Honoring Dan Koblin

Following the merger of Jewish Federation & Family Services (JFFS), board members of the former Jewish Family Service (JFS) honored Dan Koblin for his inspiring leadership. Koblin served as Chairman of the Board of JFS in 2010, and continues to serve on the Board of JFFS as Vice Chair, Family Services.  At the celebratory gathering, Koblin was presented a work of Judaic art containing the famous Hillel saying, “If I am only for myself alone, what am I? And if not now, when?”  His executive management experience, financial planning background and tremendous people skills made him well prepared to take a leadership role in the organization’s alliance, and subsequent merger, with Jewish Federation.  Dan Koblin joined the JFS Board in 2007 after volunteering as a valued mentor for JFS clients.  Pictured l-r are Jerry Wilk, Don Cohen, Dan Koblin, Michele Walot, Steve Cibull and Keri Gee Semmelman.

Recognizing Roz Rothstein

The Jerusalem Post published its first-ever list of the 50 most influential Jews in the world, from all walks of life.  The candidates were chosen from all walks of life “for their ability to fashion the face of the future.”

According to the article, “As the second intifada began to progress, Roz Rothstein was troubled by the lack of any effective, organized public defense of Israel by the American Jewish community.  After two teenagers [Koby Mandell and Yosef Ishran] were stoned to death outside Tekoa on May 8, 2001, she and her husband [Jerry Rothstein], along with other activists [Esther Renzer], decided to establish StandWithUs.  Today, StandWithUs is a global operation which organizes demonstrations, advertising campaigns, petitions and other initiatives which help oppose the delegitimization of Israel, and also trains young people to advocate for Israel.  StandWithUs operates a website where North Americans can find local stores that carry Israeli products (, and publicizes periodic ‘Buy Israeli Products’ days to encourage store owners to continue carrying Israeli goods.”

Synagogue News

On Saturday, August 6 at 7 p.m., Temple Beth Tikvah will hold its Summer Luau.  Prospective members will have free admission, while the tab is $12 for members.  Included in the evening are fun activities, dinner and soft drinks.  Available for purchase are beer, wine and Hawaiian alcohol drinks.  RSVP to the temple office: or (714) 871-3535.

School News

Classes begin on August 22 at Tarbut V’Torah, and new parent orientation is two days later.  “Tarbut V’Torah Community Day School cultivates a passion in our students to love learning, live values and discover their heritage,” according to its website.  Founded in 1991, the school has nearly 600 students in grades kindergarten through 12, alumni attending top-notch colleges and universities and state-of-the-art facilities on the Samueli Jewish Campus.  For more information, contact Tarbut V’Torah at (949) 509-9500 or

Hebrew Academy will have a K-8th grade Bowling Party on Sunday, August 28, from 1 to 3 p.m. to “bowl in the school year,” according to organizers.  All incoming kindergarten to 8th graders are invited to join Hebrew Academy for a fun-filled afternoon of bowling and shmoozing.  The first day of school is Thursday, September 1, from 8:05 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  There is a parent welcome/orientation at 8:30 a.m. on that day.  For more information, contact, (714) 898-0051 or

Surf City Synagogue offers a nurturing environment to learn, share and grow in Judaism, according to organizers.  Its religious school in the Huntington Beach area has small personal classes with active, involved teachers.  Each class includes a Hebrew, holiday, and Judaic studies component.  Classes are held during the week (Mondays and Thursdays), so your parents’ and students’ weekends are free.  School will start on Monday, September 12.  For more information, contact Pnina Stein, the principal, at (714) 596-2220.

World News

The Simon Wiesenthal Center harshly criticized the Lithuanian government for trying to hide or minimize the highly-significant role of local Nazi collaborators in Holocaust crimes.  Representatives of the center attributed July’s desecration of the memorial at Ponar, the site of the mass murder of 70,000 Jews during the Holocaust, to the falsification of World War II history by local historians with governmental sponsorship and support.

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