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Ohio IU-. 1,,'Jocirt.y Libr. 1982 Vtflliu /Wo. X-5 Columbus, Ohio <J 3 211 C 0 f'l P The Ohio Jewish Chronicle Serving Columbus and fhe Central Ohio ■ JeiMsh GomrrlunUy since 19SB VOLUME 71 ; NUMBER 6 FEBRUARY 11, 1998 20 SHEVAT 5753 DJBVjOTED TO AMERICAN AND JBWI3H IDEALS Gerald Cohn to receive NAJHHA 'Award of Honor' ■'■' • ^ / ' . . page 2 Anti-Semitic incidents increase in Columbus '■., , ' page 2 wwWWMW^^w-mii* hm'*t*\\*mmmmmmm*mwmmmtt~*m*»wmmmw\tt* nmmmmmmmmmmaimmimmmmtmmmt, The world should not bfcsupise&byrecent ^^sinGeltfi; ^ Ail, > ". i:>'y •'. y",y -//'-s'tt." -,?'# ,y.,' . pa£e*3>!- ■tJ* in»i>*»i.^ifli5!Mi>iiji1ii,iiiiiiiiiiii scholar at Agudas Achim h - ^#Sf page 4„ T. Rudovsky to deliver Nemzer MemomlAecturir) i '• - ,„y ;, page 4 Columbus to host j Senior Jewish Educators page 6 ^aimnal feiieiltectttlre - .mmmmm In The Chronicle >«»» wa* Tk^'ffT» v"" ,*^c4f^V7^4t ^ a^'/* - ***** %a ' Vis £ *- Fifty Yews A^flrtV«»^»^ffif<<«#^*»^»*!f"<»«»j»*',''"'> 2 u: I^^IISISii^M^^M COMMUNITY FEATURE 'Lunches with the Rabbis9 provide spiritual nourishment By Ina Horwitz When Rabbi David Stavsky came to Columbus 36 years ago to become the spiritual leader of Beth Jacob Congregation, it was at first difficult to interest many community members in Torah study, he said. Only in the last two decades, he believes, has the movement become stronger, which he attributes to a breakthrough in the intellectual desire to delve into Talmudic meaning. "Now there is a great deal of study taking place here, much more today in Columbus, Ohio, than there ever was in the history of the community," noted Rabbi Stavsky. "I'm teaching more now than I have ever taught, and I mean personal, intellectual, in- depth study on a daily or weekly basis." There are currently many ongoing programs, but one that seems to have become very popular with all segments of the community, especially young professionals, is a varied group of "Lunches with the Rabbi" that involve the creative teachings of at least six local rabbis. There is also a weekly Torah session, sponsored by Jay Schottenstein, that is held in the office!, of his late father, Jerome, at which visiting rabbis, not only from Columbus but from other cities and countries, such as New York and Israel, are featured speakers. In tribute to Jerome Schottenstein's memory, the meetings are designed specifically for participants affiliated with Value City/Schottenstein Stores. LUNCH WITH BABBI BERMAN Twice a month, on every first and third Thursday, from 11:45 a.m. -12:45 p.m., Rabbi Harold Berman of Congregation Tifereth Israel holds lunches at Battelle Memorial Institute. He said the study group has been meeting for 15 years, which he believes is the longest continuing lunch of its kind in the community. The group studies the traditional texts of the Midrash by Professor Louis Ginzberg. While the sessions have for the past few years been the- matically focusing pn the study of biblical sources, topics such as mysticism, Jewish history and the Bible itself, have previously been discussed. Rabbi Berman noted that participants include non-Jewish guests as well as many who don't belong to his congregation. He emphasized that eveyone is welcome. LUNCH WITH RABBI BLEEFELD A downtown lunch with Rabbi Bradley Bleefeld of Temple Israel, organized by Jody Scheiman, a senior vice president with PaineWebber, is held in the company's offices at The Huntington Center, 33rd Floor, every Wednesday from noon - 1:15 p.m. Scheiman said Rabbi Bleefeld discusses the Torah portion of the week as well as contemporary Jewish issues. Scheiman noted the lunch session has become a nice transition during the week for individuals to stop what they're doing in order to reflect on Jewish causes and education. She suggested for anyone wanting more information call her at 460-6591. LUNCH WITH RABBI CINER -What has already become an "institution" is the "Lunch with the Rabbi" program started about eight years ago by Rabbi Alan G. Ciner of Agudas Achim Synagogue. Rabbi Ciner said it began as a -way to create a Jewish learning program in the downtown area. Sessions are held periodically on Thursdays at noon in the offices of Schottenstein, Zox & Dunn. Its first chairs were Randall Arndt and Holly Kastan. It was next co-chaired by David Glimcher and Susie Diamond and is currently chaired by Michael Schiff and Kimberley Friedman. The program particularly attracts young men and women — both professional and business people. Rabbi Ciner said he draws upon biblical, Talmudic and Midrashic texts and uses them as a point of departure to help participants understand the existenial meaning of life. Rabbi Ciner stressed how important Judaism and learn: ing are to his own life and teachings. "We really started the program as a way to reach out to young people—to offer them an authentic Jewish experience that was substantive and one they could relate to." For Arndt, the sessions hold special meaning. He said, "The study group has bridged the gap between. traditional values and the values of being a young urban professional. What used to be a struggle to balance the conflicting demands of my profession and my faith has become a joyous part of every day by studying with Rabbi Ciner." As a result of the lunch program's success, Rabbi Ciner has expanded it to other group sessions. On Fridays at 7:30 a.m., in the offices of M/I Homes in The Huntington Center. "Breakfast with the Rabbi" is held that includes ongoing discussions of biblical texts. Rabbi Ciner also gives "Dinner with the Rabbi" meetings.for people in their twenties. Periodically held on Thursday evenings in different locations and chaired by Michael Glimcher and Michael Schlonsky, these sessions highlight contemporary issues as they relate to being Jewish in the '90s. LUNCH WITH BABBI KALTMANN Another downtown lunch program is given by Rabbi Areyah Kallmann of Schottenstein Chabad House. The classes are held the first and third week of every month at noon in the offices of Arshot Investment Corp, Fifth Third Bank Building, 21 E. State St. According to Rabbi Kalt- mann, professionals in downtown Columbus have become increasingly interested in pursuing the relevance of Torah in contemporary questions. Approximately 30 people have been attending Rabbi Kaltmann's lectures. "Beneath the nostalgic echo of Jewish tradition lies a wealth of intellectual depth and profound meaning," he said. "The aim of these talks is to illustrate how Jewish law and morality differ from the see LUNCHES pg. 13 1
|Title||The OJC the Ohio Jewish chronicle. (Columbus, Ohio), 1993-02-11|
|Subject||Jews -- Ohio -- Periodicals|
|Place||Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio)|
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|Collection||Ohio Jewish Chronicle|
|Submitting Institution||Columbus Jewish Historical Society|
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Ohio IU-. 1,,'Jocirt.y Libr.
1982 Vtflliu /Wo. X-5