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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 33758-6970KNOW continued on PAGE 15ADVERTISEMENT VOL. 32, NO. 17 ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA MARCH 23 APRIL 5, 2018 20 PAGES See inside for details. WIN SHOW TICKETS Jewish Press Online Ticket Contest WIN SHOW TICKETS Jewish Press Online Ticket Contest Passover the Festival of FreedomFirst Seder Friday, March 30 Join our page @ Meet This Guy, Did you know?one of the featured individuals in the Humans of Tel Aviv photography exhibit that will delight at the April 15th Israel Independence Day Celebration. Whats his story? Attend to nd out! Federation Jewish Heritage Funding, matched by the State of Floridas Arts & Culture Division: $48,000. rfntb The Jewish FederationOF PINELLAS & PASCO COUNTIES, FL nntbb fnn fnf DO GOOD EVERYWHERE. FROM ANYWHERE. fIsrael turns 70 this year! A 70th anniversary is traditionally marked with gifts of platinum, known for its strength and rarity, and holding higher esteem than gold or other metals. While a number of Israeli collectible medals are minted in platinum, its not mined in Israel. Tidbits you (probably)dont know about PassoverMy Jewish Learning via JTA news service1. In Gibraltar, theres dust in the charoset. The traditional charoset is a sweet Passover paste whose texture is meant as a reminder of the mortar the enslaved Jews used to build in ancient Egypt. The name itself is related to the Hebrew word for clay. In Ashkenazi tradition, it is traditionally made from crushed nuts, apples and sweet red wine, while the tiny Jewish community of this small Peninsula takes the brick symbolism to another level, using the dust of actual bricks in their recipe. 2. Arizona Is a hub for matzah wheat. increasingly sourcing wheat for their Passover matzah from farmers in Arizona. Excessive moisture in wheat kernels can result in fermentation, rendering the harvest unsuitable for Passover use. allows for a stricter standard of matzah production. Rabbis from New York travel to Arizona in the days leading up to the harvest, where they inspect the grains meticulously to ensure they are cut at the precise moisture levels. 3. At the Seder, Persian Jews whip each other with scallions. Many of the Passover Seder rituals are intended to re-create the sensory experience of Egyptian slavery, from the eating of bitter herbs and matzah to the dipping of greenery in saltwater, which symbolizes the tears shed by the oppressed Israelites. Some Jews from Iran and Afghanistan have the tradition of whipping each other with green onions before the singing of Dayenu. 4. Karaite Jews skip the wine. Karaite Jews reject rabbinic Judaism, observing only laws detailed in the Torah. Thats why they dont drink the traditional four cups of wine at the Seder. Wine is fermented, and fermented foods are prohibited on Passover, so instead they drink fruit juice. (Mainstream Jews hold that only fermented grains are prohibited.) The Karaites also eschew Israels 70th birthday bash offers something for all It will be an afternoon of speeches, food, family fun, photographic art, music and festivities when the Pinellas/ Pasco Jewish community celebrates the 70th anniversary of the birth of Israel on Sunday, April 15 in Largo. Hosted by the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties, the free celebration will be held at the Creative Pinellas/Pinewood Cultural Center, 12211 Walsingham Road, Largo, from 1 to 4 p.m. One of the featured guests will be Israeli photographer Erez Kaganovits, who will talk about an exhibit of his work, ISRAEL continued on PAGE 17 A sampling of the photographic exhibit that will be on display at the event.


PAGE 2 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY MARCH 23 APRIL 5, 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.orgAPRIL 6Press Release ........Mar 23 Advertising .............Mar 27APRIL 20Press Release ..........Apr 6 Advertising .............Apr 10MAY 4Press Release ........Apr 20 Advertising .............Apr 24 Community Integrity Compassion Responsibility Courage Tenacity JEWIShCOMMUNITYCAMP awesome adventures!Swimming 3 times per week Field trips include Rays vs. Yankees game, Boat to Anclote Island, Horsepower for Kids, Clearwater Pirate Ship, Splash Harbour, a luau, and more!Summer ScheduleTASTE OF CAMP: Tuesday, May 29 Friday, June 1 SESSION 1: Monday, June 4 Friday, June 22 SESSION 2: Monday, June 25 Friday, July 13 SESSION 3: Monday, July 16 Friday, August 3 Transportation available from St. Pete and Palm Harbor and discounts for siblings and full-summer campers Check Out These Events! Check Out Save These Dates! Save These CAMP CAMP rfnrnt bnf SAVElDATE Sonya Miller Award Ceremony APRIL 29TH 2 TEMPLE BETH EL Young Adult Division (YAD) Events: See for full details Got Kids? Get free Jewish books monthly for your kids (6 mo+) through our wildly popular PJ Library! To sign up, email Got Kids? Mar 20-25 Tampa Bay Jewish Film FestivalMar 24 Gulf Coast Golf Like a Rock StarApr 13. YAD Shabbat at Home, Land OLakes Apr 8. Zikaron BaSalon, South PinellasApr 11. Zikaron BaSalon, Central PinellasApr 15 Jewish Heritage Festival Israel@70Apr 17. Zikaron BaSalon, North PinellasApr 19 Lion of Judah and Pomegranate Society Lunch & Art TourApr 22 YAD Mini-Golf OutingApr 29 Sonya Miller Women of DistinctionMay 12 YAD Lag BOmer Boat Bash


JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 3 MARCH 23 APRIL 5, 2018 Emilie SocashExecutive Director, Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties Perspective Shades, blinds, draperies Hunter Douglas window fashions Complimentary in-home design consultation Installation Shade and blind repair services Window covering motorization Mon. Fri. 9 a.m. 5 p.m. ~ Sat. 10 a.m. 4 p.m.2610 4th Street North, St. Quality Treatment for You and Your Windows. Quality Treatment for You and Your Windows. 727.823.2929 Ive never been a fan of Jane Austen, but I appreciate the sentiment that she expresses in Pride and Prejudice through her character, Elizabeth Bennet: There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me. I so deeply aspire to embody this quote in my personal and professional life, but admittedly, the depth of courage required sometimes seems bottomless. Last month, I attended the PRIMER awards. The acronym stands for Promoting Responsibility in Middle East Reporting. Despite having prepared remarks about the important role that the Federation plays in uniting our Jewish voice in response to a variety of media and public-space inaccuracies or insensitivities, when I approached the podium, I tossed my notes aside to speak from my heart about courage. the thing that frightens you. As part of our Jewish identities, we are often united by the more nuanced approach of having courage in our convictions: acting on our beliefs despite danger or disapproval. Its this last that we are faced with countless situations in our lives in which we clearly know the right thing to do but yet may lack the courage to take the action. The PRIMER event was just four days after the tragic shooting in Parkland, and just six days after my daughter, Hila, shared with her dad and I that there were a couple char acters at her school who had taken up a rather negative tone toward the Jewish kids. Add to this a reading assignment that had some very unfortunate overt tones of racism and anti-Semitism. Collectively, we knew the right thing to do, yet I still struggled with not wanting to be that mom or draw attention to Hila by these misguided sixth-graders. Luckily, in Hilas school there is a high number of other Jewish kids (and parents) as well as a staff that includes several Jewish professionals and people of color. We collectively responded to the issues, everyone taking a role in the action necessary, and I quickly learned that todays middle schoolers kids themselves insisted on addressing the injustice, the staff partnered with them on immediately taking time to teach about what normalizing language is, and Hila launched Yet Im still perplexed: Why is the courage of the Jewish people called upon so frequentallies (like teachers and guidance counselors), rather than have our allies spotting injustice that affects us all right from the start? In just a few weeks well be celebrating a milestone of courage: Israels 70th anniversary. In our community, we have many opportunities in April to wish Israel a happy birthday, honoring seven decades of courageous vision and leadership. On Sunday, April 15, well join together at the Pinewood Cultural Park in Largo from 1 to 4 p.m. for the communitywide Yom HaAtzmaut celebration, which will feature the photographic exhibit Humans of Tel Aviv as well as lectures, food, and fun for the kids. And on three nights in April, well launch a new tradition: Zikaron Basalon, or Memories in the Living Room. This event happens around the time of Israels Holocaust Remembrance Day and will take place in three different living rooms across the county (April 8 South; April 11 Central; April 17 North). In these intimate spaces, the evening will consist of three parts: testimony, expression, and open discussion, creating an authentic tradition of people gathering together to open their hearts to the courageous story of Holocaust these experiences, head over to or give me a call. Weve learned from our recent demographic study that our community likes to gather, and a large part of our connection to our Jewish identities is the act of being together for unifying experiences, just like these. Portions of the data have been difa light on opportunities to do even more with and for our community. Weve creaffecting us all: community visibility, the demographics within our community, our connection to Israel, educations role in our community, and Jewish culture. During these conversations with community members, weve uncovered some important and courageous themes about the community that we are and the community we wish to be. The groups are wrestling with concepts of acknowledging our nonlinear Jewish journeys, the multiplicity of identities at play in our landscape, and what we can do committed individuals are crafting a vision for our community in which we are connected to each other and Israel, in which all community members know about the great things in our own backyard to express Jewish identity, and all are united in a shared vision for our future. In so many ways, the future is in our hands, and the courageous activism that we are able to pursue is a luxury of our modern age. For each of us, the right thing may be different: is it speaking up against antiSemitic media pieces, or is it marching on Washington to promote better understandwith your heart the story of a Holocaust survivor, or is it raising a toast to the successful creation of Israel? Creating community is no small task. Do we have the courage to do the hard things, take the risks, and leap into the great unknown for the sake of doing right?We know whats right. Do we have courage to do it?Local children gathered at the Tabacinic Chabad Center in Clearwater on Sunday, March 18, for the annual Model Matzah Bakery event led by Rabbi Levi Hodakov. After lunch and watching a short video explaining Shmura Matzah, children went outside to make their own. While the matzos were baking, families competed in two games of Passover Bingo. The program was co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties and the PJ Library .Kids have fun getting ready for PassoverBen Sirotkin measuring the water for the dough Jordan Cooper with his matzah dough Rolling out the matzah dough


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Former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Danny Ayalon will be guest speaker at a free Jewish National Fund breakfast for Israel   on Tuesday May 1 from 9-10 a.m. at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC in Tampa. Ayalon was born in Tel Aviv in 1955, viewing himself as the product of the ingather ing of the exiles, the intersection between the Jewish Diasporas of East and West, Sephardic and of Israels reestablishment. His father came to Israel from Algeria before the War of Independence in 1948 and fought in the Golani Brigade. His mother immigrated there in 1937 from Poland, escaping the Holocaust, in which members of her extended family perished. She also fought in the War of Independence in Jerusalem and was wounded in battle. Ayalon served in Israels Foreign Service for more than 20 years, beginning in Panama, and then the UN mission in New York. He was political adviser to three different prime ministers: Ehud Barak, Benjamin Netanyahu, and Ariel Sharon. In 2002, he was named Israels ambassador in the U.S., serving in that capacity for four years. During my ambassadorial tenure, Israel-US relations increased and improved, with American support of Israel reaching an all-time high in many areas, Ayalon writes on his website. Upon retirement from the diplomatic service in 2006, he joined Nefesh BNefesh, an organization committed to revitalizing Aliyah, and the Or Movement for settlement in the Negev and the Galilee, both issues he believes should be top national priorities. Thats not but a Zionist imperative and also a moral obligation upon us and future generations, he says. In February 2009, he was elected a member of the Knesset and soon after was named deputy foreign minister, serving in the parliament until 2013. Among his many pursuits since then, Ayalon has served as a visiting professor of foreign policy at Yeshiva University. He recently founded The Truth About Israel, a attempts to delegitimize Israel and strengthen its political status and image. Chair for the breakfast program is Lynne Merriam. RSVPs are requested to tampabreakfast by April 20. Dietary laws will be observed. The JCC is at 522 N. Howard Ave., Tampa.JNF breakfast to feature former Israeli Ambassador Ayalon Danny Ayalon Florida Gov. Rick Scott has signed a bill that prohibits state agencies and local governments from contracting with companies that are boycotting Israel. Scotts bill-signing ceremony Wednesday, March 21, at the Or lando Torah Academy, a Jewish day school, also allowed him to highlight the $2 million that was included in the state budget to allow such schools to harden security against terrorist and other potential attacks. Funding will be used to help provide upgrades such as video cameras, fences, bulletproof glass, alarm systems and other safety equipment.   Last year, the state legislature approved more than $650,000 for security at Jewish day schools. The governor touted the states strong relationship with Israel in signing the anti-BDS legislation. with our ally Israel. In 2016, I was proud to sign legislation that prohibited the state, or administration, from investing in companies that boycott Israel. Today Im proud to sign HB 545, an important piece of legislation that builds on our efforts by prohibiting any state agency and local governments from contracting with companies that boycott Israel, said Scott. In 2016, Gov. Scott signed legislation that prohibits the State Board of Administration from investing in companies that boycott Israel. Gov. Scott also supported the U.S. Embassy moving from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In December, he led a delegation of Florida business and education leaders on a second trade mission to Israel. During the 2011 mission, Scott signed the Florida-Israel Memorandum of Understanding Agreement between Space Florida and Israel, to support research, development and aerospace and technology projects. Floridas total economic development and trading partnership with Israel exceeds $283 million a year.Students from the Orlando Torah Academy look on as Gov. Rick Scott signs a bill that prohibits public entities from dealing with companies that boycott Israel. Scott signs pro-Israel bill; touts $2m in budget for Day School securityCorrectionCongregation Beth Am in Tampa is sending 11 teens and three chaperones to the March for Our Lives in Washington. D.C. on March 24. Temple Bnai in Clear water is sending eight teens and three chaperones; Temple Beth-El in St. Petersburg is sending four teens and two chaperones and Temple Ahavat Shalom in Palm Harbor is sending one teen. A story in the March 9 issue of the Jewish Press contained incorrect numbers for how many people were going to the march from each congregation.


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St. Petersburg727.289.7190www.4thstreetpethospital.comFamily owned and operatedFREE Meet & Greet ($55 Value)Comprehensive Exam Exp. 5/31/18 Dr. Stephanie MontorUniv. of Pennsylvania Veterinary Med. School A day-long Job-Search Boot Camp providing tools and strategies to help folks kick their job searches into high gear will be offered on Wednesday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Congregation Bnai Israel, 300 58th St. N., St. Petersburg. The boot camp event is being held in partnership with Congregation Bnai Israel, Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services, the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties and TampaBayJob-Links (TBJL). Topics will include: Master Change and Transition; Conduct Self-Assessments; Develop Your Brand; Enhance Your Interview Skills; Manage Networking; Strengthen Your Resume; Boost Your LinkedIn ences. The camp will be facilitated by Job-Links professional career coaches. Finding a job is one of the toughest jobs out there. Having relevant job-search skills is essential in landing a job in todays market, said Sheila Solomon Rudd, Job-Links co-executive director and director of client services. This interactive workshop is designed for people at any stage of their career, whether they are a recent college graduate, returning to the workforce, or considering a career change. We are so pleased to collaborate with the Jewish community in south Pinellas to provide a full-day communitybased workshop. The day will be Job search boot camp planned April 25 in St. Pete Robyn Winters, a TampaBay-Job-Links career strategist, will be one of the presenters at the job search boot camp.packed with practical information and geared for people who are looking for work in a professional environment. The cost to attend is $25, and a kosher lunch will be provided. Advance registration is required, and seating is limited. To register, call TampaBay-Job-Links at (813) 344-0200 or email RSVP@TBJL. org by April 18. day Job-Links community program in Pinellas County is 2014 and over the past four years the two agencies have been great referral partners, according to Cindy Minetti, senior director, Jewish Family & Counseling Services at Gulf Coast. Several [Job-Links] candidates who have needed short-term mental health counseling have been served by our therapists. TBJL has been a valuable resource for our clients seeking affordable guidance to help them navigate their career Les Leopold, co-founder of the Labor Institute, will discuss his latest book, Runaway Inequality: An Activists Guide to Economic Justice, as part of the Leif Nissen Social Justice Lecture Series on Sunday, April 8 at Temple BethEl, 400 S. Pasadena Ave., St. Petersburg. The event is from 4:307:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. A light dinner will follow the lecture and the temple requests RShow much food to prepare. RSVP to the temple at (727) 347-6136. In 1976, Leopold co-founded the Labor Institute, a cational programs on occupational safety and health, the environment and economics for unions, worker sitys Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where he received a masters degree in 1975. In addition to Runaway Inequality, Leopold is aunancial Elites get away with siphoning off Americas Wealth and of Fantasy Finance destroyed our Jobs, Pensions and Prosperity and What We Can Do About It. Leopold is currently helping to build a national economic educational train-the-trainer program with unions and community groups. All proceeds from his current book go back into this campaign. The social justice lecture series is named in memory of Leif Andrew Nissen, son of Karen Lieberman and Bruce Nissen, who died in an automobile crash here in 2008. Nissen had an interest in social justice causes.Author to speak on economic justice at Temple Beth-El Les Leopold, co-founder of the Labor Institutetransitions effectively, said Minetti. TampaBay-Job-Links tion whose mission is to empower individuals to career and job-search coaching, educational programs, and community engagement. TBJLs career strategists work closely with a diverse population of job seekers as they navigate through their career transition. search tools and strategies and opens doors to networking and employment opportunities. TBJL outplacement solutions. TBJL is a member of the Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies (NJHSA). Congregation Bnai Israel is proud to be hosting the April 25th TBJL Job-Search Boot Camp to beth Sembler, community engagement director at the temple. The synagogue is a communal institution that functions as a place of prayer and learning. Also, it is a place of gathering, a Beit Knesset, a home for Jews to convene and with TBJL enables us to offer that helping hand and we are delighted to partner with the Jewish Federation and Gulf Coast as well. in Tel Aviv against a government plan to deport African asylum seekers from Eritrea and Sudan to a third country in Africa. itrean groups, Stop the Deportation movement and the South Tel Aviv against the Deportation group, the Jerusalem Post reported. The deportations were scheduled to begin on April 1, but Israels Supreme Court has halted the deportations cording to the government plan, migrants who choose to leave by March 31 will receive a payment of $3,500 as well as free airfare and other incentives. For now, deportation notices will not be issued to women, children, fathers of children, anyone recogthose who had requested asylum by the end of 2017 but have not received a response, Haaretz reported. There are up to 40,000 Eritreans and Sudanese living in Israel, including 5,000 children.Over 20,000 in Israel protest coming deportation of Africans


Temple Bnai Israel ClearwaterPassover Yizkor: On Friday, April 6 at 10:30 a.m. there will be a memorial service in the temple chapel in conjunction with Temple Beth-El in St. Petersburg. Tot Shabbat: Bring the little ones for a special Shabbat service that is tailored for the children on Saturday, April 7, from 10-11 a.m. Cinema Caf: Take in a movie on Sunday, April 8 at 1 p.m. at the temple. Turn Left at the End of the World on the Moroccan and Indian communities in Israel through a funny and heartwarming coming of age story, will be shown. Popcorn and non-alcoholic beverages are provided. There is no charge for members and friends. Theater excursion: The Adults at Leisure group will visit the Francis Wilson Playhouse on Sunday April 8 at 2 p.m. to see the comedy Once in a Lifetime Tickets are $26. Call the theater at (727) 446-1360 to reserve your seats. For more information call Linda Goldman at (727) 536-7076. Trivia Night: Tickets are 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. 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. 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 or (727) 688-0626. Sunday funday: Preschoolers and their parents can enjoy playtime on Sunday, April 29 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. when the children can meet one another and engage in fun activities. for full schedule and pricing information at (727) 531-5829.Cong. Beth Shalom ClearwaterUnited Faiths Walk of Peace: Everyone is invited to walk, talk, connect, and strive for peace on Sunday, April 8 at 2 p.m. Meet at John R. Lawrence Pioneer Park, 400 Main St., Dunedin, and walk together for about 2 miles through on peace from a variety of faith leaders. The rabbis from Congregation Beth Shalom will be participating. For more information, go to www. Couple to be honored: A youth scholarship Shabbat honoring Dr. Avery and Claire Stiglitz, will be held on Saturday, April 14 at 9 a.m. Movie time: Join Jews from across the globe When the Smoke Clears, which shows how a group of wounded Israeli solIsraeli organization JerusalemU, will be shown on Wednesday, April 18 at 7 p.m. at the synagogue. Happy Birthday, Israel: A musical Shabbat is planned for Friday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m. to celebrate Israels 70th birthday. The event includes a dinner at $18 for adults and $10 for children 12 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 WednesLox & 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, April 11 at 10 a.m. Meditation series: Rabbi Danielle Upbin, leads a course that combines guided meditameets next on Thursday, April 5 at 2 p.m. These sessions offer the Jewish tools to nurture selfgrowth and spiritual awareness. New participants Yoga Shacharit: Open to all levels, join in a blend of gentle yoga and chant from the Jewish tradition on Saturday, April 7 at 9:15 a.m. Wear comfortable clothes for movement. Bring your own mat and towel.Chabad of ClearwaterTorah and tea: Rebbetzin Miriam Hodakov leads a Torah and Tea exclusively for women on Wednesdays at 11:15 a.m. There is no charge to attend. RSVP to MiriamHodakov@ or (727) 265-2770. Pray, eat, watch video: On Sundays from 9-10 a.m., feed your body and soul with a bagel 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 such questions as What is a soul? What is our purpose here on earth? The class is free.Temple Beth-El St. PetersburgBreaking bread: The congregation will celebrate the end of Passover with pizza and beer on Friday, April 6 at 6 p.m. Seniors lunch and learn: The SAGE (Seniors for Arts, Growth and Education) group will meet on Monday, April 16 at 11 a.m. in the all-purpose room at the temple to hear Cantor Pamela Siskin discuss Israel Then and Now. Following lunch, Beth Gelman, the executive director at the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg, will be the guest presenter. There is no cost for the program. Lunch will be $8 or you can bring your own. RSVP to Cantor Siskin at Daystar lunch making: Help feed the homeless and families at the Daystar Life Center by gathering in the social hall on Sunday, April 8 at 9:30 a.m. to schmooze and make sandwiches for folks at Daystar. Sisterhood to meet: The Sisterhood will hold a general membership meeting on Sunday, April 15 from 10 a.m. to noon in the temple All members and prospective members are welcome. RSVP by April 1 to Pamela Katz-Alston at or call (727) 502-7108. Mitzvah Day: The congregation will be distributing toiletries and clothing to the needy, as well as performing other acts of kindness on Mitzvah Day on Sunday, May 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will begin with a light breakfast and an orientation before teams are formed and sent out into the community to do good deeds that include beach or nature park cleanup, painting rooms, light housekeeping, making food and a sing-a-long for the elderly. For more information, call (727) 347-6136.Chabad of St. PetersburgMoshiach meal: Join in a traditional Moshiach meal on the last day of Passover, Saturday, April 7 at 7:15 p.m. The Haftorah reading for this day describes the promised future era of universal peace and divine perfection. A meal will be served, complete with salmon, salads, wine and matzah. All are welcome and there is no charge. RSVP is appreciated at Womens Book Club: Chaya Korf leads a roundtable discussion every Tuesday from 10:3011:30 a.m., about the book for this year, Towards a Meaningful Life, by Simon Jacobson. The group PAGE 6 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY MARCH 23 APRIL 5, 2018 Congregations PINELLAS COUNTYReformTemple AHAVAT SHALOM 1575 Curlew Rd., Temple BETH CHAI DAVID Temple BETH-EL Congregation BNAI EMMUNAH 57 Read 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 Road, Palm Harbor, 34683 PASCO COUNTY ConservativeBETH TEFILLAH/JCC OF WEST PASCO OrthodoxCHABAD OF WEST P ASCO HERNANDO COUNTY Reform Temple BETH DAVID Religious Directory Shabbat and Passover Candle Lighting Times Take a peek into any preschool classroom and you will likely see a crowd of darling little children all gathered in one corner of the room where the dress-ups are kept. Hats, scarves, suits, skirts, shoes, costume jewelry, boas and other articles of clothing, help children to engage in playacting and to escape into a world of make-believe in which they can become anything or anyone they want to be. A recent article in Very Well Family magazine tells us that by using their imagination, preschoolers can gain vocabulary skills ing, especially when it happens with other children, encourages taking turns, cooperation, and socialization. Taking on another persona and dramatically telling a story, brings the event to life in a way we might not otherwise experience through a simple reading. Play acting should not solely be the domain of preschoolers. At this time of year, Jews throughout the world join with family, friends and strangers around tables laden with mostly edible props. Using the Haggadah as our script, we engage in a form of role play by re-telling the story of our miraculous redemption from servitude in Egypt. And although most of us will Give props to the Passover storyBy RABBI LEAH M. HERZ Director of Spriritual Care, Menorah Manor Rabbinically Speaking Rabbinically Speaking Rabbinically Speaking Rabbinically Speaking Rabbinically Speaking Rabbinically Speaking not be costumed during our Seders, we will nevertheless do our best to convey the story of the Exodus according to the commandment that we see ourselves in the narrative. This is not a tale about something that happened thousands of years ago to someone else in a place far, far away. This is a story that we are to experience as if happening in real time, right here and right now. Our props take on mixed with wine becomes mortar for bricks. Salt water morphs into the bitter tears of slavery. We sing. We dip. We lean. We praise. We talk about the types of slavery that still exist in our world today. We do all that we can to transform ourselves into the lead acPeople. We can all learn a lot from preschoolers. This year may we too let down our guard and allow our imaginations to run free so that we might experience yeztiat mitzrayim, the coming out of Egypt, in a deeper and more meaningful way. Wishing all a Siesen Pesach. The Rabbinically Speaking column is provided as a public service by the Jewish Press in cooperation with the Pinellas County Board of Rabbis. Columns are assigned on a rotating basis by the board. The views expressed in the column are those of the rabbi and do not necessarily of the Jewish Press or the Board of Rabbis.


others; those considering 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 non-members; free for temple members. Misfortune and grief: An adult education class is underway on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. with Rabbi Klein focusing on misfortune and grief. He will attempt to provide tools from the social sciences and from our Jewish tradition that will help us cope with our own suffering and help us assist others in dealing with theirs. He will use, as primary text the book, Option B, by Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandburg. 8811 to join.Cong. Bnai Emmunah Tarpon SpringsIntroduction to Judaism: This class is offered at the synagogue on Mondays and Tuesdays from 5-7 p.m. weekly through May, except on April 30. Learn about Israel: A class titled Israels Milestones and Their Meanings will be offered on Mondays April 2, 9, 16, 23 and May 7 and 14 from 7-9 p.m. This class is in celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the state of Israel and is a course designed by the Shalom Hartman Institute. The course will include video lectures from the Hartman faculty. JCC of West Pasco Port RicheyUnderstanding 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 PascoClasses with the rabbi: Rabbi Yossi Eber will teach classes on Mondays at 7 p.m. The classes alternate between Torah study and the Tanya. 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. 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 such questions as What is a soul? What is our purpose here on earth? The class is free.Temple Beth David Spring HillArt show: Temple Beth David will host its third annual Nature Coast Art Show on Saturday and Sunday, April 7-8. There will be an artists reception from 4:30-8 p.m. Saturday with an evening of refreshments and conversations with the artists. Previewing and pur chasing available art can be done at this time. The show and sale will continue on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free to the public. There will be food, a silent auction, and original artworks by emerging and professional artists from Floridas Nature Coast. For more information, call Barb at (352) 686-7034. Torah study: Rabbi Paul Schreiber conducts 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 Judaism 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 com munity is invited to attend Torah study classes on Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. The classes, taught by Rabbi Chaim Lipszyc, are not sequential, so drop-ins are welcome. Bagesl will be served. The For more information, call Ro Kerschner at (352) 746-6258. Some of you who met me probably heard me speaking about my familys heritage my mother was born in Germany and my dad was born in Israel but grew up in Morocco. Given that background, my brothers and I grew up with two different cultures in our household. A lot of the traditions I was accustomed to were so entwined in my life that only when I grew up did I realize which tradition belonged to which background. But one thing I can tell you for sure when it came to food, the Moroccan side was always clearly present and if I had to compare it with the east European food, it almost always won (with the exception of Cremeschnittean amazing European cake). Both of my grandmothers were cooks in their profession at one point of their lives and later on my mom joined the tradition, becoming the kibbutz main chef. Needless to say, I was never the skinniest girl in class. Both my mom and her mother (who was born in Europe), at some point of their lives, decided to adopt the rich, colorful and tasty Moroccan cuisine into their kitchen because once you taste it, all you want to do is just keep on eating it. I can go on and on about the food event which happens every year, when Moroccan food culture stands out all across Israel the Mimouna. Mimouna is the name for a big feast that is celebrated at the end of Passover and the beginning of spring. After eight days of observing Passover, most Jews happily put down their matzot and reach for the leavened breads, pasta, cookies, and other foods that had been forbidden during the holiday. At that time, the Moroccan-Israelis will begin the celebration of Mimouna. They, too, will begin to eat hametz (leavened foods), but unlike others, they make a party out of it with food, music, dancing, and sometimes even costumes. The Mimouna started as a tradition in Morocco that came to symbolize good relations with the Muslim neighbors. Jewish families in Morocco gave or sold their leavened foods to their Muslim neighbors for the duration of the holiday and when Passover ended, they invited their neighbors into their homes for a feast. Moroccan Jews who immigrated to Israel in the states early days brought the celebration with them, and it has grown ever since. Today Mimouna is a national holiday in Israel with big family or public outdoor parties that begin at sundown and often last into the next day. Frequently, politicians attend the celebrations, and it is a badge of honor to have a member tion. One of the traditions that Israelis kept for the celebration of the Mimouna is open doors. People are free to come and join the feast without any invitation or any announcement in advance. Some people make a night out of it going from one Mimouna to the other throughout the whole night. Now, once you go inside a house that is hosting a Mimouna the one thing you go running to is the food table. It is a beautiful sight a colorful table covered with traditional and less traditional jams, marzipans, nut cookies, candied fruit and stuffed dates. The most recognized food and cooked in a greased frying pan until it is yellowbrown in color. It is usually eaten warm and prepared on site, normally spread with butter, honey, syrup, jam, walnut, pistachios or dried fruits. Besides that, there will be dablas (North African fried ribbons of rolled dough in Many traditional Mimouna tables are set with symbols wheat for a full harvest; a hamsa, or hand-shaped amulet, to ward off evil; and honey and dates for sweetness. As a child, I remember loving Pesach just because I knew that by the end of it, my parents are taking my brothers and me for an hour-long drive only to get to my grandparents house and celebrate the Mimouna. The house was always full with people, the table was always colorful and the food was always sweet and comforting. JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY MARCH 23 APRIL 5, 2018 Congregations Mor About Israel Mor About IsraelYAEL MORIsrael Shlicha [Emissary] Yael, in costume, with her aunt, Karin Rauch, from Germany at a Mimouna celebration.Celebrating the end of Passover in an oh so sweet way in Israel Yael 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 (727) 290-6783 Affordable Made-to-Measure Dresswear Linen & Silk World Class Shirts, Jeans, Tees, Performance Wear 400 Beach Drive NE Unit 169 Downtown St. Petersburg will share strategies for not only discovering where your true meaning lies, but also in actually making it a part of your daily life. Coffee, fruit and homemade pastries will be served at these free sessions. Walkins are welcome. RSVP to Chaya@ Lunch and Learn: Women are invited to share an hour of camaraderie, inspiration and delicious lunch at a Lunch and Learn session at the Chabad Jewish Center on Tuesday, April 17 at noon. There is no charge for the event. RSVPs are appreciated but not necessary. To RSVP: or call (727) 344-4900.Cong. Bnai Israel St. PetersburgPassover BBQ: Leave the Passover cooking to someone else for the night at CBIs annual Passover BBQ hosted by the Mitzvah Mens Club on Wednesday, April 4 at 6p.m. On the menu are hot dogs, hamburgers and chicken or grilled vegetables. Sides include garden salad, potatoes, all the matzoh you can eat, assorted condiments, dessert and beverages. Cost is $20 per adult, $10 per child. RSVP to Alan Gross at (727) 327-0100 by Friday, March 30. Walk-in availability will be limited. Celebrating Israel with food: Join in a Kabbalat Shabbat service on Friday, April 20 at 6 p.m. followed by Got Shabbat? Israeli-style dinner for those with reservations. Then come back Saturday, April 21 at 9 a.m. for Shabbat services, followed by an Israelistyle kiddush. Cost for the dinner is $20 per person and children eat free. RSVP by Friday, April 13 to Pam Askin at (727) 381.4900 or Beatles-themed Shabbat: Come dressed. in your grooviest clothes and celebrate as the Kabbalat Shabbat service is set to Beatles melodies on Friday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. Arrive at 5:30 p.m. for a Beat Bugs style jam session for families with young children with Maureen prior to the service. Come together after the service for a casual Shabbat dinner and build a Yellow Submarine sandwich (vegan & gluten-free options available). Cost for dinner is $5 per person or $10 per family; RSVP by Friday, April 20 to Liz Sembler at lizsembler@ or (727) 381-4900. Dinner is open to all ages and hosted by the CBI Jewbilees (the synagogues Baby Boomers social group). Talmud Made Easy: On Tuesdays, March 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. 381-4900 or for details.Temple Ahavat Shalom Palm HarborPoker tourney: The Brotherhood will sponsor the 2nd Annual Texas Hold em Poker Tournament on Saturday, April 7 at 7 p.m. The evening will include food, drinks and prizes for the winners. Buyin is $40. For more information or to RSVP, contact Scott Alalof at (904) 994-3820 or visit http:// brotherhood. Toddler time: There will be an hour of activities incorporating music, literacy, Judaics and snacks for children ages 1-4 on Sunday, April 8 at 10 a.m. Tots are invited to bring a special adult with them. Lunch n learn: Congregant Susan Segal teaches a Torah study class on Thursdays from noon to 1:15 p.m. Bring a lunch, and of course, opinions. 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PAGE 8 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY MARCH 23 APRIL 5, 2018 rfntbb ff r ffntfb bffb fnbtbbbbffbnnbbnb ffbbffffbfnbfftft nfftfbtbnt btbbfbbtbf bfbttbftfnf rfntrbfbnnn nbnbbtn ntttnnnnf By RON KAMPEAS JTA news serviceWASHINGTON An omnibus spending bill approved by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump more than doubles spending for security grants that have been overwhelmingly tapped by Jewish institutions. The $1.3 trillion bill includes $60 million for the security grants, up from $25 million last year. More than 90 percent of the grants have been used to harden security at Jewish institutions since the was launched in 2005. Nathan Diament, the Washington director of the Orthodox Union, one of the lead advocates for the grants, said a spike in threats on Jewish institutions over the last year drove the increase. According to the Anti-Defama tion League, anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. in 2017 increased by 43 percent over 2016, not including a spate of bomb threats carried out against Jewish institutions by a Jewish man in Israel. Of the $60 million, $10 million outside major metropolitan areas. Diament said that will allow Jewish institutions outside such designated areas to apply for the funds. He named Monsey, in upstate New York, as an example of an area with a high (Orthodox) Jewish concentration that until now has not been able to access the existing program. Also advocating for the security grants over the years were the Jewish Federations of North America and Agudath Israel of North America. The bill also includes $175 million over the next 10 years to improve security at schools, a provision that was accelerated after the deadly school shooting in Parkland last month. The bill will fund training in violence prevention, police-school coordination and crisis intervention, and will be extended to private and parochial schools as well as public schools. (The new Florida budget also increases the amount for security grants to Jewish day schools, see story, page 4) JFNA praised the inclusion in the omnibus bill of $5 million for the Holocaust Survivor Assistance Program, double the amount of previous years. The program partners with Jewish institutions to deliver assistance to elderly Holocaust survivors. There are approximately 100,000 Holocaust survivors living in the United States today, with an estimated 30,000 living in poverty, said William Daroff, the Washington director of JFNA, in a statement. By doubling funding levels to $5 million, the program now will be able to provide immediate support to ensure that Holocaust survivors are able to live in dignity and comfort for the remainder of their lives. Also wrapped into the omnibus is the Taylor Force Act, which slashes funding to the Palestinians until the Palestinian Author ity stops payments to Palestinians killed or arrested during attacks on Israelis. Taylor Force was an American who was murdered by a Palestinian terrorist in a stabbing attack in Tel Aviv in 2016. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, a key backer of the bill, told the news website Jewish Insider that he secured U.S. House of Representatives support for the bill by preserving some humanitarian exceptions, that will allow up to $5 million for wastewater treatment and up to $500,000 for   vaccina tions for children. Leading the demand for the hu manitarian exceptions was Rep. Eliot Engel, D-NY, the leading Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and one of the staunchest defenders of Israel in the House. only a small portion of the targeted money goes to violent attackers, and that much of the money serves as a welfare program for Palestin ians who are imprisoned by Israel, many without charges The State Department has for years cut funds to the Palestinians commensurate with its payment to killers and their families, although it has not revealed its formula. U.S. funding for the Palestinians currently stands at about $260 million a year. None of the money targeted goes directly to the Palestinian Authority, instead funding programs run by NGOs that assist Palestinians. Also included: $100 million for U.S.-Israeli missile defense programs. Starting next year, missile defense will be rolled into the overall defense assistance package for Israel, part of a $38 billion to be delivered to Israel over ten years. This massive investment is vital to the safety and security of Israel and will help save countless lives in the future, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY., the minor ity leader in the Senate, said of the missile defense spending. anti-Semitism abroad, in addition of the anti-Semitism monitor at the State Department. Jewish groups have expressed their concern that the Trump administration has yet to name an anti-Semitism monitor .Spending bill has big boost for Jewish groups seeking security funds, approves Taylor Force Act




PAGE 10 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY MARCH 23 APRIL 5, 2018 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 For 7 1/ 2 hours, the names of Holocaust victims will be read aloud as the Florida Holocaust Museum commemorates Yom HaShoah. The day of remembrance will be interspersed with talks by four who survived and now bear witness to the Nazi atrocities. The community is invited to visit the St. Petersburg museum free of charge between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Yom HaShoah, Thursday, April 12, and take part in the observance, which will conclude with a memorial service at 5:30 p.m. The service is being conducted in conjunction with the Pinellas County Board of Rabbis and Tampa Rabbinical Association. Known more commonly outside of Israel as Holocaust Remem brance Day, Yom HaShoah honors the memory of the more than 6 million Jews who perished during the Holocaust. The full name of the day is Yom HaShoah Ve-Hagevurah or Day of the Remembrance of the Holocaust and the Heroism as it also marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. (Designated by the U.N., Inernational Holocaust Remembrance Day is observed on Jan. 27 and coincides with the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentra tion camps). The Name Reading Commemoration is intended as an effort to remember the victims as individu als with life stories and histories. Victims of the Holocaust dont have graves reciting their names allows for them to be memorialized while reminding us of their human dignity, said museum Executie Director Elizabeth Gelman. The museum is reinforcing its commitment to ensuring such atrocities do not occur again both through the reading of victims names and hearing from survivors. At noon, Halina Herman, who survived the war as a hid den child, will tell her story. Her man was born in War saw, Poland in 1939. Her father was a physician and was sent away by the Germans to a slavelabor camp in April 1941 and she never saw him again.   Hermans mother obtained false papers and got a job as a maid in Cracow.   She placed Halina with a non-Jewish family who raised her as Christian. After the war, she was reunited with her mother. Halina continued to go to church until her mother revealed their Jewish identity to her in 1949. They went to France where they stayed until they were able to im migrate to Canada. Gary Silvers and his family took quite a dif ferent route in order to survive. Silvers, who will speak at 2 p.m., was born in Ber lin, Germany in 1929. His mother was Christian, his father was Jewish. When the persecution of Jews ensued in Nazi Germany, in 1938, the family decided to seek refuge in Shanghai, China one of the few places that would take Jews in. From 1933 to 1941, Shanghai accepted some 18,000 Jewish from Germany and Austria. Silvers father pleaded with his relatives to leave Germany, but they were not ready to abandon their lives and did not think the situation would dete riorate. Aside from his immediate family who survived in China, all of Silvers Jewish relatives died in the Holocaust. Following the 5:30 p.m. memo rial service, there will be a special Holocaust Survivor talk with   sis ters Marie Silverman and Jeannette Bornstein.   Marie Silverman was born in 1931 and her sister Jeannette Born stein was born in 1935. They lived in Antwerp, Belgium, with their parents when World War II began. After Germa ny invaded Belgium, the fam ily escaped to France. For awhile, non-Jews hid them on a farm but when the roundups began, the family was captured and separated: the sisters with their mother were placed in an internment camp at Rivesaltes, France, while their father was sent to a different camp. After 9 months, Marie and Jeannettes mother managed to smuggle the girls out of Rivesaltes. Vence, France, but their father soon died as a result of the mistreatment he had endured in the internment camp. Two partisan couriers took the sisters across the Pyrnes Mountains on foot from Vence to Barcelona, Spain. They lived with their aunt and uncle and then came to the United States. Once here, they were placed in an orphanage and with foster families until their mother was able to reunite with them in 1949. Anyone wishing to participate in the reading of Holocaust victims names should call the museum at (727) 820-0100 ext. 249 to schedule your time slot.   The Florida Holocaust Museum is located at 55 5th St. S., downtown St. Petersburg.Hear victims names, listen to survivors at Yom HaShoah observance Gary Silvers Marie Silverman Jeannette Bornstein Halina Herman Florida Holocaust Museum has received reaccred itation from the American Alliance of Museums, making it one of only three nationally accredited Ho locaust museums. To receive reaccreditation, the museum went through a rigorous process of self-assessment and review by its peers. Accredited museums are a community of institu tions that have chosen to hold themselves publicly accountable to excellence, said Laura Lott, Alliance president and CEO. The organization is the only one representing the entire scope of the museum commu nity. of which both the institutions and the communities they serve can be extremely proud, said Lott. Developed and sustained by museum professionals for over 45 years, the museum accreditation program self-regulation, and public accountability. Accredita tion helps to ensure the integrity and accessibility of museum collections, reinforce the educational and public service roles of museums, and promote good governance practices and ethical behavior. Of the nations estimated 33,000 museums, 1,070 are currently accredited through the Alliance. To earn accreditation a museum submits a self-study questionnaire and key operational documents for evaluation, then undergoes a site visit by a two-per son team of peer reviewers. The Accreditation Com mission considers these results to determine whether a museum should receive accreditation. I commend the staff, board and volunteers of these institutions for their focus and commitment to excellence, said Accreditation Commission Chair Amy Bartow-Melia. Theyre an inspiration to our The Florida Holocaust Museum is located at 55 5th St. S., St. Petersburg. For additional information, visit or call (727) 820-0100.Florida Holocaust Museum again receives accreditation


JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 11 MARCH 23 APRIL 5, 2018 CELEBRATE ISRAEL @ 70 AT THE JEWISH NATIONAL FUND BREAKFAST FOR ISRAELrfrntbttrnfnffnfrbtbfbnn fnn tbnnfbbbrffnf CHAIR fMORE INFORMATION ftfnrfffrnfn Happy Passover! from the Abelson family Adam, Jeanie, David, Amy, and Alan Happy Passover!from the Abelson familyMenorah Manor has earned the Gold Seal of Approval for Nursing Care Center Accreditation from the Joint Commission. The Gold Seal of Approval is a symbol commitment to providing safe and effective patient and resident care. The Samson Nursing Center at Menorah Manor in St. Petersburg recently underwent a rigorous on-site survey from the Joint Commission. During the review, expert surveyors evaluated compliance with nursing center standards related to several areas, including assistance with activities of daily living, coordination of care, and staff education and training. Surveyors also conducted on-site observations and interviews with leaders and staff of Menorah Manor. Joint Commission accreditation provides nursing homes with a framework for the processes needed to improve the care patients and residents receive, said Gina Zimmermann, executive director, Nursing Care Center Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission. We commend Menorah Manor for its efforts to become a quality imMenorah Manor is pleased to receive accreditation from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation, cer of Menorah Manor. Staff from across to develop and implement approaches and strategies that will improve care for our residents. and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. For more information about Menorah Manor and the services it offers, go to www. Manor gains seal of approval pression will have their stories told agers at a community Yom HaShoah program on Sunday, April 8 at 2 p.m. at Congregation Schaarai Zedek in Tampa. Along with the Holocaust survivors, the program will feature middle and high school students from both sides of the bay, songs of resilience and renewal by nationally acclaimed musician Rabbi ceremony. The program is being put on by the Tampa Rabbinical Association and Tampa Jewish Federation. Students in Jewish youth groups from congregations in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties will gather at the Tampa temple at noon for a dairy lunch and to meet with the local Holocaust survivors. Groups of students will be assigned to each who took part in planning the Yom HaShoah program. He said the youths will use poster boards to write summaries of the stories the survivors tell them. Each storyboard summary, with a photo of the survivor, will be presented to the survivors during the 2 p.m. program at the temple. Cindy Minetti of Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Holocaust Survivor Program, is assembling a group of survivors to participate in the Yom HaShoah observance. Due to the ages and health conditions of the survivors, she said she is uncertain exactly who will participate, but she exon hand to share their stories with the youth. Besides creating a written ver teens will retell their accounts at the ceremony. Minetti said this helps show the survivors that their stories live on and it stresses the impor tance of learning from generation to generation. Amid prayers and the retelling form. The rabbi, who is also serving that weekend as artist-in-residence at Congregation Schaarai Zedek, is a longtime camp song leader/ educator and currently serves as rabbi/dean of Jewish Living at a Toronto day school. Considered one of the most influential voices in contemporary Jewish music, his newest album, After the Flood, includes 14 new songs of resilience and remembrance. A candle lighting ceremony will be held during the program. Rabbi six candles lit one for the survivors who were in death camps, the Holocaust, one for the children of death camp survivors, one for the children of the refugees, one for the grandchildren of survivors the unknowns who died during the Holocaust and were never accounted for. Sponsoring congregations include Beth Israel of Sun City Center, Beth Shalom of Brandon and Beth Am, Kol Ami, Mekor Shalom, Rodeph Sholom, all of Tampa, and Temple Beth Shalom of Winter Haven. Congregation Schaarai Zedek is at 3303 W. Swann Ave. This event is free and open to the entire community.At Tampa Yom HaShoah program, songs of resilience; survivor stories through teen lens Rabbi Noam Katz


PAGE 12 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY MARCH 23 APRIL 5, 2018 Organizations The Jewish Burial Society of Pinellas County, Inc. would like to recognize and send a heartfelt thank you to the Federations, families, Synagogues and Temples that helped fund our Hurricane Irma cleanup. Over the past 6 months, your commitment to Chapel Hill Memorial Park has helped us come a long way with repairing, replacing and replanting. Were still accepting additional Thank You! Thank You! www.chapelhillmemprk.orgThe Jewish Burial Society of Pinellas County Inc. dba Chapel Hill Memorial Park Diane Cohen Congregation Bnai Israel Dr. Mark and Judi Gordon David and Pati Gross Anita Helfand Beverly Helie-Pollack Sam and Sandy Janofsky Jewish Federation of North America Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties, FL Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago Anne and Robin LaMaire Rabbi Jacob and Joanne Luski Howard Miller Doug and Joan Negretti Dr. Marc and Laurie Reiskind David and Teddi Robbins Maurice A. Rothman and Thelma P. Rothman Family Foundation Sharlene Sakol Dr. Harold and Joyce Seder Greg and Liz Sembler Mel and Betty Sembler Shumaker, Loop, & Kendrick, LLP Dr. Mike and Sandy Slomka Tampa JCCs and Federation Inc. Temple Beth-El Jim and Vicki Trombly UJA-Federation of New York Ralph Wescott The Jewish Burial Society of Pinellas County Inc. dba Chapel Hill Memorial Park your commitment to Chapel Hill Memorial Park has helped us come a long way with repairing, replacing and replanting. Were still accepting additional SUSHI TUESDAY 6 pm close Reservations recommended DRINK SPECIALS 4 pm 6 pm $5 House Wine $5 Single Shot well drinks or martinis Floral Design Studio 6700 Central Ave., St. Petersburg local and worldwide delivery Weddings Events Bar/Bat Mitzvahs Redman Steele 727.343.1020 HadassahMah jongg fundraiser: The Lylah Pinellas Chapter of Hadassah will have a fundraising mah jongg event on Wednesday, April 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Countryside Country Club, 3001 Countryside Blvd., Clearwater. The event will include a salad buffet luncheon and the cost is $25 per person. To make arrangements for payment and to RSVP contact Lynne Brubaker at or (727) 782-3086. If you can, bring your card and your game.JWIFor the kids: Jewish Women International North Pinellas will enjoy brunch as they hold a fun draiser for the Childrens Home on Sunday, April 22 at 10:30 a.m. with a Table for Two demonstra tion by Chef Warren Caterson The event will be at East Lake Woodlands Country Club, with valet parking. The cost is $38 per person. For more information, con tact Amy Richman at richman. or (727) 5430108. Meet Rabbi Dani: On Tuesday, April 24 at 7 p.m., learn how a girl from Great Neck, NY, becomes a rabbi of today. JWI will welcome Rabbi Danielle Upbin associate rabbi and prayer leader at Congregation Beth Shalom in Clearwater, as guest speaker. Ordained from Jewish Theo logical Seminary, she holds a BA in political science, and is cur rently president of the Pinellas County Board of Rabbis. She is an educator and trainer of all things Jewish, a professionally trained singer and yoga instructor. She is married to Rabbi David Weizman, senior rabbi at Beth Shalom, and is mother of four children. All are welcome. For more information, contact Lynn Brodsky (727) 787-6154Genealogical SocietyThe Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay will meet on Sunday April 8 at 2 p.m. at Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services, 14041 Icot Blvd., Clearwater, for a hands-on working session for individual research using the Internet and library resources of the organization. Experienced society mentors will be on hand to provide guidance and assistance. Free access to and to MyHeritage. com (Premium), will be offered on several computers and available for use. Attendees are asked to bring their own research materials and information and their own laptop computer if they have one. A presession social with refreshments and library access begins at 1:30 p.m. For information about the organization or directions to the meeting, call Bruce Hadburg at (727) 796-7981.Young Adults#Gather offers a mix of social and interactive 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.bry or contact Lisa Robbins at lisa.rob or (813) 769-4723. Flavor tripping: The #Gather group will meet Monday, April 9 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 81 Bay Brewing Company, 4465 W. Gandy Blvd, Tampa, to experience the miracle berry from West Africa that turns tart and savory foods denly tastes like lemonade. Cheese tastes like frosting. Vinegar tastes like apple juice. The cost is $5 for members and of beer will be available for $5. Spin class: Join in a high-energy spin class with other #Gather members at the Glazer JCC on Monday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m. This is free for members and $7 for guests and includes access to the entire JCC for the day. Pedal through hill climbs, sprints and interval training with motivational music to help push you through the challenge. Cool down with a smoothie by the pool together. Reserve your bike today. Job-LinksMonday Morning 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 April 2 the topic is Whats Your Nonverbal Communication Saying? On April 9 the topic is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Job Seekers and on April 16 the topic is How to Work the Room at a Networking Event or Job Fair. Monday Morning Links is supported by the Vinik Family Foundation. Job-search aids: The next Success workshop will be Thurs day, April 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The topic is Steps to Negotiate a Job Offer and on April 12 it is Mastering Change and Transition. The workshops are free for TampaBay Job-Links full program participants and $15 for guests. Reservations required for all programs. T To RSVP, call (813) 344-0200, email Support groupsAlzheimers caregiver group: Menorah Manor offers a support group meeting in the Sam son Nursing Center at Menorah Manor, 255 59th St. N., St. Peters month from 3:30-5 p.m. For more information, call Gwen Kaldenberg at (727) 302-3750.


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Coupons are not good on prior sales.15%Bring This Ad & SaveExclusive Dealer Trek Bicycles Full Service Bicycle Repairs, Est. 1958 By THAIS LEON-MILLER Jewish Press The City of Tampa Police Departments mission statement is simple: to reduce crime and enhance the quality of life through a cooperative partnership with all citizens. tion, but what to do for the second part? Enter Rabbi Mendy Dubrowski, director of Chabad Chai of South Tampa. remember), complete with badge in hand. It was a journey that took longer than a year to complete. The rabbi said the idea to become a a conversation with Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and lawyer Barry Cohen two years ago. Rabbi Dubrowski said while discussing community issues with the two men, Mayor Buckhorn told him, If you want to help, you need to do it from the inside. That advice never left him. He looked for the best way he could help and researched how he could make the most positive impact. His search eventually led him to the TPD and he set out to apply. It took one local and one FBI background check, a polygraph test, drug tests, a 30-page written application and a four-hour interview just to be considered for employment. They put you through the same applicaHe said he understood the process and felt it helped him to get a comprehensive view of what police have to go through to work in help him in his new position. As a chaplain, Rabbi Dubrowski has a variety of duties from giving invocations and benedictions to assisting with death noor background. Even before he was formally sworn-in, the Tampa Police Department called on him to was killed in an off-duty accident. Unfortunately, he knows those services likely will be needed again. He is prepared for all of that, but he has one more responsibility that is self-imposed. better communicate, said Rabbi Dubrowski. verbiage to be able to communicate and to be able to enjoy the support of the community. His efforts will be added to the work of three other chaplains and the City of Tampa liaisons for the LGBT and Hispanic communities, as well as Ybor City-Channelside, South Howard and Westshore business and security partnerships. In the end, Rabbi Dubrowski believes communities and police presence can coexist in harmony and aims to help both in his new role. energy, even their lives, said Rabbi Dubrowski. They deserve to have the full support of the community behind them. Rabbi with a badge: Tampa Police hires rst Jewish chaplainRabbi Mendy Dubrowski receives his badge from Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan. By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN JTA news serviceNEW YORK The Torah tells how God created the earth and the heavens, although the stories that follow tell us more about the former than the latter. A new exhibit doesnt quite answer theological questions about space, but it does show the ways in which Jews have looked at, written about and travJews in Space: Members of the Tribe in Orbit, named after a Mel Brooks gag, is an exhibit organized and on view at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and the Center for Jewish History here. It features both Yiddish and Hebrew books on astronomy and astrology, Jews and sections on the history of Jewish astronauts. JTA was given a tour by Eddy Portnoy, YIVOs senior researcher and director of exhibitions, who co-curated the collection, and learned about some of the unusual and unexpected relationship between Jews and the cosmos. an engineer at the Xerox Corp. before being recruited to NASA in a program to diversify its workforce. Resnik was only the fourth female to ever do so. She died in 1986 along with the rest of the crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger when the spacecraft broke apart shortly after takeoff. In 1985, a Jewish-American astronaut read from the Torah in space. Jewish-American man to go into space, consulted a rabbi on how to observe Judaism on in 1985. Hoffman, a Brooklyn native who was born in 1944, brought with him a scaled-down Torah and of Earth. He also had a set of Jewish ritual items specially made for his trip, including a mezuzah with a Velcro strip that he would attach to his bunk and a tallit with away in zero-gravity. He also brought a menorah to celebrate Hanukkah, although he was never able to actually light it aboard the spacecraft. The Vulcan salute on Star Trek has Jewish origins. Actor Leonard Nimoy used an unlikely source of inspiration for his character Spocks iconic Vulcan salute, which consists of a raised hand with the middle and gesture looks just like the one Kohanim do in synagogue during the Priestly Blessing. In his autobiography, Nimoy explained that he had copied the Jewish gesture, which he had seen in a synagogue as a child (it also appears on tombstones of Kohanim). The Vulcan salute, which is accompanied by the phrase Live long and prosper (the Kohanims blessing begins May God bless you and guard you), became so iconic that the White House mentioned it in a statement issued on Nimoys death in 2015. A Jewish immigrant to the U.S. Hugo Gernsback, a Jewish immigrant from Luxembourg, is sometimes called The Father of Science Fiction for publishing a magazine that helped popularize the genre. Launched in 1926, Amazing Stories featured tales of aliens, robots and other beings, including ones written by Gernsback himself. His magazine brought science a term he coined many writers, such as Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the Jewish-American duo that created Superman. Gernsback left Amazing Stories in 1929, although it held on in one form or another until 2005. Among the Jewish writers who had their zine were Isaac Asimov and Howard Fast. This book of horoscopes was written in Yiddish. Published in 1907 in Odessa, Ukraine, The Revealer of That Which Is Hidden: A New Practical Book of Fate gave Yiddish readers a way to learn about their futures by way of astrology. Much like a modern-day horoscope, the book offered predictions based on the readers zodiac sign. Similar books existed both in Yiddish and Hebrew during the time period, but rabbinic authorities were not thrilled, since astrology is banned by Jewish law (although zodiac symbols have shown up as synagogue decorations for at least 1,500 years). Despite that, Jews at the time continued to read horoscopes as well as seek other ways of predicting the future, such as by going to psychics and reading tea leaves.The rst Torah reading in orbit and other fun facts about Jews in space Astronaut Jeffrey Hoffman Leonard Nimoy, as Spock on Star Trek giving the Vulcan salute. Mission specialist Judith Resnik sending a message to her father from the shuttle Discovery on on its maiden voyage, Aug. 30, 1984. NASA/Space Frontiers/Getty Images to go into space was a woman. Jewish American and second Jew (Soviet astronaut Boris Volynov age of the Space Shuttle Discovery in 1984. Born in 1949 to Jewish immigrants from Ukraine who settled in Ohio, Resnik worked as


JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 15 MARCH 23 APRIL 5, 2018 727.789.2000 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 6366 Central Avenue St. Petersburg Fl 33707DAVI D C. GROSSFUNERAL HOMES727.381.4911Reform Conservative OrthodoxTHE JEWISH FUNERAL HOME OF PINELLAS COUNTY830 N. Belcher Road Clearwater, Fl 33765 Michael, Mandi, David, Pati and Steven Gross Happy Passover! Freedom Deliverance Reflection Freedom Deliverance Reflection EDWARD CLARK, 94, of Gulfport died March 7. Born in Boston, he was a veteran of the United States Army and was stationed in the Philippines as a store manager for Zayre Department Store. Survivors include his wife of 70 years Marilyn; son and daughter-in-law, Larry Clark and Ellen Moss; daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Russell Cantwell; two sisters, Rhoda Silverman and Helen Irving; two grandsons and a great-granddaughter. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel) HAROLD HAFTEL, 92, of Tarpon Springs, died March 13. Born in Brooklyn, his family moved to Flemington, NJ where they had a chicken farm. He studied agriculture in Pennsylvania and worked for the Department of Agriculture. In the 1960s he was sent to Dunedin to be the inspector of HP Hood & Tarpon Springs to build a chicken farm for his father and brought his parents to Florida. The 40 acres eventually became an orange grove. He was one of Shalom in Clearwater, when services took place in a storefront, and he rethe years he also supported Temple kibbutz and discovered the Weizmann Institute of Science, where he learned about drip irrigation being developed in Israel and used the technology in his own orange grove. He became a maInstitute and sat on its board. Active within the community, he was a memthe Jewish Federation. He also volunteered for the Rotary Club and picking up donated eyeglasses at local libraries. He was one of the recipients of the the Jewish and general community. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel) EARL WALLACE SKIP MOORE JR. Clearwater, died March 16. He was born and raised in Parsons and Elkins, WV, and lived many years in Baltimore and Virginia Beach moving to Clearwater 10 years ago. He served in the United States Navy. Later he became a licensed electrician in Maryland. He worked in corporate sales for many years and then became a business owner with multiple retail locations throughout Virginia. In recent years, he held the position of Fleet Captain for the Clearwater Yacht Club. Survivors include his wife Sharon Nusman Foster; son Earl Chip Moore III (Lisa Guzzardo); step-sons, Samuel Foster (Leigh Ferguson), Richard Yarrow (Debra), Brian Yarrow (Robin); two grandchildren and six step-grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to Suncoast Hospice. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel) MACK MITCHELL SHUMAN of St. Petersburg, died March 13. KNOWother staples of the traditional Seder, including the Seder plate and charoset. Their maror (bitter herbs) is a mixture of lemon peel, bitter lettuce and an assortment of other herbs. Israeli Jews observe only one Passover Seder, unlike everywhere else where traditionally two Seders are held, one on Known as yom tov sheni shel galuyot literally the second festival day of the Diaspora the practice was begun 2,000 years ago when Jews were informed of the start of a new lunar month only after it salem. Because Jewish communities outside of Israel were often delayed in learning the news, they consequently couldnt be sure precisely which day festivals were meant to be observed. As a result, the practice of observing two Seder days was instituted just to be sure. Some progressive Jews have adopted the practice of including an orange on the Seder plate as a symbol of inclusion of gays, lesbians and other groups marginalized in the Jewish community. The story goes that the practice was instituted by the feminist scholar Susannah Heschel after she was told that a woman belongs on the synagogue bimah, or prayer podium, like an orange belongs on a Seder plate. But according to Heschel, that story is false. In that apocryphal version, she said, a womans words are attributed to a man, men is erased. Isnt that precisely whats happened over the centuries to womens ideas? In truth, the idea occured after a visit to a university where some students had been putting bread crusts on the Seder plate as a symbol of protest against the exclusion of women, gays and lesbians. Heschel liked the idea but instead proposed an alternative that did not bring hametz onto the seder table. The orange was to be consumed and the seeds spit out representing the rejection of homophobia. The 16th American president was shot at Fords Theatre on a Friday, April 14, 1865, which coincided with the fourth night of Passover. The next morning, Jews who wouldnt normally have attended services on the holiday were so moved by Lincolns passing they made their way to synagogues, where the normally celebratory Passover services were instead marked by acts of mourning and the singing of Yom Kippur hymns. American Jews were so affected by the presidents death that Congregation Shearith Israel in New York recited the Kaddish usually said only for Jews on Lincolns behalf. For many Seder participants, the highken piece of matzah that the Seder leader hides and the children search for; the pera small reward. Most scholars believe the word for dessert. Others say it refers to a kind of post-meal revelry common among thing eaten at the Seder. Donald Trumps new national security adviser John Bolton is a hawk who has said military strikes may be inevitable as a means of preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. Naming Bolton suggests that Trump is ready to pull out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal by May 12, the deadline to waive sanctions. The agreement trades sanctions relief for a rollback of Irans nuclear program. Bolton is a staunch opponent of the deal, as is Mike Pompeo, the CIA chief Trump just nominated to replace Rex Tillerson as secretary of state. Bolton has said on multiple occasions that striking Iran to stop it from going nuclear may be inevitable. I dont make any disguise of the idea that ultimately it may take an Israeli strike against Irans nuclear program to stop it, he told the conservative Washington Free Beacon in August. Tillerson and outgoing national security adviser H.R. McMaster both dont like the deal but counseled against pulling out of it because Iran is complying with its narrow strictures, and leaving would remove whatever leverage the United States has with its allies to pressure Iran outside the deals tis, the defense secretary, as the opposes leaving the deal. Bolton has close relations with the pro-Israel community stemming from his success in 1991 in getting the United Nations to rescind its Zionism is racism resolution. Bolton at the time was the assistant secretary of state for international organization affairs under nominated Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations in 2005 and named him acting ambassador. Bolton never cleared the Senate nominating process, in part because of his hawkishness on because subordinates at the State Department emerged to describe him as an abusive boss. Bolton under the younger Bush had been the undersecretary of state for arms control and international security affairs. Pro-Israel groups, including the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, at the time broke with their protocol against endorsing a nominee and lobbied for Boltons Bolton was forced to step down from the U.N. post. McMaster got along well with his Israeli counterparts, but angered some on the right wing of the pro-Israel community because of reports that he blocked Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital. Trump ultimately recognized Jerusalem in December and announced plans to open a temporary embassy there in May. Morton Klein, who heads the hawkish Zionist Organization of America, called Bolton a spectacular choice to lead the NSC. He understands the Arab Islamic war against Israel and the West, Klein tweeted. Bolton is a patriot and an ardent clear thinking Iran Deal. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-CA, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, was alarmed by Boltons appointment. Its hard to escape the disquieting conclusion that the mass exodus of the adults from this Administration is putting our nations security at risk, he tweeted. Ambassador Boltons hawkish and conspiratorial thinking will only make matters dangerously worse. In February, Bolton wrote an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal urging the United States to use force to solve the nuclear standoff with North Korea.New Trump advisor is Iran hawk, close to pro-Israel groupsHe was born in Baltimore. Survivors daughter and son-in-law Meredith and Paul Leonhirth; stepdaughter, Tanya Tostado; and four grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to Temple Hospice.


Tampas largest celebration of Israels 70th year of independence will take place on Sunday, April 22 at the Maureen & Douglas Cohn Jewish Community Campus in Citrus Park. More than 1,500 people are expected to attend and the festivities will go on rain or shine. Opening the day, will be a Sip & Skype program with Randy Susan Meyers, author of T he Widow of Wall Street a ripped-fromthe-headlines story about deceit, scandal and guilt. The event will be from 10:30 a.m. noon and includes spirits and a nosh. Cost is $5 per person. At 11 a.m., an hour-long PJ Library Goes to Israel pro gram will be held. There will be crafts, games, songs and reading of the stories Dinosaur Goes to Israel and 3 Falafels in my Pita all just right for children ages 6 months to 6 years. The grand opening and ceremonial ribbon cutting for the Judy Cohn Park and Jack Roth Garden on the campus begins at noon. The ceremony will include presenting of the colors by local war veterans, a Zum Gali Gali concert by the JCC Preschoolers and Club J students. The 70th birthday celebration of Israel continues with DJ John Wendleken playing Israeli music, dancing and trivia all after noon. Arts & crafts, rides, bounce house, balloon twisting, face-painting and rock adults, there will be Israeli beer and wine tasting in the garden. awhile, at 1:30 p.m., the movie, I n Search of Israeli Cuisine will be shown. Appropriate for the whole family, the documentary offers a portrait of the Israeli people through food. There is no charge to attend the celebration, although there is a $5 per car parking fee and food, beverages and some activities are extra. The JCC on the Cohn campus is located at 13009 Community Campus Drive, off Gunn Highway just east of the Veterans Express way. 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SERVICESACCOUNTANT SINGER CONSULTING: T woWO L awnAWN C ryRY P tsTS :     Across the Bay: Tampas Israel Independence Day celebration is April 22 at Cohn CampusRecording artist and spiritual leader Danny Maseng will perform at Temple Beth-El in St. Petersburg on Saturday, April 21 at 7 p.m. in a special concert in honor of Israels 70th birthday. Born in Israel to American parents, star on Broadway in Only Fools Are Sad. A playwright, actor, singer and composer, Maseng has served as evaluator of New American Plays/Opera-Musical Theater tual leader of Congregation Agudas Achim in New York and as cantor of Temple Israel of Hollywood in California. He is currently   the hazzan and   spiritual leader of Makom LA, a new post-denominational   Jewish community in Los Angeles. His crit ically acclaimed off-Broadway one-man show, Wasting Time with Harry Davidowitz: The Musical Journey of a Jewish Soul,   along with   his innovative Soul on Fire   and   Let There Be Light   productions, are just a few of his projects earning accolades. Maseng is also one of the most popular and respected composers of contemporary liturgical and synagogue music. He has been the invited guest of the American Confer ence of Cantors, the Cantors Assembly, as well as the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. His   compositions are sung worldwide, with a recent LA Disney Hall appearance by the   little orchestra Pink Martini, which performed Masengs Elohai Ntzor. He has been featured in a number of doc  Hava Nagila, and   The Other Men in Black He has been the   patron artist of the A vraham Geiger School for Cantorial Arts in Berlin. Masengs essays, writings and poems have been included in recent books by leading rabbis and scholars, including Naming God by Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman, Jewish Men Pray by Rabbi Kerry Olitzky, and A Dream of Zion by Rabbi Jeff Salkin. He has had a long and celebrated   career with appearances on television including the Law and Order franchise, as well as in the   Maseng is deeply involved in interfaith dialogue. He travels the world, inspiring, teaching, and rekindling the love of Judaism through Torah, Kabbalah, Jewish culture, and the arts. Tickets start at $15. There will be a cham pagne reception featuring a Taste of Israel menu available to those who buy exclusive reception tickets by April 6. Those tickets the cost is $20. St. Petersbur Musician to perform concert at Temple Beth-El in honor of Israels 70th birthday Danny Maseng


JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 17 MARCH 23 APRIL 5, 2018 Weekly Kosher Shabbat Dinners Traditional Jewish holiday Celebrations Private Van Service 250 58th Street North, St. Petersburg, FL 33710 Ad sponsored by Benjamin Tower FoundationStudio and one bedroom apartments are available through rental programs that offer affordable housing to seniors living on a limited income. Daily Activities 24 Hour Front Desk Coverage Reserved Parking Activities, Activities, Activities Weekly Kosher Shabbat Dinners Traditional Jewish holiday Celebrations Private Van Service 250 58th Street North, St. Petersburg, FL 33710 Ad sponsored by Benjamin Tower FoundationStudio and one bedroom apartments are available through rental programs that offer affordable housing to seniors living on a limited income. Daily Activities 24 Hour Front Desk Coverage Reserved Parking Activities, Activities, Activities Wishing you a Happy Passover! Wishing you a Happy Passover! Wishing you a Happy Passover! Wishing you a Wishing you a Happy Passover! Wishing you a Happy Passover! Wishing you a Humans of Tel Aviv, that will be on display throughout the day. My goal is to give people around the world an inside look into the rich and remarkably diverse lives of Tel Avivians and showcase Israeli multiculturalism and its vibrant civil society, Kaganovits said. Kaganovits photos reach as many as 500,000 people per month including many in the Arab world through his blog, which he began in 2012. Accompanying each photo is a brief story about the person he has captured with his camera. What I love most about this project is that I can reach people in a way that Im not forcing my ideas upon others, but rather simply taking a photo, telling a story, and letting it speak for itself, the photographer said. You can see religious Orthodox Jews, Muslims and Christians alongside gays, lesbians, and transsexuals; you can see refugees sophisticated people from Rothschild Boulevard, Kaganovits explained in an interview with A variety of other speakers also will be on hand to remind folks of the importance of the Jewish state and what the nation faces as it continues to grow and bloom. Rabbi Ed Rosenthal of Hillels of the Florida Suncoast will speak about the challenges Jewish students face on college campuses around the Tampa Bay area when speakers and student groups voice positions against Israel. Two authors will discuss their Jewish-themed books. Roslyn Franken of Seminole will talk about her book, Meant To Be: A True Story of Might, Miracles and Triumph of the Human Spirit. It is a love story about how her mom, who survived Nazi concentration camps, and dad, who was in a Japanese prisoner of war camp, met and fell in love. Author Lynda Lippman-Lockhart of St. Petersburg will also speak about her book, The Laundry Room, which is a tale of Israeli resistance in 1946, two years before the state of Israel was created. Both authors will be available for sales and signings of their books. Another speaker, Eric Lynn of St. Petersburg played a large role during the Obama administration in getting approval and funding for Israels Iron Dome rocket defense system. Lynn will discuss his work on the project, which is credited with saving hundreds of civilian lives. For musical entertainment, Rabbi Danielle Upbin of Congregation Beth Shalom of Clearwater will lead a sing-a-long, accompanied on guitar by Blake Lenett, a congregant at Beth Shalom. Food will be complimentary with traditional Israeli and Jewish food, provided by Jo-Els Delicatessen and Marketplace of St. Petersburg. For the kids there will be a bounce house, an archeological dig, face painting, balloon art and Walsingham Rd.SEMINOLE BLVD. 113th St. / Ridge Rd.ULMERTON RD.Starkey Rd.Heritage VillageWalsingham ParkTAMPA Walsingham Rd. E W N SLARGOPINEWOOD CULTURAL PARK Botanical Gardens LARGO MALL BEACHES 12211 Walsingham Rd. Largo, FL 33778More information about the Israel Independence Day celebration can be found on the Federations website, or by calling (727) 530-3223.ISRAEL Photographer Erez Kaganovits, creator of the Humans of Tel Aviv exhibit, will be at the Pinellas Israel Independence Day event on Sunday, April 15. the opportunity to make Israeli For all ages, there will be Krav Maga self defense demonstrations and Israeli dancing. A committee of individuals representing synagogues and agencies has worked to create a day of fun and celebration for everyone, said Maxine Kaufman, the Federations director of arts, culture, and education. This is a very special year for Israel, and were bringing together the entire community in recognition of this big event. The venue will offer both indoor and outdoor space, some of it under tents, for the festivals activities, so folks can get out of the heat if needed. The celebration is being sponsored by the Florida Arts and Culture Division.


PAGE 18 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY MARCH 23 APRIL 5, 2018 By A bigailBIGAIL K leinLEIN L eichmanEICHMAN ISRAEL21c.orgTen days after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, experts from the Israel Trauma Coalition ar rived at the community to guide teachers and community leaders through a day after strategy for helping people face the future with resilience. Seventeen people were killed in the shooting 14 students and three staff members making it one of the worlds deadliest school massacres. The community, which had never dealt with a shooting on this scale, was in shock. It was devastating, says Nancy Teitelbaum, senior director of marketing and communications at Goodman Jewish Family Services of Broward County. Everyone in our small community in Parkland is affected. Teitelbaum has a son in 11th grade at Stoneman Douglas, and he was at the school on the day of the shooting. Her older son graduated from the same school just a year ago. Most counselors, teachers and clinicians have never dealt with a mass shooting, she told ISRAEL21c. They have no frame of reference. Thats exactly what the Israeli team came to provide. Israel Trauma Coalition (ITC) members Yotam Dagan from Natal Israel Center for Trauma and Resilience, and Alan Cohen from the Community Stress Prevention Center, led sessions for about 600 community leaders including clinicians, law sponders, parents and clergy in the Parkland area. Returning to normalcy teachers went back to school and the day before students went back to school, so we were very relevant in teaching them how to handle that period with some kind of nor malcy, Dagan, a seasoned clinical psychologist, tells ISRAEL21c. The psychological shockwaves of the event have been tremendous. Almost everyone had a connection with someone on the scene. We met as many community members as we could, enabled them to talk about their trauma and then shared Israeli best practices for the day after.Yotam Dagan leads an Israel Trauma Coalition workshop in Florida. The organization conducted training sessions for 600 community leaders in South Florida in the wake of massacre on Feb. 14 at Marjory Stonenam Douglas High School.Israel steps in to help teachers after Parkland school shootingWhat was really apparent was that the experts from Israel really knew what they were talking about, says Teitelbaum. They have deep experience and longterm insight from what theyve seen at home and from crises theyve helped deal with all over the world. Dagan felt that most of the professionals and lay people are now better equipped to understand what they went through and to intervene using practical tools developed in Israel. But there is more to be done. The situation in the Parkland area didnt end when we left, says Dagan. There is still work to do and we will go again soon. As we did in the Philippines four years ago, in Florida we hope to select a smaller group to be trainers, leaving our model in place when we go back home. ITC professionals offer their expertise following crises across the globe. Currently, ITC is actively assisting communities in Houston in the wake of Hurricane Harvey last August; in Mexico after a deadly September earthquake; in Las Vegas following a mass shooting in October; and now in Florida. So many disasters are happening in the world and we always try to see if we can help, says ITC Director Talia Levanon, a clinito several countries in addition to overseeing ITCs work in Israel to train leaders in communitybased healing and resilience. Helping the helpers The ITC was created in 2002, a year of unrelenting terror attacks in Israel, to harness the collective knowledge, expertise and experience of Israels governmental and non-governmental trauma management organizations. Originally focused on direct care, the umbrella organization expanded to professional training for community resilience and national emergency preparedness in Israel and elsewhere. Thus far, ITC has sent 17 delegations abroad usually two or three professionals from ITC partner organizations who speak the local language. Outside of Israel, 95 percent of the time we do not provide direct care, Levanon explains. Its the local professionals who know the community and the culture. Our purpose is to train them in wellbe ing, resilience and coping skills and provide tools to take care of themselves and others. Wherever we go, we always focus on the strengths of the people and how they cope as individuals or as part of the community. When someone from the outside comes to help they bring a fresh perspective and can see your pain and your strengths. ITCs sessions in Florida were coordinated by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the Consulate General of Israel in Miami, Behavioral Health Associates of Broward-Counseling Centers of Goodman JFS and the Jewish Federation of Broward County. Ongoing ITC trainings in Houston, with three more scheduled for this year, are funded by the UJAFederation of New York. ITCs work in Las Vegas, funded by Jewish Nevada, is getting started with a mapping mission to identify local partners, needs and resources. In Mexico, local Jewish federations are supporting ITC train ing through the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). Michael Balaban, president and ish Federation of Broward County, said, We know that the need for these kinds of resources is, unfor tunately, going to be long lasting, and we know that we have a partnership with the ITC that allows us to lean on them for that expertise over the long haul. RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) A Colombian Jewish journalist was ordered to resign from her anchor post on a daily TV newscast after refusing to cross herself while she was on the air. Channel 1s Cathy Bekerman was asked to resign after refusing the order by Yamid Amat, newscast director of the CM& broadcast network, the Agencia Judia de Noticias website reported. He told me to cross myself, I did not do it and he asked me to resign at that moment, to which I did not agree, Bekerman told the media. According to Graciela Torres, another well-known Colombian journalist, Bekerman showed up in the newsroom two days after the March 14 incident escorted by her father and a lawyer. Its a dark situation for Yamid Amat and his newscast because they could be sued for religious intolerance in a country where there is freedom of worship, Torres said. It is not enough that Cathys work situation is solved. We expect a public apology from Mr. Amat in light of his discriminatory and violative behavior of freedom Colombian Jewish news anchor asked to resign for refusal to cross herself on airof religion guaranteed in the Colombian Constitution, read a statement by the Confederation of Jewish Communities of Colombia. Israels ambassador to Colombia also weighed in. A journalist with such a broad audience had the chance to use his position to raise awareness about anti-Semitism. Instead, he chose to level scorn on a serious anti-Semitic incident. this scourge: Anti-Semitism is everybodys problem, Marco Sermoneta tweeted. Amat eventually published an apology on Channel 1s website, reported Publimetro. One of my instructions, to accentuate a piece of news that was not about religious beliefs, provoked a rejection from my colleague Cathy Bekerman. Because I feel that I affected her religious convictions without that being my purpose, I offer her a public apology, he wrote. May the Jewish community and other religious organizations always receive a respectful treatment from me.Cathy Bekerman


JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 19 MARCH 23 APRIL 5, 2018 By GABE FRIEDMAN JTA news serviceNEW YORK Although Jews have celebrated Passover by reading from the Haggadah in one form or another for 2,000 years, Jewish organizations and publishers strive each year to connect the holiday to modern times with fresh Haggadahs as well as supplements. If youre looking to give your sider these options they bring up topics ranging from Donald Trump to Ethiopian chickpea matzah. JDC Entwine toolkit Topic: Jewish diversity The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee was sending aid to Jews in need decades before gluten-free matzah was a thing. But one of its newer initiatives, Entwine, has produced a hip and fun global Passover toolkit its dubbing ReOrdered (a reference to the word seder, which means order in Hebrew). Its free to order online (http:// and comes with several goodies, including a recipe book with traditional Passover recipes from around the world. Then theres the four Community Cards, each highlighting an international Jewish community that the JDC has helped in the past: from Ethiopia, the Soviet Union, Morocco and Sarajevo (in Bosnia and Herzegovina). Each card has a story from someone in that community, a ritual Passover food and a traditional toast. The details are as delightful as they are educational: Did you know Ethiopian Jews make matzah out of chickpeas, or that Bosnian Jews turn eggs black by boiling them with coffee grounds? The guide also includes a sheet meant to help the Seder leader incorporate it all into the ritual meal, coasters and even a matzah box centerpiece with cards for the Four Questions meant to represent the supplies the JDC has sent around the world since World War I. Its basically a historical, multicultural Seder in a box just add Haggadah and food. The Trump Passover Haggadah Topic: The 45th president of the United States The full title is The Trump Passover Haggadah: People All The Time They Come Up To Me And Tell Me This Is The Best Haggadah Theyve Ever Read, They Do, Believe Me and the Amazon description, like the title, will tell you this Haggadah isnt for diehard fans of Donald Trump or President Zayde as his grandchildren call him in the introduction. If youre conservative sense of humor, and as matzo, suggests Amazon, try this radically irreverent political parody Haggadah this Passover. There isnt much more information on the Amazon page, except that the Haggadah is an online best-seller. Judging from author Dave Cowens bylines in McSweeneys and The New Yorker its probably pretty funny, too. Haggadah Topic: What Harry Potter can teach us about Passover traditions Self-published by Rabbi Moshe Rosenberg, a Queens teacher and spiritual leader, this Haggadah includes the entire standard text, interspersed with essays and thoughts related to Harry Potter and the wizarding world of Hogwarts. From the concepts of slavery and freedom, to the focus on education, to the number four, Harry Potter and Passover share almost everything, Rabbi Rosenberg writes in the introduction. HIAS Haggadah supplement Topic: International refugees Formerly the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, HIAS was founded in 1881 to help Russian Jewish immigrants settle into the U.S., but these days it lends a hand to all kinds of populations around the world. Its 11-page guide offers a blueprint for weaving refugee references and stories into almost every aspect of your seder, from an Ethiopian saga meant for one of the blessings over wine to a Rohingya mention in the Seder plate discussion. It becomes explicitly political at the end and offers tips on how to take real-world action to help refugees. In the face of unprecedented efforts to limit refugees ability to seek safety in the United States even as more people are displaced by violence and persecution than ever before these powerful symbols of both the unimaginable suffering and the boundless resilience and hope of refugees feel particularly poignant, a statement on the HIAS website reads. Repair the World/ Bechol Lashon Haggadah insert and trivia cards Topic: Jewish diversity How do we connect the ancient story of Exodus to modern struggles for freedom as individuals and as a multiracial, multiethnic Jewish community? Thats the thinking behind this Haggadah insert and set of trivia the World and Bechol Lashon, which help connect Jews with volunteer work and promote awareness of Jewish diversity, respectively. The insert asks Seder participants to discuss the the Exodus theme, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and what freedom means. The cards contain trivia about international communities, such as the Abayudaya Jews in Uganda or the Jews of Gibraltar. A landing page for the materials claims that 20 percent of American Jews identify as African-American, Latino, Asian, mixed race, Sephardi and Mizrahi. Haggadahs in French, Russian, Portuguese, Italian and Spanish Topic: Cultural and linguistic diversity Have a non-English or non-Hebrew speaker coming to your Seder? Want to brush up on the foreign language skills you havent practiced since college? Then you might be interested in a Haggadah in a different language. These offerings from the Kehot Publication Society, an arm of ChabadLubavitch arent new, but cultural diversity is of the moment. They are all 114 pages and inexpensive. 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