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									   NOVEMBER 2007

Jack Belz Celebrates 80 Years • Welcome UJC Delegates • Hot Hanukah Finds
                     Formerly Jewish Living of the South
Contents                                                    28          IN FASHION: The Jacket
4          HOME & GARDEN:                                                                                           Editor/Publisher
           New Houses Suit Empty Nesters                    30          FEATURE:                                    Susan C. Nieman
           & Dad with Daughter                                          The Israel - Stanford Connection            Art Director
8          FEATURE: A Celebration of                        32          BUSINESS AS USUAL:
                                                                                                                    Mollie Baker
           80 Years                                                     Scrap Metal Company Brings                  Art Assistant
                                                                                                                    David Miller
10         Donor Advised Philanthropic Funds                            Back Business Dream                         Rebecca Miller
12         WELCOME GA DELEGATES                             34          FEATURE: For the Love of Music
                                                                                                                    Arts & Entertainment Editor
13         AGENCY HIGHLIGHT:                                38          ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:                       Jennifer Lefkowitz
           Volunteer State Hosts Annual                                 Reviews
                                                                                                                    Editorial Contributors
           UJC Event                                        39          AGENCY/ADVERTISER LISTING                   Bob Bernstein
                                                                                                                    Gary Burhop
16         FEATURE: GA International                        40          COMING ATTRACTIONS                          Kathy Carlson
           Co-Chairs                                                                                                Shoshana Yaffe Cenker
                                                                                                                    Jennifer Edelson
18         SENIOR LIVING:                                   SCRAPBOOKS                                              Chris Arpe Gang
           Crime Against Seniors                                                                                    Mark Hayden
                                                            11          Memphis Jewish Home                         Julie Lansky
20         L’CHAYIM: Is There a Perfect                     15          Memphis Jewish High School                  Jennifer Lefkowitz
                                                                                                                    Laura Linder
           Turkey Wine?                                     18          Plough Towers, Mphs.                        Howard B. Manis
                                                            28          Memphis Scene                               Harry Samuels
21         BESHERT: Jerusalem                                                                                       Jason D. Salomon
                                                            33          ASBEE, Mphs.
22         ON THE SIDELINES:                                36          BSSS, Mphs.                                 Account Executives
           Paul Finebaum                                                Temple Israel, Mphs.                        Bob Drake
                                                                                                                    Bari Eiseman
24         ESTATE PLANNING:                                 37          NCJW, Mphs.                                 Larry Nieman
           Beyond the Will                                  41          MHA/FYOS, Mphs.
                                                                                                                    Chief Financial Officer
25         TEEN SCENE                                                                                               Don Heitner
                                                            On the cover:
26         HOT HANUKAH FINDS                                Jack Belz, Community Leader & Philanthropist            Business Manager
                                                                                                                    Alice Drake
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2      Jewish Scene I November 2007                                                                       
                                                               FROM THE EDITOR
From the
Dear Readers,
      This is a special issue for me. Jewish Scene
(formerly Jewish Living of the South) is reach-
ing more than 4,000 new readers during this
year’s United Jewish Communities General
Assembly (GA), which for the first time will
be held in Tennessee. So all of you new read-
ers welcome to Tennessee and to Jewish Scene. I
hope you enjoy this issue and will share it with
family and friends back home. I know you’ll
want to purchase a subscription to keep you
connected to all of the people that you’ve met
while you were here. (See enclosed subscrip-
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ness among our Jewish communities and sup-
porting the religious, social, educational and
fundraising efforts of Jewish agencies and or-
      In this issue you will meet the people who
are responsible for the GA and others from
Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee who
have shared their homes, businesses and phil-
anthropic activities. Meet GA International
Co-chairs, Jack Belz and Andy Groveman, who
hail from Memphis and bring great pride to the
volunteer state. And read about the Stanford -
Israel Connection on page 30. Laura Linder,
executive director of the Jewish Foundation
of Memphis tells donors how gift giving can
benefit your local Jewish agencies while pos-
sibly reducing your tax liability. And Howard
Manis and Jason Salomon share some estate
planning tips. Don’t forget Gary Burhop’s lat-
est wine selections and check out all the folks
on our Scrapbook pages.
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Susan C. Nieman - Publisher/Editor
                                                     November 2007 I Jewish Scene   3

              New Houses Suit Empty Nesters
                 & Dad with Daughter                                                              By Chris Gang

                                                                Marc Scheinberg

Lee & Rob Hendry

   eigh and Rob Hendry wanted a house on a small lot            niche in a hall near the master bedroom. Two sofas, one
   with a floor plan that maximized use of the space.           covered in supple brown leather and the other in a red and
       Less yard work was also a factor for Marc Schein-        gold paisley fabric, are angled into a conversation area in
berg, but so was the convenient East Memphis location.          the living room. It’s where Leigh and Rob watch their large-
    They all found what they were looking for at Newton         screen television set or, in cold months, enjoy the fireplace.
Court, a new, gated community of 58                                                 It’s equipped with gas logs that turn on
houses near White Station and Helene                                                and off with a switch. Above the fire-
Road.                                                                               place is a colorful painting of a rural
    Leigh and Rob, who married two                                                  scene in Italy, a place Leigh dreams of
years ago, moved into the fifth house                                               visiting. Several others in the house also
built in Newton Court about 11                                                      depict the Italian countryside.
months ago.                                                                              Leigh updated an antique rocker,
    “When we were in Rob’s German-                                                  also in the living room, owned by Rob’s
town house we only lived in a small                                                 father with a tapestry-like fabric of old-
portion of it,” Leigh said of the 2,300                                             time golfers. “Golf is important to both
square foot home. “We live in the                                                   of us,” said Leigh, who is director of
whole house here except for the two                                                 assisted living and the adult day center
guest bedrooms.” Almost all of their                                                at the Ave Maria Home. “We met at
furnishings and accessories were pieces                                             Windyke Country Club.”
they owned before. Several are family                                                    Leigh’s highly polished walnut
heirlooms.                                                                          table and chairs fit perfectly in the din-
    When they picked their lot and                                                  ing room, where natural light streams
floor plan, it was important for them                                               in through open wide-slat blinds. “We
to have a garage with three bays to ac-                                             haven’t done anything about window
commodate a convertible they call their                                             treatments yet and I don’t know that we
“play car.”                                                     will,” she said. “We really like having all the light.”
    With the help of Cheri Rubenstein, a selection con-              A small cabinet in the dining room once belonged to
sultant with builder Terry & Terry, they picked out all of      Rob’s mother. It now holds a collection of gold-embellished
the paint colors, flooring, light fixtures and cabinet styles   crystal stemware that belonged to Posey Oppenheimer,
and finishes. Unique to their house is a niche in the dining    Leigh’s great-great grandmother. The crystal and gold spar-
room that cozies around Leigh’s antique sideboard. Rob’s        kle under the lights Rob installed inside the cabinet.
antique grandfather clock is partially tucked into another           The open kitchen is situated between the living room

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                                                                                HOME & GARDEN
and keeping room. It features cabinetry with a warm maple
finish and black speckled quartz countertop. Two of the three
red glass pendant lights hanging over a breakfast bar were
handmade by Leigh and her daughter, Abby May, and Rob’s
daughter, Stacey Boswell.
     In the keeping room eyes are drawn to a wall with a fire-
place flanked by built-in shelves accented with colorful plates
and other carefully chosen accessories. A sofa covered in a
butter-colored fabric and chairs in shades of blue provide the
seating. Above the sofa is a still life painting with wine bottles,
flowers and grapes by Jake Alabaster. Mahogany tables and
Leigh’s prized secretary add richness to the room’s décor.
     Red, rust and gold provides a lush color palette for the
master bedroom. In the master bathroom, the couple chose

                                                                      November 2007 I Jewish Scene   5
HOME & GARDEN (continued from page 5)
an enlarged shower enclosure with two showerheads and            cut the grass.” Even though his lot is larger than average in
nixed a bathtub with jets. That decision allowed them to         Newton Court, it can be groomed in much less time than
increase the size of their walk-in closet as well.               most suburban yards.
     Access to the patio, one of the couple’s favorite places,        Marc chose kitchen cabinets with a rich dark stain,
is through doors off the keeping room and the master bed-        granite counter tops with black and tan coloration and
room.                                                            earthy 20-by-20 inch ceramic floor tiles. His furnishings
     “This is home,” said Rob, who likes to hook up a tele-      are a combination of new items purchased for the space,
vision set to the cable access and watch golf games on the       already owned pieces that fit in fine and heirlooms inher-
patio after work. Rob, who owns DSC Datacomm Inc., in-           ited from family members. He’s only been in the home
stalled speakers for a music system throughout the house.        for about four months so he’s still acquiring furniture and
     The patio, which is protected by a roof, is a great place   accessories.
for grilling and sharing outdoor meals. A bed of colorful             The foyer is accented with an oak pier mirror that was
flowers and a trickling fountain enhances the experience.        purchased by his great-grandparents, Ben and Rose Mil-
‘We love it here,” Leigh said.                                   stein, when they immigrated to the U.S. in the early 1900s.
     Real estate pro Marc Scheinberg lives across the street     “People tell me the mirror is about 100 years old,” Marc
from Leigh and Rob. “I sold a house here to a client and         said.
three weeks later I wrote my own contract for one,” he said.          The living room has a masculine ambience with the
“I love the location. I’m no more than 20 minutes from           deep brown leather sofa and chairs placed around the fire-
everything.”                                                     place. In his open floor plan, the living room flows into a
     His house, built by Conventry Homes, has 2,000 square       breakfast area, the kitchen and then the keeping room.
feet on the first level and another 500 square feet upstairs          A counter-height table and chairs and several bar stools
where his 23-year-old daughter Paige now lives. “I was de-       make it easy for guests to interact with Marc when he’s busy
termined to buy a house where it would take me longer to         in the kitchen.
get the lawnmower in and out of the garage than it did to             Even though his formal dining room has not been fur-

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                                                                                                                          HOME & GARDEN
                                         nished, Marc in-      but also BowFlex® exercise equipment. Another of Paige’s
                                         vited his parents,    paintings, a scene of Niagara Falls, hangs in his office. She
                                         Mannie and Bar-       lived in Toronto, which is close to Niagara, before moving
                                         bara Scheinberg,      back to Memphis. “It’s so good to have her living here with
                                         and more than 20      me,” Marc said.
                                         other family mem-          Also in the office is a large photo of the Fab Four. “I’m
                                         bers to his new       a huge Beatles fan,” Marc said.
                                         house for the Yom          Marc, who was born and raised in Memphis, went to
                                         Kippur break-fast.    the University of Texas and lived in Nashville, Dallas and
                                         He set up some        New Orleans. He came back to Memphis in 1988 and start-
                                         folding tables for    ed a new career in real estate in 1996. “I love real estate,”
                                         the event.            he said. “I found my niche.” He also loves his new digs and
                                              His collection   thinks it will be a good investment, too.
                                         of Judaica is kept         “This is the hottest (selling) subdivision in Memphis,”
                                         in a cabinet with     he said.
                                         glass doors inher-
                                         ited from Ethel
Kramer, his cousin. One of his favorite pieces is a shofar
purchased by a Christian in Israel as a gift of appreciation
to Marc. Above the cabinet is an abstract painting in greens
and reds done by Paige, a graphics designer who now works      Chris Arpe Gang was a feature writer at The Commercial Appeal for
                                                               33 years. Retired from full-time work, she is now a freelance writer.
at Inferno.                                                    Her weekly gardening column, Green Thumb, appears Fridays in
     Marc furnished the keeping room with some comfort-        The Commercial Appeal and she has recently created a Web site,
                                                     , a comprehensive source of information for area
able sofas and a big-screen television he already owned.       gardeners. She and her husband, Gregory, daughter, Madelyn, dog and
His office has not only a desk for his computer equipment      cat live in Germantown.

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                                             A Celebration of
                                                                                                            By Susan C. Nieman

         ack Belz is a lucky man, but even more so are his      throughout the world. His energy is boundless and his in-
      beloved family, friends and community – those who         terests broad.
have been touched by his love and compassion.                       Jack’s contributions and influence can be seen through-
     So what better way to celebrate Jack’s 80 years of pas-    out Israel and in his own state and hometown, Memphis,
sion and commitment than to throw a                                                 Tennessee. A lifelong member of Baron
party in his honor – one that benefits the                                          Hirsch Synagogue, Jack and his father,
values he cherishes.                                                                Philip, of blessed memory, led the early
     “What a great honor and a privilege                                            efforts for the local Israel Bond campaign,
for not only the Jewish community but                                               which reached record levels. Jack was ap-
the general community to have the op-                                               pointed by former Governor Lamar Alex-
portunity to express their gratitude for                                            ander to serve as a founding member of
all that my father-in-law has contribut-                                            the Tennessee Holocaust Commission,
ed throughout his lifetime,” said Andy                                              which was instrumental in creating a liv-
Groveman, who is married to Jack’s                                                  ing memorial on the Capitol grounds. Jack
daughter Jan.                                                                       and his friend Ira Lipman established the
     The National Tribute Dinner featur-                                            Belz-Lipman Holocaust Educator of the
ing nationally renowned artists will be                                             Year Award awarded each year to three
held at the Peabody Hotel in Mem-                                                          Tennessee middle or high school
phis, Tennessee, on December 16,                                                           teachers. And he and his longtime
2007 and will benefit the Memphis                                                          friend and Holocaust survivor, Leo-
Jewish High School (MJHS).                                                                 nid Saharovici established the Belz-
     “This is the school’s first large                                                     Saharovici Award on Holocaust
fundraiser,” explained Andy, presi-                                                        Education to benefit a student
dent and founder of MJHS. “All of                                                          each year at Rhodes College in
the proceeds from the dinner will                                                          Memphis. Jack also organized and
go toward the Marilyn and Jack Belz                                                        led a Tennessee State mission trip
Education Fund for Memphis Jew-                                                            to Israel with then Governor Don
ish High School.”                                                                          Sundquist and other state officials.
     A fund in honor of Jack and his wife is a perfect birth-       In Israel, Jack and Marilyn have supported the construc-
day gift for a man who has given so much of himself.            tion of the Yad Vashem Library (the Holocaust Martyrs’ and
     Faith, family, community and Israel drive this vision-     Heroes Remembrance Authority) and have contributed to
ary. A husband, father, grandfather and friend, Jack is re-     other institutions of learning, philanthropy and the arts.
spected and admired by people from all walks of life and            As chairman and CEO of Belz Enterprises, a fam-

8    Jewish Scene   I November 2007
ily owned, multi-faceted real estate development and in-
vestment company, Jack carries on his father’s values and          ÀÀÀÀÀÀÀÀÀ
personal ethics, which he in turn has passed on to the
next generation. A graduate of Massachusetts Institute of                              MJHS, a modern Or-
Technology, Jack has helped change the face of downtown                                thodox high school in
Memphis. From the 1975 purchase, renovation and grand
reopening of the historic Peabody Hotel in 1981, to the
                                                                                       its second year, reaches
2001 opening of Peabody Place, Jack and several Memphis                                out to every part of the
leaders, have inspired others to invest in, play in and live       Jewish community. The 17 freshmen and
                                                                   sophomores represent students from the Re-
     Jack and Marilyn are art lovers. So much so that their
collection, which graces Peabody Place and other Memphis           form (4), Conservative (4) and Orthodox
buildings and public spaces, became so large that they de-         (7) movements. “MJHS provides the finest
cided to share it with others. The Belz Museum of Asian            general education and serious Jewish studies
and Judaic Art, also downtown, houses fine Asian ivories
and jade as well as one of the most unique private collec-
                                                                   curriculum,” explained Andy. “The school
tions of Judaica and Jewish art.                                   is sensitive to the needs of those children
     Sharing their blessings is a part of everyday life for Jack   with no Jewish studies background.”
and Marilyn. How fitting that family, friends and the commu-
nity will have the opportunity to share this festive occasion.

                                                                                      November 2007 I Jewish Scene   9
  Open a Donor Advised Philanthropic Fund at the Jewish Foundation of Memphis
  and Start Creating Your Jewish Legacy By Laura Linder, Executive Director Jewish Foundation of Memphis
     Are you looking for a way to manage both your charitable        • You have appreciated assets and want to avoid paying capital
giving and support the Jewish community? Consider opening a            gains taxes;
Donor Advised Philanthropic Fund. A gift to the Jewish com-          • You are contemplating the sale or liquidation of a business and
munity today will allow you to be there for your family, your com-     want to reduce your tax liability;
munity and the Jewish people – whenever help is needed in the        • You have a small private foundation and want to eliminate the
future.                                                                paperwork and expense;
Donor Advised Funds – Are they right for you?                        • You want to pass on a legacy of charitable giving to your children.
     A donor advised fund of the Jewish Foundation of Mem-
                                                                          There are many reasons people have turned
phis is one of the most popular ways for Jewish Memphians to
                                                                     to the Jewish Foundation as their partner in
support their favorite Jewish and non-Jewish charitable organiza-
                                                                     charitable giving. Open a Donor Advised Phil-
tions. Through this program, more than 200 families distributed
                                                                     anthropic Fund today. Call the Jewish Founda-
approximately $3.7 million to local, national and international
                                                                     tion of Memphis at 901-374-0400.
charitable organizations during the past year.
     Once a tax-deductible contribution is made to the Jewish
Foundation of Memphis and placed in a fund carrying your                            Benefits of Utilizing Appreciate Securities
name or a name you choose, you may recommend grants (mini-                      to support your favorite charitable organizations
mum $100) to an unlimited number of charitable organizations          Suppose you would like to make a $10,000 gift to your favorite organiza-
as often as twice a month. Setting up a donor advised fund is         tion or to establish a donor advised fund at the Jewish Foundation of Mem-
simple and allows you to enjoy giving without worrying about          phis. If you write a check for $10,000, you will receive a $10,000 chari-
charitable gift acknowledgements and income taxes.                    table income tax deduction. If you are in a 35% income tax bracket and
                                                                      itemize your deductions, you will reduce your taxes by $3,500 ($10,000 x
A Donor Advised Fund is for you if you care about the fu-             35%). The net cost of your gift will be $6,500 ($10,000 - $3,500).
ture of the Memphis Jewish community and:
                                                                      Now, suppose instead you donate $10,000 of publicly traded stock pur-
• You give charitable donations to a variety of organizations and     chased 10 years ago for $2,000. First, just like a gift of cash, you may
  want to minimize the paperwork involved in making your gifts;       claim a $10,000 income tax charitable deduction, thus reducing your
• You want the flexibility to time your charitable giving to meet     taxes by the same $3,500. In addition, you will avoid paying the capital
  your needs. You will receive an immediate tax deduction in the      gains tax you would have paid if you had sold the stock rather than giving
  year your gift is made but can follow your own timetable for        it to charity.
  making grants;                                                      If you sell the stock, you will realize an $8,000 long-term capital gain. If
• In addition to cash, you have other assets you are interested in    you are in a 15% capital gains tax bracket, you will pay $1,200 ($8,000 x
  utilizing to meet your charitable objectives such as securities     15%) in capital gains tax. However, by donating the stock instead, you will
  or real estate;                                                     forever eliminate this potential tax liability.

10   Jewish Scene   I November 2007
                                                Paul with mom         Wendy and
                        GOLF                    Mary Bronstein        Cary Rotter


                                                   Fogelman Family

Bella Lansky, Joyce Lansky and Mary Shainberg

   MJH Residents

                                                                 November 2007 I Jewish Scene   11

     Welcome United Jewish Communities GA Delegates!

                                                        First Class Linen
                                                        605 Northpark Drive, Suite C
                                                        Ridgeland, MS 39157
                                                        and 8975 State Line Cove
                                                        Olive Branch, MS 38654

                                                        Belz Enterprises
                                                        100 Peabody Place, Suite 1400
                                                        Memphis, TN 38103

                                                        Harold E. Blockman - Broker
                                                        Keller Williams Realty
                                                        1255 Lynnfield Rd #100
                                                        Memphis,TN 38119
                                                        901.734.8006 mobile
                                                        901.261.7900 office

                                                        Temple Israel
                                                        1376 East Massey Road
                                                        Memphis, TN 38120

                                                        965 Piedmont Rd. Suite 110
                                                        Marietta, GA 30066
                                                        770.578.0102 office
                                                        800.543.5248 toll free

                           Bari & Rick Eiseman        Evelyn & Jerome Makowsky
                          Shirley & Joel Heitner        Susan & Larry Nieman
                           Debra & Joel Jacobs         Tammy & Bert Rubinsky
                          Peggy & L.R. Jalenak, Jr.         Shornick Family

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                                                                                                       AGENCY HIGHLIGHT

           Volunteer State
       Hosts Annual UJC Event
                                        By Kathy Carlson

           hen thousands of Jewish lead-       lining up corporate sponsors, recruiting
          ers from across North America        volunteers, and helping develop an ex-
          – and the world – arrive in          hibit, titled “Bagels and Barbecue,” that
Tennessee this month,                                             illustrates the history of
they’ll be able to see                                            Jews in the Volunteer
why their destination                                             State.
has been dubbed the
Volunteer State.                                                  Here are a few examples
                                                                  of how Tennessee’s Jew-
Thanks to teams of vol-                                           ish community has
unteers across the state                                          pulled together to host
who have worked with                                              the GA:
Tennessee’s four Jew-
ish federations, this rel-                                        • International co-
atively small Southern                                            chairs Jack Belz and
state is stepping up to                                           Andy Groveman are
host the 2007 United Jewish Communi-           from Memphis;
ties General Assembly this Nov. 11-13.
                                               • University of Tennessee men’s basket-
The GA, the largest gathering of Jewish        ball coach Bruce Pearl – a favorite in his
leadership in the world, is expected to        hometown of Knoxville and across the
bring an estimated 4,000 Jewish visitors       state – will appear at the opening plenary
to Nashville’s Gaylord Opryland Hotel          session;
Resort and Convention Center. It’s been
called the Super Bowl of Jewish events,        • Nashville-based singers and songwriters
and it’s a first for Tennessee. To place the   will entertain GA delegates; and
state’s role in the GA in context, it’s es-
timated that Tennessee has about 20,000        • Chattanooga-area middle school princi-
Jewish residents. The 2006 GA was held         pal Linda Hooper, nationally recognized
in Los Angeles, an area with a Jewish pop-     for teaching students about the Holo-
ulation of more than 550,000.                  caust, will speak at the GA’s Women’s
                                               Philanthropy Lunch.
“We are the smallest Jewish community to
be the site of a GA, at least in my history    Even before the UJC picked Tennessee for
of the past 34 GA’s; consequently, we ex-      the 2007 GA, the four executive directors
tended an invitation to the other Tennes-      had kept in touch and met periodically.
see communities,” said Steve Edelstein,        “The GA in a sense gave a project to work
executive director of the Jewish Federation    on – a large project,” said Michael Dzik,
of Nashville. As a result, all four federa-    executive director of the Jewish Commu-
tions are hosting the event. “Together, our    nity Federation of Greater Chattanooga.
strength is formidable,” Edelstein said.       “It’s been wonderful.”

All of the federations’ executive directors    The closer collaboration already has
have been promoting the TN GA in their         brought benefits. For example, 55-and-old-
own communities and have been involved         er members of other Jewish communities
in joint decision-making. They’ve been         will participate in the Jews of the South

                                                                                               November 2007 I Jewish Scene   13
Learning Retreat sponsored by the Gordon Jewish Community            “This general assembly has been in the works for several years,”
Center. The retreat is set for Nov. 28-30 and will be held at        said Jeffrey Feld, executive director of the Memphis Jewish Fed-
Henry Horton State Park, 40 miles south of Nashville.                eration. “We’re never going to have this again. It’s a once-in-a-
                                                                     lifetime opportunity.”
Having four smaller Jewish communities collaborate on the
UJC’s premier event should benefit the larger organization,          Tennessee GA volunteers are looking forward to telling dele-
which represents and serves 155 Jewish federations and 400           gates from across the country, “We’re a vibrant Jewish commu-
independent Jewish communities across North America. Knox-           nity and we’re proud to have you here,” as Nashville volunteer
ville Jewish Federation Executive Director Jeff Gubitz put it this   committee member Sandra Hecklin put it. “We’ve always been
way: “There are many small communities that often feel out of        committed to our community,” she continued. “Other Jewish
touch with the UJC, yet smaller communities like Knoxville,          communities throughout the United States don’t realize how
Chattanooga, Nashville and Memphis make up nearly 85 per-            important our community is to us.”
cent of the overall constituency.”
                                                                     Next year’s GA will be held in Israel, but this year’s event is “in our
All four executive directors have been urging members of the         backyard,” Chattanooga’s Dzik said, “with top-notch speakers and
state’s Jewish community to attend the GA, either as a delegate      programming. There’s a little something for everyone at the GA.”
or a volunteer. “This is a great opportunity to be part of the
larger Jewish world without having to travel far. For Knoxville,     Freelance journalist Kathy Carlson covers people and events of Nashville’s Jewish
                                                                     community as staff writer for The Observer, a newspaper published by the Jewish
it is a pleasant two-and-a-half hour drive to the Opryland Hotel
                                                                     Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee. She’s written for daily newspapers
site,” Gubitz noted.                                                 and specialty publications on crime, business, and law-related topics.


                                                                       Enid Weiser, Jennifer Luna, Julie Goldstein, Jeffrey Feld

 Judy Saks, Harriet Schifton, Risa Klein Herzog
                                                                       Jeffrey Feld (Memphis), Jeff Gubitz (Knoxville), Michael Dzik (Chattanooga),
14    Jewish Scene   I   November 2007                                 Steve Edelstein (Nashville)

Freshman Ethan Trotz
poses with 7’ 1”
basketball star
Robert Rothbart.

Robert Rothbart, Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball
player, made a surprise appearance at Memphis
Jewish High School.

Morgan Wank and Jessica Rubin enjoy some
donuts with Rabbi Joey Friedman.

Memphis Jewish High School freshman and
sophomores enjoy a Derby Day at the Belz

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an honor                                                                 Jack A. Belz
                                                                   Chairman/CEO Belz Enterprises
                                                                                                                  Andrew J Groveman

                                                                                                                  Senior Vice President, Belz Enterprises
                                                                   Belz Enterprises 1948 – Present                   Belz Enterprises 1979 – Present
                                                              Bachelor of Arts, Massachusetts Institute of      University of Oklahoma, Boston University
                                      By: Susan C. Nieman       Technology (M.I.T.), Course XV - 1947
                                                            Past President/Chairman
                                                                     Memphis Jewish Federation                         Memphis Jewish High School
                                                                      Baron Hirsch Congregation                  Israel Emergency Campaign 2007 (MJF)
                                                                  Israel Bond Campaign, Memphis                      “Gatekeepers” for the Education
                                                                Co-Chairman of Mission for Memphis                         Department of JAFI
                                                                         St. Jude/UTCHS Drive                 National Security & Trust/Vital Records Control
                                                            Founding Member/Past Co-Chairman Advisory
                                                                    Committee to M.I.T. Center for            Past President/Chairman
    f it is an honor for long-time philanthropists and                 Real Estate Development
    communal leaders Jack Belz and Andy Groveman                                                                Memphis Jewish Federation & Current
                                                                     State Director International                       Board of Directors
to be selected as International Co-Chairs for the 2007               Council of Shopping Centers
                                                                                                                    Baron Hirsch Congregation
United Jewish Communities (UJC) annual General                  Freedom Fund Award Dinner, NAACP
Assembly (GA), then what an honor for Memphis                                                                      Hebrew Academy and Yeshiva
                                                                    Current Boards &                                      of the South
that this father-in-law and son-in-law team are an in-
tegral part of that Jewish community.                                      Affiliations
                                                                                                                   Current Boards &
      “We find it an honor and a real privilege to serve             Founding Member of Holocaust                         Affiliations
as the 2007 International Co-Chairs of UJC’S Gen-                   Commission of State of Tennessee
                                                                                                                   American & International Societies
eral Assembly,” said Andy, who finds it extremely                         Israel Bond Committee                               for Yad Vashem
fitting that he and his father-in-law were chosen for                   Jewish Community Center                   Yeshiva College of Yeshiva University
this great honor since the GA is being held in their              Memphis Board of Union of Orthodox                    Jewish Agency for Israel
home state.                                                         Jewish Congregations of America               National Conference for Soviet Jewry
      The GA, which annually draws more than 4,000                   Margolin Hebrew Academy and                      Ariel United Israel Institutes
                                                                            Yeshiva of the South
Jewish communal lay leaders from all over the world,                                                                  United Jewish Communities
                                                                   Yeshiva University, NY& Y.U. Sy Syms
is being held in Nashville, Tennessee, on November                                                                                 AIPAC
                                                                             School of Business
11-13. Not only is this the first time the GA has met                                                            B’nai B’rith Youth Organization (BBYO)
                                                                     Lifetime National Conference of
in Tennessee, but a first that the event is being co-                        Christians & Jews                The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations
hosted by four major cities.                                St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and ALSAC            United Israel Appeal (UIA)
      There are many similar characteristics of an In-
                                                                   University of Tennessee Chancellor’s                        Beit Morasha
ternational Co-Chair – Jewish values, community in-                           Advisory Board                   International Council of Shopping Centers
volvement, love of Israel and the Jewish people. Who                  First Tennessee National Corp.            Shopping Centers Today Editorial Board
better envelops these characteristics in home, work                          Assisi Foundation                     Value Retail News Advisory Board
and community than these two outstanding men.
                                                                         Junior Achievement, Inc.             University of Tennessee Roundtable Member
      “UJC’s selection of International Co-Chairs,
                                                                  Memphis Academy of Arts, Leadership
Jack and Andy, could not have been more appropri-                          Urban Land Institute                    Past Board Member
ate,” said Memphis Jewish Federation executive di-              International Council of Shopping Centers                  JESNA
rector Jeffrey Feld. “These local Jewish leaders are
                                                                Southern Industrial Development Council
the best example of what Jewish leaders can be.
                                                                American Industrial Development Council
      “The fact that they were chosen speaks volumes
                                                                            Future Memphis, Inc
about the high esteem in which they are held within
our own community as well as outside.”                            Past Board Member
      Both past presidents of Memphis Jewish Fed-                 American Cancer Society, Memphis
eration, Jack (1973-75) and Andy (2003-05) are com-                       Rhodes College
mitted to enhancing Jewish lives in their own com-
                                                                     President-Elect Memphis
munity and throughout the world. Although their                     Area Chamber of Commerce
resumes speak for themselves, it is the passion and
commitment that they extend to each part of their
lives that set these two above the bar.
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Beware Crime Doesn’t Pay,                                          are least likely to become the victim of a violent crime. In real-
                                                                   ity, the crimes that affect seniors the most are in order:
Especially Against Seniors!                                              • Purse snatching related crime
By Bob Bernstein
                                                                         • Fraud and confidence crime
     Each day we read and hear about schemes to cheat people             • Theft of mail, i.e.: social security and/or retirement
out of their lifelong possessions, people offering home repairs            checks
for a “small deposit,” and violent crimes.                               • Vandalism
     Learning how to deal with these issues can help seniors             • Burglary
avoid these situations                                                   • Murder
     You’ve heard the phrase “buyer beware.” But if the buyer            What we usually read in the media is “sensationalism,” a
happens to be a senior adult, many should be doubly aware          way to sell newspapers. Who wants to read about an 80-year-
of the unscrupulous people making their living by preying on       old woman’s purse being snatched from her grocery cart?
frail senior adults who see seniors as weak.                       Who wants to hear on the evening news that Mr. Goldberg’s
     Be aware of these schemers. Learn how to protect your-        house was vandalized? However, if Mr. Goldberg was tied to a
self. First, don’t be afraid to stand up and voice your opin-      tree and flogged, this sensational event would be reported.
ions. Ask questions and review proposals before agreeing or              Senior adults are targets of choice for many reasons.
signing any repair offer.                                                Seniors are well aware of their advanced age. Many times
     All Americans, regardless of age, fear crime more than        when a crime is perpetrated against them they feel embar-
any other event in their lives. But being involved in a crimi-     rassed and don’t report it to the proper authorities or their
nal event pales to the likelihood of falling, being in an auto     families. This refusal renders many seniors the criminal’s
accidents or deteriorating health. However, the fear of crime      biggest ally. The offender feels secure that he/she will go un-
causes many to suffer the most stress.                             punished. Who would believe that “old codger” if they even
     Senior adults believe they are most susceptible to armed      reported it?
robbery, burglary, theft, murder, fraud, and yes, even rape              The second issue is that seniors are usually more trusting
and aggravated assault. But the facts indicate that older adults   and easier to approach. They grew up in an era where neigh-

                                                                   TRIBUTE TO
                                                                   ELVIS PARTY

                                                                                                                        Ruth Diamond,
                                                                                                                Sylvia Spiegel, Edith Cerrito,
                                                                                                                Lillian Winbourne, Adrienne

                                                                                                               «    Elvis Impersonator
                                                                                                                    Brian Howell with
                                                                                                                Plough Towers’ Secretary
                                                                                                                and Bookkeeper Geneva
                                                                                                                Ewing and Volunteer
                                                                                                                Coordinator Audrey

18   Jewish Scene   I November 2007
                                                                                                                                           SENIOR LIVING
      bors knew each other and lending a hand was the norm.                      occupied but a burglar also won’t be able to back up
           It is extremely important that older adults take the prop-            and load a van.
      er steps to protect themselves. Don’t continue to be “easy              • Give an extra key to a family member, friend or
      prey” for the bad guys! Live your “golden years” void of fear.             neighbor you can trust. Avoid hiding spare keys out
      As “McGruff says, “Take a bite out of crime.”                              side your house.
           Following these tips may assist you in living a fear-free,         • Install a security system in your house.
      crime-free life.                                                        Being involved in a traumatic experience such as a crime
           • Install reliable locks on all external doors and windows.   is an extremely unsettling event – especially as we age. The
           • Always re-key your locks if you are downsizing,             important thing is Don’t Keep the Crime to yourself. Report
              moving into a new home, etc.                               it to the proper authorities, talk about the event with a loved
           • Install motion detector sensitive lights outside or         one, a person you can trust or one of the “helping” social
               lights with photo cells that will turn on when its dark   service agencies such as Jewish Family Service, Mayors crime
               and off when its light.                                   assistance program, adult protective services and even Crime
           • When grocery shopping, don’t put your purse in              Stoppers.
               your cart, wear it over your shoulder. Only carry one          The issue of crime and senior adults is growing pro-
               credit card with you.                                     portionately as the senior population explodes in numbers.
           • Remove your last name from your mailbox so that no          Stopping crime is all of our responsibility.
               one can look up your name in the phone book and                In closing – a little levity – Question: Do you know how
               call you to see if you’re at home.                        to keep your bagels safe? Answer: You put ‘Lox’ on them.
           • Keep all doors locked even when at home, keep
               garage doors down and locked.                             May all your days and eves be safe and happy.
           • Use timers to turn lights on and off in different parts
                                                                         Bob Bernstein is a Master Level Licensed Social Worker. Through
               of your house while you are away.                         his company, Geriatric Consultants, LLC in Memphis, he works
           • If going out of town for a few days, park a vehicle in      with seniors and their families and consults agencies, organizations,
               your driveway. Not only will your house look              senior living facilities and hospitals in developing services and pro-
                                                                         grams. His TV program, “The Time of my Life,” appears on local

Bobbie Wallace & Elvis

Shirley Tyus receives Elvis’ scarf

                                                                                                                   November 2007 I Jewish Scene       19
           Is There a
Perfect Turkey Wine?                                           By: Gary Burhop

    n anticipation of Thanksgiving and     most part, this is over-analyzing the        or a richer Chardonnay, Viognier or
the nearly obligatory turkey dinner, let   situation. Following traditional pairing     Rhone-style white.
us explore wine possibilities.             practice, concentrate on the main pro-
                                           tein – turkey in this case – and how it is   If you have joined the ‘Cajun’ trend
The traditional feast includes roasted     prepared. Go from there, as the other        and deep fry your turkey, think fried
turkey, side dishes rich in butter and     flavors on the plate are accessories.        chicken and go with a light red, or
cream and many accompaniments with                                                      richer white, but one with enough acid-
both sweet and sour flavors. Dessert       If your turkey is to be roasted golden       ity to stand up to the crispness and re-
is always decadently rich or spicy and     brown with a crisp outer skin, think         sidual oil. If you really are from South
sweet. The many different flavors and      light red or elegant white. If you incor-    Louisiana and incorporate peppers and
textures on typical plates scare many      porate stronger flavors of sage, garlic or   hot spices into the preparation, find a
potential wine purchasers. But for the     fennel, think a bigger bolder red and        bold but not too tannic red or fruity
                                                                                        white with a hint of sweetness to it, like
                                                                                        riesling or even gewürztraminer.

                                                                                        For dessert, if having pumpkin pie, go
                                                                                        for the spicy richness of gewürztramin-
                                                                                        er. If pecan pie is your idea of the only
                                                                                        Thanksgiving dessert, go with a rich Ol-
                                                                                        oroso, or somewhat sweet sherry. The
                                                                                        nutty flavors of the sherry play off the
                                                                                        rich pecans very well.

                                                                                        In the end, it is easy to find a wine match
                                                                                        for a traditional American Thanksgiv-
                                                                                        ing dinner. Contrary to popular myth,
                                                                                        it is very forgiving, in that you almost
                                                                                        cannot make a bad choice as long as
                                                                                        you stay away from highly acidic, very
                                                                                        dry, heavily citrusy wines. This wine
                                                                                        merchant’s advice to any hand-wringing
                                                                                        Thanksgiving meal planners is ‘Don’t
                                                                                        over think it.’
                                                                                        Gary Burhop is the owner of
                                                                                        Great Wines & Spirits located
                                                                                        at 6150 Poplar Avenue in Re-
                                                                                        galia, Memphis, Tenn. Great
                                                                                        Wines & Spirits carry a large
                                                                                        and varied selection of kosher

20   Jewish Scene   I November 2007

  BESHERT: True Stories of Connection

 JERUSALEM By Harry Samuels

    t no longer seems unusual to find mutual friends among
    strangers we meet while traveling in the United States and
    overseas. My wife and I are only surprised when it doesn’t
      In 1993 we were sightseeing in Jerusalem with our good
friends, Marty and Laverne (Tootie) Hecht from Cape Girardeau,
Missouri, and Irv and Cecelia (Teedy) Applebaum, from La Jol-
la, California. They told us about a television program produced
by National Geographic. The topic was a home located near
the remaining remnant of the Second Holy Temple, a retaining
wall known as the Kotel, or Western Wall, built approximate-
ly 2,400 years earlier. The owners of the home, Mr. and Mrs.
Theo Siebenberg, were convinced that by virtue of its location,
it rested on interesting and potentially productive archeological
artifacts. They proceeded to excavate the property.
      As they had predicted, many fascinating items, dating back
several millennia were discovered below their property. They
included rings made two thousand years earlier that unlocked
jewelry and cosmetic cases. The owners had moved into the up-
per floor of their home while making the lower portion into a
non-profit museum.
      We didn’t know their names or the location of the house
and spent time trying to locate a place with which no one
seemed familiar. At last we found the Siebenberg Home and
met the friendly owners. We invited the couple to dine with us
that evening at the King David Hotel, and during the course of
our conversation, we learned that she had been born and reared
in Jerusalem while Theo was from Antwerp, Belgium. I noted
that I only knew one person who was from Belgium, someone
with whom I had served in the United States Army during the
Korean War. When I mentioned his name, Theo told us that he
was a close personal friend and that he had spoken with him in
America two days earlier.
Harry Samuels is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and has
devoted many years to volunteerism in Memphis, Tennessee. He and his wife, Flora,
have been married for 46 years and are the parents of Martin,
William and the late David Samuels. Proceeds from the sale of
his books go to charity.

Beshert and Mr. Samuels newest book, Crossroads:
Chance or Destiny? are available in Davis-Kidd Booksell-
ers, and and the Memphis
Jewish Community Center.

                                                                                       November 2007 I Jewish Scene   21

                                      Southern Radio Host
                                      Paul Finebaum
                                      Reaches Global Audience
                                       By Mark Hayden

                                      Since leaving Memphis and the state of Tennessee 30 years ago,
                                      except for an occasional visit, Paul Finebaum has become pretty
                                      hot stuff in the state of Alabama.

                                      He has garnered many awards, some for his columns in Birming-
                                      ham and Mobile, Alabama, and some for his sports banter in his
                                      everyday job as a sports talk show host in Birmingham.

                                      So, what do you do once you’re the toast of Birmingham and are
                                      one of the big stars over Southeast sports radio airwaves? You go
                                      to the Big Apple to see how your style plays up there. Okay, maybe
                                      just for a day.

                                      So it was for Finebaum, who spent part of this day addressing
                                      the SEC preseason gathering in Greater New York – Greenwich
                                      Village to be exact.

                                      “It was a lot of fun,” he said. “Obviously, talking about college
                                      football is the same no matter where you speak, but I’m just used
                                      to talking about it below the Mason-Dixon Line.

                                      “There were people there who had gone to college in the South
                                      and were hungry for any nuggets of information they could get.”

                                      College football coverage is almost negligible in New York, said
                                      the 51-year-old columnist, so he was surprised to be invited.

                                      “To be in New York the first week of the college season was a bit

                                      Once he returned to his familiar surroundings, he resumed sling-
                                      ing his football and basketball barbs – SEC style – he figures that
                                      those two sports represent up to 90 percent of the conversation
                                      heard during his talk show.

                                      “Football consumes most everything we do. Golf and baseball fill
                                      out the rest,” he said. But even that percentage might be high
                                      after a check of the daily fare.

                                      “I grew up a Cardinal baseball fan and my producer follows them,
                                      so I kind of lived and died with him this year,” he said.

                                      In fact one of Finebaum’s sweetest memories includes the time

22   Jewish Scene   I November 2007
                                                                                  ON THE SIDELINES
his mother let him stay home to watch Game1 of the 1964 Car-
dinals-Yankees World Series. His other favorite – the Memphis
State 1973 championship game when they traveled to watch the
Gene Bartow-led Tigers meet the UCLA Bruins in St. Louis.

Finebaum continued his coach-reporter relationship with Bartow
through the years and notes his recent job upgrade with the Mem-
phis Grizzlies.

Since leaving college and a one-year writing stint in Shreveport,
Louisiana and Alabama have been home for Finebaum.

“Early on I thought about leaving Alabama, but a lot of things
have happened to me here.” One of those was his marriage to
Linda Hudson in 1990.

“You go someplace and think you’ll be there for a couple years,
and the next thing you know you spend the rest of your life there,”
said Finebaum. “I like it here; it’s different from Memphis, but
small enough where you can find your way around town.”

While Finebaum continues to write a twice-weekly column for
the Mobile Press Register, his main claim-to-fame these days is as
host of The Paul Finebaum Radio Network, a four-hour sports
call-in show. Devoting 20 hours to sports every week can be chal-
lenging but one he quickly scoffs at.

“You have to accept the notion that people who listen at 2 p.m.
are a different group from those at 5 p.m.,” he explained. “Your
audience does change. There’s a philosophy in radio where you
assume that the audience changes every 20 to 30 minutes. It may
not be true but you need to go under that assumption. Plus, you
basically go with what’s on the callers’ minds.”

Those could be the typical rabid in-state Alabama or Auburn fan,
to any number of U.S. servicemen who reach the show over the
Internet from Iraq, Afghanistan or South Korea.

“They [listeners] get up in the middle of the night to listen to our
show,” producer Patrick Smith said.

The show even received a call from Belgium. “Do we have an af-
filiate now in Luxembourg?” asks Finebaum. “I know we’re big,
that’s what everyone has told me – but I didn’t realize that we’re
being heard in Belgium.”

Mark Hayden has been writing about Memphis sports for
a variety of magazines for more than 10 years. He works
at HYC Logistics. For story ideas please contact Mark at

                                                                       November 2007 I Jewish Scene   23
ESTATE PLANNING – BEYOND THE WILL                                         her own assets, benefit from the trust, and protect those assets
By Howard B. Manis, JD and Jason D. Salomon, JD Manis and Salomon, P.C.   from potential liability from creditors or lawsuits. This limitation
                                                                          has often dissuaded people from creating a trust or forced them
     In our last article we discussed the importance of an estate         to settle trusts in other states or offshore. Due to a combination
plan for all adult Tennessee residents regardless of age, wealth, or      of revisions to the Tennessee Trust Code as well as the passage of
marital status. In particular, we emphasized the value of a prop-         the Tennessee Investment Services Act of 2007 (effective July 1,
erly drafted and executed Last Will and Testament. In this article        2007) it is now possible to do just that. Although there are certain
we will discuss a few other estate planning devices which are com-        requirements that must be met and timing restrictions, Tennes-
monly found in today’s estate plans.                                      see now has statutory asset protections that previously could only
     A. Revocable Living Trust: A Revocable Living Trust is cre-          be achieved through offshore trusts or asset protection trusts in
ated during the lifetime of the trust maker (a.k.a. “Grantor”             other states. In fact, from an asset protection perspective, Tennes-
or “Settlor”) by a trust document drafted by an attorney. The             see may arguably be one of the most attractive jurisdictions in the
Revocable Living Trust is often referred to as a “will substitute”        country to establish a trust.
because, if properly administered, the trust can avoid probate                  C. Special Needs Trust: A Special Needs Trust is an estate
proceedings altogether. That being said, in jurisdictions such as         planning tool used to hold assets of a disabled person receiving
Shelby County where the Probate Court is professionally run               public benefits that would otherwise disqualify that person from
by its Judges and Clerk, probate is not something to be auto-             receiving those benefits due to income or asset limitations placed
matically circumvented. However, avoiding probate proceeding              on those programs by the government. The assets of the trust,
may be a high priority for someone who desires privacy, because           whether from their own funds, inheritance, personal injury, or
probate files are public records. In addition, avoiding probate           from third parties, can be used for the beneficiary’s supplemen-
may be critical to someone who owns real property outside the             tal care. These supplemental care items can include additional
state of Tennessee in order to avoid ancillary probate proceed-           medical and dental expenses not provided by the government
ings. A few other advantages of a Revocable Living Trust are that         program, clothing, education, transportation, insurance, addi-
they can avoid potential disputes among beneficiaries or heirs            tional food, entertainment, vacations, and the purchase, mainte-
(a.k.a.“will disputes”) and can contain a plan for the disability         nance or improvement of a residence for the beneficiary. A Spe-
of the Grantor(s). The latter could avoid the need for court in-          cial Needs Trust makes it possible for friends and relatives during
tervention and a court appointed Conservator upon a Grantors              their lives and afterward to insure proper care for their disabled
incapacity.                                                               loved ones. In addition, a Special Needs Trust created by friends
     B. Tennessee Asset Protection Trusts: Until very recently, a         and relatives (i.e. “third party trusts”) can potentially avoid paying
person, in general, could not create a Tennessee trust with his or        the government back for expenditures paid on the beneficiary’s
                                                                          behalf. A Special Needs Trust can be created either during the
                                                                          lifetime of the Grantor(s) or upon their death through a Will.
                                                                                D. Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust: A good percentage of
                                                                          us have or are considering purchasing life insurance on our lives
                                                                          to provide for heirs upon our death. What many people do not
                                                                          realize is that these life insurance proceeds may be included in
                                                                          their estate upon their death and, as such, be subject to estate
                                                                          or inheritance tax. Holding the policy in their name may greatly
                                                                          reduce the amount left over for the family. An Irrevocable Life
                                                                          Insurance Trust is an estate planning tool used to remove these
                                                                          policies from the policy owner’s estate and exempt the proceeds
                                                                          from inheritance and estate taxes. Although the name suggests
                                                                          these trusts apply solely for life insurance they can, in fact, hold
                                                                          other assets such as stocks, bonds, and real property. The savings
                                                                          associated with an Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust as compared
                                                                          to personal ownership of the policy can be considerable.
                                                                                Although not suited for every estate plan, Revocable Living
                                                                          Trusts, Tennessee Asset Protection Trusts, Special Needs Trusts
                                                                          and Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts are four estate planning
                                                                          tools that if used properly can greatly benefit those who qualify.
                                                                          These are just a few of many estate planning tools available. It is
                                                                          critical that you review your needs with an estate planning attor-
                                                                          ney to see if you can benefit from their application.

                                                                          Howard B. Manis and Jason D. Salomon, attorneys at Manis and Salomon, P.C.
                                                                          provide comprehensive Estate Planning for their clients. Howard has a Juris Doctorate
                                                                          from the University of Memphis and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Risk
                                                                          Management / Estate Planning from the University of Georgia. Jason also received his
                                                                          Juris Doctorate from the University of Memphis and has a Bachelor of Civil Engineer-
                                                                          ing from Georgia Institute of Technology.
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                                                                                             TEEN SCENE

                              Memphis B’nai Tzedek Teen
                          Philanthropy Invites Teens to Swim,
                               Eat and Make a Difference
                          The B’nai Tzedek teen philanthropy program
                          held a Back To School Party and invited teens
                           in grades 7 thru 12 from the entire Jewish
                           community to learn more about the B’nai
                                        Tzedek program.

Judy Lansky and Mason      Lindsey Lazarov, Leah Mendelson and
Gudelsky perform before an Lizzie Belz spend some time catching
audience of over 50 teens. up after a long summer.

The Teen Advisory Board of B’nai Tzedek prepared a skit and talked
to current and perspective members about plans for the coming year.

                       UPDATE By Jennifer Edelson
Memphis BBG and AZA had a hop-skip-jump month getting
back into the BBYO routine. As the freshmen got situated with
their new chapters, every chapter chose their two “little sisters,”
or “little brothers.” Freshmen are now a part of two chapters!
Congratulations! The next big agenda for BBYO is regional. For
freshmen it’s MIT/AIT weekend, or New Member Week – when
they have the first chance to experience Cotton States. This
weekend is an eye-opening and memorable program about the
region and BBYO in general. Memphis coor-
dinators Jared Bender and Rebecka Handler
will plan the exciting weekend.

Jennifer Edelson is a 16-year-old junior at White Station
High School. She is the past vice president (a.k.a. S’ganit)
of River City BBG #2054 and a Hebrew teacher at Temple
Israel in Memphis.

                                                                          November 2007 I Jewish Scene   25

                              Hot hanukah Finds
                                                                  Bella Viaggia • Memphis
                                                             901.685.0011 • 434 S. Grove Park

            Loni’s Fashion • Collierville, TN

                                                                                                        One-of-a-kind jackets
                                                                                                         by Soho designer
                                                                                                        Approximately $2,000

          Brighton Accessories (shown in black)
                  Cher Handbag - $250,
            Essentials Large Zip Wallet - $121
               Cher Ipod Nano Case - $42
               Cher Ipod Video Case - $48                       Kittie Kyle • Memphis
               Essentials Small Wallet - $75              901.452.2323 • 3092 Poplar Avenue

     Alberto Makali
     Metallic Jacket Set

                                                                                                    By Saundra Messinger
                                                                                                Diamond-studded star necklace
                                                                                                      inspired by a clear
                                                                                                     Memphis sky - $418
                                                                                                   Jumble necklace - $568
                           Sonny Handbag - $220
                           Cher Large Zip Wallet - $119
                                                                   Funky sweaters from
                                                                      Skif Collection,
                                                           each one unique – ranging $210 - $275

26     Jewish Scene   I November 2007
                                                                                      HOT CHANUKAH FINDS

                                                                               The Accessory Collection • Memphis
Seriously Fun • Germantown, TN
                                                                                Unique Belts for men and women
                                                                                   by Israeli Tifa-Arts $58.00

                                Mitch’s Matching
                                Rex Rabbit Scarf

Anna Corrina Designer Handbag in
butter soft leather $338 - in honey                 Larsen’s Faux Fur coat
     (as shown) or chocolate.                          in vicuña - $498

                                                 Ménage • Memphis
                                          901.683.6809 • 430 S. Perkins Ext.

          Tea Lights & Floral
    antique porcelains - $17.39 ea.

                                        12 Tribes silver frame - $75
                                        Mitzvah silver frame - $85.87

        Cohn and Stone Studios
         Pomegranate - $440

                                                                                   November 2007 I Jewish Scene   27

The Jacket
By: Julie Lansky                                                                            MEMPHIS SCENE
           Cooler temperatures have arrived and it’s time to get excited for the            COOPER YOUNG FESTIVAL
     most important winter accessory- the jacket!
           This is the season for adding layers, which makes it one of the most
     important times to show off your wardrobe.
           For women, a great staple in your wardrobe is a fitted jacket. A great
     tailored jacket allows you to show off feminine curves. Pair this with a pair
     of work pants or this season’s hottest denim style – the wide leg jean.
           A jacket adds structure to your figure. It gives curvy women more angu-
     lar lines and creates a waistline. It also smoothes out bumps for all shapes.
     You can select a more traditional fall jacket in such fabrics as corduroy, tweed
     or denim, but this year it’s all about velvet, leathers and brocade.                   Evelyn & Jerome Makowsky
           Cropped jackets are the chic new shape this year and are the ultimate
     wear with everything. Layer over a long baby doll tank and pair with skinny
     jeans or wear over a dress for perfect style. The freshest silhouettes showcase
     boxy or A-line shapes. For the creative dresser, feel free to layer a long-sleeved
     blouse over a cropped jacket or belt your blazer for a fitted alternative.
           For men, you’ll see a variety of jackets with knee-length and cropped
     coats emerging as the dominant trends, and add-ons, like extra zippers and
     belts being popular with designers. Over the last few seasons, we have seen
     momentum gaining for the sport coat and denim look. Pair a velvet pin-                 Larry & Joy Wilk with Ronald & Iris Harkavy
     stripe sport coat with a dress shirt and jeans for the ultimate cool yet com-
     fortable ensemble.                                                                     PLANNED PARENTHOOD
           It’s important to choose a jacket that makes you feel good when wearing it.        Greater Memphis Region honored U.S.
           Mix and match your jackets into any wardrobe and discover the pleasure              Congressman Steve Cohen with the
     of everyday fashion.                                                                        third annual Bob James Award.

                                                                                             Congressman Steve Cohen and PPGMR Board Chair
                                                                                             Kate Gilliland Connell, who presented the award.

     Julie Lansky graduated from University of Colorado, Boulder with a degree from
     the School of Journalism-Advertising. Julie is a third-generation Lansky in the fam-
     ily business, and currently serves as buyer for Lansky 126 and manages its Web         Christy Swatzell, Barry Chase (PPGMR president),
     presence                                                           Anna Bess Sorin, Ph.D.

28      Jewish Scene    I November 2007
                                                                                                 MEMPHIS SCENE


                                               Mary Lynn & Arnold Perl

Big Foot Lodge Owner Shawn Danko
with Congressman Steve Cohen

Honey & Rudi Scheidt               Steve & Karen Gubin with Dan Otten

                              Ron & Anise Belz with Steve Prentiss & Jacque Cook

Patrick’s serves up spirits    Bob & Alice Drake with Bettye & Neal Berlin

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The Israel – Stanford Connection                                                                                By Susan C. Nieman

      tanford Financial Group’s 2006 $5mm investment in Israeli-based
      Catalyst II fund was its first step in the company’s long-term plans to
expand its presence in Israel. A win-win situation for all.
     Stanford’s investments have traditionally gone deeper than soley mon-
etary investments. With it goes a commitment to strengthen the communi-
ties in which they serve. In Israel, Stanford sees tremendous opportunities
to strengthen the region by investing in its economy and sharing its financial
resources. In addition, Stanford will benefit from the diverse background
of Catalyst’s managers, Israeli brainpower, technological advancements and
economic growth.                                                                    Benjamin Natanyahu, Jim Davis, Scott Notowich
     Although Stanford has offered private banking services in Israel for
three years, this investment represented Stanford’s first foray into the Israeli
investment market, a hotbed for innovative technology development.
     Soon after the investment was announced, James (Jim) Davis, director
and chief financial officer of Stanford Financial Group and one of the ar-
chitects of the Stanford Investment Model, met with Catalyst II fund chair-
man Yair Shamir and CEO Edouard Cukierman in Washington, DC.
     From there it was on to a visit to Israel. Jim invited managing director
                                                                                    Jim and Scott at Boys Town
and Memphian Scott Notowich, who had visited Israel several times. But
this visit was unique.
     “On Jewish Federation trips to Israel, we visit places important to the Jew-
ish people and those the Federation supports,” explained Scott. “On this trip
we included many of those sites, but also visited sites holy to Christians.”
     Jim, his wife, Lori; Scott, his wife Jill; and Aymeric Martinoia enjoyed
many historic sites during their weeklong trip, but the trip was also a unique
opportunity for Stanford’s leaders to discover the vast potential of this small
but technologically advanced country.
     On the first day they toured the campus of the Interdisciplinary Center
University (IDC) and were invited to an anti-terrorism conference, which            Jim Davis, Jill & Scott Notowich, guide Mishi Naubach,
                                                                                    Aymeric Martinoia, Lori Davis
featured four former generals of the Israeli Army and Air Force.
     “They discussed their views about how the recent (at that time) war
was fought with Lebanon,” said Scott. “It was amazing to listen to this bold
group of men who had actually been a part of that conflict.”
     After being cleared by security at Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI), Jim
and Scott toured the facility with Chairman Yair Shamir. IAI is a privately
operated company in which the Israeli government is a shareholder, and it
is the largest defense company in the country.
     “Mr. Shamir is an amazing man,” said Scott, of the former colonel and          Mr. Eddie Wolf, (w/beard) son of Jerusalem Boys Town
                                                                                    Founder Rabbi Alexander S. Lishner
pilot of the Israeli Air Force, and who, as chairman of El Al, Israeli Airlines,
helped turned that company around.
     “There are many similar success stories in Israel,” explained Scott.
     Like Mercury Interactive Corporation, of which Shamir serves as direc-
tor and which was recently sold to HP for $4.5 billion.
     They visited several high-tech companies including DSP Group, Inc.
and RAD-Bynet Group, establishing connections and brainstorming
about the future. They were interviewed by Globes Newspaper, which
wanted to know why an American company wanted to invest in Israel.                  Tunnels underneath the Western Wall

30   Jewish Scene   I November 2007
    At Boys Towns Jerusalem they met with Mr. Eddie Wolf,
son of its founder Rabbi Alexander S. Lishner. Boys Town
Jerusalem, which began as a haven for children who had
survived the Holocaust, has grown into one of Israel’s larg-
est and most respected educational institutions. The Boys
Town curriculum integrates academic and religious studies
with advanced technological skills, graduating students who
have made huge contributions to the public, as well as pri-
vate and governmental sectors of Israel.
    Possibly the most extraordinary visit was with former
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who gave the
two men an overall economic and financial view on Israel
and presented a plan for Israeli growth.
    “This trip to Israel went way beyond our expectations,”
explained Scott. “It was inspiring and educational and life-
changing. From the philanthropic perspective to the busi-
ness and political arenas, we were able to understand why
Israel is so unique and special.”

About Stanford Financial Group
     Stanford Financial Group is a privately held, wholly
owned global network of financial services companies led
by Chairman and CEO Sir Allen Stanford and founded by
his grandfather, Lodis B. Stanford in 1932. Stanford’s core
businesses are private wealth management and investment
banking for institutions and emerging growth companies.
Stanford provides private and institutional investors with
global expertise in asset allocation strategies, investment
advisory services, equity research, international private
banking and trust administration, commercial banking,
investment banking, merchant banking, institutional sales
and trading, real estate investment and insurance. Stanford
serves clients from 136 countries on six continents. Securi-
ties products and services in the United States are offered
through Stanford Group Company, member FINRA/SIPC.
More information on the company can be found at www.
     Stanford Financial Group has offices in the United
States located in Houston, New York, Boston, San Francis-
co, Miami, Boca Raton, Longboat Key, Memphis, Nashville,
Charlotte, Atlanta, Greensboro, Washington D.C., Austin,
Dallas, San Antonio, Denver, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Jack-
son, Tupelo, Little Rock, as well in St. Croix, USVI, and the
countries of Switzerland, Mexico, Canada, Panama, Venezu-
ela, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, New Zealand, Antigua and

                                                                November 2007 I Jewish Scene   31

                                       By: Shoshana Yaffe Cenker

                                              rom the time I          Bauman, to join Mitchell Law Firm, the second largest in Ar-
                                              was a child, I re-      kansas. “This is also a law firm of Jewish lineage,” says Jack. “As
                                    ally wanted to run a busi-        was my previous firm.”
ness,” remembers Jack Grundfest of Little Rock, Arkansas. “It
goes back to my father’s business.”                                   During his eight years with the Mitchell Firm, he served the last
                                                                      two as managing partner and CEO. “Managing a firm is the
While he didn’t take the most direct route, Jack did finally reach    best of both worlds,” says Jack. “You’ve got law and managing
his goal.                                                             aspects.”

Jack is the CEO of A. Tenenbaum Co. Inc. in North Little Rock,        Then in 2006, Jack jumped at the opportunity to get back into
a holding company that’s predominant asset is its namesake’s          the business world, when he was asked to become CEO of A.
scrap metal company.                                                  Tenenbaum, a company founded 118 years ago by a Jewish Euro-
                                                                      pean immigrant. Jack even had a connection to A. Tenenbaum
“I grew up working with my father in his business,” says Jack. “I     – he had once represented a client from the company.
always thought I would work in this type of environment.”
                                                                      Jack’s various roles are now endless. “I oversee operations of
Jack’s father, Dave Grundfest, Jr. was the president of his family    the organization, monitor finances, guide the strategic planning
retail business Sterling Stores. “It was a variety 5 and 10 cent      process, and I’m in charge of acquisitions,” he says. “And I still
store,” describes Jack. “A discount line like Wal-Mart.” In the       do some legal work.”
1980s Sterling merged with a company out of Kansas.
                                                                      Among all his duties Jack likes to stay hands-on. “I walk in the
His dreams of continuing in that business were suddenly and           scrap yard and visit with the manager,” says Jack. “I enjoy getting
tragically halted in 1987. His father, who had been a fighter pilot   out of the office.”
in the Air Force, was killed in an aircraft accident.
                                                                      Jack, his wife of 17 years, Kathy, and their two daughters, Blair
“After dad died, I came to the realization that I had no business     14 and Lauren 10, are active members of Little Rock’s Temple
mentor,” says Jack. “That’s why I went to law school, in part to      B’nai Israel, a congregation of about 300 families.
jump start a career.”
                                                                      For the last two years, Jack has been the co-chair of the Temple’s
Jack began college at the University of Missouri and transferred      “Capitol Campaign” program, which has raised $3.5 million.
to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, graduating in 1992.     “The campaign will help renovate the Temple and cover the
“Getting my college degrees was a dragged-out process,” he ex-        construction cost for a new multi-purpose facility,” he explains.
plains. “I took my time.”                                             “The Tenenbaum Center is already under construction and will
                                                                      be finished next month.”
He worked for a while in real estate development; then it was on
to law school at the University of Arkansas, where he graduated       As for A. Tenenbaum Co. Inc., “the future looks just as bright,”
in 1995. A year later he received a master’s in taxation from the     says Jack. “Last year we reported $300 million in sales and our
University of Denver.                                                 objective is to grow the business even more.”

Jack moved back to his hometown of Little Rock and practiced
tax law in the Eichenbaum Law Firm for two years. “I enjoyed          Shoshana Yaffe Cenker was born and raised in Memphis, gradu-
tax law, because it presented opportunities to move into man-         ated from White Station High School in 1998 and from Indi-
agement,” says Jack. “Tax lawyers drive deals; we work on the         ana University in Bloomington in 2002 with a B.A. in Broad-
                                                                      cast Journalism and a minor in Hebrew and Jewish Studies. She
inside with the corporate clients.”                                   studied abroad in Israel for a semester at Hebrew University of
                                                                      Jerusalem. She is news writer/producer for the ABC Affiliate
In 1998, he left with a work partner and his first cousin, Steven     News Station, WSB TV in Atlanta.

32    Jewish Scene   I November 2007

While the adults preparied for Rosh Hashana at ASBEE’s
Akiva Institute/Symposium on Spirituality, the children pre-
pared for Sukkot with this year’s Shlichim & Shlichot, Reut,
Avital, Chaim & Avichai.

 Annual Tashlich Family Picnic

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For the Love of Music                                                                                                 By Susan C. Nieman

         ette Shornick hit a home run when “Boomers at the               “While others listened to disco, I was listening to soul
         Ballpark” filled the Smith Wills Stadium at the annu-      classics like Phoebe Snow and Roberta Flack.” Bette’s ap-
         al opening season event of the Mississippi Symphony        preciation of music includes musicals, opera, acoustical and
Orchestra (MSO) in Jackson.                                         classical. But her all-time favorite is still Stevie Wonder.
     “It was a big day for me,” said Bette, who serves as Jack-          The Shornicks supported and maintained season tickets to
son Symphony League vice president of education.                    the symphony and Bette still remembers all of the conductors.
     After years of diligent work, Bette’s dedication to music           “I believe music has saved my life over and over again,”
and children paid off with the debut weekend of K.I.D.S.            said Bette. And she is convinced that by exposing children
– Kindness is Donating Sound.                                       to, what she calls, good music and replacing the bad, can
     Through its community-wide K.I.D.S. program, MSO is            shape a child’s life.
now collecting new and gently used musical instruments for               A turning point in Bette’s life occurred after purchasing a
deserving students in public schools.                               used trombone for the son of one of her mother’s caregivers.
     To help kick start the weekend, the newly crowned Miss              “Andretti was in middle school when he was encouraged
Mississippi, Ms. Kimberly Morgan, was on hand to sign auto-         to participate in the band,” explained Bette. “His mother,
graphs; first at the new Mississippi Farmers Market and then        Dawn Camper, who cared for my mother before she, herself
at the stadium. Kimberly, who sang the National Anthem              became very ill, was in no position to buy an instrument. So
before the concert, knows firsthand how music can change            I purchased the trombone for him.”
a person’s life.                                                         Andretti, or Too as he is affectionately called, has since
     “She is a perfect role model,” said Bette.                     replaced that trombone twice and is now part of the march-
     “Music education for children is my platform, and I was        ing band at Mendenhall High School in Mississippi. “One
excited to accept Bette’s invitation to be part of this wonder-     of my greatest moments was watching Too perform on the
ful program,” said Kimberly, who as a young child had sur-          football field shortly after his mother’s death. I felt such a
gery to correct a hearing problem and whose talent is singing       sense of accomplishment – that I could help make a positive
opera. “I love being able to give back to the community; and        influence in a young person’s life.”
I believe music is the key.”                                             A devastating fire at the local music store where she pur-
     Bette’s love of music stems from her childhood when            chased the instrument further inspired her. “I was so moved
she watched her mother, Cecille, and sister Sally play piano.       to think that the charred instruments would never have an
“I always wanted to learn to play the piano but I hated to          opportunity to change someone’s life,” she explained. “Like
practice,” she recalled.                                            the phoenix rising out of the ashes, I was inspired to start a
     Bette did learn how to play, and her love of all music         program that would enable every child with a desire to play
continued to grow.                                                  to have that opportunity.”

                                             Steering Committee: Darcy Bishop, Bette       Bette and her father, Lou Shornick, with Miss
34   Jewish Scene   I November 2007          Shornick, Judy Wiener (not pictured Sandra
                                                                                           Mississippi Kimberly Morgan
     Among her many ideas for K.I.D.S. is to develop a book
that could be used to raise funds for music education. The
foundation of the book is a stark collection of black and white
photographs taken shortly after the fire.
     Bette’s actions speak volumes about her commitment to
music, to the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and to Tikkun
Olam – repairing the world. A year ago, she gave her cherished
piano, (purchased by her grandmother, the one on which she
and her mother learned to play) to Michael Lewis, the son of
her mother’s current caregiver, Trini Lewis.
     Against all odds, Bette and her steering committee, MSO
member Darcy Bishop, Judy Wiener and Sandra Polanski, cre-
ated a buzz that helped bring Boomers and K.I.D.S. to cul-
mination. They obtained donated billboard time throughout
Jackson, sent out mass e-mails to friends and family and even a
live radio broadcast from the ballpark.
     “This is just the beginning,” said Bette. She is already meet-
ing with community leaders and influential people to create a
bigger buzz and in turn bring in more money and instruments
to touch thousands more lives.
     Monetary donations are being accepted and will be used
to repair and refurbish the donated instruments and purchase
accessories such as cases, music stands and sheet music. Make
checks MARKED K.I.D.S., payable to Mississippi Symphony
Orchestra, P.O. Box 2052, Jackson, MS 39225-2052.

Michael Lewis plays Bette’s   Bette with Andretti Camper
cherished piano

                                                                      November 2007 I Jewish Scene   35

                                                                                 Shofar Factory with Rabbi Levi Klein

                                          «      Both First and Sixth
                                                 graders preparing for
                                                 Sukkot                     First graders try out new shofars

                                                                                              Rabbi Klein helps Abe
                                                                                              Nahmias and Lucas Jalenak

                                                         Phillip Asher and Jack Lazarov
     4th Graders from BSSS and Berclair School

     “The Sukkot Hoe-Down at
     Temple Israel was sponsored by
     MRJ- Men of Reform Judaism-
     Brotherhood. This festive event
     for children and families brought
     countless smiles and fun for all.”

36      Jewish Scene   I November 2007

Lauren Lerner with husband Syd
is honored with the Hannah G.
Solomon Award for leadership.

                                         »   Jeanne Dreifus installs
                                             Phyllis Greenberg as
                                             Vice President-Fund-

         Jeanne Dreifus installs Cathy Kessler as Vice President-

 The 2007/08 NCJW Memphis Section Board with Congressman
 Cohen and award recipients Lauren Lerner and Deni Hirsh
 receiving the Mildred S. Schwartz Award for leadership.

                                                                       November 2007 I Jewish Scene   37
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT: REVIEWS By: Jennifer Lefkowitz (

                           GUSTER - Satelite : EP                                                     ANTIBALAS - Security
                           Reprise Records                                                            Anti
                          Guster is back, EP style. Guster’s                                   Brooklyn-based Antibalas is a 12-
                          Satelite: EP features eight songs and                                member plus collective. Security,
                          two rare live covers – The Beatles,                                  the fourth release is a jazzy mix of
                          “Two of Us” from a performance                                        afro-beat, Latin, brass, keyboards,
                          on L.A. radio station KCRW, and                                       funk, riffs and tunes. John McEntire
                          a cover of 80s power ballad “Total                                    produces the much-anticipated
                          Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Ty-                                   album. (Tortoise, Stereolab, Tom
                          ler. Rock-out melodies are includ-                                    Ze) At times, Security sounds like a
                          ed on this EP, which give rise to the                                 soundtrack to a high-speed chase.
                          ecological friendly band. The envi-                                   Check the track “Fillibuster X” for
                          ronment knows Guster for their                                        details. Other moments present
contributions, and Satelite: EP is wearing it; the packaging           the perfect album for watering a flower garden. But overall,
has been printed using soy inks on paper certified as sus-              Security calls for no back up.
tainable by the Forest Stewardship Council. Check the sig-
nature tracks: Satelite, and Satelite (The Astronauts Remix)
for the sake of goodness.

                        FLYING - CONFESSIONS OF A FREE                                          JANUSZ KORCZAK’S CHILDREN
                        WOMAN                                                                   Gloria Spielman
                        Jennifer Fox - Zohe Films                                               Karben Publishing
                        Jennifer Fox’s Flying – Confessions of A                             The true story of writer, doctor and ed-
                        Free Woman is a six-hour documentary                                 ucator Janusz Korczak; Gloria Spielman
                        in the eyes (and camera lens) of Fox, a                              writes a children’s book about the en-
                        single female and Jewish filmmaker from                               lightened guide in the field of education
                        New York. The subtext of the project is                              and Jewish development. Dr. Korczak
                        the statement; what it means to be a           established a Jewish orphanage in Warsaw where he intro-
                        free woman today. Fox’s dramatic docu-         duced the world to his progressive ideas on children’s rights.
                        mentary explores relationships as they         When the Nazis occupy Warsaw, Dr. Korczak famously re-
                        unfold during a four-year course. Jenni-       fuses to be saved, marching with his 200 orphans to the train;
                        fer travels to 17 countries to understand      and never seen again. Matthew Archambault’s illuminating il-
Photo Credit: P. Wessel how diverse women define their lives.           lustrations align the pages. Janusz Korczak’s Children is a true
She uses a “passing the camera” technique to demonstrate               powerful image of courage and a legacy of child advocate
perspective, race, class and nationality. Similar ideals among         and noble leader Janusz Korczak.
the women tie a bond. Flying – Confessions of A Free
                                                                       Jennifer Lefkowitz is a native of Memphis, Tennessee and graduate of Academy
Woman is a personal journey – a docu-experiment, feminist              of Art University, Motion Pictures & Television, Screenwriting in San Francisco,
theory, art and politics, yet most notably, confessions of a free      California.
woman.                                                                 Note: Challa @ Cha!
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38    Jewish Scene   I November 2007                                                            Mazel-Tov, Outstanding!!!
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NOVEMBER 2007                                            WEEKLY MEETINGS & EVENTS
Noon Beth Sholom Lunch & Learn w/Rabbi Rubinstein, bring a dairy or pareve lunch.
9:00 a.m. Baron Hirsch Torah One on One Learning (T.O.O.L.), Dafna Kannai.
12:00 Noon Baron Hirsch “Call Torah,” call-in-class, Rabbi Shai Finkelstein, toll free 1-866-266-3378, at the prompt enter conference ID#
Noon Young Israel Lunch & Learn/Finance for Life, 5350 Poplar Avenue #550, Development of Jewish Law and History.
7 p.m. Hillel Sip and Schmooze (bi-weekly) 452.2453.
7 p.m. Baron Hirsch Living Jewish, Rabbi Shai Finkelstein
10:30 a.m. Baron Hirsch Ladies Parsha Class, Rabbi Shai Finkelstein.
11 a.m. Young Israel Parsha (weekly Torah portion) for women
Noon Baron Hirsch Reframing the Parsha, Amit Foox, at B.A. Framer, 1905 Troyer.
1 p.m. Temple Israel Women’s Minyan, Rabbi Tara Feldman.
7 p.m. Baron Hirsch Jewish History, Rabbi David Radinsky.
7:30 p.m. Beth Sholom Limmud class, Rabbi Rubinstein.
9:15 a.m. Temple Israel Early Leaning Center “Mommy and Me.”
Noon Lunch & Learn w/Temple Israel Rabbi Meir Feldman, Grove Grille.
1:30 p.m. Temple Israel Mother Bear Project for African children with HIV/AIDS.
8 p.m. ASBEE Exclusive Telecast of Rabbi Frand on the portion of the week.
8:45 a.m. Temple Israel Torah Study.
8:45 a.m. Temple Israel Exploring Judaism w/Rabbis & Cantor, 761.3130 to register, fee $40.
1-1/2 hours before sundown, ASBEE Portion-of-the-week class/Dovid Menachem Brown Talmud Class.
After morning service, Young Israel class w/ breakfast, “Yoreh Deah,” Practical Jewish Law for men.
8:30 a.m. Baron Hirsch Talmud Class, Rabbi Shai Finkelstein.
8:30 a.m. Chabad Lubavitch Bagels, Lox & Tefillin. Minyan, breakfast, “Living Torah” video, Torah discussion.
9 a.m. Beth Sholom Yiddish w/Cantor David Julian
9:15 a.m. Baron Hirsch IE Hanover Lecture on World Events, Rabbi Shai Finkelstein
10 a.m. Beth Sholom Artful Torah class w/Rabbi Rubinstein.
10 a.m. Temple Israel beginning Hebrew/5758-59 Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program, fee $25, Carol Geller 761.3130.
10:30, 11:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. Temple Israel Advanced Hebrew
11 a.m. Temple Israel Intermediate Hebrew, fee $25.
11 a.m. Temple Israel Elijah the Prophet w/Dr. Joe Levy.
8 p.m. Baron Hirsch Shoah & Tkuma Class, Tzili & Amit Foox (for 10th-11th graders).

4:30, 5:30 & 6 p.m. Congregation House of Israel Hot Springs, Torah Study, Oneg, Services.
9:30 a.m. Congregation House of Israel Hot Springs, Hebrew School.

6:15 p.m. Beth Israel Jackson, Shabbat Services. The Shirim Choir first Fridays.
9 a.m. Beth Israel Jackson, Services, 10:15 a.m. Talmud study.

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NOVEMBER 2007 coming attractions
NOV. 2-4 NFTY-So Fall Conclave, Gates of Prayer, Metairie, LA. Celia Mutchnick, 901.761.3130.
NOV. 4 1- 4 p.m. Memphis Jewish Home 80th Birthday Celebration, RSVP 901.758.0036
NOV. 7 4 - 8 p.m. Beth Sholom Blood Drive. Call Alayne Shoenfeld for a time slot,
NOV. 8 12:15 p.m. ASBEE Lena R. Katz Sisterhood Lunch & Study Circle, 901.683.7840.
NOV. 11 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Temple Israel Annual Chanukah Market Place, Judaica Shop.
NOV. 11-14 United Jewish Communities General Assembly, Nashville, TN. Opryland
Hotel Resort and Convention Center, 212.284.6728.
NOV. 13 7 p.m. - Beth Sholom Israeli Dance Workshop
NOV. 14 NOON Baron Hirsch Kol Rena So-Shuls. Open to all Seniors. $3
RSVP 901.683.7485
NOV. 15 7:30 p.m. Temple Israel University Dr. John Kaltner, Assoc. Prof. Rhodes College,
“Comparative Study of the Bible and the Qur’an Since 9/11.”
NOV. 16 5:30 p.m. Beth Sholom Tot Shabbat & Family Dinner, Reservations 901.683.3591.
NOV. 18 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Temple Israel Pre-School Parents Holiday Bazaar and Family
Fun Day.
NOV. 20 7 p.m. Temple Israel Community-Wide Interfaith Thanksgiving Service.                    4th graders marvel at their masterpiece
NOV. 25-DEC. 2 Memphis JCC Jewish Book Celebration.
DEC. 2 7 p.m. Hadassah Major and Big Gifts event at Baron Hirsch.
2 p.m. Bornblum Judaic Studies U of M, Memphis Jewish Historical Society “The Ten Lost
Tribes” film and talk by Simcha Jacobovici at Memphis JCC.
DEC. 11 11:30 a.m. Hadassah Mitzvah Day Chanukah Luncheon at Emily Steinberg’s home.
Bring toiletries for women at abuse shelters and toys for their children. RSVP 901.683.0727.
DEC. 27-30 NFTY-So Winter Kallah, Henry S. Jacobs Camp, Celia Mutchnick, 901.761.3130.

NOV. 3 6:30 p.m. Congregation Etz Chaim, Bentonville, Rick Recht Concert 479.271.9630
NOV. 5 11 a.m. Congregation House of Israel, Hot Springs Sisterhood Meeting & Lunch             Rabbi Alfassi gives instructions

NOV. 6 7 p.m. Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL) Lecture,
Peter Charles Melman, author of Landsman, North Shore Jewish Congregation, Mandeville,
info., or 601.362.6357.
NOV. 8 3:30 - 5 p.m. Goldring/Woldenberg ISJL Peter Charles Melman Lecture at
Windows Books, Monroe. 6:00 p.m. at Congregation B’nai Israel, Monroe.

NOV. 7 3 - 5 p.m. Goldring/Woldenberg ISJL Peter Charles Melman Lecture at Lorelei
Books, Vicksburg. 7:00 p.m. at Beth Israel Congregation, Jackson.
NOV. 10 10 a.m. Temple B’nai Israel, Tupelo, 50th Anniversary Rededication, Rabbi
Valerie Cohen, Jackson, MS; speaker Dr. Stuart Rockoff, Institute of Southern Jewish Life,
662.869.5893 or 662.841.2150.
NOV. 10-11 Hebrew Union Congregation, Greenville, Annual Golf Tournament, Alan
Silberblatt 662.887.5878, Earl Solomon 662.378.2423, Barry Piltz 662.332.3322.
                                                                                                2nd graders earned a popcorn party!

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