Community Life Events

to everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.


Proud Parent Alert!

Susie and Lou Schmuckler’s daughter Hannah is well known in our community as she has been on the bimah for the High Holidays singing with Kari Uman and Deb Kamins for years. So, we’d like to offer our congratulations to Hannah on her acceptance into the Master’s Program at UVA’s School of Data Science. She will begin the program this June.  Congratulations to the smart student and her proud parents!


We share joy in saying hello to new life - Mazel Tov!

Bob and Fran welcome their 4th grandson!
Caleb was born March 27, 2021 4:59 am (7 pounds 12 ounces, 20 1/2 inches)
Robyn and Carter’s second child;  big brother is 14 month-old Levi.






Former member and past Board Member Lindsey Iacovino shared news
of “the best early Valentine we ever received:”

Madeline Kelly Jaycock was born on Feb 11, 2021, to our daughter Shanna, and her husband, Chris Jaycock.  “Maddie” arrived at 6 lbs 2 oz, with bright blue eyes and in perfect health.  First grand baby for both sides of the family, so you can imagine the excitement.  Her Virginia grandparents, Paul and Lindsey, hope to travel to Breckenridge, CO in April to meet her.  Her British grandparents will be headed across the Pond just as soon as they can.


Mazel Tov to Hope and Ray Aponte on their new granddaughter!

Her name, Camila Sydney, includes a middle name for Hope’s Dad.
As Hope shared, “the baby is beautiful. We visited last weekend… pure joy.”


Davood and Liz Sedaghatfar are Kvelling over a New Grandson!
Welcome, Bodie Finn McAlister
(Davood calls it “a nice-ish Jewish name”)
Born: 12/11/20
7lbs 6oz
Proud parents: Abigail and Scott McAllister
Big Brother: Jaden


The Caring Committee is With You in Good Times and Bad

G’milut Hassadim.
Our community recognizes our responsibility to care for one another as we fulfill the mitzvot of acts of loving kindness.
Our Caring Committee provides support, solace, and outreach to Shoreshim members and their families during times of illness, loss, and grief, and simchas. The committee extends a hand when our members need it most, as well as times of joyful beginnings and milestones.
Caring Committee actions include making and delivering meals, doing errands or chores, making home visits, and more. For members experiencing a death in the family, we can help to plan shiva minyan arrangements.
If you or a Shoreshim member you know needs support, please tell us. Without your help, we may never know that someone is in need.
Please contact Robin Feldman at dancerobin@verizon.net, or 703-340-6920


A Few Helpful Resources for New Parents
 (and Grandparents!)

Baby Naming 101 Offers a brief overview and sampling of ceremonies.
What to expect at a baby naming? Overview of basic traditions with links to answer questions.
Brit Milah for Our Son and  Baby Girl Naming Ceremony are sample ceremonies.


We share sorrow in saying goodbye - our sincere condolences.

Yvette Gluck’s sister, Tammy.

Tammy died on February 6, and Yvette gave permission to share this post:
You might have heard on the news, or in the newspapers, about the tragic death of my sister, Tammy Rhode. She was visiting in New York, and crossing the street, when she was hit and run over by an enormous dumpster truck. I can’t express how difficult this is for our family and for everyone who knows her. She expresses her personality in her smile She did not deserve this (no one does). She leaves behind a son.
We are having a simple graveside service with family.
The investigation will be ongoing for awhile so we won’t know whether there will be an arrest or charges brought against the driver. The newspapers have jumped the gun on their conclusions. At this time there are no conclusions.
We will have an obituary and guest book available online at Sol Levinson Funeral Home in Pikesville.
Life can bring incredibly terrible blows, and I know you all feel for us in your hearts.


The Hull family has suffered a loss.

Jane Hull’s sister, John Hull’s sister-in-law and Alana’s aunt, Margie Jeffcoat, passed away on November 21st after a long illness.  Margie lived in Haverford, Pennsylvania with her husband, Bob Jeffcoat.  She had a distinguished career in dentistry, and you can read the article below about her career.  Due to COVID situation, a family grave site service will be held at a later date.

You can read about Margie’s work for the American Dental Association in this ADA tribute.


Rini Feill’s loving tribute to her mom

With deep sadness I inform you that my mom passed away on Saturday, 12/12/2020. She was a modest woman with an unusual strength, that was manifested with her straggle, amazing creation and art. As a child, she couldn’t see his father that was far away, in the Jewish Brigade. Her language with her father was through drawing. She continued and elaborated this language and took it much further as an established artist. Her father came home, but shortly after joined the Israeli developing little army that fought for its independence. Unfortunately, at one of many battles her father was killed.
The meaning of family, father, sisters and brothers that was so familiar to her peers were absent in her life. Even to get to her only mom, who worked in the dairy burn, she had to cross through frightening bulls. My mom’s secret wish was to have a family. Her wish came through by marrying my father, Benny, a lovely family man. With him, they brought to the world and raised six kids, while he gave her the freedom to study and develop her huge artistic talents even when it was far away from home.
My mom was wrapped with her loving family until the end of her life. Now, with her wonderful life work, I hope she is resting in peace.


May Their Memory Be For a Blessing.

Many of us commemorate the Yahrzeit (Anniversary) of the passing of relatives by lighting a candle on the appropriate date. As a reminder and to acknowledgethat date, Shoreshim will include the date in a Remembrance Section on our web site’s Members only section.
If you wish to participate, please contact Jerry Gordon at pilldoc50@gmail.com.