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MAY 2022

-Sandy Silverstein, Betsy Director, and Jerome Shapiro for providing the hardboiled eggs and parsley for the Passover 2nd Night Seder
-Itzca Zohar for picking up the Seder meals from Bernstein's in Dayton

Eddie and Adam Leventhal were recently highlighted in a Springfield News-Sun story written by Tom Stafford. Eddie and Adam recently sold their companies, Valco and A & E Powder Coating, to their employees through an ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan). This transition of ownership will ensure that the companies remain in Springfield and that the employees will increase and grow their retirement funds thru their ownership and growth of the companies.


With Passover and Easter falling this year on the same weekend, our Tuesday class, ''A Jewish Look at the New Testament,'' studied the narratives in the four Gospels about ''the last supper.'' According to the narrative in the Gospel of Luke, ''He (Jesus) took bread, gave thanks, and broke it, and gave it to them (his disciples), saying, 'This is my body which is given for you...'.'' (22:19) The beginning of the chapter relates that ''the Feast of Unleavened Bread which is called Passover'' was beginning, and the meal was to observe its beginning. Thus, it is likely that the ''bread'' was indeed matzah/unleavened bread. Here it should be noted that although the ''last supper'' may have been a Passover meal, it could not have been a seder as we know it. The seder ceremony as we observe it wasn't created until several decades later, after the Temple was destroyed in the year 70 CE, and the Passover sacrifice (symbolized today by the bone on the seder plate) was no longer done.
It is unusual for a rabbi to quote from the New Testament. But as students in the Tuesday class are learning, Jesus was indeed a faithful, commandment-keeping Jew who wanted his fellow Jews to have a stronger connection to G-d, and who ultimately - from a Jewish perspective - gave his life for his people.
This month, Americans and Israelis will formally remember and pay tribute to the memories of those who made the ultimate sacrifice, ''giving their bodies'' for their respective nations.
On May 4, the day before Yom Ha-atsmaut/Israel Independence Day (May 5), Yom Hazikaron/Memorial Day will be observed by Israelis (and Jews in the Diaspora). Unlike how our American Memorial Day is often observed in this country (with sales and picnics), Israel's Memorial Day is truly a day of pain and sorrow for families of those who died in defense of the State of Israel or were victims of terror because they were Israelis. That said, in recent years more Americans seem to have reconnected with the proper spirit of our American Memorial Day, if only because more Americans in recent decades have ''given their bodies'' in the ongoing war on terror.
The above-quoted verse from the Gospel of Luke came to mind a couple of weeks ago when I came across a story about a certain American Jewish soldier who was killed during the Battle of the Bulge. What I hope will be clear is how poignantly appropriate a ''prooftext'' the verse is to his story, given that I learned about him during Passover.
X was born in the Bronx to a traditional Romaniote (Greek) Jewish family. Both of his parents were born in Ioannina, Greece, and he lost many of his family in Auschwitz. He enlisted in the Army in 1943 and attained the rank of Private First Class. According to testimony of a certain Jose Longoria who served with PFC X, PFC ''X'' saved Longoria's life on January 6th, 1945, at the Battle of the Bulge. According to Longoria's testimony:
Their position was being overrun by the advancing German Army. PFC X was shot in the leg and could not pull back. He had a BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle) and told Longoria to fall back. Longoria refused. PFC X again told him to fall back, and Longoria then retreated. The next morning the American Army regained their previous position. Longoria went to look for his friend. When he found him, there were 20-30 bayonet wounds in his body. Longoria also found about 40 enemy dead all around. PFC X gave his life protecting the men of the Second Platoon, taking a heavy toll of Germans before he was killed.
PFC X was awarded the Purple Heart and the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism, personal bravery, and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life in connection with military operations against an armed enemy.
PFC X's name was Abraham Matza.
He is buried at the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial in Belgium. Zikhrono gibor livrakha. May the memory of this heroic man always be a blessing and an inspiration.
''This is my body which is given for you.''
-Rabbi Cary Kozberg


In honor of the yahrzeit for Hattie Rachel Willens from Barbara Willens
In honor of the yahrzeit for Russell Ennis from Barbara Willens

In memory of your beloved father to Jay O'Conner from Lyla Bailin
In memory of your beloved dog to Amy Ebner from Lyla Bailin


MAY 6: Benjamin Feldman, Robert M. Gold, Rose Heller, Rose Kimmelman, Anne Rosenstein

MAY 13: Boris Ackerman (father of Joan Ackerman), Alan Buchfirer, Ann Gaynor, Lazer Gerson, Harry Rich, Jennie Rich, Faye C. Sachs, Beverly G. Weiser (mother of Judith Weiser), Gerald Alan Greene, Dr. Benjamin Kepnes (father of Ellen Levine), Margaret E. Klang (mother of Doug Klang), Ralph Rickenbach, Max Silverstein (father of Marvin Silverstein), Carol Elaine Stein

MAY 20: Norman Block, Sallie W. Feldman, George Kleeman, Mark P. Kossoff, Harry E. Leventhal, Anna H. Levy, Samuel Reich, Harry Rosenfield, Abe H. Sachs, Ruth S. Werber, David Sterling Margolis

MAY 27: Robert Ackerman, Judith Elaine Kossoff, Albert Long, Dorothy Pollens, Catherine (Cherri) Rich, Henry Zappin, James B. Graves, Eunice Pesselman (mother of Laurie Leventhal), Edward Wolf (father of Fran Rickenbach)

JUNE 3: Justin A. Altschul, Jennie G. Arnovitz, Ben Kaufman, Harry Kossoff, Dorothy Krane, Louis Krauss, Joseph Thurman, Anne J. Blumberg (mother of Frayda Beloff), Dr. Erika Garfunkel, Barbara Leventhal Stern, Arthur Fred Willens