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Cong. Kol Ami

Hockey time: The Men’s Club is planning a trip to the St. Petersburg Times Forum on Saturday, Feb. 19 to watch the Tampa Bay Lightning play the Florida Panthers at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person, or $5 extra for a hot dog and soda or beer. Contact or (813) 415-5226 if you want to attend.

Torah talk: Rabbi Robert Judd leads a presentation and discussion on the Torah parsha of the week on Wednesdays at 11 a.m.

Jewish meditation: Rabbi Judd teaches basic Jewish meditation techniques before minyan every Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Kol Ami chapel. Participants will learn, discuss, and put what is learned into practice.

Judaism 101: Join Rabbi Judd on Mondays through Feb. 28 at 6:15 p.m. for a discussion of Jewish thought, practice, and ritual while investigating the foundations of Jewish history, theology, law, and language.

Finding the sacred: Join Hazan Jodi Sered-Lever on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. as she leads discussions of Jewish themes in stories and how they relate to present life.

Family Shabbat service: Congregation Kol Ami holds a family Shabbat service the first Friday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Parents and children of all ages are welcome. There will be stories and activities involving adults and children.

Self defense: Rabbi Judd, who holds a black belt, will once again teach a self defense course on Thursday, Feb. 24, after minyan. Although this is the second part of the class, all are welcome whether you attended the first session or not. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes or sneakers. RSVP to Cindi Korenvaes at

Women’s voice: Join Hazzan Sered-Lever on Tuesdays, March 1– 29 at 7:30 p.m. to hear prayers written by women throughout the generations. The course will explore and discuss some of the earlier prayers, as well as more contemporary ones.

Spring fling bazaar: Congregation Kol Ami will hold its Spring Fling bazaar on Sunday, Feb. 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will feature a large selection of vendors selling items such as jewelry, artwork, woodworking, Judaica gifts, specialty soaps and cosmetics. The gift shop will be selling Seder plates, Matzah covers and Purim themed toys. Representatives from various agencies that offer programs will also be on hand to discuss their programs. For more information, contact Stacy Slotnick at

Purim Palooza: Join Congregation Kol Ami for Purim Palooza on Sunday, March 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for carnival featuring a hot dog lunch, arts and crafts, games, prizes, bingo and popcorn. Tickets and food will be sold in advance and at the door. Sponsorships are available. For more information, call the Kol Ami office.

Bagels and Schmear: The Men’s Club will hold this event on Sunday, March 13 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Participants can enjoy bagels, coffee and an assortment of teas, Sunday newspapers and a Lehrhaus program. Those who can help set up for this event shoud contact Barry Dvorchik at

Mysticism and Merlot: Join Rabbi Judd in the continuation of learning about Jewish mysticism with a Merlot twist on Wednesdays in March at 7:30 p.m.

Cong. Beth Am

Taste of Judaism: Three weekly introductory classes on the modern Jewish take on spirituality, values, and community will be offered on March 8, 15 and 22 at 7:30 p.m. RSVPs are required.

Talmud study: Learn a bit of Talmud, at the weekly lesson every Thursday at 9:30 a.m. in the rabbi’s office, and work your way through a section of the oldest writings in the rabbinic world.

Tot Shabbat: The next Tot Shabbat service of song, prayer and stories for children up to 5 years old and their families will be Friday, Feb. 18, at 6:30 p.m.

Continuing education: Rabbi Jason Rosenberg will lead a course, “Searching for God – Theology and Judaism,” on Wednesdays, Feb. 23 and March 2 and 9 at 8 p.m. The class will explore these topics: What does Judaism believe about God? Do we have to believe? Are we allowed to question?

A female perspective: The Sisterhood will present a monthly Torah study every third Wednesday from noon to 1:30 p.m. based on The Torah: A Women’s Commentary. The book looks at the Torah with a feminist lens in a way that brings new insights to ancient words. Rabbi Rosenberg will lead the study. It’s open to men and women of all ages. Participants should bring a lunch.

Progressive dinner: Congregation Beth Am will hold a progressive dinner on Saturday, Feb. 26. Participants will travel to one home for hors d’oeuvres, another for dinner and a third for dessert. Cost is $15, plus a dessert or appetizer. To attend or serve as a host home, call Golda Brunhild at (813) 949-4234 or e-mail

Purim talent needed: Congregation Beth Am is seeking actors, singers Magillah Hebrew readers/chanters and costume and set designers for a Purim play on Saturday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m. People of any age who can read are welcome to participate. There will be three rehearsals for leading cast members; two of these will include the chorus members. There is no need for memorization. Cast members are encouraged to read/sing from their scripts. For more information, contact Vikki Silverman at

Guest sermonizer: The Shabbat service on Friday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. will feature Rabbi Ed Rosenthal as guest sermonizer. He is executive director and campus rabbi of the Suncoast Hillels.

Wireless 101: Learn all the things you can do with your cell phone and other wireless technology during a special program hosted by the Sisterhood and the congregation membership committee on Sunday, Feb. 20 at 10:30 a.m. For those who come early, a breakfast is available at 10 a.m. Amanda Mosely, a Verizon wireless data consultant, will explain texting, surfing the web, social networking, wifi, tablets (such as iPads), and 4G network technology. RSVP to Deanna Oberbroeckling at

Cong. Schaarai Zedek

Polish student exchange: Thanks to the generosity of Marty and Mary Ann Schaffel, the congregation will welcome a group of students from Poland and Latvia as part of the ongoing Schaarai Zedek Polish Exchange Program. The students and their chaperones will visit from Feb. 21 through March 1 and will interact with SchZFTY teens as they get to know one another and learn about each other’s Jewish communities. The visitors will also speak at Shabbat services on Feb. 25, eat lunch with the congregation’s seniors, and visit many of Tampa’s Jewish organizations. For more information, call Lindsey Morgan, (813) 876 - 2377, ext. 221, or e-mail

Scholar- in- residence: The Schaarai Zedek Brotherhood presents U.S. Army Maj. Gen. (retired) Sidney Shachnow as its 2011 Meyer and Gretchen Kotler Lecture Scholar, on Friday, Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. He will speak about his autobiography Hope and Honor, the story of his experiences in a concentration camp during the Holocaust and his rise in the U.S. military. Born in Kaunas, Lithuania, Shachnow emmigrated to the United States following his liberation from a concentration camp. Joining the U.S. Army as a private, he worked his way up to major general, making him the only Holocaust survivor to achieve that rank in the history of the U.S. military. For more information, or to RSVP, call (813) 876 - 2377.

Shabbat Pre-Neg: Enjoy wine and cheese during a Shabbat Pre-Neg on Friday, Feb. 18 from 6:30-7:30 p.m in foyer before services begin at 7:30 p.m.

Funny guy: The Schaarai Zedek Comedy Club presents Michael “Ziggy” Danziger on Saturday, Feb. 26, from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Danziger, a performer and comedy writer, is billed as the “Funniest Jew in the Deep South”, and “Funniest Person in Memphis.” A dessert and coffee bar will follow the show. There is no charge for this event, but RSVP early to the temple 876 - 2377 to reserve a spot.

Senior luncheon: The monthly seniors luncheon will be held on Thursday, Feb. 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and will include a guest speaker. Food and drinks will be provided. For more information or to RSVP, call the temple at (813) 876 - 2377.

Sisterhood Scholar Series: The Sisterhood Scholar Series will conclude on Thursday, March 3, at 7:15 p.m. with a presentation by Rabbi Betsy Torop of Congregation Beth Shalom in Brandon, who will speak on “Esther and Vashti: A Rabbi’s View.” For more information, contact Cindy Minetti at cminetti@tampabay. To RSVP, call the temple or e-mail

Bagels N’ Blocks: This program is for children from newborns to 4 years old and their parents and is offered on Friday, Feb. 25 from 10:30-11:45 a.m. There will be bagels and coffee for the parents. Children will participate in music with Mr. Mike and a special Shabbat craft. RSVP to chairs: Aly Zamore, (813) 831 - 7584, or Sherry Stein, director of Life Long Learning, (813) 876 – 2377, ext. 210.

Book talk: Join Sisterhood members at Schaarai Zedek as they discuss February’s book, Little Bee, by Chris Cleeve on Monday, Feb. 28 at noon. Contact Barbara Shine Hicks at bshine@, or the temple office at (813) 876-2377 for more information.

Purim at Schaarai Zedek: There will be music, merriment and the Megillah during Purim activities on Friday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. Come in costume if you wish for the pre-Purim Family Shabbat Service and Megillah reading, led by third grade students.

Also, there will be a Religious School Purim on Sunday, March 13 from 9-11 a.m., with an all-school Purim Megillah reading at 10:30 a.m. followed by the SchZFTY Purim Carnival from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The carnival costs $10, which includes a hot dog lunch put on by the Brotherhood and unlimited games.

Mitzvah project: Sandwich n’ Socks Sunday is a new mitzvah program in which congregants of all ages will work together to help the homeless in Tampa. On March 6 and April 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. participants will gather to make bag lunches and /or assemble bags of non-perishable supplies and toiletries for homeless individuals.

Jewish learning: The world of Jewish writing and thought will be explored on Wednesdays from 7-8:30 p.m. Classes run through March 30. The series is divided into nine separate courses. Take one course or take them all. Call the temple office at 876-2377, ext. 200, for more information.

Cong. Rodeph Sholom

Lunch and learn: A noontime study group with Rabbi Marc Sack meets on the second Thursday of the month through June from 12:15-1:15 p.m. The class looks at some lesser-known books of the Bible, such as Esther, Jonah or Kings. The course is open and free to the community and held at Rodeph Sholom. If brown bagging, bring a dairy lunch. This class is informal and on a drop-in basis. For more information, contact Diane at 837-1911.

Downtown study group: Rabbi Sack’s Downtown Study Group meets the first Thursday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. Meetings are held in the Bank America Building, Trenan Kemker Law Offices, 27th floor. For more information, call the synagogue office.

Judaism 101: A class entitled “In the Beginning” continues on Wednesdays through March 30. It will be from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and is open to those of all faiths. This is an introduction to Judaism covering all the basics of Jewish ritual and belief. For more information and to register, call Rabbi Sack.

Bais Menachem Chabad

Soup, Salad & Soul: Join a monthly women’s study group to exercise the mind and rekindle the soul on the Rosh Chodesh of each month from 7-8:30 p.m. The event is free. All women are invited. Babies are welcome. RSVP to Dvorki Rivkin at 983- 9770 or email Chana Rivkin at

Mommy and Me: Moms and their children, from birth through 5 years old, are invited to participate in song, dance, arts and crafts and more every Thursday from 10:30- 11:30 a.m. Moms meet moms in their homes, so call for the upcoming location. RSVP to Dvorki Rivkin at 983-9770 or Chana Rivkin at

Torah study: For those who would like to learn more about the universal truths of life and to challenge their minds, the answers to all questions are in the Torah. Join other interested students at the Olam Café at the Jewish Community Center for classes by Rabbi Levi Rivkin every second and fourth Mondays from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. and every Wednesday from 2 to 2:45 p.m. at Bais Menachem Chabad. For more information, call 504-4432 or e-mail

Cong. Beth Shalom Brandon

Scholar in residence: Save the date for a weekend of Jewish music on Friday and Saturday, March 11-12 with scholar-in residence Cantor Rosalie Boxt. In addition to appearing at Friday night and Shabbat morning services, she will present an evening of songs and stories on Saturday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m., Cantor Boxt is immediate past vice-president of the American Conference of Cantors.

Book talk: Congregation Beth Shalom’s Jewish Book Group will discuss the book Disobedience by Naomi Alderman on Saturday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. Participants are asked to being a dessert to share. For more information, call (813) 681-6547.

Daytimers meet: This group meets the third Thursday of the month at 12:30 p.m. Meetings are held in the Brandon area at a member’s home or local restaurant. For more information, call Shelia Slavkin at (813) 383-7494.

Mitzvah Day: Congregation Beth Shalom will hold its annual Mitzvah Day on Sunday March 13. Participants will gather at the temple at 9 a.m., where a send-off breakfast will be available throughout the morning hours. During this time, there will be a kitchen shower to upgrade the temple’s kitchen facilities. Afterwards, groups will be formed for volunteer work on a variety of the projects, from working Ronald McDonald House, sprucing up the Jewish Community Center, aiding the Hillsborough County Foster Family Association, walking greyhound dogs, participating in a blood drive, or helping out at the Emeritus Alternative Living Facility or the I am Hope Café. For more information, call (813) 681-6547.

Cong. Beth Israel Sun City Center

Book talk: The Beth Israel book club will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 22 at noon in the social hall. The book, City of Thieves, by David Benioff, will be discussed. Bring a lunch and a $1 donation for the library. Upcoming book discussions include Day After Night by Anita Diament on March 22 and Eating Animals by Jonathan Safron Foer on April 26.

Jewish Shtetl: On Sunday, Feb. 27 at 1 p.m. Baila Miller will present a program on life in the shtetl, the small impoverished towns in eastern Europe that shaped the lives of Jewish people for centuries and where Yiddish was created. Following this program the movie Yiddle with a Fiddle, starring Mary Picon, will be shown. Refreshments will be served.

Mah jongg tournament: A mah jongg tournament will be held on Tuesday, March 29 at the King’s Point North Clubhouse banquet room in Sun City Center. Registration and breakfast begin at 9:30 a.m. and play begins at 10 a.m. Cost is $30 and includes breakfast and lunch. Seating is limited. RSVP by March 15 by sending a check made payable to Beth Israel to Betty Sarlin at 1239 Huntington Greens Drive, Sun City Center, FL 33573. For more information, call (813) 957-7100 or e-mail bsarlin@

Rummage sale collections: It’s time to start gathering small electronics, appliances, clothing, small furniture items, bric-a-brac, knick knacks, linens, kitchenware, dishes and glassware for a rummage sale on Tuesday, March 8 at 8 a.m. Collections will be on Sunday and Monday, March 6 and 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the social hall. Call Pearl Birnbaum at (813) 633-5981 to volunteer or for more information.

Temple Beth David Spring Hill

Film festival: The third annual Temple Beth David film festival will conclude with a showing on Sunday, Feb. 27 at 2 p.m. of Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry, starring Katharine Hepburn and Harold Gould. A $5 donation is requested. The Brotherhood will hold a spaghetti and meatball dinner following the movie. There is no additional charge for the dinner, but RSVPs for dinner are requested for planing pur[pses. Call (352) 686- 7034 or e-mail

Shabbat Across America: Temple Beth David invites singles, couples and families to eat, drink, relax, dance, debate and celebrate at the 15th Annual Shabbat Across America on Friday, March 4. A dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and costs $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. A Shabbat service will be held at 8 p.m. Reservations are needed for the dinner only. To RSVP, contact the temple office by calling (352) 686-7034 or (727) 857-3416 or e-mailing

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