Written by Stu Kushner

B’nai Israel Congregation’s Mitzvah day

Dear Amity Club President Wollins,

Steve, I have been meaning to write and thank you again for all the wonderful help (and donations) the Amity Club of Washington provided to B’nai Israel Congregation’s Mitzvah day!  There are countless places where your members could donate your time so we especially appreciate that you picked B’nai.

We were able to include a prominent mention of your group in our post-event write up and appreciated that you sent us a write up.  A pdf copy of the article is attached.

In addition we’ve attached some pictures taken of the group, which you are welcome to use.  Hopefully you will consider participating in B’nai Israel’s Mitzvah Day next time.

Thanks again and Shalom,

Elizabeth H. Bono
Program Associate to Rabbi Michael Safra
B’nai Israel Congregation


Written by Stu Kushner

Ralph B. Rothstein, 1924 – 2010

Ralph B. RothsteinRalph Rothstein, a Washington D.C. native, passionate philanthropist, champion for dental health in the United States and Israel, and a pillar of the Washington, D.C. Jewish community, lost his battle to cancer on December 19. He died at his home in Chevy Chase, MD.

Along with a legacy that will be felt for generations to come, Ralph left his bride, Bette, of just short of 65 years, four children, 13 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

After graduating from Roosevelt High School at 16, Rothstein continued his education at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Rothstein began his passion for dentistry at an early age growing up working at Rothstein Dental Laboratories in DC, which was started by his father, Robert J. Rothstein, in 1906. During World War II, he continued expanding his skills at the Central Dental Laboratory in Fort McPherson, Georgia.

After he finished his service, he and his wife returned to Washington. Ralph continued to work with his father for the next 30 plus years helping to expand Rothstein Dental Laboratories into the largest dental lab in the world. Notwithstanding its size, the lab maintained a strong commitment to helping those less fortunate by performing pro-bono services for 41 years for the Hebrew Home of Washington, The Jewish Social Service Agency, and several other charitable organizations. Rothstein also received an award from President Lyndon Johnson for his employment of individuals with special needs.

He was a member of The Dental Laboratory Conference, the largest international dental laboratory association, where he held several key roles before being installed as the youngest president ever elected. He served two terms in this role, which had never been done previously.

Rothstein had an impact not only on the dental community in Washington and in the United States, but also in Israel, where his work helped to revive the struggling dental school at Tel Aviv University. His commitment to establishing a base of strong dental health for the country, coupled with his powerful development skills, helped to raise the university’s dental school to a level of international renown. Rothstein received an honorary degree from the University and served on its Board of Governors for many years.

In 1985, Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity honored Rothstein as someone who had made a worthy commitment to dentistry by bestowing honorary membership on him – an honor given to his father 18 years earlier. In later years, he received a meritorious service award from the Fraternity for his work helping to establish the Alpha Omega Foundation. Rothstein also was a member of the DC Dental Society.

Rothstein and his father share many honors, but none greater than having both received the Shem Tov Award, “The Crown of a Good Name,” from the Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C, in recognition of their service to the Washington community.

Rothstein was the beloved husband of Bette M. Rothstein; father of Robin Rothstein Berman and her husband Robert, Randy Rothstein and his wife Sheri, Audrey Rothstein and her husband Frank Lipson, Russell Rothstein and his wife Susan; brother of Miriam Feldman and her late husband Dr. Irvin Feldman, Dr. Irving Rothstein and his wife Lorain. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren, Dr. Evan Lipson, Jennifer Katz, Benjamin Berman, Natasha Berman,  Rebecca Berman, Daniel Schreibstein, Julie Lipson, Robert Rothstein, Lauren Rothstein, Melissa Rothstein, Bradley Rothstein, Louis Rothstein, Richard Rothstein and two great-grandchildren, Bella and Emma Lipson.

Written by Stu Kushner

Giving Back

Amity members feel a strong pride in using their collective muscle in contributing to community needs. From building sukkot to repairing homes and making sandwiches, Amity members are there to help. In addition, a portion of annual dues goes to charitable contributions. Here is a partial list of organizations benefiting from Amity generosity:

  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Anti-Defamation League
  • American Friends of Tel Aviv University
  • American ORT Federation
  • Autism Speaks
  • Chai Lifeline
  • Children’s Inn at NIH
  • Jewish War Veterans
  • Friends of Allison Atlas
  • Jewish Community Center
  • Jewish Council for Aging
  • Jewish Social Services
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
  • Montgomery County Stroke Association, Inc.
  • National Holocaust Museum
Written by Stu Kushner

Amity Works with Rebuilding Together

Amity members worked with the Montgomery County, Md group, Building Together, to help renovate a home in Kensington, Md. The effort is called Sukkot in April. The group got off to an early start and assisted with the initial phases of the project by removing junk, some landscaping and cleaning the walls in preparation of painting. It will take 3 full weekends and the efforts of dozens of volunteers to renovate the home of Ms. T.  The day was very productive and rewarding for everyone involved.

Front row – Norm Ressin, Steve Wollins, Ms. T, Stu Kushner
Back row – Terry Vann, Linda Vann, Roz Black, Rob Black, Jamie Black, Jared Maier
Written by Stu Kushner

Dana Milbank speaks at Woodmont Country Club Outing

Photo Collage

A collage of photos taken by Sid Burns at the Amity Club outing at Woodmont Country Club. The speaker was Dana Milbank.

Dana Milbank writes the Washington Sketch column about political theater in the capital. He joined The Post as a political reporter in 2000, after two years as a senior editor of The New Republic and eight years with the Wall Street Journal. He is also author of two political books, Homo Politicus (Doubleday, 2008) and Smashmouth (Basic Books, 2001). He lives in Washington with his wife and daughter.

Click on the photo to see a larger version.

Written by Stu Kushner

85 Years and Going Strong

STAR 150x150Washington, DC — The Amity Club of Washington, a philanthropic and social club for active and retired businessmen serving the Washington DC area, celebrated its 85th birthday this year. The group started in 1924 as a small, card playing club and has evolved into one of the premier men’s clubs in the Washington DC area.

For its members, golf outings or dinner/speaker events are held monthly. This year’s golf tournaments included Hunter’s Oak Country Club, Montgomery Country Club, Chartwell Country Club, Hunt Valley Golf Club and Lake Presidential Golf Club. At these events, members enjoy new and unfamiliar premier golf courses, camaraderie, and the opportunity to support worthwhile charities. Dinner events often feature prominent guest speakers from politics, media and sports. This year’s slate of speakers includes Washington Post Sports columnist Tom Boswell, Yaron Sfadyah from the Israeli Embassy, and ESPN baseball analyst Tim Krirkjian.

Amity also supports numerous organizations through its charitable foundation. For 2009 and in recent years, the Amity Club of Washington was proud to have made donations to numerous charities, including:

  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Anti-Defamation League
  • American Friends of Magen David Adon
  • American Friends of Tel Aviv Univ
  • American ORT Federation
  • Autism Speaks
  • Chai Lifeline
  • Children’s Inn at NIH
  • Jewish War Veterans
  • Friends of Allison Atlas
  • Jewish Community Center
  • Jewish Council for Aging
  • Jewish Foundation for Group Homes
  • Jewish Social Services
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
  • Montgomery Child Care
  • Montgomery County Stroke Association, Inc.
  • National Holocaust Museum
  • Volunteer Braille
  • Whitman Walker AIDS Clinic

Members are kept up to date on all club activities through our monthly newsletter, which also makes mention of member birthdays and wedding anniversaries as well as any “good and welfare” news. Our website also features a business directory of member services and “in memoriam” tribute pages to members that have passed away.

Past President Ralph Rothstein, who was born the same year that the Amity Club was founded, fondly recalls, “My Dad was one of the Founding Fathers of Amity in 1924. His enthusiasm for the Club rubbed off on my brother and me – we both joined Amity in 1946 and have been active members ever since. My two sons have been members for over twenty years. We have all made life long friendships.”

Added current President Adam Warshavsky, “Amity’s roots run deep in the Washington DC region. The club’s rich traditions of fellowship, camaraderie and charity are alive and well in all of its members”.

Written by Stu Kushner

Board Meeting on September 21st

Adam is calling on all Executive Officers and Board Members to attend a meeting on Monday, September 21st. Items to be discussed include:

  • The New Website
  • Paypal

Do you have any other issues or ideas for the Board to discuss? Email Adam and we will add it to the agenda. Or, let us know as you fill out the form below.

Location of Meeting: Potomac Grill
Time: 6:30pm

Written by Stu Kushner

Harry Hofberg passes at age of 94

Harry Hofberg

Harry was one of Amity’s shining spirits. We will fondly remember our cherished times with him.

For many years, Harry selflessly sat on the Board of Directors and helped to coordinate our outings and group communications. His contribution was priceless. Last year, we honored Harry as a Member for Life. Selfishly, we hoped he would hold that honor for many more years.

Harry passed away on August 11th, 2009.  Harry was “Mr. Amity” and will always be remembered for his years of dedicated service to The Club.  Harry was greatly loved, respected and admired by his friends in Amity. Simply stated, everyone liked Harry.

Harry enjoyed golf and although he never “shot his age”, he did play golf well past his 90th birthday. He was a an avid sportsman. Harry left behind 2 children, 4 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Harry, we teased you because we loved you. “Stand up, Harry!”

Harry’s Funeral service will be held at 12:30 pm on Thursday at B’nai Israel Congregation at 6301 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD 20852. It is a Masonic service at 12:30pm and a religious service at 1:00. Burial will be at Judean Gardens.

Shiva will still be at 13002 North Commons Way, Rockville, MD 20854

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  • Thursday (after funeral) until 9:00pm
  • Friday 12 – 5pm
  • Saturday Sundown – 9 pm
  • Sunday 12 – 9 pm
  • Monday 7pm – 9 pm
  • Tuesday 7pm – 9pm
Harry was one of Amity’s shining spirits.  We will fondly remember our cherished times with him.

For many years, Harry selflessly sat on the Board of Directors and helped to coordinate our outings and group communications.  Last year, we honored Harry as a Member for Life.

Written by Stu Kushner

Myron “Myke” Schwartz

Myron “Myke” Schwartz passed away on Tuesday, March 10th, 2009. Beloved husband of the late Phyllis R. Schwartz. Devoted father of Stuart Schwartz, Alan Schwartz, and the late David Bruce Schwartz; loving grandfather of Dana, Adam and Ian.

Please feel free to leave a comment or story about Mike.

Written by Stu Kushner

Andy Winters

Andy Winters

Andy Winter’s started a water project project in Togo when he was International Service Chairperson for the Rotary Club. Andy had been a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo in the late 70’s. He used his Architectural abilities to build schools and to help the people in small villages. When he heard about people working in Togo to build and improve wells, he wanted to be a part of this service project. Andy was very excited about being able to return to Togo and help out with this water project. Naming the project in Andy’s name is our way of seeing that Andy’s dream is fulfilled. The Potomac Club is holding a Lobster Dinner on November 12, 2008 at Normandie Farm Restaurant in Potomac to raise money for this worthwhile project.

Feel free to tell a story or leave a comment about Andy.

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