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TIMELINE: Jewish Press headlines 1995-2007

1995

6/13: The Tampa Jewish Federation’s Community Campus has until June 30 to raise $1.5 million to secure a $1 million match from the Weinberg Foundation of Baltimore, MD. If the funds are raised, it will allow renovations to the adult congregate living facility, relocation of the Northend preschool to the campus, continued operation of the campus facility and continued services. By the end of the month, the fundraising goal is met and in December ground is broken for the pre-school

6/16: New Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Malcolm Glazer recalls how as a young boy he would have to take six to eight chickens a week across town on a bus to get them kosher killed, then bring them home. He used to pray nobody he knew would be on the bus.

6/16: The election and appointment of officers for the merged Tampa Federation and JCC is scheduled for June 28. Over the next few months the merger and staff changes take place.

8/30: Construction begins on Weinberg Village.

1996

2/23: Rabbi Richard Birhnolz of Congregation Schaarai Zedek is selected to help carry the Olympic torch as part of its 15,000-mile torch relay across America leading up to the Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

5/3: Rapid growth prompts plans for expansion of the Hillel School of Tampa. Increased enrollments trigger a $500,000 fundraising campaign to pay for expansion.

5/17: Weinberg Village grand opening is set for May 19 on the Community Campus.

6/14: North Branch Pre-School moves from Kol Ami to the Tampa Federation’s Community Campus.

7/19: Jewish Press celebrates 10th anniversary and wins national excellence award for its annual Bar/Bat Mitzvah Planning Guide.

11/22: The Tampa JCC/Federation Community Campus dedication is set for Dec. 8. In four years since the Tampa JCC/ Federation purchased the campus facility, the Weinberg assisted living facility has opened. The campus also includes a new preschool which can accommodate 225 students, a modern fitness center with pool, tennis courts and basketball complex, a kosher café, and offices for JCC/Federation and Tampa Jewish Family Services.

1997

3/7: Hillel School of Tampa breaks ground for expanded facilities.

5/2: The Tampa Bay Holocaust Memorial Museum and Educational Center has purchased a building at 55 Fifth St. S. in St. Petersburg and will move there soon.

8/29: Hillel School of Tampa celebrates the opening of a new classroom wing and sports/assembly pavilion.

1998

3/6: Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel attends the grand opening of Tampa Bay Holocaust Memorial Museum and Educational Center in downtown St. Petersburg. Later in the year – on Dec. 17 – papers are filed to change the name of the museum to the Florida Holocaust Museum.

8/28: Tampa gets its first kosher market and deli, the Kosher Korner, at 2315 W. Linebaugh Ave., north Tampa.

10/9: Congregation Kol Ami dedicates its $1.8 million new sanctuary and expanded facilities.

10/23: Congregation Beth Shalom in Brandon has purchased land and is planning its first synagogue.

1999

10/9: Plans are announced for former (and future) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak in Tampa.

2000

1/28: With much fanfare, Jo-El’s Kosher Deli and Marketplace opens Jan. 16 at a North Dale Mabry Highway location in Carrollwood. It closes in May 2002.

3/10: Congregation Kol Ami announces plans to open a Jewish Cemetery, Gan Shalom, on a 5-acre tract near County Line Road in Lutz.

5/26: Congregation Beth Shalom in Brandon begins construction of a synagogue on a 5-acre site on Bryan Road. It is the first of three planned buildings.

5/26: Congregation Beth Am dedicates its first permanent home on May 14. They move out of a modular building and into an 11,000 square foot building.

7/14: Tampa Bay Reform rabbis are unanimous in approval of their national governing body’s decision to allow same sex union celebrations to be performed by rabbis.

2001

1/12: A Hillel USF fundraising campaign is a success to secure an on-campus site.

4/13: Hillel USF sets groundbreaking for its center on USF campus for April 26.

9/21: About 650 members of the Tampa Jewish community, still stunned by the horrors of the 9/11 attacks, gather for a countywide service at Congregation Schaarai Zedek to memorialize those who died in the attacks.

2002

4/26: About 2,000 people from throughout the Tampa Bay area gather at Congregation Schaarai Zedek for a solidarity with Israel rally.

5/10: Construction began in April on the Hillel Jewish student facility on the USF campus.

7/19: Jewish Press moves to its new offices on Belcher Road in Largo.

2003

2/28: Tampa JCC/Federation announces plans to build a residential home for disadvantaged adults.

10/24: Congregation Rodeph Sholom makes plans to mark its 100th anniversary next month.

2004

1/16: A front-page story profiles a Jewish strawberry farmer who has been thriving for years in Plant City.

3/12: Seven Tampa Bay area congregations join in Mitzvah Day.

9/10: With threats from Hurricane Charley, Frances and Ivan, it is decided to produce a combined Pinellas and Tampa edition of Jewish Press. Delays in production, including the closing of the printing press twice, and power outages from Hurricane Frances just days before, necessitated streamlining the process of publishing the paper.

11/19: A friendship between a Reform rabbi and a Methodist minister turned into a tradition that is now reaching its 50th anniversary, an interfaith Thanksgiving service that alternates yearly between Schaarai Zedek and Palma Ceia United Methodist Church in south Tampa. Each year the service draws hundreds of worshipers.

11/19: Hillel School of Tampa announces plans to open a kindergarten class in South Tampa for the 2005-06 school year, and to add a first grade the following year.

2005

5/20: The mayors of Tampa and Ashdod, Israel, sign papers to make it official that they are now sister cities.

9/9: The Tampa Bay area Jewish community mourns the death of Mike Eisenstadt, leader of the Mike Eisenstadt Band and the host of the Sunday Simcha show on WMNF 88.5 FM radio.

2006

4/21: Tampa officials are making plans for an inaugural Sister City mission to Ashdod, Israel.

5/5: Congregation Beth Shalom in Brandon will establish a Jewish preschool in partnership with the Tampa JCC/Federation.

2007

4/6: Tampa residents Sam and Ellie Fishman donate $1 million to help build the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower at Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem.

12/7: USF President Judy Genshaft pursues an alliance with Hadassah College in Jerusalem. Hadassah faculty will come to USF and eventually there is to be a student exchange.


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