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. 9 TAMPA, FLORIDA NOVEMBER 17 30, 2017 16 PAGES www.jewishpresstampa.com Just a nosh.. Just a nosh..Complied from JTA news serviceBy BOB FRYER Jewish PressWhen Eric Lynn met President Barack Obama in the White House in September 2010 to seek funding the Israels Iron Dome defensive missile system, he recalled a time two years earlier when he stood with Obama, then a U.S. senator running for president, in Sderot, Israel. Lynn, a native of St. Petersburg and currently a board member of the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties, worked for candidate Obama as a Middle East policy advisor. He and Dan Shapiro, also a Middle East policy advisor and fundraiser for Obama, had put together a trip to Israel for Obama in July 2008. While there, they visited the southern town of Sderot, located less than 9 miles from the Gaza strip. The locals had gathered many from Gaza and stacked them next to the local police station. With the pile of rockets as backdrop, ...I can assure you that if I dont even care if I was a politician if somebody was sending rockets into my house where my two daughters sleep at night, Im going to do everything in my power to stop that. And I would expect Israelis to do the same thing.Photo by David Buimovitch/Flash90BIBLE MUSEUM continued on PAGE 10 Local mans dogged support for Iron Dome helps save lives of Israelis and PalestiniansAn Iron Dome missle defense battery shown in 2014 near the southern Israeli town of Ashdod. A blockbuster exhibit, Operation Finale: The Capture & Trial of Adolf Eichmann will open at the Florida Holocaust Museum Feb. 10 and its curator, career Mossad agent Avner Avraham, will be the keynote speaker for the museums annual To Life gala the same day. in the United States to fully document the pursuit, capture, extradition, and trial of one the most notorious escaped Nazi war criminals. The St. Petersburg museum will be just the fourth stop for the exhibit in the U.S. After its original exhibition in Israel, it was adapted for the American audience with showings in Cleveland, Skokie, IL and New York City. Fifty-six years ago, Eichmann, who had been in charge of transporting millions of European Jews to death camps, sat in a courtroom for a trial that would be among Mega exhibit on capture, trial of Adolf Eichmann opens in FebruaryIron Dome was a key topic when Israeli Minister of Defense Ehud Barak, right, met with US Secretary of Defense Bob Gates, left, at the Pentagon in summer 2010. St. Petersburg native Eric Lynn, seated at the head of the table, served as special advisor on the staunch proponent of the Iron Dome system. PARTY continued on PAGE 5 MEGA EXHIBIT continued on PAGE 16 IRON DOME continued on PAGE 15 A portion of the traveling exhibit, Operation Finale: The Capture & Trial of Adolph Eichmann and, its curator, Avner Avraham, a career Mossad agent who will be the guest speaker at the annual Florida Holocaust Museum To Life gala. By RON KAMPEAS JTA news serviceWASHINGTON As the Burning Bush crackles, God is heard. Mow-zes, God says in the mysterious mid-Atlantic accent that Hollywood once trained its actors to use the one Anne Baxter as Nefertiti used to summon Charlton Hestons Moses in the 1956 blockbuster The Ten Commandments. Mow-zes, Mowzes. That epic, earnest and seemcommon with the Museum of the Bible, the $500 million extravaganza gifted to the National Mall by one of Americas leading evangelical families, the founders of the Hobby Lobby chain. The museum celebrates Jews and Judaism as the noble, beloved and even feared antecedents to Christianity, and argues that its best modern expression is in the State of Israel. And it makes the case that the Bible is not merely to be studied but to be believed. Speaking at the dedication Friday, Nov. 17, Steven Green, the president of Hobby Lobby and the Judaism is star at new D.C. Bible museum Hanukkah menorahs and for space at the Museum of the Bibles gift shop. The museum was a gift to the National Mall by Hobby Lobby.1-year birthday party planned for Glazer JCCAfter extensive renovations of the longdormant historic Fort Homer Hesterly Armory in Tampa, the transformed facility opened on Dec. 8, 2016 as the Bryan Glazer Family JCC. Now, it is time for a one-year birthday celebration. The public is invited to join in festivities that will go on from 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Glazer JCC on Friday, Dec. 8. This will cluding a birthday cake lighting at 10 a.m. Activities will include speed, agility and power drills for young athletes, class giveaways at the City of Tampa Roberta M. Golding Visual Arts Center, treats at the J Caf, GroupEx sample classes, youth volleyball and basketball games, free swimming, tug-of-war competition and arts and crafts. The Glazer JCC is located at 522 N. Howard Ave. in Tampa. Go to www. BryanGlazerFamilyJCC.com/celebration for more information and a complete schedule of events. The armory opened on Dec. 8, 1941, the day after Pearl Harbor was attacked, and for years was a venue for everything from speeches by Martin Luther King Jr. and President John F. Kennedy to professional wrestling matches and concerts by Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, James Brown and The Doors. The armory sat vacant from 2004 until 2016.Jewish familys adopted son accused of scrawling Hitler slur on preschool A Florida teenager who was adopted by a Jewish family is accused of trashing a Jewish preschool and scrawling a statement mentioning Hitler. Michael Dami, 19, is accused of breaking in the Naples Preschool of the Arts, part of the Chabad Jewish Center, last month, causing thousands of dollars worth of damage and writing with a red lipstick on a wall inside: ! YOU JEWS NEVER! LEARN!! HEIL HITLER! CNBC2 reported. Police said he was caught on surveillance video. guisher to start smashing televisions and bookshelves and other equipment, according to Lt. Seth Finman of the Naples Police Department. Dami struggles with drugs and mental health, his adopted father said. Damis charges because the incident could potentially be treated as a hate crime.Kuwait Airways can ban Israeli passengers, German court rulesKuwait Airways may bar Israeli citizens from boarding its planes in Germany, a Frankfurt court ruled. Jewish and political leaders in Germany criticized the ruling handed down Nov. 16 by the district court. The plaintiff, an Israeli student living in Frankfurt, will appeal, his lawyer said. This is a shameful ruling for democracy and for Germany, attorney Nathan Gelbart told the German news agency dpa. Gelbart is the German counsel for The Lawfare Project, a New York-based litigation fund for Israelis who allege civil rights violations. originate in Frankfurt with a stopover in Kuwait. When the state-owned airline found out the students nationality, it canceled his ticket, referring to a 1964 law that bars any agreements with Israeli citizens. Adar M. demanded damages. The court said it was unreasonable to expect an airof its state and having to face legal consequences at home. The court added that it was not within its jurisdiction to decide whether Kuwaiti law was reasonable. But Frankfurt Mayor Uwe Becker said in a statement that an airline that practices discrimination and antinot be allowed to take off or land in Frankfurt, or at any other airport in Germany. This Kuwaiti law, that is deeply anti-Semitic and that forbids the transport of Israelis, cannot be legal grounds for the violation of international standards. In January 2016, Kuwait Airways dropped its 35-yearold route between New York City and London after the U.S. Department of Transportation found the airline was breaking American law by barring passengers based on nationality. The decision followed an appeal by an Israeli citizen against a negative ruling by the department. In late October, Germanys minister of transport, Alexander Dobrindt, ordered a Transport Ministry investigation into whether Kuwait Airways discriminatory policy
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JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 3 NOVEMBER 17 30, 2017 BAZAAR Chanukah Chanukah Chanukah By CURT SCHLEIER JTA news serviceBy his own admission, Rob Reiner was not the right person to direct LBJ Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th This is Spinal Tap, The Princess Bride and When Harry Met Sally A Few Good Men and Misery LBJ, Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream citrant Congress dominated by and Voting Rights acts, increase and the other with great domesnightmare where he dreamed he on Cheers White Men Cant Jump and Zombieland LBJ decades ago, he spearheaded a changed between the time it was sant ribbing he took on All in the Family The Dick Van Dyke Show and the Oh God!, Wheres Poppa? When Harry Met Sally Rob Reiner on Judaism, movies and home shuling Rob Reiner was director of the new biopic LBJ. On why Jews are funny, he says, You have Cossacks. You have Hitler. You have to have a sense of humor or you cant survive. Photo courtesy of Electric Entertainment\
Cong. Kol Ami40 and Fabulous: The congregation will celebrate its 40th anniversary with weekend events on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 15 and 16. On Friday, Shabbat services begin at 6 p.m. with founding members being honored during services. There will be a dinner following services. RSVP is required by Dec. 1. The cost is $20 for adults and $15 for children ages 4-12. Those 3 and younger eat for free. On Saturday, Dec. 16, following 9:30 a.m. Shabbat services, the Howard Kanter zl Kiddush Fund will host a luncheon open to the Jewish community. There is no charge for this luncheon but non-members are asked to contact the Kol Ami A Gala 40th Anniversary Celebration with dinner, a live auction, dancing, and an open bar will be held Saturday evening from 6:30 to 11 p.m. This is a black tie optional event. Reminisce with music, skits and vignettes from the 1970s. Res ervations are required by Dec. 1. Contact the Kol ting is available for $20 per child with advanced reservation. Jewish ethics: Rabbi Howard Siegel leads a course in Jewish ethics on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to noon. This course will use Pirke Avot: Ethics of Our Ancestors as a springboard to discussion and debate on issues of the day in the light of Jewish moral/ethical demands. 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 chariTalmud: A Talmud study class with Rabbi Siegel is offered on Thursdays from 10:30 11:30 a.m. Jewish law confronts everything from capital punishment to how to make rain. This is open to everyone from beginners through experts. Texts are provided. Yoga: A yoga class for mindful meditation and stretching will be led by Dr. Tanya Gold on Sundays, Dec. 3 and 10 from 10-11 a.m. Participants of Friday before the class.Cong. Rodeph SholomTalent show: On Sunday, Dec. 17 at 4 p.m. Congregation Rodeph Sholom will put on Rodephs Got Talent show. Competition categories include group or solos in vocal, dancing, gymnastics, musician, comedian, juggler or magician. The contest is open to the community and everyone is invited to attend the free event. Performances are limited to 4 minutes maximum and only 20 groups will be invited to compete. Sign-ups for the competition are being accepted now. A band will be available to accompany the contestants or contestants can provide a CD. There will be two winners. One will be selected purchased for $1 each. The contestant that receives the most money will be the winner. The judges will determine the winner of the Judges Choice Award. All contestants will receive a prize. There will be a fried chicken dinner following the show. For more information and to sign up, contact Cantor Andreas Kornworcel at cantor@ Movie time: The Latin America Jewish Movies Season 2 begins on Monday, Nov. 27 at 6:30 p.m. with a showing of Autumn Sun. Clara Goldrequesting the company of an older Jewish man, Beatles Shabbat: Sing Shabbat prayers to Come and feel the spirit of the s. This event is for the whole family. Hanukkah lunch: The congregation will hold a latke and hot dog lunch on Sunday, Dec. 10 from noon to 1 p.m. Jammies & Jeans Shabbat: A Minions edition of a Shabbat experience for young children and their families is offered on Friday, Dec. 22 at 5:30 p.m. For more information, contact Judy Van Der Stelt at firstname.lastname@example.org.Cong. Beth Shalom BrandonStand-up comic: Save the date of Saturday, Jan. 6 at 6:30 p.m. for a performance at CongreRabbi Bob Alper. He is an ordained rabbi who served congregations for 14 years and holds a doctorate PAGE 4 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA NOVEMBER 17 30, 2017 Reform CENTER 1115 E. Del Webb Blvd., Sun City Center Congregation BETH AM nd nd rd Congregation BETH SHALOM ConservativeCongregation KOL AMI Congregation MEKOR SHALOM Orthodox CHA 1 Congregation BAIS TEFILLAH Campus Jewish RenewalCongregation OR AHAVAH ConservativeCongregation BETH SHOLOM Orthodox ReformTemple AHAVAT SHALOM ReformTemple BETH SHALOM ConservativeTemple Orthodox JEWISH CENTER CongregationsThere are two occasions of great marked in November, events that in fact had a huge impact on life for Jews in the 20th century, and which, taken together, had a large impact on world affairs as well. Oddly, they usually go largely unnoticed, but this year, davka, they should receive a lot of attention. Declaration, written in a letter dated Nov. 2, 1917, by Foreign Secretary to Lord Lionel Rothschild, creation of a Jewish homeland in what was then Turkish-governed Palestine. Following the end of World War I, and Arab inhabitants; the latter were greatly disappointed not to receive recognition of their nationhood and the right to self-governance in return for their opposition to Turkey during the war, and were offended by the the support of France, Italy and the Zionist cause, despite opposition by the declaration would provoke antiSemitism wherever Jews lived in the Western world. In May 1939, after years of government reversed its position, severely limited Jewish immigration to that country, and moved to placate the Arab community. This turn of events undoubtedly decreased the number of Jews who escaped Europe November marks signicant dates for Israelbefore and during World War II, and contributed to the urgency attending the second historical event which demands recognition this year. Nations General Assembly by which the State of Israel was created. Terrorism and mayhem had plagued eager to be rid of its responsibilities the country into two separate entities were rejected by the Arabs and reluctantly accepted by the Jews, no one was surprised when the Arab nations attacked Israel the moment it technically came into being. Theodore Herzl had predicted, would be a Jewish homeland, and the vote was taken on Nov. 29, 1947, 70 years ago. The world was just beginning to comprehend the events we refer to as the Holocaust. Though the Arab nations argued that the Holocaust was not their doing, and that their land should not be awarded to the Jews as a consequence of it, clearly world sentiment had shifted, and the rest is history. Literally These book-end events in as we prepare to celebrate Israels would behoove us to remember how precarious her birth was, by at least marking that historic vote on its 70th anniversary. We are, after all, a people who respect history and remembrance. We should celebrate these landmarks on the road to Jewish statehood as part of the ongoing story of our people. Lchayim! Rabbinically Speaking is published as a public service by the Jewish Press in cooperation with the Tampa Rabbinical Association, which assigns the column on a rotating basis. Shabbat Candle Lighting Times
JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA NOVEMBER 17 30, 2017 Congregationsfrom Princeton Theological Seminary, which he says prepared him written three comedic books and his comedy bits are often played on Sirius/XM satellite radio. His comedy is described as intelligent, sophisticated and clean. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For more information, go to www. bethshalom-brandon.org.Cong. Beth AmCelebration of Jerusalem: Earlier this year, Israel marked 50 years since the milestone moment when Jerusalem was and Jews returned to the Kotel, the Western Wall. Joy KatzenGuthrie will celebrate this moment in history on Thursday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. with music and writings of the city from the hearts and minds of Jews through the ages. Cafe Shabbat: This is a monthly chance for congregants to come together and enjoy food and prayer. The next session, sponsored by the Sisterhood is Saturday, Dec. 2 at 9 a.m. For more information, email org. Israeli dancing: Lessons in Israeli dancing are offered every Tuesday at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Irma Polster at Introduction to Judaism: Rabbi Richard Birnholz and Rabbi Nathan Farb talk about the nature of Judaism, God, Torah, worship, life cycle observances and holidays during Introduction to Judaism classes on Wednesdays now through Dec. 20 from 6:30 classes but books for the course are purchased 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. nature holidays build a sukkah Dec. 6, Hanukah and December Dilemma, conversion; Dec. 13, Passover and Dec. 20, Peoplehood holidays Shavuot, Purim, Tisha Ming Brewer Helping out at Christmas: Volunteers are needed for two Christmas mitzvah projects. Congregant Debbie Steinfeld is organizing volunteers to go to the Wesley Memorial Methodist Church in Town n Country to prepare and serve Christmas dinner for those in need. Volunteers will work with church members from 10 a.m. to noon preparing and setting up at the church, and then beginning at 2 p.m., they will serve and clean up. Contact Steinfeld 995-1394 or wizardexplorations@ yahoo.com. The congregation will also send a contingent to Metropolitan Ministries on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to serve a meal so Metropolitan Ministries staff can be with their families. Contact Religious School Director Donna Wood at dwood@zedek. org to sign up for that volunteer opportunity. Movie night: There will be night on Thursday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. at Villagio Cinema to watch Keeping the Faith, a 2000 romantic comedy about two lifelong friends, Stiller as the rabbi and Ed Norton as the priest. The event is free but RSVPs are mandatory. To RSVP, 2377 or visit www.zedek.org.Bunco night: Roll, laugh, night on Thursday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m.at Mekor Shalom. Color and connect: The congregation will hold an adult coloring get together on Wednesown coloring book or use pages already at the synagogue. Coloring supplies will be available. 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. Specializing in Bar/Bat Mitzvah Photography813.731.2737 cliffmcbride.com Cliff McBride ~ Photojournalist Anton Legal Group Stock Broker DisputesS. David Anton, Esq. Since 1985The Rosh Chodesh Society the womens division of the Rohr Jewly launched Pause & Affect, a new seven-session course for women don and Wesley Chapel. The course offers students at explore how to enrich their lives through the lessons of Shabbat. Shabbat is G-ds gift to the Jewish people. It offers respite from labor and a break from the intrusion of our ubiquitous technologies. It allows family and community the distraction, said RCS Director Shaindy Jacobson taught by Tzippy Rubashkin of for seven consecutive months. has already been held. For more information on the course, visit jewishbrandon.com/rcs or call Sulha sion of the course and will continue lessons each month for the next six months. For the dates of the full more information. At Chabad Jewish Centre at Wiregrass, 2124 Ashley Oaks Circle, Wesley Chapel, the course began in October and the next be on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. optional textbook for $15. For course information and to register, go to www.ChabadatWiregrass. com/RCS.Pause & Affect course offered at 3 locationsJudaism is not just a religion; the Jewish people are a family and have an unspoken responsibility for each other, Rabbi David Wolpe told those gathered at the Tampa paign Kickoff. Rabbi Wolpe, spiritual leader of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, has been named Number One Rabbi in America by Time magazine and one of the Most Important Rabbis in America by Newsweek for three years running. He also has been named one of the most the Jerusalem Post and one of America by The Forward. The featured speaker at the Campaign event on Thursday, Nov. 2, at Congregation Schaarai Zedek, Rabbi Wolpe spoke on the topic of What Judaism Has to Teach the World. His speech here focused on four core Jewish values tolerance, justice, community and tradition and by retelling a series of humorous anecdotes and life encounters, he shared just how profound of an impact people can make to create a better tomorrow. In addition to the rabbis presentation, Laureen Jaffe, the Federations Campaign chair, made an appeal for donations to the Annual Campaign, highlighting critical programs and services that benstressing the impact the Federation has locally and across the globe. Alissa Fischel, the organizawho also addressed the audience. I feel very fortunate to have the job I have. To know that each day tions mission because of your support, she said. We help welcome the stranger, support the needy, remember our past and teach our children Organizations and programs that rely on the support of the Federation include: which distributes more than 75 bags of food weekly to those in need and provides mental health counseling to more than 1,500 people each year. The agency also offers assessments, care management and ongoing support to more than 120 older adults and their families every year through its SeniorCare Link program. scholarship funds needed to help families send their children to a private Jewish community day school. extending support to help combat the rise in anti-Semitism and the lege campuses, fering social experiences and book deliveries every month to more than 600 children ages 6 months the JCC on the Cohn Campus receive Federation funding so they can offer programs for people of all ages. their children from the Federation so their children can attend a day camping experience at either JCC campus, They receive Federation funding for 10 percent of families needbased scholarships, The Tampa Jewish Federation also helps fund Jewish Federations of North America, the Jewish Agency for Israel and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, among other partners across the world. Community members who have may do so by visiting www.jewishtampa.com/give or by contactRabbi focuses on Jewish values during pitch for Annual Campaign donations The Tampa JCCs and Federation obtained the site through a longterm lease. The multi-million dollar facility features the Mezrah Family Aquatic Center with a competition-size lap pool, zero entry recreation pool and kids splash pad. Inside is a premier events center for plays, large parties and meetings with a kitchen that can serve center with indoor track, gym and lots of exercise equipment, an arts center, business innovation center, for several Jewish organizations. Long range plans call for the addition of a preschool. The JCCs and Federation also operates a JCC on the Maureen and Douglas Cohn Jewish Community Campus in northwest Tamp a.
SOUTH TAMPAJewish Heritage Night will be celebrated at Amalie Arena on Thursday, Dec. 7 when the Tampa Bay Lightning take on the Colorado Avalanche. The event, sponsored by the Tampa JCCs & Federation and Chabad Centers of Tampa Bay, will include a pre-game menorah lighting ceremony at Ford Thunder Alley at 6:45 p.m. Tickets for the game, which begins at 7:30 p.m., cost $30 for the upper level and $100 for the lower level and include a gift and kosher meal on the Bud Light party deck. To buy tickets, visit www.jewishlightning.com and use promo code: Chanukah17. For more information, call Sam Reiner at (813) 301-6814 or email sreiner@ amaliearena.com. The Chabad Jewish Student Union at the University of Tampa invites the community to celebrate Hanukkah on the Bay at Plant Park, 401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, on Tuesday, Dec 12 from 5-7 p.m. with Rabbi Levi Rivkin. Bais Menachem Chabad is organizing the festivities, giant menorah, gelt, dreidels, music and more. Admission is free for students, $54 for sponsors. There will also be $5 boat rides available during the event. For more information, email email@example.com. Congregation Scharrai Zedek, 3303 W. Swann Ave., will have a Hanukkah Shabbat service and Sing-Along featuring the Koleinu Choir on Friday, Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Participants are encouraged to bring menorahs for a group candle lighting. The Sisterhood will provide a latke and doughnut oneg after the service. RSVP at (813) 876-2377 or at On Saturday, Dec. 16, light candles, watch Hanukkah puppets, sing songs, make crafts, eat latkes and see a show at a family Hanukkah Havdalah Party and Magic Show at Congregation Schaarai Zedek. The event begins at 3:30 p.m. To RSVP, zedek.org. The Tampa JCCs & Federationwill hold a communitywide Hanukkah Dinner Extravaganza on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 5:30 p.m. at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC, offering an informal and fun way for families to gather and celebrate the holiday. The party will include a buffet dinner, tableside entertainment, menorah lighting, dreidel spinning and festive Hanukkah music. Tickets are available through Friday, Dec. 15 at $36 per person for those 12 and older, $18 for children 5-12, $10 for toddlers ages 2-4 and free for those under 2. High chairs are available by request at the time of reservation. Alcohol will be available for purchase. For tickets, go to www. jewishtampa.com/Hanukkah. The Glazer JCC is at 522 N. Howard Ave., Tampa. Twentyand 30-somethings are invited to Congregation Schaarai Zedek for a Hanukkah Happening on Sunday, Dec. 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Appetizers, doughnuts, latkes, wine and beer will be served. Bring your menorah to light the candles. Toy donations will be collected for Tampa Jewish Family Services. To RSVP, contact Lindsey Dewey at firstname.lastname@example.org or (813) 876-2377, ext. 221. NORTH TAMPA On Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m. light up the Second Night of Hanukkah at Congregation Mekor Shaloms Fifth Annual Hanukkah Party. Bring your hannukiah for a communal lighting at the synagogue at 14005A N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa. For more information call the synagogue at (813) 963-1818. Congregation Kol Ami will hold its Hanukkah Party on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the synagogue, 3919 Moran Road, Tampa. Light the hanukkiah and enjoy latkes, sufganiyot, singing, games, and a family dance party with a deejay. The congregations youth director will lead a special workshop on juggling and twirling. This is a free family event. BRANDON/ VALRICO Cantor Tanya Greenblatt of Pompano Beach will visit Congregation Beth Shalom, 706 Bryan Road, Brandon, for two Hanukkah musical performances. On Sunday, Dec. 3, she will serenade the congregation with Hanukkah melodies, both ancient and modern. Learn about the texts and tunes that add joy to the holiday. On Sunday, Dec. 10 she will perform Music Beyond I had a little Dreidel as she engages the congregation in holiday song. Both performances are at 4 p.m. Bring the family. On Friday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m., Congregation Beth Shalom in Brandon, will hold a Hanukkah candle lighting, consecration and Kabbalat HaSidddur. All are welcome. Call (813) 681-6547 for more information. The Hanukkah Chocolate Gelt Factory and Electric Menorah Wiring Workshop will be held Sunday, Dec. 17, at 11 a.m. Families are invited to attend the workshop at Chabad Jewish Discovery Center, 1578 Bloomingdale Ave, Valrico. Admission is $8 per child, for families with children between the ages of 3 to 13. SOUTH HILLSBOROUGHChabad Jewish Discovery Centerwill hold a Hanukkah Festival at the Winthrop Town Centre, 6108 Winthrop Town Centre Ave, Riverview, on Tuesday Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. The celebration will feature face painting, hot latkes, Hanukkah crafts, Tony the Balloon Guy and the lighting a tall Menorah. This event is free of charge. The Freylach Band will perform at the Hanukkah Klezmer Festival and Menorah Lighting, on Thursday, Dec. 14 at 4:30 p.m. The event, put on by Chabad of Brandon, will be held at the Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce, 1651 Sun City Center Plaza, Sun City Center, and will feature New York deli-style sandwiches available for purchase. There is no cost for admission. Congregation Beth Israel, 1115 E, Del Webb Blvd., Sun City Center, will hold its annual Sisterhood and Mens Club Hanukkah Party on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. in the temples social hall. There will be latkes, doughnuts, signing and fun. The cost is $7 per person. RSVP by Dec. 12. Call the synagogue at (813) 634-2590 for ticket purchase information. Chabad of Brandon will also hold a Menorah Lighting at Park Square in FishHawk Ranch, 16132 Churchview Drive, Lithia on Sunday, Dec. 17. The celebration kicks off in front of Cool Beans at 6 p.m., and features the kindling of a giant menorah, chocolate gelt, hot latkes, Hanukkah music and crafts and more. The event is free of charge. For more information visit www.jewishbrandon.com/ hanukkah or call (813) 571-8100. PASCO COUNTY Join Chabad Jewish Centre at Wiregrass for a family Hanukkah stretch limo party and join Jewish Heritage Night at a Tampa Bay Lightning game on Thursday, Dec. 7. The limo will leave Chabad Jewish Centre at Wiregrass, 2124 Ashley Oaks Circle, Wesley Chapel, at 5 p.m. and return after the game. The cost is $36 per person and includes tickets to the game. For more information and to RSVP, call (813) 642-3244 or visit www. ChabadatWiregrass.com. Light up the night at the Ninth Annual Hanukkah celebration put on by Chabad Jewish Centre at Wiregrass. There will be a grand menorah lighting and entertainment. Enjoy the Nerdy Noah Show, a live deejay, strolling magic, balloon making, face painting, a stilt walker, hip kid activities, potato latkes, Hanukkah gelt, music, crafts for kids, prizes and more. This event is free and open to the community. The celebration is Sunday, Dec. 17 beginning at 5 p.m. at the Shops at Wiregrass (in front of Dillards), 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel. For more information, call (813) 642-3244 The 13th annual Chanukah on Icewill be put on by Young Israel of Tampa on Tuesday, Dec. 19 from 5:45 to 7:45 p.m. at Florida Hospital Center Ice, 3173 Cypress Ridge Blvd., Wesley Chapel. The event will feature the lighting of a sculpted grand ice menorah and ice skating to Jewish music. There will be a kosher food stand, arts and crafts, and includes skate rental. To RSVP, call (813) 983-9770 or go to www. youngisraeloftampa.org. POLK COUNTYTemple Beth Shalom Reform Jewish Congregation in Winter Haven will hold a Hanukkah dinner, menorah lighting, and Shabbat service on Friday, Dec 15 at 6 p.m. Dinner is $12.50 for members and $16 for non-members. The chicken dinner, which will include latkes and other traditional treats, will be held at Temple Beth Shalom, 1029 Bradbury Road, Winter Haven. Call (863) 292-0722 or email sandi@ tampabay.rr.com for more information. Temple Emanuel of Lakeland will hold its annual Hanukkah party on Sunday, Dec. 17 from 5-7 p.m. in the temples Education Building, 600 Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland. There will be lots of latkes and other refreshments, games and fun for all. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own Hanukkah menorah and candles to light. The suggested minimum donation to attend is $5 per person. The community is welcome to join in the festivities. RSVP by or before Dec. 10 to Tammy Serebin at (863) 682-8616 or (863) 838-2583. SHOPPINGCongregation Schaarai Zedeks Sisterhood Hanukkah Bazaar will run from Dec. 2-16. The Sisterhood has been busy getting new mer chandise for the bazaar. This is an opportunity to get holiday shopping done and get your Hanukkah essentials including candles, menorahs, dreidels, chocolate gelt and wrapping paper. The bazaar is at Schaarai Zedek, 3303 W. Swann Ave., Tampa. zedek.org. The Sisterhood of Congregation Beth Am, 2030 W. Fletcher Ave., Tampa, will open its annual Hanukkah Gift Shop on Sundays, Dec. 3 and 10 at 9:30 a.m. PAGE 6 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA NOVEMBER 17 30, 2017 WWW.360R EALTYT AMPA.COM813.508.2715 360 REALTY CARLYN NEUMAN RALPH BOBOArea/Branch ManagerNMLS ID 432371 State Lic. L025098 3903 Northdale Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33624C: 813.781.1024 Ralph.email@example.com www.RalphBobo.com Hanukkah HappeningsInformation received as of press time: DEC.6 ~ 24, 2017ONLY online submissions will be accepted. Deadline for submission Dec. 8, 2017 One submission per day allowed. 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JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 7 NOVEMBER 17 30, 2017 The earliest Jewish religious services in the Orlando area were held in a citrus grove. The story of the Orlando Jewish lies were known to live at the turn of the 20th century to a population exceeding 30,000 today, is told in a new exhibition, Kehillah: A History of Jewish Life in Greater Or lando. The exhibit is currently on display at the Orange County Regional History Center through Feb. 20. The springboard to create the exhibition was the upcoming centennial of Central Floridas oldest Jewish institution, Congregation Ohev Shalom. The Conservative congregation was founded in Or lando in 1918. The exhibits name, Kehillah, is Hebrew for community and refers to the entire region including Or ange, Seminole, Lake and Osceola counties. The display includes 450 photographs, 75 artifacts and an animated map of merchants to show how pioneering Jews arrived more than 150 years ago and helped transform the region from a cow town to a #1 tourist destination. Although Jews were Florida in 1763, it was not until the end of the arrived in Orlando. In 1875, merchant Jacob R. Cohen helped draft the Town of Orlando Charter and was elected alder man. Dr. Philip Phillips settled in 1897, amassed 5,000 acres to grow oranges and left a lasting philanthropic legacy. At the turn of the 20th century, Jewish community in the Orlando area until a migration of Jews from Pittsburgh in 1912 doubled the Jewish population. Jews organized to preserve their traditions and became pioneers of business and industry entwined in the development of the region. The New exhibit explores Jewish contributions to Orlandos growth This store is representative of the nearly 400 owned by Jewish families. (L-R) Sophie, Samuel and Kalman Kanner in their Orange Avenue store, 1905. Rose Gleibman and Aaron Levy married in the Levy orange grove with the entire Jewish community in attendance, 1917.Collections of the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, originated by Marcia Jo Zerivitz, LHD, Founding Executive DirectorJewish community even produced a Nobel laureate, Dr. Marshall Nirenberg, who received the prize in medicine in 1968. A catalog accompanies the exhibition. The Orange County Regional History Center is located at 65 E. Central Blvd. in downtown Orlando. For more information on hours and admission cost, call (407) 836-8500. For more information, visit TheHistoryCenter.org. (JTA) The co-founder of the foundation that awards the Genesis Prize, known as the Jewish Nobel, denied a report that Ruth Bader Ginsburg was intended to be the awards 2018 laureate but instead was given a lifetime achievement award as a consolation prize. Stan Polovets denied the veracity of an article published in Haaretz, which quoted unnamed sources saying that the $1 million award given Nov. 7 to actress Natalie Portman was originally going to the Jewish Supreme Court justice. The foundation then created a new prize, a lifetime achievement award, to give Ginsburg as a consolation prize, the article said. The awards were announced a week apart. The unnamed sources gave Haaretz varying reasons for the alleged change of plans, including that Ginsburg had been an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump and that the Supreme Court does not allow its justices to accept such monetary awards. Polovets, who also serves as the Genesis Prize Foundations chair man and CEO, also denied claims made by Haaretz that Prime Minhad been involved in the decision making. The Genesis Prize was established as a partnership between Russian-Jewish philanthropists and the Israeli government. Polovets said the lifetime award was created to honor worthy individuals who could not accept the prize due to work or time limita tions. This year when we began discussions with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and it turned out that she would not be able to accept the award, we thought it would be very important to honor her, he idea for the lifetime achievement award, which they unanimously agreed should go to Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The foundation is considering awarding the lifetime award on a yearly basis, Polovets said. The Genesis Prize was founded in 2012. Along with Portman, the other laureates are former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, actor Michael Douglas, violinist Itzhak Perlman and sculptor Anish Kapoor. Portman, who was born in Israel but moved to the United States, was chosen for her talent, her commitment to social causes and her deep connection to her Jewish and Israeli roots, Polovets said.Genesis Prize co-founder denies that award to Ruth Bader Ginsburg was consolation prize Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Natalie Â Portman
PAGE 8 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA NOVEMBER 17 30, 2017 rfrfn tbfbfbbfbfbrbb nbbbbbbbbbbb rrbnbb fffbffbrfnt nbbnnbr rfrbbb rrbtr r New Location! Alligator Menorah Visit us on both sides of the Bay Hyde Park Village St. Petersburg 1619 W Snow Circle Tampa, FL 33606 813.831.2111 300 Beach Drive NE St. Petersburg, FL 33701 727.894.2111 www.shapirogallery.com You can also shop online There is no song we cant play!Klezmer, Israeli, Top 40, Salsa, Jazz, Swing and more. We also DJ, juggle, do magic, other shtick Have Instruments Will TravelLiven up your Bar or Bat Mitzvah, or Other Simcha www.ChaiNotes.com (646) 303-3125 For a FREE brochure call: 1-877-573-1337but Im never alone. I have Life Alert. but Im never alone. I have but Im never alone. Dear Editor: I read the account of a Jewish student at the University of Florida and the months leading up to a speech by the white supremacist, Richard Spencer. She painted a picture of impending doom. The university president fed the hysteria by sending messages to students warning and advising them to stay away after multiple attempts to cancel the event had failed. The author suggests the First Amendment was a burden and somehow was used as ammunition against us. Gov. Rick Scott started a dubious precedent by declaring a state of emergency. Is it any wonder why people are in a state of panic with this sort of leadership? Add to this our 24/7 media, which thrives on controversy. Not once were the contents of the speech mentioned or refuted in the story. I watched the speech video and it was highly underwhelming and poorly attended. Ive noticed how college students complain of triggers, microaggressions, or demand safe spaces. But college should be a place where argument and civility are welcomed. Its a place where you can debate, protest, explore, and establish your own identity. UF is my alma mater, and home to the largest Jewish student population in America. We shouldnt fear bizarre beliefs held by some white supremacist. We should use this as an opportunity to expose bad ideol ogy and proudly assert our views. Are we afraid to be challenged? Are we conditioning our children and proud American Jews? Ironically, this pattern of silencing hate speech is already turned against us. Numerous Jewish or pro-Israeli speakers were excluded or shouted down at public univer sities (two recent examples are Dennis Prager and Ben Shapiro). But it doesnt end with speeches. Content on Facebook and YouTube is increasingly more regulated, especially on matters related to Israel (interestingly, YouTube does not censor speeches by the white supremacist). We need to remind ourselves of the danger in limiting free speech, otherwise well lose it. We must stop behaving like victims and defend the right of the speaker, despite the content of their speech. Noah Jacobson Tampa Editors Note: The student writer, Jamie Shapiro, was asked to write about the mood on campus in light of the appearance of white supremacist Richard Spencer. Her assignment did not include cover ing his speech.Defend free speech no matter how odious Letters to the Editor Dear Editor: The article by Jamie Shapiro on Richard Spencers appearance at UF is disheartening for several reasons. Why is it very alarming that someone is giving a speech on campus? Why is she delighted that protestors shut down the speech by drowning it out with chants? Spencer is labeled a white supremacist spreading hate. What has he said or written that makes her feel so threatened? She doesnt tell us. Has Spencer called for the annihilation of 45 percent of world Jewry? Others have. During recent Anti-Israeli Apartheid weeks on campuses across the country, the following slogans have been chanted or displayed on signs: Hamas, Hamas, Jews to the gas, Nuke Israel, Jews = Nazis, All of Israel is Occupied Territory, Palestine Will be Free, From the River to the Sea. The demonstrations have Gas Jews Die, Kill all Kikes, and Holocaust 2.0. Should we ban events sponsored by organizations that appear to endorse or encourage genocidal antiSemitism? exactly what constitutes hate speech, perhaps we can restore the First Amendment. Lets recall it has two parts. Jews have been zealous defenders of the law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof This erected a wall between Church and State. Once upon a time, Jews also welcomed the second half. This Jews should support First Amendmentprohibits abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press and guarantees the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Most Jews in the late 19th centu ry lived in Czarist Russia and they did not have these rights. When one of Chaim Weizmanns teach ers brought a Hebrew language chemistry textbook to class, the students had to read it aloud in a Talmudic chant, to deceive passers-by. If authorities in the shtetl learned that Western science was being taught, the teacher would Later, when Weizmann was a college student, he spent his summers giving talks on Zionism in small towns across the Pale. These talks had to be held in synagogues, with the audience pretending to pray. If the Czarist police discovered that he was promoting Zionism in public, Weizmann risked jail or deportation. lectual currents sweeping across Eastern Europe the sciences, Zionism, socialism feared both communal authorities and the government, and looked wistfully at countries with long traditions of tolerance. Weizmann chose to pur sue an academic career in Britain, not in Russia or Germany. How broad is the First Amendments protection of free speech? In 1919, the Supreme Court decided that only speech posing a clear and present danger could be prohibited. Fifty years later, the Court raised the bar. Now only speech inciting imminent lawless action was to be illegal. Its no coincidence that this decision was drafted by the only Jewish member of the Court, Justice Abe Fortas. Today, more than ever, Jews should be especially interested in defending the rights the Amendment guarantees. On campuses across the U.S., events sponsored by Jewish organizations have been disrupted and Jewish students intimidated. Pro-Israel speakers like Ben Shapiro have been prevented from addressing audiences. And its not the alt-right thats been responsible. Jeff Lipkes Wesley ChapelThe Jewish Press welcomes Letters to the Editor. Letters are published on a space available basis with the Jewish Press reserving the right to edit or reject letters for clarity, brevity, legalities or taste. Letters must be signed and bear the writers address and telephone number (which will not be published). The writers name will be withheld on request.
JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 9 NOVEMBER 17 30, 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 (JTA) Rabbi Rick Jacobs and other Reform Jewish leaders were pushed, pulled and had clothes torn by security guards as they tried to pray at the Western Wall Plaza in Jerusalem. The guards and haredi Orthodox worshippers tussled with the group Thursday, Nov. 16, as it entered the main entrance to the Western Wall plaza with Torah scrolls. The guards said it was illegal to bring the scrolls into the main plaza. Reform leaders accused the haredi administration of the holy site, which employs the guards, of denying their right to freedom of prayer. Rabbi Jacobs said that during on the trigger of a bottle of pepper spray, and put it up to Jacobs face. His suit jacket was also ripped on the side as guards shoved him and pressed their bodies on his. The guards were really pushing hard, Rabbi Jacobs told JTA. The guard who was standing right in front of me took his pepper spray and put it right in our face. Israeli Reform chief Gilad Kariv, speaking to Israels Hadashot news, accused the administration of acting like thugs and said the violence will not stop us the Western Wall. The Reform group began their prayer in Robinsons Arch, a nonOrthodox section of the holy site to the south of the main plaza. They then tried to enter with the Torah scrolls. They ended up plaza, in a large tourist area that is removed from the wall but adjacent to the Orthodox areas for men and women. A group of haredi protesters also shoved some of the worshippers then, according to Jacobs. The group included the entire board of the Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem, which had just ordained four new rabbis, and members of the Women of the Wall feminist prayer group. The brief fracas caused no injuries. Administrators accused the nonrules of the main plaza, with the aim of creating a provocation and using it to push public relations. This provocative act at the Western Wall plaza, a place of unity, was a physically and verbally violent campaign at the site, the Western Wall Heritage Foundation said in a statement. We protest this unacceptable behavior, the violence, and strongly condemn it. The Western Walls main plaza, administered by the Heritage Foundation, requires men and women to pray separately and bars women from using religious items, including Torah scrolls. It prohibits visitors from bringing their own Torah scrolls in an attempt to prevent women and non-Orthodox Jewish groups from using them in services at the site. Rabbi Jacobs said that the Reform worshipers never were aggressive, we never threw any punches, we were very determined. The non-Orthodox groups have repeatedly challenged the rules, leading to sometimes violent confrontations. They have also criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus government for backing out in June from a 2016 agreement to expand and upgrade the Robinsons Arch prayer section at the southern end of the West-Rabbi Rick Jacobs, center, and other non-Orthodox Jews clashing with security guards at the entrance to the Western Wall plaza in Jerusalem, on Nov. 16.Reform leaders pushed and shoved by security at the Wall ern Wall. The haredi parties in the governing coalition had demanded the move. We belong there, we have a right to be there, and the Jewish people and state of Israel will be strengthened when the country, the Western Wall, is truly welcoming to Jews of all beliefs and practices, Rabbi Jacobs told not going back, were not going to take bread crumbs and say that Robinsons Arch is good enough. At the Jewish Federations of North Americas annual General Assembly Monday, Nov. 13, in Los Angeles, the board of trustees passed a resolution calling on Israel to reverse its divisive and damaging steps to freeze the Western Wall deal. Netanyahu also addressed the controversy in a speech at the closing session of the conference. Israel is the home of all Jews and it must remain so, he said. I believe that the Jewish people are all one family. I believe that Israel is the home of all Jews and that all Jews should have access and prayer at the [Western Wall].Photo by Noam Rivkin Fenton/Flash 90
PAGE 10 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA NOVEMBER 17 30, 2017 VanDale Painting (813) 933-7022 Cell (813) 748-9433FREE ESTIMATES A Important Terms and Conditions: Advertised price 2-Year Commitment: Options Nobody kneaded an excuse to come to the Chabad Jewish Centre at Wiregrass. On Oct 26, more than 130women gathered in a packed room to make challah, marking Chabad at Wiregrasss 3rd annual Mega Challah Bake. The local Mega Challah Bake was one of 300 challah bakes that took place simultaneously around the world. Challah baking is a timehonored tradition, said Chanie Yarmush, co-director of Chabad at Wiregrass and the event coordinator. Our annual Mega Challah Bake provides an opportunity for women and girls of all backgrounds share in this beautiful mitzvah. When performing the mitzvah of challah, it is an auspicious time to ask G-d for anything, Yarmush said. While prayer is usually a personal time, uniting 130 women together in prayer is empowering, beautiful and a unique experience. Attendees learned how to mix, knead and shape their own challah while discovering the beauty and spiritual power of this tradition. The Mega Challah Bake was an amazing event that combined a girls night out with spirituality and hands-on fun, said Hannah Lamport. Making Challah with so many women was a transcendent experience; we all felt connected to each other and connected to G-d. The programming, dancing, all contributed to make this an unforgettable evening. The women did not have to worry about measuring all the ingredients, including 150 pounds dumped the ingredients in the bowl, under Yarmushs direction, mixed when necessary and voila challah dough. The bowls were covered and the dough was left to rise for one hour. Women share bread and blessings at annual Chabad Challah Bake Participants enjoying a hands on learning experience in the art of making challah. of Shabbat with delicacies from a traditional Shabbat meal and were entertained by a solo dance performance by Hannah Thompson. to be united with women from our community and beyond, said Mara Brooks. We came together in love and devotion to share our stories in the magical art of making challah. These memories will forever be ingrained as a bond of love, faith and community. Each participant prepared two loaves of challah to bake at home, and were encouraged to participate in Loaves for Love, sharing a challah with someone else to pay It was truly amazing knowing that so many Chabad centers and hundreds of thousands of ladies from around the world were completing our circle and baking Challah together, said another participant, Ona Podell.BIBLE MUSEUMCONTINUED from FRONT PAGEmuseums chairman of the board, said museumgoers should come away realizing that the Bible has had a positive impact on their lives in so many different ways and when they leave they will be inspired to open it. It especially celebrates the Bibles Jewish origins, notably those made manifest in modern Israel. The dedication included a rabbi, Israels ambassador to the United States, the Israeli minister of tourism and the director of the Israel Antiquities Authority. At times, the event seemed like a pro-Israel gala. Ron Dermer, the Israeli ambassador, celebrated the ish claim to Jerusalem. The Bible nurtured Jews through 2,000 years of exile until they were able to rebuild the original DC Davids Capital, he said. Yariv Levin, the tourism minister, read a letter from Prime Miniswarm greetings from Jerusalem, the eternal and undivided capital of Israel. The deference to Judaism is evident in the museum logo, a tablets of the Ten Commandments, and the museum store, where Star of David pendants glitter next or Hanukkah menorah made from Jerusalem stone facing each other on the same shelf. The museum also makes the Bible as unmistakably American as someone named, well, Charlton Heston. One permanent exhibit is dedicated to the biblical underpinnings of the abolition of slavery and of the civil rights movement. The U.S.-born Dermer picked up on the theme of his native land as a nation whose origins were in the Bible. Those ideas inscribed in your founding documents and etched on your statues are not merely the values of America, they are the values of the Bible, he said in his address. Scholarship at the museum is pervasive, but employed a la Cecil B. DeMille: to prove the Bible is say a thorough tour would take 72 hours may leave you smarter about the Bibles origins, the stated agenda of the museum. But you may also suspect that the goal of this newfound knowledge is not to encourage critique but belief. The approach is closer to seminary than religious studies department. Executive Director Tony Zeiss was unambiguous about the museums desired effect at the dedication ceremony. Lords day! he said. Designers of the museum, he added, had two overarching criteria: Will this lift up the Bible, and will it lift up people? The museum employs scholarship to make that case. We engaged leading scholars around the country, Green, the scion of the family that runs the Hobby Lobby chain, said Nov. 15, But scholarship alone wouldnt sell it, so like most contemporary museums, there are plenty of experiential exhibits. If you put a Bible under a glass case in a language I cant read, it will only hold my attention for so long, Green explained. about every exhibit, including The Hebrew Bible. Its an immersive 30-minute stroll through animations and special effects illustrated by supple, handsome animated Hebrews. (The Burning Bush, a riot of bright yellow light in a darkened room, was genuinely thrilling.) Thats more than twice as long as the 12 1/2-minute immersive New Testament experience. mammoth comprising much of a Washington block are artifacts contributed by Israels Antiquities Authority. The exhibit is permanent, but the Israeli authority will rotate the items about 1,500 at a time. The debt to Judaism is seen in the kosher-style food at Manna, the rooftop restaurant run by a couple who wrote The New Jewish Table cookbook. (Two kosher items per meal will be available at the restaurant.) Judaism and its origins in Israel are evident as well in a temporary exhibit, through May, organized by Jerusalems Bible Lands Museum, which served as a consultant to the D.C. museum. It is there that one gets to the crux of what makes this museum different from all others. An exhibit David is purported to have ruled, begins with a replica of the Tel Dan Stele, fragments of an inscribed stone tablet. The tablet, to a degree, validates the historical accuracy of the battle of Jezreel, where Yoram, king of Israel and Ahaziah, king of Judah were killed, as recounted in The stele is important because it contains the oldest reference to turies or so earlier. It establishes that David was likely a real person. But it also diverges from the Bible, crediting Hazael, an Aramaic king, and not Jehu, the Israeli king, with the victory. The real stele is at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, where a docent will explain how the radically different accounts at once validate the ancient Jewish presence in the land but undercut the notion that the Bible is less revealed truth than it is a political document written by the ultimate victors. In this exhibit, the accompanying text refers only to a different version appearing in the Bible. MiYoung Im, the museums anin Israel as an archaeologist, said she appreciated the stele both as a Christian and as someone trained to view artifacts as a scholarly outsider. Nonetheless, she said, the sigmuseum was not in how it differed from the Bible, but how it validated it. We want to show how this exhibit relates to the time of David, she said. We cant prove where David lived we can show that he lived. Photo by Ron Kampeas Amanda Weiss, the director of the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem, leading a tour through an exhibit her museum is lending to the Museum of the Bible.
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Tampa, Florida 33618 Cell: (813) 220-7171 Ph: (813) 908-8500 Fax: (813) firstname.lastname@example.orgFRAN SCHWARTZRealtor Obituaries GIFTS THETHE AA PP RORO P RR I ATEATE SS YMP ATHATH Y GI FTFT : Personalized engraved Yahrzeit Â Candle G lass. Always appreciated, always well received, and always Â well remember ed! Â www.JudaicaSociety.com (212) 758-7477 CONNIE DUGLIN, 71, of Tampa, died Nov. 7. Born in Peoria, IL, she was a graduate of Salem College, NC, after which she moved to New York TWA. In 1978, she and her husband moved to Tampa and founded the Connie Duglin Specialty Linen Company. She was active in the Junior League, Congregation Schaarai Zedek and Schaarai Zedek Sisterhood. Survivors include her husband of 44 years Evan; children and step-children Jeff, Craig, family suggests memorials to the Duglin Family Camp Coleman Scholarship fund at Congrega tion Schaarai Zedek. (Segal Funeral Home, Beth David Chapel) ZOE CHIPPIE GOULD, 95, of Tampa, died Nov. 10. She moved to Tampa in 1956 from her native New York. She was a graduate of Syracuse University as an English major. A tireless volunteer for many organizations, she worked in Tampa was a long-time member of Congregation Schaarai Zedek and past president of its Sisterhood. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Herb and Joan Gould; daughter and son-in-law, Wendy and Michael Kushner, and three grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to The Lighthouse for the Blind in Tampa. (Segal Funeral Home, Beth David Chapel) MICHAEL CHARLES SCHWARTZ, 75, of Tampa, died Nov. 6. Born in Brooklyn, he moved to Tampa in 1978 from Orlando where he had lived for a number of years. Along with his family, he owned the Kartt East Jewelry Store. He later sold automobiles and opened the J. M. Schwartz Deli and Restaurant in Tampa. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Judy; sons, Bob Schwartz and Phil Schwartz; daughters and son-in-law, Dara Schwartz, and Laurie and Carl Rohrs; and his siblings and their spouses; Ron and June Meister, Bob and Merle Schwartz, Joel and Dorothy Schwartz, Barbara and Bob Andrzejewski, Ellen and Larry Kagan; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Michael and Home, Beth David Chapel)(JTA) The U.S. House of Representatives passed major tax reform legislation along party lines that critics said effectively repeals an amendment designed to keep houses of worship nonpartisan. The vote Thursday, Nov. 16, was 227205, with 13 House Republicans joining all Democrats to oppose the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Its passage represents the advancement of a key agenda item for President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans. The Anti-Defamation League said the bill constitutes a repeal of the Johnson Amendfrom endorsing or opposing candidates. For decades, the ADL said, the amendment has protected the integrity of houses of worship hibiting them from endorsing or opposing political candidates. ADLs national director, Jonathan Greenblatt, warned that undermining the Johnson Amendments critical protections will religious entanglement with politics. ADL is deeply troubled and disappointed by the development, the group said in a statement. Noting that the Senates current version of the tax bill does not contain a similar repeal, ADL added that the Senate must be resolute on this issue by taking a stand to keep divisive politics out of our houses of worship. While the bills passage in the Republicancontrolled House was largely drama free, the prospects for the measure are more unclear in the Senate, where Republicans hold only a two-seat majority, according to CNN. The House Republican tax plan, released Nov. 2, condenses the current seven tax brackets to three, nearly doubles the standard deduction and caps the amount taxpayers can write off in state taxes at $10,000. The Senate Republican plan, released Nov. 8, eliminates the state and local tax deduction and keeps the current seven brackets but lowers rates. The Senate Finance Committee is expected to vote its version out of committee on Friday, Nov. 17, according to The New York Times, with a full Senate vote expected after Thanksgiving. Congress to refrain from passing legislation that compromises the Johnson Amendment A letter signed by 55 Jewish groups was sent to the chairman and ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee. ship can only be successful if we maintain public trust in our integrity and commitment tisan donors would destroy that trust. Every charitable dollar spent on partisan campaign politics is one less dollar spent on the public good. In addition to ADL, groups representing all streams of Judaism except the Orthodox communities signed the letter, as did Jewish community relations councils and the Jewish federations of several cities. The Jewish Federations of North America and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs also signed the letter, as did the American Jewish Committee and Bnai Brith International.Critics warn House tax reform bill could politicize houses of worship
JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 13 NOVEMBER 17 30, 2017 Organizations Bnai Mitzvah and Young Israel of TampaTo RSVP please call 813-983-9770 or 813-832-3018 www.youngisraeloftampa.orgAdmission of $5.00includes skate rental.Latkes & a Special Rafe Tuesday Dec. 19Eighth Night of Chanukah5:45 7:45 pm Florida Hospital Center Ice3173 Cypress Ridge Blvd. Wesley Chapel813-803-7372NEW LOCATIONYoung adultsBucs watch party: Enjoy an afternoon watching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, Dec. 3. The party, sponsored by #Gather, will be at Blind Goat Food & Drink Co., 4105 Henderson Blvd., Tampa from noon the event will receive a free drink. There will be craft beer, cocktails, wings, pizzas and more, with food and drink specials available. There will be a team sports trivia challenge. There is no cost to attend; food and drink at your own cost. #Gather is a 30s and 40s of all faiths and backgrounds sponsored by the JCCs in Tampa. For more www.bryanglazerfamilyjcc.com/gather. on Wedat the Bryan Glazer Family JCC basketball gym. Participants will be assigned to one of the four teams. This is free for JCC members and $5 for guests.Active AdultsAll 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. Enjoy a classic movie, popcorn and a good time on Friday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to noon on the Cohn campus. There is no charge to attend. Join Ruth Weston and other Yiddish enthusiasts on the Cohn campus to share favorite expressions and reminisce. Learn crochet with Judy Balber in classes every Monday on Bring yarn, crochet hooks and any pattern non-members with prorating options available. This course, which meets at the Cohn campus every 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 Dec. 6. Play Trivial Pursuit and enjoy pizza at the Cohn campus on the second Thursday of each are welcome to cover the cost of the meal. Folks can play at both JCCs. At the Cohn campus, there will be sessions every Tuesday and Thursday from At the Glazer JCC, drop-in sessions are offered on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursmembers and $5 for non-members. Novices and experienced players are welcome. 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 group will meet on WednesMario De Leon on music from around the world. The lunch is free for members but donations are welcome. The JetSetters group also meets on the Cohn campus on Thursday, Nov. 30 at 11 a.m. and on Wednesday, Dec. 13 from 11 a.m. to noon for a Hanukkah celebration. are required. A discussion group, led by Pat Renfroe, which explores hot button issues, is held at both JCCs. Upcoming News Schmooze sessions at the Hate in America on Dec. 5, Florida politics Dec. 19. The group at the Cohn campus, meets the to noon. The group will talk about Hate in tend. Private ballroom dance lessons are offered at the Glazer JCC The cost is $35 for single members, $50 for couple members, $40 for single nonmembers and $55 for couples who are nonmembers. Anyone wanting to learn how to play bridge or improve their game can take a session of six bridge lessons at the Glazer JCC on Fridays from Dec. cost for classes is $50 for members and $60 for non-members.Generations After The Generations After organization, consisting of sons or daughters or an adult grandchild of a Holocaust survivor or Holocaust refugees, reShelly Nadler, president; Leah Davis, director of membership and events; Yael Schauder, director of communications, and Barbara Bergren, Schauder, Diane Mandel and Renee Daniels, publicity. Charlene Wygodski and Bergren are co-chairs of the Witness of the Witness Book club, which meets six times a year. The group holds luncheons on want to join this organization need only become a member of the Florida Holocaust ski at CharleneWyg@mindspring.com. The organization is on Facebook www.facebook.com/groups/GATampabay/Genealogical Society The Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay will meet for a lunch and learn social on Sunday, Dec. 10 at noon at Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services, 14041 Icot Blvd., Clearwater. A pot luck luncheon will be served at noon followed by a brief busimembers success stories and lessons learned in researching their families. There is no charge to members, $5 for guests Sally Israel mation on the Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay or directions to the meeting call Bruce HadburgJob-Links Monday Morning Links topic will be Keys to Job Search Success At Every Age. The opment at TampaBay-Job-Links, 4100 W. Family Foundation. There are also Success workshops on select Thursdays to aid with job-search skills. the topic is Is Your Network Working For You? The workshop is free for TampaBay Job-Links full program participants and $15 TBJL.org.Support groups Me norah Manor offers a support group meeting in the Samson Nursing Center at Menorah 5 p.m. For more information, call Gwen Kaldenberg Cormick of Apollo Beach, will be called to the Torah as a Bar MitzJackson is a seventh-grade student at Franklin Boys Preparatory Academy. For his mitzvah project Jackson is collecting new toys in lieu of gifts to be donated to All Childrens Hospital. Michelle and Michael McCormick will host a celebration at the Tampa, will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, chair trombone in the schools symphonic band. Interested in war history and Star Wars, Max also is a fencer at Tampa Fencing Academy. Special guests will include family and friends.Brilee Taylor Gold, daughter of Brandy and Jason Gold of Land O Lakes, will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, A seventh-grade student at Corbett Preparatory Middle School, Brilee was invited to participate in the Duke University Talent IdenBrilee is active in musical theater, voice, tap dance and volleyball and is a member of Mekor Shaloms youth group. Brandy and Jason Gold will host a dinner reception at the Hilton Special guests will include family and friends from across Florida, Wisconsin, Illinois and New York. Bar/Bat Mitzvah policyBnai Mitzvah are published in the Jewish Press as a public service. Forms should be availjewishpresstampa.com and look under Submit button. Photos may be mailed or e-mailed to
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JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 15 NOVEMBER 17 30, 2017 Menorah Manor Guild Youre Invited by the $40.00 per person Reserve your spot by mailing your menu choice & a check payable to the Menorah Manor Guild or paying online at www.menorahmanor.org/vinoy-event Thursday, January 11 at 10:30 AM Vinoy Renaissance 501 5th Ave NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701Consider being a sponsor at one of these levels, which includes lunch, tour, recognition at the luncheon, and recognition in the Jewish Press: $72 Supporter $118 Mitzvah Maker $154 Champion For more information, please call (727) 302-3888 or email email@example.com Join the Menorah Manor Guild for a docent-led tour of the historic Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club, followed by a delicious three-course lunch in the dining room. Proceeds will be used to purchase new therapeutic activity supplies to enhance the lives of the residents in the Bresler Alzheimers Program. Free on-site valet parking or free self-parking is available. IRON DOMECONTINUED from FRONT PAGEAfter Obama was elected, Lynn went to work in the Pentagon for the U.S. Department of Defense in early 2009 at the age of 30, as a senior advisor under Defense Secretary Bob Gates. He served as special advisor on the Middle East in being lead on U.S.-Israel defense policy issues. Shortly after starting his job, Lynn said, Among other items Dome project, and it was stamped in 2008 as rejected. Today, the Iron Dome rocket defense system is hailed as a highly effective defense system that has about a 90 percent success rate of rael population centers and blowing them up before they can harm people. But when Lynn looked the project was rejected, he said a number of generals and defense system entirely the creation of a company in Israel was not accurate and too costly. Lynns duties brought him into frequent contact with Maj.-Gen. Benny Gantz, the IDF defense attach in Washington at the time and later IDF chief of staff. Gantz wanted the U.S to take a second look at the Iron Dome system, saying since it was tested by U.S. oftive, vast improvements had been made. I encountered a lot of rejections and heard no many times, Lynn said. a meeting with Defense Secretary Gates. Until then the project had not come to Gates for review and he was not familiar with the full details. In a recent Jerusalem Post story the Iron Dome project, Lynn was quoted as pointing out to Gates that this is a particular system of technology that we dont have available ... that Israel is on the front lines, that they are taking that they have technology which we should check to see if it can save lives. Lynn said he won Gates support to get a second test of the improved system at the Redstone Arsenal in Alabama and the Iron Dome proved to be highly effective. Later that year, after putting together a funding request, Lynn and his friend Dan Shapiro, who by then was the National Security Councils senior director for the Middle East (and later became U.S. Ambassador to Israel), met with Obama at the White House. Also at the meeting in the Situation Room were Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary Gates, Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy and other members of the National Security team, Lynn said. Lynn and Shapiro told the president that Israel was seeking to build 10 Iron Dome defensive systems at a cost of about $400 million and needed about half of that funding from the United States. Lynn reminded Obama of his visit to Sderot two years earlier, saying, Mr. President, you told us and everyone you wanted to do everything to protect Israeli civilians just like if it was your daughters; this is something we can do to protect Israeli civilians and other civilians. Lynn said Obama immediately embraced the idea. This is not absolutely something I want to support. Lets move forward, Obama said. With backing from the president, the Pentagon and pro-Israel lobby AIPAC, Congress quickly approved the funding, and in subsequent years has continued to provide funding, adding on a provision that some of the Iron Dome production be done in the United States, creating jobs for Americans. The Iron Dome technology determines the trajectory of the rockpopulated areas, and shoots those rockets down before they reach their targets. Lynn said Iron Dome has about a 90 percent success rate and it was his favorite project during his service at the Department of Defense. In addition to serving as Secretary Gates lead on the Iron Dome project, other duties included working on joint U.S.-Israel training exercises, the sale of F-35 the Davids Sling and Arrow antimissile systems being developed for use in Israel against mid-range and long-range guided missiles. His tenure at the Pentagon also included serving under Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, who succeeded Gates in that position in 2011. Lynn left his Pentagon job in late 2014 and returned with his family to St. Petersburg. Since then he has dabbled in Democratic primary for the congressional seat then occupied by David Jolly, but was persuaded to step aside when former Gov. Charlie Crist entered the 2016 race. He then ran for a state house seat and lost. Lynn, 39, and Frank Sanchez, former Under Secretary of called CNS Global Advisors, a strategic consulting business on national security and defense matters. It was at a defense conference in Israel last year that he gave some details of his work to get the Iron Dome funded, resulting in a reporter from the Jerusalem Post writing the behind-the-scenes story recently about Lynns work. Here is an excerpt from that story: President Obama and Eric Lynn at the White House WASHINGTON (JTA) A made-up reporter named Bernie Bernstein called an Alabama pastor searching for women to provide damaging remarks against Roy Moore. In what sounded like a robocall, the man left a voicemail message with Pastor Al Moore claiming to be a reporter for the He offered women money in exchange for allegations, which he said would not be well vetted, the local CBS afThe voicemail was an apparent bid to discredit allegations that the Republican Senate candidate had sexual contact with minors many years ago. Given the callers Jewish-sounding name and strong, nasally Northeastern accent, many saw the message as anti-Semitic. Hi, this is Bernie Bernstein, Im a reporter for the calling to between the ages of 54 to 57 years old willing to make damaging remarks about candidate Roy Moore for a reward of between $5,000 and $7,000, the man said. We will not be fully investigating these claims, however we will make a written report. I can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you, the caller said. Marty Baron, the s ex ecutive editor, who is Jewish (and grew up TV criticizing the call as an attempt to undermine his newspaper. It is not known who made the call. But no staffer at the Wash is named Bernie Bernstein or Al Bernstein. The calls description of our reporting methods bears no relationship to reality, said Baron.We are shocked and appalled that anyone would stoop to this level to discredit real journalism. Last week, the Post reported allegations by four women that Roy Moore made romantic or sexual overtures to them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s. One woman said Moore initiated a sexual encounter with her in 1979 when she was 14 years old and he was 32. Since then more women have come forward with similar accusations and The reported that many people in Moores hometown, Gadsden, AL, recalled him being barred from the local mall for bothering young women, though no direct evidence has been found. Moore, 70, a former prosecutor and judge, has denied the allegations and threatened to sue the newspaper. Many observers condemned the call by the invented Jewish reporter as playing on anti-Semitic stereotypes and canards of Jewish conspiracies and media control. Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt suggested it was an attack both on journalism and Jews. magazine editor Adam Serwer said a Moore supporter seemed to be pinning the blame for his political problems on a Jewish conspiracy. Others, including Washington correspondent Daniel Dale and the television critic Emily Nussbaum, found humor in the blatant nature of the call. The made-up name recalls two promiJewish candidate to win major-party nominating contests last year when he ran in the Democratic presidential primaries, and Carl Bernstein was part of the Post team that exposed the Watergate scandal in the 1970s.Call from fake reporter with Jewish-sounding name, voice seeks dirt on candidate
ten extensively about the importance of international law as a means of attaining world peace, advocating for the establishment of the International Court of Law, which was finally established in 1998. Ferencz was given the privilege of delivering the closing arguments that court against Congolese leader Thomas Lubanga Dyilo. Frencz is not done yet even at age 97. He believes in peace not war, and despite the continuing scourge of genocides, he told 60 Minutes, It takes courage not to be discouraged Im still in there Cost for the event is a minimum $75 donation. Attendees are invited to stay and tour the museum after the program. Reservations are required, call (727) 820-0100, ext. 249. The Florida Holocaust Museum is located at 55 Fifth St. S., St. Petersburg. About the Lawyers of Conscience The mission of the Florida Holocaust Museum Lawyers of Conscience is to provide a non-political forum in which to sponsor thought-provoking programs and discussions relating past atrocities and lessons of history to contemporary issues, and to encourage participation of lawyers in order to promote equality of rights and justice under law. PAGE 16 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA NOVEMBER 17 30, 2017 rfnt brf rff rfr fntnbntn rfntbffThe Florida Holocaust Museums Lawyers of Conscience invites the community to attend a special interview via Skype with the last living Nuremberg Trial prosecutor. The museums Executive Director Elizabeth Gelman will interview Benjamin Ferencz, 97, from his home in South Florida. The program will be broadcast live on a large screen via Skype at the museum in downtown St. Petersburg on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 12:30 p.m. Ferencz was born in Transylvania in 1920. Ten months later, his family moved to the United States, where he grew up in Manhattan. In 1943, he graduated from Harvard Law School and soon afterward joined the Army, Bulge. Toward the end of the war, he was invited to investigate Nazi war crimes for the War Crimes Branch of the US Army. In that role, he gathered evidence about the horrors perpetrated by the Nazis, visiting concentration camps as they were liberated. After the war, he was asked to return to Germany to serve on the legal staff of Telford Taylor, who was a principal prosecutor for the Nuremberg Tribunals, conducted by the Allied Forces against the top echelon of the Nazis. The landmark Nuremberg Trials, which began Nov. 20, 1945, established the offenses of crimes against peace, waging a war of aggression, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. Ferencz was sent to Berlin with a team of 50 other he found records of the so-called task forces or Einsatzgruppen, which recorded exactly how many Jews, Gypsies, Communists, and Soviet intellectuals were murdered as they trekked across Eastern Europe. Although he had never prosecuted a case before at age 27, Ferencz was appointed chief prosecutor in Nurembergs Einsatzgruppen Trial, in what the Associated Press called the biggest murder trial in history. At the trials conclusion, the 22 defendants were convicted of murdering over a million people. Four of the defendants were hanged. In an interview earlier this year with 60 Minutes Leslie Stahl, Ferencz said one of the takeaways from that trial was, War makes murderers out of otherwise decent people. After the trials, he became focused on negotiating restitution for Holocaust victims and preventing future genocides. Throughout his life, he has spoken and writ-Photo from United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Benjamin FerenczBenjamin Ferencz, center, in Nuremberg, Germany, during the Einsatzgruppen TrialNuremberg prosecutor to give Skype interview at Florida Holocaust Museum Benjamin Ferencz todayMEGA EXHIBITtime that many of them learned the details of the Holocaust. Mossad, Israels Secret Intelligence Service, spent seven years researching Eichmanns capture and trial, meeting with thousands of people and collecting and documenting the details artifacts from the Mossad, which helped produce the exhibit along with two museums: Beit Hatfutsot, the Museum of the Jewish People, in Tel Aviv and the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Cleveland. Besides serving as curator of the exhibit, Avraham has been in Argentina on the set of a new movie about the Eichmann capture, also named Operation Finale. The movie stars Ben Kingsley as Eichmann. During World War II, Eichmann was the key functionary in the Nazis attempt to annihilate all of Europes 11 million Jews. After the war he disappeared, but his crimes made him a wanted man. Operation Finale the code name of Israels Eichmann in his hiding place in South America, and how they abducted and smuggled him safely to Israel to stand trial. The exhibition includes objects and images made available design elements and interactive features, to tell a story of espionage, intrigue and, ultimately, justice served. One of the most dramatic features of the exhibit is the bulletproof glass booth in which the accused sat as the courtroom drama was broadcast around the globe. Standing in front of newsreels, is a humbling experience, the New York Times said in its review of the exhibit. * The Operation Finale exhibit will run from Feb. 10 July 15 at the museum, 55 5th St. S., St. Petersburg. For more information including hours and admission prices, call (727) 820-0100 * The To Life: Honoring the Past; Empowering the Future gala featuring Avraham as keynote speaker, will take place on hotel is located at 2900 Bayport Drive, Tampa. Tickets to attend To Life are on sale now. To purchase