2022-08-26 E-Edition

NY memorial asks local woman to donate artwork created after 9/11

Ann Bregman says she was, from her earliest days, “a very visual person. I would thumb through any kind of magazine. I loved the illustrations. … I would stare at them and copy almost anything. I would paint and I would draw. It was just there.” It took her the better part of half a century to get serious about […]

Museum gets ‘transformational’ $5 million state appropriation

The Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg has received its largest funding from a governmental agency ever, a $5 million appropriation from the Florida legislature, and during a check presentation on Aug. 16, museum board chair Mike Igel called it “transformational.” He explained in an interview with the Jewish Press later that, “This is going to change us for the […]

Diary returns to school shelves in Texas after outcry

A week after a Texas school district ordered a version of Anne Frank’s diary to be removed, it has added the book back into its schools as outraged outside groups prepared to send hundreds of copies of the famed Holocaust text to the district. Keller Independent School District outside Fort Worth had returned “Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation” as […]

Cornucopia of arts and culture awaits

A gala with cocktails, appetizers, music and a feature film will introduce the first Jewish Arts and Culture mini-fest. The fun begins Thursday evening, Sept 15 with the Red Carpet Event and continues through the weekend with even more offerings. This is part of a new format rolled out by the Tampa JCCs and Federation to reimagine its Festival of […]

Just a nosh…

Ben & Jerry’s loses bid to block ice cream sales in West Bank A federal judge denied ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s attempt to get its parent company Unilever to stop selling the brand’s ice cream in the West Bank. Andrew L. Carter Jr., a U.S. District judge in Manhattan, said Ben & Jerry’s claim that the sale would […]

My African Experience – Part 1: Mayim

When I was in high school, I was part of an Israeli folk dancing group at our Jewish Community Center. Dressed in our homemade blue sateen skirts and white collared shirts, we would perform a half-dozen or so different dances at the annual street fair. After the performance we would invite the spectators to join in and teach a few […]

Authors to connect with readers via new Zoom Book Club

Tampa area book lovers can now join fellow bibliophiles from near and far to participate in a virtual book club and chat with the authors. The Tampa JCCs and Federation is launching the Zoom Book Club in October. Members of the club will meet monthly to discuss one of six selections including various genres of fiction and non-fiction. The entire […]

We are all Jews by choice

As we approach the Days of Awe, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, my mind returns again and again to choice. Pirkei Avot 3:16 offers a confusing but powerful vision: “Everything is foreseen yet freedom of choice is granted, And the world is judged with goodness; And everything is in accordance with the preponderance of works.” Commentators interpret this to mean […]

Temple B’nai Israel Clearwater

Honoring Rabbi Treiser: On Saturday, Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m. the congregation will dedicate the sanctuary to the late Rabbi Daniel Treiser followed by a Selichot service. The congregation will commemorate the beginning of the High Holy Day season by dedicating the sanctuary in memory of Rabbi Treiser, spiritual leader of the temple from 2008 until his death in 2018. […]