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Celebrating Jewish Life in Sarasota and Manatee Counties FEDERATION NEWS


Volume 41, Number 11

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Local News Community Focus Jewish Interest Commentary Israel & the Jewish World Life Cycle Jewish Happenings Focus on Youth Recent Events

5A Emotional Heller IAI Town Hall meeting

11A Kobernick Anchin residents recreate the Western Wall


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14B Religious School opening day festivities

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Federation presents youth-parent engagement programming By Jane Robbins and Isaac Azerad


uilding Jewish identity and deepening Jewish identification is at the core of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee’s mission. By expanding our family-based programming, Federation is better able to fulfill its most sacred mandate – to ensure that our community’s children and their parents receive the best our Jewish community has to offer. For many Baby Boomers through Gen X/Yers, their Jewish heritage is a source of their ethical outlook and a most important component of their identity. Our goal is to meet them where they are and to support them in expressing and deepening their Jewish identities by offering high value, integrated Jewish opportunities. The key to crafting this new narrative is to encourage greater numbers of younger community members to engage and connect with our Jewish community and Israel. For many, the great successes

of Jewish camping experiences, Israel-based programs, and social action programming are effective tools in building Jewish identity. These Federation-run and funded programs are the precious gifts we can provide to our children and grandchildren so that they can build a deep connection to their heritage and, eventually, become the new generation of Jewish leaders. While some of these programs are already actively running, we’ve added a number of new opportunities to our menu, which are noted below.

Formal Jewish Education: ÎÎ Communiteen: Formal Jewish education for students in 8th through 12th grades, focusing on topics such as Jewish identity, Israel and life issues. Classes are taught in an intellectually stimulating, interactive manner.

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Going for the gold: Getting to know Emmy Award-winner Judy Gold By Sandy Chase


ark your calendars for Monday, December show won the GLAAD Award for “Outstanding New York Theatre.” A book based on the show 5, when you’ll be clamoring for Jewdy! was published in 2007 and was nominated for a Jewdy! – Judy Gold, that is. The spotQuill Award. light will once again shine on the acclaimed actress, comedian, writer, producer, musician, lyricist and ‹‹ Building on the success of 25 Questions for a teacher, as she helps celebrate the Jewish Mother, Judy has reFederation’s 5th annual Women’s turned to the stage in a hilarious, Day program. creative look at her life through Judy’s talents know no limits: the lens of the classic sitcoms ‹‹ She has appeared in such televiof her youth, such as The Brady sion shows as The View, The Late Bunch and other favorite shows Late Show With Craig Ferguson, from the ’70s and ’80s. The Judy The Tonight Show, Sex and the Show: My Life As a Sitcom once City, Law and Order and Ugly again spotlights her multiple talBetty, to name a few. She apents as writer and comedian. pears regularly on The Joy BeWith all on her plate, Ms. Judy Gold har Show and Tru TV Presents: Gold agreed to the following World’s Dumbest..., and she has a monthly radio interview, with answers that are honest, refreshing and insightful. show called Hatched by Two Chicks on Sirius Radio. SC: While growing up, you were “head and shoul‹‹ Teaming with playwright Kate Moira Ryan, Judy ders” above your classmates – literally. How did created 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, the you cope with their teasing about your height? long-running off-Broadway show, for which she JUDY: Through music and humor. For some reason, was nominated in 2006 for a Drama Desk Award I knew deep down inside that it would get better, and for Outstanding Solo Performance. In 2007 the Judy Gold...continued on page 3A Non-Profit Org. U.S. POSTAGE PAID MANASOTA FL PERMIT 167

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November 2011


programming...continued from page 1A ÎÎ Chabad of Sarasota’s Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) Teens – NEWLY FUNDED PROGRAM: An academic program giving high school students from secular homes the opportunity to connect with Judaism.

Informal Jewish Engagement (Israel-oriented): ÎÎ Bob Malkin Young Ambassador’s Program: This program includes a mission to Israel as well as pre- and post-mission education and leadership training. ÎÎ March of the Living Mission to Poland and Israel: This program includes the mission as well as premission Holocaust education.

ÎÎ JCC Maccabi Games in Houston in the summer of 2012 – individual and team sports and performing arts – NEWLY FUNDED PROGRAM: Federation will subsidize the registration fee for up to 10 area athletes and performers to attend the games. ÎÎ Hand In Hand Theatre –  NEWLY FUNDED PROGRAM: An intergenerational program that unites local Holocaust survivors with area teens for a year-long exploration into the jarring stories of war and survival. The project culminates in a public performance that chronicles the survivors’ memories through the eyes, ears and speech of the teens.

Informal Jewish Engagement (At Home) for Post High School:

ÎÎ Schiff SKIP (Send-A-Kid to Israel Program): Provides scholarships for USY, NFTY, BBYO, Young Judaea or other Israel trips sponsored by accredited cultural or educational organizations.

Informal Jewish Engagement (Sarasota-based): ÎÎ PANIM Institute: Training and inspiring Jewish teens through service, advocacy and philanthropyfocused experiences in Washington, D.C. ÎÎ B’nai B’rith Youth Organization (BBYO): Teen activities focused on leadership, identity and personal development. The program brings Sarasota-Manatee Jewish teens together with teens from all over central Florida. ÎÎ AIPAC Policy Conference – NEWLY FUNDED PROGRAM: The preeminent pro-Israel annual gathering in Washington, D.C., attracting more than 6,000 community and student activists from around the United States. Attendees meet with Israeli and American policymakers and thought leaders. ÎÎ Overnight Jewish Camping Incentive Grants: Provides grants of up to $1,000 per child for campers attending a Jewish not-for-profit overnight camp. ÎÎ Jewish Day Camp Incentive Grants: Provides grants of $150 per child for campers attending local Jewish day camps.

ÎÎ College Scholarships: The Federation, through the generosity of many scholarship fund holders, awards annual need-based scholarships, generally ranging from $500 to $5,000 per student. ÎÎ Hillel – ongoing programming at New College and Ringling College: Jewish programming for area college students. The program provides opportunities designed to strengthen the students’ Jewish identity and prepare them to become leaders in the Jewish community.

GRAM: This program places young Israelis on the local college campus to focus on Israel education and advocacy programming, work with returning Birthright participants, and provide information about longterm Israel study opportunities. ÎÎ Birthright Israel: Free 10-day Israel trips for Jewish young adults who have never been to Israel on a peer program. ÎÎ MASA Israel Journey scholarships – NEWLY FUNDED PROGRAM: Federation will provide 10 scholarships of up to $2,000 to cover airfare expenses for students registered for a MASA Israel program.

Informal Jewish Engagement for Parents:

ÎÎ Hillel – staff, New College and Ringling College – NEWLY FUNDED PROGRAM: This position will provide leadership, structure and guidance to the Hillel groups at area colleges. ÎÎ Hillel – Israel Fellows on Campus –  NEWLY FUNDED PRO-

ÎÎ The PJ Library: This program, free to participants, supports families in their Jewish journey by sending high-quality, Jewish-themed books and music on a monthly basis to children age six months to eight years. ÎÎ Subsidies for organized “alternative” programming: TribeFest is a gathering of young Jewish adults from all over North America.

Through presentations from dynamic leaders in politics, entertainment, art, food, religion and other aspects of Jewish life, attendees will

be offered many ways to connect to their Judaism and the community. ÎÎ Subsidies for Federation missions to Israel: Details of this program to be announced. ÎÎ At Home Engagement/Mitzvah Outreach Experience – NEWLY FUNDED PROGRAM: This program will engage adults in informal Jewish learning through a well-known facilitator and offer participants the opportunity to engage in hands-on social justice experiences. For more information on these or other programs, contact Kim Mullins at  941.371.4546 x103 or kmullins@

FEDERATION NEWS 3A November 2011

November 2011


Communiteen: A new year brings new lessons By Len Steinberg, Program Associate


t is with much excitement that I announce that The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee recently began its fifth year conducting Communiteen, Federation’s community Hebrew High School. We understood that moving the program to Wednesdays, after holding classes on Sundays the previous

four years, would be risky. But, we are pleased to have 22 registered, enthusiastic teenagers participating in this year’s program. Amy Weinberger, curriculum developer and teacher, comments, “Communiteen is the essence of combining formal and informal Jewish learning with social aptitude.” This year, we have divided the curriculum into three separate trimesters as well as divided classes into two groups: 8th-9th and 10th-11th graders. Students will enjoy a variety of topics including Jews in the News, Jews in Hollywood, Israeli Military, Dan Senor’s book Start-Up Nation, Dilemmas in Judaism, Holocaust Denial, and much more.

These classes are taught by Federation Associate Executive Director Marty Haberer along with Amy. Haberer says, “Communiteen is one of the most rewarding experiences I have had in a 25-year career in Jewish communal service. The teenagers are so full of life and so ‘real’. Yet they have so much to learn about their heritage. This is a critical program that we make available to them.”

you, Barbra Streisand embodies the Jewish mother. Why? JUDY: I do consider myself a Jewish mother. I have a very Jewish home and have unfortunately become a bit like my Jewish mother. Barbra Streisand doesn’t embody the Jewish mother; she embodies the dream of every Jewish girl who ever wanted to be on the stage. SC: How did you land the job of writer and producer of The Rosie O’Donnell Show for which you received two Emmy Awards? JUDY: My first son was a few weeks old, and I visited Rosie with him. She asked me to submit a writing sample so I didn’t have to go on the road. She has been an ardent supporter of mine and of all those who have families and work in showbiz. SC: What do you see as the differences as a stand-up comic and your role in The Judy Show, for example? JUDY: Stand-up is done in clubs with lots of distractions – waiters, drinks, cell phones, blenders, checks. You have to fight for the audience’s attention. When you do theatre, the audience comes in ready to listen, and it is your job to keep their attention. You can also take your time and tell your story – and not have to get a laugh every 30 seconds. It is a whole different ballgame. SC: Besides making people laugh, you have said that your comedy makes people think. JUDY: Lots of my jokes do make people think – and that is important. Comedy is the most palatable way to make a point. SC: How has your comedic material changed over the years? JUDY: As I’ve had more life experiences, my material has changed. It is the foundation of comedy. SC: As an acclaimed actress and comedian, what would be a professional stretch? JUDY: Playing a short, blonde, goyishe cheerleader. SC: You have said that you keep a kosher kitchen and honor Shabbat. What Jewish values do you want to instill in your two sons, Ben and Henry? JUDY: To call their mother every day. No, twice a day.

SC: What did you hope your audience would take away from your podcast interview from the U.S. Holocaust Museum on Voices of Anti-Semitism? JUDY: Wow! Well, as Jews we are taught to look at things from all different perspectives. Why else are there still scholars interpreting the Talmud? Comedy is all about finding that place, that surprise that most people could never think of. Look, comics

The most important confirmation that we are on the right track comes from Sydney London-Schlanger, who asked, “Will Communiteen be this fun every week?” It’s not too late to join us! Classes are held most Wednesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. on the Federation campus. For more details, contact me at lsteinberg@ or 941.371.4546 x106.

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Judy Gold...continued from page 1A find humor in the darkest places. Jews certainly have experienced a lot of darkness, and from the pain comes a tough skin, a point of view and, hopefully, an awesome sense of humor. Join your friends when we welcome Judy Gold in December. We’re all in for a real treat. Sandy Chase is president of WordMasters – – a writing and editorial business.


“Jewdy! Jewdy! Jewdy!” Monday, Dec. 5, 2011 11:00 am on the Federation Campus

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there is no better coping mechanism than humor. SC: What was your mother’s response when you chose stand-up comedy over a career related to your music degree from Rutgers University? JUDY: Well, my parents were understandably not thrilled. I made sure that I worked during the day and didn’t have to ask them for money. That was the key! SC: What prompted you and Ms. Ryan to write 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother? How did you decide on the women to interview and questions to ask? What insights did you gain from your interviews? JUDY: I was at a club in Chicago and Kate was there for another event. We were friends, and I was telling her how depressing it is to work in the clubs and that I wanted to do a one-person show and work in theatre. We talked about how I would get brow-beaten by the Jewish press when I talked about my mother because they thought I was promoting a stereotype – when I was simply mimicking my mother. We decided to go find out if that stereotype was true and started writing down questions. We started with 50 and ended up with 25. I interviewed people I knew, parents of people I knew, and then I went on the road, where we would call local synagogues and ask if anyone was interested in being interviewed. I have to tell you, I learned so much from these woman – you really never know what makes people tick. SC: From your research and experience, is the Jewish mother a product of nature or nurture? JUDY: I think the hysteria we associate with the Jewish mother comes from the fact that we Jews have been kicked out of everyplace we’ve ever been – except in America. Our ancestors never knew when they would have to get up and go, and that fear – that precariousness – has been handed down from generation to generation. SC: Is there such a thing as the Jewish father? JUDY: Yes, but he doesn’t speak. SC: Do you consider yourself a Jewish mother? You have said that for

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he Dress Up for Yontif program is designed to bring the local and her children, Eddie and Regina, are Russian Jewish population closer always there to help serve the food, and to the Jewish community and the Jew- add their charm and help to the proish traditions. Its mission is to build a gram. A tasty delicious meal prepared connection (kesher) with Jewish people by Tseza was served by Temple Beth who have absolutely no affiliation with Israel’s dedicated volunteers and the Oykerman family. Prior to serving the the Jewish religion and its traditions. This goal is achieved by planning meal, Rabbi Katz conducted blessings a program that includes an opportunity to allow this group to socialize, have a Rosh Hashanah meal, learn about the holiday, and get a gift certificate to local stores to buy food and new clothes for the holiday. Rabbi Jonathan Katz conducted a meaningful Temple Beth Israel volunteers Susan Morin, Elise Galinsky, Evelyn Maurer, Doris Kaplan and Sandie Cutler-Cohen Rosh Hashanah program on September 25 at Temple Beth Israel. over the challah and food. The group was extremely thankful With his sense of humor and insightful wisdom, stories from Hasidic teachings and appreciative to The Jewish Fedwere presented to the group. He guided eration of Sarasota-Manatee and its the audience to think about the meaning donors. We thank Rabbi Katz, Temple Beth of this holiday and its spiritual content. The explanations were translated by Israel clergy and its volunteers for helpIrina Oykerman, our liaison and bridge ing run this program. And a special to the Russian Jewish community. She thank you to the Oykerman family.

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FEDERATION NEWS 5A November 2011

November 2011


Israel needs you now more than ever By Rabbi Howard A. Simon, Chair of the Robert and Esther Heller Israel Advocacy Initiative 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: Website: Published Monthly Volume 41, Number 11 November 2011 44 pages in two sections USPS Permit No. 167 December 2011 Issue Deadlines: Editorial: October 25, 2011 Advertising: November 1, 2011 PRESIDENT Nelle Miller 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 JOSEPH J. EDLIN JOURNALISM INTERN Haven Miller MISSION STATEMENT: The Jewish News of Sarasota-Manatee strives to be the source of news and features of special interest to the Jewish community of Sarasota-Manatee, to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and opinions in the Jewish community, and to communicate the mission, activities and achievements of the Federation and its Jewish community partners. OPINIONS printed in the Jewish News of Sarasota-Manatee do not necessarily reflect those of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, its Board of Directors or staff. SUBMISSIONS to the Jewish News are subject to editing for space and content, and may be withheld from publication without prior notice. Approval of submissions for publication in either verbal or written form shall always be considered tentative, and does not imply a guarantee of any kind. Submissions must be sent electronically to LETTERS to the editor should not exceed 300 words, must be typed, and include the writer’s name, mailing address and phone number. Letters can be submitted via snail mail or e-mail ( Not all letters will be published. Letters may be edited for length and content. ADVERTISING: Publisher reserves the right to refuse any advertisement and may require the words “Paid Advertisement” in any ad. Publication of advertisements does not constitute endorsement of products, services or ideas promoted therein.

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he headlines have been ominous, acquiescing to the “we hate Israel” camever so ominous. The worry that paign of Iran? exists in every city of Israel is Accept the fact that all of the above like none seen in decades. Today our are possible. None is desired, but all people face more threats than they have could happen, thus isolating our people in years. We cannot turn our and our land in the backs on this reality. We must most upsetting manrespond in the most positive ner. In the face of such manner possible. The time is possibilities what are now. the concerns are urgent, we to do? and the feeling of loneliness First and foreis felt by one and all in Israel. most, realize that we, Consider the following questhe Jewish community tions, then determine what of Sarasota-Manatee, your response will be. have a voice. We need What if the new governto raise that voice as ment of Egypt responds to the we urge our governRabbi Howard A. Simon anti-Israel sentiments in the ment to remember country and decides to break the Camp that Israel is the most trusted ally of the David peace treaty with Israel to placate United States in the entire Middle East. Arab anti-Israel sentiment? What would We must implore President Obama, happen if Turkey sent warships to Gaza Congress, state and local authorities in defiance of Israel’s blockade as to respect the commitments that have Prime Minister Erdogan has threatened been made to Israel, as we make clear to do? What if the struggle currently our country’s support of Israel to Eutaking place in Syria results in toppling rope, Africa, Asia and especially to the the regime of Bashar Assad and a more emerging governments resulting from pro-Arab, pro-Hezbollah, pro-Hamas the Arab Spring. leadership takes over that wishes to sevRealize these changes in the Mider all connections with Israel? What if dle East can be ever so positive. If all Iran is successful in spreading its hatred parties work together with Israel, they of Israel to the newly arising govern- can grow in the most productive manments in the Arab world who look for ner possible. It will not be easy, but acceptance and choose to find it by with the support of the United States,

it can be achieved. We Jews of Florida and throughout the country must make our position clear. We want a safe and secure Israel. We want an Israel that is an accepted partner in the rebuilding of the Middle East. We want an Israel that continues to receive the respect and admiration of the United States. Call your congressmen and write letters to the president. See to it that you reach out to men and women on both sides of the congressional aisle. Speak your mind. Speak from your heart. Show Israel and the world how much you care. And do one more thing – visit Israel. You, your family and your friends need to be in Israel to show our support for our people and our land, to let our brothers and sisters know they are not alone. See Israel and realize how vital this country is to our people, to the United States and to the world. To learn about how you can get involved with the Heller IAI, please visit or contact Geneve Kallins at or 941.371.4546 x105.

Emotional Heller IAI Town Hall meeting Staff Report


he Federation’s Heller Israel Advocacy Initiative program is thrilled to report that in conjunction with the Board of Rabbis, a Town hall meeting was held on Monday, September 12, and proved to be a great success! The crowd was a mix of both conservative and liberal Jews. In addition, some Christians were in attendance, as were several younger individuals in their late 20s and early 30s. The panel included Rabbi Jonathan Katz, Rabbi Larry Mahrer, Rabbi Howard A. Simon, Rabbi Harold Caminker and Rich Bergman. Rabbi Simon moderated the event and commentated on important issues facing Israel. Issues of focus included Nuclear Iran, Persecution of Christians in Muslim countries, Durban III and BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement). His moving speech stressed the importance and urgent need to support Israel, despite everyone’s personal politics. Rich Bergman was informative, eloquent and professional, focusing on Radical Islam, the Muslim Brotherhood and Sharia law. Both Rabbi Mahrer and Rabbi Katz discussed U.S. policy and Iran’s role in the Arab Spring and what it might mean for Israel. This prompted the audience to speculate about Israel’s future and how they might become more involved in her advocacy.

Audience members showed great participation and interest in the program and panel members, asking questions that were thought-provoking and engaging as well as controversial at times. Some of the more provocative questions were: “How can you support J-Street when the principal financier of that organization is George Soros, who is very anti-Israel”? “Why do so many rabbis criticize our relationship with the Evangelic Christians? Don’t they realize their loyalty to Israel and the fact that Israel needs their friendship and support?” Closing remarks were made by Rich Bergman and Rabbi Simon regarding actions steps to advocate for Israel and her future. Some suggestions included, attending Heller IAI events, sending

their children to Israel, writing their elected officials and staying informed. Overall, it proved to be a very interesting and successful event with most of the attendees pleased and better informed about Israel and the Middle East’s current situation. On behalf of the Heller IAI program, thank you to all who participated and attended the event. We hope you enjoyed the program and welcome any of your thoughts and input for future Heller IAI events. Please look for upcoming Heller IAI events – a great way to stay informed and advocate for Israel! Up next, on Tuesday, November 1, is Brigadier General Ephraim Segolie, who will discuss the IDF and Gilad Shalit, and give an Israel update with specific focus on the development of conflicts and terror organizations.

Town Hall panel members: Rabbi Jonathan Katz, Rabbi Larry Mahrer, Rich Bergman, Rabbi Howard A. Simon, Rabbi Harold Caminker

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thought I was prepared. I had seen and human nature. I will never forget so many movies and read so many the things I experienced and I vowed books. I’d heard countless survivors to myself and the six million who pertell their stories, but nothing could have ished, that I will tell as many people as prepared me for the sights I was going I can about the horrors I encountered in Poland. to see. Throughout the trip I kept a journal. On April 27, I left the United States and flew straight to Warsaw, Poland. I Here are a few of the passages I wrote. May 2, 2011: Today is the day we was traveling with 150 teenagers from Florida, Georgia and Texas, along with are going to march. I can’t believe this four teens from New Zealand. Travel- day has finally come. It feels like I ing with us were 12 staff members and have been waiting my entire life for this precise moment in time. And now five Holocaust survivors. The name of the trip was the March it’s over. I marched with seven thouof the Living. Seven thousand Jew- sand teens, but even though we are ish teens from all over the world trav- from all over the world, we have one el to both Poland and Israel for two major thing in common – we are all weeks. The trip includes a march from Jewish. When we got to Auschwitz I to Birkenau Auschwitz, everywhere – the largest concentraI looked I saw blue tion camp built by the jackets. The idea that Nazis during WWII – everyone around me on Holocaust Rememwas Jewish, too, made brance Day. me feel so invigorated. While I was in As we walked through Poland, I traveled to Jessica on the train tracks the “Arbeit Macht Auschwitz I and II, Treat Auschwitz-Birkenau Frei” sign (German blinka, Majdanek and Plaszow (featured in the movie Schind- for work will set you free), I smiled. I ler’s List) concentration camps, as thought to myself that it was Hitler’s well as Warsaw, Krakow and the Lodz dream to have Jews walk through that Ghetto. These places taught me lessons sign and never come out, yet we walked that changed my views on life, love through that sign without an ounce of

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that idea alone was enough to kill them. The gas chamber smelled so strong. We could see the excess Zyclon B (gas) on the walls. It looked like blue chalk. I put my hand against the wall and imagined how many other women touched this spot in the last few seconds of their lives. At that moment I made a promise to those women that I will share this story with as many people as I can. Poland taught me that anything is possible. The idea that a human being could put other human beings into gas chambers, listen to them scream for 30 minutes as they take their last breathes of air, drag them out into fields and then light them on fire, is a horror that is well beyond the realm of my imagination. Literally, you have to see it to believe it. I’m convinced that people are capable of anything no matter how cruel it may be. went to Israel last summer for the first time with the Bob Malkin Young Ambassadors through the Federation. That trip made me realize why Israel is called the Jewish state. I never felt that close to Hashem or Judaism, and for the first time in a foreign country I felt like I was home. But I kept hearing statements like what would happen if there was no Jewish state? What might happen to the Jews? I honestly didn’t know how to answer that question until the march. Going from Poland to Jessica in Jerusalem Israel answered on Independence Day my questions. I realized that Israel will welcome you whether you’re Reform or Conservative, Orthodox or Hasidic. To the people of Israel, you are one of their brothers and sisters. On Independence Day, I could look to my right or left, up or down, and see Star of David after Star of David. Another thing I learned on the March is that although Israel is a small country, it is strong and brave. Israel will defend any Jew and they will stop at nothing. Israel is our home and we need to defend it as well. Am Yisrael Chai!


Jessica’s trip was funded by Anne and Dr. Barry Stein and The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. For more information about March of the Living 2012, please contact Orna Nissan at 941.371.4546 x104 or onissan@

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hen I was in high school, I “I respect and honor all faiths,” he did everything I could to assured me. “But I cannot join you there distance myself from my until you know more about your own Judaism. It wasn’t intentional really, or religion and understand that much of at least that’s what I told myself. I was what you seek elsewhere can be found “searching” for my true identity, trying in your own backyard.” to find meaning in a world where lip I was disappointed in his Wizard gloss and football games of Oz response but let it dominated the high school drop. After all, he was scene and being Jewish the rabbi. was definitely NOT “in.” And he was right. Oddly enough, I For in my first year of turned to every other recollege in a comparative ligion but Judaism in my religion class, I encounquest for understanding. I tered Jewish philosospent nights studying the phers like Mendelsohn, New Testament with my Buber and Heschel; great friends at a local Christian Jewish thinkers who coffee house and joined a challenged me to reflect Unitarian peace group that more, experience more Amy Hirshberg Lederman protested against apartheid and do more as a Jew. and the Vietnam War. I read books like And as I began to explore and unravel Siddhartha and started writing poetry, the ideas that make Judaism what it is, I ala Kahlil Gibran. I thought the answer saw its beauty and wisdom – not just in to all my problems, from prom anxiety to its uniformity with other faiths but in its world peace, was Universal Everything. unique differences. Unity of purpose, unity of thought, uniI became aware that what makes ty of peoples, unity of faith. I became Judaism so unique is that it is a religion so convinced of this that I even invited which is not bound by a single catechism my rabbi to a Bahai fireside meeting, to or creed. While we have statements which he graciously declined. of belief like Maimonides’ Thirteen

A boy’s Yom Kippur dilemma By Sabrina Silverberg


am Silverberg had a dilemma. He loved football and he loved the Southeast Seminoles, his high school football team. In fact, he loved it so much that he volunteered his time every Friday during football season to serve as the team’s statistician. He would help coach Paul Maechtle  take stats and measure the yards, and he had a great time doing so. But this year something was terribly wrong. When Sam received the team’s annual calendar in September,  his heart sank. The homecoming football game and the following festivities and dance were scheduled for Yom Kippur! You see, Sam loved football, but Judaism was his life.  Sam grew up in the circle of the Jewish community in Sarasota and Manatee, and his life revolved  around everything Jewish. He had gone to the JCC preschool, followed by  Hebrew school, Bar Mitzvah,  Jewish summer camp, BBYO, confirmation, Bob Malkin Young Ambassadors... the list goes on and on. His best friend was Jewish and he seriously  considered becoming a rabbi when he grew up.  Sam knew that personally he had no choice about homecoming. He would spend Yom Kippur at temple with his family, and fast as he did since he was 12. Somehow, that did not make him feel better.  He knew that the school’s decision to schedule homecoming on Yom Kippur was just wrong. It wasn’t a question of minority or majority, it was a matter of principle and he knew that he had to take a stand. He was determined to do all he could to get that date changed! The following day, Sam spoke to his Athletic Director, coach Maechtle. His coach was supportive and he helped

Sam put together a meeting to address his concerns. The meeting lasted two hours and included the school’s principal, the Athletic Director, a teacher and Sam. The School’s administration was sympathetic to Sam’s plea, but at the end of the meeting he was given two choices. He could be absent from the game and be excused from his duties or he could attend the game and “we can celebrate Yom Kippur at the game, Sam, if you would like.” Sam left the meeting in turmoil and he let his feelings get the best of him. He was grasping for a way to be heard. He used a teacher’s phone without permission and called channel 13 to report his story. He was caught using the phone and was put on a two-day in-school suspension and was given his first ever referral. But Sam did not give up. He continued to talk to anyone who would listen about the insensitivity of scheduling homecoming on Yom Kippur. He was working on a plan to take the matter to the next level. Two days after the meeting and before he formulated his next step,  Sam got the good news. The administration had reconsidered and homecoming was moved! Sam was elated. He was happy that, at 17,  he was able to influence a decision that would have impacted so many kids in his community, present and future. He was also very grateful to coach Maechtle for supporting him and to Southeast High School’s administration for doing the right thing. “I was always taught to fight for my beliefs and that one person can make a difference. It was pretty cool how this all worked out in the end.” If you would like to contact Sam, you can reach him at samtblfan@gmail. com.

Articles of Faith, we do not have a definitive doctrine or dogma that you have to accept in order to be Jewish. Rather, Judaism provides each one of us with a multiplicity of views on every subject, regardless of whether our inquiry is about the existence of God, why bad things happen or what Jews think about abortion or homosexuality. I learned that Judaism is an actionoriented faith; one that elevates deed over creed. How we conduct ourselves in our kitchens, classrooms and businesses, the way we speak to our parents, teachers, children and friends, how we use the money, time and knowledge we have is as important as whether we pray daily, keep kosher or drive on the Sabbath. As a college girl involved in all kinds of protests to make the world a better place, these revelations helped sweep away the cobwebs of my own Jewish misconceptions and encouraged me to find new ways of living and being Jewish. Since my college days, I have grown slowly but steadily into my

Judaism like a well-worn overcoat. I have shaped its pockets with continuing questions, adjusted its collar to fit my changing needs as I have evolved from a student to attorney, wife and mother. With each age and stage of my life I am able to understand Jewish wisdom and tradition in new ways, and it is this evolving appreciation that keeps it vital and meaningful for me. And in my efforts to learn more, I have grappled not only with the meaning of sacred Jewish texts but with the meaning of life itself. Digging deep into Judaism has enabled me to find significance in the everyday things I do and has helped me live with a sense of purpose which grounds me as a daughter, wife, sister, mother and friend. And with the advent of each Jewish new year, I welcome the continuing opportunities to learn more to help me become a better, more complete person.

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Remembering Kristallnacht By Dr. Helen N. Fagin


eventy-three years ago, on November 8, 1938, in the space of a few hours, hundreds of synagogues, Jewish businesses and homes were damaged or destroyed in Germany’s cities and towns. The pretext for this violence was the November 7, 1938 assassination of a German diplomat, Ernst von Rath, in Paris, by a Jewish teenager whose parents, along with 17,000 other Polish Jews had been expelled from Nazi Germany and deposited at the Polish border. The pogroms that followed were calculated acts of violent retaliation carried out by the local Nazi party and aided by local German residents. Within a few days, storm troopers killed over 100 Jews and injured many more. About 30,000 German Jews were arrested and transported to newly-prepared Nazi concentration camps – Dachau, Buchenwald and Sachsenhausen – where hundreds died within weeks of their arrival. Release came only after the prisoners arranged to emigrate or agreed to transfer their property to “Aryans.” Kristallnacht signaled the beginning of a fateful process which would culminate with the solving of “the Jewish question” at the infamous Wansee Conference in January 1942. It was at this conference that the decisions for the final solution (the annihilation of European Jewry) were made under the leadership of the same SS men, Heidrich and Himmler, who had earlier expedited the Kristallnacht pogroms. Thus, the events of Kristallnacht are the direct precursors of the eventual murder of six million European Jews, and the total annihilation of European Jewish communities. Some may question why observe, here and now, an event which had occurred even before the beginning of WWII and before the United States’ involvement in the war.

The answer is that we remember Kristallnacht because it represents an event in the history of persecution of the Jewish people which links the 20th century with the historical past of antiSemitism. We must put Kristallnacht on our Jewish calendar because our entire Jewish history is based on remembrance. All our commitment to observances, whether religious or secular, has had only one constant purpose – to vouchsafe the survival of the Jewish people. Only through preserving the historical memory of our people can we secure a Jewish future and give meaning to the reason for the existence of the Jewish State of Israel. Kristallnacht is being remembered as a reminder that not only did the Nazis try to destroy the physical manifestation of Jewish life, Jewish homes, Jewish families and their synagogues, but they also tried to eradicate the image of the Jews as a people, as a culture and as a civilization. They did not succeed! The Jewish people remember. And it is this Jewish characteristic of memory that represents the ”historical glue” which has kept us alive as a people, and gave us the stubborn consciousness of Jewish peoplehood, of Jewish history and of Jewish belonging throughout the ages. Jews must remember – through the many centuries of persecution and acts of blind hatred and modern anti-Semitism. We must remember Kristallnacht, as we must remember the Holocaust, the twentieth century event which has become the paradigm for the most incomprehensible manifestation of evil in all of collective human memory. By remembering, we pay homage to the survival of the Jewish people and to the importance of the struggle for our continued presence as a people, and for the existence of Israel, the legitimate Jewish state and the only bastion of Jewish freedom.

Please join us on Wednesday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m. on the Federation campus to commemorate Kristallnacht (the Night of Broken Glass), considered by many as the beginning of the systematic persecution of the Jews by the Nazis. Kristallnacht symbolizes how a Holocaust can begin, and the devastating effect that both racism and political apathy can have on a world community. The event, organized by the Generations After group, will include relevant readings, music from the Sarasota Jewish Chorale, and the film The Night of Broken Glass: The November 1938 Pogroms (2008). The film reveals, through rare footage and documents, the background of Nazi-orchestrated anti-Semitic violence that is shown to have been largely accepted by the German public. This event is free, but registration is required at For more information about Holocaust programs, please contact Orna Nissan at 941.371.4546 x104 or

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November 2011


Practicing joyful Judaism

Education Corner By Flora Oynick


ur attitude toward being Jewish has a large impact on our children’s attitudes towards being

Jewish. Many Jews in the world feel a loyalty to Judaism. We belong to synagogues, support Jewish organizations or give money to Israel. We also keep some Jewish traditions and we hope that our children will do the same. Jewish identity is a big and serious part of our lives. While Jews have obligations and responsibilities, we are meant to live happy – even joyous – lives. In ancient

Israel, one of the highlights of the year was the holiday of Sukkot. The Talmud states that whoever did not see this rejoicing, “never saw a celebration.” Being joyous is a theme that runs throughout our tradition. In terms of parenting, living life as a “loyal but unhappy about it” Jew is a recipe for disaster. As human beings we go to great efforts to do what we find enjoyable and avoid activities that we don’t enjoy. If we want our children to “stay Jewish” we need to help them enjoy being Jewish. Engaging in fun Jewish activities such as singing, dancing, doing art projects, cooking or storytelling will help children understand that being Jewish is a joy and a privilege, and should be lived that way. One of the easiest and most engaging ways to teach a lesson, a specific value, or to begin an engaging and fun conversation with our children about almost any subject in Judaism, is through storytelling. What can Jewish storytelling offer? Children have an innate love of stories. Stories create magic and a sense of wonder about the world. Stories teach

Sol Laufer – 83-year-old Bar Mitzvah “boy” By Beverly R. Newman, Ed.D. s the tears flooded my eyes, I “Nothing is usual” for them, as Sol puts felt the greatest pride in our it. His entire family perished in the Nazi Jewish people and in the Bar death grip, but here he stood, handsome Mitzvah “boy,” 83 years old, chanting and strong, as a living witness to the worst of mankind’s his Haftorah for the first malice and the best time in a life interrupted of Divine benefiby Nazi atrocities. cence. Surrounded Sol Laufer never had by his large, loving this sacred rite of passage family, Sol is testain a shul at the age of 13. ment to the love of But seven decades later, G-d for His beloved he represented every Jew, People. proclaiming “that the NaSol is also testazis did not destroy me or Sol and Sadie Laufer ment to the love of a my people. They did not destroy my spirit, my self-esteem, or husband for his wife, Sadie, who made Sol’s Bar Mitzvah at Chabad of Saramy Faith.” A Holocaust survivor is special. sota a holy mission for herself. Mission I learned that firsthand from my dad. accomplished, Sadie and Sol!


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emple Beth Israel members Dr. Joseph Klein and Ursula Pearson both celebrate centennial birthdays this fall. A pediatrician for more than 40 years in Wilkes-Barre and Kingston, Pennsylvania, Dr. Klein served in the U.S. Medical Corps in India during World War II following medical school at the University of Michigan. He was a beloved Chief of Pediatrics at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital from 1950 to 1970. Married to wife Shirley for 73 years, Dr. Klein still enjoys driving, collecting American art and passionately rooting for the Michigan Wolverines. In celebration of his birthday, Dr. Klein, who turned 100 on October 3, will ride horses at an Arizona dude ranch with members of his family. Ursula Pearson celebrates her 100th


birthday on November 12. Born and raised in New Haven, Connecticut, she majored in French at Smith College and studied abroad in France. She later earned a Masters in Romance Languages at Yale. While vacationing in Miami in February 1936, she met her husband, Julius, a cardiologist. They married five months later. Julius became the first Jewish member of the American College of Physicians in Florida. During WWII, when her husband served overseas in India and Asia, Ursula taught high school in New Haven. They both returned to Miami in 1946 and moved to the Sarasota area following Julius’s retirement in 1967. A resident of the Sarasota Bay Club, Ursula remains an active member of the community.

us about life, about ourselves and about others. Storytelling is a unique way for children to develop an understanding, respect and appreciation for other cultures, and can promote a positive attitude towards people with different ideas, traditions and religious observance. Here’s an example from One Hundred and One Read-Aloud Jewish Stories: Ten-Minute Readings From the World’s Best-Loved Jewish Literature, edited and retold by Barbara Diamond Goldin. The House That Expanded A farmer, his wife, and their seven children all lived together in their small, crowded hut. “What shall we do?” cried the exasperated wife. “There’s hardly room to breathe!” “Let’s ask the rabbi’s advice,” suggested the farmer. To their surprise, the rabbi told them to bring their three chickens into the hut. The chickens’ squawking was unbearable as was their flying about bumping into everyone. “Rabbi, the situation is worse! Now what should we do?” asked the farmer. “Bring your goats into the hut,” he replied.

The two goats ate the tablecloth and the pile of laundry waiting to be washed. “Good heavens, Rabbi,” cried the wife, “the situation is even worse! Now what should we do?” “You must bring Batya the cow into your hut.” Now the parents and children could not even all squeeze into their own home. When Batya kicked over the baby’s cradle, they all had enough. “Rabbi, Rabbi, what should we do now? Could anything be worse?” The rabbi told them, “Remove the chickens, goats and cow, and your problem will be solved.” They did; it was! Through a simple story we have a conversation about being more grateful. Each day we can set the goal to notice one new thing to be thankful for. This adds up quickly, and in a small amount of time, you’ll realize how much we all have to be grateful for. Storytelling can become a family tradition. It is an activity that comes along with bringing joyful Judaism. Flora Oynick is the Justin Lee Wiesner Preschool Assistant Director and Paver Religious School Director

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November is National Caregiver Support Month: JFCS is there so caregivers don’t have to do it alone! By Andria Keil Bilan, JFCS VP of Development


re you caring for a spouse or a partner with Alzheimer’s Disease? You are not alone. It is estimated that 1 in 18 people in Sarasota is impacted by dementia. The Sarasota Caregiver Counseling and Support Program (SCCSP) is a federally funded program through the U. S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration on Aging, which targets the needs of caregivers in Sarasota who are caring for a partner with Alzheimer’s Disease or Alzheimer’s Related Dementia.  The goals of the SCCSP is to provide knowledge and support to caregivers and their families to reduce caregiver stress, increase coping skills to manage daily challenges, and provide ongoing support through connections to local resources. Access to this program is available by calling the Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JFCS) Caregiver Help Line at 941.364.7560. A caregiver’s personal story Retiring to Sarasota in 1998, Marv and Barbara Rosen immediately embraced their new community, becoming active members at Temple Sinai, golfing together at Stoneybrook Golf & Country Club, playing duplicate bridge, subscribing to Florida Studio Theatre and taking extended vacations to visit their children and grandchildren.

Seven years ago, Bob Applebaum recruited Marv and Barbara as JFCS Festival & Shabbat Volunteers. Together, they would conduct monthly Shabbat services and lead High Holy Day and Festival services for Chanukah, Purim and Passover at local nursing homes and assisted living facilities. It was a life they loved – spending time together and serving the community! Then, three years ago, their lives changed forever when Barbara was diagnosed with Transcortical Sensory Aphasia, a form of semantic dementia, severely impacting her neurological, memory and ambulatory abilities. “At first I was in denial and then became overwhelmed and depressed,” stated Marv. “I was now the caregiver and tried to do it alone. That was a huge mistake! Fortunately, my friends and family intervened and told me to get professional help, including services provided by JFCS.” Marv attended the JFCS-sponsored Caregiver Support Group facilitated by Susan Siegel on Wednesday mornings. “Hearing from other caregivers what they are facing allowed me to get a sense of what lay ahead for us. The group was so supportive and took the guilt away. I quickly realized I was not alone,” added Marv.

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Marv attends the JFCS Caregiver Support Group two to three times a month. He brings Barbara to JFCS to participate in the Friday Activity Group and luncheon sponsored by the Ann & Alfred Goldstein Foundation. Looking to the future, Marv is now exploring with JFCS Resource Specialist, Kathy Bernal, options for providing quality care to Barbara when he is no longer able to care for her at home. “It was important for me to tell our story because this can happen to anyone. And if just one other family turns to JFCS for help, then I have performed a mitzvah! I can’t emphasize enough

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Joy in the shadow of dementia?


arasota author Susan Garbett over. The author learned that with Alztalks about her Shabbat walks heimer’s, the first things in are the last with her father as being one of things out. “You don’t have to have a her fondest childhood memories. To- great memory to have a great time.” Her gether they shared laughter and conver- book illustrates how she used Judaism sation about growing up in Baltimore, to keep her father engaged, which also living through the Great Depression strengthened the bond between them. and World War II. Woven within the story are strate“Growing up, my dad was my pro- gies, interventions and communication tector, provider, counselor, role model skills which Garbett personally used to and teacher. He taught me bring joy, preserve her facompassion, generosity, forther’s dignity and enhance giveness and a love of Judahis quality of life. Written ism. He was the man who in a conversational style most influenced my life, and that is easy to read and although only five foot eight, understand, Susie and Me he was a giant to me.” Days is a guide for careAfter witnessing her fagivers, families and prother’s decline and struggle fessionals as they cope with vascular dementia and day-to-day. Alzheimer’s, Susan Garbett Richard Mayeux, became passionate about unM.D., Chief of Neurology Susan Garbett derstanding this disease and at New York Presbyterian the devastating toll it has on caregiv- Hospital at Columbia, best summed ers and families. This passion led her up what our country is facing when he to become a volunteer support group said, “We have a tsunami coming at us, facilitator for the Alzheimer’s Associa- and we’re sitting in a rowboat.” Former tion, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, and Director of the Copper Ridge Institute to write Susie and Me Days: Joy in the Alva Baker, M.D. says Susie and Me Shadow of Dementia. Days is relevant to the life of every Titled after her visits with her dad, American as the world faces the realSusie and Me Days vividly describes ity of the demographics of aging. Ms. the unexpected gifts one can receive if Garbett has the knack of leading the caregivers have the capacity to let go of reader to experience the feelings engenany negative thinking about what once dered by “reading between the lines,” was, or what could have been, in order unlocking a far-too-often unrecognized to embrace what is happening “in the personal idenmoment.” Garbett believes that by en- tification with tering their world, caregivers have the love and loss opportunity to create gratifying experi- e x p e r i e n c e d ences for and with their loved ones. The by others. This possibilities are endless and the rewards c o m b i n a t i o n can be incredible. She says, “Some- of fact and hutimes all is needed is to be there, to hold manity creates a superb text, a hand or give a hug.” A rich Jewish theme permeates the one that will not narrative. “My father, a Kohen, took the leave the reader obligation of blessing our congrega- untouched. Susie and Me Days: Joy in the tion very seriously. The anxiety of possibly making a mistake because of his Shadow of Dementia was published memory decline forced him to give up by Parquetry Press in Sarasota, Florida chanting the priestly blessing, leading (ISBN 978-0-9824611-6-7, paperback, our family seder, or even accepting an $15.95). It is available online and in aliyah in synagogue.” His faith brought bookstores nationwide, through Amahim so much joy throughout his life, and zon as a Kindle e-book, and from www. Susan believes it also helped him bet- The author plans ter cope with the changes he underwent to donate a portion of the proceeds from as his health deteriorated – changes he this book to the Alzheimer’s Associacouldn’t understand and had no control tion.

LOCAL NEWS November 2011 11A

November 2011


JFCS program targets area veterans and their families

Kobernick Anchin residents recreate the Western Wall

By Andria Keil Bilan, JFCS VP of Development

esidents at Kobernick Anchin bright colors, brand names and logos celebrated the High Holy Days that appeared on most of the boxes. with a special project, conceived Next, assisted living and skilled nursand supervised by resident Rabbi Bar- ing care residents used sponges and plastic pieces to stipple brown and tan bara Aiello. Independent and assisted living, paint to simulate the texture of bricks memory support unit, and skilled nurs- and stones. Independent living resiing home residents all helped create a replica of Jerusalem’s Western Wall. The activity was part of The Rabbi’s Mitzvah Club, where residents engage in projects designed to make the world a better place. Staff and residents contributed nearly 100 shoeboxes that would beDirector of Maintenance Chris Edenfield come the “bricks” of the and Rabbi Barbara Aiello assemble the “bricks” wall. Activities Director April Moschini collected the boxes and dents added delicate touches of glitter organized the three-part process to cre- glue to represent the sun shining on the ate the bricks. Memory unit residents wall. Some residents participated in all applied white latex paint to cover the three phases.  Just prior to the Selichot service, residents wrote and placed their prayers into the wall they had created. After Yom Kippur, the prayers were sent to Israel, where someone will place them into the actual Western Wall. “This project  helped our residents feel close to their Jewish traditions that originated in  their ancient homeland,” Rabbi Aiello said. “The theme of the Jewish New  Year includes  a renewed focus on prayer as a way to enhance one’s spiritual life, and  the creation of Staff member Peggy Weissenborn assists the Kotel is a hands-on way to give resident Carolyn Rankin with placing her prayer into the Wall residents that opportunity.”


n 2007, a three-year grant was awarded to Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JFCS) to develop and implement the Operation Military Assistance Program (O-MAP) through BRAIVE funding received from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation. O-MAP was designed to support the efforts of nonprofit organizations that provide services to active and former military personnel connected with the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. A new $516,670 Supportive Services for Veteran Families grant from the U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs allows JFCS to expand its targeted O-MAP to veterans and military families in Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties. The enhanced O-MAP services will focus on case management, securing affordable permanent housing, supportive services and emergency financial assistance. The goal is to prevent homelessness or re-house recently homeless veterans and their families, and provide access to community resources including coordination of VA and public benefits in order to improve their independent living skills. Veteran Peer Advocates will conduct outreach to community organizations throughout the tri-county area to identify eligible participants and provide a direct hand in assisting veterans to obtain supportive services. Peer Advocates will literally walk alongside veterans and their families as they address challenges related to homeless

prevention. Homelessness Case Managers will ensure each participant develops an individualized self-sufficiency plan, help negotiate affordable permanent housing, assist with employment issues, and ensure other services and supports that frequently result in homelessness are addressed. Case management services will continue for a period of at least six months after a self-sufficiency service plan is in place. JFCS will coordinate supportive services by working collaboratively with the following local organizations: CareerEdge, Legal Aid of Manasota, Manasota Operation Troop Support, Sarasota County Veterans Services, American Red Cross, Florida Veterans for Common Sense, Sarasota County Veterans Commission, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Florida National Guard/Family Programs, Military Officers Association of America/ Sarasota Chapter, Children First, and Sarasota County Government. Vengroff, Williams & Associates will offer emergency, transitional and permanent housing for low-income families. As we prepare to honor our service men and women on November 11, Veterans Day, you can help by becoming a volunteer in the O-MAP program. JFCS is seeking veterans to serve as volunteer mentors offering peer support to Operation MAP participants. For more information, please call Chip Taylor, Operation MAP Coordinator, at 941.366.2224.

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For the Elliotts and their community, Breast Cancer Awareness Month is deeply personal By Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman


or Sarasota’s Elliott family, Oc- tion; and the entire family took part in tober was about more than the the Race for the Cure. Jewish holidays. It was also “As a family, it is amazing,” Shari said. “When we have Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the month they cheered on Rob in doing the would once again parthree-day walk, we walked side by side with him into ticipate in local events to benefit those fighting the the pit stops. The boys also handed out candy to the othdisease. Shari and Rob Elliott, er walkers. They were proud and their sons Jordan and as they were doing their part Justin, are familiar facto help fight cancer.” Fighting cancer holds es at these events. Last The Elliott family at the month, Rob participated great meaning for the Elliott 3-Day for the Cure for the fourth time in the family; Shari was diagnosed 3-Day for the Cure, walking 60 miles with breast cancer in 1997, and with to raise money for the Komen Founda- metastatic cancer in 2009. Living with

cancer has deeply affected Shari’s family as well as her community at Temple Emanu-El. Jordan and Justin attend Temple Emanu-El Religious School, which recently earmarked students’ tzedakah donations to support the Elliotts’ involvement in Race for the Cure. “The tzedakah just made me cry!” Shari said. “The temple has been incredible. They have always made us feel welcomed and loved. “Going through this illness has made me feel a closeness with God,” she added. “The temple is our home away from home.”

The Elliotts enjoyed a family getaway this year to Paradise Ranch

Benderson Family Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Facility receives Medicare/Medicaid Certification


taff members at Benderson Family Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Facility have been busy lately welcoming residents home. After two full days under the state’s microscope, the facility, which is part of the Kobernick Anchin retirement campus, received Medicare/Medicaid Certification and now may accept residents who rely on government funding. Now, residents of Kobernick House and Anchin Pavilion may age in place and never have to leave home when and

if they require skilled nursing care. And anyone who needs care may apply. Cherryl Chmielewski, Director of Clinical Service, was thrilled she had the opportunity to put her dream team together – all professionals she has worked with or known during her career. “This is the culmination of one dream and the beginning of a new one,” she said. Facility administrator Fred Grady beamed as he spoke about the nursing home. “We are one of only about

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ewish Family & Children’s Service (JFCS) has many wonderful volunteer opportunities for community involvement. Volunteers serve as mentors or tutors for at-risk students; offer a spiritual connection as a Bikkur Cholim Para-chaplain; and reach out to homebound isolated seniors as Friendly Visitors. To learn about the many volunteer options at JFCS, please plan to attend the Annual Volunteer Fair on Tuesday, November 8 from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at the main campus, 2688 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to speak about their experience and

answer questions. Light refreshments will be served. Bring a friend or two! A New Volunteer Orientation will be held the following Monday, November 14 at 10:30 a.m. This workshop will provide an introduction to the JFCS leadership, present an overview of JFCS programs, and give volunteers valuable tools and information to make the most of their very important role. To attend any of these volunteer events, contact Tara Booker, Director of Volunteer Services & Community Outreach, at 941.366.2224 x143 or

See page 28A and the Jewish Happenings section for the November schedule of the Federation’s second annual Jewish Book Festival.

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November 2011


Temple Beth Israel’s “Live from NY’s 92nd Street Y™”


emple Beth Israel’s (TBI) “Live” from NY’s 92nd Street Y program continues on Monday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m., when an impressive panel will assemble to discuss issues raised in the documentary Iranium – a stinging indictment of the current Iranian regime. Panelists include former U.S. Ambassador John R. Bolton; Ethan Bronner, Jerusalem bureau chief for The New York Times; Richard Perle, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute; Nazie Eftekhari, director for the Iran Democratic Union; Alex Traiman, director of Iranium; and Richard Green, executive director of the Clarion Fund.

On Monday, November 28 at 8:15 p.m., TBI’s “Live” program will feature “Finding a Lost Tribe of Israel: The Bnei Menashe of India.” Moderator Michael Freund will share the remarkable story of The Bnei Menashe (Hebrew for “sons

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hursday, December 1 marks the launching of N’shei Chabad Women’s Rosh Chodesh Society’s newest course, “Portrait of a Woman: Seven Dimensions of the Feminine Mystique.” The seven-session course will draw from a broad spectrum of mystical and classical Jewish texts to illuminate each of these feminine powers, providing intellectually stimulating and motivational sessions of personal relevance to all women. The course, led by Sara Steinmetz, is designed for people at all levels of Jewish knowledge and is open

to women of all Jewish backgrounds. In addition to the class, each session also includes a catered lunch and challah making. In addition to enhancing each participant’s Shabbat table, Loaves of Love is an opportunity for women to make a challah for elderly who are homebound or in nursing homes. The cost for attending the entire seven-session course is $99, or $18 for women joining for one session. To register or sponsor a session, please call the Chabad of Sarasota office at 941.925.0770.

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SaBra Hadassah programs GulfsidePalm ORT chapter By Lucy Lapides invests in education


aBra Hadassah Chapter is happy luncheon and meeting at 11:30 a.m. in to announce its November sched- the Zell Room on the Federation camule. On Sunday, November 6, pus at 580 McIntosh Avenue in Saranew and prospective members are invit- sota. Members, associates and guests ed to a brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 are welcome. Hospitality Chair Nancy p.m., at the Lakewood Ranch Town Hall Mizrahi (941.359.0968) will arrange at 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. It will for the lovely luncheon. Please contact be a tasty way to see old friends and to her or Jackie Gilden (941.359.0941) to get to meet new ones. Whether you are let them know you will be attending. new to our area, or have lived here for a while and want to get involved now, we embrace you. Please contact Elaine Sandler at 941.359.2929 or Carol Rosenberg at 941.907.9015 for further information. SaBra Hadassah’s regular monthly meeting will be made special on Thursday, November 10, as Rabbi Brenner Glickman of Temple Emanu-El will speak Rabbi Brenner Glickman with Hadassah members to the group. Join them for a Jackie Gilden and Hinda Elwyn

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owhere else will you get as tance of social and communal responsigood a return on your invest- bility, as well as Jewish continuity. For ment as you will when you many students, ORT is the only connecinvest in education. A pizza party was tion to their Jewish heritage – through held in September to thank those from heritage classes, studying Hebrew, culthe GulfsidePalm ORT chapter who filled tural activities and more. For more information about Gulftheir ORT tzedakah boxes. Their support for ORT America impacts many and sidePalm ORT chapter, please call Sylvia Gross at 941.359.9911 or Alice reaps benefits for generations to come. Every dollar that comes in endows Cotman at 941.359.6451. ORT students in 55 countries with what they need to succeed, from basic textbooks to well-trained teachers. An ORT education is not restricted to books and computers. ORT teaches its Sheila Rosenthal, Phil Silverstein, Kim Sheintal, Myra Dasher, students the impor- Marlies Gluck-Upton and Alice Cotman are happy to invest in education

Sholom Aleichem coming to Temple Sinai


he Asolo Repertory Theatre Guild Players will be presenting The High School, the third play from The World of Sholom Aleichem, at the Sinai Men’s Club (SMC) special Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, December 4 at 9:00 a.m. The author is considered to be one of the great Yiddish storytellers. The High School focuses on a

Jewish merchant who is cajoled by his loving but somewhat pushy wife to help prepare their teenage son for high school. However, in Czarist Russia, the schools have severe quotas designed to prevent Jews from attending. Even with good grades and bribes, the boy is denied admittance. The family moves from city to city searching for a school that will give him the education

he deserves. The Sinai Men’s Club invites you to attend this special event which benefits the Asolo Guild Players program to bring theatre to Sarasota’s children. The cost is $10 per person. To reserve, please send your check, payable

to SMC, prior to November 28, to Harvey Sussman, 4420 65th Terrace East, Sarasota, FL 34243, with “December Breakfast” notated on the check. Temple Sinai is located at 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge, off Proctor between Beneva and Swift Roads in Sarasota.

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November 2011


“We Are Family” at Celebration 2012


emple Beth Sholom Schools’ (TBSS) Celebration of Imagination Steering Committee is delighted to announce this year’s event. With an inviting theme, “We Are Family,” Celebration will be held Saturday, February 4, 2012 at Michael’s On East. A fun and elegant evening of dinner, cocktails, live and silent auctions, and dancing, Celebration is the biggest fundraiser for Temple Beth Sholom Schools. These schools include the Justin Lee Wiesner Preschool and the only Jewish day school in Sarasota-Manatee, Goldie Feldman Academy. Celebration is a great chance to enjoy the company

of old and new friends, bid on fantastic items, and especially support these incredible temple schools. “We are spending this year reinforcing our family values and building lasting relationships within our family and community,” Celebration of Imagination Chair Shannon Fedder stated. “We feel the people at Temple Beth Sholom Schools view themselves as a family unit.” This year’s Celebration of Imagination will again include hundreds of items donated from local area businesses. Vacation homes, family entertainment and restaurant gift certificates are among

the items that are available during the silent auction. The live auction features unique artwork that is inspired by TBSS Atelierista, Christine Fenner. With the help of all of the students at TBSS, Christine is able to create pieces that are truly phenomenal. For more information, or to learn about sponsorship or donation opportunities, please contact Shannon Fedder at 941.302.0336 or

Celebration co-chairs Shannon Fedder and Christine Fenner

Sarasota Jewish Chorale Promoting Jewish cultural literacy in Sarasota-Manatee celebrates 13th year


he Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) presents “Fascinating Facts: Exploring the Myths and Mysteries of Judaism,” a six-session course that will commence during the week of November 6. Spanning a wide range of intriguing subjects, “Fascinating Facts” includes sessions on Jewish myths and urban legends, biblical stories and events, Jewish foods, the Hebrew language, life cycle events, and mysteries of the occult. The course will address issues such as the Jewish view on Satan and the evil eye, whether angels have wings, and why pork is considered the quintessential non-kosher food. Like all JLI programs, “Fascinating

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The six week course begins the week of November 6. It will be offered at five different locations in the Sarasota-Manatee area: For Manatee County, contact Chabad of Bradenton at 941.752.3030. For Sarasota County, contact Chabad of Sarasota at 941.925.0770. For Venice & North Port, contact Chabad of Venice at 941.493.2770.

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roes, a 9/11 Remembrance.” Altos Ada Levy and Ronnie Riceberg were among the many choristers who participated at the Van Wezel Hall. The Chorale’s fall schedule includes participation in Federation’s Kristallnacht program on Wednesday, November 9. The Chorale will sing several Holocaust-related songs including And I Never Saw Another Butterfly. Other venues in the fall season include Temple Emanu-El’s Chanukah service on Friday, December 16 and the Village Walk Chanukah Party on Tuesday, December 20. For bookings with the Sarasota Jewish Chorale, call 941.492.6944 or 941.355.8011, or visit our website at

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n recognition of Veterans Day, for our country, and all they sacrifice to Temple Emanu-El is pleased to an- keep us safe. I am grateful to be able nounce its second annual Veterans to honor them, especially in a Jewish Shabbat, to be held Friday evening, context.” All Jewish veterans, regardless of November 11 at 7:30 p.m. This inspirational service will honor veterans temple affiliation, are warmly invited who served in the United States Armed to participate and to be honored in VetForces and the Israel Defense Forces. erans Shabbat. For more information, Veterans will receive a special blessing, please contact Dick Gross – a Temple as well as grateful acknowledgement Emanu-El member as well as a veteran for their brave, selfless contributions to of the Korean War – at 941.388.7899 or our nation. Patriotic prayers and music Veterans Shabbat is proudly hosted will also be featured. Last year’s inaugural Veterans by the Temple Emanu-El Membership Shabbat drew hundreds of worshippers Committee. and about 40 veterans; and the congregation is eager to repeat the event. “I found Veterans Shabbat to be so moving,” one Temple Emanu-El member stated. “I worry that we take for granted what our soldiers and Some of the honorees at last year’s Veterans Shabbat veterans have done on the Temple Emanu-El bima


Temple Sinai honors Jewish war veterans By Mark Margolis


n Veterans Day, Friday, November 11 at 7:30 p.m., Temple Sinai is having a special Shabbat service honoring Jewish War Veterans (JWV) for their bravery, heroism and dedicated service to insure freedoms for their country. Temple Sinai will specifically honor the local JWV Post 172; Stuart Krupkin, current Commander of Post 172, will be the guest speaker. The JWV was established in 1896 and holds a congressional charter. It engages in advocacy to preserve religious freedom and separation of church and state as it relates to the U.S. military, and manages the National Museum of American Jewish Military History in Washington, D.C. Local JWV Post 172 activities in-

clude advocating for veteran rights and benefits; placing a flag on the graves of all Jewish soldiers one week before Memorial Day and Veterans Day; volunteer work at local hospitals on Christmas to allow non-Jewish workers to be off; and providing awards to high schools for demonstrating Americanism. If you know of, or are, a Jewish war veteran, please come forth to be honored. Per Commander Stuart Krupkin, this includes Reservists and National Guard who were not in combat situations. Please contact Mark Margolis at 941.966.0252 with names and telephone numbers, so that all of our Jewish veterans can be a part of this special service led by Rabbi Geoff Huntting, a Vietnam veteran.

A Selichot to remember By Rena Morano


ager to prepare for the High Holidays, Bradenton’s Congregation Ner Tamid gathered for its annual Selichot Meditation Service on September 11. It was a fitting date to begin the serious task of examining our actions, and our relationships with God and our community. The central focus of the service was a Jewishly-oriented guided meditation which included blessings of thankfulness, psalms, contemplative prayers and specially selected poems to commemorate the national tragedy of September 11, 2001. Highlights of the evening included

Service leader Rena Morano, assisted by upcoming B’nai Mitzvah Peter Semonick and Avery Manevitch, dresses the Torah in its white mantle

a unique ceremony to change the Torah mantle to its holiday white coverings, followed by an invitation to each participant to commit to one new mitzvah for the coming year.

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COMMUNITY FOCUS 17A November 2011

November 2011


Venice Peace Day Celebration Shabbat Alive! returns By Judith Zangwill to Temple Emanu-El nthusiastic crowds enjoyed the and poetry contest entries.


First Annual Venice Peace Day Celebration, hosted by the Venice Interfaith Community Association in Venice Centennial Park. The Jewish Center of Venice (JCV), a founding member of Venice Interfaith, took an active role in this community event. After Mayor John Holic opened the festivities with a formal Venice Peace Day Proclamation, a beautiful concert of peace-themed instrumental and vocal music was presented, including Oseh Shalom, beautifully sung by JCV Cantor Marci Vitkus, who also performed a duet with soprano Deborah Berioli, Music Director at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Venice and Director of the Venice Interfaith Choir. Visitors were able to browse among over 20 exhibits, including the Jewish Center of Venice booth decorated with a Peace Banner created by JCV Sunday School students. Other local organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, All Faiths Food Bank, South County Food Bank, and the Boys and Girls Club of Venice, offered information on their peace-making activities. Children were welcomed to arts and crafts tables to make “Peace Flags,” and prizes were given for children’s art

Billy Herhskowitz, JCV Board member, organized the exhibits and provided light refreshments, while JCV member Bennett Gross created advertisements and flyers for the event. As the day drew to a close, a beautiful rainbow appeared above the park, a truly auspicious sign that Venice is indeed a peaceful city.

JCV President Jack Rapaport visits the Jewish Center of Venice Peace Day display

By Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman


usic, spirit, joy and exaltation will once again fill the sanctuary – and the souls of worshippers – as the magnificent Shabbat Alive! service returns to Temple Emanu-El on Friday, November 18 at 7:30 p.m. Now in its third year, Temple Emanu-El’s quarterly Shabbat Alive! service is an all-musical celebration of Shabbat, featuring arrangements of the traditional prayers that range from serene and contemplative to stirring and inspiring to wild, rocking and utterly exultant. A full band of professional and volunteer musicians and vocalists join Rabbi Brenner Glickman on the bima to bring this amazing service to life. Composers whose works will be performed include Debbie Friedman, Cantor Lisa Levine, Louis Lewandowski, Rick Recht and Craig Taubman.

Shabbat Alive! leaders include music director Cynthia Roberts-Greene, Deborah Beljan, Dawn Dill and Rochelle Seldin

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n September 11, 2011, ten years Center) and the wonderful keynote after the attack on the United speaker, Garrett Lindgren, a retired States, Temple Beth El (TBE) NYFD 9/11 first responder. At the end in Bradenton, along with the multi- of the program, the attendees sang God cultural, multi-religious congregations Bless America and Let There Be Peace that share space on the ChurchSHARE on Earth and Let it Begin With Me, Campus, came together to remember, followed by the sounding of the shofar. All participants and guests cried honor, and bring hope to the future. The 300 attendees formed a bond of and laughed and sang along, but left love that started at the first sounding of the building with a feeling of hope and the shofar (by TBE’s Ryan Hoffman), togetherness. Our community of Brato the welcoming words from Rev. Al- denton and all its cultural differences lan Bazzy and Rabbi Harold Caminker, became one that afternoon, with the and the singing of America the Beauti- hopes that many other programs can be ful (led by Cantor Alan Cohn). Beauti- done as one, to continue the bond that ful poems were read to honor the lost was started on that day. and changed lives of 9/11; poems of hope and love were read by the different clergy from the diverse congregations. Words of peace were spoken by Shiraz Hassan (of the Sarasota/ Lois Gerber, Sandy Clark, Rabbi Harold Caminker, Garrett Lindgren, Rev. Allan Bazzy, Greg Williams, Candace Williams, JoAnna Erickson Manatee Islamic

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November 2011


Taking the temperature of the Arab-Israeli crisis By Philip K. Jason, Special to The Jewish News This Burning Land, by Greg Myre and Jennifer Griffin John Wiley & Sons 336 pages ~ $25.95


hough this book is written by two journalists, it is not journalism. Whatever measures of objectivity Greg Myre and Jennifer Griffin achieved in their work for The New York Times and Fox News respectively would seem to be irrelevant to judging their present effort. This Burning Land, though no doubt based on notes that fed their dispatches, is ultimately memoir. As such it accumulates the recollections, insights and feelings Phil Jason of two people with similar jobs, in this case a husband and wife working independently of one another, who were assigned to cover the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Ms. Griffin’s Introduction and Afterword frames 33 well-focused, brief vignettes. Most of those chapters are by Mr. Myre. Sometimes a single chapter shares both voices and both perspectives. Overall, the book benefits from the interweaving of perspectives. Even though their views are rarely in contradiction or even contrast, the personali-

ties and sensibilities of the two writers interact beneficially. Already seasoned war-zone correspondents when they accepted their assignments and made a home in Israel, Myre and Griffin spent almost eight years exploring the politics and personalities of the conflict. They made many close friends, both Israelis and Palestinians, from many walks of life. The contacts that they developed and their long, deep exposure to the dynamics of the region give their remembrances and judgments specificity, authority and resonance. This Burning Land embraces the story of their journalistic enterprises and the story of building a home and raising children within a crossfire. Readers vi-

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A collision between faith and passion By Don Pomerantz

Eyes Wide Open (2009) 90 minutes Hebrew with English subtitles Available on he conflict between religious orthodoxy and forbidden passion is powerfully dramatized in Israeli director Haim Tabakman’s debut film Eyes Wide Open. The life of Aaron (Zohar Strauss), a butcher and devout family man in ultraOrthodox Jerusalem, is shattered when Ezri (Ran Danker), a rootless yeshiva student, seeks refuge from the rain and enters Aaron’s shop and life. In an act of “charity,” Aaron allows Ezri to sleep in the back of his store and offers him a job. But from the moment Aaron sees Ezri, his longing glances signal his incipient desire. In a subtle manner, it is Aaron who is the aggressor. As they work side by side, their friendship turns into irresistible passion. Although aware of the irreparable damage this relationship is doing to his reputation, religious beliefs and family, Aaron is incapable of extricating himself from this tragic dilemma. Tabakman creates mounting tension by cross-cutting between the secretive insular world which Aaron and Erzi make for themselves and the rigid social and religious outer world. When they are alone, Aaron and Ezri hardly speak. The sparse dialogue intensifies their emotions without offering the viewer any “psychological” motiva-


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tions for their actions. Their quiet time together is sharply contrasted with that of the men of the community loudly reciting daily prayers and debating interpretations of the Torah with the rabbi. Even as the rabbi exalts the power of redemption, Aaron knows that he is not worthy of it. The clash of the two worlds is further demonstrated by the dual meaning of “immersion” and “sexuality,” when Ezri convinces Aaron to bathe with him in a lake. As they “cleanse” themselves, their erotic passion intensifies and is consummated. Soon after this incident, Aaron’s wife, Revka, tells him that she has been to the mikvah and has been “cleansed.” Both “immersions” lead to sexual relations. For Aaron and Ezri it is unbridled, spontaneous passion. For Aaron and Revka, it is a conjugal ceremony prepared by pushing two beds together and shy disrobing. As the community learns of Aaron’s agony, he asks for Revka’s forgiveness by telling her that “I did not bring it into our home.” Even if Revka could forgive him, Aaron understands that he has strayed too far to rediscover his former self. Don Pomerantz is Professor Emeritus and Chairman of the Department of Modern Languages and Humanities at Central Connecticut State University. He teaches at Hodges University and directs the winter Renaissance Academy film series. He is also president of Naples Jewish Congregation.

cariously accompany Myre or Griffin on assignment in Gaza or a West Bank town, as fighting has broken out (again) or is about to. One or another of our reporters is on the streets or alleys with his or her life at risk. The danger is real and the skillful descriptions only enhance it. On other assignments, they follow leads to interview ordinary people who have stories to tell of loss, frustration and determination. These people have views on the likelihood of accomplishing their aims of simply surviving, of helping to create a peaceful home or homeland for their children, and of reclaiming ownership of their destiny. The journalists tell stories, as well, of engagements with community leaders, businessmen, Fatah operatives, Israeli soldiers and West Bank professionals. They capture the ambitions, hatreds and illusions that make peace seem not only elusive, but even impossible. Locked in adversarial positions, Israelis and Palestinians, over time, have found fewer and fewer issues about which they can agree or even negotiate in an attempt to agree. This Burning Land also provides startling insights into the news business of which Myre and Griffin are members. We learn about their relationships with their supervisors and the other professionals on their support teams. Remarkably, we see how these parents raise their young children, taking turns on assignment. A very unusual domestic life unfolds, one in which the normal issues of family interact with the nightmare environment of proximate war. Toward the end of the book, the authors sum up their insights. They underscore several consequential realities. Among these is the fact that neither the Israelis nor the Palestinians have

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by Philip K. Jason a consensus view about how to move forward. With Palestinians “wedded to armed struggle” and Israel addicted to building settlements, there seems to be little hope for a meaningful breakthrough. The enhanced status of Hamas has changed the game in that it has “veto power over any peace plan.” Greg Myre and Jennifer Griffin have made it very easy to be sympathetic with individuals, whose personal experiences of living within the caldron they tell so well. At the same time, they make it almost impossible to be sympathetic to those rival political entities that shape history by rewriting it or by limiting the vision and opportunity of those whom they supposedly represent. This Burning Land lives gloriously in its vividness, its passionate eloquence, and its ardent commitment to revealing the known, little-known, and unknown truths of this tormented region. 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. Greg Myre and Jennifer Griffin are featured authors in the Federation’s Jewish Book Festival. Come hear them speak on Tuesday, November 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the Beatrice Friedman Theater on the Federation campus. Tickets start at $10 and are available at

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Confidentially Yours: Avi and Adele dish on meeting his kids


ear Avi and Adele, I have been dating this guy for six months and things seem to be going really well. I’ve expressed interest in meeting his two kids, but he seems reluctant. Should I take this as a sign that he’s not interested in the relationship going further, or that he’s not ready for me to meet them? – Like Him Lots Dear Like, So you think you should take up a career as a psychic? No? Then why are you trying to predict the future? Good for you indicating that you’re interested in meeting his little bubelehs (dear children). After all, you knew when you began dating him that these little munchkins were part of the pack-

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Jo Ann Arnowitz appointed Executive Director of Jewish Museum of Florida


ollowing a national search, the Board of Directors of the Jewish Museum of Florida (JMOF) has announced that Jo Ann Arnowitz will be the next Executive Director. This appointment is effective October 1, 2011, upon the retirement of Founding Executive Director, Marcia Jo Zerivitz, who retains that title for the life of the Museum. Linda Zilber, president of the Museum’s Board, said, “We are so pleased to have Jo Ann as our next Director of the JMOF. She has been an important

part of our development and growth. The Board looks forward to her leadership and working with her in reaching new goals.” Chair of the Museum’s transition committee and JMOF past president Ira Giller, said, “We selected our Associate Director, Jo Ann Arnowitz, based upon her merit and professional standing. She will begin the next leadership generation of the Jewish Museum of Florida with a running start and a seamless transition.” Jo Ann Arnowitz has, indeed, been

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COMMENTARY 21A November 2011

November 2011


Thanksgiving – a Jewish perspective From the Bimah Rabbi Sholom Schmerling, Chabad of Venice & North Port


he greatest gift that Judaism offers to all people of the world is the belief in One G-d. Abraham, our father, taught everyone he could reach to thank and praise the One G-d – the Supreme Being – who created the world and everything in it. Abraham lived at the crossroads of

civilization. His house was open to all. Any traveler who was hungry, thirsty or tired was welcome in Abraham’s house. At the conclusion of a meal, Abraham’s guests would invariably thank him. “Is it my food that you ate?” he would respond. “Give thanks to the Almighty, Who spoke and created this food!” Abraham taught his guests to believe in G-d by channeling their thanks away from himself and toward He Who deserves thanks. As we celebrate Thanksgiving this year, and every year, we must remember to Whom we owe our thanks. We must recognize the One Who has granted us all those things for which we are thankful. We must remember that there is a Supreme Being Who created the world and everything in it. He allows us to choose between good and evil and to live a life of meaning regardless

of our circumstances. On October 3, 1863, Abraham Lincoln signed the original Thanksgiving Proclamation. In it he stated, “We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown. “But we have forgotten G-d. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray

to the G-d that made us. “It has seemed to me fit and proper that G-d should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people. I do, therefore, invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November as a day of Thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.” Like our Abraham, our father, Abraham Lincoln recognized that a holiday of Thanksgiving without a G-d to thank would be meaningless. Let us dedicate this day to thinking about G-d and the thanks we owe Him for all the good He has bestowed upon us.

Palestinian President Abbas at the UN: Another lost chance for peacemaking By David Harris, AJC Executive Director, September 25, 2011


n Friday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addressed the UN General Assembly. He was enthusiastically received by many in the hall. This should come as little surprise. Look at the make-up of the body: For starters, 22 Arab League members, 56 Organization of the Islamic Conference members, and approximately 120 NonAligned Movement members. That’s an automatic majority right there. Abbas could say whatever he wanted and be assured of rapturous applause. Unfortunately, what he said did not advance the cause of peace. It actually began with the leadup to the UN speech. The Palestinian

leader declared that his land had been occupied for “63 years.” Citing 1948, the year of Israel’s establishment, as Abbas did, only reawakens the fear that this is not a conflict about the disputed land of 1967, but about Israel’s very existence. And along the pathway to New York, Abbas’ Palestinian Authority (PA) once again paid tribute to terrorists, like Dalal Mughrabi, who murdered Israeli civilians. Not exactly the way to convince Israelis today that peaceful coexistence is around the corner. And then there was the speech itself. It was filled with recklessly incendiary language – “colonial military occupation,” “brutality of aggression,”

“racial discrimination,” “multi-pronged policy of ethnic cleansing,” “war of aggression,” “apartheid policies,” “racist annexation wall,” and more. Is that the language of a peacemaker determined to narrow the space between himself and his adversary? It may play well with many in the General Assembly, but not where it really counts – in Israel, the other half of the Israeli-Palestinian equation. Oh, and by the way, how does Abbas square that description of demonic Israeli policies with the fact that the West Bank’s Arab population and GDP are growing impressively, in what he erroneously dubbed as “the only occupation in the world”? Or take his reference to Gaza.

He spoke of Israeli “assassinations, air strikes and artillery shelling,” “war of aggression,” and “thousands of martyrs and wounded.” He sought to make it sound as if Israel had nothing better to do than prey on innocent Gazans. By ignoring Israel’s total withdrawal from Gaza in 2005, the violent seizure of power by Hamas in 2007 from his PA, the genocidal Hamas Charter, the steady barrage of missiles from Gaza to Israel, and the kidnapping of Gilad Shalit, he willfully rejected Israel’s legitimate security concerns. Would it have cost Abbas to acknowledge these grim realities? Maybe in his street, yes,

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mented population was questionable at best. Despite recognizing the handwriting on the wall with comments such as, “Today, it is the turn of Czechoslovakia. Tomorrow, it will be Poland and Romania,” Edouard Daladier, the Prime Minister of France, nonetheless sensed the unwillingness of both the civilian and military components of his government to resist Hitler. Acknowledging the obvious, but powerless to forestall the consequences, Daladier ultimately gave in to the recreant policies of Neville Chamberlain and chose appeasement, where all-out war in the mid to late ’30s would have been more prudent. Is this not the case with Israel today? From Carter to Obama, is Israel in a stronger position today having bought into their defunct “land for peace” paradigm? Do the terrorists and

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their bellicose benefactors such as Iran, and soon to be Egypt and Turkey, fear Israel despite her military potential? Only the willfully blind will disagree that the answers are a resounding no. Having witnessed 40 years of appeasement and acquiescence of land – the Sinai, Southern Lebanon, Gaza, and swaths of Judea and Samaria – an ever growing population of leftist youth in Israel are finding greater commonality with the Palestinian cause than their own. Similar to my generation’s experience with Vietnam and irresolute war, these young people, spurred on by leftists such as Tzipi Livni are now taking to the streets in social protest. The leftright schisms so prevalent in France during what Churchill deemed “The Gathering Storm” at the dawn of WWII seem to be taking hold in Israel today. This lack of unanimity running through much of Israeli society has paralyzed and lessened the confidence of both the government and the military of the Jewish state. Prior to Oslo II, would Israel have ever put up with incessant missile attacks from Gaza into her territory or respond so cautiously in pinprick fashion? What has adherence to restraint and proportionality gotten the Jewish state over the past twenty years other than

imity of its own territory; even a tactical weapon would run the same risk. If heaven forbid a terrorist from Ramallah unleashed a biological weapon, could Israel’s response be nuclear? Fear of mutually assured destruction, as was the case between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. during the Cold War, was dependent upon both sides consisting of rational people. It may even hold sway with “saner minds” in Iran, Egypt and Turkey, but terrorist Hamas and/or Hezbollah not fearing reciprocity in kind might be emboldened to employ a nuclear or biological weapon. To this end, having overwhelming conventional weaponry, but lacking the political will to use them on a preemptive basis, is a dangerous gambit the Jewish state can ill afford to take. o what’s the answer? Israel must re-assert her willingness to take the fight to her enemies. In my view, Hamas is a major part of the answer. Sworn to the Jewish state’s destruction, incessantly firing rockets into her towns and villages, these bloodthirsty fanatics vow never to live in peace or recognize a “Zionist entity.” What does Israel gain by allowing this infection to fester? An untenable situation at best, the government of Israel must soon decide on whether to destroy Like a schoolyard confrontation Hamas now or fight with a bully, appealing to his them later after they have garnered additioninner goodness just precipitates al sophisticated weaponry from Iran and a greater conflict. grown stronger. World innocent men, women and children opinion aside, for Israel to break this killed on buses, in restaurants, and encirclement and aggression by Iranian sleeping in their own beds? proxies, Hamas must be eviscerated. An entire mindset has been re- With Mubarak’s downfall, the prudence versed. Massive preemptive initiative, of doing this now is accentuated as Isthe hallmark of pre-Oslo security, has rael’s peace treaty with Egypt is almost been replaced by a doctrine of tepid de- certain to be abrogated faster than one fensive response. The Palestinians blow can say Turkey. This past week’s sackup a bus and kill eight people. Israel re- ing of the Israeli embassy is a precursor sponds by sending up a multi-million- of what’s to be. Literally, the clock is dollar jet fighter which fires a $200,000 ticking. missile to kill the two terrorists on a Like a schoolyard confrontation motorcycle who destroyed the bus. with a bully, appealing to his inner goodWhere in history has such proportion- ness just precipitates a greater conflict. ate response ever deterred an aggressor Rationality to such a person or country from further aggression? is more often than not interpreted as puThe Iron Dome is a technological sillanimity and only brings on greater home run, I’m sure. But in terms of real aggression. Often a decisive, preempsecurity it’s no less a modern day Magi- tive blow assures peace for both parties not Line. How many of them would be long into the future. It works between needed to thwart 15,000 missiles from people, it will work between Israel and the north and potentially from other Hamas. Despite initial worldwide conadversaries as well? Unless reversed demnation – much of it from the State forthwith, this philosophy of propor- Department and even leftist Jews within tionate, defensive engagement may be Israel herself – such a blow might actuIsrael’s eventual undoing. ally decrease the likelihood of a larger In reality, the use or even the threat conflict and increase the possibility of an of using nuclear weapons in the local eventual peace with a more “moderate” theatre is not practical due to the prox- Palestinian entity without Hamas.


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David Harris...continued from page 21A but isn’t that what statesmanship is supposed to be all about? He described the Palestinians as a “defenseless people,” as if there hadn’t been decades of terrorism, thousands of dead and injured Israelis, and lethal weapons, courtesy of Iran, in the hands of self-professed killers.” He claimed that in the 18 years since the Oslo agreement, “we persevered and dealt positively and responsibly with all efforts aimed at the achievement of a lasting peace agreement.” Really? Here, for instance, is Bill Clinton in his autobiography My Life: Right before I left office, Arafat, in one of our last conversations, thanked me for all my efforts and told me what a great man I was. “Mr. Chairman,” I replied, “I am not a great man. I am a failure, and you have made me one.” A few sentences later, Clinton, an eyewitness to history at the time, wrote: Arafat’s rejection of my [peace] proposal after [Israeli Prime Minister Ehud] Barak accepted it was an error of historic proportions. In 2008, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert went even further in the deal he put on the table. The next year, Abbas confirmed that the proposed swap would have given the Palestinians land that would equal 100 percent of the West Bank. But, as Prime Minister Netanyahu noted in his own remarks on Friday: “President Abbas didn’t even respond to it.” And, of course, with the exception of a few days in September 2010 when he showed up in Washington, Abbas has been MIA – missing in action – from

peace talks with Israel for 30 months, while the U.S. and Israel have scampered after him. [He was also nowhere to be found in 2005, when Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon sought a negotiated withdrawal from Gaza, instead having to act unilaterally.] Had Abbas wanted to move the needle of mutual understanding, he might have rethought his formulation on the “Holy Land” – in his words, the site of the “ascension of the Prophet Muhammad and the birthplace of Jesus Christ” – to include even a passing reference to the biblical Jewish connection as well. But alas, he didn’t, consistent with the Palestinian narrative, voiced most dramatically by Arafat to Clinton, that there is no evidence of a Jewish link to the land or tie to Jerusalem. In all, Abbas chose the familiar path: Go to the General Assembly, where today he’s assured of an automatic majority that will cheer his every word, vote for whatever he seeks, and damn Israel for any alleged misdeed. By stark contrast, the Israeli prime minister used the same podium shortly afterward to call for the immediate re-



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n a dusty path on Kibbutz Ketura, one of the sunniest spots in Israel, there was cause for celebration on World Environment Day (June 5) as Israeli company Arava Power marked an historic event for Israel, the solar energy industry and the environment: the inauguration of Arava Power’s 4.95-megawatt solar power field in Israel in the presence of VIPs from the government, business and press worlds. Developing its green tech brand Though Israel is known worldwide for developing clean technologies, it has yet to prove itself locally in generating its own form of renewable energy, enough to reach its 10 percent renewable energy goal by 2020. Arava Power executives hope that their company, now with a foothold in the sand and sun, can play a major role in that production by providing an eventual 400 megawatts of power to fulfill its vision of being a “renewable light unto the nations.” Their recent launch at Ketura can provide enough power to serve the energy needs of about three kibbutzim, or communal-style villages, in the hot sunny region of Eilat. Though the energy produced at Kibbutz Ketura is only a drop in the bucket, Arava Power is concurrently establishing its second solar field nearby, which will be eight times larger than the field launched on June 5. In total, Arava expects to launch 40 solar energy fields in the Negev desert region, with the help of attractive feedin tariffs for investors supplied by and guaranteed by the state. Jonathan Cohen, the CEO of Arava Power, believes that Israel’s Negev could provide about 2,000 to 2,500 megawatts of solar power to the grid, and his company’s role in achieving this might require about $2 billion in




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BRIEFS ISRAEL’S POPULATION IS 7.8 MILLION ON EVE OF JEWISH NEW YEAR On the eve of the Jewish New Year 5772, Israel’s population stands at 7,797,400 – 5,874,300 Jews, 1,600,100 Arabs, and 323,000 of other ethnicity (most of whom are immigrants from the former USSR), Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics reported. Israel’s population is considered young compared to Western countries. In 2010, 28% were between 0-14 years, compared to 17% in other Western countries, and about 10% were over 65, compared to 15% in Western countries. (Ha’aretz)

DEMOGRAPHIC OPTIMISM IN THE NEW YEAR On the eve of the Jewish New Year, the Jewish fertility rate of 2.97 births per woman exceeds the fertility rates in most Arab countries – down to 1.7 in Iran, 2.8 in Jordan, 2.5 in Egypt, 2.5 in most Persian Gulf states (except for Saudi Arabia), and 1.9 in North Africa. From 80,400 births in 1995, the number of Jewish births surged by 56% to 125,500 in 2010. (Israel Hayom)

THE MIDEAST REFUGEES YOU NEVER HEAR ABOUT In the 1940s, 80,000 Jews lived in Cairo. After the founding of Israel, Egyptians decided that their Jews had to go home, though many of them had never known any home but Egypt. The Egyptians began acting like 1930s Nazis. They confiscated Jew-

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SPAIN RECOGNIZES ISRAEL AS JEWISH HOMELAND Spain’s Foreign Minister, Trinidad Jimenez, presented his country’s policy for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict to the UN General Assembly on Saturday, September 24, declaring Israel as the homeland of the Jews for the first time and saying that the issue of Palestinian

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Briefs...continued from page 25A refugees should be solved in such a way that it does not compromise Israel’s current demographic makeup of a Jewish majority. Spain is considered the leading EU country to support Palestinian rights. (Ha’aretz)

CANADA MOUNTS VIGOROUS DEFENSE OF ISRAEL AT UN Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird told the UN General Assembly on September 26: “Canadian tradition is to stand for what is principled and just, regardless of whether it is popular or convenient or expedient. We will not go along with the unilateral actions of the Palestinian Authority. “We uphold Israel’s right to exist. We uphold its fundamental right, like any member state, to defend innocent civilians against acts of terrorism... Canada will not accept or stay silent while the Jewish state is attacked for defending its territory and its citizens.” (Canadian Jewish News)

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AMERICANS BELIEVE 75% - 15% THAT PALESTINIANS WOULD CONTINUE CAMPAIGN OF TERROR TO DESTROY ISRAEL AFTER GETTING STATEHOOD A new poll has shown that Americans believe by an overwhelming 75% to 15% that if Palestinians obtain statehood in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, they will continue their campaign of terror to destroy the Jewish state. The poll, conducted jointly by Democrat Pat Caddell and Republican John McLaughlin, also found that: ‹‹ 71% of Americans believe that Jerusalem should remain the undivided capital of Israel, as opposed to a mere 9% who believe that the U.S. should force Israel to cede parts of Jerusalem, including Christian and Jewish holy sites, to the Palestinian Authority ‹‹ 82% of Americans believe that Palestinians must recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state before obtaining statehood, as opposed to a mere 7% who disagree ‹‹ 66% of Americans believe that Iran would attack Israel with nuclear weapons once it obtains them, as against 13% who believe otherwise ‹‹ 70% of Americans believe that Iran would attack U.S. military bases and ships in the Persian Gulf and Middle East once it obtains nuclear weapons, as opposed to 21% who

believe otherwise ‹‹ 80% of Americans believe that, were Iran to obtain nuclear weapons, it would pass these onto terrorists, who would use them to attack the U.S., as opposed to 12% who did not think so ‹‹ 64% of Americans would approve of a military strike upon Iranian nuclear facilities in the event that international sanctions fail to stop Iran from continuing its nuclear weapons program, as opposed to 23% who would not approve such action (McLaughlin & Associates & Caddell Associates National Survey, August 10, 2011) ZOA National Chairman of the Board Dr. Michael Goldblatt said, “This latest survey shows that Americans continue to display strong support for Israel as a U.S. ally and clarity of understanding as to the nature of the Arab/Iranian war on Israel. “These findings are also consistent with numerous surveys taken by a range of pollsters indicating strong and clear American public support for Israel over the Palestinians.” (Zionist Organization of America)

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November 2011


65 Fred & Rita Richman Temple Beth Sholom 60th Zoltan & Marta Fried Temple Beth Sholom 50th Jay & Eve Colbert Temple Sinai 45th Richard & Debby Marshall Temple Beth Sholom 35th Howard & Susan Kilman Temple Beth Sholom 25th David & Stephanie Glosser Temple Beth Sholom

25th Robert & Claudia Silverman Temple Beth Sholom 25th Edward & Donna Sobel Temple Beth Sholom 20th Bruce & Rinat Heiman Temple Sinai 5th Arthur & Sheri Nadelman Temple Beth Sholom 5th Jeffrey & Nikki Sedacca Temple Beth Sholom 5th Corey & Risa Segal Temple Sinai

BIRTHS Landon Jude Rosenberg, son of Stacy & Jamie Rosenberg, brother of Logan & Laney, Temple Emanu-El

B’NAI MITZVAH Dana Saltz, daughter of Jeffrey Saltz & Kimberly Shaw, November 5, Temple Sinai Zachary Lutz, (pictured) son of Heather LutzSilver and Curtis Silver, November 11, Private Ceremony

Sophia Small, daughter of Allison & Howard Small, November 12, Temple Sinai, Theo Woolsey, son of Leslie Joyce, November 12, Temple Beth Sholom Kaitlyn Siegel, daughter of Susan & Michael Siegel, November 19, Temple Sinai

IN MEMORIAM Lenore W. Benderly, 80, of Longboat Key, formerly of Potomac, MD, Sept. 18 Shirli Cohn “Teddy” Brody, 86, of Sarasota, Sept. 7 Joseph Corben, 85, of Longboat Key, Sept. 10 Milford Meyer Desenberg Jr., 80, of Sarasota, Sept. 12 Philip Garb, 99, of Sarasota, Sept. 18 Frederick W. Glassberg, 77, of Clarksville, MD, Sept. 15 Gracella Mae Gaskins Grossman, 78, of Virginia Beach, formerly of Sarasota, Aug. 7 Irwin Jackson, 88, of Sarasota, Sept. 6 Sol Levites, 96, of Sarasota, Sept. 22 Florence Mann, 91, of Canton, MA, formerly of New Bedford, MA, and Longboat Key, Sept. 1 Stacy Lee Mayper, 48, of Sarasota, formerly of Brooklyn, NY, Sept. 16 Warren Munroe, 98, of Sarasota, formerly of New York, Aug. 28 James Dennis O’keefe, 94, of Sarasota, Sept. 14 Harold R. Parr, 79, of Venice, formerly of Long Island, NY, Sept. 14 Zahava Sacks, 83, of Sarasota, formerly of Great Neck, NY, Sept. 1 David Jacob Schwartz, 90, of Sarasota, formerly of Toledo, OH, and Akron, OH, Sept. 7 Miriam Shiffrin, nee Abrams, 74, of Sarasota, Sept. 18 Clayton M. Shore, 86, of Sarasota, Sept. 13 Dr. Michael Allan Sloan, 57, Tampa, formerly of Detroit, MI, Sept. 9 Jean Lillian Steen, 103, of Sarasota, formerly of Southfield, MI, Sept. 2 Janet Storti, 71, of Sarasota, Sept. 18 Daniel Strauss, of Sarasota, Sept. 7

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FESTivAL PASS PRiCES: • November Pass - $90. Includes entrance to all november Book Festival programs. • February Pass - $75. Includes entrance to all February Book Festival programs. • Full Festival Pass - $150. Includes entrance to all nov. and Feb. Book Festival programs. *Students may attend any show for free. Subject to availability. Does not include luncheon. Contact Len Steinberg for tickets.

Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza Local Author Day

Various Sunday, November 13, 2011 2:00 p.m. - Beatrice Friedman Theater (Federation Campus)

Adina Hoffman and Peter Cole Saturday, Nov.12, 2011 7:30 p.m. Beatrice Friedman Theater (Federation Campus)

This event will feature area authors, including: Richard Drohlich - The Finding Patricia Friedberg - 21 Aldgate Susan L. Garbett - Susie and Me Days – Joy in the Shadow of Dementia Carol B. Green - Spiritual Transformation in America – What it means to all of us Lyle Rocker - Chazzonos

The authors will sign their book after the lecture. Books will be available for sale courtesy of Circle Books. Cost: Tickets start at $10.

The authors will sign their books after the lecture. Cost: Tickets start at $10.

Displaced Persons

A Secret Gift How One Man’s Kindness - and a Trove of Letters - Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression

Ghita Schwarz Monday, Nov. 14, 2011 7:00 p.m. Beatrice Friedman Theater (Federation Campus)

Ted Gup Sunday, November 13, 2011 7:00 p.m. - Polo Grill, Lakewood Ranch

The author will sign her book after the lecture. Books will be available for sale courtesy of Circle Books. Cost: Tickets start at $10.

The author will sign his book after the lecture. Books will be available for sale courtesy of Circle Books. Cost: Tickets start at $10.

Precious Objects: A Story of Diamonds, Family and a Way of Life

Alicia oltuski Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011 12:00 p.m. Longboat Key Club Harbourside Dining Room



The author will sign her book after the lecture. Books will be available for sale courtesy of Circle Books. Cost: Tickets start at $36 and include lunch.

This burning Land: Lessons from the Front Lines of the Transformed israeliPalestinian Conflict

Jennifer Griffin and Greg Myre Tuesday, Nov.15, 2011 7:00 p.m. Beatrice Friedman Theater (Federation Campus) The authors will sign their book after the lecture. Books will be available for sale courtesy of Circle Books. Cost: Tickets start at $10.

Wayne Hoffman Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011 7:00 p.m. Beatrice Friedman Theater (Federation Campus)

Eyes Wide Open Andrew Gross Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011 7:00 p.m. Beatrice Friedman Theater (Federation Campus)

The author will sign his book after the lecture. Books will be available for sale courtesy of Circle Books. Cost: Tickets start at $10.

The author will sign his book after the lecture. Books will be available for sale courtesy of Circle Books. Cost: Tickets start at $10.

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CelebratingHAPPENINGS Jewish Life in Sarasota and Manatee Counties JEWISH

In this section: 1-8: Jewish Happenings 9-11: Focus on Youth 12-15: Recent Events


Volume 41, Number 11

To submit your events, send an e-mail to

Jewish Happenings TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1 Rachel Dulin “Alive, Unabashed and Passionate” Through poetic reading and scholarly discussion, Professor Dulin sheds new light on the hearts and souls of Biblical heroines. This is not only about what the Bible says but what the Bible might have said. This event begins at 1:00 p.m. at the Jewish Center of Venice, 600 N. Auburn Rd. Cost: $3 members, $5 non-members. Contact Beata Hulliger at 941.484.2022 for more information.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2 Enhancing your Prayer Book Experience Join Chazzan Cliff Abramson at 10:00 a.m. at Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge off Proctor between Beneva and Swift Roads. Through exercises and discussions relating to music and Hebrew, become a more active participant in services. Classes continue on Wednesdays November 9, 16 and 30. Non-members: $18. For more information, call 941.924.1802.

Temple Emanu-El “Lunch with the Rabbi” Are you looking for a good lunch date? Enjoy great company, stimulating discussion and delicious homemade desserts at Temple Emanu-El’s popular monthly program featuring Rabbi Brenner J. Glickman. You bring a brownbag lunch and – if you like – a newspaper article or suggested topic for discussion – and we’ll provide the rest. All are welcome. “Lunch with the Rabbi” is free and continues the first Wednesday of every month at noon at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Call 941.371.2788 for more information.

Book review: The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit In honor of Jewish Book Month, the Sisterhood of Temple Beth Sholom and the Idelson Library will present a review of The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit, by Lucette Lagnado. Madeleine Minora will discuss the author’s memoir of her Jewish family’s life in Egypt and their immigration to the United States. They abandoned a life of luxury and prosperity to experience a different culture and a life of hardship and poverty. Everyone is welcome at 1:15 p.m. at the Temple Beth Sholom Idelson Adult Library, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota. There is no cost but reservations are desired. Refreshments will be served. Please contact Anita Klainbaum at 941.342.7396 for more information.

Collage and Text class Ellen Goldberg Tishman, multi-media artist, designer and instructor, is conducting a five-week hands-on course on Collage and Text. The class will begin with a reading and short discussion of the chosen Torah text and then work with a variety of materials using collage techniques and good design to create artworks. Classes will be held in the Temple Beth Sholom Youth Lounge, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on November 2, 9, 16, 30 and December 14. Cost is $37.50 plus list of suggested materials. Please register on the Temple Beth Sholom website at or call 941.955.8121 for information.

Find additional events in the Community Focus pages in section A and on the calendar page at

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Biblical Women: Their Legacy and Their Relevancy with Professor Rachel Dulin Sponsored by

The Biblical writers left us with a great legacy of women’s contributions to their societies. Women were political activists, advisers to kings, social reformers and teachers. With their wisdom, women shaped the Biblical world and left a lasting mark on its structure. In this series, we will explore the contributions and the lasting effect of women such as Abigail, Deborah, Miriam and Naomi on Hebraic and Judaic culture. Classes (also on Thursday, November 10) begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Jerusalem Room on the Federation campus. Cost is $18 per session. Register at For more information, contact Orna Nissan at 941.371.4546 x104 or

Luncheon and Sarasota Opera presentation The Women of Sinai (WOS) are sponsoring a luncheon catered by Michael’s On East, followed by a presentation by the Sarasota Opera at noon at Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge off Proctor between Beneva and Swift Roads. Price: $12 for WOS members; $16 for guests. Contact Myna Stoltz at 941.966.3532 for reservations.

Monthly Challah Club & Loaves of Love Whether you are an old pro or a challah novice, join us at our monthly Jewish Women’s Circle to learn the art of challah baking with a social twist – discover a NEW braiding technique each time. Then, bring the warmth of Shabbat and a freshly baked challah to someone in need with a Loaf of Love. Learn the meaning behind the mitzvah of separating challah and the symbolism of challah in our daily lives. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Chabad Jewish Center, 2169 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice, and costs $12. For more information, please call 941.493.2770.

Fellner On Film Series SAve tHe dAte!


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Conducted by Rabbi Azriel Fellner Azriel Fellner’s career as a rabbi has taken him from Alaska to California. He has spent 20 years lecturing on movies for synagogues, community centers such as the 92nd Street Y and educational institutions throughout the U.S. Rabbi Fellner has taught a series of lectures on film at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Fellner edits film from movies and TV programs in his studio to illustrate and dramatize his programs and lectures.

This program is underwritten by Leonard & Helen Glaser The Klingenstein Jewish Center 580 McIntosh Rd., Sarasota FL 34232 941.371.4546 •



November 2011



Kristallnacht Service with Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger

Chanukah choir – a mitzvah opportunity

Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger (pictured), author of A German Life – Against all odds, change is possible, will recount his incredible history for the Kristallnacht Service at 10:30 a.m. at the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism. Bernd’s father was a top officer in the Wehrmacht and received the Iron Cross from Hitler. When Bernd found out what his father had done, he converted to Orthodox Judaism. He now lives in Miami with his family and practices medicine. This event is open to the public at no charge. The Congregation for Humanistic Judaism meets at Unity, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota. For more information, please call 941.929.7771 or visit www.

Chabad of Sarasota welcomes children ages 5-11 to join a Chanukah choir that will perform on Tuesday, December 20 at the Community-wide Chanukah Celebration and Food Festival at Five-Points Park. Children interested in doing a mitzvah and volunteering their time to share the Chanukah spirit with the community need to be available to participate at choir rehearsals held at Chabad (7700 Beneva Road) on Sunday mornings beginning November 6 from 11:00 a.m. to noon. For more information and to register your child, call the Chabad office at 941.925.0770.


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Falafel with Yoav Come and enjoy a terrific kosher falafel lunch prepared by Yoav Cohen from noon - 1:00 p.m. at Chabad Jewish Center, 11534 Palmbrush Trail, Bradenton. Cost is $4 a falafel. Call 941.752.3030 for more information.

Second Annual Kugel and Knish Cook-Off Join Temple Emanu-El for a sweet and savory afternoon! The Second Annual Kugel and Knish Cook-Off welcomes bakers to enter their favorite kugel or knishes, as well as “tasters” to enjoy sampling a variety of treats. Professional food judge Brenda Hill has been invited to choose the winners; other prizes will be awarded as well. Those who prefer not to cook are still invited for a fun afternoon of all-you-can-eat Jewish home-cooked goodies! The event begins at 12:30 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Cost: $5/person, $10/family; admission includes all-youcan-eat kugels and knishes. For more information, contact event chairs Anne and David Steinbach at 941.360.2968 or

A new Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) course, “Fascinating Facts: Exploring the Myths and Mysteries of Judaism,” begins the week of November 6. For more information, see the article on page 15A.


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Join the Greater Venice Chapter of Hadassah from 9.30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. for a mah jongg/games/card party day at Bay Indies Resort (Indies Hall) in Venice (off Venice Avenue on Bay Indies Blvd. at the first clubhouse). We will serve coffee and bagels and a delicious homemade lunch. Bring your own group or we can assign you a game. Just $18. Send check to Hadassah, 4220 Tennyson Way, Venice, FL 34293. For more information, call Ruth at 941.492.6025 or Ruthie at 941.493.9612.

Seminar with Rabbi Katz Each week, Rabbi Jonathan Katz’s popular Monday morning seminar features a lively discussion of Jewish-related topics and current events. Join us at 11:00 a.m. on Mondays throughout the month at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key. For more information, contact the temple office at 941.383.3428 or

is proud to present

Jeff Jacoby

A ‘Two-State Solution’ and Other Myths

Brigadier General (Res.)



of the Middle East

Is there really a two-state solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict? Are Jewish settlements an obstacle to peace? Does true peace lie at the end of the peace process? Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby argues that much of what everybody “knows” to be true about the Arab-Israeli conflict is actually not true at all. Jeff Jacoby has been an op-ed columnist for The Boston Globe since February 1994.

Sunday, December 11, 2011 7:00 p.m. - Beatrice Friedman Theater

Federation Campus, 582 McIntosh Road, Sarasota

$10 per person. Get your tickets via Questions? Contact Geneve Kallins at 941.371.4546 x105 or This program is generously underwritten by Helen and Len Glaser The Klingenstein Jewish Center 580 McIntosh Rd., Sarasota FL 34232 941.371.4546 •


Tuesday Nov. 1, 2011 The Federation’s Heller Israel Advocacy Initiative proudly presents speaker Ephraim Segolie whose discussion will include Gilad Shalit and the possible implications of the deal with Hamas.

Event is free; registration is required:



Questions? Contact Geneve Kallins at 941.371.4546 x105 or The Klingenstein Jewish Center

580 McIntosh Rd., Sarasota FL 34232

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November 2011



Tuesdays at TBS: The Rebbe’s Tisch and Scholars Circle

Interesting Lives program presents Benita Stambler

Everyone is welcome to join two Tuesday morning Temple Beth Sholom classes. From 8:45 - 9:45 a.m., Rabbi Joel Mishkin conducts The Rebbe’s Tisch, focusing on “What the Psalmist Said.” Then, from 9:50 - 10:50 a.m., Marden Paru holds the Scholars Circle, discussing “A Study of Dovid Hamelech – King David Utilizing the Book of Samuel.” Both classes take place at Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota. Cost for each class for non-members is $36. Registration is required; call the temple at 941.955.8121.

The Idelson Library Interesting Lives program presents Benita Stambler. In the early 1970s, Benita unexpectedly took off for four months in India. That experience sparked an interest in the Jews of Asia that has continued unabated. Now the Asian Art Coordinator at the Ringling Museum, she gets to pursue her passion in a new way. How lucky can you get? Come and listen to Benita’s fascinating story at 1:15 p.m. at Temple Beth Sholom, Idelson Adult Library, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota. There is no cost to attend this program. Please contact Judy Lebowich at 941.371.4686 or for further information.

GulfsidePalm ORT Musical Chairs Luncheon Guest speaker Betty Schoenbaum will speak about the Alex and Betty Schoenbaum Science, Education, Cultural and Sports Campus in Kiryat Yam, Israel, with enlightening photos. The state-of-the-art high-tech educational development heralds revitalization for Kiryat Yam, a largely working class community of 45,000 and home to large concentrations of Russian and Ethiopian immigrants. Join us at 12:30 p.m. at Laurel Oaks Country Club, 2700 Gary Player Boulevard, Sarasota, to hear about this magnificent education and sports campus while you enjoy lunch. Greet old and new friends as you change tables for each course. Cost is $30. To RSVP or for more information, call Linda Weiss at 941.330.2006.

“Tuesdays with Rabbi Harold” Join Rabbi Harold Caminker of Temple Beth El Bradenton at 2:00 p.m. for his monthly series of discussions on various subjects, including Jewish holidays (preparing for and celebrating), Jewish current events, and newsworthy current events. “Tuesdays with Rabbi Harold” is free and open to the entire community. Temple Beth El is located on the campus of Unity Church in the Woods at 4200 32nd Street West. For more information, please call the temple office at 941.755.4900, Tuesday through Thursday between 9:00 a.m. and noon.

Holocaust Survivor Cookbook event with Joanne Caras Sponsored by

What started as a visit to her married children overseas turned into an accomplishment of a lifetime. Joanne Caras accompanied her son, Jonathan, and his wife, Sarah, to the Carmei Ha’ir Soup Kitchen in Jerusalem, where they had volunteered for two years. So inspired was Joanne by the work to help the needy with dignity, that she immediately began thinking of ways to raise money for the charity. The idea of a cookbook turned into a survivor’s cookbook when Sarah’s grandmother, a survivor, passed away. The event begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Jerusalem Room on the Federation campus. Cost: $5 per person in advance; $10 at the door. For more information, contact Orna Nissan at 941.371.4546 x104 or

Raising Safe Kids in an Unsafe World All parents of children age 3-12 are welcome to a free lecture entitled, Raising Safe Kids in an Unsafe World, presented by Brenda Sofrea, M.A.Ed. During this one-hour interactive presentation, which will be followed by a short Q&A, parents will learn the following: the non-fearful way to teach children how to be safe from predators; how to recognize some of the most common lures used by predators; Child I.D. – what works, what does not, who needs it; how to teach your child to identify “safe strangers” other than a police officer or firefighter. This event begins at 7:30 p.m. at Chabad of Sarasota, 7700 Beneva Road. Advance reservations are necessary at 941.925.0770.

Save the date

An evening with

dennis Prager

Jewish radio host, political commentator, author, and television personality! 7pm on the Federation Campus 582 McIntosh Road, Sarasota

Presented by The Robert and Esther Heller

Israel Advocacy Initiative

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 The Klingenstein Jewish Center 580 McIntosh Rd., Sarasota FL 34232 941.371.4546 •

Kristallnacht Commemorative Service Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge off Proctor between Beneva and Swift Roads, invites you to a 4:00 p.m. Kristallnacht Commemorative Service including a film and discussion led by Rabbi Geoff Huntting. Free. For more information, call 941.924.1802.

Kristallnacht Commemoration Sponsored by

Join the community at this event to commemorate Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass, considered by many as the beginning of the systematic persecution of the Jews by Nazis. Kristallnacht symbolizes how a holocaust can begin, and the devastating effect that both racism and political apathy can have on a world community. The event, which begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Zell Room on the Federation campus, is free but registration is required at For more information, please contact Orna Nissan at 941.371.4546 x104 or

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Biblical Women: Their Legacy and Their Relevancy with Professor Rachel Dulin

Brandeis National Committee’s “Showcase”

Sponsored by

The Biblical writers left us with a great legacy of women’s contributions to their societies. Women were political activists, advisers to kings, social reformers and teachers. With their wisdom, women shaped the Biblical world and left a lasting mark on its structure. In this series, we will explore the contributions and the lasting effect of women such as Abigail, Deborah, Miriam and Naomi on Hebraic and Judaic culture. Classes (also on Thursday, November 3) begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Jerusalem Room on the Federation campus. Cost is $18 per session. Register at For more information, please contact Orna Nissan at 941.371.4546 x104 or

Conversational Hebrew Class begins “How much is it from the airport to central Tel Aviv?” If you would like to learn to ask – and answer! – this and other questions in Hebrew, this class is for you. Temple Emanu-El member Abe Zeewy graciously volunteers his time to teach this beginners’ course in conversational Hebrew, guiding adults in the basics of our holy tongue. Classes take place from 2:00 - 3:15 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, and will continue Thursdays through December if a minimum enrollment is met. Reservations are required. Cost: $20 for materials. Registration deadline is November 7. For more information or to register, contact Abe Zeewy at 941.349.5371 or

JFCS Annual Grace Rosen Magill Lecture Dr. Ron Wolfson (pictured), Professor at American Jewish University, Los Angeles, and co-President of Synagogue 3000, will be the featured keynote speaker at 7:00 p.m. at Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota. His topic is based on his newest book, The Seven Questions You’re Asked in Heaven: Reviewing & Renewing Your Life on Earth. Books will be available for purchase and author signing at the event. The evening will include recognition of Gerri Aaron as the recipient of the Rabbi Sanford & Leah Saperstein Hope & Healing Award and Judy & Charles Cahn will receive the Sidney J. Berkowitz Building Community Award. $25 per person includes lecture and dessert reception; $100 per person includes invitation to a special preevent reception, signed copy of Dr. Wolfson’s book, lecture and dessert reception. For more information, please contact Lynne Georgette at 941.366.2224 x181 or

On view Thursday, October 13 through Saturday, January 21, 2012 Presented locally by The Herman & Sally Boxser Diversity Initiative of Temple Beth Sholom of Sarasota

On view Monday, October 17 through Sunday, February 5, 2012

Brandeis National Committee (BNC) invites all of its current members, as well as anyone who is interested in learning about the organization, to a light brunch followed by a very interesting program. Guest speaker Carl Abbott, FAIA, a world-renowned architect, will present “Informed by the Land.” The program will also include a rundown of BNC’s exciting activities for the coming year, including its many study groups and cultural events. This free event runs from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota. No reservations required. For more information, please contact Sharyn Nassau at 941.373.3941 or

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12 “Sarasota History Alive!” Interfaith Luncheon The Social Action Committee hosts Temple Emanu-El’s annual Friendship Luncheon – an afternoon of interfaith learning and socializing with the leadership and parishioners of St. Martha Catholic Church. Featured speaker Jeff Hurd of the Sarasota County History Center will take attendees on a leisurely stroll through Sarasota history with an engaging PowerPoint presentation and commentary. Attendees will also enjoy a sneak peek of a short film by Scott Pelley, newly-named anchor of the CBS Evening News. The luncheon begins at noon at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. The cost of $15 includes a catered lunch and program. Payment should be mailed by November 7 to Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, FL 34232. For more information, please call Dorothy Quint at 941.359.9417.

Bingold at Temple Sinai Join us at 7:00 p.m. at Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge off Proctor between Beneva and Swift Roads. Sell your gold! Play bingo! Cash prizes. Chinese Auction. Grab bags filled with awesome gift cards, too! Cash bar. Catered by Michael Lauberblat. Members: $12/$20 per couple; nonmembers: $15/25 per couple. RSVP to Bethany at 941.726.7732 by November 1.

Jewish Book Festival: Opening Night Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza by Adina Hoffman and Peter Cole is the highly engaging story of the recovery of the Cairo Geniza, which is arguably the greatest discovery of Jewish manuscripts ever made. In Sacred Trash, Hoffman and Cole lead us into the richly textured Jewish world revealed by these manuscripts, as they also present the fascinating life stories of the modern scholars who devoted themselves to unearthing and studying the Geniza documents. These treasures, concealed for centuries behind a wall in one of Cairo’s oldest synagogues, reveal an entire civilization. The authors will sign books after the lecture. Books will be available for sale courtesy of Circle Books. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Beatrice Friedman Theater on the Federation campus. Tickets start at $10. Purchase tickets at For more information, contact Mary Everist at 941.371.4546 x119 or

Save The DaTe!

Tuesday January 24 2012

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Mississippi Department of Archives and History

Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow: Jewish Refugee Scholars at Black Colleges was created and is circulated by the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. Public Program: Curator Talk Bonnie Gurewitsch, Curator of Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow Monday, November 14, 6:00 pm Location: Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 South Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota 34237 Free to all

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Breman Museum

Seeking Justice: The Leo Frank Case Revisited was created and is circulated by the Breman Museum, Atlanta, Georgia.

Fall Exhibits sponsored by Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties Presenting Media Sponsors Florida Holocaust Museum 55 Fifth Street South, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701 727.820.0100

The Ariel String Quartet Presented in PartnershiP by


November 2011


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Fabulous Annual Flea Market Join us from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Jewish Center of Venice, 600 N. Auburn Rd. for a huge collection of furniture, décor and art pieces, tchotchkes, bake sale and more. Delicious deli lunch with sandwiches, desserts and drinks may be purchased for lunch. Free admission and parking. Contact Beata Hulliger at 941.484.2022 for more information.


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“Art Robbins” Men’s Club meeting Join the Temple Beth El Bradenton “Art Robbins” Men’s Club for its monthly meeting at 10:00 a.m. at Bob Evans (14th Street). The men’s club sponsors wonderful events during the year. Come and be part of the planning of events such as the annual Coquina Beach barbeque and Purim party. For more information, please call 941.755.4900, Tuesday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

Jewish Book Festival: Local Author Day This event will feature authors from the Sarasota-Manatee area and will provide an opportunity for them to speak about their work. The event begins at 2:00 p.m. in the Beatrice Friedman Theater on the Federation campus. Tickets start at $10. Purchase tickets at For more information, contact Mary Everist at 941.371.4546 x119 or

Zionist Organization of America meeting Dr. Andrew Bostom, an American author and Associate Professor of Medicine at Brown University Medical School, will address “The Legacy of Islamic Anti-Semitism.” This free event begins at 2:30 p.m. at Chabad of Sarasota, 7700 Beneva Road, Sarasota. For more information, please contact the Zionist Organization of America, Sarasota-Manatee Chapter, at or visit

Square Dance at Temple Beth Sholom Ready to swing your partner and Do-Si-Do? The Temple Beth Sholom Men’s Club is hosting a Date Night event with a Square Dance and Chuck Wagon Dinner from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the temple, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota. Renowned caller Red Bates and his music will be featured. All are welcome but reservations by November 8 are required. The prepaid cost is $35 per couple or $18 per person. Please contact the temple at 941.955.8121 for reservations, or Paul Rabin at 941.330.8300 for more information.

Dinner and a Movie with the Rabbi Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge off Proctor between Beneva and Swift Roads, invites you to attend the second (of a series of four) Documentary Film and Discussion with Rabbi Geoff Huntting. Dinner is at 5:00 p.m., followed at 6:00 with the film and discussion. Cost for temple members for the remaining series is $65; $75 for guests. Single evenings are $25 for temple members; $35 for guests. The country to be featured in film and cuisine for November is Mexico. Reservations in advance by October 30. No walk-ins. Call Jane Tolbert at 941.388.9634 or Helen Spindler at 941.929.7422.

Shalom Again Dinner The Temple Beth Israel Men’s Club hosts this much anticipated annual dinner featuring great food and entertainment plus plenty of time to shmooze. Join us at 6:00 p.m. at the temple, 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key. $30 per person. For more information and to RSVP, contact the temple office at 941.383.3428 or

Jewish Book Festival: Ted Gup A Secret Gift: How One Man’s Kindness – and a Trove of Letters – Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression is an inspiring account of America at its worst – and Americans at their best – woven from the stories of Depressionera families who were helped by gifts from the author’s generous and secretive grandfather. Gup tracked down many of the families who received these gifts to discover the impact they had on their lives – and learned a few things about his own family on the way. The author will sign books after the lecture. Books will be available for sale courtesy of Circle Books. The event begins at 7:00 p.m. at Polo Grill (Lakewood Ranch). Tickets start at $10. Purchase tickets at www.jfedsrq. org. For more information, please contact Mary Everist at 941.371.4546 x119 or

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November 2011 MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14


Books & Brown Bag Bunch

Jewish Book Festival: Alicia Oltuski

Sponsored by Beth Israel Women, the book club will meet to discuss To the End of the Land, by David Grossman. This novel, set in Israel, is a remarkable evocation of a mother’s love and insight into war and family. The facilitator is Carole Klionsky. Attendees can bring lunch; coffee and dessert provided. The event begins at noon at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key. The discussion usually runs for one hour, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. For more information, contact the temple office at 941.383.3428 or

In Precious Objects: A Story of Diamonds, Family and a Way of Life, twenty-six-year-old journalist Alicia Oltuski, the daughter and granddaughter of diamond dealers, seamlessly blends family narrative with literary reportage to reveal the fascinating secrets of the diamond industry and its madcap characters: an Elvis-impersonating dealer, a duo of diamonddetective brothers, and her own eccentric father. The book is a Barnes & Noble Fall 2011 Discover Great New Writers selection. The author will sign books after the lecture. Books will be available for sale courtesy of Circle Books. The event begins at noon at Longboat Key Club in the Harbourside Dining Room. Tickets start at $36 and include lunch. Purchase tickets at For more information, please contact Mary Everist at 941.371.4546 x119 or

“Lunch with the Rabbi” Sponsored by the Temple Beth Israel Men’s Club, this program will focus on the topic “Is it Still an ‘Arab Spring’? Is it Still a Hope for Peace?” Join Rabbi Jonathan Katz at noon at the temple, 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key. Reservations and prepayment are required. $40/“Lunch with the Rabbi” series; lunch included. For more information and to RSVP, contact the temple office at 941.383.3428 or

Jewish Book Festival: Ghita Schwarz An astonishing tale of grief and anger, memory and survival, Displaced Persons marks the arrival of a gifted new literary talent. Schwarz’s powerful story of a group of Holocaust survivors – “displaced persons” – struggling to remake their lives and cope with the stigma of their pasts in the wake of the Nazi horror is beautiful, tragic, moving and unforgettable, chronicling the lives of ordinary people who have suffered under extraordinary circumstances. The author will sign books after the lecture. Books will be available for sale courtesy of Circle Books. The event begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Beatrice Friedman Theater on the Federation campus. Tickets start at $10. Purchase tickets at www. For more information, contact Mary Everist at 941.371.4546 x119 or

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Jewish Book Festival: Jennifer Griffin and Greg Myre No other conflict in the world has dragged on longer, engendered more bitterness or defied more attempts at resolution than the battle between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Over the past decade, Greg Myre and his wife, Jennifer Griffin, covered it for The New York Times and Fox News respectively, and they arrived at the same conclusion: the conflict cannot be solved anytime soon. This Burning Land: Lessons from the Front Lines of the Transformed Israeli-Palestinian Conflict embraces the story of their journalistic enterprises and the story of building a home and raising children within a crossfire. The authors will sign books after the lecture. Books will be available for sale courtesy of Circle Books. The event begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Beatrice Friedman Theater on the Federation campus. Tickets start at $10. Purchase tickets at For more information, contact Mary Everist at 941.371.4546 x119 or

Wine & Refine with N’shei Chabad Women All women are welcome to join old and new friends at a relaxing N’shei Women event entitled, Wind Down with Wine & Refine Your Shine with Shelley Waldman of Outer Image Spa. Give yourself a break and allow yourself some self-indulgence as you sip some tasty kosher wines and enjoy an array of fruit, as Shelley provides simple techniques to refine your face. This event begins at 7:30 p.m. at Chabad of Sarasota, 7700 Beneva Road. Cost is $5 for members, and $10 for non-members. Advance reservations are required at 941.925.0770.


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November 2011




NCJW Annual Member Luncheon

Temple Emanu-El Shabbat dinner

National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is pleased to announce that Jane Plitt, author and NCJW Sarasota-Manatee Section member, will speak about how a diminutive woman – Martha Matilda Harper – used her business for social change and how franchising was created by a woman! Join us for lunch at 11:30 a.m. at the Prestancia Country Club, 4900 TPC Drive, Sarasota. Afterwards, Jane will share her exciting story. Tickets are $22. If you’ve been thinking about becoming an NCJW member, now is the time! Call Marge Rome at 941.355.7185 to obtain membership information and to make your reservation.

You are warmly invited to begin your Shabbat celebration with a festive and delicious catered Shabbat meal at 6:00 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. The temple’s monthly Shabbat dinners have become known for their open and friendly spirit, and the opportunity to share Shabbat with lots of old and new friends in a warm and caring community. You will be sincerely welcomed. The all-musical Shabbat Alive! worship service follows at 7:30 p.m. Cost: $12/adult, $6/children ages 5-12, children under 5 free. For more information, please contact Ethel Gross at 941.388.7899 or

Jewish Book Festival: Wayne Hoffman

Shabbat dinner

In Yiddish, there is a word for it: bashert - the person you are fated to meet. In Sweet Like Sugar, twentysomething Benji Steiner is skeptical of the concept, but the elderly rabbi who stumbles into Benji’s office one day has no doubts. Rabbi Jacob Zuckerman’s late wife, Sophie, was his bashert. Now that she is gone, he grapples with grief and loneliness. Touched by the rabbi’s plight, Benji becomes his helper, driving him home after work, sitting in his living room listening to stories. The author will sign books after the lecture. Books will be available for sale courtesy of Circle Books. The event begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Beatrice Friedman Theater on the Federation campus. Tickets start at $10. Purchase tickets at For more information, contact Mary Everist at 941.371.4546 x119 or

Join Rabbi & Chanie Bukiet at 7:00 p.m. at their home (call for directions) for a delicious Shabbat dinner catered by Tseza Wieand from “Delicious Creations,” complete with songs, activities, stories and more for the entire family. $20/adult, $15/child (ages 3-12), $60/family (2 adults/2children). To RSVP, call Chanie Bukiet at 941.752.3030.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17 Kaplan Preschool Thanksgiving lunch & Open House

Barbara Rowe: Portrayal of Ernestine Rose, Jewish abolitionist and suffragette Barbara Rowe (pictured) began her political performances in 1970 portraying Susan B. Anthony for the League of Women Voters. Based on audience requests, Ms. Rowe went on to research, write and costume a dozen historical women. The basic subject was always prejudicial laws which kept women from enjoying “citizen” status. Join the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism at 7:30 p.m. at Unity, 3023 Proctor Road, Sarasota, to experience Ms. Rowe’s portrayal of Ernestine Rose. The public is welcome at no charge. For more information, call 941.929.7771 or visit www.

Parents of Kaplan Preschool students and prospective students are invited to join the preschool for a special Thanksgiving lunch prepared by the children and staff. This event will also serve as an Open House with an opportunity to mingle and meet the staff and parents. Come to Chabad of Sarasota, 7700 Beneva Road, at 11:15 a.m. For reservations, please call 941.925.0770.

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AJC West Coast Florida presents its 2011 Civic Achievement Award to Gwen MacKenzie, President and CEO of Sarasota Memorial Health Care System. This award is given annually to individuals whose contributions have improved the shared life of our community. Ms. MacKenzie (pictured) is a visionary leader and community advocate who, through her tireless dedication has benefited and strengthened the Sarasota area in countless ways. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. at Michael’s On East, 1212 East Avenue South, Sarasota. Sponsorships begin at $1,000. Individual ticket price is $175. To RSVP or for more information, contact the AJC West Coast Florida office at 941.365.4955.

Jewish Book Festival: Andrew Gross Eyes Wide Open is a New York Times bestseller and Andrew Gross’ most personal story yet. Drawing on this own shock and grief after the sudden suicide of his young nephew, Gross delivers a breakout novel that tells the story of a family haunted by a secret past. The author will sign books after the lecture. Books will be available for sale courtesy of Circle Books. The event begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Beatrice Friedman Theater on the Federation campus. Tickets start at $10. Purchase tickets at For more information, contact Mary Everist at 941.371.4546 x119 or

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November 2011



Tot Shabbat at Temple Emanu-El

Garage sale to benefit Chabad Kaplan Preschool

Join us at 10:30 a.m. for a relaxed, welcoming, festive Shabbat celebration for young Jewish and interfaith families. We’ll enjoy playground time, a bagel breakfast, age-appropriate Shabbat prayers, songs, movement and a story with Rabbi Brenner Glickman, friendly faces, and lots of fun! We’ll also take part in an all-ages mitzvah craft project and talk about showing thankfulness and helping others in honor of the approaching Thanksgiving holiday. All are welcome at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. For more information, call Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman at 941.379.1997.

The Chabad of Sarasota’s Men’s Club will hold its annual garage sale to benefit the Kaplan Preschool at 8:00 a.m. at Chabad of Sarasota, 7700 Beneva Road. For the success of this mini-fundraiser, please bring your no-longer-used items that are in excellent condition. All items donated are tax deductible. For further information or to volunteer during the garage sale, call the Chabad office 941.925.0770.

Annual Progressive Dinner - “Mexican Fiesta” Join your friends and the Temple Beth El Bradenton (TBE) family at 4:30 p.m. for an evening of good music, good food (promise not too spicy), a beautiful sunset, and a fun and relaxed evening at the home of Dr. Jack Jawitz and Evelyn Treworgy overlooking the Manatee River. Listen to the music of Senor “Zorro” Williams as he sets the mood of Mexico. Cost for TBE members: $75/couple, $37.50/single; for non-members: $85/ couple, $42.50/single. Dress: fiesta casual (pants, dresses, etc., no shorts, but theme outfits are okay). RSVP (sign up) by calling the temple office at 941.755.4900, Tuesday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

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Jewish War Veterans meeting Jewish War Veterans, Sarasota Post 172, will hold its next meeting at 9:15 a.m. at Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Ave, Sarasota, with a Bagel & Lox Breakfast. All veterans (male and female) are welcome. One does not need to be a combat veteran to join. National Guard and Reserve persons are eligible. Call Commander Stuart Krupkin at 941.342.3413 for further information.

Jewish Icons, Bagels and Bios Everyone is welcome to join Temple Beth Sholom’s Sunday Morning Symposium on Jewish Icons, Bagels and Bios. Enjoy coffee and bagels at 9:30 a.m. and a presentation about Mathilde Schechter by Anne Schimberg. Mathilde Schechter was the wife of Solomon Schechter and founder of the Women’s League for Conservative Judaism. The event takes place at Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota. No cost, but donations to defray food costs will be accepted. Please contact the temple at 941.955.8121 for information or to sponsor the lecture.

“Om Shalom Yoga” and breakfast Temple Emanu-El Brotherhood invites the community to “Om Shalom Yoga,” taught by Liana Sheintal Bryant. Join us for a morning of relaxation, stretching, strengthening – and, afterwards, a little kibbitzing with breakfast. Liana empowers all who come to yoga to live it as fully and as happily as she does, whatever their level of fitness or experience. Known for her bright smile and infectious warmth, she infuses her classes with the same spirit of nurturing care. The program, which takes place at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, runs from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. and is free; a deluxe bagel breakfast will be served at 10:30 a.m. and costs $5. For more information, please contact Neil Klaber at 941.921.2229.

Jewish Genealogical Society meeting International Jewish Genealogy Month (Cheshvan, October 29 - November 26) is a perfect time for making connections. Sue Davis will be doing just that when she speaks at the Jewish Genealogical Society’s meeting at 1:00 p.m. at Kobernick House, 1951 N. Honore Ave., Sarasota. Sue began researching her family in 2000 after retiring to Venice. Gathering her family history proved to be more of a challenge than she anticipated. Join us and learn how the Internet assisted in making the connections. Attendance is free and open to the public. For details, please contact Kim Sheintal at 941.921.1433 or

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23 Interfaith Thanksgiving Service Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge off Proctor between Beneva and Swift Roads, cordially invites you to an Interfaith Thanksgiving Service in conjunction with the Church of the Palms. Wine and cheese reception at 5:15 p.m.; service at 6:00 p.m. For more information, call 941.924.1802.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30 Book review: To the End of the Land To the End of the Land, by David Grossman, is a very intense novel that captures the Israeli dilemma. It is about Ora, a mother whose younger son, just back from the army, is recruited to re-enlist for a dangerous mission in the West Bank. Certain that he will die, she believes that if she is not home when the soldiers come to inform her of his death, he will not have died. Ruthe Actor will review. Everyone is welcome at 1:15 p.m. at the Temple Beth Sholom Idelson Adult Library, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota. There is no cost but reservations are desired. Please contact Arlene Hamburger at 941.921.2554 or for more information.

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November 2011


Sarah Painter’s Mitzvah Project


ong before she was assigned her Torah portion for her Bat Mitzvah, Sarah Painter, a seventh grader at Manatee School for the Arts in Palmetto, was starting to plan her Mitzvah Project. “I knew two things,” said Sarah. “It will involve painting... and children.” Late last spring, Sarah’s plans really came together. “I went to a meeting at a local church in Bradenton. The people there were very warm and friendly, but their pre-K room looked like it needed some attention,” Sarah observed. Not

long after, Sarah contacted the church and offered to paint a mural for the preschool children. Since her Torah portion was Bereshit, Sarah decided to illustrate the days of creation. Sarah was delighted to find out that Beraca First Haitian Church of Bradenton had just started its “Summer of Creation” program, covering the six days of creation and the importance of the Sabbath. “As Seventh-day Adventists, the congregation celebrates the Sabbath from sundown on Friday until sundown Saturday; just like us!” explained Sarah.

In the end, Sarah designed and produced seven large paintings for the pre-K classroom. The paintings were presented to Jeranie St. Louis, the church’s Children’s Program Director, at an artist’s reception held in Sarah’s honor. Sarah Painter presents the first of seven paintings “I am very thankful for the depicting creation and Shabbat opportunity to express my Torah studies through my artwork,” said members of Temple Beth El in St. PeSarah. “I really hope the children at the tersburg, Florida, where she was called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on SaturChurch enjoy them too.” Sarah Painter and her family are day, October 22.

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pencer Opal-Levine, a pupil at Chabad of Sarasota’s Weinstein Religious School, didn’t want to wait for his thirteenth birthday to do a mitzvah project. For the second year in a row, Spencer asked guests to honor his birthday by bringing donations instead of gifts. He calls it a “Party with a Purpose!” Wildlife, Inc. ( was this year’s local beneficiary. The charity focuses on the rehabilitation and release of injured and orphaned animals. Over thirty of Spencer’s third-grade class-

mates at Pine View came to the Crowley Museum and Nature Center where park naturalist JT Eldrich of Project Critter took the guests on a nature walk down Crowley’s Children’s Discovery Path. Deer, raccoon and even bobcat tracks were discovered. At the end of his party, Spencer handed out aluminum water bottles with “Party with a Purpose!” printed on them, thanking all who attended for their generosity.

Spencer hands out “Party with a Purpose!” water bottles

Besides the obvious pizza and cake, Spencer loved it when Wildlife, Inc.’s Damon Hurd stopped by with a few rescued animals to tell the partygoers how their donations of paper towels, bleach and birdseed made a difference. “Sometimes, giving is the best gift,” says Spencer, who hopes that partying with a purpose will become the new hot trend. “But even if it doesn’t catch on, I’ll still continue – because now it’s my tradition.” After helping Save Our Seabirds last year, and Wildlife, Inc. this year, Spencer is already looking forward to next year when he turns ten and creates another “Party with a Purpose!”

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Temple Emanu-El Religious School adopts the Holocaust Survivor Cookbook By Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman


Attention 11th & 12th Grade Students

in the 2011-2012 School Year

March OF THE LIVING April 15–29, 2012

Spend a week in Poland and march from Auschwitz to Birkenau with thousands of Jewish teens from around the world on Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day). Then spend a week in Israel on Yom Hazikaron (Israel Memorial Day) and Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel Independence Day) seeing the incredible sites of our homeland.

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hen Temple Emanu-El sixth graders gathered for their cooking chug – one of the weekly hands-on learning experiences offered at the synagogue’s religious school – on September 18, they mixed and measured, poured and stirred, grilled and tasted. They also kept alive the stories and memories of 130 Holocaust survivors. Under the direction of temple faculty member Lesley Husak, herself a Second Generation member and Holocaust Studies instructor, and Orna Nissan, Director of Holocaust Education and Israel programs at The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee, Temple Emanu-El Religious School (TEERS) has adopted the Holocaust Survivor Cookbook as its “textbook” for its popular weekly cook-

ing chug. This remarkable book, compiled by the Caras family, contains recipes contributed by Holocaust survivors; accompanying each recipe is the survivor’s personal testimony about his or her life before, and experiences during, the Holocaust. Students recreate the recipes while TEERS cooking chug and Holocaust Studies learning about instructor Lesley Husak the legacies of the survivors who shared them. “I was grateful to see my child beginning to learn about the Holocaust in this way,” one sixth-grade parent noted.

First Bar Mitzvah celebrant at Congregation Kol HaNeshama


erik Schechter will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday morning October 29. This will be the first of many B’nai Mitzvah to be celebrated in the young Congregation Kol HaNeshama, Sarasota’s Jewish Reconstructionist synagogue. Merik is an eighth-grade honor student at Prew Academy Middle School. For the past three years he has spent every Sunday on Anna Maria Island working with his mentor, Charles Can-

niff, learning the art of carpentry. They built a portable Torah Ark, which will be used during the service. Most recently, Merik and Charles built a 14 ft. rowboat/sailboat that Merik and friends take out on the Gulf. Merik attended Camp Avodah in Massachusetts for two summers with the help of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, and participated in sailing camp at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron and rowing camp. Merik is an avid reader of books on CD. He enjoys

“The subject is so difficult, and this was a gradual but still meaningful introduction. It is also so powerful to taste food that children have prepared from recipes that so easily could have been lost in the Holocaust.” Director of Education Sabrina Silverberg praised the program as “new and meaningful,” and noted that participating students will share their reflections on the experience at Holocaust Survivor Cookbook author Joanne Caras’ Tuesday, November 8 appearance in Sarasota. The event is sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. For tickets, visit For more information about Holocaust studies at TEERS, please call 941.371.2788.

theater and movies, as well as camping and participating with friends on their Airsoft shootMerik Schechter ing team. Merik’s Bar Mitzvah project supports research to end Alzheimer’s Disease within his generation. He has experienced this disease firsthand and has participated in several Alzheimer’s Walks in memory of his grandmother, Esther “Mimi” Schechter.

Ringling College Hillel Judaic Temple Sinai’s SAFETY Art Scholarship Competition opens 2011-2012 season


ingling College Hillel, in conjunction with the Ringling College of Art and Design, is pleased to announce the Second Annual Ringling College Hillel Judaic Art Scholarship Competition. The theme of the competition is “Genesis.” Following a private awards ceremony and reception, the exhibition will be open to the public daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., beginning Thursday, November 3 and running through Sunday, November 6 in the Richard and Barbara Basch Gallery, located in the Academic Building on the Ringling College campus. Student scholarships will be awarded for first, second and third place in the competition as determined by a professional jury. Last year’s competition was very successful and featured original works

of art by 19 Ringling College students. To view the artwork and artists’ statements about their work from the 2010 program, visit The Ringling College Hillel Judaic Art Scholarship Competition is made possible through the generosity of community members Robert and MeMe Kramer, Micah Parker and Mindy Kauffman, and Arnold and Deanne Kaplan. Co-chairs for the event are Dr. Bart and Joan Levenson, and Marden and Joan Paru. Ringling College Hillel is part of the Hillels of the Florida Suncoast and is a beneficiary agency of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. For more information, contact Linda Wolf, Assistant Director for Hillels of the Florida Suncoast, at 813.899.2788 or

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emple Sinai’s Senior Youth Group, SAFETY (Sarasota Area Federation of Extreme Temple Youth), held its first event of the year, “Channel Surfing,” on September 18. Teens participated in activities that captured their enthusiasm for various reality TV shows. Rube Goldberg contraptions were created to augment the infamous Myth Busters “Diet Coke and Mentos” explosions; cupcakes were decorated and judged in a nod to Cupcake Wars; an obstacle course negotiated by crab walking around cones while balancing a marshmallow on a spoon was derived from Survivor; and an abun-

dance of sixty-second relays, including catching a swinging marshmallow in your mouth, balancing dice on popsicle sticks, and catching a sliding Oreo from your forehead into your mouth, were all part of the Minute to Win It portion. Finally, the afternoon concluded with silly water play shenanigans utilizing plastic tarps, dish soap, water, slip’n’slides and various blown up inner tubes; the rest was left to the imagination of the participants! For more information about SAFETY or to attend an event, contact Andrea Eiffert, Temple Sinai Youth Director, at 941.924.1802 x112.

Madrichim “Young Leaders” are former students who have all completed the Martin & Mildred Paver Religious School program. They are giving back to their community by helping out in the classrooms on Sunday mornings. Pictured at an orientation training session are Rebecca Jaffer, Fallon Katz, Jacob Knego, Flora Oynick (Education Director), Rachel Miller, Hannah Anderson, Rochelle Prokupets, Samantha Lichtenstein and Sydney Hanan.

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TBSS students make Thanksgiving festive at Salvation Army


emple Beth Sholom Schools (TBSS) students eagerly await Tuesday, November 22, when they are able to participate in their favorite school-year “mitzvah.” During the fall season, they collect items such as blankets, clothing, toys and canned

food for the residents of the Salvation Army. In addition to donations, students have been busy in the art studio creating napkin rings, centerpieces and wall hangings that will become décor for this annual holiday meal. At 12:30 p.m. on November 22, the

At Goldie Feldman Academy, students load a truck bound for the Salvation Army

Emma Katz creates a festive decoration for the holiday season

second- and third-graders pack up these goods, load them onto a truck, and accompany them to their final destination – the Salvation Army located at 1400 10th Street in Sarasota. The highlight of the day is decorating the tables and walls of the dining room. This ten-year-old tradition at TBSS leaves warm impressions with students for years to come. Second-grade teacher Barbara O’Brien says, “Students who are now in the upper grades ask me every year if they can participate because it meant so much to them.” It is also an important value lesson for the students. “I am thrilled my seven-year-old daughter is learning the importance of giving back. It’s a value we

Jewish Living and Learning Sunday School


appy to go to school on Sunday? Absolutely! The smiling faces of students at Congregation Ner Tamid’s Jewish Living and Learning Sunday School told the whole story – happy to see friends and teachers and happy to return to an ongoing exploration of their Jewish connections and Hebrew learning. On September 11, the first day of school for the year, students were excited to decorate Ner Tamid’s new Bradenton home at The Lodge. After some review, they were pleased and relieved to realize that they hadn’t forgotten their Hebrew over the summer recess.

Teachers devoted class time to ageappropriate lessons to commemorate 9/11, as well as preparations for each child’s special part in Ner Tamid’s High Holiday services. Students presented the Haftorah stories of Samuel and Jonah on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur respectively. “I think it’s good that we kids get to be part of the service. It’s cool that the grownups want us to be there,” said Peter Semonick, who will become a Bar Mitzvah in May 2012. Ner Tamid is still accepting students for the school year. For more information, please call 941.755.1231.

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Happy to be back at Jewish Living and Learning Sunday School, student Cassidy Jones proudly decorates Ner Tamid’s new home at The Lodge

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November 2011

Chabad of Sarasota Kaplan Preschool Parent Night

Torah For Teens Rosh Hashanah Mitzvah

Kaplan Preschool parents attended an informative evening and got a taste of what the students enjoy. Parents praised the evening, which included hand printing (below) and “Stretch and Grow” exercises (at right).

Weinstein Religious School students enjoyed a pre-Rosh Hashanah celebration while the Torah For Teens participated in a special mitzvah as they prepared round challah to distribute to Jewish residents at The Springs nursing facility. At right: Jodi Bloom delivers the challah to the nursing facility Below: Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz with teens and the challah they prepared

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A Discussion with Frida Ghitis World Affairs Columnist and Consultant, Miami Herald, World Politics Review, and others

Israel’s Looming Global Changes, Risk and Opportunity Tuesday, January 10 at 6:30 pm Michaels On East, 1212 South East Avenue, Sarasota Frida Ghitis is a world affairs columnist whose articles appear in dozens of publications across the globe. She started her career at CNN, where she was a producer and correspondent covering some of the most important events of our time. She has worked in more than 60 countries and travels frequently to peaceful and not so peaceful places. In the last 18 months alone she reported from Kosovo, Macedonia, Sri Lanka and Israel, among others. She has worked in Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait and, of course, Israel. She has interviewed Marxist guerrillas in the Amazon jungle, has sat down with Fidel Castro, and met with newly-released POWs in the Iraqi desert. She covered wars in Bosnia, Somalia, Iraq and Kuwait. In addition to the Miami Herald, where she writes a column distributed to hundreds of newspapers throughout the world, her work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Jerusalem Post,, and many others.

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Temple Sinai First day back at Temple Sinai Religious School At left: Reb Ari Shapiro, Renae and Max Lasday spent the first day of Religious School reuniting with old friends, meeting new friends and teachers, and stopping to remember the events of 9/11. At right: During the first morning of Religious School, Hayliann and Maxwell decorated apples and honey gifts for Rosh Hashanah. Below: Debi Gardi, Susan Marcus, Renae Lasday, Chris Malkin, Howard Small and Susan Klawans shared their hopes and dreams for their children while reviewing school policies.

Tot Shabbat At left: Parents and grandparents joined with the children to listen to Rabbi Geoffrey Huntting and Chazzan Cliff Abramson. At right: Children sang Shabbat songs and blessings, marched with the Torah, and listened to a story by Laura Freedman about how all our senses know that it is time for Shabbat.

Jewish Center of Venice Two Open Houses welcome families and friends to the Jewish Center of Venice (JCV) New and returning families joined JCV staff to celebrate the first day of Religious School with a delicious Bagel Brunch (below). In attendance were (at right) Rabbi Dan Krimsky, Cantor Marci Vitkus, Children’s Education Director Wendy Tenzer-Daniels and Hebrew teacher Chaya Perera. Later that day, a prospective members Open House was held in coordination with the Synagogue Council’s annual Open House event. Bobbie Nolan and Susie Holleran (bottom right) welcomed prospective members.

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November 2011

Temple Emanu-El

Holocaust Survivor

Cookbook with Joanne Caras

Temple Emanu-El Religious School (TEERS) opening day festivities

“Sweet Beginnings” Shabbat Dinner

Tuesday November 8 2011 7:00 p.m. on the Federation Campus

Third-graders – and twins – Abby and Katie Alcock show their school spirit during the “Shmear and Shmooze.” Faculty and families socialized over bagels and cream cheese.

Join Joanne Caras to hear some of the most memorable stories from the book, as well as to sample some of the recipes. Cookbooks will be available for purchase and Joanne will sign them after the lecture. Proceeds from the cookbook will benefit the Carmei Ha’ir Soup Kitchen.

Director of Education Sabrina Silverberg, Rabbi Brenner Glickman, and First Vice President Dan Carter saluted Eunice Cohen for her remarkable gift to the TEERS scholarship fund.

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Dr. Bert and Renee Gold caught up with Joe Kopper and Phyllis Troy. The “Sweet Beginnings” dinner was chaired by Helena Ozer and Ethel Gross.

Arlene Leven, Eunice Cohen, Dorothy Quint and Marion Goldsmith socialize together. “Sweet Beginnings” was the first of Temple Emanu-El’s popular series of monthly Shabbat dinners.

Harriet Goldstein greets Joe and Lou Anne Steinberg. Temple members and guests enjoyed sharing a delicious Shabbat dinner and conversation with old and new friends.

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Director of Education Sabrina Silverberg greets Julia Beatt and her mother, Danielle. The Beatts were among the many families joining TEERS this year.

National Council of Jewish Women Lunch and backstage tour at Van Wezel

Paver Religious School Martin & Mildred Paver Religious School students prepare items to share with their families for Rosh Hashanah Third-grade students Leo Hellawell, Bianca Gruber, Anna Labiner, Sasha Silverman and Melanie Green make challah covers for their families.

Rae Ceil Schwartz, Norma Cohen, Hannah Friedman

Lynnie Siegal, Rosalie Leon, Vivian Chastain Eric Miller, Olivia Knego, Amelia White and Danielle Rudd with Linda Schwartz, Paver Religious School teacher, have a great time mixing ingredients to make a sweet honey cake for Rosh Hashanah.

Pat Burrows (far right) leads backstage tour

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Temple Beth El Bradenton Temple Beth El Bradenton observes and celebrates Havdalah and Selichot

The temple combined its monthly Havdalah (Sydney Weiss and Rabbi Harold Caminker at left) with its annual Selichot service. The congregation listened to Ryan Hoffman sound the Shofar (at right) and watched the changing of the Torah coverings to the white coverings at Selichot (pictured above are Ralph Shaw, Jean Ellis and Bill Oser).

“Art Robbins” Men’s Club annual barbeque at the beach

Neil Clark, Paul Stahl, Ralph Shaw

Front: Alan Cohn, Simone Shaw, Neil Clark; back: Jerry Shames, Lois Gerber, Kate Richmond

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Chabad of Bradenton & Lakewood Ranch Jewish Women’s Circle “Wish Upon a Dish” Attendees decorated honey dishes and enjoyed delicious foods at the home of Jacque Cohen. At left: Laya Shugol and Miriam Rodriguez with their honey dishes Below: Ladies etch their honey glass dishes At bottom: Abby Chasky and Rosalie Savings at “Wish Upon a Dish”

Club Chai reception An exclusive wine and cheese reception was held to honor Chabad’s dedicated Club Chai members who make monthly donations in increments of Chai ($18).


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Between The Days of Awe and The Festival of Lights ... ... we have time to reflect on the wonderful things we enjoy living in South Florida. We live next to the #1 ranked beach in the U.S. and savor 300 days of sunshine throughout the year. We live in an artsy city with a plentiful selection of theaters, restaurants and entertainment. And, we have a thriving Jewish community, supported by local organizations like your Federation.

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The Jewish News - November 2011  

Monthly newspaper of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee

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