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NALEVY_130106_09.JPG: "Control of the seas means security.
Control of the seas means peace.
Control of the seas can mean victory.
The United States must control the
sea if it is to protect our security."
John F. Kennedy
NALEVY_130106_12.JPG: Message to the American People...
To the concept that through world-wide
cooperation, man may eventually find the
means for everlasting peace; that hates may
wither, that prejudices may die, that wars be
forgotten, that only amity and good-will
prevail -- To the concept that by this coopera-
tion we will improve our standards of living,
eliminate the wastes of conflict and needless
argument, and elevate the world-wide society
to its highest level -- To the concept that this
cooperation will bring to our earth the peace
of mind and tranquility man has so long
striven for, that it will bring to him the light
to see perfect harmony -- To these ideals, The
Class of Nineteen Sixty is dedicated.
NALEVY_130106_15.JPG: Sign on and Sail with me,
The stature of our homeland
is no more than the measure
Our job is to keep her free.
Our will is to keep the torch
of freedom burning for all.
To this solemn purpose we call
on the young, the brave and
the strong, and the free.
Heed my call. Come to the sea.
Come Sail with me.
-- John Paul Jones
NALEVY_130106_23.JPG: "No occupation is
so delightful to
me as the culture
of the earth."
-- Thomas Jefferson
NALEVY_130106_30.JPG: Rear Admiral John A. Dahlgren
Toledo Steel Sword
Presented by the King of Portugal
NALEVY_130106_52.JPG: Covering one's head does NOT mean that you are Jewish!
Rather it means that you respect the custom of others and want to be a good guest in THIS house of the Lord.
The spiritual reason for the head covering ("Kippa" in Hebrew or "yarmulke" in Yiddish) is to show your belief in God, Your Higher Power, The Force, Ha-Shem, etc. is with you and above you at all times.
For further Jewish questions contact Rabbi Joshua Sherwin, LT, CHC, USN at 410-293-2120.
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Wikipedia Description: Naval Academy Jewish Chapel
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The Commodore Uriah P. Levy Center and Jewish Chapel is the Jewish chapel at the United States Naval Academy, in Annapolis, Maryland. The center is named in honor of Commodore Uriah P. Levy (1792-1862), the first Jewish commodore in the United States Navy, who is famous for refusing to flog his sailors. The Levy Center is adjacent to Mitscher Hall and contains a 410-seat synagogue, a fellowship hall, a Character Learning Center, classrooms, and offices for the Brigade’s social director, the academic board, and the Academy’s Honor Board.
Before the chapel was built, Jewish midshipmen attended Congregation Knesset Israel in downtown Annapolis.
The groundbreaking ceremony was held on November 2, 2003. The builder was the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company.
The building was dedicated in September 2005.
The Levy Center cost $8 million to design, build and furnish. Approximately $1.8 million was paid for with military construction funds. The remaining amount was paid for by private donations raised by the Friend of the Jewish Chapel, a campaign headed by Jewish alumni of the academy and others. It was given to the Academy upon completion.
The 35,000-square-foot (3,300 m2) building was designed by Maryland architect Joseph Boggs. The entrance pavilion is modeled on Thomas Jefferson's home at Monticello, which was purchased and restored by Levy following Jefferson's death. The chapel includes a nearly 45-foot-high wall that is a replica of the Western Wall in Jerusalem. The wall is made of Jerusalem stone. The roof of the building is constructed of copper. The architecture of the exterior is consistent with nearby Bancroft Hall.
The chapel was awarded the Maryland AIA Honor Awards 2006, Public Building of the Year; Institutional.
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