TAMMUZ / AV 5777
MAZAL TOV TO...
- Michael Nedelman, grandson of Stan and Phyllis Nedelman, who recently graduated
from Wittenberg University
- Paula Grodner and Matt Fleener who were married on May 20 at Yankee Trace in
Centerville. Paula is the daughter of Jack and Paulette Grodner. Matt and Paula are
currently residing in Centerville.
Bill and Priscilla Dixon on the June 22 passing of his mother, Maria Dixon Watts
May her memory be for a blessing
NEW IN THE CHILDREN'S LIBRARY
Picnic at Camp Shalom by Jacqueline Jules (PJ Library)
SAVE THE DATE
Be sure to mark the date of Tuesday, August 15 to attend Temple Sholom's annual Sports
Night event. Guest speaker will be Calvin Murray, former Ohio State and Philadelphia
Eagles football player. Calvin now lives in Columbus and works with at-risk youth.
Watch for more details and support this major fundraiser - invite your neighbors and
friends for an evening of food, drink, and fellowship.
ARE YOU COMMITTED?
Please help Temple Sholom remain fiscally sound and responsible. Our new fiscal year
begins on September 1, and we will be sending out statements that reflect your current
dues pledge for the coming year. There are a variety of ways to help support the temple -
by attending fundraisers, by making donations whenever appropriate, and by your dues
giving. Please carefully consider your level of giving and how you may be able to
respond to the needs and obligations of the upcoming year.
ISRAELI FLAG ON BIMA
At the recent congregational meeting held on April 30, it was voted unanimously to
place the Israeli flag on the bima in the sanctuary. This motion was brought to the floor
by Itzca Zohar and supported by all in attendance.
This action had been suggested numerous times in the past but it was felt by some that
it may have suggested dual loyalty accusations at a time when there were some local
expressions of antisemitism. The U.S. Flag has been displayed on the temple's bima for
as long as most of our current congregants can recall.
There will be a formal recognition of this new flag at services on Rosh Hashanah with a
sermon focused on the significance of flags and banners.
~ RABBI'S CORNER ~
We American Jews observe July 4 because we are Americans, but the birthday of our
nation should hold additional significance for us because we are Jews.
Throughout Jewish history, there has never been a freer, more hospitable nation to Jews
than the United States of America. Our ancestors who experienced persecution, pogroms,
and death camps through the centuries would have given anything to live in a country
where they could live as Jews without being subject to restrictions on
educational/business opportunities, political/religious harassment, and physical danger.
Often with a patriotic appreciation of this unique phenomenon in Jewish history, Jews
have been present in the ranks of this country's military, serving in practically every
conflict since the Revolutionary War. During the Civil War, Jews served on both sides,
and Jews fighting for the Union sometimes had to fire at their fellow Jews fighting for the
Confederacy. Jews' serving during World War II came with an added sense of urgency:
to stop the Nazis and their dream of making the entire world "judenrein" (free of Jews).
Jews served, fought and died in Korea and Vietnam. More recently, they have been
serving during the more recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, with 53 Jewish men and
women having made the ultimate sacrifice (including Columbus native, Lt. Steven
Zilberman - the only son of Russian parents who came to this country in the early
Yet, despite their patriotism and dedication, Jews in uniform face challenges not
experienced by their non-Jewish comrades-in-arms - simply because living as Jew in a
non-Jewish environment means having different challenges, requiring different
accommodations. Historically, these have included:
- having to worry about juggling duty schedules on Jewish holidays
- requiring ritual items for Jewish holidays that usually are not readily obtainable at the
local PX - especially if one is serving overseas or onboard a ship
- keeping some form of the dietary laws, when the mess hall doesn't serve anything
resembling kosher food
- interacting with a rabbi or Jewish chaplain, when the nearest one isn't stationed
- dealing with superior officers who may be "unenlightened" or even hostile re Jewish
practice and the special accommodations that a Jew in uniform may require.
Fortunately, there is an organization that has been helping Jews in uniform cope with
such challenges for the last 100 years. Created in 1917 when the United States entered
World War I, the Jewish Welfare Board has faithfully worked to provide for the Jewish
religious, educational, and spiritual needs of Jewish men and women who serve in our
Armed Forces. Its activities include:
- providing ordained rabbis and lay leaders who conduct religious services and provide
spiritual comfort and counseling - at bases in the States, overseas, or even in combat
- defending the rights of Jewish military personnel on issues that impact their spiritual
well-being by advocating for their right to kosher food, wear kippot (head coverings), and
engage in other religious observances. In direct response to JWB's advocacy, US Navy
and Marine Corps instructions were changed to ensure the availability of kosher food to
Jewish sailors and Marines.
- addressing the loneliness and isolation often felt by Jewish military personnel by
sending Jewish ritual and food supplies at holiday times to military bases around the
world - including 60 JWB Torah scrolls deployed to base chapels, aboard ships and even
in forward operating bases (one gets a feeling that is both inspiring and compelling when
looking at photographs of a Jewish chaplain in Baghdad in full gear with a menorah in
hand, and Jewish soldiers sitting around a seder table at a base in Kabul, Afghanistan).
Moreover, in 2014 JWB published a siddur (prayerbook), endorsed by the three major
Jewish movements, specifically for Jewish service personnel, and now used on military
bases and Veterans Affairs hospitals.
There are various reasons that we unfortunately forget about our Jewish military
personnel. But we can rectify this oversight. In addition to enjoying cookouts and
fireworks on July 4, let us express our own appreciation for the blessings that Jews have
enjoyed in this nation by remembering those Jews who help to maintain those blessings,
and support the organizations who serve them - organizations like the JWB.
More information about the JWB and how to support its work is available at their
-- Rabbi Cary Kozberg~
~ SPOTLIGHT ON SUSIE BROIDY ~
Our Temple Spotlight this month shines on Susie Broidy, who along with Steve, have
been long-time, active members of Temple Sholom.
Susie was born in Dayton and raised in Cedarville where her grandparents lived after
they had purchased a dairy farm with about 120 acres. Her father was also a farmer and
farmed about 200 acres.
After high school graduation, Susie enrolled at The Ohio State University. She majored
in physical education for a teaching career. As part of her physical education
requirement, she took fencing, which turned out to be a great decision. She joined the
OSU fencing team her sophomore year and became captain of the team her senior year.
At that time, there was not a Big Ten women's fencing team, so she did a great deal of
traveling for matches and tournaments. The best part of her fencing career, and even
better than the awards and medals she received in fencing, was meeting Steve who was
an assistant coach of the men's fencing team. Their swords soon crossed and connected
and have been connected ever since.
Susie graduated from OSU in 1974 and took her first job with Graham Schools in
Champaign County where she taught physical education. She and Steve were married in
1975 and moved to Missouri where Steve accepted a teaching position with Missouri
State University in Springfield, Missouri (believe it or not). Susie and Steve spent the
next 26 years at Missouri State until Steve retired. While in Missouri, Susie went back to
school to concentrate on and become certified to teach art. After receiving a master's
degree in art and sculpturing, she taught art for 12 years in the Springfield, Missouri
schools. While in Missouri, both Susie and Steve were very active members in their
temple. Susie was president of their sisterhood, taught in their religious school, and
became a lifetime member of Hadassah.
After Steve's retirement, they thankfully moved back to Ohio and settled on the land
and in the house that Susan's grandmother had owned. After getting settled, Steve
interviewed at Wittenberg and was hired as an Assistant Professor. After a fifteen-year
career in the education department at Wittenberg, Steve recently retired.
Susie taught art for six or seven years in the Springfield City Schools, teaching at
Highland, Emerson, and Kenwood Elementary Schools as well as Hayward Middle
School. She has been very active with Project Jericho, has taught a variety of classes at
the Art Museum as well as Wittenberg. She has had numerous shows and has won lots of
awards for her sculpture.
Susie became a Master Gardener and as the Director of the Community Gardens
program has helped to develop and implement many community gardens in the area. A
community garden can be as small as a window box to as large as 3 acres in size. She has
been the lead person in designing and implementing one of the new gardens at Snyder
Park called the “Garden of Eatin.” If you have not been there, you need to be sure and
take some time to enjoy the many gardens and changes taking place at Snyder Park.
She has been active in developing a community-wide Food Summit, which has now
become an annual event. This summit is all about making local connections that help to
connect local growers with local users as well as healthy eating and nutrition. Susie is
now working on developing a Community Kitchen and hopefully returning the former
Myers Market back to a farmer's market as well as a community kitchen.
Steve and Susan have been married for forty-two years and have two children and two
grandchildren. Their daughter lives in Columbia, Missouri, and is a chiropractor. Her
husband is a chemist with the University of Missouri. They have two children. Their son
Ben and his wife live in L.A. Ben is a wine sommelier (whatever that is) and works for
Regal Wines, which is the import and distribution branch of Kendall-Jackson. He is
working on earning a Master of Wine designation of which there are very few.
Needless to say, Temple Sholom and the entire region are very lucky that Susie's
grandparents and parents settled in Cedarville so we are all able to enjoy and benefit from
Susie's talents, skills, passion, and involvement. Springfield and Clark County are lucky
to have Steve and Susie as very involved members of our community.
"Few of us write a great novel; all of us live one."
~ CONTRIBUTIONS ~
- A generous donation in memory of her husband Jeff has been received from Inas Sisler
- In honor of our grandson Michael Nedelman's graduation from Wittenberg University
from Stan and Phyllis Nedelman
- In honor of Aliza Garfunkel from Skip and Ann Becker
- In honor of Jenna Leventhal from Skip and Ann Becker
- In memory of Maria Dixon Watts, mother of Bill Dixon, from Char Schiff
- In honor of the yahrzeit for my father Louis Stillpass from Stan and Phyllis Nedelman
- Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Eddie Leventhal from Jack and Paulette Grodner
- Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Larry Fish from Jack and Paulette Grodner
- In memory of my mother Ida Friedman from Jay and Kitty Friedman
- In memory of Maria Dixon Watts, mother of Bill Dixon, from Marvin and Sandy
Silverstein, Stan and Phyllis Nedelman, Eddie and Laurie Leventhal, Amy and Alyse
- Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Priscilla Dixon from Jack and Paulette Grodner
SHARON LEE BROOCK FLOWER FUND
- Warm wishes for a speedy recovery to Rabbi Lloyd Goldman from the Jack Grodner
JEFFREY D EBNER YOUTH FUND
- In memory of Neil Colin from Harvey and Lyla Bailin
- In memory of Jeffrey Ebner, a wonderful father to Nathan and a wonderful son, on
Father's Day from Harvey and Lyla Bailin
- In memory of the dear mother of Mr and Mrs John Dodsworth from Lyla and Harvey
- In memory of Peggy Nermey from Lyla and Harvey Bailin
~ YAHRZEIT LIST ~
JULY 7: Hyman Adler, Sophie Friedland, Morris M. Levinson, Sidney William Rich, William
Rich, Helen Weiser, William B. Zitsman, Arthur Marcus (father of Faye Flack)
JULY 14: Ethel S. Freed, Ida Friedman (mother of Jay), Henry Kempler, Rose Edith Lapinsky,
Ruth Bernstein Brender, Willis Rider, Dorothy Banks Steed, Robert A. Wile
JULY 21: Ethel Arnovitz, Morris Amdur (father of Marilyn Milder), Ida Blucher, Frank
Friedsam, Anna Margolis (mother of Maxine Leventhal), Belle Romanoff, Jack Watts (stepfather
of Bill Dixon), Richard Melnick Wolf
JULY 28: Manya Haas Klein (mother of Sandy Silverstein), Reda Singer, Harry M. Stadler,
Mollie Flack (mother of Sanford), Morton Leider, Dorothy Spier (mother of Ronald)
AUG 4: Anne Arnovitz, Ben Broock, Julius Holzberg, Lt. Robert L. Levine, Pearle Romanoff,
Riva Stessel, Maisie Demmel, Ben Mazur, Betty-Anne Zoldan