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You’re Invited to GJC’s Comedy Show this Purim

Please join us
Thursday, February 25, 2021
7:00-8:00pm MST

in the GJC Zoom Room
as Ivy League Comedy presents

A Purim Night of Laughs
Live Comedy Show

4 comedians
1 hour
Countless laughs!

The Ivy League of Comedy honors audiences with original, well-written comedy that doesn’t resort to playing on stereotypes or picking on the audience. From theatres to corporate events to fund-raising shows for Jewish organizations, The Ivy League of Comedy brings you stand-up comedy’s funniest and brightest. After all, What’s More Jewish Than Comedy?sm Wouldn’t you rather be the one talking about the show instead of just hearing about it later? Don’t be disappointed that you missed out.

Order your tickets now! Tickets are available to everyone. Feel free to invite family & friends.

The suggested donation is $18 per household, but whether you contribute $100 or $0, we’ll send you the zoom links closer to the event.


Meet Our Comedians…

Stand-up comedian Shaun Eli has rightfully been called one of America’s smartest comics. He’s headlined comedy shows on five continents- in person! Whether it’s a story about dining with a vegetarian or successfully fighting a parking ticket, master storyteller Shaun Eli proves that there’s hilarity in the ordinary if you approach life with a comedic warp. Job interviews? Serving on a NYC criminal jury? How about the Ten Commandments? For just about anything he’s experienced Shaun has a hilarious story at the ready.

Cory Kahaney has been busy. She recently appeared The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, was a hit on the 2016 season of America’s Got Talent and was featured in Catskills on Broadway. Cory has been seen on The Late Show with David Letterman and performed a record 7 times on The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Cory is also a regular on The View, Fox & Friends and The Moms.
Ms. Kahaney is no stranger to reality shows from America’s Funniest Mom to Next Food Network Star even the Apprentice! But Cory is probably best known as a grand finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing.
Cory Kahaney was named Best Comedian in NYC by Backstage and Best female comedian NYC by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets. And even though she’s had specials on Comedy Central and HBO, her parents still wish she married a doctor!

His first time on stage Wali Collins was convinced that he had bombed, but the manager paid him and asked him to come back every week as a featured act. Wali moved to New York City to work on a show for Comedy Central called “Stand-up Stand-up”. He hosted the largest, funniest, most varied collection of stand-up comedians in the world.

Nominated three years in a row as “College Campus Entertainer of the Year,” Wali is also sought after for corporate events. One of Wali’s greatest achievements was hosting an event for First Lady Michelle Obama. Collins’ television stand-up credits include NBC, CBS, FOX, HBO, ABC’s “The View”, Comedy Central’s “Tough Crowd” and Commentary on VH1. David Letterman caught Wali’s act and recruited him to warm-up for his show. Later that season Wali performed his stand up on the “Late Show with David Letterman”. In the words of Robert Klein, “Wali Collins is versatile, smart and very, very funny.”

Whether taking on relationships, his Italian-American family, pop culture or current events, Joe DeVito’s dead-on timing, unexpected twists and sheer flights of lunacy make him a favorite at the top clubs in New York City and across the USA. His performance at the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival was rated “9.5 out of 10” by The Montreal Gazette.

Joe’s TV credits include two performances on The Late Late Show, three appearances on Comics Unleashed, two appearances on Gotham Comedy Live AXS TV, Comedy Central, and was a semi-finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing. He was also a regular contributor on FOX News Channel’s Red Eye and a recurring guest on FOX Business Channel’s Kennedy, with other panel appearances including Chelsea Lately, CNN, Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, and truTV’s The Smoking Gun Presents…




Yahrzeit memorials are listed by consecutive Hebrew month, date, and year, if known, or at the beginning of the list for one calendar year following the date of passing.

Compiled by Aitz Chaim over many years, this list is maintained by the Ram’s Horn. Please send any corrections or additions to
May the source of peace send peace to all who mourn, and may we be a comfort to all who are bereaved.

Name of Deceased Hebrew Date of Passing Deceased Relationship to Congregant
Arleen Heintzelman 3 Kislev, 5781
Gary Ray Holsclaw 11 Iyyar, 5780 Son of Arleen Heintzelman
Elizabeth Orphal 3 Adar, 5769 Grandmother of Chaya Semple
Roger Reichert 11 Adar, 5779 Son of Arlyne Reichert
Benjamin Barrett 13 Adar, 5728 Grandfather of Nadyne Weissman
Sarah Lewin 13 Adar, 5777 Mother of Rachel Michele Lewin Costaneda
Judith Lenore Astrin 15 Adar, 5774
Fanny Drellich 17 Adar, 5690 Grandmother of Arlyne Reichert
Edith Semple 17 Adar, 5770 Mother of Doug Semple
Sylvia Fineman 18 Adar, 5769 Mother of Robert Fineman; Aunt of Jerry Weissman
Allan B. Silverstein 22 Adar, 5772 Father of Errol, Josh, and Daniel Silverstein
Pauline Eichner 28 Adar, 5751 Mother of Jerry Eichner
Mary Alice Barrett 29 Adar, 5760 Aunt of Nadyne Weissman
Sophia Weissman 30 Adar, 5727 Grandmother of Jerry Weissman
Marcia Eisenberg 10 Adar II, 5752 Mother of Sharon Eisenberg
Harry Crombie 19 Adar II, 5727 Father of Arleen Heintzelman
Bernadette Nice 21 Adar II, 5774 Mother-in-law of Julie Nice
Sandra Albachari 24 Adar II, 5765 Mother of Julie Nice


Yahrzeit memorials are listed by consecutive Gregorian month, date, and year, if known, or at the beginning of the list for one calendar year following the date of passing.

Compiled by Aitz Chaim over many years, this list is maintained by the Ram’s Horn. Please send any corrections or additions to
May the source of peace send peace to all who mourn, and may we be a comfort to all who are bereaved.

Name of
English Date of Passing Hebrew Date of Passing Deceased Relationship to Congregant
Arleen Heintzelman Nov 19, 2020 3 Kislev, 5781
Gary ray Holdsclaw May 5, 2020 11 Iyyar, 5780 Son of Arleen Heintzelman
Kikki Schandelson Feb 1, 1979 4 Sh’vat, 5739 Stepmother of Arnold Schandelson
Joel Eisenberg Feb 3, 1982 10 Sh’vat, 5742 Brother of Sharon Eisenberg
Diane Magalnick Feb 5, 2002 23 Sh’vat, 5762 Wife of Elliot Magalnick
Jack Barrett Feb 7, 2006 9 Sh’vat, 5766 Uncle of Nadyne Weissman
Ruth Heyman Stormwind Feb 9, 2002 27 Sch’vat, 5762 Wife of Norman Harold Stormwind
Judith Lenore Astrin Feb 15, 2014 15 Adar, 5774
Roger Reichert Feb 16, 2019 11 Adar I, 5779 Son of Arlyne Reichert
Harold (Rick) Reichert Feb 22, 1968 23 Sh’vat, 5728 Husband of Arlyne Reichert
Sylvia Goldman Feb 23, 2017 27 Sch’vat, 5777 Grandmother of Ceecee Drew
Elizabeth Orphal Feb 27, 2009 3 Adar, 5769 Grandmother of Chaya Semple


Dear Friends,

In Hebrew years that do not have the extra month of Adar II, such as the present year, “Memorial Day for the Shoah and Heroism” takes place close to the Shabbat during which we read from the Torah, Parshat “Shemini”.

This Torah portion opens with a description of the day of dedication of the Holy Tabernacle and how it became a tragedy and disaster when Aaron’s two sons, Nadav and Avihu, die in front of his eyes after they sacrificed “strange fire” on the altar (which they had been commanded not to do). Only two words are used to describe the reaction of Aaron their father, when the day of joy became one of sorrow: “and Aaron became silent” (Leviticus: 10; 3).

For many long years, most of the refugees and survivors of the atrocities of the Holocaust chose silence. Moses, Aaron’s brother, did not try to penetrate the silence of his brother on that day. Today we have the mission of respecting the silence of those survivors who chose to continue that path, but at the same time to invite them with love and sensitivity, to find the key to their hearts and memories and end their silence. Unlike Moses, we have to convince them that we are more attentive than ever and that their experiences and stories will be treated as a rich treasure, rather than a mere footnote of history.

Throughout the book of Leviticus, the ritual and spiritual role of the Kohanim (High Priests) is described. At the same time, we learn about the material remuneration they receive for carrying out their mission. This teaches us that we cannot ask the survivors of the Holocaust to raise their voices, to bear witness, and to bestow their legacy, without being totally committed to their wellbeing and dignity.

Yom HaShoah is commemorated this year in the shadow of the Coronavirus pandemic. Not all of the senior citizens who lost their lives in assisted living facilities and homes for the aged were Holocaust survivors; but many were and are. Regardless of this terrible crisis that we are all dealing with, it has had an increased impact on the elderly.

The lack of effective measures in those locations, especially at the beginning of the pandemic (and, to a great degree, to this day) must be prominent in our minds this week when we remember the Shoah. Holocaust survivors are living the past months with heightened anxiety and are in significant danger. The same is true of their cohorts, the generation who founded the state of Israel who didn’t suffer the terror of the Holocaust, but who laid the foundation for life here in Israel for all of us. Like Aaron HaKohen, many of them cannot raise their voices – it is our responsibility to do it for them.

Reform Rabbi and Professor Emil Fackenheim, coined the phrase: “the 614th Mitzvah” – the commandment obligated by all Jews not to give the Nazis victory after their defeat, to guarantee the continuation of the Jewish people, to renew our ability to give hope and to act towards Tikkun Olam; and most of all not to be silent and close off our hearts.

We must maintain the ability to listen to what the survivors have to tell us during their last years of life and have the wisdom to help them and their counterparts escape the silence and feel protected and respected during normal times, and especially during days of crises – this is the foundation of the 614th Mitzvah. Regardless, this terrible crisis has had a devastating impact on the elderly. We must each do our part to take the lessons of past generations into future ones.

I hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy during this unsure time.

IMPJ President & CEO Rabbi Gilad Kariv


Yahrzeit memorials are listed by consecutive Gregorian month, date, and year, if known, or at the beginning of the list for one calendar year following the date of passing.

Compiled by Aitz Chaim over many years, this list is maintained by the Ram’s Horn. Please send any corrections or additions to
May the source of peace send peace to all who mourn, and may we be a comfort to all who are bereaved.

Name of
English Date of Passing Hebrew Date of Passing Deceased Relationship to
Charlotte Weiss Dec 28, 2019 30 Kislev, 5780 Mother of Laura Weiss
Heidi Jan Berger Jul 29, 2019 26 Tamuz, 5779 Ex-wife of Tom Berger, Wife of William Franklin Raley; Mother of Polly Lorien and Jake Berger
Blanche Stoll Gulko Jul 12, 2019 9 Tamuz, 5779 Mother of Rabbi Ruz Gulko
FRANCES WALTMAN Apr 1, 2018 16 Nisan, 5778 Mother of Marjorie Feldman
Sherri Estil Hopperstad Apr 4, 2003 2 Nisan, 5763
Sandra Albachari Apr 4, 2005 24 Adar II, 5765 Mother of Julie Nice
Margaret Breslauer Apr 6, 1969 18 Nisan, 5729 Mother of Bruce Breslauer
Sid Kelman Apr 6, 2003 4 Nisan, 5763 Brother-in-law of Evelyn Kelman
Naomi Bay Kaplan Apr 8, 2007 20 Nisan, 5767 Grandmother of Kai Nealis
Bill Hinton Apr 9, 2019 4 Nisan, 5779 Husband of Susan Hinton
Heidi Espelin Apr 11, 1986 2 Nisan, 5746 Sister of Dawn Schandelson
Esther Nagel Lyndon Apr 12, 2012 20 Nisan, 5772 Aunt of Meriam Nagel
Elaine Thall Apr 15, 2006 17 Nisan, 5766 Mother of Terry Thall
Maurice Weissman Apr 16, 1991 2 Iyyar, 5751 Father of Jerry Weissman
Janet Woodcock Getzenberg Apr 16, 2005 7 Nisan, 5765 Mother of Anne Getzenberg
Gary Cohn Apr 17, 1984 15 Nisan, 5744 Brother of Arlyne Reichert
Harry Wasserman Apr 19, 2003 17 Nisan, 5763 Father of Miriam Wolf
Irving Greenfield Apr 28, 2000 23 Nisan, 5760


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Civil rights pioneer Father Divine amassed thousands of followers with his movement dedicated to integration and communal living. Yet, scandal, suspicion, and racism led to clashes with the law and he has largely been written out of history because he dared to preach that he himself was an incarnation of God.
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Madonna Thunder Hawk and the women leaders of the American Indian Movement have been fighting for Native liberation as a community of extended families since the 1970s. Their stories, including never before seen archival footage, explore what it means to balance a movement with motherhood from generation to generation.
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Inspired by Lewis Hyde’s The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World, the film is a tribute to something that can’t be measured, counted, bought or sold. Exploring the parallels between artists’ work and a gift economy, it’s a reflection on the creative process and the reasons we “labour in service of our gifts.”
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Ilhan Omar, a young, hijab-wearing mother of three, takes on two formidable opponents in a highly contested race for a seat in the Minnesota State Legislature. If successful, she will become the first Somali-American lawmaker in the United States. A fresh and timely take on the old story of the American Dream.
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17 years after six American teens – from Catholic, Pagan, Jew, Muslim, Lakota & Buddhist backgrounds – shared their religious and spiritual struggles in a 2002 documentary, they return to share their surprising and deeply personal religious and spiritual journeys.