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PAGE 14A Fletcher From page IA I wanted to have and what I needed to do to attain them." Fletcher seized on the op- portunity to ultimately earn a life far beyond what his child- hood seemed to offer. A Sports Illustrated profile last August described a string of family tragedies, including the rape and murder of his teenage sister in Fietcher's Superior neigh- borhood, where crack cocaine and gunfire were prevalent. Role models--notably the director of the local recre- ation center, where Fletcher excelled at basketball, and the mentoring couple--encour- aged him to seek success. Fletcher's accomplish- ments are gratifying for Kramer, 94, who has main- tained contact with him over the years but never attended any of his football games. "It's been a really fruitful, delightful relationship. He's a warm, smart young man," Kramer said from her winter home in Palm Beach, Fla. "He has a very nice wife and lovely children." Kramer says many she mentored"didn't make it, but London certainly did." "He has many opportuni- ties now, [and] I think many people will want him on their team--and I don't mean an athletic team," she said. The family of Kramer--she is a life trustee of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland--has made quite a team itself phil- anthropically in the city and beyond. Her father, Samuel Rosenthal, established a charitable foundation that grew out of his business manufacturing industrial uniforms, the Cleveland Over- all Company, which became the Work Wear Corp. Her son, Mark Kramer, established Foundation Strat- egy Group, a consultancy for charitable giving, and two of his children work for nonprofit organizations. The mentoring program that propelled Fletcher on his successful career path grew from the Milton A. and Char- lotte R. Kramer Charitable Foundation established by Kramer and her first husband. The foundation and anoth- er set up by her late brother, Leighton Rosenthal, endowed the Jewish studies program in their father's memory at Case Western Reserve University. The ballroom at the Cleveland Heights Park Synagogue, where Kramer still attends Sabbath services, also is named for Samuel RosenthaL Following the 1980 death of Milton, Kramer established a law clinic in his memory at Case Western, where law students assist indigent clients. Other recipients of her foundation's largesse include the city's sym- phony orchestra, art museum and botanical garden. The family's charitable involvement goes back 100 years, says Steve Hoffman, the Jewish federation's president. He calls the Kramers "one of the great families of Jewish Cleveland, and of Cleveland" generally. Fletcher says his own char- ity, London's Bridge Founda- tion, was inspired by Char- lotte Kramer's mentoring program. "When I got into the posi- HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 17, 2014 tion [to] reach back and help others... I used those examples and exposed [studentsl to dif- ferent experiences," he said. The experiences have in- cluded meetings with mem- bers of Congress, dining at nice restaurants, visiting the Newseum in Washington and attending special preparatory classes for the pre-college Scholastic Aptitude Test. As a young man in Cleve- land, Fletcher attended his first plays, concerts and recitals because of Kramer's involvement. "They took me to see the Cleveland Orchestra. I fell asleep!" Fletcher recalled, hastening to add that he quickly awoke once the Har- lem Boys Choirbegan singing. In the "first real restaurant I went to," Fletcher said, he enjoyed the taste of cheese- cake so much that he ordered a second slice. Fletcher would devour innumerable ball carriers during a career in which he made the Pro Bowl four times, recorded 39 sacks and more than 2,000 tackles, solo and assisted, intercepted 23 passes and even scored two touchdowns. Fletcher and Kramer last saw each other shortly before the start of this season at the wedding of another student from the mentoring program. They intend to get together in the coming months during Fletcher's first postseason without thinking about the football season to follow. "I don't knowwhere Iwould be without her support and her husband's," Fletcher said. "They've remained a part of our lives." Seders From page 3A Bay. Over the years, Levitt has booked more than 150 musi- cal gigs for the senior facilities she oversees. "Thanks to Julie, Musical Mondays brought our seniors more than entertainment. Mondays can be lonely days at elder facilities, with the fewest visitors. The reper- toire of songs, both old and new, sharpens the memory while resurfacing old ones. Music bridges all cultures and turns a drab Monday into a special day," said Nancy Ludin, Pavilion executive director. Levitt has developed nu- merous meaningful relation- shipswith bothvolunteers and seniors in her four years with the Pavilion. She hand writes a personal note to more than 60 volunteers several times a year to thank them for their support. "Witnessing first hand all the joy we bring to Jewish seniors makes all our hardworkworthwhile. Itgives me such pleasure to organize hundreds of Shabbats, holi- days, and special programs at our elder facilities. Knowing that there are many Jewish seniors who can't physi- cally share holidayswith loved ones, itwas my obligation not only to the Pavilion, but as fellow Jew, to bring holidays to them," she said. Judy Procell shares Levitt's commitment to the Pavilion. Like Levitt, Procelljoined the Pavilion as program director in 2010. "I had just finished a series of breast cancer treat- ments, when I received an inquiry from Nancy Ludin about a position as an area program director. My name had been passed onto Nancy from someone who thought that I would be well suited for this position and type of work. The timing was perfect, as I was looking to go back into the work force. My job as Pavilion program director for the Oviedo, Winter Park, and Winter Springs communities has proven to be healing in many aspects," she said. Procell connects with more than 14 assisted living fa- cilities and nursing homes, providing regular program- ming for about half, as the resident population fluctu- ates. She views the Pavilion as an extended Jewish family for seniors in elder care, and reaches out to local relatives when possible. "We take every opportunity to help our se- niors maintain their connec- tion with family. We all make a point to pick up the phone or shoot out an email to an aunt, sibling or an adult grandchild of an elder resident, welcom- ing them to an upcoming Shabbat or Chanukah party. Sometimes the Pavilion is the only holiday celebration the entire family attends. One relative of a Horizon Bay resident was honored to lead a seder for the first time in 30 years." Like most directors, Procell snaps photos of her seniors and shares them with ex- tended family, noting that residents in homes often don't have current photos. "The seniors we serve are in various stages of health. Sadly, our photos are often the last ones taken before they pass away. Grieving families are particularly grateful when they receive our photos, notes and anecdotal memories about their loved ones." Emily Newman works double duty for the Jewish Pa- vilion. She serves as program director for the Lake Mary, Longwood, and Sanford area, as well as resource specialist of the Pavilion's new Senior Help Desk. "My background is in ge- riatric social work so I have always enjoyed working with seniors. I have met many inspiring, smart, well-read, well-traveled seniors who con- tinue to make a difference in the community in which they live and beyond. I continue to be moved when I am amongst elderly, perhaps, hard of hear- ing and even forgetful seniors, who recite the prayers at Shab- bat and Chanukah, or even sing Hatikva, as if they had rehearsed it," she said. Newman has the privi- lege of coordinating Jewish programming at Chambrel Assisted Living Facility in Longwood, known as "Con- gregation Chambrel" because of its steady attendance, Al- though the average Pavilion "congregant" is well over 85 years old, Chambrel seniors are active and vital members of the Jewish community. Newman finds the oppor- tunity to educate others as one of the most rewarding parts of the job. She shared about a director at Springhills of Lake Mary who was so moved by Newman's story of Tu b'Shevat, that she took it upon herself to order saplings for the residents to plant. In another instance, Newman helped familiarize extended family members with Kad- dish rituals when an elderly resident passed away. "Often we keep on connecting with the family even when the senior is no longer with us," Newman stated. Melanie Baxt joined the Jewish Pavilion staff one year ago and jumped right into her position as director for South Orlando, where she resides with her husband and three young children. Baxt shared that her "Jewish family" has grown tremendously since becoming program director last summer. "I have gotten to know 75 percent of the residents I visit on a level where I almost feel like they are my family. I have too many special connections to talk about here. As for their impact on me, that has been huge," she said. Baxt avows that a key to running a successful Pavil- ion holiday is anticipating the needs of each facility, adding, "No matter how much you plan, each facility has its own schedule, and needs a varying amount of supplies. I feel that I need to make sure each home is happy with what they receive as well as the residents. This requires a lot of planning, and then a lot of last minute changes that comes with the job." Baxt noted that Passover is a very special holiday with Pavilion seniors, as it holds so many special memories for them. Though preparations can be stressful, she welcomes occasions that allow her to take part in, and learn about the traditions the seniors had in their own homes. Baxt finds year-round sat- isfaction as a Pavilion direc- tor, noting that each visit positively impacts Jewish se- niors. "The most rewarding part of my job is when I'm visiting with a Jewish resi- dent-sharing our mutual culture. There's an unspoken understanding and feeling of connection. They teach me things without even knowing it. I listen, appreciate, love and live a more meaningful life because of them." Braunstein From page 5A by the evil poster for the 1938 German "Degenerate Music" exhibition held in Dusseldorf. This evil would have been of little practical concern until a German victory. With such victory, one of the first acts dealing with Nazi repartitioning of the world would be Hitler's convening of a Berlin Conference to deal with the return of all of Germany's colonies that had been lost to Britain, France and Belgium in the aftermath of World War I, Bachman From page 5A Davis was getting his ass kicked by a prideful, defensive Southern man in a Greenwich Village back alley. Historywas being made; time moving forward; one soul crushed, another breaking through, cultural rebels commercial successes converging, diverg- ing, and forging new paths on life's journey. It's an old trope in America, this tension between roots authenticity and commercial success. And it applies to work in the Jewish community as well. Who we are. What we plus large colonial "rectifica- tions" that would be deemed necessary. Following is a listing of these colonies for Africa alone: Tan- ganyika (Tanzania), Ruanda- Urundi (Rwandaand Burundi), Wituland (in Kenya), Kionga Triangle (in Mozambique), Southwest Africa (Namibia and part of Botswana), Ka- merun (Cameroon and part of Nigeria), and Togoland (Togo and part of Ghana). To these could logically be added all the rest of Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana. Expansions to Vichy France's enslaved colonies might also result. Fascist Italy's colonial possessions would be consolidated around a subjugated Ethiopia. Bel- gium's cruel rule in the Congo (Zaire-DRC) would reach a new low under racist fascism. Soon, thereafter, Nazi collaboration would follow with Apartheid Dutch South Africa and the erstwhile British colonies of Northern Rhodesia (Zambia), Southern Rhodesia (Zimba- bwe) and Nyasaland (Malawi). Once Germany's colonial administrations would have been restored and consolidat- ed, Africans would be reduced to mostly slave labor and, in case of revolt, to genocide, tribe by tribe. Genocide? Yes. The first German genocide on a large scale took place in 104- 07, not in Europe, but in today's Namibia. The Herero and the Nama peoples had taken up arms against Imperial Ger- many and in the subsequent massacre, 10,000 Nama (half their population) and approxi- mately 65,000 Hereros (about 80 percent of their population) were murdered. The survivors suffered dispossession, depor- tation, forced labor and racial segregation. stand for. What we demand of ourselves and those in our community. From literacy to ethically mandated behavior; from rite and ritual to the music and poetry of prayer; from what we eat to who we are and what we call home--each are a manifestational limb emerging from the roots of Jewish history. In a way, I was motivated to write this insignificant little blog as a homage to always remembering what matters. There's a desperate scene in "Inside Llewyn Davis" where the singer is stranded in a Chicago diner, his feet soaked and frozen, clinging to his bottomless cup of coffee, his only hope. I had days like that as a young man--feet frozen as a student in Madison, Jeru- salem, or New York. Unsure of the future but dogged and determined to remain true. I bet many of you can re- member days like that. When you didn't quite know how things would turn out but you knew you were a principled participant in a story larger, more expansive, and greater than yourself. Maybe a bud or blossom, at most a branch, on the many limbed project of your rooted existence. Who knows? Maybe one's life is like that branch, which for one brief moment, buoys the squirrel passing by, lifts his foot in a fleeting moment as an acorn falls, and after time, a new tree grows. Takes root. We all do our part, don't we? So here's to those with fro- zen feet and dreams to walk on dry land here or there, or, perhaps, on the Bonny Shoals of Herring. I mean, what Jew doesn't love herring? "Inside Llewyn Davis" hit theaters nationwide Jan. 10. Restoration and expansion of German and Italian op- pressive rule in Africa under a projected 1,000-year Nazi Reich. What starts with attacks on Jews never ends with the Jews. A few countries have already declared Jan. 27 as also their national day of remem- brance-remembrance that, but for the grace of God, they too would have sunk into the racist mire. More countries should follow their example for their own sake. Aaron Braunstein is a retired U.S. Foreign Service officer, resident in Jerusalem, who served eight years in black Africa among several other postings in Washing- ton, D.C., and abroad. 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