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120 years of Schaarai Zedek history on display through Sept. 30

Schaarai Zedek’s Community Case at the Tampa Bay History Center Schaarai Zedek’s Community Case at the Tampa Bay History Center In celebration of the 120th anniversary of Congregation Schaarai Zedek, the Tampa Bay History Center is featuring an exhibit now through Sept. 30 that focuses on the history of the synagogue, its involvement in the Tampa community, and on congregants who have influenced Tampa over the years.

The exhibit will be in the history center’s “Community Case,” a 14-foot by 8-foot display area on the second floor of the center where local community organizations are highlighted. The display is created from Schaarai Zedek archives and shows its rich history. As the third oldest synagogue in the state, Schaarai Zedek has grown to more than 1,000 members and is the largest Florida synagogue outside of the lower east coast.

Carl Zielonka, archives chair at Schaarai Zedek and a docent at the history center, led the creation of the exhibit with the guidance of Marcia Zerevitz, the recently retired executive director of the Jewish Museum of Florida, and with the help of committee members Steve Marx and Judy Rosenkranz.

“Schaarai Zedek is pleased to have the opportunity to highlight its 120-year history and its influence in the growth and development of the Tampa community,” said Zielonka. “The ‘Community Case’ is one of the many ways that Tampa Bay History Center demonstrates the diversity of Tampa and the people and groups that have played an important part in its history.”

The history center is in the Channelside district of Tampa at 801 Old Water St., next to the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

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