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Cong. Beth Shalom Brandon

Celebrating Israel: In honor of Yom Ha’Atzmaut, on Friday, May 2, at a special Shabbat service starting at 7:45 p.m. congregants who have been to Israel will talk about special memories of their visits. A photo slideshow will be held during the oneg. Contact the office at (813) 681-6547 for more information.

Torah tots: Join the congregation’s youngest members as they have a special program and service led by Rabbi Betsy Torop on Sunday, May 4 at 9:45 a.m. Contact the office for more information.

Songfest: On Saturday, May 17 at 7 p.m. there will be a program to celebrate popular music made famous by Jewish artists.

Annual meeting: The congregation will hold its annual meeting and election of leaders on Sunday, May 18 at 10 a.m. There will be a bake sale at the synagogue the same day, running from 9 a.m. to noon, with proceeds going to Tampa Jewish Family Services

Cong. Schaarai Zedek

Camper blessings: On Friday, May 2 there will be an “Off To Camp” Family Shabbat dinner and service, with dinner at 6 p.m. and the service at 7:30 p.m. All kids going off to camp will receive a special blessing. Following the service there will be a campstyle oneg featuring s’mores.

Cost for the dinner is $10 for adults and $5 for children 3-11. There is no charge for the camper.

For more information, call the temple at (813) 876-2377 or email

Brotherhood deli dinner: Fresh for the lower East Side to South Tampa, the Brotherhood is putting on its signature annual event on Sunday, May 4 at 6 p.m. Enjoy Katz’s Delicatessen, starring corned beef, pastrami, turkey, and Junior’s Cheesecake flown in fresh. There will also be classic Jewish rye, matzo ball soup, knishes, egg salad, potato salad, mustard, pickles, Brotherhood’s famous open bar and entertainment. For more information, call the temple office.

Mah jongg and dinner: The Sisterhood invites folks to come play maj jongg or come and learn to play on Thursday, May 8 at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $10 per person (Sisterhood member), $15 (non-member). The event includes a Chinese dinner from Yummy House. RSVP by calling the temple office or emailing at so they know how much food to order, and let the office know if you can bring a card table and/or mah jongg set. For questions or more information, call or email Sharon Ravner at (813) 390 - 7508 or

Cong. Rodeph Sholom

Jammies and Jeans Shabbat: All young families are invited to join in a short, casual, kid-friendly service on Friday, May 2 at 5:30 p.m. A dinner follows at 6 p.m. Cost is $18 per family. RSVP to This is open to the public.

Chai brunch: For those considering membership, new or renewed, there will be a brunch at the home of a member on Sunday, May 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. RSVP on

Lunch and learn: Bring a brown bag dairy lunch and discuss topics about Jewish studies with Rabbi Josh Hearshen on Wednesday, May 7 at noon. This is free and open to the public.

Happy hour: Schmooze with the Brotherhood and Sisterhood on Wednesday, May 7 at 5 p.m. For more information, email Shari Mezrah at

Cong. Kol Ami

L’Chaim: Sessions in “Sharing Life’s Lessons” are held on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. A different topic and stories, and a different leader, will be chosen for each weekly session.

Torah talk: A morning of learning and study is offered on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to noon. Rabbi Bob Judd presents a discussion of the Torah’s parsha of the week.

Talmud talk: A new Talmud Berachot class with Rabbi Judd is held Thursdays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. The class focuses on the first tractate of the Babylonian Talmud. For more information, contact the Kol Ami office.

Needleworkers: The needleworkers group has been making quilt items for donation to First Nesters, a group that provides housing for local teens aging out of foster care. To continue, they need donations of yarn or inexpensive cotton fabric. Drop by on Tuesday afternoons from 1:30-3:30 p.m. to leave a donation or to join the group. For more information, contact Carol Tarica at

Family Shabbat service: Friday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m., parents are invited to learn with their children during Family Shabbat service. Enjoy family friendly melodies and musical instruments such as guitars, drums and shaker eggs. This is a chance to sing together with your children. Bring Bubbie and Zayde too.

Cong. Beth Am

Annual meeting: The congregation’s annual meeting will be held Wednesday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. There will be a presentation on the congregation’s accomplishments of the past year: programmatically, spiritually and financially. Also at this meeting there will be a presentation of the annual report and the budget for 2014-15.

Talmud study: Rabbi Jason Rosenberg leads a Talmud class every Thursday in his office at 9:30 a.m. All are welcome.

Tot Shabbat: Children up to age 5 and their families are invited to Tot Shabbat on the third Friday of each month at 6:30 p.m. The Shabbat will include music, prayer and a story, followed by an oneg.

Cong. Bais Menachem Chabad

Practical Kabbalah: Enrich the soul and mind with a touch of Kabbalah. Learn practical spirituality for everyday life. Weekly classes are held on Wednesdays from 6:15-7 p.m. For more information, call (813) 966-8770.

Parsha class: Join a weekly discussion of the Torah portion on Wednesdays at 7 p.m., led by Rabbi Levi Rivkin. The class will delve into the mysteries behind the seemingly simple commentaries by Rashi. For more information, call Chabad Bais Menachem.

Cong. Mekor Shalom

Youth volunteering: On Sunday, May 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Mekor Shalom Youth (8th-12th graders) will be volunteering at the Equestrian Horse Rescue, 4902 Timberland St. in Tampa. For more information or to RSVP, email Shari, youth leader, at

Jewish values: On Thursdays from 11 a.m. to noon, Hazzan Jodi Sered-Lever will lead sessions to explore Jewish values and help participants renew their spirits by reading and discussing stories through a Jewish lens.

Finding the Sacred: A course called Finding the Sacred in Our Lives will meet on Wednesday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Mekor Shalom.

Cong. Or Ahavah

Theological discussion: G-d Talk, a Jewish theological discussion about books, movies, articles and documentaries, will take place Saturday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. It will include Havdallah and desserts. This gathering is free and open to the community. RSVP online at

Torah class: A Mystic Torah educational program meets on Wednesdays from 7-8 p.m. The course uses teachings from the Jewish mystical traditions. The classes are self-contained, so people can attend one or all of them. For more information, go to or contact Rabbi Debrah Shenefelt at (813) 968-7850 or email

Cong. Beth Israel Sun City Center

Night at the races: Participants at this fundraiser can enjoy virtual horse racing as they watch actual races shot on video and root for their favorites during this event on Sunday, May 4 at 4:30 p.m. in the community hall, 1910 Pebble Beach Blvd in Sun City Center. Cost is $20, which includes a variety of subs, beverages, dessert and a cocktail or sangria. Those attending will receive funny money for betting and prizes will be awarded.

Sisterhood brunch: The Sisterhood of Congregation Beth Israel will hold a season closing brunch on Tuesday, May 6 at 11 a.m. in the synagogue’s social hall. The program will include the installation of officers for the 2014-2015 season. A dairy brunch will be served which includes desserts, coffee and tea. The cost is $5 and the deadline for reservations is Friday, April 25. To RSVP and for payment information, call (813) 938-3824.

Mah jongg: Play mah jongg at the synagogue on Thursdays at 1 p.m. This is open to players of all levels, except for learners. Participants may bring a snack. Coffee will be provided. RSVP to Carol at (813) 829- 7227 or email

Young Israel of Tampa

Torah study: Delve in to the weekly Torah portion with Rabbi Uriel Rivkin and Oren Shahar on Mondays at 6 p.m. For more information, call (813) 832-3018.

Chabad of South Tampa

Webinar: For those crimped for time, Rabbi Mendy Dubrowski will conduct a weekly 30-40 minute webinar. Chat in real-time as the rabbi probes contemporary Jewish thought. Log on to Mondays at noon.

Run with the rabbi: Join Rabbi Dubrowski for a jog on the third Sunday of the month from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Bayshore Boulevard. The group will accommodate all skill levels of runners. Joggers will meet at Chabad House, 1105 W. Swann Ave.

Chabad Centre at Wiregrass

Mah jongg: On Tuesdays at 10 a.m. mah jongg games will be played at the Chabad Jewish Centre at Wiregrass. Suggested donation is $5. RSVP by email to Chanie Yarmush at Coffee, tea and light refreshments will be provided.

Torah class: On Mondays at 7:30 p.m. Rabbi Mendy Yarmush offers a weekly class, delving into the mysteries of Judaism and the journeys and trials of the Jewish people as Joshua leads them into the Holy Land. For more information, contact the rabbi.

Cong. Beth Shalom Winter Haven

Independence Day: Temple Beth Shalom will observe Israeli Independence Day with a family celebration on Sunday, May 4, at noon. Parents, children, and friends will travel to Israel, pass through immigration and customs, meet current and former Israeli leaders (portrayed by temple members), visit the “Wailing Wall,” shop at a local shuk, play games and enjoy lunch and other refreshments. Cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. For more information, call (863) 292-0722.

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