NONPROFIT ORG. U.S. POSTAGE PAID MANASOTA FL PERMIT 167 A publication of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee Klingenstein Jewish Center, 580 McIntosh Rd., Sarasota, FL 34232 Annual voluntary subscription: $25 FEDERATION NEWS May 2018 Iyar/Sivan 5778 Volume 48, Number 5 Celebrating Jewish Life in Sarasota and Manatee Counties, Israel and the World Womens Giving Circle awards $40,788 in grants 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.org A message from Federation leadership: Federation: Focused on building a vibrant community continued on page 2 Community Day School mixes learning and community service at the beach INSIDE THIS ISSUE: 8 Community Focus 16 Jewish Happenings 16 Israel @ 70 Events 25 Jewish Interest 30 Israel & the Jewish World 31 Commentary 32 Focus on Youth 35 Life Cycle A nyone who thinks that our Jewish Federation is rote, bureaucratic or boring has clearly never engaged with our Jew ish Federation. Our grants, alloca tions, programming and planning are dynamic, somewhat frenetic and everchanging. We are focused on ensur ing a vibrant Jewish future, providing for those most in need, ensuring the ing anti-Semitism and BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions). With the help of many individual and corporate sponsors and community partners, we proudly welcomed thousands of people to events throughout Sarasota-Manatee this year. On our ever-evolving Jewish Federation Campus, we hosted more than 3,400 people at the We Love Israel Shuk, our Major Gifts Dinner, Happy Birthday Israel event and scholar-inresidence lecture series! Special highlights this season in cluded our community-wide Israel @ 70 celebrations, during which our Federation partnered with all area synagogues, Community Day School, Jazz Club of Sarasota, Jewish Club at Lakewood Ranch, Jewish Genea logical Society of Southwest Florida, Jewish Housing Council Foundation, Mote Marine Laboratory and Sara sota Jewish Chorale to bring Israel to unique experiences designed to educate, raise awareness, celebrate and taste Israel throughout our two-county area. Participants of all ages and all back grounds enjoyed food festivals, wine tastings, fascinating speakers, Shab bat dinners, chorale concerts, thoughtAs our Federations 60 th anni versary fast approaches on February 25, 2019, it is our goal to continue to push the envelope by providing more M aagal Nashim (Circle of Women), s Womens Giving Circle, recently awarded the 2018 grants to eight orga and children. Chaired by Adrea Sukin, Maagal Nashim is made up of women in the Sarasota-Manatee area. Its mission is to practice tikkun olam (improving the world) through a circle of caring women with the goal of enhancing the lives of Jewish women and children in Israel. Voting participation in Maagal Nashim requires a donation of $500 ects in Israel supporting women and/ or children are eligible to submit grant proposals for consideration. After the proposals are received, members of Maagal Nashim review them and determine how to distribute the funds for the greatest impact. The following organizations were awarded grants totaling $40,788: Providing essential clothing and equipment packs for children at risk Scholastic assistance program for Ethiopian Israeli girls Providing life-saving crisis intervention and prevention programs for at-risk teens in Is rael who are struggling with social, Providing economically marginalized women with busi ness skills needed to develop their own micro-enterprises Providing support for Jewish women who are denied a divorce Rehabilitating Israels victims of terror, wounded soldiers and bereaved families through sports and recreational activities Providing support for sexually abused female soldiers UDHO\035 Feeding Israels youth at risk Its an inspiration and a gift to be a part of Maagal Nashim, says Adrea Sukin. Its wonderful to be with likeminded women who want to make a en and children in Israel. To join Maagal Nashim or for more information, please contact Ilene Fox at 941.343.2111 or ifox@jfedsrq. org, or Jeremy Lisitza at 941.343.2113 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Howard Tevlowitz To see highlights of our communitywide Israel @ 70 celebrations, turn to pages 18-19. 33 Israeli space team still shooting for the moon plans to launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 in Q4 2018 30 Local students attend 2018 AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. 6 Lion of Judah and Pomegranate donors honored at annual luncheon 4 Participate in the Giving Challenge 2018 and support The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. Be The One to make a splash for YOUR Jewish community!May 1-2 NOON-NOON givingpartnerchallenge.orgSee more on page 7
2 FEDERATION NEWS Howard Tevlowitz...cont. from page 1 Event co-chairs Bunny Skirboll, Edie Chaifetz, Helen Glaser and Irene Ross services and support to local Jewish institutions and Jewish families and individuals, as well as to continue building relationships throughout the general community. The Federation of yesterday was an organization that simply provided funds and let others do. Our Federation today is an organization that is doing actively programming and funding based on our priorities, goals and objectives. Our Israel @ 70 partnerships are just one example of how we work to build a stronger, more vibrant Jewish com munity in Sarasota-Manatee. Jonathan Sarna, a professor from Brandeis University, argues that Amer ican Jewry has, and has always had, an Everything we do is focused on increasing our clients enjoyment of their wealth.We help them redeploy their wealth to more eciently sustain their lifestyles, so they can have more fun, help their families, and create a lasting impact on society.www.wealthenjoyment.com941.951.0443We just happen to be a Wealth Advisory Practice. Bruce UdellCLU, ChFC, MCEP, RFC Chief Executive Ocer Jeremy UdellCFP, President Celebrating Rich Bergman W elcome home! With these words, How ard Tevlowitz, executive director of welcomed almost 200 of the Federations top donors to the Federations campus to celebrate the annual Major Gifts Dinner. The event honored the donors generosity and paid tribute to the inimitable Rich Bergman, the Federations major gift The dinner was held at home on the Federations campus beneath an elegant tent adorned with chandeliers, blue draping and silver accents. Guests enjoyed a moving program in honor of Rich, whose accomplishments and life stories were shared by guest speak ers Les Aberson, Howard Tevlowitz, Dennis McGillicuddy, Lisa and Mitch Eisen, and Julie and Mitch Nusbaum. Each speaker roasted and toasted Rich, highlighting the best of the friend, community leader, Israel advocate and father they know. Co-chairs Edie Chaifetz, Helen Glaser, Irene Ross and Bunny Skirboll delighted the audience with a personal ized rendition of My Guy, rewritten Guests also enjoyed a video celebrat ing Richs life and were touched by the guest of honors closing speech, rejoic ing in his love for his family and the work he does on behalf of the Jewish people, his Jewish community and Is rael. For more information about Major Gifts, contact Ilene Fox at 941.342.2111 or email@example.com. Richard Bergmans family: Mitchell and Julie Nusbaum, Mitchell and Lisa Eisen, Rebecca and Richard Bergman, Chase Scholber, Alexandra Macchi and Josh Gluck, Brooke Scholber Meredith and Al Ernst, Andi and Bob Munzer Larry Greenspon and Mary Gratehouse Rachel and Darren Saltzberg: Ensuring Jewish tomorrows by advocating for our children today 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. East Avenue, Suite 209 Sarasota, FL
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One who is steadfast about her commitments, Rachel has been a Fed eration board member, along with many others, including Dr. Josh and Julie Green. Her stint on the board in cluded voting on important issues that The Harold Grinspoon LIFE & LEGACY partnership, managed by The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee, helps ensure that our syna gogues, schools and other Jewish organizations will continue to thrive. Strengthened by its training, coaching, tools and monitoring, the program also aligns with our Federations mission. Legacy giving is a formula for success. Rachels daughter will graduate the children were younger, Rachel and Darren chose a Jewish day school pri marily because they wanted their chil dren to be educated with other Jews and not feel isolated. Walking into a school every day proud of who you are and where you come from are paramount to Rachel and her husband. I believe its important for children of all faiths and backgrounds, not just my own. Rachel further explains that her daughter will be instrumental in choos ing her high school. She owns it! She will determine her educational path based on the strong foundation shes received at Community Day. Rachel will continue volunteering and supporting the Jewish community. Its in my DNA. As Rachel explains, her mother dedicated her time to the Is rael Bonds organization, serving as the National Chair for the Womens Di vision for North America. One of her grandfathers, who died before she was born, served as a rabbi in small rural towns working to preserve their Jewish communities. Her other grandfather, whom she had the privilege to grow up admiring, dedicated himself to saving Jewish lives during the Holocaust and then to the State of Israel, working in the Foreign Ministry. There are so many worthwhile portant work. LIFE & LEGACY is a well-organized way to get people to think about continuity. Its not how much you give to this program, but that you give. For more information on the LIFE T his past February, 126 Lion of Judah and Pomegranate do nors gathered at Michaels on the Bay at Selby Gardens for the an nual luncheon held in their honor. Co-chairs Susi Steenbarger and Anne Spindel welcomed their guests and in vited Simone Knego to share her ex periences while participating on The Jewish Federations of North America missions, her role as the co-chair of the National Young Leadership Cabinet, and her involvement and commitment to New Lions recognized were Cook ie Bloom, Pam Brown, Joan Cutler, Adrienne Driben, Naomi Gerbarg, Carol Green, Jan Kahn, Sue Ellen Ko rach, Joan Levenson, Michelle Mitch ell, Sue Spector and Joan Wides. New Pomegranates recognized were Sepi Ackerman and Kate Pressman. 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5 FEDERATION NEWS Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman and Rabbi Brenner Glickman welcomed community shaliach Maor Ben-Arie to Temple Emanu-El LGBTQ life in Israel explored with Jewish Federation and Temple Emanu-El Established 1971 MISSION STATEMENT: The Jewish News of Sarasota-Manatee strives to be the source of news and features of special interest to the Jewish community of Sarasota-Manatee, to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and opinions in the Jewish community, and to communicate the mission, activities and achievements of the Federation and its Jew ish community partners. OPINIONS printed in The Jewish News of Sarasota-Manatee do not necessarily reect those of The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee, its Board of Directors or sta. SUBMISSIONS to The Jewish News are sub ject to editing for space and content, and may be withheld from publication without prior notice. 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PUBLISHER The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee Klingenstein Jewish Center 580 McIntosh Road Sarasota, FL 34232-1959 Phone: 941.371.4546 Fax: 941.378.2947 E-mail: email@example.com Website: www.jfedsrq.org Published Monthly Volume 48, Number 5 May 2018 36 pages USPS Permit No. 167 June 2018 Issue Deadlines: Editorial: April 27, 2018 Advertising: May 1, 2018 CHANGE OF ADDRESS: Change of address inquiries can be sent to Brieana Duckett-Graves at firstname.lastname@example.org or 941.552.6305. STAY CONNECTED .com/jfedsrq PRESIDENT Michael Ritter EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Howard Tevlowitz SENIOR DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING Marty Katz MANAGING EDITOR Ted Epstein ADVERTISING SALES Robin Leonardi 941.552.6307 PROOFREADERS Edward D. Cohen, Jack Mansbach, Sharon Napshin, Elliot Ofsowitz, Merry Sanders, Bryna Tevlowitz MIMI AND JOSEPH J. EDLIN JOURNALISM INTERNS Ashlyn Downey-Hayes, Nikol Isakovska W ith support from Temple EmanuEl was honored to host community shaliach Maor Ben-Arie on March 18 for a multimedia presentation about LGBTQ life in Israel. Sponsored by Temple Emanu-Els Israel Committee, LGBTQ Life in Is kind in the Sarasota-Manatee area. The event was attended by about 60 par ticipants of all ages and backgrounds, including Temple Emanu-El Religious Schools seventh-graders, Federation from Temple Emanu-El, Temple Beth Sholom and Temple Sinai. Attendees were captivated by Maors informa tive, engaging and, at times, very per sonal words on this important topic. As Maor explained, LGBTQ life in Israel is marked by inclusion, sup center opened in Israel in 1995, and gay life has been matter-of-factly and positively portrayed in Israeli music, prime-time television and other en tertainment media since 1997. Gay pride parades have been part of Israeli Tel Aviv, and Jerusalem following, in 2002. According to Maor, the gay com munity is enthusiastically supported by the government, with funding for youth centers, advocacy organizations, legal assistance, pride events, and even gender-reassignment surgery provided by the Ministry of Health and other governmental sources. The easy ac ceptance of gay people serving in the Israel Defense Forces also paves the way for inclusion in every other area of Israeli society, including the workplace and schools. Although some challeng es remain particularly in the areas of ultra-Orthodoxy, religious marriage, adoption and surrogacy Israel truly serves as a model and inspiration not only for tolerance but for re spect and love. Maors presentation was occasionally interrupted by en thusiastic applause from his au dience, and all left with a sense of uplift and happiness. Not even a small protest mounted by a few members of the great er Sarasota community could Emanu-El and the hearts of at tendees. to Maor; event chair Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman and the Israel Committee; Federation Executive Director Howard Tevlow itz and Director of Community Rela tions Jessi Sheslow; Temple Emanu-El Executive Director Christine Elliott and Shomrim Chair Ray Pendleton; and volunteers Jacob Baram, Miriam Baram, Dr. Uzi Baram, Neil Klaber and Mo Glickman for making the morning special and safe. Attendees greeted community shaliach Maor Ben-Arie after a wonderful presentation SarasotaManatees Only Jewish NewspaperServing our Community Since 1971 Give the Gift of The Jewish News! A subscription to The Jewish News gives you important information on news, events, community programs, businesses, and announcements relevant to our community. 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6 FEDERATION NEWS 2018 AIPAC Policy Conference activists across all ages, religions, races and political parties to be politically en gaged and build relationships with members of Congress from both sides of the aisle to promote the U.S.-Israel relationship. Each year during the three-day AIPAC Policy Conference, more than 18,000 Israel supporters get together to learn, listen and lobby on the issues most critical to Israels safety and security. In March, awarded scholar Federations teen and family program coordinator, and Maor Ben-Arie, the Fed erations community shaliach. The Federation also provided assistance for three students from Florida Gulf Coast University and a STEP Fellow alumna to attend. Below are essays from three of the participating students. Look for two ad ditional essays in the June issue. By Rachel Kalmanovich W hen I was in kindergarten, my teacher told me that when I grew up, I could become whatever I wanted to be, and do whatever I wanted to do. Little did I know that, after stum bling my way through adolescence, the only thing I would become is confused and the only thing I would do is won der who I was going to be and what values I would choose to represent. At the heart of all this confusion was an ongoing identity crisis, one that was caused by a false dichotomy. One half of my heart was painted brightly with the Magen David. I was raised in a Jewish household where, every Friday, two candles could be seen shining from our kitchen win dows, and the smell of freshly baked braided That side of me loved my family in Israel, and remembered the summer I spent with them, falling in love with the lively and bustling skylines of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. On the other hand, watching left-leaning, late-night comedy hosts explore politics and the my political beliefs and world view. But that belief was test ed when it came to how most liberals viewed Israel and its relationship with the U.S. I felt that no matter which choice I made, I was on the wrong side. If I stood for Israel, my progressive peers would call me a traitor to humanity and against human rights. If I stood against Israel, I would be standing against a lifetime of traditions and ances a country where Jewish people could live in peace and safety. This mental tug of war silenced me. I tried to never talk about Israel and, when I had to, I would keep conversa tions brief. But this silence couldnt last forever. When one of my friends told me about the AIPAC conference, I was intrigued. Despite my blossoming in terest in politics, Id never been to a convention where world leaders spoke about global issues and policies. Outside the doors of the general meeting hall, I was still skeptical. Fresh in my mind was the disapprov ing glance of a friend who Id told that I was attending the conference. But my skepticism disappeared as soon as I stepped through the doors and the time in my life, I felt myself part of a community united, not against anyone or anything, but for the idea of a safe and protected Israel. Three days and countless speak ers (from both sides of the aisle) later, I came to a realization. Its OK to be a Democrat and be pro-Israel. Its OK to support a country my ancestors fought for, without supporting every facet of a particular administration of that country. As a child, I was told I could be whatever I wanted. After the AIPAC Policy Conference, I knew what I wanted to be. I want to be political. I want to be a Democrat. But, most im portantly, I want to be a staunch sup porter of the Israeli cause. Rachel Kalmanovich is a senior at By Jacob Green B efore my trip to the AIPAC Policy Conference, I didnt understand much about issues relating to Israel. That changed at the conference, where I was immersed in learning about world policies and issues. One conference topic that was of special interest to me was the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) cam paigns on college campuses. Im headed for college next year and understanding the BDS movement gives me the knowledge and tools Ill need if I confront it on my college campus. The conference also helped me to realize that Is rael is largely supported by both parties in Congress a rare phenomenon in todays political landscape where most issues do not have bipartisan sup port. In the few moments between speeches and lectures, I also reconnect ed with friends from across the country who I had met on my trip to Israel and from my Jewish overnight camp. Im grateful to the Federation and its generous donors for giving me the opportunity to attend the AIPAC Pol icy Conference. Its an experience Ill never forget. Jacob Green is a senior at Pine View By Abigail Zion I was beyond fortunate to attend the mittee Policy Conference this March. The highlight of the trip, for me, was to have had the amazing opportunity to listen to Israeli Prime Minister Ben jamin Netanyahu speak about The good, the bad and the beautiful. We learned that Israel is an advanced, thriving nation and a leader in global technology. We also learned that many things we use every day were invented in Israel, including Googles Suggest function, which automatically com pletes the search box text, and the USB center was dedicated to showcasing Is raeli innovations. We were introduced to dozens of startups and inventions, including the CropX, an agricultural device that assists farmers in deciding which crops need water by measuring moisture in the soil. Another one of Israels remarkable new technologies is the Iron Dome. At made of metal, but when I saw a real Iron Dome up close, I learned that its an Israeli air defense system that works to intercept rockets. This is just one ex ample of Israeli military technology that has been used by the United States. The thing that is the most amazing about Israels spectacular creations, at least for me, is that all of this has come from the bad. Just 70 years ago, Is rael wasnt a country, and Jews were refugees all around the world. Even after becoming a country, other coun tries waged multiple wars on Israel. Somehow, despite all of this, Israel is a leader in our world for innovation. Now, thats what I call beautiful. Abigail Zion is a senior at Lakewood Rachel Kalmanovich, Jacob Green, Abigail Zion, Moses Glickman, Aaron Prokupets at the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. 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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 Small Hands Give Back honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 7 Israeli buildings that will make you stop and stare Gulf Coast Hillel: a Jewish home away from home for local college students 6 8 22INSIDE THIS ISSUE: 9A Community Focus 15A Jewish Interest 22A Israel & the Jewish World 25A Commentary 28A Focus on Youth 31A Life Cycle 1B Jewish HappeningsThe youth scoop from Temple Beth Sholom 28 FEDERATION NEWS March 2018 Adar/Nisan 5778 Volume 48, Number 3 Celebrating Jewish Life in Sarasota and Manatee Counties, Israel and the World continued on page 3A Happy Birthday Israel Celebrating at home! 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.orgSouthwest view of Federation Campus and landA message from Federation leadership: Opening the closed door continued on page 2A Often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us. Helen KellerAlthough the weather was unseasonably cold and there were long lines at the falafel stand, most agreed that the recently held on The Jewish Federation Campus was a resounding success. We were both there from early morning until late afternoon, impressed but not sur prised that around 3,000 people atschmoozing. All the local Jewish organizations were represented and there were about 100 hardworking This was truly a remarkable community-wide coopWhat were the two comments we heard the most from the attendees? I had no idea how large this campus is and the extent of buildings, sports community use, and I thought the Flanzer Jewish Community Center (JCC) had closed. located on The Federations 32-acre campus, closed our JCC ultimately succumbed to market conditions and demographics beyond its control similar to the sustainable operating models. So, for those of us who spent many childhood, the closing here in 2007 was a particularly sad time. And although many of us still refer today to the Flan zer building on our campus as the JCC building, Michael Ritter and Howard TevlowitzIn honor of Israels 70th will present Happy Birthday Israel in the Beatrice Friedman Theater on The Federation Campus and Saranee Newman. the dynamic culture, history and dance from Israel ors and sacred roots of Jewish life with passionate storytelling and choreography. The Shuk has its roots in traditional Jewish music and has expanded into world music, blending elements of jazz, rock, ethnic ern music to western classic and country folk. This Israel is so much more than just Americas only great music and entertainment, snacks and a familyfriendly program. their ability to address anti-Semitic and anti-Israel McIntosh Road MARCH 11, 2018 7PM Beatrice Friedman Theater Israel Happy This issue of The Jewish News contains paid political advertisements. These ads do not reflect the views of, or serve as endorsement by, the staff or leadership of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. PAID POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT D I S C L A I M E RFor more info see page 7B For tickets, visit jfedsrq.org/events or call 1-800-838.3006 This opportunity is sponsored by the Joseph J. Edlin Endowment Summer Journalism Internship Fund
7 FEDERATION NEWS Sue Hargis Spigel, Humanity Working to End Genocide member Federation participates in opioid symposium T he Sarasota chapter of the Humanity Working to End Genocide Committee, in col laboration with Florida Studio Theatre, recently presented a public symposium entitled Opioid Crisis: Are Your Chil dren at Risk? The program was spon sored by the Catholic Dio cese of Venice, the Sarasota Ministerial Association and Drug Free Sarasota. The reality that more than 4,600 men, women and children in Florida die annually from drug overdoses testi state should be aware of the problem and learn how to take steps to safe guard loved ones from becoming ad dicted to opioids. Speakers Mary Anne Servian, CEO of Girl Scouts of Gulf Coast Florida, Inc., and a former Sarasota mayor and city commissioner, and Lisa Brandy, founder of Brandis Wish Foundation, shared deeply moving stories about drug addiction, and how their addiction profoundly impacted those who loved and cared for them. A panel of experts, moderated by Kate Alexander, FSTs associate direc tor at-large, explored the realities of the opioid crisis and shared tools to use to confront the problem. Their advice in cluded openly discussing the realities of drug addiction with children, under standing the risks involved in taking prescription drugs, and speaking with clergy about fears and con cerns. Its our belief that, with more programs like this, we can alert the community to the problem and, working to gether, ultimately lessen its impact. For more informa tion, visit www.hwegsrq.org. Association, and Rabbi Howard Simon, chair of the Sarasota chapter of the Humanity Working to End Genocide Committee Bernie Ehrlich, founder of Humanity Working to End Genocide Federation helps renovate ancient Ethiopian synagogue A s part of our mission to pro vide for Jewish people in need, provided a $10,000 grant to the Dror Israel Move ment to renovate an ancient synagogue in Ethiopia. A group of young Israelis with Dror Israel traveled to the city of Endabaguna in December to learn about Ethiopia and work on the reno vation of the synagogue. Dror Israel is a pioneering edu cational movement whose mission is Israelis with Dror Israel helped renovate the synagogue in Endabaguna, Ethiopia FIND JEWISHThe COMMUNITY DIRECTORY on The Federation website gives you information at your ngertips. Any time of the day or night, you can Search and Click on our database of Jewish congregations, service providers and retail merchants.CHECK IT OUT TODAY! JFEDSRQ.org/Community-Directory rfnt br to make a splash for YOUR Jewish community!Participate in the Giving Challenge 2018 and support The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. visit share search givingpartnerchallenge.orgfor The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee and make a secure online donation #GivingChallenge18 MAY 1 & 2 NOON-NOON The 2018 Giving Challenge is presented by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County with giving strengthened by The Patterson Foundation.All gifts over $25 and up to $100 will be matched by The Patterson Foundation. on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and in-person
8 COMMUNITY FOCUS Stay informed throughout the month. Sign up for the Jewish Federations Enewsletter at www.jfedsrq.org. The Florida Holocaust Museum receives large artifact donation, on display now T he Florida Holocaust Museum (The FHM) is pleased to present a new exhibition, A European Escape: The Journey of the Neustein Family. These items from The FHMs permanent collection were recently donated and are on display now in the Hancock Bank Presents: Highlights from the Museums Permanent Col Museum. After a visit to The FHM last year, Colin Jenkins contacted the Mu would have any interest in accepting his grandfathers Austrian passport as to accept the donation, he brought a treasure-trove of other objects related to his family. Jenkins donated a total papers belonging to his grandparents Lucie and Leopold Neustein, letters, an adult at age 17, he was sent to live in an internment camp in Canada. It was initially feared that German Jews arriving in England and Canada could be spies, and as such they were sent to camps in Canada and Australia. Mari etta followed on the Kindertransport and was sent to a boarding school in na for Agen, a small city in the south of France where they apparently lived as Gentiles. Marietta worked as an artist in order to earn money. The couple re mained in France even after liberation while Erik and Marietta, then adults, stayed in Great Britain. Central to the mission of The FHM is the program to collect, preserve and make available to the public the his torical record and artistic interpretation of the Holocaust and other genocides. The Museum collects and maintains the areas of research, exhibition, edu cation and commemoration. The focus the policies, events and experiences associated with the Holocaust. For donation inquiries, please contact Erin Blankenship at eblanken email@example.com. A European Escape: The Jour ney of the Neustein Family opened to the public on Monday, March 26 at The Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 5 th Street S., St. Petersburg. 2017 marked a monumental milestone for The Florida Holocaust Museum as it celebrated its 25 th anniversary. One of the largest Holocaust museums in the country, and one of three nation ally-accredited Holocaust museums, The FHM honors the memory of mil lions of men, women and children who FHM is dedicated to teaching mem bers of all races and cultures the inher ent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides. For additional information, please visit photographs from before and after the war, and original artwork created by his grandmother Lucie Leopolds passport issued by the Nazis after the annexation of Austria in 1938. As with all Jews, his passport was stamped with a red J so they FRXOG\003HDVLO\\000EH\003LGHQWL\277HG\003\013SKRWR\003FUHGLW\ The FHM permanent collection, gift of Colin r ST ARMANDS 482 Ringling Blvd Sarasota, FL 34236 941.388.1331 DOWNTOWN 1301 Main Street Suite #101 Sarasota, FL 34236 941.387.8000 McCarverMoser.com
9 COMMUNITY FOCUS Stay informed throughout the month. Sign up for the Jewish Federations Enewsletter at www.jfedsrq.org. SPMF_JN_0108_MECH.indd 1 8/1/17 12:26 PM The Florida Holocaust Museum receives large artifact donation, on display now Our Jewish year: so many holidays A bigail Pogrebin, noted colum nist and author of dering Jew has written a book on her experience exploring the full calen a Reform Jewish leader, she came to the conclusion that she did not know enough nor understand the origins and background of all the Jewish festivals, fasts and other historic celebrations that comprise the Jewish calendar. She set out on a one-year journey to learn. How many of the 18 Jewish holi days can you name? Do you know how they came about and why they weathered the storm of time? With and a half millennia, can we attribute any of that record to Shabbat and holiday observance which appears to have kept the Jewish community to gether and vibrant for all of that time? Although Abigail grew up person ally following some holiday rituals, she realized how little she knew about their foundational purpose and current relevance. She wanted to understand what had kept these holidays alive and relevant throughout the centuries. Her curiosity led her to embark on an entire year of intensive research, observation and writing about the milestones on the Jewish calendar. As a liberal Jew, she immersed herself in these events by participating in Orthodox, Conserva tive and Reform holiday practices, and has presented to us an engaging and personal roadmap of her journey. Interspersed in her narrative are commentaries by a broad spectrum of the most notable rabbis, academ ics, educators and other contemporary thinkers with whom she interacted whose names will be very familiar to the reader. Using Abigail Pogrebins popular new book as a text, the Sarasota Liber week course called Our Jewish Year: 18 Holidays. This course will thor oughly review the calendar, but also provide insight into how these holidays connect to each other. Not all the holi days are biblical in origin; some were only established in the 20 th century. Starting June 5, Our Jewish Year will be held Tuesdays from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. in the Hecht Music School Building on the Federations campus, 580 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Reg istration is required; scholarships are also available. The tuition fee is $60. To enroll or for more information, contact me at marden.paru@gmail. com or 941.379.5655. The hardcover book, which will be used as the text book, will be available at a nominal below-market cost of $15. The Sarasota Liberal Yeshiva op erates in part under a grant from Now in its eighth year, the Yeshiva is an independent, IRS 501 institute. You are invited to spend the entire Jewish calendar year condensed into eight weekly sessions. It promises to be quite a trip. Middle East expert Dr. Mordechai Kedar coming to Venice proudly present Dr. Mordechai Kedar, who will speak about U.S., Russia, Saudi Arabia & Israel Challenges and Opportuni ties. The event takes place on Tues day, May 1 at 2:00 p.m. at the Chabad Education Center, 21560 Angela Lane, Venice. The Middle East is currently un dergoing a profound and historic transformation. Many are trying to un derstand the developments in the Arab world and in the Arab and Muslim cul ture and religion. Additionally, Irans nuclear aspirations are cause for deep concern for many. How are we to make sense of the events that make headlines in the me going? Will there ever be normalcy? Can freedom and democracy truly and violence? Born and bred in Tel Aviv, Dr. Mor dechai Kedar served for 25 years as a Lt. Col. in Israeli military intelligence, studying Arab political discourse, Arab media and Islamic groups. He cur rently lectures at Bar-Ilan Universitys Department of Arabic Studies and does research at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies. Join Dr. Kedar for a frontline re port and learn what the world must do to chart a course toward peace and sta bility. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. RSVP required and a photo ID will be requested at the event. Register at www.chabadofvenice.com/ events or call 941.493.2770. 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10 COMMUNITY FOCUS The Jewish News is a monthly nonprot newspaper supported by generous readers, committed advertisers and The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. When School Ends, Hunger Begins. Hunger doesnt take a summer vacation. CONNECT WITH US ONLINE 40,000school-aged children and their younger siblings, will go hungry this summer throughout Sarasota and Desoto counties. Help us feed our 40,000 today. SUMMER HUNGERCAMPAIGN AGAINST These we honor Your Tributes ANNUAL CAMPAIGN Richard & Rebecca Bergman Richard & Rebecca Bergman Andrew & Judith Kasriel Laura Briefman Kim Mullins Lois Stulberg BOB MALKIN YOUNG AMBASSADORS FUND Richard & Rebecca Bergman COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP FUND Laura Briefman ISRAEL PROGRAMS SKIP (Send a Kid to Israel) Lori & Alan Ross STEP (Shapiro Teen Engagement Program) Elaine & Burt Herman NOTE: To be publicly acknowledged in The Jewish News Honor Cards require a minimum $10 contribution per listing. You can send Honor Cards directly from www.jfedsrq.org. For more information, please call 941.552.6304. From Our Community Chaplain Our Jewish community was there for them L ast fall, a young Israeli from Lakeland, who happened to be in Sarasota, came to JFCSs search of a rabbi. He informed the re ceptionist that his wife was in Sara sota Memorial Hospitals ICU infection that had led to the mis carriage of their baby. On learning of the couples predicament, I imme diately went to SMH where I found the wife sedated with numerous tubes and lines inserted into her. When the Israeli arrived a few minutes later, he expressed concern for his wifes condi tion but also insisted the baby needed to be buried. Until relatively recently, the worlds neonatal mortality rate was quite high. The prevailing view in Jewish law (though there were dis senting opinions) was that if a baby does not live for at least thirty days, it is as though it did not live at all. Mai Mishneh Torah legal code states: We do not mourn for fetuses ( nefalim ) and anything that does not live for 30 days. Therefore, in these situations, mass unmarked graves were employed and Kaddish was not recited. This was re garded as an act of compassion so that families would not be drawn to the site of so many losses and thereby remain in seemingly continuous mourning. Today, the situation is markedly of neonatal deaths through medical advancement, the passing of a baby is experienced that much more keenly. In the U.S. Jewish community and else where, in order to enable parents to meaningfully mourn, the babies are often named, funerals that include spe cially created liturgical materials are held, and bereavement groups exist to provide support. In 2014, Israels Health and Justice ministries worked with the Ministry of Religious Services to develop new neonatal reality and perspective. While these regulations may appear highly clinical, they, nevertheless, seek to bal ance halacha with contemporary times. A fetus up to the age of 12 weeks will continue to be buried without pa rental presence in an unmarked mass grave. A fetus of up to 20 weeks and weighing up to 17 ounces will be buried in a marked plot. Though par ents will not be present during burial, they will be allowed to later visit the gravesite if they desire. According to the regulations, a dead fetus is a fetus that died fol lowing 20 weeks of pregnancy and that weighed more than 17 ounces. In con trast, a young baby is an infant that died from the moment of birth up to the parents are entitled to choose whether they wish to participate in a farewell procedure at the hospital or in the fu neral and burial. Parents are permitted to be present at the funeral and mark the burial plot. With respect to the miscarriage that here, JFCSs Jewish Healing Program, sponsored by helped them ac quire a grave at Palms-Robarts Memo To share with those who have also lost a loved one is a source of comfort that can foster healing, contribute to per sonal growth, and engender a sense of renewed possibility. JFCSs Jewish Healing Program, sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, will hold its next Bereavement Support Group on Tues day, May 8 at the agencys 2688 Fruit ville Road location. Open to people of all faiths and backgrounds, the group will meet for six weekly Tuesday sessions from 10:30 a.m. to noon through June 12. It will explore the impact of loss, pro vide coping skills, and examine poten tial changes in relationships between friends and among family members in the wake of loss. Other topics, depend ing on the interest of group members, will also be addressed. The cost for the six-session group is $36. Pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, please call me at 941.366.2224 x166. Rabbi Jonathan R Katz serves as a Federation of Sarasota-Manatee and -\ Rabbi Jonathan R Katz jfedsrq.org SENIORS THE STRENGTH OF A PEOPLE. THE POWER OF COMMUNITY.
11 COMMUNITY FOCUS When School Ends, Hunger Begins. Hunger doesnt take a summer vacation. CONNECT WITH US ONLINE 40,000school-aged children and their younger siblings, will go hungry this summer throughout Sarasota and Desoto counties. Help us feed our 40,000 today. SUMMER HUNGERCAMPAIGN AGAINST From Our Community Chaplain Our Jewish community was there for them buried in a marked plot. Though par ents will not be present during burial, they will be allowed to later visit the gravesite if they desire. According to the regulations, a dead fetus is a fetus that died fol lowing 20 weeks of pregnancy and that weighed more than 17 ounces. In con trast, a young baby is an infant that died from the moment of birth up to the parents are entitled to choose whether they wish to participate in a farewell procedure at the hospital or in the fu neral and burial. Parents are permitted to be present at the funeral and mark the burial plot. With respect to the miscarriage that here, JFCSs Jewish Healing Program, sponsored by helped them ac quire a grave at Palms-Robarts Memo at the burial service. A few days later, when the wife was released from the hospital, the couple returned to Lakeland. Before departing, they expressed deep appre ciation for how a Jewish community they did not know had helped them in a time of great need. To share with those who have also lost a loved one is a source of comfort that can foster healing, contribute to per sonal growth, and engender a sense of renewed possibility. JFCSs Jewish Healing Program, sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, will hold its next Bereavement Support Group on Tues day, May 8 at the agencys 2688 Fruit ville Road location. Open to people of all faiths and backgrounds, the group will meet for six weekly Tuesday sessions from 10:30 a.m. to noon through June 12. It will explore the impact of loss, pro vide coping skills, and examine poten tial changes in relationships between friends and among family members in the wake of loss. Other topics, depend ing on the interest of group members, will also be addressed. The cost for the six-session group is $36. Pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, please call me at 941.366.2224 x166. Rabbi Jonathan R Katz serves as a Federation of Sarasota-Manatee and
12 COMMUNITY FOCUS Its not crazy to be afraid in water as an adult with American Psychological Association accredited internship program A good half of the adult popu lation in the United States is afraid in water over their heads, according to a national Gallup Poll. Thats just in pools. Two-thirds are afraid in deep, open water. What makes people afraid? Is it silly? What does it take to overcome it? A story of how someone became afraid in water does not sound silly to most people. Most often, a child becomes afraid in water because his mother or father is afraid. The parent passes on the fear to the child, often unintentionally but sometimes in or der to protect the child intention ally. A parent cant be blamed for that if they dont understand the water. On the other hand, many parents who are afraid in water make sure their kids learn to swim at a young age while the parents hide their own fear so as not Commonly, kids believe and do what their parents believe and do. Fear often passes from one generation to the next. Besides learning fear from a par ent, people become afraid from experi ences where they lost control in water and couldnt recover it. Examples of this include being held under water by an older brother too long while play ing; being thrown into a pool by a wellintentioned uncle who learned to swim that way, himself: Sink or swim! He traumatized for life and may never re cover. Teens and adults become afraid from water incidents, as well. There are very few places where someone who has a fear of water can go to overcome it. Besides the few places, theres unfortunately shame about not being able to swim. Howev er, there need be no shame: it is not the non-swimmers fault. Most adult non-swimmers have tried to learn to swim or have been helped by a friend who told them how to do stroke mechanics, think ing that would help. Sometimes, nonthe chance that a past experience in water will be repeated that theyve ar rived at the conviction that swimming is not necessary in this lifetime. This leaves them unsafe around water and The angst of an adult non-swimmer is only fully understood by other adult non-swimmers But non-swimmers can take comfort that every adult is afraid of something, whether its deep water, not having enough, being alone, grow ing old or public speaking. The com mon thread between us all is the key to the development of the program run by Miracle Swimming for Adults (MSA) on McIntosh Road in Sarasota. Stroke mechanics (freestyle, breaststroke, etc.) have nothing to do with overcoming fear. To overcome fear, one has to restore a broken trust in one self. A non-swimmer of any age must learn how the water works in order to learn to swim. If you cannot swim, you havent felt how the water works. MSA invites non-swimmers to let them At MSA, youll never be placed in a position to panic. MSA celebrates its 35 th anniversary on May 1 by launching a massive proj ect to teach all adult non-swimmers in Sarasota to Swim: Miracle Swimming Sarasota. If the cure for cancer were known and not publicized it would be a public wrong. Because MSA has a sys tem that works virtually 100% of the time, it has a responsibility that comes with that kind of power: to make it Approximately 125,000 adults are afraid non-swimmers in Sarasota County. The project is expected to take 40-50 years. Learning to swim accord ing to MSA means becoming safe and Overcoming fear takes 24-72 hours of classes over four to twelve weeks for virtually all adult non-swimmers. weekend and evening classes for Sara sota residents. August 2018 classes receive a 25% discount on the already discounted community classes. Their cost will be $449 for the 24-hour / 4-week Begin ning class and they will receive $100 worth of free swimming accessories including an MSA rash guard (to pro tect ones skin from the sun), goggles and swim cap. To register or for more information, call 941.921.6420 or visit miracleswimming.org. Temple Beth Sholoms Maot Hittin contribution to JFCS T emple Beth Sholom members contributed over $1,000 to the Maot Hittin fund which was distributed to JFCS, as well as individ uals in need of support for the Passover holiday. It has long been the tradition of congregations to establish a Maot Hit tin fund which is used to help the im poverished Jews of our city to prepare for Passover, the great festival of lib eration. TBS congregants have taken personal responsibility for the obli gation to assure that everyone in our midst can provide the necessary food for a Passover Seder and for the obser vance of the holiday in general. The funds contributed to JFCS will be directed toward the Jewish Heal ing Program, which is sponsored by This provides the Jewish community with a variety of services that include bikkur cholim commu nity education, religious outreach, prison ministry and a six-week be reavement group. In addition, JFCS cial assistance for individuals and fami lies experiencing an crisis. The generosity of Temple Beth Sho lom members has enriched other Jew ish families, physi cally and spiritually, as they were able to celebrate this holiday of freedom. Jill Mooney, JFCS Financial Assistance Case Manager; Heidi Brown, CEO of JFCS; Rabbi Michael Werbow of Temple Beth Sholom A s further testimony to JFCS of the Suncoasts leadership and longstanding commitment to excellence in all facets of its communi ty outreach, education and support ser vices, JFCS was recently honored with Association accreditation for a Jewish & Family Services internship program. The recognition comes on the heels of JFCSs perfect score from the National Council on Accreditation in summer 2017. The APA accreditation comes to sota-based Centerstone Doctoral Clini cal Psychology Internship Consortium, providers of community-based behav ioral health care. Understanding that accurate diagnosis is the foundation of all treatment and the road to mental health is all too often paved with well-intended but inaccurate diagnoses, particularly for individuals and families with limited resources, diagnostic center in Sarasota County in 2015 to provide psychological as sessments for children and families. is there a doctor in the house? 941.953.9080 LernerCohen.com 1921 Waldemere Street, Suite 814 Sarasota, FL 34239With LernerCohen, there is if you need one.As a concierge healthcare practice, our doctors provide the care you need, when you need it wherever that may be. 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13 COMMUNITY FOCUS with American Psychological Association accredited internship program August 2018 classes receive a 25% discount on the already discounted community classes. Their cost will be $449 for the 24-hour / 4-week Begin ning class and they will receive $100 worth of free swimming accessories including an MSA rash guard (to pro tect ones skin from the sun), goggles and swim cap. To register or for more information, call 941.921.6420 or visit miracleswimming.org. A s further testimony to JFCS of the Suncoasts leadership and longstanding commitment to excellence in all facets of its communi ty outreach, education and support ser vices, JFCS was recently honored with Association accreditation for a Jewish & Family Services internship program. The recognition comes on the heels of JFCSs perfect score from the National Council on Accreditation in summer 2017. The APA accreditation comes to providers of community-based behav ioral health care. Understanding that accurate diagnosis is the foundation of all treatment and the road to mental health is all too often paved with well-intended but inaccurate diagnoses, particularly for individuals and families with limited resources, diagnostic center in Sarasota County in 2015 to provide psychological as sessments for children and families. JFCS is one of only four Florida-based agencies in the Centerstone Florida Consortium, which also includes All Care in Lakewood Ranch and Psycho logical & Neurobehavioral Services internship training experiences, with JFCS focusing on general child psy chological assessments and in-school child therapy. The doctoral psychology interns come from Ph.D. and Psy.D. training programs throughout the U.S. and Canada, and are selected from the Association of Psychological Postdoc toral and Internship Centers, which or ganizes the matching. Internships last one year and are full-time, from July through June. Upon completion, most interns will have completed their stud ies to become doctors of psychology. JFCSs two interns, Jasleen Pari har, M.A., from the American School of Professional Psychology in Wash ington, D.C., and Daniel Wechsler, M.A., from the Arizona School of Pro fessional Psychology, in Phoenix, Ari zona, each divide their time working in the JFCS Diagnostic Center and as therapists at McIntosh Middle School and Heron Creek Middle School. This tremendous achievement for ily Service to have an APA-accredit ed internship and the only one in the world with this kind of accreditation is testimony to the entire JFCS team and provides an invaluable service to the Suncoast community, said Robert Boxley, director of clinical training for Centerstone. board of directors, volunteers and do nors who support our agency to receive both this APA accreditation and our perfect score from the National Coun cil of Accreditation in one year, said Heidi Brown, CEO of JFCS of the Sun coast. These two major achievements truly demonstrate how the JFCS legacy is continuing to evolve and prosper, enabling us to grow the services we provide to the entire Suncoast commu nity. One of the nations largest not-forbehavioral health care, Centerstone of fers a range of treatment, support and educational programs and services to individuals who have mental health and addiction disorders. In Florida, Center stone provides inpatient and outpatient mental health and addictions treatment to more than 16,000 people a year in cluding 4,200 children and teens. A team of more than 450 doctors, nurses, counselors, case workers, leaders and families in the region and more than 142,000 people of all ages at 157 loca tions across Florida, Illi nois, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee. Founded in 1985, JFCS is a fully accredited, community-based social ganization serving the Suncoast communities of Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, Collier, Lee and DeSoto counties in Florida, with the goal of empowering people to lead healthy, happy and sus tainable lives. JFCS serves more than 29,000 individuals each year through counseling, prevention, intervention, outreach, case management, basic life education programs on a secular, nondenominational basis. Its seven key fo cal areas include youth, seniors, cancer support, Jewish healing, counseling, veterans and families. For more in formation, visit www.jfcs-cares.org or call 941.366.2224. is there a doctor in the house? 941.953.9080 LernerCohen.com 1921 Waldemere Street, Suite 814 Sarasota, FL 34239 With LernerCohen, there is if you need one.As a concierge healthcare practice, our doctors provide the care you need, when you need it wherever that may be. 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14 COMMUNITY FOCUS O n Sunday, March 25, at Tem ple Beth Sholom, the Sarasota Jewish Chorale, the only cho rale in Sarasota/Manatee dedicated to the performance of Judaic music, put itself on the cultural map by present SJC has performed short programs in small venues, it had never put on a large public performance. Since this was the SJCs Chai year and we were fortunate to engage a new, innovative artistic director in Sharon Greene, the board decided it was time for us to act our age and make ourselves known to the larger community. singers, Sharon and SJC president Ronnie Riceberg created a two-themed program that began with a sequence of somber music supported by a slide show of visuals and quotations hon oring the legacy of Anne Frank. The second half was a joyous celebratory songfest by our 33 singers and musi cians, with dazzling images illustrating Israels accomplishments over the past 70 years. The Sarasota Jewish Chorale performs at Temple Beth Sholom Temple Emanu-El members Sarah Pewterbaugh and Violet Link made cards for hospitalized patients at last years Mitzvah Day An intergenerational group of Temple Emanu-El volunteers wrapped books for disadvantaged children at last years Mitzvah Day Local educator chosen as inaugural S ue Huntting, former Temple Sinai Religious School Direc tor, was chosen to serve as the inaugural presenter for the newly es tablished Dr. Michael Zeldin Alumniin-Residence Program at the Hebrew Union CollegeJewish Institute of Re ligion. Recently established to honor Zeldin, immediate past Senior Nation al Director of the School of Education at HUC-JIR, the program is designed into HUC-JIRs education programs, recognizing alumni who are doing ex ceptional work and inspiring students for generations to come. According to Dr. Miriam Heller Stern, current National Director of the HUC-JIR School of Education, The Alum-in-Residence is positioned to share his or her life experience with students at a critical moment in their professionalization when they are clar ifying their aspirations and charting their careers. A committee of her colleagues chose Sue, who received her masters degrees at HUC-JIR in Jewish Education and Jewish Commu nal Service programs in 1980. During her recent visit at the Los Angeles cam pus, she was a guest teacher in several classes, delivered a during morning and spent group and oneon-one time with students and faculty. A highlight of her visit was facilitating a Lunch & Learn session with current students, faculty and alumni who par ticipated either in person or virtually from around the country. The subject was revisiting the kabbalistic idea of tzimtzum (contracting oneself) as a Jewish leadership strategy for the 21 st century. Though Ive been fortunate to stay connected to HUC over the years, this was a unique honor, said Sue. Preparing for this visit forced me to prepared me for my career. I hope I was able to convey to the students how they need to be prepared to make pro fessional choices while staying true to their principles. Temple Sinai reaches its year-1 LIFE & LEGACY goal T emple Sinai has joined forces with ten other area Jewish or ganizations in the LIFE & LEGACY program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. We are thrilled that the Sarasota-Manatee community was selected to be a part of this op portunity and that Temple Sinai was accepted as a local partner. We are so proud to be able to share that we have reached our year-1 goal of 18 mem bers. Erev Shabbat Worship Service that in cluded honoring and recognition of its Legacy donors. The popular Rhythm and Jews Service included remarks by Rabbi Churgel and past co-presi dent Laurie Lachowitzer, thanking the group for their commitment to Temple Sinai. A chocolate mint candy bar with a note thanking them for their commitMINT was given as a token of appre ciation. Temple Sinai has dovetailed the LIFE & LEGACY program with the to provide a secure Jewish home for generations to come. Committee mem bers Mark Richmond, Daryl Worobow, Ken Kaufman, Richard Greenspan and Laurie Lachowitzer have been work ing diligently to coordinate all aspects of the program and we are proud of all they have accomplished. This 4-year program promotes after-lifetime giv ing, assuring Jewish tomorrows from generation to generation Daryl Worobow leads the LIFE & LEGACY program at Temple Si nai. On a recent trip to Israel with his wife, Karen, he realized how important it is to pass along our Jewish heritage to children and grandchildren. He has been involved with helping young sters prepare for BNai Mitzvah and he strongly believes that the LIFE & LEG ACY program will help to strengthen Judaism for generations to come. Temple Sinais LIFE & LEGACY donors For a continuously updated community calendar, visit www.jfedsrq.org. To discuss creating your Jewish legacy, contact LIFE & LEGACY director:Gisele Pintchuck at 941.706.0029 or firstname.lastname@example.orgJFEDSRQ.org/Legacy-Partner-Program THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF SARASOTA-MANATEE Klingenstein Jewish Center | 580 McIntosh Rd. | Sarasota, FL 34232 | JFEDSRQ.org Please consider making a legacy gift in your will, trust, retirement account or life insurance policy to our LIFE & LEGACY Partners. Give to LIFE & LEGACYA program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, LIFE & LEGACYs mission is to support the future of our Jewish community for generations to come. Whatever you cherish most about Jewish lifelearning, community, worship, caring for those in need or social justice, by leaving a legacy you ensure that the things you value are sustained for future generations. HOW WILL YOU ASSURE JEWIS H TOMORROWS?
15 COMMUNITY FOCUS Sarasota Jewish Chorale remembered and rejoiced O n Sunday, March 25, at Tem ple Beth Sholom, the Sarasota Jewish Chorale, the only cho rale in Sarasota/Manatee dedicated to the performance of Judaic music, put itself on the cultural map by present SJC has performed short programs in small venues, it had never put on a large public performance. Since this was the SJCs Chai year and we were fortunate to engage a new, innovative artistic director in Sharon Greene, the board decided it was time for us to act our age and make ourselves known to the larger community. singers, Sharon and SJC president Ronnie Riceberg created a two-themed program that began with a sequence of somber music supported by a slide show of visuals and quotations hon oring the legacy of Anne Frank. The second half was a joyous celebratory songfest by our 33 singers and musi cians, with dazzling images illustrating Israels accomplishments over the past 70 years. Now we needed an audience. Who would come? How many would be in terested in attending a program of just Jewish music? Through an excellent public relations campaign, the message was spread. A standing-room-only au dience of over 400 turned out. A highlight of the concert was the premier of a commissioned composi tion by award-winning composer Ari Sussman. The program elicited two standing ovations and critical acclaim. brance half was a solo violin playing the theme from as the Mourners Kaddish was recited and a list of death camps was projected on the screen. As our last Holocaust piece ended with ...We Are Here! the cho rale made the very same statement, ... We Are Here! Visit www.SarasotaJewishChorale .org for more information and a sched ule of upcoming performances. and a member of our baritone section, The Sarasota Jewish Chorale performs at Temple Beth Sholom Temple Emanu-Els Mitzvah Day approaches T emple Emanu-Els Mitzvah Day Steering Committee is delight ed to announce that the congre gations 12 th annual Mitzvah Day will be held Sunday, May 6, beginning at noon. Mitzvah Day is a meaningful, inspiring and fun afternoon of handson community service and donation drives. Temple Emanu-Els Mitzvah Day has grown larger and more exciting each year. With many projects in cluding the opportunity to decorate cards for soldiers; prepare baskets for hospitalized children; wrap books and sports equipment for needy kids; pre pare meals for the homeless; knit for needy infants; help with clerical work for local charities; entertain foster chil dren and host an art event in Newtown; perform at a nursing home; volunteer at the food bank and animal shelter; wash cars for tzedakah ; and clean the library and a community park as well as many donation drives and a blood drive, there is an opportunity for every in tikkun olam repairing the broken ness in our world. Mitzvah Day is one of the best days of the year! event chair Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman stated. Partici pants come together in such a beautiful way. We do good, and feel good about doing it. We are excited about new proj ects this year, including Art in the Park in Newtown, a garden party for foster children, cooking hot meals for the homeless, protecting our environment, and enhanced opportunities to help homeless animals. The community is invited to be a part of Temple Emanu-Els Mitzvah Day. For more information, please contact Rabbi Elaine Glickman at 941.379.1997. Temple Emanu-El members Sarah Pewterbaugh and Violet Link made cards for hospitalized patients at last years Mitzvah Day An intergenerational group of Temple Emanu-El volunteers wrapped books for disadvantaged children at last years Mitzvah Day Local educator chosen as inaugural A highlight of her visit was facilitating a Lunch & Learn session with current students, faculty and alumni who par ticipated either in person or virtually from around the country. The subject was revisiting the kabbalistic idea of tzimtzum (contracting oneself) as a Jewish leadership strategy for the 21 st century. Though Ive been fortunate to stay connected to HUC over the years, this was a unique honor, said Sue. Preparing for this visit forced me to prepared me for my career. I hope I was able to convey to the students how they need to be prepared to make pro fessional choices while staying true to their principles. wife, Karen, he realized how important it is to pass along our Jewish heritage to children and grandchildren. He has been involved with helping young sters prepare for BNai Mitzvah and he strongly believes that the LIFE & LEG ACY program will help to strengthen Judaism for generations to come. 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16 JEWISH HAPPENINGS Dr. Mordechai Kedar Chabad of Venice and T proudly present Dr. Mordechai Kedar, who will speak about U.S., Russia, Saudi Arabia & Israel Challenges and Opportunities. Born and raised in Tel Aviv, Dr. Mordechai Kedar served for 25 years as a Lt. Col. in Israeli military intelligence studying Arab political discourse, Arab media and Islamic groups. He currently lectures at Bar-Ilan Universitys Department of Arabic Studies and does research at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies. This event begins at 2:00 p.m. at the Chabad Education Center, 21560 Angela Lane, Venice. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. RSVP required and a photo ID will be requested at the event. To register or for more information, visit www.chabadofvenice.com/events or call 941.493.2770. TUESDAY, MAY 1 rfnrf rtrbrb fb r | bfb frnrntrrb ffnnn rrbnt rf rf nff Jewish Happenings A Cup of Joe and the Five Books of Mo All are welcome to join Rabbi Michael Werbows Tuesday morning disis found through an exploration of rabbinic texts relating to the weekly The group meets from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. on Tuesdays, May 1, 8 and 15 at Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota. There is no cost. New participants are always welcome. For more information, contact Caeine for the Soul Join the most popular Jewish womens book club in town at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesdays, May 1 and 15 at the Chabad Education Center, 21560 Angela Lane, Venice. Get your social and spiritual boosts over roundtable discussions led by Chaya Rivka Schmerling. Delve into the book for this year, Toward a Meaningful Life, by Rabbi Simon Jacobson. No cost. For more information, contact Chaya Rivka at 941.493.2770 or rivka@ chabadofvenice.com. Mah Jongg All are welcome to join in our weekly game of Mah Jongg. Bring your friends, meet new friends and have a great time! Snacks are provided. Games take place from noon to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, May 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 at Temple Beth Sholom, Multi-Purpose Room, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota. Cost: $2 for TBS members; $3 for nonmembers. New participants are always welcome. For more information, please contact the Expert Panel: Aftermath of the Arab Spring Join Israeli Middle East expert Professor Mordechai Kedar and Islamic of the phenomenon named the Arab Spring, which was supposed to positively transform the Arab world, but instead led to multiple bloody coups and wars. Dr. Kedar, who served 25 years in IDF military intelligence, and Pastor Stecher, who has lived in and studied Islamic cultures, will give their insights on this urgent issue. Join us at 7:00 p.m. at the Al Katz Center, 5710 Cortez Road West, Bradenton. Cost: $15 per adult; $5 per student; healthy foods and study materials included. To RSVP, call Beverly Newman at 941.313.9239. MIRACLE SWIMMING FOR ADULTS LEARN TO SWIMTHE FUN WAY LEARN-TO-SWIM PROGRAM FOR ADULTS AFRAID OF WATERJoin our 35th Anniversary Initiative to Teach ALL Adult Nonswimmers in Sarasota County How to Swim 25% off our 24-hour Community Beginning Class price. Regularly $600. Special $449. $100 in FREE equipment for the rst 50 registrants: goggles, rash guard, cap and nose clip. Eight three-hour classes over one month; beautiful warm-water pool on McIntosh Rd. in Sarasota. Discount only applies to Community Beginning Classes in April through August of 2018: $150 nonrefundable deposit required.CALL 941.921.6420 MIRACLESWIMMING.ORG Money-Mailer.indd 1 3/26/18 9:01 AM Send your Jewish Happenings to firstname.lastname@example.org
17 JEWISH HAPPENINGS Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah Class Many people, for various reasons, did not celebrate becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah at age 13. For Jews-by-choice, for women raised in a tradition which did not celebrate Bat Mitzvah, for those who were raised without formal Jewish education, or for any number of other reasons, many adults are choosing to go through a cycle of learning and study, preparation and personal growth that leads to this powerful and deeply moving celebration of Jewish accomplishment. Join Rabbi Michael Werbow for an educational experience with a focus on prayers, customs, Hebrew literacy, Jewish ritu als, holidays, chanting and more! Classes meet from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. on Wednesdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 at Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota. There is no cost. New participants are always welcome. Please let us know if you plan on attending. For more infor WEDNESDAY, MAY 2 The Sounds of Our Sanctuary music to develop a deeper understanding of what it was, is and possibly will be in years to come. Classes take place at 10:45 a.m. on Wednes days, May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 at Temple Sinai, 4631 South Lockwood Ridge Rd., Sarasota (enter from Proctor Road only, between Beneva and Swift). For information on costs and to register, contact Steve Weintraub at 941.922.9322 or sweintraub@SinaiSRQ.org. Temple Emanu-El Lunch with the Rabbis Are 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 company are provided. The event begins at noon at Temple Emanu941.371.2788. The Original Brown Bag with Rabbi Huntting Wednesdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 at Temple Sinai, 4631 South Lock wood Ridge Rd., Sarasota (enter from Proctor Road only, between Beneva and Swift). Bring a bag lunch and an open mind to discuss world top Lag BOmer Class Lag BOmer is traditionally linked to the Bar Kochba Revolt against Rome in Israel in 132 CE, which led to the establishment of the last autonomous Jewish territories in ancient Israel. In Israel today, Lag BOmer is 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. Celebrate Israel Through Film In honor of Israels 70 th birthday, Aviva campus chaplain Rabbi Anne week Rabbi Anne will feature and show a screening of an Israeli-themed Wednesdays, May 2, 9, 16 and 23 at AvivaA Campus for Senior Life, 1951 N. Honore Ave., Sarasota. No RSVP required. For more information, please call 941.757.8520. JLI Course What Is? Join Chabad of Bradenton for the Jewish Learning Institutes latest sixweek course. What Is? tackles existential questions such as: Is the world real? What is time? Where does our sense of self come from? Why does evil exist? If G-d already knows what we will do tomorrow, is our freedom of choice nothing more than an illusion? Does the word G-d actually mean something, or is it just our way of referring to whatever it is that we cannot explain? The course takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, May 2, 9, 16 and 23 at The Chabad House, 5712 Lorraine Road, Bradenton. The course fee of $75 includes the textbook. For more information, contact Rabbi Mendy Bukiet at 941.752.3030 or email@example.com. Fridays 6:30 pm Saturdays 9:00 am Shabbat Shaboom (for our children) Saturday, 10:30 am 12:00 pm Monday CLOSED Tuesday Thursday, 9:00 am 5:00 pm Friday, 9:00 am 3:30 pm OFFICE HOURS IDELSON LIBRARY Open Wednesday & Thursday, 10:00 am 3:00 pm For special appointments, please contact Hannah Puckhaber at 941 5522785 or firstname.lastname@example.org JUDAICA SHOP The Idelson Library and the Alcove are open anytime TBS is open. The Library may be unavailable if a meeting being held, although the Alcove, which contains all the DVDs and the most recent and/or popular books, is always open. May TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Sarasota, FL 34237 (941) 955 8121 MINYAN Morning Minyan Sunday Friday, 8:00 am 9:00 am Men s Club Minyan Breakfast CONTINUING EDUCATION A Cup of Joe and The Five Books of Mo Tuesdays May 1, 8, 15 9:15 am 10:15 am Yiddish Reading Circle Tuesday call for dates 1:30 pm 3:00 pm Chug Ivri (Advanced Hebrew Circle) Thursdays 10:30 am 12:00 pm Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah Class Weekly Class Wednesday, 9:30 am 11:00 am Saturday, May 19, 2018 Shavuot Mincha & Ma ariv Service: 8:30 pm 9:30 pm Oneg : 9:30 pm 10:00 pm Shavuot Study : 10:00 pm 11:00 pm Night of Study at the Werbow home: 11:30 pm am Sunday, May 20, 2018 Shavuot Day 1 Service: 9:00 am pm Monday, May 21, 2018 Shavuot Day 2 Service: 9:00 am pm YIZKOR at approximately 11:00 am MAH JONGG Tuesday, 12:00 pm 3:00 pm Purpose Room Snacks provided! 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18 ISRAEL @ 70 EVENTS ISRAEL @70 Sarasota Jewish Chorale The second half of the Jewish Chorales Chai program was a joyous celebratory songfest by its 33 singers and musicians, with dazzling images illustrating Israels accomplishments over the past 70 years. rfn tbnbrrf tbn tnrfn rtrtbnbbrt trbbr bn nrbrbbrtr nrrbb rtrrrb rrrrr rtnbr bntnb rrfnrrrfnn ntrr Our 175 attendees at Pub Shalom loved the energetic atmosphere as we enjoyed a fun and friendly Israeli-style pub night. We had a fabulous spread of Israeli street food (and baklava cheesecake for dessert!) plus a selection of Israeli wines and beer underwritten by Federation as well as special decorations, a Tel Aviv graffiti station, Israeli table games, and even a shekel toss. The centerpiece was a team trivia contest with Israeli trivia and Israelthemed prizes! Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium hosted a lunch and learn called, Celebrating Motes history of marine science in Israel. This program brings Mote and Israeli scientists together to conduct research on marine issues of global concern. An audience of over 600 heard Dr. Judy Feld Carr tell her fascinating story of how she secretly rescued the remainder of the almost 3,300 members of the Syrian Jewish Community and brought them to freedom. Her personal tales of heroism, clandestine arrangements, and risk of life moved the participants to better understand the risks she took to save the lives of our fellow Jews. We Love Israel Shuk Happy Birthday Israel 9th Annual Jewish Film Festival We Love Israel Shuk Chef Night with Einat Admony McCarver & Moser Trunk Show Shonim BYahad Art Exhibit Happy Birthday Israel Lion of Judah & Pomegranate Luncheon Womens Day 2017 International Holocaust Remembrance Day Sarasota Jewish ChoraleTEMPLE EMANUEL ft
19 ISRAEL @ 70 EVENTS ISRAEL @70 Sarasota Jewish Chorale The second half of the Jewish Chorales Chai program was a joyous celebratory songfest by its 33 singers and musicians, with dazzling images illustrating Israels accomplishments over the past 70 years. rfn tbnbrrf tbn tnrfn rtrtbnbbrt trbbr bn nrbrbbrtr nrrbb rtrrrb rrrrr rtnbr bntnb rrfnrrrfnn ntrr Our 175 attendees at Pub Shalom loved the energetic atmosphere as we enjoyed a fun and friendly Israeli-style pub night. We had a fabulous spread of Israeli street food (and baklava cheesecake for dessert!) plus a selection of Israeli wines and beer underwritten by Federation as well as special decorations, a Tel Aviv graffiti station, Israeli table games, and even a shekel toss. The centerpiece was a team trivia contest with Israeli trivia and Israelthemed prizes! Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium hosted a lunch and learn called, Celebrating Motes history of marine science in Israel. This program brings Mote and Israeli scientists together to conduct research on marine issues of global concern. An audience of over 600 heard Dr. Judy Feld Carr tell her fascinating story of how she secretly rescued the remainder of the almost 3,300 members of the Syrian Jewish Community and brought them to freedom. Her personal tales of heroism, clandestine arrangements, and risk of life moved the participants to better understand the risks she took to save the lives of our fellow Jews. We Love Israel Shuk Happy Birthday Israel 9th Annual Jewish Film Festival We Love Israel Shuk Chef Night with Einat Admony McCarver & Moser Trunk Show Shonim BYahad Art Exhibit Happy Birthday Israel Lion of Judah & Pomegranate Luncheon Womens Day 2017 International Holocaust Remembrance Day Sarasota Jewish ChoraleTEMPLE EMANUEL ft
20 JEWISH HAPPENINGS Lag BOmer Celebration & Presentation All are welcome to a community celebration, which will feature a of saving the last 4,500 Syrian Jews and 100 Torah scrolls. In 1993 he received a Congressional Award for championing international human rights. Prior to the presentation, participants will enjoy a wine, cheese begins at 5:30 p.m. at Chabad of Sarasota 7700 Beneva Road. Cost: $12. To RSVP or for more information, call 941.925.0770 or email email@example.com. THURSDAY, MAY 3 Chug Ivri (Advanced Hebrew Circle) If you are interested in keeping up your spoken Hebrew skills, this ongoing informal study group is right for you. Read Israeli newspapers, chat with friends, have a good time in Hebrew! There is no cost. New participants are always welcome. Join us from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Thursdays, May 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 at Temple Beth Sholom, Idelson Library, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota. For more information, please contact the temple Lag BOmer Bonre Bash mallow roasting and an animal show at 6:00 p.m. at The Chabad House, 5712 Lorraine Road, Bradenton. Free admission. Nominal food fees apply. For more information, contact Rabbi Mendy Bukiet at 941.752.3030 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Lag BOmer BBQ on the Beach Celebrate Lag BOmer with us at the beach and enjoy delicious food, exciting live klezmer music, great entertainment and a beautiful sunset view! The will be a special program for children as well. No cost. Food Key Road, Englewood. RSVP at 941.493.2770 or www.chabadofvenice. com/bbq. Biblical References to Jerusalem On June 7, 1967, Israel captured the Old City of Jerusalem, which had been occupied by Jordan since 1948. Defense Minister Moshe Dayan declared, We have returned to the holiest of our holy places, never to part from it again. This course tracks the love of Jerusalem throughout as it is both the spiritual and physical capital of the Jewish world. Join us at 10:30 a.m. on Fridays, May 4, 11, 18 and 25, 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. FRIDAY, MAY 4 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 South Lockwood Ridge Rd., Sarasota (enter from Proctor Road only, Explore Kabbalah Examine the relevance of the worlds oldest spiritual wisdom in this New Age. Explore the ancient teachings of the Kabbalah and their application on a practical level. Gain access to the most powerful spiritual system ever known to humankind. Join us at 9:30 a.m. at the Chabad Education Center, 21560 Angela Lane, Venice. No cost. For more information, email Rabbi Sholom Schmerling at email@example.com. SATURDAY, MAY 5 Temple Sinais Adult Hebrew Classes Join Steve Weintraub at 10:00 a.m. on Sundays, May 6 and 20 at Temple Sinai, 4631 South Lockwood Ridge Rd., Sarasota (enter from Proctor Road only, between Beneva and Swift). For information on costs and to register, contact Steve Weintraub at 941.922.9322 or sweintraub@SinaiSRQ.org. SUNDAY, MAY 6 rrfnntbbtSend your new address to Denise at firstname.lastname@example.org or 941.371.4546 x0 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 Bridge... For more information jfedsrq.org SENIORS THE STRENGTH OF A PEOPLE. THE POWER OF COMMUNITY. 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 email@example.com. Please make checks payable to the Sarasota Liberal Yeshiva and mail to Marden Paru, 5445 Pamela Wood Way #160, Sarasota, FL 34233. PRESENTS JUNE-JULY 2018 COURSES 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. Inquire about multi-course discounts. Scholarships are also available.THE 60 MOST INFLUENTIAL JEWSMONDAYS 3:30 PM 4:45 PM Starting June 4 (Eight Weeks)How many inuential Jews can you name, if asked? What are the criteria used for identifying the most signicant individuals who have contributed so greatly to the Jewish enterprise and the world at-large over the last three and a half millennia? is course is designed to discuss achievement and recognition of outstanding Jewish individuals, who, for many in their day, might have been nominated for a Nobel Prize. Instructor: Marden Paru; fee $60.OUR JEWISH YEAR(is course is based on the popular new book by Abigail Pogrebin My Jewish Year)TUESDAYS 10:30 AM Starting June 5 (Eight Weeks)Take a journey with us through the entire Jewish calendar year as the noted author and columnist, Abigail Pogrebin did in her new book. My Jewish Year will be used as our text and guide with many ancillary embellishments. e goal is to explore the rhythm and purposes of every holiday including festivals, high holidays, fasts and latter year commemorations. Copies of My Jewish Year are available at the Yeshiva for $15. Instructor: Marden Paru; fee $60.AMERICAN JEWISH HISTORY IN BYTESFRIDAYS 10:30 AM 11:45 AM Starting June 8 (Eight Weeks) e history of Jews in America is 364 years in the making. Immigrants from all corners of the world landed here bringing their ethnic identity, religion, family customs and languages and quickly integrated into the emerging American landscape. is course will concentrate on specic events and phenomena which enabled the Jews of America to achieve high status and acceptance as a minority group in this land of freedom. Instructor: Marden Paru; fee $60.
21 JEWISH HAPPENINGS NCJWs The Blankee Bee The 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 ven ture with JFCS. Join us from 10:00 a.m. to noon on the Federation campus (580 McIntosh Road, Sarasota) to make these blankets. For more informa tion, contact Joan Bour at 941.281.2133 or firstname.lastname@example.org. MONDAY, MAY 7 Mitzvah Knitting Group at Temple Emanu-El Are 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 email@example.com. TUESDAY, MAY 8 New Bereavement Support Group at JFCS JFCSs Jewish Healing Program, sponsored by will begin its next Bereavement Support Group at the agencys 2688 Fruitville Road location. Open to people of all faiths and backgrounds, the group will meet for six weekly Tuesday sessions from 10:30 a.m. to noon through June 12. It will explore the impact of loss, provide coping skills, and examine potential changes in relationships between friends and among family members in the wake of loss. Other topics, depending on the interest of group members, will also be addressed. The cost for the six-session group is $36. Pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, please call Community Chaplain Rabbi Jonathan R Katz at 941.366.2224 x166. The Kabbalah of Communication Course you? The rise of the Internet, mobile phones and social media has completely changed the way we interact and communicate with one another and its time we reclaim this lost art. In Jewish philosophy, communication is more than just a tool. It is who we are. In Communication: Its Art and essence of communication and how to use its powers to better ourselves, p.m. at the Chabad Education Center, 21560 Angela Ln., Venice. The sixweek course costs $89 and includes the textbook. To register, call Rabbi Sholom Schmerling at 941.493.2770 or visit www.chabadofvenice.com/jli. NCJW Installation of New Board Please join the National Council of Jewish Women at its Board Installation at 11:30 a.m. at IMG Academy-Golf Club, 4350 El Conquistador Pkwy., Bradenton. The guest speaker will be Wendy Ross, Channel 7 weather caster, who will speak about how she got started as a weather person and involved with the ABC News Group. The cost for the luncheon is $25. For more information or to RSVP, email Carole Shaw at firstname.lastname@example.org. WEDNESDAY, MAY 9 Rabbi Bob Alper Performs at Temple Emanu-El Back by popular demand, nationally-known comedian Rabbi Bob Alper returns to Temple Emanu-El with brand-new material! The worlds only practicing clergyman doing stand-up comedyintentionally, Rabbi Alper is well-known for his clean, Gentile-friendly and hilarious takes on Jewish life. This wonderful show is presented by Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood at 7:30 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Sponsor tickets, which include a 7:00 p.m. pre-show dessert reception with the comedian and reserved seating, cost $36. Regular tickets for general seating are $25 if purchased before Wednesday, May 2, or $30 at the door. Paid reservations may be mailed to Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, Florida 34232. For more information, please Kaplan Preschool Parent Appreciation Breakfast Appreciation is an integral value at Chabad of Sarasotas Kaplan Preschool, and this parent appreciation breakfast will highlight this notion, with childmade gifts, songs and a visual presentation. Prior to the breakfast, families will enjoy a morning depicting the learning through fun that happens at the preschool. This breakfast is also open to parents of prospective students, seeking quality early childhood education for children ages 2.5 5 years. Join us at 9:00 a.m. at Chabad of Sarasota, 7700 Beneva Road. For more information or to RSVP, call Sara Steinmetz at 941.925.0770. FRIDAY, MAY 11 CTeen TGIS Dinner Join Rabbi Mendy and Chanie Bukiet in their home at 7:00 p.m. for a won derful Shabbos meal with stimulating conversation and delicious Shabbos foods. The dinner is free to CTeen members and $18 for nonmembers. Special thanks to for spon soring CTeen 5778. An annual CTeen membership is $180 and includes all events, trips and dinners excluding the International Shabbaton. For more information, please contact Rabbi Mendy Bukiet at 941.752.3030 or email@example.com. T e m p l e S i n a i W e l c o m e s Y o u A n d Y o u r F a m i l y T o A W a r m F r i e n d l y C o n g r e g a t i o n 4 6 3 1 S o u t h L o c k w o o d R i d g e R d S a r a s o t a F L 3 4 2 3 1 ( E n t e r o f f o f P r o c t o r R d O n l y ) 9 4 1 9 2 4 1 8 0 2 w w w S i n a i S R Q o r g O f f i c e @ t e m p l e s i n a i a r a s o t a o r g ENJOY DELICIOUS HOMEMADE: Fresh Pita Bread Lahmeh Zaatar Desserts Imported Cheeses Spices Olives & More! 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22 JEWISH HAPPENINGS Stay informed throughout the month. Sign up for the Jewish Federations Enewsletter at www.jfedsrq.org. 404-263-2967 Member : ANA, NGC & PCGS THE DUSTY COIN, LLC r Mothers Day Tot Shabbat at Temple Emanu-El Celebrate Shabbat and Mothers Day with young Jewish and interfaith families at this relaxed, welcoming and festive Shabbat celebration. In addition to playground time, a bagel breakfast, crafts, and age-appropriate Shabbat prayers, songs and movement with Rabbi Brenner Glickman and Rabbi Michael Shefrin, well enjoy a Mothers Day tea with themed crafts, activities, surprises and fun. Its a wonderful time with old and new friends, and all are welcome to this free event at 10:30 a.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. For more information, please call Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman at 941.379.1997. SATURDAY, MAY 12 Temple Sinais Mens Club Mothers Day Breakfast Join the Mens Club, temple members and friends for a special Mothers Day celebration and breakfast. We will hear from JFCS Community Chaplain Rabbi Jonathan R. Katz about the extraordinary experience he and local teens had on the 2018 March of the Living trip to Poland and Israel. This breakfast is open to both men and women, and begins at 9:30 a.m. at Temple Sinai, 4631 South Lockwood Ridge Rd., Sarasota (enter from Proctor Road only, between Beneva and Swift). For more SUNDAY, MAY 13 NCJW Book Club National Council of Jewish Womens Book Club will meet at 1:00 p.m. at the Gulf Gate Library, 7112 Curtiss Ave., Sarasota. The book for dis cussion is by Ann Patchet, and will be reviewed by Julie Ferar. 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, MAY 14 Sarasota Jewish Singles Dinner Meeting The 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 Connors Steak & Seafood, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail #1165, Sarasota. To make a reservation or for more information, call or text Rosalyn Fleischer TUESDAY, MAY 15 Rosh Chodesh Society Course Chabad of Sarasota All women are invited to the Rosh Chodesh Society course Pause & this is a 7-part monthly course, each segment stands alone. This months segment, entitled Order From Chaos, will explore how the laws of Shabbat observance are consistent with the deeper theme of becoming more mindful of how G-d is the anchor of our success and accomplishments. For assistance with underwriting this course, appreciation is extended to Anne Stein. Cost: free for Rebbetzin Circle, $10 for members, $12 for nonmembers. Anyone joining Nshei Chabad Womens Rosh Chodesh information or to RSVP, call Sara Steinmetz at 941.925.0770 or email NCWSarasota@gmail.com. AJCs Summer Lunch & Learn Series AJC is proud to present keynote speaker Lior Haiat, Consul General, Lunch & Learn Series. The Consul General will present Israel at 70 Thriving in the Face of Adversity, discussing the Miracle of Israels accomplishments despite the challenges the country has had to overcome and continues to confront. The event takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Michaels On East, 1212 East Avenue South, Sarasota. Williams Parker is the generous sponsor of the Summer Lunch & Learn Series. The cost of $28 includes the lecture and luncheon. Advance registration is required. Contact West Coast Florida AJC at 941.365.4955 or sarasota@ ajc.org. WEDNESDAY, MAY 16 Temple Sinais Tikkun Leil Shavuot Shavuot Buet and All-Night Learning The Jewish News is also available online. Visit The Jewish News page at www.jfedsrq.org and youll be just one click away! 24 Hour Nursing Individualized Care & Services Safe & Secure Environments Active & Holistic Lifestyle Fresh & Nutritious Dining Engaging Activities Therapeutic Programs Uplifting Support Groups Helpful Family Resources Solutions to Your Challenges Practical Caregiving Tips Committed to Quality POETSWALKSARASOTA.COM | 941-999-35155851 North Honore Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34243 jfedsrq.org The Robert and Esther Heller Community Relations Committee takes a firm stand against anti-Semitism. We use community resources and inuence to combat a rise in anti-Semitism and anti-Zionist sentiments, which often result in aggressive acts and rhetoric against Jews. Through education, advocacy, and building relationships with the greater community, together we can combat hatred, bigotry, and harassment of Jews and other minorities. Did You Know? THERE AREEDUCATION. HATE GROUPS IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA 66 What are we doing about it?For more information contact Jessi Sheslow at 941.343.2109 or firstname.lastname@example.org Israeli Music Fest & Feast for Yom Yerushalayim Come to the Al Katz Center (5710 Cortez Road West, Bradenton) on Yom Yerushalayim, an Israeli national holiday, to celebrate the undivided capital of Israel, the reborn homeland of the Jewish people. Join in for The Chief Rabbinate of Israel declared Jerusalem Day a minor religious holiday to thank G-d for victory in the Six-Day War and for answering the 2,000-year-old prayer of Next Year in Jerusalem. The event begins at 2:00 p.m. At 3:00 p.m. there will be a concert in honor of mothers and the Jewish motherland. Cost: $10 per adult; $5 per student; healthy foods included. To RSVP, call Beverly Newman at 941.313.9239. Happy Mothers Day the mothers and grandmothers who are part of the temple family with a delicious brunch as Mothers Day is celebrated. This free event begins at 2:00 p.m. at Temple Beth El Bradenton/ Lakewood Ranch, 5150 Peridia Blvd. East, Bradenton. For more information and reservations (members only), please call Mens Club President Neil Clark at 941.755.4900. PLEASE SUPPORT OUR ADVERTISERS THEY HELP MAKE THE JEWISH NEWS POSSIBLE
23 JEWISH HAPPENINGS NCJW Book Club JFCS Holocaust Survivors Havurah All survivors are invited to attend these monthly gatherings of friendship, camaraderie and support. Enjoy a light nosh and a lively discussion. The group meets from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. in the Aviva Library, 1955 N. Honore Ave., Sarasota. This months guest speaker will be Maor Ben-Arie, an en voy from Israel. This is a multi-agency event sponsored by JFCS of the Suncoast, Inc., Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services, and The Conference on Jew ish Material Claims Against Germany. For more information, contact Jan Alston at 941.366.2224 x172 or email@example.com. No RSVP required. THURSDAY, MAY 17 Temple Emanu-Els Tikkun Leil Shavuot According to Jewish tradition, God gave us the Torah on the holiday of Shavuot. Since the 16 th century, it has been customary to observe the holiday with a Tikkun Leil Shavuot a special night of Jewish study. Participate in this tradition with a fascinating, inspiring evening from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Rabbis Brenner and Elaine Glickman and Rabbi Michael Shefrin will hold interactive study sessions. In between sessions, well enjoy homemade delicious dairy desserts. All are welcome! Free to Temple Emanu-El members; $18 SATURDAY, MAY 19 Temple Sinais Tikkun Leil Shavuot bors for an uplifting service with tasty treats at 7:00 p.m. at Temple Sinai, 4631 South Lockwood Ridge Rd., Sarasota (enter from Proctor Road only, Shavuot Buet and All-Night Learning Join Rabbi Mendy and Chanie Bukiet in their home at 9:30 p.m. for a talks on many Judaic-related topics from members from the community. Drop in for a few minutes or stay for hours! This is a free event. For more information, contact Rabbi Mendy Bukiet at 941.752.3030 or rabbi@ chabadofbradenton.com. Excavations in Israel his excavations in the land of Israel. A hot breakfast will be served before the program, and a lively Q&A session will follow. The event begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Jewish Congregation of Venice, 600 N. Auburn Road. Donation: $7. Sponsored by the JCV Sunday Learning Breakfast Series, at 941.484.2022 or JCVenice2@gmail.com. SUNDAY, MAY 20 Shavuot Dairy Party Be there when the Torah is given for the 3,330 th time. You dont have to travel to the desert. It is happening at noon at the Chabad Education Center, 21560 Angela Lane, Venice. Come hear the Torah reading of the Ten Com blintzes! This free event is open to men, women and children. To RSVP or for more information, contact Chaya Rivka Schmerling at 941.493.2770 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Temple Emanu-Els Sunday at the Movies the real-life story of one woman who became a hero to hundreds. Warsaw Zoo. 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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 develop ing 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 idencontribute to facilitating Jewishness: 1. Federation listens to members of our community by collecting feedback and data, and involves volunteers of all ages in the process of choosing projects, activities and organizations with which to partner; 2. Federation actively participates with individuals and organizations in both the Jewish and general new 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 muchMichael 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 near ly 50 years ago, this never-before-aired interview provides a surprising vision for todays crucial deci sions 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. 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24 JEWISH HAPPENINGS Shavuot Dairy Dinner How will you celebrate the Shavuot holiday? Join Chabad of Sarasota (7700 Beneva Road) at 5:00 p.m. to celebrate Shavuot with the reading of the Ten Commandments and a light dairy dinner. All are welcome to this free event. To assure that we are adequately prepared, please let us know by Thursday, May 17 that you will participate by contacting the Chabad SUNDAY, MAY 20 Shavuot Dairy Fest Buet Join us at 6:00 p.m. at The Chabad House (5712 Lorraine Road, Braden of ice cream and exciting childrens activities. This free event is for adults and children alike! For more information, contact Rabbi Mendy Bukiet at 941.752.3030 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Embracing Our Dierences Tour and Luncheon ORT members and guests are invited to lunch at Marina Jack (2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota) at noon to hear the history of the wonderful EOD bill board art exhibition that has been produced every year since 2004 at Sara sotas Bayfront Park. After lunch there is a guided tour of the exhibit by Alice Cotman, a member of the Steering Committee since its inception in 2003. Cant make lunch? Then join us at the Park at 1:30 p.m. for the tour. Mail $5 (payable to ORT America) to Ethel Gross, 3919 Panola Lane, Sarasota, FL 34232. The $5 is a donation to ORT and will hold your reser vation. Those going to lunch will pay for their meal at Marina Jack. There is no charge for tour. Please contact Ethel Gross by Friday, May 18 at email@example.com or 941.388.7899. TUESDAY, MAY 22 The Ten Commandments Movie Versions ever written or spoken in the history of mankind, to which the world owes diverse formats and comparing the artistry and integrity of each one to the others. You will be surprised what an aesthetic and meaningful experience this is! Children are also welcome to learn and participate. Join us at 2:30 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. SUNDAY, MAY 27 Why Kosher is Such a Good Choice Judaism and foods are inextricably intertwined from antiquity through the present, and the Al Katz Center is committed to the principle of feeding the body and Jewish soul with healthy kosher foods in order to enhance Jew ish identity and safeguard human health. Keeping kosher is also animal and environmental friendly! The food experience should not only be very the Creator to His children on a silver platter. Join us at 6:00 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. TUESDAY, MAY 29 Rosh Chodesh Society Course Chabad of Bradenton the symbolisms and meanings of the Havdalah ceremony. Shabbat-themed food will be served. Join us at 7:30 p.m. at The Chabad House, 5712 Lor raine Road, Bradenton. The course fee is $75 (textbooks included), or $18 per class. Jewish Women Circle members are entitled to a $5 discount. For more information, contact Rabbi Mendy Bukiet at 941.752.3030 or firstname.lastname@example.org. SignUp Here SignUp Here Stay up-to-date on: Events News Opportunities in the SarasotaManatee Jewish Community DONT MISS OUT!Registering for The Jewish Federations weekly email newsletter means you wont miss out on important community information. Get updated EVERY Thursday! Sign up at JFEDSRQ.org 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! Meats and Cheeses Fresh PRODUCE 15 15 15 23 South Beneva Rd. @ the Corner of 23 South Beneva Rd. @ the Corner of 23 South Beneva Rd. @ the Corner of Fruitville Fruitville Fruitville In the Fruitville Forum Shoppes In the Fruitville Forum Shoppes In the Fruitville Forum Shoppes Sarasota, FL 34232 941.924.2705 Sarasota, FL 34232 941.924.2705 Sarasota, FL 34232 941.924.2705 www.nelliesdeli.com www.nelliesdeli.com www.nelliesdeli.com AWARD WINNING AND RELIABLE FOR YEARS! What We Do. From PJ Library through teen leadership missions to womens events, to senior services your Federation provides support throughout Sarasota and Manatee. jfedsrq.org
25 JEWISH INTEREST Stars of David Persons in are deemed by Nate Bloom to be Jewish Nate Bloom (see column at le) has become a family history expert in 10 years of doing his celebrity column, and he has expert friends who can help when called on. Most family history experts charge $1,000 or more to do a full family-tree search. However, Bloom knows that most people want to start with a limited search of one family line. So heres the deal: Write Bloom at email@example.com and enclose a phone number. Nate will then contact you about starting a limited search. If that goes well, additional and more extensive searches are possible. The rst search fee is no more than $100. No upfront cost. 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? The following Jewish players were on a major league roster as of March 31, 2018. All these players have at least one Jewish parent and identify as Jew ish or secular. 30, Baltimore, relief pitcher. He ap peared in 23 games with the Yankees in 2016 and pitched well, but was in the minors last year. 34, six-time All Star and National League MVP (2011) had a decent 2017 season, during which he hit his 300 th home run. 35, Los Angeles Angels, second base. Kinsler, a four-time All Star, had a weak bat in 2017 and was traded from hitter, Pederson saved his major league career with a great performance in the lar had a very good hitting season in 2017, with a career-high 16 home runs. On March 31, St. Louis called up re lief pitcher 27, from the minors to replace an injured pitcher. As I write this, hes still with the Cardinals, but hes likely to shuttle between the minors and the big club. Holocaust survivors. He pitched for Team Israel in the 2017 World Base ball Classic. much-traveled Valencia had an okay 2017 season with Seattle. A free agent, he was signed by Baltimore and earned a spot with the club in spring train ing. 25, Cincinnati, relief pitcher. This rookie came back from surgery on his elbow late in 2016. (Bleier, a Florida native, grew up in Plantation and lives in Ft. Lauderdale. He went to Florida Gulf Coast Univer sity in Fort Myers. Valencia was born in Miami and grew up in Boca Raton.) Long before Donald Trump entered politics, I was appalled by (currently a vocal Trump supporter). Yes, there are people who radically switch political positions for reasons that they lay out in under standable, rational terms. But Barr, 65, takes political stances and changes them for reasons that I can only ascribe to a personality disorder. This is laid out in a must-read article (How Roseanne Barr Abandoned All Reason and Embraced the Alt-Right) published on June 23, 2017. The only thing the article doesnt quite capture is how disordered Barrs thinking is in a full interview. I saw one interview taped in the summer of 2016 with a conservative host. Try as he might, the host couldnt extract a coherent summary of her views or why they changed. She spouted word salad. The article traces her Israel views. Back in 2009, I wrote a blog-post about her virulent anti-Is raeli views and then I had to watch as the Jewish community media lauded her in recent years for her pro-Israel stance. My guess is that they didnt know about Barrs quite recent past. Courtesy of the that past is revealed: In 2009, she called Israel a Nazi state, and in 2011, a brutal and undemocratic theocracy. She also denounced the ethnic cleansing that is happening in Gaza right now. In 2012, she ran for president on a left-wing third party ticket with Cindy Sheehan (who stated numerous times that her soldier son died in Iraq for Israel). But by 2015/16, Barr swung the other way, using language that wins no friends for Israel, like calling Mus lims pedophiles, and tweeting, Hillary Clinton is surrounded by Jew haters who make fun of the Holocaust and that said that Jew hater Hillary Clin tons handler Huma [Abedin] Weiner Most alarming is her support of wacko conspiracy theory sites. Barr particularly likes to re-tweet a sicko conspiracy theory about the deep State and Democrats running child sex rings a charge very much like the totally false Pizzagate story (i.e., Hillary Clinton running a sex ring out of Washington pizza parlor). I say to the Jewish media/commu nity: Dont trust this woman. She could explode in your face. Who knows? A few years from now she may support Hamas. By the way, Roseannes revived TV series, like the original, features a tribe-heavy cast: Barr; 36, as Roseannes son D.J.; and 43, as Roseannes daughter Darlene. FELDMANWEALTH ADVISORY JOSEPH M. 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26 JEWISH INTEREST pinterest.com/jfedsrqSTAY CONNECTED STAY CONNECTED Instagram.com/jfedsrq Music as inspiration in the art of Marc Chagall Arlene Stolnitz C hagall: Color and Music, on display at the Montreal Muse um of Fine Arts last year, con music, as well as color, were promi nent factors. The exhibit, which featured over 300 pieces, included not only his mag other artifacts he had created. The exhibit focused on the connec tion Chagall had with music. It included his well-known popular and later became a motif in his work. Chagall had stated in an interview, As a child, I had violin lessons with a next-door neighbor and I wanted to be come a violinist because the violin is an instrument that shows love and happiness to other people. Of course, he was speaking about klezmer music which was played by East European Jews. Why was Chagall so drawn to mu sic and especially the violin? As seen in his painting The Green Violinist the image of the rustic Hasidic of the violinist, which has been said to represent the image of the wandering part of the many ceremonies and festi vals that were such an important part of his Hasidic world and are seen often in his works. Other paintings that use the violinist include The Fiddler 1914 The Blue Fiddler and The popular Broadway musical, Fiddler on the Roof was inspired by ings are allegorical in the sense that they represent his devotion to his Or thodox Jewish background and the be lief that music and dance represent the most spiritual connection to God. In the Hasidic tradition, it is only through music that one can be in complete com munion with the Creator. The murals and The Sources of Music at the Metro politan Opera at Lincoln Center show how important music was to Chagall. of the Paris Opera House as well as set murals for The Magic Flute and several other operas. Many musical programs were of fered in conjunction with the Montreal exhibit. One featured program focused on one of the in a mu sical tribute to Chagall who spent the war years in the U.S. exiled from his beloved Paris. Arlene Stolnitz, founder of the Sara retired educator from Rochester, New terest in choral music has led to this series of articles on Jewish folk music LQ\003WKH\003'LDVSR\UD\021 Aging Jewishly What our traditions teach us about growing old Im getting help elderly Jews and psychotherapy Rabbi Barbara Aiello Bi-ku-rim First fruits Kzohar Ha-Ivrit Dr. Rachel Dulin T he holiday of Shavu-ot is about to commence. Shavu-ot means holiday in which farmers in ancient Israel counted seven weeks of harvest ing grain in the of the harvest time, known as omer started on Pesach and end ed with a celebra tion 50 days later (Lev. 23:15-17). In early Israelite history, the cel the season took place in local sanctuar ies, but after the Temple was built, the ritual moved to Tradi tionally, Shavu-ot is celebrated on the 6 th of Sivan, the ninth month of the He brew calendar. This celebration is also known as the Harvest Holiday (Ex. 23:16), and ku-rim the Day of the First Harvest (Num. 28:26). In honor of the coming holiday, let us direct our attention to the word bi-ku-rim The name re of the holiday and its unique tie to the land and to nature. As a matter of fact, retained its agricul tural focus throughout biblical times. Only later, during the Second Temple era, were the events of Mount Sinai and the receiving of the Torah attached to it. The word bi-ku-rim, mentioned 17 times in the Bible, is derived from the root meaning bring forth and born son, senior and elder, which appears 122 times in the text. Its fre quency points to the important status Indeed, so important was the be given as a gift to God. However, impure animals were exempt. And, since biblical law adamantly forbade child was always redeemed (Ex. 34:19; Num.18:15-16). To this day, the cus the redeeming of the son. The root is a base for a few modern Hebrew words, as well. For example, ba-khir is a title for a person who holds a senior position in the gov ernment, military or in a company. And the biblical noun which in 25:33), means premiere in modern Hebrew, as in namely a premiere show. With the reestablishment of the State of Israel and with agriculture being a strong component of Israels economy, is cele brated across the Jewish world not only as the day in which the nation received the Torah, but also returned to the ag ricultural roots of the holiday. ha-Bi-ku-rim in Israel today echoes the in the Land of Milk and Honey (Dt. 26:1-11). 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27 JEWISH INTEREST STAY CONNECTED Instagram.com/jfedsrq Music as inspiration in the art of Marc Chagall of the Paris Opera House as well as set murals for The Magic Flute and several other operas. Many musical programs were of fered in conjunction with the Montreal exhibit. One featured program focused on one of the in a mu sical tribute to Chagall who spent the war years in the U.S. exiled from his beloved Paris. Arlene Stolnitz, founder of the Sara retired educator from Rochester, New terest in choral music has led to this series of articles on Jewish folk music Aging Jewishly What our traditions teach us about growing old Im getting help elderly Jews and psychotherapy H ilda, you look fabulous, Gemma remarked as Hilda, her oldest friend, made her way to the table in their favorite res taurant. No kidding! Polly agreed as she noticed the positive change in Hilda as well. What accounted for Hil das transformation, is what her friends wanted to know and Hilda was keen to explain. Im getting help, she said. No, not help with shopping, clean ing or dressing Hildas help was psychotherapy. Ive been seeing a therapist, Hil da said, and hes ence. Polly and Gemma nodded in agreement as Hilda continued, After Marvin died I fell into depres sion. Even after two years, I couldnt shake the sadness. So I got some help. Hildas experience with counseling is not unique. In fact, in an article writ ten by Tom Jacobs that appeared in Pa (Why Jews Make Good Therapy Patients, April 2012), Jacobs describes a study conducted with el derly New Yorkers where research ers found that Jews are more open to sharing their feelings and concerns and to help, than members of any other ethnic group. The study, published in the Jour nal of Religion and Health notes that among ethnic and religious groups in cluding African-Americans and Cau casian members of other religions, the researchers found that when it comes to getting professional treatment for anxiety, depression or other mental health disorders, the biggest divide may not be between blacks and whites but between Jews and everyone else. The researchers posit a theory that among other ethnic and religious groups, the social stigma associated with seeking counseling or psycho therapy historically has been great. In fact, researcher Elizabeth Midlarsky of Columbia University notes that among African-Americans, many held negative attitudes toward seeking help Americans from European Christian backgrounds regard therapy in similar ly negative terms. Midlarsky goes on to explain that the attitude of the rug ged individualist, that is, one who is self-reliant, independent, autonomous and reluctant to appear helpless, weak and dependent on others, appears to stand in direct contrast to help-seeking for mental health concerns. The study, which relied on in-home personal interviews with 307 New Yorkers between the ages of 64 and 98, half of whom were Jewish, emphasized perspective as well as the reactions of her girlfriends, Gemma and Polly. The research team found that Jewish par ticipants were not likely to perceive themselves as responsible for the cause ly more likely to perceive themselves as responsible for solutions. Why is this the case? Why do el derly Jews feel so positive about seek ing help for psychological problems? Once again, the researchers determined ly a matter of societal norms. Jewish culture encourages introspection and self-knowledge, and places a positive value on help-seeking behavior. Tufts University psychiatrist Ron ald Pies agrees. Pies pointed out strong similarities between Cognitive Be havioral Therapy and ancient Jewish teachings. As Pies himself concludes, both rabbinical Judaism and Cogni tive Behavioral Therapy share the conviction that human beings can ex ercise their reason in the service of self-improvement, self-control and self-discipline. Writing in JewishWomen.org, Sara Esther Crispe turns to Torah when she says, The Torah has always advocated the idea of having someone to speak with. In fact, Chassidic teaching stress or herself a basically a coun selor, someone with whom you can speak and who can help give you guid ance. Crispe points out that in Pirkei Avot ( ), we read, Aseh lecha rav , make for yourself a teacher, , and get yourself a friend. For elderly Jews, like Hilda, Polly and Gemma, and for all of us, this means that we understand how important it is to have people in our lives, including mental health pro fessionals, to whom we can turn for empathy, help and advice. UHQWO\\000DV\003$YLYD\266V\003DEEL\003\(PHULWD\017\003VKH\003 VKDUHV\003KHU\003H[SHULHQFHV\003RQ\003$JLQJ\003-HZ LVKO\)55.5 (\021\003&RQWDFW\003KHU\003DW\003DEEL#DEEL %DUEDUD\021FRP\021 Rabbi Barbara Aiello Bi-ku-rim First fruits child was always redeemed (Ex. 34:19; Num.18:15-16). To this day, the cus practiced and called the redeeming of the son. The root is a base for a few modern Hebrew words, as well. For example, ba-khir is a title for a person who holds a senior position in the gov ernment, military or in a company. And the biblical noun which in 25:33), means premiere in modern Hebrew, as in namely a premiere show. With the reestablishment of the State of Israel and with agriculture being a strong component of Israels economy, is cele brated across the Jewish world not only as the day in which the nation received the Torah, but also returned to the ag ricultural roots of the holiday. ha-Bi-ku-rim in Israel today echoes the in the Land of Milk and Honey (Dt. 26:1-11). The Aviva Experience is about getting more than you expect. More comfort. More peace of mind. And more of the good times and good people that make every day special. Make the move that will change your life. Aviva. For Convenience and Connection. 941-225-8369 AvivaSeniorLife.org1951 N. HONORE AVE | SARASOTA, FL 34235Assisted Living Facility #8951 | Skilled Nursing Facility #130471046 Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation We came for easy living. We easily discovered friends.We convinced our family that moving to Aviva was about letting go of the big house and having access to healthcare. 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28 JEWISH INTEREST Melting pot Boston in mid-twentieth century explored from Jewish perspective The Jewish News by David Hirshberg. Fig Tree Books. 368 pages. Hardcover $23.95. A Chinese diplomat helps the Jews I n May 1938, exactly eighty years ago this month, a Chinese diplo mat named Ho Feng-Shan was ap pointed to the post of consul-general in Vienna, Austria. His appointment was to be the start of a remarkable period, in which Ho would become one of the save Jews by issu ing them visas to es cape the Holocaust. In the two years that followed, he was re sponsible for saving thousands of Jews in Nazi-occupied Austria. Ho Feng-Shan was born into a poor family in rural Yiyang, Hunan province, on September 10, 1901. His father died when Ho was seven years old, and his family was assisted by the Norwegian Lutheran Mission which enrolled him at its mission school. An excellent student, the grounding he re ceived enabled him to go on to further China, after which, in 1928, he was ac cepted into the University of Munich. By 1932 he had earned a PhD in politi cal economy, graduating magna cum laude. In 1935 Ho joined the Republic of Chinas Foreign Service, starting his career as a diplomat with an ini tial posting to Ankara, Turkey. In the secretary to the Chinese legation in Vienna. When Nazi Germany invaded Austria on March 12, 1938, and the country became absorbed into the Ger man Reich, however, the legation was transformed into a consulate. In the subsequent reorganization, Ho became the title of vice-consul. Together, they Ho found the Vienna posting an ideal location. Fluent in both English and German, he was an active partici pant in the social scene, often called upon to speak in public about Chinese culture and customs. He developed a wide circle of friends and acquaintanc es, many of whom, given the groups among whom he was associating, were Jewish. After the Anschluss, however, Austrias Jews became subjected in the space of six weeks to the same antiSemitic measures that had befallen years. Desperate to leave the country, Austrias Jews began looking for any country that would accept them, at a time when few were prepared to. major crisis proportions after the po grom of November 9-10, 1938, known as the Kristallnacht. Ho was shocked by the nature of Nazi violence and ex perienced something of the Nazis rac ism himself when he was at one stage held at gunpoint by Nazi thugs search trias Jews were in extreme danger and that he could help them to get out. The government of China was far from convinced that this was a matter requiring Chinese involvement. In fact, Chinas leader, Chiang Kai-shek (Jiang government throughout the 1930s. He employed German military advisers in his struggle against both the Japanese invaders and the Chinese communists, in addition to purchasing large quanti ties of weapons from Germany. Against this background, it was perhaps not surprising that he wanted to maintain good relations with Ger many and did not oppose Hitlers racial policies. Accordingly, the Chinese am bassador to Berlin, Chen Jie, instructed Ho Feng-Shan in Vienna that he was not to issue visas to Jews. Ho, however, acting against these explicit orders, began issuing visas for Jews to travel to Shanghai. Although he did not think that many would actu ally go there, he knew that possession of such a document was considered travel ticket and thereby leave Austria. tributions made by American relief organizations, which at that stage were trying desperately to assist Jews to get out. Given that he had been forbidden from helping Jews, Ho was forced to maintain contact with these organiza tions covertly. For continuing to issue visas de spite a direct order for him not to do so, a black mark, or demerit, was 1939. He continued supplying visas, KRZHYHU\017\003XQWLO\003KH\003ZDV\003\277QDOO\\000UHFDOOHG\003 to China, in shame, in May 1940. It is not known how many visas he had authorized prior to then. His 200 th visa was issued in June 1938, and he signed number 1,906 on October 27, 1938. There is solid room for speculation, therefore, that in the ensuing months through to his departure from Vienna, many, many more, probably number ing in the thousands, would have been issued. Ho went on to represent China in other diplomatic posts, in Egypt, Mex ico, Bolivia and Colombia. In 1949 he chose to remain loyal to the Repub lic of China rather than recognize the newly-victorious Peoples Republic of China. He retired in 1973, and moved to the United States, settling in San Francisco where he became a found ing member of the Chinese Lutheran Church. His memoirs, were published in 1990. Explaining his actions in helping the Jews of Austria against the explicit orders of his own government, he ex pressed the view that I thought it only natural to feel compassion and to want to help. From the standpoint of human ity, that is the way it should be. On August 7, 2000, he was rec ognized by Yad Vashem as one of the Righteous among the Nations for his courage in issuing Chinese visas to Vi ennas Jews. Ho Feng-Shan died at his home in San Francisco, California, on September 28, 1997, at age 96 a true friend of the Jews. Judaic, Holocaust, and Genocide Stud Dr. Paul Bartrop A POWERFUL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY For Questions Contact Jessi Sheslow 941.343.2109 email@example.comMany Inspiring Speakers to Choose from IncludingHILDE MANDEL PAUL MOLNAR RIFKA GLATZ GINETTE HERSH HENRY TENENBAUMHolocaust, Genocide and Tolerance Education The HOLOCAUST SPEAKERS BUREAU oers teachers a unique opportunity to expand their students classroom experience. 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29 JEWISH INTEREST Melting pot Boston in mid-twentieth century explored from Jewish perspective The Jewish News Phil Jason T his is one beautiful book. It por trays a pivotal period in U.S. bling lives of European immigrants, their acculturated children and their more fully Americanized grandchil dren. Its action springs from fam ily and historical events of 19521953, though it manages to cover decades both be fore and after. The narrator, not yet thirteen as the story begins, is looking back from near the twentieth centurys end. His name is Joel. At one point he is told that he wasnt named for anyone in particular, but for the Jews as a whole. The shadow of the Holocaust haunts Joels family, and for very good reasons that are made clear in the stretches of family his tory and family mem ory that run through the book. The Korean War is threatening to become the next world war. The polio epidemic is on everyones mind. On the local level, Bostons beloved Braves, a baseball team with which so many identify, may be preparing to relocate to Milwaukee. The seeds are being planted in Boston for the future presidency of a still very young and in experienced Massachusetts politician a man whose Catholic identity inspires the immigrant population and points to the character of the city. There are signs that the keyholders of political and other kinds of power may be changing. Representing this change is Joels powerful grandfather a man whose business, ostensibly fur niture, interfaces with various criminal activities. Even Joel and his brother Steven are involved. and his lifelong situ ation of needing to wrestle with impor tant and transforma tional secrets about identity and the many faces of love. It may seem cu rious that Hirshberg, after concluding his narrative, adds a glos sary of foreign language terms the list reinforc ing the polyglot nature of Boston at the middle of the twentieth century. This spray of German, Hebrew, Irish, Ital ian and Yiddish plus a dash of Latin suggests how the various ethnic groups interacted with one another, and in an unexpected manner, it enriches the cultural broth. The glossary is also a reminder, if one is needed, that this is a very Jew ish book Jewish in the American way of successive generations being ing but not quite extinguished past. It is a world of Hebrew School lessons, Yiddish phrases being maintained and even penetrating the dominant nonJewish community, ethnic foods and, of course, memories. There are stories hidden until they must be revealed. There are other stories repeated and reshaped, perhaps with no expiration date. I have not addressed the title of the book because to do so carries the likeli hood of giving away something impor tant too soon. I say this, dear reader, to entice you to this beautifully prepared by David Hirshberg. Fig Tree Books. 368 pages. Hardcover $23.95. Aside from marvelously recreating the time and place ac of balancing the understanding and sensibilities of the young Joel against the much older and wiser version of himself that is telling the story. The story it self grows out of the bits and pieces of the past and the ap plication of the past to current events that have been the bread and butter of the radio show that has been Joels occupation and years, drawing a large audience. Devices that deepen the novel with additional key perspectives in clude, most notably, entries in his Aunt Roses diary. Rose is the most enigmat ic character in the novel. Her attempts to come to terms with the Holocaust, with her years of travel as a circus per former, her transit to the United States, and her relationship to her husband Ja cob whose long preparation for death is a chilling strand of this complex, vividly detailed, yet richly satisfying novel. Conversations between family kingpin Papa Mis chal (Roses father) and his lieutenants, Murph Feld man and Moses ONeil (whose names are symbols of the immigrant melting pot), explore the motives behind the shady dealings out of which Bostons fam ily, community and political lives are constructed. Its payback time for re pressed or humiliated minorities. And these underhanded enter prises are presented in colorful prose vignettes that suggest a kind of inno cence to the era while admitting to its harsh edges. Although the early 1950s period is the core of the book and the fulcrum of Joels meticulously painted comingof-age self-portrait, Hirshberg under stands the need for readers to discover the steps that lead to the grandfatherly Joel whose voice has dazzled his listen ers for so many decades. He allows us summary glances at Joels high school and college years, his military service, A Chinese diplomat helps the Jews 1939. He continued supplying visas, to China, in shame, in May 1940. It is not known how many visas he had authorized prior to then. His 200 th visa was issued in June 1938, and he signed number 1,906 on October 27, 1938. There is solid room for speculation, therefore, that in the ensuing months through to his departure from Vienna, many, many more, probably number ing in the thousands, would have been issued. Ho went on to represent China in other diplomatic posts, in Egypt, Mex ico, Bolivia and Colombia. In 1949 he chose to remain loyal to the Repub lic of China rather than recognize the newly-victorious Peoples Republic of China. He retired in 1973, and moved to the United States, settling in San Francisco where he became a found ing member of the Chinese Lutheran Church. His memoirs, were published in 1990. Explaining his actions in helping the Jews of Austria against the explicit orders of his own government, he ex pressed the view that I thought it only natural to feel compassion and to want to help. From the standpoint of human ity, that is the way it should be. On August 7, 2000, he was rec ognized by Yad Vashem as one of the Righteous among the Nations for his courage in issuing Chinese visas to Vi ennas Jews. Ho Feng-Shan died at his home in San Francisco, California, on September 28, 1997, at age 96 a true friend of the Jews. Judaic, Holocaust, and Genocide Stud r f n r r t t t b r n b r r r n n t b r b b n n f r t f r t r b t r r b b b r n r r r r n f n r n f r f n t b t t t r r r f n t b t t t r r f r r f rfn tbt ff rf rntbntb tbt f feast of wisdom and discovery. of English from the United States Na Florida Weekly Jewish Book World, Southern Literary Review and other VLWH\003DW\003ZZZ\021SKLOMDVRQ\021ZR\UGSUHVV\021FRP\021 Take our publications on the go with the ISSUU app!issuu.com/thejewishnews David Hirshberg
30 ISRAEL & THE JEWISH WORLD Israeli space team still shooting for the moon The Google Lunar X prize may have expired on March 31, but SpaceIL plans to launch T he Google Lunar X Prize com petition expired on March 31 with no winner. Yet Israels quarter of 2018, even if Lunar X does spacecraft on the moon, and we plan to launch before the end of this year. So far, only three world super powers, the United States, Russia and China, with their tremendous resources, have achieved controlled lunar landings. Our mission was never about win ning the prize money although $20 million would have been nice, said Anteby. Its about showing the next generation that anything is possible that even our small country can push the limits of imagination. The impact of our spacecrafts launch and its historic weeks-long journey to land on the moon will reso nate for years to come, and we hope to inspire new forays into science, tech nology and space exploration. SpaceIL was Israels entry in the Google Lunar X Prize Moon Race, started in 2007 to inspire innovators from around the world to develop lowcost methods of robotic space explora tion. To win the $20 million grand prize, a privately funded team had to have ly place a spacecraft on the moons surface, travel 500 meters on the moon, and video and images back to Earth all before the com petitions deadline, March 31, 2018. petitors to sign a launch contract and contest. The missions scientist, Prof. Oded Aharonson of the Weizmann Institute of Science, has helped the team deter mine that the spacecraft should aim to land on Mare Serenitatis (Serene Sea), an area in the moons northern hemi sphere. This site has a strong magnetic eter aboard the spacecraft to take mea surements and collect data about its characteristics during the landing and transmit these back to Earth. The engine and fuel tanks were recently integrated into the space crafts body inside the clean room at IAIs space facility. In parallel, we are making progress with our simula tor system, with the navigation control software development, with the ground control stations and with the prepara tions for testing the spacecraft and its subsystems, Anteby reported. The crafts cameras successfully passed an environment test in which they were placed in a vacuum chamber simulating the extreme temperatures that the spacecraft will encounter during its voyage. Theyre now being integrated into the craft. SpaceIL has signed a contract for satellite communication services to keep track of the location of the space craft on its journey to the moon. Mem bers of the team also went to Cape Canaveral in Florida to begin coordi nating with all the entities taking part in the launch, particularly SpaceX, and to see the large hangar where the spacecraft will undergo its last prelaunch tests and will be fueled. As for SpaceILs mission to inspire young people to explore STEM sub 500,000 children nationwide through a volunteer network, and has chosen 100 schools to take part in Moon Games, a unique educational program in col laboration with the Israel Space Agency. SpaceIL recently sponsored an ac tivity at the Holon Technological Fair for 30,000 Israeli ninth-graders Do you have what it takes to build a space craft that will land on the moon? that presented the young visitors with various challenges involving creative thinking, spatial vision, mathematical thinking and more. ing the Passover season will receive the third issue of SpaceILs fun work book series, Who Wants to Reach the Moon?, on the theme of Women in Space. And for children from any country, SpaceIL has introduced its Moon Kids website in English, chock-full of fun interactive content about the moon and outer space. Abigail Klein Leichman is a writer and THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF SARASOTA-MANATEE 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 $500, 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 five years, we have distributed more than $173,000 in grants to nonprofits in Israel that help women and children of all backgrounds live safer, healthier and more meaningful lives. Contact Jeremy Lisitza at 941.343.2113 or email@example.com OUR MISSIONTo enhance the lives of Jewish women and children who are in need of help and live in Israel. 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31 access to Israels longest border, thus making it easier to attack Israel. 6. Iran continues to support Israels foes Hezbollah, Hamas and the Islamic Jihad so they can attack Israel with more rockets and missiles. To avoid all-out war between Iran and Israel there must be greater mobi lization of anti-Iran forces, including the United States, Sunni Arabs, Saudi Arabia, the Kurds and the United Arab Emirates. All must work together to stop the advance of Iran and blunt its goal of taking over this vital part of the world. Israel will lead the way, but the Jewish state cant do it by itself. All parties in the area must realize that, with the weakening of ISIS, the presence of Russia in Syria, and less involvement of the U.S. in the Syrian to strike Israel. We must realize this now, before more incidents like the ones that happened on February 10 fur ther complicate Middle East matters. ing chair of the Robert and Esther COMMENTARY Israeli space team still shooting for the moon The Google Lunar X prize may have expired on March 31, but SpaceIL plans to launch much needed renovations to our aging campus. Every dollar donated will be matched by a $2 donation from the Esther & Harold Mertz Foundation. Please give generously. Our residents count on Pines for everything they need to live with dignity and freedom heart. accident or illness makes it impossible to live without counts on Pines of Sarasota. embarking on a multimillion-dollar project to bring Donations to Pines of Sarasota Foundation can be made online at pinesofsarasota.org/Love-Lives-Here or by calling 941.955.6293. For more information, contact Foundation President Janet Ginn at firstname.lastname@example.org. 7.625 X 6.indd 1 3/29/18 11:43 PM Historic Southside Village 1924 South Osprey Avenue Sarasota (941) 955-9856 MortonsMarket.com Perfect for those times when you dont want or have time to cook but still crave something delicious. Mortons kitchen offers an amazing array of gourmet entrees and comfort foods, all prepared from scratch and packaged to go. Save time, money and effort while savoring the citys best take-out, hands down. Dont miss our huge selection of freshly made salads too! Opinions and letters printed in The Jewish News of Sarasota-Manatee do not A date to remember Rabbi Howard A. Simon T ime and again, Israel has said that Iran is the greatest threat to Middle East peace in the world. Some have thought this was Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continuing to raise his concern regarding the 2015 nuclear agreement made with Iran an agreement that angered Israels leader and the Friends of Israel Initiative who believe this agree ment is one of the worst deci sions ever made regarding Iran. Then, February 10, 2018, occurred. What happened that Middle East and the world: 1. Iran wants to establish a Shiite land bridge from the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean Sea. 2. Iran wants to establish air and naval bases on the Med iterranean and Red Sea and especially in Syria to cement its regional power. 3. Iran has committed military sup port to regional trouble spots such as supporting the Houthi rebels in Yemen. 4. Iran wants to control the Horn of Africa and entrance into the Red Sea. 5. Iran wants to destabilize the Hashemite regime in Jordan to gain Letters to the Editor I read with interest, Doctor Paul Bar trops article, A cynical exercise in futility: The Bermuda Conference at 75 years (April Jewish News page 20). However, I have one criticism. It is the use of the word Nazis. This is simply a whitewashing word, a copout created by the Germans to hide the fact that the Germans were responsible for the mass murders. It wasnt us, it was the Nazis. This was a common refrain in Germany after WWII. Of course, after the war it was Germany. They had become simply the Holocaust. The Nazis were simply a political party. It was the Germans and their accomplices, however, who did the killing. I hope I have given Dr. Bartrop food for thought in the use of the word Nazi. Malcolm Barry, Longboat Key T he National Council of Jewish Womens February 15 press re lease (reprinted in the April Jewish News page 34) in response to the re cent Broward County school shooting was replete with fabrications and false premises. The assertion that certain legisla tors at the state and national level in sist on defending the right to carry an assault weapon developed for military military, including the original AR-15, are generally capable of fully automat sault weapon, those with no knowl some as scary looking, but in fact they less frightening in appearance to those who share the NCJWs political per spective, are semi-automatic, meaning that every pull of the trigger releases one bullet. The NCJW and those who share its to prevent bad people from doing bad things with guns or knives or bombs or vehicles is for good, competently trained people with guns to stand in their way. Not surprisingly, those who share the NCJWs political perspective are in lockstep in their opposition to students safety permitting trained school employees to volunteer to carry Think that preventing the pub lic from bearing arms will stop violence? Holocaust survivors and residents of Israel have real-world experience with violence directed at them, and understand the usefulness those who approach the subject of Sec ond Amendment protections as merely an academic exercise. Ask them what they think. While there are always ex ceptions, youll probably have a tough time convincing the vast majority. 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32 COMMENTARY / FOCUS ON YOUTH When is it time to begin learning? Education Corner class enjoys Challah Bake A glass is never emptyit always contains at least air. Thinking of life like a glass, the import question is, What does the glass con portant. For those of us raising our children in the Jewish tradition, the same goes for their education. We want and need to balance their knowledge and iden tity with all of the other things in life. We want them to get a good secular education so that they may be success ful in their future endeavors. We want them to participate in outside activi ties so that they are well rounded and happy. And hopefully we want them to grow up to understand that making the world a better place is one of the most important things they can accomplish in their life. When is it time to begin learning? We obviously engage in informal learn ing from the time we are born, but when should we start our formal education? To that extent, Ive been asked many times over the years, When it is best to start a child in Religious School? My answer has always been, As young as possible, because it is never too soon to begin teaching a child about who they are and where they come from. It is also a great way for them to establish friendships with other Jewish children, and it sends a message to them that their Judaism is important. Similarly, Ive been asked whether children should continue past Bar/Bat Mitzvah. My answer is that when they have gained maturity, they will ask new questions and try to learn more about who they are and who we are and how we can make the world a better place. Stopping at Bar/Bat Mitzvah is like saying that they dont need to know any more and there are no new ques tions that they need to ask or answer. Students from Temple Sinai have participated in Mitzvah Day, helping to make those less fortunate have an easier time in life, even if only for a day. They have attended the Religious Action Center program in Washington, D.C., to lobby for human rights and just causes. They have learned with their parents and grandparents at Fam ily Days throughout the year. And their parents and grandparents have engaged in Adult Learning programs which are and nonmembers alike. Families at Temple Sinai have been warm and welcoming to members and guests. They have been excellent role models for their children, teaching them many ways to make the world bet ter and to make all of our glasses fuller. As we approach Shavuot and Con look to our future and hope that all of our families in our community will join in making our synagogues and com munities stronger so that each achieves the balance we need to make our world a better place day by day. A highlight of Temple Emanuannual Challah Bake, as teens and enjoy mixing, kneading, braiding and baking their own loaves of challah. This years event was led by Senior Rabbi Brenner Glickman and assisted by parent volunteers Sharon Alcock, Dr. Uzi Baram and Laura Kramer. For more information about Temple Ema delicious challah recipe the teenagers used please call 941.371.2788. gail Alcock shared her account of the Challah Bake, which was held Sun day morning, March 11: tion class we had in March was to make the most symbolic (and most delicious) food in Judaism: challah. The students were all excited to mix in ingredient after ingredi came to knead the dough, most were hesitant but almost immediately they felt how much fun it was to mold the bread. When class ended all the students took their challahs home to bake. I guarantee this (because I thought this myself): This challah was so delicious I would never buy storebought challah again! as they kneaded and braided their challah dough Noah Kunkel, Abigail Alcock and Katelin Alcock From the Bimah Seven days in Entebbe I n mid-March, the movie Entebbe was released in the United States. Inspired by the events of the depicts the most daring successful res cue mission ever attempted by Israel. It is striking that even 42 years af ter the event, the Entebbe Operation is Although two English movies were previously produced, the publics in terest has not faded. The intriguing part of the event was not the hostage-taking since that, unfortunately, had happened many times. In this case, four terrorists, two of whom were German, hijacked the plane, forced the pilot to land in Enteb be, Uganda, and demanded the release of 40 terrorists, jailed mostly in Israel, in exchange for the passengers being held hostage. Israels policy at the time was not to negotiate with terrorists. Therefore, it refused the demands. After all the political attempts to release the hostages failed, the Israeli army executed one of the most heroic military operations in the modern era. The Israel Defense Forces com 4,000 kilometers (about 2,500 miles), landed in Entebbe, conquered the air port, killed the terrorists and several Ugandan soldiers, released 102 hos tages and returned them to Israel. At the time, I was a young child liv ing in Israel. I still remember the days leading up to that fateful day when the rescue mission took place. Everyones face was somber, people were unsure about the future of the hostages and, as young children, we were gathered to pray and recite Psalms for the safety of the hostages. But, then the news broke about the rescue mission. Suddenly everyone was out on the streets, and the entire country was celebrating the rescue of the hostages. The chance of the rescues success was highly unlikely because various factors needed to occur simultaneous four large planes in very close proxim ity to each other at a low altitude so as not to be discovered by enemy coun tries along the route, landing the air crafts safely in total darkness, using the element of surprise to kill the terrorists before they got a chance to retaliate, obtaining a foreign countrys permis sion to land and refuel, and numerous other details. The Lubavitcher Rebbe, of blessed memory, delivered a public speech dur ing the summer of that year in which he said that in our day and age we dont directly see and feel G-ds presence in everyday life, unlike previous genera tions of biblical times and the period of the prophets when they were able to communicate directly with G-d and ex perience miracles. Accordingly, in our day and age, we expect the sun to rise in the east each morning without giving it a sec ond thought, not realizing that it is a miracle carried by G-d. Therefore, G-d sends us reminders from time to time to let us know who runs the show. The Entebbe Operation was one of those special moments where everyone involved agreed that it was a rescue mission which could only have suc ceeded with G-ds help. The Entebbe Operation is another one of those unique events where we similar to the Six-Day War, and the in the heart of Israel and did not injure a single person. As Jews, those events serve as a constant reminder of the greatness of the Jewish people, while G-d promises to guard and save them from harms way. That promise is carried out to this very day. WE STAND FOR ISRAEL AND THE JEWISH PEOPLE .For more info visit jfedsrq.org Need to reach the editor of The Jewish News ? Send an email to email@example.com.
33 FOCUS ON YOUTH 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 Community Day School mixes learning and community service at the beach Visit CommunityDay.org/academics/camp or call (941) 552-2770 Preschool Summer Experience (15 months-4 years)Community Day Camp (Entering grades K-5) Counselor-In-Training (Entering grades 6-8)Weekly sessions: June 4 August 10Hours 9am-3pm; before and after care available Community Day Camp 2018 Dates: Week 1: June 25 June 29 Week 2: July 2 July 6 Times: 9:00 am-3:00 pm Ages: Junior Division: Ages 5-11 Girls Teen Division: Ages 12-14 Rates: Weekly Cost: $200 (Before April 15 $175) Sibling Discount 10%. Refer a friend 25% discount Register: 941-925-0770 www.chabadofsarasota.com/camp Chabad Newsletter 11 Chabad of SarasotaCAMP GAN ISRAEL to begin teaching a child about who they are and where they come from. It is also a great way for them to establish friendships with other Jewish children, and it sends a message to them that their Judaism is important. Similarly, Ive been asked whether children should continue past Bar/Bat Mitzvah. My answer is that when they have gained maturity, they will ask new questions and try to learn more about who they are and who we are and how we can make the world a better place. Stopping at Bar/Bat Mitzvah is like saying that they dont need to know any more and there are no new ques tions that they need to ask or answer. Students from Temple Sinai have participated in Mitzvah Day, helping to make those less fortunate have an easier time in life, even if only for a day. They have attended the Religious Action Center program in Washington, D.C., to lobby for human rights and just causes. They have learned with their parents and grandparents at Fam ily Days throughout the year. And their parents and grandparents have engaged in Adult Learning programs which are and nonmembers alike. Families at Temple Sinai have been warm and welcoming to members and guests. They have been excellent role models for their children, teaching them many ways to make the world bet ter and to make all of our glasses fuller. As we approach Shavuot and Con look to our future and hope that all of our families in our community will join in making our synagogues and com munities stronger so that each achieves the balance we need to make our world a better place day by day. I munity Day School students in grades K-8 along with teachers and parent chaperones spent a brisk, sunny morning at the beach. Over the course of the day, they mixed learning and community service, and left the beach better than they found it. Students moved through learning stations, led by experts from Sarasota County, with topics including: Un derstanding Our Tortoises and Sea Turtles, Sand Investigations, Ero sion, Environmental Issues and Sea Debris and Why Worms? They also collected trash to be sorted by Saraso ta County scientists, who analyze the trash and compile data to help us bet ter understand how to keep it out of the sea, as well as to document the positive impact of volunteer groups like the stu dents from Community Day. The children learned and worked in teams. The events of the morn tiveness of Project-Based Learning which is at the heart of Community Day Schools educational philosophy a dynamic teaching method where children actively explore real-world problems and work collaboratively in the search for solutions. We are working to create global citizens who are problem-solvers, who can work cooperatively, and who are committed to improving the world, said Community Day Head of School Dan Ceaser. Instead of limiting learn ing to textbooks, Community Day teaches students through doing to lead as citizens, stewards and schol ars. For more about Community Day School, go to CommunityDay.org or call 941.552.2770. Alessia Zampol shows how much trash she found on the beach during the clean-up session Jacob Lirio, Gustavo Meyer, Gabrielle Meese, Matthew Cook and Oakley Clements Looking to connect with other members of the Jewish community? The Jewish Federation would like to welcome you to the area! Questions? Contact Ilene Fox at email@example.com or 941-343-2111 We hope you feel at home and become active members of the Sarasota-Manatee Jewish community. We Welcome You! delicious challah recipe the teenagers used please call 941.371.2788. gail Alcock shared her account of the Challah Bake, which was held Sun day morning, March 11: tion class we had in March was to make the most symbolic (and most delicious) food in Judaism: challah. The students were all excited to mix in ingredient after ingredi came to knead the dough, most were hesitant but almost immediately they felt how much fun it was to mold the bread. When class ended all the students took their challahs home to bake. I guarantee this (because I thought this myself): This challah was so delicious I would never buy storebought challah again!
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Even though Temple EmanuEl, PJ Library and had been planning Strawberry Fields Shabbat a Shabbat program for young families featuring strawber ry-picking at Hunsader Farms for months, event chair Rabbi Elaine Rose the March 17 event that an unexpect ed frost had destroyed the strawberry crop. How could Strawberry Fields Shabbat go forward without the strawberries? Just beautifully, as it turned out! The many families who gathered at Hunsader Farms that morning enjoyed an absolutely beautiful day explor ing the playground, feeding the farm animals, eating a picnic lunch, and hearing from Federations Director of about PJ Library. After lunch, families assembled on the grass for an energet ic, meaningful and fun Shabbat service featuring songs, prayers, movement, and a story with Temple Emanu-El Assistant Rabbi Michael Shefrin. Then a hayride, viewing animals including ones, Temple Emanu-El Tot Shabbat Leadership Team member Alisha Leo pold added. I saw some new moms and new families, and realized I was looking at the next generation of Tot Shabbat. I actually remember when I at a Tot Shabbat event. The kids were all running around and playing, and I was just sitting there all protective of my baby. Now my Sasha is one of those kids at Tot Shabbat running around. All and all, today the love and en Jacob Zeke Shefrin brought his parents, Temple Emanu-El Assistant Rabbi Michael The Marcus family PJ Library committee member Rachel, Neil, Nathaniel and Alexandra enjoyed the beautiful day Sophia Reisdorf and Sasha Leopold, best friends at the Susan Schwaid Early Learning Center of Temple Emanu-El and PJ Library subscribers, had a wonderful time How We Help. jfedsrq.orgLearn more at jfedsrq.orgThis is YOUR federation. And we are here to help. assistance for all ages in Sarasota and Manatee Counties: Camp Grants, Travel Opportunities, Education Scholarships, Religious School Assistance and Womens Giving Circle Grants. 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During this program, veteran campers share their experiences with novice campers, who have a chance to share concerns and questions. Parents are also given an opportunity to ask questions and share their experiences. When they return from camp in August, Temple Sinais welcome-back special Erev Shabbat Worship Service gives the campers an opportunity to share their camp experiences. These brighteyed campers of all ages demonstrate how much they have learned at camp. Rabbi Michael Churgel believes strongly that the Jewish camp experi ence engages young campers with a lifelong connection to Judaism and Is rael. As a young camper, Rabbi Churgel had a wonderful learning experi ence that has stayed with him to this day. Temple Sinai is proud that the scholarship program is able to support many campers, having a major impact in their lives. Welcome Back Shabbat 2017 Rabbi Michael Churgel with Camp Coleman kids
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