By BOB FRYER Jewish PressWork to repair damage from Hurricane Irma to Chapel Hill Memorial Park cemetery in Largo is progressing faster than anticipated, and funding for the job got a recent boost when the Jewish Federations of North America approved a request for $25,000 from its national emergency fund. I said before I thought it would take six months to get Society of Pinellas County, which owns the cemetery. We The $25,000 from Jewish Federations of North AmerJewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties, which had pledged $50,000 of its own funds through allocations and a loan. Community members have also donated more than $12,000. tions, noting that he recently received a call from a temple in Tampa inquiring about making a donation. The donations will be used to repair any hurricane damage not already funded or for The Tampa Jewish Community Centers & Federation held its annual Community Leadership Awards ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 19 at the Maureen and Douglas Cohn Jewish Community Campus honoring men and women who give their time and expertise to further the mission of various Jewish agencies and create a vibrant Jewish community across Tampa and Federation. He described the honorees as the builders, Rochelle Walk was the recipient of the highly-coveted Leo Levinson Award for Leadership Excellence, which was presented by Tampa JCCs and Federation CEO Gary Gould. He said he knew immediately after meeting Walk stands what it means to be a star volunteer and continues to rise to the occasion to take on any challenge she faces in her various lay leadership capacities. Walk has a longtime law career culminating in her own practice and a history of serving her community through volunteerism, pro bono 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 VOL. 30, NO. 8 TAMPA, FLORIDA NOVEMBER 3 -16, 2017 16 PAGES www.jewishpresstampa.com Just a nosh.. Just a nosh..Complied from JTA news serviceANTI-SEMITISM continued on PAGE 14 CEMETERY continued on PAGE 6Builders, doers and mensches honored Judy Balber, winner of the Bob Jacobson Memorial Award for Excellence, with presenter Steve Specter. Rochelle Walk, recipient of the Leo Levinson Award for Leadership Excellence with Tampa JCCs and Federation President Joe Probasco.National group donates $25K for cemetery xGarden keeps Hillel students memory alive By THAIS LEON-MILLER Jewish Press All three of her favorite things were incorporated into a ceremony dedicating a garden at Hillel Academy in Tampa in memory of the 11-year-old who lost her 16-month battle with glioblastoma, a type of brain cancer, in November 2016. The germination of the idea for the garden began in February when parents Yael memory of Rachel. Since the summer, they have not stopped adding to the patch of land, which has become a de-facto memorial for their daughter. Two gazebos, a faux wishing well and two ivycovered arches now adorn the spot, erected next to where school children eat lunch and play during recess. Head of School Gordon Rode. The walkway they added themselves, the pagoda too. They worked Rachels Garden was formally dedicated last month on the Hillel Academy Amy Silverstein, a two-time heart transplant recipient, will tell her unforgettable story about survival, faith and the power of friendship tion (WOD) event. Though it is uncommon to undergo a heart transplant at 25 and another at age 51, everyone will recognize their own stories in her love, and extraordinary courage. The WOD program is sponsored by the Tampa Jewish Federation be held on Thursday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. at Congregation Rodeph ShoAmy SilversteinTransplant recipient is WOD speakerGARDEN continued on PAGE 11Ex-Tampa Bay Ray, Gabe Kapler is named Phillies manager sons and a coach for Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic, was named manager of the Philadelphia Phillies. Kapler, who played for seven teams including the Tampa Bay Rays has been the head of player development for the Los Angeles Dodgers organizaIm equal parts honored, humbled and excited by the opportunity with the Phillies, an elite franchise in a city rich in history, tradition, sports excellence and with amazingly passionate fans, Kapler said in a statement on his left leg and another that reads Never Again a reference to the Holocaust on his right leg. qualifying period and was invited to travel through Israel with the national team earlier this year. Kapler had never been to Israel before and called the visit an extraordinary life experience, adding that his trip to the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum there left him emotional for several days after. Boston Red Sox roster along with Kevin Youkilis, Craig Breslow and Adam Stern. Kapler is known for his interest in sports science and sabermetrics, the empirical analysis of baseball made famous in the book and movie Moneyball. He will become the third-youngest manager in the league after Kevin Cash, 39, of the Tampa Bay Rays and Jewish players shine in World SeriesTwo Jewish major league baseball players one on each team played pivotal roles in the World Series. Series when his RBI single drove home Derek Fisher to Los Angeles Dodgers in Game Five. Bregmans gamewinning single came with two outs and the winning run on second base. posted eye-popping numbers in the Series: 5 runs, 7 be enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame as an artifact of the Series, won by the Astros in seven games. Meanwhile in the Dodgers dugout another Jewish player made headlines in the World Series. Joc Pederson of set a new home run record for Jewish players in blasted three home runs in the Series and moved Pederson past Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg, the Detroit Classic. Pedersons stats were even better than Bregmans with 7 runs, 7 hits, 3 home runs and 5 RBIs. Greenberg still holds the mark for most runs batted in by a Jewish player in one World Series with seven. Joc Pederson Gabe Kapler HONORED continued on PAGE 9 WOD continued on PAGE 2 One of the incidents of anti-Semitic vandalism perpetrated in Florida since the While the pace of anti-Semitic quarters of this year is down from the same period in 2016, cases of anti-Semitic vandalism are up statewide by 200 percent, including three reported incidents in Pinellas County, according to an Anti Defamation League audit. Additionally, a Jewish student in Pinellas County was subjected this year to having pennies thrown at him, and was belittled with Holocaust jokes. Holocaust-themed memes were also disseminated at his school and a classmate drew a swastika and a number, similar to ADL: Florida sees big spike in anti-Semitic vandalism
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Stanley Bush Maril JacobsShirley KanasBarbara Moudy Harold PerlmanJerome SchineElaine Viders Arthur Viders 13005 Community Campus Drive Tampa, Florida 33625A wholly owned subsidiary of Tampa Jewish Community Centers and Federation, Inc.813.969.1818 | www.WeinbergVillage.comAssisted Living Facility License No. 08679On the Maureen & Douglas Cohn Jewish Community Campus he mission of Weinberg Village is to enhance the quality of life of our residents by providing quality care in a homelike environment sensitive to Jewish culture and values.Please join us at the Stephen Weinberg 8 over 80 Awards as we recognize the distinguished honorees who have dedicated their time, talent, and lives to the Jewish community WODWomen of Distinction honorees nominated by local Jewish organizations and synagogues embody the principles of tikkun olam and elevate their groups mission through dedicated leadership and commitment. This year, 20 women will be recognized. More than 300 people are expected to attend the annual event. Selected for their exceptional service to the community, the 2017 Women of Distinction are: De borah Barnes TampaBay-Job-Links; Lynn Chernin State of Israel Bonds; Denise Freedman, Congregation Kol Ami; Maxine Gourse Brandeis National Committee; Andrea Holper, Tampa Ameet Chapter of Hadassah; Sara Ingber Congregation Rodeph Sholom; Stacy Leeds Tampa Jewish Federation; Alicia LeVine Congregation Schaarai Zedek; Rachel Levy, Young Israel of Tampa; Ricki Lewis Florida Holocaust Museum; Beth Morris Jewish National Fund; Andi Parker, Weinberg Village Assisted Living Residences; Kristin Schmidt Tampa JCCs; Talia Shuman, Hillels of the Florida Suncoast; Vikki Silverman, Congregation Beth Am; Sheila Slavkin Congregation Beth Shalom; Joanne Sudman, TOP Jewish Foundation; Bonnie Wise, Tampa Jewish Family Services; Jan Wuliger, Hillel Academy of Tampa and Sandra Zians, Beth Israel of Sun City Center. The guest speaker, Amy Silverstein, was a vibrant, energetic 24-year-old student when she learned she had a failing heart. After undergoing heart transplant surgery at age 25, she experienced an extraordinary kind of medical miracle. Silversteins new heart beat strong for nearly three decades, despite a 10-year prognosis. Silverstein wrote about that experience in the 2007 memoir, Sick Girl, which was a recipient of ist for the Borders Original Voices award Elle Magazine reported that the crowning miracle is that she wrote this feisty, insightful, improbable book at all. Silverstein has cheated death to thrive in her post-transplant existence and to write about it with incredible courage, determination, selfscrutiny, and verve. That was not the end of the story though. In 2014 doctors informed her that her transplanted heart was worn out and her best shot at survival depended on moving across the country from New York to California to wait for a donor match. Silversteins friends dropped everything and followed her, in a constant rotation, to sit by her bedside until a new heart became available. Silverstein tells her life-altering experience and My Glory Was I Had Such Friends. Director and producer J.J. Abrams recently optioned the book for a limited television series. Silverstein is a graduate of NYU School of Law and practiced corporate law prior to beginning her writing career. She has served several years on the board of the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS), a federally contracted transplant network and is an active speaker on womens health issues and patient advocacy. She has written articles for articles for SELF, Prevention and Glamour magazines. Prior to Nov. 27, the cost to attend is $25 or $36 for patrons. Patrons will receive special recognition and priority seating at the event. After that date, general seating tickets will be available for $36 at the door. 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JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 3 NOVEMBER 3 16, 2017 Jill NeumanREALTOR email@example.com jillneuman.com 1208 E. Kennedy Blvd. Suite 231, Tampa, FL 33602I love what I do and youll love the results. A community-wide Hanukkah Dinner Extravaganza will take place on Sunday, Dec. 17 at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC, offering an informal and fun way for families both Jewish and nonJewish to gather and celebrate a holiday rich in tradition. The party will include a buffet dinner, tableside entertainment, menorah lighting, dreidel spinning and festive Hanukkah music. While the dinner promises to be a festive occasion, organizers dont want to forget the serious side of the holiday. This dinner will create an optradition of Hanukkah as a community, said Laura Roberts, program director of the Tampa JCCs & Federation. Today we are faced with growing anti-Semitism and an active BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanction) movement on our local college campuses. Hanukkah reminds us of the importance of keeping the Jewish faith alive. As we light the menorah, we remember that despite the challenges the Jewish people have encountered, we have and will continue to persevere. Dinner seating begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by the lighting of the menorah. Tickets are now available through Friday, Dec. 15. Cost is $36 per person for those 12 and older, $18 for children ages 5-12, $10 for toddlers ages 2 to 4 and free for those younger than 2. High chairs are available by request at the time of reservation. Tables can accommodate up to nine guests with community seating for parties less than nine. Alcohol will be available for purchase for adults. up fast. To purchase tickets, go to www.jewishtampa.com/Hanukkah. The Glazer JCC is at 522 N. Howard Ave., Tampa.Hanukkah Dinner set for Dec. 17By BEN SALES JTA news serviceGREAT NECK, NY The crowd of middle schoolers goes wild when Dina Samteh hits her high notes, jumping out of their seats in the synagogue sanctuary, cheering and clapping. Samteh, 20, is blind, so she cant see their conga line-style dancing. But she can hear and feel it. Next to her Yair Pomburg, 26, throws his entire body into beating the bongo drums, then steps forward and raps, in Hebrew, to the Israeli peace song Od Yavo Shalom Aleinu. Over the course of a 75-minute concert, the seven members of the Shalva Band play everything from the Disney hit Let It Go to Matisyahus One Day to Adeles Someone Like You. In many ways its a typical, high-energy Jewish music concert for teenagers, and the crowd is singers belt out Israeli songs, religious Jewish songs and a smattering of pop before concluding with the Israeli national anthem, Hatikvah. The band manager perches on a wooden box and drums on its side. By the middle of the set, the kids are out of their seats and But what makes the Jerusalembased Shalva Band unique is that its members are people with disabilities Pomburg, for example, has Down syndrome. Others have Williams syndrome and cerebral palsy. People said, Wow, you sing so beautifully, said Samteh, republic. It really excited me that people were coming and saying something good about me. I felt good about myself, aside from being blind. Since I began singing, I had a dream of being on stage and singing all the time and making people happy. Samteh and her bandmates appear to have met that goal. The tional tour, with more than a dozen stops at day schools and fundraisers in the United States, Canada and Mexico. After a week back in Israel, its on to the United Kingdom and Russia. The band was founded 12 years ago by Shai Ben Shushan, a drummer who had sustained a head injury in special forces combat. He had to live six months with his mouth surgically shut, after which he re-learned to speak and eat. The experience of disability led Ben Shushan to volunteer with Shalva, an Israeli organization that provides a range of services to people with disabilities, including therapy, arts programs, job training and advocacy work. At that time, its directors had noticed several kids with standout musical talent and tapped Ben Shushan to form a band. Shalva Band members range from their late teens to mid-20s; some have been practicing together since they were 6. They say they love making music but also perform just to prove they can. Every individual with or without disability has some capabilities, and its critical to focus on those if you want a person to have Kalman Samuels, a co-founder of Shalva. These band members were chosen because they showed musical ability. Ben Shushan spent a year teaching the kids music they began with basic melodies and rhythms before the band was ready to begin performing in Israel. A professional musician himself, he said directing the band comes with unique challenges: For example, it took Pomburg two years to get his ever, Ben Shushan calls him one of the best drummers I know. On the international tour, the band is traveling with a support staff of more than one person per band member, including a musical therapist who also backs up as a Ben Shushan said the key to success is sensitive time management. You want to know their abilities, but you need to know when to stop, to say its too hard, he said. It takes sensitivity to their feelings. If you see someone is having a hard time, you need to strengthen him. But the overwhelming impression of the Shalva Band while on the road is that it is a hardworking group of musicians hoping for their big break. Following a concert at the North Shore Hebrew Academy on Long Island, the band members load their instruments in the back of a van and pile in, bantering or putting on headphones and tuning out. As Ben Shushan debriefs them en route to their next gig, he sounds less like a teacher and more like a manager pushing his musicians just a little harder: He chides the lead singers for paying too little attention to rhythm. He tells the group to focus less on the crowd and more on the music. He warns them not to wear out their voices. I know it feels like Im drilling into you, he said, sighing. But youre at a level now where you can take it. Despite their commitment, for some of the band members, music is just a hobby. Pomburg, for example, works at a soap factory and waits tables at Cafe Shalva, the organizations in-house coffee shop, but said drumming is always a new and exhilarating experience. Still, others have enjoyed moments in the spotlight so much that they hope to go pro. Samteh, who ago, has performed with leading Israeli musicians and traveled abroad several times to sing. At she cant imagine doing it alone.Israeli band doesnt let disability get in the way of making music Yair Pomburg raps during a performance of the Shalva Band at North Shore Hebrew Academy on Long Island.Photo by Ben Sales
Cong. Schaarai ZedekKnighted rabbi to speak: II, Rabbi Mark Winer, Musical performance: The Kim McCormick Amy Colleens Tony Negron Agnieszka Zick Caf CSZ: Helping out at Christmas: Debbie Steinfeld Donna Wood Sisterhood mah jongg: Introduction to Judaism: Rabbi Richard Birnholz Rabbi Nathan Farb Ming Brewer Cong. Kol AmiIsraels interdenominational efforts: Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Listening to God, Yoga: Dr. Tanya Gold Brotherhood night out: The PAGE 4 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA NOVEMBER 3 16, 2017 Rabbinically Speaking Rabbinically Speaking Reform Congregation BETH AM 2 nd nd study 3rd Congregation BETH SHALOM ConservativeCongregation KOL AMI Congregation MEKOR SHALOM Orthodox 2511 W. 1 Congregation BAIS TEFILLAH Campus Jewish RenewalCongregation OR AHAVAH ConservativeCongregation BETH SHOLOM Orthodox ReformTemple AHAVAT SHALOM Temple BETH CHAI ReformTemple BETH SHALOM ConservativeTemple Website: Orthodox JEWISH CENTER Congregations Shabbat Candle Lighting Times Kol ha-olam kulo gesher tzar mod vha-ikar lo lfacheid klal Healing from Despair Making Loss Matter paralyzed 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. Gulfside Hospice and Pasco Palliative CareLiving on the bridge Rabbi Mark Winer
JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA NOVEMBER 3 16, 2017 Congregations WWW.360R EALTYT AMPA.COM813.508.2715 360 REALTY CARLYN NEUMAN Pizza and PJ Shabbat: Rabbi Howard Siegel David Berger Jewish ethics: Pirke Avot: Ethics of Our Ancestors Talmud: LChaim: Knitting time: Cong. Beth AmHebrew course: Irma Polster Israeli dancing: Cong. Rodeph SholomInterfaith service: Movie time: Autumn Sun. Beatles Shabbat: Home hospitality: Cong. Mekor ShalomBunco night: Shabbat dinner: Color and connect: The Cong. Beth Israel Sisterhood lunch and movie: Rochelle Lafer Cong. Bais Menacham ChabadPractical kabbalah: Chabad Jewish Centre at WiregrassHolocaust survivor to speak: Dr. Jacob Eisenbach, Where You Go, I Go: The Astonishing Life of Dr. Jacob Eisenbach, Holocaust Survivor and 92-year-old Full-Time Dentist. Chabad of BrandonGet plugged into Shabbat: Shaindy Jacobson Tzippy Rubashkin Cong. Beth Shalom BrandonHanukkah music: Cantor Tanya Greenblatt Former commander at MacDill to speak on Jews in military Rear Admiral Paul Becker On Oct. 8, Rabbi Levi and Chana Rivkin conducted the First Annual Succot Sukkot at UT
PAGE 6 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA NOVEMBER 3 16, 2017 Event Co-Chairs: Dori Marlin and Thomas Stanton Host Committee: Rebecca Berger, Allison Fox, Ben Gersten, Jamie Gray, Alissa Myers, Jonathan Singer Sponsored by:This event is hosted by the Tampa Jewish Federation and the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties. Proceeds from this event will benefit Tampa Jewish Family Services, a beneficiary agency that provides emergency food bags, counseling and financial services to the Tampa communitys most needy and vulnerable populations. Sunday | 9 PM 1AM Franklin Manor912 North Franklin Street, TampaFor Jewish singles and couples, ages 20s, 30s & 40sAll you can drink Tito's Handmade Vodka (while supplies last) Hors d'oeuvres generously donated by Carriage House Music by DJ Casper | Cash bar availablerwww.JewishTampa.com/VodkaLatke$36 early bird until Dec 1 | $45 in advance until Dec 22 | $54 at the door Ticket sales limited to 150. This event will sell out! Event Co-Chairs: Dori Marlin and Thomas Stanton Host Committee: Rebecca Berger, Allison Fox, Ben Gersten, Jamie Gray, Alissa Myers, Jonathan Singer This event is hosted by the Tampa Jewish Federation and the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties. Proceeds from this event will benefit Tampa Jewish Family Services, a beneficiary agency that provides emergency food bags, counseling and financial services to the Tampa communitys most needy and vulnerable populations. All you can drink Tito's Handmade Vodka (while supplies last) Hors d'oeuvres generously donated by Carriage House Music by DJ Casper | Cash bar available r www.JewishTampa.com/VodkaLatke $36 early bird until Dec 1 | $45 in advance until Dec 22 | $54 at the door Ticket sales limited to 150. This event will sell out! Host Committee: Rebecca Berger, Allison Fox, Ben Gersten, Jamie Gray, Alissa Myers, Jonathan Singer CEMETERYother capital improvements, he said. The latest estimate of costs to restore the cemetery to its condition before the hurricane is $93,000 but Negretti said until drainage system not be determined. As they make repairs, they may he said. The hurricane overturned huge trees and about 20 medium sized ones and as the trees toppled, some uprooted drainage and ir rigation lines and left large holes including a casket being uprooted Though the sod and landscaping the drainage system, he said the fallen trees have been removed, drainage system. Even though the cemetery remained open for burial services, ing those services, the cemetery due to fears that unescorted visitors might fall into holes or get hurt tripsaid the cemetery is still not ready said. against hate during a program at Eckerd College on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. The speech, by Frank Meeink, author of Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead, is part of the Florida Holobeen scheduled earlier but postponed due to Hurricane Irma. The Reich country as a skinhead leader and Neobeat people indiscriminately. At age kidnapping and beating a member of a rival skinhead gang. he used to think he hated men of different races. After being released from founder of Harmony Through Hockey, diversity, and mutual understanding in racial, political, and all other aspects of society. His speech is free and open to the Holocaust Museum at (727) 820-0100, initiative of the museum. Its goal is current genocide in Darfur and past genocides including the Holocaust, violations.Ex-skinhead to deliver message of tolerance an evening to honor her for her service. Rabbi Torop has been a valuable, beloved committee. She has initiated many innovative family learning for our religious school and deepConference of American Rabbis. The CCAR is the largest rabbinic organization in North America representing 2,000 Reform rabbis. She is married Congregants are planning to honor Rabbi Torop celebrate Hanukkah at Shabbat service on Friday, Dec. 16, Rabbi Torop more activities for children, youths, and adults. All cbs-admin@ hotmail.com by Dec. 10. during its annual Hanukkah party. Contributions in on Saturday evening, Dec. 16. In a permanent be adding a rock in her honor under its Tree of Life. The congregation is assembling a special Rabbi Betsy Torop to leave Brandons Beth Shalom after 14 years
JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 7 NOVEMBER 3 16, 2017 GIFT SHOP at theMarion and Bernard L. Samson Nursing Center 255 59th Street North, St. P etersburg, F L 33710Do your holiday shopping and support the Menorah Manor Guild, which enriches the lives of Menorah Manors residents through service, special projects and the funding of special equipment and programs. All proceeds from Wednesday November 15th9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Wednesday Menorah Manor Gift ShopHoliday Sale! programs. All proceeds from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Holiday Sale! Do your holiday shopping and support the Menorah Manor Guild, which enriches the lives of Menorah Manors residents through service, special projects and the funding of special equipment and Holiday Sale! projects and the funding 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Holiday Sale! 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 (JTA) More than one million people in 97 countries around the world participated in the 5th annual Shabbat Project. Some 1,416 cities around the world, up from 1,152 cities last year, held activities surrounding the 25 hours of Shabbat on Oct. 27 and Oct. 28. Some 586 of the participating cities were located in the United States. Another more than 300 cities and small communities throughout Israel participated in the Shabbat Project. Meanwhile, countries such as Mozambique, Cyprus, Paraguay and Ventime The response from around the world has been overwhelming and heart-warming, and shows the remarkable depth and reach of The Shabbat Project, said South African Chief Rabbi Dr. Warren Goldstein, the founder and director of The Shabbat Project. Such a visceral reaction demonstrates that the ideas of Jewish unity and Shabbat are compelling to Jews from all walks of life, he said. Each year, more and more Jews are coming together across every conceivable divide language, culture, ethnicity, geography, and observance to enjoy the simple, yet profound gifts of Shabbat. Events included: 1,000 Israelis eating dinner in a shipping hanger in Tel Aviv; a tour group of 30 people from around the world deciding to keep a full Shabbat together in Marrakesh, Morocco; 3,000 at an open-air musical Kabbalat Shabbat overlooking Australias Sydney Harbour Bridge; an interfaith unity bake bringing together Muslim and Jewish children at a local preschool in nearby Woolahra, a Sydney suburb; the lone Jew serving in an army regiment in Abuja, Nigeria who kept Shabbat with the rest of the Jewish world; 750 people at a free block-party Shabbat luncheon served in a parking lot in Toco Hills, GA; and two South African expats keeping Shabbat together in Amman, Jordan. Other events featured hundreds of Jewish teenagers brought together by the EnerJew youth movement to celebrate Shabbat in 40 cities in the Former Soviet Union; the Dark Tisches Friday night meditative gatherings held in total darkness in venues across Johannesburg and Cape Town; and a binational challah bake which brought together the communities of Tijuana, Mexico and South County, SD. Hundreds of communities also hosted challah bakes in the days leading up to the Shabbat, attracting dozens to hundreds of participants. Just one associated event was listed for the Tampa Bay area, a Shabbat dinner at USF Chabad on Campus. To coordinate the global initiative, a centralized team worked with around 8,000 volunteer partners worldwide. At the Shabbat Project headquarters in Johannesburg, a team of designers, copywriters and campaign strategists worked to custom-design marketing and educational materials for hundreds of cities. Eight separate help desks at the international calls and emails in 10 different languages. A Facebook campaign reached some 5.2 million people worldwide, according to the project.Women and girls participate in a challah bake in Costa Rica as part of the worldwide Shabbat Project 2017. Shabbat Project reaches more than 1 million people in 97 countries
PAGE 8 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA NOVEMBER 3 16, 2017 (JTA) In a departure from Israels policy of minimal intervention in Syrias civil war, the Israeli army said it would help defend a Druze village in Syria where Sunni militants killed nine people. The Israel Defense Forces will prevent the village of Khadr, near its northern border, from being run over by the militants out of a commitment to the Druze population, the IDF said in a highly unusual statement of allegiance to a group that is seen as loyal to Syrias contested president, Bashar Assad. The statement follows an explosion inside the village Nov. 3 in which nine were killed and 23 were wounded, according to reports from Syria. Later in the day, an Israeli living in the Israeli Druze town of Majdl Shams was lightly wounded by a bullet shot from inside the Syr ian territory into Israel. Hundreds of Druze from the Golan in Israel protested the violence in Khadr; a few dozen attempted to cross the border illegally to reach the village. Israel has refrained from any major intervention in the war that was not deemed to have shortor medium-term implications for Israel. how the Druze are valued inside Israel as brethren by many Jews because thousands of them enlist in the IDF with the blessing of their communal leaders. Several Druze soldiers have reached the upper echelon of the army. However, in Lebanon and Syria, the Druze minority is widely per ceived as allied not only with the Alawite group of Assad, but also with the Shiite Hezbollah terrorist struction. The Druze follow a monothe istic religion that is related to but distinct from Islam. Unlike other Druze populations in Israel who serve in the Israeli military, the Golan population of some 20,000 has been careful not to align itself publicly with the Jewish state, which annexed the Golan in 1981. Some Druze residents of the Golan, an area that Israel captured from Syria in 1967, have taken Israeli citizenship in recent years after decades of spurning it in protest of what their leaders called occupation. Hundreds of Golan Druze have applied for citizenship after decades in which only 1,700 took the step. Following the incident in Khadr, hundreds of Golan Druze were allowed to march to the border to demonstrate their solidarity with the villages residents. The area is a closed military zone, but security forces did not block the march, the news site Walla reported. Several dozens of them cut the border fence and crossed over in a bid to reach Khadr and defend it before they were apprehended and brought back by Israeli troops.Israeli army vows to defend nearby Druze village in Syria after 9 die in attack
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PAGE 10 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA NOVEMBER 3 16, 2017 [ ] 5 time winner of The BEST OF NORTH T AMPA JohnErbs.comFREE SECOND OPINION Serving Tampa since 1971with any authorized estimate from a Do not waste your money John will match it or do better.1 mile north of Bearss Ave./Ehrlich Rd. $20 OFFfor one service in 2017 with this ad Local and one way moves. A Important Terms and Conditions: Advertised price 2-Year Commitment: Options By JAMIE SHAPIRO Special to the Jewish PressIn the three years that I have been a student at the University of Florida I have seen and become a part of the large and extremely accepting Jewish community on campus. With a whopping 6,500 Jewish under graduate students making up almost 20 percent of the undergraduate population, I had never once felt like the Jewish community was unwelcome or disliked. This dynamic began to change on Aug. 12, the day the student body received an alarming email from University President Kent Fuchs. The email, titled Potential Speaker on Campus, was the beginning of a period of uncertainty and fear for many of my fellow Jewish students. Over the next few months, we received an abundance of emails from Fuchs and Campus unity drowns out hate speech by white supremecist at University of Floridathey unsuccessfully tried to prevent white supremacist Richard Spencer and his followers from coming to the city we called home and we realized, with resignation, that there was little the university could do for us. and the amendment that allows us to speak freely was used as ammunition against us. The day was fast approaching, Oct. 19. We were informed wed be required to show student ID cards to gain entry to certain buildings on campus. We were asked to stay away from the event. We learned that certain parts of campus that we went to on a daily basis would be shut down. We were told the university did everything it could to stop the event, and that much I believed. At no point during this entire ordeal did it feel like the University of Florida didnt care about its Jewish students. It went to great lengths to keep its students safe and remind us all that hate speech was not acceptable. In anticipation of demonstrations, police from across the state appeared on campus. Members of the Highway Patrol traveled around in large groups and some were stationed on the campus free speech zone, Turlington Plaza. Oct. 18, the day before Spencer was set to speak, was the day everything set in. Seeing the extra security measures in person, having to dig out our student IDs just to go study in one of the campus libraries, it suddenly became very real and very alarming. As a Jewish student at the University of Florida, I had never felt afraid or even remotely discriminated against, not until the week of Oct. 19. We were prepared for the worst, but we hoped for the best. The speech came and went, Spencer was shut down by a group of protestors who were inside the Phillips Center, shouting Orange and Blue between one another and chanting Its great to be a Florida Gator over his speech. In the days leading up, students, Jewish and non-Jews, were spreading messages of unity and acceptance across campus. Students stood up to Spencer supporters and made it clear that their hate had no place on our campus. The University of Florida and its students showed the world that there was no room for discrimination or hate in Gainesville. On Oct. 19, it was truly great to be a Florida Gator. Jamie Shapiro of Pinellas County served as a 2017 Jewish Press summer intern. A journalism major, she plays piccolo in the Gator Marching Band. The Tampa Jewish Federation and Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties will jointly host the annual Vodka Latke, a popular annual event for Jewish singles and couples in their 20s, 30s and 40s, on Sunday, Dec. 24 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Franklin Manor in downtown Tampa. Franklin Manor, a co-sponsor of the event, offers handcrafted cocktails, a premium beer selection and live music. It is located at 912 N. Franklin St. The event, traditionally known as the Vodka Latke in the Tampa Bay area, is also known as the Matzoh Ball in other cities around the United States. Tickets will go on sale in mid-November at jewishtampa.com/VodkaLatke. Early bird tickets can be purchased for $36 until Dec. 1 and are $45 thereafter until Dec. 22. The price at the door is $54. Free vodka drinks will be provided by Titos Handmade Vodka (while supplies last) and hors doeuvres will be served, compliments of Carriage House. Additional food and drinks will be available for purchase throughout the evening. Thomas Stanton and Dori Marlin are this years Vodka Latke chairs and have a host committee which includes Rebecca Berger, Allison Fox, Jamie Gray, Ben Gerstein, Alissa Myers, and Jonathan Singer. Proceeds from the Vodka Latke support the Jewish federations and Tampa Jewish Family essential services such as emergency food The Vodka Latke is a program of IMPACT, a community of young adults, ages 20s, 30s and 40s, who share a commitment and passion for tikkun olam (repairing the world) and building a strong Jewish community with the Tampa Jewish Federation, and the Young Adult Division of the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties, connecting young adults to a broad range of educational, social, philanthropic and leadership activities. Other event sponsors include Jonathan Singer and Erin and Milton Carp. For more information, contact Lisa Robbins, director of Young Adult Engagement for the Tampa JCCs & Federation, at (813) 769-4723 or lisa.robbins@jewishtampa. com.Downtown Tampa will be scene of Vodka LatkeA Hanukkah luncheon honoring Holocaust survivors from Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco counties will be held on Thursday, Dec. 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 Fifth St. S., St. Petersburg. Musical entertainment will be provided by Boris N Sax. The catered luncheon is for Holocaust survivors and spouses. It is co-sponsored by Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services and the Florida Holocaust Museum. Gulf Coast supports Holocaust survivors in a variety of ways, including in home care, cleaning services, transportation, assistance, and social events. Funding for the luncheon n is provided by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Department of Financial Services and private donations. Those who would like to attend should RSVP by Dec. 8 to Ashley Hiscock at (727) 479-1811 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Transportation may be arranged if needed.Hanukkah lunch for Holocaust survivors Dec. 14
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JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 13 NOVEMBER 3 16, 2017 Organizations Bar Mitzvah HadassahGuest speaker: Holocaust survivor Jackie Albin will speak of her ordeals as a child in France during World War II at the next meeting of the North Pinellas Chapter of Hadassah on Monday, Nov. 13 at 11:30 a.m. at Temple Ahavat Shalom, 1575 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor. Albin, a local resident who for many years was a docent at the Florida Holocaust Museum and has often spoken at local schools, will tell of how she was told as a child never to tell anyone she was a Jew. Her nonJewish neighbors put their lives at risk to hide her and her family. Albins father was in the French Resistance and sometimes received intelligence of roundups by Ger mans and was able to take steps to hide the family at such times. There will be an opportunity for chapter members to share their own stories. Bring lunch. Coffee, tea, and dessert will be provided. For more information, contact Betty Slavney at (727) 446-5895 or Janice Caine at (727) 7263735.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. Yiddish nostalgia: Join Ruth Weston and other Yiddish enthusiasts on Thursday, Nov. 30 from 12:45-1:45 p.m. at the Cohn campus to share favorite expressions and reminisce. Stay balanced: Â A program to help seniors develop strategies to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels will be 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 prorating options available. Mah jongg: Folks can play at both JCCs. At the Cohn campus, there will be sessions every Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30 3:30 p.m. At the Glazer JCC, drop-in sessions are offered on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 3:30 p.m. This is free for members and $5 for non-members. Novices and experienced players are welcome. Â 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 exploration of Miles Davis career. over, but the remaining session is from 7-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 14. The topic is Miles Davis Goes Electric. Cost per session is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Biblical literature: This course, which meets at the Cohn campus every other Wednesday from 1:30 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 meeting is on Nov. 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. Â The JetSetters group also meets on the fourth Thursday of every month at the Cohn campus at 11 a.m., but due to Thanksgiving, will meet instead on Nov. 30. The lunch is free for members. Reser vations are required. Rabbi Levi Rivkin will give a presentation of melodies, stories and songs from ancient and modern times. 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 business of Congress on Nov 14, states and grassroots engagement on Nov. 21 and NAFTA on Nov. 28. Â The group at the Cohn campus, meets the second and fourth Friday from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The group will talk about states and grass-roots citizen engagement on Nov. 24. There is no charge to attend. Â 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 now through Dec. 15. Beginners are from noon to 1:30 p.m. and advanced players are from 1 2:30 p.m. The cost for classes is $50 for members and $60 for non-mem bers.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 librarys genealogical holdings, with an emphasis on its 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 Volunteers 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 genealog ical resources. Â Young AdultsBaking class: Â On Sunday, Nov. 19, from 4:30-6:30 p.m., chefs from Petit Piquant, 1704 N. Howard Ave., Tampa, will conduct a lesson in how to make babka, an rolled coffee cake pastry. Wine, coffee, tea and hors doeuvres will be served throughout the after noon. The event is sponsored by #Gather a new social group for young adults ages 20s, 30s and 40s sponsored by the JCCs in Tampa. Cost: $25 for JCC members; $30 for guests. Space is limited to 20 people. For more information or to RSVP, contact: Lisa Robbins director of Young Adult Engagement for the Tampa JCCs & Federation, email@example.com or (813) 769-4723.Job-LinksCareer counseling: Free motivational Monday Morning Links sessions are held from 9:30 11 a.m. at the Jack Roth Center for Career Development at TampaBay-Job-Links, 4100 W. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 206, Tampa. On Nov. 13, the topic is How to Ace a Phone, Skype, or Online Interview. On Nov. 20, the topic is The Power of Resilience, and on Nov. 27, the topic is Keys to Job Search Success At Every Age. Monday Morning Links is supported by the Vinik Family Foundation. There are also Success workshops on select Thursdays to aid with job-search skills. On Nov. 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., the workshop topic will be How to Write Effective Cover Letters, Thank-you Notes, and Targeted Email and on Nov. 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the topic is Is Your Network Working For You? The workshop is free for Â TampaBay Job-Links Â full program participants and $15 for guests. Reservations required for all programs. To RSVP, call (813) 344-0200, email Â RSVP@TBJL.org, or visit www.TBJL.or g.Support groupsAlzheimers caregiver group: Menorah Manor offers a support group meeting in the Samson Nursing Center at Menorah Manor, 255 59th St. N., St. Petersburg, from 3:30-5 p.m. Â For more information, call Gwen Kaldenberg at (727) 3023750. Albert Richard Tawil-Brown, son of Lisa Tawil and Rick Brown of Tampa, will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, Nov. 4 at Congregation Rodeph Sholom in Tampa. Albert is a seventh-grade honor roll student at Tampa Preparatory School. Active in sports, he is on the varsity cross country team, qualifying for state in cross country this year. He also is on the junior varsity track and wrestling teams, winning the wrestling championship last year. Albert enjoys singing and playing the saxophone and won the department music award in the all-state music competition. He is also active in the Boy Scouts and is the patrol leader for his Boy Scout Troop #22. For his mitzvah project, Albert col lected supplies and donations for the Hillsbor ough County Humane Society. Rick Brown and Lisa Tawil will host a celebration at the Tampa Airport Marriott on Saturday evening, Nov. 4. Special guests will include grandparents Judy and Albert Tawil along with family and friends from Florida, New York, California, North Carolina and Georgia.Albert Richard Tawil-Brown By CURT SCHLEIER JTA news service(JTA) Turns out you dont actually have to be a guest on Henry Louis Gates PBS show Finding Your Roots roots. Gili Rozenfeld, 29, a video editor who lives in Tel Aviv, caught a glimpse of the episode on Israeli TV showing actress Scarlett Johansson tearing up when she learns of ancestors who died in the Warsaw Ghetto. Rozenfeld was shocked when she recognized the names of Johanssons relatives, particularly Zlata Szlamberg, who was 15 at the time she died, and Mandil Szlam berg, who was 17. They were her siblings of her grandmother Sara. Rozenfeld immediately dialed her mom, Dina, in California and her big sister, Michal, in New Jer sey and told them to watch the episode. They did. And like Johansson, they welled up, but not because they discovered a relative who was a big Hollywood star. We were overwhelmed that we had any relatives at all, Michal Rozenfeld told JTA. On the phone Michal, 42, a designer of childrens clothing who lives in Hoboken, said there was no doubt that the Szlambergs that Johansson read about on screen were her ancestors, too. There arent many Szlam bergs near Warsaw, Michal said. Michal and her family grew up hearing stories and names from their grandmother. She told the entire family how she missed everybody and would like to have had family for the holidays, Michal said. We knew Jewish family learns they are related to Scarlett Johansson by watching PBS showthat they [Zlata and Mandil] existed. We knew that they died in the ghetto. However, We didnt know [for sure] that there was any other family, she added. We vaguely knew there was a great-grand-uncle who moved to the United States, but we didnt have anymore information. Even before this unexpected brush with fame, the family had an interesting history. Grandma Sara Szlamberg Klopot was the second youngest of 10 siblings in Grojec, Poland. She was in love but and it wasnt her turn to get married. So at age 16 or 17 Michal isnt certain she was sent to Palestine to stay with her sister, Miriam. The move ended the romance Klopots true love died in the war but ultimately saved her life. She married Michals grandfather, a merchant. The family lived in the Sinai, but was forced to give up its melon farm when Israel signed the peace accord with Egypt. They moved to the Dominican Republic, operating a large farm there, but returned to Israel when it was time for their children to serve in the army. The extended family is now divided between the United States and Israel and, apparently, Hollywood. Its been an emotional few days. We couldnt sleep. We were all very happy. I dont know if it gave us closure, Michal said, but cover that there were more of us that we thought. Though their great-grandfathers were brothers, Michal and her family have no plans to contact their A-list cousin. We dont want to impose, she said.
in front of his Chabad center. Alerted by Rabbi Hodakov, two nearby synagogues Temple Bnai Israel and Congregation Beth Shalom We are seeing a disturbing escalation, where anti-Semitic rhetoric and expressions have progressed into acts of vandalism, as highlighted in the audits reminder that we must be vigilant in educating and speaking out in the face of hate, said Sheri Zvi, ADL Florida regional director. Â Nationa lly, anti-Semitic incidents rose to 1,299 a 67 percent increase from the same time period in 2016. In addition to the sigthe year, there was also a notable increase after the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, VA., in August. From January through Sept. 30, according to ADL, there were: Â including 162 bomb threats against Jewish institutions; Â tutions; Â Florida continues to be in the top states reporting incidents of antiSemitism, with New York, Califor nia, and Massachusetts reporting higher incidents. The annual ADL Audit comprises criminal and non-criminal incidents reported enforcement, including incidents of vandalism, assault, and harassment targeting Jewish individuals and institutions. Â The Florida counties with the highest number of reported inci dents were Miami-Dade with 17, Palm Beach with 16, and Orange with 9. In addition to the cases of vandalism in Clearwater, similar incidents involving swastikas and Holocaustrelated imagery were reported in Escambia County in the Florida panhandle, in Daytona Beach, and in Palm Beach County. The ADL Audit recorded harassment in Florida in the Â Incidents included verbal attacks and slurs against Jewish individu als (or individuals perceived to be Jewish); anti-Semitism conveyed in written or electronic communications, including anti-Semitic cyberbullying; and anti-Semitic speeches, picketing or events. Of particular note was the prevalence of the use of the swastika symbol ment cases. Florida Jewish institutions received 21 bomb threats this year. As the arrests that have been made in these bomb threats reveal, many anti-Semitic incidents were not car ried out by organized extremists. Sadly, a young Israeli was arrested in the case of numerous bomb threats in Florida and other states. In addition to the harassment of the Pinellas County student, other incidents include: Valentines Day, a student disseminated Valentines Day cards with the phrase Would Jew Be Mein? and an image of Adolf Hitler. Â was given an online review as a Jew-run business. Â received an online check-in on a social media application with a one-word comment Jihat. After a thorough investigation, it was determined that the offender was overseas and not a security threat. Two anti-Semitic assaults occurred in Florida in 2017, up from a single assault in the previous year. One of those happened when a man from Jupiter, claiming to be Ger man royalty, pushed a woman and made anti-Semitic remarks, including, You Jews and blacks should just get over Hitler.PAGE 14 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA NOVEMBER 3 16, 2017 ANTI-SEMITICthose which were tattooed by Nazis on concentration camp prisoners, on the students arm. The audit also includes reports of bomb threats to both Tampa Jewish Community Center preschools. All that and more is included in the Anti-Defamation Leagues (ADL) annual Audit of AntiSemitic Incidents released Nov. 1. The audit shows somewhat encouraging news that there were harassments down. But those statistics are offset by the spike in anti-Semitic vandalism cases that includes three congregations in Clearwater, all within a mile of each other, that were targeted with on the same day, Jan. 12. Rabbi Levi Hodakov of Chabad of Clearwater discovered swastikas and the white supremacist numeric WASHINGTON (JTA) A U.S. House of Representatives committee advanced a bill that would enhance penalties for threats on religious institutions, sparked by a wave of threats on Jewish community centers and other Jewish institutions earlier this year. law prohibits threats toward religious institutions, and that the protection extends beyond places of worship, to places such as religiously-affiliated community centers, said Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-VA, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, after the committee advanced the Protecting Act of 2017 bill to the full House. sures that federal law will prohibit threats to property such as bomb threats, provided the threat is so serious that it obstructs an individ uals ability to exercise their right to practice their religion, Goodlatte said in his statement. Among other measures, the bill and an identical one under consideration in the Senate adds the word threatens to existing laws that criminalize attacks and attempted attacks on religious institutions. Originally dubbed the Combat ing Anti-Semitism Act of 2017 when it was introduced in March, its sponsors, Reps. David Kustoff, R-TN, and Derek Kilmer, D-WA, were reacting to bomb threats that shut down JCCs across America. Most of the 162 bomb threats are suspected of coming from an American-Israeli Jewish man living in Ashdod, Israel, who was arrested in March. In addition to Israeli charges, the suspect faces federal charges in the United States. We must stand united against acts of hate and protect the rights of all Americans to worship freely and without fear, Kustoff, who is Jewish and a former U.S. attorney, said in a statement. The Anti-Defamation League praised the bills advancement. This important legislation will help ensure the First Amendment ideal that every American should be able to practice their religious beliefs freely and safely, its chair man, Marvin Nathan, said in a statement. The Senate bill is sponsored by Sens. Orrin Hatch, R-UT, and Dianne Feinstein, D-CA.House advances bill sparked by JCC threats
return the favor. He called around and found another half-dozen Yazidis ready to deploy. I went with a truck, I put our logo on it, Yazda, he said, referring to the Yazidi advocacy group he heads. The team wore the IsraAID t-shirts. I met with Yotam in Greece, where the Israeli organization was assisting Yazidis. He was doing a great job. Elias has since visited Israel to lobby the Knesset to recognize the massacres of Yazidis as a genocide, and has toured Yad Vashem, its Holocaust memorial. often a disaster areas Jewish then moves onto other communities. Elias and his team remained in Houston, assisting in debrisclearing and demolition, while the IsraAID team continued to Beaumont, TX, where it remains. Connecting with Diaspora Jewish communities has become a central part of the IsraAID ethos, Polizer said, noting a program it now runs that deploys young American Jewish volunteers to assist in disaster areas. This year, there were 120 applicants for 14 fellowships. Weve seen a lot of people change their perspective, even here in the United States. For younger Jewish people asking questions about their identity, we see this work really resonates, he said. We get large numbers of volunteers from the Jewish community when IsraAID comes into a disaster zone, he said. The fellowships are funded by the San Francisco Koret Foundation, which also is funding Isseed money that allows IsraAID to deploy teams quickly while raising money elsewhere for the longer term. (IsraAIDs $9 million annual budget comes from foundations and private donors. Unusual for an Israeli group, 30 percent comes from the United Nations.) In Santa Rosa, 30 Jewish families were evacuated and one community member died as a result the professionals IsraAID keeps on tab, Niveen Rizkalla, a social worker who is in a post-doctoral program at the University of California-Berkeley. are overwhelmed, you just want to listen and be there for them, said Rizkalla, a Palestinian citizen of Israel originally from Ramle. People who saw me on day the third day the consistency of me being there helped them feel safe. In subsequent weeks, the strategy was to preoccupy the families, who may need to talk less and act more as a means of processing the trauma, she said. Additionally, the evacuation center set up at the Congregation Shomrei Torah Reform synagogue in the town served as a care center for children while parents traversed the bureaucratic slog of seeking insurance information. Rizkalla said it was a skill that came naturally to someone steeped in the tensions of the region. In Haifa, she had directed the citys crisis center, working with survivors of sexual violence, and before that she was a facilitator at Neve Shalom, the Jewish-Arab village in Israel that promotes dialogue. I was facilitating groups of Palestinian and Jewish Israelis, and sometimes Germans were added ling. I developed tolerance and understanding of what is involved By RON KAMPEAS JTA news serviceWASHINGTON For 17 years, the Israeli NGO (non-governmental organization) IsraAID has been performing search and rescue, purifying water, providing emergency medical assistance and walking victims of trauma back to psychological health in dozens of disaster-hit countries. But no season has been busier than this past summer and fall, its co-CEO Yotam Polizer said in an interview and nowhere more than in the United States. The last few months have been unbelievable, he said, listing a succession of disasters that occupied local staff and volunteers since August: Hurricane Harvey in Texas, Hurricane Irma in Florida, Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico California. Polizer recalls that he was wrapping up a visit to IsraAIDs new American headquarters in Palo Alto on Oct. 8 and was on his way erations after a devastating earthquake there when he got word of a U-turn, he said in an interview at the Israeli embassy in Washington. Polizer spoke with the exhilaration of an executive whose team has come through a daunting challenge. Were the people who stay past the aid festival, he said, grinning, describing the month after a disaster when media attention and donations are at their highest; both tend to disappear after that period. He anticipated his teams would stay in Houston for another three months and in Puerto Rico for another year. An IsraAID team remains in Haiti eight years after a devastating earthquake hit that country. The assistance IsraAID administered in the United States over the last two months is emblematic of the added Israeli value it brings to disaster relief across the globe: Beaumont, TX, its team supervised and participated in cleaning debris and strategic house demolition, a skill derived from the cleanup Israeli authorities administer after wartime attacks on Israeli communities; ministered emergency medical care honed in post-attack scenarios, as well as training in water where fresh water is scarce; worker with the team led posttrauma care a hard-won specialty in Israel for families who lost There are other, less tangible skills, associated with the Israeli experience that Polizer described. For example, Israels diverse immigrant base offers language skills: Polizer was able to immediately deploy Spanish speakers to Puerto Rico. He boasts of an Israeli propensity to cut through bureaucracy when needed the Israeli manner, he calls it. Almost as soon as Houston was hit, the Israeli embassy in Washington was organizing truckloads of relief for the area. IsraAID volunteers often act as coordinators, a skill cultivated in a country where teenagers are thrust into leadership positions in the army. The biggest challenge is how you coordinate and communicate, how you identify what are the gaps in the response, Polizer said. One of IsraAIDs U.S. partners is Team Rubicon, an organization of military vets that deploys to disasters. In Houston, the RubiconIsraAID proportion was typical of the relationship, he said: The Americans deployed about 2,000 volunteers, while there were seven Israelis. IsraAID relies on a bank of 1,400 volunteers and 270 staff it Polizer to his own surprise ended up tapping another nonIsraeli team of volunteers in Houston: members of the Yazidi religious minority in Iraq who had sought refuge from deadly persecution at home. hearing Harvey hit was to Haider Elias, a Yazidi leader who had worked with IsraAID in advocating for greater assistance for Yaby the Islamic State. IsraAID had administered post-trauma counseling to Yazidi refugees. Polizer called only because he wanted to know his Houston-based friend was okay. 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Since 1985Photos courtesy of IsraAIDIsraAID brings Israeli relief skills to the American season of disasters Niveen Rizkalla working with IsraAID in Santa Rosa, Calif., Haider Elias, center, of the Yazda group, working with IsraAID in Houston after Hurricane Harvey.
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