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PRESORTED STANDARD U.S. POSTAGE PAIDThe Jewish Press Group of Tampa Bay, Inc.The Jewish Press Group of Tampa Bay, Inc. Jewish Press of Pinellas County P. O. Box 6970 Clearwater, FL 33758-6970 See inside for details. WIN SHOW TICKETS Jewish Press Online Ticket Contest WIN SHOW TICKETS Jewish Press Online Ticket ContestSURVIVORS NIGHT continued on PAGE 8 VOL. 30, NO. 11 TAMPA, FLORIDA DECEMBER 15, 2017 JANUARY 11, 2018 16 PAGES Complied from JTA news service By BOB FRYER Jewish PressLess than 6 months ago, Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik spoke at an event showcasing eight Israeli startup tech companies that were seeking U.S. investors. He told a crowd of about 350 at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC that, We have to let it be known that Tampa and the Tampa Bay area is open for business in the innovation space. He added, Tampa is one of the countrys best kept secrets. We need to change that. As the companies made their pitch at that meeting, one apparently stood out for Vinik a company called StemRad that makes radiation protective wear for use by nuclear power plant workers in the ers, military personnel in the event a nuclear radiation event and even astronauts. Vinik met with the company founder and CEO, Oren Milstein, after the June 22 event, and began looking harder at the company. Recently, he put his words at the JCC meeting into action by becoming the lead in a small group of Tampa investors that chipped in $6 million for a stake in StemRad. The investors include Tampa radiologist Dr. Bruce Zwiebel, who is advising the company on development of a lightweight radiation JERUSALEM continued on PAGE 9 INVESTMENT continued on PAGE 14 By BOB FRYER Jewish PressWhen Rabbi Josh Hearshen and six congregants of Congregation Rodeph Sholom in Tampa made a recent trip to deliver aid to the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, they were struck by the spirit of the people there, as well as how long the recovery process is likely to take. It is not a matter of months, but more of years or maybe decades before they are back to normal, Rabbi Hearshen said. Puerto Rico was devastated when the island was struck by Maria on Sept. 20 as a strong Category 4 storm. The group from Rodeph Sholom visited more than two months later, from Nov. 26-29, delivering assistance near the capital, San Juan. Along with the rabbi, those on the mission were Vanessa Cohn, Michael Edgerley, Michael Leeds, David Magness, Michael Sinnreich and Lynne Winderbaum. The volunteers not only delivered essential items for families at Catholic and Jewish facilities, but also repaired homes, made friends and took time to buy shoes and toys for some children in need. single house without a blue tarp on it, Tampa Jews deliver aid, love, hope to Puerto Rico We cannot sit around in Tampa or wherever we are and wait for others to help; it is our job and our responsibility to be the help. Rabbi Josh HearshenPUERTO RICO continued on PAGE 16 Viniks newest investment is RadSmiling for the cameras in Tel Aviv, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, center, with Oren Milstein, founder and CEO of StemRad Ltd., left, and Jack Ross of Tampa, vice president of the companys North American operations, at an event to recognize cohort of Israeli startups taken under the wing of the Florida Israel Business Accelerator (FIBA), the brainchild of the Tampa JCCs and Federation. By ANDREW TOBIN JTA news serviceJERUSALEM Amid the global controversy over President Donald Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state, Israeli and Palestinian leaders actually found rare consensus: They agreed that the development was a win for Israel and a loss for the Palestinians. To be sure, Trumps concession was not a major one. Israel was always expected to get a recognized capital in Jerusalem under any Mideast peace deal, and the president did not reject Palestinian claims to have their capital in the city, too.What Israel and the Palestinians make of Jerusalem recognitionFollowing President Donald Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, protestors burn a poster of the president in front of the Damascus Gate at the entrance to Jerusalems Old City on Dec. 11.Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty ImagesAt, left, Rabbi Josh Hearshen of Congregation Rodeph Sholom with two children in Dorado, Puerto Rico. The rabbi and six other volunteers from Tampa painted and repaired the kids house and bought them shoes and Christmas presents. Above, Members of the group hand out some of the relief supplies they brought from Tampa in the city of Carolina. Just a nosh... Just a nosh... Couple sues Manhattan hotel for starving guests at bat mitzvah A couple is suing a Manhattan hotel for allegedly starving the guests at her daughters $37,000 bat mitzvah party. Manhattan Supreme Court, the New York Post reported. Nancy Held, the mother of the bat mitzvah girl, said the food for her 150 guests at the party in May was so mishandled that the hungry adult guests began eating the childrens ice cream desserts. She said in the lawsuit that the 700 hors doeuvres were never served to the guests as promised, and that the main course, a choice of steak or scallops, was served cold. We were starving, Helds husband, Marc, told The Post. We were hosting the party and we didnt have any food to eat. The hotel offered $1,000 and a night in a suite to make up for the errors, according to Held. The couple is suing for $637,000 in damages. planning for her daughters big day ever since being misdiagnosed with a fatal genetic mutation in 2013.Trump administration: Western Wall will surely be a part of Israel WASHINGTON The Trump administration said it cannot envision an outcome in which the Western Wall istration that it recognizes a claim to Jerusalem outside the 1967 lines. about Vice President Mike Pences upcoming visit to the region were asked whether Pence planned to visit the Wall, as President Donald Trump had done during his opposed to Trumps, which was private. We cannot envision any situation under which the Western Wall would not be part of Israel, said an ofaries of sovereignty of Israel are going to be part of the Israel captured eastern Jerusalem, including the Old City, in the 1967 Six-Day War. The Western Wall is the outer wall of the Second Temple, destroyed in 70 C.E., and its largest remnant. It is adjacent to the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism, and currently home to Islams third holiest site. The mount is controlled in part by a Muslim religious authority. In 2004, President George W. Bush said in a letter to then-Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon that it was unrealistic to expect the sides to return to the 1967 lines, but also spoke about land swaps to compensate Palestinians for Israeli settlements, a position that the Obama administration also embracedBERLIN (JTA) Hundreds of Holocaust survivors around the world participated in an inaugural global Hanukkah ceremony meant especially for them. In Jerusalem, New York, Berlin and other German cities, the survivors lit candles on Thursday night, the third evening of the eight-day holiday. International Holocaust Survivors Night was sponsored by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. In the German capital, about 20 survivors met with Bundestag President Wolfgang Schuble in the Reichstag and lit a menorah in the Jewish community center. They say every person is born life, said Berliner Marlene Herzberg, born in 1934 to a Jewish father Photo courtesy of Claims Conference(L-R) Rabbi Charles Savenor of the Park Avenue Synagogue; Rose Feigenbaum, and Leon Levy, both Holocaust survivors from Poland; and Claims Conference Chief of Staff Arie Bucheister at the Holocaust Survivors Night in New York City on Dec. 14.Inaugural Survivors Night reminds world at Hanukkah of their triumph against all odds


PAGE 2 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA DECEMBER 15, 2017 JANUARY 11, 2018 The Jewish Press assumes no responsibility for the opinions of columnists, letter writers, claims of advertisers, nor does the paper guarantee the kashruth of products & services advertised or mentioned otherwise. P.O. BOX 6970, CLEARWATER, FL 33758-6970(6416 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33707)Telephone: (813) 871-2332 Fax: (727) 440-6037 E -mail: jewishpress@aol.comAlso publisher of the Jewish Press of Pinellas County of TAMPAAn independent, bi-weekly newspaper owned by THE JEWISH PRESS GROUP of TAMPA BAY, INC. THE TAMPA JCCS & FEDERATION M AINTAINS THE MAIL ING LIST FOR THE JEWISH PRESS.The Jewish Press of Tampa is privately owned, but published in cooperation with the the Tampa JCCs & Federation as a community newspaper. 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Club J allows children to express themselves through their choice of activities including enrichment classes in dance, engineering, football, art, super sports, yoga, cooking and more; all afternoon, children will have the opportunity to supervisors assisting when needed. They will also receive a daily healthy snack and participate in enrichment classes throughout the week. The after-school program operates from 12:456 p.m. on Mondays and 1:45-6 p.m. on other weekdays. The program is also available during most Hillsborough County school days off. Club J currently picks up children from the following elementary schools (minimum four children is required): Westchase, Mary Bryant, Deer Park, Hammond, Essrig, Carrollwood Elementary, McKitrick and Citrus Park. Those who sign up for Club J between Jan. 28 and Feb. 2 get a 10 percent discount off fees, except for enrichment supply fees. For more information about Club J, contact Pam Cotner at pam. or (813) 769-4748.JCCs 2018 after-school program sign up opens in JanuaryFormer U.S. senator and cabinet member Elizabeth Dole 90 years old and looking back over my life are not, How much many titles, awards or honors did I stand for? Did I make a The Tampa JCCs and Federation guest speaker Marianne Bennett-Altschul hopes to help community members answer those questions for themselves and learn how to make a permanent record of their thoughts. The free program Living Your Legacy for Future Generations will be held at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC, 522 N. Howard Ave., Tampa, on Tuesday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m. For the past 10 years, BennettAltschul of Boca Raton has importance of leaving a written memory for future generations, and in particular, the transmission of values, ethics and hardlearned life lessons. A graduate of Columbia University with Bennett-Altschul is a psychotherapist, group facilitator and clinical social worker as well as an adjunct professor at Florida Atlantic University. The program will provide the own family traditions, religious practices, volunteer commitments and philanthropic involvements. Throughout the history of the Jewish people, the religious mandate of tikkun olam repair the world has been a unique principle of our culture. Children are taught to embrace the concept of tzedakah through the examples of their parents and grandparents, volunteering, giving and caring for those unable to care for themselves. When we live by example, we teach future generations the importance of our Jewish values and by setting this example, we ensure a stronger, secure said Cindy Spahn, chair of the Life and Legacy program. Reservations are required for the program. To register or for more information, visit or contact Michelle Gallagher at or (813) 7391687.Expert to ask people to consider their legacy at Jan. 30 program(JTA) Students at a Jewish school in New Jersey menorah. Over 500 students from Ben Porat Yosef, a private school in Paramus, stood in the shape of a hanukkah, Paramus Patch reported. A representative from Guinness World Records certiworld. Students dressed in colors to make the menorah come to life, with the younger pupils wearing red or orange represent the candles and dark colors to represent the menorah itself.Over 500 students from Ben Porat Yosef in Paramus, NJ, broke the world record for the largest human menorah.World record human menorah Screenshot from video by


JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 3 DECEMBER 15, 2017 JANUARY 11, 2018 By RON KAMPEAS JTA news serviceWASHINGTON Two months ago, President Donald Trump triggered a deadline about to come due on the Iran nuclear deal by decertifying Irans compliance. That meant Congress had 60 days to reimpose sanctions. Sixty days later on Dec. 12 Congress failed to reimpose sanctions. So what happens now? Lets review: Like it or not, the Iran deal is not going anywhere at least for another month The 2015 agreement forged between Iran and six nations led by the United States trades sanctions relief for Irans agreement to roll back its nuclear program. Trump hates it, saying the pact gave too much away for too little. Iran, he has said, is violating its spirit through continued missile testing, human rights violations, and backing for terrorists and military adventurism. The president is free to walk away from the deal anytime by reimposing sanctions. His top advisers have talked him out of that option, noting that inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N.s nuclear watchdog, say Iran is complying with the deals strictures on enrichIran is in compliance would cost the Amerithe terms of a 2015 law passed by Congress: the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, or INARA. INARA gives Congress 60 days to snap back that is, reimpose the kinds of sanctions the deal had lifted. It includes an exemption from Senate rules requiring a 60vote majority to advance legislation; only a simple majority of 51 is needed to pass. Had the bodys Republican leaders chosen this option, they may have had a shot at passage, with the GOP controlling 52 votes. Amassing the 60 votes needed under regular order is seen as a nonstarter. So Congress missed the deadline Thats not exactly clear. The 2015 law was designed to keep the pressure on a Democratic president, so great thought wasnt given to the passage dealing with what happens should a president decertify. Republicans are adamant that each time next deadline to do so is mid-January the 60-day window to reimpose sanctions with a simple majority in the Senate kicks in again. But some Democrats say the 60day window for reimposing sanctions with a 51-senator majority is a one-off and have asked the congressional parliamentarian for parliamentarians for both chambers did not return JTAs request for an opinion.) IAEA inspectors say Iran is in compliance. So what is Trump referring to? The tion are broader than merely showing Iran is not complying with the deals   limits on uranium and centrifuges used for enrich ment. They allow the president to decertify if he feels that suspending sanctions is no longer appropriate and proportionate to by Iran with respect to terminating its illicit nuclear program. The Trump administration interprets that passage as justifying deSecretary of State Rex Tillerson in an Oct. 13 letter to congressional leaders cited that clauses allowing Iran to remove some strictures on enrichment within the next decade Congress doesnt reimpose sanctions. Is this a bust for Trump? No. In his Oct. 13 policy speech, Trump did not call for the sanctions snapback. The 60-day deadline was just a window in which Congress could expedite legisla -Congress will miss its deadline to reimpose sanctions on Iran deal. What happens next?tion if it chose to, a senior White House ofto act and in fact had indicated in October that there were no plans to reinstitute those sanctions. Instead, Trump called for a review of the terms of the deal, either through amending INARA or through new legislation. Ideally the legislation would include restrictions on Irans missile development and its mili tary adventurism, as well as the removal or at least the extension of the sunset clauses. Trump also called on European allies to work with the United States to amend the deal. Is that happening? No. Disagreements between Democrats and Republicans remain so wide that neither side has circulated text of a draft bill, the usual opening gambit in advancing legisla tion. Deal supporters are taking heart in the unbridgeable gap. The fact that the 60-day window has closed without even introduction of legislation to reimpose sanctions shows theres little to no appetite in Congress to blow up the deal legislatively, said Dylan Williams, the vice president of government affairs for J Street, the liberal Middle East policy group. The European parties to the deal Germany, Britain and France say it would be bad faith to reopen the deal. They also note that the other parties, Iran, Russia and China, have no interest in renegotiating the terms of the deal, so its a dead end. Democrats say they have no interest in renegotiating a done deal, especially because the Europeans are not on board. Instead, Democrats and Europeans have called for strengthening non-nuclear sanctions on Iran. We wont be party to anything that violates the JCPOA, a congressional Democratic staffer told JTA, using the acronym for the deals formal name, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. Were not going to part of anything that the Europeans are not on board with. So what happens now? The work on addressing the issues the JTA, without elaborating. Trump said in October that if Congress out of the deal. He can do so anytime, but all eyes are on the mid-January deadline for him to waive sanctions on Iran under the terms of the agreement. That, coincidental ly, is about the same time he must certify or decertify Iranian compliance under INARA. Richard Goldberg, a senior adviser at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a top Republican Senate staffer from 2005 to 2014 who was an architect of Iran sanctions said it needs not be either-or for Trump. Goldberg said the president could waive some sanctions and reimpose others. He could impose new sanctions related to Irans non-nuclear activities, including missile development. He could reassert, again, that Iran is not in compliance with the deal case congressional leaders, after consulting with the parliamentarian, may determine a 60-day period allowing Congress to reimpose sanctions, with only a simple majority needed in the Senate. Any one of those scenarios, Goldberg said, could roil Iranian markets, just as maintain U.S. leverage on Iran. The rial has plummeted since the decer currency. If Democrats and Republicans are unable to agree on new legislation, its better that they hold off for now, Goldberg said; toothless legislation would amount to a green light to business overseas to deal with Iran. Better that the Congress doesnt under cut the president and undermine pressure thats building inside Iran and inside Europe, he said.


Cong. Beth Shalom BrandonLaugh out loud: Acclaimed comedian Rabbi Bob Alper will perform clean, intelligent, sophisticated humor at the synagogue on Saturday, Jan. 6. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Visit for advance ticket purchase. Alper was a synagogue rabbi for 14 years, holding a doctorate from Princeton Theological Seminary. He left the bima and worlds only practicing clergyman doing stand-up comedyintentionally. He is often heard on satellite radio and the Chicago Tribune described his act ful. A warm type of humor . Hear Wallenberg saga: Meet and hear attorney and author Morris Wolff who has spent many years seeking to unravel the mystery of scholar-in-residence for the Jan. 20 event. Gentile, was a Swedish diplomat in Hungary and was credited with savwhen the Soviet Union liberated highlights from his book, Whatever Happened to Raoul Wallenberg, and will autograph copies for sale at the presentation. A private wine and cheese reception will kick off the Saturday evening event at 7 p.m. Tickets for the recepto all. Ther is no charge, but donations Page Turners: Join in on a live online discussion with author Abigail Pogrebin as the Page Turners group reviews her book, My Jewish Year: 18 holidays, One Wondering Jew. A light dinner will be served at no charge. The event is on Monday, Jan. 15 at 6 p.m.Cong. Rodeph SholomCineRodeph: Enjoy a Chinese dinner and movie at the synagogue on Sunday, Dec. 24 from 6-9 p.m. For Latin American Jewish movie: The second season of showing Latin American Jewish movies Sholom on Monday, Jan. 8 at 6:30 p.m. Masterfully edited from nearly 200 hours of footage, Papirosen repregenerations of Argentine director Gastn Solnickis family history, culled from 8mm home videos, a VHS bar mitzvah, and original observational material. Papirosen is a meditation on family, history, the importance of storytelling, and the power of cinema itself. Cong. Kol AmiHavdallah Hollywood musical edition: On Saturday Jan. 6, from 7-10 p.m., the Sisterhood and Brotherhood present Havdallah and Hollywood The Musicals. This will Rabbi Howard Siegel and Cantor Beth Schlossberg. There will be snacks before the feature presentations. This years adult presentation will be The Jazz Singer with Neil Diamond, and the childrens movie will be The Lion King. There sisterhood.kolami. PAGE 4 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA DECEMBER 15, 2017 JANUARY 11, 2018 Reform CENTER 1115 E. Del Webb Blvd., Sun City Center Congregation BETH AM nd nd rd Congregation SCHAARAI ZEDEK ConservativeCongregation Congregation BAIS (TEMPLE) DAVID CHABAD CHABAD LUBAVITCH of TAMPA BAY CHA B AIS M EN ACHEM C HABAD 1 Campus CHABAD JEWISH STUDENT CENTER at UT Jewish Renewal Conservative CHABAD JEWISH CENTRE at WIREGRASS Reform Congregation BNAI EMMUNAH ReformTemple ConservativeTemple EMANUEL C HABAD JEWISH CENTER Religious Directory Congregations Rabbinically Speaking Rabbinically Speaking Shabbat Candle Lighting Times son of two versions of the Hanukkah story. One is three centuries later. This divergence raises an from two different Maccabean sources or was the story in the Talmud purposely repackaged to send a different message about the meaning of the holiday? The answer is fascinating. The version in the Book of Maccabees makes no mention of the jar of oil which miraculously lasted that after defeating the Syrian Greeks in war joyfully for eight days, as on the Feast of Booths how, not long before, they had spent the Feast of mean that the eight-day Hanukkah celebration stems from a belated eight-day Sukkot celebration by the Maccabees after winning the war and rededicating the Temple. The Talmudic account gives a completely difThey answer that when the Maccabean Hasmoneans rededicated the Temple, they found only enough oil to light the menorah for one day and night. But the oil burned miraculously for eight days and eight nights. So, we celebrate Hanukkah for eight nights to mark the miracle. These contradictory versions of the Hanukkah account in Second Maccabees was the oldest and was written by the Maccabees themselves, why had seen it, surely, they would have noted it. Second, why did the Talmudic rabbis, writing celebrate Hanukkah? Had the Jews forgotten by portunity to put a different spin on the meaning of the holiday? Third, why did the rabbis totally ignore the Maccabean military victory in their retelling, and Congregation Schaarai ZedekThe politics behind the Hanukkah miracle when they decided what books belonged in the Jewish Bible? Clearly, the Maccabees would have written about suspect they didnt. Neither is it likely that the Jews in rabbinic times forgot the meaning of Hanukkah. Had they forgotten, the rabbis would we celebrate Hanukkah? And the Maccabean military victory does not appear in the rabbinic version of Hanukkah for the same reason the rabbis substituted the oil story for the military one Hebrew Bible. The rabbis did not want Hanukkah connected to militarism in any way. very different political situation 300 years after the Maccabean victory. The Maccabees wrote their version to celebrate their military victory over the Greeks and to justify the independent the political and military void. ruled over the Jews, the rabbis could no longer afford to tell a militaristic Hanukkah story. Conthat a new Jewish uprising was being fomented, because the Jews had already mounted two rebellions against them. This new political reality necessitated a new Hanukkah story, one that emphasized a Divine miracle instead of a military triumph. The rabbis also wanted to substitute the miracle been disastrous and another one would have meant the end of the Jewish People. This interpretation tells us that there are really three miracles connected to the Hanukkah story: the defeat of the Greeks by a much smaller Jewembrace peace and thus save our People from a war we could not win. And the last may be the greatest miracle of all because we are here to tell about it. 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.


JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 5 CongregationsDECEMBER 15, 2017 JANUARY 11, 2018 WWW.360R EALTYT AMPA.COM813.508.2715 360 REALTY CARLYN NEUMAN Anton Legal Group Stock Broker DisputesS. David Anton, Esq. Since 1985 VanDale Painting (813) 933-7022 Cell (813) 748-9433FREE ESTIMATES Israel, past, present, future: Join in a series of classes Ephraim Graff. Participants can attend any class as they are on sepafour classes presented in January. On Jan. 10 the topic is religion and its role in the nations life. On Jan perspective. On Jan. 24 the topic sessions begin at 7:30 p.m. Jewish ethics: leads a course in Jewish ethics on 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. There will be no class on Dec. 27. Pizza & PJ Shabbat: All young families are welcome to join in on Friday, Jan. 12 from 6-7 p.m. for a celebration of Shabbat ing, dancing, friendship and food. Enjoy a pizza dinner followed by a child-friendly musical service, led David Berger and then ice cream for dessert.. adults, should dress comfortably. Cost is $5 per person, with a $25 org LChaim: Lifes Lessons, is offered on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to noon. Topics, readings and a different leader are chosen for each weekly session. There will be no classes on Dec. 26. Talmud: A Talmud study class 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 no class on Dec. 28. Knitting time: The Sisterknitting sessions on Tuesdays from 1:30 3 p.m. in the boardroom. For more information, call the synagogue. The knitters make fabric These are then donated to a group that provides housing for local teens aging out of foster care, as well as other charities. For more inCong. Beth AmGo bowling: Join with other congregants on Sunday, Jan. 7 from 9-11 a.m. at Pin Chasers, 5555 Unlimited bowling, shoes, bowling ball and and breakfast bowl is included. There are only 25 spots a spot. The cost is $8, and payable to Pin Chasers at their front desk to mcTreasurer@BethAmTampa. org. This event is sponsored by the Mens Club. Israeli dancing: Lessons in Tuesday at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Irma Polster at Cong. Schaarai ZedekAdult Learning: A series of Different Understandings, Traditions, and Beliefs will be led by Bill Kalish and Vit Gulbis on Tuesdays, Jan. 9, 16 and 23 from 7-8:30 p.m. Jews and Christians share many of the ancient writings that comprise the Bible. The shared scriptures are read in different ways by different faith traditions. These lectures confront the very timely subject of ethics, values and morals, what is basic and what is aspirational. Class participation www. or call the Temple Sisterhood baking proj ect: The Sisterhood will begin baking hamantaschen in January in preparation for sales on Sunday, Jan. 28 from 9-11:45 a.m. The project begins with hamantashen dough making on Sunday, Jan. 7 at 9 a.m. then with baking sessions at 9 a.m. on Jan. 17 and 24, 6 p.m. on Jan. 24, and 9 a.m. on Jan 28 and 31 and Feb. 4. This is a project the Sisterhood takes on every year for Purim, with proceeds from the sales going to the congregations religious school. Call the temple for more informaHelping out at Christmas: Volunteers are needed for two Christmas mitzvah projects. Congregant Debbie Steinfeld is organizing volunteers to go to Church in Town n Country to prepare and serve Christmas dinner for those in need. Volunteers will work 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 The congregation will also send volunteers to the Childrens Home, a residential facility for children in need, on Christmas morning to prepare and serve a breakfast for residents and staff. To participate, contact Sherry Stein congregation will send a contingent to Metropolitan Ministries on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to serve a meal, but those volunteer Ian Bernstein Party: A celebration will be held on Sunday, Jan. 2 from 12:30-4:30 p.m. to honor Ian Bernstein, the founding director of the Amy Gail Buchman Preschool. There will be activities for all ages. The afternoon will include a hamburger and hot dog program at 4 p.m. For more inCong. Bais Menacham ChabadTorah class: Join a weekly p.m. at the University of Tampa. issues through a Torah perspective. For more information, contact Rabbi Levi Rivkin 4432 or email bmchabad@gmail. com. Practical kabbalah: Enrich the soul and mind with a touch of kabbalah. Learn practical spirituality for everyday life. Classes are Beginning in January, a visiting ing at services at Congregation Beth Shalom in Brandon zan Moshe Friedler will both be visiting the congregation monthly on different Shabbats. Hazzan Friedler will make his regular Shabbat eve services at 7:45 p.m. He will join Cantorial soloist Sandy Santucci for an evening of music and spiritual inspiration. Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Hazzan Friedler began his career there at 18. He spent 10 years at the Association Culfore moving to the United States, where he found work in California and Miami, then in Tampa, where for more than 20 years. A lover of Jewish music, Hazzan Friedler has produced, written, sung and played his trademark Hope and Despair, a presentation based on the book One Generation After retirement from the Tampa congregation, he has been traveling nationwide to Jewish communities too small to hire a rabbi or cantor. monthly visits to Beth Shalom on the weekend of Jan. 19-20. He will read the congregation in prayer on Friday, Jan. 19 at 7:45 p.m. and offer a Shabbat morning Torah study and worship service on Saturday, Jan. 20 at 10 a.m. Rabbi, cantor to begin work at Beth Shalom in BrandonRabbi Richard Address director of He has served for more than three decades on the staff of the a regional director and then as the department of Jewish Family Cona specialist and consultant for the ment in the areas of family related programming and he also served several congregations. Currently, for websites on issues related to spirituality and aging. JTA dustries, one of the largest manufacturers of generic drugs in the world, will lay off 14,000 workers as part of a global restructuring, or 25 percent of its workforce. Teva made the announcement on Thursday, Dec. 14. The cuts years, with most in 2018, The Associated Press reported. After the cuts are completed, only 8 percent of Tevas employbusiness daily Globes reported. Teva, based in Petach Tikvah, is the countrys largest private sector employer with nearly 7,000 reduce the number to about 4,000. Teva stock has fallen 60 percent in the past year. The company also for multiple sclerosis, and is struggling under a $35 billion debt from generic drug division. The company said it will be as well as the United States and Europe. Netanyahu spoke with Teva CEO weeks ago to turn the companys fortunes, following the announcement. According to a statement from tanyahu asked Schultz to minimize pecially in the periphery of the country where two Teva factories reportedly will close. Schultz said he would make a damage to the companys employees, the statement said. Netanyahu also asked Schultz to do everything possible to preserve pany, according to the statement.Israeli drug maker to lay off 14,000 workers


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PAGE 8 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA DECEMBER 15, 2017 JANUARY 11, 2018 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. TAMPA AMEET CHAPTER would like to invite you to the2018 Hadassah Associates Award Dinner (includes 2 tickets and an exclusive Meet and Greet) Stewart Greenberg, a trial lawyer and active member of the Miami Beach area Jewish community, was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma in 2012. Doctors gave him 3 months to live. On a mission to Israel, Stewart met with Dr. Michal Lotem at Hadassah Medical Organization who saved his life with a unique Hadassah immunotherapy vaccine.Miracles do happen. They happen at HadassahFor details on this and other chapter events, visit our website at GUEST SPEAKERStewart GreenbergHerm Greenberg Cliff Reiss Larry Leibowitz Tampa Fire Rescue launches hundreds of chocolate Gelt Drop at Chanukah in the City.Hanukkah around town Rabbi Mendy Dubrowski of Chabad Chai South Tampa, helps the students of the Congregation Schaarai Zedek Sunday school learn about Hanukkah by pressing fresh oil. Dubrowski of Chabad of Tampa Bay and Rabbi Mendy Dubrowski of Chabad Chai South Tampa light Tampas largest Menorah along with Tampa City Councilmen Harry Cohen, Luis Viera, and Guido Maniscalco, at Chanukah in the City celebration held at City Hall Plaza on the 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. Tickets can be purchased until Dec. 22 for $45 at The price at the door is $54. There will be free vodka drinks (while supplies last) and hors doeuvres. Additional food and drinks will be available for purchase throughout the evening. For more information, contact Lisa Robbins, Tampa JCCs & Federation director of Young Adult Engagement, at (813) 769-4723 or on sale for annual Vodka Latke on Dec. 24 SURVIVORS NIGHTand Christian mother. Herzberg survived because her mother had her baptized. she said. Nazi Germany in 1935, ended up in what was then Leningrad. Rosenberg, a retired educator who taught Russian in the former East Germany, returned to live in Berlin in 1993. In my opinion, everyone has experiAccording to Greg Schneider, executive vice president of the Claims Conference, there are some 450,000 survivors living around the world, most of them former Soeastward. About 90,000 who survived concentration camps, in ghettos or in hiding are still alive, said Schneider, who participated in the Jerusalem event. We need to dedicate at least one night of Hanukkah to reminding the world about adding that he hopes to repeat this next year and beyond. The Hanukkah story resonates with their story of resilience; of being powerless you would not believe they could Photo by Toby AxelrodMarlene Herzberg, who turns 83 on Dec. 19, with West Berlin Jewish community center. survive and against all odds they come out In Berlin, some survivors expressed worry about rising anti-Semitism following recent were burned. The demonstrations came in response to President Donald Trumps pronouncement that the United States was recognizing Jerusalem as Israels capital. They said that the very aggressive atmosphere and demonstrations at the Brandenburg Gate, right in front of the chanukiyah Mahlo, the Claims Conference representative in Germany, told JTA. In New York, the Holocaust Survivors Night took place at the Park Avenue Synagogue. And in Israel, some 300 survivors attended a ceremony at the Western Wall.


JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 9 DECEMBER 15, 2017 JANUARY 11, 2018 rfrfn tbfbfbbfbfbrbb nbbbbbbbbbbb rrbnbb fffbffbrfnt nbbnnbr rfrbbb rrbtr r MarvelUniverseLive.com1705576 2017 MARVELJAN 5 7 AMALIE ARENA JERUSALEMHowever, the change in two decades of American policy on Jerusalem cemented the impression on both sides that the United States was tilting toward Israel. With Trumps team working on a peace deal, Israeli and Palestinian leaders debated how his decision would affect the effort. The Israelis said their country still wants peace and Trump was only recognizing the obvious: Israel already controls all of Jerusalem, has treated it as its capital for 69 years and was never going to settle for anything less than an acknowledgement that Jerusalem is its capital. Whether the Palestin ians can also claim parts of Jerusalem as their capital remains an open question, but that was always issues at the heart of negotiations. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday, Dec. 10, during a visit with French President Emanuel Macron that Jerusalem was as much Israels capital as Paris was Frances, and that recognition of this fact was necessary for peace. I think that what peace requires is to be built on the foundation of truth, on the facts of the past and on the present, Netanyahu said. This is the only way that you can build a pluralistic and successful future. More important, Israeli lead ers contended, Trump gave the Palestinians a long overdue reality check. They said the president showed that he would not indulge the Palestinians attempts to deny Israels existence. Netanyahu made that equation explicit in a meeting with European foreign ministers in Brussels. He likened the Palestinians opposition to recognizing Jerusalem as Israels capital with their refusal to accept the existence of a Jewish state, which he has long maintained was the primary obstacle to peace. I think we should give peace a chance. I think we should see what is presented and see if we can advance this peace. But if we have to begin it, I would say its one place: Recognize the Jewish state, he said Monday, Dec. 11, in Brussels. Its always been about the Jewish state. And its time that the Palestinians recognize the Jewish state and also recognize the fact that it has a capital. Its called Jerusalem. Palestinian leaders, meanwhile, accused Israel of having no inter est in making peace on terms they could ever accept. By giving Israel something it wants for free, they suggested, Trump signaled that he would not even try to oppose its continued settlement of eastern Jerusalem and the West Bank, which they said has made nearly impossible the creation of the state the Palestinians demand as part of a peace deal. In an op-ed, in The New York Times, Hanan Ashrawi, a Palestinian lawmaker and a member of the Palestine Liberation Organizations executive committee, said rest the dream of a two-state solution, which has been on life support for years already. By rewarding its claim on JeMr. Trump is giving Israel a free hand to accelerate its policies of creeping annexation of the occupied Palestinian territories and its deliberate attempts to erase the Palestinians historical, political, cultural and demographic presence in historic Palestine, she wrote. Following Trumps announcement, Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian Authoritys chief peace negotiator, up on a separate Palestinian state and instead pushing for a binational state shared by Jews and Arabs an outcome unthinkable to most Israelis. Now is the time to transform the struggle for one state with equal rights for everyone living in historic Palestine, Erekat told Israels Haaretz newspaper. At the same time, Palestinian leaders said Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel showed once and for all that the United States was not an honest broker for peace. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said in a statement Friday, Dec. 8, that the United States was process. The next day, Abbas dipthat the president canceled plans to meet with Vice President Mike Pence this month in Ramallah, the Palestinian Authoritys de facto capital in the West Bank, because of the announcement on Jerusalem. There will not be a meeting with Pence. The matter is bigger than a mere meeting because the United States, in its decisions on Jerusalem, crossed red lines, Majdi al-Khalidi told the P.A. radio station. Palestinian leaders warned that with the two-state solution no longer viable, their people would turn to violence. The Palestinian Authority urged protests, and the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas called for a new intifada, or uprising granted, a call they make habitually. A series of rockets was launched at southern Israel from Gaza, where Hamas governs. However, by Tuesday, Dec. 12, the status quo seemed to remain in effect. To ease pressure on Trump over his Jerusalem announcement, nal votes, slated for this week, on a bill that would make it harder for Israel to hand over any part of the city under a future peace deal, Israels Hadashot TV news reported. Pleased but not ecstatic over Trumps decision, Israelis contin ued their daily routines. In eastern Jerusalem, Gaza and the West Bank, a wave of Palestin ian demonstrations petered out and schools and businesses that had closed reopened. Abbas foreign affairs adviser on Sunday, Dec. 10, The Times of Israel that the Palestinians had no plans to cut ties with the United States. We are not cutting our relation ship with America. We are protesting the move of Mr. Trump, Nabil Shaath said. We think Mr. Trump has acted in a way that makes it impossible for the United States to act as an honest broker. We are just expressing that. JERUSALEM (JTA) David Friedman, the U.S. ambassador to Israel, lit the menorah at the Western Wall in Jerusalem for the second night of Hanukkah. Thousands attended the ceremony on Dec. 13, one week after President Donald Trump announced that the United States would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Some 2,180 years ago, the Maccabees reclaimed this very site and restored Jewish ritual to the Second Temple Friedman    tweeted after the lighting ceremony. Awed to stand on the same hallowed ground. Friedman lit the candles accompanied by the Western Wall rabbi, Shmuel Rabinovitch; Jerusalems chief rabbi, Shlomo Amar; and the minister of tourism, Yariv Levin, Ynet reported.David Friedman, US ambassador to Israel, lights menorah at Western Wall


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The program is fueled by the commitment of the Tampa JCCs to serve the entire community with an emphasis on inclusion. All classes, groups and events are fected by Parkinsons and are taught by experienced, Parkinsons-trained staff. Exercise classes include Tai Chi, stretch and strengthen, water and movement, Nia, and cycling. A patient support group and a caregiver support group, both of which are led by a professional social worker, are also available. The Parkinsons Wellness Initiative has made a measurably positive impact in the lives of its participants. Ive been a student a little over a year now. My wife is in the support group that meets at the same time. Ive developed better balance and my walking has improved Our instructor is very adamant about walking, said Wayne Highsmith, who takes the Tai Chi class. My support group. She thinks the world of Mindy. They come in their power chairs, walkers and with canes to our class, down the steps carefully structor. After clinging to the pool walls and then sharing what their disabilities are, in time they no longer grasp the pool wall but walk, stride and side step along, with strengthening exercises, with enthusiasm across the pool, she said. havent walked in years or I love this class, I feel free. To learn more about the program, contact Pnina Levermore at (813) 291-2253 (pnina.lev or Crista Ellis at (813) 396-0765 ( PDWellnessInitiative@gmail. com).PAGE 10 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA DECEMBER 15, 2017 JANUARY 11, 2018 Y O U R FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS WITH GUEST SPEAKERMarianne Bennett-AltschulLdor Vador Lets leave a written memory for future generations to pass along our family values, ethics and rich traditions. Join us and experience what it takes to share your passion with generations to come.Tuesday, January 30, 2018 7:00 PM Bryan Glazer Family JCC522 North Howard Avenue Reservations are required. Register online or by contact Michelle Gallagher at or 813.739.1687. Parkinson Wellness Initiative classes ongoing at Glazer Family JCC and Cohn campusThe Tampa Ameet chapter of Hadassah invites the community to its annual Associates Award Dinner, on Thursday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. when guest speaker Stewart Greenberg, melanoma survivor, patient advocate and trial lawyer, will tell his own riveting story: Miracles Do Happen They Happen at Hadassah. This years honorees, Herm Greenberg, Cliff Reiss, and Larry Leibowitz, have demonstrated excellence in leadership ability and active participation in the advancement of the goals and objectives of Hadassah as well as the Jewish community at large. Hadassah Associates are men and support the mission to advance medical research, healing and education. Collectively, they have raised millions of dollars for projects including stem cell research, gene therapy, cardiac surgical suite, the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower medicine room and double patient room and for the recent Mens Health Initiative focusing on cardiology, prostate cancer and lung cancer. City, Stewart Greenberg is an accomplished trial lawyer, specializing in medical malpractice in both wife Maggie, a paralegal and life member of Hadassah, are active in the Miami Jewish Federation. He has been president of Bet Shira Synagogue and sits on the board of Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options. Stewart Greenberg was diagnosed with stage-four melanoma and was told that there was no treatment that could save him. Facing a devastating risk of metastasis, Stewart consulted various physicians, but they were unable to offer him any hope. While on a mission to Israel, he met with Dr. Michal Lotem, head of the Sharett Institute of Oncology, and was accepted into a personally tailored melanoma vaccine clinical trial at the Hadassah Medical Center. Greenberg will tell how he received a new lease on life, and how Hadassah is saving and transforming lives every day through medical breakthroughs. The Hadassah Associates Award Dinner will be held at the Holiday Inn Tampa Westshore, 700 N. Westshore Blvd. Tickets are $49 per person; gold sponsorship is available at $250 and includes two tickets as well as a special meet and greet reception prior to the dinner. For reservations and more information, call Michele Norris at (813) 352-8765 prior to Jan. 2.Hadassah to honor 3 men; hear from melanoma survivor


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JWVRays talk: Orestes Destrade, Tampa Bay Rays broadcaster and Fox Sports personality, will be guest speaker at the Jewish War Veterans, Post 373 meeting on Sunday, Jan. 21 at 9:30 a.m. at Congregation Beth Am, 2030 W. Fletcher Ave., Tampa. All are invited. Breakfast will be served. For more information, contact Commander Jack Rudowsky at (813) 598-8061 or at rochelletsr@ gmail.comGenealogical SocietyGet educated: On Sunday Jan. 14, the Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay will present several selected recorded excerpts from a broad range of educational sessions presented at the 2017 International Conference on Jewish Genealogy. This program will provide an opportunity to hear from select conference speakers accompanied by a slide presentation of the material almost like being there. The meeting will be at Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services, Inc., 14041 Icot Blvd., Clearwater. A social with refreshments begins at 1:30 p.m., and the featured program starts at 2 p.m. The meeting is open to everyone at no charge. For more information, call Bruce Hadburg at (727) 796-7981.Young AdultsImprov workshop: #Gather will get together to explore the ele ments of improv at a workshop on Wednesday, Jan. 10 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC, 522 N. Howard Ave., Tampa. There will be improvisational games, exercises and just plain silliness to help you let go and laugh, brought to you by American Stage Improv. The cost is $18 for JCC members and $22 for guests. #Gather offers a mix of social and interactive activities designed to help young adults connect. It is open to young adults of all faiths and backgrounds. For more infor mation on any #Gather program, go to www.bryanglazerfamilyjcc. com/gather or contact Lisa Robbins, director of Young Adult Engagement for the Tampa JCCs & Federation at or (813) 769-4723. Yoga and brunch: On Sunday, Jan. 14 from 9-11 a.m. join #Gather for an hourlong yoga session, followed by a light healthy lunch at the Glazer JCC. The cost is $5 for members and $7 for guests. Grown-up game night: #Gather will host an evening playing games such as Exploding Kittens, Joking Hazard and Cards Against Humanity. Bring your own games to play, too. Snacks, beer and more will be offered. The event is Wednesday, Jan. 24 from 7-9 p.m. at the Glazer JCC. This is free for 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. Plugged in: A tech meetup is planned at the Glazer JCC for active adults can get answers about their tech devices and applications from tech-savvy professionals. The group will meet on Monday, Jan. 22 from 3-4:30 p.m. This free program will include bagels and coffee. To register, call (813) 2912253. Discover opera: Take an excursion to the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa to par ticipate in an interactive forum designed to enrich the publics grand opera experience. The forum, on Sunday, Jan. 28 from 12:30-4 p.m. will feature Opera Tampas managing director, the stage director and principals who will perform arias from Opera Tampas productions. Learn about the evolution of opera over the ages, the impact of major composers and the impor tance of voice types during casting. There will be a lunch at the Sono Caf before the forum. The forum is free but does not include the cost of the lunch. For transportation information and to RSVP, email Pnina.Lever Trivial Pursuit and pizza: Beginning on Thursday, Jan. 11 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., this group will meet on the second Thursday of the month to exercise minds and enjoy some pizza. This event is free. Yiddish nostalgia: Join Ruth Weston and other Yiddish enthusiasts on Thursday, Jan. 25 from 12:45-1:45 p.m. at the Cohn campus to share favorite expressions and reminisce. This program is free. All that jazz: Enjoy craft beer, cheese and music at Culture Caf: A Beginners Guide to Loving Jazz, a multi-media explora tion of jazz from the fans perspective, on Tuesday, Jan. 16 from 7-8 p.m. Cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Canasta open play: Meet in the senior lounge at the Cohn campus every Friday from 3-4:30 p.m. for friendly games of canasta. Crochet lessons: Learn crochet with Judy Balber 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. 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. The next class is Jan. 10.   This is a discussion course with participation open to 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. Mah jongg: Folks can play at both JCCs. At the Cohn campus, there will be open play sessions every Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30 3:30 p.m. Also on that location there will be four sessions of guided instruction on Mondays from 1:30-3 p.m. beginning Jan. 8 at a cost of $5 for members and $10 for guests. This is a chance to learn the basics. At the Glazer JCC, drop-in sesJEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 13 DECEMBER 15, 2017 JANUARY 11, 2018 Organizations sions 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.   Also at the Glazer JCC, lessons will be offered on Sundays, Jan. 21, Feb. 11, March 18 and April 15 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. The cost is $65 for members and $70 for non-members, with advanced registration required. Call the Glazer JCC for more information. JetSetters: The Phyllis Bor rell JetSetters 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.   Beginning Jan. 10, the topic will be Around the World with Mario DeLeon. DeLeon will per form music from around the world and challenge those in attendance to guess the country where each selection comes from. On Feb. 14 there will be a presentation about international love ballads with the University of Tampa Theater and Dance Department. Additional programs will be held in April and May. The JetSetters group also meets on the Cohn campus on the fourth Thursday of the month from 11 a.m. to noon and features an enter taining program. The lunch is free for members, though a donation of $5 is suggested.   News talk: This discussion group, meeting at both JCCS, is led by Pat Renfroe and explores hot button issues of the day. Upcoming News Talk sessions at the Glazer JCC are Tuesdays from 7-8:30 p.m. These sessions are free. The group at the Cohn campus, meets the second and fourth Friday from 10:30 a.m. to noon. There is no charge to attend.   Bridge lessons: 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 Jan. 12 through Feb. 16 from 1 -2:30 p.m. The cost for classes is $50 for members and $60 for nonmembers. Movie matinee: Enjoy a classic movie and popcorn on the 10 a.m. to noon on the Cohn cam pus. There is no charge to attend. On Jan. 3 the movie will be Biloxi Blues, on Feb. 7 the movie will be A Majority of One, on March 7 the movie will be Driving Miss Daisy, on April 4 it will be Daniel and on May 2 it will be Cabaret. Wine and cheese: The Glazer JCC is exploring the idea of a weekly Active Adults Mens Club gathering. Those interested are invited to come to the Glazer JCC on Tuesday, Jan. 16 from 5-6:30 p.m. to share ideas about what sort of activities the group will engage in. This will be a free wine and cheese happy hour. Band concert: The Tampa Community Band will perform on Wednesday, Jan. 24 from 7:308:30 p.m. The band is a grassroots project providing an opportunity for musicians to play with a group and hone their skills. This event is free. Tampa history series: Learn about Tampas history dur ing three free sessions led by Carl Zielonka at the Glazer JCC. On Wednesday, Jan. 10 from 1-2 p.m. the discussion will be about the history of Gasparilla. On Wednesday, Feb. 7 from 1-2 p.m. the topic will be the history of the Tampa Jewish Community, and at a date in March to be announced later, there will be a session of the history of Hyde Park.Job-LinksCareer counseling:   On Monday, Jan. 8, the topic for the Monday Morning Links program is Setting goals and action steps for 2018 and the topic for the Jan. 22 Monday Morning Links session is Interview tips and techniques that work. These free sessions are held from   9:30 11 a.m. at the Jack Roth Center for Career Development at TampaBay-JobLinks, 4100 W. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 206, Tampa. 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 Jan. 4, from 9:30 a.m. to   12:15 p.m., the topic will be Mastering chance and transition. On Jan. 11 from 9:30 a.m. to noon, the topic is steps to negotiate a job offer. The Jan. 25 Success workshop, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, is Getting or ganized and staying on track dur ing your job search. The workshops are free for   TampaBay JobLinks   full program participants and $15 for guests. Reservations required for all programs.   The next series of Switching Gears workshops will be held on Wednesdays, Jan. 17, 24 and 31 and Feb. 7 from 6:30 8:30 p.m. These are targeted to those in career transition. To RSVP, call (813) 344-0200, email   RSVP@, or visit www Support groupsAlzheimers caregiver group: Menorah Manor offers a support group meeting in the Samson Nursing Center at Menorah Manor, 255 59th St. N., St. Petersmonth from 3:30-5 p.m.   For more information, call Gwen Kaldenberg at (727) 302-3750. JERUSALEM (JTA) The family of Iraqs contestant in the Miss Universe pageant have left the country due to threats to their lives over her modeling in a bikini and posting on social media photos taken with Miss Israel. Miss Iraq, Sarah Idan, lives in the United States and the rest of try, Miss Israel, Adar Gandelsman, told Hadashot news. During the competition in Tokyo in November, Gandelsman and Idan posed for photos on their respective Instagram accounts. Idans caption read Peace and Love from Miss Iraq and Miss Israel. Gandelsman told Hadashot news that Idan said she does not regret posting the photos. She did it to so that people can understand that its possible to live together, Gandelsman said. In order for people to see that we can connect, in the end we are both human beings. Idan has not removed the photo from her Instagram account. Last month she defended the photo in a post in Arabic on Instagram, the Times of Israel reported. I want to stress that the purpose of the picture was only to express hope and desire for peace between the two countries, she wrote in the post. Idan said the photo does not signal support for the Israeli government and apologized if the photo was harmful to the Palestinian cause.Family of Miss Iraq forced to ee country after photo posted with Miss Israel Miss Israel,   Adar Gandelsman, left, and Miss Iraq, Sarah Idan, in a photo on Gandelsmans Instagram page.


PAGE 14 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA DECEMBER 15, 2017 JANUARY 11, 2018 RALPH BOBOArea/Branch ManagerNMLS ID 432371 State Lic. L025098 3903 Northdale Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33624C: 813.781.1024 Bay area and launching markets in the U.S. With the anticipated success of StemRad as well as other hopeful of a huge return on their investment. StemRad is still working out of is expected to open headquarters in Tampa in the near term as FIBA lines up a second cohort of comin 2018. In another sign of local interest in who had led FIBA since its incep on Sept. 22 and three days later of North American operations and made his own investment in senior advisor to FIBA on a volunThe announcement of the investFIBA graduates during a reception in Tel Aviv on Monday, Dec. 4. INVESTMENT pitching their products the Israeli high-tech companies to program. In exchange for giving the Federation a small stake in the companies, FIBA offered introduction to potential investors and an array of other support efforts aimed to helping the companies eslong trade mission to Israel, where presented Milstein with an award Florida and with NASA in the development and deployment of the AstroRad vest to protect astronauts from radiation in space. Innovative partnerships like the Florida Israel Business Accelerator to Florida, which ultimately leads adding I look forward to seeing Bay area. innovative Israeli companies to and its participating companies, including StemRad, are an impactful addition to our local entrepreneur ial ecosystem. If anyone can help grow that local real estate company Strategic Property Partners is undertaking a Water Street Tampa that aims of downtown Tampa in the area near Amalie Arena, home of the Lightning. class, few could have anticipated U.S. in such a short time. FIBA provided numerous opportunities to engage with custommatter experts and with various professional service providers who th 80 Awards recently at the Bryan the achievements of eight honorees over age 80 who have dedicated their time, talent, and lives to the Those receiving awards were ing their lives and achievements are a huge part of how future generations see what they can do There was a large turnout for the event, including clergy from area synagogues. This was my third year attending this fantastic an inspiration to the community. I also could not get that over 80 theme song out of my head for Schaarai Zedek. up the event this way: It was handled smoothly and everyone was so professional. The food presentation was wonderful and I loved the cakes made for each honoree. I was also appreciative of the commemorative video of all the honorees. It was very special. Proceeds from 80 over 80 Awards -8 over 80 awards celebration draws big crowd dowment Fund. These funds help to enhance the and provide much needed services to our seniors. sisted Living Residences is located on the multigenerational Maureen & Douglas is a kosher facility, which offers assisted living, memory care and more information, contact Dan 969-1818.


JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 15 DECEMBER 15, 2017 JANUARY 11, 2018 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 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 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. rf ntnfbtfnfbftfntb r rfntb r ft r JewishPressDec16.indd 1 12/1/2017 4:10:27 PM community embraced StemRad as if we were family. With FIBA, we found a trusted partner. Milstein invented the 360 wearable protective radiological shield. After the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, he saw an immediate need for his PhD studies in bone marrow transplantation and anti-radiation models, Milstein developed a wearable vest to protect people from harmful gamma radiation. While complete body coverage would be impractical due to how much it would weigh, the StemRad vest is a practical solution for those who need to move about, while still shielding the bone marrow and other stem cell rich organs in the abdominal and pelvic regions such as the ovaries, colon and bladder, the companys website states, This is the only way to provide meaningful protection while remaining mobile. StemRad makes a civilian product for just under $2,900, Ross said, declining to name prices of the companys other products. protective shield for military, responders includes Kevlar and measure levels of radiation. These products are already in use and and to study when and where it might be used, Ross said, adding military to purchase them. By law, if the military wants to buy them, they have to be made in the said StemRad is in advanced talks with a manufacturing company in Tampa. Meanwhile the FBI is testing a lighter weight shield that only protects one side of the body at a time to be used by agents approaching suspected bombs. The AstroRad vest for protecting astronauts from radiation has been chosen to be tested on the next unmanned orbiting moon mission in 2019 a project of the German and Israeli space agencies and NASA. Also, StemRad and Lockheed Martin are working on a project to send AstroRad vests to the Internationl Space Station next year for astronauts to wear and the space station to bear an Israeli This is key technology to allow humans to go into deep space, Ross said, adding that the AstroRad vest was made for use on NASAs manned mission to Mars, set to happen in the 2030s. While StemRad has received is not the only success story to companies. FIBA Executive Director Rachel Feinman gave an update on some Bay farmer and is in discussions with a locally based reseller. The company developed a system aimed at taking the guesswork for farmers by using an algorithm to decide when to start and stop information technology services to help save companies time and contract with a global business process outsourcer located in Tampa and is in active discussions with others in Tampa. They have also signed a deal with a local reseller. manufacturing its product two successful crowdfunding campaigns. Once that is complete, FIBA will begin to identify local strategic partnerships for the results by reaction time, helping people get out of the monotonous gym routine. data analytics technology company that gives restaurants, breweries and bars a real-time understanding pricing, manage inventory, and create unique promotions and experiences for the consumer. The company is in discussions with an international restaurant chain and a national concessionaire, due to introductions from FIBA. and communications technology company that has created a tethered hovering platform that can support a variety of large payloads and used in multiple ways such as border control, military surveillance, agriculture/ national park monitoring and mass event monitoring. FIBA has succeeded in getting SkySapience entered into the SOCOM procurement database. This makes the company accessible to all of the individuals and teams at SOCOM and other parts of the army looking for solutions to procure, Feinman said. We are working with our Israeli partners to market Tampa Bay as a global landing pad for business so we can welcome more high-tech, high-paying jobs for Tampa Bay families, Feinman said. I am class of graduates and look forward to seeing their continued growth and commitment in Florida. FIBA is currently reviewing candidates for the next cohort, with plans for those companies to February and go through the same sort of launch process the initial eight companies did. Companies that are a good have a product/technology that is ready for market, preferably with a customer-base in Israel or other countries and resources allocated to activities surrounding launch of FIBA news release states. To date the state has provided $1.4 million in funding for FIBA. The Florida Israel Business Alliance is not the only entity seeking to form ties with Israeli companies in hopes of helping those companies establish a market in the Sunshine State. Innovation Alliance (IFIA), was recently created with a mission to help Israeli innoheadquarters, serving as a gateway for exkets. IFIA was recently formed through a partIsrael Innovation Authority. That partnerpart of Florida Gov. Rick Scotts business development mission to Israel. This agreement will provide vital resources to entrepreneurs and drive innovation forward in both Israel and Florida. In Florida, our focus on cutting taxes and reducing burdensome regulations has created a business-friendly environment so job creators can succeed, and we are proud to welcome and support the growth of Israeli small businesses, Scott said. $500,000 in select Israeli innovative companies and provide them with strategic, operational, and professional support. The capital penetration through public/private partnerships. This framework provides these ventures with products/solutions analysis, testing, licensing and growth of these new established Florida based operations. Our growing public/private partner ship ecosystem will help these promising early-stage companies test, adapt, and valiAmerican markets, ultimately, helping our largest employers pursue market opportunities and leverage disruptive innovations to solve the most pressing industry needs, tures in 2017. FIBA not the only venture in Florida to mine Israeli talentIsrael government ministry, may award research and development grants up to $250,000 to support the scaling and expansion of Israeli innovation companies Latin America markets. The IIA provides a three-month due-diligence process for grant applicants, awarding up to 50 percent of the companys research and development costs. Were excited to build upon the existing relationship with the state of Florida and the very successful, ongoing initiative with the Space Florida Partnership, said Aharon Aharon, Israel Innovation Authority CEO. We will continue to strengthen the alliance between the state of Florida and the state of Israel with joint activities to advance innovation and economic development for the


Hearshen said When kids heard the word rabbi, for some of them, their eyes lit up. In addition to the items the group brought, Rabbi Hearshen said the congregation raised about $10,000 for relief for victims of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. He said most of that money will go to Maria victims. A small portion of that money went to help a young boy and his sister in Dorado that the Rodeph full day in Puerto Rico. The group house occupied by a mother, grandmother and two small children. They discovered the children were not in school because the boys shoes had been stolen. They took the kids to a store and bought them shoes and toys. On the second day, the group partnered with the Chabad of Puerto Rico to distribute aid in Toa Alta, a town about 18 miles inland from San Juan. We watched as people came down from their small towns to stand in line and we handed out goods to over 130 families. They PUERTO RICOsignaling roof damage, Rabbi Hearshen said You hear generators running all hours of day and night, he said, adding that the still not working in the city, making driving conditions hazardous. Although other parts of the island are reportedly in much worse shape, Rabbi Hearshen still saw a number of downed power lines and one bridge that was washed out. Cell phone use and the ability to use credit cards, as well as water supplies in some areas, were spotty, he said. Even in areas they visited around the capital, many homeowners had not cleaned up debris and damaged parts of their homes in fear that if they did, they might not qualify for FEMA assistance, which is slow in coming to many people. A family from Puerto Rico with a child at Hillel Academy in Tampa helped Rabbi Hearshen and his group make a list of what sort of supplies were needed before the group left for the island. Members of the relief group stuffed suitcases shampoo, toothpaste, clothing, hats, and other items. Southwest not to charge a fee when some bags exceeded weight limits. On the day the group arrived, they delivered some of the items they brought along to a Catholic convent that also housed a senior living facility, and heard that after two months without power and running water, both services had just been restored. Asked what sort of reaction he got as a Jew from folks on a predominantly Catholic island, Rabbi THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2018BRYAN GLAZER FAMILY JCC522 NORTH HOWARD AVENUE, TAMPA, FLORIDA 33606THE CARDOZO & MONTEFIORE SOCIETIES OF TAMPA BAY &THEIR CHAIRS, HAL HERSHKOWITZ AND BONNIE WISECORDIALLY INVITE ALL COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO ATTEND A RECEPTION AND PROGRAM EXAMININGETHICAL BEHAVIOR THROUGH A JEWISH LENS:CONTENDING WITH ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL ISSUES Barry KannerCardozo Society Leadership Award Recipient of PinellasSam LinskyMontefiore Society Leadership Award Recipient of Tampa FOR THEIR STEADFAST COMMITMENT TO THE LEGAL AND FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMUNITIES & FEDERATION, THE TAMPA BAY CARDOZO AND MONTEFIORE SOCIETIES LEADERSHIP AWARDS WILL BE PRESENTED TO FREE TO ALL DONORS OF EITHER FEDERATION $25 NON-DONORS RSVPS ARE NECESSARYRESERVATIONS CAN BE MADE THROUGH BOTH THE TAMPA JEWISH FEDERATION OR THE FEDERATION OF PINELLAS AND PASCO COUNTIES SPONSORED BY: received food. They received medicines. They received batteries. And they received so much more. But the greatest thing they received was the gift of hope and love. We showed them we cared and we showed them that there will be light at the end of this tunnel, Rabbi Hearshen wrote in a letter to congregants. Later the same day, they helped repair a community center that features a theatre program where kids get second chances when they have had legal problems. The third day the group went south of Loiza to help a family remove destroyed belongings more than 5 feet of water. Rabbi Hearshen noted that a lot of family items and memorabilia was destroyed. Their 13-year-old sons childhood was in shambles. His PlayStation had been destroyed and so we went and bought him a new tablet on which he could play games. We wanted to help them make new memories. he wrote. The group also visited Sharei Zedek, a Conservative synagogue in San Juan, where they learned about that organization and everything that they went through these past months. The rabbi said that although the synagogue did not suffer substanas it has cost about $60,000 in fuel to keep a generator going since the hurricane. Rabbi Hearshen said the island had been hit by a one-two punch the hurricane on top of the already existing widespread poverty. But the rabbi said one thing that struck him again and again was the spirit of the Puerto Rican people, their hope and drive. All around the island we (saw) the words in Spanish Puerto Rico rises, Rabbi Hearshen said, then praised the people for their strong and uplifting spirit. He wrote to his congregation, It was such a beautiful thing to see that Puerto Rico is rising up again and we are part of that work. Already Rabbi Hearshen is planning on taking a group back to the island next year, perhaps as part of a Habitat for Humanity project. As he told his congregation, The concept of tzedakah is not about charity nor is it about choice, it is all about justice and all about obligations. We are not going beyond the call. We are heeding the call as we all should be We cannot sit around in Tampa or wherever we are and wait for others to help; it is our job and our responsibility to be the help. When one person is suffering we all must feel that suffering in our cores and cry for them and work with them.