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Jewish Exponent Nov. 28, 2019

Jewish Exponent Nov. 28, 2019

NOVEMBER 28, 2019 / 30 CHESHVAN 5780
Tom Shotkin’s finding fertile comedic
ground for “This Is the Week That Is.”





OF NOTE Safety in the
Fundraiser Honors
Philadelphia- ON NOV. 20, a man walking to syna- The view of one of the two freestanding signs from the street
Israel Supporters gogue in Monsey, New York, was attacked Courtesy of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim
Vered Nohi and by at least one other man, who jumped out
Linda Richman of a car to beat, stab and slash his victim Shaare Shamayim’s
to be recognized. before driving away. The victim survived, Signs Challenged By L&I
but speculation began soon after.
Page 4 JESSE BERNSTEIN | JE STAFF Two are affixed to a short brick wall.
Had it been another anti-Semitic One reads “Congregations of Shaare
LOCAL attack on a visibly Jewish person, like the HEADING DOWN VERREE ROAD, Shamayim” and the other lists the names
ones that have befallen Orthodox Jews in cars pass by the Congregations of Shaare of the congregations that have combined
Being Trans Brooklyn in the past year? Shamayim every day. to make the Bustleton synagogue what it is.
and Jewish
Topic of Panel On Aug. 27, in Crown Heights, 63-year- For people unfamiliar with the syna- The larger freestanding sign is blue,
Panelists speak old Abraham Gopin was attacked with a gogue or the area, it’s impossible to miss; double-sided and features a simple white
from experience. paving stone, his assailant screaming about after all, four signs bear the name of the menorah. The smaller freestanding sign
Jews and knocking Gopin’s teeth out. synagogue, as they have for nearly 40 years. directs drivers to parking, with the names
Page 5
On Nov. 1, a Friday night, no fewer than
LOCAL three attacks were perpetrated against
Chasidic men and boys in a five-block
Young Jewish radius in the Borough Park community,
Conservative all involving the same carful of passengers.
Chapter Debuts
Kickoff event On Nov. 8, a man threw a brick through
was Nov. 17. the window of a Chasidic girls’ school in
Crown Heights, and on the same night, a
Page 6 man holding a gun smashed the windows
of nearby Bais Rivkah, a synagogue.
Volume 203090
Number 805 The list goes on. Online, there’s a bevy of
short, horrifying videos of Orthodox people
Published Weekly Since 1887 — usually men — walking down the street
in Brooklyn, only to be confronted and
attacked, without provocation. Anti-Semitic
attacks were up 13% worldwide in 2018,

See Safety, Page 13 See Signs, Page 12




IN THIS ISSUE 00087465051952

Bok Tower is a
Florida gem.



Miriam’s Advice Well


JRA’s still working to end hunger. THANKSGIVING TOPIC

7 Are there any circumstances where it’s
OK to discuss politics at a Thanksgiving
gathering, especially in these politically

4 HEADLINES charged times? That’s the question
before Miriam this week in her blog

Local Miriam’s Advice Well. Miriam advises

Israel her reader to tread lightly, suggesting
National circumstances where a limited discussion
Global might be applicable, but also suggests
shutting down the conversation the

14 OPINION minute potential controversy surfaces.

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22 COMMUNITY for a lot of people, but food columnist
Keri White loves the kale salad from
Jewish Federation Tootsie’s Salad Express at the Reading
Calendar Terminal Market. In her most-recent

Mazel Tov Philacatessen blog post, White notes that

Deaths kale is ideal in the winter because of its

Newsmakers year-round availability and has procured
Tootsie Iovine’s recipe. Read Philacatessen
26 CLASSIFIEDS for the recipe, as well as content not

normally found in the printed edition,

including additional recipes, gift ideas,

CANDLE LIGHTING restaurant reviews and food news from
Nov. 29 4:19 p.m. around the Delaware Valley.
Dec. 6 4:17 p.m.

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Richman, Nohi Honored as ‘Women of Valor’

LOCAL community’s connection to sometimes it was a one-person The Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce introduces Aharon
MATT SILVER | JE STAFF Israel that it’s such a privilege office,” Richman remembered.
to be in the position to honor “The job meant meeting a lot of Aharon, the CEO of Israeli Innovation Authority, to Jefferson University
THE AMERICAN FRIENDS her,” he said. “And Linda ... this people, and a lot of dinners ...
of the Kaplan Medical Center whole thing comes from Linda.” But it was worth it.” Hospital doctors. Vered Nohi was invited as part of the delegation that
will host its first gala on Dec.
2 at Temple Beth Hillel-Beth In her role, Richman was The American Technion launched Jefferson’s medical center in Israel. Courtesy of Vered Nohi
El in Wynnewood and cele- charged with raising not only Society “was a wonderful
brate two women, Vered Nohi funds but the profile of Israel’s top- place,” she said. “It was defi- and partnerships between play- olam — it makes the world
and Linda Richman, who ranked polytechnic university nitely a family — the donors ers and markets in the U.S. and and friendships better,” Nohi
have devoted their careers to in this area of the mid-Atlan- and the professors and the Israel. Officially, her region is said.
strengthening ties between the tic — a position she held for 15 whole combination.” limited to Philadelphia and its
United States and Israel. years. Before that, she’d been surrounding suburbs, South Nohi often finds herself bro-
doing philanthropy consulting Nohi’s story, meanwhile, is Jersey, and Delaware. But kering joint ventures in areas of
Nohi, who is executive for various Jewish organizations. still unfolding. PICC serves a greater popu- industry that are cutting edge.
director of the Philadelphia- Then she went for an interview at lation than it used to. Just last Just last week, PICC hosted
Israel Chamber of Commerce, American Technion. When she became the exec- week, for instance, Nohi visited a cybersecurity conference,
and Richman, who recently utive director of PICC six years Bethlehem, where the cham- bringing leaders in cyberinno-
retired as the American “The interview was long, and ago, there was still an Israeli ber facilitated a partnership vation from Israel and across
Technion Society’s executive it was a process, and I wasn’t Consulate in Philadelphia. Nohi between the local Catholic dio- the Philadelphia region.
director in the Philadelphia sure if I wanted to give up con- worked closely with both Yaron cese and an Israeli technology
region, will be the first “Women sulting,” Richman said. “And Sideman and Elad Strohmeier, company to improve living con- The work may be high-tech,
of Valor” honorees as part of an then one of my friends at the both of whom led the local con- ditions for those in Bethlehem’s but Nohi’s experience tells her
evening that will feature a per- time said to me, ‘Why are you sulate until its closure. Senior Catholic Housing. it’s all about networking.
formance by vocal recording debating this? You do consulting
artist and six-time Grammy work, but that’s raising money Sideman is now the consul “We’veexpandedintheabsence “At the end of the day, it all
nominee Neshama Carlebach. for everybody else’s passions. general to the mid-Atlantic of a consulate in Philadelphia,” boils down to relationships,”
Israel and education are your region, while Strohmeier is the Nohi said. “We work up to North she said. “I am excited to learn
“She’s a voice from heaven,” passions.’ “And I said, ‘Oh, my Israeli embassy’s official spokes- Jersey and across to State College about all the innovation that
AFKMC National Director God, I hope that job’s still open.’” person to the United States in and Pittsburgh and up to the exists. It’s fascinating. The
Lou Balcher said of Carlebach. Washington, D.C. Nohi’s the Lehigh Valley.” good news is ... I don’t need to
“She has such a spiritual voice Israel was, indeed, Richman’s only one of the three in the know too much. I just need to
that it raises people to new passion. She first traveled there same job — though the job But Nohi isn’t complaining know enough to connect the
heights from the beauty and in 1987, dragging a reluctant has changed considerably. It’s about the increased responsi- right people and companies.” l
soul of her music.” sister who ended up falling in grown in scope since the closure bility. On the contrary.
love with it so much that she of the Philadelphia consulate — [email protected];
Proceeds will go toward later moved there herself. to the point where some, like “All this innovation is tikkun 215-832-0737
completion of a new pediatric Balcher, have taken to calling
oncology unit and a high-tech “That trip changed our lives. Nohi “the de facto or unofficial
cardiac center at Kaplan Medical I knew I wanted to go to work consul general of Philadelphia.”
Center in Rehovot, Israel. for Israel after that in some
capacity, but I didn’t know how,” Meantime, Ambassador
Balcher feels recognition for she said. The job itself wasn’t Dani Dayan, the consul gen-
Nohi and Richman is overdue. always easy. “I held all of the eral at the Israeli Consulate in
roles you could possibly have New York calls Nohi “Israel’s
“Vered has such a critical in development, because some- ambassador to Pennsylvania.”
role in the Philadelphia Jewish times it was a two-person office,
Vered’s main charge is fos-
tering economic connections

Tribe 12 Ups Programming, Adds Podcast

LOCAL shifted to hosting smaller events other events usually garner just ones all the time,” Weisman Courtesy of Ross Weisman
ERIC SCHUCHT | JE STAFF with increased frequency. 10 to 15 people, but allow for said. “Even though I love run-
what he described as a more ning these big events and saying See Tribe12, Page 21
TRIBE 12, A NONPROFIT Those new events include a intimate, one-on-one experi- hi to a bunch of people, it’s a
geared toward Jewish pro- board game night and a wom- ence. They engage people who lot more warm and friendly-
fessionals in their 20s and en’s mahjong group, along are discouraged by large crowds feeling sometimes to just have
30s throughout Greater with LGBTQ programing or aren’t interested in a night 10 people in a room.”
Philadelphia, is known for and additional professional out drinking.
its happy hours and large get- development. Weisman said the organi-
togethers, but over the past few “It’s a general trend of zation is open to ideas and
months the organization has It’s something Ross Weisman, trying to have more intimate feedback for potential events
Tribe 12’s engagement associ- and small experiences rather and aims to adapt to the needs
ate, said he hopes will attract a than overwhelmingly large of the community. Ideas include
different kind of crowd. These



Panelists Discuss Being Trans and Jewish

LOCAL family whose fifth child comes going to screw up your kid.” whether she should have secu- Koach Baruch Frazier, an
SELAH MAYA ZIGHELBOIM | JE STAFF out as transgender. The book Much of Frankel’s talk rity go with her on book tour. audiologist and student at the
is based on Frankel’s real-life But those fears did not man- Reconstructionist Rabbinical
“HOW DO I KNOW?” Moriah experience as the mother of a focused on the reaction she ifest. When she walked into College; and Jessica Tayler,
Levin said on Nov. 19 during a transgender daughter. received, both to her book and book stores and other venues mother of a transgender child
panel about being transgender to a column she wrote about her throughout the country to talk and an LGBTQ advocate.
in the Jewish community. “It’s “The conversation that we daughter for the Times’ “Modern about her book, attendees were
because I felt a certain way are having on a national level Love” column. When the lat- supportive. They covered a range of
from a very, very young age, about LGBTQ issues, but par- ter was published, her email topics, including how their Jewish
and I kept waiting to grow out ticularly about trans kids, has inbox was flooded with hate, After Frankel’s talk, she communities have responded to
of it. I kept thinking it would been full of lies. ... It has also even death threats to her and and the other three panelists their trans identities.
change, and it didn’t.” been fear-mongering,” Frankel her daughter. Some of the emails stepped onto the platform.
said. “It is intended to drive carried anti-Semitic messages. The others included Levin, Levin and Frazier, for example,
Levin was one of the pan- votes and turn out voters, and it who is involved in the LGBTQ recalled positive experiences.
elists at “Transgender and has been dishonest, so I wanted The hate was so great that Orthodox organization Eshel;
Jewish: Conversations for a to have a conversation about it. there was a discussion about See Trans, Page 21
Changing Community.” The I did not so much want to say,
‘I will set the record straight,’ NAME: AMERICAN FRIENDS OF KAPLAN MED.; WIDTH: 5.5 IN; DEPTH:

From left: Laurie Frankel, Jessica Tayler, Koach Baruch Frazier and
Moriah Levin discuss being transgender in the Jewish community.

Photo by Selah Maya Zighelboim

The conversation that we are having on a
national level about LGBTQ issues, but
particularly about trans kids, has been full of lies.”


event featured four speakers and I did not want to say, ‘I’m
— two transgender adults and going to educate you and tell
two mothers of transgender you everything you need to
children — who shared their know.’ That was not at all my
personal stories and discussed goal going in” to write the book.
how the Jewish community has Her goal was summed up in
been supportive and where it the title of the novel.
has been lacking. It took place “Always, you are parenting
at the Barbara and Harvey this young person, and that per-
Brodsky Enrichment Center of son shows up and says to you
Jewish Family and Children’s this thing that you never saw
Service in Bala Cynwyd. coming and certainly weren’t
It began with an address planning for and then you have Critical donations for Israel are needed
by keynote speaker Laurie to figure out what to do next,” please donate at the event or on-line
Frankel, a New York Times Frankel said. “Bad news: You
bestselling author who lives in have no idea what that is, and it’s CO-SPONSORED BY THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF JEWISH PHILADELPHIA
Is How It Always Is,” is about a correctly or otherwise you’re



Young Jewish Conservatives Chapter Launches

LOCAL how to protect themselves and a gun range, where different Dovrat Hadad and Richard Schmidt practice shooting in a Shot Tec
SELAH MAYA ZIGHELBOIM | JE STAFF how to protect others,” he said. people slid into view. In the
“It’s an incredible feeling for last scenario, in order to win, firearm simulation. Photo by Selah Maya Zighelboim
WHAT DOES IT MEAN to be me, an incredible mitzvah.” participants needed to shoot
young, Jewish and conservative? the people holding guns while recently moved from Cherry registered Democrats, according
Attendees participated in two avoiding the people holding Hill, suggested that they start to the Pennsylvania Department of
That’s the question Grant activities during the kickoff event. harmless things like food. up a local chapter of Young State, compared to the 118,000 or
Schmidt wants to answer with Jewish Conservatives. so who are registered Republicans.
the new Philadelphia chapter of In one room, two veterans, The point of these events is to
the Young Jewish Conservatives, Perry “Johnny” Levine and share ideals and values, Schmidt “The reason I don’t follow “A lot of young, conserva-
a national organization that Constance C. Cotton, gave a said, so despite its name, the a left-leaning or liberal view tive Jews believe they’re alone,”
aims “to empower politically presentation. Levine, who group is open to everyone. of things is that I don’t believe Gittler said. “No one else who
conservative young Jews, pro- served in the Navy during the government of big institutions is Jewish, who’s young, feels
viding them with the tools to ‘60s, spoke about the history of “A lot of the time, it’s not can solve most problems,” the same way as them, that
defend their values and advocate Jewish veterans and the work of (about) policy positions,” founder Gittler said. “It needs they’re social outcasts if they
for conservative causes,” accord- Jewish War Veterans. Schmidt Schmidt said. “It’s not, are you to be us helping each other.” verbalize. That’s the problem.
ing to their Facebook page. said the group wanted to focus pro-Trump or anti-Trump or My friends told me, ‘I don’t
on veterans because of the kick- anything like that. It’s a value. According to the American want any pictures. I’m coming
Each local event will have off’s proximity to Veterans Day. It’s speaking to a specific value, Jewish Population Project to this event because I’d be a
intellectual, emotional and whether it’s charitable work, released by Brandeis University’s pariah among my coworkers.’
physical components, said Schmidt led the other activ- whether it be freedom of religion, Steinhardt Social Research That’s a problem. My goal with
Schmidt, who helped start the ity in a second room. He is the freedom of expression, taking Institute earlier this year, 42.2% this event, as least initially, it
local chapter. Each will also give founder of the firearm simulation care of the family, the family of American Jews are liberal. to show that there are other
a featured person the opportu- technology company Shot Tec unit, that kind of thing. It’s dif- That’s twice the 20.4% of conser- people who feel the same way
nity to answer the question LLC, and attendees had the oppor- ferent for everybody. That’s why vative American Jews. as you who are young Jews.” l
of what it means to be young, tunity to try out the simulation. we want it to be a place of expres-
Jewish and conservative. sion and hearing new ideas and Within Philadelphia city [email protected];
First, Schmidt taught thinking through things and limits, conservatives might espe- 215-832-0729
Schmidt was the first featured attendees the rules of firearm talking through things. cially feel outnumbered. More
person at the local chapter’s safety. Then, they used replica than 815,000 Philadelphians are
kickoff event, which took place guns to “shoot” at different “It’s going to be weird to say it’s
on Nov. 17 at the Philadelphia projections on a screen, in a a safe space, but that’s the idea.”
Ethical Society in Rittenhouse similar way to a Wii. These
Square. Schmidt said his con- projections could be of stan- Young Jewish conservatives
servatism comes from his beliefs dard targets, like at a firing often feel alone in the com-
in the sanctity of life and the range. They could also be of munity. So Schmidt and some
defense of life, beliefs he said scenarios, either fictional ones others decided they wanted
have roots in the Torah. — like shooting at zombies or to have a meetup where con-
a rogue drone in a lab — or servatives could discuss their
“I view it as a very Jewish ones with real-life applications political ideas and not worry
thing to be a protector of others, — like taking down a school about offending or upsetting
and to be able to teach others shooter. There was also one anyone. Effy Gittler, a mod-
projection that took place in ern Orthodox nurse who had

Students Increasingly Attend College in Israel

LOCAL it is considerably less expen- for Jewish Americans attending Amir Goldman, wearing a green During his service, his
ERIC SCHUCHT | JE STAFF sive. A few days later, an op-ed higher education in Israel. hat, during a hike trip at Makhtesh parents moved to Israel.
in Tablet Magazine supported Ramon in Israel in the 1990s Once the military service was
MELANIE BIRGER-BRAY attending university in Israel, “Instead of going to die on completed, Zimbalist enrolled
wanted to study the Middle calling it “the next Birthright” student loans in the United Courtesy of Amir Goldman at the IDC Herzliya’s Raphael
East, so she thought, What and also citing cost. States, come do a degree in Recanati International School,
better place to learn than in the Israel,” Lifshitz said. where he is now in his second
region itself? On average, annual undergrad year. He studies business and
tuition in Israel was about $3,000 Cost was a factor for Aleck economics with students from
She’s one of a growing in 2017-’18, according to a report Zimbalist when he selected across the globe.
number of Jewish Americans by the Organisation for Economic his school, but it wasn’t the
who have sought higher Co-Operation and Development. only one. After graduating The fact that classes were
education in Israel. In the U.S., it was $8,800. high school, the Lower Merion taught in English was a draw
native took a gap year to visit for Zimbalist, along with its
Last month, an op-ed in The Shlomo Lifshitz, the founder Israel. Instead of returning to cost compared to U.S. schools.
Times of Israel compared col- and CEO of Lirom Global the U.S. and attending New
lege tuition in the United States Education — a company that York University, he stayed and “I see Israel as a place I’d like
to countries like Israel, where supports international students enlisted as a lone soldier in the
studying in Israel — is an advocate Israel Defense Forces. See College, Page 29



JRA Fundraiser Focused on Mensch-Making


INTERESTED IN RAISING Students pack boxes with food. Courtesy of JRA This year’s End Hunger Event celebrates young people who’ve
a mensch? e Jewish Relief “grown-up JRA.”
Agency has just the recipe.
It’s also an opportunity to ghting hunger by drinking activities. Some of the videos who regularly receive food
Here’s a hint: Mom was highlight the work that the enough water so that eventu- will o er late-night-show-style boxes from JRA will be told,
onto something with that JRA does to provide assistance ally his stomach would feel full. levity, then Roth-Saks will their experiences interacting
sharing-is-caring thing. to their peers whose access “Before I came to JRA, I take to the dais to give what with JRA’s young volunteers
to food cannot be taken for was working with students amounts to JRA’s annual state shared.
JRA is holding its annual granted. who were facing similar issues, of the union address. She’ll
Event to End Hunger on Dec. “ is year, we’re highlight- and we were feeding hundreds speak about the families JRA is e ultimate goal of JRA is
3 at the Crystal Tea Room, and ing our family-friendly food of students per year through serving, how they’re doing and to, one day, not have an annual
this year’s theme is “Recipe for initiative, which is a supple- that program,” says Roth- what the state is, generally, of gala, for there to be no need for
Raising a Mensch.” e event mental bag of food we give to Saks, who came to the JRA hunger in Philadelphia. an Event to End Hunger.
will underscore the devel- families with children under from West Chester University, “And, of course,” Roth-Saks
opmental bene ts that have the age of 16,” Roth-Saks said. where she was a co-founder added, “I’ll be talking about “ e goal is to put ourselves
been found to accrue to chil- “Most of the kids we serve of e Resource Pantry there. what more can be done to build as an agency out of business,
dren given early exposure to are on SNAP (the USDA’s “It’s incredibly important that Jewish community around right?” Roth-Saks said. “But
acts of giving, sharing and Supplemental Nutrition a light is being shone on that public service.” for now, our goal is to lower
volunteering. Assistance Program), but particular issue.” One particular highlight the number of food insecure
it’s always good for them to Several speakers and videos will be the recipient videos. individuals in Philadelphia.” ●
Because JRA serves more have additional items to pack will puncMtAuKI-aStAeN-Atdhv.pedf e1v1e0n/3i0n/20g1’9s 6:11:48ePMstories of two individuals
than 6,000 diverse low-income [email protected];
individuals, including more 215-832-0737
than 600 children under 17,
it nds itself situated as the for lunch or snacks for a er
ideal organization to introduce school.”
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community has long cher- among adolescents has been ONE; AD NUMBER: 00087553
ished, like empathy, generosity a focus in schools and in the
and community participation. media of late, especially in the
case of high school athletes,
“ at’s why, in concert with who o en don’t have the fuC el
this year’s Recipe for Raising a their bodies need to perform at
Mensch theme, we’re highlight- a high level. M
ing our Tiny Tots program,”
said JRA Executive Director A recent PhiladelphY ia
Jodi Roth-Saks. “Even the Inquirer report found thCMat
youngest of kids in our com- “Food insecurity has causMYed
munity can learn attributes high school athletes in the
like gratitude, compassion Philadelphia area to coCYpe
and the importance of volun- with hunger in drastic, o enCMY
teerism by coming to JRA one unhealthy ways for generK a-
Sunday a month to pack boxes tions.” One former student
alongside their parents. And a mentioned in that report,
lot of our younger families in Simon Gratz graduate Nydair
our community are very much Rouse, who now plays foot-
interested in teaching these ball for the NFL’s Green Bay
values to their kids and doing Packers, recounted a story of
some public service together
as a unit.”

Given the work the younger
members of the JRA commu-
nity have put in, one aim of this
year’s event is to acknowledge
the budding philanthropists,
particularly those who’ve vol-
unteered time and energy with
their families since they were
kids — those who, in JRA par-
lance, have “grown up JRA.”




Panel Says Controversial Tennessee a bad message, JTA reported. deeply awed, ordinary people whose prejudices are,
Judge Not Anti-Semitic “ e Nazis’ crimes are being trivialized here,” ultimately, laughable,” the ADL said in a statement.
SHELBY COUNTY, TENNESSEE, Criminal Court “As a celebrity and public gure, he’s not shied away
Judge Jim Lammey, who used his social media to link German government’s anti-Semitism commissioner from taking on tough subjects o -screen, having
to an article calling for Jews to “get the f--- over the Felix Klein said. “ ey’re acting as if they’re trading recently spoken out about the failure of social media
Holocaust,” was cleared by the Tennessee Board of in perfectly normal historical art objects,” noting companies to adequately address the rampant racism,
Judicial Conduct of being anti-Semitic, although he that “there is a danger that Nazi relics become cult anti-Semitism and hate on their platforms.”
did not get o entirely scot-free, JTA reported. objects.”
Cohen, who delivered a keynote address, most
“A er a complete and thorough investigation and European Jewish Association Chairman Rabbi recently portrayed the late Israeli spy Eli Cohen in a
under the limited and speci c facts of this case, the Menachem Margolin asked Hermann Historica Net ix series.
Board acknowledges that there is no proof that you auction house to cancel the sale. He said it would
made any statements that were anti-Semitic, racist, “send a message that some things, particularly when Salary Data Collected on Employees at
or anti-immigration,” the board wrote. “However, so metaphorically blood soaked, should not and must Jewish Nonprofits
during the investigation it appears that some of your not be traded.” A Google spreadsheet is being disseminated to
Facebook posts were partisan in nature, which is a employees at Jewish nonpro ts nationwide to help
clear violation of the Code of Judicial Conduct.” Along with the top hat, a silver-plated copy of inform workers — especially women — about their
“Mein Kampf” that once belonged to senior Nazi peers’ salaries, Forward reported.
e board is requiring Lammey to complete an Hermann Goering sold for $145,000 and Eva Braun’s
educational program that addresses ethical issues and cocktail dress went for $5,000. “If you don’t know what people are making, you
social media use. e board said Lammey has agreed ADL Honors Sacha Baron Cohen don’t know what to ask for,” said Rabbi Rebecca Sirbu,
to not post on social media or say anything that could co-founder of the Gender Equity In Hiring Project.
be perceived as biased or prejudiced. e Anti-Defamation League honored Sacha Baron “We’re at a time, both in our country and within the
Cohen on Nov. 21 with its International Leadership Jewish community, where we’re waking up to the
Hitler’s Top Hat Fetches $55K Award for his “vision, imagination and creativity,” persistent challenges of inequalities and, in our case,
A top hat belonging to Adolf Hitler sold for more JTA reported. particularly gender inequality in the workforce.”
than $55,000 at a Nov. 20-21 auction of Nazi
memorabilia that drew complaints that the sales sent “Baron Cohen has used humor and satire to e spreadsheet collected 210 entries, mostly from
expose people’s inherent biases by depicting racists, women, within 12 hours. ●
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Public Transportation Now Available on out equipment; and the movement of forces through A Jewish student at the Canadian university
Shabbat in Tel Aviv the region,” the army said. requested that the Graduate Student Union support
TEL AVIV WILL BEGIN OFFERING public the Kosher Forward Campaign, but an external
transportation on Shabbat, JTA reported. The two-day exercise, which was designed to test commissioner of the union said that since Hillel is
the military’s readiness for a sudden outbreak of “pro-Israel,” support of the motion would go against
The city’s public transportation began running on war began in the Jezreel Valley and Upper Galilee in the “will of the membership.”
Friday night and all day Saturday as of Nov. 22. northern Israel. It was designed to specifically check
for readiness against the Iran-backed Hezbollah The union later issued an apology for “unintention-
Called “We move on weekends,” there will be six terror group and other Iranian proxies. ally caus(ing) harm toward the Jewish community.”
routes, along with transportation to neighboring areas Israeli Cop Indicted for Shooting Palestinian
such as Ramat Hasharon, Givatayim and Kiryat Ono. Israeli officials have said that Iran appears to be An Israeli Border Police officer was charged with
The routes will attempt to avoid religious neighborhoods. taking an increasingly aggressive approach in the assault and reckless use of a firearm for allegedly
Middle East. shooting a Palestinian man in the back with a
“The ability to move from place to place through- sponge-tipped bullet, JTA reported.
out the week is a fundamental right,” Tel Aviv Mayor University Leaders Critical of University of
Ron Huldai said. Toronto Graduate Student Union The Palestinian was shot in May 2018 while
Leaders of Israel’s seven universities aren’t happy that walking away from the unnamed policewoman at a
To the north of Tel Aviv, Ramat Hasharon began a the University of Toronto’s Graduate Student Union West Bank checkpoint.
pilot Shabbat transportation program earlier this year equated a kosher food program with support for
and other cities are planning to do likewise. Israel, JTA reported. The Justice Ministry’s Police Internal Investigation
Department said the officer shot the man “just for the
Tel Aviv will pick up $2.6 million of the $3.6 “Just when we thought that we’d seen it all regard- fun of it.” She also was charged with obstruction of
million operating costs for the program’s first year. ing the ascent of anti-Semitism masquerading as justice, as were two other officers.
anti-Zionism on campus, the Graduate Student Union
IDF Holds Surprise Drills in Northern Israel at the University of Toronto took this theater of the Another police officer reportedly filmed the
The Israel Defense Forces held a surprise military exercise absurd to new heights by characterizing kosher food as incident on a cell phone.
in northern Israel that involved thousands of conscripted ‘pro-Israel,’” Ron Robin, chairman of the Committee
soldiers as well as reservists, The Times of Israel reported. of University Heads of Israel and president of the The policewoman was serving mandatory
University of Haifa, said in a statement. military service and was later transferred from the
“The troops simulated the rapid turnover from Border Police. l
everyday to emergency, from defense to attack; the
processes of gathering troops and weapons; taking

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The view of the wall signs from the street Photo via Google Street View

Signs a long and potentially costly maximum area of freestanding was preempted by a civilian a bit hurt,” she said. “Why
appeals process during which it signage allowed for non-res- complaint. Lurie and the con- would anyone want to do us
Continued from Page 1 will submit a request for a zon- idential use is 15 square feet; gregation don’t know who any kind of harm or mischief?”
ing variance for the signs. e they synagogue signage mea- made the complaint, but they
of the old congregations in fee to le the request, submitted sures 134 square feet. e blue are troubled by it. Lurie agreed. While he’s heard
smaller text. on Sept. 26, was $300. freestanding sign is 8 feet, 7 grumbles in the past that there
inches, which is 19 inches taller Linda Korsin has been were community members who
But that may soon change. “It’s really upsetting,” said than maximum allowable a member of the synagogue did not like the sign, the com-
Congregants of Shaare Jacques Lurie, the synagogue’s height for a freestanding sign. since 1979, and has lived in the plaint still came as a surprise.
Shamayim received in June executive director. And nally, the freestanding neighborhood for a few years
a notice of several violations signs are required to sit 35 feet longer than that. e signs pre- e next step for Shaare
related to the signs from Lurie isn’t sure why the signs back from the street; they are date both her membership and Shamayim will be a hearing
the City of Philadelphia’s have become a problem a er just 5 feet back. her residence. before the Greater Bustleton
Department of Licenses and decades of unchanging size Civic League on Dec. 18, when
Inspections. L&I completed an or location. While he stresses e fact that the violations “ ey seem like they’ve it will plead its case. e Civic
inspection of the synagogue’s that he and the congregation have come now, a er many been there forever,” she said. League can either give or with-
signage and found them all understand that there are rules years, is confusing to Lurie hold its stamp of approval
to be in violation of the city’s to be followed that the orig- and the congregation. So, too, Shaare Shamayim, she said, before it heads back to the city’s
zoning laws. inal sign-erectors may have is another factor: the eye-test is well integrated into the zoning board, where the con-
“If the subject sign is not ignored, the fact that it became precedent set by local churches. larger Bustleton community: gregation will make its case on
removed or a permit for the an issue in 2019 is vexing. Its Cook for a Friend program Jan. 29, 2020.
subject sign is not obtained, the “If you look at compara- is popular, it hosts a candidates
Department can institute action “To us, it’s a little ba ing,” ble religious institutions in the forum that’s open to the public Until then, the congregants
against you in court to gain he said. neighborhood, the sign seems and it maintains friendly rela- will wait — and wonder.
compliance,” the letter read. to be within reason,” he said. tions with the police. Overall,
On Sept. 4, the city refused ere are four distinct viola- Korsin said, the synagogue “We’d like to keep our sign
the congregation’s initial request tions relating to the freestanding Another factor in the con- seems to be a “stabilizing force” that’s been there for 30 or 40
to keep the signs as they are, so sign and the two wall signs. gregation’s distress is that, in in the community. at makes years,” Lurie said. “It’s really a
now the synagogue has begun communicating with L&I, the idea of a complaint even very basic and simple request.” ●
e maximum area of walls Lurie was made aware that the more unnerving.
signs for residential use is 15 investigation into the signage [email protected];
feet; Shaare Shamayim uses “People are actually feeling 215-832-0740
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mean for themselves, their believe that we’re there,” he that we have to deal with that to tuck her Magen David into
families and Jews in America. said. “I don’t think that we’re in this country,” he said. her clothing, even for a short showed a man yelling at two
anywhere close to there.” walk to school. “I feel like we’ve visibly Jewish people on the
In the recent Monsey case, Though Gross does not have gone back to that,” she said. Tube, in London. The Jewish
the police ruled out the possi- He’s been especially heart- a long beard or wear a black hat, people were then defended by
bility that the attack was a hate ened to see security taken he wouldn’t be uncomfortable But Epstein also pointed to a visibly Muslim woman, who
crime as they continue to pur- more seriously by Jewish walking down the street in his the brighter side of the situation: confronted the man who was
sue the assailant. But the fact organizations over the last Lower Merion neighborhood if how others react when they see harassing them. l
that so many worried that it was year, as has Rabbi Yonah he did, he said. In the mean- such injustice. She pointed to
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Netanyahu’s Next Move

AS WE GO TO PRESS, four elections this year. After each Netanyahu as their continuing formation of a government and been brought against him — it
days after Israel’s attorney gen- election, first Netanyahu and leader. No one budged. provide time for Netanyahu to is both unseemly and largely
eral indicted Prime Minister then Gantz tried to form a gov- work through his defense — or unworkable for Netanyahu
Benjamin Netanyahu for cor- ernment, but failed. And until Shortly after the indict- for the negotiation of some other to stay in active control of
ruption, Netanyahu remains Netanyahu’s indictment, the ment, however, and perhaps alternative remedy. While we the complex and demanding
defiant, calling the charges prospect of a third election did in recognition that even recognize that there is no Israeli responsibilities of government
of bribery, fraud and breach not appear likely to produce a with Netanyahu’s problems law that requires a prime min- when he will be so heavily dis-
of trust an “attempted coup.“ different result. Things may be a third election might only ister under indictment to step tracted by work on his defenses
And now, Israel’s longest-serv- different now. lead to the same inconclu- down (although Prime Minister to the three sets of charges.
ing leader is searching for a sive results as the first two, Ehud Olmert did just that in
solution to sustain his own Throughout the unsuccess- Gantz on Saturday proposed a 2008), Israelis appear to be get- In a divided and stalemated
political survival. ful coalition discussions this unity government that would ting restive. A poll by Israel’s Israel, with less than two weeks
fall, many Israelis (including include Netanyahu. Under his Channel 13 found that 56% of left before a third election is
The Netanyahu indictment President Reuven Rivlin) called new approach, Gantz would Israelis believe that Netanyahu required by law, Netanyahu is
came one day after Benny for the formation of a national lead the government for two cannot continue to govern after standing in the way of a unity
Gantz, leader of the centrist Blue unity government. Gantz years and Netanyahu would being indicted. government, of a refreshed
and White party, announced said he was open to the idea, lead the government in the fol- Likud and of new energy and
that he was not able to form but insisted that Netanyahu, lowing two years — provided Although no one questions ideas in the Israeli body politic.
a governing coalition — con- tainted by the corruption inves- that Netanyahu is acquitted of Netanyahu’s right to defend As deeply committed support-
tinuing the stalemate following tigations, had to go. Likud and corruption charges. himself — and we express no ers of the state of Israel, we
Israel’s elections in September, its right-wing partners rejected opinion on the merit of the hope the Jewish state finds the
the second inconclusive that approach and backed That suggestion would break criminal charges that have way forward. l
the impasse, allow for the

Protecting Women Should Be the Priority

BY RABBI RICHARD HIRSH asks that Sarah say she is his accused of lying; the vulnerabil- for women. Why then don’t found willing to harass, abuse
sister, not his wife. Many years ity that the husbands create for all senators agree to support and injure women. Restricting
WHEN THE JEWISH world later, in Gerar, Abraham again their wives seems to be of little the companion bill to the those convicted from access
cycles back to our founding says of Sarah “she is my sister,” or no account. Put differently, bipartisan VAWA? What are to guns is an important step
generations, we find in the allowing King Abimelech to traditional commentators, the concerns to which the toward tightening VAWA’s pro-
Torah behavior by the patri- procure her as his consort. And while noting behavior that risk to women is acceptably tections for women.
archs that is awkward as well a generation later, when Isaac exposes women to potential subordinated?
as disturbing. Three times the and Rebecca also find them- abuse, find a presumably more But rather than focus on
Torah presents a story about selves in Gerar, Isaac tells “the important concern to which While there are a num- protecting women (and chil-
a husband and wife traveling men of the place” that Rebecca the risk to women is acceptably ber of expanded protections dren) from domestic violence,
as strangers through an alien is his sister. subordinated. We must think in the 2019 VAWA, a primary some opponents of VAWA have
culture. Each story involves the differently — understanding source of opposition is the seized on the “boyfriend loop-
husband passing off his wife as Each of these biblical sto- women’s need for protection issue of guns. The Bipartisan hole,” diverting the discussion
his sister, to avoid harm com- ries includes an intervention from abuse as a human right, Violence Against Women from how best to ensure the
ing to him — with no apparent that avoids an illicit consum- and making sure our laws Reauthorization Act closes the safety of women at risk to a
concern for the potential harm mation. But the behavior of reflect that understanding. “boyfriend loophole,” mean- focus on how to ensure that
that could come to the wife. Abraham and of Isaac remains ing that those already found anyone, even a convicted
troubling even for traditional An example of how pro- guilty of dating violence and/ abuser, should have the right
In Egypt, Abraham fears Jewish commentators, who tection of women may still be or stalking would be prohib- to own a gun. The Bipartisan
that the Pharaoh will kill him felt compelled to offer an considered a secondary concern ited from owning or possessing Violence Against Women
in order to possess Sarah. To explanation. Some imagine a is the current resistance in the firearms. Reauthorization Act risks being
secure his safety, Abraham convoluted lineage in which Senate to take action on the held hostage by those for whom
Sarah technically emerges Bipartisan Violence Against In the United States, an an unrestricted right to own
as some distant “half-sister” Women Reauthorization Act average of 52 women a month guns will always be the gov-
of Abraham. Others imagine (VAWA) which passed the are victims of gun violence erning concern — even when
Abraham stalling for time, House of Representatives in perpetrated by an intimate it leaves their mothers, sisters,
until the famine that has April as HR 1585. partner. And the majority daughters and granddaughters
brought them to Egypt is ended of women killed in acts of exposed to an increased risk of
and they can escape — count- The original 1994 Bipartisan domestic violence are killed by violence and of death.
ing on God’s intervention to VAWA has previously been guns. What VAWA seeks to
protect Sarah in the interim. reauthorized three times, in do is to keep guns out of the The biblical patriarchs were
2000, 2005 and 2013, each hands of perpetrators and to similarly more concerned about
Such interpretations pro- time with improvements that remove access to guns from
tect the patriarchs from being offered additional protections those whom the courts have See Hirsh, Page 16



A Long-Awaited Correction KVETCH ’N’ KVELL

BY DORE GOLD | JNS.ORG 2016. That resolution stated War. That set the stage for the Thanks From an Inmate
that the establishment by League of Nations in 1922 FIFTY-EIGHT YEARS AGO, as a young college student sitting
THE DEPARTMENT OF State Israel of settlements in “the explicitly supporting the “close in a Philadelphia shul on Yom Kippur, all I could think about was
under U.S. President Donald Palestinian territory” consti- settlement” of Jews in the ter- the final blowing of the shofar and running home to feast on the
Trump and U.S. Secretary of tutes a “flagrant violation of ritory of the British Mandate. delicacies my mother had made for break fast.
State Mike Pompeo has cor- international law.” The United Those historical rights of the
rected Middle East policy in an States would have normally Jewish people were preserved Fast forward to four young college students who could have
important way. vetoed a resolution employing by Article 80 of the U.N. spent Yom Kippur with their families, or be in Jerusalem (where
such harsh language. U.S. pol- Charter. one lives) or in the cosmopolitan city of Tel Aviv, but chose to
The past legal determina- icy appeared to be evolving. “leave their land, their relatives, and their father’s house” and like
tion that Israelis deciding to True, Jordan seized the our Father Abraham, to travel to a wilderness, where they spent
reside in the West Bank and But significant American West Bank as a result of the their Yom Kippur in a federal prison with Jewish inmates (“An
Gaza Strip (Israeli unilaterally voices took a very different first Arab-Israeli War that Unforgettable Yom Kippur — in Prison,” Nov. 7. This was the
left Gaza in 2005) are doing view. There was Eugene Rostow, ended in 1949. But while penultimate act of “teshuvah, tefillah and tzedakah.”
so in violation of international a former dean of Yale Law Jordan annexed the territory,
law has always been deeply School and Under Secretary of even the Arab states refused to Their spirit, their enthusiasm and their camaraderie gave to
flawed. It failed to recognize State who wrote that the set- recognize its sovereignty there. us inmates, who may have never had a visit, a vivification to our
that the case of Israeli settle- tlements were, in fact, legal. In other words, there was no Jewish community and gave us a hope to be inscribed in the
ment construction was unique Morris Abram, who was the recognized sovereign over the Book of Redemption for a life of freedom once again.
and was not what the draft- U.S. ambassador to the U.N. in West Bank prior to Israel’s
ers of international law had in Geneva, once explained that he entry into the area. A vacuum As an incarcerated Jewish inmate, we become our worse self-
mind when they first addressed had been one of the drafters of of sovereignty had been cre- critic and see ourself as a shanda. But those young men treated us
this question. The original the Fourth Geneva Convention. ated that had to be taken into with respect, reminding us we are still a part of the Jewish family.
basis for judging the settlement He wrote that its authors had in account when looking at the
question was the 1949 Fourth mind heinous crimes commit- legality of Israeli settlements. Thanks to the staff of the Jewish Exponent who for nearly a
Geneva Convention that was ted by Nazi Germany that were decade has kept me abreast of Jewish Philadelphia.
designed to protect occupied raised during the Nuremberg Finally, Israel reminded
populations. trials. These included forcible the international community Howard Shmuckler | LSCI Butner, North Carolina
evictions of Jewish populations that when it captured the
True, the legal adviser to for purposes of mass extermi- West Bank in 1967 it acted All Voices Welcome
President Jimmy Carter’s State nation in death camps in places in the framework of a war A few weeks ago, a letter appeared in the Kvetch ’n’ Kvell section
Department stated that Israeli like Poland, and it is utterly of self-defense. The Soviets by a woman making an appeal for professional singers to lead
settlements in the territories vile to even suggest that Israeli sought to brand Israel as the synagogue services rather than amateurs (Oct. 24). She believed
Israel captured in 1967 were settlements should be thought aggressor in the Six-Day War, that those who sing for the services should have trained voices.
“inconsistent with inter- of in this context. but their diplomats failed to
national law.” And former convince a majority of mem- I was a music major in college, and I sang and/or conducted
Secretary of State John Kerry Not surprisingly, President ber states in both the U.N. Conservative synagogue choirs professionally for more than 35
called them a violation of Ronald Reagan broke with the General Assembly and in the years. My husband and I have always belonged to “singing” con-
international law; in December Carter administration’s posi- U.N. Security Council back gregations. In 1986, we moved to Chicago and decided to join
2016, Samantha Power, his tion and viewed the settlements then. a Reform temple near where we were going to live. During our
representative to the United as legal. In this sense, the new first Rosh Hashanah, when we sang the prayers, several people
Nations, abstained when U.N. Trump policy on settlements The unique conditions of the were not pleased. They turned around and gave us scathing
Security Council Resolution represents a continuation of case of Israeli settlements influ- looks. Interesting to note that we never saw them during Shabbat
2334 was adopted in December a school of thought within enced the whole issue of how services — only on major holidays.
American foreign policy that they should be judged, but now
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with the formulation of a new Most people attend services to pray, not to be entertained. If
was reaffirming. American position their legality you are looking for a concert, you have many options to choose
is on the way to being finally from.
There were other factors accepted. l
that had made the West Bank Edina Lessack | Sanibel, Florida
unique in the formulation of Ambassador Dore Gold is the President
U.S. policy. It must be recalled of the Jerusalem Center for Public Get Active Against BDS
that the last sovereign over Affairs. He served as the Director- Thanks for publishing Sylvia Coopersmith’s op-ed (“What It’s
the territory of the West Bank General of the Ministry of Foreign Like to Oppose BDS on Campus,” Nov. 21). We need more of us
was the Ottoman Empire; it Affairs of Israel and as Israel’s ambas- protesting BDS. It also includes the Jewish Exponent plus the
renounced its legal rights to sador to the United Nations. This op-ed various organizations that say they pick up for the Jewish people.
the land after the First World first appeared in Israel Hayom. They should let us know what we can do to stop this from spread-
ing to education and entertainment institutions.
We cannot let the young students carry the ball. We the older
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As the Children of Survivors, the Rohingya Genocide
Reminds Us of the Holocaust

BY SUSAN LOWENBERG AND indefinitely host this many conveyed by her words. Few Buddhist country. Like many a future. Everywhere we saw
HOWARD UNGER people. A tipping point — for people spoke up for our fami- Westerners, we perceived people idling away the hours.
the Rohingya and Bangladesh lies in the 1930s and ’40s. That’s Buddhism’s adherents to be A few small, odd jobs may
SHE WAS 16 YEARS OLD — is coming. If their plight why we went to Burma and unwaveringly committed to arise to relieve some of the
and alone in a refugee camp is unaddressed, it will have Bangladesh today, and why nonviolence. Certainly many intense boredom, but there was
in a foreign country when we long-lasting consequences we feel such a deep respon- of them are. But the Holocaust nothing constructive for these
met her. Sobbing, she told us for the region and beyond — sibility to tell the Rohingya’s teaches us that all humans are people to do or strive toward.
how she hoped that her brother and for people like the girl we stories. We hope to help move susceptible to hatred and per-
might be somewhere in this met. Yet the Rohingya cannot the international community secution of “the other.” That is The Rohingya refugees
camp, “camp number 18.” She return home, at least not now, to action and do for them what one of its timeless lessons. would like nothing more than
had heard that he might be as doing so would be to face the wasn’t done for our families. to return to their homes and
alive — if so, he would be her risk of genocide yet again. We were shocked at the support themselves. But the
only surviving family member. The camps’ conditions are blatant official racism and reality is that absent a con-
Or maybe he was in another Although we visited the squalid, and physical deprava- nationalism that defines Burma’s certed international effort
of the many camps that have refugee camps as members of tions alone are more than enough government and especially its to resolve this crisis, the
been established in Bangladesh the U.S. Holocaust Memorial for concern. But it is the poten- military. At least some Burmese Rohingyas’ future is grim.
for the Rohingya, a Burmese Museum’s governing board, we tial long-term consequences of government immigration offices
Muslim minority who fled primarily viewed this unfor- this human catastrophe that post signs saying “Mother Earth The tragedy of the Rohingya
genocide in Burma. gettable experience through most concerned us. will not swallow another race is different from the genocide
our own identities as the chil- to extinction, but another race of the Jews. What is not dif-
We saw displacement on an dren of Holocaust survivors. The Rohingya have lived in will.” The Rohingya cannot for- ferent is the danger of inaction
unimaginable scale. An esti- It’s unlikely that young girl had Burma for generations, but for ever remain in Bangladesh. But and the responsibility to pro-
mated 800,000 Rohingya have ever heard of the Holocaust, decades, the government has how can they return home to mote our common humanity,
endured harrowing conditions and she almost certainly had treated them as second-class such sentiments? and for the victims, the sense
to reach a country that cannot never met the children of citizens or denied they were cit- of profound grief at the loss.
people who survived Nazi izens at all. Today, the Burmese Stranded in one country and As the children of Holocaust
Germany’s genocide. The government has shown it is unwanted in their home coun- survivors, we will do what is in
Holocaust happened in a dif- unwilling to restore full citi- try, they languish. Educational our power to ensure that their
ferent time, in a different place zenship to the Rohingya. They opportunities, including story does not end like those of
and to different people. are required to live in segre- English language courses, are our families. l
gated areas and denied access reasonably available to school-
But the Rohingya can all to education, health care and age children in the camps. But Susan Lowenberg is from San
too easily understand the sense the basic protections of the what good is an education if Francisco; Howard Unger is from
of abandonment our parents state. Anti-Rohingya activity there’s no chance of using it Chappaqua, New York. They
felt. Our parents wouldn’t have has waxed and waned, but the to build a livelihood? Indeed, both serve on the U.S. Holocaust
needed to speak her language persecution began accelerating one of the remarkable aspects Memorial Museum’s board. This
to instantly understand the in intensity two years ago. of life there is the absence of op-ed was originally published on
fear, desperation and loneliness what makes life worth living:
Burma is a predominantly

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Danielle BriefARTS want all of my customers to Sonia Gordon-Walinskyblessing bowls made by her Stein describes herself as making Judaica. Today she
ERIC SCHUCHT | JE STAFF be 100% satisfied with the end Rachel Marksmother and calligraphy prints a crafty person. So when she operates Joy Stember Metal
result, especially if it’s taking featuring handwritten bless- couldn’t find the right tallit Arts Studio in Abington, where
WHILE BLACK FRIDAY and something that’s so personal Jennifer Wankoffings or Torah portions.for her eldest daughter’s batshe crafts pewter works like
Cyber Monday may be the first and carries so much history Rachel Marks mitzvah, she made her own. menorahs, dreidels, mezuzahs
occasions that come to mind and their memories. I really [email protected] Heather Stein Soon requests came from and seder plates.
when planning holiday shop- care about honoring that.” Joy Stember others and eventually led to
ping, there’s another day wedged When Marks, of Mt. Airy, the launch of an Etsy shop in “It felt good to make
in between that’s of note. Brief lives in East Passyunk couldn’t find the right ketu- 2013, Handmade by Chana. Judaica, it was more of a pas-
Crossing and attends services bah for her wedding in 2009, When not looking after her sion,” Stember said. “All of the
Nov. 30 is Small Business at the South Philadelphia she decided to make her three kids in her Ambler resi- work I ended up making in my
Saturday, a day dedi- Shtiebel. She is a Drexel own. Now under the busi- dence or attending services at studio after I got home from
cated to supporting local University graduate and 2019 ness name Tallulah Ketubahs, Tiferet Bet Israel, Stein spends the trip was all Judaica, kind of
sellers throughout Greater Tribe 12 Fellow. she works as a professional her time sewing custom prayer subconsciously. And so I took
Philadelphia. Many artists and Sonia Gordon-Walinsky painter and calligrapher full shawls for women. that as a sign that this was what
crafters from the local Jewish [email protected] time. The Maryland Institute I was meant to do, and I quit
community sell their hand- College of Art graduate moved “I just absolutely love the my job as a picture framer and
made goods online on websites Gordon-Walinsky was to Philadelphia in 2013 and idea of wrapping women in dove head first into making a
like Etsy or even have their encouraged to pursue art at is a member of Germantown their own private prayer space,” body of work.”
own studios. a young age by her parents Jewish Centre. She specializes Stein said. “It’s a beautiful
— an art teacher and a pro- in ketubahs along with portrait thing to wear one. When I put Stember describes her work
Here’s a rundown of a few fessional pianist. But it wasn’t and landscape portraits. mine on, I feel protected from as timeless, with a contem-
of them. until after attending Albert A. the universe in that moment. porary style that is sleek and
Danielle Brief List College of Jewish Studies “I pride myself in offering It’s a peaceful thing to wear. I modern. Her goal is to make
[email protected] that she started pursing callig- the highest caliber of artwork connected to it in a way that heirlooms that will last for gen-
raphy. Using “The First Jewish that I can,” she said. “I am a when I made my daughter’s, I erations. Studio visits are by
Brief wanted to give some- Catalog: A Do-It-Yourself Kit” painter through and through, thought this is something I’d appointment only, as Stember
thing special to her twin sister as her first guide, the self-taught and so this business gives me an like to do, I could make more has her hands full with her
as a wedding present. So she artist has been commissioned opportunity to paint and create of these.” infant son.
took shattered glass from for weddings, anniversa- and draw every day. And I love Jennifer Wankoff
her wedding ceremony and ries, birthdays and bar or bat that I have found an avenue Stein described her artistic Website:
made a mosaic. The craft was mitzvahs. Much of her work where I can create meaningful style as feminine and romantic.
passed down to Brief from her consists of writing out Torah works of art for people.” She enjoys meeting custom- Wankoff ’s original plan
father. Recently, she started verse and name pasuks, hence ers, such as older women who after finishing school at
HamsaMade on Etsy, selling the name of her Etsy shop and For Chanukah gifts, she never had the chance to wear Muhlenberg College was to
mosaic wall art. A lot of her business, PasukArt. offers greeting cards, pet and a tallit before or one customer become an art therapist. But a
work involves taking broken house portraits along with cal- was a cancer patient and wore a trip to Israel in 1997 changed
plates or glass from custom- “Finding a verse that con- ligraphy workshops. tallit to chemotherapy. that. It was at Kfar HaNassi
ers and upcycling it into art. nects to someone’s name Heather Stein Joy Stember where she took several pottery
Previous commissions include would be a beautiful gift for [email protected] [email protected] classes that inspired her to pur-
Shabbat candlesticks, picture Chanukah,” Gordon-Walinsky com sue the craft.
frames and succulent planters. said, adding that her passion is Stember’s passion for met-
“bringing the words of Torah alworking was first forged “I love the freedom of mak-
“I love working with people and our literature to life and by her father, a fine jewelry ing anything out of a lump of
who have a specific vision in making it beautiful and acces- designer. But it wasn’t until clay. I like the aspect of design-
mind, who have that antique sible for people.” after a Birthright trip in 2010 ing new forms,” Wankoff said.
plate that shattered and they that the Tyler School of Art “It’s very inspiring to know you
were so upset and then I could Gordon-Walinsky lives in and Architecture at Temple can create something out of
bring that back in a new way Mt. Airy where she attends University graduate started nothing and it’s wonderful to
and a new life,” Brief said. “I Germantown Jewish Centre. help other people to be able to
Her wares include handmade do the same.”

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duces a variety of plates, cups, JESSE BERNSTEIN | JE STAFF What accessory should more
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Judy Wilson ducing you to the Chosen few fellowship. Along with her trend that you detest?
[email protected] who dress our city. ey might travels, she began to notice What person’s style do you
mix wool and linen, but they’ve how the earnest, passionate Asymmetrical dresses and tops. admire?
There are two hobbies got some strong opinions on young designers she met lacked
Wilson loves above all else: y mixing stripes with orals. In the tools or business know- What would you be doing if Tracee Ellis Ross.
this space, we’ll talk to design- how to start really designing you weren’t in fashion?
shing and pottery. She has ers, sellers, buyers, in uencers, and selling clothes; now, the What talent would you most
worked with clay since taking models and more. is week, we Philadelphia Fashion Incubator International diplomat. like to have?
her rst ceramics class in the spoke to Elissa Bloom. is a hot spot for young design-
1970s at Dickinson College. In ers in Philadelphia looking to What are you looking forward Tap dancing.
the 1990s, she took a break Elissa Bloom has been just get o the ground. to in 2020?
from making ceramics to focus about everywhere in the fash- What is your most de ning
on her business and raising her ion world. “It’s really about being Working with a new group characteristic?
two adoptive children. impactful and being able to of talented Philadelphia
She’s run her own brand, make a di erence in these designers who will be in the Resilience.
She returned to selling her Elissa Bloom New York, an designer’s businesses,” Bloom 2020 residency, and relaunch-
art in 2011 when she opened her accessories collection which said. us far, graduates have ing my accessories brand. What’s your favorite
shop on Etsy, Judy’s Ceramic featured purses, clutches, gone on to found well-known restaurant in Center City?
Studio. She sells handmade totes and other bags sold at brands like Milano di Rouge What’s the most likely result
Kiddush cups, Shabbat can- Nordstrom, Reebok and and Alice Alexander. Su ce for the 76ers this year? Rouge. ●
dlesticks along with secular Victoria’s Secret, and worked it to say, her mentorship has
bowls, mugs and plates. at established companies already paid dividends. Winning the playo s and [email protected];
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I work in clay, and that’s what Entrepreneurship Summit in
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making a line of Judaica a cou- been showered in all manner of content to leave in the past? 2:00pm-3:30pm
ple years ago a er I noticed awards. In 2019, she was nom-
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incredibly ugly. I like simple In 2018, Bloom was named a
designs, and a lot of it was Philadelphia Business Journal
ornate and overdone, the kind Woman of Distinction, and
of stu I would never want.” ● in 2017 she was nominated as
the Philadelphia Ambassador
[email protected]; of Women’s Entrepreneurship
215-832-0751 Day, a global event empower-
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Today, Bloom, 51, is
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obtuse, sometimes Donald patchy beard, is bashful about set for the season, which is Close, Tanaquil Márquez, Brett Robinson, Justin Jain and Dave Jadico
Trump becomes president. having attained what might be comforting. I get my health
perceived as a glitzier status. insurance through the union, Photo by Matt Silver
Comedians can’t rely on last so yeah ... I can never leave. I’m
year’s jokes or last week’s jokes “This year, I have the tech- here forever,” he said. “But, no, level of Trump fatigue among legend has it that the theater
or, in the case of the long- nical title of co-head writer,” he it’s good. I’ve been with these comedians). And that’s one of was built by a wealthy man
running musical comedy “This said as deferentially as possible. guys for 17 years, so I must like the reasons why, since he was for his mistress, an actress. He
Is The Week That Is,” even it here. ... At the end of the day, elected, we haven’t had anyone didn’t want her traveling to
yesterday’s jokes. Shotkin is Jewish (and we want to entertain people; it’s personify him on stage. In the perform, so he built her this
funny), but this humil- not brain surgery.” news (segment of the show), we theater. Her name was Maude,
That’s why the writers ity doesn’t present as the have lots of Trump jokes, but and she’s said to still haunt the
and performers in 1812 self-deprecating shtick of past Much to the chagrin of his we don’t have anyone a la Alec halls. The cast and crew keep
Productions’ annual political generations’ Jewish comedians. Jewish parents? Baldwin doing an impression ... a dressing room open for her,
news satire — imagine “The because of the Trump fatigue.” as though she were an irasci-
Daily Show” and “Weekend “Tom’s just a humble, “God bless them, they paid ble Elijah, who might one day
Update” meeting the suc- down-to-earth guy,” said Tyler to send me to Penn, and maybe All performances are held at arrive, not to herald the mes-
cessors to Monty Python Melchior, 1812’s marketing they thought, ‘Well, he’ll have the Plays and Players Theatre, an siah, but to prepare herself at
— present new material every and public relations director. a nice job after that’…. But old 300-seat theater bursting with her vanity for her close-up.
night, to keep pace with audi- “When we get into produc- they’ve been great,” Shotkin historic charm at 1714 Delancey
ence members’ news feeds. tion, he’s the unsung hero who said. “They’ve been totally sup- Place, near Rittenhouse Square. This year’s “This Is The
keeps the train on the tracks.” portive. My mom always says Built in 1911, Melchior informs Week That Is” opens Dec. 4
“The whole second act of ‘As long as you have food to eat that Plays and Players was the and runs through Jan. 5, with
the show is basically centered At rehearsal, “technical” and you’re happy.’” first theater in the country run previews beginning Nov. 29. l
around a news section; we have titles notwithstanding, chances entirely by women. It is also said
a head news writer who sends are you’ll find Shotkin where Shotkin assured he’s got to be haunted. [email protected];
us new stuff almost every day, he’s been most comfortable for plenty of both. 215-832-0737
based on what’s going on,” said the last 18 seasons — behind According to Melchior,
Tom Shotkin, the production the soundboard, maybe quietly “Since we do all comedy at
stage manager who’s worked on conferring with Director Dan 1812, each rehearsal process is
each of the 13 previous iterations O’Neil, giving the business different, but each one involves
of “This is The Week That Is.” of comedy the seriousness he a lot of laughs. It’s such a great
believes it’s due. atmosphere.”
“And, of course, now there’s
so much going on, and things “For the most part, I stay up Which isn’t to say comedy
change so fast.” in the booth and stage-man- isn’t hard. Sometimes it’s really
age,” said Shotkin, who, as hard. Like right now, Shotkin
Shotkin’s often contributed the production stage manager explained. When every come-
writing, and, “in the early days,” for all of 1812’s productions, dian is riffing on Trump
acting, to past productions. doesn’t have to worry about nightly, many to great hilarity
continually staking out his and effect, there’s bound to be
“Everyone in the cast writes next gig, a blessing of stabil- a Trump saturation point.
and anyone can contribute ity in the notoriously transient
— designers, production, any- world of professional theatre. “It’s pretty low-hanging
one,” he said. fruit sometimes to make fun of
“Unlike actors who are going Trump,” Shotkin said.
But, for Shotkin, this year’s from audition to audition, I
different; it’s the first time he’ll “It’s true (that there’s a
be officially listed as co-head
writer, in addition to produc-
tion stage manager, in the
playbill. A Connecticut native,
University of Pennsylvania
graduate and now-Ardmore
resident, Shotkin shares the
role with 1812’s artistic direc-
tor and the show’s creator,
Jennifer Childs.

Shotkin, a young-looking


Torah Portion

Struggling with Masculinity CANDLE LIGHTING

Nov. 29 4:19 p.m.
Dec. 6 4:17 p.m.
The Talmud teaches that if male identity was more be confused, depressed
BY RABBI GREGORY MARX they will never be equally great wrapped up with being like and rudderless. Some would say that the
at the same time: When one Essau or Jacob, diametrically It is too easy to externalize dysfunction we are witnessing
Parshat Toldot rises the other will fall. In other opposite visions of masculinity. the conflict between Jacob and is a new phenomenon, but the
MOST BIBLICAL commen- words, the one will prevail only Essau and to say that the battle is fact that it is mentioned in
tators interpret the conflict when the other is weak. Today, it seems that men between two nations. It is too fac- our Torah tells us otherwise.
between Jacob and Essau in struggle with what it means ile to say the conflict is between This conflict is as old as time
Parshat Toldot as the perennial But what if there are not to be a man. We hear phrases men’s and women’s rights. itself. The Torah favors Jacob
struggle between nations. two brothers, fighting each like “toxic masculinity.” We are Maybe the battle is in our over Essau. It celebrates the
other for dominance, but only attacked for our predatory nature. own heart. How do we deal mind over matter, the soul over
Israel then and now, has one person struggling to figure We are often asked, “Why can’t with hate, violence, envy, the stomach, forward thinking
always contended with the out his own identity? What if we be more sensitive and less greed, lust and indolence? over regression and peace over
larger surrounding nations. this story is really about not masculine?” We are inundated All of this is wrapped up in violence. Jacob, for sure, was
The standard interpretation is two disparate nations but two with media tales of sexual preda- the character that the rabbis far from perfect, but following
that though Israel is smaller, it aspects of our own personality? tion. I, for one, am embarrassed identify as Essau. And in the his internal confrontation, he
will militarily and politically from all of these stories of abuse, end, Jacob was forced to wrestle became whole.
prevail because of God’s help. Here we have a story of two sexual misconduct, coercion and with him one more time. The May we who struggle find
men. One is a homebody, the outright slavery. Torah tells us that Jacob stayed that peace and understanding
Thus, the well-remembered other is an outdoors man. One up all night and wrestled with a as well. l
wrestling match in Rebecca’s is connected emotionally more What are we to make of it all? “mysterious stranger.” Some say
womb in our Torah portion is to his mother, while the other A book came out recently enti- he battled himself. Others argue Rabbi Gregory Marx is the senior rabbi
seen as the never-ending conflict is more a reflection of the nat- tled, “The Trouble with Boys” that he wrestled with God. Still at Congregation Beth Or in Maple
between Israel and her neighbors. ural passions of his father. by Peg Tyre. She observes that others maintain that he strug- Glen. The Board of Rabbis of Greater
The text of Toldot is very clear: boys are left back in school at gled with his own conscience. Philadelphia is proud to provide the
“The Lord answered, “Two nations The text is very clear: “When twice the rate of girls. They are But maybe he was wrestling Torah commentary for the Jewish
are in your womb, two separate the boys grew up Essau became diagnosed with more learning with what it meant to be a man Exponent.
peoples shall issue from your a skillful hunter, a man of the difficulties and attention issues today. If he was wrestling with
body; One people shall be might- outdoors; but Jacob was a mild than girls. They get more Cs his brother, then the passivist
ier than the other, and the older man who stayed in the camp. and Ds and do less homework. was battling with the activist,
shall serve the younger … One Isaac favored Essau because It seems that boys are not fig- the homebody with the ruffian.
emerged red … the other emerged he had a taste for game; but uring it out for themselves any
holding on to the heel of Essau.” Rebecca favored Jacob.” Maybe more. Boys, and later men, can
this one person was not sure

Tribe12 a murder mystery night. and dissect children’s movies Trans felt uncomfortable being in the
“They’re way more my for comedy. Earlier this month, same class as their older son
Continued from Page 4 a live abbreviated version of Continued from Page 5 (her transgender child was not
speed,” Sullivan said of the “Just the Jew of Us” was con- yet in elementary school) or
hosting a creative writing work- intimate gatherings. ducted at the D.C. PodFest in When Levin told rabbis in her near their family.
shop, cooking classes and events Washington, D.C. Orthodox Center City commu-
specifically targeting people in In addition to expanding nity that she was going to come The event then moved on
their 30s. its programming, Tribe 12 has A new episode of the pod- out and publicly transition, they to a Q&A. One question was
gotten into the podcast game. cast is released every two were all supportive and asked about trans children and med-
Rory Michelle Sullivan, a weeks and can be found when she would switch sides of ical interventions.
singer-songwriter and 2018 “Just the Jew of Us” pre- online on Apple Podcasts the mechitza.
Tribe 12 Fellow, has enjoyed the miered in October with and Spotify. Future episodes Frankel emphasized that
smaller events. She moved to co-hosts Weisman and Elyssa include the history of Dov Behr Frazier said that his Reform there is no medical interven-
Philadelphia a little over a year Epstein discussing various Manischewitz and the “classic synagogue in Missouri, where tion for prepubescent children,
ago from Long Island, New Jewish topics and answering game of Jewish geography” and he lived at the time, worked such as the use of puberty
York. Sullivan has attended questions people might have. how it can exclude people who with him to create a mean- blockers to delay puberty.
Tribe 12’s happy hours, but aren’t Ashkenazi. ingful mikvah transition When it comes to young
also got the chance to go to “We’re both Jewish, we’re ceremony at the river. He said pubescent children, medical
a Tribe 12 wine and cheese both in our 20s and it’s just “I’m hoping the podcast can his transition was more diffi- intervention is noninvasive.
night. She said it was nice to us teaching each other about become a tool for Jews that cult for his work. Levin and Frazier both said it’s
chat and hang out with the 20 different aspects of Judaism,” are curious about their culture, a private decision, and Frazier
or so people her age. Weisman said. “The whole idea but also for non-Jews that have “When I changed my name said he wished he’d had the
of it is that we’re not experts, questions and want to get a legally, everybody thought I option.
Another recently estab- by any means; we’re going and CliffsNotes version,” Weisman got married,” Frazier said to
lished Tribe 12 event Sullivan diving into these topics out of said. laughs from the audience. “Trust me,” Levin said.
enjoys is the Shtetl Skills pro- curiosity.” “Trust trans people when we
gram, a series of workshops [email protected]; Tayler, on the other hand, say who we are.” l
created in the aftermath of the Weisman first got into pod- 215-832-0751 shared how their family’s ele-
Jewish Farm School closing. In casts during his junior year of mentary school principal in [email protected];
the future, she looks forward to college. His personal podcast, Tennessee called them into the 215-832-0729
“Kidflix with Ross Weisman,” office to tell them other families
has him and a friend review



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Community / calendar Cocktails for a Cause. NAME: BOGOT
This fundraiser will support a new BOOK; WIDTH: 1.75
MONDAY, DEC. 2 Israeli Pediatric Oncology Unit and IN; DEPTH: 3.62
honors American Friends of Kaplan IN; COLOR: BLACK
Film Screening. Medical Center’s “Women of Valor” PLUS ONE; AD
In the documentary “Unsettling,” filmmaker Iris Zaki award recipients: Linda Richman NUMBER: 00087617
visits Tekoa, an Israeli settlement in the West Bank, and Vered Nohi. The event features
and sets up a pop-up film studio with the aim to Neshama Carlebach, award-winning is mindfulness reader helps
interview Jewish settlers of various backgrounds. It Jewish singer, songwriter and Jew and Gentile alike to understand
will be screened at Lightbox Film Center at 7 p.m. educator, and celebrates the America-
3701 Chestnut St., Philadelphia. Israel relationship. 6 p.m. Temple Beth Jewish identity as both personal
Hillel–Beth El. 1001 Remington Road, and universal
THURSDAY, NOV. 28 Shabbat Evening Service. have little to no experience with the Wynnewood.
Shabbat evening service led by the Yiddish language and love cocktails. Available as paperback and eBook
Torah Study. Minyanaires. Reform Congregation Nonalcoholic options will be available Mahjong. from Amazon and
Study of commentaries found in Keneseth Israel. 6:30 p.m. as well. A light dinner will be served. Sisterhood of Melrose B’nai Israel
the Hertz Chumash, the Etz Hayim 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park. The klezmer concert features Susan Emanu-El hosts a weekly mahjong
Chumash and the commentaries of Watts, Dan Blacksberg, Rob Curto, game. Open to the entire kehillah.
modern biblical scholars to deepen SATURDAY, NOV. 30 Marion Concus and Dylan Seders No charge for MBIEE sisterhood information, visit 7 p.m.
our understanding of the first book Hoffman. $18. 56156 Ridge Ave., members. A one-time charge of $36 B’nai Abraham Chabad. 527 Lombard
of the Bible. Lead by Rabbi Ira Flax. Torah, Bagels and Coffee. Philadelphia. includes membership to the MBIEE St., Philadelphia.
10 a.m. Har Zion Temple. Begin Shabbat morning at Old Sisterhood. Contact 215-635-1505
1500 Hagys Ford Road, York Road Temple-Beth Am with MONDAY, DEC. 2 or [email protected] for more Meet the Author.
Penn Valley. a discussion of the weekly portion information. 7 p.m. 8339 Old York Paul Zeitz will speak at Har Zion
including bagels and coffee at 9 Financial Check-Up. Road, Elkins Park. Temple at 7 p.m. He is the author of
Torah Study. a.m. followed by a peer-led Shabbat The Barbara and Harvey Brodsky “Waging Justice: A Doctor’s Journey
Midday Torah study with Rabbi Eric service at 10:15 a.m. Casual dress is Enrichment Center of JFCS will Meet the Author. to Speak Truth and Be Bold.” In the
Lazar at noon. All are welcome. appropriate and everyone is welcome. have financial social workers who Har Zion Temple Sisterhood and the book, he retells the lessons learned
Temple Brith Achim. 481 S. Gulph For more information, call 215-886- will meet with people one-on-one Jane Fishman Grinberg Religious from growing up in a Jewish family
Road, King of Prussia. 8000. 971 Old York Road, Abington. to go over their finances for free. School will host a talk with Alan and how he later became a doctor and
For more information, contact Laura Zweibel, one of the authors of “A Field activist. Zeitz aims to fight for human
Canasta Open Play. SUNDAY, DEC. 1 Flowers at [email protected] or Guide to the Jewish People: Who rights and justice from both inside the
Canasta walk-in friendly game. 267-256-2274. 9 a.m. to noon. 345 They Are, Where They Come From, United Nations and the United States
1-3 p.m. Social hall at Ohev Shalom US Immigration Talk. Montgomery Ave., Bala Cynwyd. What to Feed Them … and Much More. government. $18. 1500 Hagys Ford
of Bucks County. Weekly open play Kehilat HaNahar member and Maybe Too Much More.” Admission is Road, Penn Valley.
for $2. To register, call 215-968-6755. scholar Lauren Braun and colleague Talmud Study. $18. To RSVP, call 610-667-5000 or
944 Second Street Pike, Richboro. Carl Linskoog will explain the This class asks the overarching 7 TUESDAY, DEC. 3
circumstances of immigrants coming question: What is the Talmud trying p.m. 1500 Hagys Ford Road,
FRIDAY, NOV. 29 to the U.S. The talk will be a dialogue to tell us about shame/shaming? Penn Valley. Ancestral Journeys Talk.
between the two speakers and the 11:45 a.m. Har Zion Temple. 1500 A talk on ancient biblical myth and
Breakfast and Parshah. audience around immigrant foreign Hagys Ford Road, Penn Valley. Jewish Learning Institute. end-of-life wisdom found in Torah
Explore the weekly Torah portion relations. Free. For more information, Mined from the teachings of Torah and midrash with Rabbi Simcha
over a breakfast of bagels, lox and call 215-862-1912. 1 p.m. 85 W. Jewish Philosophy Talk. and contemporary psychology, Raphael. This session will focus on
coffee. Gain insights into personal Mechanic St., New Hope. Study Jewish philosophy with a this six-week course takes a fresh “Jacob’s Deathbed Finale – Family
growth, ethics and spirituality in an group of learners who will read approach to the battle against bad Drama and Trauma at the End of
interactive class taught by Rabbi Yiddish Cocktails. and discuss articles on topics of feelings, providing realistic spiritual Life.” The deathbed story of Jacob at
Alexander Coleman. All are welcome. The Community Klezmer Initiative is philosophy. This year the focus will mechanisms for remaining upbeat no the end of Genesis offers wisdom for
For more information, call 215-782- hosting a three-part event at 5 p.m. be on Zionism, messianism and matter what life brings. The instructor encountering the reality of death and
8878. 9 a.m. Young Israel of Elkins that progresses from a Yiddish lesson Jewish radicalism. 1 p.m. Har Zion will be Rabbi Yochonon Goldman.
Park. 7715 Montgomery Ave., to a klezmer concert to cocktails. This Temple. 1500 Hagys Ford Road, $99 (includes textbook). For more See Calendar, Page 24
Elkins Park. event is designed for people who Penn Valley.
Host your party or business event at the theater. An unforgettable time
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Calendar celebrates JRA’s younger community with aging parents, the loss of your 18. To RSVP, call 1-866-532-7669. 4:30 Adath Jeshurun will give a lecture
members and honors a group of parents, family illness and their p.m. The Barbara and Harvey Brodsky on Judith, sister of Judah Maccabee.
Continued from Page 23 special families who exhibit what it health, adult children and dating. Enrichment Center of JFCS. A kosher lunch will be provided. For
means to “grow up JRA.” Admission is Learn what the Torah teaches about 345 Montgomery Ave., Bala Cynwyd. more information, call 215-635-7300,
loss. For more information, call 610- $180, or $118 for friends 30 and under. people’s responsibilities in these ext. 155, or email [email protected]
667-5000. 10 a.m. Har Zion Temple. All proceeds will support individuals areas. 11 a.m. Har Zion Temple. Mahjong. $23. Noon. Gratz College.
1500 Hagys Ford Road, Penn Valley. and families coping with food 1500 Hagys Ford Road, Penn Valley. Old York Road Temple-Beth Am will 7605 Old York Road, Melrose Park.
insecurity across Greater Philadelphia. host a drop-in mahjong game at
Mahjong. For more information, call Siddur Study. 7 p.m. Bring your cards. Mahjong sets Canasta Open Play.
This mahjong group meets at 1 p.m. 610-660-0190. 100 E. Penn Square, A study with Sara H. Cohen of Shabbat and cards will be for sale. For more Canasta walk-in friendly game.
in the Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel Philadelphia. liturgy. By “unpacking” the many layers information, call 215-886-8000. 1-3 p.m. Social hall at Ohev Shalom
synagogue chapel, to play the game, of meaning and commentary, Cohen 971 Old York Road, Abington. of Bucks County. Weekly open
have fun and raise money for tikkun WEDNESDAY, DEC. 4 hopes to gain a deeper understanding play for $2. To register, call 215-
olam. Have you heard of mahjong and of prayers and an appreciation for THURSDAY, DEC. 5 968-6755. 944 Second Street Pike,
want to learn to play? Are you new in Coffee and Conversation. language, ideas and values. For more Richboro.
town looking for the game? Have you After morning minyan, enjoy coffee information, call 610-667-5000. 11 a.m. Sisterhood Museum Trip.
lived in town and want a new group to and an open forum for learning at Har Zion Temple. 1500 Hagys Ford The Sisterhood of the Congregations Financial Check-Up.
play with? The group is always looking 8 a.m. Rabbi Andrew Markowitz Road, Penn Valley. of Shaare Shamayim is running a The Barbara and Harvey Brodsky
for new players. A $4 donation is will teach and answer your Jewish trip to explore the new exhibit at Enrichment Center of JFCS will have
asked per session. 300 S. 18th St., questions. Coffee and Conversation Ethics in Media Forum. the National Museum of American financial social workers who will
Philadelphia. is free and open to the community. A discussion organized by the Jewish History at 9 a.m. There will meet with people one-on-one to go
Adath Israel. 250 N. Highland Ave., Institute for Jewish Ethics on be a tour of the Notorious RBG (Ruth over their finances for free. For more
Lunch and Learn. Merion Station. freedom of speech, fake news, Bader Ginsberg exhibit) at 10:30 a.m. information, contact Laura Flowers at
Discussion of the parshah of the week. censorship, libel and slander in The cost is $25 per person. Contact [email protected] or 267-256-
This session will be led by Rabbi Fred Jewish History Course. the media viewed under Talmudic Mindy Poliner at 215-205-9490 or 2274. 1-4 p.m. 345 Montgomery Ave.,
Davidow. All are welcome. Noon. 1801 Rabbi Reuben Israel Abraham of ethics and American law. For more the CSS office at 215-677-1600 to Bala Cynwyd.
Market St., 17th Floor, Philadelphia. Congregations of Shaare Shamayim information, call 215-782-8878. Noon RSVP or for more information. 101 S.
will teach a crash course in Jewish to 4 p.m. 2100 Arch St., Philadelphia. Independence Mall East, Philadelphia. Ketubah Talk.
Lunch and Learn. history. Abraham will share his This talk titled “Transformations
Discussion of the parshah of the week. passion for the 4,000 years of Jewish Lunch and Learn. Mommy & Me. of the Ketubah: From Contract to
This session will be led by Rabbi history. The cost is $12 per person A discussion led by Rabbi Eric Yanoff. Sherrie Turetsky, director of the School Artifact and Beyond,” explores the
Charles Kraus. All are welcome. Noon. and Sisterhood members will receive Bring a lunch, but drinks will be of Early Learning at Old York Road multilayered significance of the
Congregation Adath Jeshurun library, $2 donor credit. Coffee and cake supplied. All are welcome. CLE Ethics Temple-Beth Am, will lead a weekly ketubah through a look at diverse
7763 Old York Road, Elkins Park. will be served between 10 a.m. and credit available. No RSVP needed. one-hour “Mommy & Me” class at 9:30 ketubot, including examples from
10:30 a.m. followed by the lesson 12:30 p.m. 1650 Market St., One a.m. For more information, call 215-886- the National Museum of American
Holiday Gift Bazaar. concluding at 11:30 a.m. Call the CSS Liberty Place, Philadelphia. 8000. 971 Old York Road, Abington. Jewish History’s own collection.
This holiday gift bazaar at Har Zion office, 215-677-1600, to RSVP. Free. 7 p.m. 101 S. Independence
Temple is open to the community. 9768 Verree Road, Philadelphia. Lunch and Learn. Torah Study. Mall East, Philadelphia.
Proceeds from the event help support Discussion of the parshah of the week. Study of commentaries found in
the Noreen Cook Center for Early Adult Caregiver Workshop. This session will be led by Rabbi Gary the Hertz Chumash, the Etz Hayim Adult Education.
Childhood Education. 5-8 p.m. A support group for parents caring Charlestein. All are welcome. 12:30 Chumash and the commentaries of Congregation Adath Jeshurun’s
1500 Hagys Ford Road, Penn Valley. for their adult child. This group is p.m. 1710 Romano Drive, Norristown. modern biblical scholars to deepen Rabbi Shai Cherry will exploring
designed to offer caregivers a space our understanding of the first book different Jewish historical periods
Sisterhood Bingo. to share their feelings, learn from one Bereavement Group. of the Bible. Lead by Rabbi Ira Flax. and themes beginning this fall with
The Sisterhood of the Congregations another’s experience, receive emotional For the post-bereaved, held at 10 a.m. Har Zion Temple. 1500 Hagys the biblical period and the rabbinic
of Shaare Shamayim hosts its annual support, develop skills to solve common Northeast NORC, from 1-2:30 p.m. Ford Road, Penn Valley. period. The program is free and
Fall Bingo starting at 6 p.m. The caregiver issues, and network and share Free. Email [email protected] open to the community. For more
cost is $23 per person and includes resources. This group will also provide com or call 215-320-0351 to register. Bible Study. information, call the AJ office at
a baked ziti dinner, dessert and one education on how to maintain your own 8546B Bustleton Ave., Philadelphia. The rabbis at Main Line Reform 215-635-6611 or email
bingo card. Extra bingo cards and physical and emotional health while you Temple will lead an ongoing [email protected] 7:30 p.m.
specials will be available for purchase. care for your loved one. Contact Faye Hoarding Workshop. discussion of the Tanakh over the year. 7763 Old York Road, Elkins Park. l
Raffle tickets will also be sold for the Evensky at 267-314-4326 or [email protected] JFCS is hosting a support group and Open to all. 11 a.m. 410 Montgomery
items on our boutique table. For more to RSVP. $36. The Barbara workshop based on the book “Buried Ave., Wynnewood. What’s going
information or to RSVP, call Gerry and Harvey Brodsky Enrichment in Treasures: Help for Compulsive on in Jewish
Zaretsky at 215-437-7437. Center of JFCS. 10 a.m. Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding” by Torah Study. Philadelphia?
9768 Verree Road, Philadelphia. 345 Montgomery Ave., Bala Cynwyd. David F. Tolin, Gail Steketee and Randy Midday Torah study with Rabbi
O. Frost. Attendees will take a journey Eric Lazar at noon. All are welcome. Submit an event or browse our online
Event to End Hunger. Parshat Hashavua. together and learn the tools to address Temple Brith Achim. 481 S. Gulph calendar to find out what’s
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its annual Event to End Hunger at ages of 45ish and 65ish, Rabbi Shawn functions. Every participant will receive happening at local synagogues,
6 p.m. at The Crystal Tea Room in SimonHazani will focus on topics that a copy of the book. A 16-week support Hidden Maccabee Sister. community organizations and venues!
Philadelphia. This year’s theme, are relevant today, such as dealing group and workshop for adults over Rabbi Shai Cherry of Congregation
Recipe for Raising a Mensch, Submit: [email protected]


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Martin L. Cutler, On November 14, 2019, he On November 19, 2019 Arline Jolles Lotman, Beatrice A. Roth, November 12, 2019. She is Milton "Mickey" Weisman, on November 19, Benjamin Zuckerman, November 19, 2019 of
was a warehouse foreman and resided in beloved mother, aunt, great aunt, great-great survived by her best friend and husband, Karl 2019 at the age of 97 after a brief illness. Be- Bryn Mawr, Pa. Husband of the late Meryl
Northeast Phila. Husband of the late Martha aunt, sister, sister-in-law and wife, passed Roth. Mother of Jill (Scott) and Jodi (Adam) loved husband of the late Marcy (nee Mei- Zuckerman (nee Hirsh); Fiancee of Harriet
(nee Sherman); mother of Ronna Zeiger; away. She died after a good fight. Which is Roth-Saks. Sister of Don (Janet) Strauss and man), for 66 years; her death diminished his Rash (nee Gerson). Father of Michael (Ab-
grandmother of Brian Zeiger (Beth Friel); how she liked it. As the youngest of six chil- Ellen (Howard) Koval. Also survived by 4 life. Devoted father of Richard Weisman and bey) Zuckerman. Brother of Henry Zucker-
great-grandmother of Isabelle Zeiger and Eli- dren and the only girl, Arline was a fierce ad- grandchildren. Born on April 4, 1947, she Linda (Mel) Swanson; grandfather of Mat- man (Barbara). Beloved grandfather of Ethan,
jah Zeiger. Also survived by nieces and neph- vocate for gender equality, serving as the in- spent her childhood in Teaneck, NJ. She thew Praissman. He lived in Glenside, PA, Luke and Cooper. Contributions in his
ews. augural director for the Governor’s Commis- raised her family alongside her husband in where he and Marcy raised their children. memory be made to the Zuckerman Family
sion on the Status of Women. She was the Parsippany, and later moved to Cherry Hill. Milton served honorably during WWII in the Autoimmune Fund at Lankenau Medical Cen-
GOLDSTEINS' ROSENBERG'S proud recipient of the prestigious WOMEN’S When diagnosed with breast cancer on New U.S. Air Corps. He was an ardent salt-water ter Foundation, Attn: Becky Sassi, 100 E.
RAPHAEL-SACKS WAY’s Lucretia Mott Award, presented to a Year’s Eve 2011, she went out dancing to cel- fisherman his entire life. During his long re- Lancaster Ave. Wynnewood, Pa. 19096.
person or organization whose work reflects a ebrate her life. She remained a brave role tirement, he volunteered first as an arbitrator
GREENBAUM commitment to the values of equity and model not only to her family but provided for the Phila. chapter of the Better Business JOSEPH LEVINE and SONS
justice for all. She had a long and distin- strength to other patients alongside her. She Bureau and then, for more than fifteen years,
Sylvia Greenbaum (nee Moonman), died on guished career at Temple University both as a believed one person could change the world until his death, at the Abington Memorial Honor the
November 3, 2019, British born. Married her student earning her undergraduate degree, and the world will not be the same without Hospital. Contributions in his memory may memory
favorite dance partner, Morey, in 1945 in master’s degree and juris doctorate degree her. Contributions may be made to Jewish be made to the Delaware Valley chapter of the of your
England. She arrived in the United States in and as an adjunct professor committed to Relief Agency, or the Alzheimer's Association or to the Abington
1946 as a war bride. Mother of Cheryl (Fred) sharing her wit and wisdom with the next National Parks Conservation Assoc., Hospice. loved
Rubin, Gary (Robin) Greenbaum, Janice Le- generation. Arline was a frequent contributor one …
onard and son-in-law Ron Leonard, also sur- to the OpEd columns of The Philadelphia In- GOLDSTEINS' ROSENBERG'S
vived by grandchildren Harley, Shannon, quirer and Daily News and practiced law with PLATT MEMORIAL CHAPELS, Inc. RAPHAEL-SACKS CALL 215-832-0749
Shawn, Jonathan & Stephanie Rubin; Ilysa & great passion in Pennsylvania. Her biggest TO PLACE YOUR
Louis Shorr; Michael, Leigh & Jeff Leonard accomplishment, no doubt, was her ever ex- SCHNITZER ZUCKER YAHRTZEIT AD.
and great-grandchildren Lucas, Alexandra, panding family for which she served as mat-
Norah, Logan, Sarah, Grant, Madison, Ryley riarch. Arline was the wife of the late Maurice Harriet Schnitzer (nee Morrison), On Novem- Judith Gay Zucker (nee Usdin) [email protected]
& Jordan. She was an employee of North- “Nash” Lotman and is survived by her be- ber 16, 2019. Wife of Norman Schnitzer. On November 13, 2019. Wife of the late jewishexponent
wood Federal Credit Union for over 30 years. loved son, Mo Lotman and nieces Sarah Mother of Mark (Janis) Schnitzer, Rabbi Jeff Aaron Steele Zucker. Mother of Deborah
Contributions in her memory may be made to Jolles and Marjorie Jolles and her many, (Nancy) Schnitzer, Cantor Neil (Linda) (Gregory) Winfield, Esq., Karen Zucker, Esq. .com
the Alzheimer's Association, 399 Market many family members who brought her joy Schnitzer and Eric (Lilibeth) Schnitzer. (Daniel Wilson), Daniel (Nanette) Zucker,
Street, Suite 102, Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 or and regarded her so highly. Contributions in Grandmother of 10 and Great Grandmother Esq., and Dr. Amy Zucker (Dr. Edward Schu-
Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 125 S. 9th her memory may be made to Women’s Way. of 4. Contributions in her memory may be man). Adored Grandmother of 9 and Great-
Street, Suite 202, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 or made to Congregation Tifereth Israel of Grandmother of 5. Services Private. Contri-
a charity of the donor's choice. Lower Bucks County, 2909 Bristol Rd., Bens- butions in her memory may be made to Spe-
GOLDSTEINS' ROSENBERG'S alem, PA 19020. cial People in the Northeast (SPIN), 10501
GOLDSTEINS’ ROSENBERG’S RAPHAEL-SACKS Drummond Rd., Phila., PA 19154 www.spi-
Charles S. Lundy, November 15, 2019. Hus- TUNICK RAPHAEL-SACKS
Pearl Katz (nee Pressman), age 86, died on band of Toby Lundy. Father of Suzanne
November 17, 2019. She was a retired retail (Robert) Zlotnick and Sheryl (Avishai) Tetro. Bernice Tunick (nee Gordon), on November MICHAEL TOBIAH PLAM
salesperson who resided in Philadelphia, Grandfather of David (Baxter Townsend) Zlot- 18, 2019. Wife of the late Allan Tunick.
Pennsylvania. Wife of the late Jerome; moth- nick, Joshua Zlotnick, Arielle Tetro, and Mother of Michael (Gail) Tunick, Robert Tu- “Our Beloved Son”
er of Jeffrey Katz and the late Michael Katz; Rachel Tetro. Contributions may be made to nick and the late Steven Tunick. Grandmoth- 1/27/76 – 11/7/94
mother-in-law of Celia Katz; sister of Harry Congregation Beth Solomon, Congregation er of Daniel and Susan Tunick. Sister of
(Avra) Pressman and the late George Press- Shaare Shamayim, or Hadassah. Sylvia (Mike) Silverman. Also remembered by KISLEV 4
man; grandmother of 7 grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grand- ON HIS 25th YARZEIT
great-grandmother of 13 great-grandchildren. PLATT MEMORIAL CHAPELS, Inc. nephews. Bernice was the Co-Owner of
Contributions in her memory may be made to Leather Furniture Shops in Old City with her In Our Hearts You Will Always Be…
the American Heart Association, 1617 JFK PHILLIPS late husband, Allan, and son, Robert. Contri- Your Love, Your Voice & Your Smile
Blvd., Suite 700, Phila., PA 19103, butions in her memory may be made to Jew- are Forever Imprinted in Our Minds… Seymour Phillips, age 88, died on November ish Federation of Greater Philadelphia
19, 2019. He was a retired computer analyst So Loved & So Missed.
GOLDSTEINS' ROSENBERG'S for the U.S. Government who resided in With Broken Hearts,
RAPHAEL-SACKS Langhorne, Pennsylvania. Husband of Doris GOLDSTEINS’ ROSENBERG’S
(nee Cohen) and father of Helene Canaris and RAPHAEL-SACKS Your Mom & Dad
A Community Roni Griffin. Contributions in his memory
Remembers may be made to the American Cancer Soci-
ety 1818 Market Street Suite 2820 Phil-
Monthly archives of adelphia Pennsylvania 19103
Jewish Exponent Death Notices

are available online. GOLDSTEINS' ROSENBERG'S
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of your loved one... Dale Janice Ross, November 11, 2019, of Ze-
bulon, NC, but always a Philadelphian at
Call 215.832.0749 to heart. Beloved mother of Isabel Gila Ross.
place your memorial. Dear sister of Sharon (the late Pat) Whelan.
Loving aunt of Jill (David) Faris, Keriann
(John) Harris, Patrick (Krystal) Whelan and
Michael (Deitra) Whelan. Also survived by 8
great nieces and nephews. Leaving a void in
the hearts of her family and friends, No re-
treat, No surrender. Contributions may be
made to the Animal Welfare Association, or the Fill Your Bucket List
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NURSING ASSISTANT, Late of Philadelphia, PA Late of Philadelphia Late of Philadelphia ROBERT GATTUSO, DECEASED.
Sites 3 & 4. Includes a bench. Personal Assistant - above Estate have been granted to the above Estate have been gran- above Estate have been granted to LETTERS TESTAMENTARY on the
$5,000 for both 215-985-9033 Licensed driver to as- POSITION the undersigned, who request all ted to the undersigned, who re- the undersigned, who request all above Estate have been granted to
ROOSEVELT MEMORIAL PARK sist with errands, 10 years experience providing persons having claims or demands quest all persons having claims or persons having claims or demands the undersigned, who request all
shopping, appts., read- non-medical in home care includ- against the estate of the decedent demands against the estate of the against the estate of the decedent persons having claims or demands
4 PLOTS in Granite Sec. Q. ing, walking, food ing: Helping seniors with daily to make known the same and all decedent to make known the same to make known the same and all against the estate of the decedent
Spaces 1,2 3 & 4. prep., socializing and living activities, Bathing, dressing, persons indebted to the decedent and all persons indebted to the de- persons indebted to the decedent to make known the same and all
daily activities cooking, & laundry, running to make payment without delay to: cedent to make payment without to make payment without delay to persons indebted to the decedent
Units must be sold together. inside/outside of your errands, light housekeeping, Velma Daniels 4200 Mitchell St., delay to JUDY A. SUMMERS, AD- David Neal Rubin, Executor, 2 Penn to make payment without delay to
Reduced $7650 home. Will help you transportation & more Apt 3005 Philadelphia, PA 19128. MINISTRATRIX, 724 N. Easton Rd., Center Suite 1030 1500 JFK Bvd, KATHLEEN A. LARKIN, EXEC-
215-499-4851 understand your bills, Contact Abraham 484-844-0151 Administratrix. Glenside, PA 19038 Philadelphia, PA 19102. UTRIX, c/o Harry Metka, Esq., 4802
do paperwork.and also SEEKING POSITION to care for Andrew I. Roseman, Esquire ESTATE OF KARL S. MESSER- David Neal Rubin, Esq. Neshaminy Blvd., Ste. 9, Bensalem,
ROOSEVELT MEMORIAL PARK make telephone the elderly. 14 yrs exp. and excell 1528 Walnut St. SCHMIDT, DECEASED 2 Penn Center Suite 1030 PA 19020,
Section Y, Lot 222, Sites 2, 3, and calls.for you. Support refs. Call 267-210-0054 Suite 1412 Late of Montgomery County, 1500 JFK Bvd. Or to her Attorney:
4 and Lot 223, Sites 1, 2, 3 and 4. Services - Refs Call If you are in need of compassion- Philadelphia, PA 19102 Pennsylvania LETTERS of ADMIN- Philadelphia, PA 19102. HARRY METKA
Value estimate of $21,000, ask- Phyllis 215-886-4040 ate care to assist your loved one ESTATE OF ELIAS JUNIOR ISTRATION on the above Estate 4802 Neshaminy Blvd., Ste. 9
ing $18,550 for all seven and will with nurses aide services, call TORRES LEBRON, DECEASED. have been granted to the under- Estate of Margaret K. Kinsella; Kin- Bensalem, PA 19020
consider selling separately. CERTIFIED CAREGIVER w/15 Mrs. Miller. 215-626-6755 Late of Philadelphia signed, who request all persons sella, Margaret K.
Email [email protected] or years exp to care for sick or eld- LETTERS of ADMINISTRATION on having claims or demands against Late of Philadelphia, PA ESTATE OF RUTH SAKS, DE-
text/cell 914-380-0936. erly Have own car. Good refs. CAREGIVER Seeks the above Estate have been gran- the estate of the decedent to make LETTERS ADMINISTRATION on the CEASED.
267-236-5664 pos Hrly, 21 yrs exp. ted to the undersigned, who re- known the same and all persons in- above Estate have been granted to Late of Montgomery County
SHALOM MEMORIAL PARK CNA CPR, Alzheimers quest all persons having claims or debted to the decedent to make the undersigned, who request all LETTERS TESTAMENTARY on the
Huntingdon Valley. CERT CNA. Cert. demands against the estate of the payment without delay to Erica persons having claims or demands above Estate have been granted to
decedent to make known the same Dercole c/o Michael E. Eisenberg, against the estate of the decedent the undersigned, who request all
Section Jacob, 2 plots. Excellent care. F.T, P/T. Good Mon-Sun/24 hr. care and all persons indebted to the de- Esquire 2935 Byberry Road, Suite to make known the same and all persons having claims or demands
$2000 ea.OBO Refs. 267-298-0211 cedent to make payment without 107 Hatboro, PA 19040 persons indebted to the decedent against the estate of the decedent
434-242-6780 delay to PETER L. KLENK, ADMIN- Or to Attorney: to make payment without delay to: to make known the same and all
Rate Negotiable. LEGAL NOTICES ISTRATOR, 1701 Walnut St., 6th Michael E. Eisenberg, Esquire Rosemarie Stolle, c/o David W. persons indebted to the decedent
WANTED TO BUY 267-884-4499 NOTICE OF RENEWAL APPLICA- Fl., Philadelphia, PA 19103, 2935 Byberry Road, Suite 107 Crosson, Esq., Crosson & Richetti, to make payment without delay to
Certified CNA looking to work TION for a Pawnbroker License. Or to his Attorney: Hatboro, PA 19040 LLC, 609 W. Hamilton St., Suite Stephen Saks, EXECUTOR, 266
CALL JUDY OR AKIVA with the elderly. Flexible Notice is given that Cheltenham KELLY BARSE ESTATE of KATRINA NELSON, De- 100, Allentown, PA 18101, Admin- Center Point Lane, Lansdale, PA
215-342-4536 hours, live in or out. Call Pawnshop LLC did on 12/1/2019, THE LAW OFFICES OF PETER L. ceased istratrix. 19446
267-506-2867 submit to the Commonwealth of KLENK & ASSOCIATES LETTERS TESTAMENTARY Crosson & Richetti, LLC
WILL BUY ANTIQUES CNA Part time, drives, references Pennsylvania, Dept. of Banking & 1701 Walnut St., 6th Fl. on the above Estate have been 609 W. Hamilton St. ESTATE OF SELMA LEVIN, DE-
avail. Also does housekeeping Securities, an application for re- Philadelphia, PA 19103 granted to the undersigned, who Suite 100 CEASED.
INLAID & CARVED PIECES Please call 267-269-7265 newal licensure of a pawnbroker of- request all persons having claims Allentown, PA 18101 Late of Philadelphia
Oriental Rugs•Old Paintings fice at this location, which is as fol- ESTATE OF ALBERT W. GOLD- or demands against the Estate of LETTERS of ADMINISTRATION on
Jewelry•Silver & Silverplated Caring & Reliable lows: 8160 Ogontz Ave., Wyncote BERG, DECEASED. the decedent to make known the Estate of Mark A. Splaver aka Mark the above Estate have been gran-
Watches•Clocks•Porcelain PA 19095, Montgomery County. Late of Philadelphia same, and all persons indebted to Splaver, Deceased ted to the undersigned, who re-
WE PAY GOOD PRICES IN CASH Experienced & Trained All interested persons may file writ- LETTERS TESTAMENTARY on the the decedents to make payment Late of Philadelphia, PA. quest all persons having claims or
BONDED & LICENSED ten comments in favor of or in op- above Estate have been granted to without delay, to Henry Korn 662 LETTERS TESTAMENTARY demands against the estate of the
CALL ANYTIME position to the application for re- the undersigned, who request all Glen Meadow Road, Richboro, PA on the above estate have been decedent to make known the same
Available 24/7 newal with the Pawnbroker Hear- persons having claims or demands 18954 granted to the undersigned, who and all persons indebted to the de- 20 Years Experience ing Officer at: PA Dept of Banking against the estate of the decedent ESTATE OF ELIZABETH CALVANO request all persons having claims cedent to make payment without
& Securities, Non-Depository Li- to make known the same and all a/k/a ELIZABETH M. CALVANO, DE- or demands against the estate of delay to ALAN LEVIN, ADMINIS-
Follow us on Very Affordable censing Div, 17 N. 2nd St, Ste 1300, persons indebted to the decedent CEASED. the decedent to make known the TRATOR, c/o Jeffrey B. First, Esq.,
215-477-1050 Harrisburg PA 17101. All com- to make payment without delay to Late of Philadelphia same, and all persons indebted to 6100 City Ave., Ste. 417, Phil-
@jewishexponent ments to be considered must be re- LYNNE G. TAYLOR and DAVID N. LETTERS TESTAMENTARY on the the decedent to make payment adelphia, PA 19131,
ceived by the Department within GOLDBERG, EXECUTORS, c/o Dav- above Estate have been granted to without delay, to Eric Splaver, Ex- Or to his Attorney:
To place an ad in the thirty (30) days from the date of id A. Applebaum, Esq., 101 Green- the undersigned, who request all ecutor, c/o Gary A. Zlotnick, Esq., JEFFREY B. FIRST
Real Estate Section this newspaper publication. wood Ave., Ste. 500, Jenkintown, persons having claims or demands Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer LAW OFFICE OF JEFFREY B. FIRST
call 215.832.0749 PA 19046, against the estate of the decedent & Toddy, PC, 1818 Market St., 13th 6100 City Ave., Ste. 417
Or to their Attorney: to make known the same and all Fl., Philadelphia, PA 19103 or to Philadelphia, PA 19131
DAVID A. APPLEBAUM persons indebted to the decedent their attorneys,
FRIEDMAN SCHUMAN to make payment without delay to Gary A. Zlotnick, Esq. TO PLACE A CLASSIFIED AD
101 Greenwood Ave., Ste. 500 MICHELLE CALVANO, EXECUTRIX, Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer CALL 215.832.0749
Jenkintown, PA 19046 9222 Leon St., Philadelphia, PA & Toddy, PC
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a/k/a THERESA HASKINS, DE- PHILA. COUNTY, PA, Oct. Term ‘19 Elkins Park, tall male 79, 180 lbs., widow ATTORNEYS!
CEASED. No. 1193 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIV- for 8 years now! Looking for female 65-75
Late of Philadelphia EN that on 10/31/2019, the Peti- with same interests, such as concerts, ADVERTISE YOUR LEGAL NOTICES
LETTERS of ADMINISTRATION on tion of MONICA RUTH BURKE a/k/a shows, movies etc. Also have shore home! AND LEGAL SERVICES
the above Estate have been gran- MONIKA RUTH BURKE was filed in Financially comfortable.
ted to the undersigned, who re- the above-named Court, praying for WE GUARANTEE
quest all persons having claims or a Decree to change her name to Please respond to Box FOT THE BEST RATES!
demands against the estate of the MONIKA RUTH BURKE. The Court
decedent to make known the same has fixed 12/20/2019, at 9:30 A.M. Widowed Jewish,”mensch” age 74, WE CIRCULATE THROUGHOUT THE
and all persons indebted to the de- in Courtroom 691, City Hall, Broad looks 65 active, fit, fun, old fashioned TRI-STATE AREA (PA, NJ, DE)
cedent to make payment without & Market Streets, Phila., PA, as the romantic, financially secure, Seeks fe-
delay to KIMI M. LOCUST, ADMIN- time and place for the hearing of male for relationship, ages 65-75, for CALL THE CLASSIFIED DEPARTMENT FOR DETAILS
ISTRATRIX, c/o Marc Vogin, Esq., said Petition, when and where all concerts, fine dining, theatre, travel.
1700 Sansom St., 3rd Fl., Phil- persons interested may appear and Should be attractive, fit, sensitive and 215-832-0749 or 215-832-0750
adelphia, PA 19103, show cause, if any they have, why a good sense of humor. Must live in
Or to her Attorney: the prayer of the said Petition Center City Phila. classifi[email protected]
MARC VOGIN should not be granted. GREGORY Reply to: Box FOP FAX: 215-832-0785
1700 Sansom St., 3rd Fl. WILEY, Attys. for Petitioner, ALEX- SENIORS TO SENIORS
Philadelphia, PA 19103 ANDER & PELLI, LLC, 1608 Wal-
nut St., Ste. 900, Phila., PA 19103, SENIORS TO SENIORS WANTED TO BUY
Late of Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas for the will be forwarded once a week on Friday.
LETTERS TESTAMENTARY on the County of Philadelphia, October To answer a Senior to Senior ad,
above Estate have been granted to Term, 2019, No. 3006. NOTICE address your reply to:
the undersigned, who request all HEREBY GIVEN that on October JE Box ( )
persons having claims or demands 23rd 2019 the petition of John Classified Dept.
against the estate of the decedent Gregory Simoncini, Jr. was filed, 2100 Arch Street 4th Floor
to make known the same and all praying for a decree to change Philadelphia, PA 19103
persons indebted to the decedent name to John Gregory Lahnemann.
to make payment without delay to The Court has fixed December 20th DEADLINE -
THOMAS WILLIAM MOORE, III, 2019 at 10 am, in room No. 691,
EXECUTOR, c/o Lisa M. Nentwig, City Hall, Philadelphia, PA for hear- TO PLACE YOUR SENIOR TO SENIOR AD
Esq., 1500 Market St., Ste. 3500E, ing. All persons interested may ap- Friday by 10 am for the following Thursday’s issue
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Community / mazel tovs


AJC Hosts Thanksgiving Diversity Luncheon Tobin is being held without bail ahead of a associate dean of the Schechter institute in Jerusalem
AMERICAN JEWISH COMMITTEE Philadelphia/ December detention hearing. and the director of Ramah Programs in Israel.
Southern NJ hosted America’s Table: Thanksgiving
Diversity Luncheon on Nov. 21 at the Saul Ewing Jewish Agency for Israel Deputy Chair The Kehillah of Old York Road presented the
Arnstein & Lehr Law Library in Philadelphia. Speaks at Kehillah of Old York Road lecture in partnership with The Jewish Federation of
David Breakstone, deputy chairman of The Jewish Greater Philadelphia.
The event featured the launch of AJC’s “Community Agency for Israel, spoke on Nov. 24 at Beth Sholom Suicide Prevention Workshops Underway
of Conscience,” a diverse group of ethnic and reli- Congregation in Elkins Park. Two three-hour suicide alertness and prevention
gious leaders committed to working with one another programs called safeTALK are underway in the
on shared interests and whose values represent AJC’s Breakstone spoke about “Strengthening the Philadelphia area.
commitment to diversity and intergroup/interreli- Bond, Bridging the Gaps-Exploring the Relationship
gious relations. Between Israel and American Jewry Today.” The first occurred Nov. 26 at the Kaiserman JCC,
with the later set for Dec. 5 at Chabad of Bucks County.
The keynote Speaker was Rev. Chaz Howard, chap- Breakstone was formerly the vice chair of the World For more information and to register, visit safetalk.
lain of the University of Pennsylvania. Zionist Organization and founding director of its Herzl Preregistration is requested.
Museum and Educational Center. He has served as the
Alleged Neo-Nazi Leader was director of the Hebrew University’s Pedagogic Center The program is being conducted by the Kaiserman
Volunteer Firefighter in South Jersey for Jewish education in the Diaspora. He also was the JCC in partnership with Chabad of Penn Wynne and
Richard Tobin, who was arrested earlier in November Chabad of Bucks County.
in connection with vandalism to synagogues in David Breakstone Photo by Avi Dodi
Wisconsin and Michigan, was a volunteer firefighter Leigh Hershkovich-Ioffe, a certified safeTalk
for less than a year in Brooklawn, a town in Camden trainer and Creative Director of CTeen International,
County, New Jersey, The New York Post reported. is presenting the workshops.

Tobin’s involvement with the fire department “Our aim is not only to normalize discus-
started in a program introducing Boy Scouts to sions about difficult topics, such as depression and
possible firefighting careers, reported. suicide, but to also help participants understand that
the power to make a difference is in their hands.
The Daily Beast reported that authorities believe You don’t have to be a professional to save a life,”
Tobin, 18, was directing a cell of the white suprema- Hershkovich-Ioffe said.
cist group The Base from his home.
Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for
“If there’s a window that wants to be broken, teenagers ages 15-18, according to the American
don’t be shy,” Tobin allegedly told the neo-Nazis who Foundation for Suicide Prevention. It is the third-
carried out the attack. leading cause of death for adults. l

College it is a possibility. As for cost, the Middle East,” Birger-Bray Melanie Birger-Bray (left) visits Kinneret in the 2000s.
Nahmani said she knew school said. “Going to school in Israel Courtesy of Melanie Birger-Bray.
Continued from Page 6 in Israel would be cheaper, but gave me an opportunity to
that wasn’t a driving factor. make friends of a lifetime.” Jewish roots, learn Hebrew and Goldman said. “It was not only
to live long-term,” Zimbalist get a better understanding of an opportunity to get a great
said. “Money definitely also “The cost is a great add-on Birger-Bray has Israeli cit- the Middle East. Today he lives college education, but also an
was something that was a fac- to all the other reasons why izenship and, like Zimbalist, in Merion Station, where he opportunity to learn about
tor in the decision.” I wanted to come here, but planned to stay in the country is a member of Lower Merion myself and our people and
it wasn’t why I chose this long-term. However, her wife, Synagogue. explore.” l
Mixed motivations were school,” Nahmani said. “It an Israeli she met in school,
also at play for Julia Nahmani, was because I wanted to be in wanted to come to the U.S. So “I really took the opportu- [email protected];
who’s also from Lower Merion Israel — I always have felt at the two now live in Blue Bell, nity to study all sorts of stuff 215-832-0751
and is in her first year at IDC home here — and because I where they attend Tiferet Bet that I would not have had an
Herzliya. Nahmani is studying really wanted an international Israel. opportunity to study at Penn,”
government and is interested in environment.”
potentially pursuing a master’s Birger-Bray wasn’t the only
degree in counterterrorism Nahmani is not alone. one to meet their significant
and homeland security. After earning her bache- other while studying abroad
lor’s degree at the University in Israel.
For her, coming to Israel of Hartford, Birger-Bray,
wasn’t traveling to a foreign who is originally from the Amir Goldman also met
country, but coming home. Her Philadelphia area, went on to his future wife when he was a
father is Israeli, so Nahmani has complete her master’s degree student in Israel. A junior at
visited the country frequently at Ben-Gurion University of the University of Pennsylvania,
in the past to see family. the Negev in Beersheba, Israel, Goldman spent a year abroad
in 2006. studying at Hebrew University
She chose IDC Herzliya “I wanted to take Middle of Jerusalem. Though he didn’t
because she wanted to be in Eastern studies, and I figured spend his entire college career
a diverse environment. She the best place to learn about at an Israeli school, the one year
doesn’t know if she’ll stay in the Middle East would be in at Hebrew U was an import-
Israel after school, but she said ant chance to connect with his



NEWSMAKERS American Jewish Committee Philadelphia hosted Joshua Krasna at its second annual Menachem
Begin Lecture at a luncheon event on Nov. 4 at the Union League. Krasna is a Middle East and
Members of the Russian-speaking satellite at KleinLife in security analyst and Robert A. Fox Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.
Northeast Philadelphia held a reception celebrating the High
Holidays with 150 members and invited guests.

From left: Inna Shvets, Petr Grin, Lyudmila Shapochnik, From left: Tom Tropp, Albert S. Dandridge, III, Karen Model, Joe Zuritsky and Marcel Groen
Marina Zhitnitskaya, Lidia Teplitsky and Yefim Gonikman
Photo by Stephanie Hampson

On Nov. 8, Holocaust survivor Cantor David Wisnia shared his
story of life in, and escape from, Auschwitz during World War
II, as part of a Kristallnacht Memorial Service at Or Hadash. The
event, attended by more than 150, also included a musical perfor-
mance by Wisnia and his grandson, singer-songwriter Avi Wisnia.

SPONSORED BY: Pine Forest Camp

David Wisnia speaks to the congregants.

From left: Penny Blaskey, Mark Blaskey, Joshua Krasna, Marcia Bronstein, Marc Oppenheimer and

Fred Strober Photos by Christopher Brown

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The Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival and American Jewish Committee brought the film “The Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties staff and
Passengers” about current Ethiopian Jews wanting to make aliyah to Israel to the Ambler volunteers collected carts full of groceries for the annual Turkey
Theater on Nov. 10. The event was the result of a partnership between Temple Sinai in Dresher Drive at the ShopRite in Somers Point, New Jersey, on Nov. 10.
and Congregation Temple Beth’El in Mt. Airy. This year, JFS will provide more than 500 families with a tradi-
tional Thanksgiving meal with all of the trimmings.

From left: Rabbi Adam Wohlberg, Earl Bowen, Rabbi Debra Bowen, Beth Razin, Maly Jackson,

Barbara Rosenau, Nathan Relles and Avezu Fanta Courtesy of John Rosenau and Alan Libove

Jewish Family & Children’s From left: Jewish Family Services of Atlantic & Cape May Counties
Service’s Our Closet hosted Volunteer Services Supervisor Vanessa Smith and volunteer Donna Levin
its Coat Day program, packed carts with donations from shoppers at ShopRite.
designed to ensure adults
in need have the necessary Courtesy of Kirby Reed
clothing to stay warm this
winter. Actress Linda Kenyon performed as Julia Child for members
of the Henrietta Szold Chapter of Hadassah at the November
From left: Pia Eisenberg, meeting.
Melanie London, Shauna Ekezie,
Jill Aschkenasy and Sharon

Courtesy of JFCS

Residents of Federation Housing’s Rieder/Tabas/CenterPark III enjoyed a festive afternoon in
conjunction with Golden Slipper Gems Socialization for Seniors Program.

Residents dance to the From left: Randi Freeman, Marlene Markowitz, Linda Kenyon, Susan
songs of entertainer Bryan
DeSanto. Price and Sheryl Beegal Courtesy of Muriel Voynow

Preschool and religious school students at Beth Tikvah B’Nai
Jeshurun enjoyed a lesson and concert with Arizona-based musi-
cian Todd Herzog, an artist-in-residence. Herzog performed at
BTBJ multiple times throughout the weekend of Nov. 9-10.

A rendition of “Happy Birthday” for resident Todd Herzog performs for BTBJ congregants. Courtesy of BTBJ
Ellie Oder, led by DeSanto Photos by Debra Ross

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