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Indiana Jewish Post

Newspaper with content of interest to the Indiana Jewish Community

The Jewish

Post Opinion&
Indiana Edition

Presenting a broad spectrum of Jewish News and Opinions since 1935.

Volume 86, Number 1 • December 18, 2019 • 20 Kislev 5780

www.jewishpostopinion.com • https://go.usa.gov/xn7ay

Cover Art by Dena Levie Psalm 118:24: “This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice
(see About the Cover on p. IN 5) and be glad in it.”Read during Hallel on Jewish festival days.

2 The Jewish Post & Opinion – IN December 18, 2019

Simcha Announcements Eric Bassen. Maternal grandparents and Rabbi Avi and Nini Grossbaum, on his
great-grandparents are David and Vika engagement to Mushka Backman of
Mazel Tov to… Farahan and Sophia and Vladimir Ilyin. Glendale, Calif. A January 8, 2020 wedding
And paternal grandparents are Mark and is planned to be held at the Glendale
Chantal Perklov of Haifa. Hilton, in Glendale, Calif.

Shana and Josh Thompson (below) Shirley Goldfarb (center below,

on the birth of their daughter, Olivia surrounded by some of her nieces from all
Grace Thompson, born June 17, 2019. over the U.S.) on the celebration of her
Maternal grandparents are Sandy 100th birthday on Oct. 21, 2019.
Schwarz and Jim Schwarz and maternal
great-grandmother is Eleanor Gelman.
Paternal grandparents are Karen and
Mark Thompson – all from Indianapolis.

Michael Voskoboynik and Irene Fox

who got married in the dead of the Soviet

winter 32 years ago on Dec. 12, 1987
(below).


David and Abby Katz on the birth of Daniel and Beth Bentley (below) on

their son, Joseph Arthur (in Hebrew: the birth of the son, Shlomo Ben Dovid
Moishe Mordechai) on Sept. 19, 2019. Bentley, born on Oct. 28, 2019. Maternal
Maternal grandparents are Dan and Katy grandparents are Ellyn and Jay Weinstein
Cantor. Paternal grandparents are Simon of Woodmere, N.Y., and paternal grand-
and Katie Katz. Paternal great-grandpar- parents are Caryn Vogel and Rick Bentley
ents are Emery and Edith Kovac. of Indianapolis. The bris was at Young
Israel of Oceanside, N.Y.

Hannah and Ari Perklov on the birth

of their daughter, Talia Florence, born
Oct. 20, 2019 weighing 7 lbs. 14 oz. She
is being held (below)) by her cousin,
Leila, daughter of Shelley Farahan and

Miles Nelson on

being the first Democrat
elected to Carmel City
Counsel’s new West
District on Nov. 5, 2019.

Mendy Grossbaum, (top right) son of

December 18, 2019 The Jewish Post & Opinion – IN 3

Editorial city where you live? Some congregants want Inside this Issue
to allow women on the bimah and others do
Shortly after my last editorial where I not. Some Jews want a menorah in a public Simcha Announcements.........................2
place and others oppose it. Let the light swirl Editorial.....................................................3
mention a priest who left only five posses- around the dark places where differences of Community Events .................................4
sions when he died, I got the following opinion are. Imagine it shining brightly over About the Cover ......................................5
message,“Travel light, live light, spread the the situation bringing new ideas to encour- A Bit of Wit: Jewish Secret Weapons ..6
light, be the light.” No, it wasn’t in a for- age a solution or compromise. “Off the Bima” Concert .........................6
tune cookie. It was on a small piece of Rabbi Benzion Cohen: (Chassidic Rabbi)
paper stapled to the string at the end of a Fifth night: As the lights continue get-
tea bag. I find these short quotes to be ting brighter, think about the state where Good News ............................................8
uplifting and wise. you live. Are there challenges in your state? Cong. Beth Shalom’s New Rabbi.........8
Some citizens want prayers before the leg- Purdue Jewish Studies Program ..........9
This message is appropriate for any islative sessions and other want separation Butler’s Hillel Celebrates Chanukah...9
time of the year, but especially during of church and state. Let the bright light swirl Hannah Joseph forms new law firm ....10
Hanukkah with fewer daylight hours and around those citizens with opposing points Chai Mitzvah – Indy Overview..........10
long nights. Also during this time of year, of view and help them to see both sides of the Morton Gold: (As I Heard It) CD Review:
so much focus is on material possessions. situation and resolve to make an effort to
The other messages we receive from understand each other. Maybe a solution Rejoice! Honoring the Jewish Spirit.....12
manufacturers and retailers make us think will eventually come from that. Obituaries ...............................................13
that we cannot be happy unless we have Sybil Kaplan: (My Kosher Kitchen)
every new gadget, appliance, technical Sixth night: The bright lights from the
device, automobile, jewelry and piece of candles are filling up the room. Are there Latkes – It’s a Tradition ......................15
clothing that comes into style. challenges in your country? Let’s see. Sidney Mishkin: (Book Review)
No shortage here: the economy, the stock
To bring the spiritual back into the market, the bailouts, adjusting to the A River Could Be A Tree: A Memoir ...16
picture, I am reprinting most of my new administration, gays and lesbians 2019 Indianapolis Community
column written several years ago at this struggling for equal rights, racial prejudices,
time. It is still very fitting for today: to name a few. Let the bright lights shine Chanukiah Lighting...........................20
over these very difficult topics and bring
Because in my part of the world it is very with it the needed patience and compassion PoThse Jtew&ishOpinion
cold and dark, I decided to create the following to work through them. Jewish News and Opinion since 1935.
eight meditations for Hanukkah. These can
be done before the candles are lit, after the Seventh night: Even brighter lights are 1389 W 86th St., #160
blessings and songs are sung when the just in time for the planet’s woes. What Indianapolis, IN 46260
candles are burning or even after they go out. about the challenges facing the world that we email: [email protected]
all share together? Again no shortages: the phone and fax: (317) 405-8084
First night: Imagine bringing the light environment including safe drinking water website: www.jewishpostopinion.com
from the one candle to any place in your and global warming, wars in Iraq and publisher & editor: Jennie Cohen
body where there may be a health concern or Afghanistan, ongoing conflict in the Middle graphic designer: Charlie Bunes
simply little aches and pains. Let the warm East. Let’s all shed some light on these
sensation from the light relax the tight mus- ordeals and see what becomes visible when Simchas Welcome! Had a recent joyous
cles around the pain. Feel the area improving the darkness is dispersed. Maybe some fresh occasion in your family or Jewish
from the healing glow of the light and all insights will come. organization? The Jewish Post & Opinion
stiffness and soreness is releasing. – IN Edition welcomes your announce-
Eighth night: Tonight the lights are very ments for placement in our Simcha
Second night: Feel free to repeat the first bright! We have experienced how the section (see page 2). Submit photos and
night meditation knowing that the light is warmth and glow of the lights have been a text to: [email protected] Next
double in strength. Now think of any emo- source of comfort and joy during this dark Deadline: January 15, 2020. All decisions
tional pain you are feeling. Are you missing time. This is how it was when God was cre- on publishing, date of placement, size of
a close friend or relative who had been cele- ating the world and it was very dark. Then photo, and length of announcement are at
brating Hanukkah with you every year? God said, “Let there be light!” That same the sole discretion of the publisher.
Were you expecting a raise or simply a holi- powerful light is available to us now in this
day bonus but did not get it? Let the light dark, cold season and in this difficult time to See Historical Digital Issues of
from the candles whirl in your mind, dis- help us heal ourselves and heal our world. The Jewish Post & Opinion since 1930
solving all of the sadness and bitterness
replacing it with the thought that something On page IN 12, Dr. Morton Gold at https://go.usa.gov/xn7ay,
good is just around the corner. reviews a new musical release titled,
Rejoice! Honoring the Jewish Spirit. Read recent digital issue online at:
Third night: One can repeat night one or (Essential Voices USA). All masterfully www.jewishpostopinion.com
any of the previous night’s meditations on selected and conducted by Judith Clurman
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sense of love and peace.
Happy Hanukkah, dear readers, and a
Fourth night: Are there challenges in Happy 2020!
your neighborhood, your synagogue or the
Jennie Cohen, December 18, 2019

4 The Jewish Post & Opinion – IN December 18, 2019 Beth-El Zedeck. FREE, but please
pre-registration is appreciated. RSVP at:
Community Events JCRC. Contact Matt at [email protected] https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pronouns-
.org with questions. theythemtheirs-what-is-this-with-addison
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Chanukah in the Park! Cong. Beth Shalom (CBS) Book Club
Mon., Dec. 23 from 3–4 p.m. First time Sun., Jan. 5 at 3 p.m., at the home of Parents Night Out (PNO)
Sat., Jan. 18 and Feb. 15, from 6–10
ever! Join us for an hour of fun at the Susan Meyers. Like to read? You need not
Holliday Park Nature Center, 6363 Spring be a CBS member to participate in our p.m., at the JCC. The PNO program aids
Mill Rd, Indianapolis. Olive oil making Book Club. Come to discuss a humdinger in creating stronger family systems by
demonstration Program is free. For more of a book titled, Rise and Kill First: offering parents of children with special
info and to RSVP email [email protected] The Secret History of Israel’s Targeted needs a respite opportunity, as well as
Discover.org or call 317-698-6423. Assassinations by Ronen Bergman. Contact inclusive programming for children of all
Sharon Karp at [email protected] abilities in a safe, Jewish environment.
Chanukah celebration in Fishers, indy.org for more information, and check Join us as we explore the world through
Geist, and Noblesville the website for directions to Susan’s home. a variety of activities, crafts, music and
more! This program series is sponsored
Mon., Dec. 23 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. at CBS Sisterhood Ladies’ Fireside Chat by Jewish Family Services. Contact Rachel
the Fishers Library, 5 Municipal Dr 46038. Tues., Jan. 14, at 6 p.m. Join the friendly Katz at [email protected] for more information.
Area families, this is for you! Join us for an Cost $5 per child ages 2–12. Advanced
open house the second night of Chanukah. CBS Sisterhood women for an interesting registration required.
We’ll have the menorah, enjoy hot latkes, evening out. Check the CBS calendar at
meet new friends, have crafts for the kids, bethshalomindy.org/events to learn more. Hadassah Book Club
and learn how oil is squeezed out of olives Sun., Jan. 19, 2 p.m., The Only Woman
with a live demonstration. For more info Worship Services are held at 6:30 p.m.,
call or text Rabbi Schusterman at 317-698- on the second, third and fourth Friday of in the Room by Marie Benedict, hostess
6423. This event is FREE. Donations are each month at 849 W. 96th St., Indpls. Judy Koor. Sun., Feb. 16, 2 p.m., All the
welcome: https://injewishdiscovery.org/ Direct questions to [email protected] Rivers by Dorit Rabinyan, hostess Ruth
donate/ indy.org, call 317-306-5644, or see our Grossman. Sun., Mar. 15, 2 p.m., The Lost
website for more information and Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff. For more info
Gardens of Greenbriar programming or contact Diane Graul at or to RSVP contact Helaine Herman at
Chanukah celebration [email protected] [email protected]

Tues., Dec. 24, from 5:30–6:30 p.m. Join Bereavement support group Film: We Shall Not Die Now,
us for menorah lighting and delicious Tues., Jan. 14 and Feb. 11 at 6 p.m., in Conversation with Director,
Chanukah refreshments. Indiana Jewish Holocaust Survivor
Discovery Center. For more info and to Room A-17 of the JCC. JFS and Ascension
RSVP email [email protected] Health and Home invite you to a Jewish Tues., Jan. 28 from 6:30–9:30 p.m., at
or call 317-698-6423. bereavement support group, co-facilitated the Arthur M. Glick JCC. 75 years after the
by Brenda Kenyon LCSW and Paula conclusion of World War II, 18 year old,
Young Jewish Professionals Glanzman Goldberg. While everyone Ashton Gleckman traveled throughout
Tues., Dec. 24 from 7–10 p.m., Punch processes grief and loss differently, healing Europe and the US to produce, direct and
is enhanced by sharing with others who film this well made, absorbing film that
Bowl Social at 120 South Meridian St. For have experienced loss. Together, the group explores the Holocaust through moving
ages 20s and 30s. With hipster bowling will address the social, emotional and interviews and images. Gleckman offers
lanes and old-fashioned arcades, there’s a spiritual dimensions of grief from a Jewish his work as an opportunity to remember
reason Punch Bowl Social is one of the perspective. This program is free of charge, and meditate on the lessons of the
most popular venues in Indy. Endless beer and no registration is needed. For more Holocaust on Holocaust Memorial Day.
and Chanukah treats are included with the information please email Paula at pgoldberg Following the film, Gleckman, who has also
price of admission. Cost $18. For more @jfgi.org or Julie at 317-529-5497. scored films, will discuss his experiences.
info email [email protected] Frank Grunwald, a local Holocaust
Gender Journeys series – Pronouns: survivor who is in the film will take
CTeen Chanukah Masterchef They/Them/Theirs – What is this? questions. We Shall Not Die Now won
Thurs., Dec. 26 from 6–8 p.m., at the Audience Choice Award for the 2019
Wed., Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. in the JCC Laikin Heartland Film Festival. Cost $10.
Chabad Center for Jewish Life, 2640 West Auditorium, with Addison Smith, M.M.,
96th St. Chanukah celebration, Menorah M.A, Indy Pride Director of Education. See more on the movie’s website at
lighting and refreshments. Ever feel like you’re speaking a different www.weshallnotdienowmovie.com or on
language when you’re trying to discuss Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/
Chanukah Pizza and Pottery gender or sexuality issues with someone? weshallnotdienow/. The movie is now
Sat., Dec. 28 at 7 p.m., at Pottery by In many ways, you might well be. The available for streaming on Amazon Prime
traditional way of thinking of gender in (in US and UK) as well as Vimeo on
You, 2280 W 86th St. Children and adults Western culture, the gender binary, is very Demand (can be accessed worldwide).
welcome. Cost $5 (goes toward pottery different from modern gender theory and
purchase). RSVP chabadindiana.org/pottery not understanding these differences can Cocktail Judaism
lead to communication difficulties. This Mon., Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Another
Nice Jewish Brunch program will look at both of these modes
Sun, Dec. 29, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Join Ami of thought, allowing attendees to form Broken Egg (9435 N. Meridian) For the
strategies in their own life when they 40+ crowd. Conversation, humor, and
(LGBTQ+) Indianapolis Jewish Group for encounter these difficulties. In partnership spirits hosted by Rabbi Dennis Sasso.
our monthly brunch. Each brunch seeks with Indy Pride, Indianapolis Jewish
to provide a space for LGBTQ+ Jews and Community Relations Council, Indianapolis (see Events, page IN 7)
allies, and offers an opportunity for Hebrew Congregation, and Congregation
discussion around different topics that
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December 18, 2019 The Jewish Post & Opinion – IN 5

About the Cover

Holidays
By Dena Levie

This piece, has in its
center the verse of Psalm

118:24: “zeh hayom asah

hashem nagila v’nismicha Dena Levie
bo”. (This is the day G-d

created, let us rejoice and be glad on it.)

Read during Hallel on Jewish festival days.

Around the verse starting from the top

right are all the Jewish holidays of the

year. From Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur

through Shavuot.

About the Artist
Dena Levie, of Teaneck, N.J., designs

and creates beautiful personalized paper-
cut artwork. Dena has always had a love
for the arts. At Stern College (Yeshiva
University) she received degrees in both
Computer Science and Fine Art. After
a short stint as a graphic designer she
worked as a computer programmer for a
financial firm. However, art was always her
passion and she began to experiment with
papercutting when her oldest daughter
was born 23 years ago. Since then she has
made this her full time passion creating
more than 1800 paper cuts.

Dena enjoys working with people to
create a personalized piece of art that will
be enjoyed for years to come. This includes
hand calligraphed ketubot (Jewish wedding
documents), family trees, wedding and
Bar Mitzvah gifts as well as artwork for
school and synagogue honorees. Ms. Levie
has also designed greeting and holiday
cards as well as invitations for weddings
and other events. In 2004, Ms. Levie was
commissioned to design a few pieces that
were presented to Michael Douglas,
Steven Spielberg and Bette Midler. She
also created the cover of the Youth Dub
CD for the musician, Matisyahu. Most
recently she was commissioned to create a
piece for the Jewish Children’s Museum in
New York City.

Dena’s artwork has been exhibited in
galleries across NewYork and she has been
featured in several newspapers. She has
traveled to Israel, Africa and throughout
the United States to meet
and exchange ideas with
other papercutters.
She is an active
member of the
Guild of American
Papercutters. She
can be reached
through her web-
site www.judaic
papercuts.com.

6 The Jewish Post & Opinion – IN December 18, 2019

A Bit of Wit Blintzes A wonderful “Off the Bima” concert
Not to be confused with the German war performed by (L-R) Cantor Aviva Marer
Jewish Secret of Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation,
Weapons machine’s: “blitzkreig.” Can you imagine Pianist Charles Manning and Cantor
the Jerusalem Post 1939 headlines: Melissa Cohen of Beth-El Zedeck (BEZ)
These are weapons of mass indigestion “Germans drop tons of cheese and blue- was given on Nov. 24th at BEZ. The title
berry blintzes over Poland – shortage of was, “A Tribute to Jewish Hollywood”.
– hidden in Israel’s arsenal deep under- sour cream expected.” Basically this is the The program was supported by the
ground in the Negev desert. And we’re not Jewish answer to Crepe Suzette. Feigenbaum Musical Arts Fund. Coming
afraid to use them! soon! Off the Bima presents, “A Tribute
Kishka to Jewish Disney”.
Latkes You know from Haggis? Well, this ain’t
A pancake-like structure not to be ji
it. In the old days, they would take an
confused with anything the House of intestine and stuff it. Today, we use parch- call it ‘Ge-filtered Fish’?”Originally, it was
Pancakes would put out. In a latka, the oil ment paper or plastic. And what do you a carp stuffed with a minced fish and
is in the pancake. It is made with potatoes, stuff it with? Carrots, celery, onions, flour vegetable mixture. Today it is usually made
onions, eggs and matzah meal. Latkas can and spices. But the skill is not to cook it of small fish balls eaten with horse radish
be eaten with apple sauce but never with alone but to add it to the cholent (see (chrain), which is judged on its relative
maple syrup (sorry Canada). There is a below) and let it simmer for 24 hours until strength in bringing tears to your eyes at
rumor that in the time of the Maccabees, there is no chance whatsoever that there is 100 paces.
they lit a latka by mistake and it burned for any nutritional value left.
eight days. What is certain is you will have Bagels
heart burn for the same amount of time. Kreplach How can we finish without the quintes-
It’s a good thing. It sounds worse than it tastes. There is a
sential Jewish defense weapon, the bagel?
Matzah rabbinical debate on its origins. One rabbi Like most foods, there are legends sur-
The Israeli’s revenge for escaping claims it began when a fortune cookie fell rounding the bagel although I don’t know
into his chicken soup. The other claims it any. There have been persistent rumors
slavery. It consists of a simple mix of flour started in an Italian restaurant. Either way that the inventors of the bagel were the
and water – no eggs or flavor at all. When it can be soft, hard, or soggy and the Norwegians who couldn’t get anyone to
made well, it could actually taste like amount of meat inside depends on buy smoked lox. Think about it: Can you
cardboard or Hardieplank. Its redeeming whether it is your mother or your mother- picture yourself eating smoked salmon or
value is that it does fill you up and stays in-law who cooked it. trout on white bread? Rye? A cracker?
with you for a long time. However, it is Naaa! The IDF research lab looked for
recommended that you eat a few prunes Cholent something hard and almost indigestible
soon after. Very soon after. This combination of noxious gases that could take the spread of cream cheese
and that doesn’t take up too much room
Kasha Varnishkes had been the secret weapon of Jews for on the desert maneuvers ration kit. And
One of the little-known delicacies that centuries. The unique combination of why the hole? The truth is that many
beans, barley, potatoes, and bones or meat philosophers believe the hole is the
is even more difficult to pronounce than to is meant to stick to your ribs and anything essence and the dough is only there for
cook. It has nothing to do with varnish but else it comes into contact with. At a fancy emphasis. It remains an eternal existential
is basically a mixture of buckwheat and Mexican restaurant (kosher of course), I once discussion topic.
bow-tie macaroni (noodles). Why a heard this comment from a youngster
bow-tie? Many sages discussed this and who had just had his first taste of Mexican Submitted by Scott Levine, Indianapolis.

agreed that some Jewish mother decided fried beans:“What! Do they serve leftover
that“You can’t come to the table without a cholent here too?” A Jewish American
tie”or, G-d forbid, an elbow on my table?” Princess once came up with something
original for guests (her first cooking
attempt at the age of 25): she made cholent
burgers for Sunday night supper. The
guests never came back.

Gefilte Fish
A few years ago, an Israeli politician had

problems with the filter in his fish pond
and a few of them got rather stuck and
mangled. His son (5 years old at the time)
looked at them and asked“Is that why we

December 18, 2019 The Jewish Post & Opinion – IN 7

EVENTS ence. These creative evocative readings High the Moon,”“Sweet Georgia Brown”–
can transform our understanding of the are the work of Jewish songwriters. Is
(continued from page IN 4) Torah’s portrayals of God, humanity, and it coincidence? Or something more?
relationships between them. In partner- Nationally acclaimed pianist Emmet
February’s topic is “Our Common ship with Indy Pride, Congregation Cohen and his trio’s music is lyrical,
Humanity: Taking Action to End Beth-El Zedeck, Indianapolis Hebrew creative with just a touch of humor.
Homelessness” with Chelsea Haring- Congregation, and JCRC. Followed by an after party with the
Cozzi, Executive Director, CHIP (Coalition musicians. Sponsored by the Efroymson
for Homelessness Intervention and A Field Guide to the Jewish People Family Fund and Leslie M. Jackson. In
Prevention) RSVP to [email protected] with Alan Zweibel partnership with the American Pianists
.org or 317-253-3441. Association and the Indianapolis Jazz
Thurs., March 5 at 7 p.m., at the JCC. Foundation. After party provided by Gadi
CODE RED: How Progressives Cost $10. A very funny guy asks – and Boukai.
and Moderates Can Unite to answers:“Why do random Jewish holidays
Save the Country keep springing up unexpectedly? Who Let’s #RunForEva!
was the first Jewish Comedian?” These CANDLES Holocaust Museum and
Thurs., Feb 13 at 7 p.m. at the JCC, Cost baffling questions and many more are
$10. Bestselling author, EJ Dionne, who answered by Alan Zweibel, one of the Education Center is building a team to
writes about politics in a twice-weekly authors of A Field Guide to the Jewish participate in the Hawthorn Half Day
column for The Washington Post, is a People. Zweibel is an original Saturday taking place on May 16, 2020 at
frequent commentator on politics for Night Live writer and has won five Emmy Hawthorn Park in Terre Haute, Ind. We
National Public Radio and MSNBC. He awards for his work in television for The are using this event to honor Eva Kor’s
is also Senior Fellow at the Brookings Late Show with David Letterman and Curb message of “Never Give Up!” With this
Institution, visiting professor at Harvard Your Enthusiasm. event, participants can sign up to run/walk
University, and professor at Georgetown the marathon to raise money for the
University. He is coming to the JCC in Emmet Cohen – Jews and Jazz at the J CANDLES Eva Kor Legacy Education
conjunction with the release of his eighth Mon., March 18 at 7 p.m. Cost $20 at Fund. We invite you to join us in a
book. For more info go to jccindy.org/ #RunForEva!
events or contact Lev Rothenberg at the JCC. Emmet Cohen is winner of the
[email protected] or 317-715-9233. 2019 American Pianists Awards and Cole Check out trip alumnus Charles
Porter Fellowship. Much of the best loved Moman’s video about the race here:
Religion Spirituality and the Arts jazz – standards like“Body and Soul,”“How http://bit.ly/2KdHNNe.

Gallery Exhibit Feb 14–Mar 29
Performance: The Story of Jonah Happy Hanukkah!
expressed by visual and perform- from
ance artists
Perfect Touch
Thurs., Feb 20 from 5:30–8 p.m., at the Cleaners
JCC. Artists Reception: 5:30 p.m.,
Performances: 6:45 p.m. Free. Contact
Kelsey Eberle [email protected]

Meet the artists and join us for light
refreshments. Performance pieces in
Laikin auditorium directly follow artist’s
reception. This creative exhibit features the
collaborative works of prominent visual
and performance artists whose explo-
rations with Rabbi Sandy Sasso uncover
the personal significance of the biblical
story of Jonah. With so many possible
interpretations, this story is a perfect sub-
ject for artistic expression. In partnership
with IUPUI.

Gender Journeys series: The Soul of 8435 Ditch Road
259-7837
a Stranger: Reading God and Torah
Serving your community
from a Transgender Perspective for over 25 years.

Thurs., Feb 27 at 7 p.m., at the JCC.
Cost $10. Author, Dr. Joy Ladin, is a
nationally recognized speaker on gender
and Jewish identity. She is an American
poet and the David and Ruth Gottesman
Chair in English at Stern College for
Women at Yeshiva University and she is
the first openly transgender professor at
an Orthodox Jewish institution. Dr. Ladin
is a highly respected poet, author, and
blogger. The Soul of a Stranger helps us see
some of the best known Torah stories
through the lens of transgender experi-

8 The Jewish Post & Opinion – IN December 18, 2019

Chassidic Rabbi Meet Congregation in New York, went to law school and
Beth Shalom’s New passed the bar. But he never practiced law
BY RABBI BENZION COHEN B.H. Rabbi, Justin Kerber because it didn’t inspire him.

Good News BY KAREN FRIEDMAN Taking time off, he spent a year in Israel
volunteering on a kibbutz.“That was trans-
I am happy to give over some good news. Perseverance pays off. Just ask Rabbi formational. It made Judaism come alive
for me like never before,”he says.
Two terrorists were recently killed. Both Justin Kerber, Congregation Beth Shalom’s
were leaders of big terrorist organizations, new full-time rabbi in In 2002 he enrolled in rabbinical school
one in Iraq and one here in Israel, in the Carmel. Rabbi Justin, as he at Hebrew Union College, from which he
Gaza strip. The following day the terrorists likes to be called, grew up graduated in 2007. Two years spent as
fired over 200 rockets and mortar shells at in Iowa City, Iowa, where University of Georgia’s Hillel Director and
Israeli cities and highways, but by many his parents were university three more as rabbi at Temple Emanuel in St.
miracles, no one was killed. professors. Louis reinforced his interest in the rabbinate.

Recently these and many other terrorist Raised in a Conservative Intrigued by a course he’d studied in
organizations have been losing support synagogue, he didn’t feel Rabbi Kerber Clinical Pastoral Education, a hospital
and power. Our world is getting better drawn to Judaism until his Bar Mitzvah. chaplaincy training, he sought a chaplaincy
and better all of the time. Almost all of the “That’s when it all came together,” he residency at a Jewish hospital in St. Louis
governments and regimes that supported recalls. “It was exciting to learn to chant and later served as chaplain at a children’s
terror have fallen and disappeared. Now the prayers and to learn Torah and Haftarah.” hospital and in hospice care. Although
about 98% of the countries of the world busy, he missed working as a pulpit rabbi
are working to make all people safe, happy He further identified with Judaism and was blessed to be able to provide
and healthy! In the past, the stronger during two summers at Camp Ramah in rabbinic support to two small congregations
nations would go to war to conquer the Wisconsin.“I loved it,” he reminisces.“But in adjacent communities.
weaker nations. Now the stronger nations I never imagined myself as a rabbi.”
are instead making big efforts to help and Fate brought him to Congregation Beth
strengthen the weaker nations and bring He graduated from Columbia University Shalom. “The first time I came here, I
peace to the entire world. knew instantly it was a fit,”he smiles. Beth
ji Shalom hired him on August 1, 2019. Now
We are witnessing the fulfillment of the Justin, his wife Hope, and their sons, Eli
words of our prophets. They told us that a every word was I able to remember that I and Danny are busy exploring Carmel
time would come when there will be no had said it. (This is how all blessings and making new friends. Hope works in
evil, no war, no suffering or sickness. This should really be said). Amazing! Here special education with a nearby school
period is referred to as the end of days, the is an example of how everything that system. The boys are excited to be in the
days of the Moshiach (Messiah) who will happens in this world always has a Carmel schools.
usher is our complete and final redemption. positive aspect. My failing memory was
After 2,500 years, this is finally happening! helping me to pray properly. I just hope When not doing rabbi-related things,
that I will always remember this! Rabbi Justin enjoys rollerblading, playing
I personally also have good news to guitar, traveling, reading, barbecuing, and,
share. My health is doing better. Three I also suffered from fatigue. I was tired a most recently, painting Jewish-themed
months ago I started a new diet, and I am lot and needed to sleep a lot. A year ago I watercolors.
feeling better. Fifty years ago I suffered started to take thyroid hormones, and that
from Hepatitis, which left me quite weak. helped. Then 3 months ago I read about a Rabbi Justin is thrilled to finally find at CBS
For a year and a half I tried different diets different diet. It is called the 80/10/10RV what he has been seeking all along. “It
and medicines, but nothing really helped. diet, which is short for 80% calories from feels right!” he exults. “This is the calling
Then I tried macrobiotics, and right away carbohydrates, 10% calories from proteins, that I answered, what I trained to do, what
got back on my feet, thank G-d. I have and 10% calories from fats. RV stands for I worked so long and hard for. I’m excited
found that milk products and white flour raw and vegan. This diet was similar to my about the journey we’re on together and
and sugar are really bad for me. previous diet, but with three major differ- want people to know how grateful I am
ences. Before, about 70% of the calories for their confidence in me. We’ve laid the
For the last ten years I was eating mainly that I was consuming were from the fat in foundation and now must build on it with
raw vegetables made into salads with a lot the foods and oils that I ate. Now I try to mutual trust, listening and flexibility. I can
of olive oil and lemon and tahini. A few feel great things beginning to happen and
years ago I forgot the name of one of my (see Benzion, page IN 9) I can’t wait to see it all unfold.”

grandchildren. That really shook me up. I
told one of my friends about this problem “A TRIUMPHANT COMBINATION OF HISTORY,
and he suggested vitamin B12. I started ARTISTRY, AND DEEP PATHOS. GRIPPING AND VITAL:
taking this vitamin, and other vitamins
and supplements, and that helped a little. A REMINDER OF ALL THAT WAS LOST, ALL THAT
But as time passed, my memory became REMAINED, AND ALL THAT REMAINS TO BE DONE.”
weaker and weaker.
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Purdue Jewish Studies Butler’s

Program lectures for Hillel

Spring 2020 Celebrates

All members of the Purdue University Butler University’s
Hillel celebrates an
community and the public are cordially early Chanukah.
invited to attend these free events offered Nonie Vonnegut-
by the Jewish Studies Program. For Gabovitch (stand-
more info contact Alice Wenger at ing fifth from left)
[email protected] or 765-494-7965. is their community
advisor.
Noon Lecture and Discussion Series:
Wednesday, February 12, 12:30 p.m.,
Stewart Center, Room 313 ~ Thomas
H. Brush, Professor of Management,
Krannert School of Management, “A
Surgeon’s View of WWII in Patton’s Third
Army: The Story of John H. Brush, M.D.”

Noon Lecture and Discussion Series:
Wednesday, March 4, 12:30 p.m., Stewart
Center, Room 313 ~ Rabbi Michael
Harvey, Temple Israel, West Lafayette,
Indiana,“Why Keep Kosher?”

Klatch Jewish Arts Series Presentation:
Monday, March 30, 7:00 p.m., ~ RAWL
1062 ~ Jessie Auritt, filmmaker, Austin,
Texas, Supergirl (2017) Movie screening
with Q&A to follow. http://www.super-

j igirldoc.com/synopsis


BENZION

(continued from page IN 8)

keep my fat calories down to only 10%.
Before, I ate very little sweet fresh fruit.
Now this is the majority of my diet. Now I
eat less cooked foods.

I decided to give this diet a try. Within
three days I was feeling better. Now my
memory is much better, my mind is working
better, and I have more energy, without
vitamins, hormones or supplements. If
you want to feel better, look into this diet.
And especially because it is strictly Kosher!
Just be careful to remove any tiny bugs
and worms from fruits and vegetables.

I don’t keep this diet 100%. To honor the
Sabbath and holidays we are commanded
to make Kiddush and eat some bread, and
a little fish and chicken.

This diet also recommends exercise. I
have been exercising more, and feel that
this helps. It also says that feeling good
and happy is also important for good
health. For this, get some advice from
Chassidic Rabbis. In general, learning
Torah and doing good deeds will not only
bring happiness to you and those near
you, but will also bring closer our
complete and final redemption, at which
time we will all be completely healthy,
forever and ever.

Rabbi Benzion Cohen lives in K’far
Chabad, Isarel. He can be reached by email at
[email protected]

10 The Jewish Post & Opinion – IN December 18, 2019

Hannah Kaufman Chai Mitzvah –
Joseph forms new Indy Overview
law firm
BY DAVID HEILBRON

Long-time local attorneys Kimberly D. The Jewish tradition tells that Jews learn
Jeselskis, BJ Brinkerhoff and Hannah
best when in a group and commends the
Kaufman Joseph have partnered to form practice of learning in pairs saying that “a
[learner] sharpens the countenance of
the new Indianapolis law firm, Jeselskis their friend.”(Talmud Bavli, Ta’anit 7a)

Brinkerhoff and Joseph, LLC. Now what would happen if you acquired
not only study partner with which to study
“The traditional law firm model is a but also joined a network of more than
70 individuals engaged in learning and
dinosaur. Clients dread the billable hour personal growth? From August 2018–June
2019, more than 70 learners from across
and have come to think of lawyers as a greater Indianapolis aged 14 to 92 joined
in monthly study through seven different
necessary evil rather than a trusted Chai Mitzvah learning circles. own learning to the community.
As Indianapolis continues with its
adviser and business part- Like a book group, Chai Mitzvah circles
meet monthly for meaningful discussion second year as an Ignite city, returning
ner,” explained Joseph. on a variety of Jewish topics of interest. In learners are excited to explore new topics
addition to these monthly discussions, each and interests while new Chai Mitzvah
“However, at JBJ Legal, we person in the group commits to engage in learners are ready to plug in to the
a social action projects, to identify some- network of study and enrichment that
know there’s a better way. thing to learn, and to adopt or deepen a the greater Indianapolis Chai Mitzvah
ritual or spiritual practice of their choosing. community provides. Be on the lookout for
We are providing those Offered multiple curriculum options, a Chai Mitzvah group at a local institution
groups can choose to learn about the cycle or among groups of friends and peers in
cost-effective, responsive, of the year, mussar¸ business ethics or even the community.
younger learners can find opportunities
and dynamic legal services H. Joseph with a range of teen-specific curricula. Chai Mitzvah Library Learners.

to our clients.” Prior to the 2018–19 program year, Chai Mitzvah Ten Commandment class:
Indianapolis was selected as a Chai (standing L-R) Dr. Michael and Rochelle
JBJ Legal provides full-service legal Mitzvah Ignite city, receiving additional Cohen, Ruth Enas, class leader Lev
support to help start a critical mass of Rothenberg; (seated L-R) Donna Segal
representation to entrepreneurs, individuals, learning circles in the community and and Annette Weisfeld.
create a network of learners across greater
and companies for all their business, Indianapolis. As each group follows the If you would like to learn more about
same cycle of topics, the Ignite model Chai Mitzvah or are interested in starting
employment, labor, litigation, dispute, offers the opportunity for Chai Mitzvah your own learning circle, contact Ignite
learners to engage in meaningful discussion Community Coordinator David Heilbron
contract and commercial law needs. We with fellow group members and to join a at [email protected]

learning community that spans across
are small enough to maintain lower costs denomination, age, and life stage.

which benefits our clients yet sophisticated As a culmination of their learning,
Chai Mitzvah participants joined greater
enough to provide exceptional service and Indianapolis community members in a
communal Tikkun Leil Shavuotor all-night
representation. JBJ Legal is in downtown study marathon this past June. Community
clergy and leaders came together with
Indianapolis at 350 Massachusetts Chai Mitzvah participants and led 15
different learning sessions into the night
Avenue, Suite 300, Indianapolis, IN ranging from text study to spiritual
practices to contemporary takes on
46204. To learn more, visit JBJLegal.com. traditional ideas. The Chai Mitzvah
participants took their learning full
Hannah Kaufman Joseph developed a circle and exemplified the edict “make
thriving and successful law practice serving for thyself a teacher and acquire for thyself
the needs of small business owners and a friend”(Pirkei Avot 1:6) by bringing their
entrepreneurs. She assists clients with
buying and selling businesses, forming
new ventures, raising capital, employment
matters, and drafting and negotiating con-
tracts between businesses and their ven-
dors, contractors, and customers. Hannah
applies real world, practical experience
owning and operating several small busi-
nesses with sophisticated legal advice on
how to manage risk and maximize profit.

In addition to the time Hannah spends

(see Joseph, page IN 12)

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As I and effective. I will make brief comments JOSEPH
about each selection and then some final
(continued from page IN 10)
Heard It comments about the CD
to sum up. A handsome as an attorney, she has also helps her hus-
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I must add a mea culpa.
ji
Excellent Musicians, What follows are merely
Varied Music is Track 5: Yeish Kochavim composed by
Professional and my opinions. (Yours may J. Clurman Jonathan Tunick and Track 6: Everlasting
Effective be different.) Light, composed by David Shire can both
be described as examples of modern treat-
Track 1: The Eight Days of Lights ments composed for a well trained chorus
(which describes the vocal ensemble on
composed by Judith Clurman and David this disc.) My sole reservation with this
otherwise well trained group concerns the
Chase. The text is from the liturgy and lapses in intonation in the soprano section.

was adapted by Ms. Clurman. The music Tracks 7 and 8 are called Songs of Peace
by Jeremiah Klarman, both arranged by
reflects an artistic rendering of the text. David Chase. No. 7 is called Hineih Ma Tov
and is nothing like the traditional tune.
A The piano part supports the choir and adds This is particularly well performed. No. 8
new release (Nov. 2019) has come to the enhancement of the composition. is a rousing setting of Oseh Shalom.
out of a CD titled: Rejoice! Honoring the Track 2: Dayeinu (trad.) arranged by (What’s not to like?)

Jewish Spirit. (EssentialVoices USA). It was Trude Rittmann. This is a vibrant concert Ms. Clurman is to be congratulated for
the cohesive ensemble of her choral group
published by Acis (APL97092). The CD rendition of the familiar Seder melody. as well as the effective range of dynamics
contains nine compositions, all selected Track 3: Ki Hineih Kachomer composed (levels of volume.) The selections were
chosen with care and are varied in style
and conducted by Judith Clurman. by Ms. Clurman and arranged by Ryan
(see Gold, page IN 15)
The excellent accompanist is James Nowlin. This work features a lovely

Cunningham, and melody enhanced by a tasteful arrange-

the fine cellists are ment. (I confess that this selection along

David Miller in with the next and the last one are my
track 3 and Raman favorites on this CD.)

Ramakrishnan in Track 4: Shlof Mayn Fegele music by

track 5. The music Mikhail Lermontov, lyrics by Abraham
is varied, and their Goldfaden and is arranged by Ryan

arrangements are Nowlin. This beautiful tune of Russian

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Obituaries Mansbach for the past 25 years. An unex- She was a member of Indianapolis
pected, later-in-life romance, they formed Hebrew Congregation, was active in the
Louise (Levenstein) Litwack, 86, a very beautiful marriage and life together. Sisterhood, and served in many leadership
passed away Sept. 12, roles there. Toby and Sol were generous
2019. She was born Dec. 1, Shirley was always a voracious reader and philanthropists who made profound
1932, daughter of Mose lifetime learner as well as being engaged contributions to the community. They
and Naomi (Schreiber) and interested in many other of life’s established the Blickman Educational Trail
Levenstein. She was mar- opportunities and offerings. She was above Park at White River through a gift of land
ried to Jerry Litwack for 67 all else and most importantly very loved. to the Indianapolis Parks Foundation. Then
years. Louise is survived She will always be profoundly missed. Mayor Peterson said at the dedication
by her husband and their three children, ceremony, “Mr. and Mrs. Blickman’s
Barry (Alla), Alix, and Reid (Liz Lahr); She is survived by her husband, Gerald generous contribution to our park system
six grandchildren, Noah, Isabella, Lena, Mansbach; sons, Mark and Gary; daughter, will help ensure Indianapolis youth and
Lucy, Ben and Abe; and her sister, Ann Karen; grandson, Joshua; as well as step- their families can benefit and learn from
Levenstein Mound. children and grandchildren, cousins and the city’s precious natural resources for
friends. generations to come.”
Louise graduated from Greensburg
High School in Greensburg, Ind., and Funeral services were held Sept. 29th at Toby was predeceased by her loving
attended Ohio State University. She then A.R.N. Funeral & Cremation Services husband, Sol, loving parents, Sarah and
graduated from IUPUI with a Bachelor and and burial followed in Indianapolis Hebrew Philip Sachs, her brother, Arthur, and her
Masters Degree in Social Work. Louise Congregation North Cemetery. Memorial daughter-in-law Teresa. Toby is survived by
worked at St. Vincent Hospital Employee contributions may be made to Simon her four children, Neil, Andrew, Michael
Assistance Program, as well as in private Cancer Center. (Barbara) and Rita (Tim Kesler); her
practice. She served on numerous organi- grandchildren, Meghan, Natalie, Allison
zational boards including the Indiana Toby Sachs Blickman, 98, a lifelong (Jamie) Lazin, Jeffrey (Rachel), Kristie
Heart Association, the Juvenile Justice Indianapolis resident, passed away peace- (Austin), Shari, and Slaton (Samantha);
Commission and the State of Indiana fully at her family home of her great-grandchildren, Olivia Lazin,
Mental Health Board. more than 65 years. Toby Emery Lazin, Bo Wilder Blickman, Norah
was a devoted wife and Blickman, and Dylan Trefethen, all of
Services were held at Indianapolis she and her husband, Sol, whom will fondly remember their Grams;
Hebrew Congregation (IHC), on Sept. grew up a few blocks from her sister, Betty Sachs; and her dear niece
16th. Arrangements entrusted to Aaron- one another on North Janice Victor Bea. The family extends its
Ruben-Nelson Mortuary. New Jersey and Central. gratitude to her very special friend and
They were married for 57 years. Toby was caregiver, Andi Greathouse, and to the
Her special interest for over 50 years a loving mother, grandmother, great- wonderful caregivers from Senior Home
was Planned Parenthood of Indiana. In grandmother, daughter, sister, and aunt. Companions and At Home Preferred.
lieu of flowers, donations in her memory She attended Henry Coburn School 66,
may be made to Planned Parenthood of graduated from Tudor Hall in 1939, and A private graveside service was held for
Indiana & Kentucky, 200 S. Meridian, Ste from the University of Illinois in 1943 family only. Arrangements by Aaron-
400, Indianapolis, IN 46225; Goldman where she was President of Alpha Epsilon Ruben-Nelson Mortuary. In lieu of
Union Camp, 9349 Moore Rd, Zionsville, Phi sorority. Her lifelong passion was first flowers, contributions in Toby’s memory
IN 46077; or IHC Foundation, 6501 N. and foremost her family, and she provided may be made to the YES Fund at the
Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46260. them with enduring love “every day of Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation,
every year.” The family enjoyed many www.ihcindy.org.
Shirley Halpern Mansbach, 85, of memorable trips together and summers at
Carmel, passed away on her their Lake Manitou cottage in Rochester. David Mullen, 50, of Chicago passed
25th wedding anniversary Toby was a voracious reader well into her away Sept. 26, 2019. David was born in
and her 85th birthday, Sept. 90’s, never without a suspense novel and Pittsburgh, Pa., on June 14, 1969. He was
25, 2019. She was born in loved watching tennis and college basket- the beloved son of Phyllis and Robert
Louisville, Ky., in 1934, the ball. Despite her age, she always said Mullen of Indianapolis.
only child of David and that she still felt 18 years old, and she held
Florence Zeidman. She fast to that positive and strong spirit A graduate of Kenyon College and with
attended Indiana University where she met throughout her life.
Alan Halpern and was married in 1953. (see Obituaries, page IN 14)
They began their family in Indianapolis
where Shirley became an integral and Aaron The Jewish Funeral Home of Greater Indianapolis
beloved part of her community. She highly Ruben 317-873-4776
valued and enjoyed many of these long- A R N Nelson
time relationships and continued to make 11411 N. Michigan Road
meaningful friendships throughout her life.
just north of I-465
Shirley was early to be among the field
of women realtors where her career lasted
over 40 years. She loved her profession
and regarded it as a serious responsibility
in helping people to find just the place in
which to belong and call home.

In love, she married the second time to
Lewis Schwartz until widowed in 1985. She
was currently the very happy wife of Gerald

14 The Jewish Post & Opinion – IN December 18, 2019

OBITUARIES Chemistry from the University of Miami, Sylvia was a graduate of Shortridge High
Coral Gables Fla., with post-graduate School. She worked for Lane Bryant from
(continued from page IN 13) degree at Columbus Technical Institute at 1936 to 1945 and then L.S. Ayres for over
Columbus, Ohio. 22 years, retiring in 1992. Sylvia was a
a Masters’ degree from the Kelly School of member of B’nai Torah Congregation,
Business at Indiana University, David She was preceded in death by her Beth El Zedeck Congregation, and Beth El
began his professional career working for mother Anne Dubin Rosenblum, and Zedeck Sisterhood.
his father as the manager of K & G Mens’ father Wolf Rosenblum. Bev is survived by
Mart in Indianapolis. He then moved her sister and best friend Gail Rosenblum Sylvia is survived by her son, Dr. Barry
on to a career in computer consulting (Gaylen Ross) of Brooklyn and cousin (Jan) Glazer and granddaughter, Ann
with Accenture, Capgemini and as an Debbie Jackson of Greenwood, Ind. Her Meyer Glazer, as well as nieces and
independent contractor. circle of friends was limitless, and her nephews Anita Kay Meyer (Bob) Schulteti,
kindness and generosity and caring will be Harold (Judith) Meyer, Marvin (Bev)
David is survived by his parents, his missed by all. She was the greatest sister Meyer, and Darryl (Voletta) Meyer. She is
three siblings, Susan Padula, Jeffrey Mullen, one could ever hope for and it is a bond preceded in death by her husband, Dave
and Caroline Quinones, his brother-in- that will endure forever. May her memory A. Glazer and brothers, Abe, Phillip, and
law Richard Padula, his sister-in-law be a blessing. A funeral services and Bernard Meyer. A graveside service was
Susan Jennings Mullen and his eight celebration of her life was held October held October 17th at the B’nai Torah
nieces and nephews, Chloe, Sydney and 6th at Aaron-Ruben-Nelson Mortuary. Cemetery. Memorial contributions may
Lily Padula, Madeleine, Joseph and Isaac be made to the charity of your choice.
Mullen and Benjamin and Cate Quinones. Jack Klezmer, 76, of Carmel, Ind., Arrangements by Aaron Ruben Nelson
passed away Oct. 10, 2019 after a battle Mortuary.
A Memorial Service was held Oct. 27, with heart disease. Born on Dec. 12, 1942,
2019 at Aaron-Ruben-Nelson Mortuary. in Indianapolis, to Roberta Faye Klezmer Reuven Shevitz, 92, passed away
The family respectfully requests any and Samuel Klezmer, Jack lived most of Oct. 13, 2019. He was born Jan. 13, 1927, a
memorial donations be made to: Above his childhood on 75th Street in child of immigrants who grew up during
and Beyond Family Recovery Center, 2942 Indianapolis. Jack attended North Central the Depression. He went to college on the
W Lake Street, Chicago, IL, 60004 High School and Indiana University G.I. Bill after the end of World War II. He
where he joined the Sigma Alpha Mu earned a PhD in industrial psychology
Beverly Rosenblum, 65, passed Fraternity. While in high school, Jack met from Ohio State University and enjoyed a
away Sept. 26, 2019. For 28 his first love, Linda Sue Netzorg successful career in the field of personnel
years she excelled in the (Klezmer), whom he married in 1963. – now known as human resources – at Eli
veterinary medical field as Jack and Linda’s marriage produced three Lilly and Co. As a young man, Reuben’s
a renowned and honored children, Lisa, Randy and Doug. brother Harry introduced him to Leona
technician, and was known Seidel, who was willing to go on a second
and admired by her pro- In 1976, Jack married Pamela Zimmer. date with Reuben even though he became
fessional colleagues and Pamela (Pam) and Jack have remained violently ill on their first date. Leona
clients throughout Indianapolis. Her love married for 43 years. Pam has lovingly and became his wife in 1949, and was at his
and devotion to animals was unsurpassed, loyally remained Jack’s spouse until his bedside when his life came to a peaceful
from horses to cats to dogs, and of course passing. Jack and Pam’s marriage produced end over 70 years later. During their long
to her own wonderful dogs (always golden two other children, Shanna and Lauren. marriage, they raised three children –
retrievers) Whitney, Emma, and Savannah. Jack’s grandchildren are Stephanie, Marilyn, Barry and Richard – and suffered
She is remembered in the veterinary Rachel, Kyle, Kimmie, Kody, Grace, Ivy, the tragic loss of Marilyn when she passed
profession as a beautiful person of great Haley, Lily, Graham, Harris and Nolan; away of heart disease after her freshman
integrity, a big heart, and passionate about and great-grandchildren are Jaden, Eli year of college.
her work. and Haydence. Jack was preceded in death
by both parents and his younger sister, Reuben was active in the local Jewish
Bev was an active community neighbor, Gayle Caplin. community for many years, holding
a member of Indianapolis Hebrew positions on the boards of various
Congregation, and enjoyed her friends at Throughout most of his adult life, Jack organizations and volunteering extensively
Mah Jong. She was a graduate of Broad co-owned a local furniture store with his with the resettlement of Jewish immi-
Ripple High School ’71, BA graduate in father, Sam. While at the store, Jack met grants from the former Soviet Union. He
and worked with numerous wonderful and Leona were active supporters of the
Happy Hanukkah! and hard-working people. Jack enjoyed Borns Jewish Studies Program at Indiana
life. His greatest pleasures were dining University, where they established a
from out, traveling and snow skiing. Jack was scholarship in memory of Marilyn. They
happiest in the mountains of Colorado. enjoyed theatre, symphony, and the
Nora Plaza Shopping Center He reminisced often about his love for company of friends and family, particularly
1300 East 86th Street snow skiing and his joyful times in their two granddaughters Meredith and
Mon.-Thurs. 10a – 7p Snowmass Village with his wife and kids. Isabelle. Reuben was fortunate to have
One hopes his afterlife will be as a host at enjoyed Meredith’s recent wedding to Ian,
Fri. & Sat. 10a – 6p, Sun. 12 – 5p a ski resort in heaven. He will be missed. where he and Lee shared the dance floor
Graveside services were Oct. 15th in Beth- with the newlyweds, and where their long
El Zedeck North Cemetery. Arrangements marriage provided a focal point that
by Aaron-Ruben-Nelson Mortuary. enhanced the meaning of the event to
everyone.
846-5718 Sylvia Glazer, 98, passed away Oct.
11, 2019. She was born on Sept. 14, 1921 Funeral services were held October
Please visit our new website: to Louie and Hannah (Leibowitz) Meyer. 16th at Congregation Beth-El Zedeck.
As a life time resident of Indianapolis,
www.goodmansshoes.com (see Obituaries, page IN 17)

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My Kosher Polish Jews made placki, pancakes, from GOLD
Kitchen potato flour and fried them in oil. Here are
some recipes you might want to try this year. (continued from page IN 12)
BY SYBIL KAPLAN
My Mom’s Classic Latkes and scope. This is an artistic CD of the kind
Latkes – (6 servings) of music that needs to be encouraged.
It’s a Tradition The problem is that there are not an
6 peeled potatoes abundance of trained choral groups of this
They’re sometimes greasy, sometimes 1 medium onion caliber to perform this kind of music.
2 eggs
salty and soggy, and they are fried in oil. 1-1/2 tsp. salt The recording is produced and engi-
They’re high in calories—sometimes; high 1/4 tsp. pepper neered by Silas Brown, who is nominated
fat–sometimes; high cholesterol–some- 1/2 cup flour for three 2020 Grammy Awards. All scores
times. But they’re oh, so good! What are oil are available from Hal Leonard (www.
they? They are Chanukah potato pancakes, halleonard.com) and at all your favorite
otherwise known as latkes, in what we Grate potatoes and onion into a bowl or sites online for purchase/Spotify
think is Yiddish, or as levivot in Hebrew. chop with blender or food processor. Add
eggs, salt, pepper and flour and blend. Editor’s Note: Judith Clurman was
With all the oil used for frying, latkes Heat oil in a frying pan. Drop batter by music supervisor for the movie, Song of
may be considered an unhealthy food. tablespoon around pan. Fry until brown Names (see ad page IN 8). She conducted
Yet, each Chanukah, many of us, who on both sides. Drain on paper towels. the choral/vocal music on the set.
are staunch-hearted and old-fashioned,
spend time grating potatoes by hand, Note: This recipe can also be used to Dr. Morton Gold is a composer/conductor,
always accidentally suffering at least one make potato kugel by pouring batter into retired educator and an arts reviewer.

scraped finger. The more modern among a greased casserole and baking in 350°F.
us risk coming out with liquid mush by oven for 45 minutes. ji
using a food processor or blender.
Wolfgang Puck’s Potato Pancakes
Why do we keep making these little with Smoked Salmon and Dill Sauce
pancakes year after year? Why do we eat
them for Chanukah in the first place? As 1 pound coarsely grated potatoes
Tevye says, “It’s tradition!” But there are 1 small coarsely grated onion
some real origins. An old folk proverb 1 egg
does say: “Chanukah latkes teach us that 2 Tbsp. flour
one cannot live by miracles alone.” 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
Joan Nathan, Jewish food writer and 1/4 tsp. pepper
cookbook author, contends the word latke oil
is not Yiddish as everyone presumes but
stems from “a Russian word, latka, and a 1/2 cup sour cream
pastry, from obsolete Russian oladka or flat 1 tsp. chopped dill
cake of leavened wheat dough.” This, in 1 tsp. lemon juice
turn, probably came from a Middle Greek salt and pepper to taste
word, eladion, or oil cake, stemming from 1 Tbsp. snipped chives
elaion, meaning olive oil.
1/2 pound thinly sliced smoked salmon*
Potato pancakes do seem to have origi-
nated among poor Eastern European Low-Fat Latkes Squeeze dry the potato-onion mixture
Jews, but potatoes did not become a staple (8–10 servings) after grating. Add egg, flour, baking
until mid-19th century. John Cooper, in powder, salt and pepper. Heat oil in a
“Eat and Be Satisfied – A Social History of 3 pounds coarsely grated potatoes frying pan. Drop tablespoons of the
Jewish Food,” comments that Jews from 1 coarsely grated onion mixture around pan and flatten with the
Lithuania ate pancakes made from potato 1/3 cup flour back of a spoon. Fry until golden brown
flour for Chanukah and had borrowed 1/2 tsp. baking powder on both sides. Drain on paper towels and
the idea from the Ukrainians who made 1 cup egg substitute or continue with remaining batter. In a bowl,
a potato pancake dish with goose fat 2 eggs plus 4 whites combine sour cream, dill, lemon juice, salt
called kartoflani platske, which they ate salt and pepper to taste and pepper. Sprinkle with chives. Arrange
for Christmas. olive oil spray pancakes on a platter. Serve with dill
cream, and smoked salmon.
Since Chanukah fell about the same time, Preheat oven to 450°F. Place nonstick
and there were plenty of geese to provide baking sheets in oven to heat. Drain off as *In place of or in addition to salmon,
goose fat or schmaltz, we could conclude much liquid as possible from bowl with you can also serve with 2 ounces caviar.
that schmaltz became a substitute for oil. grated potatoes and onion. Add flour,
Jews living in the Pale of Settlement in the baking powder, eggs or egg substitute, salt Sybil Kaplan is a journalist, author,
17th century probably adapted it for and pepper and blend. Spray baking sheet compiler/editor of 9 kosher cookbooks
Chanukah as a way to dress potatoes with oil. Spoon small mounds of potato (working on a 10th) and food writer for North
differently for the holiday. Cooper also mixture onto baking sheets. Bake until American Jewish publications, who lives in
states that many Eastern European Jews brown on one side then flip to other side, Jerusalem where she leads weekly walks of
ate buckwheat latkes for Chanukah, while making sure to place them where there is the Jewish food market, Machaneh Yehudah,
oil. Transfer to a platter and serve at once. in English, and writes the restaurant
features for Janglo.net, the oldest, largest
website for English speakers. (Photo by
Barry Kaplan.)

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Book Review oriented church with church members content to maintain their relationship, as
expected to follow Patriarch Herbert was she. Everything was fine until she
REVIEWED BY SIDNEY MISHKIN Armstrong’s dictates on every subject on became pregnant. Her fiancé told her that
which he chose to opine. After all, they out of respect for his Modern Orthodox
Story of Struggle, believed he knew the path to Jesus. Rabbi father and his equally religious
Doubt and Finally Women, for example were forbidden to mother, and his unwillingness to inflict a
Personal Fulfillment wear makeup from time to time as Angela great hurt on his parents, he could not
was growing up in the Church. Women marry her unless she underwent an
A River Could Be A Tree: A Memoir. By were not encouraged to get an education. Orthodox conversion.
Angela’s mother gave birth to ten children
Angela Himsel. Bedford, NY: Fig Tree in eleven years, one of whom died during This caused Angela no end of difficulties.
Books LLC, 2018. 267 Pages. childhood from a heart condition. Her She was a Christian in her late 20s. She
parents chose to treat Angela’s sister with believed that if she rejected Christ by con-
It is very satisfying for anyone, especially prayer cloths purchased from the Church, verting to Judaism she and her children
a good writer, to rather than seek regular treatment from a would lose access to heaven and the
write about his or pediatric cardiologist. opportunity to be with her beloved dead
her life in middle sister, as well as her parents, grandparents
age or later. Angela Fortunately for her, Angela’s mother and all of her other loved ones. Implicit in
Himsel is a good encouraged her to enroll at Indiana this is the fairly commonly held Christian
writer and the sat- University even though her father was not belief that Jews cannot gain access to
isfaction she felt keen about the idea. The father’s acquies- heaven unless they accept Jesus as their
when she wrote cence was somewhat surprising given the lord and savior. That is, heaven is closed to
this book is almost fact that the WWC taught that women Jews. The belief is that Jews can’t make it
palpable. Angela’s were created to serve men and that the to heaven by performing the mitzvot of
story is not all father of the family was the unconditional the Torah or just by being good people.
peaches and cream, decision maker in the family. Were it otherwise, all of the Christians
but it is interesting and honest. might find their way back to Judaism. Jews
The distance from Jasper to Bloomington have a much more generous and a much
Angela grew up in Jasper, Ind., in a large was not great, but it opened a whole new less proprietary view of the ability of
family whose life revolved world for Angela that she never knew Christians to enjoy the next world.
around the teachings of existed. This, in turn, led her to travel great
the World Wide Church of distances on her quest to find herself. Angela found a way out of her dilemma,
God (“WWC”) founded Indeed, that quest took her from Jasper married her fiancé in Louisville (the
and led by Herbert to Jerusalem. nearest place to Jasper where Kosher food
Armstrong. That Church is was available) and she and her husband
one of several around the Angela decided to spend her junior year gave their three children a good Jewish
world that have attempted A. Himsel abroad studying at The Hebrew University education, even though they are not
to engraft Jesus onto the Jewish Bible. of Jerusalem. She didn’t do so to connect observant themselves.
with a recently discovered Jewish ancestor,
Like many such churches, the WWC to satisfy some curiosity about Judaism or The influence parents have on their
picks and chooses which teachings of the to fulfill a desire to become Jewish. Angela children, even in difficult circumstances,
Jewish Bible its members must follow. was still a staunch, Jesus believing cannot be overstated. He was prepared
Their Sabbath was celebrated Friday Christian. She went to Israel because to forego marrying her to avoid hurting
evening and Saturday. Christmas and she wanted to walk and live where Jesus his parents. She dedicated this book to
Easter were considered pagan holidays had walked and lived, which is not an her parents.
and were not celebrated. Pork and shell uncommon desire among Christians. They
fish could not be eaten. are loyal and frequent travelers to Israel. Angela Himsel is a very good writer who
has written an interesting book about her life.
The Jewish Pilgrimage Festivals (Passover, Angela writes that she also wanted to
Shavuot and Sukkot) were major holidays find the holy spirit of Jesus while she Sidney Mishkin is a retired lawyer and the
for the WWC. Members of the Church was in Israel and to be there when author of two books, The Unvarnished Torah:
each year, gathered together and made Armageddon came (the WWC was an end Observations, Questions and Answers of
pilgrimages to various locations around time or apocalyptic church). She made a Jewish Lawyer and Memories of
the world to celebrate the Pilgrimage many friends in Israel, Jewish, Muslim and Donora: Growing up Jewish in a Western
Festivals as prescribed in the Torah. Christian. Angela enjoyed her junior year Pennsylvania Steel Town.

However, unlike the Torah, fealty to Jesus in Israel so much that she decided to stay
was the primary focus of each Festival. at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem for Marvin Mitchell
her senior year as well.
The WWC believed (as many Christian attorney
Churches do) that Jesus died so that the After graduation, she briefly returned to
members of the WWC could go to heaven Indiana and then went to NewYork where Mitchell Dick McNelis, LLC
and enjoy eternal life. That belief creates she had no difficulty finding work. While
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the minds of the members of the Church who was fourteen years older than she
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Her fiancé wasn’t religious so he was

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OBITUARIES around the country at the Federal Level. float in the Dead Sea and
He received a number of awards for he did that with a wonder-
(continued from page IN 14) ful group of women dur-
his work in Washington DC, most notably, ing the first of his two trips
Memorial contributions may be made to setting up the groundwork for the imple- to Israel. Steve loved soc-
Beth-El Zedeck, The Juvenile Diabetes mentation of the National Nutrition cer and racing and had a
Research Foundation or to the charity of Program for the Elderly, and more specifi- passion for motorcycles,
the donor’s choice. Arrangements entrusted cally“Meals on Wheels”, the home-deliv- adventure, and speed.
to Aaron-Ruben-Nelson Mortuary. ered meals program. For several years, he
was a professor at Catholic University where His generosity, most often anonymous,
Barbara J. (Kahn) Santemire 81, he taught graduate courses in social work. knew no end. He would (and has) given
died Oct. 14, 2019. A lifelong resident, anyone who needs (or who admires) the
Barbara was born Feb. 4, 1938 to Louis and He retired from the Federal Government shirt off his back. Everyone who knew
Selma (Farb) Kahn. She was a graduate in 1988. While retired, he worked as a Steve valued his sense of humor and it
of Shortridge High School and earned her medical social worker in Home Health Care remained strong. As a good friend
Bachelor’s from Butler University. Barbara and hospital settings in the St. Petersburg, described,“he made me laugh and cringe
had an entrepreneurial spirit and owned Fla., area, where he lived for over 25 years. more than any person I’ve known.”
and operated The Tavern for many years.
Mr. Cohen belonged to many organiza- He was born to Donald and Merilyn
She is survived by her son, Michael E. tions including AARP, and the National Hester on Nov. 20, 1964 in Indianapolis.
Rose; daughter, Michele L. (Carl) Denny; Association of Retired Federal Employees. Steve was a graduate of Brebeuf High
grandchildren, Daniel A. (Julawadi) Goul He was a charter member of the National School and Bradley University. He worked in
and Raphael Rose; great-grandchild, Association of Social Workers. He enjoyed furniture sales and was a member of AEPi.
Michael Beck; sister, Rita Myers; brother, traveling the world, volunteering and
Harry Kahn; great-aunt, Mary Lou Farb; and spending time with his family. Steve will be sorely missed by his family,
step-daughters, Heidi Mooningham and friends, and the countless people whose
Robin Campbell. Barbara was preceded He is survived by his beloved children, lives he touched. Steve had a talent of
in death by her husband, Benjamin H. Reina Sprankle (Ken), Lois Kramer making lifelong friends everywhere he
Santemire; and grandson, David J. Goul of (Marty), and Sam Cohen (Mitz); his went, from a street corner in Spain, to a
blessed memory. amazing grandchildren, Jason Sprankle deli in Miami, to everyone on Ft. Myers
(Heather) , Eric Kramer (Lucia), Josh Beach, to a remote village in Costa Rica.
Graveside services were held Oct. 16th Kramer (Emily), Kyle Sprankle, Bria
in Shara Tefillah Cemetery. In lieu of Kramer and Andrew Batiduan (Hannah); He was loved by many and he cherished
flowers, donations can be made to Etz- and his two great-grandchildren, Noah his friends. Steve was universally known
Chaim Congregation, 6939 Hoover Rd., Kramer and Dylan Sprankle. as a good person, a trait he treasured.
Indianapolis, IN 46260. Arrangements He’ll be buried next to his parents and
entrusted to A.R.N. Funeral & Graveside services will be held on is survived by his siblings, David Hester
Cremation Services. October 20th at Etz Chaim Cemetery on and Felicia Hester (Dan Pfaffenberger);
West St. Donations in his name may be nephews, Toby Cohen, Mitchell Cohen,
Morris “Morrie/Moe” Cohen, 91, made to the Etz Chaim Congregation, and Mason Hester; and longtime significant
originally from Indianapolis, passed away 6939 Hoover Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46260 other, Terri Czajka.
in Rockville, Md., on or the charity of your choice. Arrangements
October 15, 2019. He was entrusted to Aaron-Ruben-Nelson Mortuary. Funeral services were held October 25th
born Jan. 15, 1928. He was at A.R.N. Funeral & Cremation Services.
a Navy Veteran, serving as Isaac Andrew Forrest, 30, artist Burial followed in Indianapolis Hebrew
a Medical Corpsman with and co-owner of Twisted Forrest Jewelry, Congregation North Cemetery. In lieu of
the First Marine Division board member of the Lothlorien Nature flowers, please send contributions to
in North China at the end Sanctuary near Bedford, Melvin & Bren Simon Cancer Center, c/o
of WWII. A graduate of Indiana University, Ind., beloved son of Dr. Merilyn Hester Fellowship, PO Box 7072,
he received his Master’s Degree from the Caren Lettofsky, son of Indianapolis, IN 46207 or a favorite charity.
University of Pennsylvania. His principle James Douglas Forrest, and
area of specialty was with older Americans brother of Phillip Forrest, Gerald Paul, 95, co-founder of Paul
in a variety of settings at the community, passed away October 14th. Harris stores and a major philanthropist in
state, and federal levels. the arts, education, and
The funeral was held at Jewish causes, died Oct.
He was a major planner in the estab- The Funeral Chapel of Powell and 29, 2019 at his home in
lishment of the first Indianapolis Senior Deckard, 3000 E 3rd St, Bloomington, Ind., Indianapolis. He was born
Citizens Center and became the Director. on October 18th and burial immediately in Witten, Germany, on
He also served as Executive Director of the followed at Valhalla Memory Gardens, Sept. 28, 1924. After the
Indianapolis Jewish Community Center, Bloomington. Shiva took place, from after Nazi takeover, and enact-
and President of Etz Chaim Congregation. the burial until Wednesday at the home of ment of the Nuremberg laws in 1935, life
Mr. Cohen served by appointment from Dr. Caren Lettofsky, Indianapolis. was difficult as one of only two Jews in his
the Governor of Indiana on the Indiana Gymnasium. He was permitted to stay only
Commission for the Aging. In the late Donations can be made to the Lothlorien because his father had been awarded the
1960’s, he accepted a position with the Nature Sanctuary: ElvinH.O.M.E.Inc, P.O. Iron Cross for his role in the First World War.
newly created US Administration on Aging Box 1082, Bloomington, IN 47402 or to
(AOA) a Division of Health and Human Asthma and Allergy Foundation of In 1938, his family fled Germany and came
Services in Washington DC. He was a America https://www.aafa.org/ Memories to Indianapolis, where Efroymson cousins
Specialist on Aging in the Field of Senior of Isaac and online condolences may be sponsored them. Speaking no English
Centers. While there, Mr. Cohen helped shared at www.thefuneralchapel.net upon his arrival, Gerald nonetheless
open numerous Area Agencies on Aging advanced rapidly through school. He
Stephen Lawrence Hester, 54, of graduated from Shortridge High School at
Indianapolis, passed away Oct. 18, 2019.
(see Obituaries, page IN 18)
One of Steve’s lifelong dreams was to

18 The Jewish Post & Opinion – IN December 18, 2019

OBITUARIES obstacles, overcoming them and emerging Arrangements by Aaron Ruben Nelson
stronger. Perhaps the greatest obstacle was Mortuary. Contributions may be made
(continued from page IN 17) being a Jewish child in Hitler’s Germany. to IHC, Indianapolis Symphony, or the
Then came the challenge of attending an charity of your choice.
age 15. Thereafter he worked at Real Silk American high school without speaking
Company where he rose from “whizzer English, while working.Years later, on June Simon “Sigh” Daniel Shimberg,
boy”to general merchandise manager. He 18, 1974, when the company he co-founded 78, of Indianapolis, passed away Oct. 28,
also founded the employee store. was thriving, a tornado destroyed the 2019. Si was born Dec. 16,
distribution center and much of the 1940 in Pittsfield, Mass., to
On a business trip to New York, he was inventory and rendered the headquarters the late David and Bertha
introduced to Dorit Selig, whose family, unusable. Untangling the insurance Shimberg, z”l. He was a
like his, had fled from the Nazi regime. coverage took two years, but Paul Harris’s graduate of Northeastern
They married in 1954. best years were still ahead. University and worked
as an accountant for the
With Earl Harris, Mr. Paul founded Paul In 1990, the company owned 377 stores federal government at Ft. Benjamin
Harris Stores in 1952, selling packaged in 37 states with a sales volume of $240 Harrison, and later, the Simon Property
apparel in supermarkets. They opened million. The final crisis hit the following Group, after moving his family to
their first store in 1954. Mr. Paul took sole year. Mr. Paul had delegated the merchan- Indianapolis in the mid-70s.
leadership of the company in 1980. The dising, which he had previously done
stores provided fashionable clothes for himself, as the demands on him as CEO Si was a life-long, avid Boston Red Sox
the young women who were joining the had grown along with the company. It fan, converted from a New York Knicks to
workforce in large numbers. For his busi- didn’t work, and sales fell off markedly. a Pacers fan and became a Colts fan, too.
ness leadership, Mr. Paul was recognized Ultimately, the company had to declare He loved nothing more than joking,
in 1994 as Indianapolis’s CEO of the Year bankruptcy under Chapter 11. laughing and spending time with family
by Indiana Business Magazine. and friends. He was as close as family
Mr. Paul, at 66, could have simply with the late Ken and Rona Hecht, z”l.
An enthusiastic supporter of Indianapolis’s walked away. Instead, he saw the bank- Together, they and Si and his wife,
cultural vitality, Mr. Paul served on several ruptcy as the final obstacle of his business Marilyn, were part of the original Chavara
museum boards and Dance Kaleidoscope. career, and set to work determined, once of 1992 that evolved into Congregation
He established galleries at Newfields, the again, to overcome and emerge stronger Shaarey Tefilla and were very instrumental
Eiteljorg, the Children’s Museum and the than before. He got the company out of in its development during its first decade.
Herron School of Art at IU. bankruptcy in just 20 months. Only when
the company was once again on solid Si is survived by, Marilyn, of 54 years of
He was also a proponent of Jewish life footing did Paul retire. marriage; their children, Dr. Darra Hirsh
as a member of the board of the Jewish of Clovis, Calif. and David (wife, Misty)
Federation of Greater Indianapolis, and the His remaining years were filled with his Shimberg of Columbus, Ohio; and their
Borns Jewish Studies Program at Indiana many philanthropic projects, teaching, grandchildren, Makaela Hirsh-Ward and
University. He and Dorit established an travel, and time with family and friends. Marissa Shimberg. Beloved “Uncle Sigh”
endowment at IU for the study of Germans He particularly enjoyed his boat on the will also be greatly missed by his“extended
and Jews. With a cutting from the tree that Ohio River and Lake Monroe. Mr. Paul family” Stacey (ne: Hecht) and Charlie
grew outside the home of Anne Frank, leaves behind a city enriched by his work Bunes and their daughters, Chava and
Gerald and Dorit donated the Peace Park ethic and philanthropy, 81 years after Rivkah, of Indianapolis, as well as, Adam
in her honor at the Children’s Museum. arriving as a refugee. Hecht of Highland Park, Ill.

After retiring from Paul Harris in 1995, He is survived by his wife of 65 years, A loving and warm funeral service
Mr. Paul and his wife volunteered in the Dorit, his daughters Eloise (Bill Lee) and was held with close family and friends
US effort to guide Russia’s transition to a Alison (Marc Gold), and his grandchildren at Flanner Buchanan-Carmel, followed
free market economy, travelling to Nizhny Benjamin (Sallamaari Vainio) and Melanie by burial in Ezras Achim Cemetery on
Novgorod. He also taught retailing at Gold. For making his last days as comfort- Indianapolis’ south side. Congregants of
Purdue University for many years and, in able as possible, the family thanks Sharron Shaarey Tefilla were greatly supportive at
2007, published his memoir,“My Business Bedford as well as the dedicated and shiva minyans at Marilyn’s home during
Life Cycle.” For his many business and supportive care givers from Senior 1 Care. the week that followed.
philanthropic endeavors, Mr. Paul received
a multitude of recognitions and awards. Services were held October 31st at the Martha Leidson Bernstecker, 85,
Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation (IHC). of Indianapolis, passed away on Nov. 5,
Mr. Paul’s life was one of resilience. Time 2019. She was born in the Bronx on June
and again, he confronted extraordinary 12, 1934 to the late Hyman and Sylvia
Leidson. Marty was very creative and
Meridian Hills North giving and will be deeply missed by her
family and friends.
APARTMENTS
She is survived by her brother, Len and
251-1900 his wife Shelley Leidsonn, her children,
Lori Gerrard and Steven Bernstecker, her
Located at 64th and Hoover Rd. granddaughter, Sydney and by many
nieces and nephews. Marty was preceded
Happy Chanukah from the in death by her husband, Harlan, her son,
Mordoh Family & the Staff Gary and by her brother, Marvin.

A memorial service was held on Nov. 10,
2019 at Aaron-Ruben-Nelson Mortuary.
A private burial was held in Ohio.

December 18, 2019 The Jewish Post & Opinion – IN 19

For emergency medical care,
who do Israelis depend on?

They depend on you.

Magen David Adom (MDA) is Israel’s o cial ambulance, blood-services, and disaster-relief
agency, serving the nation’s 9 million people. But like every other Red Cross agency around the
world, MDA doesn’t receive regular government support. That’s why it relies on people like you.
Since the 1930s, generous Americans like you have provided the vehicles, training, and
equipment that’s kept Israelis healthy and strong.
There are many ways to support Israel, but none that has a greater e ect on it’s people and
it’s future than a gift to Magen David Adom. Your support isn’t just changing lives — it’s
literally saving them.
Make an end-of-year donation to Magen David Adom at afmda.org/chanukah today.
And our best wishes for a joyous Chanukah and New Year.

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All are welcome, so please join us each 6th Candle: Fri., Dec. 27 at 4:45 pm – programs and events being offered
Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation to the community next year.
day of Chanukah as our local Jewish ~ Then, 6 – 9 p.m., IHC will host
organizations lead us in the lighting of Chanukah Palooza, including: a bring- 8th Candle: Sun., Dec. 29
our community chanukiah (located in your-own-menorah lighting, a Shabbat at 5:00 pm –
Celebration Plaza on the west side of the service, and fun activities for all ages. Congregation
Max and Mae Simon Jewish Community It is recommended that you bring Beth-El Zedeck and
Campus). Dates, times, organizations, and your own dinner, but latkes and Congregation
special activities as follows: sufganiyot will be lovingly prepared Shaarey Tefilla
by Brotherhood and Sisterhood. ~ Receive a special
1st Candle: Sun., Dec. 22 at 5:00 pm – gift bag.

Congregations Beth Shalom, followed 7th Candle: Sat., Dec. 28 at 7:00 pm –
by a Chinese dinner open to all. Jewish Federation of Greater
Indianapolis staff
~ Meet the staff and learn about great

Note: Second night, Monday, Dec. 23 –
Fifth night, Thursday, Dec. 26:
~ Jewish Community Library special
hours starting at 4:00 p.m. until the
chanukiah lighting.

Note: Second night, Monday, Dec. 23:
Starting at 4:00 p.m. until the lighting,
~ Attend Storytime at the Jewish
Community Library,
~ And also enjoy cookies and cocoa in
the Hooverwood lobby.

2nd Candle: Mon., Dec. 23 at 5:00 pm –
JCC Early Childhood Education and
Afterschool Care, and Hooverwood

3rd Candle: ., Tues., Dec. 24 at 5:00 pm –
Chabad Lubavitch of Indiana
~ Enjoy snacks and chocolate Chanukah
gelt from Chabad.

4th Candle: Wed., Dec. 25 at 5:00 pm –
Etz Chaim Sephardic Congregation,
~ Then, back to Etz Chaim for sufganyot
and sivivon, followed by a Kosher
Chinese food dinner and a movie

5th Candle: Thurs., Dec 26 –
~ After Lunch: Jewish Family Services,
Libby & David Fogle Lunch Bunch,
~ At 5:00 pm, Jewish Community
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