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Annual Campaign Update Pages 1 & 3 W&M Student Jewish Center Pages 5 PJ Libary Event Page 7 Jewish Community News News of the Jewish VA Peninsula Community “A Lifetime of Caring” August 2017/5777 Annual Campaign Update - Sarah Barnett, Campaign Director Women’s Giving with a New Twist: Announcing Our UJCVP Pearl Society Giving Circle! What is a Giving Circle? From Wikipedia: A giving circle is a form of participatory philanthropy where groups of individuals donate their own money or time to a pooled fund, decide together where to give these away to charity or community projects and, in doing so, seek to increase their awareness of and engagement in the issues covered by the charity or community project Joining is as easy as 1, 2, 3: 1) Make a minimum level gift to the UJCVP Annual Campaign and become eligible to join. 2) Make an additional contribution to the giving circle. 3) Have fun, meet new people, learn about different organizations, and flex your philanthropic muscle. If you don’t want to miss the opportunity to be a part of this exciting new philanthropic venture please contact a Sara/h straster@ujcvp.org or sarah@ujcvp.org for more information and giving level requirement. Or Join us for a Pearl Society pop-up get-together on the evening of Wednesday, August 30th. Details to follow Campaign 2018: Be a Part of It Every summer 1300 post-army Israeli young adults fan out across North America in day and overnight camps as part of The Jewish Agency for Israel’s emissary program. As we do every year, Camp Chaverim welcomes two such “Shlichim.” Rotem and Yarden are a highlight of our camp program, running a special Israel room where our campers enthusiastically travel to Israel every day. They learn a little Hebrew while immersing in Israeli and Jewish culture, games, and music. In the afternoon Rotem and Yarden can be found interacting with different age groups and are regularly seen as favorite pool “toys” during free swim. Yarden and Rotem are both enjoying their first visit to the United States and are loving their time here saying that their experience at Camp Chaverim is “better than we expected!” They love working with the kids, exploring the local area, and describe their host families as “amazing.” Our Schlichim learn as much from us as we learn from them, and we are thrilled to Be a Part of this crucial JAFI partnership. You help make this happen! More Campain Update Continued on page 3


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A Note from Ed I am touched and honored to have received the “Distinguished Service Award” at the UJCVP Annual Meeting. I hope that giving my all to volunteering at the UJCVP will inspire others to volunteer as well at the UJCVP or somewhere else. My dad, Charlie Olshansky my brother Norm, both worked at the UJC so it feels really good that I can follow in their footsteps in a small way and make a significant contribution making sure that our community remains a welcoming community. I am sorry that I could not be at the UJCVP Annual meeting to accept the award in person. I want everyone to know how much this community means to me, and I look forward to continuing my volunteer work here. Thank you very much. Ed Olshansky FundDonations Leroy M. Spigel Early Childhood Education Fund Best Wishes to Dorene Sarfan Estelle Fineman Best Wishes to Jayne Zilber Estelle Fineman UJC Preschool Fund In memory of Gisha Berkowitz Allison & Andrew Millard UJC Annual Campaign Mikveh Fund In memory of Ralph Becker Barbara & Neal Rosenbaum Holocaust Education Fund In memory of Sara Litt’s grandmother Meryl & Bob Kessler Unrestricted Endowment Fund A full recovery to Linda Lavaty Marilyn & Mark Nataupsky Honoring our children & grandchildren Debbie & Adam, Abby & Nate Cohen Marilyn & Mark Nataupsky in memory of Ralph Becker Ettalea Kanter in memory of Sue Anne Bangel Ettalea Kanter Honoring our children & grandchildren Glenda & Eddie, Gilad, Kessem & Erez Rozman Marilyn & Mark Nataupsky in memory of Martin Krinick Ettalea Kanter Grand Club Fund In memory of Bertha Blumenthal From Sarah Zedd 2  Jewish Community News | August 2017


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Annual Campaign Update - Sarah Barnett, Campaign Director Campaign 2018 is Just Around the Corner Yes, it happens every year. No time to take a break! Our Annual Campaign continues to be the life-blood of our campus, activities, services, and core programs. It is the resource that helps us strive toward creating and maintaining the best Jewish community ever. Please keep the following dates in mind when filling out your fall and winter calendar. Saturday, November 11: Community Campaign Kickoff. Tuesday, November 28th: #GivingTuesday. A day to give, give, give and give… Sunday, January 28th: A Super Duper Sunday If you want to volunteer for any of these events please contact sarah@ujcvp.org Campaign 2017 Thank You Our Annual Campaign Honor Roll will be published in September. We maintain a list of donors who request that their gift remain anonymous. It never hurts to remind us or if you would like to add your name to this list, please email sarah@ujcvp.org Tues., August 1st Tues., August 15th Thurs., August 24th 6:30-7:30pm $10 per person For more information or to RSVP to this program go to www.ujcvp.org; email straster@ujcvp.org or call the UJC at 757-930-1422.   August 2017 | Jewish Community News 3


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For more information or to RSVP to these programs go to www.ujcvp.org; email straster@ujcvp.org or call the UJC at 757-930-1422. UJC Senior Grand Club Dates For August 2017 Tuesday, August 1st, 22nd & 29th There will be NO Grand Club on Tuesday, August 8th and August 15th 4  Jewish Community News | August 2017


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Shenkman Jewish Center to be constructed for W&M students Architectural rendering: The new facility will house a large meeting room, a study lounge, a kosher kitchen and a Sukkah, among other amenities. The William & Mary Real Estate Foundation and Hillel at William & Mary are pleased to announce the planned construction of a new facility that will serve as a gathering place for Jewish students to participate in a variety of cultural, spiritual, social and educational activities and programming. The facility will be named after generous benefactors, Mark R. Shenkman and Rosalind Shenkman, who bestowed a seven-figure gift to the university for this project. Groundbreaking for the new Shenkman Jewish Center will begin in January 2018, and it is expected to be completed in the fall of 2018. The Shenkman family, who reside in Greenwich, Conn., are longtime history buffs. As a result, they have a strong desire to see William & Mary students in the nation’s colonial capital thrive by immersing themselves in a diverse and culturally enriching environment. Mark Shenkman’s passion for history started as a young boy when his parents would take him to visit Williamsburg, and they would walk around William & Mary’s storied campus. He said this passion was strengthened when he was in the Army in the late 1960s and while stationed at Fort Lee, Va. — when he would often take short drives to visit the William & Mary campus — and only grew when his son, Gregory Shenkman, attended the College and graduated in the Class of 2003. In many ways, the Shenkmans said, this passion is fueling the family’s commitment to give back to a 324-year-old university such as William & Mary and serves as a foundation for them to drive positive change. For many years, the Shenkmans wanted to make a meaningful contribution to William & Mary, which led the family, including their sons Greg ’03, Andrew and Justin, to put their heads together and come up with a way to provide enriching opportunities for students. This goal led to their vision to create the Shenkman Jewish Center. For students practicing the Jewish faith, there has never been a dedicated space to gather for discussions or public debate, study with friends, celebrate holidays or eat weekly Shabbat dinners together. Now, with the addition of the Shenkman Jewish Center, this will all take place under one roof. The new facility will house a large meeting room, a study lounge, a kosher kitchen and a Sukkah, among other amenities. “There are numerous factors behind our decision to make a transformational gift to William & Mary. In addition to our love of American history — including William & Mary’s impressively long history — President Reveley has shown tremendous support and enthusiasm for this project,” said Mark Shenkman. “We also believe in Rabbi Gershon Litt’s vision for the Center and know that his leadership will pave the way toward a very successful future for Jewish students benefiting from all of the activities the Center will offer.” The building will be owned and managed by the William & Mary Real Estate Foundation, which will work with the City of Williamsburg on granting a special use permit for the property. Founded in 2006, the W&M Real Estate Foundation is an independent non-profit corporation with the mission to acquire, manage, lease and develop properties in support of the education mission of the university. The Center will be operated by Hillel at William & Mary, under the leadership of Rabbi Gershon Litt, director of Hillel. Shenkman added, “In my view, the Center will help attract talented Jewish students who might not have ever considered applying to William & Mary, which could lead to a larger pool of applicants for the school. In so many wonderful ways, this facility will strengthen the Jewish Continued on nex page   August 2017 | Jewish Community News 5


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identity on campus.” A home away from home The new Shenkman Jewish Center is just what the Shenkmans will be approximately 3,000 square envision for the new Center, and feet and will be located across the they are eager for construction to street from campus on the corner begin so that students can take of Jamestown Road and Cary Street. advantage of the extraordinary Currently, the site is an undeveloped opportunities that will be lot down the street from the provided. Confucius Institute, the Christian “Just as our nation’s history has Science Reading Room, Temple Beth been shaped by William & Mary El and the Wesley Foundation. The and its people, the university’s architectural design of the two-story legacy continues to be shaped facility will fit closely with the scope by the generosity of donors like and character of the area and will feature a brick facade. “William & Mary cares enormously that our students be The Shenkmans: The facility will be named after generous benefactors, Mark R. Shenkman and Rosalind Shenkman, who bestowed a seven-figure gift to the university for this project. Courtesy photo the Shenkmans,” said Matthew T. Lambert ’99, vice president for university advancement. “Transformational gifts like this part of a diverse, inclusive and enable students to pursue their welcoming environment, and physical space plays an passions, deepen relationships and better connect with important role. Mark and Rosalind are helping us take a the community, their peers and the university. We are major step forward in this realm through the marvelous truly grateful.” center they are making possible,” said President Taylor Mark is the founder and CEO of Shenkman Capital Reveley. “This splendid gift provides the means for so Management, Inc., a high-yield asset management firm many of our students to thrive in ways they have never founded in 1985. Mark earned a BA degree in Political been able to before and for that we are truly grateful.” Science from the University of Connecticut in 1965 The Shenkman Jewish Center will serve more than a and graduated with an MBA from George Washington gathering place for students; it will also serve a much University in 1967. He has been a longtime supporter of larger purpose of strengthening and growing the local William & Mary’s Raymond A. Mason School of Business, Jewish community and inspiring them to feel a greater previously serving on the Business Foundation Board, sense of purpose both during and after their time at the of which he is now an emeritus member. For years, Mark university, according to Rabbi Litt. has provided internship and career opportunities for “Mark and Rosalind are investing in the future of many William & Mary students at Shenkman Capital and meets young Jewish adults, empowering them to become with faculty at the business school frequently. He was future leaders wherever their paths may lead them,” said inducted as an honorary alumnus of William & Mary in Litt. “The Shenkman Jewish Center will allow Jewish 2015. Rosalind received her undergraduate degree from students at William & Mary to embrace who they are and New York University and earned her masters in social have a place to call home when they’re on campus.” work from Fordham University. 6  Jewish Community News | August 2017


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Calling All Families with Kids 0-12: Tons of Fun with PJ Library This Summer! Mark your calendars for these fun events. Contact Jenn Meyers for more info & to sign up for these programs jennifer@ujcvp.org 930-1422 ex. 307 PJ Pizza Lunch & Ice Cream Truck Thursday, August 17th 12 PM For ALL Ages at the UJC PJ Library End of Summer Peach Party! Meet at Bush Neck Farm & learn about peaches then head to the orchard & pick your own! $1.50 a pound for peaches. CWoantctahcwt JeeenknlyMEe-NyeerwsstofoRrSDVaPte- &jeTninmifeer@ujcvp.org Bush Neck Farm is located at 1502 Bush Neck Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23188 PJ Library is sponsored in partnership locally by the Eugene M. & Betty N. Levin Family Philanthropic Fund of the United Jewish Community   August 2017 | Jewish Community News 7


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Temple Sinai 11620 Warwick Blvd., Newport News VA 23601 | 757-596-8352 August 2017 All are welcome at Friday night Shabbat services on August 4, 18 and 25 at 7:30 p.m. Rabbi Sokol will lead the services. There will be no Friday service August 11. Instead there will be a Saturday morning service August 12 at 10 a.m. Please stay for the Oneg Shabbat after the services and take some time to enjoy some treats and mingle with your fellow congregants and visitors. The Temple Sinai Gift shop has the perfect gift for weddings, engagements, graduations, birthdays, confirmations, B’nai Mitzvot, Jewish holidays. Our gift shop hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or by appointment. Call 596-8352 . The next Sisterhood meeting will be held Monday, August 14 at 7 p.m. Come learn more about what Sisterhood does for you and your Temple. It’s not too early to start thinking about the High Holidays. Rosh Hashanah is September 20-21 and Yom Kippur is September 29-30. Stay tuned for more information. ThTeheRREETTIIRREEMMENTT LLIIFFEESSTTYYLELEatatThTehAerbAorrbs oisrs is NeverBoring. “Restaurants, shopping, entertainment, there’s so much to do right here in Port Warwick.” Julie Northway and Kaye Reid, Arbors residents By moving to a luxury apartment at The Arbors, you’ll also be steps from medical facilities and your doctor’s office! n Delicious chef-prepared meals served 8am - 7pm n Fitness suite, library, billiard room and brand new theater room n Inviting garden and sunrooms for socializing n Valet parking, individual transportation and excursions n An RN on staff Monday-Friday, plus the peace of mind that a VHS Continuum of Care facility provides Call 757-595-7767 To Schedule a Tour 1100 William Styron Square South / Newport News, VA www.thearborsatportwarwick.com A RETIREMENT LIFESTYLE COMMUNITY 8  Jewish Community News | August 2017 A member of the Virginia Health Services family


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Congregation Emet v’Or (CEVO) Celebrate Shabbat Together with Friday Night Services In August, Shabbat services begin at 7:30pm at Trinity Lutheran at 6812 River Road, Newport News. On September 1st, our location changes back to the UJC campus in the Sarfan Center at 401 City Center Blvd., Newport News. • Aug. 4, 18, 25 @ 7:30pm lay led services • Aug. 11 @ 7:30pm services by Rabbi Scott Gurdin • Looking for summer happenings? CEVO activities include: 8/8 and 8/22 Summer Nights Concerts @ Peninsula Town Center from 6:30-9:30pm, 8/13 Mariners Museum Day ($1.00) from 10am-1pm, end of summer welcome back havdalah and potluck party on 8/26 from 4pm7pm. RSVP to office.cevo@gmail.com Hope to see you there. • Sept. 1 Lay led services on UJC Campus at 7:30pm. Save these dates: September 8th 7:00pm - 7:30pm. Attend our open house and discover the joys of being a part of a synagogue family. This is also a time for current members to reconnect and learn about future happenings planned for the year. Services with Rabbi Scott Gurdin will follow at 7:30pm and afterwards celebrate with tasty treats and socializing (Oneg Shabbat). September 10th Religious School kick off 10:00am -10:30am. Cereal Breakfast bar for families with children ages 2 through 10th grade then off to class from 10:30-noon. Parents stay for meet and greet and question and answer review until 11am. Congregation Emet v’Or • 401 City Center Blvd. Newport News, 23606 • 757-952-3737• Check the website for details at www.emetvor.org • Like us on Facebook Congregation Emet V’Or •Office.cevo@gmail.com THE IDA FENIGSOHN SICK LOAN SHELF As a service project to help those in need, the National Council of Jewish Women, Hampton Roads Section (NCJW) lends durable medical equipment, such as wheel chairs, crutches, canes and walkers, to anyone in the community free of charge. A request from a health care provider is necessary, and items may be borrowed for up to 6 months, but can, of course, be kept longer if necessary. Items are available for pick up at the Newport News Public Health Center, 416 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. For more information, please contact Margo Drucker at 595-0220 Sherri L. Becker, O.D.,F.A.A.O. American Board of Optometry Diplomat Office: 757-827-0009 | Fax: 757-827-2820 beckereyecare.com 2200 EXECUTIVE DRIVE,  SUITE A   HAMPTON VA 23666 For the most up-to-date information on All Things UJC visit us on Facebook www.facebook.com/ ujcvp/   August 2017 | Jewish Community News 9


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TEMPLE BETH EL Williamsburg, Virginia Shabbat Kulanu …is Temple Beth El’s family oriented service. Shabbat Kulanu features song leading & guitar playing, puppet shows, storytelling and pizza dinner for all after the service. Come To The Next Shabbat Kulanu on August 18th Services Begin at 6:30pm Temple Beth El is located at 600 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg, Virginia For additional information call (757) 220-1205 10  Jewish Community News | August 2017


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Virginia Health Rehab AT PORT WARWICK Quality physical therapy from a caring team of your friends and neighbors. • State-of-the-art outpatient facility • Close to home and convenient • Flexible, extended hours • Patient-centered rehabilitative therapy • Accepting most insurances Improving the quality-of-life for our patients. 204 NAT TURNER BOULEVARD | NEWPORT NEWS, VA 23606 | 757-594-0330 www.v irginiahealthrehab.com   August 2017 | Jewish Community News 11


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Thank you for your support!  Please email Meryl and  Kayren at  mikveh@ujcvp.org to find out more. Mikveh Israel Today, more and more Jewish communities are seeking to open new  paths of spiritual meaning. Many are reclaiming the ritual of mikveh for  men as well as for women, for regular use and for occasional use, for  traditional purposes and for the enhancement of modern healing  moments.   In her book Tears of Sorrow, Seeds of Hope, Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin writes very movingly about  mikveh (p.31):  The name mikveh itself is a promise of comfort, for it echoes of the word tikvah, meaning expectation and  hope. Even more, Mikveh Yisrael is a name that refers to God. [The prophet Jeremiah says:] “God is Mikveh  Yisrael…the source of the living waters….” (Jer. 17:13‐14) Jeremiah…held fast to God, proclaiming that the  waters of God’s mercy are filled with life.  They wash over us, soothe us, and remove our despair. When we enter the mikveh, then, we enter a realm of the divine, for the waters of the mikveh are drawn from  the heavens, a fountain of blessings rained down from the skies.  The waters of the mikveh conjure up  memories of the waters of Creation…we emerge, fresh and new, our bodies sequined with droplets of hope. As we build our future and our campus, it is exciting to contemplate this new project and its  tremendous spiritual potential. ~Rabbi Gilah Dror  Please support a mikveh for ALL at the UJCVP Naming opportunities available for dedication to honor the memory  of a loved one in the amount of $25,000 and up. Steering Committee:   Gary Kavit * Meryl Kessler * Scott Wolf * Kayren Segall 12  Jewish Community News | August 2017


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Quality. Experience. Continuity. n All-inclusive, comprehensive assisted living care in a luxurious setting n No large entrance fees or security deposits n VHS experience and continuity — a locally owned and managed company providing quality and caring service to our community for over 50 years A member of the Virginia Health Services family Call today for a personal tour. The Huntington at The Newport 11143 Warwick Boulevard / Newport News, VA www.thehuntingtonatthenewport.com 757.223.0888   August 2017 | Jewish Community News 13


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Specialized Medical Care For Performing Artists Do you have the soaps, shampoos, and other toiletries that are in your hotel rooms when you travel? People in homeless shelters, centers for abused women and other havens for the less fortunate can always use these items. Please bring them by the UJC when you can, and they will be distributed to persons in need. If you have any questions, please get in touch with: Stan Glasofer at 930 -4606 or glasofer@verizon.net. Treating the unique medical needs of professional and non-professional singers, actors, musicians and dancers. riversideonline.com/Arts 14  Jewish Community News | August 2017 Left & Above Photos: Fun Friday at the Pool with the Kton Tons


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Do Something Magical The UJCVP Endowment Unrestricted Fund makes magic happen every year by granting fund proceeds directly to the UJCVP and community programs. It is the Unrestricted Fund that allows our Endowment Board to respond flexibly to the current needs of the community, supplementing the central role of our UJCVP Annual Campaign in supporting our community’s infrastructure, programs and health. Though our entire Endowment fund manages funds that total close to $15,000,000, most of these funds have restrictions attached or belong to partner institutions. The unrestricted portion of our Endowment that allows for so much magic to happen is 1.3 million dollars. In recent years, proceeds from this fund have made grants to the Panim El Panim program for Jewish teens, educators’ attendance at the CAJE conference, a community seder, a synagogue music program, a community building retreat, grants to Jewish children attending out-of-town Jewish summer programs and camps, and attendance at the GA conference, and local Hilells. If you or your organization has a great idea that will benefit and strengthen community, and you would like to apply for a grant, please contact sarah@ ujcvp.org for more information. JDC helps relief efforts in Sri Lanka - 7/13/2017 The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) recently responded with emergency aid to catastrophic flooding and mudslides in Sri Lanka. More than 200 people were confirmed dead and at least 100 were reported missing in the worst storms to hit the island nation since 2003. JDC, together with its local partner Sarvodaya, a Buddhist inspired humanitarian organization, deployed its first-responder unit to provide food, water and other emergency aid in Sri Lanka’s five hardest-hit districts in May. The Sarvodaya-JDC Disaster Management Unit was founded after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, when the two organizations partnered to ensure immediate aid for tsunami survivors. Since then, the unit has responded to dozens of disasters in Sri Lanka, according to the JDC. More than 77,000 people have been displaced and over 1,500 homes have been destroyed since rains began swamping the southern and western areas of Sri Lanka. The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian assistance organization. Since 1914, JDC has exemplified the value that all Jews are responsible for one another and for improving the well-being of vulnerable people around the world. Today, JDC works in more than 70 countries and in Israel to alleviate hunger and hardship, rescue Jews in danger, create lasting connections to Jewish life, and provide immediate relief and long-term development support for victims of natural and man-made disasters.   August 2017 | Jewish Community News 15



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