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Sixty-five and counting! Dear Readers, Ten thousand baby boomers are turning 65 each day in this country. That’s a lot of daily additions to the ‘senior pool,’ though I bet that most celebrating those birthdays cannot believe they’re actually ‘seniors.’ That said, the ‘Seniors of 2015’ remain vital contributors and leaders. More and more adults are working past the traditional retirement age of 65, and for those who have left the workforce, they are very much involved in life…travelling, exercising, volunteering, building new homes and financial portfolios, caring for grandchil-

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Emanuel baked hamentaschen to put in shaloch manot bags filled with candies for area seniors. The art students at Hebrew Academy of Tidewater decorated large bags that JFS filled with a Passover and/or Rosh Hashanah meal for New American residents and for individuals who are unable to prepare a holiday meal for themselves. These meals, along with matzoh and macaroons for Passover and honey cakes for Rosh Hashanah are made possible by the Pincus Paul fund. It takes an entire community to show area seniors that they are not forgotten. With the help of many, JFS is able to bring the holidays to people who would not have the joy of celebrating. To make certain that seniors who reside in non-Jewish nursing facilities or senior villages are included in the JFS holiday outreach, contact Jody Laibstain at 757‑321‑2222 or jlaibstain@jfshamptonroads.org. Jewish Family Service is a constituent agency of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.

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he Simon Family JCC is among the best places in the area where seniors make and maintain friendships and participate in senior-oriented fitness and aquatics classes. Offering a variety of fitness options, the JCC’s water classes are very well attended, including water fitness and water arthritis classes. Silver Sneakers’ strength and flexibility and cardio classic classes are so popular that they are held in the JCC’s expansive gymnasium. This program is accepted by several area insurance companies, making it very affordable. Senior members of the JCC feel comfortable in a friendly environment, where friendships are developed. Many stay the

day, eating lunch in the Cardo Café and taking part in the Senior Clubs (Book club, Yiddish club, and others). For Nona Lipsey, an active JCC senior, the JCC has evolved into a large part of her social life. After her husband died three years ago, she felt that more than ever, the people at the JCC befriended her, providing an extended family in a time of need. “I could be here all day and watch the people pass by and enjoy friends at the JCC,” says Lipsey. “It’s great watching the children and families—people of all ages. With wonderful programs, and an inviting facility, it’s a vibrant community center, my home away from home.” The Simon Family JCC is a constituent agency of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.

Adult programming at the Simon Family JCC Programs for adults over 50 years old include social activities, educational programs, Jewish holiday celebrations, trips and other fun events. Contact Michele Goldberg, director of cultural arts at 321-2341 or via email at mgoldberg@ simonfamilyjcc.org. Book Club Third Monday of each month, 1:30 pm, free. For those who enjoy reading and discussing books with others. The discussions are lively, informative and at times, soul-searching.

Yiddish Club Last Thursday of each month, 12:30 pm, free. This club meets to have discussions in Yiddish, about Yiddish, learn Yiddish or brush up on Yiddish. All who are interested are invited. Knitting for Others Meets every Wednesday, 10 am -12 noon. Join other knitters as they knit lap quilts, slippers, scarves and more to give as gifts to people residing in nursing facilities.


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s the age-old trend of Jews retiring to South Florida on the decline? It depends how you look at the numbers, according to demographer Dr. Ira Sheskin. “Even though the percentage coming to Florida may be down, the number coming is probably not decreasing and it’s not going to decrease,” Sheskin, a member of the committee that completed both the 1990 and 2000–01 National Jewish Population Surveys says. Why is that the case? “Starting two years ago the baby boomers began to retire,” says Sheskin, director of the Jewish Demography Project of the Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies at the University of Miami. “There are 10,000 baby boomers a day in this country turning age 65. Even though the percentage coming to Florida may be somewhat lower, because there is an increase now of people retiring in this country over the next couple of decades, the number coming to Florida will still continue to increase.” Sheskin has completed in excess of 110 demographic studies for more than 80 synagogues, Jewish organizations and commercial entities. He says that according to the nationwide trend in elderly retirement, “Florida is still, to this day, the overwhelming destination for retirees. “Having said that, it is somewhat of a lower percentage than it was 20 or 30 years ago,” Sheskin says. “We now see retirees, including Jewish retirees, going to places like North Carolina, even places like Arkansas, where the cost of living is considerably less expensive. So the percentage [retiring to Florida] is down some.” What Sheskin has seen in South Florida is that the Jewish population in Miami-Dade County has been decreasing since 1975. His last estimate of Jews in Miami, taken in 2004, was 113,000. Broward County in 2008 had 186,000 Jews, and Palm Beach County had 255,000. Sheskin estimates that there are 555,000

total Jews living in that three-county area— half of them 65 and over. “Jews are continuing to come here, but they are more frequently settling in Palm Beach County than in Broward County, and probably more frequently in Broward than in Miami-Dade County,” Sheskin says. “Miami has become this major metropolitan area.” According to Marcia Jo Zerivitz, founding executive director of the Jewish Museum of Florida, two groups of Jews started the trend of coming to Miami Beach. “Prosperous Jews began to winter on Miami Beach in the 1950s when the new hotels (such as the Eden Roc and Fontainebleau) had the ‘American Plan,’” she says. “The poorer Jewish elderly on South Beach, which were largely teachers and garment workers, rapidly declined from 1977 to 1986. South Beach was the last leg of a historic migration from the old world—the shtetls of eastern Europe, the Czarist pogroms and Nazi Holocaust—to this country, to the formidable years in the northeast, and at last, to the summer-in-winter climate.” Zerivitz says that Miami’s South Beach, rather than the partying/nightlife destination it is known as today, used to be a prime spot for Jewish seniors. “Today’s Jewish population on [South] Beach is Americanized and the non-Jewish population is largely Hispanic,” Zerevitz says. “It is a different world. For every 20-year-old today who cruises Ocean Drive, imagine an 80-year-old then pulling a shopping cart up Washington Avenue. Where the bars are today, imagine a makeshift synagogue. On the beach, for every ‘hard’ body today, imagine an elderly person, and no traffic. The last elderly Jews of Miami Beach represented tenacity and conviction, a love of learning, and a fragile and unique culture.” Sheskin has similar memories. “I remember going to South Beach when my wife and I moved to Florida in the early 1980s,” he says. “I took my guitar


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and I sang Jewish songs sitting on a bench, and I immediately had about 200 elderly Jews standing around listening and singing along. At one time, there were as many as 70,000 Jews on Miami Beach.” The demographer’s latest estimate for Jews in Miami Beach is 19,000. “That is still a reasonably sized Jewish population for what is a four-zip code area, but the nature of South Beach has changed significantly,” Sheskin says. Nevertheless, Sheskin’s figures show that many so-called “snowbirds”—seniors who travel to Florida seasonally, for a warmer winter—turn into full-year residents. He says this trend could be traced to World War II, when many New York Jews who were in the army were trained in South Florida. “They came here, saw something they liked, and then after the war when they started their families, decided to move their families here,” Sheskin explains. “That led to a large growth of the Jewish community in this area. The other obvious reason is the climate. As people aged, they could not put up with weather conditions, snow and ice in the northeast. Florida became a good alternative.” Further contributing to this trend is what geographers call “chain migration.” “In the 1920s and 1930s, Jews started to come [to South Florida],” Sheskin says. “Others would come down on vacation or visit relatives then return to New York, Boston or Philadelphia and think, ‘Wow, that’s a neat place, I’ve already got relatives

or friends there, and they would follow. It’s called chain migration because you have an initial group of settlers, you then have another group that comes and sees, goes home, and then follows, with the first group providing guidance to the second group as to where to live. Information then flows between South Florida and New York that leads to the continuation of that chain migration.” According to Gary Monroe, who had a photographic exhibit called Barely a Minyan on the last Jews of South Beach, those Jews lived in accord with their old-world values. “The ocean was therapeutic,” Monroe says. “The streets were lively with activity. Everything was in walking distance. Social agencies and neighbors met their needs. For Shabbat, card rooms were converted to shuls.” Zerivitz says the ethnic community of South Beach became out of touch, and eventually, out of time.  “Crime soared with the 1980 Mariel boat lift and sunrise swims came to an abrupt end,” she says. “Then came the popular TV show, Miami Vice. The preservation movement that propelled the restoration of the [Art] Deco buildings also propelled the movement out of the elderly. In a rush to redevelop the southern shore, Holocaust survivors were told that they would be ‘relocated.’ The precious legacy of the culture they had established in South Beach came to the end of the line. The average age of ‘trendy’ South Beach’s population dropped by about 50 years within a decade.”

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orn Karola Ruth Siegel in Frankfurt, Germany, the woman now known as “Dr. Ruth” saw her father arrested by Nazis and said a final goodbye to her mother as she boarded a Kindertransport rescue train to Switzerland. By 17, she was in the British mandate of Palestine on a kibbutz, and, later in Jerusalem, the diminutive teenager became a sniper for the Haganah forces. A bombing on the night of her 20th birthday left her badly wounded, but she recovered and went on to study at Paris’s Sorbonne, as well as the New School and Columbia University (for a doctorate in education) in Dr. Ruth Westheimer. Credit: Maxine Dovere. New York. Three marriages (two brief ones, followed by the last to Manfred Westheimer growth and change. “Things have changed for more than 30 years), two children since Lady Chatterley’s Lover or Fear of (Miriam and Joel), and a self-designed and Flying. Establish a new vocabulary,” she determined persona later, the octogenar- advises. “Read books; look at sexually ian found herself in a theater in Western arousing material.” Dr. Ruth recomMassachusetts, mends 50 Shades watching an of Gray—“all three on-stage portrayal volumes.” of her life. “If someone “I had to pinch doesn’t like it, you myself a few times years young can close the chapto realize that I was ter,” she says. “If in the audience and Dr. Ruth [she] does like it, not on stage,” Dr. the book proves the Ruth Westheimer point that woman says. can get aroused.” A self-created, Whether they resilient survivor, are young or old, Dr. Ruth became an internationally known sex educator at a most singles would like to be doubles. JNS. org asked Dr. Ruth what she recommends time when many consider retirement. Dr. Ruth’s essential focus is living as to help people—especially seniors—find fully as possible. “People have to be active, partners. “Be involved! Go to concerts, perforto do things,” she says. “Do a new activity every single day. Take a course, go to a con- mances, lectures—events of interest. cert, make sure to keep a relationship with Women have to take the risk of being the a neighbor—to schmooze a little, not just one to start a relationship, to say to a man to cry on someone’s shoulder. If you have ‘Would you like to go for a coffee?’ If the to cry, go to a professional; no one wants to answer is ‘no,’ go on to the next one!” she says. If partnership is not possible, Dr. Ruth hear about problems.” She is a firm proponent of continuous advises, “find a place that will be enjoyable,

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romance, adds much to living; so do existing assets. “It’s very important for an older person who finds a new partner to write a detailed arrangement about money,” she says. “The children won’t have fears—even in their subconscious—that the inheritance from their parent will go to the partner’s family. You don’t need a fancy lawyer (though an attorney or financial advisor is recommended). Go to someone who can witness a legal agreement assuring that money will remain separate. In today’s contentious world, it is essential; an agreement is very important to calm any fear. “Documentation is especially important when there is any unusual circumstance, such as when a grandparent is responsible for a minor child. Everything must be written. No one can foresee the future,” she says. The experience of being a senior—she is 87 and a widow— is one Dr. Ruth shares with many in her audience. Yet, she is clearly a work in progress. In 2012, she presented Vin d’Amore, a California-bottled line of low alcohol wines—available in red, white, and rosé, of course—replete with her picture on the label. And, last month, she released her latest book, The Doctor Is In: Dr. Ruth on Love, Life, and Joie de Vivre. “I tell people to drink a little, then have sex,” Dr. Ruth says. “But,” she cautions, “not too much—she falls asleep and he can’t perform. With wine, less is more.” “Sherry Lansing,” she adds, “said ‘not to retire but to re-wire.’ It’s very important. It’s exactly what I am doing.”

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elics of pre-Holocaust Jewish life in Europe are so rare that when the members of Kempsville Conservative synagogue learned that a Torah had survived war-ravaged Czechoslovakia, they initiated plans to give the scroll a home. The Torah had witnessed vandalism, bombings and fires, but

had somehow managed to emerge intact. The Torah’s provenance, a shtetl on the outskirts of Prague, sparked the interest of Steve and Marge Schechner, one of the founding families of KBH. For Steve Schechner, the mission was personal. “My maternal grandfather, Julius Hauer was born in a small town…a few miles outside of Prague, Czechoslovakia

on Dec. 4, 1875. His Bar Mitzvah was held in their small orthodox synagogue in 1888 and he (of course) read from the Torah.” Was this the same Torah that Julius Hauer read from? While the answer is unknown, but the Schechner’s were moved to make the donation that insured the scroll an honorary place at KBH. The antique artifact might have been

encased in glass to be viewed as if in a museum, but the KBH community chose to place it inside the Ark beside other, younger scrolls. Granting this survivor a place in the activities of a living Jewish community is a tribute to its resilience and the resilience of the Jewish people. The Schechners and the entire KBH family are proud to give the Holocaust Torah a place to live again.

$11 million Jewish cultural center to be built in Paris PARIS (JTA)—An $11 million Jewish cultural institution will be built in Paris, the city’s mayor and the oldest existing Jewish organization in France announced. The European Center for Judaism will be built in the 17th arrondissement, or district, in northern Paris and is set to open in 2017, according to the announcement last month by Mayor Anne Hidalgo and Joel Mergui, the president of the Consistoire Centrale, the body responsible for providing French Jewry with religious services since its foundation in 1808 under Napoleon I. “I wouldn’t want us to leave for the summer vacation and close this especially tragic year for France and for the Jewish community without being able to provide

a note of hope,” Mergui told the Liberation daily. He said the center will operate from “a large building situated in an area of Paris where a large Jewish community has developed.” Hidalgo also attended a fundraising dinner last month at the seat of the Paris municipality along with French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve and officials from the European Jewish Congress under Moshe Kantor, who has helped to realize the center’s construction. The institution, which is intended to serve as an academic center as well as a cultural institution, will have a synagogue, conference halls, exposition space and offices, according to Liberation. Just over a quarter of the $11 million

estimated cost will be paid in subsidies by government offices. The City of Paris leased the land for the center, which will be among the largest opened in Western Europe in recent years, free of charge. The center’s opening comes at a time of record emigration from France by French Jews, partly because of violent anti-Semitism that has led to the slaying of 12 people since 2012 in attacks attributed to French

Islamist terrorists targeting Jewish institutions. About 20,000 French Jews have left for Israel since 2012. “It would’ve been easy to give up on this project and say that Jews are leaving,” Mergui said. “I want to convey a different message to France and its Jews: We determine our own future.”

The 2015 Tom Hofheimer Young Leadership Mission to Israel participants, with Michal Zahavi, Matnas director in Pardes Katz. The group enjoyed meeting Michal and children of all ages at the Matnas (community center), and seeing the contributions from Tidewater throughout the building. Look forward to an article detailing their entire Israel adventure in the next few issues of Jewish News. If you see one of these young adults around town, ask them about their Mission experience. jewishnewsva.org | July 13, 2015 | Jewish News | 27


it’s a wrap Mazel Tov to the Hebrew Academy of Tidewater HAT Class of 2015

Evan Nied, Abbie Friedman, Abigail Seeman, Victoria Chapel, Justin Gatlin, Marah Gordon, Tal Zach, Bella Cardon and Noah Alper. by Dee Dee Becker

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Time flies. Cliché, but true. That is surely what all HAT parents felt about their children at the Hebrew Academy of Tidewater’s commencement ceremony, held on June 4. As parents, it’s difficult to comprehend the passage of time between cribs and baby bottles and the seemingly sudden onset of HAT graduation. Nonetheless, an overwhelming sense of excitement and pride took hold as each graduate made the walk of honor across the multi-purpose room stage to accept diplomas, shake hands and receive awards. Graduation was extra special this year, as it marked Hebrew Academy’s 60th anniversary year of providing Jewish day school excellence to the Tidewater community. Graduates will attend: Norfolk Academy (3) Norfolk Collegiate (3) Norfolk Public Schools Young Scholars Program (1) Virginia Beach Public Schools (2)

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They also applied and were accepted to: Nansemond Suffolk Academy (1) Cape Henry Collegiate (3) Norfolk Academy (2) Norfolk Public Schools Academy of Discovery at Lakewood (1) Awards and Presentations Nine Year Awards (These students have been at HAT since the age of 2): Noah Alper Bella Cardon Victoria Chapel Abigail Friedman  Marah Gordon  Evan Nied  Tal Zach I. James London Memorial Athlete of the Year Award  Abigail Friedman Abe and Anna Rudolph Award for Excellence in Mathematics  Marah Gordon Rabbi Philip Pincus Award  Justin Gatlin Shirley Helfant and Ruth Josephberg Award for Visual Arts  Abigail Friedman

Hebrew Academy Performing Arts Award Evan Nied Hebrew Academy Merit Award for Spirit/ Ruach  Bella Cardon Lorna Legum Rising Star Award  Abigail Seeman Middot Tovot Awards  Tal Zach  Abigail Seeman Hebrew Academy Mishna Award  Noah Alper Harold and Jaqueline Spiro Goodman Award for Excellence in General Studies  Victoria Chapel Rabbi Charles J. Mantel Memorial Award for Excellence in Judaic Studies  Marah Gordon Hyman I. Stromberg Memorial Award for Academic Excellence  Victoria Chapel Mazel Tov also to HAT alumni who graduated as high school seniors and are enrolling in college this fall: Brenna Becker, Virginia Tech Philip Feldman, University of Virginia Tal Kedem, The Boston Conservatory Zack Krell, James Madison University Ben Klebanoff, Tulane University Jared Konikoff, College of Charleston Jenny Lefcoe, one year of seminary in Israel and then Stern College Melanie Patish, Virginia Commonwealth University Carly Roesen, University of Maryland Julia Rosenblum, University of Miami Rebecca Schwartzman, Drexler University Jordan Simon, University of Virginia Natalie Simon, University of Virginia Eliana Specht, James Madison University Hebrew Academy of Tidewater is a constituent agency of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.

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