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16 Jewish Medal of Honor Honorees and All Veterans to be Celebrated Nov. 8 at 7 P.M.

Friday, November 8, 7:00 p.m. - Glazer Campus (eastside)

 


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“For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty.”

Benjamin Levy, Henry Heller, Benjamin Kaufman, Raymond Zussman, Tibor Rubin… 

These aren’t household names. They didn’t make the front page of the country’s largest publications. Nonetheless, they are heroes. They are heroes forever immortalized through their actions. These men are Jewish military veterans who earned the Medal of Honor, the highest and most prestigious military decoration. 

In a special Glazer Campus Shabbat service on Friday, November 8, at 7:00 p.m., Wilshire Boulevard Temple and the California Military Museum Command join forces to commemorate these veterans, their stories, and others like them at “Honoring Our Veterans Shabbat.” 

Following the Shabbat service is the official opening of the Jewish American Medal of Honor Recipients exhibit in the Glazer Campus Gold Gallery. The exhibition is a result of recovering lost information. Within files abandoned at a military base in Los Alamitos are the historical documents— which range in date from the Civil War to the Vietnam War—that tell the stories of the 16 Jewish Medal of Honor recipients. In the months of its display at the Merage Jewish Community Center of Orange County, the exhibit drew the admiration of more than 50,000 visitors. The 16 display cases contain stories, era-specific memorabilia, and Medal of Honor replicas in recognition of each Jewish Medal of Honor recipient. 

“What’s most intriguing is the curation of these stories and bringing them to life,” said Marc S. Cohen, a Wilshire Boulevard Temple congregant and Lieutenant Colonel in the California State Guard. “Just confirming the soldiers’ Jewish heritage required thorough research. In the interest of self-protection, some had concealed their Jewish identities by changing their last names, making for extraordinarily difficult research.” 

A docent-guided tour is available upon request until the exhibit leaves Wilshire Boulevard Temple on December 2. For more information or to schedule a tour, please call (213) 999-9064. 

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Save the Dates, Come Celebrate, Enjoy

Our holiday celebrations and Celebration Shabbat can be respites from the harried and hurried jam-packed lives that we lead. They can be the closest we come to small-town experiences of communal enjoyment. Save the dates, plan with friends, attend, celebrate, and enjoy. These are the moments our kids will remember; these are what will form indelible associations between Judaism and joy for years to come. 

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For Israel, for Our People–Our Voices Matter

A world vote is coming up, in January through March. Voting in the WZC elections gives every Jew a say in determining which priorities receive the necessary funds for progressive Judaism—our Judaism—to thrive. 

In the coming weeks and months you will be hearing more about this important and sacred opportunity. And when the time comes to vote, may we all commit ourselves to raising our rightful voices. For more information, check the following link: arza.org/who-we-are/world-zionist-congress-elections

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Alumna Makes Her Way Back Home

When Haley Ginsberg walked into Brawerman this September on her first day of school as a faculty member, it was far from her first day on campus. In fact, this return to Brawerman took place one decade after her own Grade 6 graduation. Her homecoming signaled a remarkable milestone in Brawerman history: for the first time, a Brawerman alum has returned as a member of the faculty.

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VIDEO: Celebrating the Life and Musical Legacy of Chuck Feldman
A capacity crowd filled our Irmas Campus chapel to honor Chuck Feldman and appreciate his music.Watch!

It was a remarkable Shabbat on the evening of November 1, 2019. Cantor Don Gurney, Ellen Sugerman, Jacki Raffi, Noreen Green and the AJU Choir, and many talented musicians celebrated his life and his music.

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16 Jewish Medal of Honor Honorees and All Veterans to be Celebrated Nov. 8 at 7 P.M.

In a special Glazer Campus Shabbat service on Friday, November 8, at 7:00 p.m., Wilshire Boulevard Temple and the California Military Museum Command join forces to commemorate these veterans, their stories, and others like them at “Honoring Our Veterans Shabbat.”

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Camp Is Where We Are

What would camp be like this summer? It was what everyone had been wondering since the fires of last November. #campneverstops motivated us and inspired campers, alumni, families, and friends, but until the first yellow buses unloaded at the Camarillo campus of California State University Channel Islands, we couldn’t possibly have known what an exceptional opportunity this summer would prove to be. 

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Brawerman and Early Childhood Center Connection: Grade 3 Now in the Buddy Mix

One of the pillars of the Brawerman Elementary School experience is the joy of partnering with “buddies” in younger grades. For years, logistics left students in Grade 3 out in the cold. At Brawerman West, Kindergarten goes with Grade 6, Grade 1 with Grade 5, and Grade 2 with Grade 4. Over on the East campus, Kindergarten buddies with Grade 4, Grade 1 goes with Grade 5, and Grade 2 is paired with Grade 6. Whichever way you pair the grade levels, Grade 3 always got left out—until now.

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