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September 2013 - Elul 5773 / Tishrei 5774 INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

7A Community Focus 12A Jewish Interest 20A Commentary 23A Focus on Youth 27A Life Cycle 1B Jewish Happenings 8B Israel & the Jewish World 14B Recent Events

2A Bob Malkin Young Ambassadors Mission to Israel reports

11A Sew Good: How one local Jewish teen makes a difference


Temple Sinai students “do good!”

It’s a new year at your Jewish Federation By Howard Tevlowitz, Federation Executive Director


very happy, healthy, sweet and peaceful New Year to all! As a people, Israelis are not exactly content to keep things status quo. It’s no exaggeration to say that Israel is still the land of idealists – chock full of people working to make the world a better place. During my most recent trip to Israel, I came across so many exceptional individuals who are striving to build stronger, more meaningful communities that should serve as an inspiration to us all. They individually and collectively remind us how much we in America and Israel have to gain Howard Tevlowitz, Federation Executive Director by feeding off of our respective energy. As one expert told me, “Knowledge is Israel’s biggest export.” It is one export we, in the Diaspora, need to import more than ever! Israel is not a mere obligatory paragraph in our Federation’s mission statement, it is our extended family. There’s a direct line from how Israelis are repairing the world to how we are embracing change for a better Jewish future here in Sarasota-Manatee. It’s in our collective interest to make that line as short as possible. To that end, the mission of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee – to save Jewish lives and enhance Jewish life – is guided in our continuing transformation by a few core principles:

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ÎÎ We are a Jewish agency ÎÎ We cannot be all things to all people ÎÎ In order to continue to be successful, we need to know what business we are in ÎÎ Our key driver is strategic, smart impact in our Jewish community and in Israel Our Federation has been increasingly successful, and a model for Federations around the country, because we have been focused, ensuring that our mission drives and frames the activities we do. First and foremost, we cannot have an organized Jewish community without Jews. Thus, we are endeavoring to connect Jews with “Judaism” in a variety of ways. Live music, performing arts, generation-specific programming, food, movies, Israel, speakers, holiday celebrations, books, learning, interfaith work and sports are some of those mediums. Consider the Federation a bit like the Jewish Food Channel. If you come with a passion for culture, a zest for learning and caring, and add to it a sprinkling of Jewish identity/pride, and then a seasoning of love for Israel, you then have a taste of what’s behind our Federation programming. Our programming is as much about creating a positive Jewish identity as it is about the mediums/venues we choose or use for engagement. Anyone can be a Jewish chef. There are no limitations. And Federation has not forsaken those Jews who are most vulnerable or at risk. Even with a vast array of technology at our fingertips (or perhaps partially as a result), people feel increasingly disconnected from one another, and

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Finding myself in the desert Coming home By Ike Pintchuck

By Madison Bryan


recently spent 15 days in Israel as a 2013 Bob Malkin Young Ambassador, and I can honestly say there was one part of the trip that especially seeped through my skin and opened my mind. It was the time we spent in the desert. I’ve never actually been in a desert – let alone outside of the East Coast of the United States and Canada – so after waking up from an hour-long nap on the bus ride and catching a glimpse of the seemingly limitless hills of rocks and sand, I was nothing short of shocked. I saw camels – real, live camels! – as they traveled in huge herds along the side of a very long, one-lane road. Eventually, we all got to ride the camels, which was a lot of fun. Being introduced to the Bedouins was also nice, but all I could think about was how could I get Wi-Fi out in the middle of nowhere. I consider myself to be a relatively independent young lady. I like to walk around Sarasota and explore the streets with friends, and my dream is to literally get lost one day. This dream doesn’t worry me because I have always had a keen sense of direction no matter where I go, and I know I will always be able to find my way back home. But once we walked out into the desert that night, I lost all sense of navigation. I had no idea as to where I could walk to or where we were going. All that mattered was that I didn’t get stung by any scorpions. We began our “trust walk,” where each of us placed our hands on the shoulders of the person ahead of us, and we were assigned the task of clos-

ing our eyes and following the lead of our guide. Since we were all new to the desert, it was pretty humorous to hear everyone giggling and scrambling to retain their postures and occasionally cursing the rocks they had tripped over. We had finally reached our destination – about 150 feet ahead of where we had started – but it seemed as if we were


y Bob Malkin Young Ambassadors adventure didn’t begin seven months ago at the first training session on the Federation Campus, nor when I sent in my application, essay and had my interview, and not even when I did the whole application process a year before. In fact, it started back in 2008 when

The first reason is that it was the midpoint of our trip. I remember riding on the bus in the morning after leaving the kibbutz and thinking, “Wow, this week has taken so long. I still can’t believe there’s still eight days left of this. I’m kind of ready to go home and see my friends.” Thinking back on it, that was probably the dumbest thing I said on the whole trip because I’m glad there were still eight days left. In the end I couldn’t get enough of Israel. That same day, we went to Tzfat, one of my favorite cities in Israel. I loved the quaint feeling it had, and I loved the recurring sky blue theme that the buildings, doors and window frames had. The lesson with Avraham, a local artist, about Kabbalah and the importance of our own Hebrew names got my brain turning and thinking about this whole other aspect of Judaism that not many people realize. It wasn’t just Tzfat that made the day a highlight of the trip. Also of equal importance was the home-cooked meal with a Yemenite Jewish family. The house and the food blew me away! It was just a really happy day and so peaceful. My moment of clarity in Israel occurred in the Judean desert under the illumination of the super moon. The activity was to disperse into the desert night

miles away. Besides the Bedouin tents my mom led her first Young Ambassabeing entirely lit up, all one could see dors mission. That summer, when she out where we were was the mystifying returned from Israel for the first time, super moon, rocks, a road, dirt, camels she came back a new woman. Not only and more rocks. It became difficult to did she look different after two weeks of distinguish one rock from another and not seeing her, but she also seemed difwhich one had the potential to harbor ferent emotionally and religiously. She some small, poisonous creature, but it said, “Israel changed my life...It’s the stopped mattering anyway. The moon greatest place in the world. I felt a spekept us moving – a reminder that night cial connection the moment I stepped foot on Israeli soil.” That’s when I and day only last so long. Then, we all took steps away from thought to myself, “I want to feel like each other for what was supposed to that. I want to go to Israel.” Backtrack to seven months ago at be ten minutes so we could reflect on our time in Israel and on ourselves. It the Federation for our first group meetmade me wonder: Does everyone take ing. I walked into the room and saw time to reflect? I mean really, really re- some familiar faces – some from school Complete information, eligibility requirements appliCation: whom I’d seen but never really& conflect? Does everyone get to have this incredible experience where they are versed with, some from years way back surrounded by complete silence, where from Hebrew School at Temple Sinai, Amber at 941.343.2106 or and some whom I’d never laid my eyes all that Questions? can be heard Contact is the wind and aIkeman The feeling in the room was person’s own breathing? My thoughts on before.Klingenstein Jewish Center no McIntosh one really knowing continued on page 3A awkward, 580 Road, Sarasota,what FL 34232 to say when to say it. None of us knew what was really in store for us and how, over the next six months, we would grow into a family that no other stranger could understand, and that we were going to be connected in more Ike at the home of a Yemenite family near Tzfat ways than we could realize.  The day before I left for Israel, I was and reflect on the past weekend and the thinking about all I had been through whole trip. During this time I felt so conleading up to that day. My mom’s trips nected to Israel as a place and just felt the and testimonies, thinking my older understanding that only God could have brother was a fool for not wanting to created something so special as Israel. take this trip, the first application proAll in all, if I could describe Israel cess, the second application process, in one word, it would be “indescriband the six months of training we went able.” People don’t understand Israel through. I knew I was ready and that the unless they’ve been there. Going to Isfeelings that I manifested from this trip rael put a face to the name that is Israel would be mine and mine alone. I un- and the Israeli people. Before I went to Join us for a FREE prep class to learn and feel prepared to Honor the High Holidays derstood that everyone in our “family” Israel I was supporting something that in a meaningful way. Takes place on August 30, 2013 at 9:30 am on The Jewish would feel differently about our experi- seemed so close but was so foreign to Federation Campus, 580 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, FL 34232 ences, and I thought that was amazing. me in reality. It was only after going to HigH • Examine some of the prayers that you hear in synagogue. Our seventh day in Israel: I chose to Israel that I truly understand the conHoliday • Learn conversation-starters and activities to do with kids. write about this day for a few reasons. cepts of a Jewish homeland. E

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September 2013

Mensch of the Month – Dr. Rebecca Bergman

ALEPH’s Kallah event impacts Federation staffer


early 600 members of the sota-Manatee’s Youth Engagement worldwide Jewish Renewal Coordinator, Amber Ikeman, attended community gathered at the be- the Kallah and brought back new tools ginning of July in Rindge, New Hamp- for creating meaningful Jewish expeshire, for the biennial Kallah, a joyous, riences in our community. She parprayerful and community-shaping gath- ticipated in Rabbi Shefa Gold’s chant ering of friends, members, ordination workshop, as well as sessions on drumstudents and congregations. ming for Jewish worship, the nigunim The Kallah, a week-long gather- (songs without words) of Rabbi Zalman ing, helps to fulfill ALEPH’s primary Schachter-Shalomi, and other Jewish mission to organize and nurture Jewish spiritual practices. Amber’s goal is to Renewal communities, train leaders, use this knowledge and skill to enhance create liturgical and scholarly resources, services for the youth groups she works and work for social and environmental with and to build deeper relationships justice. with Jewish youth and teens. Amber Faculty at the event included many says that the Kallah had “a beautiful of the biggest names in Jewish Renew- sense of community and genuine spirial: Rabbi David Ingber taught a course tual connection. Through doing my own on Talmud; Rabbi Shefa Gold taught a spiritual work, I am able to help others class about Earth, Air, Fire and Water as find the connections they seek.” Also in Emanations of the Divine; Dr. Karen Barad and Rabbi Fern Feldman taught a course that explored the relations between Quantum Physics and Kabbalah; and Maggid Zelig Golden offered a Wilderness Torah trek. In addition, there was an effort to make available to Progressive Jews, Amber Ikeman (at left) gets into the beat in the “Holy Drumming” class at Kallah (photos © Talya Arbisser) several skills and practices located solely within the Orthodox attendance from Sarasota were Jennifer community. In particular, the scribal arts Singer, Spiritual Leader of Congregaare a tradition that has been relatively tion Kol HaNeshama, and Reb Goldie closed to liberal participants. Scribes Milgram. In the words of Jewish Renewal are responsible for the sacred task of creating new and repairing old Torah Rabbi Rachel Barenblatt, “Renewal is scrolls. This year’s Kallah included a an attitude, not a denomination; adhercourse, Barefoot Sofer, by Rabbi Kevin ents of Renewal come from all of the Hale, Sofer STaM (ritual scribe), that branches of Judaism. Renewal places taught participants the art and hands-on emphasis on direct spiritual experience, craft of repairing a Torah scroll that is and values accessibility over insularunfit for use by a congregation because ity...Renewal is a grassroots, transof damages to the scroll or the text. denominational approach to Judaism The course has generated a conversa- which seeks to revitalize Judaism by tion about beginning a two-year train- drawing on the immanence-consciousing program to train Jewish Renewal ness of feminism, the joy of Hasidism, the informed do-it-yourself spirit of the soferim (scribes). The Jewish Federation of Sara- havurah movement, and the accumulated wisdom of centuries of tradition. We strive to imbue Judaism with an ecumenical, egalitarian and post-triumphalist sensibility; to create innovative, accessible, and welcoming worship; to shape halakhah (Jewish law) into a living way of walking righteously; and to deepen the ongoing, joyful and fundamental connection with TOP SALES God that’s at the heart of Jewish Arthur Kurzweil presents “Searching for God in a Magic OCIA TE Shop” A to a S rapt S intergenerational audience practice.”

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People comment regularly about hen we think of the ideal Jewish woman, we use the term Rebecca’s calming, soothing way. OfEshet Chayil, a “woman of ten the biggest question to Rebecca is valor.” One need not seek definitions in “How do you survive with the notorious Energizer Bunny husband of Jewish texts or in dictionaries yours, Richie Bergman?” To to figure out what the characwhich she merely chuckles teristics are that make a womand moves on to the next topan a “woman of valor.” One merely needs to conjure up the ic. She is truly a classy lady. A common theme among name Dr. Rebecca Bergman and the characteristics come any of our “Mensches of the Month” is their humilclearly into focus. Whether she’s enjoying ity; most allow us to recogdinner with Federation sup- Dr. Rebecca Bergman nize them, while kicking and porters, helping with registration at screaming, and Rebecca is no differcommunity events, or writing thank- ent. Despite her protests, the difference you notes to donors, Rebecca is always Rebecca makes in our Jewish commuthinking about and sharing our Federa- nity needs to be recognized. We only tion’s mission and vision. The manner wish we had more Rebecca Bergmans. in which Rebecca represents our or- Thank you Dr. Rebecca Bergman for ganization is notable. She is sensitive, being such a mensch. professional and a wonderful listener.

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Egypt: Tahrir Square, focus of riots, protests, killings...again Established 1971

PUBLISHER The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee Klingenstein Jewish Center 580 McIntosh Road Sarasota, FL 34232-1959 Phone: 941.371.4546 Fax: 941.378.2947 E-mail: Website: Published Monthly Volume 43, Number 9 September 2013 44 pages in two sections USPS Permit No. 167 October 2013 Issue Deadlines: Editorial: August 29, 2013 Advertising: August 29, 2013 PRESIDENT Nancy Swart EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Howard Tevlowitz ASSOCIATE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Marty Haberer COMMUNICATIONS CO-CHAIRS Linda Lipson, Jack Steenbarger MANAGING EDITOR Ted Epstein CREATIVE MANAGER Christopher Alexander ADVERTISING SALES Robin Leonardi PROOFREADERS Adeline Silverman, Stacey Edelman, Harold Samtur, Bryna Tevlowitz JOSEPH J. EDLIN JOURNALISM INTERNS Sammy Robbins, Sarah Tedesco, Andrew Wolfson MISSION STATEMENT: The Jewish News of Sarasota-Manatee strives to be the source of news and features of special interest to the Jewish community of Sarasota-Manatee, to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and opinions in the Jewish community, and to communicate the mission, activities and achievements of the Federation and its Jewish community partners. OPINIONS printed in The Jewish News of Sarasota-Manatee do not necessarily reflect those of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, its Board of Directors or staff. SUBMISSIONS to The Jewish News are subject to editing for space and content, and may be withheld from publication without prior notice. Approval of submissions for publication in either verbal or written form shall always be considered tentative, and does not imply a guarantee of any kind. Submissions must be sent electronically to LETTERS to the editor should not exceed 300 words, must be typed, and include the writer’s name, mailing address and phone number. Letters can be submitted via snail mail or e-mail ( Not all letters will be published. Letters may be edited for length and content. ADVERTISING: Publisher reserves the right to refuse any advertisement and may require the words “Paid Advertisement” in any ad. Publication of advertisements does not constitute endorsement of products, services or ideas promoted therein. Member publication:

By Rabbi Howard A. Simon, co-Chair of The Robert and Esther Heller Israel Advocacy Initiative


ohamed Morsi served as the my. Unemployment reached new elected President of Egypt highs and industry came to a near for one year and then faced halt.  Poverty became an epidemic the wrath of the electorate, the military and the public saw no positive reand millions of Egyptians who wanted sponse from its new leadership. him removed from office and wanted Fears rose, doubts increased and the Muslim Brotherhood’s influence in more questions were raised. all facets of Egyptian life 4. Drivers found themdiminished, if not done selves waiting in line away with entirely.  at gas stations for more The question arises: than four hours to fill How could there be so their tanks.  While they much unrest in a country waited in line they talked that wanted most of all to fellow countrymen to rid itself of President waiting with them. ComHosni Mubarak, a country plaints  were  raised, anthat had said “anyone but ger boiled over and the Mubarak as our leader,” a blame was placed on the country that rioted in order government and its “do Rabbi Howard A. Simon to attain the right to have a nothing” president. free election? How could this happen in 5. The Muslim Brotherhood had taken such a short period of time? The answer over the government and their leadis that it has taken place because of the ership was as far from democratic actions of Morsi and his Muslim Brothas possible.  The public saw that erhood supporters. In the course of his the Brotherhood was unresponyear in office, this is what Morsi did: sive to demands for change.  They 1. He refused to make any concessaw the Brotherhood as a rigid hisions to opposition political parerarchy that listened only to their ties.  In statement after statement, leaders and believed they had the Morsi made it clear that “it is my right to rule in any fashion they way or the highway.” The tougher wished.  Suspicions grew and mishis stance became, the more suspitrust became rampant. cious the populace became. This is what both the military and 2. Shortly after taking office, Morsi the public saw as the reality facing issued a presidential decree giving Egypt. On July 1, under the leadership him power beyond the reach of any of the Minister of Defense, General court.  The public saw this as the Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, an edict was anrepetition of what their previous nounced stating that President Morsi leader, Hosni Mubarak, had done had forty-eight hours to respond to the time and time again.  The public nations concerns and, if he failed to do became outraged and feared what so, “it will be incumbent upon us (the else might be demanded by the new army) to announce a road map to the president. future.” On July 3 President Morsi was 3. While solidifying his position as forced out of office. president, Morsi did little or nothWhat has followed has been read ing to improve Egypt’s econo- about in the world press, seen on televi-

sion on a daily basis, and lived by the Egyptian people. Millions have gathered in Tahrir Square and throughout Egypt calling, on one side, for the imprisonment of Mohamed Morsi and, on the other side, demanding his return to office. The Muslim Brotherhood believed they had taken control of the government with the election of President Morsi. They believed they were an invincible power. They have now learned that the will of the people is stronger than any single political or religious power. Millions of Egyptians have signed petitions calling for a new election. The army, a group that, along with all other security forces in Egypt, does not have the right to vote in any election, has sided with the rebellion. Sadly, the death toll will rise and protests will abound. The world, including the United States, watches everything unfold in Egypt. There are countless statements made about the need for calm, for an end to the killing, but no country can or will step in to quell the problems that are rife in Egypt. At some point the military will hold sway, the fighting will end and a new election will take place.  Changes will occur in Egypt, but will the country ever recover from what is now taking place?  We watch and we hope a true, lasting peace will be restored and  the country will find its way to a democracy that represents one and all. For more information about the Heller IAI, please visit www.sarasotaloves or contact Jessi Sheslow at 941.343.2109 or

Israel innovates – 9/11 Memorial eptember is the month of reflection for the Jewish community,. Since 2001 it has become a month of somber remembrance for not only the United States but for much of the world. That devastating Tuesday, September 11, 2001, left a gaping hole in our society, having us ask who would and why would anyone do something that left 2,977 innocent people dead. The world mourned for the loss of peace in democratic societies and we quickly had to switch modes and find those who perpetrated these heinous acts. Three years later, back on the home front, a design contest to create a memorial at Ground Zero was coming to an end. Israeli-American Michael Arad was named the winner. The poetry behind this choice isn’t lost. An Israeli man who has seen war, terror and jihad, and who is now an American with dual citizenship, may be one of the few architects in the world who can truly understand what Americans went through that day. His design of the 9/11 memorial site has been said to have “…a solemnness, a simplicity and an otherness which is absolutely


perfect,” by fellow architect Thom Mayne. We congratulate Israeli-American Michael Arad, for his beautiful reminder and commemoration of September 11, 2001. This article has been presented by the Heller Israel Advocacy Initiative through The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. For more information, contact Jessi Sheslow at jsheslow@ or 941.343.2109.

Michael Arad at the 9/11 Memorial in New York City (Photo credit Andrea Morales/New York Times)



September 2013

Communal Torah arriving in Sarasota-Manatee By Sammy Robbins, Joseph J. Edlin Journalism Intern


n late August, the Magdovitz Family Memorial Torah Scroll and Mantle from the former Congregation Beth Israel in Clarksdale, Mississippi, is scheduled to arrive in Sarasota-Manatee. The Torah will be made available for communal use for one year. Its presence in Sarasota-Manatee is made possible through the Institute of Southern Jewish Life, in collaboration with SRQ Jews Without Borders and The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-ManSammy Robbins atee, which has generously offered to “host” the Torah for safekeeping. The Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life is committed to providing educational and rabbinic services to Southern Jew-

ish communities, documenting and preserving the history of the Southern Jewish experience, and fostering a Jewish cultural presence throughout the South (a thirteen-state region). Clarksdale, Mississippi, a birthplace of blues music, has a rich Jewish history. Beginning in the late 1870s, German Jewish immigrants were drawn to the fertile soil in Clarksdale, in the heart of the Mississippi Delta region. These Jews were farmers, seed salesmen, dry goods and clothing sellers, grocers, jewelers and tailors. Jewish minyanim first sprung up in private homes in 1896. One of these small minyanim gathered supporters and formed Congregation Beth Israel in 1905. The Clarksdale Jewish community grew substantially at the beginning of the twentieth century, and Congregation Beth Israel constructed its first synagogue building in 1910, and a second, larger synagogue building in 1929

– large enough to accommodate both Reform and “traditional” services on any given Shabbat. By the 1930s, the Clarksdale Jewish community boasted numbers over 400, and Beth Israel Congregation continued to thrive. But like so many other small Jewish communities in the South, economic shifts, an exodus of young Jews to metropolitan areas, and a declining Jewish knowledge base weakened the communal bonds. By the 1970s, the Clarksdale Jewish community had dwindled to one quarter its former size. In 2003, the remaining twenty members of Congregation Beth Israel sold the synagogue building and used the sale proceeds to establish a perpetual care trust for the upkeep of their Jewish cemetery. The remaining congregants also chose to donate their Torahs for safe-keeping at the Institute of Southern Jewish Life’s Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience. One of these Torahs will grace

our community this coming year. The Torah will first be used by the community at the upcoming SRQ Jews Without Borders’ Open Door High Holiday Services at Selby Gardens. Thereafter, the Torah will be housed on the Federation Campus for the year. Al Goldis and Marden Paru will each serve as a shammos for the Torah and its safekeeping. The community is so grateful to The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee for serving to “host” the Torah. For more information about the Torah, please contact SRQ Jews Without Borders at SRQJewsWithoutBorders@ or 941.447.9770, or visit For more information about the Institute of Southern Jewish Life and its Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience, visit and

somehow don’t seem out of place or overbearing. Modern Israel embraces its past, while boldly walking into the future with an ease that can only be the product of divine choosing. Yet, at the same time that Israel acknowledges the divine choosing of this land and people, it openly embraces secular thought and individual freedoms. The State of Israel is a nation unlike any other. It is unique in its place in the world because it chooses freedom and

diversity even when that freedom and diversity make it a target. If ever our world is to learn peace, the lesson must begin in Israel, and the courage of its people must be emulated. Rev. Henry Porter participated on the Federation’s 2013 Interfaith Voyage of Discovery. For more information about the Federation’s interfaith initiatives through the Heller IAI, please contact Jessi Sheslow at or 941.343.2109.

What makes Israel unique By The Reverend Henry Porter, II


efore traveling to the State of Israel a few months ago on The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee’s Interfaith Voyage of Discovery, I, like many Americans, didn’t fully understand the complexity of the Middle East. The State of Israel is a country roughly the size of New Jersey surrounded by nations dedicated to its destruction, and yet there is a feeling of peace, The Reverend Henry Porter, II goodwill and security that engulfs you upon arrival. The sense of serenity and closeness to the divine permeates all aspects of Israeli life. This feeling is foreign to us as Americans and is the beauty of Israel. During the celebrations of Memorial Day and Independence Day, I was

overcome by the sense of pride and ownership that each citizen displayed. In my opinion, this sense of shared well-being comes from the compulsory service in the Israel Defense Forces. Each citizen is dedicated to Israel’s well-being because of the shared sacrifice of all citizens. As an American, I’ve never seen such a feeling of pride for one’s country. Sure, the State of Israel has its problems and no country is perfect, but it is this complexity that confirms Israel’s support of the right of a people to self-determination. Their ability to be at peace while surrounded by hostility is a shining example of what all nations and peoples should strive to attain. As you tour ancient cities and ruins, you are exposed to the greatness of Israel’s people and past, all within the context of a modern bustling society. Modern skyscrapers reside next to monuments of past millennia and

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“Twelve Minor Prophets” coming to Sarasota By Marden Paru, Director of Continuing Education, Temple Beth Sholom


hile the section of the Hebrew Bible we call “The Prophets” (Nevi’im) is well known, the contents of the twelve smallest volumes are the least exposed. As a group they are generically referred to as the “Minor Prophets” or the “Twelve Prophets” (Trei Asar). The word “minor” is used as a descriptive adjective strictly because of the size of each book and not because of any level of importance in

contrast to the larger books such as Jeremiah, Isaiah or Ezekiel. The “Twelve Prophets” refers to the twelve traditional authors of these works: Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi. If any of these names seem familiar, it is more likely because the Bible is a common resource for the naming of children than from having studied these books in

Hebrew School. Jonah is probably the best known, not only because it is read and studied on Yom Kippur afternoon, but because of a whale of a tale that is contained therein. Temple Beth Sholom is offering a two-semester weekly course which will use a modern translation to study these twelve texts. The classes will meet in two different time slots: Sunday afternoons from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and re-

peated on Tuesday mornings from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Classes start on October 6 and 8 respectively. The classes are free for temple members and $72 for nonmembers. To register, please call the Temple Beth Sholom office at 941.955.8121, email, or visit the Continuing Education page at www.

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Nurturing the Jewish identity of interfaith grandchildren The Grandparents Circle comes to Sarasota


t’s no secret that intermarriage rates in the North American Jewish community are higher than ever before. When an interfaith couple has children, the grandparents often feel unsure of how they can cultivate the religious identities of their grandchildren, especially when it is not always clear as to how the children will be raised. The Jewish Outreach Institute has created a program called the Grandparents Circle that offers Jewish grandparents the skills and techniques to nurture, and in some cases establish, their interfaith grandchildren’s Jewish identity. The program, which was piloted in

Los Angeles, is rapidly expanding to new communities across the country, and starting on October 15 it lands at Temple Sinai in Sarasota. “I’m excited to be able to bring the Grandparents Circle to my community,” said Sue Huntting of Temple Sinai. “Grandparents can have such a strong influence on the religious identity of their grandchildren, even from a long distance, and this course will help them share Judaism with their grandchildren

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The Grandparents Circle also offers a national email discussion listserve for all grandparents, including those who have not yet taken the course or live in a city where it is not offered. The listserve provides a supportive online community of peers from across the country to share their experiences, thoughts and questions. The program is free and open to all grandparents whose grandchildren are being raised in intermarried homes. Class size is limited. For more information and to register, contact Temple Sinai at 941.924.1802 or

JFCS Bereavement Group heads south to Venice By Carol Harwood, JFCS Director of Marketing he Jewish Family & Children’s Service’s (JFCS) Jewish Healing Program will be offering a new Bereavement Support Group at the Chabad of Venice and Northport beginning Tuesday, September 10 for six consecutive weeks. The death of a loved one is perhaps the deepest human loss human beings experience. Grief is universal and natural and is often accompanied by feelings of anger, confusion, fear and loneliness. The Bereavement Support Group, open to men and women, provides opportunities to hear how others deal with grief, share experiences, receive support and discover new ways to cope. Based on a Jewish approach to mourning and healing the soul, each session will address the stages of the normal grieving process. The group will be facilitated by Dale Block, LMFT, CAP, and meet from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at Chabad of


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Michael’s On East partners with Temple Beth Sholom to utilize kosher catering kitchen


emple Beth Sholom and premier caterer Michael’s On East have entered a partnership to provide a new kosher catering opportunity to Sarasota and Manatee counties. Temple Beth Sholom maintains a kosher kitchen and is now working with Michael’s On East Co-Proprietor Phil Mancini to make this kosher venue available on an ongoing basis. “This is a major breakthrough for

those observing kosher dietary laws and desiring to participate in this gourmet, traditional format,” said Lorie Rabin, catering chair and board liaison from Temple Beth Sholom. The Temple Beth Sholom kitchen requires no special process to prepare the facility for these kosher events. With this expanded partnership, Michael’s On East has exclusive access to the Temple Beth Sholom kosher facil-

ity where preparation is facilitated by Michael’s culinary team and speciallytrained Temple personnel supervise for adherence to Conservative Kashrut dietary laws. “I’ve been privileged to work with the Jewish community in so many ways over the years,” said Phil Mancini. “It is our pleasure to provide this expanded opportunity for clients to enjoy fine kosher catering at Temple Beth Sholom.”

The temple’s social hall can accommodate 40 to 240 guests. Members of the community (Jewish and non-Jewish) are encouraged to call the temple office at 941.955.8121 to check availability and schedule events. Once a date is secured, event coordinators will contact Phil Mancini at 941.366.0007 x227 or to arrange menu selection and a customized catering package.

Rabbi Howard Simon to continue spiritual support on Kobernick-Anchin campus


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Veteran singer joins Chorale as new director By Arlene Stolnitz


inda Stewart Tucker, veteran including Gloria Musicae and the Sarasinger and local musician, has sota Jewish Chorale. Under Linda’s exbeen chosen as the new director perienced leadership, the Chorale is off of the Sarasota Jewish Chorale. A for- to a banner year! “I am filled with joyous anticipation mer member of the Chorale as a lyric soprano, Linda will launch the group’s at the musical vision we will shape and share with our community,” 15th season in September. said Linda of the season “Singing with the SJC was one of the highlights that begins with auditions on September 12. (Audiof my career,” said Linda. “Being offered the opportions will be held from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Hecht tunity to direct the group is School. Experienced singa tremendous privilege and challenge.” ers are preferred. Call Susan Skovronek for an appointLinda has performed in show and touring choirs ment at 941.355.8011.) “I anticipate that many acthroughout the U.S. and in Linda Stewart Tucker Europe, including The Oracomplished singers will torio Choir of Philadelphia, The Choral join our talented chorale as we explore Arts Society of Philadelphia, and the the rich musical heritage that Jewish performance choir of The Philadelphia music affords us. I can hardly wait to Orchestra, under the baton of Riccardo get started!” Muti. If you are interested in singing with Locally, Linda has taught and the Chorale, visit www.sarasotajewish coached voice and acting, and has sung for rehearsal dates, perforwith and directed area choral groups mances and contact information.

The Al Katz Center calls for Holocaust survivors to celebrate their birthdays and anniversaries together All Holocaust survivors in Sarasota-Manatee are being asked to contact the Al Katz Center to help the Center in its efforts to give birthday parties each month for survivors born in that month and to celebrate survivor anniversaries. Since every birthday and occasion of each survivor is special, the Center will provide kosher food, decorations and invitations for the survivors. Please contact Beverly Newman at 941.313.9239 to give her the dates of your special occasions. The Al Katz Center is located in Burns Square at 713 South Orange Avenue, Sarasota.

Celebrating diversity By Carol Harwood, Director of Marketing, JFCS


ince the beginning of time, people of every culture have gathered to celebrate the harvest and give thanks for the earth’s bounty. Sukkot is the Jewish version of this universal festival. It also pays tribute to the Israelites who were expelled from Egypt, living in temporary shelters as they wandered the desert for 40 years, waiting to receive the Ten Commandments and enter the Promised Land. This year, Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JFCS) is inviting parents and their elementary school children from the Jewish community to celebrate and share the meaning of Sukkot with children in JFCS’s Monday

evening group, September 16. Join us in creating decorations and transforming the JFCS gazebo into a sukkah. The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. on the main campus at 2688 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. A week later, on September 23 at 6:30 p.m., JFCS will host an event in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Both events are designed to educate and celebrate our cultural diversity and embrace our differences. To attend these events, or for more information, please contact Tara Booker at 941.366.2224 x143 or

“All the mirrors were covered with cloth…” By Beverly Newman


In her 60s, Devorah’s life suddenly or 64 years, Diane Besand, a temporary resident of Sarasota, never became an adventure to make aliyah, fit in with the strongly-Catholic which required her to formally become life her family was leading in St. Louis. a Jew and travel to Sarasota where her Even as a child, she noted customs of conversion at Temple Beth Sholom was acceptable to the State of Israel. her family that were not Catholic. She says, “It’s very At eight, Diane returned deep…whether it’s in from her grandfather’s burial the DNA or whether and noticed a strange custom in it’s in the blood” to the house, the covering of mirlong to live in Israel rors. Diane says she wondered as a full-fledged Jew. why, “One night a week, we “This is what would have candles, bread and wine – always Magen David.” drives me, that all this was hidden from In 2010, Diane, now Deme and my parents… vorah Tikvah Besand, began Devorah Tikvah Besand You’re stripped of to suspect that her family was Jewish and subsequently researched your faith, your traditions…Can you their Sephardic heritage going back 500 imagine to be that old and to find out years in Spanish history. The surname all this?” At the end of July, Devorah, now of her mom’s father is found on the rolls of the Spanish Inquisition. “I officially Jewish at age 67, joined her wouldn’t be here if some of my ancestry People in our Land as the person she did not convert at least on the surface to always was, but did not know. Mazel Tov. Catholicism,” says Devorah.

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Sew Good: How one local Jewish teen makes a difference

ine View eighth-grader and theirs – just like the butterfly that awaits with her for years to come.” Temple Beth Sholom congregant each caterpillar.” Work is also underway Once the pillows are done, it’s on Minnah Stein has found a way to creating a more boy-friendly version. to sewing monthly quilt squares for Recombine her love of art and sewing in “We enjoy seeing young people store Innocence. “My sewing instruca way that benefits others while enrich- giving back to their community,” said tor, Anna, found out about the pillows ing her own understanding of mitzvot. Dianne Whitten, Outreach Coordinator I make and asked if I’d like to get inShe makes doll pillows for the Center at Center for Building Hope. “The kids volved with doing quilting for girls who for Building Hope to give to kids im- will cherish these doll pillows. Minnah have been rescued from a terrible life pacted by cancer, and she makes quilt is a thoughtful and caring young lady. and have nothing of their own,” recalls squares for Restore Innocence to donate We look forward to continuing to work Minnah. “These girls need to know to girls rescued from huthat someone cares, even a man trafficking. stranger – someone young Surrounded by scraps like me. My quilt squares of material and so much will be joined by others, and batting it looks as if it has the finished product will be snowed in the room, Mingiven to a girl to call her nah is hard at work on her own. I think she can wrap it sewing machine, making around herself and feel the more doll pillows for an love and hope we all have upcoming Center for Buildfor her.” ing Hope kids’ camp. She To learn more about wants to make sure each Minnah and her unofficial child who attends receives not-for-profit, Sew Good, a special pillow. call 941.320.4477 or email “Each pillow has one of my hand-drawn dolls on To learn more about it,” shares Minnah. “I chose the Center for Building the butterfly design for this Hope, please visit www. event because just as a erpillar goes through a difor call Dianne Whitten at ficult time and could give 941.921.5539. up hope, these kids have to To learn more about ReDianne Whitten, Outreach Coordinator at Center for Building Hope, receives a bountiful and adorable installment of doll pillows be brave because a beautistore Innocence, visit www. designed and sewed by volunteer Minnah Stein ful future is going to be

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Sonia Pressman Fuentes and the Red Star Line By Sarah Ida Tedesco, Joseph J. Edlin Journalism Intern


arasota resident Sonia Pressman Fuentes is a woman of much complexity. She is both an author and feminist leader who escaped Germany in her early childhood during the beginning of Hitler’s rise to power. Fuentes’ escape, however, is far different from the stories we ordinarily hear about fleeing Hitler’s regime. Fuentes was among Sarah Tedesco the millions who came to North America during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century via the Red Star Line, a transatlantic passenger ship that was in operation from 1873 to 1934. During the Red Star Line’s operation, about 2.6 million people left from Antwerp, Belgium, on an RSL ship bound for the U.S. and Canada. About a quarter of these people were Jews. Among the most prominent Jews who traveled to North America on the Red Star Line were Golda Meir, Albert Einstein, Irving Berlin and Admiral Hyman Rickover, all of whom, except Einstein, came as children. Sonia and her family were also among the Red Star Line’s passengers.

Fuentes was born in Berlin, Germany, in 1928 and lived there until she was five years old. At this time, Hitler was rising to power and life for Jews was becoming intolerable. Fuentes’ brother, Hermann, who was eighteen at the time, realized that it was time for the Pressman family (Hinda Leah, Zysia and their children, Hermann and Sonia) to leave Germany and urged his parents to do so. Hinda Leah and Zysia had lived in Germany for over twenty years and had established a successful life there. They believed Hitler and his thugs would soon blow over and poohpoohed Hermann’s warnings about the Nazi threat to the Jews. So in May 1933, Hermann left on his own for Antwerp, where the Pressmans had cousins. Hinda Leah and Zysia soon realized their son was right, and two months later Sonia and her parents joined Hermann.

Sonia Fuentes juxtaposed with a photograph of her and her late brother, Hermann Pressman, taken in a City Park in Antwerp, Belgium

The family spent nine months trying to obtain permanent residence permits with no luck. With the threat of being deported to Poland, the Pressmans booked tickets to become passengers on the Red Star Line’s SS Westernland. They arrived in New York City on May 1, 1934, and were no longer chasing freedom from the Nazi party’s antiSemitism and rising acts of genocide. Like Sonia and her family, many Jews immigrated to North America to escape Hitler’s Reich. Families were looking for a place far from the horror soon to come perpetrated by the Nazi party. Others found themselves traveling to America in order to begin a new life more prosperous than the economically underprivileged one they endured in Europe. The children and young adults who traveled on the Red Star Line’s ships brought an abundance of Jewish life and culture to North America. The Red Star Line concluded its expeditions to America 79 years ago, but the lives and the creation of future Jewish generations the ships brought to the U.S. and Canada are far from over. On Saturday, September 28, a museum dedicated to immigration and the Red Star Line will open in Antwerp. The Red Star Line Museum will include exhibits, documentation and videos educating its visitors about the rich history and people this ship line brought to North America. Exhibits will include several focused around the city of Antwerp’s seaports and passengers who traveled on the Red Star Line. Philip Heylen, Antwerp’s Vice Mayor for Culture and Tourism, made a speech at Fuentes’ congregation, the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism in Sarasota, on August 6, 2011. In his speech he spoke about Fuentes and the remarkable story she had about her journey on the Red Star Line. He said, “Nothing is so important for the future of mankind than to invest in the remembrance of our past.” The City of Antwerp did just this, and began the plan to open the Red Star Line Museum in 2004. This fall, the museum will begin to inform this generation about

stories of immigration through this historical ship line. Sonia Fuentes is among those featured in the Museum. The exhibit will follow the journey the Pressman family took – from their departure from Berlin to their many months of living in fear of deportation to Poland while they were in Antwerp, and finally to their arrival

Sonia Fuentes outside the MAS Museum in Antwerp in September 2011

in the U.S. The Pressman exhibit will include family photographs and references to a diary Hermann kept from July 1932 to November 1935. The original diary, written in German shorthand, along with its translation into English, is available at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. The exhibit will also include a documentary made about Sonia’s life. “The Museum will bear witness to a unique period of mass migration from Europe to the New World. It will make the hopes of those who left come to life,” said Heylen. The Museum’s mission is to inform people about the community of people from Antwerp who left Europe for a better life. The museum’s slogan, “People on the Move,” directly describes Heylen’s opinion that there is a need to inform people about the large volume of immigrants who fled Antwerp and Europe during this time. Along with many other stories, Sonia Pressman Fuentes’ story will be told and preserved in this museum so that the impact of mass migration during this time in history is never forgotten.

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One last mission: Phil Berkowitz’s and Greg Marra’s homage to great sacrifice By Andrew Wolfson, Joseph J. Edlin Journalism Intern


ucked away near the end of a street lined with car repair shops and towing services lies Greg Marra’s workshop. Outside it looks like a quaint American Midwestern home with the staple American flag set into the front right side of the house. I knocked on the door and was promptly met by Greg who showed me around before our interview. InAndrew Wolfson side and to the left stood a glass case lined with miniature versions of various sculptures he had created over the years. To the right stood a desk set up for paperwork. Down a small incline and through a doorway

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Anti-Semitism declines statewide according to ADL 2012 audit Anti-Defamation League,, July 22, 2013


ccording to the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents issued on July 22, anti-Semitic incidents declined in the State of Florida by 20 percent between 2011 and 2012. A total of 88 anti-Semitic incidents of assault, vandalism and harassment were reported to ADL in Florida in 2012, down from 111 anti-Semitic incidents in 2011. This snapshot of anti-Semitism in Florida parallels the three-year trend of incremental declines experienced nationwide. In 2012, a total of 927 antiSemitic incidents across the U.S. were captured in ADL’s Audit, marking a 14 percent decline from the 1,080 incidents reported in 2011. Florida continues to rank fourth nationwide with the highest amount of reported anti-Semitic incidents, following three other states with large Jewish populations: California, New York and New Jersey. “For 100 years, the Anti-Defamation League has been on the frontline of combating all forms of anti-Semitism, and we are encouraged by the decrease in anti-Semitic incidents in Florida for the third consecutive year,” stated Hava Holzhauer, ADL Florida Regional Director. ”However, the fact that such anti-Jewish hatred still exists within

our communities is disheartening and unacceptable, and it reinforces the need for greater civility and vigilance.” The annual ADL Audit has tracked criminal and non-criminal incidents of vandalism, harassment and physical assaults against Jewish individuals, property and community institutions using data reported to the ADL Florida Office and law enforcement statewide since 1979. “During our centennial year, we remain resolute in our commitment to eliminate anti-Semitism from our schools, college campuses, workplaces, online and elsewhere to ensure that Jews are not victimized or discriminated against because of their religious beliefs,” stated Steven Daniels, ADL Florida Regional Chair. The Audit has never included the daunting number of online anti-Semitic events and expressions that appear on countless and fluid websites and social media outlets, since they are virtually impossible to quantify. However, ADL does receive and address reports from community members who have seen anti-Semitic content online. In addition, when a Jewish individual is targeted personally in an online forum and feels threatened, such an incident would be included in the Audit.

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Anti-Jewish vandalism The ADL Audit in Florida recorded 22 incidents of anti-Semitic vandalism in 2012, up from 20 in 2011. Vandalism incidents are evaluated by ADL individually and are classified as anti-Semitic based on the presence of anti-Semitic symbols or language, the identity of the perpetrator(s), if known, and the target of the vandalism and its proximity to Jewish homes, communities and institutions. Swastikas that explicitly target Jewish property or communal institutions were included in the Audit. However, swastikas targeting other minorities or those used out of context simply for shock value were not counted. The following is a list of selected instances of anti-Semitic vandalism in Florida in 2012: ‹‹ Port St. Lucie: A spree of anti-Semitic vandalism over the course of six weeks targeted at least 13 businesses with anti-Jewish messages, vandalism and fecal matter. (January) ‹‹ Bushnell: Anti-Semitic desecration of 14 Jewish gravestones at the Florida National Cemetery. The Jewish gravestones, engraved with Stars of David, were kicked over Continuing a consistent trend for many years, the states with the highest totals were those with large Jewish populations: ‹‹ New York State, with 248 incidents in 2012, up from 195 in 2011 ‹‹ California, with 185 incidents, down from 235 ‹‹ New Jersey, with 173 incidents, up from 144 ‹‹ Florida, with 88 incidents, down from 111 ‹‹ Massachusetts, with 38 incidents, down from 72 ‹‹ Pennsylvania, with 37 incidents, down from 38

and uprooted, while no gravestones representing other religions were vandalized. (March) ‹‹ Hallandale Beach: A swastika was etched onto a Holocaust survivor’s car. (October) ‹‹ Naples: A middle school was vandalized with multiple swastikas and the message “we will burn you piece by piece.” (October) ‹‹ Miami: A mezuzah was ripped off a Jewish person’s front doorpost. (November) ‹‹ Miami Beach: The words “Jews killed Jesus” were discovered in front of a very prominent Chabad Hanukkah display in an area with high foot traffic. (December) Harassment, threats and events The ADL Audit in Florida recorded 64 cases of anti-Semitic harassment in 2012, down from 90 in 2011. Incidents included verbal attacks and slurs against Jewish individuals (or individuals perceived to be Jewish); anti-Semitism conveyed in written or electronic communications, including anti-Semitic cyberbullying; and anti-Semitic speeches, picketing or events. The following is a list of selected instances of anti-Semitic harassment in 2012: ‹‹ Deerfield Beach: A series of antiSemitic letters appeared at Mozart Café, a kosher restaurant. (January) ‹‹ Pensacola: A synagogue received an anti-Semitic email with disturbing messages. (January) ‹‹ Boca Raton: An elderly man was told by two aides at an assisted living facility that he should “Go back to Nazi Germany, and they will finish you off. We should just drop you and get the hell out of here.” (June) Anti-Semitic incidents on campus The ADL Audit reported five incidents of anti-Semitism on Florida campuses

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continued from previous page in 2012, a minimal increase from four incidents reported in 2011. The following is a list of selected anti-Jewish incidents that took place on Florida campuses in 2012: ‹‹ Boca Raton: A female student stood up in a biology class and went on a rant yelling “white people suck, Jewish people who think this world is theirs which it’s not, I will f---ing kill you at the Holocaust events all over the world.” The student also threatened to kill the professor and hit a male student in the front row before she was removed from the classroom. (March) ‹‹ Gainesville: “F-ck Israel” was spray-painted outside of Norman Lipoff Hall adjacent to the University of Florida Hillel. (April) ‹‹ Miami: The Hillel website at the University of Miami was hacked with a pro-Palestinian logo and face. (July)

Anti-Semitic bullying among children and teens ADL also continues to receive a troubling number of complaints about children, adolescents and teenagers engaging in anti-Semitic behavior, both on and off school grounds. These incidents include physical assaults, threats of violence, and verbal and written taunts promoting anti-Semitic stereotypes or evoking disturbing Holocaust themes. Within the anti-Semitic harassment category, the following are two selected incidents in 2012 that represent antiSemitic bullying of children by their peers in Florida: ‹‹ Melbourne: A 12-year-old was bullied and taunted for months at school for being Jewish, and was repeatedly called a “dirty Jew.” ‹‹ Palm Harbor: A middle school student was the target of anti-Semitic bullying at school, constantly being

referred to through anti-Jewish derogatory names. About the ADL Audit The Audit identifies both criminal and non-criminal acts of harassment and intimidation, including distribution of hate propaganda, threats and slurs. Compiled using information provided by victims, law enforcement and community leaders and evaluated by ADL’s professional staff, the Audit provides an annual snapshot of one specific aspect of a nationwide problem while identifying possible trends or changes in the types of activity reported. This information assists ADL in developing and enhancing its programs to counter and prevent the spread of anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry. For more information, contact the ADL Florida Region office in Boca Raton at 561.988.2900 or Or visit

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“It is encouraging that in the past few years we have seen a fairly consistent decline in the number of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “While these numbers only provide one snapshot of anti-Semitism in America, to the extent that they serve as a barometer the decline shows that we have made progress as a society in confronting anti-Jewish hatred. Still, it is disturbing that there are so many incidents in America, and we must remain vigilant in responding to them and in encouraging law enforcement and the public to report these incidents as much as possible.” Despite the overall decline in the number of anti-Semitic incidents in 2012, the complete picture is more complex. For even as anti-Semitic harassment, threats and events declined – to 470 incidents in 2012, from 731 in 2011 – other categories remained at a similar level or increased substantially. “While we cannot point to any single explanation for the fluctuations from year to year, the declines of the past several years occur within the context of the continued proliferation of hatred online,” said Barry Curtiss-Lusher, ADL National Chair. “Unlike years ago, when racists handed out pamphlets on street corners or sent them through the mail, the Internet provides racists and bigots with an outlet to reach a potential audience of millions. “This explosion of viral hate is impossible to quantify, but it may have led to a migration of sorts where the haters and bigots are more likely to take to the Internet to express themselves anonymously, rather than acting out in a public setting,” added Mr. Curtiss-Lusher. “The danger, of course, is that these online expressions can inspire and fuel real-world violence.”

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By Nate Bloom, Contributing Columnist Editor’s note: Persons in BOLD CAPS are deemed by Nate Bloom to be Jewish for the purpose of the column. Persons identified as Jewish have at least one Jewish parent and were not raised in a faith other than Judaism – and don’t identify with a faith other than Judaism as an adult. Converts to Judaism, of course, are also identified as Jewish. ESPN Goes For the Silver NATE SILVER, 35, will join ESPN later this year. Silver is now most famous for his FiveThirtyEight blog on the NewYork Times website, where he correctly predicted the winner of every state in the last presidential election. But his “roots” go back to statistical analysis of sports. The newly expanded, which ESPN will own, will cover politics, sports, culture and technology. Silver, ESPN says, will be the site’s editor-in-chief and he’ll pick his own website journalism team. Silver says: “This is a dream job for me. I’m excited to expand FiveThirtyEight’s data-driven approach into new areas, while also reuniting with my love of sports.” Movie-Ish News Israeli author AMOS OZ, 74, recently told Reuters that NATALIE PORTMAN, 32, will direct and co-star in a feature film adaptation of his memoir, A Tale of Love and Darkness. The memoir recounts Oz’s childhood in war-torn Jerusalem in the 1940s and 1950s, his mother’s suicide, and his time on a kibbutz. Oz is helping with the script and agreed, some years back, to allow the Jerusalem-born Portman to make the film because she “is an excellent actor.” Filming will begin later this year and Portman will play Oz’s mother. On August 6, a publicist for actor DUSTIN HOFFMAN, 75, confirmed that the actor had been diagnosed with cancer, but was “feeling great.” This followed a People magazine report in which the same publicist said that the cancer had been “detected early and he

has been surgically cured.” The publicist declined to say what type of cancer Hoffman had been treated for or when it had been diagnosed. Meanwhile, Hoffman recently finished filming the indie film Chef. Directed and written by, and starring JON FAVREAU, 46, it represents Favreau’s return to the smallish budget, personal film that first gained him notice (Swingers, 1996). Favreau had a big critical and box office hit with the mega-budget Iron Man (2008). However, two of his other directing gigs didn’t do as well and he reportedly blames studio script interference for the lukewarm reviews for Iron Man 2 (2010), though it made mucho gelt, and the box office and critical failure of Cowboys and Aliens (2011). Favreau plays the title role in Chef – a guy who loses his prestigious chef job – which leads him to set up his own food truck so he can regain his artistic promise and repair ties with his estranged family. SCARLETT JOHANSSON, 28, plays a restaurant manager who is a sometimes love interest of the chef. Robert Downey Jr. is also co-starring, but, as with Hoffman, his character’s backstory has not been disclosed. Johansson, meanwhile, is the subject of a pretty stunning, high-fashion photograph in the September issue of Harper’s Bazaar. She is the “lead woman” in a photographic portfolio entitled “Singular Beauties.” It features 20 quite diverse looking women. The text describes Johansson as “the modern Marilyn.” (Johansson’s mother is Jewish and she identifies as Jewish).


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Standing up to bullies By Paul R. Bartrop, PhD


hen I was a little boy, my parents raised me to believe that the only way to deal with bullies was to stand up to them and not be intimidated by their threats or actions. Anyone who has ever had to confront a bully will concede immediately that this, all too often, is easier said than done. Bullying uses force or coercion to intimidate others. It focuses on the exercise of power, and how it can be employed to obtain a desired outcome at the expense of someone else – a person usually understood to be weaker than the Dr. Paul Bartrop bully. While bullying has always interested me, one of my scholarly interests has focused on those who stand by and watch it happen without doing anything to stop it. All sorts of studies have taken place to try to delve into the world of the unresponsive bystander, but they always seem to come down to one essential characteristic: the relief shown on the part of the bystander at their own good fortune that “at least it isn’t happening to me.” Seventy-five years ago this month, one of the greatest examples of caving in to bullying, albeit on the internation-

al stage, took place when Britain and France sacrificed the democratic state of Czechoslovakia on the altar of the policy that became known as appeasement, in the hope that they could buy off Adolf Hitler and thus avoid having to confront him in a war they were not physically prepared to fight. By not standing up to the bully, however, all they did was to encourage him to continue with his campaign of intimidation and threats. Every time the Western allies surrendered to some new demand, he was inspired to reach even higher, firm in his belief that he could get what he wanted at no cost to himself. The Munich Agreement was signed on September 30, 1938 by Germany, Great Britain, France and Italy. It permitted Nazi Germany’s annexation of the Sudetenland region of Czechoslovakia, an area populated by about three million German-speaking people who had never belonged to Germany. As early as May 1938 it was known that Hitler and his generals had their eyes set on Czechoslovakia, while the Czechs, in turn, relied on alliances with France and the Soviet Union to counter German threats. As the year progressed, however, it became clear that France (and its ally, Britain) was unprepared to defend Czechoslovakia. There was a desperate desire to avoid a military confrontation with Germany – at any price.

This is not the place to recount the intricacies of the Munich Crisis or the events which led up to it. The bottom line is that, in order to keep the peace, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain made three trips to see Hitler in order to discuss the situation personally and offer whatever concessions it would take to stop Germany from going to war. By the time of the third trip, Chamberlain proposed that a four-power conference be convened to settle the issue. On September 29, Hitler, Chamberlain, the French Premier Edouard Daladier, and the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini met right in the heart of the Führer’s lair – the Bavarian city of Munich. They agreed that Germany would annex Czechoslovakia’s Sudetenland, with an international commission to decide the future of other disputed areas. The Czech government of Edvard Beneš played no role in these discussions, and was simply informed of developments. Two Czech delegates were denied access to the Munich meeting, and kept under virtual house arrest in their hotel until the agreement had been signed. Britain and France simply informed the Czechs that there were two options: they could either resist Germany alone, or submit to the German invasion of their sovereign territory. So that Britain and France would not have to confront the Nazi bully, this small

democratic nation would have to pay the price they demanded, and were left to suffer the ultimate punishment for merely existing as their country was dismembered in tears and sorrow. Before returning to London, Chamberlain paid Hitler a personal visit in his Munich apartment. He took with him a short note declaring that the two nations agreed henceforth to always resolve their differences through consultation rather than war. Offering this to Hitler, Chamberlain then signed it. Hitler signed too, reputedly telling one of those in his circle later that the British Prime Minister seemed like such a nice old gentleman that he was pleased to offer him his autograph. Upon his return to London, Chamberlain was met at Heston Airport by jubilant crowds, relieved that the threat of war had passed. The Prime Minister informed the British public that he had achieved “peace with honor,” saying that he believed the settlement would bring “peace for our time.” A few months later the hollowness of this promise was revealed when Hitler marched his troops into what was left of Czechoslovakia, and snuffed out the little country without a hand being raised to defend it. Little wonder that Winston Churchill could state that the impact of Munich would not mean peace with honor, but

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Parables for the twenty-first century: Nathan Englander’s short-story magic By Philip K. Jason, Special to The Jewish News What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, by Nathan Englander. Vintage. 240 pages. $15.00 trade paperback.


n the title story of this virtuoso collection, two fortyish couples come together for a kind of reunion. The wives grew up together in Forest Hills, New York, and went to Modern Orthodox schools for young women. Debbie married the narrator, who dragged her toward secularism and South Florida. Lauren (now Shoshana) married Mark (now Yerucham), and that couple has for twenty years lived in a Hassidic community in Israel. They have ten daughters; the FloPhil Jason ridians, at whose home the meeting takes place, have one teenage son – Trevor. The brilliant dialogue spins out like a culture war, full of innuendo and one-upmanship about secular versus religious, American Jews versus Israelis. Each couple defends its own choices. Somewhat guarded at first, these ex-

tremely recognizable characters are re- force the contract as a kind of comduced (or elevated) to a hilarious series pensation for the loss of her husband of revelations once they begin sharing and two of her three sons to war (the third is lost in an auto accident). Trevor’s marijuana stash. Englander connects Yehudit’s Much of the dialogue turns on Debbie’s obsession with the Holocaust and sense of sinfulness and her ailing the question of a Jewish identity distinct child to the issue of Israel’s legitimacy from that catastrophic event. Slowly, in the disputed territories. Is this land a that edgy conversation unpacks the full true homeland or a tainted region? What is the value and meaning of a contract, meaning of Englander’s peculiar title. Sister Hills is a long, complex fable whether land, servitude or a covenant that begins in 1973. It presents the rela- between God and the Israelites? When tionship between the wives of two com- a court of rabbis comes to settle the case munity-founding families settled on of who is the true mother, they have nearby hilltops in Samaria as the Yom their hands more than full with Rena’s Kippur War breaks out. Rena has three Torah-based arguments. The fable, with its sons who follow their sumencapsulated history of moned father in case they this region and of the nacan help the combat effort. tion, is an unsettling inRena’s superstitious neighquiry into Israel’s soul. bor, Yehudit, rushes over Englander’s topics, with her infant daughter who tones and techniques is running an extremely high are spectacularly varied. fever. She urges Rena to In How We Avenged the sign a contract transferring Blums the narrator takes a the child to Rena, releasing distanced, bemused look the girl from any harm from at how several Jewish Yehudit’s sins that might beboys strive to overcome fall her. Nathan Englander their strongly engrained Rena signs, but also agrees to let Yehudit continue to raise meekness in order to confront the antithe child. In time, Rena decides to en- Semitic bully who terrorizes them. They learn useful lessons from a Russian immigrant and from their would-be savior, the one Jewish kid they know who has the physical prowess and know-how to take down the bully. Peep Show has a nightmare premise. When Ari (now Allen) Feinberg (now Fein) scrapes his glossy, expensive shoe, his surface of success (gorgeous blonde gentile wife, thriving law practice, stylish garb) is pierced. He crosses a threshold and is drawn into a peep show that first reveals his sexual hunger

and lack of control, and then reveals – through the whacky appearance of three rabbis from his religious school days – his mixture of guilt and resentment stemming from the black and white moral world he had left behind for a comfortable secular relativism. Finally, Allen becomes the object of desire in the fantasy peep show cubicle. Everything I Know About My Family on My Mother’s Side, Camp Sundown and Free Fruit for Young Widows can each provoke endless discussion. Highly original and yet eerily familiar, each balances the particularity of Jewish experience with the universal connections that have earned Nathan Englander, at forty-three, a seat the table of major contemporary American literary figures. For all the celebrity he has attained, Englander still knows, or remembers, the inevitable frustration of finding an audience. In The Reader, perhaps the least Jewish-themed story in the collection, the unnamed author is on one of those book tours when audiences are slim to nonexistent – a situation that threatens his very reality. The overwhelming need to reach others is something that writers like Englander are born with. A handful of them, like this exquisitely talented and disciplined man, succeed. Philip K. Jason is Professor Emeritus of English from the United States Naval Academy. He reviews regularly for the Naples edition of Florida Weekly and for Fort Myers Magazine. Please visit Phil’s website at www.philjason.word

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Jerusalem Post Crossword Puzzle Rabbis Without Borders program selects new class


abbis Without Borders (RWB), Clal’s (The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership) landmark initiative that helps rabbis make Jewish thought and practice more available for improving people’s lives, selected its fifth class for its competitive rabbinic fellowship program. More than 100 applicants competed for the 21 spots. Of those selected, Rabbi Elyssa Joy Auster, who will be conducting High Holy Day services for SRQ Jews Without Borders at the Marie Selby Gardens in Sarasota, was picked for this prestigious program. “Interest in the program has only increased over the years,” said Rabbi Rebecca W. Sirbu, RWB Director. “Rabbis recognize that the religious environment has changed – from family makeup to spiritual practice. To reach people where they are and how they are, rabbis need to apply their skills in new ways. RWB offers that kind of support. It helps rabbis better communicate in both familiar and new venues, and makes Jewish wisdom an accessible resource for the American public.” Listed this past year in the Slingshot Guide of the fifty most innovative Jewish organizations in America, RWB encourages rabbis to think creatively about their work and the new American religious landscape. Building a network of religious leaders from all streams, RWB helps rabbis make Jewish in-

sights readily available, adding to the well of American spiritual resources. As the key disseminators of the tradition, rabbis who can present Jewish wisdom more effectively are better educators and community builders, and can become religious leaders with unique tools to offer the broader culture. Rabbinic Fellows will gather in New York City four times over the academic year (2013-2014). Sessions focus on current trends in America today. The intersection between religion, politics, technology, identity and meaning making are all explored in depth. RWB also has a variety of resources for rabbis to enhance their skills for addressing diverse audiences. From online learning to one-on-one dialogue, participants will work with Clal faculty to develop methodologies that draw on the texts and tradition in new ways. The goal is for these “spiritual innovators” to see their congregations as more than just members of their school, community or institution. Since 1974 when Clal began, its mission has been to help prepare the Jewish people for the unprecedented freedom and openness of America. Started by Rabbi Irving “Yitz” Greenberg and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, Clal formed a network of rabbis capable of translating Jewish wisdom and practice into useful idioms for contemporary life. RWB is an extension of that work.

Dr. Paul Bartrop...continued from page 17A war with dishonor. Six months after the invasion of “rump Czechoslovakia,” Hitler tried his bullying tactics one time too many, invading Poland in the firm belief that the democracies would again back down. This time, of course, they did not – and World War II was set in motion. For the Jews of Czechoslovakia, none of this passed without chilling fear and apprehension. Seemingly within minutes of the Nazi invasion, the full weight of Nazi anti-Semitic laws was

imposed on Czechoslovakia’s Jews, leading to a desperate search for some sort of haven. By this time, however, with the Evian Conference of earlier in the year a bad memory, the doors of entry for Jews were being closed all over the world – a situation that would only get worse in the year after Munich. 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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September 2013

To live as a Jew From the Bimah Rabbi Sholom Schmerling, Chabad of Venice & North Port


ne of the primary reasons we blow the shofar, the ram’s horn, on Rosh Hashanah, is to commemorate the unforgettable episode we read on the second day of Rosh Hashanah, in which G-d instructs Abraham to offer his son to G-d. Abraham obeys. He ascends Mt. Mariah, builds an altar and binds Isaac on it. At the last moment, when Abraham takes the knife in his hand and is about to slaughter his beloved child, G-d sends an angel to stop him. “Don’t lay your hand on the lad; don’t do anything to him.” Abraham then offers a ram, “caught in the

thicket by its horns,” in lieu of his son. G-d promises Abraham an eternal nation that will be a blessing to all other nations. The ram’s horn, then, represents Abraham and Isaac’s limitless loyalty and commitment to G-d to the point of utter self-sacrifice. This merit, we hope, evoked infinite Divine blessing and mercy on the Day of Judgment. Yet, here is the question: If so, why isn’t the mitzvah to lift a knife on Rosh Hashanah, instead of the shofar? The ram was the substitute for Isaac. Yet the knife represented Abraham’s actual readiness to offer his son Isaac. Why then do we not display the far more potent and direct symbol of a knife to portray Isaac’s willingness to be an offering to G-d and Abraham’s willingness to offer him? The Chassidic master Rabbi Simcha Bunam of Peshischa presented a beautiful answer: With the knife, Abraham would have ended Isaac’s life. The ram, on the other hand, represents the fact that Isaac’s life was spared, for the ram replaced him. The mitzvah of the shofar on Rosh Hashanah is teaching us that our focus must be to live as Jews rather than die as Jews. In our history, we sadly were forced to embrace the knife and sacrifice ourselves for our Jewishness. We are here today because of the sacrifices of our ancestors. Yet, these are the tragic periods of our history, and never our desired ideal. As an ideal, Judaism demands of us to seize every opportunity to live, to love life, to celebrate life, to cherish life, to create life, and to give life. The prophet Balaam, an archenemy of the Jewish people, expressed the contrary: “Tamos nafshi mos yesharim,” “Let me die the death of the righteous.” (Numbers 23:10) Balaam wanted to die a martyr’s death. Contrary to Balaam’s philosophy, we celebrate not the knife but the shofar. We want to live for G-d, not die for G-d. This is also the meaning of Moses’ words to the Jewish people at the end of his life: “See, I have placed before you life and death; you shall choose life.” Do we really need Moses to teach us to choose life over death? Which fool would choose otherwise? Moses knew that Jews will endure tremendous suffering. As a result, they may come to cultivate a culture of death, celebrating death. When you encounter so much death, you might just make it your priority and your focus. But we never forgot Moses’ command: “You shall choose life.” So we always chose life. The day the Jews were liberated from Auschwitz, they asked themselves how they will recreate life. We have to love them for this.

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COMMENTARY 21A September 2013

September 2013

Capital offense

The outrage gap

Jerusalem Post editorial

By Gil Troy in The Daily Beast


ince the 1947 UN Partition Resolution placed Jerusalem under international control, U.S. presidents have declined to take a position on the status of the city. The parts of Jerusalem that fell under Israeli control in the wake of the War of Independence were never recognized by the U.S. as part of Israel. The U.S., Israel’s most important ally, stubbornly insists on maintaining an anachronistic foreign policy that relates to Israel as if the year were 1947. That policy must change. Ostensibly, the State Department’s position on Jerusalem is that any change in U.S. policy could “provoke uproar throughout the Arab and Muslim world and seriously damage our relations.” But caving in to extremists only encourages more extremist behavior by proving that intimidation works. A radicalized Palestinian leadership – backed by bellicose Arab nations – rejected the 1947 UN Partition Plan that would have given them a Palestinian state. Instead, the Palestinians made the historic mistake of attempting to snuff out the fledgling Jewish state at birth.

They refuse to face the consequences of their acts of violence. So does the U.S. The time has come for President Obama to amend America’s policy. Whatever the final borders with a future Palestinian state, Jerusalem will remain Israel’s capital. U.S. policy should recognize this.

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ahmoud Abbas recently told journalists: “In a final resolution, we would not see the presence of a single Israeli – civilian or soldier – on our lands.” Imagine the outrage if Benjamin Netanyahu had said such a thing about Arabs. Yet few mainstream media outlets decided this was news. This outrage gap, this magical ray that renders Palestinian bigotry and hate-mongering invisible, has perverted the peace process for decades. This outrage gap holds democratic Israel, with all its imperfections, to an impossibly high standard, while rarely holding Palestinians up to even the most minimum standards when it comes to judging their undemocratic procedures, their appalling human rights record, and their hostile attitudes toward gays, women, Jews or any non-Palestinian non-males. I hold Palestinian politics and society up to high standards out of respect. Giving Palestinians a free pass, be it when they terrorize or demonize, shows


contempt for them, assuming that somehow they cannot live up to basic standards of decency. Just as many critics of Israel insist they are true friends trying to save Israel’s soul, true friends of the Palestinians in the West would start by publicizing Abbas’ remarks – and then repudiating them as contrary to the kind of country he should be trying to build and the kind of tone he should be trying to set in negotiations. Gil Troy is professor of history at McGill University and a Shalom Hartman Institute research fellow in Jerusalem.



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EU’s step forward on Hezbollah By Brian D. Lipton, Regional Director, AJC West Coast Florida, July 24, 2013


ith so much troubling news coming out of the Middle East – political uncertainty in Egypt, instability in Iraq and Afghanistan, civil war in Syria, a potentially nuclear Iran – the rare good news can easily get lost. On July 22, the 28-member European Union placed Hezbollah’s military wing on its list of terror organizations. Hezbollah is a Shiite Muslim group loyal to Iran that holds considerable power in Lebanon, its base. Over the years, it has attacked Western, American and Israeli targets around the globe. It is, in fact, committed to the destruction of Israel. To be sure, the EU designation is both late and incomplete, since it does not cover the entire organization, but it could mark a significant advance in combating international terror. Hezbollah has an extensive network in Europe, with close to 1,000 members and supporters in Germany alone. Identifying the military wing as a terror organization gives the EU authority, at least

theoretically, to block its fundraising and recruitment on the continent, and impede cross-border travel by its operatives. Impelling the EU to act was, first, clear evidence of Hezbollah involvement in two blatant terror plots about a year ago on European soil. On July 18, 2012, Hezbollah blew up a bus in Burgas, Bulgaria, killing five Israeli tourists and their Bulgarian driver. This came 11 days after a similar operation was foiled in Cyprus. The Hezbollah operative in Cyprus was convicted in March and jailed. Second, the EU could not ignore the ongoing aid that Hezbollah is providing the murderous Assad regime in Syria. In fact, these are but the latest in the group’s long history of atrocities dating back to the 1983 bombings in Beirut that killed 300 American and French troops. Hezbollah has also conducted airplane hijackings, suicide bombings, attacks on civilians in northern Israel, and the bombings, in 1992 and 1994,

of the Israeli embassy and the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires that killed a total of 114 people. In Lebanon, Hezbollah was responsible for the 2005 killings of Prime Minister Rafik Harriri and 21 others, according to a UN-backed tribunal. Until now, however, the EU took no action. The excuse was often heard that the evidence of Hezbollah involvement in terrorism was not airtight. Some member states were reluctant to endanger their nationals who were serving in UN troop units in Lebanon. The predominant argument against placing the terrorist label on the organization, however, was that Hezbollah, whatever its unsavory connections, is also an important political party in Lebanon that sponsors significant social services for the community. This distinction between “military” and “political” wings of Hezbollah has found its way into the new EU policy. Even as the Syrian situation and the events in Burgas and Cyprus made the

Europeans see the need for condemnation, they exempted the Lebanese political party and its programs. This timidity will complicate EU implementation of the terrorism designation. Who will decide whether a particular Hezbollah activity or leader is military or political, and by what criteria? What will prevent funds gathered by the Hezbollah party from finding their way to Hezbollah terrorists? It is indeed unfortunate that the EU did not emulate those countries, such as the United States and Canada, which treat Hezbollah as a whole as a terrorist entity, and are thus able to shut off all of its activity within their borders. Yet even though the EU action did not go as far as we would wish, it marks a significant step forward by finally identifying Hezbollah – albeit only part of it – as the terrorist body that it is. For more information, visit

The European Union – hypocrisy, hostility and blatant prejudice By Alan Baker

‹‹ The publication of guidelines by the European Commission on the eligibility of Israeli entities for EU cooperation is the culmination of a concerted policy initiative led by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Catherine Ashton, directed against Israel’s settlements in Judea and Samaria [the West Bank] to press the Israeli government into making territorial and political concessions. ‹‹ This unprecedented and hostile EU fixation with Israel and its settlements is based on a series of longstanding and deliberately misleading and flawed legal and political assumptions regarding the illegality of Israel’s settlements and

the status of the pre-1967 armistice lines as Israel’s border. ‹‹ Similarly, they negate the very positions supported by the European states that endorsed UN Security Council Resolution 242 from 1967 calling for “secure and recognized boundaries,” and negate the EU’s own commitments as signatory and witness to the Oslo Accords not to predetermine and undermine specific negotiating issues including the final status of the territories, borders, settlements, Jerusalem and other issues. ‹‹ Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention (1949), often cited as the basis for the claim that Israel’s settlements are illegal, relates to

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deportations of over 40 million people subjected to forced migration, evacuation, displacement and expulsion in World War II. The vast numbers of people affected and the aims and purposes behind such a population movement speak for themselves. There is nothing to link such circumstances to Israel’s settlement policy. ‹‹ The rigid fixation of the EU to assert that its agreements with Israel must reflect the non-recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over any territory beyond the 1967 lines stands out in contrast to European policy toward other conflicts. ‹‹ The EU has many free trade agreements and understandings with

countries whose territorial boundaries are in dispute. The EU has been negotiating a free trade agreement with India, yet its applicability to Kashmir is not under discussion. An EU fisheries agreement from 2005 allows European fisherman to operate in Western Sahara, even though the EU does not recognize Moroccan sovereignty in this territory. Ambasssador Alan Baker is Director of the Institute for Contemporary Affairs at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, former Legal Adviser to Israel’s Foreign Ministry, and former Ambassador of Israel to Canada.

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Letter to the Editor


reaths Across America, a national non-profit organization, places beautiful live wreaths in National Cemeteries across the U.S. every November to memorialize and thank those who fought for our country and our freedoms. It is a wonderful gesture. Here’s the downside: Every wreath is adorned with a giant red bow...clearly it is a Christmas wreath. Is everyone who fought Christian? No! There are Jews and Muslims, atheists, agnostics, Baha’i, Hindu and others. I thought one of our freedoms was freedom of religion. Does it need to be a Christmas wreath? Absolutely not!

What would be far more significant and a far less blatant disregard of our military’s religion or lack thereof, would be to decorate those wreaths with a red, white and blue bow. The men and women lying in those graves gave their years (and their lives) for our flag. The answer is not to leave the graves of non-Christians unadorned. That would be an insult. The correct answer is to simply make a change in the bows. Our local National Cemetery administrator has said that if a family objects, they should tell him. Many buried there no longer have families. It behooves us to fight for them. Surely we can make a change. — Arlene J. Pearlman

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FOCUS ON YOUTH 23A September 2013

September 2013

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ukkot: the Jewish Thanksgiving. Also known as “zman simchateinu” (time of our joy), it’s got to be one of my favorite holidays. What could be more fun than building a hut outside your house, decorating it however you like, and camping out in it for a week? It’s curious that Jews are to build their sukkot (booths) immediately after Yom Kippur ends. Yom Kippur is the most solemn day of the year, right? Let’s think of it more as a productive transformation, and at the end of working through all of the things we’re not too proud of from the past year, we emerge as even better human beings,

closer to God. That’s certainly something to be excited about. So why wait to celebrate?! We’ve kicked off a new year of school, a new Jewish year, and a new year of awesome youth group programming. This month, we are offering even more ways to celebrate and embrace this joyful time. On Sunday, September 15, we invite youth group-aged kids and teens (grades 3-12) to have “Pizza in the Hut,” or, in other words, to grab a slice and hang out in your home away from home, the sukkah at Temple Beth Sholom. The Men’s Club will begin to build and decorate the sukkah at 9:00 a.m.

Youth group participants are welcome to help for community service hours or scholar dollars. Then we’ll all have lunch together at 12:30 p.m. If you haven’t gotten your sukkah fix by the end of the week, come on out for Friday night dinner in the sukkah! USY members and anyone in grades 9-12 are invited to dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by services and teen activities under the light of the stars. We’ll be keeping up the holiday high on Sunday, September 29, when we will hold elections for Kadima, our youth group for grades 6-8. If you are a leader who wants to take part in planning programs and represent Kadima,

this is a great opportunity for you! Contact me for more information and to apply. Even if you’re not running for the board, we want all Kadima members to come out and show some love. Elections will take place at 12:30 p.m. in the youth lounge, followed by lunch and a party to honor the new board. For more information about youth group programs, please contact me at 941.955.8121 x480 or aikeman@tem Amber Ikeman serves as the Youth Director at Temple Beth Sholom as part of a partnership with the Shapiro Teen Engagement Program of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee.

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illels of the Florida Suncoast is pleased to announce the creation of a new online tool that will connect Jewish college students – whether they just graduated from high school or are already in college but not involved in Hillel – to the Hillel staff at the Florida college or university they attend. The website, www.jcollegebound. com, is a simple form which requests the student’s name, email address and the name of the Florida school they are attending. Once the data is entered, the website automatically sends the student’s contact information to the Hillel of that Florida school. A Hillel staff

member will then reach out to the student, and will be able to engage them prior to their initial arrival on campus. Students can also be identified as eligible for Birthright, a free 10-day educational trip to Israel for Jewish college students. For the inaugural year of the program, the website is only available to connect students to Florida public and private colleges and universities. With the website’s anticipated success, Suncoast Hillels will expand the program in the future to include colleges in other parts of the country. Any individual, student or parent may submit information to the jcollege website. Suncoast Hillels hopes that Florida synagogues, Jewish day schools, Jewish community organizations and individuals will submit the email addresses of the college students of whom they are aware. None of the information provided will be used for solicitation purposes and the information will not be shared with any third parties. The development of this website was made possible by a generous grant from the Tampa Jewish Community Center and Federation. Rabbi Ed Rosenthal, Executive Director for Hillels of the Florida Suncoast, believes this website will improve Hillel’s ability to reach more Jewish students in Florida. “The college campus is our last chance to help a student strengthen his or her Jewish identity. This website will proactively allow the Hillel staff to reach out to Jewish students even before they arrive on campus, and will increase our chances of engaging the maximum number of students,” said Rosenthal. The following colleges and universities are currently available for selection on Barry

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September 2013

Celebrating the High Holidays

Education Corner By Flora Oynick


he rhythm of Jewish life is determined by its calendar. Jewish existence is given structure and meaning by the passage of time. There are rituals, celebrations and holidays that are observed on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis. Time itself assumes a sacred function in Judaism. There are various types of holidays

in the Jewish calendar. The basic ones date from biblical times. Of the most important are Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement). This category also includes the three ancient pilgrimage festivals, Sukkot (the Feast of Booths or Tabernacles), Pesach (Passover) and Shavuot (the Feast of Weeks or Pentecost). Very often I, as do many other people, ask myself: How can I learn more about Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur so I can feel more comfortable participating in the holidays and explaining them to my family and children? How do I host a Rosh Hashanah meal, even though I never grew up attending one or have always been invited to someone else’s home? If you are looking to feel empowered to celebrate the Jewish New Year with your community, your family and

your friends, please join us for The Mothers Circle in the Zell Room on the Federation Campus on Friday, August 30 at 9:30 a.m. This is a free prep class to learn and feel prepared to honor the High Holidays in a meaningful way. Through the class, you can explore the “how-to’s” and meaning behind various High Holiday rituals; examine some of the prayers that you hear in synagogue and at home; learn valuable conversation-starters and activities to do with your children and grandchildren; and learn the virtues of some traditional Rosh Hashanah foods and the concept behind fasting for Yom Kippur. Participants will also discover ways to answer their children’s questions and discuss some of the intricacies of participating in – or even hosting – a Jewish Holiday celebration. The program is free and open to all who are interested in learning more about the High Holidays.

The Mothers Circle is a program of the Big Tent Judaism/Jewish Outreach Institute and is made possible to our community by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. The High Holiday Highlights prep class provides a unique, fun and interactive session that will prepare parents and grandparents or anyone who is interested in learning and sharing how to celebrate the High Holidays. Join us on August 30 and bring home lots of information to share with your family, new recipes, and fun activities to make this High Holiday season a special and meaningful one. For more information and to RSVP, contact me at 941.343.2114 or foynick@ Flora Oynick is the Engagement Ambassador at The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee.

Temple Emanu-El Religious School children support local charities


very Sunday morning, before they begin their studies, the children of Temple Emanu-El Religious School donate tzedakah. As the 2012-13 school year closed, the collections were counted, and the children were invited to vote on which agencies should benefit from the funds raised. With a record collection of $1,329.26, and many worthwhile organizations to consider, Temple EmanuEl Religious School students decided to make donations to three different groups: Nate’s Place, an animal shelter; Everyday Blessings, a children’s care facility; and Save a Child’s Heart, the Israel-based charity for young cardiac patients. “Tzedakah is an integral part of our

curriculum,” said Director of Education Sabrina Silverberg. “The voting process on the charity of their choice is very important as it lends tangibility to a concept that may be abstract to children. The children selected organizations that help animals, other children and Israel. We are very proud of our students for continuing the legacy of giving that is embraced by Jews everywhere.” “Our kids understand the Jewish value of tzedakah – charity and justice – and they give,” Rabbi Brenner Glickman added. “It is so sweet to see them come into religious school with their coins. “It is fundamental to the religious education that our children receive here,” he added. “Our curriculum is based on mitzvot, and tzedakah

is among the highest of all the commandments.” In addition to giving tzedakah, Temple EmanuEl Religious School students participate in charitable projects throughout the year. Past programs have included creating Rosh Hashanah challah covers and Passover cards for Jewish soldiers, food sorting at All Faiths Food Bank, a holiday toy drive, and involvement in Mitzvah Day. Many service opportunities are open to the entire community.

Temple Emanu-El Director of Religious Education Sabrina Silverberg and students Katie Hurwitz and Abbie Jo Mount display the boxes used to collect the children’s tzedakah

Baby Play at Temple Beth Sholom Schools


emple Beth Sholom Schools’ Baby Play for ages 4-14 months has exciting plans for the new school year. The routines established in this class are important as they teach each baby that going to school has a set

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of activities to complete for the day. The first of these components is song time. Each session begins with a “good morning” song which recognizes each baby individually while saying their name. After several months of the constant repetition, this song, and the singing of their name, brings a huge smile from the babies as they hear themselves being singled out one at a time. When babies have learned to sit

up, they begin to reach for the bubbles. During bubble time, the children practice their pincer grasp with their thumb and forefinger as they specifically try to catch a certain bubble. The teacher engages the babies with a variety of activities such as pulling scarves through paper towel rolls, playing peek-a-boo, building towers with a variety of textured blocks, playing with animal puppets as props, or making a footprint or handprint of the baby.

At the end of each class, a series of board books are read to the babies and families. While leaving, each baby has the chance to say goodbye to “bye-bye puppy.” Teachers note the babies’ milestones each week. For registration or more information about Temple Beth Sholom Schools’ Baby Play, please contact Rachel Saltzberg at 941.954.2027 or rsaltzberg@

Volunteers renovate TEE Preschool


olunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in. Temple Emanu-El Preschool is fortunate to have a wonderful community of volunteers. The Brotherhood as well as temple members did a wonderful job of renovating the preschool playground. They leveled the playground and replaced the old mulch with sixty yards of Play Safe FloriMulch, which is an

environmentally-friendly playground surface. In addition, they replaced the shade tarps and refurbished the sandboxes. The children will be so excited to see our new butterfly garden planted by Alex Zalkin and her friend Christian Harris. In addition to spending numerous hours planting the garden, they constructed grow boxes for the children to plant vegetables. Christian is a botanist and volunteers at Selby Gardens. Thank you for helping to make Temple Emanu-El a wonderful commu-

nity for the children to grow and learn. We are currently registering for the 2013-2014 school year. Please call 941.377.8074 for more information.

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TBS Schools Summer Camp filled with fun and adventure


BS Schools Summer Camp pro- munity. Students were thrilled to exvided an environment filled with perience a visit by an ambulance fun and creative experiences, but accompanied by a paramedic. After where essential learning never stopped! conversing with the paramedic, they Engaged campers ventured both indoors learned that he was a former preschool and outdoors, whether in the atelier student at TBS Schools! Many of the young campers were inor out in the organic garden. Children spired during the Cooking were also introduced to Camp as they were able to healthy physical activity at get messy and taste their the YMCA, where they parown creations. Campers ticipated in gymnastics and traveled the world while swimming lessons. cooking foods from differOne of the exciting advantages of TBS Schools ent countries – even some of our youngest campers Camp is that there is a differmade different types of ent theme during each sesmulticultural foods like sion. For example, in Drama tacos and African fruit Camp children dressed up as salad. Yum! clowns and enjoyed activiWhether working with ties while eating lunch under A camper enjoys a paint, mulch or batter, a circus tent. gymnastics lesson or teetering on a balance During the “The Real Super Heroes” theme, children learned beam, the children had a fantastic sumabout the heroes within our own com- mer, filled with fun and adventure!

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September 2013

Temple Sinai students “do good!”

Non-stop fun at Camp Gan Israel SRQ


amp Gan Israel provided twoweeks of non-stop fun and ru’ach for more than 30 children from the Sarasota area. Two outof-town counselors and five local junior counselors assured that every day was well planned and organized, and that campers all benefitted from a burst of Jewish pride.

The fifth/sixth-grade class was charged with researching non-profit organizations and choosing the ones that would receive the additional $448 that had been collected for tzedakah. Under the guidance of their teacher, Joni Mandel, they decided to support several projects. Learning about the critical shortage of safe drinking water in many parts of the world, they decided to give half of the tzedakah to Clean Water Action. Hearing about lobbying efforts to pressure supermarkets and restaurant chains to support farm workers, the other half of the tzedakah was given to the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. Inspired to do something more hands-on as well, the class organized a used-book drive for Oasis Elementary and was able to collect five boxes of children’s books and classroom learning materials. Indeed, this year Temple Sinai students both learned about and acted on important Temple Sinai second-graders create a puppet show Jewish values. embracing the concepts of kindness and respect

hroughout the past school year, Temple Sinai students engaged in many discussions about mitzvot (their Jewish obligations) and g’milut chasadim (acts of loving kindness). In the fall, in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, the entire school dedicated its weekly tzedakah (money collected for others), which totaled over $300, to the American Red Cross. In the spring, second-graders created a puppet show that contrasted a day in the life of a child their age who went through a day not being kind and thoughtful with a day in which the same child showed respect to parents and teachers, helped out a friend and cared for animals.

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Campers enjoyed an array of activities, including sports, dance, yoga, field trips, drumming, face painting, watercolor, crafts, challah making and swimming. A July 4 family barbecue, generously sponsored by Arthur and Sheila Fox, brought together 75 participants who enjoyed the delightful barbecue prepared by Michael Lauberblat and Natasha Serebro. Highlighting the event was a “Gan Izzy’s Got Talent” show put on by the campers. The camp was a success by all measures and we thank the generous sponsors Junior Counselors Naomi Warrenbrand, Kim Sasson, for providing scholarAli Fuchs, Julie Lichterman and Hannah Sklar ship grants, which enabled families facing financial constraints to provide their children with an amazing Jewish camp experience. The 2014 summer camp begins on June 30. For more information, please call Chabad of Sarasota at Campers enjoy a field trip to Bounce Down Under 941.925.0770.

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OF THE LIVING An unforgettable and life-changing experience! For 11th & 12th Grade Students Selected teens will spend a week in Poland and march from Auschwitz to Birkenau with thousands of fellow Jews from around the world on Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day). The particpants will then spend a week in Israel on Yom Hazikaron (Israel Memorial Day) and Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel Independence Day) seeing the incredible sites and sounds of our homeland.

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Jewish Happenings Monday, September 2

High Holiday & Sukkot services/events will take place on the following dates:

Labor Day barbecue Join us at noon for a delicious kosher meal in Burns Square. Eat indoors or out, and enjoy the afternoon chatting with friends and listening to Jewish music. Food will include traditional barbecue fare as well as vegetarian alternatives. Holocaust Survivors always welcome. The event takes place at the Al Katz Center, 713 South Orange Avenue, Burns Square, Sarasota. $10 per adult; $5 per student. To RSVP, call Beverly Newman at 941.313.9239.

Wednesday, September 4 Mitzvah Knitting Group at Temple Emanu-El 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 is donated to needy families in Sarasota-Manatee and in Israel. Bring your needles or crochet hook and a favorite pattern – we’ll supply the yarn and great company. Join us at 10:00 a.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. For more information about this free group, email Susan Bernstein at

Selichot: Aug. 31 Erev Rosh Hashanah: Sep. 4 Rosh Hashanah: Sep. 5-6 Yom Kippur Eve: Sep. 13 Yom Kippur: Sep. 14 Sukkot: Sep. 19-20 Shemini Atzeret: Sep. 26 Simchat Torah: Sep. 27

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

Community Tashlich

Rosh Hashanah community dinner Join the Chabad family for a delicious dinner complete with all the foods traditionally eaten on Rosh Hashanah. The dinner begins at 7:30 p.m. at The Chabad House, 5712 Lorraine Road, Bradenton. (Services will be held first on 14415 SR 70, Unit 103. Cost: $25 per adult; $18 per child (3-12). Seating is limited, reserve early. Please call 941.752.3030.

thursday, September 5 Picnic supper with Temple Sinai Join us at 5:30 p.m. at Siesta Key Beach for this annual event that is always enjoyable, well attended by all ages, and includes the symbolic Tashlich experience. Chazzan Cliff Abramson will play guitar and Rabbi Geoffrey Huntting will lead us in joyful songs. Bring something to eat and something to share. Everyone is welcome; no RSVP needed. Meet at the small pavilion south of the main building. For more information, visit www. or call 941.924.1802. Established 1979

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“Shabbat Shmooze” is a half-hour conversation on a wide variety of contemporary Jewish and/or Israeli issues led by leaders of the Temple Beth Sholom congregation. The “Shmooze” begins immediately following the Birkat HaMazon (Grace after Meals), usually in the All-Purpose Room across from the Sainer Social Hall (1050 South Tuttle Ave, Sarasota), on most Saturdays around 12:30 pm. Marden Paru will discuss “Science: What Makes a Jewish Mother.” Everyone is welcome to participate. Contact Marden Paru at or the temple office at 941.955.8121 for more information. No fee nor RSVP required.

Tashlich, picnic dinner and Havdalah Continue your High Holy Day observance with this beautiful evening. Enjoy a picnic dinner with old and new friends under the Twin Lakes Park (6700 Clark Road just east of I-75) shaded pavilion, then symbolically “cast away” your sins of the past year with a spiritual Tashlich observance led by Rabbi Brenner Glickman. A musical Havdalah service concludes the special night. This free event begins at 6:00 p.m. and is sponsored by Temple Emanu-El’s Ritual Committee. For more information and reservations, please call the temple office at 941.371.2788.

Sunday, September 8 Opening day of Chabad of Venice Hebrew School At Chabad Hebrew School our goal is simple: We want our students to view Judaism in a positive, relevant and upbeat light. We therefore go to great lengths to create a warm and exciting atmosphere in the classroom, incorporating art projects, songs, games and contests into all of our lessons. The program caters to children ages 3-13. Scholarships are available upon request. The school is located at 2169 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice. For more information, please contact Rivka at 941.493.2770 or rivka@

Opening day of Temple Emanu-El Religious School Judaism comes alive through hands-on learning, innovative instruction, and a warm family feeling. This opening day enables families to begin the year together with blessing and song; children in grades K-11 then meet their teachers and settle into classrooms while parents attend an informational meeting and learn about the great year ahead. Experience the joy of Jewish living and learning with Director of Education Sabrina Silverberg, her dedicated faculty, and a wonderful community of families. The day begins at 9:30 a.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. For registration and tuition information, call Sabrina Silverberg at 941.371.2788.

Monday, September 9 Munch & Movie: Jihad in America – The Grand Deception Join us at noon for a screening of Jihad in America – The Grand Deception and enjoy a light kosher meal. This investigative documentary exposes the global terrorist threat. Materials provided for discussion after the movie. $10 per person. The event takes place at the Al Katz Center, 713 South Orange Avenue, Burns Square, Sarasota. To RSVP, call Beverly Newman at 941.313.9239.

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JEWISH HAPPENINGS 3B September 2013 Tuesday, September 10 YAD Happy Hour Join us for a toast to the new year (the Jewish New Year that is) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Carmel Café, 8433 Cooper Creek Blvd., Sarasota. For more information on YAD or the event, contact Jessi Sheslow at 941.343.2109 or

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This group provides opportunities to deal with grief, share experiences, receive support and discover new ways to cope. The group meets on Tuesdays through October 15 from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at Chabad of Venice & North Port, 2169 Tamiami Trail S., Venice. If you have recently lost a loved one and would like to participate, please contact Suzanne Hurwitz, MSW at 941.366.2224 x166 or The Bereavement Support Group is sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee.

Special Tuesday workshops at TBS Join Marden Paru, Director of Continuing Education at Temple Beth Sholom, who will hold a workshop noting “The Plusses and Benefits of Yom Kippur.” This free workshop takes place from 10:00 to 11:15 a.m. at Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota. Community members are welcome to participate. Please contact Marden Paru at or the temple office at 941.955.8121 for more information.

Wednesday, September 11 Opening day of Chabad’s Weinstein Religious School The school opens at 4:30 p.m. and with a new beginning comes lots of excitement and innovation. The wonderful staff at the Weinstein Religious School (7700 Beneva Road, Sarasota) works diligently to create a warm and stimulating learning environment that bolsters Jewish pride. The school’s mission is not merely for students to learn about life as a Jew, but to learn to love it too. The WRS caters to Jewish families from all walks of Jewish life. To schedule a tour of the school, please call Educational Director Sara Steinmetz at 941.925.0770.

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All survivors are invited to attend these monthly gatherings of friendship, camaraderie and support. Find out the latest on Claims Conference information, enjoy a light nosh and a lively discussion on “Your Personal Traditions.” The group meets from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. at Kobernick House, 1951 N. Honore Ave., Sarasota. Sponsored by Jewish Family & Children’s Service, Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services, The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee and the Claims Conference. To RSVP or for more information, contact Jan Alston at 941.366.2224 x172 or

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Sunday, September 15 Sukkah construction at Temple Beth Sholom Everyone is invited to join the Men’s Club of Temple Beth Sholom at 9:00 a.m. in raising the sukkah for 5774! No experience necessary to participate in this commandment. Teens can earn community service hours or scholar dollars for their help in construction and decorating. Temple Beth Sholom is located at 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota. For more information about the sukkah, please contact Gerry Ronkin at gronkin@templebethsholomfl. org or 941.955.8121.

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All youth group members and prospective members are invited to grab a slice of pizza and hang out in our sukkah that will be freshly built in the morning! Come to Temple Beth Sholom (1050 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota) between 12:30 and 2:00 p.m. Teens are invited to help build and decorate the sukkah at 9:00 a.m. for community service hours or scholar dollars. (See the event listing above for more information.) Free for youth group members; $5 for nonmembers. For more information, please contact Amber Ikeman at 941.955.8121 x480 or

Bingo! All are welcome to this lively multigenerational afternoon featuring bingo, pizza and plenty of fun. We’ll have 12 different bingo games and end with the grand finale – blackout. Win prizes, enjoy some friendly competition, and hang out with new and old friends and families. B-There! The fun begins at noon at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. $10 per three bingo cards. Sponsored by Temple Emanu-El’s Ways & Means Committee. For more information or reservations, please email Dan Barwick at or call the temple office at 941.371.2788.

Monday, September 16 Children’s crafts & stories for Sukkot Take the time to make crafts with your child to decorate your family sukkah and to celebrate this festive holiday. A wide array of crafts materials will be provided. There will be Jewish music and stories, as well as kosher refreshments. Preschool through middle school children welcome. $6 per child. The event begins at 4:30 p.m. at the Al Katz Center, 713 South Orange Avenue, Burns Square, Sarasota. To RSVP, call Beverly Newman at 941.313.9239.

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The death of a spouse, significant other or life partner is perhaps the most difficult experience that one can have. Once the initial intense period of grief has subsided, how do you recreate your life and go on? Meet new people in similar life circumstances; share experiences – what works, what doesn’t; begin to laugh and enjoy what life can offer you now; and receive support as you navigate this new road. The group will meet from noon to 1:30 p.m. for a pot luck lunch at the JFCS Main Campus, 2688 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. No fee, but preregistration is required. Contact Dale A. Block, LMFT, CAP, Director of Counseling and Jewish Programming, at 941.366.2224 x113 or dblock@ The Transitions Support Group is sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee.

Special Tuesday workshops at TBS Join Marden Paru, Director of Continuing Education at Temple Beth Sholom, who will lead a workshop explaining “Why Sukkot is our Most Joyous Holiday.” This free workshop takes place from 10:00 to 11:15 a.m. at Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota. Community members are welcome to participate. For more information, contact Marden Paru at or the temple office at 941.955.8121.

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

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The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee offers trips and scholarships through The Bob Malkin Young Ambassadors Teen Leadership Program, March of the Living, Panim el Panim Seminar, AIPAC Policy Conference and hundreds of other programs. Hear from past participants and learn about program requirements. Open to high school and college-age students, this free event begins at 4:00 p.m. on the Federation Campus, 580 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, and is presented in partnership with the Shapiro Teen Engagement Program. For more information, contact Amber Ikeman at 941.343.2106 or

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Panim el Panim The Federation will be subsidizing a trip to Washington, D.C for students in 10th, 11th or 12th grade to participate in the Panim el Panim Seminar on March 23-25, 2014. Learn how to make a difference and advocate for the issues most important to you while exploring our nation’s capital. The PANIM Institute of BBYO is creating a movement of young activists ready to take on the challenges facing the Jewish people, America and the world.

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Chabad of Sarasota’s Men’s Club (Club 770) presents Thanksgiving in the Sukkah, featuring a succulent deep-fried kosher turkey and all the trimmings, cooked on-site by Chef Maish. Following dinner, the film Ushpizin will be screened. All are welcome at 4:00 p.m. at Chabad of Sarasota, 7700 Beneva Road. The cost is $10 for Men’s Club members and $15 for nonmembers; $8 for children 10 and under. Advance reservations required. Please call 941.925.0770.

Spaghetti in the Sukkah Join Chabad of Bradenton & Lakewood Ranch for an exciting celebration featuring Penne Ala Vodka, Spaghetti Marinara, Pasta Primavera, Fettuccine Al Fresco, Mac & Cheese, and fresh salads. Vegetarian and gluten-free options available. Shake the lulav and etrog. New at this year’s event are Laser Combat Games! The fun begins at 4:30 p.m. at The Chabad House, 5712 Lorraine Road, Bradenton. Cost: $5 per person; $20 per family. For more information, please call 941.752.3030.

Monday, September 23 Family fun for Simchat Torah During the intermediate days of Sukkot, it is appropriate to be very happy and to celebrate this holy season. Bring your family together in celebration of Sukkot and in anticipation of Simchat Torah for an afternoon of Jewish storytelling, games, lively music and activities. Kosher refreshments will be served. The event begins at 4:30 p.m. at the Al Katz Center, 713 South Orange Avenue, Burns Square, Sarasota. $12 per family. To RSVP, call Beverly Newman at 941.313.9239.

Sukkah Hop Do the Sukkah Hop with Chabad and check out different sukkahs in the Manatee County area. Enjoy food and storytelling in every sukkah, crafts for children, and shake the lulav and etrog. A first at Chabad of Bradenton, this Sukkah Hop is sure to provide fun for adults and children alike! This free event begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Chabad sukkah at 5712 Lorraine Road, Bradenton. For more information, contact Rabbi Mendy Bukiet at 941.752.3030 x3 or

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Top 12 made-in-Israel photo and video apps

Maybe you’ve already joined the millions using apps such as Magisto, Mobli and Moment to enhance, organize and share your images. By Abigail Klein Leichman, ISRAEL21c


e at ISRAEL21c are thinking of renaming Israel “App Nation.” Mobile applications are coming out of Israeli startups on a seemingly neverending basis. We’ve reported on many of them separately and will continue to do so. Meanwhile, we are launching periodic roundups of the best Israeli apps in a range of categories. In this article, we bring you (in no particular order) top photo and video apps devised by Israelis. 1. GroupShot Listed on the Apple App Store’s “Best Apps of 2012,” this program from Macadamia Apps lets you create the best possible group portrait from a collection of shots. A powerful set of algorithms deletes a flawed photo detail (Aunt Betty sneezing, perhaps) and replaces it with a better image from another photo in the collection, in a simple and intuitive way. 2. Mobli Mobile picture-and-video-sharing platform Mobli has won big bucks from celebrity investors including Leonardo diCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Serena

Williams. Recently unveiled are new auto-edit options and location-specific filters. In a bid to unseat its main rival, Mobli ran a contest through June 30 where Instagram users could upload an original picture and tag it on both platforms, then quit Instagram for at least three months. Judges will select the most original and creative picture and award the winner $100,000 (to be announced in October). 3. Facetune Founded by Jerusalem’s Lightricks, Facetune is a new state-of-the-art image-editing iPhone application promising “to give every user the ability to easily edit portrait photos like a Photoshop expert.” Its trademarked SafeBrush

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technology uses computer vision and machine learning tools to comprehend the precise area that the user wants to be retouched with anything from tooth whitening and hair coloring to changing the proportions of a face. 4. Pixplit Pixplit lets users collaborate in a visual dialogue, creating a photo collage in two to four parts (“splits”). The viral social nature of the cloud-based app is its best selling point. Users create profiles; friends follow each other, commenting on and “liking” each other’s collages. A real-time feed displays completed splits as well as splits with open spaces waiting to be filled by friends – or friends of friends. 5. Magisto Like a professional human film editor – but a lot faster and cheaper – Magisto uses artificial intelligence to automatically select the best parts of videos shot with your smartphone, then adds your chosen music, themes and effects, and splices them into polished movies to share. The new Draw a Video feature allows users to add hand-drawn special effects. In May, Magisto launched on Google Chrome’s Packaged App Platform, meaning it’s included on Chrome’s native apps. 6. Takes This is not another app for making a slideshow “video.” Takes uses your smartphone’s motion-sensing technology to turn pictures into moving images instantly and seamlessly. Imagine snapping pictures throughout a three-hour party, and then using Takes to transform all those stills into a movie. You can spice up your video with filters, and add music from the app’s royalty-free soundtrack library. 7. Pixtr Tagline: “Putting your best face forward.” Pixtr, still in beta, uses computer vision and machine learning algorithms to gauge parameters such as your age, likes and dislikes, and then touches up your pictures accordingly – eliminating red-eye, skin “artifacts” and asymmetry. Microsoft Israel R&D Center liked this photo-improvement app so much that it accepted Pixtr into its fourmonth accelerator for Windows Azure. 8. Dumpr Select an effect, upload an image from your computer, watch the app do its magic and then save, email, print, blog or share your enhanced photo on social media platforms. Just some of the cool effects: turn your photo into a Christmas ornament, stone mosaic, Rubik’s

cube, jigsaw puzzle or LEGO construction. Dumpr comes from Gil Megidish of Macadamia Apps, the same Israeli video-game developer behind GroupShot. 9. Glide Talk Billed as “video walkie-talkie,” Glide Talk allows iPhone users to record and message brief video clips to several Facebook friends at once. If a recipient is offline, no problem; he or she can watch later. Because it’s based in the cloud, the video message doesn’t take up phone memory, and requires no uploading or downloading. At the recent TechCrunch Disrupt New York event, Glide was chosen first Audience Choice Battlefield company, and launched the beta version of its Android app. 10. PhotoMania With PhotoMania, you don’t need any technical know-how or artistic talent to create a work of art (anything from a cartoon to a sketch to a vintage B&W) from your plain ol’ photos. This app lives on the Facebook platOne of the possible PhotoMania effects form and lets users choose from 400 photo effects just by clicking the mouse. 11. Flayvr This free application accesses your photo library and then automatically organizes your pics into interactive, editable albums. Plus, Flayvr offers tools for one-click sharing to social network sites or via SMS or email. The UK’s Guardian named Flayvr one of its top 20 Android apps for the week of May 12, 2013. 12. Moment Use this iPhone application to combine your photos, videos and tweets from social networks, and automatically organize them into multimedia albums (“moments”) where friends can see 360-degree views of your entire experience. The system is based on proprietary “smart-matching” technology. If the event you’re documenting is still in progress, a red “Live” banner indicates that more is yet to come. Abigail Klein Leichman is a writer and associate editor at ISRAEL21c. Prior to moving to Israel in 2007, she was a specialty writer and copy editor at a daily newspaper in New Jersey and has freelanced for a variety of newspapers and periodicals since 1984.

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More Israeli Arabs are volunteering to serve Israel By Rachel Avraham, staff writer for United with Israel,


he number of Israeli Arabs who are volunteering to participate in Israel’s National Service program has increased to 3,000, representing a 76 percent increase over the last year. Ninety percent of Israeli Arabs who serve do so within the Arab sector, in schools, daycare centers, hospitals, and programs against drugs and violence. Upon completion of their national service, 85 percent of the National Service volunteers are able to find work. Among Israel’s minority population, of the 16,000 residents who participate in National Service, 19 percent are members of minority groups, with 17 percent being Christian Arab, 21 percent being Druze, and 51 percent being Bedouin. Israel has compulsory military service, where men are required to serve three years while women are in the army for two years. Two groups, however, are exempt – Israeli Arabs and ultraOrthodox Jews. However, both groups are permitted to volunteer for National Service and many have done so, realizing that the lack of service adversely affects one’s resume. In addition to an increasing amount of Israeli Arabs volunteering for National Service, there are also a number of Israeli Bedouins

and other Israeli Arabs who are proudly serving in the Israel Defense Forces, viewing it as a means to advance within Israeli society. One former Muslim Knesset candidate, Aetef Karinaoui, supports Israeli Arabs giving back to their country by either serving in the IDF or doing national service. Individual stories Nasim Awadallah is one of the Israeli Arab National Service participants. He assists the physical education instructor in a local Arab school. “I decided to do something with my life,” Awadallah claims. “I decided to serve the country and I hope it will help me in the future. I think that after I do this, people will look at me differently. The program has taught me how to be a teacher. I have learned so much and now I really know how to deal with kids. I have much more self-confidence than I did before I started.” Another Israeli Arab who has completed national service is Nasra Hmod. She claimed, “I really wanted to volunteer for the Magen David Adom [the Israeli Red Cross] but didn’t succeed. Then I heard about National Service, and contacted Chaya at Shlomit and told her I was an Arab.” Soon after that, Hmod was assigned to the Kaplan

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Medical Center in Rehovot, where upon completing her national service she was given a job. Prior to doing her national service, she was unable to find work. A great opportunity for Israeli Arab women A director who recruits Israeli Arab volunteers for national service claimed, “National Service represents a potential for empowerment for Arab women, and they sense that. That’s why they put on pressure to be allowed to volunteer despite the social opposition, because it’s their opportunity to breach the boundaries of the village. An Arab girl who comes from a small village and learns to answer phones and give service in

Hebrew, and to work on Excel – that raises her level significantly.” Presently, the majority of Israeli Arab women don’t work, partially because these women never leave their villages and thus don’t receive the opportunity to acquire the skills necessary to be able to work. However, doing National Service enables young Israeli Arab women to have the means to support themselves in the future, independent from their husbands. This works wonders for encouraging young Israeli Arab women to be self-supporting individuals, contributing to Israeli society as a whole.

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Yad Vashem, Israel’s official Holocaust memorial museum, was ranked fourth recently on the popular travel website TripAdvisor’s list of the Top 25 Museums in the world. It was also ranked #1 out of 148 attractions to visit in Jerusalem. The ranking was based on reviews and commentary from visitors from around the world. Yad Vashem was also awarded TripAdvisor’s 2013 Certificate of Excellence, given to sites that consistently receive top reviews from visitors and because it maintained a 4-star rating out of five as recommended by visitors. Around one million visitors, mostly tourists, visit the popular museum each year. Yad Vashem was dedicated in 1953 by the Yad Vashem Law to preserving the memory of the six million Jews who perished in the Shoah, as well as the thousands of Jewish communities destroyed by the Germans and their collaborators throughout Europe. Yad Vashem recently opened a new exhibit, “I Am My Brother’s Keeper,” marking 50 years of recognizing the

brave efforts of non-Jews during the Shoah to save Jews. The new exhibit is dedicated to the 24,355 gentiles from over 47 countries who have been honored as Righteous Among the Nations. (David Shankbone, The Embassy of Israel to the United States)


Two royal public buildings from the Kingdom of Judah of the tenth century BCE were uncovered this past year by researchers of the Hebrew University and the Israel Antiquities Authority at Khirbet Qeiyafa – a fortified city dating to the time of King David and identified with the biblical city of Shaarayim. One of the buildings is identified by the researchers, Professor Yossi Garfinkel of the Hebrew University and Saar Ganor of the Israel Antiquities Authority, as David’s palace, and the other structure served as an enormous royal storeroom. In the storeroom building the kingdom stored taxes it received in the form of agricultural produce. Hundreds of large store jars were found at the site, their handles stamped with an official seal as was customary in the Kingdom of Judah for centuries. The site is to become a national park. (Israel Antiquities Authority)


The birth rates of Arabs and Jews in Israel are close to converging. In the first 12 years of this century the number of Arab births in Israel has flat-lined at 40,000 per annum. Over the same period, Jewish births have risen from 95,000 to 130,000. In the first four months of 2013, Jewish births were up 38% compared to the same period in 2001; Arab births were down 6%. The falling Arab fertility rate reflects well-documented trends elsewhere. Between the early 1960s and 2005-2010, the UN reports that the average woman in Egypt went from having 6.5 children to fewer than 3. In Lebanon, the fall was from 5.5 to 1.5. In Jordan and Syria, fertility rates declined from 8 and 7.5 to 3 and 3.5. The surprising factor has been the steady rise of fertility of Israel’s Jewish women to around 3, a rate unprecedented for a developed country. (Paul Morland, Jerusalem Post)


Last year, 88,000 Jews were born, bringing the world Jewish population to a new modern high of 13.75 million. These figures come from a Hebrew University study by Sergio Della Per-

gola, who summarizes that Jews comprise one out of every 514 people on the planet, or less than 0.2 percent of mankind. About 43 percent of the world’s Jews live in Israel, which translates to about six million. (World Jewry Digest)


India and Israel have agreed to work jointly on development of fifth generation (5G) telecom technologies. The matter was discussed during the visit of Indian telecom and IT minister Kapil Sibal to Israel last month. Sibal and his Israeli counterpart, Gilad Erdan, agreed that both countries can cooperate on exploring the possibilities of standard formulation, development and manufacturing in the area of 4G and 5G telecom technologies. “Israel has technology and innovation, India has the capital and market. The two areas which emerged out of discussion related to telecom were reducing roaming charges between India and Israel, and exploring the possibili-

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briefs...continued from previous page ties of standard formulation, research and development, and manufacturing in the area of 4G and 5G,” a Department of Telecommunication official said. At present, Indian telecom operators are providing 2G, 3G and some 4G services. No country in the world has 5G technology, while some companies claim to have tested 5G technology. There have been claims by companies that 5G technology will be in place by 2020. (Times of India)


Nearly 180,000 Palestinians received special permits to enter Israel during the month of Ramadan this year. “The moment I entered Israel I was surprised. I felt like I was in Europe. There’s a total difference between the West Bank and Israel,” said Amer al-Jallad, 27, from the West Bank city of Tulkarem. “In light of the positive reactions to this policy, Israel decided to adopt an even more lenient policy this year,

thanks to the stable security situation in Judea and Samaria,” said a spokesman for Israel’s office for Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT). (Elhanan Miller, Times of Israel)


Representatives of foreign militaries are increasingly seeking guidance from the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) in facilitating gender equality and preventing sexual harassment, as Israel’s military is recognized as one of the world’s most advanced in this regard. The office of the IDF Women’s Affairs Advisor explained: “Service for women is required, and therefore we strive to expand equal opportunities for recruitment and placement, and to empower women’s [military] service through a variety of roles.” The IDF stands out among the world’s militaries for the high representation of women in its ranks. 34% of those serving are women, including 23% of all officers and non-commis-

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United by a love of heavy metal rock ‘n’ roll – plus a belief that music is above politics, religion and conflict – the Israeli band Orphaned Land is joining forces with the Palestinian group Khalas to take a message of coexistence across Europe. The bands will perform in six countries, including Britain, this autumn and will share a tour bus for three weeks. Orphaned Land’s lead singer, Kobi Farhi said, “Sharing a stage and sharing a bus is stronger than a thousand words. We’ll show how two people from different backgrounds who live in a conflict zone can perform together.” Khalas lead guitarist Abed Hathut added, “there is no bigger message for peace than through this tour.” “One day our children will form a band together,” said Farhi. (Harriet Sherwood, Guardian - UK)


Nearly 100 times over the past two years, Israeli high-tech experts and Palestinian entrepreneurs have gotten

together in the hope of making Israel’s “Startup Nation” economic miracle a cross-border affair. And this is just one of dozens of business-driven dialogues quietly – in many cases secretly – proliferating across the Holy Land. Hundreds of Israelis and Palestinians are becoming actual business partners and colleagues in startups that are slowly transforming the Palestinian economy, at least in the West Bank. The Palestinians, flooded for years with foreign aid money that often gets misused and almost never sticks, accept partnerships with Israeli firms and Israeli offices of U.S. firms because it offers them perhaps the best chance to develop their economy. They are simply being sensible – taking advantage of being next door to one of the world’s top high-tech countries. (Richard Behar, Forbes)


May your favorite Jewish deli thrive, but according to the Los Angeles Times, their popularity and prevalence are dwindling. The recent report cites the shuttering of such famous landmarks of Jewish cuisine as New York’s Stage Deli, Chicago’s Ashkenaz Delicatessen and L.A.’s Junior’s Deli. Changing demographics, high rents, soaring food prices and a vast array of

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briefs...continued from previous page restaurant fare, including fast foods, account for younger, more hip crowds simply eschewing the deli. The Times quotes Jewish cultural maven and Dickinson College professor Ted Merwin: “There’s nothing that can bring back the centrality of the deli in either Jewish life or American life. There’s no way they’re going to survive in the numbers they once did. (World Jewry Digest)


On Monday, August 5, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Father Gabriel Nadaf, a Greek Orthodox priest from Nazareth and spiritual leader of a forum for the enlistment of Christian youth in the IDF, Naji Abid, leader of the Orthodox council in Yafia, and Lt.

(ret.) Shadi Khaloul, head of the forum. Prime Minister Netanyahu instructed that a joint Government-community forum be established within two weeks to promote the enlistment of Christian community youth in the IDF and national service and their integration into the life of the state. The forum will work to integrate members of the Christian community in the law on equality in sharing the burden and deal with the necessary administrative and legal aspects, protect those who support enlistment and enlistees from violence and threats, and step up law enforcement against those who disturb the peace and incite to violence. There has been a significant increase in the number of Christian enlistees in the IDF, from 35 a year ago to approximately 100 this year; an additional 500

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young people from the community are doing national service. Prime Minister Netanyahu said, “Members of the Christian community must be allowed to enlist in the IDF. You are loyal citizens who want to defend the state and I salute you and support you. We will not tolerate threats against you and we will act to enforce the law with a heavy hand against those who persecute you. I will not tolerate attempts to crumble the state from within. The State of Israel and the Prime Minister stand alongside you.” Father Nadaf said, “Our goal is to guard the Holy Land and the State of Israel. We have broken the barrier of fear – the state deserves that we do our part in defending it. Those who oppose the integration of the Christian community in the institutions of state do not walk in the path of Christianity.” (Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs)


Omri Casspi, the first Israeli-born player in National Basketball Association (NBA) history, will don a Houston Rockets uniform for the next two years in a $2 million deal. The Houston Rockets are the six-foot-nine-inches-tall forward’s third NBA team, following the Sacramento Kings and Cleveland

Cavaliers. Casspi was born and raised in the town of Yavne, south of Tel Aviv. He made his professional debut as a 17-year-old with Israel’s basketball powerhouse Maccabi Tel Aviv during the 2005-06 season. Casspi’s best season in the NBA so far was his rookie season in 2009-2010 when he averaged 10.3 points and 4.5 rebounds per game for the Kings. Casspi will be joined by a second Israeli-born player in the state of Texas. Point guard Gal Mekel, 25, signed a three-year, $2.3 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks. “Gal is a smart player. He picks up things quick,” Monte Mathis, the Mavericks’ summer league head coach told the Star-Telegram. “I’m just trying to get him to understand our defensive schemes and things like that, and being a guy that causes problems off pickand-rolls offensively.” (Viva Sarah Press, Israel21c)


“Between 1980 and 2000,” writes Hillel Ofek in The New Atlantis, “Korea granted 16,328 patents, while nine Arab countries, including Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, granted a combined

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Qanta Ahmed is a Muslim physician, author and British citizen. In a recent exclusive interview with United With Israel, she called Israel’s achievements in women’s and minority rights an inspiration to the Muslim world. By Rachel Avraham, staff writer for United with Israel, undergraduates at the Technion are Arab Muslims, and seeing how they were thriving is very different from even the privileged women in Saudi Arabia. There is a different climate. I don’t feel in Israel that women are under siege or unequal or victims, but that is a strong feeling in the Muslim world. They aren’t fully empowered and they aren’t equal. I found Israel very refreshing. I did not find it in any way oppressive.” Ahmed was also impressed that Israel provides a safe haven to the Ahmadi Muslim community, which is “persecuted across the Muslim world.” In contrast, the Ahmadi Muslim community in Haifa has “been thriving for the last 100 years.” They have their “own mosques, cemeteries funded by the Israeli government, and a school,” while in Pakistan “Ahmadi cemeteries are frequently desecrated, Ahmadis are barred from giving the Muslim call to prayer, and it is forbidden to call their holy places mosques.” Ahmed relates, “When I was visiting the minorities in Haifa, there were young men who recently converted [to Ahmadi Islam]…[and] some of them were Palestinians from the West Bank. They were excommunicated by their families in the West Bank for adopting

briefs...continued from previous page total of only 370, many of them registered by foreigners.” “A study in 1989 found that in one year, the United States published 10,481 scientific papers that were frequently cited, while the entire Arab world published only four.” According to Pakistani physics professor Pervez Amirali Hoodbhoy, the 57 Organization of Islamic Cooperation countries “have 8.5 scientists, engineers and technicians per 1,000 population, compared with a world average of 40.7, and 139.3 for countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.” “46 Muslim countries contributed

1.17% of the world’s science literature, whereas 1.66% came from India alone and 1.48% from Spain. 20 Arab countries contributed 0.55%, compared with 0.89% by Israel alone.” Iranians believe that the mastery of the nuclear field of science – rather than any other field of science – will pave the way for Iran’s triumphant re-entry into the community of nations. Not a new microchip, or the cure for cancer, but a nuclear bomb – a weapon of mass destruction, meant to kill tens of thousands of people. A wise man once said never judge a man by his mistakes, but rather by his dreams. (Lee Smith, Tablet)

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their views and sought shelter in Haifa.” She acknowledged, “Israel is a guarantor of religious freedom. Religious freedom is an absolute human right under Israeli law, but not in the Palestinian Authority.” Ahmed concluded, “The Muslim world needs Israel as an inspiration more than Israel needs the Muslim world’s acceptance. It is very bleak times, but Israel is extraordinarily hopeful…a hope I really experienced through the Israeli Muslims I met.”

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anta Ahmed is a physician, a Muslim of Pakistani origin, a British citizen and the author of In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor’s Journey in Saudi Arabia. Ahmed told United With Israel that she has traveled virtually everywhere in the Middle East, and has found no other country in the region with the same “level of freedom and integration.” Based on her experience, she acknowledges Israel as a special and unique country, a fact she believes no one should take for granted. Ahmed recounts, “There was a very powerful sense of national identity in Israel, and in a certain way an acceptance of people wanting to be different. I found Israel extraordinarily liberating, for Muslim men and women. I met with Israeli Muslims…I visited the Beit Issi Shapiro Center in Kalansua, where Israeli Arab women were taking care of children with special needs. These women participated in the society, whether veiled or not. They had a role outside the household.” Ahmed remarked that during her visit to the Technion, she was amazed by the various programs offered and the strong minority presence on the campus. She noted, “20 percent of the

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Recent event photos from the area’s temples and organizations

The Congregation for Humanistic Judaism’s dedicated BackPack volunteers make sure that food reaches the students at Booker Middle School every weekend. CHJ’s program has raised enough money to see students through the 2013-14 school year. Pictured are Barney Sack, Jo Arora, Edith Sack, Fred Raymes, CHJ President Susan Friedman and CHJ Vice President Len Rosen. Renee Crames (not in photo) is the volunteer coordinator. Temple Sinai proudly sent campers and staff to the first session of URJ Camp Coleman in Georgia for what is always a remarkable experience. Pictured are Mari Blumenthal, Jay Manson, Ethan Blumenstein, Michael Fallacaro, Noah Fallacaro, Jared Friedman, Savi Quale and Becca Huntting.

Scott Anderson, Sally Yanowitz and temple president Michael Richker enjoyed the kiddush wine and cheese reception before summer Shabbat services at Temple Emanu-El

Remember A Life Lost Community Remember Me Holocaust Fruit Tree Orchard Garden on the Temple Beth Sholom Campus Tuttle & Bahia Vista, Sarasota

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At the 2013-2014 Installation of the Board of Directors of the National Council of Jewish Women, Sarasota-Manatee Section, are (front row) Paula Kaufman, Marge Rome, Marcia DuBrin, co-President Debbie Engleson, (middle row) Marion Marshak, Ann Goldstein, Karen Pariser, Nina Stanley, Nancy Alpher, (back row) Marian Moss, co-President Bonnie Sussman, Micki Sherin Evans, Rosalie Leon, Marge Ellin, Janet Moses and Sheila Brumberg

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In July, Hazzan Jeffrey Weber of Temple Beth Sholom visited Jewish residential camps Camp Ramah Darom and Camp Barney Mendintz in northern Georgia. At left: Hazzan Weber with the Sarasota kids at Ramah At right: Hazzan Weber with Jared Newman of Sarasota

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The SaraMana chapter of ORT hosted a July reception at the home of Lynn Sacks to welcome new members and discuss upcoming events and volunteer opportunities. Pictured are board members Lynn Sacks and Lisa Deutsch with new members Gail Calisoff and Emily Levin.

Campers and counselors at Camp Gan Israel of Chabad of Bradenton & Lakewood Ranch

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The Jewish News - September 2013  

Monthly newspaper of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee

The Jewish News - September 2013  

Monthly newspaper of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee