OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 6, 2014 JEWISH PRESS of TAMPA A PAGE 7 Author to speak on role of Jews in Italian resistance at Israel Bonds luncheon Bestselling author Alyson Richman will be the featured speaker at an Israel Bonds luncheon on Friday, Nov. 7 at 11:30 a.m. at the Centre Club in Tampa. Richman is the author of the nationally bestselling novel, The Lost Wife, as well as three other historical novels: The Mask Carver’s Son, The Rhythm of Memory, and The Last Van Gogh. Her newest novel, The Garden of Letters, was published in September. Richman is the daughter of an abstract painter and an engineer and her novels are known for weaving art with extensive historical research. Her books have received critical acclaim, having been reviewed favorably in The New York Times Book Review, The Dallas Morning News, Los Angeles Times, and many other national publications. She will talk about her research within the Italian Jewish community for The Garden of Letters and the role of Jewish citizens in the underground ADL: Jewish institutions had websites hacked Last week, a hacker group calling itself Team System Dz attacked the website of Temple Kol Ami Emmanuel in Plantation, redirecting visitors to a page with messages expressing support of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) issued a statement condemning the hacking and noted it is the latest in a series of attacks against Jewish institutional websites carried out by groups apparently based in the Middle East and North Africa. While past hacking efforts against Jewish institutions have focused on the Israeli Palestinian conflict, more recent attacks against Jewish and non-Jewish targets are being carried out in the name of ISIS, and the group has threatened additional attacks against American and Israeli websites. Past hacking incidents include: • In July 2014, The Moroccan Islamic Union-mail hacker group claimed responsibility for vandalizing the websites of Jewish congregations in Pennsylvania and Houston with messages in support of Gaza. • In December 2013, the Tunisia based group, Fallaga, hacked the website of the Missouri-based Jewish Radio. • In July 2013, the website of a Jewish communal high school program in upstate New York was hacked by a member of the Gaza Hackers Team. The website was defaced with anti-Israel messages. Other hacker groups like aljyyosh (“the armies” in Arabic) claim to have hacked into personal information belonging to American Jews and Israelis and provided instructions on how to hack into such personal information on their various online forums. ADL encourages Jewish institutions to review security procedures and recommends action steps, which can be found at http://philadelphia. adl.org/2014/10/15/adlsecuritybulletin-october-14-2014 resistance. The book features a young w o m a n Alyson Richman – a gifted cellist – who is drawn to the resistance movement when Mussolini’s regime strikes her family in Verona, Italy. She aids the Italian resistance but is forced to flee after a resistance leader she is in love with dies. She arrives in Portofino, Italy, in 1943 with poorly forged identity papers and is rescued from German officers by a young doctor who gives her sanctuary. The two aid the resistance through their musical and medical talents in a story of love, heartbreak and bravery. Cost for the luncheon is $50 per person, or $25 for young professionals. The Centre Club is located on the eighth floor of the building at 123 S. Westshore Blvd. For additional information or for those wishing to put together a table for the event, contact Monica DiGiovanni at Israel Bonds: monica.digiovanni@israelbonds. com or (727) 282-1124. Mazel tov… To Russ Oberbroeckling, who is to be honored Friday, Nov. 21 at the Centre Club’s Breakfast of Champions® event for his work as founder and commissioner of Buddy Baseball in Tampa. This is a league that enables boys and girls with special needs to play baseball with the assistance of a buddy. It allows players to experience the thrill of participating, team play and camaraderie. He is also a financial adviser for One Team Financial Group and is a member of Congregation Beth Am. Please send your simcha news to jewishpress@aol. com with “Good Stuff!” in the subject line or mail items to Jewish Press, PO Box 6970, Clearwater, FL 33758. Photos are welcome, too. Be sure to include contact information — phone and email.
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