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Southeastern Virginia Jewish News May 22, 1998 BSH: News & Events 18th annual volunteer luncheon held By Greg Goldfarb with the Home's name and the word Volunteer" Director printed on them in gold ink. They also took home BSHEV Community Relations BSHEV-embossed golf tees and golf ball markers. "The little gifts were one way for us to make sure About 125 people turned out May 7 to honor Beth th,at, none of our volunteers went home empty-hand- Sholom Home's volunteers at the Home s 18th ed, said Mesh. "And as more volunteers join our Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon. team, we'll continue giving them plaques, pins, rib- BSHEV volunteers, residents, guests and staff bons and golf tees and ball markers to show our were welcomed by I. William Berger, President of appreciation for our volunteers' commitment and Frailache Klezmer Band clarinetist Norman Olitsky prepares for a solo dur- ing an "Israel at 50" concert at the Home. Standing-room only crowd enjoy concert presented by Frailache Klezmer Band By Greg Goldfarb Director BSHEV Community Relations An overflow, standing-room- only crowd filled Beth Sholom Home on Sunday, May 3 as the Home presented the Frailache Klezmer Band in concert as the centerpiece of its "Israel at 50" celebration. More than 300 people filled the Home's Activities Room, then spilled over into the Sanctuary, to hear, enjoy and dance to the joy- ous Klezmer music, under the guidance of the band's director and founder, Marilyn Buxbaum. "We couldn't have been happi- er or more proud of the concert that the Frailache Klezmer Band gave the residents and their loved ones here at the Home," said Ellie Lipkin, a Board member and the Home's "Israel at 50" liaison. "They have an open invitation to perform here at Beth Sholom any time they want." Frailache Klezmer Band mem- bers and their instruments are,Portsmouth Circuit Court Judge Norman Olitsky, clarinet; Dr. Jerry Blachman, trumpet; Cantor Jennifer Bern-Vogel, from Ohef Sholom Temple, vocalist; Melissa Koff, trombone; Warren Weiss, drums; Josh Lessard, guitar; and Marilyn Buxbaum, piano. In addition to the Klezmer concert, the Home also hosted several other "Israel at 50" events, including a Chanukah party, a Tu B'Shevat observance and a Purim party with Hebrew Academy of Tidewater preschoolers. the Home's Board of Directors. "The Star Spangled Banner" and "Hatikvah" were sung by vocalists Leah Wohl, Milton Hahn and Evelyn Eisenberg. The before-meal grace and after-meal grace were deliv- ered by Rabbi Aaron Baer and his wife, Hanna, respectively. Guest speakers were Bryan Mesh, the Home's Executive Vice President; Miriam Seeherman, the Board's First Vice President; and Solly Coleman, President of the Home's Resident Council. "On behalf of the staff of the Beth Sholom Home of Eastern Virginia, I want to thank you for all of the hours of your time you share with the residents of the premier nursing facility in Virginia," Mesh told the audience. "Thank-you's are nice and so are plaques, pins and ribbons. But the rewards that are most rich- ly cherished are the happy smiles we see on our resi- dents' faces." After a meal of Israeli chicken, steamed vegeta- bles and potatoes and cake and fresh strawberries, Julia Hirsch (785 hours of service) and Lee Sartorius (697 hours) both received "Volunteer of the Year" plaques. The two sisters can usually be found at the Home on Sundays, and are usually accompanied by Sara Shipowitz (5,629 hours). Lenny Goodman received a 3,000-Hour Club pin, recognizing his 3,000 hours of volunteer service to the Home. Others receiving custom-engraved volun- teer pins, and their volunteers hours were: Betty Buckman, 2,000-Hour Club; Fred Soskel, 1,000- Hour Club; Dean Casper, 500-Hour Club; Milton Hahn, 300-Hour Club; Jeffrey Stendel and Trudy Friedman, 200-Hour Club; and Sara Cornelius, 100- Hour Club. All luncheon attendees received colored ribbons, dedication to the Home." Other BSHEV volunteers and their total number of volunteer hours accrued through March 31, 1998 include: Rae Abrons, 3,517; Frank Arness, eight; Jean Becker, 17; Irvin and Mona Belkov, 106; Isabelle Berrier, 85; Diane Beyer, five; Frances Levy Birshtein, 511; Dean Casper, 590; Rae Cohen, 556; Audrey Danoff, 268; Reo Dyson, 1,219; Evelyn Eisenberg, 441; David Fink, 445; Sylvia Fink, 942; Joe Garcia, 5,977; and Ruth Goldberg, 234. Also, Florence Goldin, 1,040; Milton Goldin, 254; Ginny Goodman, 2,113; Marvin Gordon, 57; Paul Harvey, 214; Sharon Hilgeman, 17; Leah Hoff- man, 2,236; Dysie Horenstein, 7,339; Betty Horwitz, 30; Shirley Iscoe, 787; Tommy James, 285; Katie Karlin, 26; Florence Karp, 1,696; Heather Kayer, 98; Karen Kline, 17; Alan Kootner, 158; and Donna Kootner, 221. Also, Millie Krukin, 199; Alma Laderberg, 589; Frances Lasky, Brad Lazernick, 200-plus; 32; Margie Leiderman, 189; Alma Leitman, 1,361; Ruth Levinson, 682; Lewis Blanche, 955; Selma Lubin, 1,642; Ed Markin, 58; Bernie Mayer, 466; Irma Jean Naugle, 370; Pete Naugle, 512; Belle Openden, 148; Elayne Ostrower, 70; Sandra Pearl, 1,378; Nora Pishko, 709; Anne Roberts, 147; Leona Roberts, 178; and Elliott Roesen, 190. Also, Alice Rothenberg, 10,000-plus; Maurice Rothman, 255; Bernice Salber, 391; Sara Shipowitz, 5,629; Ruth Silberstein, 272; Ingrid Silverman, 6,703; Tam Solberg,704; Doretha Thomas, 203; Philip Walman, 353; Linda Williams, 36; Leah Wold, 5,658; Leo Wohl, 1,864; and Dorothy Workman, 163. Ohef Sholom Temple Cantor and Frailache Klezmer Band vocalist, Jennifer Bern-Vogel, far right, sang and danced with children at the concert. Support Our Advertisers ] Mesh on Channel 3 On Friday, May 8, Executive Vice President Bryan Mesh appeared on WTKR TV's "Morn- ing Break" program, where he was interviewed by anchors Kurt Williams and Ann Keffer on the general subject of nursing homes and what to look for in selecting one for your loved ones. Get Well, Sylvia Fink The Home's staff and residents want to wish Sylvia Fink a speedy recovery from her recent back surgery. She and her husband, Dave, both volunteer at the Home and are always missed when their smiling faces aren't around. Help For Services The Home is still looking for volunteers to help lead services Monday through Thursday from 4:30 to 5 p.m. Junior Volunteers On Sundays and after school, our Activities Department can always use "Junior Volunteers" - that is, young men and women between the ages of 13 and 18 - who can help the Activities Staff conduct activities. Members of the Kempsville High School Latin Honor Society recently visit- ed the Home. Nursing Week Observed 1998's National Nurses' Week was recently celebrated at Beth Sholom Home with a Picnic in the Park on the Home's grounds on Friday, May 8. Cakes were provid- ed on all three shifts for nursing staff and residents in appreciation for all of their hard work and dedi- cation. KHS Visits Home Kempsville High School's Latin Honor Society recently visited the Home for the second time in the last year. "We just love coming to the Home," said Esther Huang, one of 10 students on the field trip. "We always look forward to it because everyone makes us feel so comfort- able, and we enjoy volunteering and meeting the residents." Other KHS students that came to visit include, Pamela Majumdar, Kristin Hehe, Graham Bryant, J.P. Millete, Jo Anderson, Annie Swan, Carrie Godley, Rashidra Scott and Kristen Zigrang. The society's fac- ulty sponsor is Diann Nickelsburg. Those wishing more informa- tion on any of the above items may call Greg Goldfarb at 420-2512.