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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. 5 ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA SEPTEMBER 21 OCTOBER 4, 2018 16 PAGES Complied from news wiresETHIOPIAN continued on PAGE 15 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. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Reverse Tashlich: Volunteers haul mankinds sins from local waters Jewish Press staff reportTampas 13th Festival of Jewish Books & Conversations, hosted by the Tampa JCCs, will feature more than a dozen authors many of them acclaimed award winners at programs Nov. 1 through Nov. 18. Topics for the slate of authors 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 a mom who helped save the Louvre and its treasures from the Nazis. There are also tales of a mystics death predictions and a humorous look at a family wedding. Festival events will take place at the JCC on the Cohn Campus, 13009 Community Campus Drive, Tampa, and the Bryan Glazer Family JCC, 522 N. Howard Ave., Tampa. The Jewish book fest touts variety of topicsOpenning night will feature author Dawn Raffel VOLUNTEERS continued on PAGE 8 Jewish book fest touts variety of topics festival coincides with the National Jewish Book Month of November. BOOK FEST continued on PAGE 10 By BOB FRYER Jewish PressThe beach clean-up treasure of the day was overlooked by a dozen or more Reverse Tashlich volunteers before 9-year-old Joaquin Acanda spotted it in the water, just a small dark portion of a huge memory foam mattress poking above the surface. I just looked and saw it in the water and told an adult, Joaquin explained. It was covered in black scum and once he pointed it out to the adults, several men and women, including his dad, Aaron Medina, attacked it with zeal. For all their struggle they could not budge it until Soon several volunteers were breaking off Others helped relay the waterlogged foam bits to the shore, where people would stand on the debris to squeeze the water out. Then the still-heavy chunks were lugged to the cleanup collection site at the west end of the Courtney Campbell Causeway. Finally, someone found pieces of the mattress. Despite the hard work, everyone was smilteers, including Joaquins mom Elyse Acanda, congratulated him for his sharp eye. Most of the folks at the causeway parTashlich on Sunday, Sept. 16, were members of Congregation Beth Shalom and Temple Bnai Israel, both in Clearwater,From left, Sam Wax, Lynda Arredondo, and Rabbi Nathan Farb, all of Congregation Schaarai Zedek, scour for debris in the mangroves along McKay Bay in Tampa. Marty Goldberg, in yellow shirt, leads volunteers toting a mattress from the shore of the Courtney Campbell Causeway to a debris collection site during the Reverse Tashlich cleanup on Sunday, Sept. 16. Another memory foam mattress was also recovered at the same site.Cleveland Browns sign Jewish kicker The Cleveland Browns have signed kicker Greg Joseph, who played football and soccer at the Donna Klein Jewish Academy in Boca Raton. Joseph, a 24-year-old rookie, was cut by the Miami Dolphins this summer after signing with the club as an undrafted free agent out of Florida Atlantic University. Fellow rookie Jason Sanders, a seventh-round draft pick. beat out Joseph for the job, though Joseph made in the preseason games, including a 54-yarder. The Browns signed Joseph after Zane Gonzalez missed four kicks in the Sunday, Sept. 16 game against the New Orleans two extra point attempts inball through the uprights, Browns coach Hue Jackson said after Joseph signed. We have had this situation happen now for a couple of weeks. We have to keep searching and keep looking. Joseph said he had been working out to stay prepared in case a team showed interest, but was not expecting the call from the Browns on that Sunday afternoon. I was just living the South Florida life. Hung out by the water with some buddies, relaxing and watching some games. Nothing crazy. Joseph didnt have much time to become acquainted with his new teammates, as Cleveland hosted the New York Jets on Thursday, Sept. 20, in which the Browns the school record for most extra points. Along with playing at Donna Klein Jewish Academy, Joseph also kicked at the American Heritage School in Delray Beach. The Boca Raton native, who has been praised for his charity work, credits his mother, a teacher and head of the math department at a Jewish day school, for teaching him the values of giving back to the community. A South Carolina congressman made a joke about Abraham Lincoln groping Ruth Bader Ginsburg, mocking the controversy over a woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of assaulting her 36 years ago. I thought I was going to be late. Did you all hear the latest late-breaking news from the Kavanaugh hearings? Rep. Ralph Norman, a Republican, said at an event Sept. 20 in Rock Hill, SC, the Herald newspaper reported. Ruth Bader Ginsburg came out that she was groped by Abraham Lincoln. Ginsburg, 85, is the oldest justice on the court. A reliable liberal vote, she has said she has plans to serve through the term of President Donald Trump. Norman, whose 5th District borders North Carolina, won a surprisingly tight race against Democrat Archie Parnell in a special election a year ago. He faces Parnell again in November.SC rep. jokes that Ruth Bader Ginsburg accused Abraham Lincoln of groping JERUSALEM (JTA) Israels Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that he has decided to bring some 1,000 Ethiopian Falash Mura who have children living in Israel to the country. Netanyahu made the announcement on Monday, Sept. 17, at a meeting of the Ministerial Committee on the Advancement and Integration of Israeli Citizens of Ethiopian Origin. There are some 8,000 Falash Mura in Ethiopia awaiting permission to immigrate to Israel, most of whom have some family members in Israel. The Falash Mura claim links to descendants of Jews who converted to Christianity generations ago under duress but now seek to return to Judaism. They must get special permission to immigrate to Israel due to their uncertain Jewish status. This is not a simple decision due regarding members of the Ethiopian community, Netanyahu said at the meeting. However, I am determined to do this and I add that this is in wake of 1,300 Falash Mura who have already come to Israel. The announcement came a day after reports that Rabbi Moshe Havlin, the chief rabbi of the southern Israeli town of Kiryat Gat, said he tion from a local catering company if Ethiopian women continued to prepare the food there unless they could prove their Jewishness. Under Orthodox Jewish law, certain foods that are completely cooked by a nonJew, known as bishul akum, may not be eaten by a kosher observer even if the ingredients are kosher and cooked in a kosher kitchen. that the rabbis motives are racist, not religious.Israel to accept more Ethiopian Falash Mura


PAGE 2 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY SEPTEMBER 21 OCTOBER 4, 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.orgOCT 5Press Release .......Sept 21 Advertising ............Sept 25OCT 19Press Release ...........Oct 5 Advertising ................Oct 9NOV 2Press Release .........Oct 19 Advertising ..............Oct 23 Save These Dates! Save These Want More Events? Visit us online at for all of the Jewish events happening in our community! Want More Oct 4. Womens Philanthropy LunchOct 5. Fed Friday #5: Choosing Tomorrow Program, Ella Pardo (Jewish Agency for Israel)Oct 12. Fed Friday #6: Columbian Lone Soldier, Yaakov Rothstein (Jewish Agency for Israel)Oct 14. Theatre on the Rye Show at Jo-Els Kosher DeliOct 14. Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age Free Movie Screening 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: Mixtape: The Stories Behind Israels Ultimate Playlist 11/4/186 to 9 pmRUTH Eckerd Hall


JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 3 SEPTEMBER 21 OCTOBER 4, 2018 Emilie SocashExecutive Director, Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties Perspective Jewish Press of Pinellas County & Jewish Press of Tampa In celebration of Hanukkah, the Tampa Jewish Heritage Night on Monday, Dec. 18 as the team takes on the Atlanta Falcons at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. tailgate at 7 p.m. as Bryan Glazer, Bucs co-chairman and a Jewish community leader, along with others light a 12-foot tall menorah. The tailgate, located at Quad C near the southeast corner of the stadium, will also feature special Hanukkah music, potato latkes, doughnuts and desserts, limitedLater, during the game, the menorah lighting ceremony will be replayed on the giant Bucs Vision screen in the stadium. The only Jewish member of the Buccaneers is center Ali Marpet, shown in Siege the Night with the Power of Light. Marpet recently suffered a season-ending injury and a Bucs spokeswoman said she was not sure if Marpet would be at the tailgate. Jewish Heritage Night is a joint project of Chabad Centers of Tampa Bay and the Bucs. The areas other two professional sports franchises, the Tampa Bay Lightning 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 CountyPhotos courtesy of ADVERTISEMENT VOL. 32, NO. 10 ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA HERITAGE NIGHT continued on PAGE 4 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 The collection of Hanukkah menorahs in the town of Casale Monferrato is housed in the basement injury and a Bucs spokeswoman said she was not sure if Marpet would be at the Jewish Heritage Night is a joint project of Chabad Centers of Tampa Bay and the The areas other two professional sports franchises, the Tampa Bay Lightning HERITAGE NIGHT continued on PAGE 4 in Casale. The synagogue, which is part of a ist attraction and not only because of its opulent sanctuary with huge chandeliers, colorfully painted walls and lots of gilding. The former womens section has been transformed into a Judaica and Jewish history museum. And the synagogues basement, formerly a matzah bakery, is now home to the Museum of Lights. Hanukkah here is commemorated dozens of menorahs, or hanukkiyot, created Its always Hanukkah in this picture-perfect Italian town TOWN continued on PAGE 19 rfn tb fnf f fb DO GOOD EVERYWHERE. FROM ANYWHERE. First Jewish Heritage Night with Bucs is Dec. 18 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! 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Happy New Yearto all our friends in the Jewish community ONLY $60 per person Happy Hour Cash Bar and Hors Doeuvres 6:30 PM Brooklyn Boys Live in Concert 7:30 PM Desserts and Dancing 9:30 PM to 11:00 PMRSVP BY MONDAY, OCTOBER 15TH TO 727-785-8811Call with Credit Card information or send check to Temple Ahavat Shalom I 1575 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor, FL 34683A Tribute Band Featuring The Greatest Hits of Barry Manilow, Neil Diamond, Bette Midler and Barbra StreisandSATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2018 6:30 PM to 11:00 PM If youre not the parent of a teen right now, you might be missing out on the resurgence of television show. As a modern parent, this means that my girls not only binge-watch the seasons on repeat but also follow numerous Instagram proand general fan love. The episode we watched right after Rosh Hashanah aired in 2006 and was entitled Boys and Girls in which Jan (the regiona womens empowerment session with the manager) reacts by having guys time, generally wreaking havoc and attempting to defeat the purpose of the womens session. The women chatter about their dream houses and future lives including husbands and children until Pam (the receptionist) shares that she also would like to do more with her interest in graphic design. Shes offered the opportunity to participate in the corporate arts training program in New York City. As a woman, and as a mother of young women, I recognize the special weight that these opportunities play. In 2018, do women still need doors opened (both literally and metaphorically)? When we stand on the shoulderpads of the greatness of our foremothers, havent we yet broken through that glass ceiling? The glass ceiling is a moving target, to be sure. In my own professional career, Ive been asked in job interviews if Im having another baby soon and if Im ready to play with the big boys. Ive had a promotion delayed by a year because of maternity leave and been told that being a young woman has an impact on my pay. Two of these examples were delivered by women; all of them happened in the Jewish community. In a community in which we prize the value of our work in building community, we can sometimes forget that our values start at home. The idea of different treatment of special opportunity, of sessions with women feminist self. Yet knowing that resistance, missteps, oversights, and just plain old poor judgment exist out there in decisionmakers leaves me hungry for some sort of response. Id propose that as Jewish women, we duties as individuals in our community, pursuing equality for all genders and supporting causes that do just that. and in the last six decades has embraced everything from social justice advocacy to theological activism. Generally, Jewish feminism seeks to advance Jewish women to the same status as Jewish men. This includes aspects of observance, practice, the mid-1800s, the Reform movement felt that women counted toward a minyan and was published (Hours of Devotion, by Fanny Neuda). Im proud to report that in pulpit did so in my hometown of Spokane, WA. And almost 100 years ago, bat mitzvahs started being celebrated for young women. In the midand late-20th century, additional advancements for women in the Jewish community occurred related to receiving rabbinic ordination, chairing certain committees and organizations, and that have happened in the last few years, including spiritual leadership in Israel and nomenclature of feminist titling in the rabbinate. In the Federation world, this Jewish feminism was championed in the early 1970s by a couple of women out equality and female freedom that the era called for. In 2018, Im often asked why a womans charity matters: I give with my husband or I give a family gift is a common theme, as well as the idea that this type of feminist stance isnt needed anymore. I agree with the latter: the motives behind the establishment of the Lion of Judah program in 1972 and subsequent rallying cries surrounding the importance of a womans individual gift were appropriate some nearly 50 years ago, but thats not the stance we take anymore. We no longer need to differentiate ourselves from our husbands or give a gift to show were as good as men. That doesnt mean, though, that our acts including that of tzedakah as uniquely feminine no longer matter. They matter in a different way. Accepting the challenge to live and give authentically as a human offers a different lens through which to view this issue. As Jews, we each have a duty to repair the world, to pursue mitzvot, and to live a life of meaning. Nobody can do a good deed on anothers behalf, which is why every persons involvement matters. On Oct. 4, the Federation will be hosting a lunch for the women of our community (see the story in this paper for full details). At this lunch, women of all stripes will join together in embracing their individual identities as women, as mothers, as sisters, as daughters, as friends, and as humans. We will celebrate our uniqueness, be inspired together, and build each other up not because we are women, but because we are people who enjoy gathering together. feminism, or perhaps a greater embrace of humanism, involvement of all is critical now more than ever. I hope that the women and men of our community will accept the challenge that this opportunity presents: to step through the doors weve opened for each other in building the community we want. Ofce feminism


Temple Bnai Israel ClearwaterGun 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 at KatieBlaxberg@ or (727) 417-0964. For tickets, go to www.eventbrite. com/e/communities-rising-for-action-tickets-47905477573. Sunday Cinema Caf: Take in the Schwartz Dynasty, an Israeli dramedy, on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. Popcorn and non-alcoholic drinks are provided. There is no charge for members and friends. Lunch and Learn: Discussions on a variety of Jewish topics including family, life cycle, modern Israel, current events, Torah and more take place in monthly classes led by Cal Simon on Tuesdays from noon to 2 p.m. beginning Oct. 9. There is no fee for members or non-members. Bring your own nosh. Coffee will be provided. Judaism for Beginners: These classes will be offered on Tuesdays from 78 p.m. from Oct. 9 through Feb. 3. Topics include Holidays, rituals, life cycle, traditions and Torah. This class is for those in an interfaith household or looking to become an adult Bnai Mitzvah. Instructors are Dani Gamson, director of youth and education, Cantorial Soloist Laura Berkson, along with visiting rabbis and educators. The fee for members is $25 (cost of book) and for non-members it is $54. Hebrew classes: On Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m., beginning Oct. 10, learn the Aleph-bet and begin to recognize and read prayers. Instructor is Heather Kaufman. The fee for members is $20 (cost of book) and for non-members it is $50. An Advanced Hebrew Class will be held on Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m., beginning Oct. 11. It is for those who can read Hebrew and would like to add to their vocabulary and comprehension. Instructor is Hilary Hemmins. The fee for members is $20 (cost of book) and for non-members it is $50. For more information and to register, call Playtime: The temple invites preschoolers and their parents to gather with other families with young children on Sunday, Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to noon. This is an opportunity for families to engage in fun activities with their tots. Non-members are welcome. ing information. Denim, Diamonds and Dice: Casino night, complete with gaming tables with professional dealers, food, a well-stocked bar and auctions galore, will be held Saturday Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. Tickets on sale now for the temples annual fundraiser. Tickets are $50 in advance and $65 at the door. Each ticket provides entry, food and two drinks. At the Cong. Beth Shalom ClearwaterPJ Library Sukkot event: Young elementary school children will enjoy a morning of reading from one of the selected books from the PJ Library on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 10:30 a.m. Afterwards, there will be activities based on the book. Simchat Torah: Enjoy a free spaghetti dinner at 5:30 p.m. followed by Simchat Torah service on Monday, Oct. 1 The evening includes Hakafot, singing and dancing with the Torahs. There will be more Hakafot, singing and dancing with the Torahs on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 9 a.m. with a kiddush luncheon to RSVP for dinner at (727) 531-1418. Lunch and Learn: On Saturday, Oct. 6 at 12:30 p.m. guest presenter Tali Berman, who is an American living in Israel, will speak about her life in Israel and her work as an autism specialist. She is author of Play to Grow, which lists more than 200 games to help special children develop fundamental social skills. Berman has worked with hundreds of children from more than 30 different countries since 1997. She presented at the National Autism Association Conference in 2017 on autism and self-esteem. Rosh Chodesh: The Womens Study Group will meet on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 4 p.m. Contact Anne de Marlor with any questions at (727) 481-1739. Pen to paper: Learn the art of memoir writing in a four-session class facilitated by Martha Margolis. It begins on Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 7-8:30 p.m. This class will explore the concept and techniques of memoir writing. Beginners are welcome. Prayer in motion: On Saturday, Oct. 13 at 9:30 a.m. Rabbi Danielle Upbin will present Prayer in Motion, a combination of study, discussion and personalization of the morning service along with guided gentlemovement to awaken the body and stir the soul. Come as you are and leave after the session or stay for the main service and lunch. Talmud classes: On Mondays and most Wednesdays, explore ancient legal tradition with Dr. Priscilla Nathanson. The class is open to all levels of knowledge. The Monday class is held after minyan from 10 11:15 a.m. and the Wednesday class is 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. Chabad of ClearwaterTorah Studies: Developed by the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute, Chabad of Clearwater will present a series of 12 weekly discussions of contemporary issues through a Torah perspective as well as tackling timeless questions in the Jewish tradition. Classes will be held Mondays from 78 p.m, beginning in two divergent perspectives, one terrifying and the other serene. All are welcome and no membership is required. Textbook fee is $20 per student and covers the entire season one consisting of 12 classes. For more information or to register please log on to or call: 727-265-2770 Torah 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 or (727) 265-2770.Chabad of St. PetersburgSimchat Torah celebration: Join in a Simchat Torah celebration featuring a dinner, open bar, dancing and singing, and treats for the kids on Monday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. This event is free of charge. RSVP to Info@ or call (727) 344-4900. Lunch and Learn: Women are invited to share an hour of camaraderie at a Lunch and Learn session on Tuesday, Oct. 9 from noon to 1 p.m. There is no charge for the event. To RSVP, call the center. Womens Book Club: Get your weekly social and spiritual boost with friends, over a round-table discussion led by Chaya Korf on Tuesdays, Oct. 16, 23 and 30 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Delve into the book for this year Towards a Meaningful Life, by Simon Jacobson. Well share strategies, tips, and suggestions for not only discovering where your true meaning lies, but in actually making it a part of your daily existence. Enjoy coffee, fruit and homemade pastries. This is free of charge and walk-ins are welcome. RSVP to Bnai Israel St. PetersburgShemini Atzeret: Erev Shemini Atzeret service will be held, Sunday, Sept. 30 at 6:30 p.m. On Monday, Oct. 1, at 9 a.m. the Shemini Atzeret Yom Tov morning services includes the Yizkor memorial service and memorial plaques dedication. Simchat Torah: 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. Simchat Torah Yom Tov morning service will be held Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 9 a.m. and holiday Mincha and Maariv services begin at 6:30 p.m. During the morning service, the Chatanei vKallot haTorah Spouses of the Torah will be honored. To express respect for the honorees, they are escorted under the chuppah to the bimah for an aliyah reading the portion of Genesis. The honorees are: Esta Blaxberg, a member of the synagogues library committee responsible for re-cataloging the library. She additionally coordinated the Purim Shalach Manot project, along with others made dough for thousands of hamantashen. Wendy R. Levine has served as chairperson for congregations annual Chatanei vKallot haTorah celebration since 2014 and has been a teacher in the religious school for the past three years. She was also a member of the Chaivana Nights Gala committee, and currently serves as a co-chair for the 2018-2019 Torah Fund Dinner. Dr. Bob and Ina Sheppard have been active in the local Jewish community since moving here in 1995. They served on the board of the Pinellas County Jewish Day School. Most recently Ina cochaired the Chaivana Nights Gala fundraiser and currently co-chairs the development and implementation of the new synagogue database and website. Coffee Talk: Join Rabbi Philip Weintraub for coffee and conversation on Wednesday mornings at 9 a.m. beginning Oct. 3 at Gypsy Soul Coffeehouse, 17465 Gulf Blvd, Redington Shores. Hebrew Reading Classes: Want to learn Hebrew? All levels are welcome to a Hebrew reading class beginning Wednesday, Oct. 3 after the Wednesday evening minyan beginning at 6:30 p.m. Contact Maureen Sechan at or call (727) 831-4900, ext. 1011. Kiddush Torah Study: Join us for a monthly Torah discussion facilitated congregants on Saturday, Oct. 6, following Shabbat morning services. Yoga: Join a mindful, all levels yoga class on Sundays at 10 a.m. beginning on Sunday, Oct. 7. focusing on stress relief, relaxation, and strengthening. Bring a yoga mat or towel. Suggested donation is $10. Talmud Made Easy: Steve Wein continues his Talmud class on Tuesday, Oct. 9 and 23 at 5 p.m. with the study of Berachot (Blessings). Novices and seasoned students alike are welcome to participate. The class is conducted in English and no prior knowl381-4900 or for details. Survivor stories: Author Roslyn Franken will speak at the synagogue on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 10:30 a.m. presenting her book Meant To Be, which tell the story of her parents, Sonja and John. Sonja survived the concentration camps of Nazi Europe and later married John, who survived the atomic bomb as a prisoner of war in Japan. A book signing and refreshments will follow this free presentation. Books will be available for purchase. RSVP at Disney-themed Shabbat: Be Our Guest for a Disney-themed musical Shabbat service on Friday, Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m. Families with young children are invited to come after school beginning at 4:30 p.m. for Disney-themed fun. A mac and cheese dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $5 per person or $10 per family. RSVP at Torah cantillation class: Join MauPAGE 4 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY SEPTEMBER 21OCTOBER 4, 2018 Congregations 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


JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY SEPTEMBER 21OCTOBER 4, 2018 Congregations [ ] Visit us on both sides of the Bay Shipping and Gift Wrapping Available Hyde Park Village St. Petersburg 1619 W Snow Circle Tampa, FL 33606 813.831.2111 Shabbat Candlesticks Hamsa Necklace 300 Beach Drive NE St. Petersburg, FL 33701 727.894.2111 You can also shop online! reen Sechan on Tuesday evenings beginning Oct. 9 after our evening minyan beginning at 6:30 p.m. to learn Torah cantillation tropes. Contact Sechan at Maureen@ or (727) 831-4900, ext. 1011 for details. Torah for seniors: Join Rabbi Weintraub at 11 am on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at Philip Benjamin Tower for a Torah discussion. Mishna & Munchies: Beginning Thursday, Oct. 18, study Mishna with Rabbi Weintraub each Thursday beginning at 12:15 p.m. Happy half hour: Come before the Friday night service on Oct. 19 to socialize with friends over a drink and a nosh beginning at 6 p.m. Services begin at 6:30 p.m. Cong. Beth Shalom GulfportIsrael trip: The congregation is planning a trip to Israel next year. For more information, call the synagogue at (727) 321-3380.Temple Beth-El St. PetersburgJewish genealogy: A Jewish genealogy course continues on Tuesdays, Oct. 2, Nov. 6, and Dec. 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 HarborHebrew for Adults: Two classes, a beginners and intermediate Hebrew class, start 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 the year (October through May) plus the cost of books.Young Israel Chabad Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah: 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: Weekly classes taught by Rabbi Yossi Eber will alternate 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 temple on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7 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 veterans. Tickets will go on sale Sept. 20 for $18. They can org or by calling (352) 428-9946. Tickets will not be sold at time of performance. 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 Hill Torah 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. For more information, call (352) 600-2779. The Fourth Annual Mega Challah Bake, set for Thursday, Oct. 25 from 7-9 p.m., aims to bring women from all walks of life together to celebrate all that Jewish women have in common. The event will be held at The Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway, and women will make challah dough together, take it home to bake, and then share Shabbat with others. Whether participants have baked challah before, or Women will use pre-measured ingredients, and all necessary ingredients and utensils are provided. The glaze and toppings are more original. Women can choose from cinnamon sugar, bagel spice, onion/herb or sundried tomato. The event will include sangria and desserts. A few families of three generations of Jewish women will participate, symbolizing the unbroken chain that reaches back thousands of years, and those that continue the tradition to the next generations. The past three years have been sold out, so book tickets early. Tickets are $18 and women can register to participate by going to or email for more information. Sponsors for the evening include Chabad Jewish Center of Greater St. Petersburg, Hadassah of St. Petersburg, St. Pete Wealth Management group of Raymond James Marcia Person, St. Pete Beach Suites and The Club at Treasure Island. Other sponsorships are available. Spice it up at Mega Challah Bake on October 25A six-session course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) titled Wrestling with Faith will be offered at two locations in Pinellas County beginning next month. Addressing common challenges people have in their relationship with G-d, the course will be led by Rabbi Alter Korf of Chabad Jewish Center in St. Petersburg and Rabbi Pinchas Adler at Chabad of Pinellas County in Palm Harbor. Wrestling with Faith explores questions such as: Why do I need G-d if I can live perfectly well without Him? Does G-d really care about the nuances of Jewish practice? Doesnt the concept of Jewish chosen-ness seem racist? How can we relate to a loving and caring G-d amid the experience of tragedy and suffering? How do we reconcile compelling evidence for evolution and the age of the universe with a Bible that tells a different story? Is it even possible to develop a relationship with a senses? Jennifer Wiseman, a senior astrophysicist at NASA and the director of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion, commented about the course: At a time when science and technology dominate the mechanics and framing of our modern lives, it is more important than ever to ask the bigger questions of lifes purpose and values. This course enables the seeker to embrace the achievements of modern science while seeking the higher gifts of wisdom, meaning, and a personal relationship with G-d. All JLI courses are open to the public, and attendees need not be gregation. The class will be offered at:Wrestling with Faith course offered at 2 Chabad centers FULL SERVICE FOR DOGS & CATS 3125 4th St. N. St. Petersburg727.289.7190www.4thstreetpethospital.comFamily owned and operatedFREE Meet & Greet ($55 Value)Comprehensive Exam Exp. 11/30/18 Dr. Stephanie MontorUniv. of Pennsylvania Veterinary Med. School 3693 Fisher Road, Palm Harbor, on Thursdays from 7:15-8:45 p.m., beginning Oct. 18. 1010 Park St. N., St. Petersburg, on Wednesdays from 7:30-9 p.m. beginning Oct. 31. The cost is $79 for those who sign up by Oct. 8 and $89 after that date. Fees include classes, materials and recorded lessons (for sessions missed). For more information, contact either Chabad center or go to www. 727.279.5415 20SHEKELS.COM1877 DREW STREET, CLEARWATER


Under the motto of   Embracing the Past, Changing the Future, Stageworks Theatre in Tampa will open its 2018-19 season on Friday, Sept. 28, with the premiere of   Judgment at Nurember g, a deep and hard-hitting look at the wartime trials that shook the world after World War II.   The play is the sequel to the successful   1961 Judgement at Nur emberg Tracy, Burt Lancaster and Maximilian Schell. The legacy of World War II should be experienced with a live performance. The storyline   is a dramatized version of the proceed ings at one of the Nuremberg trials, in which Judge Dan Haywood (Jim Wicker) is overseeing the trials of four German judges most notably Dr. Ernst Janning (Hugh Timoney) and Emil Hahn (Richard Coppinger) accused of knowingly sentencing innocent men to death in collusion with the Nazis. Representing the defense is attorney Oscar Rolfe (Derrick Phillips), while prosecuting the accused is U.S. Col. Parker (Ryan Bernier). facing the legacy of the war, and how both of their nations have been irrevocably changed by it.   Issues at the forefront of this trial reverberate through history and challenge humanity to this day.   In a time when society has gotten more and more divided along party or ideological lines, it is incumbent on us to look at our past in order to make responsible Director Karla Hartley, who explained that the lineup this season aims to give our audience a chance to look closely at the past in order to soar into the unknown ahead. This production is also supported by community partners:   the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg,    Tampa JCCs and Federation, Stetson Law   and   of Conscience organization are sponsoring a special performance on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 3 p.m. with a presentation after the play by Tampa attorney Greg Kehoe worked for the U.S. Department of Justice as a prosecutor for more than 20 years with postings in of lawyers and investigators which advised the Iraqi Special Tribunal, an ad hoc court formed to prosecute Saddam Hussein and members of his former regime. Tickets for the Holocaust museum event are $35 (with $5 from each ticket sale donated back to the museum). To purchase tickets for this show, RSVP by Sept. 26 to     Legacy,   created and circulated by the   Holocaust Museum.   This traveling exhibit focuses on the two sets of Nuremberg Trials: the International Military Tribunal (IMT) for the major Nazi war criminals and the 12 subsequent trials conducted at Nuremburg for those not tried at the IMT. The IMT set the standard for subsequent trials as well as hundreds of war criminal trisls since 1945. Judgment at Nuremberg will run from Sept. 28 through Oct.14 with evening shows at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and matine performances at 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. For ticket information and reservations, visit   www.stageworkstheatre.or g   or professional theater company.   PAGE 6 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY SEPTEMBER 21OCTOBER 4, 2018 Judgment at Nuremberg cast members are, from left, Greg Thompson (Judge Ives) Elizabeth Fendrick (Frau Bertholt), Alexander Mc Greevey (Rudolf Peterson) MarieClaude Tremblay (Maria Wallner), Jim Wicker ( Judge Haywood), Hugh Timoney (Ernst Janning), Derrick Phillips (Oscar (Dr. Wickert).Stageworks production tackles Nuremberg trials to the Republican Party in New England is calling on voters to support Democratic candidates in the upcoming elections and Seth Klarman put his money where his mouth is. Klarman, a registered Independent crat, told New York Times columnist Bari Weiss that he has donated $4.9 million this year to nearly 150 candidates, most running as Democrats. He said that by Election Day in November he will have spent $18 million to $20 million on Democratic candidates. We need to turn the House and Senate as a check on Donald Trump and his runaway presidency, Klar man said. Speaking of his planned donations to Democratic candidates, what I usually do. he has donated in this election cycle: Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy III; Texas Senate canNew York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a potential presidential candidate. Klarman donated more than $2.9 million to the GOP in the 2016 elec tion cycle, according to the Times. He told Weiss that he has been alarmed by Republican attempts at voter suppression, and by a president who demonizes immigrants and suggests that Muslims, Hispanics and blacks are second-class citizens. Klarman also said he feels betrayed by spineless Republicans who have, with rare exceptions, been The Klarman Family Foundation, which he runs with his wife, sets and gave away approximately $40 million in 2016 with a focus on pro-democracy initiatives, includ ing supporting organizations that protect journalists, combat bigotry and defend LGBT rights. He is also a major investor in The Times of Israel news site. Meanwhile, billionaire philanthropist Leslie Wexner recently announced at a leadership summit longer a Republican and will no longer support the party. He is telling his friends in elec pendent, the Columbus Dispatch reported. Wexner made the announcement at an event sponsored by the Columbus Partnership, the group of ness leaders that Wexner chairs, and YPO (formerly Young Presganization), a group of under-45 business leaders. Wexner, who donates generously to Jewish causes and according to Forbes is the wealthiest man in Ohio, is the CEO of L Brands, which owns Works. He made his announcement after former President Barack Obama, a Democrat, visited Columbus before heading to a rally in Cleveland in support of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Richard Corday. I was struck by the genuineness of the man; his candor, humility and empathy for others, Wexner said. Wexner told his employees in a speech last year following the white nationalist and far-right rally counter-protester dead that he felt sleep because of the incident, telling himself that I have to do something because the leader of our country is behaving poorly. In the last year, Wexner and his tives that foster bipartisan civility, as well as contributed $2.8 million to With Honor, which supports military veterans from both par 2012, he gave $250,000 to a super dential campaign. Four years later, the Wexners donated more than $2 million to candidates, including a $500,000 contribution in support of Jeb Bush for president.2 Jewish billionaire donors withdraw support from GOP Screenshot from YouTubeLes WexnerPhoto by:   CineVie w Studios Photo by Scott Olson /Getty Images Seth Klarman nominee for governor, Ron DeSantis, condemned racist remarks as disgusting but his campaign said it would not return money Boca Raton, had on Twitter called former President Barack Obama a F***ING MUSLIM N*****. tive, he told Politico on Sept. 20: I We were the kikes. They were the those were the spics. disgusting, and said it would no longer accept money from him. But the campaign also said it would not return at least $4,000 he had given the campaign because it had already been spent during the reported. DeSantis spoke in February at nized at Mar-a-Lago, the Florida resort owned by President Trump.DeSantis denounces donors remarks, but wont return money


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PAGE 8 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY SEPTEMBER 21OCTOBER 4, 2018 VOLUNTEERSand Temple Ahavat Shalom in Palm Harbor. Others there included the seven members of the Acanda-Medina family, members of Chabad Jewish Discovery Center in Brandon who came all the way from Fishhawk Ranch in southeast Hillsborough County. most of the other debris collected along the causeway, shortly before the event ended a group of volunteers came to the collection center dragging a more traditional looking mattress that had been discarded near the shore. What a concept The Reverse Tashlich cleanup program, sponsored by the Hillels of the Florida Suncoast, drew more than 300 volunteers to waterfront areas throughout out Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. Nine Tampa Bay area congregations plus Hillel chapters from Eckerd College, the University of South Florida and University the project. The concept is the brainchild of the Scubi Jew club at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg. Tashlich means casting off in Hebrew and during the High Holy Days, the Tashlich ritual is for Jews to symbolically cast their sins into the water. A reverse Tashlich is taking sins from the water, explained Rabbi Ed Rosenthal, who is executive director of the Suncoast Hillels and leader of local Scubi Jew and Tikkun HaYam (repair the seas) programs. Both programs promote protecting the marine environment. Volunteers took buckets and trash-picking tools to six sites: the Courtney Campbell Causeway, Maximo Park and the Blackthorn Memorial (both near the Sunshine Skyway), Takomah Trail Park (east of Busch Gardens in Tampa), the University of South Floridas Riverfront Park and a site at the edge of McKay Bay in Tampa. More than 650 pounds of trash was collected, including many single-use plastic items (water bottles, potato chip bags, straws, plastic forks and food take-out containers). Also collected were glass and aluminum bottles, Styrofoam containers, a garden trellis, a creepy baby doll with limbs barely attached, tires, a 5-foot sheet of bubble wrap, a purse, balloons, a tail light and plastic toothbrushes, along with the two mattresses. Congregation Kol Ami had the most participants in Tampa Bay, with 47 volunteers at Takomah Trail Park. Other Tampa congregations participating included Beth Am, Rodeph Sholom and Schaarai Zedek. In Pinellas, the Skyway sites were tended to by volunteers from Congregations Bnai Israel and Temple Beth-El, both of St. Petersburg. Keep Pinellas Beautiful and Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful provided cleanup materials and chose locations for the project. Giving back While some folks chose other Sunday activities both the Bucs and Rays had home games the volunteers overwhelmingly agreed that their sweaty, sometimes messy, efforts were rewarding. This is a nice, new tradition. It is good to give back, noted Marty Goldberg of Congregation Beth Shalom in Clearwater. He was in on the recovery of both mattresses. I am a science teacher, said Ellen Siegman, The [Reverse Tashlich] idea is just powerful. It hits you this holiday season. Temple Bnai Israel member Vivian Benci, who described her self as a longtime environmental ist, said she and fellow volunteer Marcia Miller are part of an effort to end use of disposable items at their temple. Millers daughter, Samantha, said she joined the effort because it is important to protect marine life. I   have no doubt that the lessons that my children learned from this day will be lifelong and I am so grateful as a father for the mitzvot opportunities that you facilitated for my children today ... We truly appreciated the opportunity to change the world in positive ways today, wrote a volunteer from Temple Ahavat Shalom. Elyse Acanda, the mom whose son found the memory foam matkids to the event after learning about it through social media. It is really important for them to understand their role. When we teach them not to litter, heres why, she said, pointing to collections of debris. Some areas of the causeway were so thoroughly scoured that a few volunteers were not able to collect full buckets of trash. Rachel Biton, a junior at Eckerd and a Scubi Jew member, put it in perspective when she said, I just want to help the ocean and the planet. All these little steps make a big difference. Those at other collection sites also stressed the importance of the effort put forth by the volunteers. Sara Ingber, team leader for Congregation Rodeph Sholom, was overwhelmed by the turnout and said, In the spirit of Tikkun HaYam we did a great mitzvah as a community and I cant wait to do it again next year.   Its our responsibility to take care of our oceans for our children Sam Wax, a board member of Congregation Schaarai Zedek. community, the necessity to raise awareness in the Jewish community about the multiple threats to the marine environment is paramount, said Rabbi Rosenthal. The Reverse Tahslich is just the beginning, Im ecstatic at the reception and participation in our community, and hope it just continues to increase.   Zedek, all in along McKay Bay.Photos by Bob Fryer Photo courtesy of Hillels of the Florida Suncoast


By MICHAEL FOX Special to the Jewish PressThe late, great sketch comedian Gilda Radner is a Jewish icon. Offstage and out of character, however, she wasnt especially Jewish. I think you would have to ask Gilda if she considered herself a Jewish comedienne, muses Laraine Newman, her friend and fellow seasons of Saturday Night Live. Id love to hear the answer, replies Lisa DApolito, director of the deeply affectionate and painfully revealing documentary, Love, Gilda, during a conversation at the San Francisco Film Festival in July. Honest to God, I dont know, Newman says. I couldnt characterize her one way or the other. I would think that would have to come from her. Instead, in Love, Gilda, DApolito does the next best thing: She wisely channels her subjects voice through a trove of clips, personal audiotapes and diary entries (read by contemporary comics Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy and others). Love, Gilda, which has already screened at numerous Jewish opened Friday, Sept. 21 at a variety of theaters nationwide, including locally at the Tampa Theater. Radner grew up in a well-off Jewish family in Detroit. But her beloved father was diagnosed with a brain tumor when she was 12 and died two years later. Her mother delegated many of the child-raisshe was not the most supportive parent. Gilda was also raised by her nanny, who happened to be Christian, DApolito said. So Gilda observed all kinds of different with, I wasnt really sure. I wanted to cover where I thought some of her insecurities came from. Losing her father was really important and her mother putting her on diet pills. The nanny, Dibby, was the inspiration for one of Radners most popular SNL characters, Emily Litella. As for the diet pills, Gildas body image issues as an adolescent led to eating disorders that plagued her into adulthood. When I found the audiotapes, it was so different to hear her talking than to see her on an interview or hear people talking about her, DApolito recalls. It was just mesmerizing, because you get a real sense of Gilda. Shes sitting in a caf talking to somebody, shes ordering things, shes telling stories and shes extremely intelligent and extremely funny. That was really important to me, that an audience have the same expeJEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 9 SEPTEMBER 21OCTOBER 4, 2018 I am a mother, grandmother, retired nurse and community activist. I have been president of Sisterhood at Temple Ahavat Shalom, president and board member for more than 20 years of the Golda Meir/Kent Jewish Center, board member of the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties and immediate past president of the Lylah Pinellas Chapter of Hadassah.WHEN NO ONE STANDS UP TO SPEAK, THE PEOPLES VOICES ARENT HEARD.MAKE HEALT HCARE AFFORD A BL E Expand healthcare funding for our most vulnerable residents Continue funding for Planned Parenthood PROT E CT OUR ENVIRONMENT Ban fracking and oshore drilling Continue Everglades restoration Advocate for laws that preserve our fragile environmentPolitical Advertisement Paid for and Approved by Sally A. Laufer, Democrat, for State Representative District 65STRENGTHEN EDUC A TION Stop defunding public education to fund private schools Invest in teachers G UN S AFE TY L AWS Ban military-style weapons and high capacity magazines Invest in mental health expansion to address mass shootings and suicides TO VOLUNTEER OR MAKE A CONTRIBUTION: Go to: E mail: C all: (727)542-6811ELECT I ll speak up for you in T allahassee. P lease help me get elected. I know how to get things done, but I need your support.V OTE, V OLUNTEER, D ONATEGilda Radner documentary reveals pain and persistence behind the laughs Gilda Radner at work writing, from the documentary Love Gilda. Gilda with husband Gene Wilder and giant jack-olantern rience I had. DApolito was guided in her interview choices musician Paul Shaffer, actor Martin Short and writer Alan Zweibel, among others by who Gilda spoke about on the tapes. Alas, Gene Wilder, the love of Radners life according to DApolito and her husband from 1984 until she died in 1989, was too ill to participate. (He died in August 2016.) Gene was everything she was looking for, because he was a Jewish guy from the Midwest, DApolito says of the Milwaukee native, born Jerome Silberman. Thats what she always wanted, Ive been told. Radner and Wilder met on the Hanky Panky that originally was going to co-star Richard Pryor and was rewritten for a female lead. Wilder then directed Radner (and himself) in the equally disappointing comedies, The Woman in Red and Haunted Honeymoon. The brashness and vitality of Radners TV and stage work showed that she never doubted that she was equal to any man, DApolito says. Thats what I take away from Gildas performances. Newman laments that Radners movie career suffered because casting directors and producers lacked the imagination to cast her correctly. ent was she did characters, and she would probably have been better served if she had taken part in writing the things that she did, Newman asserts. But I dont think it occurred to her. If she and Alan Zweibel had collaborated on a feature, it might have been a whole different thing. DApolitos connection to Radshe directed eight years ago for Gildas Club, a cancer support group founded by Wilder in New York after Radner died from ovarian cancer at age 42. DApolito didnt meet Wilder, maker to his house the year before he died. They spent a memorable day talking and hanging out with his dogs. Somehow at the end of the day Gene and I just sat in the garden together, DApolito recalls. I could see why Gilda loved him. Michael Fox is a San Francisco structor and CinemaLit curator and host, Mechanics Institute.Photos courtesy of Magnolia Pictures


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Come out, enjoy and support our Jewish community, while learning, listening, engaging in stimulating conversations while having lots of fun, she said. Opening night The opening night of the festival will be held at the JCC on the Cohn campus on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. and will feature a talk by author Dawn Raffel, along with a light dinner buffet. Tickets are $18. Raffel is author of The Strange Case of Dr. Couney, How a Mysterious European Showman Saved Thousands of American Babies. Her book presents an extraordinary tale of how Martin Couney, an immigrant doctor became a revolutionary innovator in the early 20th Century, saving thousands of premature babies by placing them in incubators, as part of Coney Island entertainment. Raffel examines the life of Couney and his real identity whether he is a showman with an interest in medicine, or a doctor with an interest in showmanship. Raffel is the author of a novel, two story collections, a memoir and this biographical book. She helped launch O, The Oprah Magazine, where she served as executive articles editor for seven years and has held senior-level positions at More, and Readers Digest magazines. She has taught at Columbia University and at seminars in Montreal and Lithuania. Three events at the Glazer JCC on Sunday, Nov. 4, have been dubbed the Sunday Festival Day of Champions: The author of The Immortalists, a novel which spent weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, will participate in a Sip & Skype interview at 10:30 a.m. The novel is set in 1969 New York City when the four Gold teenage children sneak out to hear their fortunes told by a mystic. Each child is told the day they will die. The prophecies inform and shape their book, The Anatomy of Dreams, was also a New York Times bestseller. She is a graduate include drinks and a nosh. This event at 11:30 a.m., titled Breakfast of Champions, features the author of Road to Valor, A True Story of World War II Italy, the Nazis, and the Cyclist Who Inspired A Nation. McConnon, co-authored with her brother, Andres McConnon, this biography of Gino Bartali, an Italian cycling legend. The story begins with Bartali stunning the world by winning the Tour de France at age 24. Then came Mussolini and World War II when Bartali heroically works to save Italian Jews from the Holocaust. Aili McConnon is a Canadian journalist based in New York. She writes for The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The New York Times and other publications. Tickets are $18 and include a breakfast buffet. At 2 p.m., for what is dubbed Afternoon of Champions, Shinitzky, a licensed psy St. Petersburg, will talk about his book, A Champions Mindset: 15 Mental Conditioning Steps to Becoming a Champion Athlete. He specializes in sports psychology and is a highly sought-after motivational speaker. His upbeat and engaging trademarked programs, The Winning Edge and A Chamup to Olympians and professional athletes. ing steps that can boost achievement of any goal, physical or other. Shinitzky has won awards for his mental-conditioning programs and also co-authored the book, Your Mind: An Owners Manual for a Better Life. Two local authors will be featured on Wednesday, Nov. 7 in the festival bookstore 6:30 p.m. and the second at 7:30 p.m. The 6:30 p.m. program features the author of Warriors, Witches, Whores Women in Israeli Cinema. The book considers the ways social and political power have affected the to cinephiles and feminists, as well as those interested in the Israeli culture. Plus, it ofis an associate professor of Israeli literature and culture at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and is a resident of Safety Harbor. She has also authored An Ideological Death: Suicide in Israeli Literature and was co-editor of Narratives of Dissent: War in Contemporary Israeli Arts and Culture. At 7:30 p.m. Lipkes, author of Rehearsals: The German Army in Belgium, August 1914, will be on hand to discuss his book. It is a history of the terror in Belgium in 1914, when the German military was experimenting with methods they hoped would facilitate modern, massive, fast-moving warfare meant to terrorize conquered populations into submission. Belgium was the rehearsal for the Nazi military machine that was to come: nearly 6,000 unarmed people were murdered, and destroyed. Lipkes holds a Ph.D from Princeton and has taught European history at USF, Eckerd College and Florida Southern. Meet author Marilyn Simon Rothstein on Grill, 11720 N. Dale Mabry Highway. Tickrequired by Nov. 1. The author of Husbands and Other Sharp Objects is a woman who married a man she met in an elevator and began her writing career at Seventeen magazine. She owned heartwarming novel is about the planning of a wedding, set on a rollicking stage of family dynamics. Rothstein is also the author of Lift and Separate, winner of the Star Award tion Writers Association. She grew up in New York City. There will be two programs on Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Brian Glazer JCC, one honor ing a Founding Father and another honoring Jewish War veterans. At 3 p.m., Stephen Fried will discuss his book Rush: Revolution, Madness & The Visionary Doctor Who Became A Founding Father. Fried, an award-winning journalist and bestselling author, has written this remarkable story of Benjamin Rush, a medical pioneer and one sung Founding Fathers. Rush, a 30-year-old doctor, was one of the youngest signatories on the Declaration of Independence. He was also one of the most visionary. Rush was known as the American Hippocrates for pioneering national healthcare and revolutionizing treatment of mental illness and addiction. He was a protg of Benjamin Franklin and served as the editor of Common Sense He was slso the the broker of peace between Samuel Adams and Thomas Jefferson. The New Rabbi, Appetite for America, Thing of Beauty and A Common Struggle (with Patrick Kennedy). Fried and his wife live in Philadelphia, blocks from where Dr. Benjamin Rush lived centuries ago. Tickets are $10 and include a gourmet coffee bar with pick-me-up snack buffet. will discuss his book, The Machalniks. of Jewish American World War II airmen who volunteered to smuggle weapons to the Jews living in pre-state Israel and cre


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Business Professional Directory&PAGE 12 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY SEPTEMBER 21OCTOBER 4, 2018Advertise in Business & Professional Directoryfor as little as $40 per issue including web.For more information, call (727) 535-4400 CEMETERY PLOTSWANTED: Adults with a desire to befriend a Jewish youngster. As a mentor/role model Community Services, (727) 450-7278. COMMUNITY SERVICES VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIESCOULD YOUR CHILD USE ANOTHER ADULT IN THEIR LIFE? Do you have children between the ages 6 who would at (727) 450-7278, for more information. CLASSIFIEDS ADS services and merchandise advertised, nor screens advertisers. All ads must be submitted in writing. $10 for 15 words, 10 each additional word. Organizations M enorahENORAH G ardensARDENS B urialURIAL P lotLOT : HadassahDrag Queen bingo: The Lylah Chapter of Hadassah will hold a breast cancer fundraiser with An Evening of Drag Queen Bingo on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at   Hamburg er Marys, 28910 US 19 N., Clearwater. Ar rive at 6:30 p.m. for dinner and enjoy bingo beginning at 7:30 p.m. Hamburger Marys will donate the entire proceeds from the sale Marys at (727) 400-6996. For more infor mation, email Robin Taylor at   tv_robin@   or call (727) 741-8741.     Genealogical SocietyDiscovering his heritage: Guest Yoel Chaim BenHabib will share his amazing story of discovering that he is Jewish Genealogical Societys next meeting on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 2 p.m. Born in Cuba, he has been interested in his ancestry since childhood.   Currently a junior majoring in history at University of South Florida, BenHabib used research, family interviews, famogy and in the process has discovered that they all point to a Jewish lineage that goes   will share his research methodology as well as stories detailing the customs and traditions he grew up with that are still being practiced by family members in Cuba, unaware of their Jewish heritage. The society will meet at Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Ser session social with refreshments and library access begins at 1:30 p.m. Beginners as well as experienced researchers are welcome. There is no charge to attend this meeting, and guests are welcome. For information, call Bruce Hadburg at (727) 796-7981.Young AdultsTrivia night and brews: Test your 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 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 sesKennedy Blvd., Suite 206, Tampa from 9:30 11 a.m.   On Oct. 1, the topic will be DeCandidate Doesnt Always Get the Job. The Oct. 15 topic is What is Your Non-verbal Communication Saying? Job-search aids: Thursdays, Oct. 4 and 18 from 9:30 a.m. 1 p.m. On Oct. 4 the topic is Financial Fundamentals for Now and the Future. On Oct. 18 the topic is Five Steps to Success Switching Gears: A four -part Switching 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Oct. 3, center. TBJLs professional career coaches will present interactive content to enhance just beginning their career, returning to the a career change. Topics include conducting self-assessments, developing a brand, enfee 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 5 p.m.   For more information, call Gwen Kaldenberg at (727) 302-3750. Caregiver support:day of the month a caregiver support group a.m. This is an opportunity for caregivers to share their experiences and receive inspiraevent is sponsored by Empath Health. To register or for more information, call Kelly or Sandi Sunter at (727) 301-7884 or email Yiddishemama@ Grief support: A grief support group days from 4-6 p.m. from Oct. 16 through Nov. 6. This group provides an opportunity for people affected by grief to share their environment and receive inspiration, guidance and support. Since this is a short series, attendance at all four sessions is encouraged. These sessions are being held in partnership with the temple and Empath Health. To register or for more information, call Kelly Siegel at (727) 735-8743 or email Sandi Sunter at (727) 301-7884 or email orOR saleSALE : A young man originally from Colombia who made aliyah and then served in the program. The program will be held from 10 a.m. are welcome and there is no charge. Colombia in 2013. After completing Ulpan to the army and served in Meitar, an elite seminar, a comprehensive program offering as lone soldiers immigrants who do not Wings program was put on by the Jewish stein went on to graduate cum laude from Hebrew University precatory mechina, an introduction for academic studies. He currently lives in Beer Sheva and studies engineering at the Ben Gurion Univer sity, where he is the co-founder of the Lone Soldiers Club. ly Federation Friday events, call Maxine 530-3223.Lone soldier to talk about life as immigrant to Israel


JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 13 SEPTEMBER 21 OCTOBER 4, 2018 727.789.2000 The Jewish Press publishes obituaries of Jewish community members, both local residents and individuals whose survivors live in the area, as a FREE public service. dwd tyb hrwbq tyb A Sacred Trust Michael, Mandi, David, Pati and Steven GrossDAVID C. GROSSFUNERAL HOMES 6366 Central Avenue St. Petersburg Fl 33707(727) 381-4911Reform Conservative OrthodoxGeneration to Generation, our reputation for superior service and fair pricing has made us the areas most often chosen Jewish funeral provider.THE JEWISH FUNERAL HOMES OF PINELLAS & PASCO COUNTIES830 N. Belcher Road Clearwater, Fl 33765 Michael, Mandi, David, Pati and Steven Gross Obituaries 12905 Wild Acres Rd. Largo, FL 33773 Serving the Pinellas County Jewish Community since 1968The Jewish Burial Society of Pinellas County Inc. dba Chapel Hill Memorial Park is a 501 (c) (3) non-prot corporation licensed by the State of Florida P.S. As always, Im looking forward to hearing about all your family simchas. Photos are welcome, too. Send infor mation to: Sincerely Yours, P.O. Box 6970, Clearwater, FL 33758, or e-mail to the worldBenjamin Douglas Wolfson, son of Nicole and Aaron Wolfson of Largo, born Sept. 5, weighing 9 lbs, 6 oz. Benjamin was welcomed by big sisters Ella and Harper Kvelling grandparents are Julia and Mark Wolfson of Treasure Island and Beth and Doug Fox of Seminole. * Mazel Tov to Jared White and Tom Schaham of Kibbutz Revivim, Israel, on the birth of their son, Eyal, born on June 3. There are lots of thrilled and kvelling relatives who are celebrating the birth. They include older sister Eshel; grandparents Karen Eisler and Michael White of Dunedin, Dr. Ofra Schaham of Tel Aviv and Shimson Schaham of Tel Aviv; great-grandmother Kika Schaham of Kibbutz Hakuk; uncle Ben White of Tarpon Springs and great-aunt Amy Eisler of Clearwater.WILLIAM H. ASKWYTH, 88, of South Pasadena, died Sept. 8. He was born in Brooklyn and graduated from New York University, Columbia University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with degrees in engineering and business. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1951 to 1954. An engineer at Pratt & Whitney for 30 years, he was also an active member of Temple Beth include his wife of 60 years Phyllis; two daughters and sons-in-law; Shelly and Richard Jewell, Bolton, CT, and Karen and Jay Fienman, South Windsor, CT; son and daughter-in-law David and grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to the American Heart Association. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel) STANLEY LECHNER, 102, of Largo, died Sept. 12. Born in New York sical instruments for many years. He Clearwater. Survivors include daughter Barbara (Jeff) Goldberg of Largo; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to The Michael J. Fox Foundation. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel) IRA MITLIN, 96, of St. Petersburg and recently of Canton, MA, died Sept. 8. He had a successful career in comCity and then in St. Petersburg, where he was a key player in the renaissance of the city. He was a former member of the Menorah Manor Foundation board. Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Beverly; daughter and son-in-law Marjorie Mitlin and Steven Bloom, Sharon, MA; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The family suggests memorials to the Veterans Administration Hospital, Brockton, MA. (Stanetsky Memorial Chapel) JANE B. RUTENBERG, 70, Belleair Shore, died Sept. 13. Born in Galesburg, IL she was a market research analysis major from the University of Arizona. She moved to Florida in 1974 to work for Arthur Rutenberg Homes, to provide market research for land acquisitions. Very active in the community she provided support and leadership in the creation of Blossom Montessori School for the Deaf and helped grow the Clearwater Festival of Trees. Israel in Clearwater. Known for her creativity, she produced thousands of crafts, jewelry and knitting projects for family, friends and charitable groups. Survivors include her children Julie Rutenberg and Steven Rutenberg; stepchildren Sharon Rosenberg, Jan Morse and Barry Rutenberg; brother Robert Bondi; brother-in-law Daniel Rutenberg; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to the Blossom Montessori School for the Deaf. (Curlew Hills Memory Gardens) DANIELLE BETH TASHMAN, 22, of New York, formerly of Tampa, died Sept. 9. Prior to moving to New York, she had moved to Georgia in 1997, before deciding to make Woodstock uniqueness and adventure, from her accomplishment of being the youngest assistant court clerk in the history of New York, to her goat-farming job which she loved. Survivors include her parents Jeffrey and Karen Tashman; siblings; Philip Patron, Shayna Micucci (Anthony), Rebecca Tashman; grandmothers; Harriet Chesler and Ruth Tashman. (Segal Funeral Home, Beth David Chapel)(JTA) A professor at the University of write a letter of recommendation for study in Israel because he supports a boycott of the country. John Cheney-Lippold, a professor of American culture, declined to recommend junior Abigail Ingber for a semester abroad in Israel because he supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against the country, known as BDS. As you may know, many University departments have pledged an academic boycott against Israel in support of Palestinians living boycott includes writing letters of recommendation for students planning to study there. 16, in a post on the Facebook page of Club Z, a pro-Israel group for young people. JTA has reached out to Ingber for comment, though she declined to comment on the incident to The Michigan Daily the campus paper. Cheney-Lippold told JTA that despite any backlash he has not changed his mind. He and that Israeli universities are complicit in Israeli abuse of Palestinians because of their role in military research. I do not regret declining to write the letter, precisely because I am boycotting injustice, Cheney-Lippold wrote in an email to JTA. I would hope anyone who cares about injustice, ians, would make a similar decision Israeli universities are complicit institutions they develop weapons systems and military training. Several academic associations, including the American Studies Association in 2013, have voted for boycotts of Israeli universities. Cheney-Lippold rejected the idea that his refusal was anti-Semitic, as he is boycotting Israeli institutions, not the Jewish student. He said that the study abroad programs themselves are discriminatory, alleging that they would deny admittance to Palestinian students or those who are proPalestinian. The issue at hand is how Israel and its institutions discriminate against Palestinians and others, even in terms of the study abroad programs themselves, he wrote. If a Palestinian student approached me to participate in this study abroad trip, they might be denied because of their ethnic origin. The same may go for students who express support for Palestinian rights. director, Masha Merkulova, said the decision is anti-Semitic as it came solely because her chosen destination is Israel. She accused the professor of holding Ingber to a double standard. [W]e fully stand behind Abigail, who should have never been subjected to this double standard, the statement said. We strongly believe that when such acts of anti-Semitism and bigotry occur at higher institutions, we must hold professors, administrators, and universities accountable. The U.S. Department of Education may tary for civil rights, is employing the State Deincludes some types of anti-Israel activity, in investigating claims of discrimination under tion includes applying double standards by or demanded of any other democratic nation and holding Jews collectively responsible for reopening an investigation into an allegedly anti-Semitic event at Rutgers University in 2011. tral Student Government called on the univer sity to investigate divestment from companies that violate Palestinian human rights. The uniIt is disappointing that a faculty member would allow their personal political beliefs to limit the support they are willing to otherwise provide for our students, read a statement on Public Affairs Department, according to the Michigan Daily. We will engage our faculty colleagues in deep discussions to clarify how the expression of our shared values plays out in support of all students. The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic the Palestinian BDS National Committee, urges faculty not to write recommendations for students hoping to pursue studies in Israel.Photo from FacebookAbby Ingber asked John Cheney-Lippold, a professor of American culture, for a letter of recommendation to help her study abroad in Israel.Professor doesnt regret refusal to recommend student for study in Israel


(JTA) The Trump administration ordered the close of the Palesin Washington D.C. Its another indication that the Trump administration is stepping up the pressure on the Palestinians to come to the negotiating table with the Israelis. The Palestinian authority walked away from talks last December after the United States announced its recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. In the last month the U.S. also said it would cut more than $200 million for humanitarian and development aid in the West Bank and Gaza; halt all funding to the UNRWA, United Nations refugee agency that aids Palestinians; and halt $25 million in funding to the East Jerusalem Hospital Network, made up of six hospitals. edly are concerned that the withdrawal of so much aid to the Palestinians could harm Israeli security, in part by fomenting a major humanitarian crisis and collapse in Gaza. In announcing the shuttering of spokeswoman Heather Nauert said, We have permitted the PLO support the objective of achieving a lasting, comprehensive peace between Israelis and the Palestinians since the expiration of a previous waiver in November 2017. However, the PLO has not taken steps to advance the start of direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel. To the contrary, PLO leadership has condemned a U.S. peace plan they have not yet seen and refused to engage with the U.S. government with respect to peace efforts and otherwise. As such, and the Administration has decided will close at this point, she said. The announcement also linked the closure to Palestinian attempts to prompt an investigation of Israel by the International Criminal Court. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised what he called the correct decision by the U.S. The Palestinians refuse to enter negotiations with Israel even as they attack Israel with false claims in international forums, he said. Israel very much appreciates the Trump administration decision and supports American actions that are designed to make it clear to the Palestinians that the refusal to enter into negotiations with Israel and the unbridled attacks against Israel will not only not advance peace but will certainly not make things better for the Palestinians. Ambassador Husam Zomlot, head of the PLO General Delegation to the United States, condemned the decision and said in a statement that we are not surprised. that the administration is blindly executing Israels wish list, which starts with shutting down Palestinian diplomatic representation in the U.S., Zomlot said. He went on to say: This contrack. We will step up our efforts to hold Israel accountable under international law, continue building international alliances for peace, double our efforts to reach out to the American people as we witness the transformational change in American public opinion in support of the Palestinian cause and our legitimate rights. In a speech to the Federalist Society in Washington, White House National Security Adviser John ternational Criminal Court an illegitimate court. If the court comes after us, Israel or other US allies, we will not sit quietly, he said. Bolton added that The United States will use any means necessary to protect our citizens and those of our allies from unjust prosecution by this illegitimate court. He called the ICC ineffective, unaccountable, and indeed, outright dangerous, and said that the court is already dead to us. While the court welcomes the membership of the so-called state of Palestine, it has threatened Israel, a liberal, democratic nation, with investigation into its actions in the West Bank and Gaza to defend its citizens from terrorist attacks, Bolton also said, reiterating that the United States will always stand with our friend and ally Israel. He also said that Israel, too, has sharply criticized the ICC.PAGE 14 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY SEPTEMBER 21OCTOBER 4, 2018 FREE SCREENING:Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital AgeThe Juvenile Welfare Board and Pinellas Youth Mental Health Workgroup are pleased to announce an exclusive FREE screening of the movie, Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age!DATE & TIME:Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 3:00 pmLOCATION:Empath Healths Gathering Place 5771 Roosevelt Blvd, Clearwater, FL 33760 This award-winning documentary dives deep into how technology impacts a kids development, as well as the challenges of parenting in the digital world where parents must compete with video games, texting addiction, and social media. There is no cost for the movie, plus free pizza and bottled water will be served. For more about the movie or to view the trailer, visit: To learn more about this screening, contact Maxine Kaufman at 727-333-3106 or Share this event with teens, parents and families, and encourage them to attend! We hope to see you there! & Banquet Hall Bellissimo Italian Eatery Bellissimo Italian Eatery CATERING ON SITE: Weddings Business Meetingstt See What The Critics Are SayingAMAZING Simply, The BestSeating for up to 80 people10% OFFEntire Check Be Our Guest!With CouponCustomize your own event! Southern Italian cooking or other type of menus available Bar Mitzvahs Birthday Parties Tues. Fri. 6:00 am Noon Sat. & Sun. 6:00 am 1:00 pmBoiled & Baked the traditional way at the same location for over 30 years!1871 Gulf To Bay Blvd. (Clearwater)~ Next to Clearwater High School ~(727) 446-7631 JP Trump administration continues to pressure Palestinians; orders close of PLO ofces in Washington


JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 15 SEPTEMBER 21OCTOBER 4, 2018 rfrfn tbfbfbbfbfbrbb nbbbbbbbbbbb rrbnbb fffbffbrfnt nbbnnbr rfrbbb rrbtr r ETHIOPIANIlan Gilon of the left-wing Meretz party called on the countrys attorney general to investi gate, saying   that if there is truth to the report, the rabbi acted contrary to his public and moral authority and is not worthy of continuing to serve in his position. It should also be examined whether discrimination has been committed under the Equal Employment Opportunities Law. The words spoken by Rabbi Havlin certainly do not correspond to the values of Judaism that we all know and cherish, and certainly do not correspond to the values and behavior expected of a majority in Israel. In 2013, Israels   Interior Ministry approved the immigration of the remaining Falash Mura, and the Knesset in November 2015 unanimously   approved   a plan   to bring some of them to Israel following a public campaign launched by the nations Ethiopian community and volunteer organizations. But the plan did not deal with long-term costs of acclimating the   immigrants.   the budget for the aliyah of the Falash Mura   was signed in April 2016, and in 2017 some 1,300 Falash Mura arrived in Israel. The 2019 state budget, which was approved by the Knesset in March, does not include funds for Ethio pian immigration. An organization representing Ethiopian Israelis said that Netanyahus announcement is a disappointment to the community. In 2015, the government passed a unanimous decision to bring the remainder of Ethiopian Jewry to Israel, numbering approximately 8,000 individuals, Alisa Bodner, spokeswoman of the Struggle for Ethiopian Aliyah, said in a state ment. Todays decision leaves 7,000 individuals behind and is a harsh deviant from the commit ment that the prime minister is yet Photo Courtesy of Struggle for Ethiopian Aliyah (JTA) Israel is upgrading and reinforcing its nuclear sites in light of repeated and explicit threats made by Iran and its proxies to atZeev Snir, the director-general of Israels Atomic Energy Commission, addressed the issue in a speech Sept. 18 at a meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency, or IAEA. The address was provided to the Israeli media. These outrageous threats require Israel to take action and continue to protect and defend its nuclear facilities, Snir said. These facilities are constantly upgraded and reinforced, in line with IAEA safety guidelines, in order to withstand any attack. Israel rarely discusses its nuclear activities publicly. Snir called for regional cooperation on nuclear security and safety, but noted that while Israel has repeatedly expressed its willingness to collaborate with all of its neighbors on nuclear safety and security, the Jewish state is not recognized by several Middle East countries and Iran has openly called for Israels destruction. He called on the IAEA to conclandestine nuclear activities, adding that the covert Iranian nuclear weapons program is a documented fact. Israel has repeatedly under lined the importance of confronting Iran with its lies and conceal ment efforts, he said. Snir said the new information recently revealed by Israel conclusively proves that Iranian activities were part of a well-orchestrated plan to continue the development of nuclear weapons. He also spoke of Syrias undeclared, secretive military nuclear reactor at Dair Alzour, which Israel bombed more than a decade ago.Israel reinforcing nuclear sites due to threats from Iran, nuclear chief says


PAGE 16 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY SEPTEMBER 21 OCTOBER 4, 2018 240 59th Street North, St. Petersburg FL 33710 AL#10306 Personalized Support Respite Stays Available Large Private Apartments Life Enriching Programs FALL SPECIAL!$2,500 Community Entrance Fee Waived AND $500 OFF Monthly Rental for 1st 6 MonthsOFFER EXPIRES OCTOBER 15, 2018Call 727.302.3800 to schedule a tour and ask about a free 2 night trial! Street North, St. Petersburg FL 33710 rfrntbnbbfrrbrr rrrrrrtnb r rff ntbrt rfrn By BOB FRYER Jewish PressToby Fluek lost her father, two sisters and a brother to the Holocaust and survived in a rural Polish village near the border with Russia by hiding in barns, cellars, pigsties as Nazis torched a local hospital where her sister, a patient, died in Those details of her life, and the a picture of the burning hospital, were detailed in a 1990 New York Magazine about Fleuk and a book she had just published titled Memories of My Life in a Polish Village one she published in 1994 titled Passover as I Remember It, include illustrations of her paintings and drawings, with autobiographical text telling of the peaceful, pastoral Poland, until 1939 when Soviets occupied the region, then in 1941 when Nazis invaded, rounding up Fluek survived the war and got York in 1949, where Fluek was In 2005, the Florida Holocaust exhibitions and collections, says that exhibition began a relationship that recently resulted in a decision artwork to The donation includes 542 original paintings, drawings, charcoals, Fleuk, who was a self-taught artist, lived in the New York/New According to the New York Magazine story, it was at the urging of her scenes of the peaceful life in her village, as well as horrifying scenes explains how it wound up here: While Toby was too ill to visit while we showed her work [in caust scholar visited the exhibition Also, the Florida Holocaust Mupriority to collect and exhibit art created as response to the HoloAt one point she had narrowed it down between us and another Finkler said the donation was that her artwork will be exhibited and shared by the Florida Holooutreach as well as digitally and in and researchers all have access to been pleased and honored that book she recalls that there were her childhood provide not only a chronology of daily life there, but also how life was disrupted and before the war baking challah, cooking, enjoying holidays, and Her artwork about her experiences during the Holocaust give a visual to her struggle to survive and the pot surrounded by red potatoes, a tence and of an uncle who bought Photos courtesy of The Florida Holocaust MuseumHolocaust museum receives donation of 542 works of art During the one-year existence of the Brody Ghetto, about three quara daily sight on the ghetto streets, The simple, pastoral life in a small Polish village was lost forever when war broke out, Toby Flueks daughter said. One of her moms paintings evokes memories of that simple life as a woman sweeps the kitchen in her home. A photo of Toby Flueks charcoal sketch shows soldiers invading a home as a woman and children cower in a corner of the room. A collection of Flueks work was recently donated to the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg.