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Paula Abdul to speak at 10th anniversary of Women’s Day By Federation Staff


What impression did Israel leave on you? aula Abdul, an award-winning singer, dancer, There are really no words that can describe the choreographer and TV personality, will share stories about her connection to her Jewish impression Israel left on me. The people of Israel live so open-heartedly. The tangible affection they have roots, overcoming obstacles and aligning yourself th with passion. Her appearance marks the 10 anniverfor their country, and the kindness they showed me… it still brings me to tears. sary of Women’s Day, an annual event that provides an opportunity for womThere’s this gentle reveren to come together around a theme to ence that’s always present. which they relate. Hayley Wielgus of It’s very welcoming and ABC7 News will moderate the discusawe-inspiring. I knew having my Bat Mitzvah there sion with Abdul. The lead sponsor of the event is Tableseide, and the co-chairs would be a wonderful experience, but I had no idea are Barbara Ackerman and Sepi Ackerman. The event takes place on WednesI’d experience such a profound shift of perspective. day, December 7 at Michael’s On East in Sarasota. Tickets are $80 (plus a It was life-changing. minimum $100 gift to The Federation’s What were your development efforts). For more informaJewish family traditions growing up? tion, please contact Trisha Stafford at Paula Abdul (photo by Nick Saglimbeni) or 941.706.0029. I’m a Syrian Jew, and We recently spent some time getting to know my upbringing was one of a normal, Southern CaliPaula. Here is the interview: fornia kid. I’m observant and I celebrate holidays. Please tell us about your Bat Mitzvah in Tzfat. As a family, we celebrated the traditional High HoliIt was a wonderful private moment in a very old days, but not in the tradition of Syrian Jews. I didn’t temple. It was very, very emotional. It was perfect. participate in Jewish camps or youth groups. I idenThat experience changed my life in a way I hadn’t tify more culturally than religiously. expected. The time was right. I didn’t have my Bat You’ve overcome a number of obstacles in Mitzvah when I was younger, and as an adult I made your life and career. What is your advice for those a conscious choice to have it. I talked to my rabbi and who are struggling with adversity in their lives? told him I wanted to do it in Israel. I actually haven’t Yes, I’ve had several obstacles and I’ve had stopped talking about it since I left! continued on page 2A

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middle and end – or the final destination. What is your next project? I am producing a couple of new television shows, as well as traveling the country doing speaking engagements. I’m working on projects that are truly inspiring me these days. I’ve also been having fun making guest appearances on different television shows. I’m staying focused on overall wellness in all my endeavors. My goal is to achieve even higher levels of nutrition and fitness, as well as to inspire others to reach even higher to achieve their own nutrition and fitness goals. There’s nothing like being a witness to your own powerful transformation. I want others to experience the incredible level of health and wellness that I’ve been experiencing. I love inspiring teens to say, “I want to be healthy.” Many of them are so focused on how they look on the outside, when it’s truly an inside job. We hear you’re also engaging more in acting. Yes, I’m excited about transitioning into acting. I’ve done some really fun television cameos and guest appearances on half-hour television programs. I’m continuing to broaden my horizons by creating and producing content. Actually, my love for television began a long time ago when I first started working with James L. Brooks on The Tracey Ullman Show. He became my mentor on the show. I’m all about reinvention! Also, I am moving back in to the music space. I recently performed in front of 18,000 people at a festival in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The songs still resonate with so many people. More to come! What is your message for the women of the Sarasota-Manatee community? Discover your passion…and share it! Pursuing our passion and keeping




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FEDERATION NEWS only ourselves in mind basically guarantees us a one-dimensional experience with no capacity for depth, no real impact and no opportunity to grow. When we make our passion solely about us we’re actually hindering that spiritual cycle of giving and receiving. The more we give by sharing our passion, the more inspiration we receive; and inspiration is contagious! People become inspired by your joy and inspiration. We cheat ourselves and our communities out of the enriching experience of sharing talent, time and educational resources. There are so many ways to express your passion in a way that contributes to your community and you have the wonderful opportunity to discover that for yourself. What are you passionate about? How can you inspire someone else with that passion? Let’s face it, there’s a fire in all of our hearts. Mine is dance. For me, it’s not just about performing. It’s about nurturing raw talent and putting the spotlight on them. We know you are active in a number of charities. Please tell us about a few of your favorites and why they are near and dear to your heart. I’ve been active with Turnaround Arts, a national program committed to bringing arts education to high-poverty elementary and middle schools across the country. I’ve learned so much being a Turnaround Artist. I work closely with phenomenal students at P.S. 165 Ida Posner in Brooklyn, New York. This year, my students, along with other students and artists from across the country, performed for First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House Turnaround Arts Talent Show! What I love about Turnaround Arts is it specifically supports arts education as a tool for improvement in high-poverty, underperforming schools. It’s brilliant – arts as a solution. I’ve always believed that dance is a healing art form. It brings self-expression, health, creativity and joy. I get to share that belief and confirm its reality with Turnaround Arts. I’m also excited and honored to be an ambassador for WE Day, a movement empowering people to transform local and global communities by shifting from “me” thinking to “we” act-

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ing. Living ME to WE means working together to create sustainable change, and making a difference with everything you do – from choosing travel that leaves a positive footprint on the planet, to making purchases that give back. Would you share an interesting anecdote about your Hollywood experience? One of my favorite experiences was meeting my idol and hero, Gene Kelly. He inspired me to start dancing and to become a choreographer. I owe him a debt of gratitude for inspiring me to become an entertainer. Kelly’s Anchors Aweigh was groundbreaking in its time and fueled my own innovative use of animation in a music video with MC Skat Kat. To show my appreciation, I dedicated my “Opposites Attract” video to him. It was my way of saying, “Thank you for inspiring me ever since I was a little girl.” After receiving a copy, he called me to invite me over for tea! My heart was bursting with joy! I was so excited. This was the start of a very special and important friendship that I treasure to this day. Paula Abdul A two-time Emmy Award winner, Grammy Award winner, American Music Award winner, and multi-platinum recording artist, Paula Abdul has been entertaining her fans for over 25 years as a singer, songwriter, dancer, choreographer, television personality, producer and entrepreneur. Abdul is also very active in her community as a spokesperson and advocate for a variety of national charity organizations. This year, Abdul partnered with Turnaround Arts, a signature program of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, to adopt a school in Brooklyn, New York, and to help foster arts education in impoverished schools across the nation. In 2014, the Avon Foundation for Women asked Abdul to become their Avon Global Ambassador for their international #CheckYourself digital campaign in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Abdul, alongside the Avon Foundation, directed, produced, choreographed and starred in the campaign, which garnered half a billion media impressions around the world.



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Women’s Giving Circle turns toilet paper into miracles

g ,By Federation Staff he Women’s Giving Circle is l celebrating its fourth birthday e this coming year. How did it get estarted? Ros Mazur, the group’s co-founder, gwas in Odessa on a Federation mission -five years ago. While there, she was shopping for an 83-year-old bedridden swoman. She asked her guide what the ewoman really needed. She was surgprised to hear that a top item needed was toilet paper. g As Mazur continued on the misssion to Israel, she could not stop thinkging about those two words: toilet paper. -When she arrived back in Sarasota she oknew she had to do something for im-poverished Jewish families oversees. sAnd so the Women’s Giving Circle was born. e How does it work? Each WGC member donates $500 eand the group reviews grant requests from non-profit organizations in Israel


that support women and children. The group then decides which grants they want to support, and funds are sent to that project. “Our mission is to practice tikkun olam (improving this world) through a circle of caring and committed women,” says Mazur. “It’s taken a lot of work by the members and the steering committee but everyone is completely dedicated to the mission.” Mazur says that, in three years, the Women’s Giving Circle has raised

close to $85,000 for hundreds of women and children in need. She defines the WGC as “a place for women to explore how they can make a difference and discover how our leadership and philanthropic passions can build a better and stronger world for women and children. As a group we find the causes that stir our hearts and then devise plans of action to help.” Women’s Giving Circle funds have provided food for single mothers,

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counseling for victims of rape and sexual abuse, and emergency and disaster support for women. “The generous, caring women in our community are truly making a difference,” says Mazur. “This past year the group received 61 grant requests and were able to award funds to 11 non-profits.” The group is planning a mission to Israel in March 2017 for members to visit the programs and people they have supported. To find out more about the Women’s Giving Circle and the upcoming mission, please join us for our annual Open House on Tuesday, December 13 at 11:00 a.m. There you’ll have the opportunity to meet current members and learn about the impact of collective giving from our guest speaker. See the ad on page 8B for more details. If you have any questions about the Women’s Giving Circle,, please contact Ilene Fox at 941.343.2111 or

“The Mitzvah Project” comes to Sarasota-Manatee



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oger Grunwald, the creator, tory lesson and conversation. His aim co-writer and star of “The is to give audiences an opportunity to n Mitzvah Project,” is bringexperience humankind’s recent, dark ing his Holocaust-themed, one-person history in a new way. It is an important addition to the historical narratives drama, lecture and discussion to the 5 about the Holocaust ,Sarasota-Manatee region on Monday, December 12 at a time when few at 7:00 p.m. in the Beasurvivors remain to tell their stories to strice Friedman Theater on younger generations. -The Federation campus. Tickets are $10 and can be Through the story of Christoph Rosenhpurchased at www.jfedsrq. berg, a German halfmorg/events or by calling 866.465.3995. Jew, this one-person “The Mitzvah Project” drama reveals the l surprising history of pwas inspired by, and is in tens of thousands of dhomage to Grunwald’s Roger Grunwald mother, an Auschwitz survivor. AcGerman men known as “Mischling,” e the derogatory term the Nazis used to dcording to Grunwald, his mother used characterize those deemed to have both lher experiences as a tool to teach the Aryan and Jewish ancestry and who llesson of the Holocaust to students. In served in Hitler’s army. Through Grunnthe same way, Grunwald hopes that his live performances will keep the lessons wald’s performance, audiences gain a deeper understanding of these men of the Holocaust alive. who were the product of two centuries Grunwald describes “The Mitzvah of German-Jewish assimilation, inter-Project” as a combination theater, hisn

marriage, conversion, and the striving of a people committed to calling the German Fatherland their home. Grunwald will lead a discussion with the audience after the performance. A professional performing artist for close to four decades, Grunwald is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He studied acting with Wynn Handman and is a veteran theater, film, TV and voice actor, appearing in more than 70 stage productions in the U.S. and Europe. He was recently featured in the pilot episode of the HBO series, Vinyl, directed by Martin Scorsese.

Prior to “The Mitzvah Project” performance, Grunwald will speak at the Holocaust Survivor Luncheon, an annual event that brings together survivors and their families for a celebratory Chanukah meal. The luncheon is sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, Jewish Family & Children’s Service of the Suncoast, Inc., Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services, and The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. For more information about The Federation’s Holocaust programs, contact Orna Nissan at 941.552.6305 or

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Ros Mazur receives Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award at International Lion of Judah Conference


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os Mazur received the prestigious Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award at the International Lion of Judah Conference held in Washington, D.C., September 11-13. The award is given to one woman from each community who embodies the spirit and vision of the Lion of Judah through a commitment to tzedakah and tikkun olam. Mazur has exhibited leadership and inspiration in many facets of Federation life and has made a significant impact on the local and worldwide Jewish community. A member of the Board of Directors and program vice president of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, Mazur is a founder of the successful Women’s Giving Circle, which grants funds to projects benefiting women and children in need and at risk in Israel. The WGC has given other women the encouragement and opportunity to become philanthropic, to have their voices heard, and to take leadership positions. She is leading a WGC mission to Israel in March 2017

so that members can see firsthand their funds at work. The Mazur Family Fund was the lead sponsor of the Len Mazur Memorial Lecture on anti-Semitism in 2015 and is the lead sponsor of Violins of Hope programming taking place February 2017. Mazur has also served as co-chair of the Women’s Division and has chaired and participated on many committees. She is a member of the National Women’s Philanthropy Board and is a Lion of Judah extraor-

dinaire. She is The Federation’s head cheerleader, always lending her support, reaching out to the community, and setting an example for others. She was the 2012 recipient of Federation’s Woman of Valor Award. More than 1,300 Jewish women from the United States, Canada, Israel, Mexico and the United Kingdom attended the Lion of Judah Conference. Together, they celebrated their campaign achievements, their sisterhood and their global Jewish community.

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Attending the conference from Sarasota-Manatee were Simone Knego, Barbara Jacob, Ros Mazur, Nadia Ritter, Anne Spindel, Cynthia Wright and Federation Chief Development Officer Ilene Fox. Completing our Lion pride at the conference were Marilyn Shuman, Linda Klein, Lois Marcus and Eileen Sill. For more information about the Lion of Judah, please contact Ilene Fox at 941.343.2111 or

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Jewish Federation and Chevra Kadisha establish Jewish Burial Charitable Fund By Federation Staff


he Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is pleased to announce the creation of Hesed Shel Emet, the Jewish Burial Charitable Fund of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. The fund is dedicated to assuring that every Jew, regardless of financial means or religious affiliation, receives a dignified, traditional Jewish funeral and burial. The fund was established by the


Chevra Kadisha and The Federation. The fund will accept requests from individuals, family members, rabbis, human service professionals and funeral home directors. A committee comprised of professionals from JFCS and The Federation and volunteer leadership will be formed to serve as the Jewish Burial Committee. This committee will be responsible to review, approve and

determine the amount granted to each approved applicant. The Federation, with the cooperation and consent of the Chevra Kadisha, will work with the committee to establish eligibility criteria and to develop the application process. The fund will be managed by

The Federation in accordance with its investment policies and procedures. For more information about Hesed Shel Emet, contact Howard Tevlowitz at 941.343.2110 or htevlowitz@jfed

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he impact of Jewish camp lasts a lifetime. Children benefit from Jewish camp experiences by learning to value their Jewish heritage. Campers grow to become active leaders in the Jewish community. In fact, children who attend Jewish summer camp are more likely to join a synagogue, support Jewish causes, and become rabbis, Jewish educators and community lay leaders. Those are just some of the reasons The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee and its generous donors grant more than $50,000 each year to Jewish children in our community for Jewish overnight camp. And over the years, hundreds of children have grown to love camp and deepen their connection to Judaism as a result. The Federation is just as committed as ever to sending kids to camp, and the Camp Grant Committee, charged with the allocation and distribution of those grants, seeks to maximize the


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The 2016 Bob Malkin Young Ambassadors trip By Andrea Eiffert


ach summer, with the help of amazing and generous donors, The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee sends high school students to Israel on the Bob Malkin Young Ambassadors Mission. This year’s ambassadors joined the Lappin Foundation’s Y2I (Youth to Israel) group for two weeks, traveling throughout the country to discover the land of milk and honey through its history, culture, food, landscape and people. From praying at the Kotel, to climbing Part of a bigger Jewish family By Rebecca Betterton acking for my trip to Israel I thought I was prepared for everything. I had my water shoes for the Dead Sea, my long skirt for the Western Wall, and my sneakers for the hike up Masada. What I was not prepared for was the impact that this small, beautiful country would have on me. Upon arrival, I was not expecting


Masada or floating in the Dead Sea, the teens took in all the sights and sounds as they fell in love with the land. Below, Rebecca Betterton recounts her life-changing experiences during this mission. For more information about the program, to apply, or to make a donation to ensure this program continues to thrill and inspire Jewish teens from our community for years to come, contact me at or 941.552.6308. to see the side of Israel that the news doesn’t cover. Rather than seeing fear and chaos, I was consumed by the beauty and kindness that I felt with every Israeli that I encountered. The opportunity to bond with the young Israelis was a pivotal aspect of falling in love with Israel. I now have a real understanding of what it would be like to live in Israel. Roaming through the markets and shops I got a real taste of what

Israel was like. My experience exploring these markets showed me the beauty and simplicity of fresh foods that Israel has to offer. The delicious taste of the iced coffee is one that I still crave and am struggling to live without. Not only was the food an incredible part of these open-air markets, but the hustle and bustle that I felt on Friday night while everyone was getting prepped for Shabbat made me feel like a part of a much bigger Jewish family. The warmth that I felt was truly unparalleled to any other place that I had ever traveled to in the past. I now have a closer connection to not only my faith, but other young people my age who share the same passion for Israel. I traveled back home with incredible memories and lifelong friends that I will always have a deep connection with. I am so thankful for this transformative trip. Those two weeks opened my eyes and heart to a side of my faith and to Israel that I had not been

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exposed to previously. I now have another place to call home. I want to thank The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee and the generous support of its donors for making this amazing trip possible.

My Holy Land experience By Amanda Green


his past summer, I spent seven weeks in Israel following a oneweek seminar in Poland as part of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee’s S.K.I.P. (Send-a-Kidto-Israel) Scholarship Program. I was given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit the Holy Land with my friends whom I have spent the past six summers with at Camp Ramah Darom. This trip, my first time in Israel, was not only life-changing, but also eye-opening. My life changed when I landed in Israel, and I even shed a few tears when we arrived at the Ben Gurion International Airport. After spending over a week in Poland, intensely

learning about the Holocaust, the rush of pride I felt when I finally reached Israel was indescribable. In Israel, I learned more about my Jewish roots, I discovered my Jewish identity, and I learned about the culture and language of the land. I traveled all around the country, and lived in two youth villages and two kibbutzim to truly experience what it’s like to live in Israel. My favorite part of the trip was living in the north for two weeks in a youth village called Hodayot, where we traveled, hiked and enjoyed our first taste of the country. An awe-inspiring moment came when I visited the northern tip of Israel at Kiryat Shmona




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and saw the border between Israel, Syria and Lebanon. I stood at the top of a mountain and could feel the presence of Israel in the Middle East. I had never felt more grateful to have a home in Israel. One of my most treasured experiences was visiting the Kotel for the first time. I had two friends, who had been to Israel before, guide me down the steps while I closed my eyes, so I could see the Kotel from the best view in the Jewish Quarter. And on the way back to the Havah, our youth village in Jerusalem, I saw other members of my Sarasota community visiting Israel on a different trip. Seeing people you know while in Israel is an experience like no other. Without the help I received from The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee and Temple Beth Sholom, I would not have been able to experience Israel in this way. From Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, Tzfat, Haifa, Eilat, Tiberias, Akko, Beersheba, Jaffa, Ashkelon, Ein Gedi and Sde Boker, Israel blew my mind. Every part of this country felt like home to me, and I never would have encountered it without the charitable donations I received from my community. I cannot express my gratitude enough for enabling me to experience the greatest summer of my life. My experiences in Israel taught

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November 2016



A big STEP forward! By Lael Hazan, STEP Committee Chair


he new Shapiro Teen Engagement Program (STEP) was unveiled September 14 to a packed room of Sarasota-Manatee Jewish teenagers and parents. The twotier program is an entry point into the Jewish community for those who don’t yet participate, as well as an enhancement for those students already active in their local youth groups. During the year there will be free monthly programs designed to educate and engage those interested in learning about the issues facing the Jewish community, Israel and Jews all over the world. There will be opportunities for leadership development as well as a chance to speak to members of Hillel and hone skills needed to become a Jewish activist. Jewish teens in the Sarasota-Manatee area are welcome to come to as many of the programs as they wish. Students who want to delve deeper can apply to become a STEP Fellow. In addition to the monthly programs, Fellows will be invited to Federation

Local teens at the STEP Open House

events, have the opportunity to serve on Federation committees, and have one-on-one experiences with leading thinkers and policy makers in the fields of BDS (Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions), Jewish philanthropy, and the future of the Jewish world. Our community is fortunate to have generous donors who understand that engaging young people is the future of the Jewish community. They have made it possible for our Jewish high school students to have a rich diversity of prospects. Not only will the STEP participants have local programing, they also have the opportunity to travel in the U.S. and abroad. During the STEP Open House on September 14, guests learned about a variety of activities to which The Federation offers scholarships. From Camp Grants, AIPAC conferences, and Jewish teen travel programs, to going to Israel, the audience heard mesmerizing stories of transformation. Amanda Green and Erica Lester shared their experiences of visiting the concentration camps in Poland and how, even though they had read and heard about what they were to see, there was

nothing that could prepare them for becoming witnesses. Ashlyn Downey-Hayes, Camryn Cohen, Rebecca Betterton, Gabriella Hazan and Phoenix Bergman each spoke about going to Israel as Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Federation Bob Malkin Young Ambassadors, and how the experience coalesced their love of Israel and understanding of the need to support the Jewish homeland. Sam Sklar and Mackenzie Grace told about the energy of 15,000 Jews in one room and the feelings of accomplishment when lobbying Representative Vern Buchanan to support Israel through the AIPAC conference in Washington, D.C. Daniel Nissan and Mackenzie Dyrda talked of their service-learning program in Los Angeles through NFTY Mitzvah Corps, and Kenny Campbell expressed his pleasure when he spoke of taking over Times Square with 3,000 other Jewish youth through CTeen. In addition to learning about the incredible options of teen travel available, the attendees met Oded Israely, our new community Shaliach (Israeli community ambassador), who will also participate in the youth programs. STEP is the brainchild and offspring of Sam and Sally z”1 Shapiro, who were determined that Sarasota-Manatee youth become Jewishly educated and engaged. To create this program, The Federation organized a committee that consisted of Jewish educators, parents and activists; reached out to all area Jewish houses of worship and involved many community members. The committee then spent months scouring to find the best programs of engagement for Jewish teens, collaborating and brainstorming. A focus group made up of engaged Jewish teen leaders in Sarasota-Manatee met in order to better understand our community’s particular requirements. The new STEP program is the culmination of hard work and dedication. It is a program unique to Sarasota-Manatee and designed to educate, engage and empower our youth for lifelong Jewish leadership roles. For more information, or if you know of a teen who might want to participate, please contact Andrea Eiffert at or 941.552.6308.


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November 2016


“Biblical Archeology: Digging into the Bible”

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By Marden Paru, Dean, Sarasota Liberal Yeshiva


or those who read the Israeli press regularly, they will notice a huge increase in articles acknowledging the many new finds from archeological digs. Most are intentional and scoped out by biblical scholars and archeologists to validate events and structures mentioned in the Tanach (Holy Scriptures). Some discoveries are through propinquity when one least expects it. But as time goes by, we are learning so much more about ancient Israelite culture and biblical events, making our Bible come to life in real practical terms. Let’s take a peek! The City of David excavations of the Jerusalem Hebrew University on Mount Ophel, at the foot of the southern wall of the Temple Mount compound, have yielded a sensational discovery: a seal (bulla) with the name of King Hezekiah (727-698 BCE). This external evidence further establishes the veracity of the biblical account of the nation of Israel’s empires going back

some 3,000 years. New evidence indicates that the water system at Tel Gezer, located in the western Shephelah in Israel, may have been built by Canaanites in the Middle Bronze Age (MBA) (c. 20001500 BCE). The evidence was discovered during the 2015 excavation season by archaeologists with the Tel Gezer Water System Project. Gezer is mentioned in a well-known passage in the Hebrew Bible that states that Solomon used forced labor “to build the wall of Jerusalem, Hazor, Megiddo, [and] Gezer” (1 Kings 9:15). Archaeologists disagree as to the precise dating of the fortifications that likely inspired this biblical reference. An ancient mikveh, a ritual bath plastered in ancient graffiti from the Second Temple era, has been found while digging the foundations for a new nursery school in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Annona. Ritual baths from that period are not rare in the

Holy Land, but they don’t usually feature time capsules in the form of writing and symbols. The space is highly unusual in featuring inscriptions in ancient Aramaic – albeit pretty much incomprehensible – on the plastered walls. The Channel from the City of David to the Temple Mount is the most important archeological discovery in the Old City of Jerusalem; it is the ancient Second Temple Period water system, linking the City of David to the Western Wall. What is so amazing to consider is that this tunnel would have existed at the time of the Second Temple. This was the main water drainage tunnel that flowed through the Shiloah Pool and outside the city. Ronny Reich and Eli Shukron are the archaeologists leading this massive effort of unearthing these ancient structures and discovering the meaning and importance to the people of Israel during the Second Temple period.


These are but a few of many items to be discussed in “Biblical Archeology: Digging into the Bible,” a new class to be offered by the Sarasota Liberal Yeshiva starting Friday, Decem-u ber 2. The class will explore how theC ancients lived and survived the goodi times and the bad: cuisine, health, liv-e ing conditions, and the impact of outside forces on ancient Jewish culture.t Classes will take place on the campusg of The Jewish Federation of Saraso-b ta-Manatee on Fridays from 10:30 toe 11:45 a.m. All class materials will bea t provided. Let’s dig in together! To enroll, please contact me at 941.379.5655 or marden.paru@gmail. com. Scholarships and multi-course discounts are available. The Sarasota Liberal Yeshiva operates as an independent not-for-profit institution with a grant from The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee and is open to students of every type ofi ( background.

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Rosh Chodesh Society offers new course


’shei Chabad Women’s Circle will be offering a new Rosh Chodesh Society course. The Rosh Chodesh Society is a worldwide society of Jewish multi-aged, diverse women of all affiliations and backgrounds. We gather once a month (for seven months) on or around Rosh Chodesh. During these classes we explore ancient and contemporary Jewish wisdom and teachings, and discover how they apply to our lives. We do so using student textbooks, interactive class discussions, multi-media, hands-on learning and, of course, delicious food. This year’s course, titled “Simple Truths – Pivotal Jewish Insights for Centered Living,” explores 12 foun-

dational core beliefs and perspectives of Judaism, which empower us to be (more) successful, fulfilled and aligned to our true values. It will enable us to perhaps see life through a different lens while going through life’s regular challenges such as family, career, relationships and identity. All women regardless of affiliation or background are welcome to join a wonderful group of Jewish women for a monthly night out of inspiration, friendship and growth. The first Rosh Chodesh Society event will be held Tuesday, November 8 at 7:15 p.m. at Chabad of Sarasota, 7700 Beneva Road. There is a nominal cost for each Rosh Chodesh Society event of $10 for N’shei Women

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Kobernick-Anchin-Benderson unveils new name, brand and campus enhancements


obernick-Anchin-Benderson, a landmark senior living community in Sarasota since 1993, unveiled its new name – Aviva: A Campus for Senior Life – and brand identity at an exclusive, invitation-only event held on Wednesday, October 26. The special celebration was held in the grand rotunda where more than 200 guests, including residents of Aviva, board members, local business leaders, public officials and media, were in attendance to experience the launch of the new logo and name.

“This is truly a new, exciting day for our community,” said Heidi Brown, CEO of Aviva. “The name ‘Aviva’ captures the essence of the sense of renewal, connectivity and infinite possibilities that residents feel living here. We are delighted to celebrate the ‘rebirth’ of our community and our steadfast commitment to the seniors and families we serve.” The word ‘Aviva’ in Hebrew means spring, which reflects the organization’s commitment to providing high-quality independent living, assis-

ted living, memory care, skilled nursing and rehabilitation. The community is invited to an exciting open house event on Sunday, November 6 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 1951 N. Honore Avenue, Sarasota. Enjoy an exclusive first look at all of the amazing updates and refreshing changes made to the community. Accompanying the community’s re-branding are $1.4 million in sweeping updates, renovations and improvements in amenities and campus grounds, with a second phase of

JFCS selected as a pioneer site for the Jewish Aging Mastery Program


he National Council on Aging has selected JFCS of the Suncoast to offer a 12-session Jewish-focused Aging Mastery Program (AMP). AMP is a comprehensive and fun approach to embracing longevity that combines education, wellness, interac,tive activity and peer support to help .older adults make meaningful and posPitive changes as they age. , The AMP program has been prersented across the country and in the Sarasota-Manatee area to very positive reviews. The core curriculum addresses topics such as Advance Planning, Financial Wellness, Community Engagement, Healthy Eating and Exer-


cise, and How to Navigate a Longer Life. The Jewish AMP has two additional sessions developed by Rabbis Richard Address and Dayle Friedman, which will combine the science and art of aging well with Jewish spirituality and wisdom. A grant from The Patterson Foundation supports this new program. JFCS President /CEO Rose Chapman, LCSW stated, “JFCS is honored to be one of eight pioneer sites selected to offer this exciting new program!” Key speakers who will facilitate the sessions:  Rabbi Brenner Glickman of Temple Emanu-El

 Jennifer Singer, Director of the JFCS Jewish Healing Program*  Brian Mariash , CIMA  Dr. Nancy Schlossberg, noted author and educator  Ira W. Wiesner, ESQ, Advocates in Aging The National Council on Aging’s evaluations from existing courses indicate that at least 80% of participants reported improved overall wellbeing and appreciated the opportunity to develop their “own personal pathways.” Incentives and engaging activities, including a graduation, further enhance

enhancements to include an integrated center for wellbeing and a multipurpose venue. The community also unveiled a new website, AvivaSeniorLife. org, to serve as a resource for prospective residents and their families.

the AMP experience. The course is scheduled for Thursday mornings beginning November 3 at the JFCS main campus at 2688 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. The cost for the full course is $100 and space is limited to 25 participants. To register or for more information, please contact Pamela Baron, Director of Senior Services, at 941.366.2224 x112 or * This position is funded by a grant from The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee.



The Jewish Federation invites you to commemorate KRISTALLNACHT, Night of Broken Glass. On the night of Nov. 9, 1938, Nazi storm troopers and German citizens launched a massive, government-coordinated attack on Jews throughout Germany. The mobs burned synagogues, destroyed businesses, ransacked Jewish homes, and brutalized the Jewish people.


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November 2016


Rabbi Michael S. Churgel to be installed at Temple Sinai


emple Sinai is pleased to announce that Rabbi Michael S. Churgel, RJE will be formally installed as rabbi and spiritual leader during a special Shabbat worship service on Friday, November 11 at 6:00 p.m. at Temple Sinai, 4631 South Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. All guests are welcome to come early and join our temple community for a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception at 5:15 p.m. and then remain with us for the worship service and installation. Rabbi Stephen J. Einstein, Founding Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation

B’nai Tzedek in Fountain Valley, Caliin his role as our spiritual leader is fornia, who has been a longtime mensummed up by the following quote taken from a personal tor, role model, rabbi and friend to Rabbi Churgel, statement that he has will conduct the installawritten: tion ritual. “When Jews by The Shabbat Worbirth, Jews by choice, LGBTQ and/or inship Service and installation of Rabbi Churgel terfaith families walk will be followed by a through the doors of Congregational Shabbat the synagogue, I openly reach out and fully Dinner in Temple Sinai’s welcome them so they social hall. For further inRabbi Michael S. Churgel, RJE formation, please call the too can feel the sacredtemple office at 941.924.1802. ness of being part of a congregational The essence of Rabbi Churgel community. As potential members

become members, I create a rabbinic presence so that they honestly feel that I am their ‘Jewish Tour Guide.’” Rabbi Churgel, a native of New York, was raised in Fountain Valley, California, and is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles. He earned Masters of Arts degrees in Hebrew Letters and Jewish Education from the Los Angeles campus of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and was ordained in 2001from HUC-JIR’s New York campus. Married to Shara Newman, they are proud parents of three beautiful and energetic children.

Rabbi Michael Shefrin to be installed at Temple Emanu-El


riday evening, November 11, promises to be a very special Shabbat for Temple Emanu-El and the entire Sarasota-Manatee Jewish community as the synagogue formally installs Rabbi Michael Shefrin. Rabbi Shefrin assumed his duties as Temple Emanu-El’s Assistant Rabbi in July and has quickly become known for his dedication, wisdom, scholarship, kindness, sincerity, devotion – and a fantastic sense of humor and ability to relate to community members of all ages and backgrounds. His instal-

lation is an occasion for career, serving such a great pride and joy. vibrant and warm com“I am looking formunity. I pray that this special evening be a ward with great excitement to being installed as memorable one for our Assistant Rabbi at Temcommunity filled with tradition and joy.” ple Emanu-El,” Rabbi Shefrin stated. “Being a Officiating at Rabbi Shefrin’s installalink in the chain of the institution of the rabtion will be Rabbi Jeff binate is both humbling Marx, who, Rabbi SheRabbi Michael Shefrin and inspiring. I couldn’t frin explained, “has been a friend, teacher, mentor and rabimagine a better place than Temple Emanu-El and Sarasota to begin my

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November 2016


JFCS honors a legacy and plans for the future


ewish Family & Children’s Service of the Suncoast, Inc., the multi-county premier multi-function social service nonprofit, honors the longtime legacy of Rose Chapman, as she announces her new role, and plans future growth with a search for a new CEO. During Chapman’s 23-year tenure as chief executive officer, she successfully took JFCS from a $200,000 agency to an $8.5-million agency, grew the staff from three to 114, expanded geographically from one office to 16 sites, and increased the range of services the nonprofit offers to the community from three to over 25 programs. “Throughout Rose’s time as CEO, she has helped attain an amazing reputation for JFCS within the community,” said Joe Mendels, the chair of the JFCS board. “She is truly respected and appreciated locally for the great human value she has brought to Sarasota through her work.” However, this isn’t goodbye for Chapman. A licensed clinical social worker and adjunct professor at the University of South Florida, she will

continue in another function as CEO ers, adults, children and adolescents, families, the homeless and so many emeritus, a role specifically created for others.” her. In her new position, Chapman will utilize her over 40 years in nonprofits From 2014-15, over 15,000 into work with the incoming CEO and dividuals received more than 75,000 the JFCS board to ensure services from JFCS, including case manageits fiscal sustainability ment, individual and and security as the organization moves forward. group counseling, lifeChapman has cultivated skills education and assignificant relationships sistance with basic life necessities, such as food throughout the commuand emergency financial nity and with members of the legislative body assistance for homeless in Tallahassee. She will prevention. JFCS’s over work with government 450 volunteers provided more than 7,500 hours of sources, individual donors and other resources service during that time. Rose Chapman to assure JFCS’s clients will be served “JFCS has grown tremendously – not only financially but also geofar into the future. graphically,” said Chapman. “I am “JFCS is 40 times larger in terms truly grateful to the wonderful staff, of its budget since Rose joined the nonprofit,” said Mendels, a retired psychivolunteers, board of directors, donors and the supportive community. Withatrist who has been on the JFCS board out them and their confidence and for six years. “She transformed JFCS trust, we wouldn’t be as successful as into one of the most important social service agencies in the community. We we are today. The multi-county genhave grown from a handful of services erosity has allowed us to provide the to helping seniors, veterans, caregivresources and services needed through-

out the community.” Led by Mendels and incoming board chair Steve Seidensticker, the nonprofit will assemble a search committee tasked with finding a new leader to move the organization forward and continue its important mission. Within the next 30 days, the board of directors plans to formalize a search committee, including experienced consultants from nonprofit and human resources agencies. Chapman will remain the CEO until the position is filled and will assist with the transitioning process. The incoming CEO will build on the legacy already in place and lead the nonprofit, including handling all of the day-today operations of the organization. “For the future, I see stability, further growth and additional services provided to the people that need it in the community,” said Chapman. “This is our mission. Be here for people who need us, and I’m here to assure that we will always be there to meet those needs.” For more information about JFCS, please visit or call 941.366.2224.

Sarasota Jewish Chorale reprises “Esther’s Story” cantata By Marcia Polevoi


his fall season, the Sarasota Jewish Chorale will be presenting a reprisal of its noted cantata, “Esther’s Story.” The cantata was first performed several years ago and was highly received by our audiences. “Esther’s Story” was conceived and written by two Chorale members, A-6.16.qxp_Layout 1 6/23/16 12:18 PM Page 1 Brenda Lederman and Rivka Chatman. It tells in both narrative and song the saga of a young couple’s immigration from their shtetl in the Ukraine to the

United States just prior to the outbreak of World War II. The cantata has been revised, removing some music and passages, and introducing several new songs. It has been edited so that it can easily work within the time frame of where the Chorale may be performing. The Chorale will be presenting the new version to the residents of Plymouth Harbor in November. As in past years, the Chorale will again be part of the Kristallnacht Com-

memoration remembrance presented by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. This takes place on The Federation campus on Wednesday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m. There are still openings for bookings for January, February and March 2017. To speak with our booking manager about a possible performance, call

Phyllis Lipshutz at 941.924.6717. The Chorale rehearses most Thursday evenings at the Hecht Building on The Federation campus. For more information about the Chorale, please call Ronnie Riceberg at 941.251.7437. You can also visit our Facebook page or find us at www.sara



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Elder-care attorney Ira Wiesner inspires Kehillah of Lakewood Ranch as its Student Rabbi By Sandy Chase


ompassion, bolstered by intellectual curiosity, a fervent Judaic core, and extensive expertise in elder-care law, defines Ira Wiesner. Juggling a thriving practice and rabbinic studies, Ira is indebted to Kehillah of Lakewood Ranch (KLWR) for the opportunity to practice the religious and spiritual knowledge he’s mastering from his Aleph Ordination Program, the umbrella organization for Jewish Renewal, founded by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. Ira has been leading services and providing religious guidance, all help-

ing to foster KLWR’s commitment to Others see Ira’s style as “honest a dynamic Conservative but not insistent.” Ira began his rabbinic Judaism that is comprehensive, joyful and egalquest – unbeknownst to him itarian – identical goals – as a young lawyer pasof Jewish Renewal. sionate about improving the Congregant Maxxplight of seniors and caregivers. “There was so much ine Smith shares, “We’re thrilled to have chosen to learn, but a lack of reKLWR... primarily besearch stymied my efforts,” cause of Ira, although says Ira. Undaunted, Ira has comthe KLWR community Ira Wiesner pleted gerontology, psycholhas won my loyalty. Ira’s approach to Torah resonates, making ogy and spiritual programs, culminating ‘the old new and the new holy.’” in a degree from Naropa University’s

New face for Temple Beth Israel’s gift shop


emple Beth Israel on Longboat Key has had a gift shop for many years, but it is now under new management with Gloria Feibus as manager, and Barbara Siegel, President of the Women’s Association, as assistant. Gloria and Barbara spent the better part of the summer combing the streets of New York City to find exciting vendors, and are ready to open the store with a collection of Judaica,

objects for the Jewish home, ladies accessories, jewelry, scarves, men’s hats, and items for children. You will also find stationery, unusual greeting cards and Mah Jongg cards. We are especially thrilled to have been selected by Michael Aram as the only temple gift shop in the area to carry his famous Judaica as well as many of his other artistic pieces. His work is both functional and artistic and is well

known by lovers of beautiful things. Gloria joined the temple about a year ago and has quickly shown her ability in many areas. She is especially experienced in sales and marketing, having run her own gift stores for over twenty years in northeastern Pennsylvania. She is also knowledgeable about antiques and many areas of Judaica. The gift shop hours will be Mon-

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Photographer Wyatt Gallery documents the oldest Jewish sites of the Western hemisphere Haunting photos in Jewish Musuem of Florida-FIU exhibit reveal almost-extinct communities



he Jewish Museum of FloridaFIU presents an exhibition d that captures the little-known ehistory of the Sephardic Jews of the Caribbean, Jewish Treasures of the Ca-ribbean: Documenting the Oldest Jewsish Sites of the Western Hemisphere, on view through December 11. Wyatt Gallery’s photographs exoplore the remaining historic sites in tBarbados, Curaçao, Jamaica, Nevis, St. Croix, St. Thomas, St. Eustatius and Suriname. These Jewish communities date back to the early 1600s and are home to the oldest synagogues and Jewish cemeteries in the Western hemisphere. While these historic communities now face extinction, these modern oday treasures beautifully exemplify the estrength of the Jewish people, as well as the surprisingly diverse cultural history of the Caribbean. History eIn the 1600s, the West Indies became a splace of salvation for Sephardic Jews rwho had fled to Amsterdam and Brazil gafter the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions. La Nación, as these Jews were called, were fundamental in shaping the early Caribbean economy through their unique knowledge of sugar cane cultivation, agriculture and an expansive network of trade. Some Jews also joined the pirates controlling the Caribbean seas, and later became influential politicians, plantation owners and bankers to the American colonies. While creating financial success for the European powers, the Sephardic Jews managed to prosper and keep their culture, religion and customs alive – which led to the continuation and support of Judaism throughout the Americas. Once home to thousands of Sephardic Jews, only five synagogues remain and almost half of the original

Wyatt Gallery, Temple Emanu-El, Willemstad, Curaçao – 1867, 21.6 x 26” Pigment Ink Print, Edition of 10

cemeteries are either falling apart or have been lost to natural disasters, vandalism, pollution and the elements of

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Wyatt Gallery, Tebáh and Sand Covered Floor, Willemstad, Curaçao – 1732, 33 x 40” Pigment Ink Print, Edition of 5 + 1AP

photographs, we witness the legacy of Judaism and a rarely explored facet of Caribbean history. About the artist Wyatt Gallery received his BFA in photography at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University in 1997.

Also on view Calen Bennett: Synagogues in Cuba, 2015 (Through December 11) Photographer Calen Bennett became familiar with Cuban culture early on through his synagogue community, Temple Judea in Miami, as well as the greater Jewish Cuban-American community of South Florida. With relations between the United States and Cuba improving, Bennett saw an opportunity to travel to Cuba to document and expose its isolated and diminishing Jewish community. This pop-up photography exhibition depicts life in the Jewish community of Cuba today.


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Building Jewish community It’s never too late to learn By Rabbi Stephen L. Sniderman in the 21st century Over the last few months, our community has welcomed four new pulpit rabbis. We wanted to introduce each to The Jewish News readers and asked them to write a short essay on the theme of building Jewish community in the 21st century. In this issue, we hear from Rabbi Michael Shefrin of Temple Emanu-El and Rabbi Stephen L. Sniderman of Temple Beth Israel. “We live in a moment of dynam-

ic change in American Jewish communal life,” says Howard Tevlowitz, Executive Director of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. “Synagogues and synagogue life are the cornerstones of our Jewish community. How fortunate are we, as an organized Jewish community, to have a cadre of new, highly-skilled rabbis leading us in the Sarasota-Manatee region. We welcome you!”

We can’t do “Jewish” alone By Rabbi Michael Shefrin


Our Jewish organizations need to fill that gap in the lives of our young between confirmation and college. We need to educate our youth about Israel in such a healthy way that the arguments of the BDS movement cannot achieve any credibility in their minds. It is never too late to learn. We are never too old to learn what we should have discovered in religious school. We can build community by teaching our people the glory of Jewish survival through history. Jewish life had more depth and ultimate value than matzah ball soup. Even those of us who do not replicate all the practices of the past can still be inspired by them. Let us learn from our past. Let us cherish our heritage, nurture it and pass it on to future generations with enthusiasm and joy. Rabbi Stephen L. Sniderman serves at Temple Beth Israel on Longboat Key. Rabbi Sniderman previously served congregations in Maryland, Illinois and Pennsylvania. He is married and has four sons. He was ordained at the Hebrew Union College in 1975.

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a smile should not be taken for granted. During my and Shayna’s first communal experiences in Sarasota, our faces actually became sore from responding to your smiles with our own. We were greeted with warmth and cheer. The more people we encountered in the community, the more stories of active engagement in institutional and organizational life we heard about. There are many ways to be a part of communal Jewish life. What are you involved in? Who do you know that might benefit from being more involved? Being a part of and doing it with a smile are not just reserved for our synagogues, homes or public Jewish events. We need to live these values out in the world as well. We should bring them with us each and every day – when shopping, sitting in a restaurant or medical office, helping those in need, or whenever a new person crosses our path. These teachings can also help to reach out to those disconnected from community. Our lives move pretty fast. Please make the time to share your name and a smile. Create a moment with another. May these moments build up and strengthen our community. Michael Shefrin was born and raised in Los Angeles and was ordained as rabbi in May 2016 by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He serves as the Assistant Rabbi at Temple Emanu-El in Sarasota. He earned his Master of Arts, Hebrew Letters, in 2014 from HUC-JIR, and his Bachelor of Arts, Communications, at Sonoma State University in 1997. While in the midst of an exciting career in the entertainment industry, Rabbi Shefrin experienced a life-changing shift in his goals after volunteering in the Jewish community. Today, he finds fulfillment helping people of all ages and backgrounds connect to their spirituality and elevate their lives and the world around us through Judaism.

his past July, my wife, Shayna, and I moved to the west coast of Florida from the west coast of California. Entering into and navigating a new city can be daunting enough, and as a rabbi, I’ve added on the sacred task of committing to help build up our Jewish community. I’m not afraid to tell you, I was quite scared. G r a t e f u l l y, Rabbi Michael Shefrin the Jewish community in the Sarasota-Manatee region soothed my fears, and has made our transition a remarkable one. We found this community to have a great number of people living out instructive texts from the teachings of Pirke Avot, Ethics of Our Fathers: “Do not separate yourself from the community” (2:5), and “Greet everybody with a warm, cheerful, and pleasant countenance” (1:15). These two actions have helped maintain and sustain our communal connections for generations. In our busy world today, where our time, energies and resources are pulled in so many directions, I find these instructions to be paramount. We all need and desire different things from our Jewish community. Our Jewish teens need vibrant Jewish connections in cyberspace. Our Jewish artists need inspiration for their creativity. Our Jewish scholars need interested students to teach. Our leadership, our professionals and our volunteers need support and meaning to further their work. Our dynamic family systems need memorable Jewish moments to help keep us from fragmenting. We need connections with others. These connections start with a smile and personal commitment to being a part of something. I am a firm believer that “we cannot do Jewish alone,” whether religiously or culturally. I also believe the power of


he request to write something about building Jewish community in the 21st century made me wonder what one would have said 100 years ago about building Jewish community in the 20th century. The world in general – and the Jewish world in particular – have changed radically in the last century. There is no reason to think Rabbi Stephen L. that change won’t Sniderman be even more rapid in the rest of the 21st century. This change is beyond our ability to predict. Let me focus on the immediate present. I begin with the reality that the majority of Jews in this country are not rushing to affiliate with synagogues or other established Jewish organizations. In order to increase membership, we try to listen. We recognize that we cannot take it for granted that when you move to a new community, you don’t rush to join a shul the way you rush to get the Florida tags on the car. We recognize that Jewish women are playing a role they have never played before in our history. The Jewish family has changed in ways beyond the new role of women. More and more Jews are choosing spouses who were not born Jews. Some convert. Some don’t. More and more Jewish grandparents have non-Jewish grandchildren. When our children or grandchildren go to college they are assaulted with a barrage of anti-Israel hate. The tools we used to build Jewish community in the past no longer work for us. We need to reach out to people. We need to meet them where they are and not wait for them to come to us. We need seminars and support groups to help us cope with the new marriage patterns creatively and productively, not destructively or antagonistically.



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German luxury liner becomes the main character in a stunning Holocaust narrative Book review by Philip K. Jason, Special to The Jewish News

attach the Third Reich’s destiny to the sinking of the “Titanic.” Indeed, Goebbels had by now become obsessed with filmmaking and had learned a lesson about subtle styles of propaganda by n award-winning historian and studying America’s wartime patriotic professor at Florida’s Lynn cinema. University, Boca Raton resiWith an enormous and ever-exdent Robert P. Watson has sunk his panding budget, a prominent director scholarly teeth into a fascinating suband screenwriter, and strong support ject. His story involves the several from Hitler, the project moved forcareers of the Gerward but finally collapsed under its man luxury pasown weight. The film debut of “Cap senger ship, the Arcona” as the title character “Titanic” “Cap Arcona,” revived the ship through restorative built in 1927 as maintenance, a facelift and refurnisha symbol of Gering. However, it was not officially many’s return to released; few got to see the old girl’s prominence after performance. Prof. Watson provides its crushing defeat a glimpse of maniacal Goebbels (Hitin World War I. Phil Jason ler’s propaganda minister), as well as The ocean liner of other players in the Nazi regime. ran routes to and from South America After its show business fiasco, for many years, until the great Depres“Cap Arcona” became a transport vession lessened demand. sel – essentially a part of the German Prof. Watson introduces the first navy. It moved German career of the estimasoldiers and civilians from ble floating grand hoBaltic ports away from the tel by backgrounding onslaught of the Red Army. its design, presenting As Allied forces pressed engaging information upon the Nazis in 1945, about the company Hitler’s stooges sought to that built it, and the hide evidence of the conpremier cruise line centration and death camps, that owned it. Whenforcing tens of thousands of ever possible, the auhalf-dead prisoners, mostly thor gives us capsule Jews, onto floating concenbiographies of those Robert P. Watson trations camps – several ships in the who had a hand in the planning, conBaltic Sea port at Lübeck Bay. Many of struction and operation of the ship. Inthese prisoners came from the notorideed, his portraits of the major players ous Neuengamme concentration camp. in the ship’s checkered history bring The plans may have been to sink life and personality to his otherwise inthe extremely overcrowded vessels, animate subject. among them the “Cap Arcona.” Taken out of service and essenWhile the process of squeezing tially mothballed through much of the camp prisoners onto ships that were 1930s, the later roles of the “Cap Arconot provisioned to sustain them conna” are imbedded in Holocaust history. tinued, another plan was developed by To contextualize the ship’s warSwedish diplomat Count Folke Bernatime career, Prof. Watson offers a dotte. Vice chairman of the Swedish well-rounded treatment of the rise of Red Cross, this valiant humanitarian Hitler’s Nazi regime, with its unparalbrought several of that organization’s leled publicity machine run by Joseph hospital ships in and out of the southGoebbels that rationalized the persecuern Baltic to rescue concentration camp tion and destruction of Europe’s Jews. prisoners. In the confusion of conflictGoebbels initiated a monumental proing Nazi orders, Bernadotte pressed paganda film that would symbolically The Nazi Titanic by Robert P. Watson. Da Capo Press. 292 pages. Hardcover $25.99



Heinrich Himmler to allow access to concentrations camps, first to rescue Norwegians and Danes, but later other prisoners. Bernadotte is a true hero, though not the only one treated by Prof. Watson. April and May of 1945 were filled with good and bad news. Defeat of Nazi Germany did not diminish the horror of discovering the astounding number of dead and dying bodies in the various liberated camps. The Nazis failed, in the end, to hide their genocidal atrocities. British forces gained control over Germany’s Baltic coast. Typhoon fighter-bombers of the British Royal Air Force played an important role. However, they also contributed to the swan song of the “Cap Arcona,” mistakenly bombing the ship shortly before Germany’s surrender. Robert P. Watson’s study, revealing previously untold details of WWII and Holocaust history, is both enlightening and engaging. His portraits of survivors, Nazi officials, European politicians, ships’ captains, and other


participants create a remarkable mosaic of the good and evil in human nature. The book’s two appendices speculate on important questions: “Why Did the Nazis Load Prisoners on the Ship?” and “Did the RAF Know About the ‘Cap Arcona?’” Prof. Watson offers fine chapter notes and a large number of photographs. Robert P. Watson will appear at a Collier County Jewish Book Festival event at Beth Tikvah synagogue in Naples on Monday, January 23 at 1:00 p.m. For more information, visit www. Also on the program will be Josh Aronson, author of Orchestra of Exiles. This review first appeared in Florida Weekly and is reprinted by permission. Philip K. Jason is Professor Emeritus of English from the United States Naval Academy. He reviews regularly for Florida Weekly, Jewish Book World, Southern Literary Review, and other publications. Please visit Phil’s website at

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The Last Train to Tomorrow By Arlene Stolnitz


hen I learned of this dramatic narrative, I could not wait to write about it. I thought it was that important. However, I held off for a long time wanting it to appear at the right time. Kristallnacht 2016 seems appropriate. I am not exactly sure where I first learned about Last Train. It was probably on the Internet or in one of the many emails that Arlene Stolnitz come along. (We know of Ruth Westheimer, later known as Dr. Ruth, whose life was saved due to the Kindertransport.) The Last Train to Tomorrow debuted in England a couple of years ago. In dramatic narrative form for Children’s Choir, Actors and Orchestra, it tells the extraordinary story of the Kindertransport Movement that took place in Europe from 1938-1939. The devastation of Kristallnacht persuaded the British government to create the Kindertransport. In November 1938, five days after Kristallnacht,

a delegation of British Jewish and Quaker leaders appealed in person to then Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain to allow the entry into Britain of an unlimited number of refugees younger than 17, provided they had a place to stay. A warranty of 50 pounds was deposited for their eventual return to their own countries. Ten thousand children found refuge in Britain from Nazi oppression. The children, ages 3-17, arrived in Liverpool Street Station by train from Vienna, Berlin, Prague and other European cities. Very few were ever reunited with their families. The Last Train to Tomorrow tells the story in words and music of the children from Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia who were put on Kindertransport trains to Liverpool Street Station in London and made it to safety. Told in the perspective of children’s voices, the cantata is a poignant reminder of the emotions they faced as they left their families while journeying to the unknown. The premiere of Last Train took place in London on November 5, 2014, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Kindertransport. The 45-minute

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narrative was conducted by Carl DavisE with the Finchley Children’s Choir andf i the City of London Sinfonia. According to Davis, the composer,w Last Train is neither a play nor an op-a era. It is a succession of 10 songs trac-T ing the journey of the children fromI Europe to London. Interspersed witha the music is a narration of their experi-b ences. s Carl Davis, who is Jewish andc originally from New York, has livedD in London since 1960. CommissionedN by the Halle Children’s Choir in Lon-h don, Davis knew about the Kinder-S transport and wanted to write about it. He thought he could teach somethingn about history through the project.G However, as it developed, he realizedt he needed words to go with his music.T According to Davis, the project wasS difficult since many of the parents ofs the children did not survive. He askedg himself, “How am I going to tell theQ story in both words and music?” P He spoke to Hiawyn Oram, well-g known children’s author who also livesh and works in London, who agreed toi write the storyline for the work. Preparing for the performance wasr difficult for some of the children, and ao few were unable to perform since theyA were so deeply affected by it. However,n for some, their reservations were put tob rest when they had a chance to meet a3 few survivors of the evacuation. e The premiere was a resoundingS success! In the words of one survivor,f “People might feel they were going tod a concert, but once they were there,a they were being educated.” h Song titles include “A Journeya Begins,” “The Ring in the Heel of theH Shoe,” “Goodbye to Our Treasures,”a “Sudden Love and Kindness,” “Sunp Rising on Another World” and others. t Some samples of the spoken text: f Choir: Be brave, they said, and be i good now Think of all you can learn and do A Remember to write us…write us… T write us m And we will write to you. s and o Solo: Crossing the border without getting caught My head is on fire, my nerve ends are taut My Ma’s hid a ring in the heel of my shoe Will I be the one they refuse to let through? According to Davis, “From every perspective it was a much richer and deeper project than I ever hoped it could be.” (In contacting Davis, I was told he would love to have this work performed in the U.S. I am in the process of contacting several companies that may be interested. Please be in touch with me if you have any connection that might be helpful. The CD is available at Amazon.) Arlene Stolnitz, founder of the Sarasota Jewish Chorale, is a member of the Jewish Congregation of Venice. A retired educator from Rochester, New York, she has sung in choral groups for over 25 years and also sings in Venice’s Chorale (formerly Exsultate!). Her interest in choral music has led to this series of articles on Jewish folk music in the Diaspora.

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An evening to remember Theo Bikel

K’zohar Ha-Ivrit Be-hi-rot – Elections

n Tuesday, September 27, at the Kaye Playhouse in Manhattan, an expectant, admiring audience, which included Alan and me, gathered for “An Evening of Music, Laughter and Love,” in memory of Theo Bikel. It was a stunning, inspiring and very touching evening. The long list of performers included the Klezmatics, Hazzan Mike Stein from Los Angeles, an ensemble of alumni from prior Broadway runs of Fiddler on the Roof, singers David Broza and Daniel Kahn, and last, but definitely not least, the legendary Peter Yarrow, who led the entire audience in a rousing performance of one of Peter, Paul and Mary’s most famous anthems, “If I had a hammer.” This song was particularly appropriate to sing in memory of Theo,

or months on end we have been obsessed with the election process. Well, it is almost over, or is it? It seems that no sooner than it ends that the process begins anew. This is the nature of elections, be it in nature, in society or in politics, individually or collectively. This is an ongoing selective process that Dr. Rachel Dulin guides our moral, ethical, political and spiritual compass. Let us briefly explore the meaning of the Hebrew word for “elections,” namely be-hi-rot. The process of choice, usually for the better, was not foreign to the biblical mind. On the contrary, the verb ba-har (the h should be read like Hanukkah), which appears 172 times in the Bible, attests that the theme of choice was central to the biblical belief system and, as a matter of fact, remains a cornerstone of the Judaic faith. In biblical literature, the verb ba-har could mean “select,” “sift,” “examine” and “make a better choice,” depending on context. The post-biblical Hebrew word be-hi-rah (pl. be-hi-rot), which is based in this verb, also has multiple meanings. Here it means “choice,” “election,” “option,” “alternative” and “free will.” Time and again we read in the Bible that God ba-har Israel to be His people (Dt 14:2; Ps 132:14 et al); He chose Ye-ru-sha-la-yim to be His city (I Kgs 11:12); and chose David’s dynasty to rule over Israel (I kgs 11:34; I Chr 29:1). Concurrently, we also are told that we, the people, were given the

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whose commitment to social justice, peace and freedom was matched only by his enormous talent as a singer and an actor, and his lifelong passion for the Jewish people. His widow, Aimee Ginsburg Bikel, spoke beautifully about her love for

Theo and his incredible legacy to the world, as did several other speakers, including Sheldon Harnick, the composer of Fiddler on the Roof. At the reception after the concert, Aimee and I hugged each other, and she told me how much Theo enjoyed his guest appearance in Sarasota on March 8, 2015, the Opening Night of our Jewish Film Festival. She said that his performance that evening with our Federation was a high point for him in the months before his death. All proceeds from “Remembering Theo” were donated to the Theodore Bikel Fund for Peace and Social Justice. In the evening’s memory book, which was given to all participants, I placed the following dedication: “Theo Bikel: a man of great talent, commitment and passion – and my friend: We met for the first time in the early 1970s, when Theo lent his prestige and talent to Writers and Artists for Peace in the Middle East; and met for the last time in March 2015, when I had the privilege of introducing him as he took the stage in Sarasota to open our Jewish Film Festival. His impact was unique and monumental – a fitting match to his size – in a multitude of spheres: the Jewish world, of course; the world of music and theater, of course; and the world of social justice. He was one of a kind. And his music and spirit will forever inspire his devoted fans all over the world.”


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ability and power to make choices regarding our way of life and beliefs. The writer of Deuteronomy summed it up succinctly saying: “I have put before you life and death, blessing and curse, U-va-har-ta ba-ha-yim – choose life” (Dt 30:19). And choose they did! Despite poor collective judgment at various times in history (Judges 10:14), it was the people’s choice to worship the God of Israel exclusively (Josh 24:22). This choice was brought to the test many times (Prov 1:29), yet the covenant prevailed (Dt 7:6-8). In the biblical political spectrum, too, the people’s right to choose was recognized. Kingship as a form of rule was chosen by popular demand and not by God’s dictum (I Sam 8:18). Yet, despite the prophet’s opposition, kingship as a political system was sanctioned by God (I Sam 12:8). It is not surprising that the motif of the Chosen People is central in rabbinic literature as well. Short is the space to expound upon it now. Suffice it to say that every Shabbat, as we recite the Kiddush, we remind ourselves that “Ata be-har-ta-nu mi-kol ha-a-mim or, literally, “You, God, selected us from all the people on earth to be Your people.” So now, the be-hi-rot, the “election” process, is about over. Those to whom we give the political power are our niv-ha-rim, “the elected.” May all the niv-ha-rim fulfill their promises and work for the betterment of our country as we prepare for the next be-hi-rot. Dr. Rachel Zohar Dulin is a professor of biblical literature at Spertus College in Chicago and an adjunct professor of Hebrew and Bible at New College in Sarasota.

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A meeting of like minds By Paul R. Bartrop, PhD


eventy-five years ago this month, a meeting took place of two men who were like-minded with regard to the Jewish people. Their ambitions were far from altruistic. On November 28, 1941, German dictator Adolf Hitler entertained Haj Amin alHusseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, who pledged to cooperate with him in the extermination of the Jews. In doing so, he offered to enlist Arabs to fight Dr. Paul Bartrop for Germany. Who was this man, so admired by Hitler? Mohammed Amin al-Husseini was a Palestinian Arab nationalist and Muslim leader in Mandate Palestine. Born in Jerusalem in 1895, he was the scion of a family of wealthy landowners claiming direct descent from the grandson of the Prophet. He received an education in an Islamic school, an Ottoman school (where he learned Turkish), and a Catholic school (where he learned French). Sent to Cairo for his higher education, he studied Islamic jurisprudence at Al-Azhar University and then at the Cairo Institute for Propagation and Guidance. He went on to the College of Literature at Cairo University and then the Ottoman School for Administrators in Istanbul, which trained future leaders of the Ottoman Empire. In 1913 he made pilgrimage to Mecca, earning his honorific “Haj.” On the death of the then Mufti of Jerusalem on March 21, 1921, elections were held to choose a new Grand Mufti. Although al-Husseini only came fourth in the votes, the British Governor, Sir Herbert Samuel, in an attempt to maintain the balance of power between the rival elite Husseini and Nashashibi clans, appointed al-Husseini as the new Grand Mufti. On March 31, 1933, soon after Hitler’s ascent to office in Germany, al-Husseini met with the German Consul General in Jerusalem, who advised Berlin that the Mufti would make an excellent ally in Palestine. He identified that the Mufti aimed to terminate Jewish settlement in Palestine, and that, allied with Nazi Germany in a holy war, he would remove the Jewish problem everywhere. By 1937 al-Husseini had organized a youth group, the Holy Jihad, inspired by the Hitler Youth. British police were sent to arrest al-Husseini in July 1937 for his part in the Arab rebellion, but he managed to escape to the sanctuary in the Muslim area on top of the Western Wall. In a letter of June 21, 1939, to Hitler, al-Husseini wrote of Arab readiness to rise against the Jewish enemy. Once war broke out, he went to Iraq on October 13, 1939, and set up his base of operations there. On April 3, 1941, he attempted a takeover of the Iraqi government with Nazi support. In the resultant pogrom, six hundred Baghdadi Jews were killed, 911 Jewish houses were destroyed, and 586 Jewish businesses ransacked. When Britain suppressed the takeover, al-Husseini blamed the failure of the Nazi takeover on the Jews. On November 28, 1941, he met with Adolf Hitler, concluding afterwards that Nazis and Arabs were engaged in the same struggle to exterminate the Jews. From the mid-1930s al-Husseini had been friends with Adolf Eichmann. When he visited Eichmann in January 1942, he discussed the formation of a German-Arab military unit, and an Einzatsgruppen Egypt was created and readied for deployment to Palestine in the event of a German victory in North Africa. At the same time, he was briefed on the Nazis’ “final solution” of

the Jews, visited Auschwitz and Majdanek, and was on close terms with Auschwitz commandant Rudolf Hoss. He also organized anti-Semitic Arab radio propaganda and espionage in the Middle East. He had at his disposal six freedom stations for his broadcasts (Berlin, Zeissen, Bari, Rome, Tokyo and Athens), from which he urged Muslims to kill Jews everywhere. In the spring of 1943, al-Husseini learned of negotiations involving the International Red Cross to transport four thousand Jewish children to safety in Palestine. Seeking to prevent this rescue operation, he directed protests toward the Germans and Italians, as well as at the governments of Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. Demanding that the operation be scuttled, he suggested that the children be sent to Poland where they would be subject to “stricter control” (i.e., exterminated). They were duly sent to a concentration camp, meeting al-Husseini’s demand that they be killed in Poland rather than transported to Palestine. In September 1943, further negotiations to rescue another 500 Jewish children from the Arbe concentration camp in Italy collapsed due to al-Husseini blocking their departure to Turkey because they would end up in Palestine. In 1943, he organized a chemical attack on Tel Aviv, but the five parachutists sent to complete the mission were captured near Jericho before they could complete their task. Their equipment, found by the British, included enough toxin to kill 250,000 people through poisoning the water supply. Al-Husseini also tried to convince the Nazis to bomb Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Concerned over the turning tide of the war, he wrote to Heinrich Himmler on June 5, 1944, and July 27, 1944, asking that he do all he could to complete the extermination of the Jews while there was yet time. After the war, Britain, France and the United States refused to prosecute the Mufti as a war criminal. Taken into custody at Konstanz on May 5, 1945, by French occupying troops, he was transferred to Paris on May 19 and placed under house arrest. He received sanctuary from Egypt’s King Farouk on June 20, 1946, and his last public appearance came in 1962 when he delivered a speech to the World Islamic Congress in which he called for the ethnic cleansing of the Jews. Haj Amin al-Husseini, died in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1974 – a true bedfellow with Adolf Hitler. Dr. Paul Bartrop is Professor of History and the Director of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University. He can be reached at


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rofessor of History and Director of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University, Dr. Paul Bartrop, is engaged in a major project on the rescue of Jewish children in Vichy, France, during World War II. In particular, he is looking at the escorting of Jewish children across the French Alps (the region known as Haute Savoie) to safety in Geneva, Switzerland. An important part of this research involves giving a voice to those Jew-

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Israel earns first-ever trip to World Baseball Classic tournament By Scott Barancik, Editor,


srael’s first two wins in the World Baseball Classic qualifiers were fairly close affairs, but the team crushed Great Britain 9-1 in the finals Sunday night, September 25, to sweep the tournament and earn its first-ever trip to the main WBC event, which will take place in March 2017. Israel dominated equally from the mound and the plate. Starter Jason Marquis and reliever Josh Zeid maintained a perfect game until one out in the 7th inning, and a no-hitter until two outs in the 8th. Zeid, who notched the win, led all qualifier pitchers with 9 strikeouts in the series. Dean Kremer, a 20-year-old Los Angeles Dodgers prospect, who this summer became the first Israeli to be drafted by a Major League team, held Great Britain scoreless in the 9th despite yielding 2 hits.

Israel’s bats thundered, beginning with two 2-run home runs in the 5th inning. Blake Gailen, a 5’9” outfielder making his first appearance in the tournament and batting last in the order, crushed the first round-tripper. Next was C Ryan Lavarnway, who later in the game stroked an RBI single. 3B Cody Decker, the San Diego Padres’ all-time minor-league home run leader, added a solo shot in the 7th inning. RF Zach Borenstein – who made a diving catch in the 5th to preserve Israel’s perfect game – contributed an RBI triple, and DH Charlie Cutler delivered a 2-run double. SS Scotty Burcham led Israel with three hits. “This is very emotional. Highly emotional,” Decker told “More emotional than I’m letting on.” In 2012, Israel lost a heartbreaker

to Spain in the 10th inning of the qualifying final. That team was managed by Brad Ausmus, who went on to become manager of the Detroit Tigers. Israel’s win Sunday earned it the th 16 and final berth in the 2017 WBC

tournament, which will begin in Seoul, South Korea. The team likely will add a few current Major Leaguers and highlevel prospects to its roster, given that MLB will still be in off-season mode then.

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Israel’s population stands at 8.585 million, according to an annual pre-Jewish New Year report by the Central Bureau of Statistics. The breakdown shows 6.4 million Jews, 1.8 million Arabs and 380,000 others (Druze, Christians, others) living in the country. The new statistics show a two percent increase in the overall population – 172,000 people – since the same time last year. The survey, released days before the Jewish New Year High Holidays, shows 186,923 babies were born in Israel since last Rosh Hashanah while 45,033 Israelis passed away. Jewish women had an average of 3.13 children in 2015, while Muslim women had 3.32 children, down from 8.47 children during the first half of the 1970s. The Population, Immigration and Border Authority found that 82,315 people said “I do” since last Rosh Hashanah while 23,855 people got divorced. In the past 12 months, some 30,000 people came to live in Israel – 25,000 of them were new immigrants. (Viva Sarah Press,


Britain’s heir to the throne, Prince Charles of Wales, quietly visited his grandmother’s grave at a Jerusalem convent following his attendance at the funeral of former president Shimon Peres. His paternal grandmother, Princess Alice of Battenberg, is buried at the Mount of Olives’ Church of Mary Magdalene. Alice was recognized by Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial as a “Righteous Among the Nations” and by the British government as a “Hero of the Holocaust.” In September 1943, members of the Cohen family, a Jewish woman and two of her children from the Greek town of Trikala, had appealed to Princess Alice for refuge. An acquaintance of theirs, she took them in and hid them in her Athens palace for 13 months until the Nazis withdrew in October 1944. (Times of Israel)


Israel and the Palestinian Authority have reached a deal to settle the Palestinians’ outstanding debt of $530 million to the Israel Electric Corporation (IEC), Israel’s Channel 2 reported Monday, September 12. One-quarter of

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The U.S. and Israel signed a 10-year military aid agreement on Wednesday, September 14, expected to give Israel as much as $3.8 billion a year over 10 years. Israel agreed to phase out a special arrangement in place since the 1980s that has allowed Israel to spend 26% of U.S. aid on defense research, development and procurement in Israel. The new agreement will run from 2019 through 2028 and replaces a memo of understanding that will end in 2018. (Carol Morello and Ruth Eglash, Washington Post)


The new 10-year military aid agreement between the U.S. and Israel will go a long way toward ensuring Israel’s military superiority in the region. It sends a powerful message to Israel’s enemies, who might have thought that U.S. support for Israel is waning, that when it comes to providing Israel with the wherewithal to defend itself, by itself, America still very much has Israel’s back. They see that Israel’s military power will remain formidable for the foreseeable future. That it is Obama offering this package – a progressive Democrat who has had his disagreements with Israel and not been shy about making them public – means that wider swaths of the American public may be more likely to understand that this is something truly in America’s interests. (Herb Keinon, Jerusalem Post)


The agreement on the new U.S. military aid package for Israel is definitely a cause for celebration in some Persian Gulf states. By assuring Israel of finance for the procurement of dozens of F-35I (“Adir”) aircraft – thereby assuring the IDF’s qualitative advantage – this paves the way for the sale of some of the world’s most advanced combat aircraft (F-15s, F-16s and F-18s) to Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait. The initial cost of the F-35s in 2006 was about $50 million each. Since then, the price has shot up to $200 million each, according to an estimate in Defense Industry Daily, limiting the number of planes that Israel can purchase with U.S. aid. (Ran Dagoni, Globes)

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Jewish genealogical research From the Bimah Rabbi Stephen L. Sniderman Temple Beth Israel


was recently contacted by a distant cousin who is doing some serious family history research. We share great-great-grandparents. If those greatgreat grandparents hadn’t have left the old Russian Empire and gone to England about 150 years ago, I doubt this genealogical research would have been possible. My cousin has diligently explored every genealogical website. For example, she was somewhat confident that she discovered that our greatgreat-grandfather had a brother who ended up in Rochester, New York. This jogged my memory and I sent off an email noting that I recall my greatgrandmother mentioning relatives there. When I finish unpacking all my things, I will be able to copy some old family photographs and send them to my cousin. This is a fascinating and popular business as we seek roots. Let me talk about another kind of genealogical research. In the rabbinic tradition, we speak not only about our physical ancestors but also about our intellectual ancestors. We mention our teachers and their teachers, that is our teachers’ teachers all the way back, in theory, to Moses. Jewish history can be written in many ways. In pre-modern times Jews didn’t write much history, but when they did, one focus was on the Chain of Tradition, how Torah, in the broadest sense of the word, was passed down from one generation to another. We can learn how practices and beliefs were kept alive from generation to generations and also how Jews adapted practices and beliefs



sometimes to confront and sometimes to accommodate new situations. I doubt we are going to find out much about Jewish intellectual history from my family’s story. I can’t tell you about famous rabbis, or even professors at European universities in the family tree. But newer approaches to history emphasize how ordinary people lived. What was it like to be a tailor in Russia or in London 150 years ago? Which one of my many tailor ancestors was the first to use a sewing machine? I can’t answer that one. I can tell you, though, that the great-great-grandfather my newly discovered cousin and I share was able to write letters in excellent English. I have three of those letters that he wrote to my maternal grandmother, his granddaughter. We never know what we are going to discover. I have my great-grandparents’ ketubah, the ketubah of my great-great-grandparents’ daughter and son-in-law. My great-grandfather’s first name was Joseph. You would think his Hebrew name would be Yosef. The ketubah says it was Yehuda. Judah in English. I guess that sounded too Jewish in nineteenth century England. We could write a huge history of the Jews based on what we have done with our names. The ketubah that I inherited isn’t special at all. It is a form printed at the Hambro Synagogue in London with the names and dates filled in. On the other hand, it is very special. It is an example of the chain of tradition of how we Jews have written marriage documents through the ages. I can compare the text with what earlier rabbinic traditions mandated and compare the text with the various contemporary ketubot available today. The small details of Jewish history and my cousin’s family research take on deeper and more meaningful significance when seen in the context of the vast panorama of the Jewish past and future.

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 For the past 18 years, the Palestinian Authority has honored Palestinian terrorists serving criminal sentences in Israeli prisons and rewarded the families of those “martyred” by their own violent acts.  These “social welfare” payments received by terrorists and their families increase dramatically with the severity of the crime for which the terrorist is convicted. Where else in the world does a prisoner receive benefits that increase with the level of violence committed?  American taxpayer dollars have been used to make these payments to terrorists. Since 1998 when this terrorist payments program first began, the U.S. has contributed more than $4.6 billion to the PA budget, which includes payments to terrorists and the families of “martyrs.”  The PA budget for rewarding terrorists is about $128 million annually, with a separate line item for the “Institution for the Care of Martyrs’ Families” that totaled $155 million.  For the past two years, I have been working with my Senate colleagues to reduce the amount of aid to the PA by the amount that is paid out to terrorists and their families. These payments provide rewards and motivations for brutal terrorists, plain and simple.  To provide U.S. taxpayer money to Abbas and his government so that they can treat terrorists as heroes or glorious martyrs is morally unacceptable. (Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Jerusalem Post)


 In the State Department’s view, a two-state solution means a Palestinian state that would be only for Arabs alongside an Israel in which an Arab minority enjoys full legal rights. PA leader Mahmoud Abbas said in 2013, “In a final resolution, we would not see the presence of a single Israeli – civilian or soldier – on our lands.”  Given the drumbeat of incitement to hatred of Jews and Israelis in Palestinian media and in their schools, it is hard to argue that Jews wouldn’t be at risk in a Palestinian state. The primary reason Israel withdrew every settler when it evacuated Gaza in 2005 is the certainty that Jews whose lives would depend on the mercy of the Palestinians would be as good as dead.  Indeed, deprived of the opportunity to attack individual Jews after the Israelis withdrew from Gaza, Palestinian mobs vented their rage on the abandoned buildings the Jews left behind, including the greenhouses that had been purchased by well-meaning philanthropists for use by the Arab population.  In any other conflict, we would label the Palestinian demand for the removal of Jewish communities (or those of any other group) with the same words used by Netanyahu: ethnic cleansing. But when it comes to Jews living in their ancient homeland, the rules are different, and bigotry is not only accepted but also supported.  Until Palestinian hostility to the

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Two sides to the Summer Olympics By Rabbi Howard A. Simon


know the Olympics of 2016 are in the 5,000 meter run. Neither Abbey now history and the sports world D’Agostino of the United States nor has turned its attention to the NaNikki Hamblin of New Zealand knew tional Football League and college each other before the race. They were, football as the season of seasons is like the other women competing, runupon us. However, before we delegate ners with the goal of winning a medal the Olympics to the history books, for their country. Both women were there are two vitally imporcoming to the end of the tant expressions of feelings race when, by accident, and understanding regardthey were involved in a ing what these games really fall that sent them both mean that we need to rememtumbling to the track. ber. One is a most positive D’Agostino recovered expression and the second is quickly, jumped to her the most negative you could feet, ready to finish the imagine. race. As she was about The Olympics are meant to start running again she saw that Hamblin to be an example of sportsRabbi Howard A. Simon was writhing in pain on manship, where athletes and the track. D’Agostino turned around, fans honor those who are competing helped Hamblin to her feet and urged and show respect for winners and losher to run with her to finish the race. ers. It is an ideal that makes the games She put an arm around Hamblin, eased so very special. Sometimes it happens her forward and, most gingerly, they as it should, and sometimes it does not. Example number one deals with finished the race, long after all of the the actions of two women competing runners had completed their run.

The crowd, realizing what was happening, was mesmerized by the two women. They all rose to cheer them on. They stood applauding as they crossed the finish line. The women hugged each other, realizing just how special this moment was that they shared with the world. This is what the Olympics are all about. Care for others, respect for the moment, and doing your best to be your best. Example number two deals with two men facing off in a judo competition. The competitors were Or Sasson of Israel and Islam El Shehaby of Egypt. Sasson, the underdog in the match, defeated his opponent with an ippon, judo’s version of a knockout, one minute and 36 seconds before the end of the first round of the bout. After being declared the winner, Sasson went forward, extended his hand in friendship and respect to his opponent. El Shehaby refused to shake hands, and turned and walked away.

This represents the antithesis of the Olympic spirit. It is the worst example of sportsmanship you can find, but politics came to the fore instead of respect. An Israeli is not supposed to beat an Egyptian in any arena, in or out of the Olympics. It is unacceptable to this loser, so no respect was shown to this winner. Two examples of what should or should not happen in the world of sports and in life. The world should remember both, but probably won’t. After all, how important are the deeds of an American and an Israeli? We know the answer to that question, and hopefully, we will not forget. Rabbi Howard A. Simon is the founding chair of The Robert and Esther Heller Israel Advocacy Initiative.For more information about the Heller IAI, visit or contact Jessi Sheslow at 941.343.2109

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November 2016


Shimon Peres


By Jerry Silverman, September 28, 2016


t is with very heavy hearts that we say goodbye to such an iconic visionary. His life and all he accomplished should be celebrated. Federations have been privileged to have had a longstanding relationship with Shimon Peres, z”l. At the 2013 General Assembly in Jerusalem, he reminded us that as a people, we have always had a vision – one that derives from the way we value life. And for decades, regardless of the political climate, his message remained the same: Peace is our goal. After the presidency, he began to think about his retirement and he asked me what he could do to help Federations. Months later he visited Federations in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Miami. His one regret, he repeated again and again, was that he did not dream big enough. This afternoon I leave for Israel and bring with me the heartfelt condolences of our community and our Federation movement. May his memory be a blessing. The Jewish Federations of North America statement The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) deeply mourns the passing of Shimon Peres, z”l, universally recognized as one of Israel’s greatest leaders and one of North American Jewry’s closest Israeli friends. A member of Israel’s founding generation, an eloquent spokesperson for his country and a strong advocate for Jewish peoplehood, Peres was both a pragmatist and unwaveringly optimistic that Israel would reach peace with its neighbors. He dedicated his life to that pursuit, having held nearly every cabinet position during his storied career, serving twice as prime minister

and once as president. He had an air of grace about him, never forgot his humble beginnings in Poland and believed in dreaming big. “Few men lived a life as Shimon Peres did and, as a generation, we’re privileged to have benefited from his inspiring dedication to the Jewish people,” said Richard Sandler, chair of JFNA’s Board of Trustees. “Peres built and nurtured a deep and unique relationship with Jews everywhere; he was a man who truly recognized and appreciated the deep bonds that bind the Jewish people across the world. We were always welcome in his home, as he was in ours. Words cannot describe our feeling of loss. It is sad and the end of an era.” Peres was a frequent, honored guest at many of JFNA’s General Assemblies, and met regularly with dozens – if not hundreds – of Federation missions across the decades, often warmly welcoming them to his home. “Shimon Peres was North American Jewry’s greatest ally, advocate and friend in Israel,” said Jerry Silverman, JFNA president and CEO. “It has been said that Shimon Peres will be remembered along with the great leaders of Israel who fought in the War of Independence: David Ben-Gurion, Menachem Begin and Yitzhak Rabin.” May the memory of Shimon Peres be a blessing, and may his children – Dr. Tsvia Walden, Yoni Peres and Nechemia Peres – eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. Jerry Silverman is president and CEO of The Jewish Federations of North America.

continued from page 23A presence of Jews is addressed by both the U.S. and the international community rather than ignored, the peace everyone claims to be seeking will never happen. (Jonathan S. Tobin, Commentary)


 In Asia, Africa and Latin America, Israel’s diplomacy is moving from strength to strength. Even among people who hate it, Israel’s prestige has grown.  Netanyahu has a practical relationship with Putin; they work together where their interests permit, and where their interests clash, Putin respects Israel’s red lines.  Netanyahu understands how the world works. He believes that in the harsh world of international politics, power wisely used matters more than good intentions eloquently phrased.  The value of Israeli power to a Sunni world worried about Iran has led to something close to a revolution in Israel’s regional position. Israel’s neighbors may not like Netanyahu, but they believe they can count on him.  In Asia, Israel has stronger, deeper relationships with India, China and Japan than at any time in the past, and Asia may well replace Europe as Israel’s primary trade and investment partner as these relationships develop.  The marginalization of Abbas at the UN reflects a global perception that the Sunni Arab states overall


are less powerful than they used to be and that they care less about the Palestinian issue than they used to.  This is why African countries that used to shun Israel as a result of Arab pressure are now happy to engage with Israel on a variety of economic and defense issues. (Walter Russell Mead, American Interest)


The UN uses an entirely different rhetoric and set of legal concepts when dealing with Israel compared with situations of occupation or settlements world-wide. Israel is referred to as the “Occupying Power” 530 times in General Assembly resolutions. Yet in seven major instances of past or present prolonged military occupation – Indonesia in East Timor, Turkey in northern Cyprus, Russia in areas of Georgia, Morocco in Western Sahara, Vietnam in Cambodia, Armenia in areas of Azerbaijan, and Russia in Ukraine’s Crimea – the UN has not called any of these countries an “Occupying Power.” Not even once. General Assembly resolutions employ the term “grave” to describe Israel’s actions 513 times, as opposed to 14 total for all the other conflicts. Verbs such as “condemn” and “deplore” are sprinkled into Israel-related resolutions tens more times than they are in resolutions about other conflicts. (Eugene Kontorovich and Penny Grunseid, Wall Street Journal)

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Double standards for Aleppo and Gaza

By Simon Plosker, September 29, 2016


ake no mistake, the carnage taking place in Aleppo right now is a disgrace to the international community. The Syrian government and Russian-backed forces are reportedly using chemical weapons, barrel bombs and increasingly powerful explosives to target innocent men, women and children. While rebel fighters have undoubtedly embedded themselves in the city in fortified positions, it appears

that the civilian population is bearing the brunt of the conflict. While there has been some condemnation from the UN, where are the protests on the streets of European capitals and where is the media frenzy about this disgrace? Had Israel been involved, or had the IDF aimed one solitary munition at Aleppo, I think the response would be much different. The international community’s condemnation of the Assad regime and Putin’s Russia is nothing compared to the vitriol leveled against Israel for its far more restrained (and completely justified) 2014 operation against Hamas in Gaza. Unfortunately for the 250,000 residents of Aleppo, the city is not being attacked by the IDF. There are no leaflets being dropped warning civilians to evacuate areas in the line of fire. There is no “roof knocking” – where non-explosive devices are dropped on the roofs of targeted buildings to give civilians time to flee. And judging by the number of civilian casualties and the extent of the destruction in Syria, there is very little to no concern for the well-being of innocent civilians. Aleppo is a testament to the double standards at play when it comes to the treatment of Israel’s military operations. There is, however, a caveat. The IDF should be held to higher standards than the militaries of both Syria and Russia. And that is why The Sunday Times of London caught my eye recently. One story was headlined “Putin’s gigantic firebombs torch Aleppo.” Next to it was an article entitled, “RAF drone crew divert missile to save ‘civilian’ seconds from death.” The dissonance between the two

stories is striking. On one side, we have the alleged deployment by Russia of a weapon “capable of blasting a massive ball of flame across wide areas of Aleppo.” On the other, the release of a video by Britain’s Royal Air Force showing a drone missile aimed at ISIS terrorists being diverted at the last minute to avoid killing a civilian. One side was indiscriminately firebombing, while the other was deliberately acting to prevent civilian casualties. The RAF evidently felt that its tale was a positive story, which showed that its drone squadrons act both ethically and in accordance with international law. Why is this news? Israel released many videos from incidents where missiles targeting Hamas terrorists were diverted due to the presence of Palestinian civilians. So why then were Israel’s identical efforts not deemed newsworthy? Granted, the Sunday Times is a British newspaper covering the British military, but the UK press has never been shy about devoting many column inches to Israel and the Palestinians. Israeli efforts to minimize civilian casualties go unreported or even ignored by the press, and Israel instead finds itself regularly judged in the court of public opinion, which is led by a lazy or hostile media. So Israel is subjected not only to a different standard than the deplorable

militaries of Syria and Russia, but even to a different standard than other Western militaries. If and when the Syrian conflict comes to an end, will anyone be held to account for what certainly appear, at face value, to be genuine war crimes? Will there be a UN investigation and a Goldstone-style report? Will the International Criminal Court issue indictments? Given Russian involvement and the lack of American global power projection, it is unlikely that anyone will be held to account. The next time open conflict between Israel and Hamas breaks out, will the parameters of judgment have changed as a result of the carnage in Aleppo and other parts of Syria? Or will Israel continue to be held to a standard of behavior unlike any other military in the world? The likelihood is that nothing will have changed when it comes to how Israel is treated, and we will be left to conclude that, ultimately, the world will be outraged by Israel defending itself and its citizens irrespective of how ethically it behaves. Simon Plosker is Managing Editor of HonestReporting (www.honestreport Reprinted with permission from The Algemeiner (https://www.algemeiner. com/2016/09/29/double-standardsfor-aleppo-and-gaza/).


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“Teach your children” is fine, but teach me first! Education Corner By Sue Huntting


aising children is a delight, but also a huge responsibility and I do not know anyone whose children are grown who wishes they were raising children today instead of 20+ years ago. Just the role of technology in families’ lives – both how it has become a necessity as well as a tool easily misused – is an area of modernday life I, for one, am glad I do not have to navigate with children. Add to this the pressure of ever-changing and ever more rigorous academic standards and the push to keep children busy in a variety of extra-curricular activities and it is no wonder parents are overwhelmed managing their own personal and work lives along with their children’s. And then there are the obligations our tradition puts on parents. In the first paragraph of the Sh’ma we are commanded v’sheenantam l’vanecha, typically translated as “you will teach them [God’s words/Torah] to your children.” But the most recent Reform prayer books translate the Hebrew a little differently. “Teach them faithfully to your

children,” reads the Gates of Prayer. “Impress them upon your children,” interprets the newer Mishkan T’filah. So, what is the difference? Surprisingly, the Hebrew word v’sheenantam is not related to the words in Hebrew for teaching, learning or educating. This suggests that its meaning is unique in this context and likely more complex. Perhaps the word is related to the word for tooth, implying that parents be strong and sharp when sharing Torah with their children, or that one should grapple with and gnash one’s teeth on Torah in order to fully digest it. Many commentaries explain that the word connotes repetition, suggesting that only through repeated exposure over the course of one’s childhood can Torah become part of one’s being, Regardless of how we understand the possible nuanced meanings of this biblical injunction, parents often are not sure exactly what they are to transmit. “I never learned any of this growing up,” says the mom who discovered as an adult that Judaism addressed her yearning for a spiritual life. “What’s most important for me to pass on to my children?” asks the parent who knows about the fun holidays but not much about Judaism’s bigger system of values and practice. The parent who doesn’t want to miss anything important or was not raised Jewish asks, “Is

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want to learn about unicorns.” “I want to learn to count to 30 in Hebrew.” These are some of the wishes students shared when Temple Sinai Religious School kicked-off the 2016-17 school year. Temple Sinai’s new rabbi, Rabbi Michael Churgel, welcomed everyone and talked about the partnership between the school and its families. Deb Bryan, Youth Director, described the full calendar of youth group events planned for Grades 3-12. While teachers and students went off to meet each other, parents discussed what the injunction in the Shema to “teach your children” means to them. After marking this “once in a year” moment by singing the Shehecheyanu blessing with Chazzan Cliff Abramson, families headed to the Social Hall for lunch and more.

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There was a lot going on both inside and outside. Students shared their wishes for the year on mural paper. Families “hammed” it up at the photo booth. Students of all ages and parents counted can tabs as part of the school’s Tabs for Souls campaign. (Over 96,000 tabs were counted, bringing the total to date to 805,876.) Parents volunteered to help with upcoming events and Hebrew students each signed a brit (contract) with their teachers and parents. Outside, students enjoyed water play on the 22’ slide and slip n’ slide, taking periodic breaks for bubble play and Kona Ice. Best of all, families got a chance to catch up with old friends, meet new people, and to come together as a school community to begin an exciting year together.

there something I should be doing at home that I’m not?” Those of us in congregational life talk about how raising Jewish children is a partnership between the synagogue and home. But if parents feel ill-equipped to be their children’s primary Jewish teachers, is this a fair expectation? There are parents who are well-educated and accomplished professionals outside the synagogue who feel inadequate once they walk in our doors and, like the simple child at the Passover Seder, it is pointless to blame them for what they do not know. Rather, we need to praise them for seeking out Jewish learning for their children and trusting us to make it happen. In order truly to partner with par-

ents we must give them the support and assistance they need to become full partners. We must provide opportunities for them to talk with us about Judaism’s core values, in a way that helps them become more informed parents and adult Jews. We need to explore with them their own feelings about God, Jewish ritual, Hebrew and Israel so they will feel more confident in discussing them with their children. Most importantly, we need to accept today’s Jewish parents where they are; they are doing the best they can. Working together we can raise Jewish children and build the strong Jewish families we all want. Sue Huntting, RJE, is the Religious School Director at Temple Sinai.

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Temple Emanu-El kids prepare for Rosh Hashanah at Tot Shabbat


reparations for the High Holy Days took on a meaningful and fun family twist at Temple Emanu-El’s first Tot Shabbat of the season. Held on Saturday, September 24 at the lively and colorful Payne Park Circus Playground, the event was a wonderful way to celebrate Shabbat while spending time with old and new friends – and

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getting into the spirit of Rosh Hashanah! After enjoying socializing and free play – and taking advantage of the playground’s water features to beat the heat! – Jewish and interfaith families gathered for a bagel breakfast, the chance to decorate a paper shofar, and sample apples and honey to ensure a sweet new year. Next, everyone participated in an age-appropriate outdoor Shabbat service featuring blessings, songs, movement and fun. The special morning concluded with Rabbi Brenner Glickman teaching the enthusiastic children the different calls of the shofar and spirited rounds of Temple Emanu-El’s signature Rosh Hashanah song “Let’s Be Friends.” The event was expertly planned by Temple Emanu-El Tot Shabbat Leadership Team members Regina Rodarte and Sarah Link. The Leadership Team has planned wonderful activities for young Jewish and interfaith families throughout the year, including a Shabbat Family Service and Ice Cream So-

cial on Friday, November 4, a pajama Havdalah movie night, a Hanukkah celebration at Crowley Nature Center, Shabbat in the strawberry fields, family mitzvah projects and much more. For more information or to receive invitations to Temple Emanu-El Tot Shabbat events, please contact Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman at 941.379.1997 or elaine-glickman@comcast. net.

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Unpacking the Tanakh

Everyone is invited to join Rabbi Michael Werbow’s popular Tuesday morning discussion group from 9:15 to 10:30 a.m. at Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota. The java flows while personal meaning is found through an exploration of rabbinic texts relating to the weekly parasha. The group will meet on Tuesdays, November 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29. There is no cost and new participants are always welcome. For more information, please contact the temple office at 941.955.8121.

Join Rabbi Churgel in this ambitious weekly class to learn the Jewish Bible from beginning to end. Newcomers are always welcome to join as you can pick up where we left off the week before. Please bring your own Tanakh (Jewish Bible) and any commentaries that you would like to reference for our discussion. This free class begins at 9:15 a.m. on Wednesdays, November 2, 9 and 30 at Temple Sinai, 4631 South Lockwood Ridge Rd., Sarasota. For more information, call the temple office at 941.924.1802.

“Israel – the Chai-Tech Nation”


Against all odds, Israel has become one of the leading exporters of high technology in a world that desires the latest innovations. This free class will cover every facet of Israeli genius and creativity that is helping our planet become a better, more convenient and healthier place to inhabit. Marden Paru, dean and co-founder of the Sarasota Liberal Yeshiva, an adult Jewish studies institute, leads this riveting class. Join us at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesdays, November 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 at Aviva: A Campus for Senior Life, 1951 N. Honore Ave., Sarasota. To register, call the Aviva RSVP Line at 941.757.8250.










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Anne Frank A HISTORY FOR TODAY This exhibit, which has been shown in more than 40 countries, tells the story of Anne Frank against the background of the Holocaust and World War II. Selby Public Library will host the exhibit. All who visit the exhibit will gain a better understanding of the Holocaust, World War II, and the impact these events have on today’s society.


For more information contact Orna Nissan at or 941.552.6305

Temple Emanu-El “Lunch with the Rabbis” Are you looking for a great lunch date? Temple Emanu-El welcomes you to our signature monthly program of lunch, socializing, and discussion of current events and subjects of Jewish interest with new and old friends. This promises to be another wonderful “Lunch with the Rabbis” featuring Senior Rabbi Brenner Glickman and Assistant Rabbi Michael Shefrin. All are invited at noon to Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Please bring a brown-bag lunch – homemade dessert and terrific company are provided. For more information, call the temple office at 941.371.2788.

Temple Sinai’s Brown Bag Lunch Temple Sinai had a longstanding tradition of its rabbi hosting a Brown Bag Lunch on Wednesdays. Rabbi Churgel will honor this practice of inviting congregants and guests to bring their own lunch and deliberate “worldly events” and other topics of interest among friends. Participants are encouraged to introduce their own ideas for discussion, analysis and or debate. This free event begins at 12:15 p.m. on Wednesdays, November 2, 9 and 30 at Temple Sinai, 4631 South Lockwood Ridge Rd., Sarasota. For more information, call the temple office at 941.924.1802.

“How Yiddish Songs and Synagogue Melodies Influenced Tin Pan Alley and Hollywood” Based on a book by Jack Gottlieb and the instructor’s personal experience as a performer in the American Musical Theatre, this class examines the deep influences that Jewish musical modes, melodies and motifs have had on America’s popular musical entertainment culture. From Broadway to Hollywood and from Gershwin to Porter, Jewish musical themes are at the core of many popular staples of American music. Many songs and song recordings will be deconstructed to reveal their Jewish roots. No previous musical knowledge is required. This class begins at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, November 2, 9 and 30 at Temple Sinai, 4631 South Lockwood Ridge Rd., Sarasota. Cost: free for members; $36 for the series for nonmembers. For more information, call the temple office at 941.924.1802.

“Radical Islamic Timetable Published” Per Der Spiegel, the radical Islamic plan is that “By 2016 Western influence in the Islamic world will be so reduced and Israel weakened so much, that resistance will not be feared. Al-Qaida hopes that by then the Islamic State will be able to bring about a new world order… that from 2016 onwards, there will a period of ‘total confrontation.’” It is imperative to understand the timetable that is running right on schedule to the peril of the world. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Al Katz Center, 5710 Cortez Road West, Bradenton. Cost: $7 per adult; $3 per student; healthy kosher refreshments with vegan options and discussion materials included. To RSVP, call Beverly Newman at 941.313.9239.


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November 2016

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Learn Hebrew with Joan No experience necessary! Learn Hebrew with Joan Braude at Temple Beth Sholom, Multi-purpose Room, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota. Beginning Hebrew will meet at 10:00 a.m. and Intermediate Hebrew at 11:00 a.m. Classes will be held Thursdays, November 3, 10, 17, December 1, 8, 15, 22, and January 5, 12 and 19. New participants are always welcome. No cost for members; $36 donation requested for nonmembers. For more information, please contact the temple office at 941.955.8121.

“Dabiq: The Magazine Read in the Muslim World” If you have not read the glossy, polished Islamic magazine Dabiq, published online each month, then you do not know that a large full-color picture of the White House appeared recently on its pages with the caption “Sodomite pride on display at the White House.” Learn from Middle East expert Pastor Jim Stecher about this magazine that reaches everywhere in the Muslim world, where Stecher has frequently traveled and spoken for many years. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Al Katz Center, 5710 Cortez Road West, Bradenton. Cost: $7 per adult; $3 per student; healthy kosher refreshments with vegan options and discussion materials included. To RSVP, call Beverly Newman at 941.313.9239.

Sarasota Jewish Chorale rehearsal

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The Sarasota Jewish Chorale will be rehearsing only once in November. There will be no rehearsals on Thursdays, November 10 and November 17, as the Chorale will be giving performances on or around those dates. The last Thursday of November is Thanksgiving. Usually, the Chorale rehearses most Thursday nights from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Hecht School on The Federation campus, 580 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. For information about attending a rehearsal, please call Ronnie Riceberg at 508.942.1479. For booking information, call Phyllis Lipshutz at 941.924.6717. You may also check us out on Facebook or visit

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4 Temple Sinai’s Rhythm & Jews Erev Shabbat Service Join Rabbi Churgel, Chazzan Abramson, friends and neighbors for a Rhythm & Jews Erev Shabbat Service. Hear the Bruno Family Musicians in an uplifting service with a variety of traditional, Israeli, Sephardic and Chasidic melodies. A welcome reception begins at 5:15 p.m.; and the service begins at 6:00 p.m. at Temple Sinai, 4631 South Lockwood Ridge Rd., Sarasota. For more information, call the temple office at 941.924.1802.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5 PJ Library presents: Shabbat Picnic in the Park The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, in partnership with Temple Beth Sholom, invites you to the Arlington Park picnic area (2650 Waldemere St., Sarasota) from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy games, stories and snacks. There will be a PJ Library book nature walk and lots of time to play. This event is free and families with young children are welcome. For more information, contact Andrea Eiffert at 941.552.6308 or To register, visit Sponsored by


Join the Women’s Giving Circle for an incredible, hands-on mission to Israel where we will visit projects we have funded and more.


MISSION HIGHLIGHTS • Four nights at the Carlton Hotel in Tel Aviv • Two nights at the David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem • Full Israeli breakfast daily; three lunches and three dinners • All ground transportation while in Israel on an air conditioned motorcoach with English speaking guide

• Culinary tour in Tel Aviv • Shabbat home experience in Jerusalem • A day in Netanya and participation in an impactful community service project • Inspirational and informative speakers and special guests • Free time for shopping, exploring or relaxing

“Kristallnacht: The Beginning of the Holocaust” The Congregation for Humanistic Judaism (which meets at Unity, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota) following its Kristallnacht Service at 10:30 a.m., will feature CHJ member Paul Molnar speaking on “Kristallnacht: The Beginning of the Holocaust.” In September 1939, when the German army entered Poland and started World War II, Molnar was a 10-year-old boy living with his parents and seven-year-old brother in Budapest, Hungary. On March 14, 1944, German forces invaded Hungary and changed the lives of the Jewish population. Then, within the space of 13 weeks, he, his family and another 15,000 Budapest Jews were marched to the railroad station. He survived living in four different labor camps. For more information, call 941.929.7771 or email

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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. call Bob Satnick at 941.538.3739


November 2016

Jewish Happenings specifically for families and youths are easily identified with the event descriptions in red type.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6 Federation Celebration & Volunteer Appreciation Please join The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. at New College of Florida, Mildred Sainer Pavilion, 5313 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. For more information, contact Jeremy Lisitza at 941.343.2113 or Sponsored by

“Club 770” breakfast meeting The Chabad Men’s Club “Club 770” invites all to enjoy the best kosher breakfast in Sarasota followed by a presentation entitled “Integrated Home Theater Solutions” with Dave Patel, Manager, Best Buy Geek Squad. Men and women welcome at 9:00 a.m. at Chabad of Sarasota, 7700 Beneva Road. Cost: $7 for Club 770 members; $10 for nonmembers. RSVPs appreciated, but walk-ins welcome. RSVP to 941.925.0770 or info@chabad


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7 Mah Jongg/Cards/Games Day Join the Greater Venice Chapter of Hadassah from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Bay Indies Resort Community Center in Venice, in the Indies Hall off Bay Indies Blvd. (1st clubhouse). Enjoy coffee, bagels and a delicious homemade lunch. Bring your own group or we will assign you a game. Cost: $20. Send your check (payable to Hadassah) to 4220 Tennyson Way, Venice, FL 34293. For more information, call Ruth at 941.492.6025.

“Shariah Law Versus United States Law” Islamic Shariah law, practiced by Shariah courts across the United States and Europe, has enormous foundational differences with the American legal system, including alcohol consumption, punishable by flogging with forty lashes under Shariah law and permissible under American law; theft, punishable by amputation versus fine or imprisonment; and forced marriages of daughters as young as nine years old with old men upon the wishes of the girls’ fathers or grandfathers versus marriages under American law by mutual consent. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Al Katz Center, 5710 Cortez Road West, Bradenton. Cost: $7 per adult; $3 per student; healthy kosher refreshments with vegan options and discussion materials included. To RSVP, call Beverly Newman at 941.313.9239.

Babyccino This new exciting program at Chabad ventures out into a place where motherhood and childhood happily intersect, creating and offering ways to engage both parents and children at the same time. Babyccino provides a chic meet for mod moms and their tots, and features centers for creative art and expression, Judaic discovery, music and movement, sensory stimulation, dramatic play, parallel play, and social interaction. Babyccino takes place on Sundays, November 6, 13 and 20 from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. at The Chabad House, 5712 Lorraine Rd., Bradenton. Cost: $10 per class or $250 annually. For more information, call Rabbi Mendy Bukiet at 941.752.3030.


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Conversational Hebrew This class is open to all area teens on Sundays, November 6 and 13 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Community Day School on the campus of Temple Beth Shalom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota. There is no cost for this program, and no prior knowledge of Hebrew is required. For information or to register, please call Cheryl Cohen at 941.355.2870.


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Aviva: A Campus for Senior Life Open House Kobernick-Anchin-Benderson is now Aviva: A Campus for Senior Life! Join us from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and enjoy an exclusive first look at all of the amazing updates and new resort-style amenities the community has made. Aviva: A Campus for Senior Life is located at1951 N. Honore Ave., Sarasota. No RSVP required. For more information, call Michelle Williams at 941.377.0781 x205.


Choral Artists of Sarasota Joseph Holt, Artistic Director

2016-2017 Season Six Concerts

A Musical Journey

Seeking a Welcoming Community to Share Hoildays . Prayer . Learning Friendship?

Books & Bagels Meditation Social Action & More!

Saturdays balanced by prayer Torah . Song reflection . discussion! pot-luck Kiddish luncheon

VOICES RAISED TO MOVE, INSPIRE, DELIGHT SUNDAY NOVEMBER 6 4:00 P.M. Siesta Key Chapel 4615 Gleason Ave. Sarasota

Viva España!

Featuring sopranos Jenny Kim Godfrey and Nicole Smith and guitarist Jonathan Godfrey.


SUNDAY DECEMBER 11 4:00 P.M. Sarasota Opera House

A dynamic collaboration with the West Coast Black Theatre Troupe and Sarasota’s finest professional



Matzevot for Everyday Use

The gospel version of Handel’s classic, MESSIAH.

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Friday evening services filled with uplift & song!

Photographs by Łukasz Baksik EXHIBITION NOW OPEN! On exhibit through January 29, 2017 The Florida Holocaust Museum is pleased to present the North American premiere of Matzevot for Everyday Use, photographs by Łukasz Baksik. Made possible through the generous sponsorship of the Gemunder Family Foundation With additional support from the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties

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November 2016 TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8


Mitzvah Knitting Group at Temple Emanu-El

The Night of Broken Glass Commemoration

Are you a knitter or crocheter interested in using your talent to brighten the lives of others while making new friends? If so, please come to the Mitzvah Knitting Group sponsored by Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood. We gather monthly to craft and socialize, and our beautiful handiwork has been donated to local new parents as well as needy families in SarasotaManatee and in Israel. Bring your needles or crochet hook and a favorite pattern – we’ll supply the yarn and great company. We meet at 10:00 a.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. For more information, email Susan Bernstein at

Join The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee on its campus (580 McIntosh Road, Sarasota) at 7:00 p.m. to commemorate Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass. This year’s event features Frannie Sheridan with her riveting tale of one family’s journey from darkness to joy. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Orna Nissan at 941.552.6305 or To register, visit jfedsrq. org/events.

Mindfulness-Based Meditation at Temple Emanu-El Taking the time to meditate can make all the difference in your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and well-being. By popular demand, Judy Fleischer will return to teach a four-week course on Mindfulness Based Meditation, focusing on breathing, progressive relaxation and visualization. This class teaches a non-religious form of mindfulness that requires nothing more than sitting quietly and focusing on your breath. The practice can make you a calmer, more focused, and healthier person. We will meet from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays, November 8, 15, 22 and 29 at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Reservations are required as class size is limited. The cost is $18 for the series. For more information or to make a reservation, email

Torah & Tea Join Chanie Bukiet for tea and pastries as she teaches Tanya, psychology of the soul, in this fabulous weekly women’s group. All are welcome from 11:00 a.m. to noon at Chanie’s home. Admission is free. Sponsors: $25. For more information, call Rabbi Mendy Bukiet at 941.752.3030.

Rosh Chodesh Society course: “Simple Truths” Chabad of SRQ’s Rosh Chodesh Society begins a new course entitled “Simple Truths – Pivotal Jewish Insights For Centered Living.” The first segment of this course will explore the supreme role of Torah in Jewish life, and what Jewish mothers throughout the ages have done to ensure that their offspring experience the vast ocean of Torah wisdom. Following the class, we will enjoy a presentation by Anne Schimberg about the benefits of essential oils. Refreshments will be served. All women are welcome at 7:15 p.m. at Chabad of Sarasota, 7700 Beneva Road. Cost: free for Rebbetzin Circle members; $10 for Rosh Chodesh Society members; $12 for nonmembers. Anyone joining a N’shei Chabad Women’s Rosh Chodesh Society class for the first time is our guest – no charge. For more information or to RSVP, call Sara Steinmetz at 941.925.0770 or email

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“Kristallnacht Concentration Camps” On November 9, 1938, 30,000 Jewish men in Germany were summarily arrested and imprisoned in concentration camps, including Al Katz’s father, Louis Katz, a German WWI hero. “The Nazis came to the door and arrested my father. I saw it happen… We got him out of Buchenwald after two weeks.” After the lecture, internationally-acclaimed Russian-Israeli pianist Eleonora Lvov will give a passionate concert in commemoration of the martyrs and survivors of Kristallnacht. The event begins at 11:00 a.m. at the Al Katz Center, 5710 Cortez Road West, Bradenton. Cost: $7 per adult; $3 per student; healthy kosher refreshments with vegan options and discussion materials included. To RSVP, call Beverly Newman at 941.313.9239.

Book review and discussion The Idelson Library and Sisterhood of Temple Beth Sholom will present a review of Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik. The reviewer will be Jane Greenfield. This unusual book presents snippets of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life and ideas. Always a champion of freedom and equality for all, Ginsburg stands as a testament to how far we can go with a little chutzpah. This free program is open to the public and begins at 1:15 p.m. at Temple Beth Sholom, Band/Desenberg Chapel, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota. Light refreshments will be served before and after the event. For more information, call Arlene Hamburger at 941.921.2554.

International Jewish Film Festival This month’s film is The Other Son. It debuted in 2012 and tells the story about the complex psychological and political consequences when children living along the Palestinian-Israeli divide are switched at birth. The community is invited to come and enjoy an Israeli meal prepared by our talented resident chef Rabbi Michael Sternfield and then enjoy the movie. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. at Temple Beth El Bradenton, 4200 32nd Street West, Bradenton. Cost: $10 per person. For more information and reservations, please call the TBE office at 941.755.4900, Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to noon.


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Volunteer Open House Join The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee for a Volunteer Open House as it prepares for a busy and exciting season of opportunities. The event takes place from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on The Federation campus, 580 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Refreshments will be served. To RSVP or for more information, contact Deborah Stafford at 941.343.2115 or dstafford@ You can also register at The rich historical and archaeological heritage of Israel and the Middle East gives us the template for the development of modern urbanism and its patterns of living across the globe. Dr. Steven Derfler, international education consultant and archaeologist, bridges the past to our roots in the Middle East, in this free class subtitled “Patterns of Living in the Ancient and Modern Middle East.” Join us at 11:00 a.m. on Thursdays, November 10 and 17 at Aviva: A Campus for Senior Life, 1951 N. Honore Ave., Sarasota. To register, call the Aviva RSVP Line at 941.757.8250.

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Brandeis National Committee Showcase 2016 You’re invited to hear about BNC’s exciting programs of the 2016-2017 season, including special events, presentations, new and continuing study groups, Art in the Afternoon, films, literary events, culinary adventures, and tours of local attractions. Enjoy a light breakfast and hear speaker Summer Dawn Wallace, Co-artistic Director at the Urbanite Theater. This event is free to BNC members and guests, and takes place from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. For more information, email Ronnie Riceberg at


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Shabbat Project at Chabad of Sarasota On the Shabbat of November 11-12, Chabad of Sarasota (7700 Beneva Road) will be participating in a global Shabbos (Shabbat) Project. The Shabbat Project was introduced in South Africa in 2013 with quite an astonishing effect globally. In 2015, participation spanned 65 countries and 465 cities. The concept is simple: Jews from all walks of life uniting to experience a Shabbat together. More than a snack, the Shabbat Onegs this weekend will be a nice Shabbat meal offered free of charge. The Friday night dinner begins at 7:00 p.m. At the same time, the CTeen junior youth group, geared for teens in grades 7-8, will hold its own Shabbat dinner replete with thought-provoking games which share Torah values. All are welcome. Prior reservations are necessary. To RSVP, contact the Chabad office at 941.925.0770 or

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96 Lectures in all

January 9 to March 31

Installation of Rabbi Michael S. Churgel, RJE As the Torah tells us to imagine new journeys, the congregation and Board of Trustees of Temple Sinai cordially invite you to the Installation of Rabbi Michael S, Churgel, RJE. Our special guest will be Rabbi Stephen J. Einstein, founding Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation B’nai Tzedek in Fountain Valley, California. The installation will be followed by a Shabbat dinner. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. at Temple Sinai, 4631 South Lockwood Ridge Rd., Sarasota. Cost: The service is free; dinner is $26 for members, $36 for nonmembers, and $10 for children. RSVP to events.php. For more information, call the temple office at 941.924.1802.

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Veterans Shabbat at Temple Emanu-El Did you know that Jewish soldiers have fought in every American conflict beginning with the Revolutionary War? Temple Emanu-El salutes veterans of the United States Armed Forces and the Israel Defense Forces at this special annual service featuring a blessing for veterans and a musical tribute. All local Jewish veterans are warmly invited at 7:30 p.m. to Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. For more information, email Dick Gross at

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12 Temple Beth El Bradenton gathering Join TBE members and friends at 5:30 p.m. at the home of Robyn and Neil Spirtas for a wonderful evening of music and enjoyment, presented by our Shabbat Live Trio (Cantorial Soloist Deborah Suta, Albert Rosenstein and Rob Taylor). The event will include a dairy pot luck dinner and end with Havdalah prayers. This evening is free and open to the community, but we do ask that you bring a dairy dish to share. To RSVP and for more information on where the evening is being held, please call the TBE office at 941.755.4900, Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

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All events are $15 at the door and $10 with advanced reservations Free admission to Temple Beth Israel members Date Dec. 5,19,26 Dec. 14,21 Dec. 15 Jan. 5,12,19 Jan. 9 Jan. 18,25 Feb. 1,8 Feb. 2 Feb. 6,13,20 Feb. 7, 9 Feb. 21 Feb. 23 Mar. 7,23 Mar. 9,16 Mar. 15 Mar. 20 Mar. 21

Instructor Dr. Allan Schwartz Baila Miller Connie-Mederos Jacobs Dr. Steven Derfler Film Rabbi Peter Kasdan Rabbi Peter Kasdan Film Rabbi Michael Eisenstat Rabbi Richard Klein Diane Steinbrink Jo Ann Goldwater Bud Livingston Rabbi Stephen Sniderman Sylvia Pastor Cantor Murray Simon Carol Kaufman

Title Illness & Jewish Destiny George O’Keeffe Alfred Stieglitz Rugelach Revealed King Herod’s Ancient Role Beneath the Helmet Not Random, Part of the Plan Not Random, Part of the Plan Uncle Chatzkel Agamemnon & Abraham Contemporary Ethical Issues Amy Herzog & American Theater Jewish Sparks in Lithuania Today Jews in the Civil War, NY Baseball The Wonder of Jewish History In the Kitchen with Sylvia The Golden Age of Cantors Harold Arlen

Temple Beth Israel l 567 Bay Isles Rd., Longboat Key To register Call the Temple Office: 941-383-3428 Ask about special incentives and introductory memberships.

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Temple Emanu-El Brotherhood invites the community to an amazing health and wellness fair. A panel of medical experts including an orthopedist, nurse practitioner, vascular surgeon and dietician will discuss health issues; and an acupuncturist, chiropractor and experts in life transition, taichi and clean air will hold table talks. Flu shots, blood pressure checks and medication consults will be available – and there is even a blood drive! Join us for this important and healthy morning at 10:00 a.m. (doors open at 9:00 a.m.) at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Cost: $10 admission, which includes a deluxe bagel and lox breakfast; half-price admission for those who participate in the blood drive to benefit Suncoast Communities Blood Bank. For more information, contact Don Malawsky at 941.359.2890 or

KLWR Open House Anytime. Anywhere. This event sells out so get your tickets today!

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Bring the whole family for a meal of delicious soup, bread and dessert, and then select a beautiful, handcrafted bowl to keep as a reminder of the empty bowls you help fill.

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The Kehillah of Lakewood Ranch is proud to introduce Ira Wiesner as our Student Rabbi who will lead our services. Ira sees his ordination program as enhancing his capacity to continue to be an effective, compassionate and discerning elder-law attorney while practicing his fervent spiritual desire to help others. Please join us at 11:00 a.m. in the home of a congregant to meet Ira and schmooze with him and our members. Enjoy a lovely breakfast and sweets. No charge; donations appreciated. Please call 941.355.0173 for directions and to RSVP.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14 KLWR L’chaim Mondays with Rosalie Leon The Kehillah of Lakewood Ranch invites you to our continuing L’chaim Monday celebrations led by guitarist and vocalist Rosalie Leon, who will perform stories and songs of famous Jewish women throughout history. In what promises to be a spiritual, inspiring and entertaining evening, Ms. Leon will serenade you while recounting the heroism, determination and creativity of such women as Golda Meir, Emma Lazarus and Hannah Senesh. Join us at 7:00 p.m. at The Windsor, 8220 Natures Way, Lakewood Ranch. For more information, call 941.281.2587 or email info@kehillah

Israeli folk dancing at Temple Emanu-El Whether you are an experienced Israeli dancer or have never danced a hora, Temple Emanu-El warmly invites you to fun, lively evenings of Israeli folk dancing in a friendly, spirited environment. We’ll learn dances during the first half of the evening, and then practice and dance together. Dances are a mix of slow and fast, circle and line, and partners are not needed. Sessions are held the second Monday of the month from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Cost: Free to Temple Emanu-El members; $5 donation requested for guests. For more information, call Kathy Rance at 941.223.6503.

Parent Night & Open House at Kaplan Preschool Chabad’s Samuel & Sarah Kaplan Preschool will be holding a Parent Night & Open House for parents of current students, as well as prospective parents. Parents will get a firsthand glimpse at the interwoven components that create an environment that nurturers each child’s learning priorities. Light refreshments will be served. Join us at 7:30 p.m. at Chabad of Sarasota, 7700 Beneva Road. To RSVP or for more information, please call Preschool Director Sara Steinmetz at 941.925.0770.







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November 2016 Jewish Treasures of the Caribbean:

Documenting the Oldest Jewish Sites of the Western Hemisphere by Wyatt Gallery On View Through December 11, 2016 A documentation by photographer Wyatt Gallery of the oldest Jewish synagogues and cemeteries in the Western Hemisphere. Images from the remaining historic Jewish sites in Aruba, Barbados, Curacao, Jamaica, Nevis, St. Croix, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, St. Eustatius and Suriname reveal the significant yet little-known legacy of Judaism in the New World.

This is an opportunity for singles and couples to meet, mingle and create new friendships. Join us from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Cha Cha Coconuts, 417 St. Armands Circle, Sarasota. Light refreshments, cash bar. For more information, contact, Debbie Sanford at 941.706.0033 or dsanford@jfedsrq. org. To register, visit Sponsored by

ORT Musical Chairs Luncheon GulfsidePalm ORT chapter invites members and guests to Stoneybrook Country Club (8801 Stoneybrook Blvd., Sarasota) at 11:30 a.m. for a delicious luncheon with a fun and exciting performance by 16-year-old Hannah Beatt (of Annie fame), who will amaze guests with her magnificent singing voice. Guests will change dining tables for each course to meet new people. Mail your $40 check (payable to ORT America) to Alice Cotman, 5820 Fairway Lakes Drive, Sarasota, FL 34243, by Friday, November 4. For details, contact Kim Sheintal at 941.921.1433.


Once home to thousands of Sephardic Jews from a melting pot of Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch and other cultures, these dwindling communities now contain only five historic synagogues. Sponsored by Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Miami.

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Sarasota Jewish Singles dinner meeting The Sarasota Jewish Singles is an outreach program of Temple Beth Israel to give all Jewish singles in the area the opportunity to meet other men and women who are alone. The group meets once a month for dinner, laughter and a time to turn acquaintances into lifelong friends. Join us at 6:00 p.m. at Brio Tuscan Grille, 190 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota. For more information or to make a reservation, call or text Rosalyn Fleischer at 941.915.6631 or

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CTeen: In Appreciation! Join CTeen for its third get-together of the year, with the theme of “In Appreciation!” Teens will learn the art of appreciating others and themselves through activities and crafts such as Appreciation Station and Self-Portrayed Portraits. Teens will perform a talent show for senior citizens and work on their family tree. They will also learn how to make mini present cakes. Refreshments will be served. The event begins at 7:00 p.m. at The Chabad House, 5712 Lorraine Road, Bradenton. CTeen’s mission is to give teens three things: Jewish Network, Jewish Identity, Jewish Values. Cost: $180 per teen for an annual CTeen membership. For more information, call Rabbi Mendy Bukiet at 941.752.3030.

Rosh Chodesh Society course: “Simple Truths” Join the Rosh Chodesh Society for a refreshing look on how to handle everyday simple questions with its new course, “Simple Truths.” Ladies are invited to learn pivotal Jewish insights for a more centered life. “Simple Truths” will help guide participants through life’s many bumps and struggles. The course begins at 7:30 p.m. at The Chabad House, 5712 Lorraine Road, Bradenton. Cost: $75 (textbook included) or $18 per class. Rosh Chodesh Society members receive a $5 discount. For more information, contact Rabbi Mendy Bukiet at 941.752.3030.


Let TooJay’s do the cooking this Thanksgiving! Our famous Oven-Roasted Whole Turkey comes in three sizes: Small serves 8, Medium serves 12 and Large serves 20.

Turkey Dinner Feast (carved) Sm $11 pp | Med $10.50 pp | Lg $10 pp Includes your choice of potato (mashed or yams), cranberry sauce, cornbread stuffing and giblet gravy. Turkey Dinner Feast (carved off the frame)

Sm $12 pp | Med $11.50 pp | Lg $11 pp Includes your choice of potato (mashed or yams), cranberry sauce, cornbread stuffing and giblet gravy. À la carte Ham and Turkey options also available. Ask about our fresh baked dessert selections and our delicious side dishes by the pound.

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JLI course: “How Success Thinks” Join Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz for the latest fascinating course from the Jewish Learning Institute, “How Success Thinks.” Whether it’s at home, in the office, or in your personal life, everyone craves success. This six-week course provides uniquely Jewish ways of thinking to help you develop a growth mindset, identify and cultivate your signature strengths, deal with your weaknesses, and overcome the obstacles to your success. Participants have the choice of attending Wednesday mornings from 10:15 a.m. to noon at Chabad of Sarasota (7700 Beneva Road) or Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. on The Federation campus (580 McIntosh Road). All are welcome regardless of affiliation or background. Cost: $74 per person; $139 per couple. For more information or to register, call the Chabad office at 941.925.0770 or email

JLI course: “How Success Thinks” Join Rabbi Mendy Bukiet for the latest fascinating course from the Jewish Learning Institute, “How Success Thinks.” Learn Jewish secrets to leading a productive life. This six-week course is CME and APA accredited. Classes take place Wednesdays from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. at The Chabad House, 5712 Lorraine Road, Bradenton. Course cost: $75 (textbook included); first class free. For more information, call Rabbi Mendy Bukiet at 941.752.3030. | Sarasota | Westfield Southgate | 3501 S. Tamiami Trail | 941-362-3692


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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17 SaBra Hadassah “Welcome Back” Luncheon “Welcome Back” to those of us who have returned to sunny Florida as well as to those women who are new to Hadassah, transferring to this chapter, or have been here “forever.” Guests and Hadassah Associates are welcome as well. Excerpts from their new work, Golden Roads, a musical about Golda Meir, will be performed by Sharon Lesley accompanied by David Ohrenstein. The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. at The Meadows Country Club, 3101 Longmeadow, Sarasota. RSVP by Thursday, November 10. Send your check for $36 (payable to SaBra Hadassah) to Marilyn Stark, 122 Altesino Court, Venice, FL 34292. Indicate your choice of entrée: salmon or vegetable quiche. For more information, call Marilyn at 941.925.1852 or Cheryl at 847.736.4907.

TBS Idelson Library Film Matinee Series At last, the deli documentary you’ve been waiting for! Deli Man (2014; 92 minutes) explores Jewish culture as it reflects the heart of a vital ethnic history. In Houston, Texas, third-generation deli man Ziggy Gruber has built arguably the finest delicatessen restaurant in the U.S., Kenny & Ziggy’s. The film includes such luminaries as Larry King, Jerry Stiller, Fyvush Finkel and Alan Dershowitz expressing their love for the culture and the food. Refreshments, including popcorn, will be served, sponsored by the Men’s Club. Don Friedman will lead a Q&A session after the screening, which begins at 1:15 p.m. at Temple Beth Sholom, Madeline L. Sainer Social Hall, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota. Suggested donation is $3 for members and $5 for nonmembers. For more information, please contact the temple office at 941.955.8121.

JFCS Holocaust Survivors’ Havurah All survivors are invited to attend these monthly gatherings of friendship, camaraderie and support. Enjoy a light nosh and a lively discussion. The group meets from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. at Kobernick House, 1955 N. Honore Ave., Sarasota. Conversation topic: Thankful Hearts. This is a multi-agency event sponsored by JFCS of the Suncoast, Inc., Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services, The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee and The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. To RSVP or for more information, contact Jan Alston at 941.366.2224 x172 or Sponsored by

IBERAL YESHIVA L a t o s a r sa PRESENTS DECEMBER COURSES THE HISTORY OF JEWISH HUMOR MONDAYS 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM Starting December 5 (Eight Weeks) Why are so many comedians Jewish? What is the background and origins of Yiddish wit and comedy? Was it a coincidence that the movie industry was founded by Jewish immigrants and that much of “Broadway” was inhabited by performers, directors and producers who identified as Jews? Likewise, the music industry interfaced and experienced much of the same phenomena. This course will explore all of these issues plus study the depth and breadth of this unique ethnic humor: from the Russian shtetl to American television; from the Wise Men of Chelm to the heyday of the Borscht Belt; from humorous interactions in the Bible to the State of Israel. You are invited to study and laugh as you add to your own repertoire and knowledge of Jewish humor. Instructor: Marden Paru; fee $60.

BASIC JUDAISM TUESDAYS 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM Starting December 6 (Eight Weeks) Many of our students have requested a course on Basic Judaism so they can better understand the background and heritage of our great Jewish tradition. This new course will present insight into the Jewish transition from biblical to rabbinic Judaism, a review of religious texts, the Hebrew calendar, customs and ceremonies, ethnic differences, ritual choreography, the holidays, and contemporary Jewish practice. Bring your questions to this class where they will be answered through group discussion and class materials which will be distributed. Please bring a three-ring notebook. This course may be particularly useful to prospective converts, B’nai Anusim (Crypto-Jews), nonJews, and anyone lacking a broad Jewish education. Instructor: Marden Paru; Fee $60.

BIBLICAL ARCHEOLOGY: DIGGING INTO THE BIBLE FRIDAYS 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM December 2 (Eight weeks) The Tanach (the Hebrew Bible) is a vast treasure trove and a narrative of our People’s history starting 3500 years ago. To some it is merely a book of stories; to our tradition it is the record of the Jewish people from antiquity to the period of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. Though there has been a continuous Jewish presence in Eretz Yisrael right up to the establishment of the modern State of Israel in 1948, the Jews’ right to the land is challenged by those who want to rewrite history. Archeological digging in the modern period definitely proves the veracity and continuity of a Jewish presence in the land promised by God to our forefathers. It also verifies many biblical events at the sites referenced in the Tanach. This class will review many discoveries of the last two centuries, including some of the most current, as we ourselves dig into our biblical past. Instructor: Marden Paru; fee $60.

Inquire about multi-course discounts. Scholarships are also available. Classes are held on the Campus of The Jewish Federation, 580 McIntosh Rd. in Sarasota. To register or seek more information, please contact Marden Paru, Dean and Rosh Yeshiva at 941.379.5655 or Please make checks payable to the Sarasota Liberal Yeshiva and mail to Marden Paru, 5445 Pamela Wood Way #160, Sarasota, FL 34233. NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATORY POLICY AS TO STUDENTS: The Sarasota Liberal Yeshiva admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs. The Sarasota Liberal Yeshiva is a 501(c)3 non-profit agency. It is funded, in part, by a grant from The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18 Mommy & Me with a Jewish twist Calling all moms with infants and toddlers up to 36 months to join for a free monthly Mommy & me program at 9:30 a.m. at Chabad of Sarasota, 7700 Beneva Road. This free and innovative program explores Jewish themes in a stimulating, fun and creative atmosphere. Make new friends as we explore the child’s world through circle time, music, books, crafts and multi-sensory experiences. This is an exciting morning of bonding and quality time for mom and child! For a complete schedule, to register or for more information, contact Sara Steinmetz at 941.925.0770 or sara@

Baila Miller presentation The Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, (which meets at Unity, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota) following its Thanksgiving Service at 7:30 p.m., will feature Baila Miller speaking on Giuseppe Verdi’s Nabucco opera, Italian liberation, and the Jewish world. Nabucco is an Italian-language opera composed in 1841. It tells the story of the Israelites as they are assaulted, conquered and subsequently exiled from their homeland to Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar II. The Humanaires will sing the bestknown number from the opera – “Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves.” For more information, call 941.929.7771 or email

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20 STEP Jumpstart Leadership Workshop Join local Jewish high school teens for a free leadership development and team-building workshop, which will include interactive and fun leadership activities, best practices for effective communication, and strategies for managing your time and responsibilities. Light refreshments will be served. The workshop takes place from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the Zell Room on The Federation campus, 580 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. For more information, contact Andrea Eiffert at 941.552.6308 or To register, visit

Jewish War Veterans breakfast meeting Jewish War Veterans Sarasota Post 172 will meet at 9:45 a.m. in the Activities Room of Kobernick House, 1951 North Honore Avenue, Sarasota. Our guest speaker is Linda Gould (Ret.), who works for The Patterson Foundation. She will address the Patriot Plaza at the Sarasota National Cemetery, which was built and sponsored by The Patterson Foundation. Veterans who are members of Post 172 and reside at Kobernick House are invited to attend the brunch without cost. Other members, as well as guests, spouses and significant others will be charged $7 at the door. For further information, please contact Stan Levinson at

Jewish Genealogical Society of SWFL meeting Are there extraordinary people on your family tree? Share stories and photos about them – past or present. Famous, notorious, unique or courageous. Athletes and inventors. Criminals or eccentrics. The one who had twenty children. Those who overcame the insurmountable. If you are not able to attend and have stories to share, email your stories to be read at the meeting. Who are these special people and what makes them special? How did you discover your relationship? Have you ever met? The meeting begins at 1:00 p.m. at Kobernick House, 1951 N. Honore Ave., Sarasota. Attendance is free. Everyone is welcome. RSVP and send your stories to Kim Sheintal at For more information, contact Kim at 941.921.1433 or visit



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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21 Left vs. Right – The Battle for Israel’s Soul (a Post-Election Debate) Join us for a debate between Jonathan Tobin, conservative journalist and senior online editor of Commentary, and J.J. Goldberg, liberal journalist and editor-at-large of the Forward. The event begins at 7:00 p.m. at Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road (entrance off Proctor Road), Sarasota. Cost: $15 in advance; $18 at the door. For more information, contact Jessi Sheslow at To RSVP, visit Sponsored by

Kehillah of Lakewood Ranch Book Review Join us at 1:30 p.m. at the Esplanade Golf & Country Club, Amenity Center (5240 Esplanade Boulevard, Lakewood Ranch), to discuss Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral by Mary Doria Russell. The author revisits the iconic shootout, delving into its dramatic backstory and aftermath. With vast amounts of research and a poetic prose line, she puts the hard kernel of the gunfight’s violence at the center of a setting as wide and complicated as the young United States itself. No charge; donations appreciated. For more information, please call 941.281.2587 or email info@kehillahof

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Temple Sinai Interfaith Service Temple Sinai’s Rabbi Churgel and Chazzan Abramson join Dr. Stephen McConnell, Senior Pastor at Church of the Palms, for an uplifting Thanksgiving service. This free event begins at 6:00 p.m. at Church of the Palms, 3224 Bee Ridge Rd., Sarasota. For more information, call the temple office at 941.924.1802.

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24 Kosher Thanksgiving at the beach There is nothing like experiencing an old-fashioned kosher Thanksgiving at the beach, blending the nostalgia of an important American holiday giving thanks to the Creator and the natural beauty of the Gulf and shore, replete with friendly wildlife. This is the best of Jewish and American traditions in a perfect setting to share stories, music and feelings amongst family and friends gathered together for wholesome enjoyment and delicious food. All ages are welcome to share Thanksgiving with the Al Katz Center at noon at the Lido Beach Pavilion. Cost: $10 per person; $18 per couple; $25 per family. To RSVP, call Beverly Newman at 941.313.9239.




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Violins of Hope – The Len Mazur Memorial Concert Featured soloist and members of the Sarasota Orchestra Wednesday, February 1, 2017 • 8:00pm Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota $54.00 | $36.00

A Conversation with Amnon Weinstein and James Grymes Opening by Perlman Music Program/Suncoast Alumni Monday, February 6, 2017 • 7:00pm Riverview High School Auditorium Sponsored by Jewish National Fund $12.50 in advance or $15.00 day of event Tuesday, February 7, 2017 • 10:30am Temple Beth Israel Sponsored by Bob and Judy Vigder $12.50 in advance or $15.00 day of event

Community Outreach Performance Featuring State College of Florida’s Presidential String Quartet Thursday, February 9, 2017 • 7:30pm Neel Auditorium Performing Arts Center $10.00 in advance or $15.00 day of event

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The notion of Jordan buying large quantities of gas from Israel (worth an estimated $10 billion over 15 years) to generate the bulk of its electricity is commercially logical but politically fraught, since most Jordanians do not want their country to buy Israeli gas. But the deal has become economically necessary since Egyptian gas is no longer available. When gas starts flowing in late 2019, Leviathan production will double the amount of gas being produced off Israel’s coast. The Tamar field is already responsible for more than half of Israel’s electricity generation, and later this year a small portion of its supplies will flow to two industrial plants in southern Jordan. (Simon Henderson, Washington Institute for Near East Policy)


How do Palestinian patients obtain permits to receive medical treatment in Israel? By paying bribes to senior Palestinian officials in the West Bank and Gaza. At the same time, Palestinians whose lives are not in danger but who pretend they are – including relatives of senior PA and Hamas officials – receive permits to travel to Israel and other countries under the pretext of medical emergency, while those who cannot afford to pay the bribes can wait years before obtaining such permits.

Hamas and PA officials have turned medical care into a business that earns them hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. (Khaled Abu Toameh, Gatestone Institute)


Israel’s Tourism Ministry is paying local Mandarin-speakers to get their tour-guide licenses as the number of Chinese visitors to Israel jumped by 50% this year. By 2020, the ministry predicts China natives will be among the top five nationalities visiting Israel. A new, 10-year-multiple entry visa policy for Chinese citizens has been implemented and airlines operate six direct Beijing-Tel Aviv flights per week. (Stephanie Freid, China Central Television)


Developed by General Robotics with support from Israel’s Ministry of Defense, Project Hyena infuses foldable, lightweight platforms with the sounds and signatures of actual tanks and other armored vehicles in order to provoke and deceive the enemy. The project was recently declassified and will soon be available to select export customers, said company founder Col. (ret.) Udi Gal, former scientific deputy for defense research and development. “In the past, advanced decoys were very expensive,” Gal said. “But now, with new technology, advanced robotics and some other tricks that we’ve added, we can create targets that are almost impossible to distinguish from the real thing.” Brig.-Gen. (ret.) Halutzi Rodoi, former chief armored officer of the

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rA Palestinian policeman and Leila, his three-year-old daughter who suffers yfrom high blood pressure, are on their way to Tel Hashomer Hospital, near sTel Aviv, for treatment for the little girl. p They were picked up at the border crossing by my brother, Amir Adar, 60, yan Israeli software engineer and a volsunteer for Road to Recovery, a group eof Israelis who drive sick Palestinians rto Israeli hospitals from the West Bank land Gaza. Many people with cancer, people who need a transplant or children who need dialysis go to Israel for life-saving treatment. Road to Recovery’s 500 volunteers hprovide the Palestinians with a free ride -and the company of an Israeli to ease ,their fears. (Shaul Adar, New Republic) s rU.S. VETERANS WITH PTSD eFIND “COMMON BOND”


-Female U.S. war vets are finding help -for their post-traumatic stress disorder y(PTSD) in Israel, and speak of a “common bond” shared with their Israeli dcounterparts. Heroes to Heroes, a New Jeresey-based nonprofit, organizes trips designed to provide emotional and -spiritual healing for groups of 10 vets eto meet Israeli counterparts suffering efrom similar problems. m Veteran Kamilla Miguel, 27, who served in Afghanistan, said she was impressed by the supportive bond shared eby the former IDF women she met. “All the women in the U.S. should feel how they feel with each other, with this common bond and connection. It’s amazing.” (Dave Copeland and Peter Jeary, NBC News)


The Israel Bar Association announced on Thursday, October 6 that, for the first time, two women from the Ethiopian community have been selected by the Israeli Judicial Committee to serve as judges. Adenko Sabhat Haimovich will be a magistrate court judge, while Esther Tapeta Gradi will be a traffic court judge. (Tova Tzimuki, Ynet News)


Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Intel are among more than 300 multinationals that have opened up research and development facilities in Israel. At a recent innovation conference in Tel Aviv, Google developer partner advocate Don Dodge said: “There is no other country on Earth that thinks the same way that we [Google] do like Israel does.” Today Google employs over 600 engineers in Israel and they work on several of Google’s core products, including Search, Maps, and Live Results. There are cheaper engineers in places like Russia, India and China, but they’re often not as good, according to Dodge. “It’s about innovation, creativity, taking tremendous risks.” Roy Ramon, managing director of the Intel Ingenuity Partner Program, noted that Intel employs 11,000 workers in Israel. “The reason I started the startup program is because when you meet with a company in Israel, they come in and tell engineers that they’re doing it all wrong. They push everything off the table. These engineers have been doing this for years. They’re world experts. And yet that startup is bold enough to come to a mammoth like Intel and say you’re doing it all wrong. This is one culture that you can’t get anywhere in the world.” (Sam Shead, Business Insider)

November 2016

CLUBFED Lecture Series

JERUSALEM: 3000 YEARS OF HOLINESS Presented by Dr. Steven Derfler

8 1 $ S E I R E S E ENTIR “Ten measures of beauty were descended upon the world by God; Jerusalem received nine of them. Yet ten measures of sorrow were visited upon the world by God as well: Jerusalem received nine of them…” according to the Babylonian Talmud. This incredible city is truly the foundation stone of the world’s great western religious traditions.



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SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER Embassy of the Repupblic of Albania

Sunday, January 29, 2017 3:00 p.m. Beatrice Friedman Theater, Federation Campus


FEATURE FILM Film: Rescue in Albania A documentary film about the Jewish rescue in Albania during World War II as told by Jewish survivors.

ENTERTAINMENT Albanian Heritage Foundation of Tampa Dancing Group EAGELS will perform traditional Albanian dances.

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This year’s program honors the rescue of Jews by Albanians


Jerusalem began as the City of Ophel of the Jebusites, was occupied by Rome, invaded by crusaders, and today is the capital of Israel. The Jerusalem of antiquity was home to the ancient Israelites who worshiped at Solomon’s Temple. Explore the city’s long religious legacies, from its historical roots to today’s modern Hekal Shlomo Synagogue. Learn about the setting of the city during the time of Jesus. See how Christian traditions developed in Jerusalem, changed over the centuries, and are observed today. During the 7th century CE, the Caliph Omar ruled Jerusalem, protecting the holy site where it is written that the Prophet Muhammad rose to heaven, came face to face with God, received the teachings of Islam, and brought them home. The Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque mark that spot today, and Arabs still refer to Jerusalem as Al Kuds, or “The Holy.”

JANUARY 10, 2017


International Holocaust Remembrance Day


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November 2016

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The Jewish News - November 2016