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Cong. Schaarai Zedek

Interfaith study: Congregation Schaarai Zedek will join with Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church to engage in an interfaith study program with a series of talks on “Jesus and His Jewish Influences.” Pastors John DeBevois, Nicole Abdenour, and Will Wellman along with Rabbis Richard Birnholz and Nathan Farb will participate in the six weekly sessions starting Feb. 21 from 7-8:30 p.m. We know that Christianity arose out of Judaism, but we know little about the way Jesus’ Jewish background might have contributed to this progression.

The sessions at Schaarai Zedek will be on Feb. 21 and 28 and March 7 and will deal with these topics: “Jewish Law Giving: The Golden Rule – are you supposed to hate your enemies?; “What does Jewish scripture mean by “The Son of Man;?” “Was Jesus the expected messiah from the Davidic line?” and “Was Jesus a Pharisee? A ‘Son of Light?’ The Son of a Virgin?”

The sessions at Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church, 3501 W. San Jose St., on March 14, 20 and 28 will deal with “Jesus’ arrest and crucifixion and who was to blame; “What did the ancient Rabbis say about Jesus;” “What kind of Messiah did Jesus consider himself to be?” and “His Teachings in Context.” Register online at rsvp or call the temple at (813) 876-2377

Teen band Shabbat: The teens at Schaarai Zedek will present their first Teen Band Shabbat with music for this Shabbat led by teenagers from grades 7-12 on Friday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Winter wonderland: Put on your mittens and jackets and come to Schaarai Zedek to play in the snow on Saturday, Feb. 24 from 3:30-5 p.m. In addition, there will be a dessert truck, juice and pizza. This free event is for families with young children and their siblings. RSVP to or call the temple at (813) 867-2377.

S’more snow: The 20s+30s group will host “Snow and S’mores,” featuring a campfire, doughnut dessert truck, “adult” hot chocolate bar and a chance to play in what is left of the temple’s “snowstorm” on Saturday, Feb. 24 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. RSVP at or contact Lindsey Dewey at (813) 876-2377 or

YES Fund Brunch: The Sisterhood will honor Donna Birnholz at its annual Youth, Education, and Special Services Fund Brunch on Monday, Feb. 26 at 11 a.m. at the temple. The event will recognize Birnholz for her 30 years of service as the Flom Religious School administrative secretary, the support and strength she has provided to her husband, Rabbi Richard Birnholz, as well as aid to various religious school activities, to the students, to the temple, and to the Sisterhood. The annual brunch is a fundraiser for Women of Reform Judaism’s YES (Youth Education and Special Projects) Fund. All who attend will be expected to make at least a minimum donation of $36 to the fund in addition to $18 for brunch.

For more information, call the temple office.

Hamantaschen sale: Sisterhood members will be baking and selling apricot, prune, poppy, cherry and chocolate chip varieties of hamantaschen for $10 a dozen. All proceeds will go to the Schaarai Zedek religious school.

Call the temple at (813) 876-2377 for more information.

Go Bolts: The Brotherhood is going on an outing to see the Tampa Bay Lightning take on the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday, Feb. 28, with a bus leaving the synagogue parking lot at 6 p.m. The cost is $130 for brotherhood members and $150 for nonmembers and includes a bus from Schaarai Zedek, ticket, buffet and drinks.

For more information, call the temple.

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