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History Chapter of Hadassah will meet on Tuesday, April 24 from 7-9 p.m. to hear Abraham Zeewy speak on “Celebrating the Jewish Brigade during World War II.” Zeewy will speak about how he survived the Holocaust in Romania and as a leader of a Zionist organization there he was trained to go to Palestine to help establish the state of Israel.

Zeewy will introduce a documentary film In Our Own Hands, about the battle for Jerusalem. During the final weeks of World War II, the only all-Jewish fighting unit went into combat against the Nazis and was victorious. After the war, the Brigade masterminded one clandestine operation after another – engineering the rescue and illegal movement of Holocaust survivors to Palestine. In 1948, they helped lead the Israel Defense Forces in their new country’s War of Independence and assisted Holocaust survivors to emigrate to Palestine.

Zeewy speaks four languages fluently (Romanian, Hebrew, French, and English) and is a veteran of Israel’s 1948 War of Independence. After the war, he worked as an electronic instructor in the communications branch of the Israeli Army and went first to France, where he earned in 1961 a BS in electrical engineering, then to America, where he earned a MS degree in 1972. He retired to Sarasota in 1997.

The meeting will be held at the Cohn Campus of the Tampa JCCs and Federation, 13009 Community Campus Drive, Tampa. This meeting is free and open to Hadassah members and not-yet members. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Jane at (813) 334-6812.

Young Adults

Spin class: Join in a high-energy spin class with other #Gather members at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC on Monday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m. This is free for members and $7 for guests and includes access to the entire JCC for the day. Pedal through hill climbs, sprints and interval training with motivational music to help push you through the challenge. Cool down with a smoothie by the pool together. Reserve your bike today.

#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.

20s/30s Connection: The 20s/30s Connection at Congregation Schaarai Zedek will meet at the Lowry Parcade at 1213 W. Waters Ave. in Tampa on Thursday, April 19 from 6:30-8 p.m. for a happy hour. Enjoy old-style arcade games and craft beer. As always, the first drink is free.

Schaarai Zedek’s 20s/30s Connection is open to all Tampa Bay Jewish 20s/30s – singles, couples, and any partners/significant others. For more information, contact Lindsey Dewey at or (813) 876-2377, Ext. 221. RSVP at


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 April 16 the topic is “How to Work the Room at a Networking Event or Job Fair.” Monday Morning Links is supported by the Vinik Family Foundation.

Boot camp: In partnership with Congregation B’nai Israel of St. Petersburg, Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services, and the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties, TampaBay-Job-Links will present a full-day Job-Search Boot Camp providing tools and strategies to help individuals in career transition kick their job search into high gear. The workshop will take place at Congregation B’nai Israel, 300 58th St. N., St. Petersburg, on Wednesday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost to attend is $25, and a kosher lunch will be provided. Advance registration is required, and seating is limited. To register, call TampaBay-Job- Links at (813) 344-0200 or email RSVP@ by April 18.

Jewish War Veterans

Volunteers needed: The Jewish War Veterans Post 373 is seeking members who would like to help ill and disabled veterans. For details regarding the Post and the latest post activities, visit Contact Commander Jack Rudowsky at (813) 598-8061 or email

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.

Dolphin boat adventure: Active Adults from both JCCs are invited to join a boat ride on Tuesday, May 8 to view dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico. The event for those participating in group transportation is from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For those who go on their own, check in at Hubbard’s Marina, 170 Johns Pass Boardwalk, Madeira Beach, at 12:30 p.m. The boat ride will take an hour and a half and following the trip folks can browse the shops and select from a variety of restaurants for a “Dutch” late lunch. The cost is $22. See contact information above for group transportation information.

Mah jongg: Folks can play at both JCCs. At the Cohn campus, there is free open play sessions every Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

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.

JetSetters: The Phyllis Borrell JetSetters social group for adults of all ages meets at both JCCs for an hour-long program followed by lunch. The JetSetters group meets on the Cohn campus on the fourth Thursday of the month from 11 a.m. to noon. On Thursday, April 26 enjoy singing along to vaudeville tunes with Joy Katzen-Guthrie.

The lunch is free for members, though a donation of $5 is suggested.

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 May 9 there will be a presentation by Opera Tampa singers.

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. The April 17 topic is Russian relations in Europe, the Middle East and the United States. The April 24 topic is “Are films and books portraying the country’s accomplishments and challenges in a fair manner?”

The group at the Cohn campus, meets the second and fourth Friday from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The topic on April 27 will be What American values seem to have been set aside. There is no charge to attend at either location.

Bridge lessons: Those who want to learn how to play bridge or improve their game can take bridge classes at the Glazer JCC on Fridays through May 18. 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. There are also open play bridge days on Mondays, April 16, 23 and 30 at the Glazer JCC from 10:30 a.m. to noon. This is free for members and $10 for non-members.

Men’s Club: This group will meet on Tuesday, April 24 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.

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 in on April 25.

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

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 May 2, the movie will be Daniel.

Yiddish nostalgia: Join Ruth Weston and other Yiddish enthusiasts on Thursday, April 26 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the Cohn campus to share favorite expressions and reminisce. This program is free.

Crochet lessons: Learn crochet with instructor 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.

The other four questions: Rabbi Jason Rosenberg of Congregation Beth Am will lead classes to explain the background and significance of the holidays. The next class, on Shavuot and Sukkot, is Wednesday, May 16 at noon at the Cohn campus.

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