Jewish Press of Pinellas County

Material Information

Jewish Press of Pinellas County
Place of Publication:
Clearwater, FL
Jim and Karen Dawkins
Publication Date:


newspaper ( sobekcm )
Spatial Coverage:
United States -- Florida -- Pinellas -- Clearwater
27.90731 x -82.744957

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of Florida
Holding Location:
University of Florida
Rights Management:
Copyright, Jewish Press of Pinellas County. Permission granted to University of Florida to digitize and display this item for non-profit research and educational purposes. Any reuse of this item in excess of fair use or other copyright exemptions requires permission of the copyright holder.


This item is only available as the following downloads:

Full Text


By BOB FRYER Jewish PressWhen Eric Lynn met President Barack Obama in the White House in September 2010 to seek funding the Israels Iron Dome defensive missile system, he recalled a time two years earlier when he stood with Obama, then a U.S. senator running for president, in Sderot, Israel. Lynn, a native of St. Petersburg and currently a board member of the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties, worked for candidate Obama as a Middle East policy advisor. He and Dan Shapiro, also a Middle East policy advisor and fundraiser for Obama, had put together a trip to Israel for Obama in July 2008. While there, they visited the southern town of Sderot, located less than 9 miles from the Gaza strip. The locals had gathered many from Gaza and stacked them next to the local police station. With the pile of rockets as backdrop, ...I can assure you that if I dont even care if I was a politician if somebody was sending rockets into my house where my two daughters sleep at night, Im going to do everything in my power to stop that. And I would expect Israelis to do the same thing. 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 33758-6970Photo by David Buimovitch/Flash90 Just a nosh.. Just a nosh..Complied from JTA news service ADVERTISEMENT VOL. 32, NO. 9 ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA NOVEMBER 17 30, 2017 16 PAGES Join our page @ Meet Miss Lisa, Did you know?one of the Jewish Community Camps amazing counselors as well as the camps resident artist. At camp, Miss Lisa inspires budding Picassos and Kahlos with creative projects, and outside of camp she teaches young ones in Temple Bnai Israels religious school and runs her own art company, Brush Strokes. The Jewish Community Camp is a yearround place for fun, with day-long activities held on all Pinellas County closure days. Visit to see dates, prices, and register! rfntb fnf The Jewish FederationOF PINELLAS & PASCO COUNTIES, FLf f DO GOOD EVERYWHERE. FROM ANYWHERE. Local mans dogged support for Iron Dome helps save lives of Israelis and PalestiniansAn Iron Dome missle defense battery shown in 2014 near the southern Israeli town of Ashdod. For more holiday events, See Page 11.The Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties will once again host a special family Hanukkah party on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 12:30 p.m. Spearheaded by the PJ Library Community Council, the council is calling the event, Be the Light: Hanukkah Party & Toy Drive. Activities will include a festive dairy brunch at Ruth Eckerd Hall in the Mar garete Heye Great Room, where attendees will enjoy holiday favorites like latkes, jelly doughnuts, entertainment and activities appropriate for children 2 to 11. Among the activities planned are balloon animals, holiday crafts, PJ Library story time and a photo booth. The program incorporates Jewish traditions and aims to provide a cultural experience appropriate for children of all faiths and backgrounds. The program is specifically designed to emphasize a message of inclusion. We want to welcome all types of families, whether there is one Jewish parent, two Jewish parents, a single parent, LGBTQ parents, grandparents, blended families, Jews by Choice and people who just love the beauty of Jewish culture all are wanted and included, said event committee member Susie Schwartz.Hanukkah party for all types of familiesA blockbuster exhibit, Operation Finale: The Capture & Trial of Adolf Eichmann will open at the Florida Holocaust Museum Feb. 10 and its curator, career Mossad agent Avner Avraham, will be the keynote speaker for the museums annual To Life gala the same day. in the United States to fully document the pursuit, capture, extradition, and trial of one the most notorious escaped Nazi war criminals. The St. Petersburg museum will be just the fourth stop for the exhibit in the U.S. After its original exhibition in Israel, it was adapted for the American audience with showings in Cleveland, Skokie, IL and New York City. Fifty-six years ago, Eichmann, who had been in charge of transporting millions of European Jews to death camps, sat in a courtroom for a trial that would be among Mega exhibit on capture, trial of Adolf Eichmann opens in FebruaryIron Dome was a key topic when Israeli Minister of Defense Ehud Barak, right, met with US Secretary of Defense Bob Gates, left, at the Pentagon in summer 2010. St. Petersburg native Eric Lynn, seated at the head of the table, served as special advisor on the staunch proponent of the Iron Dome system. PARTY continued on PAGE 3 MEGA EXHIBIT continued on PAGE 16 IRON DOME continued on PAGE 15 A portion of the traveling exhibit, Operation Finale: The Capture & Trial of Adolph Eichmann and, its curator, Avner Avraham, a career Mossad agent who will be the guest speaker at the annual Florida Holocaust Museum To Life gala. Jewish familys adopted son accused of scrawling Hitler slur on preschool A Florida teenager who was adopted by a Jewish family is accused of trashing a Jewish preschool and scrawling a statement mentioning Hitler. Michael Dami, 19, is accused of breaking in the Naples Preschool of the Arts, part of the Chabad Jewish Center, last month, causing thousands of dollars worth of damage and writing with a red lipstick on a wall inside: ! YOU JEWS NEVER! LEARN!! HEIL HITLER! CNBC2 reported. Police said he was caught on surveillance video. guisher to start smashing televisions and bookshelves and other equipment, according to Lt. Seth Finman of the Naples Police Department. Dami struggles with drugs and mental health, his adopted father said. Damis charges because the incident could potentially be treated as a hate crime.Kuwait Airways can ban Israeli passengers, German court rulesKuwait Airways may bar Israeli citizens from boarding its planes in Germany, a Frankfurt court ruled. Jewish and political leaders in Germany criticized the ruling handed down Nov. 16 by the district court. The plaintiff, an Israeli student living in Frankfurt, will appeal, his lawyer said. This is a shameful ruling for democracy and for Germany, attorney Nathan Gelbart told the German news agency dpa. Gelbart is the German counsel for The Lawfare Project, a New York-based litigation fund for Israelis who allege civil rights violations. originate in Frankfurt with a stopover in Kuwait. When the state-owned airline found out the students nationality, it canceled his ticket, referring to a 1964 law that bars any agreements with Israeli citizens. Adar M. demanded damages. The court said it was unreasonable to expect an airof its state and having to face legal consequences at home. The court added that it was not within its jurisdiction to decide whether Kuwaiti law was reasonable. But Frankfurt Mayor Uwe Becker said in a statement that an airline that practices discrimination and antinot be allowed to take off or land in Frankfurt, or at any other airport in Germany. This Kuwaiti law, that is deeply anti-Semitic and that forbids the transport of Israelis, cannot be legal grounds for the violation of international standards. In January 2016, Kuwait Airways dropped its 35-yearold route between New York City and London after the U.S. Department of Transportation found the airline was breaking American law by barring passengers based on nationality. The decision followed an appeal by an Israeli citizen against a negative ruling by the department. In late October, Germanys minister of transport, Alexander Dobrindt, ordered a Transport Ministry investigation into whether Kuwait Airways discriminatory policy


PAGE 2 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY NOVEMBER 17 30, 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 PRESS.To RECEIVE THE PAPER or for ADDRESS CHANGES, Call (727) 530-3223 Go to info@jewishpinellas.orgDECE MBER 1Hanukkah editionPress Release ........Nov 17 Advertising .............Nov 21DECE MBER 15Press Release ..........Dec 1 Advertising ...............Dec 5JANUAR Y 12Press Release ........Dec 29 Advertising ...............Jan 2 Be the LightPartYand TOY DRIVE C H A N U K A H A great story of TRIUMPH, FRIED FOOD, GIFTS, and MUSIC makes CHANUKAH a great Jewish holiday to celebrate! join the Jewish Federation and bring your friends for an INCLUSIVE, FAMILY-FRIENDLY CHANUKAH PARTY! December 17, 2017 12:30pm $25 per family Ruth eckerd hall Margarete Heye Great Roomtickets at 727-530-3223 or bring a toy to donate to INCLUSIVE MEANS YOU! TWO JEWISH PARENTS ONE JEWISH PARENT JEWISH GRANDPARENTS LGBTQ, JEWISH-CURIOUS, OBSERVANT, JEWS BY CHOICE, BLENDED FAMILIES, SINGLE PARENTS, ADOPTED FAMILIES, ANYONE WHO LOVES THE BEAUTY OF THE JEWISH CULTURE KOSHER LAWS OBSERVED JEWIShCOMMUNITY CAMP winter break camp!DEC 26-29 AND JAN 2-5 8:30 AM 5 PM At the home of the Jewish Community Camp 1685 S. Belcher Road, Clearwater $40 per day Lets spend time on our beautiful campus doing all of our favorite camp things: singing, dancing, playing sports, getting wet and messy, cooking and eating with Community integrity compassion courage responsibility & Tenacity. registration at: jewishcommunitycamp.orgSchool's out, fun's in! Dec 3 CBI Chase the Dreidel 5KDec 8 Young Adult Shakshuka Shabbat DinnerDec 12 Chabad of Clearwater Chanukah ExtravaganzaDec 17 Be the Light Chanukah Party & Toy DriveDec 24 Young Adult Division Vodka LatkeJan 27-29 TBE Art FestivalFeb 8 Cardozo & Montefiore Societies EventFeb 10 Florida Holocaust Museums Annual To Life GalaFeb 25 Tampa Bay Jewish Food Festival & Purim CarnivalMar 11 CBI Chaivana Nights GalaMar 24 Gulf Coast Golf Like a Rock StarMar 25 Tampa Bay Jewish Film FestivalApr 15 Jewish Heritage Festival Israel@70Apr 29 Sonya Miller Women of Distinction


JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 3 NOVEMBER 17 30, 2017 Emilie SocashExecutive Director, Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties Perspective Perspective Neil Horowitz, CRPC, AWMA Vice President, Private Client Relationship Manager 727-201-5538 / NMLS #641850 rfOur strategy is simple. Provide solid, straightforward financial solutions that are in the best interest of our clients. With the resources of a regional bank and the agility of a community bank, our clients benefit from wide variety of products that are delivered by experienced professionals in a personalized manner. Neil Horowitz is a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor and Accredited Wealth Management Advisor with over 17 years of banking industry experience. He works closely with clients in Tampa Bay to develop comprehensive plans for their personal and business financial Lenny s Lenny s 21220 U.S. 19 NorthJust south of Drew St. and north of S.R. 60727.799.0402Curing meal at a time for 30+ yearsBest Breakfast in Clearwater! s Serving Breakfast & Lunch Anytime 6am 3pm ~ 7 days a week Jewish-style deli & much more! OUR MENU IS INTERNATIONAL... FRENCH TOAST, CHILI, OUR FAMOUS DANISH AND, OF COURSE, JEWISH! I fondly remember the episode of Seinfeld (season 8, air date April 24, 1997), in which Jerrys dentist Tim Whatley (played by Bryan Cranston) converts to Judaism for the jokes, and the show culminates in a fellow dentist standing up for Whatley in calling Jerry an anti-dentite bastard. (For die-hards, this is also the episode that introduces yadayada-yada). The entire episode was a light-hearted romp emphasizing how Jewish humor was becoming mainstream. Some 20 years later, I have to ask, Is it good for the Jews? Jordan Klepper a long-time featured correspondent on The Daily Show branched off to develop his own show, The Opposition, in which he presents a fringe-friendly version of the truth that seeks to rise above the partisan hackery of the mainstream media. I havent seen the show, but regularly see the ads on Comedy Central. In one, Klepper notes that Trump has reduced something or other by 90 percent, and snarks, Thats one hell of a bris! the last name of Klepper is German and means gossip, and also is a word used for the person who would call people to synagogue by rattling a stick. Chances are high that the guy who jokes about the bris has had one. Why I found this particular show promo so notable is that the word bris isnt as commonplace as many other Jewish concepts that have invaded the commonplace vernacular of modern-day America. Im used to hearing about someone self-identifying as a klutz, complaining about how far they had to schlep their kids here or there, noting that the party tonight is really just a big schmooze-fest, and judging someone for having the chutzpah to suggest cash-only gifts for their wedding. But bris? Have we entered an age in which circumcision is getting its time in the comedic (and everyday) spotlight? Whats next? Entertainers have a special role in introducing and shaping concepts in the mainstream mindset, and Id argue that those in the majority (primarily those of non-Ashkenazi European descent) get their socially acceptable cues from those in the minority (Jews and non-white individuals) when we talk about our own cultures. In other words, if Klepper uses bris to joke about a reduction, the non-Jews out there will start picking up on the trend. Another case in point: Sarah Silverman, acclaimed raunchy-squeaky comedienne-actress has a long track record of offering insightful-yetcaustic, far-left liberal ideas in her stand-up and televised comedy. About a month back, she launched a new weekly show called I Love You America, in which she sets out to bridge divides between political viewpoints and place the spotlight on commonalities in an upbeat way. Knowing that shes the type that pushes the envelope, Shane and naked people in the front row; with the brazen reference to the manbehind-the-desk as a source of comfort for those seeking a traditional late-night show experience; and even with the rambling anti-format format. But over the course of two full episodes and part of a third, which we turned off, I realized: theres a certain undertow in this show that feels bad for the Jews. Its not her guest line-up: in fact, this is the area where her show excels. Gracing her couch have been Meghan Phelps-Roper (who left the Westboro Baptist Church), DeRay McKesson (social activist with Black Lives Matter), Sen. Al Franken, Mary Gauthier (songwriter with a social activism message), Father Greg Boyle (who founded Homeboy Industries to help L.A. gang members), and Christian Picciolini (former Rather, its in her segments. Shane put it best: If someone is on the fence about liking Jews, theyll hate us after watching this show. Why? Silvermans schtick is abrasive, raunchy and meddlesome all to be expected but pairing this with serving as a representative of the Jewish people in places where Jews arent known or understood (ahem, parts of the South she visits on her show) leaves me more than a scant bit worried. This topic weighs heavy on my heart since Im a long-time fan of Silvermans work, but my stand on it really became clear after Larry Davids appearance on Saturday Night Live current issue of sexual misconduct among many of Hollywoods elite men (many of whom are Jewish) and the impossible-to-contemplate idea of how to pick up women in a concentration camp. What? David was suitably strung up in the media in the days that followed, shining a light on his insensitivity and misplaced relationship between self wondering how far the ripple effect reaches after one of our own normalizes language and concepts into the mainstream mindset. How can we expect others to respect us, to understand us, and to want to stand with us in our shared values when we publicly (and shamefully) speak out against our own? The broader issue is recognizing that the Jewish people is made up of all of humanitys best and worst. We are a people like every other people who have tremendous capacity for good. We have tremendous temptation for bad. Yet unlike many other peoples (but not all), we have more to prove, more to work for, and have seen how badly we can lose Liked it? Loathed it? Want to react? I would welcome your feedback and can be reached at is it good for the Jews? PARTYMore than a holiday event, Be the Light is a special community initiative in partnership with Toys for Tots, teaching young guests the spirit of tzedekah (charity). Attendees are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped gift to donate. The Toys for Tots organization is babies under 1year-old and gifts for children ages 10-12. Other members of the event committee are Gily Baror, Vicky Dinehardt, Mali Feld, Mandi Fellow), Yael Mor (Community Shlicha) and Kara Tanner. Tickets are $25 per family with an option to sponsor a family who might need assistance. Space is limited. To RSVP, call the Federamail Reservations can also be made online at bethelight (JTA) A key House panel has advanced a bill that would reduce U.S. payments to the Palestinian to pay subsidies to the families of Palestinians jailed for or killed in attacks on Israelis. The Taylor Force Act, named for an American who was stabbed to death in a 2016 terrorist attack in Tel Aviv, was approved unaniof Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee. The bill leaves some humanitarian assistance for the Palestinians in place. Jewish Insider reported that the humanitarian exemptions came at the behest of Jason Greenblatt, President Donald Trumps special envoy handling Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. The Senates Foreign Relations Committee passed companion legislation in August that was simiHouse advances bill docking PA for paying attackers families


Temple Ahavat Shalom Palm HarborMind games: The temples youth groups will present Bob Lawsons Mind Games, on Sunday, Dec. 3 from 7-8:15 p.m., followed by a meet and greet. Bob Lawson is a Clearwater resident and one of North Americas leading mentalists. His show, The Mental Mystery Tour has been presented from Russia to Las Vegas. For six seasons, he acted as a technical advisor on the CBS show The Mentalist, starring Simon Baker. Light foods and beverages will be available for purchase in the social hall. VIP tickets for the show are $50 and general admission is $20. Call (727) 789-1191 for ticket payment and reservations. Torah study: Congregant Susan Segal teaches a Torah study class on Thursdays from noon to 1:15 p.m. Bring a lunch, and of course, opinions. No prior knowledge or attendance is required. The class will use the book The Torah: A Womans Commentary. Judaism basics: A new Introduction to Judaism class began on Nov. 5 and will continue in the months ahead on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. This class, taught by Rabbi Gary Klein, is appropriate for noners; those considering adopting Judaism as their faith, and those who are already Jewish who wish to review and enhance their knowledge of Judaism. New students are welcome at anytime. The course fee is $100 per person or couple, for non-members. There is no fee for temple members.Chabad of Pinellas Palm HarborA night of beauty: An evening focusing on beauty, health and inspiration will be held on Thursday, Dec. of Gan Chaya Preschool. There will be beauty workshops and a talk by Chanie Adler on women empowerment. The evening will include kosher wine and healthy kosher food options. Cost is$25 per woman or $75 to sponsor the event. Go to wonder to RSVP. Women & Shabbat: The second in a series titled Pause and Effect, a Rosh Chodesh Womens Society learning group, will be taught by Mushky Adler on Monday, Dec. 11. The course is exploring meaningful ways women can enrish their lives through the lessons of Shabbat. Each class is a self-contained unit. Women of every level of observance are invited. Scholarships are available. To sign up or for more information, call (727) 487-1521 or visit women.Cong. Bnai Emmunah Tarpon SpringsMedical ethics: A class that will delve into medical ethics from a Jewish perspective will be taught by Rabbi Lynn Goldstein on Nov. 28 and Dec. 20 and 27 at 7 p.m. For more information or to register for the class, call (727) 938-9000. Israeli emissary to speak: Congregants will gather in a members home on Friday, Dec. 1 to hear a presentation by Yael Mor, the communitys shelicha from Israel. She will speak about her life and her reasons for being here. There will be a pot luck dinner at 6:15 p.m. followed by Shabbat services at 7:30 p.m. For more information or to RSVP, call the synagogue.Cong. Beth Shalom ClearwaterJerusalem history: A two-part lecture on the history of the Old City of Jerusalem will be led by Dr. Eric Steckler on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. part will be on ancient and medieval periods and the second part will be on the modern period. Garden tour: Congregants are invited to take part in a trip to Florida Botanical Garden on Thursday, Dec. 7 at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy the twinkling lights that outline the foliage in the gardens in Largo.Those interested should meet in the synagogues parking lot to carpool to the garden. Cost is $4 per person. RSVP to Martha Margolis at (727) 409-5557. Jewish spirituality: Rab bi Danielle Upbin leads a series of lectures on Jewish spirituality, on Thursdays from 12:30 2 p.m. The next lecture is on Nov. 30. The class continues through Dec. 21. The course is exploring the foundations of Mussar as it relates to the weekly Torah portion and ones own inner development. Each session will incorporate time for meditation and other mindfulness practices. Living a Jewish Year: An adult education course on Living a Jewish Year is under way and will continue into next year. The course is dedicated to studying and experiencing the holidays within the Jewish calendar and attempting to make a case for their continued relevancy. Rabbi David Weizman, Rabbi Upbin and lead the classes on Wednesdays Nov. 29 and Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. Torah study: Join Torah study with Jason Palmer on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 12:30 p.m. in the social hall. Talmud classes: On Mondays, explore ancient legal tradition with Dr. Priscilla Nathanson The class, open to all levels of knowledge, is held after minyan from 10 11:15 a.m. Nathanson also leads a Talmud study on most Wednesdays, at 7 p.m. and will also lead a Talmud study class on Thursday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. Contact classes will be held. Hafarot study: Join Johanna Bromberg for Hafarot study in the synagogue library on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 10 a.m.Chabad of ClearwaterTorah and tea: Rebbetzin Miriam Hodakov leads a Torah and Tea exclusively for women on Wednesdays at 11:15 a.m. There is no charge to attend. RSVP to or (727) 265-2770.Temple Bnai Israel ClearwaterPlaytime: Preschoolers and their parents can enjoy playtime on Sunday, Dec. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon. This is an opportunity for families with young children to meet one another, and engage in fun activities with their tots. Non-members are welcome. Call and pricing information at (727) 531-5829. Shabbat dinner plus: Enjoy a nosh on Friday, Dec. 8 at 5 p.m. before Shabbat services at 6 p.m. After services there will be a dinner. Cost is $13.50 for adults; $9 for children. Call the temple to RSVP. Bible study: Explore the Second Book of Samuel and discover a unique period of Jewish history. Rabbi Daniel Treiser leads the classes on W ednesdays from 7-8 p.m. There is no fee for members; $30 for nonmembers for the year. Adult play time: Play mah jongg, Mexican Train Dominoes or Bridge on Thursdays at 1 p.m. Join active seniors and play the game of your choice. Coffee and cake is served. For more information, contact Linda White at or (727) 688-0626.Cong. Bnai Israel St. PetersburgJews of India: A series of presentations on the theme Namaste Means Shalom: The Heritage of the PINELLAS COUNTYReformTemple AHAVAT SHALOM 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 P ASCO HERNANDO COUNTY Reform Temple BETH DAVID OrthodoxCHABAD SPRING HILL Religious Directory PAGE 4 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY NOVEMBER 17 30, 2017 Congregations Shabbat Candle Lighting Times the doctor asked me a series of standard questions regarding my childs development, and that of our family. Does he use a helmet when riding his bike? Does he know how to swim? Do you eat dinner together as a family at least once a week? This question took me by surprise! Eating dinner together at least once a how much the doctor can discern about our priorities and lifestyle with this last, simple question. The way we live our life and make decisions is all based on our priorities. There are ideals and values that we view We all know that wearing a helmet is important for a childs development, but do we stop and think about the importance of simply eating dinner together? According to a report from the National Center of Addiction and Substance Abuse, eating family dinners regularly drastically lowers a teens chance of smoking, drinking, and using drugs. Have you noticed how life is so busy? Though we have more smart appliances and gadgets than ever before, it seems as though we are busier now than our parents and grandparents were. What activities and projects make it on to our work, social and family calendar? Only those that are high priority. The rest gets shelved for another time. People question and wonder about the relevance of Torah and the laws and customs of living a Jewish lifestyle. When answering the pediatricians question about dinner, I was struck once again at the wisdom of our sacred tradition. Yes, we eat dinner together as a family, at least once a week (Actually, every day of the week). The blessing of Shabbat, the once-a-week pause of all work, enables Jews worldwide to focus on family and friends, without any distractions. Shabbat dinner, replete with kiddush, challah and family favorites are a fantastic way to bond as a family unit. Just before sunset on Friday afternoon, we usher in the Shabbat with candle lighting. Welcoming light, love and holiness to our home, we proceed to need to take part in the National Day of Unplugging, we have a weekly recharge and rejuvenate day, inbuilt since the beginning of time. Just two weeks ago, 200 women from the Pinellas community joined in the third Annual Mega Challah Bake. I have personally heard about the many families that enjoyed fresh challah with their family at Shabbat dinner, and their resolve to continue baking challah to enhance this family tradition. Looking for tranquility and inner serenity? Usher in the peace on Friday afternoon with the Shabbat candle lighting*, and see just how much it enhances your life, and that of your family. *Not sure how to do the ritual candle lighting? I encourage you to reach out to your rabbi, and make this tradition yours! 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 ALTER KORF Chabad Center of St. PetersburgShabbatpause and reect Rabbinically Speaking Rabbinically Speaking Rabbinically Speaking Rabbinically Speaking Rabbinically Speaking Rabbinically Speaking


Q: Before coming to Florida, had you previously traveled abroad? A: In Israel we dream of traveling abroad all the time service. Some will say that the planning and the thoughts about that trip is what kept them sane and what they were holding on to throughout those two three years of service. Countless hours in the watch towers and security tours where we focused entirely on the situation at need to let our thoughts wander to exotic, beautiful and remote places is great, so we plan our travel. We have a lot of options to choose from, some of the most popular destinations are South America, Southeast Asia, New Zealand and Australia. It all depends on your personal preferences, budget and your friends, since most Israelis travel in groups. These trips are long. Three month trips are the shortest and sometimes we travel for an entire year. The trip I took was to Southeast Asia.Q: What about what we call staycations?A: Travel within the Promised Land has a lot to offer as well. For their big trip after army service, there are those who choose to travel the Golan Heights or the Galilee. When traveling in the Golan Heights or the Galilee one might go rafting in the Jordan River, enjoy water adventures in the vast supply of streams and rivers, go horseback riding through the wilderness, or even take an ATV (all terrain vehicle) excursion. Some choose to hike the length of the Israel Trail, an approximately three-month journey from the north of Israel at Mount Hermon (where you might ski in the winter) all the way south to Eliat (where you might go snorkeling or scuba diving in the Red Sea). Q: Where else do Israelis like to vacation?A: After coming back from several months of travel, you now have that traveling bug. At least one week of the year is reserved for this purpose. But the destinations are now different, closer to home. Since the Open Skies agreement between Israel and the Europe Bulgaria and Georgia to name a few, are cheaper and more accessible. Every year the number of Israelis traveling abroad increases and the root of that is in a big group of people life to its fullest. There is this magic in breaking away from everything and traveling to a different country. That feeling of getting on an airplane and just leaving all your worries behind for this amount of time, sometimes with an open ticket knowing that you are on your way to one destination and someday, when you decide to return, it will probably be from a completely different destination, perhaps from a different continent. JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY NOVEMBER 17 30, 2017 Congregations Mor About Israel Mor About IsraelYAEL MORIsrael Shlicha [Emissary] Yael Mor in NepalJews of India will be given by Scholar in Residence Rahel Musleah from Friday through Sunday, Dec. 8-10. On Friday, Dec. 8 at 5:30 p.m during kabbalat Shabbat services, she will speak on Jewish Rhythms from Baghdad to India, followed by a vegetarian RSVP required to Pam Askin at (727) 381-4901 or On Saturday, Dec. 9 during Shabbat morning ser vices, Musleah will address Recreating Community Through Prayer, featuring a Sephardic-style Torah service followed by Indian kiddush lunch hosted by the Sisterhood. That evening at 6, the program is Masala Havdala: Spice and Spirit Young Families PJ Party. On Sunday, Dec. 10 at 10 a.m., the topic is Jewish Calcutta Through Music & Memory, an audiovisual presentation and brunch, hosted by the Mens Club. This is free for congregants and any Mens Club members and $5 for non-members. RSVP is required Library Shabbat: Honor Jewish Book Month on Saturday, Dec. 2 as guest speaker Caryn Baird presents a talk with a librarians twist on Dueling Identities: Two Names, One Person. Be counted: Join in egalitarian twice-daily minyan on Sundays and national holiday mornings followed by breakfast at 9 a.m. Minyans are on Mondays through Fridays at 7:45 a.m., and Sundays through Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Temple Beth-El St. PetersburgBook club: The club will discuss Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 10:45 a.m. Participants are asked to read the book before joining the discussion. For more information, Shabbat wonder: Enjoy a gathering of families with preschool-aged children on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 9:30 a.m. in the all-purpose room. For more informaFamily sing-a-long: Join Barbara Mazer Gross for prayer melodies that children and adults can sing along to on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Brotherhood schmooze: Families are invited to hang out and relax while children attend religious school classes on Sundays from 9 a.m. to noon in the social hall. Enjoy a bagel and a cup of coffee and read the newspaper. Daystar lunchmaking: Help feed the homeless and families at the Daystar Life Center by gathering in the social hall on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 9:30 Daystar. For more information, contact Paula at (727) 254-6436. Chabad of St. Petersburg Family Shabbat: Families and friends can enjoy song, Torah and kosher cuisine on TGI Shabbat on Friday, Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m. There is no charge but reservations are appreciated. To RSVP: info@chabadsp. com or call (727) 344-4900.Chabad of West PascoThe day hate died: Guest speaker Yisroel Shemtov that took on the crime ridden streets of Crown Heights in Brooklyn in the 1970s and s, including how he saved a black woman from bleeding to death from gunshot wounds. He will speak on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Chabad center. The cost is $8 with advanced reservation or $11 at the door. Light refreshments will be served. To RSVP, email or call (727) 376-3366. JCC of West Pasco Port RicheyAdult education: A class to study Pirkei Avot (Ethics of our Ancestors) and its relevance to Jewish life in the 21st century will be offered on Sundays from 10 11 a.m. The class is free, but donations are welcome.Cong. Beth David Spring HillFamily fun night: Play games, eat and celebrate your Jewishness at family fun night at the temple on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. There will be a Havdalah celebration as folks bid farewell to Shabbat, followed and board and card games and dominoes at 8 p.m. There will be supervised childrens programming with games, a movie and snacks. This event is free for members and $3 for non-members. Torah study: Rabbi Paul Schreiber will conduct a Torah study class on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. The class is free for members and $5 per class for non-members. Judaism class: A free Jewish conversion class will be held on Saturdays at 1 p.m., conducted by Rabbi Schreiber. Talmud for beginners: This class, already under way, will be held every Wednesday at 8 p.m., except for the third Wednesday of the month. It is free for members and $5 per class for non-members.Chabad Spring HillChallah bake: The Womens Circle will have an event, Knead a Break, on Sunday, Dec. 3 from 5:30 6:30 p.m. at Chabad of Hernando & Citrus County, 13576 Hunters Point St., Spring Hill. All women are invited to come make their own challah, discover the family. For more information, go to or call (352) 600-2779. BOBLEESTIRE COMPANYa St. Pete Institution Since 1947Bring your car to someone you know and trust. $10 Offanything excluding fuel. Exp. 12/27/17 ONE STOP AUTO CARE 1631 4TH ST. N. | Next to Sunken Gardens | 822-3981 | TAKE OUT ORDERS(727) 391-8393BEAUTIFUL LAKESIDE DINING OPEN YEAR ROUND 7 DAYS A WEEKPARK PLACE CENTER 9015 PARK BLVD. SEMINOLE(1 1/2 BLOCKS WEST OF STARKEY)CARPET TILE WOOD VINYL CABINETRY GRANITE REMODELING UPHOLSTERY FABRICS DRAPES SHADES same location since 1956! 1633 S. Missouri Ave., Clearwater 727.441.3900 BBB rating: A+ Contractor Lic. # C-10611 & 12 Margies Interiors, Inc. along with


PAGE 6 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY NOVEMBER 17 30, 2017 Authentic Middle Eastern Cuisine With a Modern Flair! 727.498.8627 MEZE119.COM 119 2nd Street North, St. PeteInvite us to your simcha, well bring the food! Our catering services can be customized to suit all of your needs.SUNDAY THURSDAY: 11 AM 9 PM FRIDAY SATURDAY: 11 AM 10 PMHeartfelt thanks from the Hershkowitz Family, for all of your ongoing support Serving Tampa Bays Best Kosher-Style Dairy Mediterranean-Inspired Cuisine. More than 200 women mixed premeasured ingredients, kneaded and braided dough at the 3rd Annual Mega Challah Bake on Oct. 26. There was an atmosphere of joy in the room at The Club at Treasure Island as the women enjoyed the sushi and wine social before getting down to the essense challah. After braiding the dough, participants took it home to bake, together with a Shabbat candle lighting kit and a Mega Challah bake apron. Along with The Club, sponsors were Emlin, St. Pete Wealth Management group of Raymond JamesMarcia Person, Leisa Zimmer, Chabad Jewish Center of St. Petersburg, Chabad Of Pinellas and Hadassah of St. Petersburg.Heidi Cohen shows off her challah dough.Braids strengthen bonds during St. Pete area annual challah bake Each year Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services decorates its conference room to house the Gulf Coast Hanukkah like other shops, the gifts here are free to the agencys clients who otherwise would be unable to experience the joy of giving gifts to their family and loved ones. from Wednesday, Nov. 29 through Friday, Dec. 15. The feedback from shoppers has been overwhelmingly positive to be a helpful way to bring a little Hanukkah and holiday miracle into their families lives. Families and individuals will be able to see and chose exactly what they like and need, Gail Allen, Jewish Family Services Family Support coordinator said. We hope to bring smiles to our clients. Gulf Coast is once again reaching out to the community for help with an assortment of gift items for all ages. This years most needed items include Judaica, new clothing and toys for children ages 3-12, teen gifts such as make-up, sports and crafts, underwear and pers, personal toiletries, kitchen items such as paper towels, toilet tissue and cleaning supplies and gift cards. Donations are sought from individuals as well as local The need is even greater this year due to Hurricane Irma that disrupted the lives of many families and seniors, some of whom are still dealing with the effects of being low on food and have homes in need of repair. JFS has been fortunate enough to have received a great nonperishable food supply thanks to the community coming together. We also have provided emergency assistance as well as resources to other agencies providing assistance, Allen said. Contact Allen at (727) 479-1806 or to drop off your donations or make an appointGulf Coast JFCS stocking free gifts in Hanukkah bazaar A client looking at gifts at the Gulf Coast Hanukkah and Holiday Gift Bazaar in 2016. The agency is seeking donations for this years gift shop. DEC.6 ~ 24, 2017ONLY online submissions will be accepted. Deadline for submission Dec. 8, 2017 One submission per day allowed. Jewish Press Online Ticket Contest Win 2 Ticketsto American Stage in St. Petersburg TO SEE THE WINNER WILL BE CHOSEN FROM T HOSE CORRECT LY ANSWERING T HE FOLLOWING:On the last night of Hanukkah, how many candles are lit?ITS A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAYTo enter: Go to The U.S. House of Representatives passed major tax reform legislation along party lines that critics said effectively repeals an amendment designed to keep houses of worship nonpartisan. The vote Thursday, Nov. 16, was 227-205, with 13 House Republicans joining all Democrats to oppose the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Its passage represents the advancement of a key agenda item for President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans. The Anti-Defamation League said the bill constitutes a repeal of the Johnson Amendment, which endorsing or opposing candidates. For decades, the ADL said, the amendment has protected the integrity of houses of worship and prohibiting them from endorsing or opposing political candidates. ADLs national director, Jonathan Greenblatt, warned that undermining the Johnson Amendments critical protections will popriate religious entanglement with politics. ADL is deeply troubled and disappointed by the development, the group said in a statement. Noting that the Senates current version of the tax bill does not contain a similar repeal, ADL added that the Senate must be resolute on this issue by taking a stand to keep divisive politics out of our houses of worship. While the bills passage in the Republican-controlled House was largely drama free, the prospects for the measure are more unclear in the Senate, where Republicans hold only a two-seat majority, according to CNN. The House Republican tax plan, released Nov. 2, condenses the current seven tax brackets to three, nearly doubles the standard deduction and caps the amount taxpayers can write off in state taxes at $10,000. The Senate Republican plan, released Nov. 8, eliminates the state and local tax deduction and keeps the current seven brackets but lowers rates. The Senate Finance Committee is expected to vote its version out of committee on Friday, according to The New York Times, with a full Senate vote expected after Thanksgiving. gious institutions urged Congress to refrain from passing legislation that compromises the Johnson Amendment A letter signed by 55 Jewish groups was sent to the chairman and ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee. es of worship can only be successful if we maintain public trust in our integrity and commitment to mission, the letter reads. Polititicians and partisan donors would destroy that trust. Every charitable dollar spent on partisan campaign politics is one less dollar spent on the public good. In addition to ADL, groups representing all streams of Judaism except the Orthodox community signed the letter, as did Jewish community relations councils and the Jewish federations of several cities. The Jewish Federations of North America and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs also signed the letter, as did the American Jewish Committee and Bnai Brith International.Critics warn House tax reform bill could politicize houses of worship


JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 7 NOVEMBER 17 30, 2017 The earliest Jewish religious services in the Orlando area were held in a citrus grove. The story of the Orlando Jewish lies were known to live at the turn of the 20th century to a population exceeding 30,000 today, is told in a new exhibition, Kehillah: A History of Jewish Life in Greater Or lando. The exhibit is currently on display at the Orange County Regional History Center through Feb. 20. The springboard to create the exhibition was the upcoming centennial of Central Floridas oldest Jewish institution, Congregation Ohev Shalom. The Conservative congregation was founded in Or lando in 1918. The exhibits name, Kehillah, is Hebrew for community and refers to the entire region including Or ange, Seminole, Lake and Osceola counties. The display includes 450 photographs, 75 artifacts and an animated map of merchants to show how pioneering Jews arrived more than 150 years ago and helped transform the region from a cow town to a #1 tourist destination. Although Jews were Florida in 1763, it was not until the end of the arrived in Orlando. In 1875, merchant Jacob R. Cohen helped draft the Town of Orlando Charter and was elected alder man. Dr. Philip Phillips settled in 1897, amassed 5,000 acres to grow oranges and left a lasting philanthropic legacy. At the turn of the 20th century, Jewish community in the Orlando area until a migration of Jews from Pittsburgh in 1912 doubled the Jewish population. Jews organized to preserve their traditions and became pioneers of business and industry entwined in the development of the region. The New exhibit explores Jewish contributions to Orlandos growth This store is representative of the nearly 400 owned by Jewish families. (L-R) Sophie, Samuel and Kalman Kanner in their Orange Avenue store, 1905. Rose Gleibman and Aaron Levy married in the Levy orange grove with the entire Jewish community in attendance, 1917.Collections of the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, originated by Marcia Jo Zerivitz, LHD, Founding Executive DirectorJewish community even produced a Nobel laureate, Dr. Marshall Nirenberg, who received the prize in medicine in 1968. A catalog accompanies the exhibition. The Orange County Regional History Center is located at 65 E. Central Blvd. in downtown Orlando. For more information on hours and admission cost, call (407) 836-8500. For more information, visit (JTA) The co-founder of the foundation that awards the Genesis Prize, known as the Jewish Nobel, denied a report that Ruth Bader Ginsburg was intended to be the awards 2018 laureate but instead was given a lifetime achievement award as a consolation prize. Stan Polovets denied the veracity of an article published in Haaretz, which quoted unnamed sources saying that the $1 million award given Nov. 7 to actress Natalie Portman was originally going to the Jewish Supreme Court justice. The foundation then created a new prize, a lifetime achievement award, to give Ginsburg as a consolation prize, the article said. The awards were announced a week apart. The unnamed sources gave Haaretz varying reasons for the alleged change of plans, including that Ginsburg had been an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump and that the Supreme Court does not allow its justices to accept such monetary awards. Polovets, who also serves as the Genesis Prize Foundations chair man and CEO, also denied claims made by Haaretz that Prime Minhad been involved in the decision making. The Genesis Prize was established as a partnership between Russian-Jewish philanthropists and the Israeli government. Polovets said the lifetime award was created to honor worthy individuals who could not accept the prize due to work or time limita tions. This year when we began discussions with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and it turned out that she would not be able to accept the award, we thought it would be very important to honor her, he idea for the lifetime achievement award, which they unanimously agreed should go to Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The foundation is considering awarding the lifetime award on a yearly basis, Polovets said. The Genesis Prize was founded in 2012. Along with Portman, the other laureates are former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, actor Michael Douglas, violinist Itzhak Perlman and sculptor Anish Kapoor. Portman, who was born in Israel but moved to the United States, was chosen for her talent, her commitment to social causes and her deep connection to her Jewish and Israeli roots, Polovets said.Genesis Prize co-founder denies that award to Ruth Bader Ginsburg was consolation prize Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Natalie   Portman


PAGE 8 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY NOVEMBER 17 30, 2017 rfrfn tbfbfbbfbfbrbb nbbbbbbbbbbb rrbnbb fffbffbrfnt nbbnnbr rfrbbb rrbtr r New Location! Alligator Menorah Visit us on both sides of the Bay Hyde Park Village St. Petersburg 1619 W Snow Circle Tampa, FL 33606 813.831.2111 300 Beach Drive NE St. Petersburg, FL 33701 727.894.2111 You can also shop online 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 For a FREE brochure call: 1-877-573-1337but Im never alone. I have Life Alert. but Im never alone. I have but Im never alone. Dear Editor: I read the account of a Jewish student at the University of Florida and the months leading up to a speech by the white supremacist, Richard Spencer. She painted a picture of impending doom. The university president fed the hysteria by sending messages to students warning and advising them to stay away after multiple attempts to cancel the event had failed. The author suggests the First Amendment was a burden and somehow was used as ammunition against us. Gov. Rick Scott started a dubious precedent by declaring a state of emergency. Is it any wonder why people are in a state of panic with this sort of leadership? Add to this our 24/7 media, which thrives on controversy. Not once were the contents of the speech mentioned or refuted in the story. I watched the speech video and it was highly underwhelming and poorly attended. Ive noticed how college students complain of triggers, microaggressions, or demand safe spaces. But college should be a place where argument and civility are welcomed. Its a place where you can debate, protest, explore, and establish your own identity. UF is my alma mater, and home to the largest Jewish student population in America. We shouldnt fear bizarre beliefs held by some white supremacist. We should use this as an opportunity to expose bad ideol ogy and proudly assert our views. Are we afraid to be challenged? Are we conditioning our children and proud American Jews? Ironically, this pattern of silencing hate speech is already turned against us. Numerous Jewish or pro-Israeli speakers were excluded or shouted down at public univer sities (two recent examples are Dennis Prager and Ben Shapiro). But it doesnt end with speeches. Content on Facebook and YouTube is increasingly more regulated, especially on matters related to Israel (interestingly, YouTube does not censor speeches by the white supremacist). We need to remind ourselves of the danger in limiting free speech, otherwise well lose it. We must stop behaving like victims and defend the right of the speaker, despite the content of their speech. Noah Jacobson Tampa Editors Note: The student writer, Jamie Shapiro, was asked to write about the mood on campus in light of the appearance of white supremacist Richard Spencer. Her assignment did not include cover ing his speech.Defend free speech no matter how odious Letters to the Editor Dear Editor: The article by Jamie Shapiro on Richard Spencers appearance at UF is disheartening for several reasons. Why is it very alarming that someone is giving a speech on campus? Why is she delighted that protestors shut down the speech by drowning it out with chants? Spencer is labeled a white supremacist spreading hate. What has he said or written that makes her feel so threatened? She doesnt tell us. Has Spencer called for the annihilation of 45 percent of world Jewry? Others have. During recent Anti-Israeli Apartheid weeks on campuses across the country, the following slogans have been chanted or displayed on signs: Hamas, Hamas, Jews to the gas, Nuke Israel, Jews = Nazis, All of Israel is Occupied Territory, Palestine Will be Free, From the River to the Sea. The demonstrations have Gas Jews Die, Kill all Kikes, and Holocaust 2.0. Should we ban events sponsored by organizations that appear to endorse or encourage genocidal antiSemitism? exactly what constitutes hate speech, perhaps we can restore the First Amendment. Lets recall it has two parts. Jews have been zealous defenders of the law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof This erected a wall between Church and State. Once upon a time, Jews also welcomed the second half. This Jews should support First Amendmentprohibits abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press and guarantees the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Most Jews in the late 19th centu ry lived in Czarist Russia and they did not have these rights. When one of Chaim Weizmanns teach ers brought a Hebrew language chemistry textbook to class, the students had to read it aloud in a Talmudic chant, to deceive passers-by. If authorities in the shtetl learned that Western science was being taught, the teacher would Later, when Weizmann was a college student, he spent his summers giving talks on Zionism in small towns across the Pale. These talks had to be held in synagogues, with the audience pretending to pray. If the Czarist police discovered that he was promoting Zionism in public, Weizmann risked jail or deportation. lectual currents sweeping across Eastern Europe the sciences, Zionism, socialism feared both communal authorities and the government, and looked wistfully at countries with long traditions of tolerance. Weizmann chose to pur sue an academic career in Britain, not in Russia or Germany. How broad is the First Amendments protection of free speech? In 1919, the Supreme Court decided that only speech posing a clear and present danger could be prohibited. Fifty years later, the Court raised the bar. Now only speech inciting imminent lawless action was to be illegal. Its no coincidence that this decision was drafted by the only Jewish member of the Court, Justice Abe Fortas. Today, more than ever, Jews should be especially interested in defending the rights the Amendment guarantees. On campuses across the U.S., events sponsored by Jewish organizations have been disrupted and Jewish students intimidated. Pro-Israel speakers like Ben Shapiro have been prevented from addressing audiences. And its not the alt-right thats been responsible. Jeff Lipkes Wesley ChapelThe Jewish Press welcomes Letters to the Editor. Letters are published on a space available basis with the Jewish Press reserving the right to edit or reject letters for clarity, brevity, legalities or taste. Letters must be signed and bear the writers address and telephone number (which will not be published). The writers name will be withheld on request.


JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 9 NOVEMBER 17 30, 2017 Event Co-Chairs: Dori Marlin and Thomas Stanton Host Committee: Rebecca Berger, Allison Fox, Ben Gersten, Jamie Gray, Alissa Myers, Jonathan Singer Sponsored by:This event is hosted by the Tampa Jewish Federation and the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties. Proceeds from this event will benefit Tampa Jewish Family Services, a beneficiary agency that provides emergency food bags, counseling and financial services to the Tampa communitys most needy and vulnerable populations. Sunday | 9 PM 1AM Franklin Manor912 North Franklin Street, TampaFor Jewish singles and couples, ages 20s, 30s & 40sAll you can drink Tito's Handmade Vodka (while supplies last) Hors d'oeuvres generously donated by Carriage House Music by DJ Casper | Cash bar$36 early bird until Dec 1 | $45 in advance until Dec 22 | $54 at the door Ticket sales limited to 150. This event will sell out! Event Co-Chairs: Dori Marlin and Thomas Stanton Host Committee: Rebecca Berger, Allison Fox, Ben Gersten, Jamie Gray, Alissa Myers, Jonathan Singer This event is hosted by the Tampa Jewish Federation and the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties. Proceeds from this event will benefit Tampa Jewish Family Services, a beneficiary agency that provides emergency food bags, counseling and financial services to the Tampa communitys most needy and vulnerable populations. All you can drink Tito's Handmade Vodka (while supplies last) Hors d'oeuvres generously donated by Carriage House Music by DJ Casper | Cash bar available r $36 early bird until Dec 1 | $45 in advance until Dec 22 | $54 at the door Ticket sales limited to 150. This event will sell out! Host Committee: Rebecca Berger, Allison Fox, Ben Gersten, Jamie Gray, Alissa Myers, Jonathan Singer (JTA) Rabbi Rick Jacobs and other Reform Jewish leaders were pushed, pulled and had clothes torn by security guards as they tried to pray at the Western Wall Plaza in Jerusalem. The guards and haredi Orthodox worshippers tussled with the group Thursday, Nov. 16, as it entered the main entrance to the Western Wall plaza with Torah scrolls. The guards said it was illegal to bring the scrolls into the main plaza. Reform leaders accused the haredi administration of the holy site, which employs the guards, of denying their right to freedom of prayer. Rabbi Jacobs said that during on the trigger of a bottle of pepper spray, and put it up to Jacobs face. His suit jacket was also ripped on the side as guards shoved him and pressed their bodies on his. The guards were really pushing hard, Rabbi Jacobs told JTA. The guard who was standing right in front of me took his pepper spray and put it right in our face. Israeli Reform chief Gilad Kariv, speaking to Israels Hadashot news, accused the administration of acting like thugs and said the violence will not stop us the Western Wall. The Reform group began their prayer in Robinsons Arch, a nonOrthodox section of the holy site to the south of the main plaza. They then tried to enter with the Torah scrolls. They ended up plaza, in a large tourist area that is removed from the wall but adjacent to the Orthodox areas for men and women. A group of haredi protesters also shoved some of the worshippers then, according to Jacobs. The group included the entire board of the Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem, which had just ordained four new rabbis, and members of the Women of the Wall feminist prayer group. The brief fracas caused no injuries. Administrators accused the nonrules of the main plaza, with the aim of creating a provocation and using it to push public relations. This provocative act at the Western Wall plaza, a place of unity, was a physically and verbally violent campaign at the site, the Western Wall Heritage Foundation said in a statement. We protest this unacceptable behavior, the violence, and strongly condemn it. The Western Walls main plaza, administered by the Heritage Foundation, requires men and women to pray separately and bars women from using religious items, including Torah scrolls. It prohibits visitors from bringing their own Torah scrolls in an attempt to prevent women and non-Orthodox Jewish groups from using them in services at the site. Rabbi Jacobs said that the Reform worshipers never were aggressive, we never threw any punches, we were very determined. The non-Orthodox groups have repeatedly challenged the rules, leading to sometimes violent confrontations. They have also criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus government for backing out in June from a 2016 agreement to expand and upgrade the Robinsons Arch prayer section at the southern end of the West-Rabbi Rick Jacobs, center, and other non-Orthodox Jews clashing with security guards at the entrance to the Western Wall plaza in Jerusalem, on Nov. 16.Reform leaders pushed and shoved by security at the Wall ern Wall. The haredi parties in the governing coalition had demanded the move. We belong there, we have a right to be there, and the Jewish people and state of Israel will be strengthened when the country, the Western Wall, is truly welcoming to Jews of all beliefs and practices, Rabbi Jacobs told not going back, were not going to take bread crumbs and say that Robinsons Arch is good enough. At the Jewish Federations of North Americas annual General Assembly Monday, Nov. 13, in Los Angeles, the board of trustees passed a resolution calling on Israel to reverse its divisive and damaging steps to freeze the Western Wall deal. Netanyahu also addressed the controversy in a speech at the closing session of the conference. Israel is the home of all Jews and it must remain so, he said. I believe that the Jewish people are all one family. I believe that Israel is the home of all Jews and that all Jews should have access and prayer at the [Western Wall].Photo by Noam Rivkin Fenton/Flash 90


PAGE 10 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY NOVEMBER 17 30, 2017 Floral Design Studio 6700 Central Ave., St. Petersburg local and worldwide delivery Weddings Events Bar/Bat MitzvahsRedman Steele 727.343.1020 By RON KAMPEAS JTA news serviceWASHINGTON As the Burning Bush crackles, God is heard. Mow-zes, God says in the mysterious mid-Atlantic accent that Hollywood once trained its actors to use the one Anne Baxter as Nefertiti used to summon Charlton Hestons Moses in the 1956 blockbuster The Ten Commandments. Mow-zes, Mow-zes. much in common with the Museum of the Bible, the $500 million extravaganza gifted to the National Mall by one of Americas leading evangelical families, the founders of the Hobby Lobby chain. The museum celebrates Jews and Judaism as the noble, beloved and even feared antecedents to Christianity, and argues that its best modern expression is in the State of Israel. And it makes the case that the Bible is not merely to be studied but to be believed. Speaking at the dedication Friday, Nov. 17, Steven Green, the president of Hobby Lobby and the museums chairman of the board, said museumgoers should come away realizing that the Bible has had a positive impact on their lives in so many different ways and when they leave they will be inspired to open it. It especially celebrates the Bibles Jewish origins, notably those made manifest in modern Israel. The dedication included a rabbi, Israels ambassador to the United States, the Israeli minister of tourism and the director of the Israel Antiquities Authority. At times, the event seemed like a pro-Israel gala. Ron Dermer, the Israeli ambassador, celebrated the The Bible nurtured Jews through 2,000 years of exile until they were able to rebuild the original DC Davids Capital, he said. Yariv Levin, the tourism minister, read a letter from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who sent warm greetings from Jerusalem, the eternal and undivided capital of Israel. The deference to Judaism is evident in the museum Ten Commandments, and the museum store, where Hanukkah menorah made from Jerusalem stone facing each other on the same shelf. The museum also makes the Bible as unmistakably American as someone named, well, Charlton Heston. One permanent exhibit is dedicated to the biblical underpinnings of the abolition of slavery and of the civil rights movement. The U.S.-born Dermer picked up on the theme of his native land as a nation whose origins were in the Bible. Those ideas inscribed in your founding documents and etched on your statues are not merely the values of America, they are the values of the Bible, he said in his address. Scholarship at the museum is pervasive, but employed a la Cecil B. DeMille: to prove the Bible is not just compelling but true. would take 72 hours may leave you smarter about the Bibles origins, the stated agenda of the museum. But you may also suspect that the goal of this newfound knowledge is not to encourage critique but belief. The approach is closer to seminary than religious studies department. Executive Director Tony Zeiss was unambiguous about the museums desired effect at the dedication ceremony. This is a day to rejoice, it is the Lords day! he said. Designers of the museum, he added, had two overarching criteria: Will this lift up the Bible, and will it lift up people? The museum employs scholarship to make that case. We engaged leading scholars around the country, Green, the scion of the family that runs the Hobby But scholarship alone wouldnt sell it, so like most contemporary museums, there are plenty of experiential exhibits. If you put a Bible under a glass case in a language I cant read, it will only hold my attention for so long, Green explained. Judaism as parent suffuses just about every exhibit, including The Hebrew Bible. Its an immersive 30-minute stroll through animations and special effects illustrated by supple, handsome animated Hebrews. (The Burning Bush, a riot of bright yellow light in a darkened room, was genuinely thrilling.) Thats more than twice as long as the 12 1/2-minute immersive New Testament experience. prising much of a Washington block are artifacts contributed by Israels Antiquities Authority. The exhibit is permanent, but the Israeli authority will rotate the items about 1,500 at a time. The debt to Judaism is seen in the kosher-style food at Manna, the rooftop restaurant run by a couple who wrote The New Jewish Table cookbook. (Two kosher items per meal will be available at the restaurant.) Judaism and its origins in Israel are evident as well in a temporary exhibit, through May, organized by Jerusalems Bible Lands Museum, which served as a consultant to the D.C. museum. It is there that one gets to the crux of what makes this museum different from all others. An exhibit of with a replica of the Tel Dan Stele, fragments of an inscribed stone tablet. The tablet,to a degree, validates the historical accuracy of the battle of Jezreel, where Yoram, king of Israel and Ahaziah, king of Judah were The stele is important because it contains the oldest so earlier. It establishes that David was likely a real person. But it also diverges from the Bible, crediting Hazael, an Aramaic king, and not Jehu, the Israeli king, with the victory. The real stele is at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, where a docent will explain how the radically different accounts at once validate the ancient Jewish presence in the land but undercut the notion that the Bible is less revealed truth than it is a political document written by the ultimate victors. In this exhibit, the accompanying text refers only to a different version appearing in the Bible. MiYoung Im, the museums antiquities curator who trained archaeologist, said she appreciated the stele both as a Christian and as someone trained to view artifacts as a scholarly outsider. for the new museum was not in how it differed from the Bible, but how it validated it. We want to show how this exhibit relates to the time of David, she said. We cant prove where David lived we can show that he lived.Judaism is star at new D.C. Bible museum Photo by Ron Kampeas


JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 11 NOVEMBER 17 30, 2017 AN OUTSTANDINGPRIVATE SCHOOLEXPERIENCEFOR STUDENTS IN PREK-12TH MILITARY* BOARDING* SCUBA* AVIATION* MARINE SCIENCE SAILING* ENGINEERING LEADERSHIP FIVE REASONS MILITARY SCHOOL MAY BE PERFECT FOR YOUR TEEN1. Strong Core Values 2. Structure and Purpose 3. Pride and Respect 4. Leaders and Role Models 5. Nominations, Appointments, and Scholarships to College* = 8th-12th gradeNORTH PINELLAS On Sunday, Dec. 3 from 3-5 p.m. Young Israel Chabad of Pinellas invites all kids to a Pre-Hanukkah Chocolate Factory at Ninja Bounce, 30798 U.S. 19 N., Palm Harbor. Children will learn how to make chocolate coins and wire their very own, light-up, LED menorah. There will be doughnuts to decorate, snacks and snow cones. Kids will be able to jump around and complete obstacles at Ninja Bounce. There is something for every age including an area for babies and toddlers. Admission is $7 per child by Nov. 27, $11 after Nov. 27 and $5 for children under 3. RSVP to or call (727) 789-0408. Congregation Bnai Emmunah will hold a Shabbat Hanukkah Celebration with Cantorial Soloist Laura Lenes on Friday, Dec. 15. There will be a Shabbat dinner at a local restaurant in Tarpon Springs at 5:45 p.m., followed by a Shabbat Hanukkah service at 7:30 p.m. at Bnai Emmunah, 57 Read St., Tarpon Springs. For more information, call (727) 938-9000. On Saturday, Dec. 16 at 5 p.m., Congregation Bnai Emmunah will host a Hanukkah celebration that will include a pot luck dairy dinner, stories, and songs featuring Cantorial Soloist Laura Lenes and accompanist Stan Sabarsky. Temple Ahavat Shalom, 1575 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor, will hold its Family Hanukkah party on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 11:30 a.m. Join the congregation for a childrens choir performance, food, holiday treats, arts and crafts acmation, call Susan Herron at (215) 882-4754. Young Israel Chabad of Pinellas County invites the community to the 12th annual Hanukkah on Ice on Sunday, Dec. 17 from 5:45 Countryside Mall, 27001 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater. There will be fun for kids and adults lighting at 6:30 p.m. The evening includes ice skating, Jewish music, latkes and doughnuts, face painting, balloon sculpting, Hanukkah spinner Lego dreidel. Admission is free, but RSVP is required. RSVP to www.YIChabad. com/Ice or call (727) 789-0408. CENTRAL PINELLASHanukkah Shabbat services and latke dinner will be held on Friday, Dec. 15 at 6:15 p.m. at Temple Bnai Israel, 1685 S. Belcher Road, Clearwater. Feast on chicken and latkes and other festive treats before a Friday Night Live service that includes live music with the Kol Rina Choir and FNL band. Bring your hanukkiah. Dinner is $10 per person or $20 per (727) 531-5829. SOUTH PINELLAS Congregation Bnai Israel, will host its Chase the Dreidel 5K event on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 4 p.m. Chase a giant dreidel down the streets of St. Petersburg and the Pinellas Trail, beginning and ending at the synagogue, 300 58th St. N., St. Petersburg. Race events include a professionally-timed race on a police-secured course walkers and baby strollers welcome and a Fun Run for youths under age 11. Registrants receive a t-shirt, latke buffet and a swag bag. Awards will be given for top the race before Dec. 1 and $36 after that date. Free activities for the community include a bounce house, crafts, and storytelling. Top it all off with a potato pancake latke buffet and jelly doughnuts. The buffet is free for racers, $5 for others. For more information, contact Hana Cowart at (727) 344-1017,, or visit Temple Beth-El, 400 S. Pasadena Ave., St. Petersburg, will hold a Tot Hanukkah event on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 9:30 a.m. Children through age 5 are invited to participate in this Hanukkah themed program with Hanukkah songs and crafts, snacks and more. Part of the Shabbat Wonder program, the goal is to foster community among families with young children, while introducing them to Judaism. Everyone is welcome. Build your own menorah at a Hanukkah workshop on Sunday, Dec. 10 from 2-4 p.m. at the Home Depot in the Crosswinds Shopping Center. There will be music and refreshments and a free workers apron. This is a free, family event, sponsored by Chabad of St. Petersburg. RSVPs are necessary as the event is limited to 50 children. To RSVP, go to or call (727) 344-4900. Hanukkah Extravaganza, a celebration of Sundial, 153 Second Ave. N., St. Petersburg on Tuesday, Dec. 12 from 5-7:30 p.m. There will be a show by Israels King of Blues, side entertainment, food, drinks, and fun activities for all ages. There is no charge and reservations are not necessary. Food will be available for purchase. This event is hosted by Chabad of St. Petersburg. For more information, visit Congregation Bnai Israel in St. Petersburg will hold a Hanukkah party on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 5:30 p.m. as participants light the largest hanukkiah in St. Petersburg and celebrate with a Hanukkah sing-a-long and a latke buffet. WEST PASCO COUNTY Pasco County Commissioner Kathryn Starkey will take part in the Grand Menorah Lighting and Hanukkah Party, sponsored by Chabad of West Pasco, on Thursday, Dec. 14, from 5:30 7 p.m. at Trinity Community Park Blvd. The event will also include a balloon artist, face painting, hair wraps, a show with Dallas the Fire Guy and a meet and greet with will be served. The party is free and everyone is welcome. For more information, call (727) 376-3366 or email HERNANDO COUNTY A Hanukkah Street Fair and menorah lighting will be held on Thursday, Dec. 14, at 5 p.m., hosted by Chabad Spring Hill. The festivities will be held at the Spring Hill Professional Center (in front of Babies and Beyond Pediatrics) featuring the Phoenix Fire & Arts Show, create your own menorah, arts and crafts, latkes and doughnuts. For more information and to register go to Chabadspringhill. com or call, (352) 600-2779 Temple Beth Davids Hanukkah tradition, Night of 100 Menorahs, will be held on Sunday, Dec. 17, at 5 p.m. The celebration will include a complete catered meal, singing, Hanukkah gelt, dreidels, presents for the children and fun for the entire family. Admission for temple member adults is $24, $5 for children; non-member adults $30, $8 for children. All children 3 and under eat free. Reservations and payment are required by Dec. 8. Call (352) 686-7034 for more information and to RSVP. Guests are encouraged to bring menorahs and candles. TAMPAJewish Heritage Night will be celebrated at Amalie Arena on Thursday, Dec. 7 when The Tampa Bay Lightning take on the Colorado Avalanche. The event, sponsored by the Tam pa JCCs & Federation and Chabad Centers Tampa Bay, will include a pre-game menorah lighting ceremony at Ford Thunder Alley at 6:45 p.m. Tickets for the game, which begins at 7:30 p.m., cost $30 for the upper level and $100 for the lower level and include a gift and kosher meal on the Bud Light party deck until the start of the second period. To buy tickets, visit and use promo code: Chanukah17. For more information, call Sam Reiner at (813) 301-6814 or email HappeningsInformation received as of press time:JERUSALEM (JTA) Israel offered humanitarian assistance to the victims of the earthquake that killed hundreds of people in Iran and Iraq but was turned down. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he was motivated by photographs of the devastation caused by the Nov. 12 magnitude 7.3 earthquake, which has killed at least 530 people in Iran and several in Iraq. I saw these heartbreaking images of men and women and children buried under the rubble, Netanyahu told Jewish leaders gathered at the annual General Assembly of the Jewish Federation of North America movement in Los Angeles last week. He added: Ive said many times that we have no quarrel with the people of Iran. Our quarrel is only with the tyrannical regime that holds them hostage and threatens our destruction. But our humanity is greater than their hatred. This shows the true face of the Iranian Iran and Iraq reject Israels offer of aid for earthquake victims


Business Professional Directory& PAGE 12 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY NOVEMBER 17 30, 2017LET THE COMMUNITY KNOW YOU MEAN BUSINESSin the JEWISH PRESSBusiness & Professional DirectoryFor as little as $38 per issue.For more information, call (727) 535-4400 POSITION WANTEDWANTED: Adults with a desire to befriend a Jewish youngster. As a mentor/role model Community Services, (727) 450-7278. VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES COMMUNITY SERVICES DONATIONS WANTEDCOULD YOUR CHILD USE ANOTHER ADULT IN THEIR LIFE? Do you have children between the ages 6 who would at (727) 450-7278, for more information. SERVICESM enorahENORAH M anorANOR seeSEE K sS larLAR G eE P rintRIN T A ndND R eE G ularULAR B ooOO K sS fo r the at Marion and Bernard L. Samson Nursing CLASSIFIEDS ADS services and merchandise advertised, nor screens advertisers. All ads must be submitted in writing. $10 for 15 words, 10 each additional word. ACCOUNTANT SIN GG ER CONSULTIN GG : Organizations GIFTSTHE A PPPP RO PP RIATE SYM PP ATHY GG IFT:   received, and always   well remember ed! (212) 758-7477 C areARE G iI V erER :   HadassahHanukkah party: Join in some preHanukkah fun at the St. Petersburg Chapter of Hadassahs Annual Hanukkah party on Thursday Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Sage, 400 Fourth Ave. S., St. Petersburg. Bring a wrapped gift valued at $12 to $15 (with a hint of whats inside) for a special fund-raising auction. To RSVP, contact Rhoda Ross before Dec. 4 at or (727) 548-5405 and let her know what dairy or pareve dish you will bring to share. Luncheon: The North Pinellas Chaper of Hadassah will hold a luncheon and innoon at the Preserve (formerly Inn on the Pond), 2010 Greenbriar Blvd., Clearwa ter. Cost is $18 for the salmon lunch with advance reservation. Deadline to RSVP is Dec. 11. Contact Janice Caine at (727) 7263735 or Veronica Harris (727) 939-1759.Generations AfterSeeking members: The Generations After organization, consisting of sons or daughters or an adult grandchild of a Holocaust survivor or Holocaust refugees, reShelly Nadler, president; Leah Davis, director of membership and events; Yael Schauder, director of communications, and Barbara Bergren, Schauder, Diane Mandel and Renee Daniels, publicity. Charlene Wygodski and Bergren are co-chairs of the Witness of the Witness Book Club, which meets six times a year. The group holds luncheons on ing to join need only become a member of 0100. Contact Wygodski at CharleneWyg@ The organization is on Facebook at: GATampabay/Genealogical SocietyLunch and learn: The Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay will meet for a lunch and learn social on Sunday, Dec. 10 at noon at Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services, 14041 Icot Blvd., Clearwater. A pot luck luncheon   will be served at noon followed by a brief business meeting at 1:30   progr am will feature members success stories and lessons learned in researching their families. There is no charge to members, $5 for guests for lunch.   Reservations must be made   by Dec. 2   to ensure there will be ample food for those attending   RSVP by calling   Sally Israel at (727) 343-1652. For further information on the Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay or directions to the meeting call   Bruce Hadburg at   (727) 796-7981.Young adultsBucs watch party: watching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, Dec. 3. The party, sponsored by #Gather, will be at Blind Goat Food & Drink Co., 4105 Hender son Blvd., Tampa from noon to 4 p.m. The receive a free drink. There will be craft beer, cocktails, wings, pizzas and more, with food and drink specials available. There is no cost to attend; food and drink at your own cost. #Gather is designed to help young adults connect with friends and meet new people. The events are open to young adults in their 20s through 40s of all faiths and backgrounds. For more information or to RSVP, go to: On Wednesday, Dec. 20 from 7:30 to 10 p.m., #Gather will Glazer Family JCC basketball gym. This is free for JCC members and $5 for guests. Job-LinksCareer counseling: On Nov. 27, the free program will be from 9:30 11 a.m. at the Jack Roth Center for Career Development   Foundation. There are also Success workshops on select Thursdays to aid with job-search skills. On Nov. 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the topic is Is Your Network Working For You? The workshop is free for   TampaBay   $15 for guests. Reservations required for all programs. To RSVP, call (813) 344-0200,   Support groupsAlzheimers caregiver group: 5 p.m.   For more information, call Gwen Kaldenberg at (727) 302-3750.


Welcome to the worldJody and Dennis Sherman of Oldsmar are kvelling over the grandchild, Olivia Taylor Sherman, born Oct. 26, to Daniel and Shannon Sherman of Dania Beach. Maternal grandparents are Barbara and Jeff Browder and Peter and Teresa Baso.Mazel tovDavid Elan Wygodski, son of Avi and Alexandra Wygodski of Tallahassee, recently celebrated his Bar Mitzvah at Temple Israel in Tallahassee. Proud St. Pete family include grandmother Mary Wygodski, aunt Charlene Wygodski and uncle Steven Bloom.ELAINE BELKIN, 90, of Largo, died Nov. 2. Active in Hadassah, she was a life member, a Keeper of the Gate and a past president of the Clearwater chapter. Survivors include her children, Joseph and Judy Belkin, Rebecca and Barry Rosenstein, Deborah and Edward Shapiro, Ruth and Stanley Hoffman, Wendy Belkin; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to Hadassah, or Hospice. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel) MOLLY SAMUEL, 90, of St. Petersburg, died Nov. 11. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Calvin and Vivian; sister Louisa Pitsirilos and two grandchildren. The family suggests memorials may be made to the Florida Holocaust Museum or Menorah Manor. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel) JILL DONNA SHAPIRO, 73, of Seminole, died Nov. 10. Survivors include her husband Jim; daughters Jennifer (Van), Emily (Jay) and Heather (Rohn), sister Judith (Barry) Alpert and lew Hills Memory Gardens) JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 13 NOVEMBER 17 30, 2017 727.789.2000 Jewish Press obituary policyOBITUARIES are published as a public service at no charge in the Jewish Press of Pinellas County based on information supplied by the family to the funeral home. However, the information contained in the free obituary is at the discretion of the Jewish Press. dwd tyb hrwbq tyb A Sacred Trust Michael, Mandi, David, Pati and Steven GrossDAVID C. GROSSFUNERAL HOMES 6366 Central Avenue St. Petersburg Fl 33707(727) 381-4911Reform Conservative OrthodoxGeneration to Generation, our reputation for superior service and fair pricing has made us the areas most often chosen Jewish funeral provider.THE JEWISH FUNERAL HOMES OF PINELLAS & PASCO COUNTIES830 N. Belcher Road Clearwater, Fl 33765 Michael, Mandi, David, Pati and Steven Gross P.S. As always, Im looking forward to hearing about all your family simchas. Photos are welcome, too. Send information to: Sincerely Yours, P.O. Box 6970, Clearwater, FL 33758, or e-mail jewishpress@ Obituaries 12905 Wild Acres Rd. Largo, FL 33773 Serving the Pinellas County Jewish Community since 1968The Jewish Burial Society of Pinellas County Inc. dba Chapel Hill Memorial Park is a 501 (c) (3) non-prot corporation licensed by the State of Florida By CURT SCHLEIER JTA news serviceBy his own admission, Rob Reiner was not the right person to direct LBJ Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th president of the United States. I had a lot of trepidation, he said in a telephone interview with JTA. In addition to a successful career as an actor, Reiner is one of the most bankable directors plying gamut from lighthearted fare like This is Spinal Tap, The Princess Bride and When Harry Met Sally to serious drama such as A Few Good Men and Misery. But LBJ, which opened Nov. 3, was different because he had a personal connection to the subject. I was of draft age during the Vietnam War, and I looked at Johnson as the enemy, said Reiner, 70. I thought he could send me to my death. But he revised his views of the former president both as a man and a potential movie subject when he read Joey Hartstones well-researched script. Reiner said additional research, especially Doris Kearns Goodwins illuminating Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream and Robert Caros multivolume Johnson bios, clinched the deal. Reiner discovered a man far more nuanced than he had imagined. Yes, Johnson expanded and prolonged the Vietnam War. But he also delivered on John F. Kennedys legacy and bullied a recalcitrant Congress dominated by Dixiecrats to pass the Civil Rights and Voting Rights acts, increase funding for education, and create Medicare, Medicaid and Head Start. It was like there were two presidents one for the Vietnam War and the other with great domestic programs, the actor-director said. If it wasnt for Vietnam, hed have gone down as one of the greatest presidents of all time. reveal who this guy was. It wasnt just the dichotomy of Johnsons politics that Reiner wanted to capture, but the contradictions of his personality, which informed his career. What surprised me was his insecurity, Reiner said. He had this recurring nightmare where he dreamed he was paralyzed. Johnson also had a complicated relationship with his mother in which at times he felt unloved. I thought that was interesting, Reiner said. Also interesting was Reiners choice for the actor to play the lead: Woody Harrelson, best known as the slow-witted Woody on Cheers and for drawling comic roles in White Men Cant Jump and Zombieland. When people heard about the for the lead, and when I told them Woody Harrelson, theyd say get out of here, he recalled. Id say, wait until you see what he does. The prosthetics change Harrelson into a close approximation of LBJ, but it is Harrelsons subtle yet powerful performance that is transformative. I told him dont try to imitate Lyndon, Reiner said. Just give me his essence and that relaxed [Woody]. LBJ is infused, in part, with the directors personal experiences as a political activist. Nearly two decades ago, he spearheaded a successful effort to raise cigarette taxes in California and use the money to fund early childhood development programs. Subsequently, Reiner was appointed chair of the commission to oversee the project, a post he held for seven years. asked his wife and three children for their opinions and the results were how to put this? discouraging. I only polled 40 percent in my own family, he recalled. If I couldnt carry my own family, I didnt think I should run. Nevertheless, Reiner has remained politically active in liberal causes, most recently as a founder of the Committee to Investigate Russia, which he calls a nonpartisan [organization] that puts the spotlight on what the Russians were able to do, particularly in the last election. Reiner is not a fan of the current administration, to put it mildly. As he describes it, without changed between the time it was president, to its release this week with Trump in the White House presidency transformed into one about how best to govern. And, yes, his activism absolutely has hurt his career, Reiner said. Even in liberal Hollywood, Reiners outspokenness has earned him ridicule not unlike the incessant ribbing he took on All in the Family playing the liberal Mike Meathead Stivic opposite his arch-conservative father-in-law Archie Bunker. Theres no question that people have turned away from me, he said. You should see what some people call me on Twitter. But I have to live on this planet and be who I am. And who he is the scion of Carl Reiner and the late Estelle Reiner from the Bronx, NY. Dad, of course, is the author/producer/ actor/director of such hits as TVs The Dick Van Dyke Show and the Oh God!, Wheres Poppa? and a string of Steve Martin comedies. Mom famously ordered whatever Meg Ryan was having in the legendary When Harry Met Sally Katzs Deli. My grandmother spoke Yiddish in the house, and my mother and father spoke a little Yiddish, too, said Reiner, who was a bar mitzvah. They decided to bring a teacher in to teach me Yiddish, too. I learned a little, but he also taught the history of the Jews and it was like having a little shul at home. It was home shuling, he quipped. Reiners sister-in-law is a rabbi, and well have Passover, he said. My wifes mother lost her entire family in the Holocaust and my aunt my fathers brothers wife did also, something we always think about. work. Its my sensibility. Im a Jew. I was raised a Jew. I value honesty and integrity and knowledge and education and all those values I was raised with. Of course, Reiner was raised with another Jewish value as well: comedy. Jews are funny, he said. And theres a reason were funny. You have Cossacks. You have Hitler. You have a lot of things weighing down on you. You have to have a sense of humor or you cant survive.Rob Reiner on Judaism, movies and home shuling Rob Reiner was director of the new biopic LBJ. On why Jews are funny, he says, You have Cossacks. You have Hitler. You have to have a sense of humor or you cant survive. Photo courtesy of Electric Entertainment\


PAGE 14 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY NOVEMBER 17 30, 2017 Shades, blinds, draperies Hunter Douglas window fashions Complimentary in-home design consultation Installation Shade and blind repair services Window covering motorization Mon. Fri. 9 a.m. 5 p.m. ~ Sat. 10 a.m. 4 p.m.2610 4th Street North, St. Quality Treatment for You and Your Windows. Quality Treatment for You and Your Windows. 727.823.2929 r Blazing fast Internet is available and can be yours with fntbtbt With speeds starting at 60 Mbps $ per mo. for 12 mos when bundled* rfrnt CONTACT Y OUR L OCAL AU THORIZED RETA ILER855-738-9969*Bu ndle price f or TV Se lect, Int ern et and V oice is $89.97/mo. f or ye ar 1; standard rates apply aft er year 1. Ava ilable Int ernet spe eds may va ry by a ddres s. WiFi: E quipment, a ctiva tion and install ation fees apply. Services subject to all applicable service terms and conditions, subject to change. Services not available in all areas. Restrictions apply. All Rights Reserved. Charter Communications. $8997ftb f bfSPECTRUM TRIPLE PLAYTMTV, INTERNET AND VOICE Theres no cost to you! CALL (844) 479-9559 rrrrf rntbr bbbrn rbrbfreerrbbrr r r br rr rr brr brb rb By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN JTA news serviceCaution: Meat and dairy sampling on Meadowlands Exposition Center. That may seem like an unusual warning made sense: Kosherfest is the worlds   largmajority of those attending follow the Jewdairy. sionals gathered for the annual two-day     at this years Kosherfest. Patterned matzah sire.   Oxygen-infused water     Frizza!     won the trade shows award for in Brooklyn. Ready-made shakshuka The 5 weirdest kosher foods youll be eating in 2018Photos by Josen Dolsten Elegant Desserts sells frozen pizzas in sweet                  


JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 15 NOVEMBER 17 30, 2017 Menorah Manor Guild Youre Invited by the $40.00 per person Reserve your spot by mailing your menu choice & a check payable to the Menorah Manor Guild or paying online at Thursday, January 11 at 10:30 AM Vinoy Renaissance 501 5th Ave NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701Consider being a sponsor at one of these levels, which includes lunch, tour, recognition at the luncheon, and recognition in the Jewish Press: $72 Supporter $118 Mitzvah Maker $154 Champion For more information, please call (727) 302-3888 or email Join the Menorah Manor Guild for a docent-led tour of the historic Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club, followed by a delicious three-course lunch in the dining room. Proceeds will be used to purchase new therapeutic activity supplies to enhance the lives of the residents in the Bresler Alzheimers Program. Free on-site valet parking or free self-parking is available. IRON DOMECONTINUED from FRONT PAGEAfter Obama was elected, Lynn went to work in the Pentagon for the U.S. Department of Defense in early 2009 at the age of 30, as a senior advisor under Defense Secretary Bob Gates. He served as special advisor on the Middle East in being lead on U.S.-Israel defense policy issues. Shortly after starting his job, Lynn said, Among other items Dome project, and it was stamped in 2008 as rejected. Today, the Iron Dome rocket defense system is hailed as a highly effective defense system that has about a 90 percent success rate of rael population centers and blowing them up before they can harm people. But when Lynn looked the project was rejected, he said a number of generals and defense system entirely the creation of a company in Israel was not accurate and too costly. Lynns duties brought him into frequent contact with Maj.-Gen. Benny Gantz, the IDF defense attach in Washington at the time and later IDF chief of staff. Gantz wanted the U.S to take a second look at the Iron Dome system, saying since it was tested by U.S. oftive, vast improvements had been made. I encountered a lot of rejections and heard no many times, Lynn said. a meeting with Defense Secretary Gates. Until then the project had not come to Gates for review and he was not familiar with the full details. In a recent Jerusalem Post story the Iron Dome project, Lynn was quoted as pointing out to Gates that this is a particular system of technology that we dont have available ... that Israel is on the front lines, that they are taking that they have technology which we should check to see if it can save lives. Lynn said he won Gates support to get a second test of the improved system at the Redstone Arsenal in Alabama and the Iron Dome proved to be highly effective. Later that year, after putting together a funding request, Lynn and his friend Dan Shapiro, who by then was the National Security Councils senior director for the Middle East (and later became U.S. Ambassador to Israel), met with Obama at the White House. Also at the meeting in the Situation Room were Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary Gates, Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy and other members of the National Security team, Lynn said. Lynn and Shapiro told the president that Israel was seeking to build 10 Iron Dome defensive systems at a cost of about $400 million and needed about half of that funding from the United States. Lynn reminded Obama of his visit to Sderot two years earlier, saying, Mr. President, you told us and everyone you wanted to do everything to protect Israeli civilians just like if it was your daughters; this is something we can do to protect Israeli civilians and other civilians. Lynn said Obama immediately embraced the idea. This is not absolutely something I want to support. Lets move forward, Obama said. With backing from the president, the Pentagon and pro-Israel lobby AIPAC, Congress quickly approved the funding, and in subsequent years has continued to provide funding, adding on a provision that some of the Iron Dome production be done in the United States, creating jobs for Americans. The Iron Dome technology determines the trajectory of the rockpopulated areas, and shoots those rockets down before they reach their targets. Lynn said Iron Dome has about a 90 percent success rate and it was his favorite project during his service at the Department of Defense. In addition to serving as Secretary Gates lead on the Iron Dome project, other duties included working on joint U.S.-Israel training exercises, the sale of F-35 the Davids Sling and Arrow antimissile systems being developed for use in Israel against mid-range and long-range guided missiles. His tenure at the Pentagon also included serving under Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, who succeeded Gates in that position in 2011. Lynn left his Pentagon job in late 2014 and returned with his family to St. Petersburg. Since then he has dabbled in Democratic primary for the congressional seat then occupied by David Jolly, but was persuaded to step aside when former Gov. Charlie Crist entered the 2016 race. He then ran for a state house seat and lost. Lynn, 39, and Frank Sanchez, former Under Secretary of called CNS Global Advisors, a strategic consulting business on national security and defense matters. It was at a defense conference in Israel last year that he gave some details of his work to get the Iron Dome funded, resulting in a reporter from the Jerusalem Post writing the behind-the-scenes story recently about Lynns work. Here is an excerpt from that story: President Obama and Eric Lynn at the White House WASHINGTON (JTA) A made-up reporter named Bernie Bernstein called an Alabama pastor searching for women to provide damaging remarks against Roy Moore. In what sounded like a robocall, the man left a voicemail message with Pastor Al Moore claiming to be a reporter for the He offered women money in exchange for allegations, which he said would not be well vetted, the local CBS afThe voicemail was an apparent bid to discredit allegations that the Republican Senate candidate had sexual contact with minors many years ago. Given the callers Jewish-sounding name and strong, nasally Northeastern accent, many saw the message as anti-Semitic. Hi, this is Bernie Bernstein, Im a reporter for the calling to between the ages of 54 to 57 years old willing to make damaging remarks about candidate Roy Moore for a reward of between $5,000 and $7,000, the man said. We will not be fully investigating these claims, however we will make a written report. I can be reached by email at Thank you, the caller said. Marty Baron, the s ex ecutive editor, who is Jewish (and grew up TV criticizing the call as an attempt to undermine his newspaper. It is not known who made the call. But no staffer at the Wash is named Bernie Bernstein or Al Bernstein. The calls description of our reporting methods bears no relationship to reality, said Baron.We are shocked and appalled that anyone would stoop to this level to discredit real journalism. Last week, the Post reported allegations by four women that Roy Moore made romantic or sexual overtures to them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s. One woman said Moore initiated a sexual encounter with her in 1979 when she was 14 years old and he was 32. Since then more women have come forward with similar accusations and The reported that many people in Moores hometown, Gadsden, AL, recalled him being barred from the local mall for bothering young women, though no direct evidence has been found. Moore, 70, a former prosecutor and judge, has denied the allegations and threatened to sue the newspaper. Many observers condemned the call by the invented Jewish reporter as playing on anti-Semitic stereotypes and canards of Jewish conspiracies and media control. Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt suggested it was an attack both on journalism and Jews. magazine editor Adam Serwer said a Moore supporter seemed to be pinning the blame for his political problems on a Jewish conspiracy. Others, including Washington correspondent Daniel Dale and the television critic Emily Nussbaum, found humor in the blatant nature of the call. The made-up name recalls two promiJewish candidate to win major-party nominating contests last year when he ran in the Democratic presidential primaries, and Carl Bernstein was part of the Post team that exposed the Watergate scandal in the 1970s.Call from fake reporter with Jewish-sounding name, voice seeks dirt on candidate


ten extensively about the importance of international law as a means of attaining world peace, advocating for the establishment of the International Court of Law, which was finally established in 1998. Ferencz was given the privilege of delivering the closing arguments that court against Congolese leader Thomas Lubanga Dyilo. Frencz is not done yet even at age 97. He believes in peace not war, and despite the continuing scourge of genocides, he told 60 Minutes, It takes courage not to be discouraged Im still in there Cost for the event is a minimum $75 donation. Attendees are invited to stay and tour the museum after the program. Reservations are required, call (727) 820-0100, ext. 249. The Florida Holocaust Museum is located at 55 Fifth St. S., St. Petersburg. About the Lawyers of Conscience The mission of the Florida Holocaust Museum Lawyers of Conscience is to provide a non-political forum in which to sponsor thought-provoking programs and discussions relating past atrocities and lessons of history to contemporary issues, and to encourage participation of lawyers in order to promote equality of rights and justice under law. PAGE 16 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY NOVEMBER 17 30, 2017 rfnt brf rff rfr fntnbntn rfntbffThe Florida Holocaust Museums Lawyers of Conscience invites the community to attend a special interview via Skype with the last living Nuremberg Trial prosecutor. The museums Executive Director Elizabeth Gelman will interview Benjamin Ferencz, 97, from his home in South Florida. The program will be broadcast live on a large screen via Skype at the museum in downtown St. Petersburg on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 12:30 p.m. Ferencz was born in Transylvania in 1920. Ten months later, his family moved to the United States, where he grew up in Manhattan. In 1943, he graduated from Harvard Law School and soon afterward joined the Army, Bulge. Toward the end of the war, he was invited to investigate Nazi war crimes for the War Crimes Branch of the US Army. In that role, he gathered evidence about the horrors perpetrated by the Nazis, visiting concentration camps as they were liberated. After the war, he was asked to return to Germany to serve on the legal staff of Telford Taylor, who was a principal prosecutor for the Nuremberg Tribunals, conducted by the Allied Forces against the top echelon of the Nazis. The landmark Nuremberg Trials, which began Nov. 20, 1945, established the offenses of crimes against peace, waging a war of aggression, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. Ferencz was sent to Berlin with a team of 50 other he found records of the so-called task forces or Einsatzgruppen, which recorded exactly how many Jews, Gypsies, Communists, and Soviet intellectuals were murdered as they trekked across Eastern Europe. Although he had never prosecuted a case before at age 27, Ferencz was appointed chief prosecutor in Nurembergs Einsatzgruppen Trial, in what the Associated Press called the biggest murder trial in history. At the trials conclusion, the 22 defendants were convicted of murdering over a million people. Four of the defendants were hanged. In an interview earlier this year with 60 Minutes Leslie Stahl, Ferencz said one of the takeaways from that trial was, War makes murderers out of otherwise decent people. After the trials, he became focused on negotiating restitution for Holocaust victims and preventing future genocides. Throughout his life, he has spoken and writ-Photo from United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Benjamin FerenczBenjamin Ferencz, center, in Nuremberg, Germany, during the Einsatzgruppen TrialNuremberg prosecutor to give Skype interview at Florida Holocaust Museum Benjamin Ferencz todayMEGA EXHIBITtime that many of them learned the details of the Holocaust. Mossad, Israels Secret Intelligence Service, spent seven years researching Eichmanns capture and trial, meeting with thousands of people and collecting and documenting the details artifacts from the Mossad, which helped produce the exhibit along with two museums: Beit Hatfutsot, the Museum of the Jewish People, in Tel Aviv and the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Cleveland. Besides serving as curator of the exhibit, Avraham has been in Argentina on the set of a new movie about the Eichmann capture, also named Operation Finale. The movie stars Ben Kingsley as Eichmann. During World War II, Eichmann was the key functionary in the Nazis attempt to annihilate all of Europes 11 million Jews. After the war he disappeared, but his crimes made him a wanted man. Operation Finale the code name of Israels Eichmann in his hiding place in South America, and how they abducted and smuggled him safely to Israel to stand trial. The exhibition includes objects and images made available design elements and interactive features, to tell a story of espionage, intrigue and, ultimately, justice served. One of the most dramatic features of the exhibit is the bulletproof glass booth in which the accused sat as the courtroom drama was broadcast around the globe. Standing in front of newsreels, is a humbling experience, the New York Times said in its review of the exhibit. * The Operation Finale exhibit will run from Feb. 10 July 15 at the museum, 55 5th St. S., St. Petersburg. For more information including hours and admission prices, call (727) 820-0100 * The To Life: Honoring the Past; Empowering the Future gala featuring Avraham as keynote speaker, will take place on hotel is located at 2900 Bayport Drive, Tampa. Tickets to attend To Life are on sale now. To purchase