Russian Division Celebration
Bnai Zion Medical Center
Inside the New Neonatology Department
The David Yellin College of Education
2 Bnai Zion Voice
Calendar of Events
June 14, 2007
Bnai Zion Voice The Bridge - Interfaith Celebration of Israel
The Gathering Place, 13900 Griffin Road
Southwest Ranches, FL 33330 · 7:00 pm Southeast Region
June 19, 2007
www.bnaizion.com Educational event featuring
www.bnaizion.org David Baker, Senior Foreign Press Coordinator
from the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office
Temple Shalom, Dallas, TX · 7:00 pm Texas Region
July 13, 2007
Shabbat with Jack Heintz & Friends
11480 SW 22nd Court, Davie FL
7:30 pm RSVP-305-949-0076 Southeast Region
Bnai Zion Voice Message from
(ISSN 0884-5565) 3 George W. Schaeffer President August 9, 2007
postage paid at Bnai Zion Shalom Chapter lunch
New York, 4 Russian Division Event
NY and additional
Arlen House Restaurant
mailing office. 500 Bayview Drive
Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover Sunny Isles Beach, FL · 12noon Southeast Region
Send address By Jack Grunspan
change to: 5 Executive Vice President August 12, 2007
Second Annual Monte Carlo Night
Bnai Zion Voice Southeast Region at the home of George Schaeffer
136 East 39th Street 6 Busy Spring Blossoms Los Angeles Western Region
New York, NY 10016
Phone: 212 725 1211 Peace for Israel or Israel in August 14, 2007
Fax: 212 684 6327 Pieces? Part Two Bnai Zion Women Visit the
7 By Irwin Blank Jewelry Exchange
Loehman’s Plaza, Aventura · 10:30 am
Editor in Chief A Big Step for the Hospital - A Percentage of everything
Lisa Paule Huge Step for the Baby to benefit Bnai Zion Southeast Region
Bnai Zion Medical Center
Business Manager 8 Neonatology Department August 26, 2007
Mel Parness Jewish Arts Festival of Dallas
Restraint is a One-Way Street! Bnai Zion booth at festival Texas Region
Art Director By Mel Parness
Yael Adar September 4, 2007
9 Executive Vice President Emeritus Annual Dr. Rabbi Danny Schiff lecture
Copy Editor Pittsburgh, PA Pittsburgh Region
Jennifer Gibson NY Region
Sports Legends Series September 6, 2007
Contributing Writers Parlor Meeting with Dr. Rofe Dessert Reception 7:30 pm
Irwin Blank 10, 11 Wine & Cheese Benefit Ann Rosenheck, Host; Speaker TBA
Mark Cohen Sunny Isles Beach, FL Southeast Region
Jennifer Gibson Western Region
Jack Grunspan 12 Los Angeles benefit for Ahava September 9 , 2007
Annual Holocaust Memorial Service &
Ray Patt 13 Texas Region Special Memorial Service for Fred Farkas
George W. Schaeffer New Montefiore Cemetery
Pittsburgh Region Pinelawn, NY · 12:00 noon National Office
Circulation Manager 14 Humanitarian Award Reception
Contributing Photographer For Additional Info Contact:
Rosemary Fletcher Israel Interview
Michal Goshczini, National Office 212 725 1211 Lisa Paule
Published quarterly by The David Yellin College New York Region 212 725 1211 Margie Price
Bnai Zion Foundation
15 of Education Pittsburgh Region 412 421 6255 Ellen Primis
Southeast Region 305 949 0076 Eileen Glastein
$2 per year - members Israel Trip, Part Two Texas Region 972 918 9200 SueEllen Wolfson
$5 per year - non-members 16, 17 A view of Bnai Zion projects Western Region 818 716 2722 Zev Litenatsky
USPS#546980 18 Obituary of Fred Farkas email@example.com
President George W. Schaeffer Summer 2007
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We recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of the No matter how you observe this day, even if you
reunification of Jerusalem during the Six Day War. simply pause and ponder the import of Jerusalem to
the Jewish people, remember those who gave their
Those of us who remember the events in May and June of 1967 recall all to defend our Jewish homeland and those who
the fear in Israel and throughout the Jewish world that filled the weeks died for Jerusalem.
leading up to the war. In mid-May, Egypt demanded the United Nations
withdraw its peacekeeping force from Sinai, and the force left; on Remember, too, the period when Jordan held
May 18th, the Voice of the Arabs radio station proclaimed, “The sole jurisdiction over this holy city. Synagogues were
method we shall apply against Israel is total war, which will result in the desecrated, and either destroyed or used as stables.
extermination of Zionist existence”; on May 22nd, Egypt closed the Straits Cemeteries were vandalized, and tombstones were
of Tiran, an international waterway at the mouth of the Red Sea, to Israeli used to pave roads. Access to Jewish holy sites
shipping; on May 23rd Egyptian leader Gamal Abdel Nasser avowed, was denied, despite treaties and promises. The
“We are ready for war, our armed forces, our people, all of us are ready area in front of the Kotel, the Western Wall, the one
for war….”; by the end of May, Egyptian and Syrian troops had massed remaining wall of the Second Temple, destroyed by
along Israel’s western and northern borders, and Syria’s Hafez Assad the Romans in 70 C.E., was turned into a slum.
declared that “the time has come to enter into a battle of annihilation”; on
May 30th, Jordan’s King Hussein signed a “defense pact” with Egypt and When Jerusalem became ours once more, each religion
Syria, and on June 4th, Iraq joined the alliance. was given jurisdiction over its own holy sites. To this Message
day, Muslims are in charge of the Al-Aksa Mosque
In that first week of June 1967, 465,000 Arab troops surrounded Israel. and the Dome of the Rock, built on the grounds on Summer
In addition to the Egyptian, Syrian and Jordanian armies, units were sent
from Kuwait, Algeria and Saudi Arabia. The Soviets supplied them with
which the First and Second Temples once stood, just as
different Christian denominations have jurisdiction over 2007
massive amounts of arms. the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and other sites sacred
to their religion.
Israel mobilized. On the morning of June 5th, nearly all of Israel’s 200
planes attacked Egyptian air fields and destroyed Egypt’s air force. When The Arabs claim Jerusalem is their third holiest
Jordan attacked West Jerusalem, the area held by Israel, Israel pushed its city. How many times is Jerusalem mentioned in
army back across the Jordan River, gaining control of all of Jerusalem, as the Koran?: none. How many times is Jerusalem
well as the West Bank – Judea and Samaria. The Israeli Defense Forces mentioned in the Torah?: over 600. How many
then battled, and defeated, the Syrians on the Golan Heights. Arab rulers visited Jerusalem when it was controlled
by Jordan?: one. Under Jordanian rule, most Arab
In six days, the war was over. homes had no indoor plumbing, electricity or even a
basic water supply. Israel changed all of this, yet is
Those who did not live through these weeks should learn about them, for they never credited with the benefits it has brought to the
presaged all that followed, to this day. “Past is prologue,” Shakespeare wrote. Arabs under her wing. Rather, the number of United
It is impossible to understand today’s reality without knowing yesterday’s. Nations Human Rights Commission resolutions
condemning Israel is over 30. The number of
Of all the successes of the Six Day War, the regaining of the whole of resolutions condemning an Arab country for human
Jerusalem was separate and apart. “If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my rights violations: none.
right hand forget its ways, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth
if I remember thee not, if I set not Jerusalem above my greatest joy,” we We persevere. We know to our core the richness of
read in the Book of Psalms. our faith and heritage, and how lucky we are to be
Jews, to be amongst the lineage of Abraham, Isaac
For over three thousand years, Jerusalem has represented the spiritual, and Jacob.
religious and temporal home of the Jewish people. Centuries before King
David established Jerusalem as his capital city, Jerusalem held a special May we never forget all we have been through as
place in Judaism, for it was here, on the very mount on which the First a people. May we always treasure our faith and
and Second Temples later stood, that Abraham took Isaac to sacrifice to tradition. May we give thanks for the sacrifices made
the Lord. Seeing the depths of Abraham’s faith, it was here that God said, in defense of our homeland, and may we always
“In your seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed.” honor and remember those who made them. And
may we continue to let our voices rise when we sing
Such is the meaning of Jerusalem to us that the Passover Seder concludes “Hatikvah”: “As long as the Jewish spirit is yearning
with the dream, hope, and prayer, “Next year in Jerusalem.” deep in the heart, with eyes turned towards the East,
looking towards Zion, then our hope will not be lost,
During the War of Independence in 1948, when Israeli generals were to be a free people in our land, the land of Zion and
clamoring for more troops in the north and in the south, Ben Gurion Jerusalem.”
insisted on the essential need to lift the Arab siege of Jerusalem. “If we
lose a part of the north or a part of the south, we lose an arm or a leg,” he May we always remember who we are: Bnai Zion,
told them, “but if we lose Jerusalem, we lose our heart.” the children of Zion.
Each year, we celebrate the reunification of Jerusalem during the Six Day I extend to you all my heartfelt wishes for a good summer
War, on Yom Yerushalayem – Jerusalem Day. On the Jewish calendar, and season of remembrance. Next year in Jerusalem! U
Yom Yerushalayem falls on the 28th day of Iyar, or, this year on the
English calendar, on May 16th.
Summer 2007 Bnai Zion Russian Division Celebration
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Prof. Oleg Liner, Prof. Oleg Liner, Boris Kiderman, National Vice President, and Sandra
President of the Russian Division. Sasson, Press Officer, Consulate General of Israel, New York.
Sunday, Over one hundred members of New Dr. Liner then introduced the next speaker, Sandra Sasson,
March 25, 2007 York City’s Russian Jewish community Press Officer at the Consulate General of Israel in New
York, who gave an overview of Israel’s foreign relations.
attended the Bnai Zion Russian She discussed the current divide between ‘moderates
Division Celebration at the Bnai – those who believe in co-existence and the peace process,
Zion building on Sunday afternoon, and those who believe in violence and hold to that,
March 25, 2007. The event was including Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas.’ She said that a
held to mark the new leadership of renewed diplomatic effort is gaining new momentum, and
the Russian Division president, Dr. that the recent meeting of the U.N. Secretary General Ban
Oleg Liner, to hear the latest news Ki-moon with the Israeli Defense Minister Amir Peretz - in
from Israel and to update participants which Ki-moon said that the Palestinians must accept
about the current needs of the Bnai peace agreements - shows an improvement in the attitude
Zion Medical Center in Haifa. of the U.N.
Boris Kiderman opened the celebration by Speaking then about Lebanon and Iran, Sandra
welcoming everyone, and then introduced optimistically suggested that the new sanctions just
Prof. Liner, who spoke for a few minutes imposed on all arms exports from Iran could be successful.
before presenting Jack Grunspan, Bnai She concluded her presentation on a positive note, saying
Zion’s Executive Vice President. Jack ‘with goodwill on all sides and with concessions that
began by asking everyone to sing the unfortunately will have to made, there will be progress.’
American national anthem, followed by
Hatikvah. He spoke about the role of the After Sandra’s informative and thoughtful talk, guests
Bnai Zion Medical Center during the war partook of a lavish buffet and enjoyed entertainment
with Hezbollah last summer and mentioned from a well-known Russian vocalist, and orchestra, who
that there was previously never a need serenaded everyone to much applause.
for underground facilities at the hospital,
but because of the foreseeable likelihood Commendations in recognition of outstanding work were
of another war, being able to convert the presented to two people active on behalf of Bnai Zion:
hospital underground parking into a readily- Boris Rabiner, a member of the BZ board and frequent
accessible emergency treatment center is contributor, and Ida Libkhen, a long-term BZ volunteer who
a necessity. contributed generously during the war with Lebanon.
A new video about the hospital was shown Thanks to the unstinting efforts of the members of the
to an attentive audience, visibly moved by Russian Division board, Vice President Liza Levin and
the images of the aftermath of missile hits the new president, Prof. Oleg Liner, who also provided
to Haifa and the scenes of injured being the marvelous commentary throughout the afternoon, the
brought into the Medical Center. event raised over $3,000 for the Medical Center and was
a delightful forum for BZ enthusiasts from the Russian
Jack concluded by informing the group that Jewish community to come together and support the
the cost to build an underground ‘convertible’ organization in a most festive way. U
emergency room is $1.6 million.
Jack Grunspan Executive Vice-President Summer 2007
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She walked in the door like a bag Charitable Remainder
lady, literally, as she was carrying two Unitrust that would pay
shopping bags with her. An elderly lady the longer of Roberta’s
who looked liked she needed a handout lifetime or fifteen years.
and greeted me with, “I am in need of
financial advice.” Well, let me tell you, Roberta would
she looked like she was in need of a lot immediately transfer the
of things, but financial advice would stock to the Trust, not only
have been my last guess. avoiding a Capital Gains
Tax, but also earning her a
Roberta, aged 81, was shown to my Charitable Tax Deduction
office, slowly sipping the tea we gave in excess of $58,000. Jack Grunspan
her and told me her story. For forty
years she had worked as a bookkeeper Roberta would now be Don’t
for a shoe factory and every December earning $16,000 annually Judge a
her bonus consisted of shares of stock for her lifetime, four times Book by
from her employer. In her shopping what she was earning Its Cover
bags were all the stock certificates she until now, and thanks
had accumulated over the years. to her Charitable Tax
Deduction she will be able
The stock was currently worth to deduct at least half of
$200,000! Unfortunately, while she this income for the next
had intended to leave the certificates six years.
to her six nieces and nephews, having
no spouse or children, the stock was Should Roberta not live
now being called, which means she beyond age 96, her six
would have to turn in the stock and nieces and nephews would
declare a Capital Gain of $200,000, each receive an annual
resulting in a tax liability of more than income of $2,666.66
$30,000. Indeed, Roberta did need for the remainder of the
financial advice. Currently, the stock original terms of the Trust.
was giving her semi-annual dividends in
the amount of $2,000 – a 2% return on Roberta left the office
her assets. that her tax problem was
solved and knowing that
After further questioning, it seems eventually her assets will
that Roberta still wanted her nieces be used for Bnai Zion’s
and nephews to receive some type of humanitarian projects. U
monetary benefit from the stock, but
not until after she was gone. And, just For information for your
to make it more interesting, the stock unique financial situation
was being called in the next ten days so please call Jack Grunspan
she had to make a quick decision. for a confidential proposal
at (800) 564-6399.
Under the circumstances, a decision
was made to establish an 8%
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to have two important visitors from Israel.
The Southeast Region was fortunate
Busy Spring Blossoms
Dr. Amon Rofe, Director of the Bnai Zion Medical
Center in Haifa, was the guest speaker at the home of
Nancy Bromberg and Harvey Potashman, snowbirds
from Pittsburgh. We also had the opportunity for
several prominent members of the South Florida Jewish
community to meet with Dr. Rofe and hear about the needs
of the Medical Center.
Yoav Apelboim, Director of Ahava Village for Children and
Youth, spoke at a luncheon in Hollywood. This audience
came together to promote solidarity between the Christian
and Jewish communities and to network with people who
have Israel as a central theme in their lives.
The Covenant, a “living Bible” musical troupe from
Jerusalem, performed at The Gathering Place. They held
two shows that were standing room-only. This was the
first in a series of events to promote solidarity between
Christians and Jews and it played to an appreciative
audience of over 2,300.
The next event is a fundraiser for Ahava: “The Bridge” is being
hosted by The Gathering Place and all the proceeds will go to
4 Ahava. We are expecting a crowd of well over one hundred.
The theme of this function is bringing together women who
1. Jack Grunspan, Rosalie Schlaen, VP of Merrill Lynch,and
Dr. Amnon Rofe, Director of the BZ Medical Center. love Israel. A great local speaker, Robyn Wilkerson, will be
2. Dr. Rofe and Dr. Arnon Krongrad of The Krongrad Institute. featured along with Israeli music and Israeli food and we
3. Dr. Dino Pedrone, Senior Pastor at The Gathering Place, expect to make a major collection for Ahava.
and Eileen Glastein, Southeast Director for Bnai Zion.
4. Ari Pasternak, Northwestern, Jack Heintz, Primerica In other news, Bnai Zion was just inducted into the
and Mazal Yehezkely, Bank Leumi.
5. Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center brought two bus
Chairman’s Roundtable of the Aventura Marketing Council.
loads of people to see The Covenant. This 600-member council is the major networking
6. Yoav Apelboim, Director of Ahava Village at “His House,” organization of South Florida and is an excellent place to
a community in Miami Gardens that is similar to Ahava. meet people who can help Bnai Zion. U
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Jews fought in all theaters of the war and at the end of the war, when they Again the UN called for Israel to partition itself.
stepped forward to receive their just recognition, the British kept their military Missions were sent to the Middle East, each promising
achievements as secret as they could. Palestinian Jews parachuted into peace, but all calling for Jewish surrender. Appeasement
occupied Europe; they fought against the Vichy French, in Lebanon and Syria became the watchword and Israel was pressured to
(where Moshe Dayan lost his eye and where a young Itzhak Rabin climbed up make all the sacrifices and assume all the burdens.
telephone poles to cut off enemy communications); twenty-three Jewish sailors The Yom Kippur War of 1973 proved the need for
set off to sabotage Axis installations in Tripoli, Libya, and disappeared without a Israel to hold onto its hard-won lands. What would
trace. The only recognition was the creation of the Jewish Brigade, which fought have happened if Egypt had maintained its pre-1967
in Italy in the last days of the war. The British government was not keen on Jews lines? If Syria had been again sitting on the escarpments
in uniform and consequently the Brigade was only created in 1944, when the of the Golan Heights? If any conflict proved the need for
war was almost won. defense in depth, it was the Yom Kippur War.
During this time the White Paper stayed in force. The Mufti of Jerusalem, Under American pressure and Egyptian political
after fleeing to Iraq in 1940, tried to orchestrate a pro-Nazi overthrow of the maneuvering, by 1979 Israel pulled out of Sinai. Israel
Iraqi pro-British monarchy but failed. He made his way to Berlin where he had to remove the Yamit settlement, abandon two
was greeted by Hitler and set up a weekly Arabic broadcast to the Middle East airfields and give up oil wells it developed and organized
urging Arabs to kill Jews and British soldiers, and he recruited a battalion of - sacrifice for a peace treaty that has benefited Egypt
Bosnian Moslem SS to fight along side the Nazis. None of this changed the far more than Israel. Egypt is now the second largest
pro-Arab British policy in the mandate. beneficiary of American arms and aid after Israel.
In 1947, under the pressures of maintaining the mandate, the British (During the negotiations, the Egyptians made it known
handed the problem to the United Nations. The UN formed the United Nations
Special Committee on Palestine with eleven representatives from different
that they didn’t want the return of Gaza.)
Israel retreated from Lebanon in 2000, evacuated
nations to investigate a way to ameliorate the Palestine problem. Again the
Arabs would not cooperate, would not meet with the committee, nor lend
Gaza in 2002, and permitted the establishment of
the “Palestinian Authority,” a shield under which Arab
it any assistance whatsoever. In fact, one of the members - after visiting a
kibbutz - wanted to know if they were also going to an Arab kibbutz!
terrorist organizations work.
The IDF left Lebanon, which has become the front
Their recommendation, once again, was to further steal land away from the
Jewish people and create a mini-state without the western Galilee, without the
line in the Third World War: the West against Islamic
fundamentalism. Hezbollah created a mini-state in
Negev desert, and without Jerusalem - where one-fifth of the Yishuv lived and southern Lebanon and now seeks to destroy democracy in
where there had been a Jewish majority since the days of Lincoln. that country. The missile war of last summer shows that the PART TWO
Reluctantly and powerlessly, the Yishuv leadership accepted this ersatz destruction of the Jewish State is still a priority for the Arabs.
proposal. The Arabs accepted it with violence: rioting in Jerusalem, death How different that line would have been had Israel not been
on the roads and ultimately the invasion by five Arab nations on the date of forced out of the nineteen villages it occupied and the banks By
Israel’s birth, 14 May 1948. Trygve Lie, then Secretary of the UN, called this of the Litani River that it reached in January 1949! Irwin Blank
attack “the first armed aggression since the end of the war.” The regrettable 2002 Israeli surrender in Gaza
The end of the war saw Jews liberating the western Galilee, the Negev with the horrific scenes of Jew evicting Jew has not
desert and areas in the center of the country. The fighting didn’t end without brought peace. The Arabs destroyed the hot houses that
Israeli military victories, but they were snatched away by the British. At the would have given them employment, desecrated the
end of the war, Israeli forces were as far as the outskirts of El Arish in the Sinai, synagogues and turned the area into a staging ground
were about to occupy Jenin in the West Bank, and were situated in the hills for the launching of Kassam missiles into Sderot and the
around Hebron. A few more weeks and the entire West Bank and the Gaza kibbutzim and moshavim of the western Negev.
strip would have been in Israeli hands. Israel retreated for peace and advanced the cause
However, to the British Israel was still the enemy, the weak nation that of its enemies. Now there is talk of further evictions in
could be partitioned and pilloried. The British told Israel to withdraw from Yehuda and Shomron, as witnessed by the atrocities in
the areas around Jenin and Hebron or they would invoke their defense treaty Arnona. Are we to abandon Ariel, Efrat, and Ma’aleh
with the Hashemite king in Trans-Jordan. They also threatened to fire on Adumim in this dangerous game of appeasement?
Israeli troops if they didn’t exit from the Sinai. To back up their words, the Will the Islamic fundamentalist axis of Iran, Syria
Royal Air Force sent Spitfire aircraft to strafe Israeli positions. Unfortunately for and Hezbollah bide its time until Israel is, once again,
those British pilots, they were pounced upon by the new Israeli air force flying territorially weak and indefensible? Abba Eban called the
Czechoslovakian-manufactured Messerschmit 109s and were promptly shot lines of May 1967 the Auschwitz lines. Are we to hasten
down by a couple of Israeli pilots, one of whom would one day command the the further decline of Jewish patrimony? For what?
air force and become president of Israel, Ezer Weizmann. Why does Israel have to do for the “Palestinian Arabs”
During truce negotiations on the island of Rhodes, Israel was forced to what their own fellow Arabs didn’t do for them? Egypt
relinquish many of its hard-won gains and no peace treaties were signed. Israel and Jordan had the Gaza Strip and the West Bank for
was a country without borders, with only ceasefire lines that were to become nineteen years; where were the calls for “Palestinian
trip wires for Arab terrorists. statehood” then? Why didn’t the world cry for a
The end of the war resulted in another truncation of Israel and no peace. “Palestinian state” then? Where were the calls for a two-
In 1956, in answer to the countless provocations and acts of murder state solution?
emanating from the Gaza Strip and the Sinai by Egyptian-sponsored terrorists, It seems that only Jews are supposed to make all the
Israel struck in October and liberated the Sinai and Gaza in one hundred hours sacrifices, only Israel is supposed to partition itself, only
of hard fighting. This time Israel expected it could hold this territory for a true anti-Semites and Holocaust deniers are to be satisfied.
peace. But that was not to happen, as pressured by America and the Soviet We have to say ENOUGH! NOT ANOTHER INCH! The opinions
Union, Israel abandoned its gains with the installation of the United Nations Israel has survived and prospered despite more than expressed in this
Emergency Force on the ceasefire lines with Egypt and Gaza. a hundred years of Arab terrorism, British perfidy, article are the
Forty years ago, Israel was once again forced to fight for its life. The IDF international prejudice and unrelenting sacrifice. author’s and not
saved Israel from destruction in six days. The Egyptian blockade of the Gulf Before there can be peace, there must be an end necessarily the
of Eilat was lifted, the West Bank of the Jordan - the heartland of the Jewish to Arab terrorism and worldwide Islamic fundamentalist
people - was now in Israel’s hands, the Old City of Jerusalem - which was organization’s.
violence. When people can dwell side by side in mutual
supposed to be accessible to Jews but was blocked by the Jordanians for respect without fear, there can be peace between nations.
nineteen years - was free once more, and the Golan Heights, with its Jewish Israel stands on the frontlines of western democracy Comments can be
roots, seized by French-backed Lebanese Arabs in 1923, was rejoined to the and it should stand on all its land, all of Eretz Yisrael, the sent to the
people of Israel. This time, Israel said, there would have to be peace. Moshe homeland of the Jewish people, forever! U Letters to the
Dayan said he was waiting for a phone call from the Arabs. He got his answer Editor column.
in August from Khartoum: no recognition of Israel, no negotiation with Israel,
and no peace with Israel.
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A Big Step for the Hospital
The department’s staff grew and the current director, Dr. Bader,
A Huge Step for the Baby
joined the staff after a fellowship in premature medicine in the
States. The department moved into two small but bigger rooms
with the latest equipment of that time.
With the opening of the west wing and the transfer of the
Maternity Department, the number of deliveries in the hospital
increased significantly, from 2,500 births a year to 4,400. As a
result there was also a significant increase in number of preterm
babies and babies who needed intensive care. At that time the
department included three rooms in which the staff provided
medical care to preemies born weighing 500 grams (one pound)
In the next decade the department bloomed. The percentage of
survivors among sick preemies who were born weighing less than
1,500 grams (3.3 lbs.) increased significantly and reached nearly
a 90% survival rate. Most preemies were released to go home
with no handicap or injury. The department started to publish
its research and senior doctors received academic appointments
at the Faculty of Medicine. Nurses took courses and had hands-
on practical learning, which allowed them to provide excellent
treatment to the preemies and their parents as well.
The needs of the Neonatal Department considerably increased
over the years and the facility’s infrastructure was not able to
meet the standards of the new century. The management of
the medical center understood the new needs and decided to
completely renovate the department. Plans and ideas were drawn
up and presented and after a relatively short time the project to
enlarge and further develop the department began. It was made
possible thanks to Mr. George Schaeffer, President of Bnai Zion,
the Ministry of Health and other donors who came forward during
our special radio fundraising campaign.
The summer 2006 war with Hezbollah awakened us to a vital
need: to protect and guard the department’s windows in case of
rockets or NBC (nuclear-biological-chemical) attacks. Planners,
together with the Ministry of Health, immediately changed the
plans, and with funds received from Bnai Zion and the Los
Angeles Jewish Federation we built protected windows for the
Mazal Tov! The Neonatology
whole unit – and our Neonatology Department became the first
Department has moved to its protected department in the entire Haifa area!
The new department opened a month ago, a spacious and
Let’s begin with a little history. The department beautiful facility equipped with state-of-the-art equipment
was established at the end of the 1970s as and technology that vastly improves the medical care given to
a small unit for neonates by the late Prof. preemies, babies and their families. The department is now
Winter. The unit treated all neonates born capable of treating the needs of the sick baby. We invested a
weighing more than 2,500 grams (5_lbs.). great deal in the design of placing the family in the center, and
Unfortunately, at that time there was no the current facility contains bigger treatment areas allowing more
equipment at the Medical Center to help babies privacy.
weighing under 2,500 grams to breathe.
The unit operated from a small room inside The department nurses support the mothers in their first days after
the Pediatric Department and then moved labor. Much attention is given to breast feeding, and department
to a small room on the 7th floor next to the social workers provide support to parents who need physical or
Maternity Department. emotional help.
The department grew and developed over Based on national and international comparisons of success in
the years and in the mid-1980s the hospital treatments, our Neonatal department proudly stands near the top
purchased the first ventilators and the staff and we are confident that babies and preemies will receive the
began to enable breathing of smaller babies. very best medical care of the highest international standard. U
Mel Parness Executive Vice President Emeritus Summer 2007
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We live in a very strange world. The
truth, sometimes, has no place in the
news reports or in the minds of some
world leaders. To what am I referring?
Just look and listen to the news on television accounts. This is the same
leadership that calls upon its own
and in the newspapers, or listen to world
leaders, including some American politicians, young people to become suicide One-Way
about the rockets fired from Gaza toward both bombers, murderers of innocent Street!
Sderot and Ashkelon, in Israel. women and children, that
spends money on arms, rockets
Israel then responds with limited counter- and bombs- instead of on food,
attacks against Hamas and Fatah terrorists healthcare and education.
in an effort to stop these unwarranted
attacks against the civilian population living Does our former President Jimmy
in these areas. Carter call upon these people
to cease and desist from these
The next step is leaders of the Palestinians horrendous and vicious attacks?
crying out that Israel is breaking the “truce” and No, of course not! It is easier to
escalating the violence. All of a sudden, people call upon Israel for restraint, in
who never opened their mouths to decry the his opinion.
firing of these Kassam rockets at the Israelis are
now calling for restraint by the IDF. We, as Americans, who care about
the dignity of all people, who care
It is as if they never heard about the original about right and wrong and who
cause of the problem, i.e. the continuing refusal pray for peace around the world,
of the Palestinian Authority - now controlled must be alert to what is happening
by Hamas - to want a true peaceful settlement around us all the time. We must
of the continuing struggle. Israel has tried on call upon our leaders in Congress
many occasions to create a situation where two to continue the support for our
Peoples can live in peace, next to each other. greatest ally, Israel. We must
The Palestinian leadership has repeatedly called remind the Administration that
for the destruction of Israel and said that they Israel is our “special friend” in the
don’t care how long it takes. Middle East and the only true ally
we have in that area.
It is not the Palestinian people who are
the problem! It is their leadership that has Restraint has to become a two-
continually become rich by stealing the funds way street. It has to begin with the
that have been given for the welfare of the aggressors, not the defenders! U
people. They divert the money to their own
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10 Bnai Zion Voice
Second Sports Third Sports Legends Dinner
1 Legends Dinner A splendid evening was had by everyone who attended
the third dinner of the Sports Legends Series hosted by the
The Greater New York Region hosted Carl New York region on Wednesday night, March 21, 2007 at
Banks on Wednesday, February 28, 2007
the Bnai Zion auditorium. Over thirty people enjoyed the
for its second Sports Legends Dinner. That
remarks, anecdotes and question-and-answer session of the
evening, an intimate group gathered at
Mendy’s Restaurant to talk sports and enjoy keynote speaker, Bobby Nystrom, who played for the New
a fine Kosher meal. York Islanders from 1972 to 1985 and was one of the all-
time clutch players in NHL Stanley Cup history.
Mr. Banks won two Super Bowls with the New
York Giants, and also played for the Cleveland Margie Price, director of the New York region, welcomed
Browns and Washington Redskins. After his the guests and spoke about Ahava Village for children
career in football, he began his own clothing and youth, and Ahava’s Passover appeal to provide seder
company and does work in radio broadcasting. provisions and food for the holiday week to the families of
sixty children who are residents of the center.
Margie Price, Director of the region, greeted Describing Ahava and its program that houses, educates
everyone and later introduced Mr. Banks. and offers various therapies to children and youth at
During the entrée, people were able to risk, Margie emphasized the wonderful role of Ahava in
have casual conversations with Mr. Banks, transforming lives and enabling bright futures.
covering topics from the current NFL
coaches and players to his growing prowess She then introduced Mr. Nystrom, known as ‘Mr. Islander,’
at golf. who opened his presentation by committing to a $1,000
contribution to Ahava. He said that although initially he
Before dessert was served, Mr. Banks didn’t plan to speak at this event, when he researched
Photo Captions: addressed the group with stories from his Bnai Zion and the projects we support, he changed his
days playing pro ball. He mentioned that
1. Carl Banks with mind and he was particularly interested in Ahava Village.
you must give back to the community that
sports enthusiast Mentioning that his wife and children are Jewish and that
supported you. Prior to his talk, he looked
through the current issue of the Voice and he recognizes the important relationship between America
remarked that one of his philanthropic and Israel, he said that ‘helping the future generation is
2. L-R Carl Banks,
John Coleman and interests is helping children with autism. He what the world is all about.’
Todd Ehrlich. was pleased to note the Bnai Zion Medical
Center has art therapy programs that help In addition to talking about historical moments in his
3. Standing (L-R) Islander past, which fascinated the audience, Mr. Nystrom
young patients and adults through their often
Guest Speaker Bobby difficult treatments. Mr. Banks was a most also mentioned that hockey taught him that ‘winning is a
Nystrom, Martin gracious presenter. total attitude,’ and that ‘you can’t do anything out of fear.’
Gover, Alan Schwartz,
Margie Price, After coffee and dessert, guests received A silent auction of sports memorabilia was part of the
Director, Greater New collectable photographs of Mr. Banks, which event and Margie concluded the dinner by reminding the
he then personalized. Currently, Carl Banks attendees to cast their bids, and by thanking Mr. Nystrom
Kenneth Wendler with can be heard on Sirius Satellite Radio as a for his inspirational and informative comments and for his
Neil Betoff. voice for the NFL. support of our organization.
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Bnai Zion Voice 11
1. Sergio Rubinstein,
a committee co-chair,
toasting the event.
Parlor Meeting 2. (L-R) Janet Miller,
Monday, March 5, 2007 Sabena Rubinstein
1 2 and Eva Fleischer,
enjoying their hard
3. Bnai Zion guests
4. Ruben & Marian
1 3 4 Ferziger with guest
sampling white wine.
Bnai Zion hosted a wine and cheese event on
Sunday afternoon, March 11, 2007, at the Bnai Zion
auditorium. Attended by over 125 guests, the event
was a fundraiser for the Bnai Zion Medical Center in
Haifa, which serves the northern communities of Israel
and is in the forefront of treatment for terrorism victims.
Gotham Wines, from the Upper West Side, provided
wines and sommeliers. The cheese and hors d’oeuvres
2 were donated by Tnuva and Atlanta Cheese companies.
Information was provided about all the wines available
1. (L-R) Sabena Rubinstein, Dr. Amnon Rofe, Martin Heilbrunn, and for tasting, and the sommeliers were knowledgeable and
Sergio Rubinstein gathered before watching the video. gracious. Guests had the opportunity to order kosher- Sunday,
for-Passover wine from regions throughout the world. March 11, 2007
2. Guests dining with Dr. Rofe in the Rubinstein’s art-filled living room. Ambience was provided by a classical duet comprised of
two students from the Manness College of Music, who
serenaded the guests until nearly the end of
Sabena and Sergio Rubinstein were warm and
gracious hosts on Monday evening, March 5, Margie Price, director of the New York Bnai Zion
2007 at their lovely, antique-filled apartment region, welcomed the guests and later introduced
on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. a video about the Medical Center that was filmed
during the summer 2006 war with Hezbollah,
when missiles fell on Haifa and the hospital
The purpose of this gathering was to introduce Dr. Amnon Rofe, treated over five hundred people injured. A very
Director General of the Bnai Zion Medical Center in Haifa, Israel, moving presentation, the video poignantly relates
to a group of friends of the Rubinsteins. how the Medical Center dealt with incoming
wounded and how it needs to expand its facilities
Gathered were Riry & Tom Jones, Martin Heilbrunn, Drs. Julie to prepare for the unfortunate likelihood of
and Hal Mitnick, Carole and Phil Goldsmith, Edna and Shimon
Elbaz, and Janet and Steve Miller. After a beautifully presented The chairperson, Sabena Rubinstein, who was
buffet dinner, Jack Grunspan, Executive Vice President of Bnai instrumental in assembling the jewelry and other
Zion, thanked the guests for attending, made opening remarks items for the Chinese Auction and for the very
about the Medical Center, and introduced Dr. Amnon Rofe. successful turnout at the event, was very pleased
with the afternoon and the support received from
Dr. Rofe spoke briefly to the gathering and invited them into the her many friends and associates in attendance.
Rubinstein’s den to view a video saying, “A picture is worth a
Also present were two artists, whose pieces,
thousand words.” portraits and landscape images, were
exhibited for sale at the event. Both artists are
The video depicts how the Medical Center, located in the enthusiastic about Bnai Zion’s work in Israel
North, mobilized immediately after coming under siege from and want to help.
the Katyusha rockets fired by Hezbollah in the war. Within
minutes of the first rocket landing, the hospital, under Dr. Rofe’s After the results of the Chinese Auction were
leadership, went into emergency mode. The Medical Center never revealed, an auction was held for two lots with
nineteen bottles of wine in each.
expected this act of aggression to reach its town directly.
The gathering was a festive and delicious fete of the
The need to rebuild, replenish supplies and protect itself from new season and the strong showing made it not only
further attacks encouraged everyone who attended to pledge a very enjoyable and social afternoon, but also one of
financial support to the Medical Center. great benefit to the Bnai Zion Medical Center.
Summer 2007 Western Region
12 Bnai Zion Voice
Photo Captions: On the evening of May 9, the home
of Dr. Edwin & Cecile Gromis was the
1. Cecile Gromis,
President of the West site of a Parlor Meeting benefiting
Coast region Yoav Ahava Village for Children & Youth.
Apelboim, Director The evening attracted many, including
of Ahava Village
for Children & Youth, members of our National Board,
& Jack Grunspan, and was a wonderful success. Mrs.
Bnai Zion Executive Cecile Gromis, President of the Bnai
“Welcome to my Zion Western Region, joined Mr. Jack
home”. Grunspan, Executive Vice President
of the organization and Rabbi Zev
2. Bottom row:
left to right Cecile Litenatsky, Director of the Western
Gromis, Irina Afzal, Region, in welcoming everyone to her
Sarah Austerlitz, Yoav beautiful Beverly Hills home.
Kayne, Susan Carlisle,
Alexandra Feldman, Mr. Yoav Apelboim, the Director of 3
Executive Assistant Ahava Village, was the special guest of
Regina Goldberger the evening. Yoav described in detail
top row: left to right the programs in place at Ahava and
Dr. Edwin Gromis, discussed the important role that Bnai
Jack Grunspan, Zev
Litenatsky, Director, Zion has played in supporting many
Western Region, of these programs. At an extremely
Michael Feinman, poignant moment in his presentation,
Rafi Litenatsky, Ernie
Goldberger. Yoav described the manner in which
the summer 2006 war with Hezbollah
3. Discussion taking affected the Village. A very thorough
Ahava: question and answer period followed
Cecile Gromis, the presentation. Many pledges were
Jack Grunspan, made for the financial needs of Ahava
Doreen Kayne, Village. Yoav closed the evening by
Zev Litenatsky. thanking all who attended, refreshments
followed, and the guests left with a new
4. Pictured, Yoav
Apelboim presenting understanding of the crucial role Ahava
the Ahava story to the plays in improving the lives of children 4
assembled guests. and youth. U
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Hold The Date Board
December 1, 2007
An open board meeting for the
Diane Dr. Texas Region was held on Thursday 2
Benjamin Stephen night, May 17, 2007 at the Aaron
Family Jewish Community Center in
Swisher Dallas. The guest speaker, Naomi
Schrager, was introduced by Dr.
Bill Katz. Ms. Schrager, Head of
to be held at the Judaic Studies at Yavneh Academy,
Westin Park Central Hotel, Dallas discussed the future of Jewish
day schools and their effect on
Featuring the Dallas Jewish community and
Dave Tanner & his Show Band Israel. Her very informative speech
was followed by a lively question-
Special entertainment and speakers 1. (L) Shirley Strauss
to be announced and-answer session and comments
(R) Naomi Schrager.
from the attendees. The event was
2. Dr. Bill Katz, Vice
Chairperson: Shirley Strauss chaired by Larry Strauss, President President, introducing
our speaker Naomi
Co-chairs: Anita Bayer & Sherrie Stohl of the Western Region. Schrager.
Summer 2007 Pittsburgh Region
14 Bnai Zion Voice
Photo Captions: On May 15, 2007 nearly 200 people the Quittman Center, a sizeable apartment building for
gathered at the Westin Convention Israel Elwyn residents. The video helped set the mood
1. David Shapira
Center Hotel in Pittsburgh to celebrate for our guest speaker, David Shapira, the Chairman,
Humanitarian Award the many accomplishments of our CEO and President of Giant Eagle, Inc., to give a very
to Jim Roddey. Humanitarian Award Honoree Jim moving and emotional presentation highlighting the
2. Jack Grunspan,
Roddey. Known for his avid community merits of hiring the disabled. Both Jim and David
Exec. VP and Todd involvement, Jim has spent over forty are passionate about hiring handicapped people and
Rascoe, President, BZ years in business, has participated are highly impressed with the significant work done
in civic and government affairs and at Israel Elwyn to bring disabled individuals into the
3. David Shapira, is very active on the boards of many mainstream.
President & CEO organizations.
of Giant Eagle
Corporation, Inc. was
Our guests included many of David’s friends and
our guest speaker. The evening festivities started with friends of the honoree, as well as Bnai Zion supporters.
cocktail reception followed by a very Everyone enjoyed seeing a firsthand look at one of the
4. Warren Sufrin,
moving program. A video was shown many projects supported by Bnai Zion.
Region President, about Israel Elwyn, a residential
Nancy Bromberg- campus in Jerusalem providing Following the program guests moved into the ballroom
Member, Ellen Primis,
care and vocational training for the for dinner, where they were serenaded by a wonderful
Regional Director. disabled, where Bnai Zion sponsored piano player the entire evening. U
David Yellin College of Education Summer 2007
Bnai Zion Voice 15
The David Yellin College of Education,
What is your title and what are your main
I am the Director of Resource Development and Public
Relations at the college. My main responsibilities are Michal Goshczini
maintaining and establishing contact with individuals, donors,
and foundations in Israel and overseas for public relations and the college, says so much about the people
fundraising, liaison to media, organizing all advertising and involved and their concern, devotion, and
marketing, producing the website and college newspaper, and closeness - perhaps not geographically, but
more. certainly in their hearts - to the people of Israel.
How long have you been working here? What are your biggest or proudest
I have worked here since April 2006. accomplishments here?
I think it is still too early to discuss my
Tell us a bit about your personal background and how you achievements even though I have had some
came to work here. small successes. I think that in a year’s
I spent fourteen years working as the office manger and time I will be able to report even bigger
personal assistant for the former mayor of Jerusalem, the late achievements.
Teddy Kollek, at the Jerusalem Foundation and Israel Museum.
My mother became ill with cancer and I left my work and What do you envision for the future here?
stopped working for a year to take care of her until she passed As for my vision for the college, I would like to
away. Then I saw the ad in the newspaper for this position and see the college with a large circle of friends in
went for an interview. I was one of several candidates until Israel and abroad, and a large number of donors
they notified me that I was accepted for the position! who will help us expand and develop projects for
training the next generation of teachers who will
What are the most important aspects of the David Yellin educate our children and our children’s children.
College of Education?
David Yellin College trains teachers. Founded ninety-four What is the most fulfilling aspect of your
years ago, it was the first college to teach teachers in Hebrew. job here?
The college offers special bachelors programs, a teaching The part of my work I find most satisfying is
certificate and a master’s degree. It offers retraining programs the feeling that I am part of a system that is
for academics, instructing them in teaching and treating children training really good educators in Israel and
with the help of pets, theater, art and music. We also have that I help by raising more money to develop
special programs for training teachers to work with children new programs that will advance education
with special needs and severe learning challenges, and a and help us offer a better education for new
pre-bachelor’s degree program for students wishing to work generations of Israelis.
in priority areas nationwide. Another really nice feature of the
college is that Jews (religious and non-religious), Muslims, If you could change or improve something
Christians, and new immigrants all learn together. here, what would it be?
The only change I can think of is that we should
How has this place evolved since you’ve been here? have more resources so we can put all our plans
Resource development is not an easy field to work in and into effect for the good of our students. I would
demands a lot of effort and great patience. If that were all also like to see a change in attitude toward
I had to do, change would be much quicker, but since I am teachers in Israel and see teachers recognized
involved in many things at the same time, I don’t have much for their important work and for this to be
time to deal exclusively with resource development. reflected in their salaries. I think that education
I have succeeded in producing the college newspaper, in should be our top priority along with security.
renewing and updating our website, and have produced reports
about donations received. I also sent out appeals for donations What do you enjoy doing when you’re not
to potential and existing donors and foundations and I organize working here?
the Israeli Friends of David Yellin College. I am a full-time mother and I love being with
my son, going on trips with him, going to
What is the most visible mark of the Bnai Zion role here? the sea and the swimming pool, reading and
Bnai Zion is helping us appeal to people across the United writing. I write and illustrate children’s books
States for donations for different projects. I think the fact and I hope to see my first children’s book
that Bnai Zion raises funds for projects in Israel, including published soon! U
Summer 2007 New York Region
Bnai Zion Voice
PART 2 2
January 30 - February 6, 2007
the residents’ tastes. In the basement is a special meditative room
1 meant for reducing stress called the Snoezelen Room. Based on a
Dutch concept of a sensory environment, it is designed to enable
positive emotional experiences and improve the quality of life for
people with disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. The room
Our next visit was to the Quittman Center at
is a calming oasis with soft lights, gentle aromas, liquid sculptures
Israel Elwyn’s Jerusalem location (one of many and other props that have a very soothing influence.
throughout Israel serving over 1,700 people).
Supporting the disabled adult community, We pass an alcove planned for an elevator, envisioned but not yet
Israel Elwyn provides residential living and funded. We see that the Quittman Center provides the ultimate
vocational training to help disabled individuals setting for adults with special needs and that they benefit greatly from
become as self-sufficient as possible. We this special residence, not only structurally but also via the therapy,
like the Snoezelen Room it offers. As Israel Elwyn needs to expand its
learned more about the facility and its
campus and provide more residences like the Quittman Center, funds
operations in a meeting with David Marcu, are needed for construction and development.
the executive director, and Sara Sadovnik, the
assistant executive director. Crossing the city we arrive at the David Yellin College of Education,
where we begin our tour in the library, guided by the Head
The Quittman Center, established by the generosity of Librarian, Dania Ansenberg. She points out the computer room,
Bnai Zion in honor of Herman Quittman, is located on expressing her desire to increase the number of computers, and
the Israel Elwyn grounds down a steep slope that has the section with children’s books, accessed by student teachers.
been newly terraced and developed with a sensory In the main research room we glimpse multiple vertical shelves
garden, the only one of its kind in the world providing of books suspended from the ceiling but not reaching the floor, to
inventive, hands-on ways for residents to learn about and give the appealing illusion of floating bookshelves throughout. We
experience their senses. We enter the Quittman Center, marvel at the creativity and utility of this design and learn that one
a new building housing sixty people in six generously quarter of all the books are in Arabic, as the college also caters to
equipped apartments, all designed for maximum access the Arab community and has a separate Arab-language curriculum
and convenience and each decorated in a way to reflect for special education training. We meet the head of the science
Bnai Zion Medical Center Summer 2007
department who demonstrates a science project integrating We continued to a kindergarten to see several classes in session.
computer design created together by student teachers and visiting Bnai Zion each, visual multi-
There were about twenty-five students in Voice a17
second-graders, used as a teaching tool. She remarks that cultural mosaic representing various nationalities of the world
children at age seven are so well versed in computers that often and indeed representative of the colors of Israel. We marveled
they teach computer applications to the student teachers! at their spacious classrooms with different areas for playing,
learning, eating, and for getting dressed to go out. With several
Walking through the main building, we arrive at the special teachers assigned to each class, it was evident the students
education department where an instructor demonstrates how are receiving caring, personalized instruction. We saw the
students are taught about the connection between theory and playground of the second oldest kindergarten in the community,
practice. She emphasizes recycling as a way to create toys and built from funds of Bnai Zion.
mind-challenge games from common household objects and
paper discards. We understand from her presentation just how One of the kindergarten classes presented us with a book of artful
thin budgets are stretched at the college and how significant student drawings in honor of our visit, which showed us the children
donor generosity is to their operation. are also already learning the subtleties of manners, presentation and
style in addition to the usual kindergarten subjects.
We take a short walk through a garden area of the campus to
the wing for pet therapy training and meet a few of the residents We drove back to the library, where we saw the children’s
there: a colorful, friendly iguana named Reptile who thrives on reading room named in memory of Szloma Goldenberg, the father
human affection, assorted guinea pigs and rabbits and other cute of Judi Grunspan, wife of Bnai Zion’s Executive Vice President,
little furry creatures in cages. and the children’s reading corner contributed by Mel and Arlene
Parness in honor of their family. Benny showed us a video
We enjoy the contrast between the setting for classroom learning presentation about Ma’ale Adumim, emphasizing the importance
and the hands-on animal environment. We see the way the college of arts in education and the town’s cultural center, where many
trains teachers and the significance of its role in Israeli education. children learn to play musical instruments. Benny said that
The David Yellin College of Education places student teachers at the many of the children at Ma’ale Adumim, who lived elsewhere
Israel Elwyn location in nearby Geula, linking these two institutions previously, never before had access to musical instruction and
and improving the outlooks and lives of many in Israel. that the community was privileged to be able to provide it.
The next day we visit Ma’ale Adumim. Designed to provide a Because of low budgetary allotments, the desirable quality of life
major Jewish presence east of Jerusalem, Ma’ale Adumim set up attracting newcomers and ever-increasing needs, Ma’ale Adumim
its welcome sign in the summer of 1982 when its apartments must rely upon donor support. Continuing needs include completing
first went on the market. Since then it has evolved into a the cultural center, which still needs equipment and furnishings;
charming town of 34,000 residents with its own municipality, increasing the amount of playground equipment; adding computers
mayor, neighborhood shops and services, and its own television to the educational system; building three new preschools for an
station broadcasting nationally every Friday at 1pm. Of the expanding population; providing air conditioning in all the schools,
34,000 residents, about 12% hail from the United States and/or as summer temperatures can be excessive; providing new security
are English speakers, about 15% are Russian, about vehicles for roving 24-hour detection and protection; and expanding
3-4% are European and the rest are Israeli. We were met by the the Center for Special Needs Children, which serves one hundred
mayor, Benny Kashriel, and the deputy mayor, Gaby Bar Zakai, children in the community.
who took us around the area, along with a representative of the
local TV station who filmed our visit. With all the impressive services, attributes and security
considerations of Ma’ale Adumim, the need for more funding is
Stopping first at the Edna Maayani Promenade to take in the understandable and pronounced.
comprehensive view stretching to Jerusalem to the west, Arab
villages across a canyon, other smaller Jewish villages to the east Too soon it was time to return to the States. Leaving Israel on
and Jordan in the distance, Benny explained that Ma’ale Adumim an El Al flight back to New York, we reminisced about everything
has always been considered of great strategic importance we had just seen and began to jot notes about sites to visit and
and that there has always been a national consensus toward events to plan for the 100th Anniversary Mission next
building it, no matter which party was in power. He told us that summer from June 23 to July 3, 2008. Based on everything we
Yitzhak Rabin said that Ma’ale Adumim is in ‘Greater Jerusalem’ saw this trip, we guarantee that the 100th Anniversary Mission
and is therefore immune from any negotiation, attesting to its will be action-packed, illuminating and fulfilling on many levels.
indisputable geographic significance. He also spoke about the Participants will appreciate seeing the outstanding work being
progress of construction in the town, quipping that sounds of done at our projects and will understand their challenges in an
construction are his favorite music! enlightened new perspective, inspiring them to give generously. U
Passing the library we drove on a curving road through a
sizeable residential area and arrived at the High School for
Aviation Technology and Space, where students are inducted
into the military and are educated at the high school to
obtain very specialized positions in aviation engineering and
technology. Three students addressed our group and told 1. Sensory Garden near Quittman
us about themselves. High academic achievers, students at Center residence.
this high school study technology, computers, biotechnology,
physics and other subjects and receive training for various 2. Library for educators at
military aviation professions. The students we met exhibited David Yellin College.
enthusiasm, commitment and self-confidence and told us that 3. Quittman Center residence.
they also participate in ‘March of the Living’ in Poland. We were
impressed with their intelligence and drive. 4 4. The mayor of Ma’aleh Adumim,
Summer 2007 Remembering Fred Farkas
18 Bnai Zion Voice
Alfred Farkas, a dedicated, longtime
Bnai Zion supporter and past president
of the Cemetery Committee, passed
away on April 19. A vibrant member
for decades, Alfred, known as Fred,
participated actively in Bnai Zion
over the years and took charge of the
important cemetery benefit aspect of
the organization as president of that
Fred was born on November 18, 1924
in Philadelphia, the oldest of five
children. He grew up during the Great
Depression and although his family
had difficulties, the children always
had love from their parents, clothing
on their backs and food on the table.
The importance of respect was the
underpinning of his education. At 18
he entered the military and served in
Africa, England and Europe during World
War II and was discharged in 1946. He
then studied in NY under the GI Bill and
remained there, where he met his future
wife Elizabeth in 1947 at his mother’s
home. They married in 1949, and in
1956 Fred and Elizabeth and some
close friends from Kisvarda, Hungary
formed the Kisvarda and Vicinity
Chapter under the banner of Bnai Zion.
Fred was elected its Financial Secretary
and maintained that position until
his passing. The chapter grew and
became a major part of Bnai Zion. Fred
became President of the Manhattan
Region, serving two terms. In 1969 he
was elected President of the Cemetery
Committee and was re-elected to that
position ever since. In 1997 he became
a Vice President of the organization.
Fred and Elizabeth shared over 45 years
together and he regarded Elizabeth as
his life’s companion and best friend.
The membership of Bnai Zion mourns
the loss of Fred Farkas, an outstanding
individual who gave from his heart and
contributed much time and effort in
furtherance of our work to help others.
We salute his integrity, his achievements
and his Bnai Zion spirit and he will be
tremendously missed. U
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Bnai Zion Voice 19
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ANNUAL HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL SERVICE
Sunday, September 9, 2007
at 12:00 noon
Special Memorial Service for FRED FARKAS,
Past President of Cemetery Committee
New Montefiore Cemetery
Pinelawn, New York
Section 5, Block 10
These services will fulfill the Jewish tradition of visiting the symbolic last resting place
of our beloved family and friends during the High Holiday period
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