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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 33758-6970ADVERTISEMENT VOL. 32, NO. 19 ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA APRIL 20 MAY 3, 2018 16 PAGES Join our page @ Meet Rabbi Jacob Luski, Did you know?who has served the Congregation Bnai Israel community for 40 years. Rabbi Luskis service was celebrated recently at the Chaivana Nights event, recognizing his work and wishing him well on his approaching retirement. rfntbb The Jewish FederationOF PINELLAS & PASCO COUNTIES, FL nntb fnn fnf DO GOOD EVERYWHERE. FROM ANYWHERE. DO GOOD EVERYWHERE. FROM ANYWHERE. DO GOOD EVERYWHERE. FROM ANYWHERE. fRabbi Luski arrived in the United States in 1960 at the age of 11, joined by nearly 100 members of his family from Cuba. His rst leadership role was as president of the Temple Israel Youth Group in Charlotte, North Carolina. By THAIS LEON-MILLER Jewish PressNot even a tornado watch could keep away the approximately 300 attendees of the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties Israel Independence celebration Sunday, April 15 in Largo. Community members of all ages braved the wind and rain to take silly photos in front of a royal blue, crushed velvet backdrop and watch youngsters get their faces painted and jump around in a bounce house that rooms in the main gallery of the Pinewood Cultural Park. Falafel, hummus and Israeli salad were served inside while hot dogs and chips were available outside. The deejay played music while children ran around with blue and white balThere was fun and games, but there was also a more somber tone of discussion. Former Eric Lynn spoke about the Israeli rocket defense system, the Iron Dome, and his part in making sure the program got off the ground under the Obama administration. Rain cant dampen spirits for Israels 70th birthday Members of the Clearwater Chapter of Jewish Women International (JWI), recently donated a new childrens library at CASA, (Community Action Stops Abuse), south Pinellas Countys domestic abuse shelter. The library at CASA is the 68th to open as part of the JWI National Library Initiative and the third one to open in Florida. The other two in the state are in Naples and Miami. The national goal is to establish 100 childrens libraries in domestic violence shelters across the country in conjunction with JWIs mission to end domestic and sexual violence against women and girls. The library initiative puts the children front and center by providing a comfort that only a good book and a safe place can provide. Kids escaping volatile and dangerous homes are at high risk of falling behind grade level at school, said CASAs CEO Lariana Forsythe. That is why JWIs childrens library at CASAs emergency shelter is so important. It will provide key learning resources to the 50-60 kids staying at our shelter each night. Integrated with our other programs for children and their guardians, it will be a critical resource helping families break the generational cycle of violence. The money to completely furnish the CASA library and stock the shelves was raised primarily by the members of the JWI Clearwater Chapter. It was truly a dream come true. As a National Board of Trustees member, I had heard about the libraries and when CASA announced their new facility, I asked the Clearwater Chapter to sponsor a library there. The members JWI chapter donates library for children at abuse shelterBy BOB FRYER Jewish PressWhen Rabbi Ed Rosenthal, founder of the Scubi Jew scuba diving program at Eckerd College, got a call from the Hillel program director at the University of Arizona, asking about starting a Scubi Jew chapter there, Rosenthals reaction was, Dude, you live in the desert. The program director, who had read about the scuba diving program in a magazine highlighting college Hillel organizations across the nation, was not put off by Rabbi Rosenthals reaction and said there was strong interest in starting a chapter there. He also pointed out that the University of Arizona is closer to the Sea of Cortez than Eckerd College is to the Florida Keys. Soon, a chapter was formed and the Arizona students wound up on spring break diving trip to Key Largo to help clean up waters after Hurricane Irma ravaged the area. While Rosenthal chuckled over the exchange with the Arizona program director, he is actually very proud and, he added, a little amazed by how the Scubi Jew program has grown and its prospects for future growth.Scubi Jew appeal blooms even in the Arizona desert Emma McIntyre/Getty ImagesPortman wont go pick up prize due to beef with BibiPhoto courtesy of CASA (JTA) Natalie Portman said she wouldnt attend a prize ceremony in Israel because of her feelings about its prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and atrocities committed on his watch, but emphasized that she would not shun Israel itself. The Jerusalemborn director and actor, posting comments on Instagram, explained her decision not to accept in person the $2 million Genesis Prize, which calls itself the Jewish Nobel, after a day of speculation in the media that she was turning down the prize because she was joining the movement to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel, known as BDS. The prize foundation had the day before announced Portmans decision not to attend the ceremony. I chose not to attend because I did not want to appear as endorsing Benjamin Netanyahu, who was to be giving a speech at the ceremony, said Portman, who in 2011 won a best actress Oscar for Black Swan By the same token, I am not part of the BDS movement and do not endorse it, Portman said. Like many Israelis and Jews around the world, I can be critical of the leadership in Israel without wanting to boycott the entire nation, she said. I treasure my Israeli friends and family, Israeli food, books, art, cinema, and dance. Israel was created exactly 70 years ago as a haven for refugees from the Holocaust. But the mistreatment of those suffering from todays atrocities is simply not in line with my Jewish values. Because I care about Israel, I must stand up against violence, corruption, inequality, and abuse of power. She did not explain what she was referring to by atrocities. Israel has drawn sharp criticism in recent months for confrontations with Palestinian protesters on its Gaza border. Israeli troops have killed more than 30 Palestinians and wounded hundreds. Israel says the protesters are not peaceful and have tossed rocks and explosive devices at troops.


PAGE 2 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY APRIL 20 MAY 3, 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.orgMAY 4Press Release ........Apr 20 Advertising .............Apr 24MAY 18Press Release .........May 4 Advertising ..............May 8JUNE 15Press Release ........June 1 Advertising .............June 5 CONGRATULATIONSTO THIS YEARS HONOREES Sonya Miller Award CeremonyBenjamin Tower Foundation: Barbara Jean (BJ) MurphyAnne DeMarlor Esther SchwegmanSandy Brasch Jacqueline WertelDebbie Heilweil Jan SherLaurie ResikindTerri Tankel Janice Caine & Betty SlavneyLeslie Weiss, zl Barbara EisenmanLinda Zolinsky Lynn BrodskySusan Berman Starr Silver Marlene WainSonya Miller, zl Barbara GoldbergKatie Blaxberg 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, Pirate Ship, Splash Harbour & Luau! Sabrim Summer Program for grades 6 to 10includes community service hours!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 CONGRATULATIONS CONGRATULATIONS CONGRATULATIONS CONGRATULATIONS CONGRATULATIONS CONGRATULATIONS Want More Events? Visit us online at for all of the Jewish events happening in our community! Want More Apr 22 YAD Mini-Golf OutingApr 29 Sonya Miller Women of DistinctionMay 12 YAD Lag BOmer Boat BashMay 20 Jewish Genealogy Society & FHM EventMay 29 St. Pete Happy Hour with YADJune 13 Seminole Happy Hour with YADJune 22 YAD Shabbat DinnerJuly 17. Happy Hour at Jimmy Bs with YADYoung Adult Division (YAD) Events: See for full details


JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 3 APRIL 20 MAY 3, 2018 Perspective PerspectiveEmilie SocashExecutive Director, Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties 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 Bringing the body and mind Together using Posture, balance and meditation JOIN US!Tuesdays 9:45 11 a.m. (sign in/sele in 9:30 a.m.)TEMPLE BNAI ISRAEL1685 S. Belcher Road, Clearwater, FL $10 Drop In For more information call, text or email Jamie Grollman Yoga Instructor (941) 539-3987 (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 Floral Design Studio 6700 Central Ave., St. Petersburg local and worldwide delivery Weddings Events Bar/Bat MitzvahsRedman Steele 727.343.1020 Ive been writing this column for just under three years now, and early on in my decision to use this space to connect with the community, I created some parameters and goals. Most of all, I wanted to write a piece that would drive connections: by sharing thoughts, ideas, interesting news, and commentary, I could reach more members of the community than a normal work week allows. I could put a face on our Federation, convey the areas that I am well-versed in (and explore those that Im not), and generally share a personal window into my world a world which is focused on building a better world. Ive been pleased with the results, both in terms of supportive responses often received by email and in terms of movement in our event attendance, volunteer participation, and Federation giving all of I also made the commitment to myself that I would not be heavy-handed in promoting solely the work of the Federation, and that Id ask for campaign support very infrequently. Infrequent is now, and I hope that youll consider my plea carefully. Ive worked with three Federations the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland, the Tampa Jewish Community Center and Federation, and now here and in each of these very different communities, the Federation model has a reputation of always asking for money. This isnt unique to these three communities, but I do think it speaks to an existential crisis that the Federation model itself is undergoing in making the very important work we do more visible, more relevant, and perhaps more broad in scope. What we do matters! is a rallying cry, but unfortunately is often followed with, Heres your pledge card! I am tremendously proud of the work that our Federation fundraising makes possible, but in our Pinellas and Pasco region, Im even prouder of the collaborative and visionary work that is executed by the entirety of our Jewish community institutions, working together in shaping an increasingly vibrant and connected community. This is unusual, and something that should be celebrated and supported. From the Federation perspective, we are touching more lives than ever: the Jewish Community Camp, the Federation Fellows program, our festivals and events, summer camp scholarships, Israel missions, leadership development, and so much more all enhances Jewish life in Pinellas and Pasco Counties. Looking more broadly, our entire community will honor two dozen women on April 29 at the Sonya Miller Women of Distinction Award event, and well again lead the charge in a coordinated eventplanning effort in our annual community calendar meeting in mid-May. Were collectively wrestling with the results from our recent demographic study, forming action plans around Israel, visibility, and responding to the demographics, and were determining what we want our But theres much work left to do. And thats where you come in.Can you do me a favor?Gloria Steinem once said, It is more rewarding to watch money change the world than watch it accumulate. At its core, what our community makes possible is only made possible by caring individuals who contribute of their time and of their treasure. At this time of year, as each of our organizations including munity see the best year yet, I want to ask a favor from you. If you havent made your gift to the Federation or your Jewish cause of choice, could you do so now? If you have time to contribute as an empty nester, as a new parent with a few hours in the day, as an active senior looking to do good and be social please connect now. What does more money mean for our community, though? And what types of volunteers are needed? More money means more change. Consider: dozens of kids in our area are able to attend Jewish sleep-away summer camps and have Israel experiences that, without these funds, would otherwise be more kids having Jewish experiences. zations (primarily the Jewish Federations of North America, the American Joint Distribution Committee, and the Jewish Agency for Israel), hundreds of individuals of all ages are able to connect with Israel in a meaningful way through our community Israel ambassador program (in which we have a young Israeli working in our community for a year) and were also able to touch thousands of lives in Israel through programs like the Ethiopian National Project, Leket, and the Society for Preservation of Nature in Israel, to name just a few. More funding means improving more Israeli lives. dized by our communitys fundraising, so that everyone who wants to be in the know about our Jewish world can do so. More funding means reaching and connecting more people. the Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival, the Tampa Bay Jewish Food Festival, and Israel Independence Day let us celebrate our culture and heritage in meaningful ways. More funding means creating a bigger tent under which we can gather! The community needs you now. derway in revitalizing our community by visiting to give of your time, talent, and treasure. A visit to this website can connect you with the entirety of our Jewish world in a way that means an even brighter tomorrow. Liked it? Loathed it? Want to react? I would welcome your feedback and can be reached at


weekly social and spiritual boost with friends over a round-table discussion led by Chaya Korf on Tuesdays, May 1, 8 and 15 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Delve into the book for this year T owards a Meaningful Life, by Simon Jacobson. Well share strategies, tips and suggestions for not only discovering where your true meaning lies, but also making it a part of your daily existence. These sessions will help you see life as the mysterious, challenging and satisfying wonder that it really is. Enjoy coffee, fruit and homemade pastries free of charge. Walk-ins are welcome. RSVP to Beth-El St. PetersburgShabbat on the Block: Friday, May 11, is the last opportunity this year to attend a Shabbat on the Block event at the home of a congregant. This is a smaller, intimate alternative service and potluck dinner. Bring a dish. RSVP to Brotherhood schmooze: Families are invited to hang out and relax while children attend religious school classes. Enjoy a bagel and a cup of coffee while you read the Sunday paper. Cong. Beth Shalom ClearwaterLag BOmer picnic: Enjoy a fun time in the botanical garden outside the synagogue in celebration of Lag BOmer on Wednesday, May 2, beginning at 5:30 p.m. There will be food and beverages and a bounce house for children. There is no charge to attend. RSVP to (727) 531-1418. Beach service: Welcome Shabbat at Clearwater Beach on Friday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m. For location, go to www. Yoga Shabbasana: Greet the new day with a blend of gentle yoga and prayer from the Jewish tradition on Saturday, May 5 at 9:15 a.m. This is open to all levels Wear comfortable clothes for movement. Bring a mat and towel. Due to limited space, the class is able to accommodate 15 people. Call the synagogue Civil War talk: On Sunday, April 29 at noon, Dr. Eric Steckler will speak on Jews and the Battle of Gettysburg. The event is sponsored by the Brotherhood. Talmud classes: On Mondays and most Wednesdays, explore ancient legal tradition with Dr. Priscilla Nathanson The class is open to all levels of knowledge. The Monday class is held after minyan from 10 11:15 a.m. and the Wednesday class is at 7 p.m. Contact Lox & Learn: Led by Rabbi David Weizman, explore the weekly Torah portion every Thursday following minyan. Breakfast begins at 9:45 a.m. and the study session at 10 a.m. Temple Bnai Israel ClearwaterTot Shabbat & pot luck dinner: On Friday May 4 at 5:30 p.m. there will be a special service geared to the pre-school crowd followed by a pot luck. If you wish to bring a dish, contact the temple at (727) 531-5829. Mystery trip: An out of this world mystery adventure for youths in grades 8-12 will be offered on Saturday, May 5. The bus will leave the temple at 7:30 a.m. and return the teens from the surprise trip at 11:30 p.m. Cost is $140. To reserve your spot, contact Dani Gamson at Cinema Caf: The temple will show the movie Israel: A Nation is Born, on Sunday, May 6 at 1 p.m. Popcorn and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. There is no charge for members and friends. A night to celebrate: The new temple board will be installed and the third-grade religious school class will receive their own siddurim at a Kabbalat Hasiddur ceremony during Shabbat eve services on Friday, May 11, at 6 p.m. This will be followed by an Israeli dinner. The cost is $13.50 per adult and $9 per child. Come early to mingle and nosh at 5 p.m. Dinner reservations are required. To RSVP, call (727) 531-5829. 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 play time: Join active seniors and play mah jongg, Mexican Train Dominoes or Bridge on Thursdays at 1 p.m. Coffee and cake is served. For more information, contact Linda White at or (727) 6880626. Sunday funday: Preschoolers and their parents can enjoy playtime on Sunday, May 20 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. when the children can meet one another and engage in fun activities. Non-members are welcome. Call the ing information at (727) 531-5829.Chabad of ClearwaterGive Day competition: Last year Chabad of Clearwater received more donations than any other group and won $11,000 in prize money during Give Day Tampa Bay, a 24-hour online giving chal-Cong. Bnai Israel St. Petersburg Educators Shabbat: A special Shabbat service recognizing the importance of education in our society and the role educators have in our daily lives will be held on Saturday, May 5 at 9 a.m., followed by a breakfast kiddush. Shabbat on the Beach: Greet Shabbat with sandy feet and a joyful heart at Upham Beach on Friday, May 11. Young families (and the young-at-heart) are invited to bring a dairy picnic and beach toys to make sandcastles beginning at 5 p.m. prior to a musical Kabbalat Shabbat service for the whole community at 6:15 p.m. Take Gulf Boulevard to 68th Avenue and go two blocks. There will be metered parking that ends at 8 p.m. In case of rain the service will be at the synagogue. Fashion show: Take in an evening of friends, fun, and fashions sponsored by the Sisterhood and modeled by the women of Congregation Bnai Israel, on Wednesday, May 9 at 7 p.m. There will be wine, cheese and fancy desserts included with vegan options available. The cost is $5 for Sisterhood members with a donation to the Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services food pantry, or $18 without donation and for non-members. RSVP to Billie Bornstein at or (727) 455-1726. Mothers Day Brunch: Honor the important women in your life with a Sunday brunch with the whole mishpacha on Sunday, May 13 at 10:30 a.m. The cost is $20 for adults and $12 for children (ages 4-18), Women of the congregation eat for free. RSVP by Monday, May 7 to Pam Askin at This event is hosted by the Mitzvah Mens Club. Torah for Seniors: Rabbi Jacob Luski meets with seniors for a monthly Torah discussion at Philip Benjamin Tower. The next session will be on Tuesday, May 8 at 11 a.m. Talmud Made Easy: On Tuesdays 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. 4900 or for details.Chabad of St. PetersburgLag BOmer family barbecue: Bring your favorite musical instrument on Thursday, May 3 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and klezmer music. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children until April 25, then it is $12 for adults and $7 per child. RSVP at or call (727) 344-4900. Womens Book Club: Get your PINELLAS COUNTYReformTemple AHAVAT SHALOM Temple BETH-EL Congregation BNAI EMMUNAH 34689 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 20 MAY 3, 2018 Congregations Rabbinically Speaking Rabbinically Speaking Shabbat Candle Lighting Times I hope that you and your loved ones celebrated a liberating, uplifting and Happy Passover. The current calendar period, following Passover and leading up to the holiday of Shavuot, when G-d When our ancestors left Egypt, they eagerly proceeded toward Mount Sinai to receive the Torah. We, too, look forward to reliving that experience, and count the days as we prepare to celebrate the purpose the counting of the Omer. In fact, it is customary that both men and women refrain from work from sunset until after counting the Omer. The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, points out that the word Seing, also shares a connection with the word Sapir, which means sapphire, and is something that shines. As can well be imagined, after hundreds of years of Egyptian slavery, the Jews spiritual morale was at the bottom of the barrel. They werent exactly ready for the great G-dly revelations that they merited during the Exodus. And so, beginning one day after safely checking out of Egypt, they got to work on their spiritual side. As they counted the days toward receivshine. We are now 3330 years from that great escape, but every year we still keep counting, and spiritually keep in mind that we are lucky to be G-ds chosen people, and fortunate that He has given us His holy Torah. we are reminded that time is precious. Lets not waste our limited time here on Earth. Every day, indeed every hour and minute is a wonderful gift from the One Above, and by properly utilizing our time, we can be assured of amazing results. Lets welcome each day with increased Torah study and conducting ourselves better than ever. In the book, Hayom Yom, the 6th Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, of righteous memory, is quoted as saying One must be vigilant with time. One must take upon oneself the yoke of Torah. Every period of time, every day that passes, is not just a day but a lifes concern. With the summer fast approaching, I hope you will think about the aforementioned points. I wish you a healthy summer, and hope you will be able to make the most out of your time, making it productive as well. The Rabbinically Speaking column is provided as a public service by the Jewish Press. Columns are assigned on a rotating basis by the Pinellas County Board of Rabbis. The views expressed in this guest column are those of the rabbi and do not necessarily Rabbis. By RABBI LEVI HODAKOV Chabad of ClearwaterMake the most of your time


national military cemetery on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem. start of Israel Independence Day. To me, Yom Hazikaron has always been a private person my fathers brother, Herzl. My father is the oldest of child. I was always afraid to bring up the subject of Herzl, because in my mind bringing up his name involved a lot of got the courage to ask my dad about his beloved brother, thinking how to approach the subject without hurting too much. who Herzl was, it was obvious to see how much my dad misses him still, no matter how long ago it happened. Herzl was an A student who loved crafts, art and music. Its amazing to hear how much he had done. According to my dad everyone loved him and wanted to be in his company. Herzl had only been in the army a few months when is appropriate for non-Jewish spouses and significant 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. The rabbi will provide tools from the social sciences and from 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. Call the to join.Temple Beth David Spring HillLag BOmer: Celebrate Lag BOmer on Wednesday, May marshmallows for roasting will be provided and songs. Bring your favorite musical instrument and a chair or blanket to sit on to the gathering on the green just outside the temple. Temple history lesson: Diane Paskowitz, the first lay leader of Temple Beth David, will take folks on a journey through the history and highlights that made the temple what it is today on Sunday, May 6 at 2 p.m. RSVP by April 27 to Eileen Beaman at ebeaman@bellsouth. net or (352) 796-4679 or to Nancy Schreiber at nancytbd@gmail. com or (305) 439-7427. 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.Chabad of Spring HillTorah studies: The community 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. Brunch and coffee will be served. class. For more information, call (352) 600-2779. Fashion Show: Temple Beth David will host Shabby Chic Fashions on Sunday, June 3 at noon. Fashions will be shown by Southern Sisters Boutique specializing in gently used womens clothing. Also featured at this event will be door prizes, contests, and a Chinese auction. Lunch will be provided by Panera Bread and entertainment will be by Nadine Joy. There is no cost for children age 3 and under. It is $8 for those 3-10, and the cost is $18 for all other guests $18. RSVP by May 24. To RSVP and for more information, call Mickie at (352) 597-7393.Chabad of West PascoLag BOmer barbecue: Join in a Lag BOmer family barbecue on Thursday, May 3 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Champion Club Clubhouse, 101 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity. There will be music, entertainment for all ages, hotdogs and hamburgers. The cost is $10 per person of $15 per family. To RSVP, contact the Chabad center. Classes with the rabbi: Rabbi Yossi Eber teaches weekly classes, alternating between Torah study and the Tanya, on Mondays at 7 p.m. 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. Israel has made it to 70. It is so young, yet we have achieved so much. Israel has advanced technology, education, medical systems, army you name it weve got it. Still, until this day, Israel needs to protect its citizens from others who want to sabotage its peace. On Israels Independence Day we celebrate how successful it has become and the continuation of this success, but it wasnt easy to achieve. A day before the celebration we remind ourselves the price we paid for this success by commemorating all Israeli military personnel who lost their lives in the struggle that led to the establishment of the state of Israel and those who have been killed subsequently while on active duty in Israels armed forces. That day is called Yom Hazikaron Remembrance Day or Memorial Day for the Fallen soldiers of Israel and Victims of Terrorism. As of Yom Hazikaron in 2018 the number of fallen is 23,645. The day opens with a siren the preceding evening at 8 p.m., given that in the Hebrew calendar system, a day begins at sunset. A siren is heard all over the country and lasts for one minute, during which Israelis stop everything, including driving on highways, and stand in silence, commemorating the fallen and showing respect. By law, all places of entertainment are closed on the eve of Yom Hazikaron, and broadcasting and educational bodies note the solemnity of the day. Regular television programs cease for the day, and the names and ranks of every soldier who died for Israel are displayed in a 24hour television broadcast. A two-minute siren is sounded at 11 the following rial ceremonies and private remembrance gatherings at each cemetery where soldiers are buried. Many Israelis visit the resting places of loved ones throughout the day. JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY APRIL 20 MAY 3, 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 & Banquet Hall Bellissimo Italian Eatery Bellissimo Italian Eatery CATERING ON SITE: Weddings Business Meetingstt See What The Critics Are SayingAMAZING Simply, The BestSeating for up to 80 people10% OFFEntire Check Be Our Guest!With CouponCustomize your own event! Southern Italian cooking or other type of menus available Bar Mitzvahs Birthday PartiesRemembering the 23,645 whove died to keep Israel alive its personal Herzl Morlenge, and this year the Chabad center will be competing again. As an extra incentive to donate, all donors to Chabad of Clearwater will have a chance to win two roundtrip tickets to New York and for each donation, the Chabad will give an apple to a hungry person. The funds raised will go toward Chabads building campaign. Although Give Day is set for May 1, donations can already be made online by logging on to www. Last year, Give Day, sponsored by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, raised $1.75 million for 515 local Torah and tea: Rebbetzin Miriam Hodakov leads a Torah and Tea exclusively for women on Wednesdays at 11:15 a.m. There is no charge to attend. RSVP to or (727) 265-2770. Pray, eat, watch video: On Sundays from 9-10 a.m., feed your body and soul with a bagel and will be a short video presentation. There is no charge, and everyone is welcome. Study groups: Probe the ideas and issues presented in each weeks Torah portion on Mondays from 7-8 p.m. The Torah studies classes offer timely lessons for living. The class is free. Tanya class: A 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.Cong. Bnai Emmunah Tarpon SpringsLearn about Israel: The titled Israels Milestones and Their Meanings will be offered on Mondays 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. Introduction to Judaism: This class is offered on Mondays and Tuesdays from 5-7 p.m. weekly through May. 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.Temple Ahavat Shalom Palm HarborTemple family picnic: The temple will hold a picnic on Sunday, May 6 at 12:30 p.m. at Anderson Park/Shelter 6 in Tarpon Springs. Food and drinks with vegetarian options will be available. This evert is sponsored by the Brotherhood. Tot time: There will be an hour of activities incorporating music, literacy, Judaics and snacks for children ages 1-4 on Sunday, May 6 at 10 a.m. Tots are invited to bring a special adult with them. Tot Shabbat: Families with young children are invited to tot Shabbat services on Friday, May 11 at 6 p.m. There will be crafts, story time, singing, pizza, salad, and ice cream. Bring a favorite appetizer or dessert to share. The temple will observe Kosher-style using meat/poultry in your dish). Bring a friend or two. 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. No prior knowledge or attendance is required. The class will use the book The Torah: A Womans Commentary. Judaism basics: An Introduction to Judaism class is offered on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. This class, taught by Rabbi Gary Klein, the war, Herzl was on a Dabur class patrol boat heading toward south Sinai. His original assignment was to man the radar to detect if there were any enemy ships around. But when another soldier was wounded, he volunteered to be on the machine gun station. Herzl was shot by the Egyptian army and died that day. Herzl was 18. In my memory, Yom Hazikaron is the picture of my grandmother mourning the death of Herzl, sitting next to and confusing, because I couldnt really understand what was going on. Picture this: A kid, standing next to a grave of an uncle she never had the chance to meet, holding her mothers hand with her family next to her, seeing her grandmother sobbing, along with some other people she didnt know who mourned the death of their beloved ones. I was just to understand what was going on, and my grandparents were still alive, I prepared myself mentally for Yom Hazikaron. I knew how much Herzls memory was still so alive in my familys mind and I knew what a big sactrying to picture what life was like with him around. According to my relatives, after my grandparents got the news of their sons death my grandmother aged in an instant and my grandfather became very religious. I always knew they werent alone. Every year more and more parents join that circle that no one wants to be in. Yom Haatzmaut is bittersweet. Its the day we celebrate the State of Israel, right after we mourn the death of those whom without we couldnt have been here. Its also the day in which we remind ourselves that still, even


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PAGE 8 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY APRIL 20 MAY 3, 2018 rfrfn tbfbfbbfbfbrbb nbbbbbbbbbbb rrbnbb fffbffbrfnt nbbnnbr rfrbbb rrbtr r Visit us on both sides of the Bay Shipping and Gift Wrapping Available Hyde Park Village St. Petersburg 1619 W Snow Circle Tampa, FL 33606 813.831.2111 Shabbat Candlesticks Hamsa Necklace 300 Beach Drive NE St. Petersburg, FL 33701 727.894.2111 You can also shop online! The community is invited to a talk on Sunday, May 20, at the Florida Holocaust Museum on researching names of victims of what is known as the Holocaust by Bullets the mass shootings of more than 2 mil lion Jews by the Nazis and their collaborators during the Holocaust. The guest speaker will be Urszula Szczepinska, the curator of education and director of research for the museum, located in downtown St. Petersburg. Her appearance is jointly sponsored by the museum and the Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay. Members of both organizations as well as anyone interested in Jewish Genealogy and Holocaust research may attend the program at no charge.   Szczepinska will present online resources that have the most updated information based on the latest historical research.   She will also demonstrate how to use archival databases to look for information about individuals who perished in the Holocaust by Bullets. Retrieving identities of individual for the post-Holocaust generations. Szczepinska received the 2011 Outstanding Achievement Award from the Florida Association of Museums for her contributions to Yad Vashems Shoah Victims Names Recovery Project.   Prior to joining the museum 13 years ago, she worked at the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw and at the State Museum at Majdanek in Lublin, Poland.   She is responsible for the Shoah V ictims Names Recovery Project at the Florida Holocaust Museum in cooperation with Yad Vashem and has collected and submitted more than 700 pages of testimony from local survivors. Szczepinska is the author of a 155-page study guide for the traveling exhibition on the Holocaust by Bullets by the French organization YahadIn Unum, which works to locate execution sites and mass graves. She has taught the subject to various audiences, including honors classes at USF Tampa. Registration for the event begins at the museum at at 2 p.m. Following the talk, an optional self-guided tour of the museum will be offered at no charge to mem bers of either sponsoring organizations.   Non-members may tour at a reduced charge of $9.   For more information about this program, call Szczepinska at (727) 820-0100, ext. 241; for more information about the Florida Holocaust Museum, visit The museum is located at 55 5th St. S., St. Petersburg. For more information on the Genealogical Society, call Bruce Hadburg at (727) 796-7981 or go to www. For those planning to include a tour of the museum, advanced registration is requested by calling Sally Israel at (727) 343-1652.Public invited to talk on Holocaust by Bullets Urszula SzczepinskaA new exhibition, A European Escape: The Journey of the Neustein Family, is now on display at the Florida Holocaust Museum. These items, now part of the museums permanent collection, were recently donated and are available to After a visit to the museum last year, Colin Jenkins contacted the museums exhibitions staff to ask if they would have any interest in accepting his grandfathers Austrian passport as a donation. When museum staff members met to accept the donation, he brought a treasure-trove of other objects related to his family. Jenkins donated a total of 118 items, including identiphotographs from before and after the war and original artwork created by his grandmother Lucie. On a recent visit to my mothers home in Scotland, I came across a considerable variety of material relating to my familys experience during the Holocaust. I am donating this collection to the Florida Holocaust Museum both to honor their memory and to share a written and visual record of their lives before, during, and after WWII. I hope this will be of interest and value to those who view it, said Jenkins, who recently moved to this area from the United Kingdom. One of the best things about working for the Florida Holocaust Museum is meeting survivors and children of survivors and hearing their stories. Even better is being honored with the responsibility of retelling their stories when being entrusted with their original materials family treasures, really that help recount individuals experiences, said Erin Blankenship, the museums curator of exhibitions and collections. Jenkins grandparents, Lucie and Leopold Neustein, were originally from Lvov, Poland, but moved to Vienna in the 1920s. The couple had two children, Erik and Marietta. Leopold was a doctor of law but worked with his father-in-law in their timber export business. Lucie was an accomplished artist, trained at Viennas Academy of Art. After Anschluss in 1938 and the institution of antiJewish laws, it became apparent to the family that they had to leave their home. was considered an adult and was sent to an internment camp in Canada, due to initial fears that German Jewish refugees could be spies. The British also set up intern ment camps in Australia. Florida Holocaust Museum receives large artifact donation Lucie Neustein, Self Portrait. This painting was featured in the Austrian Art Magazine in March 1935.Photos courtesy of Florida Holocaust Museum permanent collection, gift of Colin Jenkins, son of Marietta Neustein.


JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 9 APRIL 20 MAY 3, 2018 SPONSORED BY MENORAH MANOR JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 9 APRIL 20 MAY 3, 2018 (727) 345-2775Marion and Bernard L. Samson Nursing Center Irv Weissman Adult Day Center Toby Weinman Assisted Living Residence Warren Simmons, a resident at the Toby Weinman Assisted Living Residence, and Rebecca Simmons, a resident at the Samson Nursing Center, have a unique love story: They became engaged ve minutes after they met. It happened in 1948, when they were both 27 years old. Rebecca was visiting from Israel and staying with mutual friends of Warrens in the Bronx, who suggested that the two of them meet. When Warren arrived to pick up Rebecca for their date, they walked out onto the street together. I looked at her, Warren said. I said to her, Id like to marry you. To Warrens delight, Rebecca asked if he would like to marry her yesterday or today. I said, if I could marry you today I would! Warren recalled. The rest is history. The couple got a marriage license and married 10 days later in City Hall. We still laugh about it to this day, Warren said. Who gets engaged ve minutes after they meet? For the next few years, they lived in New Jersey in a basement apartment. They later moved to New Orleans, where Rebeccas sister lived, and started a family. They have a daughter, Anita, and a son, Ronny. We have had a wonderful life, Warren said. We were always happy. You couldnt be happier. Warren, who worked at an oil company, said that he and Rebecca came up with an arrangement early in their relationship to keep them from arguing. Whenever there was an argument, one of us would go outside for a while. When we came back, we couldnt remember what we were even ghting about, Warren said. The couple traveled to many places together throughout their marriage, including New Zealand and Morocco. Re becca, who especially loves traveling and speaks English, Hebrew, French and Arabic, would sometimes take trips on her ownvisiting more than 120 countries. She loved it, Warren said. She made friends with everybody she met. Almost a decade ago, Rebecca and Warren moved to St. Petersburg to retire. In July 2017, they made the decision to move to Menorah Manor together. It is the best of both worlds; Warren lives at the Toby Weinman Assisted Living Residence, and Rebecca lives at the Samson Nursing Center next door. Because of their close distance, Warren and Rebecca are able to visit each other every day. Whenever we want to see each other, we see each other, Warren said. At the Samson Nursing Center, Rebecca likes to work out in the rehabilitation gym and attend musical performances. At the Toby Weinman Assisted Living Residence, Warren enjoys attending discussion groups and going on lunch outings. The couple also enjoys a variety of activities and holiday celebrations together, including weekly Shabbat dinners. This September, Rebecca and Warren will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary. We want to be together and help one another, Warren said. I would do anything in the world for her. Rebecca and Warren pose for a photo with their son, Ronny. Warren and Rebecca enjoy an event at the Toby Weinman Assisted Living Residence together. Rebecca Simmons as a young womanWarren and Rebeccas Love Story Graduates of the Jewish Leadership Training Institute (JLTI) are invited to an evening of reconnecting and networking during the programs JCCs and Federation and the Jewish Federation of positions on boards and committees of local Jewish organizations and agencies on both sides of the   catering purposes and to receive address details to who want to take a leadership role in making the Jew includes course materials and dinner during each ses The JLTI class of 20172018 graduated during a special ceremony at this years Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival. ( L-R) : Yoni Haim, Jeff Katzman, Aaron Slavin, Jessica Schneider, Lance Misztal, Luy Teitelroit, Brian Waksman, David Goldschein, Cory Kleinman, Lauryn Solomon, Loren Pincus, Abby Altman, Nathan Black and Jacklyn Steinberg. Not pictured: Michael Schwartz.Jewish Leadership Training Institute invites 13 years of alumni to rst reunion on May 23 Kindertransport and was sent to a The couple remained in France Central to the mission of the museum is the program to col to the public the historical record Snapshot of some of the items   Jenkins donated to the Florida Holocaust before and after the war and original artwork created by his grandmother Lucie.and artistic and interpretation of maintains the material that sup ports its efforts in the areas of re The focus of the museums   col experiences associated with the  


PAGE 10 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY APRIL 20 MAY 3, 2018 MAY 23 ~ JUNE 17ONLY online submissions will be accepted. Deadline for submission May 11, 2018 One submission per day allowed. Jewish Press Online Ticket Contest Win 2 TicketsAt American StageThe winner will be chosen from those correctly answering the following:To enter: Go to Name the biblical woman who said, Whither you go, I will go your people will be my people...STRAIT OF GIBRALTARTO THE FLORIDA PREMIERE OF A BOUTIQUE HOTEL BARSaturdays & Sundays 8 am noon $6 build your ownMOTHERS DAY BRUNCHMay 13 8 am 1 pm $20Reservations Recommended for parties of 6 or moreBIRTHDAYAuthor Lynda Lippman-Lock hart discussed her book, The Laundry Room, a historical novel that describes the courage of 45 young people who managed to manufacture the bullets that helped Israel become an independent state, all while under the noses of British They were pressing and washing British uniforms while creating ammunition underneath, said ever a story about being creative and courageous these people without those 9-mm bullets, there The work of photographer Erez Kaganovitz brought event guests from the stories of Israelis past to Humans of Tel Aviv exhibit mirrors the globally popular Humans of New York day people are photo subjects and the viewers gets small glimpses Humans of Tel Aviv showed the range of people and personalities that coexist in Tel Aviv and, perhaps unintentionally, compares and contrasts the simiis of a man dressed in drag during years ago you could be openly gay in the Israeli military and no one would make a fuss about it, said the His photo series, started in 2012, reaches 500,000 people around the world each month through his You just need to know your Even as the rain poured heavily outside, inside the audience participated in a ceremony and bis Gary Klein of Temple Ahavat cantorial soloist Laura Berkson accompanied by guitarist Blake Lenett and drummer Alan Feinrendition of Hava Nagila by Bash Entertainment as celebrants The rain began to let up just as Historian Jeff Lipkes will discuss the transformations undergone by the Tevye stories of the great Yidthe Atlantic, and what these changes reveal about American descendants of The talk will focus on how these Jews perceived their own past, their relations with gentiles, and especially interfeature a showing of Maurice Te vye (Y iddish with English In the discussion there will be a comparison of the discussion will be a consideration of the bible of the creators of Fiddler on the Roof, Mark Zborowski and Life Is With People In advance, attendees should watch on youtube the following musical numbers and excerpts from Fiddler Matchmaker, Fyedka and Chava, Perchik, and are available in three English translations for those Lipkes is the organizer of Humanistic Jews of Talk: Sholem Aleichem and Fiddling with Tradition


The Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties Jewish Community Camp will offer a program specially geared for the unique needs and discriminating tastes of campers entering grades six through 10. There will be three one-week sessions, each offering a personal development theme through a Jewish values lens: happiness, gratitude and purpose. Lisa Schmid, Community Camp administrator, said the Sabrim program curriculum mation and service, The model for the three sessions is the Service Learning Toolkit created by Repair the World and Avodah: The Jewish Service Corps. Each camp session will provide 18 hours of documented community service with local Jewish and non-Jewish organizations; a day trip to Busch Gardens, which will include an exclusive group challenge; down time for camp activities like conquering the rock wallor going swimming; and the opportunity to design part of the Shabbat experience for the entire Jewish Community Camp. The Sabrim sessions are: Discover your Happy: In this session, from June 4-8, campers will explore the six pillars of happiness (mindfulness, human connection, positive outlook, purpose, generosity, and gratitude) in the service of self and others. Thanks, Gratitude for Greatness: This session, from June 26-30, teaches campers the impact gratitude can have in ones own life and the lives of others. The Purpose Challenge: This session from July 16-20 offers four days of challenges. It presents a thoughtful journey through creating change in the world in a personal way. Sabrim will conquer their own values statements and learn a bit more about their own perspectives on tikkun olam repair the world. The Sabrim Summer Program camp hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. A one-week session costs $275 per camper, which includes all activities, snack, a t-shirt, and a Shabbat pizza party. Lunch is not provided. Transportation with other campers is available for an additional fee. During weeks when the Sabrim Summer Program is not offered, campers in grades six through eight are invited to participate in regular camp activities, while those entering grades nine and 10 are invited to participate in the counselor-in-training program. Home base for the camp is 1685 S. Belcher Road, Clearwater, on the grounds of Temple Bnai Israel. Interested campers and families should visit for more information and to register. JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 11 APRIL 20 MAY 3, 2018 FULL SERVICE FOR DOGS & CATS 3125 4th St. N. St. Petersburg727.289.7190www.4thstreetpethospital.comFamily owned and operatedFREE Meet & Greet ($55 Value)Comprehensive Exam Exp. 3/31/18 Dr. Stephanie MontorUniv. of Pennsylvania Veterinary Med. SchoolTeen summer program offers personal development at Federations Jewish Community CampFrancine Wolf will present a solo improv performance, This Show is Meshuga, at the second annual Tampa International Fringe Festival from May 3-12. Each show is an improvised solo performance with audience interaction. Every show is unique with quirky characters taking shape before your eyes with a sprinkling of Yiddishkeit. Wolf, a resident of Largo, has been a professional actor, singer, improviser and TV for more than 27 years. She just wrapped up a run of Sex Please, Were Sixty, at the Just for Laughs Dinner Theatre. Before retiring to return to acting full time, she worked for several Jewish organizations, including the Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services, Menorah Manor and Jewish Federations of Ohio. Wolf will perform This Show is Meshuga on Thursday, May 3 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, May 5 at 9:15 p.m.; Sunday, May 6 at 4:45 p.m.; Wednesday, May 9 at 9:45 p.m.; Thursday, May 10 at 8:45 p.m. and Saturday, May 12 at 4:45 p.m. The Hillsborough Community College Ybor City Campus Theatre building is at 1411 E. 11th Ave., Tampa. Tickets are $8, with a Thrifty Thursday ticket price of $7. For ticket information, go to Wolf presents Meshuga improv at Fringe Festival Francine WolfHillel Academy has appointed Cantor Beth Schlossberg, who has served for the past 5 years as cantor at Congregation Kol Ami in Tampa, as director of Jewish Life and Curriculum at the academy. Schlossbergs vast skills, experience and background are exactly what we need and will ensure our ongoing trajectory forward as a premiere Jewish day school, constantly improving and looking to take Hillel Academy to the next level, said board President Stanford Solomon. Head of School Allison Oakes said Schlossbergs passion for Jewish education and her creativity will even further develop the Jewish identity and leadership skills of our students. Schlossberg comes to Hillel Academy after most recently serving as cantor and co-director for the religious school at Congregation Kol Ami, where she built a comprehensive and creative elementary and middle school Hebrew and Judaics Curriculum. Schlossberg will remain at Kol Ami until her contract ends on June 30 and begin at Hillel Academy on July 1. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Schlossberg earned a bachelor of music specializing in voice performance and spent several years singing professionally. She has taught piano and voice, directed the Hebrew School and pre-school music programs at Har Zion Temple in Narberth, PA, and has offered holiday and diversity programming for other private religious institutions, both Jewish and non Jewish. In 2003, realizing that the canher love of Judaism, education, and music, Schlossberg began her studies at the H.L. Miller Cantorial School at the Jewish Theological Seminary. After being invested, Schlossberg spent four years with Beth El Synagogue in Omaha, NE. In 2013, she and her husband Michael, moved to Tampa to join Congregation Kol Ami in 2013. Hillel Academy names Cantor Schlossberg as Jewish Life, Curriculum director


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HadassahWeather report: Meteorologist Andrew McKaughan, who has worked with the National Oceanographic and Atmo spheric Administration (NOAA) for the past eight years, will speak at the next meeting of the North Pinellas Chapter of Hadassah on Monday, May 14 at 11:30 a.m. He will talk about the National Weather Service, what the agency does, the past hurricane season and the changes to the climate being observed. All are welcome to attend. Bring your own lunch. Drinks and desserts will be provided. The meeting will be at Temple Ahavat Shalom, 1575 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor. For more information, call Janice Caine at (727) 726-3735 or Betty Slavney at (727) 446-5895. Printmaking: Create unique imagery with printmaking techniques using soft linoleum tiles as a stamp on paper on Monday May 7 from 6-9 p.m. This includes a social hour and the class, which will be held at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC in the visual arts center. The cost, including materials, is $15 for members and guests. Bring snacks and wine to share during the social hour. For more information, visit: or https://www. This is a #Gather event. #Gather offers a mix of social and interactive activities designed to help young adults con nect. It is open to young adults of all faiths and backgrounds. For more information or to RSVP for any #Gather events, visit: www. or contact Lisa Robbins at lisa.robbins@jewishtampa. com or (813) 769-4723.Young AdultsKickball anyone?: The Tampa JCCs is forming a kickball team. Beginning in early June, the JCC plans to join the Tampa Bay Club Sports League. The team will play seven regular season games on Tuesdays plus participate in one playoff week. The cost is $70 per person. The games will be at Gadsden Park in South Tampa. This is a #Gather event. All those interested should contact Lisa Robbins by Monday, May 7.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. Transition. Ever-changing Job Market. Online Interview. to Bounce Back and Stay Positive. Monday Morning Links is supported by the Vinik Family Foundation. Job-search aids: There are Success workshops on select Thursdays to aid with job-search skills. On May 3 from 9:30 a.m. terview. On May 10 from 9:30 a.m. to noon shops are free for   TampaBay-Job-Links   full pr ogram participants and $15 for guests. Reservations required for all programs.   T o RSVP, call (813) 344-0200, email   RSVP@ Switching gears: A series of four evening workshops, each from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. are offered, targeting those in career transition. These sessions cover the nuts and bolts of career transition. People can enroll for the full series or come for any individual session. The sessions are on Tuesdays, May 15, 22 and 29 and June 5. Reservations are required. Cost is $15 per workshop or $50 for all four. To RSVP, call (813) 344-0200, email groupsAlzheimers caregiver group: Menorah Manor offers a support group meeting in the Samson Nursing Center at Menorah Manor, 255 59th St. N., St. Petersburg, on the   For more information, call Gwen Kaldenberg at (727) 302-3750.TwitterMichael Steinhardt, the co-founder and major supporter of Birthright Israel a program that has brought more than 600,000 Jewish young adults from around the world to Israel for free 10-day trips gave the Birthright activists outside a gala Birthright celebration on April 15. When Steinhardt arrived at the dinner anniversary, more than 150 protesters verbally accosted him, including members of the Palestine Solidarity Alliance, Democratic Socialists of America and Students for Justice in Palestine. His responding gesture the Jewish world. Birthright, a campaign calling on young Jews to boycott Birthright and support Palestinian claims to the land. Participants wrapped themselves in tallit and read out the names of Palestinian villages that existed the names of 32 Gaza Palestinians who were killed in riots on the Gaza border in the last three weeks, most of whom have Islamic Jihad. Sheldon and Miriam Adelson, who recently announced that they were contributing an additional   $70 million to Birthright, were Future award at the event. Birthright co-founder Michael Steinhardt shows anti-Israel protesters exactly how he feels outside a gala dinner in New York City celebrating 18 years of the program.Birthright Israel founder ips off protesters outside gala


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Policy, There is no question that there is more uncertainty of a possible war between Israel and Iran or its proxies then there has been The Wall Street Journal reportthe strike on the anti-aircraft battery to prevent Iranian forces from The newspaper cited unnamed ers briefed on the matter. The air-defense system had been installed recently at the T-4 air base, which has been reported to be the site for deployment of Iranian drones, such as the one Israel shot down in February. Israeli mildrone was loaded with explosives and on an attack mission. Israel would prefer to see the international community take a in Syria, but this is unlikely since, as he explained, the American on ISIS. Israel, which would like to see America launch its own military strikes. Since this is unlikely at the moment, it is assumed that the United States would back Israel politically if it decides to take in Syria. It doesnt seem to me statements, has an interest in exhe added. Iran analyst at the Foundation dynamics in Israels favor. This is because Iran will seek to test Isqualitatively different threat for Ismilitary establishment. also does not see an expanded U.S. role in Syria, and at present, U.S. is an unknown unknown in terms of American analysts who are tryin Syria. First is the anti-ISIS camuse of chemical weapons. And the third is military commanders rheNetanyahu: Aggression against aggression In anticipation of Irans intentions to retaliate, Israeli security every effort to demonstrate to Iran that Israel has superiority, and that it is not worth the consequences for Iran to try and strike Israel. As such, Israel announced that it canceled plans to send its warwith the United States in Alaska amid concerns of the Iranian buildup. At the same time, Israeli leaders have made it clear to Iran that they will not tolerate its threats. Our policy can be summed up week. responded to Israels actions would respond sooner or later. told the pan-Arab satellite TV stasaid. Hezbollah and Iran will not allow Israel to limit their movement in Syria. Finish off last pockets of resistance Assaf Orion, a senior research we see in Syria now is an accumulation of several issues. One is the latest phase in the civil war, which Photo by GPOIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu displays a fragment of an Iranian drone destroyed over Israeli airspace in February during his speech at the Munich Security Conference.As situation heats up in Syria, will Iran again target Israel? boldened to wrap up the last places of resistance. There is action up north between Turkey and the Kurds. Farther south, Russia has suburbs. to use chemical weapons. The ties and the resolve to use it. The chemical attack was part of the repockets of resistance. it is evident that the two northernmost sites that were hit by the sites, said Orion. So actually, the around, kept some of its capabilities, hid them and then, assisted by Russia, used smoke and mirrors to deny their existence. The coalition strike was meant to tell Syria that the international community knows it used chemical weapons. ouster or even the assassination What Assad must realize, said Orion, is that the crimes of tyrants Parallel to the chemical-weapons issue, there is the Iran-Israel axis, continued Orion. Iran is esIran seems to feel it is time to reap lah on steroids. What Iran will do now is not imthat the Israeli military has made preparations to thwart or counter any attempt by Iran to further attack Israel. The question that remains, will it try to save face? Information from the JTA news service was used in this report. (JTA) Syracuse University has permanently expelled a campus fraternity after a video suranti-Semitic, homophobic and ableist slurs. 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In addition to her responsibilities to strengthen Scubi Jew at the Suncoast campuses and with other Hillels who create Scubi Jew chapters, she will work with members of the local Jewish community who are passionate about the marine environment. Prior to joining Hillel, she worked as dive guide and conservation coordinator at Rainbow Reef Dive Center in Key Largo. People always say the name Scubi Jew is so cute, but it is a serious project, Rabbi Rosenthal explained. The threat to the oceans is probably the greatest environmental threat to the planet as a whole and we want to raise awareness. If we do not change, all species in the ocean will collapse by tell us. going beyond the ventures dive club origins and building a broader community-based Jewish Marine Environmental Organization, the overall program has been renamed, Tikkun HaYam, which means repair the sea In my 30 years in the rabbinate, this is the most spiritual project I have ever done, Rabbi Rosenthal said. There is a Jewish element to the dives, he said, noting that a recent spring break dive trip to Key Largo included underwater meditation based on the Shema. For the non-Jewish members of the club, they just know that they are learning something new to make themselves better citizens of the world, he said Among the environmental undertakings of his Scubi Jew divers is coral reef restoration in the Florida Keys, where 95 percent of the coral had died in the last 30 years. Coral is the canary in the mine, Rabbi Rosenthal said. Local Scubi Jew divers often dive in the murky, low-visibility waters of Tampa Bay to ing lines, old tires, plastic and other trash. For those dives, any guests who want to join them are welcome at no charge. When the divers go on reef repair trips to the Keys, or on other projects, there is a cost for participants, due to distance traveled and accommodations. 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SUSHI TUESDAY 6 pm close Reservations recommended DRINK SPECIALS 4 6 pm $5 House Wine $5 Single Shot well drinks or martinis By GABE FRIEDMAN JTA news serviceFor most of last year, many predicted that UCLA quarterback player chosen in the 2018 National Football League draft. The sturdy 6-foot-4 signal-caller has racked up an impressive array of passing statistics since his freshman year in 2015, and analysts have praised the right-handers throwing mechanics, accuracy and poise in the pocket. The Cleveland Browns, the beleaguered franchise that holds the No. 1 pick this year, badly need a quarterback. The Jewish kid from Manhattan Beach, CA, who had a bar mitzvah and is just now barely old enough to legally drink alcohol, was set to make Jewish sports history at the April 26 draft. But over the past few months, Rosens stock has dropped among analysts and as of press time it was yet to be seen how those predictions playout. The reason for the potential slide? Apparently it has nothing to do with Rosens physical health or ability to sling a football, but rather involves who he is and what he And for at least one prominent sports TV personality, the conversation about Rosen has dipped into anti-Semitism. Some background: Hes a talker Rosen has not just made headlines with his grid skills. He has criticized the college football system, arguing that the high level of play required by the sport and schoolwork dont mesh. In the same vein, he sarcastically blasted UCLA for signing a $280 million apparel deal with Under Armour while college athletes are unpaid. He once wore a hat on the golf course that read F*** Trump. He snuck a hot tub into his dorm room. This tendency to speak his mind what the scouts call intangibles put him at odds with UCLA coach Jim Mora throughout Rosens tenure with the Bruins. Mora said Rosen reminded him of Johnny Manziel, a former college star whose once promising NFL career was derailed by unorthodox behavior, substance abuse issues and multiple arrests. Rosen has also been open about his ambitions for a post-NFL career, something that scouts and others in the industry have taken to mean that he isnt focused enough on football. The Sporting News reported that some believed Rosen was only interested in football to make money and support the lifestyle he wants. Analysts seem to care hes Jewish. So analysts were left wondering how teams would evaluate Rosen and some chose to dig into other factors that might offer clues, such as his identity and background. According to my source, hed rather be in New York [on the Giants]. Hes Jewish, theres a stronger Jewish community, hed rather be in the New York market than the Cleveland market, blah blah blah, we dont know, ESPNs Stephen A. Smith said on a radio show. Rosen has hinted at this kind of Jewish preference before. He was born and raised in a tony area of Southern California, the son of Charles Rosen, an orthopedic surgeon who was once on President Barack Obamas shortlist to become surgeon general, and Liz Lippincott, a journalist and the great-granddaughter of the founder of the University of Pennsylvanias Wharton School of Business. In 2016, he told Sports Illustrated that Los Angeles large Jewish community was a factor that brought him to UCLA, even though he had wanted to attend Stanford, which rejected him. In retrospect, being Jewish is a big reason why I should have considered UCLA, he said. Just because of how Jewish Hollywood is, and they really want someone to look up to because they just dont have professional athletes. Another ESPN radio show, hosted by sports writers Jorge Sedano and LZ Granderson and former NFL player Keyshawn Johnson, picked up where Smith left off. But their analysis brought up Rosens wealthy parents, and it became a little strange. First thing you say: doctor, you think, at least I think: pretty of money, Johnson said. They could be broke as a bag of glass, I dont know, but certainly doesnt seem that way. When you talk about his religion, I believe Josh is Jewish, [OK]? he continued. New York big Jewish community much like L.A. You factor that into the equation. Granderson posited that Rosen might even play better if he were drafted by New York or a team in a city with a big Jewish population, and Johnson agreed. If he is an observing Jewish individual who is embraced by the local community, that will certainly raise his ball, Granderson said. Is this anti-Semitism? The development in this story that seems to have hit Rosens draft hopes the hardest came earlier this month, when Mora quesNFL. After praising his skill and eran coach told Sports Illustrateds Peter King that Rosen lacks a blue-collar, gritty attitude. He needs to be challenged intellectually, so he doesnt get bored. Hes a millennial, Mora said. For Tony Kornheiser the sports writer and TV personality who stars on ESPNs Pardon the Interruption this was the last straw. This is classic anti-Semitism. Absolutely classic anti-Semitism. We dont want this guy, this guys too smart, Kornheiser said in a rant on his podcast. Theres no such thing as too smart [T]his is anti Semitism in its most blatant form. Its like, we dont want this guy. Kornheiser, who is Jewish, and his co-hosts also likened the NFLs fear of Rosen to its past prejudice against black quarterbacks, who as not smart enough to succeed at the demanding position. Of course, Rosens fellow quarterbacks in the draft pool, such as Sam Darnold, are also all millennials. Its also worth noting that winner from the University of Oklahoma, was arrested last year for being publicly intoxicated. But his personality hasnt made as many headlines as Rosens leading up to the draft. Former NFL quarterback Sage Rosenfels, who also is Jewish, saw Moras comments in a different light. When Jim Mora said Josh Rosen is really smart and needs to be challenged every day or hell get bored, that improved his draft stock in my book, he wrote. Give me a player who wants to be challenged and doesnt get overwhelmed with basic XOs. I like this kid more and more.The anti-Semitism controversy surrounding NFL prospect Josh Rosen


tion. The release nearly tripled the librarys   digital offerings. Curious fans can cue up West Side Story, On the Town or the Chichester Psalms, and peruse volumes of scrapbooks in the Librarys   collection   that were meticulously compiled by Helen Coates, his piano teacher and later, his career-long secretary. Bernstein arguably was the America in the second half of the 20th century, according to Mark Horowitz, the collections curator, who has been immersed in the details of the maestros life for a quar ter century. He described Bernstein as a polymath, a Renaissance man who wanted to do it all, from music to education to social activism. Born on Aug. 28, 1918 in Lawrence, MA, to Jennie and Samuel Bernstein, the young musician famously catapulted onto the world stage in November, 1943, when he for the New York Philharmonic for an ailing Bruno Walter, in a concert broadcast on national television. In 1958 with his appointment   as music director of the New York Ph ilharmonic, Bernstein became American Jewish conductor to lead a major American orchestra. With an estimated 400,000 items, the Bernstein Collection is one of the largest and most varied in the Librarys music division, Horowitz told JTA. The archives linear feet. Here are some treasures from the Library of Congress collection: 1. Bernstein grew up in Boston in a deeply religious family and was at synagogue. At   Congregation Mishkan T e  young Bernstein came under the a Viennese composer who became the synagogues music director and led its choir. On Oct. 10, 1946, Ber nstein wrote to Braslavsky, shortly after Yom Kippur: I have come to realize what a debt I really owe to you ... for the marvelous music surpass any that I have ever heard. Bernstein had a strained relation ship with his father, a successful business owner, whose life was guided by Talmudic learning. While he described his father as authoritarian, he admired his depth thought. IsIn November 1948, during Israels War of Independence, and Arab armies, Bernstein made his second conducting tour of Israel. He wrote a   nine-page let ter   to his mother, Jennie,   that glows with colorful, playful illustrations by   Yossi Stern, a Hungarian refugee who became known as the painter of Jerusalem. You can see his passion for the young state of Israel, its land, the people and the culture, according   hibit   at the NMAJH, where visitors can see one page of the original letter, on loan from the Library of Congress. Over his career, Bernstein conducted the Israel Philharmonic in 25 different seasons, in Israel, Europe and the U.S.   Israel. violinist Isaac Stern and the Israel Philharmonic, included Hatikvah, Israels national anthem; Mendelssohns Violin Concerto; and Second Symphony, known as the Resurrection Symphony. In his speech at the perfor mance,   handwri tten on stationery   from Jerusalems Shemesh Oriental Restaurant, Bernstein ing the Mahler symphony 19 years earlier, during Israels War of Independence. He marveled at the city he envisioned would inspire peace. Is it too much to hope that this growing together of people in peace may radiate out to this general region ... and eventually ... the world, he wrote. Why not? This is Jerusalem, with the name of the city written in Hebrew. 4. Bernstein was gay. His wife FeliIn 1946, Bernstein married Felicia Cohn Montealegre, a Chilean actress who performed the role of narrator in Bernsteins Symphony No. 3, the Kaddish Symphony. They had three children, Jamie, Bernstein didnt hide his homofrom his wife. Early in their mar riage, Felicia wrote a stirring and remarkably broad-minded   letter, undated, that revealed the deep love and bond between the couple. never change you dont admit to the possibility of a double life, but if your peace of mind, your health ... what can you do? she wrote. I am willing to accept you as you are, without being a martyr. I happen to love you very much ... nally In the 1950s, Bernstein and choreographer Jerome Robbins took inspiration from William Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet, adapting it to the ethnic and racial tensions of the 20th century. An   annotated copy   of Romeo and Juliet in the Library of Congress collection and includes notes by Bernstein and Robbins. It was originally conceived as East Side Story, about conflicts between Jews and Catholics. Audition notes for West Side Story, which opened Bernsteins comments about a young Warren Beatty, who sought the role of Riff (Good voice, cant open jaw charming as hell clean cut.) * The Library of Congress is hosting a series of programs from   May 12-19   including performances and   19, rarely seen materials from the collection will be on display. More details on the Bernstein events are on the Librarys   website, .PAGE 16 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 By enny chwart From his birthplace in Boston to New York, Berlin, South Africa, China and Israel, Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990), the larger-thanlife conductor, pianist, composer, educator and bon vivant, is being celebrated in a two-year bonanza of concerts, stage productions and programs marking the centennial of his birth. The American-born son of Ukrainian Jewish immigrants, musical world, from classical music to Broadway. Thousands of events are featured as a part of   #Bernsteinat100, including Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music recently opened at the   National Museum of American Jewish History   in Philadelphia. Last week, the Library of Congress got in on the act, making cluding letters, photographs, audio recordings and other material from its vast Leonard Bernstein Collec-Treasures from a centennial exhibit on Leonard Bernstein Photo courtesy of Library of Congress, Music Division 1957.