‘Never Forget to Lie” documentary spotlights St. Pete couple

A St. Petersburg couple is among a group of Holocaust survivors featured in a documentary film about their escape from Poland as children and their recent return to that nation – and the poignant, painful memories it evoked. Edward and Halina Herman, now residents of St. Petersburg, visited Poland with filmmaker Marian Marzynski and other survivors to look for landmarks […]


Tampa, died April 28. He moved to Tampa over 30 years ago from his native, New York. He was an entrepreneur and owned several floor covering businesses in addition to working most recently for Bob’s Carpet Mart. Survivors include his wife of 18 years, Kathryn; two sons, Ken Fishman, and Keith Fishman; daughter, Merrill Hawk; step-son, Kevin Piercey; brother and […]

Israeli officials welcome Arab League peace plan

JERUSALEM – The Israeli Prime Minister’s office welcomed the Arab League’s Middle East peace plan allowing for agreed-upon land swaps. In a statement issued April 30 on behalf of Israeli diplomatic officials, the Prime Minister’s Office said Israel “welcomed the support given by the Arab League delegation and the U.S. secretary of state to the diplomatic process.” It also said […]

WEDU to air documentary on Mel Brooks May 20

A documentary film chronicling the career of entertainer Mel Brooks will air on Monday, May 20 at 9 p.m. on Tampa PBS station WEDU. American Masters Mel Brooks: Make a Noise, includes interviews with Brooks and his friends and colleagues, including Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Cloris Leachman, Joan Rivers, Tracy Ulman and Carl Reiner. Brooks is one of only 14 […]


Genealogy Society Genetic genealogy: A live genealogy webinar will he held at the next meeting of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Tampa Bay on Sunday, May 19 at 1:30 p.m. at Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services, 14041 Icot Blvd., Clearwater. The session will focus on how to read, understand, and use genetic genealogy test results. Registration will be at 1:30 […]

Good Stuff!

Student athletes… Congrats to Corey Salzer, who was selected as one of 12 girls in the state to be named to the 2013 Academic All-State Team by Florida High School Athletic Association. She was nominated by the Diane TinDell Athletic Department at Berkeley Prep, where she is a senior. She played volleyball and basketball there for four years and lacrosse […]

Send card to mom, flowers to families in shelters

For the 15th year, Jewish Women International (JWI) is organizing a project to send flowers and a basket of beauty products to women and children in domestic violence shelters, including three in the Tampa Bay area, on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12. The Mother’s Day Flower Project aims to encourage women and their families as they struggle to rebuild their […]

For first time in country, Israeli hospital separates rare type of conjoined twins

In a complex surgery – the first of its kind in Israel – conjoined twins, one of which was stillborn, were separated during a four-hour operation. The surviving twin is fighting for his life. Doctors at Haifa’s Rambam Medical Center separated the incredibly rare type of conjoined twins in April. One twin had not fully developed and was fused into […]

Israel ‘rewrites bible of blast trauma’ treatment

JTA news service TEL AVIV — Minutes after a terrorist attack killed three at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, doctors and nurses at the city’s hospitals faced a harrowing scene — severed limbs, burned bodies, shrapnel buried in skin. For Boston doctors, the challenge presented by the April 15 bombing was unprecedented — but they were prepared. Many […]


85, of Tampa, died April 15. She was born in Brooklyn, NY. Survivors include her son, Jeffrey Lustberg; two grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren. The family suggests memorials may be made to Jewish National Fund (Plant a Tree in Israel) (Blount & Curry Funeral Home)