2022-02-11 E-Edition

Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival returns to in-person showings

The 26th Annual Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival (TBJFF) is back in theaters on both sides of Tampa Bay after going virtual in 2020 and 2021. Opening day is Sunday, April 3 and the festival runs through Wednesday, April 13. Presented jointly by Tampa JCCs and Federation and the Jewish Federation of the Florida Gulf Coast, 22 feature films will […]

Hummus in space? Seeds of the idea on the launchpad

Like most Israelis, Yonatan Winetraub loves hummus, and its protein-packed main ingredient: the chickpea. But unlike most, Winetraub also has the ability to send chickpeas into space. Winetraub, 35, is one of the three founders of SpaceIL, an Israeli nonprofit best known for unsuccessfully attempting to land a spaceship on the moon in 2019. Undaunted, Winetraub is teaming up with […]

Federations add their denunciation of ‘apartheid’ label for Israel

WASHINGTON – As Amnesty International became the third major human rights group to categorize Israel’s treatment of Palestinians as “apartheid,” the U.S. Ambassador to Israel, U.S. State Department and a raft of Jewish organizations rejected the label. “Come on, this is absurd,” Thomas Nides said on Twitter, commenting on an Associated Press story about the new Amnesty International language. “That […]

3 men arrested in attack on Jewish student at Orlando neo-Nazi gathering

An attack on a University of Central Florida Jewish student who says he was spit on, punched, kicked and sprayed with a chemical agent when he rebuked neo-Nazi demonstrators in Orlando has resulted in the arrest of three men. The Anti-Defamation League, Florida branch, identified the men as neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement (NSM) leader Burt Colucci, 45, of Kissimmee and […]

Deborah Lipstadt finally gets confirmation hearing

WASHINGTON — Deborah Lipstadt, President Joe Biden’s nominee to be antisemitism monitor, brought two Jewish guests to her Senate confirmation hearing: one whose rabbi was held hostage by an Islamist, another who hid markers of her Jewishness to protect herself from American Nazis. With Anna Salton Eisen, a congregant at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, and Diane D’Costa, a […]

Jewish Geography and connecting the community

One of the favorite components of my work at the Federation is meeting people. I love getting to know new people and finding a common bond that will link us together. I’ll ask where they’re from, what schools they attended, where did they go to summer camp, do they know so-and-so from the local synagogue? Inevitably, I will be asked […]

After hostage taking, local Jewish leaders discuss security with law enforcement

Representatives from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI joined the Leadership Council of the Jewish Federation of Florida’s Gulf Coast to discuss security measures and best practices for safety within the Jewish community. More than 30 people participated in the Zoom session on Jan. 25, 10 days after a man took a rabbi and three others hostage in […]

The real Adar

In 1956, a new game show aired on the CBS television network, To Tell The Truth. Two out of the three challengers were imposters who could increase their prize money by convincing the celebrity panel of their authenticity. At the end of the round the host would say, “And now, will the real Nicholas Jacques Conté please stand up,” or […]

Temple Beth-El St. Petersburg

Installation: Celebrate the formal installation of Rabbi Jenn Mangold during the weekend of Friday through Sunday, Feb. 25-27. On Friday, there will be an outdoor meet and greet plus kids’ dinner and then the Blessing of the Children. The Shabbat service and installation ceremony will be at 6 p.m. with a celebration reception following in the courtyard. RSVPs are needed […]