Around Jefferson: Heroine of Holocaust to speak at Jewish Center _lowres

Photo provided AARP - The AARP Driver Safety program held at East Jefferson General Hospital has received the 2014 Top Host Award. Shown are, from left, AARP driver safety instructors Karcher 'Mickey' Wild and Betty Wild; Daniel Charles who is representing East Jefferson General Hospital’s Conference Center; Nina Victory, representing East Jefferson General Hospital’s Volunteer Services; and AARP Driver Safety interim state coordinator Dr. Carl Drichta.

Marthe Cohn, known to many as a heroine of the Holocaust, will be the guest speaker at a special program planned for 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 1 at the Chabad Jewish Center, 4141 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie.

Cohn, 94, was born in Metz, France in 1920. She was a devoutly religious Jewish woman living across the German border in France when Hitler rose to power. As the Nazi occupation escalated, Cohn’s sister was sent to Auschwitz while her family fled to the south of France.

Cohn chose to fight back and joined the intelligence service of the First French Army. She posed as a German nurse trying to obtain information of a fictional fiancé, travelling the countryside and approaching troops sympathetic to her “plight” — thereby obtaining critical information for the Allied commanders.

At 80, Cohn was awarded France’s highest military honor, the Medaille Militaire. In 2002, she wrote her memoir “Behind Enemy Lines: The True Story of a French Jewish Spy in Nazi Germany.” Cohn lives with her husband in Palos Verdes, California, and travels internationally, sharing her story.

“It is rare that we have the opportunity in our lifetime to meet a heroine the likes of Marthe Cohn,” said Rabbi Yossie Nemes, of Chabad. “I encourage every resident of our community — young and old — to come hear this remarkable woman tell her incredible story of courage, faith and espionage.”

Tickets are $10 per person before Aug. 25 and $18 per person thereafter. Sponsorships are available for $180.

Reservations can be made by visiting www.jewishlouisiana.com/marthecohn or by sending an email to rsvp@jewish louisiana.com

Fall sports season

Registration is underway for the 2015 fall sports season at all Jefferson Parish Recreation Department playgrounds.

Youngsters interested in playing football or volleyball or cheerleading should register at their nearest neighborhood playground.

For information, call the JPRD office in Metairie at (504) 736-6999.

West Bank champs

And speaking of sports, the following teams are the West Bank champions and runners-up of the 2015 baseball and softball season.

BOYS

11- and 12-year-old Dizzy Dean American: Gretna is the championship team, and the runner-up is Kings Grant.

11- AND 12-YEAR-OLD DIZZY DEAN NATIONAL: WESTWEGO IS THE CHAMPION, AND ROSETHORNE THE RUNNER-UPS.

13- AND 14-YEAR-OLDS, DIXIE BOYS AMERICAN: OAKDALE IS THE CHAMPION, AND ESTELLE THE RUNNER-UPS.

13- AND 14-YEAR-OLDS, DIXIE BOYS NATIONAL: WAGGAMAN IS THE CHAMPION, AND ESTELLE IS THE RUNNER-UPS.

15- AND 16-YEAR-OLDS DIXIE PRE-MAJORS: PARD IS THE CHAMPION, AND GRETNA THE RUNNER-UPS.

17, 18- AND 19-YEAR-OLDS DIXIE MAJORS: ESTELLE IS THE CHAMPION, AND OAKDALE IS THE RUNNER-UPS.

9- AND 10-YEAR-OLDS MINOR AMERICAN: PARD IS THE CHAMPION, AND GRETNA IS THE RUNNER-UPS.

9- AND 10-YEAR-OLDS MINOR INTERNATIONAL: PARD IS THE CHAMPION, AND WAGGAMAN IS THE RUNNER-UP.

11- AND 12-YEAR-OLDS DIZZY DEAN INTRAMURAL: PARD IS THE CHAMPION, AND KINGS GRANT THE RUNNER-UP.

GIRLS

11- and 12-year-olds Babe Ruth: Terrytown is the champion, and PARD is the runner-up.

13- and 14-year-olds Babe Ruth: Kings Grant is the champion, and Terrytown the runner-up.

15, 16, 17- and 18-year-olds Babe Ruth: PARD Black is the champion, and Westwego the runner-up.

9- and 10-year-olds Angels Intramural: Kings Grant is the champion, and PARD is the runner-up.

13, 14 and 15-year-olds International Juniors: PARD is the champion, and Kings Grant is the runner-up.

Pet adoption

The Louisiana SPCA will hold a pet adoption day Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie.

Adoption counselors and volunteers will be on hand to help you select the right pet for your family.

For information, call (504) 368-5191 or visit www.la-spca.org.

Honor for local program

An AARP Driver Safety program held at East Jefferson General Hospital has received the 2014 Top Host Award for its support in collaborating with local AARP Driver Safety volunteers to host its classroom-based driver refresher course.

“AARP Driver Safety plays a critical role in educating drivers and helping them maintain their safety and independence,” said Kyle Rakow, interim national director of AARP Driver Safety. “Our initiative would not be so successful without the support of our host organizations, who generously dedicate staff time, resources and facility space to serving older Americans.”

East Jefferson General Hospital offered 24 courses at its facility, reaching 867 participants in the Jefferson Parish area. AARP Driver Safety’s top state hosts are recognized based on the impact they make reaching drivers in their community.

Of the hundreds of organizations in the state that held a course in 2014, AARP selected the host that reached the largest number of participants and the host that held the highest number of courses to be honored.

AARP Driver Safety began in 1979 as the “55 Alive” program to help keep older drivers independent, safe and confident while on the road. Over 15 million participants have attended AARP Driver Safety classroom and online courses and were taught by over 4,000 AARP driver safety volunteers.

Eva Jacob Barkoff writes about the people and events in Jefferson Parish. She can be reached at ejbarkoff@gmail.com.