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JNF banquet to celebrate Israel’s modern pioneers
August 1st, 2011
Only six percent of Israel’s population lives in the Negev Desert, which comprises about half of Israel’s land area. Those who live and work there are “Israel’s 21st Century Pioneers.”
That will be the theme of the Jewish National Fund Wisconsin Region’s annual banquet, scheduled to take place on Sunday, Aug. 28, at the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center.
JNF’s campaign this year will focus on the organization’s partnership with the Negev pioneers as they transform the desert into viable communities. JNF supports these communities’ growth by clearing land for housing and farming, laying basic infrastructure, and paving roads. (See story, page x.)
JNF also helps residents establish social and educational institutions, construct public buildings, create green spaces, and build reservoirs.
Carp grew up in Los Angeles and attended college and graduate school in North Carolina before moving to Wisconsin in 1983. Shortly thereafter, his family joined Congregation Shalom.
He began teaching in the synagogue’s religious school in 1993. He has served on the synagogue’s board of trustees, rising to the position of vice president of education.
He is a board member of the Coalition for Jewish Learning, the education program of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. He has received three Norman Gill Awards for innovative teaching. He worked in marketing at the Jewish Home and Care Center and its affiliate, Chai Point.
At the Spertus Institute in Chicago, Carp earned a master’s degree in Jewish Studies. Throughout the past three decades, he has supported projects sponsored by the Jewish National Fund.
Hoffmann was born and raised in Milwaukee where she attended the East Side Hebrew School and Beth El Ner Tamid Synagogue. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master of Arts in the teaching of history and social science from Columbia University in New York.
She then moved to Chicago where she worked as a stock analyst and then broker for many years. In 2001, she returned to Milwaukee to run her family’s business, the Harri Hoffmann Co., Inc., a manufacturer of shoe and leather care products.
She is past president of Lake Park Synagogue, a member of the board and executive committee of the Wisconsin Institute for Torah Study and the Orthodox Union of America, and a member of the executive committee of the Nathan & Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Research Center.
Judith is a native of Houston, Texas. She attended Washington University in St. Louis, majoring in business and accounting, and spent her junior year at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Judith and Rabbi Melech Lensky
Melech grew up in the Milwaukee area. A graduate of Columbia University, he attended the University of Michigan Law School.
Both moved to Chicago, met in 1985 at a synagogue there, and were married in 1989. They decided to spend the first year of their marriage studying in Israel. That reawakened in Melech a desire to become a rabbi.
Melech studied at Hebrew Theological College, while Judith worked at a local accounting firm. Melech received ordination in 1997, and became rabbi of a synagogue in Worcester, Mass., for six years.
Melech next completed the chaplaincy-training program at Aurora Sinai Medical Center in Milwaukee. He now serves as a staff chaplain at Froedtert Hospital. Judith works at a local accounting firm.
Judith has served on the board of directors and finance committee of Yeshiva Elementary School, co-chaired its raffle, volunteered for the Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Super Sunday, and spoken for Torah Academy of Milwaukee’s career enrichment program.
Melech serves on YES’ board of education and TAM’s board of directors, is the executive director of a Jewish cemetery, and teaches and speaks in a number of venues.
Milwaukeean Loeb has been active in the community since grade school, when she joined the National Council of Jewish Women’s Councilettes.
Over the years, she has been president of the sisterhood of Congregation Beth Jehudah, a member of the PTA of Hillel Academy, a chair of committees and a board member of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, a Jewish Family Services board member and volunteer, among other activities.
The second recipient of Wisconsin JNF’s Next Generation Leadership Award, Markey is a recent honors graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he majored in political science with certificates in business and Jewish studies.
He first traveled to Israel on a Birthright Israel trip in January 2010. For the fall semester of his senior year, he studied at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He later volunteered through the JNF’s Alternative Spring Break program and its Blueprint Negev campaign. He is interning in Washington, D.C., as a legislative assistant with the legal counsel for the Anti-Defamation League.
Jay and Bobby Miller met when they were students at the University of Illinois almost 45 years ago.
Jay and Bobby Miller
Bobby is a life member of Hadassah, serving on its board; and she is active in Congregation Beth Israel. She is also a lifetime member of Jewish Women International, and has served on its regional board.
Jay teaches mathematics part-time at Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has been a member of Beth Israel’s board of trustees continuously since 1976. He served on many committees and taught in the CBI School of Jewish Studies for nine years. Jay is also a life member Associate of Hadassah.
Nadine Zuckerman is a retired psychiatric RN. She has been a member of Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun for for some 45 years, where she has been involved with the sisterhood, social action committee, and Lifelong Learning committee, among other activities.
She is also a life member of Hadassah, worked with the Community Mental Health Education Project of Jewish Family Service, been active in the Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters program of the National Council for Jewish Women, and volunteered at the Jewish Home and Care Center.
JNF National Vice President Bruce Gould will be the banquet’s guest speaker. Co-chairs of the banquet are Neena Florsheim, Linda Silberman, Merle Wasserman, and Robin Zaks.
The cost per person for the banquet is $70. The caterer is Karie’s Kitchen, Inc. For more information, or to make a reservation or donation, contact the JNF office at 414-963-8733.