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Iyar/Sivan/Tammuz 5771 • June/July 2011
The David S. Stone Hebrew Academy of Toledo:
Beginning to End
By Marjorie E. Siegel, Joseph Judis, of blessed memory. Unfortunate- Ruthie Baram and Marcia (Eiser) Grossman.
Principal ly, because it didn’t gel immediately, it did Ruthie Kalisher was the school secretary,
not actually function until 1966, when and Mendel Eiser did the bookkeeping.
Author's note: With the closing of the Hebrew a preschool and kindergarten were Parents and professionals were
Academy, the following article was written to trace opened with 25 motivated by
back to its roots, taking the school full circle. How- students in the a shared vision
ever, without time for thorough research, names of two classes. that included
people whose contributions were significant may The school was learning from the
have been omitted and some of the dates may be housed at Meadow- teaching and cel-
inaccurate. Ultimately, I am hopeful that the brook Court Syna- ebration of Jewish
totality of the article will give the reader a broader gogue. Among the found- holidays and Hebrew
sense of the history of the David S. Stone Hebrew ers were Morris and language, all with a Page 13
Academy of Toledo. JoJo Fruchtman, Phil heartfelt focus on Hebrew Academy's Kitah Alef
In the beginning, it wasn’t a new idea. It had and Inge Horwitz, Israel. The high- (First Grade) receives prayer books
been tried twice before but unsuccessfully. So Ted and Sonja est standards of
when Rabbi Ephraim Zimand said he wanted Pinsky and Dick kashrut were
to start a Jewish Day School, the idea was met and Debbie Schectman. The Blade observed, boys’ heads were covered
with some understandable skepticism. Fortu- gave credit for this success to Rabbis and there was a commitment to making
nately, at the time there was a core of people Nehemiah Katz, of blessed memory, and certain that the standards would allow
who were excited about the idea of day school Ephraim Zimand as well as to Dr. Judis every Jewish student to be comfortable in
education for their children and who wanted and the Academy’s board of trustees. Rabbi the school. The school, from its inception,
to make it work. Zimand, the orthodox rabbi of Meadowbrook was projected to be a community school,
The Hebrew Academy was incorporated in Synagogue, was the director. The first principal traditional in nature, but focused on what was
the fall of 1963 and was presided over by Dr. was Mrs. Pat Slavin and the first teachers were
ACADEMY cont. on page 12
Israeli Birthright Soldiers tell
Meet the Camp IsREAL Israelis! stories of honor and strength
"My name is Leigh Malka. I'm 16 years old and I live on Kibbutz "Hey, my name is Mor Mizner. l have lived in kibbutz Lohamei
Bet Haemek. I have one older brother, Tai, and two younger brothers, Hageta'ot for five years. l play piano and flute in my free time and
Shon and Yam. meet with my friend in our place
When I'm not having fun with my friends, I work in a restaurant in the kibbutz.
twice a week, and once a week I milk cows on the kibbutz. Once a l am the first born daughter,
week I am a group leader in charge of a group of 13-year-olds. One of and l have one little brother.
my dreams has always been to do a parachute jump, which I did for We have a dog named Blue; we
my 16th birthday; my next ambition is a bungee jump, but I haven't gave him that name because of
managed to convince my his beautiful blue eyes. l would Holocaust survivors share stories
parents yet. love to meet you in the summer in new documentary
Visiting America has and tell you about our wonderful
always been another dream Jewish country."
of mine, which I now hope
is about to come true."
"Hello, my name is Lior
"Hi, my name is Uri Henri Wein- Yardeni. I’m 25 years old, from
traub. I'm 17 years old and I live in Clil (western Galilee, Israel). In
<------LABEL GOES HERE------>
kibbutz Cabri in Israel. I have two the picture you can see me with
younger brothers and a sister, a mom my brand new niece, Doron.
and a dad, four dogs and I refuse to I have studied shiatsu and
mention the cats because they eat my plan to study psychology so that
food when I'm not watching. I can help treat children who
In my free time I like to do karate have development issues with
(I have a black belt. By law I count as a the combination of the two.
lethal weapon). I also enjoy being with my friends and doing nothing, My family has been living
bowling and paintball fighting. To pay for my bowling and paintballs in Israel for the last four gen-
I have two jobs: one where I sit in an art gallery and another where erations. My grandfather served in the PALMACH before Israel was
I make and serve espressos. established, and I grew up on his legacy.
Anyways, looking forward to this delegation." I love Israel, I know every corner of this country and I served
in the IDF in a combat unit (though not as a fighter, I handled the
I am looking forward to meeting your community, to learn and
live your culture and perspective, to show you the Israel I know and
to tighten the bonds between my country and Toledo.
See you soon."
Page 2 • June/July 2011 • Toledo Jewish News
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Toledo Jewish News • June/July 2011 • Page 3
Meet five Toledo-area Jews who have made a commitment to changing their lives. They have a
lot to gain by losing weight. Over the next 24 weeks, they will work toward their goal of living
Volume 59 No. 9 • 28 pages
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Toledo Jewish Community Foundation
The American Council on Gift Annuities has recommended an
increase in the schedule of charitable gift annuity payout rates
effective July 1. A Charitable Gift Annuity is a popular gift
vehicle while provides you with income for life and significant tax
benefits while leaving a permanent legacy that support local and
overseas programs that reach out to present and future genera-
tions of our Jewish family. In exchange for your gift of cash or marketable securities, we
will pay you a fixed sum each year for life.
What is a Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA)?
A Charitable Gift Annuity is an agreement between you and the Jewish community that
provides a guaranteed annual income.
How does a Charitable Gift Annuity Work?
The donor can make a gift of cash, securities, or closely-held stock to the Fund. The Fund
assets are managed by the Foundation. In exchange for your gift to the Jewish commu-
Rates to increase nity, you will receive a fixed income for life—beginning at age 65. If you are younger
than 65, you may purchase these annuities periodically in order to build a tax-advantaged
retirement plan which begins making payments at age 65. The gift annuity may make
A charitable gift annuity offers significant tax payments during your lifetime, or may make payments during the lives of both you and
benefits for you and your estate. As a charitable CGA your spouse. If you decide to use appreciated securities to fund a gift annuity, no capital
gains taxes are due when the securities are contributed. Instead, a portion of your income
contribution, it can be a permanent legacy that
allows you to help support our future generations.
rates from the annuity will be subject to capital gains tax, which will be paid over your antici-
Remember the directive “Kol Yisroel Arevim Zeh Date of Rate pated lifetime.
v’Zeh” – Every Jew is responsible one for another. July 1, 2011
Are there any tax advantages?
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To find out how you can help, and to receive a 90+ 9.8% reducing your taxes now, while the full value of the gift is removed from your estate. In
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All inquiries are confidential and there is of course, 65 5.3% How is the Charitable Gift Annuity managed?
no obligation. The Foundation is committed to providing donors with personalized and responsive
service concerning all areas of philanthropy. The Foundation staff is happy to meet with
families and help identify goals and charitable interests. The investments of assets in CGA
are overseen by the Foundation’s Investment Committee.
How is a Charitable Gift Annuity going to help me?
IN BUSINESS A Charitable Gift Annuity serves as an attractive alternative to many low yield invest-
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Should I have my professional advisor speak to the Toledo Jewish Community Foun-
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The Foundation’s Charitable Gift Annuities are easy to establish and operate. We would
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Toledo Jewish News • June/July 2011 • Page 5
United Jewish Council
A spark of life
By Allie Berns, Campaign Director me of the “pintele yid”. During the past six ticipants will be launching a project, L’chaim: to add fitness and exercise in your daily life.
months of the program, our group To Life … To Health … Toledo. The L’chaim New and existing donors to our annual
A good friend of mine once of emerging leaders have found and project is a new and unique campaign initiative, campaign will also have the opportunity to
taught me about the concept of strengthened their “spark”. There which will provide a life-changing opportunity pledge money (a flat rate or per pound lost
“pintele yid,” which in Yiddish are some of whom came into the for members of our community to achieve signifi- by our participants) to support the goal of the
means “Jewish spark”. There is a program with a spark and some cant weight loss and develop a healthier lifestyle participants in the program. You can pledge a
belief that every Jewish person has who have only recently found theirs. through diet, exercise and personal coaching. dime per pound, a dollar per pound or any
a little spark of Judaism that lies Together, this group of creative and Although a select group of five people will other amount you wish. We anticipate as much
deep within; no matter how far one innovative leaders is a vibrant source be participating in the L’chaim project, the as 50 pounds lost per L'chaim participant. If
is distanced, the spark will ignite of new life in our community, work- community will also have the opportunity to you have a friend or family member participat-
when ready. ing hard to improve and strengthen participate. There will be community programs ing, you can even pledge more to support that
Our 2011 Leadership Develop- Jewish Toledo. for all to learn about health and wellness, and particular person.
ment Program (LDP) participants often remind At the end of this month, the LDP par- we will share healthy recipes and ideas for ways See the ad on page 3 for more information.
Help support our L’chaim Project participants and our emerging leaders
The L’chaim project will launch on and kids’ field day event. Please come out your support for our community. I hope annual campaign pledge, please contact
Sunday, June 26 at 9:30 a.m. on the UJC with your family and friends to help kick to see you there. Allie Berns, Campaign Director at (419)
campus with a community-wide fun walk off this great endeavor. Have fun and show For more information, or to make your 724-0362 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Still feeling like the new kid on the block Leadership Awards
By Kirk Wisemayer chest or tool we use to make this all to know as many of you as possible. High School Leadership Award:
Chief Executive Officer happen. The real test of community Feeling like the new kid on the block Toby Friedman
is the life we create for ourselves, not is a wonderful thing, especially after Amy Horwitz
On Sunday, June 30, as individuals, but as a col- eight months. Everything is novel and Eli Kaufman
United Jewish Council of lective. A life that is rich in there is much to accomplish. Being a Alec Stern
Greater Toledo will hold Jewish meaning and experi- part of the community, will be an even Torrey Tarschis
its 105th Annual Meeting. ence. The essence – and the better feeling. I will know you better,
Jewish Communal Service Award of
Quite an accomplishment – strength of the Jewish people understand you more, and serve you
105 years – for the Jewish has always been our unique well. With your help anything and Marjorie Siegel
community of Toledo, and, sense of unity. Yes, we are a everything is possible – and will be for
after a mere eight months people of divergent views many years to come. National Young Leadership/Harry Levison
as your Chief Executive and opinions, who often Young Leadership Award:
Officer, a little daunting for the new disagree, but when push comes to shove Scott Liber
kid on the block. we “talk tachlis,” we come together and
In many instances, eight months is achieve the impossible, for the com- Dr. Louis Ravin Memorial Emerging
more than enough time to settle in and mon good, for Am Israel. Whether it Leader Award:
adapt. Certainly so in the case of a new is the March4Friendship this past Lag Kyle Ingle
home, new places to dine or shop, but, b’Omer, our response to disaster or
Silver Circle Leadership Award:
in the case of a Jewish community with tragedy wherever it occurs, assembling Phyllis Diamond
a heritage and a legacy as strong as To- to celebrate something special, some- Lynn Jacobs
ledo’s – and a history of dedicated and thing Jewish, or simply to schmooze, Kathryn Linver
effective leadership that is even stronger it is always more meaningful, more Janet Rogolsky
still, eight months is incredibly brief.
There is so much more to learn and
enjoyable when we do it together, as a
community. Save the Date The Honorable Charles Wittenberg
understand, and so many more of you We plan on lightening things up a
yet to meet and come to know, feeling little at this year’s Annual Meeting. No Spirit of Jewish Family Service Award:
daunted would be easily forgiven. I
choose not to feel daunted, but to look
long, drawn-out speeches; no boring, ir-
relevant reports. In fact, the sole purpose
June 30, 2011 Rochelle Barchick
Toledo Board of Jewish Education Ben
forward to the many opportunities
ahead. I look forward to meeting more
of this year’s meeting is to make it as
different to a meeting as possible. Think 7 p.m. Solomon Outstanding Trustee Award:
of you, to learning from all of you, and of it as a cocktail party with homework.
growing closer to each other. I will,
however, need your help. Many of you
We will publish the Annual Report,
and you get to take it home with you!
Annual Meeting Toledo Jewish Community Foundation
have been incredibly kind, receptive
and hospitable, but, alas, eight months
While you are at the meeting, however,
we will schmooze and get to know each of United Jewish Lore Barroso
Toledo Jewish Community Foundation,
is really much shorter than it seems.
Jewish community, ultimately, is
other a little better – and for those of
you who know each other, but have not Council of National Endowment Achievement Award:
Linda & Barry Liber
all about the milestones we share, the seen each other in a while, you will have
challenges we overcome, the achieve-
ments we realize and celebrate, and
the opportunity to catch up with each
other. I hope you will all come out in
Greater Toledo United Jewish Council Employee Service
the future we envision – together. The droves. I am the new kid on the block, Paul Causman [10 Years]
annual campaign is the community after all, and I want to meet and come Cynthia Feldstein [20 Years]
Bob Wick Community Service Award:
United Jewish Council Ottawa Hills Travel, Stephanie Gersten
wants your help! Education Task Force
We are attempting to determine whether there is a need in the community Have a great idea?
for transportation (semi- or fully-funded) to Jewish day schools in the Detroit Is there something you think kids should know?
metropolitan area. Is there a learning opportunity you want us to offer?
If you, or someone you know would make use of such a service, please contact
Kirk Wisemayer at (419) 724-0372 or email@example.com If so, please forward your ideas to Kirk Wisemayer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Page 6 • June/July 2011 • Toledo Jewish News
Jewish Family Service
Difficult Discussions, Difficult Decisions: Approaches to effective
communication between you and your aging parents
By Nancy Newbury, LISW-S, Director, you would want to be addressed if you were Some of the common barriers include hear- guardianship. The nature and quality of your
Jewish Family Service in their shoes. ing, vision and memory loss and the nature of relationship with your parents may impact
Be thoughtful in your approach, keeping the parent-child relationship. For individuals the process and outcome of these difficult
Last month’s article outlined in mind the following elements: who have hearing loss, you will want to face discussions. Keep in mind that you and your
topics that can be difficult for • Timing: Time the conversa- the person and speak clearly. Speak in a quiet parents are at very different developmental
adult children to discuss with tion appropriately. Pick the best room, as background noise is distracting and stages, and obtaining a good outcome means
their aging parents. When the time for everyone so no one feels makes it even more difficult to hear. It may you have to look at issues through their eyes
need does arise to talk about these rushed and can be attentive to the be time to suggest that the person investigate and at their stage of life. You are looking
delicate subjects, keep in mind the discussion. A holiday gathering is assistive hearing devices. for independence and mastery and tend to
following suggestions: not a good time. Individuals who have low vision may move quickly as you look for the next chal-
• Reassure your parents that • Experience: The relevance of not recognize you immediately; don’t take it lenge. Your parents are in a phase of letting
you want a solution that maxi- such discussions is increased when personally. Problem solving may take longer; go of some responsibility while maintaining
mizes their independence and maintains it is tied to a recent experience that you can you may have to read information and options control, evaluating their lives and looking at
their safety. reference. to your parents as part of the conversation, what their legacy will be. They require our
• Indicate that your parents’ strengths • Motivation: Be clear about what is mo- because they may not be able to do it by time, patience, support and respect.
and desires will be considered when making tivating the conversation, that your parents’ themselves ahead of time. Memory loss may As caregivers, we need to learn how to ef-
decisions. safety, well-being and quality of life are of make it difficult for a parent to process the fectively communicate with our older family
• Remind them that everything doesn’t utmost concern. discussion as (s)he may not remember details members to reduce our stress and anxiety.
have to be solved at once, that it’s an ongo- • Place: Have the discussion in a quiet, safe about the current situation or information Find support from other family members
ing process of identifying issues, exploring place where your parents feel comfortable. about options that was previously discussed. and friends. Seek out a support group or talk
options and evaluating and re-evaluating • Outcome: Keep in mind what you Patience really is a virtue, and this scenario individually with a professional. For help with
the situation. want to achieve, and lay the groundwork to requires a great deal of it. older adult and caregiver issues, please contact
• Speak to your parents as adults who understand your parents’ needs and wishes. Perhaps it’s time to talk with a physi- Ruth Franzen, LPCC, CRC, LSW, QTP at
deserve your respect, thinking about how Not every conversation will go smoothly. cian or attorney about power of attorney or Jewish Family Service, 419-724-0406.
JFS donations received May 2010 through April 2011
In Memory of Israel Steinberg In Memory of Eileen Burg In Honor of Annette Burke’s Birthday Daniel Jacoby
John Gottschalk Dr. Kenneth & Nancy Newbury Alice Davis Joseph & Elayne Jacoby
Patty Paczkowski Joseph Shugarman Greg & Andrea Jones
In Memory of Gary Sloan Cary & Michelle Kart (CSA Project)
Matt & Jill Kripke Roy Treuhaft Children’s Fund Helping Hands to In Honor of Shelly Kahn’s B’nai Mitzvah Ian & Rebecca Katz
the Elderly Steve & Pat Nathanson Jennifer Lane
In Memory of Abby Suckow’s mother, Berna Toledo Community Foundation Steve Lauer & Marilyn Klar (CSA Project)
Horwitz Mitzvah Basket Rental Anita Levin (CSA Project)
Steve & Pat Nathanson For the Speedy Recovery of Pat Thornton David Goldman Michael & Sheryl Morris (CSA Project)
Tom Kasle Rich & Rene Rusgo Janet Rogolsky (CSA Project)
In Memory of Stuart Schoenburg Joanne Rubin (CSA Project)
Tom & Jan Kasle For the Speedy Recovery of Doug and Sally Towslee Financial Donations to the Food Bank Ilise Shafransky (CSA Project)
Tom & Jan Kasle Joe & Rochelle Barchick Joseph Shugarman
In Memory of Francis Olexa Martha Kreimer Birnbaum (CSA Project) Michael & Jenny Siegel (CSA Project)
Tom & Jan Kasle For the Speedy Recovery of Josh Millman Daniel Boyk (CSA Project) Roggie Siegel
The Tom Kasle Family Ernest & Audrey Brookfield Doris Stark
In Memory of Robert L. Wachsman Dr. Sarah Eldridge (CSA Project) Beverly Steinman
Matt & Jill Kripke For the Speedy Recovery of Linda Strahm Gan Yeladim Preschool Temple Congregation Shomer Emunim
Tom Kasle Shirley Gerber Barbara Treuhaft
In Memory of Linda Dorn Beverly Gottlieb Dr. William & Joanne Treuhaft (CSA Project)
Gloria Litten In Honor of the birth of David & Hallie Freed’s John Gottschalk Steve & Mary Weiss
daughter, Ellery Shayna Esther Greenfield Sue Wilson
In Memory of Allan Segall Matt & Jill Kripke Phyllis Horwitz
Matt & Jill Kripke
To the Jim Schoenburg Family in Honor of the
In Memory of William Aronoff birth of Mera Belle Friendly Visitor, Shirley Gerber, honored
Matt & Jill Kripke The Tom Kasle Family
By Barbara Levison, Friendly Visitor Mutual’s mission of improving the com-
In Memory of Ronald Lipson To Andrew Knollman in Honor of Receiving his Coordinator, Jewish Family Service munities we serve.
Matt & Jill Kripke UT Engineering Degree
Gerber has been a very dedicated and
In Memory of Dr. Louis Ravin Jewish Family Service extends con- committed volun-
Matt & Jill Kripke In Honor of Cary & Michelle Kart’s new home gratulations to Friendly Visitor, Shirley teer for the Friendly
Charles & Helene Helburn Gerber, who received Visitor Program since
In Memory of Alvin Levinson the 2011 Medical Mu- January 2007. Since
Tom & Jan Kasle In Honor of his wife, Laura Brecher
tual Toledo Outstand- that time, she has de-
In Memory of Neil Light ing Senior Volunteer voted countless num-
Tom & Jan Kasle In Honor of Sharon Kimmel Honorable Mention ber of hours visiting
Matt & Jill Kripke Arthur Brecher Award for exemplary several elderly Jewish
community volunteer service. Shirley Gerber men and women who
In Memory of Andrea Jones In Honor of Ruth Franzen’s services
Matt & Jill Kripke Judith Kirshbaum Honorees were recognized at the 12th reside at Kingston
Annual Outstanding Senior Volunteer Residence of Sylvania and at Kingston
In Memory of James Kahn In Honor of the Sisterhood Woman of the Year Awards banquet for the Northwest Region Care Center of Sylvania. It is her unselfish
Dr. Kenneth & Nancy Newbury Award to Diane Treuhaft at the Crowne Plaza Toledo Hotel on May devotion in bringing warmth and com-
Joseph & Susan Wittenberg John Gottschalk
10. Platinum, gold, silver and bronze panionship to our clients that makes her
In Memory of Seymour Ziatz In Honor of Bill & Joanne Treuhaft’s B’nai Mitzvah winners were recognized along with the such a wonderful volunteer. She is kind,
Dr. Gary & Donna Benjamin Steve & Pat Nathanson honorees receiving honorable mention. caring, understanding and a good listener.
Medical Mutual continues its tradition When asked on her application form to
In Memory of Irwin Fruchtman In Honor of the special occasions of Dr. David &
of recognizing senior citizens of at least explain her expectations from the Friendly
Dr. Kenneth & Nancy Newbury Marilyn Levine
Charles & Helene Helburn 65 years of age who volunteer their time Visitor Program, Gerber responded, “I do
In Memory of Pauline Feit to help others. The awards salute those not expect to gain anything for myself. I
Dr. Kenneth & Nancy Newbury In Honor of the Nate Segall’s 50th Birthday volunteers who act in a selfless, caring would rather give to others and in return
Patty Paczkowski Matt & Jill Kripke manner and are committed to enhancing feel that I have done some good.”
the quality of the lives of those around Congratulations, Shirley, on this well
them. These seniors exemplify Medical deserved honor!
Toledo Jewish News • June/July 2011 • Page 7
Senior in the spotlight: Tatyana Belfer
By Mary Lou Whittaker, Director, everything they had was stolen. She and
Jewish Family Service-Senior Adult her mother were frightened and very poor
Center – father was serving in the army – and
she could not go to teach with no money,
Note: The following story was first pub- clothing, or food. She stayed with her
lished in 2007 to remind us all of the suffering mother. Their village was soon invaded by
and hardships suffered by those lived through the Germans, and she and her mother were
the horrors of World War II in Europe and placed in a concentration camp, where she
Russia. Tatyana lives at Pelham Manor and was beaten and forced to do heavy work.
celebrates V-E Day every year. Her photo is But they survived.
featured this month. When Victor returned to his village on
Tatyana Frankel was born January 7, a leave, after Tatyana had been liberated,
1923, the only child of an engineer father he walked 25 kilometers in the snow to
and a physician mother. She attended school her home and said to her mother that he
in her little village in Ukraine and then at- wanted to marry her. Her mother said “No,
tended university in the big city of Odessa. you can’t marry him. He’s very poor. You
Her husband to be, Victor Belfer, grew don’t know each other.”
up in the same little town, and attended So Victor returned to the army and
high military school in Moscow. During continued to pursue her. He sent pictures
World War ll, Victor served in the Russian to her, and she in turn sent him pictures of Tatyana Belfer adds her voice to the group of singers at the JFS Senior Adult
army with distinction. herself. She didn’t love him, and she said Center’s V-E Day celebration
Tatyana left Odessa after college and so. She was a beautiful young woman with
was scheduled to teach in a village near many suitors and one especially handsome father saying “My son very much likes taught in military college for five years.
her home, but on the way back from boyfriend who had been killed in the war your daughter. Don’t be angry. You know Then they built a little home in Vinitza
university, traveling with her mother, they and for whom she was still in mourning. families – I propose you will soon be our after he retired, and in 1993 they came to
were accosted by bandits in the forest and Then Victor’s father sent a letter to her relatives.” Tatyana’s father went with her the United States. Their daughter Lidia
to visit Victor’s family. It was a big one, came with them and stayed close to her
Senior Center activities with brothers and sisters who were very
nice. Tatyana’s father said to her, “Say yes!
parents. Two grandchildren live in Chicago,
and they are her pride and joy. Victor and
The Jewish Friendship Club meets every Sight Center, the Alzheimer’s Association Your loss is in the past.” Victor’s mother Tatyana had 56 years together, and of
Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the Weinman Com- and ISOH Impact. said “Go and get married! You are already course, she came to love him very much.
munity Hall at Pelham Manor. Members For information about membership, call like a daughter-in-law to me!” Tatyana now enjoys dining out with
pay dues of $10 for the year, and this en- the JFS Senior Adult Center, the sponsor- It was not a big wedding; they were Pelham Manor friends, and she always
titles them to attend all meetings, attend a ing agency for the club, at 419-531-2119. poor. There were some potatoes cooked orders bread with her meal. In the ghetto,
“paid-up member” luncheon at no charge --------------------------------------------- with a little meat. Tatyana’s mother’s gift when she and her mother were starving, she
and vote on issues as well as elect a slate of The staff of Camp L’chaim has big plans was a book, and a small crock of butter. would beg strangers for crumbs of bread
officers for two year terms. Accumulated for a spectacular week this summer. Spaces In 1947, Victor’s orders took them and take them to her mother. Now she
dues as well as money raised by various are limited and filling up, so send in your from city to city, and in Moscow, Tatyana loves bread, and now she can have enough.
fund-raisers are contributed to charitable checks and your reservation forms. For more
groups, which enhance the lives of senior information, call Mary Lou at 419-531-
citizens. This year, donations have been 2119 or e-mail email@example.com
made to United Jewish Council, Jewish Make checks payable to Jewish Family
Family Service, the Jewish Cemetery As- Service. Credit cards and cash are accept-
sociation, Hospice of Northwest Ohio, the able. The cost for the entire week is just $50.
USY/Kadima youths, including leader Adrienne Goldberg, visited Pelham
Manor with pots to decorate and flowers to plant on a lovely Sunday afternoon.
Pictured, from left, are residents Mary Carlson, Elaine Stram and Betty Smith
and (background) Helen Mallamad enjoyed spending time with the visitors
World War II veterans who were celebrated and honored at the JFS Senior
Center’s V-E Day party were from left Leonard Newman, Don Stalker and
Michael Sorin, and standing, Harry Schulman
Page 8 • June/July 2011 • Toledo Jewish News
Temple Shomer Emunim Congregation B'nai Israel
June worship schedule
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Class of 2011/5771
S.O.A.P. B'nai Israel
10:30 a.m. Shabbat services Synagogue Organized Afternoon
Samantha Blosser Program
Bat Mitzvah of Sydney Siegel
Friday, June 10, 2011
Shabbat service at 6 p.m. Rachel Federman
Rabbi Weinstein will speak
Katherine Kieninger June 12, 2011
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Shabbat service at 10:30 a.m.
Elayna Levison Every Wednesday, 1-2 p.m. 7 p.m.
Colleen Levy Followed by coffee, snacks, mah jongg
Bar Mitzvah of Matt Wainstein
and lots of fun!
Friday, June 17, 2011
services begin at 6 p.m. Jacob Loeser June Topics:
Toledo Jewish youth go
Cantor Siroty will officiate Justin Lupica 6/1: The History of Mah Jongg to Cedar Point
Friday, June 24, 2011 Morgan Rondinelli (rescheduled from May)
Tuesday, June 21, from 8:30 a.m. to ap-
services begin at 6 p.m. Cody Shulak 6/8: NO S.O.A.P. proximately 8:30 pm Club 678, Kadima,
Cantor Siroty will officiate
(Shavuot) BBYO and USY are taking a trip to Cedar
6/15: NO S.O.A.P. Point. The $40 per person cost will include
(Senior Enrichment Day) transportation, admission ticket to Cedar
Point, an unlimited drink band and bus
6/22: Vienna Choir Boys:
A Jewish Celebration in Song
We are unable to accept walk-in regis-
6/29: Current Events & Farewell trations. Registration and payment are re-
quired by Friday, June 10 to Kenny Hager at
OPEN TO ALL – NO CHARGE 419-724-0354or firstname.lastname@example.org
On Sunday, May 1, the young and young at heart showed off their green thumbs.
USY, Kadima members and Pelham Manor residents painted beautiful ceramic
pots. The artists then planted herb seeds into their pots.
Toledo Jewish News • June/July 2011 • Page 9
Congregation Etz Chayim
Shavuot Holiday Schedule Sisterhood News President: Barbara Rubin is truly an “Aishet Chayil”- A Woman of Valor.
V.P. of Fundraising: Diane Treuhaft Over the summer, Sisterhood will begin
Tuesday, June 7, 2011 Sisterhood’s Closing Luncheon will be planning many exciting programs and events
V.P. Donors: Linda Franklin and Barbara
Erev Shavuot held Sunday, June 5, 2011 at 12:30 p.m. for the upcoming year. We thank everyone who
Shacharit: 6:45 a.m. in the Louis and Dora Cohen Auditorium. continues to support our Sisterhood and all its
V.P. of Membership: Kathryn Gallon
Mincha: 8:45 p.m. The cost will be $10 per person. As always, Secretary/Treasurer: Phyllis Wittenberg many programs and projects. If you are not a
Ma’ariv: 9:15 p.m. men are cordially invited to attend. member and would like to join our Sisterhood
Candlelighting: 8:49 p.m. At that time, the following officers Congregation Etz Chayim Sisterhood is and take an active role in all we do, please contact
will be installed for the year 2011-2012: pleased to announce that we will be honoring Kathryn Gallon at 419-885-9063.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011 Ruth Steingroot as our “Woman of the Years” at Sisterhood is always in need of volunteers
our Closing Luncheon. Ruth has been a won- to help with our luncheons and our fundrais-
Shavuot First Day Etz Chayim family picnic derful inspiration to all our members, as well as ing efforts. If you are interested in being called
Shacharit: 8:30 a.m. upon to help as events take place, please contact
members of the community. She has taught us all
Torah Reading: 9:45 a.m. SAVE THE DATE! The annual Etz
so much and, in turn, we will honor her for her Barbara Rubin at 419-471-9451. We need ev-
Mincha: 8:45 p.m. Chayim family picnic will be held on Sun-
years of service and dedication not only to Sister- eryone’s support to continue to remain a strong
Ma’ariv: 9:15 p.m. day, August 14, 2011. There are many new and vibrant arm of our synagogue.
hood, but the synagogue and community. She
Candlelighting: 9:49 p.m. and exciting additions to the picnic this year.
More information will be forthcoming!
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Shavuot Second Day Book Club Pre-Need Funeral Plans when you want peace of mind
Shacharit: 8:30 a.m. At-Need Arrangements when you need a friend
The next book club meeting will be held
Yizkor: 11 a.m. on Monday, July 18, 2011 at 1 p.m. in the
Mincha: 6 p.m. synagogue library. The book chosen to be
Havdalah: 9:50 p.m. discussed is The Tenth Song, by Naomi
Ragen. Rabbi Garsek will be the reviewer.
Interfaith Blood Drive Everyone is invited to attend.
The 24th annual Interfaith Blood Drive
will be held on Sunday, June 26, 2011, Graduation Kiddush planned
from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Grace Lutheran
Church, 4441 Monroe Street. Please call Congregation Etz Chayim is planning
Elsa in the synagogue office, 419-473-2401, to honor its graduating high school
2426 N. Reynolds Road, Toledo, OH 43615
to volunteer or donate blood. seniors at a special Shabbat Service and Thomas I. Wisniewski, Funeral Director • David J. Czerniak, Funeral Director
Following the blood drive on Sunday, Kiddush on Saturday, June 4, 2011.
there will be a Celebration of Life service at Special honors and recognition will be 419-535-5840
the Hindu Temple in Sylvania, 4336 King given to these special students as they A Tradition of Caring Since 1939
Road. The service begins at 7 p.m. go on to pursue their higher education.
Rabbi Roth discusses 'The
Sanctity of the Land of Israel'
By Abby Hoicowitz, and Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Staff Editor/Reporter Rabbi Roth provided attendees a
small flavor of his dynamic teaching,
In mid-May, Congregation B’nai which specializes in guidance of hevruta
Israel brought Fuchsberg Scholar in (partnered) study. At the conservative
Residence, Rabbi Dr. Joel Roth, to yeshiva, students sit in small groups
Toledo for a discussion of The Sanctity of two or three led by questions and
of the Land of Israel – Kedushat HaAretz. materials the teacher has provided in
Sponsored by the Fuchsberg Center in advance. Students then prepare and
Jerusalem and the Conservative Center, study in advance.
he spoke at B’nai Israel as part of a trip During his speech, Roth discussed
that also brought him to Pittsburgh, both legal and non-legal Talmud
Pennsylvania; Cleveland and Colum- passages and their significance. For
bus, Ohio; and Grand Rapids, Flint ROTH cont. on page 24
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Department of Jewish Programs
J-Serve 2011 – Serving graciously, lovingly and empathetically
By Sherry Majewski, rainy April morning making friends with
Programs Associate, DJP Adults with Developmental Disabilities
at Josina Lott’s Adult Center at River
In late April, 18 Jewish teens spent a Crossing as well as independent seniors
J-Serve Volunteers at Josina Lott: Adrienne, Ruthie, Sydney, Emily, Rachel,
Katherine, Rene and Maddie
living at Pelham Manor. groups, setting up games, Wii bowling,
J-Serve is a national day of youth quilt making and crafts. As residents
service throughout the country. Projects arrived, the teens assisted them with
include volunteering at food pantries, activities and began socializing. Rela-
assisting seniors and a range of other tionships were developed very quickly.
activities. Toledo teens from BBYO, At Josina, we were movin’ to the
USY, Kadima and Club 678 (along oldies and exercising to Richard Sim-
with additional sixth through eighth mons and having a good old time. We
graders) were invited and encouraged to also played color BINGO. After mak-
participate. The teens were responsible ing sure everyone got prizes and played
for choosing games and prizes, commu- every game at least once, the teens had
nicating with each other and gathering a hard time saying goodbye to their new
friends to volunteer. friends. What a wonderful morning it
Hank and Bill, in their J-Serve Shirts The teens divided themselves into two was for everyone!
Our Newest B’nai Tzedek Student
We are thrilled to wel- asked why she established quickly grows to $500 through a generous to a Jewish community need of their choice.
come Mollie Groth to our a B’nai Tzedek Fund, Mol- match from the Suzanne and Allan Cohn B’nai Contact René Rusgo at (419) 724-0365 or
family of B’nai Tzedek lie replied, “to help Jewish Tzedek Fund and the Toledo Jewish Com- firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
Philanthropic Fund Hold- charities that I have an munity Foundation. On an annual basis, fund Please visit our web site at www.jewish-
ers. Mollie attends Mc- interest in. I know that holders will be able to designate a minimum toledo.org – Toledo Jewish Community
Cord Junior High School my choice will make a dif- charitable contribution of 5% of their fund Foundation link.
where she participates in ference in someone’s life.”
track. She also enjoys danc- We hope that the ex- Ben Barmash Jason Judis Eliana Saks
ing, singing, Facebooking amples set by our B’nai Deborah Becker Justin Judis Ian Segall
Mayaan Beckerman Eli Kaufman Morgan Segall
and texting. Tzedek fund holders will Josh Beren Max Kaufman Benjamin Shafransky
Mollie and her family inspire and encourage Rebecca Berland Alexx Klein Anna Shapiro
are members of Temple many other young adults to Ethan Bielefeld Maddie Klein Sara Sherman
Shomer Emunim. Mollie come forward and establish Evan Brochin Allison Klumb Cody Shulak
Sam Brochin Erin Klumb Kyle Shulak
helps at Hebrew School their own personal fund. Josh Brody Sari Kripke Alex Silverman
and Sunday School. When A student’s gift of $125 Laura Buckey Stefan Kuehn Evan Speyer
Ruthie Chaban Benjamin Kweller Michael Speyer
Emily Cohen Matthew Kweller Andy Stein
Gabi Cohen Sarah Lamb Cory Stein
Mazel Tov to our B’nai Tzedek Teens Aaron Delman
By René Rusgo, Director, Eli Kaufman – Goucher College Wesley Flaum Nathan Lempert Stacy Steinberg
Department of Jewish Programs Griffin Lahre – The Ohio State Hanna Fotsch Samantha Leslie Alec Stern
University Zev Fotsch Jason Levine Douglas Stockton
Jake Frankel Aaron Liebenthal Melissa Stockton
The Suzanne and Allan Cohn B’naiTzedek Sarah Sherman – Otterbein University Joely Friedman Joshua Liebes-McClellan Devon Tarschis
Teen Philanthropy Program of the Toledo Kyle Shulak – Eastern Michigan Toby Friedman Chelsea Mollenkamp Torrey Tarschis
Jewish Community Foundation would like University Samantha Geiser Zachary Morse Nick Thanasiu
to congratulate and send best wishes to our Alexandra Zyndorf – Kent State Samuel E. Gold Gili Zev Ornan Hank Wachsman
Cydney Goldberg Ben Pargament Alexandra Wainstein
high school graduates and their families on University
Joseph Goldberger Brett Perlman Chad Weiner
the momentous occasion of graduation. Lila Goldman Hilary Perlman Andrea Wexler
Ben Barmash – The Ohio State We wish you a continued journey of Jacob Groth Emma Podolsky Ben Yaffe
University tzedekah and good deeds and may you always Mollie Groth Maddie Regenstrief Zoe Yaffe
Toby Friedman – The Ohio State go from strength to strength. Alex Grubb Amy Reiner Samuel Zack
Amy Horwitz Bradley Reiner Shayna Zack
University To learn more about the B’nai Tzedek Jessica Horwitz Derek Reiner Jenny Zaurov
Joseph Goldberger – College info not Teen Philanthropy program of the Toledo Aaron Intrater Adam Robbins Deena Zucker
available Jewish Community Foundation, please Daniel Intrater Olivia Romanoff Sophie Zucker
Amy Horwitz – Indiana University contact René Rusgo at 419-724-0365 or Jonathan Intrater Jack Romanoff IV Alexandra Zyndorf
Rachel Intrater Andrew Rothschild Sari Zyndorf
Aaron Intrater – Ohio University email@example.com
Morgan Isenberg Zachary Rothschild
Toledo Jewish News • June/July 2011 • Page 11
Department of Jewish Programs
Senior events calendar
Senior adult programs of United Jewish Council of Greater Toledo are supported
in part through your campaign dollars and through a generous grant from the Jewish
Senior Services Supporting Organization. Please note registration deadlines for all
Thursday, June 2 throughout North America. Through song
Anniversary luncheon with and dance, conversations and activities,
entertainment by Commanders of they warm your hearts and bring a piece of
Harmony – Men’s A Cappella Harmony Israel to you.
Chorus Registration is requested by Monday,
Congregation B’nai Israel July 11.
Noon – FREE
Join us as we celebrate six years of senior Thursday, July 28
programming in the Department of Jewish The Music Man – The Encore Musical
Programs. Lunch will be served before we Theatre Company (Dexter, MI)
are entertained by barbershop harmony! Depart UJC Campus, 6465 Sylvania
Reservations are required by Monday, Avenue at 1 p.m.
(top) Students at the
May 23. $30 per person includes show,
David S. Stone Hebrew
transportation and dinner after the
Academy enjoying the
Monday, June 27 show
Toledo Opera during Toledo Mud Hens vs. Louisville Bats An affectionate paean to Smalltown, USA
our intergenerational Depart UJC campus, of a bygone era, Meredith Willson’s “The
program; (bottom) 6465 Sylvania Avenue at 11:15 a.m. Music Man” follows fast-talking traveling
Madge Levison chatting Game starts at noon salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people
with cast member Monica
Sciaky of the Toledo ticket and lunch UT
$5 per person includes transportation,
of River City, Iowa into buying instruments
and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to
Opera, Opera on Wheels Join us for an afternoon at the ball park organize.
program. as we cheer on our Toledo Mud Hens from Registration is requested by Thursday,
high above in reserved suite just for us! July 14.
Registration is requested by Friday,
June 17 – limited seats! Monday, August 1 – Friday August 5
Exercise volunteers Robin Foraker (L) Sunday, July 10 – Friday, July 15 $50 per person – generously supported
and Betty Myers (R) with JFS Senior Trip to New York City by Jewish Senior Services Supporting
Adult Center kinesiotherapist and $775 based on double occupancy Organization
presenter, Eileen Seegert Six nights, five days of amazing The ninth annual day camp for seniors,
adventures! Depart Toledo and spend the Camp L’Chaim, begins Monday, August 1
night in Pennsylvania at the Mount Airy at 9:30 a.m. in the Romanoff Patio at the
Casino en route to NYC. On our way back Jewish Community Center.
to Toledo, enjoy a night at The Mountaineer Seniors who are enrolled enjoy a week of
Casino Resort in Chester, West Virginia. entertainment, dancing, movies, games, arts
Contact Kenny Hager at 419-724- and crafts and various outings.
0357or firstname.lastname@example.org for an For more information, call Mary Lou
itinerary. Whittaker, 419-531-2119, or e-mail
$300 deposit per person due at time of email@example.com
registration. Trip balance is due June 1. Registration is requested by Monday,
Itinerary is subject to change. July 18.
Cancellation Policy: 100% refunded before
June 1. After June 1: 50% refunded. After Special Notice:
June 10: No refund! Travel insurance on Please note that our trips are open to
your own, check with your insurance agent. all seniors, and reservations and payment
Must have a current emergency form on file are due at the time of the request to hold
and this trip has moderate walking/standing, your space. We will accept reservations on
Susan Hirsch could include a few flights of stairs and/or a first come basis, because space is limited.
demonstrates her ability uneven terrain. A wait list will be formed as needed. No
and enthusiasm confirmations will be mailed; your credit
Monday, July 18 card charge or canceled check will serve as
The Tzofim Friendship Caravan for your confirmation.
Campers & Senior Center performance! Please fill out an Emergency Contact
Jewish Heritage video collection Congregation B’nai Israel
6525 Sylvania Avenue
Form if you have not yet done so and will
be traveling with us.
available to borrow For over thirty years, the Tzofim To make a reservation for a DJP Senior
Friendship Caravan has been spreading their Program, please call Kenny Hager at 419-
Shalom Sesame (11 programs on 5 Hebrew. Shalom Sesame's eleven episodes message of peace, brotherhood and friendship 724-0357or firstname.lastname@example.org.
discs) – Imagine traveling with America's feature stars such as Itzhak Perlman, Bon-
best-loved children's television program to nie Franklin, Jeremy Miller, Sarah Jessica
Israel! Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie, Grover, Parker and Alan King. Follow them on a
Cookie Monster and Elmo are your furry tour of some of Israel's unique joys – the One gift. Countless benefits.
guides to a magical series of adventures in lush orchards of Kibbutz life, the town of
the Holy Land. Modin where the Maccabees lived, the www.jewishtoledo.org
Children will be delighted as their favor- beautiful beaches of Tel Aviv and the awe-
ite characters talk (and teach) in English and some splendor of Jerusalem.
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Toledo Board of Jewish Education
ACADEMY cont. from page 1
schools in Michigan, some will be home-
shared by all Jews.
The first few years were difficult. There Celebration / Reunion of the schooled and others will enter private or public
schools in the Toledo area.
were times when teachers did not get paid. The single most important factor in enabling
The school did not initially receive community the Hebrew Academy to grow, to flourish over
funds, and if it weren’t for Morris Fruchtman’s these 45 years was the support of the organized
personal generosity and his outreach to others,
the school probably would not have survived.
ACADEMY Jewish community. All three synagogues were
represented and in the 90s, the breakdown of
The founding parents were so committed to students was close to one-third of the student
the concept of day school education for their Date: Sunday, June 5, 2011 body from each of them. The Academy’s pro-
children that they formed an informal commit- ponents were persistent in their efforts to keep
tee that met and problem solved, over coffee, Place: Congregation B’nai Israel day school education a choice for those parents
at each other’s homes. When they decided they Time: 6:30-8 p.m. who wanted it. Over the years, hundreds and
needed library books, they made calls to people hundreds of students have learned to read
and asked for book donations. Some people had Dessert reception Hebrew, have learned to pray and have learned
books to give, some had money to donate. The about and celebrated our holidays. They were
parents were passionate, a library was created This informal evening is an B’nai Israel. immersed in an environment that was warm
and a tone was set to make this school work. opportunity for friends of the All members of the Hebrew and nurturing, one that became a family.
And work it did, for 45 years. What a gift, to The parents, through the Hebrew Acad-
Academy from over four decades Academy family and all members
so many students! What a gift! emy Parent Association (HAPA), developed
After the beginning period, when Rabbi to become reacquainted, share of Toledo’s Jewish community are leaders and participants who, over the many
Zimand’s congregation needed him at shul more in a toast to life (L’Chaim!) and invited to attend. years, included countless devoted parents who
than at the school, Rabbi Perlmutter, of blessed wish continued success to all of If you have a favorite picture would do anything and everything to enhance
memory, with Chazzan Robert Shapiro, both the members of our community. (or three) from Academy days, their children’s educational experiences. That
from Congregation B’nai Israel, ran the school included fundraising to purchase new play-
for one year. Their leadership was followed by
We will wish that each may go please forward them to Abby ground equipment. It included building a
that of Sol Agrari, Baruch Rand, Arnold Car- m’chayal, el’chayal, from strength Hoicowitz at United Jewish new playground, wiring the middle school so
mel, Harvey Raben, Rabbi Garson Hertzfeld, to strength, building on the Council, 6465 Sylvania Avenue, it could be “connected.” It included hundreds
Ed Frim and Aviva Panusch, all directors of foundation received through their Sylvania, OH 43560 or abby@ of hot lunches, hamentaschen baking, picture
the Toledo Board of Jewish Education (TBJE). taking, help with recruitment, driving on field
years at the Hebrew Academy. jewishtoledo.org.
Principals included Susan Dunn, Joan Wein- trips and, this final year, even providing funds
berg,Toni Gerber, myself, Ken Newbury, Karen The celebration will take place Call Jill Lane at the Academy to maintain the highest level of specialists for
Knoppow, Rene Levy and LeeAnne Boehleke. Sunday, June 5 at Congregation office, 419-724-0385, to RSVP. our students. To the best of my knowledge,
The support staff for TBJE and the Academy HAPA has never said “no.” Their devotion
included Mona Richey, Ruth Sitzmann, Elsa and their energy have been extraordinary and
Leveton, Debbi Pyzik and Jill Lane. without limit.
The teachers were so many that it isn’t pos- establishment of the Toledo Board of Jewish began to slide, and by 1989-90, there were When Rabbi Katz, of blessed memory,
sible to list them without omissions. But one Education was Sol Boyk, who was followed as 67 students. In the 90s, however, the school worked to build a day school so many years
must note that the very, very low attrition rate president by Norm Rubinoff and then a succes- began to grow again, reaching over 100 during ago, it didn’t happen. He tried again. It still
speaks well for the school’s work environment, sion of men and women whose commitment to that decade. The initial increase in that decade did not happen. The time was not right and
for the professionalism of the faculty and for Jewish Education, and support of the Hebrew reflected the resettlement of Soviet Jews in our the pieces did not all fit together. But when
the mission of the school. Academy, was unshakable. (Note: In later years, community but maintained itself when that era’s Rabbi Zimand shared that vision and tried
Among this dedicated staff are three teachers Toledo's Jewish Community Foundation's Sol resettlement was complete and those students again, that third try was a winner. Leadership
who have been a part of the Academy for three and Eleanor Boyk Fund became one of the re- had cycled through the school. and circumstances enabled the community to
decades. The teacher who has been here the sources used to help fund the Academy's middle In 1998-99, the Hebrew Academy received build and support a day school that has served
longest is Mrs. Cindy Feldstein. Cindy started school students on their culminating trips to a grant from the Partnership for Excellence in more than two generations of our children.
as a half-day Academy preschool teacher in Israel.) TBJE developed many fundraisers over Jewish Education to expand to include grades Think of it, two generations – more than four
1976, soon became the kindergarten teacher the years, the most notable of which was the seven and eight to incorporate a middle school. decades! What a gift this has been from parents,
where she remained for many years and then, Bricks for Jewish Education Campaign. There were many parents and leaders who had from professionals, from a community to so,
after a brief move to Pittsburgh, took on the The Academy’s opening tuition was $500 for long wanted this expansion, and finally the so many of our youngsters.
reins of third grade, where she remains until this preschool and $550 for elementary grades. To- pieces, like in the beginning of the school, fit All of the adults who were involved, whether
very day. During this period Mrs. Feldstein also day, tuition is on an income-based sliding scale, together. as professionals or as lay leaders, were dedicated
taught a portion of second grade for many years. with full tuition at $8,000. Tuition was always In an effort led and supported by the un- to the Academy’s mission of providing an in-
Also here for more than 30 years was Rabbi a part of the budget but never sufficient. Early wavering commitment of two lay leaders, Ricki tense Jewish education and the highest quality
Edward Garsek, who retired in 2006. Rabbi on, the Jewish Welfare Federation of Greater Rubin and Barbara Strauss, the middle school secular education in an environment replete
Garsek taught sixth grade, seventh grade, eighth Toledo and then United Jewish Council pri- became a reality. The grant that was received, with opportunity and challenge, risk-taking
grade – wherever he was needed. One unique oritized Jewish education for our community’s in the amount of $275,000, was matched by and support, guidance, nurture and encourage-
contribution of his was the teaching of Ancient children. They became partners with TBJE in generous individuals in our community who ment. The warmth of the Academy has long
History in the middle school as well as Judaic providing funds so that no Jewish child was ever believed deeply in the value of an intense Jew- been its hallmark, as it has boasted enormous
studies, making correlations for the students denied Academy enrollment because of financial ish educational experience for our children. success based on an outstanding dual program,
that would otherwise be untaught. He also hardship. That philosophy has remained stead- This extraordinary fundraising effort was led skilled and dedicated classroom teachers and
officiated at many kindergarten marriages of fast over the decades. (Note: Scholarship aide by Linda Beren. specialists, a small pupil-teacher ratio, dif-
Q & U – chupah and all. for dozens and dozens of students over many During that same time period, a most ferentiated programming to meet individual
Mrs. Sara Garsek, who began at the Acad- years was available due to the generosity of generous gift was given by the David S. Stone needs and differences, open communication,
emy as a regular classroom teacher in 1983, Ben Solomon, a strong proponent of Jewish Foundation, and the school was renamed the a full-day kindergarten program and devoted
remains here today, serving for almost 30 years. education, through the Ben J. Solomon Fund.) David S. Stone Hebrew Academy. The launch- volunteers. All focused on helping every child
Mrs. Garsek has taught second grade, fourth Hundreds of students have matriculated ing of the middle school was met with great to grow physically, intellectually, emotionally,
grade and middle school grades for many years. through the Hebrew Academy since its incep- excitement, especially for those who valued the and spiritually.
She developed Judaic curriculum for the Middle tion. Although there are not complete rosters opportunity to further Jewish education, an op- In some people’s eyes, the number was
School and for the Academy and currently is from the 60s and 70s, it is reported that by 1969 portunity that existed nowhere else in Toledo. always too small. In other people’s eyes, it was
not only the intermediate grades Judaic Studies there were 110 children enrolled in preschool Additionally, many other families remained quality, not quantity, which defined the success
teacher, but also the Director of Judaic Studies. through fifth grade. Two years later, the school involved and even new families jumped on of this school. Half full, half-empty, perception
After beginning at Meadowbrook, the dropped to include grades only from preschool board because of the excellence and unique- is everyone’s reality.
school moved to B’nai Israel Synagogue on through third grade, with a total of 60 children. ness of the secular program. Once again, the Today, the community has decided that it
Kenwood Boulevard where it was housed for Then plans were made to add fourth again in Academy grew, this time to an enrollment of no longer wants a day school. The doors close,
approximately 20 years, until it moved into 1972 and eventually fifth and sixth grades. By 114. The middle school operated for six years, but we all are well aware that as one door closes,
its present location at the Jewish Community 1972, the school had gained state accreditation. graduating approximately three dozen students. another opens. The love of intense Jewish educa-
Center on Sylvania Avenue in the fall of 1986. What appears to be the largest enrollment was Shortly after it closed, the Academy became a tion, when prevalent among a group of young,
TBJE was established in 1970, and it directly in 1981-82, when students enrolled in preschool K-5 school. energetic people will always prevail, and when
supervised the Hebrew Academy. The person through sixth grade numbered 125. Today, as our doors close, 22 students will the pieces all fit together, when the grassroots
who served as the catalyst and engine for the Through the 80s, the enrollment again leave our program. Some will enroll in Jewish reach for it, once again the cycle will begin.
Toledo Jewish News • June/July 2011 • Page 13
Toledo Board of Jewish Education
Hebrew Academy's Kitah Alef (First Grade) receives prayer books
Ian (David) Wise, Bella (Bracha) Schwenk and Joshua
(Yehoshua) Abernathy lead their schoolmates in the
Siyum HaSefer presentation
Bella Schwenk is congratulated by her family as she
receives her prayer book
Ian Wise is congratulated by his parents as he
receives his prayer book
Ian (David) Wise, Bella (Bracha) Schwenk and Joshua (Yehoshua) Joshua Abernathy is congratulated by his parents as he
Abernathy lead their schoolmates in the Siyum HaSefer presentation receives his prayer book
A treasure trove of discoveries at Gan Yeladim Preschool
Penina discovers Emma
that she can cut discovers that
so many different she needs wind
shapes with her to fly her kite
"A little seed
begins to grow"
that he can make
his frog puppet
jump and croak
Carly and Detective Toney
discover how unique her
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makes challa dough rise of making orange juice
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Page 14 • June/July 2011 • Toledo Jewish News
Israeli Birthright soldiers share stories of honor and strength
By Abby Hoicowitz, and informed how they see themselves
Staff Editor/Reporter and their relationship to the larger Jew-
In mid-May, JFNA and the Birthright First Sergeant Tomer Bucher
Israel Foundation sponsored a tour of two Bucher, a 22-year-old from Haifa,
outstanding active duty IDF soldiers who started his army service as a trainee pilot
joined and led previous Birthright Israel and then joined the Explosive Ordinance
trips. The two soldiers – First Sergeant Disposal unit, called Yahalom, an elite
Tomer Bucher and Lieutenant Lipaz unit of the Combat Engineering Corps.
Ela – stopped in Toledo as part of a Yahalom is the unit responsible for
tour that took them across the United locating and destroying weapons smug-
States (including destinations such as gling tunnels – including those on the
Miami, Florida; Boston, Massachusetts border between Gaza and Egypt – that
and Orange County, California). They supply Hamas with the weaponry it uses
discussed their army experience and the against Israel. Other duties include defus-
ways in which their interaction with ing bombs, clearing complex minefields,
young, Jewish, North American adults on locating and destroying hidden weapon
the Birthright Israel trip has influenced sites, sabotaging enemy infrastructure
First Sergeant Tomer Bucher and Lieutenant Lipaz Ela discuss their backgrounds
and service to the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF)
and handling explosives. drug lord in a home in the West Bank.
Before joining the army, Bucher was After making the capture, he and his
a semi-professional cyclist and a member unit discovered a mother and her eight
of the Israeli national cycling team; he children hiding in a secret room of the
remains a keen athlete and expects to house. According to Bucher, the sight
finish his army service in March. struck a nerve with him and, in particu-
Bucher shared an emotional story lar, reminded him of the struggles his
in which he and his unit took down a
SOLDIERS cont. on page 17
United Jewish Council staff meets Tomer and Lipaz
The soldiers (along with UJC CEO Kirk Wisemayer and Fagie Benstein) meet
with Toledo Talmud Torah students
Fun-filled day at March4Friendship
Max and Cayden Greenblatt
play with a balloon at the
The event included a march,
BBQ and Friendship Festival
created by the Friendship
Circle of Toledo to support
children with special needs
and their families
Rafi and Dan Berns
came to support the
Toledo Jewish News • June/July 2011 • Page 15
YAD comes together for spring events
By Abby Hoicowitz, Lane and I participated in a fun and creative
Travel with the
Staff Editor/Reporter clay workshop at Space 237 in downtown
Toledo. With assistance from the gallery's
In late April, YAD members Lauren wonderful teacher, Jules, we each chose a plate
Sachs, Kate Carew, Raina Siroty, Elizabeth design and created an original masterpiece.
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Jerusalem Tel Aviv
Bethlehem Haifa Nazareth
Kate Carew rolls out her clay and prepares to shape her creation Masada & Naama’s hometown Hoshaya
In mid-May, Elizabeth Lane invited Neal Fridman, Kelly Berson, Raina Siroty
YAD members to her home for a Malaveh and I attended the event, which marks the
Malkeh evening. Nick Gwin, Tobi Kipling, end of Shabbat and the start of a new week.
Neal Fridman and Tobi Kipling challenge each other in a competitive game of
Cantor Raina Siroty, Elizabeth Lane, Tobi Kipling, Neal Fridman and Nick Gwin
light a candle for Malaveh Malkeh
Page 16 • June/July 2011 • Toledo Jewish News
The scouts are coming, are you?
Two wonderful opportunities to share the joy,
sing out loud and show your support for Israel
By René Rusgo, Director, conversations and activities, they
Department of Jewish Programs warm your hearts and bring a piece
of Israel right to you. Most of all,
The Tzofim Friendship Caravan they have a love for their country and
Marom their people and a desire to share that
Monday, July 18, 2011 love with their brothers and sisters in
16 Tammuz 5771 America.
There is no better time to celebrate
1:30 p.m. in our shared heritage and to support
Community Camp Groups and the State of Israel!
Senior Centers To learn more about the Israel
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2011 Israel Scout home request
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Friendship Caravan has been spreading or firstname.lastname@example.org. For for that evening (July 18). scouts are placed in groups of no less
their message of peace, brotherhood questions about the event, please If you would like to do a mitzvah and than two. Please let us know if you keep
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Toledo Jewish News • June/July 2011 • Page 17
Travel journalists group to hold council meeting in Israel
Submitted by the Israel Ministry of broadcasters, photographers and filmmakers in 1983 and 1998. But, the 2012 meeting will South America, "and we'll be ensuring that the
Tourism are expected to spend a week and more touring be the first ever attended purely by the travel participants have the opportunity to see the
Israel from north to south. The meeting opens journalists who have the power to persuade and beauty, inspiration, excitement and sophistica-
The Freelance Council of the Society of in Tel Aviv on January 19 and will comprise change consumers' minds about where to travel. tion Israel offers."
American Travel Writers (SATW) will meet council meetings as well as in-depth touring "We are thrilled to welcome the SATW According to Israel Ministry of Tourism
in Israel in January 2012. As many as 100 opportunities throughout the country. Freelance Council to Israel," said Haim Gu- North America, tourism to Israel peaked in
leading U.S. and Canadian travel journalists, SATW has held two conventions in Israel – tin, Israel Tourism Commissioner, North and 2010 despite the global economic slowdown.
House cast members tour Israel
Submitted by the Israel Ministry of interviews. Launched in 2004, House is distrib-
Tourism The four actors celebrated Indepen- uted to 66 countries around the world,
dence Day in Tel Aviv then visit the including Israel.
Four stars of the FOX TV drama Galilee, the Dead Sea and Masada and "Our goal is to bring a stream of high-
House arrived in Israel last month on completed their tour in Jerusalem. The profile celebrities and opinion makers to
a tour designed to show off the best of visit was sponsored by America's Voices Israel in the coming months and years,"
Israel. The four actors – Lisa Edelstein, for Israel, a joint project of the Confer- said Haim Gutin, Israel Tourism Com-
Amber Tamblyn, Omar Epps and Jesse ence of Presidents of Major American missioner North & South America, "so
Spencer – tweeted and blogged about Jewish Organizations, the Israel Ministry House cast members Jesse Spencer, that they will return home and spread the
the trip as they traveled and are expected of Tourism, the Israel Ministry of Foreign Amber Tamblyn, Omar Epps and word not only about what Israel represents
to share their experiences in U.S. media Affairs and EL AL Israel Airlines. executive producer, David Shore but also about its appeal for travelers."
SOLDIERS cont. from page 14 her, daily, from becoming a victim of much from the North American tourists
bombings or missile attacks. “For us, it’s as they have learned from her. In addition
parents (both Holocaust survivors) had normal. You have ten seconds to react, to the close bonds she obtained through
previously endured. and then you just pray that the missile the experience, she witnessed a critical
Discussing a more joyful experience, doesn’t land on you.” change in the young visitors who learned
Bucher talked about the lifelong friends According to Ela, her work with more about Israel and Jewish heritage than
he has gained due to his role with Birth- Birthright Israel has been a gift. What was they could have ever imagined. For Ela,
right Israel. While on his tour of the originally supposed to be a “10-day vaca- the Birthright Israel experience was a life
United States, Bucher planned to visit tion” from the army became much more; changing experience as well, bringing her
many of those friends in the Boston area. she emphasized that she has learned as closer to her country and to her faith.
Lieutenant Lipaz Ela
Ela, a 21-year-old from Jerusalem, is
Was your family's property
a human resources officer in the Israel
Air Force unit that operates the Arrow
anti-missile missile. The Arrow Weapons
System, engineered in cooperation with
the United States government, protects
taken during the Holocaust?
Israel against medium and long-range
ballistic missiles. The unit, which was First Sergeant Tomer Bucher listens
founded in 2000, played a critical role to Lieutenant Lipaz Ela address the
in the Second Lebanon War in 2006 crowd
by helping detect hundreds of rockets
launched daily from Lebanon into Israel. sive record of community service during
As the human resources officer for the high school. She worked with senior
unit, Ela sees to the needs of the soldiers citizens and young adults with drug ad-
in the unit, from making sure they get diction and attended an Arab-Israel peace
their paychecks to assisting them with mission in New Mexico.
personal or internal army issues. She discussed life in Israel and the
Ela came to the army with an impres- mixture of instinct and luck that saves
Did you or your family own movable, immovable or
intangible property that was confiscated, looted or
Public Service Announcement forcibly sold in countries governed or occupied by the
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America (CCFA) support group meets the colon, are prevalent among Ashkenaze Jews.
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or call toll free
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Photographs: Gift of Ruth Mermelstein, Yaffa Eliach Collection donated by the Center for
Holocaust Studies, Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York, U.S.A. Gift of Eric S. Morley, Museum
of Jewish Heritage New York, U.S.A. Gift of Ronnie Hamburger Burrows, Museum of Jewish
Heritage, New York, U.S.A.
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Jewish Community Relations Council
Annual diversity program educates students about the Holocaust
By Wendy Goldstein, seats. The crowd was there to attend students, brought them to a place he
Director, JCRC an annual diversity program that pres- seldom visits.
ents different aspects of the Holocaust For Mr. Markowicz, even though he
On May 5, a sun- through survivors of the camps, hidden experienced one of the darkest periods
ny morning at To- children, Holocaust museum represen- of history, his zeal for life is instantly
ledo’s Main Library tatives, plays and more. apparent.
McMaster Center, Philip Markowicz, a Holocaust He urged the audience to be strong
277 people – com- survivor shared his journey through and, “stand up when you see others being
prised of junior high the horrors of the Holocaust; it was a persecuted; don’t look the other way.”
and high school story like those we usually only see in Wendy Goldstein and Mayor Michael
students, teachers the movies. Mr. Markowicz, not with- Bell attend the annual diversity
and administrators – sat silent in their holding a single detail to protect the program at Main Library
Guest Sermon: Congregation Shomer Emunim
By Rob Vincent, However, I would submit to you that, would only bring out into the open the enemy, and our democratic ally Israel,
Israel Advocacy Coordinator, JCRC in the long run, events of this nature will orientation of these societies, for all to on the other?
ultimately contribute to a more peaceful see. The blind hypocrisy of Western Moreover, these events are demonstrat-
Of all the “guest sermons” I have and stable regional environment for Israel. leaders giving these governments a pass ing that the problems of the Middle East
delivered thus far, this has been the First, one might ask just how genuinely in the name of propping up so-called and larger Muslim world have nothing
most difficult to write. Prior “pro-Western” or “moderate” “moderate allies,” even as these same to do with Israel or the Israeli-Palestinian
to settling down before my many of these established re- “allies” support the very forces that kill conflict, despite the disingenuous claims
computer keyboard, I found gimes really are. For example, our troops and terrorize our populations, of so many who have used this issue as
myself procrastinating as long as the WikiLeaks documents have would have to end. Perhaps if we began a platform for demonizing Israel. They
I could. Events are now moving shown, among other things, treating our enemies like enemies (what have everything to do with the corrupt,
with such rapidity in the Middle what observers like me have a radical concept!) we might start mak- backward social/political systems that
East; I was concerned, no sooner known for years; “Moderate” ing genuine headway in the war against dominate the region.
would I write a final draft, that Saudi Arabia is the primary radical Islamist terrorism. The truth is that the supposedly “pro-
events would render it obsolete financial sponsor of Sunni Indeed, if openly Islamist regimes Western” kings and dictators of these na-
within a short time. Muslim-affiliated terror groups, proliferate in the region, as detrimental tions have only remained in power at the
Six months ago, who would have like Al Queda, in the world today. The to peace and stability this may be in the point of a gun and by co-opting the only
imagined that sitting regimes in Tunis and same dynamic holds for many of these near term, it will deprive the “dump Is- constituency that mattered, this being the
Cairo would be out of power and many other countries. Their media is full of rael” crowd of their standard argument clerics, who are the de facto ruling class
others throughout the area under serious vicious anti-Western propaganda, and for distancing the U.S. from Israel, this in these societies. This arrangement has
and immediate threat of being toppled? the “foreign fighters” we often hear being that we ought not get “too close” to kept the bulk of their populations chained
Many observers and friends of Israel fear about facing off against our troops in Israel for fear of alienating our so-called to a medieval existence, falling farther
that this new regional instability threatens places like Afghanistan hail from many “moderate” Arab allies. When there are and farther behind the rest of the world.
to usher in an era of mortal danger for of our allegedly “moderate” allies, such no more “moderates” left among them, Such a state of affairs may have allowed
the Jewish state, that these developments as Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and other there is no logical choice left but to back the political elites in these countries to
portend increased tension, strife and war. Gulf states. Israel without reservation. The bankrupt put off the day when they’d have to gov-
In the short-term, this is true. Instabil- What do we really have to lose, in “honest broker,” “evenhanded” paradigm ern responsibly and seriously address the
ity carries risk. In contrast to what many objective terms, by the demise of these that has informed successive U.S. admin- needs of their societies, but that day could
considered to be “pro-Western” or “mod- governments? istrations to a greater or lesser extent will not be put off forever. It seems that day
erate” leaders, there are actors among If they are replaced by genuinely be dealt the death blow that it deserves. may be arriving now.
those calling for revolution in the Muslim democratic, secular regimes, that would What serious American leader can en- While the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
world of northeast Africa and southwest be a positive development by any standard tertain the idea of feeling obligated to may have no real bearing on the internal
Asia who are quite open and strident in for all concerned. But if, as may be more maintain the status of an “honest broker” problems of countries such as Egypt,
their hostility toward Israel in particular likely and as many fear, they are replaced between radical Islamist regimes on the Israel is still extremely important from a
and the U.S. and West generally. by openly radical Islamist regimes, this one hand, who view us as their mortal
SERMON cont. on page 26
“Constructive” criticism of Israel: At what point does it become something else?
By Scott Rothstein, Chair, JCRC However, there are in fact some limita- before concluding whether or not their no right to exist. Israelis do not belong in
tions. Typically, the balancing act pits the position is legitimate? For example, does it the Middle East.
It is perfectly legitimate to question both individual’s rights against a conflicting matter that a church group in the United Double Standards: Israel is condemned
Israel's policies and how those compelling interest in protecting States may call for the same tactics (i.e. harshly for self-defense measures and social
policies are implemented. With- the public. The classic example boycotts, divestments and sanctions against problems that are seen as acceptable or
in Israel’s pluralistic democracy, of unprotected speech would Israel) that are also promulgated by Israel's inevitable in other nations.
no one does criticism better than include laws prohibiting the avowed enemies? Demonization: Through distortions and
Israelis themselves. However, yelling of the word “fire” in a Should we be critical of individuals and/ lies, Israel is depicted as the world’s most
when examining "constructive” crowded room. Additionally, or groups that only tell "half-truths" about evil and dangerous country, and the claim is
criticism of Israel, the question libel and slander laws allow for a Israel or otherwise fail to address "context" made that if the Jewish State ceased to exist,
must be asked: At what point legal mechanism to seek redress, when criticizing Israel? the main problems of the Middle East – and
does it become something else? primarily monitory damages, At what point do we conclude that the world – problems would be solved.
My goal in writing this short piece is to if an individual “wrongfully” abuses (i.e. slanderous attacks against Israel are not just University of California Irvine professor
briefly illuminate some of the key issues and by lying) this free speech right. Generally inappropriate but are illegitimate because Roberta Seid has suggested a "fourth D,"
guidelines that may help you clarify in your speaking, these limited protections do not they constitute anti-Semitic attacks against decontextualization, be added as well.
own mind where this elusive line is drawn. extend to countries. the Jewish people? In future articles, we will systematically
First, let us all understand the issue is Therefore, if we only address the issues A framework for identifying illegitimate examine criticism of Israel within the frame-
not really a legal one. People can, to a point, in purely legalistic terms there is not much criticism has been succinctly articulated by work "four D's" with the express purpose of
say whatever they want about Israel without to talk about. However, if we are examining Natan Sharansky (former Soviet refusenik revisiting the key question: At what point
legal ramifications. Everyone’s legal right to this issue from a broader perspective, the and prisoner, Israeli politician, human rights do we conclude that slanderous attacks
“free speech” is broad and guaranteed by our issue becomes more complicated. activist and author) in what has been sum- against Israel are not just inappropriate but
constitution. There must be very compelling Is it appropriate to consider the inten- marized as the "three D’s ": are illegitimate because they constitute anti-
reasons to justify limitation of those rights. tions of a person or group criticizing Israel Delegitimization: The Jewish State has Semitic attacks against the Jewish People?
Toledo Jewish News • June/July 2011 • Page 19
Jewish Community Relations Council
Holocaust survivors share stories in new documentary
By Abby Hoicowitz, interesting part for me, as the filmmaker,
Staff Editor/Reporter was creating the questions and having in-
timate questions with the survivors … The
Toledo’s annual Yom HaShoah program way the survivors addressed the group was
and memorial service was held May 1 at Tem- very different from the way they may address
ple Shomer Emunim. The event provided the someone in a one-to-one interview or address
world premiere first edit of Bearing Witness: a group of adults … We were able to capture
The Voices of Our Survivors, a documentary the passion and sincerity of the people in the
film and exhibition of photographic portraits. film by having them speak directly to the
Heather Elliott-Famularo, director/ students, which made it really meaningful.
producer; Hindea Markowicz, assistant I think we have a lot of potential when we
producer and director of the Ruth Fajerman go forward from here.”
Markowicz Holocaust Resource Center of Eber discussed the project and its impact
the United Jewish Council of Greater Toledo on those who collaborated for its creation.
(UJC); Dena Elizabeth Eber, photographer/ She said, “The biggest challenge was my close-
assistant producer; and Wendy Goldstein, ness to the whole Holocaust experience and,
consultant and Jewish Community Relations as such, encountering it with my camera as
Council (JCRC) director created the video an outsider rather than being part of it as a
and photographs. community member. I grew up inundated
Elliott-Famularo said, “The most SURVIVORS cont. on page 27
Survivors participate in a candle lighting ceremony during the Yom HaShoah
event Tom Helberg assists Clara Rona in lighting a candle
Honor and celebration
By Abby Hoicowitz, Andy Golding and Scott Kalniz (Note:
Staff Editor/Reporter UJC President, Elliot Feit, and Cantor
Evan Rubin were unable to attend and
On May 9, United Jewish Council sent their regards).
of Greater Toledo (UJC) and the com-
munity took part in a Yom HaZikaron
and Yom Ha'atzmaut program to honor
the fallen soldiers of our Partnership
region - Western Galilee as well as cel-
ebrate our 63 years of statehood.
Israel initiatives director, Yuval
Shefi, led a wonderful program, which
included lighting of Neshama candles
and meaningful contributions from
Rabbis Samuel Weinstein, Yossi Shem-
tov, Moshe Saks and Edward Garsek;
Cantors James Gloth and Raina Siroty;
young community members Naomi Yuval Ayalon and Ruth Light light Naomi Federman, Sara Federman and Alec Stern read first hand-stories of loss
Federman, Sara Federman and Alec Neshama candles at the beginning of and heroism of members of the Israel Defense Forces from our Partnership
Stern; UJC CEO, Kirk Weismayer; the Yom HaZikaron program Region - Western Galilee
Students attend Diversity Day
Local high school students listen to Holocaust survivor, Philip Markowicz at the Yuval Shefi (left) and other attendees of the Yom Ha'atzmaut event dance to
annual Diversity Day, held at Toledo-Lucas County Public Library's Main Library songs of Israel
Page 20 • June/July 2011 • Toledo Jewish News
HELP! What program should I go to?
By Sherry Majewski, fers fun activities and the opportunity to
Programs Associate connect with other Jewish youth.
Club 678: for Jewish Youth in sixth
Do you ever find yourself wondering through eighth grades. This program of-
what program group your child should fers fun events and programs as well as the
be in? opportunity for Jewish youth to connect.
Check out the list below, and remember Your ideas are always encouraged and
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Each book and CD comes with resources to help families use the selection in their home. The book
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Toledo Jewish News • June/July 2011 • Page 21
University of Toledo Hillel news BGSU Hillel news
By W. Kyle Ingle, • Stephen Meyer, President (Chagrin
UT Hillel grows by more than 500% in one year Faculty Advisor, BGSU Hillel Falls, Ohio) email@example.com
By Elizabeth Lane, Hillel and and were then given the opportunity to serve • Morgan Levin, Vice President, Social
Young Adult Director in leadership roles. Elections were & Service (Akron, Ohio) firstname.lastname@example.org
Together, we strengthened our partner- held on April 26 • Aby Frankel, Vice President, Religion
The national Hil- ship with the university through the creation for BGSU Hillel’s (Averill Park, New York) email@example.com
lel mission is “to en- of an annual Jewish Heritage Month on 2011-2012 student • Sophie Goldenberg, Treasurer (Ak-
rich the lives of Jew- campus as well as a community-wide “Lights board. Congratula- ron, Ohio) firstname.lastname@example.org
ish students so that on the Mall” Chanukah program. Both of tions to our new • Jeremy Reder, Secretary (Chicago,
they may enrich the these initiatives have helped forward our student board for Illinois) email@example.com
Jewish people and goal of having a close relationship with UT 2011-2012: • Sydney Brinsky, Public Relations
the world.” Over this in addition to bringing a more vibrant and (Chicago, Illinois) firstname.lastname@example.org
past school year, the educational Jewish presence on campus. Our
University of Toledo older students worked diligently through the
(UT) Hillel has been working hard to meet spring semester to establish a Hillel graduate
the Hillel mission by engaging, connecting program, which will kick off in the fall. This
and empowering Jewish college students to exciting, new program will connect older
create a strong Jewish community at the Jewish students on and off campus through
university. We provided our students with social, religious and community activities.
experiences that enabled them to be active The University of Toledo Hillel has
and responsible members of the larger com- grown by leaps and bounds, and it is an
munity and prepared them to be dynamic exciting time for our community. If you
members of the Jewish community long know of anyone attending the University
after graduation. of Toledo next year, please let them know
We started the academic year with four about us. We look forward to saying hello!
(clockwise from top left) BGSU
active students in the fall and have ended the For more information, please contact
Hillel students enjoy a Passover
2010-2011 school year with more than 20 Elizabeth Lane, Hillel and Young Adult
meal in the Faculty Senate
new members. At more than 30 successful Director at (419) 724-0364 or elizabeth@
Gallery in the McFall Center
programs during the school year, including jewishtoledo.org
on campus; Rachel Letwin
monthly Shabbat dinners, new members Visit us on Facebook at “UT Hillel”
were able to learn all about our organization as well!
found the Afikomen; Ashley
Berman, President (2010-
2011), enjoying a Passover
BSN AZA enjoys Sederpalooza
By Alec Stern, AZA president covered matzos and more. For the main
course, we got to make our own individual
On April 19, Brown Smullin Neufeld matzo pizzas.
AZA #70 held a Passover Seder at AZA We also took part in a haroset cook-off.
advisor, Chad Kripke’s house. Seven mem- Members brought their own version of the
bers and one prospect attended and enjoyed dish to be tasted by all. They were all delicious,
matzo ball soup, gefilte fish, chocolate so we decided that everybody was a winner.
AZA names spring/summer board
By Alec Stern, AZA president commitment to BSN. The spring/summer
board is ready to give 100% this term and
I would like to thank the fall/winter make the chapter bigger and better than
board for all their hard work and ever before!
2010 – 2011 Fall/Winter Board 2011-2012 Spring/Summer Board
Godol: Alec Stern Godol: Alec Stern
S’gan: Griffin Lahre S’gan: Torrey Tarschis (clockwise from left) Aaron Liebenthal, Alec Stern, Sam Federman, Drew Gross,
Moreh: Andrew Gross Moreh: Andrew Gross Devon Tarschis, Griffin Lahre, Jared Grunberg and Torrey Tarschis
Shaliach: Aaron Liebenthal Shaliach: Adam Liber
Mazkirs: Andy Shall & Jacob Groth Gizbor: Jake Frankel
Gizobor: Torrey Tarschis Sopher: Aaron Liebenthal
Sopher: Samuel Federman Shotare Godol: Devon Tarschis
Members of Brown Smullin Neufeld AZA: Devon, Jacob, Allan, Alec, Aaron,
Drew, Jake, Torrey, Aaron, Adam, Andy and Griffin
Page 22 • June/July 2011 • Toledo Jewish News
Centennial Campaign Microsoft and World ORT collaborate
Hadassah, for now. For life for 21st century education
Submitted by Hindea Markowicz, up to life members. No deductions will
President, Hadassah Toledo Chapter be taken for previous payments. Previ-
ous dues payments will not be credited
We are celebrating 100 Years of Ha- towards the centennial Price. Current
dassah with a $100 lifetime enrollment. annuals have a year to take advantage of
The celebration offer is only valid this offer (payment plans are excluded).
from January 1, 2011 through December To enroll, or for more information,
31, 2011. contact Hindea Markowicz at 419-536-
This is not a sale; it is a once in a 2675 or Marcia Grossman at 419-536-
lifetime celebration. The campaign puts 0890.
an affordable price tag on a lifetime of Hadassah Contributions
support for Hadassah during these dif- Hadassah is always grateful for the
ficult economic times. Everyone is equal many contributions it receives through-
– it is $100 for prospects, women, men out the year from members and friends.
and children. Beautiful cards and certificates are sent to
For the first quarter of the centennial acknowledge the donor’s gift and the do-
celebration, Hadassah has welcomed over nation is listed in the Hadassah bulletin.
13,000 new Life Members and Associ- To make a donation or send a tribute card
ates. This celebration provides a perfect contact Selma Master at 419-841-4936
opportunity for annual members to step and or Yvette Levin at 419-536-1703.
President of Microsoft in Central and Eastern Europe, Don
Grantham, with ORT de Gunzburg High School Principal,
NA’AMAT Boris Notkin
Information provided by World ration as a Pathfinder School. This is
Profile: NA'AMAT USA ORT a small international group of schools
whose record of innovation and success-
Submitted By Thelma Wexler NA'AMAT USA supports the Collaboration between Microsoft ful change implementation has put them
following NA'AMAT Israel programs Corporation and World ORT is set to at the forefront of Microsoft's $500
NA'AMAT USA is a direct link for women: public awareness campaigns intensify now that they have signed million Partners in Learning program.
between Americans and Israelis. With on the rights and status of women; a Memorandum of Understanding And last year, the ORT Kiev Tech-
16 other member countries, it forms treatment and shelter for victims of (MoU) on the application of informa- nology Lyceum became Ukraine's sole
the largest Jewish women's organization domestic violence; legal defense and tion technologies and on innovation representative in the program, which
worldwide. legislative advocacy; higher education in education. helps schools and staff use technology
NA' AMAT USA's sister organization, scholarships for study in non-traditional The MoU was signed in Moscow to advance teaching and learning more
NA'AMAT Israel, is the country's most fields; advanced education promoting by the President of Microsoft Russia, effectively.
prominent voice for women's rights and women in business and management; Dr. Nikolay Pryanishnikov, and the The MoU raises the possibility of
its foremost provider of social services. and leadership training for women in Director of ORT Russia, Dr. Sergey the best schools in ORT's network in
NA'AMAT Israel works for and business and the public arena. Gorinskiy, during the 8th European Fo- the Former Soviet Union to join de
with Jewish, Arab, Druze and all other NA' AMAT USA takes the following rum of Microsoft's Partners in Learning Gunzburg and the Kiev Lyceum in the
citizens of Israel. action in the United States: initiated program, which brought together more global Partners in Learning Innovative
NA'AMAT USA and NA'AMAT national summit on domestic violence; than 300 educators from 40 countries. Schools program.
Israel support religious pluralism. promotes legislative advocacy for "ORT is one of the largest educational "We are pleased to have among our
NA'AMAT supports Israel’s premier women's rights, child welfare, etc.; networks in the world; its activities over- partners a company like Microsoft,
caregiver for children, working through: supports Jewish education and youth lap Microsoft's mission of promoting whose long-standing technological and
1,000 day-care facilities for more than programs; and provides leadership in the modernization of education, which methodological support in the field of
25,000 children; intervention and major national coalitions. indicates the great potential there is for education has promoted development
education for at-risk teens; advanced the two organizations to interact both in many countries," said World ORT's
teacher training in early childhood NA’AMAT USA in Russia and around the world," said Chief Program Officer, Vladimir Drib-
education, the model for Head 350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 4700 Igor Balandin, Director of Education inskiy. "By combining our efforts we can
Start; integration programs for new New York, NY 10118-4700 at Microsoft Russia. "I am confident create synergies, which will drive the
immigrants to Israel and their children; that there are a lot of interesting and development of an educational system
MEHAD support system for single- Local chapter: successful projects ahead of us, which in tune with 21st Century realities."
parent families; and aid to adoptive Thelma Wexler will contribute to the development of Microsoft has been cooperating
parents. 419-841-1742 the educational system." with the Russian education system for
The MoU is an integral part of the 20 years, providing schools and other
Microsoft Educational Alliance, which institutions with modern information
involves the implementation of joint technology and preferential terms for
social projects including the promo- buying software which promotes teach-
tion of ICT use in education, raising ers' competence in ICT.
the level of teachers' computer literacy ORT de Gunzburg's Deputy Direc-
and spreading best teaching practices. tor, Gregory Vodopyan, said Microsoft
Memorialist Within days of the MoU being had focused on providing his school high
serving the Jewish Community signed a high-powered delegation from quality help, including the provision
for over 20 years the technology giant headed by Don of SharePoint software, which allows
Grentham, President of Microsoft in the consolidation of intranet, extranet
Central and Eastern Europe, took the and Internet sites on a single platform.
first step in realizing its goals by touring Teachers are taken to top schools in
• Distinctive & Personally Designed Memorials the ORT de Gunzburg High School to other countries to see how they were
see how it was implementing a system using technology to organize and en-
• Finest Materials & Craftmanship of individualized academic instruction. hance the learning process; and access
• Competitive Prices The ORT de Gunzburg High School to leading educators in fields related
has benefited from Microsoft's support to innovation and school transforma-
Call 419-882-0607 since 2009 when it became the only one tion is enabled via Microsoft's Virtual
days or evenings in Russia to be selected by the corpo- University training sessions.
Toledo Jewish News • June/July 2011 • Page 23
Holocaust Memorial Museum
Did you know?
launches World Memory Project
Submitted by Lisa Yavnai, J.D., history, and many of these records are Judge Zemmelman presents at
Ph.D., Director, Holocaust Survi- preserved in the Museum's collections.
vors and Victims Resource Center, The Museum’s Holocaust Survivors and national conference
United States Holocaust Memorial Victims Resource Center has been help-
Museum ing thousands of families from around Submitted by Lucas County dressed approximately 100 judges
the world discover information about Juvenile Court from across the nation on the topic of
On May 3, the United States Holo- loved ones from these documents. This human trafficking of juveniles.
caust Memorial Museum launched the work has been labor intensive and slow In mid-March, Lucas County ASTAR is a non-profit entity led by
World Memory Project in partnership because the documents have not been Juvenile Court Judge Connie Zem- a judicial partnership with the scien-
with Ancestry.com. According to Lisa searchable by name. As the survivor melman presented at a symposium tific community and national centers
Yavnai – director, Holocaust Survivors generation is aging, the need for families titled, “Developmental Forensics of of technological excellence. ASTAR’s
and Victims Resource Center, United to know the truth is now more urgent Children Adjudicated by Courts” at National Resource Judge Program is
States Holocaust Memorial Museum than ever. the Advanced Science and Techni- a training curriculum and technical
– Ancestry’s technology and global net- With technical assistance donated cal Adjudication Resource Center assistance service designed to enhance
work will help the Museum dramatically by Ancestry.com, the World Memory (ASTAR) conference in Chapel Hill, the capacities of the nation’s courts
improve access to its collections and bet- Project has been created to engage the North Carolina. Zemmelman ad- funded by the Department of Justice.
ter serve Holocaust victims, their loved public in helping to make Museum
ones and their families for generations collections more easily searchable. It is
to come. intended for families to discover what The World Memory Project allows information from historical records, one
Millions of documents survived the happened to loved ones victimized by anyone, anywhere an opportunity to con- fact at a time, into searchable databases
Nazis' attempts to obliterate human the Nazis during the Holocaust. tribute to this effort by simply entering that will become available for free online.
Holocaust-era records newly released
Submitted by the American Jewish Joint (JDC) that allows people to search inside its the over 500,000 Jews listed in materials now be used to browse over 1,500 photos from
Distribution Committee large, newly digitized collection of World War posted by JDC from its work rescuing Jews the DP camps and other places where The
II era documents and photographs. during and after the War. Documents can be Joint worked during and after the Shoah.
A new resource is available from the Ameri- Holocaust survivors and their families can viewed and downloaded. Site visitors may then be able to help JDC
can Jewish Joint Distribution Committee determine if a person's name appears among The site, www.jdc.org/sharedlegacy, can identify the people in the photos.
Reflections of Judaism in Budapest
Submitted by Steven Schwager, CEO, general society. Jewish community.
American Jewish Joint Distribution Of course there are some things that And there are others as
Committee (JDC) have not changed for the better. The well: Jews who were passed
welfare situation of the elderly is severe, over by the opening up
JDC’s Associate Executive Vice Presi- there are a growing number of Jewish of Jewish life; Jews who,
dent, Gideon Taylor, recently returned children in need and unemployment has two decades after the fall
from a visit to Budapest – one of the larg- hit Jews and non-Jews alike. As a result, of Communism, are just
est Jewish communities in Europe. JDC JDC welfare programs are increasingly now learning that they are
has a wide range of programs in Hungary, critical in helping communities address Jewish or who are starting
serving the entire spectrum of the Jewish these needs. to think that perhaps the
community. Below are some of Gideon’s But there are also many new and Jewish part of their heritage
reflections after his visit. exciting things happening. is something missing from
At a smoky coffee shop in a run- My first of many visits to Budapest their lives.
down building in the old Jewish quarter was in 1989. Everything was fresh and Discussion about Jewish
in Budapest, young Jews who are not exciting. Communism was collapsing, identity is as pervasive and
connected to any Jewish organizations freedom was in the air, anything was important to many people Children singing at a JDC-supported summer camp
gather to discuss current events, Jewish possible. Young Jews were learning from today as it was in 1989. What Hungary, c. 1946
issues, or just share a late-night coffee their parents for the first time that they does it mean to be Jewish? Photo: JDC Archives
over their laptops. were Jewish – a shock for teenagers who How do I talk about being
Just as Facebook is shaping the way suddenly discovered a past about which Jewish in school and with an emerging reality.
young people interact and communicate they knew nothing. my friends? What do my parents think Whether it is Jewish holidays, Israeli
all over the world, so it is starting to More than 20 years later, young Jews about my Jewish activity? dance or klezmer music that draws you
redefine the way Jews connect and relate are very different. Yet the framework for these discus- to Jewish life, if you are a young Jew,
to each other in Europe. A group of Jews living in Budapest sions is not the same as it was then. Twenty chances are there is an event going on
The latest YouTube hit satirical Jewish today have grown up with what was years ago, there were clear distinctions: somewhere in Europe for you.
video went viral in Budapest at exactly the unimaginable in 1989: Jewish schools, British Jews, French Jews, Hungarian Fees from participants, local fundrais-
same moment it did in New York. And youth activities and the JDC-run sum- Jews – Jews who grew up, studied, mar- ing and small start-up JDC grants help
whether it is posting dates for an outdoor mer camp at Szarvas that has inspired a ried and worked in the countries of their get programs started. Long bus rides
Jewish Festival, the next Jewish camp or generation of youngsters from Hungary origin. Today it all looks very different. and volunteer organizers help keep costs
a Jewish theatre performance, Facebook and other countries in Eastern Europe. One of the young JDC staffers playing a down. Energy (and a lot of caffeine) makes
has become the preeminent form of Many of these young Jewish adults are role in nurturing region-wide programs them happen.
communication for drawing young Jews dynamic and engaged activists in Jewish in Europe was born in Macedonia, As I leave the cafe, I pass by a few
in Budapest to Jewish activities – every life today. studied in Israel and lives in Hungary. Jewish activists sitting at one of the tables
bit as much as it does for their peers in But there is another group of Jews Another was born in Serbia and studied planning an event. Open on the screens of
the U.S. who experienced that renaissance, then in Hungary. National identity is simply their laptops is the ubiquitous Facebook.
But new social media is much more disappeared from the community as they less and less important to young Jews in The Jewish Facebook generation may
than simply a tool to communicate. It went to university and started families. Europe today. not be causing governments to fall.
is evidence of a transformation from lo- Now, as their children reach kindergar- What was an aspiration a quarter But, with a little bit of help, they are
cal to global that affects Jews in Eastern ten age, they are reemerging once again, of a century ago – young Jews seeing starting to shape a new, exciting and
Europe as much, if not more, than the anxious to bring their families into the themselves as European Jews – is today vibrant destiny for Jews in Europe.
Page 24 • June/July 2011 • Toledo Jewish News
W e Honor Our B'nai Mitzvah
Sydney Beatrice Siegel will be called to the Matthew David Wainstein will be called to
Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, June 4, the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, June 11,
2011 at Temple Shomer Emunim. Sydney is 2011 at Temple Shomer Emunim. Matt is the
the daughter of Sara Feldstein, sister of Shayni son of Mark and Anita Wainstein and brother of
and granddaughter of Sandy Sloan and the late Alex and Danny Wainstein. Proud grandparents
Gary Sloan. include Meyer and Dee Wainstein of Toledo and
Sydney is a seventh grader at Timberstone Steve and Heather Zweig of Palm Harbor, Florida.
Junior High School, where she participates in Matt, a seventh grader at Arbor Hills Junior
the band and in theater. In her spare time, she High School, is an honor student and runs on
dances for the Daryl Jervis dance team, plays the cross country team. He is also an avid soccer
tennis and enjoys singing and hanging out with player and has played for Pacesetter Soccer Club
friends, especially her mom and sister. Sydney is for the past six years. He also loves to snow ski, run
counting down the days to celebrate her special and swim. Matt is looking forward to celebrating
day with family and friends. his special day with his family and friends.
Zane Anton Kruszynski will be called to ROTH continued from page 9 Language. The yeshiva, founded and
maintained by United Synagogue for
the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, July Conservative Judaism, is under the
example, he shared a non-legal passage
30, 2011 at the Temple Shomer Emunim. Zane that discusses Isaac’s sons, Esau and academic auspices of JTS.
is the son of Joe and Laurie Kruszynski and the Jacob, and the division between the Roth said, “I divide my year. I spend
brother of Trevor. He is the grandson of Anton two of Isaac’s possessions as well as the most of the academic year at the Jewish
and Lois Zellman of Atlanta, Gerri Kruszynski Land of Israel. Theological Seminary in New York;
of Toledo, and the late Linda Zellman and the Roth also talked about the conflict- summers and a couple of break periods
late John Kruszynski. ing narratives between the Jews and the I spend at the Conservative Yeshiva in
Zane will be an eighth grader this year at Muslims’ attachment to Israel. “We have Jerusalem.”
Timberstone Middle School. Zane spends most one narrative and they have another,” An expert in halakhah, Roth was
of his free time swimming and is a member Roth said. “One doesn’t have greater appointed to the Rabbinical Assembly's
truth value … There is a difference Committee on Jewish Law and Stan-
of the Sylvania Tsunami Swim Club. He is a
between conflicting narratives and dards in 1978 and served on it until
Junior Olympics qualifier for USA Swimming December 2006. In
and has competed at the state level in 9 different falsehood and truth addition to articles
events, as well as on relay teams. … But, not all nar- and responsa for the
Zane is looking forward to celebrating his ratives are equal. The committee, Rabbi
Bar Mitzvah with his family and friends. Jews must know the Roth has written The
difference.” Halakhic Process: A
He provided dis- Systemic Analysis and
cussion of a second Sefer ha-Mordecai:
non-legal passage, Tractate Kiddushin.
which states that He e x p l a i n e d ,
“Jews outside of Is- “ When I entered
rael are idolators in the rabbinical school
purity.” Roth ex- … the rabbinical
plained that, in the school itself picked
United States, we people who came
live in a milieu in in with significant
which Jewishness is competing with the background who they thought had a
majority culture of Christianity. In our potential future as Talmud scholars,
culture, we are inherently familiar and and they put them in a special studies
impacted by the religious and cultural program. And that’s what they did with
ways of the majority. me … I just fell in love with it and why
By contrast, in Israel, Judaism is I stayed in it.”
the majority culture, which can’t help Roth received a bachelor's degree
but impact upon one’s perception of from Wayne State University in his
the world. hometown of Detroit and his master's
“We make all sorts of compromise degree and doctorate at JTS, where
in order to fit in,” Roth said. he was ordained in 1968, and was ap-
Next, Roth shared legal passages, pointed to the faculty of JTS, where he
which discussed the substance and legal continues to teach to this day.
significance of being in Israel because According to Roth, it is important
the language is Hebrew, because it’s sa- to talk with Jews about what it is that
cred to live in Israel, because it’s impos- the Jewish tradition has to say about
sible not to continuously connect with the sanctity of the land of Israel.
Israel at all times and because everyday “To be honest, I didn’t come here
speech reflects the Torah. to talk about the political situation in
Roth is Louis Finkelstein Profes- Israel,” he noted. “I’m not positive that
sor of Talmud and Jewish Law at The I will be able to avoid it entirely. But
Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS). my goal is to share rabbinic passages
In addition, he serves as Rosh Yeshiva and passages from the Talmud about
of the Conservative Yeshiva (www. Israel and comment on those. That’s
conservativeyeshiva.org) in Jerusalem my main goal. I wanted to do this for
and chair of the Department of Hebrew an internal Jewish purpose.”
Toledo Jewish News • June/July 2011 • Page 25
An interview with E! star, Brad Wollack
By Abby Hoicowitz, BW: You know, it’s interesting, on
Staff Editor/Reporter “Chelsea Lately,” other than Josh Wolf
and Steve Marmelstein, if you know
Toledo Jewish News recently inter- him, we’re the only Jews. But, everyone
viewed Brad Wollack, writer and regular thinks that Hollywood is full of Jews
roundtable guest for E! Entertainment and certainly there are a lot of Jews,
Television’s late night talk show, “Chelsea but not even all my agents are Jewish,
Lately”. He is also co-executive producer, which I guess is an issue. I should really
co-creator and a co-star of the E! comedy look into that.
series “After Lately”, a semi-scripted show I work with a fair amount of Jews,
about the lives of “Chelsea Lately” staffers. but probably not as many as the world
Wollack is scheduled to open for Han- would assume.
dler on the Detroit date of her “Lies that TJN: Do you find that being Jewish
Chelsea Handler Told Me Tour,” June 3, has affected your career in any major way?
2011 at the Fox Theatre. He shared the BW: I don’t let it define me. When
following thoughts. I first started stand-up, my first five
Toledo Jewish News: Thanks for minutes of material was all about being
taking the time to speak with us today. Jewish, and, certainly, some of it still
Brad Wollack: I’d do anything for creeps into my act. But, I don’t want
Jews. I have to help my people out terms of the interpersonal dynamic that that I can share, but I think I’ll let the it to be all who I am. I’m very proud
somehow. happens in any office in terms of per- ones in the book stand alone. Because to be Jewish, and maybe everything is
TJN: Are you currently on tour? When sonalities. But, our stories are obviously the last thing I want is for someone to filtered through me being Jewish and
on tour, what is your typical schedule like? a little more ridiculous than the average email me and go, “Hey, why did you seeing the world that way, but I don’t
BW: No, I’m currently at my house. office. We thought it would be funny if tell the story on stage that was in the ever want to be defined just by being
We’re on hiatus this week from “Chelsea there were a reality show, but we didn’t book?” So, buy the book and I’ll do Jewish.
Lately”. We were in Australia last week want real cameras really following our something different on stage. TJN: Looking forward to the coming
doing shows, and now we have a week daily lives, because, truthfully, I don’t TJN: Do you consider yourself to be a years, what are some of your goals, either
off to catch up on other stuff. think it would be that interesting. religious man? Does your family practice career-wise or in terms of your personal
TJN: How did you get started working But, what we said is there has never Judaism? life?
on Chelsea Lately? been a scripted show about the people BW: I consider myself a cultural Jew, BW: Retirement would be a really
BW: I applied on Monster.com. who work on a real talk show. You know, which means that I eat a lot of corned good one. I don’t think it’s going to
No, I’m just kidding. I started with there have been shows about behind beef and I complain a lot and I have happen though.
Chelsea on her first show, “The Chelsea the scenes of comedy shows like “30 eczema; I have all these weird Jewish It’s funny, I stopped planning so
Handler Show” on E!, which was more Rock” and “The Larry Sanders Show,” conditions… much. I used to have a lot more goals,
of a sketch show. We did, I think, 10 but there has never been a show about I was Bar Mitzvahed, I was confirmed but once I got involved with Chelsea
episodes of that, and E! decided to give a real show. So, we thought that would and I spent six weeks in Israel … The and everything, it’s kind of like the
her a nightly show, “Chelsea Lately”; I be kind of fun and innovative, and we main thing I really do now is go home machine is just going, and we’re just
was hired and started day one in May think we were right. Are you enjoying it? for Passover. trucking along and who knows what
2007, and we were on the air July 2007. TJN: I am, I’ve seen the first few epi- TJN: Where is home? the next opportunity is going to be. So,
Everything else is history. sodes and I like it a lot. How much of it is BW: Home is San Francisco. I’m just kind of riding the wave and I
TJN: So, you have known Chelsea either based on reality or completely real? TJN: Does your family practice Juda- would like to one day maybe host my
for awhile? BW: I would say 75 to 80% of it ism? own show. But, we’ll see if that hap-
BW: Yeah, probably a little over is based on real events or inspired by BW: Yeah, my mom does. She’s kind pens. If not, it’s ok. I think I’ve outdone
five years. something that happened, which we of the one who guides the family in that myself in standup. I’m doing things in
TJN: I always look forward to when expanded upon and made a full story. respect. My parents are Reform, so they standup that I never assumed I would
you’re on Chelsea’s roundtable. How is Most of it is based in some sort of reality. go to Temple on the high holidays. do, and that most comedians never get
that selected? TJN: Can you discuss your chapter My wife is not Jewish, so I think to do. So, if everything ended tomorrow,
BW: Thank you! We have a booker and involvement with “Lies That Chelsea our future children may escape some which I obviously don’t want it to, I’d
who books all the different comedians. Handler Told Me,” which came out last of the genetic defects that Jews have. go, “Hey, you know what? I did okay.
It’s kind of on a fairly regular rotation. month? I mean, you don’t realize that there’s I made it further than most people do
The writers get [booked] pretty much BW: Yeah, I have a chapter. My a whole separate test for Jews. I call it in this business.”
every other week with the others kind chapter is extra long, because Chelsea the “Jew genetic test.” When your wife I’m just kind of trying to live in the
of sprinkled in. But, it’s fairly regular. has lied to me a lot. I have three indi- is pregnant, you have to take like the moment. The power of now, Abby.
It depends on people’s schedules and vidual stories of lies that she told me Ashkenazi Jew test. Like, how faulty are Which is something I don’t do very
traveling. It’s done pretty fairly. that comprises one chapter. It’s pretty we? We were “chosen” to have eczema well, but I’m really trying.
TJN: How did “After Lately” come absurd the lengths Chelsea will go to in and Tay-Sachs; it’s really bizarre. TJN: Any final thoughts?
about? order to mess with people for her own TJN: Do you find that you work with BW: Keep supporting us, because
BW: “After Lately” came about be- amusement. And that’s really what this a lot of fellow Jews? I will eventually need to feed a child.
cause we started realizing how ridiculous book is about.
our lives were in the office and what TJN: So, is each chapter written by
an unorthodox office we have. At the someone who Chelsea has lied to?
same time, there is a lot of crossover in BW: Yes, by friends, family and co-
workers. It’s a compilation of all the
different lies that Chelsea has told us.
It’s pretty amazing when you realize
that she is just a compulsive liar; she’s
a habitual liar, and it’s ridiculous. But,
she gets a real thrill out of it, and a lot
of it makes her happy.
TJN: As you tour with her in the
coming months, will you be using some
of the information from your chapter in
BW: You know, I was debating that.
I don’t know, I think I’ll let the book
speak for itself. I may talk about some
other things that she has done, because
she is constantly evolving in her lying.
I think there will be some other stories
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Celebration of the Hebrew Academy UJC Board Meeting SERMON continued from page 18 When pondering the behavior of
these leaders, I am reminded of an old
6:30-8 p.m. (CBI) 7-8:30 p.m. (JCC Board Room)
political, psychological and, for the West, cartoon. A man is standing in his living
Tuesday, June 7 Thursday, June 30
strategic point of view. As I’ve said before, room, having discovered that his living
Erev Shavout UJC Annual Meeting 2011 Israel is “West Berlin” for us in the face room window is broken. On the floor
Temple Shomer Emunim 6 p.m. of the radical Islamist movement. With in front of him, there is a rock with a
Confirmation this in mind, it is of vital importance that note attached. The note reads, “Rocks
7-8 p.m. (Temple Shomer Emunim) Monday, July 4 at this critical point in history, we back thrown through your window? Call Al’s
Chabad House’s All-Night Torah-a- Independence Day Israel unequivocally. Glass Repair!”
Thon UJC Offices CLOSED But, if Israel has no objective relevance And that is the game our so-called
11:30 p.m.-11:30 a.m. (Off to the internal problems of the Muslim “moderate” allies in the Arab and Muslim
Campus) Thursday, July 7 world, why does she assume such a central world have been playing with us. They
Northwest Ohio Gerontological role in the politics of the states of the govern their countries in as corrupt and
Wednesday, June 8 Association region? Even if a comprehensive peace repressive manner as can be imagined.
Shavuot 2-5 p.m. (Sekach Building treaty were signed tomorrow between Their economies flounder; there is no
Chabad House Shavuot Dairy Lunch & Darlington Hall) the Israeli government and the PA, this upward mobility or any sort of better
Reading of the Ten Commandments would have no effect whatever on the real life to look forward to for the great
12-2 p.m. (Off Campus) Sunday, July 10 problems facing these countries. Such bulk of their populations, even among
Seniors - New York Trip a peace, or even Israel’s disappearance, those whose nations are blessed with oil
Thursday, June 9 July 10-July 15, 2011 (NYC) would not lower the price of bread in wealth. The people are naturally angry
Isru Hag (Shavuot) Cairo, create one new job in Damascus and frustrated, but they cannot hold
Monday, July 11 or put one new hospital bed in Amman. their governments accountable on fear
Saturday, June 11 Toledo Jewish Cemetery Association The importance of Israel to the Muslim of imprisonment or worse. So, in order
Matt Wainstein’s Bar Mitzvah Board of Directors governments of the region is this: For to provide a “safety valve” for discontent,
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Temple 7:30-10:30 p.m. (Sekach Building decades, they have used the issue of the the governments tacitly or openly sup-
Shomer) Boardroom) “unresolved” Israeli-Palestinian conflict port radical Islamist clerics and associated
as an excuse for their own lack of progress organizations, or these same entities pres-
Sunday, June 12 Wednesday, July 13 socially, politically and economically. ent themselves to the people as the only
Temple Shomer Emunim Sisterhood DJP - Babies, Bibs and More One cannot make this point too strongly. “solution” to their problems. Indeed, the
closing meeting 10-11:30 a.m. (Leonard Lounge) The Saudi King did that outright when export of radical fighters from the shores
12-2 p.m. (Off Campus) President Obama visited the kingdom of our alleged “friends” in the region,
B’not Shalom BBG Senior Lives Monday, July 18 in June of 2009, linking his demand to to confront our troops, provides a very
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Israeli “oppression” of the Palestinians Egypt under Mubarak typified the
was the only thing standing in the way dynamic between sitting so-called
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Where Israel is concerned, there is a elements; the radicals were repressed
Toledo Jewish Community Foundation Tuesday, July 19
Donor Event Shiva Asar B’Tammuz “silver lining” I see in all of this unrest to a degree, but the government could
6:30-8:30 p.m. (CBI) and instability sweeping the region; that only go so far against them, as evidenced
Sunday, July 24 “excuse” is wearing pretty thin. This past by Sadat’s assassination at their hands
Sunday, June 19 Leadership Development Program fall, former president Clinton asserted in 1981. As was the case in Mubarak’s
Father’s Day 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (JCC Board that if the Israeli-Palestinian conflict were Egypt, the state-run media of our alleged
Room) solved, that would take away 50% (his “friends” in the region deliberately fans
Monday, June 20 exact reckoning) of the motivation for anti-Western and anti-Israel hysteria.
Chabad House’s Camp Gan Israel Thursday, July 28 radical Islamist hatred against the West. Having encouraged such sentiments,
9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (JCC & B’nai Seniors - The Music Man We’ve heard this theme repeatedly from these same governments then turn to us
Israel) every weekday until 7/1/11 1-7 p.m. (Off Campus) various pundits throughout the media and say, “We are all that stands between
(both nationally and locally), academia you and the radicals taking over … so
Tuesday, June 21 Saturday, July 30 and even from current and former high you better support us or else!”
BBYO, USY, Club 678 & Kadima Zane Kruszynski Bar Mitzvah government officials. Rocks thrown through your window??
Cedar Point Trip 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Temple That is what all of these inept and Thus, I for one am not optimistic that
8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (Off Campus) Shomer) corrupt kings and dictators have been these revolutions will bring about liberal
assuring U.S. policy makers and their secular democracies. I say this even as
advisors for decades. SERMON cont. on page 27
Toledo Jewish News • June/July 2011 • Page 27
SURVIVORS from page 19 important to me, when I took this project
on, that I honored the survivors. The way I
with Holocaust stories and experiences pre- cut the film and put it together, I tried to be
sented to me in endless ways. It is deeply really aware and to tell their stories in a way
emotional for me and hearing the stories of that remembered and also honored them
the survivors brings up a lifetime of coming … For me, the most rewarding aspect was
to terms with this past and what it means to get the feedback, hugs and tears when the
for all people today … Many times I had survivors and their families were first able to
to simply put the camera down, because see the project on Yom HaShoah…
what I saw through the lens was too much “Another rewarding aspect was bringing
to record. This happened during interviews together the generations – the generation of
and even during the Yom Hashoah event, the survivors, of the artists and the survivors’
when I found it difficult to run up on stage children and the current generation, which
Cantors Evan Rubin, Jamie Gloth and Raina Siroty lead the crowd of more than
to photograph the survivors lighting candles. is the future. To bring all of those genera- 300 guests in singing Ani Mamin and Hatikvah. Rabbis Ed Garsek, Sam Weinstein
Was I the filter or the mourner?” tions, and all future generations, together is and Moshe Saks were also in attendance to lead the memorial Kaddish, El Malei
Elliott-Famularo added, “It was really significant for me. I think that’s what really Rahmim (Hebrew) and El Malei Rahmim (English).
makes this special and unique in comparison Yet, despite the hateful treatment, he
with other projects of similar nature… still remained somewhat sheltered from
“Hindea and I have talked about using the extent of the war. “Not knowing helped
this as an education resource, which I think me to survive.”
is really important.” Hess recalled the time he spent at a chil-
Hindea Markowicz introduced the dren’s home in France and how starvation
collaborative project and discussed the led him to eat a guard’s discarded apple peels.
significance of hearing stories of loss and From a dark attic, where he was forced to
survival straight from the source. hide for up to 23 hours a day, Leons wrote
“We all have our questions; but, for letters to his mother, who had been sent to
young people, far removed from these a concentration camp in the Netherlands.
events in time, and even further removed When he was finally reunited with his
in context, living in another country dur- mother, Leons recalled, “She was a skeleton.
ing what is arguably the best time ever for I could feel her bones.”
Jews, their questions are better asked by The survivors also told stories of when
themselves. These students may be the last they were shipped off to camps and how
to experience a direct link to the Holocaust, many Jews died before arriving. For Mar-
through survivors,” she said. kowicz, his survival was due in large part
“How the survivors have lived since [the to the kindness of a stranger, who gave
Hindea Markowicz assists Chris Koelsch with documentary production Holocaust] is a testament to the resiliency his lunch to the outstretched hand of the
of the human soul.” starving young boy.
The Bearing Witness project depicts the “My physical and spiritual being was
SERMON continued from page 26 have little in the way of an independent stories of six local survivors of the Holocaust, uplifted by this stranger,” Markowicz said.
industrial technical infrastructure. If they as told to Sunday school students of Toledo “One more day is worth everything. I at-
I know for a fact that there are some confront us directly, their demonstrated area synagogues. Sixty-five students in tribute my survival to luck and very good
members of these societies who would ineptitude at modern warfare will hasten grades 7-12 helped interview survivors Rolf people who risked death by taking me in.”
very much like to see that happen; I am the decline and fall of what can only be Hess, William Leons, Philip Markowicz, The film concludes with the survivors’
personally in communication with a seen as a dying civilization. Al Negrin, Clara Rona and Aron Wajskol. message to future generations. They ex-
Jordanian Palestinian democracy activist And, finally, the example of Iran lends The survivors grew up in a range of plained the significance of always looking
whom I would be delighted to see in a a ray of hope to the ultimate outcome of locations – including Poland, Hungary, forward, being proud and open regarding
leading role in his native land. However, I this dynamic. There, an openly radical Is- Germany, France, Greece and Holland – but one’s Judaism, studying world history to
don’t know that there are enough of such lamic regime took power thirty years ago. shared achingly similar stories of mistreat- learn why the Holocaust happened and
individuals to go around. The Islamist They have proven that they cannot run the ment, starting even before the war began. how to avoid its recurrence, speaking up
radical elements are well-organized and country effectively, what with rampant Jews were banished from public transpor- and telling others when they’re wrong and,
numerous, with a ready following of the unemployment, inflation and corruption. tation, many stores and schools; they were overall, never forgetting.
desperate, the frustrated and the poorly They are no better than the dictator they also forced to wear yellow Star of David “Nobody stood up and said, ‘it’s not
educated. replaced – if not even worse – and now, badges on their clothing. right,’” Rona said.
If they come to power throughout the the people there know this only too well. Mr. Markowicz, born in Poland, il- The Bearing Witness: The Voices of Our
region, if we see a virtual union of Taliban- The anti-regime movement there, by all lustrated a childhood wrought with anti- Survivors Project is sponsored by JCRC
like regimes, we will find ourselves in accounts, really is “post Islamist” and, if Semitism. To the rest of the country, “every of the United Jewish Council of Greater
a new “Cold War” of sorts. The battle successful, may indeed lead to a modern Jewish person looked different,” he ex- Toledo. Bowling Green State University
lines will be clearly drawn. We may face secular democratic government that can plained. Children would shout obscenities (BGSU) provided the production and dis-
economic dislocations as oil supplies may interact constructively with the rest of and abuse any child they believed was a Jew. play equipment for this year’s event.
be disrupted and prices are manipulated the world.
to our detriment, though this could have As this dynamic plays out in Iran, so
the positive effect of motivating our na- too will it ultimately play out in places
tion to finally take energy independence like Egypt or Saudi Arabia, even if radical
seriously. We may also face increased ter- Islamists rise to power in these countries
rorist threats, as governments that had at in the near term.
least cooperated with us in a limited way Back in March 2008, I stood before
to keep these threats in check could be all of you for the very first time, deliver-
replaced by leaders who will not cooperate ing my first guest sermon. At that time,
with us at all. In a worst-case scenario, I had described in broad terms the root
increasingly deadly and frequent terrorist cause of the hostility of the Arab/Muslim
attacks could lead to a large-scale military regimes of southwest Asia and northeast
campaign in response, with a level of Africa towards Israel. I had pointed out
mobilization and sacrifice on our part not then that the only chance for peace lay
experienced since World War II. with the reform and modernization of the
But this “radical Islamist Bloc,” once regimes of the region so that they could
out in the open as our adversary, will address their own internal difficulties
be easily defeated. Their economies are effectively and accept the Jewish nation
largely based on the sale of one commod- of Israel, no longer requiring her to play
ity, and those that don’t even have this the role of a “scapegoat” for all of their
have little else. They have large popula- problems.
tions, but they are unskilled, and they I think this process has now begun. William Leons recalls painful memories for the Bearing Witness documentary
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