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The Tampa JCCs & Federation will once again participate in #Giving Tuesday as part of its Annual Campaign to raise funds, but this year is turning ily activities with the theme of Get Your Tzedakah On. #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving back for the greater good and this year will happen on Tuesday, Nov. 28. When you give you are making a real impact in the lives of others. It adds meaning to your life when you know you are joining others in tikkun olam repairing the world, said Alissa Fischel, chief development Federation. We are dreaming big this year. We hope to raise $200,000 on #GivingTuesday with the support of our volunteers and generous donors. Folks can Get Your Tzedakah On on #GivingTuesday by answering the call on that day or making a gift online at An even better way is to join in on the fun at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC, where folks can make calls asking for the communitys support, do crafts, sing, act, snack and enjoy the day. Sign up now for available two-hourshifts for the whole family at People can also get social by joining in and follow the conversation using #GivingTuesday for posts to encourage friends to get involved. Hashtags to use include: #GivingTuesday, #JFedcares, #Tampa and #Givingback. The Doug and Maureen Cohn Jewish Community Campus will present its newest gem, the Judy Cohn Park, after a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Campus on Sunday, Sept. 10 at noon. Free activities for children and families will follow until 2 p.m. The new park is named in memory of Doug Cohns sister with funds bequeathed by Judy Cohn, an educator in the Los Angeles area who died in 2015. Within the park is the Jack Roth Garden, donated by Deborah Roth in memory of her husband Jack. Thanks to their generosity and that of others, the front entrance to the JCCs main building has been converted into a pretty plaza for all who reside on campus or visit it to enjoy. Outdoor furnishings and a water feature will be added to the park in the coming months. We invite the entire community to attend the event to celebrate and enjoy this beautiful addition to our campus, said Alissa Fischel, the Tampa JCCs and Federations chief developWe are exceptionally grateful for the generosity of Judy Cohn (zl) and Deborah Roth 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 33758-6970 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 33758-6970 See inside for details. WIN SHOW TICKETS Jewish Press Online Ticket Contest WIN SHOW TICKETS Jewish Press Online Ticket ContestCONVERTED ontinued on PAGE 8 VOL. 30, NO. 3 TAMPA, FLORIDA AUGUST 25 SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 TWO SECTIONS 28 PAGES PARK continued on PAGE 12 GIVING continued on PAGE 12 Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Complied from JTA news service SECTION BJudy Cohn Park to add spot of beauty to Campus Federation adds family fun to #GivingTuesday 114 just converted to Judaism in NicaraguaBy JOSEFIN DOLSTEN JTA news service(JTA) Over the course of just a few days, the tiny Jewish community in Nicaragua more than doubled when 114 people converted to Judaism. In July, community members answered questions before a beit din, or religious court, of three Orthodox rabbis from Israel and the United States and immersed in a newly built mikvah in Managua, the Central American countrys capital. Male converts underwent circumcisions or symbolic circumcisions if already circumcised. Three days after the conversions conducted at the Managua home of a community leader, 22 couples wed according to Jewish tradition in a Managua social hall rented for the occasion. This woman and her young daughter were among the 114 converts to Judaism in Nicaragua. Nicaraguan men who converted to Judaism waiting for their brides prior to a Jewish wedding for 22 couples. tling will return to the former Fort Homer Hesterly Armory, now the Bryan Glazer Family JCC. On Tuesday, Sept. 26, for one night only, wrestling fans will be able to enjoy matches and walk-ons by some of the greats from years past. Bell time is 7 p.m. with VIP guests invited at 6 p.m. Wrestling before the Bucs, the Rays, the Lightning and Rowdies was the sports king in Tampa and throughout the state. Heroes and villains of the wrestling world included Dusty Rhodes, The Great Malenko, Jack Briscoe and as the years rolled on, others such as Wahoo McDaniel, John Cena, Chris Jerico, Ric Flair, Ricky Steamboat and, perhaps the most famous of all, Hulk Hogan. The armory was one of several venues in Florida where the scripted matches, Glazer JCC hosts return of wrestling(L-R) Gordon Solie who often announced matches at the armory, interviews The Great Malenko, aka Lawrence Simon, and Johnny Valentine. WRESTLING continued on PAGE 7IN THE WAKE OF CHARLOTTESVILLE Mayors, ADL announce agreement to combat hateBy BEN SALES JTA news serviceNEW YORK More than 300 U.S. mayors including three from the Tampa Bay Area have signed on to a compact with the Anti-Defamation League to combat hate and bigotry. The mayors are agreeing to explicitly condemn racism, white supremacy and bigotry, and to implement educational and public safety programs to safeguard vulnerable populations and discourage discrimination. The local mayors who signed the agreement, initiated by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the ADL, are Rick Kriseman of St. Petersburg, Bob Buckhorn of Tampa and Julie Ward Bujalski of Dunedin. Other signatories included the mayors of New York City, MAYORS continued on PAGE 113 Jewish movements nix Trump High Holidays call Related stories, Pages 10 and 11 WASHINGTON (JTA ) Three streams of American Judaism will not participate in the traditional annual pre-High Holidays call with the president, saying Donald Trump has given succor to those who advocate anti-Semitism, racism, and xenophobia. We have concluded that President Trumps statements during and after the tragic events in Charlottesville are so lacking in moral leadership and empathy for the victims of racial and religious hatred that we cannot organize such a call this year, said a statement by leaders of the Reconstructionist, Reform and Conservative movements. The reference was to Trumps equivocation following the clash between white supremacists and counter-protesters on Aug. 12 in Charlottesville, VA. CALL continued on PAGE 11Billy Joel wears yellow Star of David during New York concert encore Billy Joel wore a yellow Star of David similar to ones Jews were forced to wear during the Holocaust on his sports jacket during the encore of his monthly concert at Madison Square Garden. Photos of the legendary singer wearing the star began appearing on Facebook shortly after his performance Monday night, Aug. 21. Among those giving Joel accolades was his former wife, model Christie Brinkley, who was in attendance at the concert. And on the day of the Solar Eclipse a yellow star appeared on the jacket of another kind of star no excruciating, memories of loved ones who wore that star to their death, Brinkley wrote in the caption of photo featuring Joel wearing the star on stage. Joels parents are Jewish but he was not brought up with the faith. He has been described as a secular Jew and an atheist. In June, Joel told Rolling Stone, that he tries to remain publicly apolitical. I am a private citizen and I have a right to believe in my own political point of view, but I try not to get up on a soapbox and tell people how to think. Israels security services last month recorded 222 terrorist attacks against Israelis, the highest number in any month since December 2015. to the Israel Security Agencys monthly report for July published earlier this week. Several Palestinians also died, some while perpetrating attacks and others during clashes with security forces. The tally for July was more than double the 94 attacks recorded in June and nearly double the average of 121 per month from January 2016 onward. The Israel Security Agency, or Shin Bet, recorded a total of 2,314 attacks during that period in which 33 victims died and 223 were wounded. Last month was among the deadliest in that period in terms of terrorist attack fatalities, second only to November 2015, when terrorists murdered 10 Israelis. The surge in July attacks owed largely to tensions and clashes connected to the Temple Mount. That month, shot dead. Israel placed metal detectors at the entrance to the Temple Mount, a compound that is holy both to Jews and Muslims. Riots ensued, leading Israel to dismantle the metal detectors two weeks after installing them.Israel terror attacks sharply spike in JulyJERUSALEM (JTA) Israels Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump will meet on Sept. 17 in New Jersey, an Israeli newspaper is reporting. It will be the third face-to-face meeting between the leaders this year. The meeting will take place while Netanyahu is in New York for the opening of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, Israel Hayom reNetanyahu reportedly will visit Argentina and Mexico, minister, prior to attending the General Assembly.Trump, Netanyahu to meet in NJ Sept. 17


PAGE 2 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA AUGUST 25 SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 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. P.O. BOX 6970, CLEARWATER, FL 33758-6970(6416 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33707)Telephone: (813) 871-2332 Fax: (727) 440-6037 E -mail: jewishpress@aol.comAlso publisher of the Jewish Press of Pinellas County of TAMPAAn independent, bi-weekly newspaper owned by THE JEWISH PRESS GROUP of TAMPA BAY, INC. THE TAMPA JCCS & FEDERATION M AINTAINS THE MAIL ING LIST FOR THE JEWISH PRESS.The Jewish Press of Tampa is privately owned, but published in cooperation with the the Tampa JCCs & Federation as a community newspaper. The JCCs & Federation underwrites home delivery of the paper to to promote Jewish community cohesiveness and identity.To RECEIVE THE PAPER or for ADDRESS CHANGES, E-mail at Call (813) 264-9000 Go to www.jewishtampa.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 #3763 The Jewish Press is a subscriber to JTA, The Global Jewish News Source.JIM D AWKINSPublisher & Co-OwnerKAREN D AWKINSManaging Editor & Co-Owner Advertising Sales GARY POLIN TORI GEE GALE TARNOFSKY-ABERCROMBIE Staff Writer & Editor BOB FRYER Ad Design & Graphics REY VILLALBA DAVID HERSHMANSocial Columnist DIANE TINDELLEditorial Assistant GAIL WISEBERGSTAFFPUBLIC AT ION & DEADLINE D ATE S SEPTEMBER 8high holiday editionPress Release ........Aug 25 Advertising .............Aug 29SEPTEMBER 22Press Release .........Sept 8 Advertising ............Sept 12OCTO BER 6Press Release .......Sept 22 Advertising ............Sept 26 November 28, 2017How can you help?Get your t zedakah on!Take action to improve Tampas Jewish community and those we serve across the globe.1. Answer our call on #GivingTuesday and make a generous contribution to the Tampa Jewish Federation or donate online at 2. Sign up now for available calling shifts Morning Shift: 9 AM 11 AM Evening Shifts: 5:30 PM 7:30 PM & 6:30 PM 8:30 PM3. Join us at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC and...Decorate your own tzedakah box Enjoy story time or a fun stamp craft Act out The Giving Tree Sing-a-long Stop in for a bite to eat Make phone calls to ask for our communitys support Questions? Contact Michelle Gallagher at or 813.739.1687. #GivingTuesday at the J is a Family Friendly Event! RALPH BOBOArea/Branch ManagerNMLS ID 432371 State Lic. L025098 3903 Northdale Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33624C: 813.781.1024 JERUSALEM (JTA) Bo dy searches of female worshippers at the entrance to the Western Wall are unacceptable, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. Netanyahu asked Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan to look into accusations that at least four female rabbinical students were subjected to body searches while attempting to enter the Western Wall Plaza, the Prime MinisOn Wednesday, Aug. 23, the students from the Reform movements Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, including two Americans, were asked to lift their shirts and skirts for security before being allowed to enter the Western Wall plaza, where an egalitarian prayer service was being held. The four said they were questioned and pulled aside into a private room. The women were among a group of 15 rabbinical, cantorial and Jewish education students from North America and Australia who joined about 200 men and women in an egalitarian service held that morning on the plaza behind the mens and womens sections. The egalitarian service took place following the monthly rosh chodesh service of the Women of the Wall group. The Israel Religious Action Center of the Reform movement said it planned to submit formal complaints about the body searches on the students. Erdan said that if a complaint checked. Netanyahu and Erdan agreed that if this indeed took place as described, it is unacceptable and will be addressed in accordance with the law and the instructions of the court, the statement said. Western Wall security did not say what they were looking for, according to the Israel Religious Acin the past have detained women and searched for Torah scrolls and other religious items they consider inappropriate for women to bring to the wall. In January, Israels High Court of Justice ruled that women are not to be subjected to intense body searches when entering the Western Wall. Leaders of the Reform move ment said in a statement that they sent a letter to Netanyahu calling on the prime minister to issue a swift and clear denunciation of what they called the degrading searches.Netanyahu calls body searches of female worshippers at Wall unacceptable


JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 3 AUGUST 25 SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 The Tampa JCCs has launched a new swim program at tCohn Campus pool in partnership with the Brooke Bennett Swim Academy. From her beginnings with a swim club in Brandon, Bennett rose to become one of Americas most elite swimmers. At 16. she in the 800-meter freestyle at the 1996 Atlanta Games. In Sydney in 2000, she won two more gold medals, one in the 800meter freestyle and another in the 400-meter freestyle. Now, she is pursuing her passion to teach children how to Cohn campus, swim lessons will be offered for children seven months of age to adults. In addition to the academy programs, a free water babies class New swim program to begin at Cohn campus VanDale Painting (813) 933-7022 Cell (813) 748-9433FREE ESTIMATES is available for families with children from 3-6 months old. Lessons are also offered as part of the enrichment offerings for preschool families. The partnership with the Brooke Bennett Swim Academy will take our swim program to a new level, said Pam Cotner, executive director of youth programs and leisure sports at the JCC on the Cohn campus. The aim of the Brooke Bennett Swim Academy is to make every child water safe and to provide a love for swimming. The campus is located at 13009 Community Campus Drive, off Gunn Highway in the Citrus Park area. For more information, call (727) 510-8123.By BEN SALES JTA news service, NY Michael Steinhardt has poured millions of dollars into ventures for American Jews. But hes no fan of American Judaism. The hedge-fund billionaire turned mega-philanthropist is best known as the founder of Birthright Israel, the 10-day free trip to Israel for Jewish young adults. More recently, hes founded a network of publicly funded Hebrewlanguage charter schools. His latest endeavor is a natural history museum at Tel Aviv University and fauna of Israel and the Middle East. JTA visited Steinhardt at his New York estate, where he spoke about why he thinks American Jewish education needs to change, what to do with the hundreds of thousands of Birthright alumni once they return home, and why hes not worried about college students who rail against Israel. JTA: Youve spoken a lot about how the American Jewish community needs to promote secular Jewish culture. Is that what youre trying to do with your network of charter schools? Can that work if the schools are publicly funded and most of the students arent Jewish? Steinhardt: These are charter schools, and as charter schools they are open to anyone and they have, on average, no more than 50 percent Jewish students in the school. But these schools teach Hebrew in a way that is demonstrably superior to Jewish day schools. Jewish kids in the charter schools will learn a great deal about Israel in these charter schools. The schools fund a trip to Israel and theres a great deal of emphasis on Israel, Zionism, stuff like that, but zero [on Judaism] as a religion. And you prefer it that way, as an atheist? I dont think you came here to talk about my theology, but its temping me to say I truly believe that the time of Jewish history that we have to devote far more energy to is the last 300 years. The last 300 years is the most enlightened it is when Jews really shined. I would use the word superior, except people blanch when I use that word. But its really what I mean: Jews have accomplished so much, so inexplicably out of proportion to their numbers, in these 300 years, and its one of the great failures of Jewish education that thats not focused on at all. Israel is also getting more religious, and youve criticized its government and business world. Why do you feel so positively about Israel if it has some of American Jewry? The modern state of Israel is the Jewish miracle of the 20th century, but its the secular part of Israel thats the miracle. Its the extraordinary achievement, its the technology, the military, the development of a society out of nothing using Zionist ideals, taking people from terrible places and making them Israeli citizens. Israel has become, for me, the substitute for religion. Are you worried that that secular society is not nearly as dominant in Israel as it was 40 years ago? The people I know in Israel are overwhelmingly secular. Tel Aviv University, the natural history museum, are truly modern, secular institutions. Ive been critical of a few things in Israel, [but] Israel is to me the most moral state on this planet, [even] with the occupation, with the differences between rich and poor, with the other issues but its really an exceptional place. I have a house in Jerusalem and I like Jerusalem a lot, but if you go to Tel Aviv, its a phenomenal world. Its a world unto itself. More than half a million young Jews have gone on Birthright, but when they come home theyre caught by the same Jewish institutions youve criticized. Is that an issue? Guess what? They dont succeed in catching them. The way I dealt with it, and still deal with it, is to create Birthright postprogramming. Some organizations that we facilitates Shabbat dinners]. There are other organizations that seem to be doing better. But its a real issue. There are all sorts of things to deal with. Theres 60 to 70 percent intermarriage rates [among young falloff in synagogue attendance. Theres all sorts of things like that. There are no easy answers, but the best answer to date is Birthright. Im tempted to say it has saved a generation. But there are reports that Birthrights numbers are shrinking. It recently began accepting applicants who attended an organized Israel trip in high school. Why is that? The numbers were taking this year will be a record. If youre saying we used to have huge waiting lists and we dont anymore, youre absolutely correct. I think Birthright has almost become a community norm and a large percentage of the age cohort of 18 to 26 go on Birthright. Having trips to Israel has become a popular engagement for the Jewish world and that may be one of the reasons we dont get the huge excess of waiting lists. I think Im too old, too ornery to be a believer that 10 days, Birthright, can change your life. You cant imagine how many people come back and say, This has changed my life. But its still 10 days, and theyre 18 or 21 or 26. Has it really changed their life? I dont know. Do you see criticism of Israels policies as a threat to Birthrights impact on Jewish college students? You cant avoid that being part of the message. Israel is a complicated place in a strange part of the world and there are plenty of issues to deal with. There are a substantial number of Jews who believe that Israel should leave the settlements, leave the West Bank. I think most of us understand the occupation for what it is and what it isnt. The more one understands about Israel, the more comfortable one becomes with the politics of the Israeli government. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.For Birthright founder Steinhardt, Israel substitute for religion


Cong. Kol AmiMitzvah Day: Members of the congregation will devote Sunday, Sept. 10 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. as a day to give back to the community. There will be a number of different places or activities where everyone (small children to adults) can volunteer and be a part of this special day. People can choose the mitzvah that will be most meaningful to them or their family. The Ronald McDonald House, Metropolitan Ministries and the Joshua House are just a few of the organizations that will be participating. For more information, call Mitchell Weiss at the synagogue (813) 962-6338, or email him at Pizza and PJ Shabbat: Young families are welcome to join in on Friday, Sept. 15 from 6-7 p.m. to celebrate Shabbat with guitar playing, singing, dancing, friendship and food. PJs for kids are ok but not required for this child-friendly musical service led by Rabbi Howard Siegel and David Berger A then the service will be at 7 p.m., followed by ice cream dessert. Cost for this event is $5 per person, with a $25 family maximum. Children 3 and under are free. RSVP to the Kol Meet and greet: The Sisterhood and Brotherhood will host a Meet and Greet on Sunday, Sept. 17 at 9:45 a.m. (immediately following minyan) for those who are new members or have not been involved in Sisterhood or Brotherhood for a while. This is a chance to make new friends, connect with the events and activities that the two organizations have planned. information or email Sisterhood at Sisterhood.kolami.tampa@gmail. com or Brotherhood at MensClub. LChaim: A class, Sharing Lifes Lessons, is offered on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to noon. Topics, readings and a different leader are chosen for each weekly session. Knitting time: The Sister hood Needle Workers hold weekly knitting sessions on Tuesdays from 1:30 3 p.m. in the boardroom. Their creations are donated to the First Nesters, a group that provides housing for teens aging out of foster care. For more information, call the synagogue.Cong. Schaarai ZedekSelichot: On Saturday, Sept. 16, the congregation will begin its Selichot program and deli dinner at 5 p.m., followed by a screening of the movie, Bad Day at Black Rock at 6:30 p.m. The Oscar nominated thriller, starring Spencer Tracy, is set in post-WWII Arizona. There will be a brief discussion of High Holy Day themes including transgressions and atonement at the concluwill begin at 8:30 p.m. There is no charge for dinner, but RSVPs are requested so the congregation can plan. RSVP at www. or call the temple Sisterhood opener: The Sisterhoods opening event on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. will feature the movie, Above and Beyond, a documentary about the foreign airmen in Israels 1948 War of Independence. Laura Salzer will also present a talk on Israels Lone Soldiers. These PAGE 4 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA AUGUST 25 SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 Rabbinically Speaking Rabbinically Speaking Reform 1115 E. Del Congregation BETH AM nd ndrd ConservativeCongregation Congregation 1 Campus Jewish Renewal Conservative Reform Temple BETH CHAI ReformTemple .ConservativeTemple CongregationsFor many years, synagogues have employed a Mitzvah. We have always been assured that we will have congregants because they will want their children to have an ornate celebration for their 13th birthday. This was not always a budgetary issue as it originally had valid reasoning associated with it as it was believed that we would change the life of the child and thus the their trajectory as a Jew. The problem was that when they grew up and became parents the trajectory was not altered at all and they became wrapped up in the same cycle that their own parents were in. This is a major problem in the Jewish world today and one that needs to be addressed. I have spoken on this issue at conferences and in interviews. I believe deeply that it cuts to one of the major issues that the Jewish people face each day. The lesson that we have learned is that so long as we continue to focus on Jewish children and make them the central idea in our synagogues we will continue to create a community of Jewish children, but not of Jews. To be perfectly clear I am not saying that Jewish children should not be a focal point of our communities, but I am saying that they should not be the focal point. We need to continue to work to make our communities places where Jews are the focal points no matter what age they are. For generations we have heard from Jews that they will join a synagogue when they have kids. This has been a forgone conclusion for far too long. I love to ask the nave and contrarian question: why wait? Arent you Jewish? because they want to raise Jewish kids. They need to be the home for their Jewish lives that will, God willing, include Jewish children. In examining this tom and not the problem itself. It has taken me some years to discover this as early on I was known for proposing that we do away with the pomp and circumstance associated with the 13th birthday of a child and deemphasize it so that we could return to teaching more philosophy, theology and history to our religious school kids and prepare them for a lifetime of being Jews and not a single day performance. I have realized that doing away with Bnai Mitzvah as we know them is not an answer. The answer is to transform them into something that attacks the Its tme to move beyond Bnai Mitzvah Congregation Rodeph Sholomproblem of disconnected Jews in our midst seeking meaning. It is one thing to identify a problem and a totally different thing to identify solutions. I will be honest. I am going to leave you all to mull this over and offer suggestions to solve this problem, but I do is abandon any curriculum or ideology that presupposes that religious education concludes in seventh grade. We must begin to offer a steady education from k 12. We must do this because we need to emphasize that it is just as important as our math and science studies and also because the older we get, the further up we are on Blooms Taxonomy In the scenario where children leave their religious studies at seventh grade, we lose because they are just beginning to learn to apply and to analyze and so much more. The experience becomes more meaningful as it is less and less rudimentary. This is based on the belief that more informed and educated Jews will remain more involved in the future and Another step in repairing this is to do everything in our power to make the process meaningful. Performances are not meaningful in a vacuum. But if the child is tasked with doing more than preparing for the big day, it becomes more of a labor of love. There will always be the basic features of the service like Torah reading and the Haftara coupled with the leading of services. But we need to do more. This is where the idea of the mitzvah project came from. It was important for the kids to do something for the big day on their own. The project should not just be a one-time event and it should be more than raising money. In fact, it should also not be limited to good deeds as mitzvah means more than a good deed. It is something commanded for the purpose of connecting us to God. Regardless, it is essential that the kids do more than the rote exercises and instead entire process be more meaningful. When it comes to Bnai Mitzvah I seem to have a love-hate relationship, but it is not that hard to overcome this. I believe deeply that Bnai Mitzvah can be used to rescue Judaism and to make us a stronger community. The core that we need to embrace is that we are looking to mold and create whole Jews that will be at home in their Judaism for their entire lives. Once we accept that basic premise, the rest will simply fall into place. Rabbinically Speaking is published as a public service by the Jewish Press in cooperation with the Tampa Rabbinical Association which assigns the column on a rotating basis. Shabbat & Yom Tov Candle Lighting Times


JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 5 AUGUST 25 SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 Congregations are individuals from outside Israel who join the Israel Defense Forces but have no family there. For more Brotherhood kick off: On Thursday, Sept. 14 the Brother hoods Annual Kickoff Party will be held at the home of Laura and Steve Salzer. There is no charge to attend. For more details, including time and address for the Salzers, contact Hebrew for adult beginners: Learn to read Hebrew by attending A Taste of Hebrew taught by Cantor Deborrah Cannizzaro. This 20-lesson course is designed for English-speaking adults who are primarily interested in learning how to read Hebrew prayers and blessings. It is a refresher course for adults who know some Hebrew and is appropriate for those with no Hebrew skills. The class is from 6-7 p.m. on most Wednesdays beginning Oct. 11 and running through March 21. The course textbook is available for purchase for $13. This class is a prerequisite for an Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Call Sherry Stein, director of Membership and Programing at (813) 876-2377, ext. 212, to enroll. Religious school registration: Its not too late to register your child. Newcomers should note that the temple membership requirement for religious school enrollment can be waived on a one-time basis for children entering grades pre-k through 5. A special fee applies. For a registration packet, contact Religious School Director Donna Wood at (813) 876-2377, ext. 210 or download forms at religiousschool.Cong. Rodeph SholomSip and sketch: The Sisterhoods opening event for the new year will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 12 from 7-9 p.m. when it holds a Coloring and Cabernet party. This is for all members, past, present and future. There will be light noshes and plenty to drink and the event is free. Studies with the rabbi: Rabbi Josh Hearshen leads three classes on Thursdays: study of the weekly Torah portion at 11 a.m., Talmud studies at noon and Embracing Judaism: Basics to Complex, at 7 p.m. There is no charge and the classes are open to all.Rosh Hashanah gathering: There will be a Blessing Seder on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. at Sabbath House at the Franciscan Center, 3010 N. Perry Ave., Tampa. A selection of traditional ritual foods will be served. Learn blessings that begins on the evening of the Jewish New Year. RSVP to Shay Shenefelt at for a registration form and information on price. Yom Kippur retreat: This retreat is an opportunity to do the deepest of Teshuvah, return to the Holy One of Blessing and return to your true self. The retreat is appropriate for anyone regardless of Jewish religious involvement or knowledge. It begins Friday, Sept. 29 at 4 p.m. and ends Saturday, Sept. 30 at sundown at the Franciscan Center. The cost for members is $198 and for friends is $252. Prices includes overnight accommodations, a veggie/dairy/ full break-the-fast meal after sundown. Children 13-18 and students are $60. Children 12 and under are free. RSVP to Shay Shenefelt at orahavahtampa@gmail. com and ask for a registration form. Cong. Beth AmSelichot dinner: This year for Selichot on Saturday, Sept. 16, the congregation is encouraging people to gather for dinner at local restaurants for some casual conversation. The idea is to get people who might not usually spend time together, but have something in common an interest, a location, a favorite restaurant to get to know one another. Services and dessert will follow at the synagogue. To become a captain for one information, contact Kathy Bromberg at Reverse Taschlich: Septembers Year of Mitzvot event is a High Holy Day activity, organized by Hillels of the Suncoast, for a reverse taschlich. Instead of casting our sins into the water, volunteers will clean a local waterway of litter and pollution. This event is on the afternoon of Sunday, Sept. 24. For more information or to RSVP, contact Katie Habgood at Crafts and a movie: The Beth Am Craft Klatch and Film Society will meet on Sunday, Sept. 10 from 12:30 2:30 p.m. This is an informal group of folks making crafts and sharing their skills. Following the Craft Klatch, the Film Society will show the 1947 Gregory Peck movie, Gentlemans Agreement about anti-Semitism in the U.S. For more information call Cong. Mekor ShalomColor and connect: An adult coloring get together will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 11 a.m. Come over for coloring, connecting, coffee, and calm. Bring a coloring book or use pages already at the shul. Coloring supplies will be available. Teddy Bear Shabbat: On Friday, Sept. 15 at 6 p.m., teddy bear owners of all ages are invited to celebrate Shabbat in a beary joyful way. This service will include some prayers for a traditional Friday night service, so there will be one service that evening. There will be an oneg Shabbat right after the service with Teddy Bear friendly snacks.Cong. Bais Menacham ChabadPractical kabbalah: Enrich the soul and mind with a touch of kabbalah. Learn practical spirituality for everyday life. Classes are held on Wednesdays, 6:15 7 p.m. WWW.360R EALTYT AMPA.COM813.508.2715 360 REALTY CARLYN NEUMAN For High Holiday Service Schedules, See Page 13 felt everywhere. above, and their parents, to participate in a discussion Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age, free of charge, on Tuesday, Sept. 12. Screenagers probes the vulnerable corners of family life, including the directors own, and delves into the academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists, solutions emerge on how we can best empower young people to navigate the digital world. More information can be found at Light refreshments will be offered at 6 p.m. at Hillel Academy at 2020 W. Fletcher Ave. Tampa, with the movie following at 6:30 p.m. next door at Congregation Beth Am, 2030 W. Fletcher Ave. Licensed psychologist Dr. Wendy B. Rice, founder of Rice Psychology Group, will moderate the group discussion. More information about Dr. Rice can be found at and your kids: Hillel Academy Host lm and discussion

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JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 7 AUGUST 25 SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 Rosh HaShana Dinner NEW Wines for you to try Be thinking aboutBREAK-THE-FASTWe have the best nova, whitesh, sable, whitesh salad and baked salmon on the West Coast!That's how to celebrate in style!!On Rosh HashanahJo-Els offers lots of prepared foods as well as D.I.Y. from the Butcher shop. Maybe this year try the Honey Garlic Chicken Breasts or Chicken Marsala for a new idea. MENUS available in the store, by e-mail, by fax, on Facebook, or by post. Whole or cut Chickens ......... $ 2.99/lb. B/S Chicken Breast (bulk) .... $ 5.99/lb. Whole Brisket ....................... $9.49/lb. 1st cut Brisket ........................ $11.59/lb. Xtra lean Gr. Beef ................. $ 5.99/lb.Large selection of Glatt Kosher Meats and Poultry available.Place your order for one or two of Sharons delicious, homemade HONEY CAKES plain or with chocolate chips. Add parve whipped topping and fresh fruit and dessert is done!HONEY CAKES FROM NY AVAILABLE AS WELL.And there you have it! BUTCHER SHOP SA LESThe Talmud says: And there you have it! The Talmud says: The Talmud says: There is no festive celebration without eating and drinking. Rosh Hashanah And there you have it! Jews have been born and bred to celebrate with food --whether Ashkenazi or Sephardi.We love our get togethers and our culinary traditions. Hag Semeach! Joel, E llen, S haron, Gregory, K im, T erry and C hris rf ntbbtOur large enrollment presents an opportunity to make a wealth of friends. Non-member families may enroll their children (Pre-K through Grade 5) for 1 year. A special fee applies. For information about Fall Class Registration, Donna Wood, our Religious School Director, can be reached at (813) 876-2377, Ext. 210 The Religious School Experience at Congregation Schaarai Zedek offers: Hebrew & Jewish studies Grade 5) for 1 year. A special fee applies. For information about Fall Class Registration, Donna Wood, our Religious School Director, can be reached at (813) 876-2377, Ext. 210 f PBS station WEDU is sprinkling its schedule with past in Hugs and Knishes: A Celebration of our Jewish Foods and Tradi 8 Voices Sing Kol Nidre. Fiddler on the Roof Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness WEDU highlights Jewish life, love and humor in September WRESTLING Championship Wrestling from Florida


PAGE 8 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA AUGUST 25 SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 HIGH HOLY DAY SERVICES SCHEDULECONGREGATION BETH AM2030 West Fletcher Avenue, Tampa, FL 33612CONGREGATION BETH AM is Northern Tampas Reform Synagogue. We are a warm, welcoming community of family and friends coming together for prayer, for study, and for sharing religious observances and life cycle events.CALL FOR MORE INFORMATION Come be a part of our Family for the HIGH HOLY DAYS To enter: Go to www.JEWISHPRESSTAMPA.comONLY online submissions will be accepted. Deadline for receiving entries is Sept.12. One submission per day allowed. American Stage in St. Petersburg The winner will be chosen from those correctly answering the following:Who slayed Goliath with a slingshot?TO SEE A PERFORMANCE OF Jewish Press Online Ticket Contest Win 2 Tickets SEPT. 20 ~ OCT.15 Anton Legal Group Stock Broker DisputesS. David Anton, Esq. Since 1985CONVERTEDKulanu, a New York-based nonPhotos by Bonita Sussman [ ]


JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 9 AUGUST 25 SEPTEMBER 7, 2017Marion and Bernard L. Samson Nursing Center255 59th Street N. St. Petersburg, FL 33710 Newly Renovated! By BEN SALES JTA news serviceNEW YORK With Islamophobic hate crimes on the rise, Muslim leaders are working harder to secure their mosques and institutions. Some are turning to Jewish experts for assistance. A few Jewish organizations have partnered with local and national Muslim groups to advise them on best security practices and advocate jointly for stronger hate crime legislation. Cooperation between the two communities, which was growing late last year, is turning toward the particulars of staying safe in a nervous climate how to prevent attacks and handle hate crimes. When people start to feel unsafe in Sabbath or Sunday or Friday services, that can make for a very complicated and challenging set of circumstances, said Paul Goldenberg, director of the Secure Community Network, which advises Jewish groups and institutions on security and has worked with Muslim, Sikh and Christian institutions on composing security plans. Extremist groups have come to realize our houses of worship are an Achilles heel. Goldenberg has worked with Muslim groups for years, coaching them on everything from forming relationships with local law enforcement to receiving grants from the Department of Homeland Security to making sure staff know what to do in the event of an attack or threat. The ADL and American Jewish Committee have also worked with Muslim leaders and institutions on reporting, preventing, responding to and prosecuting hate crimes. Muslims and Jews appear to have good reason to be vigilant. The Anti-Defamation League reported a 34 percent increase in anti-Semitic incidents in 2016 versus 2015. Islamophobic attacks went up 67 percent from 2014 to 2015, according to the latest FBI statistics, and the number of anti-Muslim hate groups has nearly tripled in the past year, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Both communities have suffered highmosque was bombed in early August, and the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville targeted Jews with neo-Nazi slogans. Some Jewish institutions began forming security plans following the 9/11 attacks in 2001, and SCN was founded three years later. Jewish institutions nationwide have beefed up security, including some that hired guards or restricted entry to their buildings. Muslims now hope to do the same for their mosques and facilities. Salam Al-Marayati, president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, has been consulting with Goldenberg on security since 2011. This year, Goldenberg provided the Los Angeles-based council with a plan to secure area mosques, including best practices on coordinating with law enforcement and procedures to follow during an emergency. All of that was unknown to the community, and with the help of Paul it became known, said Al-Marayati, regarding security procedures. local mosques with consulting similar to SCNs how to build relationships with law enforcement, how to monitor who enters and exits buildings, and the best ways to spread information about a threat or attack. Elise Jarvis, who heads the ADLs community security efforts, said one of the best ways to improve security would be for Muslim communities to increase reporting of hate crimes to police. Jews currently suffer the most hate crimes of any religious group in the U.S., according to the FBI, but Jarvis said Muslims may avoid reporting hate crimes due to a lack of trust in law enforcement. Al-Marayati said many Muslims resent being treated as suspects.American Muslims seeking better mosque security nd help from Jews


PAGE 10 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA AUGUST 25 SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 WASHINGTON (JTA) In a rare statement unrelated to Israel or the Middle East, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee implicitly rebuked President Donald Trump for drawing an equivalence between the sides in the Charlottesville clash. AIPAC shares the outrage and deep concern of our fellow Americans about the inexcusable violence and sickening displays of racism and anti-Semitism in Charlottesville, the prominent Israel lobbying group said in a statement posted on Twitter. The vile hatred expressed by neo-Nazis, the KKK and white supremacists must be categorically and unambiguously rejected. We moral equivalence and oppose between those who promote hate and those who oppose it. There must be no quarter for bigotry in our country. AIPAC joins the virtual gamut of Jewish groups encompassing all religious streams that have issued similar statements. AIPAC rarely makes pronouncements on issues not related to Israel and almost never issues statements that at least do not tangentially relate to the Middle East.AFMDA cancels gala at Mar-a-Lago Club(JTA) Nine charities have canceled planned galas at President Donald Trumps Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, including the American Friends of Magen David Adom. AFMDA, the U.S. fundraising arm of the Israeli Red Cross organization, announced the in a statement provided to the Washington Post, citing the apolitical nature of the humantarian aid organization. Some of the groups cited Trumps response to the far-right rally in Charlottesville, VA, as the reason for canceling. In other cases, groups said the venue was detracting from the message of their events. The club makes $100,000 to $275,000 on such events, the Washington Post reported. NEW YORK (JTA) The AntiDefamation League received 10 times as much money as usual from online donations in response to the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, VA. The group, which combats anti-Semitism and bigotry, reported a 1000 percent increase in online donations during the week beginning Aug. 13, one day after the Charlottesville rally. The ADL said it received six times as many individual donations as during an average week this year, mostly In the aftermath of the rally, skyrocket. It received $1 million donations from Apple and 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch. JP Morgan Chase also announced that it would donate $500,000 to the group. JP Morgan and Apple also pledged to match donations to the ADL and other nonprofits from employees In rare non-Israel statement, AIPAC rebukes Trump ADL:1000% surge in online donations IN THE WAKE OF CHARLOTTESVILLE SPONSORED BY MENORAH MANOR Toby Weinman Assisted Living Residence Irv Weissman Adult Day Center (727) 345-2775 The annual Founders Association dinner, which was held at the Marion and Bernard L. Samson Nursing Center on Wednesday, August 9th. Two new Founders were honored: The Menorah Manor Guild and RFLP Group the Linsky/Rosenblatt Family. In addition to a major nancial commitment, Founders are also committed to providing leadership and to taking an active role in future planning. The beautiful and delicious meal was prepared and served by Menorah Manors very talented Dining Services staff. Menorah Manor is proud to honor its new Founders Association members. Mazel tov and thank you for being such important partners in Menorah Manors mission of providing the best possible care in a warm, homelike, Jewish environment.Menorah Manor hosts annual dinner to honor new Founders Association members(L-R) Rob Goldstein, Menorah Manor CEO; Susie Berman, Menorah Manor Foundation Chair; Barbara Baughman, Menorah Manor Guild President; Jackie Kanner, Foundation Trustee and Co-Chair of the Samson Nursing Center Gift Shop; and Barry Kanner, Menorah Manor Chair. (L-R) Doris Rosenblatt, David Linsky, Frank Rosenblatt, and Nancy Linsky (L-R) Carl Glassberg and Judy Ludin, Menorah Manor Chief Development Ofcer (L-R) Marilyn Benjamin, Sally Siegel, Toby Nastir and Edie Seligman (L-R) Jane Silverberg, Mary Ann Marger and Terri Gross (L-R) Dr. Morrie LeVine, Dr. David LeVine and Marilyn LeVine (L-R) Sue Heyman, Mike White and Rabbi Leah Herz, Director of Spiritual Care at Menorah Manor. (L-R): Toby Nastir and Mel Myers.


JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 11 AUGUST 25 SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 MAYORSLos Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C, Louisville and Phoenix. For decades, Americas mayors have taken a strong position in support of civil rights and in opposition to racism and discrimination of all kinds, the Mayors Compact reads. We are now seeing efforts in our states and at the highest levels of our government to weaken existing civil rights policies and reduce their enforcement. We have seen an increase in hate violence, xenophobic rhetoric, and discriminatory actions that target Muslims, Jews, and other minorities. The compact sets out a 10-point program that includes publicly condemning bigotry; ensuring public safety while protecting free speech; training and funding law enforcement to enforce hate crime laws; working with community leaders to combat bigotry; and strengthening anti-bias education programs in schools. Many of the points echo a plan of action that the ADL called on the White House to adopt shortly after the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, VA, and President Donald Trumps response, which the ADL and many others have slammed. The events in Charlottesville once again showed us we have much work to do to bring Americans together, said Jonathan Greenblatt, the ADLs national director on a conference call with reporters. We know that hate is on the rise. ADL cant wait any longer for the president to act. ADL is ready to work with communities across the country to combat hate. Some of the mayors also portrayed the compact as a response in part to the presidents equivocation of white supremacists and those who oppose them. Steve Adler, the Jewish mayor of Austin, TX, who has volunteered for the ADL in the past, said during the call that mayors dont need a televiolence on many sides and for two days did not single out the white supremacists for censure. A day after he did so, the president among the far-right protesters and the counter-protesters. Responsibility for the violence that occurred in Charlottesville, including the death of Heather Heyer, does not lie with many sides but with one side: the Nazis, altright and white supremacists who brought their hate to a peaceful community, the statement said. Our tradition teaches us that humanity is fallible yet also capable of change. We pray that President Trump will recognize and remedy the grave error he has made in abetting the voices of hatred. Its not clear whether there would be a separate call for Orthodox rabbis, who have participated in the annual calls, which were routine with President Barack binical groups said no separate call was in the works. presidency and believe it is more effective to address questions and concerns directly with the White House, said Rabbi Mark Dratch, the executive vice president of the Orthodox movements Rabbinical Council of America. Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, but not necessarily formalized as a pre-High Holidays call. (JTA) Gary Cohn, a prominent Jewish member of President Donald Trumps administration, considered resigning over Trumps response to a far-right rally in Charlottesville, The New York Times reported. Cohn, the top economic adviser for Trump, drafted a letter of resignation, according to the report, which cited two unnamed people familiar with the draft. In an interview with the Financial Times, Cohn said the White House can and must do better in consistently condemning hate groups. His remarks came nearly two weeks after the Charlottesville rally, which turned deadly when an alleged white supremacist rammed a crowd of counter-protesters with a car, killing one and injuring at least 19. national dialogue about the violence. As a patriotic American, Cohn said he did not want to leave his job as director of the National Economic Council. But I also feel compelled to voice my distress over the events of the last two weeks, he said. After the Charlottesville rally, Trump said that both far-right marchers who gathered in the southern Virginia city and counter-protesters shared the blame for the violence that ensued. Trump later condemned the Ku Klux Klan, racists and neo-Nazis amid criticism that he failed to single out the far-rightists immediately afterward, but a day later said there were very Cohn was standing Trump in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York City on Aug. 15 when the president made his latter remarks to reporters. The called to announce a newproposal for infrastructure spending. Citizens standing up for equality and freedom can never be equated with white supremacists, neo-Nazis and the KKK, Cohn said in the Financial Times interview. I believe this administration can and must do better in consistently and unequivocally condemning these groups, and do everything we can to heal the deep divisions that exist in our communities. Cohn added: As a Jewish American, I will not allow neo-Nazis ranting Jews will not replace us to cause this Jew to leave his job. He also told the Financial Times he spoke privately with Trump about these issues. I have not been bashful saying what I think, Cohn said. In the days after Charlottesville, Cohns family including his wife told him he needed to think seriously about departing, The New York Times reported, citing two people briefed on the discussions. Several of his friends in the business community also urged him to step away from the administration. Amid fears that Cohn would resign, the U.S. stock market dropped until the White House denied the rumor. Cohn was deeply troubled by the market reaction, people close to him told The New York Times. His remarks were in marked contrast to a statement by the Treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, who also is Jewish, and stood directly behind the president during the Aug. 15 news conference. I dont believe the allegations against the president are accurate, and I believe that having highly talented men and women in the country surrounding the president in his administration should be reassuring to you and the American people, he told former Yale classmates who had urged him to resign.Trump adviser Gary Cohn reportedly considered quitting after CharlottesvillePhoto by Drew Angerer/Getty Images prompter to say Nazis are bad. Theres a clear lack of a moral compass, Mayor Shane Bemis of Gresham, OR, a city of 100,000 east of Portland, said on the call. This shouldnt be a surprise to anyone, how he has continued to divide us since the election. It is clearly, in my view, an absence of any sort of moral leadership from the president. But mayors were divided on a couple of contentious issues, including the removal of Confederate monuments from cities and how to strike a balance between protecting civil liberties while guarding against incitement and threats to public safety. Tom Cochran, CEO of the mayors conference, said policy on how to deal with Confederate memorials should be left up to individual cities. This discussion is not about monuments, he said. This conversation is about coming together to denigrate all acts of hate wherever they occur, and making sure we protect public safety while making sure that the right to free speech will always be protected.


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Received as of press time. For more information on related holiday events, See the congregation listings on Pages 4-5. For High Holiday admission policies, contact the individual congregation.HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY ORTHODOXYOUNG ISRAEL OF TAMPA13207 N. 52nd St., Tampa (813) 832-3018SELICHOTSunday, Sept. 17 Service, 1:15 a.m.EREV ROSH HASHANAHWednesday, Sept. 20 Evening service, 7:15 p.m. Community dinner, 8:15 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 1st DayThursday, Sept. 21 Morning service, 10 a.m. Childrens program, 11 a.m. Shofar sounding, 11:30 a.m. Tachlich, 6:30 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 2nd DayFriday, Sept. 22 Morning service, 10 a.m. Childrens program, 11 a.m. Shofar sounding, 11:30 a.m.EREV YOM KIPPURFriday, Sept. 29 Kol Nidre, 7 p.m.YOM KIPPURSaturday, Sept. 30 Morning service, 10 a.m. Childrens program, 11 a.m. Yizkor service, noon Mincha/Neilah, 6 p.m. Break-the-Fast, 7:51 p.m.CHABAD CHAI OF SOUTH TAMPA2511 W. Swann Ave. #201, (813) 922-1723 EREV ROSH HASHANAHWednesday, Sept. 20 Evening service, 7 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 1st DayThursday, Sept. 21 Morning service, 9:30 a.m. Shofar, 11:30 a.m. (approx.)ROSH HASHANAH 2nd DayFriday, Sept. 22 Morning service, 9:30 a.m. Shofar, 11:30 a.m. (approx.)EREV YOM KIPPURFriday, Sept. 29 Kol Nidre, 6:45 p.m.YOM KIPPURSaturday, Sept. 30 Morning service, 9:30 a.m. Yizkor service, noon Mincha & Neilah, 6:15 p.m. Final Shofar, 7:52 p.m. Break-the-Fast to followBAIS MENACHEM CHABAD2001 West Swann Ave., Tampa (813) 504-4432EREV ROSH HASHANAHWednesday, Sept. 20 *at University of Tampa Sykes Faith & Values Evening service & dinner, 7 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 1st DayThursday, Sept. 21 Morning service, 10 a.m. Shofar, noon *Tashlich & Shofar, 4:30 p.m. at Hillsborough River behind P.O.ROSH HASHANAH 2nd DayFriday, Sept. 22 Morning service, 10 a.m. Shofar, noonEREV YOM KIPPURFriday, Sept. 29 Kol Nidre, 7 p.m.YOM KIPPURSaturday, Sept. 30 Morning service, 9:30 a.m. Yizkor, 1 p.m. Mincha & Neilah, 5 p.m. Break-the-Fast, 8 p.m.CHABAD OF BRANDON/ JEWISH DISCOVERY CENTER1578 Bloomingdale Ave. Valrico (813) 571-1800EREV ROSH HASHANAHWednesday, Sept. 20 Evening service, 7 p.m. Dinner, 7:45 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 1st DayThursday, Sept. 21 Morning service, 10 a.m. Shofar sounding, 11:30 a.m. Tashlich following morning serviceROSH HASHANAH 2nd DayFriday, Sept. 22 Morning service, 10 a.m. Shofar sounding, 11:30 a.m.EREV YOM KIPPURFriday, Sept. 29 Kol Nidre, 7 p.m.YOM KIPPURSaturday, Sept. 30 Morning service, 10 a.m. Yizkor service, noon Afternoon and Neilah, 6 p.m. Break-the-Fast and buffet, 8 p.m.CHABAD LUBAVITCH OF TAMPA BAY14908 Pennington Road, Tampa (813) 963-2317EREV ROSH HASHANAHWednesday, Sept. 20 Evening service, 7:30 p.m. Community dinner, 8 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 1st DayThursday, Sept. 21 Morning service, 10 a.m. Shofar sounding, noon Tashlich, 6 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 2nd DayFriday, Sept. 22 Morning service, 10 a.m. Shofar sounding, noonEREV YOM KIPPURFriday, Sept. 29 Kol Nidre, 6:45 p.m.YOM KIPPURSaturday, Sept. 30 Morning service, 10 a.m. Yizkor service, noon Evening services and Neilah, 7 p.m. Break-the-Fast, 7:52 p.m. ConservativeCONG. KOL AMI3919 Moran Road, Tampa (813) 962-6338SELICHOT Saturday, Sept. 16 Program and Service, 8:30 p.m. (at Cong. Rodeph Sholom)EREV ROSH HASHANAHWednesday, Sept. 20 Evening service, 6:30 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 1st Day Thursday, Sept. 21 Morning service, 9 a.m. Tashlich and Maariv, 6 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 2nd DayFriday, Sept. 22 Morning service, 9 a.m.CEMETERY SERVICESunday, Sept. 24 Gan Shalom, noonEREV YOM KIPPURFriday, Sept. 29 Kol Nidre, 6:30 p.m.YOM KIPPURSaturday, Sept. 30 Morning service, 9 a.m. Mincha, 6 p.m. Neilah, 7 p.m. Break-the-Fast, 8:15 p.m.CONG. RODEPH SHOLOM2713 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa (813) 837-1911SELICHOT Saturday, Sept. 16 Program and Service, 9 p.m.EREV ROSH HASHANAHWednesday, Sept. 20 Evening service, 6:30 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 1st DayThursday, Sept. 21 Shacharit service, 9 a.m. Tashlich following serviceROSH HASHANAH 2nd DayFriday, Sept. 22 Shacharit service, 9 a.m.CEMETERY SERVICESunday, Sept. 24 Beth Israel Cemetery, 10 a.m. Rodeph Sholom Cemetery,10:45 p.m. Myrtle Hill Cemetery, noon Tampa Jewish Memorial Gardens,12:45 p.m. EREV YOM KIPPURFriday, Sept. 29 Kol Nidre, 6:30 p.m.YOM KIPPURSaturday, Sept. 30 Shacharit, 9 a.m. Mincha, 5 p.m. Neilah, 7 p.m. Havdalah & Shofar, 8:07 p.m.CONG. MEKOR SHALOM14005A N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa (813) 963-1818 *Services at Carrollwood Country Club 13903 Clubhouse Drive, TampaSELICHOTSaturday, Sept. 16 Selichot, 9:30 p.m.EREV ROSH HASHANAHWednesday, Sept. 20 Evening service, 6 p.m.*ROSH HASHANAH 1st DayThursday, Sept. 21 *Morning service, 9 a.m. *Tashlich, 1 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 2nd DayFriday, Sept. 22 Morning service, 9 a.m*EREV YOM KIPPURFriday, Sept. 29 *Kol Nidre, 6:45 p.m.*YOM KIPPURSaturday, Sept. 30 *Morning service, 9 a.m. (including Yizkor) Mincha, Mariv & Neilah, 5:30 p.m. Final Shofar, 8 p.m. Break-the-Fast, to follow REFORMCONG. SCHAARAI ZEDEK3303 W. Swann Ave., Tampa (813) 876-2377SELICHOTSaturday, Sept. 16 Deli dinner, 5:30 p.m. Program, 6:30 p.m. Service, 8:30 p.m.EREV ROSH HASHANAHWednesday, Sept. 20 First service, 6 p.m. Second service, 8:30 p.m.ROSH HASHANAHThursday, Sept. 21 First morning service, 8:30 a.m. Second morning service, 11:30 a.m. Children & Tot services, 2:45 p.m. Tashlich, 4 p.m. (at Ballast Point)CEMETERY SERVICES Sunday, Sept. 24 Woodlawn, 9 a.m. Myrtle Hill, 10 a.m.EREV YOM KIPPURFriday, Sept. 29 Kol Nidre, First service, 6 p.m. Kol Nidre, Second service, 8:30 p.m.YOM KIPPURSaturday, Sept. 30 First morning service, 8:30 a.m. Second morning service, 11:30 a.m. Childrens service, 2:45 p.m. Afternoon service, 3:30 p.m. Yizkor, 4:30 p.m. Neilah, 5 p.m. Break-the-Fast, 5:45 p.m.CONG. BETH SHALOM706 Bryan Road, Brandon (813) 681-6547SELICHOTSaturday, Sept. 16 Selichot service, 7 p.m.EREV ROSH HASHANAHWednesday, Sept. 20 Evening service, 8 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 1st DayThursday, Sept. 21 Morning service, 10 a.m. Family service, 4 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 2nd DayFriday, Sept. 22 Morning service, 10 a.m.EREV YOM KIPPURFriday, Sept. 29 Kol Nidre, 8 p.m.YOM KIPPURSaturday, Sept. 30 Morning service, 10 a.m. Afternoon service, 4 p.m. Break-the-Fast, 7:15 p.m.CONG. BETH AM2030 W. Fletcher Ave, Tampa (813) 968-8511EREV ROSH HASHANAHWednesday, Sept. 20 Evening service, 8 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 1st DayThursday, Sept. 21 Morning service, 10 a.m. Childrens service, 2 p.m.EREV YOM KIPPURFriday, Sept. 29 Kol Nidre, 8 p.m.YOM KIPPURSaturday, Sept. 30 Morning service, 10 a.m. Childrens service, 2 p.m.CONG. BETH ISRAEL SUN CITY CENTER1115 Del Webb Blvd., Sun City Center (813) 633-2548EREV ROSH HASHANAHWednesday, Sept. 20 Evening service, 7:30 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 1st DayThursday, Sept. 21 Morning service, 10 a.m. Tashlich, immediately following serviceROSH HASHANAH 2nd DayFriday, Sept. 22 Morning service, 10 a.m.EREV YOM KIPPURFriday, Sept. 29 Kol Nidre, 7:30 p.m.YOM KIPPURSaturday, Sept. 30 Morning service, 10 a.m. Yizkor, Neilah, Havdallah, 4 p.m. Final Shofar, approx. 6:30-7 p.m.CONG. BNAI EMMUNAH57 Read St., Tarpon Springs (727) 938-9000 *Services at Church on the Bayou, 409 Whitcomb Blvd. Tarpon SpringsSELICHOTSaturday, Sept. 16 Program & oneg, 7 p.m. Selichot service, 9 p.m.EREV ROSH HASHANAHWednesday, Sept. 20 Evening service, 7:30 p.m.*ROSH HASHANAH 1st DayThursday, Sept. 21 *Morning service, 10 a.m.*EREV YOM KIPPURFriday, Sept. 29 *Kol Nidre, 7:30 p.m.*YOM KIPPURSaturday, Sept. 30 *Morning service, 10 a.m. Followed by Yizkor service Afternoon service, 4:15 p.m. Neilah, 6:20 p.m. Break-the-Fast, 7:20 p.m UNAFFILIATEDCONG. OR AHAVAHServices at Franciscan Center, Tampa Contact Shay Shenefelt at orahavahtampa@gmail.comROSH HASHANAH 1st DayThursday, Sept. 21 Morning service and Tashlich,10:30a.m. Followed by lunchEREV YOM KIPPURFriday, Sept. 29 Retreat begins at 4 p.m.YOM KIPPURSaturday, Sept. 30 Break-the-Fast, at sundown.HUMANISTIC Service at Unity of Tampa 3302 W. Horatio St. Tampa, FL 33609 (813) 701-9685EREV ROSH HASHANAHWednesday, Sept. 20 Program, 7:30 p.m. PASCO COUNTY ORTHODOXCHABAD JEWISH CENTRE AT WIREGRASS2124 Ashley Oaks Circle, Wesley Chapel (813) 642-3244EREV ROSH HASHANAHWednesday, Sept. 20 Evening service, 7 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 1st DayThursday, Sept. 21 Morning service, 10 a.m. Shofar Sounding, noon Kiddush lunch following services Tashlich, 1:30 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 2nd DayFriday, Sept. 22 Morning service, 10 a.m. Shofar Sounding, noon Kiddush lunch following servicesEREV YOM KIPPURFriday, Sept. 29 Kol Nidre, 6:45 p.m.YOM KIPPURSaturday, Sept. 30 Morning service, 10 a.m. Yizkor service, noon Afternoon & Neilah closing service, 5:45 p.m. Final Shofar, 7:51 p.m. Break-the-Fast, to follow POLK COUNTY OrthodoxCHABAD JEWISH CENTRE (863) 937-5565EREV ROSH HASHANAHWednesday, Sept. 20 Evening service, 7 p.m. Community dinner, 7:30 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 1st DayThursday, Sept. 21 Morning service, 10 a.m. Shofar Sounding, 11 a.m. Tashlich, 7 p.m. (at 3775 Prescott Loop)ROSH HASHANAH 2nd DayFriday, Sept. 22 Morning service, 10 a.m. Shofar sounding, 11 a.m.EREV YOM KIPPURFriday, Sept. 29 Kol Nidre, 7 p.m.YOM KIPPURSaturday, Sept. 30 Morning service, 10 a.m. Yizkor, 11 a.m. Afternoon service, 5:30 p.m. Neilah, 6:30 p.m. Fast ends, 7:50 p.m. Followed by refreshments ConservativeTEMPLE E manuelMANUEL 600 Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Winter Haven (863) 838-2583SELICHOTSaturday, Sept. 16 Dinner, 7 p.m. Service, 9:30 p.m.EREV ROSH HASHANAHWednesday, Sept. 20 Evening service, 7 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 1st DayThursday, Sept. 21 Morning service, 8:30 a.m. Childrens service, 9:45 a.m. Tashlich, 6:30 p.m. (meet in Berkovitz Hall)ROSH HASHANAH 2nd DayFriday, Sept. 22 Morning service, 8:30 a.m.CEMETERY SERVICES Sunday, Sept. 24 Temple Emanuel Cemetery, 11 a.m.EREV YOM KIPPURFriday, Sept. 29 Kol Nidre, First service, 6:30 p.m.YOM KIPPURSaturday, Sept. 30 First morning service, 9 a.m. Torah service with Yizkor, 10 a.m. Childrens service, 10:15 a.m. Mincha and Neilah, 5:30 p.m. Break-the-Fast, approx. 8 p.m. ReformTEMPLE BETH SHALOM 1029 Bradbury Road, Winter Haven (863) 292-0722EREV ROSH HASHANAHWednesday, Sept. 20 Service, 8 p.m.ROSH HASHANAHThursday, Sept. 21 Morning service, 10 a.m.EREV YOM KIPPURFriday, Sept. 29 Kol Nidre, 8 p.m.YOM KIPPURSaturday, Sept. 30 Morning service, 10 a.m. Orthodox Conservative Reform Humanistic Orthodox Orthodox Conservative Reform JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 13 AUGUST 25 SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 5788 High Holiday Service Schedules


PAGE 14 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA AUGUST 25 SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 Bnot Mitzvah A multi-media exploration of Jazz told from the fans perspective.This four-part series will explore the mystifying and daunting music known as Jazz, as we follow the career of Miles Davis.7:00 8:30 PM August 15 Miles Davis and his First Great QuintetSeptember 12 Miles Davis and Kind of Blue October 17 Miles Davis and his Second Great Quintet November 14 The Tampa JCCs Culture Caf Presents:A Beginner s Guide to Loving Jazz Craft Beer, Cheese & Jazz! Cost per session: $10 Members/$15 Non-membersHeld at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC522 N. Howard Avenue Tampa, FL 33606For more information, contact Pnina Levermore at 813.291.2253 or Right at Home offers caregiving services for almost any family and practically any situation. Naomi Leah Rappaport, daughter of Jody and Yoav Rappaport of Tampa, will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, Sept. 9 at Congregation Kol Ami in Tampa. An eighth grade honors student at Hillel Academy of Tampa, Naomi was invited to participate in the Duke University Talent IdentiNaomi is a member of the Tampa Titans volleyball team and enjoys all sports teams at her school. She is a member of Kadima and has been a camper at Camp Ramah Darom Jody and Yoav Rappaport will host a celebration at the Carroll wood Country Club on Saturday evening, Sept. 9. Special guests will include grandfather Dan Rappaport of Tel Aviv, grandparents Reva and grandmother Judith Gottlieb, cousins, Jay Azneer, Ira Azneer, Micah and Daniel Azneer, all of St. ins, Jessica, Sam, Toby and Dustin Dayna Marissa Schreiber, daughter and Adrian Schreiber of Tampa, will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, Sept. 9 at Congregation Schaarai Zedek in Tampa. An eighth grade Heads List stuis a member of the National Junior Honor Society. Active in sports, she plays on the middle schools varsity volleyball team and soccer team. She enjoys crew and has been a camper at Camp Coleman for the last six summers. For her mitzvah project Dayna was a volunteer at host a dinner and dance reception at the Centre Club on Saturday evening, Sept. 9. Special guests will include family and friends from various states including Kentucky, Georgia and Florida. Melinda Brooke Linsky, daughter of Stacie and Sam Linsky of Tampa, will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, Sept. 9 at Congregation Schaarai Zedek in Tampa. A seventh grade Deans List student at Berkeley volleyball team and was in the middle school play. She also enjoys being a camper at Camp Barney books for the Little Book Bus. Stacie and Sam Linsky will host a party at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC on Saturday, Sept. 9. Special guests will include grandparents Nancy and David Linsky, and Dr. Alan and Jo Marks, great-grandparents Doris and Frank Rosenblatt. Anna Ruby Hirschkowitz, daughter of Jeannette and Ret. Col. Steven Hirschkowitz of Tampa, will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, Sept. 2 at Congregation Rodeph Sholom in Tampa. An eighth grade honor student at Hillel Academy, Anna is an avid equestrian competing in Hunter Jumpshooting at the range and is an expert marksman. She enjoys drawing and all types of art, traveling, cruising and Broadway shows. For her mitzvah project, Anna Ruby Hirschkowitz Melinda Brooke Linsky Naomi Leah Rappaport Dayna Marissa Schreiber Anna collected donations for service in Brandon. Special guests will include grandparents Janet and James Elder, great-aunts Arlene Harris, Judy Sergesketter Dautch, Susan Futoran, Francine Hirschkowitz and Dautch and Jody Futoran.


JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 15 AUGUST 25 SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 No admission charge Not familiar with Humanistic Judaism? Visit and or call 813-701-9685 No admission charge Please Join Us for aHUMANISTIC JEWISHRosh Hashanah CelebrationwithRabbi Steven Cardonick Music, Readings, and CommentaryWednesday, September 20th, 7:30 p.m.UNITY OF TAMPA3302 W. Horatio St., Tampa, FL 33609 Wishing you a Sweet New YearLook forLeightons Honeyat your local grocery store 863-422-1773Hillel Academy students were quick to understand that they were experiencing the astronomical happening of a lifetime at their schools eclipse party on Monday, Aug. 21. Head of School Gordon Rode made sure that his students not only got to witness the eclipse, but that the encounter would be memorable and beyond the merely educational. The buzz began more than a week before. Some students pestered their teachers daily for details about the phenomenom and the schools plans for the big day. throughout the school as it made its way across the country. After lunch, the students joined together to: Rodeph Sholom tell a story about the sun and moon plates and quarters to demonstrate the science behind an eclipse. Special safety glasses ordered weeks ahead were distributed and students went outside in small groups, monitored carefully by teachers. Dont look up without your glasses, became the mantra, as teachers ensured the students followed that crucial rule. Amazement and joy ensued, as many parents came to school to experience the celestial site with their children.Hillel Academy students enjoy sights, lessons from eclipse Rabbi Josh Hearshen, wife Carrie and daughter Ayelet Students do an art project at the Eclipse Party. By JACOB McMANAMON Jewish Pressand young adults with serious medical diagnoses. sion is to change the way people look at illness, and to open up a world of support, hope and opportunity the diagnosis. Tampa, has found all that at the camp, which he began to take a photograph of the sunset when he accidentally touched the electrical wire. He was shocked badly his arm amputated and was left partially paralyzed. My mother and father looked continuously for a program I would be able to still attend after my body and mind healed more; they found it and it was a perfect as Israel and Brazil. that children with debilitating illnesses look forward nity to relax and recuperate from the physically and them the needed strength for the rest of the year. retreats, where the camp can offer a welcome changehe enjoys. Avi Davidson with a counselor on one of his previous excursions with Kids of Courage.Jewish camp provides fun atmosphere for special needs kids stant is the wonderment of a childs koach a child in the worst circumstances to still smile and


PAGE 16 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA AUGUST 25 SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 Organizations JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTERS & FEDERATI ON Tampa rfn tb nrnn tttrnn rr f nb rrr rrfntb rfff fntb ffbf trnt trfbf rrff f f TO THE ARMORY ONE NIGHT ONLY TUES, SEPT 26, 2017 BELL TIME 7PM JWVMusical event: The Jewish War Veterans Post 373 will be entertained by the Carrollwood Cultural Center Chorus at the next meeting on Sunday, Sept. 17, at Congregation Beth Am, 2030 W. Fletcher Ave. The event begins with breakfast at 9:30 a.m., hosted by the Beth Am Mens Club. All are invited. The Post seeks members who would like to help ill and disabled veterans. Contact Commander Jack Rudowsky at (813) 598-8061 or email programs listed are either at the Maureen & Douglas Cohn Jewish Community Campus, 13009 Community Campus Drive, or at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC at 522 N. Howard Ave. To RSVP or for more information on programs at either center, contact Pnina Levermore at (813) 291-2253 or pnina.levermore@JewishTampa. com. All registrations should be completed before events begin. Bridge lessons: Those who want to learn how to play bridge or improve their game can take a session of bridge lessons from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Glazer JCC on Fridays, Sept. 8 and 15 and Wednesdays, Sept. 20 and Oct. 11. The cost for classes is $50 for members and $60 for non-members. Biblical literature: This course, which meets at the Cohn campus every other Wednesday from 1:30 -2:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 13, provides an opportunity to see the Bible, not from a religious perspective, but as a piece of remarkable writing. This is a discussion course with open participation from people from all faiths and backgrounds. Each member is encouraged to bring his/her own Bible so participants can compare different translations. Cost is $3 for members and $4 for guests Book Club: The book club at the Cohn Campus will meet on Monday, Sept. 11 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The discussion will be about A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. There is no charge to attend. The other four questions: Rabbi Jason Rosenberg of Congregation Beth Am will lead classes to explain the background The classes begin, Thursday, Sept. 14 at noon at the Cohn campus. Additional classes will be held in October, March, April and May, with topics to be announced later. Museum tour: A docent-led tour of the Tampa Bay History Museum will be held for members of both JCCs on Wednesday, Sept. 6 from noon to 3 p.m. The tour is free for members and $8 for guests. RSVP is required. Yiddish nostalgia: Join Ruth Weston and other Yiddish enthusiasts on the fourth Thursday of the month from 12:45-1:45 p.m. at the Cohn Campus to share favorite expressions and reminisce. Medicare seminar: A program to help seniors develop strategies to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels will by offered at the Glazer JCC led by Judy London, a licensed healthcare agent and gerontologist, on Thursdays, Sept. 7 through Nov. 2 from 1-3 p.m. This is free for members and $15 for guests. Memoir writing: Learn to write your life story during classes on Mondays from Sept. 11 through Oct. 16 from 2 3:30 p.m. at the Glazer JCC. The cost is $50 for members and $65 for guests. Crochet lessons: Learn crochet with Judy Balber in a series of four classes on the Cohn campus on Mondays, Sept. 4 through Sept. 25 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Bring yarn, crochet hooks and any pattern you want. Cost is $25 for members and $30 for non-members with prorating options available. Dominoes lessons: Learn the basics of the game of dominoes and hone your skills in free classes at the Cohn campus on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Lessons at the Glazer JCC will be on Wednesdays, Sept. 6 through Oct. 25 from 11 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Either class is free for members and $5 for guests. News schmooze: A discussion group, led by Pat Renfroe, which explores hot button issues, is held at both JCCs. Upcoming News Schmooze sessions at the Glazer JCC are Tuesdays from 7-8:30 p.m. The group at the Cohn campus, meets the second and fourth Friday from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The group will talk about the EPA and Homeland Security on Sept. 8. There is no charge to attend. Mah jongg: Folks can play at both JCCs. At the Cohn campus there will be sessions every Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30 3:30 p.m. At the Glazer JCC, drop-in sessions are offered on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 3:30 p.m. This is free for members and $5 for non-members. Novices and experienced players are welcome. There are also classes on Sundays from Sept. 17 through Oct. 8 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at a cost of $65 for members and $70 for guests, with advanced registration required. Ballroom dancing: Learn graceful, elegant and romantic dances during ballroom dancing sessions at the Glazer JCC on Mondays, Sept. 11 through Dec. 18 from 5-6 p.m. The cost is $35 for single members, $50 for couple members, $40 for single nonmembers and $55 for couples who are non-members. All that jazz: Enjoy craft beer, cheese and music at Culture Caf: A Beginners Guide to Loving Jazz a multi-media exploration of the musical genre. The focus will be on Miles Davis career. month, but the remaining sessions are from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 12, Miles Davis and Kind of Blue; Oct. 17, Miles Davis and his Second Great Quintet; and Nov. 14, Miles Davis Goes Electric. Cost per session is $10 for members and $15 for non-members.HadassahAnnual meeting: The North Pinellas Chapter of Hadassah will hold its annual member appreciation luncheon on Monday, Sept. 11 at 11:30 a.m. at Temple Ahavat Shalom, 1575 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor. This is open for all life and annual paid-up members, associates and prospective members. Cost is $5, collected at the door. Reservations are required. To RSVP, call Doris Harding at (727) 772-4140.Genealogical SocietyHolocaust data resources: The next meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay will be hosted by and held at the Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 Fifth St. S., St. Petersburg, on Sunday, Sept. 10. Registration is at 1:30 p.m. and the program starts at 2 p.m. Urszula Szczepinska, curator of education and director of research at the museum, will discuss online resources that have the most updated information and demonstrate how to use archival databases for information about victims of the Holocaust. An optional docent-led tour of the museum, free for museum and society members and $9 for nonmembers, will take place following the program. Advanced registration for the tour is requested. RSVP to Sally Israel, (727) 343-1652.Job-LinksCareer counseling: Tampa Bay Job-Links offers free motivational Monday Morning Links sessions from 9:30 11 a.m. at the Jack Roth Center for Career Development at TampaBay-Job-Links, 4100 W. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 206, Tampa. On Monday, Sept. 11, the topic is Dos and donts from a recruiter perspective. Monday Morning Links is supported by the Vinik Family Foundation. There are also Success workshops to aid with job-search skills On Thursday, Sept. 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the program is 5 steps to successfully negotiate a job offer. The program is free for JobLinks program participants; $15 for guests. A special four-part series, Switching Gears: A Roadmap for Career Transition will conclude on Sept.13 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $15 per session; free for full-program participants. Reservations required for all programs. To RSVP, call (813) 3440200, email, or visit


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said the Schaarai Zedek clergy were enthusiastic about the idea. Seeking a site Initially Diana considered having the twins Bnai Mitzvah at Camp Coleman, but the logistics and cost for those attending was just too daunting, so she looked for some place on the water in was a farm with a lake, but the owners were unresponsive as were a few other options she looked at. Eventually, they found a resort on Tampa Bay in Ruskin. Lots of venues were not willing to go outside the box, Diana said. All the out-of-town guests stayed on the property, so there were no worries about them having to travel from a hotel to the event, Diana said, explaining that this was especially good for some Modern Orthodox guests who do not travel on Shabbat. I wanted it convenient and I also wanted the guests to have a Florida experience, with the water and sand and sunsets and outdoors, so it was not like just anywhere. The venue also offered plenty of open beachside Bnai Mitzvah service, picnic tables and rock climbing wall. With the addition of some camp-style signs and woodsy decorations, the place captured the summer camp atmosphere they wanted. After finding the venue, the next was finding a DJ. She wanted one comfortable with the rustic atmosphere, willing to add camp songs to the play list, to direct camp games such as potatosack and wheelbarrow races. After some research and interviews, she found the right guy and the kids and adults loved him, she said. Planning the details It was only after she found the venue, DJ and photographer that she said the realized she still needed to hire an event planner, who, she said, was helpful with travel logistics and the event details. The Blooms did not send out paper PAGE 3B AUGUST 25, 2017 Your Child Deserves The Best....A Day They Will Never Forget!Courtyard by Marriott Tampa OldsmarMake the Courtyard by Marriott Tampa Oldsmar your destination for all your Life Cycle Events, bar/bat mitzvah, wedding, showers, birthday or other special occasions.Amenities For more information, contact us at 813.749.17254014 Tampa Road, Oldsmar, FL 34677 By BOB FRYER Jewish PressBecause twins Eliana and Gil Bloom have different celebrate their Bnai Mitzvah could have been a problem, but their resourceful parents, Diana and Aaron Bloom, knew of one thing that binds the whole family together Jewish summer camp. just any camp, but Camp Coleman in the Appalachian Mountain foothills in north Georgia. It is where the twins, since age 6, have spent happy summers with other Jewish kids, making friends and coming to love the outdoor activities, camper camaraderie, prayer sessions also where Diana Bloom serves as head counselor each summer. Diana said that the decision to hold a camp-style Bnai Mitzvah for the twins was made when the kids were 11. However, as the twins grew older and began attending Bar and Bat Mitzvahs of friends, the parents worried that Eliana and Gil might prefer their own event to be more traditional. They neednt have fretted, as both kids loved their shared special day. The Blooms are members of Congregation Schaarai Zedek in Tampa and one of Dianas early concerns was that Rabbi Richard Birnholz would not be on board with a Bnai Mitzvah outdoors, and not at the temple. But she Camp-style Bnai Mitzvah reects this familys tiesOne of the touches that added meaning to the Bloom twins Bnai Mitzvah was that they led the outdoor service under a chuppah that has a 20-year family history and like each member of their family, has strong ties to Camp Coleman. It was the same chuppah that the twins parents, Aaron and Diana, were married under in 1997, and the same chuppah that was used for Gils bris and Elianas baby naming ceremony. The twins dad Aarons ties to Camp Coleman began when he attended the camp as a child. Then in 1992 he served on the camp staff and was re-hired to return for the summer of 1993 when he met Diana earlier that year. We met at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, a Reform seminary. We were both just in college and there was a conference there to talk about Jewish social action issues. My synagogue [in New York] sent me and Schaarai Zedek [in Tampa, where Aaron was a member] sent him, Diana said. Their romance began at the conference and Aaron quickly lined up a job for Diana at the camp that summer so they could be together. Their long-distance relationship continued and they grew closer during the summers of 1994 and 1995 they returned to the camp as staffers, with Aaron part of the camps leadership team and Diana as unit head. Aaron and Diana married on Aug. 17, 1997. Before they tied the knot, they sent squares of fabric to friends, many of whom they met at camp, asking them to decorate the squares and send them back. Those squares were sewed together to create the chuppah they were married under, with Camp Director Bobby Harris and many other friends from the camp in attendance. Harris and some of those same camp friends were also on hand for the twins Bnai Mitzvah. Following in their parents footsteps, so were friends the twins have made since 2010 when they started attending Camp Coleman, where their mom continues her association as head counselor. BOB FRYERChuppah provides more than shade at twins simcha CAMP STYLE continued on NEXT PAGE A rustic look, to make folks feel like they were at a summer camp, was the goal when it came to decorating the grounds for the Bloom twins Bnai Mitzvah. A table was decorated with Bunking area and Registration area signs to resemble what summer campers would see at Camp Coleman. A Camp EG logo was also used at many spots on the grounds in honor of Eliana and Gil Bloom.Photo by Robin Winkler


PAGE 4B AUGUST 25, 2017 CAMP STYLE invitations, instead sending out emails that directed guests to a website created just for the event. The site had its own logo, which was also used in decorations at the resort, and it listed information about airports, shuttles from the airport to the resort, the schedule of events, how to RSVP, a section on what attire to wear and a spot to leave t-shirt size information so the right size shirts would be on hand for kids and adults at a tie-dying activity. The website had information for non-Jewish guests about Bar and Bat Mitzvahs and what to expect at the service and party and there was even a page of essential information in Spanish. Many of the out of town guests were either friends that Diana and Aaron or the twins had made at the camp and traveled here from south Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New York, New Jersey and even Buenos Aires, Argentina. Most local friends came only for the Saturday events, but on Friday night there was a Shabbat walk where all invitees present dressed in white. A small group began the stroll and sang as Healy Slakman songleader at Camp Coleman and a senior at Eckerd College strummed a guitar. The procession swelled as they stopped along the way at the cabins of guests who joined the procession. Their path eventually led to a Shabbat service by the water. With dolphins surfacing in the bay waters behind them, friends of the Blooms, all current or former educators and counselors at Camp Coleman, led the service. A dinner on the lawn, as well as smores Rabbi Birnholz, Rabbi Nathan Farb and Cantor Deborrah Cannizzarro of Schaarai Zedek were present for the twins waterfront Bnai Mitzvah service on Saturday morning. It was beautiful. The sun was shining, the water in the background and Eliana and Gil doing their readings, and friends also doing readings, Diana said. The twins read from the Torah, chanted the Haftarah, led most of the service and they offered a dvar Torah, a personal interpretation of the weekly Torah portion. Immediately following the service, a party on the grounds began. The twins each had their own cake reflecting their individual tastes: Elianas was shaped like a smore and Gils depicted a kayak going down a mountain stream. Sleeping bags were used as sign-in boards and the grounds had signs posted to various places at the resort, similar to the signs used at Camp Coleman. The party food was casual, just like the event, featuring hamburgers and hot dogs, and, for dessert, ice cream. The hotdogs were kosher and veggie options were offered too, so those who keep kosher could do so. The party ended before sunset and the local invitees went home, but for the out-of-town guests at the resort, there was a wine and pizza party by the pool Saturday evening and an indoor brunch the Everyone we spoke to said it was so special and memorable, Diana said. They felt like it was very warm and they really understood our intent as to what we chose; they enjoyed the services and music and could feel our kids personalities coming through. They enjoyed the spirit and atmosphere. It was very hamish. There is no song we cant play!Klezmer, Israeli, Top 40, Salsa, Jazz, Swing and more. We also DJ, juggle, do magic, other shtick Have Instruments Will TravelLiven up your Bar or Bat Mitzvah, or Other Simcha (646) 303-3125 1-4 years in advance Begin to meet educational requirements. Set date and begin gathering information to decide format. 9 to 12 months in advance Determine budget. Plan tentativ e guest list. Select theme. Select and reserve site for main reception. Interview and contract with professionals including party planner caterer, Meet with synagogue staff to discuss bar/ bat mitzvah policies. 6 to 9 months in adv ance Reserve facilities for suc h functions as Shabbat eve dinner and Sunday brunch. Select and order invitations; thank y ou notes. Select caterer for oneg and kiddush Reserve hotel accommodations for out-ofto wn guests, especially if your event is in season. Complete guest list and collect addresses. 4 to 6 months in advance Send Sav e The Date cards. Order any imprinted items, like y armulkes, napkins. Recontact caterer, restaur ant or hotel with approximate number of guests. Make menu selections. Make a list of clothing needs. reception. 2 to 3 months in advance Help with child s speech. Purc hase religious items such as yarmulke and tallit. Hav e photograph(s) taken for signin board/book, synagogue bulletin, newspaper. Finalize bakery order suc h as challah for kiddush and bar/bat mitzvah cake. 6-8 weeks in advance Mail and address invitations. You may want to send to out-of-towners eariler. Send announcement to the synagogue bulletin. 4 weeks in adv ance Finalize hotel reserv ations and plan hospitality baskets for out-of-town guests. Determine transportation arr angements as needed. Send announcement and photo to the Jewish Press. Finalize arr angements with rabbi, i.e. aliyot honors. Complete candle lighting or other reception presentation. 2 weeks in adv ance Dra w up seating plan. Make place cards. Final w eek schedules. caterer. Deliv er items, i.e, yarmulke and programs to synagogue. Deliv er hospitality baskets to the hotel. Rehearsal at the synagogue. Relax and enjoy!Bar/Bat Mitzvah Planning Calendar Photos by Robin Winkler


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PAGE 6B AUGUST 25, 2017 Included for every Bar or Bat Mitzvah: ( ) Magician DAVID FLETCHER DAVID FLETCHER Phone ( 727 ) ( 718 ) 885-3038 Ready... ...Go! By JORDANA HORN Kveller via JTAWhen my oldest son became a Bar Mitzvah, we had a congregational kiddush luncheon in his honor, and a small party for him and his friends that evening. Instead of having the grand blowout party that seems to be the general expectation in my New Jersey suburb, we opted to go to Israel instead. It was the best decision I possibly could have made for these reasons (among others): 1. Visiting Israel is not just any trip. Sure, we could have gone to Paris or Punta Cana, or to see penguins in Antarctica, for that matter. But the trip to see the Jewish state is a special one, and one I wanted to save as a special one to honor my son becoming a Bar Mitzvah. The implicit message I wanted to send my son was this: You have just pledged yourself as a full member of the people of Israel. We happen to live in an era of history in which Jews not only live in, but also govern, Israel. You, my son, are part of this history. The lives of the people who live here are inextricably intertwined with yours; the history that happened here is your history. Lets go see your world. 2. You get to focus on the mitzvah rather than the bar. When you take your kid to Israel, you dont have to stress about the alcohol per head at your event. Instead, you get to think about the good deed you are doing by taking your child somewhere truly important and showing your kid that the world is bigger than the small sphere carved out for them at middle school. When your child attends a school where there are many lavish parties, the bar continues to be raised as to the parties. Worrying about the party takes an inordinate amount of the time, effort and money when planning for a child to become a bar or bat mitzvah. I was very grateful to take that worry out of the equation. 3. The math works in your favor. For the complete cost of a lavish four-hour, 200-plus person party, you can have a weeklong vacation in one of the most fascinating places in the world. The photos you will take on your iPhone of your family in front of the Western Wall will be more precious to you than the professionally taken photos of your guests with cocktails in hand. The stronger sense of self and history that comes from this trip is, of course, priceless. 4. Israel is delicious. cannot equal the pleasure of Israels food. Whether you want to try kosher gourmet street food at Crave in Jerusalem (tell them I sent you), incredible gelato at Anitas in Tel Aviv or savory falafel with hummus and tahini basically anywhere, you will be happy and full. 5. More time equals more memories. While I am sure we would have wonderful memories of my son and extended family and friends at a blowout party, I will say I am profoundly grateful to have made the decision I made to go to Israel instead. While in Israel, we did everything from sample a Hanukkah sufganiya (doughnut) per day (at least!) to arguing about the out.) and about the Israeli Declaration of Independence in the hall where it was signed. The memories forged in Israel are profound. 6. Israel is family. In going to Israel with my children, I wanted to set the scene that Israel is more than a backdrop for a one-off family trip it is a place where I hope they will return, with me and other family members and friends, to learn, to travel and to grow. I took a picture of them in front of the Western Wall and told them, Every time you come here, you stand right here and take a picture of yourself, so that you will see how the stones dont change and how you do. And when they take those pictures, they will be able to frame them next to the pictures of their own mother standing in the same spot as a 13-year-old, as a 16-year-old, etc. And last, and certainly least: 7. Nobody will miss your party. Look, I am a huge proponent of celebrating simchas. But not a single person has said to me, You know, I feel bad you decided to go to Israel instead of having a party. I really missed the opportunity to look at you in an expensive dress and shout over a DJ as I eat elaborate hors doeuvres while drinking themed cocktails. And I didnt miss it either. While I love celebrating with my friends at their parties, I have to say that I felt relieved to not have had to think or worry about my own. The weeks go by and my son goes to several parties like this a month. I am not sure he will really be able to distinguish one from another when all is said and done. At the end of the day, I dont want to impress my friends and neighbors I want to impress upon my son what it means to be part of the Jewish people. And for that goal, this trip was a great success. Kveller is a thriving community of women and parents who convene online to share, celebrate and commiserate their experiences of raising kids through a Jewish lens. Visit This story is reprinted by permission of The original can be found at by Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90A bar mitzvah at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.Why we went to Israel for my sons Bar Mitzvah instead of having big partyGet your Bar/Bat Mitzvah noticed in the Jewish PressAs the time nears for your childs Bar/Bat Mitzvah, you will want to let the community know by announcing it in the Jewish Press. or To have a form sent to you, contact the Jewish Press at or call (727) 535-4400. Black and white or color photographs are acceptable (no color copies or digital prints). The photo may mailed or e-mailed to as a JPG or TIF. Photos should be clear headshots and if emailed must be high resolution. There is a $5 charge to cover the cost of reproducing the photo. The completed form should be sent approximately a month in advance. The Jewish Press prints the announcement one to two weeks before the celebration, if possible. All information is published at the discretion of the Jewish Press. Mail to the Jewish Press, PO Box 6970, Clearwater, FL 33758 or email


By DEBORAH FINEBLUM JNS.orgWhen the time came to plan her older sons Bar Mitzvah nine years ago, Stacie Bartfeld freely admits she knew it was coming up. But I work and didnt have the time to start from scratch, she says. And when it comes to putting together a Bar Mitzvah, I didnt have a clue. So when she heard about Bar/ Bat Mitzvah planning pros who can take the sting out of what can be a stressful experience, the San Diego mom was sold. But alas, her husband, Neil, was resistant to time she spoke with event planner Sherrill Kinsler Gilford, it was from the privacy of her walk-in closet, where she was certain not to be overheard. consulting with Gilford were impressive, including helping with such basics as the food, dcor, prizes and music, for their roughly 200 guests. And I knew that, no matter what came up in advance or even on the day of, she would intercept it, she says. As Bar/Bat Mitzvah festivities around the country trend towards more elaborate and complicated undertakings, the event planner recalls her own brothers relatively straightforward rite of passage celebration. After the service, there was some food and a little dancing and then everyone went home, says Gilford, who runs RSVP Events of San Diego with Rachel Wood. Now there are so many moving parts that having us onboard means they can actually enjoy their own simcha (joyous occasion). That was a common theme with the event planners interviewed by From big-picture decisions, like helping clients choose from what can be an overabundance of competing venues, caterers and music options, to minutia like running around at the last minute in hot pursuit of batteries for table centerpieces, planners can take some of the weight off parents shoulders. They can also acquaint parents with the latest trends. Among them, according to Terri Bergman of Washington, D.C.-based Terri Bergman Events, is one toward unassigned seating and shorter parties, as well as environments rather than the more traditional concept of themes. Weve even recreated [New Yorks] Central Park, says Bergman, who cheerfully admits to being known for stepping out of the box a little. With many of her clients spending anywhere from $20,000 to $150,000 on their childrens Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Bergman has orable event coincided with the great Northeastern U.S. blizzard of 2001. Her clients were insistent on holding their Bar/Bat Mitzvah parties regardless of the snow piling up all around them. The upshot was that many young guests from a different canceled Bar Mitzvah came to her clients party. Bergman approached the local Hummer dealership to rent their tanklike vehicle to pick up stranded vendors and band members, the planner recalls. Against all odds, the show went on, Bergman says. The show itself is often an extravaganza when its in Beverly Hills. So says Mindy Weiss, whose business, Mindy Weiss Party Consultants, serves an elite clientele in southern California. When theyre hiring me, theyre getting heavy dcor and often name acts, such as music producer and radio personality DJ Khaled, Weiss reports. In Hollywood, anything is possible, she says. Weiss highly recommends that and dads hire an event planner. Yes, its a luxury, but it also takes off the stress. The rabbis say there is too much bar and not enough mitzvah today. We can help by freeing the parents to spend time with their child, she says. San Diego-based Gilford strongly agrees, saying, When we run the party, the family and the Bar or Bat Mitzvah child can focus on the service. Thats the basic idea of hiring us. For Weiss, the Bar/Bat Mitzvah experience is all about transitions and transformations. They practice and work on this for months, and they go from being a child to a young adult who can get up in front of everyone and read from the Torah and speak from the heart, she says. Theyre communicating and participating and that demands a new a maturity, Weiss adds. Perhaps the highest praise for having a planner came from Neil Bartfeld, who went from skeptic to believer in a few short months. He cornered the planner, Gilford, secure a promise to direct their younger sons celebration three years later. What changed my mind? I could see how easy things were made for us, with her taking care of vendors and all the other details, he says nine years later. All we had to do was concentrate on enjoying ourselves. So it was a nobrainer to book her for the second one, too. Even if their connections with vendors dont serve to recoup the entire cost of a planners services, the father notes that what you do recoup is some of your sanity and that is also very valuable. 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From Bar/Bat Mitzvah to Weddings Your Event Headquarters Tables, Chairs, Linens, Chair Covers, China, Silver, Stemware, Tents, Stages, Star of David Candelabras, Dance Floors, Chuppah and much more!Serving Extended Tampa Bay Area(727) 381-3111 VISIT OUR SHOWROOM7171 22nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg(just west of Tyrone Square Mall) Owned and operated by the Pinsker family since 1960 rent-all city inc. By THAIS LEON-MILLER Jewish PressNatalie Feldman, who grew up Christian, converted to Judaism not long after the loss of her brother in 1988. Feldman said that she didnt convert for marriage; she converted on her own because she was drawn to the religion. I converted because I bought in, she said. Judaism to me was the most poetic. All the symbolism is life-based. I was just so brought to how human Judaism is. Feldman was unable to Bat Mitzvah her eldest daughter, Sinclair, due to poor timing in her personal life and living in a place without a day school or strong Jewish presence. So when it was time for her twin daughters to come of age, she committed to making it a genuine and important experience for the family, especially since they didnt have a strong familial background in Judaism. As Feldman put it, there were no bubbes and zaydas around to help foster the spirit of the community. The girls took private Hebrew lessons at Temple Ahavat Shalom in Palm Harbor each week for over a year to prepare. Both girls attended Safety Harbor Middle School and Feldman said she was a little nervous about how many of their non-Jewish school friends would show up to the service. To her and the girls surprise, not only did a lot of their fellow students come, a lot of their teachers did as well. Thinking about guests also motivated the family to come up with creative ideas. The candle lighting presented this really bizarre conundrum of singling out people to come up when everyone there is a beloved guest, said Feldman. I found the solution to that on the Internet, which I love. You actually put the candle on the table and you go from table-to-table and speak to the people at the table. The girls went around the room and spoke to each group. Feldman was tearful while describing seeing her girls working hard to get the words just right and staying dedicated to the idea of tikkun olam repairing the world throughout the entire Bnot Mitzvah process. They are very different, and they like being different, but they collaborated a lot, said Feldman, before saying how proud she was of them.Glowing bars and cotton candy cocktails a popular trend for teens at Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. Capturing spirit of the community infuses Bnot Mitzvah planningWhen Natalie Feldman began planning the Bnot Mitzvah with her twin daughters, Peyton and Landry, she knew she wanted them to do something special for their mitzvah project. It was important for Feldman that the girls worked on a project that was helpsomething that tied them to the Jewish homeland. I wanted to do something locally and something in Israel, said Feldman. Partly because I wanted the girls to have connectivity to Israel when they go one day. Israel is a place on a map and a place we talk about, but they dont really know what its about. I wanted them to have something they already know and identify Israel with. After doing an Internet search and researching the company to make sure they were legitimate, Feldman found their Israeli cause in Kishorit, an agency that provides services for special needs adults through a variety of services including nursing care, vocational training and employment opportunities. Peyton and Landry planned to hold a mah jongg tournament to raise funds for a to schedule with so many tournaments already happening locally. So the girls changed gears and asked for donations in lieu of gifts. The invitation asked friends and family to make a donation either to Temple Ahavat Shalom or Kishorit, directing them to the websites. Feldman said they did not want to know how much each person donated, but wanted to be able to get a list of donors so the girls could personally thank each donor. The Friends of Kishoret organization told Feldman that about $2,500 was donated in her twins honor. The family also found a way to make Kishorit part of the actual Bnot Mitzvah celebration at the Palm Harbor temple. Among the many businesses the organization runs in conjunction with its outreach to special needs individuals, is a vineyard and winery, which annually bottles 56,000 bottles of wine. Some of that wine was served during the party. Feldman said she was also inspired to create items that would be helpful for When the girls visit Israel one day, they will be able to say they helped the Kishorit and feel an attachment to it already, said Feldman. 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PAGE 9B AUGUST 25, 2017 By JAMIE SHAPIRO Jewish PressIf you could do over it again, what would you like to rewind and play again from your Bar/Bat Mitzvah? Is the horror of chanting your Torah portion still haunting you? Do you wish youd chosen a different theme? Would you rewrite your speech, mostly composed by your mom? This is what reBar, a branch of the Reboot creative network, has been asking since it founded the program in 2013. The answers, when it is asked of Jews in their 20s and 30s, opens a dialogue for considering and sharmunity, belonging and Jewish inheritance and practice, said Tanya Schevitz, national communications and San Francisco program manager for Reboot. Going back for a fresh take on the bar or bat mitzvah that time of transition a decade or two earlier translates to the creation of goforward paths of Jewish discovery and meaning, Schevitz said. Online at there are stories and photos of Bar /Bat Mitzvahs past and even DIY kits, offering ideas on how to reBar solo, in a small group or as a community event. ReBar has hosted several storytelling shows in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago where people performed their Bar/Bat Mitzvah stories in front of a live audience. One performer was illustrator Lisa Brown, who performed with her husband, Daniel Handler, better known by his pen name, Lemony Snicket. The two went through her Bat Mitzvah album channeling how her grandmother would have perceived the event, with Handler acting as her grandmother. ReBar has also set up booths, where people answered the questions on a poster, and they put up a rebar photo booth, that allowed portant to them at 13 and what is important to them now, at events. While the target audience for the Reboot project is for young adults, the project has engaged adults of all ages. We want our audience to reand commit to engaging with their community now and in the future, Schevitz said. I feel that reBar is a powerful project.ReBar asks adults to reminisce, reect, reimagine their Bar/Bat Mitzvah Daniel Schifrin, left, a novelist and short story writer, wrote on the reBar website that one of the things he obsessed over for his August 1981 Bar Mitzvah was his hair. I was 13, the girls in my class all loved Parker Stevensons blowdried hair (the real star of the Hardy Boys TV show), and I was saddled my ears pointing sideways like the Steve Martin arrow-throughthe-head posters gracing the bedrooms. As I sat in Hebrew school I shuddered to think about being up on the bima, my curls levitating and separating as I sat on the oversized chair next to the rabbi, imagining my friends imagining me being Steve Martinized. I wanted to take the yad and stick it through my ears, ending the horror. By RANDI MAZZELLA My son is in the 7th grade, which means he is in the middle of his Bar Mitzvah year. It has been an exciting and busy time for him. In addition to preparing for and having his own Bar Mitzvah, he has been fortunate to be invited to celebrate at the bar and bat mitzvahs of many of his friends. Of course, he has had a lot of fun attending all the great parties. But beyond that, this year has allowed him to learn valuable life lessons including The satisfaction of accomplishing a goal: Many of us take for granted that our children are going to become Bnai Mitzvahs because we know so many children that have already accomplished this goal. But it is still pretty awesome! Our kids learn a foreign language and then speak (and sing) in this language in front of a large audience. My son had doubts when he started this process and voiced concerns over embarrassing himself publicly. But he had nothing to be worried about. With a lot of hard work and the support of a great tutor, he was service and beautifully read from the Torah. My husband and I were incredibly proud of him, and even more important, he was really proud of himself. 2. Prayers and Blessings: My son has spent more time at Temple Bnai Jeshurun in Short Hills NJ, the past few months than he did in the last 13 years combined. My son has been there almost weekly for his friends Saturday services as well as a few Friday nights. He also went weekly for his own Bar Mitzvah lessons and studied Torah at home daily. While Hebrew school certainly teaches kids the basics, my son will learn more this year because he is submerged in prayers and blessings on a regular basis. This should make him much more comfortable in temple and willing to participate. 3. Wearing dress clothes: Prior to this year, my sons idea of dressed up was wearing his athletic pants that did not have a hole in the knee. It has been a treat for me to see him get all dressed up, and even he has started to embrace his more formal attire. Trying to occasions can be a challenge even for grown ups. The bnai mitzvah year has given my son the chance to learn the difference between cocktail attire, club attire, and smart casual preferred. Dressing up sets the tone for behaving a certain way, which leads us to the next lesson 4. Manners: The year has been a great opportunity for me to teach my son about manners. We have discussed at length how to be a good guest. When you get an invite, RSVP on time. If you accept an invitation, show up. If you have to arrive at the service late, walk in quietly. In services, pay attention. Dont talk or play on your phone. Congratulate the Bnai Mitzvah and let them know they did a great job. Be an active party guest dance, eat, and engage with friends (again, stay off the phone). When you arrive or leave, if you can, thank the host for inviting you. And after your own Bar Mitzvah, send timely, handwritten thank you notes. 5. Supporting friends: On the Friday night of my own sons Bar Mitzvah service, a handful of his close friends came to support him. Seeing them in the audience made my son smile. His friends gave up their Friday night, put on dress clothes, and sat in temple for over an hour just because he is important to them. The next day I was pleasantly surprised by the number of kids who attended the service especially since the party wasnt until the evening and a lot of them missed other events (like sports) to be there. Friendships at this age can change, but throughout the weekend, my son felt truly supported by his friends. It is a feeling he wants to pass on as he attends other Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. This story originally appeared on the website and is reprinted with permission. To view the original, go to http://www.kveller. com/5-important-lessons-my-sonlearned-during-his-bar-mitzvah-year/Lessons my son learned during his Bar Mitzvah year


PAGE 10B AUGUST 25, 2017 For information, call Lauree Carnes at 813.207.6635, email or visit Hyatt. Youre More Than Welcome. In a move that countered tradition, the Halprins decided to use electronic invitations, or e-vites, for the Bnai Mitzvah of cousins Rehna Halprin and Abrianna Lalle. The virtual invitations saved the families hundreds of dollars on paper invitations, the hassle of tracking down the addresses of more than 200 guests and allowed guests to respond in a matter of moments. The e-vites also allowed much more customizing, according to the Halprins. You could add pictures and change the colors depending on what the girls wanted and who was receiving the invitation, explained Rehnas dad, Mike. Once the responses were received, it made it easy to send reminders, directions Shabbat eve dinner and Sunday brunch.An invitation to changeNothing not even a 230mile, four-hour car ride could keep cousins and best friends, Rehna Halprin and Abrianna Lalle, apart for their Bat Mitzvah. The girls basically decided that they were going to do this together and share it, and then they left the adults to handle the logistics, said Abriannas mom, Debbie Halprin. Debbie and her two girls live in Weston, although her roots are in St. Petersburg where Rehna and her parents, Natalya and Mike Halprin, still reside. The girls dreamed up plans via frequent text messages, FaceTime calls and during summers at Camp Shalom near Ocala. It was actually nothing new for the families. Almost 40 years ago, Michael and Debbie fondly recall their sisters shared her Bat Mitzvah with a cousin. It also made sense for their large shared family members to come for one big cele bration instead of asking them especially the out-of-towners to make the trip to Florida twice in a matter of months. But while it sounded like a great idea, there were complications, particularly when it came to discrepancies in the girls Hebrew training. Rehna had been attending Hebrew school regularly in preparation for her bat mitzvah, but Abrianna, who was used to attending a Chabad center in South Florida, had little to no Hebrew training. In the months leading up to the big day, Abrianna worked diligently to teach her self Hebrew. With very little outside help, she used some online resources to help her perfect her pronunciation. When it came time for the ceremony at Temple Beth-El in St. Petersburg, both girls performed admirably, mom Debbie said. On the big day, friends and family members gathered to support the cousins, including a very special guest, Rehnas grandmother from Russia. Unfortunately, Rehnas grandfather from Russia declined to attend, not fully understanding the sigsion he later regretted upon seeing photos of the ceremony and party, according to the family. As a tribute to mom Natalyas Russian heritage and her family visiting from Russia, Rabbi Michael Torop incorporated a prayer in Russian into the service. It was a lovely thing for the rabbi to do this for us, Debbie said. Following the formal Bnai Mitzvah service on Shabbat morning, attended by close friends and family members, there was a luncheon in the temple social hall. Later that night, 200 guests attended the Bnai Mitzvah celebration at a rented mansion in Tampa JAMIE SHAPIRO Grandmothers share joy at the Bnai Mitzvah of Rehna Halprin, second from left, and Abrianna Lalle. Far left, Rehnas grandmother who came from Russia for the occasion, Zoya Tatarkina, and far right, Bette Schroeder, bubbe to both girls.Cousins bridge distance divide to celebrate together By JAMIE SHAPIRO Jewish PressOn a sweltering September Saturday dur ing Labor Day weekend 2016, two cousins Rehna Halprin and Abrianna Lalle shared their Bat Mitzvah, celebrating afterward ter. While the girls shared the big day, for the most part, the planning was not. Since Abrianna and mom Debbie Halprin live 230 miles south in Weston, and the service was at Temple Beth-El in St. Petersburg, and the party was at a rented mansion in Tampa, Rehnas parents, Natalya and Mike Halprin, were responsible for getting all together. I was actively planning the party for only about two months before, Natalya said. But we had been brainstorming for well over a year. Originally from Russia and wanting to incorporate her heritage into the big event, Natalya won the girls OK for a Russian winter wonderland theme. Shopping for the September event began as far back as nine months before the Bnot Mitzvah. I would just go to the stores during the Christmas season and buy anything that This advanced shopping proved to come in handy when the hired decorators discovered it much harder to acquire the winter dcor during the summer than they antici pated. To create the wintery scene, Natalya put up Christmas trees, big and small, laced with decorative icicles and lights. Giant, icebergs shaped from Styrofoam were left added periodically for effect. Natalya also commis sioned an ice bar for the event, dispensing shots of vodka to the of-age guests. What could be more Russian than an ice bar and vodka? Natalya joked. A selection of caviar added more Russian To keep both adults and children enter tained, Natalya came up with the idea to separate the two groups; having a kids party on the and a more laid back adult party on the back patio. We basically had two different parties in the same place, said Mike. The two groups did come together briefly for the cousins unique and non-traditional candle lighting. For the candle light ing the Halprins handed out 200 electronic candles to guests. The candles were cool because they turn on when they come in contact with water, Mike said. With their 200 guests gathered around the mansions patio, Rehna and Abrianna thanked everyone in attendance before each guest threw their water-activated candle into the pool. It was incredible, Mike said. All those Party proves COOL idea candles lighting up at once. Im really proud of how the party came together, Natalya said. While both the Halprins will admit that planning a bat mitzvah for not one, but two, teenage girls had its stressful moments, both agreed all the planning was worth it and created memories for the two cousins that will last a lifetime.(L-R) Abrianna Lalle, her cousin Rehna Halprin and Rehnas sister Elizabeth are shown in front of their sign-in board. In the background are some of the Russian-inspired winter wonderland decorations. Mitzvahs unique candle lighting. In keeping with the Russian connection to the party, vodka was dispensed from an ice sculpture. The girls friends danced the night away in their own nightclub.


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