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

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

September 2012 - Elul 5772 / Tishrei 5773 INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

6A Community Focus 16A Jewish Interest 22A Commentary 24A Focus on Youth 27A Life Cycle 1B Jewish Happenings 8B Israel & the Jewish World 14B Recent Events

2A Jewish Federation welcomes new staff members

9A Sarasota Jewish Chorale – singing to make a difference


Locals spend twelve days in the Holy Land

Volume 42, Number 9

Federation leaders find inspiration in Odessa and Israel Staff Report


n July, Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee board members Ros Mazur and Anne Stein participated in the Jewish Federations of North America’s Campaign Chairs and Directors (CCD) Mission to Odessa (Ukraine) and Israel. They were accompanied by Ilene Fox, our local Federation’s Director of Women’s Philanthropy. More than 100 Jewish Federation leaders from 32 communities visited Odessa and Israel to experience the work that Federations do to help the global Jewish community. As part of the CCD, lay leaders and professionals toured the Ukrainian city and then the Jewish state, meeting with organizations, individuals and programs supported by Jewish Federations. “Jewish Federations are the safety net for so many people in need. This trip reminded me that in many cases we are all that these people have to sustain them,” said JFNA National Campaign Chair Susan K. Stern of New York, who co-chaired the mission. In Odessa, the mission toured Jewish sites, visited the Holocaust memorial, and learned about the political and economic climate for Jews in Ukraine. Participants visited the homes of elderly Ukrainians and families at risk that are being assisted by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee’s Hesed welfare services. Ros, Anne and Ilene visited Vera Parshchukova, an 83-year-old Hesed recipient who has lived alone since her husband passed away seven years ago. A native of Odessa, Vera and her family were evacuated to Kazakhstan at the outbreak of World War II and returned to Odessa after the war. Vera has very

poor eyesight and suffers from heart disease, high blood pressure, and circulation and digestive disorders. Last December she fell and broke her hip and is now bedridden. She lives alone in a small oneroom apartment. Her monthly income is $118. With the assistance of Hesed, Vera is provided with homecare twenty-five hours per week. She receives a food card, medications and medical consultations, winter relief items and rehabilitation equipment.

Ros Mazur and Anne Stein with Vera Parshchukova

While in Odessa, the group also toured the Beit Grand Jewish Cultural Center, meeting a group of Holocaust survivors, one of whom enchanted the group by singing a Yiddish song. “It was so beautiful to hear her sing with such feeling and to experience her pride in her Judaism after all she had suffered,” shared Anne.

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5773 14B Photos of local summer camp activities

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September 2012


Jewish Federation welcomes new staff members


he Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee recently welcomed five new staff members to its ranks. They include: Sarah Wertheimer is the organization’s new Director of Development. As part of her responsibilities, Sarah will manage the Federation’s foundation and annual campaign. She has been a part of this community her entire life, fundraising and volunteering alongside her mother Patti. Sarah says she is looking forward to advancing the mission of The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee and is thrilled to be working with such a forward-thinking, dynamic group of people. Amber Ikeman has joined the Federation team as the new Teen Programming and Israel Advocacy Associate. She will be administrating the Federation’s Jewish education program for high-school students, The Bob Malkin Young Ambassadors Teen Leadership Mission to Israel, and all other youth

programs. She will also be working on Israel advocacy initiatives and managing the organization’s blog. Amber recently returned to Sarasota after graduating from the University of Central Florida in 2011 with a B.A. in Music. She also attended the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem and has worked with youth in Hillel, JCC and synagogues. Jessi Sheslow is coming to the Federation as the new Young Adult Division Associate. She has been involved in the Jewish community all her life. Jessi is a Film School graduate and former Associate Producer at a television company. Programming and planning is in her DNA! If you would like more information about YAD, please contact her at Susan Scott, the organization’s new Staff Accountant, recently moved to Sarasota and is completing her master’s degree in accounting and taxation. Susan has extensive experience in

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accounting and is excited about the opportunity to share and grow with the Federation. Jeremy Lisitza has joined the Federation as its new Office Manager. Originally from Chicago, Jeremy has lived in Sarasota for more than nine

years. With many years of experience, both working and volunteering in the not-for-profit community, he will use his well-honed skills of time and organizational management along with his “people” skills to help further the organization’s mission.

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ConneCt with your Jewish Community Federation leaders...continued from page 1A In Israel, the campaign chairs and Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee directors heard from Israeli leaders, in- is building a living bridge – people-tocluding Brig. General Doron Gavish, people partnership – with Kiryat Yam, head of the Israel Defense Forces’ aer- led by committee chair Alan Ades. ial defense unit, Ambassador Michael Reflecting upon her experiences Oren, who dropped in for an unex- during the CCD, Ros shared, “The mispected discussion, and Israeli President sion really opened my eyes and mind Shimon Peres. to exactly what “World Jewry” means Peres offered three pieces of advice and how hard Federation multitasks. No for the group and the greater global matter where I traveled I felt that all the Jewish community: First, to be moral is Jewish people were related to to be wise. Second, the strength of the family tree exploded. While we can’t Jewish people is our dissatisfaction with help every needy person, we must conthe way things are. And finally, always tinue to strive to help as many people as be soldiers for peace. possible. I never realized what a priviThe trip included attendance at a leged life my children led until I met Taglit-Birthright Israel Mega Event the children and teens from Odessa. It’s with more than 3,000 Jewish young so critical that our children understand adults from around the world. “Three how privileged they are. thousand Jewish youth from all over “I always knew that there are many the world were there to celebrate their Jewish organizations helping Jews all Judaism. Everyone was singing and over the world, but on my recent trip to dancing and enjoying being together. Ukraine and Israel with the CCD, I was Even though they were from Russia, privileged to see this help with my own Brazil, Argentina, Ukraine, United eyes. Our Federation supports amazing States, Canada, South Africa, France programs in Odessa, Israel and the far and other countries, the common bond corners of the globe. I encourage everywas that they were all Jewish,” said one to visit Israel and get involved in Anne. our local Federation,” said Anne. Following the CCD, Ros, Anne and For more details on the CCD MisIlene visited Kiryat Yam, The Jewish sion or Kiryat Yam, please contact Ilene Federation of Sarasota-Manatee’s part- Fox at 941.371.4546 x110 or ifox@ nership community. They toured the Alex and Betty Schoenbaum Science, Education, Cultural and Sports Campus, a state-of-theart high-tech educational development that has revitalized Kiryat Yam, a working class community of 45,000 and home to large concentrations of Russian and Ethiopian immigrants. They also toured the Ethiopian Cultural Center and met with Mayor Shmuel Sisso and Ros Mazur, Nechama Kenig, Ilene Fox, Anne Stein, community leaders. The Galit Greenberg and Mayor Shmuel Sisso in Kiryat Yam

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September 2012


Life is a journey By Haley Eiffert


hey say life is a journey and you never know where it is going to take you. When I boarded the El Al charter headed for Poland on the March of the Living mission, I knew exactly where I was going, but that did not mean I knew where it was taking me. No amount of history classes or previous Holocaust education could have prepared me for how it would feel to go back in time more than seventy years. Having been to a few countries in Europe a month prior, I found myself comparing the people and architecture in Poland to the other countries. Life goes on in Poland just as in the other countries, but the land has a very eerie feel to it. The first day, we visited the Umschlagplatz, the train station platform where Jews gathered against their will to be herded onto cattle cars and shipped off to unknown locations. I wrote in my journal, “Today, I felt, was my first real experience with the Holocaust. It has always been real to me and I have always known it to be real, but today I felt it. Walking up to the train station, I saw the memorial, a long concrete wall with years written on it. It was ugly – like the Holocaust. When I saw the actual train station, I clung to my friend Julianne’s arm as I imagined myself taking those scary steps to the Umschlagplatz seventy years ago. And I felt the fear.”

We had one hundred and thirteen people within our region who had traveled together to the station and during our visit we had one hundred and thirteen people inside the small boxcar – the boxcar that would have transported us to a concentration camp, that would have housed many more than those that were already crowded inside, and that would have been filled with crying, dying and terrified Jews. At this moment I realized I could never have been strong enough. I would have cried. I would have panicked. I would have gone crazy in that boxcar for five days. One of the survivors who we were blessed enough to have with us on our trip told us of his experience and led a prayer. I squeezed myself into the corner of the boxcar and closed my eyes. I already knew that this trip was going to be one of the most important experiences of my life. The next day was a scene out of a horror film. On the way to the camp,

Entrance to Auschwitz

I noticed the railroad tracks along the road and thought about the thousands who traveled in boxcars in apprehension. The barbed wire came into view as well as watch towers and large brick buildings. I was at Auschwitz I. The camp had been converted into a museum and the worst part was the room full of human hair. The hair, fully intact, reminded me of all the effort people put into doing their hair and picking a style. I stared at a strand of wavy brown hair, much like my own, and tried to imagine the girl’s face that went along with the hair. Not only did the Nazis take all of the Jews’ belongings when they entered the camp, they also took a part of them. When we walked into the gas chamber, everything felt so wrong. The underground musty, dark room filled my head with screams. I looked up and saw the rectangle in the ceiling where the Zyklon B was put. And then, one by one, we piled out of that gas chamber. Alive. We then stood in the place where families were separated forever. Everything there is massive and organized perfectly. The barracks are in neat, straight rows. It’s sick. The region’s leader, Jack, spoke about a survivor named Jimmy who just passed away recently. The story moved me to tears as Jack described Jimmy being forced to watch his father die in front of him, drowned in chemicals. Jimmy, who was

In Israel, Haley Eiffert with Julianne Simson and Leah Genn, whose articles about their March of the Living experience appeared in last month’s issue of The Jewish News

my current age, began to cry before an SS officer who screamed that if he didn’t stop, Jimmy would be next. “There is nothing in the world that can perfectly describe this feeling. These people, I will never meet. Their bodies are still young when they were supposed to grow old. An infant that never had a chance to learn the joys of life, only the sorrows in there; in one of the three mass graves we saw today,” I wrote on April 20, outside of Tykocin. There were small trees and shrubs growing on top of the two thousand bodies that were mass murdered and buried

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Israel: realities to be faced; decisions to be made By Rabbi Howard A. Simon, Chair of The Robert and Esther Heller Israel Advocacy Initiative


he Middle East, always in a state Mahmoud Jibril as its new leader. He of confusion, has recently taken is a member of Warfalla, Libya’s most steps in the direction of the fu- populace tribe. Third, the civil war in Syria continture. Countries throughout the world have taken note of all that is taking ues as the Assad-led forces continue to kill men, women and place and they react, publicly children by the thouand privately, to these new sands. Resistance forcrealities. No country is more es grow in number and interested and more concerned about these new realities than become more bold in their strikes in and out Israel. What has now occurred in this part of the world? of the capital of Syria. Fourth, Iran conFirst and foremost, Egypt, for the first time in its modern tinues to ignore the history, held a free and open Western world as she election. Mahmoud Morsi, a pursues the developmember of the Muslim Brothment of nuclear weapRabbi Howard A. Simon erhood, has been elected presons that, should they ident, which means the Brotherhood become ready to fire, can destroy Israel will have more power than ever before. and the Middle East. Second, Libya, in its post-Gaddafi Israel looks at these facts and asks era, has also gone to the polls and elect- herself what it, the most threatened land ed Western-educated political scientist in this part of the world, should do in

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the decision has been made as to who will be president and what the makeup of Congress will be. The problem is that the rest of the world will not mark time waiting for the November election. More deaths will occur. More weapons will be accumulated by countries. More strides will be taken in developing nuclear capabilities. More threats will face Israel. Israel will not sit idly by as these developments occur. Israel will act, if not today, then tomorrow. She will defend herself, stand strong, do all that is necessary to protect herself and, hopefully, she will eventually find peace in her land and in her heart. To learn about how you can get involved with the Heller IAI, please visit or contact Amber Ikeman at or 941.371.4546 x105.



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journey...continued from page 3A just outside of their homes in Tykocin, but it was still easy to pick out the location of the graves. The small trees were nothing in comparison to the vast forest of tall trees surrounding them. We had 113 people that day to memorialize the 2,000 and I tried to think of each and every one of them. We went to Treblinka, a camp that the Nazis tried their best to cover up so all that remains in that huge field now is stones. 17,000 stones in 34 acres. Stones that stand for all the places where Jews were killed and all the places the Jews came from that were killed in this horrid place. This camp is invisible to most of the world, hidden within the beautiful forest. This camp had no barracks or bunks, it was a death camp. Jack told us a story about a girl my age who revolted and managed to kill 15 Nazis before they killed her. I thanked her silently for her bravery. The hardest day for me was the last day. The camp, Majdanek, was difficult to see. It was the epitome of the Holocaust: hell. At the far end of the camp there was a huge memorial. I walked up the steps with no warning and saw the largest mound I had ever seen, composed of human ashes. And I cried and I just couldn’t stop. I just cried forever. I cried for those who cried before me because they knew they wouldn’t live any longer. I cried for those who suffered the pain of losing all of their loved

ones. I cried for the Jewish people. All that passed through my mind was “how could this happen?” I saw faces in the ashes and desperately wanted to meet these people and know what impact on the world they would have had. When I got to Israel, I breathed and smiled at the beauty all around me. I am blessed to have the ability to live a real life free from harm. I am thankful. Survivors and those who perished lived half-alive. They changed the world in the only way they could, because their lives were taken too early. They made history. Every single one of the people who died unrightfully in the Holocaust changed the face of racism and prejudice. They continue today to teach the world that hate is not the answer. I am now a witness to the Holocaust and I am so thankful that I had an opportunity to become one. I went on this trip for those who cannot come back to prove Judaism remained. I went for those who can go, but did not want to. I went for the survivors who also went – to support, cherish and learn from them and their experiences. I did not go just for myself; there is a much bigger reason. I went for the Jewish people and I will never forget. To learn more about the March of the Living mission, please contact Orna Nissan at 941.371.4546 x104 or

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September 2012


The 2012 Bob Malkin Young Ambassadors Teen Leadership Mission to Israel

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A life-altering trip By Jesse Schein


OW! The 2012 Bob M a l k i n Young Ambassadors Teen Leadership Mission to Israel was easily the most exciting and jam-packed trip I have ever gone on! This trip was so unique that I will never forget the memories that I have from it. From writing a note to place in the Kotel to climbing Masada, this trip has instilled in me the utmost respect for the holy land of Israel. On a typical day we’d wake up bright and early and enjoy a delicious breakfast before we were off and running for the day. Our first stop was Jerusalem. It came alive with both history and diverse people; the Haas Promenade made it all really stand out for me. From there I was able to see all of Jerusalem. It was magnificent. While still in the holy city of Jerusalem, we had the amazing opportunity to visit the Kotel (Western Wall). It was quite moving

going to see the Kotel on Erev Shabbat. There were so many people gathering to be together for Shabbat. At that moment I felt like I was in my Jewish home. While continuing on my journey I realized how different life is in Israel than back at home in the States. For example, it was inspiring to see soldiers with rifles walking down the street protecting their homeland. Also, in the States we don’t typically see groups of teenagers touring our country, but in Israel it is commonplace. It was comforting to know that everyone around me understood who I am. This was also the case when we arrived in Kiryat Yam, which was easily the best part of the trip because this is where we met our host families. The following three days touring Kiryat Yam were some of the most entertaining times we had on our trip. Spending time with the Israeli teens was fun because we were able to relate to them so much. They play the same video games as we do, they have

My experience in Israel By Madeline Bloom


oing to Israel for two weeks on the 2012 Bob Malkin Young Ambassadors Teen Leadership Mission was definitely the trip of a lifetime. I enjoyed every minute I was there and would love to go back in the near future. This trip was life-changing and will always have a deep impact on me. Throughout the two-week journey, I made lifelong friends. I know we will always share a special bond over Israel. From the moment we got off the plane, we were submerged into the Israeli culture. The day we arrived, we enjoyed an elaborate Israeli lunch and planted trees. Our next adventure was to the Western Wall on Shabbat. It was a unique experience to see hundreds of Jews praying and placing their notes into the wall. The Western Wall was an emotional place for me and that was when it all sunk in that we were in ISRAEL! Exploring the markets, like the ones on Ben Yehuda Street, was an amazing experience. The atmosphere was lively and energetic. By going to all the different markets around Israel we got a good feel for how Israelis live day to day. One of my favorite activities in Israel, besides the Western Wall, was the Dead Sea and Masada. At night we stayed in Bedouin tents and rode camels around the desert – which was both scary and exhilarating, and something I have never experienced before. Early the next morning we hiked up Masada to see the magnificent sunrise, and then walked down the snake path that contains over eight hundred steps. Later that day we went to the Dead Sea,

which was incredible. As we walked into the water, we began to float. After having fun in the Sea, we put mud all over our bodies – a bonding experience for all of us. Some of my best memories are from our stay at a kibbutz. During our stay there, we had a bonfire where we all sang songs, roasted marshmallows, and talked about the highlights of the trip. The trip was full of fun as well as education. We visited a handful of museums, including the Israel Museum, Independence Hall and Yad Vashem. We visited the Holocaust Memorial on our last day in Israel. It was an overwhelming and emotional day for all of us. We also went to Mt. Herzl, to the Western Wall for the third time this trip, and had a farewell dinner together. When we went to the Western Wall on the last day, it was extremely moving and eyeopening. It became more realistic that we would be leaving Israel and going back to our everyday lives. This trip was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I am extremely grateful for this opportunity. It wouldn’t have been the same without our wonderful staff members, Len Steinberg and Kim Mullins from The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. Thank you for keeping us safe and making the trip so memorable. For more information about the Bob Malkin Young Ambassadors Teen Leadership Mission to Israel, contact Amber Ikeman at or 941.371.4546 x105. Look for more firsthand accounts of the 2012 Bob Malkin Young Ambassadors’ experiences in Israel this summer in upcoming issues of The Jewish News.

iPhones just like ours, and they have fun in the summer, just like we do. It was cool to see that they are just like me. And even though this experience in Kiryat Yam was brief, we really made sure we packed in as much fun as possible. We played video games, went bowling, sampled new food and just plain had fun. On the last day of the trip we had the honor of visiting Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Jerusalem. This brought so much meaning and respect to this trip. It really taught me who I am, what I want to be, and what my people are about. This memorial made me see into the lives of those who went through the terrible nightmare of the Holocaust, and it was much worse than I ever learned before. I am proud and honored that I was chosen to go on this trip. It will live with me forever and I will always be able to talk to others about Israel and my experiences. It is a land to be nurtured, supported and forever respected.

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A future unfolding By Leah Caminker, B.A. candidate at LSU, and JFCS 2012 Summer Intern

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his summer, I received a wonderful gift from the SarasotaManatee Jewish community: a summer internship at Jewish Family & Children’s Service. I had the opportunity to observe bereavement and caregiver support groups, the Healthy Families/Healthy Children Program, Holocaust Case Management and the SOS Program. Perhaps most important of all, I developed meaningful personal relationships with many clients. My work with an elderly female Holocaust survivor has been a source of inspiration. Her story is so powerful and compelling that she was honored by Steven Spielberg with an appearance in the movie Shoah. I will never forget her saying to me, “Leah, I do not generally open up to people like this, but I feel so comfortable speaking with you. I feel like you are my adopted granddaughter.” One of my Bikkur Cholim clients was an elderly woman with a terminal illness. She has worked hard on a book of poems, which she requested my assistance with. Last week, I felt so proud telling her that her book is now complete. In her own words, “This fulfills my greatest wish before I leave this world.”

PALS honors JFCS volunteer with two awards By Tara Booker, Director of Volunteers & Community Outreach


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One of my favorite assignments was interviewing many of the JFCS staff members regarding their own career paths. I must say that I am deeply impressed with the level of professionalism, personal caring and warmth displayed by each staff member. When I am asked what it is like to work at JFCS, the first thing I say is, “The entire staff works as a team and functions as a family.” My summer internship has allowed me to experience the varied paths that I may pursue in my future career. I am truly grateful for this opportunity at JFCS, and especially for Susan Finkelstein, Jewish Healing Coordinator, who proved to be a wise, caring and dedicated mentor.

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ongratulations to Jewish Fam- mentor training program at JFCS. This ily & Children’s Service men- training program is one of the reasons tor Stephen Greene, who was JFCS is considered a preferred partner recognized by the Sarasota County mentor organization and maintains an School District at its Annual PALS interagency agreement with the PALS office and Sarasota (Partnerships and Alliances County School District. Linking Schools) RecogThis past school year, nition event. Stephen was Stephen mentored ten nominated by both Emma at-risk children attendE. Booker Elementary and ing Emma E. Booker ElBooker Middle School for ementary and two at-risk his work as a mentor. School youths at Booker Middle administrators noted that School. Stephen is “reliable, puncYou can make the tual, a positive role model, difference in the life of a and has successfully estabchild by volunteering as lished rapport with some of a mentor through JFCS. the more challenged stuStephen Greene The next Mentor Traindents. His depth of caring and commitment to his students is rare ing Workshop is scheduled for Monday, indeed.” September 10. To get started, please In addition to mentoring several contact Caroline Zucker, Coordinator of children each year, Stephen was in- Volunteer Resources, at 941.366.2224 strumental in establishing a structured x141 or

Help for the bereaved at JFCS By Andria Keil Bilan, JFCS VP of Development


hanks to the support of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, the Jewish Family & Children’s Service’s Jewish Healing Program is able to offer help and support to individuals overcoming the loss of a loved one. Funding from the Federation allows JFCS to offer the Bereavement Support Group at no charge as a community service outreach program. Based on a Jewish approach to mourning and healing the soul, the Bereavement Support Group is scheduled for six consecutive weeks. Each session has its own topic such as the normal process of grief, a roadmap for healing, the role of prayer, how to keep memories alive and, finally, healing. “It’s important that people experiencing grief can turn to someone for support,” Susan Finkelstein, RN, MAS,

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September 2012


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Second Annual Jewish New Year’s Party

p until now, Reform Jewish educators with no professional training have found it near impossible to deepen their Judaic and pedagogic knowledge without leaving their jobs. Last year, however, Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion inaugurated an Executive MA program (EMA) in Jewish Education, and Sue Huntting, RJE, the Religious School Director at Temple Sinai, was recently chosen to serve on its Clinical Faculty. Over the next two years, twelve adult students will juggle their work and family responsibilities with a mix of individual learning, chevruta learning (study with a partner), in-person summer classes, online classes, and study in Israel. It will be Sue’s responsibility to help the four students assigned to her make the connection between their learning and their work, guiding them to become more educationally

he Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee and ORT America - Gulf Coast Region are presenting the second annual Jewish New Year’s Party on Sunday, September 9 from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. “Since we had such a great turnout last year, ORT and the Federation decided to join forces once again to host this community-wide event,” said Andrew Polin, associate director of ORT America - Gulf Coast Region. “This year’s party will be held at the Galileo and Retropolitan restaurants in Burns Court and will feature dancing and live entertainment. The festivities will take place inside both restaurants, as well as in the courtyard, which will have a brand new canopy covering the outside dining area,” he added. The suggested entry fee is $5 at the


grounded and self-reflective about their practice. Sue met her students in Cincinnati at the beginning of the summer, and they will meet together individually every month via Skype, and all together in a virtual classroom before seeing each other in person again in Los Angeles in FebSue Huntting ruary. As a veteran educator, Sue relishes this new challenge. “I am so excited to see these students grow as Jewish educators and to be part of their journey. The demands on them will be great, but the rewards will be even greater. I am honored to have been asked to serve on the EMA Clinical Faculty and am looking forward to my own learning along the way.”

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September 2012

Singing to make a difference By Sarah Ida Tedesco


udaism is not only a religion but a thriving culture of artistic depth,” says Arlene Stolnitz, the founder and co-manager of the Sarasota Jewish Chorale. The Chorale is a group of 30plus talented vocalists who have joined together in the hope of bringing awareness to the Sarasota-Manatee area about Jewish culture. The Chorale and its major leaders believe that music is universal, Sarah Ida Tedesco and that this universal language is an excellent way to reach individuals of all ethnic and religious backgrounds. The Chorale performs all over the west Florida area, bringing joy to those they impress with their musical talent. The group sings regularly at several events sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, and graciously accepts rehearsal space from this organization. Chorale singers meet on a weekly basis to practice their cultural tunes. The chorale has also performed at local temples and churches, area schools, retirement homes, and

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chance meeting at a college reunion was the impetus for the collaboration of the Sarasota Jewish Chorale and Patricia Weil King. In October 2011, Arlene Stolnitz, founder and current co-manager of the SJC, attended her 55th college reunion at the University of Rochester. While there, she met an old college friend, Pat Weil King, who had been a dorm-mate when they were students back in the ’50s. Pat, who was a music major at the Eastman School Patricia Weil King of Music, is an accomplished pianist and published composer. She offered to write a piece of music for the Chorale. And voila!... the Chorale now has a new piece commissioned for them which they will perform later in the current season. Entitled Prayer of Joy and Peace, the music is based on the Hamsa Prayer. The hamsa is an ancient Middle Eastern amulet symbolizing the hand of God. In all faiths it is a protective sign bringing its owner happiness, luck, health and good fortune. The words of the prayer are: Let no sadness come to this heart. Let no trouble come to these arms. Let no conflict come to these eyes. Let my soul be filled with the blessing of joy and peace. The Chorale looks forward to presenting this inspiring piece to the Sarasota community in its Inaugural Presentation later this year. New singers are always invited to join us. Call Arlene Stolnitz at 941.492.6944 or Susan Skovronek at 941.355.8011.

youth shelters. The group has several individuals who stand out, but three are particularly prominent in the leadership that makes this chorus different from all others – Arlene Stolnitz, Susan Skovronek and Martha Kesler. Arlene Stolnitz is the founder of the Chorale and is currently co-manager with Susan Skovronek. The Chorale has been in existence since 1999, but is thought of as a completely new organization that has grown both in size and Jewish identity. Martha Kesler, the Chorale’s conductor, works to continue the growth that the group has experienced. While she is not Jewish, she is one of the group’s strongest advocates in spreading Jewish culture. The Chorale’s major goal is bringing awareness of lost Jewish culture to not just Jews of the area but to individuals of all faiths and backgrounds. The Chorale visits churches and non-Jewish shelters, and welcomes interested singers who do not identify with the Jewish faith to join the group. In the spring of 2011, the chorus

Members of the Sarasota Jewish Chorale

sang at the Sarasota Military Academy to more than one hundred students at the school’s boxcar exhibit as part of its Holocaust education programming. The members’ voices appeared as angels as they sang solemn tunes commemorating the loss of six million. One performance that the leaders of the chorus spoke to me about took place at the Philippi Shore School. The Chorale conducts an annual concert in the institution’s gymnasium as part of the school’s international program. In the most recent performance, a young boy joined the singers on stage as he danced to a Jewish folk song with a smile on his face. Roni Riceberg, a member of the Chorale, is a teacher at the school and hopes to continue this event in the years to come. The Chorale is not affiliated with any synagogue. The separation of this chorus from area temples has allowed the group to take on music that is not just religious but cultural. The group sings in a variety of languages and even includes folk songs in their repertoire, including folk songs in Ladino, the language of the Sephardic Jews in the Iberian Peninsula. Prior to joining the group, many of its members were not at all religious. After just a few months of being a part of the group, several singers have begun connecting to their faith and formed

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Parkinson Research Foundation and USF to open “Parkinson Place” in Sarasota


n September 5, the Parkinson Research Foundation (PRF), a national nonprofit organization focused on helping patients, caregivers and families to live fuller lives with Parkinson’s disease, in conjunction with the University of South Florida (USF), will open a new, first-of-its-kind center in Sarasota. Dubbed “Parkinson Place,” the center will offer a variety of education, empowerment and participation programs for patients, caregivers and healthcare providers connected to the disease. “There is no destination site like this anywhere,” said PRF Executive Director Marilyn Tait. “We have assembled the finest, evidence-based programs in a fun and positive environment where individuals with Parkinson’s can be proactive and engaged.” There is no cure, but people with Parkinson’s are able to enhance their

quality of life through positive attitudes, lifestyle changes and individualized medical management. “We have also partnered with USF to bring a fellowship-trained movement disorders specialist to Parkinson Place,” she added. Juan Sanchez-Ramos, M.D., Ph.D., holds the Helen Ellis Endowed Chair for Parkinson’s disease research at USF. As Medical Director for the Parkinson Research Foundation, he will consult with patients at USF’s satellite clinic within Parkinson Place. Dr. Sanchez-Ramos will see patients, by appointment only, and offer free “Ask the Doctor” lunch and learn monthly programs. “Parkinson Place brings together a nationally recognized movement disorders specialist, Dr. Sanchez-Ramos; the top regional Parkinson’s educator and advocate, Marilyn Tait; and the national resources of PRF to create a first-of-

New local group announces community-wide High Holiday services


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during the coming Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur holidays. Everyone is welcome. This is the mission of SRQ Jews Without Borders, a Florida nonprofit corporation. Rabbi Shoshana Mitrani Knapp SRQ Jews Without Borders has engaged Rabbi Shoshana Mitrani Knapp (a Jewish Theological Seminary-trained rabbi from Chappaqua, New York) to lead an intimate, spiritually uplifting and thoughtful set of services. Rav Shoshana has close to ten years’ experience leading High Holiday services, most recently as an Assistant Rabbi at an 850-member Conservative congregation in New City, New York. Her full range of rabbinic responsibilities there included leading daily and weekly services, teaching, sermonizing, conducting life cycle events, and lead-

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September 2012


Jewish Genealogical Society of Southwest Florida wins international award


ince 1999, the International Jewish Genealogy Month has honored our Jewish ancestors through the pursuit of Jewish family history research. The International Jewish Genealogy Month is celebrated during the Hebrew month of Cheshvan. For 2012, the civil dates are October 17 to November 14. The 70 Jewish Genealogical Societies from around the world submit entries each year for the International Jewish Genealogy Month poster contest. This year, the committee of eight judges were ecstatic and challenged with the high-quality submissions. The Jewish Genealogical Society of Southwest Florida submitted several entries, one of which was a finalist and another was the overall winner. Sandy Chase’s poster was one of the finalists. The poster by Lynn Teichman and Tuvia Natkin was the overall winner. In July, the winning poster was announced and showcased at the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies in Paris, France. Lynn Teichman and Tuvia Natkin, an artist and writer team, are thrilled to have their poster chosen for the International Jewish Genealogy Month. Lynn comes from a background of the arts and education. Throughout her career, she has created logos and graphics for non-profits, taught Indus-

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Jewish Housing Council Foundation Board and Housing Council Board welcome new members


he Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Housing Council Foundation Board welcomes three new members to its ranks: Scott Anderson, Sheila Birnbaum and Ed Rosenthal. Scott Anderson, who has been a member of the Jewish Housing Council Board since January 2012, is making a move to the Foundation. He is currently Senior Philanthropic Advisor for the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, where he has worked since 2007. In his role at Gulf Coast, he works with community philanthropists and their professional advisors to create charitable gifts that benefit the causes and organizations these donors care about. Prior to that he was senior account executive for

Herald-Tribune Media Group, where he helped launch the Custom Publications Department. Sheila Birnbaum, a member of the Jewish Housing Council Board since 2007, now serves on the Foundation Board as well. Professionally, she has worked all her career as a patient advocate, most recently at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton, New Jersey. Her advocacy programs helped the hospital win the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. After her retirement, she continued to serve on its Foundation Board. She received the Francis Black Humanitarian Award and also wrote a series of monthly patient advocacy col-

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ast semester, a group of students at Ringling College of Art and Design began researching a project to create an original Jewish art calendar. Thanks to the generosity of Landmark Residential Properties, and under the leadership of Yael Campbell, Professor of Graphic and Motion Design, and Ringling College of Art and Design, the students have created a 12-month wall calendar based on the theme “Jewish Astrology: Reclaiming Our Lost Tradition.” Each student spent a significant amount of time learning traditional texts with me about what, in Hebrew, is called “Galgal HaMazalot” or the signs of the Zodiac. According to Jewish tradition, astrology and the signs of the Zodiac are first mentioned in Sefer Yetzirah, which is one of the oldest books in the Jewish tradition.

Students were assigned a month to research and then create an original piece of art based upon what they learned. Each of the student creations is unique. Beyond that it is created by students, the calendar is unlike other Jewish calendars because of its unique educational design and how it incorporates both the Gregorian and the Hebrew dates.

The calendar can be purchased from Ringling College Hillel for $36. The proceeds from the calendar sales will help fund future projects at Ringling College of Art and Design and promote the creation of new Judaic art including Hillel’s Judaic Art Scholarship Competition at Ringling College in the fall. To order a copy of the Ringling College Jewish calendar and to support the efforts of Ringling College Hillel, please contact Linda Wolf, Suncoast Hillels assistant director, at lindawolf@ or 813.899.2788. For more information about Suncoast Hillels, visit www.suncoasthillels. org. Ringling College Hillel is part of the Hillels of the Florida Suncoast organization and is a beneficiary agency of The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee.

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or most practicing Jews, taking a trip to Israel is an automatic item on their “bucket list.” This summer, however, Rabbis Brenner and Elaine Glickman of Temple Emanu-El in Sarasota gave a group of people the chance to check off that item, leading a contingent of congregants to the Holy

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A true story of obsession, faith, and the pursuit of an ancient Bible

By Philip K. Jason, Special to The Jewish News The Aleppo Codex, by Matti Friedman. Algonquin. 320 pages. $24.95.


his brilliant piece of investigative reporting traces the origins, travels and controversies surrounding a bound, parchment manuscript know as the Aleppo Codex (or the Aleppo Crown). This manuscript is valued as the most authoritative text of the Hebrew Bible. It was written to be the standard against which later versions of these scriptures Phil Jason were tested. Created about 930 C.E. in Tiberias, it was meant to insure that the Jewish communities of the Diaspora were studying the same text – the same stories, chronicles, prophecies and laws – word by word and letter by letter. Compiled by the scholar Aaron Ben-Asher and scribed by Shlomo Ben Buya’a, the Crown was, and perhaps still is, the ultimate book of the People of the Book. It got around. First safeguarded in a Jerusalem synagogue, the Crown was taken by Frankish Crusaders during the Sack of Jerusalem in 1099. Through an ex-

citing series of events that Friedman traces with skill and grace, it ended up in Fustat (now part of Cairo), where it was safeguarded by the sizeable Jewish community there. Next, it came under the purview of the great Jewish philosopher Maimonides, who drew upon it in the writing of his magnum opus, the Mishneh Torah. Spanish by birth, Maimonides became an influential courtier and physician in Cairo. After Maimonides’ death in 1204, the Crown remained with his descendants until his great-great-great grandson brought it (and other important books) to Aleppo, Syria, in the late 14th century. There it remained “for six hundred years, until the Jews in the land of Islam – the world of Maimonides – disappeared.” I should make clear that one of the strengths of Friedman’s book is that he avoids organizing by the strict chronology that I’ve been employing. Rather, he moves back and forth, juxtaposing ancient pieces of the story with modern and even contemporary ones, allowing them to interact with one another. He really has two major stories to tell: one is the history and importance of the Codex, the other is the story of his investigation, which peels back layers of ignorance, obfuscation and raw deceit. One story covers a millennium, the other covers a few


years. It’s hard to tell, sometimes, which story is wrapped around which. We are offered an intricate, satisfying weave. The fulcrum on the broad timeline is 1947, when the deceits that Friedman exposes begin and when the Crown is moved from Aleppo back to Jerusalem. Friedman meticulously lays out how the Crown survives the MuslimArab attacks on Aleppo’s synagogue after the United Nation’s vote to usher modern Israel into being. He then traces the hands it passed through, its interval in Turkey, and its delivery to the authorities in Jerusalem. Clearly enough, for the nascent Israeli government, the Crown represents part of the nationbuilding enterprise. Its connection to Jerusalem and Tiberias are, symbolically at least, part of the Jewish claim to the land. However, once in the hands of the Ben-Tzvi Institute, it seems as though this treasure is sometimes Matti Friedman neglected, and at other times purposely made inaccessible. Questions about its condition arise that do not receive convincing answers.

Huge sections (including most of the Five Books of Moses) are found to be missing, but just when did these leaves disappear? During the attacks on the synagogue before the Crown left Aleppo? While in Turkey? In exploring this dilemma, Friedman encounters a conspiracy of silence. Useful facts are few, though there is some finger-pointing. Slowly, patiently, Matti Friedman presses his investigation forward. Eventually, he comes to a conclusion that is consistent with all the evidence he has gathered, including the personalities and opportunities of the principal players. Friedman’s book is subtitled “A True Story of Obsession, Faith, and the Pursuit of an Ancient Bible.” It delivers on all those ingredients and more as the author orchestrates his materials into a fine, suspenseful symphony of detection and revelation. 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

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By Nate Bloom, Contributing Columnist Editor’s note: Persons in BOLD CAPS are deemed by Nate Bloom to be Jewish for the purpose of the column. Persons identified as Jewish have at least one Jewish parent and were not raised in a faith other than Judaism – and don’t identify with a faith other than Judaism as an adult. Converts to Judaism, of course, are also identified as Jewish. Olympic Round-Up Four “confirmed” Jewish athletes were medal winners. New Zealand sailor JO ALEH, 26, won a gold medal captaining a two-woman 470 class dinghy. The daughter of a New Zealand Jewish mother and an Israeli Jewish father, Aleh has half-siblings in Israel. American swimmer JASON LEZAK, 36, won silver in the 4x100 relay. This is on top of six medals, including four golds, he won in prior Games. Lezak belongs to a Los Angeles synagogue. The other medal winners were gymnast ALY RAISMAN (see below) and Aussie JESSICA FOX, 18, who won silver in the one-woman kayak. Fox’s non-Jewish British father, Richard Fox, and her French Jewish mother, MYRIAM JERUSALMIFOX, 51, were both top kayakers. Myriam won the Olympic bronze in 1996 in the same event as Jessica. Richard, Myriam and Jessica (then just 5 years old) moved to Australia in 1999 after Richard was made head of the Aussie national kayak team. Last week, Myriam spoke to Ha’aretz, the Israeli newspaper, and recalled competing in the 1997 Maccabiah Games. She added that she has several cousins in Israel and she hopes to bring her whole family to Israel and visit these relatives. Athletes who didn’t medal include U.S. “Star class” sailor and lifelong St. Petersburg, Florida resident MARK MENDELBLATT, 39 (he and his partner finished in 7th place); American fencer SOREN THOMPSON,

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8:00 p.m). Eight celebs (including Todd Palin and actor Dean Cain) execute complicated missions inspired by real military exercises (like a helicopter drop into the water). Each celeb is paired in a two-person team with an elite military veteran and all the celebs are competing to win money for a military/veteranrelated charity. The show is co-hosted by Gen. Wesley Clark, 67, the former NATO commander, and SAMANTHA HARRIS, 38, the former co-host of Dancing with the Stars. Harris, who was a bat mitzvah, now has two young daughters with her (Jewish) husband, MICHAEL HESS. Gen. Clark, now a Catholic, is the son of a Jewish father and a Methodist mother. His father died when he was very young and he didn’t know that his father was Jewish until he was a teen. He then sought out his Jewish relatives and remains close to some of them.



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New York Jews: The five and a half tribes Important connotations for overall American Jewish trends By Scott A. Shay, Chairman, Jewish Community Study of New York


ccording to Jewish tradition, the Jewish people originally consisted of twelve tribes, each descended from one of Jacob’s sons. The Assyrian empire exiled 10 of these tribes about 2,800 years ago. The newly released Jewish Community Study of New York (JCSNY), sponsored by UJA-Federation of New York, indicates a new twist in Jewish history. While the study identified many demographic patterns, my reading of its findings is that New York Jewry (with important connotations for overall American Jewish trends) now consists of five and a half distinct tribes. This new tribal alignment has far reaching implications for the face of American Jewry, Jewish engagement and Jewish communal responsibility. Looking at this new alignment, the first tribe is the Engaged non-Ortho-

dox Jews. With a substantial percentage of adult Jews at 30 percent, but only 25 percent of the children, this group consists largely of Jews with affiliations to the Reform and Conservative movements, ties to Jewish organizations ranging from AIPAC to J Street, and often correlates with high levels of secular education and income. This group used to be thought of by most as “American Jewry” and set its agenda. However, today, despite its many achievements, it is aging and its institutions, both religious and secular, are struggling. Each of the Reform and Conservative movements lost about 40,000 members in the New York area in the last decade. The American Jewish Congress, once a voice of American Jewry, closed down, unable to appeal to a broader constituency. The question for this tribe is whether current institutions can inspire a renewal and

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The third tribe is the Haredi Jews, which include Hassidic groups and Jews affiliated with yeshivot (centers for advanced, traditional Talmudic learning). At 22 percent of the individuals and almost half of all Jewish children, this group is the fastest growing American Jewish tribe. The Haredi tribe is by definition Jewishly engaged, and has achieved its goal of rebuilding Jewish institutions, especially yeshivot, and replenishing their numbers after the Holocaust. While some Haredi communities like Chabad have been very active in community-wide initiatives, others inside the Haredi tribe lack the desire, skills and financial resources to engage outside of their own group. In the New York Hassidic communities, just 13 percent of adults have earned a college degree, two thirds of households earn less than $50,000, and 63 percent are poor or near poor. The question for this tribe is will they disengage totally from the other Jewish tribes or will they

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tribal growth, or whether they should down-size their organizational infrastructure. The second tribe is the Less Engaged Jews. At 25 percent of the Jewish population, of which a disproportionate number are young, this tribe is made up of two groups: intermarried families that are not raising their children as Jewish and of a broad gamut of Jews who just are not into being Jewish. This tribe has similarly high rates of secular education and income as other non-Orthodox Jews and participates in a large range of community initiatives in American society at large. It does not, however, have strong ties to Jewish institutions, Jewish communities or Jewish causes. Rather, Less Engaged Jews maintain their tether line to the Jewish people through the internet and cultural activities that are Jewish but involve non-Jews as well (think Matisyahu concerts or Adam Sandler’s Eight Crazy Days, etc.). The question for this tribe is will they stay Jewish and, if so, how?

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continued from previous page strike a balance between tribal identity and broader community involvement? The fourth tribe is the Russianspeaking Jews which accounts for 14 percent of the New York Jews. While the Russian-speaking tribe is decidedly secular – only a small minority affiliates with any religious movement of Judaism – it identifies very strongly with the Jewish people. Intermarriage is rare, affinity for Israel is high, and social engagement within the Jewish world is almost double that of other non-Orthodox Jews. Other Jewish groups, such as the early secular Zionists, in the past have divorced being ethnically Jewish from the practice of Judaism as a religion. The question for this tribe is whether their cultural Jewish identification will keep them connected to other Jews. The fifth tribe is the Modern Orthodox Jews. This tribe comprises about 10 percent of New York Jews and 12 percent of its children. Previous studies often considered the Modern Orthodox and the Haredi as part of the same tribe, based on orthodox religious affiliation and commitment to Jewish education. However, their differences are substantial. Modern Orthodox Jews have achieved their goal of combining tradition and modernity: their Jewish engagement is both more intense than non-Orthodox Jews and more diverse than all the other tribes, while they demonstrate levels of secular education, income and participation in the labor market that are barely distinguishable from the non-Orthodox population. The question for this tribe is whether it will use its extensive engagement and ties to different Jews to forge a link between the different tribes. Finally, the “half tribe” in American Jewry is quite a surprise. 5 percent

of people who identified as Jewish in the study for whom neither parent was Jewish and never underwent a formal conversion (an additional 2 percent did complete a conversion). The study carefully excluded Messianic Jews. Among the answers we found for people in this group were, “My ex-wife and children are Jewish so I consider myself Jewish,” or “my friends are mostly Jewish, I keep kosher and I give to Jewish charities.” What is most astounding about this statistic is its implication. Whereas after World War II, Jews faced discrimination by colleges and employers, today Jews are such a well-regarded group that 77,000 New Yorkers have chosen to identify themselves as such. While there are those who might respond to the results of this study with anxiety, that is not the conclusion I would draw. For the Engaged nonOrthodox this is a wake-up call, and wake-up calls can be useful. For the Less Engaged American Jews there is good news too. We now have a treasure trove of information about which initiatives are meaningful for this group and which are not. For example, we do a pretty good job as a community of the first step of “outreach,” that is, welcoming all Jews, but a worse job at engaging those who tentatively “try out” Jewish activities. So it is time to move away from “welcoming” as an outreach focus toward true engagement. We know affiliation creates connections with the Jewish community as a whole and leads to more investment in Jewish education, support for Israel, and giving to Jewish as well as American causes. We understand that we need to re-double our efforts to make supplemental schools effective, to make Jewishly-oriented camping commonplace for young Jews, and to work so that

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that two teen or young adult peer trips to Israel become the gold standard for American Jewry. For the Russian Jews, we can say with pride that the second-generation continues to be involved in Jewish community initiatives. For the Haredi, there is a model of strong tribal identity and broader community involvement that they can follow, namely the Chabad movement. Finally, for the Modern Orthodox, we have learned that they have taken strong community-wide leadership and have the skills to provide the glue for keeping different tribes together. We have always been a community of tribes. When the twelve tribes of Israel camped in the wilderness, each camp separately aligned by the identity of their traditional matriarch, Leah, Rachel, Billah and Zilpa. These tribes all had very different tribal personalities, yet when the non-Jewish prophet Balaam looked out at them, he famously said, “How goodly are your tents, O

Jacob, your dwellings O Israel (Numbers 24:6). Jews have long practiced unity through diversity. Each group has had an important contribution to make. Despite the current divisions of American Jewry, there is no doubt that Jews maintain the ability to act in unity when there is a compelling need. Although it may seem like ancient history, this year marks just the 25th anniversary of the massive Soviet Jewry rally in Washington D.C., attended by all sectors of American Jewry that hastened the fall of the Iron Curtain. The rally demonstrated that American Jews can set aside their differences to make change happen. It is my fervent hope that American Jewry once again harnesses that capacity in the current challenging geo-political and social environment to again be “a light unto the nations.” If we do so, it will be beautiful to gaze upon. Scott A. Shay is author of Getting Our Groove Back: How to Energize American Jewry.

100 years of the (Jewish) Girl Scouts ho knew the first commercially produced Girl Scout cookies were oatmeal and the creation of a Jewish bakery in Savannah, Georgia? The recipe and 1936 bill of sale for 7,500 dozen cookies from the old Gottlieb’s Bakery provide just a taste of a yearlong exhibit at Savannah’s Congregation Mickve Israel (www. celebrating the centennial of the Girl Scouts, founded in the city by Juliette Gordon Low. “The Girl Scouts – In the Beginning We Were There” tells the story


of 100 years of Jewish participation in the Scouts. Three of the first five troop leaders belonged to Mickve Israel, according to research editor Jane Kahn. Two nonagenarians who were early scouts are still active members of the 279-year-old Mickve Israel – the thirdoldest synagogue in the United States, located blocks from the Girl Scouts’ birthplace. “We are a congregation that enjoys a lot of tourists,” says Carol M. Towbin Greenberg, who helped curate the exhibit. Source: Hadassah Magazine



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What is my first language: Hebrew or English? By Tomer Nissan


n reality, what is language? Is it a mix of unique noises and sounds, each with special meaning, or could it be the only set of guidelines that each group of society uses to communicate? The answer to this question differs among each person. As language further develops through time, it will continue to grasp the soul of its listeners and ask the question: Who am I? Tomer Nissan Language is deeply intertwined with my past and takes me directly back to my childhood. Both of my parents were born in Israel and spent most of their lives living in the Jewish people’s homeland. They came to the United States about twenty years ago for a honeymoon. My father got a job offer in the States and, as a result, my family decided to stay. My parents’ first language is Hebrew (a strange mix of sounds indeed) and they did not learn to speak English fluently until moving to the U.S. Growing up, my mother taught me Hebrew in the home, as I learned English at school. As a result, my first language was in fact both Hebrew and

English. During school I would get confused at times regarding Hebrew and English translation. This prompted my teachers to think, “How in the world is this possible!” I recall one day in elementary school we were learning formal greeting words and how to properly use them. The word “hello” came up. In English, the word “hello,” regardless of the context, is the word you say to someone when first greeting them, but in Hebrew that is not the case at all. The Hebrew word for hello is “shalom,” but shalom also means goodbye and peace. In the Hebrew language, the word shalom is contextual and varies depending on the sentence. I will always remember raising my hand and asking the question, “Can hello also mean goodbye?” The speech my parents and I used at home could be considered its own language. When we conversed we use a variety of English words mixed with Hebrew. Our family’s strange mix of the spoken language would even leave famous linguist Daniel Jurafsky scratching his head. When I spoke, I would use English when I didn’t know the correct context for a Hebrew word. My parents understood my strange combination of the Hebrew and English language, but my extended family in Israel found it farfetched. My Israeli relatives always laugh about my combined use of He-

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with just words. As my high school course proceeded, my thought process began to change. I became mesmerized by the capabilities that language offers. I saw how speech could sway the feelings and actions of a whole race, and how it forced higher authority to react. I was stunned, and wanted to have the same ability. At the end of the course I realized the big picture. From then on, English became my favorite subject. Throughout my years in high school I loved reading and writing, but I was also very involved with sports and had many friends. My other engagements did not let me fully embrace my love of English, but at night, I would dive into my bed and drown myself in the world of the current book I was reading. I would rise above my fellow students during writing assignments and pass standardized tests with ease. However, I never took it upon myself to truly further my skills. During my early years in high school I would take the short way out and only did what was told of me. It was not until my senior year that I finally started showing both my teachers and peers my true skills. I have to give a large portion of credit to my teacher Mrs. Soyars, who gave me the edge to develop my literary skills. Mrs. Soyars had a way of teaching that spoke directly to me. Without the help of Mrs. Soyars I do not believe that I would be where I am today. Throughout my life I have had both ups and downs. Life is a journey, a never-ending process of growth. My aspirations are to go to law school and become either a criminal or business lawyer. I have researched the field of law and realized that becoming a lawyer consists primarily of reading and writing. As it turns out, both of those are my true passions. I am now in my first year of college and have chosen English as my major. I believe that my struggles in the past have brought me to this point. My language, family and teachers are all incorporated into who I am now. So I ask myself: Who am I?

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brew and English words. They also found my strong English accent when speaking Hebrew to be very funny. Their reactions validate the fact that my family’s language situation is extraordinary. When my family would laugh at my verbalization issues I would always laugh along, but inside it bothered me immensely. Imagine trying to communicate with a language you are supposed to know and not being able to convey your point correctly. To me it was heart-wrenching. I can recall faltering with words, both English and Hebrew, and lying awake at night repeating the correct way to say my error. It wasn’t until around middle school until I fully learned how to speak both English and Hebrew fluently and correctly. Looking back at my academic career, I can clearly see the evolution of my linguistics, but as a student I found it hard to witness my own progress. As the years went on and middle school came to an end, my family and I were amazed by my writing, reading and verbal linguistic skills. When my teacher handed back writing assignments, I would listen to the collection of excuses coming from students around the classroom. The comments ranged from “Oh the directions weren’t clear!” to “The prompt was lame.” As my fellow classmates bantered, I would peer down at my paper and see the big circled A. I was finally at peace with myself. School started becoming easier not only in English, but in classes of all subjects as well. I was finally able to read and comprehend material, sometimes even better than the other students. Although I was making remarkable steps, my age and immaturity stopped me from fully understanding the power of language. During my sophomore year in high school my improvements became apparent to me. In school we were studying about Martin Luther King Jr., a peaceful man who used the power of words to solidify his arguments. As a teenager, I strongly felt that no one could succeed


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September 2012


Ke-zohar HaIvrit Rosh Hashanah – reflection on a word By Dr. Rachel Zohar Dulin

his is a corner set for reflection, a pause, to think b’Ivrit. Hebrew, Ivrit, the language of our people, defines us historically, culturally and nationally. It is the only language in the world which survived the test of time. It was spoken in the streets of biblical Israel and Judea. It became the literary language of Jews for centuries and reemerged in the last 200 years as a spoken and literary language of our nation to be heard again in the streets of the modern State of Israel. In this column we will pause to explore words, roots and their meaning in order to comprehend the Hebrew concepts we use. Since the new Jewish year is at our door, let us start with a glimpse at the Jewish calendar and examine the words Rosh Hashanah. When we say Rosh Hashanah (literally ‘the head of the year’), most people think of one holiday, the one which marks the beginning of the Jewish year. However, prior to the return from Babylon, the Hebrew year began at springtime and the first month of the biblical calendar was Nissan. Tishrei, the month we celebrate the beginning of the year was the seventh of the biblical calendar and was called Eitanim. And, Rosh Hashanah, as we know it, did not exist at all. As a matter of fact, Rosh Hashanah


was mentioned only once in the Bible, with no connection to the rotation of the years (Ezk 40:1). It is puzzling how the seventh month of the biblical year became the first month of the Jewish calendar in postbiblical times. And, why is it named Tishrei, a word not even found in the Bible? The answer is complex. Suffice it to say that the exile to Babylon and life outside the Land of Israel had a major impact on the traditions of old. Upon returning from Babylon, a few changes occurred in the calendar. First, our ancestors renamed the months of the calendar. Months that in biblical time were numbered received names. Months that echoed old pagan memories received new names based upon contemporary experiences. So, originally, Eitanim was the name of the seventh month marking the autumn season when the cycle of agricultural celebrations took place (I Kgs 8:2). Special days like Yom T’ruah, Yom Kippur, Sh’mini Atzeret, and the major festival of Sukkot were all celebrated during the festivities of this month (Lev 23:34). The name Eitanim is derived from the word eitan meaning strong or powerful, pointing to the fact that at the end of summer only ‘strong’ rivers in the Land of Israel still retained water. But the forces

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of change were more powerful than lore and the name Eitanim was replaced by the name Tishrei, a loan word from the Akkadian language spoken in Babylon. Tishrei is derived from the word shurru and means to begin, to open, to initiate – a name which gives us a clue to the rearrangement of the calendar order. Secondly, the entire Hebrew calendar was revised. Hence, the seventh month, Tishrei, was placed at the head of the calendar for the reckoning of the years, the Sabbatical and the Jubilee. Yom T’ruah, ‘The day of the sounding of the horn,’ which designated the first day of the seventh month and ushered Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Sh’mini Atzeret (Lev 23:24-34; Num 29:1-13), was renamed Rosh Hashanah to indicate the beginning of the Jewish year. The consequence of this change meant

that autumn festivals, which in biblical times designated the end of the year (Ex 23:16; 34:17), were now placed at the beginning of the revised calendar. And the month of Nissan, the month in which the spring holidays Pesach and Shavuot were celebrated, was moved from being the first month of the year to that of the seventh month. It is interesting to note that in rabbinic view, in the spectrum of Jewish life as effected by the calendar, there are four different new years. Each first day of the months of Tishrei, Nissan, Elul and Sh’vat is considered a Rosh Hashanah (Rosh Hashanah 1:1). As we approach the Autumn and the first Rosh Hashanah in the month of Tishrei, I wish all our readers Shanah Tovah. May the new year bring on its wings joy, health and peace. Amen.

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Hannah and hope From the Bimah Rabbi Geoffrey Huntting, Temple Sinai


s we enter the Days of Awe, we are drawn to the lessons offered by the texts chosen for this special time of year. In an era of avoidance, they challenge us; in an era of pessimism, they offer us hope. More important, they demand that we offer hope to others. At the dawn of the New Year, we will hear as the Haftarah is chanted, the story of Hannah’s desperate prayer to God for what has been denied her:

a child. She prays inaudibly at the entrance to the Temple at Shiloh, only moving her lips, and Eli, the High Priest, sees her. Believing she is drunk, he rebukes her, only to learn of her plight and purpose for being there. His rebuke turns to encouragement and hope, and he sends her away with his blessing. She is indeed rewarded by the birth of a son, Samuel, whom she pledges to God as a Nazarite for life. Later, the practice in pledging a child’s life is forbidden in the tradition. In Hannah’s prayer and in Eli’s response we learn much about the dreams of others, and our proper response to them. There is little in the years before Hannah’s prayer to believe that God will answer her request positively. She has up to that time offered sacrifices to God, but to no avail. Eli initially sees a woman who is acting strangely, even inappropriately in the holy place. We might also infer that he is confronted with a woman making a direct appeal to God, not through a male intermedi-

How dare the world shun Israel on terrorism By Jose Maria Aznar


hen we are about to mark the 40th anniversary of the terrorist attacks at the Olympic Village in Munich, in which 11 Israeli athletes were killed by Palestinian terrorists, it is a real paradox to see Israel excluded from the first meeting of the Global Counter-terrorism Forum in June in Istanbul. Worse still, in July, the forum organized its first victims-of-terrorism meeting. Israel was excluded. When we see deadly terrorist attacks, such as the recent one in Bulgaria, targeting tourists simply because they were Israeli, the marginalization of Israel is totally unacceptable. As a terrorism victim myself, who was fortunate to survive a car-bomb attack, I cannot understand or justify the marginalization of other terrorist victims just for political reasons. If we extrapolate Israel’s experience of slaughter to Britain, it would

mean that in the past 12 years about 11,000 British citizens would have died and 60,000 would have been injured in terrorist attacks. In the case of the U.S., the figures would be 65,000 dead and 300,000 injured. Israel’s ordeal is far from insignificant. Israel has much to contribute in this area and everyone else has a lot to learn if we really want to defeat the terrorists. Isolation not only renders Israel weaker against its enemies, but also makes all Westerners weaker. Israel is not the problem; it is part of the solution. We will become the problem if we continue to cold-shoulder Israel, the country most affected by terrorism and, possibly, the one that knows best how to defeat it. Jose Maria Aznar was Prime Minister of Spain from 1996 to 2004 and is chair of the Friends of Israel Initiative. Source: The Times of London

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ary. This is a change that he is not ready to accept. After all, even the matriarch Rebecca, according to the commentary, enquires of God regarding the twins who are clashing in her womb, but the inquiry, unlike those of the patriarchs, is not a direct one. It is instead only through an oracle. But Hannah’s story moves Eli; he changes his demeanor and encourages her instead. In times of economic distress, often the negative voices crowd the airwaves as well as private conversation. In fact, if we were to look for reasons for pessimism, we need look no further than the employment statistics that scream at us from the pages of newspapers and monopolize commentary on television screens. As the father of a son and daughter recently graduated from college and entering the work force, I hear too often the negative chorus, “They’ll never get a job.” The unemployment statistics for new graduates is, in fact, a staggering 50%, and yet surrendering to negativity is to create the reality. And

one does not have to live in bad times to realize that there are always those who are willing to dampen the spirit of the hopeful, especially among the young. In our own memories, we realize the value of those conversations with ones who came before us, who, when we were pursuing our dreams, countered those who were all willing to discourage us. That memory should inspire us to do the same for others. Eli initially confronts Hannah with skepticism. She appears not to be a woman with a dream but rather one with a problem. But the High Priest listens and his skepticism turns to encouragement. And that should encourage each of us as we enter the New Year. Almost all of us will find ourselves in conversation with someone who, despite the harsh reality of this era, is pursuing the same dreams that all of us did in our lives. Our words can be a blessing, encouraging someone to defy the negativity that stifles life and hope. As we hear the story of Hannah and Eli, may we be so inspired.

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September 2012

We can make the High Holidays more meaningful to children

Education Corner By Sabrina Silverberg


henever I look for inspiration to write about the Jewish holidays and children, I try to draw on my own experiences growing up in Israel as a young girl. I am filled with so many fond memories being raised in a country where the Jewish holidays are celebrated as a nation and where being Jewish is the norm and not the exception. As I am thinking about the topic of the High Holidays and children, and reflecting on my own experiences as a child, I am drawing an alarming

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blank. It is alarming because the High Holidays are also our holiest of days; they define us as Jews, drawing us to communal worship, sometimes singlehandedly. How could it be that I am not remembering much about celebrating Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur as a child? Why is it that what comes to mind more than anything else is a sense of ambiguity and feelings of restless obligation? Upon some reflection, the answer comes to focus: the High Holidays are primarily adult and serious in nature. They are filled with abstractions such as repentance, atonement and renewal, concepts that are beyond the scope of young children. In contrast to the jubilation of holidays such as Purim and the familial celebrations of holidays such as Passover, the High Holidays are solemn and focused on long hours spent at temple in communal prayer. So how do we make these challenging holidays palatable to our children? We can begin by bringing some of the abstraction to their level and by focusing on some interesting rituals

associated with Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Rosh Hashanah falls on the first of Tishrei and marks the beginning of the Jewish year (September 17 this year). It also celebrates the anniversary of creation. The specialness of the day can be conveyed to young children by helping them think of the day as the birthday of the world. Even the youngest of children can relate to this concept. Yom Kippur falls on September 26 this year. It is far more challenging because the subjects of right and wrong are difficult to approach in a way that fosters moral development without causing young children to be fearful. These concepts are best approached by talking about apologies and making amends. Both holidays can be made tangible by the practice of rituals. It is customary to eat sweet things on Rosh Hashanah in anticipation of a sweet year. Serving apples and honey and round raisin challah with the family’s meal will surely put a smile on a child’s face. Children can be further engaged by participa-

tion in the cutting of the apples and the baking of the challah. Another Rosh Hashanah custom involves the sending of New Year’s greeting cards to friends and relatives. Children can participate by creating the cards, filling them out and mailing them. Both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur include the practice of blowing the shofar (ram’s horn). Children enjoy the powerful sound of the shofar in all of its varieties. Attending worship services will afford them the opportunity to hear the sounds of the shofar. Many synagogues have children’s services that are kid-friendly and include the blowing of the shofar. I think that we all agree that the High Holidays are adult and serious in nature, but with a little effort and planning we can help create memories for our children that will last a lifetime. L’shanah tovah tikatevu vetichatemu (may you be written and inscribed into the book of life). Sabrina Silverberg is the education director for Temple Emanu-El Religious School. She can be reached at teers@

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ummer camp has been a great experience in informal learning for our young people. I learned that the other day when I flew into Atlanta, rented an automobile and had the privilege to visit some of Temple Beth Sholom’s young people at two fantastic summer camps, Ramah Darom and Camp Barney Medintz. The philosophy behind these kinds of programs is that sometimes you can get your message across clearer through informal educational experiences. Watching our children “Live Judaism!” on their own at camps is what really excited me. At Ramah Darom I had the opportunity to enjoy dinner with many of our children and watch a very funny talent show before the closing ceremonies.

The next morning I drove from Clayton to Cleveland, Georgia, and had the chance to visit Camp Barney. I was escorted by its director, Jim Mittenthal, who took me on a tour of the huge campus, showing me the vast array of activities offered there. It was a delight to see so many of our young people so happy to spend their summer at these wonderful camps.

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55th Norman & Elaine Blum Temple Emanu-El 55th Samuel & Clementine Noah Temple Beth Sholom 50th Louis & Colette Nahon Temple Beth Sholom 50th Bonnie & Harvey Sussman Temple Sinai 40th Dan & Litten Boxser Temple Beth Sholom 40th Rabbi Edgar & Yvonne Weinsberg Temple Beth Sholom, Temple Emanu-El & Temple Sinai 30th Michael & Alison Bishop Temple Beth Sholom

Kenny Campbell, son of Steve and Beth Campbell, September 8, Chabad of Venice & North Port Joshua and Rachel Silverman, children of Drs. Scott and Ronni Silverman, September 8, Temple Emanu-El

IN MEMORIAM Mia (Nee Gumpert) Baum of Sarasota, June 28 Boxer, Benjamin H., 77, of Sarasota, July 4 Frances Feinberg, 99, of Longboat Key, July 12 Barbara K. Friedricks, 83, of Sarasota, formerly of Lake Success, NY, July 8 Ruth Ellen “Ruthie” Grossman, 80, of Venice, formerly of Lincolnwood, IL, July 17 Myrna Herman, 75, of Longboat Key, formerly of Monroe, NY, July 1 Jerome Klein, 88 of Sarasota, July 11 Paul Lutz, 74, of Sarasota, formerly of Metro Detroit, MI, June 28 Fred Mintz, 93, of Sarasota, formerly of Burbank, CA, and Chevy Chase, MD, June 27 Minette Moriece, 96, of Sarasota, formerly of Newton, MA, June 18 Richard W. Schiff, 95, of Sarasota, formerly of Newark, OH, July 19 Ned Sinder, 80, of Longboat Key, July 3 Shirley Webb, 75, of Sarasota, July 4 Lorraine Ury, 83, Sarasota, July 2



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Jewish Happenings High Holiday services will take place on the following dates: Selichot: Sep. 8 Erev Rosh Hashanah: Sep. 16 Rosh Hashanah: Sep. 17-18 Yom Kippur Eve: Sep. 25 Yom Kippur: Sep. 26

tuesDAY, september 4 Loaves of Love Bake challah and cook chicken soup and matzah balls for Sunshine Committee distribution throughout the year. Perform a good deed for the New Year. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Chabad Jewish Center, 5712 Lorraine Road, Bradenton. Please contact Chanie Bukiet at 941.752.3030 to see which ingredients you can bring for this free event.

Please contact the area’s temples for their specific schedules and more information.

wednesDAY, september 5 “Lunch With the Rabbi”

friDAY, september 7

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. Bring a brown-bag lunch and – if you like – a newspaper article or suggested topic for discussion. The group provides the rest. All are welcome. No cost. The program begins at noon at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Rd., Sarasota. For more information, call 941.371.2788.

Israeli dinner after Tot Shabbat At 5:30 p.m. learn the blessings with Rabbi Huntting, sing songs with Chazzan Abramson, and have Story Time with Geveret Laura at Temple Sinai. An Israeli-themed dinner will follow, and will include a chicken dish, couscous, falafel balls, hummus, babaganoush, mushroom bourekas, salad and more. $9 for adults and $3 for children (2 and up). RSVP to Laura Freedman, Director of Childhood Education, at 941.926.9462 or Guests warmly welcomed. Temple Sinai is located at 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota.

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Looking for a good lunch date and a change of scenery? Enjoy great company, stimulating discussion, and delicious homemade desserts at the “road show” version of Temple Emanu-El’s popular monthly program featuring Rabbi Brenner J. Glickman. Bring a brown-bag lunch and – if you like – a newspaper article or suggested topic for discussion. The group provides the rest. All are welcome. No cost. The program begins at noon at Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Boulevard, Lakewood Ranch. For more information, call 941.371.2788.

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Attention Bridge PlAyers The Bridge Group meets Thursday afternoons from 1:00-4:00 pm on the Federation Campus (582 McIntosh Road). Open to intermediate and advanced bridge players.

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saturDAY, september 8 Film, discussion and dessert Join us at 7:00 p.m. at Temple Sinai for a screening of Hiding and Seeking: Faith and Tolerance After the Holocaust. A deeply personal intergenerational saga, this award-winning documentary explores how the past can shape the future. Filmed in Jerusalem, Brooklyn and Poland, the film will surely spark stimulating discussion with Rabbi Huntting. Dessert will be served. No reservations needed for this free event. Guests warmly welcomed. Temple Sinai is located at 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota.

sunDAY, september 9 High Holiday Prep Class at Congregation Ner Tamid

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Parents and grandparents are invited to this single-session interactive class to help prepare families to celebrate the High Holidays at home and in the community. You’ll explore High Holiday themes and learn practical ways to celebrate at home and in the synagogue, while youngsters enjoy first day of school festivities. The class begins at 10:00 a.m. at The Lodge, 4802 B 26th St. W., Bradenton. For information or to register, call Elaine at 941.755.1231 or visit

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Chabad Hebrew School presents King in The Field! In the Hebrew month of Elul, G-d is accessible to us as a King in the Field. Participate in an interactive costume treasure hunt for the King in the Field. Come dressed as a farmer. All costumed children and parents get a prize. The event runs from 11:00 a.m. to noon at the Chabad Jewish Center, 5712 Lorraine Road, Bradenton. Admission is $5 and free to CHS students and families. For more information, call Rabbi Mendy Bukiet at 941.752.3030.

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Join Temple Beth Sholom USY and have fun bobbing for apples, making your own caramel apples, drinking sparkling apple cider, crafting sukkah decorations, writing New Year’s resolutions, games and so much more! The event runs from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota. The program is free for USY members and $5 for nonmembers. Refreshments will be served. For information, contact Shiri Rozenberg, TBS Youth Director, at 941.524.5895 or srozenberg@

Second Annual Jewish New Year’s Party The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee and ORT America, Gulf Coast Region, are presenting the second annual Jewish New Year’s Party. The festivities, including live entertainment, will take place from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. inside both the Galileo and Retropolitan restaurants at 437-443 Burns Court, as well as in the courtyard which will have a brand new canopy covering the outside dining area. The suggested entry fee is $5 at the door. Guests will be responsible for any food or beverage ordered off the menu. Every year, we think about those in need during the High Holidays. With this thought in mind, everyone is asked to bring a bag of non-perishable food which will be donated to All Faiths Food Bank. Together we can fight hunger in our community while engaging in activities of tikkun olam – repairing the world. For more information, contact Andrew Polin at or 541-501-2090, or Len Steinberg at or 941.371.4546 x106. RSVP at www.

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

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

wednesDAY, september 12 NCJW Opening Program You are invited to the National Council of Jewish Women, Sarasota Manatee Section, Season’s Opening Program at noon at Prestancia Country Club, 4409 TPC Drive, Sarasota. A three-course luncheon with entertainment will have a rotating theme. Everyone will change tables after each course to meet and greet new people. Includes entertainment. Nonmembers welcome. $25 per person. To RSVP or for more information, call Sally Wood at 941.223.4917 or Marion Marshak at 941.739.0463.

thursDAY, september 13 SaBra Hadassah Chapter meeting Enjoy a light brunch as we explore “Marc Chagall: The Man & Artist Behind the Famed Windows.” Learn about Chagall’s early life and later years, the other set of windows he created that are on display in the U.S., the special techniques he used to color glass, and how his granddaughter is collaborating with Hadassah today. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Zell Room on the Federation Campus, 580 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Friends and family are warmly welcome! RSVP to Nancy Mizrahi at 941.923.1790 or (Pictured: Abell Synagogue at Hadassah University Medical Center, Ein Kerem, Israel)

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sunDAY, september 16 Rosh Hashanah Dinner Celebrate the Jewish New Year with a gourmet four-course dinner on Rosh Hashanah Eve. Apples and honey and other traditional holiday foods will be served along with song and words of inspiration. The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Chabad Jewish Center, 2169 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice. $30 per adult, $16 per child. RSVP required to 941.493.2770 or

Rosh Hashanah Community Dinner Celebrate the first night of Rosh Hashanah with family and friends at the Rosh Hashanah Community Dinner at the Chabad Jewish Center, 5712 Lorraine Road, Bradenton. The dinner will take place immediately after services, which begin at 7:15 p.m., and will feature delicious foods customarily eaten on Rosh Hashanah. $25 per adult, $18 per child (3-12). RSVP by September 9 to 941.752.3030.

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A neglected anniversary By David Harris, Executive Director, AJC, July 9, 2012


ibya is once again in the news. It’s been a while, since the media largely lost interest following Muammar el-Qaddafi’s ouster and assassination. The North African nation just held its first election. What emerges will doubtless have regional consequences. But there’s another reason Libya should be in the public eye now, though don’t hold your breath it will make the news anytime soon. Forty-five years ago this month, the last Jews of Libya were forced to flee the country. They included my wife, then 16 years old, her seven siblings and her parents. In the end, they were among the lucky ones. Some would call them, and the few thousand other Jews who remained in the country after 1951, naïve. That’s when Libya gained its independence from the British. There had already been pogroms in 1945 and 1948. The vast majority of Jews had no confidence that a newly sovereign Libya, whatever its constitutional guarantees might promise, would emerge democratic and law-abiding, and they left. The remaining Libyan Jews were targeted following the outbreak of the 1967 Six-Day War, a thousand miles away, for no other reason than that they were Jews.

My wife’s family found a raging mob in front of their Tripoli home, and calls rang out to burn the house down. The ten occupants trembled in fear inside. Miraculously, they were saved. One man courageously addressed the mob and told them to leave the family alone. He knew them, he said, and they were good people. The crowd dispersed to look for other Jews, while this lone individual arranged for the family to be shuttled to a safe house for a couple of weeks until they could manage to go abroad. They left on July 14, never to return. The link with the country today known as Libya – believed to date back to the tragic 15th century exodus of Jews from Spain, in the case of my wife’s maternal lineage, and 2,000 years to the involuntary Roman transport of Jews from Palestine in the case of her paternal lineage – was severed. Italy, which had once been the colonial power in Libya, gave the family refuge. With nothing other than a few suitcases and barely a couple hundred dollars, they started new lives. But rather than wallow in victimization, they put one foot in front of the other and moved forward. It wasn’t easy, especially for such a large family, but they did what they had to do.

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Meanwhile, dozens of other Libyan Jews weren’t as fortunate. With no one to stand up for them, and the government of Libyan King Idris quite impotent, they were hunted down and killed. What happened to the brave soul who saved my wife’s family? He survived, but begged the family never to disclose his name. He feared retribution from fellow Libyans who might do him harm for the “crime” of saving ten Jews. And what of the Jewish legacy in Libya? Here was a community that had lived on the soil for more than two millennia, long predating the occupation by invading armies from the Arabian Peninsula. And Jews, numbering nearly 50,000 at their peak, had contributed in every way imaginable to the area’s development. Libya went to work to erase every trace of Jewish existence. hat lessons can we take from this neglected anniversary? First, if a new regime in Tripoli wants to distinguish itself from its predecessors, one way would be to acknowledge that Jews once lived in the country, that they were forcibly expelled and their synagogues and cemeteries destroyed, and that a process of honest reckoning with these crimes is warranted. Second, the international community should at long last acknowledge these Jewish refugees from Arab lands and the injustices they endured. When people meet my wife and hear her story, many ask why they didn’t know what befell the Jews of Libya. The answer begins with the fact that no UN body, neither at the time nor since, has ever taken action in response to what happened. Nor did the international media focus on what took place. To the contrary, the tragic events hardly merited any space in the world’s leading print and broadcast outlets. And last, but by no means least, there’s the inevitable contrast with the Palestinians.


Libyan Jews, like the hundreds of thousands of other Jews from Arab countries uprooted and sent packing simply because they were Jews, found new homes primarily in Israel, but also in Western Europe and North and South America. Were many bitter about their forced exodus? No doubt. But they impressively started over and quickly began playing a part in their new countries. In the case of the Palestinians – some of whom were encouraged to leave their homes by Arab leaders who promised a quick return, and some of whom became refugees in a war their Arab brethren began against Israel – the story has been entirely different. They always seem to be in the news. They have a special agency, UNRWA, devoted entirely to them, with no mandate for resettlement in other countries and an unprecedented, open-ended definition of “refugee,” which is transferred from one generation to the next. With support from colleagues on both sides of the aisle, U.S. Senator Mark Kirk, to his great credit, has begun to shine the spotlight on this ongoing travesty. Moreover, Arab countries, with the exception of Jordan, cry crocodile tears for the Palestinians, but largely refuse to give them citizenship and, in places like Lebanon, even restrict their participation in the economy. So while the world watches postelection Libya to see what unfolds, I’ll be watching, too. And I shall also be waiting to see if, after 45 years, Libya is ready to confront its past. Yes, this is about Jews, but not only. For the Arab upheaval to have a chance to turn into an Arab spring, newly emerging regimes need to demonstrate a genuine commitment to the protection of minorities – and, yes, to confront the consequences of that lack of protection in the past. It’s high time, I’d say. For more information, visit


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September 2012


Spy vs. Spy, America vs. Israel By Daniel Pipes, August 6, 2012


sraelis spying on Americans is in the news again: leaders of the Jewish state just petitioned for Jonathan Pollard’s release and the Associated Press reported with alarm that U.S. national security officials at times consider Israel to be “a genuine counterintelligence threat.” Its tone of breathless outrage suggests: How dare they! Who do they think they are? But spying on allies is the norm, and it’s a two-way street. Before getting too worked up, Americans should realize that Washington is no innocent. From Reagan to Obama, the U.S. government has sustained a massive spying effort against Israel. Examples: ‹‹Yosef Amit, a former major in Israeli military intelligence, spied for the CIA for several years, focusing on troop movements and policies toward Lebanon and the Palestinians, until his 1986 arrest. ‹‹Itamar Rabinovich, Israel’s ambassador to Washington in 1993-96, revealed that during his tenure, the U.S. government deciphered an Israeli code: “The Americans were certainly tapping the [embassy’s] regular phone lines” and even its secure line. As a result, he says, “Every ‘juicy’ telegram was in danger of being leaked. We sent very few of them. Sometimes I came to Israel to deliver reports orally.” ‹‹A mysterious submarine in Israeli

territorial waters 11 miles from Haifa in November 2004, which fled upon discovery, turned out to be American, raising memories of the USS Liberty’s covert mission in June 1967. ‹‹Yossi Melman, an Israeli journalist specializing in intelligence, found that U.S. military attachés in Tel Aviv gathered covert information; Israeli officials, he discloses, believe the U.S. intelligence services have been eavesdropping on conversations between key staff in Israel and at foreign missions. U.S. spying, he concludes, has exposed “Israel’s deepest policy secrets.” ‹‹An official history of Israel’s intelligence services published in 2008 found (as reported by Reuters) that U.S. spy agencies use the embassy in Tel Aviv to engage in electronic eavesdropping and train embassy staff for “methodical intelligence gathering.” ‹‹Barak Ben-Zur, a retired Shin Bet intelligence officer, wrote in that same volume that “The United States has been after Israel’s non-conventional capabilities and what goes on at the decision-making echelons.” ‹‹A 5,000-word secret memorandum dated October 31, 2008 (released by WikiLeaks), sent under Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s name, catalogues topics that State wants

information on. The very long list includes intelligence on “Israel’s decision-making process for launching military operations and determining retaliation for terrorist attacks”; “evidence of Government of Israel” involvement in “settlement and outpost growth” on the West Bank; details on Israel Defense Forces operations against Hamas, “including targeted assassinations and tactics/techniques used by ground and air units”; and everything about information technologies used by “government and military authorities, intelligence and security services.” ‹‹The National Security Agency employs large numbers of Hebrew speakers at its Fort Meade, Maryland, headquarters, where they listen to intercepts of Israeli communications. The 2009 legal problems of one of their number, Shamai K. Leibowitz, concerning his leaking information, revealed that he translated Hebrewlanguage conversations at the Israeli embassy in D.C. into English, neatly confirming Rabinovich’s revelation. Observers have drawn the obvious conclusion: Yitzhak Rabin, twice prime minister, commented, in Caroline Glick’s paraphrase, that “every few years Israel discovers another U.S. agent committing espionage against the State.” An Israeli counterintelligence

agent notes that Americans “are trying to spy on us all the time – every way they can.” Matthew M. Aid, the American author of Intel Wars (2012), finds that Washington “started spying on Israel even before the State of Israel was formally founded in 1948, and Israel has always spied on us.” As Aid indicates, the spying is reciprocal. More: it’s been routine, known and implicitly accepted by both sides. It’s also not terribly worrisome, for these allies share much in common, from moral values to ideological enemies, and they often work in tandem. Therefore, the mutual spying has few larger consequences. Why then spy at all? Why not invite Israel into the Anglophone “five eyes” grouping that promises not to spy on each other? Because Israel is at war. As Ben-Zur of Shin Bet puts it, “At the end of the day, the United States does not want to be surprised. Even by us.” Nor, for that matter, do the Israelis want to be surprised. Even by Americans. So, let’s be adults about this and calm down. States spy, even on allies. That’s okay. Mr. Pipes ( is president of the Middle East Forum and Taube distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University. © 2012 by Daniel Pipes. All rights reserved.

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ith gas-pump prices soaring along with the demand for energy independence, energy experts in the United States are eagerly awaiting the results of an Israeli pilot using M15, a fuel made of 15 percent methanol and 85% gasoline. Methanol is made from natural gas, a substance that both countries have in abundance. M15 is produced by Dor Chemicals of Haifa, which is running the sixmonth trial along with gas station chain Ten Petroleum with the support and supervision of Israel’s ministries of energy and water resources, transportation and environmental protection. “We would like to prove that no changes are necessary to cars or to gasstation equipment in order to use this blend,” Ten CEO Danny Ben-Ner tells ISRAEL21c. M15 is already popular in China, but test results on its possible effects to car engines and gas pumps have not been made public. “We are closely monitoring the project because this is the most important experiment that is currently taking place in the world outside of China,” says Gal Luft of the Institute for Analysis of Global Security, a Washington, D.C. think tank. Expectations are that the pilot will show no modifications are necessary and no harm is done to the engines or pumps. “The standards will allow us to use the information to demonstrate to the U.S. government and auto industry that existing vehicles can run on blends of methanol,” says Luft.

Makes sense to replace oil with natural gas Ben-Ner explains that 11 cars are participating in the test – 10 of them are from Dor’s corporate fleet and the other one belongs to a Ten station manager. “They were all checked before the start of the pilot in early June and will be double tested again after they drive 30,000 kilometers,” says Ben-Ner. “All the components from the fuel station, including pumps, will also be tested.” “We have identified the potential of natural gas-based oil to replace gasoline and diesel fuel in transportation, and methanol is one of the best candidates for short- and medium-term implementation,” says Brachah Halaf, senior manager of oil replacement for the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources. “When we got a request to finance and oversee this pilot project from Dor, we embraced it. We were looking for experiments that are system-oriented and need to be coordinated in many aspects among several ministries.” Emissions from natural gas-based fuel are much less toxic than those of regular gasoline, and methanol is biodegradable. It’s also cheaper. Using M15 would reduce gas prices in Israel by 50 agorot per liter (roughly equivalent to 50 cents per gallon). “The question is how to best use natural gas to replace oil,” says Luft. “It’s a question being asked in Israel and also in the United States, which has abundant natural gas and a dependency on oil. Natural gas is one-sixth the price

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of oil on an energy-equivalent basis, so it makes total sense to replace oil with natural gas in transportation. Our view is that turning gas into methanol is the easiest and most economical way to do it.” Methanol at the pump within two years Rich stores of natural gas have been discovered in Israel and in the United States over the past couple of years, and the race is on to plan how to use it in the most efficient way for fuel. “The idea of producing liquid fuel from gas would be a real change in our way of using energy,” says BenNer, who says that an interested U.S. company has visited Ten twice to learn more about integrating M15 into gas stations. “This will be a significant collaboration between us and the United States,” he says. “We are the first pilot and can use the outcome to help others.” If the trial does prove the ease of

switching over to M15, the next step would be a much larger-scale pilot involving tens or hundreds of cars over the course of about a year, says BenNer. “Then we’ll have final results. Our goal is that M15 will become part of our products in our stations in the near future – within two years if everything goes according to our expectations. It will cost less than regular gasoline, in addition to its advantages of reducing environmental harm and dependence on foreign oil.” Adds Ten spokeswoman Ortal Ganot, “All eyes are looking at Israel because this is an amazing project, the first in the world to check the engine before, during and after to see the effect of M15. We believe nothing will happen to the engine, and that Israel is going to use M15 so that in 10 years from now we can be more energy independent.” Abigail Klein Leichman is a writer and associate editor at ISRAEL21c.

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Batsheva Dance: Israel’s artistic gem exposed By Roy Schneider, Joseph J. Edlin Journalism Intern


t’s a summer Wednesday night in vivacious Tel Aviv, and the Batsheva Dance Company’s Ensemble is having their final show of a spiritedly scheduled season. The hot daytime air has released into an evening Mediterranean breeze as the city is at its norm of high bursting energy. Roy Schneider Well known as the resident theatre of the Batsheva Dance Company and nestled in the ambient and flourishing Neve Tzedek neighborhood, the Suzanne Dellal Centre for Dance and Theatre fills up with the amiable and chatty Israeli crowd. As expected from the country’s continuous pace, the theatre darkens ten minutes late and as the cell phone addicted audience finishes their last messages on their highly advanced phones. It’s quite amazing to see the warm yet loud Israelis detach from their dialogue and reach calm towards a show they know was worth the expense and time. The Batsheva Dance Company has been awarded with growing international awareness the past two decades after the current Artistic Director, Ohad Naharin, took over in 1990. Since the company was founded in 1964 by the Baroness Batsheva de Rothschild and legendary Proof choreographer Martha 53-50124 4

Graham, and up until Naharin’s leader- titled premiere of House Choreograship, the company was well known for pher Sharon Eyal and her collaborative executing and performing Graham’s musical muse, Gai Bachar. This prechoreography at its best outside of her miere pleases the modern and suave own company in New York City. Na- crowd with elegantly layered electronic harin’s new leadership drove him to tracks from start to finish of this twenbuild “Gaga,” his own revolutionary ty-minute piece. The premiere’s form language movement where the dancers fitting costumes highlight the dancers’ feel the movement through vivid de- astounding figures and are garnished by scriptions presented by the instructor. a lime green triangle painted on each Most dancers, who come from Sweden, dancer’s hands. The first number’s clasJapan, Taiwan, Australia, the United sical depth through earthy and floorStates and, of course, Israel, go through connected movement and the second the two-year junior ensemble company piece’s modern funk through spinal and before they are even considered to take avant garde positions give a strongly part in the Batsheva Dance Company. complemented dance experience for On the bill for the night’s pro- any viewer. gram is a sophisticated contrast of old Maayan Sheinfeld, who spent the and new works. last two years in the Ohad Naharin’s ensemble company piece, Tabula and just recently Rasa, originally accepted an escreated for ten teemed promotion dancers of the to the main BatshePittsburgh Ballet va Dance Compaback in 1986, is ny, shared several first. Danced by thoughts with me an equal numafter the perforTabula Rasa by Ohad Naharin (photo by Gadi ber of men and mance. The comDagon and provided by women in warm pact yet flexible shades of a retro summer to the music second-generation Israeli with Russian of Estonian Composer Arvo Pärt, Tabu- roots graduated from respected Thelma la Rasa reminds the audience how time- Yellin High School of the Arts with less Naharin’s work is regardless of his summer programs in Prague, Salzburg, highly recognized evolution these past and New York City’s Juilliard. She was two years. Preceding Tabula Rasa is the un-

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Iraq and Israel do not enjoy diplomatic relations but the Israeli port of Haifa has been secretly serving as a conduit for trade between Iraq and Europe for a long time, Haifa mayor Yona Yahav told Al-Jazeera. Trucks from Jordan carrying Iraqi merchandise arrive at Haifa port and load it onto ships that travel to Europe. A WikiLeaks document published in October 2010 revealed a conversation between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Senator Benjamin Cardin in February 2009 in which Netanyahu spoke of “strong but unpublicized trade between Haifa port and Iraq via Jordan.”

Yahav said the Israeli government is investing $70.6 million in a train line between Haifa and Beit She’an, on the border with Jordan. Trade expert Matanis Shahadeh told Al-Jazeera that from Iraq’s point of view, the IraqHaifa route is much more direct and cost-efficient than the alternative maritime route through the Persian Gulf. (Times of Israel)


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Israel and China recently signed historic cooperation agreements in Beijing to build the Eilat railway and future projects, including an inland canal port north of Eilat. The cargo rail line will link Israel’s Mediterranean ports in Ashdod and Haifa with Eilat. There are also plans to extend the line to Jordan’s Aqaba port. The estimated cost of the line is at least NIS 20 billion. The Chinese proposed financing part of the cost through the government-owned China Development Industrial Bank. Israel is considering awarding construction of the project to Chinese companies because of their rapid work. (Globes)


Bilateral trade between India and Israel can go up to $15 billion after the two countries are expected to sign a free trade agreement (FTA) by year end, an Israeli envoy has said. “In 1992, the volume of trade between Israel and India was $180 million. In 2011, it was about $5 billion. We are expecting the free trade agreement to be signed by the end of 2012 and then the volume of trade can go up to $10-15 billion,” Israel’s Ambassador Alon Ushpiz recently told reporters in India. (Hindustan Times - India)


Contrary to claims made by Dr. Shaddad Attili, the Minister of the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA), in a Huffington Post Canada commentary, Israel exports volumes of water to the West Bank greatly in excess of what the Oslo Accords had mandated. West Bank Palestinians have access to over 248 million cubic meters (MCM) of fresh natural water as Israel supplies

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At the end of World War II, 850,000 Jews lived in Arab countries. Just 8,500 remain today. After Arab leaders failed to annihilate Israel militarily in 1948, they launched a war of terror, incitement and expulsion to decimate their own ancient Jewish communities. In Iraq, Jewish businessman Shafiq Adas, then the country’s wealthiest citizen, was immediately arrested on trumpedup charges and publicly lynched. This was followed by bombings targeting Jewish institutions, arbitrary arrests of Jewish leaders, and massive government seizures of property. Similar scenes played out from Egypt to Syria to Libya to Yemen. State-sanctioned pogroms descended on Jewish neighborhoods, killing innocents. The total area of land confiscated from Jews in Arab countries amounts to nearly 40,000 square miles – about five times Israel’s entire land mass. Year after year Palestinian refugees attract attention and resources at the UN, yet not a single syllable about the Jewish refugees expelled from Arab countries can be found in any of the 1,088 UN resolutions on the Middle East or the 172 UN resolutions dedicated to Palestinian refugees. The historic Jewish presence in the Arab world must be recognized. The grave injustices inflicted upon them must be acknowledged. The crimes committed against them must be rectified. (Ron Prosor, Israel’s ambassador to the UN, in Huffington Post)

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conference. Official government discrimination against Jews continues to be pervasive, fostering a threatening atmosphere for the approximately 25,000-30,000-member Jewish community.â&#x20AC;? Venezuela: â&#x20AC;&#x153;State media and pro-government media continue to make anti-Semitic statements...As the October 2012 presidential election approaches...Henrique Capriles Radonski, the opposition candidate, was raised as a Roman Catholic but is the grandson of Polish Jews who fled Nazi persecution, and his greatgrandparents were killed in the Treblinka concentration camp. Within a week of Caprilesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; selection in February 2012, state-run Radio Nacional de Venezuela posted on its website a column calling him a supporter of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;international Zionismâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and including a number of traditional anti-Semitic themes and conspiracies; and a mob formed in front of a Caracas synagogue until it was broken up by the police.â&#x20AC;? (U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)


On July 24, 2012, the EU and Israel completed negotiations to increase trade and diplomatic cooperation in the framework of the EU-Israel Association Agreement. A number of Europe-based, Palestinian, and Israeli political advocacy NGOs condemned this cooperation, and lobbied the EU to freeze and abrogate the agreement. Many of these anti-peace NGOs are funded by the EU and its member states, meaning that the EU is paying for political campaigns that undermine its own objectives.

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continued from previous page The NGOs include ICAHD, Christian Aid, Coalition of 11 Palestinian NGOs, EMHRN, Adalah, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, PCATI, Amnesty International and Oxfam International. (NGO Monitor)


At the Ashkelon Desalination Plant south of Tel Aviv, 15,000 cubic meters of seawater is converted into fresh water every hour. The plant churns out 15% of Israel’s yearly water supply. Israel currently has three large-scale desalination plants and two more are coming. Israel is also a world leader in recycling waste water, reusing over 80% of “treated wastewater,” or approximately 400 million cubic meters a year, far beyond that of any other country. By comparison, Spain, in second place, recycles 20% of its wastewater. (International Business Times)


Homeland will begin its second season on Showtime on September 30. The Golden Globe-winning show will also be returning to its roots – in Israel – where it will be shooting several scenes, as it did for season one. Homeland is an American remake of the popular Israeli television series  Hatufim  (Kidnapped, in Hebrew, or Prisoner of War). Both the Israeli and the American versions are about POWs returning home after years in captivity.  Hatufim examines the return of two soldiers 17 years after their abduction in Lebanon and their physical and emotional scars.  In  Homeland, a United States marine (Nicholas Brody, played by Damian Lewis) returns home after being held by terrorists in Afghanistan for eight years; a CIA operative with bipolar disorder (Carrie Mathison, played by Claire Danes) is convinced that he was “turned” and is determined to uncover his betrayal. The psychological thriller looks at the volatile mix of a fearful post-9/11 America and the actions of a damaged soldier-spy. The second season is bringing the destructive reach of al-Qaeda-like enemies into the very heart of Washington, as Brody is being promoted for national office. When the crew is in Israel, their stay won’t be as grim as the show’s theme. In an interview with Conan O’Brien in 2011, Danes said regarding filming parts of the series’ first season in Israel: “It was wonderful, I loved it,” adding that Tel Aviv is “the most intense party

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One reason Palestinian economic growth has been so disastrously slow is the terror war that Yasser Arafat launched against Israel in 2000 – the Second Intifada. It shattered Israeli hopes for peaceful concert with a new neighboring country, and led to an economic estrangement that proved horribly costly to Palestinians. Israelis stopped employing Palestinian workers and stopped buying Palestinian goods. Transit and trade between the two became difficult and painful. And whose fault was it? Israel, which agreed in principle to a deal at Camp David in 2000 granting Palestinians a state with sovereign dominion over nearly 94% of the West Bank? No, it was exclusively the doing of Arafat, who served as a reverse George Washington – rejecting nationhood for violence. Saeb Erekat blames “occupation” for Palestinian poverty. But the PA has dominion over almost all of the West Bank, and Hamas has control over all of Gaza, so the word “occupation” is all but meaningless. (John Podhoretz in the New York Post)

the tenth diplomatic mission to be inaugurated since FM Liberman began serving as foreign minister. An additional three missions are due to be opened within the next year. FM Liberman stated that the opening of each new diplomatic mission is a

festive occasion for the State of Israel, the citizens of Israel and for Israeli diplomacy. This is especially true with regard to a country such as Albania, which has a Muslim population of 70% and is a NATO member. (Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman recently traveled to Albania on an official visit. In Tirana he met with President Bujar Nishani, Prime Minister Sali Berisha, Minister of Foreign Affairs Edmond Panariti, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy, Trade and Energy Edmond Haxhinasto and opposition leader Edi Rama. FM Liberman also held additional meetings. FM Liberman inaugurated the Israeli embassy in Tirana at a festive ceremony. Prior to the establishment of the embassy, Albanian issues were handled by a non-resident ambassador. This is

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The campers at Temple Beth Sholom School’s Summer Camp explored nature through the “Creatures Featured” theme. The focus for Session 4 was on “Swamp Things.” The main event was a visit by Brian Pavlina with the Sarasota County Natural Resources, who brought in three different types of reptiles for the children to see and learn about. Above left: A camper pets Knobs the African Turtle Above right: Bearded Dragon Sandy gets attention from the campers Below right: The campers are tentative about petting Blanca, the albino rat snake

Carly Heininger enjoys her Jewish Birthday day at Camp Gan Israel of Venice

From FunShops, swimming, trips and activities to theme days, campers at Chabad of Bradenton & Lakewood Ranch’s Camp Gan Israel were kept busy and entertained from drop-off to dismissal. Special thanks to The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee for providing scholarships to many families, enabling

Outer Space was the theme of Temple Sinai’s final camp session for the Gan preschool. The campers were transformed from darling boys and girls to Amazing Astronauts and Out of this World Aliens.  Above left: Phoebe and Eli Winters; Above right: Sasha Nir

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their children to experience Camp Gan Israel. Far left: Campers Gloria Wieand and Marissa Baty at the Camp Fashion Show Above center: Campers participate in a baking activity Above right: CGI Campers bowl!

From sharks to the circus, children at Temple Emanu-El Preschool enjoyed a summer filled with fun and exciting activities. Above right: Ainsley Young plays with bubbles on Water Day At right: Mark Lowell squirts water and cools off during Water Day

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Congregation for Humanistic Judaism members recently enjoyed a movie date/box supper. Pictured are organizer Renee Crames and members Terry Langlois and Janet & Ron Sheff.

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Hannah Puckhaber, Temple Beth Sholom Sisterhood President, holds a check representing the $30,000 donated to Temple Beth Sholom from the Sisterhood, which helps support the religious school and other programs.


JFCS volunteers dressed in true patriotic colors for the Independence Day celebration held at the weekly Friday Senior Outreach Services Program Luncheon. Pictured are volunteers Amanda Cattaneo, Joan Gaberman, Ruth Orne, Frank Buffone and Shirley Fein.

At a recent Congregation Kol HaNeshama event are Sandra Chase, Cheryl Rudin, Carolina Sitrin, co-Presidents Toby Deutsch and Maureen Binderman, Linda Charnes and Sonia Weismehl. At Chabad of Venice & North Port, eight women celebrate their adult Bat Mitzvah. For most, it was their first time! Students spent a year studying the depth and power of the role of the Jewish women. Pictured are teacher Chaya Rivka Schmerling (standing) with students Ronnie Storch, Mina Mcevoy, Nelly Sawatsky, Helene Feo, Emelia Shevgart, Myrna Fernandez, Abbie Davis and Marilyn Pomeranz.

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The Jewish News - September 2012  
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