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February 10, 2012  RSS feed

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Cong. Rodeph Sholom

Mayor to speak: The Men’s Club will host Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m. The mayor will speak about his recent trip to Israel with a delegation of local Jewish leaders. The trip was made to explore trade options, cement Sister City relations with Ashdod, and to strengthen ties between local Jews and those in Israel.

’70s dance party: Saturday Night Fever, a one-of-a-kind celebration, will be a chic evening of dinner and dancing on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at Studio 18, located at Rodeph Sholom synagogue. Enjoy the soulful sound of Lisa Casalino, in the Mellow Grooves Lounge. In the disco, boogie down to tunes of the ’70s. Dress in attire from the disco days or in a Purim favorite. For more information, contact Shari Mezrah at (813) 760-1111. This event is open to the community. Tickets are on sale at

Adult education: A Beginner’s Talmud class and a Torah cantillation class will be held on Wednesdays, Feb. 22 and 29 and March 7 from 6:45 to 8 p.m. Rabbi Marc Sack will teach the Talumd class, studying Tractate B’rachot covering the origins and laws of the prayer service. Hazzan Mordechai Schram will teach the cantillation class, open to new Torah readers as well as anyone seeking to take their cantillation to a deeper level. Both classes will begin together with a Ma’ariv service and light refreshments. Classes are free, but registration is required. Register online at or call the office.

Sisterhood baking party: Join in as the Sisterhood puts together Purim treats to send to those in college and in the armed forces on Sunday, Feb. 26 and Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 10 a.m. For more information, contact Valarie Blau at

Music, Munchkins & Moms: Mothers are invited to bring their baby or toddler to enjoy a morning of singing, dancing and playing along with other moms and munchkins on Tuesday, Feb. 28 and Monday, March 12 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The program is free and open to the public and is taught by a former Kindermusik and Gymboree instructor.

Jammies and Jeans Shabbat: The next Jammies and Jeans Shabbat service is set for Friday, March 2 from 5:30 to 6 p.m. in the chapel. Kids may wear pajamas and parents may wear jeans to this service. Afterward, a pizza and salad dinner will be served. Cost for the program and dinner, scheduled the first Friday of each month through June, is $12 per family. Contact Judy Van Der Stelt, director of education, youth and family programs, at (813) 837-1911 or email for more information or to make a dinner reservation.

Purim carnival: There will be plenty of games, prizes, face painting and pony rides on Sunday, March 4 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the congregation’s Purim carnival. The event includes a pizza lunch, popcorn and fun for the entire family. Pre-event value packets are available for $6 and include 15 game tickets, lunch and a door prize raffle ticket.

During the carnival, Florida Blood Services will have a bloodmobile on site.

Interfaith tea, reception: The Sisterhood will hold its 52nd annual Ann Zack Interfaith Tea and Reception on Wednesday, March 14 at 11 a.m. The theme for the event is “Instilling Faith in our Children and Grandchildren.” There will be a panel discussion including four Tampa clergy members: Father Douglas Ramer of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Rabbi Sack, Rev. Thomas Scott of the 34th Street Church of God, and Father David Toups of Christ the King Catholic Church.

Downtown Study Group: Join Rabbi Sack the first Thursday of every month at noon in the Trenam Kemker office on the 27th floor of the Bank of America building.

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