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Purim Festivities Planned at Congregations and Centers
Prom an international Jewish
Food fair to a homemade hamen-
taschen contest to the traditional
Seudat Purim meal and of course,
the Reading of Meggilla, the
Jewish community is preparing to
celebrate the festive Purim
Activities are planned at all
Pinellas County congregations as
well as the Jewish Community
Center and Golda Meir Center.
The following is a listing of Purim
events submitted to the Floridian
by press time:
The Charles and Isadora
Rutenberg Family Foundation
Inc. and the Golda Meir Friend-
ship Club will hold a Purim Party
on Monday, March 24 at 1 p.m. at
the Golda Meir Center, 302 S.
Jupiter Ave., Clearwater.
There will be a costume contest
and a homemade hamentaschen
judging. Entertainment will in-
clude Mike Eisenstadt of WMNF
Radio's "Jewish Hour" accom-
panied by Orson Skorr of the Or-
son Skorr Orchestra.
The Women's League of Con-
servative Judaism at Beth Shalom
Continued on Page 6-
^Jewislh Floridian
Off Pinellas County
Volume 7 Number 6
St. Petersburg, Florida Friday, March 21, 1986
Price 35 Cents
A Visit to Tel Mond
Temple Beth-EI, St. Petersburg
On a quiet street in the town of
Tel Mond there stands a small
building which is a microcosm of
why Project Renewal is essential
to Israel's future as an authen-
tically Jewish State.
After school each day, 15
youngsters ages 7-14 come to this
building where they are greeted
by two teachers with graduate
degrees in special education.
These are "problem" kids who are
having trouble at home and with
their friends. Some have lost
fathers in Israel's wars. One boy
was pointed out to me as having a
father who was recently sentenc-
ed to life imprisonment.
Israel's economy remains ques-
tionable. Although inflation has
decreased dramatically during the
past year, this has been ac-
complished by cutting social ser-
vices to the very bone.
And yet, because Israel is
Israel, money is somehow found
to provide special care for this
handful of kids who might other-
wise go astray. In Israel, nobody
is an "acceptable loss." Every life
is precious.
There is an old saying:
"Without bread there can be no
Torah." Even with the best of in-
tentions, this level of concern
would be impossible without
funds. That's where Project
Renewal conies in. Without us,
the Jewish Community of Pinellas
County, which has taken Tel
Mond under ita wing, that little
building would be empty.
As I walked the streets of Tel
Mond several weeks ago, I felt
particularly proud. Project
Renewal that's you and me is
making possible many exciting
changes. Families are expanding
their crowded flats in a partner-
ship arrangement that entails
long-range, low-interest loans
Achievement '86,
Lifeline Phone-a-Thons
Scheduled for April
Rabbi Ira Yoadovin
drawn from Project Renewal
Esther, a woman from an
Algerian background, showed me
where her new dining room table
would go. Until now, there was no
room for a table to seat her family
of five. The family was forced to
eat in shifts, even on Shabbat.
Now they can eat as a family -
thanks to us and thanks to Project
Help Israel
Go There For A Visit Now!
See Rabbi Ira Youdovin's ac-
count of his visit to Pinellas' Pro-
ject Renewal twin community-Tel
"I can comfortably say I can en-
courage others to go without
doubt or fear," Rabbi Jacob Luski
of Congregation B'nai Israel said.
"We got back safely so that pro-
ves the point," Rabbi Jan Bresky
of Temple Ahavat Shalom said.
The two rabbis and Rabbi Ira
Youdovin of Temple Beth-El
recently were among 200 rabbis
from throughout the United
States who visited Israel in an ef-
fort to prove travel to Israel is
The trip, actually participating
in a council on tourism, was spon-
sored by the Synagogue Council of
America, Operation Independence
(a partnership between Israeli and
Diaspora Jews to make Israel
economically independent) and
the Israel Ministry of Tourism.
The conference was part of an
all-out effort by Israeli tourism of-
ficials to offset the ill effects ter-
rorist attacks have had on
tourism, one of the nation's main
"Tourism put $1.5 billion into
Israel's economy is 1985," Rabbi
Luski said.
"The threat of terrorist attack
is in my belief unfounded and
there's no better place to go.
Eighty percent of North
America's Jews have never been
to Israel."
I do believe tourists should
travel El Al (Israel's national
airlines) since their security
record is outstanding. And you
can go non-stop and don't have to
stop over in Europe where there is
good reason to question security,"
Rabbi Luski said.
Rabbi Bresky agrees. "What I
noticed was that everywhere ex-
traordinary steps are being taken
to insure safety and those steps
are working."
"And I never cease to be amaz-
ed at the growth of the city of
Continued on Page 2
The annual "Achievement '86"
and "Lifeline" phone-a-thons are
scheduled for April 7-9.
With the annual CJA campaign
now at 65 percent of its $1.45
million goal, many of the cam-
paign divisions have completed
their fundraising.
The annual Achievement phone-
a-thon is the Men's Division
This year the Women's Divison
has reinstituted its "Lifeline"
phone-a-to and will be holding it in
conjunction with the Achievement
'86 phone-a-thon. Volunteers will
be staffing the phones from 6:30
to 9 p.m., April 7-9 at Superior
Surgical Manufacturing Company
in Seminole.
Superior Surgical is again
donating the use of its phones as it
did for Super Sunday. It was the
north county Super Sunday head-
quarters. The JCC of Pinellas
County, St. Petersburg, was the
south county headquarters.
The Women's Division alone has
raised $184,000, during Lifeline
outstanding Jewish women in-
cluding those from Young Leader-
ship will be trying to collect even
more to insure the Federation's
continued support to its
beneficiary agancies, locally, na-
tionally, overseas and in Israel.
"There are still many women
who have not yet had the oppor-
tunity to make their commitment
to the '86 Campaign, and we want
Kent JCC Plans
Preschool Program
Rabbi Jan Bresky
The Board of Directors of the
Kent Jewish Community Center
has announced plans to be^in a
preschool program this Fall.
"The school will be dedicated to
meeting the developmental needs
of the child 15 months old to
kindergarten age, the directors
Plans for specialized programs
for each age with classes offered
five days* week with extended
care available from 7:30 a.m. to 6
"The board saw the needs since
no other Jewish organization pro-
vides full-day service," Center
Executive Director David
Seidenberg said. "It's one of the
ways th center is trying to pro-
vide services for the surrounding
community through total use of
the faculties."
As planned, the program will of-
fer a wide variety of activit- ap-
propriate for each age while em-
phasising Jewish content
Elisa Greenberg
to give them the opportunity,"
Women's Divison chairwoman
Elisa Greenberg said. "A
woman's commitment is not made
as a plus gift to her husband's.
Plus giving is tokenism and
women's commitments go beyond
"Women make gifts to the cam-
paign because they feel the moral
responsibility that they, as Jews,
must assume," she said, "they
have no choice but to be concerned
with the Jewish survival of their
children and the generation of
children to come."
history, holidays and traditions
through stories, songs, cooking,
crafts and drama.
"Parental involvement will be
welcome and encouraged,"
Seidenberg said.
Plans call for the preschool to
also offer a Mommy and Me pro-
gram as well as a Mothers Morn-
ing Out for children 15 to 24 mon-
ths old. The nursery school will of-
fer extended care, five-day a week
classes and afternoon enrichment
Registrations for Fall 1986 are
now being accepted. Class size
will be limited. For more informa-
tion or to register a child, call the
Kent JCC at 736-1494.
The Kent Center, dedicated in
its new facility earlier this year, is
located at 1956 Virginia St.,
The Kent Jewish Community
Center is a beneficiary agency of
the Jewish Federation of Pinellas

Page 2 The Jewish Floridian of Pinellas County/Friday, March 21, 1986
Menorah Manor Residents Begin Community Service Project
The Residents of Menorah
Manor are so appreciative of
all that members of the com-
munity have done for them,
that they in turn wanted to do
something worthwhile for the
Memo from the President
* See Anatoly Scharansky's let-
ter below
Reading the thank-you letter
from Anatoly Scharansky, I
couldn't help but be happy
I know each and every Jew in
the United States will feel the
same when they read his letter, as
they did when they heard of his
release. The happiness is mixed
with sadness. He made it out, but
thousands of Jews remain
prisoners of conscience in the
Soviet Union.
We know of them. Many
Pinellas Jews participated in a
Soviet Jewry rally last year. And
Soviet Jews are one of the focuses
of the Federation's Community
Relations Committee. Pinellas
Jews have been writing letters to
Soviet Jews, many of them
refuseniks, offering them en-
couragement and support in their
quest for the right to emigrate to
As is evident in Scharansky's
leter, the letters don't always get
through, bat they do serve to put
pressure on Soviet officials.
Maybe one letter doesn't help,
but collectively they do. The letter
writers united have clout.
We Jews know that. How many
times have we said "One people
united" or "One people, one
That's what it takes a united
A Message to the Jews
of America From
Anatoly (Natan) Scharansky
There re no words to adequately express to til of you, my utmost
thinks for the support you neve given to my wife Av1U1, during
the Mny years of the struggle for My freedom.
Although the KGB nevtr allowed the pleasure of receiving your
ill, soaehow I could sense the constancy and tremendous
outpouring on ay behalf. If I could, I would write a letter of
thanks to each of you personally.
I want to let you know how oroud I a* to have finally reached my
homeland Israel. You. the oeoole of the free world helped m
to reach ay goal.
Our fight must go on. losef Begun and all the Prisoners of
Conscience, Ida Nudel, Vladimir Slepak and all the former
Prisoners of Conscience, evtry Jew In the Soviet Union who wishes
to leave must be given that right.
If not, it's not too late to help others.
If you have not yet had an opportunity to pledge to
the '86 Combined Jewish Appeal campaign or you would
like to increase your contribution, just fill out the follow-
ing form and send your check to:
'86 Campaign
Jewish Federation of Pinellas County
301 S. Jupiter Ave.
Clearwater, Fla. 33515
w 'I
fi i
Telephone _______
Amount of Pledge.
With the cooperation of the
Pinellas County Emergency
Medical Squad, Menorah
Manor residents begun putting
together Vial of Life kits for
distribution in the community.
They feel this is a most worthy
cause and can be of great
benefit to anyone who would
like to participate.
As explained by Renee
Krosner, Director of Pro-
grams/Volunteers, "the Vial of
Life is designed to provide per-
tinent medical information in
the case of an emergency
situation. The program is
especially useful for those in-
dividuals living alone, the han-
dicapped, senior citizens, and
those people with special
health problems. If an
emergency situation arises,
the Emergency Medical
Workers are trained to look
for the signal that the person
has a Vial of Life, as it can be
of utmost importance to have
this information readily
If you would like to rr
ticipate in the Vial of Life rZ
gram, please contact JL.
Synagogue or Temple and
leave your name, as the kits
will be distributed through tht
Synagogue or Temple.
If you would like further in-
formation regarding the Vial
of Life Kits, please confcS
Renee Krosner, Director o
Programs/Volunteers a
Menorah Manor at iqv
345-2775. { U>
Volunteer Party Planned
Stanley New-mark
As Anatoly Scharansky is
thankful, we at the Federation are
thankful. We see a united people
in every phase of the Federation
and its beneficiary agencies'
Now we're united in the annual
Combined Jewish Appeal and the
Project Renewal-Tel Mond cam-
paigns. For us at the Federation,
happiness is seeing Jews working
together such as on Super Sunday
or the volunteers in the office.
And it's when we see the cam-
paign totals climb and know that
both volunteers and those pledg-
ing are also giving of themselves.
We're helping each other and
making a statement to the world.
The Charles and Isadora
Rutenberg Family Foundation,
Inc., the Jewish Federation of
Pinellas County and The Golda
Meir Center are hosting a brunch
on Sunday, March 30 at 11:30
a.m. in recognition of their
Following the brunch. Mildred
and Norman Lewis and the
members of "Players of Pinellas"
will present "A Tzayt Far Yid-
dishkayt." This program includes
square dancing with Yiddish calls,
a Yiddish sing-along, and Jewish
Invited honorees will be admit-
ted at no charge. For others the
cost is $2.50. For reservations and
transportation, call Sue at
461-0222 by March 26. Please help
us recognize the wonderful people
listed below who give their time so
unselfishly to The Golda Meir
Center and the Federation:
Charles and Ruth Slesser,
Harry and Julia Schwartz, Jack
and Evelyn Dorfman, Mildred and
Norman Lewis. Lil and Sam
Silbersweig, Florence Shevelenco,
Rivian and Hank Morris, Judy
Stevens. Nancy Ciulla, Harold
Shevelenco, Marie and Wilber
Oden, Dorothy Getz. Anna Stahl,
Frances Weis, Roni Sue Shapiro,
Dorothy Goldberger. Sophia and
Joe Janis, Marge Straus, Angie
and John Fritz, Curt Mayer.
Also, Bea Jacobson, Mollie
Weinlauf, Martha Glasser. Leah
Zwickle, Millie Brosman, Ida Lee
Nettie Rubin, Phyllis Lancry
Jack Kovitz, Hy Yaffee. Anna
Kletzel, Leah Kleban, Frances
Sade, Joe Brickman, Joan Gross,
Holda Jacobs, Marion Epstein
Rose Berkovic, Sylvia and Lou
Also, Mollie Mazer, RoSe
Schembri, Mollie Rose. Rose
Goldstein Leonard Castle
Charlotte Gordon, Ronny Sarran
Elsie Dansiger. Louise" Cheslev'
Gloria Knight, Bea Rudd, Alice
Wasserman, Valona Bell, Frances
Silverman, Lou Danziger, Isabel
Schusterman, Anne Blatt. George
Meg ilia's Message Survival
While Purim is classified in the
Jewish calendar as a minor holi-
day, it reflects themes and in-
sights which should be understood
by all.
The Purim story underscores
the folly of assimilation. The Per-
sian Jews had completely adapted
themselves to the life of the land.
They must have been convinced
that soon there would be no
distinction between Persian and
Jew. Let the Jew but discard his
distinctive mode of life and all
would be well with him. The proof
of this theory was realized when
special favors were bestowed
upon the more prosperous of the
But soon came the rude awaken-
ing as the Jews of Persia learned
an important lesson. They realized
that to please a royal favorite.
Haman, the entire Jewish people
could be sacrificed. In addition,
favors granted select Jews do not
guarantee good will or sentiments
of fraternity toward the Jewish
Help Israel
Continued from Page 1
Jerusalem and never fail to be
spiritually uplifted," he said.
Bresky said such trips to Israel
are enlightening also because they
bring the full impact of all the
campaigns home. Visitors can see
the need and the results produced
from money they contributed in
their local Federation-Combined
Jewish Appeal campaigns.
"It's a reaffirmation of the im-
portance of Israel as our spiritual
homeland and our responsibility
to keep it alive and well," he said.
With the current austerity pro-
gram in Israel, officials there say
tourism is even more important
than ever, and American dollars
go further than before.
In connection with the Israel
Government Tourism Office the
Jewish Federation of Pinellas
County is asking Pinellas Jews to
consider that as Jews we need to
show Israel that we care.
As the rabbis said, travel to
Israel is the safest in the world. A
recent article in the "Christian
Science Monitor" pointed out the
extraordinary record of El Al
Airlines in thwarting terrorism.
New Prexy
Sheldon Kornbluth was elected
president of the Association of Or-
thodox Jewish Scientists.
Israeli officials, conference
sponsors and participants and the
Federation urge anyone consider-
ing a trip to Israel to do so make
the trip in 1986.
Terrorists would like nothing
better than to hurt the Israel
economy by scaring tourists away
from Israel, a release from the
Israel Ministry of Tourism said.
people as a whole.
Thus, Purim reveals the
dynamics of prejudice in general
and Anti-Semitism in particular.
This dark side of the story em-
phasizes the precarious position of
the Jew in the Diaspora, the irra-
tionality of the hatred directed
against him and his own spiritual
malaise in terms of ease and tran-
quility. Purim, however, also
stresses profound optimism
founded in a firm trust in God and
His involvement in human history.
Mordecai was confident that the
ultimate outcome of events would
be favorable. But he was an active
participant in his people's
deliverance, leaving no stone un-
turned in his endeavor to foil
Hainan's wicked plans. Judaism
emphasized man's responsibility
to do what is in his power and only
after having striven for redemp-
tion may he hope for Divine help.
The Biblical narrative of the
Purim episode gives us the
historic perspective we need to
understand more clearly the
nature of Jewish survival and
Gulf Coast Gets Donation
The interdenominational Na-
tional Conference of Christians
and Jews, which strives to meet
the many needs of those in need
has presented a donation to Gulf
Coast Family Service.
Money was collected at the
Thanksgiving services and
Kb?? to local providers on
James Soble, president of Gulf
Coast Jewish Family Service, ex-
K?ndi,8f*itude on behalf of
the Board of Directors, staff and
the many Jewish clients in need of
ood and shelter who will benefit
trom this generous gift.
Gulf Coast Jewish Family Ser-
vice receives money from the
SJ *** for TkJS
Fund which assists indigent
ewish ;ndiv|duals familie8'*^
elderl- D crises. "T: ', nation
Janes Soble
will further support such efforts."
said Michael Bernstein, Gulf
Coast's executive director.

Menorah Manor
Begins Family Support Group
Friday, March 21, 1986/The Jewish Floridian of Pinellas County Page 3
Wednesday afternoons are be-
ing reserved at Menorah Manor
for "Family Hour."
The Social Service Department
of Menorah Manor has begun con-
ducting the "Family Hour
Meetings" at 12:30 p.m. each
Wednesday. These meetings are
available to anyone in the Home's
service area that express an in-
terest in learning more about
what it is like to live in a nursing
The Family Hour is designed to
help family members and friends
cope with the emotional effects
when the major decision is made
to place a loved one in a nursing
According to the Home's Direc-
tor of Social Services, Barbara
Friedman, "each meeting deals
with the problems and concerns of
family members as they go
through the transition of placing a
loved one into a nursing home.
There also have been indepth
discussions on the new Florida
Laws and how they affect
members of a family with a
relative in a nursing home, and
the concerns of family members
as they too grow old.
"The best thing about this
group is that each family member
feels that they are able to open up
to one another and help each other
cope with the many fears and
frustrations that they deal with."
If you would like further infor-
mation on the Family Hour
Meetings or information regar-
ding admission to Menorah Manor
please contact Barbara Friedman,
Director of Social Services at
(813) 345-2775.

School Prayer, Social Security
Are Forum Topics
The third and fourth sessions of
Temple Beth-El's Social Issues
Forums will take place in the up-
coming weeks.
On Wednesday, March 26 at 8
p.m. in the temple sanctuary, the
topic will be "Schools Prayer:
Two Conflicting Jewish Views."
Keynoters will be Rabbi ShJomo
Sawilowsky of the St. Petersburg
Chabad House (Lubavitch), and
Audrey Greenberg, a member of
the Belleair Beach Town Council
and past president of the National
Council of Jewish Women,
Southern Council.
This discussion will be of par-
ticular importance to parents of
school-age children who are
directly affected.
On Wednesday, April 9 at 8
p.m., the topic will be "Can I Get
Older Without Going Broke?"
featuring Harry Bagwell, field
representative for Social Securi-
ty, and Michael Bernstein, ex-
ecutive director of the Gulfcoast
Jewish Family Services.
The Issues series is chaired by
Martin Dyckman, chief editorial
writer of the St. Petersburg
Times, and Beverly Mitlin, ex-
ecutive director of Pinellas
Emergency Health Services.
The entire community is invited.
There is no admission charge and
reservations are not required.
200 North American Rabbis Meet
in Israel To Promote Tourism
More than 200 rabbis including
six from the Tampa Bay Area met
in Israel during the last week in
February at a special rabbinic con-
ference to promote more tourism
to Israel and thus help further
strengthen the nation's economy,
according to David Hermelin, Na-
tional Campaign Chairman of
Israel Bonds and a Co^Chairman
for Tourism of the "Operation In-
dependence" Task Force.
The conference, which was call-
ed on short notice, is under the
auspices of the Israel Bond Na-
tional Rabbinic Cabinet with the
cooperation of "Operation In-
dependence," the Israel Ministry
of Tourism, El Al Airlines and the
Synagogue Council of America.
"Operation Independence" is a
joint program by the Government
Sivan Bar Av shows off her
project on popcorn, which took
second place in the Jewish Day
School Science fair and receiv-
ed an honorable mention in the
county fair.
Jewish Day School Students
Place At County Science Fair
Science projects galore! That
was the scene at the Pinellas
County Jewish Day School on
Feb. 17. The students became
resident experts on topics ranging
from atoms to quicksand, rockets
to rust.
At the Middle School Science
Fair, which was held previously,
the winning first prize went to
Bryna Blanchard, grade seven for
her project entitled, "The Effects
of Exercise and Training on the
Heart Rate." Sivan Bar-Av, grade
seven, took second place for her
project on "The Co-Efficiency of
Popping Corn." The Jewish Day
School entered the first and se-
cond place winners in the coun-
tywide Science Fair. Both Bryna
Blanchard and Sivan Bar-Av
received honorable mention in the
county Science Fair held at the
Science Center.
Students were graded on oiai
presentations and written
reports. The projects were
creative, interesting and well
done at every grade level. Parents
were welcome at the Science Fair
and many were favorably impress-
ed with the time and effort ex-
pended by the students in
preparation for the Science Fair.
According to Principal Mark
Silk, "We are building a tradition
of excellence at the Jewish Day
School. Currently, the quality of
the science projects and the
knowledge demonstrated through
the oral presentations is clear
evidence of this. Here are our
future scientists, physicans,
astronauts and engineers."
The Pinellas County Jewish Day
School is a beneficiary agency of
the Combined Appeal of the
Pinellas County Jewish
of Israel and prominent business
and communal leaders abroad
whose aim is to help expand trade,
investment in Israel and tourism.
Rabbi Jan Bresky, Temple
Ahavath Shalom, Palm Harbor;
Rabbi Michael Klayman, Temple
Beth El, Bradenton; Rabbi Jacob
Luski, Congregation B'nai Israel,
St. Peterburg; Rabbi H. David
Rose, Congregation Kol Ami,
Tampa; Rabbi Max Roth, Temple
Beth Sholom, Sarasota; and Rabbi
Ira Youdovin, Temple Beth El, St.
Petersburg, were in the delega-
tion, which included rabbis from
52 communities in the U.S. and
Conference sessions included
meetings with Prime Minister
Shimon Peres; President Chaim
Herzog; Finance Minister
Yitzhak-Moda'i; Tourism Minister
Avraham Sharir; Mayor Shlomo
Lahat of Tel Aviv and senior
representatives of the hotel,
travel and tourism industries.
"The purpose of this three-day
conference," Hermelin said, "is to
acquaint the participating rabbis
with the full Israel tourism pic-
ture. When they get back home, it
is hoped that they will motivate
people to visit Israel, as well as
organize tourist groups from their
congregations and their general
"Tourism is Israel's biggest
source of earnings of foreign
revenue," he added. "The Bond
Organization is therefore pleased
to be participating in an effort to
strengthen this aspect of Israel's
economy which is a natural
outgrowth of our ongoing commit-
ment to Israel's economic
Hermelin continued: "Tourists
last year brought $1.4 billion to
Israel which helped considerably
in moving the economy closer to
stability. More than 50,000 Israeli
families derive their living direct-
ly or indirectly from tourism."
Leading the rabbis' delegation
were Rabbi Stanley Davids of
Worcester, Mass., the new Na-
tional Chairman of the Israel
Bond Rabbinic Cabinet, and its
three Co-Chairmen, Rabbi Mayer
Abramowitz of Miami Beach, Rab-
bi Reuven Bulka of Ottawa and
Rabbi Pesach Levovitz of
Lakewood, N.J.
Date Set
Federations Women's Division
Chairwoman Elisa Greenberg has
announced the 11 Annual
"Pacesetter-Chai" luncheon will
be held on Tuesday, April 8 at
Feather Sound.
The Luncheon will be open to all
contributors of $1,000 or more to
the 1986 Women's Division Cam-
paign, according to Associate
Chairwomen Marilyn Katz and
Jean Orloff.
The Pacesetter Division
($1,000) was founded 11 years ago
by Jackie Jacobs with nine women
making up the division. The Chai
Division ($1,800) began during the
1983 Campaign and was originally
headed by Margie Green. Today
there are over 40 members of the
Pacesetter and Chai Divisions,
and 22 Lions of Judah ($5,000 and
With the generous increased
giving from the women of Pinellas
County these divisions will con-
tinue to grow, Mrs. Greenberg
The Women's Division of
Federation is responsible for
soliciting contributions from
women to the combined Jewish
Appeal, which is the annual fun-
draising campaign on behalf of
Jewish needs here, in Israel and
around the world. The campaign
supports the United Jewish Ap-
peal as well as local agencies and
ADL Speaker's Training
Session Begins
Trained speakers for the Anti-
Defamation League of B'nai
B'rith Speaker's Bureau have fill-
ed over 60 engagements since the
bureau's inception just seven
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A Jewish Mardi Gras
Star Wars: A Nuclear Security Shield?
There is a very popular rab-
binical saying to the effect that
even if all Jewish holidays were to
disappear Purim would still
We are in constant need of the
assurance which Purim gives us,
that despite the persecutions the
Jewish people will survive as a
people. Jews have always been
subjected to persecution (modern
anti-Semitism is one form) and
tyrants who plot our destruction.
However, always there emerges
from among us an Esther or a
Mordecai, whose loyalty and
unselfish devotion deliver us from
our enemies.
Among all the minor festivals of
the Jewish calendar, Purim is the
leading holiday for unrestricted
joy and good fellowship. Even
Sukkot (officially known as the
"Season of Joy") has its serious
moments emphasized by special
prayers and prescribed rituals in
the synagogue. The celebration of
Purim, however, is without
restriction and restraint, allowing
free rein to the imagination and
the spirit of revelry.
Purim has always projected an
image of carnivals and kind of a
"Jewish Mardi Gras" atmosphere.
The reason is because, like no
other Jewish holiday it com-
memorates a smashing victory
over the universal and perennial
condemnation of Jews by bigots in
every country and every age.
Haman has become the pro-
totype of all persecutors of the
Jewish people. His complaint to
the king that, "There is a certain
people scattered and dispersed
among the people in all provinces
of Thy Kingdom, and their laws
are different from those of every
people ..." This strikes a familiar
chord, echoing in Jewish history
as the tried and tested formula of
Hainan's charges, as explained
in the Talmud, that "They do not
eat with us, nor drink with us, nor
intermarry with us," were un-
doubtedly true. But, only a
warped hatred, born of
pathological madness, could make
it an argument for the destruction
of Jewish men, women and
The story of Purim has thus
always brought renewed hope to
Jews, who, living in strange lands,
have been constantly exposed to
this criticism of their heritage as
religious separtism and isolation.
Purim has emerged as a personal
holiday a people's holiday and a
community celebration. It brings
pleasant memories of divine in-
tervention on behalf of Israel, the
righting of great injustice, the
averting of terrible calamity and
the punishment of the instigator!
All the elements of a great story.
During the cruel centuries of
persecution, unhappiness and un-
mitigated drudgery, it was on this
holiday that each Jew, identifying
himself with Mordecai, escaped
reality by happily recalling the
frustration ana fate of Haman.
Even the darkest night must end
with the dawn of a new day.
Rabbi Stuart L. Berman
Purim brought one promise, that
Israel's discomfort, too, would be
only temporary and soon be
Indeed, the Rabbis in the
Midrash seem to have had this in-
terpretation of Purim in mind,
when they said:
"Esther is likened unto the
dawn. For, as when the dawn
breaks, the stars are dimmed in its
presence, so the light of Esther
caused the stars of Haman and his
sons to wane."
Best Wishes for a Happy Purim
and Chag Sameach to all members
of the Pinellas County Jewish
Arab Propaganda Up
in Latin Nations
heightened level of pro-Arab
political activity and propaganda
has been registered in Latin
America, becoming visible
through various developments in-
cluding the sudden rash of posters
on walls of central Buenos Aires
proclaiming solidarity with Libya,
the World Jewish Congress
reported here.
According to the Latin
American branch of the WJC, the
pro-Libyan posters carry violent
attacks against the United States,
but include a renewed indictment
of "the Zionists" for the Sabra
and Shatila massacres. The
signatories are an until-now
unknown group called "Syrian
Cultural Association."
Free Mandela,
Botha Is Implored
B'nai B'rith International has call-
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free that nation's Black leader,
Nelson Mandela, from prison. In a
cable Friday to President P.W.
Botha, Gerald Kraft, B'nai B'rith
president, praised the lifting of
the state of emergency and easing
police control.
He added that "the release of
Mandela would be an even more
dramatic signal" of the South
African government's intention
"to heal the national wounds" and
bring all of the nation's political
groups together "to negotiate a
better future."
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For President Reagan,
there is probably no defense
issue more important than
his proposed Strategic
Defense Initiative (SDI). "A
security shield can one day
render nuclear weapons ob-
solete and free mankind
from the prison of nuclear
terror," he declared in his
state of the Union address
before a joint session of
Congress on Feb. 4.
"America met one historic
challenge and went to the moon,"
he said. "Now America must meet
another: to make our strategic
defense real for all the citizens of
planet Earth."
The President and his closest
advisers have a deep belief in the
scientific potential of their "Star
Wars" project. The tragic explo-
sion of the Challenger space shut-
tle does not appear to have overly
shaken that confidence.
THEY ARE still convinced that
the U.S. indeed has the potential
to develop a defensive system that
will remove the possibility of
nuclear war. And as a result, they
are moving full speed ahead with
the SDI concept.
This was evident in the new
federal budget just submitted to
Congress. There were many
billions of SDI dollars at stake,
despite the Gramm-Rudman at-
mosphere of heavy budget cut
across the board. In the 1987
fiscal year budget alone, the Ad-
ministration has proposed some
$5 billion for initial research and
development. More will be
available in future years.
Already, the U.S. Defense
Department has signed hundreds
of contracts with American firms
working at the cutting edges of
high-technology to explore
various aspects of the program.
Many of these companies and
think tanks are located in the
Boston area helping explain
why the cost of housing there has
increased by over 30 percent this
past year alone.
Many people are moving there.
SDI already has had a tremendous
impact on Boston's economy. The
same boost, of course is true for
the "Silicon Valley" near Palo
Alto in California and elsewhere.
making a major push to include
the West European allies, Japan,
Australia and Israel in the project.
With most of the allies, there are
still sensitive political problems
and stumbling blocks. But that is
not the case with Israel.
In early January, Defense
Minister Yitzhak Rabin wrote to
Defense Secretary Caspar
Weinberger formally accepting
the invitation. Rabin proposed
that the two governments sign a
new Memorandum of Agreement,
doing exactly that. There is every
reason to believe that within the
next few months, the first Pen-
tagon contracts with Israeli
defense-related firms will be
The SDI program is still very
controversial in the United
States. Many liberal Democrats
bellieve it is impractical, simply
blasting away at it for months -
indirect proof, the Administration
argues, that Soviet experts
believe it is genuinely feasible.
Why else would Moscow be so
Administration officials are
delighted that even while the con-
troversy has continued to spread
in Western Europe, a similar
debate has not really taken place
in Israel.
WHITE HOUSE officials have
not been shy in expressing hope
that this Israeli cooperation will
help to shore up support for the
program among Israel's many in-
fluential friends in the United
Thomas Dine
States, especially in Congress and
the Jewish community. So far,
their hopes are being met.
Thus, the chairman of the Con-
ference of Presidents of Major
American Jewish Organizations,
Kenneth J. Bialkin, issued a press
release on Feb. 3, praising the
Israeli decision to join the pro-
gram as representing "a further
confirmation of the close and
mutally advantageous relation-
ship" between the United States
and Israel.
In a cable to Rabin, Bialkin said
it was "a further example of the
advantages of cooperation and
mutal support" between
Washington and Jerusalem. "We
want to commend you for your
decision," he said. Israeli officials
in Washington as well as the
White House were certainly
pleased by Bialkin's decision to go
public on the issue.
The American Israel Public Af-
fairs Committee (AIPAC), the ma-
jor pro-Israeli lobbying organiza-
tion in Washington, is also clearly
in favor of U.S.-Israeli coopera-
tion in this area of strategic
THIS WAS underscored
recently when Thomas Dine,
AIPAC's executive director,
testified before the Senate Armed
Services Subcommittee on
Strategic and Theater Nuclear
forces which had convened to ex-
amine new defenses against tac-
tical ballistic missiles.
There is an interesting twist in
the American Jewish reaction to
Israel's attraction to SDI. Even
those American Jews who are op-
posed to SDI in principle out of
strictly American concerns can
understand why Israeli leaders
are anxious to cooperate with it.
These American Jews accept the
fact that Israel, potentially, has
some longterm national interests
at stake.
Israeli officials, for their part,
have been anxious to learn if some
such a possibility does in fact
HE SAID the SDI system "that
is most often publicized or talked
about is the multi-layered defense
that clearly would be most effec-
tive against longer range
missiles,' such as the intercon-
tinental SS-18s or the theater
range SS-20s.
"However," he told reporters
last year, "the very short ranjre
missiles, like the SS-21s and the
tactical range missiles that
threaten not only Israel but also
Europe those are a special pro-
blem, a very difficult problem.
We're not ignoring that. We are
working on those kinds of
systems. And I believe that as we
are successful in finding ways to
deal with that, that it can con-
tribute not only to the nuclear
strategic defense, but also to the
many, many conventional threats
that are, indeed, facing many of
our allies, in different ways than
they are threatening the United
"So, I think the answer is yes
simply and very clearly, yes.
These advanced technologies can
l>e applied not only in the strategic
arena, but also in the tactical
arena. And that is one of the
benefits of a participative pro
gram, with many allies."
ABRAHAMSON expressed
confidence that many Israeli com-
panies could get involved. He
recalled a personal visit to Israel
earlier in his career to study
Israel's purchase of F-16 fighter
aircraft from the United States.
"I am familiar .. with the im-
pressive technical capability that
Israel has, he said. He cited some
examples of potential Israeli
"Those areas range from some
of the very fundamental
technologies, such as in optics.
even in some of the laser applica-
tions, through data processing,
through advanced materials, and
finally even some of the more con
ventional applications of some of
the advanced technologies, mean-
ing improving missiles, making
missiles more effective."
Later, in response to another
question, he said: "Israel, among
many nations, has a very strong
technical capability." He said the
United States "does not have a
corner on the market in terms of
brilliant people and effective
teams that are able to move
technology forward. We unders-
tand that. And in the Western
Alliance, we would like to be able
to call on wherever the best peo-
ple might be to help us with this
very formidable job."
Other Pentagon officials
similarly expressed admiration for
Israel's capabilities in certain "ap-
plied technical areas." They noted
that Israel has a proven track
record in coming up with in-
novative ideas on the battlefield.
"Israel has the know-how," one
U.S. expert said, citing as good
examples the Weizmann Institute
of Science in Rehovot and the
Technion in Haifa. Both have
first-rate reputations in the U.S.
"We're not doing Israel any
favors," he said. "We could really
use their help."
PENTAGON officials also said
Israel has an excellent record in
producing high-quality products
at relatively low cost. They said
that this should make Israeli com-
panies "very competitive' in bid-
ding for specific SDI contracts.
They declined to speculate
about any likely dollar amounts
for potential Israeli contracts,
although they insisted the figures
could be significant "in terms of
the Israeli economy."
U.S. officials said that the
Israeli political and military
leadership was now after some
initial dragging clearly taking
the entire subject very seriously,
recognizing the eaonomic,
military and political benefits for
Regarding the political gains,
U.S. officials confirmed that
several "friendly" Arab govern-
ments have complained about
Israel's inclusion in the project.
Thus, the U.S. already has paid a
political price in the Arab world
for inviting Israel. But whether
SDI ever really winds up dslfver-
mg on the promise it holds for
Israel -or the HA atflf re-
mains to!

of a Jewish Family Service
Social Worker Four Years Later
Friday, March 21, 1986/The Jewish Floridian of Pinellas County Page 5
Our Gulf Coast Jewish Family
social worker has just arrived at
the office ready to begin another
day. If this sounds vaguely
familiar to you, the faithful
readers of The Jewish Floridian,
you are right. It has been four
years since I wrote these words.
"A Day in the Life of a Jewish
Family Service Social Worker,"
and today I find myself reflecting
on the progress, the problems as
well as the prospects for change
and development.
"Yes," the social worker thinks,
"there is trouble here in River Ci-
ty." But, she chuckles, "Jewish
Family Service doesn't solve pro-
blems with 76 trombones. Instead,
we offer counseling, casework and
Still in a reflective mood, the
social workers thoughts dwell on
the n:any services provided by her
agency. Outreach, financial
emergency care, psycho-social
situations, family counseling and
planning are just some of the
situations with which she becomes
involved. Although change is
slow, it is most gratifying to be
part of the progress and emo-
tional healing.
note to request a family and intra-
agency conference.
Although she cannot afford the
luxury of regular calls to longterm
clients, she is jrrateful to the
dedicated volunteers of Federa-
tion's Human Relations Com-
mitee, who visit the sick, lonely
and isolated in the community.
She prepares to leave for her
last appointment of the day with a
woman facing the combined
trauma of surgery followed by the
need to move from her home into
Menorah Manor.
As she cets into her car, she fan-
tasizes that maybe tomorrow she
will have the time to finish a cup
of coffee at her desk, and her co-
workers can get together to
discurs how to best serve the com-
munity, but today, she must not
be late for her appointment.
Bernice Bressler is the Coor-
dinator of Outreach Services for
Excavation of Ancient Israeli City
Part of Summer Course
Bernice Bressler
knows that when the daughter
returns to her home in the north,
she will be confident GCJFS will
provide for her father's needs.
What a boon the Family Safety
Net Service System has been! The
conversation triggers thoughts of
developing problems with another
client at the Menorah Center and
the social worker makes a mental
Working to uncover artifacts
from the ancient Israeli city of
Sepphoris is the way one pro-
fessor from the University of
South Florida hopes students and
other interested parties will spend
their summer vacations.
Dr. James Strange, dean of the
USF College of Arts and Letters,
will lead the efforts this summer
to excavate portions of Sepphoris,
the former capital of Galilee.
Strange is looking for volunteers
to help search for artifacts in ex-
change for six hours of class credit
and hands-on archeological ex-
perience. Age is no barrier, he
Strange said it will cost $2,260
to participate in the project, which
will run from May 31 until July 7.
The price includes round-trip air-
fare from the U.S. to Israel, room
and board, bus transportation to
and from the work site, transpor-
tation on other field excursions,
on-site lectures and other "in-
cidental" expenses.
Historically, Sepphoris played
host to temple priests who fled
Jerusalem after the fall of the Se-
cond Temple in 70 AD. It later
became an intellectual center for
Jewish scholars, including Judah
the Prince, editor of the Mishnah.
The Mishnah, part of the inter-
pretation of Jewish law knonw as
the Talmud, was written about
200 AD.
The tasks for this summer in-
clude continuing excavation of the
theater and digging at the
acropolis and nearby
Roman/Byzantine-era houses.
The Sepphoris project is being
sponsored by the Living Center
for Biblical and Archeological
Studies, the Center for Jewish
Studies and the Weekend College
at USF. For more information,
call 974-2804.
The sudden ring of her
telephone abruptly brings her
back to the present, and her need
to get on with the business of the
day. A college student is calling
for information about a Jewish
Children's Service, Atlanta,
Georgia, interest-free loan for the
coming school year. After making
an appointment for a two-hour
counseling session, she reminds
herself that she needs to call the
members of. the Pinellas County
Trockey Loan committee whose
responsibility it is to assess and
award loans through a local fun-
ding source.
Her next caller is a Rabbi who is
concerned about a recently
widowed congregant. The open
wounds of widowhood needed to
be tended gently. She will need to
be sensitive to the needs of this
bereaved woman, easing her back
to self, family and community.
Opening her mail, she is
delighted to read a- letter from a
young single mother thanking the
agency for emergency help,
counseling and referral services.
She is very pleased to learn that
this young woman has made such
satisfactory progress. She then
puts in a call to Neighborly Senior
Services to refer a family who has
just moved to the area and needs
to meet people and become in-
tegrated into the community.
Before leaving for her scheduled
home visit, the social worker
spends and hour with the visiting
daughter of a man who needs
some supervision and care. She
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Purim Festivities Planned
Black Hebrews Back in U.S.
Continued from Page 1'
synagogue, 1325 S. Belcher Road,
Clearwater is sponsoring an
"International Jewish Food Fair
and Arts and Crafts Festival."
One of the highlights of the fair,
planned for Sunday, March 23
from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., will be the
hot and cold homemade Jewish
delicacies from around the world.
The social hall will serve as a cafe
where a wide variety of foods will
be available for sit-down full-
course meals. There will also be
pastries, hamentaschen, cakes
and breads.
The fair also will include an arts
and craft show with professional
artisans from around the state
displaying their wares. The day's
entertainment will include danc-
ing and singing, carnival games
and a puppet show for the
children. Of course, there will be a
costume judging contest in the
afternoon. An auction is planned
as well.
Temple Ahavat Shalom, 1575
Curlew Road, Palm Harbor, plan-
ned a Purim Carnival complete
with the traditional costume con-
test. The Megilla Reading will be
March 24 at 7:30 p.m. Sisterhood
also is holding a Purim brunch,
Sunday, March 30. at 10 a.m.
The Brotherhood of Temple
Beth-El, 400 South Pasadena
Ave., St. Petersburg is holding its
annual Purim dinner, Sunday,
March 23 beginning with cocktails
at 6 p.m. Cost is $9.50 per person
and reservations are required.
On Monday, March 24, the
Purim celebration will begin at
5:30 p.m. with a dinner. Bring
your family's dinner and the tem-
ple will provide the drinks, silver-
ware and hamentaschen. At 6:15
p.m., the Megilla Reading will
commence with the traditional
costume parade. Immediately
following, a carnival will be held in
the social hall.
The Sisterhood of Congregation
Beth Shalom, 1844 54th St. S.,
Gulfport, is holding a Purim Din-
ner on Sunday, March 30 at 5 p.m.
Reservations are required for the
dinner and are due by March 23.
The donation for the dinner is
The Reading of the Megila will
be held at the synagogue on Mon-
day, March 24 at 7 p.m.
Congregation Beth Chai, 8400
125th St. N., Seminole, will hold
its observances on Erev Purim
Monday, March 24 beginning at 6
p.m. with Maariv Services follow-
ed by the Reading of the Megilla.
At the conclusion of the service
will be a Purim Seudah a tradi-
tional sit-down holiday supper.
Costumes may be worn and there
will be carnival games for the
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11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with
games and food.
On Monday night, Purim ser-
vices will begin at 6:45 p.m. with
the Megilla Reading set for 7 p.m.,
followed by the congregation's an-
nual costume parade. There will
be a costume contest for adults as
well as children and the seventh
annual Most Creative Gragger-
Noisemaker Award.
The Megilla will be read again
on Tuesday morning at 8 a.m.
Temple B'nai Israel, 1685 S.
Belcher Road, Clearwater, will
begin its Purim celebration with
the Megilla Reading at 5 p.m. on
Sunday, March 23.
The service will be followiong by
a carnival and supper from 5:30
p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
On Monday, March 24, at 7:30
p.m., Chabad Lubavitich will host
a light break the Fast (of Esther)
snack followed by the reading of
the Megilla, with groggers for the
children. There is no charge for
this event.
On Tuesday, March 25, Chabad
will hold the Megilla reading
before working hours at 6:30
a.m., and again at 6:15 p.m.
Following the Megilla reading
Tuesday evening, the First An-
nual Seudat Purim (the holiday
meal) will be held at the home of
Rabbi, and Mrs. Shlomo
The menu will consist of the
traditional meal of chicken soup,
chicken entree, and a selection of
delicious side dishes. This will be
our first fundraising activity, with
a charge of $18 per person.
Children's plate (from 4 to 14) is
$3, and children under 4 no
charge. (As with any Chabad
event, no one need miss this event
due to finances!) For reservations,
please call 442-6587 as soon as
Also on this date, Chabad will be
delivering Shalach Manot kits
containing the traditional Purim
cookie, the Hamantash, Tzedakah,
and other goodies to the residents
of Menorah Manor and program
participants at the Golda Meir
Center. If you would like to a)
receive Shalach Manot, b) help
deliver the packages call
On Sunday, March 23 the JCC is
holding an afternoon of family
fun, beginning with a spaghetti
lunch from 12:30-1:30 p.m. A
Purim carnival with games and
prizes for children will follow
lunch. A costume parade and con-
test is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
At 3 p.m. the St. Petersburg
Dance Theater in cooperation
with the St. Petersburg Dance
Factory will present "Musical
Madness," skits, songs and dance
from well known Broadway
The production will be under the
directon of Shel Pahel. a well
known local artist whose most re-
cent performance was in "A
Chorus Line" at the Showboat
Dinner Theater. Other members
of the cast include Holly Pendola,
Chris O'Brocto, Liz Bohan, Lori
Snell, Liz Foster and Shari Azar.
who are familiar faces at such
local dinner theaters.
Tickets are: Adult members,
$12; adult non-members, $14; and
students 6-12, $7. Children five
and under will be admitted free.
For the show only ticket prices at
$6 for adults and $3 for children.
Techniques for Lowering Anxiety
In our modern hurly-burly
world with its 'built in stress'
sooner or later everyone is going
to come face to face with anxiety.
The symptoms of anxiety are fre-
quently confused with depression,
says Iris Lee, Director of Counsel-
ing and Outreach at Gulf Coast
Jewish Family Service (GCJFS).
Anxiety is that uptight feeling,
the knot in the pit of your
stomach, the choking feeling in
your throat, heart palpitations, a
sense of impending doom and the
feeling of jumping out of your
skin. Frequently anxiety and
depression go together and if anx-
iety becomes chronic, it can cause
depression. Therefore, learning to
reduce anxiety levels can also
decrease depression at times,
notes Mrs. Lee.
Anxiety feeds on itself and
when left alone with fears and
worries, people become overly
self-conscious. They pay attention
to their feeling of panic and the in-
creased attention increases the
panic, the feelings feed on
themselves causing the anxiety
level to sky rocket. If this
mechanism is understood certain
behaviors logically follow, notes
Mrs. Lee. It becomes important
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when anxious to realize that anx-
iety feels awful but does not need
to prevent people from going on
with their daily lives. Further-
more, and perhaps even more im-
portant, going on with daily ac-
tivities reduces anxiety because it
reduces the opportunity for peo-
ple to dwell on their worries.
Rule No. 1 Keep busy.
Rule No. 2 Be with other peo-
ple because being involved with
others prevents being self-
absorbed and reduces the oppor-
tunity to worry.
Rule No. 3 Physical activity
discharges energy and reduces
anxiety. When anxiety levels
become intense exercise helps,
even if its a walk around the block.
Rule No. 4 Clarify your worry
and if possible, get answers to
your problem or information and
begin to take steps to change the
situation causing the problem.
There are general rules which, if
followed, should help. If the anxie-
ty level persists, notes Mrs. Lee,
professional help is in order. Gulf
Coast Jewish Family Service of-
fers counseling for anxiety as well
as other problems.
TEL AVIV (JTA) A group
of 26 Black Hebrews who had
sought to enter Israel as tourists
last Friday were returned to the
United States on Sunday. The In-
terior Ministry issued the expul-
sion order on the grounds that
they were not tourists but intend-
ed to join the Black Hebrew com-
munity in Dimona and stay in the
country illegally.
The Black Hebrews claim that
they are the real Jaws, while oE
Jews are imposters. The govern
ment has restricted permis!,"
for members of the Chica^S
sect from entering theloumT
But since the^ arrival here some
years ago of the first group, their
numbers in Israel have increased
to several hundred through illeJ
entry. 8
There were plenty of high notes at the National Council of
Jewish Women's "Symphony of Spring Fashion" show March 19
at the Wine Cellar. Nearly 200 NCJW Suncoast Section members
and friends oohed and aahed as NCJW members Francine
Kamerling, Noma Fortnan, Jackie Meddin, Zina Roaenblum,
Judy Ludin, Beth Resnick, Shelly Silverberg and Nadine
Levine modeled clothes from The Boulevard. Applause provided
the finishing touches with makeup and hair styling.
Show coordinator Tracy Benstock should get a special round of
applause for making it such a beautiful evening.
New officers for the Suncoast Section were also selected the
night of the fashion show. They are president. Marcy, Gall, vice
president for administration, Susie Schwartz; vice president for
community affairs/community services. Marlyn Littauer; vice
president fund-raising. Joanne Bokor; vice president member
ship, Sandy Moss; vice president membership. Emily Gurtman;
treasurer Ronnie Pollack; financial secretary. f60Strikowsky.
recording secretary, Francis Shark is; and corresponding
secretary, Helaine Weisberg.
Anniversary Celebration: It's always nice to hear about an an-
niversary celebration and this one was an especially happy occa-
sion. The Senior Friendship Club at the JCC just celebrated its
28th anniversary with a party at the Dolphin Beach Resort on St.
Pete Beach. Former Mayor Conine Freeman spoke at the
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Kent Jewish Community Center
1955 Virginia Street
Clearwater. Florida 33575
(813) 736-1494
High School Students
The Wonderful Wednesdays
program is continuing by popular
demand and has been extended to
an hour and a half. This program
is especially created for 2- and
Join us from 10:30 to noon on
Wednesdays for music, arts and
crafts, stories, games, snacks and
lots of fun!
Moms, bring your tot and have
some time to yourself. $15
members; $18 non-members for
five weeks.
If interested in an afternoon
class for three and four year olds,
please contact the Kent JCC at
A Spring Breeak program for
K-5 grades will be held at the Kent
JCC March 24-28. Activities will
Monday, March 24 Moccassin
Tuesday, March 25 Blue Jay
Vs. Twins Baseball Game
Wednesday, March 26 Roller
Thursday, March 27 Bowling
Friday, March 28 Miniature
Also arts and crafts, games,
stories. Cost: $12 per day
members; $15 per day non-
members. Bring DAIRY lunch
and drink, snack provided.
Program is from 9 a.m. to 4
p.m., extended care available for
an additional charge.
The Kent JCC invites all
TWEENS in Grades 6-8 to join us
Saturday night, April 12 at 7:30
p.m. for an exciting time. We'll
start at the Kent JCC, then go ice
skating at Centre Ice at Coun-
tryside Mall. We'll be joined by
Tampa JCC's TWEENS and
skate until 11 p.m.
Then back to the Kent JCC
where we'll have an evening of
fun and games and movies in store
for you.
Bring your sleeping bags and
pillow, favorite tapes and games
and stay until 9 a.m. Sunday mor-
ning for breakfast.
Cost is just $5. Call Caryn
Perkins at 736-1494 to make your
reservations now.
The Greater Clearwater Coun-
cil of Jewish Youth has planned a
day at the beach on Sunday, April
13 for teens in Grades 9-12. Join
us at the Kent JCC at 9:30 a.m.
and we'll all go to the beach
together. We'll be back at the
Center by 3:30 p.m.
The Youth Council is planning
to visit local nursing homes for
Passover on April 20 from 2 p.m.
to 5 p.m.
All interested teens 9-12th
grades should contact Caryn
Perkins at 736-1494 to join in on
this Mitzvah Program.
A three-week Personal Color
Analysis class will be held at the
Kent Jewish Community Center
beginning Tuesday, April 1 at 7
p.m- The class includes draping,
make-up and wardrobe for each
Class size is limited and the fee
for the three 2-Mi hour sessions is
$25 for members and $30 for non-
members. An optional color
packet of individual colors is
available for $20.
The analysis will be led by Don-
na Davis, a representative of
Beauty for All Seasons.
Please call 736-1494 to register
and for further information.
The Kent JCC's Middle Career
Group, adults in their 40s and 50s,
is sponsoring a talk on the impor-
tance of ancient Jewish writings
in Archeology on Sunday, April 20
at 11:30 a.m. in the Kent JCC's
social hall.
The presentation will be made
by Dr. James F. Strange, Dean of
College of Arts and Letters at
University of South Florida.
The admission to the brunch is
$5. RSVP to the Kent JCC at
The Kent JCC's Young Couples
Club has announced plans for a
Luau on Saturday night, April 19
lakeside at the Kent JCC. The pro-
gram will begin at 8:30 p.m. and
will include Island entertainment,
tropical drinks and luscious fruits.
Admission is $20 per couple and
RSVP's can be made by calling
Sharon Rophie at 785-5045,
Jackee Meddin at 726-5115 or M.
J. Seidenberg at 535-4216.
Final plans for the formation of
the Kent JCC's Bridge Club are
well under way, according to
David Seidenberg, director of the
The group will meet on
Wednesdays at 1 p.m. at the Kent
JCC 1955 Virginia Street,
The first meeting of the Bridge
Club will take place on March 19
and the fee per session is 25 cents
for members and 35 cents for
nonmembers. The group is being
coordinated by David Goldstein.
For more information, contact
David Seidenberg at 736-1494.
The Kent JCC's Childrens
Department has announced the
offering of a Ceramics Class in
grades kindergarten through 5th,
according to Caryn Perkins, pro-
gram coordinator of the Center.
The classes will be held on
Tuesdays from 5 to 5 p.m. and will
run for seven weeks. The fee is
$40 for Kent JCC members and
$45 for nonmembers. This fee in-
cludes all materials.
Invited to Summer Science Program
Seventy senior high school
students from throughout the
world are being invited to the
Weizmann Institute of Science to
participate in the 18th annual
Bessie F. Lawrence International
Summer Science Institute at
Rehovot, Israel, from July 7 to
Aug. 7.
During the four-and-a-half-week
program, qualified students will
work alongside top scientists in
personalized laboratory en-
vironments and in lecture and
mini-courses at the Weizmann In-
stitute, one of the top five scien-
Golda Meir Center News
302 South Jupiter Ave.
Phone: 461-0222
The Friendship Club and the
Golda Meir Center have scheduled
a Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation
class (CPR) on Monday, March 31
from 1-4 p.m. You will learn to
save a life in this invaluable class.
Participants are limited to 20, and
should bring a mat or blanket. Fee
is $7. Registration deadline is
March 24. Call Sue.
The Kent JCC is forming a
Rock Band for teenagers, accor-
ding to David Seidenberg, direc-
tor of the Center. The group will
be led by Gary Brown and will
meet at the KJCC.
If you play an instrument and
are interested in joining a Rock
Band, please call 736-1494.
The Kent Jewish Community
Center is a beneficiary agency of
the Jewish Federation of Pinellas
County and is located at 1955
Virginia Street in Clearwater.
Would you like to escape the
hustle and bustle? Need to relax
and unwind? Then join us as we
again visit Chinsegut Hill in
Brooksville on April 8 and 9.
Chinsegut Hill is the University
of South Florida's Conference
center, located in the rolling coun-
tryside off US 41 and SR 581 near
Brooksville. Each cabin accom-
modates eight people, double oc-
cupancy. Dairy and pareve meals
We will have activities planned,
but leave time for you to relax,
read, socialize, get in touch with
The cost of $45 per person in-
cludes all food, accommodations
and activities. The bus will leave
from and return to the Golda Meir
Center. Registration deadline is
March 24. For more information
or registration, call Sue at
A hot Kosher lunch is served
daily under the sponsorship of
Neighborly Senior Services.
Gloria's phone number is
446-4422. Call her with reserva-
tions or changes in the lunch
schedule before 11 a.m. the
previous day.
A blood pressure screening is
scheduled the first Friday of every
month. Have you had yours check-
ed recently?
The Charles and Isadora
Rutenberg Family. Foundation,
Inc. and The Golda Meir Friend-
ship Club, invite you to its annual
Passover Seder, Wednesday even-
ing, April 23.
The ever popular Sam Apel will
lead the seder and participation is
encouraged by guests. The cost
for the evening is $10 for adults
and $5.60 for children under 12
For a speaking part and reser-
vations, call 461-0222. Reserva-
tions by checks are payable to
CIRFF are due Wednesday, April
again visit Chinsegut Hill
Brooksville on April 8 and 9.
Chinsegut Hill is the University
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tryside off US 41 and SR 581 near
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We will have activities planned,
but leave time for you to relax,
read, socialize, get in touch with
The cost of $45 per person in-
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and activities. The bus will leave
from and return to the Golda Meir
Center. Registration deadline is
March 24. For more information
or registration, call Sue at
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Some Provocative Questions and Answers About Purim
im is truly unique. It is a
whose message and power
Tndured for over 2,000 years
[pite the fact that its story
Bat Esther) probably never
I special quality of Purim is
Ited in the intriguing
jis associated with both its
hgue and home celebration,
jng out" Hainan's name,
[reggar, masquerading,
ich manot, Purim spiels
scorning slightly inebriated
[part of the rich and colorful
Ion of this holiday of
[/ 'In we make noise when
V't iki me is read from the
custom has fascinating
Li origins. Exodus, Chapter
fecribes a bitter battle in the
less between the Israelites
ie soldiers of King Amalek.
Jgh Israel prevailed, the
records G-d saying to
"Write this for a memorial
| book ... I will utterly blot
remembrance of Amalek
jnder the heavens." (Ex-
17:14) In Deuteronomy
this curse on Amalek is
ed: ". You shall blot out
bicmbrance of Amalek from
heaven; you shall not
I" The sense of the passage
r G-d is telling the Children
lei that the descendants of
Ik will always be their
ps and thus to "blot them
eed. history proved that to
be. Many years later, Agag,
(king of Amalek, became a
foe of the Jewish people, a
thterer of women and
en. In fact, King Saul was
aned for sparing Agag's life
llsrael's military victory over
|Amalekites. The prophet
executed Agag, and the
of Amalek was "blotted .
3nce more.
of which brings us to
an. Turning to the Book of
br (3:1), we see that Haman is
ified as "the son of Ham-
|tha the Agagite," in short, a
t descendant of Amalek! It is
Inable to. assume that the
\r of Esther deliberately
a bond between Amalek
iaman so as to accentuate
kan's evil character.
fembering the ancient injunc-
i "blot out" Amalek's name,
bws proceeded to do just that
bt by violence, but through
I. The custom of "blotting
the name of Haman was thus
|and endures today.
there did the greggar
reggar" comes from a Polish
meaning "rattle." Beginn-
Ibout the thirteenth century,
Jews throughout Europe sounded
the greggar whenever the
megillah mentioned evil Haman.
The greggar was by no means
the only way in which the con-
gregation expressed its glee at
haman's downfall. Jews of
Talmudic times burned Haman in
effigy, a custom which continued
in some countries well into the
19th century. Thirteenth-century
European Jews drew Haman's
picture or wrote his name on
stones which they banged
together. Others wrote his name
on the soles of their shoes and
stamped them on the ground. Still
others would write Haman's name
on a slip of paper and erase it!
Haman stood for every tyrant,
every dictator, who had ever tried
to destroy the Jews. Purim
customs such as these served to
declare: "We are still alive! We
endure! We will not disappear! We
are the Jewish people!"
S. Why do we wear costumes on
Purim borrowed freely from the
pagan carnivals of ancient times,
and especially from the later
Roman carnivals. Beginning
about the 15th century, European
Jews adapted the gala costumes
and processions of these carnivals
for Purim. Dressed in colorful
masks and attire, children would
march through the town, with tiny
Mordechais, Esthers, and
Hamans, parading in joy from
street to street.
Most congregations today carry
on that custom through Purim
carnivals, costume contests, and
other similar events. Children in
the State of Israel celebrate
Purim in grand fashion. If you're
ever in Tel Aviv on Purim day,
you'll see hundreds of beautifully
costumed youngsters.
h- How did Purim spiel* start?
Purim plays, or Purim spiels,
originated about the 15th century
in Germany. Certain of these
slapstick spoofs became classics in
the communities where they were
first performed, and many of the
original manuscripts have been
5. Are you really supposed to get
drunk on Purim?
According to the Talmud, yes.
The exact quotation is: "On
Purim, one should drink until he
can no longer tell the difference
between 'cursed by Haman' and
'blessed be Mordechai.'"
(Megillah 7b)
This runs counter to normative
Jewish teachings which generally
condemn intoxication as unseem-
ly. But Purim was exempted from
the usual rules. The custom of
allowing excessive drinking was
probably a result of Purim's
Biblical status as a Mishteh
(Literally "feast" but also mean-
ing "drink"). The rabbis
monitored the seeming per-
missiveness carefully, but, so long
as individuals did not become
abusive or destructive, Purim was
a time when almost anything was
6. Why do we eat Hamantashen
on Purim?
Hamantashen originated in
Europe. The term derives from
two German words: mohn (poppy
seed) and taschen (pockets). The
association with Purim was
solidified by substituting the name
of Haman for mohn. There are
those who hold that the Haman-
tashen symbolize the three-
cornered hat which Haman wore.
Actually, there are many foods
which came to be associated with
Purim, but Hamantashen emerg-
ed as the most popular delicacy.
The three-cornered pastry, filled
with poppy seeds, apricots or
prunes, has become an essential
element in Purim's joy.
7. Why do we send gifts and give
charity on Purim?
The Book of Esther (9:22) en-
joins the Jews to "make days of
feasting and gladness, and of sen-
ding gifts to one another
(misloach manot), and gifts to the
Poor." It is typical of Judaism
that, even during a holiday of
revelry, we remember others,
especially those less fortunate
than ourselves. It is customary to
send two gifts to at least one
friend and to give a single gift to
at least two poor people. Even the
poorest Jew is expected to share
With others. Thus we learn that
Tzedakah, at all times and in all
places, is a religious duty.
8. Esther's Hebrew name was
Hadassah. Is there any connection
between her and the great women's
organization of today?
Yes, after a visit to Palestine
the great Jewish leader Henrietta
Szold decided to form a Zionist
organization for women. She envi-
sioned this group working for the
health of women and children in
what was to become the modern
State of Israel.
The founding meeting was held
at Congregation Emanu-EI of
New York. The date Purim,
1912. The women constituted
themselves as the Hadassah
chapter of the Daughters of Zion.
Eventually the name would
become simply: Hadassah. The
Biblical woman, who centuries
before had delivered her people,
thus gave her name to a new
generation of women who would
seek to emulate her noble
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Purim teaches us that history
can be capricious. But, while
others may seek to determine our
fate by "lots," it will ultimately be
Jewish strength, commitment,
and faith which ensure a bright
future for our people.
9. What is the meaninq of
The Hebrew word "purim"
derives from the old Person word
"pur," meaning "lots." It refers
to the "lottery tickets" used by
Haman to determine a date for his
planned destruction of the Jews of
10. Where is the story of Purim
The story of Purim is contained
in the Scroll of Esther, Megillat
Esther. There are four other
Biblical megillot, each read in the
synagogue on a holiday compati-
ble with its theme. Esther is read
on Purim, Ruth on Shavuot,
Lamentations on Tisha B'av, Ec-
clesiastes on Sukkot, and Song of
Songs on Pesach. Only in the case
of Purim, however, does the
megillah relate the holiday's basic
11. Is the story of Esther true?
Probably not, though there is a
supposed ancient tomb of Esther
and Mordechai in Iran. There are
some scholars who gypotesize that
Ahasuerus was either Xerxes I,
who ruled Persia from 486-465
BCE or Artaxerxes II, King from
404-359 BCE. But historical
records of the period make no
mention of Haman, Esther or
Mordechai, nor do they refer to
any of the incidents in the Scroll
of Esther.
There are many theories as to
how the book came to be written.
Some scholars hold that Purim co-
opted and Judaized the popular
pagan carnivals of that era.
Jewish leaders could not stop the
people from feasting and prading,
so they validated the practice in a
Jewish historical framework, in
the Scroll of Esther.
The second theory affirms that
Esther was written about the time
of the Maccabean revolt (165
BCE). In the flush of victory, say
these scholars, the book was
created to reinforce the national
mood of confidence in deliverance.
A third hypothesis is perhaps
the most interesting. The Babylo-
nians had a New Year celebration
when they believed their gods
Marduk and Ishtar cast lots to
determine each individual's fate.
Then, say these scholars, the
elements of this pagan festival
were borrowed, rewritten, and
transformed into Purim, with
Marduk becoming Mordechai,
Ishtar becoming Esther, and lots
(purim) playing a pivotal role in
the plot.
No one theory is universally ac-
cepted, however, and the roal
origins of Megillat Esther remain
a mystery.
12. But how can a Jewish holi-
day be based on an event which
may never have happened? Isn't
that unusual?
Purim is unusual in many
respects. First, it has many
secular aspects. Esther is the only
book of the Bible in which G-d is
not mentioned at all!
The elevation of Purim to a ma-
jor holiday in the eyes of the
Jewish people was a result of the
Jewish historical experience. Over
the centuries, Haman became the
embodiment of every anti-Semite
in every land where Jews were op-
pressed. Jewish communities
throughout the world, when
delivered from tragedy, often
wrote their own megillot and
celebrated local Purims. Even the
enemies of the Jews recognized
their identification with Haman.
In an eerie prophecy, in 1944,
Adolf Hitler declared that, if the
Nazis lost the war, the Jews would
celebrate a second Purim.
The significance of Purim, then,
lies not in how it began, but in
what it has become a thankful
and joyous affirmation of Jewish
survival against all odds.
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Congregations, Organizations Events
The Tampa Bay Jewish Singles
Council, an autonomous non-
profit Jewish singles group serv-
ing both Hillsborough and Pinellas
County, recently contracted with
the Tampa Community Center to
provide professional staffing ser-
vice. Susan Peled, program direc-
tor at the center will be working
with the Singles Council.
"I feel she will be a strong asset
for the council in building future
leadership, assisting with progam-
ming and maintaining the con-
tinuity of the council. We look for-
ward to working with her," said
Richard Myers, president of the
Tampa Bay Jewish Singles
The Tampa Bay Jewish Singles
Council was formed a year ago by
single Jewish leaders to help meet
the needs of the Jewish singles in
our community. The council offers
a variety of social, educational,
religious, recreational and
cultural activities. In addition to
involvement with various Jewish
community projects, the council
works very closely with many
synagogues, Jewish Federations,
Jewish community centers and
Jewish family services both in
Hillsborough and Pinellas County.
To be added to the council's
mailing list, please send your
name, address and phone number
to: Carla Goldman, the Tampa
Bay Jewish Singles Council, c/o
The Tampa JCC, 2808 Horatio
Street, Tampa, FL 33609. For ad-
ditional information concerning
future events please call Cathy
Smith at 969-3441 or Susan Peled
at 872-4451 in Hillsborough or
Jeff Donsky at 585-1888 or Debbie
Zimbler at 347-3236 in Pinellas.
Whether you're on a fitness
kick or not yoif 11 have a blast at
American Fitness, Saturday,
March 29 at 7:30 p.m. Take a dip
in the whirlpool, dry out in the
sauna, work out on the machines,
get your heart pumping in
aerobics class or swim a few laps
in the pool then munch out!
Healthy foods (and some not so
healthy) will be served. By the
way, the American Fitness Center
which is located at 4110 Hender-
son Blvd., Tampa will be closed to
the public for the evening.
Bring your own towel. There is
no fee for this event.
For more information contact
Debbie at 347-3236.
The St. Petersburg Chapter of
the Brandeis University National
Women's Committee and their
friends have been invited by
Evander Preston to a "Sunset
Soiree" to view his Art and
Jewelry creations at his studio in
Pass-a-Grille at 106 8th Avenue,
St. Petersburg Beach at 5 p.m. on
Thursday, March 27. Cover is $8.
Hors d'oeuvres will be served.
Phone Ann at 864-2467 for
The St. Petersburg Chapter of
the Brandeis University National
Women's Committee is announc-
ing a theater outing to the Asolo
II in Sarasota. On Thursday, April
3 at 10:45 a.m. a chartered bus
will leave the Pasadena Shopping
Center to arrive in Sarasota in
time to see the celebrated produc-
tion of "Orphans." $20 covers
cost of theatre and bus transpor-
tation. Phone Betty Sobelman at
576-8207 for information and
The Suncoast Chapter of the
American Technion Society an-
nounced it will schedule their an-
nual semi-formal dinner-dance on
Sunday evening May 25 amid the
Memorial holiday weekend.
Rabbi David J. Susskind
The local chapters board decid-
ed to initiate a new trend this year
and proceed to honor from within
its own ranks an active Technion
member. Their first candidate is
Rabbi David J. Susskind, who
with Mort and Miriam Wygodsky,
alumni of the Israel Institute of
Technology, organized the Sun-
coast Chapter and has served on
its board since the founding eight
years ago.
The chairperson for the spring
of 86 dinner-dance is Barbara
Heller, who has also been the
liaison with the society's regional
office. Dottie Goldblatt and Doris
Babat with their characteristic
supportiveness and enthusiasm
volunteered as co-chairpersons of
the annual banquet.
The local membershp is com-
prised of an informal roster of
friends who, in their kinship with
Israel, share also appreciation for
the unique role that the Technion
- The MIT of the Middle East -
performs. Many more friends are
invited and are most welcome to
become partners in this special ap-
preciation. Reserve the time and
the date of the gala dinner-dance
and join in the celebration and
tribute gala at the Wine Cellar,
Redington Beach.
The proceeds of the $25 per
plate banquet will go for a student
scholarship at the Israel Institute
of Technology.
Miriam Berger, the longtime
Music Director and Cantorial
Soloist of Temple Beth-El, will be
honored at Shabbat services on
Friday, April 4.
During the nearly two decades
Ms. Berger served in this capaci-
ty, her superb musicianship and
delightful personality provided in-
spiration for all those who heard
The entire community is invited
to pay tribute to a great lady.
All members of the community
are invited to a pre-Passover
Workshop conducted by Rabbi Ira
and Susan Youdovin of Temple
Beth-El Thursday April 3 at 7:30
p.m. in the Temple's Social Hall
and Kitchen.
Rabbi Youdovin will discuss the
holiday, and conduct a hands-on
demonstration/workshop on how
to lead a seder even if you've
never led one.
Susan Youdovin will share the
secret of her "never-fail-to-raise"
matzaball recipe.
This evening is designed
especially for young families, par-
ticularly those with limited Jewish
There is no admission charge.
But you are urged to make a
reservation by calling the Temple
office at 347-6136.
The Men's Club of Congrega-
tion Beth Sholom of 1844 54th
Street South, Gulfport, will hold
their monthly breakfast at the
Synagogue Social Hall April 6 at
10 a.m.
A 50-minute documentary film
narrated by the distinguished
author Elie Wiesel, called
"Jerusalem Jewish Life" will
be shown.
Members and friends are invited
to attend. Donation $2.50.
Chabad Lubavitch of Pinellas
County will be celebrating the
month of Adar II and the spring
season with a variety of activities.
First will be an open house party
and Chanukat HaBayit (dedica-
tion of the new home). At this
time, the Mezzuzot will be hung on
each doorpost of the house, which
is a truly joyous occasion for every
Jewish home.
The date for this occasion is
Sunday, March 23, 2-5 p.m.
Refreshments will be served.
Children are welcome. For direc-
tions or further information,
please call us at our NEW
number, 442-6587.
Members of the Jewish com-
munity are invited to be our guest
for. Shabbat and Hoydays
throughout the year. Home
hosting for singles and families is
an integral part of Chabad pro-
grams, which offers members of
the Jewish community the oppor-
tunity to experience the tradi-
tional Sabbath of Holyday. There
is no charge for this program.
Join us for a weekend in Naples,
Fla. We leave on April 19 on a bus
tour for two days. Make your
reservations now. Send your
check and reservations to Nancy
Kess. 1661 Algonquin Dr. Clear-
water, Fl. 33515.
Call Jackie Goldberg for detail-
ed information 785-2105 or
443-5752. Cost: $130 per person
($10 honor credit). .
Join The Fun!
State Dep't. Official Pleads
Ignorance' of U.S. Mideast Policy
State Department official who
maintained that both Israel and
the Palestine Liberation
Organization were guilty of ter-
rorism has pleaded ignorance of
U.S. policy after the State Depart-
ment dissociated itself from his
Gordon Brown, director of the
Office of Arabian Peninsula Af-
fairs, told the Jewish Telegraphic
Agency that if the area of the
Arab-Israeli conflict were his
"bread and butter" he
presumably would have been more
familiar with relevant U.S. policy.
He added, "I probably put in some
of my own personal views."
He was referring to a satellite
interview with Arab reporters
during which, in response to ques-
tions, he stated that Israel's bom-
bing of Beirut in 1982 "killing pro-
bably hundreds of thousands of
people" was as much an act of ter-
rorism as Katyusha rockets fired
from Lebanon into Israel.
The interview was broadcast on
Worldnet, a program of the U.S.
Information Agency (USIA).
Michael Austrian, a spokesman
for the State Deparment's Near
East Bureau, told the JTA, "This
was a case of a fellow that was on
the program to discuss U.S.-Gulf
financial transactions an area in
which he has great expertise
and he got a question from out of
left field that he didn't know how
to deal with."
Jennifer Brickman
Michael Lerner
Bar/Bat Mitzvah
Michael Lerner, son of Linda
and Phillip Lerner, will be called
to the Torah as Bar Mitzvah on
Saturday, March 22, at Temple
B'nai Israel, Clearwater.
Michael is a student at the Tem-
ple B'nai Israel religious school
and is active in the Junior Youth
Group. An eighth-grader at
Seminole Middle School, Michael
is a member of the National
Junior Honor Society and the
Builder's Club.
Dr. and Mr. Lerner will host a
reception Saturday, March 22 at
the Wine Cellar. Special guests
will include relatives and friends
from California, Texas, Wiscon-
sin, Connecticut and New York.
Jennifer Ann Brickman,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph
S. Brickman, will be called to the
Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on Satur-
day, March 29 at Temple B'nai |
Israel, Clearwater.
Jennifer is a student in the Tern-1
pie B'nai Israel religious school
and is active in Bifty and the |
Junior Youth Group.
A seventh-grader at Oak Grove I
Middle School, she enjoys softball,
collecting miniatures and stickers]
and reading.
The Brickmans will host al
reception on Saturday, March 29 |
at Spotot's Restaurant. Special
guests will include Sue, Sam and
Steven Singer of Brooklyn; Hazel
Schwartz of Fort Lauderdale;
Maxine and Horace Gumpertz of |
Margate; grandfather Joseph Ed-
ward Brickman of Largo; Maurice I
and Libby Brickman of I
Worcester, Mass.; and Mrs.
Christine Rizzottee and Diane of]
Avondale, Pa.
"The Holocaust" Martin
Reviewed by Louise Ressler
An average reader might say:
ANOTHER book about the
Holocaust! BUT, this is really one
worth reading. WHY? Although
the book does actually reopen old
wounds, there are also survivors'
memories included that are wor-
thwhile in their accuracy of fac-
tual happenings.
Martin Gilbert is a careful
historian, recording names, dates
and pertinent information. In
1983, he had published his Russian
documentation "The Jews of
Hope," when he went to the
Soviet Union to interview
"refuseniks" those that the
Soviet Union has denied emigra-
tion permits to because of alleged
"security risks."
Gilbert's interviewing ofl
Holocaust survivors is asl
painstaking as the interviews ofl
refuseniks were. He focuses on]
how the victims reacted and felt I
during their persecution. He doesl
not deal with policy of the period,!
but instead is interested in "peo-|
pie's feelings."
He interviews the closest!
witnesses surviving of those whol
perished in total destruction.!
Gilbert heard direct testimonies!
from those who suffered andl
documents the intensity of the!
punishments. By piecing together |
these few scribbled messages vic-
tims were sometimes able to leave I
with the actual memories of sur-
vivors retold over 10 years,!
Gilbert is able to retell many a|
true story.
"The Holocaust" is an inspired |
Religious Directory
400 S. Paeadena Ave.. St. Petersburg 33707 Kabbi Ira S. Youdovin Friday
Evening Sabbath Service* 8 p.m., Saturday Morning Sabbath Service 10 a.m. .
Bar-Bat Mitzvah Service 11 a.m. Tel. 347-6138.
Coagregation BETH SHOLOM-Conaervative
1844 64 St S.. (Julfport 33707 Rabbi Iarael Dvork.a Service.: Friday evening
at 8 p.M.; Satarday. a.m. Tel. 321-3380. 864-427.
Congregation B'NAI ISRAEL-Conaervative
M 5i!!w a^ **?!"** 337, *IUfcW '"* LmW C"*" l**"! Zur
* s"**Ul,srT,: "iday evening 8 p.m. Saturday,; Monday-Friday 8
ami Sanday a.*.; aad evening Minyan Tel. 3H1-4M0.
Congregation BETH CHAI-Coaaervative
8400 128 St. N.. Se.inole 33542 Rabbi Stuart Bei man Sabbath Service. Fri-
day evening! 8 p.m.; .Saturday. 9:30 a.m. Ttl. 3*3-5525.
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***k Friday evening at 8 p.m.; Saturday 10:JC a.m. Tal. 531-5828.
f J?^L,I7*' D""#U" CurUw Rd.. Palm Harbor 33583 Rabbi
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Community Calendar
Friday. March 21
Floridian deadline for edition of April 4.
Shabbat Candlelighting. 6:32 p.m.
National Council of Jewish Women Suncoast Section, Shabbat
services at Temple B'nai Israel, Clearwater, 8 p.m.
Tampa Bay Jewish Singles Council Shabbat at Congregation
Kol Ami. 3919 Moran Road, Tampa. Oneg Shabbat at Rick
Myers' home afterward.
Saturday, March 22
Shoshanim Chapter of Hadassah. Program: mime, magic and
desserts, home of Dr. and Mrs. Morris LeVine, 1900 Park St
N., St. Petersburg. 8 p.m. Donation: $7.50 per person.
Temple Ahavat Shalom, Palm Harbor, Family Fun Nite 7 pm
Food, games for the entire family, disc jockey. Admission: $1.
Sunday. March 23
JCC Purim Festival. 12:30 p.m. until later afternoon.
Congregation Beth Shalom, Clearwater, Sisterhood Purim
Festival and International Food Fair, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Congregation B'nai Israel, St. Petersburg, Purim Carnival
11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Temple B'nai Israel, Clearwater, Purim Festival, Megillah
Reading. 5 p.m. Carnival and supper 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Jewish War Veterans Ladies Auxiliary Bay Pines Hospital
Monday. March 24
Westwind ORT board meeting.
JCC Senior Friendship Club Purim party.
Golda Meir Center Purim Party, 1 p.m.
Erev Purim
Tuesday. March 25
Jewish War Veterans and Auxiliary Paul Surenky Post 409
board meeting.
B'nai B'rith Women general meeting.
Wednesday. March 26
Luncheon'8 University Ntional Women's Committee
National Council of Jewish Women, St. Petersburg Section,
will celebrate Jewish music month at regular meeting. Film
Close Harmony will be shown, JCC. St. Petersburg, noon.
Hadassah Aliyah Group board meeting.
Temple Beth-El Social Issue Forum. Topic: "School Prayer:
rwo Conflicting Jewish Views." 8 p.m. In Temple sanctuary.
Thursday, March 27
JCC Senior Friendship Club Birthday and Anniversary Party.
Brandeis University National Women's Committee. St.
Petersburg Chapter, "Sunset Soiree" at the studio of Evander
Preston, St. Petersburg Beach. 5 p.m. Cost $8.
Friday, March 28
Shabbat Candlelighting, 6:29 p.m.
Saturday, March 29
Tampa Bay Jewish Singles Council party. American Fitness
Center, Tampa. 7:30 p.m. Free.
Sunday. March 30
Volunteer Brunch, Golda Meir Center. 11:30 a.m. Honorees
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free, guests $2.50.
Congregation Beth Sholom, Gulfport, Sisterhood Purim Din-
ner. Food and games. 5 p.m. Admission: $4.50 by reservation
Monday, March 31
Golda Meir Center CPR Class. 1-4 p.m. Fee: $7.
Wednesday. April 2
Congregation B'nai Israel. St. Petersburg, Adult Series
Passover Workshop.
Jewish Federation of Pinellas County Budget, Planning and
Allocation Committee meeting, 6:30 p.m. Golda Meir Center.
Federation Executive Committee meeting, 8:30 p.m. Golda
Meir Center.
Tampa Bay Jewish Singles Council Dinner-Planning meeting
China One Buffet, 4240 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. 6 p.m. For
more information, call program chairman Jeff Donsky.
Thursday. April 3
Brandeis University National Women's Committee, St.
Petersburg Chapter, bus tour to Asolo II in Sarasota. Leave
10:45 a.m. from Pasadena Shopping Center. Cost $20 Call Bet-
Ty Sobelman 567-8207 for reservations.
JCC Senior Friendship meeting. Election of officers.
Temple Beth-El Passover Workshop. 7:30 p.m. at the Temple
Friday. April 4
Floridian Deadline for April 18 edition.
Shabbat Candlelighting, 6:32 p.m.
Jewish Community Center of Pinellas County
The first JCC invitational golf
tournament will be held on Thurs-
day. June 5 at Serninole Lake
Country Club. All proceeds of the
golf tournament will go toward
scholarships for special and han-
dicapped children in year round
programs at the Jewish Communi-
ty Center.
The entry fee of $50 per player
includes 18 holes of golf and a
family program. Each player is
entitled to bring two guests to the
family dinner and awards
ceremony, which will be held at
the JCC following the
The field is limited to the first
128 paid entries or 32 teams
of four players. You can pick your
own team or we will pair you. The
format will be a four man scram-
ble, with a shotgun start.
Prizes will be awarded to all par-
ticipants. Gift certificates will be
awarded to the top five finishing
teams. This will be broken by
match of cards.
For more information contact
the Jewish Community Center of
Pinellas County at 344-5795.
It's still not too late to sign up
for spring camp at the JCC. The
week of March 24-28 will be filled
with lots of exciting activities in-
cluding field trips to Tampa Inter-
national Airport, to the Science
Center to view the Leonardo di
Vinci Exhibition, bowling and
lunch at Chuck E. Cheese.
To register please see Betty or
Debbie in the JCC office or call
For the past 12 years, Jeanne
Gootson has been offering her
popular Yoga classes at the JCC.
Classes are offered Tuesdays and
Thursdays from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on
a continuing basis and are for
beginners as well as those who

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have had previous experience in
this form of relaxation.
The children in our before/after
school program have been busy
rehearsing their latest drama pro-
duction, "It Happened In
Shushan," a story about Purim.
The children plan to perform their
play for the Senior Friendship
Club at the JCC during the week
of spring camp.
Purim is also being celebrated
by our playgroup. The children
have been busy making their own
groggers, paper plate puppets and
If you're entering kindergarten,
through fourth grade then
Kadima is for you. Junior Kadima
is for children K-2nd Grade and
Senior Kadima is for 3rd and 4th
Graders. Both groups participate
in regular camp activities in-
cluding swim instruction, music,
drama, ceramics, arts and crafts,
tennis, karate, outdoor sports,
games, free swim, horseback
riding, field trips, camp carnivals
and overnights. Senior Kadima
has special two night trips each
session. Oneg shabbats are held
each Friday afternoon.
Other programs offered by
Camp Kadima are: kindercamp
(ages 2*6-4); Safari (entering 5th
and 6th Grades): Caravan (enter-
ing 7th and 8th Grades): AIT, LIT
and CIT: as well as special camp
for chldren with special needs.
Gamp will be held June 16July
11 (first session) and July 14-Aug.
8 (second session). Regular camp
hours are 9:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m. For
working parents our extended
program offers care from 7 a.m.-6
p.m. Camp fees include kosher
lunch, snacks and towels. Door to
door transportation is available at
an additional fee.
The list keeps growing
names of campers:
Sabrina Zimring, Nichole
Friedel, Debbie Friedel, Larry
Bartholf, Morgan Freeble, Beth
Wainright, Heather Zimbler, Jodi
Berman, Joel Berman, Elissa
Graham, Andrew Madura, Rachel
Poll, Jacob Nail, Joey Smith, Evie
Lamanna, Chris 01 sen, Chris
Brault, Stacey Le Vine, Robyn Le
Vine, Amy Ehlers, Kimberly
Burt, Cory Resnick, Brian Kan-
ner, Richard Kanner, Jessica
Sher, Stacey Sher, Audrey Bohan,
Mark Sembler, Eric Sembler, Will
Lazenby, Benjamin Dykman, and
Jen Sukenick.
To add your child's name to the
list, call the JCC at 344-5795.
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