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Genealogical Society

Immigration research: The Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay will offer the second of a two-part seminar titled: “The JGSTB 2018 Guide to Immigration Research: “Why You Can’t Find Your Bubbe’s Immigration Record” on Sunday, March 11 at 2 p.m. at Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services, 14041 Icot Blvd., Clearwater. Registration will begin at 1:30 p.m. This seminar will enable participants to discover their family’s immigration records. The presentation will concentrate on both traditional and recently available internet resources. Dr. Emil H. Isaacson, who will lead the seminar, has more than 33 years of experience in genealogy. The seminar is free to members. Cost for non-members is $25 for individuals or $35 for a family, which will include an annual membership. To pre-register for the class, for more information, or for directions, call Bruce Hadburg at (727) 796-7981.

Jewish War Veterans

Volunteers needed: The Jewish War Veterans Post 373 is seeking members who would like to help ill and disabled veterans. Contact Commander Jack Rudowsky at (813) 598-8061 or email


Monday Morning Links: Free sessions of Monday Morning Links are offered at the Jack Roth Center for Career Development at TampaBay-Job-Links, 4100 W. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 206, Tampa from 9:30 - 11 a.m. On Feb. 19, the topic is “Staying Optimistic During Career Transition.” On Feb. 26 the topic is “Why the Most Qualified Candidate Doesn’t Always Get the Job.” Monday Morning Links is supported by the Vinik Family Foundation.

Job-search aids: There are Success workshops on select Thursdays to aid with job-search skills. On March 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the topic is “Transferring Your Skills and Re-Careering.” The workshops are free for TampaBay Job-Links full program participants and $15 for guests. Reservations required for all programs. To RSVP, call (813) 344-0200, email RSVP@TBJL. org.

Young Adults

#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 or to RSVP for any #Gather events, visit: or contact Lisa Robbins at or (813) 769-4723.

Art night: Create a self-portrait at the private art studio of local artist Sara Scher on Monday, Feb. 26 from 7-9 p.m. The cost is $15 for #Gather members and $20 for guests (includes art materials, snacks and wine). This event is limited to 14 people. No skill is needed.

Wearable art: Take your rummaging skills to the next level at a “Junk Box Jewelry” event on Wednesday, March 7 from 6-9 p.m. at the visual arts center in the Bryan Glazer Family JCC. Choose from a variety of unsuspecting items to combine, alter, fabricate and recombine into wearable jewelry. Dig through a treasure trove of metal, parts, pieces, leather, hinges, springs, zippers and other found and recycled options to create your very own piece of original jewelry. Bring snacks and wine to share during social hour. The cost is $10 for members and 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 All registrations should be completed before events begin. Advance registration is also required through the USF Osher Lifelong Learning Institute for Osher classes offered at the Cohn campus or Glazer JCC. For more information on those classes, contact the institute at (813) 974- 8036,

Bridge lessons: Those who want to learn how to play bridge or improve their game can take six-session bridge class at the Glazer JCC Fridays from March 2 through April 6. This is for players at any level and sessions are from 1-2:30 p.m. The cost is $50 for members; $60 for non-members.

The other four questions: Rabbi Jason Rosenberg of Congregation Beth Am will lead lunch and learn classes at the Cohn campus to explain the background and significance of the holidays. The next class on Wednesday, March 7 at noon will focus on Passover. Additional classes will be held in April and May, with topics to be announced later. The program is free, but a donation of $5 is suggested to cover the cost of lunch.

Florida’s forgotten heroes: Learn about some of the state’s little known luminaries in a class at the Glazer JCC, led by Lynne Mormino, on Wednesdays, March 21 and 28 from 10-11:30 a.m. Meet Alexander Darnes, who rose from slave to physician; Frank Adamo, hero of the Bataan death march; Mary Lou Baker, who kept the legislative home fires burning during World War II, and Marjorie Carr, zoologist and environmental activist. Cost is $20 for the two sessions.

The whole enchilada: Take a class at the Glazer JCC that offers fitness for body and mind on Wednesdays, April 4 - 25 from 10 a.m. to noon, taught by June Kittay and Eric Pfeiffer. Combine the advantages of physical and mental fitness exercises to produce exceptional fun and enhanced health. The cost is $40.

Excursion: A tour of the Nielsen Media Research facility will be offered on Tuesday, Feb. 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by a lunch. The tour will showcase Nielsen’s history and its audience measuring systems. Participants can learn how the company collects information on what people watch on TV, personal computers and mobile devices and the methods they use to determine what people will buy in stores. The tour includes a visit to the call center. Transportation for this event is provided.

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

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 March 7, the movie will be Driving Miss Daisy.

Trivial Pursuit and pizza: This group meets at the Cohn campus on the second Thursday of the month from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. to exercise minds and enjoy some pizza. This event is free.

Yiddish nostalgia: Join Ruth Weston and other Yiddish enthusiasts on Thursday, Feb. 22 from 12:45-1:45 p.m. at the Cohn campus to share favorite expressions and reminisce. This program is free.

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 Feb. 21. 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, at that location there will be guided instruction to learn the basics on Mondays from 1:30-3 p.m. at a cost of $5 for members and $10 for guests.

At the Glazer JCC, drop-in sessions are offered on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-3 p.m. This is free for all members. Novices and experienced players are welcome. Also at the Glazer JCC, lessons will be offered on Sundays, March 18 through 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. On March 14 there will be a Touch of Irish presentation by the Treble Clefs.

The JetSetters group also meets on the Cohn campus on the fourth Thursday of the month from 11 a.m. to noon. On Feb. 22 the discussion topic will be the “Golden Days of Radio.” 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. Topics are: Feb. 20, voting in America; Feb. 27, the Florida Legislature’s agenda. These sessions are free.

The group at the Cohn campus, meets the second and fourth Friday from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The Feb. 23 session is on the populist movement. There is no charge to attend.

Tampa history series: Learn about Tampa’s history during free sessions led by Carl Zielonka at the Glazer JCC. On March 7 from 1-2 p.m. the topic will be on Hyde Park, Tampa’s first suburb west of the Hillsborough River.

Culture Café: Get a behind the scenes look on Wednesday, Feb. 28 from 7-8:30 p.m. as University of Tampa dance students and faculty show how they create choreography and prepare for performances. See pieces performed live and join in a question and answer session. The cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members.

Guys gathering: This group will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 27 from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Glazer JCC for men to gather in relaxed and friendly surroundings. Potential activities include poker, billiards, ping-pong, sporting events, fishing or camping, community volunteering or discussions.

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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