NONPROFIT ORG. U.S. POSTAGE PAID MANASOTA FL PERMIT 167A publication of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-ManateeKlingenstein Jewish Center, 580 McIntosh Rd., Sarasota, FL 34232Annual voluntary subscription: $25 Community Day School signs lease extension with Temple Beth Sholom 13 of the biggest health breakthroughs in Israel in 2017 Aly Raisman highlights Federations 11th Womens Day event 4 8 30INSIDE THIS ISSUE: 7 Community Focus 15 Jewish Happenings 24 Jewish Interest 30 Israel & the Jewish World 33 Commentary 36 Focus on Youth 39 Life Cycle Hanukkah happens at Temple Emanu-El 37 FEDERATION NEWS February 2018 Shevat/Adar 5778 Volume 48, Number 2 Celebrating Jewish Life in Sarasota and Manatee Counties, Israel and the World continued on page 2 9th Annual Jewish Film Festival By Roberta Berson 941.907.3418Located in Lakewood Ranch Fine Jewelry Expert Repairs Jewelry Appraisals Watch Battery & Bands Pearl Re-string Fine JewelryExpert RepairsJewelry AppraisalsWatch Battery & BandsPearl Re-string941 .907 .3418Located in Lakewood Ranch Serving our community since 1971! Published by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee www.jfedsrq.orgA message from Federation leadership: Facilitating Jewishness continued on page 2 By Michael Ritter, Federation President, and Howard Tevlowitz, Executive DirectorFor many years, The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee has been a national thought leader and trendsetter in developing and implementing new approaches to engage members of our Jewish community. Holistically, we consider ourselves an enterprise for facilitating Jewishness. We currently provide a wide variety of programs non-prescriptive, inclusive and welcoming. We are well positioned to introduce a current generation of Jews to what it has meant to be Jewish in the past, what being Jewish means today, and what opportunities there are to be Jewish in the future. Studies of Jewish idenpeople have, the more likely they are to do more things Jewish, whether lighting Shabbat candles, attending a Seder, joining a synagogue, reading Jewish blogs, listening to Jewish music, watching Jewish films, eating Jewish food, or engaging in tikkun olam, etc. Sohow does this relate to each of you in our Sarasota-Manatee community today? We have idennew collaborative approaches and more sensible ways to facilitate connections and engagement; 3. Whenever it makes sense, Federation runs and/ or sponsors programs and activities in many public and religious spaces throughout the area we serve we want to be where you are; 4. Federation will continue to focus on more fully utilizing our valuable and truly unique 32-acre campus on McIntosh Road to create Jewish space for use by individuals and organizations, and to meet the diverse and evolving needs of a 21st century Jewish community. Among other things, our goal is to create a comfortable living room environment on our campus for people of their Jewishness on their terms. This process is already underway, beginning with some muchQHHGHG\003XSJUDG\HV\003WR\003RXU\003H[L\VWLQJ\003IDFLOLWL\HV\021\003 Michael Ritter and Howard TevlowitzThe Naiditch Family Foundation 9th Annual Jewish Film Festival (JFF) will celebrate and ing the Southwest Florida premiere of the documentary, Ben-Gurion, Epilogue. JFF co-chairs Fran Braverman and Evans Tilles, along with their committee, have been busy screening ous perspectives on life in Israel. the Opening Night Celebration at 7:00 p.m. at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium with Ben-Gurion, Epilogue with Israels founding prime minister. Filmed nearly 50 years ago, this never-before-aired interview provides a surprising vision for todays crucial decisions and the future of Israel. Featured guest Yariv a special treat that night Alon Ben-Gurion, grandson of the late prime minister, will join guests Party. For those unable to attend the Opening Night Celebration, Ben-Gurion, Epilogue will be screened multiple times during the festival. This outstanding Opening Night event sets the ANNUAL MARCH 1 6-2 1 2 0 1 5 FOR TICKETS CALL 866.465.3995 OR VISIT JFEDSRQ.ORG/JFF18See more on page 14 MARCH 8-18, 2018 Naiditch Family Foundation61 SCREENINGS OF TWELVE GREAT ISRAELI FILMS 0 7 9TH ANNUAL CELEBRATING ISRAEL 70
2 February 2018 FEDERATION NEWS Dr. Judy Feld Carr and the secret rescue of Syrian JewsJWRP mothers give backBy Sasha Rosin Jewish Film Festival...continued from page 1 afternoon and evening at the newly renovated Regal Hollywood Stadium cliner seating, reserved seats and accessible parking. Here are brief descriptions of the Amor is a lyrically and beautifully shot drama depths of what love sometimes demands of us and how memories are simultaneously both fragile and Between Worlds is an intriguing that begins in a hospital between two women. The women are both hiding a secret, and while waiting and hoping, they will learn about truth, faith, understanding, acceptance and love that can, and maybe should, replace the fear of the unknown. A Heartbeat Away tells the story of an Israeli pediatric cardiologist who is sent to Africa to perform lifesaving operations in Tanzania, where children die from heart conditions. The documentary is a riveting human drama, swinging on the pendulum between science and faith, hope and despair, life and death. In Between introduces viewers to three Palestinian women living in an balance between traditional and modern culture. The scripts nuanced treatment provides a feel for the many-faceted, multicultural city in which it is set a unique blend of hedonism and tradition, bound together by hummus and history. An Israeli Love Story is based on theatre director Pnina Gary and Eli Ben-Zvi, son of the second president of the State of Israel. Set in the turbulent period of pre-state Israel, the two are torn between their love for one another and where they see their own futures in the Jewish state. Mr. Predictable is a delightful and funny romantic comedy about Adi, a good guy who has always followed the rules and tried to please everyand free-spirited dog walker, he gets a crash course in breaking the rules he that embracing the unpredictable can often bring out the best in all of us. Operation Wedding tells the story of a group of young Jewish dissidents who plot to hijack an empty plane and escape Leningrad in 1970 with hopes of making it to Israel. Caught by the KGB a few steps from boarding, they were sentenced to years in the gulag and two were sentenced to death, despite the fact that they never boarded the plane. A Quiet Heart is a riveting suspense thriller about the evils of relibetween Jerusalems secular and religious communities. The Wedding Plan is a poignant romantic comedy about love, marriage only a months notice, is unwilling to return to single life. She puts her trust in fate and continues with the wedding plans, believing that G-d will supply her with a husband. The Womens Balcony a major matic comedy about an accident during a bar mitzvah celebration that leads WR\003D\003JHQGHU\003ULIW\003LQ\003D\003GHYRXW\003UWKRGR[\003 FRPPXQLW\\000LQ\003-HUXVDOHP\021\003KH\003\277\003OP\003LV\003D\003 rousing, good-hearted tale about women speaking truth to patriarchal power. The Closing Event will be held on Sahib Shriners Auditorium. We will FXOPLQDWH\003RXU\003H[FLWLQJ\003DQG\003HQOLJKWHQ\020 LQJ\003,VUDHOL\003MRXUQH\\000WKURXJK\003\277\003OP\003ZLWK\003D\003 VFUHHQLQJ\003RI\003WKH\003FODVVLF\003\277\003OP\017\003 Exodus a 1960 epic starring Paul Newman and directed by Otto Preminger. Based on the best-selling novel by Leon Uris, Exodus focuses on the birth of the State of Israel after WWII. It follows Ari Ben Canaan, an Israeli resistance leader, as he tries to help a group of 600 Jewish immigrants escape British-blocked shown with an intermission, during which time attendees will enjoy a special Israeli meal! guide by mail. If you dont, please contact Brieana at bdgraves@jfedsrq .org or 941.552.6305 to request a copy. tails or to purchase tickets when they go on sale to the general public in mid-February. Sponsors will select their tickets through our Sponsor Conor 941.504.6717. Special thanks to Roz Goldberg, Jewish Film Festival Founder and screening committee: Karen Bernstein, Jack Braverman, Meredith Ernst, Barbara Horowitz, Barbara Jacob, Susan Newmark, Ronnie Riceberg, Nadia Ritter, Cheryl Shapiro, Bunny Skirboll, Lois Stulberg, Janet Tolbert and Frank Tucciarone. For more details, please see the ad on page 14 or contact Brieana DuckettGraves at 941.552.6305 or bdgraves@ jfedsrq.org. Watch Companywww.SarasotaWatch.com Top dollar paid for your Rolex, Breitling, Cartier and other luxury brands rf941.953.1315rfAMntPMSarasota Watch Company is not affiliated with Rolex or any of its subsidiaries. MAGORA PRODUCTIONS & TRANSFAX FILM present LIRON LIVO OR ILAN ANAT ATZMON DAN TURGEMAN NATALY ATTIYA TAMAR SHEM OR GIL ALON SHOSHA GOREN Guest MOSHE IVGY M usic YANIV TAICHMAN S cript RAPHAEL REBIBO Director of RAMI AGAMI A rt GIYORA BERGEL D irector of TOMER LAHMY E ditor BEN TZION ABRAMYAN A ssociate MARTINE FITOUSSI P roducer MAREK ROSENBAUM C oproduction MAGORA PRODUCTIONS & TRANSFAX FILM Produced and Directed RAPHAEL REBIBOappearance photography producer productionA film by RAPHAEL REBIBO Facilitating Jewishness...continued from page 1 A fundamental principle at the Federation is to continue shifting the shape and focus of Jewish engagement, as needed, to ensure that we are putting the needs and interests of the people in improve. We want to hear from you. 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3 February 2018 FEDERATION NEWS Dr. Judy Feld Carr and the secret rescue of Syrian JewsJWRP mothers give backBy Sasha Rosin Owned and Operated by NRT, LLC Who does the Jewish community turn to for the most trusted service in real estate?Barbara Ackerman 941.780.6045 Ryan Ackerman 941.387.1818 Barbara Ackerman 941.780.6045 Ryan Ackerman 941.387.1818 Contributing to the prosperity of our Jewish Community since 1979! www.ackermangroup.net#1 Team by Sales Volume across ALL companies in Sarasota County, Manatee County & Longboat Key! By Rebecca Rothstein | This program is Sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee J oin us at Temple Beth Sholom on Sunday, February 25 at 7:00 p.m. as Dr. Judy Feld Carr tells her amazing story about the secret rescue of Syrian Jews. ian Jews to freedom despite the Syrian governments prohibition on emigration. Working with smugglers and bribmost of that community from veritable bondage. In addition, she clandestinely smuggled priceless ancient articles of Jewish worship out of that country. Until late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Israeli government agencies publicly acclaimed her activities, the world, including the Jewish world, had no inkling of this Canadian Jewish womans covert life. She is the subject of a bestselling Canadian book by historian Dr. Harold Troper, The Rescuer. The rescue was the best-kept secret in the Jewish world. In June 2012, Judy was one of the Award of Distinction of the State of Israel. The award was created by President Shimon Peres to recognize outstanding contributions to the Jewish people and the State of Israel. Among many other awards, she was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada (the highest award bestowed upon a Canadian citizen); received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012; the Humanitarian Award of Merit at Haifa University; the Abram Sachar Medal as Woman of the Year at Brandeis University; the Saul Hayes Human Rights Award of Canadian Jewish Congress; Award of Tolerance, Justice and Human Rights of the Simon Wiesenthal Center; Woman of Achievement Award of both Canadian Hadassah and Bnai Brith Women; Dr. Jane Evans Pursuit of Justice Award of Women of Reform Judaism of North America; Honoree of the State of Israel Bonds, Toronto. Judy was honored by the Foreign Ministry of Israel in Jerusalem, Israeli government agencies, and the Syrian Jewish communities in Brooklyn and Israel for her secret rescue of the Syrian Jewish community. In 2011, she was also honored with her husband, Donald Carr, with the Human Rights Award of The Canadian Centre for Diversity. Judy is the subject of the Israel Broadcasting Authoritys documentary Miss Judy aired on Israel televiat the Toronto Jewish Film Festival in 2012. She is a contributor to the books I am Jewish edited by Judea and Ruth Pearl, and What Israel Means to Me edited by Alan Dershowitz. The event is sponsored by the TBS Mens Club in conjunction with The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee Rudd International, The Mazur Family Foundation, and Edie and David Chaifetz. Adult ti ckets are $10 and may be purchased in advance or at the door. Youth are free of charge. There will be free valet parking available. advance. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Rebecca Rothstein is the ProgramCommunications Coordinator at Temple Beth Sholom. Dr. Judy Feld Carr T from our life-changing Jewish Womens Renaissance Project (JWRP) 10-day trip to Israel. The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee sent us because it believes in our destiny and desire to live by the teachings of the Torah, to model Jewish traditions to our children, and to embrace tikkun olam and tzedakah as part of our everyday lives. So, it was our pleasure and honor to support JFCS Adopt a Family. Led by Mary Collier and Stacy Hanan, we sponsored eight families for the holidays, providing them with necessities such as clothes and shoes, and also candles, electronics, games, books, cates to favorite stores. Shopping for these families created a great opportunity for us to teach our own children many of the tenets of tzedakah. As our children are blessed to not want for anything, its sometimes hard for them to grasp that there are loving parents out there who dont have the means to provide their own children with lots of gifts. We were able to remind our children that than RECEIVING. When our plane from Israel landed in sunny Sarasota this past summer, we were all renewed and felt a calling in our hearts to spread our love of Judaism, raise awareness, and make and the world at large. This gesture of holiday giving is just the beginning of whats to come from our group of loving Jewish mothers and leaders in our community. Almost every month we look forward to getting together with our JWRP sisters to learn and be inspired in new ways. As we closed our conversations in Israel, Baruch Hashem! We are blessed. For more information about our Federations JWRP program, contact Gisele Pintchuck at gpintchuck@jfed srq.org or 941.706.0029.(Back row:) Simone Knego, Mary Collier, Sasha Rosin, Evie Bates, Elisa Cohen, Rachael Feldman, Julie Green, Lauren Kurnov, Alicia Zoller, Ilene Fox, (front row:) Debbie Sanford, Jill Malkin, Stacy Hanan, Elizabeth Spingler, Sepi Ackerman, Gisele Pintchuck LUNCHEON Lion of Judah & Pomegranate Tuesday, February 6, 2018"Mr. Ben-Israel is the Manolo Blahnik of wedding cakes THE NEW YORK TIMESFEATURING Ron Ben-IsraelMichaels On The Bay at Selby Gardens, Sarasota, FL 11:30AM To learn more about the Lion of Judah and Pomegranate divisions, please contact Ilene Fox at 941.343.2111 or email@example.comKlingenstein Jewish Center 580 McIntosh Road, Sarasotajfedsrq.org/eventsCOCHAIRS: ANNE SPINDEL AND SUSI BENSONSTEENBARGER RBI Cakes
4 February 2018 FEDERATION NEWSAly Raisman helps commemorate Federations 11th Womens Day eventBy Sandy ChaseJewish women are the pillars of strength for our community and Israel. Steve Seidensticker, JFCS Board Chairman and Founder, Tableseide Restaurant Group, sponsor of Womens Day Aly Raisman embodies such a woman. The featured speaker at Womens Day, shes a two-time gold medal Olympian and captain of the gold medal U.S. Olympic gymnastics teams: The Fierce Five and The Final Five (2012 and 2016, respectively). man the most decorated U.S. gymAmerican woman gymnast to win gold lions during her silver medal performance at the 2016 Games. Aly is the second most decorated American gymWhy has she reached the pinnacle of her profession? Chalk it up to: Dedication to gymnastics and her team Respect for Judaism and Israel A support system comprising her Bubbie and other family members and friends Fortitude Her mom, a high-school gymnast, introduced Aly to gymnastics through months old. Aly began navigating her 1996 VHS Olympics video repeatedly. The rest is history. Gymnastics is synonymous with team for the Needham, Massachusetts, native. We work hard; we cheer for each other; were doing everything we can... Alys unwavering dedication to JuJewish heritage. She doesnt whisper, Im Jewish. On the 40th anniversary of the Munich Massacre, she twists, jumps, ery muscle in her strong body, I am a strong Jewish woman and I own this event. Rabbi Keith Stern, Temple Beth Avodah, Newton Centre, Massachusetts Quoted in The Forward, a JewishAmerican periodical, the rabbi had been referring to Alys gold-winning Nagila. Aly showed her mettle when she dedicated that performance to the 11 murdered Israeli Olympians, even though the International Olympic Committee chose not to include a minute of silence to honor their memory. When Womens Day der (Associate Director at Large for the Florida Studio Theatre), asked why Aly chose the Israeli folksong, she said that her mother and coaches Romanian couple Mihai and Sylvia Brestyan, who had coached the Israeli team selected the folksong late-night, online searches. For Aly, the song was ideal. There arent too many Jewish elites, referring to Olympians. The song has always inspired audience participation. Hava Nagila and comments about the massacred athletes had endeared her to Jews worldwide. Aly has repeatedly demonstrated her pride as a Jew, whether lighting the torch at the 19th Maccabiah games or receiving the Pearl D. Mazor Outstanding Female Jewish High School Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award. Over 400 attendees at Michaels On East were enthralled by this inspiring woman whose lifes song could be Hava Nagila because she has so many reasons to rejoice. Attendees also learned about Alys family life and support system. Aly and her siblings were very close to their Bubbie, who always told us to get what you want in life. Aly says she respected her Bubbies memory during the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. Even more important for Aly is that her parents have supported her decisions, stressing that winning isnt everything. Their and on the beam. Aly stresses that its most important to be a good person. Personifying fortitude, Aly has had to weather major storms whether its overcoming physical pain or emotional trauma. But she continues to walk conance beam. Displaying her stamina, she has mounted a campaign to protect our youth against pedophiles. Interviews, presentations and her recently published book, Fierce: How Competing for Myself Changed Everything emplify her commitment to others as well, learning that hard times make you stronger. Everyone has a voice. The Federation is indebted to the Womens Day Committee chaired by Lauren Fineman and Emily Stroud. ing to be part of this meaningful event. $O\\000LV\003H[FHSWLRQDO\021\003$\003UROH\003PRGHO\017\003VKH\003 inspired the entire room from young to old. Emily concurs: Thanks to the hard work of so many wonderful people. Aly is a class act. Hearing Alys and Julie Greens (Federation board member) stories about courage and resolve was very poignant.Anne Spindel, Anne Garlington, Marcy Klein rf n tbbff br frfntb Lifting Depression & Anxiety Trauma Impact Reduction Eating Disorders Teen/Parent Relationship Building Couples Connection & Reasonable Endings Returning Veteran Transitions Adults Adolescents Individuals Couples Families QUALITY PSYCHOTHERAPY 941.315.8797 CounselingServicesSarasota.comAVerierLMHC@gmail.com Andrea Verier M.A., M.S., LMHCNationally Board Certied, Licensed Mental Health Counselor #4082 1217 S. 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Publication of advertisements does not constitute endorsement of products, services or ideas promoted therein.PUBLISHERThe Jewish Federation of Sarasota-ManateeKlingenstein Jewish Center 580 McIntosh Road Sarasota, FL 34232-1959 Phone: 941.371.4546 Fax: 941.378.2947 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.jfedsrq.org Published Monthly Volume 48, Number 2 February 2018 40 pages USPS Permit No. 167 March 2018 Issue Deadlines: Editorial: January 31, 2018 Advertising: February 1, 2018 CHANGE OF ADDRESS: Change of address inquiries can be sent to Brieana Duckett-Graves at email@example.com or 941.371.4546, extension 0. STAY CONNECTED .com/jfedsrqPRESIDENT Michael Ritter EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Howard Tevlowitz CHIEF COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING OFFICER Kim Mullins MANAGING EDITOR Ted Epstein ADVERTISING SALES Robin Leonardi 941.552.6307 PROOFREADERS Edward D. Cohen, Jack Mansbach, Elliot Ofsowitz, Merry Sanders, Bryna Tevlowitz MIMI AND JOSEPH J. EDLIN JOURNALISM INTERNS Ashlyn Downey-Hayes, Nikol Isakovska ideas promoted therein. STAY Editors note: The Twice Promised Land and 100 Years War series will of The Jewish News. This feature is included as part of our Federations year-long celebration of Israel @ 70.The euphoria in the west of the Allied victory over the alliance of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Imperial Germany and Ottoman Turkey would allow the European victors a share of the spoils of war. As empires were dismantled, another name for empire became fashionable The Mandate. A League of Nations mandate was a legal status for certain territories transferred from the control of one country to another following World War I. With the newly created League of Nations leading the way, a systematic re-thinking of the geography of the Mideast took shape. In it, the British and French would enjoy territorial occupation and rehabilitation. The process of establishing the mandates consisted of two phases: 1) the formal removal of sovereignty of the state previously controlling the territory, and 2) the transfer of mandatory powers to individual states among the Allied Powers. Palestine and Greater Mesopotamia were handed over to Britain while France was given Greater Syria. The division was mainly due to an internal arrangement between the French and British, the Sykes-Picot Agreement of 1916. Almost immediately, residents of the various regions began demanding that both France and Britain live up to their World War I promises, i.e. Hussein-McMahon and Balfour. In the meantime, both the Jewish and Arab communities became more emboldened with the fall of the Turks. Yet a sense of cautious optimism about Emir Feisal would issue the following statement: We Arabs... look with the deepest sympathy on the Zionist movement. Our deputation here in Paris is fully acquainted with the proposals submitted yesterday by the Zionist Organisation to the Peace Conference, and we regard them as moderate and proper. We will do our best, in so far as we are concerned, to help them through; we will wish the Jews a most hearty welcome home... I look forward, and my people with me look forward, to a future in which we will help you and you will help us, so that the countries in which we are mutually interested may once again take their places in the community of the civilised peoples of the world. However, his optimism was shortlived. Increased Jewish emigration, which had been endorsed by the British and young Winston Churchill as Colonial Secretary for Egypt and the Mideast, was now being curtailed as increasing Arab world opposition threatened the relationship that England so desperately needed to maintain. The growing Jewish presence. Fuel would anti-Semitic American King-Crane Commission of 1919 opposed the creation of a Jewish national home and overtly supported total Arab control of the area. Buoyed by this sense of western support, the already tense situation would turn inoutbreak seen in the Hevron riots of 1929. The Jewish community of Hevron, a couple of thousand years old, guard. Their crackdown on the Palestinian Arabs was swift and brutal. All it accomplished was to further infuriate the Arab world against both the Anglisi and Palestinian Jewish population. In attempting to seek a resolution to the violence, the British created a 1930, under the auspices of Colonial a White Paper that would in essence totally dismiss the importance of the creation of a Jewish National Home tacitly siding with the Arab world. Legal immigration would be slowed to appease the Arabs. Blame it on the British. educational consultant, public speaker, archaeologist, historian, researcher, teacher and writer. 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6 February 2018 FEDERATION NEWS The Send-a-Kid-to-Israel Program, which provides subsidies up to $2,500 for teens and young adults to travel to Israel, is part of The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatees commitment to continuity and identity for our community. For more info, visit https://jfedsrq.org/what-we-do/skip or call Andrea Ei ert at 941.552.6308.Ramah Israel SeminarBy By Jacob GreenLast summer, I went on a trip with the Ramah Israel Seminar, during which 200 young teens visited Poland for a week and a half. death camps and work camps. I learned about the annihilation of European communities during the Holocaust and the revivals of other communities in Poland. In Israel, we toured the entire country, from the Golan Heights down to Eilat. We visited historical sites and went on several hikes. Even though trip has totally changed my life. Before I went to Israel, I never felt a special connection to the land that I am tied to by religion. But on the third day, that changed. That morning, we woke up at 4:00 a.m. to travel to Mount berius, overlooking the Kinneret. My the sun rose, and we saw some of the best views I have ever seen in my life. After sunrise, we started our journey path, which meant we climbed down hike, I had a fear of heights and, after, there was not a trace of that old fear. We learned that thousands of years ago, people lived in the FDYHV\003RI\003WKH\003FOLru\003\017\003DQG\003 we were able to climb GRZQ\003DQG\003JR\003ULJKW\003QH[W\003 to some of those ancient caves. Trips to Israel are cially trips that last almost eight weeks. The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee helped me go on this trip by providing scholarship opportunities. I applied for the S.K.I.P. (Send a Kid to Israel Program) scholarship. Thanks to The Federation, I was able to go on this once-in-a-lifetime trip to Israel. This summer was one of going back to Israel in the future. Jacob Green is a senior at Pine View School.Jacob Green facebook.com/jfedsrq CONNEC T with your Jewish Community Einat Admony Chef Einat AdmonyDINNER Monday, February 26, 2018 An elegant twist is put on Israeli kibbutz-style dining as you enjoy a modern Israeli 3-course dinner (Kosher style) prepared by two-time Chopped winner, Chef Einat Admony, who will address guests at the start of each course, and meet with guests after each seating. TWO WAYS TO PURCHASE TICKETS Einat Admony Chef Einat AdmonyDINNER Monday, February 26, 2018 THIS EVENT SPONSORED BY 0 7 DATE: Monday, February 26 LOCATION: Louies Modern, 1289 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota TWO SEATINGS: 4:45 pm 8:00 pm For more information, please contact Jessi Sheslow at 941.343.2109 or firstname.lastname@example.org JOIN US FOR THIS SPECIAL ISRAEL@70 DINNER EVENT! JFEDSRQ.org/Chef OR call Brieana at 941.552.6305 LEAD SPONSORS Larry Greenspon & Mary Gratehouse GOLD SPONSORSGerard Daniel Bart & Joan Levenson Betty SchoenbaumSILVER SPONSORSBob Casper Helen & Len Glaser Judd Malkin & Katherine Chez Hadassah & Martin Strobel Ian Black Real Estate Udell AssociatesISRAEL @ 70 SPONSORS Chef Einat Admony SEATING IS LIMITED! $150 pp FEDERATION TORCH SPONSORSEdie & David Chaifetz Leon R. & Margaret M. 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7 February 2018 COMMUNITY FOCUS The Send-a-Kid-to-Israel Program, which provides subsidies up to $2,500 for teens and young adults to travel to Israel, is part of The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatees commitment to continuity and identity for our community. For more info, visit https://jfedsrq.org/what-we-do/skip or call Andrea Ei ert at 941.552.6308. th Century Jewish Lyricists By Marden Paru, Dean, Sarasota Liberal Yeshiva | This program is Sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee F th century, the popular music of America was created largely by Jewish composers (melody) and lyricists (words). Tin Pan Alley, Broadwere the motivators and customers of this artful product. Most prominent among the music creators were such Jews as Berlin, Rodgers, Hammerstein, the Gershwin brothers and many more. It is interesting to note that many of these artists were from newly-arrived Jewish immigrant families that landed in Ellis Island to get away from the pogroms and anti-Semitism of 19 th century Europe. They settled in New York City mostly in the tenements of the Lower East Side. While a few families came with erty. In the Goldeneh Medina (Land of Gold), miraculously, many managed to attend New York colleges and universities. All began composing for New York publishers and most migrated to That is where so many other Jewish movie industry. ing on February 6, the Sarasota Libcourse entitled th Century Jewish Lyrists on Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon. This course will present and analyze the works of major Jewish lyricists such as Irving Berlin, Larry Hart, Ira Gershwin, E.Y. (Yip) Harburg, Leo Robin, Jay Livingston and others. Harburg was blacklisted because of the so-called socialist content of his lyrics. Other notables ran into difsic are immortalized in popular tunes and melodies, many of which made it into the movies and on Broadway. Yeshiva classes are held on The Road, Sarasota. To enroll, please contact me at 941.379.5655 or marden. email@example.com. Paul Roth will serve as visiting instructor. Paul Roth has a long history of presenting courses on popular music subjects in Florida and in Pittsburgh, will be embarking on his fourteenth season of courses at Carnegie-Mellon Universitys adult-ed (Osher) program. Paul has presented similar material on radio and TV in Washington, Pittsburgh and Sarasota, where he was declared a Sarasota Treasure in 2001 by Downtown Sarasota magazine. He is a retired professor of Computer Science at Virginia Tech. The Sarasota Liberal Yeshiva is a Jewish Education, operating with a grant from The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. All are welcome. Firsthand account of the raid on EntebbeThis program is Sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee W hile Americans were celebrating the bicentennial on July 4, 1976, about 140 Israeli commandos were undertaking one of the most daring missions in the history of the Israel Defense Forces: Operation Thunderbolt, a counterterrorist hostage-rescue assignment at Entebbe Airport in Uganda. A week earlier, an Air France plane on its way from Tel Aviv had been hijacked by two members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and two members of the German Revoto Libya and then to Uganda, where the hijackers and additional terrorists held the Israeli and Jewish passengers hostage at the airport along with the aircraft that landed in Entebbe seven minutes ahead of three additional the heart of his adventure, is a story he reserves for live audiences. His story is Israels story: of courlive in your homeland in freedom. On Thursday, February 1 at 7:00 p.m. at the Chabad of Venice Education Center (21560 Angela Lane), account of that legendary operation. step-by-step from the moment he was called to duty, including the preparation for the mission, landing in Uganda and completing the mission behind enemy lines. His presentation is sponsored by The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee For tickets, visit www.chabad ofvenice.com or call 941.493.2770. Sassy will also speak at Chabad of Bradenton on Friday, February 2 with a full Shabbat dinner. To RSVP, visit www.chabadofbradenton.com or call 941.752.3030. facebook.com/jfedsrq CONNEC T with your Jewish Community SHAL OM SHUK A M a rk e t P la c e of I s ra e li I t e m s a nd Je w is h De li De lig ht sS p o nso r ed b y T he J ew i sh F ed er a t i o n o f S a r a so t a -M a na t ee a t t he 2 4t h A nnua l J C V J ew i sh F o o d F est i v a l J E WI SH CONGRE GA TI ON OF V E NI CE 6 00 N A u bu r n Rd. Veni ce, FL 3429 2 9 4 1 48 42022 S U N D A Y F E B R U A R Y 1 8 1 0 a m t o 4 p m A dmi ssi o n P a rki ng S huttl e
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You can send Honor Cards directly from www.jfedsrq.org. For more information, please call 941.552.6304. I n mid-December, the Hershorin tension with Temple Beth Sholom. This agreement assures continuity for school families and a vibrant Jewish presence for all ages on the campus, which is located on the corner of Tuttle Avenue and Bahia Vista Street in Sarasota. The Community Day School and the temple share the mission of educating kids Jewishly and providing ences. Temple Beth Sholom, an egalitarian Conservative Synagogue, is the oldest Jewish house of worship in the Sarasota area, having just celebrated its 90 th anniversary last January. Day School was originally established by Temple Beth Sholom in 1974 as a preschool program sharing Jewish traditions and customs with students of thgrade Goldie Feldman Academy was the Justin Lee Wiesner Preschool. In 2015, with generous support from the Foundation, the school incorporated as an independent community day school. We are thrilled to have signed the new lease with Temple Beth Sholom, which allows our campus planning and fundraising to continue without any disruption to our current program. We will continue to make improvements to current classrooms and outdoor spaces to enhance the learning options for our students, said Community Day Head of School Dan Ceaser. We are deeply respectful of our long and rich history with Temple Beth Sholom and grateful to the temple leadership for its continued warmth and accommodation for our campus of tomorrow initiative to ing needs. With so many of our members dedicated to Jewish day school education, we are pleased to maintain our relationship with Community Day School and work together as partners, said Rabbi Michael Werbow.Rob Katz, TBS Past Co-Presisdent; Emma Joels, TBS Past Co-Presisdent; Rachel Saltzberg, CDS Incoming Co-President; Dan Ceaser, CDS Head of School; David Chaifetz, TBS President; Rabbi Michael Werbow of TBS; Laura Hershorin, CDS President OFFICE WAREHOUSE RETAILIANBLACK REAL ESTATE THE PLACE FOR SPACE941.906.8688www.ian-black.com A unique hands-on approach A dedicated & experienced team Thorough market knowledge Commercial Real Estate with: Fridays 6:30 pm Saturdays 9:00 am Shabbat Shaboom (for our children) Mondays CLOSED Tuesday Thursday 9:00 am 5:00 pm Friday, 9:00 am 3:30 pm OFFICE HOURS IDELSON LIBRARY Open Tuesday 12:00 3:00 pm Wednesday & Thursday from 10:00 am 3:00 pm Friday, by appointment only For special appointments, please contact Hannah Puckhaber at 941 552 2785 or firstname.lastname@example.org JUDAICA SHOP HOURS IDELSON LIBRARY BOOK REVIEW Join us Wednesday, February 7, 1:15 pm as Harold Halpern reviews Herzl of the Jewish State, by Shlomo Avineri. MAH JONGG Every Tuesday, 12:00 3:00 pm Purpose Room. February TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Sarasota, FL 34237 (941) 955 8121 MINYAN Morning Minyan Sunday Friday, 8:00 9:00 am Men s Club Minyan Breakfast Wednesday 9:00 am CONTINUING EDUCATION A Cup of Joe and the Five Books of Mo: Tuesdays, February 6, 13, 20, 27, 9:15 am 10:15 am Yiddish Reading Circle: Tuesday, Feb. 2 & 20, 1:30 pm 3:00 pm Chug Ivri (Advanced Hebrew Circle): every Thursday 10:30 am 12:00 pm w/ Al Treidel, Thursdays 12 1:30 pm through February 22 IDELSON LIBRARY FILM MATINEE SERIES Join us Thursday, February 15 1:15 pm 3:30 pm Temple Beth Sholom goes to the Ranch! Friday, February 23 Service at 7:30 pm at 8220 Nature s Way, Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch residents, Cantor Neil Newman and Cantor Aaron Marcus. All are welcome! SHABBAT SERVICES Service at 7:30 pm Youth Corner SKY ZONE Sunday, February 4 Chalutzim: 2:00 3:00 pm Kadima: 3:00 4:00 pm YOM UNIVERSAL Sunday, February 18, 8:00 am 9:00 pm USY & Kadima USY BOWLING Sunday, February 25, 12:00 2:00 pm MASK MAKING Sunday, February 25, 2:00 4:00 pm Chalutzim & Kadima Men s Club Breakfast Program February 4, 9:30 am 11:00 am Service, Breakfast, & Lecture We encourage our youth and their parexperience. Youth are free! Adults $5, Open to all The Secret Rescue of the Syrian Jewish Community, the untold story with Dr. Judy Feld Carr Sunday, February 25, 7:00 pm $10 admission free valet parking Doors open at 6:15 pm Guest Speaker Avner Avraham, Curator of the Exhibit, Wednesday, February 14, 7:00 9:00 pm Please register online at 8121 Sisterhood s 8th Annual Fashion Show Wednesday, February 21, 12:00 pm we celebrate Israel @ 70! $50/person catered by Michael s on East Freund Scholar in Residence Weekend presents Rabbi Dr. Danny Schiff February 9 & 10, 2018 Friday, February 9 Shabbat Dinner, 5:30 pm, followed by Shabbat Service with Rabbi Dr. Danny Schiff speaking at ~ 7:30 pm on the topic, After Charlottesville: Assessing American Antisemitism followed by Oneg Saturday, February 10 Shabbat Service 9:00 am with Rabbi Dr. Danny Schiff speaking at ~ 11:15 am on the topic, Whats So Jewish About Jewish Ethics? followed by Kiddish Luncheon ~ 11:45 am, and Shabbat Shmooze Q & A at ~ 12:45 pm
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For more information, please call 941.552.6304.dedicated to Jewish day school education, we are pleased to maintain our relationship with Community Day School and work together as partners, said Rabbi Michael Werbow.Pub Shalom comes to Temple Emanu-El!This program is Sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee I n partnership with The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee and Israel @ 70, Temple Emanu-El Israeli-style pub night on Saturday, February 24 at 6:00 p.m. A celebration of Israeli culture as socialize Israeli-style, Pub Shalom will transform Temple Emanu-Els Benderson Family Hall into a comfortable, welcoming pub featuring innovative decorations, food and drink stations, and a custom hand-built bar! The evening begins with sampling Israeli street food including falafel, shwarma, and chicken schnitzel sandwiches, plus Israeli beer and wine, while enjoying music, entertainment and games such as sheshbesh (backgammon) and Rummikub (which was invented in Israel!). At 7:15 p.m., team trivia with a bisel about Israel will commence participants are welcome to come with their own team or join up with others at the pub followed by delicious desserts including homemade baklava cheesecake. Free on-site babysitting will be provided with an advance reservation. by Bob and Susan Meisel, and represents a unique partnership among The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee and Temple Emanu-Els Brotherhood, Sisterhood and Israel Committee. Thanks to the generosity of The Federation, the cost for this event is only Wednesday, February 21, or $25 at the door. Reservations may be made online at www.jfedsrq.org/events or by mailing names of guests and payment to Temple Emanu-El, Pub Shalom, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, FL 34232. For more information, please email@example.com. We cant wait to welcome you to Pub Shalom! Remembering to Rejoicing: a concert is bornBy Ronnie Riceberg | This program is Sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee I t all began with a chance conversation with Pieter Kohnstam, a Venice resident whose childhood babysitter had been Anne Frank. Now a board member of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, he had been searching for a way to honor his cherished friend with a musical event in Sarasota. As president of the Sarasota Jewish Chorale, I had been contemplating a community-wide event to celebrate the chai th year of singing together. Add into the celebrating Israels 70 th birthday this year, and I had my themes. The Chorale recently went through hired the talented Sharon Greene to be our artistic director. Sharon and I sat down and created the program that is going to be presented to the community on Sunday, March 25. We envisioned a two-part concert with an intermission. the legacy of Anne Frank; a brilliant sequence of music with somber overtones supported by a slide show with both quotations from Anne Frank and visuals that would complement the libretto. Our second half would be joyous and celebratory with songs like and would also be supplemented by visuals illustrating Israels accomplishments over the past 70 years. Interspersed would be moments of drama that I will not reveal in this article, but I promise you will not be disappointed. As Sharon likes to say, we have created a performance, not just a concert. The plan was coming together! I knew I was traveling to Israel in October and would be able to collect images to project during the Israel segment. I submitted grant requests to various community organizations and fortunately received funding from The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee, the Sarasota Arts and Cultural Alliance, and the Gulf Coast Foundation. We sought private donors and solicited ads. We scouted for available venues and booked Temple Beth Sholom for its accommodating and acoustically-sound facility, central booked musicians to perform instrumental bits. Finally, we commissioned an original work from young composer thyear and mandated that it be a celebratory piece to honor Israels longevity to be premiered in our second half. With the help of our committee and board, and the hard work of our enthusiastic singers, this is all happening. On Sunday, March 25 at 4:00 p.m., we will bring this program to the community at Temple Beth Sholom, and I encourage you all to attend. Tickets can be obtained online at sarasotajewishchorale. vance and $20 at the door, purposely Dru\003RUGDEOH\003EHFDXVH\003ZH\003ZDQW\003WR\003PDNH\003 this concert available to all. A reception will follow the concert. 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10 COMMUNITY FOCUS Chabad of Sarasota celebrates 23 rd Gala Where does the soul go after it departs this world? Rohr Jewish Learning Institutes course examines the soul and its journey through ancient and eye-opening Talmudic teachings.S ome questions are universal to life after death? What happens to the soul after we die? What is it like for those who have traveled over to the Great Beyond? These are but a few of the questions addressed in the newest course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI). Beginning Tuesday, February 6, JLI will present The Journey of the course. Rabbi Sholom Schmerling of Chabad of Venice will conduct the course at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at Chabad of Venice Education Center. confusion in the Jewish community about what happens to us when we berg, the lead editor for the course from JLIs headquarters in New York. Many ideas that originate in other religions and belief systems have been popularized in the media and are taken for granted by unassuming Jews. In The Journey of the Soul, we clear up these misconceptions and introduce an authentically Jewish approach which is both surprising and refreshing. The Journey of the Soul provides spiritual insight into the souls journey through life, death and beyond, as well as ancient Jewish wisdom that sheds light on the philosophical, emotional and practical aspects of coping with death and mourning. Science knows very little about the soul and what happens to it post mortem, said Rabbi Sholom. Its about what is truly valuable and mean ingful in life which is relevant to evcuriosity to learn about the topic, so Professor Sheldon Solomon of Skidmore College, who co-authored the book The Worm at the Core: On the Role of Death in Life, commented, wisdom with contemporary empirical science. My sense is that this will be an interesting and rewarding educational of Arizona; Dr. Casey Skvorc from the National Institutes of Health; Pamela Blair, co-author of I Wasnt Ready to Say Goodbye; and Bianca Nogrady, author of The End: The Human Experience of Death and others. joint sponsorship with the Washington School of Psychiatry, enabling medi cal and mental health professionals to earn up to 7.5 AMA, APA, CBBS and ASWB continuing education credits for their participation. Like all previous JLI programs, The Journey of the Soul is designed to appeal to people at all levels of Jew ish knowledge, including those without Jewish learning. All JLI courses are open to the public, and attendees need gogue, temple or other house of wor ship. Interested students may call 941.493.2770 or visit www.chabad ofvenice.com for registration and other course-related information. C habad of Sarasota will honor Allie (aka Maish) Fraidowitz, a longstanding and staunch member, at its 23 rd Annual Gala to be held on Tuesday, March 6 at Michaels On East. Although reluctant to be thrown into the spot light, Allie has made sig contributions to Chabad such as organizing the weekly Cafe Maish, bol stering the morning minyan spearheading the morning Kibbitzers breakfast which is held daily following the morning minyan, and initiating a seasonal mincha service. It is our honor to recognize Allie for his altruism. Chairing the Gala are Dr. The entertainment for the evening will be spectacu lar. Sarge, a well-known comedian, musician and entertainer, will be per forming. The cost for the To receive an invitation or to place an advertisement in the gala journal, call email firstname.lastname@example.org. Allie Fraidowitz Call to artists: Celebrating Jewish Culture exhibitCelebrating Jewish Culture seeks to showcase Jewish culture and March 3 through Friday, April 13 at Peace Education and Action Center, 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota. space where individuals can use the arts to talk about contemporary issues impacting American Jews. To this end, we are seeking visual arts pieces; craft pieces; poetic, written or spoken word pieces; and performance presentations (including music and dance) that speak about and/or lead to a deeper appreciation and understanding of Jewish culture and communities. To have your work considered for short description of your submission, DQ\003DUWLVW\003UpVXPp\017\003DQG\003D\003ELR\003WR\003\ villeArt@gmail.com by Friday, Febru ary 16. We will receive selected visual art pieces on Sunday, February 25 be tween 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. We are also looking for Jewish food and craft vendors. For more information, please con tact Arlene Sweeting at peacenter@ gmail.com or 941.545.5635.
11 February 2018 COMMUNITY FOCUSEldergrow program at Aviva offers therapeutic connection to natureAs a top provider of Memory Care, AvivaA Campus for Senior Life is no stranger to tia or Alzheimers. While the diseases nity seniors lose their sense of purpose can sometimes be the most heartbreaking. However, with a strong support system and innovative ideas, we can give these seniors new opportunities to Innovation is the idea behind Avivas newest initiative. In February 3rd Florida facility to welcome the Eldergrow program. To learn more, we sat down with Katherine Knowles, one of Eldergrows educators. Katherine, can you walk us through an Eldergrow session? Eldergrow is centered around a ic and organic vegetation. The garden is used as a tool to engage residents, the garden. What do they smell, taste, see and feel? Then we will start asking questions. Questions about their past, their childhood, where they grew up. This creates an open dialogue of storytelling of each other stimulating memory. After that we move onto the gardening aspect. Residents become attached to the idea of accomplishing something, which we ensure that every session includes. Empowering them to take ownership of the health and wellbeing of the garden is an essential element of their growth. Lastly, we will end with a group class usually involvcrafting or sometimes snacking! Each class is designed to help develop three main aspects such as motor skills, cognitive skills, socialization and spatial awareness. What are some common reactions you have seen? No two residents react the same way and each takes from the garden what they need. However, in every session I am always amazed by the socialization and joy program is incredibly communal, pushing residents to work together. While some may be hesthis socialization helps them come out of their shell and you can really see the joy in their faces. What I have found so special is that, because each class requires concentration, the residents are present in the moment. When residents are working on the garden they are completely focused on the task at hand. For residents who are truly burdened by their disease, this feel present in years. How do you encourage non-verbal or low motor-function residents to participate? Again, this comes back to the community aspect of the program. We make it very clear to residents early on that caring for the garden takes the entire community. With that in mind we will often encourage residents who are higher-functioning to help those who are not. This is a valuable teaching moment. It gives us the ability to show residents that their community is just like the garden, a collection of many own needs and yet sharing one home. What are some examples of growth you have seen in residents? few weeks ago. I was working at a facility where a female resident recently moved in. She was completely nonverbal, hostile, refused to spend time around other residents, etc. When she \277\003UVW\003VDZ\003WKH\003JDUGHQ\003VKH\003UHIXVHG\003WR\003LQ\020 teract. However, as time went on, we QRWLFHG\003KHU\003\277\003QGLQJ\003ZD\\000V\003WR\003VLW\003FORVHU\003 and closer to the program. Then all of a sudden I watched as she reached out and motioned to a watering can. As she tended to the plants, we saw her smilterwards, when I complemented her on her craft, she thanked me and smiled. Now, each time I go back, this resident interacts with others, responds to my questions, and volunteers to care for the garden on weeks when we do not have programs. A complete change. On a more personal note, how has the program impacted your life? Every single day I feel this immense sense of gratitude. To see these residents overcome such adversity and to see them care for something so gently is remarkable. Each session I feel like I am learning more about myself, because each session gives me the opportunity to see through the eyes of a resident. If you look through their eyes you begin to appreciate the beauty of the small things, the small wonders. peutic connection to nature through innovative subscription-based gardening products and programming. For more information about Eldergrow, email email@example.com, call org. AvivaA Campus for Senior Life is more than just a community, it is a lifestyle. As Sarasotas premier senior rental community, we invite Visit www.avivaseniorlife.org or call Advertorial joint sponsorship with the Washington School of Psychiatry, enabling medical and mental health professionals to earn up to 7.5 AMA, APA, CBBS and ASWB continuing education credits for their participation. Like all previous JLI programs, The Journey of the Soul is designed to appeal to people at all levels of Jewish knowledge, including those without Jewish learning. All JLI courses are open to the public, and attendees need gogue, temple or other house of worship. Interested students may call 941.493.2770 or visit www.chabad ofvenice.com for registration and other course-related information.Call to artists: Celebrating Jewish Culture exhibitJCV women are making a differenceF orty-seven women from the Jewish Congregation of Venice (JCV) worked together to create service project at their annual Womens Retreat in early November. Two traveled to The Federation Campus to learn how to make the blankets from National Council of Jewish Women members. The group of women wanted their brightly colored blankets to go to families in need and found the perfect match at Misin Peniel in Immokalee, Florida, which serves the farmworker community in the area. More than 90% of the nations tomatoes are harvested there during the winter season. Septembers Hurricane Irma kalee area, and the farmworkers and their families were still in need of food, clothing and household goods. In addition to the blankets, the women at the Retreat were asked to donate money or other items from Misin Peniels PostIrma Donation Needs, Fall 2017 List. Just before Thanksgiving, four of the JCV women (Joan Attenberg, Liz Gellis, Carol Ann Margolis and Judy Rapaport) loaded up a car with all the blankets and donated items, and mokalee. The donated items were delivered to Ruth DeYoe, Mission Coordinator of Misin Peniel. She was delighted with the blankets and all the muchneeded donated items. She informed the JCV group that the donated money would be used to buy sneakers instead of toys for the upcoming holiday season, and another seed was planted. The JCV women returned asked their neighbors and congregants of the Jewish Congregation of Venice for new sneakers (or money to buy them). With a generous response of donated sneakers, clothing and funds in hand, the JCV women loaded up another car on December 20 and headed to Misin Peniel. Ruth DeYoe shared a beautiful photo of a mother and son who recently received one of the womens Retreat blanmuch the blankets were appreciated. The JCV women spent a few hours sorting sneakers into sizes and quickly realized on the eighth and very last day of Chanukah, the gift of giving was the best present for the JCV women! The JCV women will continue their work with Misin Peniel. For information on the Jewish Congregation of Venice, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on Misin Peniel, email Ruth DeYoe at email@example.com. 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12 February 2018 COMMUNITY FOCUSFor some, the mention of a bereavement support group undoubtedly engenders trepidation wrought with emotion and tears. They assume there will be unsettling vulnerpeople they dont know. However, this impression is, decidedly, not the reality. Yes, there can deep pain and sorrow, but just as often there is gratitude, appreciation and laughter. To share with those who have also lost loved ones is a source of comfort. resilience and possibility. cult times in our lives with such a narrow focus that feelings of regret, blame and self-reproach can be unreasonably perpetuated. Discussion around the bereavement support group table enables a reframing of viewpoint that allows understanding from fresh, helpful perspectives. Therefore, a willingness to valuable learning and personal growth. group begins on Monday, February 12 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the agencys Fruitville Road location. Running for tial changes in relationships between friends and among family member in the wake of loss. Other topics, depending on the interests of group members, will also be addressed. A nice bond is formed in the group, often resulting in new friendships. The cost is $36. Pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, please contact the Jewish Healing Program at JFCS at Support Group is sponsored, in part, by The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee. Rabbi Jonathan R Katz serves as a Community Chaplain and Director of JFCSs Jewish Healing Program, a partnership between The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee and JFCS of the Suncoast.Rabbi Jonathan R Katz JFCS bereavement support groupBy Rabbi Jonathan R Katz | This program is Sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee Temple Emanu-El welcomes Dr. Lance Sussman as Scholar-in-ResidenceTemple Emanu-El is honored to welcome Dr. Lance Sussman as this years Scholar-in-Residence on Friday, February 9 at 7:15 p.m. and Saturday, February 10 at 10:00 a.m. The community is warmly invited to learn from this nationally-renowned historian and professor, whose presentations are generously underwritten by the Peck Scholar Fund, Opher Scholar Fund, and Arny and Dee Kaplan. The Senior Rabbi of Congregation Keneseth Israel and a dynamic author and lecturer, Rabbi Sussman has published and edited numerous books and Sheila Birnbaum: driving tikkun olam throughout our communityBy Sandy ChaseThe acronym DRIVE is Sheila Birnbaums mantra: Dreams Resolve Initiative Volunteer of the Year Enthusiasm DRIVE, an integral part of a JFCS campaign running February 1 through March 31, entitled Take a Look Buy a Book, resumes this year. Last years crusade amassed over 2,250 books Spearheading her initiative for preK through 5th graders, Sheila says, A gift of a new book helps at-risk youths learn to read. For Sheila, dignity is derived from owning and sharing books. She asks that we reach out to friends, family and club members to donate to this drive. Development, emphasizes Sheilas trademark of turning dreams into reality through her commitment to tikkun olam (repairing the world), JFCSs cornerstone. Toby Kline, another supporter of Sheilas endeavors, says Sheila plants a seed and harvests a garden for the community. Blooming in that garden have been initiatives for veterans, seniors and families who have received books, clothing and household items. Pajama Game and Sock-It-To-Us sprouted after dedicated cultivation all attributed to Sheilas resolve. Since moving from Princeton, New Jersey, she has also been a member of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatees Teen Travel Scholarship Committee, and board member for the Jewish Housing Council Foundation, co-chairing and planning Keeping the Dream Alive, safeguarding housing security at Aviva. During her noteworthy healthcare career, Sheila has also won numerous awards as volunteer, writer, advocate or educator with patient advocacy always paramount. Sheilas philosophy drives her enthusiasm: A life without cause is a life To support the Take a Look Buy ville Road, Sarasota. 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13 February 2018 COMMUNITY FOCUS JFCS bereavement support groupBy Rabbi Jonathan R Katz | This program is Sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-ManateeTemple Emanu-El welcomes Dr. Lance Sussman as Scholar-in-ResidenceT emple Emanu-El is honored to welcome Dr. Lance Sussman as this years Scholar-in-Residence on Friday, February 9 at 7:15 p.m. and Saturday, February 10 at 10:00 a.m. The community is warmly invited to learn from this nationally-renowned historian and professor, whose presentations are generously underwritten by the Peck Scholar Fund, Opher Scholar Fund, and Arny and Dee Kaplan. The Senior Rabbi of Congregation Keneseth Israel and a dynamic author and lecturer, Rabbi Sussman has published and edited numerous books and articles. He serves as President of the Association for Progressive Judaism and a Trustee of the Katz Center at the University of Pennsylvania and the American Jewish Historical Society, and is an active member of the Academic Advisory and Editorial Board of the American Jewish Archives. Previously, Rabbi Sussman served as Chair of Jewish Studies Department at Binghamton University-SUNY and taught at Hebrew Union College, Rutgers University, Temple University and Princeton University. On Friday evening, Dr. Sussman will join Temple Emanu-El Rabbis Brenner Glickman and Michael Shefrin on the bimah and speak about Teddy Roosevelt and His Special Regard for Jews. His Saturday morning presentation is titled The History of the American Jewish Deli. Lance Sussman is a star in the mented Rabbi Glickman. He brings so much passion you cannot help but get ging into. He has a love for learning and teaching, and it is contagious. Temple Emanu-Els Scholar-inResidence committee is ably chaired by Wendy Barnet, and includes Larry Barnet, Arny Kaplan, Renee Gold, Ethel Gross, Philip Meltzer, Wendy Wicks and Rabbi Glickman. For more Dr. Lance Sussman Sheila Birnbaum: driving tikkun olam throughout our community MIRACLE SWIMMING FOR ADULTSBEGINNINGLEARN-TO-SWIMCLASS FOR ADULTSEight Classes. Warm Water. No Fear.OVERCOMEFear of Water the Fun WayJ an. 29 to Feb. 2, 2018Lido BeachApril 23-2 7, 2018Miracle Swimming Pool, SarasotaRegistration Required Call 941.921.6420 MiracleSwimming.org Jewish Federation Miracle Swimming Half Nov 30.pdf 1 11/30/17 9:48 PM Pope Pius XII speaker at FGCU Holocaust CenterO n Monday, February 12, the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University will host Professor Michael Dickerman from Stockton University, New Jersey. The event will take place in the Cohen Center, room CC 213, between 10:30 a.m. and noon. Professor Dickermans topic will focus on the controversial 1963 play The Deputy by Rolf Hochhuth. When controversy that continues to this day. The play often met by demonstrations and riots wherever it was produced portrays Pope Pius XII as a moral failure who turned his back on the Jews during the Holocaust. The play asks why it was that Pius XII never mentioned the Jews in any of his many pronouncements during the years of the Holocaust, never denounced Hitler for the Final Solution, and never ordered Catholics worldwide to oppose the Nazi regime, this despite the fact that he had full knowledge that Jews were for each hour he remained silent. This lecture will summarize the was based on it, and use it to frame the questions: Did Pope Pius XII do all that he could have and should have done for the Jews during the Holocaust? If not, why not? All FGCU students, faculty and guests are also invited, to join with the FGCU community in learning about this remarkable story. 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His love for Israel and the Jewish people is evident in all he does as a community leader, a tour guide, a colleague, a friend, and most importantly, as a loving and supportive husband, father and grandpa.CO-CHAIRS EDIE CHAIFETZ | HELEN GLASER IRENE ROSS | BUNNY SKIRBOLL
14 February 2018 COMMUNITY FOCUS International Holocaust Remembrance Day Fluid Dance at Temple Emanu-El ANNUAL MARCH 1 6-2 1 2 0 1 5 For tickets call 866.465.3995 For film descriptions and screening times visit jfedsrq.org/jff18 CLOSING NIGHT MARCH 8-18, 2018 OPENING NIGHT TICKETS ON SALE MID FEBRUARY 2018Naiditch Family Foundation SPONSORED BY TO BECOME A SPONSOR,contact Jeremy Lisitza at 941.343.2113rf ntbn bnbntrfnf rnnnr ntnntr btntrnr f btbbf tnrbtn rnr rb nf LEAD SPONSOR MEDIA SPONSORS 0 7 OPENING NIGHT SPONSORJOEL AND GAIL MORGANROTHThis project is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture.FEDERATION TORCH SPONSORS EDIE AND DAVID CHAIFETZ LEON R. AND MARGARET M. ELLIN ROBERT AND ESTHER HELLER COMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMITTEE NAIDITCH FAMILY FOUNDATION BUNNY AND MORT SKIRBOLL | LOIS STULBERG Tickets available at jfedsrq.org/jff18 or 866.465.3995 A QUIET HEART A HEARTBEAT AWAY AMOR AN ISRAELI LOVE STORY BEN GURION, EPILOGUE BETWEEN WORLDS EXODUS IN BETWEEN MR. PREDICTABLE OPERATION WEDDING THE WEDDING PLAN THE WOMENS BALCONY rf rf rf rf rf rf rf rf rf rf rf COCHAIRSFRAN BRAVERMAN AND EVANS TILLESJEWISH FILM FESTIVAL FOUNDER AND HONORARY CHAIRROZ GOLDBERGTWELVE GREAT ISRAELI FILMS! 9TH ANNUAL CELEBRATING ISRAEL 70SILVER SPONSORSSHELLY AND SY GOLDBLATT
15 February 2018 JEWISH HAPPENINGS Jewish Happenings International Holocaust Remembrance DaySponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-ManateeThe Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee invites you to join us as we commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The event is free and open to the entire community. This years program honors the Italian community with special guest speakers Consulate General of Italy Gloria Bellelli and Roberto Mei. The event chair is Rabbi Barbara Aiello. There will be performances by members of the Sarasota Orchestra and the Sarasota Opera. The event takes place from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota. RSVP required. Please contact Brieana Duckett-Graves at 941.552.6305 or bdgraves@ jfedsrq.org. SUNDAY, JANUARY 28 Fluid Dance at Temple Emanu-El lease stress, invite creativity and tap into natural rhythms. The class is especially the joints! Another session will be held Thursday, February 15. All are welcome to this free class at 10:00 a.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 941.376-5162. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1Women of Sinai luncheon and programTemple Sinais Women of Sinai welcomes the community to a luncheon featuring Marsha Panucci, noted philanthropist and founder of Dontes Den. Her TV program is called Animal Outtakes. Join us at noon at Temple Sinai, 4631 South Lockwood Ridge Rd., Sarasota (enter from Proctor Road only, between Beneva and Swift). For more information, contact Patty Lecture on early ChristianityTemple Beth Israels Rabbi Michael B. Eisenstat Miniversity will feature Lectures are free to TBI members and $10 for nonmembers with advance or visit www.tbi-lbk.org for more information or to make reservations. Raid on EntebbeSponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-ManateeSasson (Sassy) Reuven was born and raised in Beer Sheva, Israel, and joined the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) in 1973. Sassy from the IDF Elite Commando Unit will tell the miraculous story of the hijacking, battle for, relevant message to us in 2017. This event is co-sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. The presentation takes place at both 3:00 and 7:00 p.m. at the Chabad Education Center, 21560 Angela Lane, Venice. For tickets, call Chaya Rivka Schmerling 941.493.2770 or visit www.chabadofvenice.com.The Bible in its Global EnvironmentJoin Dr. Rachel Dulin in Avivas new Kretzmer Center for a look at the complicated relationship between the stories of the Bible and the realworld laws and customs of the Ancient World. How can we use a source like the Bible to provide historians with historical information regarding law, politics, theology, even art? This free event begins at 7:00 p.m. at AvivaA Campus for Senior Life, 1951 N. Honore Ave., Sarasota. For Rosh Chodesh Society courseAll women are invited to join Chabad of SRQs Rosh Chodesh Society ingly a spiritual day, and eating and enjoying physical pleasures. Refreshments will be served. The event begins at 7:15 p.m. at Chabad of Sarasota, 7700 Beneva Road. For assistance with underwriting this course, appremembers, $12 for nonmembers. Anyone joining Nshei Chabad Womens For more information or to RSVP, call Sara Steinmetz at 941.925.0770 or email NCWSarasota@gmail.com. Friendly but serious game! Do you play??? Thursdays / 12pm to 4ishJERUSALEM ROOM, FEDERATION CAMPUS 582 MCINTOSH ROAD$5 pie.Contact Marilyn Oslander941.email@example.com EDERATION C AMPUS Contact Marilyn Oslander Seasoned Bridge... Anyone? The Bridge Group meets Thursday afternoons from 1:004:00 pm on the Federation Campus (582 McIntosh Road). Open to intermediate and advanced bridge players. For more information, call Bob Satnickat 941.538.3739 Thursdays / 12pm to 4ish Jerusalem Room, Federation Campus (582 McIntosh Road) $5 pie. Friendly but serious game!Contact Marilyn Oslander 941.951.2029 firstname.lastname@example.org Jewish National Fund Sarasota Guardian of Israel Award LuncheonHONORINGEdie and David ChaifetzFEATURING GUEST SPEAKERRussell F. RobinsonCHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, JEWISH NATIONAL FUNDWednesday, February 28, 2018 11:30 amTemple Beth Sholom1050 South Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota, FL RSVP by February 22, 2018 at jnf.org/sarasotagoiCHAIRSHelen & Len Glaser Toby & Noel Siegeljnf.org 800.JNF.0099 For sponsorship opportunites or more information: Marcy Friedland, Senior Campaign Executive, Southwest Florida at email@example.com or 941.217.7400 ANNUAL MARCH 1 6-2 1 2 0 1 5 For tickets call 866.465.3995 For film descriptions and screening times visit jfedsrq.org/jff18 CLOSING NIGHT MARCH 8-18, 2018 OPENING NIGHT TICKETS ON SALE MID FEBRUARY 2018Naiditch Family Foundation SPONSORED BY TO BECOME A SPONSOR,contact Jeremy Lisitza at 941.343.2113rf ntbn bnbntrfnf rnnnr ntnntr btntrnr f btbbf tnrbtn rnr rb nf LEAD SPONSOR MEDIA SPONSORS 0 7 OPENING NIGHT SPONSORJOEL AND GAIL MORGANROTHThis project is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture.FEDERATION TORCH SPONSORS EDIE AND DAVID CHAIFETZ LEON R. 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16 February 2018 JEWISH HAPPENINGS NCJW lunch and learn programThe National Council of Jewish Women has been invited to the Roskamp Institute for a lunch and learn program. Roskamp Institute is the premiere cognitive and memory institute in the Sarasota and Tampa Bay area. The The tour is from 10:00 a.m. until noon. Lunch will be at a nearby restaurant. No cost for the tour. Cost for lunch is to be determined. To RSVP and for further information, email Karen Pariser at firstname.lastname@example.org. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2Prime Ministers of IsraelUnlike the leaders of most countries, many of Israels Prime Ministers, Golda Meier, Menachem Begin and Benjamin Netanyahu, who successfully led Israel through its greatest moments of crises and triumph. Watch original footage of Israels leaders taking life-and-death actions to protect Israeli lives and those of the entire Jewish people. Join us at 10:30 a.m. on Fridays, February 2, 9, 16 and 23 at the Al Katz Center, 5710 Cortez Road West, Bradenton. Cost: $10 per adult per class; $5 per student; healthy foods and discussion materials included. To RSVP, call Beverly Newman at 941.313.9239.Rhythm & Jews Erev Shabbat Worship Service & Jews Shabbat Worship Service and hear the Bruno Family Musicians as they join in for an uplifting service with a variety of traditional, Israeli, Sephardic and Chassidic melodies. The service begins at 6:00 p.m., preceded by a Welcome Reception at 5:15 p.m., at Temple Sinai, 4631 Shabbat dinner with Sassy ReuvenSponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee rescue in history. A fruit-infused Tu BShevat-themed Shabbat dinner will be served. The event, sponsored by The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee, begins at 7:00 p.m. at The Chabad House, 5712 Lorraine Road, Bradenton. Cost: $25. For more information, contact Rabbi Mendy Bukiet at 941.752.3030 or email@example.com.Friday Night Live for teens in grades 7-12CTeen at Chabad of Sarasota is starting a new monthly initiative Friday will join the congregation for the short Shabbat service, which will be followed by a special teen Oneg Shabbat. All teens in grades 7-12 are welcome to join to honor the Shabbat with great camaraderie and delicious hors doeuvres and desserts. The Friday Night Live program, which takes Friday Night Live is open to all teens free of charge. Advance reservations are required. Call 941.925.0770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Explore Kabbalah on a practical level. Gain access to the most powerful spiritual system ever known to humankind. Join us every Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the Chabad Education Center, 21560 Angela Lane, Venice. No cost. For more information, contact Rabbi Sholom Schmerling email@example.com. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3A Scienti c Take on What it Means to be HumanThe Congregation for Humanistic Judaism (CHJ), which meets at Unity Rogers has been with the museum for thirteen years and came to Florida from the American Museum of Natural History and Hayden Planetarium in New York City where he worked as an educator and lecturer. Join us for why having humans on the planet is certainly consequential. Free and open to the public. For more information, call CHJ at 941.929.7771 or visit at chj-sarasota.org. Mens Club Breakfast Lecture SeriesRabbi Michael Werbow will speak about World Wide Wrap: Physical mitzvot (obligations) like and other physical acts to connect with the Divine. Rabbi Werbow Conservative rabbi. He is now in his fourth year of serving as rabbi of Temple Beth Sholom. This event, which is open to the public, takes place from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota. Donation: $5; breakfast included. For information, please contact Rabbi Dr. Ed Weinsberg, Program Vice President, at 941.444.9790. SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4Celebration of Jewish LifeIn collaboration with JNF, Temple Beth Israel will sponsor a musical and multi-media Celebration of Jewish Life. This free event is open to the public and will begin at 4:00 p.m. at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles www.tbi-lbk.org for more information or to make reservations. For more information or to request a brochure, contact Ilene Fox at 941.343.2111 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Rich Bergman at 941.552.6306 or email@example.com Womens Day | Jewish Film Festival | Israel@70 | Major GiftsENRICH JEWISH LIVES VIA EVENT SPONSORSHIPS The Federation oers Event Sponsorships to individuals and businesses in the community which allow us the opportunity to allocate a higher percentage of dollars toward improving the lives of those in need.View our entire list of Giving Opportunities today at JFEDSRQ.org/Event-Sponsorship 88171 PRAD 2018JNSM Best Retirement Community in Sarasota8th YEAR IN A ROW Sarasota Magazine 2017Copyright 2018 The Glenridge on Palmer Ranch All rights reserved. Copyright 2018 The Glenridge on Palmer Ranch F lourish!Live well. Be happy. 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17 February 2018 JEWISH HAPPENINGS A Scienti c Take on What it Means to be Human Celebration of Jewish Life NCJWs The Blankee BeeThe National Council of Jewish Women has an ongoing project called The Blankee Bee. The project has involved its members in making noas Manatee Community Action Agency, HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters), residents of Anchin Pavilion, patients at the Florida Cancer Center, and children at Camp Mariposa as a joint venture with JFCS. Join us from 10:00 a.m. to noon on The Federation Campus MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5Friends, Fashion and FunTemple Beth Israel Women will sponsor its annual Lunch and Fashion Show at noon at Michaels On East, 1212 South East Avenue, Sarasota. Both female and male clothing will be featured, so men are encouraged to attend and see the latest in fashions. The cost of this fun event of lunch and fashion show is $60, and reservations are required. Please call the TBI make reservations.Heroes of IsraelFrom Abrahams founding of Judaism through today, many heroes have arisen to lead the Jewish people during times of crisis or need. This course of eight Jewish heroes whose names may be familiar but whose many accomplishments may be shrouded by time, including Judah Maccabee, Chaim Weizmann, Yoni Netanyahu and Simon Bar Kochba, leader of the last Jewish revolt against Rome. Join us at 2:00 p.m. on Mondays, February 5, 12, 19 and 26 at the Al Katz Center, 5710 Cortez Road West, Bradenton. Cost: $10 per adult per class; $5 per student; healthy foods and discussion materials included. To RSVP, call Beverly Newman at 941.313.9239 Ca eine for the SoulJoin the most popular Jewish womens book club in town, Chabad Jewsocial and spiritual boost over roundtable discussions led by Chaya Rivka Schmerling. This free event begins at 10:00 a.m. at the Chabad Education Center, 21560 Angela Lane, Venice. For more information, contact Chaya Rivka at 941.493.2770 or firstname.lastname@example.org. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6 The Sounds of Our SanctuaryJoin Chazzan Abramson for an enlightening and entertaining review of the evolution of synagogue music and develop a deeper personal understanding of what synagogue music was, is and possibly will be in years to come. at Temple Sinai, 4631 South Lockwood Ridge Rd., Sarasota (enter from Proctor Road only, between Beneva and Swift). For more information, call WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7Temple Emanu-El Lunch with the RabbisAre you looking for a great lunch date? Join Rabbi Brenner Glickman, Rabbi Michael Shefrin and friendly, interesting companions for lunch, socializing and discussion of current events and subjects of Jewish interest! All are invited to this popular, stimulating and enjoyable program. Attendees are asked to bring a brown-bag lunch and are also welcome to bring a are provided. The event begins at noon at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McInIdelson Library Book Review review Herzls Vision: Theodor Herzl and the Foundation of the Jewish State by Shlomo Avineri. The book traces the incredible transformation of Herzl from writer to editor into the leader of the international movement of Zionism in less than 10 years. Join us from 1:15 to 3:30 p.m. at Temple Beth Sholom, Band-Desenberg Chapel, 1050 South Tuttle Ave., Sarasota. Light refreshments are served before and after the program. Free and open International Film Festival and DinnerBeaufort tells the story of Liraz Liberti, the 22-year-old outpost commander and his troops in the months before Israel pulled out of Lebanon. This is not a story of war, but of retreat. This is a story with no enemy, only an amorphous entity that drops bombs from the skies while young soldiers this dinner. Join us at 5:30 p.m. at Temple Beth El Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch, 5150 Peridia Blvd. East, Bradenton. Cost: $10 for TBE members; $13 for nonmembers. For more information and reservations, please call JLI course: The Art of CommunicationIn the era of social media, the value of healthy communication between family, friends and associates is widely appreciated, even as its form now February 7, 14 and 21 at The Chabad House, 5712 Lorraine Road, BradenRabbi Mendy Bukiet at 941.752.3030 or email@example.com AvivaSeniorLife.orgAssisted Living Facility #8951 | Skilled Nursing Facility #130471046 Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Creating New Pathways for Senior LivingYoure invited to a mind-expanding presentation on innovative approaches to senior health and wellness by Professor Sarah Szanton of the Johns Hopkins School of NursingA Smart Approach to Senior Living Wednesday February 7, 2018Complimentary breakfast at 8:30, program to follow Kretzmer Center on the Aviva Campus 1951 N. 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18 February 2018 JEWISH HAPPENINGS A Nazi in the FamilyThe Congregation for Humanistic Judaism (CHJ), which meets at Unity (3023 Proctor Road, Sarasota), will present Jens Albiez at 3:00 p.m. He will discuss, from his personal perspective, growing up in Germany in the 1960s, and describe the impact the Weimar Republic and the Nazi regime had on his family and how the Germans dealt with the accumulated guilt discussion. Open to the public. Free for CHJ members; $5 for guests. Registration required to firstname.lastname@example.org or 941.929.7771; provide your name, phone number and the number of people attending. For more information, visit us on chj-sarasota.org. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8Biblical LandWhy does the Bible seem to only focus on the Land of Israel? What made this focus not only shaped the Bible as we know it but the modern world as well. This free event begins at 7:00 p.m. at AvivaA Campus for Senior Life, 1951 N. Honore Ave., Sarasota. For more information or to register, TBS Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi Dr. Danny Schi Join us for a Shabbat dinner at 5:30 p.m., Shabbat services at 6:30 p.m., Charlottesville: Assessing American anti-Semitism. On Saturday, February 10 at 11:15 a.m. he will speak about Whats so Jewish About Jewish Ethics? Shabbat dinner cost: $24 for TBS members; $30 for nonmembers. Temple Beth Sholom is located at 1050 South Tuttle Ave., Sarasota. For more information, please contact Rebecca Rothstein at rrothstein@temple FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9 Operation Finale: The Capture & Trial of Adolf Eichmann SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10The Florida Holocaust Museum (55 5th Street S., St. Petersburg) announces of transporting millions of European Jews to death camps, sat in a courttelevised. The trial captivated millions of people across the globe and it display through July 15. Admission prices: adults $16; seniors (65+) Romanticism Throughout the Ages tions by Eleonora Lvov, internationally-acclaimed Russian-Israeli pianist. Eleonora has achieved worldwide acclaim as a piano virtuoso and popular recording artist. She performs widely as a soloist with major orchestras and in recitals throughout the U.S., Europe and Russia, including command performances for many international dignitaries. She is a dynamic teacher of master classes and music history, and also conducts private lessons for all levels in her studio in Sarasota. The event begins at 2:30 p.m. at Selby Public Library, Gelbert Auditorium, 1331 1st St., Sarasota. For more Kol HaNeshamas sunset cruiseMembers and guests of Congregation Kol HaNeshama will set sail from Marina Jacks at 5:30 p.m. to observe Havdalah within the framework of a beautiful Sarasota sunset. The two-hour cruise, on the recently renovated Le Barge boat, will feature lots of socializing and light refreshments. Drinks will be available for purchase. The cost is $36. For information or to sign up, visit congkh.org or call 941.244.2042. Israel Advocacy in ActionSponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-ManateeIlan Lopez, StandWithUs director of outreach in South and Central America, will discuss his journey from South America to Israel, his Jerusalem is being accepted in South and Central America. This event, sponsored by the Shapiro Teen Engagement program, is free and open to the public. It takes place from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Zell Room on The SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11 Chabad of Sarasota Mens Club breakfast meeting informative presentation entitled Developments in Genetics, Epigenetics and Gene Therapy with Dr. Paul A. Kirchman, Dean of the College of Science & Mathematics, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. Men and women are welcome at 9:00 a.m. at Chabad of Sarasota, 7700 Beneva Road. Cost: $7 for Club 770 members; $10 for nonmembers. RSVPs appreciated to email@example.com or 941.925.0770, but walk-ins are welcome.Music of Love piano concertThe love of Israel lies in the hearts of Jews throughout the millennia. In this special celebration of love, internationally-acclaimed Israeli-Russian piano virtuoso Eleonora Lvov will present a passionate memorable concert of romantic music to inspire the audience in its love of Israel. Eleonora spent years in persecution in Russia, leading her to fervently love the State of Israel, her familys refuge from relentless anti-Semitism. Eleanoras us at 4:00 p.m. at the Al Katz Center, 5710 Cortez Road West, Bradenton. Cost: $10 per adult; $5 per student; healthy foods included. To RSVP, call Beverly Newman at 941.313.9239. T B G meets Thursday afternoons from 1:004:00 pm on the Federation Campus (582 McIntosh Road). Open to intermediate and advanced bridge players. Anyone? call Bob Satnick at 941.538.3739 T B G meets afternoons 1:004:00 pm Federation Campus (582 McIntosh Road). Open to intermediate and advanced bridge players. Anyone? Anyone? Bridge... For more information Classes are held on the Campus of The Jewish Federation, 580 McIntosh Rd. in Sarasota. To register or seek more information, please contact Marden Paru, Dean and Rosh Yeshiva at 941.379.5655 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make checks payable to the Sarasota Liberal Yeshiva and mail to Marden Paru, 5445 Pamela Wood Way #160, Sarasota, FL 34233. PRESENTS FEBRUARY 2018 COURSES Classes are held on the Campus of The Jewish Federation, 580 McIntosh Rd. in Sarasota. Inquire about multi-course discounts. Scholarships are also available. sarasota LIBERAL YESHIVA NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATORY POLICY AS TO STUDENTS: The Sarasota Liberal Yeshiva admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.The Sarasota Liberal Yeshiva is a 501(c)3 non-prot agency. It is funded, in part, by a grant from The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. HISTORY OF JEWISH HUMORMONDAYS 3:30 PM 4:45 PM Starting February 5 (Eight Weeks)Why are so many comedians Jewish? What is the background and origins of Yiddish wit and comedy? Was it a coincidence that the movie industry was founded by Jewish immigrants and that much of Broadway was inhabited by performers, directors and producers who identified as Jews? Likewise, the music industry interfaced and experienced much of the same phenomena. This course will explore all of these issues plus study the depth and breadth of this unique ethnic humor: from the Russian shtetl to American television; from the Wise Men of Chelm to the heyday of the Borscht Belt; from humorous interactions in the Bible to the State of Israel. You are invited to study and laugh as you add to your own repertoire and knowledge of Jewish humor. Instructor: Marden Paru; fee $60.20TH CENTURY JEWISH LYRICISTSTUESDAYS 10:30 AM Noon Starting February 6 (Eight Weeks)For the first half of the 20th century, the popular music of America was created largely by Jewish composers (melody) and lyricists (words). Tin Pan Alley, Broadway, the film industry and the media were the motivators and customers of this artful product. Most prominent among the music creators were such Jews as Berlin, Rodgers, Hammerstein, the Gershwins and many, many more. Within this context, this course will present and analyze the works of major Jewish lyricists such as Irving Berlin, Larry Hart, Ira Gershwin, E.Y. Harburg, Leo Robin, Jay Livingston and others. Instructor: Paul Roth; fee $60.THE HISTORY OF JEWS IN GERMANYFRIDAYS 10:30 AM 11:45 AM Starting February 9 (Eight weeks)Cultural anthropologist David Levinson draws out the expanse of the Jewish experience in Germany from the fourth century CE to the present. The course relies on a mix of primary sources, family history, and the authors travels to cover the various aspects and shifting history of Jews in Germany. Moving back and forth between the general and the particular, the course provides a layered appreciation of the Jewish experience. It is meant for those interested in Jewish history in general, German Jewish history in particular, and genealogists and family historians. Various topics covered include: (1) Origins of German and European Jewry; (2) Jewish Economics; (3) the Golden Age of Jewish Germany; (4) the Rise of Ashkenazi Communities; (5) Jewish-Christian Relations; (6)Reform Judaism; (7) Emancipation; (8) Immigration to America; (9) The Shoah; (10) The Influence of Jewish Germany; (11) Jewish Germany Today. I nstructor: Prof. David Levinson; fee $60. 140 kosher characters twitter.com/jfedsrq
19 February 2018 JEWISH HAPPENINGS Romanticism Throughout the Ages Kol HaNeshamas sunset cruise Chabad of Sarasota Mens Club breakfast meeting Music of Love piano concert NCJW Book ClubNational Council of Jewish Womens Book Club will meet at 1:00 p.m. at the Gulf Gate Library at 7112 Curtiss Ave., Sarasota. The book for discussion is Fates and Furies traub. The club usually meets the second Monday of the month. For more information and to sign up, email Barbara Aferiat at email@example.com. MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12 Mitzvah Knitting Group at Temple Emanu-ElAre you a knitter or crocheter interested in using your talent to brighten the lives of others while making new friends? If so, please come to the Mitzvah Knitting Group sponsored by Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood. We gather monthly to craft and socialize, and our beautiful handiwork has been donated to local new parents as well as needy families in SarasotaManatee and in Israel. Bring your needles or crochet hook and a favorite pattern well supply the yarn and great company! The group meets at 10:00 a.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. For more information, email Susan Bernstein at firstname.lastname@example.org. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13Art in the AfternoonJoin the Brandeis National Committee for an art and architecture lecture Picassos Women by actress Katherine Michelle Tanner. The event takes place from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at The Starlite Room, 1001 Cocoanut Avenue, Sarasota. Cost: $50 for BNC members; $65 for guests. For more CTeen Purim TurnoverSponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-ManateeAll teens are invited to this pre-Purim celebration featuring gragger drums, gift preparation for children in Israel, ice cream clowns and lots more. The event begins at 7:00 p.m. at The Chabad House, 5712 Lorraine Road, BraThe Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee For more information, contact Rabbi Mendy Bukiet at 941.752.3030 or email@example.com. 92 Y programTemple Beth Israel will present Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein discussing The Genius of Religion at 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key at 7:30 p.m. as part of its 92 Y program. This event is free to TBI members and $10 for guests with advance reservations, or $15 at the for more information or to make reservations. Education DayJoin the SaBra Chapter of Hadassah at 10:30 a.m. in the Zell Room on The genetics has opened access to some of the secrets of life itself. The ongoing just yesterday. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. A light lunch will be served. Cost: $10. RSVP by Friday, February 9 to Lee Ruggles at WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14 Lunch and Learn: The Hope for PeaceTemple Emanu-El is delighted to host this special study opportunity with community shaliach Maor Ben-Arie. Bring a brown-bag lunch and hear Maors insights on The Hope for Peace: A Foolish Dream or a Sustainable Reality? Asks Maor: In a reality where we constantly [think of when longing naive? Or is it our duty? What does peace really mean? How does Israel view it? This free event begins at noon at Temple Emanu-El (151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota), and is presented by the temples Adult Education THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15Idelson Library Film Matinee SeriesThe Idelson Library Film Matinee Series presents Inventing Our Life: The Kibbutz Experiment hope of Israels modern kibbutz movement as a new generation struggles to ensure its survival in a rapidly changing world. Enjoy refreshments, including popcorn, courtesy of the TBS Mens Club. Ronnie Riceberg will 3:30 p.m. at Temple Beth Sholom, Madeline L. Sainer Social Hall, 1050 South Tuttle Ave., Sarasota. Suggested donation: $3 for TBS members; $5 Israel Happy Israel Israel Israel Israel Israel Israel Israel Israel Israel Israel Israel Israel Israel Israel Israel Israel Israel Israel Israel Israel Israel Israel Israel Israel Israel Israel Israel Israel Israel Israel Israel Israel Israel Israel Israel Israel Israel Happy Happy Happy Happy Happy Happy Happy Happy Happy Happy Happy Happy Happy Happy Happy Happy Happy Happy Happy Happy Happy Happy Happy Happy Happy Happy Happy Happy Happy a celebratory, family-friendly birthday party for Israel! MARCH 11, 2018 7PM Robarts ArenaPRESENTS Performance by KESHET CHAIM DANCE ENSEMBLEMusic by THE SHUK BAND 0 7 COCHAIRS: EDIE CHAIFETZ AND SARANEE NEWMANContact Jessi Sheslow 941.343.2109 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit jfedsrq.org/Israel70 NOW! Tickets on saleHONORARY CHAIRSALAN AND RUTH ADES TOM AND KAREN BERNSTEIN GERRY, RUTH ZL AND MIRIAM DANIEL ALFRED ZL AND JEAN GOLDSTEIN LARRY GREENSPON AND MARY GRATEHOUSE JONATHAN AND MICHELLE MITCHELL REV. TOM PFAFF ROBERT AND LINDA ROSENBLUTH BETTY SCHOENBAUMTICKETS ARE $10 FOR GENERAL ADMISSION AND $18 FOR VIP We will be honoring members of our community who have been instrumental in starting and supporting programs that provide Israel experiences for teens in Sarasota-Manatee: RICHARD BERGMAN BEATRICE FRIEDMAN AND FAMILY ESTHER AND ROBERT HELLER HERSHORIN AND SCHIFF FAMILIES JOAN AND BART LEVENSON MALKIN AND KALIN FAMILIES SALLY ZL AND SAM SHAPIRO AND FAMILY ANNE AND BARRY STEINFor tickets visit jfedsrq.org/events or call Brieana at 941.552.6308 questions? Send your Jewish Happenings to email@example.com
20 February 2018 JEWISH HAPPENINGS Shabbat Unplugged at Temple Emanu-ElThe community is invited to Shabbat Unplugged an intimate service featuring a piano, a single musical leader, and a selection of warm and described by Temple Emanu-El Assistant Rabbi Michael Shefrin as continually elevate our worship. I cant wait to gather around the piano as a community and be led in song during Shabbat Unplugged. Join us at 7:15 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. For more FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16Control of the TempleThe Congregation for Humanistic Judaism (CHJ), which meets at Unity (3023 Proctor Road, Sarasota), will present speaker Rachel Dulin following its Shabbat service at 7:30 p.m. Dulin holds a B.Sc. in Education and a masters degree and Ph.D. in Religious and Theological Studies, and was a professor of Biblical Literature and Hebrew Language. Dulin has published articles and books on the subjects of women, aging, and politics in the Bible, and has appeared on radio and talk shows. Free and open to the public. For more information, call CHJ at 941.929.7771 or visit at chjsarasota.org. Jewish War Veterans meeting ly meeting in the newly-renovated Activities Room at Aviva/Kobernick, 9:30 a.m., followed by guest speaker Rabbi Anne Feibelman, who will introduce The Long Way Home, a documentary narrated by Morgan Freemilitary, snowbirds and guests are always welcome and also pay $7 at the door. For further information or directions, please contact Stan Levinson, Commander, Post 172, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 941.907.6720. SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18CKids Mega Babkallah Bake in a Build-A-Challah workshop and make your own talking challah pillow. Join us from 11:00 a.m. to noon at The Chabad House, 5712 Lorraine Road, Bradenton. Cost: $10; free to CHS students. For more information, please contact Rabbi Mendy Bukiet at 941.752.3030 or rabbi@chabad ofbradenton.com. THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF SARASOTA-MANATEE E J E W R A T A T A Every woman matters here.The Womens Giving Circle [ Maagal Nashim] is a giving circle that empowers women as funders, decision makers and agents of change. Each member contributes the same amount, and each has an equal voice in directing our funds. The giving circle model multiplies individual actions, creating a tremendous collective impact. In the last four years, we have distributed more than $133,000 in grants to nonprofits in Israel that help women and children of all backgrounds live safer, healthier and more meaningful lives. Contact Ilene Fox at 941.343.2111 or email@example.com OUR MISSIONTo enhance the lives of Jewish women and children who are in need of help and live in Israel. We are proud and happy to announce that all our Jewish programs for January and February, including our popular Jewish/Israeli Film Festival, have sold out! We thank all of our students for their continued support. For prices and a brochure listing over 175 adult enrichment courses, lectures and special events call 941-383-8811 or visit www.lbkeducationcenter.org5370 GULF OF MEXICO DRIVE (IN THE CENTRE SHOPS OF LONGBOAT KEY)THE LONGBOAT KEY EDUCATION CENTER IS A NOT-FOR-PROFIT, 501 (c ) (3) EDUCATIONAL ORGANIZATION. .. ONE-TIME LECTURES TUESDAYS, 3:00 PM 4:30 PMMarch 6W Jerusalem As Sacred Center And Symbol From The Time Of King David To The Present Elizabeth Bloch-Smith, Ph.D.March 20W American Jewry and BaseballBud Livingston PLEASE SUPPORT OUR ADVERTISERSTHEY HELP MAKE THE JEWISH NEWS POSSIBLEJewish Genealogical Society of SWFL meetingMarlis Humphrey will present Hidden Gems of Jewish Genealogy at 1:00 p.m. at Aviva Campus Kobernick building, 1951 N. Honore Ave., Sarasota. Marlis is the immediate past president of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS). Attendance is free. Everyone is welcome. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please contact Kim Sheintal at 941.921.1433 or email@example.com, or visit http://jgsswf.org/.TBE Mens Club presents author Howard Hammerman Blind. Howard grew up on a farm not far from New York City. His love of His fascination with people and the choices they make in their lives started in college sociology courses. His novel brings to the forefront his interests in both areas. Howard will not only be discussing his novel but also how to write a novel. This free event is open to the community and begins at 2:00 p.m. at Temple Beth El Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch, 5150 Peridia at 941.755.4900.Important Documents of IsraelNo country can claim an historical record of written documents as can Israel, stretching back over 3,000 years. The Dead Sea Scrolls illuminated ancient Israeli life to modern generations. The Balfour Declaration, the buted to the re-establishment of the State of Israel after a forced absence of 2,000 years. These and other important documents in the history of ancient at the Al Katz Center, 5710 Cortez Road West, Bradenton. Cost: $10 per adult; $5 per student; healthy foods and discussion materials included. To RSVP, call Beverly Newman at 941.313.9239.Romantic PianoEleonora Lvov, an internationally-acclaimed Russian-Israeli virtuoso, plays a broad spectrum of music with the artists own personal impresworks from Chopin and Liszt to the inimitable enchantment and power of Rachmaninov and Gershwin among others, performed with incomparable elegance, passion and tenderness. The event begins at 4:00 p.m. at Glen Oaks Community Center, 1215 Glen Oaks Dr. E., Sarasota. For more inTBS Sisterhood Annual Fashion Show 92nd St. Y Lecture Series
21 February 2018 JEWISH HAPPENINGS CKids Mega Babkallah Bake Jewish Genealogical Society of SWFL meeting TBE Mens Club presents author Howard Hammerman Important Documents of Israel Romantic Piano Sarasota Jewish Singles dinner meetingThe Sarasota Jewish Singles is an outreach program of Temple Beth Israel to give all Jewish singles in the area the opportunity to meet other men and women who are alone. The group meets once a month for dinner, laughter and a time to turn acquaintances into lifelong friends. Join us at 6:00 p.m. at Columbia Restaurant, 411 St. Armands Circle, Sarasota. To TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20Rosh Chodesh Society course bat Outlook. The fourth class, entitled Divine Delights, will focus on spiritualitys interface and materialism on Shabbat. The course begins at 7:30 p.m. at The Chabad House, 5712 Lorraine Road, Bradenton. Cost: to a $5 discount. For more information, contact Rabbi Mendy Bukiet at 941.752.3030 or firstname.lastname@example.org. TBS Sisterhood Annual Fashion ShowJoin us at noon at Temple Beth Sholom, Madeline L. Sainer Social Hall, 1050 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota. The fashion show includes a your-choice drawing and silent auction, with items such as a wine-tasting party for Flowers. Enjoy a glass of wine with our Israeli-themed Michaels On East Mushroom, Israeli salad, and a decadent dessert. Cost: $50. For more information, please contact Lila Beychok-Boyer at email@example.com or WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21Bintel BriefsJoin the National Council of Jewish Women and the Sisterhood of Temple Emanu-El in a joint venture to discuss the Bintel Briefs, a compilation of letters to the editor of The Forward. They were written by Jewish immigrants in the early 20th century in New York City. It was like an advice column, with the editor responding to the letters with advice. The discussion will be held at 1:00 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Contact Shirley Pollack at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or to RSVP.Perlman Alumni performanceAs part of the Israel @ 70 celebrations, Temple Beth Israel will host the Perlman Music Program Alumni String Quartet at 2:00 p.m. at 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key. Yuri Namkung and Magdalena Filipczak will be featured on the violins. Cong Wu will play the viola and Jia Kim will play the cello. These artists are members of the Perlman Lifelong Mentoring Program. Their most recent performances have featured works by Haydn and Beethoven. This event is free to members and $10 for guests reservations.92nd St. Y Lecture SeriesSponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manateend St. Y featuring some of todays most compelling personalities, dealing by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, features Elie Wiesel, Nobel Laureate winner, writer, professor and Holocaust survivor. It begins at 7:00 p.m. at Temple Beth El Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch, 5150 Peridia at 941-755-4900. Reconstructionist Judaism: A Personal JourneyLongtime Aviva resident Marty Cohn partners with Rabbi Anne Feibelman for an open dialogue on the reality of Reconstructionism. Join Marty as he discusses ideology, practices, prayer and tradition in this open forumstyle lecture. There will also be a question-and-answer period. This free event begins at 7:00 p.m. at AvivaA Campus for Senior Life, 1951 N. Honore Ave., Sarasota. For more information or to register, please call THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22 Temple Beth Sholom goes to the Ranch!In order to meet the growing needs of our congregants and many prospective members living in Lakewood Ranch, Temple Beth Sholom will kick with Shabbat singing led by our Lakewood Ranch residents, Cantor Neil Newman and Cantor Aaron Marcus. Services will be followed by an Oneg Shabbat. 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22 February 2018 JEWISH HAPPENINGS The GAN Pajama Havdalah and Ice Cream SocialThe GAN, family, friends, congregants and the community are invited to Temple Sinais celebration of the end of the Mitzvah Project collecting new pajamas for young children to go to Healthy Families/Healthy Children at JFCS. Join us for a fun evening wearing pajamas to temple, story time, blessings and ice cream. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at Temple Sinai, 4631 South Lockwood Ridge Rd., Sarasota (enter from Proctor Road only, between Beneva and Swift). For more information, contact Laura Freedman at 941.926.9462 or email@example.com. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24 Politics and the BibleDr. Rachel Dulin, internationally-known lecturer and educator, will discuss the depths of Jewish morals and politics. A hot breakfast will be served before the program and a lively question-and-answer session follows the lecture. Join us at 9:30 a.m. at the Jewish Congregation of Venice, 600 N. Auburn Road. Suggested donation: $7 to cover the cost of food. To SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25Book and author eventJoin the Brandeis National Committee to hear author J.R. Sharp, a South America and the Caribbean, speak about his debut novel, Feeding the Enemy. The book is based on the true story of an Italian familys determination to survive in the face of evil during World War II. It is the story of perseverance, ingenuity and love, which captures the spirit of surviving against all odds. There will also be a boutique, with jewelry, crafts, books, apparel and more. The event takes place from 10:00 a.m. to Scheckner Radies at firstname.lastname@example.org.Purim Pandemonium at Temple Emanu-ElEnjoy the Purim spirit at this fabulous celebration! The fun begins with a Megillah reading, costume parade, Purimshpiel and Purim songs, then continues with an amazing Purim carnival for all ages, including a climbing homemade desserts including lots of homemade hamentashen for everyone! The event takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El Religious School. Free admission; nominal fee for attractions and food. For more information, contact the Temple Emanu-El Religious Temple Sinai Purim CarnivalFamily, friends, congregants and the community are invited to Temple Sinais festive Purim Carnival with food, games, prizes, face painting and fun for children of all ages. No charge for entrance. Buy tickets for games and food to support other Temple Sinai endeavors. The fun begins at 11:00 a.m. at Temple Sinai, 4631 South Lockwood Ridge Rd., Sarasota (enter from Proctor Road only, between Beneva and Swift). For more information, contact Steve Weintraub at 941.922.9322 or sweintraub@SinaiSRQ.org.Krav Maga Israeli Self-Defense Seminar It emphasizes instinctive movements, practical techniques and realistic training scenarios. Krav Maga increases strength, awareness, self-control greatly from learning the basics of self-protection Israeli-style, using intelligence and training to save a life, including ones own or a loved ones. Join us at 2:00 p.m. at the Al Katz Center, 5710 Cortez Road West, Braden941.313.9239.Dr. Judy Feld Carr The Secret Rescue of the Syrian Jewish CommunitySponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee Jews to freedom despite the Syrian governments prohibition on emigration. most of that community from veritable bondage. She is the subject of a bestselling Canadian book by historian Dr. Harold Troper, The Rescuer, now in its second edition. Dr. Judy Feld Carrs presentation begins at 7:00 p.m. at Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Free valet parking. Adult tickets are $10 and may be purchased in advance or at the door. Youth are free of charge. For more Federation / Israel @ 70 dinner with Israeli Chef Einat Admony The Wonder of the Jewish Liturgy For more than 50 years,DR. LEWIS HANANHas devoted himself to his periodontal patients, colleagues, and the Sarasota-Manatee communities. Today, we Congratulate our Father and Grandfather, Dr. Lewis Hanan, on his Retirement With an abundance of love and pride we look forward to his future endeavors.Julie, Jodi, Mark, Rubin, Alyson, Ben, Stacy, Talor, Meg, Blayke, Amanda, Morgan, Josh, Emory, Sydney, Samantha, David, Alex, Eli, and Joey facebook.com/jfedsrq CONNEC T with your Jewish Community rfrrfntbrntrfrfrnr fnrtbtbrrt tbrbfn
23 February 2018 JEWISH HAPPENINGS Politics and the Bible Book and author event Purim Pandemonium at Temple Emanu-El Temple Sinai Purim Carnival Krav Maga Israeli Self-Defense Seminar Federation / Israel @ 70 dinner with Israeli Chef Einat AdmonySponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee cuisine prepared by Celebrity Israeli Chef and two-time Chopped winner, Cost: $150 per person for a 3-course meal with Israeli table wine. Tickets available online at jfedsrq.org/israel70. MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26The Wonder of the Jewish LiturgyThe Rabbi Michael B. Eisenstat Miniversity of Temple Beth Israel will feature Rabbi Stephen Sniderman, who will give a presentation titled The Wonder of Jewish Liturgy at 2:00 p.m. at 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key. This event is free to TBI members and $10 for guests with advance visit www.tbi-lbk.org for more information or to make reservations. OPENS FEBRUARY 10, 2018You dont have to remember the globally broadcast 1961 trial of a key perpetrator of the Holocaust to feel its impact. Discover the secret history behind one of the most sensational events of the 20th century.The world was watching. is a copr oduction of the Mossad Israeli Secr et In te lligence Se rv ice; Beit Hatfuts ot The Museum of the J ew ish P eople, Te l Av iv ; and the Maltz Museum of J ew ish Heritage, Cl ev eland, Ohio 55 Fifth Street South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 727.820.0100 www.TheFHM.orgCOMING SOON TO THE FLORIDA HOLOCAUST MUSEUM upcoming events and Temple Sinai, visit SinaiSRQ.org 4631 South Lockwood Ridge Rd. Sarasota, FL 34231 941.924.1802 www.SinaiSRQ.org sarasota.org Temple Sinai Welcomes You And Stay informed throughout the month. Sign up for The Federations Enewsletter at www.jfedsrq.org. Defending Our Values in Di cult TimesThe Congregation for Humanistic Judaism (CHJ), the Unitarian Universalist Church (UU) and Americans United for Separation of Church and p.m. at UU Church, 3975 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota. Rob Boston, Director of Communications at AUSCS, will outline the threats facing real religious liberty and discuss what you can do to defend our rights. Boston is the author of four books, the most recent being Taking Liberties: Why Religious Freedom Doesnt Give You the Right to Tell Other People What to Do. Free and open to the public. For more information, call CHJ at 941.929.7771 or visit at chj-sarasota.org. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27 Purim sing-along Israeli-stylePurim in Israel is embraced by the whole nation, and street parties with carnival atmospheres take place in almost every city, town and village. Jewish belief declares, When the month of Adar begins, joy increases. Young, hip Israeli musicians release cool music for Purim. This program will feature traditional and modern Purim songs and the opportunity to sing the lively, uplifting music of the happy holiday of Purim. Join us at 5:30 p.m. at the Al Katz Center, 5710 Cortez Road West, Bradenton. Cost: $10 per adult; $5 per student; healthy foods and discussion materials included. To RSVP, call Beverly Newman at 941.313.9239. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28Rhythm & Jews Purim Worship Service & Jews Purim Worship Service, an entertaining Purim Shpiel, and hear the Bruno Family Trio as they join in for an uplifting service with a variety of traditional, Israeli, Sephardic and Chassidic melodies. The service begins at 5:30 p.m. at Temple Sinai, 4631 South Lockwood Ridge Rd., Sarasota (enter from Proctor Road only, between Beneva and Swift). For more insinaisrq.org.Purim Masquerade Party querade, delicious cocktails, refreshments, hamentashen and more! This free event begins at 7:00 p.m. at The Chabad House, 5712 Lorraine Road, Bradenton. For more information, contact Rabbi Mendy Bukiet at 941.752.3030 or email@example.com.Megillah & Comedy open mic and share your favorite Jewish humor. This free event begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Chabad Education Center, 21560 Angela Lane, Venice. For more information, please email Rabbi Sholom Schmerling rabbi@ chabadofvenice.com. Purim in VeniceThis year, celebrate Purim in Venice. Dress up in Venetian attire (optional). All kids in costumes will receive a prize. Hear the Megillah reading. Enjoy Education Center, 21560 Angela Lane, Venice. Cost: $20 per adult by Sunday, February 25; $25 afterwards; children ages 3-12 are free. Purchase tickets at www.chabadofvenice.com. For more information, please email Rabbi Sholom Schmerling firstname.lastname@example.org. THURSDAY, MARCH 1
24 February 2018 JEWISH INTEREST An anti-Nazi protest in BerlinBy Paul R. Bartrop, PhD Dr. Paul Bartrop S this month, between February 27 and March 6, 1943, a large demonstration of non-Jewish women protested outside the local Jewish community building at Rosenstrasse 2-4, Berlin. Inside this building, nearly two thousand Jewish men married to non-Jewish partners, together with their male children, had been detained by German police and SS troops. On February 27, 1943, the socalled Factory Action ( Fabrikaktion ) took place in Berlin, in line with an order from Nazi Propaganda Minister Josef Goebbels that the city should become Jew-free. SS and Gestapo began seizing Jews wherever they onto trucks and taken to the three-story former Jewish Social Welfare building at Rosenstrasse 2-4, in central Berlin. The operation called for the capture of Jews with German spouses and their as Mischlinge Up to now these Jews had not been targeted by the Nazis. Aktion some 1,500 men were rounded up, with others to follow subsequently. Little provision had been made for their welfare while in the building. Local housewife Charlotte Israels husband, Julius, was one of those arrested. When she had not heard from him after a few hours, she contacted the police only to be told that he had been arrested and taken to Rosenstrasse. By the time she arrived, a crowd of other women, also concerned about their husbands and sons, had spontaneously begun to assemble. They brought with them food and other personal items to pass to their loved ones, but there was that their husbands or children were actually inside. As a result, the rapidly-growing crowd refused to disperse until they received some sort of indication as to the fate of their men. Armed SS troops guarded the buildings only entrance. Furious, the women stood from dawn until dusk chanting Give us back our husbands. Inside, crammed into 40 rooms, the men waited. Some could see their wives and children outside, while others managed, through various ruses, to send messages out. Julius sent Charlotte a message on the back of his ration card saying, I am well. By the second day, over 600 women were protesting; by the third, the SS guards were given orders to train their By March 4, and with no end in sight, the women. Many ran for cover, but others, including Charlotte, remained. pected complete acquiescence. They lowered their weapons, in what was rapidly becoming an unprecedented phenomenon in the heart of the Nazi capital. Throughout the week of the protests the SS thus threatened several times to shoot the women, and from the air, they scattered the crowd into nearby doorways only to see them soon return and continue their chants of Give us back our husbands. Inside by this showing, commented to those detained that they were showing true German loyalty to their men. include German women and men not number of protesters nearing one thousand. Joseph Goebbels, who was also Gauleiter (Nazi administrative chief) of Berlin, tried to staunch the demonstration by closing down public transWomen simply walked the longer distance in order to get to the protest. After a week of demonstrations, he saw no alternative but to let the prisoners go, and on March 6 most of the imprisoned Jews, including Julius Israel, were realready been sent to Auschwitz, were sent back to Berlin on a regular passenger train. At Rosenstrasse, confronted by popular protest in the capital, the Nazi lating to what would later be termed people power. It was, as someone observed, the day Hitler blinked. The regime that terrorized occupied Europe was successfully challenged in its own capital. The very act of protesting was radical, and came as the culmination of a history of Jewish humiliation, discrimination, intimidation and threats of violence dating back to the Nuremberg Laws of 1935. Quite simply, once their Jewish husbands and children were taken from them, the German women of Berlin said that enough was enough, and let the Nazi regime know it in the most strident manner possible at the time. Goebbels and those around him knew, moreover, that if they did not accede to the womens demands now, a culture of popular protest demanding other concessions could develop. It was either that, or they would have to shoot the women something which certainly would not be tolerated by the citizens of Berlin. On March 7, 1943, the remaining prisoners were released. Charlotte Israel had been reunited with Julius sistance, like that of the other women, was completely spontaneous and unplanned. Tested beyond endurance, they decided to do something when confronted by what they considered to be the ultimate in indignity and personal torment. Those who were present at Rosenstrasse showed that even under totalitarian conditions, successful resistance is sometimes possible. Julius Israel died in 1976. After the war, Charlotte spoke on a number of occasions to school and other groups about the days of the Rosenstrasse protest, and her testimony was an important link to those days. In the mid-1990s she was still active in providing her account of what happened, but after then she dropped from view. All subsequent attempts to locate her proved unsuccessful. Dr. Paul Bartrop is Professor of History and the Director of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University. He can be reached at pbartrop@fgcu. edu. Congregation Kol HaNeshama Look to KH Community, Spirituality, Learning!Marking Our 10th Anniversary Year for Friday Night Services Filled with Music Welcoming Shabbat Mornings with Kibbitzing Luncheons Thought-Provoking, Intimate Classes Social Activities and Holiday Celebrations congkh.org or 941.244.2042 pr esen ts an even in g w ithA vner Avraham,Curator of theExhibitTemple Beth Sholom W ednes day F ebruary 14, 2018 7:00 pm 9:00 pm $18 in adv anc e $20 at t he door R S V P by F riday F ebruary 9 t o be int erviewed by E liza bet h Gelm an E xe cu t ive Direct or of t he Flo rida Ho locaust Mu se um T e mp l e B e t h S h o l o m 1 0 5 0 S o u t h T u t t l e A v e n u e S a ra s o t a F L 3 4 2 3 7 ( 9 4 1 ) 9 5 5 8 1 2 1 w w w t e mp l e b e t h s h o l o mf l o rg P l ease reg i ster at w w w tem p l eb eth sh o l o m fl o rg o r cal l R eb ecca R o th stei n at (941) 955-8121, ext. 1014. Asaf Romirowsky, PhD is the Executive Director of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East. Romirowsky is also a fellow at the Middle East Forum and a Professor [Aliate] at the University of Haifa. He is aliated with Gratz College as adjunct faculty, a continuing education instructor and a frequent lecturer.SCHOLARS IN RESIDENCELECTURE SERIESTUESDAY, JANUARY 30 The Road to Independence from the Pre-State to StatehoodWEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31The Creation of the Modern Day Middle East from 1967 to Today 9:30AM 11:30AM Beatrice Friedman Theater on The Jewish Federation Campus 582 McIntosh Road, SarasotaTUESDAY, MARCH 20Mysticism and KabbalahQuestions? Contact Jeremy Lisitza 941.343.2113 or email@example.comTo register, please call 866.465.3995 or visit jfedsrq.org/eventsDr. Asaf Romirowsky Rabbi Yonah Schiller THE BEGINNING OF MODERN DAY PALESTINE AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF ISRAEL Rabbi Yonah Schillers work as Executive Director at Tulane Hillel has been focused on investigating new and high impact approaches to the idea of Jewish community building. He is the founder of the Jewish Design Initiative (JDI), a national design incubator geared towards building scalable systems, models, and projects for creating inclusive and high impact Jewish community. 9:30AM 11:30AM Beatrice Friedman Theater on The Jewish Federation Campus 582 McIntosh Road, SarasotaFor more information visit jfedsrq.org/scholar-in-residence WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31 The Creation of the Modern Day on The Jewish Federation Campus FREE Registration RequiredADMISSION jfedsrq.org FREE Registration RequiredADMISSION
25 February 2018 JEWISH INTEREST An accidental MessiahBook review and interview by Philip K. Jason, Special to The Jewish NewsPhil Jason T his is the second book in Dan Sofers highly imaginative, comically visionary Dry Bones Society series. The setting is Jerusalem today. The premise is that the Final Redemption is at hand. An Unexpected Afterlife follows the remarkable second chance given to Moshe Karlin man literally reborn. Yes, dead and then back again. As Moshe has trouble convincing anyone of his status even without a navel. However, when more and more dead Israelis become undead, the question becomes what to do with them. For the returnee, the question becomes how do they reconnect to their prior lives? Or do they? The present installment brings include the learned but modest Rabbi Yosef, who has become a leader of the Dry Bones Society, which is quickly party as the reborn population swells. Government leaders and politicians must decide whether to accept or discredit this new force a force whose presence signals for many that the end of days is at hand. Moshe is still striving to recapture the love of his former wife, Galit, Can he regain her trust and bring her once again to the chuppah? Not if his former friend, Avi, mad with jealousy, will involve a Resurrection of the Dead, a Messiah King, an iles, a Rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem, a World War, great upheavals, and a very large banquet of very least, one very large tone of the whole. deemer as represented in the novel is a false Messiah. However, he easily attracts followers. Indeed, the wish for the Messianic age is so powerful that an otherwise levelheaded person like Rabbi Yosef is temporarily swept away. Sofers dazzling and sometimes zany key what ifs is and attractive prose style. The book is teaming, perhaps somewhat overkeeps an engaging balance between the serious and humorous perspectives that the subject invites. It brings contemporary Jerusalem to life on all levels: the physical-sensory, the cultural and the spiritual. About Dan Sofer Dan was born under the sunny blue skies of South Africa in 1976. A traditional Jewish upbringing and warm community moved Dan to study and volunteer in Israel as an adult. In 2001, Dan made Jerusalem his home, and the citys sights, sounds, legends and spirit of adwriting tales of romantic misadventure, he creates software for large corporations. Dan Sofer is a pen name of Daniel J. Miller. Dan writes tales of romantic misadventure imbued with magical realism. Many of these take place in Jerusalem. His earlier novel, A Love and Beyond won the 2016 Best Books Award for Religious Fiction. An Unexpected Afterlife (reviewed in April 2017) was presented as Book I of The Dry Bones Society series. Following An Accidental Messiah the author plans to bring out A Premature Apocalypse book three in the series. Dan Sofers books are readily available in print and ebook editions via the major Internet bookstores. Or Philip K. Jason is Professor Emeritus of English from the United States Naval Academy. He reviews regularly for Florida Weekly Jewish Book World, Southern Literary Review and other publications. Please visit Phils website at www.philjason.wordpress.com. An Accidental Messiah, by Dan Sofer. Self-published. 354 pages. Trade paperback $11.97. continues to undermine and betray him. Then there is Eli Katz, aka Elijah the Prophet. Is he an eternal preorRedemption, or a madman with alternative selves? Sofer keeps this ambiguity provocatively alive throughout the narrative. And what about Elis sometimes girlfriend and budding scholar, Noga, whose research suggests that part of Israels Arab population can be genetically traced back to Jewish priests of ancient times? Indeed, there is an Arab character in the story who seems to be one of the returnees. A number of lesser characters are other strong faction in the Israeli population. Largely mobsters, they are colorful and well-individualized miMuch of the fun of the novel and there is plenty of fun comes out of Sofers parody of Israels political ures and special interest parties vying for a chance to link up with the new Dry Bones Society political entity. But Moshe is careful about what kind of deals he will make. He is seeking true unity, not merely unstable alliances. Rebranding his group Restart, he wants the new image to be not only a name for the born-again Israelis but also a shared hope for the future of Israeli society. The authors press material gives the best overview: The Final Redemption is here. What took so long? According to Jewish traditions (based on the Old Testament), the End of Days SARASO TA | MANA TEE | CHARL OT TE C OUNTIES rfntbrf tfb rf ntb r b t ttnbtfb An anti-Nazi protest in Berlinviolence dating back to the Nuremberg Laws of 1935. Quite simply, once their Jewish husbands and children were taken from them, the German women of Berlin said that enough was enough, and let the Nazi regime know it in the most strident manner possible at the time. Goebbels and those around him knew, moreover, that if they did not accede to the womens demands now, a culture of popular protest demanding other concessions could develop. It was either that, or they would have to shoot the women something which certainly would not be tolerated by the citizens of Berlin. On March 7, 1943, the remaining prisoners were released. Charlotte Israel had been reunited with Julius sistance, like that of the other women, was completely spontaneous and unplanned. Tested beyond endurance, they decided to do something when confronted by what they considered to be the ultimate in indignity and personal torment. Those who were present at Rosenstrasse showed that even under totalitarian conditions, successful resistance is sometimes possible. Julius Israel died in 1976. After the war, Charlotte spoke on a number of occasions to school and other groups about the days of the Rosenstrasse protest, and her testimony was an important link to those days. In the mid-1990s she was still active in providing her account of what happened, but after then she dropped from view. All subsequent attempts to locate her proved unsuccessful. Dr. Paul Bartrop is Professor of History and the Director of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University. He can be reached at pbartrop@fgcu. edu. 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26 February 2018 JEWISH INTEREST Aging Jewishly What our traditions teach us about growing oldBy Rabbi Barbara AielloS everal years ago I opened the an elderly couple, both well into their eighties, hoping that I would meet a hearty Mazel Tov. I looked at Esther and said, Thats wonderful. Youre crying tears of joy! Esther daubed her eyes as tears streamed down her cheeks. Finally she composed herself enough to say, Sam and I have a very big tsuris. Sams children and my children are against our marriage. They wont even come to our wedding. week youll hear the whole story. My kids are coming to town and they want to talk to you. They want you to convince us not to get married. into my study to accommodate Sams four adult children, each of whom was dead set against their fathers relationship with Esther. The oldest son, functioning as designated spokesperson began. My sister and I are really worried about our father. Mom died three years ago and our father could barely cope. He seemed depressed. The sister continued, We suggested he see a therapist. But do you know what he did? He found a girlfriend. They met a year ago and now he thinks hes madly in love! Love! The younger son spat out the word as though it were straight vinegar. Her name is Esther and shes nothing like our mother was. Shes a gold digger. She wants our fathers money. The children begged for my help. Dont let him do something stupid, said the eldest boy. Talk some sense into Dad before its too late. I can see how upset you are, I began, but I want you to know that Ive met your father and Ive met Esther, too. They seem devoted to each other. Like your father, Esther owns her own home and she has her own money. But more than that, Esther was instrumental in his rejoining life after your mother died. In my opinion, Sam and Esther seem like a very good match. When it became clear that I would not help them alter Sam and Esthers plans, the children left so abruptly that I didnt have the opportunity to share what the Torah tells us about second marriages and how adult children new spouse. One of our greatest sages, Rashi himself, speaks about an event that our commentators believe occurred after Sarahs death. They wrote that ther a woman named Keturah whom he escorts back to Abrahams house. this Keturah was most likely Hagar someone not necessarily beloved in the Isaac household. Yet, although it was to do, he set aside his misgivings and served as witness at his fathers second wedding. Isaac loved his mother and was very attached to her, but Isaac also lived by the mitzvah to honor his mother and his father. How? When you help your father rebuild his shattered life, you not only honor him and sustain him, but you also honor your mother. Why? Your mother loved your father, so she would want him to have a happy life. To the children who balked at their fathers relationship with Esther, I suggest that if Isaac could make the trip to bring Hagar to Abraham and then serve as best man at his fathers wedding, then they could do the same. Adult children can draw upon innate love and compassion, with the understanding that individuals thrive when they have someone special in their lives. With love and respect for our widowed parents, we can accept and hopefully celebrate the choices they make. For ten years Rabbi Barbara Aiello served the Aviva Campus for Senior Life in Sarasota as resident rabbi. Currently as Avivas Rabbi Emerita, she shares her experiences on Aging Jewishly. Contact her at Rabbi@Rabbi Barbara.com.Rabbi Barbara Aiello Stars of DavidBy Nate Bloom, Contributing Columnist Editors note: Persons in BOLD CAPS are deemed by Nate Bloom to be Jewish ish parent and were not raised in a faith other than Judaism and dont identify with a faith other than Judaism as an adult. Converts to Judaism, of course, are The Selection of in town 1526 Main street (941) 365-6800Featuring an extensive offering of rfntbbfb5050 N Tamiami trail (941) 355-7700featuring our n(Friday & Saturday) .com 12 Species of Fresh Daily! ftrffAnd Private Parties Too!More Than 150 Fresh Reasons To Enjoy Us... tfnb Let us do the work at your next event. From formal affairs to small gatherings, Mortons offers full-service catering and bar with custom menus and top-notch service. You can take the credit. We wont tell. PaiSanOsItalian BakeryHamentashen Babka Strudel Rugala941.926.84222736 Stickney Point RdMon-Sat 9am-6pm Sundays 9am-3pmBEST LOCAL BAKERY LOCAL BAKERY 2016 Need to reach the editor of The Jewish News? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Also, several of this newspapers readers have asked Bloom to locate friends and family members from their past, and thats worked out great for them. So contact him about this as well.Interested in Your Familys History? Golden Globe Recap and More Congratulations to the Jewish winners JAMES FRANCO 39 (The Disaster Artist), won best actor in a musical or comedy BENJ PASEK and Justin Paul, both 32, won best original motion picture song (This is Me from The Greatest Showman ); LEE UNKRICH, 50, is the director of Coco, the best aniAMY SHERMANPALLADINO 52, is the creator/producer of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, the best TV comedy series winner. Worthy of note: Rachel Brosnahan, who isnt Jewish, won best actress in a comedy series Globe for playing Mrs. Maisel, a really cool and funny Jewish character. Look for my Oscars coverage in tions are announced in time for me to make press deadlines and the Oscar ceremony is March 4, so look at your issue right away! Almost everyone praised Seth Meyers for his skillful hosting of this years politically-charged Golden Globe awards. Meyers appeared on The Ellen Show a few days before the Globes and talked about his 2-year-old son, ASHE. As Ive written before, Meyers, who had one Jewish grandfather, wed attorney ALEXI ASHE, 33, in a Jewish ceremony in 2013. I gather the couple is raising Ashe in his mothers faith, because Meyers talked about their Hanukkah celebration with Ashe. English yet, let alone Hebrew, but the cute toddler tries hard. Meyers showed the Ellen audience a home video in second child. Meyers said he knows it will be a boy and he is happy because his best friend is his brother, comedian Josh Meyers. He wants Ashe to be able way, in October, Meyers dropped this agogue as World Series hero ALEX BREGMAN, 23, the Houston Astros third baseman. series on the history of famous toys (The Toys that Made Us). The heavily Jewish history of G.I. Joe and Barbie is the focus of two of the episodes. Godless, released last November, got pretty good reviews and ended up on some critics best ten of 2017 lists. It gets kudos from me for plausibly depicting the heroism of frontier women. It takes place in a mining town after almost all women show pretty realistic courage and kill-crazy outlaws. Godless was written and directed by SCOTT FRANK, 57. Godless is his directing debut, but he has a long list of top screenwriting credits, including Get Shorty and Minority Report. I recently caught up with an interview Frank did with TERRY GROSS, 66, the host of Fresh Air on NPR. Frank was asked about the moving last scene of the series in which a pastor recites a beautiful prayer for those killed saving their mining town. Frank surprised Gross by saying that it was a poem, Tis a Fearful Thing, by JUDAH HALEVI (1075-1141), the famous Spanish Jewish physician, poet and philosopher. He came across it years ago and knew it would work in this scene. Heres the poem. Save it for the right time. Tis a fearful thing to love what death can touch./A fearful thing to love, to hope, to dream, to be /to be, And oh, to lose./A thing for fools, this/ And a holy thing, a holy thing to love./ For your life has lived in me, your laugh once lifted me, your word was gift to me./To remember this brings painful joy. In January, the engagement of ALEXA DELL, 24, and HARRISON REFOUA, 40, was announced. The engagement made a splash because Alfounder MICHAEL DELL stoked tabloid stories by displaying her 12-carat diamond engagement ring (could be worth $3M). Refoua, a real estate investor, is Jewish probably Persian Jewish. Finally, many have asked, so heres my answer about the hot-selling author today: MICHAEL WOLFF 64, the author of Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House is the son of a Jewish father and a Presbyterian mother. 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28 February 2018 JEWISH INTERESTHa-tu-na Marriage Kzohar Ha-IvritBy Dr. Rachel Zohar Dulin Dr. Rachel DulinMany people around the world consider February 14 a special day to celebrate love, origins of Valentines Day have long been lost within the pages of cultural history and only the custom of sendloved ones remains. Not surprisingly, Jewish tradition ignored the date completely and set its own day, the 15th of Av, which falls in August, as a day dedicated to the celebration of love and courtship (Ta-anit 1:10). In the spirit of both dates, let us look at Hebrew words that convey the emotional bond and contractual agreement between two people, namely the words for marriage, wedding and nuptials. ha-tuna (the h should be read as in Hanukkah), which means the wedding celebration. It is mentioned only one time in the Bible (Song of Songs 3:11). Ha-tu-na is derived from the verb hi-ten wed. Interestingly, this verb appears in the Bible 11 times in hit-ha-ten meaning became related by marriage. Moreover, the nouns ha-tan, bridegroom, ho-ten, father-in-law, and ho-te-net mother-in-law, are all derived from the same verb. Ha-tan and ho-ten are as ho-te-net is mentioned only once. A biblical word to mention for betrothal or espousal is ke-lu-lot This (Jer. 2:2). The noun ka-la, meaning bride, daughter-in-law, and betrothed, is probably related to it and gin of both nouns is unclear. The noun kala is similar to the Aramaic kal-ta meaning bride, and ke-lu-lot is probably derived from k.l.l, meaning complete. A few phrases based on these words should be mentioned. As for ha-tu-na roked bish-tay hatu-not literally dances at two weddings, implies being in two places or voicing two opinions at the same time. We should also mention that the word ha-tan has widened in meaning. For ha-tan ha-yom and a Nobel laureate is ha-tan pras Nobel. And, as for kelu-lot the lyrical words of Jeremiah, a-ha-vat ke-lu-lo-ta-ikh or your love as a bride in reference to young love, still resonates in weddings and poetry to this day. Similarly, the meaning of kala bride, used so often in reference to the beloved woman, has widened in meaning in the liturgy, calling Shabbat a bride (Shabbat 119). The song le-kha dodi likrat kala is widely used to welcome the Shabbat at home and synagogue. Before closing, I wish to mention the word ni-su-im or ni-su-in, which entered the language from rabbinic literature (Nedarim 5:6) and also means marriage. In general, in modern Hebrew, matrimonial life is called ha-yey ni-su-im (ha-yey is a construct form of ha-yim ), and the term for civil marriage is ni-su-im ez-ra-hi-yim The noun ni-su-im is derived from the verb nasa meaning carry, lift and take a wife. In short, even though the rabbinic word for the union between two peoha-tu-na, ke-lu-lot and ni-su-im all compliment the beauty of love and the Dr. Rachel Zohar Dulin is a professor of biblical literature at Spertus College in Chicago, and an adjunct professor of Hebrew and Bible at New College in Sarasota. 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Published by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee www.jfedsrq.orgT F HAPPY PASSOVER Advertise in The Jewish News, and Connect with Your Community! More than 60% of readers earn $75,000+, with a quarter earning more than $150,000 annually Over half of readers hold a college or advanced degree More than half of readers frequently purchase products or services from ads seen in our publication well-educated and discerning Jewish households in our area. Contact Robin Leonardi 941.552.6307 email@example.comDownload the media kit at www.TheJewishNews.org Introduce Your Business to a Powerful Demographic. Benjamin of Tudela: a 12 th century world travelerBy Nikol Isakovska Mimi and Joseph J. Edlin Journalism Intern Nikol Isakovska L ittle is known of Benjamin of Tudelas personal life beyond the fact that he was born a Sephardic Jew in the Spanish town of Tudela. And yet, he was an intrepid traveler and author, journeying great distances and publishing his Travels of Rabbi Benjamin almost a century before Marco Polo. But the man remains a mystery. Only from The Travels of Rabbi Benjamin can one catch a glimpse of Benjamin of Tudela himself. Tudela immediately impresses the reader with his detailed descriptions of people and places. He was an acute observer, interested in the economics and governments of the regions he visited. He describes the ports and forinto the politics of the area, providing valuable insight into the workings of the Middle East in the 12 th century. He carefully documents the locations of each of his destinations, and the dishistorians theorize that The Travels of Rabbi Benjamin was written as a sort of travel guide for the 12 th-century Jew. Tudela was a deeply pious man. visiting all the sacred sites. His book includes many biblical references especially to passages concerning the end felt deeply about. Tudela was very impressed by the religious scholars he met, and would often include a list of the most prominent rabbis and congregants of the communities he visited. As a Jew, Benjamin of Tudela was deeply interested in the circumstances of his fellow Jews. From the community of several hundred Jews he found in Rome, to the lone Jew living on the island of Corfu, Tudela made a point of seeking out Jews wherever he traveled. He was deeply concerned with their welfare, scrutinizing the discrimination they faced in Constantinople while praising the tolerance he found in Baghdad. The Travels of Rabbi Benjamin provides invaluable insight into 12thcentury Jewish life. Tudela describes the traditional occupations Jews engaged in many were farmers, scholars or dyers. He tells of the delicate relationship many Jewish communities had with the Gentiles, who often equally admired and despised them. Particularly fascinating are Tudelas descriptions of Jewish sects. In Travels, Tudela describes the ascetics whom he met men who would only eat on Sabbath and feast days. He also mentions warrior Jews who lived in Yemen and were not subject to any of sive swathes of land and large cattle herds. After 13 years of travel (11601173), Tudela returned to his native Spain and almost faded into complete obscurity. But soon his book was translated from the original Hebrew into Latin, and then into many more languages. After a period of relative obscurity, The Travels of Rabbi Benjamin was rediscovered by historians, who recognized its immense value as a historical resource. His book is still in print in English under the title The Itinerary of Benjamin of Tudela: Travels in the Middle Ages. A childrens book by author Uri Shulevitz has also been recently published, entitled The Travels of Benjamin of Tudela: Through Three Continents in the Twelfth Century, and his journey has been immortalized in a popular Israeli song. Nikol Isakovska is a recipient of the Mimi and Joseph J. Edlin Journalism Intern Scholarship. She is a junior at the Florida Virtual School. Educators should provide opportunities for students to resolve conicts, discuss problems, work in diverse teams, and think critically. In the end, interactive and engaging teaching strategies may ensure that this dicult topic is not avoided by students, but rather becomes an issue in which some of them may even develop a deeper and long-lasting interest. 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29 February 2018 JEWISH INTEREST The dilemma of Jewish women in Jewish musicBy Arlene Stolnitz Arlene Stolnitz T wenty-three names of female Jewish musicians; I could have named over a hundred! Randomly, I picked out only a few with the idea of showing and diverse these women are, and what a fabulous contribution they have made to the Jewish and secular music world in America and elsewhere. Bonnie Abrams, Chava Albertson, Sara Aroeste, Marsha Bryan Edelman, Benjie Schiller, Debbie Friedman, Joy Katzen-Guthrie, Nurit Hirsch, Linda Hirschhorn, Flory Jagoda, Rachel Musleah, Neshama Carlebach, Roberta Peters, Molly Picon, Pink, Beth Schafer, Naomi Shemer, Dinah Shore, Beverly Sills, Carly Simon, Peri Smilow, Barbra Streisand, Sophie Tucker. For centuries, female singers such as balladeers and minstrels were conily celebrations for holidays and other simchas The injunction against kol ishah (womans voice) limited the singing of women in religious liturgy from Talmudic times. As a result, Jewish women had their own separate places of song often in their homes and at private celebrations. However, there is plenty of evidence showing that there were women musicians present in biblical days. Many passages from the Bible quote the presence of women as instrumentalists and singers. In ancient Yemenite and other Middle Eastern cultures it was typical for women to provide the wailing at funerals. Much later, in Eastern Europe during the spread of the Haskalah Enlightenment period, when Yiddish culture dours and klezmorim remained largely the avenue of male entertainers. But developed a new genre of musical entertainment. Called the operetta, actors and singers traveled to Jewish communities in Russia, Austria, Romania and Poland with their performances. Young women were featured in roles previously reserved for male singers, paving the way later for womens roles seen as an essential element in the development of Yiddish musical theater in America. In an article titled Jewish Women and Jewish Music in America, Block Adrienne Fried wrote: American variety, range and quality of activities. Jews brought to America their secular-folk and sacred-liturgical musical heritage. There has been a renascence of age-old traditions that have Jewish women. Religious freedom in the United States has been nourishing to Jewish womens creativity as they increasingly make their marks as composers, organists, singers, instrumentalists, educators and patrons. Indeed, they are integral to what constitutes an environment. I understand the risk of being overly simplistic in a long and complicated chronology. And I respectfully underand traditional congregations that do not allow men and women in prayer or otherwise to sing or pray together. Based on scriptural passages which consider the voice of a woman to be distracting to men in prayer, similar when women were also advised to remain silent. It is also well known that in Catholic churches, choirs were comAnd in mainstream Rabbinic Judaism, the voice of women was censored for centuries. But by the twentieth century, Jewish women in the Reform and Conservative Movements had made inroads that no longer barred them from parordained by the Reform Movement and 11 years later, the Conservative Movement followed suit. Several of the women on my list above were inrepertoire. Debbie Friedman and Linda Hirschhorn are two names that everyone recognizes. Others are cantors and composers. And, of course, many will recognize names of talented Jewish women who have made their mark in secular music circles. Joshua Jacobson, renowned Professor of Music at Northeastern University and Founder and Artistic Director of the Zamir Chorale of Boston, poses the following questions: In a society in which music is considered to be a feminine pursuit, why are there so few published compositions by women? from the domain of some sacred music? Should the female cantor only sing the repertoire of her male counterpart or will a body of music emerge alto voices? According to Jacobson, these are questions we will grapple with in years to come. Interesting questions to ponder, yet we have evolved in more ways than anyone from yesteryear would have ever dreamed. Arlene Stolnitz, founder of the Sarasota Jewish Chorale, is a member of the Jewish Congregation of Venice. A retired educator from Rochester, New York, she has sung in choral groups for over 25 years and also sings in Venices Chorale (formerly Exsultate!). Her interest in choral music has led to this series of articles on Jewish folk music in the Diaspora. EVENT SPACE EVENT SPACE EVENT SPACE AVAILABLE AVAILABLE AVAILABLE FOR PRIVATE FOR PRIVATE FOR PRIVATE PARTIES, EVENTS, PARTIES, EVENTS, PARTIES, EVENTS, BUSINESS MEETINGS BUSINESS MEETINGS BUSINESS MEETINGS FOR ALL YOUR SPECIALTY NEEDS HOLIDAY FOODS DINNERS TO GO! 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U.S. POSTAGE PAID MANASOTA FL A publication of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee Klingenstein Jewish Center, 580 McIntosh Rd., Sarasota, FL 34232 Annual voluntary subscription: $25 Federation honors Albanian community The knitzvahs keep coming for Temple Emanu-Els Mitzvah Knitting Group Major Donors enjoy an evening with Henry Winkler 3 4 15INSIDE THIS ISSUE: 11 Community Focus 16 Jewish Happenings 26 Jewish Interest 31 Israel & the Jewish World 33 Commentary 36 Focus on Youth 39 Life Cycle Community Day School selected for World ORT program 37 FEDERATION NEWS April 2017 Nisan/Iyar 5777 Volume 47, Number 4 Celebrating Jewish Life in Sarasota and Manatee Counties, Israel and the World Howard Tevlowitz Jewish art brings love, friendship and shalom to Sarasota-Manatee By Howard Tevlowitz, Federation Executive Director continued on page 3 . Fine . Serving our community since 1971! Published by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee www.jfedsrq.orgT he mission of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is to strengthen Jewish life and identity in our community, provide for Jewish people in need, and promote support for Israel. Art has been a fundamental part of Jewish life since our beginnings thou sands of years ago. Bezalel record. Throughout our his tory, art has been used as a form of remembrance, dedi cation and inspiration. From colorful mosaics at the bath house in Masada, to intri cately carved synagogues in Morocco, to childrens draw ings found at Theresienstadt during the Holocaust, to proud images of Jews pray our history. Much of this Jewish art has focused on the theme of love, friendship and shalom. It is the dream of our people to live in a world that is safe, welcoming and peaceful. In pursuit of that dream, The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee has invested in three commu nity-based programs in 2017 the Violins of Hope, which played to over 10,000 people of all ages throughout Sarasota-Manatee; Marc Chagall, Flow ers and the French Riviera: The Color of Dreams exhibit in partnership with Marie Selby Botan ical Gardens, which runs through the end of July and is setting attendance records; and the Anne Frank: A History for Today exhibit, scheduled at the Selby Public Library in April and May for six weeks. Bringing Judaism to life is a goal of our Jewish Federation and we are so fortunate to have gener Inspirational Anne Frank exhibit comes to Sarasota: A powerful voice speaks for and to millions By Sandy Chase The Anne Frank: A History for Today exhibit brings to life the story of a child during WWII. As we exam ine the historical events surrounding her life, it is a lesson for all on how to become an up-stander not bystander and support one another. Bernadette D. Bennett, Ed.D., Sarasota County Schools, Program Specialist Social Studies, K-12 F rom April 17 through May 27, our commu nity, especially our children, will experience the Anne Frank exhibit at the Selby Public Li brary. More than six million people the same num ber who perished at the hands of the Nazis have seen this traveling display worldwide. Dedicated to Holocaust education, The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is sponsoring this memorable exhibit in collaboration with Sarasota County Libraries and Historical Resources, Sarasota which will provide teen docents through its Coexis tence Club at Booker High School. On loan from the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect (the U.S. national organization in the world wide network of Anne Frank organizations, http:// annefrank.com/), this exhibit, located in the library rotunda, comprises thirty panels of pictures against the backdrop of diary excerpts the crux of this The Lovers 1937, courtesy of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris HAPPY PASSOVER Advertise in The Jewish News, and Connect with Your Community! More than 60% of readers earn $75,000+, with a quarter earning more than $150,000 annually Over half of readers hold a college or advanced degree More than half of readers frequently purchase products or services from ads seen in our publication well-educated and discerning Jewish households in our area. 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30 February 2018 continued on next page ISRAEL & THE JEWISH WORLD 13 of the biggest health breakthroughs in Israel in 2017By Nicky Blackburn, ISRAEL21c, www.israel21c.org, December 26, 2017 2017 saw major medical advances. We bring you the best.1. Compound kills energygenerating system of cancer An Israeli researcher devised a synthetic compound to disable the enzymes that allow cancer cells to metastasize. When cancer cells leave the primary tumor and spread to other organs, they reprogram their energy-generating system in order to survive in harsh conditions with a shortage of nutrients like glucose. Prof. Uri Nir of Bar-Ilan Universithe energy-generating mitochondria of metastatic cancer cells an enzyme normally only found in sperm cells (which need to function outside the body they came from). When he targeted FerT in lab mice, the malignant cells soon died. Using advanced chemical and robotic approaches, Nirs lab team developed a synthetic compound, E260, which can be administered orally or by injection, causing a complete collapse of the entire mitochondria power station. We have treated mice with metastatic cancer and this compound completely cured them with no adverse or Nir, adding that normal cells were not 2. Personal menu to help avoid diabetes In 2015, two researchers from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel released a groundbreaking study That discovery was incorporated into a made-in-Israel app, DayTwo, which helps pre-diabetics and diabetics who are not insulin dependent choose dishes that can best balance their individual blood-sugar levels. The algorithm predicts blood-glucose response to thousands of foods based on gut microbiome information and other personal parameters. High blood sugar is linked to engain as well as increased risk of metabolic diseases such as diabetes and obesity. To use the app, which went on sale in the U.S. in 2017, users need to answer a questionnaire about their medical history, physical characteristics, lifestyle and diet. A stool-sample kit is then FeDayTwos lab. There the microbiome DNA is sequenced and the data is plugged into an advanced machinelearning algorithm. month plan of personalized meal recommendations to help balance blood sugar. In August and December, doctors at Emek Medical Center in Afula performed rare bone implants one on a man missing part of his arm bone and timeters of his shinbone, both as the result of car accidents. Normally, the human body cannot restore bone segments, but revolutionary tissue-engineering technology developed by Haifa-based Bonus BioGroup enables growing semi-solid live bone tissue from the patients own fat cells. The tissue is then injected back into that the missing bone fragment will be out any danger of implant rejection or the complications of traditional bone transplants. tion; it changes the entire game in orthopedics, said Dr. Nimrod Rozen, head of orthopedics at Emek, who carIn the future, the Bonus BioGroup regeneration technology could be used for a variety of bone-loss conditions, including bone cancer, for which there is currently no solution. An early-stage Israeli ophthalmic medical devices startup developed a revoholds out hope to millions of blind and visually-impaired people. The nanotech-based synthetic cornea by CorNeat Vision of Raanana proved successful in initial tests on animals. The company plans human imlarger clinical trial in the United States. According to the World Health Organization, diseases of the cornea are the second leading cause of blindness million people. Unlike previous devices, which attempt to integrate optics into the native cornea, CorNeats implant leverages a virtual space under the conjunctiva quickly and provides robust long-term integration, said CorNeat Visions Almog Aley-Raz. The surgical procedure takes just 30 minutes. 5. Hernia surgery just got simpler In June, ISRAEL21c reported on a new tool developed by Via Surgical for attaching mesh to tissue, allowing surgeons to treat hernias with fewer complications, less pain and faster recovery. people have a hernia a protrusion of an organ or tissue through a weak spot in the abdomen or groin according to the National Center for Health Statistics. 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Screening newborns for autism Israeli engineer Raphael Rembrand developed a simple noninvasive way to screen newborns for signs of autism using the same instrument currently used to test infants hearing. The SensPD diagnostic test, now ready for clinical trials, uses optoacoustic emissions as an indicator of the babys overall sensory perception. It can be administered hours after birth, and because the inner-ear mechanism develops in the third trimester of pregnancy, one day it may even be possible to screen for autism spectrum disorders prenatally. Some three million children are diagnosed with autism every year. The earlier the condition is detected the better the possible outcome. Thirty years ago, Rembrands four-year-old son was diagnosed as autistic, but it was too late at this point for critical early-intervention therapies. Applying interventions before the age of two results in better than 90% success rate in ingraining social skills for social integration, says Rembrand. 7. Reversing cognitive decline with cannabis In May, scientists from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and from the University of Bonn in Germany announced that they had restored the memory performance of lab mice to a juvenile stage by administering a small quantity of THC, the active ingredient in cannabis. The report in Nature Medicine showed that after giving low doses of THC to mice over a four-week period, the cognitive functions of 12to bis were just as good as the functions of two-month-old mice in the control group. Clinical trials on humans are to follow. presented in September to the International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines Conference on Cannabinoids in Cologne, Germany, similarly reverse age-related cognitive impairment in old mice. 8. Early diagnostic test for Parkinsons This year, Hebrew University of Jerusalem PhD student Suaad Abd-Elhadi won the Kaye Innovation Award for her diagnostic tool, ELISA, which detects Parkinsons disease at a much eartracks progression of the disease and response to therapy. DUNLQVRQ\266V\003GLVHDVH\017\003Dru\003HFWLQJ\003VHY\020 en to 10 million people worldwide, is shaking. Medication to control symptoms is costly. Currently there are no standard diagnostic tests for Parkinsons other than clinical information provided by vealed, the neurodegenerative disease is usually already progressing. Abd-Elhadis diagnostic tool detects the alpha-synuclein protein closely associated with Parkinsons disease, and could lead to a minimally invasive disorder in time to improve the lives of patients. Abd-Elhadi has demonstrated a proof of concept and is analyzing a large cohort of samples as part of a clinical study. Through its Yissum technology transfer company, Hebrew University has signed an agreement with Integra Holdings for further development and commercialization. 9. Hip-Hope cushions falls in elderly Each year, nearly 3 million seniors worldwide are hospitalized due to hip tic deterioration in quality of life. The direct annual cost of treating hip fracalone. Rather than focus on better ways to treat the broken bone, Israeli engineer Amatsia Raanan decided to use cutting-edge technology to avoid injury in developed Hip-Hope, a smart wearable device designed as a belt. Once Hip-Hopes multi-sensor detection system senses an impending collision with a ground surface, two large airbags are deployed instantly from each side of the belt to cushion the hips, and a connected smartphone app sends an automatic alert message to predetermined recipients. The 1-kilo (2.2-pound) device, due to go on sale shortly, even has a built-in emergency call button that the user can activate in any situation of distress. (Europe), FDA (United States), HealthCanada and AMAR (Israel). In studies carried out at a major Canadian lab, the Israeli device was proven to reduce impact by 90%. 10. An injection that melts fat Jerusalem-based Raziel Therapeutics has developed an injection that melts fat cells and postpones the proliferation of new fat cells. The medication generates heat to use up some of the free fatty acid thats produced by fat cells in the body, which in turn reduces fat tissue. Obesity has become a worldwide epidemic, and the World Obesity Federation predicts that by 2025, a third of the worlds population will be overweight or obese. Raziels technology, which targets clinical trials in the U.S. Preliminary results show a 30 to 50 percent reduction in subcutaneous fat at the treated site after a single injection. and nine months, but treatment could their lifestyle in parallel. 11. Diagnosing sleep disorders while youre awake An audio-analysis technology developed at Ben-Gurion University can assess sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) while the user is awake, at home and not hooked up to machines or sensors. The American Sleep Apnea Association estimates that 22 million AmerOSA cases go undiagnosed. Currently, patients are diagnosed using overnight polysomnography (PSG) to record brain waves, blood eye and leg movements via electrodes and sensors. The new system, which does not require contact sensors, could be installed onto a smartphone or other device that utilizes ambient microphones. It analyzes speech during waking hours and records and evaluates overnight breathing sounds using new technoloThe researchers have tested the system on more than 350 subjects and are working toward commercialization. 12. First implant for heart failure In July, a 72-year-old Canadian man Israeli-developed implant to treat diastolic heart failure a fairly common tive long-term treatment. The minimally invasive surgery was performed at Rambam Health Care Campus, a medical center in Haifa. The CORolla implant was developed by cardiologists at Israeli startup CorAssist Cardiovascular of Haifa. The elastic device is implanted inside pansion force on the ventricle wall to KHOS\003WKH\003KHDU\W\003\277\003OO\003ZLWK\003EORRG\ The patient, Robert MacLachlan, had run out of treatment options in The Hip-Hope booth at the 2016 Medica Trade Fair in Germany continued on next page
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Renewing damaged cells Researchers from the Weizmann Institute of Science discovered a molecule in newborn hearts that appears to control the process of renewing heart musin Nature, point to new directions for research on restoring the function of damaged cardiac cells. Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. The Agrin molecule seems to unlock the renewal process and enable heart-muscle repair never seen before outside the womb. Normally, after a heart attack the damaged muscle cells called cardiomyocytes are replaced by scar tissue, which cannot pump blood and therefore place a burden on the remaining cardiomyocytes. Following a single injection of Agrin, damaged mouse hearts were almost completely healed and fully functional. Scar tissue was dramatically reduced, and replaced by living heart tissue that restored the hearts pumping function. The research team has begun preclinical studies in larger animals. Nicky Blackburn, Editor and Israel Director, has worked extensively as a journalist and editor both in Britain and Israel for a range of national and international publications including The Cambridge Evening News, London News, Travel Weekly, Israel High Tech Investor, and The Times of London She was the Associate Editor at LINK Israels Business and Technology Magazine, and the High-Tech Correspondent for The Jerusalem Post.Cardiologist Gil Bolotin checking patient Robert the CORolla implant, at Rambam Health Care Campus, Haifa (photo by Pioter Fliter/RHCC) BRIEFSISRAEL NEARING 9 MILLION PEOPLE people currently reside in the country. 6,556,000 are Jewish (75%), are non-Arab Christians and others (4%). (Amir Alon, Ynet News)RECORD 3.6 MILLION TOURISTS VISIT ISRAEL IN 2017An all-time record 3.6 million tourists visited Israel in 2017, 25% more than in 2016. Over 700,000 tourists came from the U.S., 21% more than in 2016. Russia sent 307,000, a 26% increase. lowed by Germany with 202,000, a 34% rise over 2016, and the UK, with Other important sources were Ukraine with 137,000, China with 105,000, Italy (93,000), Poland Raz-Chaimovich, Globes)ISRAELI ARABS HAVE HIGHEST LIFE EXPECTANCY IN ARABMUSLIM WORLDCompared with the populations of 21 Muslim and Arab countries, Arab Islis at birth in 2015 was 79, higher than such wealthy countries as Qatar, the UAE and Bahrain. It is also equal to that of the general U.S. population. (Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel)SEAL FROM FIRST TEMPLE PERIOD FOUND AT WESTERN WALL IN JERUSALEM dating to the First Temple period, with the Hebrew inscription belonging to the governor of the city, was recentthe Israel Antiquities Authority in the Western Wall Plaza in Jerusalem. 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I feel that Ive got the opportunity to set a great role model for girls to look up to a strong, active, compassionate, loving, positive woman and I think its so important, Gadot told Entertainment Weekly Its about time that somebody will do that and Im very privileged and honored to be the one. Her breakout role as the Amazonian warrior heroine in Wonder Woman directed by a woman (Patty Jenkins). Justice League later, wasnt as well received but raked LQ\003DQRWKHU\003IHZ\003PLOOLRQV\003LQ\003ER[\020Rrv\003\003FH\003 money. Rounding out the top three in Forbes list of highest earners are fellow action stars Vin Diesel, tallying $1.6 billion, and Dwayne The Rock Johnson, at $1.5 billion. To compile its annual list, Forbes to add up global ticket sales of major not included. (Rebecca Stadlen Amir, ISRAEL21c) Get to know Israel and her people! Visit www.SarasotaLovesIsrael.com. INDEPENDENCE DAYISRAEL SAVE THE DATE TRADITIONAL ISRAELI FOOD AND FAMILY FUN SUNDAY, APRIL 15! 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33 COMMENTARYThe month of AdarFrom the BimahRabbi Anne Feibelman, Chaplain AvivaA Campus for Senior Life Jew-ish just doesnt cut it From the Bimah Temple Beth El Brandenton The Jewish month of Adar begins this year on Wednesday, February 14 at sunset. Adar ushers in a month of rejoicing and happiness, highlighted by the celebration of Purim in the middle of the month. The Talmud says that when the month of Adar arrives, the joy in our life grows, as we prepare to witness a season of miracles. For the Jewish people, the Talmud says, this is a month of particu lar good fortune. The name Adar is connected to the Hebrew word adir, which evokes the spirit of power and strength. There is a teaching from Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson that adir is a word that refers to the Jewish people. And in the month of Purim, meaning lots the strength of our brave ancestors Esther and Mordechai who risked all to save their people from annihilation. We celebrate the miraculous events that led to our salvation and freedom. We learn the powerful lesson that although Gods name is not once mentioned in the Scroll of Esther, Gods presence may be hidden from our sight, but is still with us at all times. Adar was also the last month be were released from bondage in Egypt. It is the last month of slavery for the Jewish people. Part of the joy we cele brate in the month of Adar is connected to the knowledge that Adar serves as an opening to the miracle of Pesach. Adar celebrates redemption and miracles in the history of the Jewish people, and it also invites us to look at the miracles on a personal level in our own lives. It could be the birth of a new baby in the family, the miracle of waking up every morning to a new day in sunny Florida, the gentle touch of a loved one, the scents and sights of spring, or the joy of a relationship that brings deep happiness. Rejoicing in those moments is the spirit of Adar. We are asked to rejoice and feel gratitude for our personal moments of good for tune and joyous abandon. In this way, we bless the moments in our lives and raise them up as sacred and holy. In the Mishnah, Ben Zoma said, Who is rich? The one who rejoices in his portion. (Pirkei Avot, ch. 4) May you be blessed with a month of rejoic ing and richness!Where do you see the Jewish community in 50 years? This was the question posed to 20 rabbis from every branch of Judaism by the respected Jewish newspaper The Forward. As Amos said: I am not a prophet or the son of a prophet. Therefore, I cannot pretend to see that far into the future. What I do know is that changes that were slow to occur in the past have accelerated at an incredible pace. I read not long ago that medical knowl advancement in technology is breath taking. Although religion changes at a slower pace than many other things, the Jewish community, particularly in the U.S., is changing rapidly. Unfor tunately, most Jewish institutions, es pecially synagogues, are reluctant to acknowledge, let alone adjust to, the changes that are obvious. I regard this as nave and detrimental. Obstacles to success and accultura tion that were unfortunate facts of life for Jews less than two generations ago largely have disappeared. However, now that virtually all avenues are open to us, the consequence is that we are rapidly diminishing. The vast majority of young Jews in America are marry ing non-Jews. Most are raising their children Jew-ish; fewer are joining synagogues and other Jewish commu pretty much the same all across Amer ica. Some years ago, a national survey was conducted about religious identity. When asked what is their religion, well over half responded: none. Those of us committed to the preservation of Ju daism surely do not like this, but we dare not ignore these facts. The acceptance of Jews in virtually to belong to a church or synagogue. If they choose not to participate, thats their choice and there is no downside. Since I am a rabbi, I can only speak of our community. To be blunt, it costs too much to belong to most synagogues. It costs about as much to be a member of a synagogue as it costs to take a nice family vacation. Many synagogues seem to regard their primary mission to be preserving the synagogue itself, its facilities and its employees. Most pay scant attention to actually serving their mem bers. The question should not be what can you do for your synagogue? but rather what does your synagogue do for you? To keep members connected, they need more than emails, colorful bulletins and dues statements. They need a sense that they are needed and cared about, and not just as contributors. Most Jewish congrega tions are not of that mindset. We would the Mormons who go to great lengths to stay in touch with their members, Synagogues routinely refer to themselves as spiritual homes. To be a true spiritual home means much programs, celebrations and classes. It means to be a community (not an human spirit, embracing people when they are present, reaching out to them when they are absent, staying in touch and, most important of all, making them feel that they are needed. Far too often, synagogues treat members as consumers rather than as stakeholders and valued participants. To return to the original question about the future of Judaism, with the the end is in sight unless we confront todays reality. If not, it appears to me that in the foreseeable future, the Jews of America will be sociologi cally more and more like the Amish. It does not make me happy to say this, but the trend is obvious. Jew-ish just doesnt cut it. It has no future. No that they are of Jewish heritage, but that is not the same as being Jews. We still have time to adjust, but not a lot of time. However, there is also great news. The Jewish people will be stronger and more vibrant than ever before because the State of Israel will continue the worlds Jews live in Israel. With every passing day, Israel grows more vibrant and self-reliant. One day, there will be an end to hostilities. We can almost see it on the horizon. Israel will be even more of a blessing to the world and, God willing, a nation living at peace with all. Even if Americas Judaism diminishes, Am Yisrael chai, the Jewish people lives and thrives! Perhaps history will look back on the American chapter of Jewish history with the sense that we completed our mission, by helping the Jewish people to become reborn after the catastrophe of the Shoah, and by helping assure the security and vitality of Israel. Stay informed throughout the month. Sign up for the Jewish Federations Enewsletter at www.jfedsrq.org. 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34 February 2018 COMMENTARY Opinions and letters printed in The Jewish News of SarasotaManatee do not necessarily reflect those of The Jewish or its advertisers. Jerusalem, the capital of Israel Rabbi Howard A. Simon By Rabbi Howard A. SimonT he world has become aware of the city of Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, in ways not seen in many, many years. The reason for this attention is President Donald Trumps decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital and to eventually move the United States embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Comments relating to this decision have been heard throughout the Middle East and Europe, but what is the reality of this action? United States policy has recognized Jerusalem as Israels capital since 1995. The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 stated that Jerusalem should remain an undivided city and be considered the capital of Israel. The U. S. embassy should be established in Jerusalem no later than May 31, 1999. The Act also stated that the president, whomever that may be, could delay such a move if he/she believed it was wrong to make this move at that time. Presidents Clinton through Obama have delayed this change for a variety of reasons. Israel has believed Jerusalem to be its capital since the War of Indepenis the seat of Israels prime minister, president, Knesset, Supreme Court and most governmental ministries. The leadership of Israel was warned that this action would be met with violence. When one views the history of Israel, it is realized that every step along the way of the Jews return to Israel and Jerusalem, from the Balfour Declaration to the present day, has been met with acts of violence. its belief that Jerusalem is its capital, and has withstood attacks, negative comments and a host of threats. That is as true today as it has been for years. Protests have occurred. Statements have been made, threats have been forthcoming, but, as of this writing, actual attacks have been rare and deaths have been held to a minimum. The reason for this is the Arab world realizes the major concerns that not from Israel, but from Iran and ISIS. The Israeli-Palestinian matter is of far less importance, especially since there is agreement between Israel, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other countries that together they must deal with the true threats to this area Iran and ISIS. The Palestinians are now faced with a decision they have dodged for with Israel to attain a peace agreement, and trust each other to abide by that agreement. In the course of these discussions, the subject of Jerusalem will arise. What decisions will be made depends upon the trust of the two parties. As the world awaits future results in the area, it is wise for all to keep in mind the words written by the late Elie Wiesel in his book A Beggar in Jerusalem Mr. Wiesel wrote the following: Jerusalem. A name, a promise. Jerusalem: Seventeen times destroyed, yet never erased. The symbol of survival. Jerusalem: The city which miraculously transforms man into pilgrim; no one can enter it and go away unchanged. That is Jerusalem, the capital of the State of Israel. Rabbi Howard A. Simon is the founding chair of The Robert and Esther Heller Israel Advocacy Initiative. By David Harris, AJC CEO, December 25, 2017In all the discussion about this defor a solution, some basic facts are too often missing, neglected, downplayed or skewed. Not only does this do a disservice to history, but it also contributes to ing false assumptions and mistaken notions. Consider: Fact #1: There could have been a two-state solution as early as 1947. Thats precisely what the UN Special Committee on Palestine (UNSCOP) proposed, recognizing the presence of two peoples and two nationalisms in a territory governed temporarily by the United Kingdom. And the UN General Assembly decisively endorsed the UNSCOP proposal. The Jewish side pragmatically accepted the plan, but the Arab world categorically rejected it. Fact #2: When Israel declared intended the hand of friendship to its Arab neighbors, as clearly evidenced by its founding documents and stateits total destruction. Despite vastly outnumbering the Jews and possessing superior military arsenals, they failed in their quest. Fact #3: Until 1967, the eastern part of Jerusalem and the entire West Bank were in the hands of Jordan, not Israel. Had the Arab world wished, an independent Palestinian state, with its capital in Jerusalem, could have been established at any time. Not only did this not happen, but there is no record of it ever having been discussed. To the contrary, full and permanent control. It proceeded to treat Jerusalem as a backwater, while denying Jews any access to Jewish holy sites in the Old City and destroying the synagogues there. Meanwhile, Gaza was under Egyptian military rule. Again, there was no talk of sovereignty for the Palestinians there, either. Fact #4: In May 1967, the EgypStandWithUs is an international, non-profit organization that believes education is the road to peace. StandWithUs is dedicated to informing the public about Israel, and combating the extremism and antiSemitism that often distorts the issues. For more information contact Andrea Eiertaeiert@jfedsrq.org or 941.552.6308 Presenter: Ilan Lopez StandWithUs Outreach in South and Central America WE STAND WITH ISRAEL by the United Kingdom. And the UN pragmatically accepted the plan, but the by the United Kingdom. And the UN Looking to connect with other members of the Jewish community? The Jewish Federation would like to welcome you to the area! 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35 February 2018 COMMENTARY As the world awaits future results in the area, it is wise for all to keep in mind the words written by the late Elie Wiesel in his book A Beggar in Jerusalem. Mr. Wiesel wrote the following: Jerusalem. A name, a promise. Jerusalem: Seventeen times destroyed, yet never erased. The symbol of survival. Jerusalem: The city which miraculously transforms man into pilgrim; no one can enter it and go away unchanged. That is Jerusalem, the capital of the State of Israel. Rabbi Howard A. Simon is the founding chair of The Robert and Esther Heller Israel Advocacy Initiative.By David Harris, AJC CEO, December 25, 2017I n all the discussion about this defor a solution, some basic facts are too often missing, neglected, downplayed or skewed. Not only does this do a disservice to history, but it also contributes to ing false assumptions and mistaken notions. Consider: Fact #1: There could have been a two-state solution as early as 1947. Thats precisely what the UN Special Committee on Palestine (UNSCOP) proposed, recognizing the presence of two peoples and two nationalisms in a territory governed temporarily by the United Kingdom. And the UN General Assembly decisively endorsed the UNSCOP proposal. The Jewish side pragmatically accepted the plan, but the Arab world categorically rejected it. Fact #2: When Israel declared intended the hand of friendship to its Arab neighbors, as clearly evidenced by its founding documents and stateits total destruction. Despite vastly outnumbering the Jews and possessing superior military arsenals, they failed in their quest. Fact #3: Until 1967, the eastern part of Jerusalem and the entire West Bank were in the hands of Jordan, not Israel. Had the Arab world wished, an independent Palestinian state, with its capital in Jerusalem, could have been established at any time. Not only did this not happen, but there is no record of it ever having been discussed. To the contrary, full and permanent control. It proceeded to treat Jerusalem as a backwater, while denying Jews any access to Jewish holy sites in the Old City and destroying the synagogues there. Meanwhile, Gaza was under Egyptian military rule. Again, there was no talk of sovereignty for the Palestinians there, either. Fact #4: In May 1967, the Egyptian and Syrian governments repeatedly threatened to annihilate Israel, as these countries demanded that UN peacekeeping forces be withdrawn from the region. Moreover, Israeli shipping lanes to its southern port of Eilat were blocked, and Arab troops were deployed to front-line positions. The that Israel won. Coming into possession of the Gaza Strip, Golan Heights, Sinai Peninsula, West Bank and eastern Arab neighbors, via third parties, seeking a land for peace formula. The Arab response came back on September 1, 1967, from Khartoum, Sudan, where the Arab League nations were meeting. The message was unmistakable: No peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel, and no negotiations with Israel. Yet another opportunity to Fact #5: In November 1977, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat broke with the Arab rejectionist consensus. He traveled to the Israeli capital of Jerusalem to meet with Israeli leaders and address Israels parliament and speak of peace. Two years later, underscoring the lengths to which Israel was deal was reached, in which Israel led, notably, by a right-wing government yielded the vast Sinai Peninsula, with its strategic depth, oil deposits, settlethe promise of a new era in relations with the Arab worlds leading country. his legacy of peace with Israel, thankfully, has endured. Fact #6: In September 1993, Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) reached an agreement, hope for peace on that front as well, but eight months later, PLO Chairman Yasmany that he was not honest, when he was caught on tape in a Johannesburg mosque asserting that this agreement was nothing more than a temporary Fact #7: In 1994, Jordans King Hussein, following in the footsteps of Egyptian President Sadat, reached an agreement with Israel, again demonstrating Israels readiness for peace and willingness to make territorial come forward. Minister Ehud Barak, leading a left-ofcenter government and supported by groundbreaking two-state arrangement to Arafat, including a bold compromise on Jerusalem. Not only did the Palshockingly told Clinton that Jews had never had any historical connection to triggered a new wave of Palestinian violence that led to more than 1,000 Israeli fatalities (proportionately equivalent to 40,000 Americans). Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon unilaterally withdrew all Israeli soldiers and settlers from Gaza, only to see Hamas seize control and destroy Prime Minister Ehud Olmert went even branch to the Palestinian Authority. He proposal, but got no formal response from Mahmoud Abbas, Arafats sucThe AJC West Coast Florida o ce, located in Sarasota, can be reached at 941.365.4955. cessor. A Palestinian negotiator subsequently acknowledged in the media that the Israeli plan would have given his side the equivalent of 100 percent of the disputed lands under discussion. Fact #10: At the request of the Obama administration, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed to a ten-month freeze on settlementbuilding in 2010, as a good-faith gesture to lure the Palestinians back to the table. Regrettably, it failed. The Palestinians didnt show up. Instead, they have continued to this day their strategy of incitement; attempts to bypass Israel and face-to-face talks by going to international organizations instead; denial of the age-old Jewish link captured terrorists and the families of suicide bombers. Isnt it high time to draw some obvious conclusions from these facts, recognize the many lost opportunities to reach a settlement because of a consistent no from one side, and call on the Palestinians to start saying yes for a change? StandWithUs is an international, non-profit organization that believes education is the road to peace. StandWithUs is dedicated to informing the public about Israel, and combating the extremism and antiSemitism that often distorts the issues. For more information contact Andrea Eiertaeiert@jfedsrq.org or 941.552.6308 Register at JFEDSRQ.org/Events JFEDSRQ.org/Events Hear from presenter, Ilan Lopez, about his journey from South America to Israel. Learn about the Humanitarian and Civil Affairs Unit in the IDF, also known as COGAT and how Ilan worked to improve the lives of Palestinian families. Discuss how recognition of Jerusalem is being accepted in Central and South America. Find out more about Israel activism for millennials. Southeast High School Coordinator, Rayna Rose Exelbierd, will teach effective ways to relate to others through dialogue, not debate. This STEP Sponsored Event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC but SPACE IS LIMITED. You must pre-register online (see below). Sunday, February 11, 2018 4-6pm in The Jewish Federation Zell Room Klingenstein Jewish Center 580 MacIntosh Rd., Sarasota, FL 34232 Presenter: Ilan Lopez StandWithUs Outreach in South and Central America WE STAND WITH ISRAEL ISRAEL ADVOCACY IN ACTION Elie Wiesel Nobel Laureate winner, writer, professor and Holocaust survivor; To Life! 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36 February 2018 FOCUS ON YOUTH The comparison between man and tree Education CornerBy Chanie Bukiet W holiday of Tu BShvat, having celebrated the New Year for the Trees on January 31. Tu BShvat has its own customs, which our Rabbis associate with the phrase, orlah, literally translated as concealment. Orlah means that we may not partake in the fruit of trees that were planted for the Since humans are compared to tion, similarly, a childs hair should be only afterwards can it be cut. A Jewish boy marks the transition from babyhood to childhood with a haircutting ceremony an upsherin on his third Jewish birthday. His education then takes a leap. He is now ready to produce and share his unique gifts with the world. The world now and mitzvot of this young child. The comparison between man and tree has much to teach us when educating our children. A tree may be divided into three parts: roots; trunk, branches and leaves; and fruit. Though the roots of a tree are not visible, they serve two vital functions: they support the tree, enabling it to withstand strong winds, and they deliver most of its nourishment. The trunk, branches and leaves constitute the bulk of the trees body, tractive to the onlooker but they are not its ultimate purpose. and contains the seeds which bear the species promise for posterity. These components of the tree symbolize aspects of our personalities. The roots represent faith, the spiritual quality which connects man to G-d, the source of his nourishment. As a person develops spiritually, he learns to rely on his strong foundations of faith for support. The trunk, branches and leaves represent our study of Torah, observance of the mitzvot Jewish values in our daily conduct. These enable a person to develop himself and they generate an inner beauty which makes him attractive to others. son, however, is his fruits. These are KLV\003LQYROYHPHQWV\003\261\003\277\003UVW\003ZLWK\003KLV\003RZQ\003 family, the seeds he has planted, but also with the people around him. with others, one tree can bring another into being. The custom of cutting a childs hair at three years old is an indication for us to ensure that our children have strong roots; trunk, branches and leaves; and fruit. And then one tree can produce another. There is no greater joy than watching our own children produce fruits of their own, be it in their own Chanie Bukiet is the program and educational director at Chabad of Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch. Your New Best Friend is Waiting!We are open: Weekdays 11-7 Weekends 11-5 2542 17th St Sarasota, FL 34234 941-366-2404 www.catdepot.org WE STAND FOR ISRAEL AND THE JEWISH PEOPLE .For more info visit jfedsrq.org SA VE THE DA TE April 13: Opening Night Film & Block Party | April 21: Closing Night Film & W rap Party April 13 22, 2018
37 February 2018 FOCUS ON YOUTH Read the current and previous editions of The Jewish News online at www.jfedsrq.org. LIVE LAUGH CELEBRATE DREAM INSPIRE READ LOVEFor more information, contact Andrea Eiert at firstname.lastname@example.org or 941.552.6308 PJ Library helps families on their Jewish journey by sending Jewishcontent books and music on a monthly basis to children from age six-months to eight-years. This program is completely free for families, thanks to the generosity of The Harold Grinspoon Foundation, The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee and our incredible donors.Sign-up Today at JFEDSRQ.org/pj-library Dont miss the newest chapter of PJ Library for kids... ages 9-11! Sign up at Rabbi Meir Azari Community Day enjoys visit by Israeli Reform rabbi Hanukkah happens at Temple Emanu-El Preparing students to be LEADERS and GLOBAL CITIZENS Hershorin Schiff Community Day School1050 S. Tuttle Ave. Sarasota | (941) 552-2770 www.CommunityDay.org parents A s the middle schoolers at HerSchool prepare for their spring trip to Tel Mond, Israel, Community Day continues to develop and nurture numerous connections between its students and peers and institutions in Israel. Most recently, the school was honored with a visit by Rabbi Meir Azari of The Daniel Centers for Progressive Judaism, who was in town for a couple of days. The rabbi was invited to tour the school by Community Day board member Rachel Saltzberg, whose daughters bat mitzvah was held at the Daniel Centers in Tel Aviv this past April. During his visit, Rabbi Azari spoke with students who were making Hanukkah crafts, observed children working on school projects, and spoke with Saltzberg and head of school Dan Ceaser. Im so glad you let us see the amazing community school that you have built and continue to grow in Sarasota, Rabbi Azari wrote in a message to school leadership. This type of school is the future of Jewish education and day schools. It breaks down walls and encourages tolerance and inclusivity and the Jewish spirit, much like what we have done in Tel Aviv with the Daniel Centers. be a model for others around the country. Rabbi Azari invited Community Day to partner with Beit Daniel, and its leaders and students to visit, an honor Ceaser appreciates. to create a more tolerant and inclusive future is an incredible tribute to the work were doing here, said Ceaser. We are grateful for the relationships we have developed with people and organizations in Israel. They have enriched our activities and enhanced learning at Community Day in innumerable ways. son, however, is his fruits. These are family, the seeds he has planted, but also with the people around him. with others, one tree can bring another into being. The custom of cutting a childs hair at three years old is an indication for us to ensure that our children have strong roots; trunk, branches and leaves; and fruit. And then one tree can produce another. There is no greater joy than watching our own children produce fruits of their own, be it in their own tion of trees. May we all be blessed with wonderful, fragrant fruits of good deeds and good children. Chanie Bukiet is the program and educational director at Chabad of Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch.T he celebration certainly lived up to its name at Temple EmanuEls Hanukkah Happening on December 15 as over 200 temple members and guests of all ages gathered to celebrate the Festival of Lights with spirit and joy. The evening began with a delicious dinner featuring brisket, roasted chicken, salad and of course plenty of crispy latkes with applesauce and sour cream, and sufganiyot for dessert! After feasting on the meal, adults socialized with old and new friends as children scattered to create edible dreidels, color Hanukkah crafts, and play dreidel together. Families also enjoyed a 50/50 for donating her prize back to the religious school!), a silent auction, and a visit from Hanukkah hero Judah Maccabee. Among the highlights of the celebration was the annual menorahtheir creativity in crafting hanukiyyot from every material from Legos to nail polish! The celebration continued as participants packed the sanctuary for Temple Emanu-Els annual Hanukkah service. Singing songs and lighting the menorah an th-century silver menorah from Poland that was mysteriously found in a storage closet 11 years ago and lovingly restored by temple members contributed to the joyful and festive atmosphere. Rabbi Brenner Glickman also kah travels last year to the town of Modiin, where the Maccabees rebellion began, and our peoples restoration and rededication of our ancient homeland. Congratulations and Director of Education Sabrina Silverberg, Beth Steiner and the many volunteers and parents who made the Hanukkah Happening such a beautiful night. For more information about holiday celebrations at Temple Emanu-El, please call The Murphy sisters showed their Hanukkah spirit with smiles and a Hanukkah headband! Temple Emanu-El Religious School students Ava Rosin and Dani Mallitz made edible dreidels Friday Night Live for teensC Teen at Chabad of Sarasota is starting a new monthly initiative Friday Night Live. It will month. The teens will join the congregation for the short Shabbat service, which will be followed by a special teen Oneg Shabbat. All teens in grades 7-12 are welcome to join to honor the Shabbat with great camaraderie and delicious hors doeuvres and desserts. The Friday Night Live program, p.m. at Chabad of Sarasota (7700 Beof Shabbat to teens in a fun and meaningful way. Friday Night Live is open to all teens free of charge. 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38 February 2018 FOCUS ON YOUTH STAY CONNECTED Instagram.com/jfedsrq THE STRENGTH OF A PEOPLE. THE POWER OF COMMUNITY. jfedsrq.org FAMILY The GAN at Temple Sinai celebrates Chanukah at Gulf Gate Library T t ub S v h a ON THE FARM...ISRAELI STYLE! Young families are invited to attend Klingenstein Jewish Center 580 McIntosh Rd., Sarasota, FL 34232 Sunday, January 28, 2018 | 1-3pm Rudd Farm, 3615 Hidden River Rd, Sarasota FLCelebrate the New Year of the Trees with special Tu bShvat foods, horse rides, scavenger hunt, games, prizes and more. This event is FREE and fun for the whole family!For more information, contact Rebecca Rothstein at 941.955.8121PLEASE REGISTER AT: JFEDSRQ.org/EventsSponsored by the PJ Library, The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, and Temple Beth Sholom Jett Segal and Laura Freedman, Temple Sinais Director of Early Childhood Education, at the GAN Chanukah celebration T he GAN at Temple Sinai in conjunction with Gulf Gate Library hosted a community-wide Chanukah celebration on Wednesday, December 13. Children of all ages along with multigenerational families celebrated the miracle of Chanukah. Laura Freedman, Temple Sinais Director of Early Childhood Education, spoke about the story of Chanukah and read a Chanukah book helping the children to understand the history and meaning of Chanukah. Gulf Gate Library volunteers and librarians cooked latkes and provided tons of family crafts. Laura Freedman brought out plain cookies and told the children that they were bare and had to be covered. You need to get them dressed, she declared, and the children delighted in decorating the cookies with layers of frosting and sprinkles galore. They loved eating the decorated cookies. The latkes were also a big favorite. Following the program, the chilbooks to read and play in the childrens section with old and new friends. The evening of playing dreidel, hearing Chanukah stories, arts and crafts, and eating tasty treats in the library was a children and enjoyed by all. For more information about The GAN at Temple Sinai, visit www.the gansarasota.org or call 941.926.9462.Zoe Herman at the GAN Chanukah celebration Three generations of the Rosenberg Family Saturday March 17 11amHunsader Farms5500 County Rd. 675 Bradenton, FLCelebrate Shabbat at Hunsader Farms with a petting zoo and Shabbat blessings, songs, movement, and a story with Temple Emanu-El Rabbi Michael Shefrin. Enjoy a train ride and pick fresh strawberries with old friends and new ones. Bring a picnic lunch, and well treat your family to a pint of fresh strawberries and ice cream for the kids! For more information, contact Rabbi Elaine Glickman, 941.379.1997Register via JFEDSRQ.org/PJ SPONSORED BY
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