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PRESORTED STANDARD U.S. POSTAGE PAIDThe Jewish Press Group of Tampa Bay, Inc.The Jewish Press Group of Tampa Bay, Inc. Jewish Press of Pinellas County P. O. Box 6970 Clearwater, FL 33758-6970ADVERTISEMENT Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Complied from JTA news service VOL. 32, NO. 3 ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA AUGUST 25 SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 TWO SECTIONS 28 PAGES DO GOOD EVERYWHERE. FROM ANYWHERE. Join our page @ rfntbnotable minds behind Ben & Jerrys delicacies and champions of philanthropy and social justice. The pair will speak on October 28 at the Federation event, Catalyst 2017. Catalyst is the name for the Federations new annual event, in which guests of inuence and inspiration will speak to the community and represent the powerful role that the Federation plays in our interconnected and ever-changing community. rfntb b DO GOOD EVERYWHERE. FROM ANYWHERE. The Jewish FederationOF PINELLAS & PASCO COUNTIES, FL The Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties will introduce a new signature event, Catalyst, on Saturday evening, Oct. 28, with a presentation by founders of Ben & Jerrys Ice Cream and the Ben and Jerrys Foundation. The Federation aims to make Catalyst an annual tradition featuring prominent global visionaries who embody entrepreneurial spirit, social responsibility, and radical business philosophies. The inaugural event will be held at the Largo Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo, starting at 7 p.m. with a cocktail party for VIPs who purchase an upgraded ticket for $118. The regular program begins at 8 p.m. with general admission tickets, $54. The Performing Arts Center will be handle ticket sales through the The event will be open to the general public, but there will be a pre-sale for the Jewish community. This will not be an event where people can wait until the last minute to buy tickets, said the Federations Elana Gootson.Scoop: Ben & Jerry and their ice cream to top event Earlier this summer, just months after Temple Ahavat Shalom celebrated its 40th anniversary, Syd and Irwin Entel, Robert Entel and Susan and Steven Benjamin bestowed a transformative gift of more than $1 million to Temple Ahavat Shalom, creating the newly named Entel Benjamin Campus of Temple Ahavat Shalom. As a tribute to the family, the congregation will hold the dedication of its Entel Benjamin Campus for temple members and special guests on Friday, Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. The family members have all been actively involved in the life of the congregation for many years. This gift aims to ensure the congregation continues to thrive for years to come. (L-R) Back row, Alyssa Benjamin, Steven Benjamin, Susan Benjamin, Robert Entel, Richard Entel, and Rachel Benjamin. Front row: Daniel Benjamin, Irwin Entel and Syd EntelTemple Ahavat Shalom to dedicate Entel Benjamin Campus on Sept. 8 See inside for details. WIN SHOW TICKETS Jewish Press Online Ticket Contest WIN SHOW TICKETS Jewish Press Online Ticket Contest AHAVAT SHALOM continued on PAGE 5tling will return to the former Fort Homer Hesterly Armory, now the Bryan Glazer Family JCC. On Tuesday, Sept. 26, for one night only, wrestling fans will be able to enjoy matches and walk-ons by some of the greats from years past. Bell time is 7 p.m. with VIP guests invited at 6 p.m. Wrestling before the Bucs, the Rays, the Lightning and Rowdies was the sports king in Tampa and throughout the state. Heroes and villains of the wrestling world included Dusty Rhodes, The Great Malenko, Jack Briscoe and as the years rolled on, others such as Wahoo McDaniel, John Cena, Chris Jerico, Ric Flair, Ricky Steamboat and, perhaps the most famous of all, Hulk Hogan. The armory was one of several venues in Florida where the scripted matches, often Glazer JCC hosts return of wrestling(L-R) Gordon Solie who often announced matches at the armory, interviews The Great Malenko, aka Lawrence Simon, and Johnny Valentine. SECTION BWRESTLING continued on PAGE 7IN THE WAKE OF CHARLOTTESVILLE Mayors, ADL announce agreement to combat hateBy BEN SALES JTA news serviceNEW YORK More than 300 U.S. mayors including three from the Tampa Bay Area have signed on to a compact with the Anti-Defamation League to combat hate and bigotry. The mayors are agreeing to explicitly condemn racism, white supremacy and bigotry, and to implement educational and public safety programs to safeguard vulnerable populations and discourage discrimination. The local mayors who signed the agreement, initiated by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the ADL, are Rick Kriseman of St. Petersburg, Bob Buckhorn of Tampa and Julie Ward Bujalski of Dunedin. Other signatories included the mayors of New York City, 3 Jewish movements nix Trump High Holidays call Related stories, Pages 10 and 11 WASHINGTON (JTA ) Three streams of American Judaism will not participate in the traditional annual pre-High Holidays call with the president, saying Donald Trump has given succor to those who advocate anti-Semitism, racism, and xenophobia. We have concluded that President Trumps statements during and after the tragic events in Charlottesville are so lacking in moral leadership and empathy for the victims of racial and religious hatred that we cannot organize such a call this year, said a statement by leaders of the Reconstructionist, Reform and Conservative movements. The reference was to Trumps equivocation following the clash between white supremacists and counter-protesters on Aug. 12 in Charlottesville, VA. CALL continued on PAGE 11Billy Joel wears yellow Star of David during New York concert encore Billy Joel wore a yellow Star of David similar to ones Jews were forced to wear during the Holocaust on his sports jacket during the encore of his monthly concert at Madison Square Garden. Photos of the legendary singer wearing the star began appearing on Facebook shortly after his performance Monday night, Aug. 21. Among those giving Joel accolades was his former wife, model Christie Brinkley, who was in attendance at the concert. And on the day of the Solar Eclipse a yellow star appeared on the jacket of another kind of star no excruciating, memories of loved ones who wore that star to their death, Brinkley wrote in the caption of photo featuring Joel wearing the star on stage. Joels parents are Jewish but he was not brought up with the faith. He has been described as a secular Jew and an atheist. In June, Joel told Rolling Stone, that he tries to remain publicly apolitical. I am a private citizen and I have a right to believe in my own political point of view, but I try not to get up on a soapbox and tell people how to think. Israels security services last month recorded 222 terrorist attacks against Israelis, the highest number in any month since December 2015. to the Israel Security Agencys monthly report for July published earlier this week. Several Palestinians also died, some while perpetrating attacks and others during clashes with security forces. The tally for July was more than double the 94 attacks recorded in June and nearly double the average of 121 per month from January 2016 onward. The Israel Security Agency, or Shin Bet, recorded a total of 2,314 attacks during that period in which 33 victims died and 223 were wounded. Last month was among the deadliest in that period in terms of terrorist attack fatalities, second only to November 2015, when terrorists murdered 10 Israelis. The surge in July attacks owed largely to tensions and clashes connected to the Temple Mount. That month, shot dead. Israel placed metal detectors at the entrance to the Temple Mount, a compound that is holy both to Jews and Muslims. Riots ensued, leading Israel to dismantle the metal detectors two weeks after installing them.Israel terror attacks sharply spike in July


PAGE 2 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY AUGUST 25 SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 The Jewish Press assumes no responsibility for the opinions of columnists, letter writers, claims of advertisers, nor does the paper guarantee the kashruth of products & services advertised or mentioned otherwise. P.O. BOX 6970, CLEARWATER, FL 33758-6970(6416 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33707)T elephone: (727) 535-4400 Fax: (727) 440-6037 E -mail: jewishpress@aol.comThe Jewish Press is mailed STANDARD CLASS. Standard Class DOES NOT include a speedy delivery guarantee. Date of delivery varies depending on your Standard Class Postage Permit: TA MP A PI #3763The Jewish Press of Pinellas County is a privately owned, community newspaper published in cooperation with the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties. The Federation underwrites home Pinellas County (approx.4,500), to promote Jewish community cohesiveness and identity.The Jewish Press is a subscriber to JTA, The Global Jewish News Source.JIM DAWKINSPublisher & Co-OwnerKAREN DAWKINSManaging Editor & Co-Owner Advertising Sales GARY POLIN TORI GEE GALE TARNOFSKY-ABERCROMBIE Staff Writer & Editor BOB FRYER Ad Design & Graphics REY VILLALBA DAVID HERSHMAN Social Columnist JUDY LUDIN Editorial Assistant GAIL WISEBERGPUBLIC AT ION & DEADLINE D ATE SAlso publisher of the Jewish Press of Tampa of PINELLAS COUNTY An independent, bi-weekly newspaper owned by THE JEWISH PRESS GROUP of TAMPA BAY, INC. STAFF THE FEDERATION MAINTAINS THE MAIL ING LIST FOR THE JEWISH P RESS.To RECEIVE THE PAPER or for ADDRESS CHANGES, Call (727) 530-3223 Go to info@jewishpinellas.orgSEPTEMBER 8high holiday editionPress Release ........Aug 25 Advertising .............Aug 29SEPTEMBER 22Press Release .........Sept 8 Advertising ............Sept 12OCTO BER 6Press Release .......Sept 22 Advertising ............Sept 26 Oct 26 3rd Annual Mega Challah BakeOct 28 Catalyst 2018: An Evening with Ben & JerryOct 29 Federations Super SundayNov 9 Gulf Coasts Annual Faces GalaDec 3 CBI Chase the Dreidel 5KDec 17 PJ Library Teddy Bear TeaJan 27-29 TBE Art FestivalFeb 10 Florida Holocaust Museums Annual To Life GalaStart your leadership path and make a difference as you learn about philanthropy, Jewish identity, issues facing Israel, and high-level topics of concern for our future. Highlights: Develop personal and professional leadership skills See Tampa Bays Jewish community like never before Exclusive discussion with Bryan Glazer, co-chairman of the Buccaneers Attend Bay-wide community events Classes begin October 23 on alternating Mondays at locations around Tampa Bay. Cost is $99 per person, which includes course and dinner. Scholarships available. Visit or email for more information. Proudly offered by the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties and the Tampa Jewish Federation.Feb 25 TBI Food Festival & Purim Carnival Mar 11 CBI Chaivana Nights GalaMar 24 Gulf Coast Golf Like a Rock StarApr 15 Jewish Heritage FestivalApr 29 Sonya Miller Women of Distinction save the date october 28th, 2017 8 pm MORE DETAILS TO COME The Jewish FederationOF PINELLAS & PASCO COUNTIES, FL Jewish Leadership Training InstituteFOR EMERGING LEADERS AGES 25-40


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Just last week, I connected with friends like Jerry Benstock, Beth Rosenbluth, Betty Gootson (and more) and we chatted about the Jewish Community Camp, the future of Jewish education, the role of the Federation as a resource and more. I couldnt help but notice, however, that a pervasive backdrop to these conversations was making its way to the forefront, barging in, demanding attention. This background issue stomping into the spotlight is the issue made so very real by the recent rally in Charlottesville. The metaphor that all the worlds a stage is particularly relevant to this issue, as we watched the terrifying mobilization of a grab bag of white saging, their vile hatred, and their ultimate wish for action upon the rest of the world. About six years ago, during my time at freeFall Theatre, I recall the sense of utter despair and dread when Cabaret was being staged and developed in the blackbox space. I sat watching the tech rehearsal in the space that is 48-feet square, all surfaces painted a suffocatunfurling of huge cloth banners from the ceiling in stark and symbol-laden black, white, and red fabric. It made me sick to see the actors bring to reality the salute, the brown uniform of the Hitler youth, and the haunting use of the songs of the Hitlerjugend (Hitler youth). My reaction was no less deep and sickened than that of the actors portraying this on stage; I believe we all took some comfort in tion as well as an important educational tool in referencing and making real historical terror. the visible use of swastikas and hate language in an organized protest this year, unfortunately; the Unite the Right efforts only brought it closer to home. In June, my family and I visited Germany and took a one-day trip to Berlin with the sole pur concentration camp, which was later used as a model for camp layouts and architecture. We stayed at a modest family hostel next to the Berlin HBF, the main train station, and as we seton the television, and me researching the vegan scene for our dinner later that evening) we started to hear screaming and chanting outside. Looking down, we saw a small protest with several bullhorns, and while the German chants were lost on me, the signs and symbols used were clear. The next morning, we ventured with our guide from Mosaic Tours to the camp, taking the train about a half hour north of Berlin through Germanys amazingly scenic and quaint landscape. ally visiting a concentration camp. Certain visuals I expected: the gate that declared Arbeit Macht Frei, the administrative building that could see the entire camp, the uniforms on display. But I didnt expect green grass. A terrain course for testing army boots. Touching the marble slabs in the medical testing room. Or how close the neighboring homes were to the wall that surrounded the camp. Hundreds of people lived within a few hundred feet of this camp (and countless other camps When considering our own backyard protests and events, whether that be Charlottesville, the subsequent shut-down of the Boston rally, or the full cancellation of the planned Act for America place, but reinvigorated that there are those in our communities willing to take action and speak up. A great part of taking action is not just reactively speaking up at counter protests and solidarity vigils, although I remain tremendously proud that our community was represented very visibly at the St. Petersburg vigil held the day after the Charlottesville incidents, but also proactively enhancing the conversation regarding inclusion, respect, diversity, tolerance, and community cohesion. To that end, the Federation is organizing a few key actions to reinforce and respond to the scary world in which we live. For families, we have together leading psychologists for webinars on topics of current concern. about hate and anti-Semitism. Were also spear heading a community-wide disaster readiness portal were continuing to lean in to the important work that changes lives here at home and abroad. Now more than ever, we need your support in getting involved, contributing to our work, and staying vigilant. Please join us. For more information about how to volunteer, donate, or otherwise contribute to our communitys readiness and response efforts to combat hate and promote tolerance, contact the Federation at (727) 530-3223. Liked it? Loathed it? Want to react? I would welcome your feedback and can be reached at of tolerance in our scary world searches of female worshippers at the entrance to the Western Wall are unacceptable, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. Netanyahu asked Minister of look into accusations that at least four female rabbinical students were subjected to body searches while attempting to enter the Western Wall Plaza, the Prime MinisOn Wednesday, Aug. 23, the students from the Reform movements Hebrew Union CollegeJewish Institute of Religion, including two Americans, were asked to lift their shirts and skirts for security before being allowed to enter the Western Wall plaza, where an egalitarian prayer service was being held. The four said they were questioned and pulled aside into a private room. The women were among a group Jewish education students from North America and Australia who joined about 200 men and women in an egalitarian service held that morning on the plaza behind the mens and womens sections. The egalitarian service took place following the monthly rosh chodesh service of the Women of the Wall group. The Israel Religious Action Center of the Reform movement said it planned to submit formal complaints about the body searches on the students. checked. that if this indeed took place as described, it is unacceptable and will be addressed in accordance with the law and the instructions of the court, the statement said. Western Wall security did not say what they were looking for, according to the Israel Religious Acin the past have detained women and searched for Torah scrolls and other religious items they consider inappropriate for women to bring to the wall. In January, Israels High Court of Justice ruled that women are not to be subjected to intense body searches when entering the Western Wall.Netanyahu calls body searches of female worshippers at Western Wall unacceptable


are forming now. for more information. Senior get together: On Thursdays at 1 p.m., join other seniors and will be served. Talent search: Cantorial Soloist Laura BerksonPreschoolers playdate: There a.m. to noon. This is an opportunity for play, learn and grow together. Classes Cong. Beth Shalom ClearwaterCamp-style service:Interfaith prayer:Talmud classes: On Mondays, Dr. Priscilla Nathanson leads a Talmud study on most WednesChabad of ClearwaterTorah and tea: Rebbetzin Miriam Hodakov leads a Torah and Tea exTemple Beth-El St. PetersburgLChaim luncheon: This lun Richard Dameshek, who will The Gang of Five The Impact of Five German Refugee Rabbinic Students on Twentieth-Century Reform Judaism. Shabbat for kids: On Friday, Sept. Trip to Israel: The temple is planCong. Bnai Israel St. PetersburgDisney-themed Shabbat: Disney melodies. Stay for a festive FroRSVP for dinner by Wednesday, Sept. 6 to Maureen Sechan at the synagogue. Talmud class: Steve Weinthe study of Berachot Pam Askin in the synaCong. Beth Sholom GulfportAdult bnai mitzvah class: adults is offered for free on Saturdays Chabad of Pinellas County Palm HarborRosh Hashanah dinner: Celebrate the new year with traditional holiTea and fashion: The Womens Group of Chabad will present a Chai tea Dani Gamson and desserts. This is a free event open to or Afterschool program: Chabad of Mushky Adler Ethics class: Shabbat afternoon one hour before sunset information.Temple Ahavat Shalom Palm HarborHoliday season begins: On Havdalah, and then inaugurate the High Holy Day season with the showing of a to attend these events. High Holidays primer: Learn about the history of the High Holidays during a presentation by Rabbi Gary Klein Rabbinically Speaking Rabbinically Speaking PAGE 4 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY AUGUST 25 SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 Congregations PINELLAS COUNTYReformTemple AHAVAT SHALOM 1575 Curlew Rd., Palm HarTemple BETH CHAI DAVID Temple BETH-EL Congregation BNAI EMMUNAH Temple BNAI ISRAEL ConservativeCongregation BETH SHALOM Congregation BETH SHOLOM Congregation BNAI ISRAEL OrthodoxCHABAD of CLEARWATER CHABAD JEWISH CENTER OF GREATER ST P ETERSBURG CHABAD of PINELLAS COUNTY PASCO COUNTY ConservativeBETH TEFILLAH/JCC OF WEST PASCO OrthodoxCHABAD OF WEST PASCO HERNANDO COUNTY Reform Temple BETH DAVID Religious Directory inventory of the 12 months. by the founder of the Chabad movement. isters. He must journey to the throne room. His presentation healthy year. The Rabbinically Speaking column is provided as a public service by the Jewish Press. Columns are assigned on a rotating basis by the Pinellas County Board of Rabbis. The views expressed in this guest column are those of the rabbi and do not necessarily Rabbis. By RABBI YOSSI EBER Chabad of West PascoSeason of inventoryChabad Center of St. PetersburgGuest rabbi to speak: Rabbi Elie Estrin share the story of how, despite the fatal Temple Bnai Israel ClearwaterHigh Holidays 101: by Rabbi Daniel Treiser about the High Friday Night Live: Shabbat serPie oneg:Race and tashlich: On Saturday, Shabbat & Yom Tov Candle Lighting Times


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JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 7 AUGUST 25 SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 Rosh HaShana Dinner NEW Wines for you to try Be thinking aboutBREAK-THE-FASTWe have the best nova, whitesh, sable, whitesh salad and baked salmon on the West Coast!That's how to celebrate in style!!On Rosh HashanahJo-Els offers lots of prepared foods as well as D.I.Y. from the Butcher shop. Maybe this year try the Honey Garlic Chicken Breasts or Chicken Marsala for a new idea. MENUS available in the store, by e-mail, by fax, on Facebook, or by post. Whole or cut Chickens ......... $ 2.99/lb. B/S Chicken Breast (bulk) .... $ 5.99/lb. Whole Brisket ....................... $9.49/lb. 1st cut Brisket ........................ $11.59/lb. Xtra lean Gr. Beef ................. $ 5.99/lb.Large selection of Glatt Kosher Meats and Poultry available.Place your order for one or two of Sharons delicious, homemade HONEY CAKES plain or with chocolate chips. Add parve whipped topping and fresh fruit and dessert is done!HONEY CAKES FROM NY AVAILABLE AS WELL.And there you have it! BUTCHER SHOP SA LESThe Talmud says: And there you have it! The Talmud says: The Talmud says: There is no festive celebration without eating and drinking. Rosh Hashanah And there you have it! Jews have been born and bred to celebrate with food --whether Ashkenazi or Sephardi.We love our get togethers and our culinary traditions. Hag Semeach! Joel, E llen, S haron, Gregory, K im, T erry and C hris rf ntbbtOur large enrollment presents an opportunity to make a wealth of friends. Non-member families may enroll their children (Pre-K through Grade 5) for 1 year. A special fee applies. For information about Fall Class Registration, Donna Wood, our Religious School Director, can be reached at (813) 876-2377, Ext. 210 The Religious School Experience at Congregation Schaarai Zedek offers: Hebrew & Jewish studies Grade 5) for 1 year. A special fee applies. For information about Fall Class Registration, Donna Wood, our Religious School Director, can be reached at (813) 876-2377, Ext. 210 f PBS station WEDU is sprinkling its schedule with past in Hugs and Knishes: A Celebration of our Jewish Foods and Tradi 8 Voices Sing Kol Nidre. Fiddler on the Roof Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness WEDU highlights Jewish life, love and humor in September WRESTLING Championship Wrestling from Florida


PAGE 8 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY AUGUST 25 SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 Marion and Bernard L. Samson Nursing Center255 59th Street N. St. Petersburg, FL 33710 Newly Renovated! By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN JTA news serviceTENAFLY, NJ Ayala Hodak usually cooks the way her mother taught her: adding a pinch of spice here or relying on her eyes never a measuring cup to judge how much liquid to add. But on a recent Tuesday, she was being much more precise. At her spacious home in this suburban town less than 15 miles from New York City, Hodak, 52, who grew up in an Iranian family in Israel, measured the amount of salt and pepper she added to a stew. She also paused to demonstrate how thickly to cut a piece of beef. Her reason for the accuracy: Hodaks recthe Jewish Food Society, which aims to be an archive of Jewish recipes from around the world. Its kibbutz-born founder, who once promoted Israeli culture as an employee of the Israeli Consulate in New York, was inspired by the diversity of food traditions in Israel and her desire to preserve them in the Diaspora. I realized there is an urgency in capturing these stories because the older generation is about to leave the world, and many of these recipes are laborand time-consuming in a way that we should really protect them, the These are skills that would just disappear if no one could capture them in a methodic way. several Jewish foundations, has added over a dozen recipes to its online archive, and more are on the way. Along with the recipes are photographs and stories of the cooks family history, as well as how he or she learned to make the dish. Yorks Lower East Side, interviews a chef and takes down his or her story. If distance will meet with the cook in person; if not, they communicate long distance. All ingredients are measured, and dishes are then re-created in a test kitchen and adjusted accordingly. Though some participants work in the food industry Hodak is the manager and co-owner of Taboon, a Midtown Manhattan restaurant serving Middle Eastern and Mediterranean-inspired food others are home cooks. bat meal in 2005 at the home of her nowhusbands grandmother, who was born in Turkey but also lived in Greece and South Africa prior to immigrating to Israel with her family. previous immigration stories and journeys, and some worlds that do not even exist anymore, she said. It was such a vivid expression of disappearing worlds, and of bitter and sweet memories. It was just moving, so I told him, lets just spend a day with her try to capture a few recipes. It was just really inspiring. though she did not get it at home. Good food wasnt part of my childhood, Hashlosha in central Israel. Between the [kibbutzs] communal dining room and the fact that my mom is not the best cook in the world, good food was out of reach. But as a young girl, she would urge her parents to take her to Tel Avivs Carmel Market or a nearby Yemenite neighborhood to try different types of cuisines. At the beginning just because it tasted really good, but later because I realized it tells a fantastic story about families and people and cultures. In 2008, when she took the consulate job, she could use that passion in a professional way. Having just graduated from the New was tasked with promoting Israeli culture. She decided to do so through food, hosting Israel-themed dinners, wine tastings and panels in New York. She also organized trips to the Jewish state for American food writers. Project, a three-week pop-up in Greenwich Village serving kubbeh soup, an Iraqi Jewish lings in vegetable broth. The project received wide media coverage and had people lining up for hours for a taste of the delicacy. Now the Jewish Food Society, for which bine her two passions: food and storytelling. For a while I was really interested in Still my main interest is storytelling, but the medium changed to food. In addition to the weekly cooking session, such asa Passover seder that showcased three Mexico-born Jewish chefs, and Schmaltzy, a yearly storytelling event where people share the stories behind family recipes. A celebration held the day after Passover, is in Her family are Polish Jews, not Sephardi, but said such distinctions blur in Israeli kitchens. Israel is a not just a melting pot, its a pressure cooker, so a Polish girl like me considered kubbeh as my own, she told The New York Times. Society extends beyond the archive of recipes. She wants to establish a center for Jewish food in New York, where visitors would be able to take cooking classes and learn describes her vision as the James Beard Foundation for Jewish food. For now, the Jewish Food Society provides a way for Jews to engage with their culture, These [recipes and stories] are just huge parts of our lives, of our history as a people, and I feel that for many people that are less connected to Jewish culture and Jewish life, its a very inviting window to engage and to explore their identity, she said. Food also provides a lens through which to Jewish Food Society wants to preserve your bubbes recipes before theyre lost forever Photos by Josen Dolsten understand Jewish history, she added. I feel that recipes really carry our cultural DNA because they tell stories not just about a particular time in history, but also about how people used to live, how people used to celebrate, how people used to mourn, how really about the experience. [ ]


JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 9 AUGUST 25 SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 Call today for complimentary tickets and lunch reservations727.531.5829 We have a seat waiting for youJOIN TBI...home of the Tampa Bay Jewish Food Festival Feb. 25, 2018Temple Bnai Israelwishes everyone a sweet and wonderful New Year.Make Temple Bnai Israel YOUR home for the Jewish Holidays, and join us for lunch, too! (Community lunch follows Rosh Hashanah Morning Services) By BEN SALES JTA news serviceNEW YORK With Islamophobic hate crimes on the rise, Muslim leaders are working harder to secure their mosques and institutions. Some are turning to Jewish experts for assistance. A few Jewish organizations have partnered with local and national Muslim groups to advise them on best security practices and advocate jointly for stronger hate crime legislation. Cooperation between the two communities, which was growing late last year, is turning toward the particulars of staying safe in a nervous climate how to prevent attacks and handle hate crimes. When people start to feel unsafe in Sabbath or Sunday or Friday services, that can make for a very complicated and challenging set of circumstances, said Paul Goldenberg, director of the Secure Community Network, which advises Jewish groups and institutions on security and has worked with Muslim, Sikh and Christian institutions on composing security plans. Extremist groups have come to realize our houses of worship are an Achilles heel. Goldenberg has worked with Muslim groups for years, coaching them on everything from forming relationships with local law enforcement to receiving grants from the Department of Homeland Security to making sure staff know what to do in the event of an attack or threat. The ADL and American Jewish Committee have also worked with Muslim leaders and institutions on reporting, preventing, responding to and prosecuting hate crimes. Muslims and Jews appear to have good reason to be vigilant. The Anti-Defamation League reported a 34 percent increase in anti-Semitic incidents in 2016 versus 2015. Islamophobic attacks went up 67 percent from 2014 to 2015, according to the latest FBI statistics, and the number of antiMuslim hate groups has nearly tripled in the past year, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Both communities have suffered highA Minnesota mosque was bombed in early August, and the recent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville targeted Jews with neo-Nazi slogans. Brandeis University, a nonsectarian Jewish school, received a bomb threat Thursday, Aug. 24, though its unclear whether the threat was explicitly anti-Semitic. Some Jewish institutions began forming security plans following the 9/11 attacks in 2001, and SCN was founded three years later. Jewish institutions nationwide have beefed up security, including some that hired guards or restricted entry to their buildings. Muslims now hope to do the same for their mosques and facilities. Salam Al-Marayati, president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, has been consulting with Goldenberg on security since 2011. This year, Goldenberg provided the Los Angeles-based council with a plan to secure area mosques, including best practices on coordinating with law enforcement and procedures to follow during an emergency. All of that was unknown to the community, and with the help of Paul it became known, said Al-Marayati, regarding security procedures. local mosques with consulting similar to SCNs how to build relationships with law enforcement, how to monitor who enters and exits buildings, and the best ways to spread information about a threat or attack. Elise Jarvis, who heads the ADLs community security efforts, said one of the best ways to improve security would be for Muslim communities to increase reporting of hate crimes to police. Jews currently suffer the most hate crimes of any religious group in the U.S., according to the FBI, but Jarvis said Muslims may avoid reporting hate crimes due to a lack of trust in law enforcement. Al-Marayati said many Muslims resent being treated as suspects. Theres underreporting across the board, said Jarvis, who said that if communities make sure to report incidents, law enforcement are able to respond and identify those behind hate crimes. The Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council has been pushing for stronger hate crimes legislation federally and at the local level. Robert Silverman, U.S. director of Muslim-Jewish Relations for AJC, said the advisory councils newly formed Dallas chapter will be examining how to oppose members of private militias who regularly stand outside synagogues and mosques brandishing their weapons something that also happened in Charlottesville on the day of the far-right rally. The chapter hopes to advance legislation or regulations that would discourage such behavior. Silverman said a law increasing punishments for hate crimes would deter bigots from moving from intimidation to violence. The advisory council supports federal leggious communal institutions as hate crimes.American Muslims seeking better mosque security nd help from Jews(JTA) Three teens pleaded guilty to criminal damaging charges for twisting a large decorative menorah in the front yard of an Arizona familys home into a swastika. The teens, who were arrested in March and charged as juveniles in the December incident in a residential neighborhood in Chandler, pleaded guilty. They were sentenced to serve 30 hours of community service, along with writing an apology letter to the victims and paying restitution. They also must meet with a Holocaust survivor and write an essay on what they learned about the Holocaust and how their desecration of the menorah affected in Phoenix reported. has not yet decided how to charge a fourth teen in the incident, Clive Jamar Wilson, 19, who posted an apology to the family on Facebook after he was arrested. Naomi and Seth Ellis said they built the 7-foot menorah made of gold spray-painted PVC pipes and solar-powered lights after their three sons, aged 5, 6 and 9, asked for lights in their yard like their neighbors Christmas decorations. Police helped the Ellises dismantle the swastika from in front of their home early in the morning before their children saw it. The menorah was rebuilt and replaced. About 100 members of the familys synagogue and neighbors gathered in the Ellis front yard to light the rebuilt menorah.Teens who vandalized menorah must meet with Holocaust survivor A menorah in front of an Arizona home, made out of pvc, was twisted into this swatiska.


PAGE 10 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY AUGUST 25 SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 WASHINGTON (JTA) In a rare statement unrelated to Israel or the Middle East, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee implicitly rebuked President Donald Trump for drawing an equivalence between the sides in the Charlottesville clash. AIPAC shares the outrage and deep concern of our fellow Americans about the inexcusable violence and sickening displays of racism and anti-Semitism in Charlottesville, the prominent Israel lobbying group said in a statement posted on Twitter. The vile hatred expressed by neo-Nazis, the KKK and white supremacists must be categorically and unambiguously rejected. We moral equivalence and oppose between those who promote hate and those who oppose it. There must be no quarter for bigotry in our country. AIPAC joins the virtual gamut of Jewish groups encompassing all religious streams that have issued similar statements. AIPAC rarely makes pronouncements on issues not related to Israel and almost never issues statements that at least do not tangentially relate to the Middle East.AFMDA cancels gala at Mar-a-Lago Club(JTA) Nine charities have canceled planned galas at President Donald Trumps Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, including the American Friends of Magen David Adom. AFMDA, the U.S. fundraising arm of the Israeli Red Cross organization, announced the in a statement provided to the Washington Post, citing the apolitical nature of the humantarian aid organization. Some of the groups cited Trumps response to the far-right rally in Charlottesville, VA, as the reason for canceling. In other cases, groups said the venue was detracting from the message of their events. The club makes $100,000 to $275,000 on such events, the Washington Post reported. NEW YORK (JTA) The AntiDefamation League received 10 times as much money as usual from online donations in response to the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, VA. The group, which combats anti-Semitism and bigotry, reported a 1000 percent increase in online donations during the week beginning Aug. 13, one day after the Charlottesville rally. The ADL said it received six times as many individual donations as during an average week this year, mostly In the aftermath of the rally, skyrocket. It received $1 million donations from Apple and 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch. JP Morgan Chase also announced that it would donate $500,000 to the group. JP Morgan and Apple also pledged to match donations to the ADL and other nonprofits from employees In rare non-Israel statement, AIPAC rebukes Trump ADL:1000% surge in online donations IN THE WAKE OF CHARLOTTESVILLE SPONSORED BY MENORAH MANOR Toby Weinman Assisted Living Residence Irv Weissman Adult Day Center (727) 345-2775 The annual Founders Association dinner, which was held at the Marion and Bernard L. Samson Nursing Center on Wednesday, August 9th. Two new Founders were honored: The Menorah Manor Guild and RFLP Group the Linsky/Rosenblatt Family. In addition to a major nancial commitment, Founders are also committed to providing leadership and to taking an active role in future planning. The beautiful and delicious meal was prepared and served by Menorah Manors very talented Dining Services staff. Menorah Manor is proud to honor its new Founders Association members. Mazel tov and thank you for being such important partners in Menorah Manors mission of providing the best possible care in a warm, homelike, Jewish environment.Menorah Manor hosts annual dinner to honor new Founders Association members(L-R) Rob Goldstein, Menorah Manor CEO; Susie Berman, Menorah Manor Foundation Chair; Barbara Baughman, Menorah Manor Guild President; Jackie Kanner, Foundation Trustee and Co-Chair of the Samson Nursing Center Gift Shop; and Barry Kanner, Menorah Manor Chair. (L-R) Doris Rosenblatt, David Linsky, Frank Rosenblatt, and Nancy Linsky (L-R) Carl Glassberg and Judy Ludin, Menorah Manor Chief Development Ofcer (L-R) Marilyn Benjamin, Sally Siegel, Toby Nastir and Edie Seligman (L-R) Jane Silverberg, Mary Ann Marger and Terri Gross (L-R) Dr. Morrie LeVine, Dr. David LeVine and Marilyn LeVine (L-R) Sue Heyman, Mike White and Rabbi Leah Herz, Director of Spiritual Care at Menorah Manor. (L-R): Toby Nastir and Mel Myers.


JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 11 AUGUST 25 SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 MAYORSLos Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C, Louisville and Phoenix. For decades, Americas mayors have taken a strong position in support of civil rights and in opposition to racism and discrimination of all kinds, the Mayors Compact reads. We are now seeing efforts in our states and at the highest levels of our government to weaken existing civil rights policies and reduce their enforcement. We have seen an increase in hate violence, xenophobic rhetoric, and discriminatory actions that target Muslims, Jews, and other minorities. The compact sets out a 10-point program that includes publicly condemning bigotry; ensuring public safety while protecting free speech; training and funding law enforcement to enforce hate crime laws; working with community leaders to combat bigotry; and strengthening anti-bias education programs in schools. Many of the points echo a plan of action that the ADL called on the White House to adopt shortly after the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, VA, and President Donald Trumps response, which the ADL and many others have slammed. The events in Charlottesville once again showed us we have much work to do to bring Americans together, said Jonathan Greenblatt, the ADLs national director on a conference call with reporters. We know that hate is on the rise. ADL cant wait any longer for the president to act. ADL is ready to work with communities across the country to combat hate. Some of the mayors also portrayed the compact as a response in part to the presidents equivocation of white supremacists and those who oppose them. Steve Adler, the Jewish mayor of Austin, TX, who has volunteered for the ADL in the past, said during the call that mayors dont need a tele-CALL violence on many sides and for two days did not single out the white supremacists for censure. A day after he did so, the president among the far-right protesters and the counter-protesters. Responsibility for the violence that occurred in Charlottesville, including the death of Heather Heyer, does not lie with many sides but with one side: the Nazis, altright and white supremacists who brought their hate to a peaceful community, the statement said. Our tradition teaches us that humanity is fallible yet also capable of change. We pray that President Trump will recognize and remedy the grave error he has made in abetting the voices of hatred. Its not clear whether there would be a separate call for Orthodox rabbis, who have participated in the annual calls, which were routine with President Barack binical groups said no separate call was in the works. presidency and believe it is more effective to address questions and concerns directly with the White House, said Rabbi Mark Dratch, the executive vice president of the Orthodox movements Rabbinical Council of America. Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, but not necessarily formalized as a pre-High Holidays call. (JTA) Gary Cohn, a prominent Jewish member of President Donald Trumps administration, considered resigning over Trumps response to a far-right rally in Charlottesville, The New York Times reported. Cohn, the top economic adviser for Trump, drafted a letter of resignation, according to the report, which cited two unnamed people familiar with the draft. In an interview with the Financial Times, Cohn said the White House can and must do better in consistently condemning hate groups. His remarks came nearly two weeks after the Charlottesville rally, which turned deadly when an alleged white supremacist rammed a crowd of counter-protesters with a car, killing one and injuring at least 19. national dialogue about the violence. As a patriotic American, Cohn said he did not want to leave his job as director of the National Economic Council. But I also feel compelled to voice my distress over the events of the last two weeks, he said. After the Charlottesville rally, Trump said that both far-right marchers who gathered in the southern Virginia city and counter-protesters shared the blame for the violence that ensued. Trump later condemned the Ku Klux Klan, racists and neo-Nazis amid criticism that he failed to single out the far-rightists immediately afterward, but a day later said there were very Cohn was standing Trump in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York City on Aug. 15 when the president made his latter remarks to reporters. The called to announce a newproposal for infrastructure spending. Citizens standing up for equality and freedom can never be equated with white supremacists, neo-Nazis and the KKK, Cohn said in the Financial Times interview. I believe this administration can and must do better in consistently and unequivocally condemning these groups, and do everything we can to heal the deep divisions that exist in our communities. Cohn added: As a Jewish American, I will not allow neo-Nazis ranting Jews will not replace us to cause this Jew to leave his job. He also told the Financial Times he spoke privately with Trump about these issues. I have not been bashful saying what I think, Cohn said. In the days after Charlottesville, Cohns family including his wife told him he needed to think seriously about departing, The New York Times reported, citing two people briefed on the discussions. Several of his friends in the business community also urged him to step away from the administration. Amid fears that Cohn would resign, the U.S. stock market dropped until the White House denied the rumor. Cohn was deeply troubled by the market reaction, people close to him told The New York Times. His remarks were in marked contrast to a statement by the Treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, who also is Jewish, and stood directly behind the president during the Aug. 15 news conference. I dont believe the allegations against the president are accurate, and I believe that having highly talented men and women in the country surrounding the president in his administration should be reassuring to you and the American people, he told former Yale classmates who had urged him to resign.Trump adviser Gary Cohn reportedly considered quitting after CharlottesvillePhoto by Drew Angerer/Getty Images prompter to say Nazis are bad. Theres a clear lack of a moral compass, Mayor Shane Bemis of Gresham, OR, a city of 100,000 east of Portland, said on the call. This shouldnt be a surprise to anyone, how he has continued to divide us since the election. It is clearly, in my view, an absence of any sort of moral leadership from the president. But mayors were divided on a couple of contentious issues, including the removal of Confederate monuments from cities and how to strike a balance between protecting civil liberties while guarding against incitement and threats to public safety. Tom Cochran, CEO of the mayors conference, said policy on how to deal with Confederate memorials should be left up to individual cities. This discussion is not about monuments, he said. This conversation is about coming together to denigrate all acts of hate wherever they occur, and making sure we protect public safety while making sure that the right to free speech will always be protected.


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More recently, hes founded a network of publicly funded Hebrew-language charter schools. His latest endeavor is a natural history museum at TT el Aviv University that will host exhibits on the J TT A visited SS teinhardt at his New York estate, where he spoke about why he thinks American Jewish education needs to change, what to do with the hundreds of thousands of Birthright alumni once they return home, and why hes not worried about college students who rail against II srael. JTA: Youve spoken a lot about how the American Jewish community needs to promote secular Jewish culture. Is that what youre trying to do with your network of charter schools? Can that work if the schools are publicly funded and most of the students arent Jewish? SS teinhardt:  T T hese are charter schools, and as charter schools they are open to anyone and they have, on average, no more than 50 percent Jewish students in the school. But these schools teach Hebrew in a way that is demonstrably superior to Jewish day schools. Jewish kids in the charter schools will learn a great deal about II srael in these charter schools. TT he schools fund a trip to II srael and there s a great deal of emphasis on II srael, Zionism, stuf f like that, but zero [on Judaism] as a religion. And you prefer it that way, as an atheist? II dont think you came here to talk about my theology, but its temping me to say II truly believe that the time of Jewish history that we have to devote far more ener gy to is the last 300 years. TT he last 300 years is the most enlightened it is when Jews really shined. II would use the word superior except people blanch when II use that word. But it s really what II mean: Jews have accomplished so much, so inexplicably out of proportion to their numbers, in these 300 years, and its one of the great failures of Jewish education that thats not focused on at all. Israel is also getting more religious, and youve criticized its government and business world. Why do you feel so positively you criticize in American Jewry? TT he modern state of II srael is the Jewish miracle of the 20th   century, but it s the secular part of II srael thats the miracle. II ts the extraordinary achievement, its the tech nology, the military, the development of a society out of nothing using Zionist ideals, taking people from terrible places and making them II sraeli citizens. II srael has become, for me, the substitute for religion. Are you worried that that secular society is not nearly as dominant in Israel as it was 40 years ago? TT he people II know in II srael are over whelmingly secular. TT el Aviv University the natural history museum, are truly modern, secular institutions. II ve been critical of a few things in II srael, [but] II srael is to me the most moral state on this planet, [even] with the occupation, with the differences between rich and poor, with the other issues but its really an exceptional place. II have a house in Jerusalem and II like Jerusalem a lot, but if you go to TT el Aviv its a phenomenal world. II ts a world unto itself. More than half a million young Jews have gone on Birthright, but when they come home theyre caught by the same Jewish institutions youve criticized. Is that an issue? Guess what? TT hey don t succeed in catch ing them. TT he way II dealt with it, and still deal with it, is to create Birthright post-programming. SS om e organizations that we created seem to be doing OO K, such as OO ne TT able [a group that facilitates SS habbat dinners]. TT here are other or ganizations that seem to be doing better. But its a real issue. TT here are all sorts of things to deal with. TT heres 60 to 70 percent intermarriage rates [among young nonOO rthodox American Jews], a falloff in synagogue attendance. TT heres all sorts of things like that. TT here are no easy answers, but the best answer to date is Birthright. II m tempted to say it has saved a generation. But there are reports that Birthrights numbers are shrinking. It recently began accepting applicants who attended an organized Israel trip in high school. Why is that? TT he numbers were taking this year will be a record. II f youre saying we used to have huge waiting lists and we dont anymore, youre absolutely correct. II think Birthright has almost become a community norm and a lar ge percentage of the age cohort of 18 to 26 go on Birthright. Having trips to II srael has become a popular engagement for the Jewish world and that may be one of the reasons we dont get the huge excess of waiting lists. II think II m too old, too ornery to be a believer that 10 days, Birthright, can change your life. You cant imagine how many people come back and say, TT his has changed my life. But its still 10 days, and theyre 18 or 21 or 26. Has it really changed their life? II dont know Do you see criticism of Israels policies as a threat to Birthrights impact on Jewish college students? You cant avoid that being part of the message. II srael is a complicated place in a strange part of the world and there are plenty of issues to deal with. TT here are a substantial number of Jews who believe that II srael should leave the settlements, leave the W est Bank. II think most of us understand the occupation for what it is and what it isnt. TT he more one understands about II srael, the more comfortable one becomes with the politics of the II sraeli government. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.Michael Steinhardt enjoys interacting with tortoises on his 55-acre private zoo on his estate about an hour north of New York City. For Birthright founder Steinhardt, Israel substitute for religion


ZELDA BECKER 89, of Rochester, NY, formerly of St. Petersburg died Aug. 7. Born in Rochester, she was an accounts receivable specialist for the University of Rochester Medical Center. Survivors include her son Alan Becker of Rochester. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel) NEIL JAY CANTOR, 86, of Dunedin, died Aug. 12. Born in Brooklyn, NY, he moved to Florida in 1980 from Washington, D.C. where he had lived for a number of years. Survivors include his son Neil Cantor II; sister Sue King. The family suggests memorials to neral Home, Beth David Chapel) SAMUEL WARREN LEVINE, 64, of Clearwater, died Aug. 15. Born in Brooklyn, he worked for many years in the jewelry district in New York City. He is survived by his husband, Dr. Jay Azneer; two brothers, Alan and Lee; mother-in-law Dr. Pat Cottrille; sister-inlaw Reva (Leslie) Pearlstein; brotherin-law Dr. Ira Azneer. The family suggests memorials be made to Suncoast in St. Petersburg. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel) BETTY NEUER, 90, of Seminole, died Aug. 19. Born in Argentina, she came to the United States at the age of 12. She was a lifetime member of Hadassah. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law Ellyn Cookie and Jerry Klein; two granddaughters and Association. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel) PHILIP REDISCH, 81, of Kenneth City, died Aug. 24. A longtime member tersburg, he was a past president of the congregation and a member and past He was a member of the Federation of norah Manor and the Mahaffey Theater, a longtime blood donor and member of the Jewish Sacred Society (Hevra Cabs, a division of Independent Taxi, St. Petersburg. He was also a two-term city councilman for the municipality of Kenneth City. Survivors include his wife Joan; son Steven; two daughters, Hope and BethAnn; two sisters Rhoda Payne and Francine Miller. The family suggests memorials to Congregation funeral Homes, St. Petersburg chapel) MARTHA JEAN SCHAFFER, 75, of Gainesville, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Aug. 18. Born in St. Petersburg, she was a graduate of Boca Ciega High School, after which she attended college to become a registered nurse. In 1964 she and her husband Gerald moved to Gainesville. In 1982 she returned to school, attending the University of Florida, where she obtained honors. In Gainesville, she was incer in Sisterhood. Survivors include her husband Gerald Schaffer; two daughters. Sara and Rebecca; and son Daniel; sister Gail McKenzie; sister-in-law Susan Schaffer; and seven grandchildren. The family suggests memorials be made to UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine. 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PAGE 14 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY AUGUST 25 SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 To enter: Go to www.JEWISHPRESSPINELLAS.comONLY online submissions will be accepted. Deadline for receiving entries is Sept.12. One submission per day allowed. American Stage in St. Petersburg The winner will be chosen from those correctly answering the following:Who slayed Goliath with a slingshot?TO SEE A PERFORMANCE OF Jewish Press Online Ticket Contest Win 2 Tickets SEPT. 20 ~ OCT.15 5788 High Holiday Service SchedulesReceived as of press time. For more information on related holiday events, See the congregation listings on Pages 4-5. For High Holiday admission policies, contact the individual congregation.PINELLAS COUNTYCHABAD OF PINELLAS3696 Fisher Road, Palm Harbor (727) 789-0408SELICHOTSunday, Sept. 17 Service, 1:25 a.m.EREV ROSH HASHANAHWednesday, Sept. 20 Evening service, 7 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH lst Day Thursday, Sept. 21 Morning service, 9:30 a.m. Youth Program, 11 a.m. Shofar, approx.11:30 a.m. Mincha and Tashlich, 6:30 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 2nd DayFriday, Sept. 22 Morning service, 9:30 a.m. Youth Program, 11 a.m. Shofar, approx. 11:30 a.m.EREV YOM KIPPURFriday, Sept. 29 Kol Nidre, 7 p.m.YOM KIPPUR Saturday, Sept. 20 Morning service, 9:30 a.m. Youth Program, 11 a.m. Yizkor, approx. 12:30 p.m. Mincha, 5:30 p.m. Neilah, 6:45 p.m. Break-The-Fast, 7:53 p.m. CHABAD OF CLEARWATERServices at Tabacinic Chabad Center 2280 Belleair Road, Clearwater (727) 265-2770EREV ROSH HASHANAHWednesday, Sept. 20 Evening service, 7:15 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH st Day Thursday, Sept. 21 Morning service, 9:30 a.m. Shofar sounding, 11:30 a.m. Kiddush following services Mincha and Tashlich, 6:45 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 2nd DayFriday, Sept. 22 Morning service, 9:30 a.m. Shofar sounding, 11:30 a.m.EREV YOM KIPPURFriday, Sept. 29 Kol Nidre, 7:15 p.m.YOM KIPPUR Saturday, Sept. 30 Morning service, 10 a.m. Yizkor, 12:30 a.m. Mincha, 5:45 p.m. Neilah, 6:45 p.m. Final Shofar, 7:53 p.m. Break-The-Fast to followCHABAD JEWISH CENTER OF GREATER ST.PETERSBURG4010 Park St. N., St. Petersburg (727) 344-4900EREV ROSH HASHANAHWednesday, Sept. 20 Evening service, 7 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 1st Day Thursday, Sept. 21 Morning service, 9 a.m. Childrens services, 9:30 a.m. Shofar, 10:45 a.m. Tashlich service, 6 p.m. (at Abercrombie Park waterfront) OrthodoxROSH HASHANAH 2nd DayFriday, Sept. 22 Morning service, 9 a.m. Childrens services, 9:30 a.m. Shofar, 10:45 a.m. EREV YOM KIPPUR Friday, Sept. 29 Kol Nidre, 7 p.m.YOM KIPPUR Saturday, Sept. 30 Morning service, 9 a.m. Childrens services, 9:30 a.m. Yizkor, 11:15 p.m. Mincha, 6 p.m. Neilah 7 p.m. Final Shofar, 7:52 p.m. Break-The-Fast to followCONG. BNAI ISRAEL300 58th St. N. St. Petersburg (727) 381-4900SELICHOTSaturday, Sept. 16 Program, 8:45 p.m. Service, 10:30 p.m.MEMORIAL SERVICESSunday, Sept. 17 Chapel Hill, 10:30 a.m. Royal Palm, 11:30 a.m.EREV ROSH HASHANAHWednesday, Sept. 20 Evening service, 7 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 1st DayThursday, Sept. 21 Morning service, 8:30 a.m. Shofar, 10:15 a.m. Tashlich, 5:45 p.m. (Lake Pasadena) Mincha & Maariv, 7 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 2nd DayFriday, Sept. 22 Morning service, 8:30 a.m. Shofar sounding, 10:15 a.m.EREV YOM KIPPURFriday, Sept. 29 Kol Nidre, 7 p.m.YOM KIPPURSaturday, Sept. 30 Morning service, 8:30 a.m. Yizkor, 1 p.m. Mincha 4:50 p.m. Neilah, 5:50 p.m. (approx.) Final Shofar, 7:50 p.m. Break-the-Fast snacks to follow CONG. BETH SHOLOM1844 54th St. S., Gulfport (727) 321-3380SELICHOTSaturday, Sept. 16 Service, 7:30 p.m.EREV ROSH HASHANAHWednesday, Sept. 20 Evening service, 7:30 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 1st DayThursday, Sept. 21 Morning service, 9:30 a.m. Tashlich to follow serviceROSH HASHANAH 2nd DayFriday, Sept. 22 Morning service, 9:30 a.m.EREV YOM KIPPURFriday, Sept. 29 Kol Nidre, 7:30 p.m.YOM KIPPURSaturday, Sept. 30 Morning service, 9:30 a.m. Yizkor, 11 a.m. Services resume, 4 p.m. Neilah, 5 p.m. Break-the-Fast at conclusionCONG. BETH SHALOM1325 S. Belcher Road, Clearwater (727) 531-1418EREV ROSH HASHANAHWednesday, Sept. 20 Evening service, 7:30 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 1st DayThursday, Sept. 21 Morning service, 8:30 a.m. Tashlich, 6 p.m. Maariv, 8 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 2ND DayFriday, Sept. 22 Morning service, 8:30 a.m.EREV YOM KIPPURFriday, Sept. 29 Kol Nidre, 6:45 p.m.YOM KIPPURSaturday, Sept. 30 Morning service, 9 a.m. Mincha, 5:30 p.m. Neilah, 6:50 p.m. Final Shofar, 7:53 p.m. ReformTEMPLE AHAVAT SHALOM1575 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor (727) 785-8811SELICHOTSaturday, Sept. 16 Dessert followed by Havdalah and service, 8 p.m.MEMORIAL SERVICESSunday, Sept. 17 Sylvan Abbey, noon Curlew Hills, 1 p.m. EREV ROSH HASHANAHWednesday, Sept. 20 Evening service, 8 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 1st DayThursday, Sept. 21 Morning service, 10 a.m. Youth services, (grade 3+), 11 a.m. (tot-2nd grade) 3 p.m. Tashlich, 4:30 p.m. (Dunedin Causeway)ROSH HASHANAH 2nd DayFriday, Sept. 22 Morning service, 10 a.m.EREV YOM KIPPURFriday, Sept. 29 Kol Nidre, 7:30 p.m.YOM KIPPURSaturday, Sept. 30 Morning service, 10 a.m. Youth services, (grade 3+), 11 a.m. (tot-2nd grade) 1:30 p.m. Yizkor, 4:30 p.m. Neilah, 5:30 p.m. Break-the-Fast, 6:30 p.m.TEMPLE BNAI ISRAEL1685 S. Belcher Road, Clearwater (727) 531-5829SELICHOTSaturday, Sept. 16 Dinner and cake off, 6:30 p.m. Service, 9 p.m.EREV ROSH HASHANAHWednesday, Sept. 20 Evening service, 8 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH Thursday, Sept. 21 Tot Family Service, 9 a.m. Morning service, 10:15 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 Havdalah and Tashlich, 6 p.m. (on the beach)MEMORIAL SERVICESSunday, Sept. 24 Sylvan Abbey, 10 a.m. Curlew Hills, 11 a.m.EREV YOM KIPPURFriday, Sept. 29 Kol Nidre, 8 p.m.YOM KIPPURSaturday, Sept. 30 Tot Family service, 9 a.m. Morning service, 10:15 a.m. Afternoon service, 4:15 p.m. (includes Yizkor, Neilah) Break-the-Fast TEMPLE BETH-EL400 S. Pasadena Ave., St. Petersburg (727) 347-6136SELICHOTSaturday, Sept. 16 Program and Selichot service, 7 p.m.EREV ROSH HASHANAHWednesday, Sept. 20 Evening service, 7:30 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 1st DayThursday, Sept. 21 Family services, 9:45 a.m. Morning service, 10 a.m.ROSH HASHANAH 2nd DayFriday, Sept. 22 Morning service, 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 22 6:30 p.m. Shabbat & Tashlich (on the beach)MEMORIAL SERVICESSunday, Sept. 24 Chapel Hill, 9:30 a.m. Royal Palm, 10:30 a.m.EREV YOM KIPPURFriday, Sept. 29 Kol Nidre, 7:30 p.m.YOM KIPPURSaturday, Sept. 30 Family service, 9:45 a.m. Morning service, 10 a.m. Yizkor, 12:30 p.m. Afternoon service, 4 p.m. Neilah, 6 p.m. Break-the-Fast, 7 p.m.CONG. BNAI EMMUNAH57 Read Street, Tarpon Springs (727) 938-9000 *Services at Church on the Bayou, 409 Whitcomb Blvd., Tarpon SpringsSELICHOTSaturday, Sept. 16 Program & oneg, 7 p.m. Selichot service, 9 p.m.EREV ROSH HASHANAHWednesday, Sept. 20 Evening service, 8 p.m.*ROSH HASHANAH 1st DayThursday, Sept. 21 *Morning service, 10 a.m.*EREV YOM KIPPURFriday, Sept. 29 *Kol Nidre, 8 p.m.*YOM KIPPURSaturday, Sept. 30 *Morning service, 10 a.m. Followed by Yizkor Service Afternoon service, 4 p.m. Neilah, 6:15 p.m. Break-the-Fast, 7:20 p.m. Service at Unity of Tampa 3302 W. Horatio St. Tampa, FL 33609 (813) 701-9685EREV ROSH HASHANAHWednesday, Sept. 20 Program, 7:30 p.m. PASCO COUNTY OrthodoxCHABAD OF WEST PASCO10733 Maple Creek Drive, Suite 101, Trinity (727) 376-3366EREV ROSH HASHANAHWednesday, Sept. 20 Evening service, 7 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH Thursday, Sept. 21 Morning service, 10 a.m. Shofar sounding, 11:45 a.m. Tashlich, 6 p.m.EREV YOM KIPPURFriday, Sept. 29 Kol Nidre, 7 p.m. YOM KIPPUR Saturday, Sept. 30 Morning service, 10 a.m. Yizkor, 12:30 p.m. Afternoon service, 5:45 p.m. Neilah, 6:45 p.m. Break-the-Fast, 7:53 p.m. Conservative JCC of West Pasco9841 Scenic Drive, Port Richey (727) 847-3814SELICHOTSaturday, Sept. 16 Selichot service, 7 p.m.EREV ROSH HASHANAHWednesday, Sept. 20 Evening service, 7:30 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 1st DayThursday, Sept. 21 Morning service, 9:30 a.m. Tashlich, 3:30 p.m. (at members home, RSVP required)MEMORIAL SERVICESSunday, Sept. 24 Grace Memorial, 11 a.m. Trinity Memorial Gardens, 1:30 p.m.EREV YOM KIPPURFriday, Sept. 29 Kol Nidre, 7 p.m.YOM KIPPURSaturday, Sept. 30 Morning service, 9:30 a.m. Yizkor, 5:30 p.m. Evening service, 6 p.m. Neilah, 7 p.m. Break-the-Fast will follow HERNANDO COUNTY OrthodoxCHABAD OF SPRING HILLServices at the Brooksville Elks Lodge 13383 County Line Road, Spring Hill (352) 600-2779EREV ROSH HASHANAHWednesday, Sept. 20 Evening service, 7 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 1st DayThursday, Sept. 21 Morning service, 10 a.m. Shofar sounding, noon Kiddush to followROSH HASHANAH 2nd DayFriday, Sept. 22 Morning service, 10 a.m. Shofar sounding, noon Kiddush to followEREV YOM KIPPURFriday, Sept. 29 Kol Nidre, 6:45 p.m.YOM KIPPURSaturday, Sept. 30 Morning service, 10 a.m. Yizkor, noon Afternoon & Neilah, 5:45 p.m. Final Shofar, 7:52 p.m. Break-the-Fast to follow ReformTEMPLE BETH DAVID13158 Antelope St. Spring Hill (352) 686-7034 SELICHOTSaturday, Sept. 16 Service, 8 p.m.EREV ROSH HASHANAHWednesday, Sept. 20 Evening service, 8 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 1st DayThursday, Sept. 21 Morning service, 10 a.m. Kiddush following service Tashlich and Barbecue, 5 p.m. (at Pine Island Beach)EREV YOM KIPPURFriday, Sept. 29 Kol Nidre, 8 p.m.YOM KIPPURSaturday, Sept. 30 Morning service, 10 a.m. Yizkor, approximately 12:30 p.m. Afternoon services, 4:30 p.m. Kiddush following Break-the-Fast, approx. 6:45 p.m. Conservative Reform Humanistic Orthodox Conservative Orthodox Reform


JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 15 AUGUST 25 SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 No admission charge Not familiar with Humanistic Judaism? Visit and or call 813-701-9685 No admission charge Please Join Us for aHUMANISTIC JEWISHRosh Hashanah CelebrationwithRabbi Steven Cardonick Music, Readings, and CommentaryWednesday, September 20th, 7:30 p.m.UNITY OF TAMPA3302 W. Horatio St., Tampa, FL 33609 Wishing you a Sweet New YearLook forLeightons Honeyat your local grocery store 863-422-1773Hillel Academy students were quick to understand that they were experiencing the astronomical happening of a lifetime at their schools eclipse party on Monday, Aug. 21. Head of School Gordon Rode made sure that his students not only got to witness the eclipse, but that the encounter would be memorable and beyond the merely educational. The buzz began more than a week before. Some students pestered their teachers daily for details about the phenomenom and the schools plans for the big day. throughout the school as it made its way across the country. After lunch, the students joined together to: Rodeph Sholom tell a story about the sun and moon plates and quarters to demonstrate the science behind an eclipse. Special safety glasses ordered weeks ahead were distributed and students went outside in small groups, monitored carefully by teachers. Dont look up without your glasses, became the mantra, as teachers ensured the students followed that crucial rule. Amazement and joy ensued, as many parents came to school to experience the celestial site with their children.Hillel Academy students enjoy sights, lessons from eclipse Rabbi Josh Hearshen, wife Carrie and daughter Ayelet Students do an art project at the Eclipse Party. By JACOB McMANAMON Jewish Pressand young adults with serious medical diagnoses. sion is to change the way people look at illness, and to open up a world of support, hope and opportunity the diagnosis. Tampa, has found all that at the camp, which he began to take a photograph of the sunset when he accidentally touched the electrical wire. He was shocked badly his arm amputated and was left partially paralyzed. My mother and father looked continuously for a program I would be able to still attend after my body and mind healed more; they found it and it was a perfect as Israel and Brazil. that children with debilitating illnesses look forward nity to relax and recuperate from the physically and them the needed strength for the rest of the year. retreats, where the camp can offer a welcome changehe enjoys. Avi Davidson with a counselor on one of his previous excursions with Kids of Courage.Jewish camp provides fun atmosphere for special needs kids stant is the wonderment of a childs koach a child in the worst circumstances to still smile and


PAGE 16 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY AUGUST 25 SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 114 just converted to Judaism in NicaraguaThis woman and her young daughter were among the 114 converts to Judaism in Nicaragua. Nicaraguan men who converted to Judaism waiting for their brides prior to a Jewish wedding for 22 couples. By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN JTA newsOver the course of just a few days, the tiny Jewish community in Nicaragua more than doubled when 114 people converted to Judaism. In July, community members answered questions before a beit din, or religious court, of three Orthodox rabbis from Israel and the United States and immersed in a newly built mikvah in Managua, the Central American coun-Photos by Bonita Sussman(L-R) Moshe Omar Cohen-Henriquez speaking with beit din members Rabbi Mark Kunis, Rabbi Andy Eichenholz and Rabbi Marc Phillipe. On the far right is Even Centeno, a convert who traces his ancestry to Sephardi Jews who were forced to convert to Christianity. There was a great amount of trepidation in their faces and anxiousness because it was so important to them, and when they emerged from the mikvah the glow on their faces was amazing, said beit din member Rabbi Mark Kunis, who was ordained at Yeshiva Universitys Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and works at the Shaarei Shamayim synagogue in Atlanta. Its inspiring; the excitement that it engendered was phenomenal. At least half the candidates claimed Jewish ancestry, and most had been studying Judaism for at suing Judaism almost their entire lives, Kunis told JTA. All the candidates except one family were accepted for conversion, and one of the beit din rabbis served as a Spanish translator, since most of the candidates could not communicate in English, he said. I feel at home, Even Centeno, become Jewish. This was for me like a dream. Centeno is among the converts who trace their ancestry to Sephardic Jews forced to convert to Christianity during the Inquisition. Centeno, who converted along with his parents and sister, said he was aware of his familys Jewish ancestry since he was a young child and started learning about Judaism at the age of 11. Although Jews have been living there since the 18th century, the community numbered only about 50 in 2012 and was comprised mostly of American retirees, according to the Nicaraguan Israelite Congregation. That year, Kulanu helped facilitate the conversions of 14 people, most of whom claimed ancestry to Jewish men who had married non-Jewish Nicaraguan women. Another 14 converted in 2015, but the recent group is the largest to date. Though the Nicaraguans converted together, they follow two different leaders, said Bonita Sussman, vice president of Kulanu. The majority, including Centeno, are inspired by Hasidism and follow a local leader named Akiva Simja Fernandez, who converted to Judaism in 2012 with the help of Kulanu. Fernandez follows some Jewish customs that he learned from the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, which does not have a presence in Managua but caters to Israeli tourists in the beach town of San Juan del Sur. Fernandez and many of his folvet kippahs and wide-brimmed black hats, and sing and dance to Hasidic music during celebrations. A second group with 38 members of one extended family heeds Moshe Omar Cohen-Henriquez, who traces his ancestry to Jews from Curacao who were forced to convert to Christianity. The group adheres to Sephardi customs and has access to a mikvah, or ritual pool, adjacent to Henriquezs home. The men wear big crocheted kippahs. Prior to deciding to become Jewish, Sussman said, the conor messianism, a movement that infuses Christian belief with some elements of Jewish ritual practice. sion facilitated by Kulanu. Last year, the group brought rabbis to Madagascar to convert 121 people, building a Jewish community where none had existed. Sussman noted how the members of the Nicaraguan community relate to their Judaism. These two are unique in that one is a Sephardic and descendants of anousim and the other tends towards Hasidic kabbalistic practice, she said. Anousim is a Hebrew term for trys capital. Male converts underwent circumcisions or symbolic circumcisions if already circumcised. Three days after the conversions conducted at the Managua home of a community leader, 22 couples wed according to Jewish tradition in a Managua social hall rented for the occasion. Kulanu, a New York-based nonnities around the world seeking to learn about Judaism, had facilitated the conversions. Jews who were forced to abandon Judaism against their will. The Nicaragua group that follows Simja is distinctive in the fact that it follows customs learned from Chabad, Sussman added. converts or Kulanu.) Sussman sees the conversions as part of a larger phenomenon. This is a new trend in Jewish history, she said. In the last 100 years we have seen the Holocaust, the destruction of all Jewish communities in Arab lands and the rebuilding of a Jewish homeland. We are now entering an era of rebuilding the Jewish people. In general, while there may be some hot spots of interest in Judaism in the Western countries, for the most part serious interest in religion is a thing of the past. Today, however, the interest lies in Africa, South America and India. As Jews we must be part of this exciting new development. Kulanu is planning to send equipment to the Nicaraguans to perform kosher ritual slaughter. The big need is for kosher meat. Were planning to get them shechitah knives, Sussman said. They havent eaten meat, some of them for years. They eat vegetarThe dietary restrictions didnt seem to be a problem for Centeno, who was getting ready to cook for Shabbat, when he would be hosting 70 community members. [A]ll the community will be in my house, well do a Shabbaton, he said. Today Im preparing all the food.


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said the Schaarai Zedek clergy were enthusiastic about the idea. Seeking a site Initially Diana considered having the twins Bnai Mitzvah at Camp Coleman, but the logistics and cost for those attending was just too daunting, so she looked for some place on the water in was a farm with a lake, but the owners were unresponsive as were a few other options she looked at. Eventually, they found a resort on Tampa Bay in Ruskin. Lots of venues were not willing to go outside the box, Diana said. All the out-of-town guests stayed on the property, so there were no worries about them having to travel from a hotel to the event, Diana said, explaining that this was especially good for some Modern Orthodox guests who do not travel on Shabbat. I wanted it convenient and I also wanted the guests to have a Florida experience, with the water and sand and sunsets and outdoors, so it was not like just anywhere. The venue also offered plenty of open beachside Bnai Mitzvah service, picnic tables and rock climbing wall. With the addition of some camp-style signs and woodsy decorations, the place captured the summer camp atmosphere they wanted. After finding the venue, the next was finding a DJ. She wanted one comfortable with the rustic atmosphere, willing to add camp songs to the play list, to direct camp games such as potatosack and wheelbarrow races. After some research and interviews, she found the right guy and the kids and adults loved him, she said. Planning the details It was only after she found the venue, DJ and photographer that she said the realized she still needed to hire an event planner, who, she said, was helpful with travel logistics and the event details. The Blooms did not send out paper PAGE 3B AUGUST 25, 2017 Your Child Deserves The Best....A Day They Will Never Forget!Courtyard by Marriott Tampa OldsmarMake the Courtyard by Marriott Tampa Oldsmar your destination for all your Life Cycle Events, bar/bat mitzvah, wedding, showers, birthday or other special occasions.Amenities For more information, contact us at 813.749.17254014 Tampa Road, Oldsmar, FL 34677 By BOB FRYER Jewish PressBecause twins Eliana and Gil Bloom have different celebrate their Bnai Mitzvah could have been a problem, but their resourceful parents, Diana and Aaron Bloom, knew of one thing that binds the whole family together Jewish summer camp. just any camp, but Camp Coleman in the Appalachian Mountain foothills in north Georgia. It is where the twins, since age 6, have spent happy summers with other Jewish kids, making friends and coming to love the outdoor activities, camper camaraderie, prayer sessions also where Diana Bloom serves as head counselor each summer. Diana said that the decision to hold a camp-style Bnai Mitzvah for the twins was made when the kids were 11. However, as the twins grew older and began attending Bar and Bat Mitzvahs of friends, the parents worried that Eliana and Gil might prefer their own event to be more traditional. They neednt have fretted, as both kids loved their shared special day. The Blooms are members of Congregation Schaarai Zedek in Tampa and one of Dianas early concerns was that Rabbi Richard Birnholz would not be on board with a Bnai Mitzvah outdoors, and not at the temple. But she Camp-style Bnai Mitzvah reects this familys tiesOne of the touches that added meaning to the Bloom twins Bnai Mitzvah was that they led the outdoor service under a chuppah that has a 20-year family history and like each member of their family, has strong ties to Camp Coleman. It was the same chuppah that the twins parents, Aaron and Diana, were married under in 1997, and the same chuppah that was used for Gils bris and Elianas baby naming ceremony. The twins dad Aarons ties to Camp Coleman began when he attended the camp as a child. Then in 1992 he served on the camp staff and was re-hired to return for the summer of 1993 when he met Diana earlier that year. We met at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, a Reform seminary. We were both just in college and there was a conference there to talk about Jewish social action issues. My synagogue [in New York] sent me and Schaarai Zedek [in Tampa, where Aaron was a member] sent him, Diana said. Their romance began at the conference and Aaron quickly lined up a job for Diana at the camp that summer so they could be together. Their long-distance relationship continued and they grew closer during the summers of 1994 and 1995 they returned to the camp as staffers, with Aaron part of the camps leadership team and Diana as unit head. Aaron and Diana married on Aug. 17, 1997. Before they tied the knot, they sent squares of fabric to friends, many of whom they met at camp, asking them to decorate the squares and send them back. Those squares were sewed together to create the chuppah they were married under, with Camp Director Bobby Harris and many other friends from the camp in attendance. Harris and some of those same camp friends were also on hand for the twins Bnai Mitzvah. Following in their parents footsteps, so were friends the twins have made since 2010 when they started attending Camp Coleman, where their mom continues her association as head counselor. BOB FRYERChuppah provides more than shade at twins simcha CAMP STYLE continued on NEXT PAGE A rustic look, to make folks feel like they were at a summer camp, was the goal when it came to decorating the grounds for the Bloom twins Bnai Mitzvah. A table was decorated with Bunking area and Registration area signs to resemble what summer campers would see at Camp Coleman. A Camp EG logo was also used at many spots on the grounds in honor of Eliana and Gil Bloom.Photo by Robin Winkler


PAGE 4B AUGUST 25, 2017 CAMP STYLE invitations, instead sending out emails that directed guests to a website created just for the event. The site had its own logo, which was also used in decorations at the resort, and it listed information about airports, shuttles from the airport to the resort, the schedule of events, how to RSVP, a section on what attire to wear and a spot to leave t-shirt size information so the right size shirts would be on hand for kids and adults at a tie-dying activity. The website had information for non-Jewish guests about Bar and Bat Mitzvahs and what to expect at the service and party and there was even a page of essential information in Spanish. Many of the out of town guests were either friends that Diana and Aaron or the twins had made at the camp and traveled here from south Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New York, New Jersey and even Buenos Aires, Argentina. Most local friends came only for the Saturday events, but on Friday night there was a Shabbat walk where all invitees present dressed in white. A small group began the stroll and sang as Healy Slakman songleader at Camp Coleman and a senior at Eckerd College strummed a guitar. The procession swelled as they stopped along the way at the cabins of guests who joined the procession. Their path eventually led to a Shabbat service by the water. With dolphins surfacing in the bay waters behind them, friends of the Blooms, all current or former educators and counselors at Camp Coleman, led the service. A dinner on the lawn, as well as smores Rabbi Birnholz, Rabbi Nathan Farb and Cantor Deborrah Cannizzarro of Schaarai Zedek were present for the twins waterfront Bnai Mitzvah service on Saturday morning. It was beautiful. The sun was shining, the water in the background and Eliana and Gil doing their readings, and friends also doing readings, Diana said. The twins read from the Torah, chanted the Haftarah, led most of the service and they offered a dvar Torah, a personal interpretation of the weekly Torah portion. Immediately following the service, a party on the grounds began. The twins each had their own cake reflecting their individual tastes: Elianas was shaped like a smore and Gils depicted a kayak going down a mountain stream. Sleeping bags were used as sign-in boards and the grounds had signs posted to various places at the resort, similar to the signs used at Camp Coleman. The party food was casual, just like the event, featuring hamburgers and hot dogs, and, for dessert, ice cream. The hotdogs were kosher and veggie options were offered too, so those who keep kosher could do so. The party ended before sunset and the local invitees went home, but for the out-of-town guests at the resort, there was a wine and pizza party by the pool Saturday evening and an indoor brunch the Everyone we spoke to said it was so special and memorable, Diana said. They felt like it was very warm and they really understood our intent as to what we chose; they enjoyed the services and music and could feel our kids personalities coming through. They enjoyed the spirit and atmosphere. It was very hamish. There is no song we cant play!Klezmer, Israeli, Top 40, Salsa, Jazz, Swing and more. We also DJ, juggle, do magic, other shtick Have Instruments Will TravelLiven up your Bar or Bat Mitzvah, or Other Simcha (646) 303-3125 1-4 years in advance Begin to meet educational requirements. Set date and begin gathering information to decide format. 9 to 12 months in advance Determine budget. Plan tentative guest list. Select theme. Select and reserve site for main reception. Interview and contract with professionals including party planner, caterer Meet with synagogue staff to discuss bar/ bat mitzvah policies. 6 to 9 months in advance Reserve facilities for such functions as Shabbat ev e dinner and Sunday brunch. Select and order invitations; thank you notes. Select caterer for oneg and kiddush Reserve hotel accommodations for out-oftown guests, especially if y our event is in season. Complete guest list and collect addresses. 4 to 6 months in advance Send Save The Date cards. Order any imprinted items, like yarmulkes, napkins. Recontact caterer, restaurant or hotel with approximate number of guests. Make menu selections. Make a list of clothing needs. reception. 2 to 3 months in advance Help with childs speec h. Purchase religious items suc h as yarmulke and tallit. Have photogr aph(s) taken for signin board/book, synagogue bulletin, newspaper. Finalize bakery order such as c hallah for kiddush and bar/bat mitzvah cake. 6-8 weeks in advance Mail and address invitations. Y ou may want to send to out-of-towners eariler. Send announcement to the synagogue bulletin. 4 weeks in advance Finalize hotel reservations and plan hospitality baskets for out-of-to wn guests. Determine transportation arrangements as needed. Send announcement and photo to the Jewish Press. Finalize arrangements with r abbi, i.e. aliyot honors. Complete candle lighting or other reception presentation. 2 weeks in advance Draw up seating plan. Make place cards. Final week schedules. caterer. Deliver items, i.e, y armulke and programs to synagogue. Deliver hospitality baskets to the hotel. Rehearsal at the synagogue. Relax and enjoy!Bar/Bat Mitzvah Planning Calendar Photos by Robin Winkler


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PAGE 6B AUGUST 25, 2017 Included for every Bar or Bat Mitzvah: ( ) Magician DAVID FLETCHER DAVID FLETCHER Phone ( 727 ) ( 718 ) 885-3038 Ready... ...Go! By JORDANA HORN Kveller via JTAWhen my oldest son became a Bar Mitzvah, we had a congregational kiddush luncheon in his honor, and a small party for him and his friends that evening. Instead of having the grand blowout party that seems to be the general expectation in my New Jersey suburb, we opted to go to Israel instead. It was the best decision I possibly could have made for these reasons (among others): 1. Visiting Israel is not just any trip. Sure, we could have gone to Paris or Punta Cana, or to see penguins in Antarctica, for that matter. But the trip to see the Jewish state is a special one, and one I wanted to save as a special one to honor my son becoming a Bar Mitzvah. The implicit message I wanted to send my son was this: You have just pledged yourself as a full member of the people of Israel. We happen to live in an era of history in which Jews not only live in, but also govern, Israel. You, my son, are part of this history. The lives of the people who live here are inextricably intertwined with yours; the history that happened here is your history. Lets go see your world. 2. You get to focus on the mitzvah rather than the bar. When you take your kid to Israel, you dont have to stress about the alcohol per head at your event. Instead, you get to think about the good deed you are doing by taking your child somewhere truly important and showing your kid that the world is bigger than the small sphere carved out for them at middle school. When your child attends a school where there are many lavish parties, the bar continues to be raised as to the parties. Worrying about the party takes an inordinate amount of the time, effort and money when planning for a child to become a bar or bat mitzvah. I was very grateful to take that worry out of the equation. 3. The math works in your favor. For the complete cost of a lavish four-hour, 200-plus person party, you can have a weeklong vacation in one of the most fascinating places in the world. The photos you will take on your iPhone of your family in front of the Western Wall will be more precious to you than the professionally taken photos of your guests with cocktails in hand. The stronger sense of self and history that comes from this trip is, of course, priceless. 4. Israel is delicious. cannot equal the pleasure of Israels food. Whether you want to try kosher gourmet street food at Crave in Jerusalem (tell them I sent you), incredible gelato at Anitas in Tel Aviv or savory falafel with hummus and tahini basically anywhere, you will be happy and full. 5. More time equals more memories. While I am sure we would have wonderful memories of my son and extended family and friends at a blowout party, I will say I am profoundly grateful to have made the decision I made to go to Israel instead. While in Israel, we did everything from sample a Hanukkah sufganiya (doughnut) per day (at least!) to arguing about the out.) and about the Israeli Declaration of Independence in the hall where it was signed. The memories forged in Israel are profound. 6. Israel is family. In going to Israel with my children, I wanted to set the scene that Israel is more than a backdrop for a one-off family trip it is a place where I hope they will return, with me and other family members and friends, to learn, to travel and to grow. I took a picture of them in front of the Western Wall and told them, Every time you come here, you stand right here and take a picture of yourself, so that you will see how the stones dont change and how you do. And when they take those pictures, they will be able to frame them next to the pictures of their own mother standing in the same spot as a 13-year-old, as a 16-year-old, etc. And last, and certainly least: 7. Nobody will miss your party. Look, I am a huge proponent of celebrating simchas. But not a single person has said to me, You know, I feel bad you decided to go to Israel instead of having a party. I really missed the opportunity to look at you in an expensive dress and shout over a DJ as I eat elaborate hors doeuvres while drinking themed cocktails. And I didnt miss it either. While I love celebrating with my friends at their parties, I have to say that I felt relieved to not have had to think or worry about my own. The weeks go by and my son goes to several parties like this a month. I am not sure he will really be able to distinguish one from another when all is said and done. At the end of the day, I dont want to impress my friends and neighbors I want to impress upon my son what it means to be part of the Jewish people. And for that goal, this trip was a great success. Kveller is a thriving community of women and parents who convene online to share, celebrate and commiserate their experiences of raising kids through a Jewish lens. Visit This story is reprinted by permission of The original can be found at by Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90A bar mitzvah at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.Why we went to Israel for my sons Bar Mitzvah instead of having big partyGet your Bar/Bat Mitzvah noticed in the Jewish PressAs the time nears for your childs Bar/Bat Mitzvah, you will want to let the community know by announcing it in the Jewish Press. or To have a form sent to you, contact the Jewish Press at or call (727) 535-4400. Black and white or color photographs are acceptable (no color copies or digital prints). The photo may mailed or e-mailed to as a JPG or TIF. Photos should be clear headshots and if emailed must be high resolution. There is a $5 charge to cover the cost of reproducing the photo. The completed form should be sent approximately a month in advance. 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By DEBORAH FINEBLUM JNS.orgWhen the time came to plan her older sons Bar Mitzvah nine years ago, Stacie Bartfeld freely admits she knew it was coming up. But I work and didnt have the time to start from scratch, she says. And when it comes to putting together a Bar Mitzvah, I didnt have a clue. So when she heard about Bar/ Bat Mitzvah planning pros who can take the sting out of what can be a stressful experience, the San Diego mom was sold. But alas, her husband, Neil, was resistant to time she spoke with event planner Sherrill Kinsler Gilford, it was from the privacy of her walk-in closet, where she was certain not to be overheard. consulting with Gilford were impressive, including helping with such basics as the food, dcor, prizes and music, for their roughly 200 guests. And I knew that, no matter what came up in advance or even on the day of, she would intercept it, she says. As Bar/Bat Mitzvah festivities around the country trend towards more elaborate and complicated undertakings, the event planner recalls her own brothers relatively straightforward rite of passage celebration. After the service, there was some food and a little dancing and then everyone went home, says Gilford, who runs RSVP Events of San Diego with Rachel Wood. Now there are so many moving parts that having us onboard means they can actually enjoy their own simcha (joyous occasion). That was a common theme with the event planners interviewed by From big-picture decisions, like helping clients choose from what can be an overabundance of competing venues, caterers and music options, to minutia like running around at the last minute in hot pursuit of batteries for table centerpieces, planners can take some of the weight off parents shoulders. They can also acquaint parents with the latest trends. Among them, according to Terri Bergman of Washington, D.C.-based Terri Bergman Events, is one toward unassigned seating and shorter parties, as well as environments rather than the more traditional concept of themes. Weve even recreated [New Yorks] Central Park, says Bergman, who cheerfully admits to being known for stepping out of the box a little. With many of her clients spending anywhere from $20,000 to $150,000 on their childrens Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Bergman has orable event coincided with the great Northeastern U.S. blizzard of 2001. Her clients were insistent on holding their Bar/Bat Mitzvah parties regardless of the snow piling up all around them. The upshot was that many young guests from a different canceled Bar Mitzvah came to her clients party. Bergman approached the local Hummer dealership to rent their tanklike vehicle to pick up stranded vendors and band members, the planner recalls. Against all odds, the show went on, Bergman says. The show itself is often an extravaganza when its in Beverly Hills. So says Mindy Weiss, whose business, Mindy Weiss Party Consultants, serves an elite clientele in southern California. When theyre hiring me, theyre getting heavy dcor and often name acts, such as music producer and radio personality DJ Khaled, Weiss reports. In Hollywood, anything is possible, she says. Weiss highly recommends that and dads hire an event planner. Yes, its a luxury, but it also takes off the stress. The rabbis say there is too much bar and not enough mitzvah today. We can help by freeing the parents to spend time with their child, she says. San Diego-based Gilford strongly agrees, saying, When we run the party, the family and the Bar or Bat Mitzvah child can focus on the service. Thats the basic idea of hiring us. For Weiss, the Bar/Bat Mitzvah experience is all about transitions and transformations. They practice and work on this for months, and they go from being a child to a young adult who can get up in front of everyone and read from the Torah and speak from the heart, she says. Theyre communicating and participating and that demands a new a maturity, Weiss adds. Perhaps the highest praise for having a planner came from Neil Bartfeld, who went from skeptic to believer in a few short months. He cornered the planner, Gilford, secure a promise to direct their younger sons celebration three years later. What changed my mind? I could see how easy things were made for us, with her taking care of vendors and all the other details, he says nine years later. All we had to do was concentrate on enjoying ourselves. So it was a nobrainer to book her for the second one, too. Even if their connections with vendors dont serve to recoup the entire cost of a planners services, the father notes that what you do recoup is some of your sanity and that is also very valuable. 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From Bar/Bat Mitzvah to Weddings Your Event Headquarters Tables, Chairs, Linens, Chair Covers, China, Silver, Stemware, Tents, Stages, Star of David Candelabras, Dance Floors, Chuppah and much more!Serving Extended Tampa Bay Area(727) 381-3111 VISIT OUR SHOWROOM7171 22nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg(just west of Tyrone Square Mall) Owned and operated by the Pinsker family since 1960 rent-all city inc. By THAIS LEON-MILLER Jewish PressNatalie Feldman, who grew up Christian, converted to Judaism not long after the loss of her brother in 1988. Feldman said that she didnt convert for marriage; she converted on her own because she was drawn to the religion. I converted because I bought in, she said. Judaism to me was the most poetic. All the symbolism is life-based. I was just so brought to how human Judaism is. Feldman was unable to Bat Mitzvah her eldest daughter, Sinclair, due to poor timing in her personal life and living in a place without a day school or strong Jewish presence. So when it was time for her twin daughters to come of age, she committed to making it a genuine and important experience for the family, especially since they didnt have a strong familial background in Judaism. As Feldman put it, there were no bubbes and zaydas around to help foster the spirit of the community. The girls took private Hebrew lessons at Temple Ahavat Shalom in Palm Harbor each week for over a year to prepare. Both girls attended Safety Harbor Middle School and Feldman said she was a little nervous about how many of their non-Jewish school friends would show up to the service. To her and the girls surprise, not only did a lot of their fellow students come, a lot of their teachers did as well. Thinking about guests also motivated the family to come up with creative ideas. The candle lighting presented this really bizarre conundrum of singling out people to come up when everyone there is a beloved guest, said Feldman. I found the solution to that on the Internet, which I love. You actually put the candle on the table and you go from table-to-table and speak to the people at the table. The girls went around the room and spoke to each group. Feldman was tearful while describing seeing her girls working hard to get the words just right and staying dedicated to the idea of tikkun olam repairing the world throughout the entire Bnot Mitzvah process. They are very different, and they like being different, but they collaborated a lot, said Feldman, before saying how proud she was of them.Glowing bars and cotton candy cocktails a popular trend for teens at Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. Capturing spirit of the community infuses Bnot Mitzvah planningWhen Natalie Feldman began planning the Bnot Mitzvah with her twin daughters, Peyton and Landry, she knew she wanted them to do something special for their mitzvah project. It was important for Feldman that the girls worked on a project that was helpsomething that tied them to the Jewish homeland. I wanted to do something locally and something in Israel, said Feldman. Partly because I wanted the girls to have connectivity to Israel when they go one day. Israel is a place on a map and a place we talk about, but they dont really know what its about. I wanted them to have something they already know and identify Israel with. After doing an Internet search and researching the company to make sure they were legitimate, Feldman found their Israeli cause in Kishorit, an agency that provides services for special needs adults through a variety of services including nursing care, vocational training and employment opportunities. Peyton and Landry planned to hold a mah jongg tournament to raise funds for a to schedule with so many tournaments already happening locally. So the girls changed gears and asked for donations in lieu of gifts. The invitation asked friends and family to make a donation either to Temple Ahavat Shalom or Kishorit, directing them to the websites. Feldman said they did not want to know how much each person donated, but wanted to be able to get a list of donors so the girls could personally thank each donor. The Friends of Kishoret organization told Feldman that about $2,500 was donated in her twins honor. The family also found a way to make Kishorit part of the actual Bnot Mitzvah celebration at the Palm Harbor temple. Among the many businesses the organization runs in conjunction with its outreach to special needs individuals, is a vineyard and winery, which annually bottles 56,000 bottles of wine. Some of that wine was served during the party. Feldman said she was also inspired to create items that would be helpful for When the girls visit Israel one day, they will be able to say they helped the Kishorit and feel an attachment to it already, said Feldman. 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PAGE 9B AUGUST 25, 2017 By JAMIE SHAPIRO Jewish PressIf you could do over it again, what would you like to rewind and play again from your Bar/Bat Mitzvah? Is the horror of chanting your Torah portion still haunting you? Do you wish youd chosen a different theme? Would you rewrite your speech, mostly composed by your mom? This is what reBar, a branch of the Reboot creative network, has been asking since it founded the program in 2013. The answers, when it is asked of Jews in their 20s and 30s, opens a dialogue for considering and sharmunity, belonging and Jewish inheritance and practice, said Tanya Schevitz, national communications and San Francisco program manager for Reboot. Going back for a fresh take on the bar or bat mitzvah that time of transition a decade or two earlier translates to the creation of goforward paths of Jewish discovery and meaning, Schevitz said. Online at there are stories and photos of Bar /Bat Mitzvahs past and even DIY kits, offering ideas on how to reBar solo, in a small group or as a community event. ReBar has hosted several storytelling shows in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago where people performed their Bar/Bat Mitzvah stories in front of a live audience. One performer was illustrator Lisa Brown, who performed with her husband, Daniel Handler, better known by his pen name, Lemony Snicket. The two went through her Bat Mitzvah album channeling how her grandmother would have perceived the event, with Handler acting as her grandmother. ReBar has also set up booths, where people answered the questions on a poster, and they put up a rebar photo booth, that allowed portant to them at 13 and what is important to them now, at events. While the target audience for the Reboot project is for young adults, the project has engaged adults of all ages. We want our audience to reand commit to engaging with their community now and in the future, Schevitz said. I feel that reBar is a powerful project.ReBar asks adults to reminisce, reect, reimagine their Bar/Bat Mitzvah Daniel Schifrin, left, a novelist and short story writer, wrote on the reBar website that one of the things he obsessed over for his August 1981 Bar Mitzvah was his hair. I was 13, the girls in my class all loved Parker Stevensons blowdried hair (the real star of the Hardy Boys TV show), and I was saddled my ears pointing sideways like the Steve Martin arrow-throughthe-head posters gracing the bedrooms. As I sat in Hebrew school I shuddered to think about being up on the bima, my curls levitating and separating as I sat on the oversized chair next to the rabbi, imagining my friends imagining me being Steve Martinized. I wanted to take the yad and stick it through my ears, ending the horror. By RANDI MAZZELLA My son is in the 7th grade, which means he is in the middle of his Bar Mitzvah year. It has been an exciting and busy time for him. In addition to preparing for and having his own Bar Mitzvah, he has been fortunate to be invited to celebrate at the bar and bat mitzvahs of many of his friends. Of course, he has had a lot of fun attending all the great parties. But beyond that, this year has allowed him to learn valuable life lessons including The satisfaction of accomplishing a goal: Many of us take for granted that our children are going to become Bnai Mitzvahs because we know so many children that have already accomplished this goal. But it is still pretty awesome! Our kids learn a foreign language and then speak (and sing) in this language in front of a large audience. My son had doubts when he started this process and voiced concerns over embarrassing himself publicly. But he had nothing to be worried about. With a lot of hard work and the support of a great tutor, he was service and beautifully read from the Torah. My husband and I were incredibly proud of him, and even more important, he was really proud of himself. 2. Prayers and Blessings: My son has spent more time at Temple Bnai Jeshurun in Short Hills NJ, the past few months than he did in the last 13 years combined. My son has been there almost weekly for his friends Saturday services as well as a few Friday nights. He also went weekly for his own Bar Mitzvah lessons and studied Torah at home daily. While Hebrew school certainly teaches kids the basics, my son will learn more this year because he is submerged in prayers and blessings on a regular basis. This should make him much more comfortable in temple and willing to participate. 3. Wearing dress clothes: Prior to this year, my sons idea of dressed up was wearing his athletic pants that did not have a hole in the knee. It has been a treat for me to see him get all dressed up, and even he has started to embrace his more formal attire. Trying to occasions can be a challenge even for grown ups. The bnai mitzvah year has given my son the chance to learn the difference between cocktail attire, club attire, and smart casual preferred. Dressing up sets the tone for behaving a certain way, which leads us to the next lesson 4. Manners: The year has been a great opportunity for me to teach my son about manners. We have discussed at length how to be a good guest. When you get an invite, RSVP on time. If you accept an invitation, show up. If you have to arrive at the service late, walk in quietly. In services, pay attention. Dont talk or play on your phone. Congratulate the Bnai Mitzvah and let them know they did a great job. Be an active party guest dance, eat, and engage with friends (again, stay off the phone). When you arrive or leave, if you can, thank the host for inviting you. And after your own Bar Mitzvah, send timely, handwritten thank you notes. 5. Supporting friends: On the Friday night of my own sons Bar Mitzvah service, a handful of his close friends came to support him. Seeing them in the audience made my son smile. His friends gave up their Friday night, put on dress clothes, and sat in temple for over an hour just because he is important to them. The next day I was pleasantly surprised by the number of kids who attended the service especially since the party wasnt until the evening and a lot of them missed other events (like sports) to be there. Friendships at this age can change, but throughout the weekend, my son felt truly supported by his friends. It is a feeling he wants to pass on as he attends other Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. This story originally appeared on the website and is reprinted with permission. To view the original, go to http://www.kveller. com/5-important-lessons-my-sonlearned-during-his-bar-mitzvah-year/Lessons my son learned during his Bar Mitzvah year


PAGE 10B AUGUST 25, 2017 For information, call Lauree Carnes at 813.207.6635, email or visit Hyatt. Youre More Than Welcome. In a move that countered tradition, the Halprins decided to use electronic invitations, or e-vites, for the Bnai Mitzvah of cousins Rehna Halprin and Abrianna Lalle. The virtual invitations saved the families hundreds of dollars on paper invitations, the hassle of tracking down the addresses of more than 200 guests and allowed guests to respond in a matter of moments. The e-vites also allowed much more customizing, according to the Halprins. You could add pictures and change the colors depending on what the girls wanted and who was receiving the invitation, explained Rehnas dad, Mike. Once the responses were received, it made it easy to send reminders, directions Shabbat eve dinner and Sunday brunch.An invitation to changeNothing not even a 230mile, four-hour car ride could keep cousins and best friends, Rehna Halprin and Abrianna Lalle, apart for their Bat Mitzvah. The girls basically decided that they were going to do this together and share it, and then they left the adults to handle the logistics, said Abriannas mom, Debbie Halprin. Debbie and her two girls live in Weston, although her roots are in St. Petersburg where Rehna and her parents, Natalya and Mike Halprin, still reside. The girls dreamed up plans via frequent text messages, FaceTime calls and during summers at Camp Shalom near Ocala. It was actually nothing new for the families. Almost 40 years ago, Michael and Debbie fondly recall their sisters shared her Bat Mitzvah with a cousin. It also made sense for their large shared family members to come for one big cele bration instead of asking them especially the out-of-towners to make the trip to Florida twice in a matter of months. But while it sounded like a great idea, there were complications, particularly when it came to discrepancies in the girls Hebrew training. Rehna had been attending Hebrew school regularly in preparation for her bat mitzvah, but Abrianna, who was used to attending a Chabad center in South Florida, had little to no Hebrew training. In the months leading up to the big day, Abrianna worked diligently to teach her self Hebrew. With very little outside help, she used some online resources to help her perfect her pronunciation. When it came time for the ceremony at Temple Beth-El in St. Petersburg, both girls performed admirably, mom Debbie said. On the big day, friends and family members gathered to support the cousins, including a very special guest, Rehnas grandmother from Russia. Unfortunately, Rehnas grandfather from Russia declined to attend, not fully understanding the sigsion he later regretted upon seeing photos of the ceremony and party, according to the family. As a tribute to mom Natalyas Russian heritage and her family visiting from Russia, Rabbi Michael Torop incorporated a prayer in Russian into the service. It was a lovely thing for the rabbi to do this for us, Debbie said. Following the formal Bnai Mitzvah service on Shabbat morning, attended by close friends and family members, there was a luncheon in the temple social hall. Later that night, 200 guests attended the Bnai Mitzvah celebration at a rented mansion in Tampa JAMIE SHAPIRO Grandmothers share joy at the Bnai Mitzvah of Rehna Halprin, second from left, and Abrianna Lalle. Far left, Rehnas grandmother who came from Russia for the occasion, Zoya Tatarkina, and far right, Bette Schroeder, bubbe to both girls.Cousins bridge distance divide to celebrate together By JAMIE SHAPIRO Jewish PressOn a sweltering September Saturday dur ing Labor Day weekend 2016, two cousins Rehna Halprin and Abrianna Lalle shared their Bat Mitzvah, celebrating afterward ter. While the girls shared the big day, for the most part, the planning was not. Since Abrianna and mom Debbie Halprin live 230 miles south in Weston, and the service was at Temple Beth-El in St. Petersburg, and the party was at a rented mansion in Tampa, Rehnas parents, Natalya and Mike Halprin, were responsible for getting all together. I was actively planning the party for only about two months before, Natalya said. But we had been brainstorming for well over a year. Originally from Russia and wanting to incorporate her heritage into the big event, Natalya won the girls OK for a Russian winter wonderland theme. Shopping for the September event began as far back as nine months before the Bnot Mitzvah. I would just go to the stores during the Christmas season and buy anything that This advanced shopping proved to come in handy when the hired decorators discovered it much harder to acquire the winter dcor during the summer than they antici pated. To create the wintery scene, Natalya put up Christmas trees, big and small, laced with decorative icicles and lights. Giant, icebergs shaped from Styrofoam were left added periodically for effect. Natalya also commis sioned an ice bar for the event, dispensing shots of vodka to the of-age guests. What could be more Russian than an ice bar and vodka? Natalya joked. A selection of caviar added more Russian To keep both adults and children enter tained, Natalya came up with the idea to separate the two groups; having a kids party on the and a more laid back adult party on the back patio. We basically had two different parties in the same place, said Mike. The two groups did come together briefly for the cousins unique and non-traditional candle lighting. For the candle light ing the Halprins handed out 200 electronic candles to guests. The candles were cool because they turn on when they come in contact with water, Mike said. With their 200 guests gathered around the mansions patio, Rehna and Abrianna thanked everyone in attendance before each guest threw their water-activated candle into the pool. It was incredible, Mike said. All those Party proves COOL idea candles lighting up at once. Im really proud of how the party came together, Natalya said. While both the Halprins will admit that planning a bat mitzvah for not one, but two, teenage girls had its stressful moments, both agreed all the planning was worth it and created memories for the two cousins that will last a lifetime.(L-R) Abrianna Lalle, her cousin Rehna Halprin and Rehnas sister Elizabeth are shown in front of their sign-in board. In the background are some of the Russian-inspired winter wonderland decorations. Mitzvahs unique candle lighting. In keeping with the Russian connection to the party, vodka was dispensed from an ice sculpture. The girls friends danced the night away in their own nightclub.


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