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PRESORTED STANDARD U.S. POSTAGE PAIDThe Jewish Press Group of Tampa Bay, Inc.The Jewish Press Group of Tampa Bay, Inc. Jewish Press of Pinellas County P. O. Box 6970 Clearwater, FL 33758-6970 Just a nosh.. Just a nosh..Complied from JTA news service ADVERTISEMENT VOL. 32, NO. 14 ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA FEBRUARY 9 22, 2018 16 PAGES MAP continued on PAGE 10 STUDY continued on PAGE 9 Join our page @ Meet Lily Wible, Did you know? rising 1st grader and returning camper at the Jewish Community Camp. Lilys looking forward to her best summer ever this year with her camp friends, and plans to fully immerse herself in challah-baking, Israeli dance, Color War, and pursuing the ever-popular fandanas! The 2nd annual Jewish Community Camp offers a full season of fun activities that emphasize community-building: personally, through the pursuit of the camps core values; within the camp in creating friendships; and in the broader world through a host of mitzvah-making and volunteer activities. rfntb fnf The Jewish FederationOF PINELLAS & PASCO COUNTIES, FL fDO GOOD EVERYWHERE. FROM ANYWHERE. f Pinellas/Pasco Jewish community is all over the mapBy BRUCE LOWITT Jewish PressAll it took was a visit 18 years ago the only visit Seymour Bluestone ever made to Brandeis University to convince him that the university in Waltham, MA., was where he wanted to establish his legacy. It began when Bluestone, a retired pediatrician born in Brooklyn, made some small gifts to the school in the 1990s at the request of family friends. In 2001 he created the Jesse F. and Dora H. Bluestone Scholarship in his parents memory. And when he died Sept. 29 at age 96, he left the university an $8.4-million bequest. He was so frugal. He wouldnt spend a dime on himself, said Merrianne Sotnick, a neighbor, friend and retired hospice nurse. He had old shoes. He had an old jacket. I said, Can we buy a new jacket? He said, Theres no need. Im going to be gone before I can use it. We had no idea how much money he had. He lived almost like a pauper. The Sotnicks, Chris and Merrianne, lived in the apartment next to Bluestones at the Hampton, a senior residence in Clearwater, for his last six years (he had moved in four years earlier). He was already 90 but pretty okay around without the need for a walker. Hed work out daily on an exercise bicycle but Local man leads simple life; leaves millions to collegeSeymour Bluestone MILLIONS continued on PAGE 8 Pinellas/Pasco Jewish community is all over the map Who We Are Who We ArePINELLAS AND PASCO JEWISH COMMUNITY62 47% 15% $85,000 56% 20% 95%MEDIAN AGE of Jews in Pinellas/ Pasco. In 1994 it was 46 in Pinellas. Jews live in Pinellas/Pasco. This is 1.9% of the total POPULATION of the 2 counties. Median INCOME of Jewish households. INTERMARRIED couples in Jewish households in Pinellas/Pasco. of was 46 in Pinellas. POPULATION 28,000of all Jewish households are in these top 3 ZIP CODES: 34698 in Dunedin, 33701 in St. Petersburg and 34684 in East Lake/Lake Tarpon. are REGISTERED voters INTERMARRIED identify themselves as JUST JEWISH 30% Reform 21% Conservative 3% Orthodox 56% households are in 3 ZIP CODES 62 MEDIAN AGE Jews in Pinellas/ Pasco. In 1994 it was 46 in Pinellas. 56% Democrats 25% Republicans 19% Independents of Jewish households hold synagogue MEMBERSHIP**Source: 2017 Pinellas/Pasco Jewish Population Study.By BOB FRYER Jewish PressThe Jews of Pinellas and Pasco counties are everywhere and nowhere. When people consider moving here, it is not unusual for them to call Jewish institutions here and ask, Where are the Jewish neighborhoods? Those of us already here know that the answer is there arent any at least none with really high concentrations of Jews like we remember back home in Skokie, the Lower East Side or on vacation in Miami Beach. There are about 23,450 Jews living in Pinellas County and 4,450 in Pasco County. Over the two-county area, Jews comprise just 1.9 percent of the total population, slightly below the national average of 2.1 percent. While some neighborhoods do have higher concentrations of Jewish households, the recently completed 2017 Pinellas/Pasco Jewish Population Study concluded that the Jewish population of Pinellas/Pasco is geographically dispersed and that there is no core area of Jewish settlement here. No similar demographics study has been done in Hillsborough County. The point of the study was not to learn what Jews here already knew, but to determine just how many Jews are out there, where we live, how Jewish we are in terms of synagogue membership How the study was doneIt took 230,000 phone calls to more than 70,000 phone numbers to complete the 2017 Pinellas/Pasco Jewish Population Study conducted over a three-month period by a staff under the direction of University of Miami Department of Geography chair Ira Sheskin. The calls were done using a random digit dialing method. Also used were call lists from the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties and calls to phone numbers in published phone directories of those with distinctive Jewish names. The effort resulted in 550 interviews of people in Jewish households. Of the 550 completed interviews, 192 were from randomly dialed numbers, 302 from the Federation call list and 56 from those called because JCC bomb hoaxer briey escapes Israeli police custodyThe American-Israeli man charged with making hundreds of bomb threats to Jewish community centers in the United States including two JCC preschools in The computer hacker, Michael Kadar, 19, from Ashkelon in southern Israel, attended a hearing in Jerusalem District Court on Monday, Feb. 5. Following the hearing, he was taken to an interrogation and detention center in Jerusalem. After exiting a police car, Kadar managed to loosen a leg shackle, push away the it, according to reports. He was chased for a short time, tackled and then returned to custody. Kadar was arrested in Israel in March 2017 in a joint operation with the FBI. He has been charged in both Israel and the U.S. According to the indictments, Kadar made threats to 2,000 institutions around the world, including the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C., and other Israeli diplomatic missions, JCCs, schools, malls, police stations, hospitals and airlines. The offenses charged include publishing false information, causing panic, computer hacking and money laundering. The Jerusalem Pos t reported that the U.S. has backed away from seeking the hoaxers extradicition, but may seek to have him extradicted and tried in the U.S. Putin inherits former teachers apartment in Tel AvivJERUSALEM Russian President Vladimir Putin is now the proud owner of an apartment in downtown Tel Aviv. He inherited the 11/2-bedroom apartment from his former high school German teacher, Mina Yuditskaya Berliner, who died in December at 96, Ynet reported. Berliner left the apartment to Putin via the Russian Embassy. It was Putin, in fact, who bought the apartment for her in 2005. Berliner immigrated to Israel from the Soviet Union in 1973. But she had followed her former students rise through the political ranks in Russia. According to Ynet, Putin and his teacher were reunited in 2005, when the Russian president visited Israel. She had asked the Russian Embassy whether she could attend a reception in Putins honor. Afterward he invited her to have tea with him in private. A short time later, Berliner, who was a widow, began receiving gifts from the Russian president: a watch and Putins autographed 2000 biography. Then an employee of the Russian government showed up at her doorstep and took her to see some apartments in the center of Tel Aviv, she told Ynet. Putin is a very grateful and decent person, Berliner said at the time. The Russian Embassy sent a representative to the funeral and covered the costs of her burial, Ynet reported. See inside for details. WIN SHOW TICKETS Jewish Press Online Ticket Contest WIN SHOW TICKETS Jewish Press Online Ticket Contest


PAGE 2 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY FEBRUARY 9 22, 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 23Jewish Wedding GuidePress Release ..........Feb 9 Advertising .............Feb 13MARCH 9Press Release ........Feb 23 Advertising .............Feb 27MARCH 23passover editionPress Release ..........Mar 9 Advertising .............Mar 13 PURIMP artMARCH 4, 2018 10 am to 12 pm WEST PASCO JCC9841 Scenic Drive Port Richey, FL 34664 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 Feb 18 PRIMER Brunch Honoring Dr. Rob EntelFeb 25 Tampa Bay Jewish Food Festival & Purim CarnivalMar 10 YAD Purim Pub Crawl Young Adult Division (YAD) Event: See for full detailsMar 11 Congregation Bnai Israel Chaivana Nights Gala Mar 13 Community Womens Seder Mar 20 YAD Happy Hour, Safety HarborMar 20-25 Tampa Bay Jewish Film FestivalMar 24 Gulf Coast Golf Like a Rock StarApr 13.. YAD Shabbat at Home, Land OLakesApr 15 Jewish Heritage Festival Israel@70Apr 22 YAD Mini-Golf OutingApr 29 Sonya Miller Women of DistinctionMay 12 YAD Lag BOmer Boat Bash JEWIShCOMMUNITYCAMP awesome adventures! new in 2018 learn more at Summer 2018


JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 3 FEBRUARY 9 22, 2018 Perspective PerspectiveEmilie SocashExecutive Director, Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties PLEASE RSVP TO JULIET 503.233.128 6 Congregation Beth Shalom, Jay Gatsby & Daisy Buchanan Request the Pleasure of Your Company at theSixth Annual Purim Gala Cabarethonoring Kathy & Michael Sobelat 7:30 in the evening on March 10th, 2018 Congregation Beth Shalom 1325 S. Belcher Road Clearwater, Florida PLEASE RSVP TO JULIET 503.233.128 6 Congregation Beth Shalom, Jay Gatsby & Daisy Buchanan Request the Pleasure of Your Company at theSixth Annual Purim Gala Cabarethonoring Kathy & Michael Sobelat 7:30 in the evening on March 10th, 2018 Congregation Beth Shalom 1325 S. Belcher Road Clearwater, Florida Congregation Beth Shalom, Jay Gatsby & Daisy Buchanan Request the Pleasure of Your Company at theSIXTH ANNUAL PURIM GALA CABAREThonoringKathy & Michael Sobelat 7:30 in the evening on March 10th, 2018 Congregation Beth Shalom 1325 S. Belcher Road Clearwater, Florida Featuring the original musical tribute to Irving Berlin, A Song of Freedom by Joni Klein Higger Enjoy cocktails & dinner by Lynns Catering A Spectacular Silent Auction and Dancing to Paul Wilborn & The Blue Roses Table sponsorships and Gala Journal ads invited Dress: Cocktail or Roaring Twenties Attire $136 per person RSVP by February 26th (727) 531-1418 or email PLEASE RSVP TO JULIET 503.233.128 6 Congregation Beth Shalom, Jay Gatsby & Daisy Buchanan Request the Pleasure of Your Company at theSixth Annual Purim Gala Cabaret honoring Kathy & Michael Sobelat 7:30 in the evening on March 10th, 2018 Congregation Beth Shalom 1325 S. Belcher Road Clearwater, Florida The only time were expecting change is when were standing in front of a vending machine. Its an old and admittedly corny joke, and Ive used it as it relates to our communitys demographic study results, our shifting mindset regarding Jewish communal institutions, and even in a recent change to the Federations team. Change is hard because as humans we cling to a reality weve constructed as something solid and everlasting. We tend to make sense of things true or not in a way thats reassuring, resilient, and remarkably strategic in managing our own anxiety. any topic thats potentially disruptive. Othsulting with friends, journaling, or even the tried-and-true head-in-the-sand method. Ive been re-reading the book Immunity to Change: How to Overcome It and Unlock the Potential in Yourself and Your Organization to gain fresh perspective on what the changing landscape of our Jewish community might mean at the micro and mer as a means of personal development and worked on a goal of becoming more engaged in real-time conversations at work and in my personal life. (True confession: I struggle to enjoy telephone conversations.) The model that authors Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey present is a refreshing take on how we become enmeshed in habits and mindsets that prevent our own positive change: we have an alternate immune system that helps us manage the anxiety of our deepest fears in our day-to-day behaviors. The authors base their premise on solid research (done by them and others) on the theory of adult mental development, spanning across three major plateaus that experience and diligence may or may not cultivate. As young adults, most of us operate from a socialized mind in which were seeking direction, expressing loyalty, and framing our own identities by membership within a group. Some go on to transition to a self-authoring mind, which is characterized by independence and a recognition that we can truly author our own stretch that even fewer achieve is the selftransforming mind in which an individual can hold contradictory truths, seeks interdependence with the world around, and learns through leading. As the title suggests, the concept is true for individuals and organizations (and in our case, a community). Im fascinated with applying this logic to the community at large, and discovering our collective immunity to change, and I invite you to email me your thoughts about the following questions. Whats our collective improvement goal? Do we have internal patterns that are communication) or are we facing an opportunity to take a macro perspective and see how dependent we are on one another? Collectively, should we be more grassroots, more collaborative, more entrepreneurial, more welcoming? Perhaps less siloed, less hard on ourselves for our history? What are our behaviors that are contrary to our improvement goal? After determining one big goal, looking introspectively and honestly, our community can next list concrete behaviors that prevent our success. For example, if our goal is to be tremendously welcoming to all, we might look to see how we advertise programs (Do we specify programs are open to all?), or how fast our response time is on our New to Town? form on the Federaor a newcomers brunch that we have not that are not welcoming at all! What are our competing commitments? This is where my personal immunity-towould also be complex at the community level. Here we consider what our commitments to collective self-protection are. At this stage, we ask ourselves a really hard question: What would happen if we did the step? our advertising that our programs are truly open to all. We might ask ourselves what would happen if we listed everyone who we wanted to welcome (including intermarried families, those with adopted kids, those who are not Jewish but interested, same-sex couples, and so forth). We might comfortable and that we dont risk alienating them! Whats our collective big assumption? approach action but rather goes deeper into the big why behind what we do. On my personal immunity to change process about how likeable I am and how intelligent I am perceived to be. At this point, and alter our system of activity rather than being held captive by it. The big assumption is the fear or feeling driving all that we do. Circling back to our welcoming-com-What do immune systems and vending machines have in common?munity example, we might unearth a deep sense of overwhelming duty to the future of the Jewish people, and that our strong future rests on a view of what Jewish identity looks like thats rather proscriptive. Change is hard, but a thoughtful approach offers a sense of growth in complexity, in richness, in experience, and I am hopeful that we can build our own immune system in such a way that it purposefully serves us, together. In your estimation, whats our toppriority community change opportunity? Liked it? Loathed it? Want to react? I would welcome your feedback and can be reached at March 15 25A devious, delightful romp down the road not takenTickets $18 online and at the Gulfport Beach Bazaar Tickets $20 lobby (cash only, one hour before show time)TCatherine Hickman Theater26th Ave and Beach Blvd., Gulfport President Donald Trump told an Israeli newspaper that his Dec. 6 declaration recognizing Jerusalem as Israels capital Replying to a question by Israel Hayom editor-in-chief Boaz Bismuth on whether Israel would have to give something in return for the declaration, Trump said both Israel and the Palestinians would need to comproCalling Jerusalem your wonderful capital, he added in the interview that its recognition as Israels capital was very important for many people whom Trump said thanked him. Trump described the move as an important promise he made and kept.Trump: Jerusalem declaration high point of presidency


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 FEBRUARY 9 22, 2018 Congregations Shabbat Candle Lighting Times Rabbinically Speaking Rabbinically Speakinghas been replaced this edition with a David Weizman of Congregation Beth Shalom in Clearwater of his recent Fellowship program. See story, page 15. Cong. Bnai Israel St. PetersburgPurim: Erev Purim service will be on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 6:30 p.m. followed by a family Megillah reading and traditional Megillah reading. Service will include an all-ages costume parade. Young families are encouraged to arrive at 5 p.m. for a Young Families Purim Dinner ($5 per family) and Early Childhood Purim Spiel prior to the Megillah reading. All attendees are invited to stay for a dessert reception. Adults are invited to stay after the Megillah reading for Purim After Hours, which will feature a Persian-style nosh and LHayim. Cost is $10 per person. RSVP to Maureen Sechan at or (727) 3814900 ext. 1011 for the Young Families dinner and Purim After Hours. On Thursday, March 1, the 7:45 a.m. minyan also will include the Megillah reading and a Purim LHayim. Shabbat Hazzanut: Celebrate Shabbat on Saturday, March 3 with liturgical compositions by famed cantor and composer Hazzan Adolph Katchko in a full rendition of Musaf by Cantor Jonathan Schultz. Known as a cantor of the Golden Age of Virtuoso Artistics Cantorial Art, Hazzan Katcho was a luminary as well as a pioneer in presenting cantorial music as a serious liturgical art form. Rosh Hodesh group: Relationships in the Torah is the topic of discussion in this women-only program on Sunday, Feb. 18 at 10:30 a.m. This group meets in different congregants homes each month. For details, contact the Talmud Made Easy: On Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 5 p.m., Steve 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. Contact or for details.Chabad of St. PetersburgPurim Masquerade Party: There will be a Megillah reading, masquerade party, music, cocktails and treats at the Chabad center on Wednesday, Feb. 28th at 7 p.m. The event is free. RSVP to www. Womens Book Club: Chaya Korf leads a roundtable discussion every Tuesday from 10:3011:30 a.m., 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 dates of the classes. Lox & Learn: Led by Rabbi David Weizman, explore the weekly Torah portion every Thursday following minyan. Breakfast begins at 9:45 a.m. and the study session at 10 a.m. Haftarot study: This study will be led by Johanna Bromberg in the synagogue library on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 10 a.m. Torah study: Take part in an interactive conversation about the weekly Torah portion, incorporating both historical and contemporary reference material on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 12:30 p.m. with Jason Palmer Everyone is welcome.Chabad of ClearwaterMega hamantasch bake: A f amily hamantashen baking session will take place at the Chabad center on Sunday, Feb. 18 at 1 p.m. as a pre-Purim event. The cost is $7 per child and includes lunch, games and arts and crafts. Bring aprons and rolling pins. Megillah & more: A Purim bash including Megillah reading, music, drinks and refreshments will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 28, beginning at 6:45 p.m. There is no charge and all are welcome. Sports themed Purim party: On Thursday, March 1, Purim in the Stadium will be held at the Clearwter Chabad. The event will get underway at 4 p.m. with activities including sports, free throw competition, moon bounce, snow cones and of course, hamantashen and Lechaim. Participants will be able to meet and take photos of your daily life. Coffee, fruit and homemade pastries will be served at these free sessions. Walk-ins are welcome. RSVP to Chaya@ Camp Gan Israel: Registration is open for Camp Gan Israel, a four-week day camp. Activities include sports, games, crafts, dramatics and trips. The staff will and a sense of fair play. The camp runs from June 25 to July 20 with optional before and after care. There will be three divisions of campers, Explorers, Trailblazers and Pioneers. One can register for a week, any individual weeks, or the whole summer. Weekly rates can be as low as $150 for Trailblazers and Explorers, and $165 for trips and activities. Additional discounts apply for returning campers signing up for the entire summer, week of camp. Further details can be found at or contact the Chabad center at (727) 344-4900. Temple Beth-El St. PetersburgTorah on Tap: Young professionals, Gen X. Gen Y and millennials are invited to monthly meetups to grab a nosh and a drink and have a conversation with Rabbi Michael Torop about Judaism. The next get together will be Wednesday, March 7 at St. Pete Brewing Company, 544 First Ave. N., St. Petersburg. One for the SAGES: The SAGE (Seniors for Arts, Growth and Education) group will meet on Monday, Feb. 19 at 11 a.m. in the all-purpose room. Federal Senior Judge Jon O. Newman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit will speak. Judge Newman was chief judge from 1993-1997. He was recently honored with the 2016 Edward J. Devitt Distinguished Service to Justice Award and published his autobiography, Benched: Abortion, Terrorists, Drones, Crooks, Supreme Court, Kennedy, Nixon, Demi Moore, and Other Tales from the Life of a Federal Judge In addition Marjorie Friedman will lead a discussion titled Adventures in Travel. Come and share your unusual, outstanding, or meaningful travel adventures. Lunch will be $8 or you can bring your own for free. RSVP to Pamela Siskin at Shabbat on the block: Celebrate Shabbat at the home of a congregational family on Friday, Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m. After joining together in the candle lighting, kiddush and hamotzee, there will be a pot-luck dinner, then regular Shabbat services will be held at the temple. For location of the home, more information and to RSVP, contact Jillian at or call (727) 433-1613. Save the date: The annual Sunday Morning University, a one-day adult learning program with experts hosted at Temple Beth-El on Sunday, March 4 at 9 a.m. in conjunction with Congregation Bnai Israel of St. Petersburg. There will be multiple speakers and many opportunities for mental and spiritual growth. Pre-register by e-mailing your information to Beth Sholom GulfportFlea market: The congre market will be held on Feb. 15, Feb. 16, Feb. 18 and Feb. 19. The day. There will be furniture, jewelry, clothes both new and gently used electronics and household items. Everything must go. For more information, call Marlene at (727) 866-7330 or Sandy at (727) 348-4406.Temple Bnai Israel ClearwaterPurim dinner and spiel: Enjoy a 60s and 70s themed Purim spiel on Wednesday Feb. 28 with dinner at 6 p.m. and the show at 7 p.m. The Purim spiel will be songs. Cost is $10 per person of $20 per family. Reservations are required by calling the temple, (727) 531-5829. Blue Jean Shabbat: We lcome Shabbat in casual attire, a relaxed atmosphere and a live band on Friday. March 2 at 7:30 p.m. Fashion sale: Cabi clothing will present its spring and summer collections on Sunday, March 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 6 from noon to 3 p.m. and Thursday, March 9 from 5-8 p.m. Stop by and see whats new. Cinema caf: On Sunday, March 4 at 1 p.m. enjoy a showing of The Human Resources Manager, an Israeli dramedy centered on the HR manager of a large bakery who is on a mission to restore his companys reputation. Popc orn and non-alcoholic beverages are provided. There is no charge for members and friends. Theater excursion: The Adults at Leisure group will take in a play on Sunday March 4 at 2 p.m. when they travel to the Francis Wilson Playhouse for a matinee of Rodgers and Hammersteins Carousel. Tickets are $26 and can be reserved by calling the theater at (727) 446-1360. For more information call Linda Goldman at (727) 536-7076 Trivia Night: Tickets are now on sale for Trivia Night on Saturday, April 21 at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $36 for adults and $18 for kids. Tickets include dinner and two drinks. Trip to Israel: Registration is now open for a trip to Israel from June 9-19, led by Rabbi Daniel Treiser. For more information, visit Bible study: Explore the Second Book of Samuel and discover a unique period of Jewish history. Rabbi Daniel Treiser leads the classes on Wednesdays from 7-8 p.m. There is no fee for members; $30 for non-members for the year. Sunday funday: Preschoolers and their parents can enjoy playtime on Sunday, Feb. 25 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. when the children can play in the kids center and experience the second annual Tampa Bay Jewish Food Festival. Non-members are welcome. Call and pricing information at (727) 531-5829. Adult playtime: Play mah jongg, Mexican Train Dominoes or Bridge on Thursdays at 1 p.m. Join active seniors and play the game of your choice. Coffee and cake is served. For more information, contact Linda White at linda33217@ or (727) 688-0626.Cong. Beth Shalom ClearwaterPurim gala: The congregation will celebrate its sixth annual Purim Gala Cabaret on Saturday, March 10, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the synagogues nightclub. Kathy and Michael Sobel will be honored at this Great Gatsby themed party. The evening will include an original Irving Berlin musical show by Joni Klein Higger, silent auction, cocktails, dinner and dancing to the Great American Songbook tunes interpreted by Paul Wilborn & The Blue Roses. Cost is $136 per person. For more information or to 727 531-1418 or email: bookkeeper@ Talmud classes: On Mondays and most Wednesdays, explore ancient legal tradition with Dr. Priscilla Nathanson The class is open to all levels of knowledge. The Monday class is held after minyan from 10 11:15 a.m. and the Wednesday class is at 7 p.m. Con-


about places to go and things to see, looking for something exciting. Of course, I kept hearing about St. Petersburg and Tampa, but one thing that came up again and again was Gasparilla, the Pirate Parade. questions about the parade started popping up in my head. I was curious to know what the whole fuss IS about. Apparently, it is the third largest parade in the United States with approximately 300,000 participants. It got me thinking: Is there a parade of similar scale to Gasparilla in Israel? And the answer is yes, the Pride Parade. The Pride Parade in Israel has been held every year since 1998, in Tel Aviv during the month of June. It has become one of the main symbols in the struggle for visibility and demand for equality for the LGBT population and many people come from throughout Israel and from all around the world to enjoy the atmosphere of the festival and the unique street celebration. It is the biggest Pride Parade on the Asian continent and last year was the biggest parade ever held in Israel with over 200,000 participants, many of them tourists who came to enjoy this unique Middle Eastern experience. Songs in Arabic, Hebrew and English emphasize the liberalism and pluralism that Tel Aviv is so famous for. The parade is along the citys fabulous coastline, according to a survey that was held a week after the last parade, one third of the participants were heterosexual, making this event a big celebration for every person who just wants to take part in a huge summer rave. Unfortunately, all over the Middle East, this kind of in the Middle East to facilitate and celebrate the Pride Parade events. Since then, other cities joined the trend and there have been attempts to have more parades elsewhere, like in Jerusalem and Beer Sheva. LGBT rights are the result of a gradual process shared by the Knesset (Israels Parliament), the Government (especially the attorney general) and the court. It started in 1988 when many laws and regulations, which were discriminating based on sexual orientation, were cancelled. istered cohabitation between same-sex couples, making it Having said that, same-sex couples are not allowed to marry in Israel under the Rabbanut (also known as Chief Rabbinate of Israel recognized by law as the supreme rabbinic and spiritual authority for Judaism in Israel), but Israel does recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere. The couple will be registered on the identity cards as married, and they will have equal rights for Today, regarding personal rights, there is a prohibition of general discrimination in Israel, and according to the law, LGBT couples are entitled to the same rights as heterosexual couples. The main gaps that exist today relevant to rights are related to personal and family status such as adoption, surrogacy and joint parenting. Latest law changes in regarding the LGBT community happened just last month, in January 2018 when the Health Ministry approved new regulations allowing gay and bisexual men to donate blood, regardless of when they last had sexual intercourse, just like straight men. Tel Aviv has been referred to by publishers numerous times as one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world and earned the nickname of The gay capital of the Middle East. According to LGBT travelers, it was ranked as the best gay city in the world for several years now. percent of its population is gay, which means that about 105,000 people in the city identify as LGBT. As it seems, some dancing in the sun with a cold beer in one hand can be a unique escape in such a delicate region. The gay pride parade shows the diversity of Israels cent sight, so what do you say? See you there next June?Pride Parade in Israel JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 5 FEBRUARY 9 22, 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 Marchers in a Pride Parade in Israel. Mor About Israel Mor About IsraelYAEL MORIsrael Shlicha [Emissary] Lenny s Lenny s 21220 U.S. 19 NorthJust south of Drew St. and north of S.R. 60727.799.0402Curing meal at a time for 30+ yearsHome of the almighty danish basket!Best Breakfast in Clearwater! s Serving Breakfast & Lunch Anytime 6am 3pm ~ 7 days a week Jewish-style deli & much more! Stop by for A SUPER sandwich with a BOWL of soup on SUNDAY or any day with the Tampa Bay Lightnings mascot ThunderBug. Dress in your favorite sports costume and win Lightning tickets. There will be a Megillah reading at 5 p.m. followed by dinner featuring stadium-style cuisine. Cost is $10 per child. RSVP by Feb. 25 online @ or call: (727) 265-2770 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, Feb. 25 at 9:30 a.m. 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 its essential. All Jewish women in the community are invited to attend. Admission is $10 and sponsors $180. RSVP online @ JewishClearwater. com or call: 727-265-2770. Torah and tea: Rebbetzin Miriam Hodakov leads a Torah and Tea exclusively for women on Wednesdays at 11:15 a.m. There is no charge to attend. RSVP to or (727) 265-2770. Pray, eat, watch video: On Sundays from 9-10 a.m., feed your body and soul with a bagel and 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 portion on Mondays from 7-8 p.m. The Torah studies classes offer timely lessons for living. The class is free. Tanya class: A new weekly Tanya class, A Tale of Two Souls, meets on Saturdays from 10:15-11 a.m. The Tanya offers a roadmap for emotional healthy living. The in-depth study will ask the questions: What is a soul? How many do we have? What is our purpose here on earth? How are we to battle our evil inclination? The class is freeTemple Ahavat Shalom Palm HarborHistory lesson: Dr. Eric Steckler Coexistence: The History 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 City. Part 2 will be on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. on The Modern Old City. Torah study: Congregant Susan Segal teaches a Torah study class on Thursdays from noon to 1:15 p.m. Bring a lunch, and of course, opinions. No prior knowledge or attendance is required. The class will use the book The Torah: A Womans Commentary. Science and religion: Tuesday morning adult education class is under way on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. Professor Alan Gorlick will conclude his Science and Religion, portion of the class on Feb. 20, then Rabbi Gary Klein will teach sessions on misfortune and Judaism basics: An Introduction to Judaism class is offered on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. This class, taught by Rabbi Klein, is appropriate for non-Jewish spouses sidering adopting Judaism as their faith, and those who are already Jewish who wish to enhance their knowledge of Judaism. New students are welcome anytime. Cost is $100 per person or couple, for nonmembers; free for temple members. JCC of West Pasco Port RicheyPurim: There will be an ice cream social followed by the reading of the Megillah interspersed with the congregations annual original spiel and merriment beginning at 6:30 p.m. on erev Purim, Wednesday, Feb. 28. Costumes are welcome, but optional. All are welcome. There is no charge to attend. Understanding prayer: A class focused on the history, meaning, and relevance of Shabbat service prayers meets on Wednesdays through May at 7 p.m. Knowledge of Hebrew is not required. There is no fee, and all are welcome.Chabad of West Pasco TrinityPurim in the Palace: Celebrate Purim at the Chabad center on Thursday, March 1 at 5:30 p.m. Come dressed for a royal ball and a feast. There will be crafts for kids, an interactive Megilliah reading, Brooklyn hamantashen and en tertainment for all ages. The cost is $25 for adults and is it free for children 12 and younger. RSVP immediately to Rabbi@ChabadWP. com or call (727) 376-3366.Cong. Beth David Spring HillDirect from Sweden: Tem ple Beth David will welcome the Stahlhammer Klezmer Classic band direct from Sweden for its Florida debut. This international group will perform on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. They will play klezmer, Swedish music, tango and more. Tickets, including dessert and coffee, are $18. Order tickets at (352) checks to the temple. Torah study: Rabbi Paul Schreiber will conduct Torah study classes on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Free for members and $5 per class for non-members. Judaism class: A free Jewish conversion class will be held on Saturdays at 1 p.m., conducted by Rabbi Schreiber. Talmud for beginners: This class, already under way, is held every Wednesday at 8 p.m., except for the third Wednesday of the month. It is free for members and $5 per class for non-members.Chabad of Spring HillTorah studies: The Jewish community is invited to attend Torah study classes, with bagels, on Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. The classes, taught by Rabbi Chaim Lipszyc, are not sequential, so folks can drop in for any class. is $7 per class. For more information, call Ro Kerschner at (352) 746-6258.


By BRUCE LOWITT Jewish PressBarely a generation ago, the problem with pain-killers was that they werent readily available and doctors were reluctant to prescribe those that were. Today the reverse is true too many of them and just about anyone can get them whether or not theyre needed. Dan Zsido, training and education coordinator for the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators, said 2016, the last year for which complete statistics are available, was the worst year ever in the United States for drug overdose deaths, more than 64,000 of them due to another huge increase in prescription opioid medication. In the 1990s, articles appeared in medical journals that doctors were under prescribing pain medication, that they were not adequately treating pain, said Dr. Richard Maza, a Clearwater internist who has had experience in his practice with substance-abuse issues. Coincidentally with that, drugs came on the market which were the bulk of the opioids. Purdue Pharma developed a synthetic opioid called OxyContin and marketed it as a safe and effective way to treat pain with no or very little addiction potential. Physicians got lulled into feeling that prescribing opioids was a safe thing to do. And what they did was prescribe too many at a time, or for pain that could be handled by lesser drugs like Tylenol, Advil, Aleve They wrote prescriptions for, say, 30 25 left and those 25 somehow got out into the general community and were used as what they call diversionary drugs, meaning they became available to people who didnt need them for pain. And it addicted them because one of the side effects is euphoria, Maza said. Zsido, a retired lieutenant from the Picommanded the Narcotics Division, and Dr. Maza, will speak Wednesday evening, March 14, at Temple Ahavat Shalom, 1575 Curlew Road, in Palm Harbor, on The Opioid Epidemic and How It Hurts You. The free community program starts at 7 p.m. It is clear that the opioid addiction crisis impacts every community, including the Jewish community, said Ahavat Shaloms Rabbi Gary Klein. Over the years Ive encountered numerous Jewish people who have told me that they or someone in their family is suffering from an addiction, and more than several funerals where family members have indicated that the cause of death was an overdose. Also speaking are Rochae Zwicharowski, a Certified Recovery Support Specialist and herself a recovering addict, and Laurie Serra, who started the Pinellas County chapter of the Narcotics Overdose Prevention & Education task force after her 28-year-old stepson died in 2008 of an unintentional overdose of OxyContin and other drugs. The program is free and open to the public. Zsido said data is starting to show that the longer someone is on prescription medication the greater the chance the user will fall into misuse of the drug. Weve seen people who have an accident, say they slip and fall, or undergo some sort of procedure and they were on a medication and it resulted in a tolerance, which rolled into an addiction, which rolled into making poor decisions, Zsido said, and ultimately they crossed the line and did something and got in trouble. Then there are people who are just experimenting with it. Zwicharowski said her message is that addicts do recover, coming from whatever background. Yes, I am an addict, I am always going to be an addict. But the woman I am today is not the woman I was. Im a good mother, Im clean. Im a productive member of society. She is 38, says shes been sober for 10 years, and has children ages 20, 18 and 16, all of whom she had before she was mar ried. I pulled them through the wringer with me for awhile. The state ended up taking them; they went into foster care. I was facing a large prison sening hydrocodone (a semi-synthetic opioid) and I ended up going into treatment and the judge saw in me that I really wanted to change and ended up having three years probation and getting my kids back. She met her husband in the rooms, meaning when they were both in rehab. Hes in recovery as well. Im not saying I recommend that, Zwicharowski said with a laugh, but its bettern meeting him in a bar. ... I come from a long line of addicts. As early as I can remember there were drugs in the house, my parents using. And what When I was six years old our house got raided, I woke up with guns to my head and I always wanted to change the way I felt. Of course I hated my parents because I never wanted to be like them and I turned out worse than them. Now she is an outreach coordinator for Associate Recovery Communities, formerly Tampa Bay Sober Living, which provides transitional homes that bridge the gap between substance abuse treatment centers and independence. Said Zsido: We have to be more attentive to addiction as a community. Law enforcement cant do it by itself and health care cant do it by itself.PAGE 6 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY FEBRUARY 9 22, 2018 Bnot Mitzvah Summer Camps Day Camps | PreK and Up | June-AugustFun and educational themed day camps include Little Captains, Basketball, STEM, Little Explorers, and Writing.Boarding Camp | 8th-12th Grade | June-AugustSummer@Farragut is a unique two, four, or six-week summer boarding program for teens. They will attend college-prep classes (and earn high school credit!) and participate in fun activities while living in campus dormitories.Register Online! ext 220 | 501 Park St. N., St. Petersburg, FL Register Online! Register Online! All camps are open to the public, coed, and include a hot lunch! 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Active year round in Hunter Jumper English Riding at Owen Equestrian, Hannah also is a member of the St. Petersburg Audubon Society where she works as a bird steward, studies wildlife, creates reports ad and other wildlife. She is currently growing trees to donate as part of her mitzvah project to the city of St. Petersburg. Gerald and Shane Davis will host a luncheon at their home, Moon Acre Manor, on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 17. Special guests will include Mayor Rick Kriseman, and representatives of the Audubon Society. Hannah Marie LaPoint DavisKayla Jasmine Harter, daughter of Dr. Karen Wolstein and Michael Harter, of Dunedin, will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on Sunday, Feb. 18 at Temple Ahavat Shalom in Palm Harbor. A seventh-grade honors student at Academie Da Vinci Charter School, Kayla excels in dance and the arts at her school. A member of the Dreamers Dance Company in Dunedin, Kayla is also active in Temple Ahavat Shaloms youth group. Dr. Karen Wolstein will host a celebration at Safety Harbor Resort and Spa on Sunday evening, Feb. 18. Special guests will include family and friends.Kayla Jasmine Harter As the time nears for your childs Bar/Bat Mitzvah, you will want to let the community know by announcing it in the Jewish Press. There is a $5 charge to cover the cost of reproducing the photo. Mail to the Jewish Press, PO Box 6970, Clearwater, FL 33758.


JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 7 FEBRUARY 9 22, 2018 USF Hillel Morris & Bertha Escoll Center for Jewish Campus Life To start building your avor or for more information, please contact Linda Wolf at Name your avor in honor of a birthday, anniversary, other special occasion, or just because you love ice cream! Your creation will be our next Flavor of the Month your ice cream! your own custom avor and give it a name!others have 31 butwe want 36 flavors that is Ensuring a Jewish Future. Theirs. And Ours. 1 2 3For a $250 donation, create a custom ice cream avor.Choose your mix-insWere talking cake bites, cookie dough, fruit swirls, chocolate chunks and morethe yummy possibilities are endless!Name your avorMaybe it rhymes. Maybe it doesnt. It can be one syllable. It can be 10. Our only request is that it be awesome (like you, for making this donation).Pick a baseChocolate, vanilla, mint, lemon, coconut or any avor that your taste buds desire! With help of Holocaust survivors, students tend garden A Holocaust survivor plants parsley in the Hillel Academy tub farm. Holocaust survivors and students plant trees for Tu bBhevat.Two Holocaust survivors joined sixth-grade students at Hillel Academy to work in the schools garden on Jan. 30 as part of the schools open house program. Together they planted parsley in the hydroponic garden installed by they planted a tree in celebration of Tu BShevat. I had the joy of spending my morning with two Holocaust with the children and planted in Nava Kirk. I personally was so moved just to spend a little time Hillel students have been planting in the garden and donating the they monitored frequently. Crops and basil. The garden can now hold close have donated hundreds of pounds which helps people in the depenparents and relative caregivers. to local Holocaust survivors as well. There are nine survivors who receive vegetables every two to or email tubfarms@ (L-R) Eduardo Kornworcel and Ezra Gamson in the garden.


The bride-to-be is the daughter of the late Debbie Kieffer Eisenberg and Stan Eisenberg and Nance Alexander of Minneapolis. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, and is a registered nurse at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. A June wedding is planned at Temple Israel in Minneapolis, with a honeymoon in Tuscany. The couple will reside in Chicago. PAGE 8 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY FEBRUARY 9 22, 2018 Engagement HALF & FULL DAY SUMMER CAMPS MAY 28 AUGUST 17, 2018 PK2 service, paddleboarding and kayaking, fishing, a week at Busch Gardens trips to the Southwest, Iceland and England, field archeology, Costa Rica, Peru (for grades 4 to 12) r college essay writing, SAT/ACT prep, leadership and service, travel, field archeology of the Southwest, glass blowing, CPR/1st Aid fntb Great Books, Intro to Mandarin, Tots and Me Yoga, CPR/1st Aid Diversity & Inclusivity, Swim with Manatees rAND NOW OFFERING tr trr fnnntbtrr bbbbbbtatShorecrestDay Camp weekly themes, activities, field trip, art, games and water fun. Plus a menu of 1-week options for every interest. With Extended Day Care, Camps are Available 7:30am-5pm MILLIONSafter a while he started getting short of breath. He needed a pacemaker. I went with him to the hospital so he wouldnt be alone. Then there was a bout with cancer. Thats probably when I started being a nurse as well as a friend. He watched the news every day and Lawrence Welk. He loved Lawrence Welk, Chris said. He was extremely intelligent, started college when he was 16, and he was all about education, all about knowledge and all about world peace. It disturbed him so much, things that were going on in the world and how people were treated. Prof. Laurence Simon, founding director of the Sustainable International Development (SID) program at Brandeis Heller School for Social Management, said from his office that Bluestone had come up to consider the possibility of a gift to the university, and he was introduced to a few people on campus who were in programs that (the school) thought he might be interested in. A lunch with Simon at the faculty club was the beginning of a long friendship. I knew it would be an excellent relationship when he handed me a business card he was retired by then so I guess it was more of a calling card and along with all his contact information was a little phrase, One World, Simon said. I told him that at orientation every year I had an event for incoming students from all over the world that I called the One World Cafe. So that phrase was part of the attraction for each other, that we had this rather idealistic view of putting people together from all faiths and nation alities and walks of life. Bluestones bequest will provide in the SID program in future years, and support research and program development in the Center for Global Development and Sustainability, also at the Heller School. Bluestone graduated from Cor nell and the New York Univer sity School of Medicine and held a number of medical positions, including serving for 10 years as director of the New York State Rehabilitation Hospital. He spoke French, German, Ital ian, Spanish and Hebrew as well as English, the Sotnicks said. He loved his computer, was on it all the time, receiving and sending jokes to people all over the world. He was never Seymour. Always Sy, and he would sign his e-mails Sigh, Merrianne said. Con amore (With love), Sigh. Simon visited Bluestone annually, often bringing along a couple of his international students. He just adored these visits. Even in his old age Sy would sit there speaking to them in French or Spanish. He was incredibly intellectually curious and had a tremendous knowledge of world history and cultures. I dont think its an exaggeration to say he considered those visits among the highlights of his year. Bluestone also served as a medi Korea during 1945-47, reaching the rank of captain. He married at age 39 in Jamaica the island, not Queens, Chris Sotnick said. His wife died many years ago I dont think he ever mentioned her name and they had no children. He was very political, ultraliberal. He gave to charities, to hospice, and to Democratic causes. He voted for Bernie Sanders. He could not stand the current president. Loved Obama. And he was very agnostic. He lost his religion. He saw what was going on in the world and he lost his faith. Still, the Sotnicks said, Bluestone observed many Jewish traditions. He kept strictly kosher, and he would light Yahrzeit candles on the anniversary of family deaths. He did not want anybody to know he was a doctor, Merrianne said. He was very humble and very private. He just didnt want any attention at all. He didnt want any (funeral) service. No memorial, no obituary, nothing. tions, Merrianne added. He wanted to be cremated, and we took his ashes to Bay Pines (Veterans Hospital in St. Petersburg), where his brothers ashes were buried. The Sotniks put a Star of David on his grave marker. He would have liked that, Merrianne said. He lost his religion but he was proud of his heritage. Michael Eitan Wasserberger and Julie Dora Eisenberg announce their engagement. The perspective bridegroom is the son of Manya Rubenstein of St. Petersburg and Abe Wasserberger and Lissa Abrahams of Baltimore. He spent much of his childhood in Tampa and Palm Harbor and is a graduate of Towson University in Maryland. He is a commercial pilot for Spirit Airlines. Eisenberg/Wasserberger


JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 9 FEBRUARY 9 22, 2018 TEMPLE BNAI ISRAEL1685 S. Belcher Rd., Clearwater 33764 Visit our Beverage Garden for Wine and Beer tastings Beverage Garden Parking Shuttles available all day SUNDAY2018FEB. 25thTEMPLE BNAI ISRAELCLEARWATER10:00AM-3PMTHE TAM PA B AY This event made possible by individual sponsors and the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties.FOR MORE INFORMATION: WWW.TAMPABAYJEWISHFOODFEST.COMFollow signs for offsite parking (handicapped parking and drop off only on premises) The Tampa-Orlando-Pinellas Jewish Foundation (TOP) ended 2017 with assets communities approaching $50 million. The TOP portfolio includes $3.7 million in Israel Bonds and net investment performance of 9.57 percent. The past 12 months mark a banner year for the Foundation and its donors as we together embarked on an expansion program to bring our philanthropic and investment management services to organizations and families outside Central Florida where no Jewish Foundation currently exists, said Emilie Socash, TOPs executive director. TOP also successfully completed a twoyear legacy program with the nationally recognized Harold Grinspoon Foundation, yielding over 400 new legacy commitments with an estimated future value of more than $15 million. The Life & Legacy program further and stability of the local Jewish community, a parallel mission of the Foundation. The beauty of creating legacy gifts, an investment in our next generations, is that sources to protect and sustain the Jewish community in the midst of a rapidly changing world, said Jeffrey Herman, TOP Jewish Foundation president. Of the nearly $50 million in assets at TOP, approximately 40 percent or $20 million are held in endowments. An additional 28 percent are invested for Jewish agencies and synagogues throughout Tampa, Orlando, Pinellas and Gainesville, the newest community to join TOP as a result of its expansion program. The remaining 32 percent are held in over 250 donor-advised funds for individuals and families throughout Central Florida and a handful of other states. From all TOP funds, the Foundation distributed 1,822 grants totaling $7.4 million, supporting both Jewish and secular causes throughout the country and around the globe. Our level of reach continues to grow as we work with donors and supported organizations in a truly global fashion, Socash said, and yet we maintain our commitment to making giving easier and developing the personal, one-on-one relationships that all of our donors and community partners have come to expect. TOPs asset base grew 6 percent between nors in using TOP as their primary charitable investment partner as well as strong growth in market performance. Our goal is to grow the Foundation ment and management decisions, the communities who choose TOP will continue to be bolstered by the Foundation, said Al Schiff, vice president of TOPs Investment Committee. Six years ago, TOP selected investment manager Goldman Sachs and adopted a new forward-thinking investment policy with a strict anti-terror and now anti-BDS preventative screening approach. As a result, TOPs primary investment pool (called the Balanced Pool) has seen strong returns. In a nutshell, a donor who had given $10,000 to TOP last year would now have $957 more to give to charity in their fund. Considering larger gifts in funds that total $100,000 or greater, the ability to give more is that much greater, said Socash. To further serve the interests of savvy philanthropists, TOP added another investment pool comprised of strictly equities, allowing for further customization of the risk tolerance (and return) of funds. To learn more about TOP, visit or email Foundation extends reach to Jewish families, organizations elsewhereSTUDYthey had distinctive Jewish names such as Levy or Goldstein. Sheskin and his staff have conducted scores of similar Jewish community studies throughout the to Pinellas and Pasco counties, a number of them were general questions that could apply to many Jewish communities, and it is through those questions that comparisons were drawn between our local Jewish community and, in some cases, up to 60 other Jewish communities. Topics covered in the survey tion, age distribution, household size and structure, marital status, secular education and employment status, household income, Jewish intermarriage, synagogue attendance/membership/attendance, sense of involvement/feeling part of Jewish community, Jewish education, familiarity with and assessment of local Jewish organizations, social service needs, the Jewish elderly, Israel, anti-Semitism, phiTo read the full study or summaries, go to Berman Jewish Databank, a project of the Jewish Federations of North America at The public is invited to a free presentation on religious freedom issues globally including the persecution of religious minorities from the nations former top diplomat on religious freedom issues, Rabbi David Saperstein. The rabbi will speak from 1-3 p.m., Thursday, March 8, at the Saint Leo Abbey Church, 33701 SR 52, St. Leo. The Saint Leo University Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies is sponsoring Rabbis Sapersteins talk. From 2015-17, Rabbi Saperstein was the U.S. Ambassador-atLarge for International Religious hold that post. He is senior advisor to the Union of Reform Judaism for policy and strategy and director emeritus of its Religious Action Center, where he served for more than 30 years. To reserve seating, contact Megan Orendorf by email, jennifer., or call (352) 588-8401. The mission of the Saint Leo University Center for CatholicJewish Studies is to build mutual respect, understanding, and appreciation among different faiths by providing opportunities for interfaith education and dialogue.Rabbi who served as U.S. ambassador for religious freedoms to speak at St. Leos


PAGE 10 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY FEBRUARY 9 22, 2018 MAPor participation in Jewish religious or cultural activities, how philanthropic we are, and what our needs are. The study was commissioned by the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties and Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services and conducted by Ira Sheskin, chair of the University of Miami Department of Geography. Sheskin has done scores of demographic studies of Jewish communities throughout the nation and did the last comprehensive study in Pinellas, in 1994. a picture of todays Jewish community here, but also tells us how we have changed from 1994 and how we stack up to Jewish communities throughout the United States. Sheskin told the Jewish Press study depressing. If you are looking for the utopian When compared to other Jewish communities, the Pinellas-Pasco Jewish community is older, less religious and less philanthropic than many, Sheskin said. You want people to feel connected to the place, but no one feels connected here, he told a community presentation on the survey results. Without certain communal facilities like a JCC or day school, there is a lack of a central Jewish community, Sheskin said. One thing Sheskin had never seen in a demographic study before was that the number of Jewish households went up, while the overall number of way to explain this phenomena, Sheskin said, The community got older so there are fewer Jews per Though the study showed a high percent of folks engaged with, or sometimes not even aware of, local Jewish institutions, he said the fact that they would the study shows an encouraging degree of connection to their Jewish identity. of synagogue membership and attendance and a low percentage of those in Jewish households who donate to Jewish organizations. Findings also show there is a high percentage of intermarried families, a high divorce rate and a low households. median age of local Jews increased from 46 years The report did contain some positives. For inpercent said they have a strong sense of belonging a special responsibility to care for Jews in need. Jewish activity in that they are either associated with the Jewish community, observe a religious practice, contain a Jewish respondent who attends synagogue services at least once a year, or donated to a Jewish age bracket, the percentage of those who experienced Israel has increased since the study to see the glass half empty, Emilie Socash, executive director of the Pinellas/Pasco Federation, found room for optimism. The thing that stood out to me was how connected to the Jewish community were those who may not attended a Jewish event in the past year and more home. That makes me feel there is a level of Jewish engagement that can grow, Socash said. said, It is all just data. There is no place for judgment, or even worry; it is all just data. Socash said what the data tells her is, We have the opportunity to be a welcoming and inclusive community, one that is known for offering programs for the reality of our community vs one that is stuck in a belief of how communities should be. In regard to the increase in the median age, Socash said, We have a lot of adults who would appreciate even more activities We spent a lot of time programming for young families and we need to recognize those adults also need events, programs and services. Jewish community study. Because the demographer conducted the over time. Because he also has done scores of similar studies in Jewish communities throughout the nation, sometimes using common questions, it is possible to see how we stack up against other Jewish communities on certain issues. For full details, go to A Here is how we fared when compared to other Jewish communities except where noted). Given how Jews here are scattered throughout the area, Socash said, We need to go where they are. While not ignoring the local Jews already plugged in and engaged in Jewish life, the challenge is to reach to particular streams of Judaism such as Orthodox, Conservative or Reform. Recently the Federation promoted a Hanukkah family event that aimed to be inclusive of all types of families, including LGBT, single parent and intermarried families. The Federation also has held PJ Library events at local public libraries. Given the results of the study, it is likely more attempts like this, to reach those who might not be as likely to show up at a synagogue, will be held, Socash said. Five areas of concentration emerged from reculture, demographics, children and education, and public relations. The Federation created commitmonths before an overall strategic plan is developed to address needs indicated by the study. (See Federation statement on these topics, page 11.) Understandably, from the perspective of a longtime rabbi in the community, the low percentage of synagogue membership and low percentage of those attending synagogue or other Jewish religious events in Palm Harbor. He said he was originally okay with the population study being done, but in hindsight feels it revealed little that the local Jewish community did not already know, and that the funds could have been better used to enhance synagogue programming. In order to build a stronger Jewish community here, he said synagogues need to be the heart of Jewish life and they need to work hard to that end. He also noted that the community has been hurt by the closing of the Pinelals County Jewish Day School Those institutions are the sort that families look for when choosing a community in which to live where to move. But synagogues with strong programming can help mitigate the lack of a JCC and Jewish day school, he said. While I am concerned about the trends here and in other communities, I think we have a wonderful community and can sustain it into the future, Rabbi Klein said, I think the synagogues play a disproporto help make it as vibrant a community as it can be. Rabbi Klein said the Federation is doing a good and appropriate job. They do not need to do more, but I think we need to strengthen our synagogues. Federation President Steve Klein noted that the Federation is already working in that direction, helping expand synagogue programming through innovation grants. tackled as we are armed with this new data. Socash said, Doing the survey at a time when the community does not have a JCC and Day School, gives us an interesting perspective about the needs and wants for these type institutions. When we look at the behaviors people reported, the data shows our community wants to gather and to learn together and we need to consider how our entire institutional structure can meet these needs and wants. The Federation is actively exploring models used in other Jewish communities without such institutions, she said. What we had, did not work, so it would be irresponsible to try to resurrect what we had that did not work. But that does not mean we cannot have what our community needs in the future. Does that mean we wont have have a brick and mortar Day School in the future? Socash would not rule out the possibility of a new Day School, but said I think the better use of our creative energy is not what could have saved the old model but what we might come up with in the future to meet the needs of the future. She said she has a lot of hope and inspiring ideas to examine. Two Federation board members voiced ideas as to Toni Rinde feels the study shows the need to create a Jewish identity among children. Camp, programming, and community involvement shape the Jewish identity of young people in order to assure the endurance and perpetuity of the Jewish people for years to come, she said. Louis Orloff pointed to study data that showed getting news about the local Jewish community through the Jewish Press. Finding a way to reach those folks, he said, will help bring our community together and build pride for all that we have. go to How Jewish Are We? How Jewish Are We? PINELLAS AND PASCO JEWISH COMMUNITY


By BOB FRYER Jewish PressFor Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services ofage of those in the local Jewish community from 46 in 1994 to large number of families in Jewish households that have children with Since Gulf Coasts mission is that serve the increasingly elder challenges in offering such ser of those surveyed were unaware the other is that many of those sur as Just Jewish have little to no connection with local Jewish insticommunity ranked second highest were not at all familiar with Gulf has been around for more than 50 managers agencywide and boasts the agency also offers a range of services for the Jewish community among Jewish households in need of services but unaware that Gulf challenge for families is those with services available and connecting lies that have children with those We work extensively with chil those who have children with deto study the survey results and ham said more time and thought was a huge community undertakurge and look for the above-theforest view and see if we can look We have to rely on a weave of connections to identify where we the agency said she sees the survey to blow our own horn because in to address needs found in the sur needs and that we are not just doto digest it and take advantage of JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 11 FEBRUARY 9 22, 2018 lecting and analyzing data from over currently under consideration by synato the areas that the community service Five areas of concentration emerged Israel the current work of the Jewish Community Relations Council and continuSunday Simcha radio show and co-chair of ing more to connect the community with Schwersky added that the JCRC aims reach new heights in creating and fundChildren and education study highlighted the need to continue to of adults and older children will be one of the key areas of focus in the FederaJewish culture knowledges the communitys unique thing cultural or heritage-oriented in the chance for the Federation to create colDemographics sideration of what the regions average ning will lend focus to the Federations Public relations community is very familiar and only Jewish Press and other Jewish information sources; enhancing the Federations visibility on non-Federation and secular the hundreds of Jewish families who are new to our town and the thousands of and grow the active Jewish community and make this that much of a greater Federation denes focus areas from demographic studyGulf Coast JFCS ponders how to reach more of the Just Jewish crowd needing services


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She will cover whats new at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, especially relating to the Jewish experience through Abraham Rattner, and a potential exhibition of contemporary artists from Israel. She will also touch on art preservation. Guests are welcome. Contact Lynn Brodsky at or (727) 804-4406 for more information.Hadassah The St. Petersburg Chap2018-19: Harriet Stein, president; Adele Morris, organization vice president; Marjorie Friedman, membership vice president; Leslie Kirsner programming, advocacy, Zionism and education vice president; Michele Kidwell   Gilbert programming vice president; Patricia Levinson and   Rachel Dorison, fundraising co-vice presidents; Judith Ross, recording secretary; Laurie Reiskind, corresponding secretary; Diane Litt, IT secretary and Sheryl Feinman, treasurer.Genealogical Society The Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay will offer the second of a two-part seminar titled:   The JGSTB 2018 Guide to Immigra tion Research: Why You Cant Find Your Bubbes Immigration Record on Sunday, March 11 at 2 p.m. at Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services, 14041 Icot Blvd., Clearwater. Registration will begin at 1:30 p.m. This seminar will enable participants to discover their familys immigration records. The presentation 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 genealogy. The seminar is free to members. Cost for non-members is $25 for individuals or $35 for a family, which will include an annual membership. To preregister for the class, for more information, or for directions, call Bruce Hadburg at (727) 796-7981.Young Adults#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. 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.   Wearable art: T ake your rummaging skills to the next level at a Junk Box Jewelry event on Wednesday, March 7 from 6-9 p.m. at the visual arts center in the Bryan Glazer Family JCC. Choose from a variety of unsuspecting items to combine, alter, fabricate and recombine into wearable jewelry. Dig through a treasure trove of metal, parts, pieces, leather, hinges, springs, zippers and other found and recycled options to create your very own piece of original jewelry. Bring snacks and wine to share during social hour. The cost is $10 for members and guests. Job-Links Free sessions of Monday Morning Links are offered at the Jack Roth Center for Career Development at TampaBay-Job-Links, 4100 W. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 206, Tampa from 9:30 11 a.m. On Feb. 19, the topic is Staying Optimistic During Career Transition. On Feb. 26 the topic is Why the Most QualiMonday Morning Links is supported by the Vinik Family Foundation. There are Success workshops on select Thursdays to aid with job-search skills. 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 participants and $15 for guests. Reservations required for all programs.   T o RSVP, call (813) 344-0200, email groups 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.


GARMAINE PITCHON, 90, of Clearwater died Jan. 29. Born in Salonika, Greece, she was a longtime member of Congregation Beth Shalom in Clearwater. A Holocaust survivor, she was the author of the 2016 book, Undaunted: The Tiger of Auschwitz. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel) SIDNEY ROSEN, 89, died Feb. 4. Born in Newark, NJ, he worked for many years as a school educator. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel) STACI SACHS, 45, of Clearwater died Jan. 23. Previously from Providence, RI, she moved to the area in 1979. A graduate of the University of active in politics, her cancer survivors group at Mease Hospital and also at Camp Living Springs. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law Morgan and Stephen Green, Riverview; parents, Paul and Elaine Sachs, Clearwater; sister Kyli Sachs. The family suggests memorials to Suncoast Hospice. (Curlew Hills Memory Gardens) HERBERT SOLOMON 91, died Feb. 1. Born in Pittsburgh, he was a United States Navy veteran. A newspaper publisher for many years, he was founder and publisher of South Nassau and Queens Pennysaver for more than 30 years, and gave generously to many cultural institutions. Survivors include his wife Helene; children Laura Solomon and Fran Wiggins, son-in-law Ken; and one grandson. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel) PETER SUDARSKY 88, of New York, NY, died Jan. 27. He recently moved to the area. Born in Hartford, CT, he attended the Forman School Connecticut, where he wrote songs for musical theater and the football team. A United States Navy veteran of the Korean War, he was stationed in Guantanamo. He was a reporter for the Hartford Courant and then entered the corporate world at the Superior Steel Ball Company and later Lydall, Inc. where he served on the board of directors. He also served on the board of the A Child is a Wild Young Thing, he moved to New York to pursue real estate and vaccine development, swimsuit design and ping-pong. Survivors include his wife Roseanne DeMarco Sudarsky; his children: Julie Sudarsky and Marty Gross, Long Beach, NY, Dr. Laura Sudarsky and Cory Belschner, Fort Lauderdale, Dr. Jennifer Sudarsky, Los Angeles, CA, Noah Sudarsky and Lily Alexander, Berkeley, CA; and six grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to the Forman School or to Elizabeth Park Conservancy in West Hartford. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel) JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 13 FEBRUARY 9 22, 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 By GABE FRIEDMAN JTA news serviceJewish fans dont have quite as many standout athletes to cheer for at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea as they did in 2016, when multiple American members of the tribe won medals at the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. But there are several compelling Jewish stories. Israel sends its largest team ever Before this year, the largest Israeli delegation at a Winter Olymtoo surprising, given that over 60 percent of the countrys landscape is desert, and it isnt the best place for winter sports training. will double. Seven of Israels 10 representaal for Israel at a European ChamNagila). who won a bronze medal earlier this month at the European Championships, will compete in speed old born in London, will represent This American never dreamed shed skate for Israel Paige Conners is having her Olympic dream come true in about the last way she expected. the 17-year-old Conners was ill when she was supposed to try out With her hopes of competing in peril, her mother, who has Israeli citizenship, pointed out another team. Conners jumped at the opportunity, but Israel offered her a spot only if she competed in the pairs competition. She had never tried in barely six months after Conners adopted the new style, the duo performed well enough at the A few years ago, A.J. Edelman as a product manager for Oracle. tory for Israel as he becomes the Center. tion of what Jews and Israelis can do in sports, he told the Forward. The Hebrew Hammer, since he goes by the protagonists and friends love it, his mother apparently doesnt. A former NHL player to play for the U.S. Jonathon Blum probably longs for the time he spent playing in more are required to play 24 of its than it is to St. Petersburg. Predators from 2010 to 2012, again Wild for stints in the 2013-14 and just a little closer to where he grew up in Southern California. it would not let its players participate in the Olympics to protect Winter Olympics 2018: Jewish storylines to watch Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty ImagesJonathon Blum playing for the Nashville Predators in 2013. Paige Conners skating with Evgeni Krasnopolski in Oberstdorf, Germany, last September. Photo by Adam Pretty/Bongarts/Getty ImagesA.J. Edelman of Israel competing at the IBSF World Championships in Innsbruck, Austria in 2016. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty ImagesJason Brown competing at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose, CA in January. Blum, a 6-foot-2 defenseman who fore, to represent his native country in South Korea. Israel isnt the only country sending Jewish skaters. Jason Brown if he gets a chance to Championships this month, Brown But on the ice, the 23-year-old is Riverdance and Hamilton. And who would have thought Canada win a team silver medal in competing in the pairs contest with Photo courtesy of Joosep Martinson/ISU/ISU via Getty Images


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What is the Hebrew word for Scroll?TO SEE The William and Sally Israel Food Pantry is nearly empty and Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services is looking to the community to restock the shelves. Gulf Coasts semi-annual food drive, Opending on the night of the First Seder, March 30. When the pantry is very low, as it is now, the program relies on donated food to help those in need to get adequate nourishment. Our clients rely on the food pantry to help between paychecks and food assistance programs, said GCJFS Family Support Coordinator Gail Allen. We have had an increase in clients with food insecurity and with cutbacks in food stamp programs, keeping the pantry stocked is a challenge. The food pantry is available to all clients in Gulf Coasts programs. Non-perishable items most needed include: salmon; canned meats such as chicken; hearty soups; peanut butter and jelly; pasta and rice; tomato sauce; canned vegetables; cereal; powlow-sodium items. Of course, cash and gift cards are always welcome. Donations can be dropped off at Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services, 14041 Icot Blvd., Clearwater. Besides donated food items, Gulf Coast seeks cash donations, so the food pantry can purchase additional food from Feeding Tampa Bay. As part of its Chicken for Shabbat program, Gulf Coast is also accepting cash donations that can be used to purchase gift cards to help families buy perishable food items at the grocery store and fuel cards to help with transportation. For more information, contact Gail Allen, JFS/Family Support Coordinator, at (727) 4791806 or email Food bank cupboards almost bare, seeks help to restock Gail Allen stands in front of nearly empty food bank shelves. OPEN: MonThurs 11 am 10 pm Fri Sat 11 am 11 pm Sun 4 pm 10 pm211 2nd St. S. St. Pete Call now to reserve: 727.623.9037 New Early Dinner Special $15 per person 4 pm 5:30 pm everydayincludes soup or salad, choice of entree, and dessert. House wine, beer, well drinks all $3.50More than 200 women from throughout Pinellas and Community Seder on Tuesday evening, March 13, at Congregation Beth Shalom, 1325 S. Belcher Road, Clearwater. This years theme is What it means to say, I am a Jew by the last words of Daniel Pearl from the book I am Jewish edited by Judea and Ruth Pearl, Daniel Pearls parents. Daniel Pearl was a reporter for the Wall Street Journal with dual American and Israeli citizenship. He was kidnapped and beheaded by terrorists, but before he was murdered, his yet, but organizers are seeking multi-generational family members, such as a mother and daughter, or grandmother and granddaughter to read short passages from the book and discuss how the passages resonate with them. Later, during the seder meal, those attending will be asked to discuss with one another how they reacted to the multi-generational readings. The leaders of the program come from various congregations in the community: Rabbi Danielle Upbin from Congregation Beth Shalom, Cantorial Soloist Laura Berkson from Temple Bnai Israel in Clearwater and guitarist Eve Alman-Goldstein from Temple Ahavat Shalom in Palm Harbor. Violinist Rebecca Zapen of St. Petersburg and Cantorial Soloist Lily Lucey, who will be traveling from New Jersey, will also participate. The program will feature a specially prepared Womens Community Seder Haggadah which includes readings and poems highlighting womens contributions throughout the generations to their faith and culture. As a shout-out to the cultural diversity of Judaism, both an Ashkenazi and Sephardic charoset will be offered during the Seder. The meal will be vegetarian and wine will also be served. The sponsors of the Womens Seder are Menorah Manor, Lylah and North Pinellas chapters of Hadassah, HadassahSt Petersburg, Jewish Women International and the Sisterhoods of Congregation Beth Shalom, Temple Bnai Israel, Temple Ahavat Shalom and Congregation Bnai Israel in St Petersburg. The program began in 1998 and has grown from 50 attendees to almost 250. In 2005, the annual Community Womens Seder was the recipient of the Jewish Federations Yitzhak Rabin award for Program of Distinction. This program sells out fast so make reservations quickly. Cost is $26 prior to Feb. 28 and $30 after that date. Call Congregation Beth Shalom at (727) 531-1418 for a reservation form.20th annual Womens Seder set for March 13 at Beth ShalomConstruction begins on Western Wall section for egalitarian prayerJERUSALEM (JTA) Construction has begun to upgrade the section set aside for egalitarian prayer at the Western Wall. The work, which has a budget of more than $7 million, comes more than a year after a more comprehensive plan was approved, and more than half a year after the plan was frozen. In June, the Cabinet suspended the 2016 deal negotiated with the Reform and Conservative movements, the Women of the Wall, the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Israeli government. The suspension came after the governments Benjamin Netanyahu to scrap the agreement. The original plan included a common entrance to the Western Wall plaza for all three sections and a public board to oversee the egalitarian prayer space that would include of the Wall.


JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 15 FEBRUARY 9 22, 2018 240 59th Street North, St. Petersburg FL 33710 AL#10306 Personalized Support Respite Stays Available Large Private Apartments Life Enriching Programs WINTER SPECIAL!$2,500 Community Entrance Fee Waived AND $500 OFF Monthly Rental for 1st 6 MonthsOFFER EXPIRES FEBRUARY 28, 2018Call 727.302.3800 to schedule a tour and ask about a free 2 night trial! Street North, St. Petersburg FL 33710 By RABBI DAVID WEIZMAN Cong. Beth Shalom, ClearwaterOn the road up to the mountain city of Quetzaltenango, our bus stopped at an idyllic rest stop where they served us, a cohort of 13 American rabbis, locally grown Guatemalan coffee. I found there an artist from whom I bought a painting of a pair of tropical birds, and just and local liaison for the American Jewish World Service, Megan Thomas, walked by and offered the story of how this Quetzal bird got its red breast feathers. The Quetzal bird, after which the city is named, as well numbers throughout the forests. The legend is emblematic of the story of the indigenous people of Guatemala. In the year 1524, there came from Spain a warrior named Pedro de Alvarado and he marched with his army into Guatemala. Almany riches, but he had only come to take their gold. It came to pass that Alvarado battled the Maya chief Tecun Uman by himself. When Alvarados lance cut through the chiefs heart, the quetzal fell upon his prince, its emerald green feathery breast drenched in Umans blood. In the morning, body. Its beautiful green chest feathers had turned crimson, and from that moment on, the chest feathers of the quetzals have been the color of blood. At the Museaum of National Memory in Guatemala City, we reviewed how the Mayan Kingdom had been populated by 70 million people, but after the Spanish Invasion, only 3 million were left. When Guatemala claimed its independence from Spain in 1821, the people continued to suffer under a free elections were held in 1944. But the country enjoyed only one decade of democratic governance until a U.S. sponsored coup overthrew the government to protect the interests of the United Fruit Company. As a result of the coup, the country plunged 1960-1996, during which, the military dictatorships, with U.S support, carried out the systematic extermination of entire villages of the indigenous non-combatant Mayan One afternoon our group, Global Justice Fellows, met for lunch in Antigua, once the capital of the Mayan kingdom, and now somewhat of a tourist stop. We sat in the open-air section under a canopy of blooming vines, with the sound of falling water in the background. After the meal, we were introduced to Edward Canil, who will become the next liaison for AJWS in Guatemala. With tears in his eyes, he told us the story of his family, what happened to them when He spoke Spanish, pausing to gather himself, and we listened through our interpreters to this story of a massacre, told in detail through the eyes of a 6-year-old child. After the shooting stopped, I came out from my hiding place. I didnt even know what dead meant. I kept shaking my mother and my sisters, saying, get up, we have to get out of here. Edwins father and brother had been apart from the rest, looking for a safer place for the family, and managed to survive as well. They were united a day later. Because their village had been burnt to the ground and all of their animals slaughtered, swamps to a refugee camp in Mexico where he lived for the next 12 years. There were approximately 200,000 casualties during Mayan, and over 1 million people displaced from their land. You might imagine what kind of stereotypes would be associated with a group of Americans traveling in Guatemala in January, only a few days after their president characterized countries like this, in less than favorable terms. In fact, one of the Mayan women remarked at the end of a session, It was nice to see that not all Americans are the same. These women had traveled for two days to meet with us. Grantees of AJWS, they were working for the inclusion of womens voices in civic governance. The example that they offered us was this: Their community was allotted a minimum budget for maintenance and development. The city council allowed one woman to sit on the board, but she could ing the money to build a water system so that a pipe could bring water to the center of their village, if not their own homes. The men on the council decided to use the monit still stands, the women continue to spend hours carrying water vessels on their heads, from the source to their homes. The mission of AJWS is to address the root causes that inhibit growth and advancement in the developing world. We know from experience what kind of contributions women have made to western society and what factors have enabled that. These Mayan women from Neuvo Horizonte spoke openly about the demands that large families have which keep women out of the work force, of early marriage that prevents higher education, of social norms that subjugate women like the example given above. The integration of more women outside the home Neuvo Horizonte, (New Horizons), is a group of 21 communities working to advance the political participation of women on various levels of government. One of the ways that our Constitution government in the U.S. is through the transparency that is offered by the freedom of the press. Our group had the opportunity to meet with members of Prensa Comunitaria, the Community Press, on several occasions, a news source whose journalists suffer from false criminalization. In fact, the International Federation of Journalists reported six targeted killings of journalists in Guatemala in 2016, second only to Mexico in Central America. We met Norma, who was taking photos with her phone of a river that was being dammed for hydro electric power without the consultation of the local residents, when she was arrested, beaten, blindfolded and no way to contact anyone, and didnt know where she was being held. Fortunately, for Norma, her co-workers were able to locate her, and with the help of another AJWS grantee which advocates for the security of human rights defenders throughout Central America, she was freed, and continues her journalism. We met another journalist later who had a warrant out for his arrest for writing about the same subject: Land grabbing by foreign companies. When we met with the U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala, Luis Arreaga, at the U.S. Embassy, we were accompanied by two other members of Prensa Comunitaria. After hearing the presentation of their work and their challenges, Arreaga said he had been reading their articles online, but did not know who they were. Now that connection was made, the embassy was in a better position to advocate for their protection. Although I am a U.S. citizen, he said, I was born in Guatemala, and I want to see a better Rabbi David Weizman gets a warm greeting from a member of a midwives group in Guatemala. Megan Thomas of AJWS listens as Edwin Cavil, right, shares painful memories of his mother and sister being killed during a raid on his village during a period when Mayans were being systematically exterminated. Rabbi Weizman lights candles during a Mayan ritual with Nuevo Horizonte, a group seeking to involve more women in for the people here. We asked Arreaga if there was any message that we could convey to our representatives when we visit Capitol Hill later this month. Yes there is, he said. We need to abolish the corruption in government here that plagues the country of Guatemala. And we need to continue the kind of foreign aid that will help people make a living in their country of origin, so they will not need to migrate. Since my return from Guatemala, most people ask me this opening question: How in 10 words or less. So I have come up with two words: Humbling, and inspiring. Humbling to realize, by way of contrast, what freedoms and opportunity I enjoy in the USA. Inspiring to see the resilience of a people who have suffered, the devotion to their people and their land, and the patriotic spirit that drives them to make their country a better home for all of its inhabitants. Inspired as well, to feel that way about my own country. I will add one more word: educational. Maimonides taught us that it is better to This is the work that AJWS does in 19 different countries around the world; it helps people who are helping themselves. It was an honor to witness that holy work, and to 2018 Christine Han PhotographyFIRST PERSONRabbi humbled, inspired, educated during mission to Guatemala with American Jewish World Service


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