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Editorials 4A Op-Ed 5A Calendar 6A Scene Around 9A Synagogue Directory 11A JTA News Briefs 13A 2s snJ a LOmA . CoPY Alanna E. Cooper Congregants from Temple Hadar Israel in New Castle, Pa gathering at the local Tifereth Israel cemetery to bury ritual o~ects from their defunct synagogue, Dec. 31, 2017. By Alanna E. Cooper NEW CASTLE, Pa. (JTA)---It was a frigid 10 degrees on Sunday, the last day of 2017, but some 20 people gathered at Congregation Tifereth Israel's cemetery in this city of 22,000 on the Ohio border. Ablue tent and folding chairs had been set up for attendees, and a pit in the ground had been opened. No hearse would be arriving at this unusual burial, which was not for a person. Still, a few attendees choked up when they greeted each other with hugs and wiped tears from their cheeks. This was a subdued sort of mourning because no friend or relative had been taken from their midst. Nor was the "death" a sudden one. Indeed, the congregation had been preparing for this day for years. Deep below, the hole was lined withv cardboard boxes containing yahrtzeit plaques, tallit prayer shawls and other ritual items that cemetery caretakers had carefully lowered in a few days before. The mourners had come to bury, in a sense, their synagogue. Congregation Tifereth Israel was founded nearly 125 years ago. In 1894, synagogue members lived in a busy town with a suddenly booming economy. Linked first to the canal system and later to the railroad, the population of New Castle swelled at the turn of the 20th century the town's manufacturing base grew. Tin i late and paper mills and steel and ceramic factories brought great prosperity to the region. Ancillary busi- nesses cropped up to support the growing population. Many of these--drug stores, department stores, furniture stores, groceries--were owned by New Castle's Jewish residents. Rust Belt on page 15A Sam Glaser, one of Amer- ica's foremost composers, performers and interpreters of Jewish music will be visit- ing Central Florida Jan. 19-21 as the Artist-in-Residence at Temple Israel and Temple Shir Shalom in Winter Springs. Both congregations invite the community to attend four events: A Reform-style musi- cal service and festive oneg on Friday, Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m. (no charge); A Conservative-style musical service followed by kiddish and study with Glaser on Saturday, Jan. 20, at 10 a.m. (no charge); a Gala Concert presented by Temple Israel with Temple Shir Shalom on Saturday, Jan. 20, at 7:30 p.m. (tickets for purchase); and a free family concert on Sunday, Jan. 21 at 12:30 p.m. Glaser was born in 1962 to a Jewish family in Los Angeles and was composing and performing by the age of seven. He recorded his first full-length album by age 11. He graduated the University of Colorado with a B. A. in busi- ness and a minor in music. He also attended the Berklee College of Music and the UCLA Film Scoring Program. Glaser has released 24 albums as well as four col- lections of lyrics and poetry, four musicals, five sheet music songbooks of his Jewish music and an SATB choral book, "Kol Sam Glaser Haneshama." He performs an- nually before thousands and has toured the world over, and has won Parent's Choice, John Lennon, and International Songwriting Competition awards. He produces music through his own record company, Glaser Musicworks, as well as producing scores for film and television. He has also produced albums for other recording artists. In 1995, Glaser was appointed music coordinator for the depart- ment of Continuing Educa- tion at the American Jewish University where he super- vised the music curriculum Temple Israel on page 15A an lmml, By LarryLuxner TEL AVIV--As a group of well-wishers waved tiny Israeli flags and shouted "Welcome home," Diane Hewitt of Hoboken, New Jersey, stepped off the El A1 jet that had just flown her to Tel Aviv from New York, The Holocaust Memo- rial Resource and Education Center is commemorating International Holocaust Re- membrance Day, Jan. 27, with a pair of programs that honor the legacy of the Bielski Partisan group. Film screening and Book Club discussion Sunday, Jan. 21, at i p.m. The film "Defiance" by Nechama Tec will be dis- cussed. The film is about the extraordinary experience of the Bielski partisan group and their leader, Tuvia Bielski. The film (based on the book) ; ~ will be screened at 1 p.m. Mickey Bielski % in advance of the book club discussion at 3:30 p.m. Lead- will share the story of what it g ing the discussion will be Dr. was like to come of age in the Larry Luxner Susan A. Bach, whose father, shadow oftheincredible legacy In all, 3,633 North Americans immigrated to Israel among some 29,000 total new im- Joe Abrams (Josef Abramo- of his father. He will share his migrants in 2017 wicz) and mother, Esther own, and his father's stories, Greenberg (Ester Grinberg) withhumor, passion and above cradling her 8-year-old blind and fell in love, Hewitt said brought the total number of Abrams, were membersofthe all, love. beagle, Annie, in her arms. as she petted Annie, who had immigrants to Israel from the Bielski Partisan group.This pair of programs, A retired jewelry industry accompanied her as an ESA, United States and Canada to An Afternoon with held to commemorate Inter- X executive, Hewitt, 65, had or emotional support anI- 3,633 for the year. Overall, Mickey Bielski, son of national Holocaust Remem- i w always dreamed of moving mal (Hew, ltt has Parkinsons about 29,000 immigrantsTuvia Bielski brance Day, is generously O. to Israel, but she didn t want disease). You feel at home, fromaroundtheworldarrived Sunday, Jan. 28, at 2 p.m. sponsored by Dr. Susan and n<~ to leave behind her daugh- and everybody is fami!y. Its in Israelin'17. MeetattheHolocaustCenter Mr. Larry Bach in memory i ter, Sarah. But after Sarah a feelinglike no other.The last year has seen a for aspecialpresentationfrom of Susan's parents, Joe and herself immigrated to Israel Hewitt arrived at Ben- noticeableshiftinthetypesof Mickey Bielski, whose father, Esther Abrams. <~ ~ a year ago and married an GurionInternationalAirport immigrants coming to Israel Tuvia Bielski, was the leader C) Hewitt in her city across from new immigrants aboard the ing to Rabbi Yehoshua Fass, ganization of Jewish partisans Manhattan. last of 19 Nefesh B'Nefesh co-founder and executive who formed an armed brigade "IcametoIsraelforthefirst "aliyah flights" in 2017. The and fought against the Nazi's O time in2014, got off the plane specially designated flights Immigration on page 15Aandtheircollaborators.Mickey w~