June 2018 NEWSLETTER
SIVAN / TAMMUZ 5778
MAZAL TOV TO...
- Mori and Kayla Rothman-Zecher on the recent birth of their daughter Nahar. Mori is the son of Jay and Randi Rothman and currently lives in Yellow Springs.
- Sandy Silverstein, who retired on May 22 from many years of teaching
NEW ADDRESS FOR...
Alan and Wanda Goldstein: 13490 Gran Bay Pkwy, Apt 511, Jacksonville FL 32258
Main Street Rag Publishing Company has decided to publish my book Earth Inside Them. It is due to be released in October and will sell for $12, but you can get it now for $6.50 by placing an advance discount order at the MSR Online Bookstore.
I realize this is shameless marketing, but poetry books are not, as a rule, hot items; and I am hoping you'l consider a purchase. Thanks for considering it.
Here's a link directly to my author's page:
Those of you who don't like buying online, Main Street Rag will take checks, but the price is a flat rate of $12.50/book regardless of quantity, which includes shipping and sales tax. Please remember, though. This is for advance orders. It doesn't mean the book will be shipped early, only that you are receiving a discount for ordering before it goes to press. The price will only last for a limited time, so order now! Thank you.
-- Steve Broidy
~ RABBI'S CORNER ~
Looking backward...and forward
As the school year ends and we anticipate the end of the Jewish year in a couple of months, I want to take the opportunity to reflect and comment on what has taken place over the past months within the Temple Sholom congregation.
From my perspective, there definitely has been an uptick in interest and participation among our congregants. Even though we are a numerically small group, it is evident that Temple Sholom continues to survive because of quality, not quantity: quality of its members and quality of its programs.
Cantor Bandman and I are both committed to providing meaningful worship experiences on Friday night, even when attendance may be somewhat unpredictable: a handful one week, a full room the next week. However, what is most important is the fact that there continues to be Jewish activity every erev Shabbat at the Temple, just as there has been since 1866. That is indeed a testimony to the dedication of you, the Members. I would echo Laurie's remarks at the last Annual Meeting: if every Temple Sholom member would commit to attending services just one Friday night a month, we would have a ''minyan PLUS'' every Friday night. With Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur only several months away, the Worship Committee and I will be meeting during the summer to plan High Holiday services that hopefully will be meaningful to all.
In my efforts to keep the Temple’s profile prominent in the general Springfield community, I've had the privilege of speaking at several churches in the area, and of hosting several church groups who have asked to come visit the Temple to learn more about Judaism and Jewish practice. In truth, this is one of the aspects of rabbinic work that I love, and I look forward to having more opportunities in the coming year.
But, of everything we've done this past year, I probably am most pleased and proud of our Adult Education program. Not only has it attracted non-members to check out the Temple, but it has also brought back members who were ''dormant'' for a very long time. Our weekly Tuesday noon session on ''Jewish Views of the Afterlife'' has been going on for over a year and a half, and has covered issues not only about the afterlife, but also on other topics relevant to Jewish ethics and theology. As I mentioned at the Annual Meeting, we're planning to offer a course on ''How to Be a Mensch: Civility in an Age of Incivility.'' More information will be forthcoming soon.
Perhaps the highlight of the year was our two-day program featuring Rabbi Richard Address, head of the Jewish Sacred Aging Project. Sponsored by the Temple with co-sponsorship from several churches, Rabbi Address spoke twice in our Sanctuary, as well as to a class at Wittenberg and to a full lunchtime audience at United Senior Services. His visit was made possible because of the generous bequest of the late Florence Tannenbaum, z''l, whose family were members of the Temple many years ago. Because of her generosity, we plan to host another outstanding speaker this coming Spring, to which the entire community will again be invited.
Next month will begin my fourth year providing rabbinical services to this congregation. Over 40 years after first serving as Temple Sholom's rabbi, my dedication and passion for this congregation's well-being remains unabated.
May G-d grant me the health and wisdom to continue to be effective and to find favor in the eyes of those served.
-- Rabbi Cary Kozberg
~ SPOTLIGHT ON AARON LEVENTHAL ~
Our Temple Sholom spotlight this month shines on Aaron Leventhal, a long-time Temple Sholom member who lives in the German Village district in Columbus. Aaron was born in Cleveland and raised in Cleveland Heights. His father Jack was one of the seven Leventhal children, and the brother of Harry and Fred.
After high school graduation, Aaron, along with two other Leventhal cousins, enrolled at Miami University in Oxford for their first year of college. All three cousins quickly decided that Miami University was not for them, so they all transferred to Ohio State. For one year, in 1961, Aaron decided to travel west to Los Angeles where he enrolled at LA City College. At that time, there was no college tuition for colleges in California; and so, with a $10 activities card, Aaron attended basically for free. While attending college, he worked a couple of part-time jobs loading trucks and selling shoes.
Aaron then returned to Ohio State and in 1964 graduated from their business school with a major in marketing. During his high school and college summers, Aaron attended a number of summer camps around the country and then became a camp counselor. He felt this might become a career; and so in 1964 Aaron enrolled in a Parks and Recreation master's program at Indiana University in Bloomington. As part of his master's thesis, he developed a traveling summer camp called Adventure Bound. He was actually able to convince 10 groups of parents to send their sons on this new adventure! Eddie Leventhal was one of the counselors; and, with two very used International Harvester Travelalls, they traveled the western part of the county, camping out most nights. Luckily everyone survived and made it back home safely. While at Indiana, Aaron ran their Audubon Program and also met his first wife Charlotte, whose father was a professor.
After graduating with his master's degree, Aaron attended a conference in New Orleans for college student union directors. At the conference, he was able to get hired as the student union director at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) near Pittsburgh. For the next three years, Aaron was in charge of all programming and activities at IUP. From here he then took a job as director of student activities at Prince George College in Maryland.
After jobs at IUP and Prince George, Aaron decided to travel to Israel where he spent time on a Kibbutz while trying to learn Hebrew. After learning his wife was pregnant with their first daughter Shayne, he returned to Columbus where Charlotte was working on her master's. Aaron soon became the director of the OSU Hillel, being the first non-rabbi to be a Hillel director in the country. He led the OSU Hillel for the next 10 years and during this time received another master's, this one in Jewish Studies.
After seven years as the director, Aaron was allowed to take a six-month sabbatical and so decided to head back to Israel, where he rented an apartment in Tel Aviv. He traveled the country looking for products that he could have shipped back to the states for his father's company, Sunshine Industries, to market and sell. This aspect never developed, though, but while in Israel he started writing travel stories, which he has continued to do ever since.
In 1980 after leaving Hillel, Aaron became a special event's fundraising specialist. His first major event was the Ugly Bartender Contest, which he organized and ran for 7 years while raising over $2 million with the proceeds going to the local Muscular Dystrophy organization. The best part of this event was when he hired an assistant, Beth Ervin, who, after a few years of working together, became his wife. After getting a call from two gentlemen who became life-long friends and were also fellow German Village residents, Aaron took on the task of putting together and running a city-wide October Fest. He did this for 15 years, and it soon grew into a major Columbus event with over 1,000 volunteers, 40-some food vendors, and lots of live entertainment each year.
During this time, Aaron also was involved in starting the Days of Creation, which was an arts camp for kids and then became a year-round arts program. As an off-shoot of the camp, Aaron developed a magazine called Kids Connection that was published three times a year. Years later while visiting Toronto to do a travel story, he saw a neighborhood magazine, which became the spark to start The High Street Neighborhood Guide and helped to make him the coupon king of Columbus. After 10 years of publishing High Street magazine, he sold it and decided to retire.
Aaron continues to write travel stories about his numerous world travels. He is a lover of board games especially Scrabble, likes to play golf, spend time with his best friend Lilly (a yellow lab), travel the world, and is a sports fanatic. He loves all of the Cleveland sports teams; but when he wants to root for a winner, he supports the OSU Buckeyes.
He and Beth, who has worked for Experience Columbus as their Communication Director for 26 years, have been married for 21 years. His two daughters both live in Columbus. Shayne is a social worker, and Danielle is an art professor at Ohio State. Aaron very much enjoys being part of our congregation and attending Friday night services, holiday services, and our annual sports night. He very much likes the small town feel of Temple Sholom and the warmth that congregants have for each other. He also enjoys being part of a Temple where his uncles Harry and Fred had been so active for so many years. We are glad to have Aaron as a member of Temple Sholom and participating in our religious events as much as he does.
''Few of us write great novels; all of us live them.''
~ ALUMNI of DISTINCTION ~
In the spirit of true apology, I would like to publish the article honoring Amy Klaben again with the correct information regarding her family.
Amy Klaben attended Capital University in Columbus, received her Juris Doctor degree from Northeastern University in Boston, MA., attended the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and NeighborWorks American in Washington, D.C. A partner in a legal firm for over 13 years, Amy decided to devote her life's work to starting and growing non-profit organizations in Columbus, developing creative and innovative solutions for affordable housing and health care and education. Amy has lent her talents to numerous non-profit organizations and earned many awards over the years. She consults with various clients through her firm Strategic Opportunities. She has earned a reputation as an advocate on issues impacting economic development, poverty, housing, health care and education. Amy has been recognized with awards for her outstanding leadership by numerous professional organizations. Amy is the daughter of Ed and Irene Klaben, who were very active members of Temple Sholom for many years. Amy's brothers, Larry and Rob, were also former members of Temple Sholom.
HANDS IN FRIENDSHIP PLAQUE
In memory of Marilyn Schneider, the following members and friends have contributed toward a Hands in Friendship plaque to be placed in the Room of Remembrance: Larry and Frayda Beloff, Paul Cornez, Linda Egger, Jay and Kitty Friedman, Linda Fuschino, Rabbi Lloyd and Bernice Goldman, Jack and Paulette Grodner, Clayton and Denise Hayes, Dean and Saundra Hoke, The Krauss Family, The Eddie Leventhal Family, Stan and Phyllis Nedelman, Char Schiff, Morrey and Renae Shifman, Marvin and Sandy Silverstein, Diane Smith, Ron and Jan Spier, Judith, Bud and Vera Weiser, Patricia Wickham, Barbara Willens
~ CONTRIBUTIONS ~
- A generous donation has been received from Inas Sisler in memory of her husband Jeff
- A generous donation has been received from James and Deborah Copeland in honor of Sandy
Silverstein and her many years of teaching. Thank you from the many hundreds of students who have had the benefit of your experience, strength and hope for children!
JEFFREY EBNER YOUTH FUND
- In memory of George Loder Sr. from Harvey and Lyla Bailin
- In memory of Rose Derderian from Harvey and Lyla Bailin
- In memory of Jeff, a wonderful son, husband, and father. You are missed so very much with love from Mom
~ YAHRZEIT LIST ~
JUNE 1: Justin A. Altschul, Ben Kaufman, Dorothy Krane, Louis Krauss, Joseph Thurman, Eunice Pesselman (mother of Laurie Leventhal), Barbara Leventhal Stern (daughter of Shirley Leventhal), Arthur Willens, Edward Wolf (father of Fran Rickenbach)
JUNE 8: Jennie G. Arnovitz, Esther Berman, Esther Myers Gross, Leon Kempler, Lydia Kempler, Harry Kossoff, Mildred Emily Sachs, Bertha Schoenthal, Pia Friedman, Minnie Russack
JUNE 15: Zelma P. Gardner, Dr. Charles Krane, Fred Leventhal (husband of Maxine), Stella Rosen Sachs, Jeffrey L. Sisler, Sidney Fish (father of Larry)
JUNE 22: Arline Esther Dagan, Abraham Freed, Samuel K. Gerson, Ben Lieberman, Milton Rich, David Rittoff, Pauline Sanders, Sarah Kohn, Chava Kurtzhant (mother of Itzca Zohar), Benjamin Lurie, Minnie Mirman (mother of Renae Shifman), Maria Dixon Watts (mother of Bill Dixon)
JUNE 29: Aaron A. Freed, Betty Friedberger, Rose Gross, David D. Klein, Eva Schechter, Morris Travis, Samuel Broidy (father of Steve), Elizabeth Wood Rickenbach
JULY 6: Sophie Friedland, Ida Friedman (mother of Jay), Morris M. Levinson, Sidney William Rich, William Rich, Ben Rubinoff, William B. Zitsman, Arthur Marcus (father of Faye Flack)