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Jewish Exponent Dec. 5, 2019

Jewish Exponent Dec. 5, 2019

DECEMBER 5, 2019 / 7 KISLEV 5780
Jewish actors play a couple key roles in
“The Spongebob Musical.”




OF NOTE Jewish
New Media
LOCAL Festival Is
First of Its
Homeless Man Kind
Finds a Home —
Andras Szekely
comes out of
the cold.

Page 4

LOCAL MARKETED AS THE FIRST of its kind Head Chef Henry Morgan prepares orders during a busy lunch rush at Merkaz.
in the United States, the Jewish New Media Photo by Michael Persico
Yiddish the Focus Festival aims to explore communications
at Cocktail Event avenues such as social media, blogs, pod- CookNSolo Opens Israeli
Klezmer music, casts and virtual reality — and how they Pita Shop in Center City
Yiddish practice can be used to explore Jewish identity.
highlight evening. MATT SILVER | JE STAFF “In Tel Aviv, street food is such a big
The festival is an offshoot of the part of the culture; people really get a lot
Page 5 Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival STEVE COOK AND Mike Solomonov of joy out of it,” Cook said.
and will take place Dec. 7-8 at the National — the co-founders of CookNSolo — have
PHILLY FACES Museum of American Jewish History. expanded their restaurant empire by Merkaz opened Thanksgiving week
opening Merkaz (“center” in Hebrew), in a chic, bright, ground-floor fishbowl
Meet the ‘Next- Guests include “Tech Talk” co-host an Israeli pita-sandwich shop intended to on Sansom Street, just below 13th. Fans
Gen Dr. Ruth’ Jessica Katz, film producer Nancy replicate the airy market stalls and street and foodies packed Merkaz’s opening
Galia Godel makes Spielberg and “YidLife Crisis” creators corner vendors of Tel Aviv. lunch runs, a pleasant surprise to General
waves in LGBTQ Jamie Elman and Eli Batalion. Manager Brien Murphy.
Kristen Evans, Gershman’s executive
Page 6 managing director, hopes the festival will
act as an entry point into new media and
Volume 203090 help others get acquainted with the tech-
Number 806 nology’s possibilities.

Published Weekly Since 1887 “There are different art forms and
storytelling that are coming through in
different forms of media, so we thought
it was a brilliant idea to put together

See Media, Page 12 See Pita, Page 13



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IN THIS ISSUE 00087664

Theatre Ariel tackles a bilingual rom-com.



Afterschool program Miriam’s Advice Well
rethinks enrichment.

4 HEADLINES A reader writes that her friend is getting
married next year, but the tentative
Local wedding date is on Rosh Hashanah. How
does the reader gently tell her friend to
Israel reconsider that date? Miriam advises the

National reader to do it as soon as she can and as

Global gently and kindly as possible. From

dating to parenting, Miriam welcomes

14 OPINION all questions. Email yours to [email protected]

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Most chefs use small amounts of fresh

21 COMMUNITY herbs, but food columnist Keri White
learned di erently when she attended a
Jewish Federation recent event with celebrity chef
Calendar Christopher Kimball. The chef recom-
Mazel Tov mended using handfuls of many herbs

Deaths instead of the usual pinches. With that

Newsmakers in mind, White created a parsley-based

26 CLASSIFIEDS salad. Read Philacatessen for the recipe, as
well as content not normally found in the

printed edition, including additional reci-

pes, gift ideas, restaurant reviews and food

CANDLE LIGHTING news from around the Delaware Valley.
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Homeless IDF Vet Finds a Home — for Now

LOCAL Andras Szekely has temporarily husband two years ago and has “I told him, ‘Andras, that’s not “To tell the truth, there’s
MATT SILVER | JE STAFF found a home with a Malvern been living with just her dog in prying, you need to know.’ But too much going on,” he said.
woman, but the arrangement will their four-bedroom home ever that’s Andras.” “Everyone is trying to tell me
ANDRAS SZEKELY, the end soon, and the 70-year-old since. So for her, it’s nice having what to do, but I don’t want
homeless Israel Defense Forces school bus driver and photographer a person to talk to again. Savitch has called places handouts. I want to build a
vet, school bus driver and pho- doesn’t know what will come next. throughout the area trying to business where I can succeed
tographer the Jewish Exponent “He’s quite a talker, defi- secure Szekely housing once instead of getting govern-
profiled in October, is home- Photo by Julie Savitch nitely not a wallf lower,” this dream arrangement ends. ment help and all these things.
less no more. Dougherty said. “He’s got a lot So far, she’s found Szekely People try to be helpful, but
“There I was, actually lying in to say. He’s very interesting and unable to take the next step. they tell me to go backwards; I
But the question of whether a bed like a real human being,” intelligent and knowledgeable She gives him numbers to call want to go forward.”
he’ll find a permanent home he told the Post. on so many subjects. He’s a and, when she checks back in,
remains. really good man.” he often hasn’t called them. Szekely remains steadfast
To Szekely, Dougherty’s in his goal to get his photo-
Szekely’s new living arrange- generosity feels like a gift he If the arrangement seems “He’s overwhelmed,” Savitch graphic greeting cards into a
ments come courtesy of an doesn’t know how he’ll repay, too good to be true, in a way, said. “There have been offers big box retailer. He believes it’d
Exponent reader moved by his but the arrangement has been it is. that have come in from other be a win-win: Szekely would be
story who decided to offer what mutually beneficial. places, but Andras is choosy.” paid well for his art; the retailer
she could. “Unfortunately, this isn’t would reap the benefits of a
While Szekely doesn’t have a permanent solution for Of course, an old line about public relations boon.
“I’ve always believed that, chores, per se, Dougherty said, him,” said Julie Savitch, the beggars and choosers comes to
given a different set of circum- “He’s been extremely considerate Jewish Federation of Greater mind, but Szekely is not a beggar. Is he ready to start thinking
stances, any one of us could be and respectful and tries to be so Philadelphia’s incoming chair about a backup plan? Don’t
homeless,” Malvern-based real helpful, always walking the dog.” of women’s philanthropy, who “That’s just the thing,” count on it.
estate agent Nancy Dougherty is also trying to help Szekely Savitch echoed. “My hope is
told The Washington Post, Dougherty, 59, lost her resolve his situation. that now that he has a positive “I’m hoping to make con-
which recently ran its own pro- reference (from Dougherty) nections with someone who
file of Szekely. Dougherty confirmed that and everyone can see how well can get me into a major store,”
she has an interested buyer for that arrangement has gone, Szekely reiterated. “In today’s
That belief led Dougherty to her house and has identified someone else in a similar sit- world, people see someone in
extend herself: She opened her a new home. She’s planning uation might offer a similar this situation, they assume all
house to Szekely. a vacation in early January arrangement.” I’m about is ‘gimme, gimme,
and feels that it would be most gimme.’ But I’m an artist. I
It’s the first time the self- appropriate for Szekely to Szekely confirmed that while have something to give. I mean
taught photographer, who still have made new arrangements he’s grateful for everything to achieve, not to receive a
believes his photography is the by then, although she hasn’t Dougherty has done, dealing handout.” l
key to his ultimate financial broached the subject with him. with what will come next has
security, has slept in a proper been overwhelming. He’s found [email protected];
bed in more than seven years. “He always says he doesn’t it difficult to discern, among 215-832-0737
want to pry,” Savitch said about the staggering amount of advice
Part of it has been surreal: his reticence asking questions. he’s received, the best option.


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Yiddish Lives on — With Music and Drink

LOCAL standards, and others were prone to shyness began to call
JESSE BERNSTEIN | JE STAFF compositions by Blacksberg or out to Kafrissen mid-lecture,
Watts; on the piccolo, Marion directing her talk with their
IF THERE’S ONE THING Concus played a composition own questions. On a crowd
Susan Watts can’t stand, it’s the by Watt’s great-grandfather, request, Kafrissen explained the
idea that Yiddish, a language Joseph Hoffman, who was a long history behind the word
estimated to have been spoken noted klezmer musician and “klezmer” itself, correcting
by well over 10 million Jewish poet. Though an unattended modern myths about its source.
people, is “dead.” Yiddish, a phone alarm went off for nearly
dead language? two full songs, its volume Kafrissen is based in New
didn’t impact the clear sound York, and was invited to the
“It’s not dying! There are of the performances, and the event by Watts, who she has
thousands of people speaking performers rolled with it. known for many years. Though From left: Susan Watts plays alongside Dan Blacksberg and Rob Curto
Yiddish. It’s just that we don’t “This has all been a klezmer Yiddish culture events with a Photo by Alan Lankin
know about them,” Watts said mix of klezmer, Yiddish lan-
with a laugh. “But they’re there!” dream,” Blacksberg joked. guage practice and dancing Then they were to practice asking sandwiches and dessert.
Toward the end of the per- are common in New York, she the packet of Yiddish questions Watts was pleased with the
For what it’s worth, Yiddish formance, a few women joined said, places with the unique to one another, and answer in
was alive and well on Dec. 1, when together in the sliver of floor layout of the Philadelphia Folk English. All questions were event. Though she’d run Yiddish
a crowd of about 80 packed the space left over for some spir- Song Society are not. intended to spark discussion — cultural celebrations at Main
Philadelphia Folksong Society ited dancing, along with the one inquired as to which of the Line Reform Temple for years,
building on Ridge Avenue for self-proclaimed “Yiddish Dance “I don’t think in New interlocutor’s family members she’d never combined all of the
“Yiddish Cocktails,” an eve- Master,” Steve Lee Weintraub. York, there’s a space like this,” had spoken Yiddish, and another elements like at this event. But
ning of klezmer music, Yiddish Shortly after the dancing con- Kafrissen said. asked how klezmer music might she hopes to do it again soon. l
language practice and some cluded, it was Weintraub who be kept alive. After a half-hour,
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The evening began in the to give than a single word that
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Philly Faces: Meet the Next Dr. Ruth

PH I LLY FACES Godel, who identifies as social project in that I lead Galia Godel Photo by Jenn Alford
ERIC SCHUCHT | JE STAFF queer, is a member of Kol Tzedek. the LGBTQ Havurah at
She grew up in Cheltenham and Kol Tzedek. I realized how more support for its members am queer is Jewishly. A lot of
THE FORWARD described is the granddaughter of Rabbi rewarding it was to provide or wants to get involved with my practices, through Judaism,
her as “a kind of next-gen Dr. Simeon Maslin, who led Reform support, both for the LGBTQ LGBTQ causes should think are with a focus that relation-
Ruth” while the Philadelphia Congregation Keneseth Israel folks in my congregation and about joining J.Proud. ships and gender are not all
Gay News called her “the sex in Elkins Park and was presi- for the nonqueer folks that the same, and my relationship
educator you wish you invited dent of the Central Conference were struggling or needed From a synagogue that with God can be different than
to seder.” of American Rabbis. more information or needed has a thousand members to a someone else’s relationship
some support with being good project with three staff mem- with God.
Galia Godel, 28, succeeded Godel earned a bachelor’s community members. bers working on it, all Jewish
Phoenix Schneider in 2018 as degree in psychology from organizations are welcome to My Jewish practice is always
the LGBTQ initiative program Temple University and a master’s One of the nice things about join in the community work- going to be deliberately inclu-
manager at Jewish Family and degree in human sexuality edu- Kol Tzedek is that it’s a very, ing toward LGBTQ Jewish sive and that my Jewish values
Children’s Service of Greater cation from Widener University. very queer-inclusive congrega- inclusion. inform my queer values. All of
Philadelphia. There, she orga- Outside of work, Godel operates tion. Our rabbi is trans, half the things that I strive to do as
nizes LGBTQ workshops and a consultancy service under the the congregation is queer in How has Judaism influenced an ethical person in this world
events like the “Transgender name Cerebral Sexuality, con- some way, and so the people your work and life? is because of my Jewish values
and Jewish: Conversations for a ducting workshops with titles who aren’t are, like, there for it and because of my existence as
Changing Community” panel. like “Communication in BDSM — they just don’t always know I identify as a queer Jew, and a queer person. l
Godel also leads the JFCS ini- Relationships,” “Sexual Pleasure how. And when I realized that those identities are not sepa-
tiative J.Proud, a consortium of 101” and “Transgender Basics for was such a rewarding line of rate from each other at all. The [email protected];
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and institutions committed to exist from that, it was very is queerly, and the way that I
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Emily’s Entourage Hosts
Eighth Annual Gala

LOCAL installations and the debut of in love with another one. Then
MATT SILVER | JE STAFF the 2020 Emily’s Entourage they met Kramer-Golinkoff
campaign video, as well and her family.
EMILY’S ENTOURAGE, a as a performance by world-
charity founded in 2011 by champion ice sculptor Peter “They are the most inspir-
Emily Kramer-Golinkoff to find Slavin. ing family I’ve ever met,” Kami
a cure for rare genetic muta- Verne said. “Just to watch this
tions to cystic fibrosis, will hold The honorary co-chairs, family as a unit care for one
its eighth annual gala on Dec. 7 Kami and Josh Verne, are another is so beautiful. I’ve
at Sherman Mills in East Falls. involved in a lot of differ- never seen people face chal-
ent charities, including the lenges with such determination
This year’s event expects Jewish Federation of Greater and hard work and love for one
a turnout of about 500 and Philadelphia and Friendship another. I am in awe of them.”
will feature a mobile auction Circle. They’ve been so involved
of exclusive items and experi- in charity that before learning of Verne’s been to many char-
ences, various immersive art Emily’s Entourage, they swore ity galas, but few, she said, are
to each other they wouldn’t fall
See Emily, Page 9



After-School Program Rethinks Enrichment

LOCAL Beverly Socher-Lerner and children immerse themselves in the Hebrew month of Adar rolls financially and not perturb the
MATT SILVER | JE STAFF around in the spring, Socher- traditionalists too much. But
Philadelphia community. Courtesy of Beverly Socher-Lerner Lerner teaches her students a recognition has come.
WHEN BEVERLY Socher- passage from the Talmud that
Lerner founded Makom up with was largely an experi- years,” she said. she says translates to: “From Even so, it can be isolat-
Community in 2014, she had ence of learning about Judaism But Socher-Lerner’s formula the time that the month of Adar ing when you’re one of only a
a plan that was both simple and not an experience of living is not prescriptive. The idea is to begins, happiness increases, few trailblazers in a field where
and ambitious: to combine Judaism,” she said. “I want my revel in the spirit of the teachings. joy increases.” To Socher- change isn’t always popular,
working parents’ needs for learners — meaning both the For example, when the Lerner, this doesn’t necessarily Socher-Lerner said.
child care with the demand call for any particular piece of
for high-quality after-school pedagogy over another — and, “On the one hand, I love
Jewish education. in fact, it may not call for any being an entrepreneur and, on
pedagogy at all. the other hand, it can be really
Five days a week, from 3-6 lonely work because you’re the
p.m., the community picks up “My students know that one everybody looks to for ‘how
students from a variety of schools once Adar starts, anything can do we solve this problem?’” she
and brings them back “for a happen. They might show up said. “We treat Philadelphia as
whole afternoon of really immer- one day and, instead of a reg- our classroom and the rhythm
sive, playful Jewish education.” ular afternoon, we’re having a of Jewish life here as framing
joke-telling contest. Or maybe and context for our lives and
“The driving idea of Makom there’s ice cream for no good not something to learn about
Community was to bring for- reason other than it’s Adar.” from the front of the class-
ward a new model for Jewish room but instead something
education,” Socher-Lerner Things in the beginning to experience.” l
said. “We’ve had the model of weren’t always easy. It took
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are challenging. The idea really The program recently cap- Hourly, daily, or
was to see if we could bring tured some positive attention. live-in schedule
forward a new model.” Makom — and specifically
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students to take what they’re ative ideas in Jewish education.”
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and make meaning of it. The (the award) will let me to
way previous generations were be part of a lot of the larger
taught in Hebrew school felt national conversations about
too passive. what Jewish education might
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Theatre Ariel Presents a Bilingual Rom-Com

T H E AT E R In it, an Israeli woman actually speak Hebrew.
SELAH MAYA ZIGHELBOIM | JE STAFF named Ayelet and her grand- eatre Ariel does “salon-
mother travel to the U.S., but
“HANDLE WITH CARE,” on Christmas Eve in Virginia, style” theater, or readings in
the second salon of eatre Ayelet’s grandmother dies. private homes, of plays with
Ariel’s 2019-2020 season, was Jewish content and themes.
the rst play that Jason Odell e delivery guy loses the
Williams and his wife Charlotte co n and, as Ayelet speaks e readings of “Handle
Cohn wrote together. little English, he brings his With Care” will take place
Jewish friend Josh to help on Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. in Bala
translate, but Josh doesn’t Cynwyd, on Dec. 8 at 7 p.m.
in Wynnewood, on Dec. 14 at
LEGAL DIRECTORY 8 p.m. in Bryn Mawr and on
Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. in Gladwyne.
ELDER LAW Attorney Jason Odell Williams and his wife Charlotte Cohn wrote “Handle With
AND ere will also be a reading for
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ESTATE PLANNING on Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets
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Nazi Memorabilia Donated to Jewish Group New Hate Crime Law Enacted in New York The incidents included physical assaults, abuse and
REMEMBER THAT controversial auction in A new law in New York requires state police officers harassment, vandalism, graffiti, hate and threats
Munich, Germany, of Nazi memorabilia mentioned to be trained in recognizing and responding to hate made via email, letters, telephone calls, posters,
last week in this space? crimes, JTA reported. stickers and leaflets.

Turns out that 10 of those items, including a “Hatred has no place in New York State and we “More subtle, but just as concerning, was the
top hat owned by Adolf Hitler, were bought by a will continue taking aggressive measures to stamp spread of calumnies about Jews beneath the cloak of
Lebanese-born Swiss businessman who, in turn, out hate whenever and wherever it rears its ugly political discourse about Israel,” said Julie Nathan,
donated them to a Jewish group so they wouldn’t fall head,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. the Executive Council of Australian Jewry’s research
into the wrong hands, reported. director on anti-Semitism.
The bill calls for the state Division of Human Sholem Aleichem Statue in Kiev Vandalized
Abdallah Chatila paid $660,000 for the items Rights and Hate Crimes Task Force to develop A statue in Kiev, Ukraine, commemorating prom-
from the auction house Hermann Historica, a training program to teach law enforcement to inent Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem was found
including Hermann Göring’s copy of “Mein handle hate crimes, but doesn’t detail what the train- vandalized with painted red swastikas the weekend
Kampf,” a cigar box and typewriter. The items were ing should include. of Nov. 23-24, CNN reported.
given to the Israeli fundraising group the Keren
Hayesod Association; it will decide what to do with Hate crimes — especially anti-Semitic incidents Ukrainian police are investigating.
the items. — have become increasingly common in New York “The anti-Semitic act on the Sholem Aleichem
City in 2019, with residents and Jewish institu- monument in Kiev is disgusting, appalling and in
“Far-right populism and anti-Semitism are tions in Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods in Brooklyn need of prompt investigation,” Ukrainian Foreign
spreading all over Europe and the world,” Chatila told victimized by assaults and vandalism. Minister Vadym Prystaiko said on Twitter. The
the Swiss newspaper Le Matin Dimanche. “I did not Anti-Semitic Incidents Up 30% in Australia perpetrator(s) must be brought to justice.”
want these objects to fall into the wrong hands and to The annual Report on Antisemitism in Australia Born in 1859, Aleichem fled Kiev in 1905 after
be used by people with dishonest intentions.” shows a 30% increase over the last year in major witnessing pogroms, eventually settling in New York
anti-Semitic incidents there, including verbal abuse, City. The so-called “Yiddish Mark Twain” is best
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Israeli Unemployment Hits Record Low when a since-closed factory was located in the Israeli Stamps Depict First Torah in Space
ISRAEL’S UNEMPLOYMENT hit a record low of West Bank. Israeli issued limited-edition commemorative stamps
3.4% in October, Globes reported, citing data from that show the first Torah in space and also feature
the Central Bureau of Statistics. Yas’ur Transport Helicopters Grounded Jeffrey Hoffman, the United States astronaut who
After One Catches Fire brought the Torah and other items with him in 1985,
October’s rate was down from 3.6% in September. The Israeli Air Force grounded all of its aging Yas’ur The Jerusalem Post reported.
Among men, the unemployment rate dropped to transport helicopters after one was destroyed Nov.
3.1%, compared to 3.3% a month earlier. For women, 26 when its engine caught fire, The Jerusalem Post Only 200 sheets of the stamps were produced, and
the rate fell to 3.7% from 3.9%. reported. they are being sold online for anywhere between $100
Even with the record low unemployment, the sta- and $360. Proceeds go toward production of a film
tistics bureau said Israel’s labor market is unsettled. All 11 soldiers and two pilots aboard made it out about Hoffman and the Torah.
A slowdown in economic expansion may be ahead, unhurt after an emergency landing near Beit Kama
as the number of available jobs has dropped. The in the northern Negev desert. It was one of three heli- “It kind of blows me away, to be honest. I’ve never
total number of employed people in Israel actually copters headed to a southern Israel base for a training been on a stamp before,” said Hoffman, the first
declined 0.7% in October. exercise. Jewish-American man in space and now a professor
Pepsi to Expand SodaStream Plant in aeronautics and astronautics at the Massachusetts
PepsiCo — which bought Israeli home soda maker The Israel Defense Forces said a “technical mal- Institute of Technology.
manufacturer SodaStream in 2018 for $3.2 billion — function” caused the fire, but a further investigation
said it plans to expand the company’s southern Israel is planned. Along with the Torah, Hoffman brought a
plant, JTA reported. mezuzah with a Velcro strip that he attached to his
The plant will hire 1,000 more workers after a $92 The Yas’ur helicopters, which were first used in bunk, as well as a weighed prayer shawl that wouldn‘t
million expansion. 1969, are the primary helicopter the air force uses float away in zero gravity. In addition, he brought a
The Rahat-based plant now employs 1,500 people, to transport soldiers and equipment. Although they menorah to celebrate Chanukah, but he never lit it
with Bedouin Arabs from the nearby area comprising have been upgraded over time, plans are in place to aboard the Space Shuttle.
a third of the workforce. The workforce includes 74 replace them by 2025.
West Bank Palestinians who worked at SodaStream Hoffman flew on five Space Shuttle missions
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a festival that touched upon “VIRTUAL BODIES // the world to come” features the work of seven Jewish artists who explore the The stars of “YidLife Crisis” will perform
those things,” Evans said. “It is
new for us, and we also realize Jewish concept of the afterlife through new media. Courtesy of Olivia Antsis at the festival. Courtesy of Olivia Antsis
we are the first, so that was
exciting to capture that.” show with Elman and Batalion. adherence to it, but understand- The evening closes at 7:30 p.m. to the two, organizers believe.
The two hail from Montreal, ing our identity and our lineage with a live talk with Katz, the “It’s not that this type of pro-
The festival begins at 5 p.m. and their Yiddish web series was with a sense of humor about it co-host of “Tech Talk,” a show on
on Dec. 7 with the opening called “the First Yiddish sitcom” and appreciating that,” Batalion Amazon Prime featuring Israeli gram is completely brand new to
and reception for “VIRTUAL by The Forward. said. “We should all laugh at technology entrepreneurs. She our audiences, but there hasn’t
BODIES // the world to come.” ourselves in general and be able will discuss emerging tech and been a festival dedicated specifi-
The exhibition features the One of their most recent to come together over laughter, major life events, such as moving cally to sharing, celebrating and
works of seven Jewish artists projects was the 2018 film using comedy to teach.” to Israel in 2011 and perform- exploring Jewish storytelling in
who explore the Jewish con- “Chewdaism: A Taste of Jewish ing on Israel’s “The Voice.” our digital age, and that’s how
cept of the afterlife through Montreal,” which was named All day Dec. 8 there will be She’ll be joined by her mother, we brand this festival,” Antsis
new media, such as video and best documentary at Gershman’s panels on topics including social Spielberg — the sister of film leg- said. “We want people to play
virtual reality. 2019 fall film festival. Batalion media and fake news, as well as end Steven Spielberg — who has and explore and get them out of
said their show will be in English a podcasting workshop. There produced films including 2018’s their comfort zones in a positive
At 5:30 p.m., Julia Bruk, a and feature a combination of also will be live recordings of “Who Will Write Our History.” sense, allow them the opportu-
senior art director at Amazon stand-up comedy, sketches, the podcasts “Psychoanalysis On Katz is used to being in the pub- nity to go places they haven’t
and the exhibit’s curator, will musical numbers, video shorts and Off the Couch” with Harvey lic eye and translating tech to the gone before, to hear perspec-
deliver the keynote speech. She and slide-based visual humor. Schwartz and “Throwing Sheyd: masses, but not so much when it tives they may not have heard,
said she will touch upon how Better Living Through Jewish comes to talking about herself. but also a chance to celebrate
the digital world alters our “Our whole mission around Demonology.” the things that they love.”
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of new media on the world. on a stage in front of people, Emily August, NMAJH’s
but this is the first time I have director of communications
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the ability to use Skype to keep actually all very exciting for the festival was a natural
in touch with her uncle in me because I love new media,” extension of its partnership
Russia. As a Jewish immigrant, Katz said. “I love new media in with Gershman.
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to present in a place like the of the options.” “To be an American Jewish
Jewish museum on Jewish ide- history museum that gets the
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Marking the end of the fes- are as an institution,” August said.
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Truth Is Not Selective: Poland vs. Netflix

BEN COHEN As a furious chorus of Polish Netflix’s attention to “difficult other European nations where violence directed at the Jews of
complaints led by Prime and important topics.” To any- puppet rulers were installed by pre-war Poland by thousands of
POLAND’S GOVERNMENT Minister Mateusz Morawiecki one who isn’t tuned into the the Nazis. Secondly, the risks their fellow Poles.
won an important victory on correctly pointed out, Poland finer details of the Polish World of resisting the Nazis were far
the battleground of history a was eliminated as a sovereign War II debate — and that is greater in Poland, where hid- In tandem with these devel-
few weeks ago. It succeeded country through its partition most people — the spat with ing or otherwise aiding a Jew opments, Polish relations with
in persuading the entertain- at the hands of Nazi Germany Netflix would seem to have would result in a sentence of Israel have nose-dived. In
ment-streaming service Netflix and the Soviet Union. When been resolved by a welcome death; the same offense against the furor over the passage of
to amend a newly released the Germans invaded Poland, combination of sober historical the Reich in France, by con- the IPN Act, several leading
World War II-based docu- they did not install a puppet research, mutual respect and trast, carried a much lighter Holocaust historians accused
mentary that implied, through government, as was the norm an accent upon factual accu- sentence. Poland of callously whitewash-
one of its maps, that the six elsewhere, but split the coun- racy as the one element of the ing its reputation to suit its
extermination centers built by try into districts under direct historical narrative that really In Jewish circles, Polish present nationalist agenda; the
the Nazis on Polish soil were German rule. matters. anger over these issues has dispute even became a domes-
located in an independent, sov- invariably received a sympa- tic issue, as Prime Minister
ereign country, rather than one In a letter to Netflix CEO Matters such as these, how- thetic hearing. For example, Benjamin Netanyahu was
under German occupation. Reed Hastings, Morawiecki ever, are rarely so simple. In Yad Vashem, Israel’s national taken to task for allegedly pri-
argued that viewers would be Poland’s case, a legitimate Holocaust memorial, frowns oritizing his desire for close
The offending map was “deceived into believing that complaint such as the one upon the use of the phrase trade and defense links with
included in “The Devil Next Poland was responsible for against Netflix also serves as “Polish concentration camp,” Poland over the truth of the
Door,” the widely praised doc- establishing and maintaining a gateway for the very “rewrit- as do the leading Jewish advo- Holocaust. Ironically, when,
umentary produced by the these camps, and for commit- ing of history” that so alarms cacy organizations — the last February, Netanyahu
Netflix studios about Nazi war ting the crimes therein.” Morawiecki, in terms of other American Jewish Committee, did briefly mention the facts
criminal John Demjanjuk. The critical aspects of the Nazi the World Jewish Congress and of Polish collaboration with
former U.S. citizen was even- He went on: “As my country occupation. the Anti-Defamation League the Nazis, the government in
tually convicted of assisting in did not even exist at that time as among them — that have built Warsaw promptly responded
the murder of 28,000 Jews at an independent state, and mil- For more than a decade, close relationships with Polish by canceling a summit of
Sobibor — one of the six death lions of Poles were murdered at successive nationalist govern- institutions since the end of the Eastern European nations that
factories constructed by Nazi these sites, this element of ‘The ments in Poland have made it a Cold War. was being hosted by Israel.
Germany during its occupation Devil Next Door’ is nothing priority to assault some of the
of Poland, alongside Auschwitz, short of rewriting history.” myths and careless formula- But accompanying these When it comes to debating
Chelmno, Treblinka, Belzec tions that have arisen around legitimate complaints is an the issue of Holocaust collab-
and Majdanek. Within a few days of receiv- the Holocaust in Poland. For aggressive tendency to police oration, Poland will not settle
ing Morawiecki’s letter, Netflix example, most Poles detest the research and discussion of for anything less than com-
The problem with the map conceded its error and prom- — and rightly so — the lazy the Holocaust so that any prob- plete exoneration for its nation
as rendered by Netflix was that ised to fix it. A revised map description of Auschwitz as a ing of Polish collaboration is — a goal that doesn’t comport
it showed Poland as a unified would “make it clearer that the “Polish concentration camp,” denounced as historical revi- with the historical record. Just
country with sovereign bor- extermination and concentra- when it is more properly under- sionism. Its Institute of National as it is true that there were no
ders — an absolute travesty tion camps in Poland were built stood as a Nazi extermination Remembrance (IPN) Law Polish units in the SS — unlike
of that country’s actual situ- and operated by the German camp built on occupied Polish passed in 2017 initially made the Lithuanian, Ukrainian and
ation during World War II. Nazi regime who invaded the soil by the invading Germans. speaking of Polish collabora- other national units — it is
country and occupied it from tion with the Nazis — the “Blue also true that several thousand
1939-1945,” a statement from There are other vague, gen- Police” units established by the of the 3 million Polish Jews
the company explained. erally accepted notions about Germans, the Szmalcownik murdered by the Nazis were
World War II that infuriate the bandits who preyed on Jews in delivered to their executioners
Poland’s leaders responded Poles as well. On the thorny hiding — a criminal offense. by non-Jewish Poles. Truth is
warmly. Writing on his own issue of collaboration with the Increasingly, Polish histo- not selective. l
Facebook page, Morawiecki Germans, two main points are rians emphasize that the 3
remarked that mistakes “are made. Firstly, because Poland million Jews from Poland who Ben Cohen is a New York City-based
not always made of bad will, was under direct German were murdered by the Nazis journalist and author who writes a
so it is worth talking con- occupation, historians cannot were “Polish citizens,” which weekly column on Jewish and inter-
structively about correcting talk about “collaboration” in conveniently overlooks the national affairs for JNS, where this
them.” Similarly, on Twitter, Poland as they would do with widespread discrimination and article originally appeared.
the Polish foreign ministry Croatia, France, Hungary and
recorded its “appreciation” of


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Should Government Regulate KVETCH ’N’ KVELL

Facebook to Curb Anti-Semitism? A Correction to the Correction
DORE GOLD’S OP-ED (“A Long-Awaited Correction in
OREN DOBZINSKI AND ANAT TALMY or hate speech. From 1933 to not allowed to regulate their Israeli Policy,” Nov. 28) offered a full-throated defense of the
the outbreak of World War II, content. Self-regulation has legality of Jewish settlements. What is left to be said is that it
A COUPLE WEEKS AGO, Winston Churchill was not been working great in the case is flawed thinking to believe that Jewish towns anywhere are
Sacha Baron Cohen, a great allowed to speak on the BBC of movies, where the Motion preventing peace.
actor and comedian, won the and warn his countrymen of Picture Association of America
International Leadership Award Hitler’s Germany because this — a nongovernmental body — In light of the hundreds of rockets fired at Israeli civilian
at the Anti-Defamation-League opinion was considered too self-regulates movies and rates targets from Gaza in November, there is no reason to believe
summit on anti-Semitism and controversial. This had cata- them for different audiences. the creation of a Palestinian state where the settlements now are
hate. In his acceptance speech, strophic consequences. would result in peace of any kind. For promoters of Israeli ter-
Cohen called Facebook “a pro- Even if it was constitu- ritorial concessions, the withdrawal/disengagement from Gaza
paganda machine” and pointed Freedom of speech tional, letting a government was supposed to set the precedent they hoped would soon be
out several other internet com- as defined in the First body regulate Facebook’s repeated in Judea and Samaria (West Bank).
panies that disseminate hate Amendment was not meant content would be necessarily
speech, causing lies to spread to protect popular opinions. “one size fits all” and inflexi- Instead, Gaza has become the most graphic illustration of
quickly to millions of users. It was meant to defend fringe ble, where the subject matter why relinquishing Judea and Samaria to the perennially hos-
ideas and opinions that may is inherently subtle and sub- tile and extremely corrupt Palestinian Authority is a flat-out
While Cohen mentioned sound objectionable to some jective. Currently, people that dangerous idea. Imagine how the rocket attacks against Israel
a few despicable ideologies, people or perhaps to most peo- find some content offensive in the wake of the Baha al-Ata killing would have looked if
including anti-Semitism, that ple. An example of the extent to and are unhappy with the way the terrorist armies had instead been West Bank Palestinian
are amplified over social media, which hate speech is protected Facebook handles it can opt Arabs, operating from inside a Palestinian state in the West
and while we do appreciate his is the case of Brandenburg v. out of that platform and use a Bank. Those November rockets would be in easy range of the
wish to fight those, his proposed Ohio in 1969, in which the different platform. Others may Western Wall, the Knesset and passenger jets landing at Ben
solution — “it’s time for regula- court declared that even opt out if they think Facebook Gurion Airport.
tion and legislation to curb the inflammatory speech, such as is doing too much to limit
greed of these high-tech rob- racist language by a leader of content. In contrast, legisla- Moshe Phillips, National Director | Herut North America
ber barons” — is both inferior the Ku Klux Klan, should gen- tion would impose the same (U.S. Division) - The Jabotinsky Movement
to other approaches and most erally be protected unless it is limit on all platforms and will
likely unconstitutional as well. likely to cause imminent vio- have to draw the line some- Is Concern About Signage Anti-Semitic?
lence. Similarly, anti-Semitism where, which might be too The fact that the signage at Congregations of Shaare Shamayim
Cohen is not alone in his and hate speech, in general, permissive for some or too was allowed to stand for four decades, only to be determined
finger-pointing at Facebook for are protected under the First lenient for others, and opting this past June to violate city zoning laws, raises a disturbing
spreading misinformation and Amendment and the gov- out of one platform won’t help possibility (“Shaare Shamayim’s Signs Challenged By L&I,”
proposing regulation. In the ernment cannot censor it on because the same limits would Nov. 28).
last two years, Facebook CEO Facebook or elsewhere. be applied to all of them.
Mark Zuckerberg has appeared In this time of rising anti-Semitism, it cannot be ignored
multiple times before Congress A social network such as Sacha Baron Cohen is right that this action on the part of the Department of Licenses and
and was grilled on Facebook’s Facebook is just one exam- that the speed with which lies Inspections might be just such an act. It would be worth inves-
track record on civil rights ple of an outlet that can be are spreading on social media tigating who at L&I determined the signs are in violation, and
and handling of privacy, hate used to disseminate disinfor- is scary. However, the best way what the backgrounds might be of those involved.
speech and misinformation. mation. Other examples are to fight lies, hate speech and
Several Democratic presiden- TV and radio stations. But prejudice is not by banning The signs may indeed be in violation of zoning laws, but their
tial candidates even proposed the Federal Communications it but by arguing against it. being allowed to remain unchanged for 40 years sets a precedent
breaking up Facebook. Commission, a government Cohen’s paternalistic assump- that didn’t need to be overturned. I would like to be sure there
body that regulates TV and tion hides his wish to ban was not an ulterior motive.
Censorship is a slippery radio, is “barred by law from speech he doesn’t like because
slope and may lead to the trying to prevent the broadcast he assumes people cannot Steven J. Barrer | Huntingdon Valley
banning of content that has of any point of view” and from think for themselves and that
nothing to do with prejudice “censoring broadcast material, a government body should tell What About Kristallnacht?
in most cases, and from mak- them what opinions are right In November of 2012 the Jewish Exponent published the fol-
ing any regulation that would and what opinions are wrong. lowing letter that I wrote to the editor: “Why, on the 74th
interfere with freedom of Eventually, the responsibility is anniversary of Kristallnacht, was there no mention of it in the
speech.” The same protections on us to distinguish lies from Exponent’s Nov. 8 issue? Has the Jewish community forgotten an
extend to Facebook. truth and to reject hatred and event we should ‘never forget’?”
conspiracy theories, regardless
However, Facebook should of the platform.  l On the 81st anniversary of Kristallnacht, I was disappointed
be free to decide what speech to see that the only mention of Kristallnacht in the Nov. 7 issue
it allows and what it does not. Oren Dobzinski and Anat Talmy was in the calendar section, where two synagogues posted that
Similar to some social networks, are software engineers who live in they were holding Kristallnacht memorial services.
movies also reach millions of Pittsburgh.
people, yet the government is You won’t have to change much in reprinting my 2012 letter. l

Howard Lurie | King of Prussia



Autumn Desserts: Beyond the Pie

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dough. a red wine syrup infused with simmer for about 40 minutes.
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‘Spongebob’ Hits Town With Jewish Cast Members

T H E AT E R which opened on Dec. 3 and Denver, but he’s no stranger McIntyre, 21, is a native of Zach Kovonov as Mr. Krabs
JESSE BERNSTEIN | JE STAFF runs until Dec. 15. The show to Philadelphia. He is a 2014 Los Angeles, who graduated Photo by Jeremy Daniel
is recommended for children 5 graduate of the University of early from the University of
IT HAS TO BE SAID: There and up, as well as anyone with the Arts. Following his gradu- Southern California’s School of fashioned into an engaging
is nothing to suggest that a sense of humor. ation, he moved to New York, Dramatic Arts back in May. musical, but after seeing a
Spongebob Squarepants, nor where he’s been ever since. Since he was just 5 — right rendition of the song “BFF” —
any of his friends and foes Besides Kononov, the show around the time he started “a bop,” in McIntyre’s words
in Bikini Bottom, are Jewish. features contributions from Growing up, Kononov watching “Spongebob” — he’s — he knew it was a joyous
Squidward, Sandy, Patrick — several other Jews. Tristan attended a Reform syna- wanted to be an actor. Even production.
most likely non-Jews, all of McIntyre plays Krabs’ nemesis, gogue, though his family later at that age, he remembers
them. Sheldon J. Plankton, and the switched to a Conservative shul. asking his mother about Joy, McIntyre said, is the
show is directed by the Tony Memorably, he took part in the getting representation. point of the show, though it is
For Jewish fans of the TV Award-nominated director of Colorado Children’s Chorale not without other attractions.
cartoon, that may be a bit- the original Broadway produc- production of “Brundibar,” Though his Jewish practice
ter pill. But to Zach Kononov, tion, Tina Landau. a musical conceived and per- was limited to holidays with his “We definitely make you
who will play Spongebob’s formed at Theresienstadt. grandmother in Laguna Beach, feel, and we definitely make
miserly boss Mr. Krabs in The critically and commer- Though it was “The Music Man” his ambition to travel as part you feel nostalgic and care for
“The Spongebob Musical” cially successful musical was a that gave him the acting bug, of his acting career partially these characters,” he said. l
now at the Forrest Theatre, smash hit in its Broadway run, he values the other experience stems from his Birthright trip.
the sense of loving commu- with original songs from John deeply. Those 10 days, he said, helped [email protected];
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Disco, members of Aerosmith, acclaimed musical based on McIntyre has played a wide
“The show is about coming Cyndi Lauper, Rob Hyman and “Spongebob Squarepants,” a range of characters — Action
together and supporting each Sara Bareilles, among others. show he grew up watching in “West Side Story,” Tisiphone
other and love and celebration That’s not even to mention with his brother, is not lost on in “Rough Magic,” Benvolio in
and optimism, which is some- other music from David Bowie Kononov. That the show exists at “Romeo and Juliet” — but none
thing that you see reflected in and Brian Eno. all is a source of amazement. quite like the owner of the Chum
the Jewish culture a lot,” he said. Bucket himself, Plankton. For
“It’s such a fun place to “It’s unreal,” he said. an actor who originally hoped
Kononov is one of a few play, and to come into the the- McIntyre is similarly enthused to be in the ensemble, it’s an
Jewish people involved in the ater and be fully immersed about his part in the musical exciting challenge.
Forrest Theatre’s production in that is extremely exciting,” based on a show he grew up
of “The Spongebob Musical,” Kononov said. watching with his sister (his He was initially skeptical
favorite episode: “The Idiot Box”). that “Spongebob” could be
Kononov, 28, is from

Bible Players Mix Comedy and Judaism

ARTS From left: Andrew Davies and 2011 as a way to combine their the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Friedman discovered com-
JESSE BERNSTEIN | JE STAFF Aaron Friedman perform for the great loves: Judaism and mak- Academy), performing in edy around the same time that
Institute for Southern Jewish Life ing jokes. In the beginning, shows together as they both he learned to read Torah, and
ONE OF THE GO-TO sketch this past summer they performed largely for developed a love for comedy. theorizes now that it was a
settings for the Bible Players, an schools and camps, flexing the Both cite watching “Seinfeld” similar sort of confidence that
educational comedy group ded- Photo by Rachel Savannah Glazer improv muscles they’d devel- with their families as founda- allows him to do both. And
icated to transmitting Jewish oped as overworked summer tional to their respective senses for Davies, his time at Akiba
values and lessons to audi- Bible Players’ work. camp counselors at Ramah Day of humor, and both can recall helped him pinpoint what it is
ences of all ages, is what Aaron “Necessity,” Friedman said, Camp in Nyack, New York. specific sketches they wrote for about comedy and Judaism that
Friedman calls “well scenes.” class while at Akiba. draws him so strongly to both.
“is the imma of invention.” Now, the Bible Players are
Moses and Zipporah, The Bible Players are a proj- a miniature Jewish-comedy And who could blame “I really credit the plu-
Rachel and Jacob, Rebecca and empire, a troupe of eight that them? If you’d come up with ralistic Jewish education of
Eliezer — the list of biblical ect of Friedman, 37, and Davies, performs and leads professional the Simchat Torah Network Akiba in allowing me to make
well encounters go on and on. 35. They started the group in development for Jewish educa- (“All Simchat Torah, All the Judaism my own and bring my
They’ve got sparks of romance, tors across the country. It’s been Time”) like Davies did, you’d goofiness to Judaism,” he said.
sheep, camels and more. a long journey to get here. remember that, too.
After high school, Friedman
For Friedman and his life- Friedman was a student at “I’ve kind of always been a went off to List College (JTS/
long comedy partner and friend, the Forman Center, and Davies goofball,” Davies said. Columbia), and Davies headed
Andrew Davies, those scenes are attended the Stern Center (both to Brandeis University, where
rife with the sort of humor that were then Solomon Schechter, Goofball-ness aside, both he studied English literature.
they’ve enjoyed for decades, and and are now Perelman Jewish Davies and Friedman had a Friedman studied creative
that now forms the basis of the Day School); both attended sense of the interplay between
Akiba Hebrew Academy (now their mutual interests in comedy See Bible, Page 19
and Judaism from a young age.



Local Jewish Mobsters Featured in ‘The Irishman’

FILM the Cadillac Linen Service mob” referenced here? commerce, Hoffman and bringing together a wide-rang-
EMILY BURACK | JTA in Delaware, a competitor to Let’s turn to the book on Weisberg were Stromberg’s ing group of Jewish and Italian
the laundry company that first and second in command. crime bosses. He was sentenced
Warning: Mild spoilers follow. Whispers owns in Atlantic City. which the film was based. The It makes sense that they would to death — the only mob boss to
“THE IRISHMAN,” Martin real Frank Sheeran recounts in control a corrupt laundry that receive the death penalty — and
Scorsese’s latest organized Whispers also tells Sheeran “I Heard You Paint Houses,” serviced Atlantic City — Rosen’s executed in 1944.
crime epic, recently became that Cadillac Linen is owned the source material for “The influence extended to South
streamable on Netflix. by “a bunch of Jews,” hands Irishman,” that two Jewish Jersey, as well as to Baltimore *Arnold “The Brain”
Sheeran an envelope of cash mobsters did in fact own and Washington, D.C. Rothstein was best known for
Even if the significant digital and says, “Let them collect their Cadillac Linen Services: Cappy fixing the 1919 baseball World
de-aging of the actors involved insurance, which I’m sure they Hoffman and Woody Weisman. Whether this incident Series and being depicted in
is a bit distracting, the film’s have plenty, and leave this f---ing happened as “The Irishman” “The Great Gatsby” as Meyer
good reviews hold up thanks other place alone, the one I’m But Weisman may actually recounts — an attempted burn- Wolfsheim. Rothstein put
in large part to its legendary involved in.” have been named Max “Willie” ing of a laundry, followed by together the largest gambling
director and cast — Scorsese Weisberg. In the self-published a murder — we’ll probably empire in the U.S. during the
and none other than Robert De But Sheeran is spotted book “Izzy: A Life Inside the never know. What we do know: 1920s, realizing business oppor-
Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino. scouting out Cadillac Linen Old Philadelphia Jew Mob,” Jewish mobsters certainly tunities during Prohibition. He
Services, and he’s called in to a Jewish mobster’s nephew existed. Jewish-American orga- was murdered in 1928 at age 46.
Making a very brief appear- talk to another mobster, Angelo writes that Cadillac Linen is nized crime reached its heights
ance in the mafia madness? Bruno (Harvey Keitel). It turns really run by a man named during the 1920s and ’30s and * Meyer Lansky (born Meier
Jewish mobsters. out that the laundry is owned Willie Weisberg. largely declined after World Suchowlański in Poland) ran
not only by the Jewish mob, but War II. a wide gambling network and
The 3½-hour story follows also by Bruno and his Italian Samuel “Cappy” Hoffman, helped develop the National
Philadelphia’s Frank Sheeran gangsters. Bufalino vouches for meanwhile, was called “the And while “The Irishman” Crime Syndicate. He tried to
(De Niro), who becomes a hit- him, saving Sheeran’s life. vice king” of Atlantic City. He does not get into it because many retire in Israel in 1970, but
man for the Bufalino crime died in 1970 at the age of 65. were in power before the film was his citizenship application was
family, led by Russel Bufalino To atone, Sheeran is ordered Between 1923 and 1962, he was set, New York was also home to rejected because he was a “dan-
(Pesci), and spends time work- to kill Whispers. Sheeran arrested 23 times. many famous Jewish mobsters. ger to public safety.” He died
ing for union leader Jimmy becomes indebted to Bufalino, Here are some highlights: of natural causes in 1983. The
Hoffa (Pacino). and the subsequent killing is Weisberg was the “chief lieu- Jewish Telegraphic Agency in
Sheeran’s first murder of “The tenant” for a prominent mob *J. Edgar Hoover called its obituary called Lansky “an
About 30 minutes into the Irishman,” setting him on a boss named Harry Stromberg, Louis “Lepke” Buchalter the acknowledged financial wizard
film, Sheeran takes a job from path for the rest of the film. known as Nig Rosen, based out “most dangerous criminal in and one-time reputed czar of
mobster Whispers DiTullio of Philadelphia. the United States.” In 1932, organized crime in the U.S.
(Paul Herman). Whispers “Whispers didn’t tell you it Lepke helped organize the and many points overseas.” l
instructs him to burn down was Jew mob?” Bruno asks. According to a 1950 con- group known as “Murder, Inc.,”
gressional investigation into
So who exactly is the “Jew organized crime in interstate

Bible Friedman. Out of that conversa- complications arose. Davies Israel in Warrington with one “I’m really interested in
tion, the Bible Players were born. moved back to Philadelphia a Bible Player, while Davies led a acting for the sake of bettering
Continued from Page 18 few years ago, while Friedman professional development week- the community,” Ormsby said.
Over the next few years, stayed in New York. They end for teachers in Clearwater,
writing and Jewish studies. Friedman and Davies wrote wondered if that would spell Florida, alongside a newer Bible It’s not yet clear what the
“Those two majors,” he said, sketches and performed improv the end of the Bible Players. Player, Alison Ormsby. future will be for the Bible
all over the country for Jewish Players, though Davies dreams
“qualify me for ... well, literally, groups, developing new wrin- Instead, the group grew. They Ormsby, a University of the of a West Coast-based team.
the only job I can think of is kles along the way; after they added six new Bible Players, Arts graduate, was introduced to In the meantime, they’ll keep
what I’m doing right now.” saw a demand for a show each trained by Friedman and Davies through his wife, Molly goofing around for Jews across
for adults, they created their Davies; some are in New York, Wernick, who was once Ormsby’s the country, and maybe teach
It wasn’t until after college Unkosher Comedy Show (rated and others are in Philadelphia. camp counselor at Camp Galil. something, too. l
that they really reconnected, reish, as they say) and developed The opportunity to mix acting
when they had both moved to programming appropriate for Now, they can be two places with tikkun olam, she said, was [email protected];
New York. Friedman was teach- college students. at once. A few weekends ago, one she couldn’t pass up. 215-832-0740
ing, while Davies assisted the Friedman was at Tiferes B’nai
city of New York in investigating Synagogues began to hire them
police officers, “one of the least for whole weekends, and they NDAiMdE:yMoINuYAhNaSvUeLArMelYaAtKiOvVes/ GwERhSoHMwANerYe; WmIDeTHm: 5b.5eIrNs; DoEfPTtHh: e
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Davies said. On the side, they about their show’s education por-
wrote comedy with a group they tion. Since then, Friedman earned Please visit
formed called the Rapscallions. a master’s degree in Jewish educa- for important information about memorial plaques.
tion from the Jewish Theological
In 2011, Davies got work act- Seminary, and he and Davies lead For more information, e-mail us or call our voicemail line.
ing in anti-bullying show for workshops for teachers that stress
students. He was enthused by how valuable improv can be. (267) 350-6528 • • [email protected]
the idea of values-based comedy,
and talked over the idea with And as these things go,


Torah Portion


Jewish Karma? Dec. 6 4:17 p.m.
Dec. 13 4:18 p.m.

BY RABBI NATHAN MARTIN disguise, while in our par- swindle for a swindle.” Esau and, later in this parsha, we keeping our distance or try-
sha Jacob himself is deceived While our tradition does Jacob’s deceptive practices ing to manipulate situations to
PARSHAT VAYEITZEI through Laban’s disguising of around expanding his flocks try to get what we want? Are we
IN THIS WEEK’S parsha, we Leah, thereby orchestrating not necessarily hold that for (wealth) also forces him to leave falling into old patterns?
encounter the famous episode Jacob’s marriage to Laban’s every bad action or behavior Laban’s house without closure.
where Jacob, on the run from firstborn daughter. there is an equal receipt of bad Sometimes the behaviors
having deceived his brother behavior toward you in return, While one could argue that we learn as young people are
out of his birthright and bless- Midrash Tanchuma the rabbis are aware that in a the ends justify the means, not so easy to change. I’m not
ing, ends up at the home of his (Tanchuma, Buber, Vayeitzei) universe where God is paying there is no question that for surprised that Jacob contin-
Uncle Laban. picks up on this and imagines a close attention, bad behavior Jacob and for us there is a sig- ued to repeat the dishonesty
dialogue between Jacob and Leah. does have consequences. nificant cost of isolation. Bad he learned early in his life later
Taken by Laban’s daugh- behavior distances our possi- because it was a survival strat-
ter’s Rachel’s beauty, Jacob When he arose in the morn- In a discussion about trans- bility for close relationship. egy that he thought worked. It
agrees to work for his uncle ing, there was Leah. Jacob said gression and punishment in was only as he became older
for seven years in exchange for to her, “Daughter of a swindler, the Talmud, Rava/Rav Hisda As social beings, losing did he develop the capacity to
her hand, but on the wedding why did you trick me?!” She teaches, “If a person sees that strong connections with those face his shortcomings.
night Laban switches his elder said to him, “[What about] you! suffering has befallen him, he around us affects our well-being.
daughter Leah, whom Jacob is Why did you trick your father? should examine his actions” It increases our risk for hyper- This work did not happen
tricked into marrying first. As When he said to you, ‘Is this my (Berakhot 5a) and goes on to tension and heart disease as well overnight; it took a lifetime.
the text reads, “When morning son Esau?’ you said to him, ‘I suggest that even if one does as affecting our mental health. But perhaps encountering this
came, there was Leah!” So he am Esau your firstborn (Genesis not find a specific cause in their While Jacob struggled early in story of the consequences of
said to Laban, “What is this 27:19).’ Now you are saying, behavior, the suffering could be his life to build relationships, falsehood can help us point our
you have done to me? I was in ‘Why have you tricked me?!’ more generally due to the lack he did seem to find more stabil- lives in a direction where we are
your service for Rachel! Why And did your father not say of Torah study. ity, particularly after he wrestled living more honestly and truth-
did you deceive me?” (Genesis (to Esau), ‘Your brother (Jacob) with an angel (or his own per- fully with those we care about. l
29:25). came with deceit’ (Genesis While I don’t live in a uni- sonal demons) and took on the
27:35)?” (Tanchuma Buber, verse where I believe in such name of God-wrestler (Israel). Nathan Martin serves as the asso-
There is something eerily Vayeitzei, 11:1.) a direct karmic relationship ciate rabbi at Congregation Beth
parallel here to the deception between bad behavior and As we prepare to move into Israel of Media. The Board of Rabbis
that Jacob enacted upon his The rabbis were clearly punishment, I still do think a more dormant and reflective of Greater Philadelphia is proud to
father Isaac in the previous uncomfortable with Jacob’s that there is wisdom to be har- time of year, a time when we provide the Torah commentary for
parsha (Chapter 27) in order behavior. Through this imag- vested from the notion that bad invite Jacob’s story into our the Jewish Exponent.
to get the firstborn blessing. ined dialogue they seem to be behavior has consequences. awareness, perhaps this can
In the former encounter, Jacob expanding the notion of the also be a useful moment to
deceives his father through law of retaliation for an injury Because of his deception, reflect on our own relation-
(“an eye for an eye”) to damage Jacob is forced to flee from the ships with those we care about.
caused through deception — “a possibility of relationship and
reconciliation with his brother Are we being honest? Are

Baker of Glazier’s customers, like Nathalie Glazier of Newtown you go to an Israeli website. delicious.” From there, she
Rachel Lebovits of Highland won Best New Product in the There’s very little out there began creating artistic cakes,
Continued from Page 4 Park, New Jersey, discover her Giftware, Novelty & Non-Food in general.” cupcakes, cookies, Moroccan
products through social media. category at this year’s Kosherfest pastries and French macarons.
of cutters shaped like meno- for her Hebrew lettering stamps. Glazier came of age in Friends took notice and her
rahs, dreidels, challah, kippahs Lebovits runs her own Casablanca, Morocco. At 19, operation grew into a full-
and so on. She sells more than custom desserts business, Photos by Nathalie Glazier she moved to France and met blown business.
70 products in her Etsy shop, Sprinkled Pink NJ, and uses her husband, a United States
including the Hebrew lettering Glazier’s customizable letters molds and paper templates to citizen who happened to be on Glazier takes great sat-
stamps that took that prize at in her baking. Lebovits said she get the look she wanted. vacation. isfaction in the fact that the
Kosherfest in Secaucus, New previously relied on chocolate opportunity for artistic expres-
Jersey. It’s the largest and “Because it’s such a small “Most people bring back a sion results in something
most attended show of its niche market, companies don’t little Eiffel Tower keychain,” others can enjoy.
kind in the world, according focus on it,” Lebovits said. Glazier said. “He had to bring
to Yeshiva World News, and is “There’s really not a lot of back a wife.” “What I enjoy most is to
estimated to have drawn more nice Jewish fonts, even if make people happy,” Glazier
than 6,000 visitors from 21 Glazier got into baking said. “I just love the look on
countries. years ago as a hobby. It was a their faces when they come
way to spend her newly found pick up their cake, and they see
Glazier was one of more than free time as her three kids these custom cakes with the
400 exhibitors at the show held grew older. Another hobby was thing they wanted, and they’re
Nov. 12-13 at the Meadowlands ceramics. just so happy. I just love that.” l
Convention Center.
Eventually, she found a way [email protected];
Outside of the show, most to merge the two with the dis- 215-832-0751
covery of fondant, “which is
basically like Play-Doh, but



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THURSDAY, DEC. SATURDAY, DEC. festival passes are $25, Sunday passes
are $35 and two-day passes are $50.
Museum Trip. Torah, Bagels and Co ee. For the full lineup, visit or
The Sisterhood of the Congregations Begin Shabbat morning at Old call 215-545-4400. 5-9 p.m. 101 S.
of Shaare Shamayim will lead a York Road Temple-Beth Am with Independence Mall East, Philadelphia.
trip to explore the new exhibit at a discussion of the weekly portion
the National Museum of American including bagels and co ee at 9 Havdallah Film Café.
Jewish History at 9 a.m. There will a.m. followed by a peer-led Shabbat Adath Israel will conduct Havdallah
be a tour of the Notorious RBG (Ruth service at 10:15 a.m. Casual dress is at 6:30 p.m. followed by a dinner at
Bader Ginsberg) exhibit at 10:30 a.m. appropriate and everyone is welcome. 6:45 p.m. and then a screening of the
The cost is $25 per person. Contact For more information, call 215-886- film “The Zigzag Kid” at 7:30 p.m.
Mindy Poliner at 215-205-9490 or 8000. 971 Old York Road, Abington. with a discussion afterward. Tickets
the CSS o ce at 215-677-1600 to for dinner and a movie are $20, or
RSVP or for more information. 101 S. Torah Study. buy a full-season subscription (four
Independence Mall East, Philadelphia. The rabbis of Main Line Reform evenings) for $60. 250 N. Highland
Temple will lead a discussion on the Ave., Bala Cynwyd.
Beyond My Ken / Wikipedia weekly parshah and talk about its
context and history. All are welcome. Gratz Reunion.
THURSDAY, DEC. Canasta Open Play. FRIDAY, DEC. 9 a.m. 410 Montgomery Ave., All alumni classes of Jewish
Canasta walk-in friendly game. 1-3 Wynnewood. Community High School, Normal
Mommy & Me. p.m. Social hall at Ohev Shalom of Active Adult Friday. School, Isaac Mayer Wise Department
Sherrie Turetsky, director of the School Bucks County. Weekly open play for A full day of activities for active adults Shabbat Yoga. and Israel Ulpan Trips are invited to
of Early Learning at Old York Road $2. To register, call 215-968-6755. 944 at KleinLife: Center City. Co ee, tea Cantor Elizabeth Shammash will host a night of wine, hors d’oeuvres and
Temple-Beth Am, will lead a weekly Second Street Pike, Richboro. and snacks at 8:30 a.m., chair exercise a yoga class at Tiferet Bet Israel dessert at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30.
one-hour “Mommy & Me” class at 9:30 or current events or Yiddish with with postures inspired by the Hebrew Ernie Collins will be honored for 40
a.m. For more information, call 215-886- Financial Check-Up. Sarita Gocial at 9:30 a.m., Kabbalat calendar and from the week’s Torah years of service to Gratz College.
8000. 971 Old York Road, Abington. The Barbara and Harvey Brodsky Shabbat service led by Rabbi Beth portion. Wear comfortable clothes For more information, contact Dodi
Enrichment Center of JFCS will have Janus at 10:30 a.m., kosher lunch and bring a yoga mat if you have one. Klimo at dklimo or
Torah Study. financial social workers who will at 11:30 a.m. and a performance by 10 a.m. 1920 Skippack Pike, Blue Bell. 215-635-7300, ext. 133. 7605 Old York
Study of commentaries found in meet with people one-on-one to go vocalist Anthony DeCarolis at 12:15 Road, Melrose Park.
the Hertz Chumash, the Etz Hayim over their finances for free. For more p.m. RSVP by phone at 215-832-0539. Shabbat in the Park.
Chumash and the commentaries of information, contact Laura Flowers at 2100 Arch St., Philadelphia. Temple Brith Achim will host a SUNDAY, DEC.
modern biblical scholars to deepen lfl[email protected] or 267-256- musical Shabbat morning service in
our understanding of the first book 2274. 1-4 p.m. 345 Montgomery Ave., Tots and Family Dinner. the main pavilion at Lower Perkiomen Craft & Gift Show.
of the Bible. Lead by Rabbi Ira Flax. Bala Cynwyd. Rabbi Danielle Parmenter and Amy Valley Park. Light lunch to follow A community-wide annual craft
10 a.m. Har Zion Temple. 1500 Hagys Jo Rosenthal will host Shabbat services. All are welcome. 11 a.m. and gift show hosted by Temple
Ford Road, Penn Valley. Ketubah Talk. with music and dance at Tiferet 101 New Mill Road, Norristown. Beth Hillel-Beth El. There will be 60
“Transformations of the Ketubah: Bet Israel for children ages 4 and vendors present. Lunch is available.
Bible Study. From Contract to Artifact and under. A catered dinner will follow Art Museum Trip. For more information,
The rabbis at Main Line Reform Beyond,” explores the multilayered in the courtyard. The dinner is $36 The Mosaic Outdoor Club of email [email protected] or
Temple will lead an ongoing significance of the ketubah through per family for members and $40 for Philadelphia will host a trip to the call 610-649-5300. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
discussion of the Tanakh over the year. a look at diverse ketubot, including nonmembers. For new participants, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery at noon. 1001 Remington Road, Wynnewood.
Open to all. 11 a.m. 410 Montgomery examples from the National Museum the first dinner is free. Service at Afterward, the group will go next
Ave., Wynnewood. of American Jewish History’s 6:15 p.m. and Shabbat dinner at door to the Fabric Museum and then Lecture on “Friends.”
own collection. Free. 7 p.m. 101 S. 6:45 p.m. 1920 Skippack Pike, have lunch at Maggiano’s Restaurant. Bagels and co ee at 9:30 a.m., lecture
Torah Study. Independence Mall East, Philadelphia. Blue Bell. Nonmembers are welcome. For more with author Saul Austerlitz at 10 a.m.
Midday Torah study with Rabbi Eric information, call Janet at 267-205- The pop culture historian will talk
Lazar at noon. All are welcome. Adult Education. Kabbalat Shabbat Worship. 6651. 1216 Arch St., Philadelphia. about how the TV show “Friends”
Temple Brith Achim. 481 S. Gulph Congregation Adath Jeshurun’s Congregation Beth Or’s Cantors became popular and will o er behind-
Road, King of Prussia. Rabbi Shai Cherry will explore David Green and Jaime Murley lead New Media Festival. the-scenes tidbits and analysis of the
di erent Jewish historical periods an music-filled worship experience The Jewish New Media Festival, show’s success. This program is free
Hidden Maccabee Sister. and themes beginning this fall with in the Haines Memorial Chapel at presented by the Gershman and open to all. Main Line Reform
Rabbi Shai Cherry of Congregation the biblical period and the rabbinic 6:30 p.m. 239 Welsh Road, Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, Temple. 410 Montgomery Ave.,
Adath Jeshurun will give a lecture period. The program is free and Maple Glen. will be held at the National Museum Wynnewood.
on Judith, sister of Judah Maccabee. open to the community. For more of American Jewish History on Dec.
A kosher lunch will be provided. For information, call the AJ o ce at Shabbat LaLev. 7-8. It will focus on Jewish storytelling Chanukah Science.
more information, call 215-635-7300, 215-635-6611 or email [email protected] A Shabbat LaLev service led by Cantor in the digital-global age. Highlights An opportunity to explore the science
ext. 155, or email [email protected] 7:30 p.m. 7763 Old York Amy Levy will be held at Reform include an evening with Jessica Katz, behind Chanukah and learn about
$23. Noon. Gratz College. 7605 Old Road, Elkins Park. 2100 Arch St., Congregation Keneseth Israel. 8 p.m. co-host of Amazon’s new series “Tech wax and olive oil and how they
York Road, Melrose Park. Philadelphia. 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park. Talk,” with guest Nancy Spielberg and relate to Chanukah. Snacks provided.
a music event with Jamie Elman and Geared to children ages 2-5. For
Eli Batalion of YidLife Crisis. Saturday more information, email Lori Rubin


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at [email protected] heroic women for each of the eight SUNDAY, DEC. 8 in the Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel Film Screening.
10 a.m. Perelman Jewish Day School candles of Chanukah. This will be a synagogue chapel, to play the game, The film “All That Jazz” will be
Forman Center. 7601 Old York Road, text study session with sources. This Sports Collectible Show. have fun and raise money for tikkun celebrating its 40th anniversary this
Melrose Park. session will be run by Saundra Sterling Ohev Shalom of Bucks County olam. Have you heard of mahjong and year. It will be screened at 7 p.m.
Epstein, director of BeYachad– will host a sports cards and want to learn to play? Are you new in at the Lightbox Film Center. Part of
Brunch Tribute. Bringing Jewish Learning and Living collectibles show from 11 a.m. to town looking for the game? Have you the Gershman Philadelphia Jewish
The Congregations of Shaare Together, president of the Cheltenham 4 p.m. Vendors will display and lived in town and want a new group to Film Festival. 3701 Chestnut St.,
Shamayim will host a Chai Light Tribute Area Multi-Faith Council and director sell not only sports cards, but a play with? The group is always looking Philadelphia.
brunch at 11 a.m. Jacques Laurie will be of the Welcoming Shuls Project of wide variety of sports memorabilia for new players. A $4 donation is
honored for 18 years of service as the ESHEL. $10. 10:30 a.m. 8339 Old York and collectibles. Admission is free asked per session. 300 S. 18th St., Sisterhood Meeting.
congregation’s executive director. A Road, Elkins Park. and raffles, entertainment and Philadelphia. The Sisterhood of Congregations of
brunch with stations, desserts and hot refreshments will be available. For Shaare Shamayim will host a meeting at
beverages will be served. The program Talmud Study. more information, contact Diane Film Screening. 7 p.m. The guest is Cantor Don Samuels
will be emceed by Alan Steinberg. The This class asks the overarching Pevar at [email protected] A screening of the film “The Invisibles” who will entertain with Chanukah songs.
cost is $36 per person. In addition, there question: What is the Talmud trying or call 215-322-9595. 944 Second is scheduled for 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. as Refreshments will be served. No charge.
will be a tribute book in Laurie’s honor. to tell us about shame/shaming? Street Pike, Richboro. part of the Meyer’s Library Jewish Contact the synagogue office at 215-677-
For more information and to RSVP, call 11:45 a.m. Har Zion Temple. 1500 Film Series. The film tells the stories of 1600 for more information. 9768 Verree
the CSS office at 215-677-1600. 9768 Hagys Ford Road, Penn Valley. luvemakphoto / iStock Editorial / Jewish teens and young adults who hid Road, Philadelphia.
Verree Road, Philadelphia. Getty Images Plus in Berlin and outlived the Third Reich.
Jewish Philosophy. Subjects include passport forger Cioma WEDNESDAY, DEC. 11
Women’s Book Club. Study Jewish philosophy with a group approach to the battle against bad Schönhaus, Ruth Arndt, who passed for
Israel Bonds Women’s Division holds of learners who will read and discuss feelings, providing realistic spiritual a war widow, the homeless Hanni Lévy Coffee and Conversation.
a book club about every two months, articles on topics of philosophy. This mechanisms for remaining upbeat no who became blonde to look Aryan and After morning minyan, enjoy coffee
rotating meeting locations in private year the focus will be on Zionism, matter what life brings. The instructor Eugen Friede who joined a resistance and an open forum for learning at
homes. Both fiction and nonfiction messianism and Jewish radicalism. 1 will be Rabbi Yochonon Goldman. Fee group. German with English subtitles. 8 a.m. Rabbi Andrew Markowitz
books, with Israel as the backdrop, p.m. Har Zion Temple. 1500 Hagys $99 (includes textbook). For more Reform Congregation Keneseth will teach and answer your Jewish
are selected. The next selection is Ford Road, Penn Valley. information, visit 7 p.m. Israel. 8339 Old York Road, questions. Coffee and Conversation
“Like Dreamers: The Story of the B’nai Abraham Chabad. 527 Lombard Elkins Park. is free and open to the community.
Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Blood Drive. St., Philadelphia. Adath Israel. 250 N. Highland Ave.,
Jerusalem and Divided a Nation” by A blood drive will be held at Main Financial Date Night. Merion Station.
Yossi Klein Halevi. 11 a.m. To RSVP and Line Reform Temple. Sign up at TUESDAY, DEC. 10 An evening that aims to give couples
for details on the location, contact and search by the a space to talk about values, goals Torah Study.
Sharon Richman at [email protected] Sponsor Code: MainLineReform, or Yiddish Culture Club. and communication around finances. The rabbis of Main Line Reform or 267-443-2005. call 1-800-RedCross. Save time and Led by Jack Belitsky, this Yiddish There will be games, prizes, and wine Temple will lead a discussion on the
preregister at Culture Club is a joint venture and hors d’oeuvres served. RSVP weekly parshah and talk about its
Chanukah Hoedown. rapidpass. 2-7 p.m. 410 Montgomery program by Northeast NORC and with Laura Flowers at 267-256-2274 context and history. All are welcome.
A vegetarian cowboy meal will be Ave., Wynnewood. Congregations of Shaare Shamayim. or [email protected] 6 p.m. 9 a.m. 410 Montgomery Ave.,
served. Country line dancing and A light lunch will be served at noon The Barbara and Harvey Brodsky Wynnewood.
square dancing lessons will be Jewish Cooking Class. and the session will begin at 12:30 Enrichment Center of JFCS. 345
taught with a professional caller. No A hands-on Jewish cooking class at p.m. A nominal $2 will be collected Montgomery Ave., Bala Cynwyd. See Calendar, Page 24
experience necessary. $10 per adult Har Zion Temple taught by Rabbi to cover the light lunch. Call 215-
and $5 per child age 3-12. Wearing Moriah SimonHazani and Ariela 677-1600 for details. Transportation
western gear is encouraged. 12:30 Barlas. For more information, call 610- available through Northeast NORC
p.m. Adath Israel. 250 N. Highland 667-5000. 6:30 p.m. 1500 Hagys Ford 215-320-0351. 9768 Verree Road,
Ave., Merion Station. Road, Penn Valley. Philadelphia.

Children’s Chanukah Concert. Mahjong. Yiddish Cultural Group.
Yosi & The Superdads will perform Sisterhood of Melrose B’nai Israel The members of the Melrose B’nai
from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the Please Emanu-El hosts a weekly mahjong Israel Emanu-El family Yiddish
Touch Museum inside Hamilton Hall game. Open to the entire kehillah. Cultural Group will meet for a
on the main level. This interactive No charge for MBIEE sisterhood discussion of Yiddish language,
musical party will showcase classic members. A one-time charge of $36 culture, humor and history at 12:30
songs with a twist and original tunes includes membership to the MBIEE p.m. Coffee, tea and desserts served.
for the Festival of Lights. All ages Sisterhood. Contact 215-635-1505 Free and open to the community. For
are welcome. 4231 Avenue of the or [email protected] for more more information, call office 215-635-
Republic, Philadelphia. information. 7 p.m. 8339 Old York 1505 or visit 8339 Old York
Road, Elkins Park. Road, Elkins Park.
Jewish Learning Institute. Mahjong.
Heroic Women Lecture. Mined from the teachings of Torah This mahjong group meets at 1 p.m.
Reform Congregation Keneseth and contemporary psychology,
Israel will host a presentation on a this six-week course takes a fresh


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ACTT ! CalendarContinued from Page 23
C OT W! Jewish History. Film Screening.
AANCCOTW ! Rabbi Reuben Israel Abraham of Reform Congregation Keneseth
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NO$W$ $2 donor credit. Coffee and cake Committee will screen “Itzhak,” a
AN O history. Abraham will share his 2017 documentary on the life of Israeli
W passion for the 4,000-years of Jewish conductor and musician Itzhak Perlman.
will teach a crash course in Jewish 1 p.m. 8339 Old York Road,
NOT ! history. The cost is $12 per person Elkins Park.
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ANC and Sisterhood members will receive Hoarding Workshop.
NOW IS THE TIME2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 will be served between 10 a.m. and JFCS is hosting a support group and
workshop based on the book “Buried
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concluding at 11:30 a.m. Call the Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding” by
O. Frost. Attendees will take a journey
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are relevant today, such as dealing 4:30 p.m. The Barbara and Harvey
experienced counselorSserrivgihntgnOouwr Community... with aging parents, the loss of your Brodsky Enrichment Center of JFCS.
parents, family illness, and their 345 Montgomery Ave.,
health, adult children and dating. Bala Cynwyd.
Learn what the Torah teaches about
people’s responsibilities in these Mahjong.
areas. 11 a.m. Har Zion Temple. Old York Road Temple-Beth Am will
1500 Hagys Ford Road, Penn Valley. host a drop-in mahjong game at
7 p.m. Bring your cards. Mahjong sets
Siddur Study. and cards will be for sale. For more
A study with Sara H. Cohen of information, call 215-886-8000.
Shabbat liturgy. By “unpacking” 971 Old York Road, Abington.
the many layers of meaning and
commentary, Cohen hopes to gain a THURSDAY, DEC. 12
deeper understanding of prayers and
an appreciation for language, ideas Mommy & Me.
and values. For more information, Sherrie Turetsky, director of the
call 610-667-5000. 11 a.m. Har Zion School of Early Learning at Old York
Temple. 1500 Hagys Ford Road, Road Temple-Beth Am, will lead a
Penn Valley. weekly one-hour “Mommy & Me” class
at 9:30 a.m. For more information,
Yiddish Cultural Group. call 215-886-8000. 971 Old York Road,
The members of the Melrose B’nai Abington.
Israel Emanu-El family Yiddish
Cultural Group will meet for a Torah Study.
discussion of Yiddish language, Study of commentaries found in

culture, humor and history at 12:30 the Hertz Chumash, the Etz Hayim

for an on-site21or56i-n06600-6h60C0o03ChPmuh-CPPrSS1rueerrhPceesreeS2hucrrecrssevvrhor5eeeRvriicrrsnRnn0ovhivvesnggaoiiiruRnnngdavOOlwggdgotJianuuaeJJOJwtrrgwdeeieJowwuCCnieJwsnrkniieoohssJ.ik.wmmChhnemTitnnimmoTTrostkamwrrohouuidaawnnnnnmTddi,nttiiiirtoittP,uttoyyaewAiiPn..ood..Afn..nni1iit,9t1oyiP09.or4.A0.n6e416.9u0s46 p.m. Coffee, tea and desserts served. Chumash and the commentaries of
Free and open to the community. For modern biblical scholars to deepen
215-663-1250 www.montefiore.us2156-060 C3hu-1rc2h5R0oadwJwenwki.nmtowonn, more information, call office 215-635- our understanding of the first book
1505 or visit 8339 Old York of the Bible. Lead by Rabbi Ira Flax.
Road, Elkins Park. 10 a.m. Har Zion Temple.
1500 Hagys Ford Road, Bereavement Group. Penn Valley.
600 Church Road Jenkintown, PA 19046 For the post-bereaved, held at
Northeast NORC, from 1-2:30 p.m. Bible Study.
215-663-1250 Free. Email [email protected] The rabbis at Main Line Reform
com or call 215-320-0351 to register. Temple will lead an ongoing
8546B Bustleton Ave.,

Philadelphia. See Calendar, Page 28


COMMUNITY / deaths

Lillian Braverman (nee Weinraub), November Evelyn Ginsburg(nee Greenberg), peacefully Hadassah (Das) Shafritz (nee Weitzel), 89, MAY 1, 1936 - DECEMBER 10, 2008 MONTHLY
22, 2019; of Encinitas, CA, formerly of Mel- on November 29, 2019 at the age of 97. Be- formerly of Merion, on November 23rd. Das ARCHIVES OF
rose Park, PA; beloved wife of the late Harry loved wife of the late Paul Ginsburg. De- co-founded and taught music and Yiddish at PROVERBS 3:15 JEWISH EXPONENT
“Hesh”; loving mother of Renee Tepper (Al- voted mother of Jay Ginsburg, Esq (Sherry), Suburban Jewish school in the 1960s. She She is more precious than rubies and all the DEATH NOTICES
len) and David Braverman (Helen); devoted Bruce Ginsburg, Esq, (Lisa), and Don Gins- was a Pioneer Women council president and ARE AVAILABLE
sister of Geraldine Segal; cherished grand- burg, Esq. (Solana Cozzo). Loving grand- active in other Jewish agencies. She also co- things thou canst desire are not to be
mother of Josh Tepper (Angie), Jessica mother of Amy Ginsburg, Melanie Furjanic founded and organized the highly-regarded compared unto her. Length of days is in her ONLINE.
Braverman and Alix Braverman (Peter Logli); (Stuart), Matthew Ginsburg, Esq (Emily), Al- Bala-Cynwyd library “Sundays at 3” music right hand; In her left hand are riches and
adored great-grandmother of Molly, Oscar, exander Ginsburg, Esq. (Elizabeth), Reid series and participated in library reading pro- honor.Her ways of pleasantness and all her
Henry, Hazel and Ellis. Contributions in her Ginsburg, Esq. (Emily), Aaron Ginsburg grams, various PTAs and the Lower Merion path are peace. She is a tree of life to them
memory may be made to Seacrest Village, (Maradith), Lauren Allaham (Joey), Ariel school board. Das thrived on everything cre-
Residence Assistance Fund, 211 Saxony Rd., Ginsburg, Rory Ginsburg (Jordan), Chase ative. She sculpted, painted, crafted and re- that lay hold upon her. And happy is
Encinitas, CA 92024. Ginsburg, Skyler Ginsburg, Hailey Ginsburg, paired her home. If music was playing, she’d everyone that holdeth her fast.
and the late Justin Ginsburg and Randall Fed- be dancing, humming, whistling, or singing How profoundly we miss you.
JOSEPH LEVINE and SONS ner. Also survived by 16 loving great grand- along. If nothing was playing, she’d make her Dear ARLENE
children many loving nieces and nephews. own music. She was always the best dancer never to forget you.
BRODY Contributions in her memory may be made to on the floor, a professional singer in Yiddish, Your loving cousins
the Library for the Blind https://www.freelib- Hebrew, and English, and an actor. Das loved
James Brody, age 83, died on November 25, everything purple, chocolate and bargains, RUTH, HARRIET, AILENE, SUSAN,
2019. He was a retired insurance broker who physically-handicapped but most of all she loved her family. A won- CAROL, NORMA, MICHAEL,
resided in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. Beloved derful wife, mother, grandmom, great-grand- your many Friends, Family
husband of Judy (nee Lechner); loving father GOLDSTEINS' ROSENBERG'S mom, aunt, cousin, and overall person. She and the love and joy of
of Larry (Sonye) Brody, Debbie (Mark) Feld- RAPHAEL-SACKS is already much missed by Arnold, her be- my life PHILIP TAYLOR
man, and Michelle (Andy) Tepper; and ador- loved husband of 70 years, family/relatives
ing grandfather of Shoshana, Rebecca, Eli, GREENBAUM and friends. She will remain near most of her May your memory be a Blessing
Cody, Samantha, and Mason. Contributions family in Simi Valley, CA. "So Easy To Love"
in his memory may be made to a charity of Sylvia Greenbaum (nee Moonman), died on
the donor's choice. November 3, 2019, British born. Married her
favorite dance partner, Morey, in 1945 in
GOLDSTEINS' ROSENBERG'S England. She arrived in the United States in The Jewish View on the
RAPHAEL-SACKS 1946 as a war bride. Mother of Cheryl (Fred)
Rubin, Gary (Robin) Greenbaum, Janice Le- AFTERLIFE
EILBERG onard and son-in-law Ron Leonard, also sur- - Journey of the Soul -
vived by grandchildren Harley, Shannon,
Dr. Martin H Eilberg, on November 23, 2019, Shawn, Jonathan & Stephanie Rubin, Jamie Ever wonder what Judaism’s view is on heaven and reincarnation? Sign
husband of the late Estelle, Father of Susan & Josh Albert, Ilysa & Louis Shorr, Michael, up for this riveting 2-part series and get the answers to life’s big questions.
(Eric) Brown, the late Kevin Eilberg and the Leigh & Jeff Leonard and great-grandchil- Learn about the soul’s journey from before birth till after death and
late Ross (Gail) Eilberg. Grandfather of Seth dren Lucas, Alexandra, Norah, Logan, Sarah, examine all the myths and beliefs along the way!
(Stacey), Dana, Brandon, Jamie and Michael. Grant, Madison, Ryley & Jordan. She was an
Great Grandfather of Ari. Dr. Eilberg was a employee of Northwood Federal Credit Union with Rabbi Alexander Coleman
lifelong educator with a deep love of family. for over 30 years. Contributions in her
Sadly missed and always remembered. Con- memory may be made to the Alzheimer's As- Jewish Educator and Spiritual Mentor
tributions in his memory may be made AFM- sociation, 399 Market Street, Suite 102, Phil-
DA, 20 West 36th Street, Suite 1100, New adelphia, Pa. 19106 or Susan G. Komen for Monday, December 9th 1:00pm Tuesday, December 17th 1:00pm
York, NY 10018. the Cure, 125 S. 9th Street, Suite 202, Phil-
adelphia, Pa. 19107 or a charity of the SESSION 1 SESSION 2
RAPHAEL-SACKS From the World of Souls Inter-Worldly Awareness
GOLDSTEINS’ ROSENBERG’S and Back Again and Communication
• Where does the soul come from & what is its mission? • Where are our deceased relatives and loved ones?
Eileen L. Eisenberg (nee Brody), 78, died LAVIN • Near death experiences & the final passage • Are the deceased aware of the living?
November 21, 2019. She was a homemaker • How Jewish burial practices reflect Afterlife beliefs • Psychics, seances and mediums:
and a longtime member of Ohev Shalom of Burton Lavin. DDS November 23, 2019 of • Reincarnation and past life regression
Bucks County. She was the beloved wife of Yardley, Pa. Cherished husband of Barbara Can we communicate with the dead?
Howard W. Eisenberg, and devoted mother of (nee Freedman). Devoted father of Paul (Lu-
Amy Rifkind, Joyce Carroll (Thomas) and ann) Lavin, Lisa (Sam) Gershenfeld and the Seminars will be held at the
Nancy Hanna (Majid). She was the loving late Susan Lavin. Loving grandfather of Albie Congregations of Shaare Shamayim • 9768 Verree Road, Philadelphia
grandmother of Sarah, Samuel Elizabeth, (Paige), Max, Annie, Benjamin and Joshua.
Matthew, Michael, Jake, Kathrine and Aman- Proud undergraduate of University of ADMISSION IS FREE
da. She will be loved forever and missed Pennsylvania and a Graduate of the Uni-
dearly. She was also the sister of James versity of Pennsylvania Dental School. Contri- SPONSORED BY:
Brody. Contributions in her memory may be butions in his memory be made to Adath Is-
made to the Alzheimer’s Association. rael Congregation:1958 Lawrenceville Rd, RSVP is REQUESTED to Rivka Powers
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 or to www.project- 215-677-1600 or
RAPHAEL-SACKS [email protected]
FISHBEIN For more Information: RIVKA POWERS 215-677-1600 or [email protected]
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son. He will be greatly missed by his grand-
children, Bobbi (Bradley) Portnoy, Matthew
(Sharon) Fishbein, Evan (Bari) Jacobson and
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years exp to care for sick or eld- ceased
SERVICES BY APPT. ONLY 267-236-5664 on the above Estate have been
RENTALS EDUCATION CAROL SHAW Private tutoring, all subjects, granted to the undersigned, who
ACTIVITIES TERRACES-NEW LISTING Ren- OPEN HOUSE elemen.-college, SAT/ACT prep. CERT CNA. request all persons having claims
BUSINESS/ EMPLOYMENT/ ovated, sunny 1 BD, 1 BA, mod- or demands against the Estate of
FINANCIAL HELP WANTED ern kitchen, new appliances, MARGATE 7 days/week. Excellent care. F.T, P/T. Good the decedent to make known the
INFORMATION wood floors, W/D $149,900 SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8th Expd. & motivated instructors. Refs. same, and all persons indebted to
OUT OF AREA TERRACES-SPECIAL Spacious the decedents to make payment
VACATION AUTOMOTIVE 1 bedroom + den or bedroom, 11:00am-1:00pm (215)576-1096 Rate Negotiable. without delay, to Henry Korn 662
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SALES/RENTALS new carpet and paint, ceiling PRISTINE LIKE NEW PARKWAY CNA Part time, drives, references 18954
SERVICES MARKETING fan, W/D, across from elevator. HOME THAT FEATURES 6 CLEANING avail. Also does housekeeping Estate of Mark A. Splaver aka Mark
STATEWIDE REDUCED $169,900 BEDRMS, 4 FULL BATHS WITH Louise & Kedecia Please call 267-269-7265 Splaver, Deceased
PROFESSIONAL/ TERRACES-SPECIAL A VERY OPEN LAY-OUT. LARGE Cleaning Service If you are in need of compassion- Late of Philadelphia, PA.
PERSONAL ADS ESTATE SALE 2 BD, 2 BA, cus- BRIGHT & AIRY KITCHEN! MAIN For all your residential and ate care to assist your loved one LETTERS TESTAMENTARY
tom open kitchen, custom light- FLR. HAS SWING ROOM commercial cleaning. with nurses aide services, call on the above estate have been
HOUSEHOLD ing, washer/dryer hook-ups, (DEN/6th BEDRM). OFF STREET 215-459-1300/484-687-3895 Mrs. Miller. 215-626-6755 granted to the undersigned, who
SERVICES new carpet/paint, custom PARKING FOR 2-3 CARS, EXPERIENCED CAREGIVER request all persons having claims
REPAIRS/ closets. Now vacant! REDUCED FENCED IN YARD AND MUCH MIRRORS NURSING ASSISTANT, or demands against the estate of
$199,900 MORE! BUILT BY ONE OF MAR- MIRRORED WALLS COMPANION, SEEKING IN-HOME the decedent to make known the
Move in ready, just painted, NEAR SHOPPING & MARGATE’S Closets Doors, Jacuzzi, Vanity, POSITION the decedent to make payment
TO PLACE A CLASSIFIED AD: 2BD, 2 BA, large gourmet kit., FINEST RESTAURANTS! ONLY 4 Fitness area, custom shower 10 years experience providing without delay, to Eric Splaver, Ex-
full size washer/dryer, wall to BLKS TO A FANTASTIC BEACH! doors and enclosures, etc. Free non-medical in home care includ- ecutor, c/o Gary A. Zlotnick, Esq.,
LINE CLASSIFIED: wall carpets, sunny balcony ASKING $899,000 Estimate. Call 215-675-9633 ing: Helping seniors with daily Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer
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HOMES FOR SALE w/extra granite counter tops, DIO WITHIN STEPS TO THE treasure above Estate have been granted to above Estate have been granted to
new appliances, new tile floors, BEACH! BEAUTIFUL KITCHEN the undersigned, who request all the undersigned, who request all
Damon Michels The DeSouzas are new carpets, custom lighting, WITH GRANITE COUNTERS, Call Joel 215-947-2817 persons having claims or demands persons having claims or demands
Associate Broker Back on Bustleton! marble & tiled fireplace, new TILE FLRS. TRHU-OUT. THE against the estate of the decedent against the estate of the decedent
610-668-3400 closets, full size washer/dryer in PERFECT GET AWAY! LOW CASH IN YOUR CLOSET INC. to make known the same and all to make known the same and all Fall Back to the laundry room, sunny patio for CONDO FEE $124,000 Licensed and Bonded persons indebted to the decedent persons indebted to the decedent
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FFFFF door, facing the woods. PRE- LONGPORT ESTATE SALES Velma Daniels 4200 Mitchell St., KATHLEEN A. LARKIN, EXEC-
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beautifully renovated Colonial. $247,900 VENTNOR 215-499-4851 Late of Philadelphia a/k/a THERESA HASKINS, DE-
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Eric DeSouza REDUCED $283,900 CONDO NICELY FURNISHED 215-342-4536 persons having claims or demands the above Estate have been gran-
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Andrea DeSouza BA, Corner near elev., all new TUB STORAGE, ELEVATOR AND WILL BUY ANTIQUES to make known the same and all quest all persons having claims or
19 Rock Hill Rd #2E Sales Associate kit., baths, ww carpets, full size MUCH MORE….ONLY $137,000 persons indebted to the decedent demands against the estate of the
2 Bed/2 Bath; 1,216 Sq Ft w/d, sunny balcony. Avail. im- INLAID & CARVED PIECES to make payment without delay to decedent to make known the same
Unit 2E in The Greenhouse Eric Cell mediately! $369,900 IT'S NEVER TOO EARLY TO Oriental Rugs•Old Paintings MICHELLE CALVANO, EXECUTRIX, and all persons indebted to the de-
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parking included. TERRACES-1 BD, 1 BA, mod- YOUR RENTAL NEEDS!! CEASED. 1700 Sansom St., 3rd Fl., Phil-
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sunny balcony. $1500 LETTERS of ADMINISTRATION on Or to her Attorney:
FFFFF TERRACES-Special, corner loc- SHAWSHORETEAM.COM SITUATION WANTED the above Estate have been gran- MARC VOGIN
William Penn House ation, 2 BD, 2 BA, gourmet kit., [email protected] ted to the undersigned, who re- KLEIN, VOGIN & GOLD
Rittenhouse Square Follow us on wood flrs., washer/dryer, cus- Caring & Reliable quest all persons having claims or 1700 Sansom St., 3rd Fl.
1919 Chestnut St. tom lighting, custom closets, CALL CAROL SHAW demands against the estate of the Philadelphia, PA 19103
@jewishexponent sunny balcony. SOON $2100 Cell# 609-432-1986 Experienced & Trained decedent to make known the same
Studio, 1, 2, & 3 TERRACES-1st floor All new 2 DIRECT: 609-487-7220 BONDED & LICENSED and all persons indebted to the de- CORPORATE NOTICES
bed available BD, 2 BA. Sunny gran. kit., new JENNIFER HAFNER SHAW cedent to make payment without Notice is hereby given that Articles
appliances, W/D, wood floors Available 24/7 delay to JUDY A. SUMMERS, AD- of Incorporation were filed for
$200,000-$600,000 sunny patio. $2150 609-204-0385 20 Years Experience MINISTRATRIX, 724 N. Easton Rd., BEST WIRELESS WYNCOTE INC.
Exclusive Listing Agent TOWER- 2nd floor modern 2 BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors Glenside, PA 19038 with the Commonwealth of
BD, 2.5 BA, lrg. modern kit., Very Affordable ESTATE OF KARL S. MESSER- Pennsylvania on November 21,
SELL IT IN THE washer/dryer, custom closets, 800-333-7045x120 215-477-1050 SCHMIDT, DECEASED 2019. The address of the corpora-
JEWISH EXPONENT wood flrs., sunny corner bal- SELL IT IN THE SENIORS, NEED HELP? Late of Montgomery County, tion's registered office is 1000 Ea-
cony $2200 JEWISH EXPONENT Pennsylvania LETTERS of ADMIN- ston Road, Suite 208A, Wyncote,
215-832-0749 TOWER-8th floor, special de- EXPERIENCED COMPANION ISTRATION on the above Estate PA 19095 in Montgomery County.
signer 2 BD, 2.5 BA, 2 marble 215-832-0749 Personal Assistant - have been granted to the under- This corporation is incorporated
bathrooms, dramatic custom Licensed driver to as- signed, who request all persons under the provisions of the Busi-
lighting, wood floors sist with errands, having claims or demands against ness Corporation Law of 1988, as
throughout, large modern kit- shopping, appts., read- the estate of the decedent to make amended.
chen with tile floor, washer/dry- ing, walking, food known the same and all persons in-
er, lots of closets, sunny corner prep., socializing and debted to the decedent to make PETITION NAME CHANGE
balcony $2400 daily activities payment without delay to Erica Court of Common Pleas for the
inside/outside of your Dercole c/o Michael E. Eisenberg, County of Philadelphia, October
610-667-9999 home. Will help you Esquire 2935 Byberry Road, Suite Term, 2019 No. 3442. Notice is
Realtor® Emeritus. understand your bills, 107 Hatboro, PA 19040 hereby given that on November 12,
do paperwork.and also Or to Attorney: 2019 the petition of Edward J. Gre-
5 Star winner, make telephone Michael E. Eisenberg, Esquire sham was filed, praying for a de-
Philly Mag calls.for you. Support 2935 Byberry Road, Suite 107 cree to change his name to Rasool
Services - Refs Call Hatboro, PA 19040 Nasr Hajj. The Court has fixed
www.oakhillcondominiums Phyllis 215-886-4040 December 20, 2019 at 10:00am, in
.com Room No. 691, City Hall, Phil-
adelphia, PA for hearing. All per- sons interested may appear, and
show cause if they have any, why
the prayer of said petitioner should
not be granted.




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discussion of the Tanakh over the year. Canasta Open Play. THURSDAY, DEC. 12
Open to all. 11 a.m. 410 Montgomery Canasta walk-in friendly game.
Ave., Wynnewood. 1-3 p.m. Social hall at Ohev Shalom Meet the Author.
of Bucks County. Weekly open play Shusterman Distinguished Scholar Lecture presents
Jewish Music Listening Session. for $2. To register, call 215-968-6755. Pulitzer prize-winning journalist, Debbie Cenziper, who
More than 1,000 phonograph records, 944 Second Street Pike, at Gratz College will discuss her new book: “Citizen
CDs and tapes are in the collection at Richboro. 865: The Hunt for Hitler’s Hidden Soldiers in America.”
Temple Judea Museum. At 11:30 a.m., Books will be available for purchase and signing. The
guest speaker Fran Schwartz will play Blood Drive. lecture is free and open to the public, but registration is
recordings of Jewish composers and The American Red Cross will host a recommended. For more information, call 215-635-7300,
soloists from the classical orchestral blood drive at Reform Congregation ext. 155, or email [email protected] 7 p.m. 7605 Old
repertoire from the collection and Keneseth Israel from 2-7:30 p.m. York Road, Melrose Park.
give insights. Highlighted musicians 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park.
include Artur Rubinstein, Itzhak Adult Education. community. For more information, call Shamayim will host Rabbi
Perlman, Henryk Wieniawski, Fritz Meet the Author. Congregation Adath Jeshurun’s the AJ office at 215-635-6611 or email Reuben Israel Abraham, who
Kreisler, Pinchas Zukerman, George Joe Kraus will be speak about his Rabbi Shai Cherry will explore different [email protected] 7:30 p.m. 7763 will teach and share his passion
Gershwin and Oscar Levant. For latest book,”The Kosher Capones: Jewish historical periods and themes Old York Road, Elkins Park. for Judaism at 8 p.m. Call the
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Aimee (née Cohen) and Steven Stone of Upper Dublin and Terry H. Stone of North Wales,
Michael Zanan of Fort and Scott R. and Karen Appleman of Allentown announce the
Washington announce engagement of their children, Elizabeth Danielle Stone and Mitchell
the birth of their son, Harris Appleman.
Samuel Gary (Moshe
Aharon), on Oct. 7. Liz is a graduate of Muhlenberg College with a bachelor’s degree in
Spanish. She is pursuing a master’s degree at Immaculata University
Sharing in their hap- and is a Spanish teacher at Collegium Charter School in Exton.
piness are grandparents
Abby Cohen of Bensalem Mitch is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a bach-
and Bill and Jill Zanan elor’s degree in supply chain and information systems. He is an indirect
of Huntingdon Valley, procurement buyer at Qurate Retail Group (QVC) in West Chester.
as well as older brother
Maxwell and many aunts, Liz is the granddaughter of the late Esther D. and Jacob M. Stone of Pittsburgh, and of Carlyn and
uncles and cousins. the late Herman C. Henschen of Easton, Maryland. Mitch is the grandson of the late Edna and Martin
Appleman of Bayside, Queens, New York, and of Lila Gross and the late Morris Gross of Las Vegas.
Samuel is named in loving memory of his father’s
uncle, Gary Mogil. Sharing in the couple’s happiness are Liz’s brother and sister-in-law Joshua and Reshma, and Mitch’s
brothers Matthew and Tyler.

The couple is planning an August 2020 wedding.


New American Technion Society Grandparents Donate Ambulance in Bar Mitzvah Boy’s Honor
Connie and Don Berg of Jupiter, Florida, dedicated an ambulance for Magen
President a Philadelphia Native David Adom, Israel’s national EMS organization, for their grandson Simon
STEVE BERGER OF Newtown Square was Dombar’s bar mitzvah.
named the new national president of the American
Technion Society. Simon’s bar mitzvah was on Nov. 9 at Beth David Reform Congregation in
The New York-based nonprofit society supports Gladwyne. The ambulance was dedicated in honor of Simon, parents Julie and
the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, a Jason Dombar and other family members.
public research institution based in Haifa.
Berger founded Berger Rental Communities, The ambulance made an appearance at the bar mitzvah and at the synagogue’s
which owns and operates apartments in Sunday school the next day. l

Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware. He and his
wife, Ilene, became active in the ATS Philadelphia
chapter in the early 2000s. They established
the Steve & Ilene Berger Portable Biomedicine
Innovative Laboratory and have supported research Steve Berger
for developing a mobile device for the early detection Courtesy of American
of heart arrhythmia. Technion Society

Einstein Trains Obstetrical Staff in Orthodox Patient Care The Dombar family in front of an ambulance donated to Magen David Adom by
Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia on Dec. 2 trained its obstetrical staff how
to care for Orthodox Jewish patients. grandparents Don and Connie Berg Courtesy of Magen David Adom

Volunteers from Bikkur Cholim of Philadelphia led the training for Einstein’s
pilot program Dor L’Dor, which is designed to teach staff about the customs and
traditions of the Orthodox Jewish community so there’s a better understanding
of what the patients’ needs are and the reasons for each custom.

Staff from the labor and delivery unit and the post-delivery unit staff were
schooled in traditions that may pertain to giving birth. That included learning
that patients will not sign paperwork on Shabbat, that the father will not cut the
umbilical cord after birth and what kosher dietary requirements consist of.

Einstein and Bikkur Cholim volunteers also are looking to set up a
kosher pantry.




On Nov. 17, ADL Philadelphia hosted
its inaugural Founder’s Brunch at the
Woodcrest Country Club in Cherry Hill,
New Jersey. Valerie and David Gladfelter,
Jason Levine and the law firm Flaster
Greenberg were all awarded the Sigmund
Livingston Award for their dedication in
helping to fight hate in southern New Jersey.

From left: Ed Blumenthal, David Gladfelter,
Valerie Gladfelter, Jason Levine, Susan Shin
Angulo, Alan Zuckerman and Jeffrey Nash

Photos by Dan Burke Photography

Nancy Baron-Baer Jason Levine speaks at the Founder’s Brunch.

Residents at Federation Housing’s Samuel A. Green House participated in Salus University’s In celebration of Jewish Book Month, Melrose B’nai Israel
Brain Calisthentics Program, which offers games and activities to keep the residents’ minds Emanu-El welcomed author Naomi Ragen.
sharp and engaged.

Federation From left: Fran Sion, Naomi Ragen and Rabbi Charles Sherman
Housing residents Photo by Karen Berger

Marci Levinson

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Roberta Liebenberg, a senior partner at Fine, U.S. Reps. Brendan Boyle and Brian Fitzpatrick were honored by the
Kaplan and Black, was the 2019 inductee to Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center for their continued
the American Antitrust Institute’s Private advocacy for Holocaust education.
Antitrust Enforcement Hall of Fame.

Roberta Liebenberg
Photo by Elaine Bianculli

Rabbi Seth M. Haaz was installed as the senior rabbi of Har Zion Temple on Nov. 17.

Rabbi Seth M. Haaz

Congregants convert U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick and HAMEC president Chuck Feldman
Har Zion Temple’s main
sanctuary into a giant

Photos by Jules Markowitz

and Jay Gorodetzer

RSVP Philadelphia hosted a “Painting With A Purpose” benefit at Painting With A
Twist, located at the Grant One Shopping Plaza. Everyone was invited to paint a sim-
ple floral decoration at the event, which raised close to $400 for RSVP Philadelphia.

U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle and Chuck Feldman
Courtesy of the Office of U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle

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