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April 6, 2018  RSS feed
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Cong. Schaarai Zedek

Retirement celebration: The congregation will honor retiring Rabbi Richard Birnholz and his wife, Donna on the weekend of Friday through Sunday, April 27-29. The celebration begins on Friday night with a Todah Rabah Shabbat. It will include a wine and cheese reception at 6:30 p.m. and Shabbat service with guest speaker Rabbi Harry Danziger at 7:30 p.m. In 1986,

Rabbi Danziger installed Rabbi Birnholz as the fourth senior rabbi at Congregation Schaarai Zedek. On Saturday evening, award-winning entertainer Jason Hewlett will present “A Rabbi Walks into a Temple … Stand-Up Comedy for a Stand-Out Guy.” The event begins at 7 p.m. with a pre-performance champagne and small bites reception, followed at 8 p.m. by Hewlett’s one-man show featuring comedy, music and impressions, appropriate for all ages. Cake and coffee will be served after the performance. There is no charge for this event, but an RSVP is required. On Sunday at 11:30 a.m., there will be a “Holy Smokes” family barbecue bash with the Birnholzes. For more information, contact the temple at (813) 876- 2377 or

Saturday movie night: The movie, Wonder, starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay, will be shown at the temple on Saturday, May 5 at 5:30 p.m. The film tells the story of August (Auggie) Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters the fifth grade, attending a mainstream school for the first time in his life. It is a movie that deals with issues and values that are important lessons for all ages and families are encouraged to attend. Before the movie there will be pizza and after the movie, Rabbi Birnholz will lead an important discussion on the movie’s themes. There is no charge, but RSVPs are requested. Babysitting will not be provided. RSVP at rsvp or call the temple or email

Senior luncheon: The Tampa Bay Flamenco Dance Company will perform at the senior luncheon on Thursday, April 19. This is a professional dance group that performs at the Columbia restaurant. Seating begins at 11:15 a.m. and preschoolers will sing for the seniors at 11:30, followed by the dance group. There is no charge for this event, but reservations are needed. RSVP to the temple at (813) 876-2377 or email

Adult learning: Rabbi Nathan Farb will present the last of a three-part series, “Bargaining with God,” on Wednesday, April 18 from 7-8:30 p.m. Our Jewish tradition is full of examples of great figures who argued, cajoled, and haggled with God. The topic is “Bargaining with God in the 21st Century: How the Jewish State, the Holocaust, and modern technology are changing the way we argue with and about God.”

Café CSZ: Have a bagel and a cup of coffee at Café CSZ on Sundays, April 15, 22 and 29 from 9-11 a.m. when religious school is meeting.

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