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The Bulletin: February/March/April 2000

     From the Cantor
     
     TERUMAH, the name of Torah portion for February 12th, means gifts of the heart, charitable, voluntary offerings given spontaneously when stirred by a cause or need. In this portion, terumah refers to gifts brought by the Israelites for the building of their sanctuary, or tabernacle, in the desert. Is there evidence that the Israelites really built such a sanctuary, and why? Some commentators have seen the building of this sanctuary as a high point in the Bible. While in slavery in Egypt, Israel had made buildings for the pharoahs, they now were able to use their labor for God. This was a concrete realization of their freedom.
     But before I consider the importance or significance of this event, what about its feasibility? Scholars until recently considered the account largely or at least partly fictitious, a reading back into the past of a present reality: when the temple was already built, the writers of these passages wanted to give that temple a legitimacy by dating it to the days of the desert wanderings. More recent scholarly research has shown that portable shrines of the type described here were employed among nomadic Arab peoples in that historical era. There have been archeological finds of Egyptian portable canopy-like structures that testify to the prevalence of the basic construction techniques of the Israelite sanctuary long before Moses' time. Even the well-known tomb of Tutankhamen from around the same period indicated such techniques. It is now universally accepted that Israel did possess a portable ark and sanctuary which accompanied it before and during the conquest of the land of Canaan. The description of the original ark and the sanctuary that housed it, may have later been embellished.
     Following the commandment to build the sanctuary, there are several chapters containing hundreds of detailed descriptions of every object and material to be used in building it. The text reads like a combination architect's blueprint and decorator's design--a sort of ancient edition of "Temple Beautiful". Each description includes specific measurements, colors,
     instructions about materials to be used and how to fasten them together. The building plans are repeated numerous times throughout the Torah. This sort of description, including the repetitions, belongs to a common Near Eastern genre of temple building reports.
     Israel's wilderness sanctuary, both as an institution and in its mode of construction, was well rooted in the cultural-religious traditions of the ancient Near East. But these are the purely external, physical aspects. The religious concepts it expressed
     differentiated Israel from other cultures.
     Throughout the Near East, the temple was believed to be the god's dwelling place. Thus the very existence of a sanctuary seems to impose a limit on God's omnipresence. The terms used for Israel's sanctuary tried to avoid this problem. Two Hebrew terms used interchangeably, mishkan and ohel, are translated as tent or temporary dwelling. The lack of a specific locality negates the idea of a static god dwelling always in one place. The text is clear that the sanctuary was constructed to answer human needs. God is not said to abide in it but rather among the Israelites. The sanctuary itself was not so much a dwelling place for God, as a place set aside where people could experience more intensely God's presence.
     The sanctuary served as a visible, tangible symbol that God remained in Israel's midst, as they moved further and further from the scene of the revelation at Mt. Sinai. The Israelites needed assurance that there would still be a way and a place to communicate with God. Modern Jews have moved still further from that original revelation, both in time and space, and still crave this kind of assurance.
     Religious sanctuaries are created out of our need for beautiful and inspiring environments where we can find moments for reflection, direction and wisdom. Throughout the ages, temples have been the sacred space where Jews have worshipped, celebrated and studied together. The temple is considered the most significant institution of Jewish life and a guarantor of Jewish tradition and survival. The synagogue, its ark, and the Torah within it, belong to all of us. By being in this sanctuary today, removing the Torah from its ark and studying it together, we are carrying on the tradition begun by our people in the Sinai desert 3000 years ago. The external trappings of the synagogue may be a far cry from the original mishkan, but the Torah within remains always the same.
     
     Helen Leneman
     
     Short Takes
     News from ARZA/WORLD UNION,
     North America Reform Movement Announces New Fund-Raising Efforts For Israel and Former Soviet Union

     
     At its recent biennial assembly in Orlando, Florida, ARZA/WORLD UNION, North America announced its commitment to send $50 million to Israel to build synagogues and community centers and $5 million to the former Soviet Union to nurture fledgling congregations and train rabbis and para-rabbinic professionals.
     The announcement was made by Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch, executive director of ARZA/WORLD UNION, North America, on December 14, 1999. The organization represents 1.5 million Reform Jews on all matters pertaining to the international Progressive Jewish community. "We are on the cusp of historic breakthroughs in Israel," said Rabbi Hirsch. "If we can build these centers - nay, when we build these centers -- we will begin to impact on the masses of Israeli society in the manner befitting a great movement. We also have an urgent task now to revive Jewish life where destruction and decay reigned before and to save the spiritual and physical lives of our people in the former Soviet Union."
     There are now more than 25 Progressive congregations, havurot (study groups), and kibbutzim in Israel and 75 Progressive congregations in the former Soviet Union. ARZA/WORLD UNION, North America's goal is to raise the money within five years.
      Your support makes it possible for ARZA/WORLD UNION, North America to help Progressive Judaism flourish in Israel, the former Soviet Union and around the world. For more information, call our office at (212) 650-4280, visit our Web site at http://www.rj.org/arzawuna, or e-mail arzawupjna@uahc.org.
     
     From our President
     
     Our Erev Shabbat service on January 14th was a very special evening. This year marks the ninth year in which we have held a service dedicated to the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the values to which he dedicated his life. Each year, we have paid tribute to Dr. King's contribution to his people and humankind, by asking that each local high school select the
     student who has demonstrated a serious commitment to social justice, betterment of the community, and his or her studies.
     This year we again honored seven outstanding young people each of whom received a Certificate of Honor and a $200 U.S. Savings Bond. Marilyn Blackhall, one of our past presidents who was a co-leader of the service with Mina Orenstein, observed how proud Dr. King would be if he could have known these young people and have seen them receive this award. We are especially proud that one of our own members, Abraham Tarapani, was selected by Antilles School to be its honoree. Family, friends and members of our congregation filled Lilienfeld House, our social hall.
      Our guest speaker, John deJongh, Jr., CEO of the Lockhart Companies, President of the Chamber of Commerce, and President of the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands, expressed regret that we could not hold the service in our Synagogue because the restoration is not quite complete. Certainly, the Synagogue, as one of the most historic structures in St. Thomas, is exceptional and we look forward to returning soon. But feelings of warmth, brotherhood, and community infused the gathering nonetheless and reminded us all that people are what give a building, even a synagogue, its soul.
     
     Trudie Prior
     President of the Congregation
     
     From the Restoration Committee
     
     We are happy to report that the restoration of the synagogue building is nearing completion. The project has, of course, taken much longer than anticipated. And it has grown in scale.
     During the course of this project, many problems with the structure of the building were discovered and addressed. There were some minor leaks in the roof, which, over time, had caused some deterioration in one of the support beams. Both of these have been repaired. We also uncovered a blocked subterranean drainage system, which had been the cause of flooding during heavy rains. This has been cleared and a new pump has been installed.
     As you know, the Synagogue was built before the advent of electricity. Wiring was added bit by bit through the years as the need arose. Consequently, light switches were in totally inappropriate, hard to reach places and there were several mazes of extension cords in such places as the Bimah, gift shop and upstairs office. This was inconvenient, unsightly and a major fire hazard. The buildings have been completely rewired and brought up to code.
     There were minor breaks and flaws in the decorative plaster, which were all repaired as the plastering was done. The plastering has been done with great care given to every detail. It is crisp and clean and very beautiful.
     Given that we had scaffolding in place, we decided to paint the inside of the dome. This was not part of the original plan, but it made sense to do it.
     We have also done things for purely aesthetic reasons. The old tablets over the Arc were made of plaster and some of the letters had broken off. We chose to have new tablets carved in stone. They have been done in Britain by Dick Reed, a master stone cutter, and are being shipped this week. Sean Krivatch, a restorer of antique furniture, will be gilding the edges once they are installed. The inside of the Arc was strengthened to support the additional weight and special brackets were built to hang them.
     Our antique lighting fixtures, which are the building's original fixtures, were sent off to the St. Louis Antique Lighting Company for restoration. There had been some deterioration which was unavoidable, given our proximity to the ocean. The damage has been repaired, those that had been electrified have been rewired and all have been given a protective coating. We have also located and purchased the last three extant shades that fit the column sconces. The lighting fixtures were shipped back last week.
     When we removed the furnishings from the building at the start of the restoration, we discovered that many of our original mahogany pews were in need of repair. These are in the process of being done. And that's just the inside.
     On the exterior, the front door, which sustained damage during Hurricane Marilyn, has been repaired as have several of the shutters. The exterior columns have been straightened and replastered, marble porch tiles have been replaced as needed. We have added copper eaves and down-spouts to the roof, which have been positioned to lead the water well away from the building. They should last one hundred years.
     The Restoration project is nearing completion and should be finished some time in March. We are indebted to our architect, Bill Taylor and to the crew of Custom Builders. They have shown great care in their work and were zealous in their desire to do the job right.
     We have missed the use of our sanctuary but have truly enjoyed having services in the warm atmosphere of Lilienfeld House. Katina Coulianos created a mini sanctuary for us there that has served us nobly. We are, none the less, looking forward to returning to our beloved synagogue. The aesthetic, of course, will have changed completely. Those wonderful warm stone walls have been replaced with a cool, white, clean plaster. Our visual focus will move away from those walls and into the splendid mahogany Bima and Holy arc crowned with the stone tablets that are the very symbol and metaphor of our faith. We are bringing our Synagogue back to the way it was originally designed and built and in so doing are honoring the wishes, knowledge and work of our ancestors. We are also preserving this heritage for generations yet to come.
     
     Mina Orenstein
     Restoration Committee
     
     From the Restoration Campaign
     
     Dear Friends,
     I would like to give you all an update on how the fund-raising for the restoration of our Synagogue is going. To say things are fabulous would be erroneous, but things are moving along well. We would, of course, like to say that we have all necessary funds pledged but that is simply not the case. We have a little less than 1/2 of our original goal in place. Our goal originally was to raise $320,000. We have about $150,000 pledged or in hand as of now.
     Unfortunately, our original goal is proving to be far short of our final estimated cost for the project. We estimate this to be closer to $500,000. We have had added-on costs due to major electrical demands as well as other unexpected items. For those of you who have ever done any kind of remodeling, you can understand how that always seems to be the nature of the beast. It is easier to build from scratch than remodel, much less a remodeling job as complex as the restoration of the Synagogue.
     Several unclaimed items are still available for dedication: the facade and interior walls ($35,000), the Decalogue Tablets ($25,000), the entry porch ($20,000), the climate-controlled display cases in the Weibel Museum ($15,000), two brass sconces ($1500 each), three brass torchieres ($1,000 each), and one brass candelabra ($5,000).
     Once again I would like to ask that if any of you have any contacts with a foundation that would be interested in our restoration, we would certainly appreciate your help.
     For those of you who have already given generously, I thank you very much. For those of you who have put this on the back burner, please open it back up and send your contributions to us as soon as possible.
      Wishing you all a happy and healthy turn of the century.
     
     Donald Pomeranz
     Chair of the Restoration Campaign
     
     From the Antiques, Art & Collectibles Committee
     
     St. Thomas hosted its first-ever auction of antique West Indian furniture, gallery-quality art, and decoratives on Dec. 12 when the historic Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas held its ANTIQUES, ART AND COLLECTIBLES AUCTION at the Old Stone Farmhouse at Mahogany Run.
     The day-long auction was a rousing success. It proved to be a major fund-raiser for the synagogue and won accolades from hundreds in the community who attended.
     Adam Hutter of Tepper Galleries in New York was the auctioneer and he played a big role in the event's success.
      The small, 203-year-old congregation - second oldest in the Western Hemisphere to Curacao - held the unique fund-raiser to help defray the rising cost of keeping its Synagogue open to the public. The 166-year-old Synagogue building, which is now undergoing a major restoration, has been designated a National Historic Landmark.
     A highlight of the auction was the estate collection of Suzanne Fageol, a longtime resident of the Virgin Islands who had moved to the neighboring island of Saba several years
     ago. Following her death in June 1999, the family decided to put hundreds of antiques and collectibles from her estate into the synagogue's auction. Everyone agreed it was a "mitzvah" for all parties.
     Other items that were auctioned included:
     -A 48-inch round pedestal table and a four-poster bed with rams' head headboard from the Danish West Indies, a West Indian armoire and dozens of other West Indian antiques, including a shoerack, chairs, candlestands and rockers.
     -Several pieces from the MAPes MONDe collection, including an original double-sided drawing from Camille Pissarro's sketchpad and old Virgin Islands and Caribbean maps, pictorials and documents.
     -An original acrylic sculpture and an acrylic mezuzah by internationally known artist Yankel Ginzburg, who once lived in St. Thomas.
      -Works of art by many of the Virgin Islands' leading artists, including Leo Carty, Don Dahlke, Eric Winter, Shansi Miller, Eunice Summer, Marsha Stein and Diane Kreiner.
     
     The Hebrew Congregation has already picked the date for its second annual ANTIQUES, ART AND COLLECTIBLES AUCTION - Dec. 10, 2000. Mark it on your calendar!
     The focus of the auction will again be West Indian antiques, along with works of art from some of the island's leading artists.
      If you have antiques or collectibles to donate, or major items to put on consignment, please call the Synagogue office at 340-774-4312.
     And we hope to see you Dec. 10 at the Old Stone Farmhouse. Meanwhile, stay tuned here for more details.
     
     From the Sisterhood
     
     On Saturday, January 29, 2000, close to 120 people attended the
     Sisterhood's 12th annual Progressive Dinner Party. This is Sisterhood's major fund-raiser, and the event has gained in popularity to such an extent that this year we actually had to turn people down for tickets.
     As in most other years, Charlotte and Isidor Paiewonsky, once again, graciously opened their historic home to us for cocktails and hors d'oevres. As always, they provided a very elegant beginning to the evening.
     We then broke into smaller groups and went to various homes for the main course. People hosting dinners this year were Steven and Ilene Berlin, Marilyn and George Blackhall, with Peggy Wilcox, Jan and Michael, Richard Davis and Phebe Schwartz, Jared Fallek and Wayne Patterson with Anna Paiewonsky, Terri and Dick Golden, Peter Gruber and Pat Murphy, Ella and Archie Ogden with Margaret and Al Cohen, and Doris and Donald Pomeranz with Debbie and Kevin Sottak.
     The evening ended drinking coffee and eating decadent desserts under the stars at the home of Terry Buder. The desserts were baked by Carol Weinberger and Katina Coulianos. This is the 12th year that Carol has baked her cheesecakes and other mouth-watering desserts; regrettably, it will be the last. She is relocating to Florida in April, to be with her children and grandchildren. We will miss her for many reasons, not least of which are her baking skills.
     In addition to all those who feverishly cooked and cleaned, it must be noted here that the success of the evening was due in large part to the organizational abilities of Marilyn Blackhall and Kimberly Ellick.
     The Sisterhood extends its heartfelt thanks to all those who opened their homes, their kitchens and their checkbooks to make this such a successful evening.
     
     Mina Orenstein
     Sisterhood
     
     Welcome to the Congregation
      Warmest welcome to our newest members: Susan Miller, Lisa Margolis, Robert and Nancy Lasner, Joyce Bolanos and her two sons, Michael and Andress.
     
     Todah Rabah - Thank you very much
     To the Antiques, Art & Collectibles Committee, volunteers from the congregation and community at-large, donors, artists and consignees - we indeed could not have done it without you!
     
     Ad Meah V'esreem - Till 120!!!
     Happy Birthday - Many Happy Returns!!!

     
     02/04 Kimberly Ellick
     02/07 Joyce Bolanos
     02/08 Clara Moron
     02/17 Samantha Pomeranz
     02/18 Andres Bolanos
     02/18 Mark Blazar
     02/22 Becky Tunick
     02/26 Neil Prior
     02/26 Nadia Adell
     02/27 Marge Kalik
     03/08 Michael Bolanos
     03/10 Norma Levin
     03/10 Arlene Kirshenbaum
     03/18 Mina Orenstein
     03/18 Eva Cooper
     03/19 Jerry Runyon
     03/23 Judee Slosky
     03/25 Henry Karlin
     03/27 Alexis Karlin
     03/28 Samuel Steinberg
     04/01 Debby Karlin
     04/03 Nina Schafer
     04/03 Monty Abrams
     04/04 Bettina Shock
     04/05 Sunny Steinberg
     04/08 Avna Cassinelli
     04/09 Howard Kupperman
     04/10 Cornell Dixon
     04/12 Suzi Grbinich
     04/22 Ashley Pomeranz
     04/22 Morris Paiewonsky
     04/23 Marilyn Grishman
     04/30 Morgan Rosenberg
     04/30 Burton Morovitz
     
     Happy Anniversary
     
     2/10 Margaret and Al Cohen
     2/23 Iris and Herb Horwitz
     2/25 Sunny and Samuel Steinberg
     3/3 Terri and Dick Golden
     3/23 Wendy and Abe Tarapani
     3/29 Katina and Doug Sell
     3/29 Paulina and Burton Morovitz
     4/8 Penny and Hank Feuerzeig
     4/29 Marilyn and Sandy Grishman
     
     R'fuah Shlaimah - Speedy recovery
     Cornelle Dixon, Ed Kalik, and Reba Foushee.
     
     Donations
     Book Fund: Sandy and Marilyn Grishman
     Cemetery Fund: Marilyn and Sandy Grishman in memory of Ross Newman
     General Fund: Penny and Hank Feuerzeig in honor of Isidor Paiewonsky's 90th birthday; Jackie and Ronnie Reckseit in honor of Isidor Paiewonsky's 90th birthday; Martin F. Walsh for speedy recovery of Audrey Merves; Arthur D. Rheingold in memory of Abraham Joseph March; Meyer Harry Silkowitz and Oscar Rheingold; Dorothy and Martin Gerard in memory of Sadie Wolf; Howard Kupperman in memory of Harriet Kupperman; Frances and Stuart Eizenstat in honor of Isidor and Charlotte Paiewonsky's wedding anniversary; David and Tanya Bruck in memory of Sigmund Bruck; David and Nana Puritz in memory of Raymond Camhi; Ron and Terry Berlin in memory of Adele Berlin; Lee and Barbara Singer in memory of Edith Singer; Marvin and Leonore Crane in memory of Hanna Goldberger; Lt. Col. George and Ethel Orloff in memory of Sara Goldenstein; Anne and Al Sculnick in memory of Jack Sculnick; Richard Becker in memory of Kathy Reidhaar; Sidney and Lorraine Harris in memory of Frank J. Harris; Seymour and Muriel Greenberg in memory of Shirley Mande; Diane Gross in memory of Hyman Isaacson; Fay and Leon Liebman in memory of Nathan Liebman; Dorothy and Martin Gerard in memory of Adolph Henry Wolf; Erwin Asriel in memory of Regina Asriel; Rita Pomerantz in memory of David Pomerantz and Yetta Cooper; Ray and Aileen Harter in memory of Bernice Hoffeld; Nick Sintsov; Robert and Evelyn Danzinger; Gail Meister in memory of Nathan Meister; Joyce Adolfsen in memory of Abraham Heller; Louis and Elaine Michaelson in memory of Bea Blau; Leonard and Eleanor Sidersky in memory of Bessie and William Gross; Trudie and Neil Prior in memory of Leah Leneman and Evelyn Migdal; Archie and Ella Ogden in memory of Scott Brener, Leah Leneman and Evelyn Migdal; Melvin Schwartz in memory of Fred Schwartz; Terri and Dick Golden in memory of Evelyn Migdal and Leah Leneman; Anita and Nathan Schatz in memory of Evelyn Migdal; Marilyn Kreke in memory of Enrique H. Moron; Dorothy and Marty Gerard in memory of Morris Greenberg; Stephen Samberg in memory of Ruth Samberg; Jeanne Spielvogel in memory of Henry Spielvogel; Leona and Stuart Ritter in memory of Anna Turk; Arthur and Belle Miller in memory of Max Geller; Irving Dwosh in memory of Sam Dwosh; David and Nana Puritz in memory of Sarah Becker Camhi; Marc and Marianne Blazar in memory of Leonard Blazar; Edith Blazar in memory of Leonard Blazar; Diane Gross in memory of Hannah Isaacson; Naomi and Ernest Rosenthal in memory of Adam Rosenthal; Sandra Schindler in memory of Sol S. Schindler; Bernard and Lucille Belasco in memory of Samuel G. Shapiro; Melvin Gart in memory of Kibby Gart; Rhoda and Renny Corn in memory of Pearl Gerstel; Gerald L. Foreman in memory of Frank Foreman; Andrew and Sondra Taub in memory of Ann Kanner; Charlotte and Isidor Paiewonsky in memory of Anna Paiewonsky; Melvin M. Gart in memory of Rebecca Gart; Sybil and Alvin Greenfeld in memory of Sara Nitzberg; Lt. Col. George H. Orloff in memory of Samuel Orloff; Don and Roxanne Mandel in memory of Leon Mandel and Nissim Bedjai; Geraldine and Richard Schrier in memory of Sam Schrier and Sarah Rosenman.
     Mazon: Doris and Donald Pomeranz and Family.
     MLK Fund: Norma Levin
     Restoration Fund: Chloriss Herr; Herbert and Sharon Kreiter; Richard and Rosalee Davison; Sue S. Rubenstein in memory of Herbert S. Rubenstein; Ronald and Terry Berlin; Louis and Minna Katz; Jason Brent; Anna Perez; Marvin and Leonore Crane; Paul and Joyce Flacker; Kenneth and Doris Simon; Sidney and Harriet Rubin; Arline Goldberg in memory of Ethel and George Galper; Burton and Sylvia Weisfeld; Dr. Allan Grossman; Avram and Vivian Ozsarfati; Lester and Lauretta Allen; Morton and Francyn Greenberg; Marianne Bolgar; Burton and Lynda Francis; Michael and Bonnie Koblenz; Burton and Marilyn Klein; S. Lawrence Hornstein; Sam and Johann Sadegursky; Jean Randazzo; Temple Beth El; Joel Tenenholtz; Stephen and Leslie Schultz; Jerry and Drora Patt; Walter and Sharyn Gertz; Mr. and Mrs. Milton Kleinman; Jeffrey Segall; Henry and Rachelle Kargin; David and Lois Chasin; William Bierman; Sandra Vogel; Hy Ash; Max and Sydelle Stadler; Harvey Frumkin; Joel and Isadora Rose; Paul and Robin Siminovsky; Frances and Irwin Elman; Aaron and Judith Rosenberg; Norman and Loretta Zimmerman; Raquel and Harry Kurcias in honor of their grandchildren; William and Leslie Newman; Irving Dwosh; Esther Bentolila in memory of Moise Danon and Sarina Danon; Sylvia Blum; Merrill and Sandra Bonar; Burton and Bonita Boxerman; Blaine and Elizabeth Eig; Angela and Jeffrey Glosser; Eric Rapp; Norton and Gladys Levitt; Shirley Tartak; Randall and Peri Hinden; Naomi Rosenthal; Yvonne and Louis Fisher; Alan Fein; Mr. and Mrs. Al Liebowitz; Jean and Stephen Simon; Jerome and Theda Levitt; Herman Moskowitz; Irvin and Maxine Arno; Sandra Schindler; Doris and Donald Pomeranz; Richard and Lynn Saltz; Stephen Katz and Constance Barsky; Jay and Naomi Pasachoff; Jacob and Hilda Ravitch; Burton and Marilyn Schwartz; Lisa and Ed Friedland in honor of Leslie and Eva Cooper's anniversary; Sharon Kahn; Burton and Benita Boxerman; Seymour Jeffries in memory of David Jeffries and Ann Jeffries; Isidore Grossman; Sue A. Hirsch; Robert and Harriet Katz; Joshua M. Levin; Harvey A. London; Esther Brenner; J. Phillip and Miriam Cooper; Benita and Bob Ganz in memory of Bruce Zaktzer; Michael and Cindee Gold and Family; Hal Resnikoff and Margie Albert; Foundation of Jewish Philanthropies; Phil Smith, Arnold and Jacqueline Stern; Lionel and Eileen Weinstock; Cindy Lubin; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mandel; Arthur and Belle Miller; Frances Nowick; E'Stelle and Alice Rathburn; Lisa and Steve Salomon in memory of Evelyn Roth; Ilene A. Sussman; Joseph Wolkowich; William and Robin Blum; Doreen and Eitan Levy; Pete Sessler and Mindy Fineman; Michael and Deborah Troner; Victor A. Mirelman; Muriel S. Karlin; Terri and Dick Golden; Dr. S.N. and Mrs. Vogel; Laurie Wolko; Jeffrey and Diane Harab; Mike Sternstein; Stanley Seeman; Jack and Harriet Kaufman; Arnold and Rhea Marin; Eunice G. Kalina; Michael and Susan Hoffman; Cynthia Lawrence and Richard Hughes; Ronald and Jacquelyn Feller; Samuel Klarrich; Irwin and Fran Martin; Barry and Dolores Schneider; Janet Kravitz; Stanford and Irene Golin; Norman Kogen; Mr. And Mrs. Robert Fagenson; Samuel Steinberg; Robert L. Harrow; Jordan and Rhoda Cokee; Hanne L. Grafenberg; Herbert and Yetta Kalin; Joyce Adolfsen; Dr. Bernard Paiewonsky; Elliot and Louise Fishman; Archie and Ella Ogden; Eugene Balter and Judith Phillips; Susan Combs Aldrich; Jeffrey and Paulette Brown; Frances Bangel; Abe and Lillian Offner; Gerald Foreman and Sue Antell; Sharon Garelick; Al and Margaret Cohen; Judith Arthur Mintz; Dr. and Mrs. Steve Berlin; Dr. Erwin Asriel; Peter Gruber Foundation; Allan I. Grossman in memory of Bert Grossman; Muchnick Family Foundation; Mr. and Mrs. Jack Baumgarten; Walter and Rhea Fierberg; Ernest and Ilse Camis; Gary Sherman in memory of Eli Shostack; Wendy and Abe Tarapani.
     Nancy Jacobs Fund: Penny and Hank Feuerzeig in memory of Scott Brener; Marty and Carole Goldberg; Penny and Hank Feuerzeig in honor of Charlotte Paiewonsky's birthday.
     
     We thank you all!

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