Volume 72 Number 2 2018 CONTENTS Dvrei HaShomrim . ................... 2 Message From the Commander . .............................. 3 On The Hill . ................................. 4 Coming Home . .......................... 6 Membership Corner . ............... 8 J WV in the Community . ....... 10 Reviews . ..................................... 16 National Ladies Auxiliary . .... 18 Museum News . ....................... 20 TAPS . ........................................... 22 By Lance Allen Wang, EditorThis months issue is dedicated to the theme Coming Home, an important aspect of the wartime experience. It is sometimes an occasion for celebration. It is also sometimes its own devastat ing crucible. I had the distinct honor and privilege of writing the foreword to a book about my Uncle Julies experi ences as a World War II B-17 navigator, One of Thousands (Lulu Publishing, 2015). I recounted my experiences growing up in awe of this man, and he ence in my donning the uniform. But I closed with these lines: But equally, what I wanted to know from him coming home from Iraq was how to be a war vet. Things change. Perspectives change. How do you wear something so much larger than yourself, those moments of fear, those moments of boredom in a foreign land, those crowded hours, and incorporate them into who you are? Perhaps I expected more of Uncle Julie in this regard than he could provide. What did Uncle Julie do with his experiences of Europe? Where does it all go? No one teaches you how to be a veteran. My experience with redeploy ment programs found far more check the block than anything else (now, granted, things may have changed in the nearly 10 years since I left the Army). to go home. Back in my Uncle Julies time, the decompression of redeploy ment was eased in some ways by ex The culture shock of Vietnam veterans Two days before I was in Vietnam then all of the sudden I was in a college classroom, as one vet described it to me was eased for World War II vet erans by the shared experience of be ing on a troop ship with your comrades. Technological progress in transportation created its own set of problems. Part of my coming home was eased by my search for historical perspective on coming home. Actually, the inter views that resulted in the book, One of Thousands, was part of that search Id developed my rapport anew with my Uncle while I was overseas. He began a correspondence with me, drawing the parallels between the experiences I wrote about overseas with his own when he was stationed in Nuthampstead, England, home of his 602nd Squadron, 398th Bomb Group (Heavy). My search for perspective was also to view the 1946 Best Picture winner, The Best Years of Our Lives which I Coming HomeContinued on page 6 Julius Zlasner in a B-17 bomber circa 1943. Julius Zlasner, left, with Lance Wang. CPL Morris Meshulam: Coming Home After 67 YearsBy Anna Selman, Programs and Public Relations CoordinatorOn June 4, 2018, JWV received a no remains of CPL Morris Meshulam who died 67 years earlier, was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on July 11, 1931 to Sam and Pauline Meshulam. His parents were founding members of the Etz Chaim Congregation, which is a small community of Sephardic Jews in Indianapolis. According to the fam ily, Morris dropped out of High School when he was 18 to sign up for the Army. The little that we know of CPL Meshulam, or Moe as he liked to be called, comes from his surviving fam ily his sister Rose and his nephews Sam and Morris. Rose was contact by the Army a couple of weeks ago, and she was in total shock that her Meshulams brother, Jack and his twin sister Rae gave their DNA to DOD of body. Finally, Jack, Moe and Rae will be brought together in the family plot in Indianapolis later this year. From what we do know about CPL Morris MeshulamContinued on page 7Robert Wilkie Nominated for VA SecretaryPage 4Making a Dierence for our Jewish Service Members Coming HomePage 6Project MaggidPage 9South Florida Jewish Veterans Return from Mission to IsraelPage 13Welcome to the 123rd Annual National ConventionPage 16Dr. Barry Schneider Announces His Candidacy for National CommanderPage 16
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You can also purchase JWV branded badges, caps and jackets!Near the end of the Passover Seder, we play a table game called Who knows? including Who knows six? Six sections the Mishnah has! Following Passover, we begin reading one chapter a week of Mishnah Tractate Avoth, which translated means Ethics of the Fathers. Avoth consists mostly of sage moral advice, aphorisms and a bit of theology attrib uted to the Tannaiem, the Rabbis of the land of Israel who lived up to around 200 CE. Tractate Avoth is the source for many of our most familiar rabbinic dictums such as Hillels statement, If I am not for myself, who will be for me? And if I am for myself alone what am I? And if not now, when? We read one of its six chap ters each week for six weeks, traditionally after con cluding the reading we repeat the cycle until the High Holidays. Consequently, the entire tractate is found in most weekly Jewish Prayerbooks. During this post Passover reading cycle, each Chapter is preceded by a legal tractate, Sanhedrin. All Israel have a portion in the world to come, as it is said in Isaiah 60; And all thy people shall be all righteous, they shall inherit resurrection to eternal life in a perfected worldfor all our people. But our weekly reading of Sanhedrin is only an out of context snippet. In its original context, the Sanhedrin passage deals with Israelites condemned only human, not divine, and that in the end of days the Holy One will redeem them along with the rest of us. Moreover, the Tractate Sanhedrin passage continues by listing the exceptions, those categories of Israelites such as an apikoros, a heretic, who do not have a place in the world to come. More detail on apikorsim, also known as hertics, will be given later. Included amongst the categories is a very short list of seven individually named unworthy Israelites. Curiously, the list of unworthy Israelites singled out by name in cludes Balaam, the primary protagonist of the upcom ing Torah portion entitled Balak, set to be read on 30 June 2018. Balaam was a non-Israelite prophet hired in by Balak, the King of Moab, to curse the Israelites in the wilderness. However, each time he opened his mouth to curse the Israelite encampment a blessing came forth instead. In fact, we recite his blessing each time we enter our synagogues for worship in the familiar refrain; "Mah tovu ohalecha Ya-akov, mish canotecha Yisrael," How goodly are your tents, O Jacob, your dwelling places, O Israel? Balaams inclusion in the list of the unredeemed is curious for at least two reasons. First, he was not Jewish, so why would we cite him in a list of Israelites excluded from life eternal in the world to come? This appears to be clear evidence that our sages believed the righteous of all nations would be redeemed. Judaism teaches non-Jews who follow the seven laws given to Noah are redeemed, Second, it is curious that the rabbis condemn as unworthy of redemption the author of one of our most familiar and beloved liturgical poems. Why? Becauseas the text in Torah makes clear, Balaam knew full well his intended curse was false, not Gods. Indeed, even the donkey upon which he rode could see the folly of his mission to curse Israel and tried to steer him off his fate ful misadventure. Balaam clearly knew the truth, but tried to recite falsehoods. It seems Balaams will ingness to say whatever suited the temporal powers around him, and his total disregard for truth and what is right makes him worthy of clear condemnation de spite his beautiful liturgical poem, the one bit of truth that he uttered only when coerced. Parenthetically, in Avoth, the rabbis declare the donkey's ability to talk as not a miracle but one of the ten wonders built into Now more information about apikorsimheretics. Its not easy to be an apikoros. You might imagine Judaism would declare an atheist, one who declares a non-belief in God or one without any faith to be an apikoros, to be outside the fold. Yet many of our most esteemed Zionists, such as Golda Meir, David Ben-Gurion and Berl Katznelson, who was a lead ing founder and early intellectual leader of Labor Zionism, were avowed socialist atheists. In their day, some argued they were apikorosim, but who amongst us today would declare these greats of Jewish his tory to be outside the fold? Unlike these giants of our history, one who accepts some other faith is called a mishumad, an apostate, meaning one who lamentably has chosen to leave the fold. Many years ago, I was a representative of the Central Conference of American Rabbis to a con ference on Education of the Consolidated Kibbutz Movement held at the kibbutz movement education and conference center, Bet Berl, named so after the aforementioned Berl Katznelson. The director of edu cation for the Kibbutz movement, also named Berl in honor of Katznelson, began by relating that his father kept him from studying traditional Jewish texts such as Mishnah because he wanted to raise him to be an apikoros, a heretic. What he got instead was an am ha-aretz an ignorant one. An am ha-aretz could be dition and its meaning, perhaps knowing a bit here as there as is taught to children, but not really under standing the whole of Jewish tradition on an adult lev el. Much like Balaam, the cursed prophet who knew ered an apikoros. Anyone can be an am-haretz but you must aspire to be knowledgeable enough, learned enough, to be an apikoros. I do not wish for a gen eration of apikorsim, but it would be wonderful to be for the title. RADM Harold Robinson, USN Ret.All Israel Has a Portion in The World to Come
3 National Commander Paul D. Warner, Ph.D. FROM THE COMMANDER MESSAGE Dear Friends and Comrades, Commander, one Veterans issue seems to be on my mind more than the rest the problem of Veteran Homelessness. About 40,000 Veterans are homeless in the U.S. and any sign of an increase means the [Department of Veterans Affairs] needs to rethink its approach to combating the problem. VA former Secretary Dr. David Shulkin told members of Congress. The key, he said, is getting veterans employed and into sus tainable housing. Each year, VAs specialized homelessness pro grams provide healthcare to almost 150,000 homeless veterans and other services to more than 112,000 veter ans. Additionally, more than 40,000 homeless veterans ness: (1) extreme shortage of affordable housing; (2) livable income and access to health care; (3) a large number of homeless and at-risk veterans suffer from PTSD and substance abuse, which are compounded by a lack of family and social support networks; and (4) compounding this is the inability of many veterans is not always transferable to the civilian workforce. The VA has many programs to address home lessness, but most lack permanent authorization. Unfortunately, they are not properly integrated. What is sorely needed is a complete comprehensive pack age which can be uniformly applied. Currently, there are almost 100 individual proposals coming from the Senate and the House. There does not appear to be a single comprehensive proposal designed to address all of the veterans homelessness problems. The following are some of the more promising stand-alone congressional proposals: Senate Bill 1072 is a comprehensive bill that seeks to improve services for homeless veterans. Some of its features are: (1) Authorizing per diem payments for the care for a dependent of a homeless veteran while the veteran receives services from a VA grant and per diem recipient; (2) Having public and private entities provide legal services to homeless veterans and veter ans at risk of homelessness; (3) Authorizing the VA to provide dental care to certain eligible homeless veter ans who are enrolled for care, and who are receiving housing assistance or care provided by or paid for by the VA; (4) Permanently authorizing the VA's referral and counseling programs for veterans at risk of home lessness; (5) Extending authority for supportive ser vices for very low-income veteran families in perma nent housing; and (6) Requiring a GAO study of the effectiveness of the VA's homeless veterans programs and improvement in addressing the care standards for women veterans. It is interesting to note that it includes dental care in the middle of provisions for counseling and legal services. Better organization is necessary. In the House of Representatives, there are a few bills being introduced that will help Veteran Homelessness if passed: H.R.104 Helping Homeless Veterans Act of 2017, makes the following Department of Veterans Affairs programs and services permanent: (1) homeless veter ans' reintegration programs; (2) referral and counsel ing services for veterans at risk of homelessness; (3) low-income veteran families in permanent housing; (4) a grant program for homeless veterans with special needs; (5) treatment and rehabilitation for seriously mentally ill and homeless veterans; (6) housing as sistance for homeless veterans; and (7) the Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans. H.R.734 amends the Internal Revenue Code to provide a refundable credit against tax for landlords of veterans receiv ing rental assistance under the Veterans Affairs Supported Housing. H.R.1993 directs the Department of Veterans Affairs to enter into partner ships with public or private entities in order to fund a portion of the legal services provided by them for housing, family law, income support, and criminal defense. The most effective programs for homeless and atrisk veterans appear to be community-based, nonprof it, veterans helping veterans groups. Programs that seem to work best feature transitional housing, with the camaraderie of living in structured, substancefree environments with fellow veterans who are suc ceeding at bettering themselves. It is critical, therefore, that we support communi ty groups which reach out to help provide the support, resources and opportunities that most Americans take for granted: housing, employment and health care. Veterans who participate in collaborative programs are afforded more services and have higher chances of becoming tax-paying, productive citizens again. Information on local community groups can be ob I hope that what I wrote inspires you to look at the issue of Veteran Homelessness as well. Whether it is writing a resolution for JWV on this issue or coming Veterans, I hope to see you out there on the front lines As always, I hope to see you all at Convention this year. Continued on page 3 Eligibility:JWVF sponsors an annual essay contest for current service members and veterans who plan to attend or are currently attending an accredited Associates, Bachelors nursing, or graduate-degree program. The National Achievement Program is open to anyone regardless of race, religion, creed, or culture. All veterans are eligible and must be legal residents of the USA.Requirements:Essays should be between 500-750 words. They must be written in English, and typed essays are preferred. Please read the question carefully to ensure that your essay covers both parts of the theme. 2018 Essay Theme: What was your military experience AND how will that experience help you pursue your academic studies? The essay will be assessed along the following criteria: 25% L ogic and coherence of the essays organization 25% D escription of relevant military experience 50% A nswering both pieces of the essay question clearly and fully. Applicants must also submit his or her most recent transcript (high school or college), a copy of a college acceptance letter, and proof of honorable military service, such as a copy of a DD-214, military ID card, etc. Send completed applications to: Jewish War Veterans of the USA 1811 R Street, NW Washington, DC 20009 Attn: Anna Selman Due Date: July 17, 2018 If you have any questions, please contact Anna Selman in the Programs Department at 202-265-6280 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck to all applicants!National Achievement ProgramFour grants will be awarded for the 2018 academic year: Charles Kosmutza Memorial Grants: $2,500 & $1,000 Max R. & Irene Rubenstein Memorial Grant: $1,500 Leon Brooks Memorial Grant: $1,000
4 By Steve Krant, Post 256 CommanderJose Luis Reyes, a Vietnam combat-tested Marine and member of Dallas Jewish War Veterans Post 256, re cently experienced a whirlwind trip to Washington, DC and the White House. The events leading up to involving his grandnephew, Victor Quionez, a high school student in Pico Rivera, a rural community southeast of Los Angeles. Victor, from a family with a long history of mili tary service (11 Marines and counting), came to class one late January day wearing a Marine Corps sweat shirt, his intended destination after graduation. That apparently triggered one of his teachers, Gregory Salcido, into launching a profanity-laced anti-military rant. He told his captive class of seniors that service members are the frickin lowest of the low ... desper ate [and with] no other options, and derided Victor in particular for bragging about his damned Uncle Louie (Jose Reyes). Victor covertly recorded the tirade on his phone; a relative later posted it to social media, where it went viral almost immediately. The Salcido Incident caught the attention and ire of veteran groups through out the country, and especially that of John Kelly, the retired four-star Marine general and Chief of Staff to President Donald Trump. Kelly promptly extended an invitation to Victor and his family to visit the White House and Pentagon as a token of his appreciation for Victors resolve and patriotism, as well as to honor Joses service and leadership by example. Since the incident occurred, we found out that Salcido has since a report released on April 18th, Mr. Salcido was found to follow a pattern of bullying where his students were white, Asian, pro-military, Christian or gay. In addition, pornographic pictures were found on his work computer. However, Mr. Salcido is still currently serving as a Councilman for the City of Pico Rivera, but there is a recall petition in progress. On Feb. 23, Victor and Jose, accompanied by family members, toured the White House, escorted by Vice President Mike Pence and offered to be Victors personal recruiter when he grad uates. Highlighting their visit was a stop in the Oval Trump. As a sign of pride in his Jewish War Veterans membership, Jose wore his Post cap throughout the the group received a VIP tour of the Pentagon and vis ited the nearby National Museum of American Jewish Military History, co-located with JWVs National Headquarters. On March 25, Jose shared the experi ence with his fellow JWV Post 256 members, the post Auxiliary, and guests at the groups monthly lox and bagel breakfast at the Aaron Family JCC. ON THE HILLRobert Wilkie Nominated for VA SecretaryBy Herb Rosenbleeth, National Executive Director Robert L. Wilkie, who is currently serving as the Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs, while also serv ing as the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, has been nominated by the President to be the Secretary of the VA. About a week ago, I attended a meeting of the Veterans Day National Committee at which Acting Secretary Wilkie par ticipated. He told us that no one was more surprised than he was when he was selected to be the Acting VA Secretary. He said he had absolutely no idea who might be selected to be the Secretary and that he had no reason whatsoever to think it might be him. He said he was taking one day at a time and doing the best he could each and every day. Acting Secretary Wilkie said he has three ma knowing who is going to be in charge, he tells them it ter who is going to be in charge. Second, Wilkie said the VA and combine it with that of the Department of Defense (DoD), and third, he said he wants to see leg for caregivers of those veterans who became disabled before 9/11 as is now authorized for those veterans disabled after 9/11. born in Frankfurt, West Germany. His father, Robert Leon Wilkie Sr. (1938-2017) retired from the U.S. Army as a lieutenant colonel. Wilkie grew up in Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, graduating from Fayetteville, North Carolinas Reid Ross Senior High School. Wilkie Jr. received his bachelors degree from Wake Forest University in North Carolina. He later obtained his law degree from Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans and a Master of Laws in International and Comparative Law from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. He also holds a Master of Science (MS) degree from the United States Army War College. Mr. Wilkie has an outstanding professional back to Senator Jesse Helms and later as legislative direc tor for Rep. David Funderburk of North Carolina. He served on the Committee on International Relations and the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe. Later, he served as counsel and advisor on in Trent Lott. Reserve, Wilkie served as special assistant to the President for national security affairs and as a senior director of the National Security Council where he was a senior policy advisor to then-National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice as well to her successor, Stephen Hadley. Wilkie developed strategic planning for the implementation of the Moscow Treaty, the Millennium Challenge Account, Iraqi Reconstruction and NATO Expansion. In 2009, Wilkie was awarded the Defense Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest civilian award of the Department of Defense. Wilkie was nominated to be Under Secretary for Personnel and readiness by President Trump on Senate as Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Robert Wilkie would be the tenth Secretary of that Department. He will bring a strong Department of Defense background to the position at a time when the VA and DoD are seeking to work more closely together. Robert L. WilkieThe Salcido Aair
5 ON THE HILLThe Military Coalition Tours Express Scripts Factory and Innovation Center By Anna Selman, Programs and Public Relations CoordinatorMembers of the Healthcare Committee of The Military Coalition (TMC) got an opportunity to tour Express Scriptss Factory and Innovation Center at its headquarters in St. Louis, MO. For those of you prescriptions for our active duty, veterans and their familiesabout 1.2 billion prescriptions a year for about 80 million patients. The chief impetus for this invitation was recent changes to TRICARE, especially for our retirees. Congress passed new legislation regarding TRICARE that took effect on January 1, 2018. TRICARE Standard was renamed TRICARE Select, and with the new name, comes new change is that there is an annual enrollment period. If you miss the window to enroll, you will have to wait until the next year. Currently, there are no en rollment fees, but in 2020, enrollment fees will begin. is the pricing. For example, there is now a standard price for prescriptions through out TRICARE, regardless of where you get your pre why Express Scripts invited the Military Coalition to their fa cility in St. Louis. They wanted to see what our members had to say about the changes, and they wanted to see if there were any suggestions on areas they should be working on. From their own data, Express Scripts found out in TRICARE, even though they led a massive infor mation campaign. They also found a huge trend of Treatment Facilities (MTF) pharmacies and to re tail pharmacies. As with every change, people tend to move to what is familiar, but from what our trip showed, familiar might not always be better. Their St. Louis facility was very impressive. Their hour that we toured the facility. Throughout the line, you could see thousands of checks being done from the name of the bottle, the pill size, the pill color, the weight of the bottle and so much more! Their main prescription errors came in the shipping process, but they were overall lower than the average error rate for your retail pharmacy. In the afternoon, we got to see the Express Scripts Innovation and Technology Center, where they were inventing some really great advances in the pharmacy world. One of the products that I found interesting was a narcotic deactivator. Basically, it was a small charcoal-activated bag that you could put your leftover narcotics in, and once sealed and crushed in the bag, would completely deactivate all the narcotics. This could be an amazing advancement in our opioid crisis. Currently, Express Scripts is working on patenting the product before it can be available to the public. The second advancement that I found interesting was the Kiosk system that is currently being rolled out pill-vending machine. Your physician could send the prescription into the system, and all you would have to do is scan the code you received from your provider and pay through an ATM-like card reader. Then, the pills would dispense, and you could go on with your day. If you had any questions on your prescriptions, there would be a calling system where you could speak with a live pharmacist. Currently, Express Scripts is looking to market the product to military bases, where the machines could drastically improve wait times. The day ended with the members of their team asking the members of TMC where they should fo cus their efforts in the future. A large portion of the Committee suggested that they should be looking at the effects of prescription pills and suicide possibly looking into doing a study with DOD and the VA. One suggestion that I made was looking into helping the VA with its female health care issues. For those of you that were not aware, a piece of legislation recently passed that guaranteed female veterans the right to fertility care if their ability to conceive was affected by their service. Currently, women are lucky ity specialist and getting their specialty medications. This is really an area in which Express Scripts can help our female veterans. Overall, I found the trip very informative. If you have not heard about the changes in your TRICARE more information and make sure you do not miss the 2019 enrollment period. In addition, you should look at your TRICARE plan and see what the best plan is for you and your family. By Ben Kane, Programs AssistantWhen a servicemember dies, his or her family will grieve and celebrate the life of their loved one in different ways. Some choose not to publicize their grief, and some families choose to go in the opposite remember their loved one. Some ways fallen service members have been remembered is by the naming of streets, parks and buildings after them. Staff Sergeant Peter Taub is one such fallen servicemem ber to be given such posthumous recognition. A post SSgt Taub was killed by a suicide bomber while on tour in Afghanistan in December, 2015. In his home town, Wyncote, Pennsylvania, the way to me morialize him and celebrate his life has been made Representatives by Congressman Brendan Boyle (PA13). Staff Sergeant Peter Taub was a shining example of the best our country has to offer. In his service to town is the least we can do to honor him; a small but important symbol of our eternal thanks, Boyle said. SSgt Taub was posthumously awarded several medals, including the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Air Force Commendation Medal, and the Air Force Combat Action Medal. Taub, who was married and with a second child on the way when he was killed, had planned to help run the family businessa beloved sandwich shop in downtown Washington D.C. called Bub and Pops, once he had returned from active duty. Sadly, Taubs plans of a complete family and working in a place he astated by his death. Eventually, time will help mend the wounds his loved ones have suffered. But until then, and long after, a small part of SSgt Taubs legacy will exist for generations to come.Post Oce to Be Named After Fallen Jewish Hero
6 COMING HOMEstill consider one of the best pictures about return ing service members and the new battles which be much of the return of the veteran was captured for the public in the famous idealized Saturday Evening Post Norman Rockwell covers such as 1919's, When Johnny and 1945s and The Best Years of our Lives was based on a book about returning service mem bers which was actually written as an extended poem because the author felt that he couldnt capture the topic in mere prose. And the movie, which was brutal in its depiction of what the returnees faced, actually was cleaned up in some ways the book showed the veteran Homer, who is missing his hands following the torpedoing of his ship in the Navy, as actually suf fering from nervous spasticity. The movie broke a number of taboos it was the (as PTSD was known at the time), and those on the erans denied loans, and it showed civilians who called those who fought suckers. It showed strained and broken marriages. It showed the complete incompat ibility of the wartime experience with polite society. It is important to note that this movie takes place full mobilization of the nations industrial might and civilian population to support the war. While there is a disconnect between the service members expe rience and that of the general population, it is not a complete disconnect. Todays wars, which are fought proportion of the population, sadly results in a far more complete disconnect. It is that disconnect which makes the struggle of the post-World War II veteran even more severe. This makes the role of Veteran Service Organizations such as Jewish War Veterans more im whom to share the burden of coming home, and it is incumbent on us to continue our outreach to our war effective ways of doing so.Making a Dierence for Jewish Service Members Coming Home By Gavin Ellman, Post 112Unsurprisingly, it was hot in Iraq the day I left. The standing outside in the middle of an Alaskan win emotions. weeks home from my tours were times of happiness. There was so much Id missed. From the little conve ebrations of seeing the people I loved and missed so crept into my life as the excitement started to fade. There were bills, chores, and all those little headaches of life, but there was also something big missing. Overseas, and in the military in general, I knew what to do. I had a place and I had a purpose. I didnt appreciate it fully when I was there, but I felt its ab sence more and more the longer I was home. 12-hour patrols were grueling, but they were familiar burdens. I knew who to count on and who counted on me. and the promise of the next tour meant I didnt have to fully confront this uncomfortable absence for long. there was no avoiding it: what was I going to do with I left Fort Benning for the last time in August deploying from Iraq or Afghanistan. I was heading for Atlanta and a new life. I wasnt coming back. After 10 years of active service, I hadnt realized how comfort able Id become in the Army. The thought that this is my last paycheck rattled me. What was I going to Id always be the Army guy? For months, even my haircut still said I was in the Army. I did eventually There are many resources out there to help, of course. The Army has its required classes. There are countless companies and organizations reaching out. But those didnt help me feel any less alone. Classes and forms cant help with that. Only people could. There was my wife, who was with me for every shared future. I knew I could count on her and, even better, I knew she counted on me. And there were those that went before me to start new lives and careers outside the service. A retired chaplain introduced me to the Jewish community of Atlanta, where we now make our home. My former engineering instructor coached me through the painful process of applying to business school, where I met other veterans on similar paths. Beyond the practical were others made all the difference. And thats why I believe in Jewish War Veterans. Not only are we connected by common service, we are connected by our shared faith, culture, and bond as a people. JWV brings together all branches and generations and can bridge the gap between those in service, those who have served, and the vibrant Jewish communities that exist throughout the country. We know theres much work to do. We need to build the bridges between the younger generation of Jewish American Warriors and the historical membership base of JWV. Our differences are real. We communicate in different ways, are at different phases of life, and perhaps expect different things from our local post. But I know that which binds usour ser vice and our Jewish identitycounts for far, far more. With so many young Jewish veterans struggling as they come home, its time for JWV to come home and take its place at the intersection of Jewish military and civilian life. Coming HomeContinued from page 1 wife and two children.
7 COMING HOME Memorial Day 2018 USCGC Nathan Bruckenthal Docking At Its Homeport For The First TimeBy Ben Kane, Programs AssistantA new Fast-Response Cutter (FRC) named after fall en servicemember DC3 Nathan Bruckenthal is set to be put into service in July 2018. The purpose of the FRC is to serve as a patrol vessel and carry out ship boardings, coastal security missions, search and res cue missions, and general national defense missions. The naming of this FRC after Bruckenthal continues the Coast Guard tradition of naming these ships af ter Coast Guard enlisted heroes. The naming of this particular cutter after Bruckenthal was announced by Admiral Robert Papp, the Commandant of the Coast Guard, on the 10th anniversary of Bruckenthals death. Nathan was born on July 17, 1979 and grew up in Stony Brook, New York. After a period of ser Department following his high school graduation, the Coast Guard in 1998, quickly demonstrating his talent and commitment to his country. In his spare time, Nathan volunteered for a vari ety of tasks to help the local Native American reservation where he was stationed. Nathan assistant high school football coach demonstrating his love of the country, its citizens, and his willing ness to serve and improve his community. Following several years of commendable service while sta tioned in New York, Virginia and Washington State, he began serving in an elite tactical law enforcement program. In recognition of his talent during his service, Nathan Bruckenthal chosen to be deployed to Iraq in 2003 during Operation Iraqi Freedom. His responsibility during the Arabian Gulf and conduct safety and se curity searches on vessels. The search es began as early as the morning after the initial naval bombardment of Iraq, when Bruckenthal and his team board ed a group of tugs who said they were stranded. The ships were found to con tain a supply of automatic weapons and sea mines, and the Iraqi military personnel were arrested. After more patrols, boardings and trainings, Bruckenthal decided to remain in the Gulf for a second tour of duty. One of Bruckenthals responsibilities was to in struct navy personnel on how to best conduct mari time operations. During a standard patrol of an impor vessels approached and were turned away from the area by the U.S. forces. However, one vessel ig nored the warnings, approached the oil terminal, and prompted servicemembers, including Bruckenthal, to board the ship. The insurgents aboard the ship, know ing they would not be able to proceed to their destina tion, detonated the explosives in the cargo bay of their ship, resulting in an explosion that fatally wounded Bruckenthal. Thus, Nathan Bruckenthal became not Iraq war, but the only Coast Guardsman to die in the The actions of Bruckenthal and his men prevented the terrorists from approaching and harming the men on the nearby U.S.S. Firebolt, the oil platform and the was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star medal with Combat V for Valor, the Purple Heart, his sec ond Combat Action Ribbon, and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. As a testament to the respect and love that Nathans friends, family, and fellow servicemem bers had for him, several other buildings, scholar ships, and plaques have been named and placed in his honor. Among other honors, the barracks where to military and civilian employees in Baltimore. In addition, a fund, originally established to ensure his family would be cared for, has since been able to do Coast Guard Foundation, and Brooke Army Medical Centers Center for the Intrepid. Nathan Bruckenthal left behind a pregnant wife who gave birth to their daughter, Harper Natalie Bruckenthal, in November 2004. DC3 Bruckenthals fense of his fellow countrymen serves as an example for all who choose to enter the armed services. We invite all members of JWV to come to the USCGC Nathan Bruckenthals commissioning on July 25, 2018 in Alexandria, VA. We hope to see you there. CPL Meshulams service, he completed basic training, and afterwards, he was sent to Korea to be part of Battery D of the 82nd Anti-Aircraft Battalion in battle must have been on August 31st when the North Koreans attacked their position on the Nantong River Line, which resulted in a 16-day battle that ended up with the unit gaining more territory for UN forces. It is likely that after this battle Meshulam was promoted to Corporal. Manchurian border when Chinese forces entered the his units mission was to protect the rear and right After this battle, while surrounded and outgunned, CPL Meshulams Battery fought through what later was known as "The Gauntlet" a valley where UN forces. His unit lost nearly one third of its remain ing soldiers. CPL Meshulam was captured in the Gaunlet near Kunu-ri on December 1, 1950 and taken as a Prisoner of War. He later died on January 11th of he received during the battle. The remains of soldiers that died in North Korea were returned by the North Koreans in two waves: one in 1954 (also known as Operation Glory) and another from 1992-1994. It is estimated that out of the 4,219 bodies that were returned, 416 bodies were unable to the Punchbowl Cemetery in Honolulu, Hawaii. The DoD has led a massive effort to identify the remains of these soldiers about 90 military researchers are currently working at labs in Hawaii, Nebraska and Ohio to identify the bones of Americans as we speak. The number varies from year to year, but they approx imately identify around 30-50 remains a year through advanced DNA techniques. Since CPL Meshulams remains have been accounted for, a rosette will be placed next to his name on the Court of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial to mark that he now rests in a known gravesite. JWV is grateful to the Department of Defense, home. Although we do not have a date yet, we have been in contact with the family, and we have shared our sympathies and support for them. We have been in contact with the Department Commander of Ohio, who has stated that they are committed to being at the funeral when it takes place. Our goal at JWV is to ensure that each and every veteran is able to come home, say that CPL Morris Meshulam is coming home.Continued from page 1CPL Morris Meshulam
8 MEMBERSHIP CORNERMember: BG Donald Schenk (USA, Ret) Post: 1LT Raymond Zussman Post 135 Current Residence: Bloomeld Hills, MI Military Service: US Army 1969-2004; Operation Desert Storm Member Since Year: 20111. What's your military story? Its a 35-year story beginning with my enlistment in the Army Reserves when I contracted as an Advanced Course ROTC Cadet in college in 1969. I was com missioned in Armor in 1971, and had a string of as signments in and around tanks for the next 33 years. My career was about equally divided between as signments considered operational (with and around troops in tank units from platoon through division or other training roles), and the business or acquisition side of the Army as a program manager for some of ernization programs. I served in Kansas, Kentucky, Texas, Maryland, the Pentagon, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, and Michigan. During Operation Desert Shield I was Executive (Mechanized) and deployed from Ft. Riley, Kansas to Saudi Arabia over New Years in 1991. When the air campaign started on 17 January 1991, and Operation Desert Storm commenced, all of our equipment was still en route from Kansas and was in ships southeast of the Straits of Hormuz. Immediately after its arrival we deployed into the desert along the Saudi-Iraq bor der to begin rehearsals for our upcoming operations should Saddam not yield to the demands of the United Nations. Early in the morning of 24 February 1991 we conducted a deliberate combat breach into the Iraqi defenses as the VII (US) Corps main effort brigade. We continued the attack for the next four days and Safwan, Iraq at which GEN Schwarzkopf dictated terms to the Iraqi army for its surrender. 2. D o you have a favorite Jewish military holiday story? At Pesach in 1991 (5752), after direct combat opera tions in Iraq had ceased, I was able to surprise my wife and our extended family by calling into the Seder at her parents home in New Jersey. This was before the proliferation of mobile phones and was done from a telephone center courtesy of one of the larger USbased phone companies. The call lasted only about 5 minutes because there was a line of Soldiers calling never been forgotten. As it happens, at that point I was only about 60 or so miles from Ur, birthplace of our patriarch Abraham. All things considered, it was quite a memorable call looking out at the stars in the early morning desert while recalling the story of Passover. 3. What made you decide to join JWV? I retired from the US Army in 2004 and transitioned into a business career. Along the way, my family grew older and we transitioned into the less hectic lifestyle of a civilian family. In 2011, I was asked to speak at the Veterans Day Shabbat at my synagogue in Michigan. A member of JWV who was helping organize the event, which included not only a color guard but also a procession of Veterans into the sanctuary, approached and asked if I was a JWV member (at the moment I was not). I decided to sign up on the spot. It to associate, and JWV was the right choice. It was also a choice I wish Id made earlier in my life. Ive made many friends along the way, and Im still associated not only thru JWV, but also in the Veteran-focused 4. What causes would you like JWV to work on? I think JWV really needs to focus on youth and vital ity if were to keep this organization operating as a going concern. We need to recruit and retain mem bers from the post-Vietnam era (Cold War, ODS/OEF/ OIF/OND) remembering that our numbers from those eras are likely to be found in the professional ranks both clergy and lay leaders about our organization be cause they are in touch with their membership base and can advocate for us. Those leaders, too, are get ting younger and probably neither know nor appreci ate on a personal level the service of Jewish Veterans. We need also to be present on high school and college campuses telling our story at day schools and Hillels in our community, planting the seeds of awareness of the organization and service to the Nation early and often. Our Jewish Chaplains must advocate as well keep their membership after leaving the military. More work sharing best practices thru a web-based platform could assist in spreading good ideas, as well as lessons learned in the not so good department. Were going to be around for a long timehere for good so to speakand there is a role for everyone. mentor in JWV? I have several mentors in JWV. One would have to be our Department of Michigan Senior Vice Commander, 7 Questions with a JWV Member Here is an idea. If Every JWV Member Gets a Member, We Can Double Our Membership. I know.some may think this this is a crazy idea. two military terms that we are all so familiar with. First Term: Mission. operation that is assigned by a higher headquarters to an individual or unit. If you recall, we have all been trained in the military to understand the importance of the word mission and that the mission always Second Term: Force Multiplier. In military science, a force multiplier refers to a factor or a combination of factors that dramatically increases (hence "multi plies") the effectiveness of an item or group. Remember, we have all been trained in the military Well, here is your mission Each JWV Member Member into your Post. You can utilize unlimited resources to help you complete your mission such as: spiritual leaders, family members, friends, and Members of an Allied Veterans Organization. Our mission is only completed once every JWV Member gets a Member, so we may need to help each other. 365 days, and unlimited resources. Hmmmmm Here is where the term force multiplier comes into play. Let me start by saying, I am only the National Chairman for Membership. I can only suggest or rec ommend. I cannot make policy or approve. So, here is approved by your JWV Department/County and then implemented by your JWV Post. For every Jewish War the 365 days the Jewish War Veterans Department/ County or Post picks up the cost for one years free membership to our National Museum of American Jewish Military History (NMAJMH). This action is truly a force multiplier in the fact that every echelon of the Jewish War Veterans wins, JWV USA, JWV Department/County, JWV Post and JWV Members. Together, we all agree that we have an obligation to always keep our National Museum of Jewish Military History fully operational. One JWV action causing multiple winners, a true example of a JWV Force Multiplier.COL Barry Lischinsky Membership Chairman BG Donald Schenk (USA, Ret)
9 NEW MEMBERS DEPARTMENT AT LARGEBlumenthal, Susan Post 100 Portman, David J. Post 100 P osner, Larry H. Post 344 R osenthal, Lawrence M. Post 100 V ager, Maxine Post 100 DEPARTMENT OF CALIFORNIA Propp, Bob R. Post 385DEPARTMENT OF FLORIDA Aaron, Robert C. Post 941 A rkin, Jason L. Post 941 B arry, Norman Post 819 B uchweitz, James M. Post 202 C itrin, David A. Post 202 D avidson, Allan Post 941 D eutch, James A. Post 352 G ordon, Joel L. Post 172 I senberg, L awrence T. Post 941 K oren, Murray Post 172 L ahn, Gerard C. Post 941 L erman, A lbert E. Post 172 L ieberman, Martin J. Post 373 Lo oney, John F. Post 243 L yon, Irving Post 941 M allinger, Jack A. Post 941 M iller, Alan I. Post 730 P hillipes, P eter M. Post 941 Sh oub, Steven L. Post 941 S pieler, Milton S. Post 941 W altzer, Fred Post 4 40 Werner, Henry H. Post 941 W olpin, Harvey G Post 639DEPARTMENT OF ILLINOIS Molodow, Bennett G. Post 89DEPARTMENT OF MARYLAND Abraham, Tamyla Post 380 B laszkowsky, Rachel Post 692 C ohen, Hyman K. Post 117 G oldstein, Jack Post 380DEPARTMENT OF MASSACHUSETTSStambovsky, Robert A. Post 26DEPARTMENT OF MICHIGANBeck, Sidney B Post 510 E delson, Joseph G. Post 474 E delson, Sheila C. Post 474 G arbeil, Sidney L. Post 510DEPARTMENT OF NEVADA Hill, Kenneth V. Post 64 S hapiro, Bernard Post 65 S iegel, Robert F. Post 65DEPARTMENT OF NEW JERSEY Frankel, Herbert Post 47 Le vin, Bonnie L. Post 126 M orgenbesser, Theodore Post 536DEPARTMENT OF NEW YORKAronstein, Jesse Post 106 B arano, Barry G. Post 717 Gazes, Henry Post 652 J ae, William A. Post 106 J osefsberg, Steven E. Post 717 Margulis, Herbert Post 652 S agor, Elliot G. Post 1DEPARTMENT OF OHIOSpallone, Michael Post 44DEPARTMENT OF PENNSYLVANIA Lipschutz, Gil Post 706DEPARTMENT OF SOUTHEAST Allen, Rebekah A. Post 112 B aldwin, Reece Post 112 B ingham, Je Post 112 B rooks, Jonathan Post 112 B urgos, Jose Post 112 Calkins, Brian Post 112 C astillo, Claudia T. Post 112 C ollazo, Jessica Post 112 C orbin, Esa Post 112 C ruz, Tianna Lyn C. Post 112 E merson Benjamin Post 112 F ink, Nicholas Post 112 F ogle, Ginikwan Post 112 F riedman, Andrew Post 112 G ardinoli, Carlos Post 112 G iron, Andrew Post 112 G lassberg, Anthony Post 112 G oldman, Robert Post 112 H art, Johnathan S. Post 112 H ochberger, Joshua Post 112 H ogan, Alex Post 112 H olton, Cody Post 112 J acob, Emma Leigh Post 112 K istner, Nathan Post 112 L ee, Bryan Post 112 Lo hr, Noah Post 112 L ynah, Cameron Post 112 M edina, Douglas Post 112 M euse, David Post 112 M ilan, Edward Post 112 M oore, Gregory Post 112 M orris, Raphael Post 112 M urray, Sean Post 112 N orusel, Ra Post 112 N uxoll, Damian Post 112 O lson, Andrew Post 112 P osin, Yaakov Post 112 Ravara, Andrew Post 112 R osen, Ronald Post 112 R ussell, Ethan Post 112 S aunders, James Post 112 S tellmaoher, John Post 112 S tilson, James Post 112 W alsh, Nathaniel Post 112 W illiamson, Zachary Post 112DEPARTMENT OF TALOAkop, Louis Post 256 D avidsohn, Eli Post 256 D ickey, Maurine P. Post 256 M eyer, Frank W. Post 256 R osenblum, Charles A. Post 757 S axton, Richard M. Post 757 Wilkerson, John W. P ost 618DEPARTMENT OF VANC Merims, Michael H. P ost 765Art Fishman (Post 510). Art is a World War II sailor who spent his time on destroyers. Hes extremely Dont ever let his era of service or age fool youhe is a dynamo of activity and the most knowledgeable man I know in JWV. He really sets the pace and standard for what right looks like in Michigan. The other is Ed Hirsch (Post 474). Interesting storya Special Forces Dentist with some remarkable service in Southeast Asia, all of Southeast Asia it seems. Hell tell you much of it, but not all of it. Ed was recently elected as Commander of the Department of Michigan. He and Art will both be at Tampa in August. Look them up. 6. W hat advice would you have for new JWV members? My advice to new members is get actively involved. Volunteer to lead in your Post and your community. Listen to the older members because their stories are important to our history, and remember they want to hear from you as well since your experience in 2018 There is more that unites the various age groups than separates them. While all of our experiences might be different, none are less meaningful for the country. 7. Last question, Hamentaschen or Latkes? Hamentaschen...less cholesterol, more options. Plus, Project Maggid By Ben Kane, Programs Assistant through academics and books, but through oral tes timonies. As of late, they are often recorded for pos stories and the lessons within them were passed down through entire generations. Oral testimonies provide crucial glimpses into the past, into a different world, into a world that often times humanity would be wise to avoid creating again. Using these stories as sources, and through the lessons in the stories of those who came before, humankind can plot a course into the fuOral histories have been shared to communities around the world since before written history became the norm. Thanks to the technological improvements of the 20th and 21st centuries, humanity has expressed a renewed interest in oral histories, in no small part because they can be recorded for future generations. recorded, the resurgence in popularity of oral histo places. Jewish community centers, local high schools, places where it would be wise for a veteran to share his or her story. JWV members have been sharing their stories with their communities for years, but the hope here Maggid." One of the main goals of JWV is to disprove the myth that American Jews never served in our na tion's armed forces. On the contrary, the Jewish peo ple have served since the very beginning. What better method of proving this than to share one's story? Our members have shared many different stories with people, and we welcome members from all walks of life to share theirs. We have had stories shared by Jewish guards from Nuremberg to Guantanamo Bay, by American Jews in the IDF, by Jewish Dachau concentration camp liberators, and stories of those who escaped the Nazi regime before the Holocaust, to name a few. Not a concentration camp liberator? Dont worry your story is no less important for oth as the Korean, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq wars are also sharing their stories. The younger generation would, thanks in part to your efforts, be more likely to develop into upstanding citizens who can rise above hatred and discrimi nation. They will know that many Jews have served in our nations armed forces and have, along with their and liberty. The sharing of your story can impact the community in other ways as well. If youre at an event with other veterans, they may be inspired to share their stories as well after watching you speak. You may also introduce citizens and communities to our organization who otherwise may never have heard of the Jewish War Veterans of the USA. There are many reasons to share your story, and we invite you to do so! Any veteran interested in sharing their story and who wants to take the next step can contact JWV Headquarters and we will be able to assist you. Upon request, the Programs Department at JWV Headquarters can provide additional direction on how to shape your story into something that listeners from all walks of life can appreciate. Want to know what your everyday JWV member is like? Then lets play 7 questions! Contact the Membership Department (email@example.com) if you wish to be featured. at a local event.
10 JWV IN THE COMMUNITY Finding Jewish War Veterans in Dutchess CountyBy Martin C. Hochhauser, Post 625 NYPrivate Herman Siegel JWV Post 625 identify as many Jewish veterans as possible ing veterans, but as many veterans as possible from all prior eras. During our search we con tacted a representative from Arlington High School who told us of their memorial to all war veterans who had attended that school. a visit to the school to view their Arlington High School Wall of Remembrance display, near their main entrance. The Wall is dedi cated to Arlingtonians who perished during military service to our country during World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam War and Afghanistan War. The one Jewish veteran we found on the wall was Phillip E. Budd, who was killed during WW II. (Our namesake Herman Siegel was not listed because he attended Poughkeepsie HS). A special portion of the wall is dedicated to Silver Star recipient PFC Charlie Johnson who graduated AHS in 1951 and died heroically during the Korean War. He is widely known for single-handedly holding off enemy forces who overran Outpost Harry throughout an eight-day battle, personally saving nine wounded comrades including fellow AHS graduate Don Dingee. A sculpture on display at the high school shows Johnson dragging the wounded Dingee to safety. The Arlington High School Wall of Remembrance is an eloquent and meaningful display honoring those 625 is grateful that we had the opportunity to visit, Countys youth in times of war. Attending were Ron Markowitz, Past Post Commander Robert L. Morrison, Past Post Commander Ralph Schwartz, and Chief of Staff Martin Hochhauser. He Represents the Greatest GenerationBy COL Carl Singer, PNC humble and proud to call Alvin my friend to me he represents the Greatest Generation. Alvin is a World War II combat veteran who, like many, came home from the war and then helped build this great nation. 2016: Alvin and I met over lunch he has quite a story to tell. Alvin is a sharp dresser, soft spoken, articulate. He doesnt like to talk about himself, but I learned that Alvin was a most successful entertain ment executive. He headed Group W Productions at Westinghouse. Among his many credits are two The Mike Douglas Show. And I learned more. 1944: The Battle of the Bulge. Alvin was a young Infantry Division he survived the frozen Ardennes Forest and the German attack that intelligence said would not happen. He has vivid memories and paints days in hell. 2010: One more thing about Alvin he is driven. He works hard to get what he wants. Alvin wanted a monument to commemorate the Battle of the Bulge. Many thought it was a pipe dream not Alvin. He persisted and raised over $15,000. He worked with the mayor and city council of his town and they donat Post 210-AZ Keeps Busy This SpringBy Steven Troy, Post 210 AZIn the late afternoon on Saturday, April 7th, Scottsdale, Arizona JWV Post 210 celebrated the last day of Passover 2018 with Jewish Veterans at the Arizona State Veterans Home in Phoenix. Of the three Jewish residents, only two were available to attend the Seder. This is the fourth Passover Seder that Post 210 has held at the Veterans Home. The Seder was led by Michael and Ahuva Chambers and began with a short Havdalah Service (Havdalah is Hebrew for separation and refers to the verbal declaration made at the end of Shabbat), followed by the traditional following of the Passover Haggadah. The Haggadah follows our exodus from Egypt and our escape from slavery more than 3,000 years ago. The Veterans attending the service were Jay Lowenthal and Larry Chesin. Post 210 members attending were Juli Altman, Jonathan Sorrell, Bernie Kaplan, Fred & Terry Lipovitch, Michael & Ahuva Chambers, Commander Rochel Hayman, & Steven Troy. The kitchen at the Veterans Home prepared the continue to hold them at the Veterans Home as long as there are Jewish Veterans there. Sunday April 8, JWV Post 210 presented the colors at the community-wide Yom Hashoah Commemoration that was held at Beth El Congregation. It is observed as a day of commemoration for the approximately six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust as a result of the actions carried out by Nazi Germany and its collaborators, and for the Jewish resis tance in that period. This event was pre sented by the Phoenix Holocaust Survivors Association. The Holocaust Survivors led the procession into the packed hall followed by JWV Commander Rochel Hayman leading the Color Guard, which consisted of Michael Chambers carrying the American Flag and Fred Lipovitch car rying the Israeli Flag. The service follow ing was very heartfelt and reiterated the need for everyone to remember what hap pened and to ensure "NEVER AGAIN." Alvin Sussman stands in front of the monument to commemorate the Battle of the Bulge. Wall of Remembrance. The next JWV Mission to Israel is being planned now!If you would like to recieve information about the trip as soon as it becomes available, please contact Christy Turner at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (202) 265-6280 and she'll add your name to the list. Michael and Ahuva Chambers lead the Passover service at the
11 JWV IN THE COMMUNITY Jewish War Veterans Department of Illinois Begins Massive JROTC ProgramBy Dr. Jerry Field Post 710 IL CommanderJust three months ago, the Illinois JWV Posts as signed a small group of members to begin a massive program to undertake the management of the JWV JROTC program in Chicago. The JROTC team con sists of: Dr. Jerry Field, Post 710 Cmdr. team leader; Robert F. Nussbaum, Dept. Cmdr.; Jeffery Sacks, Post 153 Cmdr.; Bruce Mayor, Post 54 Cmdr.: and Howard Goldstein, Past Post 54 Cmdr. Leading the group is Dr. Jerry Field, Commander, Chicago Lakeview Post 710 who had worked as a ci vilian resource for the JROTC and the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). He is familiar with the current Chicago JROTC command as well as the ROTC Chicago area Commander. by Colonel Daniel Baggio, CPS commander of the 14 school unit with 11,000 JROTC cadets. All schools were contacted; more than a dozen schools welcomed the addition of the JWV program to their graduation ceremony and our participation in the JROTC Honors Award Program. Most JROTC cadet units have their own graduation at a formal Military Ball. One deserving cadet from each unit is awarded a Bronze Achievement Medal, the corresponding Bar the cadet to keep at home and another suitable for at taching to their college entrance applications. At each Military Ball, a member of JWV Illinois is there to present the award. In detailing the param eters of the award, it is stressed that a Cadet does not have to be Jewish to merit the award. They are recom mended by the Cadre Commander who forwards the pertinent information about the cadet, the unit and the Cadre Commander to Dr. Field. This begins the pro delivered to the JWV member who makes the presen tation at the awards ceremony. Six JROTC schools participated this year, and next year all 14 schools will participate in the pro gram. The CPS System has one Navy, one Marine, ten Army units and two military academies. JWV was instrumental in naming the Navy unit at Senn High School the Admiral Hyman Rickover Naval JROTC High School. Illinois Commander Robert F. Nussbaum, said this is another effort of behalf of the Illinois JWV to become more involved with our community, especial ly the military segment. We found that the program gives us an opportunity meet the parents of the Jewish JWV as they felt that the $50.00 annual membership dues was a good investment on behalf of their cadet. The JROTC also participated in the annual dinner for the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) this year. outreach committee to become more involved in our community. In addition, the Department participates every year in several region-wide Jewish events.Fleet Week at the Manhattan VABy Jerry Alperstein, Post 1 NYFleet Week came to the Manhattan VA Medical Center on Sunday, May 27, with JWV Post 1 NY's annual Reception for Sailors & Marines at the Manhattan VA Medical Center. Approximately 35 Navy and Marine Corps per sonnel attended the reception including Lieutenant General Mark Brilakis, Commander, Marine Corps Forces Command, with his wife Kate. The Navy per sonnel were from the USS Arlington [LPD 24], the USS Mitcher [DDG 35], and the Naval Investigative Service. The Marine Corps personnel were from Brilakis staff. Post 1 with four spouses; three VA Chaplains includ ing Rabbi Andrew Scheer; and the local member of Congress, Representative Carolyn Maloney. Attending from Post 1 were members Gerald Abrams, National Executive Committee member Jerry Alperstein, Seymour Beder, Army LTC Retired Robert Farkas, Michael Henken, Post 1 Commander Edward Hochman, Murray Newman, Harold Schaeffer and Rabbi [Captain USNR Retired] Nisson Shulman; pa trons Janet Alperstein, Max Alperstein, Diana Glass and Gail Levine-Fried; and spouses Bea Beder, Diana Farkas, Robert Fried and Rywka Shulman. This reception has been held during each New York City Fleet Week since 2006. The military per sonnel, the veterans and other civilian guests sit around JWV and JWVA members of North Shore Post 220-MA participated in the Annual Memorial Day Parade held in Peabody, Massachusetts. This year members of the Boy Scouts of America Troop 119 assisted by carrying the JWV Post Banner while Jr.-Vice Department Commander Jeffrey Blonder, an Afghanistan War Veteran, carried Colonel (Ret.) Alan Lehman, JWVA Charlotte Gross, Martin Nellhaus, Commander Mark Tolpin, 4 Members of BSA Troop 119, and Department of MA Junior Vice Commander Jeffrey Blonder.North Shore Post 220-MA and Boy Scouts Troop 119 Participate in Memorial Day Events
12 Post 692 MD Remembers By LTC (ret) Sheldon Goldberg, Post 692On 27 May, Post 692-MD held its third annual Memorial Day program at the American-Jewish Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the Bender Jewish Community Center in Rockville,Maryland. Approximately 50 friends and members of the local Jewish Community attended the program. Among the honored guests were Mr. Robert Finn, Marylands Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs who pre sented acting Post Commander Walter Gold with a Proclamation from the Governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan. Also present was Mr. Randy Stone, Vice Chair of the Montgomery County Commission on Veterans, Colonel Erwin Burtnick, Commander, Department of Maryland, JWV, and Chief Scott Goldstein, Chief of the Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Department representing County Executive Isiah Leggett. Rabbi Moishe Kavka gave the invocation and Rabbi Paul Levenson, a WW II Army chaplain, sang El Moleh at the conclusion. Lt Col. Sheldon Goldberg, (USAF, Ret) Docent/Historian at the National Museum of American Jewish Military History was the keynote speaker. Vocalist Kassie Sandacz, president of Voices of Vets opened the program with the National Anthem and ended it with God Bless America. Following the outdoor program, the video True Honor, the story of Jewish Medal of Honor recipients was screened for those in attendance. The screening was preceded by a short history of the Medal of Honor and afterward, Col. Goldberg provided a brief descrip tion of the actions of several of the early Jewish Medal of Honor recipients that did not appear in the video.Post 1-NY conducts Megillah Reading for Manhattan VABy Jerry AlpersteinPurim was celebrated at the Manhattan VA Medical Center (VAMC) on Purim morning, March 1, with the reading of the Purim Megillah, live Purim music by the MazelTones and hamentashen. The event was organized by VAMC Jewish Chaplain Rabbi Andrew Scheer and was sponsored by Jewish War Veterans [JWV] Manhattan-Cooper-Lieutenant Colonel Larry Epstein-Florence Greenwald Post 1, the oldest veter ans echelon in the United States. The Megillah reading has been an annual oc currence at the VAMC for many decades. JWV has been sponsoring the event for approximately the last 15 years by providing the Megillah books, the grog gers and the hamentashen. Approximately 25 people attended the Megillah reading, which included Post 1 members and patrons as well as VAMC staff and pa tients. Among JWV members and patrons attending were National Executive Committee member Jerry Alperstein, Sara Alperstein, Seymour Beder, Jonah Berman, Michael Henken, Robert Iskowitz, Mitchell Mernick, Harold Schaeffer, Simon Spiegelman and JWV Department of New York Hospital Committee Chair Mort Weinstein. The Megillah reader was David Waxman, a member of our community. hamentashen (apricot, chocolate, mango, pomegran ate and raspberry) were served while two members of the MazelTones of New York Band, including Jerry Alperstein on trumpet, performed Purim music. Among the VAMC staff attending from the Chaplaincy Department in addition to Rabbi Scheer were Chaplain Elizabeth Putnam and Chaplain Intern Harold Ng. After the hamentashen eating and Purim music were completed, a Post 1 meeting was held at the VA includ 2019 year. JWV IN THE COMMUNITY Memorial Day Wreath Laying at Vietnam Veterans Wall
13 Post 601 NJ Honors High School Athletes By Samuel Levy, Post 601 NJJewish War Veterans Memorial Post No. 601 hon ored four top scholar/athletes from Cumberland County High School, on Sunday, June 3, at the 45th Annual Olympiad Awards Breakfast, at Beth Israel Congregation, in Vineland, NJ. The ceremony, catered and co-sponsored by the Beth Israel Congregations Mens Club, has been held each year since 1974 to memorialize the nine Israeli ath letes who were brutally murdered by Arab terrorists at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany. It publicly recognizes and honors the top scholar/athlete Veterans Memorial Post 601 member Gerald Batt em ceed the ceremony. This years winners and the sports in which they specialized in addition to their scholastics were: Alesandro Valdez (football, winter and spring track), Bridgeton High School; Sara Loew (cross-country, winter and spring track), Cumberland Regional High School; Morgan Giordano (girls soccer, girls basket ball), Millville High School; and Tess Fisher (tennis), Vineland High School. Each received commendations and proclama tions at the ceremony from national, state, county, and The winners, according to Stephen Paull, Commander of Jewish War Veterans Memorial Post 601, are selected by their respective schools, based on both scholastic and athletic achievements, as well as leadership, cooperation, civic contributions, and allaround good citizenship. The schools rely on input from guidance counselors, teachers, athletic direc tors, coaches, and principals. The winning students must be seniors, must have lettered in two or more varsity sports, and must be considered prime exam ples of good citizenship and leadership. The students are all near or at the top of their classes. A number of past winners have been valedic torians and several have won appointments to various United States service academies. The Beth Israel Congregation Mens Club has been catering this breakfast since the events inception. We are proud and honored to have been part of this annual tradition for so longan event that calls the publics attention to our outstanding youngsters in the community who are true role models, said Mens Club President Elliot Terris. Our Mens Club, which has had many Jewish War Veterans as members, has done much over the years for our synagogue, our Jewish community, and the community at largenot only on our own, but also collaborating with other or ganizations such as the Jewish War Veterans. Paull said the students being recognized present a The origins of this ceremony came out of a great tragedy of terrorism and murder. The students hon ored over the years at this ceremony are examples of the kindness and goodness that we hope will re place hatred, he said. We hope that they, in turn, will be the parents of and advocates for outstanding scholar/athletes honored at a future Olympiad Awards ceremony. JWV IN THE COMMUNITY South Florida Jewish War Veterans Return From Mission To IsraelBy Marvin GlassmanSouth Florida Jewish War Veterans Stan Glanz of Forces during the recent Jewish War Veterans 31st Annual Mission to Israel. Joined by their wives Myra Glanz and Vera Rosenzweig, both couples met with the U.S. military tary preparations of Israel. near the Lebanon border and had a special talk with observation point where we can see Lebanon," said Richard Rosenzweig. "We also went up the Golan Heights for a view of Syria with a talk about Syria from a former IDF sol dier who was in the bunker near the Golan Heights," said Rosenzweig. "What made the trip even more special is know ing that we were celebrating the 70th anniversary of Israel on this mission," said Stan Glanz. Among other highlights of the JWV Mission to Israel was a tour of Jerusalem on Shabbat as well as a tour of Tel Aviv, including visits to Independence Hall and the Israel Museum, among other sites. "It is truly a miracle what has been accomplished in Israel over the last 70 years," said Glanz. Glanz served in the U.S. Army between 1948 to 1952 and was stationed in Germany setting up a dental lab hospital. He has been active with the Jewish War Veterans organi zation for most of his life and has lived in Pompano Beach for the past two years. Rosenzweig served in the U.S. Naval Reserve between 1955 and 1963 during the era of the Cuban Missile Crisis. In addition to being a Life Member with Jewish War Veterans, Rosenzweig is also on the Board Of Directors with the National Museum Of American Jewish Military History and is currently Co-President Rosenzweig was elected in 2013 to the City years and was vice mayor for one year. To learn more about Jewish War Veterans membership and posts in South Florida, contact Michael Corbett at 561-742-8016 or email him at OSCSMC@hotmail.com.
14 The American Jewish War Heroes Yahrzeit Program By David Laskin The epiphany that inspired the American Jewish War Heroes Yahrzeit Program came to Ellis Corets on the Shabbat before Veterans Day, 2011. Corets, a native of the Bronx who moved to the Seattle area in 1962 to lieutenant in the Air Force during the Korean War. On that Veterans Day, when the rabbi at Mercer Islands Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation asked veterans to stand and be recognized, Corets found himself contemplating all the service men and women who did not come home from foreign wars. How, he wondered, do you remember these kids who may not have anyone saying the kaddish for them? Corets, now 86, had lost his beloved wife Roberta in May, 2011, so issues around death and memory were much on his mind that year. As he recalls now, It occurred to me, as I attended weekly Shabbat ser vices and we stood for the Mourners Kaddish, that a synagogue is not only a place of assembly, worship and education but also a place of remembrance. After that Veterans Day epiphany, Coretss late wife Roberta became his silent partner in the mission to extend remembrance to all who gave their lives for their country. The American Jewish War Heroes Yahrzeit Program, conceived in grief and reverence, Fusing computer technology and old-fashioned page-by-page research, Corets (with a little help from his daughters Eva and Marilyn) has assembled a data base of some 3,650 Jewish-American service personnel killed or missing in action in World Wars I and II who were buried or whos names appear on the Tablets of the Missing in Americas overseas military cemeteries. Coretss databases, available free online to all Jewish organizations, include each soldiers name, home town, and date of death (in both the Hebrew and secular calendars). Participating rabbis can thus in clude a local hero in their weekly yahrzeit lists, draw ing on the information Corets has assembled to sketch in a brief bio of the fallen Jewish soldier. 2012, after a chance encounter with Robert Bob War Veterans of the United States and co-founder of Fleet during the Vietnam War, has undertaken a the graves of every] known Northwest area Jewish military veteran on Memorial Day. Shay happened to be present at Herzl Memorial Park the day of the unveiling of Coretss wife tombstone and the two Jewish veterans got to talking. When Corets men tioned the Yahrzeit Program, Shay provided him with a series of vintage books listing Jewish war casualties Monuments Commission (ABMC), a small government agency responsible for the establishment and maintenance of American war cemeteries and monument overseas. Corets now had a mountain of raw data to work with. By cross-referencing half a mil lion names listed in Bobs vintage books with infor mation on fallen or missing Jewish soldiers provided by ABMC cemeteries, he painstaking expanded his database soldier by soldier. It took years to input the data, says Corets. Each night, I started working after midnight and I would not sleep until I found at least one name. include the graves of some 950 local Jewish service men and women in six cemeteries. of Jewish American soldiers? Bob Shay turns to the memory of a boyhood friend who was Killed In Action in Vietnam and a duty passed on to him by another veteran who said that it is the responsibility of those who return from war to remember those who did not come home, and now that he has picked up that mantel, Bob says he will not put it down for as long as my duty. For Ellis Corets, the motivation is emotional. I get choked up every time Im in shul and I hear one of our Jewish war heroes honored and remembered. It hits me hard. So far, half a dozen synagogues have availed them selves of Coretss databases on a weekly basis, but the A Small Post With a Big Mission By Larry Jasper, Post Commander of 373Post 373 was founded 31 May 1949, in Tampa, Florida, and is named for Albert S. Aronowitz, son of Emanuel and Rose Aronowitz. Albert was a PFC with the 135th Infantry, 34th Division, in WWII. Albert died on June 1, 1944, of wounds sustained at Anzio, Italy. He was 21. We are a small post with a big mission: to sup port ill and paralyzed veterans. We work closely with Veterans Hospital and the Haley's Cove Rehab Center and Nursing Home in Tampa. We take our ill and dis abled vets to many outings, such as baseball and hock ey games, museums, state fairs, MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry), auto shows, aquariums, lunch at local restaurants, and many other events. We also provide them with everyday needs, as well as periodic entertainment. We also have a large presence in the community. We provide an Honor Guard for the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Tampa Bay Storm, both at the Amalie Arena in Tampa; the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg; and the local JCC Israel Independence Day celebrations. We participate in the Massing of the Colors in St. Petersburg as well as activities at MacDill AFB. For Memorial Day and Veterans Day, ous local cemeteries. We hold various fun draisers on those occasions to help support the post's activities for the veterans. We were recently chosen to provide the Honor Guard for one of the Lightning play-off games (see photo taken prior to moving onto the ice from left to right, Peter Stark, Larry Jasper, Sonya Bryson (who sings the National Anthem), MacDill Wing Commander Air Force Col. April Vogel (honored guest), Jim Marenus, and Georgi Jasper). Our monthly meetings are held on the 3rd Sunday the James A. Haley VA Hospital, 13000 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, Tampa, Florida 33612. Bagels, lox, cream cheese and other items are available at 9:30AM and the meeting starts at 10:00AM. We are honored to have 2 members who are WWII veterans and we have members who have members served in the liberation of France and at the Battle of the Bulge. He was recently honored by the French government for his service. JWV IN THE COMMUNITY marker at the ABMC Manila
15 ReviewBy Harrison Heller, Membership CoordinatorIt has been ten years since the start of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which puts together the worlds mightiest superheroes. It all began with the introduc tion of Iron Man and now has culminated with the largest collection of superheroes on the big screen. It One of the founders of Marvel Comics, Jack Kirby, is considered to be The King of Comics, and he created a lot of the characters that fans have come to admire. However, most people do not know about Kirbys Jewish military past: Kirby was born Jacob Kurtzberg in 1917 to Austrian Jewish immigrants. Growing up dur ing the Great Depression on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Kirbys life was rough to say the least. reading the colorful pages of comic books. He was also a gifted storyteller by all accounts, which is prob ably something he got from listening to his parents stories growing up. He had all the makings of a great comic book creator. After a few stints drawing comic strips for news Comics, which would eventually turn into the Marvel Comics we have all come to love. At Timely, Kirby American Nazis that came to the building looking America, Cap is punching Hitler right in the face. Throughout the early issues of Captain America, you as the central villain. On June 7, 1943, Jack Kirby was called away from the drawing board and drafted into the Army basic training, Kirby was sent to Europe on the front lines. On arriving there, Kirbys Lieutenant learned who he was, and he asked Kirby if he was the creator of Captain America. Kirby enthusiastically respond ed Yes sir. I drew Captain America, and he made Kirby a Scout on the spot, telling him You go into these towns that we dont have and see if there is any body there. Draw maps and pictures of what you see His time overseas deeply affected him. Being a scout, Kirby saw the worst humanity had to offer. The time that affected him the most was his experi ence liberating a concentration camp. Kirby recalled, There were mostly women and some men; they looked like they hadnt eaten for I dont know how long. They were scrawny. Their clothes were all tat tered and dirty. The Germans didnt give a s*** for dog behind to starve. I was standing there for a long Just thinking about it makes my stomach turn. All I could say was, Oh, God. There are various rumors on whether this was in the face. What is known is that you can see the themes fascism and the Holocaust throughout his X-Men character Magneto. Magnetos origins as a Holocaust survivor as well as the civil rights issues his character presents throughout the series clearly came from Kirbys experiences during World War II. Most of his villains embody some sort of fascism and are hell-bent on perfecting this world at whatever cost, back to the creation of the universe. The stones in clude the Space Stone, Time Stone, Soul Stone, Power Stone, Mind Stone, and Reality Stone. If Thanos col lects all six stones, he has the power to eliminate half believes that this plan will lead to a higher quality of life for those who survived. The movie starts off with the members of the When the Black Order arrives and attempts to collect the Mind Stone from Vision and the Time Stone from Dr. Strange, the Avengers unite to take on Thanos ash. Keeping in mind that most the characters fea example of how the themes of the Holocaust and fas cism were written into his work. characters where their personalities work well with one another. You have Captain America, The Winter Soldier, Hulk/Bruce Banner, Black Panther, Scarlet tionalized African country. Rocket Racoon and Groot, of The Guardians of the Galaxy, with Thor getting Stormbreaker, Thors new hammer. Star Lord, Mantis, and Drax, of The Guardians of the Galaxy, with Iron Man/Tony Stark, Spiderman, and Dr. Strange on Titan epitome of a summer blockbuster. When the movie starts, it steps on the gas and never lets up. In honor of the late Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, I give this movie 2 thumbs way up. Nevertheless, we at the Jewish War Veterans know this movie would have not been possi ble without Kirbys Jewish military experiences, and to that, we tip our hat to you Mr. Kirby. Innity War and the Jewish Military Hero Who Made it All Possible the GI Jews documentary in 2014. Producer/ Director Lisa Ades con tacted Jordana Greene of the JWV staff look ing for leads on WWII veterans who would be available to interview. Lisa visited the museum while they were still searching for fund ing, but had established connections with PBS, National Endowment for the Humanities and other organizations. Theyd already conducted interviews with Hollywood legends and WWII veterans Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner. Lisa toured the museum and we shared our stories and discussed the history of American Jews in World War II. museum and spent the day here conducting inter views with staff and veterans. In 2017, we got to see distributed. The world premiere was on January 14th, 2018 at the Miami Jewish Film Festival. On April 4th, I got a chance to attend the New York City premiere at the Center for Jewish History only to see myself on screen along with many images from the museums collections. I was thrilled at the excellent storytelling and how powerfully Jewish vet After it aired on PBS on April 11th, the feed of phone calls, emails and visitors saying they heard about the museum via PBS.GI JEWSJewish Americans in WWII
16 20 years of active military service. His assignments in cluded: NORAD IG Team; Combat Crew Commander; Instructor Crew Commander and Standardization Evaluator for both Titan II and Minuteman Strategic Missile Weapon Systems; Commander of the 44th Strategic Missile Wing Headquarters Squadron and the Chief Administrative and Logistic Services at the in Rabat, Morocco; Commander of the 57th Fighter Iceland and Commander of the 7th Combat Support Group Headquarters Squadron in Texas. He graduated Defense Institute for Security Assistance Management. Barry worked for the Fort Worth Independent Administrator in the Human Resources Department pletely revamped the procedure for maintaining and preserving employee records for the FWISD. He served as a board member of the Texas State Library Records and Archives Commission. 755 in Fort Worth, TX and became a Life Member. He is also a life member of National Museum of American Jewish Military History (NMAJMH). He served as Post Commander from 2005-2007 and received the Post Member of the Year Award in 2007. He served as Department Commander for Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas (TALO) from 2012-2014 and National Executive Committee member from 20142016. He developed and organized two JWV Posts in Oklahoma City, OK and Shreveport, LA in 2013 and a new Ladies Auxiliary in Fort Worth, TX in 2016. Barry served as Chairman of Vietnam Veterans Committee, Chairman of the Scouting Committee, Vice-Chairman of the Youth Achievement Committee, Convention Committee member, Personnel Committee member, Resolutions Committee mem ber, Awards Committee member, NMAJMH Representative and the JWV Representative at the annual Jewish Warrior Weekend at Texas A&M 2017 and 2018. Barry has been a lifelong Boy Scout. As a youth, he earned the Eagle Scout award and the Ner Tamid Jewish religious emblem. As an adult, he served as Assistant District Commissioner for BSA Transatlantic Council in Turkey and Morocco. He was awarded the Silver Beaver award for sustained exem plary service and the Shofar Jewish religious award for service to Jewish Scouting. Barry was selected to serve as a staff leader at several National Jamborees working in the Jewish emblems booth, director of the Kosher kitchen and teaching Reading Merit Badge. The Jewish Community is paramount to Barry. He was selected as the Bnai Brith Jewish Person of the Year for Fort Worth and Tarrant County in 2010. He has served as President of Temple Beth Shalom in Arlington, TX; President of Fort Worth chapter of Bnai Brith; Campaign Chairman and President of the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County; President of Mens Club Congregation Ahavath Shalom, Fort Worth, TX; Vice President of the Tarrant County, TX Hebrew Free Loan Society; Vice President of the Bnai Brith and Tarrant County Senior Housing complex in Fort Worth, TX. Barry served as a Board member of the Fort Worth Jewish Day School and the Fort Worth and Tarrant County Jewish Family Services. In addition, he serves with Fort Worth Citizens on Patrol with the Police Department. Barry was a founding board member of theater offering innovative and classic productions. Barry earned a BA in History from California State College in 1967, MEd in Guidance and Counseling from South Dakota State University in 1976, MA in Management from Webster University in 1986 and Ed.D in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University in 1996 Barry was born and raised in St. Louis, Mo. He was married to Dolores (Finkelstein) for 49 years. Dolores passed away in 2015. They have two chil dren, daughter Myla and son Eric and two grandchil dren. Myla and her husband Gary have two children, Eli and Coby. DR. BARRY SCHNEIDER ANNOUNCES HIS CANDIDACY FOR NATIONAL COMMANDER JWV will be in beautiful Tampa, Florida, from August 9th to August 13th. Our Convention is where members of the Jewish military and veteran community come together to speak and solve issues within their community. From ghting anti-Semitism in the military to speaking with Jewish youth on the merits of military service, JWV is the only place that issues facing Jewish American military personnel and veterans are being addressed, which is why it is so important that we have you there! % F riday, August 10th will be the opening day of the Convention. We are excited to say that Representative Ted Deutch and Brigadier General Cindy Jebb will be speaking at our Opening Ceremonies at 11:30 AM. % S aturday, August 11th brings Pamela SmithBeatty of the VAs Women Healthcare Initiative as well as a special screening of The Space Between Families. % S unday, August 12th is an exciting day full of panels of youth groups, JROTC cadets and enlisted Jewish service members to tell us their stories. It will also be the evening of our Veterans Night Out! % M onday, August 13th will be the last day of Convention, and we excited to say that we have any business and elect the National Commander! Dont forget the National Commanders Banquet that night, which should be a lot of fun, and maybe, TALO will bring out their cowboy hats again!Overall, we are very proud of this years schedule, We Welcome You to JWVs 123rd Annual Convention!
17 NEW! JWV and JWVA Registration CostQTY.Amount Rooms Check one: King 2 beds 3rd Person in a room $155.00 per night $77.50 per night JWV Member Convention Registration Fee $50.00 Convention Surcharge for those not staying at the Hotel $175.00 per member National Commanders Banquet Monday, Aug. 13 _____ Beef _____Salmon _____ Kosher_____Sugar-Free Dessert $45.00 per person National Ladies Auxiliary Registration Fee ($50.00 at Convention) $45.00 per member Partners Club ($50 new members / $25 renewal) August 10 $50.00 $25.00 National Presidents Reception and Banquet August 11 _____ Grouper _____ N.Y. Strip Steak _____ Dietetic Dessert $45.00 per person Double Chai Club Luncheon August 12 _____ Beef Burger _____ Salmon Burger _____ Turkey Burger _____ Turkey Sandwich _____ Dessert _____ I already have 15 stones on my pin _____ I am happy with the Double Chai Pin I have now I have ______ on my pin and will need one more (15 stones max) $36.00 per person ______ JWV _____ JWVA $5.00 Each 3 for $10.00 TotalAll events must be pre-paid in full Amount paying now: I am paying by: Check American Express Visa Mastercard Discover Card No. Exp. / Signature Hotel registration deadline is Monday, July 9. A one night ($155/single or double) deposit is required for all hotel registrations. A 3-night minimum stay is required. JWVA 90th Annual National Convention There is a $175 Convention surcharge for JWV members not staying at the hotel. A surcharge will be assessed and attendance at meetings will not be allowed. Local members living within a 50 mile radius are exempt. JWV Name: __________________________________________________________ Post #: _________________ Ladies Auxiliary Name: _____________________________________________ Aux. #: _________________ Address: ________________________________________________________ Dept.: _______________ City: ________________________________________ State: ____________ Zipcode: _______________ Phone: __________________________________ Email: ________________________________________ Room will be shared with: _______________________________________________ Arriving on: ________/_________ Departing on: ________/__________ Total nights: ___________ Sign and mail this completed form, along with your payment to: Jewish War Veterans 1811 R Street, NW Washington, DC 20009 Attn: Convention Dept. August 9-14, 2018 Tampa, Florida Please note that handicap rooms and cannot be guaranteed. I need a Handicap room. DieteticHilton Tampa Airport Westshore 2225 N. Lois Ave, Tampa, FL 33607 Phone 813-877-6688 Fax 813-879-3264 www.tampaairport.hilton.com JWV 123rd Annual National Convention Hotel reservations must be made through JWV. You dont need to belong to the Ladies Auxiliary to attend our Double Chai Luncheon. Everyone is welcome! All will have a good time!JWVA events are open to everyone! Here is a sneak peak at the 123rd Annual Convention Schedule:Thursday, August 9 GI Jews Screening Friday, August 10 NEC Meeting Joint Opening Ceremony National Service Ocer Open House Saturday, August 11 Jewish Warrior Weekend Experiences Gold Star Families Experiences Creating Connections Between Yom HaZikaron and Memorial Day Military Spouse Employment Panel JWVAs National Presidents Banquet Sunday, August 12 Working with JROTC Units Creating Connections With Youth Groups Iraq & Afghanistan Committee Meeting Gulf War Committee Meeting JWVAs Double Chai Luncheon Veterans Night Out: Dinner at Cooper Hawks Winery Monday, August 13 How Do We Preserve Iraqi Jewish Artifacts? Creating Post Events for Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans Vietnam Veterans Committee Meeting Women in the Military Committee Meeting National Commanders Banquet *Times and speakers are subject to change. Please check the JWV website for more information. Make a Dierence! We challenge you to make a dierence in JWV's future by identifying key issues aecting our Gulf War, Iraq, Afghanistan, and female veterans. Writing a resolution is a great way to become involved in JWV on a national scale. Resolutions approved at convention become part of the National agenda when JWV's National Commander testies before Congress every year. Need help writing a resolution? Go to: www.jwv.org/communications/national_resolutions Veterans Night Out at Cooper's HawkSunday, August 12 6:00 -8:00 PM $45.00 Per Person (includes tax and tip)Food Fun Friends Everyone is welcome! Contact Jerry Alperstein at 212-477-3131 for details.
18 HELPING HANDS BRING SMILES NATIONAL LADIES AUXILIARY of the JWVNational President Iris GoldwasserDear Sisters, It is with a little sad ness that I approach the writing of this message, my last to you as your National President. Those of us who are lucky enough to have been elected to this hon ored position occupy this prestigious of there never seems to be enough time to accomplish all you hope. So, although a year is a long period of time for some, for others, like me, it is far too short. In August, when enthusiasms were at their peak, time seemed aplenty; by April. I began to feel there was Thanks to all of you, however, we succeeded in our goals; we proudly promoted the National Ladies Auxiliary through our services to others and main tained all of our existing programs. In addition, we PICU/NICU Emergency Kits for Families and re named our teddy bear program in memory of PNP Rita A. Panitz, who initiated the program in 1997. I would also like to import that any measure of success that has been achieved by my administration is the chairmen, as it is a well-known fact that no President can achieve success alone. many thoughts come to mind. As I visited your Auxiliaries during these many months it became more apparent than ever to me that you are a special group of women. You represent my theme this year, persons always remembering those less fortunate. By your interaction with others, you bring smiles to those isolated from their community or their loved ones. You make me proud to be your National President. I would like to leave you with the following senti ments that have guided me through the years. DO SOMETHING Do something today to bring gladness To someone whose pleasures are few, Do something to drive off sadness Or cause someones dream to come true. Find time for a neighborly greeting And time to delight an old friend And lifes latest day will soon end! Do something today that tomorrow Will prove to be really worthwhile, Help someone to conquer sorrow And greet the new dawn with a smile. For only through kindness and giving Of service and friendship and cheer, In conclusion, my dear Sisters, I do hope and fer vently wish that the future brings you all good health, happiness and continued commitment to the goals and aims of the National Ladies Auxiliary of the Jewish War Veterans. Loyally, Iris Goldwasser Sometimes informative and interesting stories come across my desk that I believe should be shared with all of you. I hope you will agree that they merit retelling. Not long ago I learned something from an enlight ening article I read featuring the Radio City Rockettes and their Jewish connection. It seems that the founders of the annual Radio City holiday events, which origi nated in 1932, were Jewish men brought together by Samuel Roxy Rothafel. At that time Roxy managed great Manhattan movie houses which also featured a dance group called the Roxyettes. Their name changed to the Rockettes when this creative team and the dancers moved their home base to the Radio City Music Hall. Not only did this original group of producer Leon Leonidoff, composer Charles Previn (uncle of Andre Previn), conductor Gruo Rapee and corporate producer David Sarnoff (a Jewish Russian immigrant himself) create the Christmas spectacular and the traditional Easter pageant but also a shortlived Kol Nidre stage show for the High Holidays. In addition to this Jewish beginning the dancers named Capezio. There were several Jewish dancers among the Rockettes over the years but two, Rhonda Kaufman Malkin and later Megan Levinson, really attracted attention to themselves by observing the traditions of Chanukah when they lit their Memorahs backstage between performances of their Christmas shows. It is also reported that the Rockettes per formed at the inauguration of President Trump last year, dancing to a medley of songs written by another Russian Jewish immigrant named Israel Beilin, better known to us as Irving Berlin. Several weeks ago I learned of an important milestone that was reached in June 2016 when President Obama nominated Col. Cindy Jebb as the new academic dean at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. She has since been promoted to Brigadier General and is the serve in this position. This appointment came on the anniversary of the Academy marking its 40th year of admitting women as Cadets. Brig. Gen. Jebb is her self a West Point graduate, class of 1989. My family and I knew Cindy during her years as a Cadet. At that time she was a teenager named Cindy Glazier and a member of the Jewish Chapel Squad. My husband, Ed, and myself were active at West Point at that time and were even called Mom and Pop by some of the Jewish Cadets. We tried to bring a sense of home and Yiddishkeit as well as traditional food for Onegs after Friday night services and special foods to celebrate our Jewish holidays. Our 20 years of service at the U.S. Military Academy, from 1972-1992, were a very rewarding and memorable experience. We still keep in touch with some graduates, some of who are grandparents now and some who have retired from the military and moved on to private careers. We have some wonder ful memories of weddings, of a Bar Mitvah arranged by JWV/JWVA for a Cadet who never had one, of hugs as the Cadets greeted us on Fridays; some things you never forget. I know that some people believe that providing a service is a one-sided experience, that those on the re so. The givers receive much more from giving than the receivers do. We are a service organization and our service brings us pleasure as well. If your Auxiliary is near enough to a military academy or a military base or unit, perhaps you too can bring this experience to ness and a touch of home is such a mitzvah and is ac companied by unforgettable memories for you.Student Award Recipient Says Thank YouDear Linda Coln and JoAnn Lifshitz: WOW, thank you so much! When I received your letter telling me that I had been awarded this scholarship I was driving back to school from home and my mom called to tell me the news. I was so excited that I had to pull over and call as excited as I was. Thank you for the kind words and recognition of my hard work in high school; I will be sure to carry and understood the path that I am choosing to take in the future, and recognize that it is something that the world will be in need of very soon. Again, thank you so much for this opportunity and hopefully in the near future I can materialize these aspirations that this award is helping me achieve. THE BENEFITS OF GIVING ARE NOT ONE SIDED By Iris Goldwasser DID YOU KNOW? By Iris Goldwasser THANK YOU! PNP Freda Rosenshein would like to express her appreciation and say thank you to all the Sisters of JWVA who sent her good wishes and donations during her recent illness. She is happy to report she is doing much better.
19 www.jwva.org Summer 2018 National Ladies Auxiliary of the Jewish War Veterans of the USA Take an adventure back in time and unlock some of Tampas rich history and hidden gems. As the nations 54th largest city, Tampa offers a unique and exciting experience for everyone. Tampa has an enor mous variety of attractions and activities for visitors. Waterside cafes, Busch Gardens, the Florida Aquarium, Channelside shop ping, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Devil Rays, rolled cigars and Cuban sandwiches. Dont forget the ocean and the white sand beaches which offers people ning and relaxation. The Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore Hotel is a perfect place to stay while you experience Tampa. Easy access to area attrac tions makes this hotel a popular choice for visitors. The hotel offers shuttle service within a three mile radius, which includes two lovely malls with a multitude of restaurants. We look forward to getting together once again to ideas on how to best service the veteran, their family, the servicememeber, the child in need, the communi ty at large, and keeping the National Ladies Auxiliary functioning in a most successful manner. Join Us for our 90th Annual National Convention! August 9 14, 2018 HELPING HANDS BRING SMILES Partners ClubBy Esther Rosenshein, PAP, Partners Chairman 10th at 5:30 pm for a wine & cheese get together. The purpose of this program is to help our administration function. The funds collected Remember, anyone can be a partner member. If you know people who would like to support our continue to help our National Ladies Auxiliary. Please make your checks payable to JWVA and Sisters, if you have any questions, email me at email@example.com or call me at 971-404-6264. DOUBLE CHAI CLUB JOIN US FOR LUNCH! August 12 $36 The Double Chai Club has a special meaning for all of us. We rededicate ourselves annually to our purpose -service to the veteran and his/her family. Become a member of our Double Chai Circle. Join us at an outstanding luncheon. This luncheon is open to everyone. We look forward to seeing you there! Rhea Sahl Memorial Baby Shower For Pregnant Military WomenWe're holding a baby shower for our pregnant military women during our National Convention in Tampa, Florida on Friday, August 10, 2018. It is one way that we can say "Thank You" to these women for serving our country. mom-to-be with items needed for a new born, such as: Diapers, bath towels, wash cloths, burp cloths, crib sheets, receiving blankets, night clothes, etc. Each basket averages at least $100.00 and we plan on presenting 12. If you would like to purchase these items yourself you may do so. If you would like to make a donation for the baby shower, send your check to PNP Elaine Bernstein to purchase any items for the Rhea Sahl Memorial Baby Shower Program. Make your checks payable to: Elaine Bernstein, PNP, 9 Dogwood Court, Sayreville, NJ 08872. You can send your items and donations for the Baby Shower and/or the Teddy Bear Program directly to the hotel, between August 4 and August 7, 2018. Address packages to: Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore Hotel, 2225 N Lois Ave., Tampa, Florida 33607-2355. Attention: Elaine Bernstein, PNP, Convention Chairman JWVA. JWVA National Presidents Banquet honoring National President Iris GoldwasserSaturday, August 11 6:00pm Reception 7:00pm DinnerThere will be great food and wonderful entertainment! Everyone is welcome!You will have a SUPER evening!$45 / $50 at the door Let's do it again! Our Pounds Auction at the last convention was surely something to talk about! Everyone had such a great time, we are going to do it again. Please bring a pound of anything, and put it in a brown lunch bag. If you dont have a brown bag, we'll have extras. Start looking now! Examples are candy, erasers, popcorn, etc.. Use your imagination. As long as it weighs a pound. You wont know what you are bidding on. Follow the clues of the Auctioneer. See Joanne Blum or call her at 860-869-2982, and give her your item for the Auction. Admission is $2 Snacks will be served Come down for an evening of fun and laughter! Rita Panitz Memorial Teddy Bear ProgramBears here, bears there, big ones, small ones! Bears bring big smiles and happy faces!Think of all the smiles on the faces of the children as they cuddle one of the bears you have donated. Now is the time to start collecting bears. Every bear can be a friend to a child in need. Let's make it our number one priority to bring happiness to the children who are our future. On Friday, August 10th, we have made arrangements to donate the bears to the Fire Department, Police Department, Childrens Hospital, and the Ronald McDonald House. Think of the thanks we will receive when the residents in the Tampa area notice the label attached to each bear that reads, "National Ladies Auxiliary, Jewish War Veterans." Let's aim high! Bring or mail your bears to convention. We hope that each Auxiliary will send one, that every sister will bring one. Please ask your Posts to help with this wonderful program. If you would like to make a donation for the Bear Program, send your check to Elaine Bernstein, PNP, 9 Dogwood Court, Sayreville, NJ 08872. Let's make this the BEST Bear Convention ever!
20 This year our museum again participated in the 35th Annual Dupont Kalorama Museum Walk. On June 2nd and 3rd, diverse museums in our Dupont Circle area neighborhood opened their doors free of charge for a weekend long celebration. The participating museums this year included the Anderson House, Dumbarton House, National Museum of American Jewish Military History, The Phillips Collection, and the President Woodrow Wilson House. Its always a great day to get new faces into our museum that might not come in otherwise. This year, we saw a steady stream of visitors despite constant rain. From out of towners to neighborhood locals, visi tors had the chance to view the museum on their own, or to receive a guided tour by Mike Rugel,the museum Programs and Content Coordinator, or from museum docent Robin Blum. Visitors don't need to wait until next June to check us out. The Museum is open 9-5 every weekeday and admittance is always free. On March 25th, National Medal of Honor Day we features Jewish American recipients of the Medal of discussed the Civil War Medal of Honor recipients. These are among our most important stories and well continue to discuss the extraordinary courage of the Jewish Medal of Honor recipients in every way we can. We hosted two events with our friends from Sephardic Heritage in DC. One was a Purim talk from Laurel Victoria Gray who discussed the simi larities between Purim and Persian Nowruz. The other was a Mimouna event on April 15th. Mimouna is a Moroccan tradition marking the end of Passover and the return to eating chametz. We celebrated with Moufeletas and other great food, music and dancing. The April 11th GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II on PBS tures many images from the museum collections and If you missed it on PBS, its now available on DVD and digital download. See http://www.pbs.org/show/ Sunday, May 6th was a busy day at the museum. In the afternoon, we hosted the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Washington, who toured the muse um before holding their meeting in our education cenwith an intense interest in Jewish history, almost all of who had a personal connection to the military in their immediate family. That night, we held a meet and greet reception Jewish Film Festival. After they showed it at the Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center, people came to the museum for the reception. WWII veteran Ades and producer Amada Bonavita. Kessler shared his remarkable WWII story of parachuting out of his B-24. His parachute became stuck on the top of a church steeple, trapping Kessler. Sure that he was dead, Kessler said Kaddish for himself. About twen ty minutes later, the trap door of the church steeple opened and villagers were there to help Kessler into the building and save his life. Were completing the museum tour video that was sponsored by the Department of New York. Its a 26-minute video that will take you through the museum and through the history of Jews in the American military. We plan to premiere it at the JWV Convention in August and then make it available to everyone after that. As always, keep an eye on the museum website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We continue to add stories and information all the time. By Mike Rugel Program and Content Coordinator This Spring At the Museum Morocco at Mimouna celebration. Director Lisa Ades and Producer Amanda Bonavita 35th Annual Dupont-Kalorama Musuem Walk Brings Lots of Visitors the exhibits in the Museum's Hall of Heroes. Photo credit Spread the Word! We rely on word of mouth to help get out the news that NMAJMH is a great place to visit. Tell you friends family and neighbors. Recommend a school send their classes here. Tell a seniors center to bring a group for a tour. Your testimony is the best way to ensure we continue to get more visitors through our door! There are great items for sale in the museum and on our website, at NMAJMH.org. Along with books and DVDs, we sell Judaic jewelry and notecards. Here are just a few of the products you can purchase today: A Survivors Haggadah In the winter of 19451946, Holocaust survivors in displaced persons camps around Munich created an extraordinary illustrated Haggadah in preparation for the rst Passover after libera tion. This was published by the U.S. Army under the di rection of Chaplain Abraham Klausner. Pocket Guide to Jewish Sites in Arlington National Cemetery. This pocket-sized book high lights memorials and individual burials of Jewish interest at Arlington National Cemetery. Shop the Museum Store!
21 By Pamela Elbe Collections, Archives & Exhibitions CoordinatorMichael Aaronsohn, son of Polish immigrants, was born in Baltimore, MD, in 1896. He was educated in Baltimore, graduating from Baltimore City College in 1913. From 1913 until 1916 he was a social worker at the Jewish Education Alliance in Baltimore. In 1916 he enrolled as a student at the University of Cincinnati and Hebrew Union College to study theology. As a student he was entitled to a draft exemption, but he decided that he could not go through life feel ing that at a time of war, when his country called for volunteers, he stayed home. He enlisted in the First Regiment, Ohio National Guard, which later be came part of the 147th Infantry. He trained at Camp when he went overseas on July 5, 1918. While in France, serving as Battalion Sergeant Meuse-Argonne drive and as a result lost the sight in when he heard someone calling for help. Close to the edge of the woods a member of his unit had been struck down by a German shell. Aaronsohn hesitated the wounded back, thus endangering another life. Yet he felt that the soldier could not be left there to be killed by another shell. Aaronsohn went to him and German shell hit nearby. An explosion, clouds of dust, darkness, and then black. The shell killed the wound ed man and blinded Aaronsohn for life. Hours later Aaronsohn woke up at a dressing station wondering why the sounds of battle were so far away. Some time later he learned the truth in a letter from a fellow sol dier which was read to him: It seems ages ago since I last spoke to you, and what a parting it was both of your eyes shot out and, as ever, you smiled. God, that smile went through me like a knife. There you stood, both eyes gone, and still you could smile. felt that it would have been better to have died on the summoned the determination to carry on. Instruction in reading Braille had begun, and the world of reading and communication opened back up for him. A year after he had been wounded, Aaronsohn returned to the United States to spend a few months at the Red Cross School for the Blind at Evergreen in Baltimore. Some facial operations were necessary and so he was sent to General Hospital No. 2 at Fort McHenry, where he remained for six months. In the fall of 1919 he returned to Cincinnati to resume his studies at the University of Cincinnati and Hebrew Union College. By coincidence, he crossed paths with someone he knew during the war. When he was wounded, Aaronsohn was carried Charles Quitman, of the medical detachment of his Quitman could not make out his features and for got the incident after he had delivered Aaronsohn to the base hospital. Two years later, while both men were attending the University of Cincinnati, they were companions on a boat trip on the Ohio River. They were recalling war experiences and Quitman Argonne Forest. Further conversation convinced the two men that they had met before. Aaronsohns sister Dora played an important role in his rehabilitation and success. She went to school with him, secured a position as secretary to the fac classes, study with him, be his eyes and guiding hand. His classmates also helped him with his extensive theological reading and study. Aaronsohn took most of his college exams on the typewriter, upon which he Aaronsohn graduated in the summer of 1923 with academic honors and the love of his fellow students. At the graduation ceremony at the University of Cincinnati, Aaronsohn was awarded the McKibbin medal. This medal was bestowed annually upon a student of the graduating class who, during their four years at the university, has kept before him the high ideals of manhood. Immediately after his graduation he went on a speaking tour organized by the Union of American Hebrew Congregations. While on his speak ing tour, his sister traveled with him as his secretary. For seven years the brother and sister traveled together, covering 100,000 miles and visiting 287 cities. In 1937, Rabbi Aaronsohn was one of three ication of American war monuments, chapels, and cemeteries in France, Belgium, and England. From 1954 until 1974, Rabbi Aaronsohn was the visiting chaplain at the VA hospitals in Cincinnati and Fort Thomas, KY. For six successive terms he was elect ed the national chaplain of the Disabled American Veterans. He also served as National Chaplain of the VFW and Chaplain of the Department of Ohio, American Legion. Rabbi Aaronsohn died in 1976, leaving behind two daughters, a son, and an impressive legacy of re silience and determination. Aaronsohn while recovering from his injuries, ca. 1919. Rabbi Aaronsohn at the start of his Rabbi Michael Aaronsohn: Light Through the DarknessRecords in the archives at National vary greatly post to post, and there is no information available on many posts. We only have those records that have been sent to us by the post, and generally only after a post has closed or merged with another post. This means that we generally are not able to provide post histories or information about whom the post was named for, who While we have limited space in the archives at National, we are able to accept certain things pertain ing to echelon history and activities. These include: Charters Meeting minutes Compiled history of your post Newsletters If you have these sort of records to donate, or have org or by calling 202.265.6280. Please do not send We are not able to accept things like scrapbooks, Please consider donating these sort of materials to your local historical society, as they document the ac tivities of the organization within your community.What Post Records are Kept in the Archives at National HQ?
22 DEPARTMENT AT LARGEGoldstein, Edith Post 100 Lehr, Herbert Post 686DEPARTMENT OF CALIFORNIAKaplan, Ilene Post 512 Meskin, Barney Post 603 Tor, Harold Post 760 Wagman, Julius Post 512DEPARTMENT OF CONNECTICUTFischler, Sidney O. Post 45 Gordon, Mark W. Post 45 Himmelstein, Morgan Post 45 Parade, Emanuel Post 45 Pinsky, Leo Post 45 Waldman, Arthur L. Post 51DEPARTMENT OF DELAWARESeidenstat, Irwin Post 767DEPARTMENT OF FLORIDAAgulnek, Meyer Post 440 Bell, Joseph E. Post 177 Cohen, Harry Post 606 DeAngelis, Perry T. Post 502 Ellison, James S. Post 243 Lewis, Harold R. Post 172 Midman, Gerald Post 819 Novick, Joseph J. Post 730 Turk, Max Post 177DEPARTMENT OF ILLINOISBud, Emanuel L. Post 153 Rosen, Herbert Post 800 Silver, Harold L. Post 800 Weissman, Herbert B. Post 407DEPARTMENT OF MARYLANDDiamond, Earl L. Post 380 Goldberg, Jerome Post 567 Lerner, Eugene M. Post 380 Silverman, Chester Post 888DEPARTMENT OF MICHIGANFagenson, William Post 474 Handelsman, Myron Post 135 Keller, Marshall Post 510 Minton, David K. Post 474 Silver, Herbert Post 135DEPARTMENT OF MIDWESTFigus, Lester Post 644 Friedman, Sherrill Post 605DEPARTMENT OF MINNESOTAIsaacs, Clark Post 354 Kamin, Irv S. Post 162 Levenson, Jerome Post 354DEPARTMENT OF NEVADA Soriano, Victor Post 21 Spindel, Bernard B. Post 65DEPARTMENT OF NEW JERSEYBalk, Seymour Post 178 Farber, Bernard Post 125 Fine, Marvin Post 609 Follender, David B. Post 498 Glasspool, Edwin G. Post 695 Goldberg, Samuel Post 536 Kurry, William Post 125 Moss, Jerome Post 609 Pearlman, Archie Post 178 Penn, Lester Post 178 Saltzman, William Post 125 Seltzer, Arthur Post 126 Streit, Marvin Post 609 Wolfson, Arnold Post 609DEPARTMENT OF NEW YORKBerg, Abraham Post 389 Brown, Kenneth L. Post 250 Fader, Harvey Post 652 Fredman, Samuel G. Post 191 Goldwasser, Norman Post 425 Greger, Irving Post 655 Hanau, Walter Post 1 Heidecorn, Monroe Post 191 Kauman, Lee Post 41 Levin, Maurice Post 717 Melamed, Fred Post 425 Scharf, Seymour Post 425 Sier, Morris M. Post 2 Weinstein, Haim Post 652DEPARTMENT OF OHIOBeckerman, Bernard Post 44 Henkin, Albert Post 44 Lichtenstein, Sanford Post 122 Miller, Herman Post 44 Scott, Sanford Post 44 Zawatsky, Edward Post 587DEPARTMENT OF PENNSYLVANIAAllen, Marty Post 499 Berkes, Milton Post 697 Grossman, Ralph Post 239 Helfer, Jack H. Post 499 Kurgan, Myer Post 215 Levine, Meyer Post 165 Resnick, Bernard Post 98 Silverstein, Marshall Post 239 Swartz, Stanley Post 499 Weiss, Jerry Post 697 Wexler, Benjamin Post 98 Willner, Jay Post 165DEPARTMENT OF RHODE ISLANDWeissman, Naftali M. Post 23DEPARTMENT OF SOUTHEASTOlshan, Melvin H. Post 608DEPARTMENT OF SOUTHWESTHandler, Murray A. Post 201 Harow, Martin L. Post 201DEPARTMENT OF TALOBaum, Kenneth Post 755 Behar-Mitrani, Lucille Post 753 Givant, Earl Post 755DEPARTMENT OF VANCLindner, Marshall W. Post 765 Roberts, Nat H. Post 765 TAPSBy Anna Selman, Programs and Public Relations CoordinatorOn April 3, 2018, Marine Captain Samuel Schultz passed away in during a military aviation training acci dent in Southern California. He was 28 years old. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Capt. Schultz was described military 6 years ago following in the footsteps of his family with that same fearless attitude. His funeral was held in his hometown of Philadelphia, PA on April 15, 2018, and the Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A. was there. According to Post Commander Bruce Kanis, 1,100 people were at the Funeral Chapel ranging from a 4 Star USMC General Magnus to Admirals to Lance Corporals to many of his friends from both coasts. We (JWV) provided a full JWV service along with another Gold Star Memorial Plaque from Post 215 to the family. At the grave, I presented a full Veteran Detail of JWV, American Legion, Marine Leatherneck, and Warrior Watch members who gave proper salute and honors Honor and Firing Detail. However, questions on why and how this hap pened has overwhelmed military leadership. Since training season began in the spring, at least 27 US ser vice members have died in noncombat-related crashes all the services Army, Marines, Navy and Air Force alike. So, the question is why is this happening and why now? As in all military accidents, investigations into each individual accident started with each crash. However, each individual investigation will not look into the magnitude of the situation. As I am typing this, a proposal to create an independent national commission on military aviation safety, offered by the committee by a unanimous voice vote meaning there will be a Congressional review of all military aviation accidents from 2013 to 2018. Why 2013? That is because 2013 is the year that the Sequestration started to ramp up. According to a report by the Military Times, the Sequestration dis proportionately affected maintenance and operations budgets cutting the budget by 1 trillion dollars dur maintenance on heavy aircraft and to delay replacing old equipment. Military personnel, such as ground maintenance crews, were let go, and we are now start ing to see the effects of those decisions. However, operational requirements did not change from 2012 to 2013, which means that pilots er amount of aircraft and a smaller group of pilots and maintenance crews. In 2016, the problem started show itself. The Air Force realized that it was facing ground-maintenance workers. was a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter. The Marine Corps currently has 143 CH-53Es in its inventory, de spite having a requirement for 200 heavy-lift helicop airworthy, in turn making it hard for pilots to get in ad tasks the helicopter performs, have undoubtedly con tributed to a string of deadly accidents with the type. In turn, we have seen deadly accidents coming from stateside training exercise increase the past couple of years. We know service members sign up for the military knowing full well that they might die in combat, but what they do not sign up for is dying in a training accident. The best way we can honor Captain Schultzs memory is to make sure that our service members have proper equipment and training Recent Military Aviation Accidents Take One of Our OwnWe Regret the ErrorWe regret that Theodore Lavoot, of Post 760 CA, was incorrectly listed in Taps in a previous issue of The Jewish Veteran We are delighted that he can be counted on as an active member of his Post. We apologize for the error.
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