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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 www.jfedsrq.org

March 2013 - Adar/Nisan 5773

Volume 43, Number 3

INSIDE THIS ISSUE: 7A Community Focus 14A Israel & the Jewish World 22A Jewish Interest 26A Commentary 28A Focus on Youth 31A Life Cycle 1B Jewish Happenings

9A Jewish music sensation Rick Recht to perform in Sarasota

We Love Israel attracted more than 6,000 people to WeWe Love Love Israel We Israel Love attracted attracted Israel over attracted over 6,000 6,000 people over people 6,000 to Robarts topeople Robarts Arena to Arena Robarts on onA Robarts Arena on Sunday, January 27 to celebrate all that January January 27th 27th January to celebrate to celebrate 27th to allcelebrate all thatthat is Israel isall Israel that …… the is Israel the people, people, … thethe people food, food is Israel – the people, the food, the music, the culture and thethe music, music, the thethe culture music, culture the andand culture more. more. and more. more.

10A Centenarian birthdays at Kobernick House

The Mayor’s Feed thethe Hungry Campaign collected TheThe Mayor’s Mayor’s The Feed Mayor’s Feed thethe Hungry Feed Hungry Campaign Hungry Campaign Campaign collected collected 2160 collected 2160 21 2,160 pounds of food and over $600, which will bebuy used pounds pounds of food of pounds food andand ofover food over $600, and $600, which over which $600, willwill be which be used used will to buy to be used giftgift to bu tofor buy gift for cards for groceries. cards cards for groceries. cards groceries. groceries. The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee raised over $2,500 for its Israel @ 65 andover Interfaith Initiatives. TheThe Jewish Jewish The Federation Federation Jewish Federation raised raised over over raised $2,500 $2,500 forfor their $2,500 their Israel for Israel @ their 65 @ 65 Israe andand Interfaith Interfaith and Initiatives. Interfaith Initiatives. Initiatives. Special Thanks to: First United Methodist Church, Joel Fedder, Tshirtsonyou.com, Rayco Electric and the Special Special Thanks Thanks Special to:Army. to: First Thanks First United United to: First Methodist Methodist United Church, Methodist Church, JoelChurch, Joel Fedder, Fedder, Joel Salvation Tshirtsonyou.com, Tshirtsonyou.com, Tshirtsonyou.com, Rayco Rayco Electric Electric Rayco & Salvation & Electric Salvation & Army Salvation Army Army Photos by Cliff Roles and Loren Mayo

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Prominent guests coming to Israel Film Festival screenings By Roz Goldberg, Israel Film Festival Chair

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hen the 2013 Israel Film Festival kicks off on Sunday, March 17 at the Beatrice Friedman Theatre on the Federation Campus, audience members can expect to experience an outstanding roster of new, award-winning films about Israel – its people, its aspirations, its triumphs, and its challenges – and hear from special guests who will participate in postfilm discussions. Although all the films deal with Israel, this year in honor of Israel @ 65, they could not be more different. One film will transport the audience to 1936 Tel Aviv; another to the same – but entirely different – Tel Aviv of today; a third to kibbutzim established nearly 100 years ago; a fourth will absorb them into the drama of the miraculous Entebbe hostage rescue; a fifth offers a glimpse into the hopeful interaction between two teenagers – an Israeli and a Palestinian; and a sixth exposes a complex moral dilemma that Israelis wrestle with every day. Josh Aronson, the Director/Screenwriter/Producer of Orchestra of Exiles, will be present for both the Opening Night screening on the Federation Campus and the second screening on Wednesday, March 20 at Temple Beth Israel. Orchestra of Exiles is an exciting documentary about the remarkable musician whose prescient efforts brought the Israel Philharmonic into being. Gerry Daniel, who was in Tel Aviv in 1936 for the first performance of the Israel (then Palestine) Philharmonic, will join Josh Aronson in the post-film discussion on March 20. Another special guest is Dr. Avraham Balaban, prominent author and Professor of Modern Hebrew Literature. He was born and raised on Kibbutz Hulda and is interviewed in the film, Inventing our Life: The Kibbutz Experience. By coincidence, Dr. Balaban is teaching this semester at the University of Florida in Gainesville, and was approached to participate in the post-film discussions of this provocative and touching film. We are delighted that he accepted our invitation. Having these prominent guests come to Sarasota for our Israel Film Festival underscores the stature and importance of this Jewish Federation event. We believe that this fourth year of our Film Festival will be even more exciting and compelling than last year – and the 2012 Festival is a hard act to follow! As in previous festivals, each film will be shown twice, with the exception of the final film on Thursday, March 21, Room 514. Based on the reaction of our Israel Film Festival Committee members, who screened and evaluated a number of highly-regarded films to choose our final six, the 2013 films will provide a remarkable experience for all involved. We expect our screenings to be very well-attended, as they have been each year, and hope that our audience members will continue to participate actively in the post-film discussions, which will take place after each screening. If you don’t already have your tick-

ets, see the spread on pages 16A-17A and check out the event listings in the “Jewish Happenings” section of this issue for detailed film descriptions, a complete schedule of events, and ticket information. Israel Film Festival brochures are also available at the Jewish Federation office. Tickets can be purchased at www. jfedsrq.org/events.aspx or by calling

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he Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is pleased to fund The Jewish Healing Program  of Jewish Family & Children’s Service. The program is staffed by a full-time licensed clinician who serves as the program director. There are 75 dedicated, trained volunteers who provided 4,465 connections within the Jewish community during the past year. Through Jewish traditions, rituals and wisdom, these volunteers and staff offer support, comfort and hope to individuals and families experiencing life challenges. In addition, the Federation underwrites the salaries of Jewish Healing Coordinators Susan Finkelstein and Jan Alston, in order to further enhance and support Jewish life in Sarasota-Manatee. Your Federation funds specific areas of service provided by the Jewish

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Healing Program to the Jewish community. These include: ÎÎ Bikkur Cholim: There are twelve trained Jewish Para-Chaplain Volunteers working in Sarasota, Venice and Bradenton. They visit hospitals, homes and senior residences where they provide emotional support and a spiritual connection to individuals who are isolated or suffering. Also, the Healing Program’s volunteer rabbi makes visits to those in spiritual crisis through Bikkur Cholim services.  ÎÎ Bereavement Services: Support Groups offer healing and hope to men and women coping with the loss of a loved one. Thirtyseven people were served in six Be-

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visits were made to bereaved families whenever needed. ÎÎ Religious Services: Shabbat, High Holy Days and Festival Services are celebrated in more than 20 nursing homes and assisted living facilities, providing more than 2,000 Jewish connections during monthly Shabbat, and annual High Holy Day, Hanukkah and Passover celebrations. ÎÎ Jewish Financial Case Management (JFCM): This program helps families develop a self-sufficiency plan that enable them to remain in their homes or move to a higherquality living environment. The integrated case management used for the JFCM program helps families in transition develop a clear path to their future, guiding families to selfsufficiency versus relying on public housing. ÎÎ Holocaust Support Services: Support, case management and resource connection are often needed for this aging and frail part of the Jewish community. These participants view The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee and JFCS as their connection to the Jewish community. Through funding from the Federation, the case managers have the ability to reach out, identify who is in need, and provide comprehensive services including assistance with applications for reparation funding if eligible.

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husband and wife with two children moved here for a job. Very shortly after they arrived, the husband was laid off. They managed on his unemployment until he was diagnosed with cancer and could no longer look for work. They used all their resources until they were so far behind in rent that they were about to be evicted. The Jewish Financial Case Management Program, funded by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, helped this family pay for rent and move into a less expensive place. We assisted in their job search and they were successful in finding work. Unfortunately, during their preemployment physicals the husband was diagnosed with heart problems and the wife was diagnosed with cancer. The Case Managers again stepped in, assisted financially, and provided companionship, emotional support, Doula services and friendly visitors. We helped them hook up with other organizations and, after another year, they were again able to find jobs and are now self-sustaining. Another client came to JFCS needing help with rent and food. She was living with her son who had disabilities and was applying for permanent disability while they were living on her Social Security check. During conversations, we found out she was also a Holocaust survivor. We are now assisting her with completing applications for restitution as well as emergency funds from the Claims Conference. In addition, we have provided friendly visitor and case management services to assist her with finding more economically-sound housing options. A third client was a family with two children. Dad and mom were both working when their son was diagnosed with cancer. Mom had to cut back her hours as did dad to make the multiple weekly trips to All Children’s Hospital. They were falling behind on their bills and they were afraid they were going to lose their house. A private donor helped pay some of their bills over a six-month period to provide relief until the young boy was healthy again and mom and dad were able to get back to work full-time.

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Scholarships now available! By Terry Blumenstein Established 1971

PUBLISHER The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee Klingenstein Jewish Center 580 McIntosh Road Sarasota, FL 34232-1959 Phone: 941.371.4546 Fax: 941.378.2947 E-mail: jewishnews@jfedsrq.org Website: www.jfedsrq.org Published Monthly Volume 43, Number 3 March 2013 48 pages in two sections USPS Permit No. 167 April 2013 Issue Deadlines: Editorial: February 26, 2013 Advertising: February 28, 2013 PRESIDENT Nancy Swart EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Howard Tevlowitz ASSOCIATE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Marty Haberer COMMUNICATIONS CO-CHAIRS David Gruber, Linda Lipson MANAGING EDITOR Ted Epstein CREATIVE MANAGER Christopher Alexander ADVERTISING SALES Robin Leonardi PROOFREADERS Adeline Silverman, Stacey Edelman, Harold Samtur

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t’s that time of year again. You might think of filing your taxes or spring gardening, but for many high school seniors and their parents, it’s time for the “waiting game,” the time when colleges send out acceptance and rejection letters. As Chair of the Federation’s Scholarship Program, I look forward to this time, when questions and applications about the program start to increase. The Federation is proud to offer scholarships for university, community college and vocational/trade school. Last year, the Federation provided over

$56,000 to 26 students. We’ve simplified the process this year, while still gathering the information needed for the committee to make prudent decisions for our donors. We couldn’t be more thankful to our donors who year after year fund the scholarships as they realize the need to support our Jewish youth. There is no better feeling than contributing to the success of those who need a little bit of help so they can help themselves. Applications are due by April 11. Don’t leave completing your application to the last minute as there is docu-

New Jewish family programs underway By Amber Ikeman

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re you looking for new and exciting programs to get your children involved in and excited about Jewish life? The Federation is currently working on a project to engage young families in a way that is warm, welcoming and open to everyone. This new endeavor is aimed specifically at unaffiliated families, although affiliated families are encouraged to take part as well. The first initiative to bring our wonderful community of families and

children of all ages together will be a Jewish spin on a Sarasota favorite: the Siesta Key Beach drum circle, Havdalah style! Please join us on Saturday, April 6 at 6:00 p.m. for Sand, Song and Schmooze at the Siesta Key Beach pavilion as we celebrate Havdalah (a beautiful ceremony marking the end of Shabbat and the beginning of a new week). It will be an opportunity for you and your children to meet other Jewish families in the community that you may not have had the chance to meet other-

Introducing the Young Ambassadors of 2013! By Amber Ikeman

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wise. The best part? Your children (and you, if you’d like) will make their own percussion instruments – drums, tambourines, even edible drums and drumsticks – to join in on the music! Whether it’s through our PJ Library program or a fun get-together, we want to provide what you and your family are looking for. If you would like to be a part of the new Family Programming Committee, contact me at 941.343.2106 or aikeman@jfedsrq.org.

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his June, twelve local Jewish teenagers will travel to Israel on the Federation’s Bob Malkin Young Ambassadors Leadership Mission. Their leadership training has been off to a great start, and our Ambassadors proudly represented themselves at our We Love Israel Street Fair & Shuk on Sunday, January 27. The group will meet regularly over the coming months to prepare for their trip, learn about Israel and their rela-

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mentation that needs to be completed and letters from colleges you will need to provide. As a parent, I can say that completing applications in advance is good practice so you can review and correct before submitting. Late and incomplete applications will be refused. Many of the scholarships are needbased. Full information and an application are on the Federation website at www.jfedsrq.org/college.aspx. If you have any questions, please contact Amber Ikeman, Community Building Associate, at 941.343.2106 or aikeman@jfedsrq.org.

tionships to the land, and have a chance to bond before embarking on the trip of a lifetime. We are proud to announce this year’s Young Ambassadors: Cecelia Bean Jacob Hurwitz Madison Bryan Jacob Lefton Alexandria Campbell Brittney Mintz Alex Eiffert Ike Pintchuck Jessie Greenberg Sydney Ralph Noah Haberer Andrew Wolfson

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Israel: Threats faced, responses planned By Rabbi Howard A. Simon, Chair of The Robert and Esther Heller Israel Advocacy Initiative

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Forces ready to respond to any attack as quickly as possible. Regarding the defense strategy, we saw how Israel deployed the Iron Dome rocket defense against Gaza.  The five Iron Dome batteries in southern and central Israel intercepted 87% of the projectiles aimed at Israel. Israel will devote time and energy to acquiring additional Iron Dome rocket defenses and will work to employ them in broader, more encompassing areas. When Israel thinks of defending the Lebanese border, she plans to make use of the recently successfully tested David’s Sling rocket defense system. This system has the ability to intercept medium and long-range rockets and cruise missiles presently amassed by Hezbollah in Lebanon. It is believed that Hezbollah has 50,000 such rockets, and Israel’s problem is that David’s Sling may not be operational until 2014. This means the IDF must be prepared to launch a wide-ranging ground offensive that would, in all probability, move deep into Lebanon, if necessary. As Israel prepares to defend her land from every direction, the leadership continues to monitor the internal strug-

gles taking place in the Arab world. The rift between Shi’ite and Sunni camps is real and threatens the Arab world. The Shi’ite camp is composed of Iran, Syria and Hezbollah. The Sunni camp is made up of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey.  Tensions exist, and problems are rife. Egypt, wishing to play a more central role in the Arab world, may find itself in conflict with Iran. Turkey is already at odds with Iran regarding Syria and its civil war. The more these groups struggle with each other, the better it is for Israel. What it all boils down to is Israel must be alert and ready to respond to any attack while still keeping an eye on Iran and its quest for nuclear weapons. It is, to be sure, a most difficult situation, but Israel accepts this reality and will do all it can to protect her people and her land. To learn about how you can get involved with the Heller IAI, please visit www.helleriai.org or contact Amber Ikeman at aikeman@jfedsrq.org or 941.343.2106.

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Explore the Jewish history of Sarasota-Manatee Local author tells story through vintage images in new book

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he newest addition to Arcadia of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Publishing’s popular Images of Southwest Florida. Her passions are America series is Jews of Sara- genealogy, scrapbooking, collecting sota-Manatee from local author Kim- postcards, designing centerpieces, and berly Sheintal. The book boasts more taking photographs of her two daughthan 200 vintage images and memories ters and three grandsons. Her newest passion is collecting of days gone by. Jewish history of SaraKimberly Sheintal, 62, sota-Manatee. is a native of Chicago. At age 20, she married Jonathan In 1539, explorer Hernando de Soto landSheintal and moved to Sarasota. Kimberly is an active ed near Sarasota, Florida, but centuries passed volunteer in the SarasotaManatee Jewish community. before the SarasotaIf Kimberly is not at a comManatee area saw many settlers. By the late munity-wide Jewish happenKimberly Sheintal 1840s, a few pioneers ing or life cycle event, there is a good chance her centerpieces, scrap- had arrived, but it was not until 1913 books and photographs will be. Known that the first Jewish person settled here. for using her 25-year-old film camera, Other Jewish families followed, but no she finally bought a digital camera this organization connected them until the Jewish Community Center of Sarasota year. Sheintal is currently the president opened in 1925.

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emple Beth Sholom member Bill Freund has authored his second children’s book, titled The Towel That Saved Elizabeth. His previous book, The Cookie that Saved My Family, was a finalist award-winner in the 2012 USA Best Book Awards. Bill Freund, former senior vice president and chief economist of the New York Stock Exchange, emigrated from Germany when he was 11 to escape anti-Semitism. Bill’s new book is based on an exciting and inspiring family story. Just as Hitler came to power, Bill’s sister-in-law Lotti, then 9 years old, rescued Elizabeth, a 5-year-old gentile girl from drowning in a deep and dangerous river. The rescue was news

all over Germany. A year ago, Bill and his family met the rescued girl, now 85, in Munich. Elizabeth still had the towel with which she was rescued. Many illustrations and photos accompany the 52-page text. The book is suitable for all children aged 4-94.  Bill has again donated copies of his new book to Temple Beth Sholom’s Frances and Israel Swartz Sisterhood Judaica Shop, located at 1050 South Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota, where  it may be purchased for $12. The book is also available on Amazon.com.

For early Jewish settlers, the biggest problem was isolation rather than discrimination. By the 1950s, when the region was experiencing a post-war population boom, some of Sarasota’s most prominent citizens were Jewish. They played an enormous role in creating Sarasota’s businesses, charitable organizations, and cultural assets, including the David Cohen Hall and the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. The Jewish Community Council, a precursor of the Jewish Federation, formed in 1959. Sarasota-Manatee now has 13 Jewish congregations and a thriving Jewish population. While the Jewish people of the area cannot be thanked for the sunny weather, they can be thanked for

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helping the community shine. Highlights of Jews of SarasotaManatee: ‹‹ In 1935, the first house on Lido Key was built for a Jewish family. ‹‹ Although Jews were never more than 5% of the population of Sarasota-Manatee, Jewish professionals, entrepreneurs and civic leaders in this area played a vital role in the region’s success. ‹‹ Many local and visiting Jewish notables representing a broad array of expertise and talents have enlightened, inspired and entertained the Sarasota-Manatee community. Jews of Sarasota-Manatee is available at BookStore1Sarasota, local synagogue gift shops, area book store chains, area drug stores, and through Arcadia Publishing at www.arcadiapublishing. com or 888.313.2665.

Dr. Yoram Peri Dr. Yoram Peri is the Abraham S. and Jack Kay Chair in Israel Studies, and Director of the Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is a former political advisor to the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, and was Editor-in-chief of the Israeli daily, Davar.

Temple Beth Israel Kallah Scholar Program Friday, April 5, 8pm

(following Shabbat Services) Special Oneg after lecture

Temple Beth Sholom Saturday, April 6, 9am

(part of morning Shabbat Services) Lunch & Schmooze after lecture A joint program of Temple Beth Israel and Temple Beth Sholom sponsored by Gerard Daniel in loving memory of his wife Ruth Daniel.

Free and open to the community.

Temple Beth Sholom 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota 955-8121 www.templebethsholomfl.org Temple Beth Israel 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat 383-3428 www.tbi-lbk.org


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Call for survivor testimonies JFCS expands services for Holocaust survivors

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he Al Katz Center for Holocaust Survivors & Jewish Learning is calling on survivors to tell the stories of their rescues for video recording by the Center. Survivors are welcome to come to the Center to share their stories, or the staff will make visits to the survivors, wherever they are living. The Al Katz Center is conveniently located at 713 South Orange Avenue in Sarasota, across from the Burns Square Child Protection Center, and is handicap accessible. Testimonies may be accompanied by memorabilia of the survivors from before, during or after the Holocaust. Items will be photographed, scanned, copied or video recorded per the wishes of the survivor. The Center will have survivor testimonies transcribed whenever possible. It is seeking funds for these transcriptions, which will be

archived at the Center and given to the survivors and their families. The Al Katz Center holds daily classes open to the general community and to survivors in art, Israeli current events, Jewish issues, Jewish geography and history, Jewish homemaking and much more. It also provides Shiva assistance for families in mourning. Upcoming events include a kosher Passover seder on Tuesday, March 26, and a Lag B’Omer celebration on Sunday, April 28. For more information on Center events and to make reservations, call the Al Katz Center at 941.313.9239. The Center is open weekdays at a nominal cost for reading, classes, individual study, prayer, playing board games, light refreshments, Monday brunch & learn, and social activities. Donations are appreciated.

Happy Passover

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As a certified Jewish Hospice, Tidewell offers: • Mezuzah and Shabbat candles • Bible and prayer book • Spiritual consultation with Rabbi on request • Doula services through Jewish Family & Children’s Services

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Michael’s on East 1212 East Avenue South • Sarasota, FL 34239 Co-Chairs: Helen and Len Glaser

Your presence will pay tribute to the Friedman Family and those touched by their dedication to JNF, Israel, and the Sarasota community. The luncheon is sponsored by dedicated JNF supporters. Attendees will be given an opportunity to make a gift to JNF’s visionary work in Israel during this complimentary luncheon. For more information, including becoming a table captain, please contact Uri Smajovits at usmajovits@jnf.org or Beth Glickman Morris at bmorris@jnf.org or 800.211.1502, x890/891.

RSVP is required by March 1 to 800.211.1502 or RSVPNorthFL@jnf.org

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hanks to a grant from The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee, Jewish Family & Children’s Service has expanded its services to Holocaust survivors. “It is amazing that there are so many Holocaust survivors in our community,” said Susan Finkelstein, JFCS Jewish Healing Coordinator. Over the past 12 months, JFCS, in conjunction with Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services, has provided support for more than 35 survivors. “As they age, Holocaust survivors are requiring more assistance in many areas including help with household chores, financial assistance and companionship. The support offered by JFCS includes assistance with completing applications for restitution and compensation, financial assistance with emergencies and home care, friendly visitor and companionship visits, and our newest offering, support groups in conjunction with The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee,” noted

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Finkelstein. The support groups will be held in northern Sarasota County at Kobernick House and in southern Sarasota County at the JFCS Venice office. The groups will include topics specific to Holocaust survivors as well as topics that are pertinent for all seniors. The groups will be jointly facilitated by JFCS and Jewish Federation staff, and transportation will be provided through a grant from the Claims Conference (Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany). “We hope that survivors will help to define the topics they would like to discuss to meet their needs,” said Finkelstein. For more information, please call Susan Finkelstein or Jan Alston, Holocaust Case Manager, at 941.366.2224, or email sfinkelstein@jfcs-cares.org or jalston@jfcs-cares.org.

Technion nosh and nanotech event By Adeline Silverman

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unday morning, January 27, saw Miriam and Louis Benjamin, who coan outstanding event at Michael’s founded the Sarasota Technion ChapOn East, celebrating the incred- ter, many years ago. Active in the ATS ible achievements coming out of Tech- since the early 1990s, she has received nion, the Israeli scientific and medical many awards and fellowships in recoguniversity, now celebrating its 100th an- nition of her long-standing leadership, niversary. including the ATS’s highest honor, the The event was chaired by Lillian Einstein Award. Brent, assisted by a committee which Educated at Cornell University, included Gerri Aaron, Dr. Arthur Anco- where she continues to be active in the witz, Alice Berkowitz, Dr. Robert Brent, Cornell University Alumni Council and Esther Heller, MeMe Kramer, Mari- the Library Advisory Committee, she lyn Naiditch, Betty Schiff, Ina Schnell, later embarked on a second career as an Betty Schoenbaum, Kim Sheintal, Lois attorney, earning her JD from George Stulberg, Janet Sulek, Naomi Wertheim- Washington University Law School in er and Sarah Wertheimer. 1984. She worked for the U.S. State The first speaker was Prof. Wayne Department until retiring last year. Kaplan, Dean of Materials Engineering She spoke of her work for the Techat the Technion. He is a dynamic speak- nion on local and national levels and er who is passionate about his work really inspired us to continue in the in nanotechnology, using the famed vital support our local American TechTitan microscope. Born and raised in nion Society provides to the ongoing the United States, he studied at Johns achievements of the university. Hopkins University before making aliThe local chapter is co-chaired by yah to Israel in 1984, and continuing his Milton Richter and Bruce Wertheimer, studies through to his doctorate degree and the Chapter Director is Jennifer at the Technion. Singer. With the use of a PowerPoint preOn Thursday, March 14 at noon sentation, Prof. Kaplan described some there will be a Technion Luncheon at of the almost unbelievable work being the Hyatt Regency featuring two Techdone there, including the development nion students and a professor. Lunch is of the PillCam, a small capsule-size $25 per person. To make a reservation unit which, when swallowed, sends or for more information, please call photos of the entire digestive system, Jennifer Singer at 941.378.1500. making invasive surgical techniques unnecessary. The other speaker was Carol Epstein, American Technion Society (ATS) Guardian, member of the National Board of Directors and also a member of the Technion International Board of Governors. A second-generation Technion supporter, she was inspired by her parents, Kim Sheintal, Carol Epstein, Jennifer Singer


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March 2013

Jewish music sensation Rick Recht to perform in Sarasota

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By Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman

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he world’s number-one touring artist for Jewish music hits Sarasota-Manatee this month as Rick Recht performs live in concert! Presented in partnership by Temple Emanu-El and Temple Beth Sholom, this exciting show will be held at Temple Emanu-El on Saturday, March 9 at 7:00 p.m. A musical Havdalah service precedes the performance. Playing over 150 concerts a year in the United States and abroad, Recht is widely recognized for his appeal to youth and family audiences not only as an exceptional musician, singer/ songwriter and entertainer, but also as a role model for involvement in Jewish life. He has become an icon for Jewish youth in the United States, elevating the medium of Jewish music as a powerful

and effective tool for developing Jewish pride and identity. Recht is also the national music spokesman for The PJ Library. With performances that include music from sacred prayers set to traditional melodies to modern arrangements with original lyrics, the concert

Rick Recht

will leave every audience member uplifted, exhilarated and singing along. “Rick’s brand of Jewish rock has shown appeal to all ages,” event chair Dan Barwick said. “If you have never seen Rick on stage, you are in for a treat,” he added. “If you have seen him, come watch him with new material performing with members of our own community.” Temple Beth Sholom and Temple Emanu-El warmly invite the community to experience Rick Recht’s exciting talent and this infectious, inspiring performance! Tickets to the concert are available at Temple Emanu-El. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call the temple office at 941.371.2788 or email Dan Barwick at dan@barwick.us.

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s it fair to judge a person by his or her given name? What do parents think about when naming their newborns? Does a child’s name portend the achievement or even the occupation of a child when she grows up? What can we learn about the unfamiliar Judges of the Tanakh as well as from those whose names and stories are a bit more familiar? It is probably a truism that most names in the Book of Judges, the seventh book of our Holy Scriptures, are as strange to many of us as they are spelled.

The study of these individuals from our Biblical past is the underpinning of a new text-based course being offered this spring: “The Book of Judges.” Along with commentary and Midrash, students will engage in an English reading and discussion of Sefer Shoftim (The Book of Judges). No Hebrew background is required. You’ll be introduced to “Judges,” some of whom were military leaders as well as religious intercedents with God concerning the travails that occurred to the Israelites in the times following Joshua, Moses’ successor.

Tu B’Shevat Hunger Seder – a new old tradition

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elebrating Tu B’Shevat, the New Year of Trees, is a great way to appreciate the bounty that we so often take for granted as well as a time to give to the poor. With that in mind, and with the encouragement of American Jewish World Service to hold a Hunger Shabbat, a Tu B’Shevat Hunger Seder and meal was held in Sarasota on January 26. Cantor Neil Newman of Congregation Kol HaNeshama led the blessings and songs for the traditionally prepared seder plates, while speakers not only told about the situation of hunger, but what people can actually do to take action. The speakers were: Harvey Gochberg from the Congregation of Humanistic

Judaism, who explained local hunger issues; Kol HaNeshama’s Ruth Brandwein, who spoke of state and national hunger matters; and Leny Cohen, Kol HaNeshama social action co-chair, who told of hunger internationally and in Israel. A meal was prepared by volunteers, who kept soup and bread preparation costs to the $1.54 food stamp meal allotment per person. Everyone attending was asked to donate what they would have paid for a restaurant lunch to one of several agencies that provide food for the poor. Some of the further actions suggested include: signing petitions for the Farm Bill and volunteering to work on local projects, such as a community garden to provide food for the hungry, helping out at All Faiths Food Bank, and joining together to repeat the Gleaning Project sometime in March. Sarasota Tu B’Shevat Seder for Hunger speakers: Leny Cohen, Harvey Gochberg, Neil Newman and Ruth Brandwein

Registration is now open. This eight-week class will take place on Friday mornings from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. in the Hecht School Building on the Jewish Federation Campus beginning April 5 and running through May 24. To enroll or for more information, please contact the Sarasota Liberal Yeshiva at 941.379.5655 or marden.paru@gmail. com. The fee is $36. This course is made possible through a grant from The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee.

See section B for 85 Jewish-related community events in March.

Where will you be for Passover? Temple Beth Israel is hosting a Seder

Monday, March 25, 6 pm catered by Michael's on East

Led by Rabbi Jonathan R. Katz, this Seder is for Temple members & guests only. YOU can become a Temple Beth Israel member. Call the Temple office to learn about our Introductory Offer. Temple office 383-3428.

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Dedication of Siddur Mekor Chaim at Kobernick-Anchin By Carlene C. Cobb

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s we age, our heritage and fer our residents an opportunity to celetraditions become more im- brate Shabbat in a way that not only reportant to us,” Rabbi Barbara calls treasured memories but also brings hope and promise to Aiello said. It is in this spirit that the new siddur each new day. for the Anchin Pavilion To address specific physical and chapel, Mekor Chaim, was born. Mekor Chaim means spiritual needs of Kobernick-Anchin “fountain of life.” For the oldest and most fragile of campus residents and our residents, this theme is their families, a new precious. The Jewish trasiddur was designed Kobernick-Anchin CEO Darlene with the goal of endition of prayer, song and Arbeit presents framed Siddur artmeditation form the core work by Rebecca Desher Bornstein hancing enjoyment (z”l) to her son Joe Bornstein of our new siddur, and ofof services in the

Centenarian birthdays at Kobernick House

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wo centenarian birthdays were recently celebrated at Kobernick House in Sarasota. Residents, family and friends gathered to celebrate Charlotte Grossman, who turned 100 years of age, and Philip Small, who turned 105. “The secret to a good, long life is keeping your mind engaged,” Philip Small said. Looking around the Kobernick House rotunda filled with well-wishers, he added, “You are all my family, now.”

Anchin Pavilion chapel. The new siddur is pliable, making it is easy to hold and to turn the pages. The large print helps those with impaired vision clearly see the instructions and join Seated: Artists Enid Friedman and Pearl Goodman; in the songs and prayers. standing: Rabbi Barbara Aiello, artist Millie Eichen, Instructions are given to Joe & Lynn Bornstein make it easy for everyone to be a part of every service. For made possible by the generous support example, “we rise in body or spirit” en- of Myron and Jewel Ash, the Bornstein courages each individual’s participation Family, Jerome and Sheila Birnbaum, in the way that is comfortable – and that Howard and Carolyn Greber, Steven and is respected. Janice Greenfield, Charlotte Grossman, The beautiful artwork throughout Larry and Debbie Haspel, Jerry and the siddur was created by six artistic res- Judy Levinson, Eli and Lois Nefussy, idents on the Kobernick-Anchin cam- Hymann and Rona Lee Polakoff, Murpus: Rebecca Desher Bornstein (z”l), ray and Mimi Seitman, Morton and LinEnid Friedman, Jacqueline Rosenbaum, da Sinkoff, Michele and James Slavin, Pearl Goodman, Millie Eichen and Kenneth and Sylvia Stock, and Carole Rachel Barham (z”l). and Steven Willner. The production of the siddur was

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March 2013

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Synagogues join forces to bring Israeli political science expert to the area

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rom West Bank settlements to East Jerusalem, from Iran to Egypt, from the Ultra Orthodox to cost-of-living concerns, Dr. Yoram Peri, an internationally renowned political scientist, will share his insights on the outcome of recent elections in Israel. Dr. Peri will hold talks at both Temple Beth Israel on Longboat Key (TBI) and Temple Beth Sholom (TBS) in Sarasota. Dr. Peri will be at TBI on Friday, April 5 and will speak at the end of the 8:00 p.m. Shabbat service. A special oneg will follow. On Saturday, April 6, Dr. Peri will be featured as part of TBS’s 9:00 a.m. Shabbat service. A

lunch and schmooze will be held after the lecture. Peri is the Abraham S. and Jack Kay Chair in Israel Studies, and the Director of the new Joseph and Alma

Dr. Yoram Peri

Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. A former political advisor to the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Peri is the founder and former head of the Chaim Herzog Institute for Media, Politics and Society, and professor of Political Sociology and Communications in the department of communication at Tel Aviv University, and former editor-inchief of the Israeli daily, Davar. He has published extensively on Israeli society, media and politics. His books include The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, Between Battles and Ballots: Israel Military in Politics, and Telepopulism: Media and Politics in Israel.

Born in Jerusalem, he earned his BA and MA in Political Science and Sociology at the Hebrew University and his Ph.D. from the London School of Economics. This program, which is free to the public, has been made possible through the cooperation of TBI and TBS and through the generous sponsorship of Gerard Daniel in loving memory of his wife, Ruth Daniel. For more information, please call the TBI office at 941.383.3428 or visit www.tbi-lbk.org; or call the TBS office at 941.955.8121 or visit www. templebethsholomfl.org.

Congregation Ner Tamid inaugurates Adult Jewish Learning with new courses and workshops

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radenton’s Congregation Ner Tamid recently announced a new initiative for Adult Jewish Learning. “The program is called BATT,” said education director Rena Morano. “BATT stands for Bradenton Adult Talmud Torah and it is designed to bring Jewish learning to Bradenton’s adult community.” Morano, whose students recently completed a six-week course on basic

Jewish History, described their enthusiastic participation. When students were asked about the effectiveness of the history course, their responses were quite positive. “My takeaway for the course is a renewed pride in Judaism,” said one student. Others wrote that they had a renewed interest in Jewish and Biblical history. The success of the history course has given birth to the BATT program,

which will offer additional adult education courses that are open to everyone in the community. On February 3, the BATT program hosted Rabbi Barbara Aiello, who presented a two-hour interactive workshop based on Bruce Feiler’s award winning book, Walking the Bible. Upcoming BATT courses include the NJOP (National Jewish Outreach

Join us at

Program) “Crash Course in Basic Judaism.” Free and open to the public, the course meets for five sessions and includes topics such as Belief in God, Jewish Observance and Sexuality. Sessions four and five will meet on Sundays, March 3 and 10 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. For information or to register, please call 941.755.1231 or email shalom@nertamidflorida.org.

TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM

Sarasota-Manatee’s Conservative Synagogue

in march All Are Welcome! Come Join Us! ONGOING PROGRAMS Daily Morning Minyan Sunday-Friday, 8:00am

Wednesday, March 6, 1:00pm, Interesting Lives with Brenda Schimmel

Minyan Breakfast Wednesdays, 9:00am

Sunday, March 10, 8:30am, Mitzvah Day at TBS

SHABBAT SERvIcES

Wednesday, March 13, 1:00pm, Idelson Library Film Series, “Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference”

Fridays, 6:00pm Saturdays, 9:00am

Smiles and certificates abound as Ner Tamid members and friends conclude their six-week Jewish history course

Friday & Saturday, March 1 & 2, Freund Scholar-In-Residence with Amy-Jill Levine

Rabbi’s Tisch Tuesdays, 8:45am Scholar’s circle Tuesdays, 9:50am chug Ivri Hebrew Reading & conversation Thursdays, 10:30am

Friday & Saturday, March 15 & 16, Hazzan Jeffrey Weber’s Installation Sunday, March 17, 5:00pm, Men’s Club Square Dance Wednesday, March 20, 1:15pm, Idelson Library Book Review, “Hillel: If Not Now, When?” reviewed by Marden Paru Sunday, March 24, 12:30pm, Youth Chocolate Seder

Judaica Shop, Gail Jagoda Monday-Thursday, 10am-2pm

Tuesday, March 26, 6:00pm, Passover Service - followed by Seder

Idelson Adult Library Monday-Thursday, 10am-3pm

Sunday, March 31, 1:00pm, Passover BBQ

Temple Beth Sholom

941.955.8121 Email: info@templebethsholomfl.org Website: www.templebethsholomfl.org

1050 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota, FL 34237 Home of Temple Beth Sholom Schools: • The Martin and Mildred Paver Religious School – 941.552.2780 • Justin L. Wiesner Pre School – 941.954.2027 • Goldie Feldman Academy Grades K-8 – 941.552.2770


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Groundbreaking ceremony of the Remember Me Holocaust Organic Fruit Tree Orchard Sponsored by

By Ed Rosenthal

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e should all be present as a community to witness the groundbreaking ceremony of the Remember Me Holocaust Organic Fruit Tree Orchard on Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), Sunday, April 7 at 3:00 p.m. at Temple Beth Sholom. People ask why our family (Rosenthal Family Fund, Blumenthal Family Fund, The Jewish Federation of Sarasota Manatee, and other donors) decided to provide matching grants to build the Remember Me Holocaust Organic Fruit Tree Orchard at Temple Beth Sholom, and why we are using the Remember Us Database of lost children as our base of remembrance (www.rememberus.org/index.shtml). The first reason is a personal family

story. I never knew any of my Europe- Austria. When Peter was a young child, an grandparents. They were Romanian the Nazis annexed Austria, and Peter’s Jews. Additionally, I have no brothers mother fled the country with his famor sisters. In Montreal, the closest fam- ily, leaving behind her parents. The ily I had was my cousin Peter, who was family hid in Paris and then in a farmlike an older brother. land in France, hopTogether, Peter and I ing the Nazis would suffered the anti-Semnot find them. Peter itism of the bigots in never knew three of the streets of Montreal, his grandparents. We where there was no sepreally never spoke about this until rearation of Church and State. We had to attend cently, when Peter suffered a stroke. As either the Roman CathoBetty and Ed Rosenthal lic or Protestant School he has been recoverBoards of Greater Montreal. Both were ing, he now remembers his grandparents equally prejudiced against the “Christ by name and who they were in Austrian killers” and we, the Jews, were conve- Jewish society. Based on this information, Peter nient targets. Peter was born in 1937 in Vienna, traveled to Austria to find the traces of his grandparents. Indeed, he found their names in the archives of the only synagogue that had been left standing after Kristallnacht. He also found a reference to his grandfather’s extermination at Auschwitz, one of the 6 million victims of the Nazi extermination of European Jewry. Peter will plant one of the trees at the groundbreaking ceremony in remembrance of his grandparents who were lost in the Holocaust. In July 2012, my wife Betty and I visited the Holocaust museum, Yad Vashem, in Jerusalem as part of our mission to support the Jewish people in Israel and their resolve to build a Jewish homeland. As we entered the Children’s Memorial, the recording calling

The Synagogue Council of Sarasota-Manatee introduces a new website:

www.synagoguessarasotamanatee.org

It’s a comprehensive listing of the 10 participating local congregations.

TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Passover Seder On the Second Night of Passover Tuesday, March 26, 2013 15 Nisan, 5773 ConduCted by:

Rabbi Joel S. Mishkin Hazzan Jeffrey Weber

Service 6:00 pm - Seder 7:00 pm Sumptuous traditional Seder Meal Members $55 - Children 10 and under $32 Non-Members $75 - Children 10 and under $45

Reservations and payment are required in advance and must be received in the Temple Office by Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (All Credit Cards or personal check accepted. You can also RSVP on the TBS website)

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out names mentioned Esther Rosenthal from Romania murdered at Auschwitz. Then, as further powerful significance, with all the exhibits throughout Yad Vashem, the guide stopped at a display that he said was one of the most important symbolic events in the museum. Nazi soldiers returning from Poland brought leather skins to a GermanJewish shoemaker for him to use in his manufacturing. As the shoemaker examined the skins, he noticed that there was Hebrew writing on the underside of the leather. Quickly identifying the leather as remnants of a Torah scroll, the shoemaker read the message. It was the Biblical warning to Lot to flee from Sodom, as the city would be destroyed. Recognizing that the message was a warning for him, the shoemaker gathered his family and fled Germany. The shoemaker’s family name was Rosenthal. And finally, on that day at Yad Vashem, there were children in Bar/Bat Mitzvah classes from all over the world, some on the March of the Living. There was a service, and each of the children named a child lost in the Holocaust that they had selected from the Remember Us Database. A single tree was planted by the children. Arm in arm around this tree, the children recited our prayer for the dead. There were no other voices but that of the children. Witnessing this was an experience we will never forget for the rest of our lives. This is what the Remember Me Holocaust Organic Fruit Tree Orchard program is all about. We as a Jewish community must create new witnesses of our children so the memory of 1.5 million children who were murdered is never forgotten and the crime is never denied. This is a very powerful way to remember, where any  person  may plant a fruit-bearing tree in remembrance of an innocent child who perished in the Holocaust. We thank you in advance for your support of this meaningful program. For more information about the dedication ceremony on April 7, please visit www.TheJewishFederation.org.

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The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU presents Miami Mosaic: Portraits by Inez Hollander

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he Jewish Museum of FloridaFIU, the only museum dedicated to telling the story of 250 years of Florida Jewish heritage, arts and culture, is proud to present Miami Mosaic: Portraits by Inez Hollander, on display through May 5. This portrait series created by Hollander, a life-long resident of Miami, includes bold and vibrant colored paintings and sketches of people representing Miami’s multifaceted and contrasting community. A self-described chronicler and storyteller, Hollander’s Miami Mosaic series documents the Miami of today: a community teeming in diversity. Through Hollander’s use of primary colors and strong, unrelenting brush strokes, she captures the emotions of her subjects, enabling the viewer to see not only the many faces of Miami as a whole, but also as individuals. Her work is influenced in color, style and composition by artists such as Andy Warhol, Vincent Van Gogh, David Hockney

Larry Dreaming About the Beach, acrylic on canvas, 2008

and Elizabeth Peyton. Hollander states that she “teaches through the eyes of Matisse.” “Everyone will find images that symbolize people they recognize in the many faces of Miami portrayed in this exhibit,” said Jo Ann Arnowitz, executive director and chief curator of JMOF-FIU. “In keeping with our mission of presenting the Florida Jewish experience as an example of the acculturation process of everyone’s family in our multicultural state, this exhibit showcases the work of a Florida Jewish artist and highlights the ethnic diversity in our community.” The inspiration for the Miami Mosaic series began with models from Hollander’s class at Miami Art League in 2003, where her subjects included a lawyer, real estate agent, floral assistant, construction worker, hairdresser, mother of three trying to become a singer, Tango dance teacher working with blind students, and a retired civil service worker known as the “King of the Nude Beach.” Hollander realized that this diverse group coincidentally represented a cross-section of Miami and thus began her Miami Mosaic series. Hollander considers the series a work in progress, with more than 200 portraits to date, including watercolors, oil pastels, water-soluble crayons and acrylics. Hollander’s impetus for the series stemmed from her frustration of the media representing the city as a crime and drug-ridden home to gangsters and delinquents. The first piece, “Time Flies Over Miami” depicting a pelican and a Rolex, was in response to the media’s overdramatization of finding a Rolex

watch on a crime victim in the 1980s. It was her artistic statement that Miami has more to offer, such as its ecology and unique subtropical environment. Hollander is a graduate of Miami Beach Senior High School, where she had her first art education internship. She earned her BA from the University of Miami, where she studied with Gene Massin and Clayton Charles (who was the head of the liberal arts program at the time). Upon seeing her work, both Massin and Charles were instrumental in finding Hollander a scholarship, enabling her to study full-time. In 1983, after a 13-year hiatus from painting, Hollander took a workshop with renown artist Roberto Juarez in Miami. Previously she had painted with watercolor and oils, and with this workshop, she began using acrylics and mixed metaphor. Hollander has been teaching and exhibiting in the South Florida community for more than 40 years. She has been involved with The Bass Museum School, WLRN, South Florida Art Center and Miami Watercolor Society, and her work has been featured in American Artist Watercolor magazine and Palette Magazine. 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 is open daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except Mondays, civil and  Jewish holidays. Admission: Adults $6, Seniors $5, Families $12, Members and children under 6 always free, Saturdays free. To become a member, call 786.972.3164 or email membership@jewishmuseum.com. For more information, call 305.672.5044 or visit www.jewishmuseum.com.

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Once a foreigner, always a foreigner? By Brandon Ikeman

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hey were always told that one day a big bird would come and take them back to the Holy Land. On that day, the bird came in the form of a series of Boeing 747 cargo planes, airlifting 1,000 of them per plane, 14,000 in total in a 36-hour period, with nothing but the robes they were wearing. They were dropped off in Israel, facing the 21st century head on, and had to start life Brandon Ikeman anew. Back home they were called Falashas, or foreigners, and here they got the same title. This is the story of the Beta Israel, a tribe of 150,000 Jews of Ethiopian descent now living in Israel. How Judaism spread to Ethiopia in the first place is largely a mystery, and their existence was only recently acknowledged. Their scriptures assert that King Solomon met with the African Queen Sheba, whose son brought the Ark of the Covenant back to the capital of Axum. Others argue that they are one of the lost tribes of Israel, or that they adopted Judaism from traders in the Horn of Africa. From the fourth until the sixteenth century, the west had virtually no contact with the Beta Israel. In recent years, with a war-torn Ethiopia that is predominantly Christian and Muslim,

the tribe was persecuted by the government, accused of fabricated charges, and faced conscription for boys at the age of 12. Ethiopian Christians accused them of possessing magical powers of turning into hyenas at night and raiding their homes. Famine, hunger and poverty were abundant. As these stories began to spread across the world in the 1970s, Jewish communities have slowly opened their arms to them. In the 1980s and 1990s, when the Ethiopian government prevented Jews from leaving the country, the Israeli government began conducting covert military operations that have airlifted the majority of the tribe to Israel. In Israel today, the Beta Israel face new issues when assimilating into society. Groups of Orthodox Jews deny their Judaism, something that DNA tests have proven, and subsequently do not support some of their rights. They occupy the lowest socioeconomic level of Israeli society, trying to break free from the agrarian lifestyle that they were accustomed to back home. They do not usually advance past low-level jobs. Schools in areas with a high Ethiopian population perform poorly, and many citizens oppose placing Ethiopians in other schools because they believe it will “lower educational standards,” creating a situation strongly paralleling the segregation of U.S. schools in the 1950s.

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Sports and education are some of the best ways to integrate into society. This past summer, as a Bob Malkin Young Ambassador, I visited the Alex and Betty Schoenbaum Science, Educational, Cultural and Sports Campus in Kiryat Yam, a town of mixed Ethiopian and Israeli populations. Mrs. Schoenbaum’s work, in conjunction with World ORT, has started a partnership between Sarasota and Kiryat Yam. I admired not only the effective integration with happy students of both races and heartwarming stories of recent immigrants, but also the advanced science education the children were receiving. “Absorption centers” have improved what could have been an even harder adjustment for the Beta Israel. These centers provide housing for up to six months, Hebrew language courses, and basic training to help immigrants live on their own. Recent immigrants have large gaps to fill here, such as becoming accustomed to new foods and developed-world amenities such as electricity and running water. Less recent immigrants receive educational and job training. Still, the absorption centers have not been enough to make up for their differences. The Beta Israel must be able to fit into Israeli society to prosper, but must also preserve the unique culture and customs that they bring from Ethiopia.

Seeming unwelcome in both Ethiopia and Israel, they need an accepting homeland. The Israeli government is known for caring for its citizens. Recently, a ban on using underweight models in advertisements was passed. Electric-car charging stations are as ubiquitous there as gas stations. It is in the best interest of the Israeli government to work towards the Beta Israel’s integration and keep Israel a homeland for ALL Jews. Most current efforts have been performed by non-profit organizations (many of them American). Some Israelis will continue to view the Beta Israel as “inferior.” Affordable housing projects in new areas, community parks/recreation facilities, and equal opportunity workplaces would all help the situation, but instilling a positive message in the minds of Israeli and Ethiopian youth is key. Many Beta Israel are second or third-generation Ethiopian immigrants by now, 34 years after the first rescue mission. This is a perfect opportunity to create a new generation of Israelis, practice tolerance of all races, and act as a model to the world. Only then will we will know that the big bird landed them in the right place. Brandon Ikeman is a senior at Pine View School and an alumnus of the 2012 Bob Malkin Young Ambassadors Teen Leadership Mission.

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Don’t let a physical disability keep you from a visit to the Promised Land Yad Sarah lends a helping hand...and everything else Israelis and tourists may need By Ted Epstein, Managing Editor, The Jewish News Editor’s note: Recently, I had the good fortune of participating, along with 20 other Jewish press professionals, in an 8-day trip to Israel sponsored by the Israel Ministry of Tourism and El Al. It was a fascinating journey, as expected. This is the first in a series of articles about several of the people I met, places I saw, and things I learned. ow, I never thought I’d see a nice Jewish boy like Ted using a power tool,” exclaimed one of my fellow tour participants as they watched me screw two leg pads into a chair used for optical procedures. The real power tools, though, are the 6,000 volunteers who devote their time and energy at Yad Sarah, Israel’s largest volunteer-staffed organization, providing innovative programs designed to support the efforts of families caring for the frail elderly, homebound, the ill and injured, and people with disabilities. The volunteers, from ages 15 to 95, are as diverse as their clientele, with no regard to income, ethnicity, religion or political affiliation. Helping me clean and put together the chair was 13-year volunteer Avraham Griefler. Though he didn’t speak

much English, Avraham was able to communicate what needed to be done through his eyes, gestures, warm smile and positive attitude. People power During my group’s tour of Yad Sarah headquarters in Jerusalem, Vice Chairman Meir Meyer shared some impressive numbers and details. He said that this vision of one man – Rabbi Uri Lupolianski, who served as mayor of Jerusalem from 2003 to 2008 – has turned into the largest national volunteer organization in Israel. Yad Sarah receives no government funding and relies on donations; 200,000 people donate to the organization each year. Though its annual operating budget is $69,000,000, Yad Sarah saves the Israeli economy $400,000,000 in hospital, long-term care and medical equipment costs! More than 420,000 people are helped each year, and there are 270,000 annual equipment loans. 33 wheelchairaccessible vans, located at 9 centers throughout Israel, make 500 daily trips. In fact, one out of two Israeli families has been helped by Yad Sarah. 24,000 seniors who live alone are connected to an alarm center. These seniors can contact someone at Yad Sarah with the push of a button. There are 200 real emergencies (medical/ police) per day, plus another thousand calls – though not true emergencies, they’re considered as such to these homebound elderly. Supporting the alarm center are the microphones located in the seniors’ apartments. Once a button is pushed, the Yad Sarah volunteer Avraham Griefler with Ted Epstein

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microphone is activated. This allows the volunteers to hear the caller throughout the home and they cannot be disconnected accidentally. Volunteers also call people who have not been in touch for a month.

last about seven years. Yad Sarah recycles the chairs and we also recycle people, who will then repair them and put them to good use again!” Yad Sarah’s recycling of used equipment and use of refurbished equipment is an ecological and cost-efficient model for communities around the world. Yad Sarah has 102 branches across Israel, 12 of which are located within hospitals. And as with car rentals, you can pick up equipment at one location and return them to another. Most services and equipment are free or carry a nominal fee. Tourist services Tourists can benefit from Yad Sarah’s services from the moment they arrive in Israel. Whether you need assistance with transportation, medical equipment loans, outfitting your hotel room with adaptive equipment before your arrival, transportation to and from Ben Gurion Airport, or inter-city transport (including sightseeing), Yad Sarah will help you remain active and independent during your visit to Israel. Volunteers can also suggest the perfect tour guide, help explain what to expect when flying disabled, and scout a hotel or site to double-check that it actually is as handicapped-accessible as it claims. For a request form and additional information about tourist services, visit www.friendsofyadsarah.org/going-toisrael/. For general information about this unique volunteer network of homecare support services, visit www.yadsarah. org.

“If not for Yad Sarah, I’d be lying in bed all day.” – Yad Sarah volunteer Yad Sarah is the only place in Israel focusing on geriatric dental care. “Mobile” dental services send dentists and equipment directly to clients’ homes. It also provides a play center for specialneeds kids, a daytime rehabilitation

Yad Sarah Vice Chairman Meir Meyer demonstrates how various equipment is used

center, and it can create a whole hospital at home, saving thousands of dollars compared to being in a hospital. During our tour, we saw several volunteers repairing wheelchairs, walkers and other items lent by Yad Sarah. Meir said, “Typically, these wheelchairs

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TICKeTS on SaLe noW: www.jfedsrq.org/filmfestival.aspx orchestra of exiles: a thrilling documentary about the remarkable man whose vision and singular efforts brought into being a world-class orchestra in palestine—that later became the Israel philharmonic. Through dramatic re-enactments, archival material, and interviews with such musical giants as Itzhak perlman, Zubin Mehta, pinchas Zukerman, and Joshua Bell, this riveting film brings to life the inspiring story of a brilliant and celebrated musician, Bronislaw huberman, who would not let the nazis destroy the cultural achievement of the Jewish people. Standing up to tyranny, huberman succeeded in saving 1,000 lives, and forever changed the landscape of cultural history. ShowIngS: Sunday, Mar. 17 at 7:00pm - Beatrice Friedman Theater, Federation Campus Special Guest: Josh Aronson, Director, Producer, Screenwriter wednesday, Mar. 20 at 7:00pm - Temple Beth Israel, Longboat Key Special Guests: Josh Aronson, Director, Producer, Screenwriter gerard Daniel, Local Philanthropist

Life in Stills: an award-winning documentary about photographer Rudi Weissenstein’s one million precious negatives that document the defining moments in Israel’s history, and his 96-year-old widow’s struggle to save his landmark photo house in Tel aviv. Joining forces with her devoted grandson, Ben, Miriam is uncompromising in her quest to save the family legacy; filmmaker Tamar Tal sensitively captures the loving and often hilarious relationship between these two. endearing and engaging, Tal’s film is, by turns, touching, insightful, and very funny. Winner: Best Documentary, Israeli Academy Awards 2012. ShowIngS: Monday, Mar. 18 at 3:00pm - Beatrice Friedman Theater, Federation Campus Thursday, Mar. 21 at 3:00pm - Beatrice Friedman Theater, Federation Campus

Inventing our Life: a fascinating documentary subtitled “The Kibbutz experiment”, about the 100- year history of the revolutionary kibbutz movement in Israel. While never representing more than a small percentage of Israel’s population, kibbutzim made huge contributions to the infant nation: their agricultural innovations helped to feed it; their boundaries helped to define its borders; their members made up a large part of its security forces and played leadership roles in both 1948 and 1967. however, as the times and the country changed, so, unwillingly, did the kibbutzim. Meshing rare vintage footage with interviews and commentary, this film provides a provocative overview of a movement that is scrambling to adjust enough to guarantee a future, without severing all ties to its principled past. ShowIngS: Monday, Mar. 18 at 7:00pm - Beatrice Friedman Theater, Federation Campus Special Guest: Dr. Avraham Balaban, Author, Professor of Modern Hebrew Literature wednesday, Mar. 20 at 3:30pm - Temple Beth Israel Special Guest: Dr. Avraham Balaban, Author, Professor of Modern Hebrew Literature

A Bottle in the gaza Sea: an engrossing drama based on the award-winning novel by Valerie Zenatti. Shaken by news of a suicide bombing near her Jerusalem home, a 17 year-old French-Israeli girl writes a letter expressing her refusal to accept that only hatred can reign between Israelis and palestinians. She puts the letter into a bottle, and asks her brother in the IDF to throw it into the sea near Gaza. a few weeks later, she receives an email response from a mysterious “Gaza-Man”, and thus begins a turbulent, but tender, on-line friendship. avoiding sentimentality or easy answers, this meaningful and hopeful film offers a sober look at youthful idealism set against the complex realities of the Mid-east conflict. U.S. Premiere, New York Jewish Film Festival 2012. ShowIngS: Monday, Mar. 18 at 7:00pm - Temple Sinai Tuesday. Mar. 19 at 3:00pm - Beatrice Friedman Theater, Federation Campus

Follow Me - The Yoni netanyahu Story: a gripping documentary about operation entebbe—the courageous mission to save Israeli hostages held by arab terrorists at the entebbe, uganda airport in 1976—as seen through the eyes of 30-year-old squad leader yoni netanyahu, whose accomplished life—so full of promise—was cut short that day. The filmmakers masterfully interweave the planning and execution of the high-risk raid with rarely-seen footage of the raid itself, as covered by Walter Cronkite. ultimately, “Follow Me” is a portrait of a young country through the story of a young man’s life—and it is yoni’s voice, revealed in poems and letters, that gives this compelling film its unforgettable beauty and poignancy. World Premiere: New York Jewish Film Festival, January 2012; Winner: Best Documentary, Palm Beach International Film Festival 2012; Winner: Best of Fest, Palm Springs International Film Festival 2012; Winner: Best Documentary, Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival. ShowIngS: Tuesday, Mar. 19 at 7:00pm - Beatrice Friedman Theater, Federation Campus wednesday, Mar. 20 at 7:00pm - polo Grill, Lakewood Ranch This screening is presented in partnership with The Jewish Club at Lakewood Ranch

room 514: a powerful, highly-provocative feature film about the universal conflict between moral values and acute security needs. When a young, idealistic Israeli military investigator confronts an elite IDF officer with an accusation of unnecessary violence against a palestinian man, her integrity and determination are put to the test as the case proves less black and white than it originally seemed. In a direct and very intimate style, this film highlights how seriously Israelis grapple with such complex and complicated issues, and how the psyche of a generation of young Israelis is shaped by the effects of the ongoing conflict. In certain respects, the film has been compared to the american film, “a Few Good Men.” Co-sponsored at the Tribeca Film Fesitval2012 by the Office of Cultural Affairs, Consulate General of Israel in New York. ShowIng: Thursday, Mar. 21 at 7:00pm - Beatrice Friedman Theater, Federation Campus


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BRIEFS ISRAEL PARLIAMENT GETS NEW LOOK The new Israeli parliament’s freshman class includes two youth protest leaders, an Ethiopian immigrant, a high-tech millionaire and more women than ever. They include Shimon Solomon, who came to Israel as a child in the covert Operation Moses airlift that brought thousands of Ethiopian Jews from refugee camps in Sudan. He became a major in Israel’s paratroops and a social worker. Another is Rabbi Dov Lipman, who immigrated from the U.S. in 2004 and became a deputy mayor in Beit Shemesh.

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The archaeological archive of Israel, administered by the Israel Antiquities Authority, contains tens of thousands of documents, photographs, maps and plans from the years 1919-1948 from Akko (Acre) and Jerusalem. Dr. Uzi Dahari, Deputy Director of the IAA, notes: “In Israel there are approximately 30,000 known and declared antiquities sites that constitute our cultural heritage.” You can view the archive at www. iaa-archives.org.il. (Israel Antiquities Authority)

Fifty Israeli high-tech start-up companies were bought out in 2012 for a total of $5.5 billion, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers Israel. In recent years, buy-out deals in the Israeli high-tech sector have become fewer, but larger. Rubi Suliman, the head of PwC’s high-tech practice, noted: “Recently, we are seeing Israeli companies grow, and become world leaders in their areas. We are seeing companies with revenues of over $100 million. We did not see these in the past. They were being sold much earlier, often pre-revenue.” (Israel Hayom)

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ISRAELI WOMEN SOLDIERS HAVE “RIGHT STUFF” FOR BORDER WATCH When it comes to keeping the peace on the border with Egypt, women IDF soldiers are valued perhaps even more than their male counterparts. “It is no accident that so many women are in field intelligence. With all due respect to the men, women bring a special capability,” said Major Oshrat Bachar. Retired Brig.-Gen. Ruth Yaron said

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ISRAEL TO RECONSTRUCT KING HEROD’S TOMB A replica of the tomb of King Herod, the Judean king famous for renovating the Temple Mount and building Masada, will rise again at Herodion and, at 83 feet, will be visible from Jerusalem. Herodion, a fortified royal palace built between 23 and 15 BCE, was destroyed in 70 CE during the Great Revolt against Rome. Reconstruction of Herod’s Tomb is part of a larger government plan to refurbish some 300 biblical and national heritage sites. Hebrew University archaeology professor Ehud Netzer ascertained Herodion to be the biblical king’s burial site in 2007. (Times of Israel)

ISRAEL’S EMERGED MARKET Israel’s previously labeled “emerging market” is now the 17th most developed in the world. In 2013, its GDP is projected to grow 3.8%, versus 2.5% in the U.S., and it has an unemployment rate of 6.6%. It spends more on education as a percentage of its budget than the U.S.

The nation avoided the mortgage meltdown that affected dozens of other countries. Its central bank has been called one of the best-run in the world. It’s a hotbed of technological innovation. All this, despite a population of less than eight million – and being surrounded by enemies. (Seeking Alpha)

years. Israel’s potash comes from the Dead Sea and is exported through the Red Sea port of Eilat, giving Israel a logistical advantage for shipping potash to Southeast Asia compared to most of its competitors. (Reuters)

Israelis have among the highest life expectancies on the globe, with an overall life expectancy of 81.7 years, according to a study recently released by the Central Bureau for Statistics. Israeli men have the second-highest life expectancy in the world, after Swiss men. (Israel Hayom)

to live longer than his American and many European counterparts. Since Israel’s founding, its Arab population

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INFLATION RATE IN ISRAEL AT 6-YEAR LOW

Israel’s annual inflation rate in 2012 reached its lowest level in six years, the Central Bureau of Statistics recently reported. Inflation for 2012 totaled 1.6%, compared to 2.2% in 2011 and 2.7% in 2010. (Calcalist-Ynet News)

ISRAEL CHEMICALS SIGNS 3-YEAR CHINA POTASH SUPPLY DEALS Israel Chemicals has signed framework agreements to supply 3.3 million tons of potash to China over the next three

has grown tenfold, while the number of Arab schoolchildren has multiplied by a factor of 40. During the past twelve years, relative investment in Arab education has far exceeded that in the Jewish sector. Contrary to the image of cramped neighborhoods and acute land shortages, population density in Arab localities is substantially lower on average than in equivalent Jewish locales. Since the late 1990s, the unemployment rate in Israel’s Arab sector has been consistent-

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BRIEFS continued from page 19A ly lower than in Jewish development towns in the periphery. Allocations to Arab municipalities are now on a par with, if not higher than, subsidies to the Jewish sector. Thus, the Arab sector’s growing defiance of the state, its policies, and its values is not rooted in socioeconomic deprivation but rather in the steady radicalization of the Israeli Arab community by its ever more militant leadership. (Efraim Karsh, Professor of Middle East and Mediterranean Studies at King’s College and Principal Research Fellow at the Middle East Forum, in Middle East Forum)

WELCOME TO THE NEW ARAB WORLD – WHERE NO ONE REALLY CARES MUCH ABOUT ISRAEL For the populations of Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria, it is as if the Israeli

menace were merely an engrossing film that suddenly has come to an abrupt finale. The house lights have come on, and the viewers’ minds are returning to the real-life internal problems that have been festering in their autocratic societies for generations. While the Western press has spotlighted President Mohamed Morsi’s views on Israel, and Jews in general, the whole subject of confronting the Zionists is non-existent as an Egyptian national priority. In the May 2012 presidential debate between former Arab League secretary-general Amr Moussa and Islamist Abdel Moneim Abul Fotouh, four and a half hours passed before the word “Israel” was even mentioned. The Arab Spring has destroyed the cynical Arab political game of funneling all of their population’s accumulated hate and frustration at Israel and the Jews. I haven’t the slightest doubt that anti-Semitism remains rife in these Arab societies, and that solidarity with the Palestinians will continue to guide their posturing at times of war. But current upheavals show that ordinary Arabs

now increasingly view Israel as a sideshow. Amid all the death and chaos, that counts as good news. (Jonathan Kay in the National Post - Canada)

AT HOSPITALS THROUGHOUT ISRAEL, HANDSHAKES AND HUGS BETWEEN ARABS AND JEWS ARE THE NORM

In 1997, Detroit-born Larry Rich was taken to Emek Medical Center in Afula, Israel, after suffering a heart attack. “When I woke up in the cardiac intensive care, I saw Arab and Jewish physicians working together to save me. The medical center’s professional staff mirrors the national ratio: 20% is Arab, and 20% of the heads of medical departments are Arab Muslims or Christians, Druse or Circassians. Rich, today the director of development and international public relations at Emek, notes: “In the northeast, we are the primary healthcare provider for a population of 500,000, equally divided between Arabs and Jews.” Arrif and his 15-year-old son, Mo-

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hammed, come from Gaza. They have been ‘living’ in Emek for 10 months as young Mohammed is being treated for severe facial cancer.” Asked about how he feels being among the Jews of Israel, Arrif replies, “Perfectly normal and at ease. Grateful, so very grateful.” What does your family back in Gaza say about Mohammed’s treatment here? “They are amazed and they send their sincere gratitude. They cannot believe what has and is being done for Mohammed and me.” Rich says, “I am not a politician or a general in the army. I am just a guy from the street come to open a small window for you to peek in and visit Israel, and then I started telling real-life stories of cooperation, education and life-saving on a professional, patient and family level. These stories are the norm. They go on in Israel all across the spectrum, every hour of every day. It’s an example of human behavior at its best, of people making conscious decisions to live and work together. This is something people are hungry to hear.” (Avigayil Kadesh, Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

ISRAELI SCIENTISTS DEVELOPING THE PRODUCE OF THE FUTURE Black tomatoes, banana-yellow eggplant and purple beans are some of the agricultural innovations that were on display at the Arava Open Day Agricultural Exhibition near Moshav Hatzeva. There are also personal-size watermelons and seedless bell peppers. The purpose of these new varieties, with their unusual appearance and higher nutritional value, is to enable Israeli farmers to better compete in the world market as the global health trend grows stronger. “To compete in the world market, you have to innovate in color and nutritional value,” said Alon Gadiel, research manager for Central and Northern Arava Research and Development, which hosted the exhibition. “The new produce is richer in anti-oxidants and vitamins than the existing produce. It tastes better and looks unique, so its cost and agricultural profit are higher.” (Ha’aretz)

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Israel is far from the isolated state it is made out to be. On the contrary, Israel is actually at the height of its global integration, increasingly enmeshed across diplomatic, economic and cultural fronts. Since 1989, Israel has established full diplomatic relations with nearly 70 countries. In the past year alone, Israel has conducted military exercises with Greece, Poland and Italy in addition to the largest joint military exercise in Israel’s history with the U.S. In 2010, Israel was admitted into the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development). Trade with China and India grow annually at double-digit rates, and 2012 was a record year for tourists flocking to Israel. By any measure, the last several years have been a high-point of Israeli integration into the international community. (The National Interest)

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ISRAEL IS NOT A GUN-TOTING UTOPIA

• Janet Rosenbaum, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the School of Public Health at the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center School, explains that Israel does not have a high level of gun ownership. You have to have a reason to have a gun. There isn’t this idea that you have a right to a gun. • There are only a few tens of thousands of legal guns in Israel, and the only people allowed to own them legally live in the settlements, do business in the settlements, or are in professions at risk of violence. And then you need to go back to the permitting authority periodically to assure them the reason is still valid. • Ten years ago, when Israel had an outbreak of violence (the Second Intifada), there was an expansion of gun ownership, but only to people above a certain rank in the military. There was no sense that having ordinary citizens carry guns

would make anything safer. • Israel rejects 40% of its applications for a gun, the highest rate of rejection of any country in the world. And all guns must have an Interior Ministry permit and identifying mark for tracing. (Ezra Klein in the Washington Post)

THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY’S INCONVENIENT TRUTHS Here are examples of some of the inconvenient truths that the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank does not want others to know about: Over 100 senior PLO and Fatah officials hold Israeli-issued VIP cards that grant them various privileges denied to most Palestinians. Out of the 600 Christians from Gaza who visited the West Bank to celebrate Christmas, dozens have asked to move to Israel. Dozens of Christian families from east Jerusalem have moved to Jewish neighborhoods because they no longer feel

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comfortable living among Muslims. PA security forces in the West Bank continue to arrest journalists and bloggers who dare to criticize the Palestinian leadership. Tens of thousands of PA civil servants in Gaza have received salaries to stay at home and not work since 2007. More than 40,000 Palestinians have received permits to work in Israel, while another 15,000 work in Jewish settlements in spite of an official ban. (Gatestone Institute)

EU AND ISRAEL RESEARCH CRIME-STOPPING DRONES The EU and Israel Aerospace Industries are co-funding research to build drones that can stop moving boats and cars. Launched in January, the threeyear-long Aeroceptor project aims to help law enforcement authorities to stop “non-cooperative vehicles in both land and sea scenarios by means of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.” (EU Observer)

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Jerusalem Post Crossword Puzzle

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he Jerusalem Post Crossword Puzzle’s creator, David Benkof, has been creating puzzles since 1999. He’s had two puzzles published in the New York Times and hundreds in the Jerusalem Post and other Jewish newspapers. The Jerusalem Post Crossword Puzzle draws on every aspect of Jewish life – Israeli cities, Jewish holidays, Hollywood luminaries, famous rabbis, Yiddish expressions, etc. The puzzle delights in the occasional use of Jewish wordplay, misleading and trickery. Examples:

A. A reader seeing a 4-letter entry for “Conservative Cantor?” might think about a woman hazzan or something, but the answer is ERIC Cantor, the House Republican Majority leader. B. A reader seeing a 7-letter entry for “Where to find a nun in December” might think about churches and Christmas, but the answer is DREIDEL, because the Hebrew letter nun is found there. Benkof is originally from St. Louis and made aliyah in 2010. He currently lives in Jerusalem.

By David Benkof, DavidBenkof@gmail.com Across 1. Prayer after mincha 6. Like the Torah 10. “___ teaches you when to be silent”: Disraeli 14. Worker’s request 15. Suffix with “chick” 16. Beginning of a magician’s incantation 17. 2003 film starring Adam Goldberg 20. Text, briefly 21. Agrees nonverbally 22. Czarist edicts 23. Whence the missiles of Nov. 2012 24. “___ Hu” (seder song)

K’zohar Ha-Ivrit Seder – a ritual of order By Dr. Rachel Zohar Dulin ere we are again about to enjoy springtime and celebrate Pesach. Again, we are about to follow the yearly ritual in preparation for the seder night, celebrated on the fourteenth of Nissan of the Jewish calendar. In traditional orderly combination of songs, narration and ritual, we, individuals and naDr. Rachel Dulin tion, are about to celebrate the most pivotal event in our history, the liberation from slavery to freedom. Why is this ritual called seder? The noun seder, derived from the verb s.d.r, is related to the Akkadian saddru and means ‘arrange’ or ‘order.’ Interestingly, the word seder appears only once in the Bible where the writer uses seder in the negative plural lo s’darim, meaning ‘disarray’ rather than order (Job10:22). However, in post-biblical time, the root s.d.r was a base for many concepts and phrases echoing organization and order. Indeed, on the seder night we follow an orderly ritual recalling the Exodus from Egypt. From the four cups of wine to the four questions, from the narration of the gifts of freedom to the songs of hope and redemption, Jews all over the world follow a similar orderly ritual. It is interesting that even though the seder ritual is not mentioned in the Bible, the

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biblical stories echo a home centered, familial origin for the celebrations of the Exodus (Ex 12:1). With the years, the ceremonies became exclusively public and took place in Ye-ru-sha-la-yim (Dt 16:5-6; II Kgs 23). Later, after the destruction of the Second Temple, the celebration returned solely to the home as the Mishnah describes (Pesachim 10). Even though the seder is reminiscent of a joyous Greco Roman meal, it is associated with Jewish culture as it received with time a unique Jewish character celebrating an event in Jewish history. Short is the page to mention all Hebrew phrases based in the root s.d.r. Suffice it to mention Sidur, the daily prayer book which follows a distinct daily order of prayers. Also we should mention the six volumes of the Mishnah called Sidrai Mishnah, ‘Orders of the Mishnah,’ pointing to its organization and order. Lastly, in modern spoken Hebrew the expression b’seder is used often to agree or affirm a point, similar to the English OK. And so we see that seder is an important word in our tradition. It reminds us of faith and leads us to appreciate freedom. It celebrates tradition and points to affirmation. Have a Happy Pesach. 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.

46. “The Divine ___ M” (Bette Midler) 47. Pulitzer-prizewinning musical by Jonathan Larson 48. Former Knesset member Rabbi Meir 51. Eric who payed a Mossad agent in “Munich” 52. “Norma ___” (1979 film involving a Jewish union organizer) 55. Octogenarian officeholder from New Jersey 58. French phone greeting 59. Israeli NBA star Casspi 60. New York politician Bella 61. Applaud (for) 62. Barkat and Bergman 63. Bats flies?

13. Besmirches 18. Larry Harmon’s clownish alter ego 19. Alike 23. Gothic adornment 24. “I ___ happy!” 25. “Blue River” novelist Canin 26. ___ Adumim (suburb of Jerusalem) 27. Ponders 28. Hora, e.g. 29. Ben Stiller’s mom Anne 30. Diamond measure 31. Aegean land 34. Jewish national ___ (far-right party) 36. Author, “The Israelis: Founders and Sons” 37. Sacrificial animals 41. 1971 Woody Allen comedy 43. Way to be tickled 44. Free 45. French jurist Cassin 46. Shalach ___ 48. ___ Sava (Israeli city) 49. “City of New Orleans” singer Guthrie 50. Kind of effect 51. Stewart ___, Vietnam Silver Star recipient 52. Playwright Yasmina (“God of Carnage”) 53. In ___ (doing boring work) 54. Shakshuka ingredients 56. Dove Jeremy Ben-___ of J Street 57. JWI’s former initials

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25. American anarchist 29. 1,200, in Roman numerals 32. ___ Center for Jewish Studies at Stanford University 33. Not Seph. 34. “___ of Flying” (Erica Jong book) 35. “Annie ___” (Best Picture of 1977) 36. Nadel and Mayer 38. Many an archaeological find 39. Everybody, in Dusseldorf 40. Apple computer 41. Fictional journalist Sagdiyev 42. “___ Gadol Haya...” 43. Israeli fruit with many seeds

Down 1. Garfunkel and Spiegelman 2. Mayor of America’s third-largest city 3. Has a rivalry 4. The Chazon ___ (20th century Torah scholar) 5. Appropriate for NFTY or USY 6. Ultra-orthodox but nationalist (literally, “mustard”) 7. Lyric verses 8. White House chief of staff Jacob 9. Alkalai and Amichai 10. Rav Kook expert Ross (Bar-Ilan U.) 11. Iron Dome, essentially 12. Ontario natives

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What words are for: two reviews from Jewish Book World By Philip K. Jason, Special to The Jewish News Judaism’s Great Debates: Timeless Controversies from Abraham to Herzl, by Rabbi Barry L. Schwartz. Jewish Publication Society. 128 pages. $15 (paperback). Jews and Words, by Amos Oz and Fania Oz-Salzberger. Yale University Press. 248 pages. $25 (hardcover).

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n various ways, these two recent books explore the age-old observation about how Jewish culture holds a defining fascination with language, learning and argumentation. Insisting that argumentation is at the heart of the Jewish experience historically and theologically, Rabbi Schwartz presents a concise guide to ten classic controversies. Representing Phil Jason various crucial periods in Jewish history, these debates are arranged in three categories: Biblical Judaism, Rabbinic Judaism and Modern Judaism. The author’s method of analysis for each debate is to consider its context, its content, and its continuity. The latter term involves the ongoing

relevance of the issues at stake. As Rabbi Schwartz insists, the importance of argumentation in Jewish culture is not so much its resolution as its process. Most of these controversies have outcomes that are not clearly resolutions. The issues remain alive. In cases where one view has prevailed, as in the Hillel versus Shammai debates, it is noteworthy that the prevailing view does not erase its adversary’s view. In the “content” sections, Rabbi Schwartz takes the liberty of mixing direct quotation with dialogue that he invents to sharpen and clarify each issue. This poetic license may present problems for some purists, but it makes the discussions much more accessible for students. It is clear that the author intends the book to be a teaching text, an entry into a much vaster realm of Jewish thought and expression. Indeed, a student version of the book is forthcoming from Behrman House. Representative topics include “Moses and Korah,” “The Five Daughters and the Twelve Tribes,” “The Vilna Gaon and the Baal Shem Tov,” and “Herzl and Wise.” All are handled with appealing vividness and spirit. Throughout, Rabbi Schwartz encourages the exercise of “Holy Chutzpah,” by which he means arguing “for

the sake of Heaven.” Jews and Words, an unconventional book-length essay filled with chutzpah, wisdom, humor and common sense, posits a stunning thesis about the Jewish experience across time and space. The authors argue that Jewish civilization is not defined theologically or racially, but textually. They take the expression “People of the Book” both literally and figuratively. However, “the book” is not merely the Jewish Bible; nor is it the Bible plus its Talmudic aftermath. It is the “textual continuum” of transmitted written and spoken expression over the centuries. It is a heavyweight continuum of bookishness – of both religious and secular writing and reading – that distinguishes collective Jewish identity. Not that the authors have much respect for collective notions of Judaism; they prefer a focus on Jewish individuals: endlessly radiating links between parents and children, teachers and students, writers and readers. They savor the push and pull of argument, of verbal engagement, of striving for the last word. “All functional families,” they write, “depend upon putting disagreements into words.” But especially Jewish families – and the embracing Jewish Family. While tracing the “Jewish peculiar-

ity” of storytelling as a “text-anchored precept,” the authors, father and daughter, provide copious historical examples and incisive glosses on those examples. The essay has four major focal points developed in chapters titled “Continuity,” “Vocal Women,” “Time and Timelessness,” and “Each Person Has a Name; or, Do Jews Need Judaism?” Within each, there are abundant cerebral surprises, often interwoven, always passionately attentive to intellectual nuance and literary grace. The authors have added meaningfully and joyfully to the continuum they celebrate. Readers will come away from this entrancing meditation needing to add comments of their own. These reviews are reprinted, with permission, from the Winter 2012 issue of Jewish Book World. 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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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. Jews on Ice The 113-day lockout of National Hockey League (NHL) players by the owners ended in early January. Here are the four Jews playing NHL hockey as the delayed season began: MIKE BROWN, 27, right wing, Toronto Maple Leafs; MICHAEL CAMMALLERI, 30, left wing, Calgary Flames; JEFF HALPERN, 36, center, NY Rangers; and ERIC NYSTROM, 29, left wing, Dallas Stars. Halpern and Brown are the sons of two Jewish parents. Nystrom, who was raised Jewish and had a bar mitzvah, is the son of a non-Jewish father and a Jewish mother. Cammalleri, who is also the son of a Jewish mother/non-Jewish father, was raised secular, but has no problem being identified as a “Jewish athlete.” Jewish Sports Review magazine says that 10 Jewish players are now playing in the highest minor league, the AHL. Several have a good chance of being called up to the NHL this season or next. Now He Can Speak Freely Frank Langella, 75, is a highly respected actor, best known for his stage work. I recently came across his 2012 memoir, Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women As I Knew Them. About 60 quite famous people are the subject of short profiles. All are deceased, so Langella can be completely candid. I found many of his entries really fresh and interesting. Famous Jewish subjects include TONY CURTIS, LEE STRASBERG, DINAH SHORE, ELIZABETH TAYLOR, ARTHUR MILLER, and PAUL NEWMAN. About Newman, Langella writes: “He was a deeply feeling, decent man...[but he was] a pretty dull companion. Never rude or unkind, just dull...But he was so beautiful, people thought it must be their fault if

he went silent or just emptily gazed at them.” Chuck Lorre Speaks/ Charlie Sheen Redux CHUCK LORRE, 60, is famous as creator or co-creator of many big TV hits including Cybill, Dharma and Greg, Grace under Fire, Two and a Half Men” and Big Bang Theory. Lorre, who was born Charles Levine, is also wellknown for his personal essay, “vanity cards,” which flash on the screen for an instant at the end of an episode of his shows. For many years, you could read the cards online and now, with a DVR, you can easily hit “pause” and read them. A card (labeled #396) that ran last fall after a Big Bang episode now seems very timely and “very Jewish.” Here’s part of the text: “It appears as if roughly half the people in this country think that they’re in mortal danger from their own government. That’s a lot of people sensing a lot of malice and threat. I worry that I don’t see it. Sure, I see inefficiency and incompetence, but I’ve always seen that – regardless of which party is in office. And frankly, I’ve always welcomed it...A cursory glance through history would indicate that well-organized governments tend to enjoy well-organized parades, followed by well-organized ethnic cleansing. Which is why I celebrate the magnificent, muddle-headed ineptitude of our democracy. As far as I’m concerned, a little confusion and waste may keep the trains from running on time, but it also keeps people like me from getting a one-way ticket in a cattle car. [Yes, there’s a lot of waste] But keep in mind that bureaucrats who can’t find their tush with a flashlight are not likely to find you either.” As many of you know, Lorre fired Two and a Half Men co-star Charlie

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born and raised a Southern Baptist. Well, Charlie is still singing the same song about his mother. Recently, he was interviewed by the Brit paper, The Guardian. The reporter prefaced the interview text by noting that Sheen: “Talks thorough his nose, in rapid jags that sound like the side-effect of whatever he has done to his brain over the years.” When the reporter mentioned his controversial remark about Lorre, Sheen once again lied, or fantasized, telling the Guardian, “My mom’s Jewish. I’m Jewish.” Maybe Charlie should enter a rehab center for the “factually challenged.”

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

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Jewish presence is believed to have existed in the Austrian region from as early as the time of the Roman Empire. The fate of the Jews there waxed and waned over the centuries, but in March 1938, with the invasion of Austria by Nazi Germany, that presence came to a shuddering halt. This month marks the 75th anniversary of that tragic event. In March 1938, Austria had a Jewish population of some 192,000. This Dr. Paul Bartrop represented almost four percent of the total population of the country. The overwhelming majority of Austrian Jews lived in the former imperial capital of Vienna, which served as an important center of Jewish culture. Within the capital, Jews comprised about nine percent of the population. The term given to the Nazi takeover of Austria, Anschluss, is usually understood to mean “linkage,” “connection,” “union,” or “annexation.” Historically, it has come to refer specifically to the annexation of the country by Germany on March 12, 1938. After a prolonged period of authoritarian rule, economic difficulties, and intense localized Nazi propaganda, on the morning of March 12, the 8th Army of the German Wehrmacht crossed the border to Austria. The troops were not met with any significant military or official resistance, but were, instead, greeted enthusiastically by cheering Austrians with Nazi salutes, Nazi flags and flowers. Austria was incorporated into the German Reich the next day. Shortly thereafter, the Nazi racial laws were instituted against Austria’s Jewish population, with some 76,000 (mostly men) arrested in the days fol-

lowing their implementation. Many Jews were sent to the concentration camp at Dachau, which was established, almost to the day, exactly five years earlier. (Dachau, therefore, also commemorates an anniversary this month: it is 80 years since the establishment of this, the first of the Nazi camps.) The full force of what the Nazis had been evolving against the Jews in Germany over the previous five years was now brought to bear against Austria’s Jews within a matter of weeks. Universities, from which Jews were henceforth banned, lost over 40 percent of their students and professors in a matter of hours, while Jews had their property confiscated, and their homes looted or appropriated. After the Anschluss, many Jews tried desperately to leave Austria, but their means to do so were increasingly blocked by mean-hearted bureaucrats in the countries to which they sought refuge. A lucky few managed to escape, but this was, sadly, only a minority. The city of Vienna, given its large Jewish population, was particularly hard-hit by the Nazi measures, and the grainy images we have today of Jews being humiliated through being forced to scrub sidewalks with toothbrushes and prayer shawls are, tragically, all too accurate. In addition, street attacks and brutal persecution became daily occurrences in the lives of Austrian Jews. For a time, Vienna became the suicide capital of the world, as, in utter desperation at the speed of the horror, the month of March saw 311 cases of suicide registered in the Viennese Jewish community. (The next month, April, saw 267 more take their own lives.) Across March and April, at least 4,700 Jews managed to flee Austria altogether. The response of other European countries to the Anschluss was timid. Although the victorious Allies of World

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War I had prohibited the union of Austria and Germany, their reaction to the Anschluss was to a large degree reassuring for the Nazis. The Italy of Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini had already been bought off by Hitler, while France and Britain considered that the action was a fait accompli that in any case could not have been stopped other than by force – something they were not prepared to undertake. From this, Hitler drew the conclusion that aggression would be the new order of the day, and would win out. As for the Jews of Austria, they now had to face the same future that had

been confronting the Jews of Germany since 1933 (and, increasingly, since the Nuremberg Laws of 1935): namely, that the new order had no place for them, and they would have to find a way to either accommodate themselves to the changes, or a way to leave. Caught between the rock and the hard place of these two options, they looked to the countries of the free world as a source of succor. Tragically, as the events of the next few months would show, none of the nations of the world stepped up to the plate, while the Jews were left to contemplate their future in tears and sorrow.

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Why is this Haggadah different? From the Bimah Jennifer Singer, MAJE n the early 1970s, my grandparents’ friends, the Rabkins, made their own Haggadah. I still have a copy. There’s nothing particularly special or creative about it, except for the fact that at the time, making one’s own Haggadah was a rarity. Not that people weren’t creative in the 1970s. They just didn’t have the tools we do today. Nowadays, anyone with a computer and a printer can make beautiful, personalized Haggadahs for their families and friends. And they’re not holding back. Every year, thousands of us create our own versions, uniquely designed for this year’s guests. If you want to make your own and don’t know how, there are many

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online sites to get you started. Simply type “make my own Haggadah” in any search engine, and you’ll be presented with a wide variety of options, many of which are free. Clip art, prayers in Hebrew and English, traditional and modern versions of the text, the ability to add your own art work, photographs, and text, it’s all there. When my daughters were little, we made kid-friendly versions with coloring pages to keep them occupied. Later, we incorporated amusing poems that I found on the Internet, written to be sung to familiar tunes. As the kids and our observance matured, our Haggadahs became more thoughtful and sophisticated. But never fear – if you don’t feel up to the task, or don’t have time to fiddle around with clip art and various templates, you can buy one of the thousands that are available. Type “Passover Haggadah” into the Amazon search bar and you’ll be offered 1,049 paperback options, 584 hardcover, and 18 kindle editions. There are social justice and interfaith versions, vegetarian and vegan, gay pride and women’s, fine art and funky, comics and coloring books, Braille and

large print, serious and silly. There’s a 30-minute Haggadah, a two-minute Haggadah (“a Passover service for the impatient”) and even a 30-second version. At haggadot.com – where you can use extensive online materials to create your own – is the ultimate short version, a seder meant to take about 5 seconds: “Seder! Wine! Why? Plagues! Let’s eat! Next year in Jerusalem!” Variety in Haggadahs is nothing new. In her article “The Evolution of the Passover Haggadah,” Karen Roekard says, “In the 16th century there were approximately 25 printed versions. This figure rose to 37 in the 17th century and then jumped to 230 versions in the 18th century. In the 19th century the numbers rose by another 1,250 and estimates for the 20th century are that there are now over 3,000 versions of Haggadahs.” That estimate may be low, very low. According to Jonathan Safran Foer, whose The New American Haggadah was published last year, there are “7,000 known versions, not to mention the countless homemade editions.” Despite the incredible variety, one modest version stands out. The most widely-distributed and well-known

Haggadah is from Maxwell House, distributed free of charge by grocery stores across the nation. According to the New York Times, Maxwell House has printed more than 50 million copies since the 1930s. If you happen to be invited to the White House to attend the Obamas’ annual seder, you’ll find yourself holding the familiar Maxwell House booklet. I have a modest collection that I’ve accumulated over the years. My favorite is illustrated by the Israeli branch of Mouth and Foot Painters. Yes, all of the illustrations were painted by people who could use only their feet or mouths to hold the paint brush. The most poignant in my collection was published in Frankfurt in 1935, in both Hebrew and German. The flyleaf is inscribed “Gertrud Fouas, Pesach 1935.” Every year I wonder about Gertrud Fouas, and leaf through her Haggadah. I hope she lived to use it many more times. Whichever Haggadah you use, I wish you a happy Pesach and a meaningful seder. Jennifer Singer is the Spiritual Leader at Congregation Kol HaNeshama, and a Rabbinical Student at Aleph Alliance for Jewish Renewal.

The Muslim Brotherhood and the Israeli border By Gene Sipe, VP Southwest Florida Chapter ZOA

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quick review of the Middle Eastern political scene in the past two years shows that Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Yemen have completely overthrown their governments. Syria is still embroiled in a bloody civil war. Ongoing civil disorder and protests are occurring in Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Mauritania, Saudi Arabia and Sudan. To date, the international estimates have the death toll in the range of a million people and climbing. A change in the United States political policy for the Middle East in 2010 was a direct signal to the radical Islamic world that there would be no opposition to their increased political influence, and was the unequivocal cause of what we now refer to as the Arab Spring. The countries bordering Israel are

of special concern to Zionists because of this policy change and the resulting makeup of their new governments due to the potential effect they ultimately have on the Israeli state. For the purpose of this article, we will attempt to focus on the Muslim Brotherhood border issue at this time and address the situation with Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia in future articles. The treaty with Egypt is volatile at best and highly dependent on U.S. funding. The new regime remains unstable, and outbreaks of violence are ongoing as we begin the third year of Egypt’s Revolution. Massive anti-government rallies continue with violent clashes between protesters and security forces. In a show of support for the Muslim Brotherhood, the United States agreed

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ecently I read a book that did much more than enlighten me. It both horrified and disgusted me. The Good News Club: The Christian Right’s Stealth Assault on America’s Children, by investigative journalist Katherine Stewart, uses Hitler’s theory of 4-14. Indoctrinate children in that age group and you have them for life. And that is exactly what they are doing from coast to coast. Good News Clubs are being “planted” in public schools aiming to bring all children to Jesus in the “one and only path to our Lord.” Needless to say, the kids are taught to endlessly beseech their friends to desert whatever beliefs they have lest they burn in Hell

for eternity. An “anti-anti-bullying” campaign is underway because protecting homosexuality is a sin. And on it goes ad nauseam. Katherine Stewart will be in Sarasota on Sunday, March 3. Sponsored by Americans United for Separation of Church & State, she will be discussing her latest findings at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1031 S. Euclid Ave. from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. I urge people to come, listen and learn how incredibly well-funded and successful this effort is. The event is open to the public at no charge. —Arlene J. Pearlman

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to supply twenty F-16 fighter jets at a cost of $213,000,000.00 of additional American taxpayers’ dollars. This is only part of a $1 billion foreign aid package. In Lebanon, the Muslim Brotherhood is said to dominate only 20-25% of the country’s politics, however, their influence on Hezbollah is successful due to their shared animosity towards Israel. Hezbollah, meanwhile, continues to stockpile weapons in anticipation of the next opportunity to wage war on the Israeli state. The ongoing civil war in Syria threatens to spill over Israel’s border. The movement of both chemical and anti-aircraft weapons poses a threat to the Israeli population and Israel’s ability to fly reconnaissance flights along its borders. As of this writing, the United Nations has appealed for an additional $1.5 billion for the Syrian insurgency, of which the United States has already committed $365 million. Jordanian Islamists are emboldened by western support for the Muslim Brotherhood. The MB is the largest

political party in the country and they boycotted the national elections to make the point that there will be no changes in Jordan as long as the country is controlled by the Hashemite king. It would certainly be reasonable to ask if the king will be targeted for deposition, just as the other recent leaders in the region have been. The Muslim Brotherhood, through Egypt, presents themselves as mediators between Hamas in Gaza and Fatah in Judea and Samaria. This provides them untold influence on these Israeli borders. Meanwhile, they tell the Egyptian people that Egypt should prepare for war against Israel. The Muslim Brotherhood has never made any effort to conceal their designs for the destruction of Israel. They now dominate the political picture along the entire Israeli land border. It is imperative that we contact our elected representatives and let them know that the continued U.S. funding of the Muslim Brotherhood can only be sustained if the interests and survival of the State of Israel are assured.


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Overobsession with settlements By David Harris, Executive Director, AJC, January 31, 2013, Der Tagesspiegel Editor’s note: Der Tagesspiegel is one of Germany’s leading and most influential newspapers. David Harris has been invited over the years to publish a number of op-eds in this newspaper. The January 31 op-ed appeared as AJC’s Board of Governors visited to celebrate the 15th anniversary of AJC’s Berlin Office.

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hen AJC opened its Berlin office in 1998, many things were different. Helmut Kohl was Germany’s chancellor. There were 15 European Union members. The Eurozone was still in the planning stage. King Hussein was Jordan’s monarch. Hosni Mubarak was Egypt’s president. Yasser Arafat was the Palestinian leader. Hafez elAssad was Syria’s strongman. 9/11 was three years away and the American-led invasion of Iraq five years off. One thing has not changed. Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister in 1998, holds the same office today. While from 1999 to 2009 Netanyahu was out of office, he is widely expected to serve a third term as Israel’s leader after the country’s January 22 elections. Compared to 1998, Netanyahu faces an even more complex regional picture. First, Iran now looms as the great-

est threat to Israel and Sunni-dominated Arab governments. There is the approaching prospect of Iranian nuclear capability, all the more ominous when combined with the regime’s apocalyptic theology and its oft-stated desire to annihilate Israel. Second, Israel’s two unilateral gestures – withdrawal from southern Lebanon in 2000 and Gaza in 2005 – strengthened the hands of Hezbollah and Hamas, respectively. With Iran’s help, both terrorist groups have been building up their military strength. Third, four successive Israeli leaders – Barak, Sharon, Olmert and Netanyahu – have endorsed a two-state deal with the Palestinians. Each tried to reach an accord, but failed. In all four cases, whether under Arafat or his successor, Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinians refused to go along. Fourth, the Arab upheaval has created a new dynamic in the region and for Israel. Those who thought the Arab world would follow the model of post1989 Eastern Europe failed to grasp the deeply-rooted systemic issues and the absence of democratic traditions. Instead, the Islamists have shown impressive strength in Egypt, and the future direction of the Arab world’s largest country is anyone’s guess. Meanwhile, Syria, Israel’s neighbor and home to a massive arsenal of chemical weapons,

has become a tragic case study in regime brutality and UN inaction. Fifth, many Israelis have grown more skeptical of the possibility of peace. Some in Europe fail to grasp this essential point. Israelis retain their thirst for peace, but see a regional climate less conducive to achieving it. They remember what happened in Lebanon, as Hezbollah became a state-within-a-state, and in Gaza, as Hamas violently ousted the Palestinian Authority. They recall that after the Clinton-Barak effort to reach a deal with Arafat, he unleashed a new intifada. And they see Egypt in the throes of change, raising questions about the future of the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty. Maybe elsewhere wishful thinking can be allowed to substitute for reality, but not in Israel, where the stakes could not be higher. But there is a wide and growing gap between a majority of Israelis and Europe. To listen to European pronouncements, Israeli settlement policy is the nub of the problem, with only occasional references, usually in muted tones, to destructive Palestinian behavior. Not only is this factually flawed, but it also raises profound questions among Israeli policymakers about the way Europe perceives reality. If Egyptian President Morsi’s repugnant anti-Semitic comments, recorded in 2010 but only now revealed, and if Palestinian President Abbas’s recent

praise for Amin el-Husseini, the wartime mufti of Jerusalem and a Nazi ally, do not trigger howls of protest, then Europe and Israel are not just living on different continents, but perhaps planets. Germany, as always, is central to the equation. Its special link with Israel and its acute sensitivity to the dangers the Jewish state faces, coupled with its leadership role in the EU, place it in a unique position. While Berlin has made no secret of its unhappiness with Israeli settlements, it recognizes there are larger issues at work, and settlements, however controversial, are not the root cause of the conflict. Rather, it is Israel’s very right to exist as an expression of Jewish sovereignty. That is also the position of the U.S. Much has been made of the differences between President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu, but such tension has arisen in every administration. No two countries, even the best of allies – as America and Israel are – have identical interests. Yet that tension has never defined the overall bilateral relationship. Indeed, cooperation today between Washington and Jerusalem has never been closer, and that will continue. Much has changed since AJC established its Berlin office in 1998. Unfortunately, when it comes to the Middle East, not all of the change has been for the better. For more information, visit www.ajc.org.

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Attunement: Passover is not just about familiar tunes Education Corner

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he clattering of pots, the running of water, and the rattling of the food processor amid the chatter of children depict the common Erev Pesach commotion as we industriously prepare for the seder. As we think about the seder we visualize a beautifully set table, delectable foods and familiar tunes. The seder certainly includes the infamous tunes of the MaNishtana, Dayenu and Chad Gadya. These tunes

dominate the seder as all chime in. Although assuring that children have a sense of familiarity with traditional Jewish songs, parents need to embrace the delicate balance of parental attunement, which is the core of good parenting. Attunement has two dimensions. On the one hand, attunement is viewed positively when it fosters a strong inner bond with a child. Conversely, too much attunement in today’s day and age can have negative repercussions. Parents today are sometimes overly attuned to their child, to the point where they practically assume full accountability for all their child’s responsibilities. Hence, a parent finds oneself doing things that just a decade ago were easily performed

by the child. I often hear from parents how children begrudgingly perform their chores and resent being asked to assist around the house. Although I am not immune from this, when this occurs, I remind myself that too much attunement appears to be overprotective, thus sheltering a child from developing the coping skills to deal with obstacles, adversity or tension. Another reality is the technology and social media phenomena that keep parents busy and up-to-date with the latest research as well as the latest gossip. With all the distractions that technology provides, many parents go through the physical motions that display attunement, but in reality the emotional attunement is nil.

Tweens and teens who seek to find their sense of autonomy may sometimes react defiantly to attunement as they commonly complain of overbearing and overprotective parents. This is a serious dilemma faced by many, and by demonstrating good communication, true compassion and earnest concern, we can fuse the bond with our children. As we approach the Passover holiday let us implore of G-d to help us to pass over the parenting issues and dilemmas we face. And as we hum the Passover tunes, let us reflect on the delicate balance of proper attunement for our children. Sara Steinmetz is Educational Director at Chabad of Sarasota

UCF opening “Google-inspired” Hillel center for one of the largest Jewish campus populations

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esponding to a continuing surge in its Jewish student population, the University of Central Florida (UCF) is preparing to open a new 20,000-square-foot Hillel facility, which has been uniquely designed to be a center for creativity, social action, student leadership development and Jewish activities. With more than 6,000 Jewish undergraduate students, UCF has the sec-

ond largest Jewish student population of any public university in the United States. Increasing demand for Jewish student services led Central Florida Hillel to plan its new facility, which is scheduled to open in August 2013 on the ground floor of UCF’s newly constructed NorthView complex. “The new Hillel facility will add an exciting new dimension to Jewish campus life at UCF,” said Hank Katzen, chairman of the Board of Directors of Central Florida Hillel. “Beginning in August, we will finally have a destination that is designed to meet our diverse programs and needs, while appealing to the individual lifestyles and interests of our students.” UCF’s Jewish students will benefit from a 21st century “GoogleA recent construction photo of NorthView, the complex that will house the new Hillel center inspired” Hillel, designed

to tap into student creativity and to empower students to create their own visions of Jewish community on campus. The facility will feature a modern theater, game room, café, lounge areas, meeting rooms and various other amenities. NorthView’s upper floors will feature ultra-modern, upscale housing for 600 UCF students. Centrally located directly across the street from Bright House Stadium, NorthView combines convenient campus access with an array of sophisticated amenities and satisfying social opportunities unparalleled by any other housing option at UCF. About Central Florida Hillel Central Florida Hillel serves not only one of the largest Jewish campus populations in North America, it also is emerging as one of the most innovative Hillel programs in the country. As an accredited affiliate of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, the world’s largest Jewish cam-

pus-based organization, Central Florida Hillel’s mission is to enrich the lives of Jewish undergraduate and graduate students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. Hillel student leaders, professionals and lay leaders are dedicated to creating a pluralistic, welcoming and inclusive environment for Jewish college students, where they are encouraged to grow intellectually, spiritually and socially. Hillel helps students find a balance in being distinctively Jewish and universally human by encouraging them to pursue tzedek (social justice), tikkun olam (repairing the world) and Jewish learning, and to support Israel and global Jewish peoplehood. Hillel is committed to excellence, innovation, accountability and results. For more information, please visit www.gohillel.org or call Sam Kauffman, Central Florida Hillel’s interim executive director, at 407.382.2658.

Israeli Prime Minister participates in TaglitBirthright Israel Bar Mitzvah kick-off celebration

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aglit-Birthright Israel, the organization responsible for sending approximately 400,000 young Jewish adults on a free 10-day trip to Israel to learn about their heritage, celebrated its Bar Mitzvah (13th year) with a recent event in Jerusalem attended by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Prime Minister Netanyahu helped greet an estimated 3,000 Taglit-Birthright Israel participants from the U.S.,

Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Germany, Russia and Israel, noting that, “You come from different countries and speak different languages, but you have one thing in common: Israel is your birthright. “I believe that Birthright has indeed changed the Jewish future,” said PM Netanyahu. “Our goal is that any young Jewish man or woman who wants to come to Israel will be able to come to Israel. Because anybody who comes here sees the true Israel. Israel is the place where Jewish history comes alive. Because Israel is not merely about the Jewish past, it’s about the Jewish future.” “ Ta g l i t - B i r t h right Israel has enhanced the direct connection of young Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with adult Jews from U.S. participants of Taglit-Birthright Israel

around the world with Israel as their birthright,” said Taglit-Birthright Israel CEO Gidi Mark. “The impact of spending 10 days in Israel with one’s Israeli peers leads to a long-lasting commitment to Jewish identity, Jewish continuity and solidarity with Israel. Our vision for the future is for Birthright Israel to become a permanent milestone in becoming a Jewish adult.” With trips taking place in two sessions annually, winter (December - March) and spring/summer (May August), attendees visit Jewish historical sites, history museums, Holocaust remembrance sites, arts and culture events, and the Western Wall, among others. Themes covered include the creation of the modern State of Israel, values of the Jewish people, encounters with Israeli peers, and the environment. Taglit-Birthright Israel is a partnership between the Government of Israel, private philanthropists and Jewish communities around the world (The Jewish Federations of North America, the

Jewish Agency for Israel and Keren Hayesod). To register for spring/summer 2013 trips, please visit www.Birth rightIsrael.com.


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arents, grandparents and children Tu B’Shevat celebration drew almost gathered at Sarasota Children’s 100 people for a beautiful morning of Garden on January 19 for a spe- experiencing and thanking God for the cial birthday celebration. But as families blessings of nature. After exploring the enjoyed birthday activicharming Children’s Garden and socializing together, famties such as free play, ilies participated in an agecrafts, songs, storytime appropriate Shabbat service and a beautifully-decoconducted by Rabbi Brenner rated cake, the guests of honor remained in their Glickman and listened to a story about trees. Event chair places, silent and barely moving. Alicia Zoller then handed out birthday hats and party blowNo one was worried, however, for these guests ers, led attendees in singof honor were the trees – ing “Happy Birthday” to the trees, and presented a special and the celebration was cake reading “Happy Birthin honor of Tu B’Shevat. day, Trees!” Participants sat Sponsored by Temple Emanu-El as part of its at festively-decorated picnic Shaun Benderson and tables and enjoyed bagels, Shabbat Playdate series daughter Mila enjoy the celebration fruit fondue, juice and cake. for young families, the

Seder Survival Workshop for parents

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osting a Passover seder for the first time is hard enough when you have attended just one your whole life. For parents unfamiliar with the tradition or who were not raised in Jewish homes, the prospect is daunting. The Jewish Outreach Institute (JOI) is an independent, national, transdenominational organization that serves unaffiliated and intermarried families by developing local partnerships. Its Mother’s Circle programs are specially designed to support mothers without Jewish backgrounds to raise Jewish children. Temple Sinai will offer the Institute’s FREE Seder Survival Workshop on Thursday, March 7 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A Kosher for Passover wine tasting is included. Sue Huntting, Religious School Director, and Laura Freedman, Director of Early Childhood Education, will co-facilitate. Following a format developed by

JOI, the workshop participants will review the story of Passover, discover what is traditional and what they want to include in a seder, ask their own lingering Four Questions, and learn what makes food “Kosher for Passover.” Making matzah balls and the wine tasting will round out the evening. This marks the second time Temple Sinai has partnered with the Jewish Outreach Institute. A number of years ago the temple co-sponsored, along with JFCS, a very successful Grandparent’s Circle group which explored the challenges for Jewish grandparents when their grandchildren are being raised in interfaith homes. Temple Sinai is located at 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, off Proctor Road, in Sarasota. For more information and to reserve a spot, call Sue Huntting or Laura Freedman at 941.924.1802 or visit www.TheMothersCircle.org.

Children were also invited to sign a birthday card for the trees and decorate their own flowerpot filled with soil and parsley seeds. Among the morning’s highlights was the presentation of three baby trees. Festooned with birthday hats, these saplings were generously donated to Temple Emanu-El by Benderson Development. Following the Tu B’Shevat celebration, the trees were taken to Temple EmanuEl, where they were planted and will be cared for by the synagogue’s preschool students.

Lily Schlosberg holds a pink marker as she prepares to sign the birthday card for the trees

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78" Promethean ActivBoard was recently gifted to The Gan at Temple Sinai. Joyce Fine, a teacher educator at Florida International University in Miami, won it by recruiting many new members to the International Reading Association, of which she has been a member for twenty-seven years. It happens that Ms. Fine is the mother of Laura Freedman, the Director of Early Childhood Education at The Gan, and she knew the interactive board would be a great addition to the teaching tools for the Voluntary Pre-

kindergarten classroom. “It’s exciting for the children to see their writing up on the screen. Math manipulatives and shapes are also great on the screen,” said Freedman. In January, The National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs announced that The Gan at Temple Sinai has been awarded Accreditation. This recognition acknowledges excellence in the care of young children. The Gan at Temple Sinai provides a high-quality program for children, professional development for staff, and an environment for children that exceeds state licensing requirements according to the organization. Temple Sinai is proud of its position in the community with this cutting-edge technology and professional acknowledgement of distinction. For information about The Gan and the upcoming summer camp programs, please contact Laura at 941.926.9462 or laura@ templesinai-sarasota.org. Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten students at The Gan at Temple Sinai work with the new ActivBoard

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tudents prepared to welcome their parents and families into their classrooms for Learning on Display at Temple Beth Sholom Schools classrooms in both the Lower and Upper School buildings. From the toddlers who were finding out what wonderful things they could learn at school, to the maturing eighth-graders who shared meaningful insights into their learning processes, students, teachers and parents interacted to become more involved in the project-based learning (PBL) program. One of the main goals of the event

was to let parents see for themselves what is an integral part of the schools’ academic curriculum.  Too often it is mistakenly viewed as an “arts & crafts-like” appendage, where items are created solely for the purpose of exhibition. True project-based learning is woven into a teacher’s lesson plans whenever and wherever it is appropriate and applicable to the significant content as dictated by state or school standards and guidelines. Since these types of projects require intensive planning and supervision, parent involvement is vital to their successful execution. Partnership between home and school is a key element in helping children comprehend some of the complex understandings that are the desired outcomes of these real-world projects. It is our hope that in the future, more of our families will participate consistently in these types of projects throughout the school year – not just for a special night such as this one, but during our regularly TBS Schools students have their Learning on Display scheduled classes!

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Legacy SocieTy The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee created The Beatrice Friedman Legacy Society to recognize and thank those who have made the most personal and thoughtful gift of all: a commitment to The Federation through a will, trust agreement, prepaid life insurance policy or other estate plan vehicle.

GOLDEN GATE $500,000+ Anonymous Beatrice Friedman Esther and Robert Heller Gertrude Jais* Jerry Lavin* Beatrice and Arthur* Michaels Robert Michaelson Sally and Sam Shapiro Sylvia G. and Robert M. Zell*

“Legacy giving is a significant part of our estate plan. We like the idea of a continuing legacy of support long after we are gone, and knowing that we can make a difference now, and in the future.” – Bobbi and Don Bernstein

“Hopefully, our legacy gift will help perpetuate the Federation’s dedication to both the State of Israel and the future needs of our great southwestern Florida community. Although someday we both must leave you, it is very important that our legacy will remain with the Federation.”

ZION GATE $250,000-499,999 Sylvia and Joseph Bloom* Sylvia* and Gershom Cohn Lois and Willard Cohodas Helen and Len Glaser Rita and Herbert Gold* Lawrence S. Klotz* Daniel Logan* Edna Rogers* & Jonas Kamlet* Olga O. Schwartz* Susan Shimelman Marvin Wolf

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“Milt and I always felt keenly for the needs for which the Federation campaign provides. We knew in our kishkes that it was the right thing to do and we were so grateful that we were in a position to do it.”

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Growing Your Jewish Home

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A Jewish home is a tree of life for its children, in particular, and for the adults who lead the home. How does your leadership style coincide with Jewish values and traditions? Take a close look at the home you are growing into or away from, and make it a Jewish home full of mitzvahs. This class is appropriate for everyone who wants to put more meaning into his/her Jewish lifestyle. Take-home materials and kosher refreshments provided. $5 per class. Classes meet Fridays, March 1, 8 and 15 at 10:00 a.m. at the Al Katz Center for Holocaust Survivors & Jewish Learning, 713 South Orange Avenue, Sarasota. For reservations and information, call Beverly Newman at 941.313.9239.

Amy-Jill Levine, Professor at Vanderbilt Divinity School and College of Arts and Sciences, will be speaking at the Temple Beth Sholom 7:00 p.m. Friday evening Kabbalat and Ma’ariv Shabbat service on “How Jews and Christians Misunderstand Each Other.” During Saturday morning Shabbat service, Dr. Levine will discuss “New Perspectives on Adam and Eve,” and afterwards will be joining “Shabbat Shmooze” immediately following the Birkat HaMazon. Services are open to the community. Shabbat Dinner on Friday at 5:45 p.m. is $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers, and $15 per child under 13. Temple Beth Sholom is located at 1050 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota. Reservations are required for dinner and can be made at www. templebethsholomfl.org or by calling 941.955.8121.

Brandeis General Meeting and program The Brandeis National Committee (BNC) of Sarasota will hold a General Meeting as well as a prospective and new member reception at 10:30 a.m. on the Jewish Federation Campus, 580 McIntosh Rd., Sarasota. The speaker is Jennifer Sullivan, Valve Clinic Program Manager of the new Heart and Vascular Services of Sarasota Memorial. She will address the problems of the heart and a new procedure to deal with Severe Aortic Stenosis. Light refreshments will be served. Free and open to the entire community; no reservations required. For more information, call Audrey Lourie at 941.927.1900.

Shabbat Across America It’s Congregation Ner Tamid’s ninth year as part of the NJOP American and Canadian initiative. Enjoy a traditional Shabbat dinner – just like bubbe made! – candles, songs and a stress-free (and delicious) way to discover or reconnect with what it means to be Jewish. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. at The Lodge, 4802 B 26th St. W., Bradenton. To RSVP, call 941.755.1231.

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Rhythm and Jews Shabbat Temple Sinai hosts its popular Rhythm and Jews Service at 6:00 p.m. Accompanied by The Bruno Trio on drums, a bass and synthesizer, Rabbi Huntting and Chazzan Abramson (on guitar) create an upbeat fusion of Israeli, Chasidic, American and Middle Eastern sounds that delight young and old alike. Join us at 5:15 p.m. for a Welcome Reception. Temple Sinai is located at 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. For more information, visit www.templesinai-sarasota.org or call 941.924.1802.

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Scholar-in-Residence Louis Uchitelle Jewish Congregation of Venice Scholar-in-Residence Louis Uchitelle will present “America Unwinding…Going Backward to the ’50s and ’60s.” He will discuss current business conditions in American labor and manufacturing, and the implications for future generations and American prosperity in general. Uchitelle, a journalist, foreign correspondent, TV guest, and author of The Disposable American, has written on business, monetary and fiscal issues for the New York Times since 1980. Admission to the lecture, which begins at 7:00 p.m., is free and the public is invited. Sunday morning will feature a Town Hall discussion and Bagel Breakfast. Events take place at the Jewish Congregation of Venice, 600 N. Auburn Rd. For more information, call Sharon Napshin at 941.377.6523.

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Join Bradenton’s Adult Talmud Torah, as Congregation Ner Tamid goes to BATT for Jewish Education. Two sessions on Basic Judaism will take place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Sundays, March 3 and 10 at The Lodge, 4802 B 26th St. W., Bradenton. For information and reservations, call 941.755.1231 or visit www.nertamidflorida.org.

Passover cooking class Are you looking for some fabulous new recipes to try this Passover season? Are you hungry for yummy, moist, delicious, unleavened meals and desserts? Do you want to spend a fun morning with old and new friends hanging out and cooking in the kitchen? If so, join professional chef/caterer Alyson Zildjian at this hands-on cooking workshop and learn how to prepare three fantastic dishes to make Passover even more special! Delicious tasting opportunities are included. The class begins at 10:30 a.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. $25 for temple members; $30 for guests. The cost includes all ingredients, tastings, and take-home instructions and recipes. Sponsored by the Temple Emanu-El Religious School Social Committee. For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman at 941.379.1997 or elaine-glickman@comcast.net.

Movie: His Wife’s Lover His Wife’s Lover (1931, in Yiddish with English subtitles) was billed as the “first Jewish musical comedy talking picture.” Ludwig Satz, who also wrote the songs, plays an actor who disguises himself as an old man, wins the hand of a beautiful young woman, then adopts a different persona and tries to seduce her to test her fidelity. Satz’s performance in this farce has been compared to the work of later Jewish comic performers such as Jerry Lewis. The screening begins at 2:00 p.m. at the V. Shankman Yiddish Culture Center at the Jewish Congregation of Venice, 600 N. Auburn Road. $3 for members of the Culture Center; $5 for nonmembers. For more information, please contact Baila Miller at 941.416.4362 or baila@ bailamillerprograms.com.

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Are you looking to make changes to your diet and eating habits? Join The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee for a Wellness Seminar with Rena Greenberg from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Zell Room on the Federation Campus, 580 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. In this two-hour session, Rena will provide attendees with strategies to change the way you think about food. All participants will receive an audio CD to help reinforce the session and other materials. Cost: $70 per person. All proceeds will benefit the Federation’s teen missions programs, such as the Bob Malkin Young Ambassadors Program, March of the Living, and others. Make your reservation today at www.jfedsrq.org/events.aspx or call 941.343.2115.

Tuvia Natkin’s Torah Study Class Join us on Tuesdays in March, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, for Tuvia Natkin’s Torah Study Class. With Torah as the backdrop, Tuvia discusses our personal relationship with Torah, God, and each other to improve our lives and relationships. One participant of Tuvia’s class said, “This is the class I’ve been waiting for my whole life.” The class takes place at the home of Julie Atlas in Pelican Cove. Cost for the 8-week class: $36 for Kol HaNeshama members; $50 for nonmembers. For more information or to enroll, email Arnie Binderman at iliterate@aol.com.

Israel Study with Rabbi Huntting This is the final in a series of eight opportunities to discuss the history and establishment of the modern State of Israel. Each session has been built loosely around a book. This month’s selection is The Case for Israel by Alan Dershowitz. This free class begins at 10:30 a.m. at Temple Sinai (4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota), and is open to the public. You need not have read the book to attend. For more information, call 941.924.1802 or email office@templesinai-sarasota.org.

Movie: Jewish Soldiers in Blue and Grey Jewish soldiers fought in the American Civil War in numbers proportionally higher than other groups. The first to tell their extraordinary story, the film explores this remarkable, little-known history, including the rise of Sephardic Jew Judah Benjamin – the third of three to serve as Secretary of State of the Confederacy – the jailing of Confederate spy Eugenia Levy Phillips, and Abraham Lincoln’s Jewish doctor, Isachar Zacharie. This Rabbi Michael B. Eisenstat Miniversity of Judaism class is free and begins at 4:00 p.m. at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key. For more information, contact the TBI office at info@tbi-lbk.org or 941.383.3428.

Little & Big Daily Ways to Help Israel This mini-course will introduce us to new means to help Israel and also remind us of familiar ways, like planting JNF trees to celebrate special occasions. We will implement at least one of the suggested activities every week, so that our learning is put into action before we leave. This course is lots of fun and a great mitzvah-maker for all ages! Take-home materials and kosher refreshments are included. $30 per person; $50 per couple. Classes meet Tuesdays, March 5, 12 and 19 at 5:30 p.m. at the Al Katz Center for Holocaust Survivors & Jewish Learning, 713 South Orange Avenue, Sarasota. For reservations and information, call Beverly Newman at 941.313.9239.

Meditation session The Spirit of Peace Center continues its meditation sessions at 7:00 p.m. in the peaceful environment of the Temple Sinai Chapel, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. No prior experience is necessary and all faiths are welcome. A $5 donation is requested. The facilitator/instructor, Reb Ari Shapiro, has more than thirty years experience in Hindu, Vipassana, Brama Kumaris and Jewish meditation. For more information, contact Reb Ari at 941.966.7778 or spmedctr@gmail.com.


JEWISH HAPPENINGS 5B March 2013

March 2013

wednesdAY, march 6

thursDAY, march 7

Women’s Passover Celebration Sponsored by

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Bereavement Support Group Sponsored by

Beloved singer/songwriter Julie Silver will lead the Women’s Passover Celebration at Michael’s On East beginning at 6:00 p.m. Join 350 women as they dance around the ballroom and view Passover from a woman’s perspective. Rachel Saltzberg and Cynthia Wright co-chair this event. Make your reservation today by calling 941.343.2115 or visit www.jfedsrq.org/events.aspx. Cost: $75; sponsorship tickets are $100 and $125; a table of 10 is $1,000; student tickets are $36. For more information, please contact Ilene Fox at 941.343.2111 or ifox@ jfedsrq.org.

Based on a Jewish approach to mourning and healing the soul, the Bereavement Support Group is scheduled for four consecutive Thursdays, through March 28. Each session has its own topic such as the normal process of grief, a roadmap for healing, the role of prayer, how to keep memories alive, and finally, healing. Sessions run from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at the JFCS Main Campus, 2688 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. No fee, but pre-registration is required. For information and registration, please contact Susan Finkelstein, RN, MAS, Jewish Healing Coordinator, at 941.366.2224 x166 or sfinkelstein@jfcs-cares.org.

Israeli History & Geography: Facts, Figures & Film

Listen and Learn to Love Stephen Sondheim

No matter what you already know about the history and land of Israel, there is a wealth of exciting data that you should have at your fingertips. In a world where Israel is often factually distorted by authors and journalists, it is our duty to learn and spread Israel’s proud legacy throughout history. This 3-part interactive program includes take-home materials, recommended readings, and a light kosher meal. $30 per person; $50 per couple. Classes meet Wednesdays, March 6, 13 and 20 at 6:00 p.m. at the Al Katz Center for Holocaust Survivors & Jewish Learning, 713 South Orange Avenue, Sarasota. For reservations and information, please call Lawrence Newman at 941.313.9239.

Stephen Sondheim is considered the premier composer/lyricist alive today. His Broadway musicals, film scores and individual compositions are a continuum of his great creative and innovative powers. Carol Kaufman will lead an in-depth discussion of his life, and provide demonstrations and explanations of some of his works to better understand and appreciate how his revolutionary ideas of composition have become a beacon for the future Broadway musical stage. This Rabbi Michael B. Eisenstat Miniversity of Judaism class begins at 2:00 p.m. at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key. Cost: $5 (free for TBI members). For more information, contact the TBI office at info@tbi-lbk.org or 941.383.3428.

Chabad of Sarasota’s 18th Annual Gala

wed-thu, march 6-7 Incredible Estate/Rummage Sale Support Temple Emanu-El Religious School while finding incredible items at incredible prices. The items donated for Temple Emanu-El Brotherhood and Sisterhood’s second annual Estate/Rummage Sale fill multiple storage units and include indoor and outdoor furniture, electronics, kitchen supplies, appliances, toys, collectibles, tools, golf clubs, shoes and clothing, dishes, china, books, DVDs, fabulous tchotchkes – and much more! The community is enthusiastically invited to check out the merchandise – and the bargains – at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on both days. For more information, please call 941.322.0614 or email lovemysisterhood@aol.com.

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Join us at 6:30 p.m. at Michael’s On East (1212 East Avenue South, Sarasota) for Chabad of Sarasota’s 18th Annual Gala. Honored at the event will be two very special couples: Isaac & Vivien Kalvaria and Martin & Shelley Waldman. The proceeds of the gala will benefit the Children’s Scholarship Fund, which helps assure that families with financial constraints are not turned away from enrolling their children at Chabad’s preschool, religious school or summer camp. The event will feature Ethan Bortnick, a nationally-acclaimed child prodigy pianist and entertainer. Cost per ticket is $150. Gala co-chairs are Lana & Ronni Tudin. For more information, please call 941.925.0770.

Seder Survival Workshop This Seder Survival Workshop is designed to help families make Passover an enjoyable and meaningful celebration for young and old alike. This free program is being offered at Temple Sinai (4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota) from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in conjunction with the Mothers Circle program of the Jewish Outreach Institute. Unaffiliated, interfaith family parents and all family constellations are welcome. A Kosher for Passover wine tasting is included. To reserve your spot, call 941.924.1802 or visit www.TheMothersCircle.org.

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JEWISH HAPPENINGS

March 2013 friDAY, march 8

saturDAY, march 9

Temple Beth El Bradenton Sisterhood Shabbat

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The Temple Beth El Sisterhood will observe Erev Shabbat services with a beautiful Sisterhood-led service at 7:30 p.m. Led by Sisterhood President Sheila Kovalsky, this service has become one of the congregation’s favorite events. The Sisterhood will also provide its wonderful Oneg following services. We invite all to join us for this special evening at Temple Beth El, 4200 32nd Street West on the campus of Churchshare. For more information, please call the temple office Tuesday thru Friday, 9:00 a.m. to noon, at 941.755.4900.

Join us from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. for food, fun and dance at Arthur Murray Dance Studio, 8215 Natures Way, San Marco Plaza, Lakewood Ranch. A light dinner will be catered by Country Pancake, followed by a dance lesson and time to practice what you’ve learned. For singles or couples. $25 per person. For more information, please call Irene Newman at 941.388.6818.

SaBra Chapter of Hadassah Celebratory Brunch

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sunDAY, march 10 Join us at 11:00 a.m. at Michael’s On East (1212 East Avenue South, Sarasota) for a Celebratory Brunch in honor of the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower at Hadassah Medical Center, Ein Kerem, Israel, and those who have contributed to its completion. Couvert: $40 plus minimum donation of $18. Lori Lasson, JD, Director of Hadassah’s Planned Giving, is the guest speaker. Entertainment by Betty Silberman, professional cabaret singer and actress. RSVP by March 4 to Nancy Mizrahi at 941.923.1790 or nmizrahi2@gmail.com.

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Come and enjoy a terrific kosher falafel lunch prepared by Yoav Cohen at noon at The Chabad House, 5712 Lorraine Road, Bradenton. Cost is $5 per falafel. Call 941.752.3030 for more information.

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

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JEWISH HAPPENINGS 7B March 2013 tuesDAY, march 12 Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel Sponsored by

Keyboard Conversations® is primarily a concert; each work on the program is performed in its entirety. As a significant plus, Mr. Siegel will speak briefly and informally to the audience before performing each composition, illustrating with a few pertinent musical examples from the keyboard. This session features “The Power and Passion of Beethoven.” The performance begins at 8:00 p.m. in the Beatrice Friedman Theater, on the Federation Campus, 582 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Tickets are $30. Get complete information and tickets at www.jfedsrq.org/events.aspx or call Jennifer New at 941.552.6304.

JFCS Transitions Support Group

March 2013 thursDAY, march 14

“An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Delicatessen” Think of your first time at a Jewish deli! The smells, sounds, tastes and images of the Jewish deli of your childhood and adult years linger ever after. The Al Katz Center presents Ted Merwin, professor, author and columnist for the New York Jewish Week, who will speak about the topic of his forthcoming book on the history of the Jewish deli. The event begins at noon and includes a kosher deli lunch, with plenty of corned beef, pastrami, turkey, mustards (various flavors), pickles and assorted side dishes. Cost: $10. The Al Katz Center is located at 713 South Orange Avenue, Sarasota. For reservations, call Beverly Newman at 941.313.9239.

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Technion luncheon Join us at noon at the Hyatt Regency (1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota) for a luncheon and presentation featuring two Technion students and a professor. Lunch is $25 per person. To make a reservation or for more information, please call Jennifer Singer at 941.378.1500.

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Brandeis presents “Art in the Afternoon” The Brandeis National Committee (BNC) presents the popular “Art in the Afternoon” Series. This triple whammy of art, drama and music, includes lunch and begins at 11:00 a.m. at Cafe Baci, 4001 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Carole Kleinberg, Arts Administrator & Director, will present the ten best dance scenes on the silver screen shown on DVD. The program and lunch is $30 for members and $40 for guests. To RSVP or for more information, contact Janet Tolbert at 941.388.9624 or jrt3501@yahoo. com, or Ann Friedman at 941.349.6713.

“Matriarch: The Amazing Women of Genesis” Celebrate Women’s History Month with this fascinating, meaningful, inspiring course on the women of Genesis. Rabbi Elaine Glickman reintroduces our matriarchs through biblical and rabbinic texts and modern essays, poetry and sermons written by women. Explore and imagine the lives of our foremothers – whose strengths, challenges, shortcomings and triumphs are surprisingly similar to ours. The class includes excerpts from Rabbi Glickman’s newest book, The Messiah and the Jews, focusing on Hephzibah, mother of the Messiah. The course takes place on Tuesdays, March 12 and 19 at 1:30 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Free for temple members; $18 for guests. Sponsored by the Adult Education Committee. For more information, please contact Judilee Sterne at 941.349.9287 or judisterne@msn.com.

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

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Are you looking for a great lunch date? Join Rabbi Brenner Glickman and plenty of nice, friendly, interesting companions for lunch, socializing and a discussion of current events and subjects of Jewish interest. All are welcome at noon at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Attendees are asked to bring a brown-bag lunch and are also invited to bring a newspaper article or suggested topic for discussion. Homemade desserts and enjoyable company are provided. No charge. For more information, call the temple office at 941.371.2788.

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

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Community Yom HaShoah Commemoration Please join the entire community in remembering those who perished in the Holocaust. This year’s observance will include three events:

Ground Breaking Ceremony for The Community Remember Me Holocaust Organic Fruit Tree Orchard Sunday, April 7, 2013 3:00 PM at Temple Beth Sholom

A dedicAtion of six newly plAnted trees to remember those lost in the holocAust including songs, poems, holocAust survivor testimonies, And teen speAkers.

Yom HaShoah Service Sunday, April 7, 2013 4:15 PM at Temple Beth Sholom

A community-wide commemorAtion honoring those who lost their lives during the holocAust.

Screening of the award winning documentary film Journey to Justice

For more information, please visit www.TheJewishFederation.org.

Monday, April 8, 2013 7:00 PM at Temple Emanu-El

followed by Q&A with the mArgot coville who escAped from the holocAust Sponsored by The Rabbinical Association of Sarasota-Manatee, The Rosenthal Family Fund, Blumenthal Family Fund, The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, Temple Beth Sholom, and The Schimberg Group- Architecture and Interior Design.


JEWISH HAPPENINGS 9B March 2013

March 2013

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FRI-SAT, march 15-16 Hazzan Jeffrey Weber Installation Weekend Temple Beth Sholom invites you to a spectacular Shabbat weekend of ambiance, music and fine food. Friday night Shabbat Dinner at 5:30 p.m. will be followed by the premiere of “Friday Night Live” at 7:00 p.m. Saturday morning services, starting at 9:00 a.m., will include the Installation Ceremony and be followed by a lavish Kiddush. Then, at 7:00 p.m., join us for Havdalah, a concert, and dessert reception. A special guest appearance by tenor Hazzan Alberto Mizrahi is planned. Services are open to the community. Shabbat Dinner on Friday is $30 for members, $40 for nonmembers, and $15 per child under 13. Temple Beth Sholom is located at 1050 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota. Reservations are required for dinner by March 8 and can be made at www.templebethsholomfl.org or by calling 941.955.8121.

friDAY, march 15 Brandeis Shabbat Service Each year, the Brandeis National Committee (BNC) Sarasota Chapter invites the community to worship with us at Friday Shabbat services at one of the local synagogues. This year, the BNC will be worshipping at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, at 7:30 p.m., when we will join Rabbi Brenner Glickman and the congregation in welcoming Shabbat. Lasting about one hour, the service will be followed by light refreshments. This event is free and open to everyone. For more information, contact Saranee Newman at 941.907.6758 or saraneenewman@msn.com.

CHJ guest speaker Sean Faircloth Following the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism services at 7:30 p.m., Sean Faircloth will present “How the Religious Right Harms All of Us and What We Can Do About It.” Sean Faircloth, Director of Strategy & Policy at the Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, formerly its Executive Director, served for a decade in the Maine State Legislature. He spearheaded over 30 pieces of legislation and is the recipient of numerous awards. He is the author of Attack of the Theocrats, of which a reviewer said, “There’s no doubt in my mind that if he was zapped back in time to meet Thomas Jefferson, the founding father would clap him on the shoulder and say ‘Thanks.’” CHJ meets at Unity, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 941.929.7771 or visit www.chj-Sarasota.org.

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Sarasota Jewish Chorale at Temple Beth Israel By special request, the Sarasota Jewish Chorale will present Esther’s Story, an original cantata written by Longboat Key residents Rivka Chatman and Brenda Lederman, at Shabbat services, which begin at 8:00 p.m. at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key. Written for the Chorale’s B’nai Mitzvah in 2012, the cantata tells the story of a young couple who fled prewar Europe for a life of freedom in America. The cantata includes many beloved songs of the Jewish people and has been a favorite of groups in the Sarasota-Manatee area. For more information, call Arlene Stolnitz at 941.492.6944 or Susan Skovronek at 941.355.8011.

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Scholar-in Residence Professor Rachel Dulin Kol HaNeshama invites you to Sabbath services at 10:00 a.m. 3145 Southgate Circle, Sarasota. After services, Prof. Rachel Dulin will address issues of family and issues of aging in text and practice. Prof. Dulin was born in Israel and educated in Israel and the United States. A dramatic and gifted instructor, she has pioneered new methods of teaching Hebrew to adults and has done groundbreaking research in the confluence of Women’s Studies and biblical scholarship. For more information, call the Kol HaNeshama office at 941.244.2042.

Shabbat strawberry picking Celebrate Shabbat and springtime at this fun, unique experience for young families. We’ll gather for friendly socializing and picking strawberries at a you-pick-em farm in Manatee County, then enjoy Shabbat blessings, songs, movement, and a story with Rabbi Brenner Glickman in the beautiful strawberry fields. We’ll conclude by learning the blessings for various fruits and foods in Judaism, sharing Kosher for Passover strawberry recipes, and – of course – eating delicious fresh strawberries. No cost; all are welcome; reservations are required. Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman at 941.379.1997 or elaine-glickman@comcast.net.

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JEWISH HAPPENINGS

March 2013

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Orchestra of Exiles (85 minutes) is a thrilling documentary about the remarkable man whose vision and singular efforts brought into being a world-class orchestra in Palestine – that later became the Israel Philharmonic. Join us at 6:00 p.m. for a reception with Josh Aronson, Producer/Director/Screenwriter. The screening begins at 7:00 March 17-21 2013 p.m. in the Beatrice Friedman Theater on the Federation Campus, 582 17 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, with a post-film discussion with Josh Aronson. 5:30-6:45 pm Reception, Beatrice Friedman Theater on SUNDAY The Jewish Federation Campus (BFT) pmThe “ORCHESTRAJewish OF EXILES” (with JoshFederation Aronson, Sponsored7:00-8:25 by of Sarasota-Manatee, in partnerProducer/Director/Screenwriter), BFT ship with the Sarasota Film Festival. Cost: $7-single ticket; $36-Festival 18 (includes all six films); $50-Patron Pass (includes all six films and Pass MONDAY reserved seating). Get complete information and tickets at www.jfedsrq. org/events.aspx or call 941.552.6304. 3:00-4:00 pm “LIFE IN STILLS,” BFT THE

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7:00-8:20 pm “INVENTING OUR LIFE,” (with Dr. Avrahan Balaban) BFT 7:00-8:30 pm “A BOTTLE IN THE GAZA SEA,” Temple Sinai

Jewish War Veterans meeting 3:00-4:30 pm “A BOTTLE IN THE GAZA SEA”

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Sarasota Post 172, BFT Jewish War Vets of USA will hold its March meeting at 7:00-8:25 pm “FOLLOW ME: Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Ave, Sarasota. Breakfast begins at BFT 9:15 a.m.; the meeting starts at 10:00 a.m. Guest speaker Danny Bilyeu, 20 Field Representative of Congressman Vern Buchanan will provide an WEDNESDAY update on matters relating to government, the military, economy, seniors and Israel. For more information, please call Stuart Krupkin, Commander, 3:30-4:50 pm “INVENTING OUR LIFE” (with Dr. Avrahan Balaban) Temple Beth Israel at7:00-8:25 941.342.3413. pm “ORCHESTRA OF EXILES” (with Josh Aronson, Producer/ TUESDAY

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CHS Back to the Future: Pharaoh’s Pyramids 3:00-4:00 pm “LIFE IN STILLS” BFT 7:00-8:20 pm “ROOM 514” BFT

This Passover, Chabad Hebrew School of Bradenton & Lakewood Ranch will be traveling back to the future in the CHS time machine to Pharaoh’s For Morewhere InForMatIon ContaCt: Pyramids, they will reenact the story of Passover as they travel in Len Steinberg 941.552.6301 or lsteinberg@jfedsrq.org time through drama, art, music and more. The event takes place from 11:00 a.m. to noon at The Chabad House, 5712 Lorraine Road, Bradenton. Free to CHS students and $5 for guests. For more information, please Presentedfamilies; in 20 partnership 13 with call 941.752.3030 or e-mail info@chabadofbradenton.com. TheJewishFederation.org

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The Klingenstein Jewish Center 580 McIntosh Rd., Sarasota FL 34232 941.371.4546

“Mini Chefs - Seder Plates”

Discover What Makes Sarasota Bay Club So Different! Sarasota Bay Club offers outstanding services and amenities that are personalized to fit your lifestyle. From complimentary valet parking to fine dining on chef prepared meals, the freedom to design the ideal retirement lifestyle is all yours.

Let your kids experience the joy of Jewish cooking! At “Mini Chefs,” children will have the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and get some hands-on cooking experience. Kids will create delicious foods connected to the current Jewish holidays and will gain appreciation for the important Jewish calendar events. Each child will bring home a masterpiece cookbook to keep for mom, too! This month features Seder Plates. This class, which costs $10, begins at 11:00 a.m. at Chabad of Venice, 2169 S. Tamiami Trail. For more information, contact Chaya Rivka Schmerling at 941.493.2770 or rivka@chabadofvenice.com.

Jewish Genealogical Society meeting

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The Jewish Genealogical Society of Southwest Florida presents “Mining for Gold: Online Historical Newspapers” at 1:00 p.m. at Kobernick House, 1951 N. Honore Ave., Sarasota. While researching a family scandal involving her great aunt, the “Kissing Blonde,” guest speaker Robin B. Seidenberg realized that historical newspapers were a fantastic resource. She discovered that another great aunt had had a career on Broadway and in Hollywood. Robin ultimately uncovered a sensational story that made headlines across the entire nation. Using this shocking story and other examples, Robin will teach you how to unlock your family secrets using online historical newspapers. Attendance is free. Everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Kim Sheintal at  941.921.1433 or klapshein@ aol.com, or visit http://jgsswf.org/.

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Full-Service Retirement Living On Sarasota Bay Luncheon & Tour Events: March 7th & 21st

Come and enjoy an evening with your favorite partner at Temple Beth Sholom Men’s Club “Date Night Event!” Professional caller Red Bates has called internationally and has recorded on various labels. Enjoy his music and a Chuck Wagon Dinner from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota. The cost is $20 for members and $23 for nonmembers. All are welcome but reservations are a must by March 11 at www.templebethsholomfl.org. Please contact Paul Rabin at 941.927.0901 or paulconsult@aol.com for more information.

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AJC 2013 Human Relations Award Dinner

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

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AJC will honor Larry and Debbie Haspel with its 2013 Human Relations Award at a gala dinner at Michael’s On East, 1212 East Avenue South, Sarasota. This coveted award is given annually to individuals whose contributions have helped to uplift the shared life of our community. The Haspels will be recognized for their involvement in civic, communal and organizational activities that benefit the greater good. Dinner Chairs are David & Edie Chaifetz and Warren & Margot Coville. The event takes place from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Sponsorships start at $1,000; tickets are $250. Please contact Brian Lipton at 941.365.4955 or liptonb@ajc.org for further information.

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Life In Stills (60 minutes) is an awardwinning documentary about photographer Rudi Weissenstein’s one-million precious negatives that document the defining moments in Israel’s history, and his 96-year-old widow’s struggle to save his landmark Photo House in Tel Aviv. The screening Marchbegins 17-21 at 3:00 p.m. in the Beatrice Friedman The2013 ater on the Federation Campus, 582 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Sponsored 17 The Jewish by Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, in partnership with 5:30-6:45 pm Reception, Beatrice Friedman Theater on SUNDAY The Jewish Federation Campus (BFT) 7:00-8:25 pm “ORCHESTRA OF EXILES” (with Josh Aronson, the Sarasota Film Festival. Cost: $7-single ticket; $36-Festival Pass (inProducer/Director/Screenwriter), BFT cludes all six films); $50-Patron Pass (includes all six films and reserved 18 seating). Get complete information and tickets at www.jfedsrq.org/events. MONDAY aspx or call 941.552.6304. THE

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A Bottle in the Gaza Sea (99 minutes) is an engrossing drama based on the awardwinning novel by Valerie Zenatti. Shaken BFT by news of a suicide bombing near her 20 Jerusalem home, a 17-year-old FrenchWEDNESDAY Israeli girl writes a letter expressing her refusal to accept that only hatred can reign betweenAvrahan Israelis and Palestinians. She puts the letter into a bottle, 3:30-4:50 pm “INVENTING OUR LIFE” (with Dr.March Balaban) 17-21 2013 Temple Beth Israel and asks her brother in the IDF to throw it into the sea near Gaza. A few 7:00-8:25 pm “ORCHESTRA OF EXILES” (with Josh Aronson, Producer/ Director/Screenwriter), Temple Beth Israel 17 weeks later, she receives an email response from a mysterious “Gaza-Man,” pmLakewood Reception, Beatrice Friedman Theater on 7:00-8:25 pm “FOLLOW ME”5:30-6:45 Polo Grill, Ranch SUNDAY The Jewish Federation Campus (BFT) 3:00-4:00 pmEXILES” (with Josh Aronson, 7:00-8:25 pm “ORCHESTRA OF and thus begins a turbulent, but tender, online friendship. The screening “LIFE IN STILLS” BFT Producer/Director/Screenwriter), 21 BFT begins at 7:00 p.m. THURSDAY 7:00-8:20 pm at Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Rd., “ROOM 514” 18 BFT Sarasota. Sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, MONDAY in partnership with the Sarasota Film Festival. Cost: $7-single ticket; For More InForMatIon ContaCt: Len Steinberg 941.552.6301 or lsteinberg@jfedsrq.org $36-Festival Pass (includes all six films); $50-Patron Pass (includes all six 3:00-4:00 pm “LIFE IN STILLS,” BFT 7:00-8:20 pm “INVENTING OUR LIFE,” (with Dr. Avrahan Balaban) BFT films and reserved seating). Get complete information and tickets at www. 7:00-8:30 pm “A BOTTLE IN THE GAZA SEA,” Temple Sinai jfedsrq.org/events.aspx or call 941.552.6304. Presented inpm 3:00-4:30 The Klingenstein Jewish Center 580 McIntosh THE Rd., Sarasota FL 34232 941.371.4546

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March 2013 tuesDAY, march 19 Movie: A Bottle in the Gaza Sea

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A Bottle in the Gaza Sea (99 minutes) is an engrossing drama based on the award-winning novel by Valerie Zenatti. Shaken by news of a suicide bombing near her Jerusalem home, a 17-yearold French-Israeli girl writes a letter expressing her refusal to accept that only hatred can reign between March 17-21Israelis and Palestinians. She puts the letter into a bottle, and asks her2013 brother in the IDF to throw it into the sea near 17 A few Gaza. weeks she an email response from a mysterious 5:30-6:45 pm Reception, later, Beatrice Friedman Theater receives on SUNDAY The Jewish Federation Campus (BFT) 7:00-8:25 pm “ORCHESTRA OF EXILES” (with Josh Aronson, a turbulent, but tender, online friendship. “Gaza-Man,” and thus begins Producer/Director/Screenwriter), BFT The screening begins at 3:00 p.m. in the Beatrice Friedman Theater on 18 Federation Campus, 582 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Sponsored by the MONDAY The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, in partnership with the Sarasota Film Festival. Cost: $7-single ticket; $36-Festival Pass (includes 3:00-4:00 pm “LIFE IN STILLS,” BFT pm “INVENTING OUR LIFE,” (with Dr. Avrahan Balaban) BFT all7:00-8:20 six films); $50-Patron Pass (includes all six films and reserved seating). 7:00-8:30 pm “A BOTTLE IN THE GAZA SEA,” Temple Sinai Get complete information and tickets at www.jfedsrq.org/events.aspx or 3:00-4:30 pm 19 941.552.6304.“A BOTTLE IN THE GAZA SEA” call BFT TUESDAY THE

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Follow Me (87 minutes) is a gripping documentary about Operation Entebbe – the courageous mission to save Israeli 3:30-4:50 pm “INVENTING OUR LIFE” (with Dr. Avrahan Balaban) Temple Beth Israel hostages held by Arab terrorists at the 7:00-8:25 pm “ORCHESTRA OF EXILES” (with Josh Aronson, Producer/ Director/Screenwriter), Temple Beth Israel Entebbe, Uganda airport in 1976. The 7:00-8:25 pm “FOLLOW ME” Polo Grill, Lakewood Ranch 3:00-4:00 pm screening begins“LIFEatIN STILLS” 7:00 p.m. in the Beatrice Friedman Theater on the 21 BFT Federation Campus, 58217-21 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Sponsored by The THURSDAY 7:00-8:20 pm March “ROOM 514” 2013 Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, in partnership with the BFT 17 For More Sarasota Film Festival. Cost: $7-single ticket; $36-Festival Pass (includes 5:30-6:45 pm Reception, Beatrice Friedman Theater on InForMatIon ContaCt: SUNDAY The Jewish Federation Campus (BFT) Len Steinberg 941.552.6301 or lsteinberg@jfedsrq.org 7:00-8:25 pm “ORCHESTRA OF EXILES” (with Josh Aronson, all six films); $50-Patron Pass (includes all six films and reserved seating). Producer/Director/Screenwriter), BFT Get complete information and tickets at www.jfedsrq.org/events.aspx or 18 941.552.6304. call Presented in 20THE

GulfsidePalm ORT presents “Memory Loss and Aging” Kathleen Houseweart, MBA, Manager of Sarasota Memorial Hospital Geriatrics Department, will present a program about memory loss and aging. Houseweart will explain that some memory loss is normal as we age; but if memory loss is affecting your ability or the ability of others in your life to live a fulfilling life, we encourage you to come to this program which begins at 1:30 p.m. on the Jewish Federation, Campus, 580 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. No charge. For more information, call Marsha Feldstein at 941.355.6016.

Middle East Peace – Illusion or Delusion? The impact of the Arab Spring on the future of Israel and the Middle East will be examined by Dr. Thomas Hecht. Israel struggles as the only island of democratic stability as major uprisings change the politics of its neighbors. Will world leaders follow policies of appeasement reminiscent of Neville Chamberlain in 1938 or will they stand up resolutely for freedom, equality, human rights and the rule of law? This Rabbi Michael B. Eisenstat Miniversity of Judaism class is free and begins at 2:00 p.m. at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key. For more information, contact the TBI office at info@tbi-lbk.org or 941.383.3428.

Celebrity Chefs & Wine Tasting

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JFCS Golf Challenge

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

Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at Longboat Key Club 3:00-4:30 pm & Resort, 301 Gulf of Mexico Drive. There will “A BOTTLE IN THE GAZA SEA” 19 BFT be hole-in-one prizes and special gifts. All golfers then head on to the TUESDAY 7:00-8:25 pm “FOLLOW ME: Celebrity Chefs & Wine Tasting event that follows at 6:00 p.m. Cost: $375 BFT (includes ticket to Celebrity Chefs & Wine Tasting). For more information, 20 contact Stacy Quaid at 941.366.2224 x142 or squaid@jfcs-cares.org.

The 9th annual Celebrity Chefs & Wine Tasting features 24 local chefs serving signature dishes, select wines, a vodka station and an old-fashioned egg cream fountain. There will be live entertainment as well as a silent auction. The event takes place from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Longboat Key Club & Resort, 301 Gulf of Mexico Drive. $100 per person. For more information, please contact Stacy Quaid at 941.366.2224 x142 or squaid@ jfcs-cares.org.

SaraMana ORT Book Club Join us at 7:15 p.m. for a discussion of The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman. The event will take place at a member’s home, TBA. $5 donation to participate. For more information, call Pam Gordon at 941.758.6565.

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

Join Chanie Bukiet from noon - 1:00 p.m. at The Chabad House, 5712 Lorraine Road, Bradenton, for a Lunch & Learn. Feast on a delicious lunch 3:00-4:00 pm and psychology of the soul, based on the Kabbalah. No cost. IN STILLS” 21 learn Tanya, “LIFE BFT THURSDAY 7:00-8:20 pm more information. Call 941.752.3030 for “ROOM 514” BFT

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wednesDAY, march 20 Movie: Inventing Our Life

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Inventing Our Life (79 minutes), subtitled The Kibbutz Experiment, is a fascinating documentary about the 100-year history of the revolutionary kibbutz movement in Israel. Dr. Avraham Balaban, author and Professor of Modern Hebrew Literature, will lead the post-film discussion. The screening begins at 17-21 3:30 p.m. at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles March 2013 Road, Longboat Key. Sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota17 Manatee, in partnership 5:30-6:45 pm Reception, Beatrice Friedmanwith Theater on the Sarasota Film Festival. Cost: $7-single SUNDAY The Jewish Federation Campus (BFT) 7:00-8:25 pm “ORCHESTRAPass OF EXILES” (with Josh Aronson, ticket; $36-Festival (includes all six films); $50-Patron Pass (includes Producer/Director/Screenwriter), BFT all six films and reserved seating). Get complete information and tickets at 18 www.jfedsrq.org/events.aspx or call 941.552.6304. THE

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Follow Me (87 minutes) is a gripping documentary about Operation Entebbe – the courageous mission to save Israeli hostages held by Arab terrorists at the Entebbe, Uganda airport in 1976. The screening begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Polo Grill in Lakewood Ranch. Sponsored by March The Jewish 17-21 Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, in 2013 partnership with the Sarasota Film Festival and The Jewish Club at 17 Lakewood Ranch. Cost: $7-single ticket; $36-Festival Pass (includes all 5:30-6:45 pm Reception, Beatrice Friedman Theater on SUNDAY The Jewish Federation Campus (BFT) pm “ORCHESTRA OF EXILES”Pass (with Josh Aronson, six films); 7:00-8:25 $50-Patron (includes all six films and reserved seating). Producer/Director/Screenwriter), BFT Get complete information and tickets at www.jfedsrq.org/events.aspx or 18 941.552.6304. call THE

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NCJW “Ladies Only Program”

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

Orchestra of Exiles (85 minutes) is a thrilling documentary about the remarkable man whose vision and singular efTUESDAY forts brought into being a world-class BFT orchestra in Palestine – that later became 20 Israel Philharmonic. The screening begins at 7:00 p.m. at Temple Beth the WEDNESDAY Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key. Post-film discussion with Josh March 17-21 2013 Aronson, Producer/Director/Screenwriter, and local philanthropist Gerry 3:30-4:50 pm “INVENTING OUR LIFE” (with Dr. Avrahan Balaban) 17 Temple Beth Israel Daniel. Sponsored byFriedman The 5:30-6:45 pm Reception, Beatrice Theater onJewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, 7:00-8:25 pm “ORCHESTRA OF EXILES” (with Josh Aronson, Producer/ SUNDAY The Jewish Federation Campus (BFT) Director/Screenwriter), Temple Beth Israel 7:00-8:25 pm “ORCHESTRA OF EXILES” (with Josh Aronson, in7:00-8:25 partnership with the Sarasota Film Festival. Cost: $7-single ticket; pm “FOLLOW ME” Polo Grill, Lakewood Ranch Producer/Director/Screenwriter), BFT 3:00-4:00 pm $36-Festival Pass“LIFE(includes all six films); $50-Patron Pass (includes all six IN STILLS” 21 BFT 18 and reserved films seating). Get complete information and tickets at www. THURSDAY 7:00-8:20 pm MONDAY “ROOM 514” BFT jfedsrq.org/events.aspx or call 941.552.6304.

What are the guiding principles for women to know as they plan their 3:00-4:30 pm financial futures? Esther Halt, a financial advisor and trust specialist for “A BOTTLE IN THE GAZA SEA” 19 Raymond James &BFT Associates, and Babette B. Bach, an attorney specializing TUESDAY 7:00-8:25 pm “FOLLOW ME: in elder law, will present a “Ladies Only Program” designed to cover this BFT important topic. The presentation, which will be followed by a question 20 answer session, begins at 1:00 p.m. on the Jewish Federation Campus, and WEDNESDAY 580 McIntosh Rd., Sarasota. Female family and friends are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. There is no charge, but reservations 3:30-4:50 pm “INVENTING OUR LIFE” (with Dr. Avrahan Balaban) Temple Beth Israel are needed by March 13. To make a reservation or find out more about 7:00-8:25 pm “ORCHESTRA OF EXILES” (with Josh Aronson, Producer/ Director/Screenwriter), Temple Beth Israel NCJW (National of Jewish Women), please call the 24-hour 7:00-8:25 pm “FOLLOW ME” Polo Grill, LakewoodCouncil Ranch 3:00-4:00 pm hotline at 941.342.1855. “LIFE IN STILLS”

Stay informed throughout 19 the month. Sign up for the Jewish Federation’s enewsletter 20 at www.jfedsrq.org.

For More InForMatIon ContaCt: Weinstein Religious School parents are encourCurrent prospective Len Steinbergand 941.552.6301 or lsteinberg@jfedsrq.org aged to join the students for a Passover holiday celebration at 5:30 p.m. at Chabad of Sarasota, 7700 Beneva Road. The celebration will feature Presented in pyramid games, crafts and enjoying a bowl of tasty holiday songs, building 20 partnership 13 with TheJewishFederation .org matzah ball soup. This event will spur holiday excitement and is open to all free of charge. For reservations and further information, please call 941.925.0770.

3:00-4:30 pm “A BOTTLE IN THE GAZA SEA” BFT 7:00-8:25 pm “FOLLOW ME: THE YONI NETANYAHU STORY”

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The Klingenstein Jewish Center

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Weinstein Religious School Passover celebration

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Passover begins at sundown on Monday, March 25. Many of the area’s temples will hold first- and secondnight seders open to the community. Contact the temples for more information. 140 kosher characters

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Movie: Life In Stills

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Life In Stills (60 minutes) is an awardwinning documentary about photographer Rudi Weissenstein’s one-million precious negatives that document the defining moments in Israel’s history, and his 96-year-old widow’s struggle to save his landmark Photo House in Tel Aviv. The screening begins at 3:00 p.m. in the Beatrice Friedman TheMarch 17-21 2013 ater on the Federation Campus, 582 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Sponsored 17 The Jewish by Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, in partnership with 5:30-6:45 pm Reception, Beatrice Friedman Theater on SUNDAY The Jewish Federation Campus (BFT) 7:00-8:25Film pm “ORCHESTRAFestival. OF EXILES” (with Josh Aronson, the Sarasota Cost: $7-single ticket; $36-Festival Pass (inProducer/Director/Screenwriter), BFT cludes all six films); $50-Patron Pass (includes all six films and reserved 18 seating). Get complete information and tickets at www.jfedsrq.org/events. MONDAY aspx or call 941.552.6304. THE

PART OF OUR YEARLONG CELEBRATION OF

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Movie: Room 514

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

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Room 514 (90 minutes) is a powerful, highly-provocative feature film about the universal conflict between moral BFT values and acute security needs, and 20 how seriously Israelis struggle with WEDNESDAY such complex issues. A very direct and intimate film, Room 514 has been compared in someAvrahanrespects with A Few Good Men. The screening begins 3:30-4:50 pm “INVENTING OUR LIFE” (with Dr.March Balaban) 17-21 2013 Temple Beth Israel at7:00-8:25 7:00 p.m. in the Beatrice Friedman Theater on the Federation Campus, pm “ORCHESTRA OF EXILES” (with Josh Aronson, Producer/ Director/Screenwriter), Temple Beth Israel 17 582 Sarasota. 5:30-6:45 pmRoad, Reception,Ranch Beatrice Friedman Theater on Sponsored by The Jewish Federation of 7:00-8:25McIntosh pm “FOLLOW ME” Polo Grill, Lakewood SUNDAY The Jewish Federation Campus (BFT) 3:00-4:00OFpmEXILES” 7:00-8:25 pm “ORCHESTRA (with Josh Aronson, Sarasota-Manatee, in partnership with the Sarasota Film Festival. “LIFE IN STILLS”BFT Producer/Director/Screenwriter), 21 BFT Cost: $7-single ticket; THURSDAY 7:00-8:20 pm $36-Festival Pass (includes all six films); $50-Patron “ROOM 514” 18 (includes all BFT six films and reserved seating). Get complete inforPass MONDAY mation tickets atContaCt: www.jfedsrq.org/events.aspx or call 941.552.6304. For and More InForMatIon THE

3:00-4:30 pm “A BOTTLE IN THE GAZA SEA” BFT 7:00-8:25 pm “FOLLOW ME: THE YONI NETANYAHU

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*Post-film discussions to take place after screenings

Len Steinberg 941.552.6301 or lsteinberg@jfedsrq.org

The Lemba Jews of Zimbabwe with Modreck Zvakavapano Maeresera

3:00-4:00 pm “LIFE IN STILLS,” BFT 7:00-8:20 pm “INVENTING OUR LIFE,” (with Dr. Avrahan Balaban) BFT 7:00-8:30 pm “A BOTTLE IN THE GAZA SEA,” Temple Sinai The Klingenstein Jewish Center 580 McIntosh Rd., Sarasota FL 34232 941.371.4546

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This is the New York premiere of the first U.S. speaking tour of a member of Zimbabwe’s Lemba Jewish community (DVD presentation of an earlier BFT “LIVE” broadcast). The Lemba 20 community, which has remained in WEDNESDAY relative secrecy, isolated from other Jews for generations, has managed 3:30-4:50 pm “INVENTING OUR LIFE” (with Dr. Avrahan Balaban) Temple Beth Israel 7:00-8:25 pm “ORCHESTRA OF EXILES” (with Josh Aronson, Producer/ to follow Jewish practices devoutly according to their oral tradition. The Director/Screenwriter), Temple Beth Israel 7:00-8:25 pm “FOLLOW ME” Polo Grill, Lakewood Ranch event begins at 7:30 p.m. at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, 3:00-4:00 pm “LIFE IN STILLS”$5 (free for TBI members). For more information, Longboat Key. Cost: 21 BFT THURSDAY 7:00-8:20 pm contact the TBI office at info@tbi-lbk.org or 941.383.3428. “ROOM 514” STORY”

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Len Steinberg 941.552.6301 or lsteinberg@jfedsrq.org

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Temple Beth El’s “Judaism through the Arts” Religious School will participate in a special Passover seder led by Rabbi Harold Caminker and Education Chair Susie Konicov. A special young people’s Haggadah will be used and Passover seder foods will be prepared by our children’s parents. The seder begins at 11:00 a.m. at Temple Beth El, 4200 32nd Street West on the campus of Churchshare. For more information, please call the temple office Tuesday thru Friday, 9:00 a.m. to noon, at 941.755.4900.

Youth chocolate seder at Temple Beth Sholom The Problems, Promise and Potential of

tickets $15 donate.ncf.edu/events 941.487.4888

Sub-saharan africa March 21 | 5:30 p.m. U.S. Ambassador James McGee (retired) will discuss leadership challenges and the democratic process in sub-Saharan Africa.

sea level rise in florida Is It Time to Start Building the Ark?

Mildred Sainer Pavilion 5313 Bay Shore Road Sarasota, FL 34243 A wine and cheese reception follows each lecture.

March 27 | 5:30 p.m. World-renowned climate scientists will discuss how we might mitigate the risks of rising sea levels. Sponsored by BDH Associates and Shafer Consulting

Brilliantly [U]nique. [U]niquely Brilliant.

Henry Pollack

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Celebrate Passover with a yummy chocolate seder from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota. Students in grades 3-12 are welcome. Cost: $5 for TBS Youth Group members; $10 for nonmembers. For more information or to RSVP, contact Shiri Rozenberg at srozenberg@templebethsholomfl.org.

wednesDAY, march 27 Voca People Voca People is a completely original, thrilling musical adventure unlike anything you’ve experienced before. Full of energy and bursting with fun, Voca People will perform over 70 a cappella and beat box versions of the songs your whole family will love, from Madonna to Mozart! No instruments or sound effects – just talent! The performance begins at 8:00 p.m. at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Tickets start at $10. For tickets, please contact the Van Wezel box office at 941.953.3368 or visit www.vanwezel.org.


JEWISH HAPPENINGS / RECENT EVENTS 15B March 2013 FRI-SAT, march 29-30

March 2013

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sunDAY, march 31

Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi Gary P. Zola, Ph.D.

Temple Beth Sholom’s Passover Barbeque

By popular demand, the brilliant, engaging Rabbi Gary Zola, Ph.D., returns as Temple Emanu-El’s Scholar-in-Residence. Director of the American Jewish Archives, professor at Hebrew Union College, and an acclaimed author, Dr. Zola will speak Friday night at 7:30 p.m. on “American Jewry’s Greatest Legacies: The Meaning of American Jewish History,” and during a Shabbat morning breakfast program at 10:00 a.m. on “He Was One of Us! American Jewry’s Relationship with Abraham Lincoln.” All are invited to learn, enjoy and be inspired at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. No cost. Presented by Temple Emanu-El’s Joyce and Mal Peck Scholar-in-Residence Program. For more information, please contact Eunice Cohen at eunice.cohen@comcast.net.

Join us at 1:00 p.m. for socialization and community mixed with ritual and fun while enjoying a Kosher for Passover Barbeque. This event is jointly sponsored by the Men’s Club and Sisterhood and takes place at Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota. Cost: $20/adult member, $25/ adult nonmember, $10/children 13-18, and free for under 13. Reservations required. Please make checks payable to “TBS Sisterhood.” Please contact Randi Brodsky at 941.924.7682  or mrsmomdoc@verizon.net for more information.

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Dinner and a Movie with the Rabbi This is the third film in the second season of four films from the Dr. Sam and Ina Gross Memorial Collection. The overall theme is the Jewish Diaspora – surviving and thriving as one people in many homelands. Join us at 5:00 p.m. for dinner followed by the screening of Image Before My Eyes, a history of Jewish Life in Poland before the Holocaust. The menu will feature Polish dishes. A discussion with Rabbi Huntting follows. The event takes place at Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. The cost for the dinner and film is $35. RSVP to Janet Tolbert at 941.388.9624.

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revolutions wHEn: Sat., May 11, 2013 at 7:30 pm wHErE: Sarasota Opera House

Grammy award-winninG violinist

Miri Ben-Ari

61 North Pineapple Avenue Sarasota, FL 34236

tiCKEts: $31+ SarasotaOrchestra.org (941) 953-3434

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Grammy award-winning violinist Miri Ben-Ari (from Israel) will perform with the Sarasota Orchestra. miri created her own unique sound by a fusion of classical style with jazz, r&B and hip hop. she is widely recognized as a musical pioneer.

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The Wellness Seminar, reviewed and sponsored by over 75 hospitals since 1990. WHEN: Tue., March 5, 6:30 – 8:30 pm WHERE: The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee COST: $70 per person

A FAMILY EVENT FOR ALL AGES SAND, SONG, & SCHMOOZE! Saturday April 6th, 2013 at 6:00pm • Siesta Key Beach

(includes reinforcement CDs and booklets)

Make your reservation today at www.jfedsrq.org/events.aspx or call 941.552.6304

Come to the pavilion by the playground at Siesta Key Beach on Saturday, April 6th, for a program open to the entire community. Together we will enjoy crafts, singing and snacks as we observe Havdalah (a beautiful ceremony marking the end of Shabbat and the beginning of a new week) together.

All proceeds will benefit the Jewish Federation’s teen missions programs, such as the Bob Malkin Young Ambassadors Program, March of the Living and more.

Klingenstein Jewish Center 580 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, FL 34232 941.371.4546 • TheJewishFederation.org

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• Creating your own drum • Edible drumstick making • Havdalah and sing-along • Light snacks and desserts

• Reports • Manuals • Web Content

For more information contact, Amber Ikeman at 941.343.2106 or aikeman@jfedsrq.org

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Women’s Passover Full oF

Celebration

feaTuring CelebraTed & beloved Performer:

Julie Silver

wed. March 6, 2013 6:00pm

Fun

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“...it is impossible to know where Julie’s artistry begins and where her soul ends.” “Julie is more than an entertainer; she is a muse, a presence, and a spirit that stays with you long after the show has ended.”

TickeTs: www.jfedsrq.org/events.aspx

Questions? Contact Ilene Fox 941.343.2111 ifox@jfedsrq.org • TheJewishFederation.org

The Strength of a PeoPle. The Power of CommuniTy.

Voca PeoPle will perform over 70 a cappella and beat box versions of the songs your whole family will love, from Madonna to Mozart! No instruments or sound effects - just talent!

WHeN: Wed., March 27, 2013 at 8:00 pm TIcKeTS: $10+ visit: VanWezel.org WHeRe: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall 777 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34236

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The Jewish News - March 2013  

Monthly newspaper of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee

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