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Volume 71 Number 3 2017 The Great First a quick history lesson the original G.I. Bill was enacted in 1944. JWV proudly can claim to have been a strong supporter and ad vocate for the G.I. Bill. We, along with other veterans groups, made it happen! Some say that World War II brought America out of the Depression, but I say that the G.I. Bill enabled and sparked the remarkable growth of the post-World War II American economy. Young sol diers that came home from the war got their education thanks to the G.I. Bill, and they applied their learning, can-do spirit and military discipline to building a better America. VA loans also enabled these GI's to buy homes and reach for the American Dream. The World War II G.I. Bill, it's one of the most cherished programs in American History, it paid the full cost of an education at any four-year college or university, said Aaron Glantz of PBS. For the G.I. the G.I. Bill provid ed opportunity and an open door to a brighter future. For colleges and universities the astic students and revenue to build, ex pand and do research. For America the G.I. Bill was the catalyst for fantastic growth, interna tional leadership, the space age you name it. All thanks to the G.I. Bill. The Bad with a less understanding Congress addressed in support of the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill. However, there are still many is have gotten into the act preying on veterans because they see the oppor tunity of providing services where the recipient doesn't pay. Kate O'Gorman of IAVA said, "many veterans are being aggressively occured in Charlottesville, Virginia should be a stark reminder to Americans that were contained in the 1940s, the spark was never fully extinguished. As we see the today, it is important to look back at how our predecessors dealt with this hate in the 1930s and the 1940s. When Adolf Hitler came to power in January of 1933, the Germans unleashed a brutal campaign against German Jews. It was so bad that on the morning of March 20th, photos of Jews being beaten, terrorized and ultimately murdered in the streets of Germany covered the front pages of newspa pers on both sides of the Atlantic. At the same time, the German American Bund ganization, was holding ral lies in support of Hitler and beating up Jews in the streets When members of the American Jewish Congress refused to respond to these atrocities, members of the Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A. (JWV) decided they had to do something. They could no longer sit on the sidelines while they watched these horrors unfold. That very night, they convened a committee that would ad supporters in America, ul timately deciding that they would start a boycott of German goods. Three days later on March 23rd, JWV headed a massive protest march to kick off the boycott. This march, which ran from We crushed the Nazi movement in America in the 30s and we will do it again!Continued on page 17 Continued on page 17 By PNC Carl Singer 1933 JWV Protest March Against Nazism CONTENTS Your Letters ............................... 2 Dvrei HaShomrim ................... 2 Message From the Commander .............................. 3 On The Hill ................................. 5 Membership Corner ............... 6 JWV in the Community ......... 8 Proles in Service .................. 14 Review ....................................... 16 National Ladies Auxiliary .... 18 Museum News ....................... 20 Taps ............................................ 22The G.I. Bill the Great, the Bad and the Ugly Convention Round Up! Page 12 JWVA National President Iris Goldwasser JWV National Commander Paul D. WarnerMazel Tov to our New Leaders!


2 EDITORIAL OFFICE 1811 R Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20009 Telephone (202) 265-6280 x504 Fax (202) 234-5662 E-mail Web Site 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. 2017 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 Paul D. Warner National Editor Lance Wang Managing Editor Anna Selman Graphics/Production Editor Christy Turner YOUR LETTERS My name is Cadet Liam Kuelbs, and I am a 4th year JROTC. I deeply appreciate receiving the Junior ROTC award at our Blue & Gold award ceremony. I am extremely proud that your organization selected me to receive your award. I look forward to wearing my award on my uniform with pride. Thank you for your continued support of my unit.Cadet Liam KuelbsOn behalf of the cadets and staff of the Brunswick appreciation for the prestigious award you provided to a deserving cadet in our unit. We enjoy every occa sion to recognize cadets who demonstrate excellence, whether in academics, service or participation. By taking the time to recognize cadet efforts, you provide much needed encouragement that spurs the each award provides a sense of accomplishment and the knowledge that the recipients efforts are appre ciated in the community. Be assured that your par ticipation in the annual award ceremony is helping to build good citizens both now and into the future. Thanks again for all you do on behalf of our youth! We look forward to the next opportunity to work together in making Glynn County a better place for all citizens.Herbert M. Hadley Senior Naval Science InstructorThe annual weekend of comradeship and learning for Jewish cadets is a wonderful idea that has ap parently been running for a number of years. And the front page coverage that prints an article by Dr. Barry Schneider of Fort Wort Post 755 with several photographs in The Jewish Veteran is admirable. As is sponsorship by the Jewish War Veterans Founda tion and others, apparently including Post 755. Its a shame, however, that The Jewish Veteran did not properly perform its professional editing (vet ting) duty regarding Dr. Schneiders submission or added incorrect information to his submission. The article declares that Three of the four military branches were represented. That is a MAJOR inac curacy and a slap in the face of hundreds of thousands of our omitted military veterans who served our country proudly over more than 200 years in the omitted one of our FIVE military branches. Which Armed Service of The United States was omitted? its obvious that the Army and Air Force were in cluded but its hard to determine which of the other Services was omitted when the article declares that there are only four military branches. Was it (listed alphabetically): the U. S. Coast Guard, the U. S. Service was omitted, this mistake is egregious and it is particularly embarrassing that it was made on the front page of The JEWISH Veteran. Please be more careful and professional in the future.Fred S. GoloveThe High Holy days are upon us. The past year is coming to an end and we start to look back at the past year and begin our plans and outlook for the coming year. It is a chance for each of us to have a certain amount of closure and a renewal of our energy. This year had its moments with hurricanes, threats on our peace and a tumultuous political climate. We have had our ups and downs and are now getting ourselves prepared once again. There is a Yiddish expression Mann Tracht, Un matter how perfect we might think it is, it is never a certainty. Each of us lives with some level of un certainty. Whether is as an individual, or from a na tional and international level. We have seen this over various health concerns, and both domestic violence and Military threats. When we chant the poem Unetanah Tokef, we understand it to be a describing Gods judgement. We shall ascribe holiness to this day. For it is awesome and terrible. Your kingship is exalted upon it. Your throne is established in mercy. You are enthroned upon it in truth. In truth You are the judge, The exhorter, the all-knowing, the wit ness, He who inscribes and seals, Remembering all that is forgotten. You open the book of remem brance, which proclaims itself, and the seal of each person is there. The great shofar is sounded, a still small voice is heard. The angels are dismayed, they are seized by fear and trembling as they proclaim: Behold the Day of Judgment! For all the hosts of heaven are brought for judgment. Visiting the souls of all living, decreeing the length of their days, inscribing their judgment. On Rosh Hashanah it is inscribed, and on Yom Kippur it is sealedBut repentance, prayer and righteousness avert the severe decree. In Judaism, our beliefs center on this, a judg ment and decree. It is one that at that moment, can be averted through our own actions. Whether that decree tive storms that may cross our paths, this poem shows one need only follow the advice of the Sages, Three things cancel the decree, and they are prayer, charity, and repentance (Genesis Rabba 44:12). It is also to understand in these times, even though He is our judge, He is merciful. We are but dust and He is without limit.When we recall our part nership, we are strengthened in the challenges that life brings. Chizku vimzu; al tiru. . kee Adonai Elohehecha hu haholaech imach, lo yarpecha vlo yaazvecha. Be strong and of good courage; have no fear . for Adonai your God is the One who goes with you, never failing you or forsaking you. nity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every dif change. If life throws a curveball your way, let the shofar blasts on Rosh Hashannah and at the conclusion of Yom Kippur be the alarm that wakes up your soul. Let it be the starting point for a year where chal lenges are met and where each of us has the courage are not alone. bring, be prepared to adjust and go with the ever the puzzle of life and meet every challenge head on. For those of us who are Veterans, we are strengthened by our bond and our camaraderie. May we blessed this year with resiliency to overcome adversity in our lives and in our world. Abraham Lincoln gave us many memorable quotes, but this is one that we may want to take ownership of this year. "Whatever you are, be a good one." Wishing the JWV a Shana Tovah UMetukah Warrior Weekend Thank You Rabbi Michael Gisser, MSMFT (CPT)D'vrei HaShomrim


3 Critical Veterans Issues Many veterans are not familiar with the work done by veterans organizations for over 30 years, which results in the publication of The Independent Budget. This year, the detailed study was performed by DAV, VFW, and the Paralyzed Veterans of America. The report is supported by 27 veterans organizations including the JWV. The following comments are based on this years 1. Strengthening and reforming the VA was the major issue before Congress in 2014. All veterans organizations agree that the best way to modernize veterans healthcare is by creating a system which coordinates the VA and community providers. The VA would be the primary provider and coordinator. 2. Comprehensive caregiver support for veterans has been provided by federal legislation. Unfortunately, Congress was more concerned with cost considerations and only provided full support for veterans injured on or after September 11, 2001. It is now up to Congress to provide funding for caregiver support for all 5.5 million veterans requiring it. 3. According to the Independent Budget (Report), The current backlog, dysfunction, and resource needs for the appeals process is the major driver for urgent fundamental reform. Much of the dysfunction within the appeals process relates directly to inadequate resources. These critical issues can be addressed with proper funding by Congress. The Congressional appropria tion for 2017 is $63.3 billion, and Congress estimates that the VA will collect $ 3.3 billion this year from Medicare and other insurance companies for a to tal of $66.6 billion. The Independent Budget recom mends $72.8 billion, which leads to a 6.2 billion short age. The projected shortage is even greater since the VA has not been very successful in collecting funds from other organizations.Improving VA AdministrationThe VA has many problems, which have the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act was passed by Congress and signed into law. It streamlines the process to remove, demote, or suspend VA employees for poor performance or misconduct. In addition, it authorizes the VA Secretary to recoup any bonuses awarded to employees who have acted improperly. receiving attention is the record keeping problem stemming from the non-compatibility of the Department of Defense and the VA medical recording systems. Patient and research data should be an attempt to resolve the problem.Critical Jewish Issue Anti-Semitism Anti-Semitic incidents seem to spring up each week on college campuses throughout the United States. According to a study, The strongest predictor of anti-Jewish hostility on campus is the presence of a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. We have a group of young people who believe that the problems of the world are being caused by Jews. For many years we overcame this problem, but now successful propaganda from the Palestinians and others have provoked a frightening backlash against Jews around the world. This includes the U.S., where there are groups like the Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) that have a history of harassing and intimidating Jewish students. They are making colleges an unsafe environment for Jews. Here are some examples: 1. At Vassar College, this hate group tried to shut down a class trip to Israel to study water issues. terrorism against Israeli Jews and called for Israels destruction. During midterms, the SJP invaded students privacy rights by planting authentic-looking eviction notices under dorm room doors. 3. At University of Chicago Illinois, their Black Lives Matter chapter and Student for Justice in Palestine Israel puts people in jail around the world. 4. At Temple University, the SJP demanded that a proIsrael speaker be cancelled, threatening that otherwise Jewish students would face increasing hostility on campus. 5. At UCLA, the SJP demanded that candidates for student government sign a pledge not to go on any trip to Israel sponsored by three Jewish organizations. Student groups like the SJP with support from anti-Israel faculty and outside groups, focus their rage singularly on Israel, condemning the Jewish State with a viciousness that is not applied to anyone else, and Jews around the world are being held collectively responsible for Israels actions. This is anti-Semitism, according to U.S. government standards. We must not tolerate Jewish students being targeted. According to the FBIs latest hate crime statistics, two-thirds of all religious hate crimes committed in 2012 targeted Jews. You must exercise your moral duty as leaders and publicly speak out if anti-Israel speech and conduct on campus crosses the line into anti-Semitism. We appreciate that college campuses should encourage free and open debate and the robust exchange of ideas. We support these principles, but none of us should tolerate a campus university rules and policies supported by university funds without consequences. JWV, and is already getting to work! JWV at the White House Veterans Day Breakfast, and afterwards, hosting a very special Veterans Jewish Military History. Sidney Goldberg, Post campaigns for Paul Warner at the National Convention.National Commander Paul D. Warner FROM THE COMMANDER MESSAGE Paul D. Warner Elected National Commander at JWV's 122nd Annual Convention!


4 I must be honest. I spent over 20 years in the Army, almost all in Infantry units. I enjoyed the camarade rie of all-male units until I arrived at Brigade level. Periodically, I would leave the world of polite society do manly things as President Theodore Roosevelt would have said. Over the years, I have often found myself on one side of an issue because I found the arguments in fa vor of the other side vacuous, specious or unsupport able. I have never been in favor of lowering standards to accommodate women in previously all-male skill argument, I must be willing to concede that if wom en can meet the male standards, they should be al lowed to do the job. Tzedek tzedek tirdof Justice, justice you shall pursue admonishes Deuteronomy 16:20. Its not about what is fair, but rather what is just that we are commanded to pursue. Anybody who has worn the uniform is more aware than anyone that life is not fair. Indeed, it was a mantra that I taught many of my own soldiers. Get over it. Life isnt fair and neither is the Army. Discussions on the issue (which is a policy issue) must be based upon sound reasoning where justice can be applied blinded to anything other than fact-based logic. So with that said, should women be subject to Selective Service registration and by extension, the draft? We already have a gender-integrated military since the advent of the all-volunteer force. About 15% of the todays active duty military is women, and 18% of the reserve components. Even without women in the combat arms, the majority of combat open to women, so it would stand to reason that in a full or partial mobilization that involves the draft, women would be necessary to expand the army to the necessary wartime strength. In the end, the purpose of an army is to provide for war. Instead of focusing on ones gender, the fo cus should be upon ensuring that each soldier, sailor, airman, coast guardsman or marine meets the stan dards for their position. To arbitrarily deny those women who meet es tablished standards from serving to their maximum abilities is not just. It is interesting to note that the same rubric I use to examine the issue of the mobility of women within our military allows me to visit the issue in Israel regarding the place of women at worship at the under pressure from ultra-Orthodox elements with in Israel, shelved plans to allow denominations of Judaism which support equality for women in prayer and ritual, to allow mixed prayer at our holiest of sites. arguments are made by dogmatic, fundamental ist views ones which do not take into account the constant reinterpretation of our holiest of texts based upon our intellectual and moral growth as a people. Rather, we now have several continuums of Judaism which coexist, yet do not always agree with each others interpretations of Torah. If Israel purports to be a modern democracy as opposed to a theocracy, denominations within Judaism. There must be areas of common interest (including our survival as one people) that allow us to unite as opposed to divide. As for the role of women in todays society, I de fer to 19th Century orator Ernestine Rose, I suppose you all grant that woman is a human being. If she has a right to life, she has a right to earn a support for that life. If a human being, she has a right to have her powers and faculties as a human being developed. If developed, she has a right to exercise them. Im not sure that I could justify using prejudices of the past as precedent to say that things should be other than so. ON THE HILLSecretary Shulkins Five Priorities By Herb Rosenbleeth, National Executive DirectorAt a recent meeting in the Omar Bradley Conference ties for reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs: for our veterans. We think that is an important way for reforming the VA, said Shulkin. Veterans are go ing to be allowed to have much greater choice in their decision making when seeking medical care. Shulkin reported that the VA is working with Congress to re design the Choice program so that veterans will have much greater choice in interacting with their provid ers and in making decisions about where it is best for them to get their care, either in the VA or in the com munity, or a combination of both. The second priority presented by Dr. Shulkin is to modernize the VA. The system has experienced years, if not decades, of neglect. The VA must keep up with todays technology and business practices. For exam years old and extremely expensive to just maintain, needs to be updated. The VA is getting rid of some 1,100 vacant, underutilized buildings, some dating back to the Civil War, and even the Revolutionary War, which are extremely expensive for the VA to maintain. Updating of business the Director of the VAMC in Washington, DC.) VAs third priority for reform is to improve the timeliness of its services. The VA is making progress on this and they now publish wait times on the internet for everyone to see. VA is trying to improve the time days old, which is too long. The time involved in the appeals process is being greatly reduced. Secretary Shulkins fourth VA reform priority is focusing VAs resources. Many of the VAs services cannot be replicated in the private sector. VA delivers world class services in polytrauma, spinal cord injury and rehabilitation, prosthetics, and orthotics, traumat ic brain injury, PTS treatments and other behavioral health programs. reform priority is the prevention of suicide. This is our most serious concern, stated Shulkin. He added that twenty suicides a day are twenty too many. The VA will be expanding its suicide prevention crisis line service, working more closely with communities and looking at social media to identify veterans that may be asking for help. Secretary Shulkin certainly has things in focus. He has the vision, the managerial experience, and the professional medical skills to make him a truly great Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Secretary David ShulkinOn the Role of Women By Lance Wang, Editor Attention cantors, musicians, and others! JWV is partnering with the Jewish Welfare Board (JWB) and the American Conference of Cantors to sponsor a new cantorial work for the U.S. Armed Forces. Dubbed the Song of Service, submissions must put the Prayer for the United States Armed Forces from the new edition of the JWB Jewish Chaplains Council Siddur to origi nal music. within the American Jewish community, this prayer will remind us that our American free doms dont come without risk and cost, said JWB Director Rabbi Irving Elson. And that those who defend them should never be far from our prayers and our hearts. All submissions are due by March 1, 2018 and must include the English/Hebrew version of the prayer, a recording, and the musical score. The winner will receive a $1,250 cash prize. Contact Anna Selman at or 202-448-5409 for more information.Song of Service Contest


5 ON THE HILLIn response to the proposed House Resolution 2327 "Puppies Assisting Wounded Service Members (PAWS) Act of 2017," the Department of Veterans Affairs will be authorized to spend $10 million to Dogs (valued at $25,000 each) given to Veterans sur viving with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). training organizations, recognized as members of Assistance Dogs International (ADI), a foreign entity operating in the United States. This organization, and grants since 2012, when studies on the therapeutic ef fectiveness of service dogs for PTSD started, includ ing the recently awarded 2017 Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Wounded Warrior Service Dog Program of $5-million for 20 grants for 200 Service Dogs in 2017. According to the statistics drawn from this pro posal, there will be 36,500 Veteran suicides over the 5-year period, in which the study will produce 400 service dogs for less than 1.1% of the affected population. This does not appear to be a good rate of re turn on investment. However, it is fair and true to say, whatever money spent to save the lives of Veterans surviving with PTSD, in attempting to prevent and reduce suicides is worth the expenditure of time and money. BUT it is also time to study the effectiveness of such organizations and establish criteria for which such grants should be awarded. Reported Outcomes (PRO), which address how the effectiveness of such therapy has made a difference. annotated, as this presents a clearer view of the results Other criteria for awarding grants, should be the member, which is a discriminatory practice and needs to be based on bid-type policy, like other gov ernmental contracts. Each organization awarded a portion of the grant should be required to document past performances, and meet or exceed the following criteria: 1. Minimum of 50 service dogs, or teams trained, annually for the last 2 years, 2. Minimum 15% of service dog recipients, or teams, have been minority Hispanic and AfricanAmerican) Veterans, and 3. Minimum 25% of service dog recipients, or teams, are female veterans. in fact change the culture from within, whether it be the recommendation of service dogs or scheduling appointments. ColonelAn Analysis of the PAWS Act By Bart SherwoodTaylor Force Act By Adam Lammon, JWV Programs Assistantate Taylor Force, traveling to Israel with a group of Vanderbilt University students was supposed to broad en his horizons and jumpstart a career in global entre preneurship. However, on March 8th 2016, this young combat veteran was murdered by a Palestinian terrorist in a knife attack in Jaffa, Israel. Rather than condemn the murder of an innocent civilian, the Palestinian Authority (PA) decided to treat Forces attacker as a martyr, epitomizing one enduring obstacle to attain ing an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. As the legitimate representative of the Palestinian people in the West Bank (and formerly Gaza), the PA has a responsibility to improve the livelihoods of its constituents by promoting a dialogue of peace and de crying violence. Instead, it has institutionalized and rewarded a culture of violence against Israelis, Jews, and American citizens. The Washington Post reported in April that the PA allocates approximately 7.6% of its annual budget, or $300 million, towards two funds which incentiv of the Families of Martyrs, earmarks $173 million to support individuals and civilians wounded, killed, or otherwise affected by Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) as a result of their joining the revolution against Israel. The second provides $140 million in salaries to jailed Palestinians rewarding bloodshed by granting higher stipends to Palestinians who are sentenced to the average monthly salary in the West Bank. Considering that the U.S. continues to deliver economic and non-lethal security assistance to the Palestinian territories, the PAs martyrs fund is an unacceptable insult to the American taxpayer. nancing humanitarian needs, fostering stability, pro moting self-governance, and supporting IsraeliPalestinian coexistence not subsidizing those who endanger Israeli security and execute American citizens in the street. Here at Jewish War Veterans of the United States of this arrangement to be morally abhorrent and de mand justice. Fortunately, Congress is currently debating the Taylor Force Act, which was introduced last year by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Roy Blunt (R-MO), and former Senator Dan to stop economic (not security) assistance to the PA until it abolishes its infamous practice of pay to slay. Graham recently observed that these rewards for terrorist attacks are inconsistent with American values. They are inconsistent with decency. And they are certainly inconsistent with peace. Simply put, you cant be a partner in peace when you are paying people to commit acts of terror. It is long past time to let the Palestinian Authority know that these practices are wholly unacceptable. As this is a contentious issue, the Taylor Force argued that many Palestinians have been killed or jailed for political reasons, but a plethora of evidence supports a contrasting chronicle of deliberate acts of violence against Israelis and Americans like Taylor Force. The PA must end preferential payments to those who have clearly chosen violence. due to the Palestinian publics support for armed struggle against Israel, elimi nating payments to martyrs will em power extremist alternatives in the West Bank, such as Hamas. However, as long as the PA refuses to condemn violence, ing terror against civilians in Israel. To achieve progress in a stymied peace process, the Palestinian leadership must change Palestinian culture through po litical, legal, and economic means to dis courage terrorism and show that peace and violence are discordant. A last criticism of the Taylor Force Act is perhaps the most worrisome, that defunding the PA will compromise its stability and jeopardize its security partnership with the IDF. While this is a legitimate risk, one can take solace in the fact that the PA is run by rational actors who desire to remain in power. If their choice is between political collapse or ending payments to martyrs, they will certainly pri oritize their own longevity. As Representative Doug Lamborn (R-CO) argues, this is not about causing the Palestinian Authority to collapsethis is about causing them to change their ways. As the Taylor Force Act progresses through Congress, JWV will be closely monitoring the debate, adding it to our list of 2018 Legislative Priorities, and aggressively advocating for its adoption. We welcome support from organizations and individuals who will stand beside us in condemning terrorism and sup porting a more peaceful Middle East, beginning with Israel and Palestine. As Taylors parents have said, This is not a partisan issue. Its the right thing to do. Taylor Force


6 MEMBERSHIP CORNERWhat drew you to join JWV? While I was on active duty, my uncle (Edward Lischinsky), a life-long member of JWV in Massachusetts and proud member of the Army told me about the history of JWV and that I should consid er joining. Shortly thereafter I was approached by an that I could be a member of JWV in an In-Service membership status. My big takeaway from your response is that recruit ment isnt just a one step process. It can take more than one person more than one conversation to get a new member. It also demonstrates how valuable a recruiting tool the In-Service Membership is. Agreed. In-Service membership affords the active duty member a chance to learn and share the values of So when they leave the service, they dont even have to think about whether or not they want to join. They already know how special the organiza tion is and are ready to get involved. You joined because you were asked. But why did you stay? I stay because JWV is an organization that I believe serves a tremendous purpose and support network to members of our faith. It is an organization that has provided me with coaching and mentorship and has allowed me to take an active role in our post and mili tary community. I am fortunate enough to belong to an organization that makes it a priority to takes an active commitment to the ideology of supporting our nation, our community and our veterans. As a mem ber of the JWV team it allows me to participate and give back to veterans that came before me that helped make my tour of duty a bit easier. The freedoms that they fought for are the rights and privileges that we all enjoy today. Just like a lot of the Members I talk to every day, you think of your work at JWV as a continuation of your service. As you step into this new leadership role, what do you think the biggest challenge is for the Membership Committee? move our organization forward. We are always try ing to actively recruit new members that is a given. The days of members knocking on our Post door and wanting to join are over, which it is unfortunate be cause we as an organization became very comfortable and relaxed in our recruitment process. This is com pounded with a decreasing target market of members of our faith; I admit we are in a challenging situation. A greed. The population of Americans who serve in the Armed Forces has decreased by over 90%. Jews are already a minority, so the number of people eli gible for Membership had decreased dramatically. Demographics are not going to aid us in our recruit ment efforts. That said its chal lenging but not im possible. The current situation does not mean that we cannot try different ways introduce JWV to Veterans of our faith. To increase membership, thinking out of the box may help. Maybe we have to look at where we locate our posts and what activities to get involved with. Perhaps we could consider creating new posts or relocating exist ing posts closer to active duty military bases. Proximity to large numbers of active-duty personnel would certainly make recruiting In-Service mem bers easier. There are also colleges and universities that are full of potential future members of JWV. But what about average JWV members, who might not have the time or the resources to start a new post near a base or a college? What can they do to help ensure the future of the organization? JWV is a strong organization and the secret ingredi ent of the success of JWV lies with our membership. Our membership is made up of many dedicated and loyal individuals that continue to volunteer and serve. The one thing every JWV member can help with is something sparked your interest to raise your right hand and volunteer to take the oath of JWV. Share that experience and let potential members know your reason why you joined JWV. Make it your personal goal to recruit one new member into your Post within the next twelve months. It all starts with an ask. Yes! As your own recruitment story illustrates, its the personal connection that can really make the difference. At National, we talk to potential new members on a regular basis, and oftentimes there are people who want to join but dont have any friends in the organization. We are usually able to pair them with a sponsor, but sometimes we struggle and commit to really welcoming the new member. get involved in every aspect of the organization. If re cruitment isnt your strong suit, get involved with your I guarantee each level is looking for help.7 Questions with a JWV MemberMember: Selina S. Kanowitz Post: Furer-Barag-Wolf Post 126, NJ Current Residence: Voorhees, NJ Military Service: Desert Storm, USAF Reserve, 21.5 years Member Since Year: 1991What was a special moment for you, as a Jew, serving in the military? In basic training I was appointed Dorm Chief, in services each week, accompanied by a group of nonJewish airmen who were interested in learning about Judaism. Whenever possible, I also included them in Jewish base activities. For what one thing is Post 126 best known? Post 126 is one of the largest and most active JWV posts! What is one of your fondest JWV memories? After the call up for Desert Storm, I was invited to a speaking engagement with a JWV post, and was awarded an honorary membership. After that, my command was motherhood. I retired from the Air Force after 21 1/2 years. More recently, with our children grown and out of the house, I turned my attentions to JWV Post 126, while still pursuing my career as a nuclear medicine technologist. With time, the post recognized my contributions and then, it was just a few short steps to rising to the rank of Post Commander. If you could improve, or completely invent, a JWV program to improve our service to veterans, what would you do and why? Companions to Heroes is my pet program for this year, which unites veterans and homeless animals. It is a win win situation. The animals are saved and the disabled veterans of varying degrees are assistance of the animals. What display of patriotism in your community makes you the proudest? I live 10 miles from the Liberty Bell, and two blocks from there is the Mikveh Israel Synagogue, the oldest formal Jewish congregation in Philadelphia. In its 270-year history, Mikveh Israel has consis tently demonstrated that Jews could be patriotic to the American cause, most notably, in the person of In this issue we welome JWV's new Membership Chairman, Barry Lischinsky. Barry has held a variety of leadership positions within his Post and Department and is a proud member of Post 220 in Massachussets. Barry spoke with JWV sta membership coordinator, Mara Sherman, about the membership challenges and opportunities facing JWV as we move forward. Continued on next page In a few weeks, JWV will be rolling out our new revamped website, where you will be able to nd: A dues payment portal A Post locator map Important tax information Recruitment material Info about JWVs activism on behalf of Veterans Back-issues of The Jewish Veteran And much more!


7 NEW MEMBERS DEPARTMENT AT LARGEBressman, Joel Post 100 Faust, Linda Post100 Perin, Elliot Post 692 Reichbach, Cary Post 100 Rosen, Robert Post 344 Schapiro, Larry Post 100 Shannon, Brent Post 100 Shultz, Matthew Post 100 Steiner, Alan Post 100 Zavala, Antonio Post 100DEPARTMENT OF ARIZONA Martin, Franklin Post 210DEPARTMENT OF CALIFORNIA Benn, Barry Post 185 Garber, Irving Post 680 Gordon, Max Post 603 Gordon, Rhoda Post 603 Kaplan, Jack Post 603 Kodimer, Sheila Post 603 Roos, Joel Post 385 Rosenbaum, Mike Post 680 Sklute, Stanley Post 617 Taylor, Robert Post 617DEPARTMENT OF CONNECTICUT Laites, Alan Post 51 Shalett, Stanley Post 22DEPARTMENT OF DELAWARE Elzufon, John Post 747 Meyer, Matthew Post 575DEPARTMENT OF FLORIDA Albinder, Kenneth Post 352 Deutsch, Harold Post 631 Goldfarb, Alan Post 172 Jasper, Georgi Post 202 Katz, Harry Post 300 Levine, Harvey Post 321 Malo, Hilbert Post 819 Soble, Eugene Post 819 Yellon, Marvin Post 265DEPARTMENT OF ILLINOIS Caplin, Brian Post 710 Miller, Ronald Post 10 Ruback, Michael Post 265 Ruolo, Robert Post 710DEPARTMENT OF MARYLAND Kent, Kevin Post 167 Fridling, Joseph Post 692 Perin, Elliot Post 692 Wasserman, Zachary Post 380DEPARTMENT OF MASSACHUSSETTS Mitchell, Jame Post 211 Oshry, Richar Post 211 Sachs, SumnePost 157 Snyder, DaviPost 735DEPARTMENT OF MICHIGAN Brody, Michael Post 510 Mindlin, Alan Post 510 Staneld, KennethPost 755DEPARTMENT OF MIDWEST Holtzman, Howard Post 644 Reed, Charles Post 644DEPARTMENT OF MINNESOTA Wall, LeonardPost 331DEPARTMENT OF NEVADA Hofmeister, Harvey Post 21 Rosenberg, Sheldon Post 21 Schnitzer-Cook, Romy Post 65 Schwartz, Harold Post 64 Stein Lewis Post 21 UnDelawarerwood, Reginald Post 65 Uslan, Karen Post 64 Uslan, Mark Post 64DEPARTMENT OF NEW JERSEY Bachman, Joel Post 717 Dansky, Bernard Post 178 Garber, Ralph Post 498 Greenspan, Louis Post 740 LaKind, Harvey Post 126 Masano, John Post 126 Rand, Charles Post 126 Sacks, Glenn Post 695 Singer, Gerald Post 972 Slutsky, Karen Post 126 Slutsky, Neal Post 126 Soled, Howard Post 651 Uretsky, Cal Post 695DEPARTMENT OF NEW YORK Chaskin, Noah Post 380 Henken, Michael Post 1 Foster, Conrad Post 488 Goodman, Marvin Post 652 Greenberg, Joe Post 652 Katz, Samuel Post 41 Koer, Lawrence Post 488 Krakower, Leon Post 625 Reiner, Victor Post 105 Schecter, Lawrenc Post 652 Scheer, Stephe Post 126 Sier, Morri Post 2 Soblick, Herma Post 652 Vooss, Eugen Post 425 Weinfeld, Bruc Post 425 Weintraub, Rober Post 1DEPARTMENT OF NC/VA Helmer, Daniel Post 95 Hogland, Andrew Post 95 Lightfoot, PamelaPost 299DEPARTMENT OF OHIO Blum, Joseph Post 122 Dobrow, Davi Post 222 Epstein, Rober Post 44 Gottlieb, Richar Post 222 Plotkin, L. Shalo Post 44DEPARTMENT OF PENNSYLVANIA Barbash, Jac Post 98 Zeisler, Harr Post 697DEPARTMENT OF RHODE ISLAND Cohen, Georg Post 23 Schrutt, Barr Post 23DEPARTMENT OF SOUTHEAST Brown, LouisPost 112 Burgess, Dustin Post 112 Davis, Rashad Post 112 Ehrenfeld, Jesse Post 121 Espinal, Luis Post 112 Fowler, Christopher Post 112 Green, Hayden Post 112 Hall, Code Post 112 Halpern, Daniel Post 112 Heller, Justin Post 112 Higham, Jacob Post 112 Holt, Michael Post 112 Jaime, Aaron Post 112 Javenduer, Joshua Post 112 Jensen, Benjamin Post 112 Jukowski, Aleksander Post 112 Kellogg, Kellog Post 112 Kerendian, Nathaniel Post 112 Lake, Davis Post 112 Legaspi, Cesar Post 112 Lipsitz, Louis Post 320 Lutin, Charles Post 112 McMurray, Nicholas Post 112 Mitchell, Christian Post 112 Nyiambayu, John-Fredeluis Post 112 Payne, Benjamin Post 112 Price, Austin Post 112 Rasmussen, Seth Post 112 Raymond, Jacob Post 112 Smoot, Alex Post 112 Squier, Tanner Post 112 Tafoya, Scott Post 112 Urban, William Post 112 Vanover, Joshua Post 112 Walmsley, Jon Post 112 Weinstein, Marc Post 112 Wright, Drew Post 112 Zeller, Mark Post 112DEPARTMENT OF TALO Bogdan, Jared Post 755 Bugalla, Zachary Post 755 Douthitt, Nathaniel Post 749 Everett, Hannelora Post 755 Halperin, Allen Post 256 Himmelhoch, Marc Post 256 Kamin, Wyatt Post 755 Korngut, Fred Post 755 Kramer, Briann Post 755 Lewis, Mark Post 755 Lopez, Guadalupe Post 795 Pody, David Post 755 Reed, David Post 757 Reiman, Lionel Post 256 Roseneld, Daniel Post 256 Rubenstein, David Post 753 Samlo, Alexi Post 755 Schlossberg, Ryan Post 755 Segal, Rebecca Post 755 Wolf, Joseph Post 436DEPARTMENT OF WISCONSIN Cohen, Martin Post 145 Gutnik, Marti nPost 701Haym Salomon, who provided crucial philanthropic aid during the American Revolution. How does being an American Veteran shape the way you celebrate the High Holidays? JWV was founded on the principle that a Jew could be as American as anyone else, but we must not lose touch with what makes us Jews. The High Holidays unite us in our Judaism as an expression of our American right to worship as we choose and be as we choose. Young Frankenstein. Do you know a JWV member whom we should feature in 7 Questions for a Member ? If so, contact Mara Sherman at and let her know. By 2LT Daniel RoseneldWho are the people that our Jewish com munity should look to for leadership? Clergy? Politicians? Your Bubbe? Millennial Jews, such as myself, are the ones who should be looked to for leadership. They are ready to take on obstacles and are not afraid to stand up for themselves, their faith, and the Jewish people. But with the need for committed Jewish leaders in such demand, there must be a shift in the Jewish community. There must be an effort to look past the stereotypes, what we see on television, and understand why it is imperative for the Jewish youth to be a part of JWV programs and the greater community. We want to take responsibility. We are invested, and want to have the op portunity to create initiatives and pro grams that will impact our community. We are willing to learn about what it means to take responsibility no matter how much that may be and do more than talk about what needs to be done. People listen to us. With so many gertips, we know how to not just be heard but listened to. We know the avenues where people are tuned in, and have a desire to make our message loud and clear! Even better, we do not rely on typical media. Social media runs our organizations, and Jewish organi zations for youth are plugged into one another. When one idea, issue, or cause catches on within an organization, the entire Jewish community can be on board within hours. We want a challenge. We do not want it easy. We want to live up to the expectations of others, and more im portantly, those we set for ourselves. Amongst Jewish youth groups, there is Leaders of the Jewish Community Younger Than You Think Continued on page 177 Questions with a JWV Member


8 JWV IN THE COMMUNITY On September 16th, David Hymes marked his cen tennial birthday. Most of us know David as our Past down and speak with him about his story for the past 100 years. According to David, he was born on the kitchen table. My mother couldnt leave my sister alone in the apartment, and my dad was away working. To be honest, I dont even know if we could have afforded to go to the hospital. So, I was born right there, said David. David grew up on the West Side of Chicago, and he went to Marshall High School. His parents owned a small produce store that they both worked at 7 days a week. We werent rich, but we always had food on the table, he said. I wanted to study dentistry, but my parents couldnt support it, said David. After he graduated high school, he ended up getting a job at the local post studied for 6 years, and he graduated as an accountant or, as David calls it, a Jewish engineer. After graduating, David and his friend rented a car, and they took a trip to Denver. The day after they drove back was the day that Davids draft number was picked. While he was at basic training, Pearl Harbor was hit, and as he put it, my two year mandatory ser vice turned into a four year mandatory service. he obtained the rank of second lieutenant. He spent some time in the states before he was transferred to Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force, (SHAEF) headquarters in Europe. When I arrived there, I asked the guy what my job was going to be. He told me that I was going to be He was in charge of getting supplies for different units that were in combat on the European front. While on duty, Mr. Hymes was shot in the arm, and he was hospitalized for nine months. He was discharged from In those days, you had to put your religion on your application, and when he went for the interview, the manager said that they did not hire Jews. David told me that he said some things that would have not made his mother proud. However, he got another interview lined up for an accounting position at a liquor distri bution company, and he ended up working there for a couple of years. Around that time, David met his wife, Evaline, and they found an apartment in Hyde Park, Chicago. They ended up having two daughters. He also went into business with his brother in law, where he worked until he was 90. He joined JWV in 1963, and he helped form the Dr. Samuel Pearlman Post 800 in 1967. He served as the Post Commander from 1970-1972. He sub sequently was elected to the Illinois Department Executive Committee from 1976 to 1994. He was then Military Historys board of directors. Davids wife, Evaline, passed away in 2004, and David said he sold his house for an apartment in Chicago. He ended up retiring 3 years later. I mailed all my accounts, and I told them that their accounts had been paid in full because I was retiring, said David. He says his grandson is getting married in September, and he cannot wait to be there. We wish David all the luck in the world, and Ad Me'ah Ve-essrim. New Centennial, PNC David Hymes was presented with a birthday cake at the National Commander's Banquet at the National Covention. PNC David Hymes Marks His Centennial By Anna SelmanWhats a Good Jewish Boy Doing in Vietnam? By Marc Alan UrbachThat is the question Mr. Cary King told me he was King is not your average or ordinary attorney. On Sunday, June 25, the highly decorated soldier spoke to the Jewish War Veterans USA, Atlanta Post here in Dunwoody. Its a great honor to present information to fellow Vets of all wars, WWII to the present, said Cary. A from this man, who was awarded the Purple Heart I was born in 1941 and loved the post WWII generation, John Wayne and was attracted to the Army. I found a place in the ROTC for four years at Georgia State, said Cary. I joined because I love the military and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant on August 22, 1963. Went to Emory Law School on a deferment, but I dropped it for active duty, said King. Went to Fort Still Oklahoma, artillery school, then to jump school at Fort Benning. I asked myself, why am jump I ruptured my Achilles tendon. I volunteered for Vietnam in 1966 and was sent to Fort Leonard Wood, Kansas where my daughter was born. Volunteered again, January of 1967 sent to Vietnam with the 1st Infantry and was told, dont need artillery, we need for three days. Got wounded, but wanted to go back, so I did, explained King. The Tet Offensive. We got hit from every direc the middle of the jungle and were attacked by a regi ment of Vietcong, lost three men that night. You can breathe the dirt, said King. I ordered the infantry their head. That night I said to myself, God, if you get me out of this with my arms, legs and half a brain, Ill do something to give back, I want to see my daughter and come home, said Cary. King explained how Vietnam Veterans werent treated well when they got home. Treated apatheti cally, like we didnt exist. I had no politics about the war and didnt talk about it for years. But what King has done with the rest of his life is nothing short of remarkable. Pro Bono legal clinic in the United States. Were now the model for others. I am the director of the Georgia VA Clinics, said Cary. We have provided over 15 thousand hours and seen over two thousand Veterans, explained King. This is exactly the information all Veterans need to hear, as I have a close friend in need of legal assistance. In 2013 as Chairman, we opened more clinics; now were in Fort McPherson with sev en lawyers, Augusta, Carrolton and Rome, looking at Columbus and Savannah, said Cary. They raised for the Vets 4.2 million dollars Georgia State Clinic, these are various outlets you can go to, Court or not, these are services provided to you. UGA opening, Pro Bono Veteran Clinic and Psychology counseling and therapy, explained King. Cary is very proud of the Veterans Courts in Georgia, but said, we need for Veteran mentors to assist them by working with veterans. King concluded with a short statement that he was not the best student at the AA Synagogue and not the best behaved at Ft. Still. Amazingly, Rabbi Murray Berger who was sitting in the front, humorously com mented, Who do you think was your Chaplain at Ft. Still? Linda Klein, President of the American Bar Association is hoping to use the legal Pro Bono ser vices for Veterans program on a national basis, but its going to take some time, said Cary. Thank you again for being here this morning. A standing ova tion ensued for Mr. Cary King. Cary King


9 JWV IN THE COMMUNITY By Steve Markman er major public attraction for that matter, to func tion without an army of dedicated volunteers. The at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base just outside of Dayton, Ohio, is no exception. While visitors will see staff members just about everywhere they venture in the Museums four massive buildings, just about all of them are volunteers. From the information desk at the entrance to docents stationed at most of the exhibits, and others throughout the complex, most staff that a visitor will see are volunteers. Members of Jewish War Veterans Post 587 always have supported the Museum. Currently, six members serve in various roles throughout the complex, which is the largest military museum in the world. Three members volunteer in the Holocaust ex hibit: Ira Segalewitz, Henry Guggenheimer, and Joe Bettman. Ira and Henry are Holocaust survivors and routinely tell of their personal experiences from this sad era to large groups of school children. Both also are Army veterans of the Korean War. Joe Bettman has visited two former concentration camps and relates his thoughts of this experience to Museum visitors. Leslie Buerke and Bert Cream serve as docents in different galleries throughout the Museum. They study about the aircraft and artifacts in their areas and are ready to answer the most-often asked questions from the public (getting stumped usually results in their researching the question to be better prepared for the next time). Bert always is ready to answer technical questions based on this thirty-six years ex perience in military aviation R&D. Their duties also include watching for any problems visitors may have and providing assistance or calling in professional staff as needed. Steve Markman, former Post 587 Commander and now Dept of Ohio Commander, volunteers in the Restoration Division. He works out of sight of the pub lic, helping to prepare aircraft for display. For over ten years, Steve has been restoring the historic Memphis Forces heavy bomber to return to the U.S. after com pleting 25 missions over Europe. (The Memphis Belle will go on public display in May of 2018.)Dayton Volunteers at the National Museum of the U.S. Air ForceSteve Markman cleans the Norden Bombsight that will be installed in the Memphis Belle. By Art KaplanThe Harvey J. Bloom Post 256 in Dallas met their lo cal Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts at the Dallas Jewish Community Center in order to honor our fallen Veterans at 3 area cemeteries. There were 32 vol unteers present, and they all went to the Shearith Israel Cemetery on Dolphin Rd. Back in 1955, Post 256 sponsored a monument honoring our Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Coast Guard men and women our American way of life. A few words were spoken by TALO Commander played TAPS. After the ceremony, the Boy Scouts on the graves of our Veterans. After Shearith Israel Cemetery ceremony was complete, some of the group went on to Temple Emanu-Els Cemetery on Lemmon Ave and some the Veterans graves there. The day was a humbling experience knowing what these deceased Veterans did for us to be able to enjoy all the freedoms that America has to offer, said Art Kaplan, Commander of TALO. Dallas Post Goes Flagging with the Boy Scouts Seattle Post Teaches Local Students on Memorial DayBy Zelle RettmanTo honor Memorial Day this year, seniors at the Sephardic Brotherhood Cemetery on Friday, May veterans. The program was led by Bob Shay, a mem ber of the Jewish community who volunteered in Chair for Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), as well as a Post Commander for Jewish War Veterans of the United States (JWV). Bob Shay explained that the JWV is the lon gest active US veterans organization, and the Seattle JWV umbrella across the country. When Bob Shay began the Seattle program in 1996, he had 58 names. Today he has over 850. dents learned about the Seattle Jewish community's connection to the American armed forces. Students asked questions about the history of Jews serving in the US armed forces, the burial process, headstones and cemetery maintenance. They were especially ing to a name they recognized, which happened far more frequently than any of them anticipated. Before leaving the cemetery, Bob Shay gave each student a small red booklet containing the United States of America's founding documents. He ex plained that these documents are among the oldest and most long-standing documents of any country to allow Jews to live and practice their faith freely. He thanked the students for their time, impressing upon them how appreciative veterans are of the recognition. graves for Memorial Day. By Greg Lee, Department Commander of CaliforniaPickles to Peppers is a green growing project put to gether by the JWV Department of California in order to help veterans have access to fresh fruit and veg etables at their local VA. Its mission is to integrate local communities with veterans and academia in economically viable enterprise based upon sustain able and healthy technology. This is accomplished by growing, processing and marketing a variety of pick led vegetables. Its concept is derived from the Israeli Moshev operations that permit larger participation. A Moshev can best be described as A cooperative community made up of small farm units. The Moshav has proven itself as a viable model for more than 60 years. It is the perfect platform for community-support ed agriculture as urban areas rarely have the space re nitys needs. However these areas almost always have small plots of misused or under used growing areas. The yield this year has been great with lots of pep great for the veterans and their families.Pickles to Peppers


10 JWV IN THE COMMUNITY The men of JWV Post 692 are mustering for one last battle against being forgotten One long night during the Vietnam War, Air Force Capt. Sheldon Goldberg was killing time, wait do, and I had a ridiculous epiphany, he says. I took a grease pencil and I wrote on the board, Whats a nice Jewish boy like me doing in a place like this, killing Buddhists for Christianity? It was 1969 and the M*A*S*H-like bit of sub version didnt land him in hot water with the brass. Everyone thought it was quite humorous, says Goldberg, now 78, who served just under 30 years un til his retirement in 1985. That relatively few Jews serve in the military to day irks men like Goldberg. The profound experience of war stamped them in a way like no other. Those ex periences, from the ridiculous to the hair raising, are threads in a uniform that he and his fellows in Jewish War Veterans Post 962, representing Rockville, wear every day. Increasingly, they say, fewer people respect the uniform. Is WJW anti-Jewish veteran or just anti-mil itary? read the subject line of an email Goldberg sent in June. Thats how this story began. It isnt just this newspaper, its the Jewish community at large, Goldberg said when I called him after receiving his ing forgotten. Thats why they built the memorial. It stands in front of the Bender Jewish Community Center in Rockville a 12-foot-tall sculpture by Bethesda art ist Phillip Ratner, a Wall of Honor facing the sculp ture. The memorial is hallowed ground for them standing so that the Jewish community will see that there is a place where its heroes, both alive and dead, can be honored for their service and for their sacri But what if you built a memorial and nobody came? When Post 692 held a rededication ceremony sponse was underwhelming. We contacted all the synagogues in four counties and nobody responded, says Stuart Freeman, the posts commander. The bigger problem is that we did a lot of publicity, says JWV post member Marshall Sneiderman, 78. And nothing. And so they gathered at the memorial on a hot communitys dereliction of duty when it comes to the military and the contributions Jews like them have made to this countrys defense. Except that once out of the hot sun, anger subsides to low-grade resentment. What comes out instead is that barring another mass mobilization, another World War II or even Vietnam, there will be few new Jewish veterans because so few Jews enlist. The best these men in their 70s or bet ter can do is search for a way to reach the young few and try to preserve and protect their organi zations past accomplishments. And tell stories, lots of sto ries. Like Goldbergs whiling away a dull night with a grease pen cil, each one has been honed to a sheen. He erased the board, but he kept the story. There were half a million Jews in the U.S. mili tary then. Since Vietnam cast a shadow over military service, those numbers have declined. Today, Jews form only 1 percent of the military, says JWV mem ber Elliott Robinson, 78, who spent six years in the When Robinson signed up in 1957, there was no question of why. Everybody was going into the mili tary in one fashion or another at that time. Gold says there is room in fewer peoples lives for that kind of service. People have two jobs now. And the young are hooked on their electronics. The memorial went up in 2008, but proved inac cessible. The post made plans to move it to its current spot you cant go from the parking lot into the JCC without passing it and Gold raised $30,000 to pay But you dont get a real sense about what war and service is about unless you talk to the guys. Freemans In all this time, I never joined anything, he says. But the dwindling number of Jewish vets and the memory of what it was to serve in uniform brought him around. Five years ago, he joined the Jewish War Veterans.This article was rst published in the Washington Jewish Week. Talking Old Soldiers By David HozelPoughkeepsie Post Attends Franklin D. Roosevelt 135th Birthday Commemorationby Martin C. HochhauserOn a cold but clear day on January 30, 2017 dig the birth of our 32nd president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Born on January 30, 1882, this year we celebrated FDRs 135th birthday. It was a beauti ful ceremony as The Long Gray Line of West Point cadets came marching into the Rose Garden to the beat of a solemn drummer. Following this majestic entrance came over a dozen dignitaries who present ed wreaths to honor President Roosevelt. The local community was on the periphery of the Rose Garden to witness this annual event. Among the twelve groups presenting wreaths, one group was the Jewish War Veterans of the United States, Pvt. Herman Siegel Post #625 of Poughkeepsie, Schwartz and Chief of Staff Martin Hochhauser. Our Post was named after a local resident, Herman Siegel, who was born and bred on May Street in the City of Poughkeepsie. Born in 1925, he graduated Poughkeepsie High School in June 1943 and joined the Army. Eleven months later, on May 18, 1944, at age 19, Pvt. Herman Siegel was killed the local Jewish community to die in World War II. In addition to Commander Schwartz presenting the JWV wreath, Chief of Staff Hochhauser placed a stone on FDRs tombstone in the Jewish tradition to indicate that a visitor has come to show respect, that the deceased has not been forgotten and to rekindle the memories of the past. wreath was presented by Brigadier General Cindy R. Jebb, Dean of the Academic Board, United States The formal event was concluded with salutary vol ing of Taps. The Long Gray Line marched out of the Rose Garden once again to the sound of a drummer. Finally, everyone was invited back to the Visitors Center to partake in two huge birthday cakes and hot beverages. Sta Martin Hochhauser. Stuart Freeman Sheldon Goldberg Members of Post 692-MD in front of the Jewish Veterans Memorial in Maryland.


11 JWV IN THE COMMUNITY By Randall LiebermanIn 1998, the Jewish War Veterans "Irv Steinberg" Post 440 of Boynton Beach raised $146,000 to purchase a 17-passenger bus for the exclusive use of the Veterans Administration Medical Center of West Palm Beach to transport disabled veterans. Then, in late 2016, the post was told by the center that the bus had become inoperable after about only 60,000 miles and that the bus would have to be scrapped. Post Commander Jerry Schnur, 90, of West Palm Beach, a Coast Guard veteran from World War II, viv idly recalls the moment he heard the news. "When the member was talking about how the bus had to be scrapped, I interrupted his report to go on record that I took full responsibility for getting this bus back on the road," Schnur said. "In the memory of those members who had worked so hard to purchase this bus, I knew we had to do something." Schnur decided to have Michael Corbett, 71, of Boynton Beach, a Marine Corps veteran from Vietnam, look into the matter. "Michael is my left-hand man and also my righthand man," Schnur said. "He's like a magician. I knew he would get things done." Corbett had the bus checked out and it was de termined the cost of replacing the engine (which had a cracked block), including labor, would be in excess of $16,000. "We operate on an annual budget of around $5,000 a year," Corbett said. "And 85 percent of that goes back to our own veterans. I didn't think we'd be able to come up with that kind of money." So Corbett contacted the bus manufacturer Thomas Built Buses, headquartered in High Point, Following some discussion between Corbett and a new engine for the bus. Following further discus sion, the company agreed to pay for the installation of the new engine, as well. Buses were concerned for the welfare of our veterans," Corbett said. "They wanted to give back to those who had served their country. We, in turn, are so grateful for the company's generosity." After the necessary mechanical repairs were morning, June 30 in which Schnur present ed the keys to the bus to Jon Roberts, chief of facilities management at the center, in recog nition of the bus being able to get back on the road. "Thousands of veterans have already been served by this bus, and we hope thousands more will now be able to be served," said Roberts after accept ing the key. Schnur and Corbett were thrilled with the turn of events. "This is one of the happiest days I've had in a while knowing that we put this bus that bears our name back on the road," Schnur said. Thomas Built Buses Company for its generous re sponse to our need to revitalize the bus that means so much to the thousands of disabled veterans in South Florida who rely on this transportation to attend to their life-saving medical appointments." able to provide this donation. In an email to Corbett, Ricky Myers, technical service manager of Thomas Built Buses, wrote, "As for Thomas Bus, we are proud of our veterans, and we cannot thank them enough for what they did and what they do." thanked the post during the presentation. "The Jewish War Veterans do so much for our medical center," said Mary C. Phillips, the center's chief of voluntary service, in her intro ductory remarks. "They are one of the organizations we can count on the most for help." Added Donna Katen-Bahensky, the center's director, in her closing remarks, "I want to thank everyone for coming to this wonderful day for the VA Medical Center."For more information about JWV Post 440, contact Michael Corbett at or 561-7428016. This article was originally published in the Jewish Journal (South Florida).JWV Post Rededicates Bus For Disabled VeteransJerry Schnur, commander of Jewish War Veterans Post 440 of Boynton Beach, speaks at the VA Medical Center in West Palm Beach at a rededication ceremony for a bus the post purchased to transport disabled veterans to and from the center. Post member and VA chair Arnold Zenker observes operation of wheel chair lift.New Jerseys Jewish War Veterans Education Grant ProgramMort MillingerAt the 86th Convention, the Leo A. Seigel Dr. Philip Shapiro Education Grants were awarded to three deserving recipients Austin Grant, Joshua Schuman and Eric Schneider. All are direct descendants of JWV mem bers, and we could not be prouder of their education, athletic and community accomplishments that con tributed to them getting these awards. these grants annually to graduating seniors from pub All applicants must be a direct descendant of a mem ber, living or deceased, of a Jewish War Veterans Post This years recipients are a prestigious group of young adults, and we know that they will go on to do great things for our community as well as the United Duke University. Joshua Schuman of West Orange, tending the University of Maryland. Congratulations Recipients of New Jersey's JWV Education Grant, from left: Austin Grant, Joshua Schuman and Eric Schneider; and Mort Millinger, Chairman of the National Youth Acheivment Program. JWV Foundation 2017 Grants have all been awarded. Information for the 2018 Grants will be availabe on the JWV website in the spring of 2018.


12 Convention Round-Up! Robert Richter, Post 126-NJ, was this year's recipient of the Murray L. Rosen Award for Member of the Year. Darin SelnickPost 753, San Antonio, TX would like to thank everyone who attended the 2017 in San Antonio, and I sincerely hope you enjoyed your stay. Everyone in Texas has waited a long time for a JWV convention to be held in Texas, but when it was scheduled in our own backyard, we were pumped! There is no greater place to hold a convention for a military-based organization than Military City U.S.A. All involved at this end put in a lot of time, planning and organizing with TALO and certainly hope you liked the accommodations, and if you ventured out of the hotel, you found what our great city had to offer in the way of attractions, shop ping and cuisine to your liking. Even the weather co operated by not being too, too hot, for August that is, although the uninvited guest, Hurricane Harvey, did disrupt the plans of some. Speaking of hurricanes, we send our best wishes, hopes and prayers to not only JWV members, but ev eryone affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. From our perspective, one of the highlights was the outstanding presentation of the colors at the Joint Opening Ceremony, the Auxiliary Presidents The colors were presented by the Ft. Sam Houston Veterans Administration (VA) Cemetery Memorial Detachment, the Brackenridge High School Womens color guard and the Joint Base San Antonio Randolph AFB Honor Guard, respectively. Incidentally, in the 2016 school year the Brackenridge High School Womens color guard placed number one in the na tional competition! We hope you enjoyed all of the presentations, but especially by two Post 753 members, David Rubenstein (USA MG Retired) and Post 753 Commander Herschel L. Sheiness. General Rubenstein, who is the former commander of the AMEDD Center and School, gave an excellent presentation about inspiring young lead ers. Also, we hope you had time to meet with Post Member Bart Sherwood and his service dog, Colonel, to learn more about the Train A Dog Save A Warrior program he administers. Our other presenters included MG Patrick Sculley, General Baruch Levy, General Christopher Powers and JWV members Marc Wolf and Darin Selnick. MG Sculley, the former Chief of the Dental Corps, was the keynote speaker at the Museum reception, where he spoke about the Army Dental Corps' effort to give Captain Salomon the Medal of Honor. Generals Levy, the past commander of Tzevet, and Powers, the past derful presentation at our Israel Update Panel. Marc the future of JWV, and Darin Selnick, the Assistant to the VA Secretary, represented Dr. Shulkin, the VA Secretary, on a very special VA update for JWV. COL Carl Singer. I know all of us here at TALO will enjoy seeing Carl walking around town with his new we know you will do great things, and dont forget to visit us Texans in your travels. All of us here at Post 753 had a great time at tending the talks, the workshops, the meetings and of course, the Commanders Banquet! I was especially appreciative to host the workshop on JROTC engage ment, where we brought in LTC Jerry Cheatom from Sam Houston High School to speak about engaging JROTC students. We loved attending some of the other work shops as well. We learned about the new Kol Israel Connections Program with the JWB Jewish Chaplains Council, where Posts will be partnered with oversea military bases. We also got a sneak preview at the new JWV website as well as learned about improv ing our public relations. I attended the membership workshop, where I learned about recruiting younger members. It was really great all around! Thank you all for coming! Should any JWV members be in San Antonio, we welcome you to join us for a bagel at our monthly meetings. In any case, we look forward to seeing yall next year in Tampa! Herschel L. Sheiness MG David Rubinstein Appreciation from PNC Carl Singer. PNC Carl Singer and MG Baruch Levy. By Herschel L. Sheiness, Commander Post 753


13 Feuereisen-I. T. Rockman Award Department of New Jersey Nassau-Suolk County Council, NYBen Kaufman AwardDr. Harvey Bloom Post 256, TALOWolfson AwardManhattan-Cooper-Lt.Col Larry EpsteinFlorence Greenwald Post 1, NY Department of MassachusettsNational Commanders AwardMaurice Kubby Post 749, TALOJoseph Demiany Memorial AwardNassau-Suolk County Council, NYPost-9/11 Veteran Support AwardManhattan-Cooper-Lt.Col Larry EpsteinFlorence Greenwald Post 1, NYRecruiter of the YearGeorge Hart, Centennial Post 112-SW Barry Schneider, Martin Hochster Memorial Post 755, TALOEdward D. Blatt AwardAlbert Adler, Department of NJBrennerJaee Memorial AwardBest Monthly Publication Valley of the Sun Post 194, SW Best Bi-Monthly Publication PFC Frederick Hecht Post 425, NY Best Quarterly Publication New Beacon Dept. of NYOutstanding Email NewsletterMartin Hochster Memorial Post 755, TALO Most Improved Online EngagementDr. Harvey Bloom Post 256, TALOPost GrowthSmall Posts Sam Luna Post 106, NY Medium Posts Colin J. Wolfe Post 95, VA Large Posts Edward D. Klein Post 138, CA Bountiful Posts Atlanta Centennial Post 112, SW JWV IN THE COMMUNITY Convention Round-Up! Albert Adler, Dept. of NJ Marc Thurston, Post 138-CA Peter Levy, Post 755-TALO From left: PNC Sheldon Ohren, Post 425-NY; Michael Menschel, Post 250-NY; Lewis Wunderlich, Post 488-NY; and Gerald Alperstein, Post 1, NY From left: Allan Cantor, Post 256-TALO; Scott Stevens, Post 749TALO; Art Kaplan, Post 256-TALO; Barry Schneider, Post 755-TALO; Ken Ashworth, Post 753-TALO; and Andy Lavigne, Post 256-TALO.JWV 2017 Award WinnersBoston Chapter Donates Collections To Needy Hospitalized VeteransOn January 30, 2017, representatives of Sharon Post 735, Jewish War Veterans of the United States pre sented a check in the amount of $1,600 to Richard Leeman, Assistant Chief, Voluntary Service and Lana Otis, Voluntary Services Program Manager at the Brockton Campus of the Veterans Administration Boston Healthcare System. The Post collected these funds during their Veterans Day solicitation at Shaws Supermarket in Sharon which took place from the personal needs of these men and women while un dergoing treatment and extended care within the VA fa cility. Among the items provided are specialized tele phones for the used of paralyzed patients so that they may more easily maintain contact with their families. Since 2009, the OPost has raised and contrib uted over $23,000 to this organization. In addition, Sharon Post 735 has received the Jewish War Veterans Department of Massachusetts Community Service Award for their continued support of hospitalized veterans for the years 2014 and 2015. The Post also regularly sponsors deserving seniors from Sharon High School and Stoughton High School at the an Tomorrow scholarship breakfast program. The Jewish War Veterans is the oldest veterans organization in the United States. It was formed in 1896 to support the veterans returning from battle with grave wounds, both physical and mental. The Jewish War Veterans Post #735 is a Sharon Massachusetts JWV Post dedicated to carrying on the traditions of racism and bigotry. From left: Richard Leeman, Lana Otis, and Paul Maltzman, quartermaster of Post 735-MA.


14 PROFILES IN SERVICE IN THE BELLY OF THE BEASTBy Julian Haber contained the last coal-driven propulsion system used pelled her to 21 knots at full speed. Some of vessels more than one ton shell thirteen miles. Before World craft guns and develop a capability to launch aircraft. Abie Fox, a Polish migr and Fort Worth, Texas 1917 and immediately shipped out for training at the the USS Texas as a Fireman Second Class on June 28, 1917. He looked forward with much anticipation to action as part of the 9th Battle Squadron operat ing out of Scotland. However, a funny thing happened off the coast of Rhode Island at the mouth of Long Island Sound, the Texas ran aground on Brock Island. She could not maneuver off until towed to open water by tugboats. Suffering extensive damage and needing 1918. cult and at worst as horrible. A coal barge anchored next to the ship. Large cranes lifted the fuel onto the Texas deck. Then Abie and much of the rest of the crew shoveled coal down large chutes that led to coal bins in the engine room. As a Fireman 2nd Class Abie Fox transferred large black chunks from the bins onto who placed the fuel into the boilers. He along with his comrades sweated profusely from the searing heat, in haled unhealthy coal dust and thick smoke that led to occasional shortness of breath. One of his crewmates stated that his skin turned so dark after his shifts in the engineering/fuel room that he hardly recognized himself in the restroom mirror at the end of a shift. Another fellow sailor, Charles Hergut, said, Hell When the vessel ran at slow speed and the boil ers dimmed somewhat, Abie and his shipmates often got meat, onions and potatoes from the galley, placed them in a coal scoop and cooked a stew in one of the not get black lung disease, pulmonary or stomach cancer. When the Texas arrived on February 11, 1918, at the Scapa Flow in the Orkney Islands off the coast of Scotland, she was assigned to Battle Division 9 of the 6th Battle Squadron of the British Grand Fleet. Abie and his crewmates in the boiler room kept the of its estuary on the Jade and Emms Rivers to chal lenge the Allied shipping. However, after seeing the Texas and other large ships, they retreated beyond gun range and a major encounter never occurred. east of the Isle of May and escorted the enemy to the Firth of Forth, Scotland, where surrender and im poundment of the Boche vessels occurred. She got un der way again December 12, when together with other George Washington carrying President Woodrow Wilson to Brest, France on his way to the Paris Peace Conference. Two days later the ship embarked for his service to America two months later and left his battleship to return to civilian life.SHE THOUGHT SHE WAS HARDLY WORTH MENTIONINGBy Joel Michaels Gladys L. Lonstein-Gaman, a member of our coun trys greatest generation, recently passed away, just two weeks shy of her 100th birthday. She served in the II (1943 -1946), where she was assigned to the 121st Station Hospital in Braintree, England. After the War, she lived most of her life in Peabody, Massachusetts where she raised her family. Her two sons, Steven and Philip, survive her. I am Gladys nephew. Gladys came from a modest background in Worcester, Massachusetts, where she lived with her two sisters and younger brother. She was an unas suming woman who did not seek recognition for her military service. During an interview in 2004 by the diminish the extent of her contributions to the War effort. When asked why she enlisted as a nurse at age 24, she said I had to be a part of it in some small way and nursing was the only way she could make a contribution. She went on to say that my involve ment seemed so small to me as she compared it to the many young men who saw combat and thought it was hardly worth mentioning. Like many American Jews who served in World War II, Gladys gave two reasons for her service. The we would have been next. The second was to help my people who were being persecuted in the concen tration camps. Supporting American soldiers in the some outreach to her fellow Jews who were victims of the Holocaust. Her remarks provide context for why a alone to enlist and go on to England to face an uncer tain future during a most troubled time. Although Gladys saw her contributions as a mem that way. One night, while on duty at the hospital in England, Gladys experienced the impact of a German warplanes bomb. After she emerged from the rubble and from under the desk she used for cover, she saw mediately directed her attention to ensuring the safety and health of the patients in the ward. Her response and actions that day were the subject of a Majors extremely hazardous conditions, Second Lieutenant essary work of attending to the patients in the ward. Gladys explained her reactions that night by saying that she probably was too dumb to be scared and all I knew was that I had to get the patients to a safe place. Since World War II, the role of women in the American military continues to evolve. Some of this change can be attributed to the actions of many wom Corps. Like their male counterparts, they too were fearless in ensuring that our country would not fail in defending its security and freedom for its citizens, while restoring peace throughout the world. To this day I remain in awe of the contributions they made. DONT FORGET TO DUCKBy PNC Sam Greenberg Marty was born in Wilks-Barre, PA, and he was one of three brothers. They grew up in a small town with around 4,000 Jews, which was a large Jewish popula tion for Wilkes-Barres size. He was a Boy Scout, and he always wanted to serve his country and to follow in the footsteps of his brother Sam. His chance came when he was drafted at the be ginning of the Korean War. His brother Sam dropped him off at his local train station to go to basic training. Sam told him, Dont forget to duck, and he laughed and continued to smile as he got on the train. He trained at Fort Sam Houston to become a com bat medic, and he joined the First Armored Division at Fort Hood, where they deployed to Korea. He worked diers. He always said, War was hell, and thats pret ty much all he would say about it. He was wounded three times during the battle of Pork Chop Hill, and he received a bronze star and a silver star for performing his duties.


15 PROFILES IN SERVICE He spent 10 months in Walter Reed recovering before going home to Pennsylvania. He decided he would become a watchmaker and diamond setter, which he really enjoyed quite a bit he did it the rest of his life. There, he met Sondra, and they had three sons Mark, Allan and Kevin. Marty was a dedicated member of the Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A., and spent more than 40 years giving back to other veterans. Marty passed away ear lier this year, but we will always remember him, still smiling. HOW JEWISH VIETNAM VETERANS WERE TREATEDBy Jerome Frank My name is Jerome Frank, and I am a Vietnam Veteran. Let me tell you that being a Jewish Vietnam Veteran was not easy. In the Army, I was subjected to anti-Semitism, and when I came back, I was shunned by the Jewish community. Here is my story: In the fall of 1961, I was in night school taking classes in accounting right around when the Berlin crisis was starting. I was drafted in January 1962, and I went to basic training at Ft. Jackson, South Carolina and advanced individual training (AIT) was in Ft. Eustis, Virginia. After completing school, I was sent to Ft. Knox, Kentucky. My wife joined me there where we rented a property off of the base. My landlady owned practically the entire town of Muldraugh, Kentucky. One day she was in the house we rented and happened to see my wifes Jewish cook book. At that time she said to my wife, had she known we were Jewish, she would never have rented to us. The next day, we were about to leave for Shabbat services when the sheriff came to our house with his siren on. The sheriff happened to be our landladys He told us that we were being evicted and we must be out of the house as soon as possible. About a week later, I received a call from Ft. Knox telling me that I had to be off the post by Monday at 4 PM. I called a friend of mine in Personnel and asked him. Where was I headed for? The friend called back and said I was not on any deployment. We started packing up our car over the weekend. I was told to take my dependent home and to report to Ft. Riley, Kansas. In order to leave a military installa he called the Dept. of the Army. After that call, I was the orders. I was a Private E-2. After I arrived back in Philadelphia with my wife and our belongings, I was off to Ft. Riley, Kansas for deployment. After a month or so, we formed a compa ny and packed up our gear and left for points unknown. After being in the air for a few hours, we were informed that our destination was Vung Tau, South Vietnam. I dont have to tell you how it was in Vietnam during that period of time. My tour of duty lasted for 10 months, 3 weeks and 3 days. Upon arrival back home, we were treated as baby killers and even had things thrown at us. I tried to join a Jewish War Veterans Post, and I was turned down because Vietnam was never declared a war at that time. I told the people who were at the bank looking for people to join the War Veterans groups that sol diers are dying there, but no one cared. Finally, I told a friend about being denied for membership, and he made sure I could join. During Vietnam and coming home, Vietnam vet erans and their loved ones were the only people who should be treated like the Vietnam veterans.LEADERSHIP UNDER FIRE By Marc Wolf In my roles as an Anti-Submarine Warfare Intelligence always led with the Boy Scout Oath and Law as my guide posts. On my honor, I will do my best. Those words are the opening lines of the Boy Scout Oath. You see, I grew up as a Boy Scout, earned the Eagle Scout by the age of 15, and those words are the code -let watchword be duty -by which Id lived my entire life, especially when my own leadership came under An enlisted man under my charge, but one year my specialists I ever worked with during my tenure in the spirit, Jesse is one of the few people Ive known who truly gets it and whom I would trust to lead in all situations. At the time, hed been doing what he does best for almost ten years and has what it takes to make it in have him, and I was lucky to work with him during the signed to SEAL Team TWO. advancement process. How else do we retain and was ten years in and was selected as Intelligence all his accolades, Jesse had still not achieved an im ignation to earn before he would make this important career advancement. He hadnt earned a Warfare Device. His best chance wouldve been on a previ ous tour of duty aboard an aircraft carrier, but he was so busy looking after others, he missed his chance to meet all the requirements and was turned down by the review board. grant an exception for Jesse. So the senior leadership promised Jesse in my presence that we would make it happen -I made that commitment. As Jesse's superior, I not only had a personal interest in seeing this thru, it was my responsibility command. I vowed that under my watch, Jesse would advance. A month later our situation changed, we had to act fast to take advantage of our enemys position, and we had to move men into place to be ready. I was sent to another location in Afghanistan, but before I left, I laid out plans for how our manpower should be used. I made it part of my plan to keep Jesse behind. He was just three weeks from reaching his goal his Warfare one of our best, I trusted the other Sailors in my de partment could complete the mission, and for personal In the military structure, you dont question your command. Its virtually unheard of and carries seri ous consequences, but I reminded my superiors of the promise they made to Jesse and of how important it was for us to keep that commitment. the greatest asset he can have is a good name. So, I put myself on the line to help Jesse Harrahill to help him earn his warfare device and advance to Chief, to help the overall group and to help morale to let them know they can believe and trust the chain of command the right thing. In the end, Jesse was able to accomplish his goal. Today, he proudly wears the khaki uniform of a Chief, Jesse knew I stood up for him in Afghanistan. He knew I put career and myself on the line. On my last day of active duty service, he honored me with a plaque inscribed with my own words, my mantra: Always do the right thing and take care of your peo ple no matter what. He added his own sentiment to the plaque: It is because of your devotion to this prin ciple that I proudly wear my pin. In my life I hope to always remain true to those words my own words, my own promise and watch word whether as a supervisor, in management as an executive or as a member of a group taking care of my teammates. It is my hope to always surround myself with people of integrity and honor, who stand up for whats right, who consider the good of the group, and most importantly, who keep their word, no matter the risk. Words such as these remind me of my sense of duty, honor, purpose, doing what's right in the most out for each other, my fellow Sailors and Marines, my comrades-in-arms, my band of brothers. I know I al ways will.


16 Movie ReviewBy Lauren Hellendall, JWV Membership AssistantFewer events in modern history have captured the public interest and imagination as utterly as the bat tles and machinations of the Second World War. The retellings, cultural depictions often focus on hard won victories and uphill struggles against the Axis pow see a rarer, yet incredibly powerful, glimpse into an event that holds more ambiguous ground in the annals of history. that proves to be as harrowing as it is compelling. Alternating between the perspective of a rank-andpresent, the audience can palpably feel the terror from every perspective. The Battle of Dunkirk, alternately referred to as Operation Dynamo or the Miracle of Dunkirk, un folded in May and June of 1940 in the small coastal French town of the same name. Surrounded by quickly advancing German troops and an incoming Luftwaffe (the German air force) over 400,000 soldiers, primar ily British, became stranded once the totality of the enveloping German army became clear. The afore mentioned pamphlets informed soldiers on the beach the German position. Dunkirk captures the following battle, evacuation and activation of the British civilian Dunkirks greatest strength is its ability to suc than emotional and interpersonal drama. Throughout en little insight into the personalities of the charac us with an anxiety inducing and brutal experience of survival in war. As the invasion proceeds we see the beaches of Dunkirk descend quickly into unre lenting chaos. Soldiers blindly trust and mistrust one another, rescue vessels are boarded only to be merci lessly bombed and abandoned while British command struggles to comprehend the calamity. The tension escalates further as we follow a man and a boy from their hometown. The marked contrast between the calm of crossing of the Thames on the way to rescue and the frantic stranded soldiers comes ing boat slowly breaches the zone of combat. This pivotal intersection is captured by quick shots of the vast unforgiving sea and deliberately unsteady cam erawork that serve to inextricably draw the audience of events was much different. The powerlessness and crippling fear omnipres ent throughout is captured with a spine-tingling score that leaves the viewer on the edge of their seat. Coupled with contrasting panoramic shots of destruction at sea and claustrophobic vignettes of desperate and strug gling soldiers, the camera takes us on an exhilarat Inception and The Dark Knight trilogy, Dunkirk de livers another sweeping and expansive epic that has Royal Air Force captain executing precarious assaults to protect the beaches of Dunkirk from inside his miniscule cockpit. Harry Styles, making a surpris ingly smooth leap from boy-band stardom to the sil ver screen, delivers an aggressive and yet undeniably talented performance as a low-level British soldier. Finally, British acting legends Kenneth Branagh and Mark Rylance round out the eclectic cast with char acteristically complex performances. Branagh plays the hand wringing and desperate Commander Bolton who artfully exhibits a restrained compassion for the troops he desperately tries to rescue throughout the Held aloft by its stunning cinematography, subtle and yet profound acting performances, and irresist ibly tense score, Dunkirk has proven itself to quite approach portraying the sober British military and the understated fear and panic of battle in the midst of overwhelming violence, we are treated to an un DUNKIRKThe Luftwaffe (the German Airforce) the coastal French town of Dunkirk in May of 1940, threatening an imminent attack. By this time the German forces had conquered their way through Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and France, they had stranded 400,000 British Expeditionary Forces on the Cornell University PJ Mode Collection of Persuasive Cartography.glamorous and gratingly tense masterpiece. Brutally you shaken and yet full of awe and for this reason Dunkirk is undeniably worth the watch.Lauren Hellendall has been the Membership Assistant at JWV since December 2016. Lauren loves working with veterans and is excited to have her rst lm review published in The Jewish Veteran


17 Continued from page 7 resentatives from the Jewish War Veterans Ladies Auxiliary, the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and even a group from the Manischewitz Matzah Company. In total, 8,000 participants paraded in front of over 10,000 onlookers. When they reached regime which encourages religious intolerance as its basis must and will meet with the moral opposition of the entire world. JWV successfully led the Boycott Against German Goods for almost a decade, when it was then superseded by the United States Governments WWII in 1941. Signs stating, For humanitys sake, dont buy German goods, littered the store fronts of the East coast. Pamphlets informed shoppers on what products to buy and where to buy them. Stores even tually gave in, and they refused to carry any more German products. JWV also partnered with their fellow veterans JWV and other veterans groups monitored over 21 Bundist camps throughout the United States, until the government disbanded them in 1941. These vet eran groups also regularly broke up the Friends of ten ended in notable brawls such as at the Yorkville Casinowhere in 1938, 100 members of the JWV Additionally, JWV actively lobbied their legisla cessful victory was the passage of the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938, which required foreign agents or citizens acting as foreign agents to register with the U.S. State Department. Under this law, the leader of the German American Bund Party, Fritz Kuhn, had his cit izenship revoked and was deported back to Germany, obscure chemist that nobody missed. ing more than societal rejects and historical foot American Bund party were disbanded by the United States government and never heard from again. shown that we do not share their un-American beliefs. We remain vigilant, but aware of the resurgence of this abhorrent philosophy reemerge, and we will do We begin by exercising our freedom of speech and the political process insisting that our elected representatives take a strong, unequivocal stand against this scourge. Today, it's a war of words, but we, along with our fellow veteran organizations, stand ready to confront hate and bigotry whenever and wherever it shows, proudly proclaimed JWV Past The Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A. is current ly working with other veterans organizations to limit JWV, veterans groups like the American Legion, the Vietnam Veterans of America, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America have all issued statements condemning the sign if they ascribe to these shameful ideologies. The Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A. was on the right side of history then, and now, rather than re maining silent, we are speaking up against hatred, said We crushed the Nazi movementand deceptively recruited by some bad actors in the future. For colleges and universities Huge payouts with very little accountability on how the money is being used. For America Veterans that are demoralized and might need constant government assistance. The Ugly Lastly, some schools, like ITT Tech, have abrupt ly closed, leaving veterans high and dry having used These service members are not getting their money's worth many do not get their degrees and many do not learn the skills they need to succeed in the market place. It's not only the dollars wasted, but about the lives being impacted! the future. For colleges and universities Receiving vet erans money without having to do anything for the veteran. For America Veterans that might be unable to provide for themselves. The Answer There are several bills before Congress that address some of these problems that JWV is currently promot ing with The Military Coalition. They might not be voted on or passed this year, but we will continue to Antonio, which included 5 major tenets: 1. Provide effective initial counseling to transition ing service members so that they may select appro priate education and training venues, leading towards productive careers. 2. Provide additional counseling at the request of service members who are receiving GI Bill stipends. to assure that they are providing appropriate services to GI Bill recipients. 4. Decertify those training and education venues which fail to meet established criteria. 5. In the event that a training or education facility closes prior to a service member's completing their contracted program, provide appropriate added GI whole. constant competition for how much can be raised for philanthropy. At Hillels across the nation, young Jews challenge one another for how many students they can engage and bring into Jewish programming. There is any other group. We want to improve. Millennials, no matter how brilliant we are, are always seeking ways to get better. We are hungry for educational trips, such as Birthright Israel, or personalized learning, such as Chabads Sinai Scholars. Young Jews are effective be cause we know that we must constantly sharpen our skills and knowledge base to compete and provide an edge that is needed in our world. and the lessons learned as a growing leader of my Jewish community. From fundraising to writing to program planning and more, so much of my leader ship experience was because members of the Jewish community invested in me. They saw the potential in younger Jews and provided unmatched opportunities. They made a place for young Jews and created a path for their success. At your next Post gathering, I urge you to spend a few minutes discussing how you can engage young Jews especially those planning on wearing the same uniform that you so bravely wore. By passing on your lessons and laying the foundation for us, together we can strengthen the Jewish people. Your Bubbe would be proud. South Dakota. He is an in service member of Jewish War Veterans Post #256 out of Dallas, Texas.Continued from page 1The G.I. BillContinued from page 1 Leaders of the Jewish CommunityThe JWV supplies store isnt just for pins and poppies! You can also badges, caps and jackets! Display your JWV Membership proudly! Visit the online store at the JWV website or contact Pat Ennis at 703-753-3733 or by email: Post Banners and Flags!Shirts, caps, and jackets! For JWV caps, call Keystone Uniform Cap Corporation Phone: 215-821-3434 Fax: 215-821-3438


18 HELPING HANDS BRING SMILES The Bible relates that when G-D called to Abraham In that single word Abraham communicated that he was ready to accept the mantle of responsibilities be ing placed on his shoulders. Many years ago I was crowned your Lend a Hand Chairman as a joke because I always said But today is no joke and I stand before you, my for 56 years and always felt compelled to participate in our many programs but until recently never felt the need to lead this national organization. I want to Ed Goldwasser, for his support. I never expected to be here at this podium, in this position with this hat on. I your faith in me. You have honored me today and I feel Presidents who served our organization before me. I hope to never disappoint you and I will call upon each of you to do the same for me. This position is not a one JWVA. We must work together to support JWVA and all its service programs. We encourage our sisters to participate in Auxiliary programs even while at home. We knit hats and baby blankets for the Baby Basket program and also knit crutch pads for our veterans to make using crutches more comfortable. Innovative ideas of individual Auxiliaries are important to Sister Auxiliaries and I hope, as I travel around, to learn more of what you do so as to inspire other units with your innovations. I am always encouraged by your positive I expect to bring some of my own innovative ideas before the Advisory Board and, with their approval, include them in our programs. Hopefully they will energize and expand our existing projects. At this time I would like to congratulate Paul Warner, the Commander and and look forward to working along side of him this coming year. I would like to thank my new staff and chairmen who have stepped up and accepted new responsibilities on behalf of JWVA. I congratulate all of you and look forward to working with you all as we promote JWVA and our various programs. JWVA is a family; JWV is a vital part of this family. As such we must seek ways to stand together and work to promote each other, and our goals. With this in mind, I remind you that the one program in which we can American Jewish Military History. We must always remember that our Museum is our legacy let no one forget our history of service to our country. Urge your and their family members to also join and participate in our Remembrance Walk and Our Heroes Kiosk. Support is the name of the game. Working together as a family, let us not forget our current servicemen and women, nor our aging veterans who need our support more than ever. My theme this year is Helping Hands Bring Smiles." Much work awaits us; we have lots to do! As you service our veterans, hospital patients and/ or children, please remember that your participation, and your very presence as well as your Helping Hands Brings Smiles to their faces. NATIONAL LADIES AUXILIARY JEWISH WAR VETERANS OF THE U.S.A.National President Iris GoldwasserVeterans Service ReleaseBy Carol AdlerAs I am sitting here today putting this release together on this very somber day, today is 9/11/2017, a day none of us will forget. Sixteen years ago our nation was struck by terrorism when hijacked planes struck the sult of this, a War On Terror was declared by President George W. Bush. Many of our soldiers were deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan putting our military once again in harms way. The only thing positive was that from the shock of this horrible disaster, our nation came together as one. Let us hope and pray that such a catastrophe never occurs again.By Roz Kaplan, Americanism ChairwomanOn a daily basis, all across America, citizens proudly for the country we love, but what do we do when Old anymore? The United States Flag Code states, The ceremony is a meaningful way to show your patriotic commitment to America, and it is an excellent joint ac tivity for you Auxiliary and Post to participate in. school districts, cemeteries, etc. Inform them who retirement ceremony. 3. Secure a place for the retirement ceremony. extinguisher. 5. Be sure that the barrels are placed on a concrete parking lot or on cinder blocks. 6. Drill holes in the side and close the bottom of the barrel for draft. department. 8. Arrange for a bugle for TAPS. 9. Secure a leader for the ceremony and a Chaplain if desired. 10. Flag day, June 14th, is a popular day for this ceremony. How to Retire an American Flag National President Iris Goldwasser and her staff. From left: Stephanie Naftelowitz, Conductress; Roz Kaplan, Patriotic Instructor; Joanne Blum, Treasurer; Jennifer Naftelowitz, Guard; Sandra Kantor, Jr. VP; Linda Singer, SR. VP; Iris Goldwasser, National President; Natalie Blank, Chaplain, and Shirly Zak, Secretary. ABOUT YOUR PRESIDENT IRIS GOLDWASSER


19 Fall 2017 National Ladies Auxiliary of the Jewish War Veterans of the USA National Musuem of American Jewish Military History (NMAJMH) By Louise A. Baraw, PDP, Chairman ing used for storing and exhibiting of American Jewish Military History The historical data in the museum documents and preserves the contributions of Jewish Americans to the peace and freedom of the United States, and serves to combat the belief that Americans who served in the Armed Forces. The museum is a member of the Kalorama Museums Consortium, established in 1989, to pro mote off the mall museums and the neighborhoods they are in, within the greater Dupont-Kalarama area of Washington, D.C. I ask that you preserve this legacy by becoming a member of the Museum for $25.00 a year for an individual. The purchase of pavers, called our Remembrance Walk, can honor or memorialize a loved one. The cost of a 4"x 8" paver with two lines is $200.00, three lines for $250.00, and 8"x 8" pavers with four lines are $500.00. The Heroes Kiosk holds a 4"x 6" picture of your hero in uniform, if possible. A plaque is placed un they served, branch of service, years in service, and the JWV Post and Department they belonged to, if applicable. Add a photo of your soldier for ten times Chai, Organization to support our museum in this way. HELPING HANDS BRING SMILES ABOUT YOUR PRESIDENT IRIS GOLDWASSER Something New Emergency Kits for ParentsBy Natalie Blank, DP, Child WelfareJWVA has given birth to a new program under the auspices of our Child Welfare chairmanship. We unit (ICU), and PICU represents the pediatric ICU. These kits will contain various basic hygiene sup plies (sample sizes) like shampoo, conditioner, pow der, deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste, comb and sterile hand soap, also perhaps a magazine for parents and a small toy for a child, etc., to while away the might be a list of local restaurants and hotels. The purpose of these kits is to provide parents who have a child in an ICU ward of a hospital but do not live near the facility and must remain with their child for days or weeks but require the necessities of life. These are emergency situations and we hope to relieve their stress and anxieties while they wait for their children to get medical care. These kits will be held by the hospital social worker for distribution to needy families. A tote bag with the JWVA log, including a com plete kit with sample sized items in a zippered plastic cosmetic type bag cost $10.00, plus shipping. The tote bag alone is $2.50, plus shipping, which your Auxiliary est childrens hospital facility in our convention city. However, your local Auxiliary can participate during the year with your own childrens hospital in a similar manner. Helping Hands Bring Smiles so bring a smile to a devastated and anxious parent. For more in formation/and or ordering totes and kits, contact 202-667-9061. Insurance ReleaseBy Marcia Jacobs, Insurance ChairmanIt has been gratifying to see the interest in JWVA insurance program. I have handed out many applica tions and provided information regarding the insur A few weeks ago I spoke to Lois at J. J. Weisser, and asked if there any new members. Her reply was that there were only one or two new applicants. If anyone has read the pamphlets, they would know what this program covers. The initial policy covers blood replacement, oxygen and ambulance service at a cost of $11.00 a year. There are additional plans for prescription, dental and vision which cost $129.00 for each. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you would like more information. Phone: 732-691-6138 Email: You can also send mail to me at: Marcia Jacobs 929A Liverpool Circle Our Children Our WinnersBy JoAnne Lifshitz, PNP, Student Awards ChairmanEvery year there are children who amaze and stun our Sisters. Through the generous donations of our membership, we are able to give six of our amazing, hard-working children a student award. This years recipients were: William Achtman has held a 98% average in high school. He was 198 out of 997 students in the graduating class. William is attending Georgias College and State University doing a double Major in Psychology and Pre-Law. His proud grandmother is Shirley Achtman, President of Aux 223 in Florida. Sarah Demsky volunteers at Special Olympic events, teaches piano, and has become very involved in Judaism and the culture. With all this she was the valedictorian for her graduating class. She has carried a 4.0 GPA all through high school. Her mom is Jamie Demsky of Aux. 321 in Florida. She is attending Georgia Institute of Technology. Michelle Levy is committed to whatever she puts her mind to and a personality that makes her a person who will go far in whatever she puts her mind to. She loves her community. She maintains a 2.7 GPA. Johnson and Wales in Providence, RI is where she will be majoring in Baking. Jeanette Levy, her a very proud grandma. Erin Markham -is a talented young lady. She acted, sang and learned the ropes of being backstage for the plays in her school. Erin has worked with children at camps volunteering and showing them how to act and dance and sing. Erin was part of a group call America Music Abroad. They sang in France after touring a Concentration Camp. She realized even more that music coveys a message of respect in any language. Her grades were never below a B. She will be going to Susquehanna University and will be majoring in Arts in Music. Her Grandmother is Gladys Mayer from Aux. 98 in PA. Philip Melnick is an extraordinary young man. Using his life experiences to maintain his interests he A in any course. He is attending Rutgers University where he is majoring in Biomedical Engineering. His Proud Grandmother is Gloria Kaplan from Aux. 41 Nicole Scher spent a large part of her Junior year in the hospital where she was taught. When she returned to main streamed high school, she had to work diligently and extra hard to retain to succeed to keep her marks in accelerated and advanced classes. is attending Long Island University majoring in Art Therapy. With her talent, she wants to help the veterans, seniors and children who need therapy through art. Gail Holtzman, president of Aux.2, from We are all proud of our children. We are very happy that we could help in our own small way. Thank you, Sisters. Remember, there is always next year. Support your museum and honor a loved one by purchasing a space on our Heroes Kiosk. Become a member of the National Museum of American Jewish Military History by contacting Mike Rugel at 202-265-6280 or by email at mrugel@ You can also join online, and/or purhahse a paver or spot on the Heroes Kiosk by going to the museum website at


20 By Mike Rugel Program and Content CoordinatorOn May 26th, we continued our tradition of hosting the Annual Memorial Day Shabbat Service at Sixth spoke for the museum and Jacob Oberstein represent ed JWV by reading the names of the fallen from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It was another meaning Day to the fore for those who attended. The summer season brought visitors to the muse um. When June comes in our neighborhood, it means its time for the Dupont-Kalorama Walk Weekend. fer free admission and special programs. Our friends from the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Washington joined us in the museum to answer ge nealogy questions from our visitors. It was a beautiful day and visitors enjoyed walking our neighborhood. Weve been participating in this event for 20 years and this was our highest attendance yet. We had another large crowd on July 10th when we welcomed radio personality Phil Wood to the museum to discuss Jews and baseball. Wood hosts the pert on the history of baseball. Wood went back to the nineteenth century to discuss Lip Pike, a Jewish play er who was one of the best players of his day. Woods encyclopedic knowledge of the game had him shar ing stories about many players unknown to the casual fan. He also discussed more familiar names like Hank Greenberg, Sandy Koufax, and Ryan Braun. In attendance for Woods talk was documentary The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg, the 1998 greats who enlisted in the Army Air Forces after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Kempners current project is a catcher in the major leagues for 15 seasons. But more importantly, he worked as an OSS spy during World War II working to undermine the German atomic bomb program. Wood described Berg as a mediocre catcher, but a great spy. It should be fascinating to see pleted. Hopefully, well have her back to the museum for a Moe Berg program soon. Its great to see services in our Captain Joshua L. Goldberg Memorial Chapel in the museum. In July, our supporter Dan Levine had friends and family at the museum for a second Bar Mitzvah ceremony on youre interested in using the chapel or other museum facilities. Coming Up Coming Up Coming Up October 25, 2017 November 11, 2017 December 14, 2017Jerry Yellin: The Last Fighter Pilot Veterans Day Shabbat at the Museum Annual Chanukah Party The Shomer Shabbat Contingent Comes to the Museum Shabbat Contingent of the Boy Scouts came to the History. The scouts ranged from Boy Scouts to Eagle Scouts. They were able to tour the entire museum, and they were able to ask the museum staff about any questions that they had. Since the Jamboree participated over Shabbat, the scouts that were Shomer Shabbat could not participat ed. So, the Shomer Shabbat Contingent was started in 1960 when Scout Councils organized Shomer Shabbat years, the Shomer Shabbat Contingent has served over 500 Boy Scouts, from 56 different chapters all over the United States, Canada and Israel. I had the ability to talk to two of the scouts about their trip. They said they were having a great time. I told them about the JWV Scouting Program, which they had not heard of before. They were so excited that they told all their friends at the Jamboree. We had Eagle Scouts that wanted to apply. We told them and their troop leader how to apply and gave them all the forms. If you are interested in bringing your Boy Scout Troop to the museum, please email nmajmh@ Boy Scouts exploring the Service Around the World interactive table. Moe Berg was a major league catcher and OSS spy during WWII. Visitor viewing Jews in the American Military exhibit during the DKMC walk weekend. We continue our annual Chanukah tradition with food, music and song as we look at the ways Jews in the American military have continued the tradition of the Maccabees. Well start Veterans Day with a Shabbat service led by museum chaplain Michael Bloom. Afterwards well put together care packages to help hospitalized veterans. Childrens activities in the afternoon. Jerry Yellin will join us to tell the incredible true story of the nal combat mission of World War II. Nine days after Hiroshima, on the morning of August 15th, two Jewish pilots, Yellin and his wingman 1st Lieutenant Phillip Schlamberg took o from Iwo Jima to bomb Tokyo. By the time Yellin returned to Iwo Jima, the war was ocially overbut his young friend Schlamberg would never get to hear the news.


21 By Pamela Elbe Collections, Archives & Exhibitions CoordinatorWomen have served as volunteers with the US armed temporary or as-needed basis, as support personnel who fed and cared for the troops and as nurses. One of bound her chest and fought the British under the name Robert Shurtleff during the Revolutionary War. Four thousand joined up as overseas nurses and support staff during the First World War. By the Second World The great majority of the military women who served through the Vietnam War were nurs Vietnam as early as 1956, when they were tasked with training the South Vietnamese in nursing skills. As the American military presence in South Vietnam in creased beginning in the early 1960s, so did that of nurses departed from the Republic of Vietnam two One of these nurses was a young Jewish wom an from Washington, DC, named Marita Silverman Bowden. Marita graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in nursing. Wanting to fur ther her education, she joined the military in 1969. This was the peak of the war in Vietnam, and Marita felt that she wanted to do her part to take care of the including a year in Vietnam from August 1970 to July 1971. Marita was stationed at the 8th Field Hospital in An Khe for four months, then the 95th Evacuation 95th Evac, they received many casualties from the in vasion of Laos. She describes her strongest memories from this time as frustration [with] the never-ending wounded; tired all the time. She worked the twelvehour night shift in a combined ICU and post anesthe sia recovery unit. While most women serving the military at this time were nurses, some women had other roles. E.G. Jerry Ferris enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on 9 October 1963, in Philadelphia. She initially thought she was going to be a medic at one of two bases in California or one in Texas. Instead, she was assigned as an administrative specialist (typist) assigned to the 26th Air Defense Command (ADC), a part of 25th a strange looking building which was known as the Block House. However, within three months, she was placed in a secure vault where she received, la Secret, or Top Secret to other facilities in and out of the United States. After six months at Stewart, was blindfolded and led to another area of the Block House. Jerry recalls that when the blindfold was re moved, she was in a darkened room on the second tier. Below was a terrain map of Southeast Asia, the area where our troops were being deployed for battle screens, scramble boards where information was con from a number of countries including Great Britain and Canada. This was the War Room a place where battles were planned, followed, scrutinized and learned from through the mistakes that occurred. Her duties included scrutinizing aerial photographs from Vietnam for patterns of activity. Once it was determined that an activity could be predicted by its repeatable pattern, orders were sent for Search and Destroy missions. The advent of the all-volunteer force in 1973 made a large difference in the numbers of women coming into the US armed forces. As a result of recruitment, training, and greater opportunities, the total number of women in the military grew exponentially. Bonnie Koppell joined the army reserves in 1978 while a rab binical student at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia. Upon her ordination in 1981, in the US military. During Operation Desert Storm, she was placed on active duty and ordered to report to Fort Sam Houston to provide for the spiritual needs of the sick and wounded. She was awarded the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medall for her ser vice in Iraq in 2005. She served in the US Army Reserve for 38 years and retired in 2016 with the rank of Colonel. As the role of women has expanded, the threat of danger to them has also increased. More women have been killed in combat in Afghanistan and Iraq than in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War combined. Roslyn Roz Schulte was a US Air Force by enemy action and the second female graduate killed 613th Air and Space Operations Center at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii, and was sent on deployment as an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance Afghanistan, she was killed by a roadside bomb near recipient. Her citation noted her courageous efforts interpret military intelligence. From the Revolutionary War through present-day service, Jewish American women have contributed their talents, commitment, and patriotism in securing the peace and freedom of the United States through military service. If you are a female veteran, the Museum would love to add your story to our archives. For more information, please contact Pamela Elbe at SHE WHO BORNE THE BATTLE Capt. Marita Silverman, Army Nurse Corps, lighting Shabbat candles at services in Da Nang, Vietnam. (1971). Ft. Huachuca, Arizona (ca. 1992). 1stLt Roslyn L. Schulte


22 22 TAPSDEPARTMENT AT LARGE Goldstein, Louis Post 100 DEPARTMENT OF CALIFORNIA Balzac, Sheldon Post 138 Borsuk, Stuart S. W. Post 512 Falk, Martin Post 603 Goretsky, Maish Post 385 Samson, Maurice Post 603 Sherman, Patricia Post 118 Spivak, Al Post 603 DEPARTMENT OF CONNECTICUT Cohen, Alexander Post 45 Gitlin, Joseph A. Post 45 Luftglas, Roman Post 45 Machenberg, Stanley Post 142 Millstein, Bennett Post 45 Osber, Stuart A. Post 45 Redak, Harvey E. Post 51 DEPARTMENT OF DC Godel, Jacques L. Post 58 Sostrom, John P. Post 58 DEPARTMENT OF FLORIDA Adams, Theodore Post 631 Cohen, Herbert E. Post 440 Hollander, Joel Post 631 Horwitz, Samuel Post 502 Zavodnick, Sam Post 440 DEPARTMENT OF ILLINOIS Kadish, Herbert Post 800 Kish, Frank S. Post 800 Schur, Morton Post 800 Teichman, Melvin A. Post 328 DEPARTMENT OF MIDWEST Kessler, Sheldon Post 644 Sandroff, Charles Post 644 DEPARTMENT OF MARYLAND Greenberg, Martin Post 167 DEPARTMENT OF MASSACHUSETTS Cohen, Edward Post 74 Komessar, Saul Post 211 Kriteman, Morris Post 74 Ravech, Richard R. Post 211 Snyder, Sam Post 220 Yessin, Bernard Post 74 DEPARTMENT OF MICHIGAN Isner, Herbert Post 510 DEPARTMENT OF MINNESOTA Lapinsky, Arnold W. Post 354 DEPARTMENT OF NEW JERSEY Becker, Irving Post 609 Cherkes, A. William Post 126 Cohen, Leonard Post 536 Feld, Harry Post 126 Frankel, Samuel L. Post 126 Gleaner, Harold P. Post 126 Hess, Carl J. Post 741 Mann, Morton L. Post 126 Marder, Abraham A. Post 126 Masters, Solomon W. Post 47 Schwartz, Louis Post 498 Silverman, William Post 39 Singman, Paul Post 498 Spetgang, Irwin Post 126 Stone, Emanuel I. Post 536 Wexler, Herbert Post 76 DEPARTMENT OF NEW YORK Bobroff, Lewis M. Post 425 Cohen, Irving L. Post 652 Davis, Albert H. Post 756 Edwards, David Post 652 Federman, Arthur H. Post 717 Fisher, Herbert B. Post 129 Holland, Herbert Post 105 Israel, Paul Post 41 Kaplan, Howard Post 41 Lehrer, Meyer J. Post 41 Lipman, David Post 425 Lippa, Simon Post 652 Mendel, Benjamin Post 105 Miller, Morris Post 129 Morrison, Samuel J. Post 68 Spivak, Bernard H. Post 80 Stern, Walter Post 221 DEPARTMENT OF OHIO Barson, Richard Post 44 Bradley, Philip R. Post 122 Rivelis, David Post 44 DEPARTMENT OF PENNSYLVANIA Haas, Samuel J. Post 499 Harris, Martin Post 499 Lederhandler, Morris Post 575 Lens, Bernard Post 697 Lubell, Joseph Post 239 Morris, Edwin J. Post 575 Moskowitz, Albert Post 305 Piatetsky, Albert Post 98 Rudoy, Ruth P. Post 499 Simon, Marvin Post 215 Stein, Maurice Post 697 Taub, Burton Post 305 DEPARTMENT OF SOUTHWEST Molay, Arthur F. Post 194 Sheinberg, Haskell Post 203 DEPARTMENT OF TALO Miller, James S. Post 753 Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A.31st Annual Mission to Israel April 30-May 9, 2018 Join us on JWV's 31st Mission to beautiful and historic Israel! Witness the wonderful achievements of this small Jewish country, celebrating its 70th Independence year. We visit places other groups do not visit. Get updated be Jewish or a veteran to travel with us, so bring your family and friends! Its more than a tour, its a meaningful experience! Package includes: Round trip coach class tickets from JFK (New York) with EL AL Israel Airlines. Call aviatours for other cities. the group). Superior First Class hotel accommodations (similiar to Sherton or Crowne Plaza in the US). Full Israeli buffet breakfast and dinner daily. Daily sightseeing tours in an air-conditioned deluxe bus with the services of a licensed English speaking guide (the wonderful Ronit!).You are hereCost is $3870.00Based on double occupancy. All entrance fees to sites as per program. All taxes and service fees as imposed by hotels. Earphones so you can easily hear the guide. Tips per day, per person, for guide, driver, hostess, and hotel restaurant staff. For more information about this trip, please visit the JWV website or contact Christy Turner at JWV Headquarters: 202-265-6280 x417 or email at:




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