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Or Ahavah

Yom Kippur retreat: The Jewish Renewal congregation, Or Ahavah, will hold its annual Yom Kippur retreat beginning Friday, Oct. 7 at 4 p.m. and ending after sundown on Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Dayspring Retreat Center in Ellenton, just 45 minutes from Tampa. The retreat will be led by Or Ahavah’s spiritual leader, Rabbi Debrah Shenefelt, and will give participants an opportunity to incorporate mediation, chanting, drumming and deep spiritual work into the traditional services of Yom Kippur.

On Friday, there will be meditation and a mikvah ceremony at 4 p.m. followed by a meal prior to Kol Nidre services at 6:30 p.m. The next day begins with early morning energy and centering practices prior to a creative Shacharit (morning) service outdoors. The Yizkor (memorial) service in the afternoon includes opportunities for individuals to share memories of their loved ones. The retreat concludes with a break-the-fast.

The cost of the retreat is $180 for Or Ahavah members and $225 for non-members. For registration and more information, call Rabbi Shenefelt at (813) 968-7850. RSVP with a 50 percent deposit is due by Sept. 8.

Cong. Rodeph Sholom

Men’s Club opening event: The Men’ Club will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at One Buccaneer Place. Bryan Glazer, co-chairman of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, will speak.

New Year’s Family Service: The community is invited to a free Rosh Hashanah Family Service on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 5:30 p.m. Rabbi Marc Sack, Hazzan Mordechai Schram and educator Judy Van Der Stelt will lead families with children 6 and younger in a puppet show, songs, prayers, a story and crafts. RSVP to Van Der Stelt at (813) 837-1911.

In the Beginning: A new, 20-week Introduction to Judaism class offered by Rabbi Sack is under way and runs through March 28, 2012. All classes are on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:45 p.m. at Rodeph Sholom. Topics include Shabbat, dietary laws, holidays, life cycle events, prayer and beliefs, and the history of the Jews. The class is free and open to the public. For more information call the synagogue.

Sisterhood opening event: The Sisterhood kicks off a new season with “A Thursday with Mordy & Sonia” on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m. There will be an introduction of PasukArt, as well as desserts and wine. Contact Valarie Blau at for more information. RSVP to Congregation Rodeph Sholom.

Munchkins, music and moms: Mothers can enjoy dancing, singing and playing with your baby or toddler and meeting other moms on Mondays, Sept. 12 and 26 and Oct. 10 and 24 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. The program is led by a previous instructor at Kindermusik and Gymboree. It is open to both members and non-members and is free.

Just lend a hand: The Rodeph Sholom Sisterhood is continuing efforts to rally the community for Just Elementary School, a local public school that serves 622 students. Sadly, the school ranks 1,878th out of 1,890 Florida public elementary schools. Many of the children need new school clothing, including socks, khaki or navy slacks, shorts or skirts and yellow, green or white polo shirts. Clothes are needed in size 6 to Husky 16 for boys and girls. Clothing bins are set up in the synagogue lobby.

Save the Date: An outdoor family barbecue dinner, catered by USY and Kadima youth groups, will be held on Friday, Oct. 14 immediately following services at 6:30 p.m. RSVP no later than Oct. 10 by calling Rodeph Sholom at (813) 837-1911.

Cong. Schaarai Zedek

SchZFTY open house: This event is for youth in ninth through 12th grades on Wednesday, Sept. 7 from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Religious school open house: Meet new teachers and see new rooms at the school’s open house and family Shabbat service on Friday, Sept. 9. The service begins at 7:30 p.m., followed immediately by the open house.

Introduction to Judaism: Rabbi Richard Birnholz and Rabbi Joel Simon lead a nine-part lecture series on Wednesdays through Nov. 9 from 6:15-8:15 p.m. that will provide an introduction to Judaism. Topics will include the nature of Judaism, God, Torah, worship, life cycle observances and holidays. There is no charge for the classes, which are required for anyone who is planning to convert, and are open to everyone. Books for the course are purchased separately. Call clergy’s assistant Ming Brewer to register at (813) 876-2377, ext. 202 or email

Brotherhood kick-off: Enjoy booze, food, fun and friends as the Brotherhood revs up for the new year at Lex Goldenberg’s newly renovated man-cave on Thursday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. The event is free for Brotherhood members. For more information or to RSVP, e-mail Mark Rosenthal, Brotherhood president, at

Mah jongg nights: Schaarai Zedek’s Sisterhood will hold Mah Jongg Tuesday Nights on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 7-9:30 p.m. Participants are invited to bring friends or join a game and make new friends. The cost is $10 per evening. Light snacks will be provided. All proceeds benefit Sisterhood’s fund for youth groups. RSVP to the temple office at (813) 876-2377 or email

More mah jongg: Enjoy an evening of mah jongg during a Temple Tables Talk event on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 11:30 a.m. The host is Debbie Rosenthal and the cost is $25 per player. For more information and to RSVP, call the temple office.

Brotherhood bowling: Join the Brotherhood for bowling league night every Wednesday at 7 p.m. Pinchasers, 4847 N. Armenia Ave. For more information, call the temple office.

Cong. Beth Am

Buddy Run: Planning is under way for a “Buddy Run” on Sunday, Nov. 6 at Lake Park in Lutz. The Buddy Run will include a 5k, 1-mile fun run/walk and a Buddy Dash for runners with special needs. The event will benefit Congregation Beth Am and Buddy Baseball, a non-competitive recreational league for boys and girls with special needs. Volunteers are needed to help with planning. If interested, contact Jim Corning at or Bob Friedman at A link to online registration is on the “Buddy Run 5k and Fun Run” Facebook page, or search for the run on

Talmud study: Join Rabbi Jason Rosenberg in his office every Thursday at 9:30 a.m. to learn about the Talmud.

A female perspective: The Beth Am Sisterhood will present a monthly Torah study every third Tuesday 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.

Cong. Beth Israel Sun City Center

Deli dinner: Join the congregation for a deli Shabbat dinner on Friday, Sept. 9. There will be a showing of a video, 18 Voices of Kol Nidre, at 5 p.m. in the social hall and a deli dinner from Jo-El’s, including corned beef and pastrami sandwiches, cole slaw, potato salad and more.

The cost is $12 per person. RSVP by Tuesday, Aug. 30 to Sally Grossman at (813) 634-8092 or Arlene Cohen at (813) 633-3340.

Movie time: Movies and a bissel nosh will resume on Sunday, Aug. 21 at 1:30 p.m. in the social hall. The film Keeping Up With the Steins, will be shown. It is a 2006 comedy about how some Jewish families see a bar or bat mitzvah not as a coming of age for their child, but an excuse to throw a lavish party. Cost is $2 for members and $4 for non-members.

Book talk: The Beth Israel Book Club meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month at noon in the social hall. Participants are asked to bring a lunch and join in a discussion of the book for that month. The next meeting is on Sept. 27 and the book is Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum.

Cong. Kol Ami

Jewish meditation: Rabbi Robert Judd leads a class on the basics of Jewish meditation techniques every Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the chapel.

Torah Talk: Enjoy a morning of learning and study of Torah with Rabbi Judd on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. in the board room.

Bais David Chabad

Hebrew for beginners: A class in beginning Hebrew will be offered on Mondays at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call Rabbi Lazer Rivkin (813) 966-8770.

Parsha and pizza: A Torah study class, including pizza, is held every Wednesday at 6 p. m., followed by Minchah/Maariv services at 7:30 p.m. at the shul, 2001 W. Swann Ave. For more information, call (813) 504-4432.

Deli and video: Enjoy a meal on Sundays at 1 p.m. and watch a video presentation on Israel’s founding. For more information, call Rabbi Lazer Rivkin.

Cong. Bais Menacham Chabad

Talmud study: Join Rabbi Levi Rivkin on Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. for Talmud study. For more information, call (813) 504-4432.

Prayer class: Rabbi Lazer Rivkin will teach class on davening and the siddur on Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call Rabbi Lazer Rivkin.

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. RSVP to Dvorki Rivkin at (813) 983-9770 or email Chana Rivkin at

Torah study: For those who would like to learn more about the universal truths 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.

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