Veterans Day Memorial Service at Sandler Campus

by | Dec 7, 2012 | Other News

Captain James Eilberg (Retired) leads the service.

Captain James Eilberg (Retired) leads the service.

Approximately 60 people attended Tidewater Jewish Foundation’s third annual Veterans Day Memorial Service on Monday, Nov. 12. The Jewish War Veterans Monument, located on the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus of the Tidewater Jewish Community, was unveiled in 2010. The monument was made possible by the diligence and integrity of a group of local veterans.

Randy Parrish, chief financial officer of TJF delivered opening remarks and Captain James Eilberg (Retired) conducted the service. Rear Admiral Janet R. Donovan was the guest speaker.

Rear Admiral Donovan’s career has consisted of numerous commands both nationally and internationally. She has also merited several awards throughout her career including the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (gold star) and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two gold stars). Rear Admiral Donovan was nominated to flag rank in 2012 and will serve as Deputy Judge Advocate General (Reserve Affairs and Operations).

Rear Admiral Donovan, along with her husband Daniel and daughter Bridget, reside in Chesapeake. Their middle daughter Jacqueline is a student at the University of Virginia and their eldest daughter, Katharine, is an Elon College graduate and a 2nd lieutenant in the Air Force. They are members of Congregation Beth Chaverim.

Cantor Elihu Flax of Beth Sholom Village, Rabbi Arthur Steinberg of Ohef Sholom Temple, and Rabbi Israel Zoberman of Congregation Beth Chaverim, all participated in the service.

TJF extends its profound gratitude to veterans and active duty military personnel for their tireless service in protecting this great nation.

It is still possible to honor a veteran by purchasing a paver at the Jewish War Veterans Monument. For information on pavers, contact Benita Watts at 757-965-6123 or Funds collected from the sale of pavers are used to maintain the monument.