JULY 2019 NEWSLETTER
SIVAN / TZMMUZ 5779
MAZAL TOV TO...
- Phyllis Nedelman who celebrated her ''Second'' Bat Mitzvah on June 7
MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY MAILED
The new Membership Directory for 2019/2020 has recently been mailed. Please let the office know if you have not received your copy or if you need an additional copy for any reason. We have several extra booklets and would be happy to provide you with another one.
~ RABBI'S CORNER ~
''...which to bigotry gives no sanction, to persecution no assistance...''
For American Jews, this July 4 is an appropriate time to consider and reflect what it means to be an American, and what it means to be an American Jew. The United States has provided us with freedom and opportunities that our forebears could only dream of. All too often, such dreams were the results of brutal persecution and humiliation.
Nevertheless, freedom and opportunity has been a very mixed blessing. We certainly have taken advantage of them: raising ourselves and working to improve the lives of our fellow citizens through our involvement in science, law, education and politics. But at the same time, we have weakened our connection, or outright abandoned, the ''faith of our fathers.'' Living in the freest nation Jews have ever lived, we are all ''Jews by choice'' - without any social or legal repercussions resulting from how closely we choose to adhere to Judaism. And yet, despite the choice we make, to others we are still ''Jews,'' with whatever connotations accompany that label.
Unfortunately (and for some surprisingly), we are living in a time of increasing negative connotations. We are witnessing not only more public expressions of anti-Semitism, but an increased tolerance and acceptance of them, even from government leaders. Not only is there more vandalism of synagogue buildings, but also deadly violence against synagogue worshippers - practically unheard of since Jews first came to these shores in 1654.
But although we American Jews may be living in an increasingly precarious time, our situation is not (yet) as precarious as our brethren in Europe. One reason for this may be that, unlike Europe, this nation never has had anti-Semitism woven into its cultural fabric. Reading the following may help us understand why:
The letter from Moses Seixas to President George Washington
To the President of the United States of America.
Sir: Permit the children of the stock of Abraham to approach you with the most cordial affection and esteem for your person and merits - and to join with our fellow citizens in welcoming you to NewPort (sic).
With pleasure we reflect on those days - those days of difficulty, and danger, when the God of Israel, who delivered David from the peril of the sword - shielded Your head in the day of battle: and we rejoice to think, that the same Spirit, who rested in the Bosom of the greatly beloved Daniel enabling him to preside over the Provinces of the Babylonish Empire, rests and ever will rest, upon you, enabling you to discharge the arduous duties of Chief Magistrate in these States.
Deprived as we heretofore have been of the invaluable rights of free Citizens, we now with a deep sense of gratitude to the Almighty disposer of all events behold a Government, erected by the Majesty of the People - a Government, which to bigotry gives no sanction, to persecution no assistance - but generously affording to all Liberty of conscience, and immunities of Citizenship: - deeming every one, of whatever Nation, tongue, or language equal parts of the great governmental Machine: - This so ample and extensive Federal Union whose basis is Philanthropy, Mutual confidence and Public Virtue, we cannot but acknowledge to be the work of the Great God, who ruleth in the Armies of Heaven, and among the Inhabitants of the Earth, doing whatever seemeth him good.
For all these Blessings of civil and religious liberty which we enjoy under an equal and benign administration, we desire to send up our thanks to the Ancient of Days, the great preserver of Men - beseeching him, that the Angel who conducted our forefathers through the wilderness into the promised Land, may graciously conduct you through all the difficulties and dangers of this mortal life: - And, when, like Joshua full of days and full of honour, you are gathered to your Fathers, may you be admitted into the Heavenly Paradise to partake of the water of life, and the tree of immortality.
Done and Signed by order of the Hebrew Congregation in NewPort, Rhode Island August 17th 1790.
Moses Seixas, Warden
The letter from George Washington in response to Moses Seixas
To the Hebrew Congregation in Newport Rhode Island
Gentlemen: While I receive, with much satisfaction, your Address replete with expressions of affection and esteem; I rejoice in the opportunity of assuring you, that I shall always retain a grateful remembrance of the cordial welcome I experienced in my visit to Newport, from all classes of Citizens.
The reflection on the days of difficulty and danger which are past is rendered the more sweet, from a consciousness that they are succeeded by days of uncommon prosperity and security. If we have wisdom to make the best use of the advantages with which we are now favored, we cannot fail, under the just administration of a good Government, to become a great and happy people.
The Citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy: a policy worthy of imitation. All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship. It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people, that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights. For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens, in giving it on all occasions their effectual support. (emphasis added)
It would be inconsistent with the frankness of my character not to avow that I am pleased with your favorable opinion of my Administration, and fervent wishes for my felicity. May the children of the Stock of Abraham, who dwell in this land, continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other Inhabitants; while every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and fig-tree, and there shall be none to make him afraid. May the father of all mercies scatter light and not darkness in our paths, and make us all in our several vocations useful here, and in his own due time and way everlastingly happy.
May the sentiments expressed in this exchange of letters continue to prevail and inspire.
-- Rabbi Cary Kozberg
~ SPOTLIGHT ON SPORTS NIGHT ~
Our annual Fred Leventhal Temple Sholom Sports Night was held on June 5th, and we are happy to report that it was a great success, both on a financial as well as a community friendship and fellowship level. We had between 120-125 people attend as well as a number of people who were unable to attend but made generous contributions in support of the Temple.
Our speaker Anthony Schlegel, former Ohio State linebacker and strength/conditioning coach, did a great job and was very well received. His talk was motivating, and he was generous with his time and autographs.
We auctioned a number of sports items and memorabilia. Special thanks to Eric Samuelson who once again this year donated two items that raised $850. We also had a very successful 50/50 drawing that raised nearly $l,600. A very special thanks to Bob McGee, the lucky winner, who donated his winnings back to the Temple as a way to remember, honor, and thank Fred Leventhal for all he did for our community. We certainly thank Bob for his generosity and kind thoughts.
This was the third year that we awarded the Fred Leventhal Community Spirit Award, and this year the proud recipient was Randy Kapp, founder and president of Kapp Construction. Fred and Randy were great friends for many years, and Randy credits Fred for much of his business and community success. Randy is a life-long Springfield resident, CTC graduate, and a very active and generous member of our community.
Special THANKS to Laurie Leventhal, Mary Jo Leventhal, Adam Leventhal, Amy Leventhal, Diane Smith, and most of all Kathleen Leonard for all of their help and work. Without each of them we would not have been able to make this event such a great success. We also want to thank the large number of Temple members who attended and, in many cases, also brought guests. Last, but not least, we thank Simply Delicious for providing such a great meal and great service. Everyone certainly enjoyed the good food, drink, and fellowship.
We are thrilled to report that this year's event made nearly $14,000 for the Temple's general fund, which is certainly a major financial support to our operational budget, programming, and maintenance of our facility.
-- Eddie Leventhal, Chairperson
~ CONTRIBUTIONS ~
- In honor of Phyllis Nedelman's Bat Mitzvah from Linda Fuschino, Char Schiff, Eddie and Laurie Leventhal, Linda Egger
- In honor of Phyllis Nedelman's Bat Mitzvah from Ann and Vijay Chitkara, Rick and Anna Krauss
- In appreciation of Inas Sisler and the memory of her husband and our friend Jeff from Bill and Priscilla Dixon and Itzca Zohar
- In honor of Phyllis Nedelman's Bat Mitzvah from Marvin and Sandy Silverstein
- In honor of the yahrzeit of my mother Ida Friedman from Jay and Kitty Friedman
- In honor of the yahrzeit for my mother, Anne Blumberg, from Frayda and Larry Beloff
JEFFREY D EBNER YOUTH FUND
- In memory of beloved sister of Mr. & Mrs. John Williams from Lyla and Harvey Bailin
~ YAHRZEIT LIST ~
JULY 5: Sophie Friedland, Morris M. Levinson, Sidney William Rich, Ben Rubinoff, William B. Zitsman, Arthur Marcus (father of Faye Flack)
JULY 12: Hyman Adler, Henry Kempler, Rose Edith Lapinsky, Helen Weiser, Willis Rider, Dorothy Banks Steed
JULY 19: Ethel S. Freed, Frank Friedsam, Anna Margolis (mother of Maxine Leventhal), Jack Watts (stepfather of Bill Dixon), Robert A. Wile, Richard Melnick Wolf
JULY 26: Ethel Arnovitz, Ida Friedman (mother of Jay), Manya Haas Klein (mother of Sandy Silverstein), Reda Singer, Harry M. Stadler, Mollie Flack (mother of Sanford), Dorothy Spier (mother of Ron)
AUG 2: Anne Arnovitz, Ben Broock, Maisie Demmel, Samuel M. Draisen (brother of Bernice Goldman)