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July, 2017
JULY, 2017
TAMMUZ / AV 5777

- 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

Picnic at Camp Shalom by Jacqueline Jules (PJ Library)

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.

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.

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.

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 1990s).
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 anywhere nearby
- 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 zones
- 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 website:
-- Rabbi Cary Kozberg~

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."

- 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 Leventhal

- Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Priscilla Dixon from Jack and Paulette Grodner

- Warm wishes for a speedy recovery to Rabbi Lloyd Goldman from the Jack Grodner Family

- 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 Bailin
- In memory of Peggy Nermey from Lyla and Harvey Bailin

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