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Holocaust Remembrance Day 2015

The Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) - 2015

"If we wish to live and to bequeath life to our offspring, if we believe that we are to pave the way to the future, then we must first of all not forget."

These words, 60 years ago, by Professor Ben Zion Dinur (1984-1973), a Professor of history of Israel, at the Hebrew University, former Minister of Education and Culture of Israel and former President of Yad Vashem, well defines our duty as children, families and relatives of the Holocaust victims to commemorate the loss of six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust, as a result of the actions carried out by Nazi Germany and its accessories.
Once again, on the eve of Yom HaShoah, seventy years after World War II, the flags will be lowered to half-mast and Holocaust survivors will light six torches at the Warsaw Ghetto Square at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.

On Yom HaShoah in Israel, low-key songs are played on the radio, Holocaust documentaries are aired on television and public entertainment is closed.

At 10:00 a.m., an air raid siren sounds throughout the country and Israelis observe one minute of solemn reflection. Everything stops, and we remember. Remember and swear not to forget, not only after seventy years, but never.

Ten years ago the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a resolution on the Holocaust Remembrance, reaffirming that the Holocaust, which resulted in the murder of one third of the Jewish people, along with countless members of other minorities, will forever be a warning to all people of the dangers of hatred, bigotry, racism and prejudice. The resolution also rejects denial of the Holocaust as an historical event, either in full or part.

It is now for us, second and third generation to those millions who perished in the Holocaust and to those heroes who went through hell and survived, to preserve this tragedy as a living memory and at the same time to warmly embrace and help the survivors.

We can help in many ways, and we as Alpha Omegans should be proud of our unique Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program that is assisting vulnerable survivors with their oral health needs in nine North American cities (with more to be added soon). Please consider making a donation to the program through our North American Foundations:

AO Canadian Foundation Marlene Tenenbaum Memorial Fund: http://aofoundation.ca/aophilanthropy.html#henryscheincares

AO US Foundation
http://aofus.org/ways-contribute/donate-now/

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Adam Stabholz

International President 2015

AO Now April 2015 Member Newsletter

On behalf of the AO Board of Directors, we wish you a Happy Passover.  Please enjoy reading the April edition of the AO Now.

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  • Passover and Presidential Visitations Message
  • Modern Concepts in Dentistry Lecture & Dinner – April 18thAONowApril15 1
  • Detroit Mercy Upcoming Mission Trip
  • AO Grads Seeking Associate Positions
  • AO/HSC Holocaust Survivors Program Recognized by PR Newswire
  • Recent Chapter Events
  • Upcoming AO Events

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Passover Message from International President Adam Stabholz

Passing Through Our European Alpha Omega Chapters

In a few days, we will be celebrating Passover. Once again, our families and friends will gather around the Seder table to read the Haggadah and retell the story of the Exodus from Egypt. How the Israelites celebrated their freedom as a nation under the leadership of Moses, Aaron and Miriam on their way to the Promised Land.

For Ayala and me, it will be a particularly poignant Seder. Although we didn't quite spend 40 years wandering in Following the Kabbalat Shabbat in Cologne Europe as the Israelites did in the desert, we have just returned from a very exciting visit to our Alpha Omega chapters in Cologne, Toulouse, Strasbourg, Marseilles, Brussel and Paris. And the memories are still fresh.

We began in Cologne, Germany, at a Kabbalat Shabbat event with over 40 people, including local students and guests from France and Brazil (who are planning to form a new AO chapter there) who had come for the IDS, the largest dental exhibition in the world. It was a wonderful evening organized by Chapter President Dani Fuhrman. From there, Philippe Levy and Stefan Abitbol, the European Regent, took us to Strasbourg, where then we boarded the plane to Toulouse.

Toulouse 1Michel Knafo, past President of the Toulouse Chapter, welcomed us at the airport and took us to the Otzar HaTorah School, site of the tragic terror attack three years ago. The school is now named in memory of 9-year-old Miriam, daughter of Mr. Monsenego, the school principal, who came specially to speak to us.

That was a very emotional meeting. He told us about his family in Jerusalem (who we know) and about the Toulouse Alpha Omega Chapter and their involvement in the Jewish community. We were also stunned to hear that the day of our visit was the precise anniversary of the day his little Miriam lost her life.

In the merit of the Biblical Miriam, Moses' sister, the Israelites had life-giving water throughout their trek through the desert. Here too in Toulouse, Miriam's legacy is the continued affirmation of goodness, optimism and life. 

Later we attended a memorial service for the victims in the main synagogue at the impressive Jewish Community Center. We also had dinner there with members of the 23-year-old AO chapter. This is a wonderfully active chapter with young students as well, bringing much pride and honor to Alpha Omega.

The next day we travelled by train to Marseilles and attended the AO Chapter meeting at the Jewish Community Center there. It was thrilling for us to see young students joining the chapter and I had the pleasure of presenting them with special certificates.  The event – organized by Charles Levy, current Chapter President, Thierry Meyer the incoming President and other members – also included a dinner and an impressive continuing education program. It was a real pleasure to visit this expanding chapter, meeting many old friends and getting to know some new ones.

Our fourth stop was Strasbourg. Philippe and Corinne Levy were wonderful hosts and we thoroughly enjoyed being with them and the AO members in their beautiful city. We had a lunch meeting at the dental school with the Dean, Prof. Corinne Taddei, and the members of the AO Strasbourg Chapter board (Philippe Levy, Thierry Roos,Strasbourg 1 Henry Tenenbaum, Maurice Dahan, Agnes Bloch-Zupan and Moshe Hamou) to plan the placing of the sixth "Tree of Peace" sculpture (the first in Europe) at the entrance to the dental school. Hedva Ser, the sculptress, came especially from Paris for the occasion.  

We also met the AO members and students who came to enjoy an excellent clinical presentation by Frederick Chiche followed by dinner. We especially enjoyed our conversations with the students who asked many questions about Alpha Omega and life in Israel. We left confident in the knowledge that the Strasbourg Chapter is nurturing excellent leaders for the future and its activities are highly appreciated by the local community.

Brussels 5As we arrived in Brussels, we were welcomed by Chapter President Maxime Dahan. We were overjoyed to find a dynamic and vibrant chapter with 50 alumni members and 70 students. Some had come from France to study in Belgium. Under the inspiring leadership of Maxime and Treasurer Serge Ouziel – with Albert Fessel and Andre Amiach as their mentors – the chapter has been revitalized over the last three years and become a real success story.

We joined the members for a fascinating and well-attended continuing education program where Stefan Coubi from Marseille presented an outstanding lecture on Dental Esthetics. We also visited the Jewish Museum in Brussels, where four people lost their lives last year in another terror attack.                                                         

This museum and all other synagogues and institutions are now under 24/7 surveillance – a reminder of the world we are living in and reinforcing the need for an organization like Alpha Omega in which we are able to support each other.                                                                       

It was very encouraging to hear the students say how proud they are to be in Alpha Omega and that indeed most of the Jewish dentists in Brussels, are AO members.                          

Our final destination was Paris, where we had the opportunity to meet many good friends. We participated in a special meeting with a group of Jewish dentists considering joining forces with the AO Paris chapter and operating under the aegis of the Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity. I hope this move will come to fruition and that the Paris chapter will soon become one of our larger chapters.

We are home now preparing for the Seder. Albeit Ayala and I are in the Promised Land but we left Europe excited about the promising future in all of our chapters. We felt very proud to be part of this wonderful Alpha Omega family.                         

And we wish you all a very happy and enjoyable Passover!

AO Now March 2015 Member Newsletter

Happy Purim from AO!  February and March have been very busy for our members and friends.  This issue is filled with wonderful news as well as information about upcoming events. 

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March Issue Highlights:

  • Presidential Message
  • ELP Meeting:  From Start to Success --- March 8th!
  • Cologne Kabbalat Shabbat--- March 13th
  • Message from Ben Williamowsky
  • 2014 Convention Photos Now Available
  • Call for Fraternity Board Nominations & AO Awards
  • Alpha Omegan Reprint of Periodontal Prosthesis
  • Lecture & Dinner Honoring Morton Amsterdam --- April 18th
  • 2014 Student Delegate Reports
  • Tel Aviv University White Coat Ceremony
  • DC Member Wins US Foundation Gift
  • AO Boston + Kosher Dental Study Club
  • European Convention in London --- June 2015
  • Students Out & About
    • Pi Chapter Installation
    • Beta Delta Brunch
    • USC Student Mikaela Goodman Honored with Scholarship
    • Midwestern (IL) Rush Event
  • 2015 International Convention in Washington, DC

Alpha Omegan Journal Winter 2014/15

The Alpha Omegan Winter 2014/15 issue is a special reprint of Dr. Morton Amsterdam's Periodontal Prosthesis Retrospect from the Alpha Omegan December 1974.  Dr. Ronald Goldstein was the International Editor for the 1974 issue and he contributed a summary of his experience for the current journal.  

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Happy 90th Birthday PIP Ben Williamowsky!

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Celebrating Members with 50+ Years in AO - Revised List!

March 19:  There were several fraters who informed us that their names were left off the original list.  We have added their names and the revised document is below.

It started as a simple idea---to thank those fraters who have been loyal AO members for 50 or more years.

50 Years Stamp We have a 50 Year pin so why not have a list to share with everyone?

We spent a few months researching those names from our database files. We double, cross-checked and even called other members to make our best attempt to recognize this special group of fraters.  

We know that some names may have been accidentally missing from the list or unfortunately, a frater has passed away and AO HQ was never informed.  We tried our best. 

On behalf of the AO International Board of Directors, Officers, and members, we want to thank and honor those who have stayed the course with AO.
 

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AO Now February 2015 Member Newsletter

AO has several events coming up in the next few months --either sponsored by International or our local chapters.  Please try to participate in these events if you can. 

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In this February issue:AONowFeb15 medium

  • AO Dinner at Chicago Midwinter Meeting – February 26th
  • Emerging Leaders Program – NYC – March 8th
  • Kabbalat Shabbat – Cologne –  March 13th
  • Welcome New AO Members!
  • European Convention in London
  • Lecture Honoring Morton Amsterdam – April 18th
  • LECOM Initiation
  • AO Member Creates Wine Tour of Israel
  • Chapter Newsletters
  • Jonanthan Shenkin Receives Fulbright Grant
  • International Convention – Washington, DC

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Heidi Weber

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Please contact Heidi Weber, Executive Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 301-738-6400, for more information about Alpha Omega or about the individuals listed below. 


Perry Brickman, DDS -  2012 AO Convention:  Speaking at Opening Business Session 

Michael Spektor, DDS - 2012 International President 

Marcy Schwartzman, DMD - 2012 International President-Elect 

Adam Stabholz, DMD - 2012 Achievement Medal Award Recepient 

R. Bruce Donoff, DMD, MD - 2011 Achievement Medal Award Winner

Fred Margolis, DDS - 2011 Meritorious Service Award Winner

 

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