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Scrabble tourny: Brush up on your double-letter words, anagrams and seven-letter words for a JCC Scrabble tournament on Sunday, July 15 from 1-4 p.m. at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC, 522 N. Howard Ave., Tampa. There will be games, snacks and prizes. The event is open to JCC members and guests of all ages and skill levels. There is no fee to participate. This is an inter-generational program of Tween Connex, #Gather and Active Adults of the JCCs. Bring your own Scrabble set and dictionary if you have them. Note: this is not an official NASPA Scrabble tournament. Although there is no charge, registration is required. Go to

Genealogical Society

Examining evidence: Guest speaker George G. Morgan will discuss “Principles for Effective Evidence Analysis” during the next meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay on Sunday June 10. The lecture will include the principles of genealogical evidence analysis and show examples of capturing all the clues to expand and improve research. The meeting takes place at Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services; 14041 Icot Blvd., Clearwater. A pre-session social with refreshments and library access begins at 1:30 p.m. Morgan, a local resident, is one of the world’s most prolific and best-known authors and speakers on genealogy. Among his books is the award-winning How to Do Everything with Your Genealogy and is co-host of two podcasts on the topic. Anyone interested in learning how to do Jewish genealogy research is invited to participate. There is no charge to attend and guests are welcome. For information about the organization or directions to the meeting, 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. For details regarding the Post and the latest post activities, visit Contact Commander Jack Rudowsky at (813) 598-8061 or email

Young Adults

Brew bus adventure: The #Gather group will go on a brew bus adventure on Sunday, June 3 from noon to 4 p.m. The cost is $10 for unlimited bus rides throughout the day on the local loop bus as folks stop at various breweries, restaurants and bars in Tampa. Food and beverages are at the cost of participants. See contact information below.

Museum tour: The #Gather group will take a private tour of the Florida Holocaust Museum’s exhibition: “Operation Finale: The Capture & Trial of Adolf Eichmann,” on Sunday, June 24. The group will gather first at 12:30 p.m. at La V, a Vietnamese fusion restaurant, at 441 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. The museum is a few blocks away and the tour there begins at 2 p.m. The cost is $12 for members and $15 for guests, lunch not included. Registration in advance is required for this event.

Armature Works tour: The #Gather group will take a free behind the scenes tour of Armature Works on Tuesday, June 26 at 6:30 p.m. Tour Tampa’s hottest new project with Taryn Bruck, managing director of Armature Works. After the tour, the group will dine together in the Heights Market inside Armature Works. Cost of dinner is not included.

#Gather offers a mix of social and interactive activities designed to help young adults connect. It is open to young adults in their 20s, 30s and 40s 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.

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.

Chess lessons: Learn how to play chess on Mondays from 1:30-3 p.m. at the Cohn campus.

Men’s Club: This group will meet on Tuesdays, June 12 and 26 from 5 - 6:30 p.m. at the Glazer JCC for men to gather in relaxed and friendly surroundings. Planned activities include a guided tour of the Florida Holocaust Museum on May 30; watching a Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays game at Tropicana Field on Wednesday, June 13 at 1:10 p.m. and a member’s lunch and chat on Tuesday, June 19 at Ciccio’s Water Restaurant for $2 Taco Tuesday.

Parkinson’s event: A free community event is planned for Sunday, June 3 from 3-4:30 p.m. when speaker Angela M. Hill talks at the Glazer JCC about “Facts and Fiction about Traditional and Contemporary Treatment Approaches for Parkinson’s Disease.” Hill is pharmacy consultant for the USF ByrdAlzheimer’s Institute/Parkinson’s Center/Movement Disorders Clinic.

Bridge: Those who want to learn how to play bridge or improve their game can take the last four of a series of six bridge classes at the Glazer JCC on Fridays, June 1, 8, 15 and 22. 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, but pro-rating in available for those who missed the first two classes in May.

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.

At the Glazer JCC, JetSetters will meet on Wednesday, June 13 to hear stories and songs of legendary singers and songwriters such as the Kingston Trio, John Denver, Roger Miller and more. Local guitarist and balladeer George Aldrich will perform.

The program will be repeated on Thursday, June 28 at the Cohn campus.

Both groups meet from from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 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:

• May 29 – the history of the midterms and how they might change the direction of the country.

• June 5 – the platform proposal of each political party for mid-term elections.

• June 12 – how people get their news.

• June 19 – the divisions of ethical thinking in the Western world

• June 26 – how to effect social change.

The group at the Cohn campus, meets the second and fourth Friday from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Upcoming topics are:

• June 8 – the platform proposal of each political party for mid-term elections.

• June 22 – how social change is accomplished and what people may be willing to give up to make it happen.

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 classes are on Wednesdays, June 13 and 27. 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. The June 6 film will be The Chosen, a top-rated film in the National Classic Jewish Film Guide.

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.


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. Monday Morning Links is supported by the Vinik Family Foundation.

Switching gears: The final two in a series of four evening workshops, each from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. are offered, targeting those in career transition. These sessions cover the nuts and bolts of career transition. People can enroll for the full series or come for any individual session. The sessions are on Tuesdays, May 29 and June 5. Reservations are required. Cost is $15 per workshop or $50 for all four. To RSVP, call (813) 344-0200, email RSVP@

Support groups

Alzheimer’s caregiver: 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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