we get new ones we pile the old ones up—we don’t want to just throw them in the trash, but we never knew what to do with them,” Patish adds. “This gave us the opportunity to do our part and recycle—it’s a great event.” Alene Kaufman, director of the Strelitz Early Childhood Center Preschool, also dropped off recyclables on Earth Sunday. She sent her sentiments to the UJFT in an exuberant email: “It was amazing. Not only was it incredibly organized, it served a great service to those of us who don’t want to “waste” and who seem to collect things in lieu of discarding them inappropriately. I loved that multiple groups in the Jewish community were involved in the event and that multiple groups in the greater community benefitted from it. I hope that this becomes an annual opportunity. A tip of the hat to everyone involved!”

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Maimonides Society holds social at home of Jody and Alan Wagner, MD

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he Maimonides Society of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater gathered at the home of Jody and Alan Wagner, MD last month to socialize and discuss future plans. Comprised of a variety of Jewish healthcare professionals, Maimonides Society members have been a collegial group over the years, involved in social, fundraising, educational and charitable programs.

Providing education and services locally and globally, The Maimonides Society hopes to revitalize its purpose and membership in Tidewater, one of 50 such medical professional affinity groups at Jewish Federations throughout the country. The Maimonides Society steering committee and chairs Adam Foleck and Michael Gross, together with Carolyn Amacher, UJFT community development specialist, decided on a social for the first event to help Jewish medical professionals in Tidewater, many of whom have relocated here for their medical practices, feel a heightened sense of community. On Sunday, April 22, approximately 80 members and their spouses attended the event at the Wagners.  “We’ve found that sometimes Jewish professionals feel isolated from the Jewish community, and they would like to feel a sense of connection,” Amacher says. Warren Karesh, Judy and Bob Rubin. “These professionals have a real passion to support local and global Jewish agencies, and the Maimonides Society can provide that opportunity for them.” The Maimonides Society is helping coordinate a series of upcoming events including visits from Israeli medical luminaries, a tour aboard the United States Navy’s Comfort hospital ship, and a medical supply collection for needy Jews and others in Warren Karesh, Judy and Bob Rubin. Cuba, the site of the next Federation Women’s mission in October. On Sunday, Sept. 30, the group will hold a brunch at the Simon Family JCC under the Sukkah with a special presentation by Dr. Lior Nesher who heads Emergency Medicine at Ben Gurion University. Dr. Nesher will discuss cross-border emergency preparedness training with Jordanian medical professionals, treating those wounded by bombs Alan Wagner, Maimonides Society chair emeritus, Adam Foleck, Maimonides Society co-chair; Michael Gross, Maimonides Society co-chair. and rockets, as well as his


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Beth Sholom Village honors volunteers

eth Sholom Village honored its volunteers at a Recognition Luncheon on Thursday, April 26. More than 60 guests enjoyed a delicious lunch catered by The Village Caterers. David Abraham, executive vice president, and Neil Friedman, board president, thanked the volunteers for all they do to assist the residents and staff. Leslie Legum, director of community relations, presented certificates, pins, and the Volunteer of the Year Award. “We had a new category this year,” says Legum. “I wanted to see if anyone had done the equivalent of an hour a day or 365 hours in the year. To my surprise there were three: Janet Bauer, Dorothy Maddox and Gloria Polay.” After the certificates in that category were presented, Legum presented pins to the following people: 100 hours – Diane Carrone, EthelRaye Greenspan, Gail Juren, Diana Naviglia, Nicole Russo; 250 hours—Joanne Klein, Paula K. Levy, Irene Ullman, Sandra Wills; 500 hours—Leona Roberts; 1,000 hours­­ —Millie Cohen, Dorothy Maddox, Eleanor Lenox; 2,000 hours—Ruth Goldberg; 4,000 hours—Janet Bauer, Gloria Polay; 9,000 hours—Ingrid Silverman. The Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Millie Cohen. All volunteers also received thank you gifts. For information on becoming a volunteer at The Village, call Leslie Legum at 420-2512 or email her at llegum@ bethsholomvillage.com.

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A clean sweep at Beth Sholom For the person who doesn’t necessarily have a physical or cognitive deficit, but rather struggles keeping up with daily routines and the loss of discretionary activities and interests, a new program will soon be available from Beth Sholom Village and Legacy Healthcare. Marie Hogan, a certified occupational therapist, says “The cccupational therapy Clean Sweep program is designed for people whose age causes them to lose a sense of balance, if only temporarily. This program is designed for the individual that just needs a little help getting motivated and organized; someone who may be feeling overwhelmed in their environment, to maintain health and optimize independence.” The therapy uses a home quality of life and accessibility safety check list. The purpose of the check list is to determine the individual’s interests and needs, point

out hazards, increase organizational skills, decrease clutter, “find strategies, find solutions,” and find a way to promote the best quality of life possible. This is achieved by simply going through the home using the check list as a guide to make recommended changes or adaptations to improve the home environment and optimize independence. The rehabilitation professionals use the resources within the facility to enable an individual to identify interests, develop new skills, and adapt strategies to participate in prior and new pursuits. David Abraham, executive vice president of The Village says, “We are always concerned with the health and safety of all of our residents. This new program will help prevent falls and maintain the quality of life that we strive for at The Village.” For information about The Village, call 420-2512.


BINA holds career fair by Michele Sumter and Ayelet Itzhak

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our years of high school go by in a flash, which is one reason it is necessary to prepare students for future endeavors. Every Monday and Wednesday this past February at BINA was dedicated to showcasing different career fields to pique the students’ interests. Based on student requests, 16 career professionals were asked to discuss their work and the pathway to their respective fields. Each guest was provided a list of points to share with the students. They spoke about specific college majors, tests for various certifications, salary ranges, job perks, benefits packages, recertification requirements, professional development and major daily tasks. Among the presenters were Julie Simmons, an architect from HBA Architecture and Design and physician assistants Cathy Pearman and Jennifer Wohl of EVMS, who assured the students that their career field is perfect for working mothers. Dr. Rianna Evans, an EVMS pediatric professor, elaborated on the requirements for medical school. She explained the years needed and the cost of an education in

medicine. Evans also allowed the students to play with some of her instruments while explaining her job in detail. Cindy Schick, an accountant from Zukerman and Associates, gave the students a list of the different types of accountant opportunities that exist today. Kim Harrison, a human resource specialist for Jokell, spoke about the many options available to human resource graduates. She expressed a love for her career, noting that it is both challenging and rewarding. Occupational and physical therapists Lesley Turner and Kyla Kraft of Sentara Therapy Center-Ghent, discussed the differences between their daily tasks, elaborating on the parts of the body with which they work. Contract Attorney Karen Bland of Measurement Specialties; Jen Adut, a fundraiser for Jewish Family Service; Lilianna Walker, a pediatric nurse from EVMS; and Jessica Branham a social worker at EVMS also visited. Ayelet Itzhak, a freshman at BINA, says, “The whole school was able to enjoy hearing about all of the amazing careers. Each representative was fascinating, and made every one of their jobs sound very appealing.”

BINA’s Purim Carnival by Michele Sumter and Jenny Lefcoe

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INA’s Purim carnival was another hit. On Sunday, Feb. 26, the fifth annual Purim carnival was held at the Simon Family JCC. Much planning took place prior to the carnival by Chayala Lefkovitz, BINA’s programming director, the parents, students and office staff. Booth and partner sponsorships started rolling in at the beginning of February. Marcy Mostofsky and a few students prepared the carnival menu. Ingrid Edery’s Spanish 1 and 2 students spent their time working with Shari Berman to create the piñatas, a carnival must-have. As soon as the girls arrived at the JCC, they began setting up the many booths they had prepared, which included sponge tosses, flour digging, eating cereal without

using hands, basketball, and piñatas. While participants used tickets in the fun room, the JCC foyer was buzzing with excitement. Kids received character balloons, new hairstyles from the AOC Salon Specialists, and their faces painted. As people started arriving, the fun and excitement was in the air. Everybody was in the spirit of Adar. Children were not hesitant to start throwing wet sponges at Devorah’s face or digging through Anna’s buckets of flour to find the prizes. All of the booths were extremely busy as kids were continuously winning tickets and then trading them in for prizes. Many sponsors made possible BINA’s Purim carnival, for which the school is appreciative. BINA is a recipient of funds from United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.

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Toras Chaim celebrates 10th Anniversary In his memory, Toras Chaim established the Rabbi Krohn Memorial Scholarship Fund. oras Chaim recently hosted a At the event, David Krohn, a professional gala dinner to celebrate its 10 opera singer who now lives in Seattle, sang a years of providing Jewish edu- moving rendition of Oyfn Pripetchik (On the cation in Tidewater. Hearth) in Yiddish in his father’s honor. The program Rabbi Paysach Krohn, a nephew opened with welcoming of Rabbi Philip Krohn and world The remarks from Ephriam Adler, renowned speaker, was the the current president of the evening’s guest speaker. He school. He emphasized that passionately described the event also Toras Chaim was founded importance of connecting and continues to exist with to previous generations, as featured a dedication and sacrifice on all are part of an unbreakRabbi Ephriam Adler and Harry Graber. the part of the community able chain. and its families; that since He explained special tribute its inception, the school how each has flourished, largely on and every Jew to Rabbi the strength of self-sacrifice is an imporfor children’s education. tant player Philip Krohn. in Hashem’s The event honored Yaron Sibony, Shari Gutterman orchestra. Just as Berman, Rabbi and Mrs. Sender a seasoned conHaber and Rabbi Philip Krohn, ductor will realize OB’M. if one violinist is missSibony was honored with the Bonei ing, or not playing his part Torah Award—Community Builder Award. properly, Hashem will notice He recently opened a Beit Knesset in if even one Jew is missing, Virginia Beach, and together with his wife or not fulfilling his or her Rachel, built an oasis of Torah and Gemilus potential. With this in mind, Shari Berman, Rabbi Ephriam Adler, and Jeff Brooke. Chasadim in Virginia Beach. Rabbi Krohn spoke about Berman was honored with the Keser the importance of educating Shem Tov Award, for going above and future generations of Jewish beyond the call of duty. Berman’s untiring children. devotion to Toras Chaim is evident each In his closing remarks, and every day, whether as the dedicated Rabbi Silver stressed the buildhead of PTA, or in her many volunteer ing of the Mishkan was done efforts on behalf of the school. She is always through the attribute of Nediv among the first to answer the call. Lev, giving with a complete Rabbi Sender and Chamie Haber were heart. In the very same way, awarded the Harbatzas Torah Award, cele- Toras Chaim was started and brating 10 years of education in Tidewater. continues to exist on this very Prior to joining the staff at Toras Chaim and quality, and only with continemerging as a beloved Rebbe, Rabbi Haber ued giving of time, efforts and served as a charter member of the Norfolk funds can the school continue Rabbi Ephriam Adler, David Krohn, and Susan Krohn. Kollel, and was sought after by individuals to thrive and flourish. and institutions alike for his engaging preIn the past few years, Toras sentations and thoughtful insight. Chamie Chaim has won sports chamHaber is a preschool teacher and has taught pionships, finished at the top the fundamentals of Judaism to countless of citywide academic events children. Through the relationships they and provided community have created and the wisdom they have and warmth in their engagshared, the Habers have enriched and bet- ing Judaic classes. Accredited tered the lives of many. by the AdvancED SACS/CASI, The event also featured a special tribute Toras Chaim serves Jewish to Rabbi Philip Krohn, OB’M, former rabbi of children preK-3 through Gomley Chesed Congregation in Portsmouth. eighth grade. For information Toras Chaim is located in the education on Toras Chaim, contact Rabbi wing of Gomley Chesed and it was Rabbi Mordechai Loiterman, M. Ed., Krohn’s unwavering support for the school principal, at mloiterman@ Chamie Haber, Rabbi Sender Haber, Rabbi Ephriam Adler, and Rabbi that was influential in forming the relation- toraschaim.net or 828-6724. Mordechai Loiterman. ship between the school and Gomley Chesed. by Rabbi Mordechai Loiterman, M.Ed.

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Pie-in-the-sky thinking: Putting pizzazz into pizza by Jamie Geller

slice (or two or three) of pizza daily—could be for breakfast, lunch, dinner or all three. So as a cultured pizza connoisseur, my future spouse introduced me to pizza shops all over New York: the good, the great and the fabulous, complete with running commentary on the specialties of each. I discovered that a New York pizza shop is so much more than just plain pies. It was almost surrealistic to experience—fries and onion rings and fried eggplant on a pizza, even salad. I pretended especially to go for the salad pizza, but I must confess I loved, loved, loved those onion ring pies and all the rest! Plain pizza is so yesterday, I concluded. And since that time, I must have my slice all dressed up, piled with everything, like it’s going to the pizza party of the year. Of course, now I make my own. There’s no point to standing in line at the pizza place when it’s so easy to do it yourself. I have developed some amazing pizzas

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(JTA)—The mere mention of Shavuot sends images of cheesecakes dancing before my eyes and calling my name. I love cheesecakes and they love me—so much they plant themselves on my hips forever. On the two-day festival, which this year begins on the evening of May 26, the Jewish people became the People of the Book. When we said “yes” to accepting the Torah, we created a bond—like marriage, our sages say—with our Creator that will never be broken. So in honor of my marriage to a man that does not like cheesecake—not really sure what to do about that—and my waistline, I’m forsaking the cheesecake and making his favorite dairy delicacy, pizza, to satisfy the custom of enjoying dairy delights on Shavuot. When I met my hubby-to-be eight years ago, I was a bachelorette on a perpetual diet; my go-to foods were salad, fruit and yogurt. Bachelor food looks more like a

ONION LOVERS PIZZA Ingredients 1 small Vidalia or sweet onion, thinly sliced 1 cup sliced shallots 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 frozen pizza dough, defrosted (9-ounce) 2 to 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour ¼ cup ricotta cheese ½ teaspoon kosher salt ¼ cup diced red onion ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese 2 tablespoons chopped chives Freshly ground black pepper, to taste Preparation: In a medium saute pan, saute Vidalia onion and shallots in olive oil over medium high heat for 8 to 10 minutes or until softened and beginning to caramelize. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 450 degrees. Sprinkle a rimless baking sheet with 1 tablespoon flour and set aside. On a lightly floured surface, roll out pizza dough to a 10-inch circle and transfer to prepared baking sheet. Prick dough all over with a fork to help prevent large bubbles from forming during baking. Spread dough evenly with ricotta cheese and sprinkle with salt. Top with sauteed onion mixture, red onion and mozzarella cheese. Bake for 12 to 16 minutes or until crust is golden brown and cheese is bubbly. Garnish with chives and pepper, and slice into 6 to 8 wedges to serve.

that are healthy and quick, and one oh-so yummy carb-fest for my other half. You won’t find these at your local pizzeria. First up, Onion Lovers Pizza: Eat this with those you love and serve Listerine for dessert. This one takes the prize for color: the red onions give it a real splash, and combined with shallots, Vidalias and chopped chives, it’s a sure winner. I’ve never seen a local pizza shop put potatoes (that aren’t fried) or avocado on a pie—so I thought I should be the first. The avocado, as I see it, is one of God’s gifts to this world. My goal, before 120, is to try it on everything. Hey, I just saw Martha (as in Stewart) put zucchini ribbons on a Bundt cake, so why not throw avocado on a pizza? Heavenly! My hubby’s favorite slice is piled high with Creamy Baked Ziti. Cover your dough with sauce and top it with as much ziti as you can handle. Bake until the crust is golden and the cheese bubbly and browned. Bake any extra ziti in a casserole, as per the recipe instructions. (I must admit, I kinda love that version too!) The idea here is to be so satisfied that you won’t even crave the cheesecake for

POTATO & AVOCADO PIZZA Ingredients 1 medium Yukon gold potato, scrubbed 1 frozen pizza dough, defrosted (9-ounce) 2 to 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced 1 tablespoon olive oil ¼ teaspoon kosher salt ¾ cup shredded mozzarella cheese 1 green onion, chopped ½ medium avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced Preparation In a small saucepan, cover potato with 1/2-inch water and bring to a boil. Simmer until just tender when pierced with a fork, about 12 to 14 minutes. Let cool until comfortable to handle. Slice into 1/4-inch thin slices and set aside. While potato is cooking, preheat oven to 450 degrees. Sprinkle a rimless baking sheet with 1 tablespoon flour and set aside. On a lightly floured surface, roll out pizza dough to a 10-inch circle and transfer to prepared baking sheet. Prick dough all over with a fork to help prevent large bubbles from forming during baking. Sprinkle with sliced garlic, olive oil and salt. Layer potato slices all over pizza and top with cheese and green onion. Bake for 12 to 16 minutes or until crust is golden brown and cheese is bubbly. Top with avocado slices once out of the oven. Slice into 6 to 8 wedges and serve immediately.

dessert. Maybe I’ll bum a slice off my neighbor. Happy Shavuot! (Jamie Geller is the author of the bestselling Quick & Kosher cookbook series and creator of the Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller magazine. She is the host of the popular Quick & Kosher cooking show online at youtube.com/joyofkosher and on-air on JLTV. Follow more of Geller’s Quick & Kosher cooking adventures on Twitter @JoyofKosher and on facebook. com/joyofkosherr)

CREAMY ZITI Ingredients: 1 (1-pound) box ziti or penne rigate 2 (26-ounce) jars prepared marinara sauce 1 (32-ounce) container ricotta cheese 2 (8-ounce) packages shredded mozzarella cheese, divided Preparation: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a 9-by-13-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray. Cook ziti about 2 to 3 minutes less than package directions for al dente pasta. Drain, rinse with cold water to stop the cooking and set aside. In a large bowl, mix marinara sauce, ricotta and 1 cup of mozzarella. Pour about 2 cups of the sauce mixture in prepared pan, spreading over bottom. Combine ziti and remaining sauce mixture and stir until well combined, making sure there are no dry patches of pasta. Pour into pan and spread to edges. Sprinkle remaining mozzarella over ziti. Spray a sheet of aluminum foil with cooking spray and cover ziti. This will keep the cheese from sticking to the foil. Bake, covered, at 375 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Uncover and continue baking until cheese is golden brown and bubbly. Serve hot, straight out of the pan. Tip: One secret to this ziti is that the pasta is slightly undercooked before it goes into the oven, which helps prevent it from becoming too mushy.

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he Simon Family JCC serves many different needs in its role as a Community Center. In order to better help those who need assistance to benefit from the JCC’s resources, the center is requesting support from the community. As a recent letter outlined, there are many potential users of the facility who cannot afford to take advantage of all the programs the JCC offers, from the fitness center to programming for kids. The JCC has a track record of doing all it can to serve everyone in the community— regardless of their ability to pay. But, it can’t continue to deliver this quality programming to those in need without help. One of the beneficiaries of the JCC’s services is an autistic camper, Raevyn Love, who first came to the JCC’s special needs camp as a shy nine-year-old. When Raevyn’s mom retired to take care of aging parents, the cost of camp was no longer in the budget. Fortunately, the JCC was able to help the Loves, and Raevyn will return to camp this summer for her fifth year. “I can’t imagine summer without the JCC camp, and the superb one-on-one attention Raevyn has received there,” says her mother, Dian Love. “I spread the word about it to everyone. It’s the best camp ever.” Joe Harowitz is a longtime member of the JCC. Now in his 80s, this lifelong bachelor continues to visit several times a week to socialize and volunteer. The programming for snior adults helps keep Harowitz engaged and happy. The JCC even provides lunch meals for him when he’s here. “This is my real home, my headquarters,” he says. “This is where I have met most of my friends. The JCC has always meant the world to me.” Single mom Jamie Egan almost didn’t send her daughter, Ciera, to the JCC Summer

Camp or Kids Connection before and after care because she could not afford it last year. With the help of financial assistance, Kids Connection has become an essential part of Ciera’s daily life and education. “Kids Connection is so well rounded and gives her so much more than any other program she could be in,” she says. “They have homework time, arts and crafts, swimming lessons and a KidFit program—exercise and wellness—that Ciera really loves.” The JCC is asking those who can help to consider a tax-deductible gift to the Simon Family JCC. This gift will help provide: • Scholarships so that all children can have the opportunity to make lifelong memories at summer camp; • Funding to give young athletes the chance to develop sportsmanship and team-building skills through the many youth leagues; • Support for programming for senior adults that improves their quality of life through exercise and social activities; • Financial aid for families to send their children to the Kids Connection before and after school enrichment program; and • A home away from home for all families in this community. The Simon Family JCC is a non-profit organization, and membership dues only go so far. The Center relies on funds raised from community members to continue to provide scholarships, financial aid, and essential programming every year. To give to the JCC, contact Rebecca Bickford, development associate, 452-3180 or rbickford@simonfamilyj.org. This gift is fully tax-deductible. Every dollar makes a difference. The Simon Family JCC is a constituent agency of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.

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New film promotes positive view of Israel by Laine M. Rutherford

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n Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel Independence Day, community members were treated to a special Israel Independence Day treat, complete with popcorn and candy. The Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater showed a free screening of the documentary, Israel Inside, How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference on April 26. The presentation at the Sandler Family Campus was part of a specially coordinated premiere for the film, which on Yom Ha’atzmaut was shown at 100 other select locations, on six continents and in 27 countries. Rabbi Israel Zoberman of Congregation Beth Chaverim welcomed the 132 people in attendance. “This is a wonderful opportunity for us to come together and celebrate a day of great joy, and for being able to see something positive together—it makes all the difference,” Zoberman said. The 38-minute film tells the story of Israel today from the perspective of Dr. Tal Ben Shahar, who moved back to his native country after studying and teaching at Harvard University. While teaching at Harvard, Shahar was consistently Harvard’s most popular lecturer and was a frequent guest and commentator on television news programs. Throughout the film, Shahar discusses the elements he sees as making Israel a great place to live, and Israelis such a remarkable people. He calls the distinct Israeli characteristics “actualizers,” and breaks them up six ways: family, turning adversity into advantage, chutzpah, education, taking action and tikkun olam. Combining Shahar’s personal examples and narration with interviews of businesspeople and politicians such as Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barket, Shai Agassi of Better Place Electric Car Company and Tamar Jehuda-Cohen, founders of Smart Biotech Ltd., Israel Inside focuses on the positive aspects of Israelis and its contributions to not just the Jewish people, but to the world at large. The film was produced by JerusalemOnlineU.com. Following the film screening, audience members shared their insights and experiences with Israel. Among those commenting were Rabbi David Barnett, Karen Lombart and former Virginia Beach Mayor Meyera Oberndorf.

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A number of people in the audience were not Jewish, but are strong supporters of Israel. Jessica Marzucco is president of Christians United for Israel at Regent University. She was energized by what she saw and learned in the documentary. “You hear things in this film that you never hear in the news,” says Marzucco. “I want to bring this film back to my school to show this to students who do not get the benefit of hearing the truth, so they can see all of the great things Israel does, and the beauty of the country.” The Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater will show the film Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference again next year as a part of the Jerusalem Online U series, Step Up for Israel. To request more information on the film or series or to be notified of the next screening, contact Robin Mancoll, Community Relations Council director, at RMancoll@ujft.org.


White families jointly contribute to begin endowment fund at Temple Israel by Joel Rubin

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hen Sam White passed away in February at age 89, he left behind four children, six grandchildren and a wife who has a treasure trove of great memories of life with a man who made his mark on his family, his community and his temple. “We were there at the beginning of Temple Israel, with the other founders,” says Harriet White. Indeed they were, he a native of southside Virginia, she a Bronx girl who had never belonged to a synagogue. At Temple Israel, they found not just a place to pray but also to play. “We socialized there, with the Bresanoffs and the Goldmans, the Steins and the Sandlers, the Tavss and the Leavitts. It was really fun,” she recalls. And, a little work at times. Harriet, who would later teach math for more than 25 years at TCC, taught Sunday school for four years and was the Sisterhood Kiddish chair for one. “I remember waiting every Friday for the cakes to show up so we could put them on the plates. I never was one for boards though,” she says. “But Sam was.” In fact, Sam, who built a successful law practice, made organization service practically a second career. “Sam was everywhere all the time.” In fact he was at the airport when the nominating committee for Temple Israel called asking him to make a decision, “will you be President?” “He looked at me and I said ‘just do it and get it over with.’” Her husband’s term will always be remembered for one substantial act, the hiring of Michael Panitz as

Harriet and Sam White.

rabbi. Harriet has one regret, though, from that period. “As the wife of the president, I should have entertained him at our home when he was being interviewed. I didn’t, and it still bothers me.” For the Panitzes, and everyone else at Temple Israel, there is no need to apologize. The White family has done its share and then some for the synagogue, including the establishment by Harriet and sons Adam, Matt and Eric of a $100,000 fund over five years within the Temple Israel Endowment. The fund is managed by the Tidewater Jewish Foundation. “We are all very proud to do this,” says Harriet. “Temple Israel has certainly been a big part of all of our lives for many, many years.” Now it will be for many more families, thanks to the generosity and foresight of the White’s children. For more information on how to Create a Jewish Legacy, contact Philip S. Rovner 965-6109, psrovner@ujft.org at the Tidewater Jewish Foundation. *of blessed memory

Andrew Rosenblum presents to the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Business & Legal Society members about developing personalized APPS at the April 18 networking session at Vandeventer & Black. For information on upcoming events for Jewish professionals, email camacher@ujft. org or call 452-3181.

Prize-winning poem Rabbi Israel Zoberman’s poem, Milk and Ashes, won the first prize in the 2012 Loretta Dunn Hall Memorial for the category of “family,” of the Poetry Society of Virginia.

Milk and Ashes In the 1948 photo grandpa Tzvi Feeds me milk from a cup While walking together in the Displaced Persons Camp Of Wetzlar, Germany. When he died in Chicago, I inherited his ashtray And our family’s smoke Which blackened heavens.

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what’s happening Dear Sleep Doctor: Please help me sleep!

Honoring Zena Herod as she retires

Week of Healthy Living presents Michael Breus, Ph.D., The Sleep Doctor Tuesday, May 8, 11 am by Amy Cobb, JFS marketing and fundraising assistant

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t’s 3 am and there you lie in bed… wide awake. You’re exhausted after a busy day, but your mind is still running through your to-do list for tomorrow. You worry how you’ll get through Michael Breus, Phd. the day if you don’t get some sleep, but the worry only adds to your sleeplessness. All joking aside, sleep problems are no laughing matter. As if the dark circles and bags under eyes aren’t bad enough, sleep issues can create myriad other health problems—from diabetes to weight gain— enough to keep anyone awake from worry. According to the Sleep Doctor, Michael J. Breus, Ph.D., a sleep specialist and author of two sleep-related books, “We know that sleep has restorative, cognitively-enhancing effects. We also know the absence of sleep can have detrimental effects on brain function.” Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine recently found a direct link between sleep and the creation of longterm memories. On this, Breus says, “A sleep-inducing switch for our brains sounds like the stuff of science fiction. But, this study is a dramatic step toward developing an answer to that elusive question of why we sleep. The more we understand about the underlying reasons for sleep, the better able we’ll be to explore and develop safe, natural solutions to sleep problems.” As the subject of sleep gains greater momentum in our sleep-deprived society, Breus has become a widely recognized leader in this evolving field. Dedicated to raising awareness of both sleep disorders and what he calls “disordered sleep,” Breus is on a mission to develop innovative education and communication programs. Sleep timing also has an effect on diet and weight gain, according to a study published in 2011. Researchers at Northwestern University found that late bedtimes lead to late mealtimes, and that sleeping later and eating later make poor diets and weight 24 | Jewish News | May 7, 2012

gain more likely. In the study, sleeping less, going to sleep later in the night, and eating more heavily after 8 pm were all associated with higher Body Mass Index (BMI). “Sleep helps regulate hormones that govern appetite and metabolism. It helps keep judgment sound and willpower strong,” Breus says. “A full night of sleep allows you to wake feeling energized and ready to jump into your day, hopefully with calorieblasting exercise. What’s more, during REM sleep, the body burns more calories than when you’re awake lying in bed.” In his latest book, The Sleep Doctor’s Diet Plan: Lose Weight through Better Sleep, Breus delves into the science behind a sleep– weight-loss connection, explaining exactly how sleep boosts metabolism, ignites fat burn, and decreases cravings and overall appetite, and he presents a realistic action plan to help get the best sleep—and best body—possible. He shows how to overcome personal sleep obstacles with a slumber-friendly evening routine, stress management techniques—even recipes for healthy meals and snacks—to help falling asleep easier. “Establishing positive, sustainable sleep routines now will improve your health today, and also can set you up with the fundamental tools you need to manage your sleep as you age,” Breus says. Breus will speak as part of Jewish Family Service of Tidewater’s 8th Annual Week of Healthy Living. “Sleep…Your Way to Health and Happiness” will take place at the Simon Family JCC. The program is free, but registration is required. Call 321-2222 to register. This program is sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Dozoretz. JFS 8th Annual Week of Healthy Living’s Presenting Sponsor is TowneBank; Diamond Sponsors are: Lee & Bernard Jaffe* Family Fund of the Tidewater Jewish Foundation; Copeland and Klebanoff Families; and Lori and Michael Glasser Family. *Of blessed memory. Jewish Family Service is a constituent agency of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.

Thursday, June 7, 5 pm by Deb Segaloff

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n June 2012, Zena Herod will retire from a 35-year career dedicated to the education of children in Tidewater. For the last six years, Herod has served as head Zena Herod of school of the Hebrew Academy of Tidewater, Konikoff Center of Learning, and the Strelitz Early Childhood Center. Leading the school with great professionalism, her experience and wisdom have contributed to high teacher morale, fiscal accountability, quality education for students, and outstanding board and community relations. “Working with Zena has been a true pleasure and honor,” says Burle Stromberg, HAT board president. “She is an amazing professional and has been successful in guiding the school to new heights in orga-

nization and academics. I am sure that the previous presidents who served with Zena will agree when I say that she made our jobs easier. I will truly miss working with this special person.” A cocktail reception in Herod’s honor will take place at the Sandler Family Campus. Miles Leon and Jodi Klebanoff, event co-chairs, say they hope that many from the community will attend to pay tribute and show appreciation for Herod’s dedication and commitment to the Hebrew Academy and Strelitz preschool. In addition to the reception, the Zena Herod Endowment Fund is being established so that her legacy will continue to shine for future students at the school. To contribute to the fund, send a check to the Hebrew Academy, 5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Suite 180, Va. Beach, VA 23464. A program journal honoring Herod and highlighting support of this endowment will be presented at the reception.

The Jewish Museum & Conference Center presents the 4th annual Wonderful Wednesdays Summer Music Series Joann Falletta and Friends Wednesday, June 13, 7:30pm JoAnn Falletta, Debra Wendells Cross, and Robert Alemany, have performed and recorded together and promise to bring an exciting evening of wonderful music. Falletta (guitar), Cross (flute), and Alemany (clarinet) have captivated audiences individually and together will surely electrify the evening.

The Sensational Silver Screen Wednesday, Aug. 15, 7:30pm Soprano Rachel Holland, tenor Brian Nedvin, baritone Steve Kelly, and pianist Charles Woodward perform much loved music from the Silver Screen. This entertaining program will be hosted by Mark Keuthan, adjunct professor at Regent University’s School of Communications and Arts.

The Alborada Piano Trio Wednesday, Aug. 29, 7:30pm The Alborada Piano Trio, one of Hampton Roads’ finest chamber ensembles, presents a program of exciting chamber music. The members of the Trio—Lee JordanAnders (piano), Jorge Aguirre (violin), and Jeffrey Phelps (cello), have been performing together for four years. Tickets are $20 each performance or $75 for entire series. Mail Checks to: Jewish Museum & Cultural Center, P.O. Box 7962, Portsmouth, VA 23707. Charge by phone or for more information: 391-9266.

Dora Marshall Mullins Wednesday, July 18, 7:30pm Locally acclaimed artist and native Virginian, violinist Dora Marshall Mullins recently celebrated 60 years as a performer and teacher. She will be accompanied by pianist Stephan Dulcie.

Bina’s 5th Anniversary Celebration Dessert Reception Monday, June 11, 7–9pm Honoring the school’s founding board of directors, with a special thank you to the founding principals, Ohef Sholom Temple and their board of directors for its first

home. Vintage Kitchen, 999 Waterside Dr., Norfolk. $18 per person. Sponsorship opportunities available. Visit www.binahighschool.com or call 757-627-BINA.


what’s happening Simon Family JCC

Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Mandelberg

Presidents’ Cup Golf Tournament at Heron Ridge Monday, June 11

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or the second consecutive year, the Simon Family JCC Presidents’ Cup Golf Tournament will be held at Heron Ridge Golf Club in Virginia Beach. The tournament is a time to enjoy golf, food, drinks, and time with friends, all while helping the JCC raise extra dollars to run its many programs that serve so many people in the community. The money raised during the tournament help the Simon Family JCC provide special services through before and after school care, summer day camp, the Norfolk Emergency Shelter Team (NEST), youth sports and swim classes, exercise classes for women recovering from breast cancer

and for older adults. Membership scholarships are also made available for those in need. The Simon Family JCC Presidents’ Cup is a wonderful way to assist the JCC. Details can be found The coveted trophy. in the golf brochure online at simonfamilyj.org and at the JCC front desk. Call 321-2327 for more information.

Yeshivas Aish Kodesh to honor Jordan Slone

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eshivas Aish Kodesh, the Talmudical Academy of Norfolk’s upcoming Tribute Dinner in honor of Jordan Slone, founding president of the Yeshiva, will take place at the Sheraton Norfolk Jordan Slone. Waterside Hotel. At the event, Slone will be recognized for his commitment to Jewish life in the Tidewater area, and beyond, especially where children are concerned. In 2003, Slone saw the need to have a Jewish boys’ high school so that his sons and other local boys could continue their education in the Norfolk area. His vision led to the creation of a yeshiva high school designed to provide both an excellent Torah education and an outstanding secular curriculum. From the ground up, Slone was involved in every aspect of the growth and success of Yeshivas Aish Kodesh. For the next eight years, Slone served as an active president who was available to consult, problem-solve, and provide encouragement to the Rabbeim, faculty, students, and parents; all this while running a successful international business. Slone is chairman and chief executive officer of Harbor Group International, a diversified real estate investment and financial services company. He also serves on the board of directors of USA Discounters and

is a current member of the international board of directors of Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem. To compliment the honoring of Slone, Yeshiva Aish Kodesh is also paying tribute to the first graduating class of YAK. The Class of 2006- Bentzion Dicker, Uri Feldman, Adam Garfunkel, Avrohom Hirtz, Menachem Nudell, and Hillel Silverberg came from New York, Maryland, and Georgia to receive their Torah high school education. These young men have gone on to find success in their chosen careers, partially due to the vision and nurturing environment that is found at YAK. Malcolm Hoenlein is the featured guest speaker for the evening. In June 1986, Hoenlein was elected executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the coordinating body on international and national concerns for 52 national Jewish organizations. Previously, he served as the founding executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater New York, the central coordinating agency for Jewish organizations in the metropolitan New York area. Prior to that, he was the founding executive director of the Greater New York Conference on Soviet Jewry. To be a part of this event, email yakdinner2012@gmail.com or call Andie Pollock, dinner chairperson, at 625-3223. Yeshivas Aish Kodesh is a constituent agency of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.

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Thursday, May 10, 12 to 1:30 pm

he community is invited to a Lunch & Learn with Ohef Sholom Temple’s Rabbi Rosalin Mandelberg at Deborah Casey’s office, Vandeventer Black at 101 West Main Street, Suite 500, in Norfolk. Parking is across from the building on Main Street. Parking slips will be validated. This is a great opportunity to spend lunch learning something about Judaism. Bring a lunch, an open mind, a sense of humor, and interested. RSVP to sara@ohefsholom.org. (RSVPs are not required, but they help to know how many materials to prepare.)

Jewish Soldiers in Blue and Gray Wednesday, May 9, 7pm

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hef Sholom Temple and its adult education committee will present the film Jewish Soldiers in Blue and Gray, Faith Under Fire in the American Civil War. This film explores the little known and little publicized history of the Civil War Jews who fought on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line: 7,000 for the Union and 3,000 for the Confederacy. Learn about General Grant’s “General Order No. 11” expelling Jews from Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi; the rise of Sephardic Jew Judah P. Benjamin to Secretary of State of the Confederacy; the imprisonment of Confederate spy Eugenia Levy Phillips, and Moses Ezekiel, a young VMI cadet who fought in the Battle of New Market. Dramatic and informative, this film brings to light remarkable stories of courage and faith, and fills a gap in the history of American Jewry. It is a must-see film for Civil War and American Jewish History enthusiasts. The film will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Barbara Dudley and Charles Cooper. For more information, contact Linda Peck, director of Congregational Life at linda@ohefsholom.org or 625-4295.

OST’s Armed Services Shabbat Friday, May 18, 6:30 pm

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oth active duty and former military will be honored at Ohef Sholom Temple’s Armed Services Shabbat. The featured speaker is Rear Admiral Harold L. Robinson of the Chaplain Corps. He is the Deputy Chief of Chaplains for Reserve Matters and director of religious programs of the Marine Force Reserve. Rear Admiral Robinson received ordination as a rabbi in 1974 from Hebrew Union College—Jewish Institute of Religion. He currently heads up the Jewish Welfare Board’s Jewish Chaplains Rear Admiral Harold L. Council and the JCC Association Armed Forces and Veterans Robinson Services Committee. To learn more about Rabbi Robinson go to http://www.navy.mil/navydata/bios/navybio.asp?bioID=249. The service is open to the community. For more information, contact Linda Peck, director of Congregational Life, at linda@ohefsholom.org or 625-4295.

JCC Seniors Club at the Simon Family JCC

Florence Melton Adult Mini-School graduation

Wednesday May 16

Monday, June 4, 7pm

Entertainers will be “The Beach Tones.” They will sing oldies and Broadway melodies. Performing for more than 20 years, they are a group of seniors who sing at least once a week, 30 times a year at nursing homes, senior groups, retirement homes and church functions. To become a member of the Seniors Club, contact Wayne Gordon at 426-3297.

This is the 10th graduating class of the two-year program at the Simon Family JCC. Join friends and family of the graduates. For more information, contact Miriam Brunn Ruberg, 321-2328.

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Itzhak Perlman and The Perlman Music Program Sunday, May 13, 3 pm

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he Simon Family JCC and The Virginia Arts Festival copresents Itzhak Perlman and The Perlman Music Program at the Sandler Center in Virginia Beach. The legendary violinist has won multiple Grammy Awards and accepted nearly every honor the music world has to offerbut he finds his deepest satisfaction in mentoring young artists. The Perlman Music Program welcomes young musicians of rare talent into a richly supportive community offering unparalleled musical training-an experience that changes their lives forever. Maestro Perlman and a hand-picked group of these extraordinary young artists will perform.  Tickets at www.vafest.org or 282-2822.

M ay 8, T ue s d ay Sleep Your Way to Health & Happiness , p a r t o f Week o f Heal t h y L i v ing. Sim o n F a mil y JC C. 11 a m. C all 3 21- 2222 t o r egis t er. S ee p ag e 24. M ay 9, W ed ne s d ay Reduce, Reuse, Recycle & Replenish . P a r t o f We e k o f H e a l t h y L i v i n g. 12 – 6 p m. S i m o n F a m il y J C C. M ay 13, S und ay Itzhak Perlman and The Perlman Music Program p r e s e n t e d b y S i m o n F a m il y J C C a n d V i r g i n ia A r t s F e s t i v a l. 3 p m. S a n d l e r C e n t e r f o r P e r f o r m i n g A r t s. S e e p a g e 24.

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Jewish Family Service of Tidewater

8th Annual Week of Healthy Living continues

M ay 14, M o nd ay Jewish Education Night a t t h e S i m o n F a m il y J C C h o n o r s J e w is h e d u c a t o r s i n a r e a s c h o o ls. S e v e r a l c a t e g o r i e s o f a w a r d s a r e g i v e n, i n c l u d i n g t h e a n n o u n c e m e n t o f t h e J e w is h E d u c a t o r o f t h e Ye a r. F r e e. R S V P t o M i r ia m B r u n n R u b e r g, 3 21- 2 3 2 8 o r m b r u n n r u b e r g @ g m a il.c o m.

For complete details, visit www.jfsrunrollorstroll.org. Tuesday, May 8, 11 am “Sleep…Your Way to Health & Happiness” Presented by Michael J. Breus, Ph.D., The Sleep Doctor. Simon Family JCC Registration is required—call 321-222 to register.

Wednesday, May 9, 12–6 pm Reduce, Reuse, Recycle & Replenish! An opportunity to bring items to the JCC for recycling and to donate blood. Questions? Call 321-2222 or visit www. jfsrunrollorstroll.org.

M ay 17 a nd 18, T hur s d ay a nd F rid ay Dr. Stuart Rockoff, Scholar in Residence at Temple Emanuel . Sou the rn Jewis h His to ry: The good, bad and ugly ! T h u r s d a y, 7 p m, n o c h a r g e. F r i d a y n ig h t , 6 p m. S e r v i c e s, d i n n e r a n d l e c t u r e, a d u l t s $18, k i d s, $10. C a ll 4 2 8 - 2 5 91 f o r i n f o r m a t i o n o r t i c k e t s. Oscar nominated foreign film In Darknes s a t t h e N a r o E x p a n d e d T h e a t e r i n N o r f o l k . A b o u t a P o lis h s e w e r w o r k e r w h o s a v e s J e w s i n w h a t is n o w U k r a n e. 6 2 5 - 6 2 7 6 f o r s h o w t i m e s a n d i n f o r m a t i o n.

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mazel tov to Achievement Drs. Fred and Robert Fink for being selected as two of the Best Doctors in America for 2012. Being on the list places Robert Fink. them in the top 5% of specialists in the nation and is a result of recognition by colleagues in their field. The Finks have practiced for a total of more Fred Fink. than 50 years with Pediatric Specialists, which has offices in Norfolk and Chesapeake. The practice was started by their father, Dr. William Fink (of blessed memory), in 1946.

64th anniversary of the State of Israel,” was inserted into the Congressional Record by Congressman Scott Rigell. Rabbi Israel Zoberman, spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Chaverim, is the president of the Hampton Roads Board of Rabbis and Cantors.

Rabbi Israel Zoberman, whose article which was published in the April 23 edition of Jewish News, “Recognizing Elie Wiesel on the occasion of Yom Ha’Shoah and the

Engagement Frances Levy Birshtein on the engagement of her daughter, Susan Dena Levy, to Jonathan Richard Brown, son of Selma and

Birth Anne and Jeffrey Levy of Brooklyn, N. Y. on the birth of their son, Daniel Joshua Levy. Jeffrey is the son of Frances Levy Birshtein and Dr. Donald Marvin Levy, of blessed memory. Anne is the daughter of Doris and Siegfried Steiner of Matrie, Austria.

Walter Brown of Deerfield, Ill. Susan is also the daughter of the late Dr. Donald Marvin Levy, of blessed memory. A fall 2012 wedding is planned at the Montecito Country Club in Montecito, Calif. Jay and Celia Friedman on the engagement of their daughter Wendy Michelle Friedman to Jeremy David Stoller, son of Howard and Laurie Stoller of Commerce Township, Mich. Wendy is the granddaughter of Ethel Goldman (and Bernard Goldman of blessed memory) and Anne Friedman (and Louis Friedman of blessed memory.) Wendy earned her bachelor’s degree from James Madison University. She is

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obituaries Edith Caplan Buckman Virginia Beach—Edith “Ittie,” “Edye” Caplan Buckman, 70, lost her courageous battle with Ovarian Cancer on April 20, 2012 at home surrounded by family. Ittie is survived by her husband of 52 years, Robert “Bob” Buckman; sister Renee Caplan Hill, husband Dennis Hill; son Larry Buckman; daughter Terri Buckman and partner Maxine Inman; grandchildren Laila and Kelsey Buckman; grandpuppies, Ginger and Casey. Ittie was most proud of her love for family, friends and Jewish faith. A graveside funeral service was held at Forest Lawn Cemetery with Rabbi Jeffrey Arnowitz, Rabbi Susan Tendler, and Cantor Gordon Piltch officiating. Contributions may be made to the Mended Hearts Society of Virginia Beach, Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, and SPCA. Condolences may be expressed at www. altmeyer.com. Jeffrey Haspel Virginia Beach—Jeffrey Haspel, loving husband of Laura Kesser, died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on April 27, 2012. Jeffrey was born in Sharon, Pa. the son of Eleanora (Ellie) Bacon Haspel and the late Leo C. Haspel Jr. He was a member of Ohef Sholom Temple in Norfolk. A graduate of the University of Kentucky, Jeffrey was a team manager for Paramount Builders and a veteran of the United States Army serving as 2nd Lieutenant. He was also a devoted Steelers Fan. Survivors include his wife Laura Kesser of Virginia Beach, his mother Eleanora Haspel of Virginia Beach, two sisters; Darla J. Cookson and Carol S. Maurice both of Virginia Beach, his sister-in-law, Sharon Laderberg and her husband Bruce, and mother and father-in-law, Arlene and Dr. Howard Kesser. Jeffrey is also survived by two nieces, Danielle Concepcion of Orlando, Fla., Jodie Laderberg of Norfolk, two nephews, Danny Laderberg, and Kevin Laderberg both of Norfolk and Lifetime friend, Jerry Hurl and his wife Marge of Sharpsville, Pa. A memorial service was held at Ohef Sholom Temple with Rabbi Rosalin Mandelberg, Rabbi Lawrence Foreman, and Cantor Wally Schachet-Briskin officiating. Memorial donations to the Chick’s Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad or a charity of choice. Dr. Herman Mallick Norfolk—Dr. Herman Mallick, 86, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, April 17, 2012 in a local hospital. 28 | Jewish News | May 7, 2012

He was born in Philadelphia, Pa., and was the son of the late Anna Lerner Mallick and Samuel Mallick, and the widower of Lois Mallick. He was a graduate of the Philadelphia School of Optometry. He was in private practice as an optometrist in Tidewater for over 50 years. He was a founding and devoted member of Temple Israel and a former member of Brith Sholom Lodge Social Club. Survivors include two sisters, Ruth Miller and Gertrude Zimmerman; and two brothers, Harry and Morton Mallick. He was predeceased by his brother, Yale Mallick. Dr. Mallick was a friend to many, many people in Tidewater. He was a devotedly religious individual who attended daily services on a regular basis. He was a kind, caring and grateful individual who despite physical handicaps never bemoaned his fate. He enjoyed life to his utmost ability. Dr. Mallick was a very competent optometrist who cared deeply about his patients. He greatly enjoyed relieving his friends of folding money in games of chance, and was very good at it. Herman had a very wide cadre of friends who will miss him dearly. A memorial service was held in Temple Israel with Rabbi Michael Panitz officiating. Interment took place in Mt. Jacob Cemetery, Glenolden, Pa. Memorial contributions may be made to Temple Israel, 7255 Granby St., Norfolk, VA 23505. Doris Spencer Morrison Norfolk—Doris Spencer Morrison, of Norfolk and Palm Beach, Fla., passed away Saturday, April 21, 2012 at the age of 90. Born in Baltimore, Md. on August 29, 1921, Doris spent her life in Norfolk and Virginia Beach attending Robert E. Lee Elementary and Blair Junior High where she met many lifelong friends. She graduated from Maury High School. After graduating from James Madison University, Doris returned to Norfolk and taught at the Patrick Henry School. She later went on to join her husband Allen, and brother Maury in establishing an import and export business, International Trading Corporation of Virginia. In later years, she successfully invested in real estate in between her weekly golf outings, fishing trips, antique collecting, volunteering at the Chrysler Museum, and world travels. She also won numerous trophies from her weekly bridge games. Doris was a life member of Hadassah and member of Ohef Sholom Temple. Doris’ family will cherish her memory and forever miss her wit, warmth and wis-

dom as well as the courage she showed in her final years. The family is grateful to all who have befriended Doris, both for their kindness and caring. Doris is survived by her loving husband of 69 years Allen Morrison; her two devoted daughters and son-in-laws Susan and Larry Quate and Wendy and Barry Lance; her adoring grandchildren John David Quate, Holly and Kevin Lance; her beloved brother and sister-in-law Gilbert and Kendall Spencer; and many nieces, nephews, and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her brother Maury Leigh Spencer. Funeral Services were held in the Norfolk Chapel of H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts. with Rabbi Rosalin Mandelberg officiating. Graveside service followed in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions be sent to a charity of choice. Online condolences at www.hdoliver.com. Julian Rashkind In his later years, he often quoted from Ecclesiastes: “There is a time for everything...a season to be born and a season to die.” Ninety-six years after his birth, and at a time when he was still very much of sound mind and cogent voice, Julian Rashkind’s life lived well and fully came to an end, on April 26, 2012. The son of the late Nathan and Ida Picker Rashkind, he was predeceased by his younger brothers, Edwin and Harvey, and by the love of his life, his best friend and constant companion, his wife of 62 years, Eleanor Brody Rashkind. For all the accomplishments and achievements of his many years, nothing was more important to him than family, and he is survived by a proud family composed of his three children (and their spouses), Alan (Suzette), Michael (Lee) and Lisbeth (Chris); he was always “Paw Paw” to his six grandsons (and their wives), Jacob (Skye), Graham (Cameron), Daniel, Douglas, Stephen and James; and to his six great-grandchildren, Ethan, Nathan, Lily, Lucas, Mia and Harper. He is also survived by Edwin’s widow, Madelaine, and Eleanor’s sister, Doris, and her husband Martin, as well as so many nephews, nieces and cousins that space does not permit them all to be listed here, but all of them will also miss their Uncle or Cousin Julian. Julian was born and raised in Jamaica, N. Y., and his life spanned two centuries, 11 decades, 17 U.S. Presidents, the Great Depression, two world wars, the Korean and Vietnam wars, the development of the automotive and aviation industries,

women’s suffrage, the enactment and repeal of Prohibition, the Civil Rights era, the internet, the revitalization of Ghent and the launching of light rail in Norfolk, and numerous societal developments that we take for granted, but at which he marveled. Julian was an Eagle Scout at 17, and at 20 graduated from Columbia University’s College of Pharmacy, as the youngest member and secretary of his class. He worked for the Boy Scouts of America in New York, and then joined the service where he rose to the rank of Captain in the U.S. Army during World War II, serving in the Judge Advocate’s Corp. After the service, he joined his father-in-law, Jacob Brody, in the building business, and moved to Norfolk. Over time, he became a pillar of his adopted community, ultimately serving as president and later trustee emeritus of the Tidewater Builder’s Association, and for 20 years on Norfolk’s Redevelopment and Housing Authority, 17 years as its chair. He was a director of the Home Builders Association of Virginia, and a senior life director of the National Association. His civic and philanthropic endeavors were not limited to the building business. He was a founder and trustee, and served since 1997 as honorary president of Temple Israel; he was one of the first presidents of the Jewish Community Center; chaired the United Jewish Fund, and held leadership positions with Beth Sholom Home, the National Jewish Welfare Board, and the United Jewish Federation. He very much enjoyed his participation in the Jewish philanthropic group, the 400 Club. He was a steadfast supporter of the Boy Scouts of America, serving on the executive board of the Tidewater Council and as a National Council Member. He also held governing positions on the Norfolk Symphony Association, the Edgewater Turney Home for Boys and Girls, Child and Family Services, and the Planning Council of the United Community Fund. He adopted his sons’ alma mater, Randolph-Macon College, serving first as president of its Parents Advisory Council, and later as a long-time trustee of the College, and remained a trustee emeritus who until his passing insisted on carefully reading every word of the literature the College would send out to current trustees. His contributions to the community and civic and philanthropic endeavors were recognized by numerous awards. He received the Brotherhood Award of the National Conference of Christians and Jews; he was a recipient of the B’nai Brith Distinguished Service Award; from the Jewish Community


obituaries Center, the Krug Award and the Thomas L. Hofheimer Humanitarian Award; from the Tidewater Builders Association, a Lifetime Achievement Award; from the Boy Scouts of America, the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award; and from Randolph-Macon College, the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, an Honorary Alumnus Award, and an Honorary Doctor of Laws. A memorial service, officiated by Rabbi Michael E. Panitz, was held at Temple Israel. Memorial donations may be made to Boy Scouts of America (Tidewater Council), Randolph-Macon College, Temple Israel or Tidewater Builders Association Scholarship Foundation. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts. Online Condolences may be shared with the family at www.hdoliver.com. Abraham Zimmerman Virginia Beach—Abraham Zimmerman, 92, passed away Monday, April 16, 2012 at Sentara Leigh Hospital. He had been a resident of Beth Sholom in Virginia Beach before his death. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Helen. He is survived by two sons and daughter-in-laws, Leonard and Lynne Zimmerman of Cortlandt Manor, N.Y. and Solomon and Lynn Zimmerman of Virginia Beach. He had three grandchildren, Michael Zimmerman of Virginia Beach, Rebecca Williamson and her husband Charles of New York City and Lori Zimmerman of Cortlandt Manor, N.Y. He is also survived by one Great Granddaughter, Harper Lee Williamson and his loving and devoted caregiver Michele Paciello. Mr. Zimmerman was born on Jan. 21, 1920 in Pabianice, Poland. He was a Holocaust survivor, having been an inmate in the Auchwitz Concentration Camp during World War II. He immigrated to the United States in 1951. He lived in Brooklyn and the Bronx, N.Y. and in his later years in Boca Raton, Fla. After his wife’s death, he moved to Virginia Beach. Mr. Zimmerman was laid to rest next to his wife at the Mount Moriah Cemetery in Fairview, N.J. Leonard W. Scarr Madison, Wis.—Leonard William Scarr died on April 26, 2012 at the age of 82. He was born on Jan. 20, 1930 to Jacob and Pearl (Greenstein) Scarr in Newark, N.J. He was a first-generation American, his parents having come from Russia. Leonard grew up in Hillside, N. J. and graduated first in his high school

class. He attended Rutgers University and the University of Minnesota School of Veterinary Medicine. Immediately after graduating from veterinary school, he worked for the state of Minnesota inspecting cattle for brucellosis. On Nov. 22, 1956, Leonard married Paula Abramson (of Eau Claire, Wis.), a psychiatric nursing instructor in Rochester, Minn. They moved to Portsmouth, Va. where Leonard had a solo small animal veterinary practice for more than 40 years. He had a particular gift for diagnosis and was innovative in his approach to complex cases. His success was due, in part, to Henry Hamilton, a long-time, dedicated, and extremely accomplished employee who became a lifelong friend and has been like a member of the family. Leonard was active in the community as president of Temple Sinai, president of the Astronomical Society of Tidewater, and a trumpet player in the Tidewater Community Band. He also volunteered for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and helped start a girls’ softball league. He was an avid amateur astronomer and, with the help of Henry Hamilton, designed and built a small observatory for his large telescope. He took photographs of the night sky and kept meticulous logs of his observations for over 30 years. Leonard loved plants and spent a great deal of his time after retirement gardening and working on his hundreds of plants. Leonard and Paula moved to Madison, Wis. in 2010 and lived an active life at Capitol Lakes Retirement Community. He also enjoyed socializing and playing poker and bridge. After being diagnosed with cancer, Leonard lived life to the fullest and was a role model for living with a terminal illness. Leonard had a wonderfully expressive face and a twinkle in his eye. He was very funny and had a great sense of humor, with an amazing ability to laugh at himself. Leonard is survived by his wife, Paula of Madison, Wis.; daughter Amy (Judy Howard) of Madison, Wis.; three sons, Danny of McKinleyville, Cal.; Tzvi/ Adam (Cindy) of Jerusalem, Israel; and Mark of Pueblo, Col.; six grandsons, Itzik, Binyomin, Yaakov, Yonti, Chaim, and Moishy of Jerusalem, Israel; brother David (Gert) of Barboursville, W. Va.; sister Bernice Kessler of Westfield, N.J.; sister Goldie (Jean) Blankoff of Brussels, Belgium; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents,

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Burle Usher Stromberg: Following in his father’s footsteps by Karen Lombart

“It warms my heart that there are so many exciting events taking place at HAT. Not only are we teaching our students, but we are also educating our parents, grandparents and siblings,” says Burle Stromberg, president of the Hebrew Academy of Tidewater board. When Stromberg pages through his calendar, his activities are centered around The Hebrew Academy of Tidewater, Konikoff Center of Learning, his family and his job as assistant city attorney of Portsmouth.  Last month, 200 people attended HAT’s Spaghetti Night. Four times a year, a joint lunch and learn program for the students and their parents takes place. “My son, Sam (Samuel Hyman), and I made a mezuzah working alongside his preschool classmates and their moms and dads,” he says. “In the middle of April, I was on campus for my daughter Rachel’s Science Fair held in the cafeteria. NASA scientists from the Peninsula spoke to the fourth and fifth graders and their families. Across the hall in the Fleder Multipurpose room was the annual Book Fair. I watched the attendees run back and forth, all night long, between the two rooms. The excitement was contagious,” he says. One of his earliest HAT memories is captured in a photograph of his father wearing a hard hat and holding a shovel at the school’s groundbreaking ceremony on Thompkins Lane. Hyman Stromberg was one of the visionaries who helped shape the school’s progress. At the time, the Hebrew Academy was an Orthodox school, renting space in the Ghent synagogues. The Strombergs and the Dozoretzes had become good friends, both having moved to Portsmouth in the mid 1960s. In 1970, when the public school districts were being reconfigured for busing, these men, along with Rabbi Bornstein and many others, had the dream of establishing the Hebrew Academy as a community day school located in it’s own building. Stromberg recalls many night meetings in his father’s study. His father was born in Canada in 1930 to immigrants from White Russia who left their home in the early 1900’s during the communist revolution. Hyman Stromberg met his wife, Lily, when he was 14 years old. As young children, they both attended Yiddish school after their secular classes. Married in 1952, they lived in Montreal, Quebec where subtle anti-Semitism existed 30 | Jewish News | May 7, 2012

through quotas designed to limit Jewish entrance into schools and institutions. Although happy to be a North American, Hyman considered himself a “Jew” first and then a Canadian.  Lily was a school teacher while Hyman went to medical school. When looking for a neurosurgery residency, the United States offered many more opportunities for Jews. In 1958, on a student visa, Stromberg’s father brought his wife and oldest son, Jacob, to Richmond, Va. to attend MCV. A year later, Burle Stromberg was born, a dual citizen. In 1962, so was his sister, Debbie. Within a few years, his family became naturalized Americans through the help of a friend who knew Robert Kennedy, then United States Attorney General. In 1967, Stromberg’s father started to practice with Dr. Frank Clare in Portsmouth, a top neurosurgeon. In their search for a new home, Stromberg vividly recollects his father’s words to the realtor as they traveled through town. “The salesman had just finished explaining that the restrictive covenant on the deeds in River Shores had been lifted, allowing Jews and Blacks to purchase homes in the community. Unacceptable to my father, Hyman responded, ‘Turn the car around and take me to the Jewish neighborhood.’” That is when the Strombergs moved into Sterling Point, and joined Gomley Chesed, a conservative synagogue with close to 400 families. Many lived within walking distance of one another. Together, the kids attended Hebrew School twice a week and Sunday school each weekend. When Stromberg was eight years old, he remembers going to Cedar Point Country Club in Suffolk with one of his public school classmates. His friend kindly suggested, “Let me sign you in. No Jews are allowed, and you have a Jewish sounding last name.” “My father was a true intellectual and an ardent reader. He even studied the Talmud at night, writing notes in the margins,” reports Stromberg. In the early 1970’s, he and Stanley Peck went to Israel. Both of them were committed to raising funds for the state through the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater. “My father was a true Zionist,” Stromberg says. “In 1973, during the Yom Kippur war, he came to synagogue with a transistor radio in his pocket and earphones in his ears.” Throughout services, he gave sporadic reports to the rabbi, who then conveyed the news to Gomley Chesed’s congregation.

Stromberg’s father, who had a great interest in politics, had three televisions placed in his living room, each set on a different channel, offering multiple perspectives on the 1968 presidential primaries. Shocked by Robert Kennedy’s assassination, his father explained to his family about the surgery required to dislodge the bullet from the candidate’s brain. Four years later, Stromberg witnessed a similar brain surgery that took place from 10 pm until 4 am. He occasionally accompanied his father to the hospital to observe the operations. Always dressed in sterile clothing, Stromberg watched from a high stool positioned right behind his father.  In 1974, at the age of 44, Hyman Stromberg passed away while they were on vacation at the newly built Mai Kai apartments at Virginia Beach’s oceanfront. Known as “Bagel Beach,” it was a popular summer vacation spot for the Jewish families of Norfolk and Portsmouth. After that summer, Ron Dozoretz became Stromberg’s mentor, acknowledging the young man’s life’s turning points with encouragement and kindness. His father’s devoted friend was there to celebrate many of Stromberg’s milestones, even giving him his first job before he passed the bar exam. Stromberg laughs, “In 1984, Dr. Dozoretz bought me an entire week’s wardrobe for work after hearing jokes from the other employees about my worn out shoes and suits. I still have some of those outfits.” As the leaders before him, Stromberg has taken on the welfare of the community. When asked to become more active on the HAT board by his lifelong friend, Miles Leon, Stromberg did not realize that one day, he would become its president. Today, he also sits on several other boards in the Jewish community. He has also served on the boards of Portsmouth General Foundation, the Portsmouth Sports Club, the Portsmouth Sports Foundation and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Board. As a carryover from his younger years, Stromberg coaches his son’s t-ball and basketball teams. He was involved with all the seasonal sports offered by the JCC when he was a teenager. Also a member of AZA, he participated in the weekly gatherings when all six AZA chapters and five BBYO groups met at the Newport Avenue building. In 2000, Stromberg met his wife Robin, exercising at that same JCC while his daughter, Arielle, 8, was attending summer camp. Arielle was a second grader at

Burle and Robin Stromberg

HAT. Stromberg says, “It was a no brainer when it came time to send her to preschool and elementary school. HAT was my first choice.” He immediately became an active parent volunteer. Today, Stromberg is thrilled with the school’s innovative education and “smart” classrooms. Already, more students than expected are enrolled for next year. As Zena Herod retires, Rabbi Mordechai “Michael” Wecker, comes to the school in July as headmaster. The new director believes in the strong academia that has been fostered by Herod and Helen Kisser in the secular curriculum and looks forward to continuing the Judaic studies program which supports all denominations of Judaism. At the end of each school year, Stromberg bestows upon one deserving student an award that Ron Dozoretz endowed in his father’s memory, The Hyman Stromberg Memorial Award for Excellence. “It is an honor for me to recognize a student who embodies the same values by which my father lived,” relates Stromberg. As he looks to his past, Stromberg sees the strength of his predecessors. He says, “My father never put himself on a pedestal, yet so many people admired him. I was the one on the high stool looking over his shoulder, learning the lessons that he wanted to pass on to me. “My father would be very pleased,” Stromberg says. “The Hebrew Academy of Tidewater has remained our community’s educational bridge, linking one generation to another. HAT is extraordinary! The school’s state of the art education is the foundation for our future as a Jewish community.”


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