Approximately 60 people attended Tidewater Jewish Foundation’s annual Veterans Day Memorial Ceremony on Monday, Nov. 11. Philip Rovner, president and CEO of TJF, welcomed guests at the monument and Captain James Eilberg, SC, USN (Ret), officiated. Cantor Aaron Sachnoff, USN; Cantor Elihu Flax; Rabbi Israel Zoberman, IDF (Ret); Captain Martin Snyder, MC, USN (Ret); and Rabbi Sender Haber also participated in the ceremony.
Captain Snyder spoke about tikkun olam, and how service to one’s country is so important. He shared that he could always tell whether a person had been in the military by the way they carried themselves. Snyder challenged those attending to always remember and “honor those who had and continue to serve our country, a proud tradition that is at the very center of the freedom we enjoy.”
The Jewish Veterans War Monument was completed and dedicated in 2010, after years of planning by many local Jewish veterans. Retired Army sergeant, Samuel “Sonny” Werth*, envisioned the memorial and spent timeless energy fundraising on its behalf to make the dream a reality. The Tidewater Jewish Foundation and the Sandler Family Campus are honored to house the beautiful monument, dedicated to all who have served with true bravery.
The Jewish War Veterans Post 158 meets monthly on the Sandler Family Campus. Contact Post Commander Adam Goldberg, USN, at 831-917-3996 or jwv. firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.
Memorial pavers are available for purchase to honor a veteran. Contact Shelby Tudor with TJF at 757-965-6105 or email@example.com for more information.
*of blessed memory