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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 VOL. 31, NO. 2 TAMPA, FLORIDA AUGUST 10 23, 2018 TWO SECTIONS 28 PAGES NEW RABBI continued on PAGE 14 By BOB FRYER Jewish PressRabbi Bryan Mann wears a rainbow kippah, to let people know that he is supportive of all Jews no matter who they love. Hes also a social activist and was motivated to standup against hate by joining with other clergy in Charlottesville to march against white supremacists and newNazis in Charlottesville, VA, one year ago. Just two months after his ordination at Hebrew College of Newton Centre, MA, Rabbi Mann, 29, has assumed duties as full-time rabbi Congregation Beth Shalom in Brandon. Rabbi Betsy Torop left in January to become director of Rabbinic Support, Engagement and Growth for the Central Conference of American Rabbis. Rabbi Torop had led Congregation Beth Shalom for 14 years. Rabbi Mann said he was highly impressed with the close sense of community and family among the congregants at Beth Shalom when he visited here and during the interview process. While they had no clergy, lay members took on many rabbinical responsibilities Newly ordained rabbi takes helm at Brandon templeRabbi Bryan Mann SECTION B RON KAMPEAS JTA news serviceWASHINGTON Aziz Asbar was a leading Syrian rocket scientist, working with Hezbollah and Iran to develop systems that could reach deep inside Israel. Now hes dead, blown up in a car. The natural inclination in the Middle the Mossad, Israels intelligence agency, for such killings. Indeed, Mossad was named as the perpetrator in a New York Times story. a Middle Eastern intelligence agency in reporting Asbars death on Aug. 4 in Maysaf, which is near a major Syrian weapons development facility. It also reported that it was at least the fourth assassination attempt by Israel in three years against an enemy weapons engineer on foreign soil. erations, which the prime minister must approve. An exception came in April when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu extolled an operation in which Israeli agents stole a literal ton of documents from Iran related to its nuclear program. But that operation, as far as anyone knows, did not involve a killing. Another, in Kuala Lumpur the same month, did: Two motorcyclists shot dead a Hamas associated engineer, Fadi Two motorcyclists shot dead a Hamas associated engineer, Fadi alBatsh.By BEN SALES JTA news serviceWhen Samuel Green talks about Israels West bank security barrier with the Birthright groups he view that the barrier was built to prevent Palestinian terrorists from breaching Israeli territory and that Israelis generally feel it has saved lives. But then hell talk about what the barrier which is part wall, part fence means for Palestinians: how it cuts into West Bank territory, how it has separated people from their farmland, how they see it as an imposing wall. Its a disservice to the people in front of me to leave out such information, Green said. So if youre trying to understand why theres why people are annoyed. Its important to talk about. That approach contrasts with the one viewed by 2.7 million people in a viral Facebook video taken by activists of IfNotNow, a group of young American Jews who oppose Israels control over the West Bank. In the video, a Birthright tour guide spars with a participant on a Birthright bus over the status of the West Bank. Rather than aim to present a range of views on Israels control of the territory, the guide says Israel sees the West Bank as part of Israel a misleading claim that does not accord with the legal ASSASSINATION continued on PAGE 8 BIRTHRIGHT continued on PAGE 15On Rosh HaShanah, it is customary for Jews to go to a body of water and symbolically cast away their sins during the Tashlich service. But this year, nine Tampa Bay area Reform and Conservative congregations will join with Hillels of the Florida Suncoast to reverse the Tashlich tradition, removing human sins from the water by cleaning up local waterfronts. will take place on Sunday, Sept. 16, which falls between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The congregations that have signed up to participate in the Reverse Tashlich project are: Congregation Bnai Israel, St. Petersburg; Congregation Beth Am, Tampa; Congregation Beth Shalom, Clearwater; Congregation Kol Ami, Tampa; Congregation Rodeph Sholom, Tampa; Congregation Schaarai Zedek, Tampa; Temple Ahavat Shalom, Palm Harbor; Temple Bnai Israel, Clearwater; and Temple Beth-El, St. Petersburg. TASHLICH continued on PAGE 8 NORMAL continued on PAGE 2 Suncoast Hillels enlists congregations for rst Tashlich with a twistAn Eckerd College Reverse Tashlich, sponsored by the schools Scubi Jew group two years ago, above, inspired plans to involve the entire Jewish community in the effort to clean up our shoreline. Birthright Israel grapples with Palestinian questionsTrip co-founder: No right to bash Israel on our nickelJERUSALEM (JTA ) Birthright Israel co-founder and billionaire philanthropist Charles Bronfman said that young Jews are free to criticize Israel but not while enjoying a free trip. If people want to call Israel names and say bad things about the country, they certainly have the right to free speech. But they dont have the right to do it on our nickel, he told the Israeli daily Haaretz in an interview. His comments come after at least two groups of American Jews visiting Israel on the 10-day trip walked off the tour to join left-wing groups on visits to Palestinians. Bronfman said in his interview with Haaretz that participants on Birthright can extend their trip and join any kind of group they want or travel on their own to Palestinian areas. If they want to go to the West Bank or Gaza, they are certainly free to go, he told Haaretz. What is not fair is making a big tzimmes while the trip is on. Frankly, I just dont think that is fair to their fellow participants.Israel again suspect in assassination; does it pay off? Israel and Gaza militants since 2014, Southern Israeli towns near into effect. On Friday, Aug. 10, the municipalities of Netivot and Sderot, as well as smaller towns near the Gaza Strip, did not renew emergency regulations that had been in place for most of the week. Southern Israeli cities try to get back to normalKuwait Airways will pay damages to Israeli passenger refused ticket Kuwait Airways agreed to pay damages plus legal costs to an Israeli who was refused a ticket on a nationality. Mandy Blumenthal, with the help of UK Lawyers for Israel, had claimed damages against the airline for racial discrimination and harassment after she tried to buy a return ticket to the Thai capital at Heathrow Airport in November. Blumenthals encounter at the Kuwait Airways desk shows that Kuwait Airways was prepared to sell her the ticket but refused once it saw the Israeli passport. The ticket clerk repeatedly explained that Israeli passport holders are not permitted to travel on Kuwait Airways. The airline has agreed to pay Blumenthal damages but without admitting liability, UK Lawyers for Israel said. The report did not say how much the airline was willing to pay. The law is clear: Direct discrimination on grounds of nationality in the provision of a service to the public is illegal, said David Berens, one of Blumenthals attorneys. Kuwait Airways is now legally obliged to end this policy or end its services from the UK altogether. It is horrible to be singled out, to be told you are not allowed to do something because of who you are, Blumenthal said. In my mind it is an anti-Semitic policy to single out the only Jewish state to boycott. to London service over its refusal to carry Israeli passengers, which prompted the U.S. Department of The airline has also been taken to court in Germany the practice was lega l.Israeli hospitals see record baby boom Several hospitals in Israel have reported record-breaking numbers of deliveries of newborns. Maternity wards in most of Israels hospitals are at capacity, with some mothers being referred to other departments and others having their babies delivered in The uptick is connected to rising fertility rates and the during the summer months compared to winter, according to the report. August is typically the month with the most births. In 2016, Israel had 181,405 deliveries August led the way with 16,540 and a fertility rate of 3.11 children per mother. Its by far the highest fertility rate among the members of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, which has 34 industrialized nations. Israel had a fertility rate of four children per mother in current level. The average fertility rate within the OECD is 1.7 children per mother.Billboards erected in support of vandalized Indiana synagogue Billboards were erected in support of an Indiana The billboards message is LOVE with a Star of David inside the O. .We just wanted to put a positive message out there. We just thought, whats more positive than love, Chris Iverson, vice president and general manager of Lamar Advertising, told WISH-TV. Four billboards went up along two major highways near Carmel, a suburb of Indianapolis. Another 12 digital billboards with the same message are found throughout the state, according to the report. A black swastika surrounded by a red background and the German and Nazi Military Iron Cross were painted Saturday, July 28 on a wall at Shaarey Tewith 200-member families. Hundreds also attended a community solidarity gathering at the synagogue.


PAGE 2 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA AUGUST 10 23, 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. THE TAMPA JCCS & FEDERATION M AINTAINS THE MAIL ING LIST FOR THE JEWISH PRESS.The Jewish Press of Tampa is privately owned, but published in cooperation with the the Tampa JCCs & Federation as a community newspaper. 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Date of delivery varies depending on your Standard Class Postage Permit: 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 AUG 24High Holiday Edition IPress Release ........Aug 10 Advertising .............Aug 14SEPT 7High Holiday Edition IIPress Release ........Aug 14 Advertising .............Aug 28SEPT 21Press Release .........Sept 7 Advertising ............Sept 10 Mark Segel, who has served both the Tampa JCCs & Federation and Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties in previous years, is returning to the Tampa JCCs & Federation as director of strategic initiatives. In this role, he will work on a variety of development-focused projects, including offering corporate naming rights at both the Bryan Glazer Family JCC and the JCC on the Cohn Campus as well as assisting in the continuing growth of the Florida-Israel Business Accelerator. Following a 20-plus year career in banking and of external relations for the Tampa JCCs & Federation and executive director of the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties. Its an exciting time to be a part of the organizations ongoing success. So much has been accomplished over the past few years yet we have the potential to do so much more. Segel said. Im very pleased to be back with the JCCs & Federation and continue the important work we do to grow and strengthen the Jewish community. Organizations or individuals interested in learning more about naming rights opportunities at the Glazer JCC or the Cohn Campus should contact Segel directly at Segel returns to Tampa JCCs & Federation; You name it, he can help with that Mark SegelActive adults throughout the county are invited to the Tampa Silver Night Out Dance on Thursday, Sept. 20 from 6-10 p.m. at the Bryan Glazer JCC. Those 50 and older are invited to night away at the event, presented by the JCC and Tampa Parks and Recreation Department. There will be live music, a full-course dinner, cash bar, photo booth, red carpet and door prizes Tickets can be purchased and tables reserved by contacting the Glazer JCC at (813) 264-9000 or the Parks and Recreation Department at (813) 348-1180. Those who want to participate in the event planning committee should contact Pnina Levermore at (813) 291-2253, at the Glazer JCC. The event is sponsored by Davis Islands Pharmacy and Compounding Lab, Rangel Medical Center and North Tampa Foot Care. The Glazer JCC is at 522 N. Howard Ave., Tampa.Enjoy glamour and glitz at Silver dinnerdance for active adultsNORMALThe regulations prevented holding any gatherings outside sheltered areas, including summer camp activities, as well as public transportation. A nearby annual hot air balloon fest had to be cancelled. The resumption of activity including by the Ashkelon-Sderot line of the Israel Railways followed Aug. 9, the Israel Broadcasting Corp. reported. More than 150 rockets hit southern Israel during talities, along with some building damage. The Israeli Air Force struck back, hitting more than 150 targets across the Gaza Strip, including military training camps, weapons caches and terrorists themselves. The air strikes killed three Palestinians, according to Hamas, including a pregnant mother and her toddler. Egyptian mediation, according to Al Jazeera. casting Corp. that Israel has a longstanding policy of striking in Gaza only in retaliation to strikes on Israel. The whole thing might have been started by a mistake. On Tuesday morning, Aug. 7, Israeli troops on the They responded in kind, killing two Hamas military rockets. for Israeli soldiers. It was, according to Hamas, part of a naval commando exercise in the presence of sePrior to that, Israel and Hamas were actually in indirect talks to establish a long-term truce on the bor der. The truce would see Hamas attacks against Israel end in exchange for Israel easing the blockade and allowing more goods in and out of Gaza. Two Israelis and the bodies of two dead soldiers held by Hamas would be exchanged for Palestinian prisoners. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90


JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 3 JULY 13 AUGUST 9, 2018 Anton Legal Group Stock Broker DisputesS. David Anton, Esq. Since 1985 The Bryan Glazer JCC in Tampa is launching a new mobile comgram, where participants can meet plications. Liam Brien, a senior consultant at instructor. brings to the table to enhance the at (813) 291-2253 or Levermore, Active Adults program manager, (L) and Liam Brien, a senior consultant for Cardinal Solutions, the company that donated computers to the Glazer JCCs mobile lab, in front of a charging cart with the new laptops. Computer lab aims to improve active adults tech skills Jewish? Democratic? Israels nation-state law raises questions over the countrys purposeBy CHARLES DUNST JTA news service asserts that Jerusalem is its capital, Prime Minister Benjamin Nealienate young American Jews who are so social-justice conDo Arab citizens have a place in Israel? Currents Stating the obvious The Tower magazine, says the actually states. Forward. The bottom line is that law tells us what that means, just as other Basic Laws tell us what goes as a response to ArabsWe are enshrining this impor the parliament. the Joint List MKs, it was imposJewish and democratic? Jewish or democratic? get at an implicit tension that has while simultaneously maintaining The tensions are seen in the Riding a wave of ethnic nationalism New York Timesbelong to the political right, which Words have meaning tions that guarantee political rights a large Arab bloc in the Knesset, TV that the nation-state law will ous Basic Law that enshrines huThe nation-state law is not On the contrary, the new law minority that also has a legitimate New York Times


Cong. Kol AmiOpen house: Kol Ami invites members and the community to an open house to kick off the new season of activities on Sunday, Aug. 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is a time for signing up kids for one of the four different youth groups and for potential new congregants to meet the Kol Ami members, committee leaders, Rabbi Howard Siegel, Youth Director Rachel Degani and Education Director Jennifer Halls or to join in a drum program. USY will have a car wash from 9 a.m. noon. There will be free hot dogs, fruit, cookies and more. Family Shabbat services: Families are invited to celebrate family Shabbat eve services on Friday, Aug. 24 at 6:30 p.m. Sing family friendly melodies along with your children while enjoying guitar music. Join your children as they dance in the aisles and play tambourines and shaker eggs. Book club: The Tree of Life Long Learning Book Club will meet Tuesday, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. to discuss If All the Seas Were Ink by Ilana Kurshan. The author immerses herself in the demands of daily Talmud study and allows the words of ancient scholars to transform the patterns of her own life. Youth activities: A variety of youth group activities are planned in August. On Sunday, Aug. 19, there will be a Chaverim and Boneem kickoff event from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at Altitude Trampoline Park, 4340 Hillsbrough Ave., Tampa. Youth from Rodeph Sholom will join in. The cost is $12 per person. On Wednesday, Aug. 22 from 7:15-9:15 p.m. there will be a Youth Lounge Night where kids can eat, hang-out, do homework, play games or just chill. On Saturday, Aug. 25 from 8:30-10:30 p.m. USY will hold a kickoff party at the synagogue. Hang out with friends and enjoy music, food and party games. A Kadima kickoff event will be held Sunday, Aug. 26 from 1-3 p.m. at Q-Zar Laser Tag, 7807 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. The event includes laser tag, arcade games, food, fun and friends and costs $15 per person. Food will be provided. For all these events, RSVP to Youth@ LChaim: Take in a program of sharing lifes lessons on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to noon. A different topic, readings and different leader will be chosen for each weekly session. Talmud: A Talmud study class with Rabbi Howard Siegel is offered on Thursdays from 10:30 11:30 a.m. Jewish law confronts everything from capital punishment to how to make rain. This is open to everyone from beginners through experts. Texts are provided. Jewish ethics: Rabbi Siegel leads a course in Jewish ethics on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to noon. This course will use Pirke Avot: Ethics of Our Ancestors as a springboard to discussion and debate on issues of the day in the light of Jewish moral/ethical demands. Knitting time: The Sisterhood Needle Workers hold weekly knitting sessions on Tuesdays from 1:30 3 p.m. in the boardroom. The knitters make fabric quilt wall hangings and knitting and crocheting squares to make quilts that are donated to charity. For more information, call Cong. Beth AmOpen house: The congregation will hold its annual open house for prospective members and to welcome back members for a breakfast on Sunday, Aug. 26 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Rabbi Jason Rosenberg, board members, the Mens Club, Sisterhood, Youth Groups, and congregants will be on hand to meet guests. The congregation welcome members of all ages and reminds folks the best time to get people interested in Judaism is when they are young. Especially welcome are inter-faith families, LGBTQIA individuals, couples, and families. For more information, call the temple. Prep for High Holy Days: A continuing education class led by Rabbi Rosenberg will be held on Thursdays, Aug. 23 and 30 at 7 p.m. The class utilitizes a book about the High Holy Days called This Is Real And You Are Completely Unprepared by Alan Lew. Come and discuss what this sacred time is supposed to mean, and how to get more out of it by doing your own work of Heshbon HaNefesh (accounting of the soul, or spiritual preparation). Reading the book is suggested, but not required. Pre-neg: Instead of rushing at home to eat before coming to Shabbat services on Friday, Aug. 24, come at 6 p.m. for a free light nosh. For more information, call the Victoria Cain at (813) 968-8511. Trivia night: Challenge friends and fellow congregants to see how much you know about PAGE 4 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA AUGUST 10 23, 2018 Reform 1115 E. Congregation BETH AM nd rd Conservative Congregation Campus Jewish Renewal Conservative Reform ReformTemple .ConservativeTemple Congregations Rabbinically Speaking Rabbinically SpeakingEight years ago I suffered a heart attack. I was taken to a nearby hospital where a stent was put in, opening the clogged artery. Within 48 hours I was home. Within four days I was engaging in light exercise and returning to a scaled-back schedule. vival. I am sharing them with the hope that maybe even one life is changed as a result. The Talmudic tractate Sanhedrin contains the following teaching: He who saves one life, it is as if he saved an entire world. My clogged artery was popularly referred to as the widow maker (proximal left anterior descending coronary artery of the heart). I survived the attack because: 1. I responded to the chest pain quickly, 2. I maintain vigorous daily exercise, 3. I pay close attention to my diet, and 4. I follow a daily aspirin regimen. I have always known I had a genetic proclivity for heart disease (it runs in the family), so I have followed items 2, 3, and 4, religiously in the hope of avoiding a heart attack. Now, I realize they also contributed to surviving one. The human body is a Divine gift protecting the holiness of our soul and being. The only spiritual stipulation placed on us is the requirement to care for the health and welfare of the body we possess. The body is not who we are but allows who we are to be. Inactivity, obesity, and neglect of our body are denying our own Divine nature. I do not believe in a God who preordains human sufferings, such as a heart attack. Nor do I believe in a God who can prevent them. I do believe in a partnership between God and humankind. God has made possible the gift of life; we are responsible for its wellbeing. I also believe God is present in our moments of trauma and despair providing hope and support; holding our hand in the darkness of life. If you want to continue experiencing the joys of a beautiful sunrise, an aweinspiring mountain range, the cries and laughter of children and grandchildren, the gentle touch of a soul-mate companion, then commit to some practical steps: 1. Quit smoking. Not tomorrow, today! 2. Join a health club and begin regular daily exercise. Excuses dont make pounds fall away, physical exercise does. The money saved from snacking and restaurants (especially the fast food variety) will pay for the health club. 3. Meet with your physician or nutritionist and begin a healthy diet. Start by avoiding processed meat (salami, corned beef, etc.). Next, consider giving up meat entirely. In fact, the ideal of Kashrut (Jewish dietary laws) is vegetarianism. It hurts me to see so many young mothers and fathers overweight and under-exercised. Dont they want to enjoy the fruits of long life accompanied with good health or are they blinded by a myopic view that they will have more time to deal with this in the future. They wont, and the one thing we can be certain with regard to the future is its fatal! Being a spiritual person means recognizing Gods presence in us. Being a religious person means acting upon this est: Admitting you need help I am overweight, I have terrible eating habits, I really want to quit smoking, I know I am out of shape. The next step is doing something about it. I am so thankful for my life and the continued opportunity I have to learn and teach Torah, to celebrate with my wife, children, grandchildren, and friends, and to cherish my partnership with God. On the eve of a new year, I pray we all share in the blessings of life for many, many years to come. 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. Congregation Kol Ami, Tampa Save your life, save the world Shabbat Candle Lighting Times


JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 5 Bat Mitzvah CongregationsAUGUST 10 23, 2018 Political Advertisement paid for and approved by Robin Fuson for judge, non partisan for circuit court judge, 13th judicial circuit, group 25. Nearly 5000 court room appearances, with 25 years as an attorney and 60 years of life experience, make Robin Fuson eminently qualied and ready to serve on the bench. topics from Judaism to baseball in a pub-style trivia contest on Saturday, Aug. 25 from 6:30-9 p.m. BYOB and a nosh to share.   Come as a team, or alone and others can form one with you.   All ages are welcome. A kids trivia challenge (16 and under) will run concurrently with the general game.   Contact the temple for more information. Cafe Shabbat: The next Caf Shabbat will be held on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 9 a.m. at the temple. This is a monthly opportunity to come together, eat food, engage in Shabbat fun, different ways, and then top it off with some time to pray together. For more information, email Admin@BethAmTampa. org. Selichot: The congregations Selichot service, followed by a potluck dessert, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 8 p.m.Courtyard Shabbat: Enjoy an outdoor Shabbat service without leaving Schaarai Zedek on Friday, Aug. 31 at 7:30 p.m. Participants will meet in the courtyard of the education wing to celebrate Shabbat (weather permitting) outdoors. Dress comfortably. Indoor seating will also be available. Selichot: Begin the High Holiday season on Saturday, Sept. 1 with a deli dinner at 5:30 p.m., a showing of the movie Come Sunday at 6:30 p.m., and Selichot service at 8:30 p.m. Selichot means forgiveness, and it prepares people to atone during the Holy Days ahead. As part of this service, the Torah covers will be changed to white in anticipation of the approaching High Holy Days. Come Sunday is based on the true story about Pastor Carlton Pear sons excommunication after he questioned the churchs doctrine on hell. Following the movie, the clergy will lead a brief discussion of High Holy Day themes in the movie, including atonement for transgressions and desire to do good without fear of divine punishment. There is no charge for dinner but an RSVP is requested at www. or by calling the temple at (813) 876-2377. Challahpalooza: The Sister hood will hold a Challahpalooza on Thursday, Aug. 23 from 7-9 p.m. Sisterhood members, their guests and anyone wanting to join are invited to the temple to prepare challahs together to take home and bake the next day for Shabbat. To register online at rsvp. Country-themed Shabbat: The congregation will hold its annual ShaBarbeque dinner and Yee Haw Shabbat service to welcome new and prospective members on Friday, Aug. 24. The dinner begins at 6 p.m. and the rabbis and cantor will be grillin and chillin. The menu includes grilled chicken, kosher hot dogs, baked beans, corn on the cob, and salad. There is no charge for the dinner, but RSVPs are requested. RSVP by Thursday, Aug. 20 at or (813) 876-2377. Following the dinner, there will be a Yee Haw Shabbat service at 7:30 p.m. This will be a country style service with the Yee Haw Band. Optional attire is Cowboy Chic. An oneg will follow the service. Meet and greet: The Brotherhood and Sisterhood together will host a bagels and coffee Meet religious school on Sunday, Aug. 26 from 9-11 a.m. About art therapy: Sisterhoods opening event will feature Merrilee Jorn art therapist, who will give a presentation on art therapy and its de-stressing nature for mind, body and spirit on Tuesday, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. The event is free to Sisterhood members; $18 for non-members. Wine, cheese and desserts will be served.   RSVP by Aug. 21 to (813) 837-1911. Payment will be accepted at the door. 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.Selichot services: For those who like their communal experiences to go late into the evening, come to Selichot services on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 9 a.m. There will be felcongregants gather in advance of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Open house and birthday bash: The congregation will hold an open house and birthday brunch on Sunday, Aug. 19 at 11 a.m. Those looking for a synagogue Shalom is all about. To RSVP or for more information, visit mekor or call (813) 963-1818. Color and connect: Bring your own coloring book or use pages provided at the shul and participate in a color and connect event on Wednesday, Aug. 22 at 11:30 a.m. Coloring supplies will be available. Service and dinner: All are welcome to a Shabbat service on Friday, Aug. 24 at 6:30 p.m., followed by a dinner. The cost is $12 for an adult meal, $8 for those ages 4-8 and free for those 3 and younger. and Advance reservation/ fee required. Go to www.mekorsh963-1818 for more details. Torah class: Join a weekly Torah class on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. at the University of Tampa. The class explores contemporary issues through a Torah perspective.   For more information, contact Rabbi Levi Rivkin at (813) 504-4432 or email Practical kabbalah: Enrich the soul and mind with a touch of kabbalah. Learn practical   spiritual ity   for everyday life. Classes are held on W ednesdays, 6:15 7 p.m. Davina Feldman, daughter of Tiffany and Brandon Feldman of Lithia, was called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, Aug. 4 at Congregation Beth Shalom in Brandon. Davina is a Principals Honor Roll student entering the eighth grade at Randall Middle School.Davina Feldman People with Parkinsons, as well as their care partners, friends and supporters, are invited to the free Big & Loud Parkinsons Karaoke Mixer on Wednesday, Aug. 22 from 3-5 p.m. at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC, 522 N. Howard Ave., Tampa. This promises to be a fun social event with a lively and upbeat atmosphere. DJ Mike Sean will serve as emcee, providing song bursts and entertaining the audience with a Name that TV Show game, s & s trivia and Karaoke-style sing-alongs. Refreshments, music and decorations will add to the festive ambiance. There is no charge for those who attend. Representatives from the Parkinsons Foundation, the Tampa JCCs and USF Health will be there to join in the fun. This event is sponsored by The Edmond J Safra National Parkinsons Wellness Initiative Grant and by a grant from the Parkinsons Foundation. For more information, contact the Glazer JCC at (813) 264-9000.Karaoke mixer offered for those with Parkinsons at Glazer JCC


PAGE 6 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA AUGUST 10 23, 2018 Dear Editor, I write this letter in response to an article entitled, Jewish Dems contend with wave of progressives critical of Israel. I hope that American Jews, (Democratic, Re publican or otherwise,) w ill consider the coming midterm elections as a referendum on the future of our religious freedom and democracy in America, rather than on how the outcome affects the future of Israel. Our recentpresidential election resulted in a Neo-Nazi, fascist administration, which is just now beginning to reveal its real agenda. During that campaign I heard many Jews say they voted for Trump because they decided that he, rather than Hillary Clinton, was more sympathetic to the state of Israel. One can only hope that, in the coming midterm election, Jews will realize the folly of voting Republican because of their allegiance to Israel over that to our own United States. If we lose our religious freedom and democracy there will be little hope for the survival of Israel or Jews throughout the world. A. H. Felman, M.D. Tampa Dear Editor: The lengthy article by Charles Dunst about liberal American Jews tolerating anti-Israel Protect religious freedom, democracy and Israel with your vote Democrats Israel bashing a serious threat Letters to the Editor sentiment within the Democratic Party was a confounding mess. A more apt title should be: Jews supporting Israel not too welcome in todays Democratic Party. The article cited dwindling support for Israel among Democrats. He listed a new crop of liberal 2018 candidates who openly rail against Israel. Strangely, the author suggests current trends shouldnt concern us much. If this doesnt alarm you, nothing will. The frightening truth is that liberal progressives running in 2018 will grow their support by bashing Israel because it works in their favor. Should this surprise anyone? Liberal elites, academia and media constantly bash Israel, and since theyre now the party majority, they no longer need to hide it. Any candidate who dares to support Israel has a good chance of being shouted down, threatened, or candidacy destroyed. How did we get here and why such tepid support among Jews to reverse this trend? Perhaps a lack of advocacy and education created generations of Jews who dont care or understand whats at stake. The article concludes by suggesting to understand the logic. Assuming such land and status was granted, does anyone honestly believe this would change anything? Would Hamas, Fatah, and the Arab world suddenly reward Israel with lasting peace and goodwill? Perhaps a good place for us to start is with ourselves. Dont sit on the sidelines and let a growing problem worsen. The Jewish Press, whose mission is to be an impartial, ethical community-building force can best serve our community by addressing these serious threats head-on. The trend is not in our favor and now is not the time to downplay a serious problem. Noah Jacobson Tampa Editors note: The article referred to stated that a Pew survey showed support for Israel Democrats from 48 percent in 2001 to 19 percent in 2018, not all Democrats.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.(JTA) A Missouri Republican who has made anti-Semitic and other bigoted statements handily won a primary for the states House of Representatives. Steve West, who promotes antiSemitic conspiracy theories on a radio show he hosts, defeated three other candidates Tuesday, Aug. 7, in the bid for a seat representing Clay County, northeast of Kansas City. He won with 49.5 percent of had 24.4 percent. Looking back in history, unfortunately, Hitler was right about what was taking place in Germany. And who was behind it, West said on KCXL radio in January 2017, the Kansas City Star reported Aug. 9. He has spoken of Jewish cabals that are harvesting baby parts from Planned Parenthood, abuse children and control the Republican Party. West also has a YouTube channel on which he has made homophobic, anti-Semitic, Islamophobic and racist statements, according to the Star. West will face Democratic incumbent Jon Carpenter in November. The Missouri Republican Party denounced Wests shocking and vile comments. Wests abhorrent rhetoric has absolutely no place in the Missouri Republican Party or anywhere. We wholeheartedly condemn his comments, the party told the Star. Reached by the Star, West said his comments were taken out of both Judaism and Islam. Jewish people can be beautiful people, but theres ideologies associated with that that I dont agree with, he said. Jews today are a remnant of the tribe of Judah that rejected Christ. The local chapter of the AntiDefamation League said it was not sure why Wests comments had not been publicized earlier. Im trying to get a sense of why sure I have a great answer, said Karen Aroesty, who directs ADL in Missouri, Southern Illinois and Eastern Kansas. Wests campaign platform does not mention Jews, but contains a section titled Islam is a Problem for America and says that most parents dont want their children or having to deal with or be around the LGBT clubs.Missouri Republican who said Hitler was right wins state House primary


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PAGE 8 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA AUGUST 10 23, 2018 Name of Business: The Abelson Group at Morgan Stanley Location: We are headquartered in Palm Harbor. Our clients reside throughout the USA. Ownership: David and Adam Abelson (and Morgan Stanley)Q What product or services do you offer? A Intellectual capital. We offer planning.Q What inspires your work and what sets you apart? A The importance of our work makes a big difference in peoples lives. We take this responsibility seriously and treat other people as we would want to be treated ourselves.Q Why do customers select your business? A We give back to the community. We return phone calls the Analyst) from the Wharton School of Business at the Uni) percent effort and truly care about our clients.Q Tell us an interesting tidbit about your business.A We have our own Bloomberg Terminal that gives us access to and we enjoy it!Q Do you have a personal or professional motto?A Strive to be better than we were yesterday and not as good as well be tomorrow.Q What is your biggest success to date?A To reach The Abelson Group at Morgan Stanley, call 727.773.4626 The Abelson Group at Morgan Stanley Adam, left, and David Abelson TASHLICHReverse Tashlich will bring members of the Jewish community together for a day of tikkun olam (repair the world), or Tikkun HaYam (Repair the Sea), Suncoast Hillels new Jewish marine conservation initiative. It will give us all a chance to do this very the marine environment and the entire Tampa Bay community, said Rabbi Ed Rosenthal, Suncoast Hillels executive director. I am thrilled that so many of our Bay Area congregations and community members will share in this spiritual and important program. Reverse Tashlich is the brainchild of the scuba diving enthusiasts Scubi Jew club at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg. Two years ago, the students organized a Reverse Tashlich on campus. After that experience, the students wanted to make it a bigger program with a broader reach, so the decision was made to bring the program to the community-at-large. The inaugural communitywide Reverse Tashlich was planned dur ing last years High Holiday season, but Hurricane Irma forced its cancellation. During this years event, each team of volunteers will be assigned a waterfront area in Hillsborough or Pinellas Counties to be cleaned during one of two shift choices, either 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m. Participants are asked to wear closed-toe shoes, comfortable clothing and adequate sun protection. Community service hours will be available for student participants. All required materials will be provided by Keep Pinellas Beautiful and Keep Tampa Bay Beauti ful, which are partnering with Hillels of the Florida Suncoast. Everyone is welcome to lend a hand. To join the effort, contact one of the participating congregations or Hillels of the Florida Suncoast at (813) 899-2788. These assassinations once were the stuff of major headlines and books like   Operation Damocles, which in the early 1960s targeted German scientists who were developing missiles for Egypt. Now such killings merit an article, if that, and a cursory mention on a Wikipedia page. Every day in the Middle East there are hundreds of explosions and settling of scores, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman told Israels Channel 2 after Asbars killing. Every time they try to place the blame on us. So we wont take this too seriously. This is likely, in part, because the volume has increased. Ronen Bergman, the Israeli reporter who last year wrote an exhaustive history of Israels assassinations titled Rise and Kill First, and who co-wrote the Times scoop on Asbar, has reported that before 2000, Israel carried out 500 such operations since its founding. Since then, there have been more than 1,800. Israel, Bergman wrote in his book, has assassinated more people than any other country in the Western world in the postwar period. Scott Lasensky, a former senior adviser on Israel to the Obama administration, said the acceleration after 2000 was due in part to the intensity and bloodiness of attacks on Israeli civilians of the second intifada launched in 2000, as well as the George W. Bush administrations pivot to targeted assassinations after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001. Whereas before there had been some public discussion about whether they could backcommunity and in the broader public, the debate ended, said Lasensky, now a visiting scholar at Israels Institute for National Security Studies. Because it coincided with Americas post-9/11 campaign, it gave Israelis even less reason to question. Which raises the question: Do the assassinations work? That, in turn, raises another question: What is the purpose of the assassination? Bergmans book comes from an injunction in the Talmud that he repeatedly heard cited by the for someone comes to kill you, rise up it is a no-brainer, according to this rationale: He must die. Asbar could be in that category. According to the Times report, he was a critical actor in developing precision-guided missiles that could reach deep into Israel and in stabilizing rocket fuel. With Syrias Assad regime and its allies Iran and its allied Lebanese militia, Hezbollah emerging triumphant in that countrys civil war, Israel suspected that it would be the only A famous ticking bomb assassination   was   Imad Mughniyeh in Syria in 2008, believed to be a CIA-Mossad effort. The Bush administration blamed Mughniyeh, the Hezbollah chief of operations, for attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq. Another was Yahya Ayyash, The Engineer, the Hamas designer of a rash of bombs that devastated Israel in the mid-1990s. His head was blown off when he answered a cellphone call in Gaza City. Strategic killings keep the enemy off-balance likely the key factor informing those of four Iranian nuclear scientists in the early part of this decade. Jonathan Schanzer, the vice president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said the killings not only deprived Iran of its knowledge base, it made the Iranian security establishment expend resources on protecting its scientists. It forced the Iranians to engage in greater operational security, holding scientists in underground undisclosed facilities because of the fear they would lose their brain trust, he said. The same likely is now true of Syrias rocket makers. They will be more paranoid, Schanzer said. Thats what counterterrorism is, encumbering the enemy, not necessarily defeating the enemy. Some of the alleged Israeli kill ings have seemed gratuitous. Bergman chronicles the late Israeli defense minister and prime minister Ariel Sharons obsession with killing Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, at times contemplating operations that would have killed large numbers of civilians and fat managed to escape multiple bombings often by minutes and even a bizarre Manchurian Candidate-style bid to hypnotize a Palestinian into killing him. (The Palestinian pretended to be under hypnosis, then promptly turned himself in to Arafats people.) Bergman, who hints in a New York Times Magazine   excerpt   of his book that Sharon may have ultimately succeeded in poisoning Arafat in 2004, said Sharon was simply furious that a man behind the killing of Israeli civilians should keep breathing.He took to heart every casualty of every terror attack, Bergman quoted the late Mossad chief Meir Dagan as saying of Sharon. There were some things that he simply could not let pass. Revenge likely also was a factor in the case of Ahmed Yassin, the Hamas founder and cleric killed in an airstrike in March 2004. Yassin was Hamas spiritual leader, given of Israelis, but he was not involved in its operations. tempts on Arafat fed his legend and lent him stature among Palestinians. Israeli commandos in 1988 killed Khalil al-Wazir, also known as Abu Jihad, in Tunis in 1988. Abu Jihad, Arafats secondin-command, also was among the Palestinian leaders seeking accommodation with Israel. The killing Israeli leaders believed that Abu Jihad was directing its violence, but it was a homegrown affair. Other times, when a critical actor is killed, it appears to have results. The 1996 assassination of Ayyash, The Engineer, was followed by a rash of bus bombings believed to have been planned before his death and then several years of relative quiet. Schanzer said the policy may work in conjunction with an over all strategy. The campaign against Irans nuclear scientists, he said, was coupled with cyber warfare that for a time crippled Irans uranium enrichment and tough sanctions that slowed its nuclear program. Israelis have always used tar geted assassination as not the only means but as one element of a broader strategy, he said.


BETH ISRAEL JEWISH CONG. SUN CITY CENTER1115 Del Webb Blvd., Sun City Center (813) 633-2548EREV ROSH HASHANAHSunday, Sept. 9 Evening service. 7:30 p.m. ROSH HASHANAH 1st DayMonday, Sept. 10 Morning service, 10 a.m. Tashlich immediately following service ROSH HASHANAH 2ND DayTuesday, Sept. 11 Morning service, 10 a.m.EREV YOM KIPPURTuesday, Sept. 18 Kol Nidre, 7:30 p.m.YOM KIPPURWednesday, Sept. 19 Morning service, 10 a.m. Yizkor, approx. 1:15 p.m. Concluding service, 5 p.m. Final Shofar, 7 p.m. CONG. SCHAARAI ZEDEK3303 W. Swann Ave., Tampa (813) 876-2377SELICHOTSaturday, Sept. 1 Deli dinner, 5 p.m. Film, Come Sunday, 6:30 p.m. Selichot service 8:30 p.m.EREV ROSH HASHANAHSunday, Sept. 9 First service, 6 p.m. Second service, 8:30 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 1st DayMonday, Sept. 10 First morning service, 8:30 a.m. Second morning service, 11:30 a.m. Children & tot services, 2:45 p.m. Tashlich, 4 p.m. (Ballast Point)CEMETERY SERVICESSunday, Sept. 16 Woodlawn Cemetery, 9 a.m. Myrtle Hill Cemetery, 10 a.m.EREV YOM KIPPURTuesday, Sept. 18 Kol Nidre, second service, 8:30 p.m.YOM KIPPURWednesday, Sept. 19 First morning service, 8:30 a.m. Second morning service, 11:30 a.m. Children & tot services, 2:45 p.m. Afternoon service, 4:15 p.m. Yizkor, 4:45 p.m. Neilah, 5:15 p.m. Break-the-Fast, 5:45 p.m.Pasco CountyOrthodoxCHABAD JEWISH CENTRE AT WIREGRASS2124 Ashley Oaks Circle Wesley Chapel (813) 642 3244EREV ROSH HASHANAHSunday, Sept. 9 Evening service, 7:15 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 1st DayMonday, Sept. 10 Morning service, 10 a.m. Shofar sounding, noon Kiddush lunch following services Tashlich, 1:30 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 2ND DayTuesday, Sept. 11 Morning service, 10 a.m. Shofar sounding, noon Kiddush lunch following servicesEREV YOM KIPPURTuesday, Sept. 18 Kol Nidre, 7 p.m.YOM KIPPURWednesday, Sept. 19 Morning service, 10 a.m. Yizkor service, noon Afternoon & Neilah, Closing service, 6 p.m. Final Shofar, 8:04 p.m. Break-the-Fast, to followPolk CountyREFORMTEMPLE BETH SHALOM1029 Bradbury Road, Winter Haven (863) 292-0722EREV ROSH HASHANAHSunday, Sept. 9 Evening service, 8 p.m. ROSH HASHANAH 1st DayMonday, Sept. 10 Morning service, 10 a.m. Tashlich, noonEREV YOM KIPPURTuesday, Sept. 18 Kol Nidre, 8 p.m.YOM KIPPURWednesday, Sept. 19 Morning service, 10 a.m. Afternoon service, Yizkor, and Neilah, 3 p.m. Break-the-Fast, 6 p.m. Orthodox Reform Received as of press time: HILLSBOROUGhH COUNTY OrthodoxCHABAD CHAI OF SOUTH TAMPA2511 W. Swann Ave., #201, Tampa (813) 922-1723EREV ROSH HASHANAHSunday, Sept. 9 Evening service, 7 p.m. *Community dinner to follow RSVP requiredROSH HASHANAH 1st DayMonday, Sept. 10 Morning service, 9:30 a.m. Shofar, 11:30 a.m.ROSH HASHANAH 2ND DayTuesday, Sept. 11 Morning service, 9:30 a.m. Shofar, 11:30 a.m.EREV YOM KIPPURTuesday, Sept. 18 Kol Nidre, 7 p.m.YOM KIPPURWednesday, Sept. 19 Morning service, 9:30 a.m. Yizkor, noon (approx.) Mincha /Neilah, 6 p.m. Final Shofar, 8 p.m. Break-the-Fast, 8:05 p.m.BAIS MENACHEM CHABAD1319 West North B St., Tampa (813) 504-4432 *at University of TampaEREV ROSH HASHANAHSunday, Sept. 9 Evening service & dinner, 7 p.m.*ROSH HASHANAH 1st DayMonday, Sept. 10 Morning service, 10 a.m. Shofar & Tashlich 4 p.m.* (Hillsborough River)ROSH HASHANAH 2ND DayTuesday, Sept. 11 Morning service, 10 a.m. EREV YOM KIPPURTuesday, Sept. 18 Kol Nidre, 7 p.m.*YOM KIPPURWednesday, Sept. 19 Morning service, 10 a.m. Mincha & Neilah, 6 p.m. Break-the-Fast, 8:05 p.m.BAIS DAVID CHABAD2001 W. Swann Ave., Tampa (813) 966-8770EREV ROSH HASHANAHSunday, Sept. 9 Evening service. 7:30 p.m. ROSH HASHANAH 1st DayMonday, Sept. 10 Morning service, 10 a.m. Shofar, noonROSH HASHANAH 2ND DayTuesday, Sept. 11 Morning service, 10 a.m.EREV YOM KIPPURTuesday, Sept. 18 Kol Nidre, 7:20 p.m.YOM KIPPURWednesday, Sept. 19 Morning service, 10 a.m. Evening service, 6 p.m. Break-the-Fast, 8:05 p.m.CHABAD OF TAMPA BAY14908 Pennington Rd., Tampa (813) 963-2317EREV ROSH HASHANAHSunday, Sept. 9 Evening service, 7:30 p.m. Community dinner to follow, RSVP requiredROSH HASHANAH 1st DayMonday, Sept. 10 Morning service, 10 a.m. Shofar, noon Tashlich, 6 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 2ND DayTuesday, Sept. 11 Morning service, 10 a.m. Shofar, noonEREV YOM KIPPURTuesday, Sept. 18 Kol Nidre, 6:30 p.m.YOM KIPPURWednesday, Sept. 19 Morning service, 10 a.m. Yizkor, noon Afternoon service, 5:30 p.m. Neilah, 7 p.m. Break-the-Fast, 7:52 p.m.CHABAD OF BRANDON/ JEWISH DISCOVERY CENTER1578 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico (813) 571-1800EREV ROSH HASHANAHSunday, Sept. 9 Evening service, 7 p.m. Dinner to follow RSVP requiredROSH HASHANAH 1st DayMonday, Sept. 10 Morning service, 10 a.m. Shofar, 11:30 a.m.ROSH HASHANAH 2ND DayTuesday, Sept. 11 Morning service, 10 a.m. Shofar, 11:30 a.m.EREV YOM KIPPURTuesday, Sept. 18 Kol Nidre, 7 p.m.YOM KIPPURWednesday, Sept. 19 Morning service, 10 a.m. Yizkor, noon Mincha /Neilah, 6 p.m. Break-the-Fast, to follow ConservativeCONG. KOL AMI3919 Moran Rd., Tampa (813) 962-6338SELICHOTSaturday, Sept. 1 Service, 8:30 p.m.EREV ROSH HASHANAHSunday, Sept. 9 Evening service, 6:30 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 1st DayMonday, Sept. 10 Morning service, 9 a.m. Tashlich/Maariv, 6 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 2ND DayTuesday, Sept. 11 Morning service, 9 a.m.CEMETERY SERVICESSunday, Sept. 16 Gan Shalom, noonEREV YOM KIPPURTuesday, Sept. 18 Kol Nidre, 6:30 p.m.YOM KIPPURWednesday, Sept. 19 Morning service, 9 a.m. Yizkor, to follow Mincha, 6 p.m. Neilah, 7 p.m. Final shofar, 8:10 p.m. Break-the-Fast, 8:15 p.m.CONG. RODEPH SHOLOM2713 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa (813) 837-1911SELICHOT *at Cong. Kol Ami Saturday, Sept. 1 Service, 8:30 p.m.EREV ROSH HASHANAHSunday, Sept. 9 Evening service, 6:30 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 1st DayMonday, Sept. 10 Shacharit service, 9 a.m. Youth services,10 a.m. Tashlich, following serviceROSH HASHANAH 2ND DayTuesday, Sept. 11 Shacharit service, 9 a.m. Youth services,10 a.m.CEMETERY SERVICESSunday, Sept. 16 Beth Israel Cemetery, 10:30 a.m. Rodeph Sholom Cemetery, 11 a.m. Myrtle Hill Cemetery, noon Tampa Jewish Memorial Gardens, 12:45 p.m.EREV YOM KIPPURTuesday, Sept. 18 Kol Nidre, 6:45 p.m.YOM KIPPURWednesday, Sept. 19 Shacharit, 9 a.m. Mincha, 5:45 p.m. Neilah, 7:10 p.m. Havdalah & Shofar, 8:20 p.m.CONGREGATION MEKOR SHALOM14005A N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa (813) 963-1818 *Services at Carrollwood Country Club 13903 Clubhouse Dr., Tampa SELICHOTSaturday, Sept. 1 Service, 9 p.m.EREV ROSH HASHANAHSunday, Sept. 9 Evening service, 6:30 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 1st Day*Monday, Sept. 10 Morning service, 9 a.m. Tashlich, 1 p.m.ROSH HASHANAH 2ND DayTuesday, Sept. 11 Morning service, 9 a.m.EREV YOM KIPPUR*Tuesday, Sept. 18 Kol Nidre, 7 p.m.YOM KIPPURWednesday, Sept. 19 Morning serving, 9 a.m.* (including Yizkor) Mincha, Mariv & Neilah 5:30 p.m. Final Shofar, 8:12 p.m. Break-the-Fast, to follow REFORMCONG. BETH AM2030 W. Fletcher Ave., Tampa (813) 968-8511SELICHOTSaturday, Sept. 1 Dinner program, 6 p.m. Selichot service & dessert, 8 p.m.EREV ROSH HASHANAHSunday, Sept. 9 Evening service, 8 p.m. ROSH HASHANAH 1st DayMonday, Sept. 10 Morning service, 10 a.m. Jr. Cong., 11:30 a.m. Tashlich, immediately following servicesCEMETERY SERVICESSunday, Sept. 16 Hillsboro Memorial Gardens, 10 a.m.EREV YOM KIPPURTuesday, Sept. 18 Kol Nidre, 8 p.m.YOM KIPPURWednesday, Sept. 19 Morning service, 10 a.m. Jr. Cong., 11:30 a.m. Yizkor and Neilah, 4:30 p.m. Final Shofar 7:30 p.m. Orthodox Conservative Reform JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 9 JULY 13 AUGUST 9, 2018 High Holiday Service Schedules Jill NeumanREALTOR 1208 E. Kennedy Blvd. Suite 231, Tampa, FL 33602I love what I do and youll love the results.


PAGE 10 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA AUGUST 10 23, 2018 3-camp meet-up Campers from Tampa, St. Pete and Palm Harbor Stand on line for Kona ices after a long day of Macabbiah races and other fun activities. It was a noisy, happy day when three Camp Gan Israel camps from Tampa, Palm Harbor and intercamp get together at the Chabad Center of Greater St. Petersburg. About 60 campers enjoyed a full days activities including Maccabiah games and a bubble show. The groups easily melded as if they were life-long friends. Camp Gan Israel is sponsored by the Chabad Lubavitch movement.Kids play a get-to-know-you game at the start of the intercamp meeting.A Sukkot luncheon for Holocaust survivors and their spouses from Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco counties will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Menorah Manor, 255 59th St. N., St. Petersburg. There is no charge for the luncheon and all survivors and their guests are invited, no matter what term survivor and regardless of any Music for the luncheon will be provided by Clearwater Jazz Holiday Foundation. The event is sponsored by Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services with funding provided by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. Gulf Coast JFCS supports Holocaust survivors in a variety of ways including in home care, light cleaning services, transportation, emergency financial assistance, restitution assistance, and social events. Those who would like to attend should RSVP by Sept. 14 to Gulf Coast JFCS Holocaust Survivor Case Manager Assistant Kerri Brennan at (727) 4791811 or kerri.brennan@gcjfcs. org. Transportation may be ar ranged if required.Sukkot luncheon to honor Holocaust survivors Support Our Advertisers!They help make the Jewish Press possible. Support Our Advertisers!They help make the Jewish Press possible. [ ]Support Our Advertisers!They help make the Jewish Press possible.Support Our Advertisers!They help make the Jewish Press possible. Support Our Advertisers!They help make the Jewish Press possible. Photo exhibit of Palestinians by Israeli to open at USF An exhibit featuring thousands of photographs of anonymous Palestinians titled Miki Kratsman: People I Met, will be on display at the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, from Aug. 20 through Dec. 8, and the award-winning photographer will be at USF for several events on Aug. 30 and 31. For three decades, Kratsman, an Israeli photo journalist, has been one of the leading chroniclers of life in Palestinian territories. His photographs many of them taken for the Israeli newspapers Hadashot and Haaretz uncover personal stories and Israels military impact in the West Bank and Gaza. While trying to answer the question What happened to the people in the photographs?, Kratsman amassed a vast archive of more than 9,000 portraits of Palestina dedicated Facebook page (https:// people.i.met/) in 2011. The USF Contemporary Art Museum will display the artists growing portrait archive, together with identifying commentary that, in some cases, serves as a literal proof of life or death. People I Met continues the museums tradition of presenting challenging artwork with social content. The exhibition also includes works from several other contemporaneous projects. These include photographic selections from Kratsmans Bedouin Archive and his Displaced series, and table-top panoramas of unrecognized Arab villages the Israeli government has slated for demolition. The 2017 video titled 70 Meters... White Tshirt condenses a year of shooting in the Palestinian village of Nabi Sahli. Kratsman was born in 1959 in Argentina and immigrated to Israel in 1971. From 1993 to 2012 his photographs appeared regularly in the newspaper Haaretz. From 2006 to 2014 he served as director of the Photography Department of Bezalel Academy of Arts, Jerusalem, where he continues to teach recipient of the Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography, awarded by Harvard Universitys Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology. Since 2004, he has been the chairman of the board of Breaking the Silence, a controversial organization of veteran Israeli combatants that collects testimonies from soldiers about their service in the Palestinian territories. Critics, including Prime Minister Benja min Netanyahu, say misinforms international audiences about the military and its activities. Last month, a new Israeli law barred the group from appearing at schools or speaking to students. rapher to win Israels Emet Prize for Science, Art and Culture, which includes a portion of a $1 million prize. Due to the political nature of his photographs, he said he was surprised when he won the Emet Prize, but is also proud to have won it. In conjunction with the exhibit, the museum will present a conversation between Kratsman and the museums curator-at-large Christian Viveros-Faun, a New York-based art critic, on Thursday, Aug. 30 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Oxford Exchange, 420 Ken nedy Blvd., Tampa. Admission is $5 and those interested should RSVP to https://oxfordexchange. Kratsman will be signing the book The Resolution of the Suspect (Photographs by Miki Kratsman, Text by Ariella Azoulay), following the talk. The $5 ticket can be applied to the purchase of a book. Kratsman and Viveros-Faune will also have a conversation about the People I Met exhibit on Friday, Aug. 31 from 6-7 p.m. at the museums concert hall. Following the talk there will be a reception for Kratsman at the museum from 7-9 that evening. The museum is located at 3821 USF Holly Drive. Other events related to the exhibit will be held in October. For more information, visit cam.usf. edu or call (813) 974-4133.Portraits from the exhibit Miki Kratsman, People I Met, 2010-2017.


JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 11 JULY 13 AUGUST 9, 2018 I still enjoy the many friendships I formed through Schaarai Zedek and at Rodeph Sholom, where I watched my three children grow into proud Jewish adults through and after bar and bat mitzvahs. Political advertisement paid for and approved by Bill Yanger for County Court Judge, Hillsborough, Group 5 I cherish those friendships today and look forward to the support of the Hillsborough County Jewish Community in this judicial race. ~ Bill While the Holocaust survivor population is dwindling, the remaining survivors are aging and increasingly need greater levels of service. Current funding to support survivors in the greater Tampa Bay region is provided by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, the Florida Department of Financial Services and private donations, but it would cost much more to offer the full range of services survivors in our area need. The following four organizations have joined together to raise money to address this serious situation and provide more support to survivors in the region. ALL FUNDS RAISED FOR THIS SUPPLEMENTAL CAMPAIGN WILL BE USED TO SUPPORT SURVIVORS. How your dollars can make a difference: for one year plus related client case management. or financial assistance and food. transportation to a medical appointment. To help us make a difference make your gift at / holocaust or contact Alissa Fischel at 813.769.4726A MINIMUM OF 25% OF HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS LIVE IN POVERTYA Shanda of Staggering ProportionsShanda: (noun) A Yiddish word describing a feeling of shame, humiliation or dishonor. JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTERS & FEDERATION Tampa Poland obtains WWII-era archive showing Polish diplomats efforts to save Jews during Holocaust(JTA) Poland has obtained a World War II-era archive that documents efforts by Polish diplomats to get Jews out of Europe by issuing fake passports from Latin American countries. The Eiss archive shows that 330 people survived the Holocaust due to the efforts of the Polish diplomats based in Switzerland, and another 387 were killed despite having the forged passports. The fate of 430 others is not known. Polands Culture Ministry and the Auschwitz-Birkenau state museum negotiated with a private owner in Israel for the archive for the past year, the museum said Monday in a statement. The statement calls the archive irrefutable proof that Poles, the Polish state, and its representatives systemically and institutionally were involved in saving Jews during World War II. The activities of the then-Polish diplomats in Switzerland, newly discovered and documented, can be an inspiration for historians, but also for culture, it said. The rescue effort was led by the Polish ambassador to Switzerland, Aleksander Lados, as well as three other Polish diplomats and two representatives of Jewish organizations. The archive is named for Rabbi Chaim Eiss, one of the Jewish activists, who died of a heart attack in late 1943. The documents reportedly came to Israel with one of Eiss descendants after World War II. The collection includes eight of the false Paraguayan passports; photos of Jews requesting the passports; and letters between the Polish diplomats and Jewish organizations. It also includes a list of Jewish children in Warsaw orphanages. The documents, which will be diswill become part of the collection at the Auschwitz museum next year. They will be subject to conservation and thoroughly analyzed by archivists and historians once they arrive at the museum. Poland passed a controversial law early this year making it a criminal offense to accuse the country of complicity in the Holocaust. Lawmakers later revised the law to make it a civil offense. During the war, Poles saved thousands of Jews. Other Poles killed thousands of Jews or betrayed them to the Nazis. The Nazis killed 3 million Jewish Poles and another 3 million nonJewish ones.


Business Professional Directory& PAGE 12 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA ORACLEINSURANCE Marc D. Ostroff Agency Principal 2605 S. MacDill Ave. Tampa, FL 33692 P | 813.259.9600 F | Home | Auto | Commercial | Life OBITUARIES are published as a public service at no charge in the Jewish Press of Pinellas County based on information supplied by the family to the funeral home. However, the information contained in the free obituary is at the discretion of the Jewish Press. 14007 N. Dale Mabry Hwy. Tampa, Florida 33618 Cell: (813) 220-7171 Ph: (813) 908-8500 Fax: (813) 908-9840franstar@tampabay.rr.comFRAN SCHWARTZRealtor Obituaries AUGUST 10 23, 2018 South Tampa Piano LessonsHelen Foessett Ages 6-Adults All Levels Play Your Favorite Songs!In-home lessons available813-928-4158Helen.pianolessons@gmail.comSuccessfully Teaching Music 25 Years! SANDRA ZIPP FISHMAN, 75, of Cleveland, Owls Head and Tampa, died July 6. A native of Cleveland, she attended Cleveland Heights High prior to attending Ohio University where she met her late husband Larry Fishman. They enjoyed traveling and playing golf. She worked for several business manager for the intensive care, pharmacology and neonatology units. She was a volunteer Survivors include her two children, Mara Centanni Knapp (Mike), and Douglas Fishman (Bridgid); and three grandchildren. The family suggests memorials be made to Bancroft NeuroHealth Flicker MAURICE GARRETT, 92, of Tampa, died July 29. Born in the Bronx, he lived most of his life in Tampa. A U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War clothing chain, The Colony Shops, for more than 50 years. Survivors include his wife of 68 years two great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorials be made to the Honor Flight of Central Florida or Congregation Schaarai Zedek. (Segal Funeral Home, Beth David Chapel) MARJORIE MARGIE HODES, 95, of Tampa, died Aug. 4. A native of New Orleans, she moved to Tampa in 1950. She was a member of Congregation Schaarai Zedek and its Sisterhood. She was an active volunteer for numerous organizations including the Tampa Arts Council. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law Lyn and Barry Meyerson; a granddaughter and a great-granddaughter. The family suggests memorials be made to the Amy Beth David Chapel) CAPTAIN ALFRED NATHAN AL SCHIFF, 87, of Tampa, died July 10. Born in Cleveland, he attended the University of Louisville, graduin engineering physics. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Morocco. Achieving serving as a liaison for the Air Force Academy. Instrumental in the growth of the motors and drives for sub-orbital and orbital space missions, he also pioneered the use of DC drives in the pulp and paper industry. He became general manager of Toledo Scale and transformed it from mechanical to electronic technologies, building the company on multiple continents. Under his leadership the export trade. In 1979, Toledo Scale became part provider of gas station technology, where he led its transformation from mechanical to electrical techplace he and his family lived they were patrons of the arts and culture. He served as a director at moved to Tampa, where he served on the boards of and MOSI. He and his wife also became patrons of the Florida Orchestra, Straz Center, Opera Tampa, Sarasota Opera and Asolo Theater. Involved in Advisory Board, gaining the college international recognition. He was honored with the USF Class fer; and 10 grandchildren. The family suggests val, Schiff Family Scholarship Fund, USF College Chapel) BARBARA JO WARD, 68, of Tampa, died July 21. Born in New York City, she grew up in Westport, CT, graduating from Staples High School in Westport. She attended the University of Tampa earning a bachelor of arts degree in economics. She worked in marketing and sales at Southeast the birth of her middle child, Justin, she became an advocate for children with special needs. She spent many years counseling other parents with special needs children and publicly speaking on the topic throughout the country. Survivors include her husband of 41 years, Alton C. Ward; her children, Nicole Moore, Justin Ward, and Shane and Morgan The family suggests memorials to the National Down Syndrome Society. (Segal Funeral Home, Beth David Chapel)WASHINGTON (JTA) The American Israel Public Affairs Committee and the AntiDefamation League are urging lawmakers to co-sponsor a Senate bill targeting Hezbollah and Hamas for using human shields. The bill, introduced last week by Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., would sanction those who use civilians to shield themselves while carrying out attacks. It singles out Hamas and Hezbollah as egregious violators. Three Democrats and 12 Republicans have sponsored the bill thus far. We strongly agree that the use of human shields by terrorist groups is illegal, harms innocent civilians, and impedes necessary efforts at self-defense by democracies such as the United States and Israel. Theres clearly a need for this legislation, the ADL told JTA in a statement. Also backing the bill are Bnai Brith International and the Orthodox Union. The bill calls Hezbollah, the terrorist Lebanese militia, and Hamas, the terrorist group controlling the Gaza, as repeated practitioners of an action that violates international law. It notes reports that Hezbollah is concealing missiles in villages in Lebanon and that Hamas routinely launches missiles at Israel from densely populated areas. AIPAC sent an action alert to its activists, asking them to urge their senators to back the bill. Terrorist groups including Hamas, Hezbollah and ISIS are blatantly violating international law by placing their terrorist infrastructure among civilian populations and hiding behind innocent civilians as they carry out armed attacks, the alert said.Senators urged to back bill targeting Hamas and Hezbollah for using human shields


JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 13 JULY 13 AUGUST 9, 2018 Organizations Genealogical SocietyEnhancing the family tree: The Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay will host guest speakers Jo Anne Spatz De Vargas and Marty Lazar of Vu Documentaries on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 2 p.m. as they discuss How Video Can Enhance a Family Tree. The meeting will be held at Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services; 14041 Icot Blvd., Clearwater. A pre-session social with refreshments and library access begins at 1:30 p.m. Those attending will learn about personal documentaries with videos that help you share your family story. De Vargas is a market research interviewer and video storyteller. Lazary is a multi-media, technology and audio/video professional. Everyone is invited. For more information, call Bruce Hadburg at (727) 7967981Job-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 Aug. 20, the topic is Market Yourself Through Business-Networking Cards. The Aug. 27 topic is What is Emotional Intelligence and How Does it Impact Your Career? Job-search aids: A Success workshop to aid with job-search skills will be held on Thursday, Aug. 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The topic is Preparing for Your Interview. The workshops are free for Job-Links program participants; $15 for guests. Reservations required. To RSVP, call (813) 3440200, email Young AdultsCocktails by the pool: The #Gather group will meet on Wednesday, Aug. 29 from 6:308:30 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, icebreakers, pool deck games, prizes and more. RSVP by Friday, Aug. 24 and receive one free drink ticket #Gather offers a mix of social and interactive activities for those in their 20s, 30s and 40s of all faiths and backgrounds. For more information or to RSVP for #Gather events, visit: or contact Lisa Robbins at 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 more information on programs at either center, contact Pnina Levermore at (813) 2912253 or All registrations should be completed before events begin. New book club: Book lovers are encouraged to drop by the Glazer JCC on Wednesday, Sept. 5 from 5-6 p.m. for the start of a new book club. Input from participants is sought. Mens Club: This group will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 4 from 5 6:30 p.m. at the Glazer JCC for card games, ping-pong, billiards and occasional outings. Yiddish nostalgia: Join Ruth Weston and her group of Yiddish enthusiasts on Thursday, Sept. 27 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. as they chat and reminisce. Bridge lessons: A series of six lessons in bridge will be offered on Fridays, Sept. 7 through Oct. 12 from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Glazer JCC The cost is $50 for JCC members and $60 for nonmembers. This is for players at any level. History of surrealism: University of South Florida history professor Joseph McAuliffe will offer a historical background of surrealism and provide an overview of the cultural climate of the Surrealist Movement on Wednesday, Sept. 12 from 1-2 p.m. at the Glazer JCC. Computer help: Learn tricks and shortcuts for Google and YouTube at a workshop on Tuesday, Aug. 21 from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Glazer JCC. No computer experience is required and laptops are available to use. This workshop is led by high-tech volunteers and they will answer questions about tech devices and platforms. To register, call (813) 291-2253. Mah jongg: Folks can play at both JCCs. At the Glazer JCC, drop-in sessions are offered on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-3 p.m. This is free for all members. All levels of players are welcome. At the Cohn campus, there is free open play sessions every Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30-3:30 p.m. 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 1:303 p.m. at the Cohn campus. Canasta: Meet in the senior lounge at the Cohn campus every Friday from 3-4:30 p.m. for friendly games of canasta. Movie matinee: Enjoy a classic movie and popcorn on the the month from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on the Cohn campus. There is no will be West Side Story. JetSetters: The Phyllis Borrell JetSetters social group for adults of all ages meets at the Cohn campus for an hourlong program followed by lunch. The next program will take place on Thursday, Sept. 27 from 11 a.m. to noon and is a Sukkot special event from 11 a.m. to noon. The lunch is free for members, though a donation of $5 is suggested. Do the Dali: Sign up for a docent-led tour of the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at noon. The tour includes a lunch at Caf Gala. The cost excluding lunch is $19 and registration is required. The special exhibit of Visions of Dalis Spain by photographer Clyde Butcher will be on display. Support groupsAlzheimers caregiver group: Menorah Manor offers a support group meeting in the Samson Nursing Center at Menorah Manor, 255 59th St. N., St. Petersmonth from 3:30-5 p.m. For more information, call Gwen Kaldenberg at (727) 3023750.


PAGE 14 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA AUGUST 10 23, 2018 Imagine exploring Jewish traditions together in a hands-on environment. Imagine a community of young families growing together, exploring concepts, ideas, and traditions that are the building blocks of family life. Imagine your family becoming part of a community that celebrates Jewish life together. Family Gan is a program designed to engage interfaith and same faith families with young children as they learn about Jewish values, traditions and practices through fun, hands-on activities. Families meet once a month. Programs available at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC and the JCC on the Cohn Campus. Suggested age of children: 2 4 year olds. Families of all backgrounds are welcome! August 26 | September 23 | October 14 | November 4 | December 16 January 13 | February 17 | March 31 | April 28 | May 19 rf $180 for the year ( 10 sessions ) For more information, and to register, contact: Jen Goldberg Executive Director of Education and Special Projects at ntbnt or nrnnrfrr rr522 North Howard Avenue Tampa, FL 33606 ntn frrfn 13009 Community Campus Drive Tampa, FL 33625 nbn n HIGH HOLY DAY SERVICES SCHEDULECONGREGATION BETH AM2030 West Fletcher Avenue, Tampa, FL 33612 and life cycle events.CALL FOR MORE INFORMATION Come be a part of our Family for the HIGH HOLY DAYS NEW RABBIto keep things going, showing a deep commitment to their faith and other congregants, he said, adding that he hopes to support their passion for whatever way they want to serve their temple in the future. will take place Friday, Aug. 17 at 7 p.m. with an oneg to follow. Adthroughout the remaining summer and fall months for congregants and Though his parents told him that around Bar Mitzvah age he exsaid he has no memory of that. Instead, he recalled that while in his college he was in a Jewish program Jews throughout the state of Israel. It was on such a trip, in the Negev desert, that he concluded that he Temple University in Philadelphia, where he was ordained on June 3. joined Kavod in Jamaica Plains, MA, a 20s and 30s social justice hate groups and those opposing them, he and a few friends from Boston decided to go. At the protests, he encountered people clad in military style uniforms, heavily armed and with riot shields who he quickly realized hate groups. He heard them chant Nazi ideology, and other hateful words. Israels Haaretz newspaper, like related that one white nationalist called a kike in my life, Mann said, still sounding shocked. The group Mann was with was not caught up in any physical conand joined with other clergy in praying over them and linking arms to protesters and counter-protesters. lottesville: It is amazing how conville, people of color, immigrants, ranked higher in terms of hatred it is important for Jews to support those other groups targeted for hatred. While he is committed to social justice causes, he said, I am new to the area. I dont know what affects this community. I do not fecting your people. You have to discover where the needs are and empower them. I am coming here with my own commitments and people what to do. the LGBTQ group. He said the day he interviewed anniversary of the Pulse slayings in Orlando and in the LGBTQ community, that was foremost in peoples minds that day. A as aware of that and know to reach out to offer emotional support, to support that community, he kippah every day. I do that for a lot of people who view religions as oppressive, who see it as why their families have disowned them. For as the oppressor, the enemy of LGinspiration in Judaism and I want to welcome and encourage and support them with open arms. Religion in the 21st century does not nacook, NH. His family were the NFTY youth group. In 2016, he was an Israel Fellow of Truah: The Though he grew up in the Reform of a Reform temple, he points out, I al institution. There are congregants and there is a wide array of people sit down and talk with any Jew or talk and grow with us. pointed to head an Israel Air Force lance aircraft. Major G, whose full name is not provided due to security concerns, ron, which takes part in covert aerial operations, sometimes thousands of promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel. A great privilege alongside a The real work is still ahead. I am proud to serve in the Air Force. Her appointment comes after the woman to head an IAF aviation squadrons operate aircraft. Major G served as deputy commander of the squadron that she will command from 2015 to 2017. mand course a month ago and will assume the helm of the squadron in the coming months, according pilot. Major G is married with children. Her appointment comes as the women were inducted this summer units, a record. The Times of IsraelFemale Israeli pilot makes Air Force history


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The walk-offs have sparked a debate over whether Birthright a popular 10-day free tour to Israel for young Jews has a responsibility to grapple with Israels control of the West Bank. Some 40,000 young Jews, mostly from North America, go on Birthright evto the country. But Birthright tour guides say the debate is unnecessary. While acknowledging that they speak from an Israeli perspective, the guides said they make an effort to represent a range of opinions on the tour including Palestinian views and are happy to answer any questions. In general, what tour guides are taught is that its not about us, said Daniel Ruwho is about to lead his fourth Birthright trip. As educators, its our job to teach what the various players in this region, in saying, and for us to articulate the basic vision of Zionism as well as Palestinian national identity. In addition to completing Israels twomost Birthright guides must complete a three-week course run by Birthright. Guides said the course focuses on how to engage groups in discussion, how to make Israels history and nature come alive, and how to relate to a North American audience. But the guides said the Birthright training course was light on politics. It instructs guides to represent a range of perspectives, they said, but doesnt provide a list of Israeli talking points on contentious issues like the status of Palestinian refugees or the security barrier. Green scoffed at the idea that rightwing donors to Birthright, like casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, dictate how they conduct their tours. They dont have a lot of control over regarding Birthright. Theyre trusting the Birthright says do this and the guide parrots something. In the Birthright training we were encouraged to represent different points of view. So this idea that Adelson is dictating The guides acknowledged that their tours are inevitably given from an Israeli perspecstrengthen American Jews connection to the country, along with the Jewish identity of participants. And most if not all of the guides are either native-born Israelis or Diaspora Jews who chose to make their lives in Israel. Personally, Im going to value and weigh some perspectives differently than others, said Rubenstein, who worked at the proIsrael lobby AIPAC in Washington, D.C., before becoming a guide after moving to Israel. Im an Israeli by choice, so Im not Wikipedia-neutral, but people are looking to engage with me because of who I am. I strive to represent different perspectives and make sure all voices are heard. The tours itinerary is transparently geared toward giving participants an appreciation of Israels natural, historical and cultural attractions. All trips must visit a series of sites, from the beachfront metropolis of Tel Aviv to the Western Wall in Jerusalems Old City to Masada, the ancient hilltop fortress where a group of Jewish rebels held out against an invading Roman army before committing mass suicide. Groups will also visit the City of David, a Jewish archaeological site and community in a Palestinian neighborhood in eastern Jerusalem, over Israels pre-1967 border. Palestinians condemn the sites presence as an illegal settlement. All groups receive a lecture on geopolitics and seeing Palestinian life, is not part of the itinerary. Optional programs that take place immediately following the trip offer Birthright participants the opportunity to see Palestinian society. Part of tour education is that youre educating about the things you see in front of you, said a Birthright guide who asked to remain anonymous for fear of professional repercussions. If the route of your trip curity] barrier, youre not going to start a discussion about the Israeli barrier. The guide said he presents Palestinian viewpoints, but that its clearly not a comyoure not meeting a Palestinian. IfNotNow activists, unsurprisingly, take a far less generous view of the tours approach. Rebecca Oliver, one of the participants who walked off the bus shown in the viral video, said their guide did willingly answer them. But she said Palestinians were mentioned only when she and other participants asked about them. And she said the guide did not present a spectrum of Israeli views on sensitive issues. In the video, the guide does not appear to attempt to be evenhanded when discussing the West Bank. He inaccurately claims that Israel sees the West Bank as part of the country (While Israel controls the West the territory and treats it differently, in legal terms, than its recognized territory.). He also claimed that Israel does not demarcate the West Bank on its maps, which is true of some maps but not all. They provide a really, really biased version of what Israel is and what that education is, and in doing so, they are upholding the Israeli government and the military occupation in Palestine, Oliver told JTA. They either provide misinformation or biased information without clarifying that its biased, or omit it. Tour guides chafed at the suggestion that a focus. They said that not all participants are interested in a political debate. And they appreciate that the trips focus is on Jewish identity. When IfNotNow says, Oh, Birthright doesnt present the full picture of the Palestinian occupation, well OK, but thats not the purpose of this trip, said an American nized and co-led many Birthright trips, but who didnt want to be named without approval from Birthright. The point of the trip is not to learn all of every single aspect of the occupation. Its to learn about Judaism and Jewish heritage and make friends and have a good time. seeking to drive American Jews politically rightward, its doing a bad job. American Jews tend to hold markedly more liberal terparts. Im sure the Israeli government gives Im not sure how much that translates to a micro level. If their goal is to transform a generation of Jews into Likud supporters, theyve clearly failed.


Two events are planned for the opening weekend of the Florida Holocaust Museums exhibit Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution. The exhibit, opening Saturday, Aug. 18, explores the extraordinary life of renowned music promoter Bill Graham (19311991) who helped launch and promote the careers of countless rock & roll artists from Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, the Doors and the Rolling Stones. The exhibit also traces the indomitable spirit of GraNazis fueled a lifelong passion and advocacy for justice. He conceived rock & roll as a powerful force for supporting humanitarian causes and was instrumental as Live Aid (1985) and Human Rights Now! (1988). The exhibit, which runs through Feb. 10, features 400 pieces of memorabilia, including photographs of the musicians Graham promoted plus some of their guitars and onstage costumes, archival concert footage, historical and video interviews, psychedelic art and several original Fillmore concert posters. On opening day there will be a reception at 6:30 p.m. including wine, hors doeuvres and a chance to celebrate the exhibit opening with Grahams family and friends. This program will feature a panel discussion with those who knew him well, with additional insight about the exhibition and how it came together. On Sunday, Aug. 19 at 2 p.m. there will be a panel discussion with Grahams sons, Alex and David Graham. This program, titled Legacy and Remembrance will explore how life lessons that are conveyed by parents and grandparents have profound effect. When those patriarchs and matriarchs endured the Holocaust, those lessons and their legacy have special resonance. A local second-generation family member of a Holocaust survivor will share experiences with the Graham brothers on lessons learned from parents and grandparents. placed in an orphanage in Berlin by their mother in an effort to save him. The orphanage had an agreement to send the children to France in exchange of Jewish children for Christian children. Later, after France fell to Germany, he and his sister were spirited out of the country. Graham would up in the U.S. but his sister dies during a journey to escape Nazis. Grahams mother died in Auschwitz. Named one of the best museum shows of 2017 by the Chicago Tribune, the exhibition was organized and circulated by the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, in association with the Bill Graham Memorial Foundation, and made possible by the support of Alex Graham, David Graham, and Danny Scher. The cost to attend each of the opening weekend programs is $9 per person for general admission and/or free for Museum members. To attend, call (727) 820-0100, ext. 301 to reserve your space. RSVPs are required. The museum is located at 55 Fifth St. S., St. Petersburg.PAGE 16 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA AUGUST 10 23, 2018 Rosh HaShana Dinner BREAK-THE-FASTWhere else can you get hand-sliced Nova, lox, sable or baked salmon?Best options for this holiday!! Hag Semeach!from all of us at Rosh HaShanah is early this year! Think ahead and order with Sharon, Ellen or Gregory.(Joel-not so much but, hell schmooze with you!)@joelskosher Holiday menus available! Look for Gregorys SALES on chicken, brisket, b/s chicken cutlets, b/s turkey breast. Available in tray packs Rosh HaShanah is early this year! Think ahead and order with (Joel-not so much but, hell schmooze with you!) Holiday menus available! (Joel-not so much but, hell (Joel-not so much but, hell cutlets, b/s turkey breast. Delicatessen & Marketplace NOW TRENDING@JO-ELS(please order in advance) Wishing you a Sweet New YearLook forLeightons Honeyat your local grocery store 863-422-1773Photo by Ken FriedmanBill Graham and Bob Hope make a radio appeal during the earthquake rock-a-thon on Nov. 26, 1989 in San Francisco.Sons of late music promoter to speak during weekend of museum exhibit opening


Nearly a year ago Tampa Bay area residents were warily watching Hurricane Irmas projected track and debating whether to ee or hunker down. But four families also fretted how the massive storm would impact their daughters Bat Mitzvahs. Each had a different, memorable tale to tell. Three of the families lived in Level A mandatory evacuation zones. The fourth family also opted to take shelter elsewhere. Two of the families ed to Atlanta and wound up beneciaries of hospitality extended by strangers whose daughters had met the Tampa Bat Mitzvah girls at Jewish summer camps. One family ed to relatives in the Daytona area where they had trouble nding an open restaurant, and another family rode out the storm a few miles away with friends, losing power at the hosts home while never losing power at their own. Remarkably, one girl actually had her Bat Mitzvah on schedule, though before a sparse audience at her synagogue. Later that afternoon, instead of getting ready for the planned beach-themed party, the family, including four grandparents and a great grandmother, plus two dogs, piled into two vehicles and drove to Atlanta. In all cases, as is common when the chips are down, synagogue staffers, friends, party venue operators and vendors, with one exception, were both helpful and exible in assisting to reschedule the services and parties. In the end, the four girls excelled during their services and regrets over the party plans Irma spoiled were forgotten when their delayed celebrations took place. Their stories are inside. Bob FryerIrma wreacks havoc on Bnot Mitzvah plans SECTION BAugust 2018Jewish Press of Pinellas County & Jewish Press of Tampa PLANNING G UIDE 29TH ANNU AL Jewish Press of Pinellas County & Jewish Press of Tampa Robin Reiss Photography Christine Nicole Photography Robin Hendershot PhotographyGeocolor Image in the eye of Hurricane Irma.Melinda Linsky receives her tallit from great grandfather Frank Rosenblatt. STORY PAGE 7 Dayna Schreiber on the bima at Congregation Schaarai Zedek. STORY PAGE 8 Naomi Rappaport looks through the Star of David sculpture at Kol Ami. STORY PAGE 3 Ashlyn Goldstein with her family and Rabbi Michael Torop at Temple Beth-El. STORY PAGE 11


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29 th Annual PLANNING GUIDE PAGE 3B AUGUST 2018 Tears, then poise, then a dash to AtlantaPhotos by Robin Reiss PhotographyNaomi Rappaport, front row center, surrounded by Camp Ramah friends who came to her rescheduled Bat Mitzvah Party, after the original date was canceled due to the threat of Hurricane Irma. Above, Two friends pick up Naomi Rappaport at the end of her Bat Mitzvah party. By BOB FRYER Jewish PressAs Hurricane Irma skirted Cuba, many Floridians were on edge, waiting for its long-anticipated turn to the north and wondering which region of the state would get hit hardest. It was already one of the most powerful hurricanes on record and had left a deadly trail through islands in the Caribbean. Even longtime residents who this was the big one and thousands clogged the roads as they widespread power outages, many swept up the state and petered out, most especially in the Tampa Bay area felt we had dodged a bullet. For Naomi Rappaport, however, when Irmas path was still a coin the storm had her in tears as she fretted over who would and would not show up for her Bat Mitzvah at Congregation Kol Ami in north Tampa. Naomi was one of four girls in the Tampa Bay area who had scheduled Bat Mitzvahs that day at various synagogues. Naomis was the only Bat Mitzvah service that did not get postponed. ing the Friday evening service although attendance was down a bit as some folks were making hurricane preparations. But on not help that she kept getting texts from friends saying they werent going to make it. On top of that, Naomi was still dealing with the news she got the day before that her party would because the venue shut down for the hurricane. Not to mention the usual anxiety of a Bat Mitzvah: how she would do during the service. welled up, Naomi more than got it all together. By the time the service started Naomi recited her Torah portion like a champ and everything went smoothly, said her mom, could not believe that before the service, she had been hysterically crying. Because many had either already headed out of harms way or were in the process of securing their homes, attendance at the service was low. Jody and Yoav Rappaport werent taking any chances either. Right after the afternoon luncheon at the synagogue, the family two kids, the parents, four grandparents, one great grandmother and two dogs piled into the family van and another vehicle and caravanned to Atlanta. Because Naomi was active on social media and posted informaVanessa Leibowitz, the mother of a girl Naomi had become friends with at Camp Ramah Darom in north Georgia, called Jody. Vanessa and her husband Adam, who have three kids and a dog, insisted the Rappaport family dogs included stay at their home, even though only Naomi and the Leibowitzs daughter had ever met. Naomis grandparents, Leslie and Reva Pearlstein, and greatgrandmother, Dr. Patricia Cottrille, stayed at a hotel, but the rest of the kids could put their faces for photos. Jody and her husband made that and all the other decorations, including a display for the candle lighting ceremony and the table centerpieces. There were colorful served as seating cards for the adults and purchased miniature surfboard picture frames that served as seating cards for the kids. They did not use a party planner, instead relying on Pinterest for dcor ideas. Jodys husband, Yoav, even made a large sign with arrows on it showing directions to famous beaches (each table was designated as a particular beach). The only thing we did not decorate was the candy table, which was done by a group of our closest friends, Jody said. Advice for others Asked if she had advice for other parents who may have their plans suddenly upended, for whatever reason, she said it is ok to be disappointed if a change in plans means folks who were originally going to attend, cant show up as in the case of families who had to make their own hurricane preparations as Irma was approaching but it is also important to understand why they bowed out and to not was a big punch to roll with, but ultimately, that is what you have to do roll with the punches. Jody added that the change of plans, the turmoil, were challenges that helped Naomi grow from and she wound up better off for the experience, and the fact that so many bunch, including Jodys father-inlaw from Tel Aviv, Dan Rapaport, and mother-in-law from Arizona, Yudit Gottleib, stayed at the hosts home. the Rappaports 12-hour trek to Atlanta could not have been more gracious. Jody said the kids, dogs and adults all got along well and their hosts took the whole group out to dinner the next night. They showered us with love, Jody said, adding that they still stay in touch. Because Irma, downgraded to a tropical storm, was headed for Atlanta, the Rappaports helped their hosts secure lawn furniture and prepare for gusty winds. Then they decided Irma was diminished enough that it was time to drive home. They had to pull off the road once near Macon to ride out heavy winds and rain, but made it home safely and were pleased that there was no damage and they still had power. New party date picked The Rappaports were fortunate enough to reschedule Naomis Bat Mitzvah party for Oct. 20. The same morning of the party, Naomi again got to lead the morna new Torah portion she learned for that date. Jodys mother-in-law was able to make it back to Tampa for the party, but her father-in-law in Tel Aviv could not make a return. tend the original party were unable to make the Oct. 20 party. However, for the original date were able to make it to the rescheduled party, including Camp Ramah friends. On the original date for her Bat Mitzvah, two Camp Ramah boys were having their Bar Mitzvahs, so Naomi did not invite any Camp Ramah boys so they would not be to accept. But with the new party date, she invited boys and girls she knew at camp and about 20 of them, from Chattanooga, Atlanta, Florida, showed up. In addition to the extra campers at the party, there was one other change of note. When a vendor asked if they wanted to offer any specialty drinks for adults at the party, Jody said, Yes, make Hurricanes. There was a beach theme for the party, including a large size cardboard scene showing a musclebound guy and a curvy girl in a bikini with holes cut out where With a beach theme, these cards directed adults to their table.camper friends made such an effort to get to her party made Naomi feel loved and cared for. That being said, Jody has already given Naomi one piece of advice for the future: Do not get married during hurricane season. Jody said Naomi was a hur ricane baby, recalling that in 2004, when four hurricanes swept through Florida, Jody and her brand new daughter were released from the hospital a day before Hurricane Frances hit, coming home just as their house was being boarded up for the storm.


75 of them chil dren. Though things started out with kids and adults in separate rooms, in time some adults began sneaking off to the kids room to mingle and to play on a giant foosball table. The band supplanted the DJ music for the hora, playing a special tune for the event. There were acrobatic bartenders in the adults and kids rooms, juggling items as they mixed drinks (non-alcoholic for the kids) in both rooms. In the magic garden, there were also television sets that displayed photos of Aurora throughout her childhood. The secret garden for the adults room turing a tree covered in roses, again brought in and set up by the decorating company. Everything was decorated to death, she said. As takeaway gifts, adult guests received large boxes of chocolates with the Star of For information, call Lauree Carnes at 813.207.6635, email or visit Hyatt. Youre More Than Welcome. 29 th Annual PLANNING GUIDE PAGE 4B AUGUST 2018 By BOB FRYER Jewish PressMadeline Goldish knew years in advance that she wanted her daughter Auroras Bat Mitzvah party to be one the guests would never forget. And it was, Goldish said, explaining that she pulled out all the stops for the gala held on tower in downtown St. Petersburg with a great view of the Tampa Bay. I wanted a New York City party for my daughter. I wanted it to have a wow factor. I wanted it to be a night to remember, and it was, she said. The key to success, Goldish explained, she had in mind. The person she chose, got it right away, Goldish said, adding that the planner was good at implementing her vision and the choices she made about the celebration. When asked to describe a New York party, Goldish said it had to be an over-the-top sort of affair that would leave folks talking about it long after the event. As an example she told of a New York City hotel owner who turned the massive ballroom into Supermans Ice Palace for his sons Bar Mitzvah including hiring a company that came in from Colorado and created stalagmite and stalactite decorations to make it look authentic. That is the only party I can think of that topped Auroras, she said. In addition to lavish decorations to make one area a magic garden for the kids and another area a secret garden for adults, Goldish said the wow factor for the party was a 12-minute professional fireworks spectacular. The party guests watched the Since the mass shootings of fans attending a country music concert in Las Vegas happened not too long before Auroras party, and the Tampa Bay Rowdies were having a soccer match in the stadium near the condo on the same night, Goldish took extra pains not to rattle nerves. She worried that if soccer fans were not alerted to the sounds of the ated with the Rowdies, agreeing to hold the with fans alerted to the show and in turn the Rowdies posted Auroras name and a congratulatory message on its big screen display. The dress for the event was not black tie, but still dressy, Goldish said. It was cocktail and party dresses for the girls and women, she said. To turn the kids room into a magic garden, a company from Orlando used black lights of different hues and white curtains to create just the right lighting to transform the room. It also featured a white fabricated tree that picked up the blacklight colors. The kids and adults had separate, elabo rately designed entrances. The kids each got gold keys with Auroras name on them and they passed through golden gates to the magic garden. The secret garden entrance was an elaborate archway of foliage. There was a band for the adults and a DJ for the kids. In total there were about 180 guests, Photos by Maddock PhotographersFireworks, posh venue, a little magic give Bat Mitzvah party wow factor An elaborately designed tree supports golden candles for the candlelighting ceremony at Aurora Goldishs party. Aurora Goldish and friends pose at the entrance to the Secret Garden at her party. th Get your Bar/Bat Mitzvah noticed in the Jewish PressAs the time nears for your childs Bar/ Bat Mitzvah, you will want to let the community know by announcing it in the Jewish Press. Forms should be available at all synathe form on either the or www.jewishpresspinellas. com. To have a form sent to you, contact the Jewish Press at jewishpressinfo@aol. com or call (727) 535-4400. Black and white or color photographs are acceptable (no color copies or digital prints). The photo may be mailed or emailed to as a JPG or TIF. Photos should be clear headshots and if emailed must be high resolution. There is a $5 charge to cover the cost of reproducing the photo. The completed form should be sent approximately a month in advance. The Jewish Press prints the announcement one to two weeks before the celebration, if possible. All information is published at the discretion of the Jewish Press. Mail to the Jewish Press, 6416 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33707 or email cholate bark. The children received LED drinking cups, bracelets, glasses and a bucket of Dylans Candies, a boutique candymaker with outlets in New York, LA, Chicago and Miami. Having the party planner helped relieve stress and gave her a better opportunity to enjoy the event, she said, but commented it was still a whirlwind weekend. The day after the Bat Mitzvah service and party, Goldish, her boyfriend and Aurora up with Temple Beth-Els Rabbi Michael Torop who had left a day earlier to lead a two-week group tour of Israel.




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29 th Annual PLANNING GUIDE PAGE 7B AUGUST 2018 By BOB FRYER Jewish PressGetting her bat mitz vah service and party postponed because of Hurricane Irma was a headache for Melinda Linsky of Tampa, but getting a concussion days before the rescheduled service and party well, that was an even bigger headache. There is nothing like seeing double the night before your Bat Mitzvah but more about that later. Like three other Tampa Bay area families whose daughters were to have their Bat Mitzvahs on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, the Linskys kept a wary eye on the projected track of Irma, hoping the spaghetti models would show it shifting away from Florida so Melinda could go ahead with her Bat Mitzvah at Congregation Schaarai Zedek and her party at a venue not too far away. Several days before the scheduled bat mitzvah, officials announced they were closing Hillsborough County schools for the rest of the week. Thats when Melindas parents, Sam and Stacie, made the decision to postpone the were made via phone calls, emails and texts to let guests know of their decision. Because the family home is in a Level A evacuation zone, they knew if they stayed in Tampa they would likely be ordered to leave their home. So, on Thursday of that week, the family both parents and three children caught one of the airport closed. They stayed in a hotel in Atlanta until the storm passed. Sleepover silver lining Melinda had been a camper at Camp Barney Medintz, a Jewish summer camp in Cleveland, GA, vah. On the day when Melinda had originally expected to have her Bat Mitzvah, instead she wound up at Barney friends. Thanks to social media, two other camp girls whose GA, and three other camp friends who lived in Atlanta got together at one of their homes. That, Stacie said, was a real silver lining helping ease Melindas disappointment. The Linskys returned to Tampa on the Tuesday after Irma swept through and found trees and power lines down in their neighborhood. They stayed in a hotel that night, then stayed at Sams brothers townhouse the next day. Once back in Tampa they learned the temple and party venue were undamaged and were able to reschedule Melindas Bat Mitzvah and her party for the very next Saturday Sept. 16. That evening was Selichot, not normally available for holding a Bat Mitzvah, but Stacie said Rabbi Richard Birnholz allowed it, due to extenuating circumstances. The rabbi also announced during the service that he was not requiring Melinda to learn and read new Torah and Haftorah portions even though they did not match the portions for the date of the rescheduled service, Stacie said. The rabbi and the staff were extremely helpful in working with the family through all the changes in plans, she said, with their focus on ensuring it was a good experience for Melinda. A bonk on the head On Wednesday, Sept. 13, just as folks were receiving notice of the quickly rescheduled service and party, Melinda went to school at Berkeley Prep, where she is a member of the girls volleyball team. During a practice that day she was struck on the head by a volleyball and suffered a concussion the only sports injury she has ever had. Initially, both she and her parents were concerned that the Bat Mitzvah might have to be postponed again. Her doctor put her in concussion protocol, telling her parents to put her in a dark room for 48 hours and keep her still. During that time Melinda and her parents fretted she might not be able to go on with her Bat Mitzvah, but held off on canceling it. They did get permission from Rabbi Birnholz for her to skip her plans to lead the Friday night service a good thing because she was still seeing double that evening and could not read. The next morning Melinda went to the temple early to see if she could read. By that time her double vision was gone, but she still had a bit of a headache, Stacie said, so the temple staff dimmed the lights in the synagogue during the service. Her performance was perfect. She did not make a single mistake, Stacie said, adding that she was happy Melinda had memorized everything before. Her party, including luncheon, was held after the service and because Melindas eyes were still sensitive to light, she wore sunglasses Everybody gets shades Because Melinda was in sunglasses and Stacie did not want her daughter to feel conspicuous, Stasunglasses for all the kids attending the party. We hit every dollar store in Tampa, she said. The original plan was to hold the party in a ballroom at the venue, but when it had to be quickly rescheduled, the ballroom was booked. The new plan was to convert a gymnasium at the venue into a spot for the party. Then they got a call that those renting the ballroom had backed out, so Melinda got to have her party right where she had envisioned it for months. With the date for the service and party only getting pushed back by a week, many outof-towners who had planned to come on Sept. 9 could not re-book extra fees, so quite a few of those folks did not make it to the Sept. 16 events. Originally about 280 people were expected for the service and party, but after the storm about 180 turned out for both events. One thing Stacie was grateful for was that Melindas great-grandparents, ages 95 and 92, were able to take part in the service. That was very special, she said. There was music at the party and we were nervous about it due to the lingering effects of the concussion, Stacie said. Melinda managed to be there for most of the party, but eventually had to leave as her headache worsened. And in acknowledgement of Irmas role in the events, the signature adult drink for the party was what else hurricanes. There were a couple of glitches caused by the postponement. The photographer booked for the original date could not make it, but found a substitute who did a good job, Stacie said. A transportation company was to provide trolley service from the temple to the party venue for guests, but could not accommodate new date and would not offer a deposit refund. Another company was hired to One big blow, then another, make for memorable Bat Mitzvah Melinda Linsky had to wear sunglasses and stay in dimly lit rooms after she suffered a concussion days before her rescheduled Bat Mitzvah service. She is shown at her temple prior to her service.Photo by Christine Nicole PhotographySpecial cups were designed for Melinda Linskys Bat Mitzvah party, with the original Sept. 9, 2017 date on them. Hurricane Irma forced the family to move the party and service to Sept. 16.provide buses for transportation. Stacie said not only was the synagogue staff very easy to work with, but the party planner she hired was also well worth it, taking care of details once new decisions were made. She said in hindsight everything worked out well. Folks seemed to enjoy both the service and party and Melinda will have plenty of good memories to tell friends about for years to come. Roll with the punches Despite all the unforeseen mishaps, Stacie said she is looking forward to the Bar Mitzvahs of her am so happy with all the craziness that happened that I loved every minute of it and get to do it two more times. While it is not common for hurricanes to force postponements of Bnai Mitzvahs, sometimes events beyond ones control can mess with the best laid plans. Stacies advice for parents planning their childs event: Number one, hire a planner if you can. We would make the major decisions and she implemented a lot of changes for us. That helped a lot. It also helps to remember what is important. The concussion was nerve wracking, Stacie said, but added, In a way it put things in perspective. We just had to see what would happen and things worked out. My daughter told me, Just remember what it is all about and that your family and close friends are going to be there, so it does not matter how big the party is or if the food is perfect. Staying positive also helps. At one point Melinda seemed down and asked, why is all this happening to me? After the service and party were over, Stacie told her, Everything that could go wrong, did go wrong and you overcame it. Look what you accomplished. Use that selflife. More Melinda mitzvahs About three months after Melindas Bat Mitzvah and party, 15 Linsky family members traveled to Israel. Melinda held a twinning ceremony at Yad Vashem, Israels Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem. Because so many children were murdered during the Holocaust, many never living long enough to have a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, Yad Vashem holds twinning ceremonies with modern day children celebrating Bnai Mitzvah. The children tour the museum and conduct a ceremony in memory of their twin, a Holocaust child victim who shares something in common same birthday or name or something else with the Bar or Bat Mitzvah child. In addition, Melinda had another Bat Mitzvah service at Masada.


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Daynas original Havdallah Bat Mitzvah service was to be held at Congregation Schaarai Zedek in south Tampa on Saturday evening, Sept. 9, with a party imme diately following. However, with Irma threatening and the Schreiber home in an area subject to mandatory evacuation the decision to postpone the service was made several days ahead of time. Rabbi [Richard] Birnholz helped us decide it would be best to postpone, said Pattie. The fact that some of Daynas friends were making their own evacuation plans helped her accept the change in plans. Like three other Tampa Bay area families whose daughters had bat mitzvahs planned for Sept. 9, texts, phone calls and emails were used to alert those who were planning to attend of the postponement. Pattie said both she and her husband and it took a couple of hours to reach everyone. Luckily, the synagogue and party venue were both able to reschedule the event for Oct. 14, but instead of Dayna conducting a Havdallah (evening) service, it was changed to a morning ser vice. She was not required to learn a new Torah and Haftorah portions, but she did have to learn some new prayers. I was already somewhat familiar with the new prayers, but had not practiced them before, Dayna said. When an evacuation order was issued for their area on Thursday, Sept. 7, the family drove to Adrians fathers home in Daytona. By the time they arrived there Pattie said Dayna was very disappointed and it was kind of a sad night due to anxiety about the storm and the postponement. She recalled that the family denight to brighten the mood, but had to drive around for an open restaurant. They delayed their return home for a bit while waiting Tampa and debris on some roads to be cleaned up, returning the Tuesday after the hurricane passed through. For the second time around, the family emailed invita tions instead of using formal printed and mailed invita tions as they had originally. Dayna said she was a little anxious before the service, but calmed herself and then was ok. Her mom said Dayna vice, not missing a thing, including the new prayers. I enjoyed the morning service better and the lighting was better, Dayna said. Picking out her favorite memory for the service and party was hard, she said, because they were both great. There were so many memories, it is hard to choose. One highlight, she said, was that for the new date, even more of her camp friends were able to attend. The change of dates did mean some folks who originally said they could come, including friends from Kentucky she looked forward to seeing, had other plans on the new date and could not make it. However, subtracting those who had to cancel and those added because the date changed, the total number for those at the service and party remained pretty much what was originally expected. When the Havdallah ser vice was planned, it was to be followed right away by the party, so buses were lined up for transporting folks from the temple to the party venue. When the service changed to a morning event, Pattie said they added a luncheon after the service and no longer needed the bus service, as guests had time to go home before the party that night. This also allowed a special treat for Dayna. Pattie ar ranged for her to get her hair styled between the two events. The vendors who could schedules did so. In the case of the DJ, he had another event booked, but provided another DJ from the same company and Pattie said the new person did a great job. The videographer was not available for the new date, so they just did without. Otherwise, the party went off as planned just 6 weeks later. Because Dayna loves New York City and dogs, the theme for her party was a mashup of the two. The dcor included the New York skyline projected on walls and the three food stations were patterned after Daynas three favorite places to eat in New York, a Chinese restaurant, a Jewish deli and an Italian pizza place. She took logos from all three places and added her name to them, along with Hebrew lettering. She also loves a yogurt place at Bloomingdales and the colors associated with this, along with the font used for Bloomingdales logo, in her original invitations. Meanwhile, she had tables designated for various dog breeds and had cutouts and photos of dogs throughout the party venue. She even brought her dog, Sparkie, the familys schnauzer, to her party. One of the things that really stood out for Pattie is that the rabbis and synagogue staff were just wonderful. They gave fantastic support and were really helpful and there for us with all the adjustments and changes. You know, Jewish community makes it good. Pattie added, The vendors were very understanding and those we wound up not using gave back deposits without objection. Patties advice to others a similar situation on how to cope with a sudden change in plans: Initially, I was anxious just like Dayna was, dealing with the uncertainty of not knowing if the hurricane was coming or not. But I would say, ask for advice; ask for help from those who have been through situations like this before. Not only were folks at the temple helpful, but the special events manager at the party venue also stepped up to the challenge. The woman had dealt with last-minute cancellations before and jumped into action to contact Patties other vendors and to coordinate the change in plans. Her actions eased the burden on Pattie, which she said was a big help, because Pattie was also worrying about a medical issue her dad was dealing with at the time. My only other advice is to let people know it all does really work out in the end. It may not be what you planned it to be, but it will be OK, Pattie said. The service is the most important thing anyway, and once your child has worked on the hard part, preparing for the service, then you just have to remember that part will go right, so dont worry. I told my daughter in my speech to her, because of what happened, she will have a story to tell about her Bat Mitzvah for the rest of her life.Dayna Schreiber hugs the Schreiber family dog, a mini schnauzer named Sparkie which she brought to her Bat Mitzvah party. Daynas party theme combined her love of New York City and dogs. Bat Mitzvah service juggled from evening to morning when Irma intrudes INVITATIONS Save the Date card Main invitation Lining for outer envelopes Response cards Reception cards Directions/hotel information Stamps for invitations, response cards and thank yous (check weight and size of envelope for correct postage) Calligraphy for envelopes Extra envelopes Thank you notes FRIDAY NIGHT SERVICE congregation Friday night (Check procedures) Shabbat dinner for out-of-town guests SATURDAY SERVICE Programs for service Candy to throw at conclusion of Haftarah (if permitted) Challah Wine/grape juice Kiddush luncheon Imprinted napkins RECEPTION Room rental Photographer Videographer Cocktail hour entertainment (piano player, magician, etc.) Hors douvres Challah Candles for candlelighting Sign-in board DJ/Band/Entertainment Entrees Liquor/wine/mixers Bar/Bat Mitzvah cake Dessert Centerpieces Flowers/balloons/decorations Table linens Favors Place cards Imprinted napkins Prizes for kids Extra waiters/bartenders Gratuities for waiters/ bartenders/ banquet manager MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS Tallit Tallit bag Tallit clip Kippah for Bar Mitzvah/ headcovering for Bat Mitzvah Clip for kippah Kippot for guests Dress/Suit for Bar/Bat Mitzvah child for Friday night and Saturday services Dress/Suit for party Shoes for Bar/Bat Mitzvah child. Photograph(s) of child for sign-in board/book newspaper, bulletin announcement. FOR OUT-OF-TOWN GUESTS Hospitality baskets Maps to event sites Transportation, such as chartered bus or trolley Sunday brunch Compiled by the Jewish Press staff Bar/Bat Mitzvah Budget ChecklistPhoto by Robin Hendershot.


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The celebration does not have to be an extravaganza with hundreds of people in order for it to be meaningful and a good No-glitz party just the ticket for Bar Mitzvah boyBy RACHEL MINETTI Jewish PressWhen dad is a song and jingle writer, getting an original song at your Bar Mitzvah is part of the deal. Cary Reich created and sang an original song at each of his three childrens Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. On Saturday, April 14, Cary sang some of his original melodies to prayers at his youngest son Avis Bar Mitzvah. At the party on Saturday night, he performed his original song, Avi B-Davi for his son. Cary works for a company that creates jungles for radio and television ads. I dont know how or why it came to me, but hes into traditional jazz, so I wrote kind of a swing tune, called Avi Badabadavi, which is one of our nicknames for him, Reich said. I started out saying the boy of a million, I mean the man of a million talents. Its just a little original song about him. Along with the original music written and performed by Avis father, other members of the Reich family also participated in Avis Bar Mitzvah service. Avis older sisters, Yael and Ariel, and his mom, Karen, read from the Torah. Avis sisters also wrote a personal song for him and sang it at the party. Oh our dreams take us far away from home, but our hearts are here with you, Yael and Ariel sang. We cant wait till youre living your dreams too, and we conquer all the world the two of us and you. One other special aspect of Avis Bar Mitzvah: After 41 years at Congregation Bnai Israel, Avi was Rabbi Jacob Luskis last Bar Mitzvah. We were honored that Avi was Rabbi Luskis last Bnai Mitzvah, Reich said. We Mitzvah. It was actually two girls and they were cousins, and we presented a plaque with both their picture and Avis picture with him. While Avis Bar Mitzvah was Rabbi the congregations new rabbi, Rabbi Philip Weintraub. At the synagogue there is a program called the Golden Kippah, which encourages youths to continue reading from the Torah after their Bnai Mitzvah. In order to earn the Golden Kippah, a teen has to read Avis Bar Mitzvah wasnt the only thing that cemented his personal relationship with Judaism. After returning from Camp Ramah Darom last summer, he was motivated to wear a kippah every day, regardless of how it would come across at school. To this day, he wears a kippah every day, Cary said. He spoke about that in his speech. He said it makes him feel closer to God. He felt that it was important to him. Friends enjoy the touch tank during Jacob Garbetts Bar Mitzvah party after an overnight sleepover at the aquarium. Jacob and his friends huddled in their sleeping bags at the Florida Aquarium. They stayed up until 2 a.m. talking and giggling.Photo by Beth Kelly PhotographyThe Reich family leads Havdallah at Avi Reichs Bar Mitzvah party. From left are Avis dad Cary, mom Karen, Avi and sisters Yael and Ariel. Original song adds personal touch to meaningful memorytime. The Garbett family of Riverview wanted to take a different approach that would celebrate their son in a way that he would enjoy the most. My son isnt really big into being the center of attention, said Lea Garbett, Jacobs mother. He didnt want a traditional party. He would not have been happy with the DJ and the music and dancing. Thats just totally not him at all. The Garbett family looked into some alternative options that would still do something to entertain the guests and celebrate Jacob. They started off with a computer search for non-traditional Bar and Bat Mitzvah party ideas and for unique venues around the Tampa area that hosted birthday parties. The Florida Aquarium had just what they needed. It was something interesting that still had entertainment for the kids; some place my son and his friends could just hang out and talk, Lea said. It combined everything something for them to do and something fun for a whole bunch of different ages at the same time. Fifty of Jacobs friends and cousins arrived at the aquarium at 7 p.m., with festivities beginning at 7:30. The agenda included a behind-the-scenes tour of the facility, arts and crafts activities, and a sleepover in the shark room. It was great because there was built-in entertainment, Lea Garbett said. While the teens were exploring the aquarium, Jacobs grandparents, Seymour and Marjorie Levine, hosted out-of-town relatives at a restaurant in Brandon. Since Jacobs parents were chaperoning the sleepover, they had worked with the restaurant beforehand to set everything up and arrange a selected menu so that all the grandparents had to do was show up. On Sunday morning, the aquarium put on a dive show and opened up the touch tank for the kids after a night of talking and giggling until 2 in the morning. After the Bar/Bat Mitzvah comes the task perhaps most dreaded: thank you notes. Why are they necessary? Ask a membet of the older generation and the answer you get will probably be simple: Manners. out, "Thanks for the present," won't do. Nor will typed notes or ones done on a computer. It's a rule. Thank you cards are supposed to be handwritten no matter how bad your handwriting is. That way the receiver knows you wrote it. Some tips to make it easier:Address the giver by name: "Dear Uncle Harvey.....Be direct. No "I am writing to...." Instead say "Thank you for..." and be the present and how you will use it. Exception money. Never refer to money directly. No "Thank you for the $50." Instead say "Thank your for your gener osity (or kindness)" and add how you will use the gift. Express attitudes like "It was great seeing you," "I'm glad that you were able to come..." or, if you don't really know the person, say something like "Thank you for coming," "Thank you for sharing in my ..." something positive to say.Repeat your gratitude. "Thanks again for (name of the gift)."Wrap it up with a closing you are comfortable with : "Love, "Yours truly, "Sincerely"..., sign it and you are done. P.S. Write the "Thank You" as soon as possible.Tips for thank you notes


29 th Annual PLANNING GUIDE PAGE 10B AUGUST 2018 1-4 years in advance Begin to meet educational requir ements. Set date and begin gathering informa tion to decide format. 9 to 12 months in advance Determine budget. Plan tentative guest list. Select theme. Select and reserve site for main reception. Interview and contract with professionals including par ty planner, caterer, Meet with synagogue staff to discuss bar/ ba t mitzvah policies.6 to 9 months in advance Reserve facilities for such functions as Shabbat eve dinner and Sunday brunch. Select and order invitations; thank you notes. Select caterer for oneg and kiddush Reserve hotel accommodations for outof-town guests, especially if your event is in season. Complete guest list and collect addresses. 4 to 6 months in advance Send Save The Da te cards. Order any imprinted items, lik e yarmulkes, napkins. Recontact cater er, restaurant or hotel with approximate number of guests. Make menu selections. Make a list of clothing needs. synagogue, reception.2 to 3 months in advance Help with childs speech. Purchase r eligious items such as yarmulke and tallit. Have photograph(s) taken for signin boar d/book, synagogue bulletin, newspaper. Finalize bakery or der such as challah for kiddush and bar/bat mitzvah cake.6-8 weeks in advance Mail and address invitations. You may want to send to out-of-towners eariler. Send announcement to the synagogue bulletin.4 weeks in advance Finalize hotel reservations and plan hospitality baskets for out-of-town guests. Determine transporta tion arrangements as needed. Send announcement and photo to the Jewish Press. Finalize arrangements with r abbi, i.e. aliyot honors. Complete candle lighting or other reception pr esentation.2 weeks in advance Draw up seating plan. Make place cards.Final week ca terer. Deliver items, i.e, yarmulke and programs to synagogue. Deliver hospitality baskets to the hotel. Rehearsal a t the synagogue. Relax and enjoy!Bar/Bat Mitzvah Planning CalendarBy RACHEL MINETTI Jewish PressWith the explosion of the Broadway musical Ham ilton, and the continued popularity of shows such as Wicked its easy to see why a Broadway themed Bar or Bat Mitzvah party is a fun, enjoyable choice for everyone. For Lauren Alexander of Tampa, choos ing Laurens Broadway Bash was easy. With a passion for musical theater, Lauren choice the theme two years prior to her Bat Mitzvah. The same went for Brilee Gold of Land O Lakes. As a Broadway enthusiast and thespian, a Broadway themed Bat Mitzvah party was a given long before her Bat Mitz vah last December.   But thats where the similarities ended. Each girl chose to carry out the theme dif ferently. Lauren arrived at her party by way of a red carpet with an entrance video playing on big screens. Throughout the party, guests could pose for pictures on the red carpet and experience life as a star. At the entrance to Laurens party stood a black door with silver stars and her name written in cursive. With a silver marker, space on the door with messages to Lauren. The room at Laurens party was dotted with street signs and cardboard cutouts of famous Broadway actors and actresses. The walls were lit up with projections of Play bills of The Lion King, Spring Awakening, Memphis and many more. Lauren tied her theme into her service project, bringing her love of singing and acting to school theater departments that need funding. Lauren raised money for tion started by comedian Rosie ODonnell. It provides acting, singing, and dancing training for students at public schools in New York City. For her party, Brilee ditched the typical red, gold, and black color scheme of Broad way and went with hot pink and sequins instead. The Gold family went with a specialty boutique linen rental company to create the offbeat table settings. All the tables were designed in hot pink and black and white polka-dot satin and taffeta, with sequin table runners Brilees guests picked up their table as signments at the will call booth. Instead of table numbers, each table was assigned a different Broadway musical, such as Waitress Seussical the Musica l, and Dear Evan Hanson. (And, of course, Hamilton and Wicked ).   Throwing a big Broadway bashPhoto by Calvin Roe Photography Photo by Calvin Roe Photography Brilee Gold sits in front of a mirror signed by friends and family with light bulbs around the frame to give it the appearance of a backstage dressing room. Colorful images of Times Square were projected onto the walls to give guests the illusion of being in New York City. Photo by Ryan Joseph PhotographyThe red carpet entrance to Lauren Alexanders Broadway Bash with Photo by Ryan Joseph PhotographyLaurens dressing room door waiting to be signed by friends and family at her Bat Mitzvah party.We selected 16 of my daughters favorite Broadway musicals and had the Playbills blown up and cased in black frames, Brilees mom, Brandy, said. They were lined with light bulbs to make it look like a Broadway dressing room mirror and the stands were decked out in black sparkle paint. You cant have Broadway without its context the bustling streets New York City. In order to create that New York ambience, the walls of Brilees party were lit up with images of Times Square   us ing colored gel filters, which makes the images pop with bright colors. Brilees mom also collected street lights and street signs with the names of famous streets in New York City and placed them around the room to give the guests the feel of walking through Times Square. Besides the Bat Mitzvah girl, a marvelous, three-tiered cake was a centerpiece of Brilees party. The cake was decorated with Playbills, sparkly stars, and a black New York skyline wrapped around the hot pink icing. Along with the cake was a candy buffet for the kids, a table lined with colorful sweets and bags for the guests to take home.  


29 th Annual PLANNING GUIDE AT THE BRYAN GLAZER FAMILY JCCCustom Menus Decor/Production Team On-Site Event Coordinator AVrfrrn522 North Howard Avenue Tampa, FL 33606 813.575.7522 | rfntbtnbt PAGE 11B AUGUST 2018 By BOB FRYER Jewish PressIt is tough enough for a Jewish mom to plan her daughters Bat Mitzvah, but add Hurricane Irma to the mix forcing postponements of both the service and party then factor in that the mom is not Jewish, and things could have gone off the rails. But they didnt for mom Jenn Goldstein or her daughter Ashlyn. Sure, as expected anytime plans have to change for any reason, it took more work and maybe a little more anxiety, but in the end, both the service and party went off without a hitch and Ashlyn has lots of good memories, even though her tallit and an engraved gift from her synagogue, Temple Beth-El in St. Petersburg, have the wrong (original) date inscribed on them instead of the date the service happened. Just like three other Tampa Bay area families, Ashlyns Bat Mitzvah was originally planned for Sept. 9, 2017. But as Hurricane Irma headed this way, both the temple and party venue announced a few days before Irma arrived that they were closing until the storm passed. Like the other parents, emails, phone calls and texts went out to inform people of the postponement, but because we have a pretty small family with not a lot of relatives living far away, Jenn said, nobody had to who was coming was within a one or two-hour drive, she added. The Goldsteins live near Treasure Island in a Level A evacuation zone and had to leave their home under a mandatory evacuation order, but rather than leave the Bay area, they stayed with friends a few miles away and rode out the hurricane there. They watched how their own home was weathering the storm through a security camera until the power went out at the friends home. Later, when they returned to their home, they discovered it, unlike many other homes in Pinellas County, never lost power. There was also no damage to their home. Very quickly after Irma was gone they were able to reschedule Ashlyns Bat Mitzvah service for the following Saturday, Sept. 16, but were unable to reschedule the party until a Friday night, Oct. 20. Though a few folks who planned to come to the service and party on Sept. 9 could not make the service or party on the new dates, some other folks who were able to attend on the new dates, so the numbers were only slightly less than originally expected. We kept same venue and same uled, Jenn said, adding that they never planned on a photographer for the party, but did not miss having one. There were large television screens around the room at the party that were programmed to show photos of Ashlyn throughout her childhood. Then guests were invited to use an app called Eversnap that allowed them to take pictures as the party was going on and show them on the television screens. Jenn said at the end of the party she was able folks took with the app. and kept the kids entertained throughout the evening, Jenn said. The party, from 6-11 p.m. included a sit down dinner for adults and a separate buffet with kid-friendly food for the Mom gets by with help from friends after Irma upstages Bat Mitzvahyounger ones, she said. There was a tropical theme for the party and kids got to take home giant tropical looking lollipops that were part of centerpieces at the tables. Jenn said Ashlyn was very hands-on in planning the party, using Pinterest to make decorations and to make props for a photo booth she created for kids to use their cell phones to take photos. Everything went perfectly, Jenn said of both the service and party. Asked for advice to other parents planning a Bat Mitzvah, Jenn admitted that for a while I was a frazzled mess. I am not Jewish, though both of our kids are being raised Jewish. Knowing what the rules were and following them took some learning, so my advice to others synagogue is very welcoming of mixed families, so there was nothing too surprising I had to deal with. It was pretty easy and plenty of people at the temple were willing to help explain. Bat Mitzvah girl Ashlyn Goldstein, left, poses inside a Mazel Tov frame with friend Tennley Comparetto.


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