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PRESORTED STANDARD U.S. POSTAGE PAIDThe Jewish Press Group of Tampa Bay, Inc.The Jewish Press Group of Tampa Bay, Inc. Jewish Press of Pinellas County 6416 Central Avenue St. Petersburg, FL 33707ADVERTISEMENT VOL. 33, NO. 4 ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA SEPTEMBER 7 20, 2018 TWO SECTIONS, 24 PAGES Complied from news wires Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Allow me to help you find a new home for your Mom and/or Dad NO NEED TO DO IT ALONE FREE PLACEMENT SERVICEContact me today at 727-512-0909 Michelle Krys Cohen St. Petersburg Senior Placement AdvisorMichelle Krys CohenSt. Petersburg Senior Placement May You Be Inscribed In The Book Of Life For GoodWhile Ezra Singer has only lived in St. Petersburg for three years, he just made a big commitment to the Jewish community by becoming the new president of the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties. The Federation also welcomed the Singer, a native of New York, moved here with his wife, Skipper. They selected the locale for its vibrant arts community and comfortable climate. Prior to his move to Florida, Singer lived in Columbus, OH, where he worked as an executive with L Brands and served on the Federation names Ezra Singer president; welcomes new boardThe Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg has been selected as one of only four in the nation to premiere a a virtual realThe Last Goodbye, which enables viewers to virtually walk in the shoes of a Holocaust survivor as he retraces his steps from a railroad boxcar into a Nazi death camp. The USC Shoah Foundation -The Institute for Visual History and Education, one of the co-promuseums in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York, as well at here All four museums will simultaneously premiere the precedentThe limited engagement exhibit is expected to remain at the Florida Holocaust Museum through midJanuary. The Last Goodbye features survivor Pinchas Gutters visit to the site of the Nazi death camp Majonly member of his family of four to have survived the Holocaust. Viewers, wearing VR headsets, will get a fully immersive experience, visiting the site with Gutter as he travels in life-sized projections through the railway car, gas chamber, shower room and barracks of Majdanek seven decades later.Film reveals a new reality for Holocaust remembranceJ.D. Salinger gave us Catcher in the Rye and some unknown culinary genius came up with pastrami on rye, but it takes a rye sense of humor to come up with this one: Jo-Els Theater in the Rye. Step right up and order your tickets quickly because there is seating for only 100 at St. Petersburgs latest entertainment venue on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 4:30 p.m. when Jo-Els Kosher Deli & Marketplace is transformed into the Theater in the Rye for a production of Tops from Flops: An Exuberant Tour of Musical Theater.Theater in the Rye offers kosher slice of Broadway Ezra Singer NEW BOARD continued on PAGE 13 FILM continued on PAGE 7 THEATER continued on PAGE 14 In ip-op, Paraguays embassy is leaving Jerusalem for Tel AvivJERUSALEM Israel closed its embassy in Paraguay following an announcement by the South American country that it was relocating its embassy back to Tel Aviv four months after moving to Jerusalem. The move comes as Paraguay joins the effort to bring peace to the Middle East. Paraguay wants to efforts to achieve a broad, fair and lasting peace in the Middle East, Foreign Minister Luis Alberto Castiglioni told reporters. Shortly after the announcement of the return to Tel Aviv, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recalled his countrys ambassador to Paraguay and then ordered the Israeli embassy closed. Netanyahu also holds the foreign ministers portfolio. Israel views with great severity the unusual decision of Paraguay, which will cloud bilateral relations, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Paraguay opened its new embassy in Jerusalem in May, a week after the United States moved its embassy to the capital from Tel Aviv and days after Guatemala moved its embassy.Israeli on way to explosives detection seminar arrested for fake bomb at airportAn Israeli man heading to Florida for a police training seminar on X-ray detection of explosives was arrested at Newark Liberty Airport for carrying a realistic-looking fake homemade bomb. Alon Felman, 50, was charged Sept. 4 with creating a false public alarm and interfering with transportation after airport saw the item in his carry-on and alerted a supervisor, according to local media reports. TSA temporarily closed the third level of Terminal C at device was not a working bomb. A local bomb squad was called to the scene. Feldman was headed to Panama City, for the training the incident. The Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties recently expanded the mailing list it shares with the Jewish Press in an effort to connect with as many members of the Jewish community as possible. If you do not wish to continue to receive the paper, contact or call (727) 530-3223. INSIDE


PAGE 2 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY SEPTEMBER 7 20, 2018 The Jewish Press assumes no responsibility for the opinions of columnists, letter writers, claims of advertisers, nor does the paper guarantee the kashruth of products & services advertised or mentioned otherwise. 6416 CENTRAL A VE., ST. PETERS BURG, FL 33707T elephone: (727) 535-4400 Fax: (727) 440-6037 E -mail: jewishpress@aol.comThe Jewish Press is mailed STANDARD CLASS. Standard Class DOES NOT include a speedy delivery guarantee. Date of delivery varies depending on your Standard Class Postage Permit: TA MP A PI #3763The Jewish Press of Pinellas County is a privately owned, community newspaper published in cooperation with the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties. The Federation underwrites home Pinellas County (approx.4,500), to promote Jewish community cohesiveness and identity.The Jewish Press is a subscriber to JTA, The Global Jewish News Source.JIM DAWKINSPublisher & Co-OwnerKAREN DAWKINSManaging Editor & Co-Owner Advertising Sales GARY POLIN GALE TARNOFSKY-ABERCROMBIE Staff Writer & Editor BOB FRYER Ad Design & Graphics REY VILLALBA DAVID HERSHMAN Social Columnist JUDY LUDIN Editorial Assistant GAIL WISEBERGPUBLIC AT ION & DEADLINE D ATE SAlso publisher of the Jewish Press of Tampa of PINELLAS COUNTY An independent, bi-weekly newspaper owned by THE JEWISH PRESS GROUP of TAMPA BAY, INC. STAFF THE FEDERATION MAINTAINS THE MAIL ING LIST FOR THE JEWISH PRESS.To RECEIVE THE PAPER or for ADDRESS CHANGES, Call (727) 530-3223 Go to info@jewishpinellas.orgSEPT 21Press Release .........Sept 7 Advertising ............Sept 11OCT 5Press Release .......Sept 21 Advertising ............Sept 25OCT 19Press Release ...........Oct 5 Advertising ................Oct 9 Save These Dates! Save These Want More Events? Visit us online at for all of the Jewish events happening in our community! Want More Sep 18 Erev Yom KippurSep 19. Yom KippurSep 21. Fed Friday #3Sep 23. Erev SukkotSep 24. Sukkot BeginsSep 28. Fed Friday #4Sep 30. Sukkot Ends Check Out These Events! Check Out FRIDAYS! Open to All in the Community! WHAT: Speakers, videos, presentations, activities, crafts, culture and more!WHERE: Federation Community RoomWHEN: Every Friday this fall from 10 am pm RSVP to Luc at COMING UP: 9/21 Center for Israel Education, Erica Hruby 9/28 Jewicks Video: A Renewable Light to the Start Up Nation, Yosef Abramowitz


Column writer Aliza Norstein, her husband, Keith Norstein and Jordyn Schwersky, all of Pinellas County, attended the national Young Leadership summer mission to Israel, sponsored by the Jewish Federations of North America. The three earned their trip by serving for the past year as Federation Fellows volunteering their time for various projects of the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties. I love Israel. I always have. Maybe its because much of my family lives there. Maybe its because I feel comfortable surrounded by other Jews. Maybe its because Im not the minority with the odd name and even odder eating habits. Maybe its because I feel a spiritual connection to the Jewish ancestral homeland. I cant nail down one reason why I love Israel so much because there are too many reasons to love such a magical and historic place. Zionism is part of the fabric of who I am as a person. Israel provided a home to my father and his family afand fell in love in Israel. I asked my parents to make me an Israeli citizen when I was in elementary school. I wanted the comfort of knowing that Id have a home if the US ever failed to protect me as a Jew. The trauma of what our people have experienced is like a ghost, an ever-lurking presence reminding you of your otherness. It was hard on me to have such an understanding of that hate at a young age but I also think it led me down the path Im on today, working for Israel Bonds and being an active member of our Jewish community. Being selected as Federation Fellows for the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties was a dream come true for me and my husband, Keith. Wed get to see family. Id get to show Keith some visit. Wed have some amazing experiences with the new friends we would meet. While all of those things happened and were amazing, what I didnt realize was how much this trip would affect us. Seeing Israel through eyes of the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) was a revelation. Steven Spielberg himself wouldnt be able to capture the magnitude of the JFNAs impact on the lives of people in Israel. We picked apples for the hungry with Project Leket. Keith almost passed out from the heat and I was picking cactus needles out of my legs for days but it felt good to get our hands dirty to help others. We visited Independence Hall where the state of Israel was established in 1948. We rafted down the Jordan River. We learned about iRep, Israels Religious Expression Platform, a new JFNA initiative that encourages respect for diverse expressions of Judaism in Israel such as in the area of marriage and divorce, which is currently controlled by Israels Orthodox rabbindesires of 75 percent of Israels population to expand the legally recognized options for marriage and divorce. We played wheelchair basketball with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and did a blind exercise to better understand the needs of people living with disabilities. We learned about the Youth Futures Program where troubled kids get mentors to help them through rough times. We learned about Israels Operation Good Neighbor from Lt. Col. Moreno and how Israel has been Syrian civil war. We visited the border of Syria on the Golan Heights. We heard from Dr. Yotam Dagan, a psychologist working to help soldiers reintegrate into life outside of the armed forces. We played games with children from the Ethiopian National Project. Ethiopian Jews have preserved their Jewish identities for over 2,500 years completely closed off from the rest of the world. Many of the adults brought to Israel from Ethiopia were farmers so their children struggled in school so the ENP was what the Federation is doing made me realize how grateful and proud I am to be a part of our Jewish community and our Jewish Federation. It also made me eager for more. Cultivating so many new friendships from around the U.S. was something that I had hoped for but didnt expect over such a short period of time. Boy was I wrong. We were able to create real bonds with people because of the meaningful experiences we were sharing. Keith and I made friends with other young Jewish professionals from as far away as California to as close as Tampa. While exploring Jerusalem one day we witnessed such a perfect rebuttal to the BS were always hearings about Israel in the news. We were standing on a bus that was completely full when a young Muslim woman in a hijab walked on with a squirming infant in her arms. Immediately an older religious Jewish man wearing a yarmulke and tzitzits stood up and offered his seat to her. She looked at him gratefully and said Shukran which means Thank You in Arabic (thanks to Fauda for teaching me basic Arabic.). a perfect representation of the Israel that I know and love. Watching my husband fall in love with Israel was my favorite part of the trip. Hes always loved my passion for all things Israel and Jewish but I know that he never quite understood it. Keith and I have visited 20 different countries together so he couldnt the way Israel is reported in the news. At the time Jerusalem was dirty and there was garbage and graffunding was going toward preparations for the 2008 Gaza war later that year. Seeing people walk around with large automatic weapons was jarring to him, understandably so. The National Young Leadership JFNA Summer Mission was his second time in Israel and I could tell right away that things were different. He started to learn basic Hebrew phrases. He got comfortable. He took thousands of photos. He knew where we were more often than I did. He asked me to take a photo of him with every shawarma he ate. He immersed himself into Israeli life as if he had been doing it for years. I left the US with a pro-Israel husband; I came home with a Zionist. I am grateful and proud to have represented our communities at this years Summer Mission to Israel as a Federation Fellow. It was an experience Keith and I will never forget. Just this past week Keith said to me I could do that mission trip to Israel every year. I cant describe how much joy it brings me to hear him say that. Hopefully well see all of you Next Year In Jerusalem. JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 3 SEPTEMBER 7 20, 2018 STUNNING WATERFRONT VIEWS727.866.31244600 54th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33711Assisted Living Facility #6140 OPEN: MonThurs 11 am 10 pm Fri Sat 11 am 11 pm Sun 4 pm 10 pm211 2nd St. S. St. Pete Call now to reserve: 727.623.9037 New Early Dinner Special $15 per person 4 pm 5:30 pm everydayincludes soup or salad, choice of entree, and dessert. House wine, beer, well drinks all $3.50 Aliza and Keith Norstein in Jaffa overlooking Tel Aviv Aliza NorsteinFederation Fellow Perspective PerspectiveI love Israel (L-R) Luy Teitelroit, representing the Tampa Jewish Federation; and PinellasPasco Fed Fellows Keith Norstein, Jordyn Schwersky and Aliza Norstein enjoying a glass of wine in Jerusalem overlooking the Western Wall. Jewish Press of Pinellas County & Jewish Press of Tampa Jewish Press of Pinellas County 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 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 ADVERTISEMENT VOL. 32, NO. 10 ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA DECEMBER 1 14, 2017 20 PAGES 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 @ 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 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! rfn tb fnf 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


Cong. Beth Shalom ClearwaterSukkot services: Yom Tov services for Sukkot will be held on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 24 and 25 at 9 a.m. and include waving of the lulav and etrog, 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, Sept. 28 at 6:30 p.m. After the service, enjoy a Shabbat meal in the Sukkah. The cost is $18 for adults and $10 for those 12 and younger. Call to save your seat at the table. Bagel talk: Come to the synagogue on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 10:30 a.m. to hear Dr. Eric Steckler talk about The History of the Bagel: The Hole Story. Talmud classes: On Mondays and most Wednesdays, explore ancient legal tradition with Dr. Priscilla Nathanson The class is open to all levels of knowledge. The Monday class is held after minyan from 10 11:15 a.m. and the Wednesday class is at 7 p.m. Lox & Learn: Explore the treasures of the weekly Torah portion, led by Rabbi David Weizman, every Thursday. Come for breakfast at 9:45 a.m., minyan at 10 a.m., then discussion with the rabbi. Tor ah 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.Chabad of ClearwaterTorah and tea: Rebbetzin Miriam Hodakov leads a Torah and Tea exclusively for women on Wednesdays at 11:15 a.m. There is no charge to attend. RSVP to MiriamHodakov@ Temple Bnai Israel ClearwaterNew members Brunch: Mix and mingle with members, old and new, on Sunday Sept. 23 at 10:30 a.m., then enjoy a brunch catered by the Brotherhood. The Women of Temple Bnai Israel will follow that up with Just nizations will be there with information on all of their programs and events. Race to the beach & Tashlich: Enjoy a family, Amazing Race style game on Saturday, Sept.15, beginning at 4 p.m., as you follow clues and race around town, ending at Sand Key Park for a picnic dinner and Tashlich with the congregation. For reservations, contact Dani Gamson 789-8442. The congregational Havdalah and 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 for the dinner, call Sukkot program: Bring a picnic dinner to eat in the Sukkah on Sunday Sept. 23 at 6 p.m., followed by a Sukkot eve service. Sukkot discussion: The temporary nature and fragility of life and how it relates to the Festival of Sukkot is the topic of an informal discussion from the Book of Ecclesiastes on Monday Sept. 24 at 10:30 a.m. Simchat Torah service: Celebrate the completion of the cycle of Torah readings on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. Sunday Cinema Caf: The movie The Wisdom of the Pretzel, an Israeli comedy, will be shown on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 1 p.m. Popcorn and non-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 with young children on Sunday, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to noon. This is an opportunity for families to engage in fun activities with Adult play time: Join active seniors and play mah jongg, Mexican train dominoes or bridge on Thursdays at 1 p.m. Coffee and cake is served. For more information, contact Linda White at linda33217@gmail. Gun violence discussion: Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, will discuss 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 417-0964. PAGE 4 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY SEPTEMBER 7 20, 2018 Congregations Rabbinically Speaking Rabbinically Speaking Shabbat and Yom Tov Candle Lighting Times PINELLAS COUNTYReformTemple AHAVAT SHALOM Temple BETH-EL Temple BNAI ISRAEL ConservativeCongregation BETH SHALOM Congregation BETH SHOLOM Congregation BNAI ISRAEL Orthodox CH PASCO COUNTY Conservative Orthodox Reform Orthodox We are in the season of second chances. After all, that is what teshuvah, returning to the path, is all about. Consider what is, perhaps, the Israelites greatest sin, creating the Golden Calf at the foot of Mount Sinai. Afterwards, Moses goes up the mountain to receive the second set of tablets. When Moses asks to see Gods face, what happens? He stands in the cleft of the rock, and Gods glory passes before him, and he proclaims, Adonai! Adonai! el rachum vchanun you are merciful and gracious, endlessly patient, true and loving God is forever ready to forgive our failures, always eager to meet our sincere attempts at teshuvah with an unconditional pardon. In Judaism, God is the supreme giver of Judaism says we are accepted for who we are, given credit for our efforts, and forgiven out of love, not entitlement. We dont like to see who we are in the eyes of others. In fact, we often dont like what we matter how hard we have tried, our deeds are the person that God created us to be. We have no reason to think that we warrant the forgiveness that we seek. It is not that we cannot make a sincere effort to change and to grow of course we can. But in the end, we cannot rely on ourselves alone. In spite of our failings, Judaism teaches us that God does not want to exact a penalty for our misdeeds. Rather, on Yom Kippur, we sense of chesed because God loves us, unconditionally. If we accept that Gods grace is bestowed upon us and merciful and loving and true, how will that impact our lives? The logical consequence of experiencing Gods love, of knowing Gods grace, is to then act graciously toward others. Speaking to a group of ex-convicts in recovery who were coming into an Israeli rehabilitation program, the counselor began to speak of self-esteem. Avi interrupted saying, How can you talk to us of this? Ive been in and out of jail for half of my 34 years. Ive been a thief since I was 8. When Im out of prison I see me. The group leader responded: Consider the diamonds in the window of a jewelry store. When they come out of the mine, as lumps of dirty ore, it takes a person who understands the diamond to take the shapeless mound and bring out its intrinsic beauty. Thats what we do here, we look for the diamond in everyone; we help the souls beauty come to the surface, we polish it until it gleams. Two years passed. Avi graduated from the treatment center, and was integrated into the Second Chances: Teshuvah and Amendment 4 Temple Beth-El, St Petersburgcommunity, working in construction. One day the manager of the treatment center called Avi and asked him to pick up a piece of furniture being donated from an estate. When he went to pick it up, he saw that it wasnt worth saving, but not wanting to insult the family, he hauled it anyway. While Avi was laboring to carry the shabby sofa up the stairs to the halfway house, an envelope fell from the cushions, in which Avi called the manager and told her about the envelope, who said it must be reported to the family. that they told them to keep the money for the halfway house. As a result, the halfway house was able to buy one more bed and provide room for one more guest, creating another opportunity for recovery. And Avi wasnt a thief anymore. At the halfway house a sign hangs above the entry. It reads: Diamonds Polished Here. In the coming months each of us has a chance to polish diamonds. Each of us has an opportunity to be God-like in our attitudes and actions toward those who deserve a second chance. Florida remains one of only four states in the country where felons who have served their time in prison, been released on parole and probation, have been rehabilitated in the eyes of the state, but can never reclaim their citizenship right to vote in any election. Having done the equivalent of teshuvah, our state does not give them a second chance. As Jews who are right now getting a second chance through the rituals and prayers of the High Holy Days, we cannot ethically or morally deny that same second chance to others. 4 for Restoration of Voting Rights. With the exception of those who committed murder or would restore the right of other ex-felons to once again vote. 1.4 million citizens would get back this essential democratic right. It would be the fourth largest voter enfranchisement in the history of the United States, after the Reconstruction Amendments that established the Civil War; Womens Suffrage of 1920; and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. We have the historic opportunity to restore civil rights to Floridas disenfranchised voters the largest such group in the entire country. Synagogues across Florida are working in coalition with the Jewish community and other community partners to bring Amendment 4 to the attention of the electorate. Please research the issue and consider if you will be one who is willing to be like God, and with kindness and compassion and a sense of justice, give a second chance to those who need it. The Rabbinically Speaking column is provided as a public service by the Jewish Press in cooperation with the Pinellas County Board of Rabbis. Columns are assigned on a rotating basis by the board. The views expressed in the column are those of the rabbi and do not necessarily Board of Rabbis.


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Email Info@ChabadSP. Simchat Torah: On Monday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. there will be a Simchat Torah celebration featuring a dinner, open bar, dancing and singing, and treats for the kids. This is a free event. RSVP to 344-4900.Cong. Bnai Israel St. PetersburgCoffee talk: Join Rabbi Philip Weintraub on Chol HaMoed Sukkot on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 9 a.m. in the Sukkah at the synagogue for conversation and coffee. Beer and barbecue: Celebrate the mitzvah of dwelling in the Sukkah as the Mitzvah Mens Club hosts its annual Suds in the Sukkah community dinner on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. Cost is $4 for adults; $2 for children. RSVP at by Friday, Sept. 21. Sukkot dinner and service: The congregation will hold a Sukkot dinner following services on Friday, Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. Cost is $20 for adults and free for those 17 and younger. RSVP by Friday, Sept. 21 to Simchat Torah & Sundaes: Join the congregation to dance with the Torah during Erev Simchat Torah services on Monday, Oct. 1 at 6:30 p.m., then stay for an ice cream sundae. Cong. Beth Shalom GulfportIsrael trip: The congregation is planning a trip to Israel next year. For more information, call Temple Beth-El St. PetersburgJewish genealogy: A Jewish genealogy course continues on 4, at 6 p.m. in BEEFY Lounge. These sessions will introduce tools and techniques in researching your genealogy and encourage participants to show and tell. Contact Bill Israel for any questions at Temple Ahavat Shalom Palm HarborMens Night Out: Meet up at Frenchys Outpost Bar and Grill, 466 Causeway Blvd., Dunedin, for fun and food with the guys of the Brotherhood on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. Tot Shabbat: Join in a Sukkot Shabbat on Friday, Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. Visit the temple Sukkah and make fun holiday crafts to hang in the Sukkah. Pizza and salad are free. Bring your favorite family dessert to share. Lunch n Learn: A Torah study class led by Susan Segal meets on Thursdays from noon to 1:15 p.m. and will resume on Thursday, Sept. 20. Bring your knowledge or attendance is required. We will use the book The Torah: A Womans Commentary. Hebrew for Adults: Two classes, a beginners and inter mediate Hebrew class, starts on Monday, Oct. 8. The beginners class, which meets from 6:30-7:30 p.m., will teach participants to recognize the Hebrew aleph-bet and basic prayers. For those who can read Hebrew, the intermediate class will concentrate on learning the Shabbat morning service and the customs/ rituals associated with becoming a Bat/Bar Mitzvah. This class, which meets from 7:30 8:30 p.m., is for those that have never had a Bar or Bat Mitzvah and would like to do so. Register with The fee for each course is $100 for plus the cost of books.Young Israel Chabad Sukkot & Simchat Torah: Sukkot evening services will be held on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 23-25 at 7 p.m. and Sukkot morning services will he held on Mondays and Tuesdays, Sept. 24 and 25 at 9:30 a.m. A Sukkot community dinner is planned 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 will be held 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.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 will be a short video presentation. There is no charge, and everyone is welcome. Tanya class: 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? The class is free. Spring HillOy Vay Cabaret: A cabaret style show, hosted by Carla Becker, will be performed at the p.m. Enjoy the magic of music and great memories with a variety of song selections from country to Sinatra. There will also be a tribute honoring our veterans. Tickets will go on sale Sept. 20 for $18. They can be purchased online at www. 9946. Tickets will not be sold at time of performance. Religious school: The temples religious school will begin classes on Sunday, Sept. 16 for the new school year for children 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 and coffee will be $7 per class. 600-2779. Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Commu nity Services recently selected new board Judy Benjamin was selected as board chair. A member of the Gulf Coast board since 2012, she brings health care administration credentials and a strong belief in philanthropy to the agency. A native of St. Petersburg and third generation Floridian, she is currently president of Benjamin Healthcare Consulting, LLC, and previously worked with several regional and national healthcare systems. Benjamin also serves on the board of the Philip Benjamin Tower Foundation, which supports serivces and Jewish programming for the St. Petersburg independent living facility for low income seniors that was named in honor of her late father. Serving as vice president is Eric Feder, retired hospital executive who served as interim CEO of Gulf Coast in 2015-16. Treasurer is Frank Skip Tylman, attorney at Baby Boomers Barrister, and secretary is David Delrahim, an attorney at Englander Fischer. Julie Klavans is the immediate past chair. The following are new board members who will serve a threeyear term ending in 2021: Jeff Baker, Duke Energy government and community rela tions manager; Kar en Raymund Marder, nurse practitioner and, Elizabeth Samuelson, a physical therapist. We are pleased to have a great group of volunteer leaders who have made a commitment to support our work and drive the strategic direction of the agency and its programs which serve more than 30,000 Floridians annually, noted Gulf Coast President and CEO Dr. Sandra Braham. Headquartered in Clearwater, Gulf Coast offers Jewish family services including emergency assistance, a Holocaust survivor procommunity as well as provides a wide range of non-sectarian social services to the broader community in 40 counties across the state. Learn more about Gulf Coast at Coast JFCS announces new ofcers and board members board chair


PAGE 6 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY SEPTEMBER 7 20, 2018 Tampas 13th Festival of Jewish Books & Conversations, hosted by the Tampa JCCs, will begin Thursday, Nov. 1 and will run through Sunday, Nov. 18, during the National Jewish Book Month. More than a dozen authors will be featured, many acclaimed award winners. Featured topics include never-before-told stories of a mysterious Coney Island doctor who saved thousands of babies, another doctor who was one of our youngest and most visionary Founding Fathers, an Italian cycling legend and of a mom who helped save the Louvre and its treasures from the Nazis. Festival novels offer tales of a mystics death predictions and a humorous look at a family wedding. Events will take place at the JCC on the Cohn Campus, 13009 Community Campus Drive, Tampa, the Bryan Glazer Family JCC, 522 N. Howard, Tampa and other locations around the community. The featured books are chosen each year by the Jewish Book Festival Committee, led by Debbie Doliner and Barbara Manners. Tampa JCCs Arts and Culture Director Brandy Gold emphasizes that participants in festival events do not need to be book lovers or avid readers. Most attendees have not read the book prior to attending. Our festival is all about offering conversations about compelling topics of interest, said Gold. Come out, enjoy and support our Jewish community, while learning, listening, engaging in stimulating conversations while having lots of fun. All programs are open to the entire community. Reservations are encouraged (required for a restaurant luncheon event) and can be made with your ticket purchases at, beginning Oct. 1 or at the door. Tickets range in price from $5 to $25. All events, excluding the Skype program, will conclude with a book signing by the featured author. The Tampa JCC on the Cohn Campus will feature a festival bookstore throughout the two weeks where guests could purchase the featured books. Additional festival authors will be presented January through May, 2019, through the popular Sip & Skype programs plus a bookstore author appearance is scheduled in April. The Gemunder Family Foundation is the Jewish Books & Conversations presenting sponsor. For more information about the authors, books, festival events, or sponsorships, contact Brandy Gold at com or (813) 769-4725. More details and the schedule for the festival will be included in the next issue of the Jewish Press.Save dates for Festival of Jewish Books & ConversationsRaising children in the age of the internet and smart phones can be a challenge, and many parents struggle to understand the effects of this technology and how to set limits on screen time. To better understand the issues involved, the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties and the Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County will present the movie, Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age. Congregation Beth Shaloms Rabbi Danielle Upbin, a mother of four, will lead a discussion following the movie. The free program will be held on Sunday, Oct. 14 at the mid-Pinellas location of Empath Healths Gathering Place, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, beginning at 3 p.m. Middle school and high school students and their parents are urged to attend. Attendees will enjoy a complimentary pizza dinner. Screenagers has been screened more than 6,000 times to two million people in more than 50 countries around the world. Last year, the movie was shown at the Hillel Academy in Tampa. the impact of screen technology on kids and offer families proven solutions that work to get teens to cutback on their screen time. Some of the movies surprising or may be not so surprising statistics show that kids spend on average 6.5 hours a day on screens not including classroom or homework and boys spend on average the equivalent of 1.5 days on video games every week. ton decided to make Screenagers when she found herself constantly struggling with her two kids about the issue. As a director, Ruston turned the camera on her own family and social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. The stories include Hannah, a 14-year old victim of social media bullying who tried to hide her social media use from her mom, and Andrew, whose love of video games, turned into an addiction taking of college. Registration for the Oct. 14 program is required. For more information, or to register for this event, contact Maxine Kaufman, Federations director of arts, culture, and education, at For more information about the movie and educational programming, go to www. and screen time subject of lm, discussion The primary mission of the Jewish protest group IfNotNow (INN) is to end the West Bank occupation. Some like me would argue the group is radical, but their actions would require another article to explain. JTA writer Ben Sales described the protest of Birthright tours in the Jewish Press Aug. 10 issue. The story reported how tour participants spontaneously argued with tour guides explaining Israeli policy in the West Bank and then left the tours in protest. The truth is this was an organized campaign by INN that was openly promoted on their website all summer. INN targeted Birthright participants and invited them to attend workshops to encourage protest. Birthright donors were demonized as rich, right-wing extremists attempting to conceal evil motives. Of course, without a solid understanding of Israeli history, and the onslaught of anti-Israel narLetter to the Editor ratives, some Jewish kids will be converted. Whats unacceptable is that Ben Sales either ignored or concealed the reason behind the protests. The headline should have simply read: IfNotNow Targets Birthright Tours. I believe were raising a generation of anti-intellectuals. A common observation after reviewing INN news stories is theres not a single constructive solution they offer; its strictly protest-only. When they refused an invitation to meet with the ADL after protesting at their headquarters, INN leadership claimed enough talk, time for action. A critic of INN called their behavior infantile. I would add convenient. One look at their website and its clear why this group is impossible to nail down. How can one argue the merits if there are no specifics? How convenient to offer popular slogans without describing how to achieve them. One compliment I can give is I appreciate their history of peaceful protest. But I also hope they acknowledge its morally wrong to accept a free trip to Israel and then insult the people who donated it. Two factual statements: 1. Israel is one of our greatest allies and an amazing country. 2. The reasons and solutions to the be open, honest, and teach that message to our youth.


JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 7 SEPTEMBER 7 20, 2018 Congregation Schaarai Zedek Sisterhood cordially invites you to a luncheon featuring anti-bullying ambassador, social activist & writerrfntbfrrnb10 am Registration and Social 11 am Lunch and Program Renaissance Tampa International PlazabfbrfrbnrbfbfnbbbnfrrnfrfbbbrrfnrbrrfbfrFaith Alexander, Event Chair or 813.508.0544 t 240 59th Street North, St. Petersburg FL 33710 AL#10306 Personalized Support Respite Stays Available Large Private Apartments Life Enriching Programs SUMMER SPECIAL!$2,500 Community Entrance Fee Waived AND $500 OFF Monthly Rental for 1st 6 MonthsOFFER EXPIRES SEPTEMBER 30, 2018Call 727.302.3800 to schedule a tour and ask about a free 2 night trial! Street North, St. Petersburg FL 33710 FILMWe believe this new technology will enhance Holocaust learning in a world where fewer and fewer survivors still live to share their authentic experiences, said Elizabeth Gelman, executive director of the Florida Holocaust Museum. Calling the immersive experience of The Last Goodbye a game changer for Holocaust education, Gelman said, Our goal is to connect one person to one person, bringing the focus away from incomprehensible numbers and to the actual people who were affected. First screened at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, the movie is exhibited within an installation created by David Korins, the renowned designer of Broadway hits Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen. The Last Goodbye has achieved critical acclaim and received numerous prestigious awards, including two Webby Awards and the Creative Arts Award, VR Documentary Jury Prize at the 2018 Lumiere Awards. Every generation needs to bear witness to these atrocities, but our tools for learning and preservation change. We felt that testimony in room-scale VR would engage audiences in understanding the nature of the Nazi concentration camp system where the SS authorities could murder targeted groups, said USC Shoah Foundation FinciViterbi Executive Director Stephen Smith, Through the use of VR technology, We can give viewers the opportunity to explore the space side by side with Pinchas in order to truly understand what this experience was like. It is a powerful way of understanding and emotionally connecting to history, addwas itself a feat of innovation. Thousands of photos were stitched together by an expert at MPC to create three-dimensional images timony, taken in the same spaces, was then environment in which he recounts his heartbreaking story of suffering, loss and survival. It stands as a testament to the strength of the human heart and the enduring power of hope and perseverance. The Last Goodbyeperience is included with the cost of admission to the Florida Holocaust Museum. It is available to one person at a time, with only two time slots offered every hour. Tickets served basis. The public may contact the museum after Thursday, Sept. 13 at (727) 820-0100, ext. 226, to schedule a viewing. The museum is located at 55 Fifth St. S., St. Petersburg.


Paula Eiselts big-screen debut, documents one womans attempt to create an all-female version of Hatzalah with only strictly observant Orthodox members. In a statement, Eiselt explains that sentially operated as a one-woman crew. ited theatrical release around the country this summer, will have its broadcast premiere as part of PBSs documentary POV series. It will air locally on WEDU on Monday, Sept. 17 at 10 p.m. (The program will be repeated on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 1:30 a.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 4 a.m.) The woman behind the female corps is Rachel Ruchie Freier, a lawyer and Borough Park native. the viewer to her Brooklyn Hasidic enclave, she acknowledges the communitys prevailing view of a womans role: The focus of a woman is being a mother. Any profession, or extra schooling, is discouraged. Nevertheless, Freier assembles a group of volunteers, albeit who are tentative at the start. And, not surprisingly, her plan sets up a clash with the establishment Hatzalah and its supporters. Opponents threaten to boycott the hospital that is training the women By CURT SCHLEIER JTA news serviceLike many heavily Orthodox sections of Brooklyn, Borough Park has been served for decades by an all-male volunteer ambulance corps called Hatzalah. The corps caters to a religious Jewish community with particular needs and customs including one custom that can increase the tension for patients in already stressful emergency situations. The strict boundaries between men and women are familiar to anyone who has attended an Orthodox synagogue or has read the stories of cause haredi Orthodox men refuse to sit next to women. In the event of a medical emergency, the male Hatzalah volunteers may touch women if, for example, a woman needs to be moved to a stretcher or requires assistance while giving birth. But while Jewish law has its exemptions, women concerned about the rules of modesty have plenty of reasons to prefer treatment by a female EMT. 93QueenPAGE 8 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY SEPTEMBER 7 20, 2018 Join our Temple family ...and get involved.Join our Temple family...and get Food Festival Mitzvah Day F.A.S.T. Senior Empowerment Program Purim Spiel Players Choir Religious School Youth Groups Shabbat Services & More ALL ARE WELCOME! Call the Temple for Tickets (727) 531-5829 Please join us for Yom Kippur as Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi of Hebrew Union Collegeleads us as a community in worship and reection.NEW MEMBERS BRUNCH: Sunday Sept. 23 10:30 a.m.Mix and mingle with members, old and new. Temple afliate organizations will provide information on their upcoming programs and events. An all-female Orthodox ambulance corps in Brookyn gets a lm of their own Photo courtesy of Malka Films and the companies that sell them medical supplies. They also post nasty comments on Twitter, such as God have mercy if you wait for them to get their make-up and the right dress on. But Freiers leadership and inner strength help the members of what they call Ezras Nashim (helping women) persevere. The worst thing you can tell me is that I cant do something because Im a woman, a religious woman, she says. Part of Freiers fortitude manifests itself in a my-way-or-thehighway manner. When she insists that only married women can join the team, some members object including an experienced EMT who recently became religious and others resign. Theres a whole host of issues that come up in a marriage that will give you that level of maturity, she says. viewer is never entirely sure how it all works. The women on call respond from wherever they are to the scene of the emergency. However, it does not appear that Ezras Nashim owns its own ambulance. It contracts with a private company to provide patient transport. Who staffs that ambulance? Men? Do the women EMTs accompany patients in the ambulance? There are other questions. At one point Freier says she refuses to let the project fail because that might blemish her image and hurt her plans to run for a judgeship. way to build a political base, to get her name out there? In fact, in 2016 Freier was elected as a judge in New York Citys 5th Civil Court District, becoming sidic women elected to public ofDoes it matter? In the end, Freier must be doing something right: Last year, Ezras Nashim won the New York Basic Life Support Agency of the Year award, a high honor. Eiselt also must be doing somepreviewed at the Toronto Hot Docs Forum and pitch program and won the top prize of $54,000. proud Hasidic women challenging the status quo of their own community and refusing to take no for an answer from the all-powerful patriarchy. Regardless of your background religious or atheist, feminist or nonpolitical 93Queen that will get your juices boiling.Photo by Julieta Cervantes


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For more information about the event or corporate/individual sponsorship opportunities, please contact Linda Wolf, Assistant Director, Hillels of the Florida Suncoast at (813) 899-2788 or [ ] JERUSALEM (JTA) Monica Lewinsky, an antibullying advocate who gained fame for her affair with Bill Clinton while serving as a White House intern, question was about the former president. Lewinsky, who will be the keynote speaker for the Congregation Schaarai Zedek Sisterhoods annual Star Event in Tampa on Oct. 15, appeared at a confer ence in the Israeli capital organized by the Israel Tele vision News Company, where she delivered a speech and then sat on stage for a live interview with Israel Channel 2 news anchor Yonit Levi. Levi asked Lewinsky if she was still expecting a personal apology from Clinton over the inappropri ate relationship, for which Clinton was impeached, Channel 2 reported. Im so sorry, Im not going to be able to do this, Lewinsky said as she walked off stage following the question, according to reports. Lewinsky said later in a tweet that she and Levi had discussed prior to the staged event what questions were fair game and what were off limits. had put to me when we met the day prior. I said that was off limits, Lewinsky said in the tweet. When she asked me it on stage, with blatant disregard for our agreement, it became clear to me that I had been misled. I left because it is more important than ever for women to stand up for themselves and not allow others to control their narrative. Lewinsky also apologized to the audience that this talk had to end this way. She did not publicly discuss her relationship with Clinton until 2014. In February, Lewinsky wrote a personal essay for Vanity Fair on the 20th anniversary of the investigation into the affair, in which she admitted that she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder over the fallout from the investigation and publicity, and that the #MeToo movement had changed her perspective on the affair and its aftermath. I dont think I would have felt so isolated if what happened in 1998 happened in 2018, she told her Jerusalem audience. By and large I had been alone. this crisis, who knew me well and intimately. Lewinsky also told the audience that after the news broke of her affair with Clinton, I was shunned from almost every community which I belonged to, includ ing my religious community. That led to some very dark times for me. Clinton said in an interview in June with NBCs Today show correspondent Craig Melvin that he felt his public apologies for the relationship were enough. Lewinskys visit to Tampa next month is part of the temple Sisterhoods 17th annual Franci Goldman Rudolph Star event at the Renaissance Hotel in Tampas International Plaza.For more information on th at event, go to or call the temple at (813) 876-2377.Monica Lewinsky cuts short Jerusalem interview after question about Clinton apology(JTA) An online post said a bunch of hairy stink rude obnoxious jews are overtaking the Indiana University campus. The existence of the anonymous native student publication The Tab on its Instagram account. The Aug. 29 post had appeared on the Greekrank website about fraternities and sororities on campus. It has been deleted, but screenshots have circulated. the post in a statement, The Indiana Daily Student reported.The language used by these anonymous posters is hurtful and offensive, the statement said. It also said that Hoosiers are better than this. The of all I dont want to sound racist or anything.. but like wtf why are there so many jews here at IU now wat happened? the post said. where being takin over by a bunch of hairy stink rude obnoxious jews... the girls acts so damn exclusive and if ur not jewish u cant hang out with them or even talk to them.. they give us looks like were below them and not wor thy of talking too...this must end or this school is gonna go to ****! Responses included UR not wrong but you cant do anything about it and Dont really have a problem with the guys or girls, just the JAPS, and seriously there everywhere. The editor of The Tab said on Instagram that to hear that antiSemitism is alive and well as a Jew on campus makes me mad. We are better than this. Now show it. with students at Hillel, The Indiana Daily Student reported, citing Hillel director Rabbi Sue Silber berg. Theyre very upset and take it very, very seriously, and thats been very comforting for the students, Silberberg said of the uniThere are about 4,000 Jewish undergraduates on Indiana Universitys Bloomington campus, making up 11 percent of the undergraduate student population, according to the Hillel Guide to Colleges.Anti-Semitic online post says Jews are taking over Indiana U


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Held in the Federations newly appointed Community Room, several couples, one infant, and a few singles who are new to the area or just new to Federation chatted, played some Jewish geography and learned more about the community and each other. As a relatively new resident in the area, I found the warmth and connection to others to be very enjoyable, said Linda Weiss, a third-year transplant to the area from South Florida. to know more about the Jewish community and to meet new people one couple who just moved here two weeks prior. Maxine Kaufman, Federations director of arts, culture, and education, expressed her delight at seeing new faces around the table from all demographics. We are trying to reach out to the entire gamut of the community infants to seniors. Another Nosh is planned for Sunday, Jan. 27. Stay tuned for more details. Anyone interested in learning more about the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties, should contact the organization at info@jewishpinellas. org or (727) 530-3223. Newcomer Nosh draws young, old and in-between (L-R) Wendy Weinberg, Juliana Miller and Emilie Socash, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasc Counties. A display of information about the local Jewish community was set up for the Newcomer Nosh. (JTA) The U.S. pullout from the nuclear deal with Iran triggered a European desertion of that country that is threatening its regimes survival, President Donald Trump said. Trump spoke about the issue Thursday, Sept. 6, during a Rosh Hashanah phone call with rabbis and Jewish leaders. Taking part in the 20-minute call were his son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner; U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman; the attorney and law professor Alan Dershowitz; and former U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman of Minnesota. Trump did not invite questions from listeners, although Coleman and Dershowitz both asked questions. Last year, leaders of the Reconstructionist, Reform and Conservative streams declined to organize the annual preRosh Hashanah call in the wake of Trumps comments surrounding the Charlottesville white supremacist rally. This years invitation list leaned heavily toward Orthodox and hawkish pro-Israel groups, the Forward reported. is just not working. You know, they tried to play hardball for a little while, but theyre now leaving and theyre doing the right thing, Trump said about Iran. In June, the French automaker PeugeotCitroen said it intended to leave the Iranian market for fear of U.S. sanctions. Other European corporations that said they would leave Iran following the deals termination the Danish shipping giant Maersk; the German conglomerate Siemens; and the Russian American corporations including General Electric, Honeywell and Boeing also announced that they were leaving Iran following the U.S. pullout from the deal. The Asian conglomerates Reliance, Mazda and Hyundai suspended contracts with Iran. Trump has said that Iran did not live up to the spirit of the deal it reached with the United States and six other powers under former president Barack Obama in 2015. It offered Iran sanctions relief in return for its scaling back of parts of its nuclear program. Israel and Saudi Arabia opposed the deal, arguing it was too soft and that its 10-year time limitation period meant Iran could build nuclear weapons once it expires. But Obama, leaders of the European Union, which was a party in the deal, and other advocates said it was the best way to block Irans path to developing a nuclear bomb. When the United States pulled out, it business with Iran to U.S. sanctions, forcing velopments, compounded by low oil prices, sent the Iranian currency into a free-fall. The rial hit a record low this week of around 150,000 against the dollar, compared to about 3,500 rial for one dollar in September 2016. In the phone call Trump said he did not anticipate the full scope of his actions on Iran. It turned out to have a much bigger impact than I thought. I did it primarily because of nuclear, but I knew it wouldnt be great for their economy. I had no idea how devastating it would be, he said. In 2016, Trump said, It was a question of when will they [Iran] take over the entire Middle East. And that probably includes Israel, in the mind of a lot of people. Yet today, they are now really looking to survive. He said the United States would be prepared to negotiate a new agreement with Iran if the latter seeks talks. Trump also said that his former secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, didnt like terminating the deal. I played the game for a while; I wish I did it sooner, the president said. But I played that little game for a while, and then ultimately I decided Im just doing it. And I did it. In the talk, Trump and his interlocutors revisited major policy changes vis--vis Israel U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. The speakers thanked Trump for making the move. Trump said he encountered so much resistance from world leaders that he stopped taking their calls over the issue. He also noted the U.S. announcement that it would pull out of the United Nations Human Rights Council over its anti-Israel bias and the decision to permanently stop making contributions to UNRWA, the U.N. aid agency for Palestinians. Trump reiterated his belief that moving the embassy to Jerusalem took the subject off the table, clearing a path to peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. The Palestinian Authority has said it will not engage in such talks, saying the United States is not an honest broker. I think its disrespectful when people dont come to the table, Trump said about the issue. Regarding Rosh Hashanah, Trump said: I send my warmest wishes to the Jewish people in the United States and around the world as we approach the High Holy Days. I want to express my deep admiration and gratitude for the extraordinary contributions of the Jewish people to the United States and to the world. Over the centuries, he said, The Jewish people have suffered unthinkable persecution, yet you have not only endured, you of humankind. His own connection to Judaism is also personal, Trump said. I am the very proud father of a Jewish daughter, Ivanka, and my son-in-law, who Im very proud of also I will say that very loudly Jared, and my several Jewish grandchildren, namely three beautiful Jewish grandchildren that I love.Iran ghting to survive, Trump says on Rosh Hashanah greeting call(JTA) A Jewish-American soldier from World War II who was listed as missing 74 nia. Staff Sgt. David Rosenkrantz was buried at the Riverside National Cemetery, where four of his brothers also are buried. In March, his remains were recovered and where he was killed, the Los Angeles Times reported. More than 30 of his relatives, including nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews, and their children, attended the funeral, according to the Times. Rosenkrantz became a hometown hero three months after being shipped out to Europe in 1943, when he and another paratrooper were mistakenly dropped into an Italian unit and all 200 of them surrendered to the two American soldiers. He was killed at the age of 28 during Operation Market Garden in the Netherlands, A Bridge Too Far. Rosenkrantzs dog tags, which were stamped with a J for Jewish, had been returned to the family in March 2012, according to a website in his memory maintained by his nephew Dr. Phillip Rosenkrantz. According to the website, the dog tags were found not long after the war by a farmer and turned over to the U.S. Army. They were then misplaced and found by the army in 2011 and released to the family The soldiers remains had been recovered by Canadian soldiers and buried in an American military grave in the southern part of the Netherlands. This was discovered by a Dutchman, Ben Overhand, who as a teendiers who helped liberate the Netherlands and saw the website dedicated to Rosenkrantz. Jewish American soldier buried for 74 years after going missing


JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 11 SEPTEMBER 7 20, 2018 rffr rfnt brbrtntbb rfntb ffbftr trrrrrrbbbbntbb fbtbbbbbbb tbbbbrfrrfntbff nn frfnrr By MY JEWISH LEARNING STAFFYom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, starts at sundown on Tuesday, Sept. 18. Traditionally one of the most somber days on the Jewish calendar, its known for fasting and repentance not to mention killer caffeine withdrawal headaches. However, the holiday has some lesserknown associations as well. 1. The word scapegoat originates in an ancient Yom Kippur ritual. Jews historically have been popular scapegoats blamed for an array of ills not of their creation. But, and were not kidding, they really do deserve blame (or credit) for the term scapegoat. In Leviticus 16:8 (in the Torah portion Achrei Mot), the High Priest is instructed on Yom Kippur to lay his hands upon a goat while confessing the sins of the entire community and then to throw the animal off a cliff. 2. Another animal ritual, swinging a chicken around ones head, has sparked considerable controversy, and not just from animalrights activists. In 2015, the kapparot ritual, in which a chicken is symbolically invested with a persons sins, then slaughtered and given to the needy, spurred two lawsuits in the United States: one by traditional Jews claiming their right to perform it was being abridged by the government and another by animalrights activists. Centuries earlier, the ritual drew criticism from notable sages like the Ramban (13th century) and Rabbi Joseph Caro (16th century), whose objections had less to do with animal welfare than with religious integrity. Some observant Jews today, unable or unwilling to gain possession of a live chicken, now swing money over their heads that then goes to charity. 3. Yom Kippur once was a big matc hmaking day. The Talmud states that both Yom Kippur and Tu bAv (often described as the Jewish Valentines Day) were the most joyous days of the year, when women would wear white gowns and dance in the vineyards chanting Young man, lift up your eyes and see what you choose for yourself. Do not set your eyes on beauty, but set your eyes on a good family. Given the aforementioned caffeine cision on an empty stomach, were glad this particular tradition is no more. 4. Food and drink are not the only things Jews abstain from on Yom Kippur. Other traditional no-nos on Yom Kippur include bathing, wearing perfume or lotions and having sexual relations The less-thanrestrictions (not to mention the romantic restrictions imposed by the third) may explain why the day ceased to be an occasion for from wearing leather. So the good news is that you can go to shul in comfy (non-leath5. In Israel, Yom Kippur is the most bikefriendly day of the year. Although many Israelis are secular, and there is no law on the books forbidding driving on Yom Kippur, virtually all the countrys Jews avoid their cars on this day. With only the occasional emergency vehicle on the road, bikers of all ages can be seen pedaling, even on major highways. 6. Eating a big meal before the holiday begins will make your fast harder rather than easier. Traditionally, the meal eaten before beginning the fast is supposed to be large and festive, following the Talmudic dictum that it is a mitzvah (commandment) to eat on the eve of Yom Kippur, just as it is a mitzvah to Things you probably dont know about Yom Kippur Orthodox Jewish girl performing the kapparot ceremony prior to Yom Kippur in Jerusalem in 2016. Sarah Chandler, an ordained Kohenet (Hebrew priestess) and animal rights activist, suggests a twist on the kapparot ceremony instead of grabbing the chicken and whipping it through the air, just give it a hug.Jewish Broadcasting Service will be broadcasting live services from Central Synagogue in New York City during the High Holy Days which can be viewed locally on various cable and streaming services. The schedule includes: p.m. day. Sept. 19 at 9 a.m. Sept. 19 at 10:45 a.m. at 6 p.m. 9:30 a.m. Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. 1 at 9:30 a.m. For those with Spectrum cable the programming is on channel 166 SD and 1223 HD; for AT&T DirecTV viewers it is on channel 388; for Roku subscribers, look under religion and online it is at High Holy Day services on tv, onlinePhoto by Ilia Yemovich/Getty Imagesfast on Yom Kippur itself. However, eating extra food particularly in one last-minute feast does not help to keep you going for 24 hours, says Dr. Tzvi Dwolatzky of Israels Rambam Health Care Campus. He suggests eating small amounts of carbohydrates (bread, potato, rice, pasta), some protein 7. On Yom Kippur in 1940, Londons Jews kept calm and carried on. In the midst of the Battle of Britain, the relentless Nazi bombardment of London that began in September 1940, the citys synagogues went on with their Yom Kippur services. According to JTA, while air raid warnings twice disturbed the morning services on Oct. 12, 1940, most synagogues carried on regardless and a large proportion of the men attending services wore uniforms of the various forces. 8. Yom Kippurs Kol Nidre services are the only night of the entire Jewish calendar when a tallit is worn for evening prayers. According to the late Rabbi Louis Jacobs, the tallit is worn during Kol Nidre as a token of special reverence for the holy day. It is traditional to wear a tallit or a white garment for the entire holiday, with the color white symbolizing both our spiritual purity and our removing ourselves from the vanities of the material world. Many people actually wear a white robe called a kittel. 9. A Virginia rabbis pro-civil rights movement sermon on Yom Kippur in 1958 riled up local segregationists and sparked fears of an anti-Semitic backlash. JTA reported that Virginias Defenders of State Sovereignty group demanded that local Jews move quickly to refute and conthe states massive resistance to school desegregation and said that if he had intended to destroy Christian-Jewish relations, he could not have been more effective. While a leading member of the Reform temple reportedly said a considerable number of congregants worried Franks stand might result in increased anti-Semitism, others sided with the rabbi, holding that he held a spiritual and moral duty to speak out for social justice. The congregation stood by Frank, and The Washington Post published an editorial calling him a courageous clergyman.


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FL Lic.#43925 RELAX RECUPERATE REHABILITATE M enorahENORAH G ardensARDENS B urialURIAL P lotLOT : 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 in formation, contact 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. Those attending will learn about personal documentaries with videos that help you share your family story.    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. Everyone is invited.   For more information, call Bruce Had burg at (727) 796-7981.Young AdultsBreak-the-Fast dinner: The 20s+30s group at Congregation Schaarai Zedek in Tampa invites others in that age group to a Yom Kippur Break-the-Fast at Metro Diner, 4011 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m. Appetizers are free but participants pay for their own dinner. The group is sponsored by Schaarai Zedek but open to all. RSVP by Sept. 17 at www. For more information, contact Lindsey Dewey at or (813) 8762377, ext. 221. 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. Trivia night and brews: Test your trivia knowledge with Team #Gather at 81Bay Brewing. 4465 W. Gandy Blvd., Tampa on Wednesday, Oct. 10. Happy hour begins at 7 p.m. and trivia is at 8 p.m. This is a free event. Bagel lovers unite: Enjoy your Sunday morning with a bagel brunch spread on Sunday, Oct. 21 from 10-11:30 a.m. This #Gather event is at Ballast Point Park, 5300 Interbay Blvd., Tampa, and the cost is $5 for members and $8 for guests. There will be bagels, lox, cream cheese, coffee and juice with great playground facilities. Families and children are welcome to join. #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 programs/young-adults or contact Lisa Robbins at 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.   On Sept. 17, the topic is Keys to a Productive Career Transition. On Sept. 24 the topic will be Self Care: Strategies to Replenish, Recharge, & Reboot. On Oct. 1 the topic will be Demystifying Behavioral Interviewing. Job-search aids: Success workshops to aid with job-search skills will be held on Thursdays, Sept. 20, 27 and Oct. 4. On Sept. 20 from 9:30 a.m. to noon the topic is Customize Your Rsum to Stand Out From the Crowd. On Sept. 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. the topic is Preparing for Your Interview and on Oct. 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the topic is Financial Fundamentals for Now and the Future. The workshops are free for   Job-Links   program participants; $15 for guests. Reservations required.   To RSVP call (813) 344-0200, email   RSVP@TBJL.or g. Switching Gears: A four-part Switching Gears workshop series is taking place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Oct. 3, 10, 17, and 24 at the Jack Roth Center for Career Development at TampaBay-JobLinks. TBJLs professional career coaches will present interactive content to enhance attendees job-search skills whether they are just beginning their career, returning to the workforce after an absence, or considering a career change. Topics include conducting self-assessments, developing a brand, enhancing interview skills, manag ing networking, strengthening rsums and LinkedIn profiles, targeting companies, and more. Participants can attend any or all workshops. The fee to attend is $15 for individual sessions or $50 for all four. Dinner is included. Seating is limited. To register call (813) 344-0200 or email 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   For more information, call Gwen Kaldenberg at (727) 302-3750. (JNS) A special task force will begin operating at Ben-Gurion International Airport in Israel in the next few days, charged with preventing the import of three of the four species that comprise the lulav and etrog combination necessary for the traditional celebration of the Sukkot holiday, which starts on the night of Sept. 23. The Agriculture Ministry said its ban on myrtle (hadassim), willow branches (aravot) and palm fronds (lulav) is meant to prevent the spread of plant diseases and pests inside the country. Inbound passengers will be permitted to bring in a citron (etrog), providing that they pass an Agriculture Ministry inspection at the airport. Israel is the only country in the world that grows and exports the three plant types, and one of few countries that grows etrogs commercially. Though offenders bringing illegal lulav or even criminal offenses depending on the severity of the infraction, the task force has purchased thousands of sets of the four species deemed kosher for use on Sukkot and will distribute them for free at the airport for all those who wish to receive them. Ministry inspectors caught a woman last week trying to smuggle 40 etrogs, valued at more than $1,000, into the country by falsely declaring her suitcase was lost in the hopes of retrieving it later without having to pass through customs.Lulavs and etrogs on shaky ground at Israels airport


Peak circulationThe Jewish Press is widely circulated in the Tampa Bay area, but until we saw photographic proof, we had no idea we had a following atop Mount Kilimanjaro. This past summer, Nermine Khouzam Rubin and daughter Samantha Rubin, both of Clearwater, climbed Uhuru Peak, The Roof of Africa and brought with them not only a Jewish Press, but also documents promoting Nermines cause, Water4Mercy, a project she founded earlier this year. She partnered with an Israeli non-governmental organization that has solar, water and drip irrigation technology. Their goal is providing a permanent source of water to schools and villages in remote areas of Africa. To that end, Water4Mercy will hold an invitation-only fundraiser on Thursday, Sept. 20 with live music, food and a special master of ceremonies. For more information on Water4Mercy, call Nermine at (727) 439-4222.Rabbi in trainingLily Lucey former cantorial soloist and Bnai Mitzvah tutor at Congregation Beth Shalom in Clearwater, has been named Rabbinic Intern at Congregation Shomrei Emunah of Montclair, NJ. Lucey, who also serves as the assistant education director for the synagogue, is currently working toward her ordination at the Academy for Jewish Religion in Yonkers, NY. Proud parents are Robert and Leslie Freedman of Clearwater. JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 13 SEPTEMBER 7 20, 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 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. 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The family suggests memorials to American Technion Society. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg 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 wife of 66 years Mikki; daughter and son-in-law Susan and Robert; sons and daughter-in-law; Mark and Lael, and great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to Suncoast Hospice of Pinellas County. (Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home) MARCIA R. LITOV, 80, died Aug. 22. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel) DAVID B. WOLF 59, of Hilton Head Island, SC, died Aug. 30. Born in Albert Lead, MN, he was a graduate of Indiana University. He worked in the human resources industry for various companies including UPS in Connecticut, the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, Vistana Resorts in Orlando, Berntson Porter & Company and Buildingi, both in Bellevue, WA, and most recently his own company, Simplicity Talent Solutions of Hilton Head Island. He was involved with various organizations and was an active member of the Rotary Club. Survivors include his wife of 19 years, Julie; his mother Barbara Levin; brother and sister-in-law Michael and Tami Wolf; sister and brother-inlaw Kimberly and Art Collins; motherin-law Odette Martin; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; Claude Jr. and Carole, Anne and Luc, Louis and Dominique. The family suggests memorials to:;;;; www. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel)NEW BOARDboards of the Columbus Jewish Federation and the Hillel of the Ohio State University. A lawyer by training, he previously held executive human resource positions with Verizon and Lenovo. Singer has an adult daughter, Allison. Immediately upon arriving in Florida, Singer reached out to the Jewish Federation to become more involved and joined the board in 2016. He also serves on the board of freeFall Theatre and is a Big Brother. For me, taking on the role of president of our Federation is tribal. I grew up in an Orthodox home, and Ive come to understand personally that its important to be a part of a people. I am incredibly proud of what the Jewish people have and continue to contribute to society at large. This is my people, and Ive been so impressed with what our Federation has been able to do right here in my own community that I want to be a part of the next chapter, Singer said. Emilie Socash, executive director of the Federation, said, The past few years, we have been so fortunate to have such skilled and connected community members as president. Karen Reich, Margot Benstock, and Steve Klein all were instrumental in assisting our Federation in the most-needed ways, and I am excited to have the chance to work with Ezra on taking our organization and our community to the next level. During the past three years, the Federations annual operating budget has grown from approximately $900,000 to more than $1.5 million through efforts led by these presidents together with Socash. The Federation has operationally stabilized as well as expanded its role in the community, bringing resources together in such a fashion that allowed for the launch of the Jewish Community Camp in 2017, hosting a community schlicha (ambassador) from Israel during the 2017-18 year, placing a new emphasis on arts and culture programming, and increasing allocations to In my two years as president, I am setting my sights on continuing to build a high-capacity leadership team, rolling out an action plan related to the of the things that touch our community, which help drive the resources needed to continue our growth, Singer said. Joining him on the executive committee are Aliza Norstein as secretary, Hal Hershkowitz as treasurer, and Steve Klein as immediate past president. New members to the Federation board are Jessica Englehard, Susie Schwartz, Aaron Slavin, and Rabbi Michael Torop (as a representative of the Pinellas County Board of Rabbis). Continuing board members Eric Lynn, Louis Orloff, Karen Reich, Toni Rinde, Brian Rolfe, Les Rubin, and Steve Schwersky. The nomination process requires a seven-member committee nominate new and continuing board members as well as recommend executive committee members. This years committee was headed by past members in addition to Rabbi Danielle Upbin, representing the Leadership Council. At the Aug. 23 meeting of the board the slate was proposed and unanimously approved. The Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties creates opportunities for all Jewish community connect in meaningful ways. For more information about getting connected or involved, visit (JTA) Sweden has plans to with a focus on Holocaust survivors from the Scandinavian country and a center devoted to the diplomat Raoul Wallenberg. Announcing the decision to create the museum, Swedish Minister of Social Affairs and Sports Minister that the news feels more important than ever. The museum is likely to be built in Malmo, a city of approximately 350,000 where dozens of antiSemitic incidents are recorded annually. It is tentatively slated to be ready to open in 2020, the Dagen news website reported. A center on Wallenberg, who saved tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews from the Nazis during the Holocaust, is expected to attract international visitors, according to Dagen. The museum will focus on surviving Swedes and collect items, interviews and documents about their experiences. Many of these objects are now scattered at museums, archives and private homes. generation immigrants from the Middle East make up one-third of the population. Several hundred Jews live there.Sweden to create its rst Holocaust museum


PAGE 14 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY SEPTEMBER 7 20, 2018 THEATERWe will have theater-style seating and a backdrop on a wall for the performance, explained Sharon Goetz, daughter of Joel and Ellen Goetz, owners of Jo-Els.   There will also be a raised platform, sound system, special lighting and a piano to accommodate a trio of cantors who will perform famous Broadway songs.   The event will include a wine tasting and hors doeuvres. The Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties is assisting with marketing for the event. We like the idea of Jewish arts and entertainment and are happy to see things like this going on, said Maxine Kaufman, the Federations director of arts, culture, and education. It will be no mean feat to turn Jo-Els into a theater, navigating around shelves chock full of kosher food items and wine, a butcher shop and deli counter. Some tables, chairs and hot Sharon said. The store, at 2619 23rd Ave. N. in St. Petersburg, is tucked away in a district where warehouses are common, but the local Jewish community, as well as non-Jews, have been coming to the place for years to get their The idea for the Theater in the Rye was conceived one day when Cantor Riselle Bain, formerly of Congregation Schaarai Zedek in Tampa and now spiritual leader at Temple Israel of Highlands County, stopped by Jo-Els, as she often does, for chopped liver.   Bain chatted about her Tops from Flops original production that she put on earlier in the summer in Sarasota. Sharon said, Can we do that here? Bain Theater in the Rye production and I am very excited about it. While Sharon says her dad, Joel, came up with the name Theater in the Rye, she takes credit for the concept of doing fun things at Jo-Els as a way of giving back to the community.   She hopes this is just the beginning of new and innovative events Jo-El s will host. They will not all necessarily be theater. We have a musical group interested in performing, and we would like to do food tastings, wine tastings, poetry readings. We are looking to be more part of the community, she said. Entertainment and food and alcohol and community. You cant ask for anything more. During the Tops from Flops show, Bain will narrate and join Cantor Jonathan Schultz of Congregation Bnai Israel in St. Petersburg and Cantor Marci Vitkus of Venice in singing Broadway songs. The tunes are by famous composers such as Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Richard Rodgers and Lorenzo Hart, Harold Arlen, Cole Porter and George M. Cohan all but the latter two Jewish.   This is music that everybody knows and loves, but many do not know they were in   include information on the shows, who was in them and the reviews they got, she said. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Jo-Els or online at   Complimentary refreshments will be served to all ticket holders. For more information, contact Sharon Goetz at (727) 321-3847. Show tunes and a nosh on a Sunday afternoon what could be bad? Sharon asks, adding that the Goetz family is excited to bring this entertainment to the community after the holidays.   NEW YORK Tourists and locals wandering around Flatiron Plaza in downtown Manhattan were met with an unusual sight: a 20-foot replica of the Statue of Liberty standing in a steel cage metal cans. On the other side of the eyecatching set-up, titled Drowning Liberty, were booths with people handing out glasses of seltzer. The installation, on display for three days last week, was organized by SodaStream, an Israeli company that sells at-home carbonation kits, together with the Oceanic Society. Its goal is to raise awareness of the negative consequences of single-use plastic (and drum up business for the company while theyre at it). Passers-by were encouraged to sign SodaStreams sustainability pledge, promising to eschew oneuse bottles for reusable ones. The company claims that making soda at home in reusable bottles results SodaStream is behind this 20-foot Statue of Liberty replica drowning in plastic bottles in less plastic manufactured, less plastic waste and less transport of bottled beverages. We have no choice, SodaStream CEO Daniel Birnbaum said in a statement. We have to go reusable. Annual plastic production is skyrocketing and the U.S. is one of the biggest polluters in the world. Among those who stopped by to sign the pledge was Adrian Grenier, an actor known for his role on the TV series Entourage. Passers-by who paused to take photos and have a drink of seltzer told JTA that the set-up resonated with them. Henry Ortega, 24, said that seeing Lady Liberty up to her waist in plastic bottles reminded him of the importance of not littering. As you know, the city of New York is dirty in the streets, he said. This can actually give us an open mind that weve got to wake up. Its a wake-up call. Azinat Axorova, a 28-year-old visitor from Russia, said the statue made her think of what she had observed about Americans consumer habits. Americans use a lot of things that they dont need, she said. Consumption in this country is so vast that there is so much waste that you dont even think about it. Last month, PespiCo announced plans to acquire SodaStream for $3.2 billion.


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Jewish Press Online Ticket Contest Jewish Press Online Ticket Contest Win 2 TicketsThe winner will be chosen from those correctly answering the following:To enter: Go to www.JEWISHPRESSPINELLAS.comName one of the objects waved on Sukkot. TO SEE A PERFORMANCE OF IN ST. PETERSBURG By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN JTA news service (JTA) Joshua Malina and Lisa Edelstein are among the actors and comedians starring in a campaign launched by Hillel International to encourage college students to vote. Malina, known for his roles on the TV series The West Wing, Scandal, and Edelstein, of House, portray parents congratulating their daughter, Hannah, on turning 18 and becoming a MitzVote, a play on the bar and bat mitzvah coming-of-age ceremony. The comic video also features Israeli-American actress Odeya Rush, comedian Michael Ian Black, Saturday Night Live alumnus Tim Meadows and Scott Rogowsky, who hosts the popular smartphone game show HQTrivia. The actors portray relatives and family friends of the teen, from Rush as a reluctant sister to Black and Meadows as family friends who refer to her as the second favorite child. In short clips, all congratulate Hannah on being able to vote. Theres even a rabbi, who explains that she considers voting, the 614th mitzvot. The video, released Thursday, Lisa Edelstein and Joshua Malina star in the launch video for Hillel Internationals MitzVote campaign.Hillel International launches MitzVote campaign Sept. 6, marks the launch of Hillel Internationals MitzVote campaign, which aims to register and engage 100,000 young voters on over 100 college campuses across the United States. ( The non-partisan campaign aims to give college students an opportunity to become engaged citizens in the way that bnai mitzvot recognizes young Jews as an adult in the Jewish community, according to a statement. Long before American democracy was born, Jews have been celebrating their bnai mitzvot. This campaign is creating a meaningful coming-of-age experience for all Americans who turn 18 and are eligible to vote, said Sheila Katz, vice president for student engagement and leadership at Hillel International. The organization is partnering with Hillel chapters across the country, get-out-the-vote groups and Jewish fraternities and organizations as part of the campaign. The video was produced by Mik Moore, one of the creators of The Great Schlep, a Jewish initiative that promoted Barack Obamas presidential run in 2008. Katz told JTA that Moores past work did not affect the non-partisan nature of the campaign. Were not endorsing any candidates, were not pushing out a particular agenda, other than voting is a Jewish value, and we were excited to hire a great creative agency that has a history of doing political campaigns and other types of campaigns, she said. JERUSALEM (JTA) The American indie pop band Of Montreal from Athens, GA ,is the latest artist or group to cancel its participation in the three-day Meteor Festival in Israel. After exhausting all of the different possible ways of justifying playing an Israeli party festival, while the political and military leaders of the country continue their murderous and brutal policies against the Palestinian people, we came to the realization that there is no actual appropriate move other than to cancel the show, the band said in a statement. The bands decision comes days after headliner Lana Del Rey canceled her participation, saying it was because she was unable to arrange a second performance for her Palestinian fans. A day after Del Rey canceled, the American electronic musician Shlohmo also announced on Twitter that he would not perform. He had decided initially that he would perform and donate his earnings to the people of Gaza. In all, out of the more than 125 announced acts about 18 artists and groups have pulled out of the Meteor Festival in recent weeks, after coming under pressure from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel. Following Del Reys cancellation, Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters, who supports the BDS movement and contacted Del Rey directly to drop her participation, turned his public attention to American jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington, despite contacting Washington and his publicist privately last month. Given that Lana Del Rey has now cancelled, you are the only notable standout. Please dont play the Meteor Festival in Tel Aviv. To do so would be a betrayal of everyone who ever stood up for civil or human rights anywhere, Waters wrote in a post on Facebook. Among the other artists that have canceled are the South African duo Black Motion, American DJ Volvox, British DJ Leon Vynehall, Turkish singer Selda, Nazareth electronic duo Zenobia and Australian DJ Mall Grab. Several other artists who were asked to perform cited BDS in declining the invitation, according to reports. On its website, the festival organizers issued a statement responding to the BDS protest, saying it is percent politics free, receiving no money from the government or any political entity. No one will make us hate, that includes the BDS, which insanely politicized our event. no one, the statement reads. Music heals, politics kills.Indie band Of Montreal joins Lana Del Rey, other acts in pulling out of music festival in Israel(JTA) Rapper Mac Miller was found dead of an apparent drug overdose on Friday, Sept. 7. TMZ reported. Miller, 26, was born to a Christian father and Jewish mother in Pittsburgh. He has talked about having a bar mitzvah and celebrating Jewish holidays growing up. He also has a Star of David tattoo on his hand. In his song S.D.S, he describes himself as a Jewish Buddhist tryna consume the views of Christianity. Miller struggled with substance abuse for years, including during a star Ariana Grande. He was found by police at his home in Californias San Fernando Valley, and pronounced dead at the scene. He was about to start a concert tour next month.Jewish rapper Mac Miller dead at 26 Mac MillerScreenshot via YouTubeCorrectionThe date of the closing reception for a photo exhibit titled To Bear Witness, by USF student Avi Davidson, is Friday, Sept. 14 from 7-9 p.m. at the Centra Gallery in the Marshall Student Center. An incorrect date for the reception was listed in the Aug. 24 edition of the Jewish Press.




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