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December 1, 2017  RSS feed

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Toni Rinde to tell her survivor’s story at dinner

Chabad of Clearwater invites the community to a special Shabbat dinner on Friday, Dec. 22, with Holocaust survivor and hidden child, Toni Rinde.

Rinde, a longtime leader in the Pinellas Jewish community, was born in Przemysl, Poland, in 1940, about 14 months after the invasion of Poland. The town’s Jews were rounded up into a ghetto, but at first were still able to leave on short trips.

On one such trip in early 1942, Rinde’s parents, Stanley and Lusia Igel, met a Polish woman who agreed to shelter the 16-month-old baby as a Catholic girl.

Her parents, also managed to escape the ghetto and were at times partisans in the woods until the war ended when they were reunited with their daughter. This was a difficult transition for Rinde. The family eventually came to the United States, where they settled in New Jersey.

While in college, Rinde was introduced to her husband John Rinde, another Holocaust survivor.

“Toni is a very busy woman and I’ve been trying for a long time now to have her tell her very important story,” said Chabad of Clearwater Rabbi Levi Hodakov.

A full Shabbat dinner will be served. Candle lighting and services will take place at 5:15 p.m. with the dinner and talk starting at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $18 per person and $180 for sponsors. RSVP by Dec. 15 online at or call: (727) 265-2770.

The Tabacinic Chabad Center is located at 2280 Belleair Road, Clearwater.

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