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The Dove Tale
2 0 1 5
– S H E V A T
5 7 7 5
In this issue:
Rabbi’s Study
From the
The Rabbi’s Study
One of our Best
From the President
Three Decisions
Hebrew School
Devote yourselves to justice …
Monte Carlo
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel,
this month we reflect on how
we can involve ourselves
in social justice and tikkun olam
Trip to NYC
to see
Fish in the Dark
Torah Fund
Barbara Glickman is the new
Hebrew School principal
We restart a search for a
new assistant Rabbi or Cantor
The Communications Solutions Group
will manage all
of our outreach and publicity.
Page 2
Page 3
Inclusion B’Kavod
Men’s Club
Good and
My Passion
Torah Fund Honoree
Keruv Ohev
Bucks County
Mimi Pollack
Josh Fields
Activity Chair, WLCJ
Is the
Former Vice-President, WLCJ
IBK Volunteer Focus of the Month
Former President, Mid-Atlantic Region
Former President, Ohev Sisterhood
Event: Movie
Beneath the
Page 8
Page 17
Ohev Shalom celebrates the uniqueness of each individual and welcomes diversity within our sacred community.
The Rabbi’s Study
One recent Tuesday evening, we had one of our
best Adult Education Classes ever. At least I
thought so.
Rabbi Eliott Perlstein
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We have been studying the biblical book of Isaiah,
one of the great prophets of Israel. The week
prior to this particularly great class, we had
discussed the Christian idea of the immaculate
conception because the Christian world traces
its prophecy back to our Isaiah. In Isaiah 7:14 the
book states "… and a young woman shall give
birth… ." The Hebrew word here Almah can only
be translated as a young woman. If the word
virgin were intended, the Bible would have used
the word betulah. Before the advent of
Christianity, the Hebrew Bible was translated into
Greek. It is known as the Septuagint. Those early
Christians did not read the bible in its original but
in its Greek translation. Lo and behold, the Greek
translation for some reason mistranslated the
Hebrew Almah into the Greek for virgin. No fault
of the early Christians relying on a translation
rather than an original. It is therefore
understandable that any scholar must work with a
text in its original language and not rely on a
translation. Like in the UN, translators are really
interpreters. We have to interpret a text for
ourselves and not rely on an intermediary.
That brings us to one of our best Adult Education
Classes ever. We began the class with a list of
items and I asked the members to rank the items
in their list of importance in Judaism. You can do
the same. The list included items such as prayer,
reaching out to the poor and needy, ritual, ethics,
social justice, and holidays amongst others. I then
asked them to place a ‘+’ or ‘-’ next to each item
to indicate if they thought these were either
important ‘+’ or unimportant ‘-’ for Judaism. The
results in general placed the items like reaching
out to the poor and needy and social justice
towards the bottom of the list. About half the
members of the class listed these items as a ‘-’ not really important to Judaism at all item.
We then read through Isaiah chapter one and two.
We read such declarations by the prophet as in
chapter 1:17 "Cease to do evil … Learn to do
good. Devote yourselves to justice; Aid the
wronged; Uphold the rights of the orphan; Defend
the cause of the widow.” As we continued into
chapter two, we heard some of the greatest
declarations for peace in human history in verse
four "And they shall beat their swords into
plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.
One of our Best
Nation shall not take up sword against nation; They
shall never again know war." The Haftarah we read
on our holiest day of the year Yom Kippur also
comes from the prophet Isaiah chapters 57 and 58.
"No, this is the fast I desire: To unlock fetters of
wickedness and untie the cords of the yoke. To let
the oppressed go free; to break off every yoke. It is
to share your bread with the hungry and to take the
wretched poor into your home. When you see the
naked, to clothe him and not to ignore your own
kin. Then shall your light burst through like
the dawn."
It was a great experience for me to sit with dear
dear congregants who had gone to hebrew school
as children, lived committed Jewish lives, knew a lot
about Judaism - and yet marked social Justice in
Judaism with a ‘-’. I say this not at all critically of the
members of the class. I love them and felt great that
the class opened their Jewish eyes and hearts in a
new way. If there is anyone to be criticized it is
myself for not teaching this adequately over the
When I or other rabbis take a stand on social justice
issues, some will accuse us of playing politics from
the pulpit. Actually, it is only those who disagree
who say this. We don't see it as politics. We see it
as Judaism. We see it as the message of the prophet
Isaiah. Isaiah may have been one of the most
eloquent, but all of the great prophets of Israel
delivered a similar message. Many Christians ask the
question, “what would Jesus say?” When we see
injustice and hunger in the world we would do well
to think what would Isaiah say, what would Micah
say, what would Jeremiah say? What would Isaiah
say in response to the injustices in Furguson,
injustices in Staten Island, about the hundreds of
thousands of children who go to bed hungry in
We are approaching the day in which we honor Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr. We are also approaching the
Yartzheit of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, one of
the great Jewish thinkers and writers of the
twentieth century. We all have the image of Dr.
Heschel walking arm in arm with Dr. King on the
streets of Selma. I think it is accurate to say that
there was a larger percentage of Jews than any
other ethnic or religious group outside of the
African American community that demonstrated and
worked on behalf of civil rights. Again, the
inspiration for this doesn't come from a newspaper
editorial. It comes from the pages of our Bible, the
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From The President
The Board of Directors made two very important
decisions at its December meeting.
First, the Board voted to retain The
Communications Solutions Group to manage all of
our outreach and publicity. The Communications
Solutions Group is a marketing and public
relations firm in Jenkintown that specializes in
public relations for non-profits. It is headed by
Leza Raffel and the staff consists of former
newspaper reporters, research analysts and
creative artists. They did a great job publicizing
our inter-faith family service and getting us a
profile in the local press, including the Jewish
Exponent, that we have not had for many years. It
was a proud moment for Ohev Shalom. Leza’s
work will begin in earnest in February and extend
to the High Holidays. I expect that it will result in
increased excitement about Ohev Shalom
throughout the Bucks County community.
In our many conversations, Leza has said that it is
her job to get people to our doors, but it is up to
us to keep them. So, when someone who is
interested in learning more about Ohev Shalom
reaches out to us, whether they are looking for a
synagogue membership or simply a one-time
experience, it is up to us to provide the A-plus
experience that will keep them. The quality of our
worship service, programming, spirituality and
education will be more important than ever. If we
are to grow and have a thriving long-term future, it
will depend on us showing new families that are
guided to our doors a community that they want to
join and grow with.
Barry L. Klein
The second decision made by the Board was to
retain Barbara Glickman as our Hebrew School
principal – no longer will she be called “interim” –
and to embark on search for new clergy. We will
seek an assistant Rabbi or Cantor, whose primary
purpose will be to bring us energy, creativity and
new ideas that are attractive for young families.
Our financial management, although painful, will
produce short-term cash surpluses. We will re-pay
the congregants who generously loaned us money
last year in order to meet payroll, and we will re-pay
a good portion of the loans we took from internal
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Hebrew School
Barbara Glickman
As with many other professions, Hebrew/Religious
School teachers participate in various professional
development activities - in person, on-line,
through webinars, and in other formats. On
Sunday November 23rd, the Hebrew School
Faculty joined together for an in-house day of
learning. This in-service day was new for Ohev as
we usually attend another program sponsored by
a local Jewish agency. We wanted to try
something new, something exciting, and something
that was relevant and meaningful to the teachers
at Ohev Shalom of Bucks County. There are so
many wonderful resources available within our
Congregation that I wanted to connect them with
our faculty. A special thank you to the wonderful
instructors who graciously donated time from
their busy schedules to spend a Sunday morning
with us.
When planning this day of learning and looking to
the sources and resources available, I took into
account what our teachers’ strengths are and
what they found most challenging. In addition, I
wanted to incorporate something that was useful
for them to apply within their classrooms as well
as their other professional lives. In some cases,
teachers might even be able to apply their newly
found skills to their personal lives and at home.
The first session focused on classroom
management and was conducted by Lindsay Miller
and Suzanne Gold. Lindsay is a Pennsylvania
licensed and certified Speech and Language
Pathologist, with extensive background and
experience in early childhood education and early
intervention. She also the co-chairperson of Ohev
Shalom’s Inclusion B’Kavod Committee and is a
Member at Large on Ohev Shalom’s Board of
Directors representing inclusion. She is the cofounder with Suzanne Gold of NATIV Inclusion
Consultants. Suzanne Gold is our Hebrew School
Special Needs Coordinator. She is a retired
Special Education teacher for the School District
of Philadelphia with extensive experience teaching
students with a wide range of abilities and
challenges, including Autism Spectrum Disorders,
Sensory Integration Disorder, and Developmental
Disabilities. Suzanne is also the Lead Teacher of
Celebrations! at Ohev Shalom and is the cofounder with Lindsay Miller of NATIV Inclusion
Both ladies are a wealth of information and a
valuable resource for teachers. Their workshop
focused on the ABC’s of Behavior and gave
Teachers’ In-service Day
teachers a toolbox of methods and ideas to use in
the classroom. Teachers were given strategies to
use to engage all learners and welcome diversity
into the classroom. Role playing and real-time
discussions attributed to the success and take away
of this workshop. Their approach was engaging,
dynamic and positive and will enable our faculty to
work more effectively with our students.
Ohev’s Education Chairperson, Marnie Dratch, led
our second session. Marnie has been a 6th grade
teacher in West Windsor, NJ for 20 years. She has
a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education
from Arcadia University and a Master’s Degree in
Educational Administration from The College of
New Jersey. She has taught religious school at
Temple Brith Achim in King of Prussia, and locally at
Beth El and Tifereth Israel. Marnie has been a
presenter at the New Jersey Educators Conference
and has lead extensive training in assessment and
lesson design in her district. Her workshop focused
on lesson planning. Teachers were shown how to
best create meaningful and differentiated learning
objectives while incorporating fun, positive and
lasting lessons. Teachers were asked to take the
first 5 – 10 minutes of class and make them more
meaningful by providing short activities to reinforce
what was learned in a previous session, asking
students to collaborate on something or having
students share their experiences and opinions with
each other. This not only supports learning but is
also a great way to assess the learning that takes
place. The major take away of this workshop
enforced the fact that we have our students for such
a short period of time, we need to keep them
engaged and teach them that being Jewish is a 24/7
experience, not just a 5 hour a week commitment.
I led the final session on technology, having recently
completed Jewish Learning Venture’s Jewish
Education Technology Fellowship with Annie Bloom,
one of our Gimel teachers. The focus in this
workshop was embracing technology and giving the
students the 21st century skills they need to be
successful. During this session I gave teachers safe
and secure ideas for incorporating technology into
the classroom and ideas for free websites to do this.
For example, there is a website called that lets students create an avatar
and then record their voices. The idea is to have
the student create an avatar, record the prayer they
are working on, and then play it back. Sounds like
fun, right? And there are many flashcard websites
(Continued on page 5)
or apps for the iPad and tablets such as that have pre-made Hebrew alphabet flashcards. My favorite is
This website has a “Fakebook” app that allows students to create a fake Facebook page. Annie did this with her Gimel classes and together
they created a fake Facebook page for Noah. Students posted comments, under Annie’s supervision, as characters from the story. It was a
fun and relevant way for the class to meet their learning objectives.
I also offered non-technology ways of incorporating technology into the classroom. Embracing technology without actually using technology
is a unique concept. For example, a Fakebook page can be created using a poster board and some sticky notes. Another idea is creating a
class Twitter by giving students a 3x5 card and have them write on it, in 140 characters or less, the answer to a question, their position on
something, a question they want asked … the possibilities are endless. The cards can be posted on the wall or on a poster board.
The morning flew by and before we knew it, the clock read 11:40. Lindsay and Suzanne brought us back together to show us how all the
sessions connected and how our classrooms can be enhanced. Because this was such a successful workshop, we are planning to do more. If
you would like to share your education, experience and knowledge with our staff, please reach out to me. I’m happy to welcome new
relevant and meaningful professional development ideas and topics.
Inclusion B’Kavod
“Remember, embrace people for their differences
because without differences there would be no color to life.”
- Josh Fields, 2014
Whenever it is time to consider what I will write for the next Dove Tale, I give a lot of thought to what I want to share. We are so
fortunate to have our inclusion mission so broadly welcomed and embraced throughout our community. We are always speaking about it,
considering it, figuring out what’s next, and how can we do more. The various arms of our synagogue now “talk the talk” with us and always
consider how to make their events accessible and welcoming to all … inclusive. The most fortunate thing that we have though is the
number of amazing people that share our vision and volunteer to be a part of any number of our activities, action steps, and plans - they are
always moving forward with us. At the end of 2012, several of our then core group committee members met and developed our “path.”
We wrote it, drew it, and displayed it at our meetings to keep us focused and moving forward.
Part of our “path” was to determine who we needed to “enlist” along the way to grow and help make our vision complete and moving in the
right direction. Our active volunteer list has taken on a life of its own. We have amazing volunteers that include not only a growing number
of our adult congregants, and even one who is not really a “member on paper” of Ohev Shalom, but also our youth. Our teen volunteers
for our monthly Celebrations! program are amazing. They include many who began with us in 2011 and have helped us grow the program,
as well as new teens who have just joined us this year. We believe that this core group of teens are the heart and soul of this program (not
to in any way discount our fabulous adults who return monthly - you are an amazing and passionate group yourselves!) along with the
families who share monthly Shabbat with us. Our teens are the ones who are the future of inclusion … both within our community at Ohev
but externally as well in their own communities, schools, and neighborhoods.
Monthly, I would like to introduce you to our volunteers, starting with a teen who in the last several years, has grown his passion both here
at Ohev and most incredibly within his own community, school, and even his school district! Please read and consider our quote this month,
which I took from an article written by Josh Fields, our first IBK Volunteer Focus of the Month. Take the time as well to read Josh’s article.
You will truly be amazed, not only by his writing skills but by his passion and wisdom well beyond his years.
We continue to experience wonderful activities and programs within our community. Thanks to David Nover, on Friday, December 5th,
just prior to Kabbalat Shabbat services, we were treated to a program presented by representatives of Tikvah/AJMI, advocates for those
with emotional disabilities, which at times may be silent or invisible to others. We learned of the community supports that they offer and
will welcome their members to community programs as we build and grow Ohev Shalom’s supports for those who may struggle emotionally.
Rather than write more about Tikvah myself, I encourage you to please take a moment to read our selection by a Tikvah member who
shared these words with us at the program.
Please mark your calendars for the weekend of February 6th through 8th. In celebration of Jewish Disability Awareness Month. This
weekend includes our Inclusion Shabbat on Friday, Kristin Arniotis, local author of the children’s book, I Have Autism and That’s Okay, and
an exciting magic show presented by Sam Sandler, “America’s Only Full-time Deaf Illusionist!” (see next page for details).
I hope your holidays were filled with joy, pleasure and love shared with your family and friends and that 2015 brings you all continued health,
happiness and peace. We hope to see you all at our upcoming events.
Celebrations! at Ohev Shalom
G-D saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. Genesis 1:31
It is winter - cold, snowy and dreary. However, at Celebrations! at Ohev Shalom, the room is filled with joyous laughter, singing and
celebrating the uniqueness of others.
At our December Celebrations! at Ohev Shalom, Rabbi Perlstein was our clergy at our Shabbat Service. It was a memorable experience as
Rabbi led everyone in the Hannukah blessings with their personal Menorahs from home.
January 24, 2015, Celebrations! at Ohev Shalom will highlight the holiday of Tu B’shavat, frequently referred as the holiday for the trees.
The morning begins with our Shabbat service, led by Cantor Paul. Each time the Cantor attends Celebrations! at Ohev Shalom, he engages
everyone in a special activity focusing our Shabbat morning theme. After our Kiddush, the participants will create bird feeders and plant
parsley seeds in the hopes to be used at our special Passover Seder in March. In addition to the special Tu B’Shavat crafts, under the
direction of Scott Gordon and Ruth Katz, everyone will participate in various movement activities, games and Hebrew songs.
Suzanne Gold
Celebrations! at Ohev Shalom is a special time for Jewish youngsters with cognitive, neurobehavioral, sensory or physical disorders unable to attend a
Sunday or Hebrew School Program. If you know a family that would like to attend please contact Shelley Rubin at 215-399-7668 to register.
Celebrations! is provided at no cost to members of Ohev Shalom and to the Greater Jewish Community, for children ages 5-18.
Ohev Shalom celebrates the uniqueness of each individual and welcomes diversity within our sacred community.
SAVE the DATE for Jewish Disability Weekend at Ohev Shalom!
February is recognized as Jewish Disability Awareness Month, so you know that Inclusion B’Kavod and friends are already busy planning!
We have a wonderful weekend of activities planned for Friday, February 6th through Sunday, February 8th! Everything this year is family
oriented! Here are our highlights thus far so be sure to mark your calendars and SAVE the DATES! There will be no cost to attend these
programs! We hope you will join us for all but at least for some with your family and friends!
Friday evening February 6th, we will be hosting our first Inclusion Shabbat. Kabbalat Shabbat services will be warm, inclusive and
inviting as always with some special guests and plans that are still being formulated.
Sunday, February 8th is sure to be an incredible morning filled an exciting agenda for all.
Our Hebrew School students will be participating in their own special inclusion program led by Barbara Glickman and her amazing
team. Note that Hebrew School will end at 12:30 that day.
You are all invited to join us for a light breakfast and resource fair, which will begin after minyan followed by a presentation at
10:00 AM by local author and parent of a young child with an Autism Spectrum diagnosis, Kristin Arniotis who will present her
children’s book, I Have Autism and That’s Okay. Kristin will also be selling and autographing her book.
At 11:15, you and your friend and families will be joined by our Hebrew School students as we all enjoy the incredible show,
Deafinitely Magic, performed by the amazing Sam Sandler, “America’s Only Full-time Deaf Illusionist!” The show will begin
promptly at 11:30 AM so be sure to come early for all of our other activities and get your seats!
This is certain to be an amazing weekend that you won’t want to miss so mark your calendars now and watch for more information! Share
this with family and friends … all are welcome to attend!
Great News for Parents of Young Children and Children with Special Needs!
As collaboration between the Early Learning Center and Inclusion B’Kavod, we are pleased to announce the availability of a designated toy
area with a special basket of Shabbat related toys and books, located in the back of the main Sanctuary. This toy area and basket is available
for your children to use and share with their friends during services. We thank you for monitoring its use by your children as you enjoy
Services while they may be playing. Please be mindful and return the toy(s) to the basket at the conclusion of the Service.
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Inclusion B’Kavod
My Passion
By Josh Fields
Growing up, I struggled to find my passion like every other kid in the world. In sixth grade I found the first puzzle piece to developing my
identity. I met a little girl with Down syndrome and she would forever alter my life. Lily taught me the importance of patience,
understanding, and the concept of embracing differences.
Yes. My friend Lily was a little different than my other classmates and myself, but why does that matter? Why do people stare at her
because she looks different? Why do people judge her because she thinks differently? I did not know it at the time, but from that point on, I
would dedicate my life to advocating for kids with intellectual disabilities.
I understand that being different is not a disability, but rather an ability to teach others to be more accepting, more inclusive. Thus, I started
the initiative to create inclusive communities wherever I go.
At my high school, Central Bucks South, I am Treasurer of a club called Titans Connect. Titans Connect works towards making our school
community more inclusive and welcoming. Titans Connect hosts inclusive activities (for kids with disabilities and without) year round activities such as field day, movie night, and even our own Prom! It is absolutely amazing to see our school community come together and
become more inclusive.
Being Treasurer of Titans Connect, I saw firsthand the community at CB South transform into a more accepting environment. That got me
thinking, why doesn’t every CB school have a program like Titans Connect? After weeks of preparation, creating proposals, meeting with
CB Administrators, and lots of late nights brainstorming, I am happy to say that coming this winter there is a districtwide program called CB
In Sync.
CB In Sync will work to establish the same goals and values that Titans Connect displays, but now at the middle school level. Next year, my
team and I plan to introduce CB In Sync to all 15 elementary schools in Central Bucks! I believe that by taking one step at a time, we can
educate our students to become more accepting people.
Advocating for kids with intellectual disabilities is my passion, but also my vision for a better tomorrow. I am in the process of filing for
nonprofit status, so I can create an organization that helps kids with intellectual and physical disabilities transition more easily after high
school. The Next Step plans to create scholarship funds that allow individuals with disabilities to proceed in life the way their typical peers
do. With proper funding and planning, I believe The Next Step can spread inclusion nationwide.
Remember, embrace people for their differences because without differences there would be no color to life.
“I’ve been to other day programs and drop-in centers, but the difference between Tikvah and the others is that Tikvah consumers don’t
abuse the care and friendship one gives. Tikvah activities provide mental stimulation, and a social outlet; however, those I need may want
more attention that that the other Tikvah members are able to give. In this situation, those in need should recognize that they may have set
too high expectations of what they can get from others. The person giving advice should learn to set boundaries for what they can give and
say “no” if what is being expected from them is overestimated. The interaction is difficult for mentally healthy people, let alone for those
with mental illness.
When one is in a foxhole, he will reach out in hope to the most accessible faith which for me was Judaism. This is why I joined Tikvah.
Tikvah provides “hope,” charity and community for mentally ill people that need it. Tikvah means hope in Hebrew.
Carl Jung talks about a transcendent function that uses symbols to encapsulate the wisdom of the unconscious mind and present them in
such a way that the conscious mind can understand what the conscious mind is trying to tell it. Without having the unconscious mind as the
center of a person’s true self, the ego is predominant, which tries to control everything, and suppresses the collective unconscious.
I am glad that the members in Tikvah/AJMI are doing this work for themselves, their families, and the community. Tikvah has been very
important to me in my interaction with other people. The common background of Tikvah members is severe mental illness which may have
become manageable with psychiatric meds. This is true for me, but still I have problems with self-pitying and self-esteem; however, I learn
to change and improve with the help of my Tikvah friends. In this way we experience joy and satisfaction from the mitzvah of charity.”
- Written by a member of Tikvah/AJMI
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Friday Jan 2nd
11th of Tevet
Early Learning Center Closed
4:29 pm Candle Lighting
6 pm Kabbalat Shabbat
Wednesday Jan 14th 23rd of Tevet
5 pm Cook for a Friend
4:30 pm Hebrew School
5:45 Confirmation Class
7 pm Gratz Hebrew High
7 pm Minyan
7:15 pm Sisterhood Board Meeting
Saturday Jan 3rd
9:30 am Services
5:32 pm Havdalah
12th of Tevet
Sunday Jan 4th
8:45 am Minyan
13th of Tevet
Monday Jan 5th
14th of Tevet
Early Learning Center Reopens
Tuesday Jan 6th
15th of Tevet
12 pm Sisterhood Mah Jongg
7 pm Minyan
Wednesday Jan 7th
16th of Tevet
4:30 pm Hebrew School
5:45 pm Confirmation Class
7 pm Gratz Hebrew High
7 pm Minyan
Thursday Jan 8th
17th of Tevet
7 am Minyan
1 pm Sisterhood Canasta
7:15 pm Sisterhood Movie Night
- See page 15
Friday Jan 9th
18th of Tevet
4:35 pm Candle Lighting
6 pm Kabbalat Shabbat
Saturday Jan 10th
19th of Tevet
9:30 am Services
9:45 am Junior Congregation
5:39 pm Havdalah
7:30 pm Monte Carlo Night
- See page 13
Sunday Jan 11th
8:45 Minyan
Daled Yad Workshop
20th of Tevet
Monday Jan 12th
21st of Tevet
Thursday Jan 15th
24th of Tevet
7 am Minyan
1 pm Sisterhood Canasta
Friday Jan 16th
25th of Tevet
4:43 pm Candle Lighting
6 pm Kabbalat Shabbat
- Hebrew School Honors Shabbat
7 pm Share a Shabbat
Saturday Jan 17th
26th of Tevet
9:30 am Services
- Volunteer Shabbat
9:45 am Junior Congregation
5:46 pm Havdalah
Sunday Jan 18th
27th of Tevet
8:45 Minyan
Aleph and Bet Classes Go To JRA
Breakfast and Antiques Roadshow
- Sisterhood, Men’s Club and Hazak
9:00 Hebrew School Mitzvah Day
Monday Jan 19th
28th of Tevet
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Early Learning Center Closed
Day Care and Infant Care Open
7 pm Social Action Event
Tuesday Jan 20th
29th of Tevet
12 pm Sisterhood Mah Jongg
7 pm Minyan
7 pm Adult Confirmation Class
7 pm Bucks County Community Event
- Screening of Beneath the Helmet From High School to Home Front
See Page 22
Wednesday Jan 21st
1st of Shevat
4:30 pm Hebrew School
5:45 pm Confirmation Class
7 pm Gratz Hebrew High
7 pm Minyan
Thursday Jan 22nd
2nd of Shevat
7 am Minyan
1 pm Sisterhood Canasta
7:15 pm Torah on Tap
Friday Jan 23rd
3rd of Shevat
4:51 pm Candle Lighting
6 pm Kabbalat Shabbat
- Mishpacha Shabbat
7 pm Share a Shabbat
Saturday Jan 24th
4th of Shevat
9:30 am Services
10:30 am Celebrations!
5:53 pm Havdalah
Sunday Jan 25th
5th of Shevat
8:45 am Minyan
9:30 am Board of Directors Meeting
Monday Jan 26th
6th of Shevat
Tuesday Jan 27th
7th of Shevat
12 pm Sisterhood Mah Jongg
7 pm Minyan
7 pm Adult Confirmation Class
Wednesday Jan 28th 8th of Shevat
4:30 pm Hebrew School
5:45 Confirmation Class
7 pm Gratz Hebrew High
7 pm Minyan
Thursday Jan 29th
9th of Shevat
7 am Minyan
1 pm Sisterhood Canasta
Friday Jan 30th
10th of Shevat
4:59 pm Candle Lighting
6 pm Kabbalat Shabbat
- Gimmel Shabbat
Saturday Jan 31st
9:30 am Services
6:01 pm Havdalah
11th of Shevat
Got thirty minutes?
Sunday: 8:45 AM
Thursday: 7:00 AM
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 7:00 PM
Sisterhood of Ohev Shalom
Sisterhood can be reached 24/6
by email at [email protected]
2015 … so very many exciting events planned.
Please join us, we look forward to sharing special times together - make a resolution to attend one or more.
May the year ahead be filled with good health and happiness to you and yours.
Hedy and Linda
 Coming up 
Thursday January 8th - SWEET #1 - Movie Night.
Sunday January 18th - Joint Sisterhood, Men’s Club and Hazak
Tuesday February 10th - SWEET #2 - Cooking class at Giant
in Willow Grove.
Thursday February 12th at 7:30 pm - Book Club with Denise.
Sunday February 15th - Torah Fund Brunch where we will be
honoring Mimi Pollack.
Thursday February 19th - Rosh Hodesh event.
Monday March 16th - SWEET #3 - Art in the Pod in
Torah Fund
The Mishpachah theme this year encourages us, Conservative Jews,
to recognize the diverse character of families. It also encourages
our communities to be pluralistic, welcoming and open hearted.
Join us once again in supporting the Jewish Theological Seminary by
purchasing a Mishpachah pin representing the Family and the Tree
of Life. Contact Michele Bernstein at 215-741-9937 or
[email protected]
Simcha Boutique
Remember to shop Simcha Boutique for bridal showers, engagement
gifts, new baby gifts, hostess gifts, new house warming gifts, Judaica, or
just about any gift you will need.
Hours: Sunday 9-1 pm; Monday closed; Tuesday 11-3 pm;
Wednesday during Hebrew School; Thursday 11-3 pm; and
Fridays by appointment only
Should you need us when our doors are closed please call …
Gail Wiener - 215-293-0506 or Email us at [email protected]
Birthday Greetings
Say 'Happy Birthday' in such a sweet way !!)
Our Birthday Greetings Program is just .75 cents
per greeting or $118.00 for the entire Sisterhood
membership. Your name will be included on the
beautiful Birthday card which we send. IT'S AN
To participate contact Susan Berk at
[email protected] / 215-956-0432.
Book Club
Please join us for the Feb. 12 discussion of "The Midwife of Venice"
by Roberta Rich. It is the story of Hannah Levi, a Jewish midwife. said "this is a richly painted portrayal of
life in 16th-century Venice and Malta - places where Jews are
despised and easily targeted, enslaved and brutalized." Come join
us at 7:30 in the chapel to see how Hannah fares.
Mah Jongg
Every Tuesday at Noon. 18 week sessions for a donation of $54.00
Bring your Mah Jongg card & set … $$$ Prizes
Purchase your cards now!
Standard $8.00 and Large $9.00
Money must be in by JANUARY 20, 2015
Checks made payable to OHEV SHALOM SISTERHOOD
Please send to:
Linda Shapiro, 2 Syracuse Lane, Richboro, PA 18954
Any questions call or email [email protected] / 215-322-1166
Canasta Open Play for $2.00 each Thursday from 1 to 3 PM in the
Ohev Shalom Social Hall.
Lessons also offered for $5.00/ lesson or $18.00/4.
Any questions or to request lessons please email Marsha Freedman
[email protected] / 215-968-6755
Do you shop at SHOP RITE in Warminster?
GREAT! Please write Ohev Shalom Sisterhood on your receipt &
drop into the donation box in the Shop Rite. They will donate a
percentage to our Sisterhood. Thanks to Shop Rite in Warminster!
Honor & Memory Cards
Such a wonderful way to support our Sisterhood. With a donation
of $5.00 (or more) cards can be mailed for you or you can
purchase them in advance.
Call or email Joanne Babbitt at 215-968-0107 - [email protected]
Shelach Manot
Pick up will start March 3rd. Look for details coming soon.
SWEET - Sisterhood Women Enjoying Everything Together
aka Girls Night Out!
1) Thursday January 8th - Movie Night at Ohev
The Lady in Number 6 ( Music Saved My Life)
Secrets to a Long & Happy Life
"When you are optimistic, when you are not complaining, when you
look at the good side of your life, everybody loves you. Everyday in
life is beautiful. … everyday."
Alice Herz Sommer - World's oldest pianist & holocaust survivor
Please RSVP to [email protected]
2) Tuesday February 10th - Cooking Class at Giant in
Willow Grove
Limited to 22 ladies … $20 per person for a 4 course meal.
Please RSVP to Hedy at [email protected]
3) Monday March 16th - Art in the Pod … $20 per person.
Please RSVP to Linda at [email protected]
Trip To New York
Sunday April 12th
If you're a fan of Larry David then you're eagerly awaiting
more details about the comedian and Curb Your Enthusiasm
star's new Broadway show. Well, wait no longer.
The once-upon-a-time titled Shiva is now being known as
which David wrote (obviously) and will reportedly star in.
The publication notes that Fish in the Dark will feature the
apathetic comic in the role of a person similar to the one
we've grown to love over the years and will center on a family
member's death.
Starring alongside the Seinfeld creator will be an impressive
cast of actors who hold resumes from the likes of television,
film and the stage, including Jayne Houdyshell, who was
nominated for a Tony for her appearance in Well; Oscar
nominee Rosie Perez; Basilica's own Jake Cannavale and
former Sopranos character actor Jerry Adler, who played
Hesh Rabkin on the famed HBO series.
Tickets will be the same as last time, $180, which includes the
bus round-trip transportation.
Total payment is due by January 15th.
Specify Orchestra or Front Mezzanine.
Any questions call or email Sherri Middleberg at 215-364-3482
or [email protected] or [email protected]
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Men’s Club
January 18th - Breakfast and Antique Roadshow
This past December, the Men's Club received the Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs Quality Club
Award. It was presented to the Ohev Shalom Men's Club for excellence in the way in which we
conduct our activities as a Men's Club. The requirements to being a Quality Club are a blueprint to
operating an FJMC Men's Club and include such activities as planning programming and having a
calendar, operating on a budget, participating at a regional or national retreat, paying dues,
participating in the Yellow Candle Project, the World-Wide Wrap, and other significant FJMC
sponsored programs. Of the twenty Men's Clubs that comprise the Mid-Atlantic region Ohev
Shalom was only one of five that received the award.
At the same award ceremony held at Congregation Beth-El in Voorhees, NJ, Jerry Kaplan received
Ohev Shalom's Man of the Year Award. Twenty-eight of Jerry's immediate and Ohev Shalom family
turned out at this black tie award to see him receive accolades and an engraved plaque honoring him
for his hard work. He was recognized for being Vice President of Catering for the Men's Club, head
of Bubby Gourmet, the work he does for Manna in their kitchen, delivering Challahs to patients at
Jeanes Hospital on Friday afternoons, leading Shabbat Services at Rivers Edge, as well as helping out
at the Marion Anderson Award ceremonies - all these service roles earned him the well-deserved
Jerry with his daughter and sonin-law Wendi and Jaret Lyons.
Several upcoming events in January include:
A joint breakfast with the Sisterhood and Hazak on January 18th where antiques expert and
auctioneer Michael Ivankovich will evaluate items brought in by those in the audience.
On Superbowl Sunday, the Men's Club will participate with parents and students from the Hei
Class (and the entire Congregation is welcome to join as well) in the World Wide Wrap. We
will lay Tfellin, daven the Sunday morning service, and have a light breakfast after the service.
The theme of the World Wide Wrap has always been "The Ties the Bind."
In order to do something meaningful this year, we are partnering with the Social Action
Committee and are conducting a clothing drive of men's clothing, particularly lightly worn
clothing which can be used by men who need suitable apparel for an interview. This would
include suits, sport coats, shirts, and yes, TIES, to be donated to CarrrerGear – A Suit – A
Second Chance ( Alan Shandler, head of the Social Action Committee,
has agreed to collect the clothes and take them to CareerGear in New Jersey on behalf of the
Men's Club. So please, take some time to clean out your closet of the suits and jackets that
you no longer wear, and bring them in on Superbowl Sunday, and enjoy the morning with us.
This is a great charity, a great event, and you are encouraged to participate.
Saul Jacobs, Ohev Shalom Man of
the Year 2012, with Jeff Berk.
Mark Podob
Good and Welfare
Kol HaKavod to our November Torah and Haftarah readers
Minyan Leaders: Cantor Paul Frimark, Saul Jacobs, Jahn Nolan, Rabbi Eliott N. Perlstein, Jeff Pevar, and Mimi Pollack.
Torah and Haftarah Readers: Cantor Paul Frimark, Gail Goldstein, Roberta Gordon, Eric Kleiman, Barry Klein, Josh Laff, Liz Nover, Rabbi
Eliott N. Perlstein, Jeff Pevar, Mike Rabinowitz, Rabbi Seymour J. Rosenbloom, Howard Rosenfeld, Dana Segal, Rachel Saks, Rabbi Joel
Seltzer, Fran Silverman, Al Torjman, Idelle Wood, Lisa Yoskowitz, David Zeitzer, and Mike Zimet.
We always have opportunities for readers. Want to learn?
Please contact Idelle S. Wood at [email protected]
This past November saw our first Friday night Interfaith family Shabbat Kabbalat service.
The sanctuary was full and we were treated to a mini-rock Shabbat service. After some welcoming remarks by Rabbi Perlstein and Mark
Podob, President of the Men's Club, Congregants Nicole Sirken, Matt Schurman, and David Luchansky, presented heartwarming stories
about their own personal experiences. Nicole was featured in a recent article in the Exponent, and spoke about what it is like being part of
an interfaith family at Ohev Shalom, raising a family in our synagogue and her experience in having her daughter bat mitzvah several months
ago. Matt talked about growing up in a small town in rural New Jersey as the child of an interfaith marriage and David talked about being the
parent of four sons, each who grew up in Ohev Shalom. One son is a practicing Orthodox Jew, one is in an interfaith marriage, another is
engaged to a young woman who is becoming a Jew by choice, and the fourth is still single.
The talks were insightful, moving and deeply personal. A brochure was prepared for the service as well as booklets which are available
discussing the meaning of Keruv, the goals of our Interfaith Initiative as well is as the honors entitled to our interfaith families.
In the coming weeks, the Keruv committee will meet again and is open to all members of the synagogue who would like participate in the
initiative. Feel free to contact Rabbi Perlstein, [email protected], or any of our Keruv committee leaders, Mark Podob, [email protected],
Idelle Wood, [email protected], or Shelley Rubin, [email protected]
Mark Podob
Ohev Shalom celebrates the uniqueness of each individual and welcomes diversity within our scared community.
We Thank Our Generous Contributors
In Honor of
Sheila and Steve Stein’s 50th Wedding Anniversary, by
Alice and Sammy Heller
Continued speedy recovery to Terri Barrow, by Estra and Art Weiss
In Memory of
Ruth Frankel, mother of Judy Rubino, by Alice and Sammy Heller
Marcia Landy, by
Elaine and Irv Levin
Rose and Saul LaKier
Irwin and Elaine Levin
Phyllis and Mel Halpern
Ruth Frankel, by Alice and Sammy Heller
Manny Roda, father of Rachel Goldstein, by Alice and Sammy Heller
In Honor of
Anita Rosner’s 90th birthday, by Jeff Kravitz and Candy Figa
In Memory of
Manny Roda, father of Rachel Goldstein, by
Ilene and Sy Rockower
Jeff and Mindy Rockower
In Honor of
Birth of grandson, Noah Bradley Lebovic, by
Agnes and Gabriel Lebovic
In Memory of
Manuel Roda, father of Rachel Goldstein, by
Leah and Jerry Gomberg
Marion and Barry Wiener
Saul and Shelly Jacobs
In Honor of
Julie Wechsler’s marriage, by Liz and David Nover
Josh Goldstein’s marriage to Lauren Fisher, by
Liz and David Nover
Lindsay and Steve Miller
Adam Fields Bar Mitzvah, by Lindsay and Steve Miller
Engagement of Katie Bosk and Marc Maged, by
Jon and Joanne Adar
In Memory of
Manuel Roda, father of Rachel Goldstein, by
The Adar Family
Susan and Jeffrey Berk
Karol Silver and Buck Brookman
Miriam Wexler, mother of Michael Wexler, by
Rachel and Brian Saks and Family
Sylvia and Nathan Levinson, Rachel Garber, Simon and Dora Liss
and Sue Beth Levinson, by Sheldon and Lynn Liss
Richard Goodman, by Alan Golombek
In Honor of
Support and guidance during unveiling, by
In Memory of
Beth, Gary, Sarah and Izzy Teitelman
Officiating at Rina and Michael’s wedding, by David and Shelley Geltzer Manny Roda, father of Rachel Goldstein, by Phyllis and Mel Halpern
In Memory of
Sigmund W. Grund, by Barbara and Howard Glatter
In Honor of
Marriage of Josh and Lauren Goldstein, by Gail and Sam Goldstein
In Memory of
In Memory of
Marcia Landy, by Gail and Sam Goldstein
Marcia Landy, by Mandi and Gary Freedman and Family
Manny Roda, father of Rachel Goldstein, by Gail and Sam Goldstein
In Memory of
Beloved husband, David Gordon, by Kaye Paletz
Manny Roda, father of Rachel Goldstein, by Eileen and Phil Weinstein
In Honor of
Terri Barrow’s speedy recovery, by Fred and Anita Dorfman
In Memory of
Herbert Miller, by Libby and Dave Weiss
Marcia Landy, by
Fran and Roy Silverman
Jerry Gottesman
Judi Kaufman
Philip Stein, by Nola Stein and Andy and Shelley Rosen
Eleanor Cobert, by Libby and David Weiss
Sandy Friedman, by Nancy and Richard Sewell
Marilyn and Harry Kaplan, by Barbara and Jerry Kaplan
In Honor of
Engagement of Chad Batterman and Silvia Santo, by
Hope and Mo Perera
40th Wedding Anniversary, by Agnes and Gabriel Lebovic
Arlene Frimark’s special birthday, by Shari and David Seltzer
Jerry Kaplan receiving Man of the Year Award, by
Neil and Hedy Hoffman
Engagement of Katie Bosk, by Scott and Susan Wechsler
Hilary Leboff and her help with Rina and Michael’s wedding, by
David and Shelley Geltzer
For donations call 215-322-9595
or on-line at
In Memory of
Manny Roda, father of Rachel Goldstein, by
Rachel and Brian Saks
Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Miller
Judi and Neil Fisher
Jayne and Ivan Galtman
Sharon and Craig Myers
John and Lisa Savarese
Ruth and Ed Hetzelson
Marcia Landy, by Mirele Steinig, Rabbi Sholan and Judi Steinig and Ann
and Jay Greenberg
Honorable Donald Nasshorn, by David and Shelley Geltzer
In Honor of
Jerry Kaplan receiving Man of the Year Award, by
Sam and Gail Goldstein
In Memory of
Marcia Landy, by
Sonia and Martin Cane
Janice Cane and Brian Wolly
In Honor of
Appreciation for babynaming for Mallory, by Jeff Kravitz and Family
Marriage of Josh Goldstein and Lauren Fisher, by
Ellen and Warren Cohen
Marriage of Rina Geltzer and Michael Ehrlich, by
Ellen and Warren Cohen
Marriage of both daughters, Rabbi and Janie Perlstein, by
Marlyn and Herb Harris
Engagement of Harris Heller to Jamie, by Marlyn and Herb Harris
61st Wedding Anniversary, Saul’s 83rd birthday and his 70th
anniversary of his Bar Mitzvah, by Rose and Saul LaKier
Babynaming of Melody Ava Boden, by grandparents,
Sam and Phyllis Bellman
Rabbi Perlstein’s kindness during illness, by Stan Goldman
Wedding ceremony for Rina and Michael, by
David and Shelley Geltzer
In Memory of
Max Lesser, by Robin and Marc Levine
Marcia Landy, by Jahn and Eileen Nolan
Ann Blyweiss, by Janet and Dan Blyweiss
Manny Roda, by
Roberto Steiner
Rose and Saul LaKier
Warren and Ellen Cohen
Alan Golombek
Sandy Silver, mother of Perry Silver, by Dave and Dena Horowitz
Judge Don Nasshorn, by
Karol Silver and Buck Brookman
Neal and Hedy Hoffman
In Honor of
Idelle Wood being the BEST Hebrew tutor, by
Rachel, Kim, & Alan Shandler
Birth of Logan Joseph Michaels, grandson of Lynne Goldberg, by
Iris & Mort Segal
Marsha & Michael Freedman
Leslie Katz’s speedy recovery, by Sisterhood &
Linda Barankin and Dani Breitbart
Roberta & Gregory Gordon
Sheila Lowenthal’s speedy recovery, by
Tuesday Afternoon Mah Jongg Ladies
Mr. & Mrs. Allan Taroff’s 60th Anniversary, by Linda & Mark Shapiro
Marriage of Josh Goldstein, son of Rachel & Carl Goldstein, to Lauren
Fisher, by Marsha & Michael Freedman
Lynne Goldberg’s speedy recovery, by Libby & David Weiss
In Memory of
Ann Blyweiss, by
Fran & Roy Silverman
Libby & David Weiss
Elaine Segal-Newman, beloved mother, grandmother, and greatgrandmother of Jacki Betof and family, by Iris & Mort Segal
Rubin Levin, father of Cheryl Rosenbaum, by
Sylvia & David Linsk
Tuesday Afternoon Mah Jongg Ladies
Dr. Stephen Levin, father of Dr. Michael Levin, by Sylvia & David Linsk
Ruth, aunt of Fran & Scott Gordon & Family, by
Linda Barankin, Stephen Springer, and Dani Breitbart
Ruth, sister of Marci Gollis, by
Linda Barankin, Stephen Springer, and Dani Breitbart
Marcia Landy, by Sisterhood &
Ana Andrusier and Paula Spigler
Bea Tannenbaum
Stephen Rodeside, husband of Helen Rodeside, by Tanya & Allan Katz
Manuel Roda, father of Rachel Goldstein, by Sisterhood &
Joanne & Howard Babbitt
Sylvia & David Linsk
Iris & Mort Segal
Linda Barankin and Stephen Springer
Linda & Mark Shapiro
Marsha & Michael Freedman
Roberta & Gregory Gordon
Syra & Norman Schutzbank
Eleanor Cobert, mother of Eileen Weinstein, by Sisterhood &
Linda & Mark Shapiro
Jacob Zwick, father of Annette Smithline, by Sisterhood &
Roberta & Gregory Gordon
In Honor of
Marriage of Gabrielle Stabler and Carmine Gialanella III, by
Terri and Hal Barrow
Birth of Melody Ava Boden, granddaughter of Phyllis and Sam Bellman
Engagement of Katie Bosk and Marc Maged, by Terri and Hal Barrow
In Memory of
Manny Roda, father of Rachel Goldstein, by
Lindsay and Steve Miller
Fern and Drew Shulman
Terri and Hal Barrow
Manny Fisher, by Florrie Fisher
Clara Rozner, mother of Agnes Lebovic, by
Agnes and Gabriel Lebovic
Shirley Friedrich, by Terri and Hal Barrow
In Memory of
David Litvin, by Joanne and Howard Babbitt
Michael Berkowitz, by his son, Adam Berkowitz
Barry Weintraub, by
Dave and Dena Horowitz and Family
Harriet Miller, Joseph Rosenzweig, Aaron Edelman and
Evelyn Edelman, by Paula and Avei Rosenzweig
(Continued from page 3)
funds, which should properly be used to re-pay a portion of the mortgage. At the end of the year we will have no debts to
congregants, our liabilities to our internal funds will be significantly reduced and we will have paid all of our bills on time. Therefore,
our short term debt will be significantly reduced.
As I have said in many contexts, these funds will be used to prepare us for a thriving future. Hiring the Communications Solutions
Group is one example. Hiring new clergy is another. These decisions are made with one goal in mind: to stabilize or even turn
around our falling membership numbers. Clearly, after 14 years of declining membership, where membership has reduced by almost 40% and
Hebrew School enrollment has reduced by more than half, the status quo is not an option. This year we are under 400 dues paying families. We
are not alone. Only ten percent of Conservative and Reform synagogues throughout the country are growing. We need to be one of those
synagogues. The ones that we have studied and to which we look for inspiration have one thing in common: they embrace and adopt change.
Although our short-term financial position is very favorable, in the long term we cannot have the synagogue we are used to if the membership
numbers continue to fall. Three hundred members cannot support a building that was designed for 800. Ultimately the falling membership will
lead to deficits and more cuts. Every year we lose another $50,000 of revenue. Every year. To put that into context, our annual mortgage
payments are approximately $100,000 and our building expenses (utilities, janitorial, insurance, etc.) are approximately $250,000. No
endowment campaign or debt retirement campaign is going to save us from the constant drumbeat of falling membership.
I believe that the Board’s decisions are the appropriate way to set us up for a thriving future. The combinations of Rabbi Perlstein, our beloved
founding Rabbi, working side by side with a new assistant Rabbi or Cantor devoted to recruitment and relationships with new families, is a
combination that no synagogue in our area can match. The Hebrew School under Barbara Glickman is stronger than ever. And the ELC under
Director Jacky Siegel, is unexpectedly projecting a surplus for this year. Everything is looking up. I urge you to support those decisions and hope
you will be as excited about them as the Board.
(Continued from page 2)
prophets of Israel and the prophets themselves learned from the Torah "Justice, justice shall you pursue."
Someone in the class thoughtfully asked "but what is so Jewish about standing up for social justice. People of other religions do that
too?" The answer to this good question is whatever motivates the others is their concern. Judaism should move us, in fact Judaism
demands of us to help repair the broken pieces of our world - tikkun olam- and make the world a better place for all.
Perhaps Natan Sharansky said it best regarding this issue. He said it is like the Shofar. We blow into the small aperture which
represents Jewish thought and teachings. That is where we begin. The sound comes out of a much larger opening that represent the bigger and
wider world. That is where our Jewish voice should be heard.
We might want to all reflect this month on how we can involve ourselves in some aspect of social justice and tikkun olam. We might also reflect
on becoming involved in Jewish learning as adults like the members of this class. It might open our eyes too.
I hope 2015 gets off to a good start for you and your family and it gets even better and better as the year goes on.
Bubby Gourmet
We are here to cater Shabbat Kiddush luncheons for your simchas
- everything but not limited to Auf Ruf's, special birthday and
anniversary luncheons, and baby namings. Luncheons are served in
our beautiful Social Hall.
We are currently booking parties thru June 2015.
To see a Bubby Gourmet menu, pricing and other particulars,
please go to our website at
Please contact our Committee Chairperson Linda Barankin at 215450-2405 or our Head Chef Jerry Kaplan at 215-698-9244 to
answer any questions as well as to reserve your 2014/2015 date.
Your simcha will help raise funds for our Ohev Shalom community,
as all profits are going to our Ohev Shalom General Fund.
Ohev Shalom of Bucks County
Non Profit Org.
944 Second Street Pike
Richboro, PA 18954-1527
Phone: 215-322-9595
Fax: 215-322-8253
Southampton, PA 18966
Permit No. 164
Return Service Requested
January 10th
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