Volume 71 Number 1 2017 In a viral Facebook post written on February 4th, a New York City sub way rider recounted how he and his fellow passengers worked together to erase Nazi symbols scrawled across the subway car using Purell hand sanitizer and tissues. This par ticular anecdote has a happy ending, New Yorkers worked togetherin a city where people notoriously keep to themselves on public transitand did not let hate win. However, few expected swastikas and Jews be long in oven to be scribbled all over a public train in one of the most diverse cities in the world. In 2017. It is no secret that anti-Semitism is at an all-time high, likely in part because anti-Semites feel safe ex en the current political climate. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) website lists numerous reports from 2015 demonstrating the rise of antiSemitism on both a national and global level. Although they have not yet published reports from 2016, it is likely that the numbers will con tinue to rise. Over three separate days in January, 57 bomb threats were called in to 48 Jewish community centers (JCC) across the country; another 11 hoax bomb threats occurred on The rise of anti-Semitism on a national level is a concerning and bipartisan issue. Continued on page 17A New Anti-Semitism On Saturday, February 18th, the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America Foundation (JWVF) held its third annual fund raiser event, this year to honor Gold Star families. Our fallen heroes made the duty in the US Armed Forces, and it is because of them that we enjoy our freedoms in this country. Their Gold Star families may not have enlisted, but they also served. They ignation they never asked for and never wanted. The term Gold Star family displayed a blue star for every imme diate family member serving during any period of war. If that loved one was killed, the blue star was re placed by a gold star. Anyone who price the family paid in the name of freedom. These families are the ones who a loved one is killed in action. They band together, and offer each other comfort in times of sorrow and sup port in times of need. We gathered to honor them, and their sons, daughters, husbands, and wives. A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to Gold Star family organizations, who offer a wide range of support programs and initiatives ranging from transition assistance to grief counseling to scholarships. We were also joined by the Armed Forces Color Guard, who presented the Colors at the begin ning of the evening, and the United States Marine Band Brass Quintet, who played patriotic music dur ing the cocktail hour followed by a medley of the anthems from all service branches and the Gold Star Family anthem. Prior to dinner, attendees watched a short video created by the National Museum of American Jewish Military History based on an interview with Beth Agami, whose son, SPC Daniel J. Agami was JWV Foundation Honors Gold Star Families Keynote speaker, Karen KellyContinued on page 6 National Achievement ProgramsPage 3In Memoriam PNC Edwin RobinsPage 5An Air Force Career of Flying, Fighting, and SpyingPage 8Send Bullets, Not Men. And Robots...Page 9Deciding the Future of Arlington National CemeteryPage 11How Perception Eats Away At Our National SecurityPage 14 NMAJMH NewsPages 20-21Save the Date! 122nd Annual National ConventionPage 22Gravestone damaged at Chesed Shel Emeth Society cemetery in St. Louis Photo credit: Hilary Benjamin. JWVA NewsPages 18-19
EDITORIAL OFFICE 1811 R Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20009 Telephone (202) 265-6280 x504 Fax (202) 234-5662 E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Web Site www.jwv.org The Jewish Veteran is published 4 times a year: Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall, by the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America 1811 R Street, NW Washington, DC 20009 Periodical postage paid at Washington, DC, and at additional mailing oces. Postmaster: Send form 3579 to Jewish War Veterans, 1811 R Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009. Subscription price in the United States is $5.00 per year, included in membership. Nonmember subscriptions:$10.00. Single copies:$2.50. Photos and articles submitted to The Jewish Veteran shall be used at the discretion of the organization. The opinions expressed in signed articles and letters in this magazine are not necessarily those of JWV. Advertising information and rates available from the Editorial Oce. JWV assumes no responsibility for products and services advertised in this publication. 2016 by the Jewish War Veterans of the USA. NPA#112285 ISSN 047-2018. Reproduction without permission is prohibited. The Jewish Veteran is the Ocial Publication of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America THE JEWISHVETERAN National Commander Carl A. Singer National Editor Monroe Mayer, PNC Associate Editors Lance Wang Richard Goldenberg Managing Editor Jordana Green Laurent Graphics/Production Editor Christy Turner Your Letters .......................................... 3 Message From the Commander .. 4 News From the NED ......................... 5 Dispatches From The Editor .......... 5 Membership Corner ....................... 10 JWV in Action .................................... 12 Notes From The Committees ...... 15 New Members ................................. 16 Reunions/In Search Of ................... 16 National Ladies Auxiliary .............. 18 Museum News .................................. 20 Taps ....................................................... 22 CONTENTSThe JWV supplies store isnt just for pins and poppies! Display your JWV Membership proudly! Or call Pat Ennis at 703-753-3733 or by email: email@example.com Post Banners and Flags! Shirts, caps, and jackets! Are you on the list? a box that says Stay Connected. Enter A few things to be aware of: address If you hit unsubscribe, then you stop receiving ALL of our emails. If that wasnt your intention, follow one facebook.com/ JewishWarVeterans twitter.com/ JewishWarVetsGet Social with JWV!Use JWV's social media to share pictures and keep in touch with JWV members and friends. For JWV caps, call Keystone Uniform Cap Corporation Phone: 215-821-3434 Fax: 215-821-3438 www.keystoneuniformcap.com/Jewish-WarVeteran-Caps.html JWV Buttons! JWV Fans! Got Spirit? Show your JWV spirit with our JWV buttons and fans!Wear the buttons at festivals. Sell the fans as a fundraiser at parades.
3 www.jwv.org Volume 71 Number 1 2017 The Jewish Veteran RELIGIOUS ACCOMMODATIONIn the recent edition of The Jewish Veteran, one of our readers expressed concern over the pos sibility that our Jewish military chaplains might be granted the privilege of wearing a beard. He expressed worry that some of the men and wom en in the military might harbor negative thoughts over men in uniforms with beards, and it was possible that anti-Semitic attitudes and actions might result. He really has no reason to be concerned: Not only are we probably the only military in the world where such facial wear is not tolerated, but, apparently unbeknownst to him, we are already in the process of granting this privilege to a num ber of other groups and individuals. I refer to the recent notice of the Defense Department to grant groups such as Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus, and others who have religious reasons to use facial hair, such as beards. A few years ago, a Sikh American army surgeon was granted the right to wear his turban and beard. Now, all servicepeople (including, Jewish chap lains I presume) with religious grounds will be afforded the opportunity that they have sought for many years. As an aside, I was amazed, if not amused, to read (in his letter) that there are approximate ly 100,000 Jew[ish] service personnel on active duty in todays military. Would that were the case. However, I believe he has misplaced a decimal: That number should be closer to 10,000, if that. Howard Leavitt Post 512 Page 9 under the picture of Arnold Sandler, he is standing next to his granddaughter who is wear ing a patriotic dress and saluting. A very cute picture, reminds me of my granddaughter. She Also in the letter to the editor, regarding Jewish Chaplains in the military by Joel Batalsky, I agree with him 100%. Beards are not necessary for chaplains of any faith in the military. Great publication. Keep up the good work! Bill Silverman Post 68THANK YOU COL SINGERI am writing to thank your organization for your generous scholarship. The members of the Jewish War Veterans served this country during times of war, and continue to serve through pro grams including the scholarship program. I am a freshman studying electrical engi neering at the University of Pennslyvania. I hope to work towards developing ways of generating ronmentally sound technology that will also help to decrease dependency on foreign resources. The scholarship you have awarded me is helping me to reach that goal. Your generosity and commitment to the prin ciples of this country are greatly appreciated as well as inspirational. I hope one day that I will be able to give back to the community as your organization and its members have done. Benjamin Porat You sent me a thank you letter for my recent contribution to the JWV of the USA. My con tribution is my thank you to the JWV. I was a recent immigrant when I served in the US Army. Upon my discharge, I enrolled in college under the provisions of the GI Bill for those who had been granted a medical retirement. The VA pro vided me with a letterdescribing the injury and the diagnosisand that I would be eligible for free a correction when a fellow student suggested that I let your organization handle it. I have never regretted that advice. The JWV obtained an ac curate description for the diagnoses, but more importantly, they were able to get the VA to agree to raise my disability rating from 30% to 50%. I change. And so, my dear COL, I never miss making a contribution to the JWV. It is my way of saying thank you for my eligibility for Tricare for Life, and commissary and PX facilities if desired. Thank you. Louis de GrootAN ENJOYABLE READWhile at the V.A. in Loma Linda, California, I picked up a copy of your publication. It was a most enjoyable read. Enclosed is a check for the Dennis L Martin YOUR LETTERS National Youth Achievement Program Cliford Lee Kristal Education Grant: $1,250 Bernard Rotberg Memorial Grant: $1,000 Edith, Louis, and Max S. Millen Memorial Athletic Grant: $1,000 Applicants must be: application Accepted into an Associates, Bachelors, or institution. Minimum standards for eligibility: your application.Due May 27, 2017 National Achievement ProgramThe JWV Foundation sponsors an annual essay contest for current an accredited Associates, Bachelors, Selected winners will be awarded one of four Charles Kosmutza Memorial Grant: $2,500 Charles Kosmutza Memorial Grant: $1,000 Max R. & Irene Rubenstein Memorial Grant: $1,500 Leon Brooks Memorial Grant: $1,000 creed, or culture. essay and pay attention to both parts of the 2017 Essay Theme: der Grants. May 30, 2017.
4 National Commander COL Carl A. Singer FROM THE COMMANDER MESSAGE Veterans are counting on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the House and Senate Committees on Veterans Affairs for health care, Our new secretary of the VA is Dr. David Shulkin. Secretary Shulkin, who was born at the Ft. Sheridan U.S. army base in Illinois, is the 9th U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Under the VA umbrella are 168 hospitals and 1,053 out-patient clinics of varying complexity. He also man ages the VA disability system and the National Cemetery System. Dr. Shulkin received his MD degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania, did his intern ship at Yale, and his residency and fellowship in General Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. of Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City and the Professor of Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, among other roles. Secretary Shulkin faces excessive and intol erable patient appointment waiting times, unac ceptably slow processing of disability claims, and a cemetery system that doesnt meet the needs of all veterans. The House Committee on Veterans Affairs is the authorizing committee for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Shulkin will need to have as good a relationship as possible with the Committee, and its chairman, Congressman David Roe. Chairman Roe is also a physician, which I believe will prove to be a blessing for Dr. Shulkin. The House Committee on Veterans Affairs represents Americas veterans, their families, and survivors. The Committee recommends legisla committee also monitors and evaluates the func tioning of the VA. The Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs is the younger of the two Veterans Committees. The Chairman of the Senate Committee on VA is the Honorable Johnny Isakson of Georgia. The two committees develop legislation on the fol lowing topics: Veterans measures generally Pensions of all the wars of the U.S. Life insurance issued by the government Compensation, vocational rehabilitation, and education of veterans Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Transitioning to civilian life National Cemeteries As we go to press, our National Commander, COL Carl A. Singer, is preparing to present JWV's legislative priorities before the joint ses sion of the Senate and House Committees on Veterans Affairs on March 22. We hope you were able to watch the live stream. State of the JWV NEWSHerb Rosenbleeth, Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret)FROM THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Candidly, were doing well, but we are getting older. The torch is passing, but it is dimmer in numbers. God Bless our World War II veterans they impart wisdom, a sense of history and con tinuity, and that same can-do spirit that seventy years ago won the war. Our Korean veterans sim The bulk of our active membership are Vietnam or Vietnam-era veterans. We, too, arent getting any younger but as many of us retire we should be able to devote more time to helping other vet ans are fewer in number, but they bring with them new visions, fresh ideas, and renewed energy. We need to respect all of our members and realize that we may be as much as 50 or more years apart in age, having grown up in different times with different outlooks and vastly different experiences. Nonetheless, we can focus on what we all share: A love of country, an orientation to wards service especially to fellow veterans support for a safe and secure Israel, and a visceral anger toward anti-Semitism. Ive had the opportunity to do some traveling and look forward to future trips as well. Here are just a few of the great experiences Ive had over the past months: Post 1 Luncheon in New York City. A chance to socialize with fellow JWV members. VVA Press Conference in front of the Capitol Building. We joined with the VVA and other veterans groups in support of legislation so that those who receive a less than honorable discharge due to possible mental (PTSD?) is sues can receive appropriate diagnosis and treatment. Spoke at a county wide POW/MIA ob servance in Bergen County, NJ. The third Friday in September is dedicated to POWs & MIAs, and I was honored to be the keynote speaker. This business meeting focused on plans for the Veterans Day observance at the White House and at Arlington National Cemetery. Rededication of headstone for MOH William Shemin. I came as an observer to pay homage to a Jewish American hero. Veterans Day at the White House and at Arlington National Cemetery. Words cannot express the feelings associated with Veterans Day and ANC. In honor of MOH Dr. Ben Salomon at Amer ican Friends of Dental Volun teers for Israel. I attended as an observer to pay homage to a Jewish American hero. Monument dedication Passaic, NJ, Third Ward Park. In 1961, 78 Army recruits were killed in a plane crash while in route to basic dedicated to these young soldiers was dedi cated. Met with Veterans at an assisted living com munity. I was invited to host a discussion with a group of veterans. I listened as they shared memories of their military experiences. Dept of Massachusetts Classmates Today Neighbors Tomorrow Brotherhood Break fast. This was their 63rd annual brother hood breakfast outstanding! They invite every high school in the Commonwealth to nominate a candidate for their scholarship awards. This well attended event shows the JWV in an outstanding light. Other depart Continued on next page
5 www.jwv.org Volume 71 Number 1 2017 The Jewish Veteran DISPATCHES FROM THE EDITORPNC Monroe Mayer, National Editor As occurs twice a year, the National Executive Committee (NEC) met in February and will meet again at the National Convention in August. The NEC meeting is always held in Washington, DC, to give our members the opportunity to meet their Congressional representatives and advocate for veterans and JWVs legislative priorities. The summer meeting is held wherever the National Convention takes place. This August, we will be in San Antonio, Texas. with guest speakers, training sessions, and fresh ideas on how to move forward. Attended by members from across the country, the Leadership Conference included sessions on fundraising, partnering with the Jewish Welfare Board. A huge thank you to all our speakers for helping make our conference such a success! Together with this aspect, our meeting also provides our members an opportunity to get to gether, exchange views from different parts of the country, and report of the progress of our Departments. This year, the growth of antiSemitism in many parts of the world signaled our organization to be on the lookout locally and nationally for this growing problem. The Allied Mission to Israel was also in focus. Certainly, meeting in the nations capital also allows for some sightseeing and the opportunity to visit the National Museum of American Jewish Military History. Members of the NEC itself are selected by their Departments, but the event is open to all members and friends of JWV. At the close of the meeting, a dinner was held to honor Gold Star families on Saturday evening. This well-planned and successful event closed our latest NEC meeting and Leadership Conference, and we are all looking forward to our National Convention. See you in Texas! ments should consider doing something the Super Bowl that evening. Why do National Commanders travel? To pay homage to our fallen soldiers. To be at Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans Day is an overwhelming experience. Simi larly, attending memorials for fallen soldiers right thing to do. To visit JWV echelons to meet comrades, to share ideas with them, and to hear both sug gestions and complaints. As necessary to sound a call to action. To share ideas with other veterans organiza tions, seize the opportunity to meet other veterans, and to see and be seen by other To show our unwavering support for a safe and secure Israel. Some thoughts: I am honored to be a member of JWV. As National Commander, I hope to well represent us all. I urge all members to participate to the best of their abilities un derstanding, however, that not everyone will always agree with your ideas and suggestions. Reluctantly, let me share a negative example. We are a large organization with varied opin ions. Someone sent a lengthy email to HQ con demning a JWV position and a few days later followed with a nasty email because he had yet to get a response. Understand that neither the staff nor I are interrupt-driven. Correspondence is carefully evaluated before responding but that takes time. Past National Commander Edwin M. Robins passed away on February 11, 2017, at the age of eighty nine. Ed was born in Pittsburgh, PA, and enlisted in the Army on the day he graduated from high school. He was an Acting Sergeant Major at the time of his discharge. A member of Paul A. Rosenblum Post 44 in Cleveland, Ohio, Ed held many positions in his Post. He also served in all positions in the JWV Department of Ohio and had been Department Commander twice. He was a Representative at the Louis Stokes Brecksville Hospital for over 30 years and had over 8,000 volunteer hours at both Wade Park and Brecksville Hospitals. He was elected to the Ohio Hall of Fame in 2006, and was a member of the American Legion. Ed served for 30 years on both the Joint Veterans Commission of Cuyahoga County and the Memorial Day Association of Cuyahoga County, and he was President of each organization three times. At the National Level of JWV, he served as National Adjutant, a member of the National Executive Committee, on the Resolutions and Awards Committees, and on the and the National Court. A past Director of JWV's L. Rosen Member of the Year Award, he was elected as the 2009-10 National Commander of the Jewish War Veterans of the USA at JWVs 114th National Convention. Ed, who worked as the State Manager for Bankers Life and Casualty Company, was mar ried to former Helene Goldberg for 57 years. She is also deceased. They have three children, sons Michael and Joel and daughter Shari, and two grandchildren, Eliana and Odelya. May his memory be a blessing. PNC EDWIN ROBINS 1928-2017In Memoriam Let me share a humorous example a World War II veteran approached me with his recent bill from the DVA pharmacy and wanted to know why they hadnt credited his most recent pay ment. (I was able to provide him with a phone number to call.) Lastly, a heartwarming example another World War II veteran told me the story of an in cident that happened to him while in the service. He lit up he spoke as if it occurred only yes terday not over seventy years ago. He seemed rejuvenated. Accordingly, let me urge you all to take the opportunity to have conversations with other veterans and let those who want to tell you about their service do so. God Bless the United States of America.FROM THE COMMANDERContinued from previous page
6 all Gold Star family members in the audience were asked to speak about fallen loved ones. It was a touching and emotional evening. We are honored that Mrs. Karen Kelly was our keynote speaker. Her son, 1st Lt. Robert Kelly, was killed by a roadside bomb during a foot patrol in 2010. Mrs. Kelly and her husband, Secretary of Homeland Security General John F. Kelly, chose to channel their grief into something positive to honor their son. As a Gold Star fam ily, they created the First Lieutenant Robert Kelly Memorial Scholarship in 2011. Mrs. Kelly spoke about her own experienc es growing up in a military family, marrying a member of the military, and raising a family that moved constantly due to relocations and deploy ments. She described the feeling becoming the base mother when the units were deployed, how the families would work together, meet regularly, and offer support. Her descriptions of her son and his love of country resonated with everyone in the room, many of whom had lost a loved one during war. We are grateful to our donors, sponsors, and attendees for joining us and supporting this worthy cause. Because of you, JWVF donat ed $5,000 each to Gold Star Wives, Gold Star Mothers, TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors), and the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundations First Lieutenant Robert Kelly Memorial Scholarship. Representatives from each of the aforementioned organizations were in attendance, and were honored for their dedi Gold Star FamiliesContinued from page 1 Karen Kelly and the evening's Master of Ceremonies, PNC Dr. Robert Pickard. Kathy Moakler accepts a donation on behalf of Tradegy Assistance program for Surviors (TAPS). Donna Eldridge, Lupe Maguire, JWV NED Herb Rosenbleeth, and Rose Lee hold the check that was presented to the Gold Star Wives. Beth Agami, Janice Chance, Mona Gunn, and Esther Wolfer accept a donation to the American Gold Star Mothers. weekend held during Passover and the (TALO) will represent JWV, gifting kippot to the Cadets. He is also hosting a showing of True Honor, a Department of California-sponsored documentary about Jewish Medal of Honor recipients. A highlight of the weekend is a talk given by Maj. Gen. David A. Rubenstein (USA, ret.) who served for 35 years as a military healthcare manager and is a proud Life member of San Antonio Post 753! A graduate and Cadet of Texas A&M, he returns to his alma mater to discuss how career path: I had designs in college of eventually going to graduate school to become a physical therapist. I applied to two programs and was the number-one alternate at each. Both told me to reapply the following year. I graduated from college and was commissioned a lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps. I was interested in healthcare, and if I was going to be in the Army, that was what I wanted to do. My interest in healthcare is centered on taking care of soldiers and their families. That is what has driven me. Interestingly enough, a year later when it was time to reapply to the two physical therapy programs, I found myself in Germany as a medical platoon leader in charge of 35 medics and two providers and taking care of 800 infantrymen. I was enjoying myself and never reapplied to those physical therapy programs. One of those two programs was the Army graduate program in physical therapy, over which I am now the commanding general (Journal of Healthcare Management, May/June 2012). To register or refer a Cadet, simply email JWWAggieland@gmail.com. JWVF is pleased to sponsor Texas A&Ms inaugural Jewish Warrior Weekend!
7 www.jwv.org Volume 71 Number 1 2017 The Jewish Veteran This year, the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting took on a new role. In addition to being a gathering of JWV leadership and NEC members (representatives of each Department) policy, the four day conference also featured new meetings, training sessions, and workshops. It is a misconception that the NEC is only one daythe meeting itself always is held on a Friday afternoon, in addition to other meetings and workshops that all members are encouraged to attend! set aside for JWV members to visit their Congressional representatives to advocate for veterans and Jewish issues. JWV provides a list of national legislative priorities, and members are also encouraged to discuss concerns relating to veterans in their local communities as well. This year, in an effort to be more focused and effec tive, we held a Capitol Hill Action Day (CHAD) preparations, get feedback, and begin collecting data for next year. [Editors note: If you partici back survey, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.] The Policy Committee, which meets to dis cuss potential changes to JWV doctrine, tradi segment. This year, we held a panel featuring a discussion on Veterans and Mental Health. Our panelists were Emily Blair, Manager of Advocacy Campaigns at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and Dr. Howard Schulman, Chief of Psychology at the Washington, DC, VA Medical Center. They discussed topics ranging to seek assistance in dealing with mental and be havioral illnesses such as PTSD and depression. As is true for all JWV meetings, all members are welcome and encouraged to come hear both the speaker and the debate, although only committee mem bers can vote on any proposed actions to be taken. There were several new and infor mative workshops, in addition to the regular meetings this year. One of these was a Fundraising 101 workshop with Adam Tennen, the Chief Development Washington. Members who attended this workshop learned effective fund raising strategies and shared informa tion about what other Posts around the country do to raise money for their lo cal programs. Mr. Tennen also stressed the need to think outside of the box and the importance of a good 30 second elevator speech to promote JWV. Rabbi Irving Elson, Director of the Jewish Welfare Board (JWB) Jewish Chaplains Council, gave a presentation about JWBs purpose and history (the organization is celebrating its cen tennial this year). It was a great re minder that JWV and JWB have a long, and often intertwined, history of working toward a similar goal to help the Jewish men and women who have been called to the line of duty. Elson also shared some thoughts on how our two organi zations can partner together in the future on both a local and national level. For example, we are in the early discussion phases of creat ing an Adopt a Chaplain program in which a chaplain would be paired with a JWV Post. Then, no matter where that chaplain is based, the Post can communicate and coordinate with him/her to help make home feel a little less far on base may have, such as matzah for Passover or candles for Chanukah. Programs and Public Relations Coordinator Jordana Green Laurent shared ways Posts can model their leadership structures on how many couraged to think of Post leadership as a mecha nism of business. In addition to a comparison of common board roles to JWV positions that are in our bylaws, she also encouraged attendees to 2017 CAPITOL HILL ACTION DAYS & NEC LEADERSHIP TRAINING CONFERENCE JWV members Greg Lee and Marsha Schjolberg the JCC of Greater Washington. JWV members from the Department of New Jersey met with Rep. Josh Gottheimer (NJ-05) as part of Capitol Hill Action Day.Continued on page 17 Members from the Department of CT met with their representative on the Hill, Senator John Larson. From left: Elliott and Elissa Donn, PNC Jerry Blum, Senator John Larson, PNP Joanne Blum, Jerrold Baggish, and Marty Levitz. Rabbi Irving Elson, Director of Jewish Welfare Board (JWB), talked about opportunuties for JWB and JWV to partner together in the future.
8 By Falk Cantor Lt Col (Ret.) Maury Rosenberg was a US Air and was one of the relatively small number of Air nicknamed the Blackbird, was the Air Forces higher than any other aircraft in the world. Lt Col Rosenberg, a native of Southern California, graduated from Northrup Institute of Technology in 1964 with a degree in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering. After graduation, he joined the Air Force and was commissioned as a ed his pilot wings at Laughlin AFB in Del Rio, Texas. Maury was then assigned to the backseat of a McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom, a two-seat Maury served 11 months at Cam Ranh Bay North Vietnam. The majority of the other sor ties were close air support missions over South the backseat of the F-4 including bombing runs and other weapons deliveries in combat. He then volunteered for a consecutive overseas tour and was assigned to Yokota AFB, Japan, for three years during which he upgraded to the front seat of the F-4. While at and neutralize SAM (surface-to-air missle) missile sites. From Japan, Maury was assigned to Nellis Air Force Base (AFB) in Las Vegas, Nevada, for a 30 month tour Weasel pilot and gradu ated from the presti gious Air Force Fighter Weapons School. He served as an instructor in both the Fighter weapons systems. The Vietnam War ended while Maury was at Nellis, and he was reunited with several friends who had been POWs. This was for Maury, as he lost numerous friends in the War. His roommate, who he saw get shot down, spent over six years in the Hanoi Hilton. Maury experi enced mixed emo tions of joy and guilt that haunt him even today. Maury left Nellis after volun teering for and be ing accepted into the Air Forces secret SR-71 program at Beale AFB, California. The SR-71 was developed by Lockheed Aircrafts famed Skunk Works and was a long-range pho tographic and electronic reconnaissance aircraft mph) and 85,000 feet, attributes that enabled it to outrace any threats. Only 32 SR-71s were built erational missions in the SR-71 throughout its 25 plus years of service. The SR-71 conducted op erational (spy) missions over virtually every hot spot in the world including North Vietnam, North Korea, Cuba, Libya, the Suez Canal, and parts of Russia; no SR71 was ever lost to enemy action. Maury had two tours at Beale for a total of over the SR-71. He was an SR-71 instruc tor pilot and has tinction of having history: 1,090 hours. However, he had two major incidents while 3 and 78,000 feet when the right engine suffered the right engine lost but during the supersonic de of cockpit pressurization and all electrical power except for battery operated systems. Maury and thereby recovering safely. The second event Maury was involved in was an international incident. On August 26, 1981, missile at Maurys SR-71. Maury obtained a visual sighting of the missile and while Major Ed McKim, the RSO, employed jamming tech sile. This incident received the attention of senior members of the US government and made the front page of the New York Times. speeds in excess of Mach 3, the fastest General in an illustrious career. Director of Reconnaissance, 15th Air Force, at March AFB, CA. He retired from the Air Force as a Lt Col. in June 1987 and completed his avia ing in 2003 as a Boeing 767/757 Captain. Maury and his wife Carolyn, a former Air AFB, currently reside in Southern California. Lt Col Maury Rosenberg, US Air Force (Ret.)An Air Force Career of Flying, Fighting, and Spying Lt Col Rosenberg, left, and Major Ed McKim, his 71 Blackbird. Photo courtesy of Lt Col Rosenberg. Blackbird. Photo courtesy of Lt Col Rosenberg.
9 www.jwv.org Volume 71 Number 1 2017 The Jewish Veteran Lance Allen Wang, Assoc. Editor In one of the classic books on the evolution of American warfare, historian Russell Weigley described how conventional American war fare developed into a strategy of send bullets, not men. Indeed, it is a fundamental truism of American warfare that there is a trade-off be tween large numbers of American casualties and public support for military operations. This aversion provided the impetus for development of weaponry with longer range, higher capacity and more power, in addition to other technolo gies which served to reduce casualties among American servicemen and women. The imme diacy of wartime media coverage combined with the willingness of the press to show the human cost of war has helped spur the further leverage of technology to extend our military capabilities The newest developments are movers and shooters which are completely unmanned weap ons indeed, when we look back on the Global War on Terrorism, armed unmanned aerial drones will likely be seen as the most important technology to emerge. ROOTS IN WORLD WAR II Creating robotic technology was a natural exten sion of the American strategy to reduce casu alties. As with many explorations of new tech nology, it had both failures and triumphs in its development. Perhaps one of the most famous failures was the BQ-8, which was a robot B-24 Liberator bomber, used in Operation Aphrodite in 1944. and exploding. The plan called for a pilot and co-pilot to get the bomber off the ground, arm the explosives, and bail out. Then, under radio control, the bomber would crash into its target. The target for one mission was Nazi sub pens at Heligoland in the North Sea. Soon after the ex plosives were armed, the BQ-8 detonated, killing the two crewmen on board before they could bail out. One of them was Navy Lieutenant Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., brother of future President John F. Kennedy. In all, there were 14 missions in Operation Aphrodite during 1944-45. None of them were successful. EXPANDING CAPABILITIES IN VIETNAM were turned into unmanned photo and electronic called for the Firebee to be launched by C-130 path or piloted by a remote operator, then recov ered in midair by a specially designed helicop ter. The US military learned a great deal about drones during the Vietnam War, knowledge which would help make unmanned aerial vehi cles (UAVs) commonplace decades later. THE MIDDLE EASTERN TESTBED test bed for technology and doctrine the Yom Kippur War pointed out the limitations of air power against surface to air missiles, and the lim itations of armor against wire-guided anti-tank missiles while at the same time helped develop combined arms solutions to these challenges. Israels 1982 operations in Lebanon against Syria demonstrated the value of integrating operational (as opposed to experimental) drone aircraft into the role of reconnaissance and electronic war fare. Currently, Israel has a robust and developed drone program. UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES COME INTO THEIR OWN After limited use in Desert Storm, the United States increased its development and use of unmanned aerial vehicles, including for strike pilot risk made them excellent for post-strike assessment also. By the time of the Global War on Terrorism, the ability to arm drones, as demonstrated on the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper drones, marked an evolutionary change in warfare the truest manifestation of send bullets, not men. Numerous high value targets have been attacked by remotely piloted vehicles. Depending upon the type of strike mission and who is conducting it, pilots are sometimes half a world away, leveraging technology to provide capabilities far beyond what veterans of Operation Aphrodite could have ever imagined. to the air. The use of robots in explosives ordi nance disposal has been very successful and has been integrated into combat operations as a counter-Improvised Explosive Device (IED) measure; again, reducing personnel risk in ex tremely hazardous operations. Current trends in development include autonomous wingmen for robotic ones, controlled by the primary manned vehicle. However, unmanned land vehicles have not yet developed the kind of durability and reli ability for them to assume some of the load of land-based warfare. POTENTIAL PITFALLS, AND THE FUTURE From a technological standpoint, other than the as an obvious next step for robotic technology Send Bullets, Not Men. Oh, and Robots.Send RobotsA B-24 Liberator bomber those used as 'robots' in Operation Aphrodite. DC-130 mounted Firebees. MQ-9 Reaper armed drone taxis for takeoff in Afghanistan, 2007.Continued on page 14
10 MEMBERSHIP CORNERI am sure many of you saw the job description for Membership Committee Chair in the last issue of The Jewish Veteran. I have held the job for a num ber of years and am now reducing my commit involved in membership my labor of love but ity applicants to step into the role. Ultimately, our leadership chose Barry Lischinsky from the Department of Massachusetts. By August at our National Convention, Barry will be Co-Chair and taking lead with my full support. Currently, we are over halfway through member year 2017 and our membership renew al rates are troubling. The latest January Alpha Rosters show a potential loss of members that dues for 2017, please do so as soon as possible. invoice, which even offered an option for renew ing online. All Posts should follow-up with dues reminder notices in April and May. Experience has shown these personalized letters to be effec tive appeals. Recruiting new members is also of vital im portance. To ensure the health and longevity of our organization, a national task force of post9/11 veterans has formed to develop programs and recruitment material relevant to them. Many of these recently recruited young vets have indi cated that they had not heard of JWV, or had not considered joining, until they were approached by an existing member. Therefore, the most ef fective not to mention easiest way for you to ensure the future of JWV is to continue wordof-mouth recruitment. And once they do attend a meeting, make them feel included, ask them what sort of events or volunteering they are in terested in, and listen. Recruitment is not only about asking, but also about listening. Sherman is now the Membership Coordinator and Lauren Hellendall her assistant. They both have backgrounds in support services and both are proud granddaughters of Jewish veterans. The National Membership Department is in good hands. Membership Developments I am happy to introduce PDC Barry Lischinsky as our incoming Member ship Co-Chair. Barry has dedicated his professional career to focusing on the needs of American military vet erans and active duty. He is currently the Deputy Superintendent of Chel sea, MA Soldiers Home and has pre viously worked with JROTC and the National Guard. Barry is eager to get to working on membership retention and recruitment. You can now renew your membership dues online! Check out your most recent bill or go to jwv.org/member ship/renew for instructions. Last but not least: please be on the look-out for a new and improved JWV website in the coming weeks. We are very excited to unveil a more aesthetically pleasing website very soon. Never hesitate to contact the Member feedback you may have. You can reach us at email@example.com or at 202265-6280. We look forward to hearing from you. 7 Questions with a JWV Member1. Tell us a bit about your military service. Like my grandfather and father before me, I my job was to set-up banks in austere condi I became a Turkish linguist. I never got shot, I earned two degrees, traveled the world, and learned another language. Military service made me a better person. I cant emphasize enough how the military truly offers you an opportunity to better yourself. 2. What was a special moment for you, as a Jew, serving in the military? In 1999, I was stationed at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota. There was a defunct synagogue in the small town of Minot. Founded by frontier Jews in the late 19th century, the synagogue was in decent condition, but was open maybe twice a year at that point, for high holidays. So, a couple of buddies and I worked to reopen it. In the process, I became more Jew ish. It deepened my faith. And my friend, Major Michael Bram, became a rabbi because of that experience and he is still serving as a Chaplain, stationed in Anchorage at the moment. 3. What is one of your fondest JWV memories? I was recruited into JWV through my syna gogue in Carrollwood, north Tampa. Id never experienced that sort of community before. There were veterans of all generations Viet nam, WWII, Desert Storm and wed gather, socialize, share. I really enjoyed my time in Tampa. There was great scenery, good work, and that JWV experience really adds to the positive feelings I have about that time. 4. If you could improve, or completely invent, a JWV program to improve our service, what would you do and why? I love what youve started with the members-be low-age-55-group [Jewish American Warriors] and I think well be more successful if we work with Aleph or JWB to improve our contact with active duty Jews. You know, when youre in ba sic training, you tend to become more religious. You rely on that comfort. So, youre probably connected with a Chaplain or outside group like JWV. But then you leave basic and get lost in the process. Theres not a good handoff system in place. Thats where JWV should enter the picture become the point-of-contact to keep By PDC Bob Richter, National Membership Chairman Member: Aaron Scheer Post: Albert S. Aronovitz Post 373-FL Current Residence: Tel Aviv, Israel Military Service: US Air Force, 1996 2014, Operation Northern Watch, Operation Enduring Freedom, 4 NATO Tours Member since year: 2000 Continued on page 15 New!
11 www.jwv.org Volume 71 Number 1 2017 The Jewish Veteran When George Washington Parke Custis, the peak of a stretching verdant slope to con struct Arlington House, his primary goal was to build a mansion with a view of the planned Federal City (later named Washington, DC). A respectful intention, to be sure, but an ac decision to capture the property sixty years later. The view was not simply beautiful, but also a strategic outlook for the men in blue. Now over 600 acres with 400,000 graves, Custis property transformed into Americas sacred ground, Arlington National Cemetery (ANC). Arlington House and the surround military installations, including the Pentagon. American service members from every war have been buried or reinterred at ANC. Additionally, presidents, Supreme Court Justices, and slaves who perished during the Civil War have been laid to rest. The US Army manages ANC, unlike the 133 cemeteries across the nation administered by the VA National Cemetery Administration. While that results in slightly different eligibility For many, burial at Arlington goes beyond honor. It is a place to remain in the arms of broth ers and sisters to sustain the comradery only service members understand. During a 2010 interview with CBS anchor Harry Smith, former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell remarked, When I walk through Arlington what strikes me is, when you look at these headstones and tombstones, you cant tell what color they were, what part of the country when you step back and just look across, lined up the way they are 300,000 of them you see all has been blessed to have greatness in every sin gle generation. Seven years later and 100,000 more veterans strictions. It is simply running out of space. Space and Requirement IssuesSmall swaths of land abutting the cemetery have Service, Department of Defense, US Army, and even Arlington County over the past 25 years. Dubbed the Millennium Project, the expansion has been slow going. Changes include restructur ing a roadway and major interchange, as well as assessing the environmental impact of destroy ing old growth woodlands edging the Arlington House. Even with the additional land, ANC cannot keep pace with the growing needs of WWII and Korean War veterans. The cemetery is expected to reach capacity in 2050. There is a possibility of purchasing private land that would extend the date to 2072. Debating the Course of ActionThe Advisory Committee on Arlington National Cemetery (ACANC), a federally-chartered inde pendent committee that advises the Secretary of the Army, has been considering 14 options that include expanding land and changing eli rowed down the choices to two courses of action.Both Courses of Action include:1. Expectation that the current land expansion is complete. 2. Adopting the VA National Cemetery Currently, a person need only serve one day to meet ANC eligibility. Major differences lie within the changes changes. The more restrictive plan, for instance, would keep the cemetery open as far out as 2265. The changes, however, are alarming to Veteran Service Organizations and their constituents. Our most pressing concern is for the large population of aging retirees. Currently theyre eligible for interment at Arlington, so many have already made arrangements. If you take that away over the next few years, whats going to happen to them? asks JWV National Executive Director and President of The Military Coalition, Herb Rosenbleeth.MOAA Leads the Charge (MOAA) has been conducting veteran surveys to provide feedback to congress, which ultimately controls the funding of ANC. Worried that the advisory Committee is not hearing the VSO voice, MOAA is leading the charge to speak di rectly to Congress.Concerns to Address If the least inclusive restrictions are implement ed, what does that mean for ANCs relevancy? Will fewer people visit the cemetery? If ANC purchases additional land that is noncontiguous, does that make burials less special? And if non-contiguous land is used, how does that affect the operations of the staff who perform burial rites? If retirees can no longer be laid to rest at ANC, will additional cemeteries be opened and/or will other cemeteries lessen their restrictions? JWV encourages its members to get involved. Follow MOAAs efforts on by reading their Retiree Issues at www.moaa.org. Stay up to date on the Advisory Committees progress at www.arlingtoncemetery.mil. Finally, call your Congressmembers and voice your opinion. Those who serve our country honorably have the right to a military funeral, but where? Have your say. Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Photo credit: Wknight94 via Wikimedia Commons. Course of Action OneNext 1 3 years Adopt 24-month service rule; Expand southern land 3-10 years Change eligibility for inand above-ground burials of Medal of Honor (MOH) recipients, KIA active duty, and retirees 10 20 years Change eligibility to MOH and KIA active duty only Course of Action TwoNext 1 3 years Adopt 24-month service rule; Expand southern land; Prohibit future monument erections 3-10 years Change eligibility for inand above-ground burials of MOH, KIA active duty, and retirees; Begin campaign to acquire adjacent land; Set aside 20k spaces for MOH and KIA 10 20 years Change eligibility to MOH and KIA active duty only Negotiate for adjacent land Reimagine ways to use spaceDeciding the Future of Arlington National Cemetery
12 JWV IN ACTION Members of Post 757 TXs Honor Guard attended the Bat Mitzvah of a young lady whose school mitzvah project was geared towards the Jewish War Veterans. From left: Barry Mann, Bob Kaplan, Francesca Stuart, Mike Miller, and Audrey. Photo courtesy of Bam Rubenstein. Post 605 of Kansas City has conducted a Holiday Gifts for Vets Program for more than 13 years delivering Gift Bags to Veterans at the VA Hospital and Domiciliary in Leavenworth, KS, and to the VA Hospital and the St. Michaels Veterans Center in Kansas City. In December 2016, they assembled over 435 Gift Bags for delivery. Photo credit: Steven Schorr. On January 2nd, Post 220 MA was represented as part of the veterans organizations who participated in the honor guard for the inauguration of Peabodys Mayor, Edward A. Bettencourt, Jr. This event also commemorated the 100th anniversary of Peabody becoming a city. Pictured from left to right are Sydney Gold, Jacob Romo, Mark Tolpin, Barry Lischinsky, and Morris Sack. Photo credit: Jack Romo. On Dec. 17th, Post 400 FL members served food to the Homeless Veterans of Lee County and their families at the Hearts and Homes for Veterans Annual Christmas Party. The Post supplied toys for all the children. Photo credit: Harvey Charter. Post 239 PA met with 5th and 6th grade students of the Jewish Day School of the Lehigh Valley. JWV members Jerry Farris, Maur Levan, and Sheila Berg spoke with the students about their experiences in the military, as each JWV member is from a different era of the Military. The students were interested and asked great questions. Photo credit: Sheila Berg. Gold Star mother Beth Agami holds the Jewish War Veterans Flag displaying her sons name and the name of two other veterans FL changed the name of the Post in 2013 to honor the three veterans. On the right is Richard Rosenzweig, Commander of Post Beach. Photo credit: Sid Birns. Commander George Barnett, Post 65 NV, presented a check to NVAL President Bob left: Morris Dubin, Chaplain; Mike Sinderman, Quartermaster; PDC Ed Kranson, George Barnett, Bob Garlow, President NVAL Julie Boyster, Coordinator/Secretary NVAL.
13 www.jwv.org Volume 71 Number 1 2017 The Jewish Veteran JWV IN ACTION Henry Lapidus, of Post 125 NJ, was among 15 Second World War veterans awarded the Insignia of the French Legion of Honor at a Veterans Day 2016 ceremony at the Lyce Franais de New York by Mme Claire Legendre, Consul general of France in New York, and by Mr. Guy Wildenstein, President of the American Society of the French Legion of Honor. Lapidus served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946 and was with the 276th Infantry Regiment in France and Germany. Photo courtesy of Sid Marshall. California JWV NEC members visit Congressman Darrell Issas Pictured from left to right, CAPT Marsha Schjolberg, Mathew Millen, staffer Veronica Wong, and PNC COL Maxwell S Coln. Members of Post 753 TX serve dinner to military members and their families at the Warrior and Family Service Center, Ft. Sam Houston, TX. The Post sponsors the dinner twice yearly. Pictured serving are David Solomon, Denise MinerWilliams, Natalie Barath, Norton Shectman, and Emily Sparks. Photo credit: Herschel L. Sheiness. JWV Department of New Jersey and Post 126 NJ sponsored a Chanukah Party on December 29 at Joint Base McGuire/ Dix/ Lakehurst. From left to right, Colonel Nelson L Mellitz, Department Commander Al Adler, Brig Gen Mike Cunniff, Colonel Frederick Thaden, Chaplain (Rbbi, LtCol) Yaakov Bindell, and Major Menashe Miller. On February 5, 2017, Post 210 AZ held a Super Bowl 51 Party for approximately 40 of the residents of the Arizona State Veteran Home. Pizza and non-alcoholic beverages were served by members of Post 210. Everyone enjoyed the shocking comeback of the New England Patriots in the 4th quarter to win 34 to 28 over the Atlanta Falcons. Photo credit: Steven Troy. On Sunday, February 5, at the Livingston, NJ Senior/Community Center, there was a special service honoring four U.S. Army chaplains who died aboard the Dorchester in 1943, after it was torpedoed by a German submarine. The chaplains on the ship distributed life jackets, but there weren't enough, so they gave their own life jackets to the troops. Then they linked arms as the slant of the deck increased and went down with the ship, losing their lives along with 668 of the other men on board that terrible night. Pictured above are four participants in the program linking arms, just like the chaplains did. From left: Tony Ciccone, VFW Post 2856 Commander; Roger Flartey, JWV Post 760 Commander; Dr. Frederick Friedman, American Legion Post 201 Commander, and Charlie Quinn, VFW Post 2856 Chaplain. Photo courtesy of Roger Flartey. Members of the Post 336 NY during the all veterans. Pictured (right) is 90-yearold World War II veteran Stan Feltman with Marty Kupferberg, poppy drive coordinator. Photo credit: Alan Golnick.
14 By Adam Lammon, JWV Programs Assistant through factual analyses, but instead rely on ab stract metrics such as perception and emotion. Therefore, we often focus on the most salient problems, while ignoring the discreet, but truly deleterious. For example, despite an extensive war on terror, vast oceanic buffers separating us from mestic security apparatus, a 2016 poll by the Pew Research Center found that 40% of Americans believe terrorists can strike our homeland with greater ability than after September 11, 2001. We feel vulnerable to terrorism not because it actual ly poses an immediate or likely threat to our per sonal security, but because we think that it does. Terrorists seek to exploit the medias cover age of violence to incite public fear and provoke a political overreaction that changes the nature disconcerting that we dismiss that the statistical likelihood of being killed by a terrorist is minis cule compared to our chances of being killed by policymakers are often unable to concentrate on other problems without appearing negligent. Our prioritization of security threats has been manipulated by hostile actors and it is impera tive that we shift attention to the neglected, but enduring hazards, such as the obesity epidemic. To argue that obesity is threatening American national security is sure to engender incredulity and amusement in shallow observers, but this is due to the issues framing as an individual prob lem, rather than a security one. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than 2/3 of American adults are over weight, while one in three are obese. Among children, 1/3 are overweight, while one in six are obese. Mission Readiness, a nongovernmental organization representing over 600 retired admi rals, generals, and top military leaders, released a report in 2010 which noted that 27% of young (this percentage balloons to over 50% when other health problems are included). Then when one young Americans lack a high school diploma) and prior convictions such as a felony or misde meanor (10%), the enormity of the problem is re vealed: at least 75% of Americans aged 17 to 24, 26 million young Americans are currently ineli Due to technological innovations such as autonomous weapons, detractors may military readiness because the utility of large ground forces has become dubious and the prospect of great-power land wars fantastical. Unfortunately, contingencies are nearly impossible to predict and skepticism must not result in complacency. Despite our acceptance of the all-volunteer force, we should not disregard the possibility of having to reinstate the draft in the future. If that day is coming soon, we We have failed to effectively combat obesity because we have fundamentally misunderstood that people do not eat foods and nutrients, such as fats or sugars, in isolation, but in combinations as part of an overall eating pattern. In an article for Undark Magazine, Dr. Alice Lichtenstein, vice chair of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, succinctly explained that Americans switching to low fat cookies does not solve the To reverse this trend, we must transform the way that both the public and corporations view food. We can no longer afford to allow companies follow governmental dietary guidelines without actually encouraging healthier eating. Tolerating this behavior only makes us complacent in our societal degradation. Moreover, obesitys linchpin is what the World Health Organization calls an energy im balance between calories consumed and calories expended, which can only be solved by smarter dietary choices. Even exercise, which the United Kingdoms Academy of Medical Royal Colleges has called the miracle cure because it reduces a multitude of physical and mental ailments, is a very poor way to burn calories. The only option is to eat less while stressing a balanced diet and teaching our children good habits at school and home. Changing Americas dietary behaviors is admittedly an arduous task, but we must make the effort now to address the silent killers harm ing us from within and not just the obstreperous ones from without. is a decision fraught with risk if it is delegated strategic nuclear warfare shall a computer make the decision determining if an attack is real, and should we delegate our retaliation decision to a computer? Just the same should a drone determine if a target is the high value one we are seeking, and shall its digital innards make the decision to shoot? The other challenge we face is the delu sion of bloodless warfare which drone warfare seems to promise on the surface. We may ways have to send men and women with an accompanying cost in blood and treasure. book on the Korean War, This Kind of War: A Study in Unpreparedness, Americans in 1950 rediscovered something that since Hiroshima they had forgotten: you it, atomize, pulverize it and wipe it clean of life but if you desire to defend it, protect it and keep it for civilization, you must do this on the ground, the way the Roman legions did, by putting your young men in the mud.Send Bullets, Not MenContinued from page 9 How Perception Eats Away At Our National Security 75% of Americans aged 17 to 24 (26 million young Americans) are currently ineligible to ght for our country.
15 www.jwv.org Volume 71 Number 1 2017 The Jewish Veteran Book review by Sheldon A. Goldberg, Ph.D. Docent/Historian, NMAJMH One of the greatest fears of airmen dur ing World War II especially Jewish air men was to be shot down and captured by the Nazis. Allied airmen, regardless of their religion, were labeled archy. Many of those downed over German terri tory were captured and sent to POW camps, the less fortunate were lynched by German civilians, shot on sight by German soldiers, or if captured by the Gestapo, tortured and then killed. Those shot down in France and not captured by the Nazis but rescued by French citizens and given ers were extremely lucky and smuggled out of France. Staff Sergeant Arthur Meyerowitz, a gunner who was shot down over France on his second mission on 31 December 1944 was one of the lucky ones. The Lost Airman is the amazing true story of his 6-month journey with the help of the French resistance to escape from Nazioccupied France. Injuring his back after cutting himself out of the tree in which he landed after bailing out of his burning B-24, Meyerowitz takes a chance and walks to a French farmhouse to seek help from its occupants. His luck holds out the French family are in close contact with a French resis tance group, the Morhange and its leader, Marcel Taillandier. Marcel takes Arthur and his journey through a number of safe houses begins. He is taught to be and act like a deaf mute to avoid pos sible capture by the Nazis, always on the look out for downed airmen. The perilous journey takes him through France to Toulouse where he over the Pyrenees into Spain and eventually to Gibraltar and Allied control. Aside from the description of Arthurs jour ney, there are a number of excellent reasons any one interested in World War II history should read this well-written book. First, it tells the story of the Aviation Cadet program due to an accident it is the story of an individual with tremendous will power, fortitude and courage that enabled him in order to survive. Third, it provides an incupation authorities. Finally, it describes the her oism of those patriotic French men and women who faced torture and death rather than give up the names of their resistance colleagues. The Lost Airman is based on Arthur Meyerowitzs escape debrief, post-war letters from his French rescuers, and interviews with Arthurs brother Seymour, and the narration reads easily like a novel. Whatever literary li cense that was taken, smoothly bridges gaps and is factually based and logical, portraying Arthur The Lost Airman:A True Story of Escape from Nazi Occupied FranceBy Seth Meyerowitz with Peter F. StevensCommittee ReportsDevelopment Report By PNC Monte Mayer, Chairman The function of this committee is to raise funds for JWV by sending direct mail to our members, donors, and supporters. We send four different appealsan annual calendar, mailing labels, a and High Holiday cards. Over the years these have been successful campaigns, and we have The year 2017 is no different, many of you which is the Annual Calendar. Please understand that these premiums that we mail are not the pose of fundraising. If a response with a check is not heard for a number of years, your name is removed from our mailing list. There have been instances where some donors name was removed as the entire process goes through a number of hands. None of these items are done in house. We have to use outside sources. Printing is done at one site, then forwarded to the mail organization, We consistently ask our members and donors to notify us that you failed to receive a premium mailing, and we certainly will replace the item. Suggestions are always welcome, and we hope you will enjoy and utilize our products. By Hannah Deutch, Chairwoman I am very happy and proud to give this report as it shows an increase over many previous years. I knew you could do it and I thank you, but I will keep on prodding you as we need more and more money in years ahead. The existence of the meeting on every level and they should be avail able for sale by the Fundraising Chairman at all times. Thank you again and keep up the good work. our servicemembers engaged with their Jewish heritage. 5. What display of patriotism, in your commu nity or otherwise, makes you the proudest? Both of my grandfathers served in WWII and my father served in the Vietnam era. All have since been buried with military honors. I have proud. The entire legacy of military service makes me so proud. 6. What is your favorite Passover tradition or memory? In 2002, I was stationed at Incirlik Air Base in Adana, Turkey. I celebrated Passover with Turkish Jews. There was about 30 of us at the minyan and then I went home with one of the families for the Seder. It was an amazing, wel coming moment. Spaceballs. I saw it in the theater with my best friend when I was 14 years-old. And I just recently introduced it to my 10 year-old son, Sagiv. So much fun! If youd like to connect with Aaron, he is the lead writer on the satirical blog The Daily Freier. (firstname.lastname@example.org) Want to know what your everyday JWV member is like? Then lets play 7 questions! Contact Cindy P. Chambers (email@example.com) if you wish to be featured.7 Questions Continued from page 10
16 NEW MEMBERS Attention veterans who served aboard the U.S.S. John R. Craig DD885. The U.S.S. John R. Craig DD885 Association will be having its 27th reunion on September 6-10, 2017 in Norfolk, Virginia. The point of contact for this reunion is the Association Secretary, Jerry Chwalek, who can be reached at (734) 5251469 and firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit www.ussjohnrcraig.com. The Association of the USS Hornet (CVAir Groups, Crew, Marines, and families to the Hilton Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri on September 13-17, 2017 for its 69th Reunion. The associations contact is its secretary, Sandy Burket, who can be reached at (814) 224-5063 or email@example.com. Visit their website http:// www.usshornetassn.com/ for more information. Attention Brothers in Arms who served with the 3/5 Cavalry, 9th Infantry Division, RVN 1965-1973! Your brothers are eager to re26-30, 2017 in Columbus, GA. If you cannot attend, please get in touch with us anyway. Please contact Al Cavasin at (517) 524-6228 firstname.lastname@example.org, Richard Wandoff at (561) 747-2282 email@example.com, or Mike Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org Veterans of the Armys renowned 1st Infantry Division, the Big Red One, will hold their 98th Annual Reunion in Kansas City, Missouri from July 26-30, 2017 at the Westin Kansas City at Crown Center. Everyone who ever served in the First Infantry Division or any unit attached to it is cordially invited to attend the reunion. More information can be found on our website at www.1stID.org or by phone (215) 654-1969 or email SFIDPA@gmail.com Post 425 NY is hosting a seder on April 11 for veterans and active-duty personnel with no where to go for the second seder. RSVP is ASAP at 845-357-2990. Space is limited. If you are interested in participating in JWV's information table during Rolling Thunder on Sunday, May 28, email JWV@jwv.org. DEPARTMENT AT LARGE Samy Fineman-100 Linda Faust-100 DEPARTMENT OF CALIFORNIA Barry Benn-185 Sandra Fichter-385 Irving Garber-680 Jack Kaplan-603 Sheila Kodimer-603 Robert Taylor-617 Robert Lewis-185 Frank Paplanus-752 Muriel Zollman-603 DEPARTMENT OF CONNECTICUT Howard Goralnick-45 Maxine Klein-51 DEPARTMENT OF FLORIDA Joel Banow-202 Carl Barrish-639 Fineman Edward-631 Hal Levin-819 Merlin Lickhalter-202 Herbert Needle-440 MurraySteinberg-300 Conrad Wicks-172 DEPARTMENT OF ILLINOIS Stephen Braverman-54 Lee Silverglade-800 Bob-Zavell-800 DEPARTMENT OF MARYLAND Kevin Kent-167 Mike Zippert-167 Philip Goldberg-567 Philip Justus-692 GeraldPerlman-692 DEPARTMENT OF MASSACHUSSETTS Morris Azrin-735 Deborah Butler-157 Stephen Golden-157 Morris Seigal-157 Gerald Isenberg-211 Juan Rivera-157 Stephen Shimberg-74 DEPARTMENT OF MINNESOTA Leonard Wall-331 DEPARTMENT OF NEVADA Steven Cook-65 Howard Levine-65 Phyllis Miller-65 Harold Schwartz-64 Stephen Seiden-64 Reginald Underwood-65 DEPARTMENT OF NEW JERSEY Stanley Lurie-651 Lloyd Sherman-72 Jeffrey Sherman-972 Sydney Silverman-126 Karen Slutsky-126 Neal Slutsky-126 Sidney Shuster-651 Davis Stephen-126 Inga Jones-Sullivan-795 Robert Von Bargen-126 Richard Wasserman-47 DEPARTMENT OF NEW YORK Eugene Altman-106 Erica Berger-106 Joseph Brier-425 Sidney-Cramer-106 Abraham Finkel106 Harvey Finkelstein-106 Brian Goldstein-1 Peter Hanson-488 David Hendler-425 Howard Hirsch-36 Barry Lefton-106 Daniel Matz-1 Lynn Moore-41 Emanuel Plesent-488 Herman Soblick-652 Ivan Vamos-105 Eugene Vooss-425 Allen Walberg-6 Marc Wolf-1 DEPARTMENT OF OHIO L. Shalom Plotkin-44 DEPARTMENT OF PENNSYLVANIA Elaine Madonick-98 DEPARTMENT OF RHODE ISLAND David Talan-406 DEPARTMENT OF SOUTHEAST Christopher Adams-112 Elijah Alexander-112 Timothy Allen-112 Payton Benzen-112 Frederick Breslow-112 Daniel Caudill-112 Ryan Chastain-112 Kelly Convery-112 Juan Cuba-112 Taylor Davis-112 Drew Dunlop-112 Jesse Ehrenfeld-121 John Ellison-112 Marcos Garcia-112 Jacob Gluckman-112 Joshua Goertz-112 Owen Iverson-112 Aaron Kronick-112 Seung Hyeok Lee-112 Louis Lipsitz-320 Calvin Lueken-112 Charles Lutin-112 Justin Maenlis-112 Sakxit Vang Mingmitviboor-112 Ulisees Miranda-112 Jonathon Ngo-112 Hunter Norris-112 Brandon Nowak-112 Hunter Pedersen-112 Israel Reymero-112 Daniel Roberts-112 Joshua Samet-112 Kurt Sanchez-112 Eric Seo-112 John Swanay-112 Marc Urbach-775 Howard Wagner-112 Trevor Westmoreland-112 Alfred White-112 James Wilson II-112 Eric Windom-112 DEPARTMENT OF TALO David Foland-256 Robert Koppel-580 Jerry Rosenstein-210 David Rubenstein-753 DEPARTMENT OF THE SOUTHWEST Barbara Siegel619 DEPARTMENT OF WISCONSIN William-Burns-145 REUNIONS JWV member and centenarian Benjamin Schulman (center), is presented with a PNC Maxwell Colon (left) while Post 385 Commander, Jerry Silverman (right), reads letter from National Commander Carl Singer at the monthly general membership meeting.Mazel Tov, Mr. Schulman!
17 www.jwv.org Volume 71 Number 1 2017 The Jewish Veteran February 20. Under-reported by mainstream me dia, the coordinated threats were often called in at the same time or within hours of each other. The JCCs followed proper procedurescalling the police, informing the ADL, and evacuating the premisesand Jewish institutions across the country are re-evaluating their security measures and assisting the FBI and the ADL in investiga tions. While bomb threats are a tactic often used to incite fear, they still need to be taken seriously. That these threats were coordinated speaks to the likelihood that they were premeditated and the fact that only Jewish buildings were targeted in dicates an anti-Semitic undertone. under the radar. In a strip mall in Philadelphia, a mikveh Jewish ritual bath, was vandalized with were all damaged, while the other storefronts were unscathed. In Washington, DC, the police are investigating a litany of anti-Semitic threats made against a family who voiced support for Black Lives Matter, including a letter with the notorious yellow Jude star. At Hebrew Union in Cincinnati, a sign was spray-painted with a swastika. So many hate crimes have been report ed since November that it would take pages to list them all. While many incidents were perpetrated by anonymous vandals, others were organized and supported publicly. A neo-Nazi group organized (and later cancelled) a march against the Jewish to recruit a Hamas member to speak at the armed march. The coordinators further encouraged attendees to bring copies of Mein Kampf for a neighborhood kids' story hour. March orga nizer Andrew Anglin originally picked January 16, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, as the James Earl Ray Day Extravaganza. This event was nesses, and everyone who supports the Jews. The names, photos, phone numbers, and addresses of the towns Jewish residents have been made pub lic by an alt-right and white supremacist website, The Daily Stormer. Worthy of note is that this rise in anti-Semitic the United Kingdom, anti-Semitic hate crimes rose by 36 percent in 2016, the highest num bers since the Community Security Trust char ity started keeping records in 1984. On average, there were more than three incidents per day, ranging from vandalism and property damage to Anti-Semitism has persisted through the ages and Jewish history is littered with attempts Hundreds of years later, Jews were massacred in the name of the Crusades. By the 15th cen tury, the Jews had been banished from England, France, and Austria; many of these Jews settled in Eastern Europe. the Jews again, forcing them to either convert or face punishment. In the Italian Papal States, Jews ghettos and the pogroms of the late 19th century were often backed by the Russian tsars, and con tinued through the rise of Nazi-Germany. The found no escape from persecution. It is a sad world we live in when we must a Jewish cemetery was a hate crime, and when our college students are afraid to express their Judaism on campus. Often, anti-Israel and antiZionist sentiment bleeds over into anti-Semitic rhetoric, and many on college campuses seem unable to tell the difference. On September 6, 2016, the Israel on Campus Coalition (ICC) released its annual report for the 2015-2016 academic year. ICC observed that antiIsrael activists have refocused their efforts on dis plays of anti-Israel sentiment, heckling, and disrup tions of Israel-related events that attempt to frighten and silence guest speakers. Conversely, ICC noted that despite these attempted intimidation tactics, there has been a 151 percent increase in pro-Israel activities and rallies on campus overall. At the United Nations' International Holocaust Remembrance Day gathering on January 27, new Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told attend ees that a new normal of public discourse is taking hold, in which prejudice is given a free pass and the door is opened to even more ex treme hatred due to the rise of xenophobia. We must work fervently to reject this trend to the an nals of history. If you, someone you know, or your commu nity experiences anti-Semitism, the ADL has a secure form on its website (adl.org) to report the and be sure to let us know by emailing jwv@jwv. org. Editor's note: This article was written prior to further bomb threats in March. A New Anti-SemitismContinued from page 1 think of ways to get more Post members involved in committees while strengthening the com of the board should be the Post Quartermaster, who would then run the budget committee which would be made up of members of the Post. The penultimate event was the screening of the Department of Californias True Honor an informative documentary about Jewish Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients. It fea tures interviews with Tibor Rubin, after whom the Long Beach Medical Center is now named, and Colonel Jack Jacobs, among many others. Department Commander Greg Lee also shared communities and participate in its screenings. To learn more about this, please contact Greg at email@example.com. To cap off a very busy week was the JWV Foundations Evening Honoring Gold Star Families. To learn more about this fantastic event, please see page one. Thank you to all who participated and to our guest speakers for making this week a huge success! 2017 Capitol Hill / NEC Continued from page 7 is still essential that everyone is aware discuss appropriate rules and procedures,
18 Rhea Sahl Memorial Baby Shower For Pregnant Military WomenWere holding a baby shower for our pregnant military women during our National Convention in San Antonio, Texas on Monday, August 28, 2017. It is one of the ways that we can say Thank You to these women for serving our country. pregnant mom-to-be with items needed for a newborn, such as: Diapers, bath towels and wash cloths, bibs, onesies, bottles, baby lotion, cotton balls, burping cloths, crib sheets, receiving blankets, night clothes, etc. Each baskets costs at least $100.00. If you would like to purchase these items yourself, you may do so. You can send them directly to the hotel, between August 18, 2017 and August 25, 2017. Address packages to : Hilton Palacio Del Rio 200 S. Alamo Street, San Antonio, Texas 78205. Attention Rita Panitz, PNP Convention Chairman JWVA. Elaine Bernstein, PNP Chairman If you would like to donate money, send your check to PNP Rita Panitz to purchase any items for the Stuffed Animal Program or the Sahl Memorial Baby Shower Program. Make your check payable to: Rita Panitz, PNP 858 Cardinal Pointe Cove Sanford, FL 32771. Please earmark which program(s) you are donating to. NATIONAL LADIES AUXILIARY HAND IN HAND WE STAND TALL Dear Sisters, I hope everyone had a great holiday season. Let us not forget that JWVA is the best service organization. Now that the New Year has begun you should think about JWVA and what it teaches us: serving and caring. Serving our veter ans at the VA Hospitals, caring for the veteran with our Grant A Wish Program and Operation New Start. Caring for a child who needs a friend in time of need is what our Bear Program represents. All our programs are for the betterment of a person in need. As I continue my journey, I will always represent you and our organization with the very best positive attitude. May you be blessed with happiness, prosperity, peace and good health on Pesach and always! Happy Passover! Loyally, Linda Linda S. ColnLets Do It Again! Monday, August 28, 2017Our Pounds Auction at the last Convention was such a good time, we're going to do it again! It will be a fun night. Everyone is welcome! Join us for a fun evening! Admission is $2 Snacks will be Served PARTNERS CLUB Auxiliary. I would love to chat with you. Sincerely Yours, Esther R. Rosenshein PAP Partners Club Chairperson
19 www.jwva.org Spring 2017 National Ladies Auxiliary of the Jewish War Veterans of the USA NATIONAL PRESIDENTS RECEPTION AND BANQUET RESERVATION A fantastic banquet is planned. There will be entertainment. We promise you a SUPER EVENING."DOUBLE CHAI CLUB JOIN US FOR A BREAKFAST BUFFET AUGUST 30, 2017 Rita and Barbara look forward to greeting you at the Banquet and the Chai Club Breakfast Buffet. HAND IN HAND WE STAND TALL Join our Chai Auxiliary Contact PNP Charlene Ehrlich at Charlene Ehrlich, PNP National Ladies Auxiliary, JWVA Stuffed Animal Here, Stuffed Animal There, Big Ones, Small Ones Animals from 10 inches or bigger, all shapes, Big Smiles and Happy FacesThink of all the smiles on the faces of sick children as they cuddle one of the stuffed animals that you have donated. Now is the time to start collecting stuffed animals. Every animal can be a friend to a child in need. Lets make it our number one priority to bring happiness to the children who are our future. On Monday, August 28th we have made arrangements to donate the stuffed animals to the San Antonio Fire, Police Depart ments and EMS and the Ronald McDon ald House. Think of the publicity we will receive as residents in the San Antonio area notice the label attached to each bear. The label will read National Ladies Auxiliary, Jewish War Veterans. Lets Aim High. Bring or mail your bears to convention. Each auxiliary should send, every sister should bring and please ask your posts to help with this wonderful project. Lets make this the BEST Stuffed Animals Convention ever. Rosalind Kaplan, National Conductress Chairman National Ladies Auxiliary, JWVA
20 Program Updates By Mat Millen This article provides an overview of how to do nate money to the National Museum of American Jewish Military History directly from your tradi tional IRA and secure a charitable deduction for income tax purposes. Congress has provided that those people who their traditional IRA using their minimum re gible to take the amount donated as a charitable deduction. This is a win-win. You satisfy the re distribution, but the money withdrawn is not tax able if donated directly to a 501(c)(3) charity. counted toward satisfying your minimum re rules are met. bution are as follows: 1. You must be 70 or older to be eligible to to the amount that would otherwise be taxed as ordinary income. $100,000. count towards your current years Mandatory directly out of your traditional IRA by your generally December 31. 5. Any amount donated from your IRA above not count toward satisfying a future years 6. Funds distributed from your traditional IRA directly to you, the IRA owner, and which 7. The charity must be a 501(c)(3) organization, eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions. Distribution, the Museum will send you a letter acknowledging the donation. You need this to claim a deduction for a charitable contribution. Almost all the mutual funds have a spe Distribution be paid directly to the 501(c)(3) charity of your choice. For example, Fidelity in structs their shareholders to make the Mandatory of the charity. Fidelity sends the check to the ac count holder, who then mails the check directly to the charity. In this way the charity will send the acknowledgment letter back to the donor This article is not meant to provide legal or tax advice. A tax advisor can help you determine for a tax deduction. Mathew Millen is commander of Post 118. He will be 70 this year and intends on donating his mandatory required distribution from his IRA to the Museum. [Editors Note: Both the National Museum of American Jewish Military History and the Jewish War Veterans of the USA Foundation are 501(c)3 organizations, meaning they are both The Jewish War Veterans of the USA is actually a 501(c)4, so while all donations to JWV itself Charitable Distributions. Distribution, go to: https://www.irs.gov/retirement-plans/ distributions-withdrawals]HOW TO SAVE MONEY ON YOUR TAXES AND DONATE TO THE MUSEUMOur annual Chanukah event is always one of the attended by a great crowd; young and old, Jew and long-time friends, war veterans and kids just beginning school. Museum chaplain Michael Bloom gave a talk about some of the history of the holiday and the origins of many of the tra ditions. We lit the candles and sang the holiday songs. The party has become one of the muse ums most beloved traditions. Its always great when we can combine social events with the chance to educate about the history of Jews in the American military. We got that op portunity on January 31st when we hosted an evening for young profes sionals at the museum. Our partners for the night were the EntryPoint program of the Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington D.C. and the Experiential Education and Jewish Cultural Arts Program at George Washington University. GWUs Professor Jenna Weissman Joselit was our guest speaker for the evening. She calls her self a historian of everyday life, specializing in the history and culture of America's Jews in U.S. cultural history from the late 19th century through the 1950s. She has no particular background in military history, but was able to contextualize some of the objects in our exhibits through Jewish American cultural life. She discussed the transition from the common use of the word Hebrew to describe American Jews to the more familiar Jewish. This change of Civil War veterans selected the name Hebrew The Spanish-American War Veterans called them selves Hebrew Veterans of the War with Spain. When Jewish veterans organizations merged after Professor Jenna Weissmann Joselit speaks to a group of young professionals at an evening event at the museum. Continued on next pageBy Mike Rugel Program and Content Coordinator
21 By Pamela Elbe Collections, Archives & Exhibitions Coordinator One of the great things about the multimedia pieces in the Museums new permanent exhibit is the ability to add material as new stories and in our Service Around the World interactive computer touch table has continued to grow since the exhibition opened. Jerry Alperstein has been collecting stories from Vietnam veterans and passing them along for inclusion in section on the Vietnam War. We would love to add more stories from around the globe to the interactive, and to do that we need your help. The theme of this interactive map is American military service around the world (1948 to the present) and it includes the personal stories and photographs of those who have served. We need your help to show how Jews have contributed around the globe while serving in the American military. This includes the Korean and many, many smaller operations that are so often overlooked. Whether you participated in the Berlin Airlift, were stationed at Thule Air Base in Greenland, or recently returned from serving in Afghanistan we want to document just how varied Jewish military experience has been in the past 70 years. We have already received many wonderful submissions, but we have room for more. We want to document as many veterans as possible. To have your story and photograph included, please send an email to Pamela Elbe (pelbe@ nmajmh.org) with the following info: Your name and contact info Your branch of service and rank at the time Military operation Location Dates of service A brief statement. This does not need to be anything elaborateit can be as simple as why you joined the military. Describe a during your military service. How is it representative of your overall experience? Were you stationed somewhere remote, or have an interesting MOS or duties? Provide an image with a caption Please include one or more photographs from your time of service. In order to be able to use your images, we ask that the digital photo size of at least 1 MB). If you have any at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are a Jewish veteran who has served in the US military any time since 1948 to the present, you can be included in this display. You do not need to be a member of JWV to be included (though we would love to have you as a member.) No need to resubmit your story if you previously sent it in to the Museum. Please help us show visitors that Jews have servedand continue to servein the US armed forces around the world! Be A Part of the Exhibit: Request for StoriesWorld War I, they became Hebrew Veterans of the Wars of the Republic. In 1924, the name changed to Jewish Veterans of the Wars of the Republic and War Veterans of the U.S.A. That change from using Hebrew to us ing Jewish was typical of the 1920s. The word Hebrew to identify Jews was fading out of American life by the end of that decade. This brought Professor Weissman Joselit to the WWIIera dog tags on display in our exhibit. If the word Hebrew was long out of favor by the 1940s, why rather than a J? During World War II, dog tags had you were either Hebrew, Protestant, or Catholic. It wasnt until 1952 that the military shifted to a J. The military was well behind the American mainstream in its terminology regarding Jews. The H on the dog tags prompts as much discussion from visitors as any other object in the museum. It was a pleasure to hear it discussed by someone unfamiliar with NMAJMH. Well continue to bring in authors and visiting scholars to the museum for programs, and we are looking forward to what comes next! I want to remind everyone to keep an eye on the museum websitenmajmh.orgto stay up to date on our programs. We also regularly pub lish new articles telling the stories of Jews in the American Military. Recent articles include David Salisbury Franks and the Founding Fathers American Revolution. Franks was an associate of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and perhaps most interestingly, Benedict Arnold. Another recently published story is Echoes of the Maccabees: Restoring the Temple after WWII which describes American Jewish sol diers who worked to rebuild and rededicate syna gogues. Were trying to use the web site as a way to reach the people around the world who cant make it to Washington. Well contin ue to work on projects to bring the museum to you wherever you are. Thanks for your continued support of the museum! It was a pleasure for the museum to be able to host a special preview screen True Honor on February Lee and Chuck Ashman of JWVs De partment of California. It tells the some of the stories of the 17 Jewish Medal of Honor recipients that have been increase Jewish pride across the nation. Certainly, anyone who hears these re markable stories of bravery should feel completion and distribution, we should all do what we can to assist the Depart ment of California with this project. tremendous resource for our museum.
22 TAPS IN MEMORY OF OUR DEPARTED COMRADESDEPARTMENT OF CALIFORNIA Albert S. Newman-60 Roger L. Brautigan-603 Ted Rosenblatt-603 George L. Ruderman-603 Howard Sagalow-603 Howard Schwartz-603 DEPARTMENT OF CONNECTICUT Seymour Feiner-45 Dick Feingold-45 Ivan Finkle-45 Arthur W. Lerner-51 Harold Sandler-56 Bernie Slater-51 DEPARTMENT OF DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Julius Fleishman-381 DEPARTMENT OF FLORIDA Bernard A. Saloman-172 Milton M. Shapiro-243 Lou Adler-321 Leonard Frumin-321 Marvin Benasaraf-440 Julius Berens-440 Maxwell L. Gruber-440 Gilbert Amgott-639 Harvey R. Siegel-639 William Tatel-47 DEPARTMENT OF ILLINOIS Bernard Edelman-89 Sidney Greisman-89 Sam Frohman-153 Julius Miller-153 Henry Landauer-407 DEPARTMENT OF MIDWEST Erwin La Pine-605 Mitchell L. Schwartz-644 DEPARTMENT OF MARYLAND Edward Gulin-167 Arnold Prigal-167 Albert T. Meyers-567 Leonard Teitelbaum-567 DEPARTMENT OF MASSACHUSETTS Harry Aizenstat-26 Arthur Fishtine-157 Bob E. Bohmiller-157 Leo Greisdoff-157 Charles B. Leavitt-157 Jerome F. Meister-157 Philip Geller-211 Leonard Needleman-211 M. C. DEPARTMENT OF MICHIGAN Benjamin E. Kaufman-135 Marvin Yagoda-135 Leonard Trunsky-474 Mandell M. Berman-510 DEPARTMENT OF NEW JERSEY Raymond Dorfman-47 Rubin Rabinowitz-47 Seymour W. Geller-63 Albert A. Salant-63 Irving P. Schwerd-126 Jack Weitz-126 Robert E. Feldbaum-311 Kenneth Friedland-444 Arnold Mayer-498 Morris Ostroff-601 George Tilton-695 DEPARTMENT OF NEW YORK Burton Pearce-3 Raymond Greene-25 Sidney Josephson-25 Herbert Rock-50 Anna Rogovin-69 Jerome Feintuck-191 Paul M. Ganeles-191 Samuel Schorr-191 Robert Wells-191 Gilbert Price-425 Gordon Goldsmith-488 Daniel H. Shovelson-488 Monroe Emanuel-652 David Hirsch-652 Meyer Rothstein-652 Justin S. Sasloff-652 Samuel Scherek-652 David Blake-655 DEPARTMENT OF OHIO Dave Beckman-14 Louis Baron-44 Harry Breen-44 Bert Cowan-44 Donald L. Fuldauer-44 Sanford S. Krinsky-44 Merton Howard Nolish-44 Edwin M. Robins-44 Lawrence Shafron-44 Hyman L. Spector-44 Martin Sugerman-44 Gerald J. Kantor-587 Gil Unger-587 DEPARTMENT OF PENNSYLVANIA Joseph Fels-98 Joseph Kabo-98 Arnold Kanig-165 Marvin N. Feld-697 Sol Goldstein-697 Herman Herring-706 DEPARTMENT OF SOUTHEAST Charles J. Altman-608 DEPARTMENT OF SOUTHWEST George Conrich-210 DEPARTMENT TALO Robert Sutker-256 Easer Rovinsky-755 DEPARTMENT OF VANC Howard Adler-765 Gerald Lipson-299 DEPARTMENT OF WISCONSIN Philip S. Freund-145 Burton B. Polansky-145 Sheldon Gendelman-487 Fred Meyer-487 Cyril H. Schulman-487 Edwin Goldman-701 Aaron D. Jadofsky-701 Isadore Sand-701 Robert E. Victor-701 Abraham Weintrob-701 Now You Can Pay Online!JWV is pleased to offer a dues renewal! Save the Date!August 27-September 1, 2017Attention members of JWV and friends of veterans! Now that we are moving out of the frigid winter months, it is time to start planning for JWVs 122nd annual National Convention, being held this year at the Hilton Palacio del Rio in sunny San Antonio, Texas, from August 27 September 1, 2017. If you plan on attending Convention, please note that you must make your reservations through JWV. We also highly recommend that you plan have the option to extend your stay by three days either before or after the convention dates with the same room rate. We anticipate that registration for Convention will open by mid-April. Since the end of Convention coincides with Labor Day Weekend, make your reservations early because it served. If you are extending your trip, let us know by emailing jwv@jwv. org. Just a reminder: if you live within 50 miles, you do not have to reservation form so we know you are attending. Over the next several months, we will be releasing more information about our 2017 convention, so please join our mailing list on our website www.jwv.org if you have not already done so. We anticipate that registration for Convention will open by mid-April. We look forward to seeing all of you in San Antonio to help us advance JWVs mission of San Antonio River Walk. Photo credit: Bob Howen
Address 1st line 2nd line Jewish War Veterans Send a greeting or message to family and friends in the next issue of The Jewish Veteran!Allan & Sheila Abramson Good Health & Happiness to All PNC Lou & Gloria Abramson Good Health & Happiness to All Any Jewish WWII person captured and sent to Aushcwitz, etc., and survived PDC Ed & PDP Louise Baraw Eugene Baraw Post 336 Howard M. Barmad Post 76 NJ Chag Sameach Howard A. & Dorothy G. Berger Naples/Denver USFA/USASETAFPNC Jerry & PNP Joanne BlumGood Health & Happiness to All In Memory of All who gave their lives Post 652-Merrick, NY In Memory of Harold Cohen Post 212 PDC Jack & Ruja Cohen Post 749 Marshall & Diane Duberstein Gerald H. Elkan North Carolina Harold Engleman, K.C.C. / NEC Nat'l Chaplain Jerry Farris Post 239 Arthur Fleischman PPC 717 & 258 David Goldberg, K.C.C. In memory of Sam Goldberg In Memory of Norman Goldberg, PPC #98 PNC Nate & Selma Goldberg Albany 105 PDC Sidney B. GoldbergAbe Cohen Leaman Post 50Alan J. Gould Post 105In Memory of Sam Gould, Post Cmdr.Happy Passover Post 169 Arthur H. Greenwald Post 321/69 National Adjutant 2016-2017 PNP Petra C. & Jason A. Kaatz Beth Kane Wishes You Good Health Happy Holiday! CMDR Laurence & Marilyn Kaufman Saluting the Men & Women of Post 46 Jack Kent (Kantrovitz) Post 62 OH In appreciation of Rabbi&Myra Feinberg In Memory of PCC Harry Kreiger, DEC Gieir-Levitt Post 655 Lchaim To Life PNC Ira & Shelley Novoselsky Happy Holidays Bernie Rader Post's 20 and 642 In loving memory of those who served In Memory of PNC Ed & Helene Robins Jerry & Lea Rosenberg Post 740 NJGood Health & Happiness to AllHerb & Francie Rosenbleeth Happy Holiday to You and Yours! To All Our Troops Be Safe, Be Well! PNP Freda & PNC Norman Rosenshein Good Health & Happy Holidays IMO Post 42's Four Legs of the Table Marty, Morris, Murray & Warren Stephen & Helen Sax To the 2% Irv Schildkraut PPC Post 440 USMC-USNR-USA Harriet & Norman Schnitzer PDC PNC Lawrence & Judith Schulman Our Very Best Wishes to All PDP Linda & Stuart Singer In memory of PDC Bill Singer PPC Norman & Toby Smith Post 129 NY Toda Shalom & Good Health to all JWV CH Murray Stadtmauer Post 648 In loving memory of Clare Stadtmauer Shalom & Mazel Tov to all Veterans Greta & Jerry Stoliar Post 346 To All Surviving Jewish WWII prisoners LChaim! NEC Paul and Norma Warner NJA Harvey & Linda Weiner Be Well! Major Stuart Adam Wolferwww.msawi.orgJeri ZweimanIn loving memory of Bob ZweimanDavid S. Zwerin, PDC Post 652 Merrick, NY Chag Sameach! Happy Passover!
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