November 24th, 2007
Love your friends, family and community
THE STORY OF SEUSS
On September 26th, 1991, Morris Adler AZA #1885 conducted a board meeting. Th e 1991 Summer board consisted of Aleph Godol Justin Newman, Aleph Sgan Brian Gitlin, Aleph Moreh Kevin Schwartz, Aleph Corresponding Mazkir Craig Gilford, Aleph Recording Mazkir Doron Holan, Aleph Gizbor Lowell Doppelt, Aleph Sopher Assaf Resnick, Aleph Historian Shotare Stuart Ort, and Aleph Kohen Godol Joel Papo. Some chapter problems were being discussed such as communications, leadership, and non-involvement. We brainstormed and came up with a list of ideas. Big Aleph / Litt le Aleph, co-offi cers, perspective overnights, 4 month terms, committ ee work, start a new chapter, consistent community service events, more informal gatherings, committ ees to call new Alephs, kidnap events, celebrate everyones birthday, and create a Mo-Ad council. Of all these ideas, the idea of starting a new chapter sparked something in me. Th is concept has been around for as long as I can remember, and usually I would be the fi rst one to bat it down. Th is time, I thought about it and it sounded like an interesting plan. Aft er the meeting, Dan Appleman (Morris Adlers Advisor), Brian Gitlin, and I spent a couple of hours pondering the idea. We questioned who would do it and other such technicalities. Th e three of us agreed that shared recruiting territory, which helped add to the failure. Aft er some further discussion, I decided that if it were to happen then I would like to be a part of it. Th e next evening was Advisor Appreciation Night. Aft er the festivities of the evening Jason Doppelt (Th e Council Aleph Moreh and Aleph of Mo-Ad), Brian Gitlin, Dan Appleman, Steve Kline (Mo-Ads advisor), and I went back to my house to further explore this concept. At this meeting, Joel Papo and Dan Appleman decided to join this venture. Both Dan and Joel felt that they could do more for the new chapter than they could do for Morris Addler. Th en we discussed some fi ne details. We decided that the base of the new chapter would be in Sunnyvale and Cupertino. Morris Addler Alephs who live there now would have a choice of which chapter they want to be in. Th ey needed to decide by October 20, 1991, the date of elections. Th is was to prevent Alephs from losing an election and then deciding to switch, in spite of AZA. On October 3rd 1991, a regular Morris Adler business meeting was used solely to discuss the new chapter. Two hours of open discussion were followed by an almost unanimous vote. On October 12th, before a Mo-Ad event, all of the Cupertino and Sunnyvale Alephs were invited to discuss a name for the new chapter. We came up with, Joseph Korret AZA, Judea AZA, Natan Yahoo AZA, Moses AZA, Leonard Nernoy AZA, Sammy Davis Jr. AZA, Mel Brooks AZA, and Dr. Th eodor Seuss Geisel AZA. Dr. Seuss was the obvious choice. Th e next step was to compile a list of Mo-Ad Alephs who were interested in switching. Th ey were: Joel Pappo; Brett Kociol; Aloni Kramer; Michael Monarch; Assaf Resnik; Matt Solnit; Alex Scherbakovsky; Adam Lipman; Eyal Soha; Josh Parees; and Justin Newman. Th ey, as well as Josh Kashinsky, Dubi Mor, and Mark Wald, became the charter Alephs of Dr. Th eodor Seuss Geisel AZA#195. Elections came up quickly and the departing Alephs were allowed to vote. I was elected as Aleph Kohen Godol for the Winter 1991-1992 term. Th e following weekend was the Judaism Education Convention. Mo-Ad (including the Seuss men) dressed up at each meal. As far as the council was concerned, we were still a part of MoAd. the fi rst council event that we were and offi cial AZA chapter was at Fraternity Weekend (November 8th-10th, 1991), which was att ended by Seuss Alephs. Th e day aft er JEC was Mo-Ads installation ceremony. Aft er the traditional new board / old board dinner, Morris Addler, JSZ, and parents met at Beth David to conduct the ceremony. Following the installing and uninstalling of the offi cers, we engaged in a spectacular induction ceremony for the Alephs of Dr. Seuss Dan Appleman; our advisor, led a very inspirational and touching induction by fi rst calling myself and Josh Kashkinsky up to the podium. Th is signifi ed the oldest Aleph and the newest Aleph ( Josh joined that evening). Th e two of us lit the rest of the Alephs candles as they came up. As the Alephs of Dr. Seuss whole heatedly sung the fi rst offi cial rendition of Seuss on the Loose!, our chapter cheer, Mo-Ad also gave a rousing version of Wam Bam. Th en, both chapters joined together to sing an intense chorus of Up You Men. Th e ceremony was very fraternal and special to the Seuss Alephs. For Tomorrow and Today, Aleph Justin Isaac Newman Founding Aleph
We, the countless individuals that wish to express our utmost appreciation for your selfl ess dedication to our content, would like to extend our gratitude to you for truly doing everything in your power to care solely about those surrounding you while forgetting yourself. In similarity to the Guy Berger story you often relay regarding his forgetting a ride home for himself while arranging rides for the rest of his brother alephs; we are honored to be deemed your lifelong family and friends. Your actions refl ect Guy Bergers story extended for nearly an entire lifetime, and we are in shock at such an incredibly selfl ess way of life. You have given so much to us all, and it is now our turn to attempt to reward your achievements and the love you have given us with as much recognition as humanly possible. Our attempt at balancing the amount of good you have done for all of us with an equal representation of our endless appreciation is obviously futile, but at least you now know how much of an impact you have made on so many lives and hopefully this will fuel your passion to continue doing so for hundreds upon hundreds of new Alephs.
This memory book is meant for you to glance at when you are feeling blue, alone, or dismayed. For one short moment in your life, set aside your humility, and realize how much you have meant to each of us. You have provided us with opportunities we could have never imagined, with care we could have never foreseen, and with friendship we could have never earned. Whenever you feel as though your work has gone unappreciated, as though you are disconnected, as though you are no longer necessary know that such assumptions are horribly incorrect. This book is here to remind you that we will never leave your side, because what you have given us is beyond anything that can be expressed in a physical sense and we are endlessly grateful. We will always be there to represent the good you have done throughout your years, the good you are doing presently, and the good you will continue doing in the future. Your every action is infi nitely appreciated. We love you, please continue making a difference in our lives and the lives of others.
In Honor of Your Selfl ess Actions Yesterday,
And Passionate Dedication to Tikun Olam Everyday,
Your Lifelong Companions for Tomorrow and Today
I was never a man of many words, meaningful words at least, so it is hard for me to simply tell you how much I appreciate you. From all the years you made sure we didnt kill each other at events to all the advice you gave me as Godol, I am forever grateful to your commitment not
only to AZA, but to us the Alephs as well. Your dedication to Dr. Seuss AZA and love of its Alephs are the reason why Seussians are
the greatest in the world.
Thank you Dan, for all of the help you ever gave the chapter, for sticking with us through thick and thin, and thank you for being there for me.
Dr. Seuss AZA #195
Dan has been an inspiration to all. His laid back, nonchalant attitude is what makes Seuss such a great chapter. What he has provided me has been invaluable and I carry the lessons he has taught me to this day. Dan, thank you so much for all your help. I could not have gotten to where I am today
We feel very lucky that our son, R
oi, got attracted
to Dr. Seuss AZA several years a
go and it became
part of his life and his identity.
You were a guide,
a mentor, and an inspiration for
him. We are very
grateful for that.
Lilia (Lilach) and Alex Bachmut
Dear Dan,Wed like to thank you for the great and dedicated job that you are doing with
the AZA boys in general and our son, Ofek, in particular. We can see the results
and appreciate them everyday. Youre an exceptional person, and everything
well write wont describe how much you give to these boys. We wish you all the best and many more years of great work.
Ko Lechai,The Lavian Family
You have been instrumental in paving the way for our three children, distilling your value system and inspiring their leadership skills during their AZA membership period. We are sure that they will carry these values and qualities through the rest of their life. Thank you so much for your enormous dedication and contribution to the Dr. Seuss AZA Chapter.
Rachel and Shabtay Matalon
When a person enters AZA and decides he wants to become active in his chapter or region, hell look to others for guidance and advice so that he may fulfill his goals and aspirations while taking on a leadership role in the organization. To me, you were one of these people. Even though we hailed from separate chapters, our connection didnt feel that way. Your knowledge not only assisted those inside Dr. Seuss AZA, but anyone who knew well enough to seek your counsel. I can safely say that you have been a role m