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Justice is theme of Federation's 96th annual convention

It was a beautiful sunny spring day for the Federation of Jewish Women's Organizations of Maryland's lovely 96th annual convention, themed "Justice, Justice Shall you Pursue," at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation in Pikesville.

A brief reminder: Federation of Jewish Women's Organizations of Maryland is an umbrella group of more than two dozen nonprofit organizations and sisterhoods. Our Federation of Jewish Women's Organizations of Maryland is very successful, and the one and only organization like this in our country!

Two sessions are always offered at this full-day convention. The morning's agenda is always strictly business, with wrap-up of yearly committee reports. An added bonus this year, was our very efficient and active County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, who extended greetings and appreciation to everyone for what they have accomplished to benefit our community.

Plus, ultra-interesting Deborah Adler, area director Greater Washington American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), discussed "Pro-Israel Advocacy and Justice for Israel."

Overall, Adler said that the safety and security of Israel depends on us. Israel is our one true friend in this area. Note: Hatred for all Jews is still being taught! Frequently, hundreds of rockets a month are directed at Israel with sole destination to kill Jews, men, women, children.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee is the only American organization whose principal mission is to lobby the U.S. government about legislation that strengthens the relationship between the United States and Israel.

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the organization has 10 regional offices focused on bringing its message to legislators throughout the country.

AIPAC is working to promote strategic cooperation between the U.S. and Israel, to develop sound U.S. anti-terrorist policies and to stop rogue nations such as Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability.

For more information, contact area director Tara Brown at 410-223- 4190, or tbrown@aipac.org

During the morning reports, there was special recognition to Sheila Derman, chairwoman resolutions committee, always doing an outstanding job. Also to Betty Seidel, chairwoman Serv-A-Awards.

For community members who do not know, Serv-A is a fund-raising project that enables the Jewish Welfare Board Jewish Chaplains Council, to provide supplies for Jewish soldiers in the U.S. military to observe Jewish holidays throughout the year.

Receiving Sabbath and holiday ceremonials, prayer books, and traditional holiday goodies reminds our troops that they are cared for and appreciated.

There are currently more than 10,000 Jewish men and women serving our country in the U.S. military on active duty at more than 5,000 military installations and VA Medical Centers.

Note: Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebrants, birthdays, holidays and any special occasion, you can donate to Serv-A, to benefit our Jewish men and women. For more info, call Betty Seidel, at 410-542-2323, or e-mail bettyseidel@comcast.net.

Accolades to Lynda Weinstein, outgoing Federation president, for her outstanding leadership!

The afternoon session was four-fold, including the release of outgoing Federation officers, installation of new officers 2012-2013, presentation of the prestigious E.B. Hirsh Lifetime Achievement award, and the distribution of yearly prestigious Tzedek Awards to one selected member representing every organization that is a member of Federation.

Incoming Federation leadership includes Dr. Harriet Meier, president; Sheila Derman, Sheila Mentz, Hilda Yankelov, vice presidents; Rochelle Bohrer, recording secretary; Rae Shalowitz and Sheila Stern, corresponding secretaries; Arlene Mazer, treasurer; Lynn Lichtig, auditor; Lynda Weinstein, immediate past-president, is now community representative.

The E.B. Hirsh Lifetime Achievement Award is in honor/tribute to the late very respected E.B. Hirsh, role model, mentor, 24th president of Federation of Jewish Women. This fourth E.B. Hirsh award was presented to well-deserving, charming, and eloquent Linda Hurwitz, a dedicated professional volunteer and dedicated community leader for many years.

Recipients of this years Tzedek Awards: Linda Boteach, Adat Chaim Sisterhood; Pearl Greenbaum, Amit, Sarah Ribakow/Tikvah Chapter; Shirley Simon, Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Sisterhood; Marlene Siegel, Beth El Sisterhood; Judi Dickman-Narrows, Beth Israel Sisterhood; Ina Legum, Beth Tfiloh Sisterhood; Lea Fischer, B'nai Jacob/Shaarei Zion Sisterhood; Anita Potemkin, Brandeis Univ. Nat'l Women's Committee; Edna Crystal, Chizuk Amuno Sisterhood; Phyllis Gold, Covenant Guild; Wilma Alpert, Dorothy Friedman Caplan Guild; Sylvia Gamerman, Edith Rosen Strauss Organization; Ruth B. Hurwitz, Hadassah of Greater Baltimore; Suzy Robinson, Har Sinai Sisterhood; Musia Bibliowicz, Jewish Caring Network; Jacqueline Wilen, Jewish Women Interntional; Rusty Heyman, Kappa Guild; Barbara Hyatt, Levindale Auxiliary; Lynn Fram, Mildred Mindell Cancer Foundation; Norma Samson, Miriam Lodge, K.S.B.; Toba Falk, Moses Montefiore Anshe Emunah Sisterhood; Anne London, National Council of Jewish Women; Charlene Jacobson, Ner Tamid Sisterhood; Diane Stoler, Sinai Hospital Auxiliary; Elizabeth Yarsky, Temple Emanuel Sisterhood; Bunny Kravitz, Temple Oheb Shalom Sisterhood; Allison Magat, The Associated Women; Seema Goldbergh, True Sisters, Baltimore No. 35. Mazel Tov all!

Among the Federation members and convention guests were many politicos, plus Izzy Patoka representing our governor, plus the Adler family, Steve Hurwitz and son, Andrew plus Faye and Abe Adler, Dotsey Roth, Beverly Stappler, Paula Scherr, Susan Hackerman, Marlene Resnick, Sheila Stern, Goldie Teeitelbaum, Sandy Raskin, Marlene Greenebaum, Florence Schwartzman, Nadine Goldman, Frida Fraiman, Marilyn Sherr, Sandy Shannon, Fannie Marder, Adele Maier, Stacey Goldenberg, Marcia Levey, Frada Wall, Helene Waranch, Fran Retsky, Betsy Felsenberg, Cathy Litofsky, Ruth Denick, Cantor Ann Sachs.

Plus, listing a few of the many men: Rabbis Andrew Busch, Elan Adler, David Greenspoon, Cantor Robbie Solomon, Bob Meyserson and Jeff Legum.

Carol J. Caplan and Ann Cohen did a great job co-chairing the convention committee that included very efficient Rochelle Bohrer, Eve Vogelstein, Lynne Lichtig, Jane Davis, Sheila Derman. Janice Gold and Arlene Mazer, reservations for the 400 attendees!

Marcia Bornfriend and Alice Trosch did a fab job coordinating the gorgeous colorful room décor in hot pink/raspberry and the beautiful floral centerpieces.

Registrars were Fran Gimbel, Sheila Mentz, Vera Mitnick, and Rae Shalowitz.

Captain Heber Watts was event photog.

Ken and Brad Kolodner in concert

Temple Emanuel, 909 Berrymans Lane in Reisterstown, is hosting widely-acclaimed hammered dulcimer player and a virtuoso old-time fiddler Ken Kolodner. His handsome son, Brad is a talented banjo player. They will be in concert, Sunday, June 3, at 4 p.m.

Venue is outdoors and if inclement weather, it will be inside the shul. Bring your blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the Kolodner's fabmusic!

Ticket price is $15 at entrance. For more info call 410-526-3676 or e-mail Tescaconcerts@gmail.com

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Lifecycle simcha celebrations

A very happy and a few belated birthday greetings to family, friends, co-workers, neighbors and community celebrating 30-something, more or less. Also a sprinkling of kids, tween/teens and seniors (recycled teenagers):

Bunny Kravitz, Bea Hurwitz, Robin Hiken, Gloria Karasik, Eddie Attman, Joe Levitt, Sid Simon, Curt Civin, Michael Berkman, Alan Rifkin, Dick Belman, Natalie Nelson, Nikki Shargel, Sharon Bass, Aime Darrow, Bernie Mazer, Allan Weinstein, Dr. Andy Bernstein, Dr. Leslie Greenwald, Norma Levin, Sheri Kebrich, Claire Beissinger, Dr. Andrew London, Dr. Bernie Rabin, Rob Cohen, Julie Kwas, Paula Scurnick, Patty Rosen, Dr. David Feldmann, Ron Block, Al Windesheim.

And Joan Feldman, Sherri Singer, Lisa Fox, Howard Koeppel, Jim Trosch, Debbie Zucker, Teri Markowitz, Linda Block, Teresa Pearl, Liz Hoffman, Jim Molofsky, George Korba, Lil Dresner, Dana Farbman, Jenna Perman, Aliza Abramovitz, Carl Berenholtz, Howard Wolf, Harold Falchick, Diana Hegmann, Sandra Livingston, Gary Griffith, Michael Flechner, Terry Mandell, Adam Rabau.

Happy kids birthday to Jackson Palich and all kids celebrating birthdays!

Happy birthday to senior youngster, Willie Rabinowitz, and happy centenarian-plus-three to youngster Rose Lazinsky who recently celebrated her 103rd birthday! Fantabulous!

Happy, happy birthday to each and every-one and those celebrating birthdays not listed!

Hope you all enjoyed oodles of ice cream, cake and goodies. Especially the goodies! Yes, the goodies!

Engagement congrats

Melissa Udoff to Keller Crowley

Marriage

Best wishes for wedded bliss: Robyn (Hoffman) and Stephen Kaufmann

Newborns

Welcome to this trio of adorable precious bundles of joy:

A daughter, Reagan Marie, to Wendy and Jason Feller

A son, Raymond Anthony Scott Lloyd III, to Tamar Jacobs and Anthony Scott Lloyd II

A daughter, Gia Gilkis, to Stella and Michael Gilkis

Mazel Tov to all! Enjoy with oodles of hugs and kisses and a few lovable squeezes on their eensie, weensie, tiny diapered tushes!

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Anniversary congrats

A whopper gorgeous (diamond) 60th anniversary Rosalee and Richard Davison, Marcia and Art Krouss.

WOW! 60 years! Fantabulous! We all wish Rosalee and Richard, Marcia and Art many, many more wonderful anniversaries with good health and happiness! Yes!

A fab 58th anniversary Alice and Billy Goodman. An equally fab 57th anniversary Phyllis and Royal Pollokoff, Micky and Carl Butler. A pretty (emerald) 55th anniversary Carole and Mandell Bellmore, Elaine and Dr. Sam Omansky. A great 52nd anniversary Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum.

An enjoyable 48th anniversary Annabelle and Richard Sher. A great 47th anniversary Linda and Harvey Litofsky, Dianne and Dr. Stan Zwebach. An equally great 46th anniversary Dale and Dr. Nort Grossblatt.

A wonderful 44th anniversary Arlene and Ron Weitzman and an equally wonderful 42nd anniversary Nancy and Curt Civin. A lovely (ruby (40th) anniversary Marcy and Nelson Hoffman, Rita and Ira Meier, Mina and Ed Wender.

A great (double chai) 36th anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Michael Steinhardt. A pretty (coral) 35th anniversary Ilene and Dr. John Brooks. A very happy 32nd anniversary Esther and Dr. Howard Hoffberg. An attractive (pearl) 30th anniversary Ruth and Jim Coleman, Dr.s Bev Kelsey and Jon Schreiber, Robin and Harry Levy, Janis and Ira Bormel.

A great 29th anniversary Patty and Fred Rosen. A wonderful 27th anniversary Janet and Richard Trosch. Celebrating their (silver) 25th quarter-century anniversary Ellen and Larry Macks, Amye and Dr. Steve Adashek, Annette and Michael Saxon, Jody and Walt Mitnick. A fab 24th anniversary Ellen and Craig Rabinowitz, Tina and Larry Appel. An equally fab 23rd anniversary Sherry and Brian Sacks. A great 22nd anniversary Cheryl and Andy Chernoff, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Rasche, Sally and Dr. Brian Rosenfeld. An enjoyable 20th anniversary Joy and Joe Auslander. Dr.s Victoria and Jim Handa, Veda and Will Mitchell.

A wonderful 16th anniversary Julie and Dr. Richard Juanteguy, Bryna and Lou Bernstein. A very happy 14th, Bonnie and Mark Powers, and an equally very happy 7th to Mindy and Dr. Jason Brandt.

Happy anniversary also Ellen and Dr. Joel Goldwasser, Rona and Dr. David Braver.

Happy anniversary to all of the above and those celebrating anniversaries not listed! May you all enjoy many, many more wonderful anniversary simchas! L'Chaim!

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Shannon and Taylor Stern, tween/teen, young adult and under-30 social columnists:

Your choice of awesome cool happy double-digit birthday cha-cha-chas Ella and Erin Wohlberg, Isabel and Olivia Wachter.

Bat Mitzvah

Mazel Tov Jessica Stampfer, Morgan Heyman, Ariana Gladstone, Chloe Keller, Allie Cohen, Kelsey Levitt, Gillian Greenberg, Alyssa Miller, Rebecca Sulpar, Jessica Green.

Bar Mitzvah

Mazel Tov Aaron Wilson, Zachary Lane, Jake Given, Brian Fradkin.

Happy young adult birthdays Megan Smith, Alex Elias, Mark Rottenberg, Blake Pruitt.

Happy 20-something and under-30 birthdays to Julianna Gillis, Jamie Wagenheim, Peri Cohen Andy Jacobson.

Happy birthday to all the double-digit, Bat and Bar Mitzvah celebrants, young adult and 20-something and under-30 birthday celebrants not listed! Happy milestone birthdays all!

Memo

Shabbat candle-lighting time, Friday evening, June 1, is 9:09 p.m.

Have and enjoy a terrific week everyone! Yes!

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