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(JTA) President Donald Trump said Palestinians disrespected Vice President Mike Pence when they snubbed him during his recent trip to Israel and threatened to cut off assistance to the Palestinians unless they returned to the negotiating table. During a Thursday, Jan. 25, meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the World Economic Summit in Davos, Switzerland, the president also added detail to Pences announcement that the U.S. would move its embassy to Jerusalem in 2019. We anticipate having a small version of it open by next year, temporarily be in a building already owned by the United States, 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 33758-6970 Just a nosh.. Just a nosh..Complied from JTA news service ADVERTISEMENT VOL. 32, NO. 13 ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA JANUARY 26 FEBRUARY 8, 2018 16 PAGES TIMETABLE continued on PAGE 10 Join our page @ Meet Dr. Rob Entel, Did you know?recipient of the 2018 PRIMER Award. His community involvement spans synagogue involvement, Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival support, Federation work, and arts and culture work in creating his own Beatles-themed museum! Hes being honored for his long-term commitment to ensuring that the Jewish community is represented in all areas of community life. rfntb fnf The Jewish FederationOF PINELLAS & PASCO COUNTIES, FL fDO GOOD EVERYWHERE. FROM ANYWHERE. fThe acronym PRIMER stands for Promoting Responsibility in Middle East Reporting, and annually recognizes an outstanding citizen who stands up for accurate journalism. Learn how you can spot bias and respond at Tampa synagogue leader, PR executive slain in Afghanistan hotel terror attackWith the Tampa skyline behind him, Glenn Selig appears on the Good Morning Britain television program in 2015. Known for taking on controversial clients, former TV host Nancy Grace called him a PR guru. On his softer side, Selig created websites with parenting advice for dads.Photo from Twitter @netanyahuIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Donald Trump meet at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.Embassy move timetable revealed; Trump blasts PA for Pence brush-off The Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival and the Suncoast Credit Union Gasparilla International Film Festival (GIFF) have agreed to a partnership that will create From March 20-25, the newly combined six-day event will showcase over more than 25,000 attendees in both Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties. Venues will include Tampa Theatre, AMC Centro Ybor, Bryan Glazer Family JCC, AMC Sundial, AMC Palm Harbor and Largo Cultural Center. Combining efforts with the Jewish Film Festival allows us to leverage each others reach and resources to put Tampa Bay east, said Joseph Alexander, board president of Tampa Film Institute, Inc., which oversees GIFF. The logo for this years Tampa Bay Jewish Film FesThis collaboration exposes the broader Tampa Bay Film community to the vast array of offerings that our two festivals provide, said Heidi Shimberg, The Tampa JCCs and Federation and the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties are cosponsors of the Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival. Emilie Socash, executive director of the Pinellas/Pasco PARTNERSHIP continued on PAGE 7Jewish lm fest to add reach with new partnership and constructing a democracy forum event for Afghani women, SeligMultimedia spokesman Adam Farragut said. From the information weve been given were unable to determine if Glenn was targeted because of his faith, Farragut added. On Jan. 14, less than a week before he died, Selig was re-elected president of Mekor Shalom, a small Conservative congregation in the Carrollwood area. So honored and thankful to be the synagogue president, he wrote on the synagogues Facebook page last Thanksgiving. Selig had already served two years as president and this year, to ensure a smooth transition when his new term was to end, bylaws were changed to create a position By BOB FRYER Jewish PressGlenn Selig of Tampa, president of Congregation Mekor Shalom, former investigative reporter for WTVT-Channel 13 and was among 22 people killed when Taliban terrorists attacked the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan on Jan. 20. Selig, 50, is survived by his wife Charyn, daughter Drew, 15, and son Josh, 13, all of Tampa. Selig was one of four Americans who died after a small group of Taliban wearing suicide vests stormed the hotel, beginning a 13-hour siege. News reports said that the attackers targeted foreigners and Afghan During the siege, a portion of the hotel could be heard as security forces battled with the attackers, all of whom were killed. Video showed people trying to escape by tying bedsheets together and climbing down the side of the 6-story luxury hotel. Besides those who died in the attack, about 150 were injured. Glenn was in Kabul on a potential success story involving Afghanistan and its steps to battle extremism. The focus was highlighting the countrys new president SELIG continued on PAGE 9Synagogues in Philadelphia and Boston make Super Bowl wagerThey are calling it the Tzedakah Super Bowl Wager Congregation Rodeph Shalom of Philadelphia and Temple Israel of Boston are making a friendly bet on next weeks Super Bowl for charity. The synagogue from the city of the losing team will the charity of the other synagogues choice. Rodeph Shalom has chosen Philly Youth Basketball, which empowers youth as students, athletes and leaders. Temple Israel has chosen the CTE Center at Boston University Medical Center, which conducts high-impact, innovative research on the long-term consequences of repetitive brain trauma in athletes and military personnel. Both synagogues also urged their congregants to donate to the charities ahead of the Super Bowl. There are cross-city Jewish ties on each side of the upcoming game. Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeff Lurie, who grew up in Newton, MA, attended Temple Israel of Boston as a child. He is a former Patriots season ticket holder and reportedly was outbid by current Patriots owner Robert Kraft in an effort to purchase the team, WHDH Boston reported. Meanwhile, Temple Israels Associate Rabbi Matt Soffer is from Philadelphia and remains an Eagles fan. He grew up going to Congregation Rodeph Shalom.At LA Womens March, Natalie Portman recalls sexual terrorism after 1st lmActress Natalie Portman told thousands of marchers at the Womens March Los Angeles that she experienced sexual terrorism at the age of 13 following the release of The Israeli-born letter after the release of The Professional in which she played a young girl who befriended a hit man in hopes of avenging the murder of her parents, was from a man describing his rape fantasy involving the young actress. Portman, 36, said she rejected movie roles including a kissing scene, began to dress in an elegant style, and built a reputation as a prudish, conservative, nerdy, serious young woman in an attempt to feel that my body was safe and that my voice would be listened to. At 13 years old, the message from our culture was clear to me, Portman said. I felt the need to cover my body and to inhibit my expression and my work in order to send my own message to the world that Im someone worthy of safety and respect. The response to my expression, from small comments about my body to more threatening deliberate statements, served to control my behavior through an environment of sexual terrorism. In November, Portman was named the winner of the 2018 Genesis Prize, the so-called Jewish Nobel, and said the $1 million prize will go to programs that focus on advancing womens equality.


PAGE 2 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY JANUARY 26 FEBRUARY 8, 2018 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.orgFEBRUAR Y 9Press Release ........Jan 26 Advertising .............Jan 30FEBRUAR Y 23Jewish Wedding GuidePress Release ..........Feb 9 Advertising .............Feb 13MARCH 9Press Release ........Feb 23 Advertising .............Feb 27 THURSDAY, MARCH 8TH 6:00 TO 8:00 PMStirling Studios & Gallery & Penny Lane Beatles Museum 730 Broadway, Dunedin (2nd oor) Join us as we highlight our upcoming cultural events with refreshments and live entertainment! RSVP to or 727-333-3106.F A B 4! ARTS & CULTURE RECEPTION Jan 27-29 Temple Beth El Art FestivalFeb 8 Cardozo & Montefiore Societies EventFeb 10 Florida Holocaust Museums Annual To Life GalaFeb 25 Tampa Bay Jewish Food Festival & Purim CarnivalMar 11 Congregation Bnai Israel Chaivana Nights GalaMar 13 Community Womens Seder Mar 20-25 Tampa Bay Jewish Film FestivalMar 24 Gulf Coast Golf Like a Rock StarApr 15 Jewish Heritage Festival Israel@70Apr 29 Sonya Miller Women of Distinction JEWIShCOMMUNITYCAMP awesome adventures! new in 2018 learn more at Summer 2018 March 10 Purim Pub Crawl, St. Pete March 20 Happy Hour, Safety Harbor April 13 Shabbat at Home, Land OLakes April 22 Mini-Golf Outing May 12 Lag BOmer Boat the Dates & Connect with Other Young Singles and Couples!


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To be sure, my perspectives here center on the tremendously collaborative and community-oriented tone to this snapshot, more so than in any year previous and likely indicating a deeper connection between community leadership, Federation, synagogues, and agencies than in many communities. During the last 12 months, we learned more about ourselves as a region, connected more people and families, and ultimately connected with each other far more than weve done before. Our demographic study, which was done in partnership with the Federation and Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services and nearly every Jewish organization in our area, began in early 2017. In November, we released results that showed that our community connects through culture, trends a bit older, and is very proud of their Jewish identity and ties to Israel. In order to serve even more families, we launched the Jewish Community Camp in Clearwater, offering a full summer of fun and friendship to campers of all ages and from all parts of our region. Transportation from Congregation Bnai Israel in St. Petersburg and Temple Ahavat Shalom in Palm Harbor made camp a logistical reality for many families and will surely delight families again in 2018. Our campaign itself again hit a record high-mark since I took on my role in 2015, with a total of $1.5 million going to the budget committee for funding events, including the reinvigorated annual meeting, this year a showcase format in which an array of community members spoke about their personal connections to the Jewish community whether that be through Menorah Manors Federation-funded YOUniversity, summer camp, Hillel, the Fed Fellows, or other avenues. Speaking of Fed Fellows, in 2017 we also sent our national Young Leadership Divisions annual mission to Israel. This investment in their Jewish identity and our communitys future leadership has already begun to repay itself in their ongoing involvement in the work we do. Throughout the year, we had remarkable and engaging cultural programming, spanning from the Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival in the spring, to our Israel Independence Celebration in early summer. We welcomed our communitys Schlicha, Yael Mor, in September and she has brought tremendous connection to the ruach that is the Israeli spirit and our own fondness for it. Its hard not to also recognize that the year was marked by shocking and unpredictable crises. As a nation, and later as a local community, we were battered by the triple-threat hurricanes of Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Irma ripped a path through our own Chapel Hill Memorial Park Cemetery, eliciting over $100,000 in damage. Shortly before this, the community of Charlottesville saw the most vile display of public anti-Semitism in a long time as the Unite the Right movement gained a brief foothold. And in the loss of one of our own families on New Years Eve again took our breath away. ed us as a community with a need to respond, repair, recover. To counter the messages of hate, we conducted a webinar on talking to our kids about anti-Semitism. To rebuild the cemetery, the Federation immediately provided $10,000 and secured an additional $40,000 through the national crisis response. And to assist with our communitys continuing process of grieving the loss of the Weiss family, the Federation helped communicate the arrangements for memorial services and will take the lead in the new year on dealing with our shared grief. To that end, I look forward to another successful year of building community together with all of you our readers and all of our community agencies and leaders who share the strong commitment of creating a Jewish present and future that is meaningful for all, attractive for all, and a home for all. Considering the opening words from Gordimer, I would estimate that far more than a year has passed given how altered we are for the better, and in some cases, just permanently. Heres where you come in: if you believe in Jewish community, if you believe that our kids deserve to be connected with other Jewish kids, if you believe that we are challenged and duty-bound to be there for one another, join me in participating in this years change. In the year to come, well be explorcan be formed. Well be funding more of everything: more summer camp scholarships, more agency allocations, more for the Fed Fellows to experience Israel, and more on culturally enriching activities that breathe life into the spaces of our community. Youre the bridge between today and tomorrow: please join me in being a part of our today and tomorrow. If youd like to get involved with creating an amazing future for our community, email me at to explore how you might Liked it? Loathed it? Want to react? I would welcome your feedback and can be reached at Year in ReviewJoanne and Rabbi Jacob Luski of St. Petersburg will be among a group of multinational luminaries to be honored on Sunday, Feb. 11 for their dedication to the Israel Bonds organization and their commitment to the State of Israel through investment in Israel bonds. The annual Israel Bonds International Prime Ministers Club Dinner will be held this year at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, and will bring together Israel Bonds leadership and supporters from several countries in appreciation for bonds investors and to celebrate the State of Israels 70th anniversary. The Luskis will receive the Israel 70 Award in recognition for their longstanding devotion to Israel Bonds and the Tampa Bay Jewish community. The Luskis have served Congregation Bnai Israel in St. Petersburg for the past 41 years, with Rabbi Luski as spiritual leader of the congregation while also serving as the Jewish chaplain at the VA Medical Center, Bay Pines. He will retire from the pulpit later this year. The Luskis previously received the Israel Bonds Heritage and Star of Peace and Hope awards. In addition, Rabbi Luski will become chairman of the Israel Bonds Rabbinic Advisory Council at a Jerusalem ceremony in February. The International Prime Ministers Club Dinner is the launch of a new campaign for Israel Bonds/Development Corporation for Israel following last years $1 billion achieved in domestic Israel bonds investments Joanne and Rabbi Jacob Luski to be honored at Israel Bonds international dinner


Cong. Bnai Israel St. PetersburgHavdalah with your pet: All Gods creatures are invited to bid farewell to Shabbat and welcome the new week with a pet-friendly Havdalah on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the courtyard of the synagogue. World Wide Wrap: Celebrate a.m. at the synagogue. Learn how to as men, women and children unite in prayer. Stay for Sunday brunch sponsored by the Mitzvah Mens Club. Jammies and Jeans Shabbat: comfortably casual Shabbat experience for young families on Friday, followed by a kid-friendly dinner (gluten-free and vegan option available.) RSVP to Maureen Sechan at or call the synaRosh Hodesh group: Relationships in the Torah is the topic of discussion in this women-only a.m. This group meets in different congregants homes each month. For details, contact the synagogue Talmud Made Easy: On TuesSteve Wein will lead 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. Chabad of St. Petersburg Schindlers List survivor speaker: Hear Rena Finder, one of the youngest survivors and kindness and compassion of Oskar hand account of that time. Finder, who was twice saved by Schindler, will speak on Monday, Feb. 12 from dents. Visit SchindlersList to register. For more Womens Book Club: Get a weekly social and spiritual boost every Tuesday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. during a round-table discussion led by Chaya Korf. Delve into the book for this year, Towards a Meaningful Life, by Simon Jacobson. The group will share strategies for not only discovering where your true meaning lies, but also in actually making it a part of your daily made pastries during these free sesto Lunch and learn: invited to share an hour of camaraderie and inspiration at a Lunch and Learn session at the Chabad Jewish Center on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at noon. There is no charge. RSVPs are appreciated but not necessary. To RSVP, email or call TGI Shabbat: and song, conversation and kosher amount of Torah on Friday, Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. There is no charge but reservations are appreciated. To RSVP, email or call the Chabad center.Temple Beth-El St. PetersburgTorah on Tap: Young professionals, Gen X. Gen Y and millennials are invited to monthly meet-ups to grab a nosh and a drink and have a conversation with Rabbi Michael Torop about Judaism. There will be sessions Brewing, 2001 First Ave. S., St. PeApril 10 at Three Daughters Brewing, 222 22nd St. S., St. Petersburg Petersburg. Adult Hebrew: Learn Hebrew and explore Hebrew as well as Jewish learning on a more personal level on will be taught by Rebecca Barancik. The education session runs from 10:3011:30 a.m. and a question and answer session will be held from 11:30 a.m. to noon. RSVP to info@templebeth-el. com. Israel-Palestine study: The second part of an iEngage study of the IsLast years program was interrupted and will conclude this year for those who attended. For those who would like to start attending, contact the to Daystar lunch making: Help feed the homeless and families at the Daystar Life Center by gathering in the social hall on Sunday, and make sandwiches for folks at Daystar.Cong. Beth Sholom GulfportSeeking donations: The conuntil the spring, but donations are being sought for the event now. Those who have items to donate should call Temple Bnai Israel ClearwaterSuper Bowl Party: big game, along with the commercials and the half-time show with other congregants at Temple Bnai There will be food on hand for those watching the game. Contact Polly Kraus Cinema caf: Come watch a movie at the temple on Sunday, Rosenstasse, an award-winning German during the Holocaust. Popcorn and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. There is no charge for members and friends. Jewish Food Festival: The second annual Tampa Bay Jewish Food Festival will be held at the at 10:30 a.m. The event will feature Carnegie Deli corned beef and pastrami sandwiches, homemade matzo ball soup, falafel, kugel, knishes, rugelach and more for purchase. There will be a wine tasting room, kids play area, live entertainment and local arts and crafts vendors. Admission is free. Bible study: Explore the Second Book of Samuel and discover a unique period of Jewish history. Rabbi Daniel Treiser leads p.m. There is no fee for members; $30 for non-members for the year. Sunday funday: Preschoolers to 12:30 p.m. when the children can play in the kids center and experience the second annual Tampa Bay 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 JANUARY 26 FEBRUARY 8, 2018 Congregations Rabbinically Speaking Rabbinically SpeakingIn memory of Hannah Weiss, zl, whose commitment to environmental sustainability and health inspires us to make a difference in this worldWhile the sage Choni was walking along a road, he saw a man planting a carob tree. Choni asked him: How long will it take for this tree to bear fruit? Seventy years, replied the man. Choni then asked: Are you so healthy a man that you expect to live that length of time and eat its fruit? The man answered: I found a fruitful world because my ancestors planted it for me. Likewise, I am planting for my children. ~Taanit 23a planet do we want to leave for our children? How do our choices today impact our future, long-term health and resilience of the planet? These questions are often debated in the public domain, but one may be surprised to learn of the profound and authentic contributions of Jewish thought to these matters. Over the centuries, our tradition has eloquently and creatively urged its adherents to be environmentalists to be mindful of consumption and unnecessary waste, to support sustainable agriculture, to provide for the needy, and to exhibit gratitude for what we have. Consider another evocative text: Shimon bar Yochai taught that if you are holding a sapling in your hand and someone says that Planting a tree demonstrates our commitment to a healthy planet. Even when our long awaited spiritual redemption is at hand, we are the dreamers, but we are also the planters. The seeds we sew will inevitably become the fruits of the next generation. Spiritual freedom is dependent on our informed choices and responsibility for one other. Our tradition is keenly aware that our encounters with the natural world stir in us a sense of peace, wonder, and wellbeing simple gifts bestowed upon those who are willing to accept them. Consider this gentle passage from a mystical tradition: Every blade of grass sings poetry to God without ulterior motives or alien thoughts without consideration of reward. How good and lovely it is, then, when one is able to hear this song of the Calling to us through a busy, loud, and over-connected society, Jewish thought invites us to do something counter-cultural like take stant chatter and tune-in to the symphony of the natural world. Imagine getting so externally and internally quiet, as to actually hear the song of a blade of grass! There is no better gift to ourselves, to one another, and to future generations, then owning our role as the true stewards of the earth that we were created to be. As the Torah states: The Eternal One placed the human being in the Garden of Eden, to till and to tend that song of the grasses from our abodes! of Shevat, may we inspired to go back to our Jewish roots to plant tions. 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 Board of Rabbis. By RABBI DANIELLE UPBIN Cong Beth Shalom, ClearwaterJewish roots Shabbat Candle Lighting Times


sine. It started with the question of what type of Israeli food I would recommend eating when visiting Israel and my immediate, excited response was (obviously) shakshuka, falafel and shawarma. These are the most common, cheap, anywhere to be found types of foods that one can eat in Israel. But these are not Israeli food, all of them are originally from other countries is what I was told in reply. In out once and for all, what is Israeli food? Israeli cuisine is a term that describes either foods that are common in Israel or foods that are originating in Israel. Having said that, there is still a very lively discussion about Israeli cuisine. Some people say that there is no such thing and it is due to several reasons: Israel is a young country with a relatively short tradition of cooking and many of the foods considered Israeli are actually sourced from Middle Eastern cuisine like falafel, hummus and shakshuka. Another argument is that Israeli cuisine has adopted, and continues to adapt, elements of various styles of Jewish cuisine, particularly the Mizrahi, Sephardic and Ashkenazi styles of cooking like Having said that, it is still safe to say that Israel has its own, unique cuisine. To start with, other countries like Israel have adopted different types of food as national ones even though its origin is elsewhere. Take the United States for example. Hamburger, hot dogs and french fries are all considered in some way to be a local cuisine, but their origin is in Germany and France. Still it doesnt take away the fact that these dishes are very local. Besides that, much of Israels foods which are considered to be originated in other countries has transformed and nowadays combines different elements of the both Jewish and Middle Eastern cuisine. In other words the same type of food both in Israel and in other countries but what makes it Israeli is the transformation it got once it landed in Israel and got its special twist by mixing it with other cuisine customs. But thats not all. Israel does have its own share of original culinary contributions to the world. A few of our national foods were invented in Israel and are sold or made all over the country. The most common ones are ptitim and bamba. Ptitim, if you havent heard rice was scarce and is shaped like little balls or like rice grains. It is basically little grains of baked pasta and is also called Ben Gurion rice or Pearl Couscous. Ptitim is popular among Israeli children, who eat it plain, or mixed with fried onion and tomato paste but, in some Bamba probably rings a bell to some of you. It is a that is produced and sold in Israel and nowadays is also ering that doesnt have bamba in it. Its so popular in Israel and with kids especially, that according to studies, it has been proven that Israel has the smallest ratio of people allergic to peanuts. Yes, it is because we eat bamba from infancy. To say that Israel has no national cuisine is far from the truth. Since before the establishment of the State of Israeli Jewish fusion cuisine has developed and became what it is today a rich, diverse and yummy cuisine that if you ever get a taste of it, all you want to do is feast on it all day long. JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY JANUARY 26 FEBRUARY 8, 2018 CongregationsYael Mors yearlong visit to the community is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties. She can be reached at (727) 530-3223 or by email at Mor About Israel Mor About IsraelYAEL MORIsrael Shlicha [Emissary] Israeli cuisine Bamba PtimimAdult playtime: 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 Cong. Bnai Emmunah Tarpon SpringsBig game plans: Congregation Bnai Emmunah is working with the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tarpon Springs, another small church, and possibly a mosque to throw a Super Bowl party for the homeless will include dinner, snacks, football trivia, give-away prizes, personal hygiene items, and more. Planners hope to have a player from the Tampa Buccaneers, and perhaps other special visitors. A team is being assembled to coordinate the event, with members from each of the participating religious or call (727) Meal and a movie: On Saturday, Feb. showing of Groundhog Day. Dessert will be supplied.Temple Ahavat Shalom Palm HarborTorah study: Congregant Susan Segal teaches a Torah study class on Thursdays attendance is required. The class will use the book The Torah: A Womans Commentary. Judaism basics: An Introduction to Judaism class is offered on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. This class, taught by Rabbi Gary Klein, is appropriate for non-Jewish spouses and ing Judaism as their faith, and those who are already Jewish who wish to review and endents are welcome anytime. The course fee is $100 per person or couple, for non-members. There is no fee for temple members. Science and religion: Tuesday morning adult education class is under way with remaining sessions on Tuesdays, Feb. 6, 13 and 20 at 11 a.m. in the social hall. Professor Alan Gorlick leads the course, Science and Religion, focusing on the aspects of the universe too tiny to imagine, as the class investigates quantum physics. Call the temple Healthy eating potluck: Bring vegetables, legumes, and whole grains for a potluck meal on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 6:30 pm. when Dr. David Bernstein will present a program on healthy aging. Bring a dish to Paula Rosoff at, or Marcia at History lesson: Dr. Eric Steckler will tory of the Old City of Jerusalem From 70 CE to the Present. Part 1 will be on Tuesday, Feb. 20 7 p.m. on The Ancient and Medieval at 7 p.m. on The Modern Old City. JCC of West Pasco Port RicheyUnderstanding prayer: A class to study the history, meaning, and relevance of the prayers in Shabbat services beginning with Kabbalat Shabbat and continuing with the Maariv service on Friday night and all of the parts of the Saturday morning service. Knowledge of the Hebrew language is not required. It is anticipated that the class will help participants make services more through May. There is no fee and all are welcome. Purim: There will be an ice cream social followed by the reading of the Megillah interspersed with the congregations annual original spiel and merriment beginning are welcome. There is no charge to attend.Cong. Beth Shalom ClearwaterWalk of Peace: Join in a United Faiths is sponsored by 17 faith-based organizations, including Congregation Beth Shalom. It will begin at 2 p.m. at John R. Lawrence Pioneer for about 2 miles through the city, stopping from a variety of faith leaders. Everyone is welcome. Those interested in purchasing Womens heart health: On Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. there will be an Every Beat Counts discussion on heart health for women that will include experts from Clearwater Cardiovascular Consultants, Dr. Vanessa Lucarella, cardiologist, and Michelle Cameron, director of clinical research. Heart healthy desserts will be served. This is a free event and open to the community. RSVP to Cheryl Schwartz at Brotherhood Shabbat: Members of the Brotherhood will conduct special Shabbat services on Friday, Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Talmud classes: On Mondays and tradition with Dr. Priscilla Nathanson. The class is open to all levels of knowledge. The Monday class is held after minyan from 10 dates of the classes. Lox & Learn: Led by Rabbi David Weizman, explore the weekly Torah portion every Thursday following minyan. Breakfast 10 a.m. Haftarot study: This study will be led by Johanna Bromberg in the synagogue Chabad of ClearwaterTorah and tea: Rebbetzin Miriam Hodakov leads a Torah and Tea exclua.m. There is no charge to attend. RSVP to or (727) For women only: The author of the book, Thank You G-d for Making Me a Woman, Rabbi Aaron L. Raskin will be the guest speaker at Chabad of Clearwater on Sunday, Rabbi Raskin aims to show that it is a mistaken belief that Judaism values the male contribution to its daily liturgy and life more than the female. His book lays out traditional observance and new scholarship on the Jewish womans role, which shows that it isnt marginal, its essential. issary to downtown Brooklyn and has been the rabbi of Congregation Bnai Avraham quarter of a century. He is also the dean of Brooklyn Heights Jewish Academy. A dynamic orator, his other books include: Letters of Light, By Divine Design, Guardian and Mezuza. All Jewish women in the community are invited to attend. RSVP online @ or Chabad of West Pasco TrinityPray, eat, watch video: On Sundays will be a short video presentation. There is no charge and everyone is welcome. Study groups: Probe the ideas and issues presented in each weeks Torah porstudies classes offer timely lessons for living. The class is free. Tanya class: A new weekly Tanya class, A Tale of Two Souls, meets on Saturroadmap for emotional healthy living. The our purpose here on earth? How are we to battle our evil inclination? The class is free.Cong. Beth David Spring HillDirect from Sweden: Temple Beth David will welcome the Stahlhammer Klezmer Classic band direct from Sweden for its Florida debut. This international group They will play klezmer, Swedish music, tango and more. Tickets, including dessert Torah study: Rabbi Paul Schreiber will conduct Torah study classes on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. The classes 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, class for non-members.Chabad of Spring HillTorah studies: The Jewish community is invited to attend Torah study classes, with The classes, taught by Rabbi Chaim Lipszyc, are not sequential, so folks can drop in fee is $7 per class. For more information, call Ro Kerschner Rabbi Aaron L. Raskin


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Active in sports, Samantha plays on the North-West softball team.Samantha Rose HesseJoshua Samuel Frenden, son of Dan and Lori Frenden of New Port Richey, will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, Feb. 3 at Congregation Beth Am in Tampa. A seventh-grade honors student at Dayspring Academy, Joshua is a member of the Thespians. Inter ested in baseball, he also is a mem ber of Jr. Bitty. Joshua is an annual Jewish National Fund donor. Special guests will include grandfather Stuart Portnoy of Land OLakes, grandmother Marie Frenden from South Dakota and greatgrandmother Rosemarie Hlosta from Chicago.Joshua Samuel Frenden Bnai MitzvahSixteen professional and lay leaders in the Jewish community will be sharpening their skills as part of a new leadership training ini tiative of the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties. The Yesod Community Leadership Devel Jan. 12. Educator Rabbi Danielle Upbin, who also serves as associate rabbi at Congregation Beth Shalom in Clearwater, is leading the program, which has been developed by the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning at He brew University in Jerusalem. The curriculum is based on Jewish Leadership 2.0, written by renowned expert Dr. Erica Brown. Yesod is the Hebrew word for foundation and it is anticipated that the participants will serve as the foundation for the leadership in their respective organizations. Members of this years class are: Sandra Braham Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Childrens Services; Lisa Cohen Temple Beth-El; Caren Evans Congregation Beth Shalom; Sarah Feld Congregation Bnai Is rael; Sarah Gotlieb Temple Beth-El; Eileen Hochstadt West Pasco Jewish Community Center; Polly Krauss Temple Bnai Israel; Maxine Kaufman Jewish Federation of Pi nellas & Pasco Counties; Beth Levin TOP Jewish Foundation; Gayle Maller Temple Ahavat Shalom; Stefani Margolis Temple Beth-El; Cindy Minetti Gulf Coast Jew ish Family & Children Services; Kelli Rolfe Benjamin Tower Foundation; Maureen Sechan Congregation Bnai Israel; Karen Tashman Congregation Beth Shalom and Ellen Weiss TOP Jewish Foundation. entirely of women. Rabbi Upbin noted that while this was not the original intention, the vibe of the partici pants in the room feels right and very natu ral. The Y esodESOD cu rriculum is built upon the knowledge and skills a leader, whether profes sional or lay, needs to be effective. Course con tent merges Judaic text study, business skills, leadership theory and experiential application. Yesod sessions will provide participants with tools and techniques to help them ad vance their leadership skills. Most important ly, it creates a cohort of peers who will serve as resources and strategic partners. Volunteer succession planning is a criti cally important process and Yesod helps orga nizations and communities prepare their rising leaders for expanded leadership roles, said Federation Executive Director, Emilie Socash. The course will continue through August. 16 women begin Federation-sponsored leadership development programSince opening Dec. 8, 2016, the Bryan Glazer Family JCC has not only become a community hub, but the facility has picked up accolades for those who helped conceptual ize and renovate the historic Fort Homer Hesterly Armory in West Tampa. Tampa JCCs and Federation to transform the long-vacant and aging building it opened the day after Pearl Harbor was attacked in 1941 into todays vibrant multiuse facility, which has been called the communal heartbeat and a YMCA on steroids. The Federation agreed from the start to preserve much of the artdeco exterior. A leaky roof was replaced and scores of windows with small panes and aging frames Tampas Bryan Glazer Family JCC racks up awards for design, constructionwere restored to keep the exte rior look, yet weatherproofed to todays standards. The armorys emblazoned with the motto Never a Step Backward, were retained. Other efforts were made to create displays highlighting the build ings past as a venue for speeches by President John F. Kennedy and civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, as well as the many professional wrestling bouts and musical concerts. A new grand entrance was built and air conditioning was added. An elevated jogging track was created around a new gymnasium and a equipment was added. The new creation also includes a premier events center, stage for lectures and performing arts and screens for showing movies. A caf, aquatics center, arts center, and agency ofAt the 6th Annual CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Tampa Bay Excellence Awards in November, FleischmanGarcia Ar chitecture, the architect of record for the JCC project, and Behar that designed the centers Jeff and Penny Vinik Grand Entry and other parts of the facility, were both honored with the Exterior Architecture Excellence award.   The same evening, Clearwaterbased Creative Contractors Inc., took home a   Construction Renovation Excellence   award for their work on the Gl azer JCC. The construction firm also received an Excellence in Construction award for the project from the Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc.-Florida Gulf Coast Chapter at a separate event.   At t he 35th Annual Planning & Design awards in October, FleischmanGarcia received the Jan Abell Award from the Hillsborough Planning Commission for the Glazer JCCs outstanding contributions to the community. The judges loved the adaptive reuse of the armory and how the new look, both inside and out, incorporates historic preservation. Capping off its award-winning third in the 2017 Floridas Peoples Choice awards, sponsored by the Florida Foundation for Architec ture.   David Scher,   a commercial real estate developer and member of the Tampa JCCs and Federations Leadership Council, was there to help receive most of the awards. As lay chairman, Scher was heavily involved with the project from its initial inception. He, along with Tampa JCCs and Federation CEO Gary Gould, worked with pencils and paper at Schers dining room table on a Sunago and developed the original conceptual framework the project was designed around. It was a   very   ambitious idea, noted Sol Fleischman Jr., chairman and CEO of FleischmanGarcia. We helped put together a master the site, which   were   circulated community to gauge interest in the project.   There was obviously considerable excitement. After Scher headed the ef fort to negotiate the lease for the property, he and   Fleischman became involved in every aspect of the project from the design and planning to the construction documents and administration. They also worked closely with Gould, Jack Ross, the former executive director of the JCCs, and Sally Benjamin, the administrative officer, until the JCC opened its doors. Creative Contractors Inc. and its vice president, Josh Bomstein, were brought on as the general contractor to help the buildings renovation and construction come to fruition and according to Gould, did a remarkable job. Bryan Glazer, who the facility is named in honor of, has had a longterm interest in architecture and he also contributed several innovative concepts that were used in designing the facility. Bryans ideas were very creative and extremely helpful, Gould said. When recently reached for comment, both Scher and Fleischman completed state.   How lucky are we to be sur rounded by such wonderful art at the JCC, from the remarkable Art Deco armory building to the brand-new Roberta M. Golding Center for Visual Arts and the exciting new art collection that adorns the facilitys walls, Scher said.   How does an individual get such an opportunity in a lifetime to contribute something of this magnitude? It was a blessing.   A lifelong native of T ampa, Fleischman has many fond memories of the armory building dur ing its previous heyday as a premier event venue throughout the 1950s-s.   Im so pleased I was able to be a part of helping the building continue for at least another 75 years. The Glazer JCC is located at 522 N. Howard Ave. For more information about programs and services, go to   Brya nGlazerFamilyJCC. com   or call (813) 575-5900. (JT A) A Jewish same-sex couple is suing the United States for denying citizenship to one of their twin sons. Andrew Dvash-Banks, an American, and Elad Dvash-Banks, an Israeli, married in Canada in 2010. Their sons, Ethan and Aiden, now 16 months, were conceived with donor eggs and the sperm from both fathers, and were born from the same surrogate mother minutes apart in September 2016. Both fathers are Shortly after the births, the fathers went to the U.S. Consulate in Toronto to apply for American citizen personal details about the conception of the twins, leading the men to leave the consulate shocked, by Immigration Equality, an LGBTQ immigrant Cromwell. The men and the babies were forced to submit DNA tests and other documentation of their bio logical relationships to their boys, even though the law imposes no biological requirement, according to the Immigration Equality. The tests proved that Elad Dvash-Banks is the father of Ethan and An drew Dvash-Banks is the father of Aiden. In March, Aiden received a U.S. passport, but Ethan received a letter saying his citizenship request had been denied. The family has since moved to Los Angeles and applied for a Green Card for Ethan. The lawsuit asks the court to declare that he is a U.S. citizen from birth. The suit charges that the State Departments policy unconstitutionally disregards the dignity and sanctity of same-sex marriages by refusing to recognize the birthright citizenship of the children of married samesex couples. It claims the twins qualify for citizenship under the Immigration and Nationality Act, but the State Department is applying a section that applies to children born out of wedlock.Jewish same-sex couple sues U.S. for denying citizenship to one of their twins


JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 7 JANUARY 26 FEBRUARY 8, 2018 Dr. Robert Entel will be recognized for his Israel advocacy efforts at the ninth annual PRIMER (Promoting Responsibility in Middle East Reporting) Advocacy Award brunch on Sunday, Feb. 18. The award and brunch is sponsored by the Greater Tampa Bay Bnai Brith Unit 2603, in conjunction with the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties and the Tampa JCCs and Federation. In addition to the award presentation, the brunch will feature past PRIMER award winner Dr. Eric Steckler, who will speak on the history, modern-day controversy and Jewish perspective of the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem. Entel, director of radiology at Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, has been a visiting professor of medicine in many countries abroad, including Israel, where he has taught at Hadassah Hospital, Hadassah College and Al Quds medical school in the West Bank. For 10 years, he served on the special projects team of Hadassah International, for which he received the Myrtle Wreath Award. Currently on AIPACs National Coun cil, Entel also serves on the board of the Jewish National Fund of Tampa Bay. He previously served as a board member of the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties, Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services, the Florida Holocaust Museum, and the Jewish Community Centers of Pinellas. In addition, Entel has been on the boards of the Morton Plant Mease Health Care Foundation and Pinellas Community Foundation. He is a member of Temple Ahavat Shalom. Entel has been the recipient of the Dr. Alfred Schick Award from the Maimonides Society of the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties, the Humanitarian award from the American Friends of Magen David Adom, the Tree of Life Award from JNF and was recognized by State of Israel Bonds. PRIMER was established in 1992 by Dr. Norman Gross zl, and others, to counter anti-Jewish and anti-Israel messages in the media. In August of 2009, PRIMER became inactive, but created the Dr. Norman Gross PRIMER Advocacy Award through the TOP Jewish Foundation to recognize individuals in Tampa Bay who best embody the PRIMER motto that silence is not golden when dealing with Israel and anti-Jewish bias. Herb Swarzman, Dr. Eric Steckler, Steve Schwersky, Hillel of the University of South Florida, Stuart Berger and last years honoree, Jonathan Ellis. The event will be held at The Preserve (formerly the Inn on the Pond), 2010 Greenbriar Blvd. in Clearwater, beginning at 10 a.m. Cost of the brunch is $15, payable at the door. RSVP to Maxine Kaufman at (727) 333-3106 or email her at mkaufman@ no later than Wednesday, Feb. 14.Dr. Robert Entel to receive PRIMER award for Israel advocacy at awards brunch on Feb. 18 Dr. Robert Entel 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 PARTNERSHIPcontinue to operate the same way with committee members partici pating in planning and selection   The great thing about this partnership is the symbiotic relationship it creates, allowing Jewish interest to be a part of the phenomenal GIFF line-up and for GIFF to have partnership and visibility within the TBJFF, Socash said. In many ways, this is a natural next step for both festivals, as each has credibility in its own right. Through this partnership, were able to offer our audiences more corresponding experiences that go Everyone. A complete schedule of events, more will be announced in February. Started in 1995, The Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival (TBJFF) is versity and richness of the Jewish experience. The festival seeks to educate and challenge conventional perspectives on complex issues facing the Jewish people and global community alike. The festival delivers a collec tion of dramas, documentaries, and comedies depicting Jewish ues across Tampa Bay. For more information, visit Launched in the summer of 2006, the Gasparilla International Film Festival (GIFF) has grown into an entertaining and education al year-round entity in Tampa Bay. GIFF is operated by the 501(c)(3) and continually upholds its mission to provide yearlong support education throughout Tampa Bay and the region. For more informa tion on GIFF, visit: www.gasparil(JTA) Israel and Jordan agreed on the resolution of deadly inci dents that shut down the work of the Israeli Embassy in Amman, ofnounced the agreement Jan. 18, saying it means that the Israeli embassy in Jordan will return to full activity immediately. The agreement was on the shooting of two Jordanians by a security July and on the 2014 slaying of a Jordanian judge by Israeli secucrossing. Israel has already apologized for the shooting of the judge. In the embassy shooting, secuJordanians dead after one of them allegedly attacked him. The ensuing diplomatic crisis between Jerusalem and Amman prompted diplomatic staff, including Ambassador Einat Schlein, to return to Israel in 2017. The Israeli authorities will continue reviewing the materials regarding the July 2017 incident and anticipate making a decision in the coming weeks, said the Isstatement did not say that Israel has apologized for the incident. cial, government spokesman Mohammad Momani, said Israel did apologize and would bring legal action against Moyal while offer families of the three people killed.Israeli Embassy to reopen in Jordan, ending diplomatic crisis over shooting


Daniel Dudockin was born and raised in a kibbutz near the Lebanon border. When he was 9, the second Lebanon war had started and his family was wrought with fear and uncertainty because his oldest brother was a soldier. The Israel Tennis Center (ITC) became Dudockins safe haven, the place he turned to, during his personal struggles. ITC is an organization that works through the medium of sport to enhance the development of Israeli youth. The Tampa JCCs & Federation will again host the ITC Foundation tennis team on Thursday, March 1 from noon to 1:30 p.m. for an exhibition and fundraiser at the Sandra W. Freedman Tennis Complex on Davis Islands, 59 Columbia Drive, Tampa. A complimentary lunch will be served. While there is no admission, a donation is appreciated to help fund current ITC programs. Maureen and Doug Cohn are chairing the event. Those in attendance will get to see some talented young tennis players, hear their inspiring stories and learn more about the Israel Tennis Centers. in Ramat Hasharon in 1976, the ITC has helped over a half million children, including at-risk youth and those with special needs with many coming from outlying and underserved towns. The ITCs 14 centers stretch from Kiryat Shmona on the Lebanese border in the North to Beer Sheva bordering the Negev Desert in the South. Dudockin, 20, is the oldest of the Israeli tennis players who will be showing off their talents here. Other ITC players are: Jessica Bekkerman, 18, lives in Jaffa with her parents, who emigrated from the for mer Soviet Union before she was born. She attends an international school where the student population is predominantly comprised of Arabs, and as an Israeli Jew, Bekkerman is the anomaly. Since the age of 5, she trained as a competitive ballroom dancer and traveled abroad for international competitions. Her parents encouraged her to learn tennis at the Nussdorf Mark Families ITC-Jaffa as a recreational sport Besides learning a new sport that she has grown to love, Bekkerman joined the Girls Empowerment Program, where the girls learn skills to deal with a variety of gender issues and concerns including sexism in Israeli society. Jennifer Ibeto, 16, is the oldest child of a Nigerian single mother who came to Israel 16 years ago. Jennifer trains at the ITCs Center in South Tel Aviv. Things have been financially Ibeto. As a result, the ITC sponsors her training and equipment. In addition, the center provides counseling to help her become a son both on the court and in life. She says her ITC coach is like the father she never had. He is a man that loves everybody regardless of where they came from. Orel Adga, 14, lives in Beer Sheva with his seven brothers and sisters. His parents emigrated from Ethiopia to Israel via Sudan in the mid-1980s during Operation Moses. He joined the ITC spon sored Future Generation tennis program for Ethiopian children at the Samson Israel Tennis Center in ing from not only tennis training, but also help with homework, projects and social activities, as well as meals and transportation. The ITC has not only taught me how to be a better player, but how to be a better friend and teammate with kids from all backgrounds, said Adga. The other activities in my program have helped me improve in school. The ITC is preparing me for life. The coach of the team is Badia Karkabi, a Christian Arab from the northern Israeli town of Wadi Nisnas. It is an underserved comchildhood. He found the Selma & Irving Ettenberg Israel Tennis Center in Haifa and was able to thrive at school and on the court. He eventually became an assistant coach at the ITC-Haifa, where he participates in a program that teaches the younger students life skills and values. Recently, Badia became the head coach of the ITCGalilee-Sajur. Following the exhibition, there also will be an opportunity for community members to play with team members. Anyone interested in playing or for more information, contact Doug Cohn at If you are interested in housing a member of the team for the evening, contact Pam Cotner at pam. 8 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY JANUARY 26 FEBRUARY 8, 2018 rfrfn tbfbfbbfbfbrbb nbbbbbbbbbbb rrbnbb fffbffbrfnt nbbnnbr rfrbbb rrbtr r Ruth Eckerd Hall, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprot organization 727.791.7400 Marilyn & Dean A Toast to Dean Martin and Marilyn Monroe Sun, Feb 11 BOTH SHOWS AT 1PMTICKETS ONLY $18! Sun, Feb 18 rf ntnfbtfnfbftfntb r rfrntbb rfrntbb JewishPressFeb10.indd 1 1/19/2018 10:15:43 AM Israeli youth from varied backgrounds to display tennis talent Daniel Dudockin Jessica Bekkerman Jennifer Ibeto Orel AdgaDr. and Mrs. Peter Appelbaum of Land OLakes announce the engagement of their daughter Madeleine Lisette Appelbaum to Michael Walker, son of Nanette Fiermark Walker of St. Petersburg. The future bride is a graduate of Clarion University with a bachelors degree in Rehabilitative Science and a masters degree in Public Administration from Villanova University. She is a teacher at Pepin Academy in New Port Richey. The prospective bridegroom graduated from Ohio State University with a bachelor of science in Applied Mathematics and received his masters in Statistics from the University of Florida. He works as a data analyst for Citibank of Tampa. A June 2019 wedding is planned.Appelbaum/Walker Engagement


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But later on the synagogues Facebook page, condolence messages were posted: Congregation Mekor Shalom notes with deepest sorrow the death of our beloved, dedicated, and indefatigable president and We honor Glenn Selig for his steadfast commitment to Congregation Mekor Shalom. Glenn was very involved in the Jewish community and passionate about his faith, said Farragut. Since Ive known Glenn it has been abundantly clear that his faith played a large role in his life Seligs death rocked the local community and prompted expressions of sympathy to his family and respect for Selig by friends and former co-workers. If there was a dictionary of Yiddish words Glenns picture would be next to the word Mensch, wrote Dena Joy-Schwartz Fields on the Mekor Shalom page. He was a wonderful leader BUT most of all friend, husband and father! He will be missed profoundly by all and never forgotten! May his memory always be for a blessing and a smile! I can think of so many times when I smiled from the pure kindness he projected! Glenn was a tireless professional, loyal friend and pillar of the community, but most importantly he was a loving husband and wonderful father. The loss for his family and friends cannot be measured nor conveyed strongly enough, but we thank everyone for the outpouring of support we have received. I respected you as a colleague at Fox 13. I was in awe of your successful transition into public relations, wrote Ray Collins on Seligs Facebook page, adding I am so sorry for your family. You were so proud of them. Selig was born in Los Angeles in 1967, and graduated in 1985 from Valley Torah High School in North Hollywood. He graduated from New York University in 1989, where he studied politics, international relations and journalism. In his company biography, Selig said that even as a young child, he was destined for a career in media. He would write letters to family and sign them Glenn Selig, News Staff. Selig described himself as a workaholic. was in El Centro, CA, and then he worked for TV stations in Eureka, CA, Victoria and Beaumont, TX, and Flint, MI, before moving to Tampa to work as an investigative reporter for the local FOX During his news career, he won the National Headline Award. He leaving WTVT in 2007. That same year, he formed SeligMultimedia, serving as company president and CEO. He also founded The Publicity Agency and PR Newschannel. SeligMultimedia is parent company to those entities. The companies provided a variety of services from producing standard press releases to providing crises management strategies for politicians and criminal defendants. Several other ventures revolved around fatherhood. In 2002, while still at WTVT and his daughter Drew was about to be born, he created Interactive Dad, It [the website] came to be because while seeking a tool for myself as a dadto-be, I discovered that most (actually nearly all) parenting stuff was geared toward moms, and dads were the also-parent, he wrote, And Interactive Dad was born. Selig brought writers and other experts for his website because I obviously did not know much about being a dad I remember vividly holding Drew as a newborn on my lap as I typed! That website eventually petered out due to demands of his jobs, but in 2013, was launched, which covered news, dads. That pride in being a father did not wane as Selig and his wife shared details of how they planned Drews bat mitzvah in the Jewish Press annual Bar/Bat Mitzvah Planning Guide in 2016. They provided pictures of decorations they made for the cleverly named, Seligbration. After entering the public relaents. Among those he represented are Rod Blagojevich, the Illinois governor convicted of soliciting bribes for political appointments, and Casey Anthony, the Orlando mom acquitted of killing her daughter Caylee. More recently Trump campaign operative Rick Gates after his indictment in connection with an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Selig appeared on a variety of television news shows and in publications, offering advice on how public personalities should handle their public relations But it was not all about the big website a branding campaign for Hillel Academy. Seligs wife is on the board for Hillel Academy in Tampa. Son Josh still attends the school and daughter Drew graduated from there last year. Seligs last post on his Facebook page on Jan. 17, three days before the hotel attack, was of a video of him on the streets of Dubai, where he stopped on his way to Kabul. He said it was an absolutely gorgeous night, with the weather similar to Tampa. He said he was just checking in, decided to take a walk, and assured his Facebook friends, It is extremely safe here. He ended the post with, I will talk to you soon. As of press time, there was no indication of any funeral arrangements. (JTA) The City of New Orleans rescinded a resolution, celebrated by anti-Israel activists, that would have prohibited investment with human rights violators. Although the measure passed 5-0 on Jan. 11 did not mention Israel or the Palestinians, it was drafted by the New Orleans Palestinian Solidarity Committee. Both pro-Palestinian supporters of the resolution and Israel supporters say the resolution could be used to target Israel as part of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.New Orleans rescinds resolution favored by anti-Israel activists


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Now it hangs over the mantle at the vice presidents residence at the Naval Observatory. The words, from the Book of Jeremiah, reads: For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you, and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope, and a future. The you is the people of Israel, and Pence, an evangelical Christian, makes that clear when he addresses pro-Israel audiences. Theyre words to which my family has repaired to as generations of Americans have done so throughout our history, and the people of Israel through all their storied history have clung, Pence said last August at the annual conference of Christians United for Israel. Pence took that message to Israel on his recent trip ostensibly aimed in part at reviving the prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace. He is seen as a key Trump adminisand reportedly helped nudge the president to recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital. dent led some to ask to what degree are his views and the administrations policies shaped by the brand of evangelical Christianity that invests his faith? Pence, a convert to evangelical Christianity from Roman Catholicism, has spooked some liberals with his insistence on rooting the United States national security. Their fear is that a messianic outlook might run riot over one of the most delicate dilemmas facing successive U.S. governments, namely stability in the Middle East. Trump has handed Israel policy to Evangelicals, The Forwards Jane Eisner wrote in an editorial as Pence headed to Israel. Thats terrifying. Like many liber als, she worries that policy will be driven by evangelical beliefs that certain conditions like Jewish control over the West biblical prophecies. Republicans and conservatives say that VP Pences faith drives his support for Israel. Does it drive Mideast policy? Vice President Mike Pence at the Kotelit is reductive to believe that Pence shapes his views solely according to the tenets of his faith. They always highlight the fact that hes an evangelical, as if thats a pejorative when in fact [Pence and other evanand foremost by shared values with Israel, said Matt Brooks, the director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, who has known Pence for years. Pence began his speech to the Knesset by outlining the shared values Brooks described, but he quickly pivoted to depict support of Israel as both biblical (Deuteronomy 30:4, to be exact) and rooted in an American strain of Christianity. Down through the generations, the of the Jewish peoples aspiration to return to the land of your forefathers, to claim your own new birth of freedom in your beloved homeland, he said to applause. The Jewish people held fast to a promise through all the ages, written so long ago, that even if you have been banished to the most distant land under the heavens, from there. He would gather and bring you back to the land which your fathers possessed. Pastor John Hagee, the founder of Christians United for Israel, described a natural trajectory for evangelical supporters of Israel from biblical belief to the more practi cal modern reasons for supporting the state. The promises of the Hebrew Bible are the foundation of Christian Zionism, but our motivations for supporting Israel do not end there, he told JTA in an email. We see in Israel a democracy that shares Western values and is a force for stability in the Middle East. While standing with Israel is a Biblical mandate, it is also a moral imperative and in the national security interests of the US. I ations inform the Vice Presidents approach to the Middle East and I believe that is per fectly appropriate. Pence has since the outset of his politi cal career made it clear that his support for My support for Israel stems largely from my personal faith, he told Congressional Quarterly elected to Congress. God promises Abraham, those who bless you, I will bless, and those who curse you, I will curse. Sarah Posner, a journalist who for years has tracked evangelicals, said Pences faith seemed to be preeminent in his consider ation of Israel. I dont think he is thinking about that in terms of shared democracy or not shared democracy, hes thinking about it providential terms, that these missions are Gods plans for Israel, said Posner, a reporting fellow at The Nation Institutes TIMETABLEwhile a larger new embassy is built. Pence, in a speech to the Knesset three days earlier, called the decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital in the best interest of peace, saying that fact is the only basis for peace. He stressed that such recognition does not change the status quo arrangements on holy sites in the city and that the United States has not taken a position on As he began to speak, Arab-Israeli lawmakers from the Joint Arab List party began waving signs protesting the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital, leading to their expulsion from the Knesset chamber. Palestinians also declined to meet with Pence during his visit to the region, blaming it on that announcement. When they disrespected us a week ago by not allowing our great vice president to see them and we give them hundreds of millions of dollars in aid and support, tremendous numbers, numbers that nobody understands, that moneys on the table, that moneys not going to them unless they sit down and negotiate peace, Trump said during his sit down with Netanyahu. In recent weeks, the administration froze $65 million in U.S. funding for UNRWA, the organization that delivers relief to Palestinian refugees and their descendants. However, it is allowing another $60 million to go through. Trump also suggested that should negotiations resume, Netanyahu would have to come up with concessions. You win one point, Trump said, looking at Netanyahu and apparently referring to his recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital, and youll give up some points later on in the negotiation if it ever takes place. I dont know that it ever will take place. He also said he believed Israel wanted to negotiate peace. I can tell you that Israel does want to make peace and theyre [the Palestinians] going to have to want to make peace too or were going to have nothing to do with it any longer, he said. Netanyahu thanked Trump for recognizing Jerusalem as Israels capital and promising to move the embassy, for his support for Israels position on the Iran nuclear deal and for U.S. support at the United Nations. want to say that I look forward to continuing our remarkable, tremendous friendship in the years ahead, and I want to express the appreciation of the people of Israel to you, said Netanyahu. Investigative Fund. Its hard not to see Pences belief as an impetus driving Trumps recognition of Jerusalem, said Daniel Seidemann, an Israeli expert on Jerusalem who advocates for including all the citys sects and groupings in considering its permanent status. beliefs, if he werent the vice president and shaping policy, Seidemann told JTA. Jerusalem has been witnessing over the last 20 years the ascendancy of faith communities that weaponize religion. Pences trip, by including only Jewish sites and skipping meetings with other faith leaders, was contributing to the weaponiza tion, Seidemann said. Christian faith leaders declined to meet with Pence during his visits to Egypt and Israel; various reports framed their objections as a reaction to policies they feared put religious imperatives before meeting the needs of Arabs in the region, including the Christian minority. Mae Elise Cannon, the director of Churches for Middle East Peace, an umbrel la group that includes most of the Christian denominations in Israel and the West Bank, told JTA that local Christians were wary of how Pence framed his support for Israel as a matter of Christian faith. They didnt meet with him because they dont view him as an honest broker or an unbiased broker, she said. Still, some conservatives charge liber als with weaponizing religion, and using Pences faith as a way to discredit otherwise normative policies. That vast numbers of Americans are inspired by the Bible to support Jewish rights in their ancient homeland isnt so much a integral part of the nations political culture, wrote Jonathan Tobin, a former executive editor of Commentary and current editor in chief of Those turned off by Pences rhetoric need to ask what exactly it is about a desire to respect Jewish rights and demand that Palestinians give up their century-old war on Zionism that annoys them so much.From Twitter


JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 11 JANUARY 26 FEBRUARY 8, 2018 Your 24/7 Source For:Jewish Community News National & International News Advertising Information 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. 727.823.2929By RON KAMPEAS JTA news serviceWASHINGTON (JTA) President Donald Trumps recognition last month of Jerusalem as Israels capital amounted to backstabbing, the Palestine Liberation Organization envoy to Washington said. remarks since the Dec. 6 recognition, addressing the Middle East Institute, a think tank on Thursday, Jan. 25. A main contact between the Trump administration and the Palestinian Authority, Zomlot conveyed a measure of the fury with Trump that P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas delivered at a PLO Central Council meeting last week. But he also recommitted the Palestinians to the two-state solution and to continuing to seek engagement with Israelis. also underscored a key Palestinian weakness, one Zomlot said his side must take blame for: They had failed to make their case to the American people, while domestic support for Israel in the United States remained strong. We need to start the real process of either removing IsraelPalestine [as a domestic issue] or making Palestine a domestic issue, he said. But just to keep Israel as a domestic issue and not Palestine that hasnt worked for 26 years. He said Palestinians might target Congress, the elites, the media and the Jewish community. Trump, meeting earlier in the day with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Davos, Switzerland at the World Economic Forum, made clear Zomlots dilemma. The president blasted the Palestinians for disrespecting the United States and said that U.S.-Israel relations were never stronger. Zomlot suggested the winds were in the Palestinians favor, alluding to an erosion of support for Israel among younger and liberal Americans. Netanyahu can speak to this Congress, he said. But can he speak at a university in California or Wisconsin? Trump, by recognizing Jerusalem as Israels capital, Zomlot said, broke not only with 26 years of U.S. commitments to act only as a peace mediator between the Israelis and the Palestinians, but also his own pledge at the outset of his presidency not to impose a solution. Trump violated his own pledge, I do not want to impose, I do not want to dictate, Zomlot, formerly a top aide to Abbas and you come and you want to take the core of the two-state solution out ... you turn, backstabbing? Zomlot dismissed Trumps reassurance at the time that the recognition and the pledge to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem status, and that it left open the possibility that a Palestinian capital might still emerge in eastern Jerusalem. Zomlot said that Trump himself now insists that Jerusalem is off the table. He said that if Trump and the negotiating team led by Trumps son-in-law, Jared Kushner, were sincere about maintaining a Palestinian stake in Jerusalem, they could have waited until Kushner rolled out a peace plan later this year and included in it a vision of the city as the capital for Israel and Palestine. Any embassy in the city is tacit recognition of Israels claim,Zomlot said. After reaching an agreement, we dont mind two embassies in Jerusalem, one serving Israel, the other Palestine. Trump in Davos said the Palestinians had disrespected the United States by refusing to meet this week with Vice President Mike Pence during his visit to the region. He suggested that if they dont return to talks, the United States would cut assistance to the Palestinians. Zomlot said threats to cut U.S. funding to the Palestinians would only embolden his people. If the choice is between starving the people of Palestine and surrendering rights, the people will not choose surrendering their rights, he said. The thrust of Zomlots speech was that the Palestinians no longer saw the United States as an honest broker, and were now seeking a different multilateral structure for peace talks one that would include the United States, but in which it would not be preeminent. That could be a critical distinction if Zomlot is to keep his job: the Trump administration has said only as long as the Palestinians are committed to a peace process. He said the Palestinians remained committed to the twostate solution a retreat from a threat that Abbas and others have made recently that, should they despair of the peace negotiations, they would agitate toward Israeli citizenship and a one state solution, a solution that would likely ultimately erase Israels Jewish character. Even if we are the last samurai, the Palestinians believe that the blood shed on both sides toward a two-state outcome made it Palestinian envoy to U.S. says Trumps Jerusalem decision was a backstabbing worthwhile, Zomlot said. Zomlot also downplayed a litany of anti-Jewish tropes in Abbas recent speech. The Palestinian leader had dismissed any Jewish connection to Israel, said Zionism was a European colonialist plot and claimed that Holocaust era Jews had preferred the Nazis to Zionism. Zomlot said that the media would have done better to focus on the policy substance of the speech, in which he said Abbas renounced violence and called for engagement with Israelis, repudiating those Palestinians who oppose such encounters because they normalize the Israeli occupation. Zomlot refuted claims by Netanyahu that Israel could accrue support without coming to a deal with the Palestinians, repeatedly saying such claims were delusional. In addition, he belittled leaked reports that U.S. allies including Egypt and Saudi Arabia were ready to back a peace deal that would deliver Palestinians a truncated state, with its capital in the West Bank near Jerusalem, and not in the city. Zomlot challenged Netanyahu look the Palestinians in the eye and back such a plan. He claimed that support for Palestinian statehood remained strong worldwide, and that the Palestinians would continue to seek statehood recognition in international forums. He acknowledged the limits of the international approach, pointing out that a U.N. Security Council resolution last month condemning Trumps Jerusalem announcement failed because the United States vetoed it. But he also said that every other member of the council, including Americas allies, voted for the resolution, and that a non-binding General Assembly resolution condemning the announcement won a clear majority. There is a lot of thinking that the Palestinians are in their weakest position, he said. The key to Israels survival is in the Palestinians. Theres no cost to you! CALL (844) 479-9559 rrrrf rntbr bbbrn rbrbfreerrbbrr r r br rr rr brr brb rb Husam Zomlot, the Palestinian Liberation Organizations envoy to Washington, addressing the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C.on Jan. 25. Seated left is MEI Vice President Paul Salem.JERUSALEM (JTA) An Israeli journalrabbi of the Western Wall over the segregation of female reporters and photographers from their male counterparts during Vice President Mike Pences visit to the site. Tal Schneider of the Israeli business daily Globes told an Israeli radio station, 103 FM, that she is being backed by Globes in suing Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovich, The Times of Israel reported. Following the incident, which was widely covered in the media, Globes sent a letter of protest to Rabbi Rabinovich,. First we will send him a warning letter and see how he responds, and then we will go to court if necessary, because it seems unreasonable to us that male and female journalists are treated differently when they come to report and work, Schneider told the radio station. On a podium erected for the journalists, the women were required to stand behind and stood on chairs so they could see over their male colleagues. dent published in Globes, Schneider took her male colleagues to task for not showing solidarity with the female journalists. Next time, look behind you and see what is happening behind your backs, she said. The women journalists created a hashtag #PenceFence and took to social media to decry the second-class treatment.Israeli female reporter threatens to sue Western Wall rabbi over segregation during Mike Pence visit


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She was the first person named a professor at HadassahHebrew University School of Nursing in Jerusalem, where she continues to teach. Her areas of concentra tion include ethics in the ICU, palliative and end-of-life care. She holds a PhD in NursingPsychophysiology from the University of Maryland and has done post doctorate work at Johns Hopkins University in Psychoimmunology. She will speak with perspectives from both Israel and the United States. RSVP to Harriet Stein at (727) 465-4641 or har or to Sally Laufer at (727) 781-3619 or AdultsBark in the Park: Bring your pup for a relaxing afternoon at the Davis Islands Dog Park, 1002 Severn Ave, Tampa, hanging with other pooches and dog owners on Sunday, Feb. 11 from noon to 2 p.m. as part of a #Gather event. Dont have a dog? Come out and play anyway. #Gather offers a mix of social and interac tive activities designed to help young adults connect. It is open to young adults of all faiths and backgrounds. For more information or to RSVP for any #Gather events, visit: www. or contact Lisa Robbins at lisa.robbins@jewishtampa. com or (813) 769-4723. Art night: Create a self-portrait at the private art studio of local artist Sara Scher on Monday, Feb. 26 from 7-9 p.m. The cost is $15 for #Gather members and $20 for guests (includes art materials, snacks and wine). This evert is limited to 14 people. No skill is needed.   Genealogical SocietyImmigration research: The Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay will offer a two-session seminar titled:   The JGSTB 2018 Guide to Immigration Research: Why You Cant Find Your Bubbes Immigration Record on Sunday, Feb. 11 and Sunday, March 11 at 2 p.m. at Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services, 14041 Icot Blvd., Clearwater. Registration will be at 1:30 p.m. on both dates. This seminar will enable participants to discover their familys immigration records. The presentations will concentrate on both traditional and recently available Internet resources. Dr. Emil H. Isaacson, who will lead the seminar, has more than 33 years of experience in geneal ogy. The seminar is free to members. Nonmembers will be charged $25 for individuals or $35 for a family, which will include an annual membership. A seminar booklet, for attendees only, summarizing the presentation and containing updated references will be available for $10. To pre-register for the class, for more information, or for directions, call Bruce Hadburg at (727) 796-7981.Job-LinksMonday Morning Links:   Free sessions of Monday Morning Links are offered at the Jack Roth Center for Career Develop ment at TampaBay-Job-Links, 4100 W. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 206, Tampa from 9:30 -11 a.m. On Monday, Feb. 5, the topic is Whats in Your Job Search Toolbox. On Feb. 12 the topic is Market Yourself Through Business/ Networking Cards. On Feb. 19, the topic is Staying Optimistic During Career Transition. On Feb. 26 the topic is Why the Most Job. Monday Morning Links is supported by the Vinik Family Foundation. Job-search aids: There are Success workshops on select Thursdays to aid with job-search skills. On Feb. 15, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. the topic is Preparing for Your Inter view. On March 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the topic is Transferring Your Skills and Re-Careering. The workshops are free for   TampaBay Job-Links   full program par ticipants and $15 for guests. Reservations required for all programs.   Career transitioning: The next series of Switching Gears workshops for those in career transition will be on Wednesday, Feb. 7 and Thursday, Feb. 8. On Feb. 7 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. the topic is Enhance Inter viewing Skills and Techniques, Compose Cover Letters, Thank You Notes and Email. On Feb. 8 from 9:30 a.m. to noon, the topic is Financial Fundamentals for Now and the Future. These are targeted to those in career transition. To RSVP, call (813) 344-0200, email groupsAlzheimers caregiver group: Menorah Manor offers a support group meeting in the Samson Nursing Center at Menorah Manor, 255 59th St. N., St. Petersburg, on 5 p.m.   For more information, call Gwen Kaldenberg at (727) 302-3750. Freda DeKeyser GanzThe Tal Cohen Trio will perform at the Palladium Theaters Side Door on Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m. Pianist Cohen was born in Gedera, Israel and owes his musical roots to the Jewish folk songs and classical music he played during his childhood there. He moved to Perth, Australia as a teenager and earned a bachelors and masters degree in Jazz Performance at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Cohen recently graduated from the University of Miami School of Music, where he received a full scholarship and teaching assistantship while completing another masters degree. Cohen has performed at the Melbourne Jazz Festival in Australia, including several shows with renown saxophonist Joe Lovano who praised Cohens playing as full of passion, focus, and creativity. In 2014, Cohen was named the Grand Prize Winner in the Barry Harris National Jazz Piano Competition in Detroit. Along with Cohen, the trio includes Dion Kerr on bass and David Chiverton on drums. Part of the 2018 St. Petersburg Jazz Festival, admission to the performance is $20 for general seating; $30 for reserved seats. The Palladium is located at 253 Fifth Ave. N. in downtown St. Petersburg. For tickets, go to or call (727) 822-3590.Israeli born jazz pianist to perform here Tal Cohen


JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 13 JANUARY 26 FEBRUARY 8, 2018 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 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 SCOTT IRA CARL, 47, of St. Petersburg, died Jan. 20. He was born in St. Petersburg and lived here his entire life. He attended Shorecrest Preparatory School and Admiral Farragut Academy, later graduating from Center Academy. He was an avid surfer and a Bob Marley and Pittsburgh Steelers fan. Survivors include his mother, Susan Carl-Singleton, St. Petersburg; sister, Michelle Carl Rodriquez, Los Morachnik. The family suggests memorials be made to the Florida Holocaust Museum or Temple Beth-El. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel) CHARLA FOGEL, 86, of Clearwater, died Jan. 15. Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Stacy and Bruce Orloff, and Randi and Ben Rabin; and four grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to Suncoast Hospice Foundation. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel) MARIAN GREENGOLD, 90, of Palm Harbor, died Jan. 22. She was born in Hungary and was a Holocaust survivor. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law Dr. Julian and Liz Greengold; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to Hadassah or Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel) MELVIN J. MYERS, died Jan. 23. He was a longtime lay leader at Menorah Manor, serving on its board of trustees. Survivors include his children: Audrey and Shawn Hollander, Rick and Ellyne Myers, Linda and Jim Roberts, Alan and Ellen Nastir, Sheri and Charlie Berke; 11 grandchildren; and his companion Toby Nastir. The family suggests memorials to ALE FOR ALZ, Menorah Manor or ory Gardens) MARTIN ROSENBERG, 89, of Safety Harbor, died Jan. 22. Born in Brooklyn, he was a longtime member of Congregation Beth Shalom in Clearwater. Survivors include his children; Gary and Marsha, Ellen, Jeff and Dana; 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorials be made to Congregation Beth Shalom. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel) FREDERICK ROSENBERG-WILMOTH, died Jan. 18. He was born in New York City and was a volunteer at various museums in New York. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel) STACI R. SACHS, 45, of Clearwater, died Jan. 23. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Morgan and Stephen Green; her parents, Paul and Elaine Sachs; her sister, Kyli Sachs. (Curlew Hills Memory Gardens) EDITH WEISS, 90, of Oldsmar, died Jan. 19. Survivors include her children: brother and sister-in-law, Joseph and Sheila; 11 grandchildren and 22 greatgrandchildren. The family suggests memorials to the Morris and Edith Shalom in Palm Harbor. (Curlew Hills, Memory Gardens) DAVE ZIMRING, 93, of St. Petersburg, died Jan. 14. Born in Toledo, OH he grew up in Pittsburgh, PA. He was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving as an Ensign on transof the University of Pittsburgh with a from the University of Virginia with Training Corps, Engineering. He also and NYU during his tour of duty during the war. He moved to St. Petersburg in the early 1950s to join his brother in a window manufacturing business. He went on to develop and build homes, across the Tampa/St. Petersburg region. Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Sharon Moore Zimring; children: Sabrina Zimring, Denver; Dane and Jessica Zimring, Tampa; Lisa Zimring, Terra Ceia; and six grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to Menorah Manor. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)By BOB FRYER Jewish PressAlthough the Nazis killed his family and his life was in constant peril during World War II, William Hauben survived despite imprisonment in four concentration camps and went on to live a full life, spending nearly half a century in Tampa that included 20 years as cantor at Congregation Rodeph Sholom. He was also known as a teacher and author. Cantor Hauben died on Jan. 20 at the age of 95. He is survived by his son, Sheldon, of Miami. He was born in 1922 in Cracow, Poland, and by age 4 his parents said he was destined for a life of music, which Hauben speculated came from his paternal grandfather and from his father, who played violin. He began singing in the synagogue choir at age 6, then he studied cantorial art under the tutelage of prominent cantors until he became a soloist with a beautiful alto voice. After Nazis invaded Poland, his family was sent to a ghetto in Cracow and eventually his parents and younger brother were sent to death camps and perished. Hauben was an apprentice electrician, so the Nazis put him to work in the Plaszow concentration camp. In time, the Germans learned of his singing talent and forced him to perform at their social events. As the war wore on, he was transferred to the Gross-Rosen death camp in Poland, the Ludwigsdorf death camp in Austria to Ebensee in Austria, where he and others were liberated by the Americans. Rabbi Josh Hearshen of Congregation Rodeph Sholom came to serve here years after Cantor Hauben had retired, but got to know him, talking about his legacy when he delivered Haubens eulogy. Hauben survived the hatred and the murder. He survived the madness and the camps. He survived all of that and then paved a path for himself that paid a lasting tribute to the world that looked like it couldve been destroyed, said Hearshen. He survived the terror of Gods creations only to spend the remainder of his life bringing people closer to God. After liberation Hauben worked in Italy with the Jewish Brigade in intelligence. While in Italy he spent three years of intensive vocal study at a conservatory in Torino. He arrived in the United States in 1949 and sold typewriters in Chicago before completing cantorial studies at the Cantors Institute of the College of Jewish Studies there. He did this because singing and Judaism were who he was, said Rabbi Hearshen. He did this because he loved teaching, he loved learning, he loved singing and he loved praying. Being a cantor just made sense and so he pursued it. Hauben moved to Los Angles to serve as a cantor at Temple Beth Am from 1958 to 1969, then moved to Tampa and served as cantor at Rodeph Shalom for the next 20 years before retiring and remaining a frequent worshiper at the synagogue. For many years Hauben, like many Holocaust survivors, was reticent to talk of his experiences, and when Rabbi Kenneth Berger at Rodeph Sholom encouraged him to tell his story, he still resisted. It was not until after Rabbi Berger and his wife died in a plane crash in 1989 that suddenly he [Hauben] understood that he didnt have all of the time in the world to share and so he opened up and began to share his story, William Hauben Tampa cantor, author, teacher, survivor dies at 95Rabbi Hearshen said. Once Cantor Hauben opened up his heart and soul it would never be shut ever again. He took every opportunity he had to share what had happened to him and to the Jewish people. He did so because he survived and because he needed to testify about what had happened and what had been done. Hauben wrote of his Holocaust experiences in his book, From the Flames: Miracles and Wonders of Survival including two times in Plaszow when he miraculously escaped being killed when the camp Commandant, Amon Goeth, shot at groups of Jews as target practice. In one instance, Hauben recalled he and other Jews who had been forced to build a road made of Jewish tombstones were told to run while carrying the heavy stones as Goeth shot at them. Goeth, whose sadistic behavior was captured in the movie Schindlers List, was tried after the war, convicted of murdering tens of thousands of people, and hanged in 1946. During his time at Rodeph Sholom, Cantor Hauben was instrumental in bringing renowned Jewish performers to the community for the annual Jewish Music festival and prepared hundreds of students for their Bnai Mitzvot. He received the Honorary Fellow (1985) recognition and Doctor of Music Honoris Causa (2006) from the Cantors Institute of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Cantor Hauben came here and women were not allowed to really participate in services. He found this to be absurd. He explained that they were half of the community and their voices needed to be heard as well. He worked very hard to bring about egalitarian practices here at Rodeph, Rabbi Hearshen said. Hauben was also credited with helping create the Hillel School at Rodeph Sholom before it later moved to north Tampa and is now known as Hillel Academy, a premier Jewish day school in our community. In retirement, Cantor Hauben continued to teach others about the Holocaust and in his second book, Light: Courage and Hope, he and friend Bill Sefekar paid tribute to 10 nations and a variety of individuals who saved the lives of others during the Holocaust. He would teach wherever there was a potential audience. He went to churches, schools and many other places. All of this was so statement Never Again. The family suggests memorial donations to the Florida Holocaust Museum, St. Petersburg, or to USF Cantor William Hauben


PAGE 14 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY JANUARY 26 FEBRUARY 8, 2018 Floral Design Studio 6700 Central Ave., St. Petersburg local and worldwide delivery Weddings Events Bar/Bat MitzvahsRedman Steele 727.343.1020 By BEN SALES JTA news serviceNEW YORK The share of Democrats who sympathize more with Israel than the Palestinians is falling fast, while Republican sympathy for Israel over the Palestinians is spiking. So says a new poll by the Pew Research Center. But experts are divided on what it means, and whether pro-Israel activists and Democrats should be worried. Do the results indicate that Democrats are abandoning Israel en masse? Is it another sign of political polarization, which makes it harder for one party to support an issue associated with the other? Or, as some analysts suggest, was it a badly worded question? The Pew poll, released Tuesday, Jan. 23, shows that partisan polarization around the Israeli-Palestinthe United States. While 79 percent of Republicans sympathize more with Israel than with the Palestinians, that number is only 27 percent for Democrats. sympathized more with the Pal-Poll: Democratic support for Israel is waning, but experts say truth is more complexestinians, while only nine percent of Republicans did. Overall, 46 percent of Americans sympathize more with Israel, and 19 percent with the Palestinians. Since 2001, the share of Republicans who sympathize with Israel has increased 29 percentage points, from 50 percent to 79 percent, says Pew. Over the same period, the share of Democrats sympathizing more with Israel has declined 11 points, from 38 percent to 27 percent. As recently as two years ago, 43 percent of Democrats sympathized more with Israel. And the drop for Israel this year is especially steep among liberal Democrats: 35 percent said they sympathized more with the Palestinians nearly double the 19 percent who sympathize more with Israel. Reason to worry? The worriers see this as another crack in the bipartisan support that Israel has long enjoyed in the United States. The numbers are worrying for anyone like me that cares about the U.S.-Israel relationship, Dennis Ross, a former American peace negotiator for presidents of both parties, wrote in an email to JTA. Israel has been and must remain not a Democratic or Republican issue but an American issue. That is a challenge now, especially with the attitudes of the progressive side of the Democratic Party, the alienation of the majority of the Jewish community from the Trump administration, and the administrations strong symbolic support for Israel. The trend, according to one theory, was exacerbated by eight years of feuding between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, which, according to whom you ask, showed either that Democrats couldnt be trusted on Israel or that Netanyahu stumbled in associating Israel so closely with the Republican side. It continues with the current love fest between Netanyahu and President Donald Trump, who just had a typically warm meeting at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. A solidly right-wing government in Jerusalem, another theory goes, makes it harder for liberal Democrats to warm up to a country they once solidly supported. Political polarization With an increasingly diverse coalition underpinning the Democrats base, Israel needs to make its case as a liberal and open society, said Jason Isaacson, the American Jewish Committees associate executive director for policy. That has become harder, he said, as the peace process has frozen and the government in Israel has shifted further to the right. Its a reminder that its essential for Israel and friends of Israel to make the case for Israels openness and liberalism and devotion to justice and yearning for peace, Isaacson said. I recognize that the messages of a government [in Israel] can have an effect on how that message takes hold on particular constituencies in the United States. Republican Jewish activists, meanwhile, are saying the poll proves what theyve long asserted: that Republicans are the only party thats truly pro-Israel. Republicans have celebrated Trumps opposition to the Iran nuclear agreement brokered by Obama and reviled by Netanyahu as well as his recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence both enjoyed the warmest of welcomes on their trips to Israel. We saw the Democrats views on Israel implemented by the Obama administration, which put daylight between the U.S. and our chief ally, Israel, while pursuing a disastrous Middle East policy, Republican Jewish Coalition President Matt Brooks said in a statement. Previous administrations also sought to be honest brokers in the Middle East, and Democrats like to argue that under Obama the level of U.S. funding and cooperation provided to Israel was unprecedented. But Republicans assert that the Iran deal was a disaster for Israel and that Obamas pressure on Netanyahu was relentless, culminating in his decision, in the last days of his presidency, to allow the U.N. Security Council to adopt a resolution condemning Israeli settlement construction. But other experts say shifting symptom of political polarization, not of Democratic opposition to Israel. Democrats are increasingIsrael with their feelings about Trump, associating Israel with the American president, wrote Michael Kaplow, the policy director of the Israel Policy Forum, in the Forward. Trump has cast himself as vociferously pro-Israel, so for some Democrats, coldness toward Israel is one more way to protest a president whose policies they abhor, says Rabbi Jack Moline, former president of the National Jewish Democratic Council. Pews polling has shown increasing polarization overall between Americans of the two parties. A December poll found 86 percent of Americans feel there is strong Republicans and Democrats, and the share of Democrats and Republicans who have very unfavorable opinions of the other party has doubled since the 1990s. I think this is not a sudden surge of sympathy for Palestinians, Rabbi Moline said. I think thats always been there. I dont think its an abandonment of Israel by anybody. I think that what this is is one of the pieces of fallout from the very ugly divisiveness on all matters in this country. Recent polls show a vast majority of Americans do support Israel. A February 2017 Gallup poll showed 71 percent of Americans view Israel favorably, a number that has stayed relatively constant for the past 15 years. The differences in the Gallup poll among Republicans (81 percent), Independents (70) and Democrats (61) arent as dramatic as the Pew poll. Bipartisanship in Congress Resolutions and legislation favoring Israel routinely pass Congress with little to no opposition. A vote recognizing Jerusalem as Israels undivided capital passed the Senate 90-0, months before Trump issued his own recognition. Among the 18 states that have passed laws against the boycott Israel movement, half are blue states, half are red. There remains broad, bipartisan support in Congress for the US-Israel relationship, because strengthening that relationship serves American interests, Marshall Wittman, the spokesman for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, wrote JTA in an email. That support is demonstrated regularly in consistent, bipartisan votes on pro-Israel initiatives. Wittmans predecessor, Josh Block, told JTA support for Israel remains robust among Democrats, and anti-Israel feeling represents a group that is still on the partys extreme. He noted numbers from the same Pew poll showing support for Israel is still high across ethnic groups and religious denominations. Theres been a legitimate effort of people on the far fringe of the Democratic party ... to poison and undermine the legitimacy of Jewish pride and support for Israel, said Block, now CEO of The Israel Project,. The reality is the vast majority of Americans and the vast majority of Democrats identify Israel as one of our closest allies in the world. They see Israel as a free, open, democratic society. Pews question questioned Polls showing broad support for Israel led some observers to criticize the way Pew framed the question. I dont think this poll tells you anything useful about American support for Israel, said Tamara Cofman Wittes, a senior fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. She said the poll question encourages respondents to make a binary choice whether they sympathize with the Israelis or the Palestinians. You can also answer both or neither but the push in such a construction is toward dichotomous answers, she tweeted. Which side are you on? [Thus] the responses suggest greater polarization tha[n] perhaps exists. Wittes also noted that the question measures attitudes toward the She preferred a November 2017poll conducted by the University of Maryland, which asked respondents to weigh in on government policy and offered the explicit option of favoring neither the Palestinians nor the Israelis. The Maryland poll found that 59 percent of Americans dont want the government to favor either Israelis or Palestinians. Broken down by party, 77 percent of Democrats said Trump should lean toward neither side in mediating the pared to 38 percent of Republicans. Only 9 percent of Democrats wanted Trump to lean toward the Palestinians. Israeli policies to blame? Still, there are unmistakable signs that there are more Democrats willing to criticize Israel, especially its current government, than Republicans. In both 2012 and 2016, Democrats faced pressure from pro-Palestinian delegates to alter their party platforms planks on Israel. In 2012, boilerplate references to Jerusalem as Israels capital were dropped from the platform but later restored. And in 2016, the party altered its pirations but rejected language calling for Israel to end its occupation of the West Bank and settlement activity. James Zogby, who was the chair of the Democratic National Committees Resolutions Committee, was among those who wanted to add language about Israels occupation to the 2016 party platform. Zogby, the founder of the Arab American Institute, told JTA that the Pew results show that Democrats are growing tired of Israeli actions in the West Bank and resent the mutual admiration between Trump and Netanyahu. Zogby also says Democrats are upset about Netanyahus past efforts to undermine Obamas Iran nuclear deal including a 2015 speech to Congress he delivered at the invitation of its Republican opponents. This is largely the result of really bad Israeli policy, and an embrace by a president who also has a really negative agenda, he said. Wittes and others also noted that this poll isnt good news for Republican supporters of Israel, either. Pro-Israel activists have long emphasized that defending Israel is a bipartisan priority. If that support does erode among Democrats, it could hurt Israel even if Republicans continue to support the Jewish state. Every member of Congress who supports Israel is a good thing, said Jennifer Rubin, a columnist for the Washington Post right and has been very critical of Trump. My conclusion is that [support for Israel] has become way too imbalanced. The challenge is to remove this from the right now.


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Celebrating Jewish Culture seeks to showcase Judaic culture and diversity through Jewish artistic expression as well as use the arts to talk about contemporary issues impacting American Jews. The festival will include a series of events, including speakers, food, and music. The art center is looking for visual arts, craft pieces, poetic, written, or spoken word pieces and performance presentations (including music and dance) that speak about and/or lead to a deeper appreciation of Jewish culture. To have work considered for inclusion, send jpgs, excerpts or clips of pieces with a short description of your submission, an artist resume and a bio to Fogar Deadline for submission is Feb. 16. For more information, contact Arlene Sweeting at peacenter@ or 941-545-5635 The arts center is also looking for Jewish food and craft vendors to participate. The Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center is located at 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota. The Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center is a project of the Peace Education and Action Center in the Arts/Rosemary District of Sarasota.Sarasota group seeks artisans for Jewish cultural celebrationIncorrect and incomplete information supplied by the Florida Holocaust Museum about Mary Wygodski was contained in a Jan. 12 story in the Jewish Press. During Nazi occupation, the Vilna, Poland, ghetto was liquidated in 1943 and Wygodski was separated from her parents and siblings, never to see them again. The Stutthof concentration camp she spent some time in was in East Prussia. Upon liberation, she was placed in a displaced persons camp in Charleroi, Belgium, and from there she immigrated to Israel.CorrectionDear Editor:The Israeli Minister of Transportation, Yisrael Katz, intends to honor President Trump for recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by naming a new train station after him in the Old City that would allow thousands of tourists directly into the Jewish Quarter a few hundred yards from the Western Wall. I would recommend that he wait until the clouds over the Trump administration and President Trump involving the Special Counsel and the women who are suing him for harassment are cleared before he takes a step that could be em-Advice to Israel: Slow down the Trump name trainbarrassing in the future. Over the last year the U.S. has experienced remorse over statues that were established during the Jim Crow period because they celebrated a war fought over slavery and did not comport with our values. President Trump used those episodes to further divide the country while being unsympathetic to that period of history. Recognizing Jerusalem has been cheered by many and for good reason, but it also should be seen as what it really is: a negotiating chip so that the president can claim a win and while he is at it, satisfy the large Evangelical portion of his so-called base by playing up his support for Israel. What is missing is sincere interest in real Jews. The President had an opportunity to distinguish himself by standing up for Jewish values by condemning the events in Charlottesville, but he did not and he willingly accepts the support from groups of neo-Nazis as represented by their response to President Trumps characterization of immigrants and refugees from shole countries. According to the Daily Stormer website his remarks were seen as support for their alt-right/ anti Semitic ideology.Robert Berman St. Petersburg The Jewish Press welcomes Letters to the Editor. 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PAGE 16 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY JANUARY 26 FEBRUARY 8, 2018 THIS PAGE SPONSORED BY MENORAH MANOR The Menorah Manor Guild is the volunteer arm of Menorah Manor, with the purpose of enriching the lives of Menorah Manors residents through service, special projects, and the funding of special equipment and programs. For more information about joining the Guild, please contact Bonnie Berman, director of volunteer services, at On Thursday, January 11, the Menorah Manor Guild hosted a docent-led tour and lunch at the historic Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg. All proceeds from the event will be used to purchase new therapeutic activity supplies to enhance the live of residents in Menorah Manors Bresler Alzheimers Program. The Me norah Manor Guild is thankful to everyone who supported this event. Menorah Manor Guild Hosts Luncheon at the Historic Vinoy Renaissance Hotel (L-R): Event committee members Lynda Lind-Fontana, Linda Reimer, Deanna Susskind and Barbara Baughman, Menorah Manor Guild President. Standing: (L-R) Susan Goldstein and Rob Goldstein, Menorah Manor Chief Executive Ofcer, Sitting: (L-R) Fagl Oxman and Marilyn Benjamin, Menorah Manor Guild members Event attendees enjoy a one-hour, docent-guided tour of the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg.Barbara Baughman Marilyn Benjamin Bonnie Berman Susie Berman Eleanor Davidov Lynda Lind-Fontana Elaine Garon Susan Goldstein Rob Goldstein Linda Grau Denise Johnson Jackie Kanner Dell Krug Shelley Lynn Judy Ludin Linda Reimer Beatrice Samuelson Marilyn Sapperstein Elizabeth Shalett Deanna Susskind Marian WolfertThank you to the following sponsors: By BRUCE LOWITT Jewish PressMildred Plotnick has come a long way from admiring horses on the stage of her fathers theater outside Philadelphia to betting on them. Since moving to Palm Harbor in 2003, Mildred has spent at least one day a week at Tampa Bay Downs in Oldstions of Plotnicks celebrated her 100th birthday there. The family surprised her with the naming of the seventh race in her honor. I come as often as I can, she said, even when theres no live racing. Theres always simulcasting of races at more than a dozen tracks from Aqueduct to Santa Anita. Mildred is an inveterate, albeit judicious, bettor. The $2 ticket is her style, so wins and losses are minimal although she says she once collected $1,200 on a $2 daily double wager. Born on Jan. 21, 1918, Mildred was introduced to horse racing by her late husband Samuel. Samuel took me to uel, who died 23 years ago, was a painting contractor whose biggest job was painting the Ben Franklin Bridge that opened in 1926. She was his bookkeeper prior to their marriage. uel attended was at Havre de Grace in Maryland; blue laws outlawed thoroughbred racing in Pennsylvania until 1959. When Keystone Racetrack in Philadelphia opened in 1974, they became regulars there. Fast horses begat fast cars. Mildred owned Corvettes in the 1950s and s and drove in sports car rallies. I still have my (drivers) license, she said, but I dont drive anymore. While it was Samuel who introduced his wife to horse racing, Mildreds enthusiasm for equines began far earlier. My father owned the Ardmore Theater on West Lancaster Avenue, she said. It opened in 1922 and showed sihorses, on stage between the movies. But the combination of talking pictures and the depression forced him to sell the theater and he went into the furniture business in southwest Philly. They kept a horse behind the house to pull the delivery wagon and Mildred would ride it. I had a lot of fun, she said. Shes still having fun, win or lose. At At 100, Mildred Plotnick stays on track Mildred Plotnick at the horse track Tampa Bay Downs racing form printed birthday wishes to Mildred.her 100th birthday celebration at Tampa Bay Downs, Mildred made her usual $2 bet, on the No. 7 horse in the seventh An eclectic concert of liturgical, popular, Broadway and Hollywood music will be presented by the Tampa Bay Area Cantorial Association on Sunday, Feb. 11 at 3 p.m. at Congregation Beth Am in Tampa. Participants in the 15th annual concert include Riselle Bain (Temple Israel of Highlands County, Sebring), Laura Berkson (Temple Bnai Israel, Clearwater), Rick Berlin (Temple Beth El of North Port), Deborrah Cannizzaro (Congregation Schaarai Zedek), Tanya Greenblatt (Temple Beth Orr, Coral Springs), Joy Katzen-Guthrie (Congregation Beth Am, Tampa), Andres Kornworcel (Congregation Rodeph Sholom, Tampa), Diane Becker Krasnick (Cantor Emerita, Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas), Beth Schlossberg (Congregation Kol Ami, Tampa), Jonathan Schultz (Congregation Bnai Israel, St. Petersburg), Jodi Sered-Lever (Congregation Mekor Shalom, Tampa), Vikki Silverman (Cantor Emerita, Congregation Beth Am of Tampa), Marci Vitkus (Jewish Congregation of Venice), with pianist Tara Richards Swartzbaugh (University of Tampa). Tickets are available at the door for a suggested donation of $18 each. All donations are gratefully accepted and no one will be turned away. Beth Am is located at 2030 W. Fletcher Ave., Tampa. Doors open at 2:15 p.m. For more information Contact Admin@BethAmTampa. org or call (813) 9688511. BACA concert set for Feb. 11