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PRESORTED STANDARD U.S. POSTAGE PAIDThe Jewish Press Group of Tampa Bay, Inc.The Jewish Press Group of Tampa Bay, Inc. Jewish Press of Tampa 6416 Central Avenue St. Petersburg, FL 33707 Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Complied from news wires www.jewishpresstampa.com VOL. 30, NO. 22 TAMPA, FLORIDA JUNE 15 JULY 12, 2018 12 PAGES NEUMAN continued on PAGE 3 ISRAELI FIRMS continued on PAGE 2 Tampa Jewish community leader Carlyn Neuman has been selected as a new member of National Young Leadership (NYL) Cabinet, the premier leadership development program of the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA). NYL Cabinet is designed for dedicated and philanthropic-minded men and women from ages 30-45 across the U.S. and Canada who are deeply committed to building a strong future for the Jewish people. Neuman is one of 75 individuals from across North America to be accepted into this years cohort and she will join the incoming class this July during NYL Cabinets annual retreat in Fort Lauderdale. We are so grateful for Carlyns ongoing support, leadership and commitment to the Tampa Jewish community. She truly embodies all that NYL Cabinet represents, said Alissa Fischel, chief development ofThrough her NYL involvements, we cannot wait to see what she will accomplish on a national level and are proud that she will be representing Jewish Tampa. Applicants to the Cabinet are nominated makers who have demonstrated the highest ideals of leadership. Neuman has been involved with the Tampa Jewish Federation for more than 12 years, taking on leadership roles such as chair of the Young Adult Division, Morasha chair and Pomegranate chair. She is a member of class of the Jewish Leadership Training Institute, a program of the Tampa Jewish Federation and the Jewish Federation of Carlyn Neuman selected for prestigious National Young Leadership Cabinet Carlyn Neuman By BRUCE LOWITT Jewish PressHes not really leaving. Relocating is more like it. here as congregants, Rabbi Richard Birnholz said. The difference will be instead of sitting on the pulpit Ill sit in the congregation with my wife. After 31 years as the rabbi at Congregation Schaarai Zedek (Gates of Righteousness) on Swann Avenue, during which membership at the Reform synagogue doubled to its current 1,100 families, Rabbi Birnholz is retiring, handing the reins to former associate Rabbi Joel Simon. I think Ill be giving a sermon on the High Holy Days, probably a sermon from time to time, said Birnholz who will assume the title of rabbi emeritus. I wont have an advisory role. Rabbi Simon needs no advice from me. Part of my joy will be watching what he does, and continuing to learn from him and to kvell over all the new things that he does and the ways he does them. With their children in Tampa and Vero Beach, the Birnholzes will be sticking close to home for the most part. Besides, he said, theyre not travelers. Occasional visits to national parks is about the extent of it. I like woodworking, and Donna and I love gardening, he said. Plus, we have 47 years of stuff weve accumulated that we have to go through, to decide what to toss and what to put to good use. And well have more time to socialize. cial socializing, as well as the usual daytime and middle-of-the-night emergencies. The 73-year-old Birnholz will be able to pick and choose the former, with less of the latter. He came to Tampa in 1986 from Jackson, MS, where he had led a synagogue of 250 families for 13 years. Rabbi Birnholz was in Jackson at the tail Rabbi Birnholz looking forward to life as congregant The Jewish Press is phasing out our 6416 Central Ave., BIRNHOLZ continued on PAGE 8 By SAM SOKOL JTA news service radio, switching between it and his cellphone as he drives through the Beeri Forest, a nature reserve located on the border of Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. As his Jeep jolts over the dirt road, he quickly and calmly jumps between multiple conversations, coordisprung up across his territory. As regional director for the Western Negev for Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund, Ben David is responsible for maintaining the forests tens of thousands of acres in the face of Palestinian efforts to torch them and the surrounding farmland. along the border region by kites and balloons carrying incendiary materials launched from Gaza. Flying aimlessly over the kibbutzim, they have turned large swatches of what was once an oasis of green in a dry and dusty south into a charred landscape. farmers, causing millions of shekels in damage to the local agricultural sector as well as in the areas vast nature reserves. Look over there, Ben David says, pointing to a pillar Its like this every day, he continues, describing how more than 4,000 dunams, or nearly 490 acres, have already gone up in smoke over the past two months. Its Terror kites shake residents in Israel, but not their resolveAn Israeli holds a terror kite and the incendiary materials attached to it. Raymond Reijnen, an emigre from the Netherlands, joined the KITES continued on PAGE 12New York City councilman to provide day of gender-segregated beach A New York City councilman is renting a city beach on Coney Island in order to host gender-segregated swim days for his Jewish and Muslim constituents. Brooklyn Democrat Chaim Deutsch announced on his Facebook page: For many New Yorkers, including religious Jews and Muslims who observe modesty laws, there isnt an opportunity to utilize our Citys beautiful beaches. Im excited to offer the chance for EVERYONE to enjoy! Men and boys will be able to swim at the southern Brooklyn beach on Friday, June 29. Women and girls will be invited on Friday, July 27. Religious Jewish and Muslim women adhere to stringent laws of modesty that do not allow them to wear bathing suits in front of men. Deutch has raised $400 per day to cover the cost of lifeguards and other staff, the New York Post reported. The beach at Kingsborough Community College, next to the popular Manhattan Beach in south Brooklyn, is usually closed on those Fridays. Deutch told the Post. he has a lot of Orthodox Jewish and Muslim constituents who have never been able to smell the beach, to walk in the sand. Everyone should be able to enjoy the beach.The Bands Visit wins 10 Tony Awards, including for best musicalThe Bands Visit about an Egyptian band stranded in a hardscrabble Negev town, won the 2018 Tony Award for best musical, and dominating its categories at the awards ceremony. Ariel Stachel, the California-born son of an IsraeliYemeni father and an Ashkenazi mother from New York, won the award for best featured actor in a musical for his performance as a romantic Egyptian trumpeter in the musical. Tony Shalhoub (Monk) won for best actor in a musical and Katrina Lenk for best actress in a musical for their roles as, respectively, the leader of the band and the Israeli cafe owner who takes him in. The Bands Visit also won awards for best book (by Itamar Moses), best direction of a musical, best original score (by David Yazbek), best lighting design, best orchestration and best sound design. The play is based on the 2007 award-winning Israeli movie. In his acceptance speech, Stachel, 26, acknowledged his parents, who were in the audience, saying the musical led him to embrace an identity he had long avoided. Both my parents are here tonight. I have avoided so many events with them because for so many years of my life I pretended I was not a Middle Eastern person, he said. And after 9/11 it was very, very difspecial events with them. And theyre looking at me right now and I cant believe it. He also thanked producer Orin Wolf for telling a small story about Arabs and Israelis getting along at a time where we need that more than ever. By RACHEL MINETTI Jewish PressAbout 500 business owners, investors, and others packed into the Bryan Glazer Family JCCs ballroom for the second annual FloridaIsrael Business Accelerator (FIBA) Innovation Fusion event to listen to Israeli entrepreneurs pitch their products. FIBA is hoping the Israeli businesses can cultivate local investors, establish a U.S. base in the Tampa Bay area and grow their market here. State Sen. Dana Young, Florida Rep. Jackie Toledo, and County Commissioner Sandy Murman presented a $750,000 grant from Floridas Department of Economic Opportunity to FIBA to ensure the continuation of the mission of innovation and entrepreneurship in Tampa. All three emphasized the desire for Tampa to become the best tech community in the state While FIBA chooses to work with Israeli companies that have moved past the startup phase and into the next steps of establishing a workand expanding their networks, the event served as a platform to offer advice to business owners, investors, and startups. This years event on June 13 featured presentations from eight Israeli companies as well as two keynote speakers, Aron Di Castro of Waze and Danny Brigido of Wix, both start-ups out of Israel that have become highly successful. We are seeking bridges between Israelis and Floridians, said Guy Gilady, Deputy Consul General for Israel in Miami. Israeli rms see Tampa as fertile ground for expansion

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PAGE 2 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA JUNE 15 JULY 12, 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. 6416 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33707Telephone: (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: TAMPA 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 GALE TARNOFSKY-ABERCROMBIE Staff Writer & Editor BOB FRYER Ad Design & Graphics REY VILLALBA DAVID HERSHMANSocial Columnist DIANE TINDELLEditorial Assistant GAIL WISEBERGSTAFFPUBLICATION & DEADLINE DATES JULY 13Press Release ......June 29 Advertising ..............July 3AUG 10Bar/Bat Mitzvah Planning GuidePress Release .......July 27 Advertising ............July 31AUG 24High Holiday EditionPress Release ........Aug 10 Advertising .............Aug 14 Hypnosis Group of Tampa Bay4100 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampawww.HypnosisGroupTampa.com 813.415.5780 Improve Test Scores and Academic Performance Hypnosis will help you at any age: RelaxTampaBay.comIN-HOME M ASSAGE $50* *expires 6/30/18 some restrictions may apply discount is for 1 hr relaxation massageRelax Naturally 20+ years experienceNataly Balk, LMT $ $ $ $ (813) 728-HEAL (4325) MA 28389 Keynote speakers: At Left, Aron DiCastro from Waze, a popular GPS app that was started in Israel and acquired by Google for nearly $1 billion. Below, Danny Brigido from Wix.com, a successful Israeli company that offers DIY website design for small business. Guy Giladi Deputy Consul General of Israel to Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Puerto Rico, based in Miami. Israeli business executives and leadership from the Florida-Israel Business Accelerator (FIBA). (L-R) Back row: Shaike Schatzberger UC-Care; Tomer Schatzberger UC-Care; Oren Rosen eProc Solutions; Shalom Nakdimon WiseShelf; Ido Sella ECOncrete; Roy Heller Nucleon. Front row Rakefet Bachur FIBA; Oren Kedem Intervyo; Shaked Lev Say; Rachel Feinman FIBA; Andrew Rella ECOncrete; Carmi Peleg GlobeKeeper; Pam Miniati FIBA.We hope that platforms and events like this will foster relationships between business from both Lightning owner Jeff Vinik, who panies that FIBA brought here last about how Tampa will be one of is a website development platform half ago, Brigido was tasked with managing a group of about 30 emgot into Miami, we were fresh, we ideas in hopes of gaining investshowed a promotional video and solution and get investments for solutions for retailers, spoke about in a business environment that is interview simulation engine that a free data-sharing program in of small businesses to larger businesses, restaurants, and real estate ment to shield individuals from ISRAELI FIRMS [ ]

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JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 3 JUNE 15 JULY 12, 2018 David Scher has already done much to support the Tampa Jewish community through generous donations to Jewish causes and through hours of time serving on a committee that made the dream of a new JCC into the reality of the Bryan Glazer Family JCC. Now, Scher hopes in his role as a newly installed member of the Tel Aviv University (TAU) Board of Governors to build strong ties between the university he calls the center of Start-Up nation and the Tampa Bay area. I want to use the opportunity to promote TAU in Tampa and its connection with FIBA [The Flor ida-Israel Business Accelerator based at the Glazer JCC] as well as connecting with the TAU Tish School of Film to enhance our Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival through an annual shorts program, Scher said. Schers wife, Sara, is co-chair of the Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival and initiated the connectending the ceremony where he was installed as a TAU governor. Sher said talks are ongoing about School of Film to the festival. FIBA was created in 2016 and brought eight high-tech companies the Glazer JCC last year as FIBA meet potential investors, taught them about the markets in Tampa Bay and gave them advice with the goal of helping them open U.S. tors, buyers for their products, or a buyer for their business. A second group of Israeli companies is now going through the same process and this week showcased their products or services before hundreds of local businessmen and investors. Scher noted that the companies that have come through FIBA are companies that have had time to mature enough to be ready for a U.S. market and are not truly startups, but he said many of the comof TAU or had connections to the university. He said he wants those future Israeli entrepreneurs studying at the university to know about greater ties so we develop a future pipeline between them and FIBA, though this will take some time, he said. Sher said his brother, Eddie, who lives in the UK, is a TAU governor and came to Tampa for the opening of the Glazer JCC in 2016. He said his brother was amazed at what we had accomplished and its core mission, which ties in so well with everything TAU. Because of my connection to FIBA he invited me to the 2017 Board of Governors conference in Tel Aviv. I was asked to return this year to be inducted as a governor, he said.David Scher of Tampa poses with Richard Anton of the United Kingdom as Scher is inducted as a governor at Tel Aviv University last month. Anton is president of TAU UK.Scher aims to raise Tel Aviv University prole in Bay area NEUMANPinellas and Pasco Counties for emerging leaders. She currently chairs and sponsors the Federations Professional Community Connection, an initiative she conceived, which seeks to foster the development of networks and relationships between Jewish professionals and businesses in the Tampa Bay area. She also serves on the board of directors for Weinberg Village Assisted Living Residences, Hillels of the Florida Suncoast and Schaarai Zedek Sisterhood. A real estate broker and owner of 360 Realty in Tampa as well as a licensed attorney, Neuman resides in South Tampa with her husband, Brian, and her two children, Caleb and Harper. participate in retreats, conferences and missions, trends and best practices, and connecting with peers from across North America. I am so deeply honored to have been selected as a member of National Young Leadership Cabinet, said with other young professionals who share the same passion and commitment for the Jewish community as I do. I am also looking forward to participating in national conversations about how the Federation can ploring how I can be an even stronger ambassador for supporting the Tampa Jewish community. JTA news serviceNEW YORK In 2008, famed comic book artist Neal Adams   and teamed up to create a comic about   Dina Babbitt, a Czech Jewish artist forced   by the infamous colors of Roma prisoners in Auschwitz. They hoped to bring atten Holocaust. But their work on the comic, them to ponder a larger issue: the surprising degree to which comic books had addressed the genocide in Europe. We were surprised and impressed to discover that a number of mainstream comic books had taken on Holocaust-related themes in their story lines at various points ing director of the   David W yman Institute for Holocaust Studies, told JTA in a phone interview. his iconic work on DC Comics Batman and Green Arrow decidentertaining youths tackled one of historys darkest chapters. The results of the research is their new book, We Spoke Out: Comic Books and the Holocaust, which was published recently and co-written with author and artist Craig Yoe. In the decades immediately following World War II, many high school students did not learn about the Holocaust, and TV programs, movies and books only addressed It struck us that comic books apparently were one of the ways in which American teenagers were learning about the Holocaust at a time when most of them were not learning about it in school, he said. Adams, who designed the books cover image, created three of the comics reproduced in full in the book: Night of the Reaper, a 1971 comic featuring Batman and Robin and a Holocaust survivor bent on revenge; Thou Shalt Not Kill!, a 1972 comic about a golem that kills Nazis in Prague; and The Last Outrage, the 2008 about Babbitts life. The book also features three works by the late Jewish comic book icon Joe Kubert, the Polishborn pioneer at DC Comics who founded The Kubert School for budding comics artists. Captain America, a superhero who fought the Nazis in a comic book series that began in 1940, is featured in a 1979 comic about a in the characters long run that the persecution of the Jews was mentioned. book feature Holocaust survivors seeking vengeance against Nazis, and some present superheroes. Jews wrote about or drew half the comics. Adams, 76, said comics provide a way to present the horror of the Holocaust in a way that people can endure it. As a 10-year-old living in West Germany, where his father was stationed with the U.S. Army, he was shown three hours of footage of concentration camps being liberated. He was so trauma tized by what he saw that he did not speak for a week afterward. Youre just seeing it over and over again, the devastation, people a while you just cant, he said this [book] was to take this down to smaller chunks so that people could endure it. Yoe said comics also allow readers to take time to think about what they are learning. One of the advantages to comics over movies and TV is that you can read at your own pace, especially important stories like these, he said. You can stop and ponder a particular panel, or go back and look at the other thing. Comics have taken on other weighty issues, including racism, drug abuse and the environment, but course are just about superheroes chasing supervillains, but there The authors note several distinct ways the Holocaust was depicted at various times. In the 1950s and early s, comics tended to portray the Holocaust in general terms, without references to Jews as the victims. It seemed to me as a histomindset in American society at that time, in the s and early s, which was to play down ethnic differences and to universalize the Holocaust as if it was something that kind of happened to evIn the following decades, he said, writers were more likely to tims as Jewish. a useful teaching aid in educating about the Holocaust. Unfortunately, classroom Holocaust education has not been as effective as we hoped it would be, he said, citing a recent survey that found that many U.S. millennials lacked basic knowledge about the Holocaust.   Comic book stories offer a way to communicate these history lessons to students that might be more effective than some of the ways that have been used until now. Adams said that need is especially urgent today. Anyone whos even paying attention to modern politics ought to be warned that if you do not study history, youre doomed to repeat book like this is a good reminder.Photo courtesy of IDW Publishing/Yoe Books, JTA CollageHow comic books taught American kids about the Holocaust We Spoke Books and the Holocaust features 18 comics that dealt with the Holocaust.

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Cong. Schaarai Zedek Rabbi Richard Birnholz Senior Rabbi Joel Simon Jacent Eva Judd Darkest Hour Rabbi Richard Birnholz The Womens Balcony Hello Dolly Inside Out Lindsey Dewey Nut Job 2 Cong. Rodeph Sholom Rabbi Josh Hearshen Cong. Kol Ami Jennifer Halls Cong. Beth Israel Sun City Center Cong. Bais Menacham Chabad Rabbi Levi Rivkin PAGE 4 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA JUNE 15 JULY 12, 2018 HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY ReformBETH ISRAEL/ JEWISH CONGREGATION OF SUN CITY CENTER 1115 E. Congregation BETH AM nd rd Congregation BETH SHALOM Congregation SCHAARAI ZEDEK ConservativeCongregation KOL AMI Congregation MEKOR SHALOM Congregation RODEPH SHOLOM .OrthodoxBAIS (TEMPLE) DAVID CHABAD CHABAD LUBAVITCH of TAMPA BAY CHABAD of BRANDON / JEWISH DISCOVERY CENTER CHABAD CHAI of SOUTH TAMPA B AI S M ENA CHEM C HABA D Congregation BAIS TEFILLAH YOUNG ISRAEL of TAMPA M ER KOS C HABAD L UB AVITCH OF C EN TRAL F LORIDA CampusCHABAD HOUSE JEWISH STUDENT CENTER at USF CHABAD JEWISH STUDENT CENTER at UT HILLELS OF THE FLORIDA SUNCOAST USF CHABAD on CAMPUS Jewish RenewalCongregation OR AHAVAH CITRUS COUNTY ConservativeCongregation BETH SHOLOM PASCO COUNTY OrthodoxCHABAD JEWISH CENTRE at WIREGRASS Congregation BETH CHAVARIM NORTH PINELLAS COUNTY ReformTemple AHAVAT SHALOM POLK COUNTYReformTemple BETH SHALOM .ConservativeTemple EMANUEL OrthodoxC HABAD JEWISH CENTER Religious Directory Congregations A Life for a Life Get yourself a teacher; acquire a friend to study with you. 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.Summertime rejuvenation By RABBI GARSON HERZFELD Temple Beth Shalom, Winter Haven Shabbat Candle Lighting Times

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For additional information, contact Michele Norris at (813) 352-8765.JCCScrabble tourney: Brush up on your double-letter words, anagrams and sevenletter 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-gener ational program of Tween Connex, #Gather and Active Adults of the JCCs. Bring your own Scrabble set and dictionary if you have Scrabble tournament. Although there is no charge, registration is required. Go to www. BryanGlazerFamilyJCC.com/Scrabble.Young AdultsMuseum tour: The #Gather group will take a private tour of the Florida Holocaust Museums exhibition: Operation Finale: The Capture & Trial of Adolf Eichmann, on Sunday, June 24. The group will gather at 12:30 p.m. at La V, a Vietnamese fusion restaurant, at 441 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. The museum is a few 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. Cocktails by the pool: The #Gather group will meet on Wednesday, Aug. 29 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for a poolside party with cocktails at the Mezrah Family Aquatics Center at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC, 522 N. Howard Ave., Tampa. This event is free to JCC members and $5 for guests. There will be cocktails and hors doeuvres by the pool. RSVP by Friday, Aug. 24 and receive one free drink ticket. There will be icebreakers, pool deck games, prizes and more. For more information, visit: www.bryanglazerfamilyjcc.com/gather or www.jcccohncampus. com/programs/young adults. #Gather offers a mix of social and interac tive activities for 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.bryanglazer familyjcc.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, 522 N. Howard Ave.   To RSVP or for mor e 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.   Mens Club: This group will meet on Tuesdays, July 10 and 24 from 5 6:30 p.m. at the Glazer JCC for men to gather in relaxed and friendly surroundings for card games, ping-pong, billiards and occasional outings. Bridge: Those who want to learn how to play bridge or improve their game can take a series of six classes at the Glazer JCC on Fridays, from June 29 to Aug. 3 from 1-2:30 p.m. The sessions will cover the fundamentals of bridge, including bidding and the play of hand. The cost is $50 for members; $60 for non-members.   Crochet lessons: A Knit and Crochet Club, led by Kay Friedlander will meet every Wednesday at the Glazer JCC in the J Caf from 10:30 a.m. to noon This is open to those who want to learn and all levels of expertise. Bring your current project or start a new one. Plugged in: Learn about web security, map navigation, website design and social media at a session where young tech-savvy professionals share their knowledge on Monday, July 16 at the Glazer JCC. Laptops are available. To register, call (813) 291-2253. Tampa History series: Carl Zielonka leads a series of lectures on the history of Tampa at the Glazer JCCThe next session will be on Wednesday, July 11 from 1-2 p.m. and the topic is Cigar City: The history of the Cigar Industry in Ybor City and West Tampa. 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. All levels of players are welcome. JetSetters: The Phyllis Borrell JetSetters social group for adults of all ages meets at both JCCs for an hour-long program followed by lunch.   At the Cohn campus the Thursday June 28 program is part of a concert series, this time featuring balladeer George Aldrich. At the Glazer JCC, JetSetters will meet on Wednesday, July 11 to hear stories and songs of legendary singers and songwriters such as the Kingston Trio, John Denver, Roger Miller and more. This session will feature Andrie Cheine, a graduate of the Leningrad Conservatory who has performed often in the Bay area. He sings in six different languages. Both groups meet 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 hot button issues of the day. Sessions at the Glazer JCC are on Tuesdays from 7-8:30 p.m.   The group at the Cohn campus, meets the second and fourth Friday from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Chess lessons: Learn how to play chess on Mondays from 1:30-3 p.m. at the Cohn campus. 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, July 11 and 25.   This is a discussion course with participation open to people of all faiths and backgrounds. Bring your own Bible so participants can compare different translations. Cost is $3 for members and $4 for guests Canasta: Meet in the senior lounge at the Cohn campus every Friday from 3-4:30 p.m. for friendly games of canasta. Movie matinee: Enjoy a classic movie day of the month from 10 a.m. to noon on the Cohn campus. There is no charge to attend. The Jazz Singer, a Film Guide.Job-LinksMonday Morning Links: Free sessions of Monday Morning Links are offered at the Jack Roth Center for Career Development at TampaBay-Job-Links, 4100 W. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 206, Tampa from 9:30 11 a.m.   On June 25 from 9:30-11 a.m., the topic is What to do if your job search stalls? The program is supported by the Vinik Family Foundation. Job-search aids: There are Success workshops on select Thursdays to aid with job-search skills. On June 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. the topic is Preparing for your interview. The workshops are free for   JobLi nks   pro gram participants and $15 for guests. Reservations required. To RSVP, call (813) 344-0200, email   RSVP@TBJL.org.

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JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 7 JUNE 15 JULY 12, 2018 rfrfn tbfbfbbfbfbrbb nbbbbbbbbbbb rrbnbb fffbffbrfnt nbbnnbr rfrbbb rrbtr r The TOP Jewish Foundation selected Ellen Weiss as its new executive director, effective last month. The leadership transition was relatively seamless as Weiss has been on the TOP staff since the beginning of 2016 and, most recently, served as the Foundations associate executive director, working alongside Emilie Socash, TOPs former executive director. Ellen is assuming the role of executive director at a critical point her ability to tap her experience and talent to propel us to the next stage in our organizations evolution, said Jeffrey Herman, TOP board president. Weiss said she is honored to work closely with donors and organizations that care so deeply about the future of our Jewish community. Her primary focus will be managing funds for donors, continuing to build the legacy program and expanding the organization geographically to provide the services of a Jewish foundation in communities where one doesnt exist. success at TOP in forging new relationships, notably expanding TOPs territory to include the Naples Jewish community. Weiss brings 20 years of management and corporate marketing. Before joining TOP, she spearheaded the countrywide expansion of the Childrens Heart Foundation, creating the exclusively funds congenital heart defect research. She is an executive committee member, as well as a past president of Temple Ahavat Shalom in Palm Harbor. She holds an MBA from New York University and a BA from Brandeis University. Weiss follows Socash, whose six-year leadership propelled the Foundation from $35 million in assets under management to nearly $50 million. Socash brought the Life & Legacy program to TOP, which secured close to 500 legacy gifts with an estimated future value of $15 million. For the past three years, Socash split her time between TOP and serving as executive director of the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties. She will now focus her attention solely on the federation. With a portfolio of more than 600 donor-advised, endowment and institutional funds, TOP serves hundreds of individuals, families and organizations. TOP was founded with the original intention of serving the Jewish community in central Florida. More recently, the Foundation recognized the need for its unique services well beyond the three-community Tampa, Orlando, Pinellas region and now works closely with donors and organizations throughout Florida and a handful of other states. TOPs unique anti-terror and pro-Israel investment policy as well as its focus on providing philanthropic consulting service resonates with donors who collectively aim to Jewish communities.TOP Jewish Foundation appoints new executive director Ellen WeissBeware of consequences of Embassy grand bargain Dear Editor:Finally, the Jewish news service, JTA, has written articles that the Jewish Press has reprinted that indicate a through-line from Evangelicals supporting the move of Israels capital to Jerusalem to the support of President Trump. The grand bargain was to give up on the two-state solution and re-appropriate Israel as a prize to Evangelicals for their support of his agenda. Obviously moving the capital to Jerusalem was well received by the majority of Israelis, but I would caution them to examine the history of others who have climbed out on the Trump limb because virtually no one has escaped being deceived, demeaned, or embarrassed as a consequence of supporting this president. This should be especially true of Jews who should have learned to recognize a demagogue on the rise who always begins with the coopting of business, demeaning the court system and the rule of law, and a free press. Its a shame there is no perspective offered from our community, especially from our rabbis how dethis time.Robert Berman St. Petersburg Letter to the Editor The Jewish Press welcomes Letters to the Editor. Letters are published on a space available basis with the Jewish Press reserving the right to edit or reject letters for clarity, brevity, legalities or taste. Letters must be signed and bear the writers address and telephone number (which will not be published). The writers name will be withheld on request. Send letters to jewishpressnews@aol.com or Jewish Press, PO Box 6970, Clearwater, FL 33758.The University of Florida Hillel has been named one of North Americas top 50 innovative Jewish organizations in the 13th annual Slingshot Guide. Selected from among hundreds 100 individuals with expertise in grant-making and Jewish communal life, the Guide recognized the University of Florida Hillel for its new approaches for Judaisms future by helping students amplify their voices through tradition, inspiration, and activation. The only other Florida organization to make the 2018 Slingshot Guide is Fuente Latina, a source for Latino media covering Israel, based in South Florida. UF Hillel was acknowledged for shifting its programming model, focusing its efforts on training future leaders to positively impact the world through a Jewish lens. Students are connected through Israel, travel experiences, spirituality, career advancement opportunities, and entrepreneurial endeavors. Programming includes Career Up Now, which features career advancement retreats in cities across the country for students to connect with top industry leaders, and the Selling Factory, which hires students to assist start-ups. Being recognized by Slingshot the UF Hillel team in engaging the disengaged and disenfranchised Jewish population and highlights the importance of reimagining old paradigms to inspire a new generation with Jewish meaning, said UF Hillels CEO Rabbi Adam Grossman. The Guide has become a go-to resource for volunteers, activists, and donors looking for new opportunities and projects that, through their innovative nature, will ensure the Jewish community remains relevant and thriving. The Guide is available as a free download at www.slingshotfund.org.UF Hillel listed among Americas top 50 innovative Jewish organizations

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PAGE 8 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA JUNE 15 JULY 12, 2018 RALPH BOBOArea/Branch ManagerNMLS ID 432371 State Lic. L025098 3903 Northdale Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33624C: 813.781.1024 Ralph.bobo@caliberhomeloans.com www.RalphBobo.com BIRNHOLZend of the civil rights movement and at a time when overt antiSemitism was prevalent. There were times he felt it necessary to wear a bulletproof vest and carry a .38-caliber pistol. Just before he left Jackson, he said, the Nazi party called and told me, Were going to burn down your Jew church and all your Jew businesses. Nothing ever came of it. But in the years before his arrival in Mississippi, the synagogue and the rabbis house were dynamited by the Klan and in they burned crosses on the lawns of a number of my order to be successful in life. The rabbi paddles among them in a kayak. He also created the idea of turnteaching assistants, enabling the synagogue to grow its youth program because the youngsters were staying involved, and he supported congregants interested in starting a Jewish preschool, and hiring a full-time youth director. And services are now livestreamed. You can go back and see them all. Theyre archived, Rabbi Birnholz said. Whats kind of nice is how many folks we run into who say they havent been able to get to temple because theyre not feeling well but with the live streaming they can pray at home along with the congrea sermon they heard and want to hear again. I think if my predecessors, the senior rabbis, came back today, they would say were a much more Conservative congregation and wonder what happened, how did it happen and how could we let it happen. There was some resistance to a few of the changes, Rabbi Birnholz said, but I think that the leaders saw that good things were happening and decided to be good sports about it and see how things went, and as the congregation continued to grow they realized that maybe we were onto something and had a future. And I think had we not changed we would not have grown to the extent that we have. Not that he thinks hes done enough. Were seeing a growth in the number of baby boomers. With that growth comes people with time on their hands, who are active, healthy and looking for things to do. Starting new initiatives is tons of fun and a great challenge. We need more ROMEO-type lunches ROMEO stands for Retired Old Men Eating Out, Rabbi Birnholz said with a laugh. We need more of that, more daytime study for folks who have trouble driving at night. And trips short weekends or United States of Jewish interest. And theres a huge need for tikkun olam, projects to repair the world, to do good works with different communities. And to try to do things with Sisterhood and Brotherhood and youth groups that cross generations. I could make a fulltime career out of what I call the retired-years program. Rabbi Birnholz said he will miss namings, bar and bat mitzvahs, weddings, even funerals. Joan Wadler, a past temple president, liked how the rabbi gave ser mons I could relate to. He knows how to make a point and tell a story to make it interesting and relevant to life. She also learned a lot from him about dealing with people and car ing about people. For every occasion, he has a gift for words and he knows the right things to say at the right time. Thats one of his greatest gifts and attributes that I will miss, Wadler said. Shes not the only one. If I had a vote on whos the best pulpit rabbi in America, Wolfson added, and Ive been to a lot of congregations around the country, Id say Rabbi Birnholz has got to be among the top 10. Hes a brilliant man, writes and speaks so eloquently, his understanding of the English language, how he exudes ethos and pathos whether hes at a funeral service or uplifting people at a bar mitzvah. Thats one thing Ill miss, his sermons, connecting with a topic and tying it back to Jewish values. congregants and on two occasions Klan night riders shot up the front of the temple. His experiences in Jackson as well as an assistant rabbi in Memphis made Rabbi Birnholz well suited to succeed Rabbi Frank Sundheim when the pulpit at Schaarai Zedek came open, said Carl Zielonka, a member of the rabbinic search committee. Zielonkas father, David Zielonka, had been Schaarai Zedeks rabbi from 1930-70. (Birnholz) was a good Southern boy. I thought hed be a a real Southern congregation, Zielonka said. I saw it as an opportunity to take a congregation that was doing well and hopefully to enable it to He also saw something else in Tampa the city as a whole. There was a degree of religious apathy that I had never experienced before. It seemed like people moved down here in order to give up their prior life and interest in causes and wanted to be more laid back and just enjoy life rather than worry about issues. Schaarai Zedek was a classical Reform congregation when he ar rived. Congregants didnt necessarily wear a yarmulke (neither did he in those early years) and the prayers were primarily in English, and the congregation was happy with that, he said. I learned during my assistantship that it was important for the rabbi to always be aware of litur gical trends in the Reform movement, Rabbi Birnholz said. I watched those closely, and I realized that even Reform Judaism was becoming more and more traditional in its observance. So slowly but surely I added new Hebraic elements to the service that we hadnt read or chanted before. Mark Wolfson, a longtime congregant and a past president, said Rabbi Birnholz kind of led us there, but at a thoughtful pace that would be acceptable to the congregants. We went from a congrega tion that had a professional nonJewish choir to a cantorial soloist and eventually to a cantor. in the development of our Sunday school. I remember, growing up, before he was here, wed read a textbook; it would be like regular school. He made it much more experiential, involving us in current events. Hed bring a celebration of Israel into the picture, talking about a Jewish topic or a story from the Bible, introduc ing Hebrew at an age-appropriate level, making it more interesting. I thought he was a big innovator in that regard, Wolfson said. And hes been very supportive of the Reform movements summer camps and scholarships for kids going to Reform camps. Rabbi Birnholz also came up students: he pairs boys and girls in canoes and they navigate a waterway it has been the Hillsbor ough River, Weeki Wachee River or elsewhere and learn about relationships, how to cooperate in Rabbi

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There have been visitors from Canada and all over the United States, coming from as far as Oregon, Colorado and Nebraska, as well as from cities all across Florida. Operation Finale, which runs through July 15 at the St. Peto offer an inside look into the capture and trial of the Nazi war criminal. For those who have not yet seen the exhibition, the museum is offering free admission all day on Thursday, July 12. has been enthusiastic. One such visitor was a homeless woman who visited the exhibit about a month ago. Although she had walked past the museum almost daily, she had not visited the museum until then, taking advantage of the museums partnership with the library system (See related story, this page) She was very excited to see the Operation Finale, said Sara McDonald, the museums admissions and store manager. After viewing the exhibition, she spoke with museum staff about how horrible the atrocities were and how the courtroom set up really made her feel like she was there. Included within the exhibition are some interactive pieces, including a question that prompts viewers to put a chip in a box that they believe answers the question in the best way. The quescant? The options are: Holocaust worldwide The second option has received the largest amount of chips. This idea of survivor empowerment and publicizing what hapIn addition to reaching people who visited the museum, the museums education team has travelled across the state to teach people about the Operation Finale exhibit and the Eichmann trial, reaching people in Tallahassee, Gainesville, Miami, and Sarasota. The museum is located at 55 Fifth St. S., St Petersburg. For museum.org.Operation Finale doubles museums normal attendanceGot a library card? Snag a pass for free admission to the Florida Holocaust Museum. The museum recently partnered with the Pinellas County and Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperatives to offer free admission to the museum. nitely. To take advantage of the offers: The Pinellas County member library branches each have two museum passes that can be checked out with your library card, much like checking out a library book. The served basis and each pass is good for up to two adults and three children You can ask for a pass at your branch or check the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative online catalog (www.pplc.us) to see where passes are available, then go to a branch with an available pass and check it out in person. You may place a request (hold) for a pass and pick it up when it becomes available. You get a printed receipt that is valid for one visit within a 7-day period and you turn that receipt in at the museum. Passes are also available to the Museum of Fine Arts and the Great Explorations Childrens Museum, both in St. Petersburg. For Hillsborough County Library members, the rules are similar for its Discovery Pass. They are good for a family of up to a pass online (www.hcplc.org/services/Disup at a library branch. As with the passes in Pinellas, you turn the pass in at the museum. basis. The Hillsborough County Library Discovery Pass is also good at a variety of other museums and attractions in Hillsborough County. In addition to free admission via library card, the Holocaust Museum is offering free admission all day for everyone on July 12. Book a free visit to Holocaust museum and others(JTA) The United Nations General Assembly at an emergency meeting on the Gaza Strip condemned Israel for an excessive use resolution to also condemn Hamas. The resolution, backed by Arab countries, also calls for protection of the Palestinian civilian population in Gaza. It is similar to one that was introduced at the U.N. Security Council earlier that was vetoed by the U.S. Some 130 Palestinians have been killed border began on March 30, including many members of the Hamas terrorist group that controls the strip. There have not been any Israeli casualties, though thousands of acres of Israeli land has been burned by incendiary kites and explosives-laden balloons U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley opposed the measure targeting Israel. Her amendments condemning Hamas lence during the border protests and using resources that could help civilians build terThe nature of this resolution clearly demonstrates that politics is driving the day, she said in her speech. It makes not one mention of Hamas, who routinely initiates violence in Gaza. Such one-sided resolutions at the U.N. do nothing to advance peace between Israel and the Palestinians. yahu thanked Haley for her defense of Israel. The U.N.s incessant focus on Israel not only brings shame to the organization, it also draws attention away from so many other pressing issues that demand the attention of the international community. General Assembly resolutions are nonbinding, while Security Council resolutions are binding.UN condemns Israel for Gaza violence; US objects

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PAGE 12 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA JUNE 15 JULY 12, 2018 KITESdoing great damage to the forest, to the plants and animals. Everything here is burned. We dont really see a solution, either from the government or the army, against this kite terror. Ben David says KKL-JNF employs 12-13 private firefighters who are responsible for the forest, a number bolstered by volunteers from local communities and Israels overstretched Fire and Rescue Services. We are doing what we can. You extinguish one and you move on to the next one, he says. At another site nearby, a tractor puts out the flames by driving over them followed by a man car rying a hose attached to a small water tank on his back. Its siren blaring, a firetruck pulls up and a regular-duty firefighter gets out and starts spraying a flaming clump of trees. Over the course of less than an hour, Ben David visits more than five fires, one of which blazes alongside a small one-lane road, completely obscuring visibility. At the end of the day, we are succeeding at extinguishing everything, he says, but adding it would planes. Ben David explains that such aircraft are prohibited from taking part in the battle due to the proximity to the Gaza border. These kites arent toys, theyre weapons, he says. If the IDF or government will understand that, I hope they will do something. In nearby Nahal Oz, Yael Lachyani walks along pointing out the damage done to her kibbutzs farmlands. She points to a small patch of burnt ground on which small shoots are already beginning to sprout. Lachyani, the agricul tural collectives spokeswoman, says that on the festival of Shavuot each year, a small ceremony is held here for the communitys children, but this year it was set ablaze only hours before the gathering.   ceremony anyway. We are proud that we didnt let them destroy our holiday, she says, noting that 600 dunams, or almost 150 acres, have We try to be optimistic. Its all about resilience, Lachyani says. We dont complain. We dont let them run our lives. You burn and we plant. Our morale is high. While acknowledging the damage has only been to vegetation, she says it is only a matter of time until someone gets hurt in the community of fewer than 500 residents next to the border fence. The Israel Defense Forces and the governin the same way in which they act in the wake of a rocket attack, she says, and this sends a message to Hamas. Lachyani says that despite the is thriving, with residency at capacity, in part due to the new secular Zionism of living wherever its necessary and wherever its meaningful. But while the community has Hamas in 2014, it does not mean the residents are totally sanguine about the situation. for the moment, she says, complaining of the feeling that no one cares. Citing Regional Cooperation Minister Tzachi Hanegbis statement that he was not excited by the kite terrorism that is, that people shouldnt overreact to what he called a pathetic enemy Lachyani asserts that the government isnt doing anything. Defense Minister Avigdor Liber man has pledged to strike back in response to the kites when it is convenient for us. The army is testing two types of drones for use against the kites as part of a comprehensive response, which includes cooperation with firecombat forces on the ground, an IDF spokesman told JTA. According to police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, bomb disposal experts have responded not only to kites dragging alcohol-soaked rags but also explosive devices, which is a much more serious threat to both soldiers and civilians. Every day we have at least 30 fence, Israel Fire and Rescue Ser vices spokesman Yoram Levy says. In order to respond quickly we kibbutzim. ...When we receive intelligence that there might be mass demonstrations, we are reinforcing our staff as needed. used airplanes twice, near Kibbutz Or Haner and Kibbutz Karmia, after receiving permission from the Israeli Air Force. One resident of Nahal Oz sees the attacks as an opportunity to give something back. Only weeks Reijnen immigrated to the kibbutz with family from Rotterdam in the Netherlands. A 16-year veteran of no future in Europe and decided to make aliyah so his children could grow up in a Jewish state. Assigned to the kibbutz dairy, where he tends cows, Reijnen threw himself into agricultural work and learning Hebrew. Now he is volunteering for the kibbutzs He says he felt good that he could give something back to the kibcan pay them back for all the things they do for me here. Kibbutz Saad, located three miles away, has had to deal with far vested, says Buki Bart, a member of the kibbutz administration. While expressing frustration, Bart says he understands that everybody is doing the best that he can and that the damage thus far has been minor enough that he doesnt feel the kibbutz members. According to Adi Meiri, a spokeswoman for the Shaar Hanegev Regional Council, whose territory includes Sderot, extinguishing the dents of the region. While the state has pledged reparations for farmers who have lost crops, local representatives also have been pushing hard for additional payments for those forced to harvest early, losing part of the value of their produce, as well as for those who have lost agricultural equipment. caused stress for residents, especially children, many of whom are receiving help from psychologists at a local resilience center. She describes how she has gone to great lengths to shield her own children from the reality of the past two months. Picking up on Meiris theme, council head Alon Schuster told JTA it is important that the IDF, when attacking targets in the Gaza Strip, announce that the strikes are in part in retaliation for the kites. He says it is important for the internal psychological resilience of our residents. 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