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Celebrating Jewish Life in Sarasota and Manatee Counties, Israel and the World FEDERATION NEWS

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February 2013 - Shevat/Adar 5773 INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

13A Community Focus 18A Israel & the Jewish World 21A Jewish Interest 26A Commentary 28A Focus on Youth 31A Life Cycle 1B Jewish Happenings 15B Recent Events

4A Women’s Day does it again!

10A Annual luncheon celebrates Holocaust survivors and their families


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Volume 43, Number 2

Julie Silver to headline Women’s Passover Celebration By Sandy Chase

eloved, world-renowned entertainer Julie played a significant role in your life. How did she Silver is indeed a treasure in contemporary inspire you? A teacher at my elementary school, Aline wrote Jewish music. A multi-talented musician, she has been compared to a muse whose spirit lingers af- the most clever, interesting and beautiful songs. She taught me from a very young ter the performance. Her music has age that teaching children to been described as soulful, uplifting, love music, to sing, to write, serene and exuding warmth. Her and to express their feelings in Jewish songs have become tightly song can change their world. woven into the fabric of American Most important, music gathJudaism. ers historically marginalized Beginning her career as a DJ people and includes them in the for a Boston adult contemporary conversation. radio station, she found her “voice” Tell us more about your as singer-songwriter and, recently, award-winning children’s almentor. On Wednesday evening, bum, For Love To Grow, which March 6, those attending the WomI understand is a tribute to en’s Passover Celebration, sponAline. sored by Nashim L’Tova of The When Aline passed away Jewish Federation of Sarasotain 2002, her husband asked me Manatee, will agree that “’s Julie Silver to produce a collection of her impossible to know where Julie’s songs. At the time, my partner and I had just given artistry begins and where her soul ends.” I recently had the pleasure to speak with Julie birth to our eldest daughter, Sarah, and I realized Aline’s songs were on my lips all day long, as I sang Silver: Julie, you’re one of the most celebrated per- to Sarah. It made perfect sense to record this CD at formers in the world of Jewish music today. I un- that time. Julie Silver...continued on page 2A derstand that Aline Shader, one of your mentors,


Annual film festival pays tribute to Israel @ 65 By Roz Goldberg et ready, film fans! To commemorate the 65th anniversary of the modern State of Israel, The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is proud to announce that its film selections this year will be exclusively about Israel. Six outstanding films will be shown during the Federation’s Israel Film Festival, Sunday, March 17 through Thursday, March 21. Presented in partnership with the Sarasota Film Festival, the Israel Film Festival will present a diverse group of new, award-winning films about Israeli life and experience – past and present. Showings will be followed by a discussion with the audience. Here are the extraordinary films that the 2013 Israel Film Festival will proudly present: Orchestra of Exiles – a thrilling documentary about the remarkable man whose vision and singu-

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lar efforts brought into being a world-class orchestra in Palestine – that later became the Israel Philharmonic. Through dramatic reenactments, archival material, and interviews with such musical giants as Itzhak Perlman, Zubin Mehta, Pinchas Zukerman and Joshua Bell, this riveting film brings to life the inspiring story of a brilliant and celebrated musician, Bronislaw Huberman, who would not let the Nazis destroy the cultural achievement of the Jewish people. Standing

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Julie Silver...continued from page 1A Who else has inspired you and your music? I also understand that you mentor others. What are your goals in performing such a mitzvah? I have had many special mentors who have taught me well, including Livingston Taylor and the late Debbie Friedman, who was a giant in the world of Jewish music. They have taught me to be a better student, musician and, ultimately, a mentor. I have volunteered teaching lyric and journal writing at a school in the Watts area of Los Angeles, one of the most underserved communities. I will never be able to articulate what happens to a student – and a teacher – who is encouraged to simply write down and share their story. It’s as if a light-switch has been flipped on, and suddenly they are writers! Their words and voices as well as their classmates’ stories have merit. I used to tell them that the loudest voice in the room is not necessarily the most important voice. Watching these young

people write and hearing their stories changed all of us for good. The Federation is privileged that you’ll be leading our Women’s Passover Celebration, given your busy

“Music helps people find their own buried treasures.” – Julie Silver calendar. What draws you to leading this celebration? The question should be WHO draws me to leading this celebration! I am drawn to serve at these Seders of Freedom because I stand upon the shoulders of so many women who have raised me to be who I am today. I serve at these seders to celebrate our deliverance from slavery, but also to remind these women that we are the lucky ones, the blessed ones, and that we must reach out and help those who are still enslaved, still impoverished,

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still struggling to exist in the world. By leading women’s seders nationwide, you’ve been carrying on the legacy of Esther Broner, the feminist who wrote The Women’s Haggadah. Besides the obvious, what do you believe makes the women’s seders unique?  I write contemporary songs based on ancient Jewish texts to serve a contemporary purpose. These seders are unique because they are also based on the original seder (whatever that means), but they serve a contemporary purpose. For years I led a seder for people with HIV/AIDS in Boston. The Haggadah we created was inspired by the struggle of the afflicted and those who serve them.  What do you hope the women attending the Women’s Passover Celebration will take away from the event, which is open to girls over the age of 10? What will they enjoy most about it?

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film festival...continued from page 1A up to tyranny, Huberman succeeded in saving 1,000 lives, and forever changed the landscape of cultural history. Life in Stills – an award-winning documentary about photographer Rudi Weissenstein’s one million precious negatives that document the defining moments in Israel’s history, and his 96-year-old widow’s struggle to save his landmark Photo House in Tel Aviv. Joining forces with her devoted grandson, Ben, Miriam is uncompromising in her quest to save the family legacy. Filmmaker Tamar Tal sensitively captures the loving and often hilarious relationship between these two. Endearing and engaging, Tal’s film is, by turns, touching, insightful and very funny. Winner: Best Documentary, Israeli Academy Awards 2012. Follow Me – a gripping documentary about Operation Entebbe – the courageous mission to save Israeli hostages held by Arab terrorists at the Entebbe, Uganda airport in 1976 – as seen through the eyes of 30-year-old squad leader Yoni Netanyahu, whose accomplished life was cut short that day. The filmmakers masterfully interweave the planning and execution of the high-risk raid with rarely-seen footage of the raid itself, as covered by Walter Cronkite. Ultimately, Follow Me is a portrait of a young country through the story of a young man’s life – and it is Yoni’s voice, revealed in poems and letters, that gives this compelling film its unforgettable beauty and poignancy. World Premiere: New York Jewish Film Festival, January 2012; Winner: Best Documentary, Palm Beach International Film Festival 2012; Winner: Best of Fest, Palm Springs International Film Festival 2012; Winner: Best Documentary, Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival. A Bottle in the Gaza Sea – an engrossing drama based on the awardwinning novel by Valerie Zenatti. Shaken by news of a suicide bombing near her Jerusalem home, a 17-year-old French-Israeli girl writes a letter expressing her refusal to accept that only hatred can reign between Israelis and Palestinians. She puts the letter into a bottle, and asks her brother in the IDF to throw it into the sea near Gaza. A few weeks later, she receives an email response from a mysterious “Gaza-Man,” and thus begins a turbulent, but tender, online friendship. Avoiding sentimentality or easy answers, this meaningful and hopeful film offers a sober look at youthful idealism set against the complex realities of the Middle East conflict. U.S. Premiere: New York Jewish Film Festival 2012 Inventing our Life – a fascinating documentary, subtitled The Kibbutz Experiment, about the 100-year history of the revolutionary kibbutz movement in Israel. While never representing more than a small percentage of

Israel’s population, kibbutzim made huge contributions to the infant nation: their agricultural innovations helped to feed it; their boundaries helped to define its borders; their members made up a large part of its security forces and played leadership roles in both 1948 and 1967. However, as the times and the country changed, so, unwillingly, did the kibbutzim. Meshing rare vintage footage with interviews and commentary, this film provides a provocative overview of a movement that is scrambling to adjust enough to guarantee a future, without severing all ties to its principled past. Room 514 – a powerful, highly-provocative feature film about the universal conflict between moral values and acute security needs. When a young, idealistic Israeli military investigator confronts an elite IDF officer with an accusation of unnecessary violence against a Palestinian man, her integrity and determination are put to the test as the case proves less black and white than it originally seemed. In a direct and very intimate style, this film highlights how seriously Israelis grapple with such complex and complicated issues, and how the psyche of a generation of young Israelis is shaped by the effects of the ongoing conflict. In certain respects, the film has been compared to the American film, A Few Good Men. Co-sponsored at the Tribeca Film Festival 2012 by the Office of Cultural Affairs, Consulate General of Israel in New York . The films were selected by Roz Goldberg, Chair of the Israel Film Festival Committee, in consultation with Yitzi Zablocki, Director, Israel Film Center, New York, NY, and the Committee’s members: Karen Bernstein, Fran Braverman, Barbara Horowitz, Helene Morgenstern, Susan Newmark, Nadia Ritter, Jordan Shifrin, Lois Stulberg, Evans Tilles and Janet Tolbert. The 2013 Israel Film Festival is presented in partnership with the Sarasota Film Festival, which will show additional Israel-themed films during its special “Blue and White Weekend” celebration on April 13 and 14, the closing days of its 10-day festival, April 5-14. As a proud Sponsor of the Sarasota Film Festival, the Jewish Federation urges its supporters to attend as many SFF presentations as possible, not just the Israeli films. The Jewish Federation is working on a number of exciting events in connection with the IFF – including special guests at post-screening discussions, and a 5:30 p.m. reception for filmgoers before the opening screening on Sunday, March 17. More information about the IFF and how to buy your tickets will be available in the coming weeks. For more information about the IFF, contact Len Steinberg at 941.552.6301 or

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Women’s Day does it again! By Adeline Silverman


arasota’s Jewish women were in for a surprise when they arrived for the always popular and soldout Women’s Day Luncheon on Monday, December 3. The stunning invitations, with artwork created by Janet Mishner, had prepared us for a special day featuring world-renowned author Jennifer Weiner, whose books had received special acclaim. Her second novel, In Her Shoes, had been the theme of this year’s event, and included an opportunity to donate our own gently-worn shoes to Goodwill. What we didn’t anticipate was that Jennifer Weiner would have to cancel, due to unforeseen personal events. Instead, we were treated to a delightful, “haimish” talk by the charming, wellknown Jewish actor Steve Guttenberg,

who literally “stepped into her shoes.” Women’s Day co-Chairs, Julie Green and Susan Mallitz, working with Ilene Fox, Federation Director of Women’s Philanthropy, and a sizeable committee of dedicated women, planned another unique event for the occasion. Serving on the committee were Karen Bernstein, Fran Braverman, Elisa Cohen, Mary Collier, Dana Corn, Alice Cotman, Hilda Desenberg, Claudia Dombrow, Stacey Edelman, Rita Feder, Helen Glaser, Shelley Goldklang, Stacy Hanan, Debbie Haspel, Samantha Hersch, Suzanne Hurwitz, Ruth Klein, Sandi Kligman, Linda Lipson, Saranee Newman, Barbara Sander, Kim Sheintal, Rookie Shifrin, Addie Silverman, Allison Silver-Schwartz, Bunny Skirboll, Arlene Stolnitz and Adrea Sukin. Responses poured in and, as in previous years, it was so well received that once again we had a waiting list. Julie Green welcomed everyone and introduced Rev. Tom Pfaff, representing Goodwill Industries, who expressed his wholehearted thanks to the many womNashim L’Tova co-Chairs Ros Mazur and Irene Ross en who had indeed with guest speaker Steve Guttenberg

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cleaned out their closets and brought a huge number of shoes to benefit Goodwill. Federation’s immediate Past-PresWomen’s Day co-Chairs ident, Nelle Miller, made those shoes Susan Mallitz and Julie Green come alive, as she described her own feelings about shoes being “a metaphor in Brooklyn and, at age 7, his family for the soul.” She talked about places moved to Massapequa, where he grew where displays of shoes, like the U.S. up in a Jewish community. He said Holocaust Museum, Yad Vashem or at he learned at an early age that women Auschwitz, present us with a concept rule the world – that there is something that humanizes our collective expe- special about Jewish mothers, and that rience and history. She talked about parents are always right. Put women in Jewish children in need of shoes – of charge, he said, and the world will imEthiopian Jews who walked to Sudan prove. He talked about the fact that at 17, without shoes – and she drew us into a sense of responsibility. We have a re- his parents let him go to California for sponsibility to support the work of our two weeks to see if he could get into the Federation and other Jewish institutions movies. He described his adventures, so that the mission to save Jewish lives which obviously were successful. He and enhance Jewish living in our com- has made over 60 movies. Which is his munity, in Israel and around the world favorite? The next one, he says. He has can be fulfilled. To that end, we were hopes of opening another Gutten House asked to fill out the campaign pledge for young men and is working on getcards that were at each table. Incoming Federation President Nancy Swart recited the Motzi and welcomed us with the words, “I am woman. Hear me roar, in loud terms!” Again, a delicious lunch, catered by Michael’s On East, was served. Irene Ross, Nashim L’Tova coChair, talked about Women for Good as the strength and power of the community, and reminded us to take advantage of all that Federation has to offer. Debbie and Erica Haspel Ros Mazur, Nashim L’Tova co-Chair, talked about upcoming events such as ting the necessary arrangements made. He has recently written a memoir, the Women’s Passover Celebration and Israel @ 65 programs. Ros announced The Guttenberg Bible, which he dethat proceeds of the raffle would ben- scribes as “a love letter to my parents, efit the Israel Emergency Relief Fund – Ann and Stanley Guttenberg.” As another successful Women’s over $2,000 was raised. Steve Guttenberg was introduced Day Luncheon ended, I’m sure most of by Helen Glaser. He spoke proudly of us would agree with Women’s Day cohis interests relating to the world and to Chair Susan Mallitz, when she said, “It being Jewish. Because of his mother, he is a pleasure to be a part of our Federahas for many years been involved with tion and all the support it gives to our Hadassah as well as other Jewish orga- community and to Israel. I had a very nizations. One of the projects of which strong sense of pride being in the room he is justly proud is the establishment of with all of these special women.” For more information about Gutten House – a girls’ home for emancipated foster youth, many of whom Nashim L’Tova, contact Ilene Fox at would otherwise end up “on the street.” 941.343.2111 or Photos by Cliff Roles Here they are taught life skills and job skills that enable them to become independent and productive. Addressing the group, Steve said, “This is how I like it – 400 women coming to me.” He said he was perfectly satisfied filling Jennifer Weiner’s shoes. He was born Wendy Feinstein, Helen Glaser, Suzanne Hurwitz, Dr. Allison Silver-Schwartz

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n today’s world there are many charitable causes that we love and want to support. Here at The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, we can help you support those causes. We can be your “one-stop shop” for charitable giving. We aspire to be the community’s center for Jewish philanthropy. Here are just a few of ways we can collaborate together: Federation societies The Lion of Judah is a symbol of today’s Jewish Woman’s strength, a symbol of her caring about the Jewish world and a symbol of her financial commitment of at least $5,000 (which includes combined household gifts) to the Federation. The Pomegranate and the pin worn by its members have been specially created for women who help the Jewish community at home and overseas with a combined household minimum gift of $1,800 to our Jewish Federation. Members of both groups of women are invited to attend specific private events and, in some cases, to attend conferences. For those in a place of transition in life – just out of school, brand new job, paying off student loans – and between the ages of 22-45, we have two societies that may be right for you. The

Ben-Gurion Society (BGS) is a national recognition society for young adults who commit a minimum gift of $1,000 or more to the Jewish Federation. The Ezra Society is a local recognition society for young adults who commit a minimum of $180 annually, or $15 a month, to the Federation. Designated giving One of the most unique ways to give and one reason why the Jewish Federation is your center for Jewish philanthropy is designated giving. For instance, if you typically donate a total of $5,000 to various charities throughout the year, you can make your entire charitable gift to our Jewish Federation and designate $1,000 for Charity A, $1,500 for Charity B, and $2,500 to The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. You will be recognized at our Federation for your total donation of $5,000 and your other favorite organizations will still receive your generous gifts. Let us do all the work for you! Planned giving Planned giving offers many benefits. If you give during your lifetime, you will receive a charitable income tax deduction. If your estate is subject to taxes, a gift made after your life will provide a tax deduction for your estate. Perhaps most important is the enduring nature of planned giving – you may use the funds

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Building living bridges – Write-A-Play The Jewish Federation and Kiryat Yam Partnership On December 17, Kate Alexander, accompanied by teaching artists Adam Ratner and Stephen Hope, arrived in Kiryat Yam. Children in elementary and upper schools experienced live theatre designed to inspire them to write plays and enter them in the Young Playwrights Festival. They saw plays written by youths who have won in the prestigious festival and then they participated with actors in creating plays of their own through improvisation. From the comedic American play, The Dust and the Vacuum, about two pieces of dust in the air that are afraid of the vacuum, to the deeply moving Israeli play, Red Color, a piece portraying the fear of war, the students embraced the plays, belly-laughing at one and then gasping in deep empathy at the other with silent tears. “It’s so good to see our children laugh so hard,” said Eti Wolf, principal of the Urim School. Echoed Osnat Shoef, principal of Amirim School and the Kiryat Yam coordinator for the project, “Our children carry two backpacks to school, one with books, and the other with the problems of their assimilation or struggles with everyday life. We must work on both backpacks in order for them to learn.” After they saw the plays, students created their own ideas, and the actors and students acted them out. As the actors asked for ideas, all hands rose, eyes gleaming to offer suggestions. “A broken pencil that cannot write! A man who gets three wishes that turn out to fool him! Ants stuck in honey who must work together! A dog that is sad because his owner loves his brother more than him!” The ideas came out fast and furiously. Children were out of their seats begging to offer suggestions, others wanting to act. “We want to show them that Stephen Hope, Adam Ratner, Kate Alexander and teacher Avi Kohavy writing is not slow and with Rodman High School drama students hard. It is a vigorous


artnership2Gether (P2G), formerly Partnership 2000, was launched in 1994 by the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) linking Jewish communities in the Diaspora with those in Israel. An extraordinary global platform connecting 550 communities around the world in 45 partnerships, P2G is building living bridges among these communities by sharing ideas, strengths, challenges and models of success. The impact of these projects goes far beyond the community level – each member of the community has the opportunity to become directly and personally involved. In Sarasota, under the auspices of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, the Living Bridge Partnership links the people and community organizations in Sarasota-Manatee with those in Kiryat Yam, a seaside city near Haifa. The partnership is about building relationships between the two communities via the exchange of ideas and joint cooperation and participation in different projects. Committees from Sarasota-Manatee and Kiryat Yam are charged with considering projects which meet the above goals. Recently, they approved a grant proposal by Florida Studio Theatre (FST) to bring Write-A-Play to Kiryat Yam. Alan Ades is chair of the Sarasota-Manatee committee and Sharon Yanai chairs the committee in Kiryat Yam.

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conclusion. “Sparkling eyes, joy, happiness and smiling faces reveal some of the secrets that Write-A-Play is all about. FST touches each and every student and triggers their inspiration and imagination in special ways nothing else would. Kate, Adam and Stephen use theatre methods to inject vitality, imagination and happiness directly to kids’ hearts, which is something the regular school system is lacking. I would like to see those tools being used regularly by teachers of various disciplines such as language, math and sciences. I am sure the wonders of this week with FST will inspire not only the kids but the whole Kiryat Yam school system, and through

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hen I was first introduced to Florida Studio Theatre and the “International Write-APlay” Program, I thought it was a wonderful project, but perhaps not destined for a city like Kiryat Yam, whose new immigrant children come together from communities across the globe. However, after Kate, Stephen and Adam left, and after visiting the schools and talking to the teachers and the kids, I heard only one complaint about the experience: “Why was it so short and when are they coming back?!” That is true testimony of the profound success of this program across our community. The impact of FST in the community of Kiryat Yam will remain for a long time. We can only cherish these memories, and look forward to many more exciting educational and cultural experiences through our truly invaluable partnership with The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee.


them the entire community. It is very important that the seeds that have been planted this week will flourish for longterm cooperation.” Upon learning of the success of the Write-A-Play project, SarasotaManatee chair Alan Ades said, “Our Federation’s new Living Bridge Partnership with the Kiryat Yam is off to an outstanding start. We look forward to building on this success with reciprocal visits and other endeavors that will further strengthen the ties and friendship between us.” For more information about the Sarasota-Manatee/Kiryat Yam partnership or the Write-A-Play program, contact Ilene Fox at 941.343.2111 or ifox@

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act of the imagination that the hand records,” said Alexander. Alexander, Ratner and Hope were accompanied by Ilene Fox of the Federation, and all were deeply impressed by the Kiryat Yam community. “The passion, dedication, commitment and talent of the educators, committee and Mayor are unique. We have much to learn from them,” said Alexander. Kiryat Yam Committee chair Sharon Yanai summed it up best at the

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February 2013


There will be no peace between Israel and the Palestinians

By Rabbi Howard A. Simon, Chair of The Robert and Esther Heller Israel Advocacy Initiative n 1948, the General Assembly of one. The only Middle East country that the United Nations voted to create favored a Palestinian state was Israel, two states in the Middle East – one and Israel has done everything posto be known as Israel and the other to sible to aid in the formation of such a be a Palestinian state. Israel was thrilled state. At Camp David in 2000 and again to accept this partition plan at Annapolis in 2008, and pledged itself to live in Israel made numerous peace and harmony with its offers of peace. Israel’s Palestinian neighbor. The leaders pledged themPalestinians, joined by an selves to work with the Arab world that hated the Palestinians to build two idea of a Jewish state, restates that could exist in nounced the partition plan harmony and trust. Each and decided they would offer was rejected by the “drive the Jews into the Palestinians. After each sea.” The war of indepenoffer, the Palestinians dence followed and resultturned to acts of terror, Rabbi Howard A. Simon ed in Israel becoming the preferring to kill and free, independent, Jewish state it has maim Israelis rather than live in peace been for almost sixty-five years. with them. No Palestinian leader, inFrom 1948-1967 the West Bank was cluding Mahmoud Abbas of today, has ruled by Jordan, and Gaza was ruled by ever done anything of a positive nature Egypt. There was no Palestinian state to make peace with Israel. In 2005, Israel, still seeking peace because the Arab world did not want


Hanukkah celebration at Selby Gardens’ Lights in Bloom

with her neighbor, dismantled Gaza, moving all Jews out of the area. Gaza was left to the Palestinians and what did they do? They turned it into an Iranian terror base. They fired thousands of rockets into Israel. They made it abundantly clear that no matter what Israel said or did there would never be peace between them. This past November, Prime Minister Netanyahu stood before the assembled United Nations and said to President Abbas, “Israel wants peace. Join me in creating two states for two peoples. All you have to do is recognize Israel as a Jewish state and end all conflicts with my people.” President Abbas ignored the offer and chose to gain “statehood” through a vote in the General Assembly of the UN. He attained his goal, because neither the United Nations nor the world cares about Israel, and relishes every opportunity to stick a knife into the back of Israel and its people. What is the result of the Palestinian action? Another blow to the cause of peace. Only this time the Palestinians

and the Arab world went too far. Israel realizes she can do no more to create peace in her region, thus she will now concentrate on building greater protection for her people that will separate the West Bank and Gaza from Israel. Israel will concentrate on continuing to build its economy, educating its people and securing its land from attacks of any kind from a Palestinian people guided by hateful, self-defeating, senseless leaders who have no idea what peace for their people and for this part of our world really means. Israel’s UN Ambassador Ron Prosor said it best when he told the General Assembly of the UN and the world that “no decision by the United Nations can break the 4,000-year bond between the people of Israel and the land of Israel.” Israel lives, but the dream of a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians has died. To learn about how you can get involved with the Heller IAI, please visit or contact Amber Ikeman at or 941.343.2106.

By Amber Ikeman


his year’s holiday season was especially bright, with a little extra light shining from the grand menorah at Selby Gardens. The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee sponsored Selby Gardens’ Lights in Bloom holiday celebration for the second year in a row from December 15-23 and 26-27. With the botanical gardens adorned in a festive glow, the Festival of Lights was the perfect opportunity for Federation to strengthen its partnership with Selby, have a presence in the community, educate the public about our mission and our programs, and represent Hanukkah in the holiday celebration. Federation’s sponsorship included a table in the gardens with a large menorah for each night of the event. Partner organizations that represented Federation and the Jewish communi-

Federation’s table at Selby Gardens

Marty Haberer, Associate Executive Director, with the menorah at Selby Gardens

ty included Temple Sinai, Congregation Kol HaNeshama, ORT, the Jewish Congregation of Venice, Temple Beth El and Temple Beth Israel. Selby Gardens officially kicked off its holiday celebration on December 4 with a lighting of the bromeliad Christmas tree and the menorah in the courtyard outside the Selby mansion. The event was covered by local news, and the tree and menorah were timed to be lit on live TV. Marty Haberer, Jewish Federation Associate Executive Director, spoke of unity during the holidays and finding common ground between different faiths and peoples. The Federation was proud to sponsor this event and to be a part of this special community-wide holiday celebration.

Enjoy our special Jewish programs in February and March 2013 Courses

Mah Jongg- Grace McGee Mondays, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM - through February 25 Soul Maps: Kabbalah to Navigate Your Inner World-Rabbi Chaim S. Steinmetz Mondays, 1:00 - 2:30 PM - February 4 - March 11 Sponsored by

Modern Hebrew Poetry-Ralph Wintrob Thursdays, 9:00 - 10:30 AM - February 7-28 Jerusalem-Lisa Golombek, Ph.D. Thursdays, 1:00 - 2:30 PM - February 7-21 Jewish/Israeli Film Festival-Marty Haberer Thursdays, 2:45 - 5:15 PM - February 7 - March 14

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Arthur Miller: The Moral Jewish Playwright?- Diane Steinbrink - February 19 Jewish Music & Musicians: From 17th Century Venice to 21st Century New York-Mark Kroll - March 26

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The Longest Hatred - Part 1 & 2 (1) Never Again - Holocaust survivor, Thomas Hecht, Ph.D. (2) The Roots of Anti-Semitism-Ken Hanson, Ph.D. Fridays, 1:00 - 2:30 PM March 1 & 8

LegaL Notice

To merchants who have accepted Visa and MasterCard at any time since January 1, 2004: Notice of a 6+ billion dollar class action settlement. Si desea leer este aviso en español, llámenos o visite nuestro sitio web. Notice of a class action settlement authorized by the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York. This notice is authorized by the Court to inform you about an agreement to settle a class action lawsuit that may affect you. The lawsuit claims that Visa and MasterCard, separately, and together with banks, violated antitrust laws and caused merchants to pay excessive fees for accepting Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards, including by: • Agreeing to set, apply, and enforce rules about merchant fees (called default interchange fees); • Limiting what merchants could do to encourage their customers to use other forms of payment through, for example, charging customers an extra fee or offering discounts; and • Continuing that conduct after Visa and MasterCard changed their corporate structures. The defendants say they have done nothing wrong. They say that their business practices are legal and the result of competition, and have benefitted merchants and consumers. The Court has not decided who is right because the parties agreed to a settlement. On November 27, 2012, the Court gave preliminary approval to this settlement.

The SeTTlemenT Under the settlement, Visa, MasterCard, and the bank defendants have agreed to make payments to two settlement funds: • The first is a “Cash Fund” – a $6.05 billion fund that will pay valid claims of merchants that accepted Visa or MasterCard credit or debit cards at any time between January 1, 2004 and November 28, 2012. • The second is an “Interchange Fund” – estimated to be approximately $1.2 billion – that will be based on a portion of the interchange fees attributable to certain merchants that accept Visa or MasterCard credit cards for an eight-month “Interchange Period.” Additionally, the settlement changes some of the Visa and MasterCard rules applicable to merchants who accept their cards. This settlement creates two classes: • A Cash Settlement Class (Rule 23(b)(3) Settlement Class), which includes all persons, businesses, and other entities that accepted any Visa or MasterCard cards in the U.S. at any time from January 1, 2004 to November 28, 2012, and • A Rule Changes Settlement Class (Rule 23(b) (2) Settlement Class), which includes all persons, businesses, and entities that as of November 28, 2012 or in the future accept any Visa or MasterCard cards in the U.S.

WhaT merchanTS Will geT from The SeTTlemenT Every merchant in the Cash Settlement Class that files a valid claim will get money from the $6.05 billion Cash Fund, subject to a deduction (not to exceed 25% of the fund) to account for merchants who exclude themselves from the Cash Settlement Class. The value of each claim, where possible, will be based on the actual or estimated interchange fees attributable to the merchant’s MasterCard and Visa payment card transactions from January 1, 2004 to November 28, 2012. Payments to merchants who file valid claims for a portion of the Cash Fund will be based on: • The money available to pay all claims, • The total dollar value of all valid claims filed, • The deduction described above not to exceed 25% of the Cash Settlement Fund, and • The cost of settlement administration and notice, money awarded to the class representatives, and attorneys’ fees and expenses all as approved by the Court. In addition, merchants in the Cash Settlement Class that accept Visa and MasterCard during the eight-month Interchange Period and file a valid claim will get money from the separate Interchange Fund, estimated to be approximately $1.2 billion. The value of each claim, where possible, will be based on an estimate of one-tenth of 1% of the merchant’s Visa and MasterCard credit card dollar sales volume during that period. Payments to merchants who file valid claims for a portion of the Interchange Fund will be based on: • The money available to pay all claims, • The total dollar value of all valid claims filed, and • The cost of settlement administration and notice, and any attorneys’ fees and expenses that may be approved by the Court. Attorneys’ fees and expenses and money awarded to the class representatives: For work done through final approval of the settlement by the district court, Class Counsel will ask the Court for attorneys’ fees in an amount that is a reasonable proportion of the Cash Settlement Fund, not to exceed 11.5% of the Cash Settlement Fund of $6.05 billion and 11.5% of the Interchange Fund estimated to be $1.2 billion to compensate all of the lawyers and their law firms that have worked on the class case. For additional work to administer the settlement, distribute both funds, and through any appeals, Class Counsel may seek reimbursement at their normal hourly rates, not to exceed an additional 1% of the Cash Settlement Fund of $6.05 billion and an additional 1% of the Interchange Fund estimated to be $1.2 billion. Class Counsel will also request reimbursement of their expenses (not including the administrative costs of

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settlement or notice), not to exceed $40 million and up to $200,000 per Class Plaintiff in service awards for their efforts on behalf of the classes.






To receive payment, merchants must fill out a claim form. If the Court finally approves the settlement, and you do not exclude yourself from the Cash Settlement Class, you will receive a claim form in the mail or by email. Or you may ask for one at:, or call: 1-800-625-6440.

oTher BenefiTS merchanTS


Merchants will benefit from changes to certain MasterCard and Visa rules, which will allow merchants to, among other things: • Charge customers an extra fee if they pay with Visa or MasterCard credit cards, • Offer discounts to customers who do not pay with Visa or MasterCard credit or debit cards, and • Form buying groups that meet certain criteria to negotiate with Visa and MasterCard. Merchants that operate multiple businesses under different trade names or banners will also be able to accept Visa or MasterCard at fewer than all of the merchant’s trade names and banners.

legal righTS



Merchants who are included in this lawsuit have the legal rights and options explained below. You may: • File a claim to ask for payment. You will receive a claim form in the mail or email or file online at: • Exclude yourself from the Cash Settlement Class (Rule 23(b)(3) Settlement Class). If you exclude yourself, you can sue the Defendants for damages based on alleged conduct occurring on or before November 27, 2012 on your own at your own expense, if you want to. If you exclude yourself, you will not get any money from this settlement. If you are a merchant and wish to exclude yourself, you must make a written request, place it in an envelope, and mail it with postage prepaid and postmarked no later than May 28, 2013 to Class Administrator, Payment Card Interchange Fee Settlement, P.O. Box 2530, Portland, OR 97208-2530. The written request must be signed by a person authorized to do so and provide all of the following information: (1) the words “In re Payment Card Interchange Fee and Merchant Discount Antitrust Litigation,” (2) your full name, address, telephone number, and taxpayer identification number, (3) the merchant that wishes to be excluded from the Cash Settlement Class (Rule 23(b)(3) Settlement Class), and what position or authority you have to exclude the merchant, and (4) the business names, brand names, and addresses of any stores or sales locations whose sales the merchant desires to be excluded. Note: You cannot be excluded from the Rule Changes Settlement Class (Rule 23(b)(2) Settlement Class). • Object to the settlement. The deadline to object is: May 28, 2013. To learn how to object, see: or call 1-800-625-6440.

Note: If you exclude yourself from the Cash Settlement Class you cannot object to the terms of that portion of the settlement. For more information about these rights and options, visit:


courT aPProveS final SeTTlemenT



Members of the Rule Changes Settlement Class are bound by the terms of this settlement. Members of the Cash Settlement Class, who do not exclude themselves by the deadline, are bound by the terms of this settlement whether or not they file a claim for payment. Members of both classes release all claims against all released parties listed in the Settlement Agreement. The settlement will resolve and release any claims by merchants against Visa, MasterCard or other defendants that were or could have been alleged in the lawsuit, including any claims based on interchange or other fees, no-surcharge rules, no-discounting rules, honor-all-cards rules and other rules. The settlement will also resolve any merchant claims based upon the future effect of any Visa or MasterCard rules, as of November 27, 2012 and not to be modified pursuant to the settlement, the modified rules provided for in the settlement, or any other rules substantially similar to any such rules. The releases will not bar claims involving certain specified standard commercial disputes arising in the ordinary course of business. For more information on the release, see the settlement agreement at:

The courT hearing aBouT ThiS SeTTlemenT On September 12, 2013, there will be a Court hearing to decide whether to approve the proposed settlement, class counsels’ requests for attorneys’ fees and expenses, and awards for the class representatives. The hearing will take place at: United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York 225 Cadman Plaza Brooklyn, NY 11201 You do not have to go to the court hearing or hire an attorney. But you can if you want to, at your own cost. The Court has appointed the law firms of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP, Berger & Montague, PC, and Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP to represent the Class (“Class Counsel”).

QueSTionS? For more information about this case (In re Payment Card Interchange Fee and Merchant Discount Antitrust Litigation, MDL 1720), you may: Call toll-free: 1-800-625-6440 Visit: Write to the Class Administrator: Payment Card Interchange Fee Settlement P.O. Box 2530 Portland, OR 97208-2530 Email: Please check for any updates relating to the settlement or the settlement approval process.

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February 2013

Annual luncheon celebrates Holocaust survivors and their families By Dr. Henry Tenenbaum

“What’s too painful to remember we simply choose to forget.” (Memories, Barbra Streisand) “Touch me; It’s so easy to leave me. All alone with my memory of my days in the sun. If you touch me, you’ll understand what happiness is, look a new day has begun.” (Cats) “Never forget.” (our Jewish mantra) emories of our past, as the songs the lyricists write, try to frame the human memory capacity into our identity, who we are as a people, a nation and a species. Yet there are those who work hard to make


us forget and deny what happened to more than six million Jews of which one million were children. Those who survived the atrocities were recently honored at the annual Holocaust Survivors Luncheon, to make sure that their memories are commemorated and cherished by the next generation. On December 6 at Temple EmanuEl, a magnificent tribute was given to the survivors in the Sarasota-Manatee area. There were 115 survivors who attended, along with many of their children and grandchildren. What a festive

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Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Project Mah Jongg was curated and is circulated by the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, New York. The exhibition is made possible through the generosity of the National Mah Jongg League. Additional support is provided by Sylvia Hassenfeld and 2wice Arts Foundation. Local funders for Project Mah Jongg include Robert Arthur Segall Foundation, Funding Arts Network, Charles & Sandra Simon, Joni & Stanley Tate.

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occasion this was! Members of the Generations After group were proud that they were able to provide this tribute that commingled the memories of atrocities, with the hope and love for tomorrow. The magnitude of this luncheon must have put a smile on the face of Dr. Helen Fagin, Nancy Swart, Jill Rothenburg, Dr. Helen Fagin the group’s founder. Betty Silberman served as the mod- Federation of Sarasota-Manatee and erator and kept the multidimensional Martin and Barbara Arch, who sponsor program flowing. Speakers included the annual luncheon. This year’s lunNancy Swart, the new president of The cheon formed more enduring and lovJewish Federation of Sarasota-Mana- ing memories as it was successful in tee, Rabbi Brenner Glickman of Temple commemorating the memories of our Emanu-El, survivor Al Bottner, Gener- past, honoring those who survived the ations After member Susan Swartz, and atrocities, and ensuring that our heriHoward Tevlowitz, Executive Director tage will never perish. G-d blesses our of the Federation. The NOOA Dance survivors, the United States of America Group from our sister city, Tel Mond, and Israel. Israel, performed four lively dances that To learn more about the Federakept attendees mesmerized and in awe tion’s Holocaust programming, please at their beauty and grace. contact Orna Nissan at 941.552.6305 or We are grateful to The Jewish

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FEDERATION NEWS 11A February 2013

February 2013


Jewish News internship available to area student Staff Report


hanks to the generosity of area resident Miriam “Mimi” Edlin and her family, an area student will be awarded a paid internship with The Jewish News of Sarasota-Manatee this summer. The funds for the internship have been provided through the Joseph J. Edlin Endowment Summer Journalism Internship Fund, represented by Sarasota Bay Club resident Mimi Edlin and her family. The internship is offered to an area student between the ages of 16 and 22 to get real-world experience with a professional publication, as well as learn more about the Jewish nonprofit world. The Endowment Fund is adminis-

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tered by the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, and the St. Louis Jewish Light is also a beneficiary of this fund. This year, college student Roy Schneider served as The Jewish News intern. He has submitted a number of articles and stories covering Federation events and local news. In addition, Roy has written a few great posts for our Federation blog, jfedsrq.wordpress. com. “The Jewish News Edlin Summer Internship is an invaluable opportunity for any student desiring a career that focuses on journalism and/or communications. The amount of creative freedom given in this position truly allowed me to venture into the direction I most wanted to focus on for each article or assignment,” said Roy Schneider. The roots of this project began to grow in 1990, when Edlin and her daughters, Jamie, Laura and Mari, discussed ways to honor Edlin’s late husband, Joseph. “We were determined to memorialize him in a meaningful way that would reflect and encompass Joe’s lifetime cultural interests and concerns,” said Mrs. Edlin. Joseph Edlin was a lawyer and real estate developer; he also wrote book reviews and did feature writing. He taught in Washington University’s English Department and was a lecturer. “He was a man who used words exquisitely, both oral and written,” remem-

What’s Jewish about gardening? By Amber Ikeman

he Community Chai students can Furthermore, the garden exemplifies tell you that there are a wealth the beautiful Jewish traditions regardof connections between Judaism ing caring for the poor, a concept that and plants. was central to Community Chai’s “Soul On December 2, the Community Food: The Nosh on Jewish Values” Chai class took a field trip to The Papa class. Crops from the garden are donatEd and Mimi Sustainable Kibbutz ed to those in need in the community. Garden at Temple Beth Sholom. They The time in the garden inspired the learned about the Jewish harvesting students to give back. Chayse Kessous laws: ma’aser (giving ten percent of said, “Ten percent doesn’t seem like one’s harvest), leket (the dropped har- enough to give to the poor. I would give vest for the poor to gather), pe’ah (leav- them more and only keep what I need.” ing a corner of the field for the needy The students were able to make to harvest), and shichecha (forgotten relevant connections to ancient Jewish crops gathered by the poor). laws while doing important community The students then put their knowl- service work, another pillar of Judaism. edge to practice in the garden. They We are very fortunate to have had such helped with re-potting, watering plants, a wonderful experiential learning opbuilding a new plant bed, making signs portunity! for the plants, and various other tasks. For more information about Jewish Working in the garden was an teen programs, please contact Amber amazing learning opportunity for our Ikeman at 941.343.2106 or aikeman@ community’s teenagers, as well as a prime example of our community’s partnerships. The garden, like the Community Chai program, was the result of a collaboration between The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee and Temple Beth Sholom. It is generously funded by Ed and Betty Rosenthal through the Federation, and it bears fruit on the Goldie Feldman Academy Campus. Chayse Kessous, Amber Ikeman, Erica Lester, Camryn Cohen


bers Mrs. Edlin. The intern will be paid $600 for approximately 60 hours of work over the course of the year. Preferred are applicants who wish to pursue a career in journalism, have a desire to work in the nonprofit sector and are interested in helping others. Applicants interested in writing or graphic design/illustration are encouraged to send samples of their work, a resume and a cover letter to Kim

Mullins at or to The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee, Klingenstein Jewish Center, 580 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, FL 34232. The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2013. Please contact Kim with any questions. The Jewish News Internship is funded by the Joseph J. Edlin Endowment Summer Journalism Internship Fund, represented by Sarasota resident Mimi Edlin and her family.


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February 2013

Lose weight after ONE hypnotic session… and benefit the Federation! Staff Report


ena Greenberg, founder of local company Wellness Seminars, Inc., has been featured in newspapers, magazines, including Woman’s World Magazine, and television programs such as ABC-TV Nightline. She has helped thousands lose significant amounts of weight by training people to change their “inner programming.” Here’s what she means by that: “We create mental movies of things we don’t want to do, and then we do those things. Our subconscious doesn’t know the difference. Really, we can imagine what we want to do. Say you want to wake up in the morning and go Rena Greenberg for a long run. It’s learning to use our imagination for our benefit instead of our harm.” “Subconsciously, people associate pleasure with the wrong food,” said Greenberg, a certified hypnotherapist. “Or they’re just deeply entrenched in

unproductive habits: bingeing, snacking, overeating, emotional eating. She has led weight loss programs throughout the country in over 75 hospitals and medical centers for over 20 years. “We help people change the way they think about food subconsciously,” she continued. “That way, they’re naturally making healthier choices.” Greenberg says that participants can learn to lose weight without feelings of deprivation or denial, and can also eliminate unhealthy overeating habits. Greenberg will host a weight loss seminar and motivational program on the Jewish Federation Campus on Tuesday, March 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The session combines the triple powers of hypnosis, behavior modification (changing negative behaviors and replacing them with positive ones which then become automatic) and something called NLP, or neuro-linguistic programming, via which people are taught, again through hypnosis, to become consciously aware of, and to change, “self-sabotaging” mental pictures and phrases. Here’s what past participants say

about the seminar: ‹‹ Before the seminar, I had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and was bordering on diabetes. I had no energy. Now, everything is fine. I haven’t taken any medications in three years. ‹‹ Doesn’t feel like a diet and it WORKS! Easy to do and reinforce. ‹‹ The main benefit is the process of using your own mind to achieve your goal. There is no medicine or surgery. One uses positive thinking

to lose weight. ‹‹ I lost a total of 70 pounds. The hypnosis is also wonderful for relaxation! The cost is $70 per person and includes reinforcement CDs and booklets. All proceeds will benefit the Federation’s teen missions programs, such as the Bob Malkin Young Ambassadors Program and March of the Living. Make your reservation today at www.jfedsrq. org/events.aspx or call 941.552.6304.

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February 2013


Local fine artist donates one-of-a-kind painting for Women’s Passover Celebration By Sarah Wertheimer


his year, The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is fortunate to have fine artist Debbie Dannheisser donate her beautiful painting inspired by our Women’s Passover Celebration. Debbie’s path to being an artist was very organic. She was not “classically trained,” which makes her pieces of art so much more meaningful. Her beautiful and thoughtful pieces show how much she loves what she does. Her generous donation to the Federation for the event is not only a wonderful gift for us but for the future owner. It is truly a showstopper in any home.

The Women’s Passover Celebration is an annual event that brings together the women of Sarasota-Manatee during a meaningful Jewish holiday. Women played a strong role in the story of Passover. Moses’ mother YoDebbie Dannheisser cheved, his sister Miriam, and Pharaoh’s daughter were all strong pillars in the liberation of the Jews from bondage. Every year, the female pillars of our community gather together to enjoy singing, dancing, and

the delicious, traditional Passover meal. “It is my wish that through my art, I can share my desire to inspire others to feel joy, love and beauty,” said Debbie Dannheisser. For more information about the Women’s Passover Celebration, please contact Ilene Fox at ifox@jfedsrq. org or 941.343.2111. Women’s Passover invitation artwork

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and advises companies about general issues on the Middle East, regime stability, Islamic leadership and jihadist movements. Dr. Kedar will answer all of your questions pertaining to Israel, Jerusalem, the Palestinians and the complex problems facing the Jewish homeland today. You will find his presentation to be both interesting and informative. This will be his third annual lecture in Venice. Dr. Kedar has been interviewed on al-Jazeera in Arabic, with English subtitles, discussing Jerusalem. His insights and backbone took the moderator by

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10. These events will be open to the community, and all are invited. Community members are also welcome to create Passover cards on their own and drop them off during business hours or mail them to Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, FL 34232, by February 10. All cards should contain only positive and uplifting words, and should contain no political messages. “We feel proud and privileged to support our Jewish soldiers in this way,” project chair Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman stated. “We warmly invite the community to join us in bringing Passover wishes and hope to these soldiers who are far away from their families and friends during this sacred season.” For more information, please call 941.379.1997.


ewish soldiers serving overseas this spring will have a more festive and less lonely Passover as Temple Emanu-El partners once again with Project MOT to bring holiday cheer to these brave members of the United States Armed Forces. After decorating challah covers during the Rosh Hashanah season and crafting handmade cards for Hanukkah, Temple Emanu-El was invited by Project MOT to undertake the creation of Passover greeting cards for soldiers. Temple Emanu-El’s Mitzvah Day Steering Committee will oversee this worthwhile project. Materials for making Passover cards will be supplied at selected Temple Emanu-El events for adults, children and families through February

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Bereavement Support Group offered at Temple Emanu-El By Andria Bilan, JFCS VP of Development ewish Family & Children’s Service will be holding its February Bereavement Support Group at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, on four consecutive Tuesdays, February 5-26 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. This group will be co-facilitated by Susan Finkelstein, RN, MAS, Jewish Healing Coordinator, and Rabbi Brenner Glickman. This group is open to anyone who has lost a loved one. Thanks to the support of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, the JFCS Jewish Healing Program is able to offer help and support to individuals overcoming the loss of a loved one. Funding from the Federation allows JFCS to offer the Bereavement Support Group at no charge as a community service outreach program. Based on a Jewish approach to mourning and healing the soul, each session of the Bereavement Support Group covers a variety of topics such as


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Tel Mond dancers impress Sarasota community By Linda Rosenbluth


he NOOA Dancers from Sarasota’s Sister City, Tel Mond, Israel, were brought to our community under the Sister City Program that was founded by then-President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956 to promote Citizen Diplomacy, understanding and friendship through educational, cultural and business exchanges. The dancers were led on a bus tour of Sarasota by Bill Wallace, who wore the Sarasota/Dunfermline kilt and explained the Scottish roots of Sarasota, while getting an overview of our city today. The NOOA troupe danced and participated in discussions with students at Booker High School, Sarasota Military Academy, Riverview High School, as well as Sarasota’s Sailor Circus. The group also visited a Sarasota Ballet

workshop and got a preview of the original production of Sarasota’s Nutcracker starring Mable and John Ringling. The delegation attended the Kabbalat Shabbat service led by USY at Temple Beth Sholom. They shared Shabbat dinner as well as singing and dancing sponsored by the Temple Beth Sholom Men’s Club with the USY and Kadima youths, and members of Sister Cities and host families. The group danced at the Annual Holocaust Survivors Luncheon sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, and at the spectacular closing show which was co-sponsored by the Federation and Sarasota Sister Cities Association. Local actress and director Carolyn Michel emceed, produced and coordinated the mixture of traditional folk, ballet, jazz and

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interpretative dance numbers with backdrops of video and song. Alice Cotman and her committee were beaming with pride as the troupe took their last bow holding Israeli flags and an American flag after receiving Honorary Citizenship CerNOOA dancers with Sarasota committee members tificates from Sarasota during tour of Sarasota (photo by Eric Hilton) Mayor Suzanne Atwell. The host families made the delegaThe group toured Mote Marine and the John and Mable Ringling Museum tion feel warm and welcome, and prowith docents Toby Kline and Susan vided them all with unique Sarasota Johnson, then had lunch with Betty experiences. Richard Hershorin and Ed Schoenbaum before going to the Cha- Cotman were nominated by the group for the Tel Mond’s Best Chef award. bad Chanukah Festival.

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ancer. Stage four. Words no one wants to hear. When I was first diagnosed with uterine cancer, I feared my life was over. I would never have a chance to walk the woods of northern Michigan with my husband again. Never have another carefree lunch with my girlfriends. Or hear my first grandchild speak. At first, diagnosing my case was confusing. I asked my husband, Burton, to step in as my medical advocate. I said, “The best I can hope to do is shore myself up spiritually.” Among the tough decisions Burton made and I undertook: two surgeries, six chemotherapy treatments and 55 bouts of radiation. Finally, my doctor used the beautiful C word. He pronounced me “cured until proven otherwise.” That was eight years ago. So far, so good. Baruch HaShem. As a veteran author and journalist, I share the whole story in a new memoir. Godsigns: Health, Hope and Miracles; My Journey to Recovery recounts not just the physical side of my journey, but also the spiritual. I received guidance from rabbis, ministers, therapists, survivors, and from an array of crazy coincidences, events that Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung would have called Synchronicities. Some were so improbable that I came to see them as divinely inspired. I called them Godsigns. They were delivered through strangers, friends, literature, drama, sports, numbers – even through a piece of jewelry. Godsigns takes place in Detroit where I was treated at Karmanos, a comprehensive cancer institute similar to Moffitt in Tampa. It also takes place in Sarasota. The first scenes of the book occur on a Longboat Key beach, in a St. Armands restaurant, and at Florida Studio Theatre downtown. Burton and I spend winters in Sarasota. We live, and golf, at Laurel Oak. I have given book-related talks at locations including Laurel Oak and The Meadows, and welcome the chance to speak elsewhere on the Gulf coast. Against steep odds, I have since enjoyed plenty of walks with my husband, lunches with friends, and conver-

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Temple Beth Israel announces Gala Awards Rising Star


r. Lois H. Barson was honored as this year’s ‘Rising Star’ at Temple Beth Israel’s annual Gala Awards. Raised in Mas­sachusetts, Lois grew up with a fam­ily and congregation that supported her intellectual, spiritual and social development. As a school girl, she helped organize a B’nai B’rith Girls’ chapter. For those who know her, it will come as no surprise that Lois left that first meeting having been elected its first president. Lois’ support and involvement with

B’nai B’rith continued into her adult member of the TBI Board of Trustees, life. As a professional a member of the Chavurah Committee, a Beth Israel educa­tor in PhiladelWomen mem­ber, and Chair phia, Lois joined the of the Social Action CommitB’nai B’rith Educators tee. In that capacity, she has Unit, which not only helped launch a local chapter supported the activities of Project Linus while highof B’nai B’rith at large, but also advo­cated for lighting Social Action opthe Jewish students portunities for TBI members and employees of the with a wide range of trustDr. Lois Barson School District. worthy area causes, including This Rising Star is presently a the Salvation Army, the Russian Jew­ish

Community Seder, Sarasota Lit­eracy, Aging in Paradise, All Faiths Food Bank, Galvano One-Stop Cen­ter, the Children’s Healthy Pantry, and Meals on Wheels. Her warmth, dedication and enthusiasm are a gift to the temple as well as the community. So while Lois admits to feeling surprised and humbled by her selection for this award, it is clear the Gala Awards Committee could not have selected a more deserving recipient.

Father-daughter team leads Sarasota Jewish Chorale By Arlene Stolnitz


arci Vitkus, cantor at the cantors Vitkus and Reznick are father Jewish Congregation of Ven- and daughter! Their collaboration presice (JCV), and Joel Reznick, ents an unusual happening in Sarasota retired cantor from Chicago County. presently living in Venice, The Chorale, with have been selected to lead its busy performance the Sarasota Jewish Chorale schedule, is fortunate during the absence of directo be able to have tor Martha Kesler during the duo pinch hit for her recuperation from open Ms. Kesler until she heart surgery. is able to resume her Marci Vitkus and Joel Reznick What is unique is that duties as conductor.

Ms. Kesler is doing nicely following her December surgery. Upcoming gigs for the Chorale include a performance at Temple Beth Israel on Friday, March15 at 7:30 p.m.; Epiphany Cathedral’s Yom HaShoah

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omewhere on the spectrum between electromagnetic waves that produce visible light, and those that cook food in a microwave oven, are millimeter waves that might hold the key to conquering cancer cells. When tested in an Israeli lab on human lung-cancer cells, millimeter wave radiation knocked out the cells’ ability to reproduce. “It disrupts their activity, although we don’t yet know how beyond some speculation regarding the mechanism,” says Asher Yahalom, head of Ariel University Center’s Free Electron Laser (FEL) Laboratory User Center, who also noted that the rays seem to have no effect on normal cells. Millimeter waves have lots of possible applications – everything from diagnosing skin cancer to improving communication devices – but the Israeli research team is the first in the world to study their effect on lung cancer. Yahalom tells ISRAEL21c that until quite recently nobody had the tools to produce millimeter waves. The university’s FEL lab developed a free-electron laser that does this by accelerating

electrons close to the speed of light and setting them on a wiggly trajectory. “The question was what would be an application for this laser, and we thought about trying it for different things,” says Yahalom, currently a visiting fellow at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Cambridge, England. The Ariel team presented the dramatic results at November’s third International IEEE Conference on Microwaves, Communications, Antennas and Electronic Systems in Tel Aviv. The researchers have collaborated on more in-depth studies with colleagues at a Danish university, funded by the Eva and Henry Fraenkel Foundation in Denmark. “We are still gathering more data to be absolutely sure this effect is statistically significant and not due to any unrelated factors,” Yahalom says. New approach to radiation therapy A better alternative to x-rays has long been sought because although they kill cancer cells, they also kill healthy surrounding cells. Millimeter radiation is an entirely

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different approach, says Yahalom. “There are two kinds of radiation,” he explains. “Ionizing radiation is what is usually used for cancer. It has the ability to tear apart molecules, so it causes death to all cells. What we have done is quite different. Millimeter wave radiation is non-ionizing, so it may interrupt functionality but not the cell itself.” Once the Ariel lab devised a way to source millimeter rays, physics Prof. Konstantin Komoshvili began the experiments on specially incubated lungcancer cells in conjunction with Prof. Jacob Levitan, microwave and millimeter wave expert Prof. Boris Kapilevich, and molecular biologist Stella Aronov.

While the Israeli and Danish scientists check and double-check the results of their experiments using radiation sources that do not exist anywhere else in Israel, scientists in several countries are studying terahertz waves, which are a bit shorter than millimeter waves. Prof. Rafi Korenstein’s team from Tel Aviv University had previously looked at their effects on healthy white blood cells. “We went the other way around – we wanted to see how the radiation affects non-healthy cells, and this is quite novel,” says Yahalom. Abigail Klein Leichman is a writer and associate editor at ISRAEL21c.

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Golan Heights Winery is first Israeli winery to win prestigious Wine Star Award

n the eve of its 30th anniversary, Golan Heights Winery has won the coveted 2012 Wine Star Award from Wine Enthusiast Magazine in the New World Winery of the Year category. The award is a first for an Israeli winery and is an indicator of the tremendous growth in quality recognition of Israeli wineries led by Golan Heights Winery. “We are so honored to win such a prestigious award,” said Anat Levi, CEO of Golan Heights Winery. “This recognition gives us added motivation to continue our efforts to fully exploit


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black-tie awards ceremony at the New York Public Library in New York City in late January. About Golan Heights Winery Founded in 1983, Golan Heights Winery is based in the small town of Katzrin, Israel. The weather in the Golan region is ideal for growing grapes with warm, dry summers and cold, snowy winters. Elevations vary from 1,300 feet above sea level in the south to 3,900 feet in the north, and soils vary from well-drained and airy basaltic soil, rich in minerals, to heavier and deeper soils, with higher clay content. The topographic and climatic conditions in the Golan Heights are considered a rare asset by wine experts in Israel and abroad, contributing to a wide range of quality winemaking styles, overseen by Winemaker Victor Schoenfeld and marketed globally under the Golan Heights Winery and Yarden brand names.

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February 2013 protection chemicals, by China National Chemical Corp in 2011. (Reuters)

BRIEFS Briefs...continued from page 19A average growth rate for Western nations. Growth slowed from 4.6% in 2011, mainly due to recessions in Europe, Israel’s largest trading partner, weak growth in the U.S. and slower growth in Asia. “Given the international situation, the Israeli economy is doing very well,” Shlomo Yitzhaki, the government’s statistician, said. (Reuters)

ISRAELIS TO DESIGN SAN DIEGO DESALINATION PLANT IDE Americas Inc., a subsidiary of Israel’s IDE Technologies Ltd, will be designing the biggest desalination project in the Western Hemisphere in the San Diego region. The company has worked in 400 plants in 40 countries over four decades. (Jerusalem Post)

LEADING CHINESE FIRMS EYE ISRAELI TECHNOLOGY INVESTMENTS A delegation of senior Chinese business leaders visited Israel in December in search of investment opportunities in technology. Bilateral trade between China and Israel totaled $8 billion in 2011, according to Israel’s Foreign Ministry. Chinese have invested $3 billion in Israeli companies to date. The biggest investment was the $1.4 billion acquisition of 60% of MA Industries, the world’s largest maker of generic crop

SATURDAY PEOPLE, SUNDAY PEOPLE Saturday People, Sunday People is a new, mesmerizing book by Lela Gilbert, subtitled “Israel Through the Eyes of a Christian Sojourner.” Gilbert is able to pierce a number of myths about the Jewish state and find the essence of a country that is not, contrary to the popular perception, consumed by war and death. Israel’s answer is to defy death by living joyously and intensely. She is transfixed by the celebratory spirit, the national love affair with music and the gritty determination to build, rebuild and thrive in spite of wars, terrorist attacks and, as she vividly describes, shelling by rockets. Through personal experience, she demolishes the notion that Israel is an apartheid state. Indeed it is one of the few places in the Middle East in which Arabs and Jews intermingle in everything from politics to shopping. (Washington Post)

FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS: WHY THE U.S.-ISRAELI ALLIANCE IS GOOD FOR AMERICA The U.S.-Israeli alliance is a two-way partnership whose economic, military and political benefits to the U.S. have been substantial. Israel remains a counterweight against radical forces in the Middle East, including political Islam and violent extremism. It has also prevented the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction in the region by thwarting Iraq and Syria’s nuclear programs.

The two countries share intelligence on terrorism, nuclear proliferation, and Middle Eastern politics. Israel’s military experiences have shaped the U.S. approach to counterterrorism and homeland security. The two governments work together to develop sophisticated military technology, such as the David’s Sling counter-rocket and Arrow missile defense systems. Israel’s military research and development complex has pioneered many cutting-edge technologies that are transforming the face of modern war, including cyberweapons, unmanned vehicles (such as land robots and aerial drones), electronic warfare systems, and advanced defenses for military vehicles. Israeli high-tech firms often turn to U.S. companies as partners for joint production and marketing opportunities in the U.S., creating tens of thousands of American jobs. And although Israelis make up just 3% of the population of the Middle East, in 2011 Israel was the destination of 25% of all U.S. exports to the region, having eclipsed Saudi Arabia as the top market there for American products. (Michael Eisenstadt and David Pollock, fellows at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, in Foreign Affairs)

THE AFGHAN GENIZA A trove of ancient manuscripts in Hebrew characters rescued from caves in a Taliban stronghold in northern Afghanistan is providing the first physical evidence of a Jewish community that thrived there a thousand years ago. Israel’s National Library unveiled the cache of recently purchased documents that include biblical commentaries, personal letters and financial records.

Researchers say the Afghan Geniza marks the greatest such archive found since the Cairo Geniza, a vast depository of medieval manuscripts, was discovered in an Egyptian synagogue more than 100 years ago. The Afghan collection gives an unprecedented look into the lives of Jews in ancient Persia in the 11th century. The paper manuscripts, preserved over the centuries in the dry caves, include writings in Hebrew, Aramaic and Judeo-Persian, which were written in Hebrew letters. (AP)

EAST JERUSALEM ARABS ARE ADAPTING TO ISRAEL Along with nationalist radicalization and widespread support for Hamas, far-reaching changes are taking place among Arabs in east Jerusalem that can be described as “Israelization,” “normalization” or just plain adaptation. Examples of this trend include increasing numbers of applications for an Israeli ID card; more high-school students taking the Israeli matriculation exams; greater numbers enrolling in Israeli academic institutions; a decline in the birthrate; more requests for building permits; a rising number of youths volunteering for national service; and surveys showing that in a final settlement, more east Jerusalem Arabs would prefer to remain under Israeli rule. There are now about 10 colleges in east Jerusalem that specialize in preparing students for Israeli universities. Eid Abu Ramila, who teaches civics, explains, “If you go to school in Bethlehem or to Al-Quds University, the only place you’ll be able to find work after you graduate is at the PA, for NIS 2,000 ($525) a month. So everyone is now flocking to Israel.” (Ha’aretz)

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By Nate Bloom, Contributing Columnist Editor’s note: Persons in BOLD CAPS are deemed by Nate Bloom to be Jewish for the purpose of the column. Persons identified as Jewish have at least one Jewish parent and were not raised in a faith other than Judaism – and don’t identify with a faith other than Judaism as an adult. Converts to Judaism, of course, are also identified as Jewish. Oscar Time The Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, February 24. The ceremony will be telecast live on ABC, starting at 8:00 p.m. Below is a list of Jewish nominees (and a few others of “Jewish interest”) in most of the non-technical categories. Due to press deadlines, I did not have the time to research the nominees in the documentary and short-film categories for this column. Note: Daniel Day-Lewis and Joaquin Phoenix always bedevil me. I have always counted the former as nonJewish and the latter as Jewish – mostly because Day-Lewis was involved in Christian stuff well into his teens, while Phoenix was a small child when his Jewish mother left the screwed-up Christian cult group she belonged to and ended any religious affiliation for herself and her kids. Acting categories Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln; JOAQUIN PHOENIX, The Master. Both these actors come with an asterisk. Day-Lewis is the son of a Protestant father (the late poet laureate of England, Cecil Day-Lewis) and an English Jewish mother (the late actress JILL BALCON). While secular as an adult, Daniel was baptized and sang in a church choir. He doesn’t meet my criteria to be counted as Jewish for the purpose of this column. But I am including him here for informational purposes. Phoenix, likewise, is the son of a Jewish mother and a non-Jewish father. His parents were members of a Christian cult group until he was about 8 years old. After they left the group, Joaquin

was raised secular and remains secular. Best supporting actor: ALAN ARKIN, Argo; Best supporting actress: Helen Hunt, The Sessions. Hunt’s paternal grandmother was Jewish. The rest of her grandparents were not Jewish. She is nominated for playing (real life) sex therapist CHERYL COHENGREENE, who is a convert to Judaism. Directing, Music, Screenplay Best director: BENH ZEITLIN, Beasts of the Southern Wild. Zeitlin, who is only 30, made his film for less than two million dollars and is the ‘dark horse wunderkind’ of this year’s Oscars. The son of a Jewish father and a non-Jewish mother, he was raised Jewish and had a bar mitzvah. Beasts is also a best picture nominee; STEVEN SPIELBERG, Lincoln. Ironically, many sharp critics have compared Zeitlin to a young Spielberg; DAVID O. RUSSELL, Silver Linings Playbook. Russell is the secular son of a Jewish father/non-Jewish mother. Best Original Song: Suddenly from Les Misérables. Music by CLAUDEMICHEL SCHONBERG; Lyrics by HERBERT KRETZMER and ALAIN BOUBIL. Schonberg and Boubil are French Jews who wrote the original stage version of Les Misérables. Kretzmer, an English Jew, wrote the lyrics for the English-language version of the stage show. All three wrote a new (now-nominated) song for the film version. Best adapted screenplay: Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild); TONY KUSHNER, Lincoln; Russell, Silver Linings Playbook.

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Send Nate an email at, tell him you saw this ad in The Jewish News, and include your phone number (area code, too). Nate will then contact you about doing a “limited” family history for you at a modest cost (no more than $100). No upfront payment. Best original screenplay: MARK BOAL, Zero Dark Thirty. Best Picture The best picture Oscar goes to a film’s principal producers. Here are the best picture nominees with a “confirmed” Jewish producer: GRANT HESLOV, Argo; ERIC FELLNER, Les Misérables; Spielberg, Lincoln; Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty. New Twilight? Opening on Wednesday, February 13 is the supernatural film, Beautiful Creatures. It is based on a bestselling young adult novel of the same name. If this film does well, it likely will be the start of a film series, as with the Twilight books and films. Already, three hot selling book sequels have followed the first Creatures book. The film opens with teenager Lena (Alice Engelbert) arriving in a small town. Lena is a “Caster,” and like the rest of her extended family, has strong supernatural powers. When she turns 16, she will be required to decide whether she will follow a “light” (good) or “dark” (evil) path. Lena quickly bonds with Ethan, a local teen who is bored

with his hometown. Playing Ethan is the very handsome ALDEN EHRENREICH, 23. He was discovered by STEVEN SPIELBERG when he was 14. Spielberg chanced to see a funny video that Ehrenreich starred in while attending a bat mitzvah. He contacted Ehrenreich and helped him get some TV guest roles. In 2007, Francis Ford Coppola picked Ehrenreich to star in his film Tetro. It didn’t do well when it opened in 2009. EMMY ROSSUM, 26 (Shameless), has a big supporting role as Lena’s cousin Ridley, who has chosen the “dark” path. ZOEY DEUTCH, 18, has another large supporting role. She plays Emily, a former girlfriend of Ethan who now hates Ethan and Lena, and leads a group opposed to any Caster. Deutch’s father is HOWARD DEUTCH, a film director and producer. Her mother is well-known actress Lena Thompson. Zoey Deutch calls herself Jewish and was raised Jewish. Her mother isn’t Jewish by birth, but there are some “clues” that Thompson may be a convert to Judaism.



February 2013

Arnold and Deanne Kaplan gift private American Judaica collection to the Penn Libraries By Kim Mullins


akewood Ranch residents Arnold and Deanne Kaplan have spent over three decades collecting early American Judaica. They recently gifted their collection, valued at $8.5 million and containing over 11,000 items, to The Penn Libraries. It is the most important private collection of its kind that documents the social and economic development of early Jewish life in the Western Hemisphere. “This donation is an important milestone for Dee and me,” explained Arnold. “We are a long way past the midway point in our collecting journey. It was a journey that attempted to add to the understanding of the Jew in the New World, both as a Jew and a citizen.

From the collection

Its timeframe begins with the Inquisition in Mexico City, circa 1590s, and takes us up to the period of mass migra-

tion, about 1890.” The earliest item in the Collection is a late 16th century codex of the proceedings of the Mexican Inquisition against a New Christian accused of Judaizing. Engraved maps dating from the 17th and 18th centuries are among the first to document Jewish permanent settlement in the New World. A major component of the Collection focuses on the development of Jewish mercantile, social and religious activity in the Americas of the 19th century. The majority of the Collection consists of manuscripts and printed material. There is also a diverse array of important early American oil paintings, presentation silver, and other museumquality, three-dimensional items. “Arny and Dee Kaplan began collecting before most people paid much attention to Judaica Americana, and they specialized in what many people neglected, such as items related to the economic life of nineteenth-century American Jews,” said Dr. Jonathan Sarna, Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University and Chief Historian of the National Museum of American Jewish History. “With this remarkable addition to its already highly significant holdings,

Penn moves to the front ranks among libraries of American Judaica.” “With the acquisition of the Kaplan Collection, the Penn Libraries gained

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a treasure-trove of information about American Jewish life from the colonial period through the era of mass migration,” said Professor Beth S. Wenger, Chair of the Department of History and Director of the Jewish Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania. “Its unique and wide-ranging materials bring to life the details and vitality of an evolving Jewish community. The depth and breadth of this Collection are truly extraordinary and will be an unparalleled source for researchers for years to come.” “We always hoped that if successful, the Collection would find a permanent home in a major scholarly institution,” said Arnold. “We could not be more pleased that it will be in the possession of the University of Pennsylvania, one

of the finest institutions of higher learning in the World, conceived by Benjamin Franklin in 1743. The partnership that it helps to forge between Penn and the National Museum of American Jewish History is a blessing.” The Penn Libraries will make part of the Kaplan Collection available on long-term loan to the National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH). Through this endeavor, first envisioned by Arnold Kaplan, the NMAJH and the Penn Libraries have embarked upon a unique partnership to enhance public access to the Kaplan Collection. “Generations of scholars will be grateful to the Kaplans for their diligence in amassing this Collection, and for their generosity in presenting it to Penn,” said Carton Rogers, Penn Vice Provost and Director of Libraries. “It is an added benefit of the Kaplan’s gift that it creates an important new alliance between research and cultural organizations in this region, Penn and the NMAJH.” Every item in the Collection will be digitally reproduced and made available online to scholars and students. The Penn Libraries will hold an exhibition in January 2014 in its new Special Collections Center with highlights from the Kaplan Collection on view, accompanied by an exhibition catalog with essays by leading scholars in the field.

Local author goes beyond the headlines in Family Wars: A Novel of Modern Israel By Sandy Chase

ra Mendels does it again! This tell a good story.” Longboat Key resident has I recently had the pleasure to speak written another Israeli politi- with Ora: cal thriller. Her latest novel (available What is the significance of the on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and all title of your latest novel? eBook sites), Family Wars, traces three There are two families – Israel and generations of an American-Israeli fam- the Lazar Kagan family – both beset by ily struggling to remain conflict and struggle against intact as they are bethe backdrop of the Israelisieged by the fractured Palestinian turmoil. I wanted society in which they to show how family memlive. In this gripping bers, friends and antagonists novel, family conflicts have been shaped by history, explode and buried secontemporary Israeli policrets are revealed. tics, and the threat of anniOra’s love of writhilation. ing began when she was If Lazar and Naomi nine years old. Since Kagan had lived in Amerthat time, she has won ica, and not in Israel, Ora Mendels several literary awards. would there still have been She followed in her mother’s footsteps “family wars,” especially the intense, as a journalist and became a reporter, potentially destructive sibling rivalry feature writer and columnist for all between brothers Ari and Rafi? English-speaking papers in South AfFor this family, definitely. Intense rica, such as the Cape Times and Rand sibling rivalry is threaded throughout Daily Mail. Later, in the States, as a history. Just look at Biblical times, with freelance journalist, Ms. Mendels had Cain and Abel and Esau and Jacob. In her articles published in a number of Family Wars this rivalry is heightened mass-circulation magazines. She has by the demands of constant military also published several short stories in threats. Antietam Review, Israeli Stories and How much of your novel is autoother periodicals. biographical? Once you’ve read Family Wars, Family Wars isn’t autobiographiyou’ll agree with the New York Times’ cal. It’s a novel inspired by people review of her first book, Mandela’s I’ve known, by history, and by current Children: “Ora Mendels knows how to events. Although the story is fiction, I


increased my knowledge by delving into research even more extensively than usual. I wanted to ensure that the characters were credible in the context of the demands of life in Israel. Your characters are deep and convincing. I especially like how the story weaves the characters’ different points of view. How do you know so much about Israel and its politics? Although the book is not a political tract, I’m fascinated by politics and by how extremists can undermine not only a nation but families as well. I’m concerned with people and relationships, especially those struggling under pressure. I have strong ties to Israel. I was born in Jerusalem, after my South African parents made aliyah before World War II. We lived in Rehavia, near what is today the President’s home, on a moshav, which is a cooperative settlement of farms, similar to a kibbutz. I also have a very large and beloved family in Israel and many good friends living there. Before the outbreak of World War II, my father, who was a doctor, wanted to become a surgeon. We moved to Edinburgh. After he was sent as a surgeon to the front in India and what was then Burma, I lived in London during the

blitz, under the constant threat of bombings. Later, my mother and I moved back to Johannesburg, and the family reunited after the war. I’ve known firsthand the horrors of war, whether in Europe or in Israel. While visiting Jerusalem with my sons, our tour bus was attacked by Kalashnikovs fired from just beyond the northern border. I was also trapped in Israel during the 1973 war and a later visit during which the Second Intifada erupted. As recently as 2009 a fatal attack on a seminary occurred across the road from our Jerusalem hotel. Are you considering a sequel? No sequel, but I’m working on another thriller entitled A Reason To Kill. Unlike Mandela’s Children and A Taste for Treason, this latest novel is about an American family. A college student is murdered and a family member is accused. Complicated family secrets and conflicts are explored in the hunt for a motive for the crime. Sandy Chase is president of WordMasters, a writing-editing company, which creates powerful business images, compelling communications, and successful fiction and nonfiction. Contact her at

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Seeking to reconcile Judaism and feminism through art By Philip K. Jason, Special to The Jewish News Whatever is Contained Must Be Released, by Helène Aylon. The Feminist Press. 287 pages. Trade paperback (oversized). $29.95.


elène Aylon’s astonishing book balances the two dimensions of her life that are expressed in its subtitle: “My Jewish Orthodox Girlhood, My Life as a Feminist Artist.” It’s a magical book, not nearly as egocentric or “in your face” as one might expect at first glance. Thoughtful, properly proud, and modestly grateful for the distance she has traveled on her unusual journey, Aylon mixes Phil Jason facts, feelings and meditation. Over and over, she adjusts the tension between these two identities – identities which paradoxically poison and nourish one another. Young Helène loved her traditional household in the Boro Park section of Brooklyn. Even when she was feeling stifled or misperceived, which was often, she knew that her parents loved her deeply and had her best interests at heart. While her mother lacked the worldliness that this young girl craved and eventually attained, there was no doubt about her mother’s essential goodness and the depth of her passionate caring.

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This particular Orthodox com- warm enclosure of her munity invested significant resources childhood home and in the education of its young females. community. Fighting Helène absorbed an abundance of Jew- with Jewish attitudes ish learning; however, there was little toward women, espe– as a female – that she could do with cially their place (or it. And she had plenty of questions that lack thereof) in ritual would not be truly heard or respect- life and in scriptural fully answered. Before she knew what modeling, she found feminism was, she was asking feminist a second religion in questions. At bottom, the question is: feminism – and in time how can a woman belong to a religion she became a strong force in this arena. that disrespects (or seems to disrespect) Her artworks, primarily multi-media women in its sacred writings and in its installations, expressed this theme, as traditions? well as those of environmentalism and Helène married young (a success- anti-war activism. ful arranged marriage), had children A major part of her journey as an young, but was already drifting toward artist took place in California, where she the educational opportunities that would encountered many kindred spirits and stimulate her self-creation as an artist. forged mutually supportive relationThis self-creation involved selecting ships. However, Boro Park remained in her own last name. her thoughts, as did When her husband, her love-hate relationa rabbi, died in his ship with Jewish wisthirties, the young dom and – as she felt mother could not it – Jewish misogyny. continue to wear her In what is roughly partly hypocritical the second half of the mask of Orthodoxy. book, Aylon’s discusShe admitted to, and sion of her artistic began to act out her experimentation and “post-Orthodoxy” growth is bolstered self, moving more by a generous array of and more into the photographs that give world of art and artreaders some idea Helène Aylon ists. of the power of her She liberated herself socially and installation art. Over and over again, intellectually, while never forgetting the her particular post-Orthodox feminism combines with her other themes LocaL contractor company in highly original, powerful and daring visual compositions, works that are Specializing in: challenges both to her and to those who Painting • Ceramic Tile behold them. Some are inspired by KabLaminated Flooring • etc. balah, the mainstream of Jewish mystiLow Prices. offering free estimates. cism. Others involve technologies and

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Jerusalem Post Crossword Puzzle The Jerusalem Post Crossword Puzzle draws on a wide variety of Jewish knowledge, from Israeli cities to Jewish holidays to Hollywood luminaries to Yiddish terms. There’s also some fun wordplay – 4-letter word for “Conservative Cantor?”: ERIC; 7-letter word for “Place to find a nun in December?”: DREIDEL. If you enjoyed this puzzle and would like to see one in every issue of The Jewish News, send an email to with the subject line: Crossword - Yes!

Solution on page 26A Across 1. Glaser and Fox 5. “I and the Village” painter Chagall 9. ___-esh-Sharif (Temple Mount) 14. Sephardim eat it on Passover 15. Contents of una fontana 16. Grab ___ (eat on the run) 17. “Jaws” craft 18. Repent 20. Camp conveyance 22. Dining table condiment, sometimes 23. Passover month, in 2013 24. Sculptor Yaacov 26. Rachel on “Glee” 27. Practices exogamy 31. “I’ll be Your Mirror” photographer Goldin 32. Corn or cycle starter 33. Poet-partisan Kovner 36. 1896 book by Theodor Herzl 41. “S’iz shver tzu zayn ___” (“It’s tough being Jewish!”) 42. 1960s peace sign 43. Napkin spot 45. Hebrew Scriptures 50. Oklahoma town 53. Middle East diplomat Dennis 54. Benghazi locale 55. Seductress 58. “A Woman of ___” 59. 1960 Grammy co-winner for the song “We’ve Got Us” 62. Alexander III, e.g. 64. “When General Grant Expelled the Jews” author Jonathan 65. Author Jonathan Safran ___ (“Everything is Illuminated) 66. Director Preminger 67. Contemptuous countenace 68. Cheese in Greek salads 69. “I __ You Now”: #1 Eddie Fisher hit Down 1. “Full,” on B’way 2. El Al’s competitor in the Tel AvivToronto route

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K’zohar Ha-Ivrit Z’man - time moves on By Dr. Rachel Zohar Dulin


t seems only yesterday that we marked the entrance of the year 2013. And now, it is already February! The winter vacationers are here and the seasonal change makes cognizant the fact that time passes rapidly. Indeed, tempus fugit. This raises the question: What is the Hebrew word for ‘time’ and does our culture recognize its rapid pace and enduring mark? The Hebrew Dr. Rachel Dulin noun for ‘time’ or ‘an appointed time’ is z’man, appearing eighteen times in the Bible. It was probably borrowed from the Akkadian word simanu meaning ‘fixed date’ or ‘time.’ The verb z.m.n, like in the Aramaic, means ‘make ready’ or ‘invite.’ The wisdom writer Kohelet encapsulated its meaning saying la-kol z’man, ‘everything has a fixed time’ in the world order (Ecc 3:1). In Classical Hebrew, z’man is used not only in reference to fixed time, but also to express tempo and duration. Indeed, many expressions are found where z’man is at the center. For example, in the prayer she-he-che-yanu, we thank God for sustaining us and keeping us alive and bringing us la-z’man ha-ze, ‘to this time.’ This is a very existential prayer recognizing that time is fixed and allotted. Also, names of holidays in our tradition echo the centrality of time. Z’man che-ru-tay-nu, ‘Time of Our Freedom,’ is the traditional name for Pesach. Z’man Ma-tan To-ra-taynu, ‘Time When Our Torah Was Given,’ is the name for Shavuot. And Z’man Sim-cha tay-nu, ‘The Time of Our Joy,’ is the name given to Sukkot. Moreover,

when one declares readiness to fulfill a mitzvah, the phrase hi-ne-ni mu-khan u-me-zu-man, ‘I am ready and timely prepared,’ is recited. Modern Hebrew incorporated many traditional phrases related to z’man. For example, hev-lay ha-z’man, means ‘the vapors of time,’ and refers to transient, unimportant matters of life. In that sense, the adjective z’mani also centers on temporal and unimportant issues. Other examples are biz-ma-no, meaning ‘in its time,’ kodem z’ma-no means ‘before its time,’ hiz-dam-nut means ‘an opportunity,’ ‘a chance’ and many more. We will end our short survey with the most common colloquial Hebrew phrase related to time. When Israelis declare an experience or a thing exceptional, they use the expression chaval al ha-z’man, literally meaning ‘pity the time’ or ‘do not waste time.’ In reality, they mean that the experience is awesome and beyond time’s description. It is interesting that not too many years ago, this very same phrase indicated the exact opposite; that is to say, ‘the experience is so bad, time should not be wasted on it.’ So we see that even in language z’man leaves its imprint. In short, z’man is at the core of life’s experience. Therefore, may we always have the hiz-dam-nut, the opportunity to enjoy each life’s event biz-ma-no, ‘in its allotted time.’ And may we heed the wise words of Kohelet, la-kol z’man, ‘everything has a fixed time’ in the world order, so that we experience life to the fullest. Dr. Rachel Zohar Dulin is a professor of biblical literature at Spertus College in Chicago and an adjunct professor of Hebrew and Bible at New College in Sarasota. She lectures and writes in the field of biblical literature.

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Challenges facing American and World Jewry By Sunny Brownrout, VP of Youth Education, Temple Sinai


abbi Rick Jacobs, the recently installed President of the Union for Reform Judaism, visited Temple B’nai Israel in Clearwater late November. All area congregations were invited to join Rabbi Jacobs in a conversation about our community, our successes and our challenges. Three members of Temple Sinai drove to Clearwater to participate in the event. Rabbi Jacobs did not disappoint. The discussion followed two main themes. The first was the status of Israel in light of the recent hostilities and the fragile cease fire. Rabbi Jacobs left his family at Thanksgiving and flew to Israel to lend his support to the Israeli people. He shared with us that he feels safer in Israel, even during periods of fighting, than he does anywhere else in the world. Rabbi Jacobs then asked those in attendance to offer their own thoughts on the greatest challenges facing American

and World Jewry. He listened to each of the mentioned concerns and discussed ways in which the challenges could be met. He advocates using social media to our advantage, especially in reaching out to college students and twenty- to thirty-year-olds. When asked how to encourage younger families to join temples in order to meet the challenges of declining membership and of continuity, Rabbi Jacobs discussed the necessity for changing the model now commonly used by most temples. He believes temples can no longer wait for members to join, but instead advocates reaching out and providing ways of meeting the needs of young families in order to encourage them to join a temple. He dismissed the term “unaffiliated,” preferring the term “uninspired” to describe Jewish families that do not affiliate with a temple. The evening proved to be exciting, informative and inspiring.

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February 2013


“The White Rose” group – a nation’s conscience

By Paul R. Bartrop, PhD, Professor of History & Director, Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies, Florida Gulf Coast University


y column this month is not about Jews, but about a few brave German kids and their philosophy professor, who, exactly 70 years ago, stood up to the might of the Third Reich in the name of decency. Calling themselves “The White Rose” (Die Weisse Rose), this was a group of anti-Nazi students organized mainly at the University of Munich in late 1942 and early 1943. Its leading members included Professor Kurt Huber, Hans Dr. Paul Bartrop Scholl and his sister Sophie, Willi Graf, Alexander Schmorell and Christoph Probst. Hans and Sophie, who were at the forefront of organizing the movement, joined their friends and their professor in order to publish and distribute a series of numbered leaflets campaigning for the overthrow of Nazism and the revival of a new Germany dedicated to the pursuit of goodness and founded on the purest of Christian values. Several of the male students involved in the movement had already undergone military service in the Soviet Union, and were thoroughly disgusted by the anti-human brutality and massive destruction they had seen while there.

The leaflets they wrote and distributed appealed to educated Germans, the White Rose members believing that such people should be intrinsically opposed to Nazism. Leaflet No. 1 asked the question, “Isn’t it true that every honest German is ashamed of his government these days? Who among us has any conception of the dimensions of shame that will befall us and our children when one day the veil has fallen from our eyes and the most horrible of crimes – crimes that infinitely outdistance every human measure – reach the light of day?” Building on this general statement, Leaflet No. 2 was more explicit regarding the unfolding Holocaust: “Since the conquest of Poland, three hundred thousand Jews have been murdered in this country in the most bestial way… The German people slumber on in their dull, stupid sleep and encourage these fascist criminals… Each man wants to be exonerated of a guilt of this kind, each one continues on his way with the most placid, the calmest conscience. But he cannot be exonerated; he is guilty, guilty, guilty!” At first, the leaflets were sent out rather than hand delivered; no mean feat for a group possessing little in the way of money, a printing press or paper. By January 1943, however, the White Rose produced several thousand

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ewish American Heritage Month (JAHM), a national commemoration of the contributions that American Jews have made to the fabric of our nation’s history, culture and society, announces the theme for the May 2013 celebration – American Jews in Entertainment. Entertainment is among the many industries to which Jews have contributed in far greater proportion than their numbers would suggest. The 2013 theme is intended to explore how and why. The history of American mass entertainment and the history of the Jewish people in the United States are inextricably intertwined. Immigrant Jewish entrepreneurs or their sons (like Sam Goldwyn, Jack and Harry Warner, Louis B. Mayer) were integral to the creation of Hollywood. Jews were once the heads simultaneously of the three major American television networks: William Paley at CBS, David Sarnoff at NBC and Leonard Goldenson at ABC. Jews now comprise about two percent of the nation’s population. Yet, today, about two-thirds of leading TV and movie producers are estimated to be Jewish, and thus the impact of Jews upon the nation’s popular culture has been immeasurable. The list of names of Jews in entertainment is too vast to include here. A few examples of Jews who have provided Broadway and Hollywood with some of their most enduring talent include playwrights like Arthur Miller,

Wendy Wasserstein and Tony Kushner; directors like Jerome Robbins, Billy Wilder, Woody Allen and Steven Spielberg; composers like Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim; and performers like Gertrude Berg, the Marx Brothers, John Garfield, Lenny Bruce, Dustin Hoffman, Jerry Seinfeld and Barbra Streisand. Conversely, show business has provided Jews with a means of upward mobility, a model for how to “become American,” and a source of ethnic pride. In order to assist communities in celebrating JAHM, beginning in January, the JAHM website, www.jahm. us, will be updated with educational resource materials related to the theme American Jews in Entertainment. Also in January, the JAHM website rolls out “Speaking of American Jewish Heritage,” an online resource listing speakers, musicians, artists and authors whose area of expertise is American Jewish heritage and history. Special emphasis will be given to American Jews in Entertainment. Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM) is a national month of recognition of the more than 350-year history of Jewish contributions to American culture, celebrated in May. JAHM acknowledges the achievements of Jewish Americans in fields ranging from sports and arts and entertainment to medicine, business, science, government and military service.

copies of Leaflet No. 5 using a handcranked duplicating machine. Through couriers and trusted runners, copies began to appear in cities all over Germany and Austria. These leaflets warned that Hitler was leading Germany toward ruin, and that defeat was highly likely. Readers were urged to “Support the resistance movement!” in the struggle for “Freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and protection of the individual citizen from the arbitrary action of criminal dictator-states.” In mid-February 1943, the White Rose arranged a small anti-Nazi demonstration, their ideals inspiring them to more and more acts of daring such as running through the halls of the University of Munich, scattering leaflets condemning the Nazis in the hallways, and throwing them from the second and third-floor balconies. On February 18, 1943, Hans and Sophie were reported to the Gestapo by a building superintendent. Arrested along with Christoph Probst and the others, they were brought before the People’s Court (Volksgericht), and on February 22, 1943, Hans, Sophie and Christoph were found guilty of treason, sentenced to death, and executed by beheading the same day. After a later trial, Dr. Huber, Willi Graf and Alexander Schmorell met the same fate, while

other White Rose members were sentenced to various terms of imprisonment. After the defeat of the Nazis, the story of the White Rose spread, and in death they became both an inspiration to free-thinking peoples everywhere. They also offered rehabilitation – of sorts – for the German nation’s inaction to offer any kind of worthwhile opposition to the excesses of the Nazi regime. It is worth reflecting today that when confronted by tyranny of a most horrible and obnoxious kind, a teacher and a group of his students, barely in their 20s, took on the most powerful presence in Europe at the pinnacle of its power (the same month saw the German surrender at Stalingrad, and the start of Nazi Germany’s demise). In this, the 70th anniversary of the martyrdom of the White Rose, it is incumbent on all of us to remember their sacrifice, when, acting without personal interest or self-aggrandizement, they sought a better world, for the good of all mankind, in the face of almost certain death. The students of the White Rose are about all that can be pointed to as any sort of movement from within the German people themselves. Their example shines as a tiny light within the murderous dark that was the Third Reich.

500 hear Brigitte Gabriel’s gripping personal story By Len Steinberg


ponsors Dr. Norman and Hannah Weinberg, along with co-Chairs Mort and Bunny Skirboll, welcomed Brigitte Gabriel to the stage last month at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota. Ms. Gabriel was a powerful, organized and mobilized voice against radical Islam. She greeted the crowd of more than 500 with enthusiasm, and then launched into the same gripping personal story she has told in hundreds of churches, synagogues and conference rooms across the United States.

Guest speaker Brigitte Gabriel (center) with Development co-Chairs Susan BensonSteenbarger and Bruce Udell

One audience member stated, “Her story gave me chills. Knowing that one person could be touched in an instant so profoundly that she devotes her entire life to that moment is incredible.” Her defining moment came on 9/11. As she and her family watched the continuing TV coverage of the towers falling, her young daughter asked her the same question she asked her father on the day they were attacked by terrorists in Lebanon. “Why are they doing this to us?” She found herself responding with the same answer her father gave her those many years ago. “They hate us and want to kill us because they think we are infidels.” From that day on, Ms. Gabriel has dedicated her life to fighting Islamic terrorism and its infiltration into America and the West. After her lecture, she signed her two books and mingled with intrigued audience members. Photos by Cliff Roles

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February 2013

The cat that ate the cannoli – Tales from Jewish Italy From the Bimah Rabbi Barbara Aiello Congregation Ner Tamid


uring the warm summer months, our little synagogue in Bella Italia springs to life. Both my home and the synagogue are located in the tiny village of Serrastretta in the Calabria Mountains, near the “toe” of the Italian “boot.” Throughout the late spring and early summer we welcome Bar and Bat Mitzvah families from

around the world – families who want to give their children an understanding that there are places on the planet where it’s not easy to be Jewish. A visit to the synagogue, Ner Tamid del Sud (The Eternal Light of the South), makes the point. As the first and only active synagogue in the south of Italy since Inquisition times, the shul offers a pluralistic approach to Judaism in that we are open and welcoming to Jews of all backgrounds, especially the B’nei Anousim, Italians whose Jewish roots go back centuries to the time when they were forced into Christian conversion. This past summer we had the honor and delight to welcome eight Bar and Bat Mitzvah families from Italy and the United States. All of us, including many of our local members, kvelled as children from California, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Rome, Naples and Jamaica read from our antique Torah

scroll that dates back to 1783. In Italy we have a saying, “i quattro gatti” – “The Four Cats,” which is used to describe a very under-attended event. For example, someone might ask, “So how was the turnout for the lecture?” If there were fewer participants than expected, the response might be, “Ci sono stati quattro gatti.” – “There were four cats.” Back in 2006 when we first began, we were the synagogue “di quattro gatti,” the synagogue of “the four cats,” in more ways than one. In the early days, we worked hard to help local Italians discover and embrace their Jewish roots and slowly, very slowly, residents of our village and surrounding towns began to want to learn more about their ancient Jewish heritage. Some Shabbat mornings we hosted five or six congregants and there were services where it was difficult to make a minyan. Sinagoga Ner Tamid del Sud began as the synagogue of “the four cats.” And then there is the fact that, yes indeed, we really do have four cats! There’s Toppi, Tillie, Tommasina and Tigrino, all of whom welcome our local and international guests to the shul. Our Bar and Bat Mitzvah boys and girls are delighted with our friendly critters and when Domenico, the local photographer, arrives to shoot the family photos, most of them want at least one picture

with the cats. So that’s how it was when Maddy and her family from California came to Serrastretta for her Bat Mitzvah ceremony. All was going well until just before the Torah service. That’s when Maddy got the giggles. We all looked in Maddy’s direction to see what tickled her so and then we saw him. There was the black cat, Toppi, perched on the oneg table, holding one of our cannolis in his mouth, wiggling it Groucho Marx style, like he was smoking a cigar! Later on, as we made kiddush under the grape arbor, Maddy mused that becoming Bat Mitzvah in Italy was truly a unique experience. She was touched that she stood on a mountain top in a tiny synagogue with Italians who want so much to be Jewish that some of them had traveled hundreds of kilometers just to share the service with her. “And not only that,” Maddy said. “I’ll bet I’m the only Bat Mitzvah girl who shared her day with the cat that ate the cannoli!” Rabbi Barbara Aiello is the Rabbinic Advisor at Congregation Ner Tamid in Bradenton, and the resident rabbi of Kobernick House and Anchin Pavilion, the Jewish senior residence in Sarasota. In the summer she returns to Italy as rabbi of Sinagoga Ner Tamid del Sud, the first active synagogue in southern Italy since Inquisition times.

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Europe and Israel

By David Harris, Executive Director, AJC, December 18, 2012 In October, AJC was invited to write a monthly op-ed for El País, the best known newspaper in Spain and left-of-center in its orientation. Here is the most recent piece, “Europe and Israel,” in the English original. That invitation was important for us, as Spain is one of the EU’s six most populous countries. It was also significant because El País is widely read throughout Latin America, thus further enhancing its clout. This is our third op-ed in the paper this fall. Impressively, the last one, on Israel and Gaza, received more than 2,000 Facebook “likes” on the El País website, a high response rate for such a piece. AJC has built a multimedia, multilingual communications program, as befits a global agency today. This is one vivid example.


uropeans often express frustration that they are not more involved in seeking to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Given the geographical proximity and financial support for Palestinian development, Europeans wonder why their political role is so circumscribed. The answer, I believe, lies in a widespread Israeli belief that Europe too often gives short shrift to Jerusalem’s concerns. Take, for example, the UN General Assembly vote on November 29 to upgrade the Palestinians to non-member observer state status in the world body. Despite strenuous objections from Jerusalem (and Washington) that such a move would deal a setback to reviving the peace process, reward the Palestinians for bypassing the negotiating table, and undermine the 1993 Oslo Accords, 14 EU countries, including Spain, opted to support the gambit. Only the Czech Republic voted against. But if I had to choose just one EU capital to oppose the measure,

Prague would have been it. No other EU country has such a long record of outspoken support for the creation of a Jewish state, dating back almost a century to the legendary President Thomas Masaryk and interrupted only in the communist era. Moreover, given its own history, the Czech Republic uniquely understands Israel’s vulnerability. After all, in 1938, Britain and France sacrificed then Czechoslovakia in a vain effort to satisfy the Third Reich. Instead, of course, Berlin’s appetite was only whetted, leading to the devastation of the Second World War. Had the EU abstained as a group on the UN vote, as some member countries wished, it would have sent a more balanced message, but, led by France, that was not to be. Or consider the EU’s unwillingness to add Hezbollah to its list of terrorist organizations. Here is an organization that has been implicated in repeated murderous plots, from Latin America to Asia, from Europe to the Middle East.

Yet, years have passed since the issue was first raised in Brussels and nothing has happened. Now, we are told, everything hinges on the Bulgarian investigation of the deadly attack in July that killed six people. But why should that become the linchpin, as if there were not already reams of evidence of terrorist involvement, not to mention repeated threats to incinerate Israel? And in recent days, there have been reports of four EU nations – Denmark, Finland, Ireland and Portugal – seeking to block an EU statement that included condemnation of the incendiary comments of Khalid Mashaal, the Hamas chief. Here is an excerpt of his remarks earlier this month: “Today is Gaza. Tomorrow will be Ramallah and after that Jerusalem, then Haifa and Jaffa.” Only the intervention of Germany and, again, the Czech Republic ensured rejection of this hateful rhetoric reiterating Hamas’ oft-stated desire to wipe Israel off the map. If the EU cannot recognize Hezbollah as a terrorist group, and has difficulty condemning eliminationist remarks by the Hamas leader, how can Israel have confidence in a greater European role? If the EU truly wants to increase that role, let it first show more sensitivity to Israel’s unenviable security position – in both words and deeds. After all, in any peace process leading to a two-state agreement, Israel, two-thirds the size of Belgium, would be asked to take unprecedented risks for

peace. Europe needs to ask how it can help mitigate those risks. Seeing terrorist groups for what they really are is one way. So is exploring seriously what could be the EU role “the day after” any peace accord, insofar as Israel’s security is concerned. Recent events in the Arab world underscore once again the dangers in the area. Syria’s deadly violence may be a matter of concern to the EU, to be sure, but Damascus shares a border with Israel. So do Hezbollah-dominated Lebanon and Hamas-dominated Gaza, as do Muslim Brotherhood-ruled Egypt and the increasingly lawless Sinai. Meanwhile, the West Bank is ruled by the Palestinian Authority, which makes an art form of sending mixed signals – one day calling for peace talks, the next day refusing to condemn Hamas-fired missiles at Israel and then seeking reconciliation with the group, whose covenant explicitly calls for Israel’s annihilation. That is the regrettable reality of Israel’s neighborhood. It is a far cry from Spain’s or Sweden’s. And the overlay of Jewish history makes it still starker. After all, as a people of memory, the Jews recall that, more than once, those who called for our elimination tried to implement it, whether in the Middle East or Europe. By showing more sensitivity to Israel’s unique situation, Europe would be doing the right thing – and, no doubt, earning itself a greater role in the political process. For more information, visit

The two-state option has run its course By Gene Sipe, VP Southwest Florida Chapter ZOA


f one were to apply a single attribute to Zionists, in one word, it would be “hope.” Zionists remain optimistic even after the world, through the UN, reaffirmed that international rule is a sword wielded by dictators, and granted statehood to terrorists disregarding its own edicts, while blatantly ignoring the massacre of innocents. By the time you read this, the Israeli election will have concluded and the building of a coalition will be in process. Regardless of the determination of the Prime Minister for the next term, one thing that can be reasonably predicted is that the next government of Israel will be shaped by young Israelis. Zionism was the source of young energy that built a thriving Israel, and Zionism in young Israelis continues to be the spark of hope that Israel’s next government will utilize to contend with the numerous challenges facing the state. The majority of the leadership of Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) is under 40. The newly formed Calcala (Economy) party strongly appeals to the under-30 voter. Both will have significant influence on the new coalition. Young Israelis have seen the unsatisfactory results of appeasement diplomacy and are concluding that the two-state solution has run its course. Land for peace was effective while there was land available without jeopardizing the very existence of the state, however, like every con-

sumption principle, there is a point of diminishing returns. Arab leadership has no interest or desire to let go of victim status because it is their best and last international bargaining chip. They continue to use this approach to whittle away at the Israeli resolve while garnering additional world support. As Israel reaches the “red line” for its continued existence, history demonstrates that the Arab world will once again step up the violence against them. Israel’s title to the state and right of self-determination is firmly established in international law. Regardless of the doctrine of right of conquest, which was the rule of international law at the time of the forming of the state, there also exists the more contemporary doctrine of the international treaty by virtue

of the Balfour Declaration. It reaffirmed the 1920 San Remo Resolution and then the 1922 Mandate of the League of Nations. That mandate states that no territory shall be ceded or leased to, or in any way placed under the control of the Government of any foreign Power. Israel has proven to unquestionably uphold the most humanitarian rule of engagement in the history of mankind. Its survival, however, requires that it clearly demonstrate that it will continue to be humanitarian while being stalwartly willing to defend itself. The new makeup of the Knesset will tend toward a strong belief in peace through strength. As this reality comes to be public policy, it will be determined that the Palestinian Arabs must lose their capacity to fight in order to establish a normalized life for both

Israelis and Arabs. The Arab right to a state within Israel does not legally exist. It is becoming increasingly evident to young Israeli voters that their survival is dependent upon a unified show of strength. For the Palestinian Arabs, they must be forced to look beyond the borders of Israel if they intend to pursue independence. At the same time, Israeli Arabs can and should come to understand that their lives will be far better than those of anyone else in the Arab world if they choose to live peacefully within Israel.

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The power to make a difference for others Education Corner

By Laura Freedman itzvah is defined as a commandment; something that we, the Jewish people, are commanded. The lesson of doing a mitzvah is an important lesson that should be taught from an early age. In the setting of a Jewish Early Childhood School or Religious School, it should be considered an important aspect for the foundation of living a life “Jewishly.” Jewish children attending Jewish


preschools begin to learn at a very early age that they should be kind to others, that they should do nice things for others, and that they should give to others. They learn this in the context of their immediate world around them. They are taught to treat their classmates kindly and comfort a friend when they need it. It is not just a nice thing to do, but rather it is what we are obligated to do. Children engage in behaviors such as giving tzedakah. Teachers instruct the children to give tzedakah to help other people in need. They learn this in the context of those outside their immediate friends and families. As students get older, many schools share information with their classes about different organizations that help others. The boys

and girls learn about ways to donate and be kind to people in need that they do not already know. And the lesson of doing good deeds expands beyond those in their lives. Outside the classroom, Mitzvah Projects are another way to instill the awareness of mitzvah to children, teens and adults. These projects can be conducted by individuals or by a group to help one learn about the commandment. For example, our school chose to do a Trike-a-thon to raise funds to benefit a children’s research hospital. The students learned about working toward a goal to instill the importance of volunteerism. It taught them that they have the power to make a difference for someone outside themselves.

Within the Jewish community there are always ways to perform mitzvot. Many synagogues celebrate a Mitzvah Day organized by their Social Action Committees. This event draws in all ages to participate in their obligation to do “good.” It involves the Religious School students, Youth Group teens, parents and other congregants. This is an example of every generation working and helping others. It exemplifies Jewish values and the foundation of a Jewish life. We, the Jewish people, are obligated to do “good” things and be “good” people. Laura Freedman is the Director of Early Childhood Education at The Gan at Temple Sinai

2012-13 day school enrollment data demonstrate stability and commitment


he question raised frequently in the press, at board meetings and around Shabbat tables across the country has been how the recent and lingering economic crisis is affecting day school enrollments. Since 2009 there have been widespread predictions of significant enrollment decline, including in the Modern Orthodox sector. Just-released research by Dr. Marvin Schick provides 2011-12 enrollment data for all schools outside the yeshiva world and Chassidic sectors. While the data (see chart at right)

provide but a snapshot of the day school enrollment situation, they indicate that day school enrollment has remained fairly stable, despite the continued stresses of the economy. This year’s essentially flat enrollment suggests that, on the whole, day schools have thus far weathered the economic crisis, notwithstanding the strains on both parents and scholarship budgets. “We once again thank Dr. Schick for his work in providing important information on day school enrollment.

The data is heartening in that it demonstrates quite clearly that despite the economic difficulties of the past three years, parents see the value proposition in day

schools as outweighing the economic burden,” says Arthur Fried, Chairman of The AVI CHAI Foundation. Source:

CAMERA offers media workshops for Hillel Birthright Israel student participants


elect Hillels are teaming with the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) to help U.S. college students better recognize and counter news media inaccuracies and bias regarding Israel. The relationship grew from a pilot project with Princeton, Michigan State, the State University of New York at Binghamton, the University of Southern California, Cornell and Drexel, and is being expanded as a result of private donations to Hillel through Taglit-Birthright Israel. “In Spring 2012, we began a new

program adding a CAMERA component to several Hillel-sponsored Taglit-Birthright Israel trips,” said Aviva Slomich, CAMERA’s director of student programming. “This consists of a session with CAMERA’s Israel staff reviewing case studies of error or slanting in press coverage of Israel and the Middle East. Post trip follow-up meetings are held once students return from their Birthright experience to learn more about media monitoring techniques and CAMERA resources.” The pilot projects generate enthusiasm, allowing students to transfer the

excitement they feel while in Israel into a continuing and productive activism. “We are impressed with the students’ desire for a deeper understanding of the Arab-Israeli conflict and their commitment to correcting misleading media reports,” said Slomich. Components of the post-trip follow-up include interactive writing workshops, expert speakers, discussion of campus networking to oppose antiIsrael campaigns, and distribution of CAMERA monographs and magazines. CAMERA is the non-partisan, 65,000-member, Boston-based moni-

College Democrats, Republicans sign Letter of Solidarity

tor of news and other media coverage and analysis of Arab-Israeli issues in particular, Middle East coverage in general. It has members in 13 countries and websites in Hebrew and Spanish as well as English. CAMERA holds news and other communications media to journalistic standards of objectivity, accuracy, balance, context and comprehensiveness. It takes no political position on potential negotiated solutions to Arab-Israeli conflicts.

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By Ilana Levinson, Israel Campus Beat Reporter, December 12, 2012


residents and executive board members of College Democrats of America and the College Republican National Committee have come together to sign a Letter of Solidarity with Israel. The Letter of Solidarity with Israel expresses both groups’ unwavering support of Israel’s right to defend its citizens against terror as well as its right to exist as a Jewish and democratic state. “We express unwavering commitment to the security of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state with secure borders, and recognize and strongly support its inherent right to act

in self-defense to protect its citizens against acts of terrorism,” the letter states. “As a bipartisan group of student leaders committed to Israel’s security, we express our solidarity with Israel during this deeply challenging period and denounce the reprehensible and indiscriminate rocket attacks launched by Hamas and Islamic Jihad against innocent Israeli citizens.” Alex Schriver, national chairman of the College Republican National Committee, said the letter was a way for both groups to come together and stand with a cause that they believe in.

“The idea behind this letter is one that both groups shared,” he said. “It was a unique opportunity to come together to support one issue that we both care about.” Schriver noted that it was not difficult for both groups to collaborate on the letter, because both groups consider Israel’s security to be a bipartisan topic that aligns with the values of both organizations. These individuals have attended AIPAC’s Policy Conference and/or traveled to Israel as part of AIPAC’s bipartisan student leadership missions. The letter was drafted last spring when

leaders of the College Republican National Committee and College Democrats of America were together in Israel. However, leaders of both organizations decided that with the recent Pillar of Defense campaign in Gaza and the Palestinian bid for Observer State Status at the United Nations, now would be an appropriate time to show that American college students support Israel’s right to self determination and self defense. Visit for the latest Israel trends and events on campus.

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Paver Religious School observes Hanukkah


aver Religious School students partook in several opportunities to celebrate Hanukkah at Temple Beth Sholom. On December 14, over 200 people feasted on traditional latkes during the Family Shabbat meal, presented just after Friday night services. The giant menorah on the temple lawn was lit for the community to enjoy. During religious school, the students used clay to create Hanukkah menorahs, dreidels and other Judaica items. The students were thrilled to receive

the Sisterhood’s annual gift of gelt and dreidels. At the culmination of the festivities, parents joined their children in the chapel for a special Hanukkah service led by Hazzan Jeffrey Weber and the sixth grade stuNoah Knego works on dents. Hazzan a Hanukkah craft at Paver Religious School Weber directed

the children in a round of the Ladino song Ocho Kandelikahs. The Chalutzim, Kadima and USY youth groups for students in third grade through high school each held additional Hanukkah celebrations. While feast-

ing on jelly doughnuts, the children played the traditional dreidel game and human tic tac toe, and found gelt in a pile of whipped cream with their hands tied behind their backs.

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Interfaith families welcome Hanukkah at special celebration


oung Jewish and interfaith families celebrated the first night of Hanukkah with candle lighting, blessings and songs, holiday foods, and plenty of bouncing at the annual Interfaith Family Hanukkah Party on December 8 at BounceU. Hosted by Temple Emanu-El and sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JFCS), Jewish

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in 12 hours! When: February 9, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. – February 10 at 9:00 a.m. Where: Jewish Federation Campus, 580 McIntosh Road, Sarasota For the first time, all of Sarasota’s youth groups will put on a joint event for the entire community! Whether you’re in uSy, nFTy, BByo, or are looking to get involved in local youth groups, this is an event not to be missed! highlights to look forward to: havdalah, dinner, games, activities, bagel breakfast, meeting new friends, and fun!

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February 2013

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45th Stanley & Janice Weintraub Temple Sinai 30th Frank & Marilyn Wagner Temple Beth Sholom

25th David & Shelley Simson Temple Beth Sholom 10th Beth & Jay Vandroff Temple Emanu-El


Moses Glickman, son of Rabbis Elaine and Brenner Glickman, February 2, Temple Emanu-El Jazmyn Pardo, daughter of Andrew Pardo, February 2, Temple Sinai Alena Barwick, daughter of Dan and Alla Barwick, February 9, Temple Emanu-El Michael Miller, son of Scott and Lori Miller, February 9, Temple Beth Sholom Jacob Smith, son of Hal and Dina Smith, February 9, Temple Beth Sholom Jessica Apatow, daughter of Jackie and Maury Apatow, February 16, Temple Emanu-El Max Lasday, son of Stephen and Renae Lasday, February 16, Temple Sinai Richelle Miller, daughter of Richard and Michelle Miller, February 23, Temple Beth Sholom

Moses Glickman

Jazmyn Pardo

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Alan Berg, 81, of Bradenton, formerly of NY, Dec. 25 Robert K. Greenfield, 97, of Sarasota, Dec. 29 Joel Hart, 97, of Plano, TX, formerly of Sarasota, Dec. 2 Leslie Stotter Holdstein, 84, Sarasota, formerly of Shaker Heights, OH, Dec. 9 Marian Lowenhaupt Klein, 90, of Sarasota, Dec. 23 Norman L. Kreisman, 87, of Sarasota, Dec. 26 Rudy K. Meiselman, 86, of Longboat Key, formerly of Providence & Narragansett, RI, Dec. 27 Sara Gould Siegel, 72, of Sarasota, Nov. 15 Lee Jaffe Swartz, 88, of Sarasota, Dec. 23 Lester Tennenbaum, 85, of Ellenton, formerly of Chicago, IL, Dec. 11 Pauline White, 85, of Venice, Dec. 1


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February 2013 - Shevat/Adar 5773

Volume 43, Number 2

Jewish Happenings fridAY, February 1

sunDAY, february 3

Italian dinner and Tot Shabbat

Chabad of Sarasota Club 770 Men’s Club Breakfast

Join Rabbi Huntting and Chazzan Abramson for a music-filled interactive experience at 5:30 p.m. at Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. Geverat Laura will share a story; the service will be followed by a tasty Italian dinner. The cost for the meal is $9 for adults and $3 for kids. RSVP to Laura at 941.926.9462 or

Enjoy the best kosher breakfast in Sarasota, including scrambled eggs and onions, bagels, lox and cream cheese, and whitefish salad. Afterwards, Dr. Isaac Barpal, Chief Technology Officer (ret.) for Westinghouse Electric Corporation and AlliedSignal, will address “The Energy Crisis: Reality or Myth?” The 9:00 a.m. program follows the 8:00 a.m. morning minyan at Chabad of Sarasota, 7700 Beneva Road. Men and women are welcome. Cost: $5 for Club 770 members; $8 for nonmembers. RSVP to Kelly at 941.925.0770. For a schedule of all Club 770 events, visit

saturdAY, February 2 Kabbalah/Zohar at Kol HaNeshama

“Walking the Bible”

Dr. Arnie Binderman will be teaching Kabbalah and Learning to Read the Zohar, discussing the multiple approaches to Jewish mystical experience, and how to decode the Zohar. For those fortunate enough to have studied with Arnie before, no introduction is necessary; for first time students of this series of classes, you are in for an intellectual treat. Bring your questions. This free class takes place on Saturdays, February 2 and 16 from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. (before Shabbat service) at Kol HaNeshama, 3145 Southgate Circle, Sarasota. You do not need to reserve a seat, but if you want more information, email Arnie Binderman at or call the Kol HaNeshama office at 941.244.2042.

Join Rabbi Barbara Aiello for an interactive adult workshop based upon Bruce Feiler’s award-winning book, Walking the Bible. Participants will interact with a giant 15-foot map of Israel as they follow Abraham’s journey to the Promised Land. Learn how Abraham accomplished his remarkable mission through a creative hands-on experience. This workshop takes place from 10:00 a.m. to noon at Congregation Ner Tamid, The Lodge, 4802 B 26th St. W., Bradenton. Cost: $10. To register, call 941.755.1231 or email

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Super speaker and Supper Bowl party J Street and Temple Sinai present Dr. Gershon Baskin, Founder of the Israel Palestine Center for Research and Information. Dr. Baskin was the veteran peace activist who was instrumental in creating the breakthrough that brought abducted soldier Gilad Schalit home safely after being held for over five years in captivity. Dr. Baskin will share the details and fascinating story of the secret and direct channels of talk that were held with Hamas. This free event is open to the public and begins at 3:00 p.m. at Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. A Supper Bowl party will follow the presentation. Cost of the dinner is $20. RSVP to 941.924.1802.

New to the Federation?

Association of Professional Jewish Artists Dinner

& Jewish Book Festival with rich cohen, author of The Fish That Ate the Whale

The Association of Professional Jewish Artists (APJA) Dinner is open to local Jewish artists and takes place at 4:00 p.m. in a reserved room at Perkins Restaurant, 5921 Fruitville Road, Sarasota (near I-75). APJA is a coalition of Jewish artists from various fields of art (visual, literary and performing). Let’s network, socialize and focus on our creativity by planning events for exhibitions and performances. Everyone pays for their own dinner. Space is limited. RSVP to Ellen Goldberg Tishman at or Kim Sheintal at 941.302.1433.

Newcomers receptioN

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Led by Tuvia Natkin, who has been teaching Torah for more than 30 years, this course is a discussion of our personal relationship with Torah, with God, and with each other. One participant of Tuvia’s class said, “This is the class I’ve been waiting for my whole life.” This is an ongoing class that you may join at any session. This month, classes take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Mondays, February 4, 11, 18 and 25, at the home of Julia Atlas in Pelican Cove. Please call the Kol HaNeshama office at 941.244.2042 first as Pelican Cove is a gated community. Course cost: $36 for members; $50 for nonmembers. For more information, email Arnie Binderman at

Extraordinary Holocaust Films - Out of the Ashes Presented by the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism (CHJ), this madefor-TV docudrama deals with the moral choices made by Dr. Gisella Perl, who was incarcerated in Auschwitz. Was she an angel or a Nazi collaborator? The discussion following the screening will be led by Irene Mirkovic, Holocaust Museum docent and Lifelong Learning Academy instructor. The event begins at 1:30 p.m. at Unity, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota. Free for CHJ members; $5 for nonmembers. For more information, call 941.929.7771 or visit

Special author event: Bullied Carrie Goldman (pictured), author of Bullied: What every parent, teacher and kid needs to know about ending the cycle of fear, has seen the insidious effects of bullying firsthand, and offers specific advice on how to help children respond to bullies. This event is sponsored by Jewish Family & Children’s Service, Temple Beth Sholom and Goldie Feldman Academy, and begins at 6:30 p.m. at Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota. Cost: $15 per person; $25 for two. For more information, call Stacy at 941.366.2224 x142.

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Based on a Jewish approach to mourning and healing the soul, the Bereavement Support group is scheduled for four consecutive Tuesdays, through February 26. Each session has its own topic such as the normal process of grief, a roadmap for healing, the role of prayer, how to keep memories alive, and finally, healing. Sessions run from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. They are facilitated by Susan Finkelstein, RN, MAS, JFCS Jewish Healing Coordinator, and Rabbi Brenner Glickman. No fee, but pre-registration is required. For information and registration, contact Susan Finkelstein at 941.366.2224 x166 or

LIVE from NY’s 92nd St Y – Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor with Thane Rosenbaum The appointment of Sonia Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Court electrified the nation. The first Hispanic Justice on the high court, and a Latina with a compelling life story – raised in a Bronx housing project, educated at Princeton and Yale, worked as a Manhattan prosecutor and then a federal judge – she already possessed a sterling legal career before becoming perhaps the most recognizable face on the Supreme Court. The event begins at 8:00 p.m. at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key. Cost: $5 (free for TBI members). For more information, contact the TBI office at or 941.383.3428.

Save the Date!

Women’s Passover Celebration Wed., March 6, 2013

Michael’s On East at 6:00 pm Featuring Julie Silver Questions? Contact Ilene Fox at

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THURsDAY, february 7

Temple Emanu-El’s “Lunch with the Rabbi”

“Lunch with the Rabbi” returns to Lakewood Ranch

This popular monthly program of lunch, dessert, stimulating conversation and friendly socializing continues. The first Wednesday of the month brings temple members and many community guests together for this lunchtime discussion of current events or other subjects of Jewish interest with Rabbi Brenner J. Glickman. Attendees are asked to bring a brown-bag lunch and are also welcome to bring a newspaper article or suggested topic for discussion. Homemade desserts and enjoyable company are provided. This free event begins at noon at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. For more information, call 941.371.2788.

By popular demand, one of Temple Emanu-El’s most popular monthly programs returns to Lakewood Ranch! All are welcome to this special session of “Lunch with the Rabbi.” An hour-long program of friendly socializing and stimulating conversation with Rabbi Brenner Glickman, “Lunch with the Rabbi” offers the opportunity for both casual mingling and serious discussion about current events and topics of Jewish interest. Attendees are asked to bring a brown-bag lunch; delicious homemade desserts are provided. This free event begins at 1:00 p.m. at Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. (north of University Parkway). For more information, call 941.371.2788.

TBS’s Interesting Lives Series – Lauren Rudd Lauren Rudd is a syndicated columnist with the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, President of Rudd International, Inc., and member of the Temple Beth Sholom board. He will speak about his family’s involvement in the founding of ORT and about his interesting experiences as the owner and operator of local radio station WSRQ. The program, which is open to the public and free of charge, begins at 1:15 p.m. at Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota. For more information, contact Judy Lebowich at 941.371.4686 or

A German Life by Bernd Wollschlaeger, M.D. Sponsored by

Bernd Wollschlaeger, MD, FAAFP was born, raised and educated in Germany, immigrated to Israel, served in the Israel Defense Forces, and now lives in Miami, and is a practicing family physician and author. He says, “I needed to express what compelled me to dramatically change my life. I finally had to explore the relationship with my father and how it was overshadowed by the Holocaust. I decided to break the wall of silence and tell them the truth about me.” This lecture is free and open to the public, and takes place from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on the USF Sarasota Campus, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Reserve online at or call Jeremy Lisitza at 941.343.2113.

Danziger-Polejes Book Club The SaBra Chapter of Hadassah book club will meet at 1:00 p.m. at the home of Ruth Beck. The book to be discussed is The Glass Room by Simon Mawer. RSVP to Ruth at 941.907.3889.

Children of Aging Parents Support Group South Sarasota County This support group offers emotional support, affirmation, understanding and socialization as well as assistance with community resources for individuals who are serving as caregivers for aging parents, a spouse or other family members. Funded through a grant from the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. The group meets from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the South County Human Services Center, 6919 Outreach Way, North Port, and is facilitated by Nicole Ziemba, BSW, Sarasota CARES Coordinator. It also meets at the same place and time on Thursday, February 21. No fee, but pre-registration is required. For information and registration, call the Caregiver Helpline at 941.364.7560.

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JEWISH HAPPENINGS THURsDAY, february 7 N’shei Chabad Women improv event As Purim signifies both happiness and great miracles, N’shei Chabad Women will gather at 7:30 p.m. for an improv workshop led by expert drama teacher Vivien Kalvaria. This will be followed by “Finding Miracles in Our Lives,” an opportunity for participants to share personal miracles. Hamentashen will be served, and participants will make hamentashen to enjoy at home. This event is free for members and $5 for nonmembers, and takes place at Chabad of Sarasota, 7700 Beneva Road. Event chairs Sadie Laufer, Vivien Kalvaria and Jodi Bloom encourage all women to join. RSVP at 941.925.0770.

Jewish Women’s Circle presents “Kugels Galore!” Choose from three different homemade kugels and whip one up in no time flat. Let the aroma permeate your home as you learn the secret behind making the perfect kugel. Delicious samples to taste! Also, learn about connecting with the Queen Esther within. The fun starts at 7:30 p.m. at Chabad of Venice, 2169 S. Tamiami Trail. Cost: $10 for JWC members; $12 for non-JWC members ($36 to join; membership includes a beautifully bound cookbook with all the recipes presented throughout the year). For more information, contact Chaya Rivka Schmerling at 941.493.2770 or

Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, author of I Shall Not Hate The Herman & Sally Boxser Diversity Initiative presents Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, the author of I Shall Not Hate and founder of the Daughters for Life Foundation. Dr. Abuelaish is a leader in efforts to bring Jews, Muslims and Christians together in Israel and Palestine. This program is sponsored by Embracing our Differences, Florida Studio Theatre and The Herman & Sally Boxser Diversity Initiative. Free and open to the public, this event begins at 7:30 p.m. at Temple Beth Sholom, 1051 S. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota. Dinner, catered by Michael’s On East, at 6:00 p.m. is $50 per person. Please call 941.552.2780 for dinner reservations or more information.

friDAY, february 8 Goings on at the Gan Breakfast Join Laura Freedman, Directory of Early Childhood Education of The Gan at Temple Sinai, to learn all about the summer Camp Gan program and offerings for the 2013-2014 school year. Temple Sinai (4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota) has a NAC accredited school, with an outstanding staff and curriculum housed in a modern facility. Breakfast will be provided at the event, which begins at 9:30 a.m. RSVP to 941.926.9462.

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...about the Affordable Care Act? The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee, in partnership with Doctors for America, will present an informational and educational forum for the community to answer questions and help you get the most from your health care plan. Event partners include: Jewish Family & Children’s Service, Peace and Justice Team from the First Congregational United Church of Christ, Planned Parenthood, Skin Mart, Temple Sinai, The Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, Kobernick - Anchin and WSLR.

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BNC book and author luncheon Join Brandeis National Committee (BNC), Sarasota Chapter, for a delicious lunch, followed by a discussion of the book Nice Girls Finish Fat by Karen R. Koenig, LCSW, M.Ed. An author of four books on eating and weight, Karen will teach us how to eat “normally,” end emotional eating, and make changes in our lives to put ourselves first. She will sign books. The event begins at 11:00 a.m. at University Park Country Club, 7671 The Park Boulevard, University Park. The cost is $30 for members and $40 for guests. RSVP to Toby Halpern at 941.359.0550 or Florence Korchin at 941.359.1295.

37 Postcards Join us for this comedy about a zany family with a prodigal son who is unprepared for what he finds after his long absence. Performed in various U.S. and German venues, this staged reading is presented by snowbirds Mike Beltzman, Judy Schneider, John and Noreen Zimmer, Ruth Goldman, Jerri Sasson and Sandy Altman. The event begins at 7:30 pm. at Presented at Unity, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota. Free for Congregation for Humanistic Judaism members; $10 for nonmembers. Limited seating. Call 941.929.7771 to reserve your space.

Shabbat Alive! at Temple Emanu-El The community is invited to share in Shabbat Alive! at Temple EmanuEl, a jubilant, inspirational, exhilarating Shabbat worship experience. The quarterly Shabbat Alive! services are entirely musical celebrations of Shabbat featuring upbeat, contemporary arrangements of the traditional prayers. Be moved by the glorious spirit of Shabbat and raise your voice in joyful song to God! A delicious 6:00 p.m. Shabbat dinner precedes the service, which begins at 7:30 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. The service is free and open to all, with no reservations required. Paid reservations are required for the Shabbat dinner. For more information or to make a dinner reservation, please call 941.371.2788.

JEWISH HAPPENINGS 5B February 2013 sat-sun, February 9-10

February 2013 sunDAY, february 10 Mitzvah Day at Temple Sinai

Community Youth Group Lock-In Sponsored by

For the first time, all of Sarasota’s youth groups will put on a joint event for the entire community! Whether you’re in USY, NFTY, BBYO, or are simply looking to meet new friends, this is an event not to be missed. Highlights to look forward to: Havdalah, dinner, games, activities, bagel breakfast, meeting new friends, and fun! The Lock-In takes place from 6:30 p.m. Saturday to 9:00 a.m. Sunday on the Jewish Federation Campus, 580 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Bring your own sleeping bag and pillow. RSVP by visiting aspx. For more information, please contact Amber Ikeman at 941.343.2106 or

saturDAY, february 9 Italian dinner and Tombola Begin the evening with Chef Teresa’s fine Italian fare. Then enjoy Tombola, the Italian Bingo game. Lots of prizes and opportunities to win as the prize value increases with the difficulty of the round. $2 per card. The fun begins at 6:00 p.m. at Congregation Ner Tamid, The Lodge, 4802 B 26th St. W., Bradenton. $12 for Ner Tamid members; $15 for nonmembers; $10 for children under twelve. RSVP by February 3 to 941.755.1231 or

Temple Beth El’s Annual Casino Night Temple Beth El and the Bradenton Woman’s Club are once again planning a joint Casino Night event as a fundraising project. The event begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Bradenton Woman’s Club, 1705 Manatee Ave. W. This year we will also donate a portion of the monies raised to “Take Stock in Children.” Enjoy casino-style games, numerous chip and live auction surprises, and a silent auction. For more information, please call the temple office at 941.755.4900, Tuesday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to noon.

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now, and with all the services available to me when I need them, I know I will be safe and secure here in the future.”

Mitzie Edelman Kobernick House Resident

saw first-hand the compassionate care and services provided on the Kobernick-Anchin campus when I visited my mother-in-law in Anchin Pavilion. When my husband died suddenly, I did not want to stay in the house alone, and I love the area. Kobernick House is the best of both worlds. I have family nearby, I still see my long-time friends and I meet new friends every day. I play Mah Jong at Kobernick twice a week, I’ve attended fabulous music programs here and the food is always excellent. If I need to ask the nurse in the Wellness Center a question, she’s right here. Today, I have everything I need at Kobernick House. And when my needs change, I will not have to move to another place. That kind of security brings great peace of mind to me and my family.

Mitzvah Day is a wonderful opportunity to participate in the holy task of tikkun olam, repairing the world. We bring the entire temple family and guests together to spend one day volunteering on social action projects and activities in the community and temple. You can choose from various projects geared to diverse interests, capabilities and ages. We begin at Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota, with a continental breakfast at 9:00 a.m. and conclude with a casual lunch. Be a planner, captain, volunteer or donor. Contact Jim Wolfson at 941.922.3115 or

“Mini Chefs - Hamentashen” Let your kids experience the joy of Jewish cooking! At “Mini Chefs,” children will have the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and get some hands-on cooking experience. Kids will create delicious foods connected to the current Jewish holidays and will gain appreciation for the important Jewish calendar events. Each child will bring home a masterpiece cookbook to keep for mom, too! This month features hamentashen. This class, which costs $10, begins at 10:00 a.m. at Chabad of Venice, 2169 S. Tamiami Trail. For more information, contact Chaya Rivka Schmerling at 941.493.2770 or

“From Madrid to Marrakesh” Join Temple Emanu-El’s acclaimed Director of Religious Education, Sabrina Silverberg, for this unique interactive workshop exploring the sounds, tastes, sights and folklore of the Sephardic and Levantine Jewish communities. Enjoy Sephardic delicacies and music, and learn about the rich and incredible history of these Jews. Discussion topics include mysticism, superstitions and taboos. The workshop will be preceded by a delicious lunch. This very special afternoon is proudly sponsored by the Adult Education Committee. Cost: $10 for Temple Emanu-El members; $15 for guests. Fee includes lunch. The event begins at noon at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. RSVP requested by February 4 to Judilee Sterne at 941.349.9287.

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February 2013 mondAY, February 11 Movie Night with Steve Emerson Sponsored by

Join us for a film and lecture featuring the award-winning investigative journalist and author who serves as the Executive Director of The Investigative Project, the largest intelligence gathering center on militant Islamic activities. Steve will discuss the film Jihad in America 2: The Grand Deception. Cost is $10. The event begins at 7:00 p.m. at Church of Hope,1560 Wendell Kent Road, Sarasota. RSVP by visiting For more information, please contact Amber Ikeman at 941.343.2106 or

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TuesDAY, february 12 JFCS Transitions Support Group Sponsored by

The death of a spouse, significant other or life partner is perhaps the most difficult experience that one can have. Once the initial intense period of grief has subsided, how do you recreate your life and go on? Meet new people in similar life circumstances; share experiences – what works, what doesn’t; begin to laugh and enjoy what life can offer you now; and receive support as you navigate this new road. The group meets from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at the JFCS Main Campus, 2688 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, and will meet monthly initially. No fee, but pre-registration is required. Contact Susan Finkelstein, RN, MAS, Jewish Healing Coordinator, at 941.366.2224 x166 or sfinkelstein@

Brandeis presents “Art in the Afternoon” The Brandeis National Committee (BNC) presents the popular “Art in the Afternoon” Series. This triple whammy of art, drama and music includes lunch and takes place the second Tuesday of three consecutive months. This event is the second in the series. John Goodman, premier music lecturer, presents “The Songs and Shows of Richard Rodgers” at 11:00 a.m. at Cafe Baci, 4001 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. A single program and lunch is $30 for members and $40 for guests. To RSVP or for more information, call Janet Tolbert at 941.388.9624 or Ann Friedman at 941.349.6713.

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Ring in the New Year with the Young Adults Division of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee! Come enjoy a drink and good conversation at 5:30 p.m. at White Horse Pub, 6240 North Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. For more information, contact Jessi Sheslow at 941.343.2109 or

Rosh Chodesh Society – “When More Makes Merrier” Test drive the wisdom of the ages in this balance of practical and insightful spiritual self-help, focused on making your life happier, more fulfilled and more effective. This seven-session course for women takes place monthly. This fourth session, “When More Makes Merrier - A Holistic Approach to Pursuing Happiness,” begins at 7:30 p.m. at The Chabad House, 5712 Lorraine Road, Bradenton. Cost: $15 per class. For more information, please call 941.752.3030 or e-mail

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Dr. Mordechai Kedar, from Israel’s Bar-Ilan University, will be discussing “Israel and the Palestinians - Options for Settlement” as part of the broader Middle East Crisis. This lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Venice Community Center, 326 Nokomis Avenue on Venice Island. The general seating donation is $10 and preferred sponsor seating is $36. Major credit cards accepted. To reserve your seat, call 941.493.2770 or email

“Faith After the Holocaust” Rabbi Harold F. Caminker of Temple Beth El in Bradenton will hold his Adult Education Mini-Series again this year on Tuesday evenings, February 12, 19 and 26 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. In each session he will analyze and discuss the unique perspective of one renowned modern Jewish philosopher: • February 12 - Reform Rabbi Richard Rubenstein, “God is Dead” • February 19 - Orthodox Rabbi Eliezer Berkovitz, “God’s Hidden Face” • February 26 - Nobel Prize Winner and Humanitarian Elie Wiesel, “Night...and Beyond” All are welcome to attend. There is no charge for this mini-series. Temple Beth El is located on the Unity Campus at 4200 32nd St. West. For more information, please call the temple office at 941.755.4900, Tuesday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to noon.

LIVE from NY’s 92nd St Y – Brian Williams with Jonathan Tisch Brian Williams talks to Jonathan Tisch about journalism and politics and the future of America. Brian Williams is the George Foster Peabody award-winning anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News and host of Rock Center with Brian Williams. Jonathan Tisch is co-Chairman of the Board of Loews Corporation and Chairman of its subsidiary, Loews Hotels & Resorts. The event begins at 8:00 p.m. at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key. Cost: $5 (free for TBI members). For more information, contact the TBI office at or 941.383.3428.


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wednesDAY, february 13 Temple Beth Sholom Film Matinee Series - Bar Mitzvah Bar Mitzvah is a 1935 Yiddish feature film (restored with new English subtitles in 2009) set in Poland. Believing his wife lost at sea, Israel remarries a scheming gold digger. Shock, tears and laughs abound when his beloved wife returns on the eve of her son’s bar mitzvah. This musical melodrama is a masterwork of shund, the bread and butter of the Yiddish theater. Ralph Wintrob will lead a question and answer session. There is no cost for the film. Popcorn and beverages will be provided by the Men’s Club. The event begins at 1:00 p.m. at Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota. For further information, call the temple office at 941.955.8121.

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New to the area? New to Federation? Meet other Jewish folks in the area, learn about upcoming programs and events, and connect with the Jewish community. This complimentary reception begins at 5:30 p.m. and includes admission to the Jewish Book Festival program featuring Rich Cohen, author of The Fish That Ate the Whale, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Meet in the Jerusalem Room in the Arthur and Beatrice Michaels Cultural and Activity Center in the Flanzer/Weinberg Building on the Federation Campus, 582 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Reservations are required. For more information or to make reservations, please contact Ilene Fox at 941.343.2111 or

Jewish Book Festival: Rich Cohen Rich Cohen’s brilliant historical profile, The Fish That Ate the Whale, unveils Samuel Zemurray as a hidden kingmaker and capitalist revolutionary. Known as El Amigo, the Gringo, or simply Z, the Banana Man lived one of the great untold stories of the last hundred years. Cohen is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone, and the author of seven books, including Israel is Real, Tough Jews and the widely acclaimed memoir Sweet and Low. The event begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Beatrice Friedman Theater on the Federation Campus, 582 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Get complete information at www.TheJewishFederation. org or contact Len Steinberg at or 941.552.6301.

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All women are welcome to join N’shei Chabad Women’s monthly Rosh Chodesh Society as we discuss pursuing happiness. This month’s class, led by Sara Steinmetz, will explore Jewish wisdom and the holistic understanding of what happiness is and how it can be achieved through material satisfaction and spiritual fulfillment. The class begins at 11:00 a.m. at Chabad of Sarasota, 7700 Beneva Road. The Rosh Chodesh Society is underwritten by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee and Chabad of Sarasota’s First Lady, Anne Stein. Cost is $18 per class, which includes lunch, and the opportunity to bake your own challah for Shabbat. Advance reservations are required by calling 941.925.0770.

SaBra Hadassah Education Day Join us from noon to 3:00 p.m. in the Zell Room on the Jewish Federation Campus, 580 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, for a performance by Alice Cotman and Rosalie Leon of Bintel Brief. The presentation will be composed of dialogue and music. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Lee Ruggles at 941.924.1338 or lruggles.sabra@

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Beatrice Friedman Theater on the Federation Campus, 582 McIntosh Road Tickets: $10. *Students attend free with valid ID. Presented in partnership with Jewish Book Council & Bookstore 1 Sarasota. Investigative reporter Leslie Maitland grew up enthralled by her mother’s accounts of forbidden romance and harrowing flight from the Nazis. Her book, Crossing the Borders of Time, is a tale of memory that reporting made real and a story of undying love that crosses the borders of time. ExclusivE MEdia PartnEr:

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Children of Aging Parents Support Group - Sarasota The support group offers emotional support, affirmation, understanding and socialization as well as assistance with community resources for individuals who are serving as caregivers for aging parents, a spouse or other family members. Funded through a grant from the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. The group meets from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the JFCS Main Campus, 2688 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, and is facilitated by Nicole Ziemba, BSW, Sarasota CARES Coordinator. It also meets at the same place and time on Thursday, February 28. No fee, but pre-registration is required. For information and registration, call the Caregiver Helpline at 941.364.7560.

Cteen “You’re the Leader” Cteen is a Jewish teen club that compacts exhilarating fun and meaningful projects into a program that’s thrilling and uniting. Cteen events happen at least monthly, but the moments last a lifetime. This month’s event is “You’re the Leader” and begins at 7:30 p.m. at Chabad of Venice, 2169 S. Tamiami Trail. For more information, contact Chaya Rivka Schmerling at 941.493.2770 or

Scotch & Schmooze Men’s Club The Chabad of Venice Men’s Club provides an opportunity to network and meet like-minded individuals from our community in an informal and social setting while strengthening our community bond. Come schmooze, relax and hang out with the guys over scotch and non-alcoholic beverages. This free event begins at 7:30 p.m. at 964 Chickadee Drive, Venice. For more information, contact Rabbi Sholom Schmerling at 941.493.2770 or

friDAY, february 15 CKids (Chabad Kids) Purim celebration Children in kindergarten through grade 6 are welcome to participate in a lively CKids Purim holiday celebration that will include Shabbat and holiday songs, prayers, stories and games, followed by a children’s Junior Oneg. Eating edible scepters and crowns will add to the fun and excitement. This program is open to all children free of charge, and begins at 7:00 p.m. at Chabad of Sarasota, 7700 Beneva Road. For more information or to register, call 941.925.0770 or email

Friday Night Live Teens (13-18) are invited to Rabbi Mendy and Chanie Bukiet’s home at 7:30 p.m. for a delicious Shabbat meal in a lively atmosphere. There is no charge. RSVP by February 13 to 941.752.3030.

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The Congregation for Humanistic Judaism presents Seth Miller, Executive Director of the Innocence Project of Florida. An adjunct professor at FSU College of Law, he teaches post-conviction remedies, serves on the Board of the International Innocence Network, and Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. He provides pro-bono representation, teaches litigation training to lawyers, and speaks out raising awareness of wrongful convictions. This free event is open to the public and begins at 7:30 p.m. at Unity, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota. For more information, call 941.929.7771.


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Share a meaningful, joyful and fun family Shabbat celebration. Enjoy playground time, a bagel breakfast, age-appropriate Shabbat songs, blessings and movement with Rabbi Brenner J. Glickman – and get ready for Purim with a special story, Purim craft, and a chance to bake yummy hamantashen. Costumes are welcome! Tot Shabbat is designed especially for Jewish and interfaith families with children up to age 6, but all are warmly invited. This free event begins at 10:30 a.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, and is funded by an Incubator Grant from the Union for Reform Judaism as part of Temple Emanu-El’s “Shabbat Playdate” series. For more information, please contact Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman at 941.379.1997 or

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sunDAY, february 17 Jewish War Veterans meeting Sarasota Post 172, Jewish War Vets of USA, will hold its February meeting at Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Ave, Sarasota. Breakfast begins at 9:15 a.m.; the meeting and presentation starts at 10:00 a.m. The speaker will feature information on Jewish Family & Children’s Service’s Operation Military Assistance Project and how JWV can participate. For more information, call Stuart Krupkin, Commander, at 941.342.3413.

Annual Super Jewish Food Festival There’s more to enjoy at Venice’s biggest food event: deli-licious corned beef and pastrami sandwiches, chicken soup with matzo balls, Chef Billy’s fantastic brisket platter, Aunt Harriet’s famous stuffed cabbage, bagels and lox, chopped liver, and yummy home baked desserts. Eat in or take home. Kids activities, music, raffles, jewelry sale and flea market. Free parking. The Festival runs from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Jewish Congregation of Venice, 600 N. Auburn Rd., just minutes from I-75 and US 41. For more information, call Beata at 941.484.2022 or email

CHS Back to the Future: Esther’s Palace This Purim, Chabad Hebrew School of Bradenton & Lakewood Ranch will be traveling back to the future in the CHS time machine to Esther’s Palace, where students will see the Purim story in action! Join them as they travel back in time to help Esther and Mordechai save the Jews! The event takes place from 11:00 a.m. to noon at The Chabad House, 5712 Lorraine Road, Bradenton. Free to CHS students and families; $5 for guests. For more information, please call 941.752.3030 or e-mail info@

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Mike Karsen presents “My Cousin, The Gangster” at 1:00 p.m. at Kobernick House, 1951 N. Honore Ave., Sarasota. Frank Frost, aka Frank Foster, was a Chicago gangster who worked with the Northside Gang under Bugs Moran and then the Southside Gang under the infamous Al Capone. Researching family lore isn’t easy. In this case, the problem was not too little information but too much. How to sort through the enormous amount of information in newspapers, books and websites, and separate truth from speculation and guesswork is more than challenging. Attendance is free. Everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Kim Sheintal at 941.921.1433 or, or visit

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RAFI (Relatives and Friends of Israelis) RAFI (Relatives and Friends of Israelis) is a social group that is the bridge between loved ones in Israel and the U.S. RAFI is a non-political, non-fundraising group. Members enjoy sharing news about loved ones in Israel and have fun, interesting meetings. Try them out and connect with people who have the same interests. For more information, contact Harriet Joy Epstein at or 941.342.1818.

mondAY, February 18 Extraordinary Holocaust Films – Berga: Soldiers of Another War Presented by the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism (CHJ), this documentary tells the true story of 350 American soldiers forced to profess their religious faith, some of whom were Gentiles who “looked Jewish.” These little-known and long-forgotten American heroes showed acts of great courage and fellowship. The discussion following the screening will be led by Irene Mirkovic, Holocaust Museum docent and Lifelong Learning Academy instructor. The event begins at 1:30 p.m. at Unity, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota. Free for CHJ members; $5 for nonmembers. For more information, call 941.929.7771 or visit

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thursDAY, february 21 Bereavement Support Group Sponsored by

Based on a Jewish approach to mourning and healing the soul, the Bereavement Support Group is scheduled for five consecutive Thursdays, through March 21. Each session has its own topic such as the normal process of grief, a roadmap for healing, the role of prayer, how to keep memories alive, and finally, healing. Sessions run from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at the JFCS Main Campus, 2688 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. No fee, but pre-registration is required. For information and registration, please contact Susan Finkelstein, RN, MAS, Jewish Healing Coordinator, at 941.366.2224 x166 or

Community Forum on the Affordable Care Act Sponsored by

Have questions about the Affordable Care Act? The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, in partnership with Doctors for America, will present an informational and educational forum for the community to answer questions and help you get the most from your health care plan. Event partners include Jewish Family & Children’s Service, Peace and Justice Team from the First Congregational United Church of Christ, Planned Parenthood, Skin Mart, Temple Sinai, the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism and WSLR. This event is free and open to the community, and begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Beatrice Friedman Theater on the Federation Campus, 582 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. RSVP at

Puff Pastry Three Ways Enjoy the culinary creativity of Sylvia Pastor and Sheila Zinder. You will learn a lot and have a fun time doing it. These pastries are delicious, and after this class you’ll be able to make them at home for family and friends. This Rabbi Michael B. Eisenstat Miniversity of Judaism class is free and begins at 10:30 a.m. at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key. For more information, contact the TBI office at or 941.383.3428.

Ladies Lunch & Learn Join Chanie Bukiet from noon - 1:00 p.m. at The Chabad House, 5712 Lorraine Road, Bradenton, for a Lunch & Learn. Feast on a delicious lunch and learn Tanya, psychology of the soul, based on the Kabbalah. No cost. Call 941.752.3030 for more information.

GulfsidePalm ORT presents Nothing is Forever Helga Harris moved from Berlin, Germany, to New York City in 1938. A Pratt Institute graduate, Helga worked as a fashion designer for fifty years. For decades she exhibited at the Greenwich Village Outdoor Art Show until 1973, when she moved to Florida. For the past fifteen years, writing has become her interest. Dear Helga…Dear Ruth was published, as well as Susie…Wait and her newest collection of short memoir stories, Nothing is Forever. She leads a writing program at Lifelong Learning (USF). This free event takes place at 1:30 p.m. on the Jewish Federation Campus, 580 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. For more information, contact Kim Sheintal at 941.302.1433 or

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Sophisticated Ladies…Act II The Temple Beth Sholom Sisterhood presents Sophisticated Ladies… Act II, its third annual Luncheon, Auction and Fashion Show, showcasing the latest trends in clothing from Dillard’s. This event raises money for Jewish youth Religious School, Camp Ramah Darom scholarships, and youth groups. Michael’s On East will prepare a salmon lunch and chocolate dessert. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on an extensive array of items displayed at the auction, including jewelry and gift certificates. The events begins at noon in the Madeline L. Sainer Social Hall at Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota. Tickets are $40 and include wine. RSVP is required by February 6. Please contact co-chairs Sue Rosin at 941.586.7662 or Honey Salzman at 941.371.3049 for more information or to become a sponsor.

NCJW monthly meeting Be on hand at the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) SarasotaManatee Section monthly meeting when Jay Handelman of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune will provide insight into the Sarasota arts scene. Dessert, coffee and tea will be served. Members and guests are welcome to this event, which begins at 1:00 p.m. on the Jewish Federation Campus, 580 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. There is no cost, but reservations are required. Please call our 24-hour hotline at 941.342.1855.

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friDAY, february 22 Kaplan Preschool Purim celebration and Open House The Kaplan Preschool shares the excitement of the Purim holiday with current and prospective families. Join us for a sing-along, menorah lighting, crafts, games and noshing on hamentashen. This is a great opportunity for prospective parents to meet student parents, and get a firsthand glimpse at the wonderful educational experience that the young students ages 2.5 to 5 receive at the Kaplan Preschool. The event begins at 9:00 a.m. at Chabad of Sarasota, 7700 Beneva Road. For further information, call 941.925.0770 or email

Purim party – “Jews in Space” Join Rabbi Barbara Aiello, Service Leader Rena Morano and your friends and neighbors as we celebrate the Jewish presence in the international space program. The party begins at 7:00 p.m. at Congregation Ner Tamid, The Lodge, 4802 B 26th St. W., Bradenton. Come in your favorite sci-fi costume and win a prize. Free and open to the public but reservations are a must at 941.755.1231 or

Hadassah Shabbat Join us at 7:30 p.m. for Hadassah Shabbat at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, as we celebrate Hadassah’s 101st anniversary. For more information, contact Lee Ruggles at 941.924.1338 or lruggles.

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Purim begins at sundown on Saturday, February 23. In addition to the events on these pages, our area’s temples also have Megillah readings. Contact the temples for more information. saturDAY, february 23 Shushan 1928 – a Purim program and dinner Temple Sinai returns to the Roaring ’20s for a music and comedy adaptation of the traditional Purim story. Join us at 5:00 p.m. at Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota, for the program featuring The Bruno Trio with Rabbi Huntting and Chazzan Abramson. Dinner follows. Reservations are required at 941.924.1802.

Kol HaNeshama Purim shpiel Join Kol HaNeshama members as they celebrate Purim at 6:00 p.m. at 3145 Southgate Circle, Sarasota. There will be a Megillah reading and a musical Purim shpiel. Costumes are encouraged. For more information, call 941.244.2042 or email

Purim Megillah reading & Gong Show All families and community members are welcome to join Chabad of Sarasota for a Puirm Megillah reading, and a hilarious take on the classic television program, The Gong Show, presented by the Chabad Men’s Club - Club 770. This free event, which begins at 7:30 p.m. at Chabad of Sarasota, 7700 Beneva Road, will also include hamentashen, graggers, a prize for all children in costume, and a silent auction benefitting the Kaplan Preschool. For more information, call 941.925.0770.

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sunDAY, february 24 “Purim Pandemonium” at Temple Emanu-El All are invited to this joyous, festive celebration which takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. The morning begins in the sanctuary with a lively Megillah reading, song session, and costume contest with prizes for all. Afterwards, enjoy a fabulous Purim carnival with plenty of fun for all ages, including a climbing wall, bounce house, dunk tank, inflatable slide, face painting, games and prizes. Try your luck at the 50/50 raffle and silent auction. Lunch and homemade desserts – including plenty of hamentashen – for everyone. Free admission; nominal fee for attractions and food. For more information, call 941.371.2788.

Purim party and Megillah reading The Al Katz Center invites you to a Purim party from noon to 2:00 p.m. at 713 South Orange Avenue, Suite 105, Sarasota. Come in costumes (if you want), eat Purim foods, hear the Megillah, and enjoy the happiness of this festive holiday with your family and old and new friends. For further information, call Beverly Newman at 941.313.9239.

Midday Musicale The Sarasota Orchestra String Quartet and Wind Quintet will perform a Midday Musicale at 2:00 p.m. in the Temple Beth Sholom sanctuary, 1051 S. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota. Come hear a musical event that will delight the senses! General Admission is $50 and $36. Sponsorships are available and include two complimentary premium seating tickets and a delectable dessert reception. Please call 941.552.2780 for further information.

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The entire community is invited to join TBE and Church Share as Rabbi Harold F. Caminker reads the Megillah. We will have children’s games (including a bounce house), face painting, food, hamentashen, adult and children costume contests, craft tables, a “Foto Booth” and the Kevin Frye Klezmer Band. Free parking. Sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. All this fun takes place from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. on the grounds of Temple Beth El Bradenton at 4200 32nd St. West. For more information on this event and craft tables, please call the temple office at 941.755.4900, Tuesday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to noon.

Grand Purim Party Have you thought about how you will celebrate Purim in a meaningful and fun way? We have the answer to your question. Celebrate Purim in China! Once again, Chabad is hosting the annual Purim Around the World, and this year we’ll be stopping off in China. Join in a joyous party, celebrating the miracle of Purim against a backdrop of the Orient. Enjoy delicious Chinese food and atmosphere, a multimedia presentation, masquerade (optional), fun entertainment, an exotic Chinese juggler, and a children’s program running simultaneous to the adult program. The fun begins at 4:00 p.m. at Chabad of Venice & North Port, 2169 Tamiami Trail S., Venice. Cost: $18 per adult; free for children (3-12). For more information, contact Rabbi Sholom Schmerling at 941.493.2770 or

Purim at the Sea Enjoy Chabad of Bradenton’s Purim at the Sea with a sea-inspired dinner (vegetarian available), bubble show for children, pirate entertainment, masquerade, Megillah reading, hamenstashen and lots more. This program is open to all ages and begins at 4:30 p.m. at The Chabad House, 5712 Lorraine Road, Bradenton. Cost: $15 per adult, $10 per child (3-12) for pre-paid admission; $20 per adult, $15 per child at the door. For more information, please call 941.752.3030 or e-mail info@chabadofbradenton. com.

Inside Israel’s National Security – Chuck Freilich & Reuven Pedatzur Chuck Freilich, a former Israeli deputy national security advisor, discusses the challenges and strengths of Israel’s national security policy. Freilich is a senior fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and professor of political science at Harvard and Tel Aviv universities. Reuven Pedatzur is the director of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Strategic Dialogue at the Netanya Academic College and is a senior military affairs analyst with the newspaper Ha’aretz. The event begins at 8:15 p.m. at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key. Cost: $5 (free for TBI members). For more information, contact the TBI office at or 941.383.3428.


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monDAY, february 25 Holiday Series with Rachel Dulin - Shushan Purim Sponsored by

Purim is at our door and Shushan Purim follows a day later. Parties, a bit of drinking, masquerading and merriment, all are part of these celebratory days. Come and join us in exploring the origin of these unusual days in the Jewish calendar. Why Purim and why Shushan Purim? What victory are we celebrating? Who won and who lost in this unusual story of Megilat Esther? Learn some details of unusual days in old Persia and Ancient Israel. A gifted instructor, Rachel Z. Dulin has pioneered new methods of teaching Hebrew and has done groundbreaking research in the confluence of Women’s Studies and biblical scholarship. Cost : $10. The lecture begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Jerusalem Room in the Arthur and Beatrice Michaels Cultural and Activity Center in the Flanzer/Weinberg Building on the Federation Campus, 582 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. For more information, please contact Orna Nissan at or 941.552.6305.

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BIW Fashion Show The annual Beth Israel Women Fashion Show will again be produced by Saks Fifth Avenue and will feature the latest in spring fashions. Raffle, door prizes and more. The event begins at noon at Michael’s On East, 1212 East Ave. S., Sarasota. Cost: $45; reservations required. For more information, contact the Temple Beth Israel office at or 941.383.3428.

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Presented by the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism (CHJ), this recent documentary is the inspiring story of the 28-year-old British citizen who devised a daring rescue operation that saved 669 children during the Holocaust. This film won an International Emmy Award. The discussion following the screening will be led by Irene Mirkovic, Holocaust Museum docent and Lifelong Learning Academy instructor. The event begins at 1:30 p.m. at Unity, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota. Free for CHJ members; $5 for nonmembers. For more information, call 941.929.7771 or visit www.

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tuesDAY, february 26 Tastes of the Jewish Year Tastes of the Jewish Year cooking experiences continue at Temple Sinai with chefs Alyson and Mark Zildjian. “What about Citrus” is the theme of this session and the orange will be the featured ingredient. There will be an opportunity to create and then sample a tasty salad and cake. Discussion over some wine will include the role of the orange in Jewish migration and trade. The cost is $25 for Temple Sinai members; $30 for guests. The event takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. RSVP to 941.924.1802.

The Ariel String Quartet Sponsored by

Join us at 7:00 p.m. in the Beatrice Friedman Theater on the Federation Campus, 582 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, for a powerful musical evening with The Ariel String Quartet. Formed in Israel, the Quartet moved to the United States in 2004 to continue its professional studies, and has since rapidly gained the attention of the music world. This event is free with registration at aspx, or contact Jeremy Lisitza at 941.343.2113 or

Opera Night at Temple Beth Israel The Men’s Club of Temple Beth Israel hosts Sarasota Opera’s 2013 Studio Artists Program. The performance includes a variety of popular opera and Broadway show tunes. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key. Cost: $60 for sponsor tickets (includes reserved seating); $25 for general seating. For more information, contact the TBI office at or 941.383.3428.



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Under the direction of Temple Beth Sholom Schools music teacher Susan Custer, the TBSS Chorus delighted the Westfield Southgate Mall audience with holiday songs Allie Fraidowitz kindled the giant balloon menorah at “A Taste of Chanukah” held at Phillippi Estate Park as Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz of Chabad of Sarasota looked on

Volunteers at the Chabad of Venice Centennial Park Chanukah event: Annette Michaels, Chaya Perera, Malkiyah Larosa, Laurie Vodnoy-Wright, Rose Esposito, Maya Tayter, Shirley Glover, Ronnie Storch

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The Robert & Esther Heller Israel Advocacy Initiative Betty & Ed Rosenthal • Betty Schoenbaum WESTERN WALL SPONSORS

Gerard Daniel • Paulette & Martin Samowitz • Lois Stulberg • Hannah & Dr. Norman Weinberg GOLAN SPONSORS

Edie & David Chaifetz • Jean Weidner Goldstein & Alfred Goldstein • Deanne & Arnold Kaplan • Graci & Dennis McGillicuddy Susan Milman • Janie & Ed Moravitz • Sheila & Jules Rose • Bunny & Morton Skirboll • Anne & Barry Stein • Geri & Ronald Yonover GALILEE SPONSORS

Alice Berkowitz • Helen & Leonard Glaser • Debbie & Dr. Larry Haspel • Katherine & Judd Malkin & Family Nancy & Jerry Roucher • Nancy & Raymond Swart BEN GURION SPONSORS

Regene & Leslie Aberson • Linda Abromson • Dr. Rebecca & Richard Bergman • Barbara & Donald Bernstein • Rosolyn & Samuel Brott Carol Camiener • Gershom Cohn • Ellen & Joel Fedder • The Tillie, Jennie & Harold Schwartz Foundation • Ilene & Michael Fox • Roz Goldberg & Alan Bandler • Lori & Martin Haberer • Sandra & Dr. Lewis Hanan • Me-Me & Robert Kramer • Linda & Norman Lipson • Sandra & Neil Malamud Leslie Malkin & Edward Kalin • Roslyn & Leonard Mazur • Nadia & Michael Ritter • Irene & Martin Ross • Marilyn Spencer • Susan BensenSteenbarger & Jack Steenbarger • Elli & Linda Streit • Bryna & Howard Tevlowitz • Janet & Bruce Udell • Joan & Peter Wells • Patti & David Wertheimer • Marysue & Leon Wechsler • Fremajane & Blair Wolfson • Cynthia & Stanley Wright • Sheila & Merrill Wynne SPONSORS Joan & Bartram Levenson • Branch Foundation • Kates Foundation • Maurine & Stanley Siegel • Sandra Loevner • Diane & Steven Ronis

JFCS Gala co-Chairs Clare Segall and Margie Barancik were decked out in tux and tails in keeping with the theme of Magical Moments

DON’T MISS ThESE EvENTS: 02.11.13 • 7:00 pm • Church of Hope • $10

Film and lecture featuring Steve Emerson, an award-winning investigative journalist and author who serves as the Executive Director of The Investigative Project, the largest intelligence gathering center on militant Islamic activities. Sponsored by anonymous donor

03.27.13 • 8:00 pm • Van Wezel • $10+

Bursting with fun, Voca People will perform over 70 a cappella and beat box versions of favorite songs, from Madonna, to Mozart! No instruments or sound effects just talent!

05.11.13 • 7:30 pm • Sarasota Opera House • $31+ Grammy Award-winning violinist Miri Ben-Ari (from Israel) with the Sarasota Orchestra. Miri created her own unique sound by a fusion of classical style with jazz, R&B and hip hop. She is recognized as a musical pioneer.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

7:00 pm in the Beatrice friedman Theater on the federation Campus, 582 mcintosh Road. tickets: $10. *All students attend for free with valid ID. Rich Cohen’s brilliant historical profile the Fish that Ate the whale unveils Samuel Zemurray as a hidden kingmaker and capitalist revolutionary. Known as el amigo, the Gringo, or simply Z, the Banana man lived one of the great untold stories of the last hundred years.

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March 17-21 2013

*Post-film discussions to take place after screenings


5:30-6:45 pm Reception, Beatrice Friedman Theater on The Jewish Federation Campus (BFT) 7:00-8:25 pm “ORCHESTRA OF EXILES” (with Josh Aronson, Producer/Director/Screenwriter), BFT


sunday, March 3, 2013


12:00 pm at marina Jack, 2 marina Plaza, Sarasota. Luncheon tickets: $36. Written with the deftness, humor, and wit that have marked her books, plays, and movies, Delia ephron’s the Lion Is In is an unforgettable story of friendship, courage, love - and learning to salsa with the king of the jungle.

3:00-4:00 pm “LIFE IN STILLS,” BFT 7:00-8:20 pm “INVENTING OUR LIFE,” (with Dr. Avrahan Balaban) BFT 7:00-8:30 pm “A BOTTLE IN THE GAZA SEA,” Temple Sinai 3:00-4:30 pm “A BOTTLE IN THE GAZA SEA” BFT 7:00-8:25 pm “FOLLOW ME: THE YONI NETANYAHU



Leslie Maitland

sunday, March 3, 2013


7:00 pm in the Beatrice friedman Theater on the federation Campus, 582 mcintosh Road. tickets: $10. *All students attend for free with valid ID. investigative reporter leslie maitland grew up enthralled by her mother’s accounts of forbidden romance and harrowing flight from the nazis. her book, Crossing the Boarders of time, is a tale of memory that reporting made real and a story of undying love that crosses the borders of time.



3:30-4:50 pm “INVENTING OUR LIFE” (with Dr. Avrahan Balaban) Temple Beth Israel 7:00-8:25 pm “ORCHESTRA OF EXILES” (with Josh Aronson, Producer/ Director/Screenwriter), Temple Beth Israel 7:00-8:25 pm “FOLLOW ME” Polo Grill, Lakewood Ranch 3:00-4:00 pm “LIFE IN STILLS” BFT 7:00-8:20 pm “ROOM 514” BFT


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The Jewish News - February 2013  

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Monthly newspaper of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee