The Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties again surpassed the $1.5 million mark in its annual fundraising, allowing for a broadening of local and international allocation and community program investment. The 2017-18 charitable dollars were about the same as last years total, despite the 201617 year seeing several one-time and unusual gifts. The Federation raises money through its Annual Campaign and donor directed gifts, which is then allocated to organizations around the globe. The Federation leadership, through its Allocations Committee, acts as 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 33707JOEY CLAY STUDIODOLLARS continued on PAGE 7ADVERTISEMENT www.jewishpresspinellas.com VOL. 33, NO. 1 ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA JULY 13 AUGUST 9, 2018 16 PAGES The Florida Holocaust Museums upcoming exhibit will intersect the Holocaust with the rock & roll explosion that ignited in the 1960s. Opening in St. Petersburg in August, Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution dinary life of renowned concert impresario Bill Graham (19311991), who helped launch the careers of many music legends of the 1960s at his famed Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco. Over the years, he worked with such iconic musicians as the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, the Who, Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones. He also conceived rock & roll as a powerful force for supporting humanitarian causes and was instrumental in the production of (1985) and Human Rights Now! (1988).Rock & roll at Holocaust Museum? Life of legendary concert promoter Bill Graham makes it happen Photo by John Olson/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images Just how does a new rabbi replace a person that has been the backbone of a congregation for more than four decades? By being himself, became Congregation Bnai Israels rabbi on July 1, replacing retiring Rabbi Jacob Luski. I have huge admiration for Rabbi Luski, but I do not want to be another Rabbi Luski. I cant be another Rabbi Luski. I have to be me. Rabbi Weintraub becomes only the nior rabbi in the Conservative congregations 95-year history. an interview with the Rabbinic Search Committee, leading a service and meeting congregants, Rabbi Weintraub said everyone was New CBI rabbi to honor past, forge new paths The Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties will for local media representatives to connect them to key leaders in the community and provide them with resources on Jewish life, reporting on Israel, and facts about the local community. The meeting will be held on Aug. 23 from 8 to 9 a.m. in the Federations Community Room at The idea for this meeting emerged from the data we found in the 2017 demographic study, which reported that 44 percent of our community members perceive a moderate or great deal of anti-Semitism in the region. By creating a strong working relationship with the media, we envision elevating the level of discourse to the point that this perception is decreased, said Aliza Norstein, chair of the Jewish Community Relations Council. The event is open to all; spereporters, editors, bloggers, and calendar managers who maintain mainstream and localized news sources. Each participant will have the opportunity to meet individuals from across the Jewish community who serve as local experts on Jewish custom, Israeli politics, anti-Semitism, and Jewish life as well as will receive a compact and comprehensive guide to these topics with contact information, Jewish calendar details, and key terms to use (and avoid) when reporting on Jewish issues. Those interested in attending can register online after Aug. 6 at www.jewishpinellas.org. The Federation is located at 13191 Starkey Road, Suite 8. For more information, call (727) 530-3223.Breakfast planned to engage, educate media about Jewish community Emergency room doctor Grant Hubsher might have been booted from The Bachelorette last seastill quite the eligible bachelor. The Palm Harbor native recently paired up with JScreen, a genetic testing and screening nondate with him at Wolf and Lamb Steakhouse in New York City (its kosher friendly, dont worry.) The idea to partner with Hubsher was a no-brainer. By the time the contest ended June 1, JScreen had received a few hundred applications from women all over the country looking to dine with the doctor. While requesting the screening kit was not a requirement to enter the contest, it put the topic of Jewish genetic testing on peoples radar. Hes a Jewish doctor himself and hes in the exact age demographic of who should be getting screened, said Hillary Kener, Fundraising stays strong; Federation dollars go further Palm Harbor native turns rebuff on Bachelorette into match with JScreen Join our page @ www.facebook.com/jfed.pinellas Meet Murray Zolkower, Did you know?Our Campaign Begins on November 1st!World War II Veteran, who continues to play an active role in supporting Jewish life and culture in our community. At 97, Murray still takes an active role in the Jewish War Veterans activities, delivering toiletries to veterans across the region. The Jewish FederationOF PINELLAS & PASCO COUNTIES, FL DO GOOD EVERYWHERE. FROM ANYWHERE. www.JewishPinellas.orgIn addition to cowboys, Americas Wild West had its fair share of Jews. In fact, by 1900, there werent any settlements west of the Mississippi without Jewish pioneers. Jewish War Veterans Federation Funding: $2,000 Play gives voice to struggles with ritual, legacy The story goes that playwright Joshua Harmons grandmother asked him to change the provocatively titled Bad Jews to Good Jews. The dark comedy, which has played to mostly enthusiastic reviews around the country since its off-Broadway premiere in 2012, opened July 11 at American Stage in downtown St. Petersburg. The central dilemma of the play: Who is deserving of a late grandfathers Chai NEW RABBI continued on PAGE 10 PLAY continued on PAGE 6pendant, an object so dear he hid it in his mouth throughout time in a concentration camp? Locally, the theater company has been sensitive to the Jewish communitys concerns, holding a pre-production panel discussion with director Amy Resnick and six millennial Jews the
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Im taking a class this summer entitled Building Resilience in Communities After Trauma, which focuses on the unique leadership roles required to do just that. The most interesting part of the class thus far is that so much about resilience and disaster response is about all that comes before the incident happens. Regardless of whether it is a natural disaster, political unrest, a terrorist attack, or an unpredictable tragedy, its the relationalism at play in the lead-up that can accurately predict how effectively the community will adapt to change and move forward. Relationalism is a lens through which we can consider how things relate to or are a function of other things, and makes something of an inanimate argument for nature versus nurture. Relationalism recognizes that we all have interpretive horizons from which we see things, and also that there exist invisible mechanisms that happens between these things, drawing all together into this thing we call community. In the class readings, the concept of Ubuntu is described as an originating concept of interpersonal relationalism: its an African term to express the idea that a person is a person only through another person. In so many ways, ubuntu is at play in Jewish relationalism too. My husband, Shane, and I recently had dinner with a (non-Jewish) couple weve been friends with for years. They no longer live in Pinellas, and are looking to sell their home in St. Pete, and as such asked for a realtor recommendation. I referred them to a professional in the Jewish community, noting that I had never worked with her personally but had heard good things about her work. They went forward with this recommendation, working with her from a distance, and on the day of was visiting the soon-to-be-listed property, and our friends apologized for the state of the house: their was still to be done, touch-up construction projects were in mid-stream. The realtor took Susie by the shoulders and said, Look at me. Look at me. This is your life. This is It was an interaction that affected both of them enough for them to tell us separately of the details. Shes the Jewish mother I never had! Joe said. I have never had anyone say that to me Look at me! and I believed her. This is how it should be, Ubuntu at its best: they felt seen and understood and felt like real people through this near-strangers remarks. * count run by the Israel Defense Forces. Its usually doing what the IDF does: training exercises, wishing me a Shabbat Shalom, graduating, and guarding. From time to time, a soldier named Hila will pop up (and I kvell ), or one soldier will propose to another he met in basic training. Earlier this month, a bill went to committee in Israel that caught my eye, under catchy headlines and thus potentially taking away #IDF on Instagram. The bill was proposed by MK Robert Ilatov of the Yisrael Beytenu party, and advanced from committee to Knesset. The bill as described by Ilatov would outlaw and make punishable by law for the purpose of slandering them. The debate that this seemingly tiny bill sparked is fascinating: one side argues for a free and uninhibited media provision (including the ability to criticize), the other the actions being captured (particularly those at the borders). Israeli media reported on the debate widely, and shared that the bill advanced by a close margin on June 20, and continued argument ensued to prevent soon, the underlying truth about this bill emerged, and its underpinnings and rationale are nothing ubuntu. It was all a farce. A charade played out, even if the bill was proposed by Ilatov as a means to gain visibility for his party and himself, not on a matter that actually mattered to him, but as a means of positioning for future legislation. The heated debates, the spotty reporting on committee progress, were all part of what turned out to be a charade. (The bill that passed committee actually gutted the original language and merely upped penalties for obstructing an IDF soldier.) Yet Ilatov was only made real in the public lens through another person the reporter, the reader, or even me as one making commentary. The issue of could very likely prove impossible to enforce if it ever did gain true traction, became real when we considered it as such. On its own, it is a vapid, hollow document; it gains life after weve breathed into it our consideration, our concern, and our ultimate taking of an opinion on it. Community resilience isnt a simple task, and relies so much on the relationalism between individuals and institutions (including the media). Whether we call it partnership, collaboration, cooperation, coordination, strategic alignment, or any other number of corporate-sounding terms, each time we join together across the lines of our individual playing making not only each other real, but making a strong future together possible. So look at me. Really look at me. Im a person through you; together, were people through each other. Liked it? Loathed it? Want to react? I would welcome your feedback and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.Look at me! Perspective PerspectiveEmilie SocashExecutive Director, Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties
Temple Bnai Israel ClearwaterNew members event: New members are invited to enjoy an intimate Shabbat dinner hosted by various congregants in their homes on Friday, Aug. 17 at 5 p.m., then attend Shabbat services at 7 p.m. with an opportunity to meet the clergy and see all that Temple Bnai Israel has to offer. For more information call the temple Religious school open house: Try a new Jewish holiday food, learn a new song and see why this is not your parents religious school at an open noon. This is a time to meet the teachers and hear about the temples educational programs for all generations. For more information, email Dani Gamson, director of education and youth, at email@example.com Game night: The Brotherhood is hosting a relaxing evening of playing Adult play time: Join active seniors and play mah jongg, Mexican train dominoes or bridge on Thursdays at 1 For more information, contact Linda White Playtime: The temple invites preschoolers and their parents to gather with other families with young children on This is an opportunity for families to engage in fun activities with their tots Non-members are welcome. Call the Pop-up shop: See the latest in womens designer fashions on Sun event will feature CAbis fall line. Cong. Beth Shalom ClearwaterSpiritual workshop: A combination of guided meditation, Torah study Rabbi Danielle Upbin The next session is These sessions offer Jewish tools to nurture self-growth and spiritual awareness. New participants are welcome. Call the Prayer in Motion: An alternative Shabbat morning service, led by study, discussion and personalization of the morning service along with guided, 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 the Wednesday class is at 7 p.m. Contact Lox & Learn: Torah portion with Rabbi David Weizman every Thursday. There will be a Torah study: Study the Torah with Jason Palmer on Saturday, July Book chat: will have a wine and words session on Sunday, Aug. 5 at 5 p.m. to discuss Dinner at the Center of the World by NaChabad of ClearwaterTorah and tea: Rebbetzin Miriam Hodakov exclusively for women on Wednesdays at 11:15 a.m. There is no charge to atCong. Bnai Israel St. PetersburgSpecial services: The congregation will hold Erev Tisha BAv services hold Tisha BAv Services, Sunday, July Guess Whos Coming to Shabbat? Congregants host monthly Shabbat dinners at their homes, welcoming participation in the beautiful tradition of the Friday night Shabbat dinner. If interas a host or guest, contact the synagogue Welcome back dinner: Wel come Rabbi Philip Weintraub and his family to the community, install a cbistpete.org. Popsicle social: Children and their families are invited on Sunday, event to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Cong. Beth Shalom GulfportIsrael trip: The congregation is planning a trip to Israel next year. For more information, call the synagogue at Temple Ahavat Shalom Palm HarborHoney of a fundraiser: The Sisterhood is holding a fundraiser to enable sweet New Year by sending them jars To order, go to www.orthoney.com/ phf.Young Israel Chabad of Pinellas CountyShabbat learning: Attend a class center an hour before sunset on Shabbat afternoons. The class is free and no reservation is needed. Chabad of West PascoClasses with the rabbi: Rabbi Yossi Eberternating between Torah study and the Tanya, on Mondays at 7 p.m. Pray, eat, watch video: On body and soul with a bagel and lox plus video presentation. There is no charge, and everyone is welcome. Tanya class: class, A Tale of Two Souls, meets on Tanya offers a roadmap for emotional healthy living. The in-depth study will class is free.Temple Beth David Spring HillTorah study: Rabbi Paul Schreiber conducts Torah study classes on for members and $5 per class for nonmembers.Chabad of Spring HillTorah studies: The community is invited to attend Torah study classes on Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. The classes, taught by Rabbi Chaim Lipszyc, are not sequential, so drop-ins are welcome. Brunch and coffee will per class. 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 JULY 13 AUGUST 9, 2018 Congregationsing the passengers for choosing airline X and welcoming to others out there. Try not to be impatient, especially on the road. In that liminal moment between our safe containment on terra pected nature of what lies ahead me. Essentially, the rabbi in the is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor, go forth and iteration of the verse from Torah: Love your neighbor as problem with pithy quotes is that as powerful as they are, the teacher of their truth. of these holy teachings because our society seems to be losing its grip on the ethical life. We often remind our times forget what it means. Notice how easy it is to get frazzled and impatient especially during these long hot summer days. Sometimes even the slightest infraction creates inner-turbulence: somebody says the wrong thing when we are in a rush, another solicitor lights up our cell civility. Our tradition, however, reminds us that we have options in how we choose to respond. calmly even pleasantly, when faced with the daily ardisturbances. There is always that moment when we or to sling an insult or to say nothing at all. Notice how meet. In more familiar terms whenever possible, Be a harder, with a little more humility and a little more love, 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 Board of Rabbis.Lessons from a ight attendant By RABBI DANIELLE UPBIN Cong Beth Shalom, Clearwater Rabbinically Speaking Rabbinically Speaking Shabbat Candle Lighting Times
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Quality Treatment for You and Your Windows. 727.823.2929 Guy Giladi Deputy Consul General of Israel to FF lorida, Alabama, Mississippi and Puerto Rico, based in Miami., speaking at the FF IBA Innovation FF usion event in Tampa. By RACHEL MINETTI Jewish Press ily JCCs ballroom for the second annual Innovation Fusion event to listen to Israeli entrepreneurs pitch their products. FIBA is hoping the Israeli businesses can served as a platform to offer advice to business owners, investors, and startups. presentations from eight Israeli companies Castro of Waze and Danny Brigido of Wix, both start-ups out of Israel that have become highly successful. Consul General for Israel in Miami. from Floridas Department of Economic Opportunity to FIBA to ensure the continuation of the mission of innovation and entrepreneurship in Tampa. All three emphasized the desire for Tampa to become the best tech community in the state companies that have moved past the startup phase and into the next steps of establishing will foster relationships between business eration, and basically increase the economic said. Israeli companies that FIBA brought here Tampa will be one of the fastest growing cit Â Manager of the Wix Customer Solutions challenges that startups come across and how Wix overcame some of those challenges to get to where they are now. Wix is a website development platform for small businesses. I believe it was the right choice to come to in tech-hub San Francisco was competing environment. When Wix got into Miami, we were fresh, we were new, there werent that many other tech companies that were recruit ing or offering what we had to offer so we Brigido also placed emphasis on creating which is important in the tech business, as needs to be prepared to handle the constant changes. The eight companies that were featured not only presented their ideas in hopes of gaining investments, but also discussed their business structures and how they plan to grow. Each company showed a promotional video and then participated in a question and tive director of FIBA. ECOncrete joined with FIBA earlier this cal business to bring their eco-engineered marine infrastructure to Floridas largest cargo port in Tampa. ECOncrete executives would suit the needs of the community while protecting the wildlife. ing prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment. This is a really great opportunity to present our solution and get investments for our WiseShelf, a company offering inventory about building successful tech companies in a business environment that is constantly changing. company, Say, a name-tag and phone app communication system that he hopes will change the role of business cards at confer ences and events such as Innovation Fusion. BetterCare, a company with a care management platform aimed at improving care in nursing facilities, and Nucleon, a company with a focus on identifying and analyzing cyber threats, have also been actively involved in scouting out places in Tampa to tech company that developed an encrypted personnel safe and reduce costs, and Intervyo, developer of a digital interview simulation engine that uses human predic tive analytics to screen candidates and assess their suitability for a job. Wazes DiCastro, wrapped up the event by discussing the companys new Connected Citizens program, a free data-sharing program in which Tampa already participates. owned by Google paired up with the Florida Department of Transportation when posting locations of available evacuation shelters. FIBA focuses not only on embracing business in the Jewish community, but for the entirety of Tampa. Based at the Glazer JCC in Tampa, FIBA Federation with a $1 million state grant to giving them access to the communitys industry experts, corporations, and investors. Â FIBAs Feinman pitched the Tampa Bay area as a good place for Israeli companies of small businesses to larger businesses, its boomed since we started coming out of cohort of Israeli businesses achieved notable individuals from deadly gamma radiation, and WeissBeerger, a beverage consumption and analytics company, was purchased for Israeli rms see Tampa as fertile ground for expansion
PAGE 6 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY JULY 13 AUGUST 9, 2018 rfrfn tbfbfbbfbfbrbb nbbbbbbbbbbb rrbnbb fffbffbrfnt nbbnnbr rfrbbb rrbtr r PLAYplays target audience. The panelists talked about what the term bad Jew means to them and shared anecdotes relating the term as ingroup, self-deprecating humor. So, it would seem perhaps that the title, Bad Jews, is the Jewish playwrights in joke with the Jewish community, particularly with the younger generation, intending to ask what sort of behavior constitutes being a good or bad Jew in the world today. The characters, through their interactions, beg two questions: Is being a good Jew more about living ones life according to Jewish ethical teachings or ones observance of the rituals? And, what is the relevance of legacy to either? These were the questions the panelists related to in terms of their own lives. One panelist was the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors; one was married to a non-Jewish man, but devoutly Jewish herself; one had left the back into the community; one was a deeply devout student of the faith. Some talked about their trips to Israel with beautiful reverence while others explained why they hadnt yet gone. Every one of them felt remembering Jewish history was important. Altogether they represented the very questions the play explores. They also represented the other diverse voice this production seeks to relate to millennials. Further, the playwright has contended that these questions of identity should resonate with the non-Jewish audience as well: Which of the traditions/legacy and ethical contract of your group will you keep or discard in your quest to become human in todays changing world? However, as universal as the theme might be seen in this way, Harmon wrote, Bad Jews from his own experiene as a young Jewish American and that particular perspective enriches the play with its particular voice. Harmon, 35, said in an interview that the seed for the play and the title was a Yom HaShoah ceremony he attended while a student at Northwestern University. Grandchildren of survivors were speaking about their grandparents experiences. Unlike the emotional response when hearing the stories directly from survivors, Harmon said, the retelling was just kind of scary and it jarred me. Kara Goldberg, American Stages advancement associate, who moderated the panel discussion, talked about how the plays four collegeage characters might well represent the Four Children story at Passover: (1) The wise and faithful would be Daphna (here played by Jenny Lester); (2) The wicked and mocking, her cousin Liam (Jackson Goldberg); (3) The simple and vaguely curious, Liams younger brother Jonah (Matt Acquard); and, Unable to even ask the questions would be Melody (Kate Berg), Liams well intentioned, but clueless shiksa girlfriend. In writing about the play, Rabbi Howard A. Berman of the Central Reform Temple of Boston also pointed out that Harmons characters are wonderfully threedimensional: The wise Daphna is also arrogant and offensive; mocking alienated Liam does have a deep down connection; and, in the end it is the simple inarticulate Jonah and the even more ethereal and clueless Melody that together emerge as the most redeeming and positive forces. This complexity gives the play life and substance, but also challenges the actors. Rabbi Berman goes on to note his concern with, the challenge who embodies much of the biased, narrow minded and exclusionary zeal of true believers of all faiths. Her personal insecurities and inner struggles are cloaked in her holier than thou diatribes Such an unsympathetic Daphna could come off as a tedious caricature and the play just a long irritating family argument. And, what with the set designers expressed intention to make the small apartment make us feel closed in for the long haul, the audience might points Daphna makes. Actor Jenny Lester told the Jewish Press as utterly insufferable, and thought, I must play her. On further study she has come to see, both Daphna and Liam as brilliant sparring partners, both totally committed to their beliefs about religion, the importance of to their family. Lester comes from a Reform Jewish, show business family in Los Angeles and credits her father with instilling in her, a sense of utter pride in the resilience of our people; the humor of the great Jewish comedians; the importance of carrying out the traditions so love for the pursuit of knowledge. She added to this, Sometimes the most Jewish thing in the world is knowing how to challenge and ask questions. One of those questions that remains: Why Bad Jews? At the panel discussion, an elderly man, introducing himself as a Holo caust survivor, said he thinks he has the real answer. I have no problem with the play. Its a good play, he said. But I think (Harmon) should have taken his grandmothers advice. I think he only named it that to sell tickets. * The play runs W ednesdays Sundays through Aug. 5. Tickets are $39 and $49, depending on the day and time. A free Community Conversation Part 2: Jewish & American, Today & Tomorrow will be held Sunday, July 29 at 4:30 p.m. following the matinee performance. The inter-generational panel discussion will focus on Jewish legacy and family life as millennials grow into adulthood, balancing tradition and progress and how differing perspectives on culture and history impact family dynamics, as well as the fabric of community. ConBarbara Mazer Gross, executive director of Studio@620, congregant of Temple Beth-El, and member of musical group The Jammin Jews. There will also be chatback sessions immediately following the performances on Thursday, July 19 and Sunday, July 22. Audience members will have the opportunity to talk with the cast and ask questions about the play, the characters, and the process, plus respond to the story and ideas prompted by the production. There is no charge for ticketholders. The Jewish Press is the Community Engagement partner for Bad Jews. American Stage is located at 163 Third St. N., in St. Petersburg. For tickets, call (727) 823-7529 or org. More information can be found at www.americanstage.org.
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PAGE 8 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY JULY 13 AUGUST 9, 2018 Warren Buffett and Irwin Novack Photos by David RadlerWarren Buffett and Craig Sher Billionaire Warren Buffett recently welcomed investors, including two from Pinellas County and three from Tampa, to an event in his home state of Nebraska in support of Israel Bonds. Each attendee had to agree to purchase at least $1 million in Israel Bonds It is the third event in the past 18 months in which the Berkshire Hathaway magnate has drummed up investment in the Development Corporation for Israel, commonly known as Israel Bonds. Two of those events, including Tampa Bay area investors attended, were held in Omaha, where Buffett is based. That event alone helped secure $80 million in Israel Bonds Bay area investors meet Oracle of Omaha, help raise $80 million for Israel Bondsinvestments. Among those at the event were Irwin Novack, CEO of St. Petersburg-based Kanes Furniture; Craig Sher, executive chairman of the Sembler Company, also based in St. Petersburg; Dr. Rob Lewenson of Tampa, CEO of Eye Doctors Optical Outlets; and Stuart and Tyler Lasher, both of Tampa, managing director and president respectively of Quantum Capital Partners, Inc. The exclusive evening with the famed Oracle of Omaha, which took place at the University of Nebraska Medical Centers Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, included a dinner reception attended by more than 70 investors from the U.S. and Canada, in addition to Israeli dignitaries and members of the diplomatic corps, including Shai Babad, Director General, Israels Finance Ministry; Ambassador Danny Danon, Israels Permanent Representative to the United Nations; and Ambassador Dani Dayan, Consul General of Israel in New York. Buffett, who made Israeli tool major overseas acquisition in 2006, spoke warmly of the Jewish state. Calling Israels independence, a good day for the world, Buffet said, Ive lived through Israels entire 70-year history and I believe it is one of the most remarkable countries in the world. He explained his commitment to Israel and Israel Bonds I have nothing but good feelings about what I am doing. The United States and Israel will always be linked. It is a good thing for Israel that there is an America, and it is a good thing for America that there is an Israel. Israel Bonds Vice President of Sales Stuart Garawitz announced sales for all three events two in Omaha and one in New York totaled $290 million, declaring, This could not have happened without the full support of Warren Buffett. www.MenorahManor.org 240 59th Street North, St. Petersburg FL 33710 AL#10306 Personalized Support Respite Stays Available Large Private Apartments Life Enriching Programs SUMMER SPECIAL!$2,500 Community Entrance Fee Waived AND $500 OFF Monthly Rental for 1st 6 MonthsOFFER EXPIRES AUGUST 31, 2018Call 727.302.3800 to schedule a tour and ask about a free 2 night trial! Street North, St. Petersburg FL 33710 JERUSALEM (JTA) Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg described how grateful she was for her Jewish heritage during a screening of a new docuRBG, about her life and career at the Jerusalem Cinematheque. The demand for justice, peace and enlightenment runs through Jewish history and tradition, she said, describing how she is reminded of this fact every day when she enters her judicial chambers and is confronted with a poster proclaiming the biblical verse Justice, justice thou shalt pursue. My room has the only mezuzah in the U.S. Supreme Court, she said, noting that growing up Jewish, the concept of tikkun olam, repairing tears in the community and making things better for people less fortunate, was part of my heritage. The Jews are the people of the book and learning is prized above all else. I am lucky to have that heritage. In Jerusalem to receive a lifetime achievement award from the Genesis Prize Foundation, Ginsburg was feted by Israels political and judicial elites. Former Israeli Supreme Court President Aharon Barak called Ginsburg one of the great legal minds of our time; an outstanding Jewish jurist whose fearless pursuit of human rights, equality and justice for all stems from her Jewish values. Speaking at the ceremony, Ginsburg evoked the memory of Anne Frank, who questioned common gender roles in her famous diary.When I became active in the movement to open doors to women, enabling them to enter occupations once closed to them lawyering example I was heartened by the words of a girl of my generation, said Ginsburg, 85. I am a judge, born, raised and proud of being a Jew. The demand for justice, for peace and for enlightenment runs through the entirety of Jewish history and Jewish tradition. I hope, in all the years I have the good fortune to continue serving on the bench of the Supreme Court of the United States, I will have the strength and courage to remain steadfast in the service of that demand, she said. Initially offered the Genesis Foundations annual Genesis Prize, which comes with a cash grant, Ginsburg said she demurred, worried the presence of Israeli politicians on the selection committee would run afoul of the Constitutions restriction on governsaid it was only after the foundation agreed to create a new lifetime achievement award whose selection committee was apolitical that she relented and agreed to be honored.Ginsburg goes Jerusalem to get award, attend lm screening
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PAGE 10 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY JULY 13 AUGUST 9, 2018 FULL SERVICE FOR DOGS & CATS 3125 4th St. N. St. Petersburg727.289.7190www.4thstreetpethospital.comFamily owned and operatedFREE Meet & Greet ($55 Value)Comprehensive Exam Exp. 8/31/18 Dr. Stephanie MontorUniv. of Pennsylvania Veterinary Med. SchoolNEW RABBIexceptionally warm and welcoming. That will help assuage some initial nervousness, he said. He is looking forward to becoming a part of the community, both inside the synagogue and away from it. In announcing the selection of Rabbi Weintraub, the Rabbinic Search committee noted that he brings a very diverse skill set to our Kehilla (congregation) and prides himself on his relationships working across generations. Rabbi Weintraub said he is sure Rabbi Luski did some things better than he can and maybe he will be able to do some things, possibly social media, better than him. Inevitably, he will do some things differently, but said, If there is something I see that I want to change, I want to work with the congregation and want their voice in the process. For me, being a rabbi is about the relationships and getting to know people. Unlike his predecessor who was fresh out of rabbinical school when he became rabbi at Congregation Bnai Israel, Rabbi Weintraub, 34, comes to the synagogue with some pulpit experience. He received his rabbinic ordination and masters, with a concentration in pastoral care, in 2011 at Jewish Theological Seminary. Prior to that he earned a bachelors degree in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University. For the past seven years he has served as rabbi at the 130-yearold Congregation Agudas Israel in he also worked at a local hospital. He served as treasurer of the Greater Newburgh Interfaith Council. Rabbi Weintraub and wife Rebecca have two daughters, Hannah, 5, and Eliana, nearly 2. From the kids visits to relatives in Florida they developed a love for Publix mac and cheese, so he said they are happy it is now conveniently available. He also said he already knows about Jo-Els, the longstanding kosher deli and market in St. Petersburg. They found a new home within walking distance of Bnai Israel and Rabbi Weintraub is looking forward to taking the family to the beach and getting to know St. Petersburg. Born in New York, Rabbi Weintraub grew up in the Atlanta area and was active in United Synagogue Youth (USY). He recalls attending some USY conventions in Florida and said his only other memories of Florida were going to Disney World and going on cruises with his family out of Miami. All my memories of Florida deal with positive Jewish experiences, he said. He has in-laws in Boynton Beach, where there is a heavier concentration of the Jewish population than here. But having a smaller, more spread-out Jewish community here only means he will need to get out into the neighborhoods to meet folks, some who may be unlikely to attend shul. In Newberry, he had a twice weekly gathering at a local coffee house and says he will probably do the same here. I see my rabbinic career as one for me to pastor and teach the Jewish community, but also to be a learner, he said. It is important to be the face of the congregation, representing the members and our faith in public and that this should happen inside the synagogue and outside. He said he wants to meet the mayor, work with the city and local Jewish organizations in any way that is helpful and wants to become an integral part of both the secular and Jewish community. I love liturgy but that is not everybodys way of getting into Jewish life. So, social and educational events and senior and youth groups are important, and one of the things I want to look at is where our members live and what they need, Rabbi Weintraub said. He said it is important to cater to the various interests of all the demographic groups and create different opportunities to engage then in Judaism. We can invite them in all different ways, like the dreidel run and being involved in St. Pete Pride and other ways to make the public feel engaged and welcomed. In only a short time, new members are likely to notice two things about Rabbi Weintruab that are different from Rabbi Luski: He is a guitar player and he carries around $2 bills. He uses the $2 bills for many purchases and that alone makes folks smile and remember him and sometimes stop and chat with him. I am an amateur guitar player, he said. Rabbi Weintraub said there will be times with or without the congregations cantor he may play the guitar for preschool kids at the synagogue or incorporate it into other events. For me, it is relaxing and a way to inspire and bring joy. Dr. Seth Forman was recently elected president of the board of trustees for Hillel Academy in Tampa, completing a journey that began when he was a student at the school and continued when his children became students there as well. Forman succeeds Stanford Solomon as board president. The selection of Forman is part of a move to select a new leadership team, new board additions and an ambitious strategic roadmap to secure the schools future in the Tampa Bay area, according to a prepared statement from the school. Its important for this community, for any major community, to have a thriving Jewish day school, as it helps to prepare and educate the young Jewish leaders of tomorrow, said Forman, adding that he is very enthusiastic about the schools new direction and focus. Forman and his three brothers Former student now board president of Hillel Academy are graduates of Hillel Academy. In addition, all of their children are Hillel Academy graduates or are current students at the school. Forman, who graduated from Hillel Academy in 1986, practices clinical dermatology, and dermatopathology in Tampa. He also is the principal investigator and CEO of Forward Clinical Trials, where he has led multiple research endeavors for psoriasis and other chronic dermatological conditions. He also has served as a regional member of the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) and as the medical director of the NPFs Walk for a Cure in 2015. In addition, Forman serves the community as a member of the Rays 100, a group of business leaders focused on keeping the Tampa Bay Rays in the region. Forman and his wife, Hannah, live in Tampa with their three children. Sons Sam and Gabriel attend Hillel Academy, in eighth and fourth grade respectively. Daughter Abigail is a rising junior at Berkeley Preparatory School.
JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 11 JULY 13 AUGUST 9, 2018 More than 55 young adults local Birthright Israel reunion. The Birthright Beach Bash on Treasure Island brought together Tampa Bay area participants in Birthright during the past 18 years. Those in attendance many with their young children enjoyed Israeli food from Meze 119, shar ing Birthright Israel memories, and watching the sun set over the Gulf of Mexico. The event was sponsored by Birthright Israel reunion draws crowd to beach Above, Micah Friedman holds a beach ball during an ice breaker game. When the ball was passed to participants, they had to introduce themselves and then answer a question written on the beach ball such as: Whats one word that describes your birthright experience? What do you carry with you from Birthright? Whats your favorite Birthright memory? Favorite Israeli food? At left, The next generation of potential Birthright Israel travelers have some hoola hoop fun at the reunion of their parents and others. Rabbi Aaron Lever is joining Menorah Manor as chaplain and director of spiritual care. His responsibilities include the Marion and Bernard L. Samson Nursing Center, Toby Weinman Assisted Living Residence, and community referrals for end-oflife support with partnering organizations. Rabbi Lever is replacing Rabbi Leah Herz, who for more than eight years served in the roles Rabbi Lever is assuming. Rabbi Herz is moving to California to be closer to her son and daughter-inlaw Rabbi Lever has resided in the Tampa Bay community for the past 12 years, serving as a chaplain several positions of increasing responsibility with Gulfside Hospice and Pasco Palliative Care in Land OLakes. In addition, Rabbi Lever married to Hazzan Jodi M. SeredLever, spiritual leader of Congregation Mekor Shalom in Tampa. The couple has one daughter. Rabbi Lever graduated and received his rabbinic ordination from Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. Prior to this he received his masters in Jewish education from the Jewish Theological Seminary and bachelors in psychology and political science from the University of Rochester in New York. He has written numerous publications and participated in local and national presentations. We look forward to having Rabbi Lever on the Menorah Manor team, said Rob Goldstein, Menorah Manor CEO. Menorah Manor, based in St. community sponsored organization providing care in a homelike Jewish environment to seniors on Floridas Gulf Coast. Its services include skilled nursing, assisted living, Alzheimers care, rehabilitation and adult day care. For more information, contact Menorah Manor at (727) 3452775.Rabbi Aaron Lever named chaplain at Menorah Manor Rabbi Aaron Leverthe Tampa Jewish Federation, and the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties, in partnership with Hillels of the Florida Suncoast. Tues. 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
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FL Lic.#43925 RELAX RECUPERATE REHABILITATE SERVICESR eadyEADY toTO tryTRY soSO M ethinETHIN G differentDIFFERENT ? 0410 Â HadassahMusical meeting: Pianist Mike War ner will perform at the next meeting of the North Pinellas Chapter of Hadassah on Monday, Aug. 20, at 11:30 a.m. at Temple Ahavat Shalom, 1575 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor. There will be a pot luck lunch. RSVPs are required. Call Janice Caine at (727) 7263735 or Betty Slavney at (727) 446-5895 to RSVP and to be assigned a dish to bring. Membership brunch: The Lylah Chapter of Hadassah will celebrate current Hadassah members and invite others to join the organization at a brunch on Sunday, Aug. 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center, Â 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin. The cost is $25 per person. For RSVP information contact Cheryl Schwartz at email@example.com or call (551) 2652745. Multiple Hadassah membership levels are available from $36 for an annual member ship to $250 for a life membership. Guests who sign up for membership at the brunch will receive a special gift.Young Adults#Gather events: #Gather, sponsored by the Tampa JCCs, offers a mix of social and interactive activities for those in their 20s, 30s and 40s of all faiths and backgrounds. For more information or to RSVP for any #Gather event, visit: www.bryanglazerfamilyjcc.com/gather or contact Lisa Robbins at firstname.lastname@example.org or (813) 769-4723. Pie and tart baking Learn the art of pie and tart baking on Sunday, July 29 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Piquant, 704 N. Howard Ave., Tampa. This event is sponsored by #Gather. Cost is $20 for JCC members and $30 for non-members. Space is limited to 20 people. Wine and cheese party Enjoy both wine and cheese at a #Gather outing to Cheese Please, 3225 MacDill Ave., Tampa on Tuesday, Aug. 7 from 7-8:30 p.m. This is free for JCC members and $5 for guests. Space is limited to 30 people. Cocktails by the pool Â The #Gather group will meet on Wednesday, Aug. 29 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for a poolside party with cocktails at the Mezrah Family Aquatics Center at the Glazer JCC, 522 N. Howard Ave., Tampa. This event is free to JCC mem bers and $5 for guests. There will be cocktails and hors doeuvres by the pool. RSVP by Friday, Aug. 24 and receive one free drink ticket. There will be icebreakers, pool deck games, prizes and more.Job-LinksMonday Morning Links: Free sessions of Monday Morning Links are offered at the Jack Roth Center for Career Development at TampaBay-Job-Links, 4100 W. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 206, Tampa from 9:30 11 a.m. Â On July 23, the topic is How to Write a Robot-Friendly Resume. On July 30 the topic is Little Things That Make a Big Difference to Hiring Managers. On Aug, 6 the topic is Whats in Your Job-Search Toolbox? On Aug. 13 the topic is Staying Optimistic During Career Transition. On Aug. 20, the topic is Market Yourself Through Business-Networking Cards. Job-search aids: Upcoming Success workshops to aid with job-search skills are: Â Aug. 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the topic is Is Your Network Working for You? Aug. 9 from, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the topic is Getting Organized and Staying on Track During Job Search. Aug. 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the topic is Is Your Brand Helping You Land a Job? The workshops are free for Â Job-Links Â program participants; $15 for guests. Reservations required. Â To RSVP, call (813) 344-0200, email Â RSVP@TBJL.org. Job-search Boot Camp: A day-long job search boot camp will be held on Wednesday, July 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., hosted Bay, 1408 N. Westshore Blvd., Suite 140, Tampa. The workshop is designed to kick (JTA) A kosher-certifying agency said it can no longer vouch for the kashrut of many beverages served at Starbucks. The Star-K agency said it is ending a program under which it deemed many Starbucks products permissible without actually certifying them as kosher. Plenty of kosher consumers arent taking the news lying down: Initiating a change.org petition calling to Make Starbucks Kosher Again. Star-K for years has kept a list of the drinks prepared at Starbucks that it called kosher friendly. The stores were not under the certifying agencys supervision, but Star-K regularly checked in with the company to determine which items were kosher friendly that is, contained no objectionable ingredients. In recent years, even Frappuccinos were considered OK for kosher observers. But several years ago, Starbucks began selling sandwiches, includ ing some made with bacon and non-kosher cheese. That brought up kashrut issues, like whether the utensils used to make the coffee were washed with utensils that had been used with non-kosher items in stores. Nevertheless, Star-K has posted a limited list of Starbucks drinks that can be considered acceptable including cafe Americano, espresso, iced caramel brulee latte and nitro cold brew served in paper cups. Exceptions are also made for people who are traveling when no other viable option is readily available or at stores that dont serve meat or cheese items. But the petition signers are looking for more. Under the reasons for signing, one person wrote: For a company that closed down all their stores for 8 hours for sensitivity training when people want to use their bathrooms without making a purchase they can at least show a little sensitivity to Orthodox Jews who would like to be paying customers! your job search into high gear. This is free and open to the public. Lunch is included. Registration is required by calling (813) 3440200 or email 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. Petersburg, on 5 p.m. Â For more information, call Gwen Kaldenberg at (727) 302-3750.Kosher agency says it can no longer vouch for many beverages sold at Starbucks
JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 13 JULY 13 AUGUST 9, 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 Pomp and circumstance Its graduation time for four of the grandchildren of Dr. Morris and Marilyn LeVine of St. Petersburg. Danielle LeVine, daughter of Dr. Steve and Susan LeVine of St. Petersburg, graduated summa cum laude and with other honors from St. Petersburg IB High School, and Rachel LeVine, daughter of Dr. David and Janice LeVine of Seminole, also graduated summa cum laude and with other honors from Dixie Hollins High School. Danielle is now a counselor at Camp Ramah and will attend University of Florida in the fall. Rachel will attend University of Central Florida this summer, but meanwhile had an allexpense trip to New York City to receive a national gold medal award at Carnegie Hall for her photographic art. Meanwhile, Rachels sister, Naomi, received her masters degree in couples and family therapy from the University of Maryland. Stacy, daughter of Dr. Mitch and Ellie LeVine of Seminole, received her from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Her thesis is a book about her father, which her professor said is the best she has ever read.Diplomatic encounterRabbi Levi Hodakov, director of David M. Friedman, U.S. Ambassador to Israel when the two crossed paths on June 20. They met at the visitor center by the resting place of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory in Cambria Heights, NY. The two exchanged pleasantries and Hodakov wished the Ambassador continued success. Despite it being several days after the 24th anniversary of the Rebbes passing thousands came to pray at the resting place there were still several hundred visitors on hand.Welcome to the world:Vanessa Lopez Rosin was born June 4 in Mamaroneck, NY, to parents Jason and Morgan Rosin. She is sister to Brady and Trevor. Kvelling grandparents are Dr. Joseph and Diana Rosin of Largo and Joseph and Deyanne Lopez of Stamford, CT.In remembranceThe USF-Morton Plant Mease Family Residency Program has created an award in memory of Dr. Leslie Weiss, a pediatrician who practiced at the hospital. Leslie, along with her husband, Dr. Mitchell Weiss, and their two children, Hannah and Ari, died in a plane crash Dec. 31 in Costa Rica. The award will be presented annually recipient is Dr. Ernesto Meyer a longtime pediatrician in Clearwater. The award was presented on June 29 and a plaque in remembrance of Leslies unwavering dedication to the residency program was presented to Leslies mother-in-law, Bibby Weiss of Safety Harbor. The plaque adds, We will never forget the she touched over the years. So true. P.S. As always, Im looking forward to hearing about all your family simchas. Photos are welcome, too. Send information to: Sincerely Yours, P.O. Box 6970, Clearwater, FL 33758, or e-mail email@example.com. (L-R) David M. Friedman and Rabbi Levi Hodakov The memory of plaque for Dr. Leslie WeissSCOTT LANE ANTHONY 65, of Port Richey, died June 28. Born in Brookline, MA he worked for many years in the automotive industry. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel) ELLIOTT BUCHMAN, 74, of Indian Shores formerly of Tampa, died June 16. A native of Tampa, he graduated from Plant High School, where he had been a swimmer. He graduated from University of Florida and was a U.S. Army veteran. He was a CPA in private practice and was former CFO of the Cohen, Jayson, Foster Law Group. ba diving. Survivors include his wife of over 26 years Belinda; sons and daughters-in-law, Todd and Rhonda Buchman, Jarrod and Meghan Buchman, and Bradley and Amy Buchman; daughter and son-in-law Amanda and Greg Eisen; brother Ralph Buchman; and eight grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to the Humane Society. (Segal Funeral Homes, Beth David Chapel) JEAN ETHEL DIAMOND 96, of Seminole died June 17. Born in Chicago, she lived in Lansing, IL, prior to relocating with her late husband Jack to St. Pete Beach in 1970. Active in the community, she volunteered for many organizations including Hadassah and her temple. She was a member of Brandeis National Committee and traveled with the group. An avid tennis player, she also won many bowling tournaments and loved playing mah jongg, bridge and bingo. Survivors include her two daughters, Judy Ober, Clearwater, and Sandy Diamond, St. Louis; son and daughter-in-law, Ron and Paula Diamond, Largo. The family suggests memorials to Suncoast Hospice. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel) JOHN JACOB ENGEL 82, of St. Petersburg died June 24. Born in degree from Adelphi University in Garfrom Boston University. He began his career as a program director at radio station WLAD-AM in Danbury, CT, and later held account executive positions at WBRY-AM in Waterbury, CT, and WNHC AM in New Haven, CT. The majority of his career was at the North account executive and later as executive vice president and member of their board of directors. He was a member of the Public Relations Society of America, Publicity Club of New York Survivors include his wife of 31 years Miriam; children, Susan Lisa and Mark Alan; stepchildren, Alan Brett and Amy Ruth; and seven grandchildren. The family suggests memorials be made to Menorah Manor. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel) CYNTHIA RACHEL FORST 79, of Gulfport died July 4. Born in Boston, she worked for many years as a nurse. She was a member of Temple Beth-El in St. Petersburg. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel) HAROLD G. FRIEDMAN 87, of Pinellas Park died June 25. Born in Philadelphia, he was a U.S. Army veteran serving during the Korean War. Later he owned and operated a business specializing in air contracting for many years. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel) ELINOR Z. GORDON 88, died June 16. Survivor include her two sons, Jeffrey and Philip; sister and brother-in-law Roberta and Marvin; two grandchildren and two greatgranddaughters. The family suggests memorials to www.insidebroadway. org. BARBARA HELEN KAPLAN, 91, of Clearwater died June 13. Born in Sioux Falls, SD, she was a graduate of Purdue University. A special education teacher, she worked for many years in Fort Wayne, IN. After moving to Florida, she was a member of Temple Ahavat Shalom in Palm Harbor. Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law; Kerry and Debra Kaplan, David Kaplan and Kathy Smachlo, and Jack Kaplan and Joanne Altman; seven grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren. The family suggests memorials to Temple Ahavat Shalom or Suncoast Hospice. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel) STEFANIE NICOLE KLEIN 32, of St. Petersburg died June 18. She was born in Berks County, PA. Survivors include her parents, Howard M. Klein and Vanessa Klein; son, Riley; brother and sister-in-law Jason and Maressa Klein. The family suggests memorials to Congregation Beth Or in Maple Glen, PA, or NAMI.ORG or Nar-Anon. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel) MARTIN AARON NOCHIMSON, 84, of Largo died July 2. Born in Paterson, NJ, he owned a wholesale/retail business. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel) SAMUEL ROBACK 72, of Largo died June 17. Born in Rome, Italy, he worked for many years in the insurance industry. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel) RUTH (GLASER) ROM died June 25. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law Richard and Thrisha Rom, daughters and son-in-law, Ran di Rom, and Robin and Jeffrey Co hen; brother and sister-in-law Herbie and Cherise Glaser; and four grand children. EDWARD SCHERER 89, died June 27. Born in Newark, NJ, he had served in the United State military. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel) BENJAMIN VOLK 73, died July 6. Born in New York City, he worked for many years as a mathematician. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel) HARRIET ADELE WARACH 87, of St. Petersburg, died June 24. Born in New Brunswick, NJ, she resided in Doylestown, PA, and Oldsmar. She and her husband Irvin owned and operated Strand Cleaners in Doylestown until 1979. After retiring to Oldsmar, she went back to work as a salesperson at several large department stores. Survivors include her two daughters and son-in-law, Beth, and Lynn and Jon van Ingen; and a grandson. The family suggests memorials to Menorah Manor Park Funeral Home and Cemetery)
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Serving Breakfast & Lunch Anytime 6am 3pm ~ 7 days a week Jewish-style deli & much more! When Clearwater winter resident Andi Kron uses the term life altering to describe the effect of a Hadassah mission, she is quick to explain the term applies both to how the experience affected both she and her husband Charlie Thorn and the Ethiopian youth they mentored. Kron, a cartographer, and Thorn, a physicist at the Los Alamos (NM) National Laboratory, volunteer three months a year at Hadassah-Neurim, a teen youth village in Israel supported by the Hadassah organization in the United States. They live and eat with the teens, and tutor them in English, which is essential for higher education. Its difficult teaching English. Sometimes its like pulling teeth, but the connections that are created and the relationships with the students are worth it, says Kron. About one third of the teens in the youth village come from families that emigrated from Ethiopia but have shared little with others about their lives in villages without electricity and schools, nor about the dangerous journey to Israel and adjusting to a modern country. the Hadassah-Neurim Youth Village, starting about six there, living in a dormitory with 11th graders for six months. I fell in love with the place and the kids and then convinced Charlie to stop working and join me the following year, she says. We now come every year and have graduated to a small apartment, usually with a sea view. Its our favorite time of the year. The Hadassah-Neurim youth village was established in 1948 in an abandoned British army barracks when students from a different youth village needed to be evacuated during the War of Independence. Neurim and survivors, later for teen immigrants from Iraq, Romania, Morocco, and even later for youth from Ethiopia and the former Soviet Bloc. Many students come from troubled backgrounds, and most of them need help learning English. Today, Hadassah-Neurim is known for its athletic program and vocational schools for mechanics and technical jobs many of these are feeder schools for positions in the IDF. This year, Kron and Thorn thought that prior to their Israeli army service it was important for the IsraeliEthiopians to visit the country where their ancestors lived in order to gain a greater appreciation of their Clearwater winter residents help teen-agers from Israel connect with their Ethiopian roots Andi Kron and husband Charlie Thorn, foreground, with teens from Hadassah Neurim Village in Israel at Blue Nile Falls, Ethiopia.Teens from Ethiopian backgrounds made up half the students on the trip, which was sponsored by Kron the non-Ethiopian students as well, to raise awareness about the struggles of Ethiopian Jewry and not just among those who already know about it, said Kron. One of the students met her uncle who still lives in Ethiopia. She was so happy to see him with a smile from ear-to-ear. He was overcome with emotion and crying after meeting his Israeli niece. The difference in their reactions was striking. Avid hikers, Kron and Thorn joined the teens for treks to the Blue Nile Falls and mountain trails inhabited by monkeys. It was a seven-day adventure, said Kron.I hope this trip helps the Israeli-Ethiopian kids honor their parents and be proud of their heritage. Sitting next to the children on the bus was a completely different experience from teaching English at the youth village. I saw how the trip affected them close hand and watched as they became humbled and awed by their peoples history. Im sure they will return home and be better human beings and citizens of Israel as a result of this experience. Kron and her family have a long history of supporting Hadassah. Kron is a former co-president of the Los Alamos Chapter of Hadassah and her late mother, Selma Kron, was the founder of the Yachad Chapter of Hadassah in Clearwater. As a major donor to the organization, Selma Kron established the Norman and Selma Kron Gene Therapy Center at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem. Five police departments in Florida, including Tampa Police Department, have joined 50 other departments around the nation that have pledged to promote transparency and increase awareness about hate crime. The pledges were made to the Police Foundation as part of that organizations national Hate Crime Open Data Challenge. The Anti Defamation League worked closely with the foundation on that challenge and expressed gratitude to the departments that made the pledge. In Florida, the departments joining with the Tampa Police Department are the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, Orlando Police Department, Wilton Manors Police Department, and Miami-Dade Police Department. They pledged to commit to releasing open data on hate and bias crimes. ADL Florida Regional Director Sheri Zvi said: Hate crimes affect entire communities. In light of the spike in extremism and bias-motivated crimes we are seeing locally and nationally, now is a crucial time for law enforcement agencies to send a clear message that hatred and bigotry will not be tolerated. We commend the encourage all other agencies to follow suit. Hate crimes are often underreported and consequently not well documented, the Police Foundation noted in a prepared statement. By releasing this information to the public in the form of open data, agencies can help narrow the reporting gap, call more attention to the problem in an effort to better prevent these incidents, and set a foundation for two-way engagement and problem-solving between law enforcement and the community, the statement read. More accurate reporting will ultimately lead to a better understanding of hate crime in the United States, which in turn will enable informed decision-making around preventing and addressing this type of offense. Tampa joins police agencies in hate crime awareness pledge
BILL GRAHAM My grandparents were Holocaust survivors. They always emphasized to me that it is important to tell the story of the atrocities of the Holocaust, but of equal importance is to let the world know that survivors dusted themselves off and changed the world in ways big and small. Bill Graham is the embodiment of this ideal, said Michael Igel, the museums incoming board chair. The exhibition also gives us an opportunity to talk about other Holocaust survivors and the impact their lives had on their communities and the world. Some built hospitals, some became noted philanthropists, and some taught generations of students. Being a Holocaust survivor is part of each of their identities, but every person is so much more than that, he said. The exhibition is a way to bring people to the Florida Holocaust Museum who might not otherwise walk through our doors. People will come for the amazing rock & roll story, but they will walk out with an under standing of the consequences of unchecked hatred and bigotry, and with the inspiration that we will always rise above, Igel said. The exhibit features 400 pieces of memorabilia, including many from the musicians Graham promoted such as Janis Joplin (a velvet top, bell bottoms, boa fand tambou rine rom 1968) and Keith Richards (a pair of boots worn during a 1981 tour), some of the performers guitars or in the case of Jimi Hendrix a fragment of a smashed guitar, ar chival concert footage, historical and video interviews. The exhibit also includes letters and gifts from performers and fans and live performance and backstage photos from the Fillmore and other Bill Graham Presents concerts throughout the era. Â But what makes the exhibit unique is its illumination of how Grahams childhood experiences as a Jewish emigrant from Nazi Germany fueled his drive and ingenuity as a cultural innovator and advocate for social justice. Graham was born in Berlin. Due to the increasing peril to Jews, Grahams mother placed her son and the youngest of her orphanage which sent them to France in a pre-Holocaust exchange of Jewish children for Christian orphans. Â After the fall of France, Graham and his sister, T olla, were among a group of Jewish orphans spirited out of France, some of sister was among a large number of children Â Graham was one of the One Thousand Children those mainly Jewish children come directly to North America, but whose parents were forced to stay behind. The Reich killed nearly all of these parents, including Grahams mother, who died at Auschwitz. Â were close to their brother in his later life. Â After arriving in New Y ork at age of 11 as part of the Red Cross effort to help Jewish live with a foster family in the Bronx and spent his teenage years in New York City Â He relocated to San Francisco just as the hippie movement was gathering steam and became the business manager for the San Francisco Mime Troupe, a radical theater company that performed for free in parks. Â Nov. 6, 1965: a fundraiser to support the legal defense of one of the Mime Troupe actors. It was a transformative moment for thing he was good at and for which he could also earn a living. Â Soon afterward, he took over the lease on the famed Fillmore Auditorium, where he produced groundbreaking shows throughout the 1960s, including sold-out concerts by the Grateful Dead, Cream and the Doors, among many. Â Grahams mastery at promoting, marketing, and managing artists propelled him to become one of the music industrys most immusic into the highly lucrative phenomenon of rock concerts as eye-popping theatrical events that continues today. Graham died in a helicopter accident in 1991. Treasured photos and artifacts from Grahams early life and career are on loan from the Graham family, many on view for the years is the original apple barrel that greeted fans with fresh apples at the entrance to the Fillmore Auditorium. Â Ranked by the Chicago Tribune as one of 2017s best, Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution will be at Florida Holocaust Museum from Aug. 18 Feb. 10, 2019. It follows another blockbuster show, Operation Finale: The Capture and Trial of Adolph stop here on July 15 Â Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution was organized by the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, in association with the Bill Graham Memorial Foundation. Besides LA and Chicago, the exhibit has been on tour in San Francisco and Philadelphia. Â The Holocaust Museum is located at 55 Fifth St. S., St. Petersburg. For more informa tion, contact (727) 820-0100 or visit www Photo by Ken Friedman Photo by Lynn Goldsmith
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The test is quick, private and convenient and the results can change the lives of future generations. said Hubsher, who was traveling through Europe when the Jewish Press him via email. Â Hubsher said his sister, Cher, a dating coach in New York, is actually responsible for convincing him to take the plunge so to speak with The Bachelorette. Cher Hubsher was featured on MTVs My Super Sweet Sixteen a show that documents elaborate 16th birthday parties, so reality TV runs in the family. My sister thought that I was single for too long, and her being a fan of The Bachelorette, she thought it might be fun to apply for me to be on it, said Grant. Then ured why not, could be fun, or will at least be a unique experience. tiality agreements, he cant say much more about the 2017 summer season of The Bachelorette which American Â bachelorette, Rachel Lindsay He was one of eight suitors not to get a rose at the end of The 30-year-old is currently an ER doc at a hospital in Brooklyn. He attended Pinellas County Jewish Day School and was active in United Synagogue Youth at Congregation Beth Shalom in Clearwater. In his time as a student at the University of Florida, he was a part of the Jewish Student Union and the AEPi fraternity. Â As a child I learned a lot about the customs of Judaism and the religion itself. While as I matured into college and involved myself in Jewish programs, I became more in tune with what it means to feel culturally Jewish, Hubsher said. Â Growing up, some of his favorite memories were doing the hora and the electric slide at friends Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. Hubsher is still active in the Jewish community in New York. Its important to him that he frequents various Jewish social programs throughout the year and especially during the holidays. He still makes time to come back home to Florida several times a year. Hubshers connection to the Jewish community and his medical background were a perfect match for JScreens mission. Â I feel lucky that my time on the Bachelor ette can help bring attention to the lifechanging impact of genetic screening and JScreen, Hubsher said. Â sity in Atlanta, is to take the difscreened for Jewish genetic diseases. All one has to do is request a screening kit online and JScreen will send a kit right to your door. Enclosed are instructions about collecting a saliva specimen and a prepaid return label. Once sent back to the laboratory, JScreens clinical team will have the results in about three weeks. Jewish genetic screening is really for anyone who plans on having kids in the future, said Kener. Whether youre single, dating, do testing before either starting a family or adding to the family. Its not just for Jewish people, its for interfaith couples as well. For more information, go to https://jscreen.org. Israel will launch a rocket from Florida in a bid to become the fourth country to reach the moon. Israel Aerospace Industries and the nonplan a December launch from Cape Canaveral to land on the moon on Feb. 13. Â The landing would culminate eight years of collaboration on the project. While famed entrepreneur Elon Musk sent one of his Tesla cars into space earlier this year on top of his SpaceX rocket, Musk also spacecraft atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, where it will assume a course that will take Ido Anteby, chief executive of SpaceIL, explained that SpaceIL will test the spacecraft through October, and in November, the company will deliver it to the Cape Canaveral launch site. Private donations mostly paid for the project, including from the American businessman and Jewish philanthropist Sheldon Adelson, the Schusterman Family Foundation and South African-born billionaire entrepreneur Morris Kahn, SpaceILs president who has provided about $27 million. Kahn said costs associated with the program hover around $95 million and emphasized that he will underwrite any gaps in funding, saying this project will not stop, will not have any problem, because of money. He also called on the Israeli government to follow through with its pledge to fund 10 percent of the project. When the rocket goes into orbit, Kahn said, I think we will all remember where we were when Israel landed on the moon. The United States, Russia and China are the only nations to have landed on the moon with the U.S. the only country to send manned missions there. According to SpaceIL, once the spacecraft disengages from the launch rocket, it will begin orbiting Earth in continuously larger elliptical orbits. This long and complex course will allow the spacecraft to reach the moon with minimal fuel consumption. At a certain stage in its orbit, the spacecraft will reach a point that is near the moon. It will then ignite its engines and reduce its speed to allow the moons gravity to pull it in, and will begin orbiting it. The entire journey, from launch to landing, is expected to last about eight weeks. In addition to taking photos on the surface of the moon, the spacecraft will measure its magnetometer installed on it. The measurements are intended for research conducted at the Weizmann Institute of Science-UCLA.Israel to launch moon mission from Florida in December Photo by Flash90 Once it completes its mission, the spacecraft will remain on the moon, proudly disThe Israeli craft will be the smallest to land on the moon, weighing only 1,322 pounds.