April 2018 NEWSLETTER
NISSAN / IYAR 5778
to Moriel Rothman-Zecher whose novel, Sadness is a White Bird
, received a great review in the Springfield News-Sun and Dayton Daily News of Sunday, March 18. Mori, Jesse, and Liana are the children of Jay and Randi Rothman. Jay grew up in Yellow Springs where his father was a professor at Antioch College. Jay and his family moved back to Yellow Springs in the 1990's, were members of Temple Sholom, and were leaders in the restarting of the Yellow Springs Chavurah. The family moved to Israel and have continued living partly there and partly in the U.S. Mori and his wife, Kayla Rothman-Zecher, currently live in Yellow Springs.
TEMPLE OFFICE CLOSED
The Temple office will be closed on Friday, April 6 in observance of the last day of Passover.
SHABBAT EVE OBSERVANCES
Yom Hashoa, Holocaust Remembrance Day, occurs on Thursday, April 12, and will be observed by Rabbi Kozberg at Shabbat service on Friday, April 13.
Yom HaAtzmaut, Israeli Independence Day, occurs on Friday, April 20, and will be observed by Rabbi Kozberg at Shabbat service on that evening.
ANNUAL MEETING SCHEDULED
Sunday, April 29, 10:00 AM
You are urged to attend Temple's annual Congregational meeting. Each committee chair will review activities from this past year with an opportunity for you to ask questions and make comments. Names will be proposed to serve a two-year term on the board with your approval. New business will be presented for discussion. Support Temple with your presence and your vote.
~ RABBI’S CORNER ~
Telling the story of the Exodus from Egypt at our seder tables, we recalled Moses' response to Pharaoh when he was asked who among the Israelites would be leaving Egypt. His reply: ''We will go with our young and with our old...for we must hold a festival unto the Lord.''
And with our old.
It would probably have been easier for the older Israelites to stay in Egypt. After all, the journey would be hard on them, and why should they make the effort when it could be so much more comfortable for them to stay put? Moreover, what could they possibly contribute to this new venture about to be undertaken? Yet, Moses insisted that they leave with everyone else, because they were the tie to the people's past and the repository of its wisdom. They still had purpose and their lives still had meaning. At the end of his life, Moses would emphasize this point when he encouraged the people ''Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations; ask your father and he will tell you, your elders and they will say to you.''
As many of us know too well, growing older is often accompanied by various kinds of loss: loss of vitality, loss of friends and family, loss of productivity. But loss of meaning and purpose - feeling useless and invisible - can be the most challenging of all.
Especially for us baby boomers. We grew up in a time when youth seemed to be an infinite commodity. And then, after ''reelin' in the years,'' time caught up with us; and now we, who thought we would be "forever young," are coping with the same challenges that our parents and grandparents had to cope with as they grew older.
Fortunately, there are teachers who have made it their lives' work to help folks respond to such challenges in more healthy, creative ways. Fortunately, our Springfield community will have the opportunity to learn from one such teacher, Rabbi Richard Address.
Rabbi Address, a nationally recognized expert and resource in the field of religion, spirituality and aging, will be speaking at the Temple on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, April 17 and 18. His presentations will be addressing the general topic of ''The Challenge of Sacred Aging.
'' His Tuesday evening talk will focus on how we can make aging a meaningful experience, even in the face of our mortality. Wednesday evening will focus on the ethical and religious challenges of issues that may arise when life is ending.
Rabbi Address' visit is underwritten from a gift bequeathed to Temple Sholom by the late Mrs. Florence Tannenbaum, z''l. It is co-sponsored by several Springfield churches, including Christ Episcopal, Covenant Presbyterian, First Lutheran, Good Shepherd Lutheran, High St. United Methodist, Northminster Presbyterian, St. Raphael/St. Joseph Catholic Church, and the Springfield Interfaith Youth Alliance.
This program is open to the entire community, so feel free to bring friends. We do ask that you call the Temple to RSVP, so that appropriate preparations can be made for refreshments.
We hope to see you at one or both of these presentations, both of which promise to be both educational and perhaps a bit provocative.
- Rabbi Cary Kozberg
~ SPOTLIGHT ON RICK NEDELMAN ~
Our Temple Member Spotlight this month shines on Rick Nedelman, who has been a life-long Temple Sholom member. Rick was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on December 18, 1959, son of Dr. Stan and Phyllis Stillpass Nedelman and younger brother to Kim Nedelman Fish. When Rick was 18 months old, the family moved to the Air Force Academy outside of Colorado Springs, Colorado, where Stan spent 2 years as the radiologist to cadets and residents at the Academy. Following Stan's two-year government commitment, in July 1963 the family moved to Springfield.
Rick attended Simon Kenton, Roosevelt Middle School, and then North High. During those years, he attended religious school at Temple Sholom and had his Bar Mitzvah at Temple Sholom. Rick excelled at sports, and at North High School (now Springfield High) he earned varsity letters in baseball, track, and football.
Rick was a strong student and a very good artist. He originally considered a career in art; but football was his first love, so he enrolled at the University of Georgia in Athens Georgia, hoping to make the team there. He was a walk-on to the nationally-ranked Georgia Bulldog football team, and he started every game on the freshman team for coaching legend Vince Dooley. He soon realized, though, that his future was not as a pro football player; and he made the tough choice to give up the game he loved and concentrate on his studies.
In his second year at Georgia, Rick had the opportunity to join with college students from around the country to travel around the world through a program called Semester at Sea. He lived on a ship and took classes while at sea, but the real growth experience was visiting so many countries and making new friends, who today are still among his best friends. Rick gained a love of travel and an appetite for adventure on this trip. In addition, the experience made him appreciate how fortunate he was to live in the USA, and he decided that he wanted to help those less fortunate by becoming a physician. He returned to the University of Georgia for one more year and then transferred to The Ohio State University to complete his pre-med requirements.
Upon completion of his BS degree, Rick followed in the family tradition and entered medical school at the University of Cincinnati. After earning his MD, Rick did an internship and then entered the surgical residency program at UC, which was considered one of the top surgical training programs in the country. During his surgical residency, he spent six months working as a first assistant to a nationally recognized pediatric cardiac surgeon. He also spent six months in Scotland at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh on the breast cancer and liver and pancreas units.
Upon completing UC's surgical training, Rick was honored to be recognized as the one who most exemplified the qualities of a general surgical resident.
Rick decided to return to Springfield for several reasons. A good friend of the family and top surgeon, Bill Goettman, was retiring and offered Rick the opportunity to take his place in the ''best'' surgical practice in town. In addition, because Springfield was a ''small town,'' it afforded general surgeons the ability to perform many types of surgery rather than specializing in one type, which is the practice in large cities. Rick had fond memories of growing up in Springfield, and that made the choice to return an easy one.
He has become well known for his patient, caring bedside manner as well as his excellent surgical skills. Rick has introduced to Springfield several advances in laparoscopic procedures, such as colon resection and hiatal hernia repairs. He also implemented state of the art procedures for breast cancer treatment. His commitment to the best possible patient care has led him to undertake many leadership roles within the medical community, including serving as chief of surgery, as president of the medical staff, and on many committees at Springfield Regional Medical Center. He was a leading force behind the creation of the Ohio Valley Surgical Hospital and continues to serve in leadership roles at that institution.
Rick is married to Lori Nedelman, who is an RN and worked in her profession for over 25 years. She then took additional training and with her nurse/aesthetic degree manages and provides services for SAS Med Spa. She is originally from St. Paris, Ohio, and she has introduced Rick to the joys of the Champaign County Fair and has brought lambs, horses, and several dogs into Rick's life. Lori's two children, Trent and Elizabeth, both live and work in the Springfield area.
Rick met and married his first wife, Julie Flickner, during his time in Cincinnati; and they are the parents of two children who grew up and were Bar and Bat Mitzvah at Temple Sholom. Michael, who graduated from Wittenberg, now lives in St. Louis and is in sales. Erin graduated from Columbia College in Chicago and still lives in Chicago, where she is involved in acting, casting, and waiting tables at an upscale restaurant.
Rick works hard and plays hard! He travels extensively, often to join his good friends for short, active trips. He is an avid golfer, enjoys fishing, playing cards, and listening to live music. He and Lori both enjoy traveling, especially to Las Vegas where they meet up with friends from far and wide...and (word has it) Lori tends to be lucky on the slot machines! Rick feels blessed and privileged to be back in Springfield and to be doing what he loves to do as his life's work.
We are indeed blessed to have Rick as well as the entire Nedelman family as active and involved Temple Sholom members.
''Few of us write great novels; all of us live them.''
~ CONTRIBUTIONS ~
- A generous donation has been received from Inas Sisler in memory of her husband Jeff
- In honor of the yahrzeit of my mother Marion from Paul Cornez
- In honor of the yahrzeit of my father Sam from Jay and Kitty Friedman
JEFFREY D EBNER YOUTH FUND
- In memory of Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Williams' nephew from Lyla and Harvey Bailin
~ YAHRZEIT LIST ~
Samuel Altschul, Fannie Dagan, Ben Goldman, Cecile Leider Greenland (stepmother of Jay), Goldie Pommer, Louis A. Shatsky, Celia Roth Travis, Ida P. Zitsman, Ben Irwin (father of Stephanie Paugh), Blanche Stillpass (mother of Phyllis Nedelman)
James R. Herron, Louis Rubinoff, Philip Friedman, Charles Sahl Stein, Yetta Miller Stein, Hattie Gordon Willens
Nathan Ebner, Belle K. Freed, Harry L. Levy, Robert Pommer, Samuel Soble, Alex Leventhal (father of Ed)
Joseph Block, Mona Freed, David S. Greenland (father of Jay), Jacob Holzberg, Irene Klaben, Dorothy Rosenfield, Gus M. Salzer, Pamela Embrey (mother of Faydra), Max Silverstein (father of Marvin)
Rae Bernstein, Sharon Lee Broock, Benjamin Feldman (father of Marilyn Schneider), Robert M. Gold, Rose Heller, Simon Zoav Levine, Cecile Strauss, Jacob Weinfeld, Harry Lurie, Anne Rosenstein