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By BOB FRYER Jewish PressWhile many fretted in darkness as Hurricane Irma battered the region, some weathered the storm in style, staying in facilities where the lights, television and internet never went out, hot showers and three hot meals a day were offered and day care for kids was a reality. That is how it was for those who stayed at Jewish centers for the elderly in Tampa Bay. I heard a quote somewhere that The worst natural disaster can bring out the best in human nature and I think that was true for us, said Rob Goldstein, CEO of Menorah Manor, the St. Petersburg institution that serves a number of frail and elderly Jewish residents at the Toby Weinman Assisted Living Residence and the Marion and Bernard L. Samson Nursing Center There and at Weinberg Village, an assisted living facility on the Maureen and Douglas Cohn Jewish Community Campus in Citrus Park, northwest of Tampa, some of the most vulnerable members of the Jewish community were in good hands. At both institutions the 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 IRMA continued on PAGE 18 ELDERLY continued on PAGE 19 LSHANAH TOVAH! HAPPY NEW Y EAR!VOL. 32, NO. 4 & 5 ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA SEPTEMBER 8 OCTOBER 5, 2017 20 PAGESCombined High Holidays and hurricane editionLetter from the EditorsIts all about power the power of Mother Nature and the type of power you get out of an electrical plug. Like many of you, the Jewish Press and as of Friday, Sept. 15, the electricity still had not been restored. Combine that with our printer and mailer shutting down a couple of days before the hurricane to protect their sensitive equipment and it was a perfect storm for us. As a consequence, we decided to combine Right now, we are producing the paper out of our small condominium. That has presented its own challenges, but we are persevering. One of our main goals has been to docuJewish community fared in the hurricane. There are some heart-warming stories of how various institutions reached out during and in the aftermath of Irma. Thank you in advance for your understanding. Some of the usual synagogue and organizational news may not makeit in the paper due to space restraints and our effort to get the paper to the printer as soon as possible. Some other information may be outdated by the time you will receive this combined edition prior to there are no guarantees. Karen and Jim Dawkins Jewish Press co-owners Elderly pass night peacefully as Hurricane Irma rages Rabbi Leah Herz, left, and Janice LeVine, at the piano, lead Menorah Manor staff and their family meters in song during the Hurricane Irma.Irma slams cemetery but spares most other local Jewish facilitiesBy BOB FRYER Jewish PressHigh winds from Hurricane Irma toppled 8 huge trees and 20 medium sized ones at Chapel Hill Cemetery in Largo, uprooting one casket and causing up to $75,000 damage. Though the casket, entangled in roots of a large tree, was not in the Jewish portion of the cemetery, the fallen trees damaged the main irrigation pump and pulled irrigation and drainage lines from the ground, leaving the cemetery, owned by the Jewish Burial Society of Pinellas County, with estimates of $50,000 to $75,000 to make all repairs and do landscaping work to restore the grounds to normal. It is apparently the hardest hit Jewish facility in the Tampa Bay area. Only relatively minor damage was reported to other local Jewish community institutions, as of the press deadline. On Friday, Sept. 15, four days after Irma struck the Bay area, Doug Negretti, chairman of the Jewish Burial Society, was at Chapel Hill waiting on a crane to remove the casket from the roots and rebury it. All of the caskets [in the Jewish portion of the cemetery] are secure and people should not worry about their loved ones, Negretti said. There was no damage to headstones and only two small trees blew down in the Jewish Menorah Gardens. Those toppled trees did not affect burial sites. As utility trucks were arriving and giving Negretti hope the facility would have power before the day was out, he noted that the cemetery is still capable of holding funerals. The Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties board is to meet on Monday, Sept. 18, to discuss the cemeterys funding needs. The rest of the Tampa Bay Jewish community heaved a collective sigh of relief after Hurricane Irma swept through the region in the early morning hours of Monday, Sept. 11 and left many grateful that a change in the projected path spared the region of catastrophic disaster. Instead of talk about buildings destroyed and lives lost, the main concerns for most were when electrical power, cable and internet service would be restored and when some of the few postponed events would be held. With power still not restored to all areas by Friday, Sept. 15, a few synagogues had not been reached as of press time. Rabbi Daniel Treiser of Temple Bnai Israel carries two Torahs out of the temple for safe-keeping at a secure place during the storm.


PAGE 2 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY SEPTEMBER 8 OCTOBER 5, 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)T elephone: (727) 535-4400 Fax: (727) 440-6037 E -mail: jewishpress@aol.comThe Jewish Press is mailed STANDARD CLASS. Standard Class DOES NOT include a speedy delivery guarantee. Date of delivery varies depending on your Standard Class Postage Permit: TA MP A PI #3763The Jewish Press of Pinellas County is a privately owned, community newspaper published in cooperation with the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties. The Federation underwrites home Pinellas County (approx.4,500), to promote Jewish community cohesiveness and identity.The Jewish Press is a subscriber to JTA, The Global Jewish News Source.JIM DAWKINSPublisher & Co-OwnerKAREN DAWKINSManaging Editor & Co-Owner Advertising Sales GARY POLIN TORI GEE GALE TARNOFSKY-ABERCROMBIE Staff Writer & Editor BOB FRYER Ad Design & Graphics REY VILLALBA DAVID HERSHMAN Social Columnist JUDY LUDIN Editorial Assistant GAIL WISEBERGPUBLIC AT ION & DEADLINE D ATE SAlso publisher of the Jewish Press of Tampa of PINELLAS COUNTY An independent, bi-weekly newspaper owned by THE JEWISH PRESS GROUP of TAMPA BAY, INC. STAFF THE FEDERATION MAINTAINS THE MAIL ING LIST FOR THE JEWISH P RESS.To RECEIVE THE PAPER or for ADDRESS CHANGES, Call (727) 530-3223 Go to info@jewishpinellas.orgNO SEPTEMBER 22 E DIT ION DUE TO HURRICANE I RMAOCTO BER 6Press Release .......Sept 22 Advertising ............Sept 26OCTO BER 21Press Release ...........Oct 6 Advertising ..............Oct 10 Oct 26 3rd Annual Mega Challah BakeOct 28 Catalyst 2018: An Evening with Ben & JerryOct 29 Federations Super SundayNov 9 Gulf Coasts Annual Faces GalaDec 3 CBI Chase the Dreidel 5KDec 17 PJ Library Teddy Bear TeaJan 27-29 TBE Art FestivalFeb 10 Florida Holocaust Museums Annual To Life GalaStart your leadership path and make a difference as you learn about philanthropy, Jewish identity, issues facing Israel, and high-level topics of concern for our future. Highlights: Develop personal and professional leadership skills See Tampa Bays Jewish community like never before Exclusive discussion with Bryan Glazer, co-chairman of the Buccaneers Attend Bay-wide community events Classes begin October 23 on alternating Mondays at locations around Tampa Bay. Cost is $99 per person, which includes course and dinner. Scholarships available. Visit or email for more information. Proudly offered by the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties and the Tampa Jewish Federation.Feb 25 TBI Food Festival & Purim Carnival Mar 11 CBI Chaivana Nights GalaMar 24 Gulf Coast Golf Like a Rock StarApr 15 Jewish Heritage FestivalApr 29 Sonya Miller Women of Distinction save the date october 28th, 2017 8 pm MORE DETAILS TO COME The Jewish FederationOF PINELLAS & PASCO COUNTIES, FL Jewish Leadership Training InstituteFOR EMERGING LEADERS AGES 25-40


JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 3 SEPTEMBER 8 OCTOBER 5, 2017 Emilie SocashExecutive Director, Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties Perspective Perspective Authentic Middle Eastern Cuisine With a Modern Flair! 727.498.8627 MEZE119.COM 119 2nd Street North, St. PeteInvite us to your simcha, well bring the food! Our catering services can be customized to suit all of your needs.SUNDAY THURSDAY: 11 AM 9 PM FRIDAY SATURDAY: 11 AM 10 PMHeartfelt thanks from the Hershkowitz Family, for all of your ongoing support Serving Tampa Bays Best Kosher-Style Dairy Mediterranean-Inspired Cuisine. MONDAY$5 Martinis Monday NightsTUESDAY$3 Craft Beer WEDNESDAY$10 Burger/Fries/ Craftbeer THURSDAYHalf-Off Bottles of Wine FRIDAY & SATURDAYLive Music Inside 7-10pmSATURDAY & SUNDAYBig Breakfast Buffet 8am-noon $12 A BOUTIQUE HOTELST. PETE REALTY My customers are my TOP Priority. Their REFERRALS are my Business! You need AnitaTop 1% of Realtors Nationwide for 29 Years727.433.3580Anita KleinfeldSelling Residential & Commercial Property Last year at this time, I wrote a special column asking you to step up and support a special initiative. Below, Ive updated this request: please know that your help is needed now more than ever in meeting the needs of our remaining Holocaust survivors. About 10 years ago, I learned the ins and outs of Rule 116 of German National Law, which in some way tries to address the issue of denaturalization, or the process by which many German nationals lost their citizenship between 1933 and 1945. The rule allows for the renaturalization of former citizens and their descendants, provided the proper documentation is submitted. Interestingly, the records exist that would present a good case for both Rule 116, giving them each dual citizenship. We celtravel and even living abroad. But was this something we really wanted to do? Did we really feel comfortable taking that step, having a legal connection to this land that murdered so many of our own, having our family name on a list? Since last writing about this 12 months ago, the renaturalization process has begun, only to hit numerous roadblocks on getting proper documentation from Bolivia. Maybe its not meant to be. But remembrance can be embraced in countless ways. We are surrounded by our story, and Ive seen north of Berlin that my family and I visited this summer, and in the stolpersteine that I saw across Germany in 2014, commemorating the name of just one person at their last known residence. Charlottesville or the terrible anti-Semitic undercura school in Tennessee to try to comprehend just what 6 million of anything looks like. saying a prayer six times. But keeping a count of the outcomes of the Holocaust or our responses to its reverberations in modern-day life isnt enough. I propose that we need to make the remaining days of our survivors, our heroes, count. Over the next few weeks, many of you are going to be getting a letter from me, separate from our usual Rosh Hashanah annual campaign ask. Regardless of your level of interest in supporting the Federations annual campaign, I implore you to take a monow, or when you receive it in your mailbox). And if youre one of our regular donors, know that your gift supports this program and so many other important initiatives around the world. This is the best way that I can think of to make our support of our Holocaust survivors really count. Your invitation: Last year, at this time, I shared the story of Helen, an 89-year-old Holocaust survivor who needed help. Helen faced eviction, loss of power, legal troubles, and self-care assistance. She needed more than I could even fathom. I learned then that the cost of caring for our aging Holocaust survivors is increasing, while the governmental support is decreasing. This means that Helen, and many other survivors in our area, are not getting the vital support services they need. After surviving the terrors of the Holocaust, imagine that Helen may injure herself at home due to frailty, age, or mental end of her spirited life, pass away alone and confused. Because of our communitys generosity last year, Helen doesnt know that funding has been cut. And this year, Id like to keep it that way. At the High Holidays last year, your Federation partnered with Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services to launch an effort to raise at least to support the needs of those just like Helen, 100 percent of which went to the critical services needed by this special population. were able to offer uninterrupted services medication management, transportation, home care, and much more because of the generosity of our community members. to join many others right here in our area who support the programs that allow Helen and those like her to receive more home-care hours, a competent adult monitoring her medicine and helping her with her Holocaust survivors are our family. Our responsibility. Our inspiration. My daughter Hila is named after her greatwho survived the Holocaust and escaped Germany to Bolivia together with her husband Gerhard. In her memory, and because I cant imagine living in a community in which the Helens, the Hertas, and the countless other survivors are left without the care they need, my family will again commit to making Will you join us with a gift toward this effort, all of which will be applied toward the services needed by this very special population? with your commitment, or simply mail it in or make your gift online. Remember, 100 percent of your gift will be used toward the Holocaust survivor programs offered by Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services. On behalf of all whose lives you will change, thank you. Liked it? Loathed it? Want to react? I would welcome your feedback and can be reached at Holocaust survivors grow older, their needs increaseThe results from the regionwide demographic study begun in 2016 have been received and the results will be presented in two, two-day visits from lead demographer Ira Sheskin. The study itself was an initiative of Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services and the nearly all Jewish organizations in the two counties, as well as generous support from Craig and Jan Sher. The results are rich with meaningful trends and indicators for our community, noted Federation following an initial review of the than 1,200 pages of data. Several things immediately jumped out at of the highest percentages of kids who have visited Israel compared to about 50 other communities, she continued. Overall, the Jewish community of the two counties has remained stable and the total number of Jewish-identifying households has increased. I believe that each person who reads this survey, even in its sumthat speaks to them about the texture of our community, Socash noted. ings at invitation-only sessions on Oct. 15 and 16 and to the public he will meet with the Gulf Coast and Federation boards, the studys funders, staff from both organizations, and other key individuals tion to the studys success. During his second visit, forums will be held in locations throughout the region and will focus on ings as well as deeper looks at These targeted topics may include charitable behaviors, social sertion, migratory trends, or others. The meetings to be held in Ocmeetings held in November will be open to the entire community. Information about the locations of the November meetings will be available on the Federation website and in the Jewish Press in October. For more information about the Community presentations planned for results of demographic study


PAGE 4 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY SEPTEMBER 8 OCTOBER 5, 2017 Visit us on both sides of the Bay Shipping and Gift Wrapping Available South Tampa St. Petersburg 4004 S. MacDill Avenue Tampa, FL 33611 813.831.2111 Fused Glass Shabbat Candlesticks Hamsa Necklace 300 Beach Drive NE St. Petersburg, FL 33701 727.894.2111 You can also shop online! rent-all cityinc.Your Bar/Bat Mitzvah and Wedding HeadquartersVisit our ShowroomFrom our family to yours... 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The Federation is bringing a young woman from Israel here to serve as a shlicha, or emissary, to work with a variety of local Jewish organizations and institutions. The Federation is starting the program with the aid of the Jewish Agency, which provides shlichim (plural) to a variety of Jewish communities. These emissaries are hand-picked from various parts of Israeli society, with a variety professional and academic backgrounds. The main goal of the program is to engage all age groups in a range of Jewish cultural, educational and social activities. shlicha for Pinellas and Pasco communities is Yael Mor, who grew up on Kibbutz Givat Brenner in the center of Israel. She is a recent graduate of Ben Gurion University in the Negev, with a bachelors degree in geography. She served two years in the Israel Defense Forces as a medic in the Gaza division. The shlichim get communities actively involved in securing a vital Jewish future by creating programming to increase Jewish awareness, knowledge, and pride; to bridge the gap between Jews of different backgrounds and Israel; and to promote an understanding of Israel and its ideals, said Federation Executive Director Emilie Socash. The Federation said Mor will work with a large variety of Jewish agencies around the community, including the different synagogues and religious schools. into the community, but she will also connect local Jews to Israelis and create opportunities to experience Israel within the community. Whether at the Federation, Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services, local synagogues and temples, Hadassah, or any combination of organizaof Israel in Pinellas and Pasco counties, said Maxine Kaufman, the Federations director of arts, culture and education who is coordinating Mors stay. For more information about this program contact Kaufman, at (727) 333-3106 or Yael Mor is the new Pinellas-Pasco schlica.First Israeli emissary to Jewish community arriving for year stay OrganizationsSinglesDinner and a play: The Tampa Jewish Singles Group is going to see the romantic comedy, Bell, Book, and Candle, on Sunday, Oct. 8 at 3 p.m. at the James McCabe Theater, 506 Fifth St. in Valrico. Tickets are $15 and there is free parking. Following the play, there will be a dinner at Road, Brandon, for those who want to keep the evening going. Email Anita at to save your place for the play and for more information about dinner.Genealogical SocietyResearch tips: The Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay will meet at Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services, 14041 Icot Blvd., Clearwater, on Sunday Oct. 8, for a presentation by Drew Smith on Organizing Your Genealogy Research Process. A social with refreshments and library access begins at 1:30 p.m. and the featured program starts at 2 p.m. Smith, who is well known in local and national genealogical circles, is an associate librarian with the USF Tampa Library. Anyone interested in learning how to do Jewish genealogical research is invited to participate. There is no charge to attend. For more details, call Bruce Hadburg at (727) 796-7981. 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-JobLinks, 4100 W. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 206, Tampa. Reservations are required. To RSVP, call (813) 344-0200, email, or visit groupsAlzheimers caregiver group: Menorah Manor offers a support group meeting in the Samson Nursing Center at Menorah Manor, 255 59th St. N., St. Petersmonth from 3:30-5 p.m. For more information, call Gwen Kaldenberg at (727) 302-3750.Benjamin TowerHoliday dinner: The community is invited to the Philip Benjamin Tower for a Friends and Family Rosh Hashanah Dinner on Friday, Sept. 22 at 5 p.m. The cost is $10. RSVP by calling Philip Benjamin Tower at (727) 347-519 by Tuesday, Sept. 19. Benjamin Tower is an independent apartment complex for 55+ adults and is located at 250 58th St. N., St. Petersburg.


JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 5 SEPTEMBER 8 OCTOBER 5, 2017Support Our Advertisers!Tell then you saw their ad in the Jewish Press May you be inscribed for a year of joy, peace and good healthPhilip Benjamin tower is a 55+ independent living community that honors Jewish traditions. We offer rental programs that welcome all seniors who live on a limited income. You can brighten the coming years for a senior by introducing them to the Philip Benjamin Tower. LShanah Tovah In an effort to forge stronger ties between the local Jewish community and the Jewish nation, six local young professionals has been selected as Fed Fellows to participate in a nine-day mission to Israel. The Fed Fellows program was created last year by the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties as a way to cultivate future leaders. Its participants embark on a yearlong leadership journey that includes 10 hours per month of volunteer work for the Federation and culminates the free trip to Israel as part of the National Young Leadership program of the Jewish Federations of North America. From a dozen applicants, six 2017-18 Fed Fellows, including two married couples, were chosen by a selection committee that consisted of Young Adult Division Chair Jamie Gray, past Fed Fellow Korri Krajicek, Federation President Steve Klein and Federation Executive Director Emilie Socash. those selected had never been to Israel, the new Fed Fellows have all had been to Israel at least once. In selecting the current cohort, we looked at the individual as well as how we felt they would work as part of a group, noted Krajicek. Considering a group that has already had tremendous connection to what sort of connection that these young adults would have to the program. Those selected really shared with us their desire to bring their passion to Israel home and make our connection to Israel stronger at the local level, added Jamie Gray. The 2017-18 Federation Fellows selected include: Aliza and Keith Norstein Aliza holds dual citizenship in Israel and the United States and has already shown her leadership in her professional role at Israel Bonds and her volunteer work as past chair of the Young Adult Division and current role as secretary for the Federation board. In her personal statement, she commented, The more people know about Israel, the more they can defend it I want to see what our hard work actual does instead of just reading about it. I want to be able to come back home and tell our community partners why their support for the Federation is so important and the best way to learn about something is to experience it. Alizas husband, Keith, has shown his passion already for bridging Jewish understanding with cultural connection on his planning of several popular YAD ghost tours. He grew up in an interfaith home in which he describes life as more Jew-ish than Jewish, and noted that being a Federation Fellow would give me more insight into this world and how to make it better being able to see Israel through the Federations eyes will teach us the tools we need to share why the Federation is so important. Jessi and Zac Oppenheim Jessi is a member of Temple Beth-El, and together with her husband was among several congregants recommended for the program by Rabbi Michael Torop. She considers herself a life-long Jewish learner and after converting in 2002, she crafted a path of active involvement with the local Hillel on campus, Birthright Israel, and with Temple Beth El as an educator. She shared in her personal statement that, I would love to share my ideas and love for Judaism with other young professionals, but most importantly, want to open them up to become strong members of the trip in any way they feel comfortable. Husband Zac joins the program as someone who experienced Israel through Birthright. He looks forward to experiencing Israel in a more substantive way. He is a professional at Eckerd College who has a self-described passion for connecting Jews in the collegiate setting. He will bring to the Federation Fellows cohort what he notes is the pulse of college life to the group while helping connect others to their Jewish foundation. Jordyn Schwersky Jordyn has been active in synagogue life for her entire life, and is proud that her family was one of the founding members of Temple Bnai Israel. Several years ago, she participated in a program in Israel where she put her journalism degree to use as intern reporter for the Jerusalem Post. She currently cohosts the Sunday Simcha radio show and is also pursuing her entrepreneurial dreams. In her statement, she said she would like to bring more young people to the Jewish community. As America becomes more and more secular, it seems as if our community is comprised more of older generations who understand the importance and need for the teachings of Judaism and a strong connection to Israel than of younger people who wish to learn from those generations. Michael Igel Michael is an attorney who has been a lifelong activist in the local Jewish community and currently takes an active role in leadership at Congregation Beth Shalom, the Florida Holocaust Museum, and AIPAC. In his personal statement he noted, My mantra is that I am always happy to do whatever I am asked as long as it helps to advance the Jewish community. There has never been a greater need to teach the world the lessons learned from the Holocaust, and to support the America-Israel relationship.Second group of Federation Fellows announcedThe Young Adult Division (YAD) of Pinellas and Pasco counties will host an Israel Night on Monday, Oct. 2 at Meze 119 from 7-10 p.m. to highlight the expeeration Fellows on their Israel Mission in July and welcome the Federations community schlicha (emissary/ambassador) Yael Mor. All young adults ages 21-45 are encouraged to attend the event, which will feature Israeli food and drink. The evening will be an opportunity to celebrate the communitys connection to Israel through shared experiences. The most recent group of Federation Fellows Jamie Gray, Sam Eshelman, Hilary Hemmins, Jennifer Rosoff, and Korri Krajicek will share photos, stories, and personal in the National Young Leadership Mission to Israel. The new group of Federation Fellows will also be present. Mor, the new schlicha who will be here for a year, will introduce herself to the communitys young adults at the event. Mors role in the community will be one of supporting the connection to Israel through culture, language, and people-to-people opportunities. She is able to visit the community through funding provided by the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties in partnership with the Jewish Agency for Israel. Having Yael in our community is tremendously meaningful for all of us, said Jamie Gray, chair of the Young Adult Division. Were looking forward to crafting a really dynamic year of programming that includes Israel in the spotlight. The Young Adult Division connects those ages 21 through 45 with each other and with the work of the Federation. Past popular events have included a ghost tour, a Purim pub crawl, and the annual Vodka Latke social on Dec. 24. The year ahead will also include in-home Shabbat dinners and involvement with well-known Federation initiatives such as the Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival and Super Sunday. Those interested in checking out the YAD programs or getting more involved, should visit the groups facebook page (www.facebook. com/yadpinellas) or email night to celebrate connection, newcomersAre you a senior Downsizing? Have you recently lost a loved one?Dont know what to do with all of the stuff in the home?Let us provide the peace of mind you deserve when downsizing yours or a loved ones belongings. Please call Dale Smrekar at Downsizing Advisory Service We liquidate jewelry and coin collections. We know who pays more. C M Y CM MY CY CMY KAngie'sListLogoBlack.pdf 1 5/2/17 9:57 AM We Never Buy From Our Clients! 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PAGE 6 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY SEPTEMBER 8 OCTOBER 5, 2017 Rabbinically Speaking Rabbinically SpeakingHigh Holidays 5778Anyone meshugga enough to call himself a Jew, IS a Jew. David Ben-Gurion. As the High Holiday season fast approaches, we can see why being Jewish can be crazy sometimes. We start the month by proclaiming a new year, yet instead of partying we pray and blow a rams horn. We continue on to the most solemn day of the year where we fast for 24 hours and end off with a lavish break-the-fast. Five days later we are sitting outside in huts and shaking plants in all directions. To top it off, we end the month by dancing in circles around the bima with a closed Torah scroll. No wonder people think we are meshugga! to all these holy rituals. The question is how do we go through this coming month in a way that it will make a difference for the entire year ahead? There is seemingly a wide gap between the High Holiday season and the months following. Festivals are days of holiness, a day to spend in synagogue and other rituals that connect us to G-D, while the rest of the year, the connection may not be so apparent. The truth is that everything we do is an opportunity to connect to G-D. Being as our mission is to make this world a dwelling place for G-D, the ultimate expression of this is when even our mundane actions are dedicated to G-D. Where do we get the inspiration to bring G-D into our day-to-day lives? By harnessing the power of our spiritual journey during the high holidays and using it to fuel us during the rest of the year. This High Holiday season, let us make a commitment to attend services and celebrate not just because that is what we do as Jews, but to think about why we are doing it and place. Wishing you all a happy and healthy sweet year. Rabbi Pinchas Adler Chabad of Pinellas CountyThere are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. Albert EinsteinFor one brief moment on Aug. 21, 2017 a miracle took place. Millions of pairs of eyes turned skyward to watch the solar eclipse. Rabbis argued (what else is new?) about whether or not there was an appropriate bracha, blessing, for a solar eclipse and if so, what was it? But the real miracle that occurred wasnt necessarily the eclipse itself. The real miracle was in the coming together of millions of people of all races, genders, religions, sexual orientations, ages and socio-economic classes, wearing silly glasses and hoisting home-made cereal box viewers all having a good time and marveling at what was happening to that big, bright, gaseous blob known as the sun. Miracles create community. Our Jewish tradition is rich in the recounting of miracles. Breisheet (Genesis) that teach us of the wondrous miracle of creation, to the plagues sent by God, which led to our redemption from slavery in with events that could only be construed as miraculous. The Sea of Reeds splits just in the nick of time. A donkey opens its mouth and speaks to the prophet Bilaam. Oil causes us to proclaim, Nes Gadol Haya Sham A great miracle happened there. To our ancient ancestors, these astonishing events were explained through their belief in an all-powerful and ever-present God who came to the aid of those who were faithful followers. I believe that as Jews living in the 21st century, many of us have lost our sense of wonder and our belief in miracles. explanation or answer for the marvels that exist in our world. Jewish tradition teaches that we should each say at least 100 blessings every day, but if some of those blessings are for occurrences that no longer seem miraculous, why go to the trouble? After all, if a rainbow is only a refraction of light through water droplets, its really no longer a big deal and perhaps not worthy of blessing. What might it feel like to live ones life as if miracles happen on a daily basis? One translation of the Kedusha states, Days pass and the years vanish and we walk sighteyes with seeing and our minds with knowing. Elul, advancing ever closer to the start of a new year, may we each awaken to the daily miracles all around us and may we always experience wonder and delight, ever aware of the blessing that is life. Rabbi Leah M. Herz Director of Spiritual Care, Religious Programming, Menorah ManorWhile we celebrate the holidays every year, there is always something that makes it special. One aspect that makes this year unique is that the two days of Rosh Hashanah, Sept. 21 and 22 are on Thursday and Friday, leading right into Shabbat. Interestingly, Rosh Hashanah is celebrated for two days in Israel as well. Hence, Jews the world over will begin the year with a three day cance of Chazaka, something established, or permanent, in Jewish law. Certainly, this beginning of the year on a high note will help us bring more spirituality and holiness into our daily lives throughout the year. In fact, while in Israel they only start the year with one -day Yom Tov, Jews outside of Israel will have an additional two times to do so. For us here in the diaspora, we Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah, Oct. 12 and 13, both of which are immediately followed by Shabbat. For those living in Israel, it being the Holy Land, one Chazaka boost, and so we begin the year with three sets of 3-day holy days. repeats itself, so as the famous Yiddish expression goes, Chap Arein take advantage of this unique opportunity now. On behalf of my wife Miriam, my family and myself, I take this opportunity to wish you and all your loved ones a Kesiva Vachasima Tova. May you be inscribed for a happy, healthy, and sweet new year. Rabbi Levi Hodakov Chabad of ClearwaterAs has long been my custom, I attend the annual High Holy Day preparation seminar that is sponsored by the Miami Board of Rabbis. At these seminars, Rabbis share ideas with each other that assist us in making the Holy day experience more meaningful for the members of the congregations we serve. At this years seminar, one of my colleagues pointed out that some American Jews may not be inclined to be as compassionate toward the suffering of others as our tradition teaches. We live in a society where one of the mottos is, keep a stiff upper lip, and another is God only gives us as much suffering as we can handle. These others suffering. Our ancestors however, taught us a different approach. They observed that some suffering is more painful than the fact that in the Torah, the passage describing Isaacs harrowing ordeal at the hand of his father, Abraham, is immediately followed by the passage that begins with the words, And Sarah, Isaacs mother, died. According to a Midrash, a work of Jewish sacred literature, that while not included in the Bible, answers a question that a thoughtful reading of the Bible might raise, the passage about Sarahs death immediately follows the passage about Isaacs ordeal to teach us that when Sarah saw how severely Isaacs psyche was scarred, she couldnt endure her anguish. One of the Rabbis at the seminar I attended suggested that Sarahs death coming immediately upon seeing her son in his traumatized state is to remind us that some people endure horrible suffering and that the rest of us must do everything we can to open our hands and hearts to them. I to be more compassionate to those who are suffering. I wish everyone in the community, a Shana Tova. Rabbi Gary Klein Temple Ahavat Shalom, Palm HarborA few weeks ago, the United States experienced one of natures most dramatic phenomena. In the middle of a summer day, the sunlight disappeared, and there was complete darkness. The stars were visible and the temperature dropped sharply in a few minutes. Millions of Americans gathered under the skies to see the total solar eclipse that crossed the U.S. from coast to coast. Throughout history, in many eras and countless cultures, stition, creating fantastic myths and folklore. According to Judaism, time is not homogeneous. G-d assigned different energies and forces to different times and seasons. The Talmud teaches that people who are born on different days of the week are prone to certain dispositions. Though recognizing these propensities, we must be aware that we are not slaves to astrology or zodiacs; The Judaic view is that it is forbidden to be guided by astrology. Not because it does not exist, but because we are connected with the creator of it all. We have a direct channel of communication with the Lord of the Universe, which is above stars and signs, and He alone can transform everything for good and for blessing. As the winds of the New Year begin to blow, we turn to G-d Almighty Himself, and tap into the open and direct line of communication that we have with Him. We pray for for us and our families, and for our brothers and sisters all over the world. Shan Tova Umetuk. Rabbi Alter Korf Chabad of St. PetersburgDuring the month of Elul that led up to Rosh Hashanah we heard the shofar calling to us out of the The Shofar will again sound on the New Year calling us to action so that the year ahead brings forth the best that we have to offer. The month of Elul bore witness to disasters, brought on by the forces of both nature and humanity. In table human spirit that responded with resilience when the deluge came will inspire us to hear the call. Then we shall know that each of us has a responsibility to create a community, a nation and a world that is guided by our highest values and most deeply held morals. When we sounded the shofar this past month, these words (from Mishkan HaLev: Prayers for Slichot and the Month of Elul, CCAR Press, 2017) helped to inspire us, and I share them with the hope that when the Tekiah Gedolah is sounded that we shall all be similarly moved, and we shall all answer the call. Reach deep into the sanctuary of the heart. Reach deep with every quiet breath. Reach beyond summoned by the ancient, ringing blast of the shofar. Rabbi Michael Torop Temple Beth-El, St. PetersburgOnce I served as a rabbi on a retreat for JACS (Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent Persons and Sigold timer, who was a mentor, told a story from his days in the biet hasoar, his self imposed prison. I was so down, he said that I didnt even know where the door was. So one day after an AA meeting, I saw that there was a broom in the corner of the room. I waited until everyone had left, and then I swept up the room. I made that a practice for myself after every meeting, and began to notice, that my apartment looked different as well. I saw that things had a place where they belonged. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, you can turn anywhere Most of us feel a sense of urgency when these natural disasters happen and give with sympathy and ndiv libo, from the heart. Hare ze mshubach, this is certainly to be praised. All the more so, those who continue to help, weeks or months after the news media has shifted its focus. We are commanded to perform tzedakah on a continual basis, and to train us in that, it is customary to put a little money in the pushke right before Shirat Hayam in the morning prayers. For the next three months, Ill set aside my daily tzedaka for the people of Houston. This time of year, we are compelled to do teshuvah, to turn from the dark side of ourselves to the light. But sometimes its too dark to even see what needs to change. Thats when we pick up the broom and start to sweep up. For every good deed makes you feel like the good person that you are, and the better one you could be. Wishing everyone a bright New Year, Rabbi David Weizman Congregation Beth Shalom, ClearwaterI can still hear my childhood rabbi telling the story in our youth machzor every Yom Kippur. In the story, a farmer brings his young son to services on Yom Kippur in the shul of Rabbi Israel ben Eleazar, also known as the Baal Shem Tov, the Chasidic master. The boy, unable to read the prayers, asked his father if he can play his Kippur. The boy sat sadly next to his father throughout the day. Every so often he would turn to his father and would refuse. The boy shifted and wiggled in his seat all day long. Finally, as the Neilah prayers were coming to a close, the boy could take it no longer. He reached into his clear beautiful note. The entire congregation gasped. His sons hands. The rabbi quickly concluded his prayers. Immediately after the service, the father ran to beg forgiveness for his sons ruining the holiest day of the year. There is nothing to forgive, the Baal Shem Tov replied. All throughout the day, I felt as if our prayers were scattered like dirt on it was as if God would not receive them. But then, your simple, clear note. That note was the most beautiful prayer all day. Your sons prayer moved God so much, that the very gates of heaven were opened, and all our prayers were received. (Chasidic folk tale, retold in many instances, including Gates of Repentance Every Persons Guide to the High Holidays by Ronald of our homes and families. While each one serves a spepreoccupied with ensuring they are done correctly without ensuring they are done for the right reasons. 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Temple Bnai Israel ClearwaterRace and tashlich: On Saturday, Sept. 23 at 4 p.m., meet at the temple for the start of an Amazing Race style scavenger followed by Tashlich service at 7. Call the Sukkot Shabbat service: This service will be held, followed by Sugar in the Pizza in the hut: There will be a pizza Cong. Beth Shalom ClearwaterMeditation circle: Join in a meditation circle with Rabbi Danielle Upbin on Saturday, Sept. 23 at noon. Interfaith prayer: The congregation will participate in an interfaith prayer for peace event at First Methodist Church, 411 Turner St., Clearwater on Sunday, Sept. 24 Hafarot study: Join Johanna Bromberg for Hafarot study in the synagogue library on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 10 a.m. Talmud classes: On Mondays, explore ancient legal tradition with Dr. Priscilla Nathanson The class, open to all levels of knowledge, is held after minyan from 10 study on most Wednesdays, at 7 p.m. Contact will be held. Shabbat Sukkot dinner: There will Book talk: Take part in a discussion of My Fathers Paradise by Ariel Sabar on about one of the lost tribes of Israel and one mans commitment to preserve the traditions of his people. Simchat Torah: This service takes Chabad of ClearwaterTorah and tea: Rebbetzin Miriam Hodakov leads a Torah and Tea exclua.m. There is no charge to attend. RSVP to or (727) Cong. Bnai Israel St. PetersburgHebrew High programs: Two programs are being launched at Congregation Bnai Israel for high school students as part seminars will be held on Sunday, Sept. 24 from 1-4 p.m. when teens can participate in verse Tashlich by cleaning up trash on Gandy Beach. The seminars will include text and video study through discussion quesroom, and in the community. Each seminar includes brunch and a social action/tikkun olam project open to the entire teen Jewish community. The second program is called Hayinu Kecholmim ipants will learn about the development of Zionism, increase their knowledge of Israel and receive guidance to debate those who support BDS sanctions and engage in antiIsrael rhetoric Beginning at the synagogue next month, Hayinu Kecholmim is recommended for high school seniors. To sign up, contact Maureen Sechan at dll@cbistpete. org Talmud class: Steve Wein continues his Talmud Made Easy class with the study of Berachot the Talmud. Class begins Tuesday, Sept. 19 and reasons of our prayers and the genesis of the scheme of prayer we follow today. All are welcome. For more information or to sign up, contact Pam Askin Picnic in the sukkah: Enjoy a deli picnic in the congregations sukkah on Tuesdirectly from Jo-Els by calling (727) 321Music soiree: Explore Jewish connections to musical selections with Eckerd College Professor of Music, Joan O. Epstein. ree series, focusing on Carl Orffs Carmina Burana, will be held on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 11 a.m. and will include a light reception. RSVP to Maureen Sechan 1011 or email Sukkot services: Erev Sukkot service, Sukkot services Shake A Lulav Hoshanot Second Day Yom Tov services Shake A Lulav Hoshanot processions on Friday, lowed by a Sukkot congregational dinner. Cost is $20 per adult. Children and new members are free. Childcare is available on Yom Tov mornings upon request prior to holiday. RSVP by Sept. 29 to Pam Askin at or call the synaShemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah: Erev Shemini Atzeret service is Atzeret Yom Tov morning services on Thursday, Oct. 12 include Yizkor and memorial plaques dedication at 9 a.m. and which includes a youth celebration and ice cream sundaes. On Friday, Oct. 13, the Simchat Torah service, beginning at 9 a.m. will honor the congreations Hatanei Hatorah, Princes of the Torah. Chabad Center of St. PetersburgService and sushi: There will be a short Rosh Hashanah service on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m., followed by a sushi bar and desserts, apples and honey. There is no charge. To RSVP, contact the Chabad center. JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 7 SEPTEMBER 8 OCTOBER 5, 2017 Congregationsis tremendous value in doing so, for it is these same rituals and customs that have kept our people alive throughout the centuries. But the story of the little boy and his kavannah, our intention, our purpose and the direction of our hearts behind these prayers and rituals that is essential, that is sacred, that matters most to God. May the prayers and customs of these Yamim Noraim inspire us to experience a Holy Day season of inspiration and joins me in wishing you and your family a Shanah Tovah uMetukah A Healthy, Safe and Happy New Year. Rabbi Daniel Treiser Temple Bnai Israel, ClearwaterThe annual renewal of Rosh Hashanah presents all of us with a unique opportunity. As Rosh Hashana concerns the level of Divine investment, not reward and punishment, it is possible to surpass ones spiritual level without the need to put oneself through the drastic changes demanded by true repentance. When you are facing investors, your moral standing is relevant only in so far as it contributes to your productivity. Investors are focused on higher returns; they really dont care much about just desserts. They are looking out for enterprise, determination, intelligence and foresight. They are future oriented; the past doesnt really interest them. Rosh Hashana is a time for imagination, for the formulation of daring new ideas regarding spiritual progress. If you have imaginative proposals to submit concerning contributions you are willing and able to make toward the successful future, and you can persuade the Heavenly Court of the sincerity of your intentions, they will increase their investment in you regardless of your past performance. A junior executive can walk out of a directors meeting on a much higher rung up the corporate ladder than he entered if he manages to persuade the directors to invest in his ideas. Rosh Hashana offers us all the opportunity of dramatic promotions in our level of involvement with God. We can move overnight from a world that belongs to other people to a world that from a state of relative obscurity where we live in other peoples shadows, to creatures that are literally held in the palm of Gods hand, His attention focused on us constantMay we all succeed in making a huge spiritual jump this Rosh Hashana. A happy, healthy and peaceful year to all Israel! Rabbi Jacob Luski Congregation Bnai Israel, St. Petersburg Shabbat & High Holiday Candle Lighting Times For High Holiday Service Schedules, See Page 15 255 59th Street North, St. Petersburg, FL 33710 Caregiving for a loved one is hard... We are here to help! The Irv Weissman Adult Day Centerat The Marion and Bernard L. Samson Nursing Center is a comprehensive program providing respite for caregivers and support for seniors living in their own homes. (Within radius--call for details) 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.Call (727) 302-3900 to register for Temple Beth-El St. PetersburgBrotherhood schmooze: Families are invited to hang out and relax while children attend religious school classes on Sundays from 9 a.m. to noon in the social hall. Enjoy a bagel and a cup of coffee and read the newspaper. Chabad of Pinellas Palm HarborRosh Hashanah dinner: Celebrate the new year with traditional holiday foods for families. RSVP immediately to www. Temple Ahavat Shalom Palm HarborSunshine tot time: On Sunday, Sept. 24 from 10 11 a.m. the theme will be Happy Birthday, World as the Sisterhood sponsors a tot time with adult and child activities, Judaics and snacks. This is open to children from 1 through 4 years old and is free, but there is space for only eight. Each child will go home with a new book. RSVP by Sept. Book club: The temples book club will meet on Sunday, Sept. 24 at 10:30 a.m. and discuss Judas by Amos Oz, an Israeli born author. For more information, contact Steve Konigsberg at (727) 399-1010, Sukkot Festival: The temple will hold its annual Sukkot Festival on Sunwill be served. For RSVP information, contact the temple by Oct. 2.Chabad Center of West Pasco TrinityRosh Hashanah dinner: There will be a traditional dinner to usher in Rosh HaJCC of West Pasco Port RicheyAdult education: A class to study Pirkei Avot (Ethics of our Ancestors) and its relevance to Jewish life in the 21st century will be offered on Sundays from 10 11 a.m. The class is free, but donations are welcome.


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THE ABELSON FAMILYBy SEAN SAVAGE JNS.orgFor many Jews, the High Holiday period is a time of deep obserincreasingly large share of American Jewry, the holidays also bring a new set of challenges that go to the very core of ones faith. According to the Pew Research Centers October 2013 A Portrait Unlike other Jewish holidays which sometimes overlap with periods, the High Holidays fall in September or October. Given the faith families. Rabbi Jillian Cameron, a Boston-based regional director for Interfaith Family, a national organiand families exploring Jewish life, told, For many families, interfaith or not, the High Holidays can seem overwhelming and therefore, a family meal, attending a body of water or a childrens service may be their only formal High Holiday experience. Observing the High Holidays Sam Goodman of Tinton Falls, NJ, said his wife Anne, who is in observing the High Holidays, together. I dont think my holiday obserferent if Anne were Jewish, with the exception of having to share the holidays with her parents, he told he is raising Jewish, Goodman expects the familys High Holiday practice to be more centered on nity. Cameron said being members of cially for interfaith families, can be ors of the High Holidays. For those who feel comfortable, nity, this experience can be incredtwo Jews, she said. However, gion, with theology, with God, or mation, it can easily be overwhelmJessica Boatright, a mother of was raised Episcopal, said observless of a challenge than other Jewish holidays that may overlap with Christian ones. 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Quality Treatment for You and Your Windows. 727.823.2929By RON KAMPEAS JTA news serviceWASHINGTON The debate has gone on for weeks among rabbis and Jewish leaders: If President Donald Trump does not formally renounce white supremacists, is it still worth engaging in a conversation with him? This was on much of the Jewish communitys mind since Aug. 23, when the leaders of three religious streams Reconstructionist, Reform and Conservative said they would not organize the annual pre-Rosh Hashanah call with the president, which the rabbinical groups had instituted at the start of the Obama administration. That call, principally for clergy, was aimed at helping to shape High Holidays. Instead, the White House decided to hold a call with Jewish leaders one that would be in line with the calls and meetings that Jewish leaders have had with the sitting president since the Eisenhower era. It would be initiated by the White House, and both lay and religious leaders would be invited. On Friday, Sept. 15, Trump delivered his holiday greetings in a conference call that barely lasted eight minutes. He took no questions. By contrast, calls and meetings with past presidents have included exchanges sometimes tough and generally lasted at least 45 minutes. Some of the participants expressed disappointment after having done public battle with the Reform, Reconstructionist and Conservative movements over whether one should engage Trump in conversation. Everyone would look less stupid if he had just put it on YouTube, one said, encapsulating the one-way direction of the conversation. Not invited to join the call were the Reform and Reconstructionist movements. The Conservative movement did receive an invitation but Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, the CEO of its Rabbinical Assembly, declined to participate. All the participants who spoke to JTA was off the record, although the White House released a transcript that afternoon. Rabbi Avi Shafran, the director of public affairs for Agudath Israel, a haredi Orthodox group, had argued in a Forward op-ed Thursday, Sept. 14, that the rabbis who had opted out of the call with the president were missing an opportunity to raise the painful issue of the white supremacists and neo-Nazis who marched in Charlottesville, which culminated in an attack by an alleged white supremacist that killed one counterprotester and wounded at least 20 others. There is a difference between respectfully asking a president to clarify that he does not equate proponents of white supremacism with protesters against the same and, however one might feel about him, publicly and starkly insulting our nations duly elected national leader, he said. In the end, there were no surprises. Trump covered the standard range of issues in these calls and did not depart from the script. Anti-Semitism and bias: We forcefully condemn those who seek to incite anti-Semitism, or to spread any form of slander and hate and I will ensure we protect Jewish communities, and all communities, that face threats to their safety, he said. Israel: The United States will always support Israel not only because of the vital security partnership between our two nations, but because of the shared values between our two peoples, he said. Trump noted that his ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, was making a priority of keeping international bodies from singling out Israel for criticism. I can tell you on a personal basis, and I just left Israel recently, I love Israel, he said. Peace: This next New Year also offers a new opportunity to seek peace between the Israelis and Palestinians, and I am very before the end of the year, the president said. Ambassador David Friedman, Jared [Kushner], Jason [Greenblatt], and the rest of my team are working very hard to achieve a peace agreement. I think its something that actually could happen. Friedman is the ambassador to Israel, Kushner is his son-inlaw and a top adviser, and Greenblatt is his top international negotiator. Kushner, an observant Jew, opened the call by introducing the president, saying his father-in-law takes great pride in having a Jewish daughter and Jewish grandchildren. Ivanka Trump, Jareds wife, is also a top adviser to her father. The controversy surrounding the call began last month, when the Reform, Reconstructionist and Conservative movements cast their decision to cancel the call an outcome of Trumps equivocation after the Charlottesville violence, when he said many sides were to blame for the vioamong both the white supremacists and the counterprotesters. The presidents words have given succor to those who advocate anti-Semitism, racism, and xenophobia, the statement said. On Thursday, Sept. 14, Trump again insisted that there was blame on both sides. Those who participated in the call said that even absent a question-and-answer period, it was still better to be on the call than not. These are rabbis whose foremost cause should be the Jewish people and Israel, said Morton Klein, the president of the Zionist Organization of America. Klein, who was on the call, noted that he participated in similar calls and meetings with Obama, even though he rarely agreed with him.Why stupidly insult the president, who we need for those issues? he asked. Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, said in an email to JTA that because he was not on the call, he had no comment on what was said. But, he wrote, We stand by our decision to not host a High Holy Days call with the President this year. We are disappointed that the President continues to draw a false equivalency between white supremacists and counter-demonstrators in Charlottesville.In 8-minute call, Trump says New Year offers chance for Israeli peace, vows to keep Jews safe from hateresident Donald Trump speaking to Jewish leaders in a conference call at the White House as staffers look on.


JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 13 SEPTEMBER 8 OCTOBER 5, 2017 Mon. Fri. 6:00 am Noon Sat. & Sun. 6:00 am 1:00 pmBoiled & Baked the traditional way at the same location for 36 years!1871 Gulf To Bay Blvd. (Clearwater)~ Next to Clearwater High School ~(727) 446-7631 By PENNY SCHWARTZ JTA news serviceBOSTON At 15, Elias Rosenfeld became a Dreamer . At the time, the Venezuela native was attending Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School in Miami, where he had lived since he was 6 years old, when his Jewish family moved to South Florida from Caracas. His mother was a media executive and they traveled to the United States on an L1 visa, which allows specialized, managerial employees to work for the U.S. But tragedy struck the family: When Rosenfeld was ney cancer. She died two years later. In high school, Rosenfeld applied for a drivers per papers. He discovered that his mothers death voided her visa. He and his older sister were undocumented. It was an embarrassing moment for me, RosenObama signed an executive order, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, granting temporary, renewable legal status to young unauthorized immigrants who had been brought to America by their par ents as children. Known as DACA, the order opened up a world of were now able to apply for drivers licenses, tempo rary work permits and college. Dreamers refers to a bipartisan bill, known as the Dream Act, which would have offered them a path to legal residency. It was the power of one order that can so directly change ones life, Rosenfeld said. That launched me. I became an advocate. He launched United Student Immigrants, a noncredited with raising tens of thousands of dollars for help with scholarships and applications. Brandeis University on a full scholarship, spoke with JTA at a rally outside of this citys Faneuil Hall, just General Jeff Sessions announced they would rescind DACA. The president gave Congress a six-month window to preserve the program through legislation. Or not. The Boston protest was organized by the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, where Rosenfeld is an intern. He shared his story with He explained that DACA enabled him to drive, buy arships. Calling the presidents actions cruel, Rosenfeld said, Now is not the time of despair, however, but to put our energy towards effective action. He urged the crowd to work for protective legislation at the federal dents in Massachusetts. Another Dreamer, Filipe Zamborlini, who came to as a career coach at Jewish Vocational Services, also spoke. told the assembly. Rosenfeld said the Trump administrations decision was disturbing and unsettling. Theres a high level of fear and anxiety in DACA communities, he told JTA. Rosenfeld recalls too well the sting and uncertainty of being undocumented. It means you cant do everything your peers and your friends are doing. You feel American, but you are make, he said. But he also sounded a note of optimism, pointing out that Trump called on Congress to act. We hope Congress follows their presidents word now and does the job of passing one of the many pieces of legislation before them, Rosenfeld said. He readily admits to feeling scared and anxious. But Im also feeling empowered and motivated from seeing the outpouring of support, locally and across the country, he said. To DACA opponents, including Jewish supporters of Trump, Rosenfeld asks them to look at the facts and the stories of people like himself. I dont think it aligns with our values, with Jewish values and the Jewish community, he said of a policy that would essentially strip a generation of people Rosenfeld cited the activism of a group called Torah Trumps Hate, which opposes policies that it considers anathema to values contained in Jewish teachings. Growing up, his family attended synagogue often and celebrated Shabbat and Jewish holidays. Despite the hardships he faced following his mothers death, Rosenfeld excelled in high school. class, according to a Miami-Dade County school bulletin. Rosenfeld was widely recognized as a student leader, receiving several awards and honors. During the presidential campaign, he volunteered for the Hillary Clinton campaign. Earlier in the day, before the presidents announceto Trump urging him not to undo DACA. Here at Brandeis University, we value our DACA students, who enrich our campus in many ways and are integral to our community, the letter said. Renocent. As a nation founded by immigrants, we can, should, and must do better. Rosenfeld was attracted to Brandeis both for its academics and its commitment to social justice. He is studying political science, sociology and law, with plans to continue his advocacy work on behalf of immigrants. He hopes one day to attend law school and work in politics or practice law. With a full schedule of courses and volunteer work, Rosenfeld gets by without much sleep, he acknowledged with an easy laugh. Asked what America means to him, Rosenfeld does not hesitate. It means my country. Its my home. Theres a connection. I want to contribute, he said. I just dont think its valuable to want to kick out people that want to contribute to this country.A Jewish Dreamer is scared, but refuses to despairElias Rosenfeld, a sophomore at Brandeis University and one of 800,000 Dreamers, speaking at a rally at Bostons Faneuil Hall hours after President Trump announced he was rescinding DACA protections for some 800,000 young people, Sept. 5..


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JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 15 SEPTEMBER 8 21, 2017 Received as of press time. For more information on related holiday events, see the congregation listings on Pages 6-7. For High Holiday admission policies, contact individual congregations.PINELLAS COUNTYCHABAD OF PINELLAS3696 Fisher Road, Palm Harbor (727) 789-0408EREV ROSH HASHANAHWednesday, Sept. 20 Evening service, 7 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH lst Day Thursday, Sept. 21 Morning service, 9:30 a.m. Youth Program, 11 a.m. Shofar, approx.11:30 a.m. Mincha and Tashlich, 6:30 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 2nd DayFriday, Sept. 22 Morning service, 9:30 a.m. Youth Program, 11 a.m. Shofar, approx. 11:30 a.m.EREV YOM KIPPURFriday, Sept. 29 Kol Nidre, 7 p.m.YOM KIPPUR Saturday, Sept. 20 Morning service, 9:30 a.m. Youth Program, 11 a.m. Yizkor, approx. 12:30 p.m. Mincha, 5:30 p.m. Neilah, 6:45 p.m. Break-The-Fast, 7:53 p.m. CHABAD OF CLEARWATERServices at Tabacinic Chabad Center 2280 Belleair Road, Clearwater (727) 265-2770EREV ROSH HASHANAHWednesday, Sept. 20 Evening service, 7:15 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH st Day Thursday, Sept. 21 Morning service, 9:30 a.m. Shofar sounding, 11:30 a.m. Kiddush following services Mincha and Tashlich, 6:45 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 2nd DayFriday, Sept. 22 Morning service, 9:30 a.m. Shofar sounding, 11:30 a.m.EREV YOM KIPPURFriday, Sept. 29 Kol Nidre, 7:15 p.m.YOM KIPPUR Saturday, Sept. 30 Morning service, 10 a.m. Yizkor, 12:30 a.m. Mincha, 5:45 p.m. Neilah, 6:45 p.m. Final Shofar, 7:53 p.m. Break-The-Fast to followCHABAD JEWISH CENTER OF GREATER ST.PETERSBURG4010 Park St. N., St. Petersburg (727) 344-4900EREV ROSH HASHANAHWednesday, Sept. 20 Evening service, 7 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 1st Day Thursday, Sept. 21 Morning service, 9 a.m. Childrens services, 9:30 a.m. Shofar, 10:45 a.m. Tashlich service, 6 p.m. (at Abercrombie Park waterfront)ROSH HASHANAH 2nd DayFriday, Sept. 22 Morning service, 9 a.m. Childrens services, 9:30 a.m. Shofar, 10:45 a.m. EREV YOM KIPPUR Friday, Sept. 29 Kol Nidre, 7 p.m.YOM KIPPUR Saturday, Sept. 30 Morning service, 9 a.m. Childrens services, 9:30 a.m. Yizkor, 11:15 p.m. Mincha, 6 p.m. Neilah 7 p.m. Final Shofar, 7:52 p.m. Break-The-Fast to follow conservativeCONG. BNAI ISRAEL300 58th St. N. St. Petersburg (727) 381-4900.EREV ROSH HASHANAHWednesday, Sept. 20 Evening service, 7 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 1st DayThursday, Sept. 21 Morning service, 8:30 a.m. Shofar, 10:15 a.m. Childrens activity, 4:30 p.m. Tashlich, 5:45 p.m. (Lake Pasadena) Mincha & Maariv, 7 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 2nd DayFriday, Sept. 22 Morning service, 8:30 a.m. Shofar sounding, 10:15 a.m.EREV YOM KIPPURFriday, Sept. 29 Kol Nidre, 7 p.m.YOM KIPPURSaturday, Sept. 30 Morning service, 8:30 a.m. Yizkor, 1 p.m. Mincha 4:50 p.m. Neilah, 5:50 p.m. (approx.) Final Shofar, 7:50 p.m. Break-the-Fast snacks to follow CONG. BETH SHOLOM1844 54th St. S., Gulfport (727) 321-3380EREV ROSH HASHANAHWednesday, Sept. 20 Evening service, 7:30 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 1st DayThursday, Sept. 21 Morning service, 9:30 a.m. Tashlich to follow serviceROSH HASHANAH 2nd DayFriday, Sept. 22 Morning service, 9:30 a.m.EREV YOM KIPPURFriday, Sept. 29 Kol Nidre, 7:30 p.m.YOM KIPPURSaturday, Sept. 30 Morning service, 9:30 a.m. Yizkor, 11 a.m. Services resume, 4 p.m. Neilah, 5 p.m. Break-the-Fast at conclusionCONG. BETH SHALOM1325 S. Belcher Road, Clearwater (727) 531-1418EREV ROSH HASHANAHWednesday, Sept. 20 Evening service, 7:30 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 1st DayThursday, Sept. 21 Morning service, 8:30 a.m. Tashlich, 6 p.m. Maariv, 8 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 2ND DayFriday, Sept. 22 Morning service, 8:30 a.m.EREV YOM KIPPURFriday, Sept. 29 Kol Nidre, 6:45 p.m.YOM KIPPURSaturday, Sept. 30 Morning service, 9 a.m. Mincha, 5:30 p.m. Neilah, 6:50 p.m. Final Shofar, 7:53 p.m. ReformTEMPLE AHAVAT SHALOM1575 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor (727) 785-8811SELICHOTSaturday, Sept. 16 Dessert followed by Havdalah and service, 8 p.m.CEMETERY SERVICESSunday, Sept. 17 Sylvan Abbey, noon Curlew Hills, 1 p.m. EREV ROSH HASHANAHWednesday, Sept. 20 Evening service, 8 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 1st DayThursday, Sept. 21 Morning service, 10 a.m. Youth services, (grade 3+), 11 a.m. (tot-2nd grade) 3 p.m. Tashlich, 4:30 p.m. (Dunedin Causeway)ROSH 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. Youth services, (grade 3+), 11 a.m. (tot-2nd grade) 1:30 p.m. Yizkor, 4:30 p.m. Neilah, 5:30 p.m. Break-the-Fast, 6:30 p.m.TEMPLE BNAI ISRAEL1685 S. Belcher Road, Clearwater (727) 531-5829EREV ROSH HASHANAHWednesday, Sept. 20 Evening service, 8 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH Thursday, Sept. 21 Tot Family Service, 9 a.m. Morning service, 10:15 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 Havdalah and Tashlich, 6 p.m. (on the beach)CEMETERY SERVICESSunday, Sept. 24 Sylvan Abbey, 10 a.m. Curlew Hills, 11 a.m.EREV YOM KIPPURFriday, Sept. 29 Kol Nidre, 8 p.m.YOM KIPPURSaturday, Sept. 30 Tot Family service, 9 a.m. Morning service, 10:15 a.m. Orthodox Conservative Reform Afternoon service, 4:15 p.m. (includes Yizkor, Neilah) Break-the-Fast TEMPLE BETH-EL400 S. Pasadena Ave., St. Petersburg (727) 347-6136EREV ROSH HASHANAHWednesday, Sept. 20 Evening service, 7:30 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 1st DayThursday, Sept. 21 Family services, 9:45 a.m. Morning service, 10 a.m.ROSH HASHANAH 2nd DayFriday, Sept. 22 Morning service, 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 22 6:30 p.m. Shabbat & Tashlich (on the beach)CEMETERY SERVICESSunday, Sept. 24 Chapel Hill, 9:30 a.m. Royal Palm, 10:30 a.m.EREV YOM KIPPURFriday, Sept. 29 Kol Nidre, 7:30 p.m.YOM KIPPURSaturday, Sept. 30 Family service, 9:45 a.m. Morning service, 10 a.m. Yizkor, 12:30 p.m. Afternoon service, 4 p.m. Neilah, 6 p.m. Break-the-Fast, 7 p.m.CONG. BNAI EMMUNAH57 Read Street, Tarpon Springs (727) 938-9000 *Services at Church on the Bayou, 409 Whitcomb Blvd., Tarpon SpringsEREV ROSH HASHANAHWednesday, Sept. 20 Evening service, 8 p.m.*ROSH HASHANAH 1st DayThursday, 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. Followed by Yizkor Service Afternoon service, 4 p.m. Neilah, 6:15 p.m. Break-the-Fast, 7:20 p.m. Service at Unity of Tampa 3302 W. Horatio St. Tampa, (813) 701-9685EREV ROSH HASHANAHWednesday, Sept. 20 Program, 7:30 p.m. PASCO COUNTY OrthodoxCHABAD OF WEST PASCO10733 Maple Creek Drive, Suite 101, Trinity (727) 376-3366EREV ROSH HASHANAHWednesday, Sept. 20 Evening service, 7 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH Thursday, Sept. 21 Morning service, 10 a.m. Shofar sounding, 11:45 a.m. Tashlich, 6 p.m.EREV YOM KIPPURFriday, Sept. 29 Kol Nidre, 7 p.m. YOM KIPPUR Saturday, Sept. 30 Morning service, 10 a.m. Yizkor, 12:30 p.m. Afternoon service, 5:45 p.m. Neilah, 6:45 p.m. Break-the-Fast, 7:53 p.m. Conservative JCC of West Pasco9841 Scenic Drive, Port Richey (727) 847-3814EREV ROSH HASHANAHWednesday, Sept. 20 Evening service, 7:30 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 1st DayThursday, Sept. 21 Morning service, 9:30 a.m. Tashlich, 3:30 p.m. (at members home, RSVP required)CEMETERY SERVICESSunday, Sept. 24 Grace Memorial, 11 a.m. Trinity Memorial Gardens, 1:30 p.m.EREV YOM KIPPURFriday, Sept. 29 Kol Nidre, 7 p.m.YOM KIPPURSaturday, Sept. 30 Morning service, 9:30 a.m. Yizkor, 5:30 p.m. Evening service, 6 p.m. Neilah, 7 p.m. Break-the-Fast will follow Humanistic Orthodox Conservative HERNANDO COUNTY OrthodoxCHABAD OF SPRING HILLServices at the Brooksville Elks Lodge 13383 County Line Road, Spring Hill (352) 600-2779EREV ROSH HASHANAHWednesday, Sept. 20 Evening service, 7 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 1st DayThursday, Sept. 21 Morning service, 10 a.m. Shofar sounding, noon Kiddush to followROSH HASHANAH 2nd DayFriday, Sept. 22 Morning service, 10 a.m. Shofar sounding, noon Kiddush to followEREV YOM KIPPURFriday, Sept. 29 Kol Nidre, 6:45 p.m.YOM KIPPURSaturday, Sept. 30 Morning service, 10 a.m. Orthodox Yizkor, noon Afternoon & Neilah, 5:45 p.m. Final Shofar, 7:52 p.m. Break-the-Fast to follow ReformTEMPLE BETH DAVID13158 Antelope St. Spring Hill (352) 686-7034 EREV ROSH HASHANAHWednesday, Sept. 20 Evening service, 8 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 1st DayThursday, Sept. 21 Morning service, 10 a.m. Kiddush following service Tashlich and Barbecue, 5 p.m. (at Pine Island Beach)EREV YOM KIPPURFriday, Sept. 29 Kol Nidre, 8 p.m.YOM KIPPURSaturday, Sept. 30 Morning service, 10 a.m. Yizkor, approximately 12:30 p.m. Afternoon services, 4:30 p.m. Kiddush following Break-the-Fast, approx. 6:45 p.m. Reform5778 High Holiday Service SchedulesCorrectionThe Jewish Press prides itself in staying up with the times.. 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JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 17 SEPTEMBER 8 OCTOBER 5, 2017 727.789.2000 Obituary Jewish Press obituary policyThe Jewish Press publishes obituaries of Jewish community members, both local residents and individuals whose survivors live in the area, as a FREE public service. 12905 Wild Acres Rd. Largo, FL 33773 Serving the Pinellas County Jewish Community since 1968The Jewish Burial Society of Pinellas County Inc. dba Chapel Hill Memorial Park is a 501 (c) (3) non-prot corporation licensed by the State of Florida dwd tyb hrwbq tyb A Sacred Trust All of us wish you and your familyLShana Tovah 6366 Central Avenue St. Petersburg Fl 33707 830 N. Belcher Road Clearwater, Fl 33765 THE JEWISH FUNERAL HOMES OF PINELLAS & PASCO COUNTIESMichael, Mandi, David, Pati and Steven Gross Michael, Mandi, David, Pati and Steven Gross Reform Conservative Orthodox DAVID C. GROSSFUNERAL HOMES (727) 381-4911www.davidcgross.comIRMA G. MAYER, 81, of Seminole, died Aug. 28. Born in Toledo, OH, she graduated from the University of Michigan and was a pharmacist. She and her husband moved to Seminole in 1995 from St. Louis, MO. They were in St. Petersburg, and she was a member of the Sisterhood. They were honored as the Hatanei Hatorah, and she was awarded Woman of the Year. She was also a member of Hadassah and a docent at the Florida Holocaust Museum. Survivors include her husband of 56 years Jack Mayer; children, Ellen and Rick Samuels, and Marla Mayer all of St. Louis; and Susan and Rabbi Bradley Tecktiel of Las Vegas, NV; two brothers and sister-in-law, Zale Glauand Elaine Glauberman of Philadelfamily suggests memorials be made to C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel) Jewish Leadership Training Institute seeks new recruits, touts record of its graduates Carlyn Neuman Jeff Herman David Delrahim Kip Goulder Aaron Silberman Jerusalem Post Israeli consulate in NY evacuated after threat to Netanyahu


cleaning supplies to an independent living facilities in Tampa and another in Plant City that still did not have power. Tampa Jewish Family Services closed early on the Friday before the storm to prepare for its blow, and the agency was closed on Monday, but reopened Tuesday after the storm and is both delivering food to those in need and accepting donations from those inclined to give to the food bank. The Tampa JCCs and Federation set up collection spots on behalf of TJFS at its JCCs a few days after the storm to send nonperishable food and hygiene items to Irma victims in harder hit areas. Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services headquarters in mid Pinellas County was still closed for at least four days after the storm and was unable to accept food donations. Some staffers there worked remotely and asked that donations not be brought to their food bank until Monday, Sept. 18. An anonymous member of the Jewish community who has a throughout the nation is arranging for a tractor trailer truck full of supplies to be sent to the Glazer JCC. The company deals with PAGE 18 JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY SEPTEMBER 8 OCTOBER 5, 2017 240 59th Street North, St. Petersburg FL 33710 AL#10306 Personalized Support Respite Stays Available Large Private Apartments Life Enriching Programs END OF SUMMER SPECIAL!$2,500 Community Entrance Fee Waived AND $500 OFF Monthly Rental for 1st 6 MonthsOFFER EXPIRES SEPTEMBER 30, 2017Call 727.302.3800 to schedule a tour and ask about a free 2 night trial! Street North, St. Petersburg FL 33710 IRMAOf those who could send out news, none reported serious damage, in spite of wind gusts reaching 79 mph in Pinellas County. There was light cosmetic damage to the exterior of the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg and it was scheduled to reopen Saturday, Sept. 16. There were two downed willow trees that did not hit any structures at Congregation Bnai Israel in St. Petersburg. A sign in front of Temple Bnai Israel in Clearwater was destroyed by winds and a tree fell in the temples parking lot, but did not hit any cars. Heidi Shimberg, chief operating at the Tampa JCCs, reported no damage at JCC facilities and she had not heard of serious damage at any other Jewish institutions in Hillsborough County. It bodes well that the Jewish organizations took care to prepare, or we would have heard of damage, she said. The Tampa JCCs and Federation closed their JCC operations prior to the storm and reopened them on Wednesday, Sept. 13. The JCC preschools were also closed and reopened for full-time students on Sept. 13 and for all students the next day. Four events at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC, each expected to draw 200 to 300 people, were postponed due to Irma. Among those events was a Bat Mitzvah. Hillels of the Florida Suncoast cancelled the launch of its big communitywide Reverse Tashlich event on Sunday, Sept. 24. Synagogues including some youth groups had signed up to scour along the waterfront and pick up trash and debris. Among other events postponed was a talk by a noted rabbi from the Czech Republic was to speak at Congregation Bnai Israel in St. Petersburg and an open house at Congregation Bnai Emmunah in Tarpon Springs. Power outages affected Jewish facilities throughout the area. Due to an extended time without electricity, Temple Bnai Israel Shabbat services were cancelled on Friday, Sept. 15 as well as Selichot services on Sept. 16, with members invited to attend the Selichot program at Temple Beth-El in St. Petersburg. Lack of power at Congregation Beth Shalom in Clearwater also caused cancellation of Shabbat services with members invited to services at Congregation Kol Ami in Tampa. The Jewish Press Petersburg was still without electricity as of Friday, Sept. 15. Four ting out this edition by working from the home of its owners, Jim and Karen Dawkins, who were the only staffers not to lose power. Emilie Socash, executive director of the Pinellas/Pasco Federation, monitored the situation in the community from her out-of-town evacuation destination until the was able to reopen on Tuesday, Sept 12. Chabad of West Pasco served as a hurricane shelter for the duration of the storm, providing accommodations and meals for evacuees from Miami. Meanwhile, Chabad Centers throughout the Tampa Bay area offered hot meals to those without power or just in need of a hug for surviving the ordeal. All of the Chabad of Tampa Bay effort, including 50 young pro fessional and student volunteers, who were to travel by buses to the Naples, Marco Island area in a few days to help folks there. Menorah Manor assisted two other nursing homes, one in Charlotte County and another in Pasco County, to evacuate their residents by lending them their 16-passenger bus for a day. Menorah Manor also sent a truck with food, water and Rabbi Yossie of West Pasco to those


At 2 a.m. Monday as the storm was hitting hard, Goldstein was walking the halls with Major, the 1-year-old son of a staffer, in his arms, trying to keep the wiggly child from waking others. Later, Major sat on a sleeping bag in steins dog both baby and dog content. At Weinberg Village, people watched the movie Mama Mia during the storm. Across the bay at Menorah Manor, Janice LeVine, wife of Menorah Manors medical director Dr. David LeVine, played the piano, just to take her mind off things. Soon she was surrounded by children and they had a sing-along as the kids requested Bruno Mars tunes. Rabbi Leah Herz, Menorah Manors staff rabbi, joined in. When an elderly woman devel oped a tooth problem, Dr. LeVine determined it needed to be pulled something he had never done before. He consulted with colleagues on the outside and found what he needed for the job and pulled her tooth, using topical anesthetic. She did beautifully, said Judy Ludin, chief development for Menorah Manor. At the facilities on both sides of the Bay, the routine of regular activities was maintained for the residents and kosher meals were offered three times a day. Wi-Fi was available for all to keep other relatives and friends up to date on how they were weathering the hur ricane. Goldstein at Menorah Manor and Sultan at Weinberg Village cellent job of caring for the residents at their facilities and making the residents feel safe and secure. After the storm passed, some Menorah Manor staff members found their homes had no power and were allowed to stay on, with their families. At Weinberg Village, one staffer who was not immediately allowed back into her Because schools were closed for the entire week in Pinellas County, daycare service for Menorah Manor staff family members was offered through the end of the week. JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 19 SEPTEMBER 8 OCTOBER 5, 2017 Inscribe us in the Book of LifeNew Year. 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When the power went out in St. Petersburg a back-up generator switched on seamlessly, and at Weinberg Village, the facility never even had to use its generator. Staff and families came in to stay during the hurricane and we were so prepared that the event was uneventful. Of course, you have to consider how fortunate it was that it did not hit us as a Category 5 but more as a .5, said Dan berg Village. At both Menorah Manor facili ties and at Weinberg Village, staff workers were invited to bring their families and pets and stay for the duration of the storm a move that not only ensured an abundance of staff help but had the added bonus of staff family members pitching in to help in a variety of ways. It was an unbelievable sight to watch the families arrive on Saturday. We had people greet them at the front door to welcome them like they were coming to s 5-star hotel, Goldstein said, noting that during the storm the Menorah Manor facilities housed about 180 residents, 100 staff members and 200 family members. At Weinberg Village there are about 80 elderly residents and they were joined throughout the storm by about 25 staff members and 25 staff family members, including one child only 6 months old and the 65-year-old mother of a staff member. truck with battery operated fans, kets, towels, clothing and diapers. Hillels of the Suncoast students and others who have volunteered will sort out the donated items so they can be sent where most needed. Alissa Fischel, director of development at the Tampa JCCs and Federation, said that Jacksonville the Federation is waiting to hear from Federations that cover the hard hit areas in the Florida Keys, Naples and Miami to assess their send and where to send them. The Pinellas/Pasco Federation issued a call for people to go to a local blood bank to donate blood. Before Irma hit, both local federations set up a web portal for their communities in the event of an emergency. A nationwide initia tive, the web portal allows organizations and communities to set up individualized sites where community members and leadership can communicate with each other. Folks can indicate if they are safe or need help, if they wish to donate able resources as well as receive timely updates from all partici pating community agencies. The Tampa JCCs and Federation web portal is Jewishtampa.recovers. org. The Pinellas and Pasco Federation uses jewishpinellaspasco. In an email to the community, Socash said she decided to set up this communitywide disaster resource after Charlottesville, envisioning using it should the area ever face a similar hate-based rally. Then after seeing the devculty in communication, she said. I could imagine how it could be doubly helpful in the unlikely event we faced such a situation, she said. Today we face this situation.