VOL. 30, NO. 6 TAMPA, FLORIDA OCTOBER 6 19, 2017 16 PAGES 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 ContestBOOK FEST continued on PAGE 6 EMBASSY continued on PAGE 10 www.jewishpresstampa.com Just a nosh.. Just a nosh..Complied from JTA news service On Sunday, Sept. 17 Chabad Young Professionals of Tampa and Chabad of USF led 43 volunteers on a relief mission to Naples, a community hit hard by Hurricane Irma a week earlier and still reeling from the blow. The team was comprised of students and young adults from north and south Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota. In Naples they met up with teams from Miami and Orlando, forming a convoy of kindness to provide hope and assistance, to the people of the region. Upon arrival, the volunteers broke into teams based on their skills, and were then dispatched to locations across Naples and the Everglades. One team led by Aaron Silberman, an advisory board member of Chabad Chai of South Tampa, called the heavy hitters, were sent to the most difhole in the roof of Rabbi Fishy Zaklos of Chabad of Naples. The group then began driving to the location of someone who needed to be vacant, but the home next door had a huge tree hanging over its roof. The team her in near desperation. A single mother, Joanne McWilliams, and her children were living in fear that the tree was about smash through their roof. There had been Chabad volunteers deliver storm relief to SW FloridaBy BOB FRYER Jewish PressAlthough Chapel Hill Memorial Park cemetery in Largo is still conducting burials, damage sustained during Hurricane Irma has forced closure of the grounds until further notice for those wishing to make gravesite visits. The cemetery, owned by the of Pinellas County, could remain closed to visitors for months, depending on how quickly funds are raised to repair the extensive damage. Already, community members pairs, but that does not come close facility to pre-storm conditions. Efforts to raise the needed funds got a boost this week when the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties approved money Tampas Festival of Jewish feature both nationally known authors and local writers who have published books on diverse topics including spiritual connections, our relationship with food and some unbelievable yet true stories. The book fest opens on Thursday, Oct. 26, and runs through Sunday, Oct. 29, with an All-Day of Authors event All festival events are open munity. Guests to book festival events do not need to be book lovers or readers, nor do they need to read the book being Tampa JCCs cultural arts director. Every year our Jewish Manners, select exciting authors covering amazing topics, providing for fascinating conversations. Each event is presented in a compelling, entertaining and fun way. Always, Book festival to showcase Jewish authors, celebrate Jewish themesA team of volunteers along with Rabbi Pinny Backman, Rabbi Mendy Dubrowski, and Rabbi Fishy Zaklos help to remove debris from the home of a World War II hero, Katherine Nolan. RELIEF continued on PAGE 16 WOLPE continued on PAGE 10 CEMETERY continued on PAGE 16 These books by local authors will be featured.Chapel Hill cemetery is open for funerals but closed to other visitors due to damage from hurricane Irma. Related column, Page 9Gravesite visits suspended; damage estimate climbswe celebrate Jewish themes, authors and literature. Reservations are required for the Friday luncheon and are strongly encouraged for the other events. To purchase tickets or for more information, All event programs will conclude with a book signing by the featured authors. Rabbi David Wolpe, touted as one of the most important rabbis and most guest speaker for the Tampa Jewish Federations Annual Campaign Kickoff on Thursday, Nov. 2. Our mission as the Jewish people is so much bigger than any one of us, Rabbi Wolpe has said. Why? Federation is the best example of this and love, were not alone. Rabbi Wolpe will further delve in to what Judaism has to teach the world as he reminds us that Judaism can teach us how to deepen our lives, imwho have the same lofty aims. Acclaimed rabbi to speak at Annual Campaign Kickoff Rabbi Wolpe, spiritual leader of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, he has been on multiple lists of top rabbis and Jews. Time magazine named him the Number One Rabbi in America and Newsweek named him one of the ica for three years running. He also Jerusalem Post The Forward.Rabbi David Wolpe of Los AngelesU.S. embassy wont move to Jerusalem before peace plan given a shot: Trump (JTA) President Donald Trump said he will not move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem until after his administrations peace plan has a chance to be implemented. The U.S. peace proposal is still in the planning stages and has not been announced. Trump appeared on a talk show on the Christian Arkansas Governor and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. Trump said during the interview that a decision on moving the embassy would be made in the not too distant future. He added that it would not be implemented before the peace proposal was given a chance to succeed.As SNL host, Gal Gadot speaks Hebrew of Saturday Night Live, spoke Hebrew, kissed SNL cast member Kate McKinnon and went on a date with O.J. Simpson. Gadot, who was the 2004 Miss Israel and played the title character in this summers hit movie Wonder Woman, opened her stint on the show with a monologue in which she switched to Hebrew to address her friends and family back in Israel, who were watching the show Hi everyone, I just wanted to let you know that this might be a big mistake, she said in Hebrew. The writers here clearly know nothing about Israel. In every sketch they had me eating hummus. I mean, I love hummus, but theres a limit. They are very nice, but not very intelligent. I think they think that I am the real Wonder Woman. So in short, wish me luck. The message was subtitled in English. In one sketch, Gadot portrays a Bosnian woman on a blind date with newly released from prison O.J .Simpson. She doesnt know who he is because she didnt see much news from the United States during the war in her country. Gadot also returns as Wonder Woman at home on the island of Themyscira, when it is visited by lesbians who are disappointed to learn that none of the beautiful women who live on the island are lesbians. Gadot offers to kiss one of you and see if I feel something, leading to a sexy kiss with McKinnon that has gone viral on social media. NY lm screening on Kurdish ghters sold out despite terror threatDespite a reported terror threat by the Islamic State, 500 people attended a sold-out screening in New York of the French-Jewish philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy. Police provided heavy security for the screening Monday, Oct. 2, of Peshmerga at the Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, including the ISIS terrorist group. the Kurdish male and female combatants for whom the A supporter of Kurdish sovereignty, Levy was in the of voters in a controversial referendum supported independence.Schumer: Dont return trove of Jewish artifacts to IraqSenate Minority Leader Charles Schumer exhorted of artifacts that belonged to its now exiled Jewish comJewish life remains in the country this treasured collection belongs to the Jewish community and should be made available to them, the New York Democrat wrote in a letter. Last month, the State Department told JTA the armany of which were looted, include religious materials, books, personal documents and photographs. The U.S. government spent more than $3 million to restore and
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Howard Ave., by donating, volunteering or simply showing up. Activities also planned in conjunction with #GivingTuesday include a chance for folks to decorate their own tzedakah box, story time for children, a stamp craft activity, a sing-a-long and acting out The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. Of course there will be a nosh for all to enjoy. Part of a global movement of giving back for the greater good, #GivingTuesday volunteers are needed to help make phone calls to ask for the communitys support. Volunteeers can sign up now for available shifts for the entire family at jewishtampa. com/givingtuesday. Available shifts are 9-11 a.m., 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. About #GivingTuesday Held on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many people focus on their end-of-the-year giving. #GivingTuesday was created in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y in New York and has become a worldwide event, harnessing the power of social media to inspire and transform how people think, talk and participate in the giving season. It also brings together ganizations and businesses as well as families and individuals to encourage and amplify small acts of kindness. For more information about the #GivingTuesday event at the Glazer JCC, contact Michelle Gallagher at (813) 739-1687 or firstname.lastname@example.org.JCC to hold #GivingTuesday event on Nov. 28(JTA) The entire New York congressional delegation has sent a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urging him to deport a former Nazi concentration camp guard. Jakiw Palij, 92, of Queens, was a guard at the Trawniki concentration camp in Nazioccupied Poland in 1943. The 29 members of Congress representing New York, Democrats and Republicans, signed the letter calling for his deportation, the New York Daily News reported. Palij, who has lived in the United States as a war refugee since 1949, has claimed that he was forced into working as a guard and never actually killed anyone. His U.S. citizenship was revoked 13 years ago after a federal judge ruled he lied on his immigration application, but Poland, Germany and Ukraine all declined to take him. Removing Mr. Palij from American soil will send a message not only to the citizens of New York, but to the entire world, the letter said. It has taken far too long for these court orders to be carried out.Deport ex-Nazi guard, NY Congress members urge TillersonBy ANDREW TOBIN JTA news serviceTEL AVIV Israelis arent particularly amused by a recent phenomenon in their country: teenagers dressing as clowns and lurking after dark. In fact, the costumed young people have caused a nationwide panic. Since last week, dozens of the teens have been rounded up for scaring passers-by in parks and other public places at night. The incidents have happened in cities and towns sheba in the south. The phenomenon is reminiscent of the killer clown craze that swept the United States last year. In Israel, the trend has been widely attributed to the popularity of the recently released horror movie It, which is based on a Stephen King novel and features a murderous clown. In a Facebook post Tuesday, Oct. 3, many youths who had frightened civilians throughout the country. In the central Israeli city of Rishon Lezion, four 16-year-old boys were arrested Monday night, Oct. 2, for wearing clown masks to frighten visitors to a local park. The previous week, police detained an 18-year-old man in central Ramle and four children younger than 12 in the Negev town of Dimona for similar acts. While some of the detained were released after apologizing for clowning around, a number of incidents reportedly have resulted in injuries. According to a television report Oct. 3 on Israels Channel 10, two young men dressed as clowns peppersprayed a 10-year-old girl in Beersheba, while a 17-year-old male in the West Bank was lightly wounded when he fell while chasing a clown with a knife. Israelis, of course, tend to be well-armed and are generally attuned to the threat of terrorism. Mix that with a ubiquitous rumor of scary clowns and its a potentially dangerous dynamic. Case in point: A Dimona resident expressed relief to Channel 2 on Oct. 2 that he did not shoot someone dressed as a clown who startled him. As I was walking down the street on my way home in the middle of the night, someone jumped behind me with a clown costume and yelled at me luckily I didnt have a heart attack, he said. I had a pistol. Luckily I didnt shoot him by mistake. This is really not funny. are not treating the clown phenomenon as a laughing matter. In their Facebook post Oct. 3y, the Israel Police vowed that illegal clown impersonators would continue to face strict and uncompromising police enforcement.At the same time, they urged the public not to take the law into its hands and not to harm the youths, most of whom have not caused any harm to people or property. The police described the scary clowns as part of an international trend that has gathered momentum on social media. The United States over the decades has Young Israelis dressed as clowns are wreaking a bit of havoc across the country.Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty ImagesFor Israelis, trend of scary clowns lurking after dark is no laughing matter seen various waves of hysteria over scary clowns. Last summer, hundreds of sightings were reported across the country. Many were hoaxes, but some led to arrests. In October, the White House even weighed in, with then-press secretary Josh Earnest saying, Obviously, this is a situation that law enforcement is taking quite seriously. The sightings quickly spread to countries around the world. But Israel Police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld told JTA on Oct. 4 had come to Israel in a serious way. Weve seen a case here or there over the years, but nothing on this kind of major or national level, he said. The Israeli news website Ynet reported that teenagers were circulating a list of suggested times and places that clowns should work across the country. A video of a clown who appears to be holding a knife in Beersheba is making the rounds on Israeli social media. In response to what it said were reports by students of scary clowns lying in wait for civilians and children, the Education Ministry issued guidelines Oct. 3 for handling the threats, including advising parents to promote awareness of the issue and report any encounters to the police. For educators, the ministry advised, It is important to emphasize and take into account the age of the students. The conversations must be adapted to their developmental stage, and shouldnt frighten but rather convey soothing messages and increase their sense of security. Meanwhile, many professional clowns in Israel are worried that their image is being tarnished by the impostors. Itzik Ozeri has performed for decades as Itzik the Clown in the local media, at parties and at Schneider Childrens Medical Center in Petach Tikvah. Everybody is afraid now that our jobs will go down, he told JTA. Safety is also a concern, he added. Ozeri said he was nearly assaulted on Oct. 3 he was parked outside a gig in Beersheba when a group of teenage boys walked by and, seeing him in costume, one shouted, Its the killer clown! The boys picked up stones to attack him, Ozeri said, but were stopped by a group of peers who explained, This is Itzik the Clown. Hes a good clown. Ozeri said he understood the fear. Even his 25-year-old daughter, who grew up with a clown for a father, is afraid a clown will jump out at her on the streets at night. Still, Ozeri said he has faith that this phenomenon like so many others will pass. I believe in God, I believe everything will be OK, he said. Just like this came, it will very soon pass.
Cong. Rodeph SholomBlessing of the pets: Bring pets of all shapes and sizes to the synagogue on Sunday, Oct. 15 at noon to have them blessed. There will be a pet song and poem contest with prizes for most creative, funniest and best matching costume. Write a song or poem about your pet and send it to cantor@rsholom. org prior to the event. Parsha and poker: Join a discussion on the Torah portion, and then play a tournament-style poker game on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. To RSVP or for more information, contact Rabbi Josh Hearshen at email@example.com Latin America Jewish movie: The synaLike a Bride, on Monday, Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. as the opener for a new season Mexico City in the 1960s. One is from a Sephardic Jewish background whose parents came from Turkey and the other from an Ashkenazi tradition. Popcorn, cookies and refreshments will be served. Knit and crochet: The Sisterhood will hold a knit and crochet event at the home of a member on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at noon. Call the synagogue for directions to the home. All items made will be donated to an organization in need. Laser tag: The synagogues Kadima youth group for children in grades 6-8 will go on a laser tag outing on Sunday, Oct. 22 from 1-3 p.m. at Q-Zar, 7807 N. Dale Mabry Hwy. The cost is $15.Cong. Mekor ShalomHebrew for beginners: Hebrew classes will be offered on Wednesdays, Oct. 18 and 25 at 6:30 p.m. Everyone who wishes to learn to read Hebrew is invited to study with experienced educator Michael Lewis. Teddy Bear Shabbat: On Friday, Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. teddy bear owners of all ages are invited to celebrate Shabbat in a beary joyful way at a service that will include some prayers for a traditional Friday night service. Following the service, an oneg with teddy bear friendly snacks. Bowling and pizza: The congregations youth group will go bowling and have a pizza dinner on Sunday, Oct. 15 at 4 p.m. at Pin Chasers Midtown, 4847 N. Armenia Ave., Tampa. The cost is $10 per child. Color and connect: The congregation will hold an adult coloring get together on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 11 a.m. Bring your own coloring book or use pages already at the synagogue. Coloring supplies will be available. Bunco night: On Thursday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m., come play bunco. No experience necessary. The rules are explained before every game. Annual meeting: On Sunday, Oct. 29 at 11 a.m. the membership will meet for its annual meeting, which will include voting.Cong. Schaarai ZedekBless the animals: In honor of Parashat Noach, the story of Noah and the Ark, Rabbis and the Cantor will bless congregants pets on the portico on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 8:30 a.m. Filmmaker at Star Event: The Sisterhood Star Event featuring guest speaker Nancy Spielberg will take place on Monday, Oct. 23 with registration at 10 a.m. and lunch and program at 11 a.m. Above and Beyond, which is about foreign volunteer airmen who fought for Israels independence. She is currently working on a movie entitled, Who Will Write Our History: The Secret Archive of the Warsaw Ghetto, due out in 2018. The Star event is the Sisterhoods primary fundraiser. For more information about reservations and cost, call the temple at (813) 876-2377. Senior luncheon: The Opera Tampa Singers, led by Robin Stamper, will perform at the senior luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 19 at 11:15 a.m. The performers are from the resident company of the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. The Amy Gail Buchman Preschool Singers will also perform. There is no charge but reservations are requested. org. Global problems, Israeli solutions: Some of the worlds most pressing problems are being met head-on by Israeli technology. On Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 7-8 p.m., take a tour with Laura Salzer to learn about the positive impact Israel is having in a variety of ways and in places all over the world. RSVP online www.Zedek.org/RSVP, or call the temple at (813) 876-2377. Intro to Judaism: Rabbis Richard Birnholz and Nathan Farb will lead a 10-part Introduction to Judaism series on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. through Dec. 20. The lectures cover the nature of Judaism, God, Torah, worship, life cycle observances, and holidays. There is no charge for the classes but books for the course are purchased 10 or Spheres that form the bridge between the physical world and the spiritual world. Abraham represents Chesed, lovingkindness, Isaac represents Gevurah, might, Jacob represents Tiferet, beauty/harmony, Moses is Netzach, triumph, Aaron is Hod, majesty, Joseph is Yesod, foundation, and David is Malchut, Kingdom (some mystics identify the order a little differently). Rabbi Menachem Azariah deFano, living a generation after Luria, made another astonishing connection. The Talmud lists seven prophetesses, Sarah, Miriam, Deborah, Hannah, Abigail, Hulda, and Esther (Megillah 14a-b). Dating back at least from the 13th century, these prophetesses have been associated with the same seven (Rabbeinu Bahya, on Ex 15:20). Connecting the dots (or spheres, rather), deFano realized that there were not just 7 visitors, but seven pairs of visitors. According to tradition, it is not only a great mitzvah to welcome guests into a sukkah, but it is a sign of great honor to be visited by strangers. Each visitor should be regarded as a great prophet from our past, since you never know who they may be in disguise. Every simchah in Judaism, every moment of joy, is In fact without sharing, there can be no true joy. Any joy experienced Sukkah. It is said that in the perfected world to come, all of humanity will be united under a single great sukkah (Bava Batra 75a). At the close of each Sukkot, we pray that that the coming year will bring us all nearer to that perfected world when we may dwell in peace together for all time. Chag Sameach! 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. PAGE 4 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA OCTOBER 6 19, 2017 Reform Congregation BETH AM 2 nd nd study 3rd Congregation BETH SHALOM ConservativeCongregation Congregation Orthodox 2511 W. 1 Campus Jewish Renewal ConservativeCongregation BETH SHOLOM Orthodox Reform Temple BETH CHAI ReformTemple BETH SHALOM ConservativeTemple Website: Orthodox Rabbinically Speaking Rabbinically Speaking Congregations Shabbat Candle Lighting Times You may remember as a kid decorating a Sukkah with colorful hanging fruits and gourds, singing songs, or taking turns waving the lulav and etrog. Yet far from a childrens playpen, the Sukkah is a powerful symbol of some of the most fundamental principles in Judaism. The Hashkiveinu prayer includes the words, Ufros Aleinu Sukkat Shlomecha, Spread over us the Sukkah of Your peace. Although we often translate Sukkah as booth (or sometimes even tabernacle), it is more accurate to understand it as a form of Divine Shelter. The physishelter, but represents a powerful symbol of the Divine protection that shelters us throughout the year. The Zohar, the most important book of Kabbalah, accentuates the importance of Sukkot as a symbol. A sukkah is a temporary home, and so serves as a reminder that every home is temporary in the grand view of history. Only once we understand this impermanence, can we begin to comprehend the things in our life that are truly eternal throughout every generation. For this reason, the Zohar (3:103a-104a) enumerates the righteous ancestors of our people who symbolically join us each day in the Sukkah. They are known as the Ushpizin, the seven Visitors. According to the famous 16th century mystic Rabbi Isaac Luria, they are Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Aaron, Joseph and David; one for each of the seven days of Sukkot. a different type of sheltering presence that we receive from God. They also represent the seven lower that are accessible to human beings. According to Kabballah, there are Congregation Schaarai Zedek The sukkah at the end of the world
JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA OCTOBER 6 19, 2017 Congregations Jerry Brownstein has been providing clients in Tampa Bay with dependable insurance guidance and service since 1964.727-773-0855Fax: 727-785-7469 Take advantage of very low term life insurance RATES and COVERAGES that are GUARANTEED to stay the same for 10 years.JERRY BROWNSTEIN& ASSOCIATES Attention Non-Smokers MALE COVERAGE ANNUAL PREMIUM Female rates are slightly lower. The companies we represent have extremely high ratings published by A.M. Best, such as:Banner Life, Lincoln National Mass. Mutual, North American, Protective Life, John Hancock NEW LOWER RATES separately. This course is open to everyone who wishes to learn about basic Judaism and Jewish practice. It is required for anyone who is planning to convert. Call Ming Brewer to register (813) 876-2377, ext. 202. Tequila and cigar tasting: The Brotherhood will hold a Tequila and cigar Tasting event on Thursday, Oct. 19, at the famous J.C. Newman Cigar factory in Tampa. The evening will include a tour of the factory and a catered dinner. Cost is $50 for Brotherhood members, $60 for nonmembers. Reservations are mandatory. Call the temple to RSVP. Cong. Beth AmIsraeli dancing: Lessons in Israeli dancing are offered every Tuesday at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Irma Polster at Ipolster@TampaBay.rr.com or call the 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.Sharing experiences: The congregation helps members get to know each other better by inviting members to share their life experiences. On Sunday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to noon, congregant Jack Rudowsky will speak about his life and the lessons he has learned along the way. He has written a book titled Living with Loss. It tells his story of growing up with a boyhood dream of becoming a professional baseball up for this program or for more information Parade of pets: The annual parade of pets and birkat behemoth (Blessing of the Beasts) will he held on Sunday, Oct. 22 at noon in the north parking lot at the synagogue. All are welcome. Kol Amis Got Talent: Join in an evening of entertainment featuring performances from Kol Amis most talented members on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. in the social hall. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children, with a maximum family cost of $36. There will be cocktails and dessert. Sisterhood re-enrollment event: Sisterhood members and those who want to re-enroll are invited to a safari event on Sunday, Oct. 29 from 2-4 p.m. Participants are asked to wear their favorite animal print clothing. There will be a wine bar, hors doeuvres and desserts. With paid dues Sisterhood members are free. The cost for guests is $18. As a tzedakah project, participants are asked to bring small bags of dog or cat food to be donated to Tampa Jewish Family Services clients. RSVP to Sisterhood.kolami. firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Sisterhood Needle Workers hold weekly knitting sessions on Tuesdays from 1:30 3 p.m. in the boardroom. For more information, call the synagogue. The knitters make fabric quilt wall hangings and knitting and crocheting squares to make quilts. These are then donated to a group that provides housing for local teens aging out of foster care, as well as other worthy charities. The Needle Workers will meet for a special Sunday session on Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, Cong. Beth Shalom BrandonOne family, different customs: A series of talks that explore Sephardic Jewry is being given by Rabbi Besty Torop. As Jews spread out across the world, they have developed different customs about food, music, lifestyle observances and Jewish holidays. Rabbi Torops talks explore how Sephardic Jews those from Spanish and Middle Eastern countries have a rich and she will give two more, one on Oct. 17 and another on Oct. 24, all at 7 p.m. This course is free and open to the community. Sephardic cooking class: In conjunction with the classes on Sephardic Jewry, Sheila Fishman will present a program about Sephardic cooking on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. She will discuss the history of Sephardic cooking, take a look at recipes, and share some insights into this exotic way of preparing foods. The program will include preparation of two dishes Khoresht-E Hulu (Persian Peach Stew) and Sabzi Polo (Herb and Rice Pilou). Those attending should be prepared to put on aprons and help with the preparation, and later, there will be a tasting, complemented with glasses of wine. RSVP to Fishman at (813) 833-7843 or at email@example.com. Anyone interested in contributing a snack or treat, should notify Fishman.Chabad Jewish Centre at WiregrassMega challah bake: More than 100 women are expected to participate in a mega challah bake event on Thursday Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m. at Chabad Jewish Centre at Wiregrass. The suggested donation is $18 per person. For more information and to RSVP, go to www.ChabadatWiregrass.com/ MegaChallahBake or call (813) 642-3244. Rosh Chodesh Society: Lesson one, Gift of Rest, will be offered on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. as part of a new Rosh Chodesh Society course for women. Judaism introduced the weekend to the world. Ancient Rome scoffed at Shabbat and the indolence they thought it represented. In this class, participants will ponder the physical, The cost is $18 per class, or $72 for the full slate of monthly lessons that run through April 15. For course information and to register: ChabadatWiregrass.com/RCS Holocaust survivor to speak: Spend an evening of hope and listen to Dr. Jacob Eisenbach, a 93-year-old Holocaust survivor from Poland. Eisenbach will talk on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. about his life in The cost $10 per person in advance or $15 at the door and $180 for a sponsorship. Call the Chabad center for more information. Popular Jewish musician Sam Glaser will perform and speak at Congregation Beth Shalom in Clearwater as the artist/scholar in residence on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 3-4. Glasers soulful music has become part of the fabric of Jewish life in communities worldwide. He performs in an average of 50 cities a year and his energetic style and passionate delivery never fails to ignite the spirit of audiences of all ages, his biography states. Named one of the top 10 Jewish artists in the United States by Moment magazine and dubbed the hardest working man in Jewish music today, Glaser is equally comfortable behind a keyboard in intimate solo concerts, leading his top-notch band or headlining with full orchestra. While he typically performs in synagogues and Jewish Community Centers, he has appeared at such Los Angeles area venues: Greek Theater, Staples Center and Dodger Stadium as well as on Broadway and at the White House. He has traveled the world over in concert, from Sydney to London to Hong Kong to Tel Aviv. For his visit to Beth Shalom, he will be performing solo. The two-day stop here is part of his 25th Anniversary tour. He will sing during the synagogues Kabbalat Shabbat service on Friday, Nov. 3 from 6-7 p.m. This will be followed by a dinner and program featuring Glaser. On Saturday, Nov. 4, Glazer will be at the Shabbat morning services at 9 a.m., as well as at a kiddush luncheon and an after-lunch learning session. There will also be a late-afternoon and evening musical program on Saturday. Included will be Mincha, Havdalah and a light meal. The evening should appeal to people of all ages; everyone is invited. It has not yet been determined what, if any, fees there will be for meals nor the time of the late afternoon/evening program. Call the the events for those details. Glaser performs for the widest array of audiences of any Jewish artist; his fans range from those in the Reform and Conservative movements to Modern Orthodox and Chassidic groups. He has performed at the top Jewish national conventions. He has released 24 albums including the 2012 The Promise, which featured his original songs, Dancing in Jerusalem and Simple Song for Israel, both YouTube hits. Glaser also has published four collections of music songbooks and a choral book. Glaser has served as director of the Yad bYad Youth Theater Troupe, music specialist at Camp Ramah, music director for the JCC Maccabee Games and as music director for the Brandeis Collegiate Institute. He has produced such events as the annual American Jewish Song Festival, American Jewish Idol and Taste of Kosher LA. For six years Glaser acted as music coordinator for the Department of Continuing Education at the American Jewish University where he supervised the music curriculum and directed the cultural arts program.Sam Glaser, a Top 10 American Jewish musician, scheduled at Clearwater Shabbaton Nov. 3-4
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JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 7 OCTOBER 6 19, 2017 withJoy Katzen-Guthrie Humanistic Jews of Tampa Bay Tradition! Sunday, Oct. 29 at 2 p.m.Admission $10 at the door, children under 12 freepresentsUnity of Tampa 3302 W. Horatio St., Tampa, FL 33609A Concert of Yiddish Songs and Broadway and Hollywood Classics RALPH BOBOArea/Branch ManagerNMLS ID 432371 State Lic. L025098 3903 Northdale Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33624C: 813.781.1024 Ralph.firstname.lastname@example.org www.RalphBobo.com journalist in the Boston area for many years before moving to Tampa and has written for numerous national publications. okur, an award-winning writer, international speaker and human rights advocate, will give a presentation at 3 p.m. about her book, Chancer: How One Good Boy Saved Another A Memoir of Family, Hope and a Service Dog. Tickets are $5. band never imagined their heartwrenching struggle after adopting two infants from Russia. Her fairy tale of becoming a mother collapses under the weight of her sons battle with fetal alcohol syndrome and its crushing effects on ate, she turns to an untested, fourpawed solution: a golden retriever service dog named Chancer.. sentation will be local families who have been helped by service dogs; and service dogs from Local author Bill Sefekar will talk at 4:30 p.m. about his book, American Dreamer: A Look Into the Life of My Father, Joe Baby. Tickets are $5. Sefekar spent years working with his father, reviewing his personal journey, writings and memorabilia before he passed away in 2014 at the age of 97. The story features love, courage, humanity and faith, all percolating from an immigrant High Noon, The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of An American Classic, will speak at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and include a 5:30 p.m. preprogram dinner buffet and a post-pro gram showing of the High Noon. One of Hollywoods most enduring classics, High Noon and produced by two sons of Jewish immigrants and directed by a history has mostly overlooked, until now, is that it was written and Scare and the Hollywood blacklist. Jews were the main targets of the Red hunters and Jewish studio heads and community leaders faced a crisis of conscience. The including the Jewish screenwriter who faced a subpoena to testify weighed and the response of his friends, business partners and the Jewish community. Washington Post in London, South taught journalism at Stanford and the University of Texas, is a past LA Times * tions are primarily selected from the approximately 250 authors of new books represented each year by the Jewish Book Council, based in New York City. The Council annually select the top new books containing a Jewish theme or written by a Jewish author, as a means of supporting and promoting Jewish literature. will be open at the JCC on the Cohn Campus throughout the festhe store, as will $1-$5 unedited or pre-published versions of books received from the Jewish Book Council. tions with a series of book discusprograms in 2018. Conversations presenting sponsor. Other sponsorships can be obtained by contacting Michelle Gallagher at (813) 729-1687 or michelle.gallagher@jewmation about the 2017-18 Jewat (813)769-4725; brandy.gold@ jewishtampa.com.
PAGE 8 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA OCTOBER 6 19, 2017 www.MenorahManor.org 240 59th Street North, St. Petersburg FL 33710 AL#10306 Personalized Support Respite Stays Available Large Private Apartments Life Enriching Programs FALL SPECIAL!$2,500 Community Entrance Fee Waived AND $500 OFF Monthly Rental for 1st 6 MonthsOFFER EXPIRES OCTOBER 31, 2017Call 727.302.3800 to schedule a tour and ask about a free 2 night trial! Street North, St. Petersburg FL 33710 The Anti-Defamation League has designated Friday, Oct. 20, as No Place For Hate Day throughout Florida. The statewide initiative is meant to unite communities in taking a stand against intolerance. No Place for Hate is already a program the ADL uses to designate schools and religious centers as safe spaces and teaching organizations how to combat intolerance was the ADLs way to amplify the message in response to the rise in racial, religious and ethnic bias in Florida and across the country. Todays challenges call for a strong response. One voice is not enough. In the spirit of unity, we will declare as Floridians that hate will be challenged whenever and wherever it manifests, said ADL Florida Regional Director Sheri Zvi. The most effective response to hate speech is civil speech, and more of it. Extremist groups have doubled-down on making social media a platform for indoctrinating others. The ADL is asking people to participate in four ways: 1) Inviting staff, colleagues, students, or constituents to wear a No Place For Hate pin or sticker. Limited quantities are available from ADL. Conon your own. 2) Amplifying the impact of No Place For Hate Day by taking pictures and posting them on social media using #NoPlaceForHate on ADL_Florida or ADL Florida on Instagram, and/or mention ADL Florida in your Facebook post. work of standing up to bigotry and extremism with personal or company online fundraising, dress-down Friday collections, or other innovative ways to spread the message against hate, and 4) Using ADL educational and anti-bias resources, including resources for educators, parents, and families, curricula and family table-talk guides. For more information, visit www.ADL. org.ADL urges Floridians to take stand against hate on Oct. 20 Joy Katzen-Guthrie, a cantorial leader and recording artist, will present Tradition! A Concert of Yiddish Songs and Broadway & Hollywood Classics at an event put on by Humanistic Jews of Tampa Bay on Sunday, The concert, open to the public and appropriate for all ages, will take place at Unity of Tampa, 3302 W. Horatio St., Tampa. Admission is $10 at the door. Children 12 and under will be admitted free. For more than three decades, KatzenGuthrie has been a professional composer/ lyricist, recording/concert artist and cantorial soloist in the Tampa Bay area. Katzen-Guthrie serves as cantorial leader for Tampas Reform Congregation Beth Am. She has devoted herself to Jewish music and music of many genres and has performed and taught music from the American Popular Songbook, Broadway, Tin Pan Alley, and Americas historical music in addition to sharing her original music. With a performance repertoire of some 4,000 songs, she shares a vast knowledge of music history in congregation, classroom, concert hall and in 14 published recordings. For the last 17 years, she has been a concert artist and instructor for Eckerd College Road Lifelong Learning Institutes of Eckerd College and University of South Florida. Her music can be found online at http://joyfulnoise.net. Humanistic Jews of Tampa Bay is a havura Judaism, which is interested in the history and culture of the Jewish people and in celebrating the holidays and observing lifecycle events with non-theistic ceremonies. For more information, contact Jeff Lipkes at humanisticjewsoftor to www.meetup. com/HumanisticJews-of-Tampa-Bay/.Joy Katzen-Guthrie to perform Yiddish, Broadway and Hollywood tunes D-FL and a senior House Democrat who opposed the Iran nuclear deal, is leading an effort to persuade President Donald Trump to abide by the agreement. Some of us voted for, and some against the Iran nuclear agreement, said the letter to in the U.S. House of Representatives the vast majority of the caucus. Nonetheless, we are united in our belief that enforcing this agreement to the fullest extent will provide the United States with more leverage to stop a potential Iranian nuclear weapons program and push back on Irans destabilizing activities. Deutch, who is Jewish and close to the proIsrael establishment, is the latest erstwhile critic of the deal to say that quitting the deal without a solid pretext would alienate other signatories to the deal and U.S. allies and would wound attempts to force Iran to stand down on its non-nuclear bad acts. Last week, Sen. Ben Cardin, D-MD also close to the pro-Israel community and Jewish, forcefully argued against ditching the deal.Jewish lawmaker who opposed Iran deal leads push to have Trump abide by agreement
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 JewishTampa.com/Give 2. Sign up now for available calling shifts JewishTampa.com/GivingTuesday 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 email@example.com or 813.739.1687. #GivingTuesday at the J is a Family Friendly Event!Riddle: Whats an annual event that costs money to attend, pits you against the most talented and enterprising, and gives you no more than two minutes to strut your stuff? Hint: Jewish authors travel near and far to attend, in the hopes of enticing representatives from cities across the nation to invite them to speak in their communities. Answer: The Annual Jewish Book Council Conference in New York City every spring. Six That would be my cheerleading costume. Something boho and outramagenta sequined robe, cowboy boots and denim skirt. Boring and innocuous? Black no-wrinkle trousers and a cream colored blouse.The one thing I learned about achievement Iris Ruth Pastor Incidentally, Iris Incidentally, Iris Tales of a Bulimic Babe Simple Wisdom to Live the Life You Crave, on Sunday, Oct. 29, at 10:30 a.m. at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC as part of the Jewish Festival of Books and Conversations. of a fashion guru than me. Lose the boho youre outrageous enough, she admonished me. And leave the cheerleading cossakes, youre sixty-nine years old. Cant you act like a professional for once? Wear the pants and blouse and throw on a strand of pearls. Well, actually, quite begrudgingly. And in a pissy mood. thing out of the box bingeing and purging in secret for forty-six years. But somehow the fact that the behavior and wrote a memoir about my bulimia dimmed when order, each participant walked up to the podium, leaned into the microphone, and dazzled or at least attempted to dazzle the audience. my pants leg on the way to the podium. scowl, at my joke about ED not standing for Erectile Dysfunction, but Eating Disorder. run past two minutes, cutting off my monologue mid-sentence. I pres What it felt like to be thin all kinds of forbidden foods and not pack on pounds and eat goodies by bingeing and purging. the secret my aspirations To stop letting my demons rule and my strengths and talents languish comes unglued at the site of a mound of caramels on a coffee table top late-night eating is her bitch Whose scale rules her mood Who berates herself for indulging in a second (or third) slice of chocolate cake scale inched further and further north strict diet the very next day high hopes and great resolve, only hunger weighed and more on my accomplishments, effort and talents Shedding my story helps me once again realize that people who love you love you in spite of your imperfections Nobody can make you feel as bad as you make yourself feel Weight: its the battle so many Life is as good as you decide to make it to make it this way pretty awesome after all. Writing this book set my inner demon free. same for yours. Tales of a Bulimic Babe Simple Wisdom to Live the Life You Crave B term deliveries impact babies long-term health with increased risk of diabetes and obesity-related illnesses as well as a shortened life span, according to a new study by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers. livery between 37 and 39 weeks. term when gestation has lasted between 37 and 42 weeks. Babies born between 39 and 41 weeks of gestation have better outcomes than those born either before or afterward. the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the researchers investigated hospitalizations of children up to age 18 to determine the impact that early-term versus full-term gestation had on pediatric health and hospitalizations. An analysis was conducted of 54,073 early-term deliveries and 171,000 full-term deliveries. We found that hospitalizations up to the age of 18 involving endocrine and metabolic morbidity were found to be more common in the early-term group as compared with the full-term group, especialdean of the BGU faculty of Health and Science (FOHS) and head of the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Soroka University Medical Center in the Negev. Whats more, Obesity was significantly more frequent among the early term. The researchers also discovered that children older than 5 exhibited diabetes mellitus when born early term. term were more likely to be complicated by hypertensive disorders and maternal diabetes. Deliveries were more often cesarean, and ly smaller, Dr. Sheiner says. For more information, visit www.aabgu.org.Study: Early term babies at greater risk for diabetes
PAGE 10 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA OCTOBER 6 19, 2017 Right at Home offers caregiving services for almost any family and practically any situation. EMBASSY I want to give that a shot before I even think about moving the embassy to Jerusalem, Trump told Huckabee. Moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem was a Trump campaign promise, which he has not made January. In June, Trump signed a waiver delaying the implementation of the Jerusalem Embassy Act passed by Congress in 1995, which mandates the move of the embassy to Jerusalem. The waiver can be signed every six months and has been signed by every president since WOLPERabbi Wolpe offered the benediction at the 2012 Democratic Convention. He has taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York, the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, Hunter College, and UCLA. He is a frequent contributor for many publications, including regular columns for the New York Jewish Week, Washington Post On Faith, as well as periodic contributions to the Jerusalem Post, The Los Angeles Times and many others. He has been featured in series on PBS and A&E, and has served as a commentator on Face the Nation, the Today show, CNN and CBS This Morning. Rabbi Wolpe is the author of eight books, including the national bestseller Making Loss Matter: Creating the law was passed. It will come up again in January 2018. Trump also said during the interview of the yet unannounced peace plan that his administration is working on a plan that everybody says will never work, because for many, many years it never worked they say its the toughest deal of all, peace between Israel and the Palestinians, so were going to work on that, and if that doesnt work, which is possible, to be totally honest some people say its impossible, but I dont think its impossible, and I think thats something that can happen, and I dont want to make any predictions. Trump has called making peace between Israel and the Palestinians the ultimate deal. During the interview with Huckabee, Trump also called the Iran nuclear deal terrible but did not say whether or not he would pull the United States out of the agreement.I can tell you Im very unhappy with the deal. The spirit is not there, he said. You will see what I will be doing Iran is a bad player and they will be taken care of as a bad player, he also said. Huckabee is the father of White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders. Rabbi Wolpes most recent book is, David, the Divided Heart, which was a The Nov. 2 program will be held at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC, 522 N. Howard Ave., Tampa Major donors, designated as those who give a gift of $5,000 or more to the Annual Campaign or $25,000 or more to the Glazer JCC, will be included in a special dinner reception. The community event begins at 7 p.m. All attendees are invited to attend a dessert reception following the program. Tickets are $36 per person. Admission for young adults up to age 35 is $18. For more information, or to register, visit www.jewishtampa.com/kickoff or call Michelle Gallagher at (813) 739-1687. (JTA) UJA-Federation of New York have delivered a planeload of humanitarian supplies to the JCC in Puerto Rico and returned a stranded for his sons wedding. Meanwhile, the Florida chapter of WIZO, the Womens International Zionist Organization, also chartered a plane loaded with food, rations and basic necessities collected largely by the Hispanic Jewish community of Miami to send to Puerto Rico. It was very important for us to show our solidarity with the people of Puerto Rico, Goldy Retchkiman, deputy director of WIZO Florida, said in a statement. As Hispanics, we have ties that commit us to help as much as we are able to alleviate this terrible situation, and what is happening on the island is a tragedy that we could not brush aside. The New York effort was spearcity of Yonkers, who collected the supplies that arrived in Puerto Rico on Oct. 1 in the wake of Hurricane Maria. The supplies were packed by the Afya Foundation for distribution by the Puerto Rico JCC to Jews and non-Jews, according to UJA. UJA leaders including President Jeffrey Schoenfeld, CEO Eric Goldstein and Executive Vice President Mark Medin accompaRico with a Chabad rabbi, Mendel Zarchi, and Jeff Berezdivin, president of the JCC in San Juan. We are scraping the bottom, running out of supplies food, water, medications, diapers, Zarchi told UJA. People here need everyand broader community so many are in desperate need right now. We cannot thank you enough. May we all be sealed in the book of life. The plane returned to New York Carabello, who had been in Puerto Rico caring for his hospitalized father when the hurricane hit. He returned to serve as the best man for his son, who also is a Yonkers NY Federation, Miami WIZO send planes with aid to Puerto Rico; one returns with New Yorker in time for his sons weddingThe Jewish Alliance to End Domestic Abuse (JAEDA), a program of Jewish Women International, along with the Pinellas County Domestic Violence Task Force (DVTF) are presenting a performance of The Yellow Dress at the St. Petersburg College, Clearwater Campus Auditorium on Thursday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. This one-woman show is based on the experiences of women who were victims of dating violence or sexual assault. The Yellow Dress, a presentation of Deanas Educational Theater, is a powerful play that tells the story of a young woman who is involved in a relationship that begins as young love and ends in tragedy. The play is meant to help viewers identify the warning signs of abusive behaviors and suggest ways to assist friends and family members who may be in an abusive relationship. JAEDA believes that this powerful production gives the audience accurate information, tools for intervention and reinforces the concept that verbal, emotional and physical violence are never acceptable in any relationship, said Chairperson Ellen Woll. Lissette Campos of ABC Action News will serve as emcee, and The Real Clash Band will perform. The program is free to all students with a valid student I.D. and is especially appropriate for those in high school and college. Other adults are also welcome. Cost is $10 at the door (cash or check made out to JWI). Reservations are requested by Monday, Oct. 16, via email to jaeda1492@brighthouse. com. Additional sponsors are: Hands Across the Bay, Julie Weintraub; The Manny and Ruthie Cohen Foundation; The Tampa Bay Rays; Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services (GCJFCS); The Clearwater Chapter of Jewish Women International; St. Petersburg College, Clearwater; Done Right Documents; The Doug and Maureen Cohn Foundation. Jewish group co-sponsors The Yellow Dress, one-woman drama about domestic violence (JTA) Three American scientists were awarded the Nobel Prize the Nazis with his parents and another whose grandparents were Polish immigrants. Rainer Weiss, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Kip Thorne and Barry Barish, both of the California Institute of Technology, were awarded the prize on Tuesday, Oct. 3, for the discovery of gravitational waves, which were predicted by Albert Einstein a century ago. Gravita tional waves are ripples in space and time that help scientists explore objects in space. The Nobel winners and the late Ron Dreyer, announced last year that they had recorded gravitational waves emanating from the collision of a pair of black holes a billion light years away. Drever died this year; the Nobel Prize is not awarded posthumously. Weiss, 85, was born in Berlin to a non-Jewish mother and a Jewish Prague when Weiss was a baby because his father was Jewish and a member of the Communist Party. After the Munich agreement in 1938, the family left Prague for the U.S.Weiss earned his doctorate from MIT and in 1964 joined its faculty. Barish, 81, was born in Omaha, NE, and grew up in Los Angeles, the son of Lee and Harold Barish, the children of Polish immigrants to the United States. Scientist who ed Nazis among Nobel Prize in Physics winners
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A member of president, a board member and past president of Region for Reform Temples and a co-chairman and ton School of Business, he served in the Korean spent 10 years as regional development director for opment director of the Gulf Coast Museum of Art. Survivors include his children; Janet and Marc; and his grandchildren. (Curlew Hills Memory Gardens) ALFRED B. HAUBENSTOCK, 100, of Tampa, died Oct. 4. Born in New York, he spent most of Corps. He owned several businesses including 67 years, Audrey; sons and daughters-in-law, Mark Haubenstock and Susan Robinson, Steven and Susan Haubenstock; daughters and sons-in-law, Karen Haubenstock and Artie Jacobowitz, Norma stock-Allen and Bart Allen; 11 grandchildren and morials to Congregation Schaarai Zedek. (Segal JEFFREY W. HYMAN, 56, of Tampa, died Sept. 29. He was a native of Tampa. He was an animal lover, spending much of his time at horse shows and in the country teaching youngsters to love and care for animals. Survivors include his wife, Alice; his mother, Joanne Quade; brother and sister-inlaw, Rand and Karen Hyman. The family suggests memorials to the Suncoast Animal League in Palm JEROME JERRY JACKOWITZ, 81, of Val rico tor. Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Sarah Valentine; sons and daughters-in-law, Andrew and Jackowitz of Levittown, NY; 10 grandchildren and MICHAEL JOHN JUDELSON, 61, of Tampa, died Sept. 17. He grew up in Patchogue, NY. SurSpencer; daughter and son-in-law, Sabrina and JAMES SORRELL, 67, of Clearwater, died a member of Aeromedical Transport serving Tampa General Hospital. He was a member of Congrega tion Schaarai Zedek in Tampa. Survivors include and Tracy Milosevich.Tampa Jewish Family Services (TJFS) is partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, to hold its fourth annual Fall Family & Friends Field Day on Sunday, Oct. 22 from 12:15 2:30 p.m. The communitywide event will be held at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC and is free to attendees with a donation of a canned food item for the TJFS Community Food Bank. The event will feature family-friendly games and relay races, entertainment including a photo booth, and snacks. Kids should bring a bathing suit and/or change of clothes, as the JCC will open its splash pad for water play. The Fall Family Field Day is a wonder ful way to bring families together to enjoy a day of fun and games. Holding this event is our way of instilling philanthropy and tikkun olam (repairing the world) in our children, said Michael Barnett, Tampa Jewish Family Services CEO. Having it this year at the new Bryan Glazer Family JCC will allow us to reach even more families. It is also an opportunity for Big Brothers and Sisters to bring their littles to a fun community event and participate in all the activities well be providing. The event is open to the entire community. For more information, contact TJFS at info@ tjfs.org or (813) 960-1848.Family Field Day to feature games, relays, water play
JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 13 OCTOBER 6 19, 2017 Organizations Bnot Mitzvah Jill NeumanREALTOR firstname.lastname@example.org jillneuman.com 1208 E. Kennedy Blvd. Suite 231, Tampa, FL 33602I love what I do and youll love the results. JWVChaplain to speak: The Jewish War Veterans Post 373 meeting for Sunday, Oct. 15 will be at Congregation Beth Am, 2030 W. Fletcher Ave., Tampa, and feature a talk by Col. Eric Albertson, chaplain at MacDill Air Force Base. He will discuss how MacDill and its various segments interact with and serve the Tampa Bay community as well as how veterans groups in the area can assist the troops at MacDill. A question and answer period will follow and there will be a breakfast by the Beth Am Mens Club. The post is seeking members who would like to help ill and disabled veterans. Contact Commander Jack Rudowsky at (813) 598-8061 or email Â email@example.com.JCCAll 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. Friday movie matinee: Enjoy classic movies, popcorn and a good time with friends at the Cohn campus on Friday, Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to noon. This event is free. The other four questions: Rabbi Jason Rosenberg of Congregation Beth Am will lead classes to explain the background The next class is Wednesday, Oct. 18 at noon at the Cohn campus. Additional classes will be held in March, April and May, with topics to be announced later. 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 favor ite 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 through Nov. 30 from 1-3 p.m. This is free for members and $15 for guests. Crochet lessons: Learn crochet with Judy Balber in classes every Monday on the Cohn campus from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Bring yarn, crochet hooks and any pattern you want. Cost is $25 for members; $30 for non-members with pro-rating options available. Gameshow Thursdays: Have a slice of pizza and play such games as Ive Got a Secret, Whats My Line, and Password at the Cohn campus on cer tain Thursdays, Oct. 19 and Nov. 9, from 11 a.m. to noon. Donations to cover the cost of the pizza are welcome. 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-mem bers. Novices and experienced players are welcome. There are also classes on Sundays from Oct. 22-Nov. 12 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Maggie GamsonMaggie Gamson, daughter of Michael and Lorinda Gamson of Tampa, will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, Oct. 7 at Congregation Beth Am in Tampa. An eighth grade student at Hillel Academy, Maggie is active in school and club sports, including basketball, soccer and lacrosse. An active member of the Bay area theater community, she has worked professionally on stage as part of Busch Gardens Iceploration show, and appeared in numerous shows around the area. She won a N.A.N.C.Y. award for starring in The Diary of Anne Frank and has been nominated for a Best of the Bay award, and recently took home Best Supporting Actress in the statewide theater competitions hosted in Winter Haven. Michael and Lorinda Gamson will host a celebration at the Epicenter Event Venue on Saturday, Oct. 7.Mara Elizabeth Goldberg-BlanderMara Elizabeth GoldbergBlander, daughter of Jen Goldberg and Marc Blander of Tampa, will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, Oct. 14 at Congregation Mekor Shalom in Tampa. A seventh grade student at Hillel Academy, Mara was invited to participate in the Duke University has performed in musical theater and enjoys being a summer camper at Camp Ramah Darom for the A celebration will be hosted at the JCC Cohn Campus on Satur day, Oct. 14. Special guests will include grandpar ents Janet and Stan Blander, West Hills, CA; Polly Goldberg, Salem, WI; Steve and Doreen Goldberg, Grand Rapids, MI; along with aunts and uncles Paula Lyons, Valley Village, CA; Debbie and Evan Blander, Thousand Oaks, CA; Katie and Ben Goldberg, Evanston, IL; Dan Goldberg, Chicago. at a cost of $65 for members and $70 for guests, with advanced registration required. Ballroom dancing: Private ballroom dance lessons are offered at the Glazer JCC on Mondays through Dec. 18 from 5-6 p.m. The cost is $35 for single mem bers, $50 for couple members, $40 for single non-members and $55 for couples who are non-members. There are also weekly classes at the Glazer JCC on Mondays from 1:15 2:15 p.m. through Dec. 18 that are $8 for members and $12 for guests. All that jazz: Enjoy craft beer, cheese and music at Culture Caf: A Beginners Guide to Loving Jazz a multi-media explora tion of Miles Davis career. over, but the remaining sessions are from 7-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Oct. 17 and Nov. 14. The topic on Oct. 17 is Miles Davis and his Second Great Quintet and the Nov. 14 topic is Miles Davis Goes Electric. Cost per session is $10 for mem bers and $15 for non-members. Biblical literature: This course, which meets at the Cohn campus every other Wednesday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., 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 of all faiths and backgrounds. Bring your own Bible so participants can compare different translations. Cost is $3 for members and $4 for guests. The next meetings are on Oct. 25 and Nov. 8 and 22. JetSetters: This social group for adults of all ages meets at both JCCs for an hour-long program followed by lunch. At the Glazer JCC, JetSetters meet on the second Wednesday of the month from 11 a.m. to noon. The lunch is free for members but donations are welcome. The JetSetters group also meets on the fourth Thursday of every month at the Cohn campus at 11 a.m. and Oct. 26, Joy KatzenGuthrie will present a concert of Oscar winning melodies. The lunch is free for members. Reser vations are required. 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 will discuss the potential of technology on Oct. 17, justice and the free press on Oct. 24 and American cities making a comeback on Oct. 31. The group at the Cohn campus, meets the second and fourth Friday from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The group will talk about American institutions on Oct. 20 and justice and freedom of the press on Oct. 27. There is no charge to attend. Bridge lessons: Those who want to learn how to play bridge or improve their game can take a session of six bridge lessons at the Glazer JCC Fridays from Nov. 3 through Dec. 15. Beginners are from noon to 1:30 p.m. and advanced players are from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The cost for classes is $50 for members and $60 for non-mem bers.HadassahArt talk: Connor Davis, development director of the LeepaRattner Museum of Art, will be guest speaker at the general meeting of the North Pinellas Chapter of Hadassah on Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 11:30 a.m. at Temple Ahavat Shalom, 1575 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor. Davis will speak on the history of the museum, its artists and exhibitions. The museum is on the campus of St. Petersburg College in Tarpon Springs. Those attending should bring a lunch. Coffee, tea, and desserts will be served. For more information call Janice Caine at (727) 726-3735 or Betty Slavney at (727) 446-5895.Genealogical SocietyExplore Largo Library: The Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay will meet on Satur day, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. at the Largo Library, 120 Central Park Drive, Largo, for an introduction and tour of the genealogical holdings of the library, with an emphasis on the librarys subscription databases. The Largo Public Library has one of the most extensive genealogical collections in the Tampa Bay region including a large collection of books on Jewish Genealogy. Â V olunteers will remain after the tour to help interested persons with guided assistance. Â Those attending are asked to bring library cards if you have one for easy access to online genealogical resources. Job-LinksCareer counseling: 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. Upcoming sessions are: On Oct. 16, Â the topic is What To Do If Your Job Search Stalls Â and on Oct. 23, the topic is Â Dos and Don ts A Recruit ers Perspective. Recruiters from Bank of America will speak at the Oct. 23 session. Monday Morning Links is supported by the Vinik Family Foundation. There are also Success workshops on select Thursdays to aid with job-search skills. The next ones are on Oct. 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Mastering Change & Transition and on Oct. 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Is Your Brand Helping You Land a Job? These are free for Â Tampa Bay Job-Links Â full program partic ipants and $15 for guests. Reser vations required for all programs. To RSVP, call (813) 344-0200, email Â RSVP@TBJL.org, or visit www.TBJL.or g.Support groupsAlzheimers caregiver groups: 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. (JTA) The Jewish owner of the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association said he is considering a run for president. Mark Cuban, 59, who calls himself an Independent, said in a podcast released Tuesday, Oct. 3, that he is Considering, yes. Ready to commit to it, no, to a White House run for 2020. He appeared on the podcast of Bakari Sellers, a former South Carolina congressman, the Washington Post reported. If I can come up with solutions that I think people can get behind, and truly solve problems, then it makes perfect sense for me to run. If it comes down to, do I think I can win because I can convince more people to vote for me? Then no, I wont run. A billionaire from Dallas, Cuban regularly appears as an investor on the ABC reality series Shark Tank.Mark Cuban considering run for president
PAGE 14 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA OCTOBER 6 19, 2017 The Tampa Jewish Federations Lilah Tov Overnight Camp Scholarship Fund will award camp Jewish overnight camp in the summer of 2018. These are need-based scholarships for Jewish children residing in Hillsborough County.For eligibility requirements and to download a scholarship application, go to www.jewishtampa.com/lilahtov. DEADLINE Apply by November 16, 2017 Questions? Contact Alissa Fischel at (813)769-4726 LILAH TOV Theres no cost to you! CALL (844) 479-9559 rrrrf rntbr bbbrn rbrbfreerrbbrr r r br rr rr brr brb rb By THAIS LEON-MILLER Jewish PressWhat struck Larry Grimes was the stillness. He walked through a dense forest outside of Vilnius, Lithuania. As he and the rest of his group walked along a worn trail between the trees, it opened into a broad clearing of green grass covering several hills. A small plaque was the only indication they had reached one of the countrys Holocaust burial pits. Walking through the woods, its so quiet and peaceful, said Grimes. These people took the mounds and markers, its very powerful. They 3 teachers visit Eastern Europe to bring Holocaust training to Florida schoolswere just left that way. The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous (JFR) selected 19 educators from middle and high schools and Holocaust center educators from 11 states to participate in its 2017 European Study Program. Once those chosen went through training to become Alfred Lerner Fellows, they are eligible to take part in the international trip. The group, which traveled to Lithuania and Poland, included three educators from Florida: Maureen Carter, Larry Grimes and Bradd Weinberg. The summer program brought the chosen instructors to Holocaust sites to help them gain a deeper understanding of the complexities of the Holocaust. Two groups participated this summer, one traveled to both Lithuania and Poland and the other focusing entirely on the history and destruction of Polands Jewry. Larry Grimes, a former instructor at the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg, said visiting these sites makes it easier for students to understand the history of what happened. Grimes, who had visited various sites of genocide over the years, including Rwanda and Cambodia, said being able to show about personal experiences in these places sticks with the groups he addresses as a museum volunteer. Grimes, who is not Jewish, said, Its one of those things, whether youre Jewish or not, you have to appreciate the gravity of the situation. When Maureen Carter was 11 years old, her mother gave her a copy of The Diary of Anne Frank. She was struck by the horror of Frank, who spent two years in hiding with her family, only to meet her end in a concentration camp. about the Holocaust, but couldnt would read books about World War den under the words. She never stopped searching for and learning more information about the terrible tragedy. She became a history major. I had the nerd gene, she said. After she raised her children she became a teacher at age 41 and has been teaching for 23 years. She is the Holocaust studies program planner for the Palm Beach County school system. Carter is not Jewish, but always felt a strong desire to not only learn about the Holocaust, but also make sure others learned about it as well. She teamed up with JFR in the past to host exhibitions and helped set up events with Holocaust survivors We have a pretty vibrant program here in Palm Beach, she said. Were 75 years out; you can see the distance [from the events of the Holocaust]. With students, you have to make it relevant. Carter said that traveling with Photo by Maureen CarterIrena Sendlerowas gravesite. Sendlerowa was a nurse who helped save Jews using the Polish Underground Railroad. Photo by Bradd WeinbergMomument at Madjanek TEACHERS continued on NEXT PAGE
JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 15 OCTOBER 6 19, 2017 WWW.360R EALTYT AMPA.COM813.508.2715 360 REALTY CARLYN NEUMAN Mon. Fri. 6:00 am Noon Sat. & Sun. 6:00 am 1:00 pmBoiled & Baked the traditional way at the same location for over 30 years!1871 Gulf To Bay Blvd. (Clearwater)~ Next to Clearwater High School ~(727) 446-7631 JP TEACHERSnotable Holocaust scholars Sam Kassow and Peter Hayes made the trip that much more intensive. Walking through buildings and areas where terrible crimes were committed with people that can turn that into a visual image was deeply affecting. Were all still processing, she said. In Treblinka, there is a Sovietstyle Stonehenge, said attorney turned grade school history teacher Bradd Weinberg. Its surrounded by a sea of stones. Each stone represents a destroyed Jewish city. Those stones werent people. It people that were killed. Weinberg, who has been teaching for four years, introduces the Holocaust to his students during his international baccalaureate World Cultures class. He has very few Jewish students in his classes at Carver Community Middle School in Delray Beach maybe dents, he said. He counts that as a win; there are a lot of students to care about what happened overseas, but they do. Weinberg said this trip was different from any other he had been on, mostly because there was time to ask questions and get answers from the Holocaust scholars who joined them. Many of the places memorable and having the scholars along as living encyclopedias ence, he said. There was also the physical impact of some of the places they visited. In Auschwitz, he said, there was a see-through case about 40 with human hair. It was the hair that was shaved off prisoners bethat and being able to describe that nite impression, he said. Through the JFR, all of the educators were able to meet two Righteous Gentiles (non-Jews who saved Jewish lives in the Holocaust) in Vilnius, Lithuania. Zosisters who, along with their family, saved four men three of them brothers during the Holocaust. They hid the men in a hole dug beneath their barn and cared for them for years after they learned the mens families had been killed. The Voroniecky sisters dont think of themselves as heroes and seem genuinely surprised anyone would want to hear their story, said Grimes. They especially dont speak about the incident with their neighbors, he added. Weinberg agreed. Lithuanians were responsible for murdering a lot of the Jewish population at the time and people dont want to acknowledge that, he said. Its hard, right, because we spent time with the people there, said Weinberg. The government does not want to take responsibility. I cant speak for the individuals. JFR continues its work of protance to some 400 aged and needy Righteous Gentiles, living in 20 countries. Since its founding, the JFR has provided more than $38 million to aged and needy rescuers. For more information about the JFR and its programs, visit www.JFR.org. Museum records local womans story: Of 96 crammed into boxcar, only 5 survive HolocaustHolocaust Survivor Judith Szasz was 16 years old when she and her mother Magda and 6-year-old sister Emilia were loaded into a 1944 and sent to the Nazi German Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in Poland. There were 96 people in that Holocaust. Judith was one of the survivors; her mother and sister were killed at Auschwitz. The story of Judith Szasz, now Judith Szentivanyi, 89, of St. Petersburg, is one of 25 survivor stories that the Florida Holocaust Museum will be posting on its website in conjunction with the museums 25th anniversary. story: Auschwitz-Birkenau. There were German soldiers standing around, and they selected people, some right, some left, Judith recalls. The decision was the following: all the mothers with children were sent to one side, also all the old people, and all those people who looked not completely healthy. The rest, including me, were sent to the other side. Judith was separated from her mother and 6-year-old sister during the selection. I wanted so much to go with them but they did not let me, Judith recalls. Somebody told me that they went to H Lager. Later I asked a German guard where the H Lager was, and he told me that is the Heaven Lager. Judith was held at AuschwitzBirkenau for several days. The prisoners heads were shaved and women were given a single striped dress to wear. Judith was soon loaded again onto a Krakow, where she was held for The full story can be found at https://www.flholocaustmuseum. org/survivor-stories/story-7judith-szentivanyi/ * To learn more about the FHMs upcoming 25th Anniversary events online at www.TheFHM.org/25th. The Florida Holocaust Museum is located at 55 Fifth St. S., St. Petersburg, FL 33701. For more infomation, call (727) 820-0100. Judith Szentivany today
One of the most memorable moments came when a group visited a nursing home that had been without power for days and was running dangerously low on supplies. The volunteers provided them a truckload of drinks, snacks and clothes, as well as toiletries. The women began to pray in thanks for G-ds help in the form of the volunteers. One lady told a student, Youre a beautiful angel. Bill Barnett, the mayor of Naples, put it best when he addressed the group. We needed your help, and youve answered the call, and we will not forget the kindness youve shown today. Rabbi Mendy Dubrowski of Chabad Chai of South Tampa and Rabbi Pinny Backman of Chabad USF commented on how inspired they were by the devotion of so many students and young professionals to help those most in need. Â Rabbi Dubrowski, who helped or ganize the Naples trip, said that in addition to that effort, a U-Haul truck full of supplies was PAGE 16 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA OCTOBER 6 19, 2017 RELIEFno power for several days and she had nowhere to turn. Â Immediately the team reassured her they were there to help, and would remove the tree. Using chain saws, machetes, and power saws, they removed the tree, limb by limb. You must have been sent by G-d, McWilliams said. Another team was sent to remove debris and bring supplies to a school in the Ever glades. Teachers there cried at the site of the Chabad volunteers. Â And others were sent to clean up a home belonging to Katherine Nolan, a 96-year-old World War II hero. She was one of the fewwomen serving in the military who helped liberate Nazi concentration camps. One of the volunteers whose grandparents survived those camps was awestruck by the opportunity to give back to Nolan, a woman who had given so much. CEMETERYand a no-interest loan, but more is still needed. Shortly after Irma blew through last month, Doug Negretti, chair man of the Jewish Burial Society, said damage repair estimates ranged from $50,000 to $75,000. Now, with updated repair estimates, that figure has risen to sent to Key West through Caring for the Keys, an organization started by a Chabad USF Alumnus who now is part of Chabad Young Professionals. Â Chabad Florida headquarters is continuing to send supplies and meals to the Caribbean as well, he said. Â Â While we hope and pray that there be no more natural disasters, it was heartwarming to see our community rise to the occasion, and give of their time and recourses to help out those who need them most, said Rabbi Dubrowski. The relief effort to Naples was sponsored in part by Doug and Maureen Cohn. $93,000, he said, and could climb higher once the extent of damage to the irrigation system is known. We are still holding burial ser vices. That never stopped. We have had six burials since the storm. But we rope off the rest of the cemetery when we have burials and we are not allowing people to visit the graves of loved ones because we are afraid someone could fall into a hole and get hurt, said Negretti. When a burial service is not taking place, the entrances to the cemetery are blocked. Â He noted that the Jewish portion of the cemetery was largely un scathed by the hurricane, but other sections of the cemetery were not so fortunate. Â When eight huge trees and 20 medium sized ones were blown down by Irma, the roots of the toppled trees destroyed storm sewage and irrigation lines and left gaping holes in the ground. In one case, a casket entangled in roots of a large tree was unearthed when the tree toppled. The casket has since been reburied, Negretti said, and the downed trees, save for stumps and roots, have mostly been cut and cleared from the cemetery. I have everything lined up to get repaired. We plan to replace anything broken, Negretti said. Â Half of the drainage system is knocked out and the irrigation main was destroyed, so we need to replace the main. Then we can turn the irrigation system on, zone by zone, to tell how much of it is damaged, he said. To get it all back where it was before, it will probably take six months, he said. Even if all work is not done right away, he is hoping the large tree stumps can be removed and the ground can be leveled so Â gravesite visitations can resume in about a month. Some help is on the way Â Jewish Federation Executive Di rector Emilie Socash said the board met Tuesday night, Oct. 3 and took the following action: the 2017-18 allocation of $10,000 to be paid immed iately and applied to the urgent needs. additional $10,000 in funding as an incentive match to monies raised by local synagogues. Â Burial Society up to $30,000 as quickly as it s needed, interest-free Socash said she also submitted a request for $25,000 on behalf of the Burial Society to the national emergency fund of Jewish Federations of North America. She said he hopes to know in the next couple of weeks if that will be funded. Â Negretti said the damage is not covered by insurance. Earlier this year, on April 1, anniversary of the Burial Society, formed by mem bers of St. Petersburgs Congregation Bnai Israel and Temple Beth-El, purchasing the 15-acre facility. At the time of the purchase from a national cemetery company, Burial Society members pledged to restore and upgrade the facility, which had been in decline. In the years since, a variety of improvements have been made there, including repairing the ir rigation system, refinishing the roads, upgrading signs, adding new grass, doing extensive landscaping and better grounds maintenance, installing a wash basin for hand washing as well as rock bins, creating a new pricing structure and adding other new features. Chapel Hill was started by Congregation Bnai Israel more than 45 years ago and was sold to a national cemetery company in 1998. It is a predominately Jewish cemetery although there are non-Jewish sections. About 8 of its 15 acres are cleared and the rest is undeveloped. The cemetery is located at 12905 Wild Acres Road in Largo.
e 2016-2017 program and scal year was one of the most exciting in our organizations long and rich history. e primary reason for the excitement this past year was that in addition to the beautiful and dynamic Maureen and Douglas Cohn Jewish Community Center Campus, we opened an extraordinary new facility in 2016. e spectacular Bryan Glazer Family JCC (BGFJCC) began serving our community ocially on December 8, 2016 and it truly is transformational in many ways. e new J nished the program year (June 30th) with more than 4,300 individual members. Also, the event center at the BGFJCC hosted approximately 200 JCC, community and corporate events and the building is very busy every day with a vast array of educational, recreational, tness, aquatic, arts and cultural programs for people of all ages. e BGFJCC is also the home for the Tampa JCCs and Federations most innovative project, the Florida-Israel Business Accelerator (FIBA) and this past year FIBA formed partnerships and is continuing to work closely with eight fascinating Israeli companies that are each trying to break into the U.S. market. e new J may have captured a lot of attention, but so many other important initiatives that strive to serve and strengthen our community were part of our organizations story this past year, including the following: Ongoing beautication of the vibrant Cohn Campus. e facility continues to draw 1000 people per day and the plan is to continue to enhance this ourishing campus on a continual basis. e nancial support we oered to our local beneciary agencies and to a variety of projects in Israel continued to make a meaningful dierence in the lives of many people. e Tampa Orlando Pinellas (TOP) Jewish Foundation has established a leadership role within Jewish foundations. We believe the foundations antiterror investment policy is unique among Jewish foundations across the country and it has positioned TOP for signicant growth in the years ahead. TOP also had great success with its Life and Legacy program. Among other activities, the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) continued to work with other organizations in eorts to combat the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel. e JCRC, in partnership with the Tampa Rabbinical Association, also played a role in working with the Hillsborough County School Board to ensure the Jewish community continues to have an eective relationship with the board. Weinberg Village continued to provide a superb living experience for its residence and the facility remains nancially self-sufficient, with a near capacity consensus. Our most visible Young Adult Division program, our Jewish Leadership Training Institute graduated twenty-one talented young leaders this past year and its clear that our community will be in very good hands as the future unfolds. is is just a small sampling of the things going on at the Tampa JCCs and Federation and we encourage everyone to get involved with our organization and our community in as many ways as possible. We also want to thank the approximately 400 dedicated volunteers, 275 sta members and the large number of generous donors who continue to help make our community very robust. Todah Rabah, Gary Gould Rochelle Walk Chief Executive Ocer President OUR MISSIONTo support and enrich the continuity of Jewish life and values on our community, in Israel and worldwide.OUR VISIONe Tampa Jewish Community Centers and Federation is the heart of a vibrant, harmonious and connected community that embraces everyone. We strive to be a unifying force for Jewish activity in Tampa. We provide a warm, welcoming atmosphere for community gatherings and activities. We reach out to encompass all Jewish constituencies and are the rst stop for newcomers. We actively support and build our connection with Israel and world Jewry. We fund current needs for our community and the world and, through endowments, provide for the future. We provide a work environment that recognizes and rewards excellence in sta and volunteers.OUR VALUES AND GUIDING PRINCIPLES Tzedakah and caring for Jewish causes Commitment to the survial of world Jewry Love for Jewish Culture, traditions and learning Communication that is truthful and open Respect for others ANNUALREPORT 2016-17 WWW.JEWISHTAMPA.COM WWW.JCCCOHNCAMPUS.COM WWW.BRYANGLAZERFAMILYJCC.COM JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTERS & FEDERATI ON Tampa
TAMPA JCCs & FEDERATION ANNUAL REPORT 2016-17 WWW.JEWISHTAMPA.COM WWW.JCCCOHNCAMPUS.COM WWW.BRYANGLAZERFAMILYJCC.COM Tampa JCCs & Federatione Tampa Jewish Community Centers and Federation (TJCCF) is the umbrella organization that includes the Tampa Jewish Federation, the JCC on the Cohn Campus, the Bryan Glazer Family JCC and several strategic, community-based committees. TJCCF is governed by a volunteer board of directors that oversees the operation of the entire organization in concert with the professional management staff. The organization also owns the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Assisted Living Facility, which operates as separate Limited Liability Corporation (LLC). We are a binding force that unites Jews and non-Jews across Tampa Bay. To learn more about the Tampa JCCs and Federation visit us online at www.jewishtampa.com or contact Alissa Fischel at 813-769-4726.Tampa Jewish FederationAs the major instrument of Jewish philanthropy and engagement in the Tampa area, we are a community-driven organization committed to taking care of the needs of the Jewish people and building a vibrant Jewish future across Tampa, in Israel and around the world. rough the eorts of our Annual Campaign and the generous support of our community and community partners, the Tampa Jewish Federation is able to provide critical assistance to a signicant number of agencies that apply for funding allocations. During the 2016-17 allocations process, agencies met together to present their compelling needs and accomplishments to the allocations committee, this year chaired by Debbie Taub. Each agency presented a synopsis of their most critical need, which helped to further educate and enlighten committee members and representatives from other agencies present. 2016-17 Board of DirectorsPRESIDENTRochelle WalkVICE PRESIDENTSLynne Merriam Cindy Spahn Herb SwarzmanIMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENTJonathan EllisTREASURERJoseph ProbascoSECRETARYJoyce Whitman TawilDIRECTORSLindsay August Adam Chernin Maureen Cohn Francine Dobkin Sharon Feen-Wallace Laureen Jae Ronald Pross Jason Rosenberg Sue Schoenbaum Melinda Sheer Steven Specter Leah WhitmillWHO WE ARE Tampa Jewish Community Centerse 2016-2017 year was very active for the JCCs, highlighted by the successful opening of the Bryan Glazer Family JCC (BGFJCC) on December 8, 2016. e Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was attended by over 400 dignitaries, donors and members of our community. We also hosted a Community Open House on January 8, 2017 that was attended by more than 1,500 people. e success of the BGFJCC can be measured by membership that reached 2036 active memberships and 4338 active members by June 30th. Part of the vision for the development of the new JCC was to reach the unaliated in the Jewishcommunity, we believe we have accomplished that because our membership mix of those previously unknown to us is approximately 60%. Our daily usage average in the tness center is just over 400 during the week and 250 on the weekends. Additionally, we have people at the J daily for swim lessons, adult & senior programs, drop in Mah Jongg, visiting FIBA, TJFS and the many events. Over 200 events and meetings were held in the BGFJCC. ey were made up of social, corporate & not-for-prot and we also provide free meeting room space for community organizations including our neighborhood associations and the Tampa Police Department. e Roberta M. Golding Visual Arts Center averages 46 class participants on a daily basis. e Cohn campus is signing up new members on a weekly basis. Enhancements to the property are evident to all, on the exterior grounds thanks to the leadership and guidance that Maureen Cohn has provided. On the interior we have improvements to the GroupEx room and the sauna. Most recently we cleared the additional acreage that we received from our new neighbors and are assessing how this additional acreage can be enhanced to further improve the property both for summer camp and throughout the year. Tennis and swim lessons were added as opportunities for our members and guests this past year. JCC on the Cohn Campus averaged 37 programs for members and guests per month.Strength in Numbers Fundraising for the 2016-17 campaign year surpassed last years numbers as a result of increased gis and designated giving. We had a terric campaign this year, lead by Lynne Merriam. In Womens Philanthropy, o ver $645,000 was raised from 576 donors, and three new Lions of Judah were welcomed. e Young Adult Division raised over $45,000 and engaged singles, couples, and families with continued high-quality programs. Total Financial Resource D evelopment for the year came in at more the $2.3 mi llion, which is a slight increase over last year!
TAMPA JCCs & FEDERATION ANNUAL REPORT 2016-17 WWW.JEWISHTAMPA.COM WWW.JCCCOHNCAMPUS.COM WWW.BRYANGLAZERFAMILYJCC.COM Professional Societies e Cardozo Society is an honorary society for Jewish attorneys and other legal professionals in the Tampa Bay area. e society sponsors programs that integrate Jewish and legal concerns and provide educational, leadership, social and networking opportunities for attorneys. e Monteore Society was created this year to augment the reach of the existing professional societies to provide an opportunity for community members to foster and grow professional relationships within the nancial industry. Monteore Society membership is open to all Jewish accountants, stockbrokers, bankers, nancial planners and advisors, insurance brokers, investment consultants, wealth management advisors and others in nancial services in the Tampa Bay area. e Cardozo and Monteore Societies hosted a joint event this past year in conjunction with the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties. e event was sponsored by e Bank of Tampa and held at e Bank of Tampa in St. Petersburg. e Tampa Bay Cardozo Leadership Award was presented to Gary Teblum that evening for his outstanding commitment to the legal community and Federation. Our guest speaker, Lenny Roth, delivered a very well received presentation about the Political and Economic Climate in the Middle East. e Maimonides Society of Tampa is a fellowship of physicians and dentists and other health care professionals who seek to strengthen the bonds between themselves, Israel and the broader Jewish community. e Maimonides Society aords health care professionals a unique opportunity to network with their peers and a chance to participate in the work of repairing the world through involvement in the community. is past year, the Maimonides Society event was chaired by Dr. David Rosenbach who honored Dr. Deborah Roth with the Tampa Maimonides Leadership Award for her outstanding commitment to the medical community and Federation. Dr. Jay Wolfson spoke on Health Policy & Practice: Financial and practice realities for clinicians, patients and taxpayers. is event was generously sponsored by Florida Hospital. e objective of each society is to support the activities of the Federation, assisting to maximize Federation gis to preserve and enhance Jewish life in Tampa, the U.S. and worldwide. Membership is open to any legal professional (Cardozo), nancial professional (Monteore), or medical professional (Maimonides), who contributes a minimum of $1,000 to the Annual Campaign. Professionals age 35 and under must contribute a minimum of $360 to the Annual Campaign. Events sponsored by the societies are open to all members and their guests. FEDERATION HIGHLIGHTS Giving TuesdayCelebrated on the Tuesday following anksgiving aer the widely recognized shopping event s, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks o the charitable season and end-of-year (tax year) giving. e Tampa Jewish Federation participated in this movement to promote and celebrate giving and philanthropy by hosting a phone-a-thon event and day of crowdfunding to raise critical funds for the Federations Annual Campaign. Local lay leaders gathered throughout the day as ambassadors of our cause and made thousands of calls requesting nancial support to help us serve our mission. Giving Tuesday raised just over $100,000 this past year. Partner Agencies American Joint Distribution C ommittee (JDC) Birthright Israel Bryan Glazer Family JCC Ethiopian National Project (ENP) Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) Hillel Academy of Tampa Bay Hillels of the Florida Suncoast Hillel Foundation Statewide Israel Trauma Coalition (ITC) JCC on the Cohn Campus Jewish Agency f or Israel (JAFI) Tampa Jewish Family Services World ORTCommunity Allocations 2016-17 Corporate GivingDuring the 2016-17 year, over $370,000 in corporate support was raised by the Tampa Jewish Community Centers & Federation to support programs and activities. Corporate sponsorships completely or partially funded the following community programs: Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival Annual Presidents Dinner Jewish Book Festival Campaign Kicko Event Women of Distinction Israel Independence D ay Celebration Soball Tournament Golf Tournament Cardozo Society Event Maimonides Society Event PJ Library FIBA Israel and Overseas: 25% Bryan Glazer Family JCC: 17% JCC on the Cohn Campus: 17 % Tampa Jewish Family Services: 14% Hillel Academy of Tampa: 11% Other Jewish Organizations: 9% Hillels of the Florida Suncoast/Statewide: 6% PJ Library: 2% Birthright: 1%
TAMPA JCCs & FEDERATION ANNUAL REPORT 2016-17 WWW.JEWISHTAMPA.COM WWW.JCCCOHNCAMPUS.COM WWW.BRYANGLAZERFAMILYJCC.COM Community Leadership Awardse Community Leadership Awards recognized and honored those who have made a signicant impact to our organization or within a local Jewish community agency. Recipients embody the principles of dedicated leadership, tikkun olam and commitment to enriching the continuity of Jewish life locally and worldwide.Campaign Kickoffe Campaign Kicko ocially begins the Annual Campaign of the Tampa Jewish Federation to raise essential funds to support an abundance of vital programs and services. is past years event was chaired by Lynne Merriam, 2017 Campaign Chair. Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, spiritual leader, scholar and acclaimed author captivated the audience with his topic, Why the Jews? The Reason for Antisemitism. Over 250 supporters attend this program.Womens Philanthropy e Lion of Judah Society honors women who contribute $5,000 or more to Federations Annual Campaign. e Lion of Judah is a symbol of a Jewish Womans strength, a symbol of her caring about the organized Jewish world and a symbol of her nancial commitment to repairing the world. is past year, een Lion of Judah members attended the International Lion of Judah Conference (ILOJC) in Washington, DC. Maureen Cohn was honored with the Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award at this years conference for her tremendous contribution to the Tampa community. e Bobbe Karpay (zl) Women of Distinction Program bears Bobbes name to honor and inspire women of the Tampa Jewish community to see the simple elements of the community and make life distinctively better. Each honoree exemplify Jewish values and commitment to their organizations and the Jewish community. Nearly twenty women were honored this past year from Jewish organizations throughout Hillsborough County. Guest speaker, Alina Spaulding, who immigrated to this country in 1979 with the help of many Jewish agencies funded by our Federation dollars addressed the group.Cuba MissionTwenty-two individuals participated in a Mission to Cuba and returned invigorated and amazed by the Jewish community in Cuba. ere are several dierent synagogues in Cuba that all work together to keep the approximately 1200 Jews in Cuba engaged in Jewish living. One of the most rewarding aspects was to hear just how much our Federation dollars are helping the Cuba Jewish community through the eorts of the Joint Distribution Committee. Four plus, large suitcases full of needed items were given to the Jewish communities including medicines, toiletries, clothing and childrens supplies, from the members of the mission.Professional Community Connection (PCC)Professional Community Connection is an endeavor in fostering the development of networks and relationships between Jewish professionals and businesses in the Tampa Bay area. PCC provides a platform for Jewish business people to meet each other, network and provide referrals that would lead to increased business opportunities; increases business professional involvement with the Jewish community and the Jewish Federation and raises awareness and understanding of the Tampa Jewish Federation. ree networking events were hosted this past year at a variety of locations with hundreds of FEDERATION HIGHLIGHTS Jewish Community Relationships Council (JCRC)Over the course of the 2016-17 year, under the steadfast leadership of Jonathan Ellis, the Jewish Community Relationships Council implemented new initiatives to address the concerns that aect our local community and abroad. As the public relations arm of the Tampa JCCs and Federation, our priorities include community outreach and legislative relations measures related to Israel, interfaith programming and social action. Our primary focus during the year was two-part. First, the JCRC continued to play a leadership role in supporting the Hillels of the Florida Suncoast to further implement strategies to combat the BDS movement (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) on the USF Campus. rough Federation allocations, the organization was better equipped to promote Israel in a positive light though speaking engagements, social media eorts and interfaith gatherings. Secondly, the JCRC established new relationships with various religious communities, including those of the Muslim faith. Given the tumultuous political climate and the rise in anti-Semitism and hate crimes worldwide, the council determined it critical to start the dialogue between other minority groups that, too, face discrimination in and out of our local community. e JCRC continues to collaborate with the Israel Action Network to oversee three task forces to address the BDS problem across Tampa Bay, including the mainline Presbyterian Task Force, the Business Task Force and the Media Task Force. Annual Presidents Dinnere Annual Presidents Dinner is the Tampa Jewish Federations premier event held to celebrate our Jewish community, its growth and successes. is event is evidence of our communitys shared commitment to tikkun olam (making the world a better place). e Annual Presidents Dinner has celebrated fourteen years of tradition bringing world leaders and national recognized speakers to address our community on the most pressing issues facing the Jewish people today. e 14th Annual Presidents Dinner was chaired by Harry Cohen and Alice Rosenthal and the evenings guest speaker was Ambassador Ron Prosor. Ambassador Prosor is considered one of Israels most distinguished diplomats, having served as the former Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations. is past year, the dinner was held at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC with a maximum capacity crowd of nearly 600 and the event raised over $250,000 towards the Federations annual campaign.
TAMPA JCCs & FEDERATION ANNUAL REPORT 2016-17 WWW.JEWISHTAMPA.COM WWW.JCCCOHNCAMPUS.COM WWW.BRYANGLAZERFAMILYJCC.COM Young Adult Divisionis past year, the Young Adult Division (YAD) of the Tampa Jewish Federation, continued its popular initiatives, including: the Jewish Leadership Training Institute, an 10 course leadership development program for emerging young leaders; the annual Vodka Latke, with more than 100 singles and couples gathering on December 24th at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg hosted by the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties; monthly happy hours and activities at locations throughout Tampa; a tailgate party & Tampa Bay Buccaneers game with more than 100 people participating; and a trip to the Tampa Bay Lightning Game. YAD also facilitated a series of discussion groups in the spring with Tampa area clergy on topics such as Israel, Judaism and the workplace and social justice. YAD, a brand which has served the Tampa Jewish Federation well for many years, is becoming IMPACT. As our communitys needs have evolved, so has our need to sharpen our focus on guiding young adults along a continuum towards greater involvement and developing the future leaders of our community e Florida-Israel Business Accelerator (FIBA) project is one of the most exciting and innovative initiatives in the history of the Tampa JCCs and Federation. e project was honored this past year with a Fedovation Award by the Jewish Federations of North America for its uniqueness and creative approaches to building community. Housed within the Bryan Glazer Family JCC, FIBA seeks to engage a broad spectrum of interest and engagement from among both the Jewish and non-Jewish communities. Specically, FIBA is an innovative business development and community engagement program, which operates as a conduit for Israeli entrepreneurs to open a Tampa Bay based (US) headquarter responsible for sales, marketing, tech support, and customer service for their products and/ or innovations for the North American market. e programs mission is three-fold: First, to foster economic growth and FEDERATION HIGHLIGHTS Online Outreach & Engagement InitiativesWe continue to voice our virtual presence by engaging and reaching out to constituencies online through several outreach and engagement initiatives. We have a robust social media following through our Twitter account for Jewish Tampa (our combined Twitter for the Tampa JCCs and Federation). Our Social Media eorts collectively reach thousands of people daily. We operate several Facebook pages including Jewish Tampa, JCC on the Cohn Campus, Bryan Glazer Family JCC as well as our two preschools, promoting not only a wide variety of programs, but also services, interesting and pertinent community and international related articles, and local updates. Our popular Shalom Tampa weekly e-Newsletter also brings a rising engagement level to the community, as it reaches over 4,000 (and counting) subscribers on a weekly basis. Shalom Tampa is the pulse of the local Jewish community, presenting Jewish events and participation opportunities all across Tampa. This e-Newsletter inspires people through highlights such as the Mensch of the Week column, dedicated to honoring outstanding local individuals. stimulate innovation within the expanding business ecosystem in Tampa Bay by attracting high-growth Israeli tech ventures and facilitating their launch and expansion. e second part of the mission is to engage the entire spectrum of the Tampa Jewish community including high school and college-age students as interns and budding entrepreneurs, millennials young professionals adult professionals and serial entrepreneurs as mentors and potential investors, and seniors for mentoring, investing and other coaching services. In doing so, it is our hope that all of Tampa Bay will be exposed to one of Israels most renowned commodities disruptive and life changing technological innovations and will be better positioned to learn more about Israel and help combat the rising tide of anti-Semitism and disinformation emerging within the BDS movement, as well as the many misconceptions regarding Israel so oen put forward in the media and on college campuses. e nal part of the mission is to potentially generate revenue for the Tampa JCCs and Federation to assist the organization in achieving other goals. During the 2016-17 program/scal year FIBA operated on a $1,000,000 grant from the State of Florida and some private contributions. e project was very productive and screened approximately 150 Israeli companies. From that group, eight were selected to participate in the rst cohort. e JCCs and Federation received equity in ve of the companies and a percentage of sales in the other three. For 2017-18 the state is providing a $400,000 grant and Hillsborough County has allocated $100,000 to support FIBA. e plan is to secure enough funding from grants, sponsorships and private gis to signicantly expand the program and to also explore the possibility of creating a FIBA Venture Fund. Please visit www.ba.io for more information on this exciting project. Approximately 330 people attended Innovation Fusion, featuring keynote speaker, Mr. Je Vinik. e event was a showcase for the Israeli rms participating in FIBA and it helped to secure a multi-million dollar investment in one of the Israeli companies.Florida-Israel Business Accelerator (FIBA) National Young Leadership Summer Mission to Israel JLTI Graduate Rachel Golden participated in the 2017 National Young Leadership Summer Mission to Israel with Jewish Federations of North America. Along with 100 other young adults from across the United States and Canada who are passionate about Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World) and building Jewish community with peers, Rachel visited sites throughout Israel that have been directly impacted by the support and generosity of the Jewish Federations in North America, including the Tampa Jewish Federation. She also participated in a special leadership development track for young adults who are key volunteers in their local communities, participating in best practices roundtable discussions with other young leaders on the mission. When we asked Rachel to tell us about her trip, she stated, I am so grateful to the Tampa Jewish Federation for giving me the opportunity to go on the JFNA National Young Leadership Summer Mission to Israel. Being in Israel and visiting important places like Yad Veshem and the Kotel reminded me how now more than ever its important to have a Jewish state and a place where all Jews feel safe and welcome. is trip helped me nd the drive to be even more involved locally and I cant wait to begin working with our leaders in my community to help get other young Jews more deeply connected and involved and support the Federations mission to help people locally, in Israel and around the world.
TAMPA JCCs & FEDERATION ANNUAL REPORT 2016-17 WWW.JEWISHTAMPA.COM WWW.JCCCOHNCAMPUS.COM WWW.BRYANGLAZERFAMILYJCC.COM HONOR ROLLDonors to the Tampa Jewish Federation Annual Campaign $50,000 $99,999 Doug & Maureen Cohn Bucs Care Foundation/ B ryan & Shanna Glazer Gary & Phyllis Gould Ellis & Veronika Norsoph Je & Sue Schoenbaum Jerey & Julie Seaman $25,000 $49,999 B.V. Gunn Hwy Fred & Lynne Merriam David & Sara Scher William Stamps Farish Fund/ R ichard & Cornelia Corbett$18,000 $24,000 Steven Greenbaum & J udy Gensha Richard Rappaport Deborah Roth Arnie & Bev Tannenbaum$10,000 $17,999 Jerey Berger & Susan Kessler Nathaniel & Debbie Doliner Gemunder Family Foundation/ D avid & Beth Gemunder John Hans Rosenberg En dowment Fund Marie Hyman Joel & Rhoda (zl) Karpay Michael & Janet Kass Barry & Lili Kaufmann Blossom Leibowitz Martin & Barbara Port Mitchell & Susie Rice David & Ann Rosenbach Todd & Debbie Rosenthal James & Amy Shimberg C haritable Trust Steven & Rochelle Walk Stephen & Sonya Weinberg Carl & Paula Zielonka$5,000 $9,999 Anonymous Annette Bauman e Sybiel B. Berkman F oundation/ Monroe & S uzette Berkman Irwin & Phyllis Browarsky Carole CherryWe value all of our donors for their generosity and support. Our donors make it possible for us to deliver hope, dignity and comfort to millions of people i n Tampa, Israel and 70 countries around the world. Your generosity improves our world, one community, one family, one person at a time.Donors to the Bryan Glazer Family JCC $4,000,000 Shanna & Bryan Glazer Leader$1,000,000 $1,500,000 Golding-Scher Family Diane and Leon Mezrah Family (Di ane, Leon, Todd, Shari, L ee, M ax, Sam & Cole) e Vinik Family $250,000 $500,000 Clinical Research of West Florida/ A ydin & Barbara Keskiner/ F red & Lynne Merriam Rosenblatt-Linsky Family Wuliger Family/ e Wuliger Foundation $100,000 $200,000 Anonymous Doug & Maureen Cohn Gemunder Family Foundation Walter Kessler (zl) & Family David & Chrisi Laxer Lee & Ruth Levant Cli & Linda Levy David & Sara Scher Harvey & Cherie Schonbrun a nd Joyce H. Karpay $50,000 $99,999 Anonymous Law Oces of Jerey Berger, P.A. Gary Cohen & Patricia Rohlf, A ndrew & April Cohen, H arry Cohen and Frank & J ulie Cohen Creative Contractors, Inc. Florida Blue Gary & Phyllis Gould June Baumgardner Gelbart Foundation Scott & Laureen Jae Joel & Rhoda (zl) Karpay Jason & Kat Kislak e Levy Family Karen, J onathan, Dori & Zachary David and Nancy Linsky Vicki Rabenou Jack Ross e Hinks & Elaine S himberg Family James & Amy Shimberg Charitable Trust Arnie & Bev Tannenbaum$25,000 $49,999 Philip Adler Leslie & Hope Barnett Jerey Berger & Susan Kessler Marc & Karen Blumenthal Martin & Janie Borell Irwin & Phyllis Browarsky Bruck Family Foundation, I nc./ Charles Bruck Bush Ross P.A. Jonathan & Isabel Ellis FleischmanGarcia Architects Seth & Hannah Forman Frank & Jillian Glass Robert & Beth Kokol Stephen & Laura Kreitzer Michael & Stacy Leeds Stanley & Susan Levy Stacie & Sam Linsky Mark Miller & M ichele Fleeter-Miller Dan & Deb Ochstein Jay & Lois Older Louis Orlo Marty & Barbara Port Alan & Lori Rash Mitchell & Susie Rice David & Ann Rosenbach Todd & Debbie Rosenthal Alfred & Rose Schi Mark Sena & Linda Saul-Sena Stanford & Sabrina Solomon Tampa Bay Radiation On cology, PA Steven & Rochelle Walk $5,000 $24,999 Atlas Professional Services Maril & Kay Jacobs Stuart & Lori Markman Mort and Sara Richter Richard Rudolph Leslie Scharf & C onnie Manseld Zorka FLP, Ltd.Corporate Sponsors$10,000 $30,000 Bank of America Bank of Tampa Creative Contractors, Inc. PNC Bank Rooms To Go Foundation, Inc. Valley National Bank $5,000 $9,999 BB&T ConnectWise Constangy, Brooks, Smith & P rophete, LLP Domain Homes, Inc. Ferman Motor Car Company Florida Hospital Frederick and Lynne Merriam Harvey and Cherie Schonbrun KMDG Labs, LLC Nielsen Publix Super Markets Charities Reeves Import Motorcars RFLP Group, LLLP Sharp Electronics Corporation Shumaker, Loop and Kendrick Tampa Electric Company United Janitorial Service $2,500 $4,999 Air Animal, Inc. Amscot Carlton Fields Jorden Burt David and Sara Scher Elbit Systems of Amercia Gemunder Family F oundation, Inc. Harvey and Cherie Schonbrun Hyundai of New Port Richey Law Oces of Laureen Ga leoto, PLLC MediFit Community Services Michael and Stacy Leeds Mitchell and Susie Rice Steven and Lisa Zaritsky Tampa Bay Trane Gregory, Sharer & Stuart $1,000 $2,499 Copperhead Charities Florida Central Region o f Hadassah Florida Funders Lemon Grass ai Kitchen Michael and Candace Valdes Richard and Barbara Manners Roland Hausmann Stewart and Etta Donnell e Manny and Ruthy C ohen Fund Weinberg Village, LLC e Tampa JCCs and Federation is immensely grateful for the support of all 2016-2017 corporate and community partners. ose recognized below have made a minimum sponsorship of $1,000. ank you to all that have made the Bryan Glazer Family JCC a reality. Donors that have made a minimum gi of $25,000 to the Bryan Glazer Family JCC Capital Campaign are recognized below, in addition to donors that have made donations (of varying monetary amounts) to the 2016-2017 Bryan Glazer Family JCC*.* * * * * *
TAMPA JCCs & FEDERATION ANNUAL REPORT 2016-17 WWW.JEWISHTAMPA.COM WWW.JCCCOHNCAMPUS.COM WWW.BRYANGLAZERFAMILYJCC.COM HONOR ROLLRichard & Francine Dobkin Jonathan & Isabel Ellis Paul & Alissa Fischel Diane Goldfeder Stuart & Jerilyn Goldsmith Steven & Susan Haubenstock Shirleyann Haveson Fred & Debbie Homan Mark & Carol Jae Scott & Laureen Jae Annette Kaplan Barry & Joyce Karpay Bobbe Karpay Lion of Judah En dowment Fund Joyce Hartmann Karpay Jaime & Jane Kratz Stephen & Laura Kreitzer Reggie LeBlanc & Sally Benjamin Michael & Stacy Leeds Edward Leibowitz Jonathan & Karen Levy Robert & Lena Lewenson David & Nancy Linsky Steven (zl) & Merrill Marx Richard & Ellyne Myers Jay & Lois Older Steven & Iris Pastor Joseph & Eliane Probasco RFLP Group, LLLP Michael Rosenbach David & Francine Rosenberg Mark & Deborah Rosenthal Stanley & Alice Rosenthal Jack Ross Richard Rudolph Ronald & Ann Rudolph Walter Sanders Keith & Karen Schilit Betty Shalett Jim & Elizabeth Shimberg Scott & Heidi Shimberg Aaron & Cherie Silberman Bruce & Vikki Silverman Rena Singer Stanford & Sabrina Solomon Cindy Spahn Steven & Randie Specter Bernard & Sharon Stein Dan & Laurence Sultan Herbert & Joyce Swarzman Brian & Debbie Taub Joyce Whitman Tawil Gary & Lisa Teblum Irwin & Sharon Wallace Steven & Rande Weissman Gary & Roberta Zamore$1,000 $4,999 Rudolph & Melanie Acosta Philip Adler Jay & Gail Allison Philip & Muriel Altus David Anton & Becky Ferrell-Anton Jordan & Lindsay August Robert & Nancy Bader Les & Hope Barnett Craig Behrenfeld & L isa Rohatiner Mitchell & Karen Bentley Eli & Joanna (zl) Berger Lewis & Ileana Berger Burton & Nina Bernstein Richard & Donna Birnholz Marc & Karen Blumenthal Brash Family Endowment Fund David Bruck Leonard Buckner Harry Cohen Ronald & Vanessa Cohn Jim & Karen Dawkins Richard & Sheila Eatro Mike & Beth Eisenfeld Robert & Janet Ettleman Harold & Carole Ewen Nathan Farb Robert & Marilyn Farber Gary & Sandy Feuerstein Marianne Fisher Steven & Cheryl Fisher Larry & Phyllis Fishman Florida Health Care News Susan Forman Stuart Frank Curtis & Barbara Freedland Michael & Sandra Freedman Maurice & Barbara Garrett Lex & Susan Goldenberg Allan & Barbara Goldman Bruce & Barbara Goldstein Kurtis & Brina Goulder Alyce Gross Ira & Susan Guttentag Morris Hanan Gail Hirsch Barbara Ingber Ken & Andi Jacobs Maril & Kay Jacobs Peter & Diane Jacobson William Kalish Keith & Guenita Kanarek Lawrence Kessler Warren & Nancy Kinsler Gary & Laura Kleinman Michael & Cynthia Kornevaes Karen Kuhn Susan Kuhn Aaron Lever & Jodi Sered-Lever Barry Levine & Gina DAngelo Jack & Eileen Levine Cli & Linda Levy Mark & Rochelle Lewis Richard & Nancy Lewis Steven & Carol Lieber Samuel & Stacie Linsky Fred & Roberta Lipschutz Sanford Mahr David & Libby Mallitz Abraham & Betsy Marcadis Leonard & Helene Marks Jerome & Lou Ann Messerman Shari, Todd, Max & Sam Mezrah Mark Miller & M ichele Fleeter-Miller Jonathan Moonitz David A. 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TAMPA JCCs & FEDERATION ANNUAL REPORT 2016-17 WWW.JEWISHTAMPA.COM WWW.JCCCOHNCAMPUS.COM WWW.BRYANGLAZERFAMILYJCC.COM HONOR ROLL$180 $359 Dawn Armstrong Manual Aronovitz Philanthropic F und / Marvin Aronovitz Steven Atran Rakefet Bachur Sheldon & Johanna Barat Michael & Virginia Barnett Roy Beck & Ruth Hanno Wendy Belkin Katherine Bencze Mitchell & Lynne Billing Estelle Bodenstein Penny Breitstein Brian & Elaine Broverman Adam & Lynn Chernin Betty Cohen Jack & Marcia Cohen Alan & Mura Cousin David & Sharon Cross Mike Deeson & Laurie Garrett Kay Doughty Alanna Drasin Yossie & Sulha Dubrowski Barry & Susan Dvorchik Rodolfo & Yvette Eichberg David & Erin Eichenbaum Deborah Eisenstadt omas & Debra Faulk Hardie Foljambe Carlo & Beth Franzblau Robert & Catherine Friedman Michelle Gallagher Carol Gaynor Robert & Helene Geller Steve & Sandy Gersten Steven & Enid Gildar Ilana Glick Anthony & Marisse Goldman Mark & Elana Goldman Scott & Sue Goldsmith Myron Gra & Marjorie Greene Wayne & Deborah Greenberg Rochelle Gross Steven Gross & Julia Winston Marvin Halem & S ylvia Richman Alvin & Terrill Hamero Mervin & Ronna Hellman Larry & Marsha Herman Garson Herzfeld Ronald & Terry Hipps Steve & Gail Holtzman Ronald & Eleni Hyto Robert Judd Bruce & Claudia Kahan Patty Kalish William & Liz Katz Benjamin & Ciara Kaufman Stuart & Debbie Kaufman Carol Kershbaum Kenneth Koopersmith & L inda Rice Shlomo & Sharlena Korman Dennis & Ellen Laer Ronald Lasday Charles & Sharon Lebowitz Michael & Alicia Levine Richard & Barbara Levine J. 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TAMPA JCCs & FEDERATION ANNUAL REPORT 2016-17 WWW.JEWISHTAMPA.COM WWW.JCCCOHNCAMPUS.COM WWW.BRYANGLAZERFAMILYJCC.COM HONOR ROLLBoris & Maya Goldgof Ann Goldman Linda Goldstein Sandra Goldstein Sid Goldstein Rose Helena Goldwitz David & Leslee Gollins Richard & Michelle Gordon Andrew & Sheryl Gotfried Maxine Gourse Brendon Green Joan Green Andrew & Linda Greeneld Renate Greeneld Martin & Judith Greengrass Georey Gross & E laine McGuire-Gross Lee & Shelly Grossbard Cathy Grossman Diane Grossman Paul & Rochelle Grossman Vitauts Gulbis Katherine Habgood Joshua Halpern & Adele Yunger Dan & Adele Harlacher Jon & Cynthia Harmon Abbie Harsh Eric & Randy Hausmann Joshua & Carrie Hearshen Steve & Jill Hekkanen Matthew Heller Allison Herman Solomon & Rosalie Hersh Andrew & Tricia Hirsch Steve & Jeannette Hirschkowitz Hubert Homan Richard & Bonnie Homan Merv & Marlene Hollander Andrea Holper Richard & Susan Homan Marcia Hoppenstein Dorothy Horning Betty Howard Kenneth Howard Rhea Hurwitz Sara Ingber Leon & Ann Pomerantz Cynthia Jackson Dede Jacobs Paul Jacobsen & Marcia Israelo Cynthia Jacobson Stephen & Rena Jacobson Larry & Lynn Kaler David & Hyon Kalin Steven & Dana Kanfer Anne Kantor Steven & Andi Kapplin Karen Katims Harriet Katz Inna Katz Michael H. 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TAMPA JCCs & FEDERATION ANNUAL REPORT 2016-17 WWW.JEWISHTAMPA.COM WWW.JCCCOHNCAMPUS.COM WWW.BRYANGLAZERFAMILYJCC.COM JCC Preschoolse Tampa Jewish Community Centers and Federation Preschool provides the rst steps into Jewish learning and community-building for many young families. At both the north and south locations, the Tampa JCC Preschool had another successful year, continuing a tradition of excellence highlighted by innovative programming. Both preschool branches are recognized nationally (NAC accreditation) and locally (Quality Counts for Kids.) e JCC Preschool welcomed approximately 350 children in 2016-2017. Problem-solving and inquiry are the cornerstone of the Tampa JCC Preschool curriculum. ere is a balance between individualized attention and learning cooperatively within a community. Children explore early literacy, math, social studies, science, and ne arts in ways that are meaningful to them so that they can make connections to the world around them and form deeper understandings of concepts and relationships. Learning opportunities surround the children, from the intentional design of the classroom to the activities explored on the playground. Children learn values and character development through a Jewish lens, while embracing and welcoming the diversity of our community. Families are invited to attend our Shabbat and other holiday celebrations; this school-to-home connection is a powerful component of our preschool. is year, we opened an infant room at the JCC Preschool North Branch. We quickly lled the class and now have infants on a wait list! What makes the JCC Preschool unique? In addition to the strong academic foundation, the JCC Preschool is a warm, nurturing, supportive community. From the caring, dedicated teachers to the amazing, active parents, the JCC Preschool is a welcoming place for all families. The JCC Preschool is the place to be for a great early childhood education, Jewish learning, and long-lasting relationships!Camp JCCCamp JCC at the BGFJCC oered a multitude of specialty camps that children were able to develop a range of skills in a fun and supportive environment. Our well-trained sta constantly strived to ensure that children felt at home. e counselors participated in a thorough orientation leading up to camp and were engaged with the campers daily. Each morning started with a Hebrew word of the day and the campers worked hard to use it in a sentence throughout the day. e rst month featured Volleyball, Dance, iMovie, Art, Basketball and a Multi-Sport camp. Campers enjoyed daily swimming, specialty activities, snacks and their free time in J Lo playing games. Our goal is for every child to have a meaningful experience at Camp JCC. Campers make life-long friends, explore new adventures, and create memories they will treasure forever! In 2017, Camp JCC welcomed 291 campers and CITs over nine weeks from across Tampa for an unrivaled day camp experience. For the rst time, the camp program oered three 3-week sessions over the summer. is summer was lled with new encounters and adventures. Camp JCC constructed a 12 feet high and 150 feet long zip line complete with a rock wall and new climbing challenges. Each day campers enjoyed daily morning ag ceremonies with the Israeli and American ags, rock climbing, zip line, swimming, archery, arts & cras, as well as playing Gaga (the Israeli version of dodge ball). We have also acquired 11 acres of land which has been cleared away to provide an area for our new gaga court as well as a new amphitheater style gathering spot for the entire camp to come together next year for camp traditional activities and connection. In addition to numerous eld trips, campers in grades 3-8 participated in overnights at the JCC, while 1st and 2nd graders stayed for undernights, extending their day until 8pm. First session campers enjoyed going back to the Wild, Wild, West, dressed in Cowboy garb and participating in a good old fashion sing-a-long. Our second session extravaganza included a trip to the Hawaiian Islands and then o to Israel. Our third session campers participated in an ensemble of songs and talent created by campers and sta that was presented to family and friends. Club J Afternoon Enrichment ProgramOur 2016 -17 Club J aer school program welcomed 48 children to the JCC in grades K-5. e program sta picked up the children at eight school locations throughout Hillsborough County and transported them to the Cohn Campus for aerschool programming. eir time included homework, study time, dance, soccer, yoga, art, Legos, chess, Shabbat, holiday celebrations and much more. e program also included family participation in various events such as parent vs. children kickball games and a tness challenge. e year culminated with an awards assembly and talent show. PJ Libraryrough the generosity of our continued partnership with PNC Bank and the ongoing support from the Tampa Jewish Community Centers & Federation, the Tampa JCCs were able to participate in the nationally recognized and award winning, PJ Library & PJ Our Way programs, oered by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, or our 7th year. e support of the Tampa Jewish Community Centers & Federation allowed a matching grant from the Grinspoon Foundation. e PJ Library & PJ Our Way programs oer a free book or CD mailed monthly to families with children ages 6 months through 11 years. Learning programs include story time with PJ books, music and activities highlighting Jewish values that include unconditional love, comfort and the expression of gratitude. Now in its 7th year of operation, the program enrolled and renewed over 320 children in 2016-17, and currently serves 658 children in the Tampa area. Tampa rolled out the newest program for 9-11 year-olds, PJ Our Way, and currently has 129 active members. PJ Our Way oers the gi of exceptional books with Jewish themes to kids ages 9-11. e children, via the PJ Our Way website, choose the books that they want for the month. e safe website allows kids to visit and choose a book from a selection of four high-quality titles that are reviewed by a panel of PJ educators, parents, and kids; they receive 12 free books per year. Due to a 52% enrollment increase, we have nearly doubled our program opportunities for the community. In addition to holding bi-monthly programs and PJ Playdates, we kicked o the year with the annual PJ Library kick-o event, themed Touch-A-Truck, in September of 2016 which hosted nearly 400 guests. Some of the most memorable events of the season were the Hanukkah Hop, Challah Twisting and PJ Library Loves Disco! We look forward to rolling out a full and elaborate calendar for the 2017-2018 year.
TAMPA JCCs & FEDERATION ANNUAL REPORT 2016-17 WWW.JEWISHTAMPA.COM WWW.JCCCOHNCAMPUS.COM WWW.BRYANGLAZERFAMILYJCC.COM TeensBGFJCC is now home to the Tampa chapter of BBYO in the North Florida Region. Tampa teens have been gathering to create programs, engage in Judaic activities and socialize with other Jewish teens across the Tampa Bay Area. We look forward to the continued growth of our Tampa BBYO program. e JCC Maccabi Games will now be an integral part of our teen programming at the JCC. We have spent this past year informing the community about this great opportunity for Jewish Teens ages 13-16 to participate in an Olympic-style sporting competition held every summer with over 750 Jewish athletes from around the nation and the world. We are thrilled that we will bring 13 athletes to the Games in July 2017. Health & Wellness As part of Tampa JCC membership and its ongoing tness initiatives, the JCC continues to oer an expanded menu of tness programs. Every day there are active adults participating in the huge variety of GroupEx classes at both JCC locations. e BGFJCC oered over 70 classes per week for group exercise, as well as aquatics for all ages. e walking track and pickle ball are two oerings unique to BGFJCC that were popular every day. Adult basketball leagues began this spring and over 70 men have registered for the summer league. Over twenty ve tness classes are oered at the JCC on the Cohn campus with plans to expand that over the next year. Members enjoy the personal touch they receive through personal training sessions. Some choose to expand their wellness with massage therapy.Bryan Glazer Family JCC Event Centere rst event held at the Event Center within the Bryan Glazer Family JCC was our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony the day we opened on December 8, 2016. at was followed by over 100 non-JCC events including social occasions from wedding ceremonies and receptions to birthday parties and bnai mitzot celebrations. e center was also the most utilized venue for the spring social calendar for non-prot events. We estimate that well over $1 million was raised for a variety of non-prots in the Tampa Bay area. ese events provided great exposure to the general community to the BGFJCC as they enjoyed delicious food prepared by our Executive Chef Team and seamless events coordinated by our top notch Sales and Event Coordination team. In addition, we provided use of the meeting room spaces we have free of charge to the neighborhood civic associations that surround the BGFJCC as well as other non-prot and government agencies. As an organization we are committed to providing programs to our members and their guests, and as result we use the event center and surrounding spaces an average of ten times per week. From ladies playing Mah Jongg to Monday Movie Madness and BBYO meetings, people of all ages are at BGFJCC on a daily basis.Active AdultsOur mature adults and seniors continue to enjoy comradery and fun through a rich assortment of activities and events. is past year we introduced several new programs at both JCC campuses. ese included an excursion series called Arts About Town (with trips to the Straz Center and the Henry B. Plant Museum); Game Show ursdays; the News Schmooze discussion group; Ballroom Dancing; Medicare Q&A Seminars; and Dominoes. Other oerings that the community continues to enjoy include Bridge, Mah Jongg (both lessons and open play), Crochet, Biblical Literature, and the Book Club. We have also continued our strong partnership with the USF Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) Continuing Education.MembershipMembership is the heart of what drives daily activity at our two JCC locations. We have an excellent sales team that works tirelessly to grow our membership every month. Fortunately, their eorts have generated great results. e BGFJCC has over 2100 Active Memberships and over 4400 Active Members. e Cohn campus continues to see a gain of approximately 10 memberships per week, with the majority of those members as part of the popular Silver Sneakers. Tampa JCC Golf Tournament e Tampa JCCs held its 6th annual golf tournament presented by United Janitorial Services at the West Chase Golf Club. A shot gun start led 52 golfers o to a wonderful day on the greens. A Bloody Mary continental breakfast and buet dinner was provided by Weinberg Village Assisted Living Catering. Our rst place tournament winners were Parker Gold, Tyrette Tebbi and Paul Edelstein with an incredible score of 55. Everyone had a wonderful JCC golf experience!11th Annual Softball Tournament More than 200 people from across T ampa Bay formed eight community soball teams to compete at our 11th annual JCCs soball tournament. With teams ranging from the Hebrew Hammers to the Beth Am Swinging Stars of David, all enjoyed a good-spirited day of play at the Ed Radice Complex. Aer a very exciting playo game, the Edwin Taylor Corporation team took home the rst-prize trophy and the JCC Team (Cohn Campus Crushers) came in second place. e Phyllis Borell Jetsetters program remains a popular monthly social event at the JCC on the Cohn Campus, and this year we added it to the Bryan Glazer Family JCC calendar as well. is year the program included a variety of musical and cultural entertainment such as the Dixie Cats New Orleans Band, Zazus Review, and Klezmer Shpiel. Several active members at the Cohn Campus have taken the initiative to organize a Program Planning Group. ey met weekly to discuss possible program ideas, and have already created a popular new program called Game Show ursdays. e group organizes and runs the activity themselves. We successfully launched the Edmond J. Safra National Parkinsons Wellness Initiative 54 people registered for tness classes and 21 for the caregiver support group. Adults and seniors in our community are active and thriving. We are thrilled to be a cornerstone for the mature adult population in the Greater Tampa area and plan to grow our programming with each coming year.
TAMPA JCCs & FEDERATION ANNUAL REPORT 2016-17 WWW.JEWISHTAMPA.COM WWW.JCCCOHNCAMPUS.COM WWW.BRYANGLAZERFAMILYJCC.COM The 21th Annual Tampa Bay Jewish Film FestivalTampa Jewish Community Centers & Federation along with Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties presented this years 21st annual Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival, which opened on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 and ran through the following week. e committee led by Stewart Donnell, Sara Scher and Loni Shelef was proud to announce that the festival was nally legal and the committee set out to accordingly toasting its 21 Years! e weeklong festival was packed with lms that truly merit celebration. is years powerhouse line-up delighted nearly 1500 moviegoers over the week with 325 VIP guests at the opening lm. e lm festival opened with the winner of the Van Leer Award for Best cinematography and best Actor in the Jerusalem Film Festival; Harmonia which was accompanied by the awardwinning short lm, Mr. Bernstein in which a daughter meets the famous music director who lied her fathers spirits in a post-war refugee camp. Opening night included a lavish hors doeuvres and cocktail reception and proceeded into the main theatre for the opening night ceremonies which included the STARR Award presentation to this years recipients, Mr. Edward Rudd and Dr. Stuart Novick. e graduating JLTI class of 2017 was also presented and honored. e venues this year covered all areas of the Tampa, Pasco and Pinellas communities. e most anticipated venue included the Bryan Glazer Family JCC which was turned into a magnicent cultural arts experience with top notch audio visual equipment and state of the art theater seating. Other venues included; Muvico Palm Harbor; Muvico Sundial 19, St. Petersburg; e Museum of Fine Arts; Largo Cultural Center and e Hillel House USF Campus.Cultural Arts Programse opening of the Bryan Glazer Family JCC provided the opportunity for enhanced cultural arts programs. In January 2017 programs including Culinary Experience, Rhythmic Drum Magic classes, Monday Movie Madness and Readers eater were developed. Each oering had a small fee and was open to the community and to members of the JCC at a discounted rate. e classes ranged in the number of participants from 10-20 guests on average with Monday Night Movie Madness hosting as many as 60 guests. In addition to the ongoing Cultural Arts classes, the Tampa JCCs and Federation also participated in partnerships producing two very well received signature events in 2016-2017. e rst event of the annual year was a collaboration between the Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival and the Holocaust Museum for an event called, Aermath. Guest speaker Jan Gross addressed the audience of 150 before the award winning 2014 lm, Aermath was shown. Q & A session followed the lm and all enjoyed a lavish dessert reception. In March, the Tampa Jewish Book Festival collaborated with the Hadassah Tampa Ameet Chapter in presenting an intriguing program with Author and guest speaker, Morris Wol. e program was focused on the book and investigation regarding riotous Christian Raoul Wallenberg. e interfaith program hosted over 200 guests and was widely well received by the community.Israel Independence Day Community FestivalApproximately 600 people attended this years annual Tampa JCCs Israel Independence Day celebration at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC. Tampas celebration theme, Experiencing Israel, showcased a multitude of experiences that included; Israeli food, a Skype session with award winning Israeli Author Gavriel Savit, and Israeli music was heard all aernoon by DJ John Wendleke. Attendees also had the opportunity to watch the Film Festival movie, On the Map, create Israeli cras, Lego Building, visit the Wailing Wall, enjoy Israeli beer and wine tasting, watch cooking demonstrations, participate in drum circles and visit the photo booth, which featured photo opportunities with the land of Israel. e community was also invited to register for a mini Triathlon A Race through Israel! Utilizing the amazing facilities oered by the BGFJCC, racers experienced Israel by running (the track) through Israels cities, enjoying Israels scenic routes while spinning and swimming the Dead Sea in the Mezrah Family Aquatic Center. Jewish Festival of Books and Conversationse Tampa Jewish Community Centers & Federation, in partnership with e David Gemunder Family Foundation, celebrated its annual Jewish Book Festival in November of 2016 with a series of community events designed to inspire and intrigue. Over 500 guests enjoyed the festival, which ran for one week. e Tampa JCCs and Federation is a member of the National Jewish Book Council, connecting our community with hundreds of Jewish authors who write on topics ranging from parenting to politics. On opening night, 100 guests enjoyed the comic relief of featured Author Kate Siegel, who wrote Mother, Can You Not? along with her mother, a popular producer of primetime TV, Kim Friedman. Other highlights from the 11th annual festival included sharing secrets and stories around the game table with Author Betsy Lerner, e Bridge Ladies. A foodie/date night featuring Ina Yalof; Food and the City Sunday brunch local author panel included Iris Pastor as the moderator, Richard Cohen; 20@60A Baby Boomers Run Across the U.S., Alyce Gross; Widow-Wise and Golda Brunhild; e Cantor Sang O-Key. e festival wrapped up with 75 guests intrigued by Author Jason Gewirtz; Israels Edgee Story of the IDFs Most Elite Unit the Talpiot followed by the well-known heart wrenching story by local celebrity writer David Kushner whos newest book, Alligator Candy, hit the best seller lists in 2016. e Jewish Book Festival also hosted a series of the popular bookdiscussion/wine-tasting Sip & Skype programs, which ran January through May 2017. is years featured authors included Martha Hall Kelly, Lilac Girls Sarit Yshai-Levi, Beauty Queen of Jerusalem, Maggie Anton, Fiy Shades of Talmud: What the First Rabbis Had to Say About You-Know-What, Susan Silverman, Casting Lots and Gavriel Savit, Anna and the Swallow Man. e 2017-2018 committee began meeting this past June to start the planning for the 2017-2018 festival, which will open on October 26, 2017.Holocaust Education SeriesIn early October, the HES program took the educational series out into the community schools. Students embarked on a most memorable in-school eld trip to learn about the Holocaust, and hear a personal Holocaust survival story from guest speaker and educator, Etta Donnell. Aer the lecture, students had an opportunity to ask questions directed to the guest speaker and were able to write notes on postcards that will be used in future programs. 485 students had the opportunity to engage in this program over the 2016-2017 school year.