The Tampa JCCs and Federation recently received a $20,000 donation from charity of the Tampa Bay Rays, to help able to enroll their children in the Tampa JCC Preschools, Club J Enrichment Program and Camp JCC. The Rays Foundation funds were awarded through a partnership grant in support of the Corbett JCC Preschool Scholarship Fund. This is the second year the organization has received funding from the Rays, part of the foundations commitment to a three-year $60,000 contribution. The foundation strives to improve the quality of education, literacy and life skills training provided to youths by creating and supporting programming that meets their most critical needs. Key contributors to the Rays Baseball Foundation include Rays owners, players, sponsors, fans and employees. Funds are raised through a variety of events and programs throughout the baseball season. We are incredibly grateful for the support of the Rays Baseball Foundation, said Alissa Fischel, Tampa JCCs and 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 33707RAYS continued on PAGE 5Complied from news wires www.jewishpresstampa.com VOL. 31, NO. 5 TAMPA, FLORIDA SEPTEMBER 20 OCTOBER 4, 2018 16 PAGES Just a nosh.. Just a nosh.. Rays foundation grant helps fund JCC scholarships Complied from news wiresETHIOPIAN continued on PAGE 15 Reverse Tashlich: Volunteers haul mankinds sins from local waters Jewish Press staff reportTampas 13th Festival of Jewish Books & Conversations, hosted by the Tampa JCCs, will feature more than a dozen authors many of them acclaimed award winners at programs Nov. 1 through Nov. 18. Topics for the slate of authors include never-before-told stories of a mysterious Coney Island doctor who saved thousands of babies; another doctor who was one of our youngest and most visionary Founding Fathers; an Italian cycling legend and a mom who helped save the Louvre and its treasures from the Nazis. There are also tales of a mystics death predictions and a humorous look at a family wedding. Festival events will take place at the JCC on the Cohn Campus, 13009 Community Campus Drive, Tampa, and the Bryan Glazer Family JCC, 522 N. Howard Ave., Tampa. The Jewish book fest touts variety of topicsOpenning night will feature author Dawn Raffel VOLUNTEERS continued on PAGE 8 Jewish book fest touts variety of topics festival coincides with the National Jewish Book Month of November. BOOK FEST continued on PAGE 10 By BOB FRYER Jewish PressThe beach clean-up treasure of the day was overlooked by a dozen or more Reverse Tashlich volunteers before 9-year-old Joaquin Acanda spotted it in the water, just a small dark portion of a huge memory foam mattress poking above the surface. I just looked and saw it in the water and told an adult, Joaquin explained. It was covered in black scum and once he pointed it out to the adults, several men and women, including his dad, Aaron Medina, attacked it with zeal. For all their struggle they could not budge it until Soon several volunteers were breaking off Others helped relay the waterlogged foam bits to the shore, where people would stand on the debris to squeeze the water out. Then the still-heavy chunks were lugged to the cleanup collection site at the west end of the Courtney Campbell Causeway. Finally, someone found pieces of the mattress. Despite the hard work, everyone was smilteers, including Joaquins mom Elyse Acanda, congratulated him for his sharp eye. Most of the folks at the causeway parTashlich on Sunday, Sept. 16, were members of Congregation Beth Shalom and Temple Bnai Israel, both in Clearwater,From left, Sam Wax, Lynda Arredondo, and Rabbi Nathan Farb, all of Congregation Schaarai Zedek, scour for debris in the mangroves along McKay Bay in Tampa. Marty Goldberg, in yellow shirt, leads volunteers toting a mattress from the shore of the Courtney Campbell Causeway to a debris collection site during the Reverse Tashlich cleanup on Sunday, Sept. 16. Another memory foam mattress was also recovered at the same site.Cleveland Browns sign Jewish kicker The Cleveland Browns have signed kicker Greg Joseph, who played football and soccer at the Donna Klein Jewish Academy in Boca Raton. Joseph, a 24-year-old rookie, was cut by the Miami Dolphins this summer after signing with the club as an undrafted free agent out of Florida Atlantic University. The Browns signed Joseph after Zane Gonzalez missed four kicks in the Sunday, Sept. 16 game against the New Orleans two extra point attempts including a potential gameObviously, we have to the ball through the uprights, Browns coach Hue Jackson said after Joseph signed. We have had this situation happen now for a couple of weeks. We have to keep searching and keep looking. Joseph said he had been working out to stay prepared in case a team showed interest, but was not expecting the call from the Browns on that Sunday afternoon. I was just living the South Florida life. Hung out by the water with some buddies, relaxing and watching some games. Nothing crazy. Joseph didnt have much time to become acquainted with his new teammates, as Cleveland hosted the New York Jets on Thursday, Sept. 20, in which the Browns the school record for most extra points. Along with playing at Donna Klein Jewish Academy, Joseph also kicked at the American Heritage School in Delray Beach. The Boca Raton native, who has been praised for his charity work, credits his mother, a teacher and head of the math department at a Jewish day school, for teaching him the values of giving back to the community. A South Carolina congressman made a joke about Abraham Lincoln groping Ruth Bader Ginsburg, mocking the controversy over a woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of assaulting her 36 years ago. I thought I was going to be late. Did you all hear the latest late-breaking news from the Kavanaugh hearings? Rep. Ralph Norman, a Republican, said at an event Sept. 20 in Rock Hill, SC, the Herald newspaper reported. Ruth Bader Ginsburg came out that she was groped by Abraham Lincoln. reliable liberal vote, she has said she has plans to serve through the term of President Donald Trump. won a surprisingly tight race against Democrat Archie Parnell in a special election a year ago. He faces Parnell again in November.SC rep. jokes that Ruth Bader Ginsburg accused Abraham Lincoln of groping JERUSALEM (JTA) Israels Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that he has decided to bring some 1,000 Ethiopian Falash Mura who have children living in Israel to the country. Netanyahu made the announcement on Monday, Sept. 17, at a meeting of the Ministerial Committee on the Advancement and Integration of Israeli Citizens of Ethiopian Origin. There are some 8,000 Falash Mura in Ethiopia awaiting permission to immigrate to Israel, most of whom have some family members in Israel. The Falash Mura claim links to descendants of Jews who converted to Christianity generations ago under duress but now seek to return to Judaism. They must get special permission to immigrate to Israel due to their uncertain Jewish status. This is not a simple decision due regarding members of the Ethiopian community, Netanyahu said at the meeting. However, I am determined to do this and I add that this is in wake of 1,300 Falash Mura who have already come to Israel. The announcement came a day after reports that Rabbi Moshe Havlin, the chief rabbi of the southern Israeli town of Kiryat Gat, said he tion from a local catering company if Ethiopian women continued to prepare the food there unless they could prove their Jewishness. Under Orthodox Jewish law, certain foods that are completely cooked by a nonJew, known as bishul akum, may not be eaten by a kosher observer even if the ingredients are kosher and cooked in a kosher kitchen. that the rabbis motives are racist, not religious.Israel to accept more Ethiopian Falash MuraOne of Hezbollahs most important members arrested in BrazilBUENOS AIRES One of Hezbollahs most wanted members, Assad Ahmad Barakat, was arrested near Brazils border with Argentina and Paraguay on Sept. 21. Barakat has been labeled by the U.S. Treasury ciers. He is part of the Barakat Clan, a criminal organization known for its links to Hezbollah. Barakat was arrested in Foz de Iguaz, in southern Brazil. In July, the Barakat Clans assets were frozen by the Financial Information Unit of Argentina. On Aug. 31, Argentine Judge Rubn Daro Riquelme ordered Barakats international capture. We commend this arrest and the expected extradition of Barakat to Argentina, as a sign that the three countries will begin to drive Hezbollah out of Latin America, Shimon Samuels of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
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Now, to have the Torah here, it is amazing, Alonso said. It is a new beginning. one of the scrolls wooden dowels is faded but legible: a series of fortunate events and the efforts of more than a dozen relative strangers, the sunset of Jewish life in another and there may be more to come. * More than 5,000 miles away, on East Main Street in sance Revival building was dedicated in 1915, the community numbered more than 100 families. Today, Hashanah service. It was a wonderful community, an active commuJewish community. and ventured west. Her great-grandfather arrived in the dozen Jewish-owned businesses in Ottumwa, from grocers and mattress manufacturers to clothiers and A Jewish cemetery had been established by an earlier settlement of German Reform Jews, and the new sah followed, and by the early 1960s there was even who was born in Ottumwa in 1939 and now lives in Over time, the synagogue evolved from Orthodox generations left. Those that remained largely intermarried and lost connection with the Jewish community. dent rabbi though the High Holidays continued to be a scene, when many former Ottumwans returned. I can [still] see where everyone was sitting there sonalities were so vibrant, said Allan Gonsher, a child High Holidays services for more than 30 years. derstood. If you gave them an aliyah, they saw that as sanctity. Every year, Gonsher made sure to use a different scroll, and to roll it, because otherwise, he said, the A Torah scroll makes its way from Iowa to Paraguay, telling a story about modern Judaism on its way 1,000 Jews live in Torah from IA, shown here, has minyan. Photo courtesy of Erin Jones-Avni Visit us on both sides of the Bay Shipping and Gift Wrapping Available Hyde Park Village St. Petersburg 1619 W Snow Circle Tampa, FL 33606 813.831.2111 Shabbat Candlesticks Hamsa Necklace 300 Beach Drive NE St. Petersburg, FL 33701 727.894.2111 www.shapirogallery.com You can also shop online!
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Cong. Beth AmRefugee resettlement: The Sister hood will host guest speaker Nilma Vasquez, coordinator of Resettlement Services for Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services, on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. at the synagogue. Vasquez will discuss the process refugee families follow from the time they decide to come to the area to if/when they arrive here, and how Gulf Coast and other v olunteers assist their resettlement. She will talk about ways to get involved, and the cur rent status of immigration. Opportunities are also available for assisting with tutoring, transportation, providing companionship, and orienting clients to their new communities and American culture. Sisterhood has partnered with the Refugee Program of Gulf Coast to provide home furnishings for two new families. Bring a donation of a kitchen item for the home of a new refugee family. Talking God: Rabbi Jason Rosenberg will lead a 4-part discussion series on different ways that Jewish tradition envisions God. God Talk will include discussion about the literalist theology found in the Torah to more modern ideas as well as participants personal beliefs. The classes will be held on Wednesdays, Oct. 3 24 at 7:30 p.m. For (813) 968-8511.Cong. Schaarai ZedekSimchat Torah: Celebrate the time Torah and begins it all over again on Sunday, Sept. 30 from 10:15-11:15 a.m. This is the time to unroll the Torah and march and sing praises to thank God for giving us the Torah. RSVP online www.zedek.org/RSVP or call the temple. TorahFest: The TorahFest fall celebration will take place on Sunday, Sept. 30 from 11:30 a.m. 1 p.m. The event will include a hamburger/hot dog lunch at no charge and feature face painting, balloon art and carnival games for all ages. RSVP online www.zedek. org/RSVP or call the temple. Yizkor: Remember deceased loved ones by attending the traditional Sukkot Yizkor Service on Monday, Oct. 1 at 10:30 a.m. ShaBark Shalom: Bring your leashed pets to the courtyard for Shabbat services on Friday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. In the spirit of the story of Noah, the temple will honor your favorite animals. Bless the Animals: Bring your leashed pets to the portico on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 8:30 a.m. so Rabbi Joel Simon, Rabbi Nathan Farb and Cantor Deborrah Cannizzaro can bless them. Tot Shabbat: Enjoy an interactive Shabbat experience for families with young children on Friday, Oct. 19 at 5:30 p.m. This is for children up to age 5 and siblings of all ages. Learn Shabbat rituals and prayers, light the candles, sing the Kiddush with grape juice, and bless the challah. After the service, there will be a free Shabbat dinner for the families. This event will include a special PJ Library display courtesy of the Tampa JCCs. Learn how you can receive Jewish books for children from birth to age 8, also at no cost to you. Parents and grandparents are welcome. RSVP by Oct. 18 by calling the temple or going to www. zedek.org/RSVP. Nu Frontiers: This program, led by Rabbi Emeritus Richard Birnholz, is a new initiative for those 50 and older looking for social activities. These might include, but are not limited to dinners, movies, bike rides, out of town trips, volunteer opportunities, book reviews, and much more. Let Rabbi Birnholz know if youd like to be part of the planning. Contact him at (813) 876-2377, ext. 205 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Senior luncheon: Armondo Diaz, an acclaimed Frank Sinatra impersonator, along with preschool student singers will perform at the senior luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 18, beginning at 11:15 a.m. There is no charge but reservations are required. RSVP to the temple at (813) 876-2377 or email Caf CSZ: Have a bagel and a cup of coffee at Caf CSZ on Sundays from 9-11 a.m. when the religious school is meeting. Join the conversation and meet friends, fellow parents, and other congregants. Introduction to Judaism: A 10-part Introduction (or re-introduction) to Judaism lecture series on the nature of Judaism, God, Torah, worship, life cycle observances, and holidays will be offered on Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 3 through Dec. 19. This is for Jews, non-Jews, intermarried couples and PAGE 4 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA SEPTEMBER 21 OCTOBER 4, 2018 Reform 1115 E. Congregation BETH AM nd rd Congregation BETH SHALOM Conservative Congregation .Orthodox Campus Jewish Renewal ConservativeCongregation BETH SHOLOM Orthodox Reform ReformTemple BETH SHALOM .ConservativeTemple Orthodox Congregations Rabbinically Speaking Rabbinically Speaking Shabbat and Yom Tov Candle Lighting Times Phew! Weve dipped apples in honey, heard the Shofar, weve fasted, repented, and heard the Shofar again. The intensity of the Ten Days of Repentance is past, and hopefully all of us have been inscribed in the Book of Life for a year of health and happiness. Now we can begin to relax a bit and sit in the shade of the Sukkah with the smell of the autumn fruits surrounding us. Sukkot, like the other Pilgrimage festivals of Pesach and Shavuot, connect us to the agricultural cycle of the year. Sukkot is the Harvest Festival in the Land of Israel. Here in Florida, it doesnt feel so much like autumn as, well more summer and hurricane season. Sukkot reminds me of the passage in the Book of Psalms 115 The dry land was given to Man. It was given to humans to till and cultivate, to bring forth the bounty that God provides for the good of all. During Sukkot you should hear sermons or read articles about Judaism and the environment. I would however, like to draw your attention to another part of the environment that is often overlooked in Judaism and, in Florida, we overlook it at our own peril. Our holidays intertwine us with nature and teach us to appreciate the natural world yet, when it comes to the marine environment, our tradition has very little to say. Tashlich is about as close as we get to a communal ritual observance involving water and what do we do? We caste our sins into it. As if the water is our spiritual dumping ground. At the same time, humanity as a whole has viewed the sea as the ultimate garbage dump. New garbage out to sea every day to dump the mountains of trash from the city into the Atlantic Ocean. As if putting it out of sight actually disposes of it. If, as Psalm 92 says The Sea is A day at the beachGods, how much the more so should we treat it with respect? But we do not. change and more, we are destroying the ocean. According to the most current planet will collapse by 2048. By 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean ior, the ocean will die; and if the ocean dies we die. I unapologetically believe that when Jews get involved in any issue, substantive change takes place. So, its time for the Jewish community to step up to save the ocean and the marine environment, especially in Florida. When I look at the donor walls of hospitals, theaters, universities and museums, I see Jewish names everywhere. When I look at the boards of directors of organizations supporting education, medicine, the arts Jews are everywhere. Yet when I look at organizations that are working to protect the marine environment, there are almost none. The Sea is Gods. I dare say that if anyone entered your synagogue and vandalized and desecrated it, we would all be in an uproar, screaming antisemitism and Yet we vandalize and desecrate the sea, the realm of God, with impunity. Tashlich took place in Tampa Bay and in other locations across Florida. I thank the approximately 300 people who came out and instead of casting our sins into the water, worked hard to remove sins from the water. It was dirty work. It was hard work, but everyone made a difference. You can read about it in more detail in this edition of the Jewish Press. I hope it will inspire you, as I am inspired, to get involved to protect and save the marine environment. The Sea is Gods. Its time, as a Jewish community to treat it as such. 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.
JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA CongregationsSEPTEMBER 21 OCTOBER 4, 2018 Anton Legal Group Stock Broker DisputesS. David Anton, Esq. Since 1985singles and will be taught by Rabbis Simon and Farb. It is required for anyone who is planning to convert. Call clergy assistant Ming Brewer to register at (813) 8762377, ext. 202. A taste of Hebrew: Hebrew for Adult Beginners, taught by Cantor Deborrah Cannizzaro, will be offered on most Wednesdays from Oct. 10 through March 20 from 6-7 p.m. This 20-lesson course is designed for English-speaking adults who are primarily interested in learning how to read Hebrew prayers and blessings or want a refresher. This class is a prerequisite for an Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Call Sherry Stein, director of membership and programing, at (813-876-2377, ext. 212) to enroll.Cong. Rodeph SholomShemini Atzeret: Services will be held Monday, Oct. 1 at 9:30 a.m. with a kiddush lunch and learn. Simchat Torah: A community celebration/Simchat Torah program will be held on Monday, Oct 1 at 5:30 p.m. with a congregational dinner at 6:15 p.m. and erev Simchat Torah service at 7 p.m. Services also will be held Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 9:30 a.m. Adult Bnai Mitzvah program: A new class begins on Wednesday, Oct. 10 and will continue on Wednesdays from 6:30-8 p.m. A prerequisite for this class is Embracing Judaism with Rabbi Josh Hearshen and a Hebrew reading class with Judy Van Der Stelt. The cost is $150 for members and $250 for non-members. The class is open to the community. To register, go to www.rsholom. org or call (813) 837-1911. Jammies and jeans Shabbat: Throw on your jeans and get your kids in their jammies for a fun and casual Shabbat celebration on select Fridays at 5:30 p.m. in the chapel. Open to the community, the next program will be held on Oct. 12. Save the date: Due to the success of the congregations Valentines Day concert, a Love Concert is planned for Sunday, Nov, 11 at 3 p.m. featuring opera, Broadway, English, Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino and Spanish songs. Performers will include Cantor Andres Kornworcel, Cantor Tanya Greenblatt, Cantor Beth Schlossberg and others. Adult education: Rabbi 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. Sukkah social: Live music by Some Assembly Required will be provided as the social committee welcomes folks to the Kol Ami Sukkah Social on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 8:30 p.m. All are welcome in the Sukkah for drinks and desserts under the stars. Shemini Atzeret: Services will be on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 6:30 p.m. and Monday, Oct. 1 at 9:30 a.m., which will include a Yizkor memorial service. A kiddush luncheon will follow the Monday morning service. Simchat Torah: A Torah tour will take place on Monday, Oct. 1 at 6:30 p.m., followed by services. Services will be held Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 9:30 a.m., followed by a kiddush luncheon. A concluding Simchat Torah service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Pop-Up Shabbat: On Friday, Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m., Congregation Kol Ami presents Pop-Up Shabbat service and oneg surrounded by nature at Lake Park, 17302 N. Dale Mabry Hwy. All are welcome. Pizza & PJ Shabbat: Celplaying, singing, dancing, friendship and delicious food on Friday, Oct. 12 from 6-7 p.m. Enjoy a pizza dinner followed by a childfriendly musical service. PJs not required just dress comfortably. After dinner, there will be a short musical service led by Rabbi Howard Siegel and David Berger. Then its on to an ice cream dessert. Cost is $5 per person, with a $25 family maximum. Children 3 and under are free. This program is recommended for families with children ages 15 months through second grade but is open to those of all ages as well. RSVP to frontby Wednesday, Oct. 10. Parade of pets: Celebrate the Parade of Pets Festival on Sunday, Oct. 14 at noon. This is the 10th annual Parade of Pets and Birkat Behemot (Blessing of the Beasts). It will be held in the north (b)arking lot. Bring your pets. All are welcome. In conjunction with the pet parade, the Chaverim and Boneem youth groups will hold a party at 12:30 p.m. at the synagogue with kids from Congregation Rodeph Sholom. Youth activities: The Kadima youth group will meet at Dave & Busters, 10209 Estuary Lakes Drive, Tampa, on Sunday, Sept. 30 from 1-3 p.m. Cost is $20 and includes lunch. RSVP to Rachel at youth @kolami.org. The USY group will have an outing to a corn maze on Sunday, Oct. 7 from 1-3 p.m. RSVP to Rachel at email@example.com for location and other details. 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 inforLChaim: A Sharing Lifes Lessons session is held on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to noon. There is a different topic, readings and different leader for each weekly session. This is a friendly group sharing our lifes lessons. Chabad Chai of South TampaWrestling with Faith: A six-session course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) titled Wrestling with Faith will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 7:30-9 p.m. and run for the next six Wednesdays, excluding Nov. 21. The cost is $70 with a 10 percent discount for those who sign up before Oct. 2. Fees include classes, materials and recorded lessons (for sessions missed). For more information, call the Chabad center.Cong. Bais Menacham ChabadTorah class: Join a weekly Torah class on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. at the University of Tampa. The class explores contemporary issues through a Torah perspective. For more information, contact Rabbi Levi Rivkin at (813) 5044432 or email bmchabad@gmail. com. Practical kabbalah: Enrich the soul and mind with a touch of kabbalah. Learn practical spirituality for everyday life. Classes are held on Wednesdays, 6:15 7 p.m.Cong. Or AhavahSukkot party: The congregation will hold a Sukkot party on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 1 p.m. at the home of a congregant. Bring a side For information on the location of the party and to RSVP, email Barry at firstname.lastname@example.org.Cong. Beth Israel Simchat Torah: The temple will hold Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah, Yizkor on Monday, Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. For guest tickets, contact Janet Corin at (401) 524-0847 or Sandy Zains at (330) 509-0123. Beatles bash: The temple invites the public to a Beatlemaniax concert on Sunday Oct. 7 at 2 p.m. at the South Campus Commu nity Center, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd., Sun City Center. Tickets are $15 and will be available at the North Campus Community Center kiosk, 1009 N. Pebble Beach Blvd., from 9 a.m. to noon on Sept. 17, 21, 26, 28 and Oct. 3 and 5. For more information, call Ilene Unruch at (973) 876-3531 or Marlene Hollander at (813) 331-3888. Fashion show: The Sisterhood will hold its opening meeting of the season on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 1 p.m. in the social hall of the temple. The program will feature a fall fashion show with clothing provided by the Nearly New Shop of Sun City Center. A variety of home-baked sweets will complete the afternoon. Jewish women in the community who have an interest in learning more about the Beth Israel Sisterhood are welcome to attend. Contact Rochelle Lafer at Sisterhood@jcscc.org for additional information.Cong. Beth Shalom BrandonMonster Mash: The congregation will hold their Monster Mash on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 6-7 p.m. This is a costume party featuring an evening of dancing and contests for prizes. Visit http://bethshalom-brandon. org for more information. Temple Emanuel LakelandShemini Atzeret: Services including Yizkor will be held on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. Simchat Torah: The temple will hold Simchat Torah services on Monday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m., followed by an ice cream social. Performer, composer, and teacher Joy Katzen-Guthrie will present an illustrated talk on Jews in China on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 3 p.m. at the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, 2902 W. Bearss Ave., Tampa. Jewish communities have existed in the country for at least 13 centuries. The largest and most prosperous was in the ancient Sung capital of Kaifeng. In the 19th century, Sephardic Jews helped develop Shanghai, and after World War I Europe and the Russian Revolution settled there and in the port cities of Northern China. After 1933, they were joined by refugees from Nazi Germany, who were permitted entry without documentation, their citizenship having been revoked by the German government. China is one of the few countries that has never per secuted its Jews. China and Is rael enjoy a friendly relationship, and there are flourishing Jewish communities today in Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Guangzhou. Katzen-Guthrie has led six Jewish heritage tours to China, and her account of these little-known Jewish communities will include a 90-minute presentation. It is sponsored by Cultural Jews of Tampa Bay and is free. All who are interested in the history and culture of the Jewish people are welcome to attend. For more information, visit the groups Meetup.com page or gmail.com.Presentation on Jews in China set for Nov. 18 Tues. Fri. 6:00 am Noon Sat. & Sun. 6:00 am 1:00 pmBoiled & Baked the traditional way at the same location for over 30 years!1871 Gulf To Bay Blvd. (Clearwater)~ Next to Clearwater High School ~(727) 446-7631 JP Education provides a pathway to success and this generous commitment will help develop the leaders of tomorrow. Nearly 300 children attend the JCC Preschools at its north and south Tampa sites. 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Under the motto of Â Embracing the Past, Changing the Future, Stageworks Theatre in Tampa will open its 2018-19 season on Friday, Sept. 28, with the premiere of Â Judgment at Nurember g, a deep and hard-hitting look at the wartime trials that shook the world after World War II. Â The play is the sequel to the successful Â 1961 Judgement at Nur emberg Tracy, Burt Lancaster and Maximilian Schell. The legacy of World War II should be experienced with a live performance. The storyline Â is a dramatized version of the proceed ings at one of the Nuremberg trials, in which Judge Dan Haywood (Jim Wicker) is overseeing the trials of four German judges most notably Dr. Ernst Janning (Hugh Timoney) and Emil Hahn (Richard Coppinger) accused of knowingly sentencing innocent men to death in collusion with the Nazis. Representing the defense is attorney Oscar Rolfe (Derrick Phillips), while prosecuting the accused is U.S. Col. Parker (Ryan Bernier). facing the legacy of the war, and how both of their nations have been irrevocably changed by it. Â Issues at the forefront of this trial reverberate through history and challenge humanity to this day. Â In a time when society has gotten more and more divided along party or ideological lines, it is incumbent on us to look at our past in order to make responsible Director Karla Hartley, who explained that the lineup this season aims to give our audience a chance to look closely at the past in order to soar into the unknown ahead. This production is also supported by community partners: Â the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg, Â Â Tampa JCCs and Federation, Stetson Law Â and Â of Conscience organization are sponsoring a special performance on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 3 p.m. with a presentation after the play by Tampa attorney Greg Kehoe worked for the U.S. Department of Justice as a prosecutor for more than 20 years with postings in of lawyers and investigators which advised the Iraqi Special Tribunal, an ad hoc court formed to prosecute Saddam Hussein and members of his former regime. Tickets for the Holocaust museum event are $35 (with $5 from each ticket sale donated back to the museum). To purchase tickets for this show, RSVP by Sept. 26 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Â Â Legacy, Â created and circulated by the Â Holocaust Museum. Â This traveling exhibit focuses on the two sets of Nuremberg Trials: the International Military Tribunal (IMT) for the major Nazi war criminals and the 12 subsequent trials conducted at Nuremburg for those not tried at the IMT. The IMT set the standard for subsequent trials as well as hundreds of war criminal trisls since 1945. Judgment at Nuremberg will run from Sept. 28 through Oct.14 with evening shows at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and matine performances at 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. For ticket information and reservations, visit Â www.stageworkstheatre.or g Â or professional theater company. Â PAGE 6 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA SEPTEMBER 21OCTOBER 4, 2018 Judgment at Nuremberg cast members are, from left, Greg Thompson (Judge Ives) Elizabeth Fendrick (Frau Bertholt), Alexander Mc Greevey (Rudolf Peterson) MarieClaude Tremblay (Maria Wallner), Jim Wicker ( Judge Haywood), Hugh Timoney (Ernst Janning), Derrick Phillips (Oscar (Dr. Wickert).Stageworks production tackles Nuremberg trials to the Republican Party in New England is calling on voters to support Democratic candidates in the upcoming elections and Seth Klarman put his money where his mouth is. Klarman, a registered Independent crat, told New York Times columnist Bari Weiss that he has donated $4.9 million this year to nearly 150 candidates, most running as Democrats. He said that by Election Day in November he will have spent $18 million to $20 million on Democratic candidates. We need to turn the House and Senate as a check on Donald Trump and his runaway presidency, Klar man said. Speaking of his planned donations to Democratic candidates, what I usually do. he has donated in this election cycle: Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy III; Texas Senate canNew York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a potential presidential candidate. Klarman donated more than $2.9 million to the GOP in the 2016 elec tion cycle, according to the Times. He told Weiss that he has been alarmed by Republican attempts at voter suppression, and by a president who demonizes immigrants and suggests that Muslims, Hispanics and blacks are second-class citizens. Klarman also said he feels betrayed by spineless Republicans who have, with rare exceptions, been The Klarman Family Foundation, which he runs with his wife, sets and gave away approximately $40 million in 2016 with a focus on pro-democracy initiatives, includ ing supporting organizations that protect journalists, combat bigotry and defend LGBT rights. He is also a major investor in The Times of Israel news site. Meanwhile, billionaire philanthropist Leslie Wexner recently announced at a leadership summit longer a Republican and will no longer support the party. He is telling his friends in elec pendent, the Columbus Dispatch reported. Wexner made the announcement at an event sponsored by the Columbus Partnership, the group of ness leaders that Wexner chairs, and YPO (formerly Young Presganization), a group of under-45 business leaders. Wexner, who donates generously to Jewish causes and according to Forbes is the wealthiest man in Ohio, is the CEO of L Brands, which owns Works. He made his announcement after former President Barack Obama, a Democrat, visited Columbus before heading to a rally in Cleveland in support of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Richard Corday. I was struck by the genuineness of the man; his candor, humility and empathy for others, Wexner said. Wexner told his employees in a speech last year following the white nationalist and far-right rally counter-protester dead that he felt sleep because of the incident, telling himself that I have to do something because the leader of our country is behaving poorly. In the last year, Wexner and his tives that foster bipartisan civility, as well as contributed $2.8 million to With Honor, which supports military veterans from both par 2012, he gave $250,000 to a super dential campaign. Four years later, the Wexners donated more than $2 million to candidates, including a $500,000 contribution in support of Jeb Bush for president.2 Jewish billionaire donors withdraw support from GOP Screenshot from YouTubeLes WexnerPhoto by: Â CineVie w Studios Photo by Scott Olson /Getty Images Seth Klarman nominee for governor, Ron DeSantis, condemned racist remarks as disgusting but his campaign said it would not return money Boca Raton, had on Twitter called former President Barack Obama a F***ING MUSLIM N*****. tive, he told Politico on Sept. 20: I We were the kikes. They were the those were the spics. disgusting, and said it would no longer accept money from him. But the campaign also said it would not return at least $4,000 he had given the campaign because it had already been spent during the reported. DeSantis spoke in February at nized at Mar-a-Lago, the Florida resort owned by President Trump.DeSantis denounces donors remarks, but wont return money
JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 7 SEPTEMBER 21 OCTOBER 4, 2018 Hillel Academys middle school students prepared for Rosh Hashanah by learning to make shofars, baking challah, making wishes for the new year and enjoying sweet treats of honey and apples. Rabbi Mendy Dubrowski of Chai Chabad of South Tampa brought his shofar factory to the school a week and a half before the holiday. At a separate event students celebrated at a round robin fair consisting of stations relevant to Rosh Hashanah. A Shofar table was manned by Rabbi Josh Hearshen of Congregation Rodeph Sholom. There was also a baking/challah table and an Apple Wish Tree table where students put hopes for the new year on an apple and hung it from a tree. Students also decorated small honey jars and enjoyed apple and honey treats as they learned blessings.Holiday preparations at Hillel Academy Sunday, October 7, 2018 | 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM Bryan Glazer Family JCC $18 General Seating ( advance purchase ) | $20 General Seating ( at the door ) $25 VIP Table Seating Senior Moments is a poignant and hilarious view of aging in all its many facets. Growing older is filled with new realities and challenges that can be humorous at times, but difficult at others. An ageless musical comedy being produced by the Tampa JCCs, Senior Moments explores maturing in a series of vignettes. For more information, contact Brandy Gold at 813.769.4725 or email@example.com.TICKETS NOW AVAILABLEFOR PURCHASE AT WWW.BRYANGLAZERFAMILYJCC.COM / SENIORMOMENTSWritten by Linda Kaufman. Generously sponsored by Dr. Dean Faulk. TICKETS AS LOW AS $18! 522 North Howard Avenue | Tampa, FL 33606 Ian Chernin works on making a shofar during a Shofar Factory event in preparation for the High Holy Days. Hillel Academy student Madison Allan gets assistance from Rabbi Mendy Dubrowski of Chabad Chai of South Tampa during his Shofar Factory demonstration at the school. they made for use during Rosh Hashanah.(JTA) The United States will cut the number of refugees that it will accept for 2019 to the lowest level set since the Refugee Act became law in 1980, drawing condemnation from Jewish groups. On Monday, Sept. 17, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that up to 30,000 refugees will be resettled in the United States next year under the new refugee ceiling, down from 45,000 this year. Global humanitarian groups have called the 2018 ceiling of 45,000 too low. Since 1980, the average annual ceiling has been set at 96,229 refugees. In addition, more than 280,000 asylum seekers will be processed. There are over 800,000 asylum seekers who are already inside the United States and awaiting adjudication of their claims, Pompeo said. tinue the United States longstanding record of the most generous nation in the world when it comes to protection-based immigration and assistance, he told reporters. The Jewish refugee aid organization HIAS condemned the proposed refugee resettlement ceiling. President Trump has once again betrayed Americas history and global leadership in providing safe haven for innocent human betion, HIAS President Mark Hetnumber this low, this administration is betraying the commitments we made after World War II followed by decades of bipartisan support to ensure that the world never again turns its back on innocent people seeking safety. During a period of unprecedented crisis, America has signaled it is a nation in retreat, and as a result the outlook for refugees looks even more bleak. Pompeo defended the new refugee ceiling, telling reporters, that commitment to protect the most vulnerable around the world while prioritizing the safety and wellbeing of the American people, as President Trump has directed. We must continue to responsibly vet applicants to prevent the entry of those who might do harm to our country. He noted that total U.S. humanitarian assistance worldwide was more than $8 billion in the previous year, which he said was more than any other country. This years proposed refugee ceiling must be considered in the context of the many other forms of protection and assistance offered by the United States, he said. The Anti-Defamation Leagues national director, Jonathan Greenblatt, also condemned the ceiling, calling it a moral failure and yet another attack by this administration on refugees seeking haven from unimaginable circumstances. These xenophobic immigration ues as Americans, Greenblatt said in a statement. Now many people safety in this country a country that should be a beacon of hope and freedom for all. He added: The Jewish community knows all too well what can happen when desperate people have nowhere to turn. We must stand up against this heartless attack on refugees and demand that our country not turn its back on people desperately searching for refuge.Jewish groups decry U.S. cuts to number of refugees in 2019
PAGE 8 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA SEPTEMBER 21OCTOBER 4, 2018 VOLUNTEERSand Temple Ahavat Shalom in Palm Harbor. Others there included the seven members of the Acanda-Medina family, members of Chabad Jewish Discovery Center in Brandon who came all the way from Fishhawk Ranch in southeast Hillsborough County. most of the other debris collected along the causeway, shortly before the event ended a group of volunteers came to the collection center dragging a more traditional looking mattress that had been discarded near the shore. What a concept The Reverse Tashlich cleanup program, sponsored by the Hillels of the Florida Suncoast, drew more than 300 volunteers to waterfront areas throughout out Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. Nine Tampa Bay area congregations plus Hillel chapters from Eckerd College, the University of South Florida and University the project. The concept is the brainchild of the Scubi Jew club at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg. Tashlich means casting off in Hebrew and during the High Holy Days, the Tashlich ritual is for Jews to symbolically cast their sins into the water. A reverse Tashlich is taking sins from the water, explained Rabbi Ed Rosenthal, who is executive director of the Suncoast Hillels and leader of local Scubi Jew and Tikkun HaYam (repair the seas) programs. Both programs promote protecting the marine environment. Volunteers took buckets and trash-picking tools to six sites: the Courtney Campbell Causeway, Maximo Park and the Blackthorn Memorial (both near the Sunshine Skyway), Takomah Trail Park (east of Busch Gardens in Tampa), the University of South Floridas Riverfront Park and a site at the edge of McKay Bay in Tampa. More than 650 pounds of trash was collected, including many single-use plastic items (water bottles, potato chip bags, straws, plastic forks and food take-out containers). Also collected were glass and aluminum bottles, Styrofoam containers, a garden trellis, a creepy baby doll with limbs barely attached, tires, a 5-foot sheet of bubble wrap, a purse, balloons, a tail light and plastic toothbrushes, along with the two mattresses. Congregation Kol Ami had the most participants in Tampa Bay, with 47 volunteers at Takomah Trail Park. Other Tampa congregations participating included Beth Am, Rodeph Sholom and Schaarai Zedek. In Pinellas, the Skyway sites were tended to by volunteers from Congregations Bnai Israel and Temple Beth-El, both of St. Petersburg. Keep Pinellas Beautiful and Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful provided cleanup materials and chose locations for the project. Giving back While some folks chose other Sunday activities both the Bucs and Rays had home games the volunteers overwhelmingly agreed that their sweaty, sometimes messy, efforts were rewarding. This is a nice, new tradition. It is good to give back, noted Marty Goldberg of Congregation Beth Shalom in Clearwater. He was in on the recovery of both mattresses. I am a science teacher, said Ellen Siegman, The [Reverse Tashlich] idea is just powerful. It hits you this holiday season. Temple Bnai Israel member Vivian Benci, who described her self as a longtime environmental ist, said she and fellow volunteer Marcia Miller are part of an effort to end use of disposable items at their temple. Millers daughter, Samantha, said she joined the effort because it is important to protect marine life. I Â have no doubt that the lessons that my children learned from this day will be lifelong and I am so grateful as a father for the mitzvot opportunities that you facilitated for my children today ... We truly appreciated the opportunity to change the world in positive ways today, wrote a volunteer from Temple Ahavat Shalom. Elyse Acanda, the mom whose son found the memory foam matkids to the event after learning about it through social media. It is really important for them to understand their role. When we teach them not to litter, heres why, she said, pointing to collections of debris. Some areas of the causeway were so thoroughly scoured that a few volunteers were not able to collect full buckets of trash. Rachel Biton, a junior at Eckerd and a Scubi Jew member, put it in perspective when she said, I just want to help the ocean and the planet. All these little steps make a big difference. Those at other collection sites also stressed the importance of the effort put forth by the volunteers. Sara Ingber, team leader for Congregation Rodeph Sholom, was overwhelmed by the turnout and said, In the spirit of Tikkun HaYam we did a great mitzvah as a community and I cant wait to do it again next year. Â Its our responsibility to take care of our oceans for our children Sam Wax, a board member of Congregation Schaarai Zedek. community, the necessity to raise awareness in the Jewish community about the multiple threats to the marine environment is paramount, said Rabbi Rosenthal. The Reverse Tahslich is just the beginning, Im ecstatic at the reception and participation in our community, and hope it just continues to increase. Â Zedek, all in along McKay Bay.Photos by Bob Fryer Photo courtesy of Hillels of the Florida Suncoast
JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 9 SEPTEMBER 21 OCTOBER 4, 2018 LILAH TOV The Tampa Jewish Federations Lilah Tov Overnight Camp Scholarship Fund will award camp Jewish overnight camp in the summer of 2019. These are need-based scholarships for Jewish children residing in Hillsborough County.For eligibility requirements and to download a scholarship application, go to www.jewishtampa.com/lilahtov. DEADLINE Apply by November 16, 2018 Questions? Contact Alissa Fischel at ( 813 ) 769-4726 By MICHAEL FOX Special to the Jewish PressThe late, great sketch comedian Gilda Radner is a Jewish icon. Offstage and out of character, however, she wasnt especially Jewish. I think you would have to ask Gilda if she considered herself a Jewish comedienne, muses Laraine Newman, her friend and fellow Jewish cast mate for the Saturday Night Live. Id love to hear the answer, replies Lisa DApolito, director of the deeply affectionate and painfully revealing documentary, Love, Gilda, during a conversation at the San Francisco Film Festival in July. Honest to God, I dont know, Newman says. I couldnt characterize her one way or the other. I would think that would have to come from her. Instead, in Love, Gilda, DApolito does the next best thing: She wisely channels her subjects voice through a trove of clips, personal audiotapes and diary entries (read by contemporary comics Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy and others). Love, Gilda, which has already screened at numerous Jewish opened Friday, Sept. 21 at a variety of theaters nationwide, including locally at the Tampa Theater. Radner grew up in a well-off Jewish family in Detroit. But her beloved father was diagnosed with a brain tumor when she was 12 and died two years later. Her mother delegated many of the child-raisshe was not the most supportive parent. Gilda was also raised by her nanny, who happened to be Christian, DApolito said. So Gilda observed all kinds of different with, I wasnt really sure. I wanted to cover where I thought some of her insecurities came from. Losing her father was really important and her mother putting her on diet pills. The nanny, Dibby, was the inspiration for one of Radners most popular SNL characters, Emily Litella. As for the diet pills, Gildas body image issues as an adolescent led to eating disorders that plagued her into adulthood. When I found the audiotapes, it was so different to hear her talking than to see her on an interview or hear people talking about her, DApolito recalls. It was just mesmerizing, because you get a real sense of Gilda. Shes sitting in a caf talking to somebody, shes ordering things, shes telling stories and shes extremely intelligent and extremely funny. That was really important to me, that an audience have the same experience I had. DApolito was guided in her interview choices musician Paul Shaffer, actor Martin Short and writer Alan Zweibel, among others by who Gilda spoke about on the tapes. Alas, Gene Wilder, the love of Radners life according to DApolito and her husband from 1984 until she died in 1989, was too ill to participate. (He died in August 2016.) Gene was everything she was looking for, because he was a Jewish guy from the Midwest, DApolito says of the Milwaukee Gilda Radner documentary reveals pain and persistence behind the laughs Gilda Radner at work writing, from the documentary Love Gilda. Gilda with husband Gene Wilder and giant jack-olantern native, born Jerome Silberman. Thats what she always wanted, Ive been told. Radner and Wilder met on the Hanky Panky that originally was going to co-star Richard Pryor and was rewritten for a female lead. Wilder then directed Radner (and himself) in the equally disappointing comedies, The Woman in Red and Haunted Honeymoon. The brashness and vitality of Radners TV and stage work showed that she never doubted that she was equal to any man, DApolito says. Thats what I take away from Gildas performances. Newman laments that Radners movie career suffered because casting directors and producers lacked the imagination to cast her correctly. ent was she did characters, and she would probably have been better served if she had taken part in writing the things that she did, Newman asserts. But I dont think it occurred to her. If she and Alan Zweibel had collaborated on a feature, it might have been a whole different thing. DApolitos connection to Radshe directed eight years ago for Gildas Club, a cancer support group founded by Wilder in New York after Radner died from ovarian cancer at age 42. DApolito didnt meet Wilder, maker to his house the year before he died. They spent a memorable day talking and hanging out with his dogs. Somehow at the end of the day Gene and I just sat in the garden together, DApolito recalls. I could see why Gilda loved him. Michael Fox is a San Francisco structor and CinemaLit curator and host, Mechanics Institute.Photos courtesy of Magnolia Pictures
PAGE 10 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA SEPTEMBER 21OCTOBER 4, 2018 BOOK FESTOur festival is all about offering conver sations about compelling topics of interest. Every year our Jewish Book Festival Committee, led by Debbie Doliner and Barbara Manners, selects amazing top authors who we present at the festival at entertaining and fascinating events, said Tampa JCCs Arts and Culture Director Brandy Gold. She noted that you do not need to be a book lover or avid reader to attend, adding that most attending festival events in the past had not read the book prior to going to the program. Come out, enjoy and support our Jewish community, while learning, listening, engaging in stimulating conversations while having lots of fun, she said. Opening night The opening night of the festival will be held at the JCC on the Cohn campus on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. and will feature a talk by author Dawn Raffel, along with a light dinner buffet. Tickets are $18. Raffel is author of The Strange Case of Dr. Couney, How a Mysterious European Showman Saved Thousands of American Babies. Her book presents an extraordinary tale of how Martin Couney, an immigrant doctor became a revolutionary innovator in the early 20th Century, saving thousands of premature babies by placing them in incubators, as part of Coney Island entertainment. Raffel examines the life of Couney and his real identity whether he is a showman with an interest in medicine, or a doctor with an interest in showmanship. Raffel is the author of a novel, two story collections, a memoir and this biographical book. She helped launch O, The Oprah Magazine, where she served as executive articles editor for seven years and has held senior-level positions at More, and Readers Digest magazines. She has taught at Columbia University and at seminars in Montreal and Lithuania. Three events at the Glazer JCC on Sunday, Nov. 4, have been dubbed the Sunday Festival Day of Champions: The author of The Immortalists, a novel which spent weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, will participate in a Sip & Skype interview at 10:30 a.m. The novel is set in 1969 New York City when the four Gold teenage children sneak out to hear their fortunes told by a mystic. Each child is told the day they will die. The prophecies inform and shape their book, The Anatomy of Dreams, was also a New York Times bestseller. She is a graduate include drinks and a nosh. This event at 11:30 a.m., titled Breakfast of Champions, features the author of Road to Valor, A True Story of World War II Italy, the Nazis, and the Cyclist Who Inspired A Nation. McConnon, co-authored with her brother, Andres McConnon, this biography of Gino Bartali, an Italian cycling legend. The story begins with Bartali stunning the world by winning the Tour de France at age 24. Then came Mussolini and World War II when Bartali heroically works to save Italian Jews from the Holocaust. Aili McConnon is a Canadian journalist based in New York. She writes for The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The New York Times and other publications. Tickets are $18 and include a breakfast buffet. At 2 p.m., for what is dubbed Afternoon of Champions, Shinitzky, a licensed psy St. Petersburg, will talk about his book, A Champions Mindset: 15 Mental Conditioning Steps to Becoming a Champion Athlete. He specializes in sports psychology and is a highly sought-after motivational speaker. His upbeat and engaging trademarked programs, The Winning Edge and A Chamup to Olympians and professional athletes. ing steps that can boost achievement of any goal, physical or other. Shinitzky has won awards for his mental-conditioning programs and also co-authored the book, Your Mind: An Owners Manual for a Better Life. Two local authors will be featured on Wednesday, Nov. 7 in the festival bookstore 6:30 p.m. and the second at 7:30 p.m. The 6:30 p.m. program features the author of Warriors, Witches, Whores Women in Israeli Cinema. The book considers the ways social and political power have affected the to cinephiles and feminists, as well as those interested in the Israeli culture. Plus, it ofis an associate professor of Israeli literature and culture at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and is a resident of Safety Harbor. She has also authored An Ideological Death: Suicide in Israeli Literature and was co-editor of Narratives of Dissent: War in Contemporary Israeli Arts and Culture. At 7:30 p.m. Lipkes, author of Rehearsals: The German Army in Belgium, August 1914, will be on hand to discuss his book. It is a history of the terror in Belgium in 1914, when the German military was experimenting with methods they hoped would facilitate modern, massive, fast-moving warfare meant to terrorize conquered populations into submission. Belgium was the rehearsal for the Nazi military machine that was to come: nearly 6,000 unarmed people were murdered, and destroyed. Lipkes holds a Ph.D from Princeton and has taught European history at USF, Eckerd College and Florida Southern. Meet author Marilyn Simon Rothstein on Grill, 11720 N. Dale Mabry Highway. Tickrequired by Nov. 1. The author of Husbands and Other Sharp Objects is a woman who married a man she met in an elevator and began her writing career at Seventeen magazine. She owned heartwarming novel is about the planning of a wedding, set on a rollicking stage of family dynamics. Rothstein is also the author of Lift and Separate, winner of the Star Award tion Writers Association. She grew up in New York City. There will be two programs on Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Brian Glazer JCC, one honor ing a Founding Father and another honoring Jewish War veterans. At 3 p.m., Stephen Fried will discuss his book Rush: Revolution, Madness & The Visionary Doctor Who Became A Founding Father. Fried, an award-winning journalist and bestselling author, has written this remarkable story of Benjamin Rush, a medical pioneer and one sung Founding Fathers. Rush, a 30-year-old doctor, was one of the youngest signatories on the Declaration of Independence. He was also one of the most visionary. Rush was known as the American Hippocrates for pioneering national healthcare and revolutionizing treatment of mental illness and addiction. He was a protg of Benjamin Franklin and served as the editor of Common Sense He was slso the the broker of peace between Samuel Adams and Thomas Jefferson. The New Rabbi, Appetite for America, Thing of Beauty and A Common Struggle (with Patrick Kennedy). Fried and his wife live in Philadelphia, blocks from where Dr. Benjamin Rush lived centuries ago. Tickets are $10 and include a gourmet coffee bar with pick-me-up snack buffet. will discuss his book, The Machalniks. of Jewish American World War II airmen who volunteered to smuggle weapons to the Jews living in pre-state Israel and cre
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ink dries out. If Torahs are not read, theyre not breathing, theyre not living. The community continued to dwindle, even as the Ottumwaborn philanthropist Ida Rosenman Sands paid to have the scrolls refurbished and sank hundreds of thousands of dollars into a refurbishment of the synagogue, which Ullmans late mother, Bessie, protectively endeavored to have added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2004. She also arranged for the city to take over management and care of Ottumwas Jewish cemetery. She saw the writing on the wall, Ullman said. * A continent away, a different transition was taking place. Of Paraguays nearly 5 million people, approximately 1,000 are Jewish. Many are also the descendants of European immigrants who arrived a century ago, according to the World Jewish Congress. Most of them live in Asuncion, where a traditional Masorti (Conservative) congregation, Union Hebraica, has existed since the 1920s. At the end of 2017 as a result of synagogue politics, Rabbi Vainstein found himself discharged from the Hebraica pulpit he had served for eight years, only months before his own daughters bat mitzvah. He announced that he would be leading Shabbat services at home should anyone wish to join his family. He and Alonso prepared for perhaps a dozen people. Nearly January. And like that a new minyan, or congregation, was born. I told my husband, this is my PAGE 14 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA SEPTEMBER 21 OCTOBER 4, 2018 TORAH house, and here women count for the minyan, Alonso said. And when the time comes that we have a Torah, women can make an aliyah. Thus the new minyan became congregation. has averaged nearly 40 worshippers on Friday nights, with slightly smaller crowds on Saturdays. Jones-Avnis young family ar rived in Asuncion from Washington, D.C., nearly two years ago when her husband, Dani, a Foreign Ser Embassy. They began attending Hebraica, which had become known as Igualitario Minyan de Asuncion, feeling like weve found a Jewish home, she said. Hers is the only American family among a mix of mostly Paraguayans and Argentine transplants that includes very few English speakers. By spring, the minyans founders realized that its long-term success depended on something more tangible and they asked Jones-Avni for her help. She recalled being told, Youre from America. Theres lots of Torahs there maybe you know of one? * The last full minyan at Bnai Jacob took place in May, when Weinberg and a delegation of about 40 people from Iowa City, many also with Ottumwa roots, gathered to decommission the synagogue on the Shabbat just before Shavuot. Rabbi Esther Hugenholtz of Agudas Achim Congregation near Iowa City led a special ceremony, and the Torahs were read from the pulpit one last time. to accompany this community to Jewish homes for its sacred scrolls and other implements, and to cherish and treasure over a century of memories of simchas and tzuris, Rabbi Hugenholtz sermonized. The Weinbergs ancestral scroll traveled back to Agudas Achim, and a search began to place the other three. We decided we specifically want them to go to egalitarian congregations that really need a Torah, Weinberg said. Two weeks later, Agudas Achim hosted Rabbi Juan Mejia as its scholar in residence. Born in Bogota, Colombia, and now based in Oklahoma City, Mejia is the Southwest/Latin America regional director for Bechol Lashon, a San Francisco-based organization that promotes Jewish diversity. He had come to Iowa City through his close friendship with Rabbi Hugenholtz. She introduced him to Weinberg, who shared the story of Ottumwa and its Torahs. Days later, Mejia was at a wedding in Colombia. So was Rabbi Vainstein, who by now had accepted a new job in Barranquilla. The men met and talked about Paraguay. He said, Theres this new community and they need a Torah, Mejia recounted. And I said, Well, funny you should mention that Word traveled north and south, to Weinberg and to Alonso, and then to Jones-Avni, who volunteered to help coordinate the American connection. A native of Colby, KS, who had also studied in Iowa, JonesAvni realized that if someone could get the Torah to Kansas City, her parents could bring it to Paraguay on a planned visit. Hopefully the timing would work out, she said. It was a relay race against the clock. Jones-Avni tapped an old friend in Chicago, Leah Jones to mine her Midwestern Jewish social network. Within an hour they had found a family the cousins of the cousins of a friend of a friend in passing through Ottumwa on a visit to Kansas City. Once retrieved from Bnai Jacob, the Torah rested at the Kansas City home of Bruce and Gayle Krigel, before another friend of a friend, Amy Ravis Furey, arranged to have it picked up wrapped in the tallit of Gayle Krigels late father. Furey packed it in a hard-sided golf club travel case, which Avni-Joness brother-in-law collected on a Friday morning and brought home to Randolph, KS, a 300-mile round trip so the Torah wouldnt have to travel on Shabbat. As Jones-Avni came to Judaism in her early 20s, this would be her tion with a Torah scroll. Educating them on the customs and requirements surrounding the scroll made it more meaningful. I am moved by the number of Christians that were deeply in volved in this effort, Furey added, including her own husband, who did the actual schlepping. Jones-Avnis parents stopped to get the scroll and her sister on their way through to Kansas City International Airport, where they checked the precious cargo for the Only then did word start to spread that a Torah was on the way. There was always a little bit of heart in throat, Jones-Avni said. If it didnt work out, we didnt want people to be disappointed. * The journey of Bnai Jacobs Torah is dramatic, but may be becoming less uncommon as similar small communities dwindle and others arise in unexpected places. This is what we hope congregations will do, said Noah Levine, senior vice president of the Atlantabased Jewish Community Legacy Project, an organization that helps synagogues in towns like Ottumwa plan for their eventual dissolution. Last year, his group facilitated the transport of a Torah from Pine Bluff, AK, to an emerging community in Guatemala. Mejia, whose rabbinate focuses on creating connections between American congregations and the broader Diaspora, sees more opportunity than anxiety. Yes, some people assimilate and disappear, he said. But for the people who come out, there are people who come in. For communities that close, there are communities that open. Hugenholtz stressed that the internet has awakened once-lost ties to Judaism or, through conversion, new ones like never before. That is, I think, the vision that the prophets had, that without coercion, we are disseminating a very beautiful and ethical and sacred way of life, she said. And because of technology, people are picking up on it and building these connections that bind them to Torah. And when a new Torah scroll can cost tens of thousands of dollars, it is just as important to connect older communities with resources to those whose primary asset is spirit and energy. When you bring them together, Mejia said, they can achieve great things. * The Jones familys baggage, including the Torah, had been rerouted through Chicago. When they arrived, their own luggage was back with them but not the Torah. Yet when the Torah finally touched down shortly after 11 p.m. Paraguay time 19 hours later than scheduled nearly a dozen members of the minyan were there to receive it, as the Jews of Ottumwa had done, perhaps more than a century ago. The exact origins of this Torah are lost to history. Weinberg says that even her mother, Irene who died last year at 97 didnt know. Cynthia Gensheimer, a Denverbased historian who studies Midwestern Jewish communities at the turn of the 20th century, said most likely the community pooled resources to purchase or commission a scroll. At least one and probably more of Bnai Jacobs Torahs predate the synagogue, she said, citing a 1907 report of one Orthodox congregation in Ottumwa. Im certain they would not have called themselves a congregation without a Torah, she said. Its a distinction that resonates with Jones-Avni. This is what makes it real, she said, polishing the Torahs ornate breastplate hours before its Shabbat debut. Now were not just a group of people who get together. Weve been acknowledged as a group of people who are doing something special. The next morning, every adult member of the community came up for an aliyah before the scroll. because I couldnt do it. The next Shabbat, on July 21, family was called up for the naming of its infant daughter, and Alonso and Vainsteins daughter Sofia became a bat mitzvah. It was somewhat bittersweet for the bat mitzvah, her family was scheduled to make the permanent move to Colombia with Vainstein. The Avnis, too, are set to leave Asuncion in November, to take up another post in Mexico. But they feel secure about their communitys future now that there is a Torah and perhaps a new building. Plans are in the works for the minyan to move into an old Sephardic synagogue that has been boarded up for 25 years. Meanwhile, the final chapter of Ottumwas Jewish story is still being written. With Levins help, a third Bnai Jacob Torah is destined for Israel to serve an egalitarian minyan that meets at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. What will become of the fourth, as well as the shuls other ritual items, its memorial plaques and the building itself, remains to be seen. But Bnai Jacob will continue, in a meaningful way. A few days before its Torah arrived, Minyan Igualitario voted to adopt a new In honor of this generous gesture and this concern for other Jews in another corner of the world that they did not know, we chose to identify with that name and continue with their legacy, Rabbi Vainstein posted, in Spanish, on Facebook. Its a great story, right? JonesAvni concluded. Now this Torah is going to have even more stories.Photo courtesy of Sue Weinberg
JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA PAGE 15 SEPTEMBER 21OCTOBER 4, 2018 rfrfn tbfbfbbfbfbrbb nbbbbbbbbbbb rrbnbb fffbffbrfnt nbbnnbr rfrbbb rrbtr r ETHIOPIANIlan Gilon of the left-wing Meretz party called on the countrys attorney general to investi gate, saying Â that if there is truth to the report, the rabbi acted contrary to his public and moral authority and is not worthy of continuing to serve in his position. It should also be examined whether discrimination has been committed under the Equal Employment Opportunities Law. The words spoken by Rabbi Havlin certainly do not correspond to the values of Judaism that we all know and cherish, and certainly do not correspond to the values and behavior expected of a majority in Israel. In 2013, Israels Â Interior Ministry approved the immigration of the remaining Falash Mura, and the Knesset in November 2015 unanimously Â approved Â a plan Â to bring some of them to Israel following a public campaign launched by the nations Ethiopian community and volunteer organizations. But the plan did not deal with long-term costs of acclimating the Â immigrants. Â the budget for the aliyah of the Falash Mura Â was signed in April 2016, and in 2017 some 1,300 Falash Mura arrived in Israel. The 2019 state budget, which was approved by the Knesset in March, does not include funds for Ethio pian immigration. An organization representing Ethiopian Israelis said that Netanyahus announcement is a disappointment to the community. In 2015, the government passed a unanimous decision to bring the remainder of Ethiopian Jewry to Israel, numbering approximately 8,000 individuals, Alisa Bodner, spokeswoman of the Struggle for Ethiopian Aliyah, said in a state ment. Todays decision leaves 7,000 individuals behind and is a harsh deviant from the commit ment that the prime minister is yet Photo Courtesy of Struggle for Ethiopian Aliyah (JTA) Israel is upgrading and reinforcing its nuclear sites in light of repeated and explicit threats made by Iran and its proxies to atZeev Snir, the director-general of Israels Atomic Energy Commission, addressed the issue in a speech Sept. 18 at a meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency, or IAEA. The address was provided to the Israeli media. These outrageous threats require Israel to take action and continue to protect and defend its nuclear facilities, Snir said. These facilities are constantly upgraded and reinforced, in line with IAEA safety guidelines, in order to withstand any attack. Israel rarely discusses its nuclear activities publicly. Snir called for regional cooperation on nuclear security and safety, but noted that while Israel has repeatedly expressed its willingness to collaborate with all of its neighbors on nuclear safety and security, the Jewish state is not recognized by several Middle East countries and Iran has openly called for Israels destruction. He called on the IAEA to conclandestine nuclear activities, adding that the covert Iranian nuclear weapons program is a documented fact. Israel has repeatedly under lined the importance of confronting Iran with its lies and conceal ment efforts, he said. Snir said the new information recently revealed by Israel conclusively proves that Iranian activities were part of a well-orchestrated plan to continue the development of nuclear weapons. He also spoke of Syrias undeclared, secretive military nuclear reactor at Dair Alzour, which Israel bombed more than a decade ago.Israel reinforcing nuclear sites due to threats from Iran, nuclear chief says
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