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4--UJF--August 15, 1980 - 171 Beth Sholom Opening Nears BY BILL GOLDSMITH As we approach opening day the Beth Sholom Home of Eastern Vir- ginia department heads are arranging last minute details to provide the finest "at home" atmosphere for our residents. Delicious home-cooked meals will be prepared under the supervision of Gloria New, Food Ser- vice Director. Ms. New comes to Beth Sholom after a number of years in food service, most recently as Direc- tor of Food Service at Portsmouth Convalescent Center and Medicenter. All meals will be prepared in our kosher kitchens and traditional Jewish cuisine will include a variety of gourmet delights. Most meals will include alternate selections and special diets will be accommodated. Breakfast will be served between 7:30 , and 8 a.m., lunch at 12:30 and supper at 5:30 p.m. Lunch will be the main meal of the day, except for Shabbato dinner on Friday evenings. Residents will make their menu selections one day in advance and menu for four weeks will be posted in the dining room and at Nurses Sta- tions. Visiting family members are welcome to join residents for meals at a nominal charge; however, arran- gements must be made in advance. Ms. New's creative culinary talents will produce delightful dishes de- signed to whet the appetite and make each meal an experience. Director of Community Services is Barbara Rostov, who p?eviously served as Program Directa at the Penninsula Jewish Connunity Center in Newport News. Ms. Ros- toy's duties include coordinating our l extensive Volunteer Services pro- gram. Our "Simcha Corps" is corn- posed of Community members who willingly give their time to bring joy and a smile to Beth Sholom residents. Applications are now being taken by the "Simcha Corps." for the fol- lowing positions: Gift Shop: operated by the BSHEV Auxiliary for the residents and their visitors. Friendly Visitors: visit, help write let- ters, read to residents. Home Transportation Aides: transport residents within The Home to activi- ties, physical therapy, etc. Outside Transportation Aides: take re- sidents out for doctors appointments, shopping, etc. Welcome Aides: help new residents meet the staff and other residents and become acclimated to their new surroundings. Nursing Unit Aides: distribute ice water and nourishments, inventory supplies and list reorder needs. Reality Orientation Aides: assist with group sessions, help prepare activities, make bulletin boards, etc. Activities Aides: assist with weekly socials, bingo, musical programs, crafts, etc. All members of the "Simcha Corps" willparticipate in an extensivve orientation and training program prior to assuming volunteer duties in order to become more familiar with BSHEV, who we are and Why we are here. The next orientation is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. / The only requirement for "Simcha orps" volunteers is a warm friendly smile and the desire to bring joy and happiness. For more information, please call Barbara at 420-2512. Infant thru Size 7 587-1430 No. 30 Southern Shopping Center. Norfolk, Va. 23505 MC & VISA | DR. LAWRENCE O. STEIN Podiatrist-Foot Specialist Announces The Opening Of An Additional Office For THE PRACTICE OF PODIATRY AT MIDTOWN BUILDING---WARDS CORNER I MIOTOWN BUILDING, Suite 217 Wards Corner, Norfolk 625-3899 228 N. LYNNHAVEN ROAD Virginia Beach 340-5877 Jeremy Shulman, D.D.S. proudly announces the association of in the practice of peridontics 213 Janaf Office Bldg. Norfolk Va. 23502 Phone 461-62t7. IZ! A CALL TO REPENTANCE... ELUL MESSAGE The Torah provides for the safety of an accidental slayer through Cities of Refuge which were set aside for this purpose. A person who had unintentionally murdered could flee to them and find shelter from the vengence of their victim's next-of-kin. The Cities of Refuge were in existence wherever Jews were: in the desert, on their way to the Promised Land; (in the precincts of the Sanctuary); before entering the Promised Land, Jordan, and finally in the Land of Israel itself. While providing shelter and safety, the Cities of Refuge were none theless a form of -exile and punishment. Life in exile is n0t free from suffering and this period served as an atonement for the crime committed by the accidental slayer. For, although unintentional transgressions are not punishable in the same way as intentional oneS, nevertheless they, too, require atonement. The question may be asked: Why should a person be punished for a transgression committed unwittingly? The answer is that a Jew intrinsically-by mason not only of his Divine Soul, but even of his innate physical nature-abhors doing anything contrary to G-d's Will. Hence it is written: " No sin shall befall the righteous." Therefore, if a Jew does transgress unwittingly, it indicates that the Divine Soul in him has been temporarily eclipsed by the Animal soul, over-indulged in the physical and material aspects of life. For the strength of one is proportionate to the weakness of the other; the stronger the Animal Soul, the weaker the Divine soul, and vice versa. In unintentionally transgressing, the Jew is guilty of having allowed a situation to develop where his Animal Soul predominates. Thus, in the case of accidental homicide, the accident could not have'happened had the individual lived the pious life expected of a Jew. For this reason he was to suffer exile in the cities of refuge, atoning for his laxity and failure to reach the high spiritual code which is a part of his very being. In truth, the Cities of Refuge provided temporary asylum for all slayers, including those who had committed premeditated murder. In every case of homicide the slayer was given this opportunity to avoid the wrath of his victim's relatives by sheltering in the Cities of Refuge, until brought to trial by the appropriate tribunal The Jewish Law regarding:capital punishment was such that the ultimate decree could rarely be enacted. This was because the court was obliged to seek, and usually found, various extenuating circumstances in favour of the accused. Thus a Sanhedfln which pronounced a death verdict once in seven years was called "murderous". The Cities of Refuge, therefore, offered reai asylum and refuge in all cases of homicide; they offered the slayer a new lease on life and gave him time to make atonement. With regard to this atonement, we find an advantage in these times as compared with the time when the Beis Hamikdosh was in existence. In those days, when our Courts pronounced judgment, a declaration of repentance by the culpritcould not release him from the punishment prescribed by the law and imposed by 'the tribunal. This is because repentance must come from one's innermost feelings. The judge, however, was only able to make an assessment according to the evidence presented to him; he could not probe into the depths of a man's heart to see the extent of sincerity in his repentance. Since the destruction of the Beis Hamikdosh, however (and in fact forty years previous to that event), no capital offences have been judged by the Sonhedrin. Capital punishment remained entirely in G-d's hands. Here, repentance helps, since G-d does see in the heart and mind of man. RavHuna (Midrash Rabbah, Vayikra 25:1) says that when a Jew trangresses to the extent of deserving the death penalty from the Heavenly Court (as distinct from the Sonhedrin), what can he do in order to avert this penalty and live? He must sincerely repent. He must study an additional page or chapter of Tora that w]c he a-ea-dy st---U--e--.-If he does not yet-learn Torah in any form-h--ehoul give additional charity and use his endeavors to direct and distribute charity. THE EXPERTS .... FOR 21 YEARS R Z HAPPY COHEN S HAPPY ......... TR00tMCL 00RMIC NO. 1 SOUTHERN SHOPPING CENTER ...... IAbove People's] ""-'" NORFOLK, VIRGINIA 23505 :. I'i. (8O4) 583-4346 PENINSULA 380-1605 "Yiddisheh Kop" Of the Week The first five people to correctly iden- tify the person in the photo below will recewe a free pass to Circle 6, Circle 4, Showcase Theaters, Hilltop and Tower Mall, 'Portsmouth. Relatives of the "Kop" of the week are ineligible. Call 489-8040 and ask for Sydney, no earlier than Aug 21. 10 a.r / Do You Know This J Person?  2 Tishrl 5741 Thursday-Friday ,'3eptember 11-12. 1980 Yom Kippur 110) 1311' 15-21 Tt,hri C740 Thursday F.day S{ )tember 25-26 1980