Chapter 2 -- Walking the Walk
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Yiches has also come to be associated with
the individual who makes his colleagues, associates, and/or his family,
just plain proud. In the case of Bruce Rogers, a grandson of
Morris Rubenstein, the yiches derives from how he walks the walk,
as well as how he gives public voice to Jewish values we share.
The importance Bruce attaches to the education programs that the Nashville Jewish Federation supports in Nashville's synagogues is as strong as it was in 1998. Speaking before the Federation at that time, he said, "...when homes are not Jewish, the children in them tend not to be Jewish either." A fifth synagogue has opened since then, one that does not require membership. It may thus attract more enrollees in its classes than it would have otherwise, Bruce said, approving of this turn of events.
On tour in Ukraine at the end of 1997, he and 11 other leading Jewish citizens of Nashville were looking for the results of support from its Jewish Federation. They stopped in at "the warm house," a small, heated apartment in Chernigov. Because the Jewish community there was without a synagogue, this small, heated apartment had been provided as a meeting place. "We support our Jewish Community Center," Bruce later told the Federation, "so it can be a warm house for all Nashville's Jews."
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