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PRESORTED STANDARD U.S. POSTAGE PAIDThe Jewish Press Group of Tampa Bay, Inc.The Jewish Press Group of Tampa Bay, Inc. Jewish Press of Pinellas County P. O. Box 6970 Clearwater, FL 33758-6970 See inside for details. WIN SHOW TICKETS Jewish Press Online Ticket Contest WIN SHOW TICKETS Jewish Press Online Ticket Contest VOL. 30, NO. 14 TAMPA, FLORIDA FEBRUARY 9 22, 2018 16 PAGES Just a nosh.. Just a nosh..Complied from JTA news service By BRUCE LOWITT Jewish PressAll it took was a visit 18 years ago the only visit Seymour Bluestone ever made to Brandeis University to convince him that the university in Waltham, MA., was where he wanted to establish his legacy. It began when Bluestone, a retired pediatrician born in Brooklyn, made some small gifts to the school in the 1990s at the request of family friends. In 2001 he created the Jesse F. and Dora H. Bluestone Scholarship in his parents memory. And when he died Sept. 29 at age 96, he left the university an $8.4-million bequest. He was so frugal. He wouldnt spend a dime on himself, said Merrianne Sotnick, a neighbor, friend and retired hospice nurse. He had old shoes. He had an old jacket. I said, Can we buy a new jacket? He said, Theres no need. Im going to be gone before I can use it. We had no idea how much money he had. He lived almost like a pauper. The Sotnicks, Chris and Merrianne, lived in the apartment next to Bluestones at the Hampton, a senior residence in Clearwater, for his last six years (he had moved in four years earlier). He was already 90 but pretty okay when without the need for a walker. Hed work out daily on an exercise bicycle but Local man leads simple life; leaves millions to collegeSeymour Bluestone MILLIONS continued on PAGE 8 Children and adults are invited to build Jerusalem one Lego at a time at a Building Blocks Workshop, a communitywide event to be held at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC on Sunday, March 4, beginning at 4:30 p.m. The Old City of Jerusalem will come alive on a 20-foot by 20-foot layout, complete with the walls, eight gates to the city, the Kotel, King Davids Tower, and all of the other important landmark elements. The project is part of the Jewish History Construction Series, using about 70,000 Lego building blocks. This is a hands-on activity for the whole family. Under the direction of Stephen W. Schwartz AIA, a principal with SWS Architects in Livingston, NJ, participants are guided through a collective effort to build a scale model of one of the building projects in this case, Jerusalem. Help rebuild Jerusalem Lego-by-Lego at Glazer JCCLEGO continued on PAGE 6 MAP continued on PAGE 10 STUDY continued on PAGE 9Pinellas/Pasco Jewish community is all over the map Pinellas/Pasco Jewish community is all over the map Who We Are Who We ArePINELLAS AND PASCO JEWISH COMMUNITY62 47% 15% $85,000 56% 20% 95%MEDIAN AGE of Jews in Pinellas/ Pasco. In 1994 it was 46 in Pinellas. Jews live in Pinellas/Pasco. This is 1.9% of the total POPULATION of the 2 counties. Median INCOME of Jewish households. INTERMARRIED couples in Jewish households in Pinellas/Pasco. of was 46 in Pinellas. POPULATION 28,000of all Jewish households are in these top 3 ZIP CODES: 34698 in Dunedin, 33701 in St. Petersburg and 34684 in East Lake/Lake Tarpon. are REGISTERED voters INTERMARRIED identify themselves as JUST JEWISH 30% Reform 21% Conservative 3% Orthodox 56% households are in 3 ZIP CODES 62 MEDIAN AGE Jews in Pinellas/ Pasco. In 1994 it was 46 in Pinellas. 56% Democrats 25% Republicans 19% Independents of Jewish households hold synagogue MEMBERSHIP**Source: 2017 Pinellas/Pasco Jewish Population Study.By BOB FRYER Jewish PressThe Jews of Pinellas and Pasco counties are everywhere and nowhere. When people consider moving here, it is not unusual for them to call Jewish institutions here and ask, Where are the Jewish neighborhoods? Those of us already here know that the answer is there arent any at least none with really high concentrations of Jews like we remember back home in Skokie, the Lower East Side or on vacation in Miami Beach. There are about 23,450 Jews living in Pinellas County and 4,450 in Pasco County. Over the two-county area, Jews comprise just 1.9 percent of the total population, slightly below the national average of 2.1 percent. While some neighborhoods do have higher concentrations of Jewish households, the recently completed 2017 Pinellas/Pasco Jewish Population Study concluded that the Jewish population of Pinellas/Pasco is geographically dispersed and that there is no core area of Jewish settlement here. No similar demographics study has been done in Hillsborough County. The point of the study was not to learn what Jews here already knew, but to determine just how many Jews are out there, where we live, how Jewish we are in terms of synagogue membership How the study was doneIt took 230,000 phone calls to more than 70,000 phone numbers to complete the 2017 Pinellas/Pasco Jewish Population Study conducted over a three-month period by a staff under the direction of University of Miami Department of Geography chair Ira Sheskin. The calls were done using a random digit dialing method. Also used were call lists from the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties and calls to phone numbers in published phone directories of those with distinctive Jewish names. The effort resulted in 550 interviews of people in Jewish households. Of the 550 completed interviews, 192 were from randomly dialed numbers, 302 from the Federation call list and 56 from those called because JCC bomb hoaxer briey escapes Israeli police custodyThe American-Israeli man charged with making hundreds of bomb threats to Jewish community centers in the United States including two JCC preschools in The computer hacker, Michael Kadar, 19, from Ashkelon in southern Israel, attended a hearing in Jerusalem District Court on Monday, Feb. 5. Following the hearing, he was taken to an interrogation and detention center in Jerusalem. After exiting a police car, Kadar managed to loosen a leg shackle, push away the it, according to reports. He was chased for a short time, tackled and then returned to custody. Kadar was arrested in Israel in March 2017 in a joint operation with the FBI. He has been charged in both Israel and the U.S. According to the indictments, Kadar made threats to 2,000 institutions around the world, including the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C., and other Israeli diplomatic missions, JCCs, schools, malls, police stations, hospitals and airlines. The offenses charged include publishing false information, causing panic, computer hacking and money laundering. The Jerusalem Pos t reported that the U.S. has backed away from seeking the hoaxers extradicition, but may seek to have him extradicted and tried in the U.S. Putin inherits former teachers apartment in Tel AvivJERUSALEM Russian President Vladimir Putin is now the proud owner of an apartment in downtown Tel Aviv. He inherited the 11/2-bedroom apartment from his former high school German teacher, Mina Yuditskaya Berliner, who died in December at 96, Ynet reported. Berliner left the apartment to Putin via the Russian Embassy. It was Putin, in fact, who bought the apartment for her in 2005. Berliner immigrated to Israel from the Soviet Union in 1973. But she had followed her former students rise through the political ranks in Russia. According to Ynet, Putin and his teacher were reunited in 2005, when the Russian president visited Israel. She had asked the Russian Embassy whether she could attend a reception in Putins honor. Afterward he invited her to have tea with him in private. A short time later, Berliner, who was a widow, began receiving gifts from the Russian president: a watch and Putins autographed 2000 biography. Then an employee of the Russian government showed up at her doorstep and took her to see some apartments in the center of Tel Aviv, she told Ynet. Putin is a very grateful and decent person, Berliner said at the time. The Russian Embassy sent a representative to the funeral and covered the costs of her burial, Ynet reported.Convictions upheld for 3 Jewish Israelis who burned a Palestinian teen alive JERUSALEM Israels Supreme Court upheld convictions of three Jewish extremists who burned a Palestinian teen alive in a 2014 revenge killing. The court upheld life sentences for two of the killers and a 21-year prison term for a minor involved in kidnapping and burning Muhammad Abu Khdeir, 16, after three Jewish teens were kidnapped and murdered by Palestinian terrorists. munity service.


PAGE 2 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA FEBRUARY 9 22, 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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Completion will be a 400 square foot model, exactly to scale! Event Fee: $12 per individual | Group rates availableThis event is supported by and ALL ABOUT THE LEGO EVENT Building Blocks Workshops is a model building large group activity that is presented through the vision of an Architect. Participants are encouraged to build structurally sound, interesting, and whimsical models that have an architectural character worthy of the history they represent. The Jewish History Construction Series using LEGO building blocks is a hands on activity for children, parents and grandparents. Under the direction of Stephen W. Schwartz, AIA, architect of SWS Architects in Livingston, NJ, the participants are guided through a collective effort to build a huge scale model of one of the selected building projects. The projects are intended for children 8 and older, however, inter-generational when done with participating parents the children can be as young as 4. The architect brings approximately 70,000 LEGO building pieces together with a huge scale drawing of the selected project. The program consists of 10 minutes of information and approximately one and one half ( 1 ) hours of actual LEGO construction, followed by an in-depth tour of the completed model plus a pizza dinner for all. To register, go to For more information, contact Brandy Gold at ( 813 ) 769 4725 or LEGO Building Event & Pizza Dinner! This event is supported by and By BRUCE LOWITT Jewish PressBarely a generation ago, the problem with pain-killers was that they werent readily available and doctors were reluctant to prescribe those that were. Today the reverse is true too many of them and just about anyone can get them whether or not theyre needed. Dan Zsido, training and education coordinator for the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators, said 2016, the last year for which complete statistics are available, was the worst year ever in the United States for drug overdose deaths, more than 64,000 of them due to another huge increase in prescription opioid medication. In the 1990s, articles appeared in medical journals that doctors were under prescribing pain medication, said Dr. Richard Maza, a Clearwater internist who has had experience in his practice with substance-abuse issues. Coincidentally with that, drugs came on the market which were the bulk of the opioids. Purdue Pharma developed a synthetic opioid called OxyContin and marketed it as a safe and effective way to treat pain with no or very little addiction potential. Physicians got lulled into feeling that prescribing opioids was a safe thing to do. And what they did was prescribe too many at a time, or for pain that could be handled by lesser drugs like Tylenol, Advil, Aleve They wrote prescriptions for, say, 30 (pills). The patient used somehow got out into the general community and were used as what they call diversionary drugs, meaning they became available to people who didnt need them for pain. And it addicted them because one of the side effects is euphoria, Maza said. Zsido, a retired lieutenant from where he commanded the Narcotics Division, and Dr. Maza, will speak Wednesday evening, March 14, at lew Road, in Palm Harbor, on The Opioid Epidemic and How It Hurts You. The free community program It is clear that the opioid addiction crisis impacts every community, including the Jewish community, said Ahavat Shaloms Rabbi Gary Klein. Over the years Ive encountered numerous Jewish people who have told me that they or someone in their family is suffering from an addiction, and I years at more than several funerals where family members have indicated that the cause of death was an overdose. Also speaking are Rochae ery Support Specialist and herself a recovering addict, and Laurie Serra, who started the Pinellas County chapter of the Narcotics Overdose Prevention & Education task force after her 28-year-old stepson died in 2008 of an unintentional overdose of OxyContin and other drugs. The program is free and open to the public. Zsido said data is starting to show that the longer someone is on prescription medication the greater the chance the user will fall into misuse of the drug. Weve seen people who have an accident, say they slip and fall, or undergo some sort of procedure and they were on a medication and it resulted in a tolerance, which rolled into an addiction, which rolled into making poor decisions, Zsido said, and ultimately they crossed the line and did something and got in trouble. Then there are people who are just experimenting with it. Zwicharowski said her message is that addicts do recover, coming from whatever background. Yes, I am an addict, I am always going to be an addict. But the woman I am today is not the woman I was. Im a good mother, Im clean. Im a prductive member of society. She is 38, says shes been sober for 10 years, and has children ages 20, 18 and 16, all of whom she had before she was married. Before then her children ended up in foster care for a time and she faced large prison sentence for ended up going into treatment because the judge saw in me that I really wanted to change. Zwicharowski is now an outreach coordinator for Associate Recovery Communities, which provides transitional homes that bridge the gap between substance abuse treatment centers and independence.Palm Harbor temple panel to discuss origins of opiod crisis and where we go now


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She is a T almud scholar with expertise in Jewish womens history.Event Ticket per person: $25.00 Gold Patron: $100.00 (includes 2 tickets & VIP Meet & Greet)Visit for more on Hadassah Fifty Shades of Talmud Fifty Shades of TalmudWhat the First Rabbis Had to Say about You-Know-What By National Jewish Book nalist Maggie AntonDate: Wed., March 7 at 7pmDessert buffet to followCongregation Rodeph Sholom2713 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa, FL Tampa Ameet Chapter By RON KAMPEAS JTA news serviceWASHINGTON When the two congressmen representing Memphis meet on the plane home from the nations capital, the lawmakers catch up on what they have in common: the NCAA Division I basketball team at the University of Memphis; mutual friends in the legal communities; and whats up at Temple Israel. Despite a shared affection for the universitys Tigers, a shared alma mater and a shared faith, Steve Cohen, a liberal Democrat, and David Kustoff, a conservative Republican, are polar opposites in Congress. Cohen is leading an effort to launch impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. Kustoff enthusiastically embraced Trump during his freshman run for Congress in 2016. That hasnt stopped them from working together on issues they care about, and both say they wish there were more cross-party partnerships like theirs in the U.S. House collaboration was on a bill last year that would enhance penalties for attacks on religious institutions. Theyve also worked to get federal assistance to preserve Clayborn Temple, a focal point of the 1968 sanitation workers strike that culminated in the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Most of the voters that sent Kustoff to Congress are outside the Memphis area, but the city still ranks high on his priorities. I was born in Memphis, grew up in Memphis, went to school in Memphis, went to college in Memphis, he said in an intera Memphis and West Tennessee guy, and I want to be as supportive as I can of the city of Memphis. We have issues in common, Cohen said To help the Memphis community. Their rabbi at Temple Israel, Micah Greenstein, said their shared love of Memphis is a function of a city that has always been gracious to its Jewish minority (10,000 strong) and of a community that has returned the affection. His synagogue, Greenstein says, has been a locus of civil rights activity for going on a century. One of his rabbinical predecessors spoke out against lynchings in the early 20th century; another was a leader in integrating the city in the 1960s. (The temple is in Kustoffs district, but perched on the border of Cohens, with a satellite for millennials inside the latters district). Our mission statement is to be a force for good not only for the Jewish community but for the greater community, Greenstein said in an interview. Cohen and Kustoff share that commitment, Greenstein said, but in districts that district, which includes the lions share of Memphis, is majority African-American. Much of Kustoffs 8th is rural and white. Steve Cohens district is home to Beale Street, the legendary blues music district, and poverty, Greenstein said. His priorities are different than the farmers and the suburbs in David Kustoffs district. Kustoff, 51, and Cohen, 68, knew each other long before either entered national politics. His father and I were friends, Cohen said. We practiced law. And they were products of a Jewish community and a city of under 700,000 where everyone seems to know everyone else. Kustoff had a passion for retail politics. We share a commitment to fortitude and pursuing politics and working hard and having a good base, he said. Each acknowledged brushes with antiSemitism. In 2008, a Democratic rival of Cohens said he hates Jesus, and in 2016, a Republican rival of Kustoffs reminded voters that he was the Christian conservative in the race. But each also said that the support they have garnered is not simply despite their Jewishness but because their constituents actively reject bigotry. Cohen said some have tried to convince African-American voters to reject him because he was a white Jew. Such appeals fell nized the dangers of appeals to race. Although there are some people in the black community who think they want someone who looks like them, he said, for so many more its alien to be told to have someone who looks like them. Kustoff, a former U.S. attorney, said that when constituents did ask him about faith, it always turned out well. would literally knock on constituent doors, and I would get asked by some, Where do you go to church?, and my response would be Temple Israel, he recalled. Virtually every time I would give that response, the person would say I love Israel, what can I do to help? The redistricting after 2010 removed most of the Jews from Cohens district and placed them in Kustoffs something Cohen clearly regrets. The Jewish community is immensely proud of both lawmakers, said Andy Groveman, a Memphis businessman who chairs the United Israel Appeal nationally.Memphis congressmen from opposing parties show its possible to get along their rabbi approvesThey have differences, but they have worked together and have really shown that while you can be from different parties, the he said. Kustoff and Cohen, when they have worked together, complement each other. Cohen helped garner Democratic support for Kustoffs maiden bill as a lead sponsor, on protecting religious institutions (the lead Democratic sponsor was Derek Kilmer of tally card 402-2 in favor and keeps it in Kustoff, who has naturally better ties to the Trump administration, used contacts in the Interior Department to help secure the naming of Clayborn Temple as a National Treasure by the National Trust, which extends to the building federal assistance for renovation. The former church was a staging ground for marches by over 1,000 striking sanitation workers in 1968, which became a focal point of the civil rights movement. U.S. Rep. David Kustoff, far left, and U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen share a hometown and a temple, but not political ideologies. Kustoff supports the president, Cohen wants to start impeachment proceedings. Still they have found common ground on some issues.


Cong. Schaarai ZedekInterfaith study: Congregation Schaarai Zedek will join with Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church to engage in an interfaith study program with a series of talks on Pastors John DeBevois, Nicole Abdenour, and Will Wellman along with Rabbis Richard Birnholz and Nathan Farb will participate ity arose out of Judaism, but we know little about the way Jesus Jewish background The sessions at Schaarai Zedek will be deal with these topics: Jewish Law Giving: The Golden Rule are you supposed Jesus the expected messiah from the Davidic The sessions at Palma Ceia Presbyterian rsvp Teen band Shabbat: The teens at Band Shabbat with music for this Shabbat Winter wonderland: Put on your mittens and jackets and come to Schaarai event is for families with young children and Smore snow: hot chocolate bar and a chance to play in tact Lindsey Dewey YES Fund Brunch: The Sisterhood will honor Donna Birnholz at its annual Youth, Education, and Special Services Religious School administrative secretary, the support and strength she has provided to her husband, Rabbi Richard Birnholz, as well as aid to various religious school activities, to the students, to the temple, and For more information, call the temple Hamantaschen sale: Sisterhood members will be baking and selling apricot, prune, poppy, cherry and chocolate chip Go Bolts: The Brotherhood is going on an outing to see the Tampa Bay Lightning members and includes a bus from Schaarai Cong. Kol AmiMeet the doctor: individual members of the congregation get a chance to tell others about themselves, Dr. David Berger will be on hand to talk about talk about the use of medical marijuana, who can obtain it, who can prescribe it and treatPAGE 4 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA FEBRUARY 9 22, 2018 Reform 1115 E. Del Webb Blvd., Sun City Center Congregation BETH AM nd rd ConservativeCongregation Congregation CHA 1 Congregation BAIS TEFILLAH Campus Jewish Renewal Conservative Reform ReformTemple ConservativeTemple Congregations Rabbinically Speaking Rabbinically Speaking Judaism that disagreement makes us stronCelebrating a diverse set of practices, beliefs, approaches, and interpretations enriches us and makes Judaism unique Judaism say that part of what draws them to choose Judaism is our openness to quesreligions expect unchallenged faith in rigid dogma, Judaism demands that we think most critically about those things that Our Torah is not unique to us; Christicular way that we read and understand the only study the Torah (especially the Oral person will come to a conclusion in isolachavruta makes both partners think more deeply and arrive at a better understanding of the Torah, and means we are more than the sum of our The entire Oral Torah is recorded as a series of discussions and disagreements beRabbi Yohanan lost his chavruta someone to try and prove him wrong, and in The Talmud is full of robust disagreerabbinic authority of Yosei HaGelili, it was permitted certain marriages and performed Congregation Schaarai Zedek Why Judaism needs pluralismThey even disagreed about whether to stand, The Talmud itself begins not with a statedebates are ongoing even now, hundreds of The ongoing innovation of Judaism is the Rabbis became the dominant leaders of Judaism, there were Sadducees, Pharisees, instituted reforms, and even before them the early Rabbis, there continued to be intellectual diversity, and Judaism got the They debated every imaginable detail of Talmud were debating what to do with a lost chick that was found in the vicinity of engaged in a lengthy debate about the hopping distances of small birds, at what age coops, and what crops are appealing enough nearest coop, it should be assumed that it the chick is within 50 cubits, and the other there continues to be plenty of room in Judaism for many perspectives and pracis ongoing debate and discussion between various streams, and even within streams of tinue to strengthen and sharpen one another Rabbinically Speaking is published as a public service by the Jewish Press in cooperation with the Tampa Rabbinical Association, which assigns the column on a rotating basis. Shabbat Candle Lighting Times


the soul and mind with a touch of     Cong. Young Israel of TampaGuest Poet and a meal: Yehoshua November will read selections from his two volumes of poetry,   Gods Optimism     L.A. Times     Two Worlds Exist   presentation will be in the Norman also share some of the experiences and teachings that inspired him to choose a life rooted in the unlikely combination of contempo rary poetry and Orthodox Juda poems have appeared in   The New York Times Maga zine,   The Sun Magazine   Harvard Divinity Bulletin,   VQR, and on teaches writing at Rutgers Univer will be accompanied with food, For more information, and to or email youngisraeltampa@hot Cong. Beth Shalom BrandonPiano man Purim: Join a Persian Giddy-Up This years original shpiel, written by Michael Lubin, uses melodies in as we pump up the volume when Mardi Gras gala: The congregation will hold its annual live auctions, a buffet dinner and tion is partnering with the Special Olympics Florida Healthy Community Program to raise funds for the congregation and the Special be at the River Hills Country Club, buffet dinner and entertainment,     Chabad of BrandonIsraeli style Purim: Celwill feature authentic Israeli delica cies such as falafel, shwarma, beef Israeli wine tasting and Israeli muthose 55 and older, or $50 per famMega challah bake and concert: participate in a huge challah baking party, with each participant baking one challah for herself and one to give to someone in need of extra scratch and pick from a variety of the secret to great tasting challah and explore the beauty of this The program will also feature workshops on braiding challah, a Shabbat-themed light buffet, and live musical performance with Israeli singer Naama Reservations are required to attend; to Tzippy Rubashkin Cong Beth Israel Purim shpiel: The congregations Purim shpiel, Where is Bert Parks? will be presented on will be hamantashen and wine tastBook talk: There will be a discussion of And After the Fire, by Lauren Belfer, will be held in Chabad of Wiregrass Purim in the Shtetl: Visit the European old Shtetl of Travel back in time to a Yiddish marketplace, listen to music by the at Tuveys Farm, then visit Zeldas Enjoy this and many more games and activities for children and Spa for the Soul: Join Pamper yourself with a variety of mini spa treatments from massages to facials and everything in   For more information and to Temple Emanuel LakelandLive Artfully: Temple Eman lic is invited to attend and bring doeuvres, live entertainment, a silent auction, cocktails, desserts, Emanuel and Pace Center for Girls or by paying online at JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 5 CongregationsFEBRUARY 9 22, 2018 Purim carnival: friendly outdoor Purim carnival, house, DJ music and dancing, ketball challenge, jugglers, games hamantashen, hot dogs, popcorn, religious school will perform a Purim shpiel, The Story of Purim Tickets will be sold in advance or wristband that includes activities is $5 and includes hot dog, drink, Pizza & PJ Shabbat: young families are welcome to join with guitar playing, singing, dancfriendly musical service, led by Rabbi Howard Siegel and David Berger, and then ice cream for desand adults, should dress comfortLChaim: readings and a different leader are Talmud: with Rabbi Siegel is offered on Jewish law confronts everything from capital punishment to how to     Jewish ethics: Rabbi Siegel leads a course in Jewish ethics on This course will use Pirke Avot: Ethics of Our Ancestors as a springboard to discussion and debate on issues of the day in the light of Jew  Cong. Beth AmHavdallah on the beach: Enjoy the beach at Pass-a-Grille for Havdallah with Congregation Beth Shabbat as the sun sets over the members just south of Paradise    Purim carnival: Dress up in your favorite costume and join in games, face painting and more   Author to speak: The Beth Robert Josef Konig 90-minute program will include a screening of the documentary   Haven The Dramatic Story of 1000 WWII Refugees and How They Came to America also discuss his novel Of Good and Evil: Prelude to the Holocaust, the   mentary light fare and refreshments will be provided and there will be a full bar with setups with suggested a meet and greet and book signing Tot Shabbat: Every third Friday of the month there is a Tot up to age 5 and their families as they welcome in Shabbat with casual service is followed by an   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 Israeli dancing: Lessons in Israeli dancing are offered every mation, contact Irma Polster at Cong. Rodeph SholomPurim carnival: Carnival games, pony rides, a petting farm, face painting, a photo booth, offered during the Purim Carnival tickets online at For more information, call Judy at A Very Potter Purim: Enjoy an evening of Purim celebration at those who wish, there will be a ner wrap sandwich, chips, drink, fruit, and you can order online at Purim play titled A Very Potter Purim Play. enjoy hamantashen and fun activi Cong. Bais Menacham ChabadHypnotic Purim: The Chabad Jewish Student Union will present a Purim celebration, Hamantashen and Hypnosis, on tertainment will be feature hyponist Larry Silver actor, stand-up comedian and master hypnotist, who allows the audience to volunteer to become will be held in the Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values, Torah class: Join a weekly The class explores contemporary issues through a Torah perspec   tact Rabbi Levi Rivkin Practical kabbalah: Enrich


PAGE 6 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA FEBRUARY 9 22, 2018 RALPH BOBOArea/Branch ManagerNMLS ID 432371 State Lic. L025098 3903 Northdale Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33624C: 813.781.1024 LEGOThe Lego-building program is geared for participants age 8 and older; however, when participating with parents, the children can be as young as 4. Once the Lego city is built, participants will sit around the model and be taken on a tour of the city, so everyone learns about Jerusalem with a whole new vision. Those who have hosted the Jewish History Construction series have shared that the educational value of this program is exceptional and it has been hailed by educators as a meaningful way to teach, have fun, and retain knowledge. Participants can be both builders and observers. The actual builders can number as many as 150 participants. During the project, each group is working on a small section of their own. The architect orchestrates the entire construction so that at the end of the two hours there is a completed Rabbi Josh Hearshen (Rabbinically Speaking, Jan. 12) asks that we not merely tolerate members of the Jewish denominations, heterosexuals and homosexuals, Muslims, Christians, or any other religion. (He doesnt say how he feels about agnostics and atheists.) Rather, we should respect them. But respect is something we can give only to individuals, and it is something that has to be earned. I respect people because of their accomplishments or the way they treat others. We shouldnt denigrate toleration. The world could use a great deal more of it, particularly college and university students and their professors. I wish Rabbi Hearshen would tell us why we should automatically respect someone merely because he or she believes in a religion whose founder murdered around 600 Jews for refusing to give up their religion. The massacre of the (Jewish) Banu Qurayza tribe in Arabia raises a question about the limits of toleration. Should we tolerate those who are unwilling to tolerate others? Substituting respect for tolerance gives a carte blanche to groups, or to their spokespercompatible with our rights to freedom of expression. Respect needs to be earned Letter to the Editor Pasco resident Alan Stern saw a need and took matters into his own Stern grew up in a Reform Jewish family. His wifes family was more Conservative/Orthodox. They live in Land O Lakes between two congregations, each one about 15 miles away. Feeling that neither synagogue offered something for the Sterns and their extended families, Stern did the next best thing: he started holding services of his own. Under the name Family Friendly Temple, Beth Chevarim (House of Friends,) the Sterns have opened their home to local Jews that want to worship with their whole families. I have grandchildren from age 5 to 15, said Stern. I want them to come and enjoy the services and I want to sit next to my wife. Wife Nayda Stern creates the home cooked fare for the services held the third Friday of each month and members chip in $10 to alleviate the cost. During the January gathering, members also decided choosing a board of directors. Fifteen families responded to the ad the Sterns put in the local paper and more responses have been pouring in. We need to be united as a group, said Stern. Pasco is a growing area. I want to reach as ated to get a feeling of where to go from here. The next service will be Feb. 23 and runs about a half an hour. Dinner, which is kosher, will be served afterward. All community members are invited. For more information, email FamilyFriendlyTemple@yahoo. com.New congregation forms in Pascomodel made up of everyones individual and group efforts. It has never failed that the project is complete and everyone is absolutely in awe that they were able to accomplish so much in such a short period of time by working together as a team, says Schwartz. It is recommended that all builders wear comfortable clothes because they will be worklowed on the drawing that serves as a template for the city, so participants should plan to wear socks. To celebrate the culmination of share their experience with a pizza dinner in the ballroom of the JCC, 522 N. Howard Ave., Tampa. This event is supported by PJ Our Way and TweenConneX. Tickets are $12 per person and can be purchased at For more information, contact Brandy Gold at or (813) 769-4725. The Tampa JCCs & Federa tion will host its next networking social, Professional Community Connection (PCC), on Tuesday, March 13, from 6-8 p.m. at Platt Street Borough Bar & Eatery, 1809 W. Platt St., Tampa. The event is open to the community with pre-registration highly encouraged. Complimentary hor doeuvres will be served and valet will be available for all guests, courtesy of Platt Street Borough. Professional Community Connection is an endeavor of the Tampa JCCs & Federation to foster the development of networks and relationships between like-minded Jewish professionals and busi nesses in the Tampa area. Tucker/Hall public relations the evening. To register, go to /pcc. For more information, contact Michelle Gallagher at or (813) 739-1687.Make (business) connections in March get togetherOrestes Destrada, a former Major League baseball player who gives preand post-game television and radio analysis of Tampa Bay Rays games, recently addressed members of the Tampa Post 373 of the Jewish War Veter ans as well as Mens Club members and guests at Congregation Beth Am in Tampa. Destrada shared warm and amusing tales of his life story, a journey of escape from the revolution in his native Cuba, to a career as a professional baseball player in the U.S. He played with the New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates and Florida with the Seibu Lions, where he led the league in home runs for three consecutive years and was MVP of the 1990 Japan Series. Rays TV, radio personality Destrada shares life story


JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 7 FEBRUARY 9 22, 2018 USF Hillel Morris & Bertha Escoll Center for Jewish Campus Life To start building your avor or for more information, please contact Linda Wolf at Name your avor in honor of a birthday, anniversary, other special occasion, or just because you love ice cream! Your creation will be our next Flavor of the Month your ice cream! your own custom avor and give it a name!others have 31 butwe want 36 flavors that is Ensuring a Jewish Future. Theirs. And Ours. 1 2 3For a $250 donation, create a custom ice cream avor.Choose your mix-insWere talking cake bites, cookie dough, fruit swirls, chocolate chunks and morethe yummy possibilities are endless!Name your avorMaybe it rhymes. Maybe it doesnt. It can be one syllable. It can be 10. Our only request is that it be awesome (like you, for making this donation).Pick a baseChocolate, vanilla, mint, lemon, coconut or any avor that your taste buds desire! With help of Holocaust survivors, students tend garden A Holocaust survivor plants parsley in the Hillel Academy tub farm. Holocaust survivors and students plant trees for Tu bBhevat.Two Holocaust survivors joined sixth-grade students at Hillel Academy to work in the schools garden on Jan. 30 as part of the schools open house program. Together they planted parsley in the hydroponic garden installed by they planted a tree in celebration of Tu BShevat. I had the joy of spending my morning with two Holocaust with the children and planted in Nava Kirk. I personally was so moved just to spend a little time Hillel students have been planting in the garden and donating the they monitored frequently. Crops and basil. The garden can now hold close have donated hundreds of pounds which helps people in the depenparents and relative caregivers. to local Holocaust survivors as well. There are nine survivors who receive vegetables every two to or email tubfarms@ (L-R) Eduardo Kornworcel and Ezra Gamson in the garden.


The bride-to-be is the daughter of the late Debbie Kieffer Eisenberg and Stan Eisenberg and Nance Alexander of Minneapolis. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, and is a registered nurse at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. A June wedding is planned at Temple Israel in Minneapolis, with a honeymoon in Tuscany. The couple will reside in Chicago. PAGE 8 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA FEBRUARY 9 22, 2018 Engagement HALF & FULL DAY SUMMER CAMPS MAY 28 AUGUST 17, 2018 PK2 service, paddleboarding and kayaking, fishing, a week at Busch Gardens trips to the Southwest, Iceland and England, field archeology, Costa Rica, Peru (for grades 4 to 12) r college essay writing, SAT/ACT prep, leadership and service, travel, field archeology of the Southwest, glass blowing, CPR/1st Aid fntb Great Books, Intro to Mandarin, Tots and Me Yoga, CPR/1st Aid Diversity & Inclusivity, Swim with Manatees rAND NOW OFFERING tr trr fnnntbtrr bbbbbbtatShorecrestDay Camp weekly themes, activities, field trip, art, games and water fun. Plus a menu of 1-week options for every interest. With Extended Day Care, Camps are Available 7:30am-5pm MILLIONSafter a while he started getting short of breath. He needed a pacemaker. I went with him to the hospital so he wouldnt be alone. Then there was a bout with cancer. Thats probably when I started being a nurse as well as a friend. He watched the news every day and Lawrence Welk. He loved Lawrence Welk, Chris said. He was extremely intelligent, started college when he was 16, and he was all about education, all about knowledge and all about world peace. It disturbed him so much, things that were going on in the world and how people were treated. Prof. Laurence Simon, founding director of the Sustainable International Development (SID) program at Brandeis Heller School for Social Management, said from his office that Bluestone had come up to consider the possibility of a gift to the university, and he was introduced to a few people on campus who were in programs that (the school) thought he might be interested in. A lunch with Simon at the faculty club was the beginning of a long friendship. I knew it would be an excellent relationship when he handed me a business card he was retired by then so I guess it was more of a calling card and along with all his contact information was a little phrase, One World, Simon said. I told him that at orientation every year I had an event for incoming students from all over the world that I called the One World Cafe. So that phrase was part of the attraction for each other, that we had this rather idealistic view of putting people together from all faiths and nation alities and walks of life. Bluestones bequest will provide in the SID program in future years, and support research and program development in the Center for Global Development and Sustainability, also at the Heller School. Bluestone graduated from Cor nell and the New York Univer sity School of Medicine and held a number of medical positions, including serving for 10 years as director of the New York State Rehabilitation Hospital. He spoke French, German, Ital ian, Spanish and Hebrew as well as English, the Sotnicks said. He loved his computer, was on it all the time, receiving and sending jokes to people all over the world. He was never Seymour. Always Sy, and he would sign his e-mails Sigh, Merrianne said. Con amore (With love), Sigh. Simon visited Bluestone annually, often bringing along a couple of his international students. He just adored these visits. Even in his old age Sy would sit there speaking to them in French or Spanish. He was incredibly intellectually curious and had a tremendous knowledge of world history and cultures. I dont think its an exaggeration to say he considered those visits among the highlights of his year. Bluestone also served as a medi Korea during 1945-47, reaching the rank of captain. He married at age 39 in Jamaica the island, not Queens, Chris Sotnick said. His wife died many years ago I dont think he ever mentioned her name and they had no children. He was very political, ultraliberal. He gave to charities, to hospice, and to Democratic causes. He voted for Bernie Sanders. He could not stand the current president. Loved Obama. And he was very agnostic. He lost his religion. He saw what was going on in the world and he lost his faith. Still, the Sotnicks said, Bluestone observed many Jewish traditions. He kept strictly kosher, and he would light Yahrzeit candles on the anniversary of family deaths. He did not want anybody to know he was a doctor, Merrianne said. He was very humble and very private. He just didnt want any attention at all. He didnt want any (funeral) service. No memorial, no obituary, nothing. tions, Merrianne added. He wanted to be cremated, and we took his ashes to Bay Pines (Veterans Hospital in St. Petersburg), where his brothers ashes were buried. The Sotniks put a Star of David on his grave marker. He would have liked that, Merrianne said. He lost his religion but he was proud of his heritage. Michael Eitan Wasserberger and Julie Dora Eisenberg announce their engagement. The perspective bridegroom is the son of Manya Rubenstein of St. Petersburg and Abe Wasserberger and Lissa Abrahams of Baltimore. He spent much of his childhood in Tampa and Palm Harbor and is a graduate of Towson University in Maryland. He is a commercial pilot for Spirit Airlines. Eisenberg/Wasserberger


JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 9 FEBRUARY 9 22, 2018 TEMPLE BNAI ISRAEL1685 S. Belcher Rd., Clearwater 33764 Visit our Beverage Garden for Wine and Beer tastings Beverage Garden Parking Shuttles available all day SUNDAY2018FEB. 25thTEMPLE BNAI ISRAELCLEARWATER10:00AM-3PMTHE TAM PA B AY This event made possible by individual sponsors and the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties.FOR MORE INFORMATION: WWW.TAMPABAYJEWISHFOODFEST.COMFollow signs for offsite parking (handicapped parking and drop off only on premises) The Tampa-Orlando-Pinellas Jewish Foundation (TOP) ended 2017 with assets communities approaching $50 million. The TOP portfolio includes $3.7 million in Israel Bonds and net investment performance of 9.57 percent. The past 12 months mark a banner year for the Foundation and its donors as we together embarked on an expansion program to bring our philanthropic and investment management services to organizations and families outside Central Florida where no Jewish Foundation currently exists, said Emilie Socash, TOPs executive director. TOP also successfully completed a twoyear legacy program with the nationally recognized Harold Grinspoon Foundation, yielding over 400 new legacy commitments with an estimated future value of more than $15 million. The Life & Legacy program further and stability of the local Jewish community, a parallel mission of the Foundation. The beauty of creating legacy gifts, an investment in our next generations, is that sources to protect and sustain the Jewish community in the midst of a rapidly changing world, said Jeffrey Herman, TOP Jewish Foundation president. Of the nearly $50 million in assets at TOP, approximately 40 percent or $20 million are held in endowments. An additional 28 percent are invested for Jewish agencies and synagogues throughout Tampa, Orlando, Pinellas and Gainesville, the newest community to join TOP as a result of its expansion program. The remaining 32 percent are held in over 250 donor-advised funds for individuals and families throughout Central Florida and a handful of other states. From all TOP funds, the Foundation distributed 1,822 grants totaling $7.4 million, supporting both Jewish and secular causes throughout the country and around the globe. Our level of reach continues to grow as we work with donors and supported organizations in a truly global fashion, Socash said, and yet we maintain our commitment to making giving easier and developing the personal, one-on-one relationships that all of our donors and community partners have come to expect. TOPs asset base grew 6 percent between nors in using TOP as their primary charitable investment partner as well as strong growth in market performance. Our goal is to grow the Foundation ment and management decisions, the communities who choose TOP will continue to be bolstered by the Foundation, said Al Schiff, vice president of TOPs Investment Committee. Six years ago, TOP selected investment manager Goldman Sachs and adopted a new forward-thinking investment policy with a strict anti-terror and now anti-BDS preventative screening approach. As a result, TOPs primary investment pool (called the Balanced Pool) has seen strong returns. In a nutshell, a donor who had given $10,000 to TOP last year would now have $957 more to give to charity in their fund. Considering larger gifts in funds that total $100,000 or greater, the ability to give more is that much greater, said Socash. To further serve the interests of savvy philanthropists, TOP added another investment pool comprised of strictly equities, allowing for further customization of the risk tolerance (and return) of funds. To learn more about TOP, visit or email Foundation extends reach to Jewish families, organizations elsewhereSTUDYthey had distinctive Jewish names such as Levy or Goldstein. Sheskin and his staff have conducted scores of similar Jewish community studies throughout the to Pinellas and Pasco counties, a number of them were general questions that could apply to many Jewish communities, and it is through those questions that comparisons were drawn between our local Jewish community and, in some cases, up to 60 other Jewish communities. Topics covered in the survey tion, age distribution, household size and structure, marital status, secular education and employment status, household income, Jewish intermarriage, synagogue attendance/membership/attendance, sense of involvement/feeling part of Jewish community, Jewish education, familiarity with and assessment of local Jewish organizations, social service needs, the Jewish elderly, Israel, anti-Semitism, phiTo read the full study or summaries, go to Berman Jewish Databank, a project of the Jewish Federations of North America at The public is invited to a free presentation on religious freedom issues globally including the persecution of religious minorities from the nations former top diplomat on religious freedom issues, Rabbi David Saperstein. The rabbi will speak from 1-3 p.m., Thursday, March 8, at the Saint Leo Abbey Church, 33701 SR 52, St. Leo. The Saint Leo University Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies is sponsoring Rabbis Sapersteins talk. From 2015-17, Rabbi Saperstein was the U.S. Ambassador-atLarge for International Religious hold that post. He is senior advisor to the Union of Reform Judaism for policy and strategy and director emeritus of its Religious Action Center, where he served for more than 30 years. To reserve seating, contact Megan Orendorf by email, jennifer., or call (352) 588-8401. The mission of the Saint Leo University Center for CatholicJewish Studies is to build mutual respect, understanding, and appreciation among different faiths by providing opportunities for interfaith education and dialogue.Rabbi who served as U.S. ambassador for religious freedoms to speak at St. Leos


PAGE 10 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA FEBRUARY 9 22, 2018 MAPor participation in Jewish religious or cultural activities, how philanthropic we are, and what our needs are. The study was commissioned by the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties and Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services and conducted by Ira Sheskin, chair of the University of Miami Department of Geography. Sheskin has done scores of demographic studies of Jewish communities throughout the nation and did the last comprehensive study in Pinellas, in 1994. a picture of todays Jewish community here, but also tells us how we have changed from 1994 and how we stack up to Jewish communities throughout the United States. Sheskin told the Jewish Press study depressing. If you are looking for the utopian When compared to other Jewish communities, the Pinellas-Pasco Jewish community is older, less religious and less philanthropic than many, Sheskin said. You want people to feel connected to the place, but no one feels connected here, he told a community presentation on the survey results. Without certain communal facilities like a JCC or day school, there is a lack of a central Jewish community, Sheskin said. One thing Sheskin had never seen in a demographic study before was that the number of Jewish households went up, while the overall number of way to explain this phenomena, Sheskin said, The community got older so there are fewer Jews per Though the study showed a high percent of folks engaged with, or sometimes not even aware of, local Jewish institutions, he said the fact that they would the study shows an encouraging degree of connection to their Jewish identity. of synagogue membership and attendance and a low percentage of those in Jewish households who donate to Jewish organizations. Findings also show there is a high percentage of intermarried families, a high divorce rate and a low households. median age of local Jews increased from 46 years The report did contain some positives. For inpercent said they have a strong sense of belonging a special responsibility to care for Jews in need. Jewish activity in that they are either associated with the Jewish community, observe a religious practice, contain a Jewish respondent who attends synagogue services at least once a year, or donated to a Jewish age bracket, the percentage of those who experienced Israel has increased since the study to see the glass half empty, Emilie Socash, executive director of the Pinellas/Pasco Federation, found room for optimism. The thing that stood out to me was how connected to the Jewish community were those who may not attended a Jewish event in the past year and more home. That makes me feel there is a level of Jewish engagement that can grow, Socash said. said, It is all just data. There is no place for judgment, or even worry; it is all just data. Socash said what the data tells her is, We have the opportunity to be a welcoming and inclusive community, one that is known for offering programs for the reality of our community vs one that is stuck in a belief of how communities should be. In regard to the increase in the median age, Socash said, We have a lot of adults who would appreciate even more activities We spent a lot of time programming for young families and we need to recognize those adults also need events, programs and services. Jewish community study. Because the demographer conducted the over time. Because he also has done scores of similar studies in Jewish communities throughout the nation, sometimes using common questions, it is possible to see how we stack up against other Jewish communities on certain issues. For full details, go to A Here is how we fared when compared to other Jewish communities except where noted). Given how Jews here are scattered throughout the area, Socash said, We need to go where they are. While not ignoring the local Jews already plugged in and engaged in Jewish life, the challenge is to reach to particular streams of Judaism such as Orthodox, Conservative or Reform. Recently the Federation promoted a Hanukkah family event that aimed to be inclusive of all types of families, including LGBT, single parent and intermarried families. The Federation also has held PJ Library events at local public libraries. Given the results of the study, it is likely more attempts like this, to reach those who might not be as likely to show up at a synagogue, will be held, Socash said. Five areas of concentration emerged from reculture, demographics, children and education, and public relations. The Federation created commitmonths before an overall strategic plan is developed to address needs indicated by the study. (See Federation statement on these topics, page 11.) Understandably, from the perspective of a longtime rabbi in the community, the low percentage of synagogue membership and low percentage of those attending synagogue or other Jewish religious events in Palm Harbor. He said he was originally okay with the population study being done, but in hindsight feels it revealed little that the local Jewish community did not already know, and that the funds could have been better used to enhance synagogue programming. In order to build a stronger Jewish community here, he said synagogues need to be the heart of Jewish life and they need to work hard to that end. He also noted that the community has been hurt by the closing of the Pinelals County Jewish Day School Those institutions are the sort that families look for when choosing a community in which to live where to move. But synagogues with strong programming can help mitigate the lack of a JCC and Jewish day school, he said. While I am concerned about the trends here and in other communities, I think we have a wonderful community and can sustain it into the future, Rabbi Klein said, I think the synagogues play a disproporto help make it as vibrant a community as it can be. Rabbi Klein said the Federation is doing a good and appropriate job. They do not need to do more, but I think we need to strengthen our synagogues. Federation President Steve Klein noted that the Federation is already working in that direction, helping expand synagogue programming through innovation grants. tackled as we are armed with this new data. Socash said, Doing the survey at a time when the community does not have a JCC and Day School, gives us an interesting perspective about the needs and wants for these type institutions. When we look at the behaviors people reported, the data shows our community wants to gather and to learn together and we need to consider how our entire institutional structure can meet these needs and wants. The Federation is actively exploring models used in other Jewish communities without such institutions, she said. What we had, did not work, so it would be irresponsible to try to resurrect what we had that did not work. But that does not mean we cannot have what our community needs in the future. Does that mean we wont have have a brick and mortar Day School in the future? Socash would not rule out the possibility of a new Day School, but said I think the better use of our creative energy is not what could have saved the old model but what we might come up with in the future to meet the needs of the future. She said she has a lot of hope and inspiring ideas to examine. Two Federation board members voiced ideas as to Toni Rinde feels the study shows the need to create a Jewish identity among children. Camp, programming, and community involvement shape the Jewish identity of young people in order to assure the endurance and perpetuity of the Jewish people for years to come, she said. Louis Orloff pointed to study data that showed getting news about the local Jewish community through the Jewish Press. Finding a way to reach those folks, he said, will help bring our community together and build pride for all that we have. go to How Jewish Are We? How Jewish Are We? PINELLAS AND PASCO JEWISH COMMUNITY


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He then moved to Tampa where he joined the Fowler, White Law Firm as a litigator. He quickly became a partner, and in 1970 he and nine others Renowned as a litigator, he was often referred to by quently included in the published listing of the Best Lawyers in America and Florida Super Lawyers. A member of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Law Institute, he led Trenam Law for decades and remained active there until his death. He served as president of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners and as president of the National Board of Bar Examiners. He also chaired was a member of Congregation Schaarai Zedek. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Trudy; his children, Thomas and Robyn Barkin, Atlanta; Michael and Chantal Barkin, Ottawa, Canada; Pamela and Daniel Vargo, Falls Church, VA; and six grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to Bay Area Legal Services. (Segal Funeral Home, Beth David Chapel) MELVIN J. MYERS, 89, of Clearwater, died Jan. 23. Born in New York, NY, he was a veteran of World War II. A graduate of Oklahoma State University, he earned his degree in mechanical engineering. He moved to Florida in 1977 and established Plenums, Inc. which he ran until the early 1990s when he turned the company over to his children. He was a long-time lay leader at Menorah Manor, serving on its board of trustees, and a member of Temple Bnai Israel in Clearwater. Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Audrey and S hawn Hollander of Clearwater, son and daughter-in-law Rick and Ellyne Myers of Tampa; four grandchildren; and his companion Toby Nastir. The family suggests memorials to ALE FOR ALZ www.aleforalz. org, Menorah Manor or Temple Bnai Israel. (Curlew Hills Memory Gardens)STACI SACHS, 45, of Clearwater, died Jan. 23. Previously from Providence, RI she moved to the area in 1979. A graduate of the legal, active in politics, her cancer survivors group at Mease Hospital and at Camp Living Springs. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law Morgan and Stephen Green, Riverview; parents, Paul and Elaine Sachs, Clearwater; sister Kyli S achs. The family suggests memorials to Suncoast Hospice. (Curlew Hills Memory Gardens)Lauren Maye Alexander, daughter of Faith and Brian Alexander of Tampa, will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, Feb. 17 at Congregation Schaarai Zedek in Tampa. A seventh-grade Headmasters List student at Tampa Preparatory School, Lauren was invited to participate in the Duke Unia member of the middle school chorus and in a theater program at The Studio. Lauren Maye Alexander


tour includes a visit to the call center. Transportation for this event is provided. Canasta: Meet in the senior lounge at the Cohn campus every Friday from 3-4:30 p.m. for friendly games of canasta. Movie matinee: Enjoy a classic movie and popcorn on the 10 a.m. to noon on the Cohn campus. There is no charge to attend. On March 7, the movie will be Driving Miss Daisy. 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, Feb. 22 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 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 Feb. 21. 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 guided instruction to learn the basics on Mondays from 1:30-3 p.m. at a cost of $5 for members and $10 for guests. 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, March 18 through 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 a.m. to noon. The lunch is free for members, but donations are welcome. On March 14 there will be a Touch of Irish presentation by the Treble Clefs. The JetSetters group also meets on the Cohn campus on the fourth Thursday of the month from 11 a.m. to noon. On Feb. 22 the discussion topic will be the Golden Days of Radio. 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 are: Feb. 20, voting in America; Feb. 27, the Florida Legislatures agenda. These sessions are free. The group at the Cohn campus, meets the second and fourth Friday from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The Feb. 23 session is on the populist movement. There is no charge to attend. Tampa history series: Learn about Tampas history during free sessions led by Carl Zielonka at the Glazer JCC. On March 7 from 1-2 p.m. the topic will be on Hyde Park, Tampas ough River. Culture Caf: Get a behind Feb. 28 from 7-8:30 p.m. as University of Tampa dance students and faculty show how they create choreography and prepare for performances. See pieces performed live and join in a question and answer session. The cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Guys gathering: This group will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 27 from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Glazer JCC for men to gather in relaxed and friendly surroundings. Potential activities include poker, billiards, ping-pong, sporting events, volunteering or discussions.Support groupsAlzheimers caregiver group: Menorah Manor offers a support group meeting in the Samson Nursing Center at Menorah Manor, 255 59th St. N., St. Petersmonth from 3:30-5 p.m. For more information, call Gwen Kaldenberg at (727) 3023750. JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 13 FEBRUARY 9 22, 2018 Organizations WWW.360R EALTYT AMPA.COM813.508.2715 360 REALTY CARLYN NEUMAN Anton Legal Group Stock Broker DisputesS. David Anton, Esq. Since 1985Genealogical SocietyImmigration research: The Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay will offer the second of a two-part seminar titled: The JGSTB 2018 Guide to ImmigraFind Your Bubbes Immigration Record on Sunday, March 11 at 2 p.m. at Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services, 14041 Icot Blvd., Clearwater. Registration will begin at 1:30 p.m. This seminar will enable participants to discover their familys immigration records. The presentation will concentrate on both traditional and recently available internet resources. Dr. Emil H. Isaacson, who will lead the seminar, has more than 33 years of experience in genealogy. The seminar is free to members. Cost for non-members is $25 for individuals or $35 for a family, which will include an annual membership. To pre-register for the class, for more information, or for directions, call Bruce Hadburg at (727) 796-7981.Jewish War VeteransVolunteers needed: The seeking members who would like to help ill and disabled veterans. Contact Commander Jack Rudowsky at (813) 598-8061 or email Job-LinksMonday Morning Links: Free sessions of Monday Morning Links are offered at the Jack Roth Center for Career Development Kennedy Blvd., Suite 206, Tampa from 9:30 11 a.m. On Feb. 19, the topic is Staying Optimistic During Career Transition. On Feb. 26 Get the Job. Monday Morning Family Foundation. Job-search aids: There are Success workshops on select Thursdays to aid with job-search skills. On March 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the topic is Transferring Your Skills and Re-Careering. The workshops are free for TampaBay Job-Links full program participants and $15 for guests. Reservations required for org.Young Adults#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: or contact Lisa Robbins at or (813) 769-4723. Art night: Create a self-portrait 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. Wearable art: T ake your rummaging skills to the next level at a Junk Box Jewelry event p.m. at the visual arts center in the Bryan Glazer Family JCC. Choose from a variety of unsuspecting items to combine, alter, fabricate and recombine into wearable jewelry. Dig through a treasure trove of metal, parts, pieces, leather, hinges, springs, zippers and other found and recycled options to create your very own piece of original jewelry. Bring snacks and wine to share during social hour. The cost is $10 for members and guests. Active AdultsAll programs listed are either at the Maureen & Douglas Cohn Jewish Community Campus, 13009 Community Campus Drive, or at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC at 522 N. Howard Ave. To RSVP or for more information on programs at either center, contact Pnina Levermore at (813) 291-2253 or pnina.levermore@ All registrations should be completed before events begin. Advance registration is also required through the USF Osher Lifelong Learning Institute for Osher classes offered at the Cohn campus or Glazer JCC. For more information on those classes, contact the institute at (813) 9748036, Bridge lessons: Those who want to learn how to play bridge or improve their game can take sixsession bridge class at the Glazer JCC Fridays from March 2 through April 6. This is for players at any level and sessions are from 1-2:30 p.m. The cost is $50 for members; $60 for non-members. The other four questions: Rabbi Jason Rosenberg of Congregation Beth Am will lead lunch and learn classes at the Cohn campus to explain the background and 7 at noon will focus on Passover. Additional classes will be held in April and May, with topics to be announced later. The program is free, but a donation of $5 is suggested to cover the cost of lunch. Floridas forgotten heroes: Learn about some of the states little known luminaries in a class at the Glazer JCC, led by Lynne Mormino, March 21 and 28 from 10-11:30 a.m. Meet Alexander Darnes, who rose from slave to physician; Frank Adamo, hero of the Bataan death march; Mary Lou Baker, Marjorie Carr, zoologist and environmental activist. Cost is $20 for the two sessions. The whole enchilada: Take a class at the Glazer JCC that a.m. to noon, taught by June Kittay and Eric Pfeiffer. Combine the advantages of physical and exceptional fun and enhanced health. The cost is $40. Excursion: A tour of the Nielsen Media Research facility will be offered on Tuesday, Feb. 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by a lunch. The tour will showcase Nielsens history and its audience measuring systems. Participants can learn how the company collects information on what computers and mobile devices and the methods they use to determine what people will buy in stores. The


PAGE 14 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA FEBRUARY 9 22, 2018 MARCH 7 ~ APRIL 1 To enter: Go to www.JEWISHPRESSTAMPA.comONLY online submissions will be accepted. Deadline for receiving entries is March 1. One submission per day allowed. Jewish Press Online Ticket Contest Jewish Press Online Ticket Contest Win 2 Ticketsat American Stage THE WINNER WILL BE CHOSEN FROM THOSE CORRECTLY ANSWERING THE FOLLOWING:On Purim we read the Scroll of Esther. What is the Hebrew word for Scroll?TO SEE Visit us on both sides of the Bay Shipping and Gift Wrapping Available Hyde Park Village St. Petersburg 1619 W Snow Circle Tampa, FL 33606 813.831.2111 Shabbat Candlesticks Hamsa Necklace 300 Beach Drive NE St. Petersburg, FL 33701 727.894.2111 You can also shop online! Jill NeumanREALTOR 1208 E. Kennedy Blvd. Suite 231, Tampa, FL 33602I love what I do and youll love the results. Amusing. Seductive. Stimu lating. Were talking about the Talmud? Author Maggie Anton makes the case in her newest book, Fifty Shades of Talmud: What the Rabbis had to Say About You-KnowWhat. The book takes 50 Talmudic discussions, mixes in pithy quotes from comediennes Mae West and George Washington and Gandhi, adds a few cartoons, and produces a light-hearted, in-depth look at what the ancient Jewish sages say about our most intimate relationships. Anton will make two appear ances in Hillsborough County next month to discuss her book, one in Tampa and the other in Sun City Center. During the programs, Anton will reveal how Jewish tradition, in many respects, is more progressive and more bawdy, than one might think. The Tampa Ameet chapter of Hadassah invites the community to hear Anton at a program, Talmud After Dark, on Wednesday, March 7 at 7 p.m. at Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 2713 Bayshore Blvd, Tampa. On Thursday, March 8, at 11 a.m., the Beth Israel Sisterhood in Sun City Center will host Anton for coffee and conversation. The congregation is located at 1115 Del Webb Blvd. Anton is the award-winning series Rashis Daughter and Rave Hisdas Daughter. Considered a up in a secular household and discovered Judaism as an adult, beginning a lifetime of Jewish education and observance. After Antons Hadassah presentation there will be a question and answer period. Books will be available for purchase, and there will be a dessert buffet. Tickets are $25; $100 for patrons, which includes two tickets and a cocktail reception with the author. Hospital. For further information, call event Co-Chairs Michele Norris (813) 352-8765 or Jane Strom (813) 334-6812. For more information on Antons Sun City Center appear ance, contact Rochelle Lafer at 2 stops here, author to reveal everything you always wanted to know about sex ... in the Talmud By GABE FRIEDMAN JTA news serviceJewish fans dont have quite as many standout athletes to cheer for at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea as they did in 2016, when multiple American members of the tribe won medals at the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. But there are several compelling Jewish stories. Israel sends its largest team ever Before this year, the largest Israeli delegation at a surprising, given that over 60 percent of the countrys landscape is desert, and it isnt the best place for winter sports training. This year, however, the record will double. Seven of Israels 10 representatives will compete earn a medal for Israel at a European Championships event. Bychenko, 29, who skated for Ukraine until 2009 and has been ranked as one of the top 10 male skaters in the world, is likely Israels best chance to win a medal (and like U.S. Jewish gymnast Aly Raisman, Bychenko has been known to perform to Hava Nagila). The Jewish state is sending another kind of skater, too the faster kind. Vladislav Bykanov, who won a bronze medal earlier this month at the European Championships, will compete in speed skating. Itamar Biran, a 19-year-old born in London, will represent Israel in alpine skiing. This American never dreamed shed skate for Israel Paige Conners is having her Olympic dream come true in about the last way she expected. Rochester, NY, the 17-year-old Conners was ill skating team. With her hopes of competing in peril, her mother, who has Israeli citizenship, pointed out another opportunity: skating for the Israeli team. Conners jumped at the opportunity, but Israel Winter Olympics 2018: Jewish storylines to watch Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty ImagesJonathon Blum playing for the Nashville Predators in 2013.offered her a spot only if she competed in the pairs she never would. But she quickly connected with Evgeni Krasnopolski, a 29-year-old pairs veteran, and in barely six months after Conners adopted the new style, the duo performed well enough at the Olympic No one really believes it, she told 13WHAM. A few years ago, A.J. Edelman was an MIT graduate who worked as a product manager for Oracle. Now the Brookline, MA, native will get a chance to make track at the Pyeongchang Sliding Center. I want to challenge the perception of what Jews and Israelis can do in sports, he told the Forward. The Hebrew Hammer, since he goes by the protagonists nickname. While his teammates and friends love it, his mother apparently doesnt. A former NHL player to play for the U.S. Jonathon Blum probably longs for the time he spent playing in the NHL. These days, the Jewish 29-yearold plays for a team in Vladivostok, Russia a city so play 24 of its 26 opponents. It is closer to Alaska than it is to St. Petersburg. for the Nashville Predators from 2010 to 2012, again in 2012-13, and for the Minnesota Wild for stints in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons. Those cities are just a little closer to where he grew up in Southern California. This year, the NHL decided that it would not let its players participate in the Olympics to protect them from injuries. That opened the door for nonNHL players like Blum, a 6-foot-2 defenseman who has played on the U.S. team before, to represent his native country in South Korea. Israel isnt the only country sending Jewish skaters On the U.S. squad, look out for Jason Brown if he gets a chance to skate. After a disappointing performance at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships this month, ice, the 23-year-old is known for skating to music from Riverdance and Hamilton. Maga instructor would skate for Canada and not Israel? Dylan Moscovitch helped Canada win a team silver medal in Sochi four years ago, and hes back competing in the pairs contest with partner Liubov Ilyuschechkina.


JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 15 FEBRUARY 9 22, 2018 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 By RABBI DAVID WEIZMAN Cong. Beth Shalom, ClearwaterOn the road up to the mountain city of Quetzaltenango, our bus stopped at an idyllic rest stop where they served us, a cohort of 13 American rabbis, locally grown Guatemalan coffee. I found there an artist from whom I bought a painting of a pair of tropical birds, and just and local liaison for the American Jewish World Service, Megan Thomas, walked by and offered the story of how this Quetzal bird got its red breast feathers. The Quetzal bird, after which the city is named, as well numbers throughout the forests. The legend is emblematic of the story of the indigenous people of Guatemala. In the year 1524, there came from Spain a warrior named Pedro de Alvarado and he marched with his army into Guatemala. Almany riches, but he had only come to take their gold. It came to pass that Alvarado battled the Maya chief Tecun Uman by himself. When Alvarados lance cut through the chiefs heart, the quetzal fell upon his prince, its emerald green feathery breast drenched in Umans blood. In the morning, body. Its beautiful green chest feathers had turned crimson, and from that moment on, the chest feathers of the quetzals have been the color of blood. At the Museaum of National Memory in Guatemala City, we reviewed how the Mayan Kingdom had been populated by 70 million people, but after the Spanish Invasion, only 3 million were left. When Guatemala claimed its independence from Spain in 1821, the people continued to suffer under a free elections were held in 1944. But the country enjoyed only one decade of democratic governance until a U.S. sponsored coup overthrew the government to protect the interests of the United Fruit Company. As a result of the coup, the country plunged 1960-1996, during which, the military dictatorships, with U.S support, carried out the systematic extermination of entire villages of the indigenous non-combatant Mayan One afternoon our group, Global Justice Fellows, met for lunch in Antigua, once the capital of the Mayan kingdom, and now somewhat of a tourist stop. We sat in the open-air section under a canopy of blooming vines, with the sound of falling water in the background. After the meal, we were introduced to Edward Canil, who will become the next liaison for AJWS in Guatemala. With tears in his eyes, he told us the story of his family, what happened to them when He spoke Spanish, pausing to gather himself, and we listened through our interpreters to this story of a massacre, told in detail through the eyes of a 6-year-old child. After the shooting stopped, I came out from my hiding place. I didnt even know what dead meant. I kept shaking my mother and my sisters, saying, get up, we have to get out of here. Edwins father and brother had been apart from the rest, looking for a safer place for the family, and managed to survive as well. They were united a day later. Because their village had been burnt to the ground and all of their animals slaughtered, swamps to a refugee camp in Mexico where he lived for the next 12 years. There were approximately 200,000 casualties during Mayan, and over 1 million people displaced from their land. You might imagine what kind of stereotypes would be associated with a group of Americans traveling in Guatemala in January, only a few days after their president characterized countries like this, in less than favorable terms. In fact, one of the Mayan women remarked at the end of a session, It was nice to see that not all Americans are the same. These women had traveled for two days to meet with us. Grantees of AJWS, they were working for the inclusion of womens voices in civic governance. The example that they offered us was this: Their community was allotted a minimum budget for maintenance and development. The city council allowed one woman to sit on the board, but she could ing the money to build a water system so that a pipe could bring water to the center of their village, if not their own homes. The men on the council decided to use the monit still stands, the women continue to spend hours carrying water vessels on their heads, from the source to their homes. The mission of AJWS is to address the root causes that inhibit growth and advancement in the developing world. We know from experience what kind of contributions women have made to western society and what factors have enabled that. These Mayan women from Neuvo Horizonte spoke openly about the demands that large families have which keep women out of the work force, of early marriage that prevents higher education, of social norms that subjugate women like the example given above. The integration of more women outside the home Neuvo Horizonte, (New Horizons), is a group of 21 communities working to advance the political participation of women on various levels of government. One of the ways that our Constitution government in the U.S. is through the transparency that is offered by the freedom of the press. Our group had the opportunity to meet with members of Prensa Comunitaria, the Community Press, on several occasions, a news source whose journalists suffer from false criminalization. In fact, the International Federation of Journalists reported six targeted killings of journalists in Guatemala in 2016, second only to Mexico in Central America. We met Norma, who was taking photos with her phone of a river that was being dammed for hydro electric power without the consultation of the local residents, when she was arrested, beaten, blindfolded and no way to contact anyone, and didnt know where she was being held. Fortunately, for Norma, her co-workers were able to locate her, and with the help of another AJWS grantee which advocates for the security of human rights defenders throughout Central America, she was freed, and continues her journalism. We met another journalist later who had a warrant out for his arrest for writing about the same subject: Land grabbing by foreign companies. When we met with the U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala, Luis Arreaga, at the U.S. Embassy, we were accompanied by two other members of Prensa Comunitaria. After hearing the presentation of their work and their challenges, Arreaga said he had been reading their articles online, but did not know who they were. Now that connection was made, the embassy was in a better position to advocate for their protection. Although I am a U.S. citizen, he said, I was born in Guatemala, and I want to see a better Rabbi David Weizman gets a warm greeting from a member of a midwives group in Guatemala. Megan Thomas of AJWS listens as Edwin Cavil, right, shares painful memories of his mother and sister being killed during a raid on his village during a period when Mayans were being systematically exterminated. Rabbi Weizman lights candles during a Mayan ritual with Nuevo Horizonte, a group seeking to involve more women in for the people here. We asked Arreaga if there was any message that we could convey to our representatives when we visit Capitol Hill later this month. Yes there is, he said. We need to abolish the corruption in government here that plagues the country of Guatemala. And we need to continue the kind of foreign aid that will help people make a living in their country of origin, so they will not need to migrate. Since my return from Guatemala, most people ask me this opening question: How in 10 words or less. So I have come up with two words: Humbling, and inspiring. Humbling to realize, by way of contrast, what freedoms and opportunity I enjoy in the USA. Inspiring to see the resilience of a people who have suffered, the devotion to their people and their land, and the patriotic spirit that drives them to make their country a better home for all of its inhabitants. Inspired as well, to feel that way about my own country. I will add one more word: educational. Maimonides taught us that it is better to This is the work that AJWS does in 19 different countries around the world; it helps people who are helping themselves. It was an honor to witness that holy work, and to 2018 Christine Han PhotographyFIRST PERSONRabbi humbled, inspired, educated during mission to Guatemala with American Jewish World Service


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