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

Serving our community for over 40 years! Published by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee

June 2013 - Sivan/Tammuz 5773 INSIDE THIS ISSUE: 11A Community Focus 18A Jewish Interest 22A Commentary 24A Focus on Youth 27A Life Cycle 1B Jewish Happenings 7B Israel & the Jewish World 11B Recent Events

Volume 43, Number 6

Federation focuses on the future

By Nancy Swart and Howard Tevlowitz


ue to the large number of programs our Federation is or has been involved with of late, we have had many conversations regarding our ever changing vision for the Jewish Federation and our role in the Jewish community.

4A Havdalah Drum Circle brings community together

Nancy Swart, Federation President

15A Fay Watkins celebrates birthday # 108


The B’nai Mitzvah Revolution

11B Recent event photos from the area’s temples, schools and organizations A publication of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee Klingenstein Jewish Center, 580 McIntosh Rd., Sarasota, FL 34232 Annual voluntary subscription: $25

Howard Tevlowitz, Federation Executive Director

1. The key challenge moving forward is engaging Jews in Jewish life. If we don’t care about, or invest in, those next gens (define next gen for yourself), then what’s the point? The simple fact is that the vast majority of Jews in our community are not involved in organized Jewish community life – but they are not necessarily alienated from the Jewish community. They don’t belong to synagogues; they don’t belong to membership organizations; and they are not the Jewish community fundraising event attendees. But they are here…here as consumers of Jewish goods and services. a. A successful community engagement approach/mechanism is critical to achieving our mission – building a stronger, more vibrant Jewish future. Without engaged Jews, what kind of Jewish community will we have? How will we continue to support Israel – financially, politically, with our children? Who will remember the Six Million? Who will care for those Jews who can’t care for themselves? Which means we need to help fashion multiple entry points for Jewish life, and mechanisms to cross-promote opportunities for further involvement. 2. Our Federation is in the best position to identify needs and gaps in Jewish life in our community, and to determine what may be the best prescriptions or solutions for having meaningful, strategic impact. Other Jewish organizations/institutions are single focused – on their institution or organization. One of our key Non-Profit Org. U.S. POSTAGE PAID MANASOTA FL PERMIT 167

value propositions is strategic planning/looking at community needs, and yes…we can bring leverage to the table. Thus the new Engagement Ambassador position and our continuing investment in teens, pre-teens, families through the STEP (Shapiro Teen Engagement Pathways) Initiative; Israel advocacy and awareness/Interfaith engagement through the Heller IAI; Holocaust awareness; and partnering with organizations that provide services where Jews are. 3. Given 1 and 2 above, we need to continue to be more laser-focused on what philanthropic investments will have the kind of impact our members of the Jewish community can benefit from. That is one reason we give grants to programs, rather than just to organizations. This means Federation will continue to operate as a proactive catalyst, making grants and partnerships, and not just a passive allocator of funds. We have been engaged in this process for 10 years now – and you can see an example of the results in the amazing array of programs being offered in our community. 4. Lastly, we need to offer people an opportunity to support what they care most about, and to focus on return on philanthropic investment. Individuals give in different ways today – it’s that simple. We are in the best position to connect peoples’ passions – and resources – as to what the needs are of the Jewish community, by offering a vision and a goal/picture of what could be if we had the necessary resources. This also entails a continuing look at how we do development. There you have it – the vision for The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. Sounds simple, no? The devil is in the details. This is not the traditional Federation approach. The good news is that there has been a method to our madness over the years – as we have been working through these changes. Thankfully, the response among many members of our Jewish community has been very positive. Our continuing challenge, as we have reshaped the professional structure and operations of the Federation, is to continue to build a similarly effective volunteer structure to help augment and extend our impact in the community. We’ll be looking for your help with that.  For more information, contact Howard Tevlowitz at 941.343.2110 or



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The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee’s second interfaith mission to Israel By Marty Haberer recently returned from my first interfaith trip to Israel. Our group was made up of 22 representatives from area churches and community groups – most of whom had never been there. For me, it was an incredible journey of discovery that left me feeling more Jewish than ever. Simultaneously, I felt prouder than ever to have made so many new Christian friends along the way. Seeing the Holy Land through their eyes left me feeling a sense of “holy envy.” The reality of Israel today clearly moved them. But I should give credit where it is due. What does “holy envy” mean, exactly? The term was coined by one of our fabulous speakers, Rabbi David Rosen. The idea? Instead of focusing on what’s right with your religion and wrong with someone else’s, think about the beautiful aspects of the other religion and ask yourself, “How can I incorporate something like that into our practice?” Holy envy means learning and borrowing the best elements of other faiths. Respect is the key. As we traveled together, visiting historic sites, schools and education centers, and meeting with people from a diversity of backgrounds, our group shared that sense of respect to a profound degree. We reexamined what’s best about Judaism and Christianity. We embraced the roots that bind us. We questioned what we didn’t understand with open minds and hearts. Most importantly, we got to know one another and became friends. We truly became a kind of family. Since we’ve returned home, this family feeling is still going strong. We’re continuing the conversation about ways we can improve our community here at home. This is the second interfaith mission that the donors of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee have sponsored. The thinking behind this initiative began as a desire to explore ways to build bridges of understanding and advance a positive model of coexistence here in our community. We realized that Israel serves as the perfect backdrop because that’s where our common roots come from. We also realized that in order to truly understand the nuances and complexities of Israel, we needed to be there and experience the real Israel – particularly during Israel’s Memorial Day and Independence Day – not the Israel we see on TV or read about in the newspapers. We hoped that by sharing, learning and traveling together,


we would broaden our understanding of each other. You just can’t argue with the math. With two billion Christians in a world population of seven billion people and about 13 million Jews, sharing the true story of Israel and its remarkable 65-year-old renaissance is more vital than ever. But what became immediately obvious to those of us from Jewish backgrounds is how little we understood Christianity. We assumed that if we were to invite Christians to join us on a mission to Israel, they would want to focus on Christian sites exclusively. We were mistaken. Our Christian leadership described a desire to see Israel through a “Jewish lens,” and it was with that level of open mindedness and curiosity that our two “voyages of discovery” became a shared reality. The result has been everything we could have ever hoped for and then some. Together, we broke down the boundaries of fear, ignorance of the other and mistrust. Most importantly, we made new friends. The most special part of the mission, for me, was the “devotions.” At some point on the trip, each person spoke for a few minutes about what the trip meant to them. In my comments, I summed up my feelings by expressing never being more proud of being Jewish. At the same time, I quoted the lyrics from Marc Cohn’s Walking in Memphis: “Tell me are you a Christian, child. I said, ‘Ma’am I am tonight!’” I have never felt more Jewish – and never felt more comfortable to be among my new Christian friends. ~~~ The interfaith mission was sponsored by the Heller Israel Advocacy Initiative of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. The Heller IAI advocates for peace and security in Israel through education, information and community awareness, and raises awareness of and actively confronts anti-Semitism and anti-Israel activities in our community. The newly established Heller IAI committee is comprised of Christian and Jewish leaders who are dedicated to working together in support of the State of Israel. For more information, please contact Jessi Sheslow at the Federation at 941.343.2109 or Reprinted with permission from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

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Sarasota adds to its presence on JFNA’s National Young Leadership Cabinet By Marty Haberer


he Jewish Federation of Sarasota Manatee is celebrating its 55th birthday serving the local Jewish and general community. For many years, our community had no representation on The Jewish Federation of North America’s (JFNA) National Young Leadership Cabinet. Today we have four! Some would say you can measure the health of an organization by the quality of the young leadership that is emerging. If that is indeed correct, our Federation has a bright future ahead serving our special and beautiful community. One of our latest additions to the National Young Leadership Cabinet is Simone Knego. Simone is about to begin her six-year journey on the cabinet and is looking forward to bringing what she learns back to the community. Simone and her husband Robert just celebrated their 20th wedding anni-

versary. They have six children ranging in age from five to sixteen years old. Simone tells us “there is never a dull moment around our house.” We can only imagine that this must be quite an understatement. If family and volunteer work is not enough, Simone also works in medical sales and is constantly on the go. Whatever “free time” remains is spent enjoying the company of friends and family. Simone was fortunate to go on a national mission to Ethiopia this past year. In addition to Ethiopia’s significance to Israel and to the Jewish people because of the mass aliyah (exodus to Israel) over the past few decades, Ethiopia is important to her family because two of her children are from there. Simone explained, “It was impressive to see the work our Federation does in other parts of the world.” As a result of Simone’s mission ex-

perience, she became a Ruby Lion of Judah and is proud to set an example for other Jewish women and young people in our town. With leadership from the likes of Simone and many others who are emerging, we have much to look forward to in the coming years. In addition to Simone, Dr. Joshua and Julie Green currently serve on the YL Cabinet with another newly elected member, Dr. Daniel Kaplon, who you

will “meet” in the July issue of The Jewish News. I would be remiss if I didn’t also mention Brad Cohen, who served on the YL Cabinet prior to the Greens and was responsible for helping Sarasota’s young leaders get noticed by our national system. For more information about the Young Leadership Cabinet or the Young Adult Division, please contact Jessi Sheslow at 941.343.2109 or jsheslow@

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id you know that The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is not only a great resource for all things Jewish in Sarasota, but also an extremely involved community organization? In addition to our partnerships with places like Asolo and Mote Marine, and our interfaith relationships, we have recently established a new partnership with Meals on Wheels. Every week, two of our fifteen volunteers deliver fresh, hot meals to people in the community who are ill, disabled, housebound, or who otherwise cannot afford to eat. Our volunteers rotate on the delivery route each week so that we are able to get as many people as possible out into the community doing this great work. As an organization that strives to be a true team player on the stage of the community at large, this new partnership is very important to us. It allows us to establish relationships in a different way. We contribute to Meals on Wheels by organizing and recruiting volunteers. We have people in the community witnessing firsthand some of the core needs and issues. Temple Beth Israel began this project nearly twenty years ago with Bob

Chalphin as the coordinator. Mr. Chalphin recently asked the Federation to continue organizing volunteers with Meals on Wheels in his place. He still plans to remain a volunteer, and says, “I’ve been on many boards of many activities, and I enjoy this one more than anything else. You realize that some of the people really need the meals and, in many cases, you’re the only person they speak to. You see people who are in desperate need and in terrible physical shape. You see a different type of life. I found it fascinating, and as long as I’m able to do it, I’m going to do it.” Chalphin would also like potential new volunteers to know that it’s a great way to do something worthwhile and rewarding without any board meetings, executives or lectures. The Federation is now the only Jewish organization involved with Meals on Wheels in Sarasota, according to Chalphin. We are thrilled to continue expanding our community partnerships and make a difference in the lives of our volunteers and those in need. For more information or to volunteer for Meals on Wheels through the Federation, contact me at 941.343.2106 or


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Havdalah Drum Circle brings community together By Amber Ikeman


aturday, April 6 was not just an ordinary Saturday night. It was a night during which nearly 100 Jews from all generations gathered together on Siesta Key Beach for “Sand, Song and Schmooze: A Havdalah Drum Circle.” Young children and their families mingled with teens, young adults, adults and seniors for a truly communal event. Children enjoyed crafts and activities such as making shakers and edible drums and drumsticks (cookie and pretzel decorating). As the sun began to set, our drummers arrived and formed a circle on the beach. We led the drummers and the crowd in a musical Havdalah ceremony, while four young girls held the beautiful Havdalah candles in the center of the circle. Havdalah was followed by a spirited jam session of Jewish favorites, and then the drummers took off into an energetic beat, accompanied by plenty of dancing. Len Steinberg, a member of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee staff and active member of the Federation’s Young Adult Division (YAD) said, “We live in such a spectacular location, filled with beauty at every corner. How could one not want to take advantage of it?! It’s wonderful to see so many people gathered on the beach participating in activities at places that we as a family want to be at anyway!” The purpose of the event was to bring families together from all around the community to engage in a pluralistic, fun event. Kids went home with new Jewish friends they may not have met otherwise, and families from varying backgrounds and affiliations had the chance

to meet one another as well. Each of the Sarasota synagogues were represented by either professional staff, lay leadership or congregants. The event was sponsored by the Federation and The PJ Library program, with promotional support from the area synagogues. Chaired by Suzanne Hurwitz, the Federation’s Family Programming Committee has already begun to plan the next family event. The committee has had several brainstorming sessions to come up with events that best suit the needs of the community. We plan to have another community-wide event in the fall. Following the success of this event, we want to continue to provide you and your family quality programs and opportunities to meet other Jews in the community. If you are interested in getting involved with family programming or would like to offer ideas or feedback, please contact me at 941.343.2106 or

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Federation makes a difference Just a note to tell you how much my husband, our friends and I enjoyed the Havdalah Drum Circle event last evening. How fortunate we are to be able to celebrate a beautiful Jewish custom on a public beach. Your enthusiasm and planning made for an enjoyable and spiritual experience. Hopefully, more of the Sarasota Jewish community will have the opportunity to participate in another Havadalah service on Siesta Key. Thanks for a meaningful experience. Sincerely, Margo and Barry Friedman


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Final report for The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee: Travel Funds Grant


n 2012, The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee presented a $15,000 grant to Mote Marine Laboratory to support the Mote-Israel Cooperative Marine Project. The grant provided travel expenses for scientists from Mote Marine to travel to Israel and for Israeli scientists to travel to Sarasota to work at Mote Marine. Dr. Michael P. Crosby, Mote Senior Vice President, traveled to Israel in the summer of 2012 as part of his role as a U.S. Governor for the U.S.-Israeli Binational Science Foundation, and then spent time with his colleagues at the Inter-University Institute (IUI) in Eilat in order to plan future meetings and the development of joint research projects under the Mote-Israel Cooperative Marine Research Program. The IUI is the primary Red Sea marine research laboratory in Israel and is shared by multiple universities. Dr. Crosby’s partnerships with IUI scientists dates back to the mid-1990s when he led the Red Sea Marine Peace Park Research, Monitoring and Resource Management Program with Dr. Avi Baranes (Director Emeritus of the IUI), who had been a former graduate student of Mote’s Founding Director, Dr. Eugenie Clark, many years ago. As a result of Dr. Crosby’s summer 2012 meetings in Israel, four Mote scientists – Drs. Emily Hall, Ken Leber, Erinn Muller and Kim Ritchie – traveled to Israel later in 2012 with the help of Federation funds. Dr. Leber (Mote Associate Vice President for Fisheries and Aquaculture) met with the Director of the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture and the Director’s staff to discuss fisheries stock enhancement opportunities in Israel. Dr. Leber also planned a new fisheries stock enhancement initiative in the Sea of Galilee with the Director of the Kinneret Limnological Laboratory, her staff, and Chief Science Advisor for the Ministry of Agriculture. Joint Mote-Israel projects were discussed with officials and researchers at the National Center for Mariculture in Eilat. Drs. Hall (Mote Program Manager for Ocean Acidification Research), Muller (Mote Postdoctoral Fellow) and Ritchie (Mote Program Manager for Marine Microbiology) worked with Israeli scientists at the IUI in Eilat. These Mote scientists worked most directly with Dr. Maoz Fine (Senior Lecturer at Bar-Ilan University and IUI Researcher), Dr. Amatzia Genin (IUI Scientific Director), and Dr. Baranes to collaborate on research and proposal

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writing for the Mote-IUI Coral Reef Ecosystems Research Initiative. At IUI, Mote scientists conducted briefings on Mote Marine Laboratory and its work relevant to ocean acidification and coral stress for students and postdoctoral scientists working with Dr. Fine, and provided formal seminars on coral stress and disease to IUI faculty, staff and students. Dr. Baranes consulted with Mote scientists on relevant Inter-University Institute in Eilat, Israel work conducted at IUI as well as the ecology, geology and physical ocean- in fields of Ocean Acidification, Cliography of the Gulf of Aqaba and Red mate Change, Coral Reef Ecology, and Marine Biology, made presentations to Sea region. Drs. Hall, Muller and Ritchie visit- Mote staff and other scientists, and gave ed underwater research sites in the Gulf a lecture at Mote that was open to the of Aqaba via snorkel and SCUBA and, public. The Federation is proud to supin addition to conducting collaborative research, facilitated discussions on a port initiatives like this one through our joint IUI/Mote proposal for American overseas granting process. For more inand Israeli scientists to the U.S. Nation- formation about Federation grants, conal Science Foundation’s International tact Marty Haberer at 941.552.6303 or Collaborations in Organismal Biology program. A full proposal has resulted and was submitted to NSF by the team of MoteIUI scientists. Federation funds also helped offset trip expenses for Dr. Fine to visit Mote in March 2013. During Dr. Fine’s visit, collaborative research on ocean acidification and coral reefs continued with Drs. Hall, Muller and Ritchie. Dr. Fine, who is a leading scientist Mote scientists Drs. Kim Ritchie, Emily Hall and Erinn Muller in Israel



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Yom HaShoah anniversary marked by TBS and the Federation By Orna Nissan and Joel Servetz


n a recent warm, sunny Sarasota afternoon, more than 200 people gathered at Temple Beth Sholom to mark Yom HaShoah with two very meaningful observances. At 3:00 p.m., students, clergy and community leaders led the dedication of the Community Remember Me Holocaust Organic Fruit Tree Orchard. At 4:15 p.m., the community gathered in the TBS sanctuary for a communitywide Yom HaShoah observance. These events were sponsored by The Rabbinical Association of Sarasota-Manatee, The Rosenthal Family Fund, Blumenthal Family Fund, The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, and Temple Beth Sholom. The Orchard is a uniquely beautiful memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. The setting is both powerful and serene as it provides a means for survivors and the generations who follow to honor the memory of those who were lost. The first six trees were dedicated as a representative of each family addressed the assembled audience, telling the story of the person they were honoring. Following the blessing of the garden

Sierra Van Such and Ben Weber touched all those who were in attendance. Sarasota resident, Holocaust survivor, and educator Dr. Helen Fagin read a heartbreaking poem that she wrote about a child who lost his life. Orna Nissan, Director of Holocaust Education and Israel Programs at The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, said, “Sunday’s Community Remember Me Holocaust Organic Fruit Tree Orchard Dedication was both moving and profound as we were able to link our future generations and our community to the Shoah and its lessons. Powerful and heart-wrenching, the ceremony was a significant milestone that both educated and connected our next generation, carrying the torch forward while honoring the past.” Peter Lederer and Edie Chaifetz delivered a strong message honoring the memory Moving commentary was delivered by four local teenagers: Foster Swartz, Sierra Van Such, Marisa Bregg and Ben Weber of their lost relatives –

by Rabbi Joel Mishkin, members of the Goldie Feldman Academy Band played music from the movie Schindler’s List. Each of the families who were dedicating the first six trees were then given an opportunity, led by Rabbi Joel Mishkin and Hazzan Jeffrey Weber, to recite the El Moley memorial prayer for their departed loved ones. The tree-planting dedication ceremony for the forgotten child victims of the Holocaust was particularly memorable as the speeches delivered by teenagers Foster Swartz, Marisa Bregg,

The entrance to the Community Remember Me Orchard (photo by Joel Servetz)

The Community Remember Me Orchard with the first six trees (photo by Joel Servetz)

that by coming together as a people and combining our love and our efforts, we were able to assure that the message of zachor – the command to remember – lives on. To plant a tree in the Garden to memorialize a loved one, contact Orna Nissan at 941.552.6305 or onissan@

Emotional “Remember Us” program By Foster Swartz


t is not uncommon to forget. Yes, keys will often be misplaced and television remotes lost indefinitely amongst the vast cushions of one’s sofa, not to mention the ordeal of losing the date of a loved one’s birthday. It seems that forgetting is a normal part of each human’s daily life, and the strange ones are those who never forget. Why, then, is it so necessary to always and unfailingly remember the Holocaust? If anything, it seems that we would want to forget something so awful and demeaning to us, and would without hesitation attempt to block it out altogether. However, there is some-

thing unique about the Jewish people; we do not forget the victims of the Holocaust. We do not turn a blind eye. We do not forget. As testimony to this, the wonderful program known simply as “Remember Us” memorializes the life of every child lost so unnecessarily early in the travesty that was the Holocaust. A few fortunate children and myself were all bestowed with the great honor of planting the first trees in the Community Remember Me Holocaust Organic Fruit Tree Orchard in memory of a few other very, very brave children who, although stripped of their lives

long ago, will now be able to live in our hearts and in our community for as long as time abides. Aside from the manifestation of nervousness and anxiety that accompanies giving a speech in front of an audience of emotional Jewish adults, I would not forfeit such an opportunity for anything on this planet. Whether it was by giving powerful speeches, planting the first trees of a memorial garden, reciting solemn blessings, or simply remembering Yom HaShoah, I am proud to recall such a day as this, a day that serves as the expression of the voices of a new generation and as the inspira-

tion for all generations to come. How four children (Ben, Marisa, Sierra and I) were able to impact history in a single day of remembrance should never be forgotten. If it takes only one person to make a difference and a few to start a revolutionary orchard, imagine what all of us can do together. The “Remember Us” program in which I participated is not designed to remind people of a dreadful past. It is a way to preserve our memories so that we may continue to build a better tomorrow.

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his past month I was honored to our responsibility to always prevent the have the opportunity to plan the spread of hate, resonated deeply with University of South Florida Hil- the audience. We also had students read selections lel’s second Yom HaShoah commemoration event, “Students of the Night.” of poetry and literature written by peoThe event was held on the evening of ple who lived through the Holocaust. The goal was Tuesday, April 9 in the Marshall Student Cento engage students as much as possible ter on campus and had with the event and to a turnout of about one show the audience hundred students, faculthe people from all ty and community memwalks of life who bers. suffered during the We were privileged Holocaust. The stuto work with the Speakers Bureau of Sarasota dents specifically and have Holocaust surrepresented the poElyse Warren and Paul Molnar vivor Paul Molnar speak litical prisoners, at our event and educate the audience Jews, the minority groups, the children, on his life and the lessons we can take and the righteous among the nations. away from the Holocaust. Listening to Some of the texts the students read him speak was very moving and in- from included testimony from Sachsenspirational. His words that we should hausen victims, Primo Levi and Jerzy never become bystanders and that it is Ficowski.

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, one of the students read a letter from Emmanuel Ringelblum’s Notes from the Warsaw Ghetto discussing the sewer and Aktions after the uprising. Paul Molnar (center) with several of the 100 USF students who attended “Students of the Night” After the speakers finished we concluded with two of our but through the literature and survivor Hillel students performing Hatikvah, testimony as we had that night, we may then had other students light the six be able to contextualize it and bear witcandles which we placed on a display ness. I believe that is what our audience table. Next to the table, the audience took away that night. This moving event could not have had an opportunity to look at items from a teaching trunk provided by the been created without the help of the Florida Holocaust Museum and other Speakers Bureau of Sarasota, Orna texts from our library’s Holocaust and Nissan, the Federation’s Director of Holocaust Education and Israel ProGenocide Studies Center. As Theodore Adorno once de- grams, and the amazing students at the scribed, there is no language to de- University of South Florida. scribe the atrocities of the Holocaust,


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2013 Bob Malkin Young Ambassadors enthusiastic to leave for Israel By Amber Ikeman and Len Steinberg


ust 12 days into the month of June, twelve students from the SarasotaManatee area will venture off to the homeland of the Jewish people, Israel. The Bob Malkin Young Ambassadors Teen Leadership Mission is a magnificent program offered by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. The purpose of this educational and spiritual mission is to help these teens develop leadership skills as they learn firsthand the importance of Israel to Jews around the world. Each Young Ambassador went through a process that involved applying for the mission and being interviewed by a selection committee chaired by Anne Stein. The BMYA program is quite unique in that it is truly a year-long process that encompasses leadership training before and after the mission as well as a commitment to service in the community. This year’s Young Ambassadors participated in five training sessions that are structured to give participants leadership skills and knowledge to not only advocate for the State of Israel, but also to bond while learning about Israel’s deep history and culture. Young Ambassador participant

Jake Hurwitz said, “These training sessions have helped paint a picture of what will be experienced during the mission as well as the work that needs to be done when we get back. I look

well as spiritual and cultural opportunities like Shabbat services and meals. One of the most impactful parts of the trip is that the participants will be staying with Israeli host families in Sarasota’s partner city, Kiryat Yam, to get a glimpse of real Israel life and interact with Israeli peers. Upon their arrival back into the States, the Young Ambassadors will again participate in training sessions that will educate them about becoming leaders in the community, and are expected to volunteer Top row: Alex Eiffert, Cecelia Bean, Sydney Ralph, Ike Pintchuck, their time, share their IsraJake Hurwitz, Madison Bryan; bottom row: Brittney Mintz, el experiences, and spread Andrew Wolfson, Jake Lefton, Jessie Greenberg; their knowledge about not pictured: Noah Haberer, Allie Campbell Israel. We will debrief on forward to becoming enthralled in all the experience and begin to create our that Israel has to offer!” own social action project. During the The Young Ambassadors will spend mission, each student is given a jour15 days exploring Israel’s most beauti- nal to keep track of their thoughts and ful and important sites, including the it will also be used in the post-mission Western Wall, Golan Heights, Dead Sea, Masada, Tel Aviv, Tzfat, Haifa and EVENT SPACE more. The trip will also include educational opportunities and speakers as AVAILABLE


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June 2013

My March of the Living experience By Brandon Ikeman


recently returned from March of the Living, a two-week mission to Poland and Israel, with four other teens from Sarasota-Manatee that The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee sponsored. Already going through a time of big changes in my life, this life-altering trip allowed me to reflect on and connect with my roots, making me a stronger person. We started our journey in Krakow, Poland, one of the main centers of Jewish life before the Holocaust. Walking the streets of Kazimierz, where most Jews lived, I could feel our 1,000-year history here and got a glimpse of Jewish life before the Holocaust. We saw the graves and heard the stories of great rabbis and scholars who shaped the way Judaism is today. We then proceeded to the area of town where a ghetto was instated. Seeing the rounded tops of the ghetto walls showed an intentional resemblance to tombstones, only a hint at the horrific fate that its citizens would encounter. We were very fortunate to have

five Holocaust survivors join us on the caust Remembrance Day), 10,000 Jews March. Spending two weeks with them, from around the world, each of whom I got to know them all, not just for their I was able to form an instant connecstories, but as great people with strong tion with, flooded the camps with Israeli flags. This was spirits. We gave them one of the proudstrength to get through est moments of my the trip, but they gave us life as we stood in more strength. For a few the footsteps of our of them, it was their first brothers and sisters time back in Poland, and who were marched for survivor Joe Eckstein to their death. The of Boca Raton, one of his energy and spirit first times speaking about that we brought his horrific, near-death exshowed the Naperience at Auschwitz. Auschwitz and Birkezis that we’re still here, as strong as nau already had an eerie ever, and that they feeling of stillness, and the Brandon Ikeman at the March of the Living in Poland didn’t win. cold weather added a level We started off one day with a trip of tension. But seeing Joe look at his surroundings while telling us his story, to the small town of Tykocin. We visI could feel that it was all coming back ited a beautiful synagogue from the 17th to him in his head. Joe never lost faith century in the center of the town. We through his experience and his faith is had heard that March of the Living is still strong today. one of the few groups that ever visits On the actual March from Auschwitz this synagogue every year. Rabbi Meir to Birkenau on Yom HaShoah (Holo- Tanenbaum of Dallas spoke to us about how the synagogue was the key element in Jewish life. We suddenly broke out into dancing, and singing every Jewish song that we knew at the top of our lungs. It felt as if we were breathing life back into the synagogue. Soon after, we visited three mass grave sites, tucked away in a nearby forJANE AND BERNARD est, where the town’s 1,800 Jews were ISAACS FAMILY tragically rounded up and shot on AuPHILANTHROPIC FUND gust 25, 1941. Moments like this made me realize just a portion of the pure horIN MEMORY OF ror that the Holocaust inflicted on our Bernie Isaacs Harriett Ansell Linda and Joe Cooper Evelyn Edwards Eileen and Ted Goldman Renee and Theodore Kasper Ina and Charles Logue Stephanie and Sydney Louis Iris and Robert Shamaskin Roberta Steiner Scott Steiner Bryna and Howard Tevlowitz Judy Weinstein

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ing memorial service and then headed straight to the airport to fly to Israel. or me, the transition between Poland and Israel was the most moving experience. Within the span of a few hours, I was released out of the depths of this “hell” and arrived in Israel, our beautiful homeland. This is when I realized our absolute necessity for this land, as Israel is hatikvah – the hope. And we, Jewish teens, are the hope – the hope for a vibrant future, the hope to never forget, and the hope for Am Yisrael Chai, the Jewish people live! In Israel, we experienced Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism. Yom HaZikaron is one of the saddest days of the year. No barbecues or sales are to be found. Every radio station plays songs of mourning all day long, and Israelis wear white shirts and “yizkor” remembrance stickers. Most Israeli families either have a fallen soldier of their own or know of one. Every city in Israel holds a memorial service. We attended the service in Kiryat Yam, Sarasota’s partner city. The name of every fallen soldier from Kiryat Yam lost since 1948, about two hundred, was displayed along with their picture. Actions like this show how tight-knit a community Israel is when it comes to honoring those who lost their lives to protect the Jewish state for Israelis and Jews everywhere. Following this mournful day was Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day – one of the happiest days of the year. We enjoyed a lively celebration on Ben Yehuda Street, a march through the old city, and a concert with thousands of other marchers. Many, myself included, were wondering why such contrasting days would be so close to one another. They are tightly linked to show the joyous state that we have while remembering that it Brandon Ikeman, Roxanne Felig, Crystal Greenberg, Noah Haberer, would not have been posSadie Guttman, Sarah Wertheimer, Ahlohn Wolf sible without the sacrifice people. Since so many people had died paid by so many. for Judaism here, our rabbis reminded This trip has increased my faith in us how we need to now live for it! This Judaism so much that I now view it as is the essence of March of the Living. something so fundamental and insepaOur last sight in Poland was at rable from myself. Being able to share Majdanek, the camp outside of Lublin. this experience through two very difThe majority of this camp is still stand- ferent countries with so many other ing today, unlike the others which were Jews proved to me Judaism is alive and partially or totally destroyed. We de- strong, and that the Nazis did not win. scended into the camp through a monu- This trip made me so thankful for all of ment designed to symbolize the “gates the blessings I have in my life. Howof hell.” At the far end of the camp stood ever, this is a March which is not yet a mausoleum containing several hun- complete. I have learned that we need dred tons of ashes of victims. Why did to be upstanders to make sure that the this happen? Why were babies and chil- Holocaust never happens again. dren victims? Why could they not have For more information about March the right to be Jewish, the right to own of the Living, contact Orna Nissan at shoes of their own, the right to LIVE? 941.552.6305 or At this mausoleum, we held an inspir-


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Interfaith mission, part two: Friends learning and living together By Rabbi Howard A. Simon, Chair of The Robert and Esther Heller Israel Advocacy Initiative


he date was Monday, April 8; through schools like Hand In Hand, are the site, Tampa International bringing Arab and Jewish children toAirport; the reason, twenty-two gether in the classroom where they learn Jews and Christians boarding our plane together, play together, share meals for Philadelphia where we transferred together and come to love one another to our flight to Israel and the beginning as friends and playmates. of The Jewish Federation of We wanted our Sarasota-Manatee’s second group to see the Israel interfaith mission to Israel. that guarantees reliMarty Haberer, Jeremy gious freedom for all Lisitza, Rona Simon and faiths, the Israel that yours truly had spent weeks respects the meanplanning the trip, and now ing of religious sites our eighteen non-Jewish fellike the Jordan River, low passengers joined us to the Sea of Galilee, take a step into a world the and the Church of the vast majority of our travelHoly Sepulcher. We ers had heard of, studied and introduced our fellow Rabbi Howard A. Simon dreamed of visiting. And travelers to our sister now the reality of it all was about to city, Kiryat Yam, where we shared Yom happen. The Federation’s Israel mission HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut, where was launched. we met Ethiopian Jews who have come Many have asked, “Why does the to call this city home, and where the Federation become so involved in pro- mayor is determined to make his city grams such as this?” The answer is we one of the most caring communities in want the leadership of our community all of Israel. to see, feel and know the true Israel, not Israel is a magical land that has a the one that is so often attacked in the way of transposing those who walk its media, not the one that is described as streets into people who love the land, constantly preparing for its next con- respect the challenges that face its peofrontation with its neighbors. The Israel ple, and making one sorry to leave its we wanted to introduce to our friends is midst, but counting the days until they the Israel that reaches out to its Arab and return. Christian citizens, the Israel that houses Is that the reaction our mission Yad Vashem (the premier Holocaust members had regarding our beloved Memorial in the world), the Israel that, Jewish state? Let me share with you

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some of the experiences we had in Israel. Rona and I joined Reverend Henry Porter as he sought to purchase two tallisim, one for himself and one for his father, Bishop Henry Porter, who was about to celebrate his 44th anniversary leading his church and its loving people. One of our Missionaries was so taken by the Ethiopian children at Kiryat Yam that he determined to head up a group that would see to it that twentyfive laptop computers would be given to the children in the elementary school to help bring them into the 21st century of learning. Pastor Randy Burt was so moved by what he and his wife, Pastor Hope Burt, saw in Israel that he determined this must be shared with his congregation. He has started planning a congregational journey to the Holy Land to see the marvels that are a part of every inch of Israel. Most important of all, our group determined our relationship would not end with the conclusion of our journey. We have already gotten together to rethink all that we learned on this mission. We have begun to share each other’s lives as they are lived in our community and, best of all, we are determined to tell the

real story of Israel to our congregations, to our friends and to our community. Our Jewish Federation has become home to all who traveled with us to Israel. The staff of the Federation are no longer just names; they are recognized as persons who care deeply about all who enter our doors and are respected for the outreach to the nonJewish community that has become the hallmark of our Federation. I am proud to be a part of this outreach program, because the only way our people and our beloved State of Israel will become a part of the entire community is if we all walk together, talk together, study together and, yes, pray together. The process began with our ten days in Israel, it continues today, and will be a part of our lives forever. That is the magic of Israel. That is the blessing of outreach. All we have to do is believe in each other, join together as we dream for a better tomorrow, and have the heart to make those dreams a reality now and for all of our tomorrows. To learn about how you can get involved with the Heller IAI, please visit www. or contact Jessi Sheslow at 941.343.2109 or jsheslow@jfedsrq. org.


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he staff and leadership of The Jewish News are proud to welcome Sammy Robbins, Sarah Tedesco and Andrew Wolfson as this year’s Joseph J. Edlin Journalism Interns. This paid internship program, generously funded by Sarasota resident Miriam “Mimi” Edlin and her family through the Joseph J. Edlin Endowment Summer Journalism Internship Fund, provides an opportunity for area students, aged 16-22, to get real world experience with a professional publica-

tion, as well as learn about the Jewish nonprofit world. In years past, we have had just one intern per summer. However, due to Mrs. Edlin’s generously increased gift, we were able to bring three young writers onto our team this year. The endowment fund is administered by the Jewish Federation of St. Louis; the St. Louis Jewish Light publication is also a beneficiary of the fund. Sammy Robbins is in her junior year at Pine View School. She has received

awards for her participation in rowing crew. She went on the Federation’s Bob Malkin Young Ambassadors Teen Leadership Mission to Israel last summer and recently attended the AIPAC Policy Conference. Sarah Tedesco is pursuing a B.A. in Journalism at Emerson College in Boston. She writes for Isis magazine, is a correspondent and staff position holder for the Berkeley Beacon, and works as a photographer for multiple organizations. She was a participant on the

Young Ambassadors program as well as March of the Living. Andrew Wolfson is in his third year at Southeast High School. He is very involved in theatre, rowing, swimming and running, and is a member of the Writing Club at his school. He will be going on his first trip to Israel this summer on the Young Ambassadors program. The first articles by Sammy, Sarah and Andrew as interns appear below and on the following page.

The impact of Jewish summer camp By Sammy Robbins, Joseph J. Edlin Journalism Intern


he Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee recently distributed $50,000 in grants to enable 70 area youths to attend Jewish summer camps this summer. Speaking from seven years of experience, Jewish summer camp is a lifechanging opportunity. Thousands of teenagers from all corners of a region descend Sammy Robbins on one area, secluded in the wilderness, to create lifelong bonds with Jewish peers. My camp experience, at Camp Ramah Darom and Ramah in the Rockies, created a Jewish

community for me and became the basis of my ritual understanding. The Federation’s generous grants were given to families to support a broad range of Jewish camps, one of which included the Ramah Camping Movement. An arm of Conservative Judaism, the Ramah Camping Movement impacts close to 9,000 young Jewish teens every summer. Although I was just one of the 9,000, I felt the full weight of an inspirational Jewish summer camp experience. Daily morning services, glatt kosher meals, tefillin-making classes, “Yom Sport” (spirit day) and learning conversational Hebrew were just some of the events that made the month so enriching. I was fortunate enough to meet a small portion of the 9,000 and form

longtime friendships. During the school year, I keep in touch with my close camp friends and occasionally travel to visit them. Because everyone is Jewish, a bond sparks immediately. A month spent living, breathing and eating with the same people spurs a closer, everlasting bond. The Jewish summer camp experience is one that I know has shaped my Jewish values. Observing Shabbat, singing Hatikvah along with the Star Spangled Banner at important events, and hearing announcements in both Hebrew and English strengthened my identity as a member of the Jewish faith. These summers expose teenagers to an environment where “being Jewish” is automatically the majority, where wearing a kippah is the norm, and many walk

around with Jewish stars dangling from jewelry. The Federation’s combined $50,000 in grant money has given an even greater number of young Jews a chance to be a part of this transformative experience. Everywhere I go, I find someone I spent a summer with at camp – the AIPAC Policy Conference or a precollege summer program, to name just two. Jewish summer camp relationships endure, along with Judaic values that counselors and camp rabbis instill in campers like me. For more information about camp grants and other opportunities for Jewish youth in Sarasota, contact Amber Ikeman at 941.343.2106 or aikeman@

Federation, New College Foundation and Hillels of the Florida Suncoast host Shabbat dinner By Andrew Wolfson, Joseph J. Edlin Journalism Intern


n Friday, April 19, The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, New College Foundation and Hillels of the Florida Suncoast hosted Shabbat services, discussion and dinner for donors, students and community members who have helped support Hillel. The event was held at the Keating Center on the New College campus and sponsored by the Federation. Andrew Wolfson New College of Florida is a national leader in the arts and sciences, and is Florida’s designated honors college for the liberal arts. It enrolls 850 students each year and provides an intellectually rigorous curriculum and highly individualized collaboration with faculty. The New College Hillel is indicative of these ideals. In joining the New College Hillel, one definitely gets quality. Rabbi Ed Rosenthal, the region’s Hillel rabbi and former rabbi for Cornell University, teaches weekly classes on the Torah and Kabbalah. According to the Hillel’s student Shabbat Coordinator, the discussions are wonderful and insightful. He says that he enjoys it very much and sees Rabbi Rosenthal as a terrific

teacher. Among other events, the Hillel coordinates large get-togethers for the local surrounding Hillels. All of this could not be possible, though, without support. The evening began with an opening speech from Rabbi Rosenthal. In his speech, he had said that those at New College want to learn and that being at a small school, the students know how to appreciate quality over quantity. He said he couldn’t have been more pleased upon discovering this at the college. Towards the end of his speech, he said something that struck me as very interesting. He called the students not children of Judaism, which they in many ways are, but rather builders – builders of new Judaic ideas to be carried on to the next generation. Elizabeth Burger, the acting president this year, had her own tradition that she wanted to carry on. In her family they always say something good and bad about their week, and so for a brief intermission those sitting with us did. At each table there was a board member representing the New College Hillel who led us in this as well as an accompanying discussion on Judaism – what it meant to us and how we felt about it. We continued the evening with prayers led by the Hillel board members, with our Federation’s own Amber Ikeman on guitar. We rounded off the

Amber Ikeman entertains the audience at the Shabbat dinner

evening with dinner, closing prayers and a short farewell from the New College Hillel and the Federation. In attendance as representatives of the New College Hillel were the acting board members. Sitting at the table with me that evening was the Hillel’s student Shabbat Coordinator, whose primary job is to put on the bi-monthly Shabbat dinner. I asked him what he liked most about Hillel and what drew him to it in the first place. He told me that he had enjoyed the idea of people keeping true to their Jewish roots and liked the idea of a close spiritual connection that is only obtained through being around others of the same religion. Even though Hillel is usually only for Jews, the New College Hillel, sticking true to its college’s idea

of acceptance, allows anyone who is interested to join. At present, they have an average of 25 students attending each event, but are gladly looking forward to seeing bright new faces. I also had the pleasure of getting to know some of the students. Elizabeth Burger has been an acting board member since her freshman year. She had a very Jewish upbringing and in high school took that passion for Judaism and started a Jewish union. The rabbi’s daughter, Gabe, as she is affectionately known, was at the dinner. She is a member of the Eckerd College Hillel and next year is going to be on its board. Gabe said many positive things about the event. She was glad to see that

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Coping with tragedy: The Boston Marathon bombing By Sarah Tedesco, Joseph J. Edlin Journalism Intern


n Monday, April 15, I woke up late. I pressed the snooze button on my cell phone alarm one too many times and decided not to physically cheer on my friend running in the Boston Marathon at the finish line, but instead on social media updating friends on every mile she completed. On that day, oversleeping saved my life. Two American citizens, one the same age as Sarah Tedesco me, left a city in tears and terrified. Two bombs were set off killing three innocent people and injuring more than 250 others. Mindless violence exploded in my front yard, and a blast of emotional scrap metal in the form of shock, confusion and anger left me asking myself one question, “What is going on?” My plans for the evening were brought to quick halt. It was Yom HaAtzmaut and the Hillel at my school, Emerson College, had a celebration planned. However, after witnessing a terrorist attack in our own city, the group decided a celebration wasn’t appropriate. For the first time, I celebrated Yom HaAtzmaut in the same mind-

set Israelis do. I felt the fear of taking each step and leaving the comfort of my home. I felt the cluelessness that comes with terrorism, and the sadness for the loss and injury of loved ones. A common thought that flooded my college’s campus was the question of why. Why would a young teenager who attended college not too far from Emerson decide to bomb the Boston Marathon and lead Boston’s first-responders on a 24-hour manhunt just a few days later? Instead of asking why, we need to be asking ourselves how we can fix the hate strangling our world, not just in Boston. Tragedy usually sends a sense of fear and a loss of community towards its victims. In Boston, this feeling never came. The Emerson College community and people of Greater Boston came

together to make ourselves “Boston Strong.” I quote these words because no city is strong after their own have attacked them. No city can stand straight when we are looking left and right to make sure another suspect does not drop a mysterious backpack next to our feet. Boston was broken. But moments after the initial disruption, the city came together to heal. We grieved the loss of an eight-year-old boy just beginning his life, and kept the families of two young women, murdered in the name of hate, in our hearts. My Yom HaAtzmaut was far different this year than the ones in the past. This year I realized that I am just as affected by the violence Israelis face every day. I realized that cities throughout America could be under constant bomb threats. My day was spent realizing that as an American Jew I have to help other social justice leaders in my community realize that the idea of hate is universal. For me, it took being in the middle of an attack to realize I will never be guaranteed safety. No one is. During my trips to Israel with the 2010 Bob Malkin Young Ambassadors Memorial for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing and with the 2011 March

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Andrew Wolfson...continued from previous page the dinner brought together so many people, and commented that the matzoh ball soup, provided by Michael’s On East, (as was the rest of the meal), was wonderful. On Hillel overall, she said she enjoys the community aspect of it and thinks it’s a great way for people to get to meet each other. The members in attendance from the Federation, as well as other donors, said they enjoyed getting to see the faces of the lives they’ve helped improve. This, though, isn’t the only the thing the Federation does for local students. The Federation also runs SKIP (Send a Kid to Israel, which provides funding for high school and college-age kids to

go to Israel. While I was at the dinner I was lucky enough to see a member of the Hillel board receive the news that she will be going to Israel through this program. It brought a great smile to her face. The Federation supports Hillel through social justice trips, leadership development programs, Shabbat dinners and guest speakers. Its goal is to see Jewish lives in the community enhanced and hopes that by creating these programs the “young people of Sarasota can have meaningful Jewish experiences and positive memories about their experiences on campus.”

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he Association of Professional Jewish Artists (APJA) hosted a two-day exhibit at the Arthur and Beatrice Michaels Cultural and Activity Center in the Flanzer/Weinberg Building on the Jewish Federation Campus on Monday and Tuesday, April 22 and 23. Painters, jewelry designers, basket weavers, and sculptors showed their work which was for sale. Sponsored by APJA and the donors of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, this event drew visitors and local talents who wanted to support their fellow artists. The camaraderie amongst the artists was obvious. We were glad to see so many talented artists enthusiastic about showing their work in Sarasota. We encourage all artists in any media who qualify, to join APJA and participate in planning future events. Ronni Miller, writing teacher and novelist, organized the spokenword portion of the program on Tuesday. Reader participants were Joan Magiet, who read her award-winning poetry; Ronni Miller, who read from her forthcoming novel; Beverly Newman, who read her poem and essay; Kim Sheintal, who read from her book, Jews of Sarasota-Manatee; and Karen Weinstein, who read from her forthcoming collection of anecdotal stories,

Hubby and the Roses. Among the visual artists who participated were Sheldon Bloom (sculptor), Miriam Cassell (artist), Estelle Chakrin (jewelry), Barby Comins (wire sculpture), Joan Michlin/Skip Ennis (jewelry), Jamie Kirkell (fabric painter), Stuart Krupkin (artist), George Magiet (sculptor), Albert Oykherman (artist), Harry Samtur (collage artist), Dale Sprinz (jewelry), Lenore Tishman (basket weaver), and Arlene Turner (artist and writer). “We hope,” said co-coordinator Kim Sheintal, “that this exhibit will become a yearly tradition in Sarasota.”

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Call for second annual Eight over 80 award nominations


he Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Housing Council Foundation is calling for 2014 nominations of eight philanthropic business leaders/ volunteers who are at least 80 years of age and have a history of ongoing dedication to the betterment of the community. Nominees should be role models who exhibit leadership, activism, altruism and philanthropy. Eight over 80 honorees who were recognized for 2013 are Margot and Warren Coville, Gerard Daniel, Beatrice Friedman, Dan Paradies, Stanley Kane, Carol and Mort Siegler, Betty Schoenbaum, and Marilyn and Irving Naiditch. Eight over 80 is the first event of its kind in this area. Its goal is to honor and celebrate Sarasota and Manatee’s senior citizens who continue to participate actively in the community and defy any stereotypes about slowing down. Their

engines are still revving, ready to act on behalf of a worthy cause or project. The Jewish Housing Council Foundation is the fundraising arm of the Jewish Housing Council, which operates the Kobernick-Anchin retirement community. It sponsors the Eight over 80 event with support from other community sponsors. Proceeds raised benefit the residents of the KobernickAnchin campus. Eight over 80 award nominations are being accepted through Saturday, June 15, and will be evaluated by a committee composed of the event chair and Foundation board members. Awards will be presented at a brunch at Michael’s On East in November 2014. To obtain a nomination form, please contact Director of Development Denise Cotler at 941.377.0781 x404 or


June 2013


Sarasota resident to lead Bingo afternoon benefits national organization All Faiths Food Bank By Sara Benesch

By Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman


emple Emanu-El Religious School families grabbed cards and blotters, listened to the numbers being called, and tried to achieve picture frames, four corners, diamonds and blackouts at a Bingo afternoon to benefit All Faiths Food Bank on Sunday, April 7. Sponsored by the Temple EmanuEl Ways & Means Committee, the afternoon raised money for the synagogue’s Kids to Kids BackPack Program. Working in conjunction with All Faiths Food Bank, Temple Emanu-El Religious School students gather after Hebrew school every two weeks to pack nearly

arbara Z. Sander has been elect- 2001, Barbara and Joe lived on their ed by the Brandeis National boat for five years, traveling over 14,000 Committee (BNC) to become miles during the summer, as they cirits next National President, and to serve cumnavigated the U.S. and Canada, on the University’s Board of Trustees. and living at marinas in Florida in the As a “friends group” of the Brandeis winter. They returned to St. Louis periUniversity, rather than an alumni group, odically to visit their blended family of BNC’s mission is to support the univer- four children and five grandchildren as sity. well as Barbara’s 96-year-old mother. Since 2011, Barbara has been BNC When asked what her goals as PresNational Vice President of ident of Brandeis National Leadership Development Committee will be, she while remaining active in answered that she would BNC Sarasota. Moving to like to: build excitement Lakewood Ranch in 2006, about belonging to the Barbara and her husband BNC as well as pride in Joe quickly became active Brandeis University; and in volunteer and cultural strengthen the connection activities. She served as between chapter members president of the BNC Saraand the university through sota/Manatee chapter from understanding that mem2009 to 2011, and on the bers are supporting uniBarbara Sander boards of the SaraMana versity research into ORT chapter and the Fine Arts Society neuro-degenerative diseases. of Sarasota. Prior to moving to Sarasota, The BNC Sarasota chapter could Barbara and her husband resided in St. not be prouder to send forth such an Louis, Missouri, where she also served outstanding member of the community as President of the St. Louis chapter of and, knowing that she will lead the orBNC. ganization from strength to strength, Upon retiring from social work in they wish her the best of luck.

Synagogue Council creates Social Action subcommittee By Laurie Lachowitzer, President


he Synagogue Council of Sara- committee supported the efforts of sota-Manatee has created a So- Carolina Sitrin, who recently hosted a cial Action subcommittee to help mission to Cuba. Sitrin is a representain the cause of tikkun olam, repairing tive from Congregation Kol HaNeshthe world. The impetus for this initia- ama who has lived and worked in Cuba. tive came from Marden Paru, a well- We collected medical supplies and known local Jewish educator who, at personal care products for her visit to the time, was representing Temple Beth the Ashkenazic Synagogue in Havana. Sholom on the Council. Paru suggested Additionally, cash donations were colthat with 10 area congregations partici- lected to allow Sitrin to buy other items pating, we might have a critical mass to on the wish list. truly make a difference in our commuThe Synagogue Council is a consornity and beyond. tium of ten area congregations working The first project occurred during the together for the betterment of the local recent November elections. Amendment 8 was a passionate concern of a Council member who suggested we help educate the Jewish community about it. A letter was sent to all the Council rabbis and presidents with a plea that they become aware of the Lorraine Glixon, Carolina Sitrin and Brenda Schimmel of the Social Action subcommittee of Synagogue Council misleading name of the “Religious Freedom” amend- Jewish community. Annually, it hosts ment that would be on the ballot. Re- a community-wide Open House to ensources were provided so they could courage people to come and see what be knowledgeable and speak to their the congregations offer. This year’s congregations and leadership on this Open House takes place on Sunday, issue. Synagogue Council was careful August 25 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Spenot to suggest a political recommenda- cific information can be found at www. tion but the facts of the resolution spoke “Join a Congregation, Find a Family” is the for themselves. Recently, the Social Action sub- Council’s motto.

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100 backpacks filled with nutritious food. These backpacks are distributed on Fridays to needy children at local elementary schools to insure that their families have enough to eat over the weekend. The Kids to Kids BackPack Program is overseen by Temple EmanuEl’s Social Action Committee. While token cash gifts were offered to Bingo winners, several children chose to forego their prizes and donate the money back to the Kids to Kids BackPack Program. In all, the Bingo afternoon raised $250, which will pay for a year’s worth of meals for almost three families. Similar events are being planned to benefit the program. The relationship between Temple Emanu-El and All Faiths Food Bank runs deep. In addition to holding a High Holy Day food drive and a Thanksgiving season mitzvah project at All Faiths, Temple Emanu-El recently welcomed All Faiths Food Bank Executive Director Sandra Frank to speak about the food bank and its programs from the bimah on Mitzvah Day. For more information or to Temple Emanu-El First Vice President and Bingo caller make a donation to the Kids to Dan Carter congratulates winners Dillon Rosenthal Kids BackPack Program, please and Max Kunkel, who fulfilled the community service call 941.371.2788. requirement for his bar mitzvah at All Faiths Food Bank


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Temple Beth Israel group visits Cuba; planning second mission in 2014


wenty-nine lucky participants had a fabulous week in Cuba from February 7 to 14 – a vacation, education and inspiration all in one. Cuba’s Jews are poor and cannot afford a rabbi. They run the services themselves. They depend on donations

The tour group enters the main Jewish cemetery of Cuba

from visitors and from Jewish groups per month. Bathroom attendants can in Miami. Havana’s three synagogues get hundreds of dollars a week in tips divide the chores of our faith. The Or- for handing people some toilet tissue as thodox temple runs the Burial Society they enter and mopping the toilet room and the kosher butcher, the Conserva- between users. Any job that includes tive temple runs the Senior Center, and tips is highly sought, such as hotel the Reform temple has a full pharmacy maids or bellmen. A second mission to Cuba is being (medicines are scarce in Cuba) and a Sunday School. Many Cubans told us planned for February16-23, 2014. For that there is no anti-Semitism in Cuba. information, contact Nessa Levine at Cuban Jews vary in color from very or Marion Levine light to very dark skinned, often in the at same family. The mission included visits to the synagogues, the Jewish cemetery (which contains the first Holocaust Memorial ever erected), Shabbat services, and dinner with the Jewish community afterwards. The sparse dinner was by far our most meager meal of the trip, but we were told that for many locals it is their best hot meal The group was struck by the stark difference between the of the week. Jewish cemetery, where age, weather and visible need of Cuba has an “upside-down” maintenance services are everywhere, and the government economy. Doctors make $20 cemetery, where workers tend to the upkeep of the property.

TBI board member Richard Levine with a couple of Cuban women who have made a business of posing with tourists

Champion for Children: JFCS volunteer mentor Suki Sellinger leaves no kid behind By Carol Harwood, Director of Marketing, JFCS


ara “Suki” Sellinger has been described “as the world’s best mother to hundreds of children,” by Robert A. Pelosi, author of the book No Broken Kids. As founder and director of a unique residential treatment program for children in Massachusetts, Suki helped the “toughest of the tough” kids. They were emotionally disturbed and juvenile delinquents, many facing felony charges.

The system had labeled them “hopeless ued her life’s mission and passion, this cases,” but Suki challenged the system time as a mentor with the Jewish Family & Children’s Service and defied the odds. Safe Alternative to OutPelosi wrote in the dedication of his book of-School Suspension (SATOSS) Program. This to Suki, “Those (broschool-based initiative ken) kids thought they provides guidance and had no future until they were lovingly and overcounseling to students whelmingly embraced who are experiencing problems that interfere by a Jewish mother with a heart as big as Ohio with their academic and Suki Sellinger social success. who wanted to feed them cookies and love them back to huSuki emphatically states, “If we manity.” can’t fix a kid, it’s our problem, not the After retiring in 1990, Suki contin- kid’s!” For more than 18 years, Suki has

shared her remarkable leadership and nurturing skills with other JFCS volunteer mentors as co-chair of the group. Initially, the SATOSS program ran only during the school year. Recognizing the student’s need for year-round support, Suki and the clinical staff of JFCS developed a summer enrichment program for students. Suki’s boundless conviction that every child deserves someone to believe in them epitomizes the Jewish value of tikkun olam, making the world a better place.

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t was Erev Pesach, the night of the tional Passover songs, I asked, “What first seder, and people around the is your Mitzrayim? What is your narworld were gathered together in row place that prevented you from homes and communities, with family living a good life and caused you to enand friends, discussing the Passover ter a life of crime?” At first there was story, the personal significance of Mitz- silence. It took a moment or two for rayim, a narrow place, and the passage someone to speak, but once the ice was towards freedom. broken the discussion gained momenBut what happens when your home tum. In the safety of our little commuor community is a fortress of stone nity each person bravely told his story and metal fences topped and spoke of his struggles with razor wire? You are while the others listened alone, no family, and no respectfully. It was as if real friends even though the Sea of Reeds parted there are hundreds of and they were walking people in this commuthrough. nity. The impact of your I then said, “Many of crime and the length of you have long sentences, your sentence loom large and some are doing life. in your mind. Is it possible to find freeAs the Jewish Chapdom in here?” Again a lain at a large state prismoment of silence, and Rabbi Ari Shapiro on in Arcadia, Florida, I then, “These walls can spend every Friday with the Jewish in- only imprison my body, but my mind mates, and it has been my custom to be and my soul are free. The system can with them for the first seder of Passover make me do as it wishes and make me as well. Each of the seventeen inmates go where it says, but it cannot direct my present at our seder this year took part mind.” in the service by reading a portion of the It is true. Those inmates who come Haggadah. The meal was sumptuous to terms with their incarceration and and made possible by donations raised do not fight the system do “easy time.” by Jewish Family & Children’s Service Mentally they can be “carried on eagles’ and the families of some inmates. wings” and soar freely through the uniFollowing Birkat HaMazon (grace verse. May their flights be peaceful. after meals) and the singing of tradi-

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Fay Watkins celebrates birthday # 108


n Friday, April 26, Fay Watkins, Friday, he is doing well. a Kobernick House resident for Asked how she felt about her birth19 years, celebrated her 108th day celebration, Fay smiled and said, birthday with friends and family. When “Oh, you made my day! I appreciate ABC 7 reporter Max Winitz asked for everything everyone’s done.” her longevity secret, she credited exercise and vitamins. Fay’s granddaughter Susan Chaluh flew in from Texas and said she was not surprised to be back in town for another birthday celebration with her grandmother. “She goes Fay Watkins with granddaughters Vicky Goldstein and Susan Chaluh to stretching classes, plays bridge, talks to us on the phone, and she remembers everyone. She is living her life and enjoying herself every single day,” Chaluh said. A few years ago, Fay met Maurice Halpern at Kobernick House, and they beFay Watkins and son Peter Watkins came friends. They share the same birthday, five years apart. The party was for both Fay and Maurice, turning 108 and 103 years of age, respectively. Although Maurice was not feeling up to attending the party on Fay Watkins and Maurice Halpern at the Snow Ball event in February

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Kobernick-Anchin residents enjoy therapeutic clowning around with Laughter Unlimited By Carlene C. Cobb


pecially trained performers from Circus Sarasota’s Laughter Unlimited program regularly come to clown around with residents living on the Kobernick-Anchin campus. Why? Humor heals, and laughter really

is good medicine. Medical studies document consistently that laughter can reduce stress, ease anxiety and depression, and decrease pain perception. It also has a positive, lasting effect on the body’s immune system, heart and brain. The art of clowning sets the stage for therapeutic interaction and reaches far beyond simple entertainment to foster meaningful relationships that bring joy and improve quality of life. Year round, Circus Billy Bob (Todd) Steinberg, Noriko and Chuck Sidlow Sarasota offers Laughof Circus Sarasota’s Laughter Unlimited

ter Unlimited, a beneficial and popular program in retirement communities, hospitals, assisted living facilities, nursing homes and organizations that serve people with disabilities. During a recent visit to the Memory Care Center at Kobernick-Anchin, Chuck and Noriko Sidlow and Billy Bob (Todd) Steinberg shared songs, sing-along activities, stories, jokes, magic, hugs, handshakes, dances and a few kisses with residents gathered to enjoy their fun-loving guests. Responding to the entertainers with hugs, laughter and stories of their own, several of the hand-clapping, toetapping residents called out “We love you!” Chuck Sidlow with resident Helen Waldman

A man beyond measure in our midst By Dr. Beverly Newman


n just 80+ years, how many achievements can one man accomplish, especially when the first part of his life was spent on the run from country to country fleeing Nazi barbarism? When the man is Dr. Thomas O. Hecht, the answers to this question are awesome, at the very least. Once the friend of David Ben-Gurion, Menachem Begin and Golda Meir, Tom loves Israel as a devoted father adores his only child, beaming whenever speaking of her and always ready to defend her survival. As a survivor

himself, he identifies completely with Israel’s incessant struggles to exist. Humble and soft-spoken, Tom is a role model for Jewish youth and has founded, with his wife Riva, the extraordinary program, “Teaching of the Holocaust for Educators,” which sends school faculty for Holocaust education training to Yad Vashem each year. Tom is hugely proud of his personal and lasting tribute to Menachem Begin, the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University, Israel, a remarkable prolific resource of policy-

Len Glaser, Dr. Thomas Hecht, Helen Glaser, Dr. Richard Swier

making, advising multiple Israeli administrations for the past 20 years. On April 7, Yom HaShoah, Tom Hecht received the “Guardian of Israel” Award from the Al Katz Center of Sarasota for his tireless advocacy and support for the State of Israel. In his acceptance speech, he reminded us, “We must remember this year, the 70th anniversary of the first and most heroic Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the most significant civilian opposition to hor-

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rible Nazi rule.” Tom Hecht is contradictory as a man who stands tall among world leaders yet with a huggable personality that radiates strength, conviction and warmth, whether in the heat of debate or in the midst of relaxation. He lives within our midst as a fortress for Israel.

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June 2013

Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU to debut poster collection seized by Nazis in 1938 Collection returned to family 75 years later


he Jewish Museum of FloridaFIU, the only museum dedicated to the story of 250 years of Florida Jewish heritage, arts and culture, is proud to present posters from the renowned collection of Dr. Hans Sachs, confiscated by the Nazis in 1938 and just returned to his son, Peter Sachs, this year. Sachs has generously offered to display part of the collection at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, which will include many works that have never been seen by the public. The exhibit will open on Tuesday, July 9 and remain on display through December 2013. Dr. Hans Sachs was a German Jewish dentist who amassed the largest and most significant private poster collection in the world, totaling 12,500 posters in 1938. The posters were displayed as mounted exhibits, open to the public, through a society of friends. After the Nazi occupation, Joseph Goebbels, chief of Nazi propaganda, sent police to Dr. Sachs’ home to confiscate the entire collection, telling him it would be transferred to a new museum. That would be

the last time the Sachs family would see the posters for 75 years. “We feel honored to have Peter Sachs choose the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU to display his father’s treasured art,” said Jo Ann Arnowitz, executive director. “As a historically significant collection, we hope the whole community will enjoy these rare pieces of art that were stolen and took so long to be returned to its rightful owners.” The extensive collection of posters include mostly small original print runs of art, propaganda, politics, entertainment, travel, sports, consumer products, and scenes of war, some dating back to 1885. Dr. Sachs’ collection included works by notable artists such as Mucha, Steinlen, Cassandre, Cheret, Bernhard, Edel, Gipkens, Klinger, Carlu, Schnackenberg, Dufau, Grasset, Fennecker, Hohlwein, Kainer, Pechstein, Scheurich, Biro, Leyendecker, Christy and Flagg, among others. Dr.

Dr. Hans Sachs in parlor, Berlin, 1899

Sachs organized the first poster collecting society and, in 1911, published Das Plakat (The Poster), an international magazine which quickly developed a devoted following. The Sachs family has been fighting for the return of the poster collection since pieces of the collection were seen in East Berlin in 1966. Each attempt had been met with contention from the German art organizations and courts. In 2009, Peter Sachs, a former Sarasota resident, won a test case at Berlin’s administrative court over one poster, but the German Historical Museum, which admitted to holding 4,000 of the posters, appealed. Moreover, the Museum had acknowledged they had 8,000 of the posters in 1992. In January 2010, the German judicial system affirmed that the posters belonged to the Sachs family, but said the collection must remain in Berlin. The case eventually went to the Constitutional Supreme Court of Germany where it found the family was the rightful owner. In 2013, the German Historical Museum finally released what remained of the collection, an estimated 4,259 posters. Some of the posters will go to museums, including the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU and The Wolfsonian-FIU; others have been and will be auctioned off to the public. Peter Sachs explained his reasoning to The Huffington Post: “There’s of course no practical way that I could frame and hang 4,300 posters, so I just didn’t see any other alternative than to do what we’re doing. But I don’t feel guilty in any way whatsoever – even with them being auctioned I think it’s far preferable that they will wind up in the hands of people who truly enjoy them and appreciate them rather than sitting in a museum’s storage for another 70 years without seeing the light of day.” The value of the collection is estimated to be between $6 million and $21 million. Dr. Sachs died in 1974, never having seen his poster collection after the fateful day in 1938 when they were seized by the Nazis. In a report, Dr. Sachs recalled that day: “The day after next, three giant trucks appeared. The blackest day of my life had begun. With my own hands, I took 250 aluminum arms, each containing 50 posters, from their supports, removed the bibliography with its 80 larger works and hundreds of single articles, carried 12 full card index boxes with 1,000 cards each and the entire miniature graphic to the trucks, where they were carried off – never to be seen again!” About the Museum: The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU is the only museum dedicated to telling the story of 250 years of Florida Jewish heritage, arts and culture. The museum is housed in two adjacent lovingly restored historic buildings, at 301 Washington Avenue on South Beach, that were once synagogues for Miami Beach’s first Jewish congregation. The museum’s focal point is its core exhibit, MOSAIC:


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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.

Major League Hebrews The following players are on a Major League Baseball roster (active or disabled) as of April 16. All have at least one Jewish parent and were raised secular or Jewish: RYAN BRAUN, 29, outfielder, Milwaukee; CRAIG BRESLOW, 32, pitcher, Boston; IKE DAVIS, first base, New York Mets; SCOTT FELDMAN, pitcher, Chicago Cubs; NATE FREIMAN, 26, first base, Oakland; SAM FULD, 31, outfielder, Tampa Bay; IAN KINSLER, 30, second base, Texas; JASON MARQUIS, 34, pitcher, San Diego; MICHAEL SCHWIMER, 27, pitcher, Toronto; KEVIN YOUKILIS, 34, third and first base, New York Yankees. Freiman, who is 6’8”, is the only rookie this season. He played for Israel (2012) in the World Baseball Classic qualifier and his mother is on the faculty of Hebrew College, a Boston-area, Reform-affiliated school. Jewish Sports Review magazine also lists Ryan Kalish, 25, outfielder, Boston, as Jewish. Kalish’s father is Jewish, but he was raised in his mother’s Catholic faith. The Review lists him because, about two years ago, Kalish said he is no longer a religious believer and was okay with being identified as a Jewish athlete. I leave his “status” up to you, the reader. The Time 100 The April 29 issue of Time magazine featured its annual list of the “100 Most Influential People in the World.” You can read the article online at www. Here are the “tribe members” I’m sure about: talent manager SCOTT “Scooter” BRAUN, 31; JARED COHEN, 31, political advisor and director of Google Ideas; college board head DAVID COLEMAN, 43; actor DANIEL DAY-LEWIS, 56; actress LENA DUNHAM, 26; hedge fund manager DAVID EINHORN, 44; former Congresswoman GABRIELLE GIFFORDS, 42; veterans helper ERIC GREITENS, 39; Supreme Court Justice ELENA KAGAN, 62; fashion designer

MICHAEL KORS, 53; Israeli finance minister YAIR LAPID, 49; Facebook COO SHERYL SANDBERG, 43; film director STEVEN SPIELBERG, 66. (A JTA piece on “The 100” which listed about half the people above, erroneously identified as Jewish, Yahoo head Marissa Mayer and Tesla Motors head Elon Musk.) Here is a little more on three of the lesser known “Jewish 100”: Coleman, a prominent education reformer, grew up in an intellectual household; his father is a psychiatrist and his mother is now president of Bennington College. A November 2012 Atlantic magazine article says: “To prepare for his bar mitzvah at age 13, Coleman learned to chant in Hebrew the story of Joseph interpreting the pharaoh’s dreams. He recalls debating the parable’s many interpretations with his family rabbi, telling him proudly, ‘There’s no watered-down version of the Bible.’” Greitens, who was a bar mitzvah, is a Rhodes Scholar who led Navy Seal missions in Iraq that hunted down AlQaeda cells. He wrote a bestselling book about being in combat and, in 2007, he founded The Mission Continues, an organization to help veterans. Last year, he was the winner of the 100K Bronfman Award, given to young Jewish heroes. Sandberg’s stellar academic career led to top government and private sector jobs. She became a bit better known this year with the publication of her book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. She pushes herself hard in business and in philanthropic work. In 2010, she told a Jewish Federation meeting about her charities: “I’m discontented with myself. I should be doing more. We must leverage our discontent to do true tzedakah.” Ah, Beauty and More People magazine has largely eliminated the “cheesecake” aspect of its annual April issue featuring beautiful women. The issue is now more about looking

Interested in Your Family’s History? Ten years of doing a Jewish celebrities column has turned Nate Bloom (see column at left) into something of an expert on finding basic family history records and articles mentioning a “searched-for” person. During these 10 years, he has put together a small team of “mavens” who aid his research. Most professional family history experts charge at least $1,000 for a full family tree. However, many people just want to get “started” by tracing one particular family branch.

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father’s Jewish faith, is the daughter of actress Blythe Danner. Danner and SARAH JESSICA PARKER, 48, will appear, as mother and daughter, in a Broadway stage show written by actress AMANDA PEET, 41. Called The Commons of Pensacola, Peet’s first play is set to open in November. Peet, whose mother is Jewish, wed novelist/ screenwriter DAVID BENIOFF, 42, in a Jewish ceremony in 2006 and they have two daughters. Benioff is riding a career high now as the creator of the hit HBO show Game of Thrones.

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Scholarships: Each year, The Federation

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MASA: Masa Israel offers study, internship and volunteer opportunities across Israel lasting 5-12 months. The Federation offers travel scholarships.

Panim el Panim: The Federation subsidizes an annual trip to Washington, D.C. for students to learn how to make a difference and advocate for issues most important to them while exploring our nation’s capital. S.K.I.P.: Jewish teens travel to Israel

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Statement from Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater regarding the unanimous passage of reforms to aid Holocaust survivors lorida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater today (April 26) released the following statement regarding the passage of Senate Bill 936 and House Bill 913 today, sponsored by Senator Tom Lee (R‐Brandon) and Representative Michael Bileca (R‐Miami) and prime co‐sponsor Representative Kevin Rader (D‐Delray Beach). This bill allows the Department of Financial Services to seek restitution for Nazi‐confiscated bank accounts, art and property; provide education to Holocaust survivors as to the existence of the restitution program; and to assist survivors in receiving needed health benefits. “When I first took office, I was astonished to learn that financial institutions were assessing a wire transfer fee on Holocaust survivors’ reparation payments from the German government. The fee, essentially a 10 percent tax, was a significant financial burden considering that the vast majority of the victims are elderly and rely on these payments. To remedy this, my office partnered with 23 financial institutions in Florida to waive the wire transfer tax on these payments. “This year, we have taken our ef-


forts to help survivors and their families a step further and advocated for the authority to seek restitution from Nazi‐ confiscated accounts and property. I thank Sen. Lee, Rep. Bileca and Rep. Rader for their leadership on this issue and for passing this legislation. “Although nothing we do will ever fully repay the suffering these survivors experienced, passing this bill is a powerful reflection of the Legislature’s desire to contribute to the well‐being of this important group of Floridians.” Sen. Lee, the Senate sponsor, offered the following statement in support: “I applaud CFO Atwater for his continued support of Holocaust victims and allowing me to sponsor such important legislation.” Rep. Bileca, the House sponsor, offered the following statement in support: “Although we can never fully comprehend the inhumanity that our Holocaust survivors experienced, I am proud that our Legislature, through CFO Atwater’s leadership, is providing our CFO with the increased ability to deliver justice for our survivors.” Rep. Rader, the House prime co‐ sponsor, offered the following statement in support: “Today, I am proud

Holocaust Museum’s 20th anniversary emphasizes “Never Again” By Jeff Margolis


f all of the museums in Washington, D.C, the Holocaust Museum is the only one dedicated to our national conscience.” This observation was made by former President Bill Clinton at a gathering of over 3,000 Holocaust survivors, liberators, rescuers and their families. Clinton and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel were the keynote speakers before an emotional crowd as part of a two-day event at the end of April commemorating the 20th anniversary of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Both men participated in the museum’s dedication twenty years ago. Wiesel, who is also the Museum’s

Founding Chairman, noted that “Life is made not of years, but of moments that define our being.” These were abhorrent moments that the world chose to ignore. Wiesel also took the opportunity to chide the Roosevelt Administration for not doing enough to help the Jews of Europe that had fallen under the brutal Nazi regime. He said that this was a painful truth in our history despite the fact many American Jews liked FDR and voted for him four times. The 2013 United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Elie Wiesel Award was presented to all World War II veterans and was accepted by Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of General

Florida reinvests $10 million in Israel Bonds As Chief Financial Officer, I oversee the state Treasury and serve as a conscientious steward of the State of Florida’s financial assets. We manage investments in a manner that maximizes returns for the state while using safe, conservative investment principles. With that goal in mind, we invest in one of the most sound and dependable investment vehicles available, Israel Bonds. By investing in Israel Bonds, we are helping support one of our nation’s most important allies in the Middle East while safely securing state funds in a strategic resource with a proven track record. This month (May) we were proud to reinvest $10 million in Israel Bonds, and we look forward to continuing to make Israel Bonds an important part of the Treasury’s investment strategy. Sincerely, Jeff Atwater, Chief Financial Officer

to be a part of a Legislature that unanimously recognized the need, and took action to increase assistance available to Florida’s Holocaust survivors.” Jacob Solomon, President & CEO, Greater Miami Jewish Federation, offered the following statement in support: “The Greater Miami Jewish Federation and the Florida Association of Jewish Federations applaud the leadership of CFO Atwater and the Legislature on the passage of the Holocaust Victims Assistance Act of 2013. This Bill, by expanding assistance to Holocaust survivors seeking restitution of Nazi‐confiscated bank accounts, art and other property and assets, will help ensure that the unique needs of our most vulnerable and aging population are met. We hope it will bring a measure of dignity and improve the quality of life for these seniors. The unanimous support for this legislation in the House and Senate is truly heartwarming for our survivors, their families and all Floridians.” Elizabeth Gelman, Executive Director for the Florida Holocaust Museum, offered the following statement in support: “The Florida Holocaust Museum recognizes and commends CFO Atwater’s leadership and advoca-

cy for the improvement of the quality of life of the Holocaust survivors residing in the State of Florida. Florida remains a national leader in supporting Holocaust education and survivor rights.” Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, a statewide elected official and officer of the Florida Cabinet, oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Atwater’s priorities include fighting financial fraud, abuse and waste in government; reducing government spending and regulatory burdens that chase away capital; and ensuring transparency and accountability in spending. Since 1998, 5,269 Floridian claims have been processed and payments of more than $12,000,000 have been received. The new and expanded Legislation will provide new recovery of bank accounts, art and other property assets. Many of our Jewish Family Service agencies are under contract with the CFO to help identify survivors and families and to work together to process claims. Please make sure that you send letters of thanks to Representative Michael Bileca, Representative Kevin Rayder, Senator Tom Lee and CFO Atwater for all their hard work on this important legislation.

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Dwight D. Eisenhower. A special commemorative pin was created for the occasion and was presented to all veterans who were in attendance. By most accounts the museum is one of the most visited and most successful in the nation’s capital, hosting more than 35 million visitors since its opening in 1993. Museum staff have trained over 13,000 teachers and have catalogued over 13,000 artifacts that have served to document mankind’s most inhumane event. But for man’s inhumanity to his fellow man, this museum and memorial should never needed to have been built. One Holocaust survivor observed that “there is not enough paper in the whole world nor are there enough pens to tell all the stories of the Holocaust.” I had the opportunity to hear some of the stories at a dinner to mark the museum’s anniversary. I met a cantor, David Wisnia from Levittown, Pennsylvania. He was born in Poland, escaped from Dachau Concentration Camp, and somehow managed to join the famed U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division where he was trained as a machine gunner. I also had the good fortune to sit

next to George Oscar Lee, who currently lives in Aventura, Florida. Now 91 years old, Mr. Lee has written five books about his personal experiences during the Holocaust. The Museum planning committee decided to hold this commemoration at the 20-year mark rather than waiting for 25 years because many of the survivors as well as the liberators are in their 80s and 90s and may not be able to participate in such an event five years from now. The two-day event included films, workshops and discussions as well as an opportunity to meet with museum staff to search personal family histories. The somber event concluded with an uplifting klezmer concert where survivors and families were able to celebrate. Through their stories, contributions and resolve, they are determined to make the phrase “Never Again” a meaningful one. President Clinton said, “You know the truth. You have enshrined it here.” Jeff Margolis is a college educator, lecturer and author who lives in Naples, Florida. He serves on the Israel Affairs Committee of Collier County and is a member of the Naples Press Club.

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June 2013

Jerusalem Post Crossword Puzzle

By Dr. Rachel Zohar Dulin


By David Benkof, Across 1. Taj Mahal’s town 5. Commandments number 8. Begin and Bibi’s party 13. Considers (to be) 15. Tel ___ (site of a 1920 battle) 16. Kind of Arab 17. Be of help 18. Facilities at Hadassah and Shaare Zedek hospitals 19. Negev feature 20. Prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson trial 23. Ad ___ Committee 24. “___ New World” (Arlen/Gershwin song) 25. Cookbook author Joan and others 27. Debbie Wasserman Schultz chairs it (abbr.) 30. “Rome and Jerusalem” author Moses 32. Professional name for singer Ahinoam Nini 33. Build ___ against (prosecute) 35. Biblical “you” 37. Allocate (with “out”) 41. He made a golem 44. Negev feature 45. Green ___ Party 46. Congressman Eliot (D-N.Y.) 47. “How to Succeed in Business...” playwright Burrows 49. Canadian-Jewish political pioneer Gray 51. Cobra’s “Watch it!” 52. “There goes the neighborhood,” for Rodney Dangerfield 56. Ingenue 58. Hebr. “second day” 59. Houston Stewart ___ (famous English-German anti-Semite) 64. He appointed Lew and Kagan 66. “...and have dominion over the fish of the ___” (Gen 1:28) 67. Mishnaic commentator 68. “Fiddler on the Roof” Oscar nominee 69. Magazine whose Entrepreneur of the Year for 1989 was Michael Dell 70. Kind of shoe 71. Eulogize 72. Kind of Jew from E. Europe 73. “___ and I” (2005 Holocaust film)

K’zohar Ha-Ivrit Is father Abba or Av?

Solution on page 24A

Down 1. Warsaw ghetto leader Czerniakow 2. Kibbutz in the Jezreel Valley 3. Tuchis 4. Friends in Firenze 5. Franz Kafka novel 6. Jewish Defense League activist Krugel 7. Pesach month 8. Rely upon 9. “Hallelujah, ___ Bum” (Al Jolson film) 10. ___ varnishkes (deli dish) 11. Hebrew ___ College 12. Frisbees, say 14. Slide, like a snake 21. Enzyme 22. Accumulated, as a bill 26. Plotter exposed by Esther 27. Beavers’ creations 28. “March Madness” hoops org. 29. “Call Me Irresponsible” songwriter Sammy 31. Claude Lanzmann’s nine-hour Holocaust film 34. His visit to Israel in 1977 was dramatic 36. “Tales of Hoffmann” composer 38. Matzah brei ingredients 39. Third day, in Hebr. 40. Flotsam and Jetsam, in “The Little Mermaid” 42. The beginning of Adar? 43. Renaissance 48. “Key Largo” star Lauren 50. “The Facts of Life Goes to Paris” actress 52. Get carried away in Hollywood 53. Mail destination, maybe 54. Not appropriate 55. Diner who wrote “Hungering for America” 57. Panache 60. Part of YMHA 61. A couple of chips, maybe 62. Close ___ (near) 63. Place to pick up a kitten 65. Manifest a Jersey accent?

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his month we celebrate Father’s Day. In honor of the day, let us explore a few words and phrases connected with the words abba and av. In the Bible the word av (plural avot) appears 1,221 times and means ‘father,’ ‘patriarch,’ ‘ancestor,’ ‘progenitor,’ ‘head of family,’ ‘leader,’ ‘chief,’ ‘teacher,’ ‘great master’ and also God, depending on the context. For example, av was the generic word used to describe the male parent of a child (Gen 21:2) and beyt av was another biblical word for Dr. Rachel Dulin ‘the entire family’ (Gen 24:40). Abraham was called av ha-mon goyim ‘the patriarch of multitude of nations’ (Gen 17:5), and Yuval, who was born six generations after Adam, was avi kol tofes kinor ve-u-gav, the progenitor ‘of all who play lyre and pipe,’ namely, the one who invented the art of playing musical instruments (Gen 4:21). Elisha used the word avi ‘my father’ for Elijah, his revered teacher (II Sam 2:12), whereas Joseph called himself avi Par-oh ‘Pharaoh’s father,’ being the king’s close advisor. Following biblical tradition, God is our Father, a-vinu (Isa 63:16), or as the prayers avow avinu mal-kay-nu our Father our King, avinu sheh-ba-sha-mayim ‘our Heavenly Father’ who is av ha-ra-cha-mim ‘a merciful Father.’ We should also mention the popular idiom coined by the prophet Jeremiah:

Avot akh-lu boser veshi-nai ba-nim tikh-he-nah “fathers ate sour grapes and the children’s teeth are on edge” (Jer 31:28), meaning children carry the consequences of their parents’ unethical deeds. The prophet Ezekiel strongly disagreed, teaching that we are responsible only for our own behavior (Ezk 18:1-4). In post-biblical Hebrew, av received additional meanings. Av means ‘basic factor,’ ‘origin,’ ‘source’ and ‘the head of a church.’ For Example, Av bait hadin was the title for the head of the Sanhedrin, the old Jewish court, yet today it means ‘presiding judge.’ Av mazon, means ‘basic nutrient’ such as fat and carbohydrates. Av orkim is the name for the aorta, the main artery in the body, to name a few. So, what does Abba, a word so familiar to many of us, mean? Abba is the Aramaic way to say ‘the father.’ In Aramaic, the letter ‘alef’ at the end of a word, like in the case of abba, is a tool to define an object. It entered the Hebrew as an endearing word for ‘father’ like ‘daddy.’ With the translation of the Bible into Greek and Latin, abba entered into the European lexicon in words like Abbas, meaning ‘monk’ or Abbot meaning ‘the head of a monastery.’ On Father’s Day we wish you a wonderful Abba Day at your be-yt av. 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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Identity quests drive thrilling psychological novel By Philip K. Jason, Special to The Jewish News is communally mothered in her Jewish Canadian Kramer family. She is raised in part by her grandmother Bella, and later also by her Aunt Elka, Ida’s young his probing, dazzling fiction daughter whom Sol chooses to marry. explores the nature – the rela- The story eventually covers sixty years tive stability and malleability of history, from the late Holocaust years – of identity. Its initial center of focus to 2005. During the journey, we receive is the attractive but enigmatic Lily Az- a brilliant portrait of Jewish Montreal erov, a survivor of the Holocaust, who and an even more brilliant probing into as a young woman the psychology of identity, the focus arrives in Mon- slowly shifting from Lily’s gradually treal to fulfill an uncovered secrets to Ruth’s need to dearranged marriage fine herself. with Sol Kramer. Generally, the story moves forward Improbably, Sol as it follows Ruth’s life: her school severs the plan af- years at a Young Israel (modern Orthoter glimpsing her dox) day school, her college years at at the train sta- McGill University, her father’s remartion. Nathan, Sol’s riage and second family, her own marPhil Jason brother, partly out riage to the more religious Reuven, the of genuine attraction but also motivat- births of her three children, her ongoing ed by family shame, takes Lily for his interaction with her father’s family, and bride. Almost nothing is known about the various degrees of emptiness and her background. pain consequent upon being abandoned At the wedding, an uninvited guest by her mother. suspects that something is wrong. Ida Interspersed throughout Ruth’s stoPearl Krakauer, an immigrant diamond ry are vignettes that go back to Lily’s cutter and dealer, has crashed the event time in Montreal, and Lily’s longerto see if this woman is her cousin Lily reaching memories, each flashback reAzerov who vanished in the Holocaust. vealing some important information. She is quite sure that this young These occur, then, not woman is an imposter, even where they fit into the though she has identification larger timeline, but papers. Ida’s suspicions evenrather when they best tually threaten Lily’s fragile serve readers’ needs cocoon of deception. to further understand Lily lives reclusively Lily and when they among the Kramers, rarely maximize suspense. venturing out of the room proFinding Lily is vided for her and Nathan. Her always somewhere in mother-in-law, Bella, cannot Ruth’s thoughts and fathom Lily’s behavior. It’s reveries. The conNancy Richler clear that Lily is lost in her nection is fostered own thoughts, minimizes interaction, for a long time by mysterious gifts that and probably has something to hide. A Lily sends to her without a return adyear goes by, during which Lily gives dress. These are smooth stones, with birth to Ruth, but soon after disappears notes about precisely where and when without a trace. Her legacy is a diary they were found. At first, they come and an uncut diamond, which at one at short intervals, then at much longer point she had brought to Ida’s shop for ones. Their colorings and other physian estimate of its worth. cal properties are provocative, but their With her disappearance, the mys- meaning remains as elusive as Lily hertery of her true identity deepens, as does self. That Lily has touched them and the reason behind her deceit. remembers Ruth is what’s important. Most of the story is told from the Thus, these symbolic items connect perspective of the daughter, Ruth, who to Ruth’s other items of inheritance: the The Imposter Bride, by Nancy Richler. St. Martin’s Press. 368 pages. $24.99.


uncut diamond and the diary of a young girl – the real Lily Azerov – that had been the imposter’s keepsakes since the war years. Like the stones sent by Lily, the diary and the diamond are totems of identity. The uncut diamond and the interrupted diary suggest unfinished processes. The stones are like ellipsis marks awaiting closure. The final steps in Ruth’s quest are remarkable: courageous, revealing, and filled with a glimmering sadness all at the same time. I won’t give them away. The Imposter Bride is meticulously constructed, and it is scored in glow-

ing prose. Its combination of imagination and craft may remind readers of the novels of the late Canadian literary giant Mordechai Richler, Nancy Richler’s cousin. Ms. Richler, too, is highly acclaimed. Her first novel, Your Mouth Is Lovely, won the 2003 Canadian Jewish Book Award. The Imposter Bride, first published in Canada last year, was short-listed for the prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize. Philip K. Jason is Professor Emeritus of English from the United States Naval Academy. He reviews regularly for the Naples edition of Florida Weekly and for Fort Myers Magazine. Visit Phil’s website at www.philjason.wordpress. com.

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June 2013


June 1943 and the end of the ghettos

By Paul R. Bartrop, PhD


einrich Himmler (yimakh shemo – may his name be blotted out) was born in Munich in 1900. Originally destined for the Jesuit priesthood, he studied agriculture and economics, and worked as a salesman and chicken farmer, joining the Nazi Party in the early 1920s. In 1929 he took over leadership of the SS, the feared SchutzDr. Paul Bartrop staffel, or “Protection Squad,” first created in 1923 to serve as Hitler’s personal bodyguard. Himmler then expanded its size and strength, creating such departments as the Sicherheitsdienst (Security Service) or SD, the intelligence agency of the SS and the Nazi Party; the Geheime Staatspolizei or Gestapo (Secret State Police), the official secret police of Nazi Germany; and the Rasse-und Siedlungshauptamt-SS (SS Race and Settlement Main Office) or RuSHA, the organization responsible for “safeguarding the racial purity of the SS” in Nazi Germany. It was Himmler who organized the first concentration camp at Dachau in 1933, and was the primary architect of the Kristallnacht pogrom in November 1938. His racist views, his commitment to “racial purity,” and his belief in occult forces enabled him to become the principal instigator of the extermination of the Jews, with overall responsibility and implementation for the concentration and death camp system, and the criminal medical experiments under-

taken within them. As a young man, Himmler – a devoted Catholic – displayed evidence of being anti-Semitic, though not necessarily an extremist. In the early 1920s he became involved with right-wing paramilitaries in Munich, and met Ernst Röhm, an early member of the Nazi party and co-founder of the Sturmabteilung or SA (Storm Detachment). In 1922, Himmler became more interested in the “Jewish question,” and his political and anti-Semitic views became more and more radical. In August 1923 Himmler joined the Nazi Party (NSDAP) as a member of Röhm’s SA. From this point on, Himmler became involved in local, then national, politics. After the unsuccessful Beer Hall Putsch of November 9, 1923, when Hitler attempted to take power by force, Himmler lost his job and was forced to move back home with his parents. He now became increasingly irritable, aggressive and opinionated. Over the next several years, Himmler became one of the three or four most powerful men in Nazi Germany behind Hitler. Certainly, from his office, he was one of those most directly responsible for the Holocaust. As Reichsführer-SS in overall command of all security agencies in Nazi Germany, Himmler was the man who, 70 years ago this month, ordered the liquidation of all ghettos within the Reichskommissariat Ostland (the Baltic States and Belorussia), and the transfer to concentration camps of the remaining Jewish inhabitants still capable of working. For those who could no longer work, they would be transferred to the

extermination camps in German-occupied Poland that had been established since the spring of 1942, where they would be murdered. Himmler’s order of June 21, 1943 directed that all Jews still remaining in ghettos be collected into concentration camps. The order stated that after August 1, 1943 it would be forbidden to release Jews from concentration camps for outside work. From this point on, there would be no hope of escape for the Jews of Europe remaining alive in Nazi Europe. Already, the Jewish community of Warsaw had been destroyed in the aftermath of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, which was brought to an end the previous month with the death and deportation of the remaining 50,000 ghetto inhabitants. Throughout the rest of June, and in the months following, the other ghettos in Poland, Lithuania and Latvia were systematically emptied of their Jewish populations. On June 19, not to be overlooked, Nazi Propaganda Minister Josef Goebbels declared Berlin to be Judenfrei (cleansed of Jews), and on June 25 a new gas chamber and crematorium complex opened at Auschwitz. With its completion, the four crematoria at Auschwitz could “process” a daily capacity of 4,756 bodies. This month in history, therefore, is – like so many before and after it – one of central significance in the development of the Shoah. If we can say that the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941 saw the gestation of the “Final Solution” (a detestable euphemism) and the Wannsee Conference of January 1942 was its birth certificate,

Himmler’s order liquidating the ghettos 70 years ago this month realized its maturation. Of interest here is that Belzec and Chelmno had been closed down by this stage, leaving Sobibor, Treblinka, Majdanek and Auschwitz to carry out the remaining tasks of carrying through Himmler’s directive. After this, a massive number of Jews who had so far escaped death were murdered, caught in a trap from which there was no escape and no alternatives. Himmler himself went on to further promotions, and by the end of the war had established himself as an alternative to Hitler as a German leader with whom the Nazis could negotiate. As World War II was drawing to a close, he realized the likelihood of Germany’s eventual defeat, and sought a parley with the Allies that they would not recognize. After Germany’s surrender on May 9, 1945, he attempted to go into hiding, but was captured by British troops on May 21, 1945. On May 23, during an interrogation session, he bit into a hidden cyanide pill and was dead within fifteen minutes. This mass murderer of the Jewish people thus cheated the prospect of a trial before the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg, which would sit just a few months later. His death, at his own hands, could not expiate the sins committed upon his orders. Dr. Paul Bartrop is Professor of History and the Director of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University. He can be reached at

New peace talks begin in June! By Gene Sipe, VP Southwest Florida Chapter ZOA


he U.S. appoints another Secretary of State and immediately calls for new peace talks. Every time there is a change in the administration on the opposite side of the world from Israel, optimism blossoms. According to the current Secretary’s prognostication, we have one to two years before this window of opportunity for peace will be permanently closed. Hold on just one minute. When did the Israeli Arabs acknowledge they would accept the existence of the State of Israel, yet alone express a desire for peaceful coexistence? At the time of this writing, the Council of Ministers, a large contingent of EU leadership, has acknowledged by letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu that the Oslo agreement has “nothing more to offer.” This comes as no surprise to Israelis who have since come to accept this reality and demonstrated the need for an alternative approach by electing a Knesset comprised of a large number of young people who have grown up with the failures of the Oslo fiasco. In Hamas’ new base of operations, Doha, Qatar, their members are openly campaigning to the Politburo against cooperation with the leadership of the Palestinian Authority. The relationship between the Palestinian Authority and

Hamas is so far from reconcilable that Mahmoud Abbas was recently in Istanbul requesting Turkey mediate their disputes. Meanwhile, Abbas continues to vacillate on reappointing the recently fired Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. Fayyad’s disfavor is largely due to his open disputes with Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh. Abbas’ Fatah party’s financial stability has been severely jeopardized by this “forced resignation” because the majority source of its income hinges on funding from the international donor community. Fayyad’s previous background as the party finance minister made him invaluable in finding approval in the international community. Simplistically, without Fayyad, Fatah is basically bankrupt, and without him there is little opportunity to even start negotiations with Hamas. Additionally, elections are due to be held next year, which, at this point, looks rather unlikely. So back to the NEW peace talks – with whom should Israel be negotiating? Peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan have, while tenuous, been workable. In both cases there have been peace partners and motivation for both parties to enter into and maintain these agreements. In the case of the Israeli Arab population,

there is little agreement among their own leadership, let alone any motivation to acknowledge Israel. By Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity – doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results – we must be insane to be

optimistic. Since the initial splitting of Transjordan, there has been only one single, successful solution to this conflict: stop trying to kill Jews and displace them from Israel. Now this would be a real “NEW” on which to begin peace talks.





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June 2013


My bar mitzvah 50 years ago From the Bimah Rabbi Harold F. Caminker Temple Beth El of Bradenton


ummer of 1963 at Temple Israel in Detroit, Michigan. A Friday night Shabbat service. I prepared hard for what was to come. I threw myself into my bar mitzvah and the results were clear that night. Being talented at languages, I soaked up Hebrew like a sponge. My Torah portion Chukkat from the Book of Numbers, one of the most confusing portions about the ashes of the red heifer, still confuses me but

I was very proud of the job I did and I truly enjoyed my bar mitzvah. I still remember Mom dressed in her gorgeous, flowing, powder blue chiffon dress as if it were yesterday. Is it possible that it was 50 years ago this month? Six months before my bar mitzvah, Mom and Dad gave me a choice between an expensive, blow-out party like most of the other kids were having and a summer trip to Israel. That wasn’t a family trip staying in every five-star hotel in every big city in Israel. This was the Bar and Bat Mitzvah Pilgrimage coordinated by the Labor Zionist Organization of North America. Partly because of my love of geography and partly because of my rabbi, Leon Fram z”l, one of the first Zionist Reform rabbis whose great love of Israel had a profound influence on me, I chose the trip without hesitation. “I’ll go to Israel for six weeks. That sure beats a party

that’s over in a few hours,” I thought. “And you can’t even keep the flowers. They just throw them out.” Although a bit homesick at times, I fell in love with Israel. I came to understand and appreciate the spirit of the people and their love and attachment to the land. The rest, as they say, is history. One day we planted trees on the border with Jordan, which was just outside the city of Jerusalem at that time. The Jewish National Fund gave each of us a sapling to plant. Mrs. Rachel Ben Zvi, the widow of Yitzhak Ben Zvi, the second president of Israel, came to visit us that day. She brought each of us a gift of a leather bound Tanach, the Hebrew Scriptures. With over 120 of us on the trip, she signed each copy “With blessings, Rachel Ben Zvi.” To this day, I treasure that Tanach. At the bat mitzvah for each of my daughters, I had the op-

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portunity of blessing my child since I am a rabbi. I gave each girl a personal gift on her special day. My daughter Rachel’s was obvious. I gave her that Tanach signed by Rachel Ben Zvi. I told Rachel, with tears in my eyes, that I wanted her to have it and cherish it for many years as I had. On Friday night, June 28, Temple Beth El in Bradenton will celebrate the anniversary of my becoming a bar mitzvah 50 years to the night since I ascended the bimah and recited my aliyah and Torah portion. We will play an actual recording of my singing those blessings. If you would like to join us that night to share a one-minute memory of your own bar/bat mitzvah, please contact me directly at 941.806.9925 or Ravhfc1@ Everyone is cordially invited to my simcha! Opinions and letters printed in The Jewish News of Sarasota-Manatee do not necessarily reflect those of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, its Board of Directors or staff, or its advertisers.

By David Harris, Executive Director, AJC, March 21, 2013 El Pais invited AJC Executive Director David Harris to be a guest columnist. El Pais is Spain’s most influential newspaper and is widely read in the Spanish-speaking world, including Latin America. This is David’s fifth monthly column for El Pais. f an organization talks like a terrorist group, walks like a terrorist group, and behaves like a terrorist group, is it? If the question is posed to, say, the United States, Canada and the Netherlands, the answer is clear. For these countries, Hezbollah is a terrorist group, and they have designated it as such. But for the European Union, the answer is different. For many years, some EU countries have pressed other member states to join together in adding Hezbollah to the EU terrorism list, alongside Hamas, but to no avail. As a result, Hezbollah is free to recruit and raise funds on much of European territory. But how can that be on a continent that knows all too well the cost of terrorism in general – and Hezbollah’s record in particular? After all, Hezbollah is not a new face on the terrorist map. In 1983, Hezbollah’s deadly attacks on French and American targets in Lebanon killed hundreds. As Matthew Levitt, a terrorism expert has noted, Hezbollah was then implicated in plots across Europe – from France to Italy, Germany to Greece, Denmark to Spain. It has also been fingered in the terrorist attack in Buenos Aires in 1994 that killed 85 people and wounded 300. The Hague-based Special Tribunal for Lebanon indicted four Hezbollah operatives wanted for the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and 22 others in Beirut. Last month, the Bulgarian government completed its investigation into the killing of six people in Burgas in July, and named two Hezbollah agents as wanted in this deadly assault on EU soil. The trial in Cyprus of a suspected Hezbollah operative, who entered the


country with a Swedish passport, has just been completed. The court’s verdict is expected shortly. Meanwhile, the defendant has admitted to monitoring flights from Israel to Cyprus, as well as charter buses and hotels, in what many suspect was a plan for a Burgas-like attack. While the EU anguishes about Syrian violence that has resulted in over 70,000 fatalities to date, the evidence is overwhelming that Hezbollah has been assisting the Assad regime in its desperate effort to hold onto power, even as it literally destroys the nation. Why has it proved so difficult, in the case of Hezbollah, for the EU to call a terrorist a terrorist? Three answers are most commonly offered in European chancelleries. For some, it is presented as a legal question. If the EU were to list Hezbollah as a terrorist group, the designation could be challenged in the European court system. But Europeans have been investigating Hezbollah for years and have developed quite a hefty dossier, including the result of the most recent Bulgarian investigation. If all these results cannot stand up in court, pity the legal system. For others, the primary concern is the safety of their troops stationed with UNIFIL in Lebanon. They fear an EU move could put those soldiers at risk. But to make this point is to acknowledge that Hezbollah is in the driver’s seat, and that it has succeeded in intimidating European countries into inaction borne of fear. Moreover, while UNIFIL troops have served commendably, they have not prevented Hezbollah from substantially increasing its arsenal of missiles since 2006. This suggests that the terrorist group may well have an interest in seeing the troops remain for now. Otherwise, without the buffer, they could face Israel directly. And for still others, the main issue is a concern that labeling Hezbollah a terrorist organization could “destabilize” Lebanon. But that is turning the argument on

its head. In fact, Hezbollah has been destabilizing Lebanon for years. What was the assassination of Prime Minister Hariri, if not an effort to destabilize the country? What was Hezbollah’s creation of a state-within-a-state, with its own army, if not a destabilizing act? What were the crossborder attacks against Israel in 2006 but a destabilizing act that drew Lebanon into a costly war it did not seek? And what will be the impact if Syrian arms, especially long-range missiles and biological and chemical weapons, end up

in Hezbollah’s hands? Will that not prove destabilizing? It is high time for the EU to listen to the pleas of the Dutch, support the Bulgarians, and take heed of the Obama administration’s persistent request that the EU do the right thing. Brussels should show the world that when a group talks like a terrorist, walks like a terrorist, and behaves like a terrorist, it warrants designation as a terrorist. For more information, please visit



June 2013

Summer: A time to BE Jewish At UF, Israel’s all grown up

Education Corner By Chanie Bukiet


hh…the summer. Visions of children frolicking in the playground, sweating in the Florida sun, along with melted ice cream, and the sounds of splashing in a pool run through my mind. Vacation. Relaxation. Peace. I just love the summer. I may be indulging in some fantasies here because as every parent knows, summer is no vacation from the tedious chores of housekeeping, and it’s definitely no break from taking care of our children. Sometimes, the workload is even heavier. What with the children home more often than usual, the onus of entertaining our children often falls on us. While during the year we have many structured activities centering along cultural, educational and religious themes, the summer provides us with the time for more fluid activities. For my family, I know that the summer affords us the opportunity to spend more time together and to enjoy each other’s company. It

allows us to just BE, to experience life to its fullest. I try to give my children good memories in the summer, ones they may tell their future spouses about and ones they will want to recreate for their children. Last year, we traveled to see my parents in Montreal – three days of driving with six small children. Most people told us we were crazy. Adventurous? Maybe. Brave? Probably. Crazy? About our children? Yes! We had a terrific time. Attachment theories and personality formation studies abound as to how vital childhood relationships and experiences are in affecting adult life. A sure way of having our children following in our footsteps and taking pride in their Jewish heritage is to provide them with positive Jewish experiences as a family. In the summer, we have more time to sing Shabbat songs, our Shabbat meals are less hurried, and we can tell longer stories illustrating meaningful lessons. So, for all the busy moms and dads out there, let’s take some small measure of comfort in the fact that we have this incredible opportunity in the summer to BE Jewish with our children. We can catch a Friday night service, or have a Shabbat dinner at our homes, or maybe invite some guests. We can BE Jewish as a family with no rigid schedules or harried carpooling. We can truly experience Judaism, for experience is the best teacher. Chanie Bukiet is program and educational director at Chabad of Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch.


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hat comes to mind when you hear the word Israel? When University of Florida junior Paige Milch realized that for many people the answer was conflict, war and fighting, she decided to take action. Milch wants you think of innovation, environmentalism and sustainability. “There are so many different avenues to express support for Israel besides politics, and we want to show students that,” she said. To spearhead this apolitical effort, Milch and her co-chair, Emily Sasser, have founded “Grow Israel,” an initiative that focuses on Israeli innovation in the fields of agriculture, art, sustainability and environmentalism. The cornerstone of the budding initiative is the Grow Israel Garden, a new drip irrigation garden which students have built in the front yard of UF Hillel in Gainesville. Developed in Israel in 1959, drip irrigation is an agricultural planting method which saves water and fertilizer by allowing water to drip slowly to the roots through a strategic piping network. “A lot of students think Israel is really interesting but feel their only way to get involved is politically,” Sasser said. “Not all students want to talk about the peace process or attend cultural events. Grow Israel is a sustainable project that gives students the opportunity to attach themselves to Israel without getting political.” The garden was designed by horticulture student Micah Weiss, and its three planter beds are currently flowering with seeds found commonly in Israel. A majority of the garden’s seeds were purchased directly from Israel, including cantaloupes, pomegranates and figs. Earlier this month, the Grow Israel committee set up a mosaic-making booth on campus where students could create stepping stones for the garden. More than 40 students participated in the arts project by filling pie tins with cement and mortar, then topping the stones with decorative, mosaic tiles. Artwork from seven Israeli artists was displayed around the booth for inspiration.

“Israel has always faced many issues with water, so drip irrigation was the solution,” Weiss said. “We’re trying to encourage students to learn a little about what Israel has done and is doing for technology, environmentalism and innovation.” The garden’s entrance welcomes visitors with a sign that explains the drip irrigation system, accompanied by a piping diagram. Later this month, students will paint an Israel-inspired mural on the garden’s outer walls to give the nursery a warm, friendly feel. But Grow Israel’s programming reach is not confined to the Hillel garden. The initiative is also bringing in non-profit organization Innovation: Africa to speak at the upcoming Florida Loves Israel convention taking place April 12-14 at UF. Innovation: Africa brings Israeli innovations like drip irrigation and solar panels to African villages to power establishments like medical clinics and orphanages. “Innovation: Africa will teach students about how Israel’s innovations are helping people in need all around the world,” Milch said. “It’s a great opportunity for students to learn exactly how Israel’s technological developments are being used for good.” To benefit Innovation: Africa, Grow Israel hosted a “Hummus For Humanity” event in the garden last week. The event welcomed students to make their own hummus while learning about various Israeli innovations. Explanatory YouTube videos about Israel’s innovations were projected on the garden’s walls while students chowed down on their homemade delicacies and discussed Grow Israel’s upcoming projects. “Grow Israel is great for getting all kinds of students involved with Israel because it’s a noncommittal project,” Weiss said. “You don’t have to be Jewish to participate, we welcome everyone to come enjoy a day of gardening or just to stop by and eat some of the fruit. It’s a different side of Israel that students don’t always see.” Visit for the latest Israel trends and events on campus.


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Holocaust survivors tell their story to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day By Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman


olocaust survivors Eva and Frank Schaal marked Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day – by sharing their story with the students of Temple Emanu-El Religious School. In a talk organized by Director of Education Sabrina Silverberg, Eva Schaal explained to the fourth through seventh-grade classes what her childhood in Berlin, Germany, was like before 1933: She was a model student and accomplished swimmer, and very close to her parents, younger brother and grandmother. All of that changed, she said, when Adolf Hitler came to power. Jews were forced to leave their jobs and schools, and forbidden in parks, restau-

rants and swimming pools. Persecution and beatings became commonplace. “When you went to the police, they would not help you,” she recalled. “The police treated you as if you were nothing.” As her “frantic” parents’ efforts to secure passage out of Germany stalled, they decided to save her by sending her on the Kindertransport – a group of 10,000 German children who would be taken to safety in England. “Can you imagine leaving your parents to go to another country, and not speak the common language?” Schaal asked the students. “To leave your parents and go to England?” After boarding the Kindertransport

– where she volunteered to care for a two-year-old girl who was traveling completely alone – Schaal found safety in England and was eventually reunited with her parents in America. By that time, seventeen years had passed; Schaal was married, with a 14-month-old child. “That was a very, very happy reunion,” she recalled. For more information about Frank and Eva Schaal, or Holocaust education programming at Temple Emanu-El Religious School, please call 941.371.2788.

Holocaust survivors Frank and Eva Schaal with Temple Emanu-El Religious School fourth-grader Julia Beatt, Director of Education Sabrina Silverberg, and fifth-grader Joshua Cappelli

JCV students help produce quilts for IDF soldiers

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ewish Congregation of Venice Religious School students and JCV Crafty Maven Ladies recently collaborated to produce quilts for IDF soldiers. Each child drew a picture, which the adults then transferred to fabric squares and sewed into quilts. Children attending the Federation’s We Love Israel Shuk event also contributed drawings at the JCV-sponsored booth.

Rabbi Dan Krimsky explained to the JCV students that IDF soldiers are young men and women, only 18 or 19 years old, and most are stationed far from their homes and families.. The warm colorful quilts help combat the soldiers’ loneliness and convey good wishes for happiness and peace. JCV students hope to receive pictures from the quilt recipients in Israel.

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New College President visits TBS Schools


he staff and students of Temple Beth Sholom Schools were proud to welcome the president of New College, Dr. Donal O’Shea, to the campus on Tuesday, April 9. Dr. O’Shea was invited to visit several classrooms in order to see firsthand the learning taking place through the implementation of true project-based learning. TBS Schools is grateful to Marty Katz for making this possible, Andy Cohen for joining as a school parent and New College Alum, and Jessica Zimmerman, a TBSS alum and current New College student who is already making an impact in our community in enormous ways.


staff of TBS Schools to find out more about the project-based-learning philosophy of the school. Students and staff were interviewed ‘live’ on Good Day Tampa Bay! Thirdgrade teacher Nancy Koplin provided an articulate explanation of how a ‘driving question’ guided a learning activity in her class. The student body was successful in showing that TBS Schools is not only a great educational institution, but is also Flora Oynick, Sandy Kahl, Charley Belcher, Robin Sweeting, Kavita Vasil an extended family.

emple Beth Sholom Schools was the COOL SCHOOL of the week in April. Charley Belcher and his film crew came to visit the students and

New College President Donal O’Shea inquires about the students’ computer use as part of their curriculum

The B’nai Mitzvah Revolution By Rabbi Barbara Aiello, Rabbinic Advisor to Cong. Ner Tamid

New College President Donal O’Shea speaks to the kindergarten class

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rom the time I moved to Israel until I had school-age children I barely set foot inside a synagogue of any kind,” said Lee Manovich, as he began his remarks in celebration of his son, Avery, becoming a bar mitzvah. Avery’s celebration, which was held in April at Bradenton’s Congregation Ner Tamid, marked the twelfth of its kind for this unique congregation, and highlights nationwide innovations to make the bar and bat mitzvah experience a more meaningful and relevant one. Less than one year ago the Union of Reform Judaism began a pilot program to revolutionize the bar mitzvah ceremony. The program, called the B’nai Mitzvah Revolution, was highlighted in The Jewish Week (June 19, 2012). Editor Gary Rosenblatt described the decadelong effort by various congregations to create alternative celebrations that would serve to engage students in the world around them. Rosenblatt wrote, “…the takeaway that the B’nai Mitzvah Revolution is seeking is one that resonates for the young man or young woman in a deep and lasting way, whether it involves Torah proficiency or commitment in another form.” And that’s where Congregation Ner Tamid (CNT) comes in. In nearly ten years of service to the local community, educator and service leader Rena

Morano has worked to create b’nai mitzvah experiences that, rather than representing a “terminal degree,” keep the kids coming back. In fact, Morano and the CNT leadership have succeeded beyond their expectations with postb’nai mitzvah young people returning to lead services, participate in Torah dramas and even sound the shofar. Board Chair Elaine Mittler, reflecting on her own children’s bar mitzvah ceremonies, gave credence to these new endeavors. Mittler recalls, “What a contrast! Back then the rabbis were so formal with the kids. In our case there was little genuine warmth. Maybe my adult children would be connected to Judaism today if their preparation and ceremonies had been like the ones we have here at Ner Tamid.” What’s more, of the 12 CNT bnai mitzvah celebrants, 11 have been a part of interfaith families, where the nonJewish parent is warmly welcomed on the bimah as a full participant in the service. Again, Lee Manovich put it best when he discussed his family’s interfaith experience in his concluding remarks to the CNT group. “Each and every one of you have welcomed us and made us feel at home. So thank you to all the members of Ner Tamid for affirming to us during each congregation event that we made the right choice.”



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B’NAI MITZVAH Naomi Warrenbrand, daughter of Corey and Stefanie Warrenbrand, May 10, Chabad of Sarasota Angelica Gurov-Pridyuk, daughter of Alena Gurov-Pridyuk, June 15, Temple Beth Sholom Abigale Russell, daughter of Beverly and Roy Russell, June 15, Temple Emanu-El

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June 2013 - Sivan/Tammuz 5773

Volume 43, Number 6

Jewish Happenings sunday, june 2

tuesdAY, june 4

Temple Emanu-El Brotherhood Breakfast

Temple Emanu-El Preschool Summer Camp begins

Join Temple Emanu-El Brotherhood for the best breakfast deal in town! A deluxe bagel breakfast with all the trimmings, plus friendly conversation with nice, welcoming, interesting people will be followed by a talk from Rose Chapman, CEO of Jewish Family & Children’s Service, who will discuss the many JFCS programs helping our community. The program begins at 10:00 a.m.; the breakfast will be served at 9:30 a.m. All are welcome. Cost: $5 for the deluxe bagel breakfast; the program is free. The event takes place at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Rd., Sarasota. For more information, please call Bruce Silverberg at 941.228.5753.

Give your little one a wonderful summer of Jewish fun, nurturing and hands-on learning at Temple Emanu-El Preschool Summer Camp. Our accredited, Gold Seal-certified, highest-rated early-childhood center welcomes your child for an unforgettable summer. Weekly themes include A Bug’s Life, We Are All Scientists, The Beach, and Camping. Every week campers will enjoy “water days,” cooking, art and science projects, special guests, and lots of summer fun. Fridays bring Shabbat celebrations and a pizza lunch. The camp is located at 151 McIntosh Rd., Sarasota. For a complete schedule and tuition, call Elaine Sharrock, Temple Emanu-El Preschool Director at 941.377.8074.

mondAY, june 3 Camp Gan at Temple Sinai begins Camp Gan at Temple Sinai begins with “Under the Big Top,” celebrating all things circus. Enjoyable and stimulating programs for infants through age 5 are offered with enrichments as well as early and late care. To request a tour or reserve space for this 4-week session or the next one, call Laura Freedman, Director of The Gan, at 941.926.9462.

TBSS Preschool Summer Camp begins Four two-week sessions are offered this summer for walking campers 12 months to 5 years. Each session and grade level has its own theme: Transitionals (one-year-olds) - Exploring Nature or Animal Antics; Juniors (2-year-olds) - Flannel Stories or Messy Olympics; Tweens (3-year-olds) Surf’s Up!; Seniors (4-year-olds) - The Real Super Heroes. Swim lessons are offered for older campers. JWL Preschool Session 1: June 3-14; Session 2: June 17-28; 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 1050 S. Tuttle Ave. Sarasota. Cost is $220-375. Extended care may be available until 4:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Cindi Bavry at 941.954.2027 or cbavry@ The catalog and registration forms are available at www.

“Book of Numbers” class at Temple Beth Sholom Marden Paru is teaching a 10-week course on The Book of Numbers Bamidbar. Numbers is the culmination of the story of Israel’s exodus from oppression in Egypt, and this summer course examines the Book of Numbers in order – from Mount Sinai and the first census through land division. Classes are held from 10:00 to 11:15 a.m. in the Temple Beth Sholom Multi-Purpose Room, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota. No cost for temple members; $36 for nonmembers. Registration is required. Please contact Marden Paru, Director of Continuing Education, at 941.955.8121 or

N’shei Chabad Women programming meeting N’shei Chabad Women has just completed a successful year of programming which included social and holiday events, the Rosh Chodesh Society and the monthly Tehillim Circle. The slate of women’s events will be compiled at the annual programming meeting, which begins at 7:30 p.m. at Chabad of Sarasota, 7700 Beneva Road. All women are invited to attend and share their leadership, enthusiasm and energy to make the upcoming year an exciting one. To RSVP for the meeting or for more information, please call the Chabad office at 941.925.0770.

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It’s the last “Lunch with the Rabbi” of the season. Be a part of the best lunch date in town and join in stimulating conversation and friendly socializing at Rabbi Brenner Glickman’s popular monthly “Lunch with the Rabbi.” Past topics have included current events in Israel, the Arab Spring, the treatment of women in Israel, the Messiah, Jewish views on abortion, Holocaust photography, and much more! Bring a brown-bag lunch – we’ll provide homemade desserts and awesome company. No cost. The lunch begins at noon at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Rd., Sarasota. For more information, call the temple office at 941.371.2788.

Share shopping tips with old friends and new. Trade coupons. Learn where to find products from Israel. Bring in your ideas on using our financial resources prudently at the grocery, department store, thrift shop, shopping malls, car dealerships, restaurants and wherever we spend money. This is a great opportunity to have a good time swapping stories of shopping victories. Men and women welcome. Join us at the Al Katz Center, 713 South Orange Avenue, Sarasota, at 6:00 p.m. A light kosher meal will be served. $5 per person. For reservations, call Beverly Newman at 941.313.9239.

Temple Beth Sholom Interesting Lives Series

Holocaust Survivor Cookbook creator Joanne Caras

“Saudades: A Journey” will be the topic when Tony and Elsie Souza speak on the journey of Portuguese descendants to discover their roots. This presentation will partially focus on the quest of Tony Souza, adopted at birth, to discover his birth family and, with that, the hidden secret of five-hundred years handed down by every generation that this family is Sephardic. Tony and Elsie spent most of their lives in Massachusetts, where they were active in bridging the Portuguese and Jewish communities. This free program is open to the public and begins at 1:15 p.m. in the Band/Desenberg Chapel at Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Judy Lebowich at 941.371.4686 or

Mrs. Joanne Caras worked tirelessly for two years to collect recipes and stories from Holocaust survivors from all over the world. Joanne then compiled them into her internationally acclaimed Holocaust Survivor Cookbook, filled with recipes and stories of survivors. Joanne will relate the amazing event that led her to create this soul-stirring legacy of family and food. She will also speak about some of the moving and miraculous stories that appear in the book. The event takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Chabad of Venice & North Port, 2169 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice. $10 for Jewish Women’s Circle members; $12 for nonmembers. For more information, contact Chaya Rivka Schmerling at 941.493.2770 or rivka@ Established 1979

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fridAY, june 7 YAD Shabbat Dinner at Temple Sinai Temple Sinai welcomes the Young Adult Division of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee for Shabbat services and a free dinner. Get your Shabbat on! Enjoy Shabbat with singing, food, drink and great conversation. All Jewish 20and 30-somethings are invited at 5:15 p.m. for a Welcome Reception, and at 6:00 p.m. for services followed by dinner. Temple Sinai is located at 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. For more information, contact Sue Huntting at 941.922.9322 or Jessi Sheslow at 941.343.2109 or

Kaplan Preschool end-of-year celebration Prospective parents are welcome to join the Kaplan Preschool end-of-year celebration at 9:15 a.m. at Chabad of Sarasota, 7700 Beneva Road. This is your chance to meet with the teachers and other parents, and see the marked developmental and academic achievements of our young students. At 10:00 a.m. Preschool Director Sara Steinmetz will lead a tour of the facility, meet with prospective families and answer questions. To RSVP or for further information, call 941.925.0770.

Summer Shabbat Dinner at Temple Emanu-El Temple Emanu-El kicks off the summer season with its summer Shabbat service schedule and a festive Shabbat dinner. Services begin at 6:00 p.m. and are followed by a delicious meal served in a warm, friendly atmosphere. We’ll recognize our temple’s board members and outstanding volunteers and greet old and new friends. All are welcome at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Rd., Sarasota. For reservations and prices, call Ethel Gross at 941.388.7899.

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Beach Picnic and Havdalah Temple Emanu-El Brotherhood and Sisterhood happily host the fifth annual Beach Picnic and Havdalah. Brotherhood members will man the grill for the cookout; we’ll also have delicious side dishes, homemade desserts, and plenty of watermelon and ice-cold beverages. Enjoy cornhole and lawn games and time on the playground and beach. We’ll conclude with a beautiful, musical Havdalah service as the sun sets over the ocean. An intergenerational celebration; all are welcome! The event begins at 6:00 p.m. at Turtle Beach Pavilion on Siesta Key at south end of Midnight Pass Road. $7/person with a maximum of $21/family for guests; free for members of the temple’s Brotherhood or Sisterhood. Contact Steven Leavitt at 941.587.8944 or for more information.

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mondAY, june 10 TBSS Elementary and Middle School Summer Camp begins Temple Beth Sholom Schools’ Goldie Feldman Academy is offering four summer enrichment sessions for incoming Kindergarten through eighthgrade students. Green Art (Session 1) and Nature Art (Session 2) camps are being offered for kindergarten through third-grade students. They will create art from found objects and nature walks. Fitness for the Brain and Body (Session 1) and Plant Camp (Session 2) are for fourth through eighthgrade students. These courses are designed to maximize fun and provide an educational camper experience. GFA Session 1: June 10-14; Session 2: June 17-29; 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 1050 S. Tuttle Ave. Sarasota. Cost is $200-400. Possible after care is available. For more information, please contact Cindi Bavry at 941.954.2027 or The catalog and registration forms are available at

Moving Movies: Jewish Defiance Jewish defiance in the Holocaust included the largest prisoner escape from a Nazi death camp during World War II, which is the subject of the film Escape from Sobibor. Enjoy a light kosher meal before the movie and offer your insights following the film. Take-home materials provided. $10 per person. Mature students welcome. Share this evening with us at the Al Katz Center, 713 South Orange Avenue, Sarasota, at 6:00 p.m. For reservations, call Beverly Newman at 941.313.9239. Limited seating available.

tuesdAY, june 11 YAD Happy Hour Join the Young Adult Division of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee at World of Beer, 8217 Tourist Center Dr., Sarasota, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Meet, mingle and network with other Jewish Young Adults in Sarasota-Manatee. For more information, please contact Jessi Sheslow at 941.343.2109 or jsheslow@

Summer excitement for babies and toddlers at TBS “Bubble Blowers to Cruising Crawlers” Mommy and Me classes are being held for children ages 4-14 months. Enjoy indoor and outdoor play with your little one. Attend one or all days. Class is held on Friday mornings, June 14 to July 26, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Cost is $15 per class. Also: “Walkers to Talkers” Mom’s Morning Out drop-off sessions for walking toddlers through 21 months (before or on September 1). Enjoy a free morning as your little one has fun playing with other children their age. Attend one or all days. Class is held on Tuesday mornings, June 11 to July 23, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Cost is $30 per class. All classes are held at Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Ave. Sarasota. For more information, please contact Cindi Bavry at 941.954.2027 or The catalog and registration forms are available at

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wednesdAY, june 12 NCJW’s Third Annual Game Day It’s time to join in on lunch, fun and games at NCJW’s Third Annual Game Day, “All Hands on Deck.” You choose the game, be it mah jongg, bridge, canasta, chess, Scrabble or Rummy-Q, to name a few. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. at Heritage Oaks Golf and Country Club, 4800 Chase Oaks Drive, Sarasota. Cost: $25. RSVP by June 7 with a list of the names of the people in your group, one contact phone number, and a check payable to NCJW from each person in the group and send to: Lauren Brownstein, 11244 White Rock Terrace, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34211. Questions? Please call the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) 24-hour hotline at 941.342.1855.

Debate: Jews and Burial or Cremation Bring your own articles from reputable sources (only) to support your position on this timely topic, which will be discussed without rancor against those holding the opposite position. What does Jewish law say on the issue of Jews and cremation? What does Jewish tradition tell us on the topic? Join us for a lively, civil debate at 7:00 p.m. at the Al Katz Center, 713 South Orange Avenue, Sarasota. $5 per person. Kosher refreshments served, and take-home materials provided. For reservations, call Beverly Newman at 941.313.9239.

thursdAY, june 13 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 preregistration is required. Contact Dale A. Block, LMFT, CAP, Director of Counseling and Jewish Programming, at 941.366.2224 x113 or dblock@

N’shei Chabad Women Rosh Chodesh Society All women are welcome to join N’shei Chabad Women’s monthly Rosh Chodesh Society as we discuss pursuing better communication. At 11:00 a.m. at Chabad of Sarasota (7700 Beneva Road), Sara Steinmetz will lead the class and explore Jewish wisdom to sharpen our communication and listening skills and make us better partners in all our relationships. The Rosh Chodesh Society is underwritten by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee and Chabad of Sarasota’s First Lady Anne Stein. The cost of $18 per class includes lunch and the opportunity to bake your own challah for Shabbat. Advance reservations are necessary at 941.925.0770. Sponsored by

Jewish Women’s Circle L’Chayim Toast the past year with fabulous drinks and cocktails while celebrating the past and planning for the future JWC year. This event begins at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Chanie Bukiet. For more information, please call 941.752.3030 or e-mail

saturday, june 15 Temple Beth El presents “Broadway & 32nd Street” Come and enjoy as our social activities committee presents this wonderful variety show, in a night club setting, performed by our talented TBE family and directed by our very own and talented Zed Kesner. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. at 4200 32nd Street West, Bradenton. Open to the community for the cost of $10 per person; refreshments will be available. For more information, please call the temple office at 941.755.4900, Tuesdays through Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

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Honoring our fathers and Jewish war veterans

Jewish News & Views: Israel at the UN

On Father’s Day, we invite the Jewish community to celebrate this special time and to honor the bravery of our Jewish men and women war veterans. The Al Katz Center will welcome your special man with a delicious kosher barbeque and a photograph of the family. Please join us in honor of our fathers, husbands, brothers, uncles and veterans at noon at the Al Katz Center, 713 South Orange Avenue, Sarasota. Enjoy Jewish music and conversations with your friends. Children welcome. $10 per person. Make your reservations early at 941.313.9239.

Did you know that only one nation in the world is NOT eligible to sit on the United Nations Security Council? Do you remember the speech given this past Yom Kippur at the UN? Have you read this hate speech yourself? Jewish history is made at the UN, so let’s learn the facts. Engage in deep discussions of Jewish import at the Al Katz Center, 713 South Orange Avenue, Sarasota, at 7:00 p.m. Join us for lively exchanges of ideas and information. $5 per person. Kosher refreshments served, and take-home materials provided. Bring in your own articles (from reputable sources) as well. For reservations, call Beverly Newman at 941.313.9239.

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“Your Monthly Jewish Moment” at Temple Emanu-El Temple Emanu-El’s Adult Education Committee inaugurates a new summer program entitled “Your Monthly Jewish Moment.” Facilitated by Peter Wells, retired executive director of the Jewish Federation of Dayton and a former consultant to Moment Magazine, these monthly discussions center on contemporary issues of Jewish interest. Discuss and explore questions like: Is religious freedom being threatened by the Christian right? What about the Women of the Wall’s battle against Israel’s Orthodox establishment? Is the satire of Jon Stewart running politics in our country? All are welcome at 10:30 a.m. at Temple EmanuEl, 151 McIntosh Rd., Sarasota. Free to Temple Emanu-El members; an $18 donation is requested for guests for the summer series. For more information, please contact Peter Wells at 941.359.8235 or chaver39@

TBS Men’s Club presents Movie Night Temple Beth Sholom Men’s Club is hosting an early summer dinner and movie night. Melanie Griffith stars in the 1992 film A Stranger Among Us, about a policewoman going undercover to solve a murder in New York City. Dinner begins at 6:00 p.m. and the movie begins at 7:00 p.m. with unlimited popcorn. Everyone is welcome to Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota. The cost is $22 per person. Reservations are required by June 16. Contact Gerry Ronkin at 941.955.8121 or gronkin@

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Ladies Lunch & Learn Join Chanie Bukiet from noon to 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.

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.

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Chabad of Bradenton Camp Gan Israel opening day

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Summer break is right around the corner and Chabad of Bradenton is preparing a fantastic, exciting time for your children, grandchildren and neighbors. Camp activities include Funshops, swimming, field trips to Big Cat Habitat, Ellenton Ice & Sports Complex, AMF Bowling, South Florida Museum and Planetarium, MOSI, Stardust, and much more. Cost: $150 per week; $525 for four weeks. Camp dates are June 24 to July 19. Camp hours are 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, at Chabad House, 5712 Lorraine Road, Bradenton. Visit for more information and to register.

AJC (American Jewish Committee) West Coast Florida is proud to present Rabbi Andrew Baker, AJC’s Director of International Jewish Affairs, as the Keynote Speaker at its second Summer Lunch & Learn program. Rabbi Baker will discuss “Confronting Anti-Semitism in Europe.” New rightwing parties, severe economic distress, and growing anti-Israel animus have contributed to a rise in anti-Semitism across Europe. What can we do to better understand these problems and help European Jews? The program takes place from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Michael’s On East, 1212 East Avenue South, Sarasota. The cost of $25 includes the lecture and luncheon. To RSVP or for more information, contact Monica Caldwell at AJC at 941.365.4955 or

Chabad of Sarasota Camp Gan Israel opening day For 16 years Chabad of Sarasota’s Camp Gan Israel summer camp has enriched children’s summer vacations while intertwining fun with lots of Jewish pride. Sports, dance, swimming, challah making, silly dress-up days, arts and crafts, and field trips are all integrated into two special weeks of outstanding programming for Camp Gan Israel campers. Campers will be enthralled by the activities, trips and Ru’ach (Jewish spirit) that continues to spark Jewish pride way beyond the two weeks of summer camp. Camp dates are June 24 to July 5. Camp hours are 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, at Chabad of Sarasota, 7700 Beneva Road. Scholarships are available on a first-come first-serve basis. For further information, call the Chabad office at 941.925.0770.

Chabad of Venice Camp Gan Israel opening day Chabad of Venice’s Camp Gan Israel is part of the largest and fastest growing network of Jewish day camps in the world. Gan Izzy enjoys a well-earned reputation of being the “Hot Spot” for kids of all ages! With its innovative ideas and creative programs, this is the place where kids’ dreams come true in a safe and warm environment. Staffed by dedicated counselors, campers are imbued with a deep sense of pride in their Jewish heritage. The camp runs through July 12, and takes place Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Chabad of Venice & North Port, 2169 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice. Cost: Mini Gan Izzy, $125 a week; Gan Izzy, $150 a week; Pioneer Division, $175 a week. For more information, contact Chaya Rivka Schmerling at 941.493.2770 or


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fridAY, june 28 Shabbat and Supper 4th Friday Summer Suppers continue this summer at Temple Sinai. Join us at 6:00 p.m. for services, followed by a casual, inexpensive meal and a chance to kick back and schmooze with old friends and new acquaintances. Temple Sinai is located at 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. Call 941.924.1802 to RSVP.

50th anniversary of Rabbi Harold’s Bar Mitzvah Join us to celebrate and hear a recording of 13-year-old Harold reciting his Torah blessings from June 28, 1963. If you would like to share a oneminute memory of your own bar/bat mitzvah, please contact Rabbi Harold Caminker at 941.806.9925 or The entire community is invited to this Erev Shabbat celebration, which begins at 7:30 p.m. at Temple Beth El Bradenton, 4200 32nd Street West.



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Umoove operates your mobile through head movements alone Newsgeek chose Israel’s Umoove as one of the three most promising Israeli startups for 2013 By Abigail Klein Leichman, ISRAEL21c


hat the Kinect motion-sensing device did for the Xbox game console, Israeli startup Umoove proposes to do for your mobile. You won’t have to move your whole body – only the parts from the chin up – to play games, scroll down a page or dial your mother. “Kinect holds a Guinness record for being the fastest-selling consumer electronics device because it was much more immersive and engaging than other ways to play,” says Moti Krispil, one of the company’s founders. “We are following that paradigm in the mobile space, where the only thing visible is your head and eyes. You are constantly looking at the screen, so why shouldn’t they become the interface?” Krispil, 34, co-founded Umoove in 2010 along with Yitzi Kempinski, Nir Blaustein and Tuvia Elbaum, who is still a student at the Jerusalem College of Technology-Machon Lev. Based in Jerusalem, the company now employs 13, including four additional Machon Lev students or graduates.

“Everyone wants to deliver something robust enough to work, and that can be scaled down to performance on a mobile phone. That’s the reason for our existence.” Aiming to be disruptive Whereas Kinect’s sophisticated hardware setup – built on the 3D sensing technology of the Israeli company PrimeSense – has the operational advantage of being fixed below the TV or PC, that also limits its distance-to-user range. A mobile device offers different possibilities and challenges. “My Samsung Galaxy has one basic camera, a CPU with maybe one-fifth the memory of a traditional PC or notebook, and yet amazingly you can use it while in motion,” says Krispil. “The device is constantly shaking, and the perspective and distance changes all the time as you use it. A solution like ours is more dynamic than Kinect, and must constantly operate on the go.” Umoove is based on technology pioneered by Kempinski, now CTO of the company. Originally searching for an affordable solution to allow paralyzed people to read content or browse the Web using only their face muscles, Kempinski found that existing technologies failed to deliver under extreme conditions – Umoove founders Yitzi Kempinski, Moti Krispil, Tuvia Elbaum and Nir Blaustein aside from pricey setups Newsgeek chose Umoove as one of involving multiple hardware devices. the three most promising Israeli start“So he built an intelligent solution ups for 2013. from scratch that contradicts any known “Many companies are trying to algorithm out there,” says Krispil. decipher the DNA of how to do this, “Once we delved into this challenge, but most probably we are the first to we discovered what we want is much, achieve consumer-grade performance much bigger; extremely disruptive in using no special hardware at all, just potential.” your phone,” Krispil tells ISRAEL21c. Umoove began with $850,000, and

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got another $2 million from a strategic investor in April 2012. Daily functionality becomes hands-free The head-tracking technology is already being integrated on some games and is available to third-party partners and developers for gaming, commerce, security and entertainment on all mobile platforms. “We are trying to operate below the radar, waiting for the first big transaction to leverage the product,” says Krispil, who recently demonstrated Umoove at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and is in talks with potential corporate prospects. “It’s easy to show customers how the quality of life of a typical user can dramatically improve when browsing the Web, watching a video or playing a game. Head and eye tracking simplifies everyday tasks – not just games and not just for people with disabilities. Daily functionality becomes hands-free.”

Imagine a video player that automatically pauses when you raise your head to look at someone calling you, and then continues playing when you look back at the screen. “Once you get used to the concept, it becomes a language to use in many other places,” says Krispil, whose fouryear-old daughter uses Umoove to play game apps as she’s moving from room to room and even outdoors. “The application possibilities are endless,” says Krispil. “Our strategy is driven by the vision to be the de facto standard for natural user interface on mobile devices. We’re not just delivering technology, but actually suggesting a new language.” Abigail Klein Leichman is a writer and associate editor at ISRAEL21c. Prior to moving to Israel in 2007, she was a specialty writer and copy editor at a daily newspaper in New Jersey and has freelanced for a variety of newspapers and periodicals since 1984.

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Canadian foreign minister’s visit to east Jerusalem was no provocation; it was brave By Einat Wilf and Noah Slepkov

‹‹ The simple fact, now seen clearly by Canada’s leadership, is that the Palestinians are not prepared to make the difficult, but necessary, decisions that would end the conflict and are therefore using any possible excuse to avoid negotiations. In the past, the Canadian leadership often took the comfortable path of least resistance by voting with the majority of countries in international forums. ‹‹ The current leadership of Canada has chosen the far more difficult and courageous path of focusing on resolving the conflict by facing reality and truth. Granted, this means that Canada no longer enjoys the comfort of the majority, but it does mean that Canada is now a leading nation rather than a follower. ‹‹ Foreign Minister John Baird’s

meetings with Israeli officials in east Jerusalem is in no way a provocation. After all, when the UN General Assembly voted in 1947 to support partition of Palestine into two states, Jewish and Arab, it also voted to leave Jerusalem, Bethlehem and their surroundings as belonging to neither. ‹‹ In the 66 years since, the world has recognized neither Jordanian, Israeli or Palestinian control of any part of this area and has maintained that the status of Jerusalem will be determined in negotiations that end the conflict. As long as the status of Jerusalem has not been negotiated, diplomats and leaders from around the world should be free to meet their counterparts in both east and west Jerusalem. ‹‹ Rather than negotiating with Is-

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rael over the status of Jerusalem, the Palestinians are conducting a global campaign to argue that Israel is trying to make Jerusalem Jewish, neglecting to accept that east Jerusalem, and especially the ancient holy city of Jerusalem, was once the capital of ancient Israel, millennia before the Arab conquest of the city. Only under Israeli control has Jerusalem remained a city open to all peoples, of all religions, to practice their religion freely. ‹‹ Mr. Baird’s visit held up a mirror to the Palestinians, that tactics of delay, distraction, endless escape from tough decisions, and avoiding negotiations and serious assumption of responsibility will no longer find a ready audience among those who truly care about achieving peace. Former Knesset member Einat Wilf holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Cambridge. Noah Slepkov serves as an Adjunct Fellow at the Jewish People Policy Institute in Jerusalem. (The Globe and Mail - Canada, as seen on

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Jerusalem Day is a holiday commemorating the reunification of the city during the Six-Day War in 1967. Jerusalem’s population at the end of 2011 was 804,400, including 499,400 Jews, 281,100 Muslims, and 14,700 Christians, according to Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics. In 2011 the average Jewish woman in the capital had 4.24 children. The average Muslim woman in Jerusalem had 3.71 children. (Times of Israel)


On Wednesday, May 8, University of Cambridge physicist Prof. Stephen Hawking reiterated that he pulled out of the fifth President’s Conference in Jerusalem because he supports an academic boycott of Israel. “I have received a number of emails from Palestinian academics,” Hawking said in a letter. “They are unanimous that I should respect the boycott. In view of this I must withdraw from the conference.” Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, director of Shurat HaDin-Israel Law Center, noted, “His whole computer-based communication system runs on a chip designed by Israel’s Intel team.” (Jonny Paul, Jerusalem Post)

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The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology was ranked in 6th place in the world for entrepreneurship and innovation, in the first comprehensive survey conducted by MIT. The Technion was one of only two of the top 10 universities worldwide outside the U.S. and Europe. (The other is the National University of Singapore.) The survey also cited the Technion among the “emerging giants whose reputation had grown considerably in recent years.” A fourth of the Technion’s 60,000 alumni who are of working age have, at one time or another, initiated a business, and a fourth are CEOs or vice presidents. The annual output of its graduates in high-tech industries is estimated to be at least $21 billion. Among inventions from Technion research labs: the memory stick, drip irrigation, the Parkinson’s drug rasagiline, the Iron Dome air defense system, and instant messaging. Courses that combine business and innovation – like “Technological Entrepreneurship,” taught by Dan Shechtman, a Nobel laureate in chemistry – are the most popular on campus. (David Shamah, Times of Israel)


The economic and strategic situation for Israel is surprisingly bright right now. During 2012, Israel’s economy grew by 3.1%, which is amazing given the international economic recession. The debt burden fell from 79.4% of GDP to 73.8%, while the debt of the U.S. and other countries zooms upwards. Standard and Poor lifted Israel’s credit rating from A to A+. Moody’s and Fitch also increased Israel’s rating. Unemployment fell from 8.5% in 2009 to 6.9%. The completion of the border fence

with Egypt increases security in places where Palestinian and Egyptian Islamist groups are trying to attack. It also has reduced illegal civilian crossings to zero. The picture is even bright regarding U.S.-Israel relations, certainly compared to the previous four years. So what often seems to be the world’s most slandered and reviled country is doing quite well. (Barry Rubin, Jerusalem Post)


Israel’s tourism is breaking records, with international travel at an all-time high. Visitors have said that Israel has a strong “magnetic pull.” I never understood what this meant until I experienced it myself. On my first day in Israel, after wandering around Tel Aviv for about five hours, I had already found myself completely enamored by everything in front of me. This country sends out a vibration that everyone seems to feel. Maybe it’s the holiness, the history, or the unusual, mysterious beauty; whichever way you look at it, Israel is a destination that simply cannot be missed. Because of Israel’s size, travelers can rent a car and really see it all. The country is an ideal destination for a two-week vacation crunch. 2012 saw the arrival of 3.5 million travelers, and Israel hopes to see 5 million by 2015. This country is an unparalleled, matchless and entirely transcendent experience. (Tracey Greenstein, Forbes)


On Sunday, May 5, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu embarked on an official visit to China, the first by an Israeli prime minister since 2007. Twoway trade between China and Israel has increased from $50 million in 1992 to $9.91 billion in 2012. Netanyahu’s visit

is of great significance, and will promote a new high in China-Israel relations. The friendship between the Chinese and Jewish nations dates back more than 1,000 years. The Jewish people in then-Chinese capital Kaifeng enjoyed equal rights to the Chinese. From the 1880s onward, thousands of Jews went to northeast China because of rising anti-Semitism in Russia and Eastern Europe. Before and during World War II, when Jewish people were struggling for survival against the Nazi Holocaust, Shanghai became the only city in the world open to Jews. (H.E. Gao Yanping, People’s Republic of China’s ambassador to Israel, Jerusalem Post)


Every year on “Victory in Europe” Day (Thursday, May 9 this year), Jewish World War II veterans in Israel from the former Soviet Union parade in uniform to celebrate Nazi Germany’s surrender. About 1.5 million Jews fought in Allied armies, including 550,000 in the American army, 500,000 in the Red Army, 100,000 in the Polish army and 30,000 in the British army, according to Israel’s Holocaust museum Yad Vashem. About 200,000 Soviet Jewish soldiers fell on the battlefield or into German captivity. About 7,000 Jews who served in the Soviet Red Army are still alive today and living in Israel. (Daniel Estrin, AP)


The flow of natural gas from Israel’s Tamar field in the Mediterranean was inaugurated on March 30, 2013, ushering in a new era in Israel’s energy sector. The Tamar field alone represents two decades of consumption, with an estimated 9.7 trillion cubic feet (TCF) of

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BRIEFS continued from previous page Connecting Israel’s emerging gas grid to Jordan is a relatively inexpensive and simple endeavor. Given its geographic proximity, Europe would seem to be the natural export market for Israeli gas. Yet Asia may emerge as Israel’s preferred export destination. The Australian firm, Woodside, which acquired about a third of the rights to the Leviathan field, is oriented toward marketing gas in Asia, and envisions building a liquefaction plant to service that trade. Israeli officials view a cross-Israel natural gas pipeline connecting the Mediterranean and Red Seas as an alternative to the Suez Canal. But an export structure operating directly from Eilat to markets in Asia would face a rising strategic problem: Iran’s increasing naval presence in the Red Sea. This will require Israel to establish and expand a Red Sea fleet as well as a significant expansion in the size and capability of its Mediterranean fleet. (David Wurmser, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs)


‹‹ The United States defense establishment is a major partner in Israel’s strategic balance and a pillar of its defensive shield. Israel has contrib-

uted to American tactics and weapons systems. At the same time, no American soldier has ever fought in a battle in which Israel was fighting with its Arab neighbors. ‹‹ The U.S. and Israel use the same hardware, and their armies and soldiers are continually involved in battle. The level of research and development both in the area of hardware and training, as well as in drawing lessons-learned from active combat, allows the two armies to mutually benefit. ‹‹ Joint military cooperation in the area of missile defense serves as the most recent example. The U.S. stands to benefit immensely from Israel’s rocket defense R&D efforts. Both the Iron Dome (operational) and David’s Sling (soon to become operational) systems offer capabilities that no other country in the world has. The Arrow III exo-atmospheric interceptor, to be fielded in 2015, will provide Washington with key insights into a system that, according to senior U.S. Missile Defense Agency officials, “will be more capable than anything the United States has on the drawing board.” ‹‹ The location of Israel in the Middle East, the ongoing confrontation with regional terror groups with links to terror organizations from outside the region, together with the importation of weapons systems from sources hostile to both Israel

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The new arms deal with the U.S. includes the V-22 Osprey, an airplanehelicopter hybrid that can take off and land like a helicopter but fly like an airplane. Israel will be the first country in the world to get the Osprey outside of the U.S. The Osprey will replace Israel’s aging Sikorsky CH-53 Sea Stallion heavy cargo helicopter fleet. The V-22 is an advanced, modern aircraft with additional functionality and capabilities, enhanced safety for its passengers, and a 25% reduction in fuel consumption in comparison to the Sea Stallion. Also part of the arms deal is the KC-135 Stratotanker, a flying gas station, that allows the air force to extend its already long range and allows its fighter jets to operate far from the country’s borders. There is no doubt this is a force multiplier for the Israel Air Force. (Aharon Lapidot, Israel Hayom)


Israeli President Shimon Peres recently praised Azerbaijan for taking “a clear stand” against war and terrorism, on the occasion of a visit to Israel by Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov, accompanied by a large delegation of Azerbaijani Jews, including a Jewish member of the parliament. Azerbaijan, a secular country with a predominantly Shiite Muslim population, has had a close relationship with Israel since the beginning of its independence from the Soviet Union a generation ago. It supplies some 40% of Israel’s oil, shares a border with Iran, and has a close partnership with Israel in the defense sector. (Nasimi Aghayev, Azerbaijan’s consul general to the western U.S., Washington Times)


Arin Shaabi, a military prosecutor in the Israel Defense Forces, is one of 94 Arab Christians in the IDF. Arabs like Shaabi are exempt from military service, but she volunteered, and even fought against cultural and bureaucratic resistance, to get a job in which she is responsible for prosecuting Palestinians. Shaabi comes from the Arab city of Nazareth. Her maternal grandmother was born Jewish, but converted to Christianity when she got remarried to an Arab Christian man in the late 1950s. Her mother was raised Christian, and raised Shaabi that way. “I grew up with the idea that this is where we live, this is our country. And in the same way that we have rights, we have responsibilities,” she says. “So I felt that even though it’s not mandatory

for me to join [the IDF], it’s my responsibility to do it.” (Christa Case Bryant, Christian Science Monitor)


Lt.-Col. Magdi Mazarib, a Bedouin Muslim Arab from northern Israel, is the Israeli army’s highest-ranking tracker and commands a small unit of Bedouin soldiers who use their fieldcraft skills to serve as the Jewish state’s gatekeepers. Mazarib is at ease protecting his country’s borders from other Arabs, fellow Muslims. “This is our country,” he states simply in perfect Hebrew with a light Arabic accent. And its Jewish symbols, such as the Star of David, do not perturb Mazarib. “The flag of England also has a cross on it, and the Jews there are fine with it,” he says during a tour of the Bedouin Heritage Center which houses a memorial to the 182 Bedouin killed fighting for Israel. Mazarib believes that his fellow Bedouin across the Middle East are envious of the way those in Israel live. “The state of Bedouin in Israel is better, as far as the respect we get, our progress, education,” he says. “It’s a different league.” (Agence France-Presse)


Security checkpoints are used to prevent terror attacks before would-be Palestinian attackers have a chance to enter Israel. The number of checkpoints in the West Bank was reduced from 40 in July 2008 to just 12 in October 2012. Furthermore, these checkpoints are only used some of the time and the frequency of checks is dependent on the security threat at the time. The main roads linking Palestinian cities are freely accessible and free of security controls. A Palestinian civilian can travel from Jenin in the northern West Bank to Bethlehem, south of Jerusalem, without encountering a single military checkpoint. The checkpoints have proven to be effective barriers against weapons smuggling. In 2012, there were 475 attempts to smuggle weapons into Israel and 1,147 attempts to enter Israel with forged ID cards. In addition, dozens of people were arrested in possession of explosives. Thus, the ongoing presence of these checkpoints remains necessary. (Israel Defense Forces)


With 4,800 startups in the country today, Israel has more startups per capita than any other country, and is no. 2 in actual numbers after the U.S. Tzahi Weisfeld, senior director of the Microsoft global startup group in Tel Aviv, explained what makes Israel startup heaven: The tech scene is not a matter of who you know but what you know. It’s an industry-wide meritocracy. People launch careers a little later in life (after military service and travel) and with more worldly experience than in the U.S. and Europe. Israel is a huge hub for semiconductor R&D. Intel employs 8,300 people there. Apple, IBM and Motorola

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Recent event photos from the area’s temples and organizations

The Temple Sinai Seder Committee was ready for the arrival of the guests on the first night of Passover. Pictured: Zvi & Judy Rogovin, Ronni & George Freed, Doris & Ron Benice (chairs), Dale & Myron Mendelson

At Temple Beth El Bradenton’s Annual Anniversary Dinner Dance, Jerry and Jeannie Shames were honored for their years of commitment to the temple; also pictured (at right) is Lois Gerber, Temple Beth El President

140 kosher characters: GulfsidePalm ORT members shared ORT memories. Pictured: Alice Cotman, Nancy Cobin, Ruth Michael, Carolyn Greber, Meryl Torin, Helga Harris (memoir author, guest speaker), Edris Weis

continued from previous page all have similar chip R&D facilities. It all adds up to a nation of people who can create hardware, gadgets and apps, and who have the confidence to leave good jobs and launch companies. (Julie Bort, Business Insider)



Over 250 multinational companies (MNC) have research and development centers in Israel, 80 of them Fortune 500 companies, with 66% being U.S. companies. During 2011, international tech companies bought out 83 Israeli startups, with the buyouts amounting to $5 billion. During the first half of 2012, there were 50 buyouts, at a total value of $3.5 billion (not including the purchase of NDS by Cisco). Between 2002 and 2009, productivity by MNC units in Israel grew by 121%, an average of 12% annually. This accounted for 15% of all business activity in Israel. (David Shamah, Times of Israel)


‹‹ The Palestinians are our neighbors, and how they view Israelis is as important, if not more important, as any peace treaty. A culture of paranoia and conspiracy theories about Israel is one of the biggest obstacles to peace between Israelis and Palestinians. If Israel is always at fault, if




there is always some dark, sinister, ulterior motive, the Palestinian people will never accept living peacefully next to the Jewish state. The Palestinian people, aided and egged on by irresponsible leadership, never show an ounce of trust when it comes to viewing their Israeli neighbor. Nothing Israel does, no investigation, no study, however objective, will change their minds. Nothing Israel says or does can escape the prism of propaganda and malevolence. If the distrust is so deep, there is no bridge for peace. The general feeling among Israeli citizens is that everything that comes out of Israel is cast aside by Palestinians purely on the basis of its origin. Facts become an inconvenient truth that must then be molded into propaganda so as not to clash with their deep-rooted assumptions about Israel. A political solution to the IsraeliPalestinian conflict can only be achieved if there is real societal and cultural change on the ground. A two-state solution, which is now endorsed by a majority of Israelis, will only be possible if there is trust. The fact that there is a dedicated section on Wikipedia called “Conspiracy theories involving Israel,” the fact that these theories are mainstream, everyday facts among the next generation of Palestinian leaders, is a terrifying omen to the future of possible reconciliation. (Ido Aharoni, Consul General of Israel in New York, Fox News)



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Over 150 attendees feted Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman at Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood’s annual Honors Luncheon. Pictured: Faith Lipton, Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman, Temple Emanu-El President Michael Richker, Temple Emanu-El Religious School Director Sabrina Silberberg

To celebrate Israel Independence Day, the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism heard anecdotes from the Federation’s Bob Malkin Young Ambassadors, whose recent trip to Israel provided them with firsthand experiences. Pictured: Janae Newmark, Jesse Schein, Haven Miller, CHJ President Susan Friedman

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