– by Marla Cohen
The Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly will hold a ceremony honoring the Jewish military personnel who have served the U.S. on Tuesday, November 11, Veteran’s Day, at the National Harbor in Maryland.
The program will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center at 201 Waterfront Street, and will include both active-duty and retired chaplains who will share their own personal experiences serving Jewish men and women of the U.S. armed forces.
In addition to readings from the chaplains’ wartime experiences, the tribute will include video saluting the service of Jews in the military between World War I and the present. The Jewish Chapel Choir of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point will also take part in the ceremony.
The Jewish Community Centers’ Jewish Welfare Board (JWB) program will take center stage at the ceremony. JWB was created to administer to Jewish servicemen’s needs, and to vouch for the authenticity of the rabbis serving as chaplains. JWB’s chairman, Rabbi Frank Waldorf, said that “three dozen rabbis serve an estimated 10,000 American Jews serving around the globe.”
JWB is looking forward to its 100th anniversary, which will coincide with the U.S. entry into World War I.