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m,: h 14, 2003 - epid Sailor  : Rabbi Sam Sobel BOOK REVIEWS # Samuel Sobel, Ed.D, D.D. lbptain, Chaplain Corps, l8.N., National yet., was ffJfilain of the Jewish War ud-teas of the U.S.A. He was f st rabbi appointed to the IL,a ]. _gttlar Navy. During 30 years f active duty he held numerous .!0ral and administrative !' in this country and over-  , including Distdct Chap- of the Washington,D.C. ; ad of the Fifth Naval Districts, I eaior Chaplain of the Military J ea Transportation Service ;: Ltlaatie, and Executive Direc- J0 r of the Armed Forces Chap- s Board of the Department ! II)efense. His last active duty ignment was The Chaplain !!S. Marine Corps, J Ia 1967 he was selected to i!et Passover :services in aam with the late cantor ! 1 Metropolitan Opera tenor, ' rd Tucker. Among his ilitary decorations are the on of Merit with Gold Star, aze Star Medal with combat e'Navy Commendation Medal, cilian awards include the Serve Officers Association of  U.S. Chaplain of the Year it ' ard, the B'nai B'rith Alexan- der, rb. Goode Award for Inter- th Relations, and the Tidewa- National Conference of l.lkristians and Jews Brother- Ill'Citation. His compilation 'a,pe, 1 songs, "Sing and Be Yrul, was published by the #., Government Printing )e e. He was also president llth e, Eastern Virginia Theo- "liioeal Society. x, lie served as chaplain at the teras Administration Med- "  Center, Hampton, VA, and I on the adjunct faculties of ltln, Dominion University, rge Washington University, k 1_ Tidewater Community Col- ,k!, Where he taught Judaism, ry of religions, and r ,,,i:'rew, respectively. He has Served as adjunct Rabbi at tlaber of congregations in Tidewater area. By Hal Sacks Book Review Editor Southeastern V'wginia Jewish News Editors note: What an amazing community this is. Enter the School of Den- tal Medicine at Tel Aviv Universi- ty and you'll find three principal cities at the top of the dedicatory list- New York, Boston, and Tide- water, a tribute to the work of, Tidewater leadership behind chapel at U.S. Naval Academy Hal Sacks States Navy, culminating in his ele- vation to flag rank, despite endur- ing six courts martial, his most memorable humanitarian achieve- ment in the abolition of flogging in the Navy, and finally, the Levy family's saving of Monticello and subsequent gifting of it to the American people, spell out, in a nutshell the substance of this slim 15 the while fighting off anti-Semitic challenges, Levy served until his death in 1862, having spent 60 years at sea and over half-a-centu- ry in the service of his country. Much of the remainder of Intre- pid Sailor, is devoted to Levy's struggle to have his gift of Monti- cello, along with his estate, accept- ed by the federal government or the beloved Sonny Lefcoe (of blessed memory.) In the case of the new Com- modore Uriah P. Levy Center and Jewish Chapel to be built at the United States Naval Academy we take great pride in the tremendous work of our own Jerry Miller, a young man who has shown superb leadership in the successful campaign for this landmark center. And perhaps most gratifying will be the dedication of the Aron HA'Kodesh to a naval officer, rabbi, and inspirational leader, Sam Sobel. It is a pleasure, therefore to review his earlier work, Intrepid Sailor. Intrepid Sailor Samuel Sobel Cresset Publishers Philadelphia 1980 121p.p. Priceless With the creation of the Com- modore Uriah E Levy Center and Jewish Chapel at the Naval Acade- my at Annapolis it is perhaps time to review once again what remains as the definitive short biography of Commodore Levy, written by another intrepid sailor, Captain Sam Sobel, U.S.Navy (retired). Uriah E Levy's apprenticeship to the sea, his service in the United Burke Margulies receives Community Award Families facing difficult times due to a mentally retard- ed member or a member with chronic mental illness often feel overwhelmed and alone. But one local attorney has made it his priority to assist in these cases, and his peers have now recognized him for those efforts. The Virginia Beach Bar Association has presented Burke Margulies, a partner in the Virginia Beach-based fn'm of Pender & Coward, with its Community Services Award. Margulies co-founded the Virginia Beach Community Trust, which provides special needs trust services for fami- lies with mentally retarded and developmentally disabled members. He also created and still chairs a companion trust called the Virginia Beach Trust for the Psychiatrically Dis- abled. Virginia Beach was the fn-st city in the United States to have such a trust. The cities of Chesapeake and Norfolk soon followed suit, and Margulies was critical in establishing both the Chesapeake Assis- Burke Margulies tance Trust and the Norfolk Community Trust. Margulies also serves on the professional advisory boards of the United Way of South Hampton Roads Foun- dation and the Tidewater Down Syndrome Association. He is a former member of the Virginia Beach Community Services Board. In 1998, Margulies was awarded a pro bono award from the Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association for his assistance in establish- ing and serving as counsel to the Personal Affairs Manage- ment program of the Jewish Family Service of Tidewater. volume. These events, occring as Commonwealth of Virginia. Not they did during a period of such until 1915 did Congress finally turmoil in our history, are sur- enact legislation making the trans- rounded by such interesting cir- fer of Thomas Jefferson's home cumstances as would whet the possible. A final and important appetite of a scholar such as our chapter involves the creation of the own Sam Sobel, who, among his Levy Chapel in Norfolk, one which many services to our country, for involved the Tidewater Jewish which he has been highly decorat- community and with which the ed (Legion of Merit with Gold community has an ongoing and Star, Bronze Star Medal with com- important relationship. bat V, Navy Commendation It is not, therefore, surprising Medal, and Purple Heart Medal) is that Jewish leaders in Tidewater recognized as the spiritual architect have been at the forefront in raising of the beautiful Commodore Levy funds for the new facility at the Chapel on the Norfolk Naval Sta- Naval Academy, mote than just a tion. chapel, but a study center to be Sobel's research and lucid bio- used by all midshipmen, a fitting graphical portrayal reveals the legacy to our Intrepid Sailor, and an young Levy, shipping out as a  time to take another cabin boy, but stipulating that he be look at the life of service of our permitted to return home to esteemed author, Captain Samuel Philadelphia in time for his bar Sobel. mitzvah, a not inconsiderable feat at the dawn of the 19th century. The youthful Lieutenant Levy, (Hal Sacks is a retired naval ship when offered a captaincy and com- captain, auto dealer, and Jewish commu- nal worker, who has reviewed books for mand of a new 60 gun frigate by the So,,theastern rginia Jewish tCews the emperor of Brazil, politely for 19 years. He holds degr#ees in Englit.h declined, adding "Sir, I would and literature from Syracuse and Colum- uther serve as a cabin boy in the bin Universities, and has been adjunct American Navy than as captain in facul m English at George Washington any other service in the world!" All Universi.) Luxury Crusing. Nor[olh to Bermuda on May 13, 20, 27, 2003 June 3, 10, 17, 2003 All Oceanview Sept. 2, 9, 16, 2003 Suites SEVEN SEAS NAVIGATOR Call Rene6 Caplan Garris Travel 491-2300 Of00ce 560-0281 Cell ,_, i I I II I