Friday, November 9, 2012

On 11 November 2012

A Day To Remember: This Sunday, the Albuquerque Jewish community remembers our war veterans, our Holocaust survivors, and all their loved ones.

Congregation Albert   10:00 am

CA's special guest speaker is Jim Stanek, founder of Paws and Stripes™.
This program is FREE and open to all!  Advanced registration is not required.

Jim Stanek was sent home from his third tour in Iraq for injuries he received on deployment. After nine months in treatment at Brook Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX, Jim discovered that the most comfort and relief he found was in the presence of therapy dogs.

In May of 2010, Jim and his wife tried to obtain a trainer for their rescue dog, Sarge. They soon found out how difficult and expensive this process is. After being either turned down or unable to pay for service dogs from multiple organizations, the two looked at one another and agreed to start their own organization for veterans.

Incorporated in June of 2010, Paws and Stripes™ was born. Now, he has trained his own service dog, a process that he has found rewarding, relaxing, and more effective than any pill or therapy session.

Congregation B'nai Israel  10:00 am

Robert Sears entered the Marine Corps in July, 1983 and retired as a Gunnery Sergeant in Oct., 2003. Gunnery Sergeant Sears served as a radio operator, rifleman, fire team leader, squad leader, Platoon Sergeant and Commander, as well as tactics instructor and drill instructor.

He was assigned to Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, 3rd Battalion 9th Marines, Instructor at School of Infantry, 1st Battalion 7th Marines.  Also, 1st Recruit Training Regiment, 1st Tank Battalion, 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance  Battalion. 4th Royal Australian Regiment.

Sears’ final assignment was as Drill Instructor at Marine Corps Training and Education command.  He did combat tours in Desert Shield, Storm as well as Restore Hope in Somalia. After retirement, Sears became a Sheriff’s Deputy and is currently assigned to the SWAT team.

His awards are Navy/Marine Corps Jump Wing, Kuwait Liberation Medal and the Kuwait Liberation Medal K, Sea Service Ribbon 7th award, Meritorious Unit Citation, Navy Unit Citation, National Defense Medal, Good Conduct Medal 7th award, Combat Action Ribbon 2nd Award. Humanitarian Service Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal 2nd award, Navy/Marine Corps Accommodation Medal, Distinguished Service Medal.

Cost: $10 per person  Veterans Free!

New Mexico Holocaust & Tolerance Museum  2:00 pm

- At Albuquerque Academy -

Corrie Remembers is a powerful one-woman dramatization by Susan Sandager, who portrays Corrie ten Boom, a Christian woman who hid Jews in her home during the Holocaust.

Tickets are available from Brown Paper Tickets or at the door. A sumptuous dessert reception follows the performance.

This museum fundraiser will serve as a remembrance of Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass) which occurred throughout much of Nazi Germany in 1938 on the nights of November 9 and 10. Organized bands of Nazis torched synagogues and vandalized Jewish homes, schools and businesses. Close to 100 Jews were killed. In the aftermath, 30,000 Jewish men were arrested and sent to Nazi concentration camps.


As for Abq Jew: here is a tribute to the WWII Marines who fought in the Pacific. The music is John

Shabbat Shalom, Albuquerque!
Good Shabbos, New Mexico!

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