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Rays talk: Orestes Destrade, Tampa Bay Rays broadcaster and Fox Sports personality, will be guest speaker at the Jewish War Veterans, Post 373 meeting on Sunday, Jan. 21 at 9:30 a.m. at Congregation Beth Am, 2030 W. Fletcher Ave., Tampa. All are invited. Breakfast will be served. For more information, contact Commander Jack Rudowsky at (813) 598-8061 or at

Genealogical Society

Get educated: On Sunday Jan. 14, the Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay will present several selected recorded excerpts from a broad range of educational sessions presented at the 2017 International Conference on Jewish Genealogy. This program will provide an opportunity to hear from select conference speakers accompanied by a slide presentation of the material – almost like being there. The meeting will be at Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services, Inc., 14041 Icot Blvd., Clearwater. A social with refreshments begins at 1:30 p.m., and the featured program starts at 2 p.m. The meeting is open to everyone at no charge. For more information, call Bruce Hadburg at (727) 796-7981.

Young Adults

Improv workshop: #Gather will get together to explore the elements of improv at a workshop on Wednesday, Jan. 10 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC, 522 N. Howard Ave., Tampa. There will be improvisational games, exercises and just plain silliness to help you let go and laugh, brought to you by American Stage Improv. The cost is $18 for JCC members and $22 for guests. #Gather offers a mix of social and interactive activities designed to help young adults connect. It is open to young adults of all faiths and backgrounds. For more information on any #Gather program, go to or contact Lisa Robbins, director of Young Adult Engagement for the Tampa JCCs & Federation at or (813) 769-4723.

Yoga and brunch: On Sunday, Jan. 14 from 9-11 a.m. join #Gather for an hour-long yoga session, followed by a light healthy lunch at the Glazer JCC. The cost is $5 for members and $7 for guests.

Grown-up game night: #Gather will host an evening playing games such as Exploding Kittens, Joking Hazard and Cards Against Humanity. Bring your own games to play, too. Snacks, beer and more will be offered. The event is Wednesday, Jan. 24 from 7-9 p.m. at the Glazer JCC. This is free for members and $5 for guests.

Active Adults

All programs listed are either at the Maureen & Douglas Cohn Jewish Community Campus, 13009 Community Campus Drive, or at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC at 522 N. Howard Ave. To RSVP or for more information on programs at either center, contact Pnina Levermore at (813) 291-2253 or pnina.levermore@JewishTampa. com. All registrations should be completed before events begin.

Plugged in: A tech meetup is planned at the Glazer JCC for active adults can get answers about their tech devices and applications from tech-savvy professionals. The group will meet on Monday, Jan. 22 from 3-4:30 p.m. This free program will include bagels and coffee. To register, call (813) 291- 2253.

Discover opera: Take an excursion to the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa to participate in an interactive forum designed to enrich the public’s grand opera experience. The forum, on Sunday, Jan. 28 from 12:30-4 p.m. will feature Opera Tampa’s managing director, the stage director and principals who will perform arias from Opera Tampa’s productions. Learn about the evolution of opera over the ages, the impact of major composers and the importance of voice types during casting. There will be a lunch at the Sono Café before the forum. The forum is free but does not include the cost of the lunch.

For transportation information and to RSVP, email

Trivial Pursuit and pizza: Beginning on Thursday, Jan. 11 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., this group will meet on the second Thursday of the month to exercise minds and enjoy some pizza. This event is free.

Yiddish nostalgia: Join Ruth Weston and other Yiddish enthusiasts on Thursday, Jan. 25 from 12:45-1:45 p.m. at the Cohn campus to share favorite expressions and reminisce. This program is free.

All that jazz: Enjoy craft beer, cheese and music at “Culture Café: A Beginner’s Guide to Loving Jazz,” a multi-media exploration of jazz from the fan’s perspective, on Tuesday, Jan. 16 from 7-8 p.m. Cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members.

Canasta open play: Meet in the senior lounge at the Cohn campus every Friday from 3-4:30 p.m. for friendly games of canasta.

Crochet lessons: Learn crochet with Judy Balber every Monday on the Cohn campus from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Bring yarn, crochet hooks and any pattern you want. Cost is $25 for members; $30 for non-members with prorating options available.

Biblical literature: This course, which meets at the Cohn campus every other Wednesday from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., provides an opportunity to see the Bible not from a religious perspective but as a piece of remarkable writing. The next class is Jan. 10. This is a discussion course with participation open to people of all faiths and backgrounds. Bring your own Bible so participants can compare different translations. Cost is $3 for members and $4 for guests.

Mah jongg: Folks can play at both JCCs. At the Cohn campus, there will be open play sessions every Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Also on that location there will be four sessions of guided instruction on Mondays from 1:30-3 p.m. beginning Jan. 8 at a cost of $5 for members and $10 for guests. This is a chance to learn the basics.

At the Glazer JCC, drop-in sessions are offered on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. This is free for members and $5 for non-members. Novices and experienced players are welcome. Also at the Glazer JCC, lessons will be offered on Sundays, Jan. 21, Feb. 11, March 18 and April 15 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. The cost is $65 for members and $70 for non-members, with advanced registration required. Call the Glazer JCC for more information.

JetSetters: The Phyllis Borrell JetSetters social group for adults of all ages meets at both JCCs for an hour-long program followed by lunch. At the Glazer JCC, JetSetters meet on the second Wednesday of the month from 11 a.m. to noon. The lunch is free for members but donations are welcome. Beginning Jan. 10, the topic will be Around the World with Mario DeLeon. DeLeon will perform music from around the world and challenge those in attendance to guess the country where each selection comes from. On Feb. 14 there will be a presentation about international love ballads with the University of Tampa Theater and Dance Department. Additional programs will be held in April and May.

The JetSetters group also meets on the Cohn campus on the fourth Thursday of the month from 11 a.m. to noon and features an entertaining program. The lunch is free for members, though a donation of $5 is suggested.

News talk: This discussion group, meeting at both JCCS, is led by Pat Renfroe and explores “hot button” issues of the day. Upcoming News Talk sessions at the Glazer JCC are Tuesdays from 7-8:30 p.m. These sessions are free.

The group at the Cohn campus, meets the second and fourth Friday from 10:30 a.m. to noon. There is no charge to attend.

Bridge lessons: Anyone wanting to learn how to play bridge or improve their game can take a session of six bridge lessons at the Glazer JCC on Fridays from Jan. 12 through Feb. 16 from 1 -2:30 p.m. The cost for classes is $50 for members and $60 for nonmembers.

Movie matinee: Enjoy a classic movie and popcorn on the first Wednesday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon on the Cohn campus. There is no charge to attend. On Jan. 3 the movie will be Biloxi Blues, on Feb. 7 the movie will be A Majority of One, on March 7 the movie will be Driving Miss Daisy, on April 4 it will be Daniel and on May 2 it will be Cabaret.

Wine and cheese: The Glazer JCC is exploring the idea of a weekly Active Adults Men’s Club gathering. Those interested are invited to come to the Glazer JCC on Tuesday, Jan. 16 from 5-6:30 p.m. to share ideas about what sort of activities the group will engage in. This will be a free wine and cheese happy hour.

Band concert: The Tampa Community Band will perform on Wednesday, Jan. 24 from 7:30- 8:30 p.m. The band is a grassroots project providing an opportunity for musicians to play with a group and hone their skills. This event is free.

Tampa history series: Learn about Tampa’s history during three free sessions led by Carl Zielonka at the Glazer JCC. On Wednesday, Jan. 10 from 1-2 p.m. the discussion will be about the history of Gasparilla. On Wednesday, Feb. 7 from 1-2 p.m. the topic will be the history of the Tampa Jewish Community, and at a date in March to be announced later, there will be a session of the history of Hyde Park.


Career counseling: On Monday, Jan. 8, the topic for the Monday Morning Links program is “Setting goals and action steps for 2018” and the topic for the Jan. 22 Monday Morning Links session is “Interview tips and techniques that work.” These free sessions are held from 9:30 - 11 a.m. at the Jack Roth Center for Career Development at TampaBay-Job- Links, 4100 W. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 206, Tampa. Monday Morning Links is supported by the Vinik Family Foundation.

There are also Success workshops on select Thursdays to aid with job-search skills. On Jan. 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., the topic will be “Mastering chance and transition.” On Jan. 11 from 9:30 a.m. to noon, the topic is “5 steps to negotiate a job offer.” The Jan. 25 Success workshop, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, is “Getting organized and staying on track during your job search.” The workshops are free for TampaBay-Job- Links full program participants and $15 for guests. Reservations required for all programs.

The next series of “Switching Gears” workshops will be held on Wednesdays, Jan. 17, 24 and 31 and Feb. 7 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. These are targeted to those in career transition. To RSVP, call (813) 344-0200, email, or visit

Support groups

Alzheimer’s caregiver group: Menorah Manor offers a support group meeting 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 at (727) 302-3750.

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