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Jewish Exponent Mar. 26,2020

Jewish Exponent Mar. 26,2020

MARCH 26, 2020 / 1 NISAN 5780
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OF NOTE Jewish
LOCAL Launches
Worship Changes Campaign
in Face of for Most
Coronavirus Vulnerable
Method is di erent,
but prayer remains SOPHIE PANZER | JE STAFF
the same.
THE JEWISH FEDERATION of Greater Jenna Ufberg, a freshman at Barrack, is in class from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Photo by Amy Ufberg
Page 4 Philadelphia announced on March 19 the
creation of a COVID-19 emergency cam- Students Adapt to
LOCAL paign “to help fund the most vulnerable in Video Classes
our community,” during the crisis.
Mourning Evolves JESSE BERNSTEIN | JE STAFF Whatever term is settled upon, the
as Crisis Grows e chair of the Jewish Federation’s phenomenon being described remains the
The business of Emergency Response Committee, Holly SOME SCHOOLS HAVE come to call it same: classes taught through a computer
death adapts to Nelson, said during a Zoom webinar that “distance learning.” Others opt for “dis- screen, for students of all ages.
ongoing pandemic. the campaign will provide to people in tance teaching” for a little perspective shi .
need while social distancing measures are Schools everywhere are contending
Page 5 in place. ere’s “remote classes,” “remote learn- with the suspension of in-person classes in
ing,” the rarer “tele-class” and “e-learning.” a variety of ways, many of which involve
LOCAL The campaign raised more than Some just refer to the now-ubiquitous video conferencing.
$500,000 through March 23 and is seeking videoconferencing app, Zoom.
Planning for donations and volunteers who are able to go “While this week has ushered in an
Passover a grocery shopping and deliver packages. All
Challenge funds raised will go directly to social service
Gatherings agencies and people in need.
On March 23, the Crisis Management
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Get close while apart. Miriam’s Advice Well

Considering how fast recommendations
Local are changing in terms of dealing with
Israel the coronavirus, it’s not surprising that
National Miriam received another question about
Global how to prepare for Passover. She notes
that flexibility will be of the utmost
14 OPINION Swiss doesn’t importance and that celebrations may
miss. well take a di erent form than in years
Columns past. Of course, virtual seders are on the
Kvetch ’n Kvell 16 (Passover) table. For details, read Miriam’s
Advice Well. From dating to parenting,
16 LIFESTYLE Miriam welcomes all questions. Email yours
& CULTURE to [email protected] and put
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Religious Leaders: God Accessible Remotely

LOCAL with God might be synagogue, Rabbi Eli Freedman of
entry points to the Divine, to Congregation Rodeph Shalom
MATT SILVER | JE STAFF Godliness, abound outside feels similarly, though he recog-
your local temple’s walls. nizes the inherent challenges in
IN CRISIS, one natural ques- taking services out of Rodeph’s
tion is, “Where is God?” “What these circumstances awe-inspiring sanctuary.
When, as with the pres- will reveal is that people are
ent global pandemic, public open to a variety of spiri- “It’s an incredibly beautiful
gatherings are off-limits, tual experiences,” said Rabbi sanctuary, and I know a lot of
we’re ordered to stay at home Shai Cherry of Congregation people nd their spirituality in
and most of the places rou- Adath Jeshurun in Elkins Park. that space,” he said. “But since
tine would take us are closed “ ere’s a whole big swath that the destruction of the Second
anyway, that question begets experiences Judaism outside Temple, rabbis have really pro-
another that’s even more dis- of the synagogue. e issue is moted the centrality of Jewish
orienting: Where is God when going to be for those who tra- time over Jewish space. at’s
synagogue is closed? ditionally don’t.” the beautiful thing about
With government- Shabbat and our Jewish calen- A Drexel student picks up his Shabbat to-go bags prepared for
imposed quarantine prescrib- That’s where Cherry dar — you can take Shabbat Shabbat to-go package from students by Drexel Chabad
ing distance, rabbis and Jewish comes in. anywhere with you.” Chabad house.
community leaders are report- Photos Courtesy of Chabad Serving
ing that demand for spiritual “ e role of the rabbi is to Like most other synagogues services and programs exclu- Drexel University
connection, for connection promote the idea that Judaism in the area, Rodeph Shalom and sively via livestream since Gov.
to Judaism, is high. Many are and God exist beyond a sta- AJ have transitioned religious Tom Wolf ordered all non-life- If there’s a unifying theme,
also saying that while the most tionary building,” he said. and educational programming sustaining businesses closed it’s that both clergy and lay
obvious place to commune “ is is an opportunity for me online to the greatest extent on March 19. Cherry admitted leaders are using suboptimal
as a rabbi to motivate people to practicable. a steeper-than-expected initial circumstances to encourage
tap into another aspect of their learning curve with Zoom, one of Jews to step out of their comfort
spirituality.” Cherry and AJ have conducted the handful of videoconferencing zones and consume Judaism in
platforms that have contributed ways they’re not used to.
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Death and Mourning
Rituals Undergo

LOCAL necessary for the ful llment of
JESSE BERNSTEIN | JE STAFF one’s religious duties, among
other answers to FAQs.
ON MARCH 18, Lisa Le
went to a shiva. She didn’t Brian Levine, an owner/
bring food, and she didn’t pin partner at Joseph Levine
a kriyah ribbon to her clothing. & Sons, said that he and his
She was in sweatpants, she was employees are “ahead of the
barefoot and she was sitting at curve on the precautions we’re
her desk, at home. taking.” On a typical day, his
employees could end up shar-
e shiva service was taking ing a building with three or
place on her computer screen. four chapel services worth of
people, which usually range
Le didn’t know the man from 50 to 500 in attendance.
who had died particularly well, Of course, these are not typical
nor the bereaved. She knew days.
only that he was a member
of the Beth Israel of Chester e funeral home company,
County community of which adhering to the Centers for
she is a part, and that his fam- Disease Control and Prevention
ily still wanted people to share guidelines, is allowing no more
in their grief and their celebra- than 10 people to attend the
tion of their loved one’s life. in-person chapel services, with
the option of a livestream pro-
It was an emotional experi- vided by the sta . Graveside
ence, Le said. Her tears came services, too, are capped at 10.
in sadness for the man’s family Limousine services are being
and friends, deprived of the discouraged, and the shiva
typical comforts of a warm, materials — prayer books and
enveloping shiva, but also for folding chairs — are being
what she was taking part in. kept in storage. Employees
are doing as much work from
“I cried with the emotion home as they can.
I felt seeing what we Jews are
capable of,” she said. “We take Goldsteins’ Rosenberg’s
care of each other.” Raphael-Sacks is taking sim-
ilar precautions, according
Le ’s experience with a dig- to Supervisor Director Carl
itally mediated death ritual has Goldstein. Goldstein’s is rec-
quickly become the norm for ommending graveside services,
those whose daily work brings though will certainly keep
them into contact with the chapel services available for as
dead and the bereaved. Funeral long as they can. Employees are
homes, cemeteries and chev- doing everything they can to
rot kadisha are adapting their keep contact with the bereaved
practices, ancient and con- to a minimum, though they
temporary, for the new social are still making themselves
distancing restrictions. available for in-person meet-
ings when it comes to making
For example, the Board of burial arrangements, should
Rabbis of Greater Philadelphia they request it. ough it isn’t
released a set of guidelines on easy for the families who are
March 20 for shivas, funer- dealing with the loss of a loved
als and chevrot kadisha, one, Goldstein said, they’ve
complete with a citation from been understanding.
the Shulchan Aruch. e board
emphasized that practices such See Death, Page 22
as reception lines and sign-in
books at funerals are not



Love in the Time of COVID-19

LOCAL the phone, but activities
SOPHIE PANZER | JE STAFF are also very important
in dating. You need a
PHILADELPHIA BASED mix of deep conversa-
matchmaker and dating coach tion and lighter, fun
Lori Salkin was shocked by experiences,” Salkin
how busy she’s been in the said. “You could
weeks leading up to Passover. make dinner together
and talk while you
“My phone is exploding,” cook. ere are some
she said. “People are really games you can play
motivated to find some- online together. You
one now. ere’s always this can watch a TV show
desire for companionship, but and talk during the
in times of crisis you really commercials.”
need someone to be there Aleeza Ben Shalom
alongside you.” of Philadelphia,
founder and dating
The novel coronavirus coach at Marriage
pandemic has led local, state Minded Mentor, rec-
and federal governments to ommends that people
implement social distancing who are seeking a rela-
measures, including pro- tionship now focus
hibiting gatherings, closing on websites like JDate Matchmaker and dating coach Lori Salkin
businesses and encouraging because they pro- with her husband, Leon.
people to stay six feet apart if vide more in-depth
they must leave their homes. Courtesy of Lori Salkin
According to Salkin, many
people are now wondering information than Aleeza Ben Shalom
how to nd and maintain rela- swipe-based apps. and Bala Cynwyd, romantic (top left) meets virtually with
tionships without in-person “ ese are emotionally and partnerships aren’t the only matchmakers Danielle Selber
contact. physically di cult times, and relationships to be impacted (top right) and Michal Naisteter
people who are looking for a by social distancing. People (bottom).
Talia Goldstein, founder and genuine, real connection are con ned to their homes may
president of the Los Angeles- going to have an easier time suddenly find themselves Courtesy of Aleeza Ben Shalom
based matchmaking company nding that,” she said. spending much more time our sense of accomplishment
According to Ben Shalom, with family and roommates and self-worth continue during navigating con ict.
ree Day Rule, believes social the main concern for people in and far less time with friends this time,” she said. “Stay away from accusations
distancing will make people new relationships is the poten- and coworkers.
reconsider the qualities they tial for growth. Friedman stressed the Katherine Schneider, a and avoid attributing someone’s
are looking for in a partner. “People are asking, ‘Is this importance of spending time licensed clinical social worker actions to their personality,” she
a relationship we can sus- interacting with people o ine based in East Falls, said par- said. “Instead of saying, “You’re
“When you’re inside your tain or should we put it on even as more of our interac- ents who must now work from so thoughtless,’ try, ‘I feel frus-
house for two months, and hold?’ If there’s a very strong tions go virtual. home and home-school their trated when you leave dirty
you’re with someone you connection, and both peo- “Relate to the real people in children may feel especially dishes around.’”
love, what are the character- ple are comfortable being on your house, play board games, stressed.
istics that matter?” she asked. the phone a lot, this might talk, have conversations, watch She also recommends online
“People have been swiping past be a good time to continue,” things communally with other “For people with kids, party games like Cards Against
their soulmates because they’re she said. people. If you’re living alone, there’s this pressure to be the Humanity and the new Google
focused on things that don’t She also believes the pan- pick up a telephone and hear perfect parent with home- Chrome add-on Net ix Party
matter. Now is the time to slow demic provides an opportunity a real human voice,” she said. schooling and Pinterest for those searching for ways to
down and really get to know for long-term relationships to “Try to o er love and support projects,” she said. “Sometimes stay in touch with their friends
people.” grow. to each other, and talk about making it through the day is an now that social gatherings are
“If your relationship can- other things besides this crisis. accomplishment enough. Give no longer an option.
Salkin has transitioned not weather this storm, it was We have to remember our lives yourself permission to take
many of her clients in probably a relationship that are broader than this.” a break.” “Overall, social distanc-
Philadelphia and New York could not handle the ups and She also said people should ing can make us even more
City to video dating since the downs of life,” she said. prioritize taking time to Carolyn Michaels, a mar- mindful of the relationships
cities began enforcing social According to Rabbi Marsha accomplish tasks and nding riage and family therapist who we value. ere’s never been
distancing. She said there are a Friedman, a clinical psycholo- ways to stay involved with their also practices in East Falls, a better time to text someone
few things people should keep gist practicing in Jenkintown communities. “It is vital that said it was important for and ask for a FaceTime date,”
in mind as they navigate this people to increase communi- she said. l
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party-planning industry. the amount of money that peo- Bandleader Sally Mitlas of Musicians Local 77.
With every conceivable ple are spending, I don’t fault echoed Bruce’s sentiments. To bene t the relief fund,
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the industry, in the words of quo of social distancing yet in a ripple e ect, and it hit fast Fink and others have launched
Je Kalinsky, director of oper- sight and fear that things are and furious,” she said. “ e the Philadelphia Virtual Music
ations at kosher catering house not done getting worse, future only comfort I take in it is Phestival. on March 25.
Betty the Caterer, “has been forecasts are tinged by worries everyone’s in the same boat. On Wednesday and Saturday “A lot of the public doesn’t
decimated.” of a cancellation domino e ect It’s not as if you, as a business evenings while the ban on pub- realize that other than the
Bands, caterers, orists, party and the immutable laws of fear owner, did something wrong. lic gatherings persists, notable Philadelphia Orchestra, every
planners, even religious o ci- of missing out. Which doesn’t ease the pain, Philadelphia musicians will other performing organiza-
ants — all the vendors associated “We have clients booked but it at least explains it.” livestream performances from tion that they go to see — the
with the joyful circus of conven- originally for this fall asking if Musicians seem to be their homes. Access to these Philly Pops, the Pennsylvania
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seen depended-on dates disap- if (the status quo persists into but it’s also like an autonomic and announcements and plenty Broadway at the Academy
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the calendar that’s always been on having that time to resched- ing. Not playing takes a nancial the virtual concerts to those employed full time,” Fink
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performers feeling disoriented. cians’ fund. mances stopped, nobody got
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LOCAL Dvora Entin: “I tell my clients, we’re another program for those 60 Hangouts and Skype” are all “It is a little odd,” Vogel
JESSE BERNSTEIN | JE STAFF and above and a third program fair game, she said. said, “but for the clients with
switching spaces today. I get to sit on for suicide prevention and whom I had already been able
TELEHEALTH IS nothing intervention. JFCS sta is opting for Zoom. to develop a rapport, moving to
new to Dvora Entin. the couch.” Courtesy of Dvora Entin It’s not exactly the same as face- online is a little less weird than
“With this new reality that to-face interaction, according to for clients that I’m just about to
Entin is a nationally recog- health professionals today, is we’re focusing on,” said David those interviewed, but it’s the start with.”
nized specialist in maternal adjusting to the new obstacles Rosenberg, JFCS senior vice pres- best option available.
mental health, based in Bala in providing care to her patients ident of programs and strategy, One worry for Vogel is that
Cynywd, who focuses on women during this period of social dis- “we’re looking to do more remote Speaking of face-to-face: some clients may not be able to
experiencing infertility, postpar- tancing. It works now, in part, counseling with our clients.” ose who use Zoom or a similar
tum mood and anxiety disorders, because certain HIPAA regu- application, according to Entin, nd a quiet, secluded place for a
complications in the a ermath lations relating to privacy have Staff who are typically will be looking at a small inset telehealth session in their newly
of pregnancy loss and other been temporarily eased. assigned to other areas are being of their own face at the same crowded homes. She’s heard of
challenges related to pregnancy trained to direct new clients to the time they are speaking to their professionals who have directed
and childbirth. Her services are “I think that every one of us appropriate services, and JFCS client. Such close study of her their child clients to go and sit
sought a er to the degree that are trying to just really meet the will post daily videos with medi- own face mid-session, Entin said, in the family car, for privacy.
prior to the outbreak of COVID- clients’ needs in a very chaotic tation tips and anxiety reduction has given her insight into how
19, which has prevented her from time,” Entin said. methods, recorded from di erent she might better shape her facial ough Zoom and other
being able to see clients in person, sta members’ homes. reactions to her clients’ needs. videoconferencing apps can’t
she was already videoconferenc- Before the crisis, according to Davida Vogel is a third-year create a perfect facsimile of the
ing or even calling 75% of her Robin Axelrod Sabag, assistant Like Entin, JFCS is nav- student in Widener University’s therapist’s o ce, connecting
clients, many of whom contact director of counseling and ther- igating the new telehealth graduate clinical psychology clients to their therapists is an
Entin from out of state. apeutic services at Jewish Family landscape created by the loos- program, pursuing a combined important way to keep anxious
and Children’s Service, JFCS ening of HIPAA restrictions. doctor of psychology degree and individuals close to their old
Even so, for clients newly mental health professionals were According to Sabag, there are an MBA. Over the past year, routines, Entin said.
introduced to telehealth, it can serving about 140 individuals in typically constraints on which she’s been doing psychoeduca-
be a bit jarring if they’re not used the Greater Philadelphia area. videoconference methods can tional testing at a high school in “Even if it’s not in-
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sit on the couch,’” she said with “any non-public facing audio e former has stopped we’re here and we care about
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LOCAL conference technology so they technology at our ngertips.”
SOPHIE PANZER | JE STAFF will have no issues connect- Conservative Rabbi Alana
ing with the rest of the family
SHELLEY DUCKER takes the when the holiday starts. Suskin of Rockville, Maryland
10 plagues seriously during her Sa , who lives in Bryn Mawr, said technology use on the
Passover seders. said she prepared her soup and holiday is a hot topic among
kosher meats ahead of time and is Conservative and Orthodox rab-
“We once put brown paper storing them in her freezer. “I am bis right now.
bags over people’s heads to sim- absolutely planning on setting my
ulate darkness,” the Bethesda, table with a beautiful cloth and “We’re thinking, what
Maryland, resident said. “We’ve good dishes and the seder plate options are open to us? Is there
had as many as 35 people and making it special. I am abso- something like Zoom you can
crammed in my dining room.” lutely making this night di erent just leave on?” she said. “I know
that in more liberal ends of the
This year, however, has Helping to care for thefrom all other nights.” spectrum where people are
required a change of plans. With people you love!She noted that Jews have not as concerned with halachic
the COVID-19 pandemic forcing o en had to be exible in requirements, this technology is
people to adopt social distanc- Shelley Ducker used props to reenact the plague of darkness during a their celebrations during OK. For people who are more
ing and large gatherings banned troubledFletxiibmleesscheidnule past gen- committed to halacha, it’s a bit
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the Jewish calendar has become the coronavirus. Courtesy of Shelley Ducker Suskin said that those who
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White House Urges Orthodox Rabbis to were recognized for their work in probability and Kalish was appointed in January 2019 to ll Lang’s
Take Coronavirus Seriously dynamics. unexpired term; Lang resigned because of a business
THE WHITE HOUSE told Orthodox rabbis and opportunity.
Jewish leaders via conference call on March 17 to do Furstenberg was born in Berlin, but le Germany
their part to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, for the United States just before World War II. A er Kalish is the CEO of the S4 Group, a government
JTA reported. an undergraduate stint at Yeshiva University, he a airs and business development rm, and is the
earned a doctorate at Princeton University. He joined father of six children.
Avi Berkowitz, an assistant to President Donald the faculty of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in
Trump and an Orthodox Jew, asked those on the call 1965. Report: Dead Sea Scroll Fragments in
to follow administration guidelines for limiting gath- DC Museum are Phony
erings of people, including the closure of schools and Moscow native Margulis previously won the Fields
yeshivas that are still open. Medal for mathematics achievement in 1978 at 32. e Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., said
Because he is Jewish, he was not allowed to leave March 16 that 16 Dead Sea Scroll fragments it houses
Berkowitz said to the rabbis that not adhering to Russia for many years. In the 1980s he was able to are forgeries, JTA reported.
the guidelines would see the situation “turn into a travel to other universities and became a professor at
serious issue of pikuach nefesh,” or saving a life. Yale University in 1991. “We’re victims — we’re victims of misrepresentation,
we’re victims of fraud,” CEO Harry Hargrove said.
JTA said some parts of the haredi community had e May 19 ceremony in Norway was postponed
lagged in curtailing big gatherings. because of the coronavirus pandemic. An art fraud investigator led a team of researchers
in compiling a 200-page report that said while the
Two Jewish Mathematicians Win Abel Illinois Rabbi’s Democratic Primary fragments may have been made of ancient leather, the
Prize, Considered Top Award in their Field Election Bid Fails ink was more modern in nature and had been altered
Two retired Jewish professors have won the Abel Rabbi Yehiel “Mark” Kalish — the only rabbi to ever to look like the real thing.
Prize for mathematics, which is considered the equiv- serve in the Illinois state legislature — lost in the
alent of a Nobel Prize, JTA reported. Democratic primary on March 17, JTA reported. e Israel Museum in Jerusalem houses most of
the 100,000 real Dead Sea Scroll fragments — their
Hillel Furstenberg, 84, and Gregory Margulis, 74, Kalish collected just 31.9% of the vote in the authenticity is not in question.
will split a monetary award of about $700,000. Chicago area’s heavily Jewish 16th District, behind
Denyse Wang Stoneback, who had 42.9%. Stoneback e scrolls were found in clay jars in the West
e Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters was backed by Lou Lang, Kalish’s predecessor, who Bank’s Qumran caves in 1947 by Bedouins. e
has awarded the Abel since 2003 to honor important held the seat for more than 30 years. scrolls date back more than 1,800 years; some of
advances in mathematics. Furstenberg and Margulis the oldest surviving copies of the Hebrew Bible are
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Immigration of Ethiopian Jews Put on Hold egalitarian section have been completed, JTA 60% in greater Tel Aviv and 85% in the Sharon area.
THE CORONAVIRUS HAS delayed the immigration reported. e ministry did say the weather may also have a
to Israel of about 250 Ethiopian Jews, JTA reported.
A 400-pound stone fell from Robinson’s Arch in role in the decline in pollutants.
Fi y immigrants — all with immediate family in July 2018, landing on a platform designated for mixed Israel Ranks High in World Happiness
Israel — were scheduled to arrive on March 18. prayer. e lone worshipper at the southern end of the Although it slipped one spot, Israel ranked among the
wall, Daniella Goldberg, 79, was not injured. world’s happiest countries in a United Nations survey
Former Knesset member Avraham Neguise, who released March 20, e Times of Israel reported.
is of Ethiopian descent, said the timing of the post- At the time, Israeli archaeologist Zachi Dvira said
ponement caused problems for the immigrants. He the 2,000-year-old wall badly needed restoration, Israel ranked No. 14 among 153 countries. In addi-
said the delay wasn’t announced until the last minute, including reinforcement of its large limestone blocks. tion, Tel Aviv placed eighth overall in newly added
noting that many immigrants had already sold their ranking of cities around the world. Jerusalem was
possessions and relinquished their housing. Israel Antiquities Authority engineers surveyed 33rd.
the site and found many loose stones that needed to
An Aliyah and Absorption Ministry spokesman be secured, according to e Jerusalem Post, which Finland ranked as the world’s happiest country for
said the ministry had arranged for a 14-day quaran- cited the Western Wall Heritage Foundation. the third consecutive year, followed by Denmark and
tine in northern Israel, but the Ministry of Health Switzerland. e United States was 18th. e bottom
recommended a postponement, the Times of Israel It hasn’t been announced when the platform, three countries were Zimbabwe, South Sudan and
reported. which has been closed since the incident, will reopen. Afghanistan.

Forty-three Ethiopian immigrants did arrive prior Unintended Coronavirus Impact: Philadelphia ranked 28th among the 186 cities
to the March 2 election. Israeli Air Quality Improves evaluated — one behind Miami, but ahead of New
Air pollution levels in Israel have declined sig- York (30th) and Los Angeles (31st).
e immigrants are part of the Falash Mura com- nificantly because of reduced economic activity
munity. at group claims to be descendants of Jews tied to coronavirus prevention measures, Globes e World Happiness Report is produced by the
who converted to Christianity generations ago under reported. UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network and
duress but now wish to return to Judaism. ere are is based on factors that include economic wealth, life
8,000 Falash Mura in Ethiopia hoping to immigrate Israel’s Ministry of Environmental Protection said expectancy, social support and the freedom to make
to Israel. declines in car trips and public transportation usage life choices.
Western Wall Repair Work Completed dropped the concentration of nitrogen dioxide in the
Repairs to secure stones in the Western Wall’s atmosphere 30% below normal levels. Israel was 13th a year earlier and had been 11th for
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Federation paying basic necessities such A woman at the Northeast NORC pantry holds a bag of food. Courtesy of Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia
as rent, food, utilities and
Continued from Page 1 support sta . Anyone with questions about shelter in place for their own the person needs additional
The Jewish Federation COVID-19 can call 1-800-722- safety,” Gralnick said. “We are in support.
Committee approved the fol- is clear that this is just the 7112 for a new 24/7 free hotline desperate need of help to deliver
lowing iniital allocations from beginning of grants and con- sta ed by medical profession- nonperishable food using the Psychotherapist Esther
the fund: siderations, with evaluations als. e city’s Public Health ‘knock, drop and go’ approach.” Kaplin provided advice about
continuing as the crisis emerges Department website also fea- Volunteers who usually enter maintaining physical and men-
• $34,600 to KleinLife’s and evolves. To donate, peo- tures daily updates at phila. clients’ homes during visits will tal health during periods of
Meal Delivery Program. ple can go to gov/COVID-19. Residents instead leave deliveries with as social isolation.
Volunteer groups that have d o n a t e -n ow- c o v i d -19 - e m e r- of Philadelphia and the sur- little contact as possible.
prepared meals are no longer gency-fund. rounding suburbs can sign up “Stay informed, and do not
able to do so. KleinLife thus “ is is an unprecedented for the alerts. Addie Klein, Jewish obsessively check the news ...
needs to buy 1,500 kosher time that demands an extraor- Federation’s director of com- limit your time to 30 minutes
meals per week from Betty dinary response,” said Jewish Mammes advised everyone munity engagement, reminded a day, at most,” she advised.
the Caterer, its kosher meal Federation Board Chair to stay home and self-quaran- webinar viewers that Jewish Kaplin also recommended eat-
supplier. KleinLife sta and Susanna Lachs Adler. “At this tine to prevent the spread of Federation organizations serve ing a healthy and balanced diet,
volunteers will deliver the moment, we know the nan- the virus due to the limited both Jews and non-Jews. drinking plenty of uids and
meals to 550 seniors. cial needs facing us will be number of tests. staying in touch with family
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critical needs grants. e Jewish communities and those testing available nationwide,” broader community,” she said. Jewish Federation Chief
grants for 50 people will most directly a ected by the she said. Operating Officer Steven
average $500 and go for risks presented.” Gralnick also addressed Rosenberg closed both webinars
basics such as food, rent and Meantime, Nicola Mammes, In addition, Brian Gralnick, social isolation among older by referencing his childhood in
medical/health needs. regional preparedness pro- director of social responsibility adults, which was a problem Pittsburgh and being inspired by
gram manager for the City of at Jewish Federation, discussed before COVID-19. Fred Rogers’ ethos to “look for
• $20,700 to the Mitzvah Food Philadelphia, spoke about new the challenges faced by the the helper” in times of trouble.
Program. is will help public health information agency’s social service pro- “ e health consequences of
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pantries related to increased Jewish Federation-hosted additional strain on Meals on to smoking 15 cigarettes a day,” situation,” he said. “But we
food needs, sta costs due to webinar the next day. Wheels and Mitzvah Food he said. have been here for 119 years,
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Continued from Page 1 current conditions in the weeks as it can be done via video; Academy even had their class
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her students as well, tilting the high school. She’s been pleased
book for all to see. thus far with the school’s
“If this was September, it
would be challenging,” Miller “Barrack got it right,” she
said. “But I’ve developed a rap- said. “I mean, they really have.”
port with the students, where
they listen to me. And I used Starting on March 18, stu-
that rst Zoom call to set the dents began their 10 a.m. to
guidelines, the rules, that 2:30 p.m. Zoom classes, with
this is still school, we have to a 30-minute break for lunch at
be good listeners.” If all else noon. ough those 30 min-
fails, Miller, as the teacher, utes have pressed U erg into
has access to a button that can service as a short-order cook,
mute all of her students, should she’s happy to see her children
that become necessary. working hard and engaged in
some way during the day.
What’s most important to
her and to the parents that “Of course, they’re sleeping
she is working with is that she until 9:50,” she added.
remains an anchor of routine
for the children, thrown into a Jenna, a freshman, even had
bizarre new world. an “in-class” writing assign-
ment on March 23, one that
Heather Leibowitz is one of required all students to be on
those parents. Her youngest, the video call for the dura-
Natalie, is a second-grade stu- tion of the assignment. ough
dent at Kellman, and Leibowitz some classes have worked bet-
has been thrilled with the ter than others via Zoom, she
amount of communication said — discussion courses like
she’s received from the school. Jewish Studies are a tough ask,
On March 16, she received, via with people talking over one
email, a full week of lesson another — it all still feels like
plans for her daughter, orga- school.
nized by subject.
“ ey’re making it work,”
She wasn’t thrilled with the Amy U erg said. l
initial response from Cherry
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Jewish Federation Responds to COVID-19

BY SHERRIE SAVETT e Jewish people were cannot pay their rents, and I, for one, am grateful and is someone who truly understood
the very rst to ever talk about are experiencing the decline incredibly proud that the Jewish the meaning of a united Jewish
AS THE COVID 19 situa- social responsibility. Ancient or demise of their livelihoods Federation is acting, not just community and the immense
tion changes every day, I, like societies focused on self-survival with loss of employment or talking. By the actions of assist- power of the collective.
you, have been watching with and self-promotion. Core prin- devastation of their businesses. ing those in the greatest need,
growing anxiety about what ciples were simply power and we as a community are carrying He once said, “Religion cre-
the future weeks and months force. e Torah introduced to It is incumbent upon us to the light for all of us as we jour- ates community, community
may hold for us. Most of us the world the radical concept of lead and bring the community ney into the unknown. creates altruism and altruism
have never experienced any- social responsibility as a moral together and provide assis- turns us away from self and
thing like this in our lifetimes obligation of civilization and tance. I am so proud to have As the days move on and towards the common good
and are struggling to nd our its individual members. Our seen the Jewish Federation rise we begin to prepare for the ... ere is something about
place in the new order. ancient texts show us how this to this challenge and tackle Passover holiday, our liturgy the tenor of relationships
idea guided the Jewish people head on the responsibility of reminds us that we were once within a religious community
For me, I nd strength in through war and strife and laid standing up for our communi- slaves in Egypt who escaped to that makes it the best tuto-
the fact that, as Jews, we’ve down fundamental principles ty’s most vulnerable members. a new land and found a way to rial in citizenship and good
been in di cult situations, for Jewish communities today. build and support a commu- neighborliness.”
even much more grave than Before the pandemic o - nity in the desert. We were
this one, many times before is includes our com- cially reached Philadelphia, the taught Kol Yisrael Aravim Zeh In the next few weeks and
in our history. We have always mitment to care not just for Jewish Federation had already b’zeh: All Israel is responsible months, may we continue to
found ways to cope. I am grate- ourselves but for all those around convened dozens of local orga- for one another. Israel is now live by these principles. Please
ful that the Jewish Federation us, as is stated in the Babylonian nizations to determine where a strong and resilient nation continue to give generously to
of Greater Philadelphia has Talmud, which says, “You shall the initial needs would be. and, except by those blinded the Jewish Federation’s COVID-
taken the leadership mantle walk a er the Lord your God” by irrational hatred, is admired 19 emergency fund, volunteer
and is gathering our commu- this means that you should imi- Resources were immedi- the world over. if you are able and check in
nity together and leading us tate God’s virtues. Just as God ately diverted and volunteers and support your friends and
out of the darkness. clothed the naked so too should called into action to ensure It is now our responsibility neighbors.
you clothe the naked. Just as the food deliveries would continue to do the same for the Greater
Holy One visited the sick so too and that all older adults in our Philadelphia community. I believe roughout our history, it’s
should you visit the sick. Just as region who lived alone would we are more than up to the task the Jews that have led the world
the Holy One comforted mourn- be properly looked a er. Every as long as we continue to work out of darkness. It’s our time
ers so too should you comfort day as this crisis takes on new together. As the Jewish Federation now. Let’s all step up and meet
the mourner.” forms, the Jewish Federation has shown us, our individual this challenge. l
has worked hard to adapt, power is much more potent as a
e spread of the COVID-19 raise critical funds and con- united community force. Sherrie Savett is the campaign
virus has exposed the weakest vene and connect both Jewish chair and the former board chair of
in our communities to great and non-Jewish members of In times of hardship, I o en the Jewish Federation of Greater
hardships and deprivation of our community. In frightening turn to the teachings of Rabbi Philadelphia. You can donate to
their most fundamental needs. and uncertain times like these, Lord Jonathan Sacks, who guided the Jewish Federation COVID-19
Many have no access to food, it is human nature to look for Britain’s Jewish community Emergency Fund at
strong leaders to guide us. through immense challenges. He donate-now-covid-19-emergency-fund.

1918 to 2020: A Great-Granddaughter’s Perspective

BY SHARON TAYLOR leading to the u pandemic studies had advanced to 1918, proven survivor. ree famines young grandchildren.
of 1918. Until today, studying the year of the great u pan- and two periods of mass star- My ancestral shtetl
I AM DESCENDED from a family history had been my demic that killed an estimated vation le her stunted and her
singularly resilient woman. conduit to long-dead ancestors 50 million people worldwide. legs so badly bowed that she had Mariampol (today Mariyampil,
whose DNA determined the di culty walking. When Hudia Ukraine) became the site of
Recently, my fascination color of my eyes and embedded is may be obvious, but every- was 47, my great-grandfather
with genealogy led me to within me an optimism that one alive today is descended died suddenly, leaving ve chil- erce ghting before falling
examine her life in the years colors every aspect of my life. from someone who survived dren and a granddaughter in to the Russians. On Sept. 3,
that catastrophe. her care. Her oldest daughter, 1914, e Philadelphia Inquirer
Now, it has forever changed Bella, was already married with reported 4,800 corpses lying
my perspective on the current My great-grandmother, children of her own. dead in the elds there, where
situation. lovingly remembered as days before the wheat har-
Bubbe Hudia by her grand- Within a year, the family vest had just begun. Cholera,
Two years ago, I immersed children, was born in 1864 in began to emigrate, but the start typhoid fever and dysentery
myself in family history, start- eastern Galicia, today’s west- of the First World War le spread across Galicia, and the
ing with the year 1772 and the ern Ukraine. In 1910, Galicia Hudia stranded in a continent destruction of the fall harvest
acquisition of Galicia by the was home to 872,000 Jews, the at war along with her 9-year- ensured winter food shortages.
Austro-Hungarian Empire. By ancestors of many of us living old son, grown daughters
some strange turn of the uni- in the United States today. Bella and Sura Leah, and three Back and forth e Great
verse, this past December my War ebbed and owed over the
Well before 1918, Hudia was a little place my family called



home. Hudia and the Jews of scarce that aid workers resorted Mariampol didn’t have — an steady source of food. I’m stuck I have inherited Hudia’s faith
Mariampol survived a brutal to making garments out of intact home, food and access to inside my house, but I have a in a brighter future. Perhaps
Russian occupation, looting, donated our sacks to cover the the most basic medicines and house, a bed with warm linens and my driving curiosity surround-
pogroms and the ghting that children’s gaunt bodies. medical care. Replacing worn- a clean source of drinking water. ing family history was planted
accompanied Austria’s recap- out shoes was impossible, and within me for just this moment,
tured the town. In 1916, Bella e war’s end failed to schools were rarely open. Letters ere isn’t a cure for the virus to give me strength and to show
died, leaving Hudia and Sura bring relief. Even as the u pleading for help chugged slowly yet, but I have medicines that, in me that I am descended from a
Leah to care for her three young spread across the globe, a new across the Atlantic Ocean and 1918, Bubbe Hudia couldn’t have tenacious survivor, a singularly
children, suddenly orphans cut Polish-Ukrainian war brought war-ravaged Europe. imagined. I should also mention resilient individual. Chances
o from their father in America. the little device that is constantly are that if you’re reading this,
ghting and violent pogroms Survival depended on in the palm of my hand, ready to you are, too. l
Galicia was full of Jewish to the cities, towns and vil- mutual support, the charity of connect me to friends and fam-
orphans. In a cablegram to New lages that were once a part of others and faith that the end to ily anywhere in the world. And, Sharon Taylor of Upper Dublin is a
York, representatives from the Galicia. Despite ongoing war their su ering was just around unlike my great-grandmother, I member of the Jewish Genealogical
Joint Distribution Committee and a spreading pandemic, the corner. am fortunate enough to be able to and Archival Society of Greater
begged for assistance crying, Hudia and her remaining fam- help others. Philadelphia and also a member of
“Tenthousand (that’s the way ily found a way to survive. is brings me to the coro- Gesher Galicia, an international soci-
it was spelled) war orphans are navirus pandemic of 2020. In the cruel face of this pan- ety for Jews with Galician ancestry.
le penniless.” Clothing was so roughout the u pandemic demic, it has become clear to
of 1918, these are the things While I may get sick of beans me that somewhere in my DNA,
that Hudia and the family in and rice before it’s over, I have a

We Shall See

BY RABBI RAYZEL RAPHAEL One day in late summer, an what a tragedy! Your son won’t not. Who knows? We shall see.” • Gives us time to make art and
old farmer was working in his be able to help you farm with a is is how I’m approaching music, meditate and pray?
IT HAS NOT ESCAPED my broken leg. You’ll have to do all
attention that the crisis of the eld with his old, sick horse. the work yourself.” the virus. • Shows us new ways to help
coronavirus has ramped up e farmer felt compassion for Yes, at the moment it seems and care for each other?
between Purim and Passover. The farmer answered,
the horse and desired to li his “Maybe so, maybe not. Who apocalyptic. People are buying • Inspires billionaires to step
Purim, like Yom Kippur, is burden. So he freed the horse knows? We shall see.” things in a frenzy; many deaths up and fund more?
when we read a story about to go to the mountains and live are predicted; the stock market
chance. e tables get turned for out the rest of his life. Several days later, a war broke crashed; and the government • Encourages more compas-
the better — the Jews are saved out. e emperor’s men arrived in doesn’t know what to do. But sion and solutions for the
not destroyed. We acknowl- Soon a er, neighbors from the village demanding that young I’m at optimist at heart, and poor, disabled, elderly and
edge that fate can change at any the nearby village visited, o er- men be conscripted into the army. I have let my mind wander to mentally ill?
given moment and we pray for it ing their condolences, and said, what if.
to turn in our favor. “What a shame. Now your only e farmer’s son was deemed • Exposes the cracks in our
horse is gone. You won’t be able un t because of his broken leg. In What if COVID-19 ... health care system, uniting
We are also headed into to work the land and prosper! the teahouse, the villagers again • Inspires international coop- us to x them?
Passover where it took 10 How unfortunate you are.” commented, “What very good
plagues to get us out of Egypt. fortune you have!” as their own eration between scientists, • Gets us to try new recipes
Yes, people died with each e farmer replied: “Maybe young sons were marched away. and we are able to use that and waste less food?
plague and we learn that we so, maybe not. Who knows? “You must be very happy.” in the future with other
don’t sing Hallel because the We shall see.” diseases? • Fosters new leadership to
Egyptians drowned in the Red “Maybe so, maybe not,” the • Spurs Israel to nd a vaccine take us to the next stage of
Sea and their lives also belong Two days later, the old horse farmer replied. “Who knows? to o er to its enemies and our evolution?
to the Holy One. Yet that story came back, rejuvenated, a er We shall see.” peace breaks out? Maybe so, maybe not. Who
of liberation has fueled many a meandering in the mountainsides • Catapults us to the future
tradition and given many hope. and eating wild grasses. He came As time went on the broken where we see technology as knows? We shall see.
back with 12 new younger and leg healed but the son was le a true gi to keep safe and May our experience during
There is another story healthy horses, which followed with a slight limp. Again the us connected?
that provides perspective at a the old horse into the corral. neighbors came to pay their • Alleviates some souls from this time open our hearts even
time like this; I’ve read it on Word got out in the village and it condolences. su ering who have just not wider with compassion as this
Yom Kippur though it’s a Zen wasn’t long before people stopped been able to exit life yet? year’s Passover story reveals a
Buddhist story not a Jewish one: by to congratulate the farmer. “Oh, what bad luck. Too bad • Teaches us to cooperate deeper level of meaning. May
for you!” But the old farmer across borders? we all be liberated from the
“How fortunate you are!” simply said his same refrain. • Allow children see their plagues, and be stronger in the
they exclaimed. “You must be aging parents with more future as we navigate through
very happy!” As it turned out, the other vulnerability and treat them the narrow places. l
young village boys died in the with more respect and love?
Again, the farmer so ly war and the old farmer and Rabbi Rayzel Raphael is is the
said, “Maybe so, maybe not. his son were the only able-bod- spiritual leader of Darkayna and
Who knows? We shall see.” ied men capable of working the has a private practice for lifecycle
village lands. e old farmer events in the Philadelphia area.
e next morning, the farm- became wealthy and was very
er’s only son set o to attempt generous to the villagers. ey STATEMENT FROM THE PUBLISHER
to train the new wild horses said: “Oh, how fortunate we are.
but was thrown to the ground You must be very happy,” to We are a diverse community. The views expressed in the signed opinion columns and
and broke his leg. One by one which the old farmer replied, letters to the editor published in the Jewish Exponent are those of the authors. They
villagers arrived to bemoan the even now, “Maybe so, maybe do not necessarily reflect the views of the o cers and boards of the Jewish Publishing
farmer’s latest misfortune: “Oh, Group, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia or the Jewish Exponent. Send
letters to [email protected] or fax to 215-569-3389. Letters should be a
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Souvenir Recipes from Switzerland


KERI WHITE | JE FOOD COLUMNIST breakfast of bircher muesli
— the great-grandmother to
EARLIER THIS YEAR, I today’s “overnight oats.”
visited Switzerland and, of
course, ate my fair share of e other is a simple green
chocolate. salad that I enjoyed in two
di erent very typical Swiss
e fabulous tasting tour restaurants — a fondue place
in Geneva given by a local and a steak frites establish-
expert was a chocolate high- ment. e salad comprises
light, (local simple greens like Boston,
It consisted of a ve-hour bibb or butter lettuce dressed
crash course in the history of in a sublime Dijon vinaigrette
Switzerland through chocolate pureed to a creamy texture.
and tasting visits to six amaz-
ing chocolate shops. Given the current global
health crisis, who knows when
But the two dishes that have we will be able to travel again
stayed with me and compelled and savor these foods in their
me to re-create them stateside native lands? But at least we
contained nary a morsel of can enjoy the culinary trea-
cacao. sures of other countries in our
own kitchens with minimal
One that I continue to e ort.
crave is the ubiquitous Swiss

SHOP IN Bircher muesli is a healthy recipe created by a doctor. Photos by Keri White
BIRCHER MEUSLI virtually any preference. 1 apple, skin on, grated
WE'LL GET YOU Serves 4 Use a nondairy milk; soak 2 teaspoons fresh lemon
is dish dates to the turn of the the oats in apple juice or milk juice
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To our HOK community, Benner was a big proponent of dried fruit, coconut, maple overnight.
the health bene ts of raw fruits, syrup or cinnamon; or use
We know this is a difficult time for our entire hence the addition of a grated orange or grapefruit juice in Just before serving, grate
community. Kids are home from school, parents are apple, and he advocated the place of lemon juice. the apple and add it to the oats;
home from work. Many are unable to work and are consumption of this mixture sprinkle with lemon and mix.
struggling financially. We are trying to help in any way as an optimal breakfast or pre- e possibilities are nearly
meal appetizer. endless. is basic recipe allows Add the remaining ingredi-
that we possibly can. for plenty of variation; feel free ents, mix well and serve.
is version is said to be to add yogurt or more milk to
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‘Unorthodox’ Scratches ‘Shtisel’ Itch

TELEVISION time for each episode makes the she explores the city. Shira Haa stars as Esty in But Esty’s new companions
ERIC SCHUCHT | JE STAFF series easy enough to binge as At the same time, her hus- Netflix’s new original limited see the Holocaust as history,
a single four-hour movie, but series “Unorthodox.” events having occurred long
YOU’RE AT HOME, stuck viewers might consider breaking band Yanky (Amit Rahav), with ago. is puts Esty at odds with
in isolation from COVID-19 up their watch times. aid from his cousin Moische (Je Netflix trailer screenshot Yael, an Israeli student (Tamar
and, worst of all, just ran out Wilbusch), aims to track her Amit-Joseph). ere’s a screen
of “Shtisel” episodes to binge. e shots are long and the dia- down and convince her to return As such, he comes across as where Yael is poking fun at the
Luckily, “Unorthodox” scratches logue slow, creating an emotional home. His mission is made even self-centered, putting his own Chasidic reverence of Holocaust
a similar itch. experience that will leave audi- more vital, as it’s discovered that status in the community above memorials.
ences with a simmering sadness Esty is pregnant. the needs of Esty. ere’s an
Net ix’s four-part miniseries as opposed to boiling adrenaline. illustrative scene where the cou- “My grandparents lost their
is its rst original show to feature Viewers probably won’t cry at the As the show continues, ash- ple nally manages intercourse whole families in the camps,”
Yiddish as the main language end, but you’ll kind of be sad for backs paint Esty’s home life a er a year of tribulations. e Esty says.
alongside English. It premiered a bit, especially if inhaling the as a bleak one. Upon meeting experience is painful for Esty,
on March 26 and is loosely story in a large gulp. Yanky for the rst time at age while it leaves Yanky with a “So did half of Israel, but
based on Deborah Feldman’s 18 — their marriage has been smile saying, “Wow, that felt so we’re too busy defending our
2012 memoir, “Unorthodox: “Unorthodox” wastes no arranged — she tells him: amazing.” present to be sentimental about
time jumping right into things. our past,” Yael responds.
e Scandalous Rejection of My “You should know, I’m not It’s unnerving to watch a
Hasidic Roots.” e rst episode begins with like the other girls. I mean, I’m character so unhappy, so dissat- “Unorthodox” is a drama full
Esty running away from home. normal. But I’m di erent from is ed all the time. On the plus of likable characters and an easy-
It’s a coming-of-age story It’s akin to a prison break, with the other girls.” side, this does lead to a satisfying to-follow plot. If you’re a fan of
chock-full of slow-burning her motivation le a mystery. arc in the story’s resolution. “Shtisel,” this is di erently worth
drama that’s easy to digest and It’s up to future ashbacks to And by di erent, she means a watch. l
leaves a solemn a ertaste. let viewers piece things together depressed. Esty’s Chasidic life in
as to why a girl would leave her Williamsburg shown in the [email protected];
e series follows Esty, a family, possessions and way of Esty is the kind of charac- ashbacks is juxtaposed with the 215-832-0751
young Haredi woman who runs life behind to venture into the ter whose default emotion is a modern cosmopolitan city that is
away from her community in unknown. is lack of context frown. Some in the community Berlin. e show’s Chasidic char-
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to get a can be a great motivation for a refer to her as an orphan, as she acters view the city for what it was,
fresh start in Berlin. Immediately, second viewing. is raised by her grandparents — ever remembering the massacre of
her husband gives chase. Scenes her father has a mental disability Jews at the hands of the Nazis.
cut back and forth between the e rst scenes with Esty have and her mother is a community
two, with ashbacks thrown into minimal dialogue, relying heav- outsider turned runaway.
the mix to add context and ll in ily on the visual cues of actress
the missing backstory. Shira Haa, who “Shtisel” fans e show paints Yanky as a
will remember from her role as well-meaning mama’s boy, relay-
For non-Yiddish speakers, the Gitti’s oldest daughter, Ruchami. ing every detail of his struggling
show is straightforward enough Upon arriving, she bumps into a sex life to his mother, which is
to easily follow along through group of classical musicians who circulated among the entire com-
the subtitles. e 50-minute run she befriends and with whom munity, much to Esty’s dismay.
Every decision he makes is, at rst,
related to him by someone else.

Passover those who are eating together. bit of matzah, we’ll be able to horseradish as bitter herbs, pars- sacri ce, so maybe this meant
“Each person should have celebrate,” he said. “ e mitzvah ley as karpas, but you can use something else — that pooling
Continued from Page 9 of eating matzah takes place on substitutes — potatoes, vegeta- our resources is the thing that
their own seder plate, with a the rst and second nights of bles, things that grow out of the saved us,” he said.
using technology will need communal one for show. Rather the seder. e rest of the holiday earth,” he added.
to focus on deriving meaning than having three full matzah requires ignoring chametz.” Ducker and her family were
from religious rituals, which squares, break them into smaller Ze will hold a Zoom planning to celebrate the holi-
can be more di cult without pieces for each person. You could Ze also pointed out that service on the rst night of day in Jerusalem, but will now
the joy of a family gathering. also have individual a komens many people in his community Passover to provide instruction celebrate with immediate fam-
rather than a shared one,” he have started eating kitniyot — to those who nd themselves ily in their home.
“Passover itself is a holi- said. “If I’m leading the seder, rice and legumes — during hosting or celebrating alone for
day that celebrates a pivotal I’m spending a little extra time Passover, which is usually the rst time. He said the coro- “For me, people have energy,”
moment in our development washing hands. Everyone should more common in Sephardi navirus crisis provided a lot Ducker said. “When we don’t
as a people and religion. With be washing their hands through- communities. of food for thought about the have guests, we’re all in our
oppression and plague and all out the seder this year.” holiday’s meaning. sweats, and there’s a little less
the terrible things we faced, we “ is is not chametz; it is formality. e trick is going to be
lived through those and came For those concerned about just not traditionally eaten by “Traditionally, we inter- to try to nd the joy and energy
out stronger,” she said. obtaining celebratory kosher Ashkenazim during the holiday. preted the blood on the door in a smaller group and have the
foods, Rabbi Adam Ze of I would encourage people to do posts to represent our will- discipline to bring the creativity
According to Rabbi Howard Germantown Jewish Centre that this year if they have con- ingness to identify as Jews, just for ourselves.” l
Cove of Beiteinu Synagogue, says there is more exibility cerns about obtaining kosher and that is what saved us. But
rituals can also be altered to than people realize. food,” Ze said. families also had to pool their [email protected],
make the festive meal safer for resources to obtain lambs for 215-832-0729
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HISTORY the project a er a Bryn Mawr e Bryn Mawr Alumnae [email protected]
ERIC SCHUCHT | JE STAFF Hillel event in February 2019. Association put her in touch
At the time, she was the stu- with eight Jewish alumnae: using the window seal outside oral history program for quite
WHILE SHE ISN’T study- dent group’s social justice chair Betsy Levin, Ivy Relkin, Joan of her dorm room to refrigerate a while,” he said. “We’re in
ing history, it’s a subject that and organized a group trip to Wohl, Chloe Garrell, Joan kosher foods for Passover. the process of ramping one up,
Caitlin Haskett values. So the school’s special collection Scheuer, Miriam Diamond, and Caitlin’s project is a good
when she discovered a gap in department. ere, students Nona Abrams and Susan Band Haskett said that a lot of model for moving forward.”
her school’s historical records, learned about the school’s Horwitz. people expected her to come
she wanted to ll it. Jewish history and explored back from the interviews with In November, a display com-
various materials held in the “People are really excited lots of stories about anti-Sem- piled of notable stories and key
Last year, Haskett, a psy- library’s archive, including let- about the fact that these stories itism and discrimination. takeaways from the interviews
chology major and senior at ters and scrapbooks donated by are being told,” Haskett said. And while she did hear a few, was installed in the lobby of
Bryn Mawr College, noticed a former Jewish students. “It’s really important to high- they were less prominent than the school’s Canaday Library.
shortfall in her school’s docu- light the experiences of people anticipated.
mentation on Jewish student Haskett noticed that docu- who have been on this campus, Titled “Midcentury Jewish
life across the 1940s and 1950s mentation on Jewish student especially marginalized stu- “People that I interviewed Mawrtyrs: Excerpts from
— an era she described as “a life was lacking, especially dents and marginalized groups felt that any social stigmati- Oral Histories of Eight Jewish
key component of modern from the ‘40s and ‘50s. in general. zation or distancing they felt Alumane on Campus from
Jewish history.” from non-Jewish students was 1938-1958,” it features short
Eric Pumroy, the Seymour “ ere’s been a focus on not based on religious lines, bios for all interviewees, along
Adelman Director of Special Martha Carey omas, a past but it was based sort of more with excerpts from the inter-
on social class and economic views arranged by theme on
di erences,” she said. food, dating, housing and
However, Pumroy said the
results might be more positive e library is closed due
toward the college because those to the coronavirus outbreak,
interviewed had good relations and it is unknown how much
with the school and had kept longer the display will be in
in touch over the years. So it’s place. However, the full inter-
possible their experiences may view transcripts are now stored
not be re ective of all Jewish in the school’s special collec-
students from the time. In any tions, preserving the stories for
case, Pumroy sees the project future generations. l
as something he would like to
replicate in the future. [email protected];
“We haven’t had a systematic

Caitlin Haskett displays her exhibit at Bryn Mawr College’s Canaday Library. Courtesy of Caitlin Haskett on

rough a 10-week research Collections, said the archive president of Bryn Mawr who
fellowship, Haskett collected is relatively new and primary has a racist and anti-Semitic
the oral histories of eight Jewish focuses on preserving the records past. And there’s been a lot of “Lifestyles” “Int esting Pe le”
alumnae to preserve the stories of the college’s administration. focus on her history, but in all ursdays at 1:30-2pm
of Jewish students from the Any documents regarding stu- of that discussion, there has ursdays at 1-1:30pm Sundays at 4-4:30pm
period for future generations. dent life come haphazardly been a lack of focus on the sto- Sundays at noon-12:30pm

“It’s important that people from alumni donations, with ries of students she didn’t want
learn the history of their com- little about Jewish students. on campus. It’s important to
munity and do what they can To address the issue, tell those stories too and get a
to document the stories that Haskett obtained a research sense for what life was actually
we have before it’s too late,” fellowship from the school’s like for those people.”
Haskett said, “so that we can Pensby Center for Community One of the most interest- Joe Ball Dei Lynam
Producer Moderator

be aware of where we’ve come Development and Inclusion ing things Haskett said the To be interviewed, at no charge, contact:
from and the history that we and conducted research and alumnae discussed was their eMail: [email protected]
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Drawing Close by Staying Apart CANDLE LIGHTING

March 27 7:02 p.m.
April 3 7:09 p.m.
must Jews today make sacri- behavior. In a pathos- lled responders ghting the

Parshat Vayikra ces, such as giving priority to plea he said, “Is such the fast virus despite the lack of supplies, each other is surely a way to
prayer at set times even when I desire, a day for people to the workers at our groceries maintain connection with God.
it’s not convenient; maintain- starve their bodies? ... Do you and pharmacies, the sanitation Finally, a central theme of
FOR MANY JEWS, Leviticus ing kosher homes, supporting call that a fast, a day when workers, the journalists who Leviticus is “purity.” To our
is the most di cult book of synagogues and sending kids to the Eternal One is favorable? tirelessly keep us informed, and ancestors, that meant carefully
the Torah to wrap their heads day schools despite the expense; No, this is the fast I desire: To the women and men going in distinguishing between clean-
around. e rst several par- and o ering ourselves and our unlock fetters of wickedness to work to make the millions of liness and uncleanliness in all
shot, starting this week with resources to our families, other and untie the cords of the yoke, items needed to keep those on aspects of life — including how
parshat Vayikra, recount in great Jews and the people around us to let the oppressed go free the front lines safe. we worshipped, what we could
detail the sacri cial system God and throughout the world. and break o every yoke. It is I am in awe of all of them. and couldn’t eat and what sex-
ordained for ancient Israel. e word for sacri ces, kor- to share your bread with the Leviticus also demonstrates ual relations were permitted.
Whatever its signi cance banot, is from a root meaning hungry and take the wretched the value of ritual. Knowing that While biblical notions of
then, the notion that we must “draw near.” Korbanot were poor into your home … and o ering sacri ces assured God’s purity led ultimately to divi-
o er animals and grains to a response to a Divine com- not ignore your own kin. en nearness certainly comforted sions that some of us would
God is wholly alien to us. In mand, by which the Israelites shall your light burst through the Israelites. Like them, we reject today, I hope that every-
fact, a er I agreed to write this demonstrated fealty to the One like the dawn and your healing appreciate the stability and com- one who can will take to heart
d’var Torah, I said to myself, to whom they had covenanted spring up quickly.” (58:5-8) fort that ritual can bring, most the new purity mitzvah: “to
“Are you crazy?” themselves at Sinai, and con- “Drawing near” to God especially at a time like this. draw near, stay apart.” Be well! l
Whatever the answer to sequently drew closer to God. requires us to show care and We owe a shout-out to the
that question, there are in To be sure, it’s jarring to compassion for one another, rabbis and cantors who have Rabbi George Stern is a retired
fact aspects of this parsha and think about “drawing near” at especially the most vulnera- learned how to use Zoom and Reform congregational rabbi and
those that follow that jump out a time when we are told to ble among us. Sometimes that bring worship experiences into nonprofit executive director and
as having relevance as we try to exercise social distancing (or, can mean staying physically our homes. We owe the same a member of both Germantown
come to grips with COVID-19. as I prefer to say, physical dis- apart while still giving needed to everyone who has stepped Jewish Centre and Congregation
When traditional Jews begin tancing, since we are in fact assistance. forward to create virtual oppor- Rodeph Shalom. The Board of
their Torah studies, they start doing all that we can to main- While for most of us these tunities for us to keep in touch Rabbis of Greater Philadelphia is
not with Genesis but rather tain and even grow social ties). days, drawing close ironically with one another, including the proud to provide diverse perspec-
with Leviticus. I can’t even Here’s a way to think about it: requires separation, many educators who have ramped up tives on Torah commentary for the
imagine trying to get 6-year- The prophet Isaiah, Americans are sacrificially skills so they can draw near to Jewish Exponent. The opinions
olds to tackle these texts, but responding to fraught politi- drawing near and putting their students virtually (even expressed in this column are the
for centuries they have. Why? cal situations and ultimately themselves in mortal danger: as I decry that underfunding author’s own and do not reflect the
One possible explanation the destruction of the temple the people standing behind the makes it impossible for our view of the Board of Rabbis.
is to teach that, just as Jews in which sacri ces could be president at press conferences largest school districts, where
used to o er to God part of o ered, showed how success- and telling us the truth, the the need is greatest, to do so).
their wealth in sacri ces, so too ful korbanot required ethical medical professionals and rst Maintaining closeness with

Worship make the meal more meaning- Death “It’s a very beautiful thing,” “ e safety and well-be-
ful,” the boxes were for students Quigley said. “It’s a very holy ing of all who work and enter
Continued from Page 4 who remained on campus even Continued from Page 5 act.” our grounds is of the utmost
though the remainder of the concern while performing
Facebook, he said, for as long as academic year has gone virtual. “As far as our families are At West Laurel Hill, the our obligation of burial to our
the quarantine and stay-at-home concerned, we haven’t had washing rituals of all religions community,” Domsky added.
decrees prevent worship as usual. “ e more we started hear- anybody that has complained have been temporarily sus-
ing that people were in town, about the new guidelines,” he pended. e chevra kadisha, too, Everyone agreed that the new
“Spiritually, one of the ways we realized that even though added. has suspended its ritual washing. restrictions have saddled fam-
that we can deal with this students couldn’t come here for However, one important prac- ilies with di cult decisions at
crisis is to expand our own Shabbat, this was a way for all Pat Quigley, a funeral tice — shemira, watching over their most vulnerable. But Le
abilities, our own experiences,” of us to have Shabbat together,” director at West Laurel Hill the body — remains. sees the obstacles as chance for
he said. “It’s expanding my Goldstein said. “It’s an import- Cemetery and Funeral Jewish ritual to bring people
comfort with technology ... to ant time for students to know Home, has been a part of the “Life at Forest Hills/Shalom together in a new way.
communicate.” we’re still here for them. ey’re Memorial Park has entered
feeling that loss of physical econstructionist Chevra a very unique and unprece- “Some might say a virtual
e desire to keep lines of community, but the more we’re Kadisha of Philadelphia for dented period,” General minyan was an example of social
communication open is what online — and the more we do almost 30 years. A chevra Manager Samuel Domsky said. distancing,” she said. “I say it was
drove Moussia Goldstein, co- things like Shabbat to-go — the kadisha, a sacred society, is a Leadership at the Huntingdon an example of social in-gath-
director of Drexel University’s more connected everybody is.” l small group of trained men Valley cemetery, which largely ering. Without hesitation, we’re
Chabad, to pack dozens of and women who ensure that serves Jewish people, is making life continue.” l
Shabbat to-go boxes last week. [email protected]; the bodies of Jews who have encouraging families to stick
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Lina 67-67 - 7 BR NCO, C . IRI L. N , C . Court of Common leas for the
Late of hiladelphia Late of hiladelphia County of hildelphia, ebruary
L TT R T T NT RY on the L TT R T T NT RY on the Term, . No. 3 3 . NOTIC I
CEMETERY LOTS FOR SALE above state have been granted to above state have been granted to R BY GI N that on ebruary

REPAIRS/ STATEWIDE ROO LT ORI L R ING O ITION to care for the undersigned, who re uest all the undersigned, who re uest all , the petition of name
CONSTRUCTION ADS the elderly. yrs exp. and excell persons having claims or demands persons having claims or demands change for ark Christian ngelo
ection - , Lot , ites , , 3, refs. Call 67- - against the estate of the decedent against the estate of the decedent was filed, praying for a decree to
and . 6 for all four. suelipt-
on or text - - to make known the same and all to make known the same and all change his name to ark Christian
TO PLACE A CLASSIFIED AD: persons indebted to the decedent persons indebted to the decedent ngelo. The Court has fixed pril
3. to make payment without delay to to make payment without delay to 3, at in Room No.
SHALOM MEMORIAL PARK BR C . B IL Y, R., C T- L . N and C RL N , 6 , City all, hiladelphia, for
215-832-0749 2 plots in sec. Jacob I, Lot OR, c o ark T. Carlidge, s ., 6 C TOR , c o Lawrence . hearing. ll persons interested may
classifi[email protected] 178, Graves 3 & 4. Includes . Germantown, ike, te. 3 , Chane, s ., One Logan uare, appear and show cause, if they
(1) 44x13 Bronze Companion lymouth eeting, 6- 3 N. th t., hiladelphia, have any, why the prayer of said
DISPLAY ADVERTISING: Marker w/Vase, (1) 48x17 ESTATE NOTICES , 3-6 , petitioner should not be granted.
Pink Granite Base, no Scrolls. T T O LL N B. RC , - Or to his ttorney Or to their ttorney
215-832-0753 Option to go double depth. C. R T. C RLI G L R NC . C N
$3,495 each obo. Call Dori Late of hiladelphia. N C I ORRI LT LLC BL N RO LL STATEWIDE ADS
239-440-7569 L TT R T T NT RY on the 6 . Germantown, ike, te. 3 One Logan uare
above state have been granted to lymouth eeting, 6- 3 N. th t.,
halom emorial ark the undersigned, who re uest all hiladelphia, 3-6
or ale Burial lot persons having claims or demands
against the estate of the decedent T T O T RIN L. N- ENTERTAINMENT
braham ection to make known the same and all
DEADLINES: Lot 3 , Grave persons indebted to the decedent I a k a T RIN NI, T T O TRICI . c-
LINE CLASSIFIED: 12 p.m. Mondays rochellesexton to make payment without delay to C RT Y a k a TRICI c-
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artel ve., hiladelphia, L TT R T T NT RY on the C RT Y, C .
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Or to his ttorney above state have been granted to L TT R T T NT RY on the
RY T the undersigned, who re uest all
. Broad t., te. persons having claims or demands above state have been granted to
hiladelphia, the undersigned, who re uest all
against the estate of the decedent persons having claims or demands
to make known the same and all
SITUATION WANTED persons indebted to the decedent against the estate of the decedent
to make known the same and all
APARTMENT to make payment without delay to persons indebted to the decedent
Beautiful, turnkey, corner Tower @ Oak Hill/ NIOR , N L c o arry etka, s ., Ne- to make payment without delay to
custom home in argate, N . Narberth RI NC CO NION T T O NT O N B T- ILLI . CC RT Y, C T-
TIN LLI, C shaminy Blvd., te. , Bensalem,
B , B on highest eleva- 1 bedroom, 1 bath unit P ersonal A ssist ant - arry etka, tty., OR, c o arry etka, s .,
tion in city. True smart + amenities. Available Late of hiladelphia Neshaminy Blvd., te. , Bensalem,
home , energy efficient, cus- Licensed d river t o as- L TT R of INI TR TION on Neshaminy Blvd., te. , Bensalem,
tom lighting designer ceiling immediately $950 ,
fans, two wrap around 610-715-3637 sist w it h errand s, the above state have been gran- Or to his ttorney
porches, custom garage. ted to the undersigned, who re-
Convenient to shopping, shop p ing, ap p t s. , read - uest all persons having claims or RRY T
beach and local place of wor- ing, w alk ing, food Neshaminy Blvd., te.
ship. 7 , 6 -33 - p rep . , socializ ing and demands against the estate of the T T O T L N O LL Y, Bensalem,
decedent to make known the same C.
d aily act ivit ies and all persons indebted to the de- Late of hiladelphia
insid e/ ou t sid e of you r
cedent to make payment without L TT R of INI TR TION on T T O RY N C. CR N , -
home. W ill help you delay to ROB RT . T RN, - the above state have been gran-
u nd erst and you r b ills, INI TR TOR, Two Bala la a, ted to the undersigned, who re- C.
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Or to his ttorney demands against the estate of the
SEASHORE CONDO RENT mak e t elep hone ROB RT . T RN decedent to make known the same the above state have been gran- Cocktails, Weddings,
RG T B C RONT CON O ted to the undersigned, who re- Piani2st1L5a-n9k2e0n-a0u9H2o9spital
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BB and all persons indebted to the de-
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L TT R of INI TR TION on GIB ON R IN , C hiladelphia, 3, ay Be Covered by edicare Re-
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ted to the undersigned, T T O . B RNIC
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persons having claims or demands T T O L ROY R. T R, - hiladelphia, 3
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7 days week. adelphia, 3. demands against the estate of the L TT R T T NT RY on the R R. R treaming
In these very challenging xpd. motivated instructors. on LL evices. Call today -
times, Andi I wish all our Or to her ttorney decedent to make known the same above state have been granted to -33 -6
family friends a Sweet 76- 6 RY T and all persons indebted to the de- the undersigned, who re uest all
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safe during the holidays. CRYSTAL CHAN ELIER SECTION INI TR TOR, .O. Box 6, est to make known the same and all
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for an appointment we Rewiring, refin, cleaning. Looks T T O O N . LON RG N, RI . IN to make payment without delay to lifetime warranty on the tub and
will deliver brand new when we re thru. NICOLE MCNALLY C. .O. Box 6 O N O TY , C TRI , c o
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Marcia and Steve Cherry of Dresher and Gail and Yaacov Mizrahi of New York City Dorothy Shapiro turned 100 on March 23.
announce the engagement of their children, Brian Cherry and Talia Mizrahi. Extremely active and independent, she

Brian is a graduate of Washington and Lee University with a bachelor’s degree in lives in her own apartment, still drives
business administration. He holds an MBA from Columbia University and works as an regularly and works part time in a local
investment banker with Moelis & Co. doctor’s o ce.

Talia is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in hearing She loves being around people, espe-
and speech sciences. She holds a doctorate of audiology from Montclair State University cially her family, and cherishes chatting
and works as a clinical audiologist with University Physicians of Brooklyn, New York. with her great-granddaughter.

Sharing in the couple’s happiness are grandparents Kurt Schoen, Marvin Cherry and ey all wish her a very happy 100th
Florence Aleman, as well as siblings Lauren Cherry and Shira and Stephen Blank. birthday and want her to know their
hearts and thoughts are with her, though
e couple resides in Manhattan and is planning an October wedding. they cannot be physically together.


Marcia and Steve Cherry of Dresher and Meg and Andy Beebie of Warminster announce
the engagement of their children, Lauren Cherry and Kevin Beebie.

Lauren is a graduate of Penn State University with a bachelor’s degree in nutritional
sciences. She holds a master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University in nutrition
and works as a pediatric dietitian at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Kevin is a graduate of Penn State University with a bachelor’s degree in supply chain
management and information systems. He is pursuing an MBA at Villanova University
and works as a customer ful llment specialist at Sartomer.

Sharing in the couple’s happiness are grandparents Kurt Schoen, Marvin Cherry and
Florence Aleman and siblings Brian Cherry, Shannon Beebie and Connor Beebie.

e couple resides in Bryn Mawr and is planning an August wedding.


Coronavirus Doesn’t Disrupt OU Kosher a stranger, an elderly person, by confronting coronavi- matters from the law rm by secretly referring them
for Passover Supply Chain rus pandemic despair, or in so many other ways. e to outside attorneys,” according to a news release.
ORTHODOX UNION KOSHER, the world’s largest important thing is to extend oneself on behalf of others.”
kosher certi cation agency, said March 23 that the Mittin concealed his conduct from the law rm
coronavirus hasn’t disrupted the supply chain for AJC said upli ing stories from across the United by closing the les for those matters and making it
kosher for Passover food. States and the world will be featured at appear there was no settlement or resolution and that
BeAMensch and on its Facebook, Twitter and the cases weren’t viable, the release said.
OU Kosher said it will certify more than 7,400 Instagram accounts. e organization noted that
products for Passover 2020, which are available both while mensch generally refers to one person, “we’ll e outside attorneys who received the referrals
in the United States and overseas. also be highlighting mensch-y behavior on the part tried to resolve them with a settlement or trial, with
of groups, institutions, organizations, companies and Mittin paid referral fees for successful resolutions.
“Kosher for Passover food products were pro- even countries.”
duced at the end of the 2019 calendar year and e cases generated about $10.8 million in nan-
shipped shortly therea er,” OU Kosher CEO Rabbi AJC said it will share tips on ways to be a mensch cial recoveries, with Mittin defrauding his rm of
Menachem Genack said. “As a result, there will not be and lend a helping hand. about $4.2 million in legal fees and costs.
any problem accessing kosher for Passover products.” FIDF Gives Update
To participate in #BeAMensch, visit Friends of the Israel Defense Forces in the Pennsylvania
“Additionally, food manufacturers are continuing BeAMensch to share stories. You can also share and Southern NJ Region Executive Director Tzvia
to produce food during this time and we have been stories on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the Wexler said IDF soldiers serving in Israel are in need
assured by our clients — including Manischewitz, hashtag #BeAMensch. of hygiene kits as they continue operational activities
Empire, Kedem and others — that there is plenty and duties that include reducing the spread of the
available and that there is no issue with food produc- Jewish Attorney Receives Five Years virus and preparing for civilian isolation.
tion for Passover,” Genack said. in Prison for Fraud
Attorney Neil I. Mittin, 64, of Huntingdon Valley “ ese are times when the community comes
AJC Launches #BeAMensch received a ve-year prison term and was ordered together,” she said, noting that each hygiene kit costs
American Jewish Committee announced on March to pay $3.4 million in restitution for stealing from $4. “ e FIDF Pennsylvania and Southern NJ Board
19 #BeAMensch, an initiative to encourage and his law rm, Gay Chacker & Mittin, United States of Directors has been leading the way helping more
highlight acts of kindness and decency during the Attorney William M. McSwain announced. than 5,000 soldiers receive hygiene kits within the
coronavirus pandemic. last week.”
Mittin had pleaded guilty to mail fraud in
“In the face of the unique adversity of COVID-19, September. He had worked for nearly four decades Anyone wishing to contribute can do so by
everyday acts of kindness to others becomes particu- at a personal injury law rm, McSwain said. Between visiting, calling 215-383-2890, or
larly vital,” AJC CEO David Harris said. “Anyone can 2008 through 2018, “Mittin engaged in a scheme mailing a check to FIDF, 500 O ce Center Drive,
be a mensch by helping a family member, a neighbor, to steal numerous personal injury and other legal Suite 400, Fort Washington, PA 19034. l




Abrams Hebrew Academy held a Purim carnival and open house
that was co-sponsored by Oorah, an educational nonpro t.

Abrams Hebrew Academy seventh-graders Jeremy Swartz, an eighth-grader, read two chapters Rabbi Joshua Ottensoser also read from the

Courtesy of Abrams Hebrew Academy of the Megillah, Megillah.

Representatives of Abramson Senior Care joined with o cials of KleinLife in Sta members of RSVP Philadelphia and KleinLife in Northeast Philadelphia
Northeast Philadelphia for a ribbon-cutting dedication, celebrating the opening of a cooked and packaged some 250 additional meals for the Home Delivered
new medical suite that will be operated and sta ed by Abramson Senior Care. Meals Program in Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery counties.

From left: Shelley Geltzer, Ben Toledano, Marina Zhitnitskaya, Inna Gulko, Susan Poland,

Mariya Keselman-Meker, Sharon Kaplan and John Eskate Photo by Stephanie Hampson

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A delegation of students from the Technion-
Israel Institute of Technology spent the early part
of March touring the United States. Chen Tubel
and Rina Tzipora Ben-El were in Philadelphia
from March 6-7. e photo below took place at
an event on March 5 at Shannondell, a retirement
community home.

From left: Dolores Tessler, Chen Tubul, Rina Tzipora
Ben-El, Steve Berger and Elissa Gillston

Courtesy of American Technion Society

To introduce the Friends of Israel Defense Forces Mitzvah Projects to the community, former IDF
soldier Daniel Chattler met a roomful of students to share his experiences while serving as a lone
soldier and spoke about his Iron Dome expertise.

Daniel Chattler speaks to the students about his time in the IDF. Photos by Corinn Rocker From left: Ilana Fink, Daniel Chattler and Ryan Fink

Melrose B’nai Israel Emanu-El
hosted Mummers marchers as
part of its Purim celebration.

From left: Rabbi Charles Sherman,
Cantor Stephen Freedman and Hazzan
David Tilman, who led the singing of
Purim songs

Hazzan David Tilman plays with the

Mummers. Courtesy of MBIEE



We Wish You
“A Zissen Pesach”!

As the generations of your family gathers around the Seder table to celebrate
Pesach and to ask the four questions, we have 4 other questions to ask you.

• Why leave important decisions to others when you are able to choose together?
• Why leave the financial burden to the next generation?
• Why not encourage the next generation to stay together?
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