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 33707PAPER continued on PAGE XXADVERTISEMENT www.jewishpresspinellas.com VOL. 33, NO. 3 ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA AUGUST 24 SEPTEMBER 6, 2018 24 PAGES FRIDAYS continued on PAGE 3 Join our page @ www.facebook.com/jfed.pinellas Meet Ezra Singer, Did you know? Our 2018-2019 Campaign Begins on November 1st!our Federations new board president. After two years on our board and many active years in leadership with the Columbus Jewish community, Ezra brings fresh perspective and a tribal sense of responsibility to the role. Welcome Ezra! The Jewish FederationOF PINELLAS & PASCO COUNTIES, FL DO GOOD EVERYWHERE. FROM ANYWHERE. www.JewishPinellas.orgThe Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties was founded in 1970. Part of the mission to this day is to strive for the continuity of Jewish life and culture. By BRUCE LOWITT Jewish PressZOLFO SPRINGS Theres a bit of the Middle East here in the middle of Florida, where pomegranates one of the seven fruits named in Deuteronomy as representing the bounty of Israel grow in abundance. Its called Green Sea Farms, 31 acres, six devoted to 130 varieties of pomegranates, two more acres to a pomegranate nursery, some of the rest open to cattle they breed, chickens and vegetables. David and Cynthia Weinstein bought the property in 2004 after 25 years of living and working on boats and cruising the Caribbean, when St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands was their home port. We were in our 50s and didnt know anything about land life, farming, anything, David said. We bought a conversion van, lived in that and leased out the property to a farmer for cattle grazing while trying to decide what we could do with it. Animals? Solar? Windmills? Fruit trees? In 2011 we decided on pomegranates. Cynthia is 61 and manages the farm. David is 67 and owns a mobile marine service business in Punta Gorda, installing electronic gear on yachts. She is not Jewish; he is, but hes not religious.POMEGRANATE continued on PAGE 14The pomegranate: From the Promised Land to the Sunshine StateBy BOB FRYER Jewish PressHe was a kid in a grown-ups body and a walking trivia resource who loved to wear costumes. He was also a man of God, a loving husband and father, a lover of the Torah, and a rabbi beloved by his congregation and so many more who considered themselves lucky to have known him. At age 46, when he should have been in the prime of his life, with so many more adventures in store, so much more to teach his congregants and his children, Rabbi Daniel Treiser died in his sleep on Friday morning, Aug. 17, leaving a void in the hearts of so many who knew him. Since 2008 Rabbi Treiser had led Temple Bnai Israel in Clearwater, and in spite of a lengthy battle against cancer, as recently as June he led congregants on a tour of Israel and a week later joined in the St. Pete Pride parade. Earlier in the spring, he traveled with youths from his congregation to participate in the anti-gun violence March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C. It isnt fair. I miss my best friend and my partner in mischief, said Rabbi Michael Churgel Rabbi Daniel Treiser eulogized as life unnished RABBI continued on PAGE 22Anti-bullying ambassador, social activist, and writer Monica Lewinsky, whose name will forever be linked to a White House scandal, will be keynote speaker at the 17th annual Franci Golman Rudolph Schaarai Zedek Sisterhood Star Event. The Monday, Oct. 15 luncheon and presentation Monica Lewinsky to keynote Tampa eventLEWINSKY continued on PAGE 12 Federation Fridays to cover all basesThis September, the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties will kick off its latest community engagement effort: Federation Fridays. Each Friday morning the Federation will host a guest presenter sometimes via video on inspiring, interesting and exciting topics. The free presentations, which are open to everyone in the community, will be Heres why you received this paperFor approximately 5,375 households in Pinellas and Pasco counties, this is likely the Jewish Press of Pinellas County in the mail as our regular readers do. Instead, you likely picked one up at your synagogue, Menorah Manor, Jo-Els, Lennys or one of the other locations where copies are dropped off. Or perhaps, you didnt know of the existence of the Jewish Press. An expansion of our mailing list means that more than 10,000 households are now receiving the Jewish Press of Pinellas County. community members? A 2017 demographics study of the local Jewish community found that only about 40 percent of the estimated 18,000 Jewish households in Pinellas and Pasco Counties regularly or occasionally read the Jewish Press. That meant there are a lot of you who might be missing out on all our vibrant Jewish community has to offer, from the Jewish Food Festival to the Film Festival to Shabbat services on the beach, and so much more. As part of its examination of the results of the survey and what can be done to better serve the Jewish community, the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties the organization whose primary goal is to promote Jewish life in all its forms has made it a priority to connect all Jews in Pinellas and Pasco in some way to the Jewish community. Our Jewish newspaper is the backbone of our shared community information and as soon as we saw that there were so many who hadnt been receiving it, we jumped into action, said Emilie Socash, executive director of the Pinellas/Pasco Federation. To that end, the Federation which maintains the Jewish Press mailing list recently acquired a mailing list of local number of households new to the Jewish Press. How are these mailing lists compiled? One of the most common is to identify distinctive Jewish names. While that might not be true for many Jews today, if your last name is Goldberg or Levy, you can bet you are now receiving the paper. It has always been our mission to deliver the Jewish Press to every Jewish household in Pinellas and Pasco Counties. We are pleased Welcome
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JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 3 AUGUST 24 SEPTEMBER 6, 2018 Emilie SocashExecutive Director, Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties Perspective In MemoriumRABBI DANIEL NATHAN TREISER, 12/21/1971 8/17/2018 , .Make for yourself a rabbi, acquire for yourself a friend; and judge every person in their favor. (Pirke Avot 1:6)The Pinellas County Board of Rabbis mourns the untimely death of our colleague and friend, Rabbi Daniel Treiser. We extend our sympathies to his family, his community at Temple Bnai Israel, and to all those locally, across the state, and in many other Jewish communities who enjoyed the blessing of being in a sacred relationship with him. Rabbi Treiser led a life devoted to his family, committed to those who called him their rabbi, and faithful and generous to those who acquired him as a friend. He loved teaching Torah and sharing sacred life moments with those he served. His characteristic laugh and wit made his gregarious personality larger than life. Dedicated to serving the youth movement and camps, inspired in his congregational leadership, and impact, Rabbi Treiser touched the hearts and souls of us all. , On Saturday, Aug. 18, I attended a Hatha yoga class during which I set the intention of being by doing. I was chewing on the heavy news of Rabbi Daniel Treisers passing the day before, and the anticipation of his funeral services the following day. My memories of him kept appearing during my practice: during virabhadrasana ing and reach in the community. During urdhva muckha svanasana (upward-facing dog) I thought of his open heart and mind when he embraced new ideas like the Jewish Community Camp or the Jewish Food Festival. And in my awkward expression of garudasana (eagle), I thought of the numerous jokes hed make seeing my technique and what Id throw back at him if he were next to me in class. I recently received the wise and accurate human doing rather than a human beeach moment with something useful and worthwhile had left me wanting for meaning, purpose, and connection. When I went deeper into this idea, and critically examined the endless to-do lists, I found that I was using the must-dos to avoid addressing who I am and what I stand for. I was doing a lot of doing, and not a lot of being. With some intentional habit changing, I am much closer to living as a human being. Im now able to contemplate that what and what we become. Rather than doing yoga, I am a person who cares for her physical well-being. Rather than paying my Federation pledge, I am a generous person. Rather than wasting time playing solitaire, I am able to give my mind a break. The converse also plays on my mind: there are a number of aspects of my identity which I consider true yet may not carry through in my actions. I consider myself a creative writer who has a passion for months with the same short story, and write less than once per week (aside from my Jewish Press duties). As Jews, we often live by the motif of deed over creed, meaning we communally prioritize our actions the power of giving, of speaking up, taking action, and pursuing a better world together over observance. (Please note: I do not mean this in a cavalier sense and recognize this is a complex consideration. I propose that we all can agree that a life guided by principles and shared values is the only life worth living.) Considering this matter from an additional angle, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks noted that We are changed, not by what we receive, but by what we do ( To Heal a Fractured World). Science has shown that even at the electrical thought level, we are changed by what we repeatedly do and think. Stringing together these related ideas: we can only be by doing, what we do extends beyond universal agreement on belief, and what we do changes not only our world but changes us as well. Earlier this year, our community was served the tremendous blow of losing the Weiss family tragically and unexpectedly, and the loss of Rabbi Treiser feels similar. If youre like me, after any impactful loss you spend time considering how you were personally changed by that person. I admit, Rabbi Treiser single-handedly changed my perception of what a rabbi can really be (primarily from his snarky and relatable Facebook posts). At his funeral, much was said about the lasting impact he made on Temple Bnai Israel, on the Clearwater Jewish community, and of course on his family and friends lives. I would argue that Rabbi Treiser, and all of us, are only able to make such a positive change after weve prioritized being by doing. He didnt just deliver a sermon; Being by doinghe was a rabbi who engaged those present through storytelling. He didnt just approve of teen outreach efforts; he was a rabbi who fully immersed in Jewish teen life. He didnt simply attend community planning meetings; he embraced new ideas and opportunities. When he introduced himself, I dont think he said, Shalom! Im Rabbi Treiser and I embrace new ideas! Yet his actions spoke this truth every day of his life. I received Abigail Pogrebins new book My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew in the mail as I was writing this column. In it, Pogrebin details her journey through a year of observance and exploration, and her pursuit of true understanding of tradition. She didnt simply go to services, or fast on every fasting holiday, or light candles; rather she did these things to live fully as a wondering Jew. As we go through the coming holidays and days between, during this tremendously spiritual time of year, can we too contemplate the idea of being by doing? What will you do that will change you? What will you become? Inspired by those who we have lost in with meaningful living, of personal growth and change, and of deliberately living as a human being. May we all pursue justice in the service of others, and keep close to our hearts the wonderful examples of living intentionally of Rabbi Treiser and the many others who have left us this year. Liked it? Loathed it? Want to react? I would welcome your feedback and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Jewish Press of Pinellas County & Jewish Press of Tampa In celebration of Hanukkah, the Tampa Jewish Heritage Night on Monday, Dec. 18 as the team takes on the Atlanta Falcons at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. tailgate at 7 p.m. as Bryan Glazer, Bucs co-chairman and a Jewish community leader, along with others light a 12-foot tall menorah. The tailgate, located at Quad C near the southeast corner of the stadium, will also feature special Hanukkah music, potato latkes, doughnuts and desserts, limitedLater, during the game, the menorah lighting ceremony will be replayed on the giant Bucs Vision screen in the stadium. The only Jewish member of the Buccaneers is center Ali Marpet, shown in Siege the Night with the Power of Light. Marpet recently suffered a season-ending tailgate. Bucs. 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 P. O. Box 6970 Clearwater, FL 33758-6970Photos courtesy of www.casalebraica.org ADVERTISEMENT www.jewishpresspinellas.com VOL. 32, NO. 10 ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA Light Love Laughter at HanukkahBy RUTH ELLEN GRUBER JTA news serviceCASALE MONFERRATO, Italy Its always Hanukkah in this picturesque town in northern Italys Piedmont region. Monferrato for more than 500 years, with the community reaching its peak of 850 members at about the time Jews in 1848. The town still boasts one of Italys most ornate synagogues, a rococo gem that dates to the 16th century. in Casale. The synagogue, which is part of a ist attraction and not only because of its opulent sanctuary with huge chandeliers, colorfully painted walls and lots of gilding. The former womens section has been transformed into a Judaica and Jewish history museum. And the synagogues basement, formerly a matzah bakery, is now home to the Museum of Lights. Hanukkah here is commemorated dozens of menorahs, or hanukkiyot, created Its always Hanukkah in this picture-perfect Italian townTOWN continued on PAGE 19 Join our page @ www.facebook.com/jfed.pinellas Meet Eileen Hochstadt, Did you know? president of the Jewish Community Center of West Pasco, the home of Congregation Beth Tellah. Shes striving to revitalize the Jewish community across Pasco County and northern Pinellas through monthly events and weekly adult education. The role of synagogue president likely began in North America between 1654 (when the rst Jews settled) and 1840 (when the rst rabbi was called to serve the new land). Prior to World War II, it was not unusual for a president to serve at least 10 years in the role! rfntb fnf f fbDO GOOD EVERYWHERE. FROM ANYWHERE. First Jewish Heritage Night with Bucs is Dec. 18 More Hanukkah Happenings, Page 10 in Casale. The synagogue, which is part of a ist attraction and not only because of its opulent sanctuary with huge chandeliers, colorfully painted walls and lots of gilding. The former womens section has been transformed into a Judaica and Jewish history museum. And the synagogues basement, formerly a matzah bakery, is now home to the Museum of Lights. Hanukkah here is commemorated dozens of menorahs, or hanukkiyot, created Its always Hanukkah in this picture-perfect Italian town TOWN continued on PAGE 19 rfn tb fnf f fb DO GOOD EVERYWHERE. FROM ANYWHERE. 23rd ANNUAL Jewish Press Section BPhoto by Kathleen Varney Photographyof Tampa of Pinellas County Bar&Bat Mitzvah PLANNING GUIDEINSIDEMitzvah project highlights: Swim-A-Poolza, selling creative kippot for a cause PAGE 5B Artsy genes, elbow grease, ingenuity help keep parents on budget PAGE 10B Bar/Bat Mitzvah Planning Calendar PAGE 16B Presto thematis Harry Potter-inspired party springs to life PAGE 19B FOR A COMPLIMENTARY SUBSCRIPTION CONTACT: The only Jewish community newspapers in the Tampa Bay area! Do you know anyone NOT receiving the FRIDAYS held in the Federations newly appointed Community Room from 10 a.m. to noon. Starkey Road, Suite 8, Largo. A variety of topics are sure to pique your interest in Jewish culture, says Maxine Kaufman, Federations director of Arts, Culture & Education. Weve tried to cover a broad range of topics and subject matter. Along with local community members offering information on topics ranging from food to dance, there will be a monthly Jewfrom experts, authors and entertainers. Light refreshments will be served. Although there is no charge to attend, RSVPs are requested to Luc Piccin at the Jewish luce@ jewishpinellas.org. For more information 06 or email@example.com. Here is the line up for the remainder of 2018: Sept. 7 Aliza Norstein, Foods of the Holidays Sept. 14 Rabbi Ed Rosenthal, Tikkun HaYam, Repairing the Sea Sept. 21 Erica Hruby, Center for Israel Education Abramowitz, A Renewable Light to the Start Up Nation * Oct. 5 To Be Announced Oct. 12 Yaakov Rothstein (Jewish Agency for Israel JAFI), Colombian Lone Soldier Mindset Doing Good is Good for Business * Nov. 2Sicha (JAFI), India Olim Women in the Bible Nov. 16 Sarah Tmim (JAFI), French Aliyah singer, My Israel * Women in the Bible, part 2 Dec. 14 Dr. David Bernstein, The Power of 5 Dec. 21 Noa Spector-Flock, Dance/ movement Freund, From the Ends of the Earth: Lost Tribes and Hidden Jewish Communities
The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast has announced the Florida West Coast premiere of Itzhak Perlman In The Fiddlers House A Night of Klezmer on Monday, Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota. Almost 23 years have passed since internationally-acclaimed violinist and conductor Itzhak Perlman made his iconic album of klezmer music, In the Fiddlers House. In this upcoming live performance, Perlman revisits this meaningful, personal project, featuring the worldrenowned Klezmer Conservatory Band, with members from the original recording, released in 1995. The repertoire will include songs from the album, along with a few surprises. Joining Perlman on stage will be Hankus Netsky, music director, saxophone and piano; Andy Statman, clarinet and mandolin; members of the Brave Old World and Klezmer Conservatory Band; and other special guests. Quick-witted and humorous, Perlmans charming demeanor facilitated an evening of pure enjoyment for all, representative of the klezmers purpose of bringing people together in celebration, wrote the Santa Barbara Independent following a sold-out show in 2017. This only area Fiddlers House per formance will have the audience singing and dancing in the aisles. Perlman is no stranger to audiences in Southwest Florida. In addition to an active concert career, he and his wife Toby Perlman, founder of the Perlman Music Program (PMP), along with their gifted young string students, faculty and staff, have called Sarasota their wintertime home for the past 14 years. Tickets range from $43 to $152 and are available through the Van Wezel Aug. 31 at 10 a.m. The hall is at 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The box can be reached online at www.vanwezel.org. For groups of 10 or more, The event is sponsored in part by The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee, Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax Revenues, the Kessler Foundation, and in partnership with the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.PAGE 4 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY AUGUST 24 SEPTEMBER 6, 2018 SPONSORED BY MENORAH MANOR www.menorahmanor.orgMarion and Bernard L. Samson Nursing Center Toby Weinman Assisted Living Residence Irv Weissman Adult Day Center (727) 345-2775 Menorah Manor hosts annual dinner to honor new Founders Association members The annual Founders Association dinner was held at the Marion and Bernard L. Samson Nursing Center on Wednesday, August 8th. The new Founders honored were Nancy and Alan Bomstein, and Gerald Klein. In addition to a major financial commitment, Founders are also committed to providing leadership and to taking an active role in future planning. The beautiful and delicious meal was prepared and served by Menorah Manors very talented Dining Services staff. Menorah Manor is proud to honor its new Founders Association members. Mazel tov and thank you for being such important partners in Menorah Manors mission of providing the best possible care in a warm, homelike, Jewish environment.(L-R) Rob Goldstein, Menorah Manor Chief Executive Ofcer; Barry Kanner, Menorah Manor Chair; Nancy Bomstein and Alan Bomstein, new Founders; and Judy Ludin, Menorah Manor Chief Development Ofcer. (L-R) Founders Association Members Doris Rosenblatt, Nancy Linsky, David Linsky, and Frank Rosenblatt. (L-R) Terri Gross and Jane Silverberg, Founders Association Member. (L-R) Rob Goldstein, Barry Kanner, and Gerald Klein, new Founder. (L-R) Marilyn Benjamin, Founder and Menorah Manor Foundation Trustee; Bonnie Berman, Menorah Manor Director of Volunteer Services; Judith Alpert, Founder; Judy Ludin, Barbara Baughman, Menorah Manor Guild President. Founders Marilyn LeVine and Morrie LeVine, with Sharon LeVine Rosenthal and Rob Goldstein.A free webinar explaining the Jewish Educational Loan Fund (JELF) program that offers interest-free loans to Jewish students will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 5 from 10-10:40 a.m. program, JELF provides need-based, last dollar loans to Jewish students for college, graduate and/ or vocational students from Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Students can apply Sept. 1 30 for the 2019 spring and/or summer terms. The application for loan assistance for the full 2019-2020 academic year (fall 2019, spring/summer 2020) will be available March 1 April 30. The application for loan assistance for the full 2019-2020 academic year will be available March 1 April 30. The webinar is suggested for high school and college students and their parents as well as Jewish professionals, synagogues, Hillels and educators who would like to learn who should apply and how to apply for JELFs interest-free loans. JELF has awarded more than $12 million in loans to 4,000+ students. It has a 99 percent repayment rate for more than 10 years. J ELF, based in Atlanta, partners with local agencies to admininster the loans: in Pinellas, Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services (727Tampa Jewish Family Services To sign up for the webinar, go to www.jelf.org and click on the events tab. For more informaWebinar set to explain interest-free student loansItzhak Perlman during a previous performance of his In the Fiddlers House.Itzhak Perlman to give klezmer performance in Sarasota
Hillels of the Florida Suncoast will host Bubbles & Bubbly Tikkun HaYam and Scubi Jew at the Florida Aquarium in Tam Tikkun HaYam and Scubi Jew of the Florida Suncoast to explore the ocean locally and around the Hillels students include coral res The Hillel gala will begin at ception for sponsors featuring an nowned underwater photographer, guest speaker for the Bubbles & backdrop of the Florida Aquari exhibit where guests will enjoy an open wine and beer bar, appetizers and dessert buffet as sharks and include calypso music and a pre sentation by Nachoum, known for his photography of large marine animals from great white sharks to auction with some of the items, including a catered dinner cruise for four on Allys Way Sun chance drawing for a pair of pearl This is an exciting time for Suncoast Hillels and we cant wait to share the excitement with our local Jewish communities, said With the recent hiring of Shay Scubi Jew program coordinator, the growth of these programs has been phenomenal, both on campus feature the amazing things Shayna and our students are doing and will to raise awareness in our com the spectacular Florida Aquarium as both our organizations share or by contacting Suncoast Hillels Suncoast Hillels also is offer ship opportunities which include party for up to 25 people with or a champagne brunch cruise for details about sponsorships can sorship or by contacting Linda Wolf, Suncoast Hillels assistant For more information about Tik Hillels of the Florida Suncoast lege campuses along the West Hillels of the Florida Suncoast Tampa Jewish Federation, the By BOB FRYER Jewish Press with other college students on the group toured a number of sites connected to the atrocities of the Holocaust, and one was, he said, As you walk in you are face to face with hundreds and hundreds of prosthetics ranging from braces, This room was particularly mean ingful due to my circumstances of needing both a prosthetic limb as well as a wheelchair in order to with multiple handicaps, know away to be killed due to either one of these conditions alone was hor ity pole while trying to photograph and suffered multiple burns, was paralyzed from the waist down Now a senior at USF majoring spirit remains undaunted, along To document his experience in want to learn more about the Holo caust, he will host an exhibit titled, To Bear Witness break trip set up through the He hopes his exhibit will help of prosthetics that belonged to pris oners sent to their deaths during the it to the Warsaw Jewish cemetery, a tion where many Jews were trans memorable experience occurred site of a childrens mass extermina lost as they were lined up in a row This trip was an instrumental part in furthering the education of the students who wish to remem JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 5 AUGUST 24 SEPTEMBER 6, 2018 THE ABELSON FAMILY Jeanie, David, Amy Leigh, Adam & Alan Wishing everyone a Sweet New Year! rent-all cityinc.Your Bar/Bat Mitzvah and Wedding HeadquartersVisit our ShowroomFrom our family to yours... Best wishes for a Happy & Healthy New Year7171 22nd Ave. N.,St. Petersburg(just west of Tyrone Square Mall)(727) 381-3111 www.rentallcity.com Owned and operated by the Pinsker family since 1960 Tues. Fri. 6:00 am Noon Sat. & Sun. 6:00 am 1:00 pmBoiled & Baked the traditional way at the same location for over 30 years!1871 Gulf To Bay Blvd. (Clearwater)~ Next to Clearwater High School ~(727) 446-7631 JP USF students photo exhibit evokes Holocaust horrors Photo by Chabad on CampusUSF student Avi Davidson, a paraplegic, shoots a photo at the Auschwitz death prisoners upon their arrival.Photo by Avi DavisdonGuards at Auschwitz were ordered to shoot on sight any prisoners who crossed at USF.Suncoast Hillels to host rst gala to support its marine environment programs line Friedman, the authors of the Variety icons, writing under the pseud onyms Ann Landers and Abigail which is being produced by Oscar A Tale of Love and Darkness, based on Portman to portray Jewish twins, advice columnists Portman to portray Jewish twins and legendary advice columnists
PAGE 6 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY AUGUST 24 SEPTEMBER 6, 2018 Rabbinically Speaking Rabbinically Speaking High Holidays 5779This week I was visiting with a few seniors at a local Assisted Living Facility and I asked each of the seniors to share some of their recollections and stories of the High Holidays. There were plenty of great memories and stories that were shared, obviously most surrounded the holiday foods ... However, the most inspirational story was actually not directly High Holiday related. One of the women shared that her husband as a child did not enjoy Hebrew School and so he left before he could get his Bar Mitzvah. Fast forward many years. They were Army and he decided it was time to get his Bar Mitzvah. The Army chaplains at two different bases helped him the army base in Hawaii. To me, this is what the High Holidays are all about. Every year as the shofar is blown at the end of Yom Kippur we leave the synagogue with great aspirations and ideas for the coming year. For one reason or another, like the young boy in Hebrew school, it doesnt always work out. Rosh Hashanah comes around every year and reminds us, it is never too late. It is a new year and a new beginning. years later, we too can commit to accomplishing something this year that we may have thought was too far gone. LShanah Tovah and may we all be written and sealed in the book of life. Rabbi Pinchas Adler Young Israel Chabad of Pinellas County, Palm HarborTop 10 for 5779During the High Holidays, we will go to shul to hear the shofar, enjoy the cantors melodies, and hopefully be inspired by the rabbis sermon. While we ask G-d to grant us a happy, healthy, sweet and prosperous new year, it would also be good to think about what we could do for Him. A good resolution for the new year, to add in the performance of a Mitzvah, will certainly serve as a powerful vessel for all of G-ds blessings in the year to come. The Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, often encouraged that special attention be given to the following Mitzvos that are central to Jewish living. Shabbat Candles: Women, and girls (even as young Friday afternoon, and before Festivals. 2. every weekday morning (excluding Shabbat and Festivals). 3. Mezuzah: Every Jewish home should have a mezuzah on its doorposts. 4. Torah: Study some Torah every day. Tzedakah: Give some charity every day. Have a charity box in your home and place of work as a reminder for you and others to contribute. 6. Holy books: Furnish your home with Jewish books. Start with a Chumash (Bible), Psalms, and Prayer book. 7. Kashrut: For a healthy and sound soul, eat only kosher foods. Love Your Fellow: As the sage Rabbi Akiva said, Love your fellow as yourself, is a most basic principle in the Torah. 9. Education: Every Jewish boy and girl should receive a Jewish education. Family Purity: Observance of the Jewish marital laws brings unparalleled depth and sanctity to your marriage. If you want more details, or other ideas, reach out to me, or your Rabbi today. From my family to yours, best wishes for Shana Tova, may you be blessed with a good and sweet new year! RABBI LEVI HODAKOVChabad Center of ClearwaterI shared a similar message at this time last year. I share it again because a number of tragic events that have befallen members of our community this year, remind me that this is a message we need to hear often. primarily because they remind us that we can behave very differently than the way American society encourages us to behave. American society teaches us to be less compassionate toward the suffering of others than we ought to be. We live in a society where one of the mottos is, keep a stiff upper lip, and another is God only gives us as much sufin our society that encourages us to be more concerned with Our Jewish ancestors, however, taught us a different approach. They observed that some suffering is more painful in the fact that in the Torah, the passage describing Isaacs harrowing ordeal at the hand of his father, Abraham, is immediately followed by the passage that begins with the words, And Sarah, Isaacs mother, died. According to a Midrash, a work of Jewish sacred literature, that while not included in the Bible, answers a question that a thoughtful reading of the Bible might raise, the passage about Sarahs death immediately follows the passage about Isaacs ordeal, to teach us that when Sarah saw how severely Isaacs psyche was scarred, she couldnt endure her anguish. Some Rabbis have suggested that Sarahs death coming immediately upon seeing her son in his traumatized state, is to remind us that some people endure unbearable suffering and that the rest of us must do everything we can to open our hands and hearts to them. I pray that all of us, passionate to those who are suffering. Gary Klein Temple Ahavat Shalom, Palm HarborDuring our family summer vacation in the mountains of Georgia, we went to visit a gold mine. It was fascinating to learn about the way gold was discovered. First, it was discovered simply in the water, and on the banks of rushing streams. That was quickly collected. After the gold was panned from the surface, those searching for gold realized that there must be a source beneath the ground as well. After digging, and using dynamite, large amounts of gold were found beneath the mountain. The miners found an equivalent to a few million dollars worth of gold in just one day after some real searching! It struck me as a wonderful analogy to our lives. Very often, we are blessed to feel close to Hashem, and we see Hashems goodness and kindness around us. We are able to tap into our connection easily, and smoothly, just as it is simple to pick up the nuggets of gold that are visible glinting and gleaming in the rushing stream. Then there are times that we must dig beneath the surface. There are times we may not feel His presence, nor see the purpose or meaning for events that transpire. We dont feel the connection. At times like this, we need to excavate, sometimes connection we have to Hashem, our father. mind. Seek Gd when He is readily to be found; call on Him when He is near. The month of Elul leading up to and including the High Holidays is a time when He is close. Our connection and bond with Hashem can be felt easily and clearly. Just as the gold in the river is so easy to glean, our ability to come close to Hashem and connect on a deep level is simple too. Hashem is right at our side, sending sparks of light our way, and hoping that we will strike it rich. He is hoping we reach out, and hold onto this spirituality and inspiration! Rabbi Alter Korf Chabad of Greater St. PetersburgRabbi Dov Peretz Elkins recounts the following story of the Buddha in his book Moments of Transcendence: Inspirational Readings for Rosh Hashanah The Buddhas disciples turned to him one day and asked: Are you a god? No, I am not a god, he answered. Then are you an angel? they asked. No, answered the Buddha, I am not an angel. Are you a prophet? No, I am not a prophet. Then, they continue to press him, Who are you? To this the Buddha replied, I am awake. When we hear the sound of the shofar on Rosh Hashanah, it is a moment that captivates our attention. As Maimonides taught, the shofar is the ancient Jewish wake-up call to heighten our awareness and engage in intense selfrefection. This year as we hear the shofar, let us be inspired by Rabbi Naomi Levys prayer for self-renewal from her book Talking to God You have blessed me with many gifts, God, but I know it is my task to realize them. May I never underestimate my potential; may I never lose hope. strive for better, the courage to be different, the energy to give all that I have to offer. Help me, God, to live up to all the goodness that resides within me. Fill me with the humility to learn from others Thank You, God, for the power to grow. Amen. Shanah Tovah This year may the sound of the shofar penetrate to the depth of your soul. May its sounds heighten your sense of awareness, purpose and meaning, so that you may inscribe yourself in the Book of Life through your inspired words and actions. Rabbi Aaron M. Lever, BCC Director of Spiritual Care Menorah Manor, St. PetersburgMay we and the entire House of Israel be remembered and recorded in the Book of life, blessing, sustenance and peace.According to our tradition, there are two books before Rosh Hashanah we pray that we be recorded into the book of life. We are taught that our fate is based on how we lived last year. We have until Yom Kippur, when the gates that allow the merit of our repentance and actions to reach sealed. sions before us right now. Do we decide to take these Holy to try to change some aspect of ourselves that we know powered to decide our fate and our future. Do what you know you need to do in order to inscribe yourself in the book of life. May we all be recorded and sealed for a life of blessing, sustenance and peace. Shana Tova Umetuka! Rabbi Jacob Luski Rabbi Emeritus Congregation Bnai Israel, St. PetersburgR Rabbi of British Mandate Palestine, taught the Hayashan titchadesh, vhachadash titkadesh The old shall be made new, and the new shall be made holy. This insight often captures my imagination at this time of year as we prepare for the High Holy Days. drawing to a close, we assess what we can renew, what strengths and qualities though old may warrant renewal, and what of the past we must change or let go. And then we enter into the new year at Rosh Hashanah, and we are given a chance to create a sense of the Holy in this new year. Each day, each action, each relationship, everything we are or hope to become, present an opportunity to bring the presence of the Holy One of Blessing into our lives. If we grab hold of what can be, we will surely discover the On behalf of our entire community at Temple Beth-El, I wish you a Shanah Tovah, a Year of Goodness to make the old new again, and to transform the new year into a year of sacred opportunities. Rabbi Michael Torop Temple Beth-El St. PetersburgAfter the Shofar is blown, during the Rosh Hashanah Olam. Many prayer books translate this as Today the world is born. Our tradition reiterates in many ways that Rosh Hashanah is the birthday of the world, or more speA closer look at the word Harat and olam however, yield a different interpretation. Harat is better translated as pregnant. Olam, which does indeed mean world has another meaning eternity. So, a re-reading would sugnotion. Instead of looking backwards at Rosh Hashanah Today, the present moment, as a gift to us, pregnant with endless possibility. As we enter into the New Year, beckoned by the sound of the Shofar, may we merit to lift our eyes and see the potential of a new year, a lifetime, or even an eternity of blessings for us, our families and the whole world. Rabbi Danielle Upbin Congregation Beth Shalom, ClearwaterIn decades of high holiday greetings at the Jewish Press, many words have been shared about tshuvah, about renewal, about repentance, about starting anew. As the new rabbi of Congregation Bnai Israel, I am starting anew in a congregation preparing for its centennial, after now rabbi emeritus, Jacob Luski. The lessons in following in big footsteps are much the same as celebrating a new year. Look back carefully, take stock, and keep your eye in the direction you want to go the future. As we approach a new year, we have much to be thankful for. Many of us are fortunate to have enough love, and a connection to the Holy One. Yet, as we look to the future, we know that not all have those gifts. We cannot truly celebrate knowing that so many of our broth ers and sisters are in pain, are suffering, are lacking basic needs. In order for us to build our relationships with G-d, we must build our relationships with one another. We must EDITORS NOTE: The Jewish Press gave community rabbis the opportunity to submit their holiday messages. The following were received as of deadline:
Cong. Bnai Israel St. PetersburgSelichot events: Begin the process of program, featuring Cantor Jonathan Schultz and the congregation choir, includes Three pre-Selichot Preludes excerpts from The Hush of Midnight: An American Selichot Service by Ruth F. Brin and Hazzan Charles Davidson. Stay for a dessert reception before the Selichot Coffee talk: Join Rabbi Philip Weintraub Black Crow Coffee Co., 722 Second St. N., St. Petersburg, for conversation and coffee. Talmud Made Easy: Congregant Steve Wein continues his Talmud class with the the synagogue library. Novices and seasoned students alike are welcome to participate. The class, with discussion, is conducted in English and no prior knowledge of Hebrew, Aramaic, Talmud or the prayer book is necessary to feel comfortable. For more information, contact Pam Askin at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sukkot dinner and service: The congregation will hold a Sukkot service on Friday, chelsea@ cbistpete.orgTemple Beth-El St. PetersburgJewish genealogy: Take a four-session course in Jewish genealogy on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. on Sept. 4, Oct. 2, Nov. 6, and Dec. 4 in BEEFY Lounge. These sessions will introduce additional genealogy tools and techniques and encourage participants to show and tell. Contact Bill Israel tampabay.rr.com. Confessions: The temple is launching a Community Confessions project on Saturday, forgiveness for whatever they may be sorry for from the past year. It includes a discussion of the contrasts between the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation (commonly called Confession) as one of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church and the practice of Vidui (Confession) as part of the process of teshuvah (repentance/returning) in Jewish practice. The evening will conclude with a Havdalah and Slichot service from Mishkan HaLev.Cong. Beth Shalom GulfportIsrael trip: The congregation is planning a trip to Israel next year. For more information, Cong. Beth Shalom ClearwaterTalmud classes: On Mondays and most Wednesdays, explore ancient legal tradition with Dr. Priscilla Nathanson The class is open to all levels of knowledge. The Monday class the Wednesday class is at 7 p.m. Contact the dates of the classes. Holiday prep: workshops to help prepare for the High Holidays will be offered by Rabbi Danielle Upbin p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6. The sessions offer the Jewish tools to nurture self-growth and spiritual Prayer in Motion: T ry an alternative It is a combination of study, discussion and personalization of the morning service, along with guided gentle-movement to awaken the body and stir the soul. Come as you are and leave after the session or stay for the main service and lunch. Lox & Learn: Explore the treasures of the weekly Torah portion, led by Rabbi David Weizman, every Thursday. Come for breakfast with the rabbi. For more information, contact the synagogue Bagel talk: Come to the synagogue on Dr. Eric Steckler talk about The The Hole Story. Torah study: Take part in an interactive conversation with Jason Palmer about the weekly Torah portion, incorporating both historical and contemporary reference material. The next session will be Saturday, Sept. 22 at noon. Everyone is welcome. Sukkot Yom Tov services: These services will be held on Monday and Tuesday, festivities, followed by a kiddush luncheon in the sukkah. Suds in the Sukkah: Enjoy a beer in the Sukkah, sponsored by the Brotherhood, on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. Shabbat unplugged: Bring in the Sabbath with music, song and community on Friday, Chabad of St. PetersburgHigh Holidays for Dum mies: Explore the prayers and traditions of the High Holidays and learn the meaning of why we do what we do on these holy days in a Rosh Hashanah class on ThursYom Kippur Class: Sign up for this class, offered on Thurschabadsp.com/RSVP Rosh Hashana Community Dinner: Begin the year with a High Holiday service on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m., followed by a dinRSVPs are required. Go to www.ChabadSP. com to sign up. Shofar Experience: Hear the Blowing This is an educational program for the entire family, including a special program for children. Enjoy apples and honey at this event. As well as hors devours and desserts. The event is free but RSVPs are required by emailing Info@ ChabadSP.com. Sukkot Spectacular: Take in a fun family event featuring barbecue in the Sukkah, music, bungee jumping, rock climbing, cotton candy and Sukkot crafts on Thursday, Sept. 27 at Info@ Simchat Torah Celebration: On MonTorah celebration featuring a dinner, open bar, dancing and singing, and treats for the kids. This is a free event. RSVP to Info@ChabadSP.com Chabad of ClearwaterTorah and tea: Rebbetzin Miriam Hodakov leads a Torah and Tea exclusively for charge to attend. RSVP to MiriamHodakov@ Temple Bnai Israel ClearwaterRace to the beach & Tashlich: Enjoy family, Amazing Race style game on Saturday, and race around town, ending at Sand Key Park for a picnic dinner and Tashlich with the congregation. For reservations, contact Dani Gamson The congregational Havdalah and Tashlich at Sand Key Park (North End) begins at 6 p.m. Bring food or let the temple cater your picnic dinner and join together to cast our sins into the Gulf. Services begin at 7 p.m. If the weather does not cooperate, report to Shelter 2. To RSVP Sunday Cinema Caf: Watch the movie The Wisdom of the Pretzel, an Israeli comedy, alcoholic drinks will be provided. There is no charge for members and friends. Playtime: The temple invites preschoolers and their parents to gather with other families a.m. to noon. This is an opportunity for families to engage in fun activities with their tots. Nonfor schedule and pricing information at (727) Adult play time: Join active seniors and play mah jongg, Mexican train dominoes or is served. 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 Congregations JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 7 AUGUST 24 SEPTEMBER 6, 2018 Shabbat and High Holy days Candle Lighting Times look one another in the eye and see the holiness that dwells within. Building and rebuilding relationships takes time and energy two things that are often at a premium. In the year to come, my goals are to meet everyone I can. I want to hear your stories. I want to know what inspires you. I want to know what is missing from our incredible Jewish community. Where can we build netmake all of our communities betchildren get great Jewish educations and have amazing youth to do together. I look forward to celebrating with the entire community. Together, our spirits will be lifted, our neshamas (souls) touched, and we will increase the kedushah (holiness) of this world. Rabbi Philip Weintraub Congregation Bnai Israel, St. PetersburgWhen The Holy Temple was standing in Jerusalem, the Israelites would make pilgrimage on the harvest feswhat that must have been like, unless you have been to the Kotel in the early morning hours of Shavuot, as streams of people empty into the sea of worshippers on the Plaza. Or if youve been to that spot during Sukkot, where waving palm fronds, like ripenunison with the breeze. This is the time of our annual pilgrimage, The High Holy Days, as we gather to offer our thanksgiving, and to pray for one the Book of Life. No matter how old or young we are, this is the harvest time of our lives. We try to remember what has happened to us in the past year, what we have accomplished, how we have grown. Some of us have declined in the cycle of life while others are ascending. But each of us has a will and a prayer for the year to come. And as God looks into our souls, we look in there too, with a certain knowing of what our potential really is. With that, we make a pact with our Holy Guide, to make this year the best that we can, with the hand that we are dealt, and the hands we were given, to write a new chapter in that Book of Life. May it be one of blessings. Lshanah tova tikateavu Rabbi David WeizmanCongregation Beth Shalom, Clearwater
PAGE 8 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY AUGUST 24 SEPTEMBER 6, 2018 For more information, Â contact Linda White at email@example.com or (727) 688-0626. Gun violence discussion: Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, discuss Â the Second Amendment and how people can protect their children from gun violence on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 5 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for $40. For sponsorships contact Katie Blaxberg at KatieBlaxberg@gmail.com or (727) 417-0964. For tickets, go to www.eventbrite.com/e/communities-rising-foraction-tickets-47905477573.Temple Ahavat Shalom Palm HarborSpecial Selichot event: Gather to watch the 1945, on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 8 p.m., prior to the start of the Selichot service. Set in Hungary just after World War II, an Orthodox man and his grown son return to their village. Following the movie there will be a brief dessert reception and Selichot service. Â Young Israel Chabad of Pinellas CountyRosh Hashanah dinner: Blending Ashkenazic and Sephardic traditions, Young Israel Chabad will host a Rosh Hashanah dinner on erev Rosh Hashana, Sunday, Sept. 9 at 8 p.m. Cost is $32 for adults, $18 for children. RSVP to the shul. Sukkot & Simchat Torah: Sukkot evening services will he held on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 23-25 at 7 p.m. and Sukkot Shacharit will he held on Mondays and Tuesdays, Sept. 24 and 25 at 9:30 a.m. A Sukkot community dinner will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 5 p.m. The cost is $12 for adults and $8 for children. Additional services include: Sunday, Sept. 30, Hoshana Rabbah Shacharit at 8:30 a.m. and Shemini Atzeret evening service at 7 p.m.; On Monday, Oct. 1, Shemini Atzeret Shacharit at 9:30 a.m.; Yizkor at 11:15 a.m., Shemini Atzeret Minchah at 6:30 p.m. A Simchat Torah Grand Kiddush Dinner is planned on Monday, Oct. 1 at 6:45 p.m. followed by Maariv and dance shtick from 7:30 p.m. through the night. The dinner is free. On Tuesday, Oct. 2 Simchat Torah services are at 10 a.m. and 1:51 p.m. Shabbat learning: Attend a class on Ethics of our Fathers at the shul an hour before sunset on Shabbat afternoons. The class is free and no reservation is needed. Â For more information, call (727) 789-0408 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Chabad of West PascoClasses with the rabbi: Rabbi Yossi Eber teaches weekly classes, alternating between Torah study and the Tanya, on Mondays at 7 p.m. Pray, eat, watch video: On Sundays from 9-10 a.m., feed your body and soul with a bagel and lox plus Â tation. There is no charge, and everyone is welcome. Tanya class: Â A weekly Tanya class, A Tale of Two Souls, meets on Saturdays from 10:15-11 a.m. The Tanya offers a roadmap for emotional healthy living. The in-depth study will ask such questions as: What is a soul? What is our purpose here on earth? Â The class is free.Temple Beth David Spring HillReligious school: The temples religious school will begin classes on Sunday, Sept. 16 for the new school year. The school is dedicated to instilling a love of Judaism in students ages 4-13. Classes meet on Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon. Using a multi-media approach, the children learn about Jewish holidays, Torah, customs, ethics, prayer and Hebrew are taught, and kids also are exposed to music, arts and crafts, games and participation in services. Torah study: Rabbi Paul Schreiber conducts Torah study classes on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Free for members and $5 per class for non-members.Chabad of Spring HillTorah studies: The community is invited to attend Torah study classes on Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. The classes, taught by Rabbi Chaim Lipszyc, are not sequential, so drop-ins are welcome. Brunch per class. Â For more information, call (352) 600-2779. Congregations PAPERto say this brings us much closer to that goal, said publisher and co-owner Jim Dawkins. We know for some this is their only link to the Jewish community. The cost of home delivery of the Jewish Press is paid for by the Jewish Federation; there is no charge to paper worthwhile, it will continue to arrive every two weeks. If you dont want to receive the paper or you would rather read it online (www.jewishpresspinellas. com), simply call the Federation at (727) 530-3223 or email email@example.com to have your address removed. The Jewish Press of Pinellas County is independently owned by Jim and Karen Dawkins, who founded paper in 1986. The delivery of its sister publication, the Jewish Press of Tampa, which mails out about 7,000 papers, is similarly funded by the Tampa Jewish Community Centers & Federation. The majority of both papers operating funds, including production and payroll, come from adver tising. While there is no subscription charge for the Jewish Press, once a year the Federation issues a Jewish Press appeal, asking for a donation to offset the subsidy it gives the Jewish Press. The paper does not receive a of the importance readers place on the continuation of the paper. The Jewish Press has always strived to be the go-to place for Jewish community news, said Karen Dawkins, co-owner and managing editor. Secondarily, she said, the Jewish Press seeks to offer the Jewish perspective on the news of the day from whats happening in Israel to trends in the Jewish world. something worthwhile in the Jewish Press and look forward to its arrival, Karen Dawkins said. The Jewish Press and the Federation want all its readers to know they value your privacy. Since its inception, the Federation has managed the Jewish Press mailing list and has never, nor ever will, share the communitys contact information, Socash said. Readers can expect to receive information from time to time from the Federation, including holiday mailings and updates. While we hope all who are interested will become involved in our work, we will honor the requests of anyone not wishing to receive mail from us, Socash said. (JTA) The FIFA soccer federation suspended the head of the Palestinian soccer body for threats against Argentinian star Lionel Messi. Jibril Rajoub, who has long lobbied for action by FIFA against Israel, was suspended for a year on Friday, Aug. 24 by the bodys ethics committee in Switzerland, Ynet reported. In June, he urged supporters to burn photos and player jerseys if Messi or his Argentinian national team were to show up for a scheduled friendly match against the Israeli national team in Jerusalem. Messi subsequently pulled out of the game and his team stayed away in what was widely seen as a major victory for the effort to boycott of Israel. FIFA, which last year rejected quests to discuss sanctions against Israel, opened an ethics hearing into his conduct, which the organization deemed an incitement to the tune of $20,000.Soccer group suspends Palestinian for threats against Argentinian star
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The 74-year-old British actor was then in grammar school and at home alone when he turned on a documentary about the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. I remember my heart stopped beating for a while, Kingsley, who is not Jewish but believes he may have some Jewish relatives on his mothers side, said in a telephone interview. I nearly passed out. And I have been indelibly connected to the Holocaust ever since. His connection was even more enhanced when he asked his grandmother about the atrocities, and she said that Hitler was right to have killed Jews. I went into deep shock and was unable to counter her, Kingsley Ben Kingsley carried photo of Wiesel while lming Operation Finale From left, facing the camera, Mlanie Laurent, Oscar Isaac, Nick Kroll and Michael Aronov in a scene from Operation Finale.Photos courtesy of Metro Goldwyn Mayer Picturessaid. But something must have clicked in my innermost soul that said Grandmother, I will make you eat your words. I will pay you back for that. You have not distorted or poisoned my mind. Kingsley went on to portray the Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal in Murderers Among Us; the Jewish accountant Itzhak Stern in Schindlers List, and Anne Franks father in a 2001 ABC miniseries. He also won an Academy Award for his turn as the titular Indian independence leader in 1982s Gandhi. During research for his Shoahclose friends with Holocaust survivor, activist and author Elie Wiesel. Not long before Wiesels death in 2016, the actor vowed to him that set that is appropriate to your story, I will dedicate my performance to you. So when Kingsley was offered the Eichmann role in Operation Finale after Wiesels death a Holocaust architects capture the actor jumped at the chance. Just as he famously carried a picture of Schindlers List, he carried a of Operation Finale [E]very day as promised, I looked at a picture of Elie that I carried in my pocket and said, Im doing this for you, Kingsley said. Operation Finale tells the story of Peter Malkin and other Mossad agents who covertly hunted and captured Eichmann hiding in Argentina and brought him to Israel for trial in 1961, where he was ultimately executed. The heart of the story is the cat-and-mouse game between Malkin (played by Oscar Isaac) and Eichmann, both of whom were master manipulators, Chris Weitz (About a Boy and A Better Life) (An exhibit by the same name as artifacts related to the hunt for and capture of Eichmann, recently concluded its run at the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg.) Each one is trying to convince the other of something, Weitz said in a telephone interview. Malkin wanted to convince Eichmann to sign a paper indicating that he was willing to go to trial in Jerusalem. And Eichmann is trying out various defenses that he will eventually use in Israeli court. So, in that regard there is the subterfuge of the escaped war criminal and also the subterfuge of the spy as hes trying to turn a source. As for Eichmann, Weitz said, I think the evidence shows a very stantly trying to serve his own ends and ambitions. Kingsley unabashedly sees his character as evil. What other adjective can you use? he asked. Not only did he commit these crimes as an architect of the Final Solution, he went to his grave proud of what he had done utterly unrepentant. Yet Kingsley said he chose not to portray Eichmann as a B-movie, cartoony, comic strip villain. That would have done a terrible disservice to the victims and the survivors I know and love, he said. Its important for us to accept, to stomach and to swallow that the Nazis were men and women normal people. Twisted people, but they didnt come from Mars. Weitz, 48, had his own personal connection to the material. His father, the fashion designer John Weitz, escaped Nazi Germany in 1933 at the age of 10. Nine years later he arrived in the United States and later became a spy for the OSS, the precursor of the CIA. He interrogated Nazi war criminals and helped liberate Bergen-Belsen, which forever changed him, his son said. fathers war stories and ultimately helped the patriarch write multiple books about Nazi war criminals. Weitz and Kingsley relied in part on the expertise of former Mossad agent Avner Abraham, who the curated the museum exhibition about Eichmann. (Avner was guest speaker at this years annual To Life dinner put on by the Florida Holocaust Museum) Weitz eschewed photographing the famed glass booth in which Eichmann spent his trial a part of the exhibition because he feared that might be blasphemous. The director also said he had endless trepidations about depicting images of the Holocaust, and so chose to do so through the lens of the Mossad agents memories. The agents memoirs indicate that they all found it deeply unsettling to be so near the person who had taken part in the murder of their families, Weitz said. Some of them were disappointed that all this evil could have the face of this rather unprepossessing man, which felt terribly out of scale to all the damage that had been done.Ben Kingsley stars as Adolf Eichmann in Operation Finale.
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At the Star Event, Monica plans to address such societal issues as survival, resilience, digital reputation, and equal ity all issues being confronted today by women in the Me Too movement, said Star Event Chair Faith Alexander. Her lens for these societal issues is based on her myriad unique and profound experiences in the White House, the Pentagon, and the investigation that resulted from her time in Washington, DC; as well as her involvement in media projects as both producer and subject; in education; and as an entrepreneur and designer, Lewinsky became known to the public in 1998, when it was revealed as part of a federal investigation that while a young White House intern and staffer she had an intimate relationship with then President Bill Clinton who publicly and derisively referred to her as that woman. Subsequently, the House of Representatives voted to impeach Clinton, claiming he had given false testimony and He was acquitted of the charges following a Senate trial. Ov ernight, at just 24 years old, she went unwillingly from being a private individual at the center of a legal, political and media maelstrom nearly destroyed her; he r survival despite the odds is a compelling and inspiring story. Th e investigation unfolded against a backdrop of a changing media landscape with the advent of both competing 24-hour news networks and the Internet. In June 2014, after a decade-long, selfimposed retreat from public life, Lewinsky authored an essay, titled Shame and Survival, for Vanity Fair in which she overlapped personal experiences and cultural observations regarding the shift toward what Professor Nicolaus Mills calls, a Culture of Humiliation (June, 2014). In it, she wrote that after the story of her presidential affair broke, I was arguably the most humiliated person in the world. Thanks to the Drudge whose global humiliation was driven by the Internet. Later that year Lewinsky gave a speech about the Internets reputation shredder at the For bes 30 Under 30 Summit from the perspective of what she termed Patient completely destroyed online. Th e acclaimed magazine piece, which received over 2 million views online and was nominated for a National Magazine Award, was an entry point for Lewinsky to begin a process that she describes as tak ing back my narrative and giving a purpose to my past while the well-received speech served as a catalyst for her present day speaking career. Writing again in Vanity Fair earlier this the Clinton scandal blew up her world. In the article, Lewinsky said she no longer feels alone and is re-examining her perspective on her own trauma, writing I we owe a huge debt of gratitude to the #MeToo and Times Up heroines. They are speaking volumes against the pernicious conspiracies of silence that have long protected powerful men when it comes to sexual assault, sexual harassment, and abuse of power. Th e 45-year-old was born in San Francisco. She was raised Jewish and attended Sinai Akiba Academy in the Los Angeles area in her younger years. A graduate of Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR, with a degree in Psychology, Lewinsky also studied abroad at the London School of Economics and Political Science where she earned a masters degree in social psychology. In this era of the Me Too movement, the 2018 Star Event will be an opportunity to listen to and learn from Monica Lewinskys anti-bullying message about confronting the effects of social media and the internet on ones reputation and about the importance of investing in education and the development of women, said Star chair Alexander. The Oct. 15 event will begin at 10 a.m. with registration and social hour, followed by lunch and the program at 11 a.m. Be cause Lewinsky has spoken to soldout audiences around the country, Schaarai Zedek Sisterhood suggests purchasing your tickets early. Invitations are not being mailed, only emailed this year. Luncheon tickets are $118 and are available online at www.zedek.org/starevent or by sending your check addressed to Faith Alexander, c/o Congregation Schaarai Zedek, 33030 W. Swann Ave., Tampa, FL, 33609. P atron and sponsorships range from $360 to $10,000 and include an invitation to the Mingle with Monica Patron Party on the Sunday evening prior to the event. Details about this party will be provided to sponsorships can sign up online on the Star Event website or can contact Alexander, at email@example.com. The Star Event celebrates the memory of Franci Golman Rudolph, a beloved former Sisterhood president who also played an integral part in previous Star Events as the emcee of the segment where she interviewed the Star Event headliner. Rudolph was dedicated to tikkun olam, to changing the world, and received wide praise from the Tampa community for her work for various charitable organizations. As Schaarai Zedek Sisterhoods an nual fundraiser, the Franci Golman Rudolph Schaarai Zedek Sisterhood Star Event provides funds for its many projects. These include donations to local, national, and international agencies, such as Tampa Jewish Family Services Food Bank, Florida Holocaust Museum, Camp Coleman, URJs Emergency Relief Fund for natural disasters, Weinberg Village Assisted Living Facility, Women of Reform Judaisms many worldwide projects and the World Union for Progressive Judaism. In addition, the Star Event funds allow Sisterhood to provide and Schaarai Zedek youth groups.
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PAGE 14 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY AUGUST 24 SEPTEMBER 6, 2018 Wishing you a Sweet New YearLook forLeightons Honeyat your local grocery store 863-422-1773 David and Cynthia Weinstein, who grow pomegranates on their farm in Zolfo Springs, 50 miles east of Bradenton.Photos by Bruce LowittPOMEGRANATEHe knows, though, that the pomegranate is a traditional part of Rosh Hashanah, and that in biblical times (in the Middle East), apples didnt exist. David conjectures the apple in the story of Adam and Eve was actually a pomegranate. Jewish tradition tells us that the pomegranate has 613 arils (seeds), representing the 613 commandments in the Torah. Well, maybe. Depending on the variety of pomegranate, there can be a few hundred to more than a thousand seeds. There are several references to the fruit in the Bible and pomegranate symbols have been found on artifacts dating back to biblical times. When Moses was leading our ancestors through the desert, he asked God, And wherefore have ye made us to come up out of Egypt, to bring us in unto this or of pomegranates. (Numbers 20:5) The pomegranate are part of what is known as the Seven Species, the seven fruits and grains singled out in the Torah as examples of the Holy Lands fertility. It is also a symbol of fertility, which is another reason why we eat them as part of our new years celebration. Images of woven pomegranates adorned the hems of priests robes (Exodus 28:33) and were on ancient shekels. An ivory pomegranate, believed to have been the head of a scepter from King Solomons temple, resides in a Jerusalem museum. Pomegranates are praised by King Solomon in the Song of Songs (4:3) and it is the only fruit with a top shaped like a crown. But the pomegranate isnt just a Jewish thing, so traced back to about 3000 B.C.E. in what is now Basra, Iraq. King Tut was buried with pomegranates, hoping he would be reborn, and in Islam they symbolize wealth and health. The Chinese consider it, along with the peach and citron, to be blessed fruit. Pomegranates came to the United States thanks to Dr. Gregory Levin, a botanist born in Leningrad in 1933, who had devoted 40 years to research of the plant in Turkmenistan. When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990, funding dried up and the Turkmenistan government uprooted the pomegranate trees and replaced them with vegetables but Levin had the foresight to send cuttings to Ben-Gurion University in Israel and the University of California, Davis. California has more than 32,000 acres of pomegranate farms, and trees have made their way to the Carolinas, Alabama and Georgia. Here in Florida, about 50 small farms, 300 acres worth, grow pomegranates but none of them is a commercial operation. Florida pomegranates cant be sold for human consumption, only for animal feed and decorative purposes because the state has yet to complete the testing of pesticides on them and approve them for labeling. identify what critters youve got, working in petri dishes, to establish which chemicals will work, then work on plants to see what controls the problem. you grow fruit and spray them again, then test the fruit. Thats a fairly expensive proposition. Normally chemical companies do it for bigger crops, he said. Theyre not interested in smaller ones like ours. The chemicals we use now are approved for use on blueberries but we dont have approval (to use them on pomegranates). The Weinsteins she is president of the 100-member Florida Pomegranate Association, hes the treasurer have about 10,000 pomegranate plants. Theyd have to at least double that to become commercially viable. Now they donate most of their crop to the University of Florida Citrus Research and Education Center near Lake Alfred, which is endeavoring to create a pomegranate industry in the state. The couple met in the Florida Keys; she was vacationing with a friend and he was on another boat, two slips away. While in ports in the Caribbean theyd take any job to make money pumping gas, cleaning boats and so on. They had a canvas shop on their boats where she made sail covers, seat covers and awnings. We bought the property as an investment, he said. We drove all over the states, narrowed it down to Florida we spent a lot of time in the tropics and decided anything north of I-4 was too cold. They chose Zolfo Springs because it was between their parents homes in Sebring and Sarasota. We dont like cities, Cynthia said. We like our space and peace and quiet that we were used to on the boat. This reminded us of the sea, vast and open, so we named it Green Sea Farms. They closed on the property in August 2004, the day before Hurricane Charley came through. It destroyed much of Punta Gorda, 45 miles to the south, but the Weinsteins were still living on a boat in Sarasota and escaped the worst of Charley by sailing up the Caloosahatchee River. Once they decided on pomegranates, they contacted the research center at UF, Cynthia said. They were starting a pomegranate project and were looking for people to take on a study to develop a market. California and Georgia. Most of the rest of the world grows them in whats called a Mediterranean climate, David said, and we have the opposite, so our issue is we get into the huering. The rest of the world doesnt have that. We have some varieties (from southern states) that seem to have a natural resistance to our problems but most of them, unfortunately, dont have big fruit, red fruit. Theyre seedy, theyre sour, so right now we have a grant from the university on cross-breeding. Basically, the Weinsteins have gone from learning how to grow a pomegranate to trying to learn how to grow an industry. We like the farm life, David said. Its a great learning experience. We didnt realize how long a road to hoe it would be at our age. Were thinking, Well, just about the time were ready to retire is They have three daughters and a son, all grown, plus four grandchildren and three great grandchildren none of whom is interested in a pomegranate life. as we do, Cynthia said. The Weinsteins pomegranate orchard
JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 15 AUGUST 24 SEPTEMBER 6, 2018 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. Joan M. Vecchioli, Esq.BOARD CERTIFIED LABOR & EMPLOYMENT LAWYER Best Lawyers 2019 Lawyer of the Year Litigation Labor and Employment Clearwater/St. Petersburg Metro Arearrfntbb By MY JEWISH LEARNING STAFF JTA news serviceInvited to someones house for a Rosh Hashanah meal and looking for an appropriate gift? In addition here are some other must-have (or must-give) items for the Jewish New Year. Jewish calendars ration and can help keep the household organized. Most Jewish calendars sold in the United States list the next Gregorian year. (So one that starts with Rosh featuring intricate Judaic motifs such as Jewish stars and Hanukkah menorahs. Or the one from New Yorks Jewshowcases a variety of from its collection. Jewish cookbooks If your host invited you over for a home-cooked likes to cook. The four a good chance your host doesnt yet own them and host that youd love more holiday meal invitations? Modern Jewish Baker: Challah, Babka, Bagels & More that includes My Jewish Learning. In this gorgeous new ideas. Gropman and Sonya Gropman in The German-Jewish Cookbook: Recipes and History of a Cuisine features recipes for German-Jewish cuisine as it existed later adapted it in the United States and elsewhere. gredients. Breaking Breads: A New World of Israeli Baking offers sweet and savory recipes The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook: Entertaining for Absolutely Every Occasion offers meatand dairyand egg-free recipes for Rosh as dishes for a variety of other Jewish and non-Jewish holidays. Honey dishes It is traditional to dip apples in honey on Rosh Hato the practice. We like the stainless steel and glass one says shana tova umetuka (a good and sweet new and Rosh Hashanah apple plate and honey dish set gray from Quality Judaica. Assorted items notepad and set of Rosh Hashanah greeting cards. variety of pomegranate-scented candles. Off the beaten path Who doesnt need a Rosh Hashanah-themed smartphone cover/case? These Luxlady ones come in variwith High Holiday-themed nail decals from Midrash Manicures. Nothing quite right? Try searching for Rosh Haonline store for Israeli artists. Here are some special gifts for your Rosh Hashanah hosts
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JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 17 AUGUST 24 SEPTEMBER 6, 2018 By RABBI ISCAH WALDMAN My Jewish Learning via JTA)The High Holidays prayer book, or machzor, emphasizes the themes of the Days of Awe introspec tion and repentance. Opening day of a court trial The great shofar is sounded. A still small voice is heard. This day, even the angels are alarmed, seized with fear and trembling as they declare: The day of judgment is here! In a loud and trumpeting voice, the cantor describes the shofars blast, then softly and gently describes a still, small voice. This poignant line from the musaf (additional) service sets a tone for the High Holidays. It is a dichotomy that is played out over and over throughout the liturgy of the Days of Awe. On these days, we sing of the King, Judge and awesome Sovereign who sits in judgment over us, while at the same time we appeal to Gods mercy and longstanding tradition of forgiveness, likening God to a shepgy, we see this played out in the number of referenc es to God as Sovereign, Ruler and a most judicious King. Additions and different emphases start as early as the beginning of the Shacharit (morning) service, with the word Hamelekh, the King). While these words also appear in the liturgy of Shabbat morning, on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur they are highlighted in such a way that a new leader begins the ser vice with a powerful note on the word king itself. Ashamnu and Avinu Malkeinu The structure of the morning service on Rosh Hashanah is similar to weekday and Shabbat services. It is, however, additional piyyutim (liturgical poems) such as Leyl Orekh Din (to the God who sits in judgment) or Adonai Melekh (Adonai is King) that evoke the seriousness with which we would approach a trial with the true judge. Torah readings on Rosh Hashanah The Torah reading on Rosh Hashanah is from the story of Isaacs birth, describing Gods kindness in giving a child to Abraham and Sarah in their old age (Genesis 21). On the second day we read the story of the binding of Isaac, which ends with a ram as a substitute for Isaac (Genesis 22). The shofar that is so prominent on Rosh Hashanah is considered to be symbolic of this ram. Unetaneh Tokef: Who shall live and who shall die As the continuation of the piyyut Unetaneh Tokef quoted above tells us, on Rosh Hashanah we are inscribed into the book of life, while on Yom Kippur the book is sealed. These simple lines open us up to the possibility of teshuvah tion of our past deeds. Unetaneh Tokef is recited on both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur as an introduc tory piyyut to the kedushah (literally, holiness) in the musaf Amidah. The key line of this prayer follows on the heels of a long rhetorical piece that demands to know who among this congregation will be here next year: How many will perish and how many will be brought high? But, the liturgist notes, even those who are fated for the worst can depend on the following precept: penitence, prayer, and good deeds can annul the severity of the decree. The shofar blasts The shofar is perhaps the best-known feature of Rosh Hashanah services. There are two sets of shofar Torah service. The second is intertwined with three unique sections in the musaf known as Malkhuyot (verses relating to Gods Kingship), Zikhronot (verses relating to memory) and Shofarot (verses relating to shofar). Each of these sections contains 10 verses on each of the topics Malkhuyot recalls that God is king, Zikhronot recalls God remembering us for the good and Shofarot gives quotes in which the shofar is sounded, in the past but mostly in the future, herald ing future redemption. The sounding of the shofar is interspersed through each of these three prayer sections, showing itself to be a part of the prayer itself. In Reform and other liberal congregations that do not recite musaf, these sections and the shofar sounding are added to the morning Shacharit. Rabbi Michael Strassfeld has written in his book The Jewish Holidays that these three sections, unique Judaism: world to punish the wicked and reward the good. ing of the Torah at Sinai and again will be revealed at the end of days. If we were to pick out one piyyut as an archetype of the theology of the Rosh Hashanah, we might choose Leyl orekh din (to God who sits in judgment). The poem begins by declaring that God probes all of our hearts and therefore will always divine our most secret thoughts and fears. It moves on to say that God suppresses wrath in judgment, so that regardless of the dark nature of our secret sins, God will suppress anger in discovering them. It ends by announcing that God acts with compassion, accepts Gods subjects and guards those who love God. We may take from this that even while we call Rosh Hashanah Yom ha Din (Day of Judgment), we can look forward to the end of the process in which we will be loved, accept ed and forgiven our sins. This is the overall theological message that the Rosh Hashanah liturgy wishes to portray: We still have hope. Yom Kippur: The Day of Judgment case, then we would see Yom Kippur as the day on which the verdict is handed down. The tension mounts as we near the Day of Judgment, and this can be seen in the liturgy as well. The evening of Yom Kippur begins with a once-controversial prayer, Kol Nidre, that has since become the symbol for the solemnity of the day. In this prayer, repeated three times, we pray that all vows and oaths that we have made throughout the year will be forgiven us, so that we might enter into this coming year with a clean slate, forgiven for any promises we might inadvertently have broken. Many rabbis viewed this as an unnecessary absolution that might lead people to sin by taking their vows too lightly in the future. However, this prayer had already proven to be so popular and powerful among the people, it has become a centerpiece of the holiday. Forgiveness and confessions known as Selichot (forgiveness prayers) and another one called the Vidui (confessions). The Selichot include a basic confession of sins, an expression of our We recite the 13 attributes, which are taken from a prayer that Moses recited in Exodus 34. In it, we assert that God is compassionate, patient and righteous. Included in the Vidui is the Ashamnu, which is an alphabetical acrostic of different sins we have commit sins, as a community we surely have, and on this day our fates are intertwined. We also read the Al Chet, a prayer that similarly lists transgressions we have made over the year. These two even beat our breasts while doing so. We place our fates in Gods hands, for God is Tov VSalah (good and forgiving). Yom Kippur musaf (Shaharit for Reform synagogues) is different from Rosh Hashanah in that we do not add Malkhuyot, Zikhronot and Shofarot, but instead include a section on the Avodah, a description Priest in the Temple on Yom Kippur. We also add a piece known as the martyrology, a solemn section where we recall 10 martyrs who were killed in most brutal ways, giving their lives while declaring their faith for the world to hear. Neilah: The gates are locked erally locking (of gates) which paints an image of the gates of heaven closing, lending urgency to our prayers and our need for repentance and forgiveness. We begin the service with a piyyut that asks God to open the gate and let us enter so that we might have a silent Amidah prayer, like at all services, which is repeated by the cantor. Throughout Neilah, the language of being written in the book of life used thus far in High Holiday liturgy shifts, as we instead speak of being sealed in that book. of the Shema (Hear O Israel ) and these lines: Baruch Shem Kvod (Blessed be Gods name ) three times, and Adonai Hu HaElohim (Adonai is our God) seven times. We conclude with a long blast of the shofar. Thus ends the High Holidays. We begin with contrition and awe as we enter the courtroom for our trial. We end with the acceptance of our verdict and the assertion that Adonai is our God powerful, all knowing and of course, compassionate.A guide to High Holidays prayers Photo by Prisma/UIG via Getty ImagesA page from a Machzor dated from the beginning of 14th centuryJEUSALEM (JTA) PepsiCo will acquire the Â Israeli home soda maker manufacturer SodaStream for $3.2 billion, the soft drink giant announced Aug. 20. PepsiCo plans to maintain the Israeli companys current base of operations in the Negev. SodaStream will continue to operate as an independent subsidiary. The American multinational agreed to acquire all of the outstanding shares of SodaStream International Ltd. for $144 per share. PepsiCo and SodaStream are an inspired match, PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi said in a statement. SodaStream CEO Daniel Birnbaum and his leadership team have built an extraordinary company that is offering consumers the ability to make great-tasting beverages while reducing the amount of waste generated. That focus is well-aligned with per formance with purpose, our philosophy of making more nutritious products while limiting our environmental footprint. Together, we can advance our shared vision of a healthier, more-sustainable planet. SodaStream, which manufac tures home carbonation machines that work with its own line of soda of advocates of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel because it was based in the West Bank. In October 2014, SodaStream announced it would Â close its Mishor Adumim industrial park factory Â and move to southern Israel in the face of international pressure from the BDS movement, which seeks to hurt Israels economy over its policies toward the Palestinians. The movement claimed that SodaStream discriminated against Palestinian workers and paid some less than Israeli workers. Israeli politicians framed the aquisition in national terms that went beyond the purchase of one company. I welcome the purchase of SodaStream, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu posted on Twitter. The recent large acquisitions of Israeli companies demonstrate not only the technological capabilities but also the business capabilities that have been developed in Israel. I welcome the huge deal that will enrich the state coffers as well as the important decision to leave the company in Israel. Oded Revivi, who manages for eign relations for the Yesha Council, a group representing the settle ment movement, called thes news a day of darkness for the #BDS and its supporters and a day of light for the Israeli economy. Worth remembering: PepsiCo boycotted Israel until 1991. Today and pledged it will continue to operate from Israel. The story of Israels economy in a nutshell, tweeted Israels consul general in New York Dani Dayan.PepsiCo to acquire Israels SodaStream for $3.2 billion
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Organizations JWIFind your roots: Guest speaker Bruce Hadburg of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay will present an overview of Jewish Genealogy at the meeting of Jewish Women International on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. Hadburg will provide the basic tools to start your genealogical search. The meeting will be at the Preserve at Clearwater, 2010 Greenbriar Blvd., Clearwater. For more information, contact hhadburg@ gmail.com or call Heidi at (727) 403-0393. Light refreshments will be served and all are welcomeGenealogical 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. Â Â De Var gas is a market research interviewer and video storyteller. Lazary is a multi-media, technology and audio/video professional. Everyone is invited. Â For more information, call Bruce Hadburg at (727) 796-7981.Young AdultsTorah 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 conversations with the rabbi. This event is sponsored by Temple Beth-El, but open to all. Â For more information, email Rabbi T orop at Â firstname.lastname@example.org. Â Party of 8: Break bread together with seven new friends on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m. during a dinner party and sweet treats #Gather event. Participants will be seated with one of multiple parties for eight at Datz, 2616 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa. All participants will pay for their own meal, then meet next door at the Dough bakery for dessert. Bowling: Enjoy an afternoon of bowling at Pinarama, 5008 S. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, with #Gather on Sunday, Sept. 23 from 1-3 p.m. Cost is $5 for members and $10 for guests. #Gather offers a mix of social and inter active activities for those in their 20s, 30s and 40s of all faiths and backgrounds. For more information or to RSVP for #Gather events, visit: www.bryanglazerfamilyjcc. com/gather or www.jcccohncampus.com/ programs/young-adults or contact Lisa Robbins at email@example.com or (813) 769-4723.Job-LinksMonday Morning Links: Free sessions of Monday Morning Links are offered at the Jack Roth Center for Career Development at TampaBay-Job-Links, 4100 W. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 206, Tampa from 9:30 11 a.m. Â On Sept. 17, the topic is Keys to a Productive Career Transition. There will be no sessions on Sept. 3 and 10. Job-search aids: Success workshops to aid with job-search skills will be held on Thursday, Sept. 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and on Thursday, Sept. 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Sept. 6 topic is Mastering Change and Transition. The topic for Sept. 13 is Transferring Your Skills and Re-Careering. The workshops are free for Â Job-Links Â program participants; $15 for guests. Reservations required. Â To RSVP, call (813) 344-0200, email Â RSVP@TBJL.org. Sw itching Gears Workshops: A four-session series of two-hour evening workshops targeted to individuals in career transition will be offered on Wednesdays, Oct. 3, 10, 17 and 24 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Jack Roth Center for Career Development at TampaBay-Job-Links. Cost is $15 per workshop or $50 for all four. Reservations are required. Seating is limited. For more information or to RSVP, call (813) 344-0200, email Â rsvp@t bjl.org, or visit www.TBJL.org. Support groupsAlzheimers caregiver group: Menorah Manor offers a support group meeting in the Samson Nursing Center at Menorah Manor, 255 59th St. N., St. Petersburg, on the Â For more information, call Gwen Kalden berg at (727) 302-3750. (JTA ) A pocket watch with Hebrew letters on its face that belonged to a Jewish Russian immigrant who died aboard the Titanic sold at auction for $57,500. Heritage Auctions offered the pocket watch at its headquarters in Dallas on Saturday, Aug. 25, in a public auction of important Americana memorabilia. The watch, which features Moses holding the Ten Commandments on its back, was purchased by John Miottel, a collector of timepieces relating to the Titanic disaster. Miottel operates the Miottel Museum and already owns timepieces from Â Titanic Â victims Col. John Jacob Astor, the liners richest passenger and the eras richest person in the world, as well as a watch formerly owned by Oscar Woody, the Â Titanic s Â U.S. Postal Clerk. Miottel also holds the timepiece once tress call from the Titanic, Harold Thomas Cottam, who served as a wireless operator on the rescue ship RMS Â Carpathia. It will take one of the primary spots in our collection, Miottel said, where it will be added to the museums Ocean Liner Section, which is comprised of thousands of historic maritime artifacts and memorabilia. The watchs original owner, Sinai Kantor, was an immigrant from Russia bound for New York with his wife, Miriam, who survived the accident aboard the Titanic when it sank during the cruise ships maiden voyage in 1912. Dozens of Jews were among the 1,503 passengers who died. The Kantors were among 285 Second Class passengers and boarded the ship together in Southampton, England. The British liner had a kosher kitchen. The pocket watch was sold by a direct descendant of Miriam and Â Sinai Â Kantor, who provided a letter of provenance and who who paid 26 pounds sterling (approximately $3,666 today) for their ticket, were among 285 Second Class passengers and boarded the ship together in Southampton, England. Kantor, a furrier who wanted to study dentistry or medicine in America, was 34 when he and his wife, 24, also an aspiring doctor, boarded Titanic. They hailed from Vitebsk, today a city in northwest Belarus. Miriam Kantor received her husbands clothing, Russian passport, notebook, telescope, corkscrew, silver watch and strap, and Russian, German and English currency on May 24, 1912. Sinai Kantor is buried in Mount Zion Cemetery in Queens, according to Israeli Titanic researcher Eli Moskowitz, author of a book on the Jews of the Titanic.Heritage Auctions sold the watch for $57,500 Watch belonging to Jewish Russian man who died aboard the Titanic sold at auction
SELICHOTSaturday, Sept. 1 Refreshments, 7:30 p.m. Selichot, 8:15 p.m.EREV ROSH HASHANAHSunday, Sept. 9 Evening service. 6:30 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 1st DayMonday, Sept. 10 Morning service, 9:30 a.m. Tashlich, 3:30 p.m. Mincha, 7 p.m. Maariv, 7:30 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 2nd DayTuesday, Sept. 11 Morning service, 9:30 a.m.CEMETERY SERVICESSunday, Sept. 16 Grace Memorial, 11 a.m. Trinity Memorial, 1 p.m.EREV YOM KIPPURTuesday, Sept. 18 Kol Nidre, 6:30 p.m.YOM KIPPURWednesday, Sept. 19 Morning service, 9:30 a.m. Mincha, 5:30 p.m. Yizkor, 6:30 p.m. Neilah, 7 p.m. Break-the-Fast, to followHernando CountyOrthodoxCHABAD OF SPRING HILL(352) 600-2779 Rosh Hashanah services: Regency Oaks Club House 4445 Breakwater Blvd., Spring Hill Yom Kippur services: Holiday Inn Express & Suites U.S.19, 3528 Commercial Way, Spring HillEREV ROSH HASHANAHSunday, Sept. 9 Evening service. 7 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 1st DayMonday, Sept. 10 Morning service, 10 a.m. Childrens program, 11:45 a.m. Shofar sounding, noonROSH HASHANAH 2ND DayTuesday, Sept. 11 Morning service, 10 a.m. Childrens program, 11:45 a.m. Shofar sounding, noonEREV YOM KIPPURTuesday, Sept. 18 Kol Nidre, 7 p.m. YOM KIPPURWednesday, Sept. 19 Morning service, 10 a.m. Yizkor, noon Afternoon and Neilah, 6 p.m. Final shofar, 8:05 p.m. Break-the-Fast, to follow REFORMTEMPLE BETH DAVID13158 Antelope St. Spring Hill (352) 686-7034SELICHOTSaturday, Sept. 1 Presidents reception & service, 7 p.m.EREV ROSH HASHANAHSunday, Sept. 9 Evening service, 7:30 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 1st DayMonday, Sept. 10 Morning service, 10 a.m. Tashlich and barbecue, 5:30 p.m. (Pine Island Beach)EREV YOM KIPPURTuesday, Sept. 18 Kol Nidre, 7:30 p.m.YOM KIPPURWednesday, Sept. 19 Morning service, 10 a.m. Yizkor, 12:30 p.m. Afternoon service, 4 p.m. Neilah & closing service, 4:30 p.m. Break-the-Fast, 6:45 p.m. Orthodox Reform Received as of press time: PINELLAS COUNTY OrthodoxCHABAD OF PINELLAS3696 Fisher Road, Palm Harbor (727) 789-0408EREV ROSH HASHANAHSunday, Sept. 9 Evening service, 7 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 1st DayMonday, Sept. 10 Morning service, 9:30 a.m. Shofar sounding, 11:30 a.m. Childrens program, 11:30 a.m. Tashlich and evening service, 6:45 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 2ND DayTuesday, Sept. 11 Morning service, 9:30 a.m. Shofar sounding, 11:30 a.m. Childrens program, 11:30 a.m.EREV YOM KIPPURTuesday, Sept. 18 Kol Nidre, 7:15 p.m.YOM KIPPURWednesday, Sept. 19 Morning service, 9:30 a.m. Yizkor, 12:30 p.m. approx. Mincha, 5:45 p.m. Neilah, 7 p.m. Break-the-Fast, 8:06 p.m. CHABAD OF CLEARWATERServices at Tabacinic Chabad Center 2280 Belleair Road, Clearwater (727) 265-2770EREV ROSH HASHANAHSunday, Sept. 9 Evening service. 7:30 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 1st DayMonday, Sept. 10 Morning service, 9:30 a.m. Childrens program, 10:30 a.m. Shofar sounding, 11:30 a.m. Mincha and Tashlich, 7 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 2ND DayTuesday, Sept. 11 Morning service, 9:30 a.m. Childrens program, 10:30 a.m. Shofar sounding, 11:30 a.m.EREV YOM KIPPURTuesday, Sept. 18 Kol Nidre, 7:30 p.m.YOM KIPPURWednesday, Sept. 19 Morning service, 10 a.m. Childrens program, 11 a.m. Yizkor, 12:30 p.m. Mincha and Neilah, 6 p.m. Final Shofar, 8:06 p.m. Break-the-Fast buffet, 8:15 p.m.CHABAD JEWISH CENTER OF GREATER ST. PETERSBURG4010 Park St. N. St. Petersburg (727) 344-4900EREV ROSH HASHANAHSunday, Sept. 9 Evening service. 7 p.m. Followed by dinner (RSVP required) 7:30 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 1st DayMonday, Sept. 10 Morning service, 9 a.m. C Kids, 9:30 a.m. Shofar sounding, 10:45 a.m.ROSH HASHANAH 2ND DayTuesday, Sept. 11 Morning service, 9 a.m. C Kids, 9:30 a.m. Shofar sounding, 10:45 a.m.EREV YOM KIPPURTuesday, Sept. 18 Kol Nidre, 7:30 p.m. C Kids 7:30 p.m.YOM KIPPURWednesday, Sept. 19 Morning service, 9 a.m. C Kids, 9:30 a.m. Yizkor, 11:15 a.m. Mincha 6 p.m. Neilah, 7 p.m. Break-the-Fast buffet, 8:06 p.m. ConservativeCONGREGATION BETH SHALOM1325 S. 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. Neilah, 6 p.m. Break-the-Fast to follow 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. Belcher Road, Clearwater (727) 531-5829SELICHOTSaturday, Sept. 1 Dinner around town, 6 p.m. Service, 8:30 p.m. Dessert & Program, 9:15 p.m.EREV ROSH HASHANAHSunday, Sept. 9 Evening service, 8 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 1st DayMonday, Sept. 10 Tot family service, 9 a.m. Morning service, 10:15 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 Tashlich, picnic & Havdalah, 6 p.m. (on the beach)CEMETERY SERVICESSunday, Sept. 16 Sylvan Abbey, 10 a.m. Curlew Hills, 11 a.m.EREV YOM KIPPURTuesday, Sept. 18 Kol Nidre, 8 p.m.YOM KIPPURWednesday, Sept. 19 Tot family service, 9 a.m. Morning service, 10:15 a.m. Afternoon service, 4:15 p.m. (includes Yizkor, Neilah) Break-the-FastTEMPLE BETH-EL400 S. Pasadena Ave., St. Petersburg (727) 347-6136SELICHOTSaturday, Sept. 1 Program & Service, 7 p.m.EREV ROSH HASHANAHSunday, Sept. 9 Evening service, 7:30 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 1st DayMonday, Sept. 10 Service for kids, 9:30 a.m. Morning service, 10 a.m.ROSH HASHANAH 2ND DayTuesday, Sept. 11 Morning service, 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14 Shabbat & Tashlich, 6:30 p.m. (Ale & the Witch)CEMETERY SERVICESSunday, Sept. 16 Chapel Hill, 9:30 a.m. Royal Palm, 10:30 a.m.EREV YOM KIPPURTuesday, Sept. 18 Kol Nidre, 7:30 p.m.YOM KIPPURWednesday, Sept. 19 Family service, 9:30 a.m. Morning service, 10 a.m. Yizkor, 12:30 p.m. Neilah, 6 p.m. Break-the-Fast, 7 p.m.Pasco CountyORTHODOXCHABAD OF WEST PASCO10733 Maple Creek Drive, Suite 101, Trinity (727) 376-3366EREV ROSH HASHANAHSunday, Sept. 9 Evening service. 7 p.m. Community dinner to follow, RSVP requiredROSH HASHANAH 1st DayMonday, Sept. 10 Morning service, 10 a.m. Shofar sounding, 11:30 a.m. Tashlich, 6 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 2ND DayTuesday, Sept. 11 Morning service, 10 a.m. Shofar sounding, 11:30 a.m. EREV YOM KIPPURTuesday, Sept. 18 Kol Nidre, 7:15 p.m.YOM KIPPURWednesday, Sept. 19 Morning service, 10 a.m. Yizkor, noon Afternoon service, 6 p.m. Neilah, 6:45 p.m. Break-the-Fast, 8:05 p.m. CONSERVATIVEBETH TEFILLAH/JCC OF WEST PASCO9841 Scenic Drive, Port Richey (727) 847-3814 Orthodox Conservative Reform Orthodox Conservative JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 19 AUGUST 10 23, 2018High Holiday Service Schedules May you be inscribed for a year of joy, peace and good healthPhilip Benjamin tower is a 55+ independent living community that honors Jewish traditions. 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JANICE MARILYN CANTOS, 85, of Tampa, died Aug. 19. She was born in New York and moved to Tampa more than 50 years ago from New Jersey. She was a life member of Hadassah, Israel in Clearwater and volunteered for numerous organizations including Hospice. Survivors include her sons and daughter-in-law, Barry Cantos, and Alan and Paulette Cantos; sisters, Renee Roberts and Sharyn Brookins; two grandchildren and one great-grandson. The family suggests memorials to LifePath Hospice. (Segal Funeral Home, PAGE 20 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY AUGUST 24 SEPTEMBER 6, 2018 727.789.2000 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 All of us wish you and your familyLShana Tovah 6366 Central Avenue St. Petersburg Fl 33707 830 N. Belcher Road Clearwater, Fl 33765 THE JEWISH FUNERAL HOMES OF PINELLAS & PASCO COUNTIESMichael, Mandi, David, Pati and Steven Gross Michael, Mandi, David, Pati and Steven Gross Reform Conservative Orthodox DAVID C. GROSSFUNERAL HOMES (727) 381-4911www.davidcgross.comWelcome to the worldAri Hayes Kanner was born July 5 to Rick and Brooke Kanner, formerly of St. Petersburg, Proud brother is Evan, and sister is Emery. Kvelling grandparents are Jackie and Barry Kanner of St. Pete and Hallie and Steven Goldman of Pembroke Pines.Many happy returns...Leatrice Tucker of St. Petersburg celebrated her 90th birthday on Sunday, Aug. 19, with a brunch at the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa for family and friends who came from as far away as Indiana. The celebration was hosted by Leas cousins, Bette Schroeder of St. Petersburg, Karen and Jim Dawkins of South Pasadena, Julia and Mark Wolfson of Treasure Island, Ellen and Manny Valladares of Weston and Penny and Steve Wolfson of Regina, Sask., Canada. Lea, an avid mah jongg player, was surprised with a cake decorated with tiles and symbols from the game. Leatrice Tucker P.S. As always, Im looking forward to hearing about all your family simchas. Photos are welcome, too. Send information to: Sincerely Yours, P.O. Box 6970, Clearwater, FL 33758, or e-mail jewishpress@ aol.com.Beth David Chapel) ALVIN (AL) LEONARD EDELSTEIN, 87, of Seminole and Brooklyn, died Aug. 11. Born in Los Angeles, he was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Israel in Clearwater. Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law Susan and Robert; sons and daughter-in-law; Mark and Lael, and Brian; three grandchildren suggests memorials to Suncoast Hospice of Pinellas County. (Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home) FRANCES FRAN HOROWITZ, 97, of Lauderhill, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Aug. 18. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel) MARTHA G. LEHMAN, 92, died Aug. 18. Survivors include her son-in-law Gerald Lerner; brother Robert Goren; two grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel) DEBRA LYNNE, 59, of South Pasadena, died Aug. 13. Born in New York zation for many years. (David C. Gross Funeral Home, St. Petersburg Chapel) WARREN SIMMONS, 97, of Gulfport, died Aug. 24. Born in New York City, he was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during World War II. He was a in St. Petersburg. Survivors include his daughter Anita. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel) SHIRLEY ROSE SOMMELLA, 92, of Texas, formerly of South Pasadena, died Aug. 13. A long-time member Petersburg, she was also active in its Sisterhood. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and Howard Glick, San Antonio, TX; son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Sheila Sommella, Winter Park. The family sugIsrael. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)JERUSALEM (JTA) President Donald Trump said Israel will have to pay a high price in peace negotiations with the Palestinians over the move of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, raising consternation in the Jewish state. Addressing supporters at a rally in West Virginia, Trump praised himself for moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, saying it should have been done years ago. He said the decision would help facilitate a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians because it took the issue of Jerusalem off the table. And you know what, in the negotiation Israel will have to pay a higher price because they won a very big thing, but I took it off the table, he said. The Palestinians could never get past the fact of Jerusalem becoming the capital, but they will get something very good next because its their turn next. Amid the concerns in Jerusalem over the remarks, National Security Adviser John Bolton, who was in Israel at the time for discussions related to Iran, qualithat that the embassy move was part of a quid pro quo, stating that as a deal-maker, as a bargainer, he would expect, you would expect, I would expect that the Palestinians would say OK, great, so we didnt get that one and now we want something else. And well see how it goes. However, he added that the fundamental point is that ultimately this is something that the parties are going to have to agree on. When the parties talk about it and agree, theyll decide between themselves what the price of that, if anything, was. Responding to Trump, Israeli Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel told Army Radio that this isnt a terrible morning, but there is cause for concern regarding Trump. Regional Cooperation Minister Tzachi Hanegbi took pains to reassure Israelis, asserting that the U.S. leader has not turned on us. And I can say as someone who has intensive contacts with the White House I was there only three weeks ago that he will not turn on us, he said. Such reassurances follow months of euphoria following the embassy move and general relief on the Israeli right that Trump shares its views. Following the 2016 election, Education Minister Naftali Bennett famously boasted that the era of the Palestinian state is over. Politicians on the left were more welcoming of Trumps remarks. Knesset member Amir Peretz, a former defense minister, was quoted by the Jerusalem Post as saying that when dealing with a president who thinks like a businessman, it was clear it would only be a matter of time until he asked for something in return. No one can claim that this is a hostile president with demands that are not legitimate. Netanyahu cannot deny the need to make courageous decisions. Solving the dispute and dividing the land into two states for two peoples is not a deal with the U.S. but an Israeli interest that will allow our state to remain both Jewish and democratic. According to Ynet, the PLO harshly denounced Trumps remarks, saying they indicated the continuation of a biased policy in Israels favor, and the continued illusion of the American administration that it is possible to achieve the deal of the century without Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state. Hamas, likewise spoke out against Trump. stating that his declarations, according to which Jerusalem is off the negotiation table, are audacious and dangerous and the right response would be to cancel the Palestinian Authoritys recognition of the state of Israel, and cease all security coordination with Israel. The authority should also break all contacts, including security contacts, with the American administration. Speaking with The Times of Israel, Majdi al-Khaldi, a senior adviser to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, said that the American administration made a major mistake when it recognized Jerusalem as Israels capital and moved its embassy there. There is no compensation the administration could offer for those moves other than recognizing the state of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital and clearly The Trump administration has yet to reveal its much-touted Middle East peace plan, which is being developed by Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and senior adviser; Jason Greenblatt, a special representative for international negotiations; David Friedman, the U.S. ambassador to Israel; and Nikki Haley, the U.S. envoy to the United Nations. The team released a joint statement saying that no one will be fully pleased with our proposal, but thats the way it must be if real peace is to be achieved. Peace can only succeed if it is based on realities. It is possible that Trumps latest statement was intended to bring the Palestinians to the table following Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas statement that he would not consider the Americans proposals. the administrations plan last week during a session of the PLO Central Council. This is the slap of the century.Trump says Israel will have to pay a high price for embassy move in peace deal
JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 21 AUGUST 24 SEPTEMBER 6, 2018 The Jewish Community Camp wrapped up its second year of camping fun and achievement earlier this month and plans are al ready in motion for summer camp again next year, as well as camps on no-school holidays. The camp is operated by the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties. For the past two years it has been housed at the Temple Bnai Israel campus in Clearwater, which served as a base for excursions to the Highland Recreation Center in Largo and Highlander Pool in Dunedin for swimming three times per week. Each session, campers were test ed for swim ability with nearly a dozen non-swimmers graduating Other activities brought to the Jewish Community Camp cam pus included Krav Maga (Is raeli Self Defense), Bricks4Kids, Aleph Bet Yoga, American Sign Language, water slides, a Bash Entertainment DJ dance party, storytime with Joni Klein-Higger and a magic show by magician David Fletcher. trips throughout the summer to Lowry Park Zoo, MOSI, Sun coast Seabird Sanctuary, a Pirate Ship cruise, HorsePower4Kids, the Straz Performing Arts Center, Splash Harbor, Dinosaur World, a Tampa Bay Rays baseball game, a boat ride to Anclote Island and a visit to the Leepa-Ratner Art Mu seum. Each week there was a different theme incorporating the weekly alike came dressed in themed cos tumes and enjoyed roleplaying. ited the camp and performed an engaging show for all ages. The camp was privileged to host some of the scouts in family homes as well. Campers and staff celebrated the Fourth of July during the second session, and session three hosted Israeli visitors four teens from the Federations partner ship region in Hadera/Eiron. The teens brought Bamba, and halva, and shared a few Israeli dances and songs. Notes written by the campers were taken back to Is rael by these teens so they can be placed in the cracks of the Kotel Community Camp offered many varieties of fun this summerJewish Community Camp participants run the bases of Tropicana Field after the Tampa Bay Rays beat the NY Yankees. Campers roast marshmallows for smores at the undernight. Last year, Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services helped more than 2,500 people in the community by providing food through the William and Sally Israel Food Pantry. Now, the agency is launching Operation Isaiah with a push from Sept. 1 to Oct. 1 to bring in donations for families in need. Operation Isaiah is one of the four donation drives the agency holds each year. Along with Oper ation Isaiah in the fall, Operation food donations for the food pantry. Their other two drives, Operation School Supplies and the Chanukah Gift Bazaar, collect backpacks and school supplies for children and holiday gifts for families in need. Â Food insecurity is a prevalent issue and there simply are not enough distribution channels for families in need to access nutrition support, Dr. Sandra Braham, CEO of Gulf Coast said. We are working to provide a safety net for thousands of families. We appreci ate the communitys support for our fall food drive. Gulf Coast JFCS encourages people to donate non-perishable food items such as canned fruit, peanut butter and jelly, pasta and sauces, cereal and powdered milk, and soups. They also accept gift cards and cash. Supplying gift cards to the clients allow them to purchase perishable foods at grocery stores. Â Donations are accepted at the at 14041 Icot Blvd, Clearwater 33760 on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, contact the Development Coordinator Ter ri Rick at (727) 479-1805 or terri. firstname.lastname@example.org. Â th e Western Wall in Jerusa lem. Each Friday afternoon at Kab balat Shabbat, while enjoying homemade challah made by the campers themselves, fandanas (special bandanas) were given to campers who exhibited behavior encompassing the six core val ues: Community, Tenacity, Integ rity, Courage, Responsibility, and Compassion. We saw so much growth and maturity in many of the camp ers as they strived to be cohesive with their peers and be respect ful while still having crazy fun and camp silliness, said Lisa Schmid, the camp administrator. We saw so much kindness and loving toward each other that it really made our experience with these campers a joyful one and all our counselors fell in love and were passionate about our kids. Look out for information coming soon regarding Holiday camps on when school it not in session and next years summer camp. For more information about future camp sessions, contact Maxine Kaufman, F ederation di rector of Arts, Culture and Ed ucation, at (727) 530-3223.Gulf Coast JFCS holiday food drive underway
PAGE 22 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY AUGUST 24 SEPTEMBER 6, 2018 RABBI TREISERduring funeral services for Rabbi Treiser on Sunday, Aug. 19, before a crowd of about 800 mourners. Rabbi Churgel, who was in the same rabbinic class with Rabbi Treiser, called him A mensch, through and through. Likening Rabbi Treisers life to one of the greatest pieces of Â mu Symphony, Rabbi Churgel said, It leaves us sad at the thought of the life that was, nevertheless, a masterpiece, reminding family, friends and colleagues that Rabbi Treiser will live on in the inspira tion, vision, kindness and laughter that he instilled in others. Â Man y wept during the service and several speakers choked up as they spoke, but there were also some humorous and touching mo ments as Rabbi Churgel shared tales of Rabbi Treisers romantic side. Â On a dat e with his future wife, Rachel, before he was a rabbi, Treiser once took her to the top of the Empire State Building and had small speakers set up to play Nat King Coles When I Fall in Love with You as they danced. Â He al so took Rachel to a taping of the television show Mad About You Before the taping began a man warming up the audience came up to them and said, You look like a happy couple. Treiser replied that they were very much like the char acters in the show, then got down on one knee and proposed. Helen Hunt heard what was happening, stopped the production crew and got the audience to help celebrate the proposal. After the taping, the newly engaged couple was invited backstage to visit with Hunt and co-star Paul Reiser. Rabbi Steven Kaye, who had mentored Rabbi Treiser, told mourners that his friend was larger than life in stature but a kid at heart. Â Da n was always ready for a new adventure he was big in the way he loved life, Rabbi Kaye said. He was proud to be NFTY (North American Federation of Temple Youth) regional rabbinic advisorand to serve on the rab binic faculty at Camp Coleman, a Reform movement summer camp in Georgia. He loved Torah and teaching Torah He was much more than a rabbi, Rabbi Kaye said before looking at Rabbi Treisers family wife Rachel, and their children, Elana, 16, and Ethan, 13, and telling them, He was a loving husband and father. Rachel was the love of his life. He said the rabbi deeply loved his children and delighted in the fun times they shared. Barbara Bloom, Temple Bnai Is In the wake of Rabbi Daniel Treisers death, Temple Bnai Israel in Clearwater announced plans for a visiting rabbi to lead the congregation for the upcoming High Holy Days. In an email message to the congregation, President Polly Krauss said that Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi of Cincinnati, who studied with and knew Rabbi Treiser, will conduct services for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Additionally, a trio of local rabbis will step in to conduct Bnai Mitzvah new school year. As he battled cancer in the months leading up to his death on Aug. 17, Rabbi Treiser and the temples board talked of contingency plans and the board was in contact with the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) and the Â Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) for support and guidance through the time of the rabbis illness. In announcing their High Holiday leader, Krauss described Rabbi Sabath as a gifted teacher and an outstanding leader and noted that she was chosen by URJ to write this years Ten Minutes of Torah essays on the book of Deuter onomy (which, of course, we are reading now). Â She will be a great source of strength for us over the holidays and has already began working with our staff. Rabbi Sabath serves Â Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati Â as the national director of recruitment and admissions and assistant professor of Jewish thought and ethics. She writes a monthly column in the Jerusalem Post and has co-authored two books and published numerous articles. Rabbi Sabath also speaks throughout North America on leadership, Israel, gender, and theology. Rabbi Joel Simon and Rabbi Emeritus Richard Birnholz, both of Congregation Schaarai Zedek in Tampa, and Rabbi Betsy Torop of Pinellas County, will lead the Bnai Mitzvah services at Temple Bnai Israel as needed. Rabbi Torop stepped down from the bimah at Congregation Beth Shalom of Brandon earlier this year to serve as CCARs director of rabbinic support, engagement and growth. With the High Holy Days and the school year starting, we want to assure you that we are fully committed to making sure that you always have access to outstanding professional support, Krauss wrote, adding that Laura Berkson, our cantorial soloist, will be stepping up to help with hospital and congregant visits. Â Krauss message concludes, In this dark hour I hope you can summon the positive energy to help ensure our temple continues are many tasks at the temple that need to be done before the High Holy Days. Please consider volunteering to help us prepare. you are available. Please help out and feel the comfort of knowing you are making a difference. Â Shabbat services will be held every Friday night. Know that we are here for you and your family. Come to Friday Shabbat ser vices and be a welcoming face to a stranger or to your fellow congregants. Â This is a tragic and challenging moment for all of us. At TBI, we are stronger together.Temple Bnai Israel takes steps to ll void left by Clearwater rabbis deathRabbi Rachel Sabath conduct High Holiday raels director of engagement who was on the temple staff for Rabbi Treisers entire 10-year tenure, reminded mourners of the rabbis well-known sense of humor, then quipped, You know, if the rabbi were here right now he would say, This is what I had to do to get you all here? Bloom had everyone laughing when she told a story about a day when Rabbi Treiser went to visit the preschoolers and the director asked some of the children if they knew who he was. He came back that the kids thought he was GOD! Â Y ou smiled and put up with Dr. directly to Rachel about you, Bloom said. She also spoke of his passion for social justice. I thought you were crazy for pushing yourself to go to the March for Our Lives, but added, I get it now. Â Blo om said the rabbi always had the right words to say at funerals and hoped hers were adequate for him. You lifted us out of the storm 10 years ago she said, later adding. You restored our identity and self-worth as a congregation. Thank you for sharing your big life with us. You did good. Rabbi Treisers daughter Elana recalled the time her dad surprised her with tickets to Wicked and how much he enjoyed her Bat Mitzvah and NFTY trips with her and how two months ago she was in Israel with him all before the worst day of my life. In tears and a cracking voice she said, I lost my role model and the best dad I could ever ask for. She said for years people called her little Treiser and she hated the nickname, but now it is the biggest compliment I could ever get. Â Ela na said that unlike her dad, I do not know every line from every movie, but said she loved that her dad used to quote lines all the time. His most oft quoted movies were Star Wars, Vacation, Airplane, Blazing Saddles and Die Hard She also said that thanks to her dad, Now, I can not physically make a decision without consider ing every logical outcome. Â Jod y Treiser Greenspoon, the rabbis sister, was among many who noted that her brother loved to dress in costume and that he loved telling stories winning several storytelling awards in elementary school. She said she went to her hear Billy Joel in enemy territory Yankee Stadium We are Mets fans from Queens. She also told of his love for Disney World and how he accumulated fast passes and loved to wear a T-shirt that read, I am Grumpy because you are Dopey. She also talked about the empa thetic side of her brother. As a pro ponent for a bone marrow project she talked her brother into giving a cheek swab and joining the reg istry. Then just as his wife Rachel was about to give birth to Elana, he was told he was a match for a Atlanta to donate bone marrow an act that saved her life. Later, he got to meet the woman. As he was declining in health and family members gathered around him, Jody said, Not once did I hear him ask, Why me? She said, He loved his work. It was their calling, but Dan found his. Rabbi Treiser was born on Dec. 21, 1971 and raised in Queens. He earned his bachelors degree in communications from Queens College in 1993 then dedicated a year of his life to Project Otzma in Israel, where he studied He brew and participated in com munity service and leadership training. He received a masters in Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles and was ordained from HUC Jew ish Institute of Religion in New York in 2000. Prior to joining Temple Bnai Israel, he was as sociate rabbi at Temple Kol Ami Emanu-El in Plan tation. Within the community, he was a member and former president of the Pi nellas County Board of Rabbis Â an d served for many years on the board of SEAC CAR, the South East Association of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. He participated in a number of interfaith programs. Caren Treiser, the rabbis mother, told the crowd of mourn ers: The world lost a mensch on Friday. Rachel, Elana and Ethan lost their husband and their father. You lost your rabbi, spiritual leader and friend, and I lost my son and most of all, my heart. But now it is time for you to learn how much he loved each of us. Tell him anything great about any of us and he would beam. Tell him of one of us in trouble and he would be there to help. You loved him, but he adored you . A fund is being set up for Rabbi Treisers family. Those wishing to contribute should send checks made out to the Rabbi Daniel Treiser Family Assistance Fund, c/o Temple Bnai Israel, 1685 S. Belcher Road, Clearwater, FL 33764.Rabbi Rabbi (L-R): Photos from Facebook, the Temple Bnai Israel website or courtesy of the temple.
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