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By THAIS LEON-MILLER Jewish Press The City of Tampa Police Departments mission statement is simple: to reduce crime and enhance the quality of life   thr ough a cooperative partnership with all citizens. reduction, but what to do for the sec ond part? Enter Rabbi Mendy Du browski, director of Chabad Chai of South Tampa. On Feb. 15, Rabbi Dubrowski of complete with badge in hand. It was a journey that took longer than a year to complete. The rabbi said the idea to become during a conversation with Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and lawyer Barry Cohen two years ago. Rabbi Dubrowski said while discussing community issues with the two men, 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 CHAPLAIN continued on PAGE 5 VOL. 30, NO. 17 TAMPA, FLORIDA MARCH 22 APRIL 5, 2018 20 PAGES The Tampa Bay community will come together on Sunday, April 22 to celebrate Israels 70th birthday and in advance of this is getting the community ready with weeks, 7 days Celebrating Israel@70. The main event will be a daylong party Community Campus in Citrus Park. More than 1,500 people are expected to attend and the festivities will go on rain or shine. Starting at 10:30 a.m., the celebration will feature children and adult activities dance party, Israeli wine and beer tasting and a kids zone. Plus what would a party be without food: lots of Israeli-themed goodies are on the menu, along with the Happy Birthday Israel Cupcake Extravaganza to end the day at 3:15 p.m. But the excitement will be building way before then with other free community events. During the seven weeks prior to the Israel Independence Day celebration, tidbits about Israel and famous Israelis are being featured in Shalom Tampa, the Tampa big event, the community is invited to indulge in Israel themed activities.Israel@70 bash climax to 7 weeks, 7 days of happenings CELEBRATION continued on PAGE 14RABB iI W iI TH A BADGE TT ampa Police hires rst Jewish chaplainRabbi Mendy Dubrowski receives his badge from Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan. KNOW continued on PAGE 5Passover the Festival of FreedomFirst Seder Friday, March 30 Morsels you (probably)dont know about PassoverMy Jewish Learning via JTA news service1. In Gibraltar, theres dust in the charoset. The traditional charoset is a sweet Passover paste whose texture is meant as a reminder of the mortar the enslaved The name itself is related to the Hebrew word for clay. In Ashkenazi tradition, it is traditionally made from crushed nuts, apples and sweet red wine, while British territory at the tip of the Iberian Peninsula takes the brick symbolism to another level, using the dust of actual bricks in their recipe. 2. Arizona Is a hub for matzah wheat. increasingly sourcing wheat for their Passover matzah from farmers in Arizona. Excessive moisture in wheat kernels can result in fermentation, rendering the harvest unsuitable for Passover use. But rain is scarce in Arizona, which allows for a stricter standard of matzah production. Rabbis from New York travel to Arizona in the days leading up to the harvest, where they inspect the grains meticulously to ensure they are cut at the precise moisture levels. 3. At the Seder, Persian Jews whip each other with scallions. Many of the Passover Seder rituals are intended to re-create the sensory experience of Egyptian slavery, from the eating of bitter herbs and matzah to the dipping of greenery in saltwater, which symbolizes the tears shed by the Iran and Afghanistan have the tradition of whipping each other with green onions before the singing of Dayenu. 4. Karaite Jews skip the wine. observing only laws detailed in the Torah. Thats why they dont drink the traditional four cups of wine at the Seder. Wine is fermented, and fermented foods are prohibited on Passover, so instead hold that only fermented grains are


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PETERSBURG The winner will be chosen from those correctly answering the following:WHO IS THE JEWISH COMIC GENIUS BEHIND THE PRODUCERS?To enter: Go to The Maimonides Society of Tampa will honor Dr. Ron Pross with its leadership award on Tuesday, May 1 at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC 522 N. Howard Ave., Tampa. The annual event will also feature guest speaker Dr. Charles Lockwood, dean of USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, who will provide a look at how Channelsides Water Street redevelopment project will revolutionize the future of medicine in Tampa Bay. The event will kick off with a cocktail reception with heavy hors doeuvres at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by the program at 7:15 p.m. Pross has practiced dentistry for more than 42 years in Tampa. He received his bachelors degree from Queens College of City University of New York and his dental degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Upon graduation, he spent two years as a captain in the U.S. Air Force Dental Corps, serving at MacDill Air Force Base and then started a private practice. He formed North Pointe Dental Associates where he has spent his entire dental career. In a professional capacity, he volunteers at the Gulf Coast Dental Outreach Clinic, is a member of the Hillsborough County Dental Society, West Coast Dental Society, Florida Dental Association, American Dental Association and Academy of General Dentistry, to name a few. He is also a fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry. Ron embodies what it means to be a mensch in and years Maimonides Society event chair. He is actively involved in the Jewish community and continues to past president and sits on the board of directors, Ritual Committee and Rabbi Search Committee. He is active in other organizations as well as a Tampa JCCs and Federation board member, board liaison to Hillels of the Florida Suncoast and a Washington Club member of AIPAC. As the past president of Jewish National Fund, Pross has further demonstrated his commitment to Jewish life, to Israel and to creating a better world. Pross and his wife, Susan, are committed to setting an example for their three children and eight grandchildren to engage in causes that ensure for a better and brighter Jewish tomorrow. Guest speaker Lockwood is the senior vice president of USF Health as well as the medical school dean. In this role, he leads the Morsani College of Medicine and the Colleges of Nursing, Public Health and Pharmacy as well as the School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences. He also oversees the USF Physicians Group, which is the faculty group practice of the medical school and the largest multi specialty group practice in West-Central Florida. Lockwood also holds the rank of professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Lockwood will talk about the new USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute, currently under construction at Meridian Avenue and Channelside Drive and scheduled to open in 2019. The medical school and heart institute will be a key anchor in Jeff Viniks $3 billion Strategic Property Partners Water Street Development, which is city district. The downtown site will also put USF Health in close proximity to its primary teaching and world-class simulation center, the USF Health Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation. The Maimonides Society event is sponsored by Valley National Bank and is free for all Federation donors, with an entry fee of $25 per person for all non-donors. The Maimonides Society is a fellowship of physicians and dentists and other healthcare professionals who seek to strengthen the bonds between themselves, Israel and the broader Jewish community. The Maimonides Society includes healthcare professionals who are committed to the highest ideals of the healthcare profession. They serve as resources to the Jewish and general community whenever leadership might be needed, whether in areas of philanthropy, health action or scholarship. For more information about the Maimonides Society or to RSVP, visit or call Michelle Gallagher at (813) 739-1687.Dentist, mensch is Maimonides Society honoree Honoree Dr. Ron Pross Guest speaker Dr. Charles Lockwood than 20,000 protested in Tel Aviv against a government plan to deport African asylum seekers from try in Africa. The rally in Rabin Square was organized by NGOs (non-governmental organizations), Sudanese portation movement and the South Tel Aviv against the Deportation group, the Jerusalem Post reported. The deportations were scheduled to begin on April 1, but Israels Supreme Court has halted the deportaagainst the practice. According to the government plan, migrants who choose to leave by March 31 will receive a payment of $3,500 as well as free airfare and other incentives. and Sudanese living in Israel, including 5,000 children.Over 20,000 protest coming deportation of Africans in Israel


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Former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Danny Ayalon will be guest speaker at a free Jewish National Fund breakfast for Israel   on Tuesday May 1 from 9-10 a.m. at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC in Tampa. Ayalon was born in Tel Aviv in 1955, viewing himself as the product of the ingather ing of the exiles, the intersection between the Jewish Diasporas of East and West, Sephardic and of Israels reestablishment. His father came to Israel from Algeria before the War of Independence in 1948 and fought in the Golani Brigade. His mother immigrated there in 1937 from Poland, escaping the Holocaust, in which members of her extended family perished. She also fought in the War of Independence in Jerusalem and was wounded in battle. Ayalon served in Israels Foreign Service for more than 20 years, beginning in Panama, and then the UN mission in New York. He was political adviser to three different prime ministers: Ehud Barak, Benjamin Netanyahu, and Ariel Sharon. In 2002, he was named Israels ambassador in the U.S., serving in that capacity for four years. During my ambassadorial tenure, Israel-US relations increased and improved, with American support of Israel reaching an all-time high in many areas, Ayalon writes on his website. Upon retirement from the diplomatic service in 2006, he joined Nefesh BNefesh, an organization committed to revitalizing Aliyah, and the Or Movement for settlement in the Negev and the Galilee, both issues he believes should be top national priorities. Thats not but a Zionist imperative and also a moral obligation upon us and future generations, he says. In February 2009, he was elected a member of the Knesset and soon after was named deputy foreign minister, serving in the parliament until 2013. Among his many pursuits since then, Ayalon has served as a visiting professor of foreign policy at Yeshiva University. He recently founded The Truth About Israel, a attempts to delegitimize Israel and strengthen its political status and image. Chair for the breakfast program is Lynne Merriam. RSVPs are requested to tampabreakfast by April 20. Dietary laws will be observed. The JCC is at 522 N. Howard Ave., Tampa.JNF breakfast to feature former Israeli Ambassador Ayalon Danny Ayalon Florida Gov. Rick Scott has signed a bill that prohibits state agencies and local governments from contracting with companies that are boycotting Israel. Scotts bill-signing ceremony Wednesday, March 21, at the Or lando Torah Academy, a Jewish day school, also allowed him to highlight the $2 million that was included in the state budget to allow such schools to harden security against terrorist and other potential attacks. Funding will be used to help provide upgrades such as video cameras, fences, bulletproof glass, alarm systems and other safety equipment.   Last year, the state legislature approved more than $650,000 for security at Jewish day schools. The governor touted the states strong relationship with Israel in signing the anti-BDS legislation. with our ally Israel. In 2016, I was proud to sign legislation that prohibited the state, or administration, from investing in companies that boycott Israel. Today Im proud to sign HB 545, an important piece of legislation that builds on our efforts by prohibiting any state agency and local governments from contracting with companies that boycott Israel, said Scott. In 2016, Gov. Scott signed legislation that prohibits the State Board of Administration from investing in companies that boycott Israel. Gov. Scott also supported the U.S. Embassy moving from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In December, he led a delegation of Florida business and education leaders on a second trade mission to Israel. During the 2011 mission, Scott signed the Florida-Israel Memorandum of Understanding Agreement between Space Florida and Israel, to support research, development and aerospace and technology projects. Floridas total economic development and trading partnership with Israel exceeds $283 million a year.Students from the Orlando Torah Academy look on as Gov. Rick Scott signs a bill that prohibits public entities from dealing with companies that boycott Israel. Scott signs pro-Israel bill; touts $2m in budget for Day School securityCorrectionCongregation Beth Am in Tampa is sending 11 teens and three chaperones to the March for Our Lives in Washington. D.C. on March 24. Temple Bnai in Clear water is sending eight teens and three chaperones; Temple Beth-El in St. Petersburg is sending four teens and two chaperones and Temple Ahavat Shalom in Palm Harbor is sending one teen. A story in the March 9 issue of the Jewish Press contained incorrect numbers for how many people were going to the march from each congregation.


JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 5 MARCH 23 APRIL 5, 2018 CHAPLAINMayor Buckhorn told him, If you want to help, you need to do it from the inside. That advice never left him. He looked for the best way he could help and researched how he could make the most positive impact. His search eventually led him to the TPD and he set out to apply. It took one local and one FBI background check, a polygraph test, drug tests, a 30-page written application and a four-hour interview just to be considered for employment. They put you through the same application process the browski. He said he understood the process and felt it helped him to get a comprehensive view of what police have to go through insight that could only help him in his new position. browski has a variety of duties from giving invocations and benedictions to assisting with ing. His services are available to background. Even before he was formally sworn-in, the Tampa Police Department called on him to counwho was killed in an off-duty accident. Unfortunately, he knows those services likely will be needed again. He is prepared for all of that, but he has one more responsibility that is self-imposed. Its more about helping these and verbiage to be able to communicate and to be able to enjoy the support of the community. His efforts will be added to the work of three other chaplains and the City of Tampa liaisons for the LGBT and Hispanic communities, as well as Ybor CityChannelside, South Howard and Westshore business and security partnerships. believes communities and police presence can coexist in harmony and aims to help both in his new role. time, their energy, even their They deserve to have the full support of the community behind them. Beginning next fall, the Tampa JCC Preschool will expand to the Hillel Academy campus in Carrollwood. school has offered a class at Hillel Academy, Tampas only accredited Jewish day school for students in grades K through eight. The Hillel Academy will be the third branch for Tampa JCC Preschool, with others in Citrus Park and South Tampa. This new preschool will open with one blended class for ages 3 and 4. The JCC Preschool at Hillel Academy will follow the same curriculum and philosophical approach as the other existing locations, but its schedule will mirror Hillel Academys, opening in August and running through May. The preschool will be open 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. weekdays. The new preschool will offer the innovative Sheva model developed through the National JCC Association. Sheva, which means seven in Hebrew, employs seven core principles of early care and education and contemporary and ancient texts, using seven Jewish lenses to reveal universal values. Sheva classrooms weave these values throughout their educational day. We are thrilled to be partnering with Hillel Academy. Adding a JCC Preschool branch at Hillel Academy helps bring high quality early childhood education to the Carrollwood area. We plan to continue to collaborate with Hillel Academy to build on our traditions of excellent Judaic and secular education for our youngest children through middle school, said Heidi Shimberg, chief Allison Oakes, head of school at Hillel Academy, noted, This natural partnership between two Jewish educational pillars in our community provides an opportunity for us to meet the needs of the expanding population in northeast Tampa. More information about JCC Preschools is available by contacting Jen Goldberg, executive director of education at the Tampa JCCs and Federation at or (813) 769-4738. Tampa JCC Preschool coming to Hillel Academy next fall other staples of the traditional Seder, including the Seder plate and charoset. Their maror (bitter herbs) is a mixture of lemon peel, bitter lettuce and an assortment of other herbs. Israeli Jews observe only one Passover Seder, unlike everywhere else where traditionally two Seders are held, one on each day. Known as yom tov sheni shel galuyot literally the second festival day of the Diaspora the practice was begun 2,000 years ago when Jews were informed of the start of a new lunar month only after it had been conBecause Jewish communities outside of Israel were often delayed in learning the news, they consequently couldnt be sure precisely which day festivals were meant to be observed. As a result, the practice of observing two Seder days was instituted just to be sure. Some progressive Jews have adopted the practice of including an orange on the Seder plate as a symbol of inclusion of gays, lesbians and other groups marginal ized in the Jewish community. The story goes that the practice was instituted by the feminist scholar Susannah Heschel after she was told that a woman belongs on the synagogue bimah, or prayer podium, like an orange belongs on a Seder plate. But according to Heschel, that story is false. In that apocryphal version, she said, a womans words are attributed to a ans and gay men is erased. Isnt that precisely whats happened over the centuries to womens ideas? In truth, the idea occured after a visit to a university where some students had been putting bread crusts on the seder plate as a symbol of protest against the exclusion of women, gays and lesbians. Heschel liked the idea but instead proposed an alterna tive that did not bring hametz onto the seder table. The orange was to be consumed and the seeds spit out representing the rejection of homophobia. For many Seder participants, the men a broken piece of matzah that the Seder leader hides and the children search for; the per ally gets a small reward. Most men derives from the Greek word for dessert. Others say it refers to a kind of post-meal revelry common among the Greeks. Either theory would explain why last thing eaten at the Seder. Most people are eager for a break from holiday meals when the eight-day Passover holiday concludes. But for the Jews of North Africa, the holidays end is the perfect time for another feast, Mimouna, marking the beginning of spring. Celebrated after nightfall on the last day of Passover, Mimouna is marked by a large spread of foods and the opening of homes to guests. The celebration is often laden for fertility and golden rings for wealth. WASHINGTON President Donald Trumps new national security adviser John Bolton is a hawk who has said military strikes may be inevitable as a means of preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. Naming Bolton suggests that Trump is ready to pull out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal by May 12, the deadline to waive sanctions. The agreement trades sanctions relief for a rollback of Irans nuclear program. Bolton is a staunch opponent of the deal, as is Mike Pompeo, the CIA chief Trump lerson as secretary of state. Bolton has said on multiple occasions that striking Iran to stop it from going nuclear may be inevitable. I dont make any disguise of the idea that ultimately it may take an Israeli strike against Irans nuclear program to stop it, he told the conservative Washington Free Beacon in August. Tillerson and outgoing national ter both dont like the deal but counseled against pulling out of it because Iran is complying with its narrow strictures, and leaving would remove whatever leverage the United States has with its allies to pressure Iran outside the Mattis, the defense secretary, as who opposes leaving the deal. Bolton has close relations with the pro-Israel community stemming from his success in 1991 in getting the United Nations to rescind its Zionism is racism resolution. Bolton at the time was the assistant secretary of state for international organization affairs under President George H.W. Bush. Bushs son, George W. Bush, nominated Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations in 2005 and named him acting ambassador. Bolton never cleared the Senate nominating process, in part because of his hawkishness on Middle Eastern issues, but also because subordinates at the State Department emerged to describe him as an abusive boss. Bolton under the younger Bush had been the undersecretary of state for arms control and international security affairs. Pro-Israel groups, including the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, at the time broke with their protocol against endorsing a nominee and lobbied for Boltons Bolton was forced to step down from the U.N. post. The national security post is not McMaster got along well with his Israeli counterparts, but angered some on the right wing of the pro-Israel community because of reports that he blocked Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital. Trump ultimately recognized Jerusalem in December and announced plans to open a temporary embassy there in May. Morton Klein, who heads the hawkish Zionist Organization of America, called Bolton a spectacular choice to lead the NSC. He understands the Arab Islamic war against Israel and the West, Klein tweeted. Bolton is a patriot and an ardent clear thinking Extraordinary supporter move the Embassy, opposes the disastrous Iran Deal. ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, was alarmed by Boltons appointment. Its hard to escape the disquieting conclusion that the mass exodus of the adults from this Administration is putting our nations security at risk, he tweeted. Ambassador Boltons hawkish and conspiratorial thinking will only make matters dangerously worse. In February, Bolton wrote an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal urging the United States to use force to solve the nuclear standoff with North Korea.New national security adviser is Iran hawk, close to pro-Israel groups Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images


Cong. Beth AmSocial justice discussion: Congregation Beth Ams Social Action committee is hosting a moderated discussion around the Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated documentary 13th on Wednesday, April 4 from 7:30-9 p.m. at the synagogue. The the United States and is named after the Thirteenth and commemorate our ancestors escape from slavfree in modern times. Those attending are asked to program. This is a communitywide event, and wine Katie at katie@ Zahav group: The Adults at Leisure group speaker Dr. Hillary Rosenberg director of the Beth Am Religious School. This event is open to all. Dr. myths come from Jewish folklore, where they are session of a living human. Talmud study: An ongoing group is now deeply into Tractate Sanhedrin, where they are learning the ins and outs of the ancient Jewish legal system. synagogue. For more information contact Admin@ Focus on prayers: On Tuesdays, April 3 and Rabbi Jason Rosenberg. He will walk through the sermean, and trying to understand what they can mean to us, personally. Israeli dancing: Lessons in Israeli dancing are offered every Tuesday at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Irma Polster at Ipolster@TamCong. Kol AmiScholar in residence: Wasser Memorial Scholar-in-Residence weekend, Rabbi Hayim Herring, Ph.D.overview of the changed landscape of the Jewish community and the forces that continue to disrupt Jewish life as we have known it until recently. On to rethink how a congregation conducts its work gagement that work in a congregational setting. On Meet the doctor: As part of the congregations themselves, Dr. Tanya Gold ailments. Passover service schedule: On Sunday, On Thursday, April 5 at 6:30 p.m. erev Passover On Friday April 6 at 9:30 a.m., Passover seventh evening at 6:30 p.m., Passover eighth day services On Saturday, April 7 at 9:30 a.m., Passover eighth LChaim: readings and a different leader are chosen for each Talmud: A Talmud study class with Rabbi Howard Siegel capital punishment to how to make rain. This is Jewish ethics: This course will use Pirke Avot: Ethics of Our Anissues of the day in the light of Jewish moral/ethical PAGE 6 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA MARCH 23 APRIL 5, 2018 Reform 1115 E. Del Webb Blvd., Sun City Center Congregation BETH AM nd rd ConservativeCongregation Congregation Campus Jewish Renewal Conservative Reform ReformTemple ConservativeTemple Congregations Rabbinically Speaking Rabbinically Speaking Recently, mainstream to the fact that there is no archeological evidence, either in Egypt or the Sinai Peninsula, to support the Torahs story of that event is a huge to its acceptance modern readers. They argue that a group of more than people would have left some The Torah does give some including two not-quite-the-same makes clear that something of great importance happened at Mt mountain, which in turn would of the locations along the route, archeological discoveries one would Perhaps the most helpful The Exodus. His theory accounts for lots of the loose provides an interesting new slant on the origins of the Jewish people. of other prominent scholars from various relevant disciplines. One key point that Friedman makes is that, though he tells the does, he is not arguing that the Most importantly, Judaism takes of our services, and refer to it in many prayers. But Judaism splitting of the Sea of Reeds, or the revelation at Sinai. For those of us divinely revealed word of God, the way to understand the story of the inspirational, without depriving us of the customs, rituals and practices of our heritage. ...of the actual events. For me, what our people learned from that to the world as a result. The learning came from the teaches hope. And that is, alas, a lesson still needed in our own time. So, at your seder this year, I encourage you to add two more questions to the traditional four: of the Pesach story? meaningful in our own lives? I wish you a zissen Pesach. 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. Finding Exodus Shabbat and Passover Candle Lighting Times


JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA Congregations MARCH 23 APRIL 5, 2018 14308-B N. Dale Mabry Hwy(813) 908-1512This Edible Arrangements is the only CERTIFIED KOSHER store in the Bay Area. CERTIFIED KOSHER FOR PASSOVER Yom HaShoah obser vance: A Holocaust Remem ceremony plus a movie, Fannys Journey. A discussion of the movie will follow. Israeli nostalgia: Come with familiar Israeli songs on Saturday, along, tap your feet, get up and dance. This evening is guaranteed days in Israel. Everyone is welcome and there is a suggested donaa tasty nosh. Register for the event online at Adult education: Rabbi Josh Hearshen will teach Torah Talmud study on Thursdays at noon. At 7 p.m. on Thursdays he Artist in residence: Rabbi Noam Katz in contemporary Jewish miu and soulful melodies to Schaarai Zedek April 6-8 as the temples artist-in-residence. He will sing study, coffeehouse style concert commemoration. He is a longtime song leader and educator who has performed for Jewish and inAmerica, Africa and Israel. On Friday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m., Scharaai Zedeks Koleinu Choir At 7 p.m. Saturday, the Sister hood and Brotherhood will spon For more information, call the Tot Shabbat on the farm: to noon as congregants meet at Old McMickeys Farm for a springtime spring comes to a farm. There is no charge with advanced RSVP. Old RSVP, go to Adult learning: Rabbi Na than Farb will present a three-part from 7-8:30 p.m. Our Jewish trahaggled with God. On April 4 the presentation will Hannah, Honi, and the Voice of Heaven: How far we can push God?   st Century: How the Jewish State, the Holocaust, and modern technology are changing the way we argue with Caf CSZ: cup of coffee at Caf CSZ on Sun meeting. Cong Beth Shalom Interfaith Yom HaShoah service: Sun City Center United Methodist Church and Congregation Beth hoah service that includes prayers, memorial candle lighting and readings, and an interfaith com Jeff Jordon Blvd. W., Sun City Center. As a community, the congregations will happened to the victims of Hitler, did not live to tell their stories. For carpool information, contact Rudina Richter or meet at Beth Shalom at 6 p.m. Diversity discussion: Keeping in mind that the Holo will host a panel discussion of di p.m. All will share information to each groups challenges and misunderstanding and acceptance. Y om HaAtzmaut festi val: Pirkei Avot study: Join Julie Enzer as she leads us through this collection of ethical writings and worth grappling with in our con temporary lives. One tradition is to read the Pirkei Avot in the weeks morning sessions from April 8 to For information on accessing Pirkei Avot online, contact Julie at Beth Israel Songs of the 50s and 0s: Entertainer Marc Stern berg will perform the songs of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Andy Williams, Johnny Mathis and many more at a concert on Sunday   lowing the performance. Movie time: The Little Traitor p.m. This is an independent family Panther in the Basement story takes place in Palestine on the stars Alfred Molina and Theodore Bikel. Refreshments following the movie will include hummus, falafel, Israeli salad and dessert. Cost per person is $5. Reservations are required. Contact Betty Schare y Sunday, Rummage sale: The congregation will hold a rummage sale on p.m. at the synagogue. For informa tion on donating, contact Barbara Nova com.Guest speaker: new moon with a festive meal, then listen to speaker Harvey Hyman To RSVP, go to youngisrael@ or call Zev 439-5888. Torah class: Join a weekly Torah class on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. at the University of Tampa. issues through a Torah perspec tive.   For more information, con tact Rabbi Levi Rivkin Practical kabbalah: Enrich the soul and mind with a touch of   ity   for everyday life. Classes are Congregation Schaarai Zedek in Donna on the weekend of Friday Following his ordination from Temple Israel in Memphis. From rael Congregation in Jackson, MS, where he also served as visiting professor in the Religion Departaccepting the position at Schaarai Zedek. won the national Samuel Kaminker Memorial Curriculum Award for outstanding informal education he was a United Jewish Appeal In the early s he served as a teacher of the eighth and ninth grades at Hillel Academy and in title of Reform Jewish Educator. with an honorary degree of Doctor lege Jewish Institute of Religion for serving the spiritual and intel lectual needs of the Jewish commu wine and cheese reception at 6:30 7:30 p.m. Memphis. He is a past president of the Central Conference of Ameri his wife Jeanne are dear friends of award-winning entertainer Jason Walks into a Temple Stand-Up pre-performance champagne and show featuring comedy, music and impressions, appropriate for all ages. Hewlett has performed more million people from Las Vegas to troops in Afghanistan. after the performance. There is no is required. Retiring Rabbi Birnholz and wife to be honored April 27-29


PAGE 8 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA MARCH 23 APRIL 5, 2018 rfntbb ff r ffntfb bffb fnbtbbbbffbnnbbnb ffbbffffbfnbfftft nfftfbtbnt btbbfbbtbf bfbttbftfnf rfntrbfbnnn nbnbbtn ntttnnnnf By RON KAMPEAS JTA news serviceWASHINGTON An omnibus spending bill approved by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump more than doubles spending for security grants that have been overwhelmingly tapped by Jewish institutions. The $1.3 trillion bill includes $60 million for the security grants, up from $25 million last year. More than 90 percent of the grants have been used to harden security at Jewish institutions since the was launched in 2005. Nathan Diament, the Washington director of the Orthodox Union, one of the lead advocates for the grants, said a spike in threats on Jewish institutions over the last year drove the increase. According to the Anti-Defama tion League, anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. in 2017 increased by 43 percent over 2016, not including a spate of bomb threats carried out against Jewish institutions by a Jewish man in Israel. Of the $60 million, $10 million outside major metropolitan areas. Diament said that will allow Jewish institutions outside such designated areas to apply for the funds. He named Monsey, in upstate New York, as an example of an area with a high (Orthodox) Jewish concentration that until now has not been able to access the existing program. Also advocating for the security grants over the years were the Jewish Federations of North America and Agudath Israel of North America. The bill also includes $175 million over the next 10 years to improve security at schools, a provision that was accelerated after the deadly school shooting in Parkland last month. The bill will fund training in violence prevention, police-school coordination and crisis intervention, and will be extended to private and parochial schools as well as public schools. (The new Florida budget also increases the amount for security grants to Jewish day schools, see story, page 4) JFNA praised the inclusion in the omnibus bill of $5 million for the Holocaust Survivor Assistance Program, double the amount of previous years. The program partners with Jewish institutions to deliver assistance to elderly Holocaust survivors. There are approximately 100,000 Holocaust survivors living in the United States today, with an estimated 30,000 living in poverty, said William Daroff, the Washington director of JFNA, in a statement. By doubling funding levels to $5 million, the program now will be able to provide immediate support to ensure that Holocaust survivors are able to live in dignity and comfort for the remainder of their lives. Also wrapped into the omnibus is the Taylor Force Act, which slashes funding to the Palestinians until the Palestinian Author ity stops payments to Palestinians killed or arrested during attacks on Israelis. Taylor Force was an American who was murdered by a Palestinian terrorist in a stabbing attack in Tel Aviv in 2016. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, a key backer of the bill, told the news website Jewish Insider that he secured U.S. House of Representatives support for the bill by preserving some humanitarian exceptions, that will allow up to $5 million for wastewater treatment and up to $500,000 for   vaccina tions for children. Leading the demand for the hu manitarian exceptions was Rep. Eliot Engel, D-NY, the leading Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and one of the staunchest defenders of Israel in the House. only a small portion of the targeted money goes to violent attackers, and that much of the money serves as a welfare program for Palestin ians who are imprisoned by Israel, many without charges The State Department has for years cut funds to the Palestinians commensurate with its payment to killers and their families, although it has not revealed its formula. U.S. funding for the Palestinians currently stands at about $260 million a year. None of the money targeted goes directly to the Palestinian Authority, instead funding programs run by NGOs that assist Palestinians. Also included: $100 million for U.S.-Israeli missile defense programs. Starting next year, missile defense will be rolled into the overall defense assistance package for Israel, part of a $38 billion to be delivered to Israel over ten years. This massive investment is vital to the safety and security of Israel and will help save countless lives in the future, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY., the minor ity leader in the Senate, said of the missile defense spending. anti-Semitism abroad, in addition of the anti-Semitism monitor at the State Department. Jewish groups have expressed their concern that the Trump administration has yet to name an anti-Semitism monitor .Spending bill has big boost for Jewish groups seeking security funds, approves Taylor Force Act




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The community is invited to visit the St. Petersburg museum free of charge between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Yom HaShoah, Thursday, April 12, and take part in the observance, which will conclude with a memorial service at 5:30 p.m. The service is being conducted in conjunction with the Pinellas County Board of Rabbis and Tampa Rabbinical Association. Known more commonly outside of Israel as Holocaust Remem brance Day, Yom HaShoah honors the memory of the more than 6 million Jews who perished during the Holocaust. The full name of the day is Yom HaShoah Ve-Hagevurah or Day of the Remembrance of the Holocaust and the Heroism as it also marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. (Designated by the U.N., Inernational Holocaust Remembrance Day is observed on Jan. 27 and coincides with the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentra tion camps). The Name Reading Commemoration is intended as an effort to remember the victims as individu als with life stories and histories. Victims of the Holocaust dont have graves reciting their names allows for them to be memorialized while reminding us of their human dignity, said museum Executie Director Elizabeth Gelman. The museum is reinforcing its commitment to ensuring such atrocities do not occur again both through the reading of victims names and hearing from survivors. At noon, Halina Herman, who survived the war as a hid den child, will tell her story. Her man was born in War saw, Poland in 1939. Her father was a physician and was sent away by the Germans to a slavelabor camp in April 1941 and she never saw him again.   Hermans mother obtained false papers and got a job as a maid in Cracow.   She placed Halina with a non-Jewish family who raised her as Christian. After the war, she was reunited with her mother. Halina continued to go to church until her mother revealed their Jewish identity to her in 1949. They went to France where they stayed until they were able to im migrate to Canada. Gary Silvers and his family took quite a dif ferent route in order to survive. Silvers, who will speak at 2 p.m., was born in Ber lin, Germany in 1929. His mother was Christian, his father was Jewish. When the persecution of Jews ensued in Nazi Germany, in 1938, the family decided to seek refuge in Shanghai, China one of the few places that would take Jews in. From 1933 to 1941, Shanghai accepted some 18,000 Jewish from Germany and Austria. Silvers father pleaded with his relatives to leave Germany, but they were not ready to abandon their lives and did not think the situation would dete riorate. Aside from his immediate family who survived in China, all of Silvers Jewish relatives died in the Holocaust. Following the 5:30 p.m. memo rial service, there will be a special Holocaust Survivor talk with   sis ters Marie Silverman and Jeannette Bornstein.   Marie Silverman was born in 1931 and her sister Jeannette Born stein was born in 1935. They lived in Antwerp, Belgium, with their parents when World War II began. After Germa ny invaded Belgium, the fam ily escaped to France. For awhile, non-Jews hid them on a farm but when the roundups began, the family was captured and separated: the sisters with their mother were placed in an internment camp at Rivesaltes, France, while their father was sent to a different camp. After 9 months, Marie and Jeannettes mother managed to smuggle the girls out of Rivesaltes. Vence, France, but their father soon died as a result of the mistreatment he had endured in the internment camp. Two partisan couriers took the sisters across the Pyrnes Mountains on foot from Vence to Barcelona, Spain. They lived with their aunt and uncle and then came to the United States. Once here, they were placed in an orphanage and with foster families until their mother was able to reunite with them in 1949. Anyone wishing to participate in the reading of Holocaust victims names should call the museum at (727) 820-0100 ext. 249 to schedule your time slot.   The Florida Holocaust Museum is located at 55 5th St. S., downtown St. Petersburg.Hear victims names, listen to survivors at Yom HaShoah observance Gary Silvers Marie Silverman Jeannette Bornstein Halina Herman Florida Holocaust Museum has received reaccred itation from the American Alliance of Museums, making it one of only three nationally accredited Ho locaust museums. To receive reaccreditation, the museum went through a rigorous process of self-assessment and review by its peers. Accredited museums are a community of institu tions that have chosen to hold themselves publicly accountable to excellence, said Laura Lott, Alliance president and CEO. The organization is the only one representing the entire scope of the museum commu nity. of which both the institutions and the communities they serve can be extremely proud, said Lott. Developed and sustained by museum professionals for over 45 years, the museum accreditation program self-regulation, and public accountability. Accredita tion helps to ensure the integrity and accessibility of museum collections, reinforce the educational and public service roles of museums, and promote good governance practices and ethical behavior. Of the nations estimated 33,000 museums, 1,070 are currently accredited through the Alliance. To earn accreditation a museum submits a self-study questionnaire and key operational documents for evaluation, then undergoes a site visit by a two-per son team of peer reviewers. The Accreditation Com mission considers these results to determine whether a museum should receive accreditation. I commend the staff, board and volunteers of these institutions for their focus and commitment to excellence, said Accreditation Commission Chair Amy Bartow-Melia. Theyre an inspiration to our The Florida Holocaust Museum is located at 55 5th St. S., St. Petersburg. For additional information, visit or call (727) 820-0100.Florida Holocaust Museum again receives accreditationPAGE 10 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA MARCH 23 APRIL 5, 2018


JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 11 MARCH 23 APRIL 5, 2018 CELEBRATE ISRAEL @ 70 AT THE JEWISH NATIONAL FUND BREAKFAST FOR ISRAELrfrntbttrnfnffnfrbtbfbnn fnn tbnnfbbbrffnf CHAIR fMORE INFORMATION ftfnrfffrnfn Happy Passover! from the Abelson family Adam, Jeanie, David, Amy, and Alan Happy Passover!from the Abelson familyMenorah Manor has earned the Gold Seal of Approval for Nursing Care Center Accreditation from the Joint Commission. The Gold Seal of Approval is a symbol commitment to providing safe and effective patient and resident care. The Samson Nursing Center at Menorah Manor in St. Petersburg recently underwent a rigorous on-site survey from the Joint Commission. During the review, expert surveyors evaluated compliance with nursing center standards related to several areas, including assistance with activities of daily living, coordination of care, and staff education and training. Surveyors also conducted on-site observations and interviews with leaders and staff of Menorah Manor. Joint Commission accreditation provides nursing homes with a framework for the processes needed to improve the care patients and residents receive, said Gina Zimmermann, executive director, Nursing Care Center Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission. We commend Menorah Manor for its efforts to become a quality imMenorah Manor is pleased to receive accreditation from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation, cer of Menorah Manor. Staff from across to develop and implement approaches and strategies that will improve care for our residents. and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. For more information about Menorah Manor and the services it offers, go to www. Manor gains seal of approval pression will have their stories told agers at a community Yom HaShoah program on Sunday, April 8 at 2 p.m. at Congregation Schaarai Zedek in Tampa. Along with the Holocaust survivors, the program will feature middle and high school students from both sides of the bay, songs of resilience and renewal by nationally acclaimed musician Rabbi ceremony. The program is being put on by the Tampa Rabbinical Association and Tampa Jewish Federation. Students in Jewish youth groups from congregations in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties will gather at the Tampa temple at noon for a dairy lunch and to meet with the local Holocaust survivors. Groups of students will be assigned to each who took part in planning the Yom HaShoah program. He said the youths will use poster boards to write summaries of the stories the survivors tell them. Each storyboard summary, with a photo of the survivor, will be presented to the survivors during the 2 p.m. program at the temple. Cindy Minetti of Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Holocaust Survivor Program, is assembling a group of survivors to participate in the Yom HaShoah observance. Due to the ages and health conditions of the survivors, she said she is uncertain exactly who will participate, but she exon hand to share their stories with the youth. Besides creating a written ver teens will retell their accounts at the ceremony. Minetti said this helps show the survivors that their stories live on and it stresses the impor tance of learning from generation to generation. Amid prayers and the retelling form. The rabbi, who is also serving that weekend as artist-in-residence at Congregation Schaarai Zedek, is a longtime camp song leader/ educator and currently serves as rabbi/dean of Jewish Living at a Toronto day school. Considered one of the most influential voices in contemporary Jewish music, his newest album, After the Flood, includes 14 new songs of resilience and remembrance. A candle lighting ceremony will be held during the program. Rabbi six candles lit one for the survivors who were in death camps, the Holocaust, one for the children of death camp survivors, one for the children of the refugees, one for the grandchildren of survivors the unknowns who died during the Holocaust and were never accounted for. Sponsoring congregations include Beth Israel of Sun City Center, Beth Shalom of Brandon and Beth Am, Kol Ami, Mekor Shalom, Rodeph Sholom, all of Tampa, and Temple Beth Shalom of Winter Haven. Congregation Schaarai Zedek is at 3303 W. Swann Ave. This event is free and open to the entire community.At Tampa Yom HaShoah program, songs of resilience; survivor stories through teen lens Rabbi Noam Katz




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PAGE 14 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA MARCH 23 APRIL 5, 2018 JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTERS & FEDERATION Tampa And lots of ways to be part of Federation. To make matza taste better you can try hundreds of things. To make someones life better try Federation. Bring young Jewish adults together, provide for the elderly and educate our youth. Please give to the Tampa Jewish Federation. Youll be helping your community at home and around the world. In lots more ways than we can count. #lotsamatzaThere are lots of ways to eat matza. CELEBRATIONCONTINUED from FRONT PAGEDaily activities to celebrate the Israel @70 will begin with Israeli stories and Israeli wine on Monday, April 16 at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC from 7-8 p.m. Martin Fletcher, a former NBC news Middle East correspondent, will join the program via Skype, along with local guest speaker, Malka Isaac. The two will share talks of real life Israeli experiences. On Tuesday, April 17, sample various hummus recipes along with cooking demonstrations by Sylvia Cohen of the popular chickpea dish. All ages are welcome to participate in this hands on (and lip smacking) experience. The program will take place from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the JCC on the Cohn Campus. The following night, Wednesday, April 18, an award winning movie, The Matchmaker a 2010 Israeli at the Villagio Cinemas in Car rollwood. During the summer of 1968 a teenage boy goes to work for a matchmaker who has survived the Holocaust and both their lives are changed forever. Next up on Thursday, April 19 teens and tweens will paint their hearts out while Cohn Campus from 4-5:30 p.m. To end the week, on Friday, April 20, young families are invited to join in a Tot Shabbat celebrating Israel. Celebrations will be held at 9:30 a.m. at the Cohn Campus and 3:30 p.m. at the Glazer JCC. The Tot Shabbat will include singing, dancing and lots of fun with friends. For Saturday, April 21, the JCCs and Federation is suggesting Family Night at Home with ideas at the movie, In Search of Israeli Cuisine, guide and chef Michael Solomonov left, samples cheese with Shai Seltzer, a cheesemaker in the Judaen Hills. The documentary will be shown during the April 22 Israel Independence Day event. The Main event Tampas largest celebration of Israels 70th year of independence will take place on Sunday, April 22 at the JCC on the Cohn Campus. Opening the day, will be a Sip & Skype program with Randy Susan Meyers, author of The Widow of Wall Street a ripped-from-theheadlines story about deceit, scandal and guilt. The event will be from 10:30 a.m. noon and includes spirits and a nosh. Cost is $5 per person. At 11 a.m., an hour-long PJ Library Goes to Israel program will be held. There will be crafts, games, songs and reading of the stories Dinosaur Goes to Israel and 3 Falafels in my Pita all just right for children ages 6 months to 6 years. The grand opening and ceremonial ribbon cutting for the Judy Cohn Park and Jack Roth Garden on the campus begins at noon. The ceremony will include presenting of the colors by local war veterans, a Zum Gali Gali concert by the JCC Preschoolers and Club J students. The 70th birthday celebration of Israel continues with DJ John Wendleken playing Israeli music, dancing and trivia all afternoon. Arts & crafts, rides, bounce house, balloon twisting, face-painting afternoon. For adults, there will be Israeli beer and wine tasting in the garden. For those wanting to wind down for awhile, at 1:30 p.m., the movie, In Search of Israeli Cuisine, will be shown. Appropriate for the whole family, the documentary offers a portrait of the Israeli people through food. There is no charge to attend, although there is a $5 per car parking fee and food, beverages and some activities are available for purchase. The JCC on the Cohn campus is located at 13009 Community Campus Drive, off Gunn Highway just east of the Veterans Expressway. This event is sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times, United Janitorial Services and Amscot Financial. For the community events April 16-20, space is limited so participants are asked to register in advance by e-mailing More information on weeks, 7 days Celebrating Israel@70 is available at www.jewishtampa. com or call the Tampa JCCs & Federation at (813) 264-9000. About Israel Independence Day The Declaration of Indepen dence for the state of Israel was signed on May 14, 1948 in Tel Aviv. On the Hebrew calendar that is the this year begins at sundown on Wednesday, April 18. It is known as Yom Haatzmaut, which literally means Day of Independence. The day before Yom Haatzmaut is Yom Hazikaron, Day of Remembrance for Israeli fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism.


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Speci c features, credits and discounts may vary and may not be available in all states in accordance with state lings and applicable law. Applicants are individually underwritten and some may not qualify.nnftb fbtn ntrrntbbbbbnbbbttbb bbtbb n tbnbtbn bn bb Anton Legal Group Stock Broker DisputesS. David Anton, Esq. Since 1985Jacob Paul Sams, son of Monica and Andrew Sams of Tampa, will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, April 7 at Congrega tion Schaarai Zedek in Tampa. Jacob is a seventh grade Headmasters List student at Berkeley Preparatory School. Active in the Spanish Club, he also plays club soccer and tennis. For his mitzvah project, Jacob hosted a Thanksgiving the Holiday Tent at Metropolitan Ministries of Tampa. Monica and Andrew Sams will host a celebration at Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club on Saturday evening, April 7. Special guests will include grandparents Alice and Stanley Rosenthal from Tampa and Dave and Betsy Sams from Vero Beach, along with family and friends from coast to coast. Jacob Paul SamsGenealogical SocietyMembers helping members: The Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay will meet on Sunday April 8 at 2 p.m. at Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services, 14041 Icot Blvd., Clearwater, for a hands-on working session for individual research using the Internet and library resources of the organization. Experienced society mentors will be on hand to provide guidance and assistance. Free access to and to (Premium), will be offered on several computers and available for use. Attendees are asked to bring their own research materials and information and their own laptop computer if they have one. A presession social with refreshments and library access begins at 1:30 p.m. For information about the organization or directions to the meeting, call Bruce Hadburg at (727) 796-7981.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. Flavor tripping: The #Gather group will meet Monday, April 9 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 81 Bay Brewing Company, 4465 W. Gandy Blvd, Tampa, to experience the miracle berry from West Africa that turns tart and savory foods denly tastes like lemonade. Cheese tastes like frosting. Vinegar tastes like apple juice. The cost is $5 for members and $10 for guests. Halfable for $5. Spin class: Join in a high-energy spin class with other #Gather members at the Glazer JCC on Monday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m. This is free for members and $7 for guests and includes access to the entire JCC for the day. Pedal through hill climbs, sprints and interval training with motivational music to help push you through the challenge. Cool down with a smoothie by the pool together. Reserve your bike today. Job-LinksMonday Morning Links: Free sessions of Monday Morning Links are offered at the Jack Roth Center for Career Development at TampaBay-Job-Links, 4100 W. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 206, Tampa from 9:30 11 a.m. On April 2 the topic is Whats Your Nonverbal Communication Saying? On April 9 the topic is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Job Seekers and on April 16 the topic is How to Work the Room at a Networking Event or Job Fair. Monday Morning Links is supported by the Vinik Family Foundation. Job-search aids: The next Success workshop will be Thursday, April 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The topic is Steps to Negotiate a Job Offer and on April 12 it is Mastering Change and Transition. The workshops are free for TampaBay Job-Links full program participants and $15 for guests. Reservations required for all programs. To RSVP, call (813) 344-0200, email RSVP@TBJL. org. Boot camp: In partnership with Congregation Bnai Israel of St. Petersburg, Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services, and the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties, TampaBay-Job-Links will present a full-day Job-Search Boot Camp providing tools and strategies to help individuals in career transition kick their job search into high gear. The workshop will take place at Congregation Bnai Israel, 300 58th St. N., St. Petersburg, on Wednesday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost to attend is $25, and a kosher lunch will be provided. Advance registration is required, and seating is limited. To register, call TampaBayJob-Links at (813) 344-0200 or email by April 18.Jewish War VeteransVolunteers needed: The Jewish War Veterans Post 373 is seeking members who would like to help ill and disabled veterans. Contact Commander Jack Rudowsky at (813) 598-8061 or email Active AdultsAll programs listed are either at the Maureen & Douglas Cohn Jewish Community Campus, 13009 Community Campus Drive, or at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC at 522 N. Howard Ave. To RSVP or for more information on programs at either center, contact Pnina Levermore at (813) 291-2253 or pnina.levermore@JewishTampa. com. All registrations should be completed before events begin. Culture Caf: Enjoy a taste of Jewish Food, music and dress at a Culture Caf event at the Glazer JCC on Wednesday, April 25 from 7-8:30 p.m. Cost is $10 for members and $15 for guests. Bridge lessons: Those who want to learn how to play bridge or improve their game can take bridge classes at the Glazer JCC on Fridays April 13-May 18. 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. There are also open play bridge days on Mondays at the Glazer JCC from 10:30 a.m. to noon. This is free for members and $10 for non-members. Mens Club: This group will meet on Tuesdays, April 10 and 24 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. The whole enchilada: Take a class at the Glazer JCC that Wednesdays, April 4 25 from 10 a.m. to noon, taught by June Kittay and Eric Pfeiffer. Combine the advantages of physical and fun and enhanced health. The cost is $40. This is an Osher class offered through USF. For more information and to register, contact the USF Institute of Life Long Learning at (813) 974-8036. Plugged in workshop: In the coming weeks dates to be announced later there will be workshops at the Glazer JCC on cloud storage and managing device storage and what to look for in choosing a device. This is a free program, but advanced registration required. 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 classes are on April 11 and 25. 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 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 from 10 a.m. to noon on the Cohn campus. There is no charge to attend. On April 4, the movie will be Daniel. Yiddish nostalgia: Join Ruth Weston and other Yiddish enthusiasts on Thursday, April 26 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the Cohn campus to share favorite expressions and reminisce. This program is free. Crochet lessons: Learn crochet with instructor 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. Mah jongg: Folks can play at both JCCs. At the Cohn campus, there is free open play sessions every Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30 3:30 p.m. At the Glazer JCC, drop-in sessions are offered on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-3 p.m. This is free for all members. Novices and experienced players are welcome. JetSetters: The Phyllis Borrell JetSetters social group for adults of all ages meets at both JCCs for an hour-long program followed by lunch. The JetSetters group meets on the Cohn campus on the fourth Thursday of the month from 11 a.m. to noon. On Thursday, April 26 enjoy singing along to vaudeville tunes with Joy Katzen-Guthrie The lunch is free for members, though a donation of $5 is sug gested. 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 April 11 there will be a presentation on From Russia with Love. 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. The group at the Cohn campus, meets the second and fourth Friday from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The topic on April 13 will be the Florida legislature and the Constitutional Review Commission and on April 27 the topic will be What American values seem to have been set aside. There is no charge to attend at either location. The other four questions: Rabbi Jason Rosenberg of Congregation Beth Am will lead classes to explain the backholidays. The next class, on Purim, Hanukkah and other minor days, is Wednesday, April 11 at noon at the Cohn campus. Trivial Pursuit and pizza: Enjoy pizza and exercise your mind on Thursday, April 12 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cohn campus. There is no charge.Support groups Alzheimers caregiver: Menorah Manor offers a support group meeting in the Samson Nursing Center at Menorah Manor, 255 59th St. N., St. Petersburg, from 3:30-5 p.m. For more information, call Gwen Kaldenberg at (727) 3023750.


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(Segal Funeral Home, Beth David Chapel)By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN JTA news serviceNEW YORK The Torah tells how God created the earth and the heavens, although the stories that follow tell us more about the former than the latter. A new exhibit doesnt quite answer theological questions about space, but it does show the ways in which Jews have looked at, written about and travJews in Space: Members of the Tribe in Orbit, named after a Mel Brooks gag, is an exhibit organized and on view at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and the Center for Jewish History here. It features both Yiddish and Hebrew books on astronomy and astrology, Jews and sections on the history of Jewish astronauts. JTA was given a tour by Eddy Portnoy, YIVOs senior researcher and director of exhibitions, who co-curated the collection, and learned about some of the unusual and unexpected relationship between Jews and the cosmos. to go into space was a woman. Jewish American and second Jew (Soviet astronaut Boris Volynov the Space Shuttle Discovery in 1984. Born in 1949 to Jewish immigrants from Ukraine who settled in Ohio, Resnik worked as an engineer at the Xerox Corp. before being recruited to NASA in a program to diversify its workforce. Resnik was only the fourth female to ever do so. She died in 1986 along with the rest of the crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger when the spacecraft broke apart shortly after takeoff. In 1985, a Jewish-American astronaut read from the Torah in space. Jewish-American man to go into space, consulted a rabbi on how trip, in 1985. Hoffman, a Brooklyn native who was born in 1944, brought with him a scaled-down Torah and Torah reading outside of Earth. He also had a set of Jewish ritual items specially made for his trip, including a mezuzah with a Velcro strip that he would attach to his bunk and a tallit with weights to keep it ty. He also brought a menorah to celebrate Hanukkah, although he was never able to actually light it aboard the spacecraft. The Vulcan salute on Star Trek has Jewish origins. Actor Leonard Nimoy used an unlikely source of inspiration for his character Spocks iconic Vulcan salute, which consists of a raised hand with the middle and gesture looks just like the one Kohanim do in synagogue during the Priestly Blessing. In his autobiography, Nimoy explained that he had copied the Jewish ges-The rst Torah reading in orbit and other fun facts about Jews in space Astronaut Jeffrey Hoffman Leonard Nimoy, as Spock on Star Trek giving the Vulcan salute. Mission specialist Judith Resnik sending a message to her father from the shuttle Discovery on on its maiden voyage, Aug. 30, 1984. NASA/Space Frontiers/Getty Imagesture, which he had seen in a synagogue as a child (it also appears Vulcan salute, which is accompanied by the phrase Live long and prosper (the Kohanims blessing begins May God bless you and that the White House mentioned it in a statement issued on Nimoys death in 2015. A Jewish immigrant to the U.S. Hugo Gernsback, a Jewish immigrant from Luxembourg, is sometimes called The Father of Science Fiction for publishing a magazine that helped popularize the genre. Launched in 1926, Amazing Stories featured tales of aliens, robots and other beings, including ones written by Gernsback himself. His magazine and inspired many writers, such as Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the Jewish-American duo that created Superman. Gernsback left Amazing Stories in 1929, although it held on in one form or another until 2005. Among the Jewish writlished in the magazine were Isaac Asimov and Howard Fast. This book of horoscopes was written in Yiddish. Published in 1907 in Odessa, Ukraine, The Revealer of That Which Is Hidden: A New Practical Book of Fate gave Yiddish readers a way to learn about their futures by way of astrology. The book offered predictions based on the readers zodiac sign. Similar books existed both in Yiddish and Hebrew during the time period, but rabbinic authorities were not thrilled, since astrology is banned by Jewish law (although zodiac symbols have shown up as synagogue decorations for at Jews at the time continued to read horoscopes as well as seek other ways of predicting the future, such as by going to psychics and reading tea leaves.


JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 17 MARCH 23 APRIL 5, 2018Support Our Advertisers! They help make the Jewish Press possible RALPH BOBOArea/Branch ManagerNMLS ID 432371 State Lic. L025098 3903 Northdale Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33624C: 813.781.1024 It will be an afternoon of speeches, food, family fun, photographic art, music and festivities when the Pinellas/Pasco Jewish community celebrates the 70th anniversary of the birth of Israel on Sunday, April 15 in Largo. Hosted by the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties, the free celebration will be held at the Creative Pinellas/ Pinewood Cultural Center, 12211 Walsingham Road, Largo, from 1 to 4 p.m. One of the featured guests at the festivities will be Israeli photographer Erez Kaganovits, who will talk about an exhibit of his work, Humans of Tel Aviv, that will be on display throughout the day. What I love most about this project is that I can reach people in a way that Im not forcing my ideas upon others, but rather simply taking a photo, telling a story, and letting it speak for itself, the photographer said. A variety of other speakers also will be on hand to remind folks of the importance of the Jewish state and what the nation faces as it continues to grow and bloom. Rabbi Ed Rosenthal of Hillels of the Florida Suncoast will speak about the challenges Jewish students face on college campuses around the Tampa Bay area when speakers and student groups voice positions against Israel. Two authors will discuss their Jewish-themed books. Roslyn Franken of Seminole will talk about her book, Meant To Be: A True Story of Might, Miracles and Triumph of the Human Spirit. It is a love story about how her mom, who survived Nazi concentration camps, and dad, who was in a Japanese prisoner of war camp, met and fell in love. Lynda Lippman-Lockhart of St. Petersburg will also speak about her book, The Laundry Room, a tale of Israeli resistance in 1946. Eric Lynn of St. Petersburg, who played a large role in getting approval and funding for Israels Iron Dome rocket defense system, will discuss his work on the project. There will be a sing-a-long, complimentary traditional Israeli and Jewish food, and fun for kids that includes a bounce house, an archeological dig, face painting, balloon art and the opportunity to For all ages, there will be Krav Maga self defense demonstrations and Israeli dancing. Learn more about the celebration at or call (727) 530-3223.Across the bay: Israel celebration in Largo will feature something for all Photographer Erez Kaganovits, creator of the Humans of Tel Aviv exhibit, right, will be at the Pinellas Israel Independence Day event on Sunday, April 15.


PAGE 18 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA MARCH 23 APRIL 5, 2018 By A bigailBIGAIL K leiLEI N L eichmaEICHMA N ISRAEL21c.orgTen days after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, experts from the Israel Trauma Coalition ar rived at the community to guide teachers and community leaders through a day after strategy for helping people face the future with resilience. Seventeen people were killed in the shooting 14 students and three staff members making it one of the worlds deadliest school massacres. The community, which had never dealt with a shooting on this scale, was in shock. It was devastating, says Nancy Teitelbaum, senior director of marketing and communications at Goodman Jewish Family Services of Broward County. Everyone in our small community in Parkland is affected. Teitelbaum has a son in 11th grade at Stoneman Douglas, and he was at the school on the day of the shooting. Her older son graduated from the same school just a year ago. Most counselors, teachers and clinicians have never dealt with a mass shooting, she told ISRAEL21c. They have no frame of reference. Thats exactly what the Israeli team came to provide. Israel Trauma Coalition (ITC) members Yotam Dagan from Natal Israel Center for Trauma and Resilience, and Alan Cohen from the Community Stress Prevention Center, led sessions for about 600 community leaders including clinicians, law sponders, parents and clergy in the Parkland area. Returning to normalcy teachers went back to school and the day before students went back to school, so we were very relevant in teaching them how to handle that period with some kind of nor malcy, Dagan, a seasoned clinical psychologist, tells ISRAEL21c. The psychological shockwaves of the event have been tremendous. Almost everyone had a connection with someone on the scene. We met as many community members as we could, enabled them to talk about their trauma and then shared Israeli best practices for the day after.Yotam Dagan leads an Israel Trauma Coalition workshop in Florida. The organization conducted training sessions for 600 community leaders in South Florida in the wake of massacre on Feb. 14 at Marjory Stonenam Douglas High School.Israel steps in to help teachers after Parkland school shootingWhat was really apparent was that the experts from Israel really knew what they were talking about, says Teitelbaum. They have deep experience and longterm insight from what theyve seen at home and from crises theyve helped deal with all over the world. Dagan felt that most of the professionals and lay people are now better equipped to understand what they went through and to intervene using practical tools developed in Israel. But there is more to be done. The situation in the Parkland area didnt end when we left, says Dagan. There is still work to do and we will go again soon. As we did in the Philippines four years ago, in Florida we hope to select a smaller group to be trainers, leaving our model in place when we go back home. ITC professionals offer their expertise following crises across the globe. Currently, ITC is actively assisting communities in Houston in the wake of Hurricane Harvey last August; in Mexico after a deadly September earthquake; in Las Vegas following a mass shooting in October; and now in Florida. So many disasters are happening in the world and we always try to see if we can help, says ITC Director Talia Levanon, a clinito several countries in addition to overseeing ITCs work in Israel to train leaders in communitybased healing and resilience. Helping the helpers The ITC was created in 2002, a year of unrelenting terror attacks in Israel, to harness the collective knowledge, expertise and experience of Israels governmental and non-governmental trauma management organizations. Originally focused on direct care, the umbrella organization expanded to professional training for community resilience and national emergency preparedness in Israel and elsewhere. Thus far, ITC has sent 17 delegations abroad usually two or three professionals from ITC partner organizations who speak the local language. Outside of Israel, 95 percent of the time we do not provide direct care, Levanon explains. Its the local professionals who know the community and the culture. Our purpose is to train them in wellbe ing, resilience and coping skills and provide tools to take care of themselves and others. Wherever we go, we always focus on the strengths of the people and how they cope as individuals or as part of the community. When someone from the outside comes to help they bring a fresh perspective and can see your pain and your strengths. ITCs sessions in Florida were coordinated by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the Consulate General of Israel in Miami, Behavioral Health Associates of Broward-Counseling Centers of Goodman JFS and the Jewish Federation of Broward County. Ongoing ITC trainings in Houston, with three more scheduled for this year, are funded by the UJAFederation of New York. ITCs work in Las Vegas, funded by Jewish Nevada, is getting started with a mapping mission to identify local partners, needs and resources. In Mexico, local Jewish federations are supporting ITC train ing through the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). Michael Balaban, president and ish Federation of Broward County, said, We know that the need for these kinds of resources is, unfor tunately, going to be long lasting, and we know that we have a partnership with the ITC that allows us to lean on them for that expertise over the long haul. RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) A Colombian Jewish journalist was ordered to resign from her anchor post on a daily TV newscast after refusing to cross herself while she was on the air. Channel 1s Cathy Bekerman was asked to resign after refusing the order by Yamid Amat, newscast director of the CM& broadcast network, the Agencia Judia de Noticias website reported. He told me to cross myself, I did not do it and he asked me to resign at that moment, to which I did not agree, Bekerman told the media. According to Graciela Torres, another well-known Colombian journalist, Bekerman showed up in the newsroom two days after the March 14 incident escorted by her father and a lawyer. Its a dark situation for Yamid Amat and his newscast because they could be sued for religious intolerance in a country where there is freedom of worship, Torres said. It is not enough that Cathys work situation is solved. We expect a public apology from Mr. Amat in light of his discriminatory and violative behavior of freedom Colombian Jewish news anchor asked to resign for refusal to cross herself on airof religion guaranteed in the Colombian Constitution, read a statement by the Confederation of Jewish Communities of Colombia. Israels ambassador to Colombia also weighed in. A journalist with such a broad audience had the chance to use his position to raise awareness about anti-Semitism. Instead, he chose to level scorn on a serious anti-Semitic incident. this scourge: Anti-Semitism is everybodys problem, Marco Sermoneta tweeted. Amat eventually published an apology on Channel 1s website, reported Publimetro. One of my instructions, to accentuate a piece of news that was not about religious beliefs, provoked a rejection from my colleague Cathy Bekerman. Because I feel that I affected her religious convictions without that being my purpose, I offer her a public apology, he wrote. May the Jewish community and other religious organizations always receive a respectful treatment from me.Cathy Bekerman


By GABE FRIEDMAN JTA news serviceNEW YORK Although Jews have celebrated Passover by reading from the Haggadah in one form or another for 2,000 years, Jewish organizations and publishers strive each year to connect the holiday to modern times with fresh Haggadahs as well as supplements. If youre looking to give your sider these options they bring up topics ranging from Donald Trump to Ethiopian chickpea matzah. JDC Entwine toolkit Topic: Jewish diversity The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee was sending aid to Jews in need decades before gluten-free matzah was a thing. But one of its newer initiatives, Entwine, has produced a hip and fun global Passover toolkit its dubbing ReOrdered (a reference to the word seder, which means order in Hebrew). Its free to order online (http:// and comes with several goodies, including a recipe book with traditional Passover recipes from around the world. Then theres the four Community Cards, each highlighting an international Jewish community that the JDC has helped in the past: from Ethiopia, the Soviet Union, Morocco and Sarajevo (in Bosnia and Herzegovina). Each card has a story from someone in that community, a ritual Passover food and a traditional toast. The details are as delightful as they are educational: Did you know Ethiopian Jews make matzah out of chickpeas, or that Bosnian Jews turn eggs black by boiling them with coffee grounds? The guide also includes a sheet meant to help the Seder leader incorporate it all into the ritual meal, coasters and even a matzah box centerpiece with cards for the Four Questions meant to represent the supplies the JDC has sent around the world since World War I. Its basically a historical, multicultural Seder in a box just add Haggadah and food. The Trump Passover Haggadah Topic: The 45th president of the United States The full title is The Trump Passover Haggadah: People All The Time They Come Up To Me And Tell Me This Is The Best Haggadah Theyve Ever Read, They Do, Believe Me and the Amazon description, like the title, will tell you this Haggadah isnt for diehard fans of Donald Trump or President Zayde as his grandchildren call him in the introduction. If youre conservative sense of humor, and as matzo, suggests Amazon, try this radically irreverent political parody Haggadah this Passover. There isnt much more information on the Amazon page, except that the Haggadah is an online best-seller. Judging from author Dave Cowens bylines in McSweeneys and The New Yorker its probably pretty funny, too. Haggadah Topic: What Harry Potter can teach us about Passover traditions Self-published by Rabbi Moshe Rosenberg, a Queens teacher and spiritual leader, this Haggadah includes the entire standard text, interspersed with essays and thoughts related to Harry Potter and the wizarding world of Hogwarts. From the concepts of slavery and freedom, to the focus on education, to the number four, Harry Potter and Passover share almost everything, Rabbi Rosenberg writes in the introduction. HIAS Haggadah supplement Topic: International refugees Formerly the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, HIAS was founded in 1881 to help Russian Jewish immigrants settle into the U.S., but these days it lends a hand to all kinds of populations around the world. Its 11-page guide offers a blueprint for weaving refugee references and stories into almost every aspect of your seder, from an Ethiopian saga meant for one of the blessings over wine to a Rohingya mention in the Seder plate discussion. It becomes explicitly political at the end and offers tips on how to take real-world action to help refugees. In the face of unprecedented efforts to limit refugees ability to seek safety in the United States even as more people are displaced by violence and persecution than ever before these powerful symbols of both the unimaginable suffering and the boundless resilience and hope of refugees feel particularly poignant, a statement on the HIAS website reads. Repair the World/ Bechol Lashon Haggadah insert and trivia cards Topic: Jewish diversity How do we connect the ancient story of Exodus to modern struggles for freedom as individuals and as a multiracial, multiethnic Jewish community? Thats the thinking behind this Haggadah insert and set of trivia the World and Bechol Lashon, which help connect Jews with volunteer work and promote awareness of Jewish diversity, respectively. The insert asks Seder participants to discuss the the Exodus theme, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and what freedom means. The cards contain trivia about international communities, such as the Abayudaya Jews in Uganda or the Jews of Gibraltar. A landing page for the materials claims that 20 percent of American Jews identify as African-American, Latino, Asian, mixed race, Sephardi and Mizrahi. Haggadahs in French, Russian, Portuguese, Italian and Spanish Topic: Cultural and linguistic diversity Have a non-English or non-Hebrew speaker coming to your Seder? Want to brush up on the foreign language skills you havent practiced since college? Then you might be interested in a Haggadah in a different language. These offerings from the Kehot Publication Society, an arm of ChabadLubavitch arent new, but cultural diversity is of the moment. They are all 114 pages and inexpensive. Jewish Press staff contributed to this report.Haggadahs and other Passover supplements to change up your Seder table talk rfntb rfntb rfntb trtf ttt tf ff ftfft ftf f ffft fffttf fff tfftfttft fn tftffff ffftf ftftftft btfftfffftff fttnfttttt ffft ftnfff ft f fftttf ff ft fntf ftffft ttftff ttftftn fttfft JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 19 MARCH 23 APRIL 5, 2018