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Cong. Schaarai Zedek

Circle of Service: The Sisterhood will honor Rabbi Birnholz, who was a recipient of a YES Fund scholarship, during a Circle of Service luncheon on Monday, March 14 at 11 a.m. at the home of Lois Older. Contact Barbara Goldman at for information.

Senior Shabbat: The annual Senior Shabbat dinner will he held Friday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m., with a Shabbat service following at 7:30 p.m. The program will address how senior members serve the community. Reservations are required by Tuesday, March 22. Call the temple at (813) 876-2377 to make a reservation.

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

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 12:30 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

Tot Shabbat: A program that offers an introduction of synagogue life and includes songs, games, puppets, crafts and prayers for children ages 2-6 will be held Saturday, March 5 at 10:15 a.m.

Crafts with Carol: Take time to socialize and share in creating crafts on Thursday, March 10, from 10-11 a.m. in the social hall.

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.

Judaism basics: 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.

Cong. Bais David

Mystical waters: A series on the Laws of Purity, presented by the Jewish Women’s Circle, continues on Wednesdays, March 9 and 16, from 8-9 p.m. at Congregation Bais David in Tampa. The series, “Mystical Waters,” is taught by Rebbetzin Devorah Rivkin. Suggested donation is $10 per class. For more information, call (813) 770-3855 or e-mail Chana Rivkin at

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 bmchabad@

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 found in the Torah, a class is held every Monday and Thursday from 9-9:30 a.m. in the chapel at Weinberg Village. Instructor is Rabbi Levi Rivkin.

Dinner study: A Torah study class, including pizza, will be held every Wednesday at 7 p.m. For more information, call (813) 504-4432 or e-mail

Cong. Kol Ami

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.

Women’s voice: Hazzan Sered-Lever will lead a course on Tuesdays, March 8-29 at 7:30 p.m. to explore and discuss prayers written by women throughout the generations.

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. For more information, call the Kol Ami office.

Bagels and schmooze: The Men’s Club will meet on Sunday, March 13 from 9:30 a.m. to noon to enjoy bagels, coffee and an assortment of teas, Sunday newspapers and a Lehrhaus program.

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.

Mah jongg tourney: All Sisterhood members and their guests are invited to a mah jongg tournament on Sunday, March 27 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Grand Ballroom at Aston Gardens, 12951 Linebaugh Ave.

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.

Cong. Beth Am

Time to learn: Starting in March, Congregation Beth Am is offering a “Learners Service” on the fourth Shabbat eve of the month. Rabbi Jason Rosenberg will teach about the service iself, both for those already know their way around the prayer book and those who can never even find the right page. The first Learners Service is on Friday, March 25.

A taste of Judaism: Three 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. Call (813) 344-7966.

Café Shabbat: In addition to Torah study with Rabbi Rosenberg, Cafe Shabbat activities will include yoga and kids activities, coffee, bagels and conversation on Saturday, March 5 at 9 a.m. Shabbat services follow at 10:30 a.m.

Zavah group: Join the Adults at Leisure group on Tuesday, March 8 at 12:30 p.m. for lunch at Weck’s Deli, on U.S. 41 just west of Sunset in Lutz. Reservations should be made to Maxine at (813) 962-3863.

Israeli dance lessons: Learn Israeli dances every Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Beginning instruction is from 7-8 p.m. and no experience is needed. From 8-9 p.m. the instructors take requests and two more challenging dances are taught, and from 9-9:45 p.m. more requests are taken. The instruction includes a good mix of easy dances and harder ones, so beginners are welcome to stay for the whole evening. The cost for the evening is $2.

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 which 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.

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.

Cong. Beth Shalom Brandon

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. Afterward, 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.

Torah tots: Preschool children up to age 4 are invited to Torah Tots, where they learn the basic aspects of Torah and Jewish values, on Sunday, March 20 from 10-11 a.m. The program will be repeated at the same time on April 10 and May 15. Each child must be accompanied by at least one parent or adult relative. This program is open to members and non-members.

Cong. Beth Israel Sun City Center

Scholar-in-residence: Visiting scholar Rabbi Daniel Levin of Temple Beth El of Boca Raton will speak at Congregation Beth Israel on Friday and Saturday, March 11-12. At the Friday Shabbat service at 7:15 p.m., Rabbi Levin will speak on “A Different Kind of Mitzvah: Judaism in the 21st Century.”

The program will be in honor of Marianne Finke’s 90th birthday and will be followed by a special oneg. At the Saturday Shabbat at 9:30 a.m. Rabbi Levin will speak on “The Spirituality of Love,” followed by a buffet luncheon. There is no cost for the luncheon but reservations are necessary. RSVP to Idalea Rubin at (813) 642-8981.

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

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. 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 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1115 Del Webb Blvd. E. in Sun City Center. There will be free refreshments. 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.

Women’s Seder: The Sisterhood will hold a Women’s Seder on Tuesday, April 5 at noon in the social hall. This Seder will be conducted from a women’s point of view, including full participation of all who attend. The music of composer Debbie Friedman will be sung, led by Idalea Rubin.

Temple Beth David Spring Hill

Jewish Food Fest: A variety of foods, including stuffed cabbage, potato pancakes, blintzes, hamantaschen, mendel bread, chopped liver, kugels, kasha varnishkas and more, will be offered during a Jewish Food Fest on Sunday, March 20 from noon to 4 p.m. at Temple Beth David. There will also be Israeli dancing. The public is invited.

Game Night: Enjoy board games, card games and mah jongg during Game Night at Temple Beth David on Saturday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m. Members are asked to bring friends and neighbors to this free event. Snacks, iced tea, coffee and desserts will be provided. RSVP to Helene Churgin at

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