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JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 3 MAY 25 JUNE 14, 2018 Emilie SocashExecutive Director, Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties Perspective Perspective & Banquet Hall Bellissimo Italian Eatery Bellissimo Italian Eatery CATERING ON SITE: Weddings Business Meetingstt See What The Critics Are SayingAMAZING Simply, The BestSeating for up to 80 people10% OFFEntire Check Be Our Guest!With CouponCustomize your own event! Southern Italian cooking or other type of menus available Bar Mitzvahs Birthday Parties 727.279.5415 20SHEKELS.COM1877 DREW STREET, CLEARWATER Oh, like the Jews need more money. It was a surprising statement to hear said so boldly at the Citrus Park Walmart some 10 or so years back. The comment was prompted by one of the Tampa JCC staff members submitting the boilerplate form the gift card. After the shift supervisors unsolicited verbal surprise, the gift card was issued (and it went to purchase a couple oversized coolers for In our own homes and in our close circles, however, theres a level of comfort with poking fun using terrible stereotypes. Certainly it varies according to the family or the relationship (think of how siblings might banter versus the more respectful dialogue between kids and grandparmockery of ourselves. We call attention to what were unfortunately known and loathed for, as if this sarcastic self-deprecation (or at least Cultural reclamation the process in which a culture takes back a term or artifact that was previously used to disparage often comes through the common-place use of language that an out-group intended of Wikipedias list of ethnic slurs is mind-bogglingly long and perplexing, with 16 related to Jews (3 of which are terms Jews use for nonWhen my husband, Shane, and I bought our home a few years ago, I was tickled that it had what I termed the Kosher Kitchen Starter Kit: two ovens, both with the Shabbat feature that would override the automatic off setting and allow the oven to remain on the warm setting for up to 24 hours. Our cabinetry was gloriously abundant, for separatcoutrements, as the concrete counters are impossible to kasher (porous, we could work around the counters. Were already keeping kosher! I declared, as if the fancy oven was the only thing holding us back before. Being vegetarian doesnt make us kosher. Were still bad Jews. Shane said simply. A deep and meaningful discussion ensued about intentionality and observance, and the off-hand bad Jews remark wasnt even noted or when you see a fellow temple member out on the town on a Friday night who smirks a similar comment in your direction. among friends and family, it assuredly doesnt convey the worry, the off-balance reaction, the sense of potential hate or disrespect that can be experienced when someone outside our close group does the same. When American Stage announced their season line-up for the 201718 season, so timely named We the People and boldly declaring the to see another year of a mix of well-known and lesser-known pieces: A Raisin in the Sun Much Ado about Nothing and Its a Wonderful Life Radio Show counterbalanced The Royale and Marjorie Prime. And there, wrapping up the season, was a show called Bad Jews. indignation who is entitled to tell the story of our people, especially in a bad context? Was this a publicity stunt on the theaters part? Is this the beginning of the end as we normalize racial epithets in such a public space? If youve read my column before, you know that Im particularly incensed by the role that everyday language plays in shaping ones world view. There had to be more to the story than this unfortunate title. In lookmon, is a nice Jewish boy who found inspiration to write the play after invocation of Never Forget was in the hands of todays young Jews, ing from his own family experience that would contemplate the generational aspects of Jewish family life, with particular story structure surrounding intentionality, observance, remembrance, and what it means to be a good or a bad Jew and who gets to make that determinaWow. Admittedly, I still struggle with the title of the play, but after my inihave more substance than I originally thought. And earlier this month, when the opportunity to sit down with Stephanie Gularte, American Stages artistic director (and the lead professional who brought the In the next edition of the Jewish Press, Ill share the follow-up to this column, including my sit-down with Jewish Press co-owner Karen Dawkins and Gularte, my impressions of the script, and perspectives Liked it? Loathed it? Want to react? I would welcome your feedback and can be reached at email@example.com.Bad Jews, Part 1By BOB FRYER Jewish Press of them will make two visits in Pinellas County. Friendship Caravan will offer performances akin to a variety show as they share their musical, singing and dancing talents and sprinkle in stories about life in Israel. gregation Bnai Israel in St. Petersburg where they will entertain folks of all ages on Thursday, June 14 at 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to this free event and light refreshments will be served. The synagogue is located at 300 Fifth St. N. in St. Petersburg. On Friday, June 15 at 2 p.m. the caravan will perform for the Jewish Community Camp housed at ter. This free event is also open to the public as well as to kids in the summer camp sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties. There are different scout groups in Israel that send caravans abroad, all part of a mission to serve as goodwill ambassadors from Israel, making friendships and building bonds between Americans and Israelis. The Israel and today it is the largest scout group in Israel with 80,000 active members and 180 chapters/troops in various cities, towns, moshavim and kibbutzim. Just like American scouts, the Israeli scouts start young around age 10 and participate in regular help others while earning badges. But when the Israeli Scouts, reach age 16 or 17, select ones are chosen to be ency in English, and of course their talent in the performing arts. After several rounds of competitive auditions and interviews, the scouts spend a year training and rehearsing for their exciting summer in North America. Traditionally each caravan has 10 teen members and two counselors in their 20s. This year one teen is not able to make this trip, but among those coming, all Israeli Friendship Caravan to display talents at 2 shows The Israeli Scout Caravan their homeland, mentoring them and sharing a posibrothers or sisters serving in Israel Defense Forces for music, song or acting from their parents. One girl, Shai, is the daughter of the CEO of SodaStream International whose bio also notes that her dad has been a longtime cantor at a synagogue in Cincinnati, where Shai is not the only one who has already visited Amir, lived in California for three years when he was All the caravan members said they are eager to share their talents, stories, culture and values with Americans in hopes of forming strong bonds. For the second year in a row Chabad of Clearwater was the winner of the Give Day Tampa Bay contest. Chabad once again received the highest number of Give Day Tampa Bay is a 24hour online giving event sponsored by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay to promote charitable This years contest was held on from across the Tampa Bay region. When the clock on the contest ran out at midnight on Wednesday, Chabad of Clearwater had raised nors. Additionally, Chabad won winning the power hour lunch Prize. Chabad of Clearwater was the second highest total of donors from Give Day. Chabad is extremely grateful to each and every one of our donors for their generosity and for carrying us to this amazing win. We also extend our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay for all their hard work and effort in putting this yearly contest together Clearwater said. as well as the additional prize lion building fund. For second year, Clearwater Chabad wins big at Give Day
Cong. Bnai Israel St. Petersburg Celebrate Shabbat one last time with Rabbi Jacob Luski on the bima on June 2 at 9 a.m. Show your colors and join in a welcoming Shabbat service on Friday, June 23 at 6:30 p.m. as congregants embrace all traditions and members of the community. Guest speaker will be Dr. Elizabeth Unruh, Hofstra University professor emerita of Culture, Language, and Cognition. A festive cocktail oneg will follow the service. Temple Beth-El St. Petersburg The monthly meeting of the SAGE (Seniors for Arts, Growth and Education) group will be held on Monday, June 18 at 11 a.m. There will be a discussion on Jewish Responses to Issues that Matter, led by Cantor Pamela Siskin, then lunch. At 12:30 p.m. there will be a discussion on the future of the group. The lunch is free but reservations are required by Thursday, June 14. To RSVP, for more information, or for those who may want to help with programming, contact Siskin at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (727) 851-9134. For those who need transportation, call Kendra Clark in the A three-part course on Jewish genealogy concludes on 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. Chabad of St. Petersburg Get your weekly social and spiritual boost over a round-table discussion led by Chaya Korf on Tuesdays, May 29 and June 5 and 19 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Delve into the book for this year, To wards 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. Women are invited to share an hour of camaraderie, inspiration and a free lunch at a Lunch and Learn session on Tuesday, June 12 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.Cong. Beth Shalom Clearwater Join Rabbis David Weizman and Danielle Upbin on Sand Key beach to welcome the Sabbath on Friday, June 1 at 6 p.m. Park at the north end of the parking lot and look for two tents on the beach. Contact the 531-1418. 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 Led by Rabbi Weizman, explore the weekly Torah portion every Thursday following minyan. Breakfast begins at 9:45 a.m. and the study session at 10 a.m. Temple Bnai Israel Clearwater The Brotherhood is hosting a relaxing evening of playing cards with the guys on Monday, June 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Makom. Join Rabbi Daniel Treiser and Cantorial Soloist Laura Berkson for a Havdalah service on Saturday, July 21 at 6 p.m. at Sand Key Park. Chabad of Clearwater 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.Temple Ahavat Shalom Palm Harbor Join in a discussion about Ten Years Gone, by Jonathan Dunsky, on Sunday, June 3 at 10:30 a.m.Young Israel Chabad of Pinellas County Attend a class titled Ethics of our Fathers at the Chabad center an hour before sunset on Shabbat afternoons. 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 Pasco Rabbi Yossi Eber teaches weekly classes, alternating between Torah study and the Tanya, on Mondays at 7 p.m. On Sundays from 9-10 a.m., feed your body and soul with will be a short video presentation. There is no charge, and everyone is welcome. A new weekly Tanya class, A Tale of Two Souls, meets on Saturdays from PINELLAS COUNTYReformTemple AHAVAT SHALOM Temple BETH-EL Temple BNAI ISRAEL ConservativeCongregation BETH SHALOM Congregation BETH SHOLOM Congregation BNAI ISRAEL OrthodoxCHABAD of CLEARWATER CHABAD JEWISH CENTER OF GREATER ST P ETERSBURG CHABAD of PINELLAS COUNTY PASCO COUNTY ConservativeBETH TEFILLAH/JCC OF WEST PASCO OrthodoxCHABAD OF WEST P ASCO HERNANDO COUNTY Reform Temple BETH DAVID OrthodoxCHABAD SPRING HILL Religious Directory PAGE 4 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY MAY 25 JUNE 14, 2018 Congregations Shabbat Candle Lighting Times You can feel it in the air.The school year is almost done. Homework, tests, graduations and parties will be over soon. As the school year winds down, its a great This past year has been particularly shaken by the terrible events at the Mar jory Stoneman Douglas High School. Its frightening to know that since the beginning of 2018, there have been a staggering 20 school shootings, and they have been steadily increasing year after year. We are all asking the same question: What can we do to prevent this in the future? Of course, many important and necessary measures are being discussed: To upgrade school security and tighten our gun laws making it more access weapons. Yet, we are looking for more. We understand that there are less obvious but more integral issues that are leading kids to believe that murder is an option. The Lubavitcher Rebbe spoke in 1983 about the solution to this very problem. He stressed the importance of a proper education and explained that its not enough to study what is written in this textbook, or in another book to become an encyclopedia of various tidbits of information. We need to focus on the most important goal of education: values, character development, and cultivating a moral conscience in our future. The only healthy and true foundation for a childs education is to know that G-d Himself created this world, and He is aware of and directs everything that occurs in this world. And He wants this world to be governed by righteousness, morality, kindness and justice light, purity, and holiness; for it to be obvious that G-d dwells here. From the youngest age, a child must be raised to begin each day by acknowledging G-d, the Supreme Being above him, Who is above and beyond every human being, Who is also a personal G-d to each individual. He is the Eye that sees and Ear that hears everything that the child does. He strongly encouraged that each and every school begin the day with A moment of silence. It must be the start of the day, when the children are fresh and it will guide the entire day. This moment is about giving our children the space and structure in which they can turn inwards from all the noise of life and discover A moment to save the world By RABBI ALTER KORF Chabad Center of St. Petersburg themselves. This is a minute in which they could connect to a Higher Power, and commit in their own words to having a higher day. If a child wants to know exactly what to think about, he should ask his father and mother, and this is a time parents can share their religious views with their child. Bealso awaken fathers and mothers in this country to become aware of their vital role and their principal responsibility to raise upright, good children. Its true, they may use the time to say a prayer, but only if they choose to because they personally feel that it gives them strength. If instead they use the minute to think about a classmate they know could use help, or realize the impact of a comment they just made, thats just as good maybe better. And if they just want to breathe deeply and mentally calibrate themselves for the day ahead, thats also This is not a new idea. Its already being successfully done in an impoverished corner of Brooklyn at P.S. 191, the Paul Robeson School. This is where 99 percent of its roughly 300 students in prekinderor reduced-price lunches. Some live at the homeless shelter next door. (https:// forward.com/news/124918/evangelist-forsilence-promotes-a-quiet-gift). It is being done at the Arturo A. Schomburg Satellite Academy in the Bronx, which is a transfer school designed to re-engage students who have dropped out or fallen behind. (www.theatlantic.com/ education/archive/2015/08/mindfulnesseducation-schools-meditation/402469) Both schools have seen tremendous changes behavior-wise and in terms of punctuality. They describe its academic impact, and how it focuses the children who made their resolutions for the day and are ready to learn, and get right to work. Today, we need a paradigm shift in educating our future leaders. There are many things we can do to give them these values and ideals. A Moment of Silence each day is a powerful step we can take. The critical component here is to teach our children to be a mensch not only because its the law, or because its socially acceptable, but because there is something called right and wrong, and that your actions matter. Todays kids will understand. We just need to tell them. The Rabbinically Speaking column is provided as a public service by the Jewish Press. Columns are assigned on a rotating basis by the Pinellas County Board of Rabbis. The views expressed in this guest column are those of the rabbi and do not necessarily Press or the Board of Rabbis.
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Also featured at this event will be door prizes, contests, and a Chinese auction. 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 immediately. To RSVP and for more information, call Mickie at (352) 597-7393. Rabbi Paul Schreiber conducts Torah study classes on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Free for members and $5 per class for non-members.Chabad of Spring Hill The community is invited to attend Torah study classes on Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. The classes, taught by Rabbi Chaim Lipszyc, are not sequential, so drop-ins are welcome. Brunch and coffee will be served. class. For more information, call (352) 600-2779. As I sit down to write my last article before heading back to Israel May 29, wondering which unfamiliar and important side of Israel I should show next, news and updates about the all too familiar, never-ending war Facebook news feed. So, I thought I should write about how it feels to be an Israeli living abroad during times like these and what worries me. Ever since I came to the United States as a shlicha for the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties, I have had to explain on several occasions what it is that Im actually doing here. Well, shlicha in Hebrew means emissary or messenger and there are people all around the the message of Israel into the community and build the living bridge between Israeli Jews and diaspora Jews. This type of position is not new; its been around since before Israels Declaration of Independence and the main purpose is to make a strong (or stronger) connection between the local Jewish community and Israel. Before becoming emissaries, we go through screening that, we get selected by different Jewish organizations like Federations, JCCs and synagogues, according to our an emissary. About a month or so before hopping on the plane toward our new community, the Jewish Agency (the organization that is responsible for the program of emissaries) holds a seminar in which they give us tools and educate us for the position we are about to take. During the seminar we learn about the structure of Jewish communities, different Jewish and political organizations and also, we learn about the demography of Jews around the world. I remember in particular one lecture about Judaism in the United States. A guy whose job it was to sum it up for us, explained, among some other things, the relationship between American Jews and Israeli Jews: To start off most Jews of the world live either in Israel or in the United States, with approximately 6.5 million Jews in Israel (49 percent of the worlds Jewish population) and 5.3 million in the U.S. (40.2 percent of world Jewry). That does not mean American and Israeli Jews have the same perspectives. For example, according to a Pew study released in January 2017, when asked to describe in one word the biggest long-term problem facing Israel, 66 percent of American Jews cited a military or security issue, and only 1 percent mentioned security as the top long-term problem, but 39 percent listed the economy as their chief long-term concern. There are also differences about the two-state solution. Pew surveys have found Jews in Israel much less optimistic than Jews in the United States about the prospect for a two-state solution to the Israelipercent polled in 2014 and 2015 said they believe a way can be found for Israel and an independent Palestinian state to coexist peacefully with each other, compared with a clear majority of American Jews (61 percent) polled on the same question in 2013. To me, an ordinary Israeli girl, Jews can hold thoughts and criticism about Israel while still taking into consideration more than one narrative. Yes, we have a problem a dangerous one with terror, Iran and Gaza, but we also have a problem with injustice, our economy, and religion. Yes, we want to have peace, but we also want to trust the other side so that once we achieve it, we wont start another war. Yes, there are still people of rational thinking living inside this crazy place called Israel with complex opinions who care about their country and care about its sustainability. Its hard to stand by yourself and its hard to always have to defend our actions, sometimes when it seems like theres nothing to be defensive about. From what I heard after talking to so many members of this Jewish community, theres love and theres deep connection to Israel as a home. But I know that there are plenty of American Jews who disconnect themselves from Judaism and, by doing so, from Israel. Even though there is still plenty of support, I always feel like Israel could use more. To me, you can critique Israel but still support it and see the whole picture, not just the one portrayed in the media. To me, Israel will always be home for the Jewish people but a home needs strong pillars to hold it from falling apart. In this case it is us the Jewish people. Living in Israel is not easy. People are constantly thinking about normal life struggles, like choosing a career, buying a house, rent, and school. On top of that there are worries about war, security and worldwide criticism, and that is a lot. The thought that we have a shoulder to lean on, a friend that can tell us when we are doing something wrong but at the same time supports us, is a big relief and means that we will have more power to struggle for a better existence. For Israelis, its good to know, weve got a friend in you the Jews of America 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 email@example.com Floral Design Studio 6700 Central Ave., St. Petersburg local and worldwide delivery Weddings Events Bar/Bat MitzvahsRedman Steele 727.343.1020 RedmanSteeleFlorist.net and lecturer, will speak at the Tabacinic Chabad Center in Clearwater on Monday, June 11 as part of a special event commemorating the 24th anniversary of the passing of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. Rabbi Miller is a leading international authority for interpretation of Torah and mysticism, specifically the Torah-related works of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Rabbi Millers works have been disseminated widely and earned acclaim among colleagues in the educational and religious communities in which the works circulate. The event is being sponsored by both Chabad of Clearwater and Chabad of Pinellas County and is open to the public. A dessert reception will be held at 7 p.m. and the lecture will be at 7:30 p.m. Born and raised in London, Rabbi Miller was fascinated by Jewish mystical teachings and took a year off from his university studies to learn at a Lubavitch yeshiva. Five years later he was an ordained rabbi practicing in Leeds, running both a synagogue and a yeshiva, and writing in his spare time what would soon become the Gutnick Chumash. In 2004 Rabbi Miller relocated to the United States. Since this time, he has completed two commentaries on the Torah, a commentary on the Haggadah, the book of Psalms, Megillat Esther and two volumes exploring Rambams Thirteen Principles of Faith. In 2014 he released Turning Judaism Outwards, a biography on the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Rabbi Millers most recent work is The Practical Tanya, an adaptation of the Tanya Jewish spiritual thought ever written, penned by Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi (1745-1812), the founder of the Chabad movement. It is a real honor for our community to host such an accomplished scholar who has done so much for Jewish life and learning, said Rabbi Levi Hodakov, co-director of Chabad of Clearwater. Admission to the event is $10 per person, $18 per couple and $180 for sponsors (which includes a free copy of the book.) RSVP online at: www.yichabad. com/rebbe or call (727) 265-2770. The Tabacinic Chabad Center is at 2280 Belleair Road in Clearwater.Scholar, author, authority on Lubavitcher Rebbe works to speak in Clearwater on June 11 Rabbi Chaim Miller
By RON KAMPEAS JTA news serviceWASHINGTON Flanked by clergy including a priest, an imam and an Orthodox rabbi President Donald Trump revived Based and Community Initiatives, a system that since its 2001 launch has delivered humanitarian assis tance to Americans through reli gious organizations. Americans of faith have built the hospitals that care for our sick, the homes that tend to our elderly, and the charities that house the or phaned, and they minister and they really do, they minister to the poor, and so beautifully and with such love, Trump said in remarks earlier this month in the Rose Gar den. Buried in legal speak in the executive order, however, was Â Jewish groups aghast: Trump re moved a section that required re ligious groups using government money to refer applicants to ap propriate alternatives if the appli cant did not want a dose of salva tion with their relief. Marc Stern, the counsel for the American Jewish Committee, said the now moot requirement protected the starving man from having to listen to a sermon before entering a soup kitchen for a meal. Its always been thought that the provision of an alternative is an essential element of preserving religious liberty, Stern said in an interview. Dropping it is more than a step backward. Forced ser mons remind us Jews of ef forts at various times to make us listen to conversionary sermons. Orthodox groups welcomed expansion of its ambit to the entire executive branch. But groups Â th at lobbied hard for the protection under past administrations were quick to object. The order puts Americas most vulnerable citizens at risk of choosing between accessing services and being subject to un wanted proselytizing or religious League said in a statement. initiative must uphold and en hance constitutional protections for the separation of church and state and protect the rights of all people, regardless of their faith, the Reform movements Religious Action Center said. Conservative religious groups were pleased by the executive order not only because it reopens 2017, but because it expands the humanitarian interventions, in cluding delivering food to the needy and administering addic tion rehabilitation programs. It had been limited to White House initiatives. Now other govern ment agencies will be expected to President George W. Bush Barack Obama to the surprise of some maintained it, but launched a lengthy review process to make sure it operated within constitu Conservative religious groups posed restrictions, saying they inhibited productive partnerships with proven relief providers. Mi chelle Boorstein, Washington Post religion correspondent, tweeted a Â quo te Â fr om an unnamed Trump idea behind this weeks order was to launch programs without all of these arbitrary concerns as to what is appropriate. That outraged Jack Moline, a Conservative movement rabbi who is the president of the Inter umbrella group. President Trump and his staff would do well to remember that we are a nation of laws, not prayers, and that there is nothing arbitrary in respecting the First Amend ment, he said in an emailed state ment linking to Boorsteins tweet. In a Religion News Service Â co l umn, Mark Silk, who heads the Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life at Trinity College in Con necticut, said, Where Obama ensured religious freedom, Trump creates religious establishments. It probably didnt help that Trump, in extemporized remarks separationists, saying that the use of the phrase Merry Christmas had increased since he assumed Were starting to say Merry Christmas when that day comes around, the president said to ap plause. You notice the big dif ference between now and two or three years ago? He provided no evidence for his claim. Agudath Israel of America, a haredi Orthodox umbrella group, welcomed Trumps order. Abba Cohen, Agudahs Washington di rector, said in an email that the removal of the protection made sense to religious assistance pro grams that chafed at having to identify alternative providers a job he said was best left to govern ment authorities. ten better situated, have more re sources and less limitations than objectors, he said in an email. and willing to help with a refer ral, as they generally have been, taking their energies away when they are best utilized in providing actual services. Other Orthodox groups, while supporting the overall order and less than sanguine about the re moval of the requirement for re ferrals. I certainly would have pre ferred that provision not be elimi nated in the new executive order, Nathan Diament, the Washington director for the Orthodox Union, said in an email. That said, other critical protections we developed and were adopted in the Obama executive order remain in place the most important of which are ing a government grant may not use the grant funds for its reli gious activities and that those reli gious activities must take place at a separate time and in a separate funded activities. The Orthodox Union, like Agu dah, praised Trumps order. Dia ment, in a statement noting that he attended the signing ceremony, laboration spanned Republican and Democratic administrations. This bipartisan continuity is an important statement of prin ciple and rebuttal to those who would seek to have government based entities, he said. Rabbi Levi Shemtov, the execu tive vice president of Friends of Lubavitch (Chabad), who deliv ered a prayer at the signing, said he would raise the removal of the protection with the administra tion. Any time somebody doesnt feel comfortable religiously in the context of humanitarian assis tance its a cause for concern and be in touch with the administra tion as appropriate to learn what implications this might have, he said. At the same time, I would doubt that a religious institution offering humanitarian help would be crass in this regard if the per son needing this help objected. Stern of the American Jewish Committee said its not a question of having to accept an institutions religious beliefs, but being forced He predicted that a civil rights group would soon challenge the order with a lawsuit. For Shemtov, the mere oppor tunity to deliver a blessing at the tends government cooperation to all religions was a cause for cel ebration. As a Jew, so mindful of my forebears and their tribulations, I am deeply grateful to the presi dent for this invitation and for the opportunity this gives me to pub licly offer this prayer freely from my heart and according to my own faith, he said at the White House. Shemtov explained later in an interview that his grandfather and by the KGB in the former Soviet Union.PAGE 6 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY MAY 25 JUNE 14, 2018 Mon. Fri. 6:00 am Noon Sat. & Sun. 6:00 am 1:00 pmBoiled & Baked the traditional way at the same location for over 30 years!1871 Gulf To Bay Blvd. (Clearwater)~ Next to Clearwater High School ~(727) 446-7631 JP Trumps faith-based initiative removes barrier to proselytizing and some Jews are worriedPhoto by Mark Wilson/Getty Images Dear Editor,In February, I went to Israel to do volunteer work for the 10th time. I was with a group of 30 people who came from the United States, Canada, Australia, Hun gary, England, and France. I was teer work. I was emptying expired medical supplies, replacing them with new updated medical sup plies, including vital signs medical paying attention to details, and sembled according to instructions before going for inspection. Hu man lives relied on this equipment. the group about 40 percent of the Letters to the Editor Volunteer for Israel feels prideDear Editor,Where is the outrage from the organized Jewish community in the United States over the selec tion of two of the most virulent Jew haters in our country, the Reverends Robert Jeffress and John Hagee, to give the opening dedication of our Embassy in Je rusalem They have said that Jews are going to hell; Hitler was a hunter from God to get the Jews to Israel; Mormons and Islam are heresies; Catholics were led astray by the devil; and 70 percent of gay peo ple have AIDS. Why have our organizations re mained silent? Have we sold our soul to the Evangelical Christian community in exchange for a few political coins to get their support for Israel? Do we care that the only reason for that support is the hope that the Messiah will come and that all Jews will become Christians? Has Israel become the New Golden Calf? Do we worship Is rael rather than God? Evangelicals are just the latest group that would seek the destruc tion of Judaism. Embracing their support for political reasons is wrong. The only outrage I have seen is Support for Israel should not trump hate speechin the American and Israeli press. They have called out the president for his selection of these virulent Tampawork is done by volunteers. I felt that I was where the action is and that my work was important. The group had three wonderful lead ers. The leaders were women who came alone to serve Israel: a deed of courage. The group had mature adults who were giving their best and showed come with a purpose in life. The group had soldiers who served from all branches of the United States military in past wars. Some of these volunteers also had children now serving in the military, making vital are privileged to live in the United States of America. It is important to remember these heroes and their This instilled pride in me that the United States of America is supporting Israel. I am looking for ward to going again in the near fu ture to do volunteer work in Israel with the Volunteers for Israel Pro usa.org.
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Theatermania at American Stage GAZA BORDERHere are the cases for and against the IDFs conduct and an example of a similar situation where things ended a little differently. Defenders of Israels conduct say it minimized casualties. The number of casualties was very, very small, said Doron Almog, who led the IDF Southern Command from 2000 to 2003. protest, he said, was a crowd-sourced operation by Hamas, the militant group governing civilians. 47,000 people? he said. Are you crazy pened was a planned affair by Hamas. Hamas took out operational directives, it gave orders that within the groups of people there would be people armed with pistols. Defenders of Israels conduct all said that the core threat lay in protesters who were trying to break through the fence, which is only a couple hundred yards away from Israeli towns. Protesters had to be stopped before said, because a break in the fence could allow thousands to stream through and overwhelm Israeli forces, and then Israeli civilians, at a close distance. Shooting protesters before that happened, they said, minimized the number of dead. And they all emphasized that Israel used crowd-dispersal means like tear gas and Once it becomes a question of two meters, three meters, ten meters, if youre 100 soldiers there, and there are 2,000 unarmed people, at that point the numbers talk, said Noru Tsalic, a veteran of the IDF who was a intifada in the late 1980s, which saw frequent Palestinian protests. If there is no fence anymore and thousands of people are coming toward you, then your only option is to shoot into the crowd and try to kill as many people as possible. person it killed, instead publicly relying on a declaration from Hamas that 50 of the victims were its own members. But Shaul Shay, the former deputy head of Israels National Security Council, said the issue boils down to Israel facing an incursion on its southern border and acting as any sovereign state would. The role of the IDF on the Gaza border is to defend the borders of the state of Israel, and the way the IDF functioned was correct, said Shay, now the director of research at the Interdisciplinary Centers Institute for Policy and Strategy. It showed a lot of strength, and A human rights lawyer says Israel must do more to protect human life. The Israeli forces have adopted rules of engagement that deviate in a not just dangerous but immoral way from what international law allows, said Michael Sfard, a prominent Israeli human rights lawyer. Sfard acknowledged that Israel faced a threat on its border and had the responsibility to counter that threat. But those counter except if someones life is under clear threat. Using force that is potentially lethal can only be done in an immediate danger to life, he said. Not to property, not to sovereignty, not to anything else. That does not mean if there is a danger to property, to sovereignty, that we should stand idle. In other words, Sfard says Israel is not albreaking through the fence. If that person has a gun and is coming toward soldiers, force would be acceptable, he said. But if not, soldiers should wound or arrest the culprit. Soldiers cannot simply assume, he said, that This is killing people on the basis of a speculation, he said. You have enough forces in [border kibbutz] Nahal Oz and everywhere else, and the IDF knows exactly if the border is being cracked. If you see someone whos armed, thats a different matter, he continued. You can civilians. To say that cracking the fence and one completely lost their mind. Sfard likewise questioned the relevance of Hamas is a terror group, it also has a political party and a bureaucracy that runs the coastal strip. The key question, Sfard said, was whether those Hamas members posed a threat to Israeli lives when they were shot. The question is not whether someone is a member of a terror organization, Sfard said. The question is whether a person is a combatant or a civilian, and if a civilian, does he engage in combat or pose an immediate danger? Their ideology has no bearing on whether they should be targeted. Israels northern border? Both Sfard and Shay discussed a previous time when Israel had to deal with the same problem: a mass rush on its border by civilians. In June 2011, thousands of people in Syria stormed toward the border into the Golan Heights, with some crossing over. Israeli 350. No Israelis died in the clashes. Sfard and Shay both pointed to the incident as proof of their points. Sfard says that, in a case when protesters did actually rush into Israel, its citizens were unscathed, and fewer people died. Israel could have taken the same approach this week, he said. Did the sky fall? he said. No, they were arrested. Many people got in, and what happrotesters. But Shay said the 2011 incident should be seen as a debacle, not a test case. The army was unprepared, he said, and should never have allowed anyone to cross the border. The fact that no Israelis were harmed, he added, was a lucky break that Israel cannot expect again. It was a failure that the IDF wasnt ready as it should have been, he said. Dont bring a failure as a best practice.
JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 9 MAY 25 JUNE 14, 2018 rfrfn tbfbfbbfbfbrbb nbbbbbbbbbbb rrbnbb fffbffbrfnt nbbnnbr rfrbbb rrbtr r (JTA) U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller has sent investigators to Israel to uncover the activities of an Israeli-run social social media manipulation effort to help Donald Trump get elected. anese-American businessman George Nader representing the New York Times report. founder and former head of priDeVos). It is illegal for foreign governments or individuals to be involved in American elections. Times. media campaigning to Trumps Times that campaign on Trumps behalf. covert multimillion-dollar online manipulation campaign to Times reported. The plan involved using accounts to promote Trumps ing to the report. Kushner and then-chief of staff Israeli-run social media rm may have worked to help Trump get electedWASHINGTON (JTA) More leaders across a range of faiths signed a petition urging Secrename an anti-Semitism monitor. There has been no anti-Sem staff last summer. The signatories include a hai leaders. transfer duties from special enas a cost-saving measure. A that the anti-Semitism monitor anti-Semitism monitor to ambassador level and require the president to nominate someone of its passage. House. With a companion bill enhanced. Religious leaders urge State Dept, to name anti-Semitism monitor
right tour in 2001, said even before toward the Jewish state. His mother he was raised knowing about the Â Israel is our homeland, s o I being there, Bloom said. Â liked doing until marriage and stronger about his faith and for what others have gone through. Â Â Soon after his return from his Judaism. Visits to the Western Wall, the Dead Sea, Yad Vashem and Masada afterwards. I was a regular at Hillel and Chabad both before and after Â Like the Bowmans and Bloom, fore going and still do after. * Â Â PAGE 10 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY MAY 25 JUNE 14, 2018 FINANCIAL SALES OR DEVELOPMENT PROFESSIONALThe Development Corporation for Israel is currently seeking an experienced Financial Sales or Development Professional for its Tampa Bay ofce with responsibility for soliciting and closing individual, institutional and organizational investments in Israel Bonds in North West and Central Florida. Duties will include: Qualications include: Some travel required. Development Corporation for Israel is an Equal Opportunity Employer. BIRTHRIGHT are Melanie and Jonathan Bowto strengthen their bonds to both Michael Tebbi was taken aback when States and Canada. Jonathan said, adding that his sunbefore she met Jonathan, was also rael. Now that Ive been to Israel, I Â Kotel and walking the streets of Â dating. eration board and getting involved nizations, but Jonathan said as the take them to Israel. and is founder and CEO of Harmo-
embassy move. At a reception organized by the Orthodox Union at Jerusalems Waldorf Astoria hotel, former Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-CT, one of the architects of the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act, told JTA that it had been very frustrating and disappointing every time a president of the United States suspended the implementation of that act and that he was thrilled by Trumps decision. The Jerusalem Embassy Act recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and called for the relocation of the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, but Trumps predecessors declined to implement it, citing foreign policy concerns. Asked if he believed that Trumps involvement would turn Israel into a partisan issue, Lieberman replied that his bill had been bi-partisan and support for Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is broadly supported by members of both parties. Trump a Churchill? The O.U.s Mark Bane called Trump Gods messenger on this important day. Citing his decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked called Trump the the [Winston] Churchill of the 21st century. This rhetoric was off-putting to some attendees, who decried what they saw as excessive. While there was no question that the embassy needs to be on the essence and not about Trump, opposition MK Pnina Tamano-Shata of Yesh Atid told JTA. To compare him to Churchill or to Balfour is a little exaggerated. The state of Israel and the people of Israel know that our capital is Jerusalem and the transfer of the Embassy is [correct] but lets take things in proportion. I am for our nation celebrating but we also need to be careful that we dont excessively praise in an exaggerated sense of euphoria and not to raise up a man in an exaggerated way, she said. Asked about how Israeli leaders were addressing Trump, Dan Shapiro, who served as U.S. ambassador to Israel under President Barack Obama, told JTA that it was understandable that they were engaging in hyperbole because its become accepted in international circles that the way to gain favor with President Trump is to Shapiro said he supported the embassy move but harbored reservations about how it was implemented. He explained that Israel was doing everything possible to have the best possible relation with the president of the United States and that this was completely legitimate. However, he cautioned, it would be advisable to bear in Americans deeply who are alienated from this president on other issues and to work on maintaining the historic bi-partisan nature of this relationship. A deadly decision? K Ayman Odeh, an Arab Israeli who heads the Knessets Joint List, linked the killing of Gaza protesters who are engaged in a six-week series of demonstrations to coincide with Israels 70th anniversary celebrations to the embassy dedication. The opening of the American embassy in Jerusalem and its grand ceremony is part of the same policy that has claimed the lives of dozens of Gazans, Odeh said in a statement. Today, there is nothing to celebrate. The opening of the embassy is yet another provocative step that signals the destruction of the notion of peace. The Netanyahu-Trump alliance Meanwhile, in East Jerusalem, the mood was subdued. Near the Damascus Gate, tourists and Arab shoppers mingled, watched by body armor and carrying automatic weapons. Local residents, while unhappy with the American decision, seemed apathetic in the face of a reality they couldnt change. Inside the Old Citys Arab maronly as Yassir sat in his dress shop, watching news footage from Gaza. said. There could be war all over. The people of Gaza dont care if they die. Asked why there wasnt rusalem, Yassir replied resignedly directly with the Israelis and that any young man who went out in the street would end up with a police record that would follow him for life. Its different in Gaza, the authorities support the protests, he said. In a nearby restaurant, a man fatalistic attitude, asserting that the Israelis had Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states in their pockets. Trump, he said, was more Jewish than the Jews. The Palestinians have to be smart, he continued, claiming that if Jerusalem residents took to the streets the Jews will kill us and say we are against peace. Im not ready for my son to go out and die, he said. JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 11 MAY 25 JUNE 14, 2018 EMBASSYand opening of the United States Embassy in Jerusalem, Israel. Inevitably, perhaps, the images of pageantry vied with darker news out of Gaza, where at least 60 Palestinians died during violentclashes with the Israeli military along the border. Outside the new embassy, dozens of demonstrators, including several Arab members of Knesset, held up signs calling Jerusalem the capital of Palestine. Fourteen protesters were arrested following skirmishes with police. At the ceremony itself, meanwhile, local politicians vied with each other to see who could offer the most expansive plaudits as their constituents posted memes on social media describing the president in almost messianic terms. Addressing the dedication ceremony via video, President Donald Trump asserted that for many years we failed to acknowledge the obvious, the plain reality that Israels capital is Jerusalem. Likely responding to Palestinian assertions that such recognition hampers efforts at a negotiated asserted that the United States was committed to facilitating a lasting peace agreement and to the maintenance of the status quo on the Temple Mount. Despite the violence accompanying the embassy move, Trump adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner told attendees at the ceremony that previously unimaginable alliances are emerging and that the U.S. would support a peace agreement in which both sides can get more than they give. Last week, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain welcomed Trumps decision to pull the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions on Tehran. Bibi: Trump made history Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who juxtaposed Trumps Embassy decision with the Balfour Declaration promising British support for a Jewish homeland, said by recognizing history Trump had made history. The truth and peace are interconnected. A peace built on lies will crash on the rocks of Middle Eastern realities and the truth is that Jerusalem will always be the capital of the Jewish state, he said. May the truth advance a lasting peace between us and our neighbors. Israeli politicians heaped praise on the president in response to the (JTA) Two controversial pastors who offered prayers at the dedication of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem were invited by U.S Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman. Robert Jeffress, the Dallas pastor of a Southern Baptist megachurch who has disparaged Jews, Mormons and Muslims delivered the opening prayer at the Jerusalem embassy dedication. Robert Jeffress, is a Fox News contributor, a prominent supporter of President Donald Trump and host of radio and television shows broadcast throughout the United States. He has said you cant be saved by being a Jew and Mormonism is a heresy from the pit of hell. Prior to the embassy dedication ceremony on May 14, former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney lambasted Jeffress as a religious bigot. The other minister, Pastor John Hagee, head of Christians United for Israel, who gave the closing benediction, has also made controversial remarks including that Hitler and the Holocaust were part of Gods plan to bring Jews to Israel. The day following the embassy dedication, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in response to a reporters question that it was Friedmans decision to bring Jeffress on board for the ceremony. We would certainly not agree with the pastors remarks, some of his controversial remarks that he has made about var ious religious groups, but he was chosen by Ambassador Friedman, who was certainly welcome to do so, and made that decision, Nauert said. (E)mbassies certainly have their free will sometimes to make decisions about who they want to bring in as guest lecturers or people to lead a ceremony or some sort of a celebration. To my knowledge, we did not have any role in making that decision, she also said. Friedman, who is Jewish, defended the participation of Jeffress and Hagee in an interview with Breitbart News. I chose those pastors because they deserve to speak, he said, because they represented a community very much in support of what happened yesterday. Added Friedman: The evangelical community in particular shares the same belief that Jewish people have, that Israel is a special place, that its existence is evidence of a covenant between God and the Jewish people, and that the relationship between the United States and Israel is a blessed one, and that America itself will receive blessings if not Godly blesspeople who act righteously and courageously. According to the New York Times, Hagee told an NPR interviewer that he believes Jews will be saved during the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. While Jews do not believe in Jesus as their savior, Hagee said, they will accept him when he appears and they will weep as one weeps for his only son for a period of one week.U.S. Israeli ambassador chose controversial pastors who gave embassy prayers Robert Jeffress John Hagee
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By TOBY AXELROD JTA news serviceBERLIN In an unusual sight, the people lazing about or strolling down the paths in several parks here on a sun-drenched Sunday were wearing gleaming white kippahs. Seventy volunteers handed out some parks in the German capital to counter a recent anti-Semitic incident targeting a man wearing the Jewish head covering. Three non-Jewish friends planned the event, dubbing it Kopf Hoch -literally Keep your head high, or Cheer Up. Its always important to do something against anti-Semitism, and for the safety of our city in general, Anne, one of the organizers, told JTA. But with the last incident, it clearly is not the job of Jews alone all of us have to watch out for each other. Initially, more parks were included in the plan. But Anne said the Berlin police advised the organizers not to carry out their action in the Kreuzberg and Neukoeln districts, as both areas have large Arab populations. Some of the recent anti-Semitic incidents here have been attributed to people of Arab background. The organizers of the kippot action Jannik and Marco joined Anne received support from the Berlin Jewish community, the Foundation Remembrance, Responsibility and Future, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and the Amadeo-Antonio Foundation, as well as from private individuals. They asked that their last names not be used to avoid people trying to contact them at work; they can be contacted through their Facebook page. The volunteers started handing out the yarmulkes early Sunday afternoon. Within an hour, the green lawns of Monbijou Park in the Mitte District were dotted with kippah wearers lounging on the grass, picnicking or otherwise enjoying the day. Janin Viviane Ahnefeld, a German-Israeli attorney, took a break from work to hand out the free yarmulkes. She was accompanied by the best ice-breaker: her kippah-wearing golden retriever, Pete. Ahnefeld said her best customers were tourists from other countries. I had people from Denmark, France, Poland, Britain, she said. And they were all very open, they wanted to join in and they gladly took a kippah. And they posed for photos with Pete and Ahnefeld. Locals tended to be more reluctant, she said. I had a conversation with one German guy who said, I am not religious, and dont want to have anything to do with it. I told him it has nothing to do with whether you are religious or not, but he was not interested, Ahnefeld said. Anne said she only had two negative reactions, but they werent bad. One person said no, and another nearby said, Then Ill take it! and a rally that drew some 2,500 concerned Berliners to the doorstep of the Jewish community center in the former West Berlin. The recent increase in anti-Semitic incidents has been met by calls for tougher action against perpetrators. In mid-April, an attacker shouting Jew! in Arabic assaulted a non-Jewish man wearing a yarmulke on a Berlin street. The victim was an Israeli Arab who said he donned the kippah to test whether it had Berlin volunteers hand out 6,000 kippahs at public parks in solidarity with Jews actually become dangerous to wear one in Germany. These events get people to come out of their bubble and talk about what is happening in our city, Anne said, and also can help people overcome fear of others and stereotypes. On Sunday, she met with some Arab families in the park. In one case, Anne said, Someone translated for me, and the father of the family said, Of course! We will do it with you. She added: Other Arab families reacted differently, but always respectful. Though not all park-goers were wearing kippahs by the end of the day, there was a distinct impression of something unusual going on. One woman came over and asked if a Jewish festival was being celebrated today, said Anne. It was a moment of normalcy for yarmulkes in Berlin. Belgian tourists posing in yarmulkes with Pete the dog also sporting a yarmulke in the Monbijou Park in Berlin. A volunteer hands out kippahs to visitors at the Mauerpark in Berlin on a sunny Sunday afternoon in late April. Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images
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Madison is the couples second child, joining older sister Sarah, age 4.By BEN SALES JTA news serviceTEL AVIV When Elad Horovitz was shot in the cern was survival, not how to maintain peripheral vision while driving. Horovitz, then 20, was shot through his left ear and right eye. Somehow he survived, losing half of his hearing and sight, and underwent two years of rehabilitation before he was able to return to normal life. Now hes a psychology student at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He has a drivers license, but his vision problems provide obstacles: Horovitz cant see past the right narrow streets that crisscross Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and other Israeli cities. That, however, changed recently. At a South Tel Aviv garage, Horovitz watched as a couple of computer engineers worked on his car. One bent under the open hood while the other crowded the left side of the steering wheel with electronics. One small rectangular screen was connected to sensors on the front-left corner of the car, blinking if it got too close to anything. A camera similar to the now-common rearview cameras was for Horovitzs blind spot. Today I can do almost everything, and I drive a lot, almost every day, he said. If I avoid going down narrow streets, its just because Im a little scared. Now Ill stop avoiding it. So these are things you can overcome, and that reduces the presence of my wound day to day. The Horovitz project was one of 14 showcased at Makers for Heroes, a Tel Aviv event at which wounded former soldiers worked with 150 Israeli tech engineers to devise solutions to problems posed by their disabilities. After two months of prepping, the veterans and their tech teams met in the basement hours building their products with code, 3-D printers, polymers and the electronic guts of medical devices. Some of their innovations seemed like they would be helpful to a broader clientele. One team created a wristband that could sense the advent of a panic attack by measuring the wearers pulse and the moisture on their skin, then playing a soothing song or providing a different distraction. Another project aimed to prevent blood clots by wrapping a veterans legs in blood pressure sleeves and pushing blood back up the veins. The teams were drawn from Tel Avivs fertile tech ecosystem. Some took off three days from their jobs to participate in the make-athon, while some local startups sent teams to participate. These soldiers gave us everything they can their health, their entire life, said Shoshi Rushnevsky, a former Israeli tech worker and the founder of Restart, an organization that aids wounded Israeli veterans and organized the event with the Reut Institute think tank. Lets take our connections, our knowledge, cycle of injury. The injury cycle can really get you stuck. That feeling of immobility is what we want to set free. The Israeli government funds rehabilitation for its 51,000 living wounded veterans a population that receives public sympathy in a small country where most citizens are subject to a mandatory draft. -Photo by Ben SalesElad Horovitz, whose vision was affected after he was shot during Israels 2014 war in Gaza, tests a device that will make it easier for him to drive.How Israels tech scene is helping wounded combat veterans ing their rehab. Restarts mission is to support the soldiers after the government scales back its obligations to them, One program matches 15 wounded veterans with and burnish themselves professionally. Makers for Heroes, which has taken place twice, aims to bring Israeli tech prowess to bear on helping the veterans. Theres an inclination after the war to neglect the wounded soldiers, said Niv Efron, an Israeli veteran who was shot in the chest and hand in the 2014 Gaza ago, where his team built a device to help him do pullups. You cant blame them, Efron said of Israelis who stop paying attention to the wounded. They need to go back to work. But the wounded soldiers are still there. biomedical tech startups to Israels robust security tech industry. For the most part, the veterans themselves did not take part in the tech development. They were there to test out their teams innovations and guide them on what would be most helpful. They also to complete within a three-day period. Horovitz, for that would alert him when someone was speaking to his deaf ear. I told them my problem, we discussed it, they came up with the idea and they banged it out, said Assaf Dory, an Israeli American who had his leg amputated after being wounded twice on police duty in Florida. His team was fashioning a cushion that would allow Its amazing to see all these professionals dancing, doing their thing, he said. None of the products will end up being licensed by online, complete with plans and open-source code. The idea, Dory said, was to help the veterans and empower them. If someone wants to copy any of the ideas, he said, they can go ahead. Its the ability to do something you couldnt or to enable [a veteran] to do what he wants to. It will also show him that even with his limitations, he can still do things. (JTA) Shoshana Cardin, a Baltimore philanthropist who blazed her citys Jewish federation, the national Jewish federation and the powerful Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, has died. Cardin was 91, according to JmoreLiving.com. Known for her intellect and leadership capabilities, she was from 1988 to 1992 chairwoman of the National Conference of Soviet Jewry, during a time when the priorities of the Soviet Jewry movement shifted from campaigns to free Soviet Jews to efforts to help resettle them in Israel. Prior to that she was president of the Council of Jewish Federations, the representative body of 200 community federations in the United States and Canada. Cardin also gained prominence in 1988 for spearheading opposition to efforts in the Israeli Knesset to amend the Law of Return. The so-called Who Is a Jew amendment, which would have denied Israeli citizenship to immigrants whose conversion to Judaism did ultimately withdrawn in the face of pressure from American Jews. Born Shoshana Shoubin to Latvian parents in what was then British-controlled Palestine, Cardin arrived at age 2 in Baltimore, where she later became active in local Jewish affairs. She was also president of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency from 1999 until 2001.Shoshana Cardin, Jewish leader who broke multiple glass ceilings, has died
PAGE 14 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY MAY 25 JUNE 14, 2018 OrganizationsHadassahKotel conversation: The Lylah Pinellas Hadassah will present an educational program on Thursday, May 31 at 7 p.m. regarding prayer in Israel, featur ing Rabbi Danielle Upbin, who will speak on the topic, Controversy at the Kotel: Â A synagogue for all Jews? The Western Wall in Jerusalem is an evocative religious and cultural symbol for the Jewish people. Â As religious pluralism gains traction, the question of who can pray at the Kotel has become a divisive political issue concerning egalitarianism, feminism, religious freedom and the relationship with Â American Jews. Â The program will be held at Congregation Beth Shalom, 1325 S. Belcher Road, Clearwater and is free to all. Dessert and coffee will be served. RSVPs are suggested. Â To RSVP and for information, call or email Evelyn Schreiber-Steckler at (727) 726-7828 or Â seferworm@ aol.com.Genealogical SocietyExamining evidence: Guest speaker George G. Mor gan will discuss Principles for Effective Evidence Analysis dur ing the next meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay on Sunday June 10. The lecture will include the principles of genealogical evidence analysis and show examples of capturing all the clues to expand and improve research. The meeting takes place at Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services; 14041 Icot Blvd., Clearwater. A pre-session social with refreshments and library access begins at 1:30 p.m. Morgan, a local resident, is one of the worlds thors and speakers on genealogy. Among his books is the awardwinning How to Do Everything with Your Genealogy and is cohost of two podcasts on the topic. Anyone interested in learning how to do Jewish genealogy research is invited to participate. There is no charge to attend and guests are welcome. For information about the organization or directions to the meeting, call Bruce Hadburg at (727) 796-7981.Young AdultsYAD events: The Young Adult Division of Pinellas and Pasco Counties hosts monthly Hebrew happy hours. The next one is on Tuesday, May 29 from 7 to 9 p.m., at Pour Taproom, 225 Second Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Future happy hours will be held on June 22 in Seminole and July 17 at Jimmy Bs, St. Pete Beach. YAD also celebrates Shabbat with Friends on select Friday nights when young adults across Pinellas join together for a potluck Shabbat in a private home. The next Shabbat dinner will be held on June 22; For more information, contact Â firstname.lastname@example.org. The Young Adult Division aims to connect young Jewish adults (both singles and couples in their 20s, 30s and 40s) to a broad range of educational, social, philanthropic, and leadership activities as a means to enhance their commitment and connection to the Jewish community. For full line up of all YAD activities, visit facebook.com/ PinellasYAD. #Gather events: The #Gather group has several upcoming events, beginning with 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. The next event is a private tour of the Florida Holocaust Museums exhibition: Operation Finale: The Capture & Trial of Adolf Eichmann, on Sunday, June 24. The group will a Vietnamese fusion restaurant, at 441 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. The museum is a few blocks away and the tour there begins at 2 p.m. The cost is $12 for members and $15 for guests, lunch not included. Registration in advance is required for this event. Also planned is a tour of the renovated Tampa Armature Works building into a mixed-use facility. This tour will be on Tuesday, June 26 at 6:30 p.m. Tour Tampas hottest new project with Taryn Bruck, managing director of Armature Works. After the tour, the group will dine together in the Heights Market inside Armature Works. Cost of dinner is not included. #Gather offers a mix of social and interactive activities designed to help young adults connect. It is open to young adults in their 20s, 30s and 40s 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 lisa.robbins@jewishtampa. com or (813) 769-4723.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 Monday Morn ing Links is supported by the Vinik Family Foundation. Switching gears: two in 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 29 and June 5. Reservations are required. Cost is $15 per workshop or $50 for all four. To RSVP, call (813) 3440200, 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., St. Petersmonth from 3:30-5 p.m. Â For more information, call Gwen Kaldenberg at (727) 302-3750. Bonnie Stein, past president of the Florida Holocaust Museums Generations After group an organization for children of survivors spoke to the 8th grade classes at a school in Ocala in conjunction with Holocaust Remembrance Day in April. Â In the front of the classroom was a poster, showing a picture of Bon nies mother, Lilly Steg Schmidmayer, who was sent to Auschwitz when she was the same age, 131/2, as most of the eighth graders. Steins parents, Lilly and Michael Schmidmayer, currently live in Ft. Lauderdale. Speaking on Lessons from the Holocaust, Stein challenged the students to think about their lives compared to her mothers. For example, she asked the class, How many of you ever wished you didnt have to go to school? By contrast, she said, Â Jews werent allowed to go to school anymore when my mother was your age. Â * Generations After and the Florida Holocaust Museum are looking for sons and daughters of Holocaust survivors who are willing to speak about growing up in a family with survivors. Â Call Sandy Mermelstein at the museum (727) 820-0100. Â Anyone who is a Second Generation born after 1945 to Holocaust Survivors or Holocaust Refugees and would like to get involved with Generations After, email Leah Davis (LeahLD100@yahoo.com.)Bonnie Stein speaks to a class at Horizon Academy at Marion Oaks in Ocala.Museum group looking for second generation to share their legacy Bnai MitzvahZachary Allen Goldman, son of Lynn and Dr. Stephen Goldman of Indian Shores, will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, June 2 at Temple Ahavat Shalom in Palm Harbor. Zachary is a seventh-grade student at St. Pauls Episcopal Independent School. An accomplished pianist, he enjoys performing and for his mitzvah project has joined with another student to perform at various nursing homes. Zachary enjoys all aspects of music, including composing, digitalizing and recording on the computer and keyboard. A member of Ahavat Shaloms youth group, he also enjoys tennis, golf, 3D printing and being a camper in the summer at 6 Point URJ Camp in Boston. Zachary previously attended Camp Coleman. Stephen and Lynn Goldman will host a celebration at Innisbrook Golf and Tennis Resort on Saturday evening, June 2. Special guests will include aunt Ellen and uncle Ian from Surrey, England, along with other family from New York, Hawaii, Canton, OH, Teaneck, NJ, and friends from other various states.Noah Stephen AllenNoah Stephen Allen, son of Debbie and Mike Allen of Gulfport, will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, June 2 at Temple BethEl in St. Petersburg. Noah is a seventh-grade student at Shorecrest Preparatory School. Active in sports, he plays soccer for his school and the St. Pete Raiders. For his mitzvah project, Noah is volunteering at the Pet Pal Animal Shelter and collecting donations for the shelter. Debbie and Mike Allen will host a luncheon at Temple-Beth El on Saturday, June 2. Special guests will include grandparents and friends from Boston, along with other relatives from New York and Arizona.Zachary Allen Goldman (JTA) A far-right race baiter who works as a columnist for a respected weekly British current affairs magazine wrote a piece sympathizing with the Wehrmacht, Germany. The column by Taki Theodora copulos, a Greek writer who lives in London and New York, basically asks readers to feel sorry for the 76,000 Germans, reserve troops who had not trained in combat, as they fought against 150,000 British, American and Canadian troops in Normandy on D-Day. Taki, as he is known, visited the site as a guest of liquid natural gas Â magnate Peter Livanos. I t might sound strange me writing in Â The Spectator Â from a Ge rman perspective, but fairs fair. I asked my companions which side theyd choose, and all of them agreed that the attacking forces had a better chance of survival than the defenders, he wrote. In 1998, Taki accused Jews of trafficking in the Holocaust, saying their constant harping on about the Germans seems to be British magazine publishes article calling Nazis the heroes of D-Day
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Wix is a website development platform for small businesses. Wix was founded in Israel in 2006 and today has 120 million users worldwide. Wix is traded on the NASDAQ. Each year FIBA brings in promising Israeli tech companies that are ready to expand into the U.S. market. FIBA offers Israeli entrepreneurs strategic alignment with corporate partners, facilitates introductions to prospective customers, strategic partners and investors. FIBA also encourages the companies to establish a U.S. subsidiary in Tampa Bay that is responsible for sales, marketing, tech and customer support throughout North America. FIBA, created in 2016 with a $1 million grant from the state, and has received additional state funding in 2017 and 2018, according to Rakefet Bachur, FIBAs executive director of marketing. Additionally, she said FIBA receives support from Hillsborough County along with corporate and individual donations. The Tampa JCCs and Federation originated the idea for FIBA to assist Israeli tech companies, create jobs in the Tampa Bay area and to provide a new revenue stream for the JCCs and Federation. FIBA negotiates individual agreements with each of the companies in the program. There are some companies in which the stake. From the inaugural cohort in 2017, StemRad, an Israeli company that makes personal protection equipment from deadly gamma radiation, landed a $6 million investment led by Tampas investor Jeff Vinik, and WeissBeerger, a beverage consumption analytics company, was acquired by Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV, the worlds largest beer brewer, for a reported $80 million. FIBAs 2018 cohort of eight Israeli companies included four that came to Tampa in February and their time in Tampa, each of these entrepreneurs study the U.S. market, identify business opportunities, receive coaching on sales and marketing, and immerse themselves in the Tampa Bay community and business environment. All will be showcased at the Innovation Fusion event. The newest contingent of companies is: This company developed an encrypted communication platform centered around an intuitive collaboration interface to create a secure, end-to-end solution that keeps security personnel safe, reduces costs, and enhances decision making capabilities, using standard equipment. Leveraging human predictive analytics, Intervyo simulation engine in the world, capable of screening candidates, and accurately predict their suitability for the job. This company created a dynamic wearable display controlled by a smartphone that can be incorporated into clothing and accessories. It allows consumers to express themselves, brands to engage with their fans in a new way and event organizers to deliver a synchronized live content experience This company transforms existing shelves into a dynamic inventory management solution for retailers. Using low cost hardware and a sophisticated software, WiseShelf helps stores to manOf the companies that joined with FIBA earlier in the year, three are already in active discussions about pilot projects with local businesses and are looking area. The four companies are: This company develops a real-time communication and care management platform to improve care at skilled nursing facilities. This company has developed a revolutionary approach to eco-engineering of coastal and marine infrastructure. The focus of this company is on identifying and analyzing cyber threats. This company develops, manufactures, and sells two products aimed at improved detection and treatment of prostate cancer. Aron Di Castro has been leading global business development and partnerships at Waze since April 2017. He and his team focus on partnerships aimed at improving mobility for cities and citizens. The company leverages data and technology platforms to help develop smart cities through partnerships with municipalities, governments, startups and large enterprises. Prior to his current role at Waze, Di Castro led the Google Startup Nation Department, managing Google Israel international strategic business. He also worked several years at Unilever, where he covered a range of sales and trade-marketing roles. Danny Brigido co-manages the Wix Customer So120 highly trained gurus ready to provide support to an ever-growing number of Wix users. He started with Wix at the ground level in the Customer Solutions department in San Francisco in 2012. He has since helped the company grow its customer solutions reach by developing the U.S. Languages department. Wix, he worked in retail management and CG Animation. He holds a masters degree in animation from the Savannah College of Arts and Design and a bachelors degree in communication from the University of Tampa. He is originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and has lived in Africa and Europe before coming to the United States. This international upbringing has helped him thrive in the culturally diverse environment of Wix.com. Innovation Fusion 2018 will begin with registration the two speakers and presentations from the eight with a networking lunch from noon to 1 p.m. The cost is $25 and includes breakfast, lunch and free parking. Valley National Bank is presenting sponsor. tion-fusion/. The Glazer JCC is at 522 N. Howard Ave. in Tampa. (JTA) The explosion of a Panamanian commutJews, was a terrorist incident, the countrys president said. President Juan Carlos Varela called for the case to be reopened, after disclosing that Israel provided him with reports late last year about the explosion. Varela Netanyahu. Several prominent Jewish businessmen working in the Caribbean port city of Colon were victims of the plane crash, which was headed for Panama City but only lasted about 20 minutes. The crash occurred a day after the bombing of the people dead. At the time, it was reported that a bomb went off inside the planes cabin, but this was never Varela said he asked Panamanian and Israeli authorities to reinvestigate the incident. Ive requested the re-opening of the case given intelligence reports that clearly show it was a terrorist attack, he told reporters, according to reports.Panama president wants 1994 plane crash probe reopened
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