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(JTA) Natalie Portman said she wouldnt attend a prize ceremony in Israel because of her feelings about its prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and atrocities committed on his watch, but emphasized that she would not shun Israel itself. The Jerusalem-born director and actor, posting comments on Instagram, explained her decision not to accept in person the $2 million Genesis Prize, which calls itself the Jewish Nobel, after a day of speculation in the media that she was turning down the prize because she was joining the movement to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel, known as BDS. The prize foundation had the day before announced Portmans decision not to attend the ceremony. I chose not to attend because I did not want to appear as endorsing Benjamin Netanyahu, who was to be giving a speech at the ceremony, said Portman, who in 2011 won a best actress Oscar for Black Swan. By the same token, I am not part of the BDS movement and do not endorse it, Portman said. Like many Israelis and Jews around the world, I can be critical of the leadership in Israel without wanting to boycott the entire nation, she said. I treasure my Israeli friends and family, Israeli food, books, art, cinema, and dance. Israel was created exactly 70 years ago as a haven for refugees from the Holocaust. But the mistreatment of those suffering from todays atrocities is simply not in line with my Jewish values. Because I care about Israel, I must stand up against violence, corruption, inequality, and abuse of power.By ISRAEL KASNETT Jewish News SyndicateIsraels covert war with Iran became overt when, in a clear escalation, Iran sent an armed drone into Israeli territory in February. Then Israel wiped out most of Syrias air defenses after an Israel Air now, after Israel reportedly struck the T-4 base in Syria and killed several Iranian personnel, Iran is threatening to retaliate. The issue is when, where and how. According to David Makovsky, director of the Project on the Middle East Peace Process at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, There is no question that there is more uncertainty of a possible war between Israel and Iran or its proxies then there has been in the past, he told JNS. The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday night, April 17, that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, after conferring with President Donald Trump, ordered the strike on the anti-aircraft battery to prevent Iranian forces from using it against Israeli warplanes carrying out operations in Syria. The newspaper cited unnamed U.S. on the matter. Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. 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 33758-6970Twitter Complied fromnews wires Photo courtesy of CASA VOL. 30, NO. 19 TAMPA, FLORIDA APRIL 20 MAY 3, 2018 16 PAGES TARGET continued on PAGE15 Members of the Clearwater Chapter of Jewish Women International (JWI), recently donated a new childrens library at CASA, (Community Action Stops Abuse), south Pinellas Countys domestic abuse shelter. The library at CASA is the 68th to open as part of the JWI National Library Initiative and the third one to open in Florida. The other two in the state are in Naples and Miami. The national goal is to establish 100 childrens libraries in domestic violence shelters across the country in conjunction with JWIs mission to end domestic and sexual violence against women and girls. The library initiative puts the children front and center by providing a comfort that only a good book and a safe place can provide. Kids escaping volatile and dangerous homes are at high risk of falling behind grade level at school, said CASAs CEO Lariana Forsythe. That is why JWIs childrens library at CASAs emergency shelter is so important. It will provide key learning resources to the 50-60 kids staying at our shelter each night. Integrated with our other programs for children and their guardians, it will be a critical resource helping families break the generational cycle of violence. The money to completely furnish the CASA library and stock the shelves was raised primarily by the members of the JWI Clearwater Chapter. It was truly a dream come true. As a National Board of Trustees member, I had heard about the libraries and when CASA announced their new facility, I asked the Clearwater Chapter to sponsor a library there. The members JWI chapter donates library for children at abuse shelterBy BOB FRYER Jewish PressWhen Rabbi Ed Rosenthal, founder of the Scubi Jew scuba diving program at Eckerd College, got a call from the Hillel program director at the University of Arizona, asking about starting a Scubi Jew chapter there, Rosenthals reaction was, Dude, you live in the desert. The program director, who had read about the scuba diving program in a magazine highlighting college Hillel organizations across the nation, was not put off by Rabbi Rosenthals reaction and said there was strong interest in starting a chapter there. He also pointed out that the University of Arizona is closer to the Sea of Cortez than Eckerd College is to the Florida Keys. Soon, a chapter was formed and the Arizona students wound up on spring break diving trip to Key Largo to help clean up waters after Hurricane Irma ravaged the area.Scubi Jew appeal blooms even in the Arizona desert LIBRARY continued on PAGE 7 SCUBI continued on PAGE 11 Natalie Portman at the Jan. 20 Womens March in LA Emma McIntyre/Getty Images PORTMAN continued on PAGE 11Portman wont go pick up prize due to beef with BibiUniversity of Central Florida is one of six Florida colleges that has a Scubi Jew club, started at Eckerd College by Rabbi Ed Rosenthal of Hillels of the Florida Suncoast. dive trip to Key Largo during spring break 2018. A portion of the new library at the CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse) shelter in south Pinellas County. As Syrian situation heats up, will Iran again target Israel?40 UN ambassadors visit Israel as nation celebrates 70th anniversaryJERUSALEM Forty ambassadors to the United Nations visited Israel as the nation celebrated its 70th Independence Day. Israels ambassador to the U.N., from Arab countries participated. The visitors included ambassadors from Serbia, Jamaica, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Hungary, Liberia, Ukraine, Uganda, Slovenia, Malta, Mozambique and Ethiopia. Not all of the countries represented vote with Israel in the U.N. Security Council. Poland last week for the March of the Living, which was held on Israels Holocaust Remembrance Day. It was March of the Living. The visit is the largest to come to Israel so far. There were nine participants in 2016 and 14 in 2017. Birthright co-founder Michael Steinhardt shows anti-Israel protesters exactly how he feels outside a gala dinner in New York City celebrating 18 years of the program.Birthright Israel founder ips off protesters outside gala porter of Birthright Israel a program that has brought more than 600,000 Jewish young adults from around the world to Israel for free 10-day trips gave the tivists outside a gala Birthright celebration on April 15. When Steinhardt arrived at the dinner in New York celebrating Birthrights 18th anniversary, more than 150 protesters verbally accosted him, including members of the Palestine Solidarity Alliance, Democratic Socialists of America and Students for Justice in Palestine. His around the Jewish world. The protest was led by Return the Birthright, a campaign calling on young Jews to boycott Birthright and support Palestinian claims to the land. Participants wrapped themselves in tallit and read out the names of Palestinian villages that existed prior to Israels independence, as well as the names of 32 Gaza Palestinians who were killed in riots on the Gaza border in the last operatives for Hamas and Islamic Jihad. Sheldon and Miriam Adelson, who recently announced that they were contributing an additional $70 million to Birthright, were presented with the Guardians of the Jewish Future award at the event.French mayor denied entrance to IsraelJERUSALEM Patrice Leclerc, the mayor of Gennevilliers, a suburb of Paris, and his wife, were barred from entering Israel from Jordan via the Allenby Bridge border crossing due to his support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel and for a Palestinian state. Ordered by Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, the denial was widely reported in French newspapers. Leclerc said in a post on Facebook that he had been detained at the border for six hours and questioned six times before his entry was denied. He called the situation whereby Israel can refuse supporters of a Palestinian state entry into Israel intolerable.


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springboard to discussion and debate on issues of the day in the light of Jewish moral/ethical demands. Knitting time: The Sisterhood 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 information, call the Chabad Chai of South TampaJourney to Chabad: Chabad Chai will present a talk by Mary Ellen Hogan on Monday, April 30 on her journey from Christian ity to temple, to synagogue to shul. Hogan has practiced law for more than 30 years, earning the highest possible ratings for legal ability and ethics. She is a passionate supporter of Israel, serving as president of the Jewish National Funds Northern Florida region. She is also a longtime member of Chabad Chai of South Tampa. Dessert will be served following the talks. Lag BOmer: Join in a Lag BOmer Festival on Fire celebration on Thursday, May 3 from 6 8p.m. featuring a future home of the Chabad center, 808 N. Armenia Ave., Tampa To RSVP visit ChabadChaiCenter. com/Lag.Cong. Kol AmiPicnic: Join congregants for food, drinks, fun and games on the grounds of the synagogue on Sunday, May 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for an end-of-theyear picnic. The free event is sponsored by Brotherhood, Sisterhood and Kol Yeladim Religious School. There will be lots of outdoor activities for the kids: a bounce house, obstacle course, and slip and slide to name a few. Food will include hotdogs, hamburgers, veggie dogs and veggie burgers with ice pops and watermelon for dessert. For more at (813) 962-6338. Shabbat dinner: A congregational Shabbat dinner will be held on Friday, May 11. The Shabbat service at 6:30 p.m. will be led by Kol Yeladim Religious School students with Cantor Beth Schlossberg and Rabbi Howard Siegel, followed by the dinner to honor all the students. Cost is $18 for adults (ages 13 and older), $11 for kids (ages 4-12) and free for ages 3 and under. RSVP by May Bnai Mitzvah class grads: The seventh grade Bnai Mitzvah class graduation Shabbat services will be Saturday, May 12, at 9:30 a.m. This will be followed by a kiddush luncheon open to the community to congratulate the Bnai Mitzvah students. For more information, Brotherhood: Come and greet the Brotherhood board and members as they review the past year on Sunday April 29 from 10 a.m. to noon. Hear about where the Brotherhood is headed in the thoughts about future programming. Refreshments will be served. LChaim: A class, Sharing Lifes Lessons, is offered on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to noon. Topics, readings and a different leader are chosen for each weekly session. Talmud: A Talmud study class with Rabbi 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 PAGE 4 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA APRIL 20 MAY 3, 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 Shabbat Candle Lighting TimesWe are currently in the period of the counting of the Omer, the 49-day span between the holidays of Passover and Shavuot. Among other things, counting the Omer is meant to connect these two festivals. And, thats important because while, on the surface, these two holidays are about very different ideas, on a fundamental level theyre actually talking about the same thing. Theyre trying to get us to think about what it really means to be free. Passover, of course, is the holiday which directly celebrates our freedom. It marks our liberation from slavery in Egypt, and the throwing off of the shackles of Pharaohs servitude. Shavuot, on the other hand, commemorates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. It remembers our willing acceptance of service to God. And its that journey, from slavery to service, which is at the heart of the connection between these ancient festivals. Its important to realize that, in Hebrew, there is one word (eved ) which means slave as well as servant. At Passover, we lament Avadim hayinu lPharaoh we were slaves to Pharaoh, but soon after that, we rejoice by declaring vachshav kervanu haMakom laavodoto now, we have been brought to service to God. Again, its the same word. We were avadim (servants/slaves) to Pharaoh; now, were avadim to God. A cynic could almost read it as saying that there was really no difference in our situation; all that changed was whom we were serving. But, thats obviously not whats going on here. Instead, our tradition is trying to teach us that the opposite of slavery isnt really freedom. At least, not as we often understand that word. What does it mean to be free? In our modern culture, freedom is very often associated with leisure think about how we use the phrase freedom, that often refers to having the means the like. Judaism, on the other hand, takes a different view of freedom. While theres nothing wrong with enjoying material goodness, thats never been understood as the point of freedom. Freedom To Serve Congegation Beth Am, TampaOur tradition is trying to teach us that we were freed for a higher purpose we were freed in order to serve God and, hopefully, to serve the world. Its in the story from the very beginning. When God (speaking through Moses) demands that Pharaoh release us, its not Let My people go, but rather, Let My people go so that they may serve Me. The Torah is making it clear so that we could serve. Because, ultimately, slavery isnt about having to work, or about having to work hard. Slavery is found in having to work for that which doesnt matter. Slavery is having to work towards ends in which we dont believe. Liberation is found not in relaxation, but in serving a higher purpose, and working for a higher good. This lesson is probably even more relevant today than it ever has been in our Peoples history. Thats because we enjoy a level of freedom which is unprecedented. We live in America which guarantees our personal religious freedom in so many ways. But, we also live in an age and a society which even affords us the opportunity of freedom from religion. Just a century or two ago, it was pretty much inconceivable that a person would walk away from their religion, or from their religious community. But now, its not the least bit uncommon to do so. If I want to live a life of unconstrained freedom, without any of the obligations placed on me by Judaism, nothing can or will stop me. If I want to use my freedom to do nothing other than enhance my daily personal enjoyment, then I can. Radical, unconstrained freedom is more available than it ever has been. Our question, then, is whether thats what we want. Whether we think that, ultimately, a life without obligation, a life in service of nothing, is worthwhile. Or, if we believe that subjugating our own desires, and placing ourselves in the service of something (or some One) higher, is a better way to go. Ultimately, our lives will be judged by how we chose to use them. When we choose to seek a purpose in life, we are choosing to use our lives, and our freedom, in the holiest way possible. Through Moses, God demanded, Let My people go so that they may serve Me. Its now up to us to decide whether to answer that call. 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.


and dinner: Join with the Sisterhood for an evening of mah jongg and Chinese food on Monday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. All levels of play are welcome. To RSVP, call the temple. Annual meeting: The congregation will hold its annual meeting, with Shabbat dinner Friday, June 1. The dinner begins at 5:30 p.m., and the cost is $25 for adults and $15 for children up to age 9. The annual meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. when a president-elect, trustees and endowment committee members are selected and the 2018 Presidents Cup recipient is named. At 7:30 p.m. there will be a Shabbat service and officer installation. RSVP for the dinner by May 25 by calling the temple or going to www. Caf CSZ: Have a bagel and a cup of coffee at Caf CSZ on Sunday, April 29 from 9-11 a.m. when religious school is meeting. Cong. Beth AmSpring party: Beth Ams Annual Spring Event will be on Saturday, May 5 from 7 10 p.m. Come laugh and enjoy the Beth Am Follies, 20 Chai, written by Vikki Silverman and Mike Brunhild, and performed members of the congregation. The major fundraiser of the year, the event will include appetizers, cocktails, drawings and a silent auction. During the party, Bob Friedman will be recognized as Beth Ams T.A.G. Torah (study), Avodah (service), Gmeelut Chasadim (acts of loving kindness) Award honoree. Tickets are $36 per person. For more information contact Victoria at (813) 968-8511 or or Barry Kaufmann at BKMann@ or (813) 997-7707. 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, May 3 and 10 at 9:30 a.m. at the synagogue. For more information contact Admin@ Israeli dancing: Lessons in Israeli dancing are offered every Tuesday at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Irma Polster at or Cong. Rodeph SholomAdult 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 Israel Rummage sale: The congregation 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 Barbaranova03@ Sisterhood lunch: The Sisterhood will close out the program year with its annual spring closing on Tuesday, May 1 at 11 a.m. JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA Bat Mitzvah Engagement CongregationsAPRIL 20 MAY 3, 2018 Anton Legal Group Stock Broker DisputesS. David Anton, Esq. Since 1985 Hypnosis Group of Tampa Bay4100 W. Kennedy Blvd., 813.415.5780 Improve Test Scores and Academic Performance Hypnosis will help you at any age: Rethinking: A Jewish Learning Institute course on rethinking everything we know about the universe gets under way on April 24 and will continue for six weeks every Tuesday. For course information and to register, go to Lag BOmer: The Chabad will hold a Lag BOmer barbecue at the home of Rabbi Yossi and Sulha Dubrowski on Thursday, May 3 at 6 p.m. Enjoy an evening of food, a moonwalk, music and family fun. To RSVP and for directions to the house, call (813) 963-2317.Confirmation: A service and reception to honor the 2018 Sunday, May 20 at 10 a.m. The Logan Danielle Black, Ellie Lynn Blumenthal, Hannah Cohen, Adam Lanson Feeney, Sabrina Feldman, Maya Isabelle Fisher, Jake Forman, Sarah Frank, Samuel D. GlickHarwood, Benjamin Samuel Hochberg, Ella Mendelowitz, Bryan Matthew Miller, Ross Adam Miller, Mya Grace Rosenblatt, Lauren Anne Ross, Claire Meredith Shames, Lainey Shapiro, Parker Bennett Shaw, Eden Chaya Stark and Rachel Sarah Steinfeld. Retirement celebration: The congregation will honor retiring Rabbi Richard Birnholz and his wife, Donna April 27-29 with a weekend full of free family activites. 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, 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 Tot Shabbat: Enjoy an interactive Shabbat experience for families with young children on Friday, May 4 at 5:30 p.m., followed by a complimentary Shabbat dinner. Learn Shabbat rituals and prayers. Older siblings and grandparents are welcome. RSVP by Thursday, May 17 to or email 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 p.m. (Auggie) Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters the It is a movie that deals with issues and values that are important lessons for all ages. Families are encouraged to attend. Before the movie there will be pizza and after the movie, Rabbi Birnholz will lead a discussion on the movies themes. There is no charge, but RSVPs are requested. Babysitting will not be provided. RSVP at www.Zedek. org/rsvp or call the temple or email Campers Shabbat: Come to Schaarai Zedek for an Off to Camp Family Shabbat service on Friday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. During the service, campers will be called to the bima for a special sendoff blessing and a gift from the temple. A free camp-style dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. RSVP for the dinner by calling the temple at (813) 876-2377 or emailing Sisterhood mah jongg Lea Vish er, daughter of Michael and Sharon Visher of Tampa, will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, April 28 at Congregation Kol Ami in Tampa. A seventh-grade honors student at the Hillel Academy of Tampa, Lea is a member of the National Junior Honor Society. Active in sports, Lea is a competitive swimmer on the Carrollwood Village Swim Team and a member of the volleyball team at Hillel. She is also a student council member at Hillel and a Kadima board member. One of Leas hobbies is cooking. Mike and Sharon Visher will host a celebration at Congregation Kol Ami on Saturday, April 29. Special guests will include grandmother Anna Visher of Tampa and grandparents Linda and Bob Markowitz of Ellicott City, MD.Lea Visher Rebecca Agnes Halvorsen, daughter of Roberta and Donald Halvorsen of Yorktown, VA and Samuel Jeremiah Gagne, son of Betsy and Steve Gagne of Odessa, announce their engagement. The future bride is a graduate of The College of William & Mary and Eastern Virginia Medical School. She is currently Columbia New York Presbyterian Hospital. The perspective bridegroom spent his childhood in Tampa and is a graduate of Brandeis University and Eastern Virginia year Social Pediatric resident at Albert Einstein College of Medicine Childrens A May 2019 wedding is planned at the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx, with a honeymoon in Belgium. The couple will reside in Riverdale, NY.Halvorsen/Gagne Historian Jeff Lipkes will discuss the transformations undergone by the Tevye stories of the great Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem when the tales crossed the Atlantic, and what these changes reveal about American descendants of Eastern European Jews. The talk will focus on how these Jews perceived their own past, their relations with gentiles, and especially intermarriage. The program will feature a showing of Maurice Tevye (Yiddish with English subtitles). The event will be held Sunday, May 20, from 2 4:45 p.m., at the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, 2902 W. Bearss Ave., Tampa. In the discussion there will be a comparison of tion, as well as to the original Sholem Aleichem stories. Included in the discussion will be a consideration of the bible of the creators of Fiddler on the Roof, Mark Zborowski and Elizabeth Herzogs classic account of the shtetl, Life Is With People In advance, attendees should watch on youtube the following musical numbers and excerpts from Fiddler: T radition, If I Were a Rich Man, Matchmaker, Fyedka and Chava, Perchik, and Sabbath Prayer. The original Tevye stories also are available in three English translations for those interested. Lipkes, who holds a Ph.D from Princeton, has taught modern European history at USF, Eckerd College, and Florida Southern College. Lipkes is the organizer of Humanistic Jews of Tampa Bay.Talk: Sholem Aleichem and Fiddling with Tradition The Tampa JCCs is auditioning cast members for fall performances of Senior Moments, an ageless musical comedy. All those interested in acting in the show will be asked to read scenes from the production, learn a short melody and a quick eight-count dance. No experience is needed. The JCC is looking to cast 20 parts for the show. Participation is a volunteer experience. Auditions will be held on Monday May 14 and Tuesday, May15 from 5-8 p.m. on both days at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC. To register for an audition time, visit the summer. The play is a poignant and hilarious view on aging in its many facets. Growing old has many new realities and challenges and can be both huthat through a series of vignettes. There will be two performances on Oct. 7 at the Glazer Family JCC. For more information, contact Brandy Gold at Open casting call for JCC-produced seniors musicalCong Beth Shalom BrandonCrafts Fair: All are welcome to come to a crafts fair at the synagogue on Sunday, May 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will feature many vendors selling goods, especially for wives, daughters, and mothers for Mothers Day on May 13. 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) 5044432 or email bmchabad@gmail. com. Practical kabbalah: Enrich the soul and mind with a touch of kabbalah. Learn practical spirituality for everyday life. Classes are held on Wednesdays, 6:15 7 p.m.


Francine Wolf and ZaZu Productions, LLC, will present a solo performance improv show titled This Show is Meshuga at the second annual Tampa International Fringe Festival at the HCC campus rehearsal hall in Ybor City from May 3-12. Each show is an im provised solo per formance adventure, with audience interaction. Every show is a unique mish-mash stuffed with quirky characters that take hasty shape before your eyes with a sprinkling of Yiddishkeit. Anything could happen, but something happening is guaranteed. Wolf, a resident of Largo, has been a professional actor, singer, improviser and SAG-AFTRA and TV for more than 27 years. She just wrapped up a two-month run of Sex Please, Were Sixty, at the Just for Laughs Dinner Theatre. Before retiring to return to acting full time, she worked for several Jewish organizations, including the Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services, Menorah Manor and Jewish Federations of Ohio. Wolf will perform This Show is Meshuga on Thursday, May 3 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, May 5 at 9:15 p.m.; Sunday, May 6 at 4:45 p.m.; Wednesday, May 9 at 9:45 p.m.; Thursday, May 10 at 8:45 p.m. and Saturday, May 12 at 4:45 p.m. The length of each show will vary, but run up to 45 minutes long. The Hillsborough Community College Ybor City Campus Theatre building is at 1411 E. 11th Ave., Tampa. Tickets are $8, with a Thrifty Thursday ticket price of $7. For ticket information, go to www. The ticketPAGE 6 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA APRIL 20 MAY 3, 2018 Senior Moments is a poignant and hilarious view of aging in all its many facets. Growing older is filled with new realities and challenges that can be humorous at times, but difficult at others. An ageless musical comedy being produced by the Tampa JCCs, Senior Moments explores maturing in a series of vignettes. Auditions will consist of reading scenes ( provided ) from the production, learning a short melody and a quick eight count dance. Absolutely no experience needed. Rehearsals will be flexible and will be held throughout the summer of 2018. Two performances will be held on October 7th at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC. Actors will be awarded with many accolades; however, participation is a volunteer experience! For more information, contact Brandy Gold at 813.769.4725 or To register for an audition time please go to / Audition .COMMUNITY THEATEROPEN CASTING CALLMONDAY, MAY 14TH 5:00 8:00PM | TUESDAY, MAY 15TH 5:00 8:00 PM 522 North Howard Avenue | Tampa, FL 33606Hillel Academy has appointed Cantor Beth Schlossberg, who has served for the past 5 years years as cantor at Congregation Kol Ami in Tampa, as director of Jewish Life and Curriculum at the academy. Schlossbergs vast skills, experience and background are exactly what we need and will ensure our ongoing trajectory forward as a premiere Jewish day school, constantly improving and looking to take Hillel Academy to the next level, said board President Stanford Solomon. Head of School Allison Oakes said Schlossbergs passion for Jewish education and her creativity will even further develop the Jewish identity and leadership skills of our students. Schlossberg comes to Hillel Academy after most recently serving as co-director for the religious school at Congregation Kol Ami, where she built a comprehensive and creative elementary and middle school Hebrew and Judaics Curriculum. I wish her the very best and a heaety mazel tov, said Mitchell Weiss, executive director at Kol Ami. He noted that Schlossberg will remain at Kol Ami until her contract ends on June 30 and will begin at Hillel Academy on July 1. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Schlossberg earned a bachelor of music specializing in voice performance and spent several years singing professionally. She has taught piano and voice, has directed the Hebrew School and pre-school music programs at Har Zion Temple in Narberth, PA, and has offered holiday and diversity programming for other private religious institutions, both Jewish and non Jewish. In 2003, realizing that the Cantorate of Judaism, education, and music, Schlossberg enrolled in the Jewish Theological Seminary and began her studies at the H.L. Miller Cantorial School. After being invested, Schlossberg spent four years with Beth El Synagogue in Omaha, NE. Following that engagement, she and her husband Michael, moved to Tampa to join Congregation Kol Ami in 2013. Cantor Schlossberg to join Hillel Academy as director of Jewish Life and Curriculum Cantor Beth SchlossbergFrancine Wolf presents Meshuga improv at Fringe Festival Francine Wolf By RON KAMPEAS JTA news serviceTheres an unsettling debate underway in Britain about whether the right or the left is more anti-Semitic, and videos of Jewish members of Parliament reading out some of the anti-Semitic invective theyve suffered have gone viral. J.K. Rowling, the non-Jewish author of the ing anti-Semitism for her 14.4 million Twitter followers. She posted a screen grab of a non-Jew gentilesplaining what Judaism is Judaism is a religion not a race and gently explained why this Most UK Jews in my timeline are currentsome of us non-Jews should start shouldering the burden, she said. Anti-Semites think this is a clever argument, so tell us, do: were atheist Jews exempted from wearing the yellow star? #antisemitism. Most UK Jews in my timeline are currently of us non-Jews should Rowlings head-smacking was almost audible as she sorted through responses to that tweet, including one that said arguing against anti-Semitism was culturally insensitive to Muslims. When you only understand bigotry in terms of pick a team and get a mind-boggling response, she said. She also reacted with impatience attaching a GIF of an exasperated Hugh Laurie when someone argued that Arabs cant be antiSemitic because they are Semites. The Arabs are semitic too hot takes have arrived, she said. Split hairs. Debate etymology, she said in a hostility to or prejudice against Jews. Gloss over the abuse of your fellow citizens by attacking the actions of another countrys government. Would your response to any other form of racism Rowling got in so deep, she forgot for a moment that her followers mainly want to chat about, well, Harry Potter. How wonderful that to another who posted that he had just started Rowling quoted the reply, and said: For a second there I thought @jessiebacho was telling me it was wonderful that I was experiencing antiCarefullyBeforeCursing.Photo courtesy of Getty ImagesJ.K Rowling speaking in New York City in 2015.Harry Potters J.K. Rowling is giving a master class in identifying anti-Semitism and its magical


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PAGE 8 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA APRIL 20 MAY 3, 2018 rfrfn tbfbfbbfbfbrbb nbbbbbbbbbbb rrbnbb fffbffbrfnt nbbnnbr rfrbbb rrbtr r Visit us on both sides of the Bay Shipping and Gift Wrapping Available Hyde Park Village St. Petersburg 1619 W Snow Circle Tampa, FL 33606 813.831.2111 Shabbat Candlesticks Hamsa Necklace 300 Beach Drive NE St. Petersburg, FL 33701 727.894.2111 You can also shop online! The community is invited to a talk on Sunday, May 20, at the Florida Holocaust Museum on researching names of victims of what is known as the Holocaust by Bullets the mass shootings of more than 2 mil lion Jews by the Nazis and their collaborators during the Holocaust. The guest speaker will be Urszula Szczepinska, the curator of education and director of research for the museum, located in downtown St. Petersburg. Her appearance is jointly sponsored by the museum and the Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay. Members of both organizations as well as anyone interested in Jewish Genealogy and Holocaust research may attend the program at no charge.   Szczepinska will present online resources that have the most updated information based on the latest historical research.   She will also demonstrate how to use archival databases to look for information about individuals who perished in the Holocaust by Bullets. Retrieving identities of individual for the post-Holocaust generations. Szczepinska received the 2011 Outstanding Achievement Award from the Florida Association of Museums for her contributions to Yad Vashems Shoah Victims Names Recovery Project.   Prior to joining the museum 13 years ago, she worked at the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw and at the State Museum at Majdanek in Lublin, Poland.   She is responsible for the Shoah V ictims Names Recovery Project at the Florida Holocaust Museum in cooperation with Yad Vashem and has collected and submitted more than 700 pages of testimony from local survivors. Szczepinska is the author of a 155-page study guide for the traveling exhibition on the Holocaust by Bullets by the French organization YahadIn Unum, which works to locate execution sites and mass graves. She has taught the subject to various audiences, including honors classes at USF Tampa. Registration for the event begins at the museum at at 2 p.m. Following the talk, an optional self-guided tour of the museum will be offered at no charge to mem bers of either sponsoring organizations.   Non-members may tour at a reduced charge of $9.   For more information about this program, call Szczepinska at (727) 820-0100, ext. 241; for more information about the Florida Holocaust Museum, visit The museum is located at 55 5th St. S., St. Petersburg. For more information on the Genealogical Society, call Bruce Hadburg at (727) 796-7981 or go to www. For those planning to include a tour of the museum, advanced registration is requested by calling Sally Israel at (727) 343-1652.Public invited to talk on Holocaust by Bullets Urszula SzczepinskaA new exhibition, A European Escape: The Journey of the Neustein Family, is now on display at the Florida Holocaust Museum. These items, now part of the museums permanent collection, were recently donated and are available to After a visit to the museum last year, Colin Jenkins contacted the museums exhibitions staff to ask if they would have any interest in accepting his grandfathers Austrian passport as a donation. When museum staff members met to accept the donation, he brought a treasure-trove of other objects related to his family. Jenkins donated a total of 118 items, including identiphotographs from before and after the war and original artwork created by his grandmother Lucie. On a recent visit to my mothers home in Scotland, I came across a considerable variety of material relating to my familys experience during the Holocaust. I am donating this collection to the Florida Holocaust Museum both to honor their memory and to share a written and visual record of their lives before, during, and after WWII. I hope this will be of interest and value to those who view it, said Jenkins, who recently moved to this area from the United Kingdom. One of the best things about working for the Florida Holocaust Museum is meeting survivors and children of survivors and hearing their stories. Even better is being honored with the responsibility of retelling their stories when being entrusted with their original materials family treasures, really that help recount individuals experiences, said Erin Blankenship, the museums curator of exhibitions and collections. Jenkins grandparents, Lucie and Leopold Neustein, were originally from Lvov, Poland, but moved to Vienna in the 1920s. The couple had two children, Erik and Marietta. Leopold was a doctor of law but worked with his father-in-law in their timber export business. Lucie was an accomplished artist, trained at Viennas Academy of Art. After Anschluss in 1938 and the institution of antiJewish laws, it became apparent to the family that they had to leave their home. was considered an adult and was sent to an internment camp in Canada, due to initial fears that German Jewish refugees could be spies. The British also set up intern ment camps in Australia. Florida Holocaust Museum receives large artifact donation Lucie Photos courtesy of Florida Holocaust Museum permanent collection, gift of Colin Jenkins, son of Marietta Neustein.


JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 9 APRIL 20 MAY 3, 2018 SPONSORED BY MENORAH MANOR JEWISH PRESS of PINELLAS COUNTY PAGE 9 APRIL 20 MAY 3, 2018 (727) 345-2775Marion and Bernard L. Samson Nursing Center Irv Weissman Adult Day Center Toby Weinman Assisted Living Residence Warren Simmons, a resident at the Toby Weinman Assisted Living Residence, and Rebecca Simmons, a resident at the Samson Nursing Center, have a unique love story: They became engaged ve minutes after they met. It happened in 1948, when they were both 27 years old. Rebecca was visiting from Israel and staying with mutual friends of Warrens in the Bronx, who suggested that the two of them meet. When Warren arrived to pick up Rebecca for their date, they walked out onto the street together. I looked at her, Warren said. I said to her, Id like to marry you. To Warrens delight, Rebecca asked if he would like to marry her yesterday or today. I said, if I could marry you today I would! Warren recalled. The rest is history. The couple got a marriage license and married 10 days later in City Hall. We still laugh about it to this day, Warren said. Who gets engaged ve minutes after they meet? For the next few years, they lived in New Jersey in a basement apartment. They later moved to New Orleans, where Rebeccas sister lived, and started a family. They have a daughter, Anita, and a son, Ronny. We have had a wonderful life, Warren said. We were always happy. You couldnt be happier. Warren, who worked at an oil company, said that he and Rebecca came up with an arrangement early in their relationship to keep them from arguing. Whenever there was an argument, one of us would go outside for a while. When we came back, we couldnt remember what we were even ghting about, Warren said. The couple traveled to many places together throughout their marriage, including New Zealand and Morocco. Re becca, who especially loves traveling and speaks English, Hebrew, French and Arabic, would sometimes take trips on her ownvisiting more than 120 countries. She loved it, Warren said. She made friends with everybody she met. Almost a decade ago, Rebecca and Warren moved to St. Petersburg to retire. In July 2017, they made the decision to move to Menorah Manor together. It is the best of both worlds; Warren lives at the Toby Weinman Assisted Living Residence, and Rebecca lives at the Samson Nursing Center next door. Because of their close distance, Warren and Rebecca are able to visit each other every day. Whenever we want to see each other, we see each other, Warren said. At the Samson Nursing Center, Rebecca likes to work out in the rehabilitation gym and attend musical performances. At the Toby Weinman Assisted Living Residence, Warren enjoys attending discussion groups and going on lunch outings. The couple also enjoys a variety of activities and holiday celebrations together, including weekly Shabbat dinners. This September, Rebecca and Warren will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary. We want to be together and help one another, Warren said. I would do anything in the world for her. Rebecca and Warren pose for a photo with their son, Ronny. Warren and Rebecca enjoy an event at the Toby Weinman Assisted Living Residence together. Rebecca Simmons as a young womanWarren and Rebeccas Love Story Graduates of the Jewish Leadership Training Institute (JLTI) are invited to an evening of reconnecting and networking during the programs JCCs and Federation and the Jewish Federation of positions on boards and committees of local Jewish organizations and agencies on both sides of the   catering purposes and to receive address details to who want to take a leadership role in making the Jew includes course materials and dinner during each ses The JLTI class of 20172018 graduated during a special ceremony at this years Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival. ( L-R) : Yoni Haim, Jeff Katzman, Aaron Slavin, Jessica Schneider, Lance Misztal, Luy Teitelroit, Brian Waksman, David Goldschein, Cory Kleinman, Lauryn Solomon, Loren Pincus, Abby Altman, Nathan Black and Jacklyn Steinberg. Not pictured: Michael Schwartz.Jewish Leadership Training Institute invites 13 years of alumni to rst reunion on May 23 Kindertransport and was sent to a The couple remained in France Central to the mission of the museum is the program to col to the public the historical record Snapshot of some of the items   Jenkins donated to the Florida Holocaust before and after the war and original artwork created by his grandmother Lucie.and artistic and interpretation of maintains the material that sup ports its efforts in the areas of re The focus of the museums   col experiences associated with the  


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They have a track record of being selective in the way in which they approach civil rights, said Rebecca Vilkomerson, executive director of Jewish Voice for Peace, which supports boycotting Israel. They tend to defend Israel and its actions. There seems to be a double standard they impart on Muslims and in particular Palestinians. The ADL declined to comment for this article, but the positions it has taken in recent years make it an unlikely target of some leftwing organizations. The group has been an outspoken Jewish voice against right-wing racism and bigotry. It has released reports and statements on far-right extremist against the Trump administrations travel ban. It has convened mayter in Silicon Valley to combat cyberhate. Its CEO, Jonathan Greenblatt, who came to the ADL in 2015 after a stint at the Obama White House, has not been shy about criticizing President Donald Trump for statements targeting Muslims or praising far-right demonstrators. This week, Greenblatt urged scrutiny of his pick for secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, for his anti-Muslim activities. Next month, the ADL will take part in the Starbucks training, which comes in response to the outcry over the arrest of two black men at a Philadelphia branch of the coffee giant who were waiting to start a meeting. Along with the ADL, the training will also be led by the NAACPs Legal Defense Fund, the liberal think tank Demos and the Equal Justice Initiative, a civil rights group. Target of anti-Israel groups But along with its work on bias, the ADL engages in pro-Israel activism that has pit it against groups that share its domestic agenda. In 2016, the ADL called out the Movement for Black Lives after it published a platform accusing Israel of apartheid and genocide. It has sparred with Linda Sarsour, the Palestinian-American liberal activist and an organizer of the Womens March, over her anti-Zionism. It welcomed the adoption by Congress of the Taylor Force Act, which conditions certain American aid to the Palestinian Authority on ending the Palestinian Liberation Organizations practice of paying families of jailed and deceased terrorists. And as opposition to Israel has become increasingly common in leftist activist circles, the ADLs talking points supporting Israel have made it a target. IfNotNow, a grassroots group opposing Israels occupation, has staged sit-ins building. Last month, after the ADL criticized Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and his backers, IfNotNow accused it of downplaying the threat of white supremacy. The left-wing attacks on the ADL gained a wider audience when Womens March co-organizer Tamika Mallory, who recently Farrakhan, a virulent anti-Semite, denounced Starbucks for cooperating with the Jewish group. So you are aware, Starbucks was on a decent track until they enlisted the Anti-Defamation League to build their anti-bias training, Mallory tweeted Tuesday, April 17. The ADL is CONSTANTLY attacking black and brown people. Vilkomerson said she was most concerned about the ADL giving awards to police departments, as well as accusations that the ADL spied on Muslim civil society groups in the 1990s. In 1999, the ADL settled a class-action suit over the spying. Police training programs Anti-Israel activists have also taken issue with an ADL program that brings delegations from American police departments for counterterrorism training with Israeli security forces. Jewish Voice for Peace has dubbed the program a deadly exchange that encourages police violence against minorities. On July 16, Durham, NC, bein such programs, adopting a resolution pushed by JVP and proPalestinian groups. The police exchanges are a manifestation of the ways the ADL organization but often acts as an Israel advocacy organization, Vilkomerson said. Theyre absolutely prioritizing Israeli lives, often at the expense of Palestinian lives. The ADL says its programs are about tapping Israels counterterrorism expertise and giving U.S. law enforcement tools to deal with extremist threats facing all groups and houses of worship. Former Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez said none of his training in Israel involved militarization, but dealt with leadership, it was learning about terrorism and then learning about how to interact with people who are involved in mass casualty situations and how to manage mass casualty situations. Other left-wing activists have pushed back on the criticism of the ADL. Neera Tanden, who heads the liberal think tank the Center for American Progress, tweeted that Mallorys criticism was outrageous. Rabbi Jill Jacobs, executive director of the liberal rabbis group Truah, said the ADL does valuable work in drawing connections between anti-Semitism and other forms of hate. While she disagrees with elements of the ADLs policies Photo courtesy of the ADL Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for HuluTamika Mallory, national co-chair of the Womens March, speaking in New York last year. She is critical of Starbucks decision to have ADL involved in their employee anti-bias training.How a Jewish civil rights group became a villain on the far left on Israel, Jacobs said to implicate the groups work in Israel for the long legacy of racism among American police departments is unfair. They have a good reputation of doing these anti-bias trainings, Jacobs said. The ADL has anti-Semitism is inherently tied to Islamophobia. Some activists have gotten Sophie Ellman-Golan, a spokeswoman for the Womens March, who is Jewish, agreed that the ADL is out of place in the Starbucks training. But she has also pushed back against those who pointed to the groups presence as evidence for anti-semitic conspiracy theories. No, @ADL_National isnt the right Jewish org to address racism, discrimination, anti-Blackness at @ Starbucks, Ellman-Golan tweeted. Also no, this isnt evidence of Jews trying to control Black folks. Thats an antisemitic white supremacist conspiracy theory. Finally, white Jews: This isnt about us.ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt speaking at the organizations 2016 Never is Now conference.


PORTMANShe did not explain what she was referring to by atrocities. Israel has drawn sharp criticism in recent months for confrontations with Palestinian protesters on its Gaza border. Israeli troops have killed more than 30 Palestinians and wounded hundreds. Israel says the protesters are not peaceful and have tossed rocks and explosive devices at troops. Netanyahu last month also drew sharp rebukes for reversing his decision to work with the United Nations to resettle some 38,000 African asylum seekers in the country, and reverting to an earlier plan to summarily deport them to Uganda or another African nation. Among the critics were Jewish groups and government policies. In the wake of Portmans decision, the Genesis Prize Foundation said it would cancel the prize presentation ceremony scheduled for June and would distribute the $2 million to womens rights groups, but not those of Portmans choosing. Winners of the prize, which honors individuals who serve as an inspiration to the next generation of Jews through their outstanding professional achievement along with their commitment to Jewish values and the Jewish people, conventionally donate the prize money to charitable causes of their choosing. The Genesis Prize Foundation said it was very saddened that the Israeli-American actress would not take part in the ceremony. And in canceling the ceremony, it issued a statement that its organizers fear that Ms. Portmans decision will cause our philanthropic initiative to be politicized, something we have worked hard for the past The Genesis Prize was established by Mikhail Fridman and other wealthy Russian-Jewish businessmen and operates in a partnership with Israels Prime Agency for Israel. In November, the Genesis Prize announced that Portman would receive its 2018 award. She joins artist Anish Kapoor, violinist Itzhak Perlman, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and actor-director Michael Douglas as winners of the $1 million prize. In December, Portmans prize money was doubled to $2 million by a donation by Israeli philanthropist Morris Kahn. But after announcing her refusal to attend the ceremony, Kahn released a statement saying Portman would no longer get to choose where her $2 million prize will be donated. The Genesis Foundation will distribute the money to womens rights groups as she wished, but not allow her to choose the recipients. I cannot support the decision of canceling an appearance due to recent events in Israel, Kahn said, referring to the original statement put out on Portmans behalf. That statement did not mention Netanyahu, saying only that [r]ecent events in Israel have been extremely distressing to her and she does not feel comfortable participating in any public events in Israel. Portmans decision also brought a strong rebuke from Israels culture minister Miri Regev who asserted she had fallen like a ripe fruit into the hands of the BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement supporters. Her comment came before Portman said she did not endorse BDS. One member of the Knessett, Oren Hazzan, went further, suggesting that Portmans citizenship should be revoked. Portman said in her Instagram post she would soon announce charities she would support in Israel. This experience has inspired me to support a number of charities in Israel, she said. I will be announcing them soon, and I hope others will join me in supporting the great work they are doing. Portman has previously joined efforts to support Israel. She directed and starred in the 2015 A Tale of Love and Darkness, a of the Amos Oz book of the same name that chronicles the authors life surrounding Israels founding. In 2015, following the re-election of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Portman said she was very, very upset and disappointed. The Hollywood Reporter. However, I dont what I want to make sure is, I dont want to use my platform [the wrong way]. I feel like theres some people who become prominent, and then its out in the foreign press. You know, shit on Israel. I do not. I dont want to do that. waters of Tampa Bay to clean other trash. For those dives, any guests who want to join them are welcome at no charge. When the divers go on reef repair trips to the Keys, or on other projects, there is a cost for participants, due to distance traveled and accommodations. Scubi Jew divers have not only worked in Tampa Bay and on the coral reefs in the Keys, but also have gone on shark awareness dives in the Bahamas and participated in a Diveheart program where they buddy up with disabled divers. There are also manatee awareness trips to Crystal River, veys, lectures and Water Torah learning events. The offerings have also expanddle and high school students and this summer will mark the fourth time that Scubi Jew birthright trips to Israel will take place. Another project in the works is to make and sell mezuzah from recycled plastic debris recovered from the waters. To accomplish some of their work Hillels of the Florida Suncoast is the only Hillel which owns its own boat, Allys Way, which allows access to waters for the students projects. The boat is named after Allison Willen, an Eckerd College Scubi Jew student who died during a study abroad trip in New Zealand in 2015. Her parents donated funds for the boat. The expansion of the Tikkun HaYam/Scubi Jew program follows a generous grant from the Maurice A. & Thelma P. Rothman Family Foundation to train Hillel professionals in Florida. For more information about the program, go to www.repairthesea. org. RALPH BOBOArea/Branch ManagerNMLS ID 432371 State Lic. L025098 3903 Northdale Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33624C: 813.781.1024 While Rosenthal chuckled over the exchange with the Arizona program director, he is actually very proud and, he added, a little amazed by how the Scubi Jew program has grown and its prospects for future growth. In 2000, when he was based at Emory University in Atlanta, he took a small group of Jewish students from Emory on a trip to Crystal River to learn about endangered manatees and then they took another trip to the Bahamas to learn about declining sharp populations. It was with those students that the term Scubi Jew was born, though after Rosenthal left Emory the program there ended. Rabbi Rosenthal became head of Hillels of the Florida Suncoast, which has Hillel programs at college campuses in Pinellas, Hillsborough and Polk counties. In 2009 at Eckerd College, located on the St. Petersburg waterfront, he started a formal Scubi Jew program as a dive club for students, both Jewish and non-Jewish. Since then, other Scubi Jew chapters have started at the University of South Florida, University of Tampa, University of Central Florida, Florida Atlantic University and the University of Miami, plus the newest chapter in Arizona. Rosenthal said he has other inquiries about starting chapters at Emory and Baruch College in New York City. To meet the demands, Hillels of the Florida Suncoast recently hired Shayna Cohen, a master scuba diver trainer, as the new Scubi Jew program coordinator. In addition to her responsibilities to strengthen Scubi Jew at the Suncoast campuses and with other Hillels who create Scubi Jew chapters, she will work with members of the local Jewish community who are passionate about the marine environment. Prior to joining Hillel, she worked as dive guide and conservation coordinator at Rainbow Reef Dive Center in Key Largo. People always say the name Scubi Jew is so cute, but it is a serious project, Rabbi Rosenthal explained. The threat to the oceans is probably the greatest environmental threat to the planet as a whole and we want to raise awareness. If we do not change, all species in the ocean will collapse ing, scientists tell us. hopes of going beyond the ventures dive club origins and building a broader community-based Jewish Marine Environmental Organization, the overall program has been renamed, Tikkun HaYam, which means repair the sea In my 30 years in the rabbinate, this is the most spiritual project I have ever done, Rabbi Rosenthal said. There is a Jewish element to the dives, he said, noting that a recent spring break dive trip to Key Largo included underwater meditation based on the Shema. For the non-Jewish members of the club, they just know that they are learning something new to make themselves better citizens of the world, he said Among the environmental undertakings of his Scubi Jew divers is coral reef restoration in the Florida Keys, where 95 percent of the coral had died in the last 30 years. Coral is the canary in the mine, Rabbi Rosenthal said. Local Scubi Jew divers often dive in the murky, low-visibility


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Must have transportation. S end resume with clips, if available.Karen Dawkins, managing editor PO Box 6970, Clearwater, FL 33758 email: or call, (727) 535-4400 or (813) 871-2332. APRIL 20 MAY 3, 2018MARTIN LEONARD SEIDEN, 79, of Apollo Beach, died April 14. Born in Bronx, NY, he had been a collegiate football player at Bridgeport University in Connecticut, and he served in the United while stationed in Turkey. He moved to Florida 38 years ago. He was a manager for Eckerd Drug Coast Guard Auxiliary. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Rochelle; daughter and son-in-law, Pattie and Adrian Schreiber; son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Beth Seiden; brother and sister-in-law Jeffrey and Laine Seiden; and four grandchildren. (Segal Funeral Home, Beth David Chapel) JOYCE RABINOWITZ, 81, of Tampa, died April 2. She was born in Philadelphia, and moved to Tampa last year from Atlantic City, NJ, where she had resided for nearly 35 years. She worked at years. Survivors include her son Craig Rabinowitz; daughter and son-in-law Cindy and Allen Keller; three grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. The family suggests memorials be made to the H. Home, Beth David Chapel)By GABE FRIEDMAN JTA news serviceFor most of last year, many predicted that UCLA quarterback Josh sen in the 2018 National Football League draft. The sturdy 6-foot-4 signal-caller has racked up an impressive array of passing statistics since his freshman year in 2015, and analysts have praised the right-handers throwing mechanics, accuracy and poise in the pocket. The Cleveland Browns, the beleaguered franchise that holds the No. 1 pick this year, badly need a quarterback. The Jewish kid from Manhattan Beach, CA, who had a bar mitzvah and is just now barely old enough to legally drink alcohol, was set to make Jewish sports history at the April 26 draft. But over the past few months, Rosens stock has dropped among analysts and as of press time it was yet to be seen how those predictions playout. The reason for the potential slide? Apparently it has nothing to do with Rosens physical health or ability to sling a football, but rather involves who he is and what he has And for at least one prominent sports TV personality, the conversation about Rosen has dipped into anti-Semitism. Some background: Hes a talker Rosen has not just made headlines with his grid skills. He has criticized the college football system, arguing that the high level of play required by the sport and schoolwork dont mesh. In the same vein, he sarcastically blasted UCLA for signing a $280 million apparel deal with Under Armour while college athletes are unpaid. He once wore a hat on the golf course that read F*** Trump. He snuck a hot tub into his dorm room. This tendency to speak his mind what the scouts call intangibles put him at odds with UCLA coach Jim Mora throughout Rosens tenure with the Bruins. Mora said Rosen reminded him of Johnny Manziel, a former college star whose once promising NFL career was derailed by unorthodox behavior, substance abuse issues and multiple arrests. Rosen has also been open about his ambitions for a post-NFL career, something that scouts and others in the industry have taken to mean that he isnt focused enough on football. The Sporting News reported that some believed Rosen was only interested in football to make money and support the lifestyle he wants. Analysts seem to care hes Jewish. So analysts were left wondering how teams would evaluate Rosen and some chose to dig into other factors that might offer clues, such as his identity and background. According to my source, hed rather be in New York [on the Giants]. Hes Jewish, theres a stronger Jewish community, hed rather be in the New York market than the Cleveland market, blah blah blah, we dont know, ESPNs Stephen A. Smith said on a radio show. Rosen has hinted at this kind of Jewish preference before. He was born and raised in a tony area of Southern California, the son of Charles Rosen, an orthopedic surgeon who was once on President Barack Obamas shortlist to become surgeon general, and Liz Lippincott, a journalist and the great-granddaughter of the founder of the University of Pennsylvanias Wharton School of Business. In 2016, he told Sports Illustrated that Los Angeles large Jewish community was a factor that brought him to UCLA, even though he had wanted to attend Stanford, which rejected him. In retrospect, being Jewish is a big reason why I should have considered UCLA, he said. Just because of how Jewish Hollywood is, and they really want someone to look up to because they just dont have professional athletes. Another ESPN radio show, hosted by sports writers Jorge Sedano and LZ Granderson and former NFL player Keyshawn Johnson, picked up where Smith left off. But their analysis brought up Rosens wealthy parents, and it became a little strange. First thing you say: doctor, you think, at least I think: pretty money, Johnson said. They could be broke as a bag of glass, I dont know, but certainly doesnt seem that way. When you talk about his religion, I believe Josh is Jewish, [OK]? he continued. New York big Jewish community much like L.A. You factor that into the equation. Granderson posited that Rosen might even play better if he were drafted by New York or a team in a city with a big Jewish population, and Johnson agreed. If he is an observing Jewish individual who is embraced by the local community, that will certainly raise his ball, Granderson said. Is this anti-Semitism? The development in this story that seems to have hit Rosens draft hopes the hardest came earlier this month, when Mora questioned After praising his skill and intelcoach told Sports Illustrated s Peter King that Rosen lacks a bluecollar, gritty attitude. He needs to be challenged intellectually, so he doesnt get bored. Hes a millennial, Mora said. For Tony Kornheiser the sports writer and TV personality who stars on ESPNs Pardon the Interruption this was the last straw. This is classic anti-Semitism. Absolutely classic anti-Semitism. We dont want this guy, this guys too smart, Kornheiser said in a rant on his podcast. Theres no such thing as too smart [T]his is anti Semitism in its most blatant form. Its like, we dont want this guy. Kornheiser, who is Jewish, and his co-hosts also likened the NFLs fear of Rosen to its past prejudice against black quarterbacks, who on not smart enough to succeed at the demanding position. Of course, Rosens fellow quarterbacks in the draft pool, such as Sam Darnold, are also all millennials. Its also worth noting that Mayfield, the Heisman Trophy winner from the University of Oklahoma, was arrested last year for being publicly intoxicated. But his personality hasnt made as many headlines as Rosens leading up to the draft. Former NFL quarterback Sage Rosenfels, who also is Jewish, saw Moras comments in a different light. When Jim Mora said Josh Rosen is really smart and needs to be challenged every day or hell get bored, that improved his draft stock in my book, he wrote. Give me a player who wants to be challenged and doesnt get overwhelmed with basic XOs. I like this kid more and more.The anti-Semitism controversy surrounding NFL prospect Josh Rosen


Young AdultsKickball anyone?: The Tampa JCCs is forming a kickball team. Beginning in early June, the JCC plans to join the Tampa Bay Club Sports League. The team will play seven regular season games on Tuesdays plus participate in one playoff week. The cost is $70 per person. The games will be at Gadsden Park in South Tampa. This is a #Gather event. All those interested should contact Lisa Robbins by Monday, May 7. Printmaking: Create unique imagery with printmaking techniques using soft linoleum tiles as a stamp on paper on Monday May 7 from 6-9 p.m. This includes a social hour and the class, which will be held at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC in the visual arts center. The cost, including materials, is $15 for members and guests. Bring snacks and wine to share during the social hour. For more information, visit: https://www. or https://www.jcccohncampus. com/programs/young-adults. This is a #Gather event. #Gather offers a mix of social and interactive activities designed to help young adults connect. It is open to young adults of all faiths and backgrounds. For more infor mation or to RSVP for any #Gather events, visit: www.bryanglazer or contact Lisa Robbins at or (813) 769-4723.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 rochelletsr@   Active AdultsAll programs listed are either at the Maureen & Douglas Cohn Jewish Community Campus, 13009 Community Campus Drive, or at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC at 522 N. Howard Ave.   To RSVP or for more information on programs at either center, contact Pnina Levermore at (813) 291-2253 or pnina.levermore@ All registrations should be completed before events begin.   Dolphin boat adventure: The JCCs are sponsoring a boat ride on Tuesday, May 8 to view dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico. For those desiring transportation, the group will leave from both JCCs at 11:30 a.m. and return at 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 of restaurants for a Dutch late lunch. The cost is $22 whether or not you use the group transportation. See contact infor mation above to RSVP. 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 of fered on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-3 p.m. This is free for all members. Novices and experienced players are welcome. JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 13 APRIL 20 MAY 3, 2018 Organizations JetSetters: The Phyllis Bor rell JetSetters social group for adults of all ages meets at both JCCs for an hour-long program followed by lunch. The JetSetters group meets on the Cohn cam pus on the fourth Thursday of the month from 11 a.m. to noon. On Thursday, May 24 there will be a Ciao from Italy program. 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 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 May 1 topic is the im portance of education for a strong democracy. The May 8 topic is educational trends and the role of par ents. The May 15 topic is on public and private schools and if there is a need for public schools. The group at the Cohn campus, meets the second and fourth Friday from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The topic on May 11 will be on the roles religious groups play in establishing U.S rules and goals. 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 movie and popcorn on the 10 a.m. to noon on the Cohn cam pus. There is no charge to attend. Classic Jewish Film Guide. Yiddish nostalgia: Join Ruth Weston and other Yiddish enthusiasts on Thursday, May 24 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 backidays. The next class, on Shavuot and Sukkot, is Wednesday, May 16 at noon at the Cohn campus. Mens Club: This group will meet on Tuesdays, May 8 and 22 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. Parkinsons mixer: Come to the J Caf Patio at the Glazer JCC on Wednesday, May 16 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. for a free informational session on all of the Parkinsons resources the Tampa JCCs have to offer. Bridge: 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 nonmembers.   There is also open play bridge on Mondays, May 7-28 at the Glazer JCC from 10:30 a.m. to noon. This is free for members and $10 for non-members.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. ductive Career Transition. in an Ever-changing Job Market. Skype or Online Interview. Monday Morning Links is supported by the Vinik Family Foundation. Job-search aids: There are Success workshops on select Thursdays to aid with job-search skills. On May 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., the topic is Preparing for Your Interview. On May 10 from 9:30 a.m. to noon the topic is Getting Organized and Staying on Track During Your Job Search. On May 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the topic is Is Your Brand Helping You Land a Job? The workshops are free for   TampaBay Job-Links   full program partici pants and $15 for guests. Reser vations required for all programs.   To RSVP call (813) 344-0200, email Switching gears: A series of four evening workshops, each from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. are offered, targeting those in career transition. These sessions cover the nuts and bolts of career transition. People can enroll for the full series or come for any individual session. The sessions are on Tuesdays, May 15, 22 and 29 and June 5. Reservations are required. Cost is $15 per workshop or $50 for all four. To RSVP, call (813) 3440200, email groupsAlzheimers 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) 302-3750.By RON KAMPEAS JTA News ServiceWASHINGTON Sen. Ben Cardin, a pro-Israel stalwart in the Democratic Party, lashed out at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a J Street conference, breaking with a party tradition of avoiding confrontations with Israels leaders. Cardin, D-MD, in his speech Monday, April 16, stood by his bill that would criminalize some forms of boycotting Israel, which the liberal Jewish Middle East policy group opposes on free speech grounds. He also extolled the closeness of the U.S.-Israel relationship. The most rapturous cheers on Monday were reserved for Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who was as has been his custom sharply critical of Netanyahu. But Cardins remarks about the Israeli premier were more unexpected. Cardin noted that he had opposed the 2015 Iran nuclear deal a key policy win for J Street and its allies but   nonetheless decried Netanyahu for using Congress as a platform to speak out against it. When the prime minister accepted an invitation to address the joint session of Congress creat ing a partisan division in our own country, we speak out against that decision, said Cardin. Democrats saw Netanyahus March 3, 2015 speech, coordinated solely with Republicans, as an unseemly attack on then-President Barack Obama and Democrats. Cardin also likened Netanya hus plan to deport African asylum seekers to President Donald Trumps policies severely restricting refugees arriving from some Muslim majority countries. He also noted Trumps failure to unequivocally condemn white supremacists during the demonstrations in Charlottesville, VA. In each case, he said his objections arose from a responsibility to speak out against the policies of Israel or the United States that are not consistent with our Jewish and democratic values. We speak out! he said in a call and response that earned applause. Cardin said he was still open to modifying his bill targeting the movement to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel, but defended it as a necessary means of countering pressure on companies to boycott Israel. He also defended the bills inclusion of boycotts targeting Israeli settlements. That policy is very unpopular at J Street, which opposes BDS overall, but does not oppose settlement boycotts. Sanders in his speech especially decried Israels actions recently on the Gaza Strip border, where   30 Palestinian protesters were killed and hundreds were wounded in clashes with Israeli soldiers. Though the overwhelming majority of these protesters were nonviolent, we know that some of them were not, and when Israeli soldiers are in danger we can all agree that they have a right to defend themselves, Sanders said. I dont think that any objective person can disagree that Israel has massively overreacted to these demonstrations. Sanders and Cardin are both Jewish, and so is Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, who called for more openness among Democrats to different expressions of being pro-Israel. He said his views on Israel, emphasizing a two-state outcome, should be considered centrist, but In Congress I am at the left edge and that cannot hold. Husam Zomlot, the Palestine Liberation Organization envoy to Washington, received a warm welcome. He noted that of the three parties to efforts to renew Israeli-Palestinian talks, only the Palestinian negotiators still were committed to two states, while the Trump and Netanyahu governments had retreated from endorsing that outcome. He especially decried Trump for his recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital. Jerusalem is the key to peace, Zomlot said. The recognition did not do justice to the history of Jerusalem. Addressing that history, Zomlot said that Christians, Jews and Muslims have lived in the city for millennia unusual for Palesfrom noting Jewish connections to the city. A Palestinian capital in the city alongside a Jewish one, Zomlot said, will not only recognize the Jewish connection to Jerusalem but will celebrate the Jewish connection to Jerusalem. Zomlot earned loud applause, which was noticed by Merav Michaeli, the Zionist Union Knesset member who spoke after him and Schatz. She chided the audience for being more enthusiastic in cheering Palestinians than Israelis. Frankly it hurt me when I did not hear you applauding the last speaker, she said, referring to Schatz when he said he believes in the state of Israel and its right to exist. That earned her a round of applause.Pro-Israel stalwart Ben Cardin aims re at Trump and Netanyahu in J Street talk Sen. Ben Cardin speaking at the J Street conference in Washington, D.C.


PAGE 14 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA APRIL 20 MAY 3, 2018 MAY 23 ~ JUNE 17ONLY online submissions will be accepted. Deadline for submission May 11, 2018 One submission per day allowed. Jewish Press Online Ticket Contest Win 2 TicketsAt American StageThe winner will be chosen from those correctly answering the following:To enter: Go to Name the biblical woman who said, Whither you go, I will go your people will be my people...STRAIT OF GIBRALTARTO THE FLORIDA PREMIERE OFBy MICHAEL BERENBAUM JTA news serviceLOS ANGELES 1993 was a dramatic year in the memorialization of the Holocaust. In April, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum opened its doors; 45 million visitors later it Mall in Washington, D.C., not only telling the story of the Holocaust but demonstrating the ongoing sigEuropean event to the American people, to Western civilization and to the world. In November of that year, Steven Spielberg, widely recognized as the eration, released his monumental work Schindlers List to international acclaim. Forsaking many of the tools of his profession, including the beautifying effect of color, Spielberg created a masterpiece. Nominated for 12 Academy Awards, it won seven, including best picture, best director, best adapted screenplay and best original score. The overture to Schindlers List, writplayed whenever Holocaust events are held. Its haunting tones evoke not only the motion picture but the event itself. Schindlers List was probably greenlighted by Universal Studios because Spielberg was Spielberg, a directors director. He personally vowed not to make money on the not entrepreneurial. Yet despite its length of over three hours, which made two screenings an evening in its initial release, more than 14 times its original cost. Spielberg donated his entire share to charity. The story of Oscar Schindler was cherished by its survivors but little Leopold Page would tell his story to people who walked into his Beverly Hills luggage store hoping that one of his prominent customers would bring it to the screen. Australian writer Thomas Keneally walked in one day. The result was his 1982 historical novel Schindlers Ark. velopers, Murray Pantirer and Abraham Zuckerman, named a Schindler Drive or Schindler developments, honoring the man who saved their lives. Only later much later did residents of their developments understand who was being honored and themselves feel honored by their address. Schindler, a Sudeten German, was an unlikely Holocaust hero. to build his metalworks business and his fortune. His transformation was gradual. He saw too much evil and then used the same cunning, and daring, to save his them from Krakow to Czechoslovakia along with his factory, and they survived the war. More due to his interventions. Spielberg resisted the temptation to valorize Schindler, who was portrayed brilliantly by Liam Neeson, warts and all. Spielberg haps because he didnt want to, so ish workers walking away into an uncertain future; a segment in color featuring real-life survivors visiting Schindlers grave; and a closing title card reading simply, left alive in Poland today. There are more than 6,000 descendants and gained such a moral stature that it was aired by NBC without commercial interruptions. Fords sponsorship of the broadcast was perhaps an act of atonement or founder Henry Ford, publisher of the anti-Semitic Dearborn Independent and the American disseminator of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, was honored personally by Hitler. Schindlers List had a monumental unintended consequence. Survivors kept coming up to Spielberg and saying have I got maker listened with ever-growing fascination. As a man who could move millions with his work and was at the forefront of technological innovation, Spielberg vowed to record the testimonies of 50,000 survivors and preserve them for posterity. Naturally he chose video. The result was what was then called the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, which took the testimony of 52,000 Holocaust survivors in 57 countries and 32 languages, compiling the largest collection of oral history of any historical event. disseminating the collection in its ters. In the years since, the collection has not only been disseminated in its entirety, but community after community has made use of the testimonies of local survivors terial. wn work with the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, the testimonies of Chicago-area surviMacedonia has used Macedonian testimonies. It is the gift that keeps on giving as scholars have made use of it for their research. Even great document scholars, such as Christopher Browning, learned the historical importance of oral hison death marches and Sonderkommandos, the prisoners who worked in the vicinity of the death camps, areas where documents are few and memories deep. Now housed at the University of Southern California, the renamed Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education is pioneering a video dialogue with survivors using voice recognition software. It allows a genuine conversation with holographic images of survivors, drawing on their actual testimonies. It is taking testimony from other genocides, Cambodia and Rwanda and Bosnia, as sadly the list grows. And institutions throughout the world are creating educational programs from this work. Spielberg himself grew more comfortable and more profound in to embrace that identity without being narrowly parochial or limiterations to engage their own tradience to the world. (Michael Berenbaum, director of the Sigi Ziering Institute: Exploring the Ethical and Religious Implications of the Holocaust at American Jewish University, was president of the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation from 1997 to 2000.) Schindlers List at 25: How Steven Spielbergs deeply Jewish story spoke to the massesLiam Neeson as Oskar Schindler in Schindlers List. He played the German factory owner with warts and all. campus fraternity after a video surfaced of members using racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic and ableist slurs. In the video, discovered by the Daily Orange, Syracuses student newspaper, a member of Theta Tau, a national engineering fraternity, gets on his knees and repeats an oath with slurs against blacks, schools administration suspended the fraternity, whose members attend the engineering school, after ity. University Chancellor Kent Syverud made the announcement in a video posted to the universitys public website. Syverud said that individual sion. At least 38 individuals were interviewed by the universitys Department of Public Safety about the video in the days after it was authenticated with dozens more coming days, he said. He added that by the end of the weekend the campus police would responsible for the student disciplinary processes. The process includes hearings for the students, and they can appeal the outcomes. The Syracuse chapter of Theta Tau on Friday apologized for the actions captured on video and said its members believe racism has It was a satirical sketch of an uneducated, racist, homophobic, in a statement. The young man playing the part of this character nor the young man being roasted do not hold any of the horrible views espoused as a part of that I solemnly swear to always have hatred in my heart for n*****s, sp*cs and most imporber repeats, phrase by phrase, using slurs for black, Hispanic and video that was posted on the student newspapers website. Soon after he yells, You f***in k*kes, erence to gas chambers during the Holocaust, as other members laugh and applaud. The video also shows members ing gay people. Another video features more anti-gay language, as well as a slur against people with disabilities. beyond one fraternity and one the university has begun a top-tobottom review of our entire Greek Syracuse U permanently expels frat over racist, anti-Semitic video electrical engineer and Hamas member who was killed over the weekend at close range in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, accused Israel of being behind the murder. involvement in the murder. Fadi al-Batash, who was born in Gaza, was an was killed early on Saturday, April 21 in a drive-by motorcycle shooting as he walked to early morning prayers We accuse the Mossad of being behind the The Hamas terror group claimed Batash as a Israels Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman suggested in a public radio interview that the killing was a settling of scores among terrorist organizations, Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi announced that suspicions are being the hit. The engineers body was set to be taken to Gaza to be buried through Egypt, though Israel called on Egypt to not let the body in. Egypt reportedly delayed the entrance by one to two days.Murder of Hamas engineer in Malaysia blamed on Israels Mossad


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Makovsky acknowledged that all this is not great comfort for Israel, which would like to see America launch its own military strikes. Since this is unlikely at the moment, it is assumed that the United States would back Israel politically if it decides to take further military action against Iran in Syria. It doesnt seem to me that the president, given his public statements, has an interest in expanding Americas role in Syria, he added. Behnam Ben Taleblu, a senior Iran analyst at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told JNS that the main strategy now for Israel is managing escalation dynamics in Israels favor. This is because Iran will seek to test Israel again. The armed drone was a qualitatively different threat for Israel it represents a threat against the entire population and not just a message to Israels political or military establishment. Like Makovsky, Ben Taleblu also does not see an expanded U.S. role in Syria, and at present, U.S. foreign policy there is still muddled. Right now, he said, there is an unknown unknown in terms of American fense strategy in Syria. First is the anti-ISIS campaign. The second is more normative, and that is upholding the non-use of chemi cal weapons. And the third is military commanders rhetorically blaming Iran for what is taking place in Syria. Netanyahu: Aggression against aggression In anticipation of Irans intentions to retaliate, Israeli security and defense planners are making every effort to demonstrate to Iran that Israel has superiority, and that it is not worth the consequences for Iran to try and strike Israel. As such, Israel announced that it canceled plans to send its warplanes to a joint military exercise with the United States in Alaska amid concerns of the Iranian buildup. At the same time, Israeli leaders have made it clear to Iran that they will not toler ate its threats. Our policy can be summed up in three words: aggression against aggression, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said last week. ed to Israels actions and rhetoric. Israeli aggression against the Syrians and the regions Muslims remains ongoing, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said earlier this week, adding that Tehran would respond sooner or later. Similarly, Hezbollahs Deputy Secretary General Naim Qassem told the pan-Arab satellite TV station Al-Mayadeen that Iran would retaliate against Israel. We have to expect something from Iran, he said. Hezbollah and Iran will not allow Israel to limit their movement in Syria. Finish off last pockets of resistance Assaf Orion, a senior research fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies, told JNS what we see in Syria now is an accumulation of several issues. One is the lat est phase in the civil war, which means the regime feels quite emboldened to wrap up the last places of resistance. There is action up north between Turkey and the Kurds. Farther south, Russia has concentrated on Damascus and its suburbs. This conjunction, he continued, means ons. The regime has regenerated capabilities and the resolve to use it. The chemical attack was part of the regimes usual style to In 2013, Syria joined the Chemical Weapons Convention, but it is evident that the two northernmost sites that were hit by the coalition forces were post-2013 sites, said Orion. So actually, the Assad regime moved their assets around, kept some of its capabilities, hid them and then, assisted by Russia, used smoke and mirrors to deny their existence. The coalition strike was meant to tell Syria that the international community knows it used chemical weapons. But it all points to a failure of this mechanism to ascertain what is going on and to expose violations. There are voices calling for the ouster or even the assassination of Syrian President Bashar Assad. What Assad must realize, said Orion, is that the crimes of tyrants like Adolph Eichmann, Saddam Hussein and with them. Parallel to the chemical-weapons issue, there is the Iran-Israel axis, continued Orion. Iran is established militarily in Syria. Now, Iran seems to feel it is time to reap its investment into actual gains and dig in to Syria. Iran is Hezbollah on steroids. What Iran will do now is not immediately apparent, according to Orion, though he says he is certain that the Israeli military has made preparations to thwart or counter any attempt by Iran to further attack Israel. The question that remains, stresses Ben Taleblu, is: Will Iran actually look to test Israel again, or will it try to save face? Information from the JTA news service was also used in this report.Photo by GPOJERUSALEM (JTA) An antique Bible, or Tanach, that was stolen from the library of a wealthy French Jewish doctor by Nazi leader Hermann Gering, will be sold at public auction. Gering, who stole many valuable items of Judaica, was interested in Jewish treasures. According to its bookplate, the book was stolen from the home library of a Jewish doctor by the name of J.N. Pellieux of Beaugency, France sometime after the Nazi conquest of France in 1945. According to a second bookplate, glued opposite the front page, the book was taken from Gerings private collection in Berghof in the Berchtesgaden region. A stamp of the French Division of the Red Cross, whose soldiers captured the compound on May 4, 1945, appears on the bookplate. The Kedem Auction House in Jerusalem said in a statement that the Bible was printed by Menasseh Ben Israel in Amsterdam in the 17th century, one of a few bibles printed by a Jew at the time. In 2005, the stolen book was bequeathed as a gift to a Mr. Rosenfeld of London by a chaplain of the French division that stormed Gerings house at the end of the war, according to Kedem.Auction house offers antique Jewish Bible stolen by Gering


tion. The release nearly tripled the librarys   digital offerings. Curious fans can cue up West Side Story, On the Town or the Chichester Psalms, and peruse volumes of scrapbooks in the Librarys   collection   that were meticulously compiled by Helen Coates, his piano teacher and later, his career-long secretary. Bernstein arguably was the America in the second half of the 20th century, according to Mark Horowitz, the collections curator, who has been immersed in the details of the maestros life for a quar ter century. He described Bernstein as a polymath, a Renaissance man who wanted to do it all, from music to education to social activism. Born on Aug. 28, 1918 in Lawrence, MA, to Jennie and Samuel Bernstein, the young musician famously catapulted onto the world stage in November, 1943, when he for the New York Philharmonic for an ailing Bruno Walter, in a concert broadcast on national television. In 1958 with his appointment   as music director of the New York Ph ilharmonic, Bernstein became American Jewish conductor to lead a major American orchestra. With an estimated 400,000 items, the Bernstein Collection is one of the largest and most varied in the Librarys music division, Horowitz told JTA. The archives linear feet. Here are some treasures from the Library of Congress collection: 1. Bernstein grew up in Boston in a deeply religious family and was at synagogue. At   Congregation Mishkan T e  young Bernstein came under the a Viennese composer who became the synagogues music director and led its choir. On Oct. 10, 1946, Ber nstein wrote to Braslavsky, shortly after Yom Kippur: I have come to realize what a debt I really owe to you ... for the marvelous music surpass any that I have ever heard. Bernstein had a strained relation ship with his father, a successful business owner, whose life was guided by Talmudic learning. While he described his father as authoritarian, he admired his depth thought. IsIn November 1948, during Israels War of Independence, and Arab armies, Bernstein made his second conducting tour of Israel. He wrote a   nine-page let ter   to his mother, Jennie,   that glows with colorful, playful illustrations by   Yossi Stern, a Hungarian refugee who became known as the painter of Jerusalem. You can see his passion for the young state of Israel, its land, the people and the culture, according   hibit   at the NMAJH, where visitors can see one page of the original letter, on loan from the Library of Congress. Over his career, Bernstein conducted the Israel Philharmonic in 25 different seasons, in Israel, Europe and the U.S.   Israel. violinist Isaac Stern and the Israel Philharmonic, included Hatikvah, Israels national anthem; Mendelssohns Violin Concerto; and Second Symphony, known as the Resurrection Symphony. In his speech at the perfor mance,   handwri tten on stationery   from Jerusalems Shemesh Oriental Restaurant, Bernstein ing the Mahler symphony 19 years earlier, during Israels War of Independence. He marveled at the city he envisioned would inspire peace. Is it too much to hope that this growing together of people in peace may radiate out to this general region ... and eventually ... the world, he wrote. Why not? This is Jerusalem, with the name of the city written in Hebrew. 4. Bernstein was gay. His wife FeliIn 1946, Bernstein married Felicia Cohn Montealegre, a Chilean actress who performed the role of narrator in Bernsteins Symphony No. 3, the Kaddish Symphony. They had three children, Jamie, Bernstein didnt hide his homofrom his wife. Early in their mar riage, Felicia wrote a stirring and remarkably broad-minded   letter, undated, that revealed the deep love and bond between the couple. never change you dont admit to the possibility of a double life, but if your peace of mind, your health ... what can you do? she wrote. I am willing to accept you as you are, without being a martyr. I happen to love you very much ... nally In the 1950s, Bernstein and choreographer Jerome Robbins took inspiration from William Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet, adapting it to the ethnic and racial tensions of the 20th century. An   annotated copy   of Romeo and Juliet in the Library of Congress collection and includes notes by Bernstein and Robbins. It was originally conceived as East Side Story, about conflicts between Jews and Catholics. Audition notes for West Side Story, which opened Bernsteins comments about a young Warren Beatty, who sought the role of Riff (Good voice, cant open jaw charming as hell clean cut.) * The Library of Congress is hosting a series of programs from   May 12-19   including performances and   19, rarely seen materials from the collection will be on display. More details on the Bernstein events are on the Librarys   website, .PAGE 16 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 By e y chwart From his birthplace in Boston to New York, Berlin, South Africa, China and Israel, Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990), the larger-thanlife conductor, pianist, composer, educator and bon vivant, is being celebrated in a two-year bonanza of concerts, stage productions and programs marking the centennial of his birth. The American-born son of Ukrainian Jewish immigrants, musical world, from classical music to Broadway. Thousands of events are featured as a part of   #Bernsteinat100, including Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music recently opened at the   National Museum of American Jewish History   in Philadelphia. Last week, the Library of Congress got in on the act, making cluding letters, photographs, audio recordings and other material from its vast Leonard Bernstein Collec-Treasures from a centennial exhibit on Leonard Bernstein Photo courtesy of Library of Congress, Music Division N 1957.