SIVAN / TAMMUZ 5777
MAZAL TOV TO...
Aliza Garfunkel, who graduated from Leaves of Learning in Cincinnati. She plans to go
to UC Blue Ash and author at least one book for publication.
Jenna Leventhal, who graduated from Springfield High School. She plans to go to Ohio
State and major in criminology and psychology.
Joel Willens and Heather Trimingham, who will be married in Bermuda this August. Joel
is the son of Barbara Willens, and Barney and Carolyn Willens.
MISHABEIRACH PRAYERS OF HEALING GO TO...
Rabbi Lloyd Goldman, who recently fell in his home and broke the femur in his right leg as well
as a break in his upper right arm. His address during rehab is The Montefiore Home, One David
N. Myers Parkway, Room 105, Beachwood OH 44122
FROM OUR MAILBOX...
Dear Itzca and the Springfield community, We the Zohar Family wish to thank you from our
heart, for the great flowers donation to our dear mother Rachel Zohar who passed away in a very
tragic circumstances. We are very thankful for your empathy. Best regards, The Zohar Family in
NEW HOME TELEPHONE FOR...
Barbara Willens: (803) 572-5757
NEW IN THE CHILDREN'S LIBRARY...
Jumping Jenny by Ellen Bari (PJ Library)
~ RABBI'S CORNER ~
June, 1967: Reflections 50 Years Later
Yom Yerushalayim/Jerusalem Day, the newest Jewish holiday, commemorates the
reunification/liberation of Jerusalem by Israeli Forces on June 7, 1967 during the Six-Day War.
That year, June 7 corresponded to the Hebrew date Iyar 28. This year, Jerusalem Day/Iyar 28 fell
a few days ago on May 24. Marking the 50th anniversary of this significant event, a film entitled
"In Our Hands" was shown in theaters around the country on the evening of May 23 (and the
beginning of Iyar 28).
"In Our Hands" is a documentary of the events that led up to, and took place during, the Six-
Day War and the battle for Jerusalem. It includes interviews with soldiers who fought,
interspersed with dramatization of those events. The cast included all Israeli actors. Produced
by the Christian Broadcasting Network, its audience was primarily Christians who support Israel,
and besides recounting the events of those days, its message was to remind Christians of how
embattled Israel has been, and continues to be...and that, according to Holy Scripture, Jerusalem
must remain in Jewish hands. To be sure, there was an initial concern on my part that the film's
message would be "evangelizing" and include references to prophesies about the Second
Coming. But there was nothing of the sort. I left the theater appreciative of the applause from
the audience, and for CBN's efforts to remind their audience of Jerusalem's centrality both to
Jews and Christians.
As I left the theater, my mind went back 50 years. In June, 1967 I was a teenager whose
attention was mostly on girls, my rock band, and my youth group (pretty much in that order).
Although I was aware of earth-shaking events taking place, I (like most teens at the time) was
more stirred up by the release of the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper." And yet, I still remember watching
Abba Eban's televised speech at the UN, telling Israel's enemies and the world that Israel would
be happy to negotiate the return of conquered land in return for a durable peace treaty.
As we know, her enemies refused. It is not inaccurate to say that, since before Israel's
founding in 1948, there has been no real peace between Israel and its neighbors. Even the peace
treaties between Israel and its neighbors, Egypt and Jordan, are merely formalities: there
continues to be a visceral hatred of the Jewish state among the populations of these two
countries, not to mention among the populations of other neighboring countries - and most of the
Muslim world. Moreover, this past half-century has seen Israel's image change from being the
underdog to being the foremost oppressor nation-state in the UN community. Sadly, this image
is believed to be accurate by many people (including some Jews), who simply don't know
history nor do they appreciate the challenges Israel faces as it tries to remain a democracy while
doing what it needs to do to insure its own security.
Yet, despite what has NOT happened in the last 50 years, a lot HAS happened. Even as Israel's
enemies still seek her annihilation, even as UN bodies continue to deny any Jewish connection to
Jerusalem, the renewed Jewish presence in the ancient city has been a spiritual boon to both Jews
and non-Jews alike. For 19 years, between the founding of the State in 1948 and the summer of
1967, Israel was seen by many Jews in the West as a quaint but fascinating phenomenon, a place
where Holocaust survivors and Jews oppressed in other countries could finally find refuge.
But after June, 1967, those attitudes changed dramatically. Israel's reclaiming of the city, it's
reclaiming of the holy sites, especially the Western Wall and the Temple Mount, would trigger
not only a renewed spiritual connection with the ancient capital of our people, but a renewed
spiritual connection with Jewish teaching and tradition itself. For some, that change in attitude
and outlook included entertaining the acknowledgment that, given Israel's stunning
(miraculous?) victory against much more powerful enemies, a Divine hand may have intervened.
And yet, even without such an acknowledgment, there is no denying that the events of June
1967 made Jews outside of Israel much more conscientious of Israel and its place in
contemporary Jewish life during these past 50 years. Indeed, that our congregation's recent
decision to display the flag of Israel in our Sanctuary indicates, in my opinion, what a significant
sea change in our collective attitude has occurred. We can only hope that, despite the political
and cultural challenges we American Jews now face, our connection and commitment to Israel
and to Jerusalem will be sustained and strengthened.
A final thought: I write this on a Monday morning. Is it a coincidence that Monday is the day
of the week when Psalm 48 is recited at the end of the Morning Service, with these words:
"Walk about Zion and encircle her, count her towers; mark well in your hearts her ramparts,
raise up her places that you may recount to succeeding generations..."
I choose to think it's not...
--Rabbi Cary Kozberg
~ SPOTLIGHT ON LARRY FISH ~
Our Temple Sholom spotlight this month shines on Dr. Larry Fish, who has been a member
along with his wife Kim Nedelman Fish since 1997 when they moved to Springfield. Larry was
born in Cambridge, Ohio on July 20, 1954. Urban legend holds that he was the first Jewish baby
born in Guernsey Memorial Hospital, a rite of passage somewhat incredulously noted in the
Daily Jeffersonian newspaper.
Larry was the third of three boys born to his parents, Sara and Sidney. Sidney was the owner
of Cambridge Iron and Metal, a scrap metal business started by Larry's maternal grandfather.
Sara worked in the office and was a consummate kosher homemaker. The Fishes were one of
four Jewish families in Cambridge; Larry and his brothers Bob and Barry did their Torah studies
at Beth Abraham synagogue in Zanesville. Childhood was filled with a love of reading,
especially science fiction, and sports (golf, table tennis, baseball) enhanced by always trying to
compete with his Dad and brothers.
Following in the footsteps of his mother and brothers, Larry attended The Ohio State
University, earning his B.S. in 1975. He subsequently completed a doctorate in Cancer Biology
at the University of Cincinnati. His research described the interaction of tumor-promoting agents
that suppress the immune system and facilitate malignant tumor growth. His research interests
led to a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Southern California/Children's Hospital of
Los Angeles where he studied the genetics of retinoblastoma, a childhood eye cancer.
Realizing that clinical medicine was where his passions lay, Larry began his medical school
studies in 1982 at OSU, earning his MD degree in three years. He then interned at Jewish
Hospital in Cincinnati where he was most fortunate to meet his future brother-in-law Rick
Nedelman, who was then a third-year UC medical student. As luck would have it (or at least we
think it was luck), Rick introduced him to Kim over taco salads in the Doctors Lounge. At the
time, Kim was moving to Northern California but their luck was holding as Larry's residency
was to start the next year in Southern California. So, Kim and Larry developed a long-distance
relationship for a year until they both moved to Southern California.
Larry completed his ophthalmology residency at the Doheny Eye Institute at University of
Southern California. The outstanding Doheny faculty provided an incredibly challenging
academic environment, which complemented the rigorous clinical responsibilities at L.A. County
Hospital. Following residency, a one-year cornea and refractive surgery fellowship was
undertaken at the LSU Eye Center in New Orleans under the directorship of Drs. Herbert
Kaufman and Marguerite MacDonald. This training provided early exposure to the emerging
field of LASIK refractive surgery as well as extensive experience in cornea transplantation. This
time period also brought great family joy with the birth of their daughter Lauren.
Following fellowship, the Fish family moved to Pittsburgh, where Larry practiced for 6 years
and where beloved son David was born. The Fishes then relocated to Springfield in 1997, where
Larry became a partner with Dr. Gary Lau in Greater Ohio Eye Surgeons. This partnership has
flourished for over 20 years, providing medical and surgical eye care to residents of Springfield,
Urbana, London, and Beavercreek.
Larry plays the piano (occasionally), golfs (inconsistently), is a huge dog lover (LuckyMan),
and is still a voracious reader. He has a passion for sports cars and regularly attends high-
performance driving schools at Mid-Ohio in Mansfield, and teaches teenagers safe driving skills
at clinics sponsored by various car clubs and the Tire Rack. He still enjoys playing ping pong
and is a distinguished member of the Old Spokes biking group.
He has served on the admissions committee of Wright State University Boonshoft School of
Medicine and is a member of the clinical faculty of the WSU Department of Surgery. He is a
founding partner and board member of the Ohio Valley Surgical Hospital and has served on the
board of Physicians Charitable Foundation, which distributes funds to deserving organizations in
the Miami Valley. These activities are performed in no small part as a way of paying forward for
the next generation and a tribute to the unselfish mentors who have stimulated his academic
interests and helped shape his career.
We are certainly fortunate in all sorts of ways to have Larry as a vital and engaged part of the
Springfield medical and Jewish communities.
"We cannot all write a great novel but we can all live one."
~ CONTRIBUTIONS ~
- In honor of Sarah Klaben's marriage from Morrey and Renae Shifman
- Best wishes for your rapid recovery to Rabbi Lloyd Goldman from Paul Cornez, Stan and
Phyllis Nedelman, the Eddie Leventhal Family
JEFFREY D EBNER YOUTH FUND
- In memory of Ray Schneider from Lyla Bailin
SHARON LEE BROOCK FLOWER FUND
- In memory of Jordan Spier from Jack and Paulette Grodner
~ YAHRZEIT LIST ~
JUNE 2: Justin A. Altschul, Jennie G. Arnovitz, Ben Kaufman, Harry Kossoff, Dorothy Krane, Louis Krauss, Joseph Thurman, Alexander Gerson, Hanna Auer Jaffe, Barbara Leventhal Stern (daughter of Shirley Leventhal), Louis Stillpass (father of Phyllis Nedelman), Arthur Willens, Edward Wolf (father of Fran Rickenbach)
JUNE 9: Esther Berman, Esther Myers Gross, Leon Kempler, Lydia Kempler, Mildred Emily Sachs, Bertha Schoenthal, Jeffrey L. Sisler, Edward Klaben, Minnie Russack
JUNE 16: Zelma P. Gardner, Dr. Charles Krane, Fred Leventhal (husband of Maxine), Stella Rosen Sachs, Sidney Fish (father of Larry), Benjamin Lurie
JUNE 23: Arline Esther Dagan, Abraham Freed, Samuel K. Gerson, Rose Gross, Ben Lieberman, Milton Rich (husband of Lalie), David Rittoff, Pauline Sanders, Pia Friedman, Sarah Kohn, Chava Kurtzhant (mother of Itzca Zohar), Minnie Mirman (mother of Renae Shifman), Florence Tannenbaum
JUNE 30: Aaron A. Freed, Betty Friedberger, David D. Klein, Ben Rubinoff, Eva Schechter, Morris Travis, Samuel Broidy (father of Steve), Elizabeth Wood Rickenbach
JULY 7: Hyman Adler, Sophie Friedland, Morris M. Levinson, Sidney William Rich, William Rich, Helen Weiser, William B. Zitsman, Arthur Marcus (father of Faye Flack)