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Lisa Robbins, director of Young Adult Engagement for the Tampa JCCs and Federation, has been named to the inaugural class of the Next Gen Jewish Federation Fellows. She was one of 22 Jewish professionals from communities across the U.S. and Canada selected by the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) as a fellow. The new effort is aimed at boosting the skills of these Federation professionals who work directly with individuals in their 20s and 30s. PRESORTED STANDARD U.S. POSTAGE PAIDThe Jewish Press Group of Tampa Bay, Inc.The Jewish Press Group of Tampa Bay, Inc. Jewish Press of Pinellas County P. O. Box 6970 Clearwater, FL 33758-6970 Just a nosh.. Just a nosh..Complied from JTA news service ADVERTISEMENT VOL. 32, NO. 18 ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA APRIL 6 19, 2018 16 PAGES ROBBINS continued on PAGE 10 BREGMAN continued on PAGE 16 Join our page @ Meet Starr Silver, Did you know?one of two dozen women from across the community being honored at the Sonya Miller Women of Distinction event on April 29. Starr is being honored by Tampa Bay Job Linksa Jewish-values inspired organization serving job seekersfor her long-time service. rfntbb The Jewish FederationOF PINELLAS & PASCO COUNTIES, FL nntb fnn fnf DO GOOD EVERYWHERE. FROM ANYWHERE. fTampa Bay Job Links will join forces with Congregation Bnai Israel, the Federation, and Gulf Coast JFCS to offer a Job Search Boot Camp on April 25, led by career strategist Robyn Winters. Two dozen women will be honored this month with the prestigious Sonya Miller Women of Distinction Award for the time, energy and leadership they have provided to the local Jewish organization of their choice. The event will be held on Sunday, April 29 at 2:30 p.m. at Temple Beth-El in St. Petersburg. It annually draws more than 300 men and women from across the region. Each local Jewish organization selects one woman to receive the award in recognition of their service. Harriet Stein, a past recipient of the award and one of this years co-chairs of the event, said, Its wonderful to see the community come together and collectively honor the women who give their time and energy to their respective organizations. In honor of the late Sonya Miller, the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties announced last year that the much-loved annual Women of Distinction awards would be renamed the Sonya Miller Women of Distinction Award. This years event will feature a special art exhibit, Wonder Woman, on loan from the Israeli Consulate in Miami. Attendees can view the exhibit and mingle Sonya Miller Women of Distinction awards April 29WOMEN continued on PAGE 13 Jews participating in a memorial march in Paris for Mireille Knoll, on March 28,. By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ JTA news serviceLast April, Traore Kobili threw his Jewish neighbor to her death from her third-story home in Paris while calling her a demon and shouting about Allah. French authorities waited 170 days before they declared the killing of Sarah Halimi an anti-Semitic hate crime and that was after unprecedented lobbying by French Jewish groups. We need to let the judiciary do its job, Magali Lafourcade, president of the French governments National Consultative Commission on Human Rights, said in an interview at the height of the campaign, which united Jewish organizations across the political spectrum. Nearly a year after that incident, a similar case prompted authorities to do the job a lot faster. The murder of Mireille Knoll, a Holocaust survivor who was Muslim neighbor on March 23, swiftly led to an indictment against her neighbor and an alleged accomplice on murder and hate crime charges. For many French Jews, Knolls brutal slaying her charred body, riddled with 11 stab wounds, was found in her apartment, which her alleged killers are suspected of torching to destroy evidence underlines both growing determination and their apparent inability to prevent it.French Jews see lesson in dealing with Holocaust survivors slayingA new annual Israel Bonds Tampa Bay Womens Division Premier event has been named in memory of Dr. Leslie Weiss, zl, for her support of everything Jewish, especially Israel Bonds. Leslie, along with husband, Dr. Mitchell Weiss, and their two children, Hannah and Ari, were killed in a small plane crash in Costa Rica on Dec. 31. The April 23 dinner will be held at Nova 535 in St. Petersburg beginning at 6:30 p.m. and feature speaker Benjamin Anthony, founder of Michelle Klahr, National Womens Division director, will provide a national overview of the organization, which underwrites securities for the state of Israel. Worldwide sales have issued in 1951. Leslie and Mitch Weiss were committed to Israel Bonds and had set a portfolio goal for their Bonds investments. In early December, shortly before the tragic accident, Leslie came goal, recalled Monica DiGiovanni of Israel Bonds Tampa Bay. Her memory and dedication to everything Jewish lives on in our community through her friends, family and work we all miss her bright smile, DiGiovanni said.New Israel Bonds event to honor Dr. Leslie Weiss,zlWEISS continued on PAGE 10 MARCH continued on PAGE 11 Lisa Robbins chosen for new national Next Gen program Game 7 of the 2017 World Series Report: Trump Netanyahu talk over U.S. pullout of Syria grew tenseJERUSALEM President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke together by phone. The call on Wednesday, April 4, comes as Trump announced that he plans to pull all of the United States troops out of Syria, which lies on Israels northern border, within six months. According to a readout of the phone conversation released by the White House, the leaders conversation address[ed] recent developments in the Middle East. President Trump reiterated the commitment of the United States to Israels security and the two leaders agreed to continue their close coordination on countering A report of the conversation released by the Prime dent Trump for his commitment to Israels security and Americas support for Israel at the United Nations. The two leaders agreed to continue the close coordination between the two states in order to repel Irans aggresThe Associated Press reported, citing two unnamed there.Jewish group calls on Supreme Court to uphold Trump travel ban port of President Donald Trumps most recent ban on travel from a number of predominately Muslim countries. The group, which has been an outspoken supporter of many of Trumps policies, in its brief said the action did On Wednesday, April 4, ZOA released a statement anZOA cited terror attacks by immigrants in Boston, San Bernardino, Orlando and Manhattan, as well as Europe, in its defense of the executive order. The six Muslim majority countries affected by the president, Morton Klein, said in the statement. The The executive order announced in September prohibits travel from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, as well as from Chad and North Korea, and includes some ban went into effect in December, even as the appeals moved forward. Meanwhile, at least six other Jewish groups signed onto a joint amicus brief, spearheaded by the Anti-Defamation League, urging the Supreme Court to block the executive order. The American Jewish Committee also The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the ban at the end of April.Alex Bregman: Baseballs new Jewish starBy HILLEL KUTTLER JTA news service Sitting on a couch near his locker at the Houston Astros spring training facility in West Palm Beach in midan encounter his father had at the World Series last fall. It was in Los Angeles, between innings of the opening game. Sam Bregman was headed for a Dodger Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images


PAGE 2 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY APRIL 6 19, 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 20Press Release ..........Apr 6 Advertising .............Apr 10MAY 4Press Release ........Apr 20 Advertising .............Apr 24MAY 18Press Release .........May 4 Advertising ..............May 8 12211 Walsingham Road LargoFEATURING HUMANS OF TEL AVIV AND PHOTOGRAPHER EREZ KAGANOVITZ Taste authentic Israeli foods Dance Israeli dances Learn about Jewish/Israeli culture from our lecture series Make a difference in our community with Good Deeds Day activities Krav Maga Demonstration Kid Zone rfnrtbbr Check Out These Events! Check Out Save These Dates! Save These 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 JEWISh JEWISh CAMP SAVElDATE Sonya Miller Award Ceremony APRIL 29TH 2 TEMPLE BETH EL Young Adult Division (YAD) Events: See for full details Want More Events? Visit us online at for all of the Jewish events happening in our community! Want More Apr 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


Are we seeing a new kind of anti-Semitism? We that hearkens back to 1930s Europe. Are we seeing harsher actions against the Jewish people (and others who often are lumped in with the intolerance)? islation that would put White Nationalist groups in a less-protected status? are entering another Holocaust. Just last week, I learned of the release of 1924 Die Stadt ohne Juden, or The City without Jews. 700 people, and on March 29, 2018, it was once again screened for audiences. anti-Semitism du jour in 1920s Europe, but that palatable for audiences. The concept of changing the ending of a protest JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 3 APRIL 6 19, 2018 Perspective PerspectiveEmilie SocashExecutive Director, Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties Authentic Middle Eastern Cuisine With a Modern Flair! 727.498.8627 MEZE119.COM 119 2nd Street North, St. PeteInvite us to your simcha, well bring the food! Our catering services can be customized to suit all of your needs.SUNDAY THURSDAY: 11 AM 9 PM FRIDAY SATURDAY: 11 AM 10 PMHeartfelt thanks from the Hershkowitz Family, for all of your ongoing support Serving Tampa Bays Best Kosher-Style Dairy Mediterranean-Inspired Cuisine. A new, modern anti-Semitism ended. This is where the fork in the road appears between realizes it was all a dream and that Jews are a necesIn the interwar time of the 1920s, the options prenon-Jewish world. In 1889, a political campaign poster for Adolphe Wilhelm Marr published a number of pamphlets on tirades and online opinions. Middle East Reporting in America) addressed the issue of The Florida Jewish Journal (parent comThe Sun Sentinel ) publishing a series of op-eds and bold misstatements about Israel. The request and course-correct as needed. Are we charging forward toward greater acts of changing face of anti-Semitism entering the spotLiked it? Loathed it? Want to react? I would welcome your feedback and can be reached at president of Honduras will light a Herzl. Juan Orlando Hernandez, who was reelected for a second term Hernandez will light the torch Hernndez graduated from a 1992 at the beginning of his diplomatic career. Honduras was one of eight ber against a United Nations Genthe recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in response nouncement earlier that month.President of Hondurus to light torch on eve of Independence Day


Cong. Beth Shalom ClearwaterMovie time: When the Smoke Clears Happy Birthday, Israel: From Israel with love: Yael Mor Tali Stilwell Elan Levy Larry Eliachar Sarah Michaels Civil War talk: Dr. Eric Steckler Talmud classes: Dr. Priscilla Nathanson Lox & Learn: Rabbi David Weizman Haftarot study: Johanna Bromberg Temple Bnai Israel ClearwaterTrivia Night: Bible study: Rabbi Daniel Treiser Sunday funday: Chabad of ClearwaterTorah and tea: Rebbetzin Miriam Hodakov Pray, eat, watch video: Study groups: Tanya class: Temple Beth-El St. PetersburgConcert in honor of Israel: Danny Maseng Only Fools Are Sad. Jasmine Bell, Angela Hesse, Micah Rosen and Rachel Rubin Womens spirituality group: Sharon Johnson-Levy Seniors lunch and learn: Cantor Pamela Siskin Beth Gelman Sisterhood election: PINELLAS COUNTYReformTemple AHAVAT SHALOM Temple BETH-EL Congregation BNAI EMMUNAH Temple BNAI ISRAEL ConservativeCongregation BETH SHALOM Congregation BETH SHOLOM Congregation BNAI ISRAEL OrthodoxCHABAD of CLEARWATER CHABAD JEWISH CENTER OF GREATER ST P ETERSBURG CHABAD of PINELLAS COUNTY PASCO COUNTY ConservativeBETH TEFILLAH/JCC OF WEST PASCO OrthodoxCHABAD OF WEST P ASCO HERNANDO COUNTY Reform Temple BETH DAVID OrthodoxCHABAD SPRING HILL Religious Directory PAGE 4 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY APRIL 6 19, 2018 Congregations Rabbinically Speaking Rabbinically Speaking Shabbat Candle Lighting Times By Rabbi LYNN GOLDSTEIN Congregation Bnai Emmunah We have been entrusted to take care of the Earth 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 Jewish Press or the Board of Rabbis.One of the wounded IDF soldiers from the documentary When the Smoke Clears.


JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY APRIL 6 19, 2018 Congregations Mor About Israel Mor About IsraelYAEL MORIsrael Shlicha [Emissary] 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 yael@jewishpinellas.orgFor Israelis, this is the season for pursuing college degrees programs Pamela Katz-Alston Mah jongg: Lisa Kingsley Jewish genealogy: Bill Israel Chabad of St. PetersburgJudaism/Christianity split: Rabbi Zalman Kravitz Lag BOmer family barbecue: Camp sign-up: Womens Book Club: Chaya KorfTowards a Meaningful Life Lunch and Learn: Cong. Bnai Israel St. PetersburgCelebrating Israel with food:Pam Askin Beatles-themed Shabbat: Liz Sembler Talmud Made Easy: Steve Wein Temple Ahavat Shalom Palm HarborTot time: draiser: Book Club meets: The Thou Shalt Innovate: How Israeli Ingenuity Repairs the World Mens Night Out: The Lunch n learn:Susan Segal A Womans Commentary. Judaism basics:Rabbi Gary Klein Misfortune and grief: Summer camp signup: The Very Hungry Cat erpillar Sarah Kurland Cong. Bnai Emmunah Tarpon SpringsLearn about Israel: Introduction to Judaism: JCC of West Pasco Port RicheyUnderstanding prayer: A Chabad of West PascoClasses with the rabbi: Rabbi Yossi Eber Pray, eat, watch video: Tanya class: Temple Beth David Spring HillLag BOmer: Temple history lesson: Diane Paskowitz Eileen Beaman Nancy Schreiber Torah study: Rabbi Paul Schreiber Judaism class:Talmud for beginners: Chabad of Spring HillTorah studies: by Rabbi Chaim Lipszyc Ro Kerschner Rabbi Zalman Kravitz


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(JTA) More than 50 entertainment industry executives have signed a letter in ment and sanctions movement against Israel the Israeli drama series Fauda. The show focuses on a commando unit of meaning chaos. second season of the series next month. Fauda for presenting a nuanced portrayal Variety reported. mirrors the power of the arts in genrizons and allowing us to experience different points of view. Among the executives signing the Variety vice president of corporate marketing JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 7 APRIL 6 19, 2018 NOW AIRIN G ON PBS STATIONS N ATI ONWIDEPBS World Channel Thursday April 12 8:30PM ET/5:30PM PTPLEASE CHECK LISTINGS FOR YOUR LOCAL PBS STATION OR VISIT WWW.TREZOROS.COM FOR AIRDATES Available at727.725.1808 247 Main Street I Safety Harbor, Photo by Haim Yam/YES Hollywood executives offer support to Netix after BDS movement asks it to scrap Fauda the series. The statement called the show violent grassroots pressure and posThe statement also said that the series promotes and legitimizes violent the English-language Times of Israel news picted in the series.


PAGE 8 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY APRIL 6 19, 2018 Press Level Reserved Tickets are $29 with item choice ($65 Value)Choice of Rays Kippah or Rays baseball cap* Item of your choice can be picked up by showing ticket at the tables located in Sections 222/224 until the 3rd inning. For groups of 10 or more contact Bob Windheim at (727) 825-3220. Individuals can contact the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco County at 727-530-3223. Deadline to purchase is Friday, April 13th, 2018. Name: _____________________________________ Phone: _____________________________________ Address: ____________________________________ City____________________State______Zip________ Email Adress: ________________________________How many tickets would you like? *Price is for groups of 10 people or more _____ tickets x $29 each = $______ Accessible seats (circle): Yes No If so, how many? ________ Check payable to organization or cash (group will submit one payment to Rays). Call your synagogue or temple to make individual reservations and then the synagogue can create a group reservation. Call Bob Windheim at 727-825-3220 to make group reservations, 10+ people. Call Maxine Kaufman at 727-530-3223 at the Jewish Federation to join the Federations group reservation. 888-FAN-RAYSOffer not available through Tropicana Field box offices. Tickets subject to availability. No refunds or exchanges. Prices subject to change. Any returned checks subject to $40.00 charge.PAYMENT INFORMATIONORDER FORM SUN, APRIL 22 VS. MINGATES OPEN: 11:40 A.M. START TIME: 1:10 P.M. Free Parking for cars of four or more Kids run the bases post-game Giveaway: Mascot Socks presented by Geico for kids 14 & under Jewish Heritage Day at theDONT MISS Four older sisters, three husbands, a nephew and a girlfriend what could go wrong! In Mornings At Seven chaos erupts when Homer (the nephew) brings home his girlfriend of 12 years to meet the family. Members of Temple Bnai Israel in Clearwater joined with an estimated 1,500 in a March for Our Lives event in downtown St. Petersburg on March 24. Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, where a gunman killed 17 students and faculty on Feb. 14, organized a national March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C., to call for gun violence prevention. Many communities throughout the nation held sister marches the same day to show concern over rampant gun violence.Photo by RACHEL DAWKINSTaking a standJERUSALEM (JTA) The IDF General Staff has ordered an investigation into the Israeli militarys response to the Gaza border protests. The Israel Defense Forces announced that Brig. Gen. Moti Baruch has been appointed to lead the investigation.   Baruch is a former division commander and current head of the army s Training and Doctrine Division. The IDF conducted a similar investigation after the Gaza war in 2014.   Only after the investigation is completed w ill a decision be made on whether to open a Military Police investigation, according to reports. Some 30 Palestinians, including a journalist, have been killed and several thousand injured since the protests began on March 30 when an estimated 30,000 Palestinians massed on the Gaza border at six spots. On Friday, April 6, the IDF again reported massive crowds of some 20,000 Palestinians. The protesters burned tires as a smokebombs at Israeli troops on the other side of the border fence. some cases, as well as riot control measures to stop the protesters from breaching the border fence. The Palestinians have said the protests are peaceful. The investigation likely will such as the death of photojour nalist Yasser Murtaja, who was operating a drone over the heads of Israeli troops and was wearing a vest emblazoned with the word Press on it. The protests are part of the planned six-week March of Return which will end in mid-May with the anniversary of Israels founding, which the Arab world calls the Nakba, or catastrophe. Meanwhile, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said that actions by both Israeli soldiers and Hamas may be considered war crimes. Fatou Bensouda said in a statement that: Any person who incites or engages in acts of violence including by ordering, requesting, encouraging or contributing in any other manner to the commission of crimes within ICCs jurisdiction is liable to prosecution before the Court. Fatou said he is closely watch the situation and will record any instance of incitement or resort to unlawful force. IDF orders probe into militarys response to Gaza border protests A Palestinian protester burning tires during clashes with Israeli forces near the border of the southern Gaza Strip, on April 2.Said Khatib/AFP/Getty Images


JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 9 APRIL 6 19, 2018 rfntbnfr r ffntfb tfffbffbffbfbbbnnfb fntffnbbbb rfbfnfnffbfbtf tbttbffbntnt fnbfbfnffbnttftfbf nbtbftbrn Three Hebrew Academy Tampa Bay students earned high honors in an international Torah study contest that brought together about 1,000 boys and 1,000 girls from 75 schools around the world. During two Shabbaton weekends in New York one for the boys and another for the girls the to serve as student representatives on stage in a Quiz Bowl style team game show and in the competition for medals and higher trophies. The contest was based on the study of the 613 Mitzvot as presented by the Rambam Maimonides in The Book of Mitzvos. The Inter national Chidon Tournament is put on annually by Chabad Lubavitch and involves thousands of students from across the globe hoping to earn the right to represent their hometown in the New One of the local students, Nissi Yarmush, won a silver trophy for getting the second highest test. Nissi also won a separate prize for being on the game shows winning team. Others receiving recognition at the competiDaniel Yehuda, both receiving a gold medal for attaining an 85 percent score or higher on their Two of three other Hebrew Academy students who scored high enough on three preliminary grader Rochel Rubashkin and fourth grader Chana Dubrowski, also traveled to New York. AnThe children studied the material for the contest in addition to their regular curriculum. Besides the competition, the Hebrew Academy with trips, activities and spirit, proud to represent their school as they met students from around the world and made new friends, said Sulha Dubrowski, principal of the Hebrew Academy.   Hebrew Academy is extremely proud of its student representatives, all of whom were recognized at an assembly upon their return. Hebrew Academy is a Montessori Jewish day school offering classes through grade eight. The school is located at 14908 Pennington Road in northwest Hillsborough County. For more infor mation, call (813) 963-0706.Above, Hebrew Academy students who attended the New York Shabbaton and Chidon Tournament: (L-R) Rochel Rubashkin, Chana Dubrowski, Chaya   Backman, Nissi   Yarmush and Daniel Yehuda.Hebrew Academy Tampa Bay students shine at international Mitzvot study contest Fourth grader Nissi Yarmush on stage receiving his silver trophy. CAMPAIGN AND COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE NEEDED The Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties seeks a team-oriented and energetic professional to assist in continuing its success. Ideal candidates will hold Full description of position can be found at www.jewishpinellas. org. Resumes and cover letter should be sent to emilie@ American Stage in the Park is celebrating more than 30 years outdoors with the musical   The Producers, a Mel Brooks classic cult comedy that won a record   12 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, when it was produced on Broadway. Performances are Wednesday through Sunday evenings from April 18-May 13. Its only proper to try and make   people laugh   through the magic of musical comedy As Mel Brooks once said You cant bring dictators down on a soapbox of rhetoric. But if you can make people laugh at them, youve won, said director Rye Mullis. The story of The Producers centers around down-on-his-luck Broadway producer Max Bialystock, played by St. Petersburg favorite Matthew McGee, and his mild-mannered accountant, Leo Bloom, played by James Larosa. They come up with a scheme to history, bilking their backers out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show despite, actually because of its offensive title and theme song, Springtime for Hitler   is a smash hit. the show hilarious. The Producers skewers Broadway traditions and takes no prisoners as it proudly proclaims itself an equal opportunity offender. Created by Mel Brooks, The Producers has had several incar ie with Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder. Brooks then adapted it as a Broadway musical in 2001, star ring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, which also spawned a Established in 1986, American for presenting Shakespeare to audiences in and around Tampa Bay.   American Stage in the Park expanded to include comedies and modern musicals presented under the stars each spring at   Demens Landing Park   on the corner of First Avenue SE and Bayshore Drive in downtown St. Petersburg. The park production offers primarily blanket seating (bring blankets and stadium seats with no legs), although there are some reserved chairs. Showgoers may also set up their own folding chairs in the rear. Patrons may bring food for a pre-performance picnic or choose from food and beverages (both alcoholic and non) available at concessions. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the show starts nightly at 8 p.m. Pay What You Can preview performances will be Wednesday and Thursday, April 18 and 19 and the shows Opening Night Gala is Friday, April 20. Other special event performances are Pride Plus Night on Sunday, April 29 and Pets in the Park Night, May 6. For more details or to purchase tickets, go to Producers opens in downtown St. Pete on April 20


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With Extended Day Care, Camps are Available 7:30am-5pm A Tax-Smart Way To Support Israel And Jewish National FundGIVING MADE SIMPLE rfntbbrb bfbfr rbrfrrbrbfnt bbfrrbrGIVING MADE FLEXIBLE bf brrGIVING MADE PERSONAL rrb fbrrrb rrbrfbrbf800.562.7526 plannedgiving@jnf.orgrr bff fbf WEISSTwo of Leslies close friends, Louisa Benjamin and Debbie Ber ner, are chairing the event.   Leslies family has given their blessing to the event and family members from all over the country are expected to be there to help launch this annual dinner named for her. Guest speaker Benjamin Anthoand analysis on the realities and challenges faced by the Israel Defense Forces. Anthony is the lead lecturer for the organization, which has reached diverse audiences at more than 380 college campuses across several continents, as well as leading think tanks in various countries. He also speaks annually on Capithe US Congress and their staffers. Anthony continues to serve on an annual basis as a combat reservist in the IDF. Both women and men are welcome.   The event venue is located 535 Dr. Mar tin Luther King Jr. St. N., St. Petersburg.   For more information including ticket prices and to make reservations, contact or call (727) 282.1124. ROBBINSRobbins will participate in an 18-month comprehensive program that will include several in-person seminars along with long-distance coaching, mentoring and continuous learning online. The program, made possible by funding from the Jim Joseph Foundation, will provide participants the tools and training they need to engage young adults with their Jewish community. We are excited for Lisa to par ticipate in this program to expand our approach to reaching the Next Gen community. This fellowship program will give her the opportunity to learn new and innovative approaches to impart Jewish content into our young adult programs and experiences, said Alissa Fischel, Tampa JCCs and Federation Chief JFNA has brought together the North Carolina-based Center for Creative Leadership and the Jerusalem-based M2: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education, to develop coursework and meaningful experiences that grow Federation professionals leadership skills and connects them more deeply to Judaism. The new initiative will also position the Fellows as innovators and leaders in the Jewish Next Gen space. Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Robbins worked for the Tampa JCCs and Federation for 10 years and recently returned to Tampa to work with 20s and 30s, fostering leadership opportunities, inspiring new commitments to the Jewish community and creating a new social networking group. In between her jobs at the Tampa JCCs and Federation, she worked for the JFNA as associate director of community and professional relations, providing support, resources, and consultative services to Federation professionals working with young Jewish adults. Robbins began her career in Jewish communal service as a Steinhardt Jewish Campus Service Corps Fellow at the Hillel at The Ohio State University. Robbins said she was honored JFNA Next Gen Fellows. My goal in my every day work is to support young adults in deepening their commitment to Jewish life and community in Tampa, building and growing Jewish leaders who want to give back, and sharing the value that Judaism and Jewish experiences can bring to their lives, she said. I am excited for the opportunity for guided learning with colleagues and scholars alike to strengthen the Tampa Jewish Federations Next Gen engagement strategy to reach and connect with more Jewish 20s and 30s in innovative ways. Lisa Robbins WASHINGTON (JTA) A State Department spokeswoman said combating anti-Semitism remains a priority for the Trump administration, but would not say if the Trump administration would job of an anti-Semitism monitor. The position of Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-SemFreedom at the Department of State continues actively to supspokeswoman said in response to a JTA query about why the position remains empty.Combating anti-Semitism internationally is a priority for this administration. The position of anti-Semitism monitor, mandated by a law by Trump more than a year after it was vacated. In addition, the tor and combat anti-Semitism has been unstaffed since July 1.Opposing anti-Semitism a priority for Trump administration, but no envoy yet


MARCHTheres a marked difference in the handling of the two cases, which are very similar, Sammy Ghozlan, president of the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA, told JTA Tuesday. With Halimi, the authorities dragged their feet and dithered. With Knoll, they acted swiftly. For me, its an indication of a lesson learned. On Tuesday, March 27, French President Emmanuel Macron said he was appalled by her murder, which he linked to the murder of Beltrame, by an Islamist last week in southern France. The following day he attended Beltrames funeral, and then Knolls in the Paris suburb of Bagneux, where Macron said she was killed because she was Jewish. The next day at least 10,000 people, including many Jews, ticipated in a memorial march to Knolls home from Nation Square. The march, amid intensive coverage by the French media of the affair, was greeted as a heartening development by a community where many members feel abandoned by French society at large in their hour of need. One participant, Holocaust survivor Nicole Friedman, told JTA that she came to the march because Im Jewish, and because I lived through the war. Accompanied by her daughter, Friedman marched slowly with the aid of a cane. Another marcher, Alain Ndigal, African descent and not Jewish. I came because this barbarity concerns us all, the 48-year-old mechanic said. Meanwhile, dozens of supporters of Marine Le Pen surrounded the head of the far-right National Front party shouting Marine is with us as others shouted N for her partys name in French. Before its start, the march was marred by issues connected with the deep divisions that continue to bedevil French society. Despite his call for everyone to attend the march, the head of the CRIF umbrella of French Jewish communities, Francis Kalifat, said that leaders from both the National Front nor the Insubmissible France far-left movement were welcome due to their history of perceived anti-Semitism. Le Pen and her Insubmissible France counterpart, Jean-Luc Melenchon between them they garnered more than a third of all the votes cast in both rounds of the 2017 elections said they would come anyway. Kalifat, in turn, faced criticism with some accusing him of compromising his message of unity by saying who was welcome and who was not. Kalifat ultimately backed down, saying we need to put the controversy behind us to avoid the march becoming a political issue. Its certainly an encouraging sign, Ghozlan said of the high statements and actions make for a strong gesture, he added. Ghozlan was among those who accused the judiciary and the media of downplaying the Halimi case for political reasons, saying they were wary of playing into the hands of the anti-Muslim National Front party. But in their handling of the Knoll case, he said, authorities showed an understanding of the great psychological effect that the omission of hate crime charges had on French Jews. The neighbor accused in the murder, a 29-year-old man whose name was not released and whom the BNVCA said is Muslim, knew her since he was a small child, Knolls son, Daniel, told The Associated Press. His mother escaped a 1942 roundup of Parisian Jews, moved to Canada and returned to France. Her children left for Israel and beyond. She suffered from Parkinsons disease that left her largely housebound. She did not have much money, he said. Whereas the Knoll case demonstrates greater resolve on the part of authorities, Ghozlan suggested it also demonstrates their inability despite major efforts to prevent the recurrence of brutal anti-Semitic violence and the devastating effects it is having on French Jewry. The community is as guarded as it can be, he said, referring to thousands of French troops who were posted outside synagogues, Jewish schools and neighborhoods following an Islamists murder of four Jews at a Paris kosher market in 2015. On the security level we are at capacity. And thats a good thing, but it also shows that no amount of policing will prevent the reality of homicidal anti-Semitism in France unless we also address the root cause. To Ghozlan, this cause is how hatred of Israel both conceals and In July, Macron became the anti-Zionism is a reinvention of anti-Semitism. Nevertheless, local municipalities regularly name streets for Palestinian terrorists, Ghozlan said. Each case like Halimi or Knoll prompts more Jews to leave their homes either for Israel, abroad or inside the Paris area to safer areas, Ghozlan said, noting that neighborhoods like La Courneuve and Saint-Denis, which once had thousands of Jewish residents, are now seeing empty synagogues. According to BNVCA, at least 60,000 Jews have left suburbs and neighborhoods with many Muslims in eastern Paris for western ones in what the group is calling internal aliyah a Hebrew word that means immigrating to Israel. At least 26,000 French Jews have moved to Israel since 2013 nearly three times the number who One of them is Noa Goldfarb, a granddaughter of Knoll. I was saved, she wrote on Facebook about her aliyah following the killing of her grandmother, whom she described as a kind and gentle soul full of light. Goldfarb left Paris knowing that neither my future nor that of the Jewish People is to be found there, she wrote from Herzliya, where she now lives. 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Active in sports, Avi enjoys fencing, basketball and golf and has played for the past eight years with US Kids, Greater Tampa Junior Golf Association and the First Tee of St. Petersburg. A member of Kadima, he is serving as its co-president, and is Baal Tekiah for Junior Congregation at Congregation Bnai Israel. Avi also enjoys being a camper in the summer at Camp Ramah Darom where he has attended years. For his mitz vah project, Avi is spending time at the Mentor ing Center of the First Tee, helping younger children learn math, science and strong study habits. He is also holding a golf mara thon with proceeds going to support the First Tee mission. Karen and Cary Reich will host a reception at the Bayou Club on Saturday evening, April 14. Special guests will include family and friends from New York, New Jersey, West Virginia, Oregon, Washington D.C., Texas, California, Tallahassee, Jacksonville, South Florida, South Carolina, Virginia, Canada, France and Israel.Avi Nissim Reich Just for Laughs Dinner Theatre in Largo is presenting the comedy, Social Security a Broadway favorite, written by Blazing Saddles screenwriter Andrew Bergman. The show is running now through May 27. This comedy surrounds a married couple who are art dealers. Their domestic tranquility is shattered upon the arrival of the wifes goody-goody nerd of a sister, her uptight CPA husband, and her archetypal Jewish mother. They are there to try to save their college-student daughter from the horrors of living only for sex. The comic sparks really an elderly minimalist artist who is the art dealers best client. Produced and directed by Toby Manion, in cooperation with Samuel French, the seasoned cast features: Brianna Anderson, Barbara Anthony, Bill Henricks, Dorothy Hershman, David Jankiewicz and Joseph Alan Johnson. Show days and times are: Thursday, at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.; Friday, at 4 p.m.; Saturday, at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.; and Sunday, at 4 p.m. The theatre is located at Havana Harrys, 1999 Starkey Road, Largo. For tickets, call the theater at (727) 4666546. Reservations are suggested. Tickets are $36, which includes a Cuban and American style buffet, show and sales tax.Play is just for laughsNFL star alerts ofcials to school threat(JTA ) Julian Edelman has nearly done it all. The Patriots star Jewish wide receiver has   played   in three Super Bowls, starred in a series of comedic   videos, written a   childrens book   and now he may have thwarted a school shooting. According to   The New York Times Edelman heeded a message to his Instagram account that pointed him to the following comment on one of his posts: Im going to shoot my school up watch the news. The words stirred the feelings he had after the February school shooting in Parkland.With the emotions of what happened, and I have a kid now, I said, holy Toledo, what is going on?   he told the Times. Edelman was on a trip in Texas, but he contacted his assistant in Boston, who tracked down the ominous comment. The assistant, Shannon Moen, called local police, who determined that the commenter was located in Port ing the culprit a 14-year-old who owned multiple guns. The teenager was taken to a juvenile detention center and charged with making a false report of a threat of terror ism, which could keep him detained for four years. When I told Julian, he was in shock, Moen said. Edelman said the real hero was the Instagram user said something. 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Mazel tovTo Helene and Barry Debowsky for their 50th anniversary on April 27. The couple moved to Largo in 1976 and have been members of Temple Bnai Israel since then. Helene has been active in the sisterhood and the Hadassah St. Petersburg board and Barry volunteers at the Clearwater Free Clinic. They have two married sons and four grandchildren (in Miami and Atlanta). There will be a celebration May 5 as friends and family join them at Bellissimo Banquet Hall.Simcha in JapanThe Shapiro family recently participated in a wonderful simcha an international Seder. Parents Risa and Alan Shapiro from Indian to Japan to get in a visit with their son, Evan, a University of Florida student who is spending his last year of studying international relations in Japan. Their daughter, Rachel, who lives in Brooklyn, joined them for the trip and all were invited to a Chabad Seder just outside of Osaka. There were more than 200 guests, many of them travelers looking to connect with other Jewish people for the holiday. It was such a joy hearing all the familiar prayers and songs being chanted by Jewish people from all over the world. We are grateful to Chabad for holding such a wonderful event, Risa Shapiro said. JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 15 APRIL 6 19, 2018 727.789.2000 OBITUARIES of Jewish community members, both local residents and individuals whose survivors live in the area, are published as a FREE public service in the Jewish Press of Pinellas County, based on information supplied by the family to the funeral home. Informaiton may also be submitted directly in writing to the Jewish Press. Email to or send to PO Box 6970, Clearwater, FL 33758. Be sure to include contact information. The information contained in the published obituary is at the discretion of the Jewish Press. dwd tyb hrwbq tyb A Sacred Trust Michael, Mandi, David, Pati and Steven GrossDAVID C. GROSSFUNERAL HOMES 6366 Central Avenue St. Petersburg Fl 33707(727) 381-4911Reform Conservative OrthodoxGeneration to Generation, our reputation for superior service and fair pricing has made us the areas most often chosen Jewish funeral provider.THE JEWISH FUNERAL HOMES OF PINELLAS & PASCO COUNTIES830 N. Belcher Road Clearwater, Fl 33765 Michael, Mandi, David, Pati and Steven Gross P.S. As always, Im looking forward to hearing about all your family simchas. Photos are welcome, too. Send information to: Sincerely Yours, P.O. Box 6970, Clearwater, FL 33758, or e-mail 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 IRA PAUL DIAMOND, 66, of Largo, died April 1. He was the owner of D & D Battery. Survivors include his mother Dorothy; two brothers and sisters-inlaw, Stuart and Marsha Diamond and Jim and Linda Diamond; sister and brother-in-law Judy and Allan Kaplan. The family suggest memorials be made cago, (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel) ELEANOR PERLMAN, 97, of Largo, died March 22. A native of Chicago, she was a homemaker. (David C. Gross Funeral Home, Clearwater Chapel) DR. STEPHEN GARY WEISS, 78, of Gulfport died March 29. He was born in Parkchester in the Bronx. In his youth, he served as a counselor at Camp Ramapo, a summer camp in upstate New York for children with emotional, learning and/or social challenges. He served as a professor of education at New York University for 40 years. Additionally, he had a private psychotherapy practice in Manhattan. Survivors include his wife of 21 years Dr. Eileen Weiss; two sons and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Shasta Weiss, and Sam Weiss; and two grandsons. The family suggests memorials be made to Lewy Body Dementia Association, (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)(L-R) Evan, Rachel, Alan and Risa Shapiro stand outside the Chabad for the Kansai region of Japan.WOMENbefore the ceremony. A light snack of tea sandwiches and pastries will be offered and all foods will be dairy and/or parve. This years participating organizations and their honorees sent are: Benjamin Tower Foundation, Barbara Jean (B.J.) Murphy; Congregation Beth Shalom, Anne deMarlor ; Congregation Beth Shalom Sisterhood, Esther Schwegman; Congregation Bnai Israel, Sandy Brasch; Congregation Bnai Israel Sisterhood, Jacqueline Wertel ; Florida Holocaust Museum, Debbie Heilweil; Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services, Jan Sher; Hadassah St. Petersburg Chapter, Laurie Reiskind; Hadassah Lylah Pinellas Chapter, Terri Tankel; Hadassah North Pinellas Chapter, Janice Caine and Betty Slavney; Israel Bonds, Dr. Leslie Weiss, zl; Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties, Barbara Eisenman; Jewish Genealogical Society, Linda Zolinsky; Jewish Womens International, Lynn Brodsky; Menorah Manor, Susan Berman; Tampa Bay Job Links, Starr Silver ; Temple Ahavat Shalom, Paula Rosoff; Temple Ahavat Shalom Sisterhood, Marlene Wain; Temple Beth-El, Sonya Miller zl; Temple Bnai Israel, Barbara Goldberg and Temple Bnai Israel Sisterhood, Katie Blaxberg. Tickets ange from $36 to $118. Temple Beth-El is located at 400 S. Pasadena Ave., St. Petersburg. For more information and to RSVP, contact or call (727) 530-3223. WASHINGTON (JTA) Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said Israel has a right to exist as a state, but stopped short of saying it should be recognized as a Jewish state. The remarks by the prince, Saudis effective ruler, incrementally advanced Saudi Arabias willingness to publicly engage with Israel. In an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg, the editor of The Atlantic cepted Israels right to exist as a leader. The interview was posted on Monday. April 2. Mohammed avoided Goldbergs question as to whether he would recognize Israel as a Jewish state, a key Israeli demand of any permanent Israeli-Palestinian agreement. I believe that each people, anywhere, has a right to live in their peaceful nation, he said. I believe the Palestinians and the Israelis have the right to have their own land. But we have to have a peace agreement to assure the stability for everyone and to have normal relations. Since 2002, Saudi Arabia has embraced the Arab League peace plan, which would recognize Israeli statehood, but conditions such recognition on an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement based on the 1967 lines. Mohammed also said that Saudis had no religious problem with Israel as a whole, but with the control of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, a site known to Muslims as Haram as-Sharif that is holy to both faiths, and with Palestinian rights. Under Mohammed, who last year consolidated his power in Saudi Arabia, longstanding secret ties with Israel have become more open; Saudi Arabia recently by non-Israel carriers to travel through Saudi airspace. Saudi Arabia and Israel have long shared intelligence about their common enemy in the region, Iran. Mohammed said Israels commercial ties with Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries would likely Israel is a big economy compared to their size and its a growing economy, and of course, there are a lot of interests we share with Israel and if there is peace, there would be a lot of interest between Israel and the Gulf Cooperation Council countries and countries like Egypt and Jordan, he said. The GCC, an economic umbrella led by Saudi Arabia, encompasses most countries in the Persian Gulf. Reuters reported that Mohammeds father, King Salman, emphasized in a statement distributed through state media the kingdoms steadfast position towards the Palestinian issue and the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people to an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital. In the Atlantic interview, Mohammed repeated his claim that Irans supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was worse than Hitler, a comparison that made headlines when he made it last month in a 60 Minutes interview. I believe the Iranian supreme leader makes Hitler look good, the prince said. Hitler didnt do what the supreme leader is trying to do. Hitler tried to conquer Europe. The supreme leader is trying to conquer the world. Last week, Mohammed participated in an off-the-record interfaith meeting that included three American rabbis: Rabbi Steven Wernick, head of United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism; Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism; and Allen Fagin, executive vice president of the Orthodox Union. He also met separately with the heads of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, American Jewish Committee, Anti-Defamation League, Conference of President of Major American Jewish Organizations, Bnai Brith International and Jewish Federations of North America.Saudi crown prince says Israel has right to exist as a state


The Florida Holocaust Museum held cer emonies on Monday, March 26 to dedicate a ated by the late Sidney Fagin as an homage to a young Jewish poet who died in Auschwitz during the Holocaust. On hand for the event was Fagins widow, Holocaust survivor Helen N. Fagin of Sarasota, who donated the sculpture to the museum in St. Petersburg. Helen played a key role in the founding of the Florida Holocaust Museum and served on its board of directors from 2002-2007. She received the Loebenberg Humanitarian Award in 2005. Helen was also instrumental in establishing the Holocaust Memorial sculpture in Miami Beach. The sculpture is inspired by a poem written by 21-year-old Pavel Friedman on April 6, 1942 at the time of his incarceration at Ter ezin, prior to his deportation to Auschwitz, and his ultimate death. The poem was about life in a Jewish concludes: A Miami building contractor, Sidney Fagin took up sculpting in his retirement. His 9-foot sculpture, Benediction, graces the courtyard of the Kendall Jewish Community Center. at the Fagin Holocaust Collection in New Colleges Jane Bancroft-Cook Library in Sarasota. He created that sculpture at age 90. During the March 26 program, Helen and her sister, Terrie, shared their story of survival during the Holocaust with a visiting middle school group. Helen was born in Radomsko, Poland, and was the middle of three sisters. Before the war broke out, she experienced anti-Sem itism at Jagiellonian University. The Jews were forced into a ghetto in Radomsko and forbidden from going to school, but Helen PAGE 14 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY APRIL 6 19, 2018 The Florida Orchestra is partnering with the Florida Holocaust Museum for its upcoming perfor mances of Verdis to tell the story of how the work became in the Theresiendstadt/Terezin Concentration Camp. The performances, April 20-22, will feature the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, under the baton of Music Director Michael Francis. At the beginning of each perfor mances, the Holocaust Museums Executive Director Elizabeth Gelman and Florida Orchestra President & CEO Michael Pastconnection between the and Terezn.   A free pre-concert talk starting one hour before each performance will take an in-depth look at the There is an enduring fallacy that Jews did not resist the Nazis during the Holocaust. There were many methods of resistance including armed struggles and uprisings, as well as more spiritual how prisoners of Theresienstadt used music to resist Nazi efforts to degrade, deprive and dehumanLocated 30 miles north of Prague, Terezin/Theresienstadt was turned into a Jewish ghetto and concentration camp by the Nazis after their occupation of Czechoslovakia. The camp was unusual in that inmates included Jewish scholars and scientists as well as internationally renowned artists, musicians and actors such as Czech composer Rafael Schchter and the famous German rabbi Leo Baeck. 150 singers who met for months in a dimly lit basement to learn the Verdi Using a single vocal score, he taught the complex music through rote and repetition, accompanied only by piano. Schchter conducted 16 performances of the for other prisoners. Replacements for chorus members were needed at least three times, as transports of prisoners were continually sent to the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp. The actions of the prisoners of Terezin to hold onto their humanity through the arts and sciences zis. The performances of the Verdi later became known We wanted to sing to the Nazis in Latin what we never could say to them in German: that when the supreme judge sits in judgment, Krasa, a member of the camps chorus, told the in a 2002 interview. He died at age 92 in 2017. These performances allowed the performers and the audiences to immerse themselves into the world of art and happiness, forget the reality of ghetto life and depor tations, and gather strength to betKrasa said. Rewas on June 23, 1944 when allowed to make an inspection of the camp, which was cleaned and dressed up to give the impression that the Jews had a good life in Terezin. The singers hoped that the inspectors would hear the theme were completely taken in by the Nazi efforts. Holocaust architect as having said, Those crazy Jewsthe Florida Orchestra has selected to perform the Verdis is sublime all on its own. When you know this amazing connection with Terezin, it makes both the music and the story even more powerful. There is no doubt everyone in the concert tras Pastreich. Concerts will be held at the Straz Center in Tampa on Friday, April 20 at 8 p.m.; the Mahaffey Theater in downtown St. Petersburg on Saturday, April 22 and at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Sunday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $15 and are avail able at or by calling (727) 892-3337 or (800) 662-7286. Children and teens 5-18 get in free with Classical Kids tickets, available in advance.Florida Orchestra to perform, tell story of Verdi work known as Holocausts Deant RequiemWalter Loebenberg, founder of the Florida Holocaust Museum, greets Helen Fagin, sitting next to the sculpture which she donated to the museum. Standing to the left of Loebenberg is Mermelstein, the museums senior educator, and to his right, Fagins sister, Terrie.Sculpture inspired by Buttery poems author dedicated at Florida Holocaust Museum taught her younger sister and other children in secret. She read to them from Though their parents were taken away on a raid, Helen and her sisters managed to hide. Later Helen escaped from She and her sisters secured false papers for themselves from the underground, which kept them alive until liberation. After the war, Helen immigrated to the United States, taught herself English and earned a Ph.D. from the University of Miami, where she became a professor of English and the director of Judaic Studies. Helen has received awards for her work promoting tolerance and in 1994, President Clinton invited her to be on the advisory Washington D.C. She also held an advisory position in the development of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.


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