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Federation Hosts Rosh Hashanah luncheon for Area Seniors

The Jewish Federation of Volusia & Flagler Counties hosted a Rosh Hashanah luncheon for 119 Jewish seniors in the community on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, at Temple Beth-El in Ormond Beach.

The Federation’s Executive Director Gloria Max originally scheduled the luncheon during the holiday, but had to delay it after Hurricane Irma struck the area. She rescheduled it for last week.

Federation Executive Director Gloria Max at the Rosh Hashanah luncheon.

Federation Executive Director Gloria Max at the Rosh Hashanah luncheon.

“We don’t have a Jewish nursing home, therefore, I gather all the Jewish people, over 80 from different homes, and give them a gala luncheon, complete with entertainment and the traditions of the holiday. For some of these elderly, this is the only tradition that they receive,” Max said.

One lady sent a thank you note for her and her mother, writing: “I’d like to thank you for another wonderful senior luncheon. You outdid yourself again! The entertainment was wonderful and the food was delicious. Mom was really happy to see some of her old friends, loved hearing the shofar, and thoroughly enjoyed herself. Thanks for providing such a memorable experience for our seniors. You are amazing!”


Terrorism Expert Speaks at Federation’s Annual Meeting

Terrorism Expert and Incoming PresidentJeffrey Addicott, right, law professor and Director of the Center for Terrorism Law at St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas, congratulates Marvin Miller, incoming president of the Jewish Federation of Volusia & Flagler Counties for 2017-2018, at the federation’s annual meeting on June 8, 2017.

Addicott, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, was the guest speaker at the federation’s annual meeting on Thursday night at Temple Beth-El in Ormond Beach. He wrote the 2016 book, “Radical Islam Why?: Confronting Jihad at Home and Abroad,” and frequently appears on MSNBC and Fox News.

Miller owns an Ormond Beach real estate company and takes over as federation president after serving as co-president with Steve Unatin for 2016-2017.


Terrorism Expert to Speak at Jewish Federation Annual Meeting on June 8

Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Jeffrey F. Addicott will speak about national security and terrorism at the annual meeting of the Jewish Federation of Volusia & Flagler Counties on Thursday, June 8.

Jeffrey Addicott

Jeffrey Addicott

Addicott is a law professor and Director of the Center for Terrorism Law at St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas. He has written more than 60 books and articles, including the 2016 book, “Radical Islam Why: Confronting Jihad at Home and Abroad.” He frequently appears on MSNBC and Fox News. He served for on active duty for 20 years in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps and as senior legal adviser to the U.S. Army’s Special Forces.

He will be the guest speaker for at the Jewish Federation’s annual meeting on June 8 at 7 p.m. at Temple Beth-El, 579 N. Nova Road in Ormond Beach. His talk is free and open to the public. He will speak first and, afterward, the Federation will introduce its 2017-2018 Board of Directors. For more information, call the Federation at 386-672-0294.

Addicott also will speak locally at a luncheon of the Tiger Bay Club of Volusia County on June 8.


300 Attend Holocaust Memorial Service

Holocaust Survivors
About 300 people attended a Community-wide Yom HaShoah — a Holocaust Memorial Service — and lit candles with six Holocaust survivors at Temple Beth-El in Ormond Beach on Sunday night, April 30.
Gene Klein survived a year at the Auschwitz death camp in Germany during World War II and was the guest speaker. He said he survived by luck and smart thinking, and also because a German contractor who was building a road outside the camp gave him morsels of food, which he shared with other prisoners.
The service, organized by the Jewish Federation of Volusia and Flagler Counties, brought together six Holocaust survivors (above), from left to right: Bea Schemer, Claire Soria, Abe Wasserstriom, Abe Bockish, and 97-year old Bertha Wohl, who was helped by her daughter and son, and far right, Gene Klein, the guest speaker.
Holly Hill pastor Matt McKeown, second from end on right, in black suit and black shirt, lit one candle on behalf of the “righteous Gentiles and liberators who saved the Jewish people,” said Gloria Max (at the podium), executive director of the Jewish Federation.
“Once a year, we gather as a community for a Day of Remembrance to mourn for those who perished in the Holocaust,” she said of the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis during World War II, including 1.5 million children.
Also, Jewish Federation co-Presidents Marvin Miller, left, and Steve Unatin, right, stand with Holocaust survivor and guest speaker Gene Klein (below).

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Passover Lunch 2017

The Jewish Federation and Executive Director Gloria Max hosted a Passover lunch for 125 seniors on Wednesday, April 5, at Temple Beth-El in Ormond Beach. The seniors “had great entertainment, lunch, and a super Passover,” said Federation co-President Marvin Miller.

Seniors enjoy a Passover lunch at Temple Beth-El.
Jewish Federation co-President Marvin Miller and Gloria Max enjoy the lunch.

Jewish Federation co-President Marvin Miller and Gloria Max enjoy the lunch.

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Greek Night

Thank you to everyone who attended Greek Night on Feb. 18 at the Greektown Taverna. The event sold out. The food was delicious. And most of all, we had a great evening of fun — all to benefit the Jerry Doliner Food Bank.

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Photos by Marvin Miller, Co-President of the Jewish Federation of Volusia and Flagler Counties

Photos by Marvin Miller, Co-President of the Jewish Federation of Volusia and Flagler Counties












Come join us for Greek Night on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, and help raise money for the Jewish Federation’s Jerry Doliner Food Bank.

Greek Night



Twenty people attended The Jewish Federation's Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, hosted by Eden Fresh Cafe. Photo by Marvin Miller

Twenty people attended The Jewish Federation’s Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, hosted by Eden Fresh Cafe. Photo by Marvin Miller

100 Percent of Your Donation Goes to Providing Aid

The Jerry Doliner Food Bank and other aid projects operate under the Social Services Council of the Jewish Federation of Volusia and Flagler Counties, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit charity. When people donate to our aid projects, 100 percent of the money goes to provide aid — including at the Food Bank, for the Back to School Project, which provides backpacks and school supplies to needy kids, and for Disaster Aid. The Federation pays for all administrative expenses.

A Report from the Executive Director

January 2017

Wishing everyone a very Happy and Healthy New Year.

The holidays are an extremely busy time at the Jewish Federation. We celebrated Chanukah with our local seniors, and provided meals and groceries to needy families for Thanksgiving, as well as meals, groceries and toys for Chanukah and Christmas. A special thanks to all of our donors, supporters and volunteers who make our work possible.

Here are the highlights for November and December:

  1. More than 100 seniors attended the Chanukah luncheon. We thank the volunteers, the entertainers and the donors, especially Jonathan Rotstein who pays for a large portion of the luncheon. We thank Temple Beth-El for allowing us to use their banquet hall.
  2. The Pacesetter’s luncheon was held at La Bistro and sponsored by Larry & Andrea Frank and we were fortunate that they stepped up to the plate to do this for us. Buzzy & Barbara Glickstein have hosted this event for many years, but with him being so ill, I was glad that the Franks decided to do this for the Federation. The entertainment was superb. The Mentalist Sidney Friedman wowed everyone with his magic and everyone in attendance said they enjoyed the evening so much.
  3. I want to thank Federation co-President Marvin Miller for writing a number of letters to prospective donors, especially local entrepreneur and philanthropist Gale Lemerand who gave us a match of $10,000 for the Jerry Doliner Food Bank. Because of his excellent reputation, a lot of people gave donations to reach the match. Marvin has done a wonderful job, going to different groups to accept checks as he’s done from the Pilot Club and the Rotary.
  4. We thank Rabbi Kane for getting Southern Stone Communications to give a match of $3,000 for the Turkey Appeal and for the Rabbi soliciting folks on his movie maven part on WNDB for Thanksgiving.
  5. We thank so many folks for donating to the Jerry Doliner Food Bank and the School Supply Project, which has provided more than 91,000 backpacks to needy schoolchildren in Volusia and Flagler Counties in the past 21 years. We especially want to thank the Abram & Kaplan Foundations, the Sullivans, Gary Yeoman, and the Chrysalis Community Foundation. The children of Chabad gave food for Chanukah, and the Margarita Ball gave toys, as well as Dr. Alan Spertus’s firm Tomoka Eye Associates. The Eagles had an Angel Tree and brought toys for 40 children. The Community Christmas Club of the Halifax Area — thank you Ormond MainStreet Executive Director Julia Truilo — brought a huge supply of food. Volusia Cafeteria brought 12 pallets of food for us. We thank Food Supply & the Greektown Taverna for letting us store turkeys at their warehouse and restaurant.  The Volusia Mall had a contest and Lillian & Herb Goldberg won and got to choose the charity — the Jerry Doliner Food Bank was the recipient of $1,000. We thank Marty Opelt for bringing us gift cards and food from the Grand Coquina Condominium. We thank Rabbi Zev Sonnenstein from Temple Beth Shalom and Sheri Myers, Administrator of Temple Beth-El’s preschool, and the congregation from Temple Beth-El for giving us gift cards which we distributed to the forgotten children at the holidays — the tweens and teenagers.
  6. We thank Thrivent Financial for sponsoring 100 turkeys and sides for Christmas, and the Federation sponsored another 100 turkeys and sides for Chanukah and Christmas. We would be remiss if we didn’t thank the Heaster family for giving us the pies for Thanksgiving. We gave out over 400 turkeys and pies for Thanksgiving, and we thank the preschool of Temple Beth-El for bringing us the most gorgeous 21 baskets of food, plus the turkeys for Thanksgiving.
  7. I wrote two grants a few months ago and just received, through the United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties, $5,000 from Duke Energy for people who needed help with food, rent and utilities after Hurricane Matthew and $2,000 from the Women’s Initiative to help with purchasing food for the food bank. Talking about Hurricane Matthew, our volunteers Doc & Vickie Corder helped a lot of our clients clean up the debris that surrounded their homes and even got generators for a number of them.
  8. Horncrest Foundation will be giving a match of $15,000 when we can show them cancelled checks for contributions to the food bank during 2017.

I realize that most of this report has been about the Jerry Doliner Food Bank, but I am also working hard to get pledges for Israel from other donors of which I have secured. The Jewish Federation’s main objective is to raise funds for Israel and 60 countries around the world.

As you can see, we have been very busy and I have to especially thank my husband Ray for doing a yeoman’s job and thanks to our many volunteers.  I also thank the Board for the Chanukah gift that was given to Ray & I.

A Fascinating Story:

When baseball greats Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig went on tour in baseball-crazy Japan in 1934, some fans wondered why a third-string catcher named Moe Berg was included. Although he played with five major-league teams from 1923 to 1939, he was a mediocre ball player. But Moe was regarded as the brainiest ballplayer of all time. In fact, Casey Stengel once said: “That is the strangest man ever to play baseball.”

When all the baseball stars went to Japan, many people wondered why Moe Berg went with the team. The answer was simple: Moe Berg was a United States spy, working undercover with the Office of Strategic Services (the predecessor of today’s CIA).

Moe spoke 15 languages – including Japanese. And he had two loves: baseball and spying.

In Tokyo, garbed in a kimono, he took flowers to the daughter of an American diplomat being treated in St. Luke’s Hospital – the tallest building in the Japanese capital.

He never delivered the flowers. The ball-player ascended to the hospital roof and filmed key features: the harbor, military installations, railway yards, etc. Eight years later, General Jimmy Doolittle studied these films in planning his spectacular raid on Tokyo.

His father disapproved and never once watched his son play. In Barringer High School, Moe learned Latin, Greek and French. He read at least 10 newspapers everyday.

He graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University, having added Spanish, Italian, German and Sanskrit to his linguistic quiver. During further studies at the Sorbonne in Paris and Columbia Law School, he picked up Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Indian, Arabic, Portuguese and Hungarian – 15 languages in all, plus some regional dialects.

While playing baseball for Princeton, Moe would describe plays in Latin or Sanskrit.

During World War II, Moe parachuted into Yugoslavia to assess the value to the war effort of the two groups of partisans there. He reported back that Marshall Tito’s forces were widely supported by the people and Winston Churchill ordered all-out support for the Yugoslav
underground fighter, rather than Mihajlovic’s Serbians.

The parachute jump at age 41 undoubtedly was a challenge. But there was more to come in that same year. Moe penetrated German-held Norway, met with members of the underground and located a secret heavy-water plant, part of the Nazis’ effort to build an atomic bomb.

His information guided the Royal Air Force in a bombing raid to destroy that plant.

There still remained the question of how far had the Nazis progressed in the race to build the first atomic bomb.  If the Nazis were successful, they would win the war. Moe (under the code name “Remus”) was sent to Switzerland to hear leading German physicist Werner Heisenberg, a Nobel Laureate, lecture and determine if the Nazis were close to building an A-bomb. Moe managed to slip past the SS guards at the auditorium, posing as a Swiss graduate student.  The spy carried in his pocket a pistol and a cyanide pill.

If the German indicated the Nazis were close to building a weapon, Moe was to shoot him – and then swallow the cyanide pill. Moe, sitting in the front row, determined that the Germans were nowhere near their goal, so he complimented Heisenberg on his speech and walked him back to his hotel.

Moe’s report was distributed to Britain Prime Minister Winston Churchill, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and key figures in the team developing the atomic bomb. Roosevelt responded: “Give my regards to the catcher.”

Most of Germany’s leading physicists had been Jewish and had fled the Nazis mainly to Britain and the United States.  After the war, Moe Berg was awarded the Medal of Freedom — America’s highest honor for a civilian in wartime. But he refused to accept it because he couldn’t tell people about his exploits.

After his death, his sister accepted the Medal. It now hangs in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.


Background – The Holocaust and Nazi Persecution
January 27 is the National World Wide Observance Day of the Holocaust. 
Anti-Semitism is again rising in Europe. 

The Holocaust was the state-sponsored persecution and murder of the Jewish people by the Nazi regime and its collaborators between 1933 and 1945. The systematic attempt to eradicate the Jewish people was referred to by some Nazis as the “Final Solution to the Jewish Question.”

The brutality Jews experienced during the Holocaust was comprehensive, systematic, and multi-leveled. Jews were first dispossessed of their property and deprived of their livelihoods. Their homes, real estate, and businesses were seized, and their synagogues burned. Additionally, they were subject to beatings, humiliation, and public hangings.

As the Holocaust progressed, Jews were put on trains and sent to sealed ghettos where poverty, starvation, and lack of sanitary systems took the lives of many. Those who experienced difficulties because of age, illness, or other vulnerabilities were shot; others died from the lack of food, water, and ventilation on overcrowded trains and in ghettos. Later, many Jews were sent to concentration camps where they were subjected to torture, starvation, and exposure to the elements. In some cases, physicians conducted experiments on Jews that included, but were not limited to, exposure to hypothermia and mustard gas.

To complete the “Final Solution,” Jews were murdered in fields, in mass shootings, and mobile killing squads and ultimately in gas chambers, in total six million Jews — men and women, and 1.5 million children — two-thirds of the Jewish population in Europe before World War II.

To my family, this is why Israel is so important.  Everyone in my Dad’s family was murdered and maybe if Israel were in existence then, many of relatives could have been saved.

Israel as a country has to survive and this is the main objective of the Federation, to raise funds for this tiny country’s neediest citizens. The Federation is proud to have purchased two responder fire trucks and eight bomb shelters for children in Israel. But as the great sage Hillel has stated, we can’t be for ourselves only and this is why this little Federation does such a tremendous job in its outreach to Volusia & Flagler Counties’ less fortunate, regardless of race or religion.

Our Jerry Doliner Food Bank last year helped over 24,000 local people receive good nutritious food, and our Backpack Project provided over 7,000 youngsters with brand new backpacks, complete with school supplies, according to their age group. In 21 years, we have helped over 91,000 youths.

We also help young Jewish families by having social activities, such as picnics, the PJ Library, free books for the very young, and activities for the seniors.  Our holiday luncheons for them are legendary where we bring together the Jewish elderly to enjoy a fabulous luncheon complete with good entertainment, but most important of all, some of the traditions of the holidays.

We bring in speakers of interest to the community and commemorate the Holocaust. The endowment fund of the Federation gives grants to the Temples, allowing them to bring in speakers, entertainment, etc. We are one of the main sponsors of the Heritage Festival and the Cinematique Jewish Film Festival.

I am pleased to report that I am in remission now, and I would be remiss if I didn’t thank everyone who has prayed and helped me during 2016, especially my husband Ray who works gratis for the food bank.

In closing, we couldn’t do this important work if we didn’t have our donors and volunteers supporting Israel and the local needs of this community. I will end with the motto of this Federation, which represents both our community and our community’s most generous tradition “to give to others, even in the most difficult times.”

Gloria Max
Executive Director

Seniors enjoy a Hanukkah holiday luncheon recently at Temple Beth-El in Ormond Beach.

Seniors enjoy a Hanukkah holiday luncheon recently at Temple Beth-El in Ormond Beach.

Seniors Celebrate Chanukah at Ormond Beach Luncheon, December 2016

More than 100 seniors gathered from area nursing homes at Temple Beth-El in Ormond Beach last week to celebrate the upcoming Jewish holiday of Chanukah.

The annual holiday luncheon on Dec. 14 gathered 109 Jewish residents aged 80 and older from area nursing homes for a two-hour lunch with music, singing and gifts, said Gloria Max, Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Volusia and Flagler Counties, who organized the lunch.

“I have to do something for our seniors,” Max said. “We don’t have a Jewish nursing home, so we gather them from all the places so they can be together for the holiday.”

Students from the Temple Beth-El School wish seniors a happy Hanukkah recently at Temple Beth-El in Ormond Beach.

Students from the Temple Beth-El School wish seniors a happy Chanukah recently at Temple Beth-El in Ormond Beach.