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RON KAMPEAS JTA news serviceWASHINGTON Aziz Asbar was a leading Syrian rocket scientist, working with Hezbollah and Iran to develop systems that could reach deep inside Israel. Now hes dead, blown up in a car. The natural inclination in the Middle the Mossad, Israels intelligence agency, for such killings. Indeed, Mossad was named as the perpetrator in a New York Times story. The Times a Middle Eastern intelligence agency in reporting Asbars death on Aug. 4 in Maysaf, which is near a major Syrian weapons development facility. It also reported that it was at least the fourth assassination attempt by Israel in three years against an enemy weapons engineer on foreign soil. erations, which the prime minister must approve. An exception came in April when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu extolled an operation in which Israeli agents stole a literal ton of documents from Iran related to its nuclear program. But that operation, as far as anyone knows, did not involve a killing. Another, in Kuala Lumpur the same month, did: Two motorcyclists shot dead a Hamas associated engineer, Fadi Two motorcyclists shot dead a Hamas associated engineer, Fadi alBatsh.By BEN SALES JTA news serviceWhen Samuel Green talks about Israels West bank security barrier with the Birthright groups he view that the barrier was built to prevent Palestinian terrorists from breaching Israeli territory and that Israelis generally feel it has saved lives. But then hell talk about what the barrier which is part wall, part fence means for Palestinians: how it cuts into West Bank territory, how it has separated people from their farmland, how they see it as an imposing wall. Its a disservice to the people in front of me to leave out such information, Green said. So if youre trying to understand why theres why people are annoyed. Its important to talk about. That approach contrasts with the one viewed by 2.7 million people in a viral Facebook video taken by activists of IfNotNow, a group of young American Jews who oppose Israels control over the West Bank. In the video, a Birthright tour guide spars with a participant on a Birthright bus over the status of the West Bank. Rather than aim to present a range of views on Israels control of the territory, the guide says Israel sees the West Bank as part of Israel a misleading claim that does not accord with the legal Federation nosh for newcomers, networkingA Newcomer Nosh, for those who are new to the local Jewish community as well as anyone else who just wants to drop by and schmooze, will be hosted by the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties on Sunday, Aug. 26 from 9:30-11 a.m. The event will be held in the Federations new community serve as a conference room, but has been transformed into a more 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. 33, NO. 2 ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA AUGUST 10 23, 2018 TWO SECTIONS 28 PAGES Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Complied from news wiresASSASSINATION continued on PAGE 8 NOSH continued on PAGE 6 BIRTHRIGHT continued on PAGE 15 Join our page @ Meet Our Teenage Israeli Visitors! Did you know?Campaign Begins Nov. 1st!The Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties is part of Partnership2gether (P2G), a program of the Jewish Agency for Israel. We were honored to have hosted four young people in our community for this two-week exchange program. The Jewish FederationOF PINELLAS & PASCO COUNTIES, FL DO GOOD EVERYWHERE. FROM ANYWHERE. www.JewishPinellas.orgThe Jewish Federations of North America is an American Jewish umbrella organization representing 148 Jewish Federations and 300 independent Jewish communities across North America. SECTION B On Rosh HaShanah, it is customary for Jews to go to a body of water and symbolically cast away their sins during the Tashlich service. But this year, nine Tampa Bay area Reform and Conservative congregations will join with Hillels of the Florida Suncoast to reverse the Tashlich tradition, removing human sins from the water by cleaning up local waterfronts. will take place on Sunday, Sept. 16, which falls between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The congregations that have signed up to participate in the Reverse Tashlich project are: Congregation Bnai Israel, St. Petersburg; Congregation Beth Am, Tampa; Congregation Beth Shalom, Clearwater; Congregation Kol Ami, Tampa; Congregation Rodeph Sholom, Tampa; Congregation Schaarai Zedek, Tampa; Temple Ahavat Shalom, Palm Harbor; Temple Bnai Israel, Clearwater; and Temple Beth-El, St. Petersburg. TASHLICH continued on PAGE 8 Suncoast Hillels enlists congregations for rst Tashlich with a twistEckerd Colleges Reverse Tashlich, sponsored by the schools Scubi Jew group two years ago, shown above, inspired plans to involve the entire Jewish community in the effort to clean up our shoreline. Birthright Israel grapples with Palestinian questionsTrip co-founder: No right to bash Israel on our nickelJERUSALEM (JTA ) Birthright Israel co-founder and billionaire philanthropist Charles Bronfman said that young Jews are free to criticize Israel but not while enjoying a free trip. If people want to call Israel names and say bad things about the country, they certainly have the right to free speech. But they dont have the right to do it on our nickel, he told the Israeli daily Haaretz in an interview. His comments come after at least two groups of American Jews visiting Israel on the 10-day trip walked off the tour to join left-wing groups on visits to Palestinians. Bronfman said in his interview with Haaretz that participants on Birthright can extend their trip and join any kind of group they want or travel on their own to Palestinian areas. If they want to go to the West Bank or Gaza, they are certainly free to go, he told Haaretz. What is not fair is making a big tzimmes while the trip is on. Frankly, I just dont think that is fair to their fellow participants.Israel again suspect in assassination; does it pay off?Kuwait Airways will pay damages to Israeli passenger refused ticket Kuwait Airways agreed to pay damages plus legal costs to an Israeli who was refused a ticket on a nationality. Mandy Blumenthal, with the help of UK Lawyers for Israel, had claimed damages against the airline for racial discrimination and harassment after she tried to buy a return ticket to the Thai capital at Heathrow Airport in November. Blumenthals encounter at the Kuwait Airways desk shows that Kuwait Airways was prepared to sell her the ticket but refused once it saw the Israeli passport. The ticket clerk repeatedly explained that Israeli passport holders are not permitted to travel on Kuwait Airways. The airline has agreed to pay Blumenthal damages but without admitting liability, UK Lawyers for Israel said. The report did not say how much the airline was willing to pay. The law is clear: Direct discrimination on grounds of nationality in the provision of a service to the public is illegal, said David Berens, one of Blumenthals attorneys. Kuwait Airways is now legally obliged to end this policy or end its services from the UK altogether. It is horrible to be singled out, to be told you are not allowed to do something because of who you are, Blumenthal said. In my mind it is an anti-Semitic policy to single out the only Jewish state to boycott. to London service over its refusal to carry Israeli passengers, which prompted the U.S. Department of The airline has also been taken to court in Germany the practice was lega l.Israeli hospitals see record baby boom Several hospitals in Israel have reported record-breaking numbers of deliveries of newborns. Maternity wards in most of Israels hospitals are at capacity, with some mothers being referred to other departments and others having their babies delivered in Soroka Hospital in Beersheba had the largest number of births, a July record of 1,518 deliveries. Other hospitals in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Afula also reported noticable spikes in births. The uptick is connected to rising fertility rates and the during the summer months compared to winter, according to the report. August is typically the month with the most births. In 2016, Israel had 181,405 deliveries August led the way with 16,540 and a fertility rate of 3.11 children per mother. Its by far the highest fertility rate among the members of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, which has 34 industrialized nations. Israel had a fertility rate of four children per mother in current level.


PAGE 2 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY AUGUST 10 23, 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 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.orgAUG 24High Holiday Edition IPress Release ........Aug 10 Advertising .............Aug 14SEPT 7High Holiday Edition IIPress Release ........Aug 14 Advertising .............Aug 28SEPT 21Press Release .........Sept 7 Advertising ............Sept 10 Save These Dates! Save These Thank you for a great summer. See you next year! Want More Events? Visit us online at for all of the Jewish events happening in our community! Want More Aug 23 Jewish Federation Media BreakfastAug 25. The Florida Holocaust Museum Night with the Tampa Bay RaysAug 26. Newcomer NoshAug 28 Jewish Women International Meet and GreetSep 1. Leil Selichot begins after nightfall Thank you for a New to the area? New to the Federation? This event is just for you!WHAT: Bagels, coffee and networkingWHERE: Federations Community RoomWHEN: 9:30 11:00 am on August 26th RSVP to Luc at Field Trip to Dinosaur World! JEWIShCOMMUNITYCAMP Check Out These Events! Check Out Camp themes! Outdoor activities!


JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 3 AUGUST 10 23, 2018 & Banquet Hall Bellissimo Italian Eatery Bellissimo Italian Eatery CATERING ON SITE: Weddings Business Meetingstt See What The Critics Are SayingAMAZING Simply, The BestSeating for up to 80 people10% OFFEntire Check Be Our Guest!With CouponCustomize your own event! Southern Italian cooking or other type of menus available Bar Mitzvahs Birthday Parties 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+ yearsBest Breakfast in Clearwater! s Serving Breakfast & Lunch Anytime 6am 3pm ~ 7 days a week Jewish-style deli & much more! OUR MENU IS INTERNATIONAL... FRENCH TOAST, CHILI, OUR FAMOUS DANISH AND, OF COURSE, JEWISH!It seems apropos that in this edition I mention that Hila is just weeks away from her Bat Mitzvah. This girl, who has been raised in a rather uniquely immersive Jewish environment (consider: shes attended at least 10 Super Sundays including one in the womb, and might know how to run a table at a Jewish event better than some adults), will be all that our Jewish future holds on her 13th birthday. A friend and Federation board member, Ezra Singer, recently lent me the audiobook version of Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer. Foer paints a grim-yet-relatable picture of the family patriarch Isaac as he to be the grandsons Bar Mitzvah, now just weeks away at the time of the novels opening. Reading this, I found myself wondering: is Hilas Bat Mitzvah a in its true meaning, its really more of the start. Shortly, she will be considered an adult in terms of Jewish spirituality and observance, and will take her place as a member of the community alongside the rest of us. For her, its her lifes starting line. requires me to let go of the idea that I have much control over the person she becomes. dom for her (and all of the near-horizon Bnai Mitzvah kids out there). I if you have one in your life, please feel free to clip and share this piece as you see appropriate. Final Pearls of Wisdom for Hila and All Those Approaching Bnai Mitzvah ning. Youve only had a chance to taste from the grand buffet of Jewish life, so keep considering what you want your Jewishness to look and feel like. In Devorah Baums New York Times piece (shared with me by Phyllis Tauber), We are all Jew-ish Now, she points out that identity is a continually crafted ish, which for Jewish people may mean an uncomfortable re-evaluation of our Jewish sensibility. Baum notes, Take the chance today, and in all the days of your life, to explore the vast opportunities to be who you are, categorized or not. are taking you to two speech practices, three bimah dry-runs, and two dress rehearsals, yet my biggest hope for you is that you just smile and enjoy the beauty of the blessings even when you get part of the trope wrong or say something out of order. Its a noble pursuit to bring beauty to ritual, but perfection is not required. Embrace the hiccups and speedbumps along the way, both during your service and in the rest of your life. Good enough lives are lives well-lived. something nice for someone (including yourself). Send a text to gramma, lay on your back on the front lawn and look at the clouds, wave to a passing car. Sharing your brightness in moments of boredom adds to your own sparkle. (And remember: thousands of years ago someone fought his or her own boredom by rubbing sticks together. Now we everyone in your world. Sometimes youll listen to your own heart telling you to follow a path, but you dont have to agree. Sometimes youll end dont actually agree. The two are completely separate activities and both are important. Make your peace with this fact. Life is one big experiment, and learning to do fear-inducing things now, while youre still under the care of your adults, is a great way to grow as a person. This includes everything from calling that boy you giving honest (yet kind) feedback to a friend whos on a bad path. It also means being brave enough to be honest with yourself about your choices. your project. (Hila opted to bring together her love of Israel, dogs, and helping those living with disabilities by organizing a Bow Wow Walk 1K to raise money for Israel Guide Dogs for the Blind. As a Puppy Sponsor, her $500 goal [if attained] will fund 6 months of food and medicine for a puppy in training.) My wish for her and all brings, and the desire to continue in tzedakah regularly. Liked it? Loathed it? Want to react? I would welcome your feedback and can be reached at Mitzvah as starting line: Final words for my daughter Emilie SocashExecutive Director, Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties Perspective Perspective Poland obtains WWIIera archive showing Polish diplomats efforts to save Jews during Holocaust(JTA) Poland has obtained a World War II-era archive that documents efforts by Polish diplomats to get Jews out of Europe by issuing fake passports from Latin American countries. The Eiss archive shows that 330 people survived the Holocaust due to the efforts of the Polish diplomats based in Switzerland, and another 387 were killed despite having the forged passports. The fate of 430 others is not known. Polands Culture Ministry and the Auschwitz-Birkenau state museum negotiated with a private owner in Israel for the archive for the past year, the museum said Monday in a statement. The statement calls the archive irrefutable proof that Poles, the Polish state, and its representatives systemically and institutionally were involved in saving Jews during World War II. The activities of the then-Polish diplomats in Switzerland, newly discovered and documented, can be an inspiration for historians, but creators of culture, it said. The rescue effort was led by the Polish ambassador to Switzerland, Aleksander Lados, as well as three other Polish diplomats and two representatives of Jewish organizations. The archive is named for Rabbi Chaim Eiss, one of the Jewish activists, who died of a heart attack in late 1943. The documents reportedly came to Israel with one of Eiss descendants after World War II. The collection includes eight of photos of Jews requesting the Polish diplomats and Jewish organizations. It also includes a list of Jewish children in Warsaw orphanages. The documents, which will be zerland, will become part of the collection at the Auschwitz museum next year. They will be subject to conservation and thor oughly analyzed by archivists and historians once they arrive at the museum. Poland passed a controversial law early this year making it a criminal offense to accuse the country of complicity in the Holocaust. Lawmakers later revised the law to make it a civil offense. During the war, Poles saved killed thousands of Jews or betrayed them to the Nazis. The Nazis killed 3 million Jewish Poles and another 3 million non-Jewish ones. Courtesy Polish Ministry of Culture and HeritageA portion of the so-called Eiss Archive showing fake paspports issued Jews by Polish diplomats in Switzerland.


Temple Beth-El St. PetersburgConfessions: The temple is launching a Community Confessions project on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. on the topic The ConfessionalCatholic or Jewish? The program allows people to anonythey may be sorry for from the past year. It includes a discussion of the contrasts between the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation (commonly called Catholic Church and the practice of Vidui (Confesreturning) in Jewish practice. Religious school kickoff: new director of the temples religious school, Sarah Grace Nadler, and connect with friends 19 at 9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Nadler at Museum outing: the morning then pause for a lunch at noon in the Canyon Caf (at the museum) before enjoying free time in the afternoon. Spots are limited, so RSVP immediately to Cantor Pamela Siskin needing transportation should call the temple Shabbat Wonder: to engage preschool age children and their Cong. Bnai Israel St. PetersburgYouth Breakfast: a meet and greet for students, parents and Coffee Talk: Join Rabbi Philip Weintraub Selichot events: Begin the process of p.m. The program, featuring Cantor Jonathan Schultz and the congregation choir, includes The Hush of Midnight: An American Selichot Service Cong. Beth Shalom GulfportIsrael trip: The congregation is planning Cong. Beth Shalom ClearwaterRosh Chodesh: The Rosh Chodesh womens study group will meet on Sunday, For more information, contact Anne de Marlor at Holiday prep: by Rabbi Danielle Upbin These sessions offer the Jewish tools to nurture selfgrowth and spiritual awareness. Back to school, back to shul: and from 9 a.m. through 1 p.m. The OneBlood bus will be on site for blood donations. Talmud classes: with Dr. Priscilla Nathanson The class is open the Wednesday class is at 7 p.m. Contact the dates of the classes. Torah study: Study the Torah with Jason Palmer Chabad of ClearwaterTorah and tea: Rebbetzin Miriam Hodakov Temple Bnai Israel ClearwaterReligious school open house: Try a new Jewish holiday food, learn a new song and see why this is not your parents religious school to 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 Welcome back service: Sunday Cinema Caf: 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 AUGUST 10 23, 2018 Congregations Rabbinically Speaking Rabbinically Speaking Shabbat Candle Lighting Times and Yom Kippur. In its wisdom, the Jewish tradition sets aside the entire month days. Indeed, Judaism is a thoughtful and intentional religion. of the last year general: Who am I? Where am I in my life? What were my greatest successes and failures during I pleased with the direction of my life? What are my regrets, and what cult life challenges, and how am I coping brought me joy? What are my failings, and how do I wish to grow as a human being in the coming year? This process called Heshbon haNefeshing of the Soul. searching may not be an easy or natural time to do Heshbon haNefesh, but this is an important opportunity we must not miss. ful to pull yourself out of your regular, the beach at sunset is a spiritual time and helps me create the space I need to do Heshbon haNefesh. This is my spiritual assist you in doing your Heshbon haNefesh a journal dedicated to these annual rething meaningful and spiritually thoughtHow Then, Shall We Live? Four Simple Questions that Reveal the Beauty and Meaning of Our Lives by is a minister and psychotherapist. In this draws upon the wisdom of many differon four spiritual questions that shape will die? (4) What is my gift to the faming in a process of Heshbon HaNefesh. How Then, Shall We Live? to be particularly as a spiritual tool. the prayer Unetaneh Tokef which contains what I would consider to be the most haunting passages in all of Jewish liturgy: shall die; who in the fullness of years ber being frightened by these words. Tshuvah (Repentence), (Prayer), and Tzdakah (Deeds of Kindness) can mortality our coming to grips with the we all must face our morality, Judameaningful, purposeful, and joyful life through acts of Tshuvah, and Tzdakah day count. It is because of the penetrating depth of these words from the Unetaneh Tokef opportunity. I wish you well in your spiritual preparations this year. Shanah Tovah. 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.Elul: A Jewish time of opportunity, growth, and spiritual preparation By RABBI A ARON M. LEVER, BCC Director of Spiritual Care, Menorah Manor


been shown elsewhere. Some credit Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT, pro-Israel, he recently called on the U.S. to adopt a more balanced policy toward Israel during the border clashes. who in addition to being dogged by ties to erations of what is good or bad for Israel. to Congress, is running for attorney general ads in a Philadelphia-area congressional district where the Democratic candidate, Scott Wallace, faced heat after a charity he runs mainstream in Democratic politics and is a means to securing left-wing support. maries, some in swing districts, are getting made up wedge issue is audacious considering they wont commit to supporting (or deour closest allies and the only democracy in lations. It is also a bad political strategy, Strauss added. We will continue educaterencing the midterm elections. there is no contradiction between Zionism and Democratic politics, maintaining that the Democratic Party continues to best represent Jewish interests. out against candidates who are not aligned strong among both Republicans and Demoand the former head of the National Jewish tions on both sides of the aisle, the notion of a national homeland for the Jewish people is who were formerly on the margins of both parties are now considered part of a big tent, ideas that were once marginal in Israel are being entertained by mainstream leaders. For a liberal Ziing to bad policy in Israel is an indication of deeper concern, not lesser support, he said. Daniel Shapiro, the former U.S. ambassador to Israel under President Obama, said there is no contradiction beereignty in their ancient homeland. If there are those in the Democratic Party stand that there may be some, but we tend to Israels inherent legitimacy, he said. where its security needs are met and it is broad, bipartisan support it has historically enjoyed, he said. suggested that support for either Israel or for the other. The question of whether one is pro-Israel or pro-Palestinian is a false dichotomy, Jacobs said. The only defensible position is one that stands up for the human rights of opposing the occupation and the growth of settlements that entrench it. JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 5 AUGUST 10 23, 2018 CongregationsMaktub, an Israeli comedy, on members and friends. For new and prospective members: by Women of Temple Bnai Israel, Selichot dinners: Congretemple members and friends on will come to the temple for the dessert oneg will follow. BabyPlaytime: preschoolers and their parents to gather with other families with 19 from 10 a.m. to noon. This is an opportunity for families to tots Non-members are welcome. Adult play time: Join acon Thursdays at 1 p.m. Coffee and mation, contact Linda White at Temple Ahavat Shalom Palm HarborReligious school starts: ductions and a lunch on Sunday, rssecretary@ information. Brotherhood meets: Join and learn about programs and For more information contact the Book club: Invisible City by Julia Dahl on Special Selichot event: 1945, on brief dessert reception and Selichot Youth group members, will meet temple courtyard for fun, jamming Be a winner: The Youth for more information. Honey of a fundraiser: The Sisterhood is holding a funFloral Design Studio 6700 Central Ave., St. Petersburg local and worldwide delivery Weddings Events Bar/Bat MitzvahsRedman Steele 727.343.1020 New Year by sending them jars Young Israel Chabad of Pinellas CountyShabbat learning: the shul an hour before sunset on Shabbat afternoons. The class is com.Chabad of West PascoClasses with the rabbi: Rabbi Yossi Eber classes, alternating between Torah at 7 p.m. Pray, eat, watch video: On Sundays from 9-10 a.m., feed your body and soul with a bagel and is welcome. Tanya class: Tanya offers a roadmap for emoWhat is a soul? What is our purpose here on earth? The class is free.Temple Beth David Spring HillShofar factory: Create your own shofar and learn about its to or call Afternoon tea: The Sisterhood will hold an afternoon tea on tea room at the temple. The cost the cost for guests is $30. Call the ods of payment. Selichot: On Saturday, Sept. 1 there will be a presidents recepp.m. This is a free program and all are welcome. Torah study: Rabbi Paul Schreiber conducts Torah study per class for non-members.Chabad of Spring HillTorah studies: The comstudy classes on Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. The classes, taught by Rabbi Chaim Lipszyc, are not sequential, so drop-ins are welcome. Brunch and coffee will be $7 per class. Jewish Dems contend with wave of progressives critical of IsraelBy CHARLES DUNST JTA news service in a Democratic primary last month, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom political outsider, saying on a radio show that she represents the future of our party. of sharp criticism of Israel once considered taboo in both major parties. care for all, fully funded public schools and a remained silent on the issue. candidate Ilhan Omar calls herself an intersectional feminist and Israel an apartheid is the co-author, along with her husband, of Dangerous Liaison: The Inside Story of the U.S.-Israeli Covert Relationship a scathing It seems to me that some criticism of and jobs for all, Democratic strategist Brad Bannon told Newsweek. That puts Democrats who are both liberal and pro-Israel in a bind. Whether the result of ment of the Palestinians to other left-wing causes, or a willingness to call out its rightAlexandria OcasioCortez


PAGE 6 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY AUGUST 10 23, 2018 NOSHcouch for more relaxed conversations. It is expected to become a gathering spot for a variety of community activities. The event is not only a chance for folks to sip coffee and nosh on bagels, but it will offer an opportunity to learn more about the Jewish community and particularly the many programs offered by the Federation. Executive Director Emilie Socash, other members of the Federation staff and board members will be on hand to chat and answer any questions. There is an emphasis on being a newcomer, but ultimately, whether you are new to the area or just looking to network and get more involved in our Jewish com-The munity, this event would be perfect for you, said Federation board member Ezra Singer. We learned from the Federations 2017 Demographic Study that we need to improve our visibility, he said, This will be an opportunity to personally introduce ourselves and the Federation to those new to the community and educate them as to what exactly we do and what we can offer to residents of Pinellas and Pasco Counties. Community members are welcome to stop by any time during the Newcomers Nosh. The Federation Road, Suite 8, Largo in the CrownThose interested in attending are asked to RSVP to Last month Israels government passed, by a narrow 62-55 margin, a controversial nation-state law, which declared Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people. Scores of liberal critics denounced the measure as an unnecessary and racist provocation, while defenders called it a statement of the obvious. Akin to a constitutional amendment, the basic law declares much like the countrys Declaration of Independence that Israel is the home of the Jewish people. Unlike the declaration, however, it asserts that Jerusalem is its capital, that Hebrew is its nation is unique to the Jewish people. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the passage of the law a pivotal moment in the annals of Zionism and the State of Israel, while Ahmad Tibi, an Arab Knesset member, denounced it as the end and apartheid. Prior to its passage, Israels president, Reuven Rivlin, called the law a weapon (for) our enemies. Outgoing Jewish Agency head Natan Sharansky said it would end up driving a wedge between Jews in Israel and in the Diaspora. And likewise, Jerry Silverman, CEO of the Jewish Federations of North America, told JTA he is concerned the legislation, with its focus on the Jewish aspects of Israel, will alienate young American Jews who are so socialjustice conscious today. within Israeli society itself and among observers abroad. Heres a sampling: The bill failed to grapple with Palestinians citizens insistence that they have a right to live in Israel with full and equal rights, and that they will not give up their Palestinian national identity to do so, Maha Nassar, an associate professor at Arizona University, said in the Forward. Its time that we have a serious conversation about whether it was ever really possible to have a Jewish and democratic state that took seriously Palestinians national identity and ties to their land. Noah Kulwin, senior editor of the left-wing Jewish Currents nation against Arabs, comparing Israel to apartheid common cause with the European far right. David Hazony, founding editor of The Tower magazine, says the critics are distorting what the bill actually states. Building a Jewish homeland through sovereignty, through culture, and through settlement has always been the core purpose of the country, Hazony wrote in the Forward. The bottom line is that Israel is the Jewish State, and this law tells us what that means, just as other Basic Laws tell us what goes into its democratic foundations. Avi Dichter, the Likud party Knesset member who sponsored the bill, suggested it was meant as a response to Arabs both Israeli citizens and living in the West Bank who believe that Israel would one day become a binational state of all its people. We are enshrining this important bill into a law today to prevent even the slightest thought, let alone attempt, to transform Israel to a country of all its citizens, he said. In remarks to the Knesset, Dichter responded to members of the Joint List, the Arab Israeli bloc in the parliament. When I listened attentively to the Joint List MKs, it was impossible to miss their clear words: We, the Arabs, will win, we are in our homeland, we were here before you and well be here after you. This Basic Law is the clear-cut answer to those who think that and it is clear: You were not here before us and you will not be here after us, he said. The arguments on both sides get at an implicit tenThe Jewish state, founded as such, wants to privilege and shelter Jews and explicitly be a homeland for the Jewish people while simultaneously maintaining a democracy that supports all of its citizens non-Jews included. Israel aimed to tolerate its minorities in a Jewish? Democratic? Israels nation-state law raises questions over the countrys purpose way the world, including Europe and the Middle East, had not previously tolerated Jews. The tensions are seen in the Declaration of Independence. alistic, aying that the recognition of Israel by the United Nations General Assembly is irrevocable. This right is the natural right of the Jewish people to be masters of their own fate, like all other nations, in their own sovereign State. At the same time, the declaration ensures complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex. Max Fisher of the New York Times insists that the equation, comparing countries like Hungary that have overtly embraced an old-style national identity, with leaders championing the ethnic origins of the state, warning darkly of foreigners and curtailing basic rights. Fisher also cites polling in Israel that suggests Jewish identity is winning out over democracy. overwhelmingly belong to the political right, which pushed through this weeks national self-determination law, he wrote. But even those who say democracy should prevail express support for some caveats. sions like, say, self-determination should be left to the Jewish majority. Israel still remains a democracy, with Freedom House deeming the Jewish state a fundamentally free multiparty democracy with strong and independent institutions that guarantee political rights and civil liberties for most of the population, referencing political moves against minorities. There is a large Arab bloc in the Knesset, and a robust NGO culture of Jews and Arabs that promotes a shared society for all Israelis. And the nation-state bill wont change that in a single stroke. Still, the law could eventually have far-reaching implications for Jewish-Arab relations within Israel and for Israeli-Palestinian relations, wrote Dov Waxman, professor of political science, international affairs and Israel studies at Northwestern University. Gila Gamliel, Israels minister for social equality, said on Israeli TV that the nation-state law will act as a counterweight to a previous Basic Law that enshrines human rights, freedom and dignity. That law, Gamliel said, ensures Israels democratic character and this law will place the states Jewish character on the same level. As an example, Gamliel suggested that the nationstate law could give greater legal force to Israeli government efforts to deport African asylum seekers from Israel. Previous laws targeting asylum seekers have been struck down by Israels Supreme Court on the basis of the Human Freedom and Dignity Law. The nation-state law is not meant to hurt any citizen of the State of Israel, Gamliel said. But Waxman wrote that the law contains no recognition of the presence of a Palestinian-Arab minority in Israel. On the contrary, the new law implicitly denies their very existence as an indigenous national minority that also has a legitimate claim to national selfdetermination, or at least collective rights. In doing so, the nation-state law will only anger, and further alienate, Israels Arab citizens. The message the law sends to them is unequivocal: This state is not yours and this land does not belong to you. Amir Fuchs, an expert at the Israel Democracy Institute, told the New York Times that even if the law is only declarative and wont change anything in the near future, I am 100 percent sure it will worsen the feeling of non-Jews and especially the Arab minority in Israel. Lucy Aharish, an Arab-Israeli newscaster who against the law. I feel like the state has been taken from me, she said. Theyre taking the state and excluding me from the community of Israelis that you so want me to belong to. And it hurts me. It hurts me because youve excluded me. Youve excluded me and 20 percent of the population.


JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 7 AUGUST 10 23, 2018 Temple Ahavat ShalomTEMPLE AHAVAT SHALOM For questions or help with a special order, contact Ava Pierce at or visit or call the Temple ofce at 727.785.8811FROM THE MICHAEL ARAM COLLECTION LShanah Tovah from the Sisterhood Judaica Shop Judaica Shop FROM THE GARY ROSENTHAL COLLECTION With the premise that nothing builds relationships better than spending meaningful time together, for the last two years the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties has been sending local teens to visit here. This is done through a Partnership Together program in conjunction with the Jewish Agency for Israel, and because the Federations sister city in Israel is the Hadera-Eiron area, the Pinellas teens visit there and teens from that area come here. The exchange is also part of the Federations Tikkun Olam Teen Program and it is designed to enrich the local community and the Israeli visitors. This summer four Israeli teens Omer Cohen, Yuval Ladany, Maya Podrazhansky, Liel Gurovich and chaperone Gilad Rosenbaum visited and participated in an array of tikkun olam projects. Local community members Natalie Feldman and Doug Weiland, Lisa Schmid, and Barry and Polly Kraus, served as hosts. The teens visitors joined the Sabrim program at Jewish Community Camp, where the teens performed mitzvot throughout the county. The concept of tikkun olam seeped into the activities and taught the kids that everyone has a responsibility to positively impact the world. Activities the Israeli teens participated in include sorting donated clothing and other sundries at Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services and at Clothes for Kids. They also volunteered at Feeding Tampa Bay and a beach clean-up on Gandy Beach. 4 Israeli teens spend time in Pinellas with campers, volunteering in community Campers and Israeli visitors sing Hatikvah, the Israeli teens teach Israeli dancing at the Jewish Community Camp, which was held on the campus of The four Israelis who visited the area as part of the Federations Tikkun Olam In their second week of the visit they worked with the campers at Jewish Community Camp. Geography lessons about where in Israel the teens live, Hebrew word games, Israeli dances and songs, tastes of Israeli favorites Bamba and halva were featured. took a trip to Orlandos Universal Islands of Adventure to meet up with a Jacksonville/ Israel delegation. For more information on the exchange program, contact or at (727) 333-3106.


PAGE 8 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY AUGUST 10 23, 2018 Name of Business: The Abelson Group at Morgan Stanley Location: We are headquartered in Palm Harbor. Our clients reside throughout the USA. Ownership: David and Adam Abelson (and Morgan Stanley)Q What product or services do you offer? A Intellectual capital. We offer planning.Q What inspires your work and what sets you apart? A The importance of our work makes a big difference in peoples lives. We take this responsibility seriously and treat other people as we would want to be treated ourselves.Q Why do customers select your business? A We give back to the community. We return phone calls the Analyst) from the Wharton School of Business at the Uni) percent effort and truly care about our clients.Q Tell us an interesting tidbit about your business.A We have our own Bloomberg Terminal that gives us access to and we enjoy it!Q Do you have a personal or professional motto?A Strive to be better than we were yesterday and not as good as well be tomorrow.Q What is your biggest success to date?A To reach The Abelson Group at Morgan Stanley, call 727.773.4626 The Abelson Group at Morgan Stanley Adam, left, and David Abelson TASHLICHReverse Tashlich will bring members of the Jewish community together for a day of tikkun olam (repair the world), or Tikkun HaYam (Repair the Sea), Suncoast Hillels new Jewish marine conservation initiative. It will give us all a chance to do this very the marine environment and the entire Tampa Bay community, said Rabbi Ed Rosenthal, Suncoast Hillels executive director. I am thrilled that so many of our Bay Area congregations and community members will share in this spiritual and important program. Reverse Tashlich is the brainchild of the scuba diving enthusiasts Scubi Jew club at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg. Two years ago, the students organized a Reverse Tashlich on campus. After that experience, the students wanted to make it a bigger program with a broader reach, so the decision was made to bring the program to the community-at-large. The inaugural communitywide Reverse Tashlich was planned dur ing last years High Holiday season, but Hurricane Irma forced its cancellation. During this years event, each team of volunteers will be assigned a waterfront area in Hillsborough or Pinellas Counties to be cleaned during one of two shift choices, either 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m. Participants are asked to wear closed-toe shoes, comfortable clothing and adequate sun protection. Community service hours will be available for student participants. All required materials will be provided by Keep Pinellas Beautiful and Keep Tampa Bay Beauti ful, which are partnering with Hillels of the Florida Suncoast. Everyone is welcome to lend a hand. To join the effort, contact one of the participating congregations or Hillels of the Florida Suncoast at (813) 899-2788. ASSASSINATIONThese assassinations once were the stuff of major headlines and books like   Operation Damocles, which in the early 1960s targeted German scientists who were developing missiles for Egypt. Now such killings merit an article, if that, and a cursory mention on a Wikipedia page. Every day in the Middle East there are hundreds of explosions and settling of scores, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman told Israels Channel 2 after Asbars killing. Every time they try to place the blame on us. So we wont take this too seriously. This is likely, in part, because the volume has increased. Ronen Bergman, the Israeli reporter who last year wrote an exhaustive history of Israels assassinations titled Rise and Kill First, and who co-wrote the Times scoop on Asbar, has reported that before 2000, Israel carried out 500 such operations since its founding. Since then, there have been more than 1,800. Israel, Bergman wrote in his book, has assassinated more people than any other country in the Western world in the postwar period. Scott Lasensky, a former senior adviser on Israel to the Obama administration, said the acceleration after 2000 was due in part to the intensity and bloodiness of attacks on Israeli civilians of the second intifada launched in 2000, as well as the George W. Bush administrations pivot to targeted assassinations after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001. Whereas before there had been some public discussion about whether they could backcommunity and in the broader public, the debate ended, said Lasensky, now a visiting scholar at Israels Institute for National Security Studies. Because it coincided with Americas post-9/11 campaign, it gave Israelis even less reason to question. Which raises the question: Do the assassinations work? That, in turn, raises another question: What is the purpose of the assassination? Bergmans book comes from an injunction in the Talmud that he repeatedly heard cited by the for someone comes to kill you, rise up it is a no-brainer, according to this rationale: He must die. Asbar could be in that category. According to the Times report, he was a critical actor in developing precision-guided missiles that could reach deep into Israel and in stabilizing rocket fuel. With Syrias Assad regime and its allies Iran and its allied Lebanese militia, Hezbollah emerging triumphant in that countrys civil war, Israel suspected that it would be the only A famous ticking bomb assassination   was   Imad Mughniyeh in Syria in 2008, believed to be a CIA-Mossad effort. The Bush administration blamed Mughniyeh, the Hezbollah chief of operations, for attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq. Another was Yahya Ayyash, The Engineer, the Hamas designer of a rash of bombs that devastated Israel in the mid-1990s. His head was blown off when he answered a cellphone call in Gaza City. Strategic killings keep the enemy off-balance likely the key factor informing those of four Iranian nuclear scientists in the early part of this decade. Jonathan Schanzer, the vice president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said the killings not only deprived Iran of its knowledge base, it made the Iranian security establishment expend resources on protecting its scientists. It forced the Iranians to engage in greater operational security, holding scientists in underground undisclosed facilities because of the fear they would lose their brain trust, he said. The same likely is now true of Syrias rocket makers. They will be more paranoid, Schanzer said. Thats what counterterrorism is, encumbering the enemy, not necessarily defeating the enemy. Some of the alleged Israeli kill ings have seemed gratuitous. Bergman chronicles the late Israeli defense minister and prime minister Ariel Sharons obsession with killing Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, at times contemplating operations that would have killed large numbers of civilians and fat managed to escape multiple bombings often by minutes and even a bizarre Manchurian Candidate-style bid to hypnotize a Palestinian into killing him. (The Palestinian pretended to be under hypnosis, then promptly turned himself in to Arafats people.) Bergman, who hints in a New York Times Magazine   excerpt   of his book that Sharon may have ultimately succeeded in poisoning Arafat in 2004, said Sharon was simply furious that a man behind the killing of Israeli civilians should keep breathing.He took to heart every casualty of every terror attack, Bergman quoted the late Mossad chief Meir Dagan as saying of Sharon. There were some things that he simply could not let pass. Revenge likely also was a factor in the case of Ahmed Yassin, the Hamas founder and cleric killed in an airstrike in March 2004. Yassin was Hamas spiritual leader, given of Israelis, but he was not involved in its operations. tempts on Arafat fed his legend and lent him stature among Palestinians. Israeli commandos in 1988 killed Khalil al-Wazir, also known as Abu Jihad, in Tunis in 1988. Abu Jihad, Arafats secondin-command, also was among the Palestinian leaders seeking accommodation with Israel. The killing Israeli leaders believed that Abu Jihad was directing its violence, but it was a homegrown affair. Other times, when a critical actor is killed, it appears to have results. The 1996 assassination of Ayyash, The Engineer, was followed by a rash of bus bombings believed to have been planned before his death and then several years of relative quiet. Schanzer said the policy may work in conjunction with an over all strategy. The campaign against Irans nuclear scientists, he said, was coupled with cyber warfare that for a time crippled Irans uranium enrichment and tough sanctions that slowed its nuclear program. Israelis have always used tar geted assassination as not the only means but as one element of a broader strategy, he said.


(JTA) A Missouri Republican who has made anti-Semitic and other bigoted statements handily won a primary for the states House of Representatives. Steve West, who promotes antiSemitic conspiracy theories on a radio show he hosts, defeated three other candidates Tuesday, Aug. 7, in the bid for a seat representing Clay County, northeast of Kansas City. He won with 49.5 percent of had 24.4 percent. Looking back in history, unfortunately, Hitler was right about what was taking place in Germany. And who was behind it, West said on KCXL radio in January 2017, the Kansas City Star reported Aug. 9. He has spoken of Jewish cabals that are harvesting baby parts from Planned Parenthood, abuse children and control the Republican Party. West also has a YouTube channel on which he has made homophobic, anti-Semitic, Islamophobic and racist statements, according to the Star. West will face Democratic incumbent Jon Carpenter in November. The Missouri Republican Party denounced Wests shocking and vile comments. Wests abhorrent rhetoric has absolutely no place in the Missouri Republican Party or anywhere. We wholeheartedly condemn his comments, the party told the Star. Reached by the Star, West said his comments were taken out of context, but went on to criticize both Judaism and Islam. Jewish people can be beautiful people, but theres ideologies associated with that that I dont agree with, he said. Jews today are a remnant of the tribe of Judah that rejected Christ. The local chapter of the AntiDefamation League said it was not sure why Wests comments had not been publicized earlier. Im trying to get a sense of why sure I have a great answer, said Karen Aroesty, who directs ADL in Missouri, Southern Illinois and Eastern Kansas. Wests campaign platform does not mention Jews, but contains a section titled Islam is a Problem for America and says that most parents dont want their children recieving (sic) alternative sex ed, or having to deal with or be around the LGBT clubs. at Congregation Beth ShalomFor more information, contact us at (727) 531-1418 or 1325 S. Belcher Road Clearwater, FL 33764 An event for kids, adults, and the community Prospective members welcome! August 26th The fun starts 9:30 am Back to Shul Back to Shul Authentic Middle Eastern Cuisine With a Modern Flair! 727.498.8627 MEZE119.COM 119 2nd Street North, St. PeteInvite us to your simcha, well bring the food! Our catering services can be customized to suit all of your needs.SUNDAY THURSDAY: 11 AM 9 PM FRIDAY SATURDAY: 11 AM 10 PMHeartfelt thanks from the Hershkowitz Family, for all of your ongoing support Serving Tampa Bays Best Kosher-Style Dairy Mediterranean-Inspired Cuisine. JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 9 AUGUST 10 23, 2018 and Gaza militants since 2014, Southern Israeli towns near the border tried to resume normalcy effect. On Friday, Aug. 10, the municipalities of Netivot and Sderot, as well as smaller towns near the Gaza Strip, did not renew emergency regulations that had been in place for most of the week. The regulations prevented holding any gatherings outside sheltered areas, including summer camp activities, as well as public transportation. A nearby annual hot air balloon fest had to be cancelled. The resumption of activity including by the Ashkelon-Sderot line of the Israel Railways folstarted Thursday night, Aug. 9, the Israel Broadcasting Corp. reported. More than 150 rockets hit southrael reporting 11 wounded, but no fatalities, along with some building damage. The Israeli Air Force struck back, hitting more than 150 targets across the Gaza Strip, including military training camps, weapons caches and terrorists themselves. Three Palestinians were killed, according to Hamas, including a pregnant mother and her toddler. Israel reported 11 wounded on its side. reached with Egyptian mediation, according to Al Jazeera. Israel had engaged in any talks Broadcasting Corp. that Israel has a longstanding policy of striking in Gaza only in retaliation to strikes on Israel. The whole thing might have been started by a mistake. On Tuesday morning, Aug. 7, Israeli troops on the Gaza border tion. They responded in kind, killThat triggered Hamas to retaliate had not been meant for Israeli soldiers. It was, according to Hamas, part of a naval commando exercise in the presence of senior Hamas Prior to that, Israel and Hamas were actually in indirect talks to establish a long-term truce on the border. The truce would see Hamas attacks against Israel end in exchange for Israel easing the blockade and allowing more goods in and out of Gaza. Two Israelis and the bodies of two dead soldiers held by Hamas would be exchanged for Palestinian prisoners.Southern Israeli cities try to get back to normal Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90The site where a mortar shell from Gaza hit an apartment building and cars in the southern Israeli city of Sderot, near the border with Gaza, on Aug. 9.Missouri Republican who said Hitler was right wins primary


PAGE 10 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY AUGUST 10 23, 2018 3-camp meet-up Campers from Tampa, St. Pete and Palm Harbor Stand on line for Kona ices after a long day of Macabbiah races and other fun activities. It was a noisy, happy day when three Camp Gan Israel camps from Tampa, Palm Harbor and intercamp get together at the Chabad Center of Greater St. Petersburg. About 60 campers enjoyed a full days activities including Maccabiah games and a bubble show. The groups easily melded as if they were life-long friends. Camp Gan Israel is sponsored by the Chabad Lubavitch movement.Kids play a get-to-know-you game at the start of the intercamp meeting.A Sukkot luncheon for Holocaust survivors and their spouses from Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco counties will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Menorah Manor, 255 59th St. N., St. Petersburg. There is no charge for the luncheon and all survivors and their guests are invited, no matter what term survivor and regardless of any Music for the luncheon will be provided by Clearwater Jazz Holiday Foundation. The event is sponsored by Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services with funding provided by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. Gulf Coast JFCS supports Holocaust survivors in a variety of ways including in home care, light cleaning services, transportation, emergency financial assistance, restitution assistance, and social events. Those who would like to attend should RSVP by Sept. 14 to Gulf Coast JFCS Holocaust Survivor Case Manager Assistant Kerri Brennan at (727) 4791811 or kerri.brennan@gcjfcs. org. Transportation may be ar ranged if required.Sukkot luncheon to honor Holocaust survivors Support Our Advertisers!They help make the Jewish Press possible. Support Our Advertisers!They help make the Jewish Press possible. [ ]Support Our Advertisers!They help make the Jewish Press possible.Support Our Advertisers!They help make the Jewish Press possible. Support Our Advertisers!They help make the Jewish Press possible. Photo exhibit of Palestinians by Israeli to open at USF An exhibit featuring thousands of photographs of anonymous Palestinians titled Miki Kratsman: People I Met, will be on display at the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, from Aug. 20 through Dec. 8, and the award-winning photographer will be at USF for several events on Aug. 30 and 31. For three decades, Kratsman, an Israeli photo journalist, has been one of the leading chroniclers of life in Palestinian territories. His photographs many of them taken for the Israeli newspapers Hadashot and Haaretz uncover personal stories and Israels military impact in the West Bank and Gaza. While trying to answer the question What happened to the people in the photographs?, Kratsman amassed a vast archive of more than 9,000 portraits of Palestina dedicated Facebook page (https:// people.i.met/) in 2011. The USF Contemporary Art Museum will display the artists growing portrait archive, together with identifying commentary that, in some cases, serves as a literal proof of life or death. People I Met continues the museums tradition of presenting challenging artwork with social content. The exhibition also includes works from several other contemporaneous projects. These include photographic selections from Kratsmans Bedouin Archive and his Displaced series, and table-top panoramas of unrecognized Arab villages the Israeli government has slated for demolition. The 2017 video titled 70 Meters... White Tshirt condenses a year of shooting in the Palestinian village of Nabi Sahli. Kratsman was born in 1959 in Argentina and immigrated to Israel in 1971. From 1993 to 2012 his photographs appeared regularly in the newspaper Haaretz. From 2006 to 2014 he served as director of the Photography Department of Bezalel Academy of Arts, Jerusalem, where he continues to teach recipient of the Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography, awarded by Harvard Universitys Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology. Since 2004, he has been the chairman of the board of Breaking the Silence, a controversial organization of veteran Israeli combatants that collects testimonies from soldiers about their service in the Palestinian territories. Critics, including Prime Minister Benja min Netanyahu, say misinforms international audiences about the military and its activities. Last month, a new Israeli law barred the group from appearing at schools or speaking to students. rapher to win Israels Emet Prize for Science, Art and Culture, which includes a portion of a $1 million prize. Due to the political nature of his photographs, he said he was surprised when he won the Emet Prize, but is also proud to have won it. In conjunction with the exhibit, the museum will present a conversation between Kratsman and the museums curator-at-large Christian Viveros-Faun, a New York-based art critic, on Thursday, Aug. 30 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Oxford Exchange, 420 Ken nedy Blvd., Tampa. Admission is $5 and those interested should RSVP to https://oxfordexchange. Kratsman will be signing the book The Resolution of the Suspect (Photographs by Miki Kratsman, Text by Ariella Azoulay), following the talk. The $5 ticket can be applied to the purchase of a book. Kratsman and Viveros-Faune will also have a conversation about the People I Met exhibit on Friday, Aug. 31 from 6-7 p.m. at the museums concert hall. Following the talk there will be a reception for Kratsman at the museum from 7-9 that evening. The museum is located at 3821 USF Holly Drive. Other events related to the exhibit will be held in October. For more information, visit cam.usf. edu or call (813) 974-4133.Portraits from the exhibit Miki Kratsman, People I Met, 2010-2017.


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Belcher Rd., Clearwater (727) 531-1418EREV ROSH HASHANAHSunday, Sept. 9 Evening service. 7:30 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 1st DayMonday, Sept. 10 Morning service, 8:30 a.m. Tashlich, 6 p.m. (at Eagle Lake Park) Maariv, 8 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 2ND DayTuesday, Sept. 11 Morning service, 8:30 a.m.EREV YOM KIPPURTuesday, Sept. 18 Kol Nidre, 7 p.m.YOM KIPPURWednesday, Sept. 19 Morning service, 9 a.m. Mincha, 5:30 p.m. Neilah, 7 p.m. Final Shofar & Maariv, 8:06 p.m.CONG. BNAI ISRAEL300 58th St. N. St. Petersburg (727) 381-4900SELICHOTSaturday, Sept. 1 Pre-Selichot program, 8:45 p.m. Selichot, 10:30 p.m.CEMETERY SERVICESSunday, Sept. 2 Chapel Hill, 10:30 a.m. Royal Palm Cemetery, 11:30 a.m.EREV ROSH HASHANAHSunday, Sept. 9 Evening service. 7:30 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 1st DayMonday, Sept. 10 Morning service, 9:30 a.m. Shofar, 10:15 a.m. Jr. Cong. & Young Families service (after Shofar) Tashlich, 7 p.m. (at Lake Pasadena) Mincha, Maariv, 7:30 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 2ND DayTuesday, Sept. 11 Morning service, 9:30 a.m. Shofar, 10:15 a.m. Jr. Cong. & Young Families service (after Shofar) Mincha, Maariv, 7:30 p.m.EREV YOM KIPPURTuesday, Sept. 18 Kol Nidre, 7 p.m.YOM KIPPURWednesday, Sept. 19 Morning service, 9:30 a.m. Jr. Cong. & Young Families service, 10:30 a.m. Yizkor, 1 p.m. Mincha, 5:45 p.m. Neilah, 6:45 p.m. Final Shofar, approx., 8:15 p.m. Break-the-Fast snacks to followCONG. BETH SHOLOM1844 54th St. S., Gulfport (727) 321-3380EREV ROSH HASHANAHSunday, Sept. 9 Evening service. 7:15 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 1st DayMonday, Sept. 10 Morning service, 9:30 a.m. Tashlich 2:15 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 2ND DayTuesday, Sept. 11 Morning service, 9:30 a.m.EREV YOM KIPPURTuesday, Sept. 18 Kol Nidre, 7:15 p.m.YOM KIPPURWednesday, Sept. 19 Morning service, 9:30 a.m. Yizkor, 11 a.m. Services resume, 4 p.m. Neilah, 5 p.m. Break-the-Fast at conclusion ReformTEMPLE AHAVAT SHALOM1575 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor (727) 785-8811SELICHOTSaturday, Sept. 1 EREV ROSH HASHANAHSunday, Sept. 9 Evening service, 8 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 1st DayMonday, Sept. 10 Morning service, 10 a.m. Youth services, (grade 3 +), 11 a.m. (tot-2nd grade), 3 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 2ND DayTuesday, Sept. 11 Morning service, 10 a.m.CEMETERY SERVICESSunday, Sept. 16 Sylvan Abbey, 3 p.m. Curlew Hills, 4 p.m.EREV YOM KIPPURTuesday, Sept. 18 Kol Nidre, 7:30 p.m.YOM KIPPURWednesday, Sept. 19 Morning service, 10 a.m. Youth services, (grade 3 +), 11 a.m. (tot-2nd grade), 1:30 p.m. Yizkor, 4:30 p.m. Neilah, 5:30 p.m. Break-the-Fast, 6:30 p.m.TEMPLE BNAI ISRAEL1685 S. 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FL Lic.#43925 RELAX RECUPERATE REHABILITATE 727-773-0855Fax: 727-785-74693905 Tampa Rd, #2764 Oldsmar, FL 34677 J ERRY B ROWNSTEIN& ASSOCIATES Life insurance specialist By M arcyARCY O sterSTER JTA news serviceJERUSALEM The heavy stone that fell out of the Western Wall and came crashing down on a platform set aside for egalitarian prayer has been removed for examination and restoration, but the conversation about the reason for its sudden sky dive includ ing hints of divine intervention keeps on going. The stone fell on July 23, hours after the area had been full of worshippers visiting the wall for Tisha bAv, 25 hours of intense mourning for the destruction of the two Holy Temples in Jerusalem. The Western Wall was an external retaining wall for the Second Temple, which was razed by the Romans in 70 C.E. A lone worshipper was praying at the site, known as the Ezrat Yisrael near Robinsons Arch at the southern end of the wall, when the stone fell. Daniella Goldberg, 79, was not injured, though she was shaken up a bit. And she seemed to be dressed in the garb of an Orthodox worshipper: Every strand of hair covered, long sleeves, a long skirt and stockings in the summer heat. She said she prays regularly at the site removed from the iconic plaza that fronts the Wall and told Israeli television that she would try not to let the incident distract from her prayers. Israeli archaeologist Zachi Dvira   almost immediately said the 2,000-year-old wall was badly in need of restoration, and that its massive limestone blocks had to be reinforced. But some saw theology, not erosion, at play in the near disaster. Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch, the rabbi of the Western Wall, called for public soul searching   in the wake of an incident he saw as unusual and most rare. The fact that this powerful incident happened a day after the 9th of Av fast, in which we mourned the destruction of our temples, raises questions which the human soul is too small to contain, and requires soul-searching, he said. like the deputy mayor of Jerusalem, Dov   W e must not explain and interpret natural phenomena as signs from heaven, as the ways of the Creator are hidden.   Then he did a 180, blaming the activists who want women and non-Orthodox Jews to be able to pray as they wish at the Orthodox-controlled Wall. The falling of one of the Western Wall stones, so close to Tisha bAv, and exactly at the location of the controversial prayer area, should be a red light for us all, he said. I suggest that Reform leaders, Women of the Wall and the other quarrel-mongers examine themselves, and not the Wall. Kalmanovich, who interesting side The Western Wall spit out a stone, and some see a message from above   to feel this way. A quick perusal of several religious and mainstream news websites showed similar sentiments from rabbis and laypeople. Alden Solovy, an author and teacher who supports efforts by Reform Jews to pray as they wish at the Western Wall, took a differ ent tack. On Tisha bAv, God revealed a deep love of Reform Jews, he wrote in a blog post. With a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, God held back a stone from falling from the southern Western Wall onto liberal Jews worshipping below. The stone was, indeed, destined to fall   as it did on Monday   but God held the stone back until no one would be hurt. Solovy noted that had the stone fallen on Saturday night, when hundreds of worshippers and visitors were standing near that part of the Wall, the results could have been catastrophic. Clearly, God held back the stone to save some beloved Children of Israel, he wrote. A facetious tweet by Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg, an author in Brookline, MA, subtly suggested that the Israeli government and the people that put them there could be at fault. The stone fell after a week in which Israeli lawmak ers passed a controversial nation-state bill, as well as a law that denies surrogacy rights to same-sex couples. They say the Temple was tred, Rabbi Ruttenberg wrote. The day after (or day of? Not sure when this happened) Tisha bAv during a time when Israels been passing bills that are racist, homophobic, and anti-democratic, the Western Wall spit out a stone. OK, all, my theology doesnt spaces or gives cancer or makes the right team win. Pretty sure its up to us to do the work to care for one another down here. I bc some people cant get subtlety. The entire expanse of the wall will now be inspected for other loose rocks, as ar chaeologists discuss the best way to prevent another such incident. Religious leaders reportedly also will be consulted not on the causes of the falling stones but on the spiriPhoto by Hadas Parush/Flash90A crane works to remove a large chunk of stone dislodged from the Western Wall in Jerusalem at the mixed-gender prayer tual sensibilities that must be taken into account during preservation work. The award for the best response should probably go to the archaeologist Meir BenDov, one of the original excavators of the Robinsons Arch area. In an interview with The Times of Israel, he made it clear how plummet to earth. So a rock fell so what! Ben-Dov said. The State of Israel hasnt ended, the Messiah wont come because of this.


Welcome to the worldNoah Lewis Friedman, 7 lbs. 14 oz, born on April 24 to Yona and Jeremy Friedman, of Atlanta. Proud great grandparents are Jerry and Joan Benstock of Belleair, and proud grandparents are Margot and Michael Benstock of Seminole and Teresa and Ross Friedman of Atlanta. * Madison Dobkin born on Aug. 6 to Kelley and Brian Dobkin of Seminole. Madison joins big sister, Emma. Proud grandparents are Ruth Dobkin of Seminole and Harris Dobkin of Tampa.Five times ChaiRelatives from New York, Illinois, Rhode Island, Georgia, and Florida came together with local friends July 3 to celebrate and honor Ellen Bernstein of South Pasadena on her 90th Birthday. The highlights of the week were Ellen presenting her second Haftorah on Shabbat, followed by a kiddush luncheon in her honor, and a birthday brunch at the synagogue where so many family simchas have been celebrated. Also, on July 9, Ellen was featured as Bay New 9s Everyday Heroes as a longtime volunteer at the Florida Holocaust Museum where she shares her story of growing up in Germany as the Nazis rose to 1938. Ellen was certainly kvelling as she was surrounded by her children Jay and Karen Kauffman of Seminole, grandchildren Joe and Erika Kauffman from New Jersey, Sam and Becca Kauffman from Orlando, Shoshanah and Joel Blaiss from Atlanta, and Ben and Ciara Kauffman from Tampa and her nine great-grandchildren. JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 13 AUGUST 10 23, 2018 727.789.2000 Jewish Press obituary policyOBITUARIES are published as a public service at no charge in the Jewish Press of Pinellas County based on information supplied by the family to the funeral home. However, the information contained in the free obituary is at the discretion of the Jewish Press. 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 dwd tyb hrwbq tyb A Sacred Trust Michael, Mandi, David, Pati and Steven GrossReform Conservative Orthodox !LShana Tovah! DAVID C. GROSSFUNERAL HOMES-BETH DAVID CHAPEL (727) 381-4911 THE JEWISH FUNERAL HOMES OF PINELLAS & PASCO COUNTIES dwd tyb hrwbq tyb Michael, Mandi, David, Pati and Steven Gross JACK ABRAMS, 101, of Largo, formerly of Newport, RI, died Aug. 1. Born in Fall River, MA. He was a graduate of Rogers High School, a Mason and a Shriner and the oldest living member of Touro Synagogue. A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, he served in the submarine service. After the war he and his late wife, Pearl, resumed management of the family butcher shop, The Square Deal Meat Market in Newport. He was a resident of Cypress Palms in Largo where he celebrated his 100 and 101stbirthdays. Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law Joyce and Dr. Harold Seder, St. Petersburg; son and daughter-in-law Richard and Joan Abrams, Bristol, RI; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to Touro Synagogue in St. Petersburg. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel) ELAINE (FELDMAN) HERZ, 88, of St. Petersburg, died July 19. Survivors include her children, Dr. Gordon Herz (Dr. Elaine Klein), Rabbi Leah Herz, and Barbara Herz; sister, Diane Feldman (Joseph); and three grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to Menorah Manor. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel) ROBERT STOLLER, 71, of Clearwater, died July 19. A native of Queens, NY. he attended Brooklyn Technical High School where he was a member of the swim team. After receiving his MBA, he had a long, successful career in New York leading companies responsible for the manufacture of medical products and computer chips. He was an adjunct professor at SUNY Binghamton and published articles in including skiing, tennis, roller blading, mountain biking, swimming and ice skating. He was on the JCC board and vice president of his temple in New York. He was president of the Brotherhood at Congregation Beth Shalom in Clearwater. Survivors include his wife Carol; and children, Adam and Lauren. The family suggests memorials be made to Congregation Beth Shalom. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel)Ellen Bernstein surrounded by her great-grandchildren: (L-R) Front row, Sharon Kauffman, 8; Rachel Kauffman,11; Talia Blaiss, 7; Noam Blaiss, 3. Back row: Trippe Kauffman,8; Emma Kauffman, 5; Ellen holding Jacob Kauffman, 8 months; Reuben Blaiss, 5, and Elias Blaiss, 8. By STACEY ILYSE Kveller via JTAGrowing up, I remember getting cards in the mail for Rosh HaShanah. They were always the normal, generic, Hallmark Happy New Year-type card. Nowadays, people are much more tech savvy and who they are and their adorable kids and family. If you want to give your Rosh HaShanah cards a perresources, for creating and producing the picture perfect photo card. 1. Style of photo Its nice to have a photo of the whole family on a card, which is harder to do when you dont have someone else taking the photo. If you have the luxury of having professional photos done, great. Not only will you be able to cherish the images you have taken, but you can also use them for many different purposes besides a holiday card. I like the non-traditional type of image, the one that really shows off who the family is and what everyones personality is like, but at the same time allows you to see their faces and captures everyone in that moment of time. There is nothing written in stone that says you must have a full family photo for a holiday card. Many parents like to just show off their kids. Taking a photo of just the kids is pretty common. This is also great if you dont have the time, money or desire to get professional family photos taken, since you can act as photographer. You can do a combination of things for a card. You could take one photo of each child alone, which is generally easier to photograph, or do a shot of your kids together. But remember, they do not have to be facing the camera. People appreciate the candid, true-to-life moments. 2. Where to go Make it fun. Maybe take the kids to the beach, a playground they love, go on a picnic. Or maybe play with imagery: Rosh HaShanah is known for its apples and honey, thats how kids remember it, so perhaps take a shot of a child with a big apple. 3. What to wear Dont be all matchy-matchy; just work on coor d inating. People look best, and are generally more comfortable, when you allow them to wear the only wants to be a princess or your son Batman, then maybe that is how you have to photograph them. I would take a happy kid in a costume over a grumpy one all dressed up any day. Also, yes, a baby might not yet know who they are, but I know that my a white button down and jeans kinda gal, so neither true to them. 4. Let there be light Do not take photos during midday (noon to 3 p.m.) unless it is overcast. Then you are in the clear (ironically enough). Overcast days or what is called open shade are the best light. Look for spots that have large blocks of shadow, like that of a large building. Stick your little one in the shadow and shoot. Dont shoot under a tree unless its leaves are thick enough to create a solid block, otherwise you will get spotted light all over them in the images. If you are shooting indoors, shoot during the daytime and use natural light most likely it will be from a window. Lastly, remember if you are trying to capture someones face and expression, you will want them to be facing the window light, not with their back to the light. 5. Online resources There are some resources for making already designed cards, where all you need to do is upload your image and tweak your text. Check out sites like For sites where you can design the entire card from scratch, check out or However, these sites usually require larger quantities of cards to be purchased. Now that you have some ideas swirling around in your head, some inspiration to get you going, tips on how to take a nice photo, and resources to get them printed, go for it. (Stacey Ilyse is a photographer and blogger.)5 tips for making cute, family cards for Rosh HaShanah


PAGE 14 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY AUGUST 10 23, 2018 Organizations Bnai Mitzvah JWIMeet and greet: The Clearwater chapter of Jewish Women International will hold a social for new and prospective members on Tuesday, Aug. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the home of a JWI member. For information on the location of the JWI and to RSVP, contact Anne deMarlor at (727) 517-9197 or at SocietyEnhancing the family tree: The Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay will host guest speakers Jo Anne Spatz De Vargas and Marty Lazar of Vu Documentaries on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 2 p.m. as they discuss How Video Can Enhance a Family Tree. The meeting will be held at Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services; 14041 Icot Blvd., Clearwater. A pre-session social with refreshments and library access begins at 1:30 p.m. Those attending will learn about personal documentaries with videos that help you share your family story. De Vargas is a market research interviewer and video storyteller. Lazary is a multi-media, technology and audio/video professional. Everyone is invited. For more information, call Bruce Hadburg at (727) 796-7981.HadassahMusical meeting: Pianist Mike Warner 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) 726-3735 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, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin. The cost is $25 per person. For RSVP information contact Cheryl Schwartz at cschwart@ramapo. edu or call (551) 265-2745. Multiple Hadassah membership levels are available from $36 for an annual membership to $250 for a life membership. Guests who sign up for membership at the brunch will receive a special gift. Games, lunch & fun-raiser: The St. Petersburg Chapter of Hadassah is putting the fun in fundraiser with the annual Game Day Fun-raiser. There will be mah jongg, board games to entertain along with lunch. The event will take place on Thursday, Aug. 30, from 10 a.m. 3 p.m. at OBistros, 6661 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Your $20 donation includes lunch with a choices of sandwiches, salads, and wraps plus cookies for dessert. Bring your favorite game and a donation for the Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services food pantry. RSVP by Aug. 27, to Sheryl Feinman at or (727) 422-2221.Young AdultsCocktails by the pool: The #Gather group will meet on Wednesday, Aug. 29 from 6:308:30 p.m. for a poolside party with cocktails at the Mezrah Family Aquatics Center at the Glazer JCC, 522 N. Howard Ave., Tampa. There will be cocktails and hors doeuvres by the pool plus icebreakers, pool deck games, prizes and more. This event is free to JCC members and $5 for guests. RSVP by Friday, Aug. 24 and receive one free drink ticket. #Gather, sponsored by the Tampa JCCs, offers a mix of social and interactive activities for those in their 20s, 30s and 40s of all Gracie Jane Joslyn daughter of Jayme and Ty Joslyn of St. Petersburg, will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, Aug. 25 at Temple Beth-El in St. Petersburg. Gracie is a seventh-grade honor roll student at Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle School. A member of the temples youth group, Gracie is the Junior BEEFY representative for Temple Beth-El. Her hobbies focus on learning about various animals and how to care for them. She has a large colleca dog. For her mitzvah project Gracie rescued and rehomed a neglected red foot tortoise. Jayme and Ty Joslyn will host a celebration at the Sirata Beach Resort on Saturday evening, Aug. 25. Special guests will include family and friends from Plantation, Boynton Beach, Maryland, South Carolina, California, New Jersey and Atlanta.Nigel Ian GreenbergNigel Ian Greenberg, son of Joyce S. Liu and David Greenberg of St. Petersburg, will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, Aug. 18 at Temple Beth-El in St. Petersburg. Nigel is entering the eighth grade at The Center for Gifted Studies at Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle School. He plays trumpet in the school jazz band and is also learning to play drums. Nigel enjoys cooking, playing games, solving Rubiks cubes, wrangling hamsters and telling jokes. For his mitzvah donate to the children at CASA. Nigels parents will host a luncheon at Temple Beth-El on Saturday, Aug. 18. Special guests will include family and friends from California, Georgia, Washington D.C. and the East Coast.Andrew David SiegelAndrew David Siegel, son of Rick and Sarah Siegel of Seminole, will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, Aug. 25 at Temple Bnai Israel in Clearwater. A seventh-grade student at Seminole Middle School, Andrew is in the gifted program. He enjoys the robotics club, playing ice hockey, Rick and Sarah Siegel will host a celebration on Saturday, Aug. 25. Special guests will include grandparents Judith Karman and Christine and Rick Siegel Sr., along with aunts and uncles Kelly and Richard Karman and Jennifer and Dan Dettloff.Gracie Jane Joslyn faiths and backgrounds. For more information or to RSVP for any #Gather event, visit: or contact Lisa Robbins at or (813) 769-4723. Torah on Tap: Young professionals, Gen X. Gen Y and millennials singles and couples are invited to Rabbi Michael Torops monthly Torah on Tap event on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 6 p.m. at the Pour Taproom, 225 Second Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Torah on Tap is a monthly invitation to have a drink or a nosh and let a little Torah conversations with the rabbi. This event is sponsored by Temple BethEl, but open to all. For more information, email Rabbi Torop at 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. On Aug. 20, the topic is Market Yourself Through Business-Networking Cards. The Aug. 27 topic is What is Emotional Intelligence and How Does it Impact Your Career? Job-search aids: A Success workshop to aid with job-search skills will be held on Thursday, Aug. 23 from 9:30 a.m. 4 p.m. The topic is Preparing for Your Interview. The workshops are free for Job-Links program participants; $15 for guests. Reservations required. To RSVP, call (813) 3440200, email Support groupsAlzheimers caregiver group: Menorah Manor offers a support group meeting in the Samson Nursing Center at Menorah Manor, 255 59th St. N., St. Petersmonth from 3:30-5 p.m. For more information, call Gwen Kaldenberg at (727) 302-3750. OPEN: MonThurs 11 am 10 pm Fri Sat 11 am 11 pm Sun 4 pm 10 pm211 2nd St. S. St. Pete Call now to reserve: 727.623.9037 New Early Dinner Special $15 per person 4 pm 5:30 pm everydayincludes soup or salad, choice of entree, and dessert. House wine, beer, well drinks all $3.50By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN JTA news serviceNEW YORK Cantor Philip Sherman gives me a call after havbefore noon on Tuesday. Thats a light day, he explains. On Thursday, he will perform circumcisions for four baby boys; on Friday, hell do Sherman, 62, is a mohel (in fact he was featured as one of Americas Top Mohels in a 2014 JTA article) and has performed more than 20,000 circumcisions, both for Jewish and non-Jewish families. But in between performing multiple circumcisions a day and serving as associate cantor at Congregation Shearith Israel in New York also known as the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue he has another gig: actor. Most recently, the Orthodox cantor, who lives in White Plains, series Orange is the New Black about a womens prison. Though the role was small he played a judge presiding over a trial involving one of the prisoners Sherman How an Orthodox cantor snagged a role on Orange Is the New Black Cantor Philip Shermansays it was his favorite to date. The really amazing thing about that is that its a real part in a real show, where Im not playing a rabbi or cantor or some Jewish guy, he told JTA in a phone interview. Sherman has appeared in about 15 other roles in commercials, TV series and movies, playing a religious Jew in most of them. He played a rabbi in a 1999 commercial with Whoopi Goldberg for, a now defunct digital currency, and a mohel in the 2011 comedy Our Idiot Brother, where his appearance was cut from the extra materials on DVD. Sherman has also been featured as an expert on Storage Wars, a reality show where the contents of unpaid storage lockers are auctioned off. Shermans Orange scene lasts about a minute and a half, but was shot approximately a dozen times, and Sherman had to come in another time to re-record some of his lines. Sherman said he later received a call asking him to come back to the series in a recurring role, but he was not able to make traveling in Israel at the time. wore to his audition may have helped him snag the part. He came in his black robe from Congregation Shearith Israel, which resembles those worn by justices on the U.S. Supreme Court. When you have an audition, if you have the stuff to help make you look the part, you bring it and you wear it, so thats the idea, he said. Though the cantor belonged to theater groups in high school and college, he never studied acting. His acting career launched by chance in 1987, when the Philip Morris tobacco company decided to feature a shot of Shearith Israel in a commercial celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Bill of Rights. Sherman mentioned to the producers that the music they had planned to feature in the background during that shot featured an Ashkenazi, not Sephardi, melody and therefore was not representative of the synagogues culture. They ended up asking him to record a more appropriate song to play during the shot. A few months later, checks started to come in, he said. Apparently they put in my little voice, the thing that I did, and it was a 26-week nationwide commercial, which back then was like hitting the lottery. The voice appearance earned him a spot in the Screen Actors Guild, now known as SAG-AFTRA, and from there he hired an agent who helped him land further roles. Over the years its been a lot of fun, Sherman said. Its just one thing that I get to do, and you get to meet all sorts of interesting people.


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The walk-offs have sparked a debate over whether Birthright a popular 10-day free tour to Israel for young Jews has a responsibility to grapple with Israels control of the West Bank. Some 40,000 young Jews, mostly from North America, go on Birthright evto the country. But Birthright tour guides say the debate is unnecessary. While acknowledging that they speak from an Israeli perspective, the guides said they make an effort to represent a range of opinions on the tour including Palestinian views and are happy to answer any questions. In general, what tour guides are taught is that its not about us, said Daniel Ruwho is about to lead his fourth Birthright trip. As educators, its our job to teach what the various players in this region, in saying, and for us to articulate the basic vision of Zionism as well as Palestinian national identity. In addition to completing Israels twomost Birthright guides must complete a three-week course run by Birthright. Guides said the course focuses on how to engage groups in discussion, how to make Israels history and nature come alive, and how to relate to a North American audience. But the guides said the Birthright training course was light on politics. It instructs guides to represent a range of perspectives, they said, but doesnt provide a list of Israeli talking points on contentious issues like the status of Palestinian refugees or the security barrier. Green scoffed at the idea that rightwing donors to Birthright, like casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, dictate how they conduct their tours. They dont have a lot of control over regarding Birthright. Theyre trusting the Birthright says do this and the guide parrots something. In the Birthright training we were encouraged to represent different points of view. So this idea that Adelson is dictating The guides acknowledged that their tours are inevitably given from an Israeli perspecstrengthen American Jews connection to the country, along with the Jewish identity of participants. And most if not all of the guides are either native-born Israelis or Diaspora Jews who chose to make their lives in Israel. Personally, Im going to value and weigh some perspectives differently than others, said Rubenstein, who worked at the proIsrael lobby AIPAC in Washington, D.C., before becoming a guide after moving to Israel. Im an Israeli by choice, so Im not Wikipedia-neutral, but people are looking to engage with me because of who I am. I strive to represent different perspectives and make sure all voices are heard. The tours itinerary is transparently geared toward giving participants an appreciation of Israels natural, historical and cultural attractions. All trips must visit a series of sites, from the beachfront metropolis of Tel Aviv to the Western Wall in Jerusalems Old City to Masada, the ancient hilltop fortress where a group of Jewish rebels held out against an invading Roman army before committing mass suicide. Groups will also visit the City of David, a Jewish archaeological site and community in a Palestinian neighborhood in eastern Jerusalem, over Israels pre-1967 border. Palestinians condemn the sites presence as an illegal settlement. All groups receive a lecture on geopolitics and seeing Palestinian life, is not part of the itinerary. Optional programs that take place immediately following the trip offer Birthright participants the opportunity to see Palestinian society. Part of tour education is that youre educating about the things you see in front of you, said a Birthright guide who asked to remain anonymous for fear of professional repercussions. If the route of your trip curity] barrier, youre not going to start a discussion about the Israeli barrier. The guide said he presents Palestinian viewpoints, but that its clearly not a comyoure not meeting a Palestinian. IfNotNow activists, unsurprisingly, take a far less generous view of the tours approach. Rebecca Oliver, one of the participants who walked off the bus shown in the viral video, said their guide did willingly answer them. But she said Palestinians were mentioned only when she and other participants asked about them. And she said the guide did not present a spectrum of Israeli views on sensitive issues. In the video, the guide does not appear to attempt to be evenhanded when discussing the West Bank. He inaccurately claims that Israel sees the West Bank as part of the country (While Israel controls the West the territory and treats it differently, in legal terms, than its recognized territory.). He also claimed that Israel does not demarcate the West Bank on its maps, which is true of some maps but not all. They provide a really, really biased version of what Israel is and what that education is, and in doing so, they are upholding the Israeli government and the military occupation in Palestine, Oliver told JTA. They either provide misinformation or biased information without clarifying that its biased, or omit it. Tour guides chafed at the suggestion that a focus. They said that not all participants are interested in a political debate. And they appreciate that the trips focus is on Jewish identity. When IfNotNow says, Oh, Birthright doesnt present the full picture of the Palestinian occupation, well OK, but thats not the purpose of this trip, said an American nized and co-led many Birthright trips, but who didnt want to be named without approval from Birthright. The point of the trip is not to learn all of every single aspect of the occupation. Its to learn about Judaism and Jewish heritage and make friends and have a good time. seeking to drive American Jews politically rightward, its doing a bad job. American Jews tend to hold markedly more liberal terparts. Im sure the Israeli government gives Im not sure how much that translates to a micro level. If their goal is to transform a generation of Jews into Likud supporters, theyve clearly failed.


Two events are planned for the opening weekend of the Florida Holocaust Museums exhibit Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution. The exhibit, opening Saturday, Aug. 18, explores the extraordinary life of renowned music promoter Bill Graham (19311991) who helped launch and promote the careers of countless rock & roll artists from Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, the Doors and the Rolling Stones. The exhibit also traces the indomitable spirit of GraNazis fueled a lifelong passion and advocacy for justice. He conceived rock & roll as a powerful force for supporting humanitarian causes and was instrumental as Live Aid (1985) and Human Rights Now! (1988). The exhibit, which runs through Feb. 10, features 400 pieces of memorabilia, including photographs of the musicians Graham promoted plus some of their guitars and onstage costumes, archival concert footage, historical and video interviews, psychedelic art and several original Fillmore concert posters. On opening day there will be a reception at 6:30 p.m. including wine, hors doeuvres and a chance to celebrate the exhibit opening with Grahams family and friends. This program will feature a panel discussion with those who knew him well, with additional insight about the exhibition and how it came together. On Sunday, Aug. 19 at 2 p.m. there will be a panel discussion with Grahams sons, Alex and David Graham. This program, titled Legacy and Remembrance will explore how life lessons that are conveyed by parents and grandparents have profound effect. When those patriarchs and matriarchs endured the Holocaust, those lessons and their legacy have special resonance. A local second-generation family member of a Holocaust survivor will share experiences with the Graham brothers on lessons learned from parents and grandparents. placed in an orphanage in Berlin by their mother in an effort to save him. The orphanage had an agreement to send the children to France in exchange of Jewish children for Christian children. Later, after France fell to Germany, he and his sister were spirited out of the country. Graham would up in the U.S. but his sister dies during a journey to escape Nazis. Grahams mother died in Auschwitz. Named one of the best museum shows of 2017 by the Chicago Tribune, the exhibition was organized and circulated by the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, in association with the Bill Graham Memorial Foundation, and made possible by the support of Alex Graham, David Graham, and Danny Scher. The cost to attend each of the opening weekend programs is $9 per person for general admission and/or free for Museum members. To attend, call (727) 820-0100, ext. 301 to reserve your space. RSVPs are required. The museum is located at 55 Fifth St. S., St. Petersburg.PAGE 16 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY AUGUST 10 23, 2018 Rosh HaShana Dinner BREAK-THE-FASTWhere else can you get hand-sliced Nova, lox, sable or baked salmon?Best options for this holiday!! Hag Semeach!from all of us at Rosh HaShanah is early this year! Think ahead and order with Sharon, Ellen or Gregory.(Joel-not so much but, hell schmooze with you!)@joelskosher Holiday menus available! Look for Gregorys SALES on chicken, brisket, b/s chicken cutlets, b/s turkey breast. Available in tray packs Rosh HaShanah is early this year! Think ahead and order with (Joel-not so much but, hell schmooze with you!) Holiday menus available! (Joel-not so much but, hell (Joel-not so much but, hell cutlets, b/s turkey breast. Delicatessen & Marketplace NOW TRENDING@JO-ELS(please order in advance) Wishing you a Sweet New YearLook forLeightons Honeyat your local grocery store 863-422-1773Photo by Ken FriedmanBill Graham and Bob Hope make a radio appeal during the earthquake rock-a-thon on Nov. 26, 1989 in San Francisco.Sons of late music promoter to speak during weekend of museum exhibit opening


Nearly a year ago Tampa Bay area residents were warily watching Hurricane Irmas projected track and debating whether to ee or hunker down. But four families also fretted how the massive storm would impact their daughters Bat Mitzvahs. Each had a different, memorable tale to tell. Three of the families lived in Level A mandatory evacuation zones. The fourth family also opted to take shelter elsewhere. Two of the families ed to Atlanta and wound up beneciaries of hospitality extended by strangers whose daughters had met the Tampa Bat Mitzvah girls at Jewish summer camps. One family ed to relatives in the Daytona area where they had trouble nding an open restaurant, and another family rode out the storm a few miles away with friends, losing power at the hosts home while never losing power at their own. Remarkably, one girl actually had her Bat Mitzvah on schedule, though before a sparse audience at her synagogue. Later that afternoon, instead of getting ready for the planned beach-themed party, the family, including four grandparents and a great grandmother, plus two dogs, piled into two vehicles and drove to Atlanta. In all cases, as is common when the chips are down, synagogue staffers, friends, party venue operators and vendors, with one exception, were both helpful and exible in assisting to reschedule the services and parties. In the end, the four girls excelled during their services and regrets over the party plans Irma spoiled were forgotten when their delayed celebrations took place. Their stories are inside. Bob FryerIrma wreacks havoc on Bnot Mitzvah plans SECTION BAugust 2018Jewish Press of Pinellas County & Jewish Press of Tampa PLANNING G UIDE 29TH ANNU AL Jewish Press of Pinellas County & Jewish Press of Tampa Robin Reiss Photography Christine Nicole Photography Robin Hendershot PhotographyGeocolor Image in the eye of Hurricane Irma.Melinda Linsky receives her tallit from great grandfather Frank Rosenblatt. STORY PAGE 7 Dayna Schreiber on the bima at Congregation Schaarai Zedek. STORY PAGE 8 Naomi Rappaport looks through the Star of David sculpture at Kol Ami. STORY PAGE 3 Ashlyn Goldstein with her family and Rabbi Michael Torop at Temple Beth-El. STORY PAGE 11


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29 th Annual PLANNING GUIDE PAGE 3B AUGUST 2018 Tears, then poise, then a dash to AtlantaPhotos by Robin Reiss PhotographyNaomi Rappaport, front row center, surrounded by Camp Ramah friends who came to her rescheduled Bat Mitzvah Party, after the original date was canceled due to the threat of Hurricane Irma. Above, Two friends pick up Naomi Rappaport at the end of her Bat Mitzvah party. By BOB FRYER Jewish PressAs Hurricane Irma skirted Cuba, many Floridians were on edge, waiting for its long-anticipated turn to the north and wondering which region of the state would get hit hardest. It was already one of the most powerful hurricanes on record and had left a deadly trail through islands in the Caribbean. Even longtime residents who this was the big one and thousands clogged the roads as they widespread power outages, many swept up the state and petered out, most especially in the Tampa Bay area felt we had dodged a bullet. For Naomi Rappaport, however, when Irmas path was still a coin the storm had her in tears as she fretted over who would and would not show up for her Bat Mitzvah at Congregation Kol Ami in north Tampa. Naomi was one of four girls in the Tampa Bay area who had scheduled Bat Mitzvahs that day at various synagogues. Naomis was the only Bat Mitzvah service that did not get postponed. ing the Friday evening service although attendance was down a bit as some folks were making hurricane preparations. But on not help that she kept getting texts from friends saying they werent going to make it. On top of that, Naomi was still dealing with the news she got the day before that her party would because the venue shut down for the hurricane. Not to mention the usual anxiety of a Bat Mitzvah: how she would do during the service. welled up, Naomi more than got it all together. By the time the service started Naomi recited her Torah portion like a champ and everything went smoothly, said her mom, could not believe that before the service, she had been hysterically crying. Because many had either already headed out of harms way or were in the process of securing their homes, attendance at the service was low. Jody and Yoav Rappaport werent taking any chances either. Right after the afternoon luncheon at the synagogue, the family two kids, the parents, four grandparents, one great grandmother and two dogs piled into the family van and another vehicle and caravanned to Atlanta. Because Naomi was active on social media and posted informaVanessa Leibowitz, the mother of a girl Naomi had become friends with at Camp Ramah Darom in north Georgia, called Jody. Vanessa and her husband Adam, who have three kids and a dog, insisted the Rappaport family dogs included stay at their home, even though only Naomi and the Leibowitzs daughter had ever met. Naomis grandparents, Leslie and Reva Pearlstein, and greatgrandmother, Dr. Patricia Cottrille, stayed at a hotel, but the rest of the kids could put their faces for photos. Jody and her husband made that and all the other decorations, including a display for the candle lighting ceremony and the table centerpieces. There were colorful served as seating cards for the adults and purchased miniature surfboard picture frames that served as seating cards for the kids. They did not use a party planner, instead relying on Pinterest for dcor ideas. Jodys husband, Yoav, even made a large sign with arrows on it showing directions to famous beaches (each table was designated as a particular beach). The only thing we did not decorate was the candy table, which was done by a group of our closest friends, Jody said. Advice for others Asked if she had advice for other parents who may have their plans suddenly upended, for whatever reason, she said it is ok to be disappointed if a change in plans means folks who were originally going to attend, cant show up as in the case of families who had to make their own hurricane preparations as Irma was approaching but it is also important to understand why they bowed out and to not was a big punch to roll with, but ultimately, that is what you have to do roll with the punches. Jody added that the change of plans, the turmoil, were challenges that helped Naomi grow from and she wound up better off for the experience, and the fact that so many bunch, including Jodys father-inlaw from Tel Aviv, Dan Rapaport, and mother-in-law from Arizona, Yudit Gottleib, stayed at the hosts home. the Rappaports 12-hour trek to Atlanta could not have been more gracious. Jody said the kids, dogs and adults all got along well and their hosts took the whole group out to dinner the next night. They showered us with love, Jody said, adding that they still stay in touch. Because Irma, downgraded to a tropical storm, was headed for Atlanta, the Rappaports helped their hosts secure lawn furniture and prepare for gusty winds. Then they decided Irma was diminished enough that it was time to drive home. They had to pull off the road once near Macon to ride out heavy winds and rain, but made it home safely and were pleased that there was no damage and they still had power. New party date picked The Rappaports were fortunate enough to reschedule Naomis Bat Mitzvah party for Oct. 20. The same morning of the party, Naomi again got to lead the morna new Torah portion she learned for that date. Jodys mother-in-law was able to make it back to Tampa for the party, but her father-in-law in Tel Aviv could not make a return. tend the original party were unable to make the Oct. 20 party. However, for the original date were able to make it to the rescheduled party, including Camp Ramah friends. On the original date for her Bat Mitzvah, two Camp Ramah boys were having their Bar Mitzvahs, so Naomi did not invite any Camp Ramah boys so they would not be to accept. But with the new party date, she invited boys and girls she knew at camp and about 20 of them, from Chattanooga, Atlanta, Florida, showed up. In addition to the extra campers at the party, there was one other change of note. When a vendor asked if they wanted to offer any specialty drinks for adults at the party, Jody said, Yes, make Hurricanes. There was a beach theme for the party, including a large size cardboard scene showing a musclebound guy and a curvy girl in a bikini with holes cut out where With a beach theme, these cards directed adults to their table.camper friends made such an effort to get to her party made Naomi feel loved and cared for. That being said, Jody has already given Naomi one piece of advice for the future: Do not get married during hurricane season. Jody said Naomi was a hur ricane baby, recalling that in 2004, when four hurricanes swept through Florida, Jody and her brand new daughter were released from the hospital a day before Hurricane Frances hit, coming home just as their house was being boarded up for the storm.


75 of them chil dren. Though things started out with kids and adults in separate rooms, in time some adults began sneaking off to the kids room to mingle and to play on a giant foosball table. The band supplanted the DJ music for the hora, playing a special tune for the event. There were acrobatic bartenders in the adults and kids rooms, juggling items as they mixed drinks (non-alcoholic for the kids) in both rooms. In the magic garden, there were also television sets that displayed photos of Aurora throughout her childhood. The secret garden for the adults room turing a tree covered in roses, again brought in and set up by the decorating company. Everything was decorated to death, she said. As takeaway gifts, adult guests received large boxes of chocolates with the Star of For information, call Lauree Carnes at 813.207.6635, email or visit Hyatt. Youre More Than Welcome. 29 th Annual PLANNING GUIDE PAGE 4B AUGUST 2018 By BOB FRYER Jewish PressMadeline Goldish knew years in advance that she wanted her daughter Auroras Bat Mitzvah party to be one the guests would never forget. And it was, Goldish said, explaining that she pulled out all the stops for the gala held on tower in downtown St. Petersburg with a great view of the Tampa Bay. I wanted a New York City party for my daughter. I wanted it to have a wow factor. I wanted it to be a night to remember, and it was, she said. The key to success, Goldish explained, she had in mind. The person she chose, got it right away, Goldish said, adding that the planner was good at implementing her vision and the choices she made about the celebration. When asked to describe a New York party, Goldish said it had to be an over-the-top sort of affair that would leave folks talking about it long after the event. As an example she told of a New York City hotel owner who turned the massive ballroom into Supermans Ice Palace for his sons Bar Mitzvah including hiring a company that came in from Colorado and created stalagmite and stalactite decorations to make it look authentic. That is the only party I can think of that topped Auroras, she said. In addition to lavish decorations to make one area a magic garden for the kids and another area a secret garden for adults, Goldish said the wow factor for the party was a 12-minute professional fireworks spectacular. The party guests watched the Since the mass shootings of fans attending a country music concert in Las Vegas happened not too long before Auroras party, and the Tampa Bay Rowdies were having a soccer match in the stadium near the condo on the same night, Goldish took extra pains not to rattle nerves. She worried that if soccer fans were not alerted to the sounds of the ated with the Rowdies, agreeing to hold the with fans alerted to the show and in turn the Rowdies posted Auroras name and a congratulatory message on its big screen display. The dress for the event was not black tie, but still dressy, Goldish said. It was cocktail and party dresses for the girls and women, she said. To turn the kids room into a magic garden, a company from Orlando used black lights of different hues and white curtains to create just the right lighting to transform the room. It also featured a white fabricated tree that picked up the blacklight colors. The kids and adults had separate, elabo rately designed entrances. The kids each got gold keys with Auroras name on them and they passed through golden gates to the magic garden. The secret garden entrance was an elaborate archway of foliage. There was a band for the adults and a DJ for the kids. In total there were about 180 guests, Photos by Maddock PhotographersFireworks, posh venue, a little magic give Bat Mitzvah party wow factor An elaborately designed tree supports golden candles for the candlelighting ceremony at Aurora Goldishs party. Aurora Goldish and friends pose at the entrance to the Secret Garden at her party. th Get your Bar/Bat Mitzvah noticed in the Jewish PressAs the time nears for your childs Bar/ Bat Mitzvah, you will want to let the community know by announcing it in the Jewish Press. Forms should be available at all synathe form on either the or www.jewishpresspinellas. com. To have a form sent to you, contact the Jewish Press at jewishpressinfo@aol. com or call (727) 535-4400. Black and white or color photographs are acceptable (no color copies or digital prints). The photo may be mailed or emailed to as a JPG or TIF. Photos should be clear headshots and if emailed must be high resolution. There is a $5 charge to cover the cost of reproducing the photo. The completed form should be sent approximately a month in advance. The Jewish Press prints the announcement one to two weeks before the celebration, if possible. All information is published at the discretion of the Jewish Press. Mail to the Jewish Press, 6416 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33707 or email cholate bark. The children received LED drinking cups, bracelets, glasses and a bucket of Dylans Candies, a boutique candymaker with outlets in New York, LA, Chicago and Miami. Having the party planner helped relieve stress and gave her a better opportunity to enjoy the event, she said, but commented it was still a whirlwind weekend. The day after the Bat Mitzvah service and party, Goldish, her boyfriend and Aurora up with Temple Beth-Els Rabbi Michael Torop who had left a day earlier to lead a two-week group tour of Israel.




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29 th Annual PLANNING GUIDE PAGE 7B AUGUST 2018 By BOB FRYER Jewish PressGetting her bat mitz vah service and party postponed because of Hurricane Irma was a headache for Melinda Linsky of Tampa, but getting a concussion days before the rescheduled service and party well, that was an even bigger headache. There is nothing like seeing double the night before your Bat Mitzvah but more about that later. Like three other Tampa Bay area families whose daughters were to have their Bat Mitzvahs on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, the Linskys kept a wary eye on the projected track of Irma, hoping the spaghetti models would show it shifting away from Florida so Melinda could go ahead with her Bat Mitzvah at Congregation Schaarai Zedek and her party at a venue not too far away. Several days before the scheduled bat mitzvah, officials announced they were closing Hillsborough County schools for the rest of the week. Thats when Melindas parents, Sam and Stacie, made the decision to postpone the were made via phone calls, emails and texts to let guests know of their decision. Because the family home is in a Level A evacuation zone, they knew if they stayed in Tampa they would likely be ordered to leave their home. So, on Thursday of that week, the family both parents and three children caught one of the airport closed. They stayed in a hotel in Atlanta until the storm passed. Sleepover silver lining Melinda had been a camper at Camp Barney Medintz, a Jewish summer camp in Cleveland, GA, vah. On the day when Melinda had originally expected to have her Bat Mitzvah, instead she wound up at Barney friends. Thanks to social media, two other camp girls whose GA, and three other camp friends who lived in Atlanta got together at one of their homes. That, Stacie said, was a real silver lining helping ease Melindas disappointment. The Linskys returned to Tampa on the Tuesday after Irma swept through and found trees and power lines down in their neighborhood. They stayed in a hotel that night, then stayed at Sams brothers townhouse the next day. Once back in Tampa they learned the temple and party venue were undamaged and were able to reschedule Melindas Bat Mitzvah and her party for the very next Saturday Sept. 16. That evening was Selichot, not normally available for holding a Bat Mitzvah, but Stacie said Rabbi Richard Birnholz allowed it, due to extenuating circumstances. The rabbi also announced during the service that he was not requiring Melinda to learn and read new Torah and Haftorah portions even though they did not match the portions for the date of the rescheduled service, Stacie said. The rabbi and the staff were extremely helpful in working with the family through all the changes in plans, she said, with their focus on ensuring it was a good experience for Melinda. A bonk on the head On Wednesday, Sept. 13, just as folks were receiving notice of the quickly rescheduled service and party, Melinda went to school at Berkeley Prep, where she is a member of the girls volleyball team. During a practice that day she was struck on the head by a volleyball and suffered a concussion the only sports injury she has ever had. Initially, both she and her parents were concerned that the Bat Mitzvah might have to be postponed again. Her doctor put her in concussion protocol, telling her parents to put her in a dark room for 48 hours and keep her still. During that time Melinda and her parents fretted she might not be able to go on with her Bat Mitzvah, but held off on canceling it. They did get permission from Rabbi Birnholz for her to skip her plans to lead the Friday night service a good thing because she was still seeing double that evening and could not read. The next morning Melinda went to the temple early to see if she could read. By that time her double vision was gone, but she still had a bit of a headache, Stacie said, so the temple staff dimmed the lights in the synagogue during the service. Her performance was perfect. She did not make a single mistake, Stacie said, adding that she was happy Melinda had memorized everything before. Her party, including luncheon, was held after the service and because Melindas eyes were still sensitive to light, she wore sunglasses Everybody gets shades Because Melinda was in sunglasses and Stacie did not want her daughter to feel conspicuous, Stasunglasses for all the kids attending the party. We hit every dollar store in Tampa, she said. The original plan was to hold the party in a ballroom at the venue, but when it had to be quickly rescheduled, the ballroom was booked. The new plan was to convert a gymnasium at the venue into a spot for the party. Then they got a call that those renting the ballroom had backed out, so Melinda got to have her party right where she had envisioned it for months. With the date for the service and party only getting pushed back by a week, many outof-towners who had planned to come on Sept. 9 could not re-book extra fees, so quite a few of those folks did not make it to the Sept. 16 events. Originally about 280 people were expected for the service and party, but after the storm about 180 turned out for both events. One thing Stacie was grateful for was that Melindas great-grandparents, ages 95 and 92, were able to take part in the service. That was very special, she said. There was music at the party and we were nervous about it due to the lingering effects of the concussion, Stacie said. Melinda managed to be there for most of the party, but eventually had to leave as her headache worsened. And in acknowledgement of Irmas role in the events, the signature adult drink for the party was what else hurricanes. There were a couple of glitches caused by the postponement. The photographer booked for the original date could not make it, but found a substitute who did a good job, Stacie said. A transportation company was to provide trolley service from the temple to the party venue for guests, but could not accommodate new date and would not offer a deposit refund. Another company was hired to One big blow, then another, make for memorable Bat Mitzvah Melinda Linsky had to wear sunglasses and stay in dimly lit rooms after she suffered a concussion days before her rescheduled Bat Mitzvah service. She is shown at her temple prior to her service.Photo by Christine Nicole PhotographySpecial cups were designed for Melinda Linskys Bat Mitzvah party, with the original Sept. 9, 2017 date on them. Hurricane Irma forced the family to move the party and service to Sept. 16.provide buses for transportation. Stacie said not only was the synagogue staff very easy to work with, but the party planner she hired was also well worth it, taking care of details once new decisions were made. She said in hindsight everything worked out well. Folks seemed to enjoy both the service and party and Melinda will have plenty of good memories to tell friends about for years to come. Roll with the punches Despite all the unforeseen mishaps, Stacie said she is looking forward to the Bar Mitzvahs of her am so happy with all the craziness that happened that I loved every minute of it and get to do it two more times. While it is not common for hurricanes to force postponements of Bnai Mitzvahs, sometimes events beyond ones control can mess with the best laid plans. Stacies advice for parents planning their childs event: Number one, hire a planner if you can. We would make the major decisions and she implemented a lot of changes for us. That helped a lot. It also helps to remember what is important. The concussion was nerve wracking, Stacie said, but added, In a way it put things in perspective. We just had to see what would happen and things worked out. My daughter told me, Just remember what it is all about and that your family and close friends are going to be there, so it does not matter how big the party is or if the food is perfect. Staying positive also helps. At one point Melinda seemed down and asked, why is all this happening to me? After the service and party were over, Stacie told her, Everything that could go wrong, did go wrong and you overcame it. Look what you accomplished. Use that selflife. More Melinda mitzvahs About three months after Melindas Bat Mitzvah and party, 15 Linsky family members traveled to Israel. Melinda held a twinning ceremony at Yad Vashem, Israels Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem. Because so many children were murdered during the Holocaust, many never living long enough to have a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, Yad Vashem holds twinning ceremonies with modern day children celebrating Bnai Mitzvah. The children tour the museum and conduct a ceremony in memory of their twin, a Holocaust child victim who shares something in common same birthday or name or something else with the Bar or Bat Mitzvah child. In addition, Melinda had another Bat Mitzvah service at Masada.


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Daynas original Havdallah Bat Mitzvah service was to be held at Congregation Schaarai Zedek in south Tampa on Saturday evening, Sept. 9, with a party imme diately following. However, with Irma threatening and the Schreiber home in an area subject to mandatory evacuation the decision to postpone the service was made several days ahead of time. Rabbi [Richard] Birnholz helped us decide it would be best to postpone, said Pattie. The fact that some of Daynas friends were making their own evacuation plans helped her accept the change in plans. Like three other Tampa Bay area families whose daughters had bat mitzvahs planned for Sept. 9, texts, phone calls and emails were used to alert those who were planning to attend of the postponement. Pattie said both she and her husband and it took a couple of hours to reach everyone. Luckily, the synagogue and party venue were both able to reschedule the event for Oct. 14, but instead of Dayna conducting a Havdallah (evening) service, it was changed to a morning ser vice. She was not required to learn a new Torah and Haftorah portions, but she did have to learn some new prayers. I was already somewhat familiar with the new prayers, but had not practiced them before, Dayna said. When an evacuation order was issued for their area on Thursday, Sept. 7, the family drove to Adrians fathers home in Daytona. By the time they arrived there Pattie said Dayna was very disappointed and it was kind of a sad night due to anxiety about the storm and the postponement. She recalled that the family denight to brighten the mood, but had to drive around for an open restaurant. They delayed their return home for a bit while waiting Tampa and debris on some roads to be cleaned up, returning the Tuesday after the hurricane passed through. For the second time around, the family emailed invita tions instead of using formal printed and mailed invita tions as they had originally. Dayna said she was a little anxious before the service, but calmed herself and then was ok. Her mom said Dayna vice, not missing a thing, including the new prayers. I enjoyed the morning service better and the lighting was better, Dayna said. Picking out her favorite memory for the service and party was hard, she said, because they were both great. There were so many memories, it is hard to choose. One highlight, she said, was that for the new date, even more of her camp friends were able to attend. The change of dates did mean some folks who originally said they could come, including friends from Kentucky she looked forward to seeing, had other plans on the new date and could not make it. However, subtracting those who had to cancel and those added because the date changed, the total number for those at the service and party remained pretty much what was originally expected. When the Havdallah ser vice was planned, it was to be followed right away by the party, so buses were lined up for transporting folks from the temple to the party venue. When the service changed to a morning event, Pattie said they added a luncheon after the service and no longer needed the bus service, as guests had time to go home before the party that night. This also allowed a special treat for Dayna. Pattie ar ranged for her to get her hair styled between the two events. The vendors who could schedules did so. In the case of the DJ, he had another event booked, but provided another DJ from the same company and Pattie said the new person did a great job. The videographer was not available for the new date, so they just did without. Otherwise, the party went off as planned just 6 weeks later. Because Dayna loves New York City and dogs, the theme for her party was a mashup of the two. The dcor included the New York skyline projected on walls and the three food stations were patterned after Daynas three favorite places to eat in New York, a Chinese restaurant, a Jewish deli and an Italian pizza place. She took logos from all three places and added her name to them, along with Hebrew lettering. She also loves a yogurt place at Bloomingdales and the colors associated with this, along with the font used for Bloomingdales logo, in her original invitations. Meanwhile, she had tables designated for various dog breeds and had cutouts and photos of dogs throughout the party venue. She even brought her dog, Sparkie, the familys schnauzer, to her party. One of the things that really stood out for Pattie is that the rabbis and synagogue staff were just wonderful. They gave fantastic support and were really helpful and there for us with all the adjustments and changes. You know, Jewish community makes it good. Pattie added, The vendors were very understanding and those we wound up not using gave back deposits without objection. Patties advice to others a similar situation on how to cope with a sudden change in plans: Initially, I was anxious just like Dayna was, dealing with the uncertainty of not knowing if the hurricane was coming or not. But I would say, ask for advice; ask for help from those who have been through situations like this before. Not only were folks at the temple helpful, but the special events manager at the party venue also stepped up to the challenge. The woman had dealt with last-minute cancellations before and jumped into action to contact Patties other vendors and to coordinate the change in plans. Her actions eased the burden on Pattie, which she said was a big help, because Pattie was also worrying about a medical issue her dad was dealing with at the time. My only other advice is to let people know it all does really work out in the end. It may not be what you planned it to be, but it will be OK, Pattie said. The service is the most important thing anyway, and once your child has worked on the hard part, preparing for the service, then you just have to remember that part will go right, so dont worry. I told my daughter in my speech to her, because of what happened, she will have a story to tell about her Bat Mitzvah for the rest of her life.Dayna Schreiber hugs the Schreiber family dog, a mini schnauzer named Sparkie which she brought to her Bat Mitzvah party. Daynas party theme combined her love of New York City and dogs. Bat Mitzvah service juggled from evening to morning when Irma intrudes INVITATIONS Save the Date card Main invitation Lining for outer envelopes Response cards Reception cards Directions/hotel information Stamps for invitations, response cards and thank yous (check weight and size of envelope for correct postage) Calligraphy for envelopes Extra envelopes Thank you notes FRIDAY NIGHT SERVICE congregation Friday night (Check procedures) Shabbat dinner for out-of-town guests SATURDAY SERVICE Programs for service Candy to throw at conclusion of Haftarah (if permitted) Challah Wine/grape juice Kiddush luncheon Imprinted napkins RECEPTION Room rental Photographer Videographer Cocktail hour entertainment (piano player, magician, etc.) Hors douvres Challah Candles for candlelighting Sign-in board DJ/Band/Entertainment Entrees Liquor/wine/mixers Bar/Bat Mitzvah cake Dessert Centerpieces Flowers/balloons/decorations Table linens Favors Place cards Imprinted napkins Prizes for kids Extra waiters/bartenders Gratuities for waiters/ bartenders/ banquet manager MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS Tallit Tallit bag Tallit clip Kippah for Bar Mitzvah/ headcovering for Bat Mitzvah Clip for kippah Kippot for guests Dress/Suit for Bar/Bat Mitzvah child for Friday night and Saturday services Dress/Suit for party Shoes for Bar/Bat Mitzvah child. Photograph(s) of child for sign-in board/book newspaper, bulletin announcement. FOR OUT-OF-TOWN GUESTS Hospitality baskets Maps to event sites Transportation, such as chartered bus or trolley Sunday brunch Compiled by the Jewish Press staff Bar/Bat Mitzvah Budget ChecklistPhoto by Robin Hendershot.


29 th Annual PLANNING GUIDE COMING THIS FALL24,000 sq ft Arcade | Entertainment | Catering | Party Packages Archery Tag | Bazooka Ball | Tactical Laser Tag | Hologate | Virtuix Omni 6283 W. Waters Ave | Tampa 33634 | 813-443-6509 | MENTION THE JEWISH PRESS AND GET 10% OFF YOUR BAR/BAT MITZVAH PARTY PACKAGE PAGE 9B AUGUST 2018 By RACHEL MINETTI Jewish PressElaborate entrances, fun music, kitschy party favors, and photogenic table settings are some of when one thinks of a Bar or Bat Mitzvah party. For the Bar Mitzvah boy or Bat Mitzvah girl, the weekends festivities are all about them their accomplishments and coming of age into the Jewish world. Whether atare just a 30-minute drive away, family and friends come together for the celebration of the teen. Not every child, however, likes having the spotlight shining directly on them. For and reading their Torah portion to a sea of congregants is overwhelming or unappealing and thats okay. The celebration does not have to be an extravaganza with hundreds of people in order for it to be meaningful and a good No-glitz party just the ticket for Bar Mitzvah boyBy RACHEL MINETTI Jewish PressWhen dad is a song and jingle writer, getting an original song at your Bar Mitzvah is part of the deal. Cary Reich created and sang an original song at each of his three childrens Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. On Saturday, April 14, Cary sang some of his original melodies to prayers at his youngest son Avis Bar Mitzvah. At the party on Saturday night, he performed his original song, Avi B-Davi for his son. Cary works for a company that creates jungles for radio and television ads. I dont know how or why it came to me, but hes into traditional jazz, so I wrote kind of a swing tune, called Avi Badabadavi, which is one of our nicknames for him, Reich said. I started out saying the boy of a million, I mean the man of a million talents. Its just a little original song about him. Along with the original music written and performed by Avis father, other members of the Reich family also participated in Avis Bar Mitzvah service. Avis older sisters, Yael and Ariel, and his mom, Karen, read from the Torah. Avis sisters also wrote a personal song for him and sang it at the party. Oh our dreams take us far away from home, but our hearts are here with you, Yael and Ariel sang. We cant wait till youre living your dreams too, and we conquer all the world the two of us and you. One other special aspect of Avis Bar Mitzvah: After 41 years at Congregation Bnai Israel, Avi was Rabbi Jacob Luskis last Bar Mitzvah. We were honored that Avi was Rabbi Luskis last Bnai Mitzvah, Reich said. We Mitzvah. It was actually two girls and they were cousins, and we presented a plaque with both their picture and Avis picture with him. While Avis Bar Mitzvah was Rabbi the congregations new rabbi, Rabbi Philip Weintraub. At the synagogue there is a program called the Golden Kippah, which encourages youths to continue reading from the Torah after their Bnai Mitzvah. In order to earn the Golden Kippah, a teen has to read Avis Bar Mitzvah wasnt the only thing that cemented his personal relationship with Judaism. After returning from Camp Ramah Darom last summer, he was motivated to wear a kippah every day, regardless of how it would come across at school. To this day, he wears a kippah every day, Cary said. He spoke about that in his speech. He said it makes him feel closer to God. He felt that it was important to him. Friends enjoy the touch tank during Jacob Garbetts Bar Mitzvah party after an overnight sleepover at the aquarium. Jacob and his friends huddled in their sleeping bags at the Florida Aquarium. They stayed up until 2 a.m. talking and giggling.Photo by Beth Kelly PhotographyThe Reich family leads Havdallah at Avi Reichs Bar Mitzvah party. From left are Avis dad Cary, mom Karen, Avi and sisters Yael and Ariel. Original song adds personal touch to meaningful memorytime. The Garbett family of Riverview wanted to take a different approach that would celebrate their son in a way that he would enjoy the most. My son isnt really big into being the center of attention, said Lea Garbett, Jacobs mother. He didnt want a traditional party. He would not have been happy with the DJ and the music and dancing. Thats just totally not him at all. The Garbett family looked into some alternative options that would still do something to entertain the guests and celebrate Jacob. They started off with a computer search for non-traditional Bar and Bat Mitzvah party ideas and for unique venues around the Tampa area that hosted birthday parties. The Florida Aquarium had just what they needed. It was something interesting that still had entertainment for the kids; some place my son and his friends could just hang out and talk, Lea said. It combined everything something for them to do and something fun for a whole bunch of different ages at the same time. Fifty of Jacobs friends and cousins arrived at the aquarium at 7 p.m., with festivities beginning at 7:30. The agenda included a behind-the-scenes tour of the facility, arts and crafts activities, and a sleepover in the shark room. It was great because there was built-in entertainment, Lea Garbett said. While the teens were exploring the aquarium, Jacobs grandparents, Seymour and Marjorie Levine, hosted out-of-town relatives at a restaurant in Brandon. Since Jacobs parents were chaperoning the sleepover, they had worked with the restaurant beforehand to set everything up and arrange a selected menu so that all the grandparents had to do was show up. On Sunday morning, the aquarium put on a dive show and opened up the touch tank for the kids after a night of talking and giggling until 2 in the morning. After the Bar/Bat Mitzvah comes the task perhaps most dreaded: thank you notes. Why are they necessary? Ask a membet of the older generation and the answer you get will probably be simple: Manners. out, "Thanks for the present," won't do. Nor will typed notes or ones done on a computer. It's a rule. Thank you cards are supposed to be handwritten no matter how bad your handwriting is. That way the receiver knows you wrote it. Some tips to make it easier:Address the giver by name: "Dear Uncle Harvey.....Be direct. No "I am writing to...." Instead say "Thank you for..." and be the present and how you will use it. Exception money. Never refer to money directly. No "Thank you for the $50." Instead say "Thank your for your gener osity (or kindness)" and add how you will use the gift. Express attitudes like "It was great seeing you," "I'm glad that you were able to come..." or, if you don't really know the person, say something like "Thank you for coming," "Thank you for sharing in my ..." something positive to say.Repeat your gratitude. "Thanks again for (name of the gift)."Wrap it up with a closing you are comfortable with : "Love, "Yours truly, "Sincerely"..., sign it and you are done. P.S. Write the "Thank You" as soon as possible.Tips for thank you notes


29 th Annual PLANNING GUIDE PAGE 10B AUGUST 2018 1-4 years in advance Begin to meet educational requir ements. Set date and begin gathering informa tion to decide format. 9 to 12 months in advance Determine budget. Plan tentative guest list. Select theme. Select and reserve site for main reception. Interview and contract with professionals including par ty planner, caterer, Meet with synagogue staff to discuss bar/ ba t mitzvah policies.6 to 9 months in advance Reserve facilities for such functions as Shabbat eve dinner and Sunday brunch. Select and order invitations; thank you notes. Select caterer for oneg and kiddush Reserve hotel accommodations for outof-town guests, especially if your event is in season. Complete guest list and collect addresses. 4 to 6 months in advance Send Save The Da te cards. Order any imprinted items, lik e yarmulkes, napkins. Recontact cater er, restaurant or hotel with approximate number of guests. Make menu selections. Make a list of clothing needs. synagogue, reception.2 to 3 months in advance Help with childs speech. Purchase r eligious items such as yarmulke and tallit. Have photograph(s) taken for signin boar d/book, synagogue bulletin, newspaper. Finalize bakery or der such as challah for kiddush and bar/bat mitzvah cake.6-8 weeks in advance Mail and address invitations. You may want to send to out-of-towners eariler. Send announcement to the synagogue bulletin.4 weeks in advance Finalize hotel reservations and plan hospitality baskets for out-of-town guests. Determine transporta tion arrangements as needed. Send announcement and photo to the Jewish Press. Finalize arrangements with r abbi, i.e. aliyot honors. Complete candle lighting or other reception pr esentation.2 weeks in advance Draw up seating plan. Make place cards.Final week ca terer. Deliver items, i.e, yarmulke and programs to synagogue. Deliver hospitality baskets to the hotel. Rehearsal a t the synagogue. Relax and enjoy!Bar/Bat Mitzvah Planning CalendarBy RACHEL MINETTI Jewish PressWith the explosion of the Broadway musical Ham ilton, and the continued popularity of shows such as Wicked its easy to see why a Broadway themed Bar or Bat Mitzvah party is a fun, enjoyable choice for everyone. For Lauren Alexander of Tampa, choos ing Laurens Broadway Bash was easy. With a passion for musical theater, Lauren choice the theme two years prior to her Bat Mitzvah. The same went for Brilee Gold of Land O Lakes. As a Broadway enthusiast and thespian, a Broadway themed Bat Mitzvah party was a given long before her Bat Mitz vah last December.   But thats where the similarities ended. Each girl chose to carry out the theme dif ferently. Lauren arrived at her party by way of a red carpet with an entrance video playing on big screens. Throughout the party, guests could pose for pictures on the red carpet and experience life as a star. At the entrance to Laurens party stood a black door with silver stars and her name written in cursive. With a silver marker, space on the door with messages to Lauren. The room at Laurens party was dotted with street signs and cardboard cutouts of famous Broadway actors and actresses. The walls were lit up with projections of Play bills of The Lion King, Spring Awakening, Memphis and many more. Lauren tied her theme into her service project, bringing her love of singing and acting to school theater departments that need funding. Lauren raised money for tion started by comedian Rosie ODonnell. It provides acting, singing, and dancing training for students at public schools in New York City. For her party, Brilee ditched the typical red, gold, and black color scheme of Broad way and went with hot pink and sequins instead. The Gold family went with a specialty boutique linen rental company to create the offbeat table settings. All the tables were designed in hot pink and black and white polka-dot satin and taffeta, with sequin table runners Brilees guests picked up their table as signments at the will call booth. Instead of table numbers, each table was assigned a different Broadway musical, such as Waitress Seussical the Musica l, and Dear Evan Hanson. (And, of course, Hamilton and Wicked ).   Throwing a big Broadway bashPhoto by Calvin Roe Photography Photo by Calvin Roe Photography Brilee Gold sits in front of a mirror signed by friends and family with light bulbs around the frame to give it the appearance of a backstage dressing room. Colorful images of Times Square were projected onto the walls to give guests the illusion of being in New York City. Photo by Ryan Joseph PhotographyThe red carpet entrance to Lauren Alexanders Broadway Bash with Photo by Ryan Joseph PhotographyLaurens dressing room door waiting to be signed by friends and family at her Bat Mitzvah party.We selected 16 of my daughters favorite Broadway musicals and had the Playbills blown up and cased in black frames, Brilees mom, Brandy, said. They were lined with light bulbs to make it look like a Broadway dressing room mirror and the stands were decked out in black sparkle paint. You cant have Broadway without its context the bustling streets New York City. In order to create that New York ambience, the walls of Brilees party were lit up with images of Times Square   us ing colored gel filters, which makes the images pop with bright colors. Brilees mom also collected street lights and street signs with the names of famous streets in New York City and placed them around the room to give the guests the feel of walking through Times Square. Besides the Bat Mitzvah girl, a marvelous, three-tiered cake was a centerpiece of Brilees party. The cake was decorated with Playbills, sparkly stars, and a black New York skyline wrapped around the hot pink icing. Along with the cake was a candy buffet for the kids, a table lined with colorful sweets and bags for the guests to take home.  


29 th Annual PLANNING GUIDE AT THE BRYAN GLAZER FAMILY JCCCustom Menus Decor/Production Team On-Site Event Coordinator AVrfrrn522 North Howard Avenue Tampa, FL 33606 813.575.7522 | rfntbtnbt PAGE 11B AUGUST 2018 By BOB FRYER Jewish PressIt is tough enough for a Jewish mom to plan her daughters Bat Mitzvah, but add Hurricane Irma to the mix forcing postponements of both the service and party then factor in that the mom is not Jewish, and things could have gone off the rails. But they didnt for mom Jenn Goldstein or her daughter Ashlyn. Sure, as expected anytime plans have to change for any reason, it took more work and maybe a little more anxiety, but in the end, both the service and party went off without a hitch and Ashlyn has lots of good memories, even though her tallit and an engraved gift from her synagogue, Temple Beth-El in St. Petersburg, have the wrong (original) date inscribed on them instead of the date the service happened. Just like three other Tampa Bay area families, Ashlyns Bat Mitzvah was originally planned for Sept. 9, 2017. But as Hurricane Irma headed this way, both the temple and party venue announced a few days before Irma arrived that they were closing until the storm passed. Like the other parents, emails, phone calls and texts went out to inform people of the postponement, but because we have a pretty small family with not a lot of relatives living far away, Jenn said, nobody had to who was coming was within a one or two-hour drive, she added. The Goldsteins live near Treasure Island in a Level A evacuation zone and had to leave their home under a mandatory evacuation order, but rather than leave the Bay area, they stayed with friends a few miles away and rode out the hurricane there. They watched how their own home was weathering the storm through a security camera until the power went out at the friends home. Later, when they returned to their home, they discovered it, unlike many other homes in Pinellas County, never lost power. There was also no damage to their home. Very quickly after Irma was gone they were able to reschedule Ashlyns Bat Mitzvah service for the following Saturday, Sept. 16, but were unable to reschedule the party until a Friday night, Oct. 20. Though a few folks who planned to come to the service and party on Sept. 9 could not make the service or party on the new dates, some other folks who were able to attend on the new dates, so the numbers were only slightly less than originally expected. We kept same venue and same uled, Jenn said, adding that they never planned on a photographer for the party, but did not miss having one. There were large television screens around the room at the party that were programmed to show photos of Ashlyn throughout her childhood. Then guests were invited to use an app called Eversnap that allowed them to take pictures as the party was going on and show them on the television screens. Jenn said at the end of the party she was able folks took with the app. and kept the kids entertained throughout the evening, Jenn said. The party, from 6-11 p.m. included a sit down dinner for adults and a separate buffet with kid-friendly food for the Mom gets by with help from friends after Irma upstages Bat Mitzvahyounger ones, she said. There was a tropical theme for the party and kids got to take home giant tropical looking lollipops that were part of centerpieces at the tables. Jenn said Ashlyn was very hands-on in planning the party, using Pinterest to make decorations and to make props for a photo booth she created for kids to use their cell phones to take photos. Everything went perfectly, Jenn said of both the service and party. Asked for advice to other parents planning a Bat Mitzvah, Jenn admitted that for a while I was a frazzled mess. I am not Jewish, though both of our kids are being raised Jewish. Knowing what the rules were and following them took some learning, so my advice to others synagogue is very welcoming of mixed families, so there was nothing too surprising I had to deal with. It was pretty easy and plenty of people at the temple were willing to help explain. Bat Mitzvah girl Ashlyn Goldstein, left, poses inside a Mazel Tov frame with friend Tennley Comparetto.


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