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January 25, 2013  RSS feed

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Hamantaschen baking contest: Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? About Purim that is. If you are curious about what this is, join Ravak-Schaarai Zedek Singles on Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 7-9 p.m. at Congregation Schaarai Zedek to find out. Participants can wear a costume if they want. Wine and cheese will be served. For more information and to RSVP, email by Feb. 18. A donation of canned goods would be appreciated for the Tampa Jewish Family Services food bank. The only requirements to attend Ravak events are that participants are single and Jewish. The temple is at 3303 W. Swann Ave. in Tampa.


Mah jongg tourney: The Chai Chapter of Hadassah invites all mah jongg players to a day of tournament play on Thursday, Feb. 28 at Freedom Plaza, 1010 American Eagle Blvd., Sun City Center. Doors open at 8:45 a.m. and play begins at 10 a.m. The $36 registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, a snack and door prizes. There will be cash prizes for winners, with $100 as the top prize. For more information and a registration form, contact Carol at


Jet Setters: The Jet Setters North is a group of Jewish Tampa Seniors that meets for a program, followed by lunch and socializing time, games to play, and a Yiddish speaking group. Local author Judy Huge will begin a series of workshops about writing memory stories on Thursday, Feb. 14, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants will learn how to write or tell a personal story or ethical will, a document designed to pass ethical values from one generation to the next. Court reporter Althea Williams-Gonzalez will schedule time to record stories, for a fee.

On Thursday, Feb. 28 from 1-3 p.m., a representative from the Tampa Bay History Center will present a program on the history of this area. Seniors are asked to register in advance. All meetings are free

New discussion group: Pat Renfroe will lead a new discussion group that focuses on current events. The first meeting is Feb. 12, from 10:30 to noon in the senior lounge. The series continues on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month.

Book group: The senior adult book group meets on Wednesday, Feb. 6 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. This month’s selection is Barbara Kingsolver’s Lacuna.

Mah jongg games: Mah jongg is played on Fridays from 1-4 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Also, on Tuesdays, mah jongg lessons will be offered from 2-3:30 p.m. Cost is $10 for members and $12 for non-members.

Art and lunch: An art appreciation virtual lecture and lunch is held on the first and third Thursday each month. A segment of the Great Courses lecture series and a lunch are on the monthly menu. Each meeting is $3 for JCC members, $5 for non-members.

Canasta lessons: Sign up now for a seven-week session that runs every Wednesday from Feb. 6-March 20. Beginner’s lessons are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and intermediate lessons are from 1-3 p.m. Lynnda Jacob is the teacher. Cost is $15 for members, $20 for non-members for the whole season.

Game play: Every Monday and Friday from 1-4 p.m., the senior lounge at the JCC is open for game playing and mingling.

Watercolor classes: In partnership with the USF OSHER programs, watercolor classes are offered for artists of all levels. Classes began on Monday, Jan. 28, and are held on Mondays through March 25. A beginning/ intermediate class runs from 12:30- 2:30 p.m. An intermediate/advanced class meets from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $60 for JCC members and $90 for non-members, plus supplies. Registration is required.

Computer class: Also in partnership with the USF OSHER program, a Windows XP essential skills course will be offered on Mondays and Thursdays, April 8-25, from 9 a.m. to noon. Class size is limited, so sign up now.

Contact information: All senior programs, except where noted, are held at the Tampa JCC & Federation Cohn Jewish Community Campus, located off Gunn Highway in the Citrus Park area. For more information, contact Rachel Tilow at (813) 769-2809 or email

Support groups

Alzheimer’s caregivers: Menorah Manor’s Bresler Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Program offers a complimentary support group open to anyone in the community. This group meets in the Samson Nursing Center at Menorah Manor, 255 59th St. N., St. Petersburg, on the first Thursday of the month from 3:30-5 p.m. For more information, call Gwen Kaldenberg, MSW, director of the Bresler Program, at (727) 302-3750.

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