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To make a 100% tax-deductible donation, go to www.couchpotatoevent.org or call (727) 302-3888. Presenting Sponsor: Jodi & Peter Marmerstein 2018 Non-Event Chair: Susie Bermanwww.couchpotatoevent.org Want to watch our residents and staff convince you NOT to attend? Go to www.tinyurl.com/couchpotatoevent. This video is guaranteed to make you smile. You are NOT invited to Menorah Manors 2018 event! 2018 Non-Event Chair: This year, you dont have to purchase a dress, rent a tux, wear uncomfortable heels or pay a babysitter... You get to stay home and All you have to do is put your feet up, relax, binge watch your favorite TV shows and You are NOT invited to Menorah Manors 2018 event! 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 33758-6970Complied from news wires www.jewishpresstampa.com MAY 25 JUNE 14, 2018 16 PAGES JERUSALEM Israeli leaders and citizens responded with euphoria as the Trump administration moved the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem on Monday, May 14, designating a pre-existing consular building as the ofState. Hundreds of revelers sat on bleachers outside the new embassy in Jerusalems Arnona neighborhood as an honor guard of U.S. Marines paraded the national colors and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and First Daughter Ivanka Trump unveiled the buildings seal carved into an outer wall. The crowd, which included both chief rabbis, the Israel Defense Forces chief of staff, the mayor of Jerusalem and the head of the Jewish Agency, stood and applauded for at least half a minute after U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman welcomed them, in a booming voice, to the dedication At US Embassy dedication, a day for marking history and praising Trump What should an army do when tens of thousands of protesters mass on its border? When that happened on Gazas border with Israel on Monday, May 14, Israeli solstorming the border fence, killing 60 and wounding more than a thousand. Britain, France, Canada and other countries have accused Israel of using excessive force in Gaza, though the U.S., Australia and other countries have blamed Hamas for the bloodshed. But in real time, did the Israel Defense Forces conduct itself appropriately? Could it have defended its border with less lethal force? Did Israels action on Gaza border actually save lives? Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images Eight startup companies from Israel and two speakers from Israeli tech superstars, Waze and Wix, will be featured at the second annual Innovation Fusion event on Wednesday, June 13 at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC in Tampa. The event is being put on by the Florida-Israel Business Accelerator (FIBA), based at the JCC, and will showcase how FIBA is enabling partnerships and collaboration between Israeli tech companies and local organizations with the goal of bringing in hi-tech jobs and growing the Tampa Bay economy. The Israeli companies presenting at Israeli tech companies to show off products at Tampa event Anyone in the Tampa Bay area who has ever been on a Taglit-Birthright trip since the program that sends young adults to Israel began in 1999 is invited to a reunion on the beach in Treasure Island on Sunday, June 10. The free Birthright Beach Bash begins at 5:30 p.m. and will end at sunset. The event is sponsored by the Tampa JCCs and Federation and the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties. At the reunion, Birthright alumni will be transported back to the sights and sounds of Israel, a time for reconnecting with Birthright friends, sharing stories, Birthright alum invited to beach reunion June 10 Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90 Canadian government to apologize for turning away Jewish refugees in 1939 Canadas Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the Canadian government will formally apologize for turning Germany. When Canada denied asylum to the 907 German Jews on board the MS St. Louis, we failed not only those passengers, but also their descendants and community, Trudeau said in a statement. In May 1939, the ship set sail from Hamburg, Germaban authorities refused to let them disembark. The ship then headed toward the United States, but was denied entry there, too. The ship ultimately returned to Europe and most of the passengers ended up back in the hands of the Nazis. About a quarter of those on board died in the Holocaust. An apology in the House of Commons will not rewrite this shameful chapter of our history, Trudeau said. It will not bring back those who perished or repair the lives shattered by tragedy. But it is our collective responsibility as we give meaning to the solemn vow: Never again. I House. In California, campaign robocall refers to Dianne Feinstein as traitorous JewA robocall against California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein used anti-Semitic slurs and urged listeners to support the campaign of her neo-Nazi challenger. Patrick Little, who is running as a Republican, is polling at 18 percent behind Feinstein, a Democrat who has served more than four terms in the Senate. Feinstein is polling at 39 percent in the race, which will pit the top two vote-getters in the June 5 primary against each other in the general election in November. Mainstream Republicans have not put up a serious challenge in what is considered a safe seat for a Democrat. To rid America of the traitorous Jews like Dianne Feinstein, vote for Patrick Little for U.S. Senator for California, the 90-second call said. Hes a patriot, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, and hes vowed to end Jewish control over America, starting with Diane Feinstein, an Israeli citizen pretending to be an American while she takes our money for her real country, Israel, and kills our children for it, too. The call continues: Hes going to get rid of all the nation-wrecking Jews from our country. Little told the San Francisco Chronicle that he was not aware of the existence of the call. He did not renounce its message, however, telling the newspaper: Show me See inside for details. 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PAGE 2 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA MAY 25 JUNE 14, 2018 The Jewish Press assumes no responsibility for the opinions of columnists, letter writers, claims of advertisers, nor does the paper guarantee the kashruth of products & services advertised or mentioned otherwise. P.O. BOX 6970, CLEARWATER, FL 33758-6970(6416 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33707)Telephone: (813) 871-2332 Fax: (727) 440-6037 E -mail: jewishpress@aol.comAlso publisher of the Jewish Press of Pinellas County of TAMPAAn independent, bi-weekly newspaper owned by THE JEWISH PRESS GROUP of TAMPA BAY, INC. www.jewishpresstampa.com THE TAMPA JCCS & FEDERATION M AINTAINS THE MAIL ING LIST FOR THE JEWISH PRESS.The Jewish Press of Tampa is privately owned, but published in cooperation with the the Tampa JCCs & Federation as a community newspaper. The JCCs & Federation underwrites home delivery of the paper to to promote Jewish community cohesiveness and identity.To RECEIVE THE PAPER or for ADDRESS CHANGES, E-mail at info@jewishtampa.com Call (813) 264-9000 Go to www.jewishtampa.comThe Jewish Press is mailed STANDARD CLASS. Standard Class DOES NOT include a speedy delivery guarantee. Date of delivery varies depending on your Standard Class Postage Permit: TA MP A PI #3763 The Jewish Press is a subscriber to JTA, The Global Jewish News Source.JIM D AWKINSPublisher & Co-OwnerKAREN D AWKINSManaging Editor & Co-Owner Advertising Sales GARY POLIN TORI GEE GALE TARNOFSKY-ABERCROMBIE Staff Writer & Editor BOB FRYER Ad Design & Graphics REY VILLALBA DAVID HERSHMANSocial Columnist DIANE TINDELLEditorial Assistant GAIL WISEBERGSTAFFPUBLIC AT ION & DEADLINE D ATE S JUNE 15Press Release ........June 1 Advertising .............June 5JULY 13Press Release ......June 29 Advertising ..............July 3AUG 10Bar/Bat Mitzvah Planning GuidePress Release .......July 27 Advertising ............July 31 522 North Howard Avenue | Tampa, FL 33606Sunday, July 15, 2018 | 1:00 4:00 PM Bryan Glazer Family JCC $ FREE Advanced Registration Required Games, snacks, prizes, and more! Open to JCC members and guests of all ages and skill levels. Bring your own Scrabble set and dictionary if you have them! Please note: this is not an official NASPA Scrabble Tournament. This event is brought to you by and ACTIVE ADULTS of the JCCs.Time to brush up on your double-letter words, anagrams and bingos. Were playing Scrabble! Image courtesy of Google Images / Thunder Bay Literacy Group ( tblg.org ) Image ( below ) courtesy of Google Images / Davis & Davis Attorneys at Law ( davisanddavislaw.com ) JCC Scrabble TournamentTo register, go to www.BryanGlazerFamilyJCC.com / ScrabbleFor more information, please contact: Lisa Robbins, 813.769.4723 or lisa.robbins@jewishtampa.com David Siskin, 813.291.2252 or david.siskin@jewishtampa.com Pnina Levermore, 813.291.2253 or pnina.levermore@jewishtampa.com (JTA) U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller has sent investigators to Israel to uncover the activities of an Israeli-run somedia manipulation effort to help Donald Trump get elected. princes of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab New York Times report. DeVos). It is illegal for foreign governments or individuals to be involved in American electhe Times. Zamel told the Times that his client never half. a covert multimillion-dollar online manipuTimes reported. The plan involved using Muellers team questioning Israeli-run social media rm about its efforts to help elect Trump WASHINGTON (JTA) More leaders across a range of faiths anti-Semitism monitor. There has been no anti-Sem Anti-Semitism of staff last summer. there are proposals in some transfer duties from special ena cost-saving measure. A range of ers reminded him that the antianti-Semitism monitor to ambasdent to nominate someone for the sage. House. With a companion bill enhanced. Religious leaders urge State Dept, to name anti-Semitism monitor

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JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 3 MAY 25 JUNE 14, 2018 I am not a huge fan of salad, but I decided to eat healthy and try Fat Rabbits salad... best salad Ive ever had!16029 Tampa Palms Blvd. W., Tampa 33647 (Tampa Palms Publix Shopping Center)813.252.3004 (Reservations not required)Reservations not required A relaxed atmosphere where good friends meet! The food is always fresh and hot and the beer is always cold! HOURS: Sun Thurs 11:30am -11:00pm / Fri & Sat 11:30am 1:00am HAPPY HOUR: Monday Thursday 4:00pm 7:00pm The food was amazing, the staff were awesome, and the drinks were fantastic. The head chef Cole was awesome to meet and was happy to chat with my friends and I about the food. I would highly recommend checking this place out if youre a foodie. This isnt the place for your standard fair food... Thank goodness. check us out in person! www.FatRabbitPub.com Info@FatRabbitPub.comGOOGLE REVIEWS The Tampa JCCs and Federation honored Dr. Ron Pross for his extensive involvements within the Jewish and medical communities at this years Maimonides Society program on Tuesday, May 1, at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC. The event was chaired by Dr. Stephen Kreitzer who welcomed guests in attendance and presented Pross, whom he considers a friend and fellow lay leader, with the Maimonides Society Leadership Award. Having my name associated with this society is something that I dont take lightly said Pross in his acceptance remarks. He also quoted Maimonides: We each decide whether to make ourselves learned or ignorant, compassionate or cruel, generous or miserly. No one forces us. No one decides for us, no one drags us along one path or the other. We are responsible for what we are. This is the mantra Pross puts in to practice in his many volunteer capacities. Following the award ceremony, Dr. Charles Lockwood, senior vice president of USF and the dean of USF Health Morsani College of Medicine gave an insightful presentation on how the Water Street Projlocally. He said that USFs presence in the health care district will be more than just a building, we are building a healthier future economy in Tampa Bay. With medical knowledge doubling every 73 days, he can adapt to unforeseen advances in medical education. This years Maimonides program brought in over 100 community members in attendance, including Joe Probasco, president of the Tampa JCCs and Federation, who introduced the speaker. For more information about the Maimonides Society, visit www. jewishtampa.com.Dr. Ron Pross receives Maimonides Society Leadership Award(L-R) Dr. Stephen Kreitzer, Dr. Ron Pross and guest speaker Dr. Charles Lockwood. For a non-event, it could prove to be pretty eventful for those who participate by not showing up. For sports enthusiasts, the noshows could wind up with Tampa Bay Buccaneers club seats and autographed football, or luxury suite tickets to a Tampa Bay Lightning game or an autographed Lightning jersey. For Tampa Bay Rays fans, this is a chance for a Blake Snell autographed baseball or a Wilson Ramos autographed bat. Not into sports? Then how about tickets to Berns Wine Fest, or a week-long stay at a private residence in Utah, or tickets to a variety of local tourist attractions? All those items and many more will be up for grabs through an online auction from June 1-11at the No Show Black Tie Gala. This fundraising non-event is being put on by the Tampa JCCs and Federation and will feature an extensive list of items for bid. The idea behind holding a blacktie event that folks are cordially invited not to attend is to save them the trouble of preparing for yet another big social event and instead to make a donation of the money they would have forked over for tickets, dresses, tuxedos, dry cleaning, babysitters, etc. The advantage for the event organizers is that the money they would normally spend on a fancy dinner and decorations or entertainment is saved and 100 percent of donations will directly visit the Tampa JCCs. It also means that gala participants are able to enjoy a night off with family and friends while feeling good about supporting their local JCCs. How does this work? Its simple. Visit www.jewishtampa.com/ noshowgala and make a donation of your choosing. That same website provides access to the auction, which features loads of items to bid on in addition to the, sports, wine fest, Utah getaway or tourist attractions. jewelry, teeth whitening, cosmetic procedures, dance lessons, interior design services, a staycation, a one-day yacht excursion, a party bus trip or private tutoring for SAT/ACT tests, among other items, and there is a wide array of gift cards people can bid on. Those interested in donating an auction item or sponsoring the gala should contact Michelle Gallagher at (813) 739-1687 or michelle. gallagher@jewishtampa.com. Who does the Bryan Glazer Family JCC and JCC on the Cohn Campus serve? bers that have access to health and wellness classes, state-of-the-art Aquatic Center and more. and Congregation Rodeph Sholom house the JCC Preschools schools that serve children of all faiths and are respected for quality early childhood education. to the Florida-Israel Business Accelerator (FIBA), a Florida-based technology accelerator that is designed to establish and grow successful, high-growth Israeli ventures in the Tampa Bay Area. tural programs and experiences, including the Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival and the Festival of Jewish Books and Conversations. Roberta M. Golding Visual Arts Center and offers a wide range of classes including ceramic sculpture, pottery, oil painting, watercolor, drawing, digital, mixed media, small scale metal sculpture, jewelry, glass fusion, stained ness programs and lively events. ences a mix of social, interactive and hands-on activities designed to help young adults of all faiths and backgrounds in their 20s, 30s and 40s connect with friends, meet new people and have meaningful experiences. PJ Library a program that sends books and music about Jewish traditions, values or holidays to families with children ages 6 months through 8 years. richment classes for children of all ages. The JCCs also offer Camp J a summer camp program for children. space to host community and corporate gatherings, events and celebrations of all kinds.Say no to the dress up but yes to wine, jewelry, Utah or a really suite dealBy RON KAMPEAS JTA news serviceWASHINGTON Flanked by clergy including a priest, an imam and an Orthodox rabbi President Based and Community Initiatives, which since its 2001 launch has delivered humanitarian assistance to Americans through religious organizations. Americans of faith have built the hospitals that care for our sick, the homes that tend to our elderly, and the charities that house the orphaned, and they minister and they really do, they minister to the poor, and so beautifully and with such love, Trump said in remarks in the Rose Garden. Buried in legal speak in the executive order, however, was a clause that left liberal-leaning Jewish groups aghast: Trump removed a section that required religious groups using government money to refer applicants to appropriate alternatives if the applicant did not want a dose of salvation with their relief. Marc Stern, the counsel for the American Jewish Committee, said the now moot requirement protected the starving man from having to listen to a sermon before entering a soup kitchen for a meal. Its always been thought that the provision of an alternative is an essential element of preserving religious liberty, Stern said in an interview. Dropping it is more than a step backward. Forced sermons remind us Jews of efforts at various times to make us listen to conversionary sermons. Orthodox groups welcomed the re-establishment pansion of its ambit to the entire executive branch. But groups that lobbied hard for the protection under past administrations were quick to object. The order puts Americas most vulnerable citizens at risk of choosing between accessing essential, taxpayer-funded social services and being subject to unwanted proselytizing or religious activity, the Anti-Defamation League said in a statement. Any White House faith-based initiative must uphold and enhance constitutional protections for the separation of church and state and protect the rights of all people, regardless of their faith, the Reform movements Religious Action Center said. Conservative religious groups were pleased by the steers funding to faith-based groups to carry out humanitarian interventions, including delivering food to the needy and administering addiction rehabilitation programs. It had been limited to White House initiatives. Now other government agencies will be expected to launch faith-based initiatives. 2001 and Barack Obama to the surprise of some maintained it, but launched a lengthy review process to make sure it operated within constitutional church-state separations. Conservative religious groups have chafed at the Obama-imposed restrictions, saying they inhibited productive partnerships with proven relief providers. Michelle Boorstein, Washington Post religion correspondent, tweeted a quote from an unnamed Trump weeks order was to launch programs without all of these arbitrary concerns as to what is appropriate. That outraged Jack Moline, a Conservative movement rabbi who is the president of the Interfaith Alliance, a liberal-leaning umbrella group. President Trump and his staff would do well to remember that we are a nation of laws, not prayers, and that there is nothing arbitrary in respecting the First Amendment, he said in a statement linking to the tweet. In a Religion News Service column, Mark Silk, Study of Religion in Public Life at Trinity College in Connecticut, said, Where Obama ensured religious freedom, Trump creates religious establishments. It probably didnt help that Trump, in extemporized remarks at the signing, goaded church-state separationists, saying that the use of the phrase Merry Were starting to say Merry Christmas when that day comes around, the president said to applause. You notice the big difference between now and two or three years ago? He provided no evidence for his claim. Agudath Israel of America, a haredi Orthodox umbrella group, welcomed Trumps order. Abba Cohen, Agudahs Washington director, said in an email that the removal of the protection made sense to religious assistance programs that chafed at having to identify alternative providers a job he said was best left to government authorities. Other Orthodox groups, while supporting the less than sanguine about the removal of the requirement for referrals. I certainly would have preferred that provision not be eliminated in the new executive order, Nathan Diament, the Washington director for the Orthodox Union, said in an email. That said, other critical protections we developed and were adopted in the Obama executive order remain in place the most important of which are that the faith-based entity receiving a government grant may not use the grant funds for its religious activities and that those religious activities must take place at a separate time and in a separate location from the government-funded activities. The Orthodox Union, like Agudah, praised Trumps order. Diament, in a statement noting that he attended the signing ceremony, said the notion of faith-based collaboration spanned Republican and Democratic administrations. This bipartisan continuity is an important statement of principle and rebuttal to those who would seek to have government policy discriminate against faith-based entities, he said. Rabbi Levi Shemtov, the executive vice president of Friends of Lubavitch (Chabad), who delivered a prayer at the signing, said he would raise the removal of the protection with the administration.Any time somebody doesnt feel comfortable religiously in the context of humanitarian assistance its a cause for touch with the administration as appropriate to learn what implications this might have, he said. At the same time, I would doubt that a religious institution offering humanitarian help would be crass in this regard if the person needing this help objected. Stern of the American Jewish Committee said its not a question of having to accept an institutions religious beliefs, but being forced to listen to them in would soon challenge the order with a lawsuit.Trumps faith-based initiative removes barrier to proselytizing and some Jews are worried

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Cong. Schaarai ZedekSaturday movie night: A movie, a meal and a discussion will take place on Saturday, June 16 beginning at 5:30 p.m. There will be pizza and salad, then a showing of The Greatest Showman, starring Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams and Zac Efron. Based on the life of show business visionary P.T. Barnum, this is an original movie musical. After the movie, Rabbi Richard Birnholz will lead a discussion. RSVP at www.Zedek.org/rsvp, or call (813) 876-2377 or email zedek.org. Cantor in concert: There will be an afternoon of music on Sunday, June 3 when Cantor Deborrah Cannizzaro sings her favorite songs of opera, Broadway and The Great Songbook. Pianist Robert Jarosh and bass player Watts Shamura will join her. RSVP online www.zedek.org/RSVP or call the temple. Annual meeting: The temples annual meeting will feature a Shabbat dinner, and their installation on Friday, June 1. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $25 for adults and $15 for children up to 9 years old. At 6:30 p.m., along with the election, the congregation will honor the 2018 Presidents Cup recipient. The Shabbat service and installation of the board begins at 7:30 p.m. To RSVP for the dinner call the temple or go to www.zedek.org/RSVP. Religious School registration: It is time to register for the 2018-19 religious school year. All children who will be 4 years old by Sept. 1, 2018, are eligible to attend and the deadline for registration is Aug. 10. Registration forms are available online at http://www.zedek.org/learning/ religious-school or contact the school or (813) 8762377, ext. 210. Cong. Rodeph SholomJammies and Jeans Shabbat: Throw on your jeans and get your children in their jammies for a casual Summer fun themed Shabbat experience on Friday, June 1 at 5:30 p.m. Children receive a special summer kippah to keep. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP to Judy Van Der Stelt org or register at rsholom.org. Camp Rodeph Sholom: A day camp for kids from pre-K through seventh grade will be offered at the synagogue from June 4-8 and June 11-15. There are limited spaces available. Contact Judy at Adult education: Rabbi Josh Hearshen will teach Torah study on Thursdays at 11 a.m. and Talmud study on Thursdays at noon. At 7 p.m. on Thursdays he teaches a class titled Embracing Judaism.Cong. Kol AmiBook group: The Tree of Life Long Learning Book Group will meet Tuesday, May 29 at 7 p.m. in the Jay Fink Library. The group will discuss All the Rivers by Dorit Rabinyan, a controversial, awardwinning story about the passionate but untenable affair between an Israeli woman and a Palestinian man, from one of Israels most acclaimed novelists. Pizza & PJ Shabbat: Join in on Friday night, June 8 from 6-7 p.m. to celsinging, dancing, friendship and food. All young families are welcome. PJs are not required, but all are urged to dress comfortably. Following a pizza dinner, there will be a short musical service, led by Rabbi Howard Siegel and David Berger and followed by ice cream dessert. Cost for this event is $5 per person, with a $25 family maximum. Children 3 and under are free. This program is recommended for families with children ages 15 months through second grade, but everyone is welcome. RSVP to org by Wednesday, June 6. Jewish ethics: Rabbi Siegel leads a course in Jewish ethics on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to noon. This course will use Pirke Avot: Ethics of Our Ancestors as a springboard to discussion and debate on issues of the day in the light of Jewish moral/ethical demands. There will be no class June 20. 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 PAGE 4 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA MAY 25 JUNE 14, 2018 Reform 1115 E. Congregation BETH AM nd rd Conservative Congregation Campus Jewish Renewal Conservative Reform ReformTemple .ConservativeTemple EMANUEL JEWISH CENTER Congregations Shabbat Candle Lighting Times I have a paradox that I would like to unpack and then learn to live with. How is it that I am a Zionist who believes with all of my being in the free, secure and democratic Jewish State of Israel in our ancestral homeland and yet I live in Tampa? How do I live in a world where my homeland feels so un-homely at times? How do I live in a world where I am considered a visitor in my homeland? All of these questions are posed by examining the beautiful words in the Passover Haggadah. Every year we conclude the seder Year in Jerusalem and yet we live outside of Jerusalem and choose to maintain such a life. What are we singing about and what are we doing about those words? Passover? The Holocaust was still fresh in our minds and we were refugees in every meaning of the word. When the seders ended and of the world know that they would be all that closer by the same time next year? How did the Jewish world feel in 1967 when they were so close to Jerusalem that they could almost taste it? How did they feel? Then in 1967 it all came together and we were now able to liter ally live out the words of the Haggadah and could celebrate together where we were supposed to be celebrating. Jews from all around and their relationship with God in our homeland and in the city of Jerusalem. But many of us havent we have stayed in the diaspora and live in countries outside of the Land. How do we diaspora Jews relate to Israel? What is our role to play? I am reminded time and again of the end of the exodus from Egypt. As we were preparing to cross over the Jordan river, two of our tribes made a decision that is the basis for the symbitoday. Two tribes made a decision that the right place for them to be living would be in modern day Jordan on the other side of the river. They were the original diaspora. Moses Living in Living in a paradox Congregation Rodeph Sholomresponded to them by saying they couldnt The two tribes responded that they had no intention to do that. They would not settle their own lands until the rest of the nation was settled. They would serve in the army and they would be 100 percent committed to the cause. Then, after the war was over they would return home to their families and continue their lives. Perhaps they understood the words of the Haggadah long before they were even written? They understood the paradoxical existence before we chose to live it. We are committed to state of Israel. We are committed to her prosperity to her safety to her future and to her legacy. We support from afar in times of peace and in times of war. Our lives are so entangled in their lives and we see our homeland as being a place to be proud of being a part of and a cause that demands our support. As supporters of Zion we must be aware of the power of our words. If we want to continue allowState of Israel. As members of the family we must be willing to accept our homeland not just as it is now but also help to make it as it should be ... to help make Jerusalem into a city of peace which is the meaning of its name. Israel is and always has been a light unto the nations. It remains so to this very As Jewish leaders living the paradox we have a responsibility to remind the world over and over again of this basic fact encapsulated in next year in Jerusalem. Though we choose to live outside of our Homeland we nevertheless have a great role to play in her future just as we did in her past. Every time that I leave Israel I shed tears of sadness and tears of joy. Sadness that I am leaving my home again and joy that I was blessed to live in a generation that has the ability to build and maintain the state of Israel. For the foreseeable future I will continue to embrace this paradox of my life in the diaspora. But that will never alter my love and affection for Israel and my support as well. 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.

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JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 5 Bnai Mitzvah CongregationsMAY 25 JUNE 14, 2018 from beginners through experts. Texts are provided. There will be no class June 21. Knitting time: The Sisterknitting 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 that are donated to charity. For more inforCong. Beth AmC ocktail conversations: Each month congregants gather for Cocktail Convos, a casual but serious discussion on topic ranging from current events to our lives as Jews [and partners to Jews]. The next conversation will be on Sunday, May 27 at 7 p.m. The discussion topic will be Interfaith How does Judaism/Congregation Beth Am look to the non-Jews among us? This event will be held at GrillSmith at the Shops of Wiregrass. Everyone is welcome. RSVPs are requested, but not necessary. RSVP Cong. Beth Shalom BrandonCabaret night: A potluck dinner and an evening of enter tainment will be on tap Saturday, June 2. Events begin at 5:30 p.m. with a dairy potluck dinner. This is a BYOB meal. At 7, sit back and listen to friends sing familiar melodies of Broadway. You may be surprised at the Jewish connections. Call Phyllis Newman at (813) 209-3710 to RSVP.Cong. Beth Israel Shabbat dinner: Share a meal with other congregants on Friday, June 1 at 6 p.m. in Henry Gibson Hall. There will be a catered chicken or vegetarian dinner at a cost of $12 for members, $14 for non-members. RSVP immediately to the temple.Cong. Mekor ShalomTeddy Bear Shabbat: Calling teddy bear owners of all ages for a teddy bear Shabbat on Friday, June 15 at 6 p.m. Celebrate Shabbat in a beary joyful way. Kaddish will be included at some time after 6:30 p.m. and there will be an oneg Shabbat right after the service.Cong. Bais Menacham ChabadTorah class: Join a weekly Torah class on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. at the University of Tampa. The class explores contemporary issues through a Torah perspec tive. For more information, contact Rabbi Levi Rivkin at (813) 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. Jessica Rachel RossJessica Rachel Ross, daughter of Sharon and Steven Ross of Tampa, will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, June 2, at Congregation Schaarai in Tampa. Entering eighth grade, Jessica is a Principals Honor Society. Active in sports, she plays club soccer for the Liverpool Football Club and also plays on the Wilson Middle School soccer team. For her mitzvah project, Jessica was a volunteer at Guardian Angels Dog Rescue. Sharon and Steven Ross will host a celebration at the Barrymore Hotel, Tampa Riverwalk on Saturday evening, June 2. Special guests will include grandparents Irene and Marty Ross and grandmother Rhea Uager.Garrett Luke SchwartzGarrett Luke Schwartz, son of Jodi and Jon Schwartz of Wesley Chapel, will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, June 2, at Congregation Schaarai Zedek in Tampa. Garrett is a seventh-grade honors student a Dr. John Long Middle School. Active in sports, he especially enjoys lacrosse and plays competitive and recreational lacrosse and is both a middle and an attack position. Garrett also enjoys being a camper in the summer at Camp Horseshoe in Wisconsin. Jodi and Jon Schwartz will host a celebration at the Westin Hotel on Saturday, June 2. Sela Ivy TeplinSela Ivy Teplin, daughter of Vicki Teplin and Stephen Teplin of Tampa will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, June at Congregation Schaarai Zedek in Tampa. Sela is a seventh-grade student at Coleman Middle School. Active in dance, she is part of Company. Sela also enjoys being a camper in the summer at Camp Interlaken JCC in Wisconsin. Selas parents will host a celebration at the Westshore Grand on Saturday evening, June 9. Special guests will include family and friends from Wisconsin, MaryTexas. Mon. Fri. 6:00 am Noon Sat. & Sun. 6:00 am 1:00 pmBoiled & Baked the traditional way at the same location for over 30 years!1871 Gulf To Bay Blvd. (Clearwater)~ Next to Clearwater High School ~(727) 446-7631 JP RelaxTampaBay.comIN-HOME M ASSAGE $50* *expires 6/30/18 some restrictions may apply discount is for 1 hr relaxation massageRelax Naturally20+ years experienceNataly Balk,LMT $ $ $ $ (813) 728-HEAL (4325) MA 28389Weinberg Village will honor 15 members from throughout the local Jewish community who are age 90 and older, when it hosts its third Oldest Jewish Americans Brunch at the Cohn Jewish Community Campus on Sunday, June 10 at 11 a.m. The event will include a brunch and entertainment by one of Tampas distinguished Barbershop Quartets, Song Daddy. This years honorees are: Doris Baer, Donald Epski, Mordekhai Kolpakchi, Zenaida Kolpakchi, Arthur Meier, Betty Olinsky, Harold Rosenthal, Thomas Schwartz, Betty Solomon, Herbert Thau, Rita Weissman and Bruce Zimmerman. Ron Rudolph and Andi Parker, Weinberg Village board members, are serving as co-chairs for the brunch. Tickets to attend the event are $18 in advance or $20 at the door. Checks can be made out to: Weinberg Village Assisted Living Residences. Checks and names of those attending can be mailed or dropped off at Weinberg Village Assisted Living Residences, 13005 Community Campus Drive, Tampa 33625. The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Village Assisted Living Residences provides care for seniors within the local community and hosting an event like this meets the organizations mission. For more information about Weinberg Village programs and services, call Dan Sultan, executive director, or Ben Gersten, marketing director, at (813) 969-1818 or visit www.weinbergvillage.com.Brunch to honor 15 who have lived at least 90 years(JTA) Muslim leaders took out a full-page ad in a major British newspaper condemning antiSemitism. We understand that many in our country empathize with the Palestinians and their right to a sovereign state, said the ad Thursday, May 18, in the Telegraph, a national broadsheet, and signed by a group called Muslims Against Anti-Semitism. However, we must be ever vigilant against those who cynically use international issues to vilify Jews or promote anti-Semitic tropes. The ad was signed by the leaders of groups including Faith Matters, a Muslim anti-extremism group; the Association of British Muslims, and Tell MAMA, a clearinghouse for complaints about anti-Muslim attacks. The Board of Deputies of British Jews praised the ad on Twitter. Incredible solidarity a full-page ad by Muslim sisters & brothers Thank you. Together we will defeat the twin evils of antisemitism & anti-Muslim hate. Previously, the Board of Deputies had joined Tell MAMA in condemning Islamaphobia, when that group on May 8 rolled out a report on anti-Muslim bias in Britain.British Muslim group runs anti-Semitism ad

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right tour in 2001, said even before toward the Jewish state. His mother he was raised knowing about the   Israel is our homeland, s o I being there, Bloom said.   liked doing until marriage and stronger about his faith and for what others have gone through.     Soon after his return from his Judaism. Visits to the Western Wall, the Dead Sea, Yad Vashem and Masada afterwards. I was a regular at Hillel and Chabad both before and after   Like the Bowmans and Bloom, fore going and still do after. *     PAGE 6 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA MAY 25 JUNE 14, 2018 FINANCIAL SALES OR DEVELOPMENT PROFESSIONALThe Development Corporation for Israel is currently seeking an experienced Financial Sales or Development Professional for its Tampa Bay ofce with responsibility for soliciting and closing individual, institutional and organizational investments in Israel Bonds in North West and Central Florida. Duties will include: Qualications include: Some travel required. Development Corporation for Israel is an Equal Opportunity Employer. BIRTHRIGHT are Melanie and Jonathan Bowto strengthen their bonds to both Michael Tebbi was taken aback when States and Canada. Jonathan said, adding that his sunbefore she met Jonathan, was also rael. Now that Ive been to Israel, I   Kotel and walking the streets of   dating. eration board and getting involved nizations, but Jonathan said as the take them to Israel. and is founder and CEO of Harmo-

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JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 7 MAY 25 JUNE 14, 2018 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 www.shapirogallery.com You can also shop online! By BOB FRYER Jewish PressMuch like in the United States, they have Scouts in Israel, and next month a group (they call it a Caravan) of them will make two visits in Pinellas County. Friendship Caravan will offer performances akin to a variety show as they share their musical, singing and dancing talents and sprinkle in stories about life in Israel. gregation Bnai Israel in St. Petersburg where they will entertain folks of all ages on Thursday, June 14 at 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to this free event and light refreshments will be served. The synagogue is located at 300 Fifth St. N. in St. Petersburg. On Friday, June 15 at 2 p.m. the caravan will perform for the Jewish Community Camp housed at Temple Bnai Israel, 1685 S. Belcher Road, Clearwater. This free event is also open to the public as well as to kids in the summer camp sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties. There are different scout groups in Israel that send caravans abroad, all part of a mission to serve as goodwill ambassadors from Israel, making friendships and building bonds between Americans and Israelis. The group that has been making frequent summer visits to Israel and today it is the largest scout group in Israel with 80,000 active members and 180 chapters/troops in various cities, towns, moshavim and kibbutzim. Just like American scouts, the Israeli scouts start young around age 10 and participate in regular meetings, attending camps and taking on projects to help others while earning badges. But when the Israeli Scouts, reach age 16 or 17, select ones are chosen to be ency in English, and of course their talent in the performing arts. After several rounds of competitive auditions and interviews, the scouts spend a year training and rehearsing for their exciting summer in North America. Traditionally each caravan has 10 teen members and two counselors in their 20s. This year one teen is not able to make this trip, but among those coming, all are quite notable. Israeli Friendship Caravan to display talents at 2 shows The Israeli Scout CaravanEach teen enjoys working with younger scouts in their homeland, mentoring them and sharing a positive attitude. Most of those coming here have older brothers or sisters serving in Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and several have apparently inherited their love for music, song or acting from their parents. One girl, Shai, is the daughter of the CEO of SodaStream International whose bio also notes that her dad has been a longtime cantor at a synagogue in Cincinnati, where Shai and her singer/songwriter mom got to join him on the bima for the High Holidays. Shai is not the only one who has already visited the United States. Sharon visited the Grand Canyon and Universal Studios on a trip to America and a boy, Amir, lived in California for three years when he was younger and his dad got transferred to a job there. All the caravan members said they are eager to share their talents, stories, culture and values with Americans in hopes of forming strong bonds. For the second year in a row Chabad of Clearwater was the winner of the Give Day Tampa Bay contest. Chabad once again received the highest number of Give Day Tampa Bay is a 24-hour online giving event sponsored by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay to promote charitable giving to local nonThis years contest was held on Tuesday May 1 from across the Tampa Bay region. When the clock on the contest ran out at midnight on Wednesday, Chabad of Clearwater had raised more than $12,000 from 415 donors. Additionally, Chabad won $5,000 in prize money including $2,000 for winning the power hour lunch prize and a $1,000 Matching Grant Prize. The 415 unique donors for Chabad of Clearwater was the second highest total of donors from all the For second year, Clearwater Chabad wins big at Give Day

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What does Chai stand for or mean?A very funny play despite the serious overtures of death, identity and religion. Theatermania GAZA BORDERHere are the cases for and against the IDFs conduct and an example of a similar situation where things ended a little differently. Defenders of Israels conduct say it minimized casualties. The number of casualties was very, very small, said Doron Almog, who led the IDF Southern Command from 2000 to 2003. protest, he said, was a crowd-sourced operation by Hamas, the militant group governing civilians. 47,000 people? he said. Are you crazy pened was a planned affair by Hamas. Hamas took out operational directives, it gave orders that within the groups of people there would be people armed with pistols. Defenders of Israels conduct all said that the core threat lay in protesters who were trying to break through the fence, which is only a couple hundred yards away from Israeli towns. Protesters had to be stopped before said, because a break in the fence could allow thousands to stream through and overwhelm Israeli forces, and then Israeli civilians, at a close distance. Shooting protesters before that happened, they said, minimized the number of dead. And they all emphasized that Israel used crowd-dispersal means like tear gas and Once it becomes a question of two meters, three meters, ten meters, if youre 100 soldiers there, and there are 2,000 unarmed people, at that point the numbers talk, said Noru Tsalic, a veteran of the IDF who was a intifada in the late 1980s, which saw frequent Palestinian protests. If there is no fence anymore and thousands of people are coming toward you, then your only option is to shoot into the crowd and try to kill as many people as possible. person it killed, instead publicly relying on a declaration from Hamas that 50 of the victims were its own members. But Shaul Shay, the former deputy head of Israels National Security Council, said the issue boils down to Israel facing an incursion on its southern border and acting as any sovereign state would. The role of the IDF on the Gaza border is to defend the borders of the state of Israel, and the way the IDF functioned was correct, said Shay, now the director of research at the Interdisciplinary Centers Institute for Policy and Strategy. It showed a lot of strength, and A human rights lawyer says Israel must do more to protect human life. The Israeli forces have adopted rules of engagement that deviate in a not just dangerous but immoral way from what international law allows, said Michael Sfard, a prominent Israeli human rights lawyer. Sfard acknowledged that Israel faced a threat on its border and had the responsibility to counter that threat. But those counter except if someones life is under clear threat. Using force that is potentially lethal can only be done in an immediate danger to life, he said. Not to property, not to sovereignty, not to anything else. That does not mean if there is a danger to property, to sovereignty, that we should stand idle. In other words, Sfard says Israel is not albreaking through the fence. If that person has a gun and is coming toward soldiers, force would be acceptable, he said. But if not, soldiers should wound or arrest the culprit. Soldiers cannot simply assume, he said, that This is killing people on the basis of a speculation, he said. You have enough forces in [border kibbutz] Nahal Oz and everywhere else, and the IDF knows exactly if the border is being cracked. If you see someone whos armed, thats a different matter, he continued. You can civilians. To say that cracking the fence and one completely lost their mind. Sfard likewise questioned the relevance of Hamas is a terror group, it also has a political party and a bureaucracy that runs the coastal strip. The key question, Sfard said, was whether those Hamas members posed a threat to Israeli lives when they were shot. The question is not whether someone is a member of a terror organization, Sfard said. The question is whether a person is a combatant or a civilian, and if a civilian, does he engage in combat or pose an immediate danger? Their ideology has no bearing on whether they should be targeted. Israels northern border? Both Sfard and Shay discussed a previous time when Israel had to deal with the same problem: a mass rush on its border by civilians. In June 2011, thousands of people in Syria stormed toward the border into the Golan Heights, with some crossing over. Israeli 350. No Israelis died in the clashes. Sfard and Shay both pointed to the incident as proof of their points. Sfard says that, in a case when protesters did actually rush into Israel, its citizens were unscathed, and fewer people died. Israel could have taken the same approach this week, he said. Did the sky fall? he said. No, they were arrested. Many people got in, and what happrotesters. But Shay said the 2011 incident should be seen as a debacle, not a test case. The army was unprepared, he said, and should never have allowed anyone to cross the border. The fact that no Israelis were harmed, he added, was a lucky break that Israel cannot expect again. It was a failure that the IDF wasnt ready as it should have been, he said. Dont bring a failure as a best practice.

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embassy move. At a reception organized by the Orthodox Union at Jerusalems Waldorf Astoria hotel, former Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-CT, one of the architects of the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act, told JTA that it had been very frustrating and disappointing every time a president of the United States suspended the implementation of that act and that he was thrilled by Trumps decision. The Jerusalem Embassy Act recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and called for the relocation of the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, but Trumps predecessors declined to implement it, citing foreign policy concerns. Asked if he believed that Trumps involvement would turn Israel into a partisan issue, Lieberman replied that his bill had been bi-partisan and support for Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is broadly supported by members of both parties. Trump a Churchill? The O.U.s Mark Bane called Trump Gods messenger on this important day. Citing his decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked called Trump the the [Winston] Churchill of the 21st century. This rhetoric was off-putting to some attendees, who decried what they saw as excessive. While there was no question that the embassy needs to be on the essence and not about Trump, opposition MK Pnina Tamano-Shata of Yesh Atid told JTA. To compare him to Churchill or to Balfour is a little exaggerated. The state of Israel and the people of Israel know that our capital is Jerusalem and the transfer of the Embassy is [correct] but lets take things in proportion. I am for our nation celebrating but we also need to be careful that we dont excessively praise in an exaggerated sense of euphoria and not to raise up a man in an exaggerated way, she said. Asked about how Israeli leaders were addressing Trump, Dan Shapiro, who served as U.S. ambassador to Israel under President Barack Obama, told JTA that it was understandable that they were engaging in hyperbole because its become accepted in international circles that the way to gain favor with President Trump is to Shapiro said he supported the embassy move but harbored reservations about how it was implemented. He explained that Israel was doing everything possible to have the best possible relation with the president of the United States and that this was completely legitimate. However, he cautioned, it would be advisable to bear in Americans deeply who are alienated from this president on other issues and to work on maintaining the historic bi-partisan nature of this relationship. A deadly decision? K Ayman Odeh, an Arab Israeli who heads the Knessets Joint List, linked the killing of Gaza protesters who are engaged in a six-week series of demonstrations to coincide with Israels 70th anniversary celebrations to the embassy dedication. The opening of the American embassy in Jerusalem and its grand ceremony is part of the same policy that has claimed the lives of dozens of Gazans, Odeh said in a statement. Today, there is nothing to celebrate. The opening of the embassy is yet another provocative step that signals the destruction of the notion of peace. The Netanyahu-Trump alliance Meanwhile, in East Jerusalem, the mood was subdued. Near the Damascus Gate, tourists and Arab shoppers mingled, watched by body armor and carrying automatic weapons. Local residents, while unhappy with the American decision, seemed apathetic in the face of a reality they couldnt change. Inside the Old Citys Arab maronly as Yassir sat in his dress shop, watching news footage from Gaza. said. There could be war all over. The people of Gaza dont care if they die. Asked why there wasnt rusalem, Yassir replied resignedly directly with the Israelis and that any young man who went out in the street would end up with a police record that would follow him for life. Its different in Gaza, the authorities support the protests, he said. In a nearby restaurant, a man fatalistic attitude, asserting that the Israelis had Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states in their pockets. Trump, he said, was more Jewish than the Jews. The Palestinians have to be smart, he continued, claiming that if Jerusalem residents took to the streets the Jews will kill us and say we are against peace. Im not ready for my son to go out and die, he said. JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 13 MAY 25 JUNE 14, 2018 EMBASSYand opening of the United States Embassy in Jerusalem, Israel. Inevitably, perhaps, the images of pageantry vied with darker news out of Gaza, where at least 60 Palestinians died during violentclashes with the Israeli military along the border. Outside the new embassy, dozens of demonstrators, including several Arab members of Knesset, held up signs calling Jerusalem the capital of Palestine. Fourteen protesters were arrested following skirmishes with police. At the ceremony itself, meanwhile, local politicians vied with each other to see who could offer the most expansive plaudits as their constituents posted memes on social media describing the president in almost messianic terms. Addressing the dedication ceremony via video, President Donald Trump asserted that for many years we failed to acknowledge the obvious, the plain reality that Israels capital is Jerusalem. Likely responding to Palestinian assertions that such recognition hampers efforts at a negotiated asserted that the United States was committed to facilitating a lasting peace agreement and to the maintenance of the status quo on the Temple Mount. Despite the violence accompanying the embassy move, Trump adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner told attendees at the ceremony that previously unimaginable alliances are emerging and that the U.S. would support a peace agreement in which both sides can get more than they give. Last week, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain welcomed Trumps decision to pull the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions on Tehran. Bibi: Trump made history Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who juxtaposed Trumps Embassy decision with the Balfour Declaration promising British support for a Jewish homeland, said by recognizing history Trump had made history. The truth and peace are interconnected. A peace built on lies will crash on the rocks of Middle Eastern realities and the truth is that Jerusalem will always be the capital of the Jewish state, he said. May the truth advance a lasting peace between us and our neighbors. Israeli politicians heaped praise on the president in response to the (JTA) Two controversial pastors who offered prayers at the dedication of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem were invited by U.S Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman. Robert Jeffress, the Dallas pastor of a Southern Baptist megachurch who has disparaged Jews, Mormons and Muslims delivered the opening prayer at the Jerusalem embassy dedication. Robert Jeffress, is a Fox News contributor, a prominent supporter of President Donald Trump and host of radio and television shows broadcast throughout the United States. He has said you cant be saved by being a Jew and Mormonism is a heresy from the pit of hell. Prior to the embassy dedication ceremony on May 14, former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney lambasted Jeffress as a religious bigot. The other minister, Pastor John Hagee, head of Christians United for Israel, who gave the closing benediction, has also made controversial remarks including that Hitler and the Holocaust were part of Gods plan to bring Jews to Israel. The day following the embassy dedication, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in response to a reporters question that it was Friedmans decision to bring Jeffress on board for the ceremony. We would certainly not agree with the pastors remarks, some of his controversial remarks that he has made about var ious religious groups, but he was chosen by Ambassador Friedman, who was certainly welcome to do so, and made that decision, Nauert said. (E)mbassies certainly have their free will sometimes to make decisions about who they want to bring in as guest lecturers or people to lead a ceremony or some sort of a celebration. To my knowledge, we did not have any role in making that decision, she also said. Friedman, who is Jewish, defended the participation of Jeffress and Hagee in an interview with Breitbart News. I chose those pastors because they deserve to speak, he said, because they represented a community very much in support of what happened yesterday. Added Friedman: The evangelical community in particular shares the same belief that Jewish people have, that Israel is a special place, that its existence is evidence of a covenant between God and the Jewish people, and that the relationship between the United States and Israel is a blessed one, and that America itself will receive blessings if not Godly blesspeople who act righteously and courageously. According to the New York Times, Hagee told an NPR interviewer that he believes Jews will be saved during the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. While Jews do not believe in Jesus as their savior, Hagee said, they will accept him when he appears and they will weep as one weeps for his only son for a period of one week.U.S. Israeli ambassador chose controversial pastors who gave embassy prayers Robert Jeffress John Hagee

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PAGE 14 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA MAY 25 JUNE 14, 2018 Organizations rfrfn tbfbfbbfbfbrbb nbbbbbbbbbbb rrbnbb fffbffbrfnt nbbnnbr rfrbbb rrbtr rJCCScrabble tourny: Brush up on your double-letter words, anagrams and seven-letter words for a JCC Scrabble tournament on Sunday, July 15 from 1-4 p.m. at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC, 522 N. Howard Ave., Tampa. There will be games, snacks and prizes. The event is open to JCC members and guests of all ages and skill levels. There is no fee to participate. This is an inter-generational program of Tween Connex, #Gather and Active Adults of the JCCs. Bring your own Scrabble set and dictionary if you have them. Note: this is Scrabble tournament. Although there is no charge, registration is required. Go to www.BryanGlazerFamilyJCC. com/Scrabble.Genealogical SocietyExamining evidence: Guest speaker George G. Morgan will meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay on Sunday June 10. The lecture will include the principles of genealogical evidence analysis and show examples of capturing all the clues to expand and improve research. The meeting takes place at Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services; 14041 Icot Blvd., Clearwater. A presession social with refreshments and library access begins at 1:30 p.m. Morgan, a local resident, is best-known authors and speakers on genealogy. Among his books is the award-winning How to Do Everything with Your Genealogy and is co-host of two podcasts on the topic. Anyone interested in learning how to do Jewish genealogy research is invited to participate. There is no charge to attend and guests are welcome. For information about the organization or directions to the meeting, call Bruce Hadburg at (727) 796-7981.Jewish War VeteransVolunteers needed: The seeking members who would like to help ill and disabled veterans. the latest post activities, visit www. jwvtampa.org. Contact Commander Jack Rudowsky at (813) 598-8061 or email rochelletsr@ gmail.com. Young AdultsBrew bus adventure: The #Gather group will go on a brew bus adventure on Sunday, June 3 from noon to 4 p.m. The cost is $10 for unlimited bus rides throughout the day on the local loop bus as folks stop at various breweries, restaurants and bars in Tampa. Food and beverages are at the cost of participants. See contact information below. Museum tour: The #Gather group will take a private tour of the Florida Holocaust Museums exhibition: Operation Finale: The p.m. at La V, a Vietnamese fusion restaurant, at 441 Central Ave., St. blocks away and the tour there begins at 2 p.m. The cost is $12 for members and $15 for guests, lunch not included. Registration in advance is required for this event. Armature Works tour: The #Gather group will take a free behind the scenes tour of Armature Works on Tuesday, June 26 at 6:30 p.m. Tour Tampas hottest new project with Taryn Bruck, managing director of Armature Works. After the tour, the group will dine together in the Heights Market inside Armature Works. Cost of dinner is not included. #Gather offers a mix of social and interactive activities designed to help young adults connect. It is open to young adults in their 20s, 30s and 40s of all faiths and backgrounds. For more information or to RSVP for any #Gather events, visit: www.bryanglazerfamilyjcc. com/gather or contact Lisa Robbins at lisa.robbins@jewishtampa. com or (813) 769-4723.Active AdultsAll programs listed are either at the Maureen & Douglas Cohn Jewish Community Campus, 13009 Community Campus Drive, or at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC at 522 N. Howard Ave. To RSVP or for more information on programs at either center, contact Pnina Levermore at (813) 291-2253 or pnina.levermore@ JewishTampa.com. All registrations should be completed before events begin. Chess lessons: Learn how to play chess on Mondays from 1:30-3 p.m. at the Cohn campus. Mens Club: This group will meet on Tuesdays, June 12 and 26 from 5 6:30 p.m. at the Glazer JCC for men to gather in relaxed and tivities include a guided tour of the Florida Holocaust Museum on May 30; watching a Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays game at Tropicana Field on Wednesday, June 13 at 1:10 p.m. and a members lunch and chat on Tuesday, June 19 at Ciccios Water Restaurant for $2 Taco Tuesday. Parkinsons event: A free community event is planned for Sunday, June 3 from 3-4:30 p.m. when speaker Angela M. Hill talks at the Glazer JCC about Facts and Fiction about Traditional and Contemporary sultant for the USF Byrd Alzheimers ment Disorders Clinic. Bridge: Those who want to learn how to play bridge or improve their game can take the last four of a series of six bridge classes at the Glazer JCC on Fridays, June 1, 8, 15 and 22. This is for players at any level and sessions are from 1-2:30 p.m. The cost is $50 for members; $60 for non-members, but pro-rating in available for classes in May. 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. JetSetters: rell JetSetters social group for adults of all ages meets at both JCCs for an hour-long program followed by lunch. At the Glazer JCC, JetSetters will meet on Wednesday, June 13 to hear stories and songs of legendary singers and songwriters such as the Kingston Trio, John Denver, Roger Miller and more. Local guitarist and balladeer George Aldrich will perform. The program will be repeated on Thursday, June 28 at the Cohn campus. Both groups meet from from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The lunch is free for members, though a donation of $5 is suggested. News talk: This discussion group, meeting at both JCCs, is led by Pat Renfroe and explores Upcoming News Talk sessions at the Glazer JCC are Tuesdays from 7-8:30 p.m. Topics are: terms and how they might change the direction of the country. of each political party for mid-term elections. news. thinking in the Western world change. The group at the Cohn campus, meets the second and fourth Friday from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Upcoming topics are: of each political party for mid-term elections. is accomplished and what people may be willing to give up to make it happen. Biblical literature: This course, which meets at the Cohn campus every other Wednesday from 1:30 2:30 p.m., provides an opportunity to see the Bible not from a religious perspective but as a piece of remarkable writing. The next classes are on Wednesdays, June 13 and 27. 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: classic movie and popcorn on from 10 a.m. to noon on the Cohn campus. There is no charge to atThe Chosentional Classic Jewish Film Guide. 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.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. Monday Morning Links is supported by the Vinik Family Foundation. Switching gears: two in 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 enroll for the full series or come for any individual session. The sessions are on Tuesdays, May 29 and June 5. Reservations are required. Cost is $15 per workshop TBJL.org.Support groupsAlzheimers caregiver: Menorah Manor offers a support group meeting in the Samson Nursing Center at Menorah Manor, 255 3:30-5 p.m. For more information, call Gwen Kaldenberg at (727) 302-3750. Anton Legal Group Stock Broker DisputesS. David Anton, Esq. Since 1985

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JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 15 MAY 25 JUNE 14, 2018 522 North Howard Avenue | Tampa, FL 33606 EVENTS HELD IN JUNE & JULY 2018 | 7:00 PM OPEN TO THE PUBLIC | REGISTRATION RECOMMENDEDThe summer months are a fabulous time to engage in the Arts! Enjoy movies, book discussions, culinary class, theater experiences, painting classes and performances during June and July at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC.Adult Acting/Improv ( Ages 16+ ) June 26 | July 31 $5 ( includes adult beverages ) | Register at www.BryanGlazerFamilyJCC.com / Theater Book Club ( Ages 16+ ) June 18 | The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern July 23 | Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng FREE | Register at www.BryanGlazerFamilyJCC.com / Bookclub Canvas Painting Class ( Ages 16+ ) June 20 | July 18 $20 | Register at www.BryanGlazerFamilyJCC.com / Art Film Festival ENCORE Nights ( Ages 16+ ) June 12 | Sammy Davis Jr: I Gotta Be Me July 10 | Budapest Noir FREE ( Popcorn / Water $1 ) | Register at www.BryanGlazerFamilyJCC.com / Film Culinary Experience ( Ages 16+ ) June 19 | Sushi Rolling! $20 | Register at www.BryanGlazerFamilyJCC.com / Culinary Timeless Tales Childrens Theater Shows ( Ages 8 and under) 10:00 AMJune 24 Princess and the Pea | July 22 Jack and the Beanstalk FREE | RSVP to brandy.gold@jewishtampa.comTo register, go to www.BryanGlazerFamilyJCC.com/LEGOnight For more information, contact Brandy Gold at 813.769.4725 or brandy.gold@jewishtampa.com. Summer 2018 Arts & Culture Dear Editor,In February, I went to Israel to do volunteer work for the 10th time. I was with a group of 30 people who came from the United States, Canada, Australia, Hungary, England, and France. I was doing nonmilitary, non-combat, non-political, non-religious volunteer work. I was emptying expired medical supplies, replacing them with new updated medical supplies, including vital kits. It required paying attention equipment is assembled according to instructions before going for inspection. Human lives relied on this equipment. The program authorities of the work is done by volunteers. I felt that I was where the action is and that my work was important. The group had three wonderful leaders. The leaders were women who came alone to serve Israel: a deed of courage. The group had mature adults who were giving their best and showed come with a purpose in life. The group had soldiers who served from all branches of the United States military in past wars. Some of these volunteers also had children now serving in the military, making vital are privileged to live in the United States of America. It is important to remember these heroes and their This instilled pride in me that the United States of America is supporting Israel. I am looking forward to going again in the near future to do volunteer work in Israel with the Volunteers for Israel Program. Ruth H. Gileadi, Palm Harbor Letters to the Editor Volunteer for Israel feels prideDear Editor,Where is the outrage from the organized Jewish community in the United States over the selection of two of the most virulent Jew haters in our country, the Reverends Robert Jeffress and John Hagee, to benediction at the dedication of our Embassy in Jerusalem They have said that Jews are going to hell; Hitler was a hunter from God to get the Jews to Israel; Mormons and Islam are heresies; Catholics were led astray by the devil; and 70 percent of gay people have AIDS. Why have our organizations remained silent? Have we sold our soul to the Evangelical Christian community in exchange for a few political coins to get their support for Israel? Do we care that the only reason for that support is the hope that the Messiah will come and that all Jews will become Christians? Has Israel become the New Golden Calf? Do we worship Israel rather than God? Evangelicals are just the latest group that would seek the destruction of Judaism. Embracing their support for political reasons is wrong. The only outrage I have seen is in the American and Israeli press. They have called out the president for his selection of these virulent anti-Semites. Where are we?Carl L. Zielonka, TampaSupport for Israel should not trump hate speech

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Kennedy Blvd., Tampawww.HypnosisGroupTampa.com 813.415.5780 Improve Test Scores and Academic Performance Hypnosis will help you at any age: TECH SHOWthe event are participating in the FIBA 2018 program. Each of the FIBA companies has developed solutions in the healthcare, construction, HR, advertising, security or retail industries. Aron Di Castro, head of WAZE global partnerships and business development, will speak about dress the challenge of hiring tech employees in Florida and how Wix was able to overcome this challenge and hire more than 100 Floridians to grow Wixs Miami operations. Wix is a website development platform for small businesses. Wix was founded in Israel in 2006 and today has 120 million users worldwide. Wix is traded on the NASDAQ. Each year FIBA brings in promising Israeli tech companies that are ready to expand into the U.S. market. FIBA offers Israeli entrepreneurs strategic alignment with corporate partners, facilitates introductions to prospective customers, strategic partners and investors. FIBA also encourages the companies to establish a U.S. subsidiary in Tampa Bay that is responsible for sales, marketing, tech and customer support throughout North America. FIBA, created in 2016 with a $1 million state grant, and received additional state funding in 2017 and 2018, said Rakefet Bachur, FIBAs executive director of marketing. Additionally, FIBA receives support from Hillsborough County along with corporate and individual donations. The Tampa JCCs and Federation originated the idea for FIBA to assist Israeli tech companies, create jobs in the Tampa Bay area and to provide a new revenue stream for the JCCs and Federation. FIBA negotiates individual agreements with each of the companies in the program. There are some companies in which the JCCs and Fedequity stake. From the inaugural cohort in 2017, StemRad, an Israeli company that makes personal protection equipment from deadly gamma radiation, landed a $6 million investment led by Tampas investor Jeff Vinik, and WeissBeerger, a beverage consumption analytics company, was acquired by AnheuserBusch InBev SA/NV, the worlds largest beer brewer, for a reported $80 million. FIBAs 2018 cohort of eight Israeli companies included four that came to Tampa in February and another four that were welcomed on May 9. All will be showcased at the Innovation Fusion event. The newest contingent of companies is: This companydeveloped an encrypted communication platform centered around an intuitive collaboration interface to create a secure, endto-end solution that keeps security personnel safe, reduces costs, and enhances decision making capabilities, using standard equipment. Leveraging human predictive analytics, Intervyo is interview simulation engine in the world, capable of screening candidates, and accurately predict their suitability for the job. This company created a dynamic wearable display controlled by a smartphone that can be incorporated into clothing and accessories. It allows consumers to express themselves, brands to engage with their fans in a new way and event organizers to deliver a synchronized live content experience This companytransforms existing shelves into a dynamic inventory management solution for retailers. Using low cost hardware and a sophisticated software, WiseShelf helps stores line orders. Of the companies that joined with FIBA earlier in the year, three are already in active discussions about pilot projects with local businesses and are looking into Tampa Bay area. The four companies are: This company develops a real-time communication and care management platform to improve care at skilled nursing facilities. This company has developed a revolutionary approach to eco-engineering of coastal and marine infrastructure. The focus of this company is on identifying and analyzing cyber threats. This company develops, manufactures, and sells two products aimed at improved detection and treatment of prostate cancer. Aron Di Castro has been leading global business development and partnerships at Waze since April 2017. He and his team focus on partnerships aimed at improving mobility for cities and citizens. The company leverages data and technology platforms to help develop smart cities through partnerships with municipalities, governments, startups and large enterprises. Prior to his current role at Waze, Di Castro led the Google Startup Nation Department, managing Google Israel international strategic business. Danny Brigido co-manages the Miami, an operation of more than 120 highly trained gurus ready to provide support to an evergrowing number of Wix users. He started with Wix at the ground level in the Customer Solutions department in San Francisco in 2012. He has since helped the company grow its customer solutions reach by developing the U.S. Languages department. Brigido Prior to Wix, he worked in retail management and CG Animation. Originally from Rio de Janeiro, he holds a bachelors degree in communicationfrom the University of Tampa. Innovation Fusion 2018 will begin with registration and breakfast from 8-9 a.m. The program, featuring the two speakers and presentations from the eight 2018 FIBA companies, will be from 9 a.m. to noon, with a networking lunch from noon to 1 p.m. The cost is $25 and includes breakfast, lunch and free parking. Valley National Bank is presenting sponsor. To register, go to http://www. The Glazer JCC is at 522 N. Howard Ave. in Tampa. the post-acquisition integration of Waze into Google, and about Wazes plans for growth. Waze is a GPS navigation app developed by an Israeli startup that was acquired by Google for nearly $1 billion in 2013. Di Castro recently relocated from Tel-Aviv to Googles headquarters in Silicon Valley. Danny Brigido, Wix director of customer solutions, built the