Ohio Jewish Chronicle, 1990-11-22, page 01
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THE The, Ohio Jewish Chronicle . 'SercmgColumbmand Central OH6 • Imish Community for Over,60 Years VOLUME 68 NUMBER 48 NOVEMBER 22,1990 5KISLEV5751 OEVOTfiD-T.O AMERICAN , AND IEWI5H- IDEALS' Chabad rescues more Chernobyl children page 2 J. Margulies appointed Israel Bonds chairman - page 2. A Jewish perspective oh 'Avalon' V page 4 Jewish Bookfair to entertain childrenv page 7 NCJW to sponsor lecture at Bookfair «... page 14 Charity Newsies to be honored at service - ! , page 14 Concert tickets for sale at synagogue page 15, In The Chronicle At The JCC .'.....:..._,.,..,./,...". .>.;%... v. 7 ' Community u..■.,'...*.,V. -..',. .*;...'.,',, 12-18 ., Federation ,.,.,,.,....,, ,,_...,►, .f..,-.... .10,,, ,.,"Fron£Pag« .V,",-.:.'..:,Vj.*"..*.. A,\ ..,,'.'2,3-/ • Lifecycle i i>.'ihimi'»i> <■<!, (.JWU*keti>lft«*,.^ .'.(i."...t.;.i .-*»»,,.'it ■^f^?u,fiP,S!.',' »'V< r,'"' ••.'■'•* j ?'''" v>" <''*f > VVm^mMi**^-"*; "-'^'H ' ' '-•> y* ■» <<, '''•'■'"i: •, • ' ' , ' A' % yjMByfvy]ul% ^ t * ^ * * * »5»»»* ^-^ * * ,#-• ■• * ».*^ * * * > t * * * * *• , •*"'*>&." H^A.I*"' » " ' ~ J- *•' -- ,' ■>Sj-«''>i fi*1,** *" XA.it < ,"!*>'"..»' COMMUNITY FEATURE Thanksgiving time to reflect on plight of homeless By ina Horwitz Thanksgiving, 1990 — a time to celebrate and give thanks for our blessings — is also a special time to reflect upon helping those temporarily in need, in particular, families in need of a home in Columbus and its surrounding areas. Two community synagogues, Temple Beth Shalom and Temple Israel, have responded to the nation's homeless by joining the Interfaith Hospitality Network, a Columbus-based' organization which finds local churches and synagogues to open their doors to the homeless on an intermittent basis. Temple Beth Shalom and Eastminister Presbyterian . Church, which share a building, will hold a joint Thanksgiving service on Nov. 21 at. 7:30 p.m. All members of the community are invited to attend. Special guest will be Tim Sullivan, director of the Inter- faith Hospitality Network, a former priest with the Catholic Campus Ministry at Ohio State University's Newman Center. He will be the recipient, on behalf of the Network, of a donation taken at the close of the service. Sullivan said that he wants to stress Thanksgiving as a time to share our blessings, by having our churches and synagogues become places of hospitality so that families "who come out of the cold, can enter the sanctuary of a temple or church." Sullivan, being from Boston, has often reflected upon the first Thanksgiving when Pilgrims and Indians, two different cultures, came together, setting aside religious boundaries. "The centerpiece of sitting around the Thanksgiving table today," he said, "and sharing what happens at mealtime, is that same coming together of religions and cultures as it was on that very first holiday.". Recently, as part of the Network's program, three temporarily homeless families and church volunteers sat around tables at Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church on a Saturday evening. Although the meal that night consisted of pizza and fresh vegetables, to the children it could just as well have been a traditional Thanksgiving meal of roast turkey and pumpkin pie, as they, too, told the story of the Pilgrims and Indians on that first Thanksgiving. The father from one of the families expressed his gratitude in the blessing he said before the meal, and the hosts responded by being grateful for "the unique, special experience that.it was," according to one of the volunteers; Myrna Hess. "I'm here seven nighls a week," said Hess. "I would not do it, if I didn't feel good about it." "When you see the faces of . the children light up, it helps Gahanna resident Rabbi Bradley N. Bleefeld of Temple Israel (second from left), Gahanna Mayor Jim McGregor (far left) and Open Shelter Executive Director Kent Beittel (third from left) and other prominent Gahanna residents were among those who stood outside their city ball building from 5 pan-midnight, Nov. 17, to show their support on behalf of the homeless hi central Ohio. The fire in the barrel not only provided warmth, but helped simulate the way in which some homeless people might redly live. Photo by Ina Horwitz. to break down one of the stereotypes of homelessness," added Sullivan. Temple Israel has already hosted families and, according to Rabbi Bradley N. Bleefeld, "It was a very important mitzvah for us to do — to open our facilities to these homeless families, to feed; entertain, tutor the children and just give our help in any way we could. We had close to 100 congregants who volunteered." ...„;'. Temple Beth Shalom begins its "kick-off" during the week of Dec. 16-22. At that time, Bexley Methodist Church will he hosting families at its facility, with the assistance of Beth Shalom members through its Social Concerns Committee. According to Beth Shalom's Rabbi Howard L. Apothaker, "We must uphold the linkage between the Christian and Jewish network. We're doing something physical together by providing an ongoing, cooperative, effort among all people in the community to help homeless people." Harriet Shea, a Beth Shalom congregant and director of the Family Center of the Faith Mission on East Long Street, which houses the families during the day, said that Beth Shalom is one of the most logical congregations to participate in an interfaith project, since they use the same building as a church. "The strong focus on homelessness over the past few years must continue," she said, "as we need more af- see HOMELESS pg. 3 AiAzAA:.
|Title||Ohio Jewish Chronicle, 1990-11-22|
|Subject||Jews -- Ohio -- Periodicals|
|Place||Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio)|
|Creator||Ohio Jewish Chronicle|
|Collection||Ohio Jewish Chronicle|
|Submitting Institution||Columbus Jewish Historical Society|
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