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Just a nosh.. Complied from news wires www.jewishpresspinellas.com VOL. 32, NO. 20 ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA MAY 4 17, 2018 20 PAGES See pages 8-14(JTA) Israels Mossad intelligence service broke into the anonymous Tehran building that housed Irans secret nuclear ments and compact discs back to Israel the same night. The Mossad discovered the warehouse in February 2016 and since then kept the building under surveillance, according to The New York Times, quoting a senior Isanonymity. Mossad operatives broke into the building in January, took the original documents and returned to Israel the same Times. In his nationally televised speech on reach the widest possible audience, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described This is where they kept the atomic archives. Right here. Few Iranians knew Israelis, the Israeli leader said. Now, looking compound. It looks like a dilapicontained Irans secret atomic archives On stage with Netanyahu were shelves NUKE DOCS continued on PAGE 18 By THAIS LEON-MILLER Jewish Press baya is not an option. Ayalon was Israels ambassador to the U.S. Barak, Benjamin Netanyahu, and Ariel Sharon. He continues to work as an Israeli dippartnership between Israel and the U.S. with an anecdote: A long time ago, a man asked another man replied, In one word, good. In two words, not good. word, is good. In two words, its very good, From a country that was really just developing 40 or 50 years ago, weve done amazIsrael. Ex-ambassador touts Israels strengths at JNF breakfastJNF continued on PAGE 18 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shows where the thousands of secret documents and CDs on Irans nuclear program were stored, which were smuggled out by Israel agents. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90Report: Mossad grabbed Iranian nuke docs in one nights work By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN JTA news service weights, doing leg exercises and The much buzzed-about workout routine has only added to her status as a cultural icon among young progressives. Though Ginsburg joined the the high court, she attained pop culture icon status in the last decade as her dissents made her a loud liberal voice on an increasingly right-leaning court. Fans have given Ginsburg, now 85, the nickname Notorious R.B.G. (a viral and Saturday Night Live has done sketches about her. to make a documentary about the RBG film connects Ginsburgs personal life, career year-old U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg chats with her granddaughter, Clara Spera. Courtesy of Magnolia PicturesBy BOB FRYER Jewish Press at 7:30 p.m. Lynn Goldstein expires. gious school. But the congregation has had Then the temple bought property at 3374 Since then, the congregation has been sharing space with Unitarians and BudSprings owned by the Unitarian UniversalAfter nearly 29 years, Cong. Bnai Emmunah disbandsReform seminarys president piloting small plane killed in crashRabbi Aaron Panken, the president of Hebrew Union College, was killed Saturday, May 5, piloting a small aircraft in the Hudson Valley area of New York state. MidHudson News reported that the yellow 1946 Aeronca plane crashed in a wooded area in the Town of Wawayanda, near the New Jersey border, about a mile from the private airport where it took off. A passenger, A HUC release announcing Pankens death said he was 53. Panken was a licensed commercial pilot. seminary since 2014. Prior to serving as the chief native New Yorker held senior positions at the school, including vice president for strategic initiatives, dean of the New York campus and dean of students. He was ordained in 1991. Panken was to have presided over the ordination of rabbis and cantors at ceremonies in New York on Sunday, May 6. This year the seminary will ordain 28 rabbis at three campuses, and six cantors. At separate graduation ceremonies in New York on May 3, Panken told students: For years, the Reform movement has stood for what is right and good, and I challenge our graduates today to do the same. Two members of the historically Jewish Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity at Towson University were victims of a possible anti-Semitic attack. The fraternity members were walking near the campus when the two assailants began shouting F*** the Jews and called them by an ethnic slur, the Baltimore Sun reported. The assailants then began punching one of the fraternity members in the face. One of the victims recognized the assailants as Towson students. The police report said that the victim believes the assault was motivated by his religious beliefs, according to the newspaper. The assault reportedly is being investigated as a hate-bias incident. The victims have a year to press charges. Towson is a public university with some 22,000 students located less than 10 miles from Baltimore.Towson U frat members targeted in possible anti-Semitic attack Explosives-laden kite sent from Gaza ignites Israeli forest and elds March, at the start of weekly protests at the Gaza-Israel border. Israel has experienced hot and dry conditions and high winds over the past few days. The explosives-laden kites are an escalation of the weekly protests called the March of Return, which are scheduled to end on May 14, the 70th anniversary, according to the Gregorian calendar, of the birth of the told the Israeli media that the explosives-laden kites are now a daily occurrence.
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JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 3 MAY 4 17, 2018 Perspective PerspectiveEmilie SocashExecutive Director, Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties If you asked if you could make a gift to the Federation in Bitcoin, Id probably say yes then rush to learn how to accept this cryptocurrency. Acceptance is key, as I understand it, and the lack of regulation is both a blessing and a curse to the worldwide digital currency market. Heres the rub: the idea behind cryptocurrency at its core goes back to the days of yore, when transactions were not tracked to any degree, when electronic chips, gadgets, apps, and most of all banks and carried; at most you could start a tab or an account, but ultimately use physical money to make good. The amount of thievery possible was limited by the amount carried by the victim, or stored in ones bank (or mattress). Entering the digital age, our monetary processes have gotten far more complex, as have the types of thievery. To this end, I found a recent story in the Times of Israel in which cryptocurrency entrepreneurs calling for regulation to prevent scamming to be fascinating. The attempt to create an off the grid currency has attracted droves of crypto-crooks, and Israel has an unusual approach. A few months back, the Finance Ministry and Bank of Israel began the consideration of issuing a digital shekel, which would make both the government happy (by being recorded and thus potentially taxed) and the consumer (by transferring immediately from person to person, as in a cash transaction, yet still with some sort of safety net). In concert with this exploration, he also took steps to remove Bitboin and other cryptocurrencies from the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. Shortly before, Egypt had forbidden Bitcoin entirely, likening it to gambling, which is forbidden in Islam. This was indeed something of a blessing since at the time, the value of Bitcoin had reduced abruptly by 30 percent and as of today, its down about 70 percent from last fall when additional regulation was announced. The idea of a digital shekel raises questions. If you must keep your digital shekels in a digital wallet, who is responsible for the security of this wallet? Does it reside on your phone, online, in conjunction with some other technological housing? Further, if the entire idea behind cryptocurrencies is that they exist in the darknet or black market spaces, doesnt having the government involved defeat that purpose? ogy called blockchain, which in essence creates snips of computer code stamped. In order to have truly unobtrusive exchange of currency, a highly developed system of encoding is necessary. In Israel, several scandals have emerged surrounding the use of cryptocurrencies, but notable is the adaptation of the technological underpinnings to completely unrelated ventures. For example, a shipping company called Wave, based out of Kfar Saba, is using the blockchain capabilities to manage the documentation requirements across all channels of the shipping and delivery transaction. Another company Colu in Tel Aviv is using blockchain and other digital wallet features to help develop technologies to protect digital assets, like songs. The scandals and the denouncement of Bitcoin from appearing on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange did not dissuade Israels Diamond Exchange to announce the release of its own cryptocurrency, cleverly dubbed Carat and Cut and purported to be (partially) backed by diamonds, set to launch in May. Israel boasts one of the worlds top three diamond exchanges (Israels calls the city of Ramat Gan home, just east of Tel Aviv, while the other two hail from Antwerp and Mumbai). Israels diamond industry represents about $7 billion in the tiny sparkles. The two coins have two different audiences: one for those who actually deal in diamonds (Cut) and those who wish to invest in a nonregulated space that is backed by the physical value of diamonds (Carat). While physical diamonds are valued on four characteristics, these coins will have fourteen measures of value instead. In some ways, I am reminded of the wonder on my younger daughter, Hilas, face a few years back when she received one of the resurrected Polaroid cameras (now called Instamax). She was fascinated that you Without presenting too much bias, I would argue that so much of the technology that exists to make life simpler has complicated, overconFrom a community-building perspective, I cant authentically say that trying to rally interest in an event or mobilize in response to a social action initiative is any more effective or meaningful since Im able to promote it on Facebook, Instagram, and the myriad online calendars. no more connected despite offering streaming Friday night services. Convenient? Sure. Meaningful? Meh. I have to wonder if, just like Bitcoin, were facing a social connection bubble that will burst in the near future, and if well have that same wonderment in going back to using our phones for making voice calls, or writing letters and mailing them, or reading a physical newspaper (like youre probably doing at this moment). Will we once again see the magic in connecting in the physical sense? Are we so removed from our ancestral bartering and economic system when we think that the idea of a currency being backed by a hard asset is a new concept. Cryptic crypto, but wheres the connection? ISRAEL Sign up online at:secure.ay elet.c om/ Two reform congregations, Temple Beth-El in St. Petersburg and Temple Bnai Israel in Clearwater, along with Hillels of the Florida Suncoast are collaborating for a multi-sensory experience titled Cheese (cake), Wine & Torah on the evening of Shavuot, Saturday, May 18. The event at Beth-El will begin at 7 p.m. with an erev Shavuot Yizkor service. From 7:30-8:30 p.m. the program will be The Tastes of France and will include a sampling of wine and cheeses, offered by Clifford and Leslie Will. The main program will be from 8:30-9:15 p.m. when a secret presenter will offer a cheesy sur prise. Also during the program Rabbi Michael Torop of Beth-El will speak on Kosher Wine: an Ethical Dilemma and Rabbi Ed Rosenthal of Hillels of the Florida Suncoast will speak on Partying with God: The Saini Banquet. The evening will conclude with a cheesecake bakeoff at 9:15 p.m. with an opportunity to taste and vote on cheesecakes that participants bring to the event. There is no charge to attend, but RSVPs are requested. To RSVP, go to email@example.com or call (727) 347-6136 and while doing so, indicate if you will be bringing a cheesecake for the bake-off. The temple is located at 400 S. Pasadena Ave., St. Petersburg.Joint wine, cheese (cake) and Torah event May 18CorrectionAn incorrect web address was listed in a story about the Scubi Jew program in the April 20 edition of the Jewish Press. The correct web address is www.repairtheseas.org.
PAGE 4 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY MAY 4 17, 2018 The month of May marks the United States commemoration of Jewish American Heritage Month, a time dedicated to educating our community about the contributions Jewish Americans have made and continue to make to American culture and society. Music, the theme of this years Jewish American Heritage Month, provides an opportunity to recognize the many American Jews who have helped create the nations soundtrack, from patriotic anthems and classical compositions to Broadway scores and rock and roll. There are numerous examples of composers, conductors, lyricists, musicians and singers who have been shaped by American life, society and culture and in turn enriched Americas musical reper toire: (1888-1989) was an Eastern European immigrant who produced timeless hits, including God West Side Story composer Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990), whose centennial birthday is cur rently being observed worldwide, used the power of music to respond to the political and social crises of his day. 1951), the child of Jewish immi grants, delighted audiences with her vaudeville acts, inspiring a widely successful singer and global stage and screen sensation of only a handful of artists to have won an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and Tony awards. With the 1983 release of the Jewish-themed Yentl she produce, direct, and star in a major 1980) and many more. About Jewish American Heritage Month George W. Bush proclaimed that May would be Jewish American Heritage Month. The announcement was the crowning achieve ment in an effort by the Jewish executive director Marcia Zerivitz, that resulted in resolutions sylvania, urging the president to proclaim a month that would recognize the more than 350-year history of Jewish contributions to American culture. The resolutions Each year since, the president has issued a proclamation recogDonald Trump said, said that Jewish Americans have helped guide the moral character of our nation.Fanny Brice and Barbra Streisand as Brice in Funny GirlMay recognizes Jewish contributions to American music somber following the deaths of 10 teens in a The students 9 girls and 1 boy died during people who been accepted to the Bnei Tzion pre-military academy in Tel Aviv and were par ticipating in a bonding experience prior to the beginning of the program in September. Survivors told rescue teams that a massive wave of water as high as 13 feet tall smashed into part of the group as it walked through a away. The 15 who managed to avert the wave or climb out of the water were saved by rescue teams and treated for light injuries and hypothermia. All the victims were 17 or 18 years old. The lone boy who died aspired to be a teacher; one of the girls was a graduating dance student in Jerusalems High School for the Arts, while another had tutored sick kids in Africa. The teens were described as sociable, optimistic, smiling, brilliant and charming. The students were hiking in the Judean DesÂ empties into the Dead Sea when gushing water poured through. was not made aware of the trip, as per protocol. Nationwide, warnings had been made over the prone areas. with water during the winter rain season, which typiover holiday. The river had been dry for several weeks before unseasonable tor rential downpours struck popular hiking destinations. Yet during heavy rains, the water in the rivers can rise quickly, leading to river beds during inclement weather, when the riverbeds can be notoriously dangerous. The riverbed was completely dry when the students started their hike. One of the survivors denly appeared, the rapids quickly swelled to The hikers were caught in a steep area of the riverbed when the waters struck, with survivors holding on for their lives to trees or scrambling onto large rocks above the waters reach. The principal of the Bnei Zion pre-military academy resigned a week after the tragedy. He and an instructor leading the hike were arrested on suspicion of negligent homicide for ignoring weather warnings ahead of the trip, but never -Photos from Facebook9 of the 10 Israeli teens who were killed in the tragedy.10 teens die in ash ood; 2 arrested after warnings ignored theless decided to proceed with the hike, despite even some students voicing their concerns of the potential for fatal consequences. weather, one of the 10 students who died said in a WhatsApp group chat to friends before However, in a WhatsApp message ahead of the trip, the pre-military academy downplayed the threat, merely suggesting that students bring a rain coat, a rain cover for your bags and a change of dry clothes in case you need [it]. Dont worry, the message said. We are well-prepared for the hike and the academy has fun and wet and an experience! Information from the JTA news service was used in compiling this report.
JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 5 MAY 4 17, 2018Lenny s Lenny s 21220 U.S. 19 NorthJust south of Drew St. and north of S.R. 60727.799.0402Curing hunger...one meal at a time for 30+ yearsHome of the almighty danish basket!Best Breakfast in Clearwater! s One-of-a-Kind Family-Owned & Operated Hamishe & Just Plain Good! Serving Breakfast & Lunch Anytime 6am 3pm ~ 7 days a week Jewish-style deli & much more! By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ JTA news serviceEven reliable supporters condemned Mahmoud Abbas when he blamed the Holocaust on the Jews own behavior. That claim and others made during the Palestinian leaders 90-minute address Monday, April 30, in Ramallah triggered the harshest wave of censures ever directed at him in the West. Israel, the United States and a of the strongest terms in the diplomatic vocabulary to denounce Abbas. The New York Times editorial board called for him to step down, and even the main Palestinian rights advocacy group in Germany criticized the speech and labeled it anti-Semitic. Faced with a tsunami of condemnations, Abbas apologized in a statement Friday, May 4, in which he called the genocide against the Jews the most heinous crime in history. It was a familiar pattern for someone who for decades has alternated between recognition and denial of the Holocaust. But if the reaction to Abbas speech was unusual, his discredited theories about the Holocaust are not not among Palestinians, who used them as an ideological weapon against Israel, and not in Europe, where they are proliferating for different reasons. European Jews, Abbas said in Ramallah, have been subjected to a massacre every 10 to 15 years, since the 11th century and until the Holocaust in Germany. The Palestinian Authority president went on to say that the Soviet despot Joseph Stalin, who was not Jewish, was in fact a Jew and that Stalin and other Jews had said that this anti-Jewish [sentiment] was not because of their religion, but because of their function in society, which had to do with usury, banks and so on. Abbas, 82, then corrected himself and said he had meant to quote Karl Marx, not Stalin. This trope that Jews brought genocide on themselves by conpower is rooted in European classical anti-Semitism as expressed in the Russian forgery Protocols of the Elders of Zion, according to Esther Webman, a senior scholar at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studtise is Arab anti-Semitism and perceptions of the Holocaust. In Arab discourse, these antiSemitic teachings are weaponization to foment hatred of Israel, she said. The Holocaust as payback For various reasons, such theories are particularly prevalent in Eastern European countries whose populations were widely complicit in the Holocaust, according to Holocaust historian Efraim Zuroff, the Eastern Europe director for the Simon Wiesenthal Center. A very strong element of Holocaust distortion in the region is to justify complicity in the Holocaust by framing it as a payback for the actions of Jews, he said, referencing the outsize support by Jews for communism, which Russia imposed on the region with ruthless oppression. For example, Zsolt Bayer, a co-founder of Hungarys ruling Fidesz party, wrote an op-ed in European Holocaust collaboration as payback for the actions of communists. 20 years later he watched without pity as the gendarmes dragged the Jews away from his village? Bayer said of the average villager in Hungary. But in Abbas case, his Ramallah speech was merely the latest of a series of statements that he has made since the 1980s that have been widely considered antiSemitic. Zionist complicity theory In the introduction to his 1984 book titled The Other Aspect: The Secret Ties Between the Nazis and the Leadership of the Zionist Movement, Abbas wrote about the the Holocaust: In truth, no one In other words, the number of Jewish victims could be six million and could be much smaller even less than one million. In the book, he also quoted the French-British Holocaust denier Robert Faurissons discredited claim that the Nazis used gas chambers only for disease control rather than to murder Jews. But since climbing up the ranks of the PLO, Abbas has largely stayed off the topic of the Holocaust, according to Webman. This is an unusual return for him, she said of the April 30 speech. Abbas journey from denial to tion in how Palestinian society as a whole has treated the Holocaust since the 1990s, according to Itamar Marcus, founder of Palestinian Media Watch in Jerusalem, which monitors Arab outlets. From outright denial in 1991, the press in the West Bank and Gaza have shifted to blaming Zionist activists for alleged complicity in the Holocaust, citing and exaggerating agreements made by in the early 1930s that facilitated German Jewish immigration to pre-state Israel. Abbas repeated that claim in his remarks, depicting what Zionists viewed as a desperate rescue mission as proof that Zionism was a Nazi-backed enterprise. Amid international pressure over this distortion, Marcus said, the state-controlled Palestinian media in the 2000s began showing signs of recognition for the Holocaust. But that gradually gave way to drawing comparisons between Israel and Nazi Germany, including by Abbas. In recent years, were seeing Holocaust becoming a main narrative, Marcus said. He cited an article from 2011 in the Zayzafuna youth magazine of Abbas PLO, whose author, a 10th-grader, imagined having a conversation with Adolf Hitler. She asks the Fuehrer if hes the one who killed the Jews. Hitler replies: Yes. I killed them so you would all know that they are a nation which spreads destruction all over the world. cation of the Holocaust serve a clear political purpose in the Arab world, according to Webman. In the Arab view, the state of Israel was created because of the Holocaust. So, to undermine the Holocaust is to undermine the moral grounds for Israels creation, she said. If the Jews brought the Holocaust on themselves, the reasoning goes, then there is no moral grounds for compensating them with a national home in what the PLO considers Palestine. This ignores not just a Nazi obsession with Jews that did not discriminate by occupation, nationality, age or gender, but also the legitimacy of a Jewish project of self-rule in their historic homeland that predated and was well under way before the Holocaust. But this is not accepted in the Arab worldview, she said. Claiming that Zionists were complicit in the Holocaust a trope that is gaining traction among supporters of the far left in Britain also feeds the notion that the West is to blame for giving Palestine to the Jews, Webman said. In the Arab world, Holocaust distortion is part of a broader effort to deny ties between the Jewish people and Israel, Webman said. And on that front, she added, Abbas is a prominent voice, its a big part of his legacy. This effort by Abbas included promoting at UNESCO several resolutions since 2015 that deny or ignore Jewish historical ties to Jerusalem. And it also featured prominently in his Ramallah speech, although this element was tion of the Holocaust. On April 30, quoting a widely discredited theory about the mass conversion to Judaism of the Turkic nation of the Khazars in the ninth century, Abbas said about Ashkenazi Jews, They are not Semites and have no connection to Semites, neither to Abraham nor to Jacob.Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesPalestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, center, next to SecretaryGeneral of the United Nations Antonio Guterres, second from left, arriving at a meeting at U.N. headquarters in New York in February. Its not just Palestinian leader Abbas: Blaming Jews for the Holocaust is widespread OPEN: MonThurs 11 am 10 pm Fri Sat 11 am 11 pm Sun 4 pm 10 pm211 2nd St. S. St. Pete gratzzigrille.com Call now to reserve: 727.623.9037 New Early Dinner Special $15 per person 4 pm 5:30 pm everydayincludes soup or salad, choice of entree, and dessert. House wine, beer, well drinks all $3.50 RBG FILMreason, they told JTA in a phone interview earlier this month. We felt that Justice Ginsburg had a lot of fans, many younger millennial fans, and many of them really didnt know her extraordinary story and the role she played in winning rights for women, West said. atre and on May 17 at the AMC Veterans in Tampa and the AMC Woodlands Square in Oldsmar. accomplishments and provides insight into her personal life, such as her twice-weekly workout. Shooting that scene presented its challenges, Cohen said. There is all this equipment around, and there are mirrors all around, she recalled. Really for the logistics of the shoot it probably would have been better for us not to be in the room, but there was no way that Betsy and I were going to miss being in that room. previously West for a project called MAKERS that spotlighted important American women, and Cohen for The Sturgeon Queens, a documentary about the New York deli Russ and Daughters, a favorite of Ginsburgs. Still, Ginsburg was not sold on the idea. Her initial answer essentially was not yes, Cohen said. But they persevered and came back to Ginsburg with a plan of action of whom they would interview interview in two years. In 2016, with the participation of CNN Films and Storyville Films, Cohen and West started interviewing friends, relatives and others who know her, including former President Bill Clinton, who nominated her to the Supreme Court, and feminist icon Gloria Steinem. The documentary chronicles Ginsburgs journey to the Supreme Court, from enrolling in Harvard Law School in 1956 one of only nine women in a class of over 500 to not being able to get a job at a New ity as co-founder of the Womens Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union, arguing cases to end gender discrimination, including six in front of the Supreme Court. Interspersed with her career milestones are interviews that shed light on other aspects of her life. Our of her personal life with elements of her career life, Cohen said. background, though it does not shy away from it. It includes the story of Ginsburgs Odessa-born grandfather, who faced anti-Semitism in his native Ukraine, and features her granddaughter, Clara Spera, explaining the meaning of bubbe, the Yiddish term for grandmother. Judaism seems to be an undercurrent in her life, [but its] something that we didnt deal with overtly ers was getting Ginsburg to open up. Put her in front of a crowd of a thousand people and shes quite an amazing public speaker, she said, but in a quieter situation you have to draw her out. Though the pair worried about what Ginsburg after a screening at the Sundance Festival that she was happy with how it turned out. She said that it exceeded all expectations and she thought it was a beautiful rendering of her life, Cohen said. ens equality at a time when that was considered rebellious, is especially relevant today. At a time of #MeToo and Times Up and a new consideration of discrimination that women continue to face, she said, it is inspiring and perhaps instructive to take a look at the way Justice Ginsburg faced even tougher battles.
Chabad of St. PetersburgShavuot Late Night Learning: Enjoy a buffet Shavuot meal at an allnight learning event on Saturday, May 19, beginning at 9 p.m. Featured topics will be: angels, blessings, and evil eyes; and myths, misconceptions, and urban legends. The program takes place at the home of Rabbi Alter and Chaya Korf. For more information and to RSVP, go to Info@ChabadSP.com. Top 10 plus dairy meal: Listen to the Ten Commandments, while reliving the giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai on Sunday, May 20 at 5:30 p.m. A dairy dinner will follow, featuring an assortment of pastas, salads, blintzes, salmon, cheesecakes and ice cream. There will also be a childrens program. Each child attending will be entered into a drawing for free tickets to a Rays game. For more information and to RSVP, go to Info@ ChabadSP.com. Lunch and Learn: Women are invited to share an hour of camaraderie, inspiration and a free lunch at a Lunch and Learn session on Tuesday, May 15 at noon. There is no charge for the event. RSVPs are appreciated but not necessary. To RSVP: Chaya@ChabadSP. com or call (727) 344-4900. Womens Book Club: Get your weekly social and spiritual boost over a round-table discussion led by Chaya Korf on Tuesdays, May 15, 22 and 29 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Delve into the book for this year, Towards a Meaningful Life, by Simon Jacobson. The group will share strategies, tips and suggestions for discovering where your true meaning lies and making it a part of your daily life. Refreshments will be served. There is no charge and walk-ins are welcome. RSVP to Chaya@ChabadSP.com.Temple Beth-El St. PetersburgLearn all about Yiddish: The monthly meeting of the SAGE (Seniors for Arts, Growth and Education) group will be treated to a lecture about Yiddish on Monday, May 21 at 11 a.m. from Florence Leiman who grew up in a Yiddish-speaking house with her parents and grandparents. Larry Engler will also perform a puppet show. Englers Poko Puppet show has performed all across the globe. Those who would like an $8 catered lunch should contact Pamela Siskin at firstname.lastname@example.org Boomers at the bar: Join Rabbi Michael Torop at Room 901, 901 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg, on Tuesday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m. for an intimate conversation about Judaism and life at the temple. This event is geared toward those in the baby boomer age range. RSVP to info@ templebeth-el.com. Beach Shabbat: Join in the congregations annual family-friendly Shabbat at the beach on Friday, May 25 at 6 p.m. at Elva Rouse Park. The park is at North Shore Drive NE and 10th Avenue NE in St. Petersburg. Jewish genealogy: A three-part course on Jewish genealogy continues on May 15 and June 15 at 6 p.m. in the BEEFY lounge. Learn about genealogy tools and techniques and listen as participants show and tell. Contact Bill Israel for any questions at email@example.com. Cong. Bnai Israel St. PetersburgShavuot: Join guest speaker Rabbi Ed Rosenthal, director of Hillels of the Florida Suncoast, for a Tikkun Layl Shavuot learning session on Saturday, May 19. Services begin at 8:30 p.m., followed by the learning session and a dairy dessert reception. All are welcome. Talmud Made Easy: On Tuesday, May 22 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, discussion and is open to all. The class is free; no previous knowledge is needed. 381-4900 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details.Chabad of ClearwaterShavuot: Shavuot morning services including a reading of the Ten Commandments will be held at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 20, followed by a dairy lunch with ice cream and cheesecake for dessert at 11 a.m. All are welcome. There is no charge, but RSVPs are requested to (727) 2652770 or JewishClearwater@gmail.com. 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 MiriamHodakov@gmail.com or (727) 265-2770.Cong. Beth Shalom ClearwaterShavuot learning: A special Shavuot Lunch and Learn presentation: on The Evolution of Shavuot through Story and Song will be presented by Naomi Rubenstein and Rabbi Danielle Upbin on Sunday, May 20 at 9 a.m. Shavuot service: This service will be held on Monday, May 21 at 9 a.m. and include yizkor and a kiddush lunch. Meditation: Join the Shabbat Meditation Circle, led by Rabbi Upbin, on Saturday, May 26 at 11 a.m. 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 the Lox & Learn: Led by Rabbi David Weizman, explore the weekly Torah portion every Thursday following minyan. Breakfast begins at 9:45 a.m. and the study session at 10 a.m. Haftarot study: This study will be led by Johanna Bromberg in the synagogue library on Wednesday, April 25 at 10 a.m. More Torah study: Take part in an interactive conversation about the weekly Torah portion, incorporating both historical and contemporary reference material, on Saturday, May 26 at 12:30 p.m. led by Jason Palmer. Everyone is welcome.Temple Bnai Israel ClearwaterConfirmation Shabbat: Congregants will worship and celebrate on Friday May 18 at 7:30 p.m. as the newest school seniors preparing for the next phase of their lives are honored. The Amanda Golden, Sophie Goldsmith, Joshua Jacobs, Sophie Klein, Elana Treiser, Jacob Wall and Feidra Zeldin. 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 email@example.com 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-memfor full schedule and pricing information at (727) 531-5829.Young Israel Chabad of Pinellas CountyDinner and all-night learning: Join in a Shavuot dairy dinner on Saturday, May 19 at 9 p.m., then stay for an all-night learning session. This event is free, but donations are welcome. RSVP is mandatory. To RSVP go to www.yichabad.com/ dinner or call (727) 789-0408. Ice cream and Ten Commandments: Children and adults are invited on Sunday, May 20 at 11 a.m. to hear the Ten Commandments. Following the 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 6 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY MAY 4 17, 2018 Congregations Rabbinically Speaking Rabbinically Speaking Shabbat & Shavuot Candle Lighting Times My purpose in writing this column is to remind you of our communitys good fortune in being home to Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services. I am very familiar with this wonderful agency; having served on its board of directors for 21 years until I left that board a couple of years ago, and having served Coast board for about a half dozen of those 21 years. In that capacity I had the opportunity to interact with several gifted and devoted executive directors, many capable members of Gulf Coasts administrative professional staff, and numerous board members whose commitment to the Jewish concept of Tikkun Olam always served as an inspiration for me. Gulf Coast serves thousands of Jews and nonJews around our state every year. Its programming includes individual and family counseling, foster care and post foster-care assistance, child warfare management, numerous programs for Holocaust survivors, teen mother support, violence prevention programs, programing for survivors of torture who have come here from other countries, refugee settlement, non-custodial parent employment, elderly services, substance abuse treatment, services to the mentally ill, a food pantry, and other services. Gulf Coasts utilization of its approximate $34 million annual budget is an example of ultimate percent overhead. Furthermore, in a study conducted last year by a respected social service agency monitoring organization, Gulf Coast Jewish in satisfaction of any social service agency in the United States of America. Gulf Coasts funding comes from state, local, and federal government sources, as well as from donations, many of which are contributed by members of the Jewish community who are aware that we best worship God when we work as Gods partners in improving the lives of our fellow human beings. I hope that all of us become even more generous than we have been thus far, in our support of Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services. Supporting such a wonderful organization should be viewed by each of us, not only as an obligation, but also as privilege. 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 views of the Jewish Press or the Board of Rabbis.Gulf Coast agency is real community treasure By RABBI GARY KLEIN Temple Ahavat Shalom, Palm Harbor
JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 7 MAY 4 17, 2018 Congregations Wedding services, there will be a dairy luncheon and ice cream party. Every child that comes will get a gift. This event is free. RSVP at www.yichabad.com/ten or by calling (727) 789-0408. Shabbat learning: Attend a class titled Ethics of our Fathers at the Chabad center an hour before sunset on every Shabbat afternoon. The class is free and no reservation is needed. For more information, call (727) 789-0408 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Chabad of West PascoClasses 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 lox plus tation. There is no charge, and everyone is welcome. Tanya class: A new weekly Tanya class, A Tale of Two Souls, meets on Saturdays from 10:15-11 a.m. The Tanya offers a roadmap for emotional healthy living. The in-depth study will ask such questions as: What is a soul? What is our purpose here on earth? The class is free.Temple Ahavat Shalom Palm Harbortion Class of Sivan 6 5778 invites their families and tion on Sunday, May 20 at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. Jenna Aiken, Joshua Chazen, Joseph Duran, Madelyn Eedwards, Ilan Egosi, Max Fishalow, Jonathan Gold, Caroline Goldstein, Madelyn Supple and Brynn Wexler. Vegan potluck: The Tampa Bay Whole Foods Plant Based group at Ahavat Shalom will meet for its monthly potluck dinner on Saturday, May 19 at 6:30 p.m. Bring one plant-based dish (serves 6-8) with no added oil and minimal salt and sugar. RSVP to Paula Rosoff at email@example.com.. Lunch n Learn: Torah study class meets on Thursdays from 12:00-1:15 p.m. in the social hall. Bring your lunch, and of course, your opinions. No prior knowledge or attendance is required. We will use the book The Torah: A Womans Commentary. Misfortune and grief: An adult education class is underway on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. with Rabbi Gary 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 the primary text the book, Option B, by Face(727) 785-8811 to joinTemple Beth David Spring HillFashion 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. 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 nonmembers.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. The first class is free then $7 per class. For more information, call (352) 600-2779.Whether in dresses or t-shirts, women make a statement in IsraelEvery time I say I grew up with four older brothers, I get questions about the way it affected me, being the last child and the only girl. Understandingly, theres the famous comment that I probably grew up like a princess, which couldnt be more wrong. My mom used to dress me up in dresses and all sorts four boys (You can say she used me as her own private mannequin). Despite that, as I grew up, all I wanted was to be as cool as my brothers and wear Nirvana t-shirts with saggy pants. Even though I grew out of it and now theres nothing wrong with wearing pants and t-shirts Im still very much a girl. In my home, I watched both my mom and my dad after cockroaches (which I still cant handle to this day, even if my life depended on it). My interests and hobbies were affected by what I saw back home and the environone of my favorite activities, regardless of my femininity. My parents, my brothers and my friends always gave me could never be a barrier that would prevent me from achieving whatever I want. In recent years there are many examples of efforts to make changes in womens roles everywhere. A lot of it has to do with discussing issues in a more transparent way sexual harassment, wage differences and even parenthood. I have been present while these battles for change occur both in Israel, and here in the U.S. After meeting so many inspiring women both here and in Israel, which only made my opinion about womens roles in changing society grow stronger, I started thinking: Does the way I live my life and my perspective about women really represent what is going on with women in Israel? Before Israel got its independence in 1948, female discrimination was a given not just in Israel all over the world. The changes in Israel began with the Second Aliyah, in the early years of the 21th century, when women came from different parts of the world while holding different points of view regarding their status in society. Women began demanding equal opportunities in key positions at different organizations such as Hashomer (Jewish defense organization) and Hapoel Hatzair (nonMarxist, Zionist and socialist organization, active in Palestine). In the 1940s, The League for Womens Rights in Israel was founded, after a long battle regarding womens roles in the Israeli Knesset. A few years later, women were granted full equality of rights when the Declaration of Independence expressly stated, The State of Israel ... shall maintain complete equality of social and political rights for all its citizens, regardless of religion, race or gender. As a result, since then, there is no legal impediment to women in Israel from participating actively in Israeli public life. As a matter of fact, the Declaration of Independence was signed by non-other than Golda Meir. In 1969, she became the prime minister of Israel, making Today, the population of Israel is 50.5 percent female and 49.5 percent male. According to the Central Bureau of Statistics in Israel, the average monthly income gap between men and women is 27 percent. On average, the monthly income of an employed woman is $2,126 compared to the overall employee average salary of $3,110. It is explained that part of the wage gap between the sexes stems from the difference in the number of working hours of men and women (44.9 hours per week for men and 36.7 hours per week for women). Over the years, there have been some laws passed to guarantee the continuation of equal rights, such as: Womens Equal Rights Law, Employment (equal opportunities) Law and the Prevention of Sexual Harassment Law. One of the biggest milestones in change has occurred in the army system during mid s when a woman named Alice Miller petitioned the High Court of Justice for the chance to be a combat pilot. Before her petition, women in IDF couldnt vie for the position of combat pilot. Although Miller did not pass the pilot course, this precedent-setting ruling opened doors for women in Israel to positions they had never been able to hold in the IDF before. of their lives makes me feel proud as an Israeli woman thrive, especially with the support of feminist activism. changes in the past show how far we went and especially how far we can go in this democratic state. In my mind it is very much plausible. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Ali Kitenplon and Josh Ludin were married Feb. 15 in Nassau, The Bahamas. The bride is the daughter of Ivy and David Kitenplon of St. Petersburg. She is a graduate of the University of Miami with a bachelors degree in communications. The bridegroom is the son of Judy and Eric Ludin of St. Petersburg. He is a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelors degree Grandmothers are Marietta Drucker and Arlene Ludin, both of St. Petersburg. The couple reside in Huntington Beach, CA, where they own and operate Kit Media, a web design and Kitenplon/Ludin
PAGE 8 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY MAY 4 17, 2018 Israel at SPECIAL SECTION at SPECIAL SECTION The largest ever celebration of statehood, marking the Israels milestone 70th anniversary, was held on Mt. Herzl in Jerusalem and featured more than 1,500 participants, including 150 musicians, 400 choir singers, 350 dancers and hundreds of held on April 18, coincided with the date on the Jewish calendar for the Declaration of Independence, May 14, 1948. There are those who seek to extinguish the light that emanates from Zion. I promise you; it will not happen~ ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU on the 70th anniversary of Israels Declaration of IndependenceHadas Parush/Flash90By BEN SALES JTA news serviceOne year after Israels establishment, in the dead of night, three students ascended a tower at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York The next morning, the Conservative rabbinical That act of surreptitious Zionist protest was one of several at JTS during the years surrounding 1948, when Israel gained independence, Michael Greenbaum wrote in an essay in Tradition Renewed, a JTS history cellor, Louis Finkelstein, opposed American Judaism focusing all its efforts across an ocean, and also needed to appease a board wary of Jewish colleagues at the Union Theological Seminary, the Protestant school next door, to play the anToday, nearly all American Jewish institutions even in the years after the Jewish state won its independence 70 years ago, that feeling was not How 1948 changed American Jews1948 continued on PAGE 11
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Israel at SPECIAL SECTION PAGE 10 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY MAY 4 17, 2018 OPEN YEAR ROUND 7 DAYS A WEEKPark Place Center 9015 Park Blvd. Seminole (727) 391-8393GOOD FORTUNE TODAY AND ALWAYS (JNS) The Iron Dome missiledefense system has been voted the winner of Israels Ministry of Economy and Industry contest ranking of the greatest Israeli inventions of all time, in honor of Israels 70th Independence Day. 70 Israel inventions were listed and then whittled down to the top nine by 52,000 participants. In the second stage, some 63,000 online participants had to choose the single greatest Israeli invention. the Iron Dome missile-defense system. St. Petersburgs own Eric Lynn, who worked for the State Department during the Obama administration, was instruback the system. Between 2011 and 2016, Iron Dome reportedly intercepted about 1,500 targets, a success rate of some 90 percent. Behind the Iron Dome, the invention competition chose the Waze international navigation system; the drip-irrigation targeted watering system; Disk On Key data storage; the surgical-assistance robot Watergen, which extracts water for use from the air; durable Shoresh sandals; Check Point IT security software and hardware; and the military spy satellite Ofek. The inventions are excellent ex amples of Israeli ingenuity, innovation and creativity that provide solutions world and bring a lot of national pride for Israel, said Economy and Industry Minister Eli Cohen. Iron Dome missile defense system voted top Israeli invention Photo by Nati Shohat/Flash90 In 1948, conventional wisdom considered the newly re-established Jewish state insolvent economically, indefensible militarily, a basket case, totally dependent upon handouts. In 2018, Forbes Magazine quoted Warren Buffett : Im not Jewish, but Israel reminds me of the USA after its birth. The determination, motivation, intelligence and initiative of its people are remarkable and extraordinary. Im a big believer in Israels economy. According to F orbes, Buffett just purchased a $358 million stake in Teva Pharmaceutical, 1.8 percent of Tevas outstanding shares. In 2006, Buffetts Berkshire Hathaway purchased an 80 percent stake in Israels Iscar for $4 billion, In 2013, Berkshire bought out the remaining 20 percent for $2 billion. Other Israeli companies pur chased by Berkshire include eVolution Networks, creators of wireless network energy savings software, Ray-Q Interconnect, a distributor of electronic components and AgroLogic, a designer of electronic control units for agriculture. The new book, Israel Island of Success by Adam Reuter and Noga Kainan, provides more critical data on Israels surging economy between 1987 and 2017: from 4.4 million to 8.75 million $8,000 to $41,000; national debt 59 percent cent to 30 percent; U.S. foreign aid from 7 percent to $102 billion; from 4 percent to 65 percent (66 percent of electricity consumption); desalinated water, from 3 percent to 50 percent; cent (450 percent in 1985) to 0.30 percent; years; womens participation in the job market, from 36 percent to 58 percent. Since the year 2000, Israels economy has grown 65 percent, the second best among the 34 OECD (Organization for Economic and Development) countries. Israels unemployment is 4 percent, the lowest in 40 years. Brain drain? During 1980-2010, 30,000 Israelis with academic degrees left Israel for a year or more, while 265,000 olim(new Jewish immigrants) with academic degrees settled in Israel, representing a net gain of 235,000. In 2018, Silicon Valley giant, KLA Tencor, acquired Israels Orbotech for $3.4 billion. Other recent top sales of Israel companies include: Intel acquired Mobileye ($5 billion), Lucent acquired Chromatis ($4.75 billion), HP acquired Mercury ($4.5 billion), Sundisk a cquired M-Systems ($1.6 billion), Mitsubishi acquired Neurodrum ($1.1 billion) and This article was originally published at www.TheEttingerReport. com. Malka Isaak is a retired attorney who now resides in Odessa with her husband, Sam. But in 1948, she was a 12-year-old living in Israel and a witness to the historic birth of the Jewish state. Born in 1936 in Czechoslovakia, her family moved to pre-state Israel in 1938, which coincided with the ascension of Hitler and Nazism in to the Jewish people throughout Eastern Europe. Isaak grew up primarily in Netanya, along the Mediterranean coast. Her parents were part of Etzel, an underground organization that rose up against the British army. She recalls hiding guns and learning how to shoot at a young age a necessary part of growing up at this time. Although there was a shortage of food, Isaak said she and her family all came together to do their part. Isaak told her story as part of the weeklong community celebration of Israel at 70. The program, which also featured a talk, via Skype, with ABC newsman Martin Fletcher, ily JCC. The program was moderated by Debbie Doliner. Isaak shared an emotionally charged story of when she and her voted for Eretz Yisrael, the Land of Israel, to become a nation: It was already past midnight. Many people didnt even have a radio, but the radios were blasting out the vote, yes, no, yes, no. And the minute there were enough votes for the establishment of the State of Israel Im going to cry my town, Netanya, had 40,000 people (and) at least 20,000 people were there, everybody started dancing the hora. And they danced and they danced and they continued to dance. The Tampa JCCs and Federation collaborated with Misaviv LaMedura the program to the community. is an initiative which began about two years ago with the purpose of connecting Israels founding generation and its younger generations and to increase awareness and knowledge of the stories of the early years of Israels statehood. The project uses these inter-generational connections to create awareness of the courage and resilience of the founding generation.Tampa area woman recalls childhood in Israel at dawn of statehoodIsraels economy exceeds expectations
its affairs, and to dial down his insistence that American Jews move to Israel. In exchange, Blaustein recognized the necessity and desirability of supporting Israel in its nation building. The 1950s were the heyday of American Jewish assimilation, said Sara Hirschhorn, an Israel studies professor at Oxford University. It was the postwar era, ing from the same things everyone bill, all kinds of ways for people to they wanted to continue to make the most of that. Gaining acceptance Nevertheless, Israel began to show up in American Jewish religious practice. A Conservative prayer book published in 1949 had readings about Israel, but not the prayer for Israel that is now standard in many prayer books. Religious schools gradually shifted their pronunciation of Hebrew from European Ashkenazic to Sephardligious leaders, like Finkelstein of JTS, eventually were sidelined. The biggest shift, Sarna said, was American Jewry viewing Judaisms history as one of destruction and rebirth. That outlook posed the Holocaust and the establishment of Israel as its two poles and, Sarna said, remains dominant in American Jewish thinking today. He noted that Israels Holocaust Remembrance Day and its Independence Day are commemorated about a week apart by design. The theme of destruction and rebirth becomes a very important theme in the lives of American Jews, he said. So much so that American Jews dont know the have bought the idea that its all about the Holocaust being linked to the birth of the State of Israel. American Jews became more open in their celebration of Israel about a decade after 1948. Exodus, the 1958 novel by Leon Uris that painted Israel in heroic terms, was a national best-seller and was adapted into a popular movie in 1960 starring Paul Newman and Eva Marie Saint. In 1961, the Yiddish star Molly Picon starred in a Broadway musical about a visit by American Israel at SPECIAL SECTION JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 11 MAY 4 17, 2018 1948CONTINUED from PAGE 8in the Reform movement, felt support for a Jewish homeland would cause their loyalty to America to be called into question. The other side was represented by Louis onist aspirations. By the time Israel declared independence on May 14, 1948, American Jews, scarred by images of the Holocaust and Nazism and inspired by newsreels of tanned kibbutzniks, were largely supportive turning out for organized political advocacy and mass tourism to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Instead they were getting used to the idea of a incorporating it into their culture, prayers and religious outlook. North American Jewish support for Israel was turbocharged by the Truman administrations quick recognition of the state, and by the Israeli armys victory against the Arab states in its war of independence. Meyerson (later Meir), raised $400,000 in one day (the equivalent of some $4 million today) on behalf of the provisional state on just one stop in Montreal. In the weeks following independence, she started a drive in the United States and Canada for $75 million more (or about $750 million in 2018 dollars). There was a sense that once America recognized the state, wanted to link with the winners, said Jonathan Sarna, a professor of Jewish history at Brandeis University. It was growing very quickly, it took in all of these refugees, which solved that problem. After Israel secured its independence, American Jews began to engage with the new nation in small ways. There was no rush of tourism, but American Jews would show their support by purchasing goods from Israel, reading books about Israel or holding Israeli dance classes in their community centers. Heres this new state they had to kind of develop this relationship with, [and] the cultural realm was really the place it was happening, Emily Alice Katz, author of the 2015 book Bringing Zion Home, said in a podcast. There were these years in which it wasnt as much about rallying the troops for these massive outpourings of aid or pothis coming to know Israel. 1950s America and the assimilation factor Part of the reticence to support Israel stemmed from the ethos of 1950s America, with its focus on suburban growth, the melting pot and assimilation. Against that backdrop, American Jews were trying to prove they belonged as social and cultural equals in American society. So again they were fearful of dual loyalty charges that could stem from vocal support for a Jewish state. In a watershed moment in that debate, Israeli Prime Minister 1950 to Jacob Blaustein, president of the American Jewish Committee, which for many years had been hesitant to throw its support behind the Jewish national movement. for American Jewry or intervene in Jews to Israel, Milk and Honey, which ran for more than 500 performances. A few years later, the Israel Pavilion at the New York Worlds Fair showcased the countrys charms. And as Cold War tensions continued into the 1960s, Israel began to be seen as a U.S. ally against the Soviet Union. In 1967, Israels existence was again threatened by Arab armies. Between the anxious buildup to that war and Israels lightning victory, American Jewish acceptance of Israel had turned to adulation, placing the Jewish state at the center of their identity. The few dissenters are found on ous haredi Orthodox movements, and in the quiet grumblings of some mainstream leaders and rabbis who think the emphasis on Israel has thwarted the development of distinctly American Judaism. Slowly but surely, Israel became more important for American Jews, Sarna said. is at ing importance, but at the same Israels centrality. We dont just Stand with Israel. We Stand IN Israel. Ensuring a Jewish future. Thiers And ours. Happy 70th Birthday, Israel!suncoast hillels .orgOver the past nine years, we have sent more than 400 students to Israel.
Israel at SPECIAL SECTION PAGE 12 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY MAY 4 17, 2018 119 2nd St. N. St. Pete 727.498.8627MEZE119.COM Mazel Tov! coin.comFrom strength to strength on 70 years Wishes the best for www.atheniangardens.com for 6940 22nd Ave. N. 727.345.7040 2220 4th St. N. 727.822.2000 ATHENIAN GARDEN LOCATIONSVisit our showroom7171 22nd Ave. N. St. Petersburg (727) 381-3111 www.rentallcity.com Owned and operated by the Pinsker family since 1960 A Celebration of Our Heritage Building a better world through healing, teaching and research in Israel teaching and research in Israel Happy AnniversaryTHE ST PET ERS BURG CHAPTER OF H ADASSAH www.hadassah.org/stpete LY L AH PINELLAS CHAPTER OF H ADASSAH www.hadassah.org/lylahpinellas N OR T H PINELLAS CHAPTER OF H ADASSAH www.hadassah.org/northpinellas Happy Anniversary By BOB FRYER Jewish PressWhen Heather Hammerling was a student at USF St. Petersburg, studying to be a teacher, she went on a Birthright trip to Israel. It rekindled her interest in Judaism and sparked a desire to return to Israel. During the Birthright trip she heard of the Masa Israel Journey program, which offers a variety of experiences for American Jews who wish to come to Israel for a longer stay. One of the options is teaching English to Israeli students, so after she graduated in December 2016 and began teaching second grade at Lakeview Fundamental School in St. Petersburg, she applied for the program. Last September, she joined the Masa program and was assigned to teach at a school in Netanya, a city on the Mediterranean coast not far from Tel Aviv. Hammerling, 24, will complete her 10-month stay in Israel soon and plans to return to teach third grade in St. Petersburg. We asked her to share memories of her experiences in Israel, including the recent ceremonies to for Israel and the nations celebration of its 70th anniversary. Here are her responses, edited for length: Tell us what you like about teaching English to Israeli students and what the challenges are? Teaching English to Israeli students is extremely rewarding, however, as with any job, there are daily challenges, the main thing being the language barrier. The teaching environment in Israel is much more casual; the students I love how excited the students started teaching in September, the students had a much smaller vocabulary and communicating worked with the students for eight months, I am really getting to see their progress and see them having breakthroughs. I have also learned what their personal interests are and can use them to engage the students in English lessons. My students are very interested in American culture and I have had a lot of fun teaching them about certain holidays and U.S. For example, we did a lesson on Halloween and Thanksgiving and we talk about football and American pop culture. Tell us about sights and places you have visited in Israel, your interactions with the Israeli people and how life in Israel differs from life in the U.S. Over the holidays, when we are off from school, I have had the opportunity to travel and explore Israel. This has been a huge highlight of my time here. I have volunteered on a kibbutz, hiked part of the Israel National Trail and have had time to see both the north and south of Israel. The geography Local teacher learns a lot about Israel, her Judaism during 10-month journey St. Petersburg resident and Masa Israel Teaching Fellow Heather Hammerling (center) stands with cohorts who are teaching in various schools across Israel at Masa Israel Journeys annual Yom Hazkikaron ceremony to remember Israels fallen soldiers and victims of terror.is really amazing, and the weather here makes being outside possible all year long. I live within walking distance of my school and oftentimes I see my students and their families out and about. I feel very well taken care of and embraced by the community. I am never alone on Shabbat and have had dinner at the homes of my students, my colleagues and various members of the community. This is very different than in the U.S, where work and personal life are much more compartmentalized. How has this experience enhanced or changed your views of Judaism? I was raised Reform [in Montclair, NJ]. However, after my Bat Mitzvah my involvement in Jewish life was almost non-existent. It was not until my Birthright trip that I started to become curious about my Jewish identity and desired to explore it further. This experience has had a positive impact on the development of my Jewish identity. I feel much more connected to Israel and value the Jewish traditions. I have loved celebrating Shabbat every Friday and recognizing the Jewish holidays. I plan to continue these traditions when I return. Can you tell us about what you felt and heard at the Yom Hazikaron and Israel Independence Day ceremonies? The ceremonies surrounding Yom Hazikaron and Israel Independence Day were very emotional for me. It was truly heartbreaking to realize that almost anyone you speak to in Israel has lost someone in the armed forces. I have felt very safe while living in Israel, and I know it is due to the young men and women in the armed forces who put their lives at risk every day. However, until it is brought to your attention and you hear the stories, it almost doesnt feel real. Now that I have this personal connection to Israel, these ceremonies made me feel extremely proud for the nation of Israel and grateful for the opportunities I have here. What are some of your most treasured experiences from participating in this program and your time spent in Israel? The ability to live in another country and experience another culture so fully has been my most treasured experience. Israel is such a unique place and I do not think you can really understand how precious it is until youve lived here. I love how on Fridays the entire country begins to slow down for Shabbat, and Saturdays are a clear day of rest. The emphasis on spending time with family is really heartwarming. If you go to a park on a Saturday, you will see tons of families sitting outside having picnics and barbeques.
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(JNS) The population of Israel now numbers 8.842 million people, a tenfold increase since the states establishment, according to a special report published by the Central Bureau of Statistics for the Jewish states 70th Anniversary. According to the report, 805,000 people lived in Israel in 1948. At the states centennial in 2048, the population is expected to reach 15.2 million. The data showed that Israels population comprises 6.589 million Jews residents (74.5 percent of the total), 1.849 million Arabs (20.9 percent) and 404,000 (4.6 percent) others: non-Arab Christians, people of other Over the past year, the population has grown by 163,000, or 1.9 percent, the report said. During this period, 177,000 babies were born, 28,000 people made aliyah, and 41,000 people died. Since the founding of the state, some 3.2 million two largest immigration waves began with Israels establishment and ended in the mid-1950s, with 700,000-plus immigrants arriving during these years, almost doubling the states population in four years. The second large wave came in the 1990s, when an estimated 900,000 immigrants from the former Soviet Union arrived, making up more than 10 percent of Israels total population. The report noted that in 1949 there were 500 communities in Israel, which grew to 1,214 by 2016. Today, some 44 percent of Israelis live in the nations 16 largest cities. Israels capital, Jerusalem, is the countrys largest city, with 882,000 residents. The remaining 15 Ashdod, Beersheva, Givatayim, Hadera, Haifa, Herzliya, Holon, Kfar Saba, Netanya, Petach Tikva, Raanana, Ramat Gan, Rehovot, Rishon Lezion and Tel Aviv each has more than 100,000 people. For Israel, Adams maintains that the race represents an antidote to BDS. He lieves that through cycling and sports in general, Israel has the opportunity to showcase everything positive about the country to the world, showing the beauty of our country and exposing an accurate view of Israel that people dont always read about in local newspapers. Continued Adams: It is priceless to show viewers something different in non-polemical way let people come and see our open and pluralistic society. Let them see that we have 21 percent Arabs in our country many who join the army and work in the Knesset, who work as judges in the Supreme Court, as doctors, lawyers, as policeman, incorporated into every part of society. Two teams from Arab countries will be participating in the race: from Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. BDS activists said they shouldnt come, and the athletes ignored them because they had two options: to participate in the Giro, the second-biggest competition in the world, or not, said Adams. In all, some 22 teams from nearly 20 countries participate in the race, which comprises three weeks, or 21 days, of biking roughly 2,200 miles. For non-Jews around the world, the event will show that Israel is open, free, democratic and safe, and move the needle when it comes to tourism by inviting a billion viewers to Israel, he said. Adams also voiced his hope that the Jewish people will be proud that Israel is hosting this event on its 70th anniversary. We must take great pride in the homeland of the Jewish people and its achievements. It belongs to all Jewish people, not just Israelis, but all of us. Outside of promoting Israel to non-Jews and Jew alike, another goal is to expand the alreadystrong cycling culture in Israel. Adams is the driving force behind Israels only professional cycling team the Israel Cycling Academy, which is competing in the Giro as well as the man behind the building of the Middle Easts completed this year in Tel Aviv. All around the country, there are hundreds of cyclists riding together and a growing number of cycling clubs, he related. Israel can reach the highest of the sport and race internationally. By bringing the absolute best athletes in the world, who will ride right in front of peoples homes, Im hopeful that Israeli kids and their parents will be inspired by the event, buy a bike and join our fast-growing sport. Israel at SPECIAL SECTION PAGE 14 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY MAY 4 17, 2018 www.blindandshuttergallery.comfrom your friends at from your friends at 11125 Park Blvd. Seminole 33772 727-393-6669 www.gogreekvillage.comOPEN: Monday Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed SundayHappy BirthdayIsrael Opa! A BEACON OF FREEDOM2201 Feather Sound Dr. Clearwater, FL 33762 727.498.0005 www.fscc.club Saluting Israel burkartco.comKEVIN M. BURKART 1877 Drew Street Clearwater 727.279.5415 20shekels.com The Land of Milk and HoneyA toast to [ ] Floral Design Studio rf ntb 6700 Central Ave., St. Petersburg By ELIANA RUDEE Jewish News SyndicateThe biggest biking event in the history of the Jewish state has arrived, placing Israel in the center of the sporting map. The Giro dItalia is second only to the Tour de France as professional cyclings most important race. history, the event began outside of Europe, with three days of racing in Israel starting on May 4 in Jerusalem. The driving force behind bringing the race to Israel is Canadian-Israeli philanthropist Sylvan Adams, a passionate biker and the honorary president of Giro dItalias Big Start in Israel. The almost 60-year-old immigrated to Israel last year from Montreal, where he made his living in real estate. According to Adams, the Giro will be the largest and most sigIsrael. Last year, the race was broadcast on television to 840 million people worldwide. This year, viewership is expected to be 1 billion during the three days and 16 hours of television coverage. Tens of thousands of tourists are expected to see it in real time. And some 25,000 people will be on hand to make the race go smoothly, making it the largest event ever held in Israel, both in terms of people watching and working. Tens of thousands of tourists are expected. sites such as the Western Wall, the Dome of the Rock and the Israel Museum, all in Jerusalem. In the second stage of the race, cyclists will ride in Haifa, Mount Carmel, Akko, Nazareth and Caesarea. They will proceed to Netanya, Tel beach. In the third stage, the cyclists will ride around Beersheva and by the Mitzpeh Ramon Crater, enjoying the Negev landscape, all the way to Eilat. The race will then move on to Italy. It will be dramatic in terms of the scenery, said Adams, who beIsraels scenic roads and sound weather, historical sites, restaurants and a wonderful cycling culture. Israel ready for its close-up as Big Start spot for Giro DItalia, one of worlds top cycling races Photos courtesy of Israel Cycling AcademySylvan Adams, a Canadian-Israeli, philantropist, training with Israel Cycling Academy. Sylvan Adams was instrumental in bringing Giro D Italia to Israel.Israels population tops 8.8 million on 70th anniversary
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Largo, FL 33773 Serving the Pinellas County Jewish Community since 1968The Jewish Burial Society of Pinellas County Inc. dba Chapel Hill Memorial Park is a 501 (c) (3) non-prot corporation licensed by the State of Florida By JON KALISH JTA news serviceNEW YORK (JTA ) Like Holocaust museums the world over, the Amud Aish Memorial Museum in Brooklyn focuses on European Jewish communities that thrived before the Nazis came to power, the killing machine that led to millions of deaths, and the resilience of survivors both during the war and in rebuilding their Jewish lives in the aftermath. But the small museum also has a particular focus: telling the story of the Shoah through the eyes of Orthodox Jews. Its current exhibit, for example, focuses on Jews who escaped to Shanghai in the 1930s -a familiar story in which 20,000 nese-occupied area, one of the few safe havens in the world that did not require a visa. But the Amud Aish display includes photos and documents from the Bais Yaakov school in thodox girls school movement that originated in Europe and spread to America. The exhibit also documents how students from the famed Lublin Yeshiva in Poland made a monthlong walk to Vilna, Lithuania, before proceeding to Shanghai. I felt that the Orthodox communitys story throughout the Holocaust is really not that welldocumented and theres a lot to be mined in that story, said the museums director, Rabbi Sholom Friedmann. Were looking at how these Jews during the worst of times looked to their faith, looked to Jewish law as a means to make some sort of meaning out of their experience, and to be able to move forward and have the resilience that they did. Located in the decidedly nonOrthodox neighborhood of Mill Basin, Amud Aish is housed in the headquarters of The Americare Companies, a home health care provider owned by Elly Kleinman, who is president of the museum. There are no visible they have arrived at the museum. A receptionist buzzes visitors into the 1,000-square-foot exhibition space. Visits are by a ppoint ment o nly. Amud Aish is Hebrew for pillar that guided the Jews at night as they wandered the desert during the Exodus from Egypt. The museums mission statement declares that the lessons of the Holocaust are a guiding light for us. Personal connections Friedmann, a Detroit native who completed a fellowship in Holocaust education at the Imperial War Museum in London, came up with the name. The museum is staffed mostly by the children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors, includingKleinman, its founder, and Friedmann, the son of a Belgian Holocaust survivor. Other members of the nine-person staff include acquisitions curator Chavi Felsenburg, whose grandmother was a hidden child and whose grandfather survived six concentration camps; collections manager Perachya Sorscher, whose grandfather managed to get extra food to the Satmar rebbe in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp; and chief curator Henri Lustiger-Thaler, whose mother was liberated from Bergen-Belsen. I feel like Im doing something that they would be very proud of and very, very meaningful to our family, said Felsenburg Rescue efforts One of Felsenburgs acquisitions include a rescue plea written on a piece of coat lining and smuggled out of a ghetto in southern France. We actually had known that such a plea was sent out, she said of the document, which was rolled up and disguised as a cigarette. We were re-housing a collection, putting it into sheet protectors and there it is. I did not expect to see Friedman said Amud Aish has a large collection of documents pertaining to Orthodox rescue efforts. This includes documents related to the rescue activities of Solomon Schonfeld, a British rabbi who saved thousands of Jews, many of them children, by arranging for South American travel papers, kindertransports to England and temporary refuge in various British territories. His efforts were conducted under the auspices of the Religious Emergency Council, which was created by Schonfelds father-in-law, Joseph Hertz, the chief rabbi of England. Amud Aish also has the papers of Mike Tress, a Brooklyn businessman who was the grandfather of Rabbi Dovid Reidel, a Bobover chasid who serves as the museums director of research and archives. The Tress Collection, like some of the other donations, had been sitting in an attic or basement for 60 years. After the invasion of Poland, he gives up his business, he throws himself full force into trying to rescue Jews, Reidel said of his grandfather. Hes using his personal money, hes selling his stocks to put that money into those rescue efforts. Tress made weekly trips from his home in Brooklyn to Washington, D.C., where he met with First cials at the State Department. Reidel said his grandfather violated the prohibition against travel on the Sabbath because his mission involved pikuach nefesh, the saving of a human soul. One Saturday Tress joined Jacob Rosenheim, president of the umbrella group for Orthodox Jewry, Agudath Israel, at the State Department. They were desperate to get a visa to the U.S. Embassy in Moscow for Rabbi Aharon Kotler, an Orthodox Jewish leader in Lithuania. The way Reidel tells the story, Breckenridge Long, an assistant secretary at the State Department, was convinced of the gravity of the situation because these Orthodox Jews were willing to violate their Sabbath, and he intervened. Kotler made it out of the Soviet Union and went on to found Beth Medrash Govoha in New Jersey, also known as the Lakewood Yeshiva, which is thought to be the largest yeshiva in the world. Artifacts of note One of Amud Aishs most precious objects is a book in which the Chevra Kadisha, or burial society, at Bergen-Belsen recorded deaths and burials of the concentration camps survivors who died after the camp was liberated. The Chevra Kadisha at Bergen-Belsen, established right after it was liberated, was organized by a rabbi who served as a chaplain in the British Army. The book was donated by the relative of a camp survivor who was part of the burial society. Also of great value in the museums collection are the hundreds of responsa -rabbinical decisions in response to legal and moral questions submitted by Jews. The responsa tell us what questions [observant] Jews were struggling with, said Michael Berenbaum, who served as the project director during the creation of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., and was involved in the establishment of Steven Spielbergs oral history project, now known as the Shoah Foundation-The Institute for Visual History and Education. Telling a certain story Asked whether a separate museum is needed to focus on the Holocaust through the eyes of the Orthodox, Berenbaum replied: A museum is not an encyclopedia, therefore it has to tell a certain story. And by virtue of telling a certain story, it omits other stories. This [Amud Aish] is a corrective part of the story. Berenbaum does see some thorny issues the new museum may encounter, including the matter of Jewish children who had been living as gentiles with gentile families. Although he praised the Orthodox for doing a heroic job of reuniting these children with the Jewish people, there is what he termed an interesting value tension when considering what was in the best interests of the child in such situations. Another challenge is grappling with the dynamics of the Holocausts impact on religious belief. If they tell the story of Jews who preserved their faith in a moment of darkness, they may not tell the story of the Jews who lost their faith in a moment of darkness, Berenbaum said. If they do it correctly, they will present the dilemma. The Shanghai exhibit drew Lakewood, who brought four of one of the Lublin Yeshiva students Amud Aish a number of items, including a yellow receipt good for a meal at a soup kitchen in Vilna in 1939. The ticket went unused called in by Russian authorities for questioning about his visa applicapulsively held on to documentation, including a ticket booklet for the Trans-Siberian Railway and a did make it to Shanghai. After the living as a watchmaker and jewelry manufacturer. He died in 2008. God was always on his lips, God gave him the ability to persevere. Asked why he lent his fathers documents to Amud Aish, Gelbnot only the lives of those who perished but more than anything else were transmitting the way life continues. And the way survivors rebuilt their lives. Thats what this museums about. (Manhattan-based radio journalist Jon Kalish has reported for NPR since 1980. Find him at www. kalish.nyc. Twitter: @kalishjon)A Holocaust museum in Brooklyn tells the story through the eyes of Orthodox Jews A small suitcase taken to the Budapest ghetto by a family named Horowitz, holding family photos, postcards and a challah cover, is on display at the Amud Aish Memorial Museum in Brooklyn. belonging to Isaac Avigdor, a young Polish rabbi imprisoned at Mauthausen, are on display at the Amud Aish Memorial Museum. Avigdor inmates during his imprisonment.
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The meeting will be at Temple Ahavat Shalom, 1575 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor. For more information, call Janice Caine at (727) 7263735 or Betty Slavney at (727) 446-5895.Young AdultsBrew bus adventure: The #Gather group will go on a brew bus adventure on Sunday, June 3 from noon to 4 p.m. The cost is $10 for unlimited bus rides throughout the day on the local loop bus as folks stop at various breweries, restaurants and bars in Tampa. Food and beverages are at the cost of participants. For information on where to meet, visit: https://www.bryanglazerfamilyjcc.com/gather or https://www.jcccohncampus.com/ programs/young-adults. #Gather offers a mix of social and interactive activi ties designed to help young adults connect. It is open to young adults of all faiths and backgrounds. For more information or to RSVP for any #Gather events, visit: www.bryanglazerfamilyjcc.com/gather or contact Lisa Robbins at email@example.com or (813) 769-4723. Cheese tasting: The 20s-30s group, sponsored by Congregation Schaarai Zedek, invites all young adults to a Shavuot Cheese Tasting at Cheese Please restaurant, 3225 S MacDill Ave, Tampa, on Thursday, May 17 from 6:30 8 p.m. Meet at Cheese Please for an evening of Torah Trivia for Shavuot as well as several courses of wine and cheese. Cost is $20 per person. For questions, contact Lindsey Dewey at firstname.lastname@example.org or (813) 876-2377, ext. 221. RSVP at www.zedek.org/20s30s. 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. Â On May 14, the topic will be, How to Ace a Phone, Skype or Online Interview . Â 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. Â On May 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the topic is Is Y our Brand Helping You Land a Job? On May 31 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. the topic is Financial Fundamentals for Now and the Future. The workshops are free for Â TampaBay-Job-Links Â full program participants and $15 for guests. Reservations required for all programs. Â To RSVP, call (813) 3440200, email Â RSVP@TBJL.org. 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 Â RSVP@TBJL.org.Support groupsAlzheimers caregiver group: Menorah Manor offers a support group meeting in the Samson Nursing Center at Menorah Manor, 255 59th St. N., 3:30-5 p.m. Â For more information, call Gwen Kaldenberg at (727) 302-3750. Jordan Leah Weisberg, daughter of Seth and Angela Weisberg of Palm Harbor, will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, May 19 at Temple Ahavat Shalom in Palm Harbor. A seventh grade Principals List student at Dunedin Highland Middle School, Jordan is enrolled in the Center for Gifted Studies. A member of the schools track team, Jordan also enjoys rock climbing and biking. Seth and Angela Weisberg will host a party at Bon Apptit on Saturday, May 19. Special guests will include Jordans great-grandfather and other grandparents along with family from New York and Connecticut. Isabella Arely Grodin, daughter of Jill Grodin of Palm Harbor, will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, May 12 at Temple Ahavat Shalom in Palm Harbor. A seventh-grade student at Palm Harbor Montessori School, Isabella is a member of the schools swim team and has studied the Suzuki method of viola. Active in musical theater, Isabella has participated twice in the Moscow Nutcracker in St. Petersburg and also in Ruth Eckerd Musical Theatre and ballet, and this year was in her schools production of Fame. She also enjoys swimming, reading and traveling.For her mitzvah project Isabella has been volunteering at Suncoast Animal Rescue. Jill Grodin will host a luncheon on Saturday, May 12. Special guests will include family from out of town.Jordan Leah Weisberg Isabella Arely Grodin
JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 17 MAY 4 17, 2018 Call today for more information.727-302-3800 255 59th Street N St. Petersburg, FL 33710www.MenorahManor.org/Rehabilitation Exceptional rehabilitation, luxurious surroundings. Womens spring lunch features Israels contribution to humanity Fagl Oxman introduces Dr. Heimer Toni Rinde shares closing remarks (L-R) Lion of Judah Chair, Jeanie Abelson with new Womens Philanthropy society members: Jackie Kanner and Ellen Weiss, Lion of Judah; Maxine Kaufman, Pomegranate SocietyMore than 30 women joined together for a thought-provoking program exploring Israels contributions to humanity on April 19. The lunch for Lions of Judah and Pomegranate Society members which was organized by the Jewish Federation held at the Sandpearl Resort, and featured Dr. Malcolm Heimer, a Baptist-raised engineer who fell in love with Israel some 30 years ago. The groups of Lions of Judah and Pomegranate Society. In addition to Heimers dynamic presentation, which featured powerful imagery and videos on everything from arts to agriculture, three new philanthropic women received their society pins: Jackie Kanner and Ellen Weiss as Lions of Judah and Maxine Kaufman as a Pomegranate Society member. The Lion of Judah Endowment program was also highlighted, now in its 25th year, as well as the upcoming Lion of Judah conference, to be held January 13-15, 2019 in Miami. Heimer is a retired electrical and biomedical engineer who earned degrees from Bucknell University and Cal Tech before earning his PhD from Penn State Univer sity. His connection to Israel is through his wife, Yael. She was a young pioneer who moved to Israel and lived there for 10 years in the 1950s as a kibbutz member. Daughter in Israel, and Heimer has visited Israel seven times, including twice to give lectures at the Technion. He was raised Baptist in rural Appalachia in central Pennsylvania and never met a Jewish person until college; now, after 30 years of marriage to Yael, they have relocated to Tamarac and he is the president of their communitys AmericanIsraeli Club. For more information about the Federations Womens Philanthropy activities, visit jewishpinellas.org or call (727) 530-3223. Jeanie Abelson with speaker Malcolm Heimer and Heimers wife, YaelUrszula Szczepinska, curator of education and director of research for the Florida Holocaust Museum, will speak at the museum on Sunday, May 20, about researching names of victims of what is known as the Holocaust by Bullets the mass shootings of more than 2 million Jews by the Nazis and their collaborators during the Holocaust. 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 victims is ects for the post-Holocaust generations. Her appearance is jointly sponsored by the museum and the Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay. Everyone is invited to attend the program at no charge. Szczepinska is the author of a study guide for the traveling exhibition on the Holocaust by Bullets by the French organization Yahad-In Unum, which works to locate execution sites and mass graves. She has taught the subject to various audiences, including at USF Tampa. Registration begins at the museum at 1:30 p.m. and the program starts at 2 p.m. Following the talk, an optional self-guided museum tour will be offered at no charge to members of either sponsoring organization. Non-members tour cost is $9. For those planning to include a tour, advanced registration is requested by calling Sally Israel at (727) 343-1652. The museum is located at 55 Fifth St. S., St. Petersburg.Holocaust by Bullets talk is May 20By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN JTA news serviceNEW YORK The co-founder of Birthright Israel, Charles Bronfman, proposed opening a lobby in Jerusalem to demonstrate how Israeli policies will affect North American Jews. Bronfman made the proposal in a May 3 address to graduates of the Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religions campus here, in which he spoke in harsh terms about Israels treatment of non-Orthodox Jews. Bronfman was receiving an honorary doctorate from the college, the The time has come to demonstrate both the negatives as well as the positives that proposed Israeli legislation will have on North American Jewry, the CanadianAmerican businessman and philanthropist said. The lobby would include Israelis and Jews from abroad. Bronfman co-founded the Birthright program, which offers free 10-day-trips to Israel to Jews aged 18-26, along with philanthropist and real estate magnate Michael Steinhardt in 1999. To date, over 600,000 participants from 67 countries have participated in Birthright trips. In his speech, Bronfman slammed the haredi Orthodox Chief Rabbinates religious monopoly in Israel. We have but one Jewish state. It shocks me to the marrow of my bones that Conservative, Reform, Liberal and Reconstructionist Judaism are legally unrecognized by the State of Israel, said Bronfman, who serves as chair of the Israel Policy Forums advisory council. Religious rites in Israel, including marriage, divorce, conversion and burial, are controlled by the Chief Rabbinate, and ceremonies conducted by non-Orthodox rabbis in Israel are not recognized. Bronfman also slammed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for bowing to pressure from his Orthodox coalition partners and freezing last year a compromise agreement intended to create an egalitarian prayer section at the Western Wall.Birthright co-founder proposes opening lobby in Israel to advocate for North American Jews
PAGE 18 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY MAY 4 17, 2018 JNFThe diplomat said the Pales tinians were wrong in thinking the Israeli people would come and go like other groups have before. With a population now of 8.9 million and a Gross Do mestic Product of $40,000 per capita 40 thousand (compared to $53,000 in the U.S.) and climbing, Israel is becoming a leader in the world economy. He later added that Israel can be proud of what weve achieved and should be opti mistic Â of t he future. Even so, he insisted now was not the time to rest on our laurels. Iran remains Israels biggest nemesis. Ayalon said Iran has threatened to raze Tel Aviv. Not only is Iran denying the Holocaust, they want to cause another. Â Iran is very much like 1930s Nazis, he said. If you recall, the Nazis invaded in a very incremental way. Iran wants to do the same thing. They are already in Iraq. They are already in Lebanon. Syria is the missing link and we must keep them away. Â Ayalon also shared his views on the Iran nuclear deal, which is under review with the current U.S. administration. Its common knowledge the Iranians when they negotiated a deal with the U.S., he asserted, adding that the deal gave them an infusion of cash that they then used to sponsor terrorism.I dont believe Iran will attack frontally, Ayalon told the room. The Iranians are no match for Israels capabilities. The best opportunity for them is through terrorism. They have a lot of Hezbollah cells. While Iran was negotiating, Israel was acting, preventing Irans entrenchment in Syria and thwarting attempts of Iran to get weapons of mass destruction to Hezbollah. Then he told the audience another anecdote to explain his never relax worldview. Â Henry Kissinger came to the Middle East after 1973 to visit several countries, said the diplomat. His staffers a few hours free. The staffers decided to send him to the zoo before his next scheduled event. While there, he came upon a lion and a lamb, playing together in a pen. Kissinger was so impressed with seeing this, he searched for and found the zookeeper to ask how he could make this happen. I bring the lion a fresh new lamb every day, said the zookeeper. Â Following Ayalon s talk, JNF Breakfast Chairperson Lynne Merriam spoke before playing a video showing some of the services the JNF provides. Â So many people think JNF is trees, said Merriam. While Israel is now the only country in the world to have more trees than it did a century ago, the main goal is to enhance the quality of life for Israelis all around the world. Â ers, water conservation efforts and Project Baseball: a program that promotes unity through play between Israeli and Arab children, among other projects. Merriam is particularly involved with the Special in Uniform program that trains and helps special needs adults contribute to the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) and is the only country to do so. Her son, who has cerebral palsy, received an honorary invitation to the IDF. Â After the speaking and most of the eating had ended, students from Hillel Academy walked around collect ing donations in paper JNF bags. In return, donors The JNF And heres what we got. Fifthing youre about to see is an exact copy of the original Iranian material, he said, adding: You may want to know where are the originals? Well, I can say theyre now in a very safe place. newspaper that President Donald Trump was told of the operation to retrieve the documents by Mossad Director Yossi Cohen when he visited Washington, D.C., in January. The material was not unveiled until now because the documents had to be analyzed and translated Netanyahu said during his presentation that the information had been shared with the United States and that the United States can vouch for its authenticity. Among the documents, Netanyahu said, is proof of the existence of Project Amad, a program to design, build and test nuclear weapons. The program was scrapped in 2003 after the Gulf War, but work continued in other guises and with the same personnel, according to Netanyahu, citing the documents. Other documents also proved that the Fordow uranium enrichment facility was not intended to produce medical isotopes but uranium for nuclear weapons. Iran is brazenly lying when it says it never had a nuclear weapons program, Netanyahu said. However, Netanyahu did not appear to present evidence of ongoing nuclear activity in violation of the deal signed in 2015 between Iran and six world powers, which traded sanctions relief for a rollback of Irans nuclear program. Netanyahu said he is certain that Trump will do the right thing in deciding whether to stay in the nuclear deal. The right thing for the United States. The right thing for Israel. And the right thing for the peace of the world, he said. Trump is set to decide by May 12 whether the U.S. will remain in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, as the deal is known. In a meeting with reporters in the White House Rose Garden shortly after Netanyahus presentation, Trump said that the disclosure showed that I was 100 per cent right in criticizing the Iran nuclear deal. That is just not an acceptable situation, he also said. Trump declined to say what he would decide on the Iran nuclear deal. Well see what happens. Im not telling you what Im doing, but a lot of people think they know, he said. On or before the 12th, well make a decision. That doesnt mean we wont negotiate a real agreement. The reaction to Netanyahus speech were mixed. [W]hen Iraweapons program, they were lying, James Acton, co-director of the nuclear policy program at the Carnegie Endowment, tweeted. But, we knew that already. The JCPOA was designed on that basis. Opponents of the Iran nuclear not be trusted. Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro wrote that the documents demonstrate that the Obama administration lied constantly and repeatedly to the public about Irans newfound moderation in order to scam the public into approving that allowed Iran to maximize its regional power with income from the West. BNAI EMMUNAHthe sale of the Keystone property rendered the congregation debt free and provided enough money to continue paying the salary of Rabbi Goldstein through the term of her contract. Rabbi Goldstein came to Bnai Emmunah in July 2015. Martin contacted the Jewish Press May 1 to announce the conclosure painful. I met a lot of wonderful people and caring individuals [at Bnai Emmunah] and we, just like a lot of other little places, got caught up in our inability to bring in youth and enough people, he said. The membership, predominately elderly, had dwindled to only about a dozen people, Martin said. Rabbi Boldberg praised the remaining congregants and said, I think it is an incredibly sad day when a congregation like Bnai just for those in the congregation, but for the broader community as well. I will miss the members, will miss the warmth and closeness of the congregation. Rabbi Goldstein said the bonds of those remaining members was very strong and that their attendance at services and classes was extraordi nary. On any given Friday, there is only one time I can think of we did not have a minyan, she said. (At least 10 are required for a minyan). She noted that attendance at Torah study and classes was always good. These are people who are really dedicated and caring. It may have been a small group, but they were there all the time and they loved it, she said. The rabbi said she has accepted another position outside of the area. Our members are visiting other synagogues and Im sure [will] settle somewhere in the future, Martin said. The final Shabbat service on May 25 will be an opportunity for members to say farewell to Rabbi Goldstein. When the congregation moved last year, it gave its bima and ark to Hillels of the Florida Suncoast and both were used at the Hillel facilities at the University of South Florida during High Holidays. Linda Wolf, Hillels assistant director, said the gift was appreciated and will continue to be put to use. Also when the building was sold, an eternal light that was on loan from the Museum of Southern Jewish Experience in Mississippi was returned to the museum, Mar a synagogue in Port Gibson, MS, and burned there for more than 90 years before that congregation disbanded. As for the congregations Torah scroll, We are looking, with the assistance of the URJ [Union for Reform Judaism], for a home for the Torah, Martin said.
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But recently, have recommended the idea of bunching your charitable donations. tax act impacting individuals is the dramatic increase in the standard deduction. Because the standard deduction has almost doubled, it is anticipated that only a small percentage of taxpayers will continue to itemdeductions, such as charitable deductions. In order to continue taking advantage of the charitable deduction, some taxpayers may want to consider strategically structuring their charitable gifts by bunching their donations into one year where they would be able to exceed the standard deductions This bunching strategy makes sense when combined with a contribution to a new or existing donor-advised fund or DAF. With a DAF, the donor receives a tax deduction immediately when contributing to the fund, then the investments in the fund grow tax-free. In some cases, donors may decide to alternate years in which they contribute to their docontinuing to recommend grants to their favorite charities each year. they donate long-term appreciated securities to their funds than if they contribute cash as capital gains taxes are eliminated. TOP also accepts more complex gifts such as private stock, real estate and limited partnership interests. The minimum to establish a donor-advised fund at courage younger philanthropists, TOPs minimum to DAF donors may designate family members to make grant recommendations from their fund, which is a great way to encourage family communications and to teach the next generation philanthropic values. TOPs DAFs encourage fund holders to appoint successor recommenders, which creates a vehicle for multigenerational giving, said Ellen Weiss, TOPs executive director. Many families also are realizing the ease and lower cost of establishing and operating a donor-advised fund compared to a private family foundation. We have seen an increased interest in migrating existing private family foundations when families realize the simplicity of operating a donor-advised fund. Another plus is that DAFs do not have an annual distribution minimum whereas family foundations are required to distribute 5 percent of their assets annually, said Michael Schwartz, an estate planning attorney and TOP Board member. With all of these factors in play, the increased interest in DAFs bodes well for TOP and for the Jewish and greater communities that they substantially impact through distributions, said Weiss. For more information on TOP and its DAF proBunching: A way to take advantage of new tax lawRoslyn Franken knows about hope and healing when it comes to survival and overcoming adversity. Her mother survived the concentration camps of Nazi Europe, including Auschwitz. Her father survived the Nagasaki atomic bomb as a prisoner of war in Jato become a long-term survivor. survivors of the mass shooting at School in Parkland, sharing her parents inspiring story and the her life. That story is told in her book, Meant to Be: A True Story of Might, Miracles and Triumph of the Human Spirit. Her visit to Parkland marked the launch of a speaking tour Franken will make across the United States and Canada. Roslyn was able to bring such a positive experience to my students as they were feeling so down about everything, said Ivy Schamis, who teaches the history of the Holocaust at Stoneman Douglas High. She brought so much brightness and hope to the way they were watching her Roslyn Franken, center, with students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 were killed by a gunman on Feb. 14. All the students received a copy of Frankens book, which details her parents inspiring life story.Tampa Bay author brings personal perspective on triumphing over trauma to Parkland students ing. The kids were very enraptured by what she said and we are so thankful she was able to come to our school because any little bit of healing helps and Roslyn Franken did a lot of healing. Franken said of her talk with the students, We all have a choice in life. We can be bitter or we can choose to be better. So that message, I think, really resonated with the kids. You survived, and youre here, and thats why you need to make the most of your life, like my parents did. Franken also recently spoke about her book at the Israel Independence Day celebration, sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco CounFrankens book is in development through Five Star Studios Inc. For more information about the book or to invite Franken to speak at schools, visit www.Roken.com. (JTA) The American-Israeli man accused of making hundreds of bomb threats to Jewish community centers in the U.S. is suspected of making anBomb threats received by the Israel Police against schools in Tel Aviv and Kfar Saba were traced to Michael Kadar, Israeli news channels reported. Kadar, In a hearing in Magistrates Court in Rishon Lezion on the new charges, police said there have been more originated from the prison. offenses that include publishing false information, causing panic, computer hacking and money launderthe FBI. Early last month, Kadar was indicted by the U.S. Justice Department for federal hate crimes. The hoax threats to the JCCs including to Tampas JCC preand raised fears of a resurgence in anti-Semitism.Teen in JCC threat case accused of making similar calls from prison
PAGE 20 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY MAY 4 17, 2018 The Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties celebrated the dedication and leadership of 22 women in the local Jewish community when they honored women from nearly all of the Jewish or ganizations in Pinellas and Pasco Counties at the 16th annual Women of Distinction award ceremony. The event included an afternoon reception on April 29 at Temple Beth-El in St. Petersburg. This year it was renamed the Sonya Miller, zl Women of Distinction award ceremony to honor the St. Petersburg native who spent her life building and strengthening the Jewish community. One of the highlights of the event was the announcement of Sarah Feld as the winner of the Dawkins Young Woman of Distinction award. The award was created three years ago to honor a woman in her 30s who has become an example of leadership. The award celebrates the longevity of the Jewish Press and the significant vision that Karen and Jim Dawkins had in the creation of the Jewish Press in the 22 honored at Sonya Miller Women of Distinction event Committee members, from left, Barbara Sterensis, Caren Evans and Harriet Stein. Committee members not shown are Barbara Baughman and Gayle Maller. Sarah Feld, recipient of the Dawkins Young Woman of Distinction award. 2018 class photo.Tampa Bay region. Feld is an active member of Congregation Bnai Israel in St. Petersburg, where she sings in the synagogues choir and volunteers for various programs and events, and is a lifetime member of Hadassah. Feld is also a participant in the Yesod community leadership development program sponsored by the Federation. She does all this while balancing a full-time job as a pharmacy technician. She and her husband, Forrest Feld, live in Seminole. Attendees were treated to an art exhibit on loan from the Israeli tured Israeli artists depictions of Wonder Woman through the ages. As they viewed the artwork and socialized with friends, guests indulged in catered delicacies. Elizabeth Gelman, executive director of the Florida Holocaust Museum, sang the National Anthem and Hatikvah. Rabbi Michael Torop of Beth-El welcomed all to the temple and spoke about Sonya Miller and her dedication to Beth-El. Jan Sher, daughter of Sonya Miller, and Barbara Sterensis, longtime family friend, relayed their thoughts and personal on them. Barbara Jean Murphy, the honoree selected by Benjamin Tower Foundation, quipped after receiving her award, It was such a wonderful experience and a day to remember. I will cherish this in my heart always. This years participating or ganizations and their honorees sent are: Benjamin Tower Foundation, Barbara Jean (B.J.) Murphy; Congregation Beth Shalom, Anne deMarlor; Congregation Beth Shalom Sister hood, Esther Schwegman; Congregation Bnai Israel, Sandy Brasch; Congregation Bnai Israel Sisterhood, Jackie Wertel; Florida Holocaust Museum, Debbie Heilweil; Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services, Jan Sher; Hadassah St. Petersburg Chapter, Laurie Slomka 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. Jackie Wertel honoree from Congregation Bnai Israel Sisterhood; Linda Zolinsky honoree from Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay; Debbie Heilweil honoree from the Florida Holocaust Museum; BJ Murphy Â honoree from Philip Benjamin To wer Foundation.