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The Bryan Glazer Family JCC and the JCC on the Cohn Campus will host a gala fundraiser that will be relished by all. Why? Because this is an event that patrons for or hire a babysitter or show up to. Participants will be invited to NOT attend the No Show Black Tie Gala by registering to enjoy their night off from yet another social obligation. The fundraiser will include an online auction taking place June 1-11, featuring a vast array of products, services and experiences to raise funds for programmmimg offered at both Tampa JCCs. The Tampa JCCs are the heart of a vibrant, harmonious and connected community that embraces everyone, said Heidi Shimberg, chief operating ofEach JCC strives to be a unifying force for Jewish and non-Jewish activity in Tampa by providing a warm, welcoming atmosphere for community gatherings and activities for people of all ages, faiths and backgrounds. 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 RIBBON-CUTTING continued on PAGE 13 VOL. 30, NO. 17 TAMPA, FLORIDA APRIL 6 19, 2018 16 PAGES Just a nosh.. Just a nosh..Complied from JTA news serviceThe community is invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Judy Cohn Plaza and Jack Roth Garden at this years communitywide Israel Independence Day celebration on Sunday, April 22 at the Maureen and Douglas Cohn Jewish Community Campus in Citrus Park. The celebration this year is called Isra-Plaza and garden ribbon-cutting to highlight Israel@70 festivities April 22 PARTY continued on PAGE 2 WEISS continued on PAGE 10 MARCH continued on PAGE 11 that will be relished by all. No Show Black Tie Gala by registering to enjoy their night off from yet another social obligation. The fundraiser will include an online auction tak ing place June 1-11, featuring a vast array of prod The new Judy Cohn Plaza and Jack Roth Garden at the Maureen and Douglas Cohn Jewish Community Campus. For a complete list of Israel Independence Day activities, SEE PAGE 6 Jews participating in a memorial march in Paris for Mireille Knoll, on March 28,. By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ JTA news serviceLast April, Traore Kobili threw his Jewish neighbor to her death from her third-story home in Paris while calling her a demon and shouting about Allah. French authorities waited 170 days before they declared the killing of Sarah Halimi an anti-Semitic hate crime and that was after unprecedented lobbying by French Jewish groups. We need to let the judiciary do its job, Magali Lafourcade, president of the French governments National Consultative Commission on Human Rights, said in an interview at the height of the campaign, which united Jewish organizations across the political spectrum. Nearly a year after that incident, a similar case prompted authorities to do the job a lot faster. The murder of Mireille Knoll, a Holocaust survivor who was Muslim neighbor on March 23, swiftly led to an indictment against her neighbor and an alleged accomplice on murder and hate crime charges. For many French Jews, Knolls brutal slaying her charred body, riddled with 11 stab wounds, was found in her apartment, which her alleged killers are suspected of torching to destroy evidence underlines both growing determination and their apparent inability to prevent it.French Jews see lesson in dealing with Holocaust survivors slayingA new annual Israel Bonds Tampa Bay Womens Division Premier event has been named in memory of Dr. Leslie Weiss, zl, for her support of everything Jewish, especially Israel Bonds. Leslie, along with husband, Dr. Mitchell Weiss, and their two children, Hannah and Ari, were killed in a small plane crash in Costa Rica on Dec. 31. The April 23 dinner will be held at Nova 535 in St. Petersburg beginning at 6:30 p.m. and feature speaker Benjamin Anthony, founder of Michelle Klahr, National Womens Division director, will provide a national overview of the organization, which underwrites securities for the state of Israel. Worldwide sales have issued in 1951. Leslie and Mitch Weiss were committed to Israel Bonds and had set a portfolio goal for their Bonds investments. In early December, shortly before the tragic accident, Leslie came goal, recalled Monica DiGiovanni of Israel Bonds Tampa Bay. Her memory and dedication to everything Jewish lives on in our community through her friends, family and work we all miss her bright smile, DiGiovanni said.New Israel Bonds event to honor Dr. Leslie Weiss, zl Lisa Robbins, director of Young Adult Engagement for the Tampa JCCs and Federation, has been named to the inaugural class of the Next Gen Jewish Federation Fellows. She was one of 22 Jewish professionals from communities across the U.S. and Canada selected by the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) as a fellow. The new effort is aimed at boosting the skills of these Federation professionals who work directly with individuals in their 20s and 30s.ROBBINS continued on PAGE 10 BREGMAN continued on PAGE 16Lisa Robbins chosen for new national Next Gen program Game 7 of the 2017 World Series Alex Bregman: Baseballs new Jewish starBy HILLEL KUTTLER JTA news service Sitting on a couch near his locker at the Houston Astros spring training facility in West Palm Beach in midan encounter his father had at the World Series last fall. It was in Los Angeles, between innings of the opening game. Sam Bregman was headed for a Dodger Kevork Djansezian/Getty Imagesel@70 and will run from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The festivities will feature entertainment and fun for kids and adults alike. It will include a Sip & Skype author presentation, a PJ Library Israel themed program for kids and a movie. The Judy Cohn Plaza and Jack Roth Garden have transformed the front entryway to the Cohn Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh..Report: Trump Netanyahu talk over U.S. pullout of Syria grew tenseJERUSALEM President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke together by phone. The call on Wednesday, April 4, comes as Trump announced that he plans to pull all of the United States troops out of Syria, which lies on Israels northern border, within six months. According to a readout of the phone conversation released by the White House, the leaders conversation address[ed] recent developments in the Middle East. President Trump reiterated the commitment of the United States to Israels security and the two leaders agreed to continue their close coordination on countering A report of the conversation released by the Prime dent Trump for his commitment to Israels security and Americas support for Israel at the United Nations. The two leaders agreed to continue the close coordination between the two states in order to repel Irans aggresThe Associated Press reported, citing two unnamed there.Jewish group calls on Supreme Court to uphold Trump travel ban port of President Donald Trumps most recent ban on travel from a number of predominately Muslim countries. The group, which has been an outspoken supporter of many of Trumps policies, in its brief said the action did On Wednesday, April 4, ZOA released a statement anZOA cited terror attacks by immigrants in Boston, San Bernardino, Orlando and Manhattan, as well as Europe, in its defense of the executive order. The six Muslim majority countries affected by the president, Morton Klein, said in the statement. The The executive order announced in September prohibits travel from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, as well as from Chad and North Korea, and includes some ban went into effect in December, even as the appeals moved forward. Meanwhile, at least six other Jewish groups signed onto a joint amicus brief, spearheaded by the Anti-Defamation League, urging the Supreme Court to block the executive order. The American Jewish Committee also The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the ban at the end of April.


PAGE 2 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA APRIL 6 19, 2018 The Jewish Press assumes no responsibility for the opinions of columnists, letter writers, claims of advertisers, nor does the paper guarantee the kashruth of products & services advertised or mentioned otherwise. P.O. BOX 6970, CLEARWATER, FL 33758-6970(6416 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33707)Telephone: (813) 871-2332 Fax: (727) 440-6037 E -mail: jewishpress@aol.comAlso publisher of the Jewish Press of Pinellas County of TAMPAAn independent, bi-weekly newspaper owned by THE JEWISH PRESS GROUP of TAMPA BAY, INC. THE TAMPA JCCS & FEDERATION M AINTAINS THE MAIL ING LIST FOR THE JEWISH PRESS.The Jewish Press of Tampa is privately owned, but published in cooperation with the the Tampa JCCs & Federation as a community newspaper. 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Date of delivery varies depending on your Standard Class Postage Permit: TA MP A PI #3763 The Jewish Press is a subscriber to JTA, The Global Jewish News Source.JIM D AWKINSPublisher & Co-OwnerKAREN D AWKINSManaging Editor & Co-Owner Advertising Sales GARY POLIN TORI GEE GALE TARNOFSKY-ABERCROMBIE Staff Writer & Editor BOB FRYER Ad Design & Graphics REY VILLALBA DAVID HERSHMANSocial Columnist DIANE TINDELLEditorial Assistant GAIL WISEBERGSTAFFPUBLIC AT ION & DEADLINE D ATE S APRIL 20Press Release ..........Apr 6 Advertising .............Apr 10MAY 4Press Release ........Apr 20 Advertising .............Apr 24MAY 18Press Release .........May 4 Advertising ..............May 8 PARTY Who do the Bryan Glazer Family JCC and JCC on the Cohn Campus serve? The facilities serve more than 5,500 members that have access to health and wellness classes, a state-of-theand more. Congregation Rodeph Sholom house the JCC Preschools schools that serve children of all faiths and that have been referred to in the media as the gold standard in early childhood education. also home to the Florida-Israel Business Accelerator (FIBA), a Floridabased technology accelerator that is designed to establish and grow successful, high-growth Israeli ventures in the Tampa Bay Area. FIBA assists the innovative companies to overcome the challenges involved with entering the U.S. market. cultural programs and experiences, including the Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival and the Festival of Jewish Books and Conversations. Roberta M. Golding Visual Arts Center operated by the city of Tampa. The center offers a wide range of classes including ceramic sculpture, pottery, oil painting, watercolor, drawing, digital, mixed media, small scale metal sculpture, jewelry, glass fusion, stained programs for mature adults to connect with others through an array of engaging events. ences a mix of social and interactive activities designed to help adults in their 20s, 30s and 40s of all faiths and backgrounds connect with friends, meet new people and have meaningful experiences. a program that sends books and music every month to families with children ages 6 months through 8 years old. Each helps families connect to Jewish tradievents take place at both JCCs. ment classes for children of all ages. for children entering kindergarten through eighth grade. event space to host community and corporate gatherings, events and celebrations of all kinds. All funds raised will be used to enhance and further develop the programs and services offered at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC and the JCC on the Cohn Campus. To learn more about this non-event fundraiser, visit If you are interested in donating an auction item or sponsoring the No Show Black Tie Gala, contact Michelle Gallagher at (813) 739-1687 or michelle.gallagher@jewishtampa. com. The Tampa JCCs and Federation is offering women a free, 8-day trip to Israel, in partnership with the Jewish Womens Renaissance Project (JWRP). Almost of all of the costs for the Momentum Trip to Israel, excluding airfare, is borne by the JWRP and its partnering organization. Participants will be empowered by world-class speakers and Israeli thought-leaders. The itinerary will include spiritually engaging trips to Tsfat, Tel Aviv, Masada destinations. Since its founding in 2009, the JWRP has taken 13,000 women on a Momentum Trip. (The group started a separate mens trip in 2013). The Tampa JCCs and Federation has signed on to offer spots for 16 women on the trip. The Tampa women will join participants on the trip, Oct. 23-30. As its commitment to the program, the JCCs and Federation pays $650 toward each participants trip, while the JWRPs share amounts to a $2,550 scholarship per person. Costs for participants include $75 for tips, a $99 acceptance fee and some meals. Participants pay a $500 deposit, which is fully refundable afterward. It really is beyond unbelievable, said Alissa Fischel, Tampa JCCs and Federation chief develno catch. There are, however, criteria for the participants, which includes an application and interview process. The trip is designed for women who have children at home under age 18. Preference is given to participants must also commit to attend a total of 12 preand post-trip programs. The year-long Momentum experience is intended to engage women in Jewish life, to build a lasting connection with Israel and a commitment to help create a better Jewish tomorrow. An information session about the trip will be held on Tuesday, April 24 at 7 p.m. at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC. Complimentary wine and cheese will be served. Co-chairs are Pamela Behar and Dana Kanfer. For more information, contact Fischel at (813) 876-4724 or by email at Alissa. 8 Days in Israel Discover the power of Jewish women on free trip


By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN JTA news serviceWhen Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu walked back an agreement with the United Nations last week to resettle abroad at least half of the African migrants seeking asylum in his country, it did not play well with the majority of Israelis. But dont assume that means the public wants the migrants to stay in Israel, pollsters warn. While most knocked Netanyahu for a lack of leadership, the Israeli public overwhelmingly rejects the idea of granting residency to all or most of the migrants. They are not ready to have 40,000 people being recognized, said Tamar Hermann of the Guttmann Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research at the Israel Democracy Institute, which has done surveys on the issue. Hermann was referring to the 40,000 or so Sudanese and Eritrean migrants who have made their way to Israel, often to South Tel Aviv. While nongovernmental organizations in Israel and Jewish and civil rights group abroad consider them refugees, oppoIsraelis also ask why it is their responsibility to solve problems originating in Africa, and question the economic and social impact of absorbing the nonJewish migrants. Over 70 percent of Jewish Israelis are against granting the migrants residency, Hermann estimated. However, in that group some support granting residency to the small number of the migrants who qualify for Among those on the right of the migrant issue, meaning they do not want to the migrants to settle in Israel, Hermann said there are two groups that are the most vocal in their opposition to allowing the migrants to settle: residents of South Tel Aviv and religious Zionists. Those two groups oppose the asylum seekers for different reasons. The South Tel Avivians say the migrants who have deteriorated conditions in the low-income neighborhood. Those who are part of the religious Zionist camp oppose settling the migrants for ideological reasons. They believe that as a Jewish state, Israels responsibilities do not extend to the non-Jewish migrants, Hermann said. In January, the Ashkenazi chief rabbi of Israel, David Lau, defended the governments announced plan to deport the migrants originally scheduled to be implemented this month by distinguishing between refugees and economic migrants. We have many people in the state of Israel who need to be cared for citizens of the state, he said. Im thinking of the disabled, whom we arent always able to support; the Holocaust survivors living amongst us including some in disgraceful conditions. And Im also talking about the residents of South Tel Aviv. Aside from all that, Lau said, we have to distinguish between refugees and people looking for work. Jewish Israelis are on the left on the issue, meaning they agree a solution must be worked out that will allow migrants to stay or that ensures their safety if they are sent elsewhere. But among progressives there is also a split, with some in support of allowing all the asylum seekers to stay in the country, regardless of whether they meet the international standards for refugee status, and othgees should be allowed to stay. Rabbi Susan Silverman of Jerusalem has drawn comparisons to Jewish history, including Jews facing deportation to concentration camps during the Holocaust, in her advocacy work on behalf of the migrants. When the migrants were facing threats of deportation, Silverman helped lead an initiative urging Israelis to shelter the asylum seekers in their homes. Hermann said the debate is not only about the fate of the migrants, but also touches upon a larger question in Israeli society. The struggle is not only about these 40,000 people, she said, its about is Israel a liberal democracy acting along the lines of international law or the code of conduct of liberal democracies or is it another kind of a country, for Jews and therefore those who are not Jewish should not be allowed to stay here for a longer period of time unless they have a very good reason. Meanwhile, Netanyahu earned scorn for what even in Hebrew is described as a zigzag on the U.N. deal that would have granted refugee status to about half the migrants and resettled the rest in Western countries. Fifty-six percent of Israelis described his move as very bad or bad, according to a poll by Israels Channel 10. Another 23 percent described his handling of the agreement as fair and only 10 percent said it was very good, with the rest saying they were not sure. JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 3 APRIL 6 19, 2018 Hypnosis Group of Tampa Bay4100 W. 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Cong. Schaarai ZedekRetirement celebration: The congregation will honor retiring Rabbi Richard Birnholz and his wife, Donna on the weekend of Friday through Sunday, April 27-29. The celebration begins on Friday night with a Todah Rabah Shabbat. It will include a wine and cheese reception at 6:30 p.m. and Shabbat service with guest speaker Rabbi Harry Danziger at 7:30 p.m. In 1986, Rabbi Danziger installed Rabbi Birnholz as the fourth senior rabbi at Congregation Schaarai Zedek. On Saturday evening, award-winning entertainer Jason Hewlett will present A Rabbi Walks into a Temple Stand-Up Comedy for a Stand-Out Guy. The event begins at 7 p.m. with a pre-performance champagne and small bites reception, followed at 8 p.m. by Hewletts one-man show featuring comedy, music and impressions, appropriate for all ages. Cake and coffee will be served after the performance. There is no charge for this event, but an RSVP is required. On Sunday at 11:30 a.m., there will be a Holy Smokes family barbecue bash with the Birnholzes. For more information, contact the temple at (813) 8762377 or Saturday movie night: The movie, Wonder, starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay, will be shown at the temple on Saturday, May 5 at 5:30 gust (Auggie) Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters the is a movie that deals with issues and values that are important lessons for all ages and families are encouraged to attend. Before the movie there will be pizza and after the movie, Rabbi Birnholz will lead an important discussion on the movies themes. There is no charge, but RSVPs are requested. Babysitting will not be provided. RSVP at rsvp or call the temple or email ofSenior luncheon: The Tampa Bay Flamenco Dance Company will perform at the senior luncheon on Thursday, April 19. This is a professional dance group that performs at the Columbia restaurant. Seating begins at 11:15 a.m. and preschoolers will sing for the seniors at 11:30, followed by the dance group. There is no charge for this event, but reservations are needed. RSVP to the temple at (813) 876-2377 or email Adult learning: Rabbi Nathan Farb will present the last of a three-part series, Bargaining with God, on Wednesday, April 18 from 7-8:30 p.m. Our Jewish tradition is argued, cajoled, and haggled with God. The topic is Bargaining with God in the 21st Century: How the Jewish State, the Holocaust, and modern technology are changing the way we argue with and about God. Caf CSZ: Have a bagel and a cup of coffee at Caf CSZ on Sundays, April 15, 22 and 29 from 9-11 a.m. when religious school is meeting. Cong. Kol AmiScholar in residence: The Rabbi Joel S. Wasser Memorial Scholar-in-Residence weekend, April 13-15, will feature Rabbi Hayim Herring, Ph.D. Rabbi Herring is an author, presenter and nonprofit organizational futurist. He has worked with more than 300 rabbis and congregations of all sizes and denominations throughout North America on a wide range of issues. Rabbi Herring will present the DVar Torah Friday, April 13 at 6 p.m. titled Who Moved my Jewish Community? This is a broad overview of the changed landscape of the Jewish community and the forces If you have spent any time on Tampa Bay in a sail boat, a power boat, a jet ski or just on a beach or a bench, you have probably had at least one of those magical encounters with our local dolphins. I have been fortunate enough to spend a lot of time on the Bay and have had many encounters with these incredible animals. And so you ask, as we approach the end of Passover, what do dolphins have to do with this holiday commemorating the Exodus from Egypt? In Parshat Trumah, after the Jews escape from Egypt, and after the Revelation at Sinai, Moses is given instruction for the building of the Tabernacle. In Exodus 26:14 the Torah says: You shall make a covering for the Tabernacle of ram skins dyed red and dolphin skins. Seriously? Dolphin skins for the Tabernacle? desert? Back to the Exodus. The culmination of the Exodus was the Parting of the Red Sea. Arguably one of the most spectacular events in the entire Torah. Yet weve heard this story so much and seen it recreated in movies and cartoons so many times that the power and awe of the event has been lost on us. There is a modern Midrash (and forgive me that I cant remember where I heard it) which speaks of when the Israelites passed through the Red Sea on dry land. Overwhelmed by the miracle, tian army, the Israelites descended into the depths while the walls of water on both sides loomed over them. Yet, despite the circumstances, kids will be kids. The Midrash speaks of the little children, so behind them (think of the Florida Aquarium) that To keep the children from being engulfed by the water, the dolphins swam back and forth along the wall of water and pushed the children back onto the dry land to keep them from drowning. However, when the sea closed on the Egyptians, many of the dolphins were caught in the vortex and impaled by the swords and spears of the Egyptians. Once the Israelites were safe and free on the other side of the Sea, they stood on the shore and the bodies of hundreds of dolphins washed up before them. And so the Midrash tells us that to honor the dolphins who save the children of Israel, they preserved their skins and included them in the construction of the Holy Tabernacle. And here we are today, remembering the Exodus, while around the world thousands of dolphins PAGE 4 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA APRIL 6 19, 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 SpeakingPassover and porpoisesare dying every year from entanglement in debris or beaching themselves for reasons we still dont of the dolphins by including them in the construction of the Tabernacle. Today, we dont even take notice of the dolphins (or the sharks, whales, turtles and countless other marine animals) that are being killed and slaughtered around the globe. Most of us in the Jewish Community are not aware that there of us are not aware that 100,000,000 sharks (Yes, you read that correctly 100 million) are slaughtered every year for soup in Asia. Most of us arent aware that whales and dolphins are beaching themselves in record numbers because of the tremendous amount of noise pollution in the ocean. And most shocking of all; according to the most current scicollapse by 2048. The story of the Exodus teaches us that action is necessary for substantive change to take place. When we stood on the shore of the Sea and cried out for help as the Egyptians bore down on us, Moses said (Exodus 14:13) Fear not, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will work shall hold your peace. Ironically, in the very next verse God said to Moses: Why are you calling out to me. Tell the Israelites to go forward. Lift up your rod and stretch out your hand over the sea... AND DIVIDE IT. In other words, God did no divide the sea. It was Moses and the people who did it. The and Moses through his conviction and leadership; and together they parted the water. Its a fact that the ocean is dying. And when the ocean dies we die. I believe that when the Jewish community gets involved in any issue, substantive change takes place. Its time for the Jewish community to get involved in saving the ocean. Here in Tampa Bay, we are leading the way to raise awareness in the Jewish community about the many threats that face the marine environment and how our tradition teaches us to address the challenges. If you would like to follow in the footsteps of our ancestors to move forward with courage to help save the sea, visit to be part of the Jewish communitys effort to raise awareness and take action against the threats to the ocean. When our people were redeemed from Egypt, we were saved by the Sea. Its time for us to return the favor. Rabbinically Speaking is published as a public service by the Jewish Press in cooperation with the Tampa Rabbinical Association, which assigns the column on a rotating basis. Shabbat Candle Lighting Times


JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA Bnai Mitzvah Engagement CongregationsAPRIL 6 19, 2018 RALPH BOBOArea/Branch ManagerNMLS ID 432371 State Lic. L025098 3903 Northdale Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33624C: 813.781.1024 that continue to disrupt Jewish life as we have known it until recently. On Saturday. April 14 at 9:30 a.m.   during Shabbat services, Rabbi Herring will present a Dvar T orah on Your Role in Transitioning to an Engaged Congregation. He will speak on how every member is empowered to rethink how a congregation conducts its work so that it can be more inclusive of new ideas and possibilities and learn some proven principles of engage ment that work in a congregational setting. On Sunday morning, April 15 at 10 a.m., Rabbi Herring will present a workshop on Inspiring Community Through Practices of Engagement. Board installation and dinner: The congregation will install its 2018-19 board of directors on Friday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Shabbat services. The services will be followed by a dinner. The cost is $18 per person for those 13 and older, $11 for those ages 4-12 and free for those 3 and younger. LChaim: A class, Sharing Lifes Lessons, is offered on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to noon. Topics, readings and a different leader are chosen for each weekly session. There will be no class on April 3. Talmud: A Talmud study class with Rabbi Howard Siegel is offered on Thursdays from 10:30 11:30 a.m. Jewish law confronts everything from capital punishment to how to make rain.   This is open to everyone from beginners through experts. Texts are provided.   Jewish ethics: Rabbi Siegel leads a course in Jewish ethics on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to noon. This course will use Pirke Avot: Ethics of Our Ancestors as a springboard to discussion and debate on issues of the day in the light of Jewish moral/ethical demands.   Knitting time: The Sister hood Needle Workers hold weekly knitting sessions on Tuesdays from 1:30 3 p.m. in the boardroom. The knitters make fabric quilt wall hangings and knitting and crocheting squares to make quilts. These are then donated to a group that provides housing for local teens aging out of foster care, as well as other charities.   For more informa   Guest speaker: Celebrate the new moon with a festive meal, then listen to Harvey Hyman speak on The Military History of Ancient Israel, focusing on the Exodus story. Hyman is a Senior Coast Guard Station Sand Key at Clearwater Beach. He received his PhD in information systems and decision sciences from the Univer sity of South Florida in 2012. He is presently a professor-at-large at several research-based institutions and is an author of three textbooks. He holds two patents. The event is on Sunday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Norman Jewish Library. Suggested donation is or call Zev at (917) 439-5888.Cong. Beth AmSpring party: Beth Ams Annual Spring Event will be on Satur day, May 5 from 7 10 p.m. Come laugh and enjoy the Beth Am Follies, 20 Chai, written by Vikki Silverman and starring members of the congregation. There will be appetizers, cocktails, drawings and a silent auction. Tickets are $36.00 per person. For more information contact Victoria at (813) 968-8511 or AdBarry Kaufmann com or (813) 997-7707. Explore Hinduism: The Sisterhood will take a tour of the Hindu Temple of Florida, 5509 Lynn Road, and learn about the facility and it functions, on   Sunday, April 15 at 1 p.m.    This temple was established in December 1983.   Everyone is welcome.   Carpools can be arranged from Beth Am. RSVP to Elaine Gross at (813) 968-6010 or     imme diately.   Dinner out: On Thursday April 19 at 7 p.m., Sisterhood will meet for a Girls Nite Out at Grilllsmith at Wiregrass.   RSVP to Sara Stone at (813) 991-6578 or     or contact Sherry Wolbarst at (813) 920-1913 or     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. It is fascinating stuff, and drop-ins and just want to try it outs are always welcome. The next sessions are on Thursdays, April 19 and 26 at 9:30 a.m. at the synagogue. For Focus on prayers: On Tuesday, April 17 at 7 p.m. dive into the prayer book with Rabbi Jason Rosenberg. He will walk through the service, prayer by prayer, exploring what these prayers mean, 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 infor mation, contact Irma Polster at   Cong. Rodeph SholomIsraeli nostalgia: Come with familiar Israeli songs on Saturday, April 21 at 8:30 p.m. Hum, singalong, tap your feet, get up and dance. This evening is guaranteed to take you back to the good old days in Israel. Everyone is welcome and there is a suggested donation of $10 per person that includes a tasty nosh. Register for the event online at Adult education: Rabbi Josh Hearshen will teach Torah study on Thursdays at 11 a.m. and Talmud study on Thursdays at noon. At 7 p.m. on Thursdays he teaches a class titled Embracing Judaism.Cong Beth Shalom BrandonYom HaAtzmaut festival: Celebrate and honor Israels 70th birthday on Sunday, April 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Congregation Beth Shalom. There will be something for all ages: food, The public is invited to join in this festive celebration. Cabaret night: Congregants are invited to show off their musical or culinary talents during a Cabernet Night event at the temple on Saturday, April 28 at 5:30 p.m. Those who want to perform Broadway melodies are asked to contact Joan Frankel at (914) 539-4324 and those who want to add their name to the potluck dinner list should contact Phyllis Newman at (480) 209-3710. The festivities begin with the dinner at 5:30 p.m. and congregants are asked to BYOB. At 7 p.m. a show that includes Broadway songs will begin.Cong. Beth Israel Movie time: There will be The Little Traitor, on Sunday, April 22 at 3 p.m. This is an independent family drama based on the novel, Panther in the Basement, by Amos Oz. The story takes place in Palestine on the eve of the expiration of the British Mandate and the establishment in stars Alfred Molina and Theodore Bikel.   Refreshm ents following the movie will include hummus, falafel, Israeli salad and dessert. Cost per person is $5. Reservations are required. Contact Betty Schare at (248) 568-7610 or email her at April 15.   Rummage sale: The congre gation will hold a rummage sale on Tuesday, May 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the synagogue. For information on donating, contact Barbara Nova at BarbaCong. Bais Menacham ChabadTorah class: Join a weekly Torah class on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. at the University of Tampa. The class explores contemporary issues through a Torah perspective.   For more information, contact Rabbi Levi Rivkin at (813) 504com. Practical kabbalah: Enrich the soul and mind with a touch of kabbalah. Learn practical   spiritual ity   for everyday life. Classes are held on W ednesdays, 6:15 7 p.m. Tovah Suzanne Cantrell, daughter of Paul and Lisa Cantrell of River view, will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, April 14 at Congregation Beth Shalom in Brandon. Tovah is a seventh-grade honors student at South Shore Academy and is active in soccer. Paul and Lisa Cantrell will host a celebration at Maggianos Little Italy on Saturday, April 14. Danielle Ann Jasper, daughter of Georgi and Larry Jasper of Land O Lakes, will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, April 14 at Congregation Beth Am in Tampa. Danielle is a seventh-grade honors student at Charles S. Rushe Middle School. A member of the middle school band, Danielle is also a member of the Sunlake High School JV color guard team. A member of Congregation Beth Ams youth group, Danielle is volunteering at Feeding Tampa Bay for her mitzvah project. Georgi and Larry Jasper will host a celebration at Embassy Suites USF on Saturday April 14. Special guests will include grandmoth er Joanne McCroy of Winter Garden and aunt and uncle Andrea and Ted Thaler of Nashville. Nathan Arnold Fisher, son of Steve and Cheryl Fisher of Lutz, will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday April 21 at Congregation Schaarai Zedek in Tampa. A seventh-grade honors student at Car rollwood Day School, Nathan was invited to participate in the Duke University Talent activities at school, he is a member of the Student Council, One Act Festival, Forensics Public Speaking competitions, Thespians and the Ecology Club. He also enjoys playing the guitar, piano, ukulele, and is learning to play the trombone. Active in sports, Nate plays basketball, golf, tennis and enjoys snow skiing. He is a camper in the summer at Camp Coleman. Steve and Cheryl Fisher will host a celebra tion at the Renaissance International Plaza on Saturday, April 21. Special guests will include grandparents Dr. Michael and Judith Rothburd, Tampa, and Gilbert and Alice Edelman, Plantation, along with other family and friends.Danielle Ann Jasper Nathan Arnold Fisher Tovah Suzanne Cantrell Sara Golding Scher and David Scher of Tampa and Joanne Scher of Burl ington, ON, with Michael Bray of Las Vegas and Joyce Bray of Paso Robles, CA, announce the engagement of their children Jennifer Ann Scher and Jarrod Ryan Bray. The bride-to-be is a graduate of the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts with honors in English literature and a Juris Doctorate from Southwestern University School of Law. The prospective bridegroom is a graduate of California Polytechnic University with a Bachelor of Arts with honors in theater arts and a Master in Fine Arts in set design from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. An August wedding is planned in Paso Robles. The couple will reside in Tampa.Scher/Bray


PAGE 6 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA APRIL 6 19, 2018 For 7 WEEKS leading up to April 22nd, the community will enjoy reading thoughtful tidbits about Israel in Shalom Tampa and on the website. For 7 DAYS leading up to April 22nd, the community can indulge in Israeli themed activities all across the Tampa area! MONDAY, APRIL 16 | 7:00 8:00 PM STORIES AND SIPS : Enjoy tales of real life Israeli experiences while sipping Israeli wine. Martin Fletcher has been covering world events for forty years, mostly for NBC News. Martin will be joining us via Skype. Local guest speaker, Malka Isaac, will moderate and share tales of real life experiences during the founding of Israel. Bryan Glazer Family JCC | Hesterly Salon TUESDAY, APRIL 17 | 5:30 6:30 PM HUMMUS...SO MANY WAYS! Cooking demonstration and tasting by Sylvia Cohen. This hands on experience will be enjoyed by all ages! JCC on the Cohn Campus | Auditorium WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18 | 6:30 PM MOVIE: THE MATCHMAKER: Arik, a teenage boy growing up in Haifa in 1968, gets a job working for Yankele Bride, a matchmaker. Yankele, a mysterious Holocaust survivor, has an office in back of a movie theater that shows only love stories, run by a family of seven Romanian dwarves in the seedy area by the port. Yankele introduces Arik to a new world, built on the ruins of an old one. Villagio Cinemas Carrollwood. THURSDAY, APRIL 19 | 4:00 5:30 PM PAINT YOUR HEART OUT ISRAELI FLAG: Join your friends for an afternoon filled with painting and pita! Leave with your Israel@ 70 canvas memory. Ages 8+. JCC on the Cohn Campus seating limited. Register at FRIDAY, APRIL 20 TOT SHABBAT CELEBRATING ISRAEL! JCC on the Cohn Campus | 9:30 AM Bryan Glazer Family JCC | 3:30 PM Sing, dance, play and pray! Open to all families and their tots. SATURDAY, APRIL 21 FAMILY NIGHT AT HOME: Visit fun links at that the entire family will enjoy. All events are open to the community and FREE to attend. Limited space available please RSVP. SUNDAY, APRIL 22 CELEBRATING ISRAEL @ 70. 10:30 AM 3:30 PM | JCC on the Cohn Campus 13009 Community Campus Drive | Tampa, Florida FREE admission on day of event | $5 Per Car parking fee Food and Fare available for a FEE CASH or CREDIT accepted ( no checks please ) Join the community at the Maureen and Douglas Cohn Jewish Community Campus for a fun-filled day celebrating Israel@ 70. 10:30 AM 12:00 PM | Adult Activity | Auditorium Sip & Skype with author, Randy Susan Meyers, The Widow of Wall Street Includes spirits to sip and a nosh. $5 11:00 AM 12:00 PM | Youth & Family Activity | Roth Hall PJ Library Goes to Israel! Geared toward ages 6 months 6 years. The community wide Israel Independence Day Celebration will have a special time set aside for our PJ Library friends to celebrate Israels 70th Birthday! Enjoy age appropriate crafts, games, songs and the featured PJ Library story Dinosaur Goes to Israel & 3 Falafels in my Pita 12:00 12:30 PM | All Ages | Celebrate the opening of the Judy Cohn Plaza and the Jack Roth Garden with a ceremonial ribbon cutting The festivities will continue with the singing of Hatikvah and the National Anthem accompanied by the local War Veterans presenting our colors. The JCC Preschool and Club J students will perform in a Zum Gali Gali choral concert. The rock painting tent will be open for all to create well-wishes. 12:30 1:30 PM | Youth Activity | Auditorium Movie: Shalom Sesame: Welcome to Israel and Adventures in Israel 12:30 3:30 PM | Enjoy Israeli food and fare! Falafel, Pita & Hummus, Barekas, Israeli Salad and Biseli/Bomba and so much more! $ Fees apply 12:30 3:30 PM | Youth & Family Activity | Dance Party with DJ John Wendelken! Enjoy arts & crafts, rides, bounce house & obstacle course, balloon twisting, face-painting and rock wall climbing. 1:00 3:00 PM | Adult Activity | Israeli wine & beer tasting. 1:30 3:00 PM | Family Activity | Auditorium Movie: Israeli Cuisine Enjoy the movie with popcorn. 3:15 PM | Happy Birthday to Israel Cupcake Extravaganza! For more information, visit / IID or contact Brandy Gold at 813.769.4725. SPONSORED BY:Bryan Glazer Family JCC 522 N. Howard Avenue Tampa, Florida JCC on the Cohn Campus 13009 Community Campus Drive Tampa, Florida7 Weeks. 7 Days. CelebratingCOMMUNITY EVENTS | APRIL 16 22, 2018 JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTERS & FEDERATION Tampa


(JTA) More than 50 entertainment industry executives have signed a letter in ment and sanctions movement against Israel the Israeli drama series Fauda. The show focuses on a commando unit of meaning chaos. second season of the series next month. Fauda for presenting a nuanced portrayal Variety reported. mirrors the power of the arts in genrizons and allowing us to experience different points of view. Among the executives signing the Variety vice president of corporate marketing JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 7 APRIL 6 19, 2018 NOW AIRIN G ON PBS STATIONS N ATI ONWIDEPBS World Channel Thursday April 12 8:30PM ET/5:30PM PTPLEASE CHECK LISTINGS FOR YOUR LOCAL PBS STATION OR VISIT WWW.TREZOROS.COM FOR AIRDATES Available at727.725.1808 247 Main Street I Safety Harbor, Photo by Haim Yam/YES Hollywood executives offer support to Netix after BDS movement asks it to scrap Fauda the series. The statement called the show violent grassroots pressure and posThe statement also said that the series promotes and legitimizes violent the English-language Times of Israel news picted in the series.


PAGE 8 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA APRIL 6 19, 2018 Join women from all over the world for a revitalizing year of self-exploration, unforgettable experiences in Israel, and inspiring Jewish learning.rfntbbt Enjoy empowering Jewish classes led by world-class speakers and Israeli thoughtleaders Explore spiritual Tsfat, dynamic Tel Aviv, Masadas desert magic, Shabbat in Jerusalem, and many more unique experiences Discover how to connect deeper with yourself, your family, and your communityrfntFree Trip *Momentum Trips are free for participants excluding airfare. Additional costs for participants include $75 for tips, a $99 acceptance fee, and some meals. Participants pay a $500 deposit, which is fully refundable upon returning from the trip. This trip is designed for women with children at home under the age of 18. The Momentum Year-Long Journey continues with monthly gatherings and Jewish learning. *For more information, please contact: | #ItStartsWithWomen Alissa Fischel Pamela Behar and Dana Kanfer Ministry of Diaspora Aairs Working in partnership with: Registration for the Tampa JCCs and Federation summer Camp J is now open and organizers say the various camp sessions and The Camp J camps offer programs for chilJCC on the Cohn Campus on Gunn Highway challenge campers to set goals and empower variety of specialized activities such as volChildren will have the opportunity to hone a One new addition will be a robotics camp in The CIT program (Counselor in Training) will have the opportunity to train and gain For more information about summer camp To review all Camp J session options Registration open for Camp J with two locations, variety of specialty options for summer fun


JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 9 APRIL 6 19, 2018 rfntbnfr r ffntfb tfffbffbffbfbbbnnfb fntffnbbbb rfbfnfnffbfbtf tbttbffbntnt fnbfbfnffbnttftfbf nbtbftbrn Three Hebrew Academy Tampa Bay students earned high honors in an international Torah study contest that brought together about 1,000 boys and 1,000 girls from 75 schools around the world. During two Shabbaton weekends in New York one for the boys and another for the girls the to serve as student representatives on stage in a Quiz Bowl style team game show and in the competition for medals and higher trophies. The contest was based on the study of the 613 Mitzvot as presented by the Rambam Maimonides in The Book of Mitzvos. The Inter national Chidon Tournament is put on annually by Chabad Lubavitch and involves thousands of students from across the globe hoping to earn the right to represent their hometown in the New One of the local students, Nissi Yarmush, won a silver trophy for getting the second highest test. Nissi also won a separate prize for being on the game shows winning team. Others receiving recognition at the competiDaniel Yehuda, both receiving a gold medal for attaining an 85 percent score or higher on their Two of three other Hebrew Academy students who scored high enough on three preliminary grader Rochel Rubashkin and fourth grader Chana Dubrowski, also traveled to New York. AnThe children studied the material for the contest in addition to their regular curriculum. Besides the competition, the Hebrew Academy with trips, activities and spirit, proud to represent their school as they met students from around the world and made new friends, said Sulha Dubrowski, principal of the Hebrew Academy.   Hebrew Academy is extremely proud of its student representatives, all of whom were recognized at an assembly upon their return. Hebrew Academy is a Montessori Jewish day school offering classes through grade eight. The school is located at 14908 Pennington Road in northwest Hillsborough County. For more infor mation, call (813) 963-0706.Above, Hebrew Academy students who attended the New York Shabbaton and Chidon Tournament: (L-R) Rochel Rubashkin, Chana Dubrowski, Chaya   Backman, Nissi   Yarmush and Daniel Yehuda.Hebrew Academy Tampa Bay students shine at international Mitzvot study contest Fourth grader Nissi Yarmush on stage receiving his silver trophy. CAMPAIGN AND COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE NEEDED The Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties seeks a team-oriented and energetic professional to assist in continuing its success. Ideal candidates will hold Full description of position can be found at www.jewishpinellas. org. Resumes and cover letter should be sent to emilie@ American Stage in the Park is celebrating more than 30 years outdoors with the musical   The Producers, a Mel Brooks classic cult comedy that won a record   12 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, when it was produced on Broadway. Performances are Wednesday through Sunday evenings from April 18-May 13. Its only proper to try and make   people laugh   through the magic of musical comedy As Mel Brooks once said You cant bring dictators down on a soapbox of rhetoric. But if you can make people laugh at them, youve won, said director Rye Mullis. The story of The Producers centers around down-on-his-luck Broadway producer Max Bialystock, played by St. Petersburg favorite Matthew McGee, and his mild-mannered accountant, Leo Bloom, played by James Larosa. They come up with a scheme to history, bilking their backers out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show despite, actually because of its offensive title and theme song, Springtime for Hitler   is a smash hit. the show hilarious. The Producers skewers Broadway traditions and takes no prisoners as it proudly proclaims itself an equal opportunity offender. Created by Mel Brooks, The Producers has had several incar ie with Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder. Brooks then adapted it as a Broadway musical in 2001, star ring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, which also spawned a Established in 1986, American for presenting Shakespeare to audiences in and around Tampa Bay.   American Stage in the Park expanded to include comedies and modern musicals presented under the stars each spring at   Demens Landing Park   on the corner of First Avenue SE and Bayshore Drive in downtown St. Petersburg. The park production offers primarily blanket seating (bring blankets and stadium seats with no legs), although there are some reserved chairs. Showgoers may also set up their own folding chairs in the rear. Patrons may bring food for a pre-performance picnic or choose from food and beverages (both alcoholic and non) available at concessions. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the show starts nightly at 8 p.m. Pay What You Can preview performances will be Wednesday and Thursday, April 18 and 19 and the shows Opening Night Gala is Friday, April 20. Other special event performances are Pride Plus Night on Sunday, April 29 and Pets in the Park Night, May 6. For more details or to purchase tickets, go to Producers opens in downtown St. Pete on April 20


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With Extended Day Care, Camps are Available 7:30am-5pm A Tax-Smart Way To Support Israel And Jewish National FundGIVING MADE SIMPLE rfntbbrb bfbfr rbrfrrbrbfnt bbfrrbrGIVING MADE FLEXIBLE bf brrGIVING MADE PERSONAL rrb fbrrrb rrbrfbrbf800.562.7526 plannedgiving@jnf.orgrr bff fbf WEISSTwo of Leslies close friends, Louisa Benjamin and Debbie Ber ner, are chairing the event.   Leslies family has given their blessing to the event and family members from all over the country are expected to be there to help launch this annual dinner named for her. Guest speaker Benjamin Anthoand analysis on the realities and challenges faced by the Israel Defense Forces. Anthony is the lead lecturer for the organization, which has reached diverse audiences at more than 380 college campuses across several continents, as well as leading think tanks in various countries. He also speaks annually on Capithe US Congress and their staffers. Anthony continues to serve on an annual basis as a combat reservist in the IDF. Both women and men are welcome.   The event venue is located 535 Dr. Mar tin Luther King Jr. St. N., St. Petersburg.   For more information including ticket prices and to make reservations, contact or call (727) 282.1124. Robbins will participate in an 18-month comprehensive program that will include several in-person seminars along with long-distance coaching, mentoring and continuous learning online. The program, made possible by funding from the Jim Joseph Foundation, will provide participants the tools and training they need to engage young adults with their Jewish community. We are excited for Lisa to par ticipate in this program to expand our approach to reaching the Next Gen community. This fellowship program will give her the opportunity to learn new and innovative approaches to impart Jewish content into our young adult programs and experiences, said Alissa Fischel, Tampa JCCs and Federation Chief JFNA has brought together the North Carolina-based Center for Creative Leadership and the Jerusalem-based M2: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education, to develop coursework and meaningful experiences that grow Federation professionals leadership skills and connects them more deeply to Judaism. The new initiative will also position the Fellows as innovators and leaders in the Jewish Next Gen space. Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Robbins worked for the Tampa JCCs and Federation for 10 years and recently returned to Tampa to work with 20s and 30s, fostering leadership opportunities, inspiring new commitments to the Jewish community and creating a new social networking group. In between her jobs at the Tampa JCCs and Federation, she worked for the JFNA as associate director of community and professional relations, providing support, resources, and consultative services to Federation professionals working with young Jewish adults. Robbins began her career in Jewish communal service as a Steinhardt Jewish Campus Service Corps Fellow at the Hillel at The Ohio State University. Robbins said she was honored JFNA Next Gen Fellows. My goal in my every day work is to support young adults in deepening their commitment to Jewish life and community in Tampa, building and growing Jewish leaders who want to give back, and sharing the value that Judaism and Jewish experiences can bring to their lives, she said. I am excited for the opportunity for guided learning with colleagues and scholars alike to strengthen the Tampa Jewish Federations Next Gen engagement strategy to reach and connect with more Jewish 20s and 30s in innovative ways. Lisa Robbins WASHINGTON (JTA) A State Department spokeswoman said combating anti-Semitism remains a priority for the Trump administration, but would not say if the Trump administration would job of an anti-Semitism monitor. The position of Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-SemFreedom at the Department of State continues actively to supspokeswoman said in response to a JTA query about why the position remains empty.Combating anti-Semitism internationally is a priority for this administration. The position of anti-Semitism monitor, mandated by a law by Trump more than a year after it was vacated. In addition, the tor and combat anti-Semitism has been unstaffed since July 1.Opposing anti-Semitism a priority for Trump administration, but no envoy yet


MARCHTheres a marked difference in the handling of the two cases, which are very similar, Sammy Ghozlan, president of the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA, told JTA Tuesday. With Halimi, the authorities dragged their feet and dithered. With Knoll, they acted swiftly. For me, its an indication of a lesson learned. On Tuesday, March 27, French President Emmanuel Macron said he was appalled by her murder, which he linked to the murder of Beltrame, by an Islamist last week in southern France. The following day he attended Beltrames funeral, and then Knolls in the Paris suburb of Bagneux, where Macron said she was killed because she was Jewish. The next day at least 10,000 people, including many Jews, ticipated in a memorial march to Knolls home from Nation Square. The march, amid intensive coverage by the French media of the affair, was greeted as a heartening development by a community where many members feel abandoned by French society at large in their hour of need. One participant, Holocaust survivor Nicole Friedman, told JTA that she came to the march because Im Jewish, and because I lived through the war. Accompanied by her daughter, Friedman marched slowly with the aid of a cane. Another marcher, Alain Ndigal, African descent and not Jewish. I came because this barbarity concerns us all, the 48-year-old mechanic said. Meanwhile, dozens of supporters of Marine Le Pen surrounded the head of the far-right National Front party shouting Marine is with us as others shouted N for her partys name in French. Before its start, the march was marred by issues connected with the deep divisions that continue to bedevil French society. Despite his call for everyone to attend the march, the head of the CRIF umbrella of French Jewish communities, Francis Kalifat, said that leaders from both the National Front nor the Insubmissible France far-left movement were welcome due to their history of perceived anti-Semitism. Le Pen and her Insubmissible France counterpart, Jean-Luc Melenchon between them they garnered more than a third of all the votes cast in both rounds of the 2017 elections said they would come anyway. Kalifat, in turn, faced criticism with some accusing him of compromising his message of unity by saying who was welcome and who was not. Kalifat ultimately backed down, saying we need to put the controversy behind us to avoid the march becoming a political issue. Its certainly an encouraging sign, Ghozlan said of the high statements and actions make for a strong gesture, he added. Ghozlan was among those who accused the judiciary and the media of downplaying the Halimi case for political reasons, saying they were wary of playing into the hands of the anti-Muslim National Front party. But in their handling of the Knoll case, he said, authorities showed an understanding of the great psychological effect that the omission of hate crime charges had on French Jews. The neighbor accused in the murder, a 29-year-old man whose name was not released and whom the BNVCA said is Muslim, knew her since he was a small child, Knolls son, Daniel, told The Associated Press. His mother escaped a 1942 roundup of Parisian Jews, moved to Canada and returned to France. Her children left for Israel and beyond. She suffered from Parkinsons disease that left her largely housebound. She did not have much money, he said. Whereas the Knoll case demonstrates greater resolve on the part of authorities, Ghozlan suggested it also demonstrates their inability despite major efforts to prevent the recurrence of brutal anti-Semitic violence and the devastating effects it is having on French Jewry. The community is as guarded as it can be, he said, referring to thousands of French troops who were posted outside synagogues, Jewish schools and neighborhoods following an Islamists murder of four Jews at a Paris kosher market in 2015. On the security level we are at capacity. And thats a good thing, but it also shows that no amount of policing will prevent the reality of homicidal anti-Semitism in France unless we also address the root cause. To Ghozlan, this cause is how hatred of Israel both conceals and In July, Macron became the anti-Zionism is a reinvention of anti-Semitism. Nevertheless, local municipalities regularly name streets for Palestinian terrorists, Ghozlan said. Each case like Halimi or Knoll prompts more Jews to leave their homes either for Israel, abroad or inside the Paris area to safer areas, Ghozlan said, noting that neighborhoods like La Courneuve and Saint-Denis, which once had thousands of Jewish residents, are now seeing empty synagogues. According to BNVCA, at least 60,000 Jews have left suburbs and neighborhoods with many Muslims in eastern Paris for western ones in what the group is calling internal aliyah a Hebrew word that means immigrating to Israel. At least 26,000 French Jews have moved to Israel since 2013 nearly three times the number who came in the previous One of them is Noa Goldfarb, a granddaughter of Knoll. I was saved, she wrote on Facebook about her aliyah following the killing of her grandmother, whom she described as a kind and gentle soul full of light. Goldfarb left Paris knowing that neither my future nor that of the Jewish People is to be found there, she wrote from Herzliya, where she now lives. The killers, she said, left us not even one object, a letter, a photograph, to remember her by. All we have are our tears and each other. TOURNAMENTPRESENTED BY ANNUAL TTS OutdoorsLandscaping and IrrigationTTS OutdoorsLandscaping and IrrigationTwo ways to register: online at JEWISHTAMPA.COM/GOLF or fill out the form belowRegistration deadline: Monday, April 16Please enclose your check payable to Tampa JCCs with your entry form and mail to: Tampa JCCs Attn: Pam Cotner 13009 Community Campus Dr. Tampa, FL 33625 Name ______________________________________________________________ Address __________________________________________________ City ______________ State ______________ Zip ______________ Phone ____________________ Email ___________________________________ Handicap _________________ Sponsor Level _______________________ Contact Pam Cotner (813) 769-4748 with foursome information. I do not wish to be a sponsor but would like to make a contribution of $____________.SCHEDULEWelcome brunch and dinner provided by April 29, 2018 Westchase Golf ClubProceeds from our tournament benefit all of the programs offered by the JCCsGENERAL INFORMATION18-hole scramble format Teams handicapped according to players handicap with a shotgun start. USGA Rules will apply, except for course rules which will be distributed the day of the tournament. Proper golf attire is required.ENTRY INFORMATION$100 ENTRY FEE INCLUDES: 18 Holes of Golf with Cart Bloody Mary Bar & Welcome Brunch Drinks on the Course Dinner & Dessert Gift Bag with T-shirtThe tournament will accept a field of 128 players on a first come basis. Early entry is suggested.Prizes will be given for the Closest to the Pin and Longest Drive SPECTACULAR TEAM PRIZES First and Second Place TeamsHOLE SPONSORSPLATINUM SPONSOR ($5,000) Tournament Naming Two foursomes (8 players) T-shirts with company logo for participants Signage on the 18th hole GOLD SPONSORS ($1,000) Two foursomes (8 players) Signage on a hole SILVER SPONSORS ($500) One foursome (4 players) Signage on a hole BLUE SPONSORS ($250) Two players Signage on a hole Sponsors will have exposure on both Tampa JCCs website and all advertising $10,000 Hole-In-One Contest Getaway Package Photos by Cnaan Liphshiz


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For more information s, contact Pam Cotner, at (813) 769-4748 or or David Siskin at (813) 291-2252 or david.siskin@ at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC, 522 N. Howard in South Tampa.HadassahHistory lesson: The Tampa Ameet Chapter of Hadassah will meet on Tuesday, April 24 from 7-9 p.m. to hear Abraham Zeewy speak on Celebrating the Jewish Brigade during World War II. Zeewy will speak about how he survived the Holocaust in Romania and as a leader of a Zionist organization there he was trained to go to Palestine to help establish the state of Israel. In Our Own Hands, about the battle for Jerucombat against the Nazis and was victorious. After the war, the Brigade masterminded one clandestine operation after another engineering the rescue and illegal movement of Holocaust survivors to Palestine. In 1948, they helped lead the Israel Defense Forces in their new countrys War of Independence and assisted Holocaust survivors to emigrate to Palestine. (Romanian, Hebrew, French, and English) and is a veteran of Israels 1948 War of Independence. After the war, he worked as an electronic instructor in the communications ESTELLE BOOTSIE OSTER, 93, of Tampa, died March 24. Born in Atlanta, she and her late husband William moved to Tampa in 1944 and owned Hillsborough Plumbing Supply, which they operated until 1980. She was a long-time member of Congregation Rodeph Sholom and a member and past president of its Sisterhood. She was a volunteer of the synagogues Mitzvah Corps with countless hours. Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law; Marvin and Reena Oster, and Dr. Gerald Oster and Jo Warwick; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorials be made to Congregation Rodeph Sholom. (Segal Funeral Home, Beth David Chapel) to France, where he earned in 1961 a BS in electrical engineering, then to America, where he earned a MS degree in 1972. He retired to Sarasota in 1997. The meeting will be held at the Cohn Campus of the Tampa JCCs and Federation, 13009 Community Campus Drive, Tampa. This meeting is free and open to Hadassah members and not-yet members. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Jane at (813) 334-6812.Young AdultsSpin class: Join in a high-energy spin class with other #Gather members at the Bryan Glazer Family 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. #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: www. or contact Lisa Robbins at lisa.robbins@jewishtampa. com or (813) 769-4723. 20s/30s Connection: The 20s/30s Connection at Congregation Schaarai Zedek will meet at the Lowry Parcade at 1213 W. Waters Ave. in Tampa on Thursday, April 19 from 6:30-8 p.m. for a happy hour. Enjoy old-style arcade games and craft beer. As Schaarai Zedeks 20s/30s Connection is open to all Tampa Bay Jewish 20s/30s cant others. For more information, contact Lindsey Dewey at or (813) 876-2377, Ext. 221. RSVP at www. 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 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. 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 TampaBay-JobLinks at (813) 344-0200 or email RSVP@ 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. For details regarding the Post and the latest post activities, visit 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 All registrations should be completed before events begin.


JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 13 APRIL 6 19, 2018 240 59th Street North, St. Petersburg FL 33710 AL#10306 Personalized Support Respite Stays Available Large Private Apartments Life Enriching Programs SPRING SPECIAL!$2,500 Community Entrance Fee Waived AND $500 OFF Monthly Rental for 1st 6 MonthsOFFER EXPIRES APRIL 30, 2018Call 727.302.3800 to schedule a tour and ask about a free 2 night trial! Street North, St. Petersburg FL 33710 Tampa Jewish Family Services (TJFS) will hold its annual Trifecta fundraiser on Sunday, April 15, and at a party just before the main event, the feature attraction will be entrepreneur Neal Hoffman, creator of the Mensch on a Bench who was featured on Shark Tank. The festivities will take place at Congregation Schaarai Zedek, 3303 W. Swann Ave., Tampa, with the Patron Party at 5 p.m. and the main event at 6 p.m. Tickets are $54 for the main event and $180 for the patron party. Jan Stern, chair for the Trifecta, noted that having Hoffman at the party, just adds an extra element of special to what is always a The Trifecta will include offerings of food and drinks from a variety of local restaurants and a silent auction. Auction items include tickets to various adventure parks or other attractions, jewelry, wine and other items. One of the fun fundraising highlights will be a wine pull. For $20, attendees can purchase a bottle of wine, choosing from several unmarked bottles that vary in value. Another side fundraiser will be the mitzvah board, which encourages donations based on the cost of various services TJFS bag of food for a needy family. The Trifectas special guest Neal Hoffman of Cincinnati has been in the toy industry for more than a decade and is known as an the popular Christmas toy, Elf on a Shelf, Hoffman developed the Mensch on a Bench. In 2014, he made a deal with Sharks Lori Greiner and Robert Herjavec and since then Mensch has become one of the most wellknown Shark Tank brands ever. It is also the largest IP (intellectual property) Jewish brand with more then 100,000 Jewish families having a Mensch product in their home. Since the launch of Mensch on a Bench, the toy line has added Hannah the Hanukkah Hero, Dreidel Dog and an Ask Bubbe doll, voiced by Hoffmans Aunt Sue, plus there is a hit app and a potential TV movie in the future. Trifecta is a wonderful evening where the community can join together to socialize, eat delectable food, enjoy delicious cocktails and drinks, and support an imboard president. We decided we would dedicate this years Trifecta to our clients. Our mission is to support and serve people in our community in their time of need. This year, we salute them and their strength and ability to rise above and move through For auction item information, go to www. To purchase tickets, go to Tampa Jewish Family Services helps more than 14,000 people every year, including families of all faiths. We look forward to having a full house TJFS CEO. Its a great event that supports Neal Hoffman with a 5-foot version of his Mensch on a Bench. You can purchase the life-size character off the companys website for $149.99.Trifecta to feature food, drink, auction and creator of Mensch on a Bench all the wonderful work we do throughout the year through our community food bank, and social wellness center. Its really an exciting year to support Tampa Jewish Family Dolphin boat adventure: Active Adults from both JCCs are invited to join a boat ride on Tuesday, May 8 to view dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico. The event for those participating in group transportation is from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For those who go on their own, check in at Hubbards Marina, 170 Johns Pass Boardwalk, Madeira Beach, at 12:30 p.m. The boat ride will take an hour and a half and following the trip folks can browse the shops and select from a variety cost is $22. See contact information above for group transportation information. 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 suggested. 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 May 9 there will be a presentation by Opera Tampa singers. News talk: This discussion group, meeting at both JCCs, is led by Pat Renfroe Upcoming News Talk sessions at the Glazer JCC are Tuesdays from 7-8:30 p.m. The April 17 topic is Russian relations in Europe, the Middle East and the United States. portraying the countrys accomplishments The group at the Cohn campus, meets the second and fourth Friday from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The topic on April 27 will be What American values seem to have been set aside. There is no charge to attend at either location. 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 through 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, April 16, 23 and 30 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 Tuesday, April 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 unteering or discussions. Biblical literature: This course, which meets at the Cohn campus every other Wednesday from 1:30 2:30 p.m., provides an opportunity to see the Bible not from a religious perspective but as a piece of remarkable writing. The next class in on April 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 movmonth from 10 a.m. to noon on the Cohn campus. There is no charge to attend. On May 2, 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. The other four questions: Rabbi Jason Rosenberg of Congregation Beth Am will lead classes to explain the background class, on Shavuot and Sukkot, is Wednesday, May 16 at noon at the Cohn campus. Campus buildings into a beautiful area to enjoy for all who visit the campus or reside there, said Alissa Fischel, the Tampa JCCs The plaza is dedicated in memory of Doug Cohns sister, Judy Cohn. Situated inside the new plaza is the garden, which was generously donated by Deborah Roth in memory of her husband, Jack Roth. We invite the entire community to attend the event to celebrate and enjoy this beautiful addition to our campus. We are exceptionally grateful for the generosity of Judy less efforts of Maureen Cohn, Sharon Stein Fischel said. The ceremonial ribbon cutting originally scheduled for September, but postponed due to Hurricane Irma will take place at noon as part of the opening ceremonies for Israel Independence Day and include Israeli songs and presenting of the colors by local war veterans. The Cohn Campus is at 13009 Community Campus Drive, Tampa. Admission is free; parking is $5 per car and food and fare are available for a fee. For more information, contact (813) 7694725 or


The Florida Holocaust Museum held cer emonies on Monday, March 26 to dedicate a ated by the late Sidney Fagin as an homage to a young Jewish poet who died in Auschwitz during the Holocaust. On hand for the event was Fagins widow, Holocaust survivor Helen N. Fagin of Sarasota, who donated the sculpture to the museum in St. Petersburg. Helen played a key role in the founding of the Florida Holocaust Museum and served on its board of directors from 2002-2007. She received the Loebenberg Humanitarian Award in 2005. Helen was also instrumental in establishing the Holocaust Memorial sculpture in Miami Beach. The sculpture is inspired by a poem written by 21-year-old Pavel Friedman on April 6, 1942 at the time of his incarceration at Ter ezin, prior to his deportation to Auschwitz, and his ultimate death. The poem was about life in a Jewish concludes: A Miami building contractor, Sidney Fagin took up sculpting in his retirement. His 9-foot sculpture, Benediction, graces the courtyard of the Kendall Jewish Community Center. at the Fagin Holocaust Collection in New Colleges Jane Bancroft-Cook Library in Sarasota. He created that sculpture at age 90. During the March 26 program, Helen and her sister, Terrie, shared their story of survival during the Holocaust with a visiting middle school group. Helen was born in Radomsko, Poland, and was the middle of three sisters. Before the war broke out, she experienced anti-Sem itism at Jagiellonian University. The Jews were forced into a ghetto in Radomsko and forbidden from going to school, but Helen PAGE 14 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA APRIL 6 19, 2018 The Florida Orchestra is partnering with the Florida Holocaust Museum for its upcoming perfor mances of Verdis to tell the story of how the work became in the Theresiendstadt/Terezin Concentration Camp. The performances, April 20-22, will feature the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, under the baton of Music Director Michael Francis. At the beginning of each perfor mances, the Holocaust Museums Executive Director Elizabeth Gelman and Florida Orchestra President & CEO Michael Pastconnection between the and Terezn.   A free pre-concert talk starting one hour before each performance will take an in-depth look at the There is an enduring fallacy that Jews did not resist the Nazis during the Holocaust. There were many methods of resistance including armed struggles and uprisings, as well as more spiritual how prisoners of Theresienstadt used music to resist Nazi efforts to degrade, deprive and dehumanLocated 30 miles north of Prague, Terezin/Theresienstadt was turned into a Jewish ghetto and concentration camp by the Nazis after their occupation of Czechoslovakia. The camp was unusual in that inmates included Jewish scholars and scientists as well as internationally renowned artists, musicians and actors such as Czech composer Rafael Schchter and the famous German rabbi Leo Baeck. 150 singers who met for months in a dimly lit basement to learn the Verdi Using a single vocal score, he taught the complex music through rote and repetition, accompanied only by piano. Schchter conducted 16 performances of the for other prisoners. Replacements for chorus members were needed at least three times, as transports of prisoners were continually sent to the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp. The actions of the prisoners of Terezin to hold onto their humanity through the arts and sciences zis. The performances of the Verdi later became known We wanted to sing to the Nazis in Latin what we never could say to them in German: that when the supreme judge sits in judgment, Krasa, a member of the camps chorus, told the in a 2002 interview. He died at age 92 in 2017. These performances allowed the performers and the audiences to immerse themselves into the world of art and happiness, forget the reality of ghetto life and depor tations, and gather strength to betKrasa said. Rewas on June 23, 1944 when allowed to make an inspection of the camp, which was cleaned and dressed up to give the impression that the Jews had a good life in Terezin. The singers hoped that the inspectors would hear the theme were completely taken in by the Nazi efforts. Holocaust architect as having said, Those crazy Jewsthe Florida Orchestra has selected to perform the Verdis is sublime all on its own. When you know this amazing connection with Terezin, it makes both the music and the story even more powerful. There is no doubt everyone in the concert tras Pastreich. Concerts will be held at the Straz Center in Tampa on Friday, April 20 at 8 p.m.; the Mahaffey Theater in downtown St. Petersburg on Saturday, April 22 and at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Sunday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $15 and are avail able at or by calling (727) 892-3337 or (800) 662-7286. Children and teens 5-18 get in free with Classical Kids tickets, available in advance.Florida Orchestra to perform, tell story of Verdi work known as Holocausts Deant RequiemWalter Loebenberg, founder of the Florida Holocaust Museum, greets Helen Fagin, sitting next to the sculpture which she donated to the museum. Standing to the left of Loebenberg is Mermelstein, the museums senior educator, and to his right, Fagins sister, Terrie.Sculpture inspired by Buttery poems author dedicated at Florida Holocaust Museum taught her younger sister and other children in secret. She read to them from Though their parents were taken away on a raid, Helen and her sisters managed to hide. Later Helen escaped from She and her sisters secured false papers for themselves from the underground, which kept them alive until liberation. After the war, Helen immigrated to the United States, taught herself English and earned a Ph.D. from the University of Miami, where she became a professor of English and the director of Judaic Studies. Helen has received awards for her work promoting tolerance and in 1994, President Clinton invited her to be on the advisory Washington D.C. She also held an advisory position in the development of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.


JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 15 APRIL 6 19, 2018 Before World War II, a Sephardic Jewish community in Kastoria, Greece, lived in peacesince the Roman Empire. Trezoros: The Lost Jews of Kastoria is a documentary that uses never-before-seen archival footage, bringing to life just one of the Jewish communities that was decimated by the end of World War II. on PBS in conjunction with Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. Trezoros, a Ladino/Judeo Spanish term of endearment meaning treasures, is an emotional story told by Kastorias survivors, with interviews U.S. The story is set in the beautiful and idyllic city of Kastoria in northwestern Greece near the Albanian border where Jews and Greek Orthodox Christians lived in harmony for more than two millennia. In October 1940, this would all change after the invasion of Greece by Axis forces. Initially occupied by Italy, the Jewish community remained safe, but after Mussolini fell from power the Nazis took control of the town, dooming the community. Out of 1,000 Jews who lived there, only 35 remained after the war. lives of the people of Kastoria, whose words, pictures and videos can speak for those who were displaced and wronged by war and discrimination. released in 2016 and has sion for the Academy Awards in the docuFor PBS air times, check your local listings. chronicles loss of Jews in one city The wedding photo of Allegra Send your best wishes to the Jewish State On the 70th anniversary of its founding on May 14, 1948 Call (727) 535-4400 or (813) 871-2332 Celebratory ads (4 x 2.5) $70 Add color for $70 per edition Other sizes available at a special rate of $14 per col. inch. ISRAEL ANNIVERSARY PRICING Other sizes available at a special rate of $14 per col. inch. ISRAEL ANNIVERSARY PRICING Israel atSalutesIsrael atwith a special section May 4 Dear Editor: There seems to be a growing trend among synagogues to support left wing causes. I recognize a majority in the Jewish community are liberal, and I believe their intentions and hearts are in the right place (despite my disagreement with their policy preferences). But after decades of declining synagogue it a good idea for synagogues to embrace left-wing causes at the expense of alienating their conservative members? I believe the trend to inject politics into every aspect Reader res back at shuls for support of march of our lives, including the synagogue, will fracture a Jewish community thats already shrinking. The March 9-22 issue of the Jewish Press featured a story about local congregations organizing trips to March for Our Lives. Organizers, speakers, and attendees at these events have a distinct left-wing bias. It would be impossible to detail the solutions offered by conservatives and liberals to many good and bad ideas on either side. But to support an event that demonized the right or express intolerance of conservative views does nothing but divide us. Political exercise political viewpoint from the synagogue only marginalizes those who dont share those beliefs. And frankly, its just bad for business. Letter to the Editor


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