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June 15, 2018  RSS feed

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Cong. Schaarai Zedek

Rabbi’s final Shabbat: Rabbi Richard Birnholz will give his final Shabbat service sermon before retirement on Friday, June 29 at 7:30 p.m. when he speaks on “The Most Important Piece of Advice I Can Give After 47 Years in the Rabbinate.” A special oneg will follow the service.

New rabbi’s first Shabbat: The congregation will hold a complimentary Sha’Barbeque Shabbat on Friday, July 6 at 6 p.m. to welcome new Senior Rabbi Joel Simon, his wife Jacent and their children Eva and Judd at a belated Fourth of July celebration dinner. Rabbi Simon will then conduct his first Shabbat service in his new role at 7:30 p.m. RSVP for the Sha’Barbeque dinner by Thursday, July 5. RSVP online at or call (813) 876-2377 to let those planning the dinner how many are coming.

Movie night: Schaarai Zedek’s summer event, Wednesday Wine & Movie Night, begins on Wednesday, June 27 at 5:30 p.m. Sip a glass of wine and have a light dinner, followed by a showing of Darkest Hour, starring Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas and Lily James. The movie begins at the precipice of World War II. Newly elected Prime Minister Winston Churchill must decide whether to negotiate with Nazi Germany or stand up to Hitler in the fight for the ideals of his nation. At the conclusion, Rabbi Richard Birnholz will discuss the movie.

Up next will be July 11 showing of The Women’s Balcony. The movie begins at 5:30 and at the conclusion, Rabbi Simon will discuss the movie. There is no charge to attend, but RSVPs are requested to the temple office at (813) 876-2377 or email

Senior luncheon: Seniors will be treated to a performance of songs from Hello Dolly by members of the Patel Conservatory Theater on Thursday, July 19. Students from grades 9 through college bring this Broadway hit to life as they perform numbers from the show. The senior luncheon will begin at 11:15 a.m. and in addition to the show, the synagogue’s preschool singers will perform at 11:30 a.m. before lunch is served. There is no charge, but reservations requested. RSVP to the temple office.

Family movie night: Dine on pizza, salad and desert and take in a showing of Inside Out, starring Amy Poehler on Saturday, July 21 at 5:30 p.m. This Academy Award winning film is rated PG and is appropriate for the whole family at parent’s discretion. Lindsey Dewey will have activities for young children and will show a children’s movie, Nut Job 2. At the conclusion, Rabbi Simon will discuss the main movie. There is no charge but RSVPs are requested.

Happy hour: The congregation’s 20s+30s group will meet at the Green Lemon, 915 S. Howard Ave., on Thursday, July 26 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for happy hour. Come out and connect or re-connect, with Rabbi Simon. The temple will pick up the tab for the first drink and light appetizers. RSVP at For questions contact Lindsey Dewey at or (813) 876-2377, ext. 221.

Tot Shabbat: Children up to 5 years old, their older siblings and their parents are invited to meet outside the temple on Saturday, July 28 at 10:30 a.m. for Shabbat songs and prayers, followed by a Water Wonderland featuring a water pad, sprinklers, and plenty of water toys for tots (and play area for older kids). There will be pizza and refreshments at no charge. Teenokot, a group for moms and children up to age 4 who meet on weekday mornings, will also join in the Tot Shabbat. RSVP by July 26 online at or email:

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