The Weinstein brothers, Glenn (right) and Michael, =brook,
N.Y. are starting
their Navy careers together. Glenn is a freshman,
es a ju
Col. Harry Lindauer acts as a lay leader
for a service in the Mizpah Room.
After Friday night services, Adam Borshow, of Santa Monica, Calif., spears a piece of kugel, while fellow plebe
Harold Katz, right, of Glenview, Ill., waits his turn.
Thea Lindauer lays out challah and apple juice for the midshipmen.
On Friday nights, Col. and Mrs. Harry
Lindauer, who are surrogate parents
for the Jewish midshipman at the U.S.
Naval Academy, are informal hosts for
religious services and oneg Shabbat
afterwards. Services are held in a
Mitscher Hall chapel.
On Friday nights, Jewish midshipmen are led in prayer by an upperclassman.
Liberty is not lightly lost, considering
how little free time plebes get. There is
none at all during Plebe Summer. Once in-
to the academic year, fourth-classmen have
free time from 12:30 p.m. until midnight on
Saturday, though they must check back at
the Academy at 6:30 p.m. On Sundays,
there is only yard liberty, which includes
visiting sponsors' homes or perhaps stroll-
ing around the naval station. Many Jewish
plebes put religious services, especially on
Friday nights, in the category of liberty.
Often they start attending more to escape
the pressures of Academy life than because
of religious beliefs. But after the mid-
shipmen meet the Lindauers, they feel
they've made safe harbor.
Col. Harry Lindauer and his wife, Thea,
are the perfect antidote to whatever ails a
midshipman. German-born, Lindauer is a
retired World War II military intelligence
officer, a veteran of Patton's army and the
Battle of the Bulge. At the Naval Academy
he is the JWB-certified Jewish lay leader.
He and his wife are both Holocaust sur-
For 18 years, the Lindauers have been
holding continual open house, with a few
practical rules to keep things shipshape,
such as directions to fill the ice trays or
lock the doors if you're the last one out.
Beyond the physical comforts of home,
they also provide the emotional support
that's a healthy mix of chicken soup and
sympathy. "There's the ice box, a place to