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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 VOL. 30, NO. 12 TAMPA, FLORIDA JANUARY 12 25, 2018 16 PAGES Just a nosh.. Just a nosh..Complied from JTA news serviceHUMANITARIANS continued on PAGE 13 Sam Linsky of Tampa will be presented ship Award and Barry Kanner of Pinellas Leadership Award when the two Tampa gram. Sam Linsky ner. ing ultra-high net worth families through out the state. Linsky will be only for his proboard member of mittee responsible ment of the Bryan Barry Kanner 2 to receive honor for devotion to profession, local Jewish community : the To Life LoeThe awards will be presented at the soldThe honorees are all prominent ambasries with student and adult groups inside the mantle of responsibility to pass on the ture generations.Museum names 4 local survivors humanitarians Sam Linsky Barry Kanner PROFESSION continued on PAGE 3 Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh..The fashion studio of the Lebanese designer Elie Saab deleted from Instagram a picture of Gal Gadot amid rebuke over its ties to the Israeli actress. The image of Gadot, who starred in last years action thriller Wonder Woman, in a blue sash dress by Saab was accompanied by a description of the former Israel Defense Forces combat trainer as reported. Gadot was wearing the dress to the National Board of Review awards in New York Thursday, Jan. 11, where she and director Patty Jenkins received the Spotlight Award Saabs Instagram post saw some people share their frustration that a former member of the Israeli army would be promoted by the designer. In 2017, Gadots superhero blockbuster was banned from cinemas in Lebanon, among several other Arab countries amid protests partly over her casting as the title character..Backlash forces Lebanese designer to take Gadot photo off Instagram Gal Gadot A St. Louis prosecutor will investigate allegations that Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens threatened to blackmail a woman with whom he was having an affair. governor of Missouri when he was elected in November 2016. He is a former Navy SEAL whose seven military awards include the Bronze Star. Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner announced the probe a day after Greitens admitted to having an extramarital affair, but denied that he blackmailed the woman to keep it under wraps. The affair, which happened in March 2015, before by St. Louis TV station KMOV. The woman said that Greitens took a photo of her in a compromising position to use if she ever came forward about the affair. Greitens and his wife, Sheena, issued a statement, Greitens called Missouri governor probed on ex-lovers blackmail allegations Trump commutes sentence of former kosher slaughthouse executive WASHINGTON President Donald Trump commuted the sentence of Sholom Rubashkin, the chief executive of what was then the largest kosher slaughterhouse in the country, who was convicted of bank fraud and money laundering charges. Trump cited appeals from across the political spectrum in making the move. In 2009, Rubashkin was convicted of bank fraud and sentenced to 27 years in prison. Mr. Rubashkin has now served more than 8 years of that sentence, which many have called excessive in light of its disparity with ment by the White House said. Attached to the statement was a long list of lawmakers from both parties who backed Rubashkins release as well as former top-ranking Justice Department ofAdvocates for Rubashkin, among them prominent said showed prosecutors tampered inappropriately with the case. A massive federal immigration raid in 2008 at the Agriprocessors meatpacking plant in Postville, IA, led to the arrest of nearly 400 undocumented Guatemalans and Mexican workers. Rubashkin was charged a year later on the bank fraud and money laundering charges as he tried to sell the company, which was on the verge of bankruptcy. WEISS FAMILY continued on PAGE 6 Community mourns Weiss familyA portrait of the Weiss family taken at Congregation Bnai Israel in St. Petersburg for son Aris Bar Mitzvah in November 2014. (L-R) Dr. Leslie Weiss, Dr. Mitchell Weiss, daughter Hannah and Ari. By BOB FRYER Jewish PressWith gentle nudging by their mothgot married. They raised two bright and ing years. The Pinellas County family was and lasting friendships and were deeply innearly unbearable for the many people The raw emotions and deep sorrow of So many wanted to attend that the sergrief and sharing memories on a page tiyoung family to Belleair. dergraduate program between Columbia


PAGE 2 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA JANUARY 12 25, 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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Date of delivery varies depending on your Standard Class Postage Permit: TA MP A PI #3763 The Jewish Press is a subscriber to JTA, The Global Jewish News Source.JIM D AWKINSPublisher & Co-OwnerKAREN D AWKINSManaging Editor & Co-Owner Advertising Sales GARY POLIN TORI GEE GALE TARNOFSKY-ABERCROMBIE Staff Writer & Editor BOB FRYER Ad Design & Graphics REY VILLALBA DAVID HERSHMANSocial Columnist DIANE TINDELLEditorial Assistant GAIL WISEBERGSTAFFPUBLIC AT ION & DEADLINE D ATE S JANUARY 26Press Release ........Jan 12 Advertising .............Jan 16FEBRU ARY 9Press Release ........Jan 26 Advertising .............Jan 30FEBRU ARY 23Jewish Wedding GuidePress Release ..........Feb 9 Advertising .............Feb 13 Camp J Kickoff Day JCC on the Cohn Campus13009 Community Campus Drive, Tampa FL 33625It' s a new day at Camp J! Bring your family out to the JCC on the Cohn Campus for a day of fun camp activities for campers entering kindergarten through 8th grade. Preschool Summer Program PJ Library PJ Our W ay & T weenConneX Early Bird Registration opens at kickoff for one week only! The Tampa JCCs invite the Tampa Bay community to play ball at the 12th annual co-ed softball tournament on Sunday, March 18 at the Ed Radice Park in Tampa. Last year more than 200 people from throughout the Bay area participated in the tournament with teams enjoying a day of competition, fun-in-the-sun family time and an afternoon of community building. The park is located in the Westchase area at 14720 Ed Radice Drive. Registration begins at the park at 11:45 a.m. and games start at 12:30 p.m. There will a playoff game for the tournament championship at 4 p.m. Any single player, or an entire team wishing to sign up can register as a team with their synagogue, sisterhood, brotherhood, book club, family or just a group of friends. Single players will be randomly placed on a team. There must be a minimum of 10 people per team and a maximum of 14. There also must be three females on each team. Additional rules and details about the day will be posted on The cost is $45 for individuals and $425 to sign up an entire team. The fee includes a team shirt and snacks for the day. Register online at or call the Tampa JCC at (813) 264-9000. The deadline to register is Friday, March 9. The deadline to submit the entire team roster is Wednesday, March 14. Team sponsorships are also available for interested companies for $100 (Level 1) and $250 (Level 2). To discuss the details of sponsorship, contact Michelle Gallagher at or (813) 739-1687. For more information about the tournament, contact Pam Cotner at pam.cotner@ or (813) 769-4748.Play ball: JCCs annual softball tournament to be held March 18 at Westchase area eldsThe Tampa JCCs & Federation has the privilege to again host the Israel Tennis Centers Foundation team thanks to Maureen and Doug Cohn, who are chairing this event. An exhibition will be held at the Sandra W. Freedman Tennis Complex on Davis Islands, on Thursday, March 1 from noon to 1:30 p.m. A complimentary lunch will be served for spectators. Following the exhibition, there also will be an opportunity for community members to play with team members. Anyone inter ested, should contact Doug Cohn at The Israel Tennis Centers (ITC) is an organization that works tirelessly through the medium of sport to enhance the development of Israeli youth. Since opening its 1976, the ITC has helped over a half million children, including at-risk youth and those with special needs with many coming from outlying and underserved towns. The ITCs 14 centers stretch from Kiryat Shmona on the Lebanese border in the north to Beer Sheva bordering the Negev Desert in the south. This years team members include: Daniel Dudockin (20 years old); Jessica Bekkerman (18 years old); Jennifer Ibeto (16 years old) and Orel Adga (14 years old). In 2016, more than 75 people from the community came out to watch these accomplished athletes, ages 12 to 18, and to hear their personal stories about how this organization has made such a positive impact in their childhood. The Tampa Bay area community raised $20,000 to help the Israel Tennis Centers continue their efforts and dedication to the children of Israel. If you are interested in housing a member of the team for the evening, contact Pam Cotner at pam. youth tennis players to display talents in Tampa


JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 3 JANUARY 12 25, 2018 If you are an active volunteer at Menorah Manor, we would like to honor you. Please join us at the33rd Annual Volunteer Recognition LuncheonWednesday,tFebruaryt7,t2018Ida and Jules Lowengard Synagogue at theMarion and Bernard L. Samson Nursing Centerth RSVP by January 24 or rsvp@menorahmanor.orgMusic by Harpist Taylor Mills Krebs PROFESSIONcommunity litigation, personal injury and insurance disputes for more than 40 years. He is AV peer review rated by MartindaleHubbell for his strong legal ability and high ethical standards. Kanner is involved in Jewish causes across Tampa Bay and currently serves at Menorah Manor as chairman of the board of trustees and chair of the environment committee. He was the Menorah Manor boards vice chair from 2012-2014. Kanner is involved in Jewish causes across Tampa Bay and currently serves at Menorah Manor as chairman of the board of trustees and chair of the environment committee. He was the Menorah Manor boards vice chair from 2012-2014. The event The event, chaired by Bonnie Wise and Hal Hershkowitz, will begin with a dessert reception with heavy hors doeuvres at 6:30 p.m., followed by the program at 7:15 p.m. In addition to the presentation of awards, the evening will include a panel discussion featuring local topic: Ethical Behavior Through a Jewish Lens: Contending with Economic, Social and Cultural Issues. The Cardozo Society is an honorary society for Jewish attorneys in the Tampa Bay area that aims to celebrate the legal professions commitment to the principles of Society serves a similar purpose with a mission to strengthen relaservice professionals in the community through education and leadership. created to augment the reach of the existing professional societies and provide an opportunity for community members to foster and grow professional relationis open to all Jewish accountants, planners and advisors, insurance brokers, investment consultants, wealth management advisors and Tampa Bay area who contribute a minimum of $1,000 to a local Federations annual campaign. Financial service representatives age 35 and under must contribute a minimum of $360 to the annual campaign. Events sponsored by all members and their guests. The objective of each society is to support the activities of the Tampa Jewish Federation and the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties, assisting to maximize Federation gifts to preserve and enhance Jewish life in Tampa Bay, the U.S. and worldwide. The Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties and the Tampa Jewish Community Centers & Federation are jointly presenting the event, which is sponsored by the Bank of Tampa. It is open to the community and free for all Federation donors; $25 per person for all non-donors. Tampa community members may visit or call (813) 7391687 to register. Pinellas/Pasco community members may RSVP by visiting www.jewishpinellas. org or by calling (727) 530-3223. The Glazer JCC is located at 522 N. Howard Ave., Tampa.How Sholom Rubashkins supporters got Trump to commute his sentenceBy RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON Why did President Donald Trump commute the sentence of Sholom Rubashkin, the former CEO of an Iowa kosher meat plant sentenced to 27 years in prison for bank fraud? partisan support for Rubashkins cause made cutting short his sentence of the White House statement calls the commutation an action encouraged by bipartisan leaders from across the political spectrum, from Nancy Pelosi to Orrin Hatch, referring respectively to the Democratic leader in the U.S. House of Representatives and the conservative Republican senator from Utah. Uncharacteristically, the announcement is pronouncedly hedged and goes out of its way to note that others who are not the president wanted Rubashkin freed. One of those others is Alan Dershowitz, the constitutional lawyer from whom Trump has solicited advice since becoming president. Dershowitz directly counseled Trump to free Rubashkin, the attorney told various media outlets. Dershowitz, who unsuccesfully raised the issue with President Obama, may also have reached Trump at a time when he is inclined to think favorably about Orthodox Jews. His son-in-law Jared Kushner and daughter, Ivanka Trump, are Orthodox Jews, as are some of his closest advisers. A majority of Orthodox Jews voted for Trump, compared to the nonOrthodox majority who voted for Hillary Clinton. During the course of the camas the segment of the Jewish community most likely to be supportive of him, said David Zweibel, the executive vice president of Agudath Israel of America. We proceeded over the last year with the assumption that this change in the administration could make a difference in the Rubashkin case because he would be more likely to have an open ear to things that are open to us. Kushner has longstanding ties to the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, of which Rubashkin is a member. My impression is that Donald Trump is much more receptive to the interests and concerns of the Orthodox Jewish community, maybe because of the association with his son-in-law, said Nathan Lewin, a top Washington lawyer involved in Jewish causes. Lewin, who for a number of years represented Rubashkin, said prosecutorial and judicial misconduct made Rubashkins case an easy sell when he and Paul Clement, a former U.S. solicitor general, did the rounds of Congress seeking support for Rubashkin. Whatever the circumstance, Rubashkins release led to a rapturous reception in the Chabad enclave of Borough Park, Brooklyn, where his family now lives. I believe there is a sense of relief because many millions of people were under the impression that the integrity of our judiciary had been compromised, Rabbi Levi Shemtov, the executive vice president of American Friends of Lubavitch (Chabad), told JTA. The commutation, in any case, was exceptional. Trump has used his executive power to free someone from a prison sentence only one other time: In August, he pardoned Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa County, AZ. Arpaio, who had been convicted of criminal contempt, had yet to begin his one-year sentence. He was a prominent Trump backer in the 2016 presidential race, and the White House was unapologetic in its pardon statement. The Rubashkin decision seemed to be based more on its merits than on Trumps loyalty to an ally. Trump in the statement said Rubashkins sentence was one many have called excessive in light of its disparity with sentences imposed for similar crimes. Rubashkins plant, Agriprocessors, was targeted by a major immigration raid in 2008 that led to the arrest of nearly 400 undocumented Guatemalans and Mexican workers. Facing charges for employing the undocumented workers, including children, he tried to sell the company. Federal prosecutors warned potential buyers that the government would seize the company if anyone in Rubashkins family retained a stake in it. That scared away buyers, and when Rubashkin declared bankruptcy, banks were in a $27 million hole. Rubashkin was convicted for masking the companys declining fortunes from the banks that had lent money to the company. His advocates claim that prosecutors effectively set up Rubashkin by taking steps that drove him to take illegal actions that concealed his companys true debt. Rubashkin was sentenced to 27 years for bank fraud. Federal guidelines provide for sentencing of up to 30 years for that crime but allow for mitigating factors, including the defendants prior record, his character and the amount in question. Rubashkin had no prior record, and was known for his charitable contributions to Jewish causes. According to one sentencing study, in 2012, the range million and $50 million hovered around 10 years. In 2008, federal prosecutors convinced a magistrate to deny Rubashkin bail, arguing that because he was Jewish, he posed a to Israel. The prosecutors did not provide any evidence that Rubashkin had any plans to move to Israel, claiming only that he had de facto dual citizenship. That sparked widespread outrage among his supporters. Reade overturned the ruling, and Rubashkin was free on bail during his trial. Still, Zweibel said, a bad aftertaste lingered. Some Jewish observers of the case agreed that Rubashkins sentence was excessive and the commutation fair, but also insisted that he didnt deserve a heros homecoming. Rubashkins business model was built on the exploitation of his immigrant labor force, indifference to the environmental damage caused by his plant, and unnecessary pain and suffering for the animals that he slaughtered, Rabbi Morris Allen, an advocate for ethical values in kosher slaughter, wrote Thursday in the Forward. Indeed, as many inside his piece of the Jewish community celebrate his release, many others are wondering when the Jewish community as a whole will come to grips with the ethics demanded of us in the production of kosher food.


Cong. Beth Israel Sun City CenterLilith editor to speak: The congregation will host Susan Weidman Schneider founder of Lilith Magazine and editor in chief since its debut in 1976, on Monday, Feb. 5 at 1 p.m. at the synagogue. The magazine, with the tagline Independent, Jewish & Frankly Feminist and Schneiders writings and lectures, have been credited with changing the way Jewish women see themselves and their role in the Jewish community. Schneider is also the author of three books: Jewish and Female; Intermarriage: The Challenge of Living with Differences between Christians and Jews, and Head and Heartcial strategies for women. Schneider will speak about her experiences, with her talk followed by an informal coffee hour. This program is open to the public at a cost of $5 per person. For more information, contact Rochelle Lafer at bisisterthood@ Kol AmiAmericana Shabbat weekend: Enjoy a musical weekend with performances by guest singer Joe Buchanan on Friday, Jan. 26 and Saturday, Jan. 27. The program on Friday, beginning at 6:30 p.m. will feature Buchanan in an Americana Shabbat service, country and blues style, followed by a Tu BShevat Seder. The Seder is $10 per adult and $5 for children 12 and younger. RSVP by Jan. 22. Buchanan will perform again on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. There is no charge to attend. Buchanan is an American singer-songwriter from Houston who converted to Judaism. He found his voice in the values, history and Torah of the Jewish people and has written an album, toured around the U.S. and shared a love of this new life through music. Asked to describe Jewish Americana music, Buchanan said, Imagine country music and rock and roll had a child, and it was raised by their uncle bluegrass, and their other uncle blues music and cousin folk came over and spent a lot of time that child is Americana music, he said. That and Jewish storyWorld Wide Wrap: Participate on Sunday, Feb. 4 from 9:15-10:15 a.m. as members join other congregations around the world in celebrating the mitzvah of Brotherhood. Come and learn how and with bagels and light refreshments. For more information, contact the Kol Ami Weiss at Super Bowl viewing party: The Brotherhood will hold a viewing party on Sunday, Feb. 4 at 5:45 p.m. Watch the game on a 12-by-12 foot screen. There will be pizza, homemade baked ziti, Caesar salad, garlic bread, chips and dips, homemade pastries, soda, wine, beer and more. Bridge tables will be set up for those wanting to children 12 and younger are free. RSVP by Friday, Jan. 26 to 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. Talmud: A Talmud study class with Rabbi Howard 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. Jewish ethics: Rabbi Siegel leads a PAGE 4 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA JANUARY 12 25, 2018 Reform CENTER 1115 E. Del Webb Blvd., Sun City Center Congregation BETH AM nd rd ConservativeCongregation Congregation CHA 1 Campus Jewish Renewal Conservative Reform Congregation BNAI EMMUNAH ReformTemple ConservativeTemple EMANUEL JEWISH CENTER Congregations Rabbinically Speaking Rabbinically Speaking Shabbat Candle Lighting Times When children are in elementary school they are taught many basic ideas that will be fundamental to their lives as humans. One of the very important concepts that they are taught is the idea of tolerance. This idea is that we need to tolerate differences and accept that they exist. This concept of tolerance is not limited to the playground. It is a basic part of society and something that we have taken to use as a common phrase. Now for the contrarian in me I dont care for tolerance. I think it is a broken phrase that means nothing at best and is quite negative at worst. As I see it, tolerance is the most basic and bare necessity while understanding and respect is the absolute goal that we must strive for and embrace. In this age of anger and rage, in this age of mass communication allowing for us to communicate more like we live in closets than in diverse communities we feel trapped trying to pay lip service to diversity and instead we fall back on that kindergarten level of understanding of interacting with others that preaches tolerance and nothing greater. where people no longer want to engage in civil discourse or even want to have friends who are different than themselves. We live in an age where people block each other on Facebook because they cannot stand to read the other persons point of view if it is at all different from their own. We live in an age where it isnt us all together in the same game but us versus them at all times. All of these examples are varying degrees of different sides of the same coin. We have bought into a world of tolerance and not a world of diversity. Why do I feel so strongly against the concept of tolerance? I tolerate cancer. I tolerate thieves. I tolerate anger. I tolerate all sorts of ugly, terrible things, because I accept that they exist in the world in which I exist. However I do not tolerate Reform Jews, Orthodox Jews or Conservative Jews. I respect them. I do not tolerate homosexuals or lesbians or heterosexuals. I respect them. What the world needs is respect and understanding, not merely tolerance I do not tolerate Muslims, Christians or any other religion. I respect them. Respect and understanding is such a greater goal and more important value for our world today. I am not asking for civility; I am asking for humility and brotherhood. We need to recapture a world where Democrats are not evil nor are into a world where friends can have opposing viewpoints and yet remain friends. As we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.s birthday every year this is the lesson of his life. He could have gone down a road of anger and hatred of white Americans. He could have advocated for black power and superiority but he didnt. He chose to see the world through the eyes that God gave him the eyes that mirror the way in which God sees the world. Our world is meant to be diverse and meant to be vast in its reach. It is taught in the Talmud: If a man strikes many coins from one mold, they all resemble one another, but the supreme King of kings, the Holy One, blessed be He, fashioned every one of them resembles his fellow. Therefore every single person is obliged to say: the world was created for my sake. As we commemorate Dr. Kings birthday each year in January, the Jewish people are normally studying the enslavement and exodus epic from the Torah at that time each year. The two go hand in hand. God heard our crying and sent a prophet to free us from our enslavement. God recognized that humans have no right to assert superiority of each other and that humankind is all one and the same and yet different at the same time. God recognized all of this and the message is the same for us today. We need to recognize that the exodus epic has not yet concluded as we have not all reached the Promised Land. We are not all free yet. As we move forward let us all embrace a world not of tolerance but of respect. Let us all embrace a worldview that King dreamed of and that God blessed us to share in. Let us all embrace people who are different and not see that as a dark mark but as a beacon of light to lead us and help us better understand ourselves. 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 Bar Mitzvah CongregationsJANUARY 12 25, 2018 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.   Israel, past, present, fu ture: Join in a series of classes focusing on Israel presented by Ephraim Graff. Participants can attend any class as they are on separate Israel-related topics. On Jan. 24 the topic is the Israeli army; on Jan. 31 the topic is Israels economy; on Feb. 7 the topic is Israel and the Palestinians and on Feb. 14 the topic is Israel: Challenges and Opportunities. All sessions begin at 7:30 p.m. Knitting time: The Sister hood 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 charities.   For more in  Tu BShevat seder:   The congregation will hold a T u BShevat seder on Saturday night, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. Journey through the four worlds of Jewish mysticism   while feasting on   different fruits, nuts, chocolate, wine and juice throughout the seder.   Minimum donation is on the location of the seder, email by Jan. 24.   Jewish meditation: A new Jewish meditation class begins on   will be   a four-class session   with the schedule determined by class par ticipants at the   January class.   Each class is one hour. Member fee is   location and to reserve your space, email Rabbi Debrah Shenefelt at     Text Study:   Congregants are studying the class ic text, Tomer Devorah, a systematic analysis of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life as an ethical system. The second class class lasts for two hours. The class will meet monthly for six sessions. late to join the class and fees will be prorated. For class location and to reserve a space, email   Open mic on new moon: Join Young Israel-Chabad with your favorite Jewish-themed story, poem or joke as an ancient tradition is celebrated every month in Tampa Bay: a festive meal on the new moon. The Norman Jewish Library and the Alon Yedvab Jewish Center present a new series of inspiration, song, stories and food at the start of each Jewish month.   The program offers ways for to experience this monthly journey contemporary meanings gleaned from our sacred tradition. Each program will touch upon the mean ing month.   The next program, on Thursday Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m., will be on Rosh Chodesh Adar.   The month of Adar in which Purim is celebrated, is a month known for fun and frivolity.   All are welcome and there is no fee.   For additional information, and to RSVP please House party: The congregation will hold an Animal House college themed bash on Saturday, Feb. 17 from 7:30-11:30 p.m.   Come hang out at the Rodeph Sholom house on fraternity row and chow down on tasty eats from our very own House Mom Lynn Molett.   Dance to music and enjoy karaoke and open mic in the den.   Wear your best or favorite col lege attire or go Toga. This event is expected to sell out. Get tickets and sponsorship information at   www. rsholom.or g.    Cong. Beth AmProgressive dinner: The congregation will hold a progressive dinner on Saturday, Jan. 20 beginning with appetizers at 6 p.m. at a congregants home, then moving on to other homes for dinner courses before all gathering together again at 9 p.m. for dessert. The cost is needed to host groups of 6 to 10. To RSVP immediately or volunteer, contact Victoria at the synagogue Admin@bethamtampa.   information, contact Cathy Friedman BiTTY teens will offer babysitting as a fundraiser at Beth Am. The for the second. RSVPs are required for babysitting service and children must be potty trained and under age 12. Contact Admin@BethAm for more information. Israeli dancing: Lessons in Israeli dancing are offered every Tuesday at 7 p.m. For more infor mation, contact Irma Polster at or call Cafe Shabbat: Join in a monthly opportunity to come together, eat food, engage in Shabbat in fun, different ways, and then top it off with some time to pray together on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 9 a.m. Email Admin@BethAmTampa. org for more information.Ian Bernstein party: Join in a celebration to honor Ian Bernstein, founding director of the congregations preschool, on Sunday, Jan. 21 from 12:30-4:30 p.m. There will be activities for all ages and the afternoon will include a hamburger and hot dog lunch. It will end with a special program at 4 p.m. For more information, call the are requested. Consecration and grandparents: All grandparents are invited to the congregations annual Grandparents Family Shabbat Service on Friday, Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Grandparents and their grandchildren will be blessed together as part of the service. The youngest students will also be welcomed into the Flom Religious School and consecrated. They will open the service with their Bim Bam Band. First and second grade students will participate in the service. Winter Wonderland: Put on your mittens and jackets and come to Schaarai Zedek to play in the snow on Saturday, Feb. 24 from 3:30-5 p.m. In addition, there will be a dessert truck visit, juice, and pizza. This free event is for families with young children and their siblings. RSVP to rsvp or call the temple. Smore snow: The 20s+30s group will host Snow and doughnut dessert truck, adult hot chocolate bar and a chance to play in what is left of the temples snowstorm on Saturday, Feb. 24 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. RSVP at www. or call Lindsey Dewey Adult Learning: A series of discussions on Shared Scriptures, Different Understandings, Traditions, and Beliefs, led by Bill Kalish and Vit Gulbis, will conclude 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. The lecture confronts the subject of ethics, values and morals, what is basic and what is aspirational. Class participation is encouraged. RSVP online at or call the temple.Cong. Beth Shalom Hear Wallenberg saga: Meet and hear attorney and author Morris Wolff who has spent many years seeking to unravel the mystery of Raoul Wallenbergs disappearance. Wolff will serve as the congregations scholar-inresidence for the Jan. 20 event. Wallenberg, named a Righteous Gentile, was a Swedish diplomat in Hungary and was credited with saving thousands of Jews during World War II. He mysteriously disappeared when the Soviet Union liberated Hungary. Years later, Wolff sued the former Soviet Union for Wallenbergs release from prison. Wolff will present 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 p.m. talk is open to all. There is no charge, but donations are appreci ated. RSVP to the congregation Torah class: Join a weekly Torah class on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. at the University of Tampa. The class explores contemporary 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   spiritual ity   for everyday life. Classes are held on W ednesdays, 6:15 7 p.m. Jeremy Gabriel Ehrenpreis, son of Steve and Ellen Ehrenpreis of Odessa, will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, Jan. 20 at Congregation Kol Ami in Tampa. A seventh-grade honors student at Walker Middle School, Jeremy plays the trumpet for the wind ensemble at school. He is an avid reader and loves roller coasters. Steve and Ellen Ehrenpreis will host a celebration at Carrollwood Country Club on Saturday, Jan. 20. Special guests will include family and friends from Las Vegas and the East Coast. Jeremy Gabriel EhrenpreisBonnie Frazier and Richard Grenis were married Oct. 3 at the Wedgewood StoneTree Country Club in San Francisco. by Rabbi Meredith Cahn. The bride is the daughter of Rhonda Frazier and Harvey Maclin, and the late Edward Frazier of Tampa. She attended Cornell University for both her bachelors and masters degrees. She is in strategy and acquisitions for Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco. The groom is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Michael Grenis of Princeton, NJ. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago and received his MBA from Wine Company in Modesto, CA. The couple resides in San Francisco.Frazier/Grenis


The family Many spoke of the strong bonds between Mitch and Leslie and between parents and children. The nature of the Weiss family has emerged today they are amazing people and the world is a worse place without them. ... The whole family accepted you and made you feel welcome and comfortable and like you were their best friend, said Michael Harrad, who had known Mitch since child hood. A local friend, Audrey Schechter, told the Jewish Press that her family hosted the Weiss family for Thanksgiving dinner last year and that each family felt they were part of the other. I just want to make sure that those who did not know them know that they were, all four of them, the smartest, kindest, most wonder ful caring, compassionate people. They were needs, Schechter said. Rabbi Gary Klein of Temple Ahavat Shalom and several others spoke of the love all four Weisses showed Mitchs mom Bibby and of the comfort they gave to Mitchs late father, Sid, as his health was failing. Rabbi Klein last saw Mitch and Leslie in December at the Straz Center during inter mission of a play, Love Never Dies. The title of the play reminds us of an important truth love never dies, he said, The love that any of you gave Mitch, Leslie, Hannah or Ari and the love that they gave you will not die. It will live on in you to inspire and to strengthen and, we pray, to comfort you. Another family friend wrote that Mitch and Leslie taught their children not to focus on the material things in life and to live by the example their parents set of doing good deeds. Mitch Friends and family members spoke of Mitchs unique sense of humor and how he sometimes told jokes that only he got. He really did think he was funny, said his sisterin-law Marci Hackel, while family friend Debbie Berner quipped, No one could crack up Mitch better than Mitch. Whether they got his jokes or not, Mitchs intent was not lost on one friend who said Mitchs jokes could break tensions, and that Mitch was always quick to offer a comforting embrace. didnt always land. They could be off or a little prickly, but to me Uncle Mitch could be the sweetest a real softie, said his niece, Jess Hackel. As a child Mitch was fascinated with math and how things worked, often taking things apart sometimes put back together by his sister Rhonda. That followed him into adult hood with an interest in inventing medical devices to improve patient care. While growing up, he was a competitive gymnast, and after marrying Leslie he was a very proud and giving father who loved his wife and children deeply and was a good handyman around the house. He was a smart, compassionate doctor who practiced vascular and interventional radiology. He took extra steps to check on patients, even when off duty. Audrey Schechter credited Mitch with twice saving the life of her father-in-law in surgery. Mitch was also an avid skier and had an outgoing personality. Like his wife Leslie, he formed friendships in childhood and at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia that lasted a lifetime. Leslie Leslie was known for her generosity and infectious laughter and her sister Marci Hackel described her as super smart, always inquisitive, and above all loved life in a big way. honors program at Penn State University. A pediatrician and hospitalist, Leslie loved kids and babies and her patients and parents loved her back, her sister said. Leslie would tell patients her name was Dr. Weiss and it rhymed with nice, so you can call me Dr. Nice. Being Jewish was a key part of who my sister was, Hackel said. Leslie was active at her synagogue in Philadelphia and continued that involve ment, reading Torah and serving on committees at Congregation Bnai Israel including one searching for a new spiritual leader to replace retiring Rabbi Luski. As the rabbinic search committee wrote to congregants after her death, they continued their Skype interviews, asking Leslies question: What would you do for a congregation suffering a loss? Among things Leslie enjoyed were Purim parties, watching Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert on TV, reading and talking about books, buying shoes and shopping for gifts for others. She was generous with contributions to Camp Ramah, Israel Bonds and Planned Parenthood. Mitchs sister Debbie Picker praised Leslie for caring for Mitchs parents not like a daughter-in-law, but like a true daughter. Niece Jess Hackel recalled a time when she took her Aunt Leslie to check out a venue for a planned party and the place had karaoke. She said she will always remember how her aunt took the mic and sang Fat Bottom Girls by Queen. Nephew Greg Picker said his Aunt Leslie loved to laugh more than anyone I know. Dr. Lori Berkowitz, a friend of Leslies from medical school days, spoke about their longtime friendship. Some things that Leslie taught me: choose to see the best in people buy expensive shoes join a temple choose your spouse wisely, love unconditionally. Hannah Hannah was known for her support of environmental causes, sustainability, social justice, her passion for Judaism and her sharing nature. She was my closest and oldest friend, said Peninah Benjamin. They shared times at each others homes and at Jewish Day School and Shorecrest. Fighting back tears in a halting voice, she told mourners, We were supposed to save the world together, but my world will never be the same. Hannah took on a composting project, was a vegan and in college she was studying sustainable development and Jewish ethics both right in line with her passions. She was a go-getter from a young age. One aunt, Rhonda Weiss, called Hannah her buddy and sweetheart. We planted her she said. We both loved animals, gardening, music, kindness and our brothers. Multiple pictures on Facebook show the siblings hugging each other lovingly. Through high school and college, Hannah was active in USY (United Synagogue Youth). She was president of her synagogue USY chapter and went on to leadership roles on the regional and international boards. At Camp Ramah Darom she was the one who loved to walk the goats and milk them, and last summer she worked on a kibbutz in Israel where she again tended to the goats and weeded vegetable beds. Steven Resnick, a youth director at a synagogue in Georgia who knew Hannah through USY, posted on Facebook a message Hannah wrote in 2014: Bring out the good in your friends. If you see something that reminds you of them, let them know. if they look upset, see if they need help. Always offer your assistance. Offer to carry stuff, host things, buy whatever needs to be bought, come early to set up, stay late to cleanup. Youre only a memory to some people. Try your best to be a good one. Ari He was only 16 yet already friends and family affectionately called him a rock star for his musical and acting talents, the deep friendships he formed, and his outgoing nature. He acted in plays at Shorecrest and other venues and his guitar and vocal skills made him a favorite as he fronted a band at Camp Ramah Darom and performed at school. 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News reports indicated that there were strong winds in the area at the time and that weather conditions and possible mechanical failure were all factors investigators would be looking into. It took more than a day for the day of the memorial service their remains had still not been sent home for burial. a time of unbelievable and penetrating shock because death came so quickly and so unexpectedly, said Congregation Bnai Israel Rabbi Jacob Luski as he opened the memorial service. It is a tragic time because all four of our beloved friends left us at such young and vibrant ages. There was so much undone, unlived and unsaid, yet words are our only vehicle to communicate with each other. Time and again the profound loss felt by those who knew and loved the family was expressed at the memorial service, somesometimes with sad smiles. Through the many shared memories, proof what one mourner called Team Weiss emerged:A portion of the estimated crowd of 1,000 mourners at the 31/2-hour long memorial service Wednesday, Jan. 10, for the Weiss family. Jonathan Schultz sang the El Maleh Rachamim Prayer for the Soul of Weiss, Hannah Weiss and Ari Weiss. The memorial service, livestreamed and archived at weissfuneral, was held in lieu of a funeral since the bodies had not yet been returned from the crash site. Live streaming via


own songs and one of them, Only Girl, a haunting love story is not only on the memorial Facebook page, but also has more than 7,000 listens since Ari uploaded the song to SoundCloud two months ago. Ari was tall, handsome, funny and had the greatest smile that spread all the way up to his eyebrows, his aunt Marci said. He Even in a family of smarties, Leslie and Mitch agreed he was offthe-charts smart. His cousin Jess said he was at the center of everything and made people feel special. Friend Benjamin Berner spoke of Aris astounding stage presence. He and others, from Camp Ramah and locally, emphasized his strong emphasis on maintaining friendships ten have, but ones with depth. Ethan Pine, a friend from Camp Ramah, said he knew from camp experiences that Ari had a fear of heights, but he got texts from him on Dec. 27, telling about rappelling down a waterfall in Costa Rica. He had conquered his fear and I was very proud of him, Ethan said. David Paskin, a staff member at Camp Ramah, remembered seeing Ari sobbing on the last day of camp this past summer as he said goodbye to friends. As an adult, the tears shed at the end of a camp session often seem excessive. After all, well be back here before too long and in between we have multiple ways to stay connected. But his tears were real he was genuinely mourning the end of a sacred time in his life. If only I had known the value and impor tance of those tears. If only I had known the depth of mourning that was to come, then I would have shared those tears with him instead of shedding them now alone, Paskin wrote. Jeffery Minkowitz, director of Camp Ramah, said the camp staff campers, but a message Ari wrote in Sharpie on his bunk bed passed under the radar. It spoke to Aris character: Make memories. More impor tantly, make connections, Ari wrote. Take every moment and be active and present in all things you do. Be nice to everyone, for we are all part of a beautiful community. Talk to someone new every day. Have a positive attitude, even if you hate the activity. Make Memories. Make Memories that count. By the end all you will have are memories. JEWISH PRESS o TAMPA PAGE 7 JANUARY 12 25, 2018 Youre right at home 24 hours on-site wellness staff On-site rehabilitation therapy Cultural, social & therapeutic daily activities Three kosher meals a day Multi generational JCC campus experience No upfront community fee & long-term commitment Photos from Facebook, Camp Ramah Darom and Shorecrest Preparatory School. In the center, the Weiss Family is shown as they prepare to go whitewater rafting in Costa Rica. The photo was posted by a California woman who said she and her family were privileged to have met the Weiss family and shared the rafting adventure with them. At top right, Hannah shows her love for the environment as a kid and young adult. Bottom right, Leslie Weiss celebrates her recent shoe-themed 50th birthday. At bottom and left, Ari demonstrates his talents on stage at school and at Camp Ramah Darom. He left the message (top left) scrawled in Sharpie on his bunk bed at camp. The Weiss familys impact surpassed local boundaries. Several organizations have opened scholarship funds in their memory. Congregation Bnai Israel Weiss Family Memorial Fund The Weiss family Dr. Mitchell, Dr. Leslie, Hannah and Ari were long-time members of Congregation Bnai Israel. The Weiss and Levin families have given their blessings to the creation of this memorial to fund a hands-on play and environmental learning area to continue their cherished work of sustainability, child health and social justice. Camp Ramah Darom Weiss Family Scholarship Fund A Conservative summer camp in Clayton, GA, Camp Ramah Darom established a   fund in memory of the Weiss family Hannah and Ari Weiss attended Camp Ramah Darom for 10 years. Leslie Weiss and her sisters also attended Ramah camps as children. The scholarship fund was created at the request of relatives of the Weiss family. It will be used to enable other campers to experience the magic of Ramah, the camp website said. United Synagogue Youth Designate Scholarship Fund Hannah was a past USY International SATO (social action/tikkun olam) Vice President and Ari was currently serving as his USY Chapter president. Hannah was also a USY intern in the Metropolitan New York Region. or call Michelle Rich at (212) 533-7800. Jewish Theological Seminary Hannah was a Jewish Theological Seminary List College sophomore in the Joint Program with Columbia University. She was a wonderful student, great friend, strong leader, and a beloved member of our community. Above all, she was deeply passionate about the environment. Hannah worked tirelessly to secure composting and other initiatives at JTS and inspired us all to intensify our individual efforts to protect our planet, JTS wrote on its website www. or (212) 678-8870. Shorecrest Preparatory School Ari was a sophomore at Shorecrest Preparatory School and was active in singing and acting in productions at the school. His most recent performance was as the character of Jim in Lincoln Park Zoo in August. Hannah was a Shorecrest alumnus who participated in extracurricular activities such as Relay for Life and Shorecrest Upper Schools Global Scholars Initiative. and click Support Shorecrest.Memorial donation information Survivors include: Bibby Weiss, mother of Dr. Mitchell Weiss and grandmother of Hannah and Ari Weiss; Ed and Sandy Levin, parents of Dr. Leslie Weiss and grandparents of Hannah and Ari Weiss; Dr. Rhonda Weiss and Debbie (Michael) Picker, sisters of Dr. Mitchell Weiss, and Marci (Bob) Hackel, sister of Dr. Leslie Weiss.


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JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 9 JANUARY 12 25, 2018 The Bay Area Cantorial Association (BACA) will present its 15th annual concert, American Jewish Voices, on Sunday, Feb. 11 at 3 p.m. at Congregation Beth Am in Tampa. The event will feature cantors and cantorial soloists serving the Tampa Bay and Bradenton/Sara sota regions. Founded in 2002 by members of the Tampa Bay cantorial community, BACAs annual concert celebrates Jewish life with musical solos and ensembles covering a global range of writers, eras, styles, languages, genres and cultures. This years concert features liturgitions by American Jewish writers. BACAs annual concert is always scheduled on or near Shabbat Shira (Sabbath of Song), when it is customary to present special musical worship services, concerts, and programs. Additionally, BACA presents smaller concerts in other regions of Florida and contributes music to local events such as the U.N. International Holocaust Day Commemoration Event held each January in Ybor City. Participants in the annual concert at Congregation Beth Am include Riselle Bain (Temple Israel of Highlands County, Sebring), Laura Berkson (Temple Bnai Israel, Clearwater), Rick Berlin (Temple Beth El of North Port), Deborrah Cannizzaro (Congregation Schaarai Zedek), Tanya Greenblatt (Temple Beth Orr, Cor al Springs), Joy Katzen-Guthrie (Congregation Beth Am, Tampa), Andres Kornworcel (Congregation Rodeph Sholom, Tampa), Diane Becker Krasnick (Cantor Emerita, Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas), Beth Schlossberg (Congregation Kol Ami, Tampa), Jonathan Schultz (Congregation Bnai Israel, St. Petersburg), Jodi Sered-Lever (Congregation Mekor Shalom, Tampa), Vikki Silverman (Cantor Emerita, Congregation Beth Am of Tampa), Marci Vitkus (Jewish Congregation of Venice), with pianist Tara Richards Swartzbaugh (University of Tampa). Tickets are available at the door for a suggested donation of $18 each. All donations are gratefully accepted and no one will be turned away. Beth Am is located at 2030 W. Fletcher Ave. for cantorial students of Reform and Conservative Sacred Music Study and publication of sacred Jewish music. To date, BACA has raised more than $59,000 that it has gifted to cantorial scholarships for students of the H. L. Miller Cantorial School of the Jewish Theological Seminary of Judaism (Conservative), and the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music of Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion (Reform), both in New York. Additionally, BACA donations to new publications of liturgical Jewish sheet music as a means of supporting Jewish music and further serving cantorial students, professional cantors and cantorial soloists. In December 2017, BACA made a $10,000 gift to the Cantors Assembly establishing the Bay Area Cantorial Association Scholar ship Fund in support of cantorial student scholarships at the Jewish Theological Seminary. BACA continues to work toward establishing a named fund at Hebrew Union College as well for which a seed donation of $25,000 is required. Toward that goal, BACA seeks donors for this fund whom it will acknowledge at its concerts and in its concert programs. For more information, call Congregation Beth Am at (813) 9688511.At the Tampa Bay Area Cantors Associations recent annual meeting, (L-R): Jonathan Schultz, Riselle Bain, Beth Schlossberg, Tanya Greenberg, Laura Berkson, Deborrah Cannizzaro, Joy Katzen-Guthrie, Jodi Sered-Lever, and Marci Vitkus. Also shown are Greenbergs three children possible future members of BACA.Bay area cantors concert to raise funds for scholarships More than 175 young adults attended this years Vodka Latke event on Sunday, Dec. 24 at the Franklin Manor, a popular bar in downtown Tampa. It was one of the largest turnouts for the event in the past decade. The event was co-hosted by the Tampa Jewish Federation and the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties. It was co-chaired by Thomas Stanton and Dori Marlin and host committee members were Rebecca Berger,   Allison Fox,   Ben Gersten,   Jamie Gray Light,   Alissa Myers   and   Jonathan Singer. Find more photos from Vodka Latke 2017 on Facebook:   https:// Latke draws big crowd to downtown Tampa (L-R): Louie Mozas, Dori Marlin,   Kevin Sarchi,   Brian Overbye, Alissa Myers, Matt Branson, and Allison Fox were among the large crowd at the Vodka Latke. Vodka Latke 2017 event chairs Thomas Stanton and Dori Marlin. (L-R): Ari Elul, Eve Landman and Lauren Patrusky enjoy the party.Middle East historian Asaf Romirowsky will speak this month at Temple Ahavat Shalom in Palm Harbor on BDS and the New antiSemitism: Whats Happening in Academia and on American College Campuses? Romirowsky, executive director of Scholars for Peace and the Middle East, will speak on Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the temples annual speakers event. He is a fellow at the Middle East Forum and is co-author of Reli gion, Politics and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief. Romirowsky got his start in the policy world as a research fellow at the Middle East Forum, a Philadelphia-based think tank. He is a former Israel Defense Forces international relations liaison ofHashemite Kingdom of Jordan. He is an adjunct professor at Haifa University. This event is open to the public and general admission tickets range from $18 to $250, with sponsorship levels from $500 to $2,000. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (727) 7858811, ext. 2. The temple is at 1575 Curlew Road in Palm Harbor.BDS, new anti-Semitism on campus topic of Jan. 31 lecture Asaf Romirowsky


PAGE 10 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA JANUARY 12 25, 2018 MAGIC FLUTETHE MOZART NOBLE MYSTICISM MEETS EARTHY COMEDYrfn tbttn tbtn tt Artistic Director b253 FIFTH AVE. N., ST. PETERSBURG 240 59th Street North, St. Petersburg FL 33710 AL#10306 Personalized Support Respite Stays Available Large Private Apartments Life Enriching Programs WINTER SPECIAL!$2,500 Community Entrance Fee Waived AND $500 OFF Monthly Rental for 1st 6 MonthsOFFER EXPIRES FEBRUARY 28, 2018Call 727.302.3800 to schedule a tour and ask about a free 2 night trial! Street North, St. Petersburg FL 33710 media and 6 jewelry) are from St. Petersburg. Greene is excited about all of the artists, both new and returning, but is especially excited to show the mixed media wall hangings of local artist, Adria Bernstein. Associate co-chair Laura Horwitz has worked as the Art Festival Beth-Els volunteer coordinator for many years. With over 200 volunteers involved in the planning and production of the festival, Horwitz has her hands full. She recruits and trains the volunteers, who are almost exclusively responsible for the day-to-day running of the festival. Volunteers bring enthusiasm, their enjoyment of the event and their love of art. They also bring a sense of community; thats important, said Hor witz in an interview with Jewish Press last year. We have people whose parents fly in teer for the event. It is a lot of fun. One of the differ ences from years past is the temple social hall, where the main gallery is housed, is currently being renovated. The big unveiling of the updated hall will be the art show, said Soble. A yearly tradition will continue as students from local public and private high schools are featured at the show with the festival awarding six $200 scholarships to the schools of the winning emerging young artists. In all, this years judge, Director of the Orlando Museum of Art Glen Gentele will award more than $8,000 in prize money, endowed by the Sonya and Irwin Miller Art Fund. Along with the main gallery, boutique, emerging artist high school student gallery, the festival features an outdoor sculpture and large buildings and the Syd Entel gallery of signed, framed prints. Works include paintings, wood, sculpture, ceramics, glass, photography and jewelry. A preview cocktail reception will be held on Saturday, Jan. 27, from 7-10 p.m. with a $25 admission that can be purchased at the door. Art Festival Beth-El is free and open to the public on Sunday, Jan. 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with light lunches and snacks available for purchase. The Avenue of the Shops, a two-day sale of art, jewelry and crafts is on Sunday and Monday, Jan. 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Also on Monday, there will be free entertainment provided by Alison Burns singing Broadway hits at 11 a.m., a gourmet luncheon for $20 with reservation at 12:30 p.m. and a docent tour at 2 p.m. Temple Beth-El is located at 400 S. Pasadena Ave., St. Petersburg. For more information, call (727) 347-6136.By THAIS LEON-MILLER Jewish PressArt Festival Beth-El enters its 45th year of showcasing more than 170 artists from around the world and bringing their work to a local stage. The event, Jan. 2729, is expected to draw upwards of 8,000 art lovers to the grounds of the St. Petersburg Reform congregation. This year, six chairpersons are joined by four associate-chairs, who are learning the ropes of coordinating what has been called one of the premier shows in the Southeast. I dont think any of us are going anywhere anytime soon, said one of the longtime co-chairpersons, Ann Soble, but its great because it gives us a succession for the future. Soble is joined by other longtime cochairs Jan Sher, Nan Bugatch, Donna Ber man, Barbara Sterensis and Pam Sekeres. Becky Weiss, an associate chair whose main duties include the packing and unpacking of artwork sent in by artists, has been working with the festival since 2009 and became an associate chair last year. Though she said packing and unpacking the artists work is something she kind of fell into, she loves it. Its a lot of fun because you get to see whats coming in, from returning and new artists, said Weiss. Every time you get a box you never know what they are going to send. Youre excited to see whats in the next one. All things digital, print and marketing fall into the hands of associate chair Abby Sterensis. Because her mother, Barbara, has been part of the festival for longer than she can remember, Abby Sterensis has been a frequent observer of the art show over the years. She has volunteered for the past four years and is debuting as an associate chair for the 2018 festival. She is most excited to see all of the artwork in person. I get to see [the artwork] from a different perspective, said Sterensis. I interact with the artists digitally for months and only see their work online. In person, its completely different and after so many months of speaking to the artists, its exciting. Michele Greene coordinates the boutique Having been an associate chair for the past three years and a volunteer for the past 14, Greene has learned a lot about the festival. Her strength as one of the youngest associate chairs is curating local talent, she says. I focus on meeting new people and adding new artists, said Greene. I network and local artists. Nine of the 49 boutique artists (43 mixed The new, familiar faces of Art Festival Beth-El Mixed media -ceramic and felt, by Ellen Silberlicht 3 round dotted bowls from Kliss Glass (Bob and Laurie Kliss) Sculpture by Linda LewisExamples of work by artists featured in this years show BOSTON (JTA) Massachusetts and Rhode Island have changed their primary Jewish High Holidays. In Massachusetts, the secretary of state, William Galvin, announced that the voting would be moved up to Sept. 4, the day after Labor Day and two weeks earlier than the original date, which was the eve of Yom Kippur. In Rhode Island, the election scheduled for Sept. 11, the second day of Rosh Hashanah, was moved to the following day, as per a state law mandating the vote be held the next since 1988 that an election will be held on a Wednesday, according to New York, New Hampshire and Delaware are holding statewide primary elections on Sept. 11, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. In Florida, the primary is Aug. 28.2 states alter primary dates to avoid High Holiday conict


JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 11 JANUARY 12 25, 2018 15 th Frank Luntz, PhD A candid, engaging and powerful voice that provides insight and perspective Emmy Award winner, three-time best-selling author and one of the most honored communication professionals in America Featured on 60 Minutes, Good Morning America, Frontline, The PBS Newshour, Face the Nation, Meet the Press, The Colbert Report and The Today ShowWords That WorkCombatting Anti-Semitism and Boycott, Divestment and SanctionsSunday, February 25, 2018 PRESENTING SPONSORPRESIDENTS CIRCLEBrown & Brown Insurance Bush Ross, P.A. Ferman Motor Car Company Kuhn Automotive Group Lynne & Fred Merriam Publix Super Market Charities Reeves Import Motorcars RFLP Group Sharp Business Systems Harvey & Cherie Schonbrun Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Tampa Bay Trane TECOPRESIDENTS FRIENDSAir Animal Pet Movers EXOS Stacy & Michael Leeds Michele & Mark Miller Susie & Mitchell Rice Tampa General Hospital Lisa & Steven ZaritskyPRESIDENTS CABINET PRESIDENTS ADVISOR Major Gifts ReceptionOpen to all donors who have made a $5,000 or greater contribution to the organization in 2017.Roundtable Discussionwith SpeakerOpen to all donors who have made a $25,000 or greater contribution to the organization in 2017. Sponsors as of 12/28/17 Reserve Online Now!$180Patron Tickets$300**includes program recognition and charitable gift made in your honor The Tampa JCCs summer camp 2018 could borrow the old Burger King slogan: Have it Your Way. This year, campers (and their parents) will be able to mix-andmatch between camp programs at both JCC locations: the Cohn Jewish Community Campus and the Bryan Glazer Family JCC. will offer camps for kids getting ready to enter kindergarten this fall. On Sunday, Jan. 28, there will be a kick-off Family Day for camp at the Cohn Campus from 11 a.m.3 p.m. There will be camp activities for children entering kindergarten through eighth grade and their will be an opportunity to learn whats in store for the two unique camping experiences this summer. The day will also start the early bird registration period. Parents who sign up their children between Jan. 28 and Feb. 2 will receive 10 percent off their total camp fee. This discount excludes extended hours and transportation fees. Camp J will run from June 4 to Aug. 3. Drop off is at 9 a.m. with a pick-up time of 4 p.m. Extended hours are available from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. At the Cohn Campus, the Signature Camp will run for three, threeweek sessions and offer traditional day camp activities such as athletics, arts and crafts, swimming and canoeing, nature walks, music and Shabbat celebration, along with some newer additions such as a zipline, obstacle course and climbing wall. Also at the Cohn Campus, the new Camp Rischon (First Beginnings) for kindergartners will be held, staffed by the JCCs preschool staff. It offers children a chance to be a part of an authentic, big kid camp experience and include instructional swim daily as At the Glazer JCC, there will be specialty camps plus Camp Kef for the youngest campers. Camp J Specialty Camps will offer a variety of specialty camps eighth grade. Experienced instrucimplement programming for specialty camps such as volleyball, basketball, super sports, multimedia art, dance, theater and more. Children will have the opportunity est while keeping Jewish culture, heritage and traditional values of teamwork, spirit, friendship and community. The Camp Kef is for campers grade only. There will be swimming, sports, art and science. Entertainers, specialized activities and Whacky Wednesdays will make each session different. At both locations, there will be a CIT program (Counselor in Training), which is a full-day experience for teens entering ninth and tenth grade. This select group will have the opportunity to train and gain experience in working with children in a camp setting. The Tampa JCCs and Federato help with the summer camp program. Interested individuals must meet the following criteria to interview; junior counselors must be entering 11th or 12thgrade; senior counselors must be high school graduates. For more information about summer camp offerings, go to either or Interested parents may also contact Pam Cotner at (813) 769-4748 or at the JCC on the Cohn Campus and David Siskin at (813) 291-2252 or david. at the Glazer Family JCC. Camp JCC at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC is located at 522 N. Howard Ave., Tampa, and Camp JCC on the Cohn Campus is located at 13009 Community Campus Drive, Tampa.Get a taste of Camp J 2018 at Family Day on Jan. 28


Business & Professional Directory PAGE 12 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA JANUARY 12 25, 2018 BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY CLASSIFIEDS ADS advertising. The paper accepts no responsibility for services and merchandise advertised, nor screens advertisers. All ads must be submitted in writing. Mail to PO Box 6970, Clearwater, FL 33758; fax (727) 5303039 or e-mail: Rates: $10 for 15 words, 10 each additional word. VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES ORACLEINSURANCE Marc D. Ostroff Agency Principal 2605 S. MacDill Ave. Tampa, FL 33692 P | 813.259.9600 F | Home | Auto | Commercial | Life MENORAH MANOR SEEKS VOLUNTEERS! Whether you are working in the gift shop, leading a discussion group, reading to a resident, helping residents with shopping, pet therapy, or just stopping by for one-on-one time, you can be enriched by volunteering. For more information, contact Bonnie Berman, volunteer coordinator (727) 302-3729. SERVICES JOHN J. HARTMAN, Ph.DLicensed Clinical Psychologist300 S. Hyde Park Ave. Suite 150, Tampa, FL 33606 (813) 258-4607Specializing in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis for Over 40 DONATIONS WANTED POSITION AVAILABLEMENORAH MANOR HAS A NEED FOR book donations for the resident library. Bernard L. Samson Nursing Center: 255 59th Street North, St. Petersburg, FL 33710. Thank you for your kindness. ACCOUNTANT SINGER CONSULTING: Robert Singer, Accountant. Personal & Corporate Tax Preparation. Corporate Financial Statements. (813) 404-1004 14007 N. Dale Mabry Hwy. Tampa, Florida 33618 Cell: (813) 220-7171 Ph: (813) 908-8500 Fax: (813) 908-9840franstar@tampabay.rr.comFRAN SCHWARTZRealtor Obituaries VENDORS WANTED: For the Tampa Bay Jewish Food Festival. Feb. 25, 2018 at Temple Bnai Israel, Clearwater Non Judaica items are welcome. Enid Newmark (727) 712-1333, 251-5524 YOUTH A DVI SOR POSITI ON A VA I LABLE: 612 grade, Temple Bnai Israel. Salary commensurate with experience contact 813-500-5078 (O) 908-930-9331 (C) 813-443-6639 (F)700 SOUTH HARBOUR ISLAND BLVD. SUITE #703 TAMPA, FLORIDA 33602ALLEN J. STRAUSS, CPABUSINESS & INDIVIDUAL TAX PREPARATIONAJSCPAS@AOL.COM JEWISH PRESS has OPENINGS for:SUMMER INTERNS College student with journalism major preferred. Duties will include writing assignments and clerical work. Paid position. Parttime. Flexible hours. Must have transportation. Send resume with clips, if available.Karen Dawkins, managing editor PO Box 6970, Clearwater, FL 33758 email: or call, (727) 535-4400 or (813) 871-2332.SALLY GARSH, 86, of Tampa, died Dec. 16. Born in the Bronx, NY, she and her late husband Dave moved to Tampa more than 30 years ago from the Catskill Mountains town of Monticello where they had lived for many years and where she worked in specialty shops. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law Robert and Pam Garsh; daughter and son-in-law Eileen and Jack Levine; brother Morty Donanberg; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The family suggests memoriFuneral Home, Beth David Chapel) ADRIENNE MAE GOLUB, 78, of Houston, TX, previously of Tampa, died Dec. 16. She was born in the Bronx, NY and grew up in Westchester County. A graduate of Brooklyn College, she taught elementary school until she left to raise her family. Moving to Tampa in 1974 from Canton, MA., she pursued 1993, she received her MA in art history from the University of South Florida. She was a long-time art in Art Papers, Art Criticism, The Tampa Review and elsewhere. She helped found Congregation Beth Am and was active in the Tampa Jewish Federation. She and her husband later belonged include her daughters, Jennifer and Rebecca; son and daughter-in-law Andrew and Stefani; brother and sister-in-law Philip and Jean Eastman; and two granddaughters. The family suggests memorials ELAINE HIRSHFIELD GOTLER, 82, of Clearwater, died Dec. 18. Born in Brooklyn, she grew up in Hillside, NJ and moved to Jacksonville, and then later to Tampa. She was a real estate broker for many years, then returned to college. After refrom the University of South Florida, she worked as an educator with children with special needs in the Tampa public school system and with college students at Hillsborough Community College. She was a long-time member of Hadassah and of Congregation Rodeph Sholom in Tampa, active in its Sisterhood and as part of the Hillel School of Tampa in its early years. Later she was a member clude her husband of 46 years Leonard; daughter and son-in-law Tara and Richard Rogachefsky; son Steven Gotler and son and daughter-in-law Ross and Rachel Gotler; sister Barbara Margol; and four grandchildren. The family suggests memorials be Home, Beth David Chapel) CANDY LATTER, 96, of Tampa, died Dec. 24. She was born in Silas, AL and moved to Tampa over 50 years ago. She was a registered nurse and worked as a private duty nurse and at Tampa General Hospital, where she continued to volunteer after her retirement. She was a member of Congregation Rodeph Sholom and its Sisterhood and was a life member of Hadassah. She volunteered for many years as an usher at the Straz Center. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law Steven and Gloria Latter; her daughter Linda Latter; brother Frank Daniels; and three grandchildren. The family suggests memorials be made to the Funeral Home, Beth David Chapel) CLAIRE LEE, 97, of Tampa, died Dec. 25. She was born in New York City, and moved to Tampa in 1960 with her late husband Robert. She spent years as a professional actress with the Showboat Dinner Theater and was also an Equity member, who experienced the Broadway stage, performing in over a dozen plays and musicals. She devoted many years to community service, recording for the blind and reading to children at McDonald House. Survivors include her children; Penny and Steve and two great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorials be made to the Jewish National Fund. ELEANOR HARRIET MITLEIDER, 92, of Tam pa, died Dec. 30. Survivors include her two sons and daughter-in-law, Stephen Mitleider, and Alan C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel)


JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 13 JANUARY 12 25, 2018 12:30-5:00 pm(Registration 11:45 am -12:30 pm)Sunday, 201 Ed Radice Park14720 Ed Radice Drive, Tampa 33626Cost:$45 per individual $425 to sign up an entire team Includes a team shirt and snacks for the day Sign up as a team through your synagogue, sisterhood, brotherhood, book club, family or any group of friends youd like to spend the day with.Minimum of 10, and maximum of 14, people per team. There must be a minimum of 3 females per team. community-wide co-edsponsored by Sign me up to play in the JCC softball tournament as: an individual a teamindividual name ___________________________team captains name (required for teams) ___________________________team name/organization ___________________________address ___________________________phone number ___________________________email ___________________________signature ___________________________ I/We would like to be a team sponsor: Level 1 $100 or equivalent in-kind donations Level 2 $250 or equivalent in-kind donations please makes checks payable to:Tampa JCCmail completed form to:JCC Softball Tournament JCC on the Cohn Campus 13009 Community Campus Drive Tampa, FL 33625Deadline to register as a team or individual: Frida y March Deadline to submit entire team roster: Frida y March hree ways to register: 1. nline at 12:30-5:00 pm(Registration 11:45 am -12:30 pm)Sunday, 201 Ed Radice Park14720 Ed Radice Drive, Tampa 33626Cost:$45 per individual $425 to sign up an entire team Includes a team shirt and snacks for the day Sign up as a team through your synagogue, sisterhood, brotherhood, book club, family or any group of friends youd like to spend the day with.Minimum of 10, and maximum of 14, people per team. There must be a minimum of 3 females per team. community-wide co-edsponsored by Sign me up to play in the JCC softball tournament as: an individual a teamindividual name ___________________________team captains name (required for teams) ___________________________team name/organization ___________________________address ___________________________phone number ___________________________email ___________________________signature ___________________________I/We would like to be a team sponsor: Level 1 $100 or equivalent in-kind donations Level 2 $250 or equivalent in-kind donations please makes checks payable to:Tampa JCCmail completed form to:JCC Softball Tournament JCC on the Cohn Campus 13009 Community Campus Drive Tampa, FL 33625Deadline to register as a team or individual: Frida y March Deadline to submit entire team roster: Frida y March hree ways to register: 1. nline at HUMANITARIANI feel the most important aspect of the Florida Holocaust Museums mission is education. It is vital to teach both children and adults the prejudice and racism. It is also important that a Holocaust survivor tells his/her story. It is one thing to who has lived through this horror is much more effective. I will continue to share my story as long as I Museumis dedicated to teaching the inherent worth and dignity of coexistence within the global society should be the goal of every human being and within our walls we educate to remember the past manitarian Award was established and named for Edith (of blessed berg whose dream to establish became a reality through their vision and philanthropy as well as the support and generosity of local community leaders such as this years honorees. John and Toni Rinde were both they did not meet each until 1957 in New York City. John came from an upper class Orthodox Jewish family. He was only 41/ 2 years old when the war began. In 1941 when war broke out between Russia and ing as a Catholic. His family was liberated in 1945 by the Russian Army and remained in Poland for two years. He lived in France from 1946 to1952 and emigrated to the setting up a practice in Clearwater. a Polish family from 1941 to 1945. Provided with false papers and the reunited with her parents and atbands medical practice for many years. Lisl Schick was born in was raised with one brother. Her in Vienna and anticipated trouble after Kristallnacht. Her parents sent her with her younger brother to England on the Kindertransport boarding school assisted by Bnai they were evacuated from the east moved several times and arrived 1944 via convoy to Halifax and one of only 10 percent of Kindertransport children to be reunited with their parents. Mary Wygodski was born in sisters and one brother raised in a traditional middle class Jewish her family was sent to the Vilna from her mother and two sisters at a boxcar and never saw them Photo courtesy of The Florida Holocaust Museum Photo courtesy of The Florida Holocaust Museum Photo from The Florida Holocaust Museum, courtesy of Lisl Schick Photo courtesy of Eckerd College again. Mary was transported to the Camp in Germany. From there she bor Camp where she made artillery shells in the Polte factory. After and brother had been executed in Estonia. * Although the museum gala is orees may be purchased in advance to be shared during the program. dinner will feature a conversaMossad agent and curator of the views and the original bullet-proof glass booth where the accused Nazi war criminal sat during court proceedings in Israel. contact the museum at (727) 8200100. tersburg.


PAGE 14 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA JANUARY 12 25, 2018 Organizations 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.comYoung AdultsGrown-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 Bryan Glazer Family JCC, 522 N Howard, Tampa. This is free for members and $5 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 information or to RSVP for any #Gather events, visit: https:// gather or contact Lisa Robbins at or (813) 769-4723. Bark in the Park: Bring your pup for a relaxing afternoon at the Davis Islands Dog Park, 1002 Severn Ave, Tampa, hanging with other pooches and dog owners on Sunday, Feb. 11 from noon to 2 p.m. as part of a #Gather event. Dont have a dog? Come out and play anyway. Art Night: Create a selfportrait at the private art studio of local artist Sara Scher on Monday, Feb. 26 from 7-9 p.m. The cost is $15 for #Gather members and $20 for guests (includes art materials, snacks and wine). This evert is limited to 14 people. No skill is needed. 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, contact Pnina Levermore at (813) 291-2253 or pnina.levermore@JewishTampa. com. All registrations should be completed before events begin. Advance registration is also required through the USF Osher Lifelong Learning Institute for Osher classes. For more information on those classes, contact the institute at (813) 974-8036, Discover opera: Take an excursion to the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa to participate in an interactive forum designed to enrich the 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. There will be a lunch at the Sono Caf before the forum. The forum is free but does not include the cost of lunch. For transportation information and to RSVP, contact Pnina Levermore. Trivial Pursuit and pizza: This group meets at the Cohn campus on the second Thursday of the month from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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. 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. 24. 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 at that location there will be sessions of guided instruction on Mondays from 1:303 p.m. 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 sessions are offered on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-3 p.m. This is free for all 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 Borrell 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. On Feb. 14 there will be a presentation about international love ballads with the University of Tampa Theater and Dance Department. The JetSetters group also meets on the Cohn campus on the fourth Thursday of the month from 11 a.m. to noon and will feature Mario DeLeon performing music from around the world. He will challenge those in attendance to guess the country where each selection comes from. 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. Topics include the populist movement, on Jan. 23; political parties, on Jan 30; the party nomination process on Feb. 6 and the role of super delegates on Feb. 13. These sessions are free. The group at the Cohn campus, meets the second and fourth Friday from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The Jan. 26 session will be about items on the U.S. Supeme Court docket. There is no charge to attend. Movie matinee: Enjoy a classic movie and popcorn on from 10 a.m. to noon on the Cohn campus. There is no charge to attend. On Feb. 7 the movie will be A Majority of One Band concert: The Tampa Community Band will perform on Wednesday, Jan. 24 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at the Glazer JCC. The band is a grassroots project providing an opportunity for musicians to play with a group and hone their skills. This event is free. Rock Steady Boxing: This class for those with Parkinsons Disease is offered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1:30-3 p.m. at the Glazer JCC. This non-contact boxing program can reverse, reduce and even delay the symptoms of Parkinsons. Registration fee of $100 includes a required assessment analysis, gloves, and wrap. For more information and to schedule your assessment, contact Jordan Brannon at (727) 276-8431, or Pnina Levermore at the JCC. Cost is $10 per session or $79 per month for members; $15 per session or $99 a month for guests. Tampa history series: Learn about Tampas history during free sessions led by Carl Zielonka at the Glazer JCC. On Wednesday, Feb. 7 from 1-2 p.m. the topic will be the history of the Tampa Jewish Community. Osher class offerings: Eyes will be taught by Sue Tihansky at the Cohn campus on Mondays, Jan. 22 through Feb. 26 from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $60. The initial cost of materials and supplies is approximately $100. class will be taught at the Cohn campus by Tihansky on Mondays, Jan. 22-Feb. 26 from 1-3 p.m. at a cost of $60. Amendment Under Fire will be taught by Adele McCollum on Wednesdays, Feb. 7 28 from 1-3 p.m. at the Cohn campus. The cost is $40. See, Hear, and Read in Todays Media taught by George Hyde, will be offered at the Glazer JCC on Mondays, Jan. 22 through Feb. 26 from 1-3 p.m. at a cost of $60. At a time when fake news and alternative facts are household words, learn how to identify news slanted to serve a particular agenda or invented simply to make a buck. taught at the Glazer JCC on Thursdays, Feb. 8 through March 1 from 1-3 p.m. for $40. The process of dying has evolved from an event commonly occurring at home to one that mostly occurs in the sterility of an institution. Learn what you can do to die according to your wishes and what rights you have relative to physician-assisted death. This class will be taught by John Dormois.Genealogical SocietyImmigration research: The Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay will offer a two-session seminar titled: The JGSTB 2018 Guide to Immigration Research: Why You Cant Find Your Bubbes Immigration Record on Sunday, Feb. 11 and Sunday, March 11 at 2 p.m. at Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services, 14041 Icot Blvd., Clearwater. Registration will be at 1:30 p.m. on both dates. The presentations will concentrate on both traditional and recently available Internet resourcDr. Emil H. Isaacson, who will lead the seminar, has more than 33 years of experience in genealogy. The seminar is free to members. Nonmembers will be charged $25 for individuals or $35 for a family, which will include an annual membership. A seminar booklet summarizing the presentation and containing updated references will be available for $10. To pre-register for the class, for more information, or for directions, call Bruce Hadburg at (727) 796-7981.Job-LinksMonday Morning Links: On Monday, Jan. 22, the topic for the Monday Morning Links program is Interview tips and techniques that work. The topic for the Monday Jan. 29 program is Get real time feedback on your 30-second commercial and on Feb. 5 the topic is Whats in your job search toolbox. These free sessions are held from 9:30 11 a.m. at the Jack Roth Center for Career Development at TampaBayJob-Links, 4100 W. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 206, Tampa. Monday Morning Links is supported by the Vinik Family Foundation. Job-search aids: There are also Success workshops on select Thursdays to aid with job-search skills. On Jan. 25, from 9:30 a.m. to noon., the topic will be Getting or ganized and staying on track during your job search and on Feb. 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the topic is Is your brand helping youland a job? The workshops are free for TampaBay Job-Links full program participants and $15 for guests. Reservations required for all programs. Career transitioning: The next series of Switching Gears workshops will be on Wednesdays, Jan. 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 Anton Legal Group Stock Broker DisputesS. David Anton, Esq. Since 1985 WWW.360R EALTYT AMPA.COM813.508.2715 360 REALTY CARLYN NEUMAN


JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 15 JANUARY 12 25, 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. Support Our Advertisers! They help make the Jewish Press possible Jill NeumanREALTOR 1208 E. Kennedy Blvd. Suite 231, Tampa, FL 33602I love what I do and youll love the results. One of the greatest accolades a person can receive is from their peers. This years Best Doctors List for the Tampa Bay area includes Amanda Grant Smith, a geriatric psychiatrist. Dr. Smith is an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences at the USF Morsani College of Medicine and medical director of the USF Health Byrd Alzheimers Institute. She joins 505 local physicians in 62 medical specialties to receive this honor. (Im sure youd recognize some other names on the list). She is also active in the Jewish community as a member of Congregation Mekor Shalom and Hadassah, as well as a Tampa Jewish Family Services board member and a supporter of JNF and the IDFs Lone Soldier Center. Since 1989, Best Doctors has conducted one of the physicians they trust. The questionnaire asks: If you or a loved one needed a physician in your specialty, to whom would you refer? * *Charlotte Gwen Glazer was born on Dec. 1, to Shanna and Bryan Glazer of Tampa. She joins 15-month-old big brother, Sawyer. Proud grandparents are Sue and Jon Rosenbluth of Largo and Linda Glazer of Palm Beach. Equally kvelling is great grandma Dotty Feinberg of St. Petersburg. Please send your simcha news to with Good Stuff! in the subject line or mail items to Jewish Press, PO Box 6970, Clearwater, FL 33758. Photos are welcome, too. Be sure to include contact information phone and email. One of the youngest Schindler survivors to speak in St. PeteRena Finder, one of perhaps less than 50 of the 1,200 Jews on the so-called Shindlers List still alive, will share her story on Monday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in St. Petersburg. The Chabad of Greater St. Petersburg will be hosting Finder at the Palladium Theater in downtown St. Petersburg. Finder, 88, was born in Krakow, Poland, to a well-to-do family. An only child, she lived with her parents in a brand-new apartment next to Wawel Royal Castle. A good student in school, Finder often was chosen for parts in the schools play. On Sundays, her father would take her to soccer games, or her aunt and uncle would take her to see childrens plays or movies. In September 1939, everything changed. Forced to leave their home, the family moved into the ghetto. There her father was arrested and later killed at the death camp Auschwitz. Finder and her mother worked in a printing shop in the ghetto and one day, Finder and her mother were put on a list to work in Schindlers factory. It was like going from hell to heaven, she said. I expected [Schindler] to grow wings. He treated us like human beings. You didnt have to dread every day you were going to be killed because you knew Oskar Schindler was there, and he was going to protect you, Finder said. She and her mother were sent to work at Emalia, Oskar Schindlers enamel and ammunition factory. After Shindler was forced to dismantle the camp, Finder, her mother and 298 other women were sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau. They were in imminent danger of being sent to the gas chambers when once again Shindler stepped in and was able to secure the womens release to go work in his factory in Czechoslovakia. After the war ended and Rena and her mother were liberated, they spent time in a displaced perthe United States in 1948. Tickets to the program are $18 with Early Bird (before Jan. 25), $12. Cost to become a sponsor (which includes two VIP seats and private cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m.), $180. Doors open at 7 p.m. at the theater, located at 253 5th Ave. N., St. Petersburg. For more information or to RSVP, go to or call (727) 344-4900.


PAGE 16 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA JANUARY 12 25, 2018 RALPH BOBOArea/Branch ManagerNMLS ID 432371 State Lic. L025098 3903 Northdale Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33624C: 813.781.1024 The Israel Bonds Womens Division held a series of exclusive events for 60 Prime Ministers Circle members including six from the Tampa Bay area in New York City on Dec. 3-4. The gathering was open only to those making a new investment of a minimum of $25,000 in Israel Bonds. the United Nations by Talie Danon and her husband, Israels Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Danny Danon. Talie Danon, a clinical dietitian with over 18 years of experience in the Israeli public health sector, spoke on her role as the spouse of the ambassador and its evolution over time. She said she takes pride in hosting events at local art galleries in which she invites on Judaism, art in the Holocaust, and to learn more about Israeli culture. She is focused on educating others on the history of the Jewish nation, and once held a Seder for the ambassadors to experience a Pesach meal and prayers. Danny Danon underscored the fact that Israeli culture and the Jewish religion are making progress on a daily basis at the UN, noting that Yom Kippur is now recognized as a national holiday and kosher food is served in the UN cafeteria. Danon continued, Our challenge is to close the gap, and we must work to eliminate the fears that supporters of Israel have of freely stating their desire to represent the strong Jewish nation. The Danons both expressed admiration for U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, with Danny Danon describing her as being fearless on the notion of creating change.Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, and Israel Bonds President and CEO Israel Maimon join members of the Israel Bonds Womens Division on Dec. 4 including six from the Tampa Bay area.   (LR): Stephanie Stein of Largo; Dr Vivian Benci of Clearwater; Linda Goldfarb of Seminole, Monica DiGiovanni, Israel Bonds Representative of North, West and Central Florida; Ambassador Danon, Maimon, Debbie Taub of Tampa and Diana Sager of Seminole.6 area women attend Israel Bonds event in New York Photo by Shahar AzranBy   RON KAMPEAS JTA news serviceWASHINGTON President Donald Trump waived nuclear sanctions against Iran for what the time under the current deal. By the time the next waiver signing rolls around in 120 days, Trump wants a new deal in place that removes sunset clauses allowing Iran to resume enhanced within a decade, three senior adJan. 12. Trump wants the bans to be per manent. He wants to deny Iran access to nuclear weapons forever and not just for 10 years, one of spoke in a conference call for jour nalists on the condition they not be named. ed Americas European allies who are also parties to the 2015 accord, which swapped sanctions relief for a rollback of Irans nuclear program, to join with him in reworking the deal. He is also demanding a permanent end to Irans enrich stands, Iran is currently allowed to enrich uranium to low grades unsuitable for weapons use. In a statement later Jan. 12, Trump said those who do not work with him to amend the deal are effectively siding with Iran. I hereby call on key European countries to join with the United in the deal, countering Iranian aggression, and supporting the Iranian people, he said. If other nations fail to act during this time, I will terminate our deal with Iran. Trump expected two of the nations party to the deal Russia and China to join in the revision of the agreement. Both countries are adamantly opposed to renegotiat ing the deal, as is Iran. The three European nations that many and Britain, have said that they do not want to reopen the deal unless all parties are agreed. The Europeans have said they are willing to consider enhancing sanctions outside the nuclear deal, for instance targeting Irans missile program and human rights abuses. Trump, the same day he waived the nuclear sanctions, imposed new sanctions on Iran for its human rights abuses and its military adventurism. Most prominent among the 14 individuals and entities named in the new sanctions was Sadegh Amoli Larijani, who heads Irans judiciary and who is brother to the speaker of the Iranian parliament. Other sanctions target suppliers of Irans military and Irans cybersecurity sector, which the adminis role in censorship in Iran. Congress has so far shown little interest in using legislation to undercut or change the current Iran nuclear deal.Trump waives Iran sanctions, he says for the last time under the current deal