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PRESORTED STANDARD U.S. POSTAGE PAIDThe Jewish Press Group of Tampa Bay, Inc.The Jewish Press Group of Tampa Bay, Inc. Jewish Press of Pinellas County 6416 Central Avenue St. Petersburg, FL 33707ADVERTISEMENT VOL. 32, NO. 22 ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA JUNE 15 JULY 12, 2018 12 PAGES Related column, Page 4 By BRUCE LOWITT Jewish PressAs a young man, Jacob Luski had no desire to follow his father into the real estate business. Nor did he plan on a rabbinical career. He enrolled at Georgia Tech. I wanted to be an engineer, he said. So, I became a rabbinic engineer instead of a mechanical or different type of engineer. And 41 years later he is retiring from the only pulpit he ever occupied, as rabbi at Congregation Bnai Israel in St. Petersburg. I know, as a rabbis daughter that its highly unusual for a rabbi to have only one pulpit for his entire career, said Reva Pearlstein, a former president of the synagogue and chair of the search committee that selected Luskis successor. Its pretty impressive that he forged such a strong posture in this community as other rabbis came and went. He went from being the young kid on the block to suddenly being the senior rabbi in town. In a way its a sense of loss were going to feel, Pearlstein said. Were so used to Rabbi Luski. Were used to the way he deals with problems. Were used to the way he preaches. Hes a story teller, he teaches you by telling stories. Now everyone has their own style so its going to be a real adjustment for all of us, both for people who felt it was time for him to leave and also for those who dearly loved him. Rabbi Luski was 27 when he came to the Conservative Congregation Bnai Israel. I always had an interest in Jewish life and it sparked during those college years, where he stayed through high school.After 41 years at one and only shul, Rabbi Luski bows out Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Complied from news wires The Jewish Press is phasing out our SPECIAL NEEDS on PAGE 12 By SAM SOKOL radio, switching between it and his cellphone as he drives through the Beeri Forest, a nature reserve located on the border of Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. As his Jeep jolts over the dirt road, he quickly and calmly jumps between multiple conversations, coordisprung up across his territory. As regional director for the Western Negev for Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund, Ben David is responsible for maintaining the forests tens of thousands of acres in the face of Palestinian efforts to torch them and the surrounding farmland. along the border region by kites and balloons carrying incendiary materials launched from Gaza. Flying aimlessly over the kibbutzim, they have turned large swatches of what was once an oasis of green in a dry and dusty south into a charred landscape. farmers, causing millions of shekels in damage to the local agricultural sector as well as in the areas vast nature reserves. Look over there, Ben David says, pointing to a pillar Its like this every day, he continues, describing how more than 4,000 dunams, or nearly 490 acres, have already gone up in smoke over the past two months. Its Terror kites shake residents in Israel, but not their resolve Join our page @ Meet Kelly Siegel, Did you know?Community Partnership Specialist at Empath Hospice, who heads up Jewish outreach initiatives for the very important work that Empath does in our region, including Jewish hospice services and Jewish advanced care planning. rfntbb The Jewish FederationOF PINELLAS & PASCO COUNTIES, FLnnt f nn fnf DO GOOD EVERYWHERE. FROM ANYWHERE. fThis year, the Federation will fund a new Jewish music therapy program through Empath to provide even more comfort and meaning to their important work. We Exceeded Our Goal! New York City councilman to provide day of gender-segregated beach A New York City councilman is renting a city beach on Coney Island in order to host gender-segregated swim days for his Jewish and Muslim constituents. Brooklyn Democrat Chaim Deutsch announced on his Facebook page: For many New Yorkers, including religious Jews and Muslims who observe modesty laws, there isnt an opportunity to utilize our Citys beautiful beaches. Im excited to offer the chance for EVERYONE to enjoy! Men and boys will be able to swim at the southern Brooklyn beach on Friday, June 29. Women and girls will be invited on Friday, July 27. Religious Jewish and Muslim women adhere to stringent laws of modesty that do not allow them to wear bathing suits in front of men. Deutch has raised $400 per day to cover the cost of lifeguards and other staff, the New York Post reported. The beach at Kingsborough Community College, next to the popular Manhattan Beach in south Brooklyn, is usually closed on those Fridays. Deutch told the Post. he has a lot of Orthodox Jewish and Muslim constituents who have never been able to smell the beach, to walk in the sand. Everyone should be able to enjoy the beach.The Bands Visit wins 10 Tony Awards, including for best musicalThe Bands Visit about an Egyptian band stranded in a hardscrabble Negev town, won the 2018 Tony Award for best musical, and dominating its categories at the awards ceremony. Ariel Stachel, the California-born son of an IsraeliYemeni father and an Ashkenazi mother from New York, won the award for best featured actor in a musical for his performance as a romantic Egyptian trumpeter in the musical. Tony Shalhoub (Monk) won for best actor in a musical and Katrina Lenk for best actress in a musical for their roles as, respectively, the leader of the band and the Israeli cafe owner who takes him in. The Bands Visit also won awards for best book (by Itamar Moses), best direction of a musical, best original score (by David Yazbek), best lighting design, best orchestration and best sound design. The play is based on the 2007 award-winning Israeli movie. In his acceptance speech, Stachel, 26, acknowledged his parents, who were in the audience, saying the musical led him to embrace an identity he had long avoided. Both my parents are here tonight. I have avoided so many events with them because for so many years of my life I pretended I was not a Middle Eastern person, and so I concealed and I missed so many special events with them. And theyre looking at me right now and I cant believe it. He also thanked producer Orin Wolf for telling a small story about Arabs and Israelis getting along at a time where we need that more than ever. Tikvah Suncoast Inc. a milliondollar-plus Jewish-inspired nonearly this month and is seeking more grant applications from individuals and families to help enhance the quality of life for the special needs population throughout Tampa Bay and West Central Florida. The organization, founded by BeDoors to Special Lives, and has recently partnered with the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties in administering the grant program. Ron Yogman, chair of Tikvah 2011 at age 95, was a resident of St. Petersburg for more than half a century who was very keen on anything Jewish and special needs, Yogman said. She got to know a child with special needs and she adopted those with special needs as a cause, Yogman said, explaining that the child she got to know years ago was Yogmans daughter Kandice, who is now 39 and has autism at a high no children but became concerned as to what happens to those with special needs when their parents die or can no longer care for them. Tikvah Suncoast was founded in 2008 with the mission to better the lives of individuals with special needs and varying exceptionalities in our greater community, including but not limited to those living with autism, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, Down Syndrome, and physical challenges. The inaugural grant program was New local grant program for special needs community


PAGE 2 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY JUNE 15 JULY 12, 2018 The Jewish Press assumes no responsibility for the opinions of columnists, letter writers, claims of advertisers, nor does the paper guarantee the kashruth of products & services advertised or mentioned otherwise. 6416 CENTRAL A VE., ST. PETERS BURG, FL 33707T elephone: (727) 535-4400 Fax: (727) 440-6037 E -mail: jewishpress@aol.comThe Jewish Press is mailed STANDARD CLASS. Standard Class DOES NOT include a speedy delivery guarantee. Date of delivery varies depending on your Standard Class Postage Permit: TA MP A PI #3763The Jewish Press of Pinellas County is a privately owned, community newspaper published in cooperation with the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties. The Federation underwrites home Pinellas County (approx.4,500), to promote Jewish community cohesiveness and identity.The Jewish Press is a subscriber to JTA, The Global Jewish News Source.JIM DAWKINSPublisher & Co-OwnerKAREN DAWKINSManaging Editor & Co-Owner Advertising Sales GARY POLIN TORI GEE GALE TARNOFSKY-ABERCROMBIE Staff Writer & Editor BOB FRYER Ad Design & Graphics REY VILLALBA DAVID HERSHMAN Social Columnist JUDY LUDIN Editorial Assistant GAIL WISEBERGPUBLIC AT ION & DEADLINE D ATE SAlso publisher of the Jewish Press of Tampa of PINELLAS COUNTY An independent, bi-weekly newspaper owned by THE JEWISH PRESS GROUP of TAMPA BAY, INC. STAFF THE FEDERATION MAINTAINS THE MAIL ING LIST FOR THE JEWISH PRESS.To RECEIVE THE PAPER or for ADDRESS CHANGES, Call (727) 530-3223 Go to info@jewishpinellas.orgJULY 13Press Release ......June 29 Advertising ..............July 3AUG 10Bar/Bat Mitzvah Planning GuidePress Release .......July 27 Advertising ............July 31AUG 24High Holiday EditionPress Release ........Aug 10 Advertising .............Aug 14 Save These Dates!Pride Events Save These NEW! single-week Sessions Now Available! Want More Events? Visit us online at for all of the Jewish events happening in our community! Want More June 22 YAD Shabbat DinnerJuly 5. Iran: A Threat to Peace and Human RightsJuly 17. Happy Hour at Jimmy Bs with YADYoung Adult Division (YAD) Events: See for full detailsJune 22 Temple Beth El Pride Shabbat & OnegJune 22 Congregation Bnai Israel Pride Shabbat NEW! IRAN : A THREAT TO PEACE AND HUMAN RIGHTSFeaturing Bob Feferman from the National Organization United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) In the Federations Community Room The event is free and open to all, but reservations are strongly suggested.More information on our Community CalendarThursday, July 5 7 pm First day of camp: swimming in the afternoon! Field trip to Lowry Park Zoo! Sabrim campers Helped Keep Pinellas Beautiful! JEWIShCOMMUNITYCAMP Check Out These Events! Check Out


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Daphna (nee Diana Feygelbaum) bursts forth with this morsel of truth that has played on all of our lips in the play, Bad Jews, set to open at American Stage in St. Petersburg on July 11. Shes in a veritable tangle with her two cousins, Liam and Jonah, on the who will inherit Poppys cherished chai necklace. The necklace bears family heirloom status as it was passed from Poppys father to Poppy in the early days of the Holocaust and was preserved through the darkest of times. The play hits on all of our communal hot buttons: the continuation of a people, the generational carrying forth of the memory of the Holocaust, intermarriage and the question of How to teach your kids to be Jewish, and the ever-present Jew-fro ebulliently sported by Daphna herself. could easily see my own family, my own battles, my own inner turmoil about culture and identity playing out on the stage in my mind. Thinking ahead to how this would be presented on stage next month at tedly if Bad Jews was being performed at a Jewish Community Center, I sense I might feel different. This paradox is worth exploring. Last month, I jumped at the chance to meet with Stephanie Gularte, artistic director at American Stage. Karen Dawkins, managing editor and coowner of the Jewish Press, joined me for the chat in Gularte is clearly a hip, driven, and vision-minded leader, and she energetically shared with us that shes been wanting to include this play in the season line-up for some time. She found the piece to add to the seasons theme of We are the People, telling the story of an important component of our larger community and hopefully adding to a level of broad discourse in a way that only live theatre can. As we chatted through the ins and outs of how to best position this play to achieve these aspirations, I found something resonating that Ive noticed in other contexts: a desire for help in making great outcomes happen. Gularte, who has a solid understanding of and respect for Jewish heritage and culture, asked for input on how to best share the play with our Jewish community. A few themes emerged in our conversation. We explored the idea that our Jewish community is not like others. Were not a northern or northeastern Jewish community, despite having a savvy and artistically competent community. Were in central Florida, and we still have much work to do in building toward respect, tolerance, and embracing diversity. We contemplated how differing levels of observance as demonstrated in the play also resonate right here in Pinellas and Pasco Counties: while were largely not observant, we still would appreciate the consideration of what Shabbat means. Would it be possible to have the opening-night celebrations on Saturday evening instead of Friday? Should kosher ing the show, and how these could be deployed in a thoughtful fashion, are as complex as the interplay between Daphna (observant rabbi-in-training), Jonah (quiet younger stay-out-of-the-middle cousin), and Liam (self-hating Jewish cousin, majoring in Asian studies). We navigated through the popular American Stage talk-backs and the opportunity to bring in multiple perspectives: theatrical presentation, Jewish religious themes, multigenerational observance, and more. Who could be involved? Who could speak for the community, and who represents our countless viewpoints? And thats at the core of the challenge with this show. Who, truly, can speak for our community, to indicate whats proper or not, whats truly obser vant, whats Jewish enough, whats not? And can any one of us identify who is and isnt allowed to speak their own truth about our people, whether that be a theatre company, a playwright, an actor, a community member? Around Rosh HaShanah, I received a handful of emails and phone calls from individuals indicating their concern with this shows performance. The general sense from these messages was an abject sense of horror that the show would be produced and that there was no intent for them to attend the show simply based on its title. Yet, after speaking with Gularte, reading the play, researching its reception in other communities, and boning up on the intent behind the show, I differ in opinion. Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller once said, One question is always relevant: How can I use this to move forward? In thinking about how the play Bad Jews can be used to move forward, I offer two possible avenues. Primarily, this play will likely attract those in our ic study as the over 80 percent who engage in something deliberately Jewish during the last year. And since we only are able to reach a portion of them, this can move our community forward by reaching more people through the advertising that the Jewish Press will do as a community engagement partner. Secondarily, the play presents the spectrum of Jewish experience from a multi-generational perspective that may give our non-Jewish friends in the community a better sense of observance, Jewish values, and the experience of Jewish living. Can Bad Jews be used to move our community conversation forward? I argue yes, if we can hold lightly in our hands the possibility that we might see ourselves on stage. In an era when its so easy to be Jewish, can we just stop, as Daphna asks, and turn away from this challenge? Liked it? Loathed it? Want to react? I would welcome your feedback and can be reached at Bad Jews be good for our community?


Temple Bnai Israel ClearwaterHavdalah on the Beach: Join Rabbi Daniel Treiser and Cantorial Soloist Laura Berkson for a Havdalah service on Saturday, July 14 at 7 p.m. at Sand Key Park. Come early and bring your own picnic.Cong. Beth Shalom ClearwaterSpiritual workshop: A combination of guided meditation, Torah study and personal reflection are included in a Summer series of workshops with Rabbi Danielle Upbin. The next sessions are on Thursdays, July 5, 12 and 19 at 12:30 p.m. These sessions offer the Jewish tools to nurture self-growth and spiritual awareness. New participants are welcome! Prayer in Motion: An alternative Shabbat morning service will take place on Saturday, July 14 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Prayer in Motion is a combination of study, discussion and personalization of the morning service along with guided, gentle movement to awaken the body and stir the soul. Come as you are and leave after the session or stay for the main service and lunch. 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 the classes. Chabad of ClearwaterTorah and tea: Rebbetzin Mir iam Hodakov leads a Torah and Tea exclusively for women on Wednesdays at 11:15 a.m. There is no charge to or (727) 265-2770.Chabad of St. PetersburgLunch and Learn: Women are invited to share an hour of camaraderie, inspiration and lunch at a Lunch and Learn session at the Chabad Jewish Center on Tuesday, July 17 at noon. There is no charge for the or call (727) 344-4900.Temple Ahavat Shalom Palm HarborAnnual meeting: The congregation will hold its annual meeting and Shabbat dinner on Friday, June 29. Congregants are invited to join in a light dinner at 6 p.m., which is free to all temple members. The annual meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a special Shabbat Live musical worship service. While reservations are requested by Tuesday, June 26 for the dinner and/or the (727) 785-8811. Honey of a fundraiser: The Sisterhood is holding a fundraiser to enable folks to wish loved ones and friends a sweet New Year by sending them jars of honey. The honey is to and follow the step by step instructions.Cong. Bnai Israel St. PetersburgSummertime services: Musical Kabbalat Shabbat services with a glimpse into Jewish history will be held on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. and Shabbat morning summer sermonettes will be held during Saturday services, which begin at 9 a.m. The schedule of speakers lined up so far are: Friday, June 29, Solomon Howard; Saturday, June 30, Jay Kauffman, who will speak on What is the Meaning of Chai?; Saturday, July 21, Dr. Steve LeVine, who will speak on Sackcloth and Flashlights.Cong. Beth Shalom GulfportIsrael trip: The congregation is planning a trip to Israel next year. For more information, call the synagogue at (727) 321-3380.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 a short video presentation. There is no charge, and everyone is welcome. Tanya class: A new weekly Tanya class, A Tale of Two Souls, meets on Saturdays from 10:15-11 a.m. The Tanya offers a roadmap for emotional healthy living. The in-depth study will ask such questions as: What is a soul? What is our purpose here on earth? The class is free.Young Israel Chabad of Pinellas CountyShabbat learning: Attend a class on 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) 789Temple Beth David Spring HillTorah study: Rabbi Paul Schreiber conducts Torah study classes on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Free for members and $5 per class for non-members.Chabad of Spring HillTorah studies: The commu nity 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 is free then $7 per class. For more information, call (352) 600-2779. 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 JUNE 15 JULY 12, 2018 Congregations Shabbat Candle Lighting Times question overwhelms me. It is a leadership role which, though it has changed drastically over the centuries, had its beginnings at least 20 centuries ago. A leadership role whose sole source of authority remains what it always has been, knowledge of Torah. The questions asked are many: What does it mean to live in is right in a given situation or, at least, how should I behave in a given situation so as to feel that I have done the right thing? What are my responsibilities toward family members? How shall I deal with physical or verbal abuse? When is it the right time to die? How can I forgive? What do I mean? Being a rabbi is to live at the heart of those questions never by yourself, always with others. Not assuming responsibility for others, but, always being responsible for who you are and what you do, helping others to assume responsibility for who they are. Always being as faithful an interpreter and exemplar of our sacred tradition as one possibly can. The question I often ask myself: Am I a good rabbi? If knowing what being a good rabbi is all about is important, question. is worth on behalf of some clearly seen and deeply felt good then If the following by Leo Tolstoy is true: A man should use that spiritual heritage which he has received from the wise and holy people of the past, but he should test everything with his intellect, accepting certain things and rejecting others then If understanding, why I needed to be a rabbi, how I ultimately became one, then If being surrounded by fellow hard-working professionals whose moral compasses are steady, who share the same vision of what a Jewish community should be and who can always tell the difference between what is real and what is phony, then, thanks to them If having been given the opportunity to create, with others, Jewish schools and educational settings where Torah is taught, counts for anything, then If being given the opportunity to work with lay leaders who are supportive, encouraging, creative people who themselves are competent, moral and hard-working, then If being part of a community where literally hundreds, perhaps, thousands, have generously supported, often participated and always embraced the vision, then So, am I a good rabbi? My answer: I am a rabbi. I know that much. Am I a good one? That is not for me to judge. Perhaps it is not for you to judge either. God, we believe is One thing I know for certain. I am so very thankful for havIsrael of St. Petersburg these past 41 years. For that I will be ever grateful. 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 ish Press or the Board of Rabbis.By RABBI JACOB LUSKI Congregation Bnai Israel, St. Petersburg What does it mean to be a good rabbi? Rabbinically Speaking Rabbinically Speaking Youth mentors of the Chabad Hebrew School of the Arts in St. Petersburg recently went to a laser tag arcade in appreciation for their participation in the Come Back, Give Back program. Upon completing Bar/Bat Mitzvah training, teens are encouraged to return to the Hebrew school to serve as mentors to younger students volunteering every Sunday morning to assist with Aleph Champ reading, Tikkun Olam projects and Erin Singh and Max Baker.


JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 5 JUNE 15 JULY 12, 2018 Lenny s Lenny s 21220 U.S. 19 NorthJust south of Drew St. and north of S.R. 60727.799.0402Curing meal at a time for 30+ yearsHome of the almighty danish basket!Best Breakfast in Clearwater! s Serving Breakfast & Lunch Anytime 6am 3pm ~ 7 days a week Jewish-style deli & much more! MATZAH BALLS, BASEBALL for more than 3 decades FULL SERVICE FOR DOGS & CATS 3125 4th St. N. St. Petersburg727.289.7190www.4thstreetpethospital.comFamily owned and operatedFREE Meet & Greet ($55 Value)Comprehensive Exam Exp. 8/31/18 Dr. Stephanie MontorUniv. of Pennsylvania Veterinary Med. SchoolThe Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties will offer a lecture and discussion entitled Iran: A Threat to Peace and Human from the national organization United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI). The event will be held on Thursday, July 5 at 7 p.m. in the FederaThe event is free and open to all. and light refreshments will be served. Feferman is the outreach coordinator for United Against Nuclear Iran. In 2009, Feferman helped to initiate legislation in the Indiana General Assembly that funds to divest from holdings in ergy sector. In 2011, he helped to support the efforts of the InContracting Legislation that was signed into law in 2012. Prior to working for UANI, Feferman taught history and language arts in a Montessori school in Indiana. for our community to gain insight about the most up-to-the-minute security matters, said Aliza Norstein, Federation board secretary and chair of the Jewish Community Department has listed Iran as the number 2 state sponsor of terrorism, surpassed only by North Korea in November 2017. the prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran is a danger to world peace, and therefore since 2008 the not-for-profit, bi-partisan advocacy group has set as its mission ambition to obtain nuclear weapons. Ambassador Mark D. WalHolbrooke, and Middle East expert ed the organization, and UANI works to ensure the economic and diplomatic isolation of the Iranian regime in order to compel Iran to abandon its illegal nuclear weapons program, support for terrorism and human rights violations. The group is currently chaired by former Sen. Joe Lieberman (CT-I). It supported President Donald Iran nuclear deal. gested. Those interested in attending the program with Feferman are asked to contact Luc Piccin, Federation communications and campaign associate, by emailing or calling (727) 530-3223.Expert to talk on Iranian threats to peace, human rights Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services is collecting school and home supplies for local students and families. These supplies help clients in all of the Gulf Coast programs serving children and families in the Tampa Bay area. We have families that look forward to coming in each year with their kids to select school supplies. Purchasing backpacks and supplies can be a burden on families with a limited income, said Gail Allen, family support coordinator. Every year we have an anonymous donor who drops off 10 new backpacks, said Allen. Other donors wait for the school supply sales and purchase items for donation. Gulf Coast also seeks basic home cleaning supplies during this drive, as these items are Items needed this year include: School: Backpacks (no wheels), notebook paper, composition notebooks, crayons, markers, highlighters, colored pencils, pencils or mechanical pencils, large erasers, Scotch tape, blue, black and red pens, index cards, folders with pockets, zippered pencil cases, binders, calculators, quart and gallon baggies, hand sanitizer, facial tissue. Home: Paper towels, toilet paper, brooms/mops, dust pan with brush, and spray cleaners. Gulf Coast encourages students, local organizations and the JCC Day Camp to gather backpacks and supplies, making it a fun community service activity. In addition to gathering donations, students and groups are welcome to come in and help organize the donations. According to Cindy Minetti, Jewish Family Services senior director, Last year, through the generosity of the community, Gulf Coast provided school supplies to more than 400 local children. In addition to starting the school year with a new backpack and needed school items, they can replenish needed supplies throughout the school year. Donations should be delivered by July 27 to Gulf Write School and Home Supplies in the memo line of a check or visit the website for additional donation opportunities, For more information, from a family helped by Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services receive backpacks last year.Gulf Coast JFCS seeks school and home supplies The Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties is seeking young adults up to age 45 to apply become Federation Fellows. The program is open to individuals living in Pinellas and West Pasco County. Participants selected will be passionate about getting involved with the Jewish community, have a strong interest in visiting Israel and be willing to volunteer 10 hours of their time per month in a variety of onand off-site activities (some done from home) in support of the munity. The program includes participation in the annual Young Leadership Mission to Israel, offered by the Jewish Federations of North America, which is a nine-day prounteer service will begin in September and conclude in June. All costs of the mission are covered by the Federation. Interested community members should submit a personal statement to Emilie Socash by Aug. 7 that includes thoughts on why the applicant would like to participate as a Fed Fellow, what the applicant Federation seeks new corps of young adult volunteersbrings to the table, and if the applicant has been to Israel before. A rigorous interview process will and inquiries should be emailed to


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The idea bloomed and preparations are now under way for the trip, sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties. Schwersky and his daughter, Jordyn Schwersky, host WMNFs Sunday Simcha radio show and are the co-chairs of the 10-day musical tour through the Jewish homeland. The trip, Dec. 3-12, is planned to coincide with Hanukkah (candles are lit Dec. 2 through Dec. 9) and will include Hanukkah celebrations in several cities as part of the jam-packed itinerary. An English speaking tour guide will lead the group, viewing the cultural mosaic of Israel through a musical lens, from the tunes of mystical Kabbalah, to Ethiopian melodies and modern Israeli rock. sical traditions beyond Judaism in Israel Christian, Mormon, Druze, Bedouin, and Muslim also await. A follow the melody walking tour through Jerusalem is on the schedule. Tour members will also hear a Mormon choir concert at the BYU Jerusalem campus and dance in Talpiot to traditional Ethiopian music. Other trip highlights will feature Druze home hospitality, a kabbalah workshop in Safed and surrey rides in the Hula Valley. The trip is being planned with Ayelet Tours, professional tour advisors who have done thousands of tours through Israel. An informational meeting for those interested in going on the tour is set for Thursday, June 28 at 6:30 Starkey Road, Suite 8, Largo. For those who have questions and to RSVP for the informational meeting, contact Federation Director of Arts, Culture and Educa tion Maxine Kaufman at (727) 333-3106 or email mkaufman@ plans Hanukkah time, musical trip to IsraelTwo congregations in St. Petersburg are participating in events in conjunction with the St. Petersburg Pride weekend of Friday through Sunday, June 22-24. Congregation Bnai Israel, 300 58th St. N., will hold a Pride Shabbat service on Friday, June 22 at 6:30 p.m. and the service will include a talk by guest speaker Dr. Elizabeth Unruh sharing her perspective on being Twice Blessed: LGBT & J. Unruh is a Hofstra University professor emerita with a background in culture, language, and cognition. All congregants will receive a special kippah designed for the occasion and there will be a cocktail oneg following the service. Temple Beth-El, 300 S. Pasadena Ave., will hold a Pride Shabbat the same evening at 7:30 p.m. in the temples all-purpose room. Beth-El congregants wishing to march in the parade on Saturday, June 23, should gather in south Straub Park between 2-4 p.m. To learn where the group will be placed in the parade, email Alica Kicic after June 16 at Congregation Bnai Israel will have a booth throughout the day Sunday, June 24 at the Pride Festival on Central Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg, welcoming festival-goers to learn about the congregation and its preschool. The St. Petersburg Pride weekend events will include a concert at North Straub Park in downtown St. Petersburg on Friday from 7-10 p.m., a Pride Party at Straub Park that begins at 2 p.m. Saturday and a Pride Parade along Bayshore Boulevard from Fifth Avenue North to Dali Boulevard that begins at 7:15 p.m. On Sunday there will be a Pride Festival in the Grand Central District from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, go to weekend draws support from 2 St. Pete congregations This summer, the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties will add the staff position of young family engagement specialist to better meet the needs of families with children, particularly those up through elementary ages. The program is supported in part by a grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, the creator and primary funder of the popular PJ Library program. PJ Library is a national program that sends a Jewishly themed ageappropriate book to children ages 6 months through 11 years, at no cost to the family. The Federation has been a participant community in the PJ Library program for almost a decade, growing initial enrollment from several dozen children to approximately 500 subscribers currently served in the Pinellas and Pasco Counties region. The Harold Grinspoon Foundation learned quickly that the program best reaches families through a combination of the monthly books enjoyed at home and programs for families to meet each other. The new young family specialist, Alex Sembler, will endeavor to increase PJ Library enrollment and create a full calendar of programs and events throughout the community for families to connect. Sembler, who joins the Federation on July 2, holds a bachelor of arts in Editing Writing and Media from Florida State University. She most recently served as digital content producer for Home Shopping Network. The position is personal for her, as she and her Adeline, earlier this year. I am excited for the opportunity to connect and engage Jewish families within our community. Building positive memories, social connections and awareness for PJ Library will be a wonderful experience, she said. For more information about receiving free books for your children through PJ Library, or young family events in the Pinellas and Pasco Jewish communities, contact the Federation at (727) 530-3223 or email gets grant to hire staffer to engage young familiesIsrael destroys terror tunnel that stretched out to seaJERUSALEM (JTA) Israels military destroyed a Hamas terror tunnel that reached several yards into the sea, which would have allowed the groups naval commandos to launch an attack on Israel from its coast. The tunnel was destroyed by the Air Force on June 3, the IDF said in a statement. Hamas divers would have been able to discretely enter Israel in a short amount of time by using the tunnel, according to the IDF. Hamas has been increasing its naval prowess and power for some a statement.


JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 7 JUNE 15 JULY 12, 2018 rfrfn tbfbfbbfbfbrbb nbbbbbbbbbbb rrbnbb fffbffbrfnt nbbnnbr rfrbbb rrbtr r The TOP Jewish Foundation selected Ellen Weiss as its new executive director, effective last month. The leadership transition was relatively seamless as Weiss has been on the TOP staff since the beginning of 2016 and, most recently, served as the Foundations associate executive director, working alongside Emilie Socash, TOPs former executive director. Ellen is assuming the role of executive director at a critical point her ability to tap her experience and talent to propel us to the next stage in our organizations evolution, said Jeffrey Herman, TOP board president. Weiss said she is honored to work closely with donors and organizations that care so deeply about the future of our Jewish community. Her primary focus will be managing funds for donors, continuing to build the legacy program and expanding the organization geographically to provide the services of a Jewish foundation in communities where one doesnt exist. success at TOP in forging new relationships, notably expanding TOPs territory to include the Naples Jewish community. Weiss brings 20 years of management and corporate marketing. Before joining TOP, she spearheaded the countrywide expansion of the Childrens Heart Foundation, creating the exclusively funds congenital heart defect research. She is an executive committee member, as well as a past president of Temple Ahavat Shalom in Palm Harbor. She holds an MBA from New York University and a BA from Brandeis University. Weiss follows Socash, whose six-year leadership propelled the Foundation from $35 million in assets under management to nearly $50 million. Socash brought the Life & Legacy program to TOP, which secured close to 500 legacy gifts with an estimated future value of $15 million. For the past three years, Socash split her time between TOP and serving as executive director of the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties. She will now focus her attention solely on the federation. With a portfolio of more than 600 donor-advised, endowment and institutional funds, TOP serves hundreds of individuals, families and organizations. TOP was founded with the original intention of serving the Jewish community in central Florida. More recently, the Foundation recognized the need for its unique services well beyond the three-community Tampa, Orlando, Pinellas region and now works closely with donors and organizations throughout Florida and a handful of other states. TOPs unique anti-terror and pro-Israel investment policy as well as its focus on providing philanthropic consulting service resonates with donors who collectively aim to Jewish communities.TOP Jewish Foundation appoints new executive director Ellen WeissBeware of consequences of Embassy grand bargain Dear Editor:Finally, the Jewish news service, JTA, has written articles that the Jewish Press has reprinted that indicate a through-line from Evangelicals supporting the move of Israels capital to Jerusalem to the support of President Trump. The grand bargain was to give up on the two-state solution and re-appropriate Israel as a prize to Evangelicals for their support of his agenda. Obviously moving the capital to Jerusalem was well received by the majority of Israelis, but I would caution them to examine the history of others who have climbed out on the Trump limb because virtually no one has escaped being deceived, demeaned, or embarrassed as a consequence of supporting this president. This should be especially true of Jews who should have learned to recognize a demagogue on the rise who always begins with the coopting of business, demeaning the court system and the rule of law, and a free press. Its a shame there is no perspective offered from our community, especially from our rabbis how dethis time.Robert Berman St. Petersburg Letter to the Editor The Jewish Press welcomes Letters to the Editor. Letters are published on a space available basis with the Jewish Press reserving the right to edit or reject letters for clarity, brevity, legalities or taste. Letters must be signed and bear the writers address and telephone number (which will not be published). The writers name will be withheld on request. Send letters to or Jewish Press, PO Box 6970, Clearwater, FL 33758.The University of Florida Hillel has been named one of North Americas top 50 innovative Jewish organizations in the 13th annual Slingshot Guide. Selected from among hundreds 100 individuals with expertise in grant-making and Jewish communal life, the Guide recognized the University of Florida Hillel for its new approaches for Judaisms future by helping students amplify their voices through tradition, inspiration, and activation. The only other Florida organization to make the 2018 Slingshot Guide is Fuente Latina, a source for Latino media covering Israel, based in South Florida. UF Hillel was acknowledged for shifting its programming model, focusing its efforts on training future leaders to positively impact the world through a Jewish lens. Students are connected through Israel, travel experiences, spirituality, career advancement opportunities, and entrepreneurial endeavors. Programming includes Career Up Now, which features career advancement retreats in cities across the country for students to connect with top industry leaders, and the Selling Factory, which hires students to assist start-ups. Being recognized by Slingshot the UF Hillel team in engaging the disengaged and disenfranchised Jewish population and highlights the importance of reimagining old paradigms to inspire a new generation with Jewish meaning, said UF Hillels CEO Rabbi Adam Grossman. The Guide has become a go-to resource for volunteers, activists, and donors looking for new opportunities and projects that, through their innovative nature, will ensure the Jewish community remains relevant and thriving. The Guide is available as a free download at Hillel listed among Americas top 50 innovative Jewish organizations


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He took the one-year preparatory program, was accepted to JTS, but still didnt know whether he wanted to go into congregation, education, administration or rabbi, a rabbinic intern, kind of an innovative idea at the time, he said, and that helped me create a love for congregational work, which led me to pursue that upon my ordination and (I was) happy to come to St. Petersburg. In Cuba, he said, Zionism played a big role in the community and, growing up with all four grandpar ents nearby, their commitment to Zionism rubbed off on him. My zeyda, Israel Luski, was president of the Zionist organization in Havana for many years and any time visitors came from Israel ... they would be in his house and so would I. By osmosis I inherited that love of Israel and love of Zion. The Luskis were members of the conservative Patronato de la Casa de la Comunidad Hebrea de Cuba (Beth Shalom synagogue) in Havana and when people go to Cuba today thats one of the places they visit. We would go there for the High Holidays, for Purim, Hanukkah, Pesach seders. He recalled that as Castro was coming to power and nationalizing businesses and industries, his parents told him, Tomorrow were getting on an airplane. Dont say anything to anyone. When they arrived in the United States my parents   thats how you truly plug into the Jewish community, so we became active participants in Temple Israel in Charlotte after having been warmly welcomed by Rabbi Mayer Abramowitz at Temple Menorah in Abramowitz, who was 97 when he died Feb. 2, 2017, opened his synagogue to hundreds of Cuban Jewish youth who came to the United States as part of Operation Pedro Pan from 1960-62.) Much has changed in the Conservative movement and at Bnai Israel in Luskis 41 years there.   Womens participation, and more recently the welmunity, are probably the most visible changes. Women can be counted in the minyan; they can be called to the Torah; they can become a president of the synagogue and as such theres more equality in the participation today than there was in previous years, Rabbi Luski said. And on June 22, Bnai Israel will host its third Pride Shabbat service.   We have always been an inclusive community, Rabbi Luski said. W e accept interfaith families. We dont discriminate on age, on gender, on sexual preference. We do a lot of special Shabbatot. We do Sephardic Shabbat, we do law Shabbat, we do educator Shabbat, and on and on. So a Pride Shabbat is one of those things thats inclusive. It kind of evolved as I feel that I was ahead of the curve, looking ahead to see what should be, what could be, at least from the spiritual side, Rabbi Luski said.   From the business side, even though I have a good practical business background from my engineering approach to life and having grown up in a family business, it was, Youre the rabbi. Leave the rest to us. But I still put in my two cents worth when wise leadership were willing to listen. Susan Marger LeVine, Bnai Israels immediate past president, said Rabbi Luski was very supportive when the synagogue decided to be more relationshippeople. And weve succeeded; we have more young leaders under the age of 35 than ever before. Were traditional yet egalitarian. We do the full Torah readings and a twice-daily minyan and we are strict   kashrut   (dietary laws) within our building. However, women can do everything men can do at the bima. Ive been a   hagbah, lifting the T orah during the service, LeVine said.   Politically, I dont think were either conservative or liberal, and rabbis been very careful not to present a one-sided sermon. Hes never told us to vote a certain way ... although if it has to do with Israel he will give a very passionate sermon, LeVine said.   Think of the number of sermons over 41 years, added Pearlstein. He helped educate us on things like Israel. He affected us all in a very positive way. We take our lead from the lessons of the Torah and he was always good at reminding us how to live and be moral, ethical people. Rabbi Luski said hed like to be remembered for his love of   Yiddishkeit (Jewish way of life), promoting Conservative Judaism as the way to love Judaism. You can pray, you can study, you can socialize, all those are important parts of being a Jew. You cant be a part-time Jew; you have to be a full-time Jew. Leaving the pulpit will be bittersweet, he said, sweet because Im looking forward to retirement, Photo courtesy of Tampa Bay Times


Score!!!Its been a time for celebration for the Slomka and Reiskind families. Jeremy Reiskind, son of Laurie and Marc Reiskind, graduated from Ohio University with an MBA. Grandparents Mike and Sandy Slomka traveled to Athens, OH with daughter Laurie (unfortunately Marc was oncall and couldnt get away) for the graduation, which was the weekend before the Slomkas 55th anniversary. While in Athens, they golfed on the Ohio University A big saluteEvan Schlifstein, a rising senior at Admiral Farragut Academy, has been announced as the Regimental year, following in the footsteps of his brother Ian who Commander is the top leadership position for the corps NJROTC program. For the past two summers, Evan has served as a camp counselor and is also a teachers assistant at his temple. This year he earned the following awards: the Anne Frank Humanitarian Award from the Florida Holocaust Museum for humanitarian actions; medal in recognition of leadership and achievements in JROTC; the Military Order of the Purple Heart for excellence in overall academic studies, naval science, and leadership and the NJROTC Honor Cadet for having the highest overall academic achievement as a junior. In addition, Evan is on the academys track and soccer teams and participates in student government and Model United Nations. Proud parents are: Dr. Brett Schlifstein of Seminole, and Michele Horwitz of Palm Harbor. JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 9 JUNE 15 JULY 12, 2018 727.789.2000 dwd tyb hrwbq tyb A Sacred Trust Michael, Mandi, David, Pati and Steven GrossDAVID C. GROSSFUNERAL HOMES 6366 Central Avenue St. Petersburg Fl 33707(727) 381-4911Reform Conservative OrthodoxGeneration to Generation, our reputation for superior service and fair pricing has made us the areas most often chosen Jewish funeral provider.THE JEWISH FUNERAL HOMES OF PINELLAS & PASCO COUNTIES830 N. Belcher Road Clearwater, Fl 33765 Michael, Mandi, David, Pati and Steven Gross Obituaries 12905 Wild Acres Rd. Largo, FL 33773 Serving the Pinellas County Jewish Community since 1968The Jewish Burial Society of Pinellas County Inc. dba Chapel Hill Memorial Park is a 501 (c) (3) non-prot corporation licensed by the State of Florida GARY GORMIN, 74, of Texas, formerly of Clearwater, died May 25. Together with his wife Elaine, he was very rael in Clearwater, including serving as temple president from 1983-1985. He is survived by his children and grandchildren. WILLIAM BILL KRUTCHICK, 74, of Clearwater, died June 5. Born in the Bronx, he worked for many years as an accountant. He was a member Survivors include his wife Frances; daughters, Diane Baker and Sherry Slingsby; son David Krutchick; and rael. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel) ESTHER PANTZER, 101, of Largo, died June 10. Born in Poland, she moved to the United States in 1937 and lived in Detroit and Oak Park, Florida. She worked at a family owned shop, Jane the Paper Place, for more than 25 years and was a longClearwater. She liked to gamble and enjoyed card games and remains the reigning champion of the card game spite and malice. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law Gary and Joyce Kolb, daughters and son-in-law, Renee and Manny Raimi, and Laurie Nosanchuk; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. (Serenity Gardens Memorial Park) STEVEN ELLIOTT PEARL, 58, of St. Petersburg, died June 11. A native of St. Petersburg, he worked for many years as a gemologist. He was a prior vivors include his son, Devin Pearl; two brothers, Jeffry and Robert; and sister Beth Pearl Kraft. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel) STEVEN PERSON, 60, of Safety Harbor, died May 29. He was born and grew up in St. Petersburg, attending Boca Ciega High School. He was a self-employed jewelry and antique dealer and collector, frequently visiting the jewelry shows around the state. He also was a Jelly Belly jewelry collector. Survivors include his wife of nearly 40 years, Ada; sons, Adam, Evan (Tanya) and Ezra; sister Amy; brother Jeff; and a grandson. The family suggests donations to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, www.christopherreeve. org. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel) GEORGE J. ROSENTHAL, 93, of Oldsmar, died May 14. Born in Amiveteran, receiving two Purple Hearts among his many other medals. He owned and operated The Corner Store in Larchmont, NY for many years, retiring to Florida in 1984. Survivors include his wife of 15 years Arlene; children Laurie and David Harmer, Nancy and David Jensen, Dan and Pam Rosenthal, Lisa and Joel Levinson, Elaine and John Schaefer and Alec and Don-P.S. As always, Im looking forward to hearing about all your family simchas. Photos are welcome, too. Send infor mation to: Sincerely Yours, P.O. Box 6970, Clearwater, FL 33758, or e-mail Evan Schlifstein (L-R) Sandy, Jeremy and Mike Slomkana Paul; along with grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to TOP Jewish Foundation, (Blount Curry West) ALAN ZWIBEL, 94, of St. Petersburg, died May 17. He was originally from McKeesport, PA. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)bitter because there are so many relationships that go to a different level when youre no longer the rabbi. But both are good. Joanne and I are going to continue being members of the community, looking forward to participating with the new rabbinic leadership. Rabbi Luski conducted his last Shabbat ser services on the July 6-7 Shabbat. Rabbi Weingregation Agudas Israel in Newburgh, N.Y. The Summa Cum Laude graduate of Brandeis Following his retirement, Rabbi Luski will assume the honorary title of rabbi emeritus. Bnai Israel, it is expected he will occasionally be invited to sit on the bima and participate in special events. He plans to continue his work as chaplain at the Bay Pines Veterans Administration Medical Center. In addition, Rabbi Luski and wife Joanne will travel, which they love, and will continue doing volunteer work for the Jewish community. He also just assumed the role for the next two years of chairman of the national Israel Bonds Rabbinic Advisory Council. We probably have one of the largest Israel Bond campaigns in the state if not the country, thanks to Rabbi Luski, said Pearlstein, former director of the local IsTheres also the matter of the Luskis offspring in Florida, New York and California. Ill be spending a lot more time with my wife and our children and grandchildren. We have three grandchildren and more coming along the way, please God, and well be spending time with them when I want, not when I can, the rabbi said. Thats going to be a big change. Photo courtesy of Tampa Bay TimesRabbi Luski demonstrates the shofar for children in 1984. Rabbi Luski at Purim celebration with Rivvy Chapman in 1980.


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The public response to the Florida Holocaust Museums current display of Operation Finale: The Capture and Trial of Adolf Eichmann has been extraordinary, according to museum Since the exhibits opening in February, attendance has nearly doubled. There have been visitors from Canada and all over the United States, coming from as far as Oregon, Colorado and Nebraska, as well as from cities all across Florida. Operation Finale, which runs through July 15 at the St. Peto offer an inside look into the capture and trial of the Nazi war criminal. For those who have not yet seen the exhibition, the museum is offering free admission all day on Thursday, July 12. has been enthusiastic. One such visitor was a homeless woman who visited the exhibit about a month ago. Although she had walked past the museum almost daily, she had not visited the museum until then, taking advantage of the museums partnership with the library system (See related story, this page) She was very excited to see the Operation Finale, said Sara McDonald, the museums admissions and store manager. After viewing the exhibition, she spoke with museum staff about how horrible the atrocities were and how the courtroom set up really made her feel like she was there. Included within the exhibition are some interactive pieces, including a question that prompts viewers to put a chip in a box that they believe answers the question in the best way. The quescant? The options are: Holocaust worldwide The second option has received the largest amount of chips. This idea of survivor empowerment and publicizing what hapIn addition to reaching people who visited the museum, the museums education team has travelled across the state to teach people about the Operation Finale exhibit and the Eichmann trial, reaching people in Tallahassee, Gainesville, Miami, and Sarasota. The museum is located at 55 Fifth St. S., St Petersburg. For Finale doubles museums normal attendanceGot a library card? Snag a pass for free admission to the Florida Holocaust Museum. The museum recently partnered with the Pinellas County and Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperatives to offer free admission to the museum. nitely. To take advantage of the offers: The Pinellas County member library branches each have two museum passes that can be checked out with your library card, much like checking out a library book. The served basis and each pass is good for up to two adults and three children You can ask for a pass at your branch or check the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative online catalog ( to see where passes are available, then go to a branch with an available pass and check it out in person. You may place a request (hold) for a pass and pick it up when it becomes available. You get a printed receipt that is valid for one visit within a 7-day period and you turn that receipt in at the museum. Passes are also available to the Museum of Fine Arts and the Great Explorations Childrens Museum, both in St. Petersburg. For Hillsborough County Library members, the rules are similar for its Discovery Pass. They are good for a family of up to a pass online ( at a library branch. As with the passes in Pinellas, you turn the pass in at the museum. basis. The Hillsborough County Library Discovery Pass is also good at a variety of other museums and attractions in Hillsborough County. 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PAGE 12 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY JUNE 15 JULY 12, 2018 KITESdoing great damage to the forest, to the plants and animals. Everything here is burned. We dont really see a solution, either from the government or the army, against this kite terror. Ben David says KKL-JNF employs 12-13 private firefighters who are responsible for the forest, a number bolstered by volunteers from local communities and Israels overstretched Fire and Rescue Services. We are doing what we can. You extinguish one and you move on to the next one, he says. At another site nearby, a tractor them followed by a man carrying a hose attached to a small water tank on his back. Its siren blaring, Over the course of less than an hour, Ben David visits more than five fires, one of which blazes alongside a small one-lane road, completely obscuring visibility. At the end of the day, we are succeeding at extinguishing everything, he says, but adding it would planes. Ben David explains that such aircraft are prohibited from taking part in the battle due to the proximity to the Gaza border. These kites arent toys, theyre weapons, he says. If the IDF or government will understand that, I hope they will do something. In nearby Nahal Oz, Yael Lachyani walks along pointing out the damage done to her kibbutzs farmlands. She points to a small patch of burnt ground on which small shoots are already beginning to sprout. Lachyani, the agricul tural collectives spokeswoman, says that on the festival of Shavuot each year, a small ceremony is held here for the communitys children, but this year it was set ablaze only hours before the gathering.   ceremony anyway. We are proud that we didnt let them destroy our holiday, she says, noting that 600 dunams, or almost 150 acres, have We try to be optimistic. Its all about resilience, Lachyani says. We dont complain. We dont let them run our lives. You burn and we plant. Our morale is high. While acknowledging the damage has only been to vegetation, she says it is only a matter of time until someone gets hurt in the community of fewer than 500 residents next to the border fence. The Israel Defense Forces and the governin the same way in which they act in the wake of a rocket attack, she says, and this sends a message to Hamas. Lachyani says that despite the is thriving, with residency at capacity, in part due to the new secular Zionism of living wherever its necessary and wherever its meaningful. But while the community has Hamas in 2014, it does not mean the residents are totally sanguine about the situation. for the moment, she says, complaining of the feeling that no one cares. Citing Regional Cooperation Minister Tzachi Hanegbis statement that he was not excited by the kite terrorism that is, that people shouldnt overreact to what he called a pathetic enemy Lachyani asserts that the government isnt doing anything. Defense Minister Avigdor Liber man has pledged to strike back in response to the kites when it is convenient for us. The army is testing two types of drones for use against the kites as part of a comprehensive response, which includes cooperation with firecombat forces on the ground, an IDF spokesman told JTA. According to police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, bomb disposal experts have responded not only to kites dragging alcohol-soaked rags but also explosive devices, which is a much more serious threat to both soldiers and civilians. Every day we have at least 30 fence, Israel Fire and Rescue Ser vices spokesman Yoram Levy says. In order to respond quickly we kibbutzim. ...When we receive intelligence that there might be mass demonstrations, we are reinforcing our staff as needed. used airplanes twice, near Kibbutz Or Haner and Kibbutz Karmia, after receiving permission from the Israeli Air Force. One resident of Nahal Oz sees the attacks as an opportunity to give something back. Only weeks Reijnen immigrated to the kibbutz with family from Rotterdam in the Netherlands. A 16-year veteran of no future in Europe and decided to make aliyah so his children could grow up in a Jewish state. Assigned to the kibbutz dairy, where he tends cows, Reijnen threw himself into agricultural work and learning Hebrew. Now he is volunteering for the kibbutzs He says he felt good that he could give something back to the kibcan pay them back for all the things they do for me here. Kibbutz Saad, located three miles away, has had to deal with far vested, says Buki Bart, a member of the kibbutz administration. While expressing frustration, Bart says he understands that everybody is doing the best that he can and that the damage thus far has been minor enough that he doesnt feel the kibbutz members. According to Adi Meiri, a spokeswoman for the Shaar Hanegev Regional Council, whose territory includes Sderot, extinguishing the dents of the region. While the state has pledged reparations for farmers who have lost crops, local representatives also have been pushing hard for additional payments for those forced to harvest early, losing part of the value of their produce, as well as for those who have lost agricultural equipment. caused stress for residents, especially children, many of whom are receiving help from psychologists at a local resilience center. She describes how she has gone to great lengths to shield her own children from the reality of the past two months. Picking up on Meiris theme, council head Alon Schuster told JTA it is important that the IDF, when attacking targets in the Gaza Strip, announce that the strikes are in part in retaliation for the kites. He says it is important for the internal psychological resilience of our residents. jointly announced with high hopes and great expectations of making a difference, by Yogman, Chief and board member Adele Morris. 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