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Judith Goodman, a leader in Temple Beth El and the President of the Sisterhood was honored on Sunday, June 13 at the State of Israel Bonds Breakfast. The breakfast was held in the Temple Ballroom at Temple Beth-El. Gloria Scofield, Nan Hamburger, Esther Fenster and Lillian Benjamin graciously arranged the breakfast.
Many dignitaries attended including Congressman Anthony Weiner and Steve Cooper, Commander of the Bernard Weiner Post of the Jewish War Veterans.
Rabbi Allan Blaine opened the program with a prayer. He stressed the importance of the State of Israel for all people who are suffering from oppression. He noted that Israel has opened its doors and its arms towelcome people from around the globe.
The guest speaker at the breakfast was an Attorney and a Communal Jewish Leader, Stephen Flatow. Steven Flatow is the father of Alisa Flatow, a young girl from our area who was the victim of a terrorist attack in Israel. Mr. Flatow had sent his daughter to Israel and was on his way to temple services when he heard that a terrorist attack had occurred in the area where his daughter was traveling and later he heard that she was killed.
Mr. Flatow told of the terrible pain of flying to Israel to identify his daughter. Everyone could relate to his agony when he told the details of seeing her lifeless body. Although it is not customary, Mr. Flatow donated all of his daughters organs in order that others may live. You could hear in his voice and through his message how important it is to invest in State of Israel Bonds.
Mrs. Selma Kaplan, the President of the Temple, introduced the honored guest - Judith Goodman. Selma noted that Judith is devoted to the State of Israel and has spent her life promoting Jewish causes.
Judith Goodman stated that Israel had been in her heart long before it became the State of Israel. As she was growing up, through her family and her temple she learned about the Jewish homeland - Palestine.
When Judith was only 12 years old her family had introduced her and her friends to Shirley Fredberg. Shirley was a Zionist and would meet each week with Judith and several of her friends to teach them about Israel. Through Shirley they learned about the Kibbitzim and the tilling of the soil of Palestine. These weekly meetings were Judith's initial introduction into fund raising. Each youngster would contribute five cents a week. They even had a Chai luncheon for 18 cents each at the Yeshiva Reines on Troy avenue in Brooklyn. They were called the Hadassah Buds. Judith's formal introduction into Hadassah at 18 years of age took place at a donor luncheon at the Astor Hotel.
Judith's memories include: listening to the radio in 1948 when Ben Guriun declared a separate State of Israel; hearing that Israel had been accepted into the United Nations; and admiring Golda Meir when she inspired Judith at a Myrtle Wreath Luncheon. Judith remarked that the State of Israel is now home to millions of people of all nationalities and ethnicities. The State of Israel bonds (according to Judith) "represent Israel's most consistent and dependable source of economic support."
Judith's work for the State of Israel and for its bonds inspired everyone at the breakfast. She encourages everyone to continue to buy the bonds and support Israel into the 21st century.