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June 15, 2018  RSS feed

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Cruise to Cozumel: The Tampa Ameet Chapter of Hadassah is hosting a four-night Hanukkah cruise on the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Brilliance of the Seas from Dec. 6-10, departing from Tampa and sailing to Cozumel, Mexico. The cruise includes all meals (kosher food is available), Broadwaystyle entertainment, mah jongg, and all the standard fare the ship offers. Special events will be planned revolving around the group’s common interests, including lighting Hanukkah candles at sea. Everyone is welcome. Cabin rates range from $512 to $639 and a $75 deposit is due by June 29, with final payment by Sept. 10. Proceeds will benefit Hadassah’s medical research. For additional information, contact Michele Norris at (813) 352-8765.


Scrabble tourney: 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

Young Adults

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 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.

Cocktails by the pool: The #Gather group will meet on Wednesday, Aug. 29 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for a poolside party with cocktails at the Mezrah Family Aquatics Center at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC, 522 N. Howard Ave., Tampa. This event is free to JCC members and $5 for guests. There will be cocktails and hors d’oeuvres by the pool. RSVP by Friday, Aug. 24 and receive one free drink ticket. There will be icebreakers, pool deck games, prizes and more. For more information, visit: or

#Gather offers a mix of social and interactive activities for 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, 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.

Men’s Club: This group will meet on Tuesdays, July 10 and 24 from 5 - 6:30 p.m. at the Glazer JCC for men to gather in relaxed and friendly surroundings for card games, ping-pong, billiards and occasional outings.

Bridge: Those who want to learn how to play bridge or improve their game can take a series of six classes at the Glazer JCC on Fridays, from June 29 to Aug. 3 from 1-2:30 p.m. The sessions will cover the fundamentals of bridge, including bidding and the play of hand. The cost is $50 for members; $60 for non-members.

Crochet lessons: A Knit and Crochet Club, led by Kay Friedlander, will meet every Wednesday at the Glazer JCC in the J Café from 10:30 a.m. to noon This is open to those who want to learn and all levels of expertise. Bring your current project or start a new one.

Plugged in: Learn about web security, map navigation, website design and social media at a session where young tech-savvy professionals share their knowledge on Monday, July 16 at the Glazer JCC. Laptops are available. To register, call (813) 291-2253.

Tampa History series: Carl Zielonka leads a series of lectures on the history of Tampa at the Glazer JCCThe next session will be on Wednesday, July 11 from 1-2 p.m. and the topic is “Cigar City: The history of the Cigar Industry in Ybor City and West Tampa.”

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. All levels of 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 Cohn campus the Thursday, June 28 program is part of a concert series, this time featuring balladeer George Aldrich.

At the Glazer JCC, JetSetters will meet on Wednesday, July 11 to hear stories and songs of legendary singers and songwriters such as the Kingston Trio, John Denver, Roger Miller and more. This session will feature Andrie Cheine, a graduate of the Leningrad Conservatory who has performed often in the Bay area. He sings in six different languages.

Both groups meet 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. Sessions at the Glazer JCC are on Tuesdays from 7-8:30 p.m.

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

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

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, July 11 and 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 non-holiday Wednesday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon on the Cohn campus. There is no charge to attend. The July 11 film will be The Jazz Singer, a top-rated film in the National Classic Jewish Film Guide.


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 June 25 from 9:30-11 a.m., the topic is “What to do if your job search stalls?” The program is supported by the Vinik Family Foundation.

Job-search aids: There are Success workshops on select Thursdays to aid with job-search skills. On June 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. the topic is “Preparing for your interview.” The workshops are free for Job- Links program participants and $15 for guests. Reservations required. To RSVP, call (813) 344-0200, email

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