In celebration of Hanukkah, the Tampa Jewish Heritage Night on Monday, Dec. 18 as the team takes on the Atlanta Falcons at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. tailgate at 7 p.m. as Bryan Glazer, Bucs co-chairman and a Jewish community leader, along with others light a 12-foot tall menorah. The tailgate, located at Quad C near the southeast corner of the stadium, will also feature special Hanukkah music, potato latkes, doughnuts and desserts, limitedLater, during the game, the menorah lighting ceremony will be replayed on the giant Bucs Vision screen in the stadium. The only Jewish member of the Buccaneers is center Ali Marpet, shown in Siege the Night with the Power of Light. Marpet recently suffered a season-ending injury and a Bucs spokeswoman said she was not sure if Marpet would be at the tailgate. Jewish Heritage Night is a joint project of Chabad Centers of Tampa Bay and the Bucs. The areas other two professional sports franchises, the Tampa Bay Lightning 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 33758-6970Photos courtesy of www.casalebraica.org ADVERTISEMENT www.jewishpresspinellas.com VOL. 32, NO. 10 ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA DECEMBER 1 14, 2017 20 PAGES HERITAGE NIGHT continued on PAGE 4 Light Love Laughter at HanukkahBy RUTH ELLEN GRUBER JTA news serviceCASALE MONFERRATO, Italy Its always Hanukkah in this picturesque town in northern Italys Piedmont region. Monferrato for more than 500 years, with the community reaching its peak of 850 members at about the time Jews in 1848. The town still boasts one of Italys most ornate synagogues, a rococo gem that dates to the 16th century. in Casale. The synagogue, which is part of a ist attraction and not only because of its opulent sanctuary with huge chandeliers, colorfully painted walls and lots of gilding. The former womens section has been transformed into a Judaica and Jewish history museum. And the synagogues basement, formerly a matzah bakery, is now home to the Museum of Lights. Hanukkah here is commemorated dozens of menorahs, or hanukkiyot, created Its always Hanukkah in this picture-perfect Italian townTOWN continued on PAGE 19 Join our page @ www.facebook.com/jfed.pinellas Meet Eileen Hochstadt, Did you know? president of the Jewish Community Center of West Pasco, the home of Congregation Beth Tellah. Shes striving to revitalize the Jewish community across Pasco County and northern Pinellas through monthly events and weekly adult education. The role of synagogue president likely began in North America between 1654 (when the rst Jews settled) and 1840 (when the rst rabbi was called to serve the new land). Prior to World War II, it was not unusual for a president to serve at least 10 years in the role! rfntb fnf The Jewish FederationOF PINELLAS & PASCO COUNTIES, FLf fbDO GOOD EVERYWHERE. FROM ANYWHERE. First Jewish Heritage Night with Bucs is Dec. 18 More Hanukkah Happenings, Page 10 The collection of Hanukkah menorahs in the town of Casale Monferrato is housed in the basement of its synagogue, which used to be a public matzah bakery.
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JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 3 DECEMBER 1 14, 2017 TRAVEL AGENCY, INC.4300 Central Avenue, St. PetersburgDUGGARMemberAmerican Society of Travel AgentsEugenia K. Duggar, CTCDirector of OperationsTerry W. CoxAssistant ManagerHappy Chanukahfrom your partners in travel! Emilie SocashExecutive Director, Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties Perspective Perspective a phrase which describes the seemingly dramatic pull that Jewish kids made sense: its surely a dilemma if only two binary choices are available, those being a) a rigid Jewish traditions-based holiday observance in which we light candles and fry foods (and give no gifts) or b) a celebration that embraces consumerism and offers our whiny wee ones a paltry Hanukkah bush. Last year, Natalie Portman announced to Jimmy Fallon on the To night Show Heres Jewish Americas sweetheart/star/Harvard graduate waging her pedestrian (and tolerable). For Portman, it was a simple equation of meeting the needs of her entire family, including her Christmas-celebrating in-laws, who wished to be together on Dec. 24 and 25 as both holidays coincided (or collided, as you wish to see it) on the calendar. Plenty of press responded to Portmans position, both in support and against. What I grapple with is a question of a more basic nature: how can we be an inclusive community and concurrently welcome those whose behaviors embrace the other? In this column its about a Christmas tree, but what about Halloween, or Valentines Day? What about selfproclaimed Jew-Bus (Buddhist Jews) or the practice of yoga? When I received the most recent Hadassah Magazinewhich happens to be the book issue, a personal favoriteI was delighted to see bered back to a visit I made to Aspen, CO, as part of a PJ Library executive retreat put on by the Grinspoon Foundation, during which I had the chance to sit with the Foundations president, Winnie Sandler Grinspoon. As we sat around a picnic table at the top of Aspen Mountain, the small group talked through directions that the initiative may go, and needs that werent being met. Would you ever include a book that features a family that has a Christmas tree in their home? I asked sincerely, knowing that many families who receive the book are intermarried and likely contemplate (or have) a tree. In my memory, those around the table held their breath somewhat anxiously, whether that be from the awkwardness of my question or the eagerness for guidance from Ms. Sandler Grinspoon. She only needed a moment to answer, and stated that no, that would not be the type of family that would be featured in one of the selected having a tree and would somehow make it okay. I remember feeling disheartened at the time, not in that I felt passionate that a title with a Christmas tree be offered, but rather that there still exists a sense of other or less-than despite knowing that about half of our households with kids have one Jewish and one non-Jewish parent. In our community, an average of 44 percent of our households choose to have a Christmas tree (with a peak in Pasco County percent of households have a tree). Of those under age 50, 54 percent put up a tree, and 76 percent of households with children do so. An additional high-water mark is that 60 percent of non-elderly couples (those who are under age 65 and have no kids at home) have a tree. What do we do to make sense of this, to welcome families of all types of observance, and to pursue a path that seeks to draw more people in rather than cut more people out? To offer counterpoint, there is the very real position that the December Dilemma creates a watering down of tradition in an effort to make sure our kids dont feel left out at a time when we cant escape festive holiday music, tinsel everywhere, and beautiful light displays. (I admit, cover anything in a string of lights and Im in awe.) Hanukkah is not Christmas, and to blend the two assuredly has the additional emotional baggage in the roots of a Christian holiday commemorating the birth of its primary point of worship. I remember how I spent Christmas morning from age (approximately) 4 through 18: my family piled into the car, bundled in our snow pants and mittens and googles, and headed to Mt. Spokane. We met up of the day had the slopes all to ourselves. My father was known as the expert skier and taught anyone new to the sport; my mother was always the epitome of the ski bunny. In the 1970s and 1980s, I dont know if the December Dilemma remy parents had a pang of parental distress and wished to cushion the blow of being different. They invented a holiday that celebrated their wedding anniversary in which presents were exchanged and gifted, in the middle of the summer. Now as a parent myself, I feel the sting of raising kids as both of this world and different, and like every other parent, navigate as best as I in my mind: when is a tree just a tree, and when is a cultural tradition trodden upon? Liked it? Loathed it? Want to react? I would welcome your feedback and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.Natalie Portmans tree isnt scary, and other musings(JTA) A South Florida man who pleaded guilty to plotting to bomb a Miami-area synagogue and Jewish school will undergo medical treatment and serve time in prison. James Medina, 41, is expected to serve up to 25 years in prison. The prosecution and defense reached an uncommon deal in which Medihis sentence in a medical facility, The Sun-Sentinel reported. Medina fective disorder and a brain cyst. The FBI arrested Medina in April 2016 while he was approaching the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center with what he believed was a bomb. An FBI informant had furnished Medina with the real looking but fake bomb. According to prosecutors, Medina initially planned to attack the 800-member Conservative synagogue and its school with assault rito inspire other Muslims to commit terrorist attacks. At his sentencing he said he had been struggling with the aftermath of a fraught divorce and decided to convert to Islam.So. Florida shul bomb plot lands man in hospital, then prison
PAGE 4 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY DECEMBER 1 14, 2017 Mon. Fri. 6:00 am Noon Sat. & Sun. 6:00 am 1:00 pmBoiled & Baked the traditional way at the same location for over 30 years!1871 Gulf To Bay Blvd. (Clearwater)~ Next to Clearwater High School ~(727) 446-7631 JP This years Jewish Lead ership Training Institute (JLTI) class visited One Buc Place, learning about philanthropy and giving back with Tampa Bay Buccaneers Co-chairman Bryan Glazer and Emilie Socash, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties. JLTI is a joint program of the Tampa Jewish Federation and Pinellas/Pasco Federation. The program invites emerging young leaders from throughout the Tampa Bay area to participate in an innovative, 11-session, leadership development experience.JLTI class members with Bucs Co-chairman Bryan Glazer. (L-R) Nathan Black, Michael Schwartz, Jeff Katzman, Jacklyn Steinberg, Yoni Haim, Jessica Schneider, Aaron Slavin, Luy Teitelroit, Cory Kleinman, Bryan Glazer, Brian Waksman, David Goldschein, Stephanie Kaminoff, Loren Pincus, Abby Altman, Lance Misztal and Lauryn SolomonYoung leaders in training learn about philanthropy at Bucs training facility Two outstanding Jewish professionals in the worlds of legal and Feb. 8 at the annual Cardozo and The Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties and the Tampa Jewish Federation, which sponsor the two Jewish professional societies, will host the event at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC, 522 N. Howard Ave., in Tampa, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The reception and program are open to the entire community. Cost to attend is $25 per per son. years ago, the two Jewish federations began offering this joint event, honoring lawyers through the Cardozo Society, then in 2017 introducing the Montefiore Society for financial professionals. The 2018 event will honor Barry Kanner of Pinellas County with the Cardozo Society award, and Sam Linsky of Tampa with the This years celebration will be co-chaired by last years honorees, Hal Hershkowitz, partner in the kowitz and Kunitzer; and Bonnie of Hillsborough County. The evening will open with a cocktail hour, including heavy hors doeuvres, followed by a presenta tion of the awards and a discussion of the consideration of Ethical Behavior through a Jewish Lens: Contending with Economic, Social, and Cultural Issues. The event is sponsored by the Bank of Tampa. Further event details are available at www.jewishtampa.com or (813) 264-9000 and www.jewishpinellas.org or (727) 530-3223.Cardozo, Monteore Societies to honor law and nancial professionalsEvent co-chair Bonnie Wise (above) of Tampa and Hal Hershkowitz of St. Petersburg (below) HERITAGE NIGHTThat is not to say the Bucs and the Jewish community have not collaborated before. The Jewish Leadership Training Institute annually holds a session at One Buc Place (see story above). Plus, in the past, the Jewish federations Young Adult Divisions have attended practice sessions and held tailgate and game events. For this first ever Hanukkah celebration, the Bucs are offering discounted tickets in the Club level for $155 or upper corner section for $55. The tickets include passes to the tailgate. The tailgate only is $10 for those who already have tickets. Go to Buccaneers.com/JHN to purchase tickets and tailgate only passes. The deadline to order tickets is Friday, Dec. 15. Rabbi Mendy Dubrowski, who directs Chabad Chai in South Tampa and helped organize the event, remarked Hanukkah is a chance to celebrate the power of light to dispel darkness, no matter the odds. At a time when the world faces numerous obstacles, and the darkness seems stronger then ever, the menorah is a reminder that when we kindle the light of our souls, nothing can stop us. Â The Bucs may want to take that philosophy to heart in the nationally televised Monday Night Football game with kickoff at 8:30 p.m. WASHINGTON (JTA) Jewish sailors aboard the Navy aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford now have a Torah scroll to use during their sixto eight-month stints at sea. The umbrella body for Jewish chaplains, the JWB Jewish Chaplains Council, dedicated the scroll on Nov. 29 aboard the ship in Norfolk, VA. It was dedicated to the memory Sgt. Jacob Kamaras, a World War II U.S. Army Air Corps veteran. He was drafted at age 34 and fought in Europe. On hand for the ceremony were his son, Philip Kamaras, a New York lawyer, and his namesake grandson, Jacob Kamaras, a journalist and publicist in Houston. The Kamaras family helped pay for the $36,000 scroll as part of the chaplains council Torah for Our Troops campaign, which equips chaplains with travel-size Torah scrolls. The scroll, slightly smaller than those used in most synagogues, is designed for use in the shipboard chapel.US aircraft carrier gets a Torah scroll
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Cong. Bnai Israel St. PetersburgChampagne celebration: Ring in the New Year early and bid farewell to Shabbat with a champagne toast on Saturday, Dec. 30 at 5:30 p.m. during the congregations annual New Years Eve Seudah Shlishit, the traditional third meal of Shabbat. RSVP required for this free event to Pam Askin at (727) 381-4901 or Havdala in the City: Bring a der the stars and twinkling lights of South Straub Park at the congregations annual Havdala in downtown St. Petersburg on Saturday, Jan. 6 at 6:30 p.m. Meet at the Bicentennial Fountain in South Straub Park, 198 Bayshore Dr. N.E. In case of rain, the service will be rescheduled. This event is free and open to the community. Social events to follow include a Jewbilees (Baby Boomer) Dinner at Meze 119 and ish (20ish 40ish) meet-up at Hawkers Asian Street Fair. RSVP recommended for both Lunch with rabbi: Enjoy a deli lunch with Rabbi Jacob Luski and partake in Mishna study on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at noon in the atrium. Submit your lunch order by Tuesday, Dec. 12 to Pam Askin in Rosh Hodesh Group: Relationships in the Torah are the topic of discussion in this women-only monthly meeting on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 10:30 a.m. The group meets in a different congregants home each month. Contact the synagogue more. Talmud Made Easy: On Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 5 p.m., Steve Wein continues leading a study of Talmudic text and selected commentaries. All materials will be provided. The class involves textual analysis, lively discussion, and is open to all. The class is free; no previous knowledge is needed. Blue Jeans Shabbat: Don some denim to welcome Shabbat on Friday, Dec. 22 at 5:30 p.m. for a Blue Jeans Kabbalat Shabbat. Torah study: Join in a monthly Torah discussion led by members of the congregation on Saturday, Dec. 30 following Shabbat morning services. Bring an interest in Torah, quest for knowledge, and curiosity as the group searches for insight over lunch and discovers new ways of making Torah relevant.Temple Beth-El St. PetersburgSisterhoods Pre-Hanukkah event: The Sisterhood will hold a pre-Hanukkah party on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 11 a.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, Dec. 17 at 9:30 a.m. to schmooze and make sandwiches for folks at Daystar. For more information, contact Paula at (727) 254-6436. Chabad of St. Petersburg Chinese buffet and movie: Take in a kosher dinner and movie for the whole family on Sunday, Dec. 24 at 4 p.m. The cost com. Lunch and learn: Women are invited to share an hour of camaraderie, inspiration and lunch at a Lunch and Learn session at the Chabad Jewish Center on Thursday, Dec. 21 at noon. There is no charge for the event. RSVPs are appreciated but not necessary. ChabadSP.com or call (727) 3444900. Cong. Beth Sholom GulfportSeeking donations: The is not until next spring, but donations are being sought for the event already. Those who have items to give should call the synagogue at (727) 321-3380.Temple Bnai Israel ClearwaterBible study: Explore the Second Book of Samuel and discover a unique period of Jewish history. Rabbi Daniel Treiser leads the classes on Wednesdays from 7-8 p.m. There is no fee for members; $30 for non-members for the year. Playtime: 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. Nonmembers are welcome. schedule and pricing information at (727) 531-5829. 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 gmail.com or (727) 688-0626. Food Fest help needed: Vendors are needed for the second annual Tampa Bay Jewish Food Festival on Sunday Feb. 28. Be a part of a community-wide event. Contact Enid Newmark at 712-1333.Cong. Bnai Emmunah Tarpon SpringsMedical ethics: Rabbi Lynn Goldstein will conclude a series of classes on medical ethics on Thursdays, Dec. 21 and Jan. 4, both at 7 p.m. The Dec. 21 class is on medical ethics and the Holocaust and the Jan. 4 topic is on cloning, transplants, stem cells and more. The dates have changed from those previously announced. RSVPs are requested at (727) 938-9000.Temple Ahavat Shalom Palm HarborTorah 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. Adult education class: Rabbi Gary Kleins Tuesday morning adult education class will begin this winter and meet on Tuesdays at 11 a.m in the social hall. The Rabbi welcomes your suggestions for course topics. Judaism basics: A new Introduction to Judaism class began on Nov. 5 and will continue 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 6 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY DECEMBER 1 14, 2017 Congregations Shabbat Candle Lighting Times Rabbinically Speaking Rabbinically SpeakingHanukkah has a special hold on American Jews. And I believe that it is not just because of its proximity to the non-Jewish holiday season. I think there is something for everyone in the holiday and its traditions. them. But I think there is something in that story which can appeal to people of all ages. In the oldest records of the Maccabean victory, there is no mention of this so-called miracle. The initial legends stressed the military prowess of the Maccabees. The legend of the oil burning for eight days came to the fore some 300 years after the recapture of the Temple and the festival of rededication. The rabbis chose to emphasize the miracle attempts at armed rebellion resulting in great destruction. Instead, they wanted to emphasize dedication the literal meaning of the word Hanukkah, not warfare. In so doing, they sought to stress the difference between our people and all others: Other people might trust in the power of arms, but that would never insure their survival. Our people would trust in Gods spirit, and in the process, survive. Hundreds of years after the initial legend, the medieval rabbis proposed a midrash on a midrash: They asked why Hanukkah should last for eight days; if the oil lasted seven days performed even when it seemed futile. Thus, we see a second even greater miracle performed within gone. Perhaps this message is so subtle that it is hardly even noticed. But the message gets across, with a meaning for many different people: People with addictions: When they get sick and tired of getting sick and tired, there is a reason to start over, to walk the road to recovery. Anyone who undergoes serious illness or surgery: It is not the end of your life, but rather the beginning of a new phase of life. Our capabilities are diminished, but we can still live and function with them. People in troubled relationships: Love and marriage need tune-ups; communication and understanding do not happen on their own. When these precious relationships back on track. People who have lost their youthful idealism: The scars of experience need not rob us of our idealism. Indeed, it can lead to pragmatism that will help us accomplish what, in our youthful naivete, we could not do. Hanukkah can speak to people in every stage and situation in life. As children, we remember a simple lesson that of the fantastic miracle. As adults, we can learn of an even greater miracle the ability to act with hope, even when hope seems to be gone. If we can learn this lesson, we learn new meanings for the second blessing which we recite on this holiday: Praised is Godwho performed miracles for our ancestors in days of old, and who continues to perform them for us at all times. Happy Hannukah! The Rabbinically Speaking column is provided as a public service by the Jewish Press in cooperation with the Pinellas County Board of Rabbis. Columns are assigned on a rotating basis by the board. The views expressed in the column are those of the rabbi and do not necessarily Hanukkah has message for young and old alikeBy RABBI JACOB LUSKI Congregation Bnai Israel, St. Petersburg
Hanukkah has another name in Israel, the Holiday of Light. It is in this holiday that occurs about a month after we change the clocks to winter time (day light savings time as you call it here), when sunset is earlier and more time of the day is dark when we celebrate light and its different meanings hope, warmth, happiness and joy. I have had the opportunity to celebrate Hanukkah in two very different ways. I remember Hanukkah in my kibbutz, Givaat Brenner. Its one of our favorite holidays and not just because of kids playing dreidel and singing Hanukkah songs. Elementary school kids decorate the dining hall windows with handmade hanukkiah and dreidel decorations, while the rest of the kibbutz members prepare themselves for which everyone has a part. We gather around the dining hall square about an hour before the ceremony, eat sufganiot, have a handmade Hanukkiah contest, light up our lampions (portable candle house) and march toward the Hanukkah ceremony. The tradition is that bnai mitzvot kids leave early that morning by car for the city of Modiin (the legendary home of the Maccabees, located about 12.5 miles west of our kibbutz). There they light a torch and start a relay race towards the Hanukkah ner rishon ceremony at the kibbutz, where all other members of the kibbutz are waiting for them. Each participant holds the torch for a segment of the race and then passes it on to another one. When the kids arrive sweating and tired from running, everyone cheers and applauds them. The race ends with the Hanukkah ceremony where we light the ner rishon with the relay race torch. We end the night with childrens performances and adult singing and dancing. That is my childhood memory of Hanukkah, a very happy one with a clear sense of togetherness. However, during the last three years I wasnt able to celebrate Hanukkah at the kibbutz, because I lived in Beer Sheva studying for my bachelors degree in geography. During those years, Hanukkah got another meaning for me. I took part in a volunteer program called One Day. One Days main idea is to give people who want to volunteer, but cant obligate for a long term, the opportunity to volunteer for one day at a time. Each day in the program has a different cause. Hanukkahs cause was always the same Holocaust survivors. This cause is close to my heart not just because Im Jewish but also because both my grandfather and my grandmother (from my mothers side) were Holocaust survivors who lost family members during that war. On Hanukkah, One day gives each volunteer a small hanukkiah with some candles and sufganiot and matches him/her with a survivor who lives in the area. We, the volunteers, visit the survivors home, hear their stories and light ner rishon together. Every time I took part in this program I had the chance, and in my eyes the privilege, to meet someone new, a person who went through so much in his/her life but stayed strong to go through it all. I got the meaning of light in a whole different way. To see their faces light up when they open the door and to see how happy they are to meet and talk with someone new felt like a true and current miracle of Hanukkah.The holiday of light JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 7 DECEMBER 1 14, 2017 Congregations Mor About Israel Mor About IsraelYAEL MORIsrael Shlicha [Emissary] Yaels nephew and niece holding handmade lampions Neil Horowitz, CRPC, AWMA Vice President, Private Client Relationship Manager 727-201-5538 / Neil.Horowitz@iberiabank.com NMLS #641850 rfOur strategy is simple. Provide solid, straightforward financial solutions that are in the best interest of our clients. 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Mah jongg: The temples Sisterhood invites women to open mah jongg sessions on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. Contact Debbie Rosen at (727) 686-2931. Chabad of Pinellas Palm HarborWomen & Shabbat: The second in a series titled Pause and Affect, 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 enrich 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 yichabad.com/women.Cong. Beth Shalom ClearwaterShabbat dinner: The congregation will celebrate Hanukkah and new members at a musical Shabbat service on Friday, Dec. 15 at 6:30 p.m. A congregational Shabbat dinner will follow. 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 most Thursdays at 7 p.m. Jewish spirituality: Rabbi Danielle Upbin leads a series of lectures on Jewish spirituality, on Thursdays, Dec. 14 and 21 from 12:30 2 p.m. 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. Hafarot study: Join Johanna Bromberg for Hafarot study in the synagogue library on Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 10 a.m. Jewish spirituality: Rabbi Danielle Upbin leads a series of lectures on Jewish spirituality, on Thursdays from 12:30 2 p.m. 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.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 Miri265-2770. 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 HillGenealogy talk: The Sisterhood of Temple Beth David, is having a Hanukkah luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 11a.m. Bruce Hadburg, president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay, will speak on Explore Your Roots. There will be Hanuk kah appetizers, salads, kugel, latkes,and desserts. The cost is $7 for Sisterhood members and $12 for non-members. RSVP immediately by calling (352) 592-4930 or (352) 686-5754. Torah study: Rabbi Paul Schreiber will conduct Torah study classes on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. The classes are 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, is 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 of Spring HillTorah studies: The Jewish community is invited to attend Torah study classes, with bagels, on Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. The classes, taught by Rabbi Chaim Lipszyc, are not sequential, so folks can drop in for any class. $7 per class. For more information, call Ro Kerschner at (352) 746-6258. Chabad of Clearwater invites the community to a special Shabbat dinner on Friday, Dec. 22, with Holocaust survivor and hidden child, Toni Rinde. Rinde, a longtime leader in the Pinellas Jewish community, was born in Przemysl, Poland, in 1940, about 14 months after the inva sion of Poland. The towns Jews were rounded up into a ghetto, but short trips. On one such trip in early 1942, Rindes parents, Stanley and Lusia Igel, met a Polish woman who agreed to shelter the 16-month-old baby as a Catholic girl. Her parents, also managed to escape the ghetto and were at times partisans in the woods until the war ended when they were reunited with their daughter. This The family eventually came to the United States, where they settled in New Jersey. While in college, Rinde was introduced to her husband John Rinde, another Holocaust survivor. Toni is a very busy woman and Ive been trying for a long time now to have her tell her very important story, said Chabad of Clearwater Rabbi Levi Hodakov. A full Shabbat dinner will be served. Candle lighting and ser vices will take place at 5:15 p.m. with the dinner and talk starting at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $18 per person and $180 for sponsors. RSVP by Dec. 15 online at Je wishClearwater. com or call: (727) 265-2770. The Tabacinic Chabad Center is located at 2280 Belleair Road, Clearwater.Toni Rinde to tell her survivors story at dinner
WASHINGTON (JTA) Four national Jewish organizations involved in advocating for Jewish university students have launched an initiative to coordinate on security with the national umbrella for Jewish security. Michael Masters, the incoming director of the Secure Community Network, the security arm of national Jewish community organizations, told JTA this week that the Jewish Federations of North America, Hillel International, Chabad and the AEPi fraternity were jointly cooperating on the initiative. He said the initiative began about a year ago, when the organizations recognized that conditions on campuses and student organizations required a collective and collaborative approach to deal with Jewish security issues. One of the triggers for the cooperative venture was a May 2016 protest of the screening of a pro-Israel movie at the University of California, Irvine, Masters leaving the room. The Hillel vice president of communications, MatHillel International believes the safety of our students and professionals is of the utmost importance, he said in an email. Given that both Jewish institutions and college campuses have been targeted for violence in recent years, we recognize the need to provide our campuses with the expertise to better protect their facilities and programs. By partnering with SCN, we are able to offer Hillels a direct resource to assess their facilities and prepare for potential scenarios. SCN and its partners coordinated with law enforcement during the alt-right rally in Charlottesville, VA, in August; some of the marches took place on the University of Virginia campus. There was similar coordination more recently when Richard Spencer, a white supremacist, spoke at the University of Florida, which has the largest Jewish student population outside of Israel. 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Gus Bilirakis, Republican of Palm Harbor, introduced bipartisan legislation prohibiting U.S. military assistance to any country that sells restricted weapons or technology to Iran. The No Arms Sales to Iran Act aims to discourage others in the international community from arms sales that could undermine ongoing efforts to contain and curb Irans agressions. Irans aggressive actions remain a threat to America, Israel, and the rest of the world. As the top state sponsor of terrorism, Irans nefarious pursuit of restricted weapons further destabilizes the region, said Crist. Our bill sends a strong message to countries considering arms deals with Iran that supporting state sponsors of terrorism will not be tolerated. Bilirakis added, Despite the Iran Deal, Iran continues to demonstrate its commitment to tyranny through its continued support and spread of terror in an effort to destabilize the Middle East. As we work with allies to keep the pressure on Iran, we must ensure our efforts are not being undermined by other nations and, if so, that they are exposed and held accountable.By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN JTA news serviceLast week, the story of a Jewish woman competing in the Miss Germany competition went viral, appearing in JTA along with media outlets around the world. Tamar Morali, 21, said organizers told her she was the It turns out the story and the world of beauty pageants in general isnt as straightforward as it seems. In 2011, a Jewish woman, Valeria Bystritskaia, was crowned Miss Germany. But out of fear of antiSemitism, Bystritskaia, a Russia native who moved to Germany at the age of 7, kept her Jewish heritage a secret. To add to the confusion, JTA found out that the two women competed in two different Miss Germany competitions. Bystriskaia won the Miss Universe Germany competition, meaning she went on to compete for the international Miss Universe crown. Morali, meanwhile, is competing in a pageant organized by with the Miss Universe. Bystritskaia, 31, is the Moscow-born daughter of a Ukrainian-Jewish mother and Russian father. In 1993, she told JTA, she and her mother moved to Germany to escape anti-Semitism, eventually settling in the city of Karlsruhe. Her mother warned her not to tell anyone about her Jewish heritage, though Bystritskaia said she was bullied in school for being a foreigner. At 17, she was discovered by a modeling agent, and pageant. She went on to win more than 30 titles, and at age 25 she was crowned Miss Universe Germany. She represented Germany in the Miss Universe 2011 pageant, although she did not place in the top 16. Bystritskaia said organizers never asked about her religious background and she did not tell anyone, so the fact that she was Jewish was never reported. Following her victory, however, Bystritskaia experienced anti-Semitic harassment on social media. She said shes still not sure how people found out about her Jewish background. The worst was someone who wrote Hitler forgot about her and her family, she told JTA in an email this week. That spurred her to leave the country. It was that reaction, in fact, that convinced me that I couldnt live as a Jew in Germany, she said. My title period ended in 2012, and by 2013, I had moved to America. English, German, Italian and French settled in New York, whose vibrant Jewish community helped reconnect her to her roots. She attended synagogue for the second time ever. Judaism also connected her to her husband, Joel Mowbray, the founder of Fourth Factor Consulting, which works with Silicon Valley technology companies and pro-Israel think tanks. The pair met in 2016 during kiddush at Manhattan Jewish Experience, an organization for young Jewish professionals. They wed the following year in Aspen, CO. Bystritskaia is still modeling, as well as pursuing an acting career. Her mother, still in Germany, is pleased her daughter made the U.S. move. Shes so happy for me that Im able to live as a Jew, openly and free, without any fear in America, Bystritskaia told JTA in a telephone interview. She was so touched that I was able to have a Jewish wedding. JTA was not able to verify whether Bystritskaia Germany crown. Organizer Kim Kotter said there have been other Jewish contestants and suggested an earlier winner may also have had Jewish roots. However, the woman Kotter mentioned told JTA she did not have Jewish ancestry. told JTA in an email. Many of our girls have a mixed background, and also Jewish.Jewish campus groups, national security network teaming upTurns out, a Jewish woman was Miss Germany in 2011 Photo courtesy of BystriskaiaValeria Bystriskaia being crowned Miss Universe Germany in Berlin, July 7, 2011.
By PENNY SCHWARTZ JTA news serviceBOSTON Move over, potato latkes. Make room for dosas. The savory fried Indian lentil and rice pancakes take center stage in Queen of the Dosas, a gem of a new Hanukkah book by the awardwinning childrens writer Pamela Ehrenberg. Its among eight new Hanukkah books for kids one for each night of the holiday sure to kindle the readers. The bounty of this seasons books travel the globe, from city life to wooded forests, with engaging and many humorous stories and dazzling illustrations Jewish families celebrate the Â holiday. Old World traditions mix it up with new rituals taking root in todays modern American Jewish families. These new reads showcase the many ways Jewish families from all walks of life celebrate the Festival of Lights Way Too Many Latkes: A Hanukkah in Chelm Linda Glaser; illustrated by Aleksandar Zolotic ; ages 3-8 nukkah and Faigel, the best latke maker in the village of Chelm, for got the recipe for her mouth-watering, sizzling potato pancakes. Her husband, Shmuel, races over to the village rabbi for advice. But what does the rabbi know about making latkes? This ticklishly fun World town of Chelm the source of enduring Jewish storytelling will have kids laughing as they wonder how Faigel and Shmuel solve their problem. Aleksandar Zolotics large format, animationstyle illustrations are perfectly paired for the lively story. Little Red Ruthie: A Hanukkah Tale Gloria Koster; illustrated by Sue Eastland; ages 4-8 This uplifting spin on Little Red Riding Hood features a spirited young girl named Ruthie setting off on the eve of Hanukkah to visit her bubbe, so they can cook up potato latkes for the holiday. In the snow-packed forest Ruthie, bundled up in a bright red hooded parka, meets a not overly menacing-looking wolf. Ruthie summons her courage and smarts as she recalls the brave Maccabee heroes of Hanukkah who fought for religious freedom for the Jews in ancient Israel. But will Ruthies clever schemes outsmart the hungry but foolish wolf, who has fun dressing up in bubbes colorful clothing? Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas Pamela Ehrenberg; illustrated by Anjar Sarkar; ages 4-7 dearing school-age boy in a multicultural Indian-Jewish family can hardly contain his enthusiasm for his familys special Hanukkah celebration of making dosas, Indian fried pancakes made with lentils, called dal, and rice. But his younger sister, Sadie, who cant resist her urge to climb on everything, may spoil the fun. Anjar Sarkars colorful, cartoonlike illustrations add giggles and put readers in on the action. Recipes for Dosas and Sambar, a vegdosas, are included. The Missing Letters: A Dreidel Story Renee Londner; illustrated by Iryna Bodnaruk; ages 4-9 Wooden dreidels come to life in this heartwarming page turner. On the eve of Hanukkah, in a dreidel makers shop, there are some bad feelings among the Hebrew letters painted on the foursided spinning toy. The nun, hey and shin are jealous of the gimel, considered the favorite letter in the game of chance, and decide to hide all of them. Among Iryna Bodnaruks animated illustrations is a double-page spread that is like a puzzle; kids can follow clues to hidden. Hanukkah Harvie vs. Santa Claus: David Michael Slater; illustrated by Michelle Simpson; ages 5-8 kah, Hanukkah Harvie oils up his steampunk-like machinery to produce all the gifts he needs and kopter to deliver eight nights of presents to children. Placing one familys presents next to their Hanukkah menorah, Harvie bumps into a red-suited jolly Santa Claus piling gifts under their Christmas tree. Harvey and Santa go on to discover some other homes with both menorahs and Christmas trees and get into a rollicking present-giving competition. A young girl who spies them in action puts the quarreling pair to shame, and lets them in on the joy of celebrating the two holidays happening at about the same time each year thus the Christmukkah mashup. For toddlers: The Itsy Bitsy Dreidel Jeffrey Burton and Chani Tor now; illustrated by Sanja Rescek A delightful read-aloud board book for the youngest kids who will enjoy the playful rhymes as the lively little dreidel celebrates Hanukkah. This is the latest in the upbeat Itsy Bitsy board book series that includes the Itsy Bitsy Pilgrim, the Itsy Bitsy SnowJEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 9 DECEMBER 1 14, 2017 Here are eight new childrens books for Hanukkahman, and others. Grovers Eight Nights of Light Jodie Shepherd; illustrated by Joe Mathieu Young fans of Sesame Street enjoy a Hanukkah party at Grovers house along with their favorite Sesame Street characters. The book features lighting the menorah, eating latkes and playing dreidel. Stickers, Hanukkah cards and a poster with a Hanukkah par ty game are included. For teens: Spies & Scholars Yehudis Litvak is set during the reign of the Greek King Antiochus in ancient Israel the Greeks. The 200-page teen read is geared to Orthodox Jewish teen readers and published by Jewish Childrens Book Club in conjunction with Torah Umesorah-National Society for Hebrew Day Schools.
NORTH PINELLASCongregation 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. Chabad of Pinellas County will hold a Hanukkah Shabbat Dinner on Friday, Dec. 15 at 6:15 p.m. at the Chabad Center, 3696 Fisher Road, Palm Harbor. There will be jokes and inspiration by Rabbi Pinchas Adler, a catered meal with a Hanukkah twist and a grand dreidel competition. The cost is $25 for adults and $13 for children, with RSVPs due immediately. RSVP to www. yichabad.com or call (727) 789-0408. 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 featur ing 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 tion, 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 7:45 p.m. at the skating Clearwater. There will be fun for kids and adults includThe evening includes ice skating, Jewish music, latkes and doughnuts, face painting, balloon sculpting, Haspinner Lego dreidel. Admission is free, but RSVP is required. RSVP to www.YIChabad.com/Ice or call (727) 789-0408. CENTRAL PINELLASChabad of Clearwater will hold its third annual Grand Hanukkah Celebration in front of the Surf Style megastore, 315 S. Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach, on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. The event will feature falafel menorah. In addition, there will be a perfor mance by classical guitarist Carl Rutenberg who sings in 10 languages, along with a mad science show, latkes, doughnuts, driedels, chocolate gelt and a special gift for children. Â A menorah building contest for bo ys and girls Â be made of almost an ything but the height and width can not exceed 3 feet and they must be considered kosher. Entrants must be present to win. The contest grand prize winner will receive $50 and the runner-up will receive $25, For complete contest rules and more information on the event, call (727) 265-2770. Hanukkah 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 is $10 per person or $20 per family. For reservations, call Temple Bnai Israel will hold a Family Hanukkah Experience on Sunday Dec. 17 from 9 a.m. to noon. Family activities include a visit from bricks 4 kidz where welcome for $18 per family. Be the Light: Hanukkah Party & Toy Drive, hosted by the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties, will be held on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 12:30 p.m. Activities will include a dairy brunch at Ruth attendees will enjoy holiday favorites like latkes, jelly doughnuts, entertainment and activities appropriate for children 2-11. Among the activities planned are balloon animals, holiday crafts, PJ Library story time and a photo booth. The program is for all types of families, whether there is two Jewish parents, one Jewish parent, a single parent, LGBTQ parents, grandparents, blended families, Jews by Choice or Jewish curious. Tickets are $25 per family with an option to sponsor a family who might need assistance. Space is limited. To RSVP, email@example.com. Reservations can also be made online at www.jewishpinellas.org. Congregation Beth Shalom in Clearwater, 1325 S. Belcher Road, Clearwater, will hold a Hanukkah Happening on Sunday, Dec. 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be a Create your own Hanukkiah contest sing-a-long, candle lighting, games and performances will be collected. SOUTH PINELLAS Build your own menorah at a Hanukkah workshop on Sunday, Dec. 10 in the Crosswinds Shopping Center. 2026 66th St. Petersburg. 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. Â To RSVP, go to ChabadSP.com or call (727) 344-4900. Hanukkah in the City Hanukkah hosted by Chabad of St. Petersburg., will be on Tuesday, Dec. 12. There will be the lighting of a 9-foot menorah during a communitywide celebration, with Brandes as well as other local dignitaries expected to be in attendance. The ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. with music, hot latkes, doughnuts, gifts and holiday cheer, followed by the menorah lighting ceremony at 5:45 guitarist Lazer Lloyd will be live in concert. Activities and entertainment will include stilt walking, face painting, and more at this free family-friendly event. Food will be available for purchase. For more information, visit ChabadSP.com. Congregation Beth Sholom of Gulfport, will hold menorah lighting ceremonies on each night of Hanukkah at two parks where the synagogue has take place Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 5:30 p.m. at Treasure a second menorah lighting at 6 p.m. at Clymer Park on guest at the Clymer Park event, which will be followed by coffee and cake at the synagogue, 1844 54th St. S. On Thursday, Dec. 14, there will be a Hanukkah celebration at Congregation Beth Sholom of Gulfport at 6:30 p.m. The festivities will include singing, dancing, latkes and dreidels. All are invited. Congregation Beth-El, 400 S. Pasadena Ave., St. Petersburg, will celebrate Hanukkah with its 101 Menorahs event on Friday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. This is for families of all ages. Following a short service, congregants will light their menorahs, play games and eat doughnuts from a food truck. There for adults, too. To top it off, the Jammin Jews will perform. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a food truck fastpass and avoid the lines for doughnuts. 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. A Hanukkah Celebration will take place at Freedom Square, 7800 Liberty Lane, Seminole, on Monday, Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. The event, put on by Chabad of St. Petersburg, will celebrate Hanukkah with a menorah lighting, refreshments, fellowship and Hanukkah goodies. 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 The event will also include a balloon artist, face painting, latkes will be served. The party is free and everyone is welcome. For more information, call (727) 376-3366 or email info@ChabadWP.com HERNANDO COUNTY A Hanukkah Street Fair and menorah lighting will be held on Thursday, Â 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 F ire & Arts Show, creating your own menorah, arts and crafts, latkes and doughnuts. For more information and to register Â go to www.Chabadspringhill.com Â 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. at 13158 Antelope St., Spring Hill. 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. Reserva686-7034 for more information and to RSVP. Guests are encouraged to bring menorahs and candles. PAGE 10 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY DECEMBER 1 14, 2017 Are you a senior Downsizing? Have you recently lost a loved one?Dont know what to do with all of the stuff in the home?Let us provide the peace of mind you deserve when downsizing yours or a loved ones belongings. 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Menorah Manor Celebrates its 32nd Annual Meeting THIS PAGE SPONSORED BY MENORAH MANOR On Wednesday, November 8, 2017, trustees, donors and staff came together for Menorah Manors 32nd Annual Meeting. The meeting highlighted the exciting accomplishments that were made during the past year. One of the biggest successes of the year was the Operation Upgrade campaign, which made it possible to make major renovations to the 2nd and 3rd oors. The renovations include new living rooms, acoustic ceiling tiles and LED lighting, decorative handrails and wall protection, luxury vinyl tile ooring, a fresh coat of paint on the walls, and beautiful new artwork. Another major highlight from the year was how Menorah Manor staff pulled together to provide seamless care to residents during Hurricane Irma. During the storm, Menorah Manor sheltered over 200 family members and staff, took care of their pets, offered child care services and provided three meals a day. The emergency generators kicked in, ensuring that Menorah Manor never lost power. Life was business as usual for residents, who received uninterrupted care during the hurricane. Rob Goldstein, chief executive ofcer, told the gathering: You can never be thanked enough for your time and commitment. We could not accomplish all that we do without you. You make a huge difference and are owed much gratitude. (L-R) Founders Association Members, Arnie Ross and Diane Ross; Judy Ludin, chief development and communications ofcer; Barry Kanner, Menorah Manor Chair. (L-R) Phyllis Dorian Schoenberg; Marilyn Benjamin; Edie Seligman (L-R) Rob Goldstein, chief executive ofcer; Susie Berman, Menorah Manor Foundation chair; Joel Berman, new Menorah Manor Foundation Trustee (L-R) Ann Soble, Menorah Manor Foundation vice chair; Jim Soble; David Delrahim, Esq., Menorah Manor Treasurer Barbara Baughman, Menorah Manor Guild President; Rob Goldstein Adam Abelson, new Menorah Manor Foundation Trustee MENORAHtMANOR M ENORAHtMANORt TRUSTEES (for re-election to a three-year term) Ruth Glickman Barry Kanner, Esq. Eric Ludin, Esq. Howard Miller, Esq. David Wein, M.D. NEW TRUSTEES (for election to a two-year term) Saul Rachelson Linda Reimer OFFICERS (for election to a two-year term) Susie Berman, Chair Ann Soble, Vice Chair Brennan Hervey, Treasurer Susie Schwartz, Secretary TRUSTEES (for re-election to a three-year term) Susie Berman Gregory A. Fox, Esq. Michael Gross Paul Samson Susie Schwartz Jan Sher Ann Soble NEW TRUSTEES (for election to a three-year term) Adam Abelson Joel Berman Phyllis Dorian Schoenberg HONORARY TRUSTEE (for re-election to a one-year term) Irwin Wally Wallace JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 11 DECEMBER 1 14, 2017
PAGE 12 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY DECEMBER 1 14, 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 & 40sFree drink with Tito's Handmade Vodka (while supplies last) Hors d'oeuvres generously donated by Carriage House Music by DJ Casper | Cash bar availablerwww.JewishTampa.com/VodkaLatke$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. Free drink with Tito's Handmade Vodka (while supplies last) Hors d'oeuvres generously donated by Carriage House Music by DJ Casper | Cash bar available r www.JewishTampa.com/VodkaLatke $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! Happy Hanukkah! From the Abelson FamilyAdam, Jeanie, David, Amy Leigh and Alan Rabbi Bob Alper, who bills himself as the only practicing clergyman doing standup com edy intentional, will bring his shtick to Congregation Beth Shalom in Brandon on Jan. 6. Alper credits his unique background hes an ordained rabbi who served congregations for 14 years and holds a doctorate from Princeton Theological Seminary prepared him well for a 27-year comedy career with wonderful material presented in a way thats intelligent, sophisticated, and 100 percent clean. His 90-minute stand-up act is fast-paced, with material thats unhurtful. In addition to being a full-time stand-up comic and conducting annual High Holyday services, Alper is the author of three books: Life Doesnt Get Any Better Than This, an inspirational collection that the Detroit Free Press called a volume of spiritual gems; the award-winning full-color cartoon book A Rabbi Confesses; and the recentlypublished Thanks. I Needed That, more stories that touch readers with their warmth, humor, and wisdom. Hes also produced two best-selling comedy CDs as well as a DVD. His routines can often be heard on Sirius/XM satellite radio, sandwiched in between Jerry Seinfeld and Bob Newhart. Alper resides in rural Vermont with his wife Sherri, a psychotherapist. Doors open for the show at 6 p.m. at the temple, 706 Bryan Rd. Brandon, with the laughter starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door and may be purchased online at www.bethshalom-brandon.org. For more information, call (813) 681-6547. Erin Brockovich, who became a household name following the self-titled movie that starred Julia Roberts in her Oscar winning role as the dogged legal researcher, will be the guest speaker Sunday, Jan. 7 at Temple Bnai Israel in Clearwater. The program, Truth. Humanity. Justice: Empowering Change with Erin Brockovich is sponsored by the Women of Temple Bnai Israel. Brockovich, a consumer advocate, is known to inspire her audiences to stop feeling like spectators and start empowering change in their own backyards. Some 17 years after the movie that showcased her determination to get justice and the largest medical lawsuit settlement against a behemoth utility, Brockovichs stick-toit-iveness fuels her continued determination to expose injustice and lend her voice to those who do not have one. Erin Brockovich stands for who we are as a community. At a time when people need hope, when people want to feel like they can make a difference a real life change agent can inspire and normalize being extraordinary, she will shine a light on the greatness within us all, said co-chair Becca Tieder. Following the movie, Brockovich realized that she could use her notoriety to spread positive messages of personal empowerment and to encourage others to stand up and make a difference. For three seasons, Brockovich hosted the Lifetime series, Final Justice with Erin Brockovich. The show celebrated everyday women who triumphed when faced with overwhelming adversity. She also has had a New York Times Business best-seller, Take It from Me. Lifes A Struggle, But You Can Win. As President of Brockovich Research & Consulting, she is currently involved in numerous environmental projects worldwide. She has requests for her help in ground water contamination complaints in every state of the US, Australia and other international hot spots. This is the second year that the Women of Temple Bnai Israel has sponsored a speaker, focusing on empowerment. This program has become so important because it gathers 850 members of our community. All religions, identities, races and creeds come together with the hopes of building a better place to live and love. This evening is a powerful reminder that we all belong to one another, said event co-chair Katie Burns Blaxberg. Tickets are $40 and available by going to www. Eventbrite.com and searching under Erin Brockovich. The temple is located at 1685 S. Belcher Road, Clearwater. For more information, call the temple Erin Brokovich to speak at Temple Bnai IsraelComic rabbi coming to Beth Shalom in Brandon Rabbi Bob Alper Erin Brokovich
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My Jewish Learning uses Hanukkah, but Chanukah, Chanukka and Hanukka are also common spellings. Why does Hanukkah last eight days? There are two explanations for the eight-day length. One is that Hanukkah commemorates not just the Maccabees victory and rededication of the Temple, but the miracle of the oil: one days supply for the Temple lamp lasted eight days. Another explanation is that was actually a delayed Sukkot celebration, and Sukkot which, like Passover, is a pilgrimage festival traditionally lasts eight days. What is Hanukkah about? Hanukkah celebrates the Maccabees rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after its de164 BCE. According to rabbinic tradition, the holiday also commemorates the miracle of the oil noted above. Some people see Hanukkah as a celebration of religious freedom, whereas others see it as a triumph of tradition over assimilation. For many people, it is simply an opportunity for festivity during the darkest time of the year, the winter solstice. Why does Hanukkah fall on a different date each year? Hanukkah always falls on the 25th of the Hebrew month of Kislev, which usually is sometime in December. Because the Jewish calendar is a combination of solar and lunar, the date tuates each year. Is the candelabra lit on Hanukkah called a menorah or a hanukkiah? Menorah simply means lamp and can refer to other candela bras such as the seven-branch menorah in the Emblem of Israel and used in the Temple in Jerusalem. A hanukkiah is a on Hanukkah. However, many people call it a menorah or Hanukkah menorah you usually can tell from context when a person is referring to a Hanukkah candelabra and not another kind of lamp. Why do Jews play dreidel on Hanukkah? There are different explanations for this tradition, but historians believe the dreidel is an adaptation of another top-spinning game that Europeans played at Christmas time. Do Jews traditionally exchange gifts on all eight nights of Hanukkah? Actually, exchanging gifts on Hanukkah is a relatively new tradition. American Jews used to exchange gifts on Purim, but in the late 19th century there was a shift from Purim to Hanukkah. Christmas, which falls at the same time of year, became a national holiday in America at this time, and the Jewish custom of gifts on Hanukkah shifted as the Christian holidays consumerism grew. When it comes to how many gifts to exchange and when, families have different traditions. nukkah one day before the date listed on my calendar? rian calendar begin at midnight, dates on the Hebrew calendar begin at sundown that means a holiday starts hours before the corresponding date on the ence is particularly noticeable on Hanukkah, since celebrations tend to take place at night rather than during the day. So while your calendar may say Hanukkah starts on Dec. 13, it actually begins this year on the preced ing evening, Dec. 12. The last candle will be lit this year on Tuesday, Dec. 19. Whats the proper way to greet someone on Hanukkah? Happy Hanukkah, chag sameach (Hebrew for happy holiday) or Hanukkah sameach (Hebrew for Happy Hanukkah). Do Jews traditionally go to synagogue on Hanukkah? Jewish law does not require Jews to observe Hanukkah anywhere outside the home. However, some special liturgy and readings are added to the daily and Shabbat prayer services that take place during Hanukkah. Maccabees in the Bible, but couldnt. Where is it? The Book of Maccabees, in which the Hanukkah story is detailed, was not included in the Hebrew Bible and instead is in a category of texts called Apocrypha. For centuries, some Jews used to read the story from an Aramaic-language scroll called The Scroll of Antiochus, which detailed the Maccabees victories and added numerous legends. Why do Jews eat greasy food on Hanukkah? It is traditional to eat fried foods, such as latkes and jelly doughnuts (called sufganiyot in Hebrew) as a way of commemo rating the miracle of the oil that lasted eight days. If youre wor ried about the health (or waistline) implications, consider cel ebrating the oil by dipping bread into a variety of gourmet olive oils. Â Another traditional Hanukkah food, cheese, unfortunately isn t much better for those concerned about fat. The cheese tradition is in honor of Judith, a woman who helped the Maccabee effort by feeding salty cheese and wine to one of Antiochus generals and then beheading him.There is more than one type of menorah: Shown here, the ninebranched Hanukkah menorah, or hanukkiah, and a seven-branch menorah used in the Israeli emblem.Answering some oft-asked Hanukkah questions
By AMY SHERMAN JTA news serviceMIAMI One candidate for governor is a former congresswoman and the daughter of a former governor and U.S. senator. Another candidate is a mayor who grew up in a bluecollar African-American family. A third political newcomer is a Har vard graduate who builds affordable housing. Florida has been known as a place where candidates of diverse backgrounds make a name for themselves. But in statewide races it generally hasnt included Jews, at least in recent decades. Former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, a wealthy businessman with a knack for drawing attention to himself and his citys struggles with climate change, is hoping to become the exception. With Florida set to elect a new governor in 2018, Levine is the only candidate among the serious contenders who is Jewish. While some political observers question whether a Jew from liber al Miami Beach can win in a state that hasnt elected a Democratic governor since 1994, Levine sees that as nonsense. I knew this African-American guy, believe it or not, who won the state twice and was elected president of the United States twice, and an older Jewish guy almost got the Democratic nomination for president, he says. (Barack Obama carried the state in the 2008 and 2012 elections. In the 2016 Florida Democratic primary, Hillary Clinton beat Bernie Sanders in a landslide.) The last Jews elected statewide were in the 1970s: Â U.S. Sen. Richard Stone Â and Â Attorney General Robert Shevin. Stone, now 89 and living in Maryland, says being Jewish wasnt an obstacle to running statewide the main hurdle was being from Miami Beach. Â It can be done, as Ive shown, but people are normally more comfortable with a nearby neighbor running for way away, he said. The saying in Florida is that the more north you go, the more south you go which means voters in the conservative northern part of the Sunshine State may not relate to candidates from liberal South Florida. Successful candidates must appeal to the factions of voters across the state, said Ashley Walker, who ran Obamas 2012 campaign in Florida. A candidates ability to appeal to diverse voters across the state is more important than their racial or religious background, she says. About 3.3 percent of the population in Florida is Jewish. Since half the Jews in Florida are over 65 and Jews historically vote in higher numbers than other groups, the percent who vote is higher, around 5 to 7 percent, says University of Miami demographer Ira Sheskin, who studies the Jewish commu nity. The majority of Jewish voters are Democrats. Florida has had only one gover nor with Jewish roots, according to the Jewish Museum of FloridaFIU. Â David Sholtz, who served as governor in 1933-37, was born to Jewish parents but considered himself Congregationalist, according to an article in the Â Jewish Daily Bulletin Â in 1932. A few Jewish Democrats have run statewide in recent years but lost. In the 2014 Democratic primary for governor, former state Sen. Nan Rich of Broward County lost to former Gov. Charlie Crist, who then lost to Republican Gov. Rick Scott in the general election. In 2010, two Jewish Democrats competed in the primary for attorney general: The winner, Dan Gelber, lost in the general election to Republican Pam Bondi. Gelber, who is now the Miami Beach mayor, says Democratic voters look for a candidate who checks certain progressive boxes such as favoring abortion rights and wont make a decision based on religion. Levine is a successful busiing to him than his religion, Gelber says.PAGE 14 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY DECEMBER 1 14, 2017 OPEN: MonThurs 11 am 10 pm Fri Sat 11 am 11 pm Sun 4 pm 10 pm211 2nd St. S. St. Pete gratzzigrille.com Call now to reserve: 727.623.9037 New Early Dinner Special $15 per person 4 pm 5:30 pm everydayincludes soup or salad, choice of entree, and dessert. House wine, beer, well drinks all $3.50 Can a Jew from liberal Miami Beach be Floridas next governor? Philip Levine is betting yes. Levine had his bar mitzvah at Temple Solel in Hollywood and is now a member of Temple Beth Sholom, a Reform synagogue in Miami Beach. He says religion wont play a role in his campaign. I believe that the most impor tant tenet of my philosophy is to do the right thing, he says. I attribute it to my inner core my inner compass, not to religion. In 1990, with $500 capital, Levine launched a business from a studio apartment on Ocean Drive that provided magazines and TV programming on cruise ships. The company later grew to amass a revenue of about $400 million. He later sold the company and is now CEO of Royal Media Partners, which provides media to Royal Caribbean Cruises. After spending $2 million of his own money and winning the Miami Beach mayors race in 2013, becoming an expert on how local government can respond to climate change and calling out President Donald Trump to do more. Â Shortly wrote an op-ed in Â Time Â calling on the president-elect to protect Floridas coastline. As I have said many times, the ocean is not Republican or Democrat, he wrote. While we bicker over the science and solutions, it will only continue to rise. In June, Levine hosted the U.S. Mayors Conference and showed ing by investing $500 million on pumps and raising streets. Levine, who is friendly with the Clintons and was a Hillary Clinton surrogate during the campaign, brought former President Bill Clinton to speak at the event. Levine has a gift for drawing attention to himself. He landed an interview on Â CNN Â after he pounds of supplies to help San Juan following Hurricane Maria and bashed Trumps response to the island. Democrats are courting Puerto Rican voters because they are a growing population in Florida. Levine says he is a strong supporter of Israel a relationship that began one summer when he visited there while studying at the London School of Economics. Â I landed in Tel Aviv. I had no place to stay. I had a telephone number of a distant cousin I never met, he recalls. I had to close the deal on one call. If I didnt close the deal I would be sleeping on Tel Aviv Beach. I spent two weeks on their couch. That was the beIsrael. I had the most remarkable two weeks. He has returned to Israel multiple times most recently in November after Â helping convince El Â from Miami to Tel Aviv after a nine-year hiatus. Â It began in my conference room and culminated night (Nov. 4), he said. I had the owner of El Al sitting to my right, and the chief rabbi of Israel sitting on my left. Â Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, a for mer Ashkenazi chief rabbi of Israel, took part in the inaugural festivities. David Maimon, who was president and CEO of the publicly traded El Al, announced his resignation earlier this month. for Florida governor was already crowded with contenders when candidacy Nov. 1. He faces for mer U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, who represented northern Florida for one term and is the daughter of Â state political icon Bob Gra ham; Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum; and Orlando businessman Chris King. While there is no clear frontrunner, one recent poll with 31 percent, while Levine ran third with 6 percent support. But Levine leads the pack in fundraising. He launched his All About Florida PAC in June 2016, more than a year before he ofhas raised about $5.7 million through October slightly less than half from himself. Im very Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine speaking at the Miami Convention Center, in 2015.Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images
Generous heartsThe Silverberg family was honored Nov. 16 by the St. Petersburg College Foundation for its longtime support. Earlier this year, family matriarch Jane Silverberg designated $150,000 to name the Community Center at the colleges newest facility, the Bay Pines STEM Center. She and her late husband, Donald, have been ardent supporters of St. Petersburg College and created the Silverberg Endowment for Academic Excellence Award in 1982 to help support, enrich and the general community. Over the years, the Silverberg family has taken great pride in providing funding for a broad range of projects that enhance the learning experience for students of St. Petersburg College. JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 15 DECEMBER 1 14, 2017 727.789.2000 The Jewish Press publishes obituaries of Jewish community members, both local residents and individuals whose survivors live in the area, as a FREE public service. 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 MARJORIE ANN BOSCO, 72, of St. Petersburg, died Nov. 26. She was born in Newark, NJ, and worked for many years as a teacher. Survivors include her husband, Filippo; and two sons, Paul and Alex. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel) DR. PATRICIA COTTRILLE (AZNEER), 90, of Seminole, died Nov. 25. Born in Jackson, MI, she was a graduate of Hillsdale College and the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery (COMS), Des Moines, IA, with a DO degree. She was in general practice in Erie, PA, before completing a residency in pediatrics in 1959 at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She practiced pediatrics until retiring in 1993. After relocating to Des Moines in 1974 to join the faculty of COMS, she served in numerous positions including associate dean of student affairs, assistant dean of clinical affairs and interim dean of academic affairs. She was the recipient of numerous awards and authored countless articles in pediatric publications. She served as the president of the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians, in addition to serving on national advisory boards. In St. Petersburg, she served on several committees of the Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services, board member of Pinellas County and its Sisterhood. Survivors include her step-children, Dr. Jay Azneer; Reva Pearlstein; Dr. Ira Azneer; grandchildren and great-grandchildren. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel) JACOB LAVY, 79, of Tarpon Springs, died Nov. 24. Born in Romania, he worked as an electronics technician for many years. Survivors include his wife, Sosana. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel) SYDELLE ROSENBERG, 87, of Clearwater died Nov. 26. She was born in Queens, NY and was a longtime member of Congregation Beth Shalom in Clearwater. Survivors include her husband of 68 years, Martin; her children, Gary and Marsha Rosenberg, Ellen Rosenberg and Jeff and Dana Rosenberg; 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to Congregation Beth Shalom. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel) 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, Clear water, FL 33758, or e-mail email@example.com.(L-R) Edward Silverberg, Cindy Fletcher, Sanford Goldman, Terri Silverberg Gross, Jay Gross, Tom Silverberg. Seated is Jane Silverberg comfortable putting in $50 mil lion, he says. The Democrat who emerges from the August 2018 primary will face an uphill battle to beat the Republican. The GOP frontrunner, state Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, has raised more than $16 million since 2015 through his commit tee. Although Democrats hold a Â slight edge in registra tion Â over Republicans in Flori da, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is the lone Democratic statewide ofsigns of hope in the swing state where Trump won by a percent age point and now has negative approval ratings. Levines main liability is his Â temperament Â he has lashed out at the media, blocked access to critics on social media and went on a Facebook rant against Â Airbnb Â earlier this year He also pushed for a ban on liquor sales after 2 a.m. on Miami Beach, which voters over whelmingly rejected. Â Levine says voters are looking for a candidate who has a track record of getting things done. It doesnt matter if the right candidate for governor is Chinese, African-American or Jewish, he says. Its not a matter of religion or ethnicity its a matter of being the right candidate. Amy Sherman is a freelance writer in Fort Lauderdale. A campaign led by Jewish women to provide homeless women at Pinellas County shelters with bras and feminine hygiene products is catching the attention of women throughout the county. The effort is being coordinated by the Clearwater Chapter of Jewish Women International (JWI) in partnership with Support the Girls, an organization that collects and distributes donated new and good condition used bras and new sealed packages of feminine hygiene products to homeless women and girls across North America. Chairperson for the local campaign is Deena Silver, a member of the JWI National Board of Trustees and an Oldsmar resident. Prior to delivery, the bras are washed and sorted by size, then packed for the shelters by members of the JWI chapter. Each shelter will also receive a portion of the feminine hygiene products collected. Many organizations are helping with the project by allowing JWI to place collection bins at their facilities or making them available at their meetings Presently bins are at Temple Ahavat Shalom, Temple Bnai Israel, Congregation Beth Shalom, the Palm Harbor Library, three YMCA of the Sun Coast branches Clearwater, the Greater Palm Harbor and North Pinellas Family and at all JWI meetings. Â Edith Becker, the collection site chair, reports other organizations that are or will be receiving bins in the coming weeks include North Pinellas Hadassah, Countryside Country Club, East Lake Woodlands Country Club, Womens Committee members Ellyn Kessler, Amy Richman, Edith Becker and Deena Silver Â at a Â Support the Girls bra and feminine hygiene products collection during a recent JWI meeting.JWI leads effort to aid women in homeless shelters Emmaus, Espiritu Santo Church, the CAS Center in Palm Harbor and The Retreat at Trinity. The response has been overwhelming, according to Silver, but the need is so great that we now want to extend this drive through February with delivery in early March. Any other organizations that want to participate in the drive can contact Silver at firstname.lastname@example.org or Becker at email@example.com. JWI will membership and supply the collection bin, Silver said. Few women who come to homeless shelters have more than a change of clothes, let alone undergarments, Becker adds. Our goal is to help them regain some of their dignity by providing to their needs.
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JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 17 DECEMBER 1 14, 2017 By RACHEL JARMAN MYERS Southern & Jewish via JTAW ith Hanukkah enmeshed in the Christmas season, its tough to compete with the epic candy cane, hot chocolate, caroling, brightcheery-Santa holiday festivities that dominate the seasonal parties and events. Thats why Hanukkah needs a competitive edge by including an actual competition in our holiday celebra tions. No, not just the annual dreidel game it gets pretty boring after awhile, right? Ive found that adding a trophy to any gathering really ups the level of engageparty one year, I chose to engage my colleagues in a pie competition (the winner was a classic chocolate pie, but most creative went to the French fry pie), and each year my husband and I host a backyard barbecue competition that draws hundreds of hungry attendees and about a dozen serious competitors vying for those glorious trophies. For Hanukkah, well be gameifying the best of Southern tradi tions: frying food. Heres some tips on how to encourage a little competition at your own Hanukkah party this year: Build excitement: The invitations go out encouraging guests to bring a latke batter of their choosing to fry at the party and share with a group of hungry judges. I usually include a few informative links for those who have never had the pleasure of crafting the perfect latke. Then I encourage the creativity: Sweet Potato Latkes. Car rot and Beet Latkes. Hushpuppy Latkes. The options are endless when it comes to frying fritters. Work on your prizes: Trophy toppers are easy to order online. My husband has a great talent for mounting them and getting ofegory. Or scour a few thrift shops for some old trophies that you can spray-paint and customize. The more the better: Its the holidays, everyone can get a trophy! Set up the stations: Because the weather is generally quite mild down South for Hanukkah, we are able to host this event outdoors. We set up a few different frying stations, and as competitors arrive they cook up their recipe in skillets and present them hot and fresh to whoever is standing close enough to the pan. Â W eve found that a giant cast-iron skillet on a camp stove matched with a few electric griddles works best. Celebrate enthusiastic participation: Competition usually involves friendly banter, hype music and a blow horn or two. I recommend playing the Hanukkah Project by Special Passenger Records to get spirits soaring. At the end of the night the votes are tallied, the trophies presented, and our group remembers another holiday event where little Hanukkah can stand out among the punch bowls and twinkle lights. Rachel Jarman Myers is the museum and special projects coor dinator for the Goldring/Wolden-How to add some competitive excitement to your Hanukkah partyberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life in Jackson, MS.. Southern & Jewish blog celebrates the stories, people, and experiences past and present of Jewish life in the American South. It is hosted by the Institute of Southern Jewish Life. might be just the thing to spice up your Hanukkah celebration.
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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2018BRYAN GLAZER FAMILY JCC522 NORTH HOWARD AVENUE, TAMPA, FLORIDA 33606THE CARDOZO & MONTEFIORE SOCIETIES OF TAMPA BAY &THEIR CHAIRS, HAL HERSHKOWITZ AND BONNIE WISECORDIALLY INVITE ALL COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO ATTEND A RECEPTION AND PROGRAM EXAMININGETHICAL BEHAVIOR THROUGH A JEWISH LENS:CONTENDING WITH ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL ISSUES Barry KannerCardozo Society Leadership Award Recipient of PinellasSam LinskyMontefiore Society Leadership Award Recipient of Tampa FOR THEIR STEADFAST COMMITMENT TO THE LEGAL AND FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMUNITIES & FEDERATION, THE TAMPA BAY CARDOZO AND MONTEFIORE SOCIETIES LEADERSHIP AWARDS WILL BE PRESENTED TO FREE TO ALL DONORS OF EITHER FEDERATION $25 NON-DONORS RSVPS ARE NECESSARYRESERVATIONS CAN BE MADE THROUGH BOTH THE TAMPA JEWISH FEDERATION OR THE FEDERATION OF PINELLAS AND PASCO COUNTIES SPONSORED BY: by international contemporary artists. The collection has some 185 menorahs, according to Adriana Ottolenghi, whose husband, Giorgio, has been president of Casales Jewish community since the 1950s. There is no other museum in the world quite like it. We receive more every year, and each year at Hanukkah there is a public ceremony, where we light menorahs and welcome the new pieces, she said. Only 30 to 40 can be displayed at a time in the vaulted underground chambers. The only time the collection was shown in its entirety was at Casales centuries-old castle, part of an event connected to the 2015 Milan Expo. The Museum of Lights hanukkiyot come in an amazing variety of shapes, sizes, colors and media. Many resemble traditional menorahs: a straight line of candles or a candelabra with eight branches, with a ninth branch for the shamash candle used to kindle them. Some of the menorahs can be lighted and used on the holiday. But other menorahs on display are more fanciful sculptural works created from the likes of metal, ceramic, plexiglass and wood. Artists were given a completely free rein to create a functional object or a purely evocative one, curator Maria Luisa Caffarelli wrote in the collections catalog. Each menorah is what designer Elio Carmi, who co-founded the collection in the mid-1990s with the non-Jewish artist Antonio Recalcati and other artist friends, describes as an homage to the story of Hanukkah and its message of the triumph of light over darkness. They conceived the project as a way to highlight Jewish culture as a source of artistic inspiration, promote creativity based in Jewish tradition and underscore the vitality of Jews in contemporary society. The idea was born to show that Jews, though small in number, are determined, said Carmi, who is the vice president of the Casale Jewish community, and to use interpretations of the Hanukkah menorah to demonstrate, symbolically, the continuity of the community. At Hanukkah, Jews light menorahs for eight days to recall the defeat by the Maccabees of Syrian tyrants in the second century BCE. According to legend, when the Maccabees reclaimed the Temple, the eternal light miraculously burned for eight days rather than the expected one, symbolizing the survival of the Jewish people. Each menorah in the museum is a personal interpretation of the Festival of Lights and its symbolism. The Italian artist Stefano Della Porta, for example, used ceramics and steel to create a menorah that appears to be made from giant burnt matches. Americanborn artist Robert Carroll created his menorah from olive wood, red Verona granite and brass. It has a sinuous, trunk-like base that supports eight branches that open out like a hanukkiyot for the project Carmis was a silver-plated metal bar with small cups for the eight candles and the shamash and then reached out to others for contributions. Other artists Jews and non-Jews, mainly from Italy but also from other countries soon began making their own menorahs and presenting them to the growing collection. All of the works are donated, most of them by the artists themselves. It was like a chain of artists, Carmi said. And well-known artists began to be attracted. Among those is Arnaldo Pomodoro, one of Italys leading sculptors. His menorah, presented in 2013, is a horizontal metal girder that supports the nine candles and is decorated with abstract symbols. I tried to bring out a series of abstract, imaginary signs to create a story that would connect, on a general level, with the idea of thought, experience and memory; without, however, wanting to enter into the multifaceted complexities of the symbology of the Jewish world, Pomodoro describes in the catalog. Ultimately, Carmi said, the Museum of Lights is about Judaism, art and identity. Wikimedia Commons
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