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Moms in Israel: Tampa Ameet Hadassah invites the community to the first meeting of 2019 at the Cohn campus of the JCC on Tuesday, Feb. 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. A recent feature in the Jewish Press about the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project (JWRP) to Israel and how a spirited group of local mothers bonded with Israel and each other inspired Marilyn Slater, Tampa Ameet’s new president, to reach out to these women. Several of those who participated in the program will join a panel discussion and share their experiences and insights.

Shylock and anti-Semitism: For 400 years after it was written, scholars still debate whether Shakespeare’s “Merchant of Venice” is anti-Semitic. The St. Petersburg Chapter of Hadassah will discuss this issue with Professor Sara Munson Deats, author of “Why the Merchant of Venice is not anti-Semitic” on Sunday, Feb. 24 at the Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 5th St. S., St. Petersburg at 2 p.m.. Part of St. Petersburg’s Celebration of the Arts, the program is free and open to the community. It includes admission to the museum, lecture, mini exhibit of Arthur Szyk’s graphics illustrating “The Last Days of Shylock” by Ludwig Lewisohn plus refreshments.

Body image discussion: The St. Petersburg Chapter of Hadassah will feature a program about “Jewish Women, Food and Body Image,” on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. at Congregation B’nai Israel, 300 58th St. N., St. Petersburg, as part of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Guest speakers are Wendy Levine, author of “Butterflies are Free – What About Me” and Iris Ruth Pastor, author of “The Secret Life of a Weight-Obsessed Woman.” Healthy refreshments will be served. Admission is free. The program is open to women, men and youth.

Norman Jewish Library

Genealogy lecture: A series of lectures on Jewish genealogy concludes on Monday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Norman Jewish Library,13207 N. 52nd St., Temple Terrace in conjunction with its monthly Festival Meal Rosh Chodesh. William E. (Bill) Israel, a founder and past president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay, will present “Finding Your Jewish Roots: An Introduction to Jewish Genealogy.”

There is a $10 fee for the lecture, but no charge for students. For more information and to RSVP (required), contact Walter Schlomann at (917) 439- 5888 or email

Genealogical Society

Research tips: The Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay will offer a two-session seminar to provide a foundation for beginners and an update for experienced researchers on Sundays, Feb. 10 and March 10 at 2 p.m. at Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services, 14041 Icot Blvd., Clearwater. Registration will be held at 1:30 p.m. on both dates. The seminar, led by Emil H. Isaacson, will focus on developing the proper approaches and applying the necessary tools, techniques and short cuts to most effectively connect you with your ancestors in the old country. There is no charge for members. Nonmembers must join or pay $25 per person or $35 per family – the cost of an annual membership. A printed booklet will be available for $10. For information about the organization or directions to the meeting, call Bruce Hadburg at (727) 796-7981.

Young adults

Check out the Wharf: Congregation Schaarai Zedek’s 20s+30s group will do a dinner on the town event on Sunday, Feb. 9 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Sparkman’s Wharf, Tampa’s new outdoors waterfront destination. The group will meet for a picnic dinner at the wharf where folks can choose from a number of food vendors. Then everyone will be treated to a drink from the Fermented Reality Biergarten. All Jewish community members in their 20s and 30s are invited. RSVP to Lindsey Dewey at (813) 876-2377 or

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.

Mystical Jewish concepts: A discussion with Rabbi Lazer Rivkin will focus on events past and present throughout Jewish history and the Jewish exile. Many have wondered what the secret of our survival is. That secret has its roots in Jewish mysticism. The session will be on Monday, Feb. 11 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Cohn campus. There is no charge.

The other four questions: Rabbi Jason Rosenberg of Congregation Beth Am will lead lunch and learn classes to explain the background and significance of Jewish holidays and traditions. The next class is Wednesday, Feb. 13 at noon at the Cohn campus.

Trivial Pursuit and pizza: Enjoy an afternoon of friendly challenge with a slice of pizza as participants play Trivial Pursuit on Thursday, Feb. 14 10 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Cohn campus. This is a free event.

JetSetters: The Phyllis Borell JetSetters group meets at the Cohn campus for an entertaining program on Thursday, Feb. 28 from 11 a.m. to noon. There is no charge, but a $5 donation is suggested to cover the cost of lunch. This is a social group for people of all ages.

Wednesday movie matinee: The active adults classic film series will continue with a showing of “Menashe” on Wednesday, Feb. 6 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Cohn campus. The event is free and includes a beverage and popcorn.

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

Canasta: Meet in the senior lounge at the Cohn campus every Friday from 3-4:30 p.m. for friendly games of canasta.

Classical music concert: Seniors are invited to take a trip to the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Thursday, Feb. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a Florida Orchestra coffee concert. Conductor Michael Francis will lead a morning of Bohemian classics, including Dvorak’s Symphony No. 7, Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 10 and Smetana’s Sark. Join for the music and a coffee and doughnut pre-concert discussion of music and what composers are thinking when writing music. Transportation from the Glazer JCC and the Cohn Campus is available.

World of Books Club: This new club meets at both JCCs and is for anyone who enjoys reading and sharing their impressions with other book lovers. There is no charge. At the Glazer JCC the group will meet Tuesday, Feb. 19 from 5-6:30 p.m. to discuss “Call it Sleep” by Henry Roth. The next meeting date for the Cohn campus is on Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 3-4:30 p.m.

Mah jongg: Folks can play at both JCCs. At the Glazer JCC, drop-in sessions are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-3 p.m. This is free for all members. All levels of players are welcome. There will also be a series of lessons offered on Sundays and Wednesdays, March 17 through April 7 at various times at a cost of $65 for members and $70 for guests.

At the Cohn campus, there are free open play sessions every Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30- 3:30 p.m.

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 Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m.; at the Cohn campus, the second and fourth Friday from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The topics of discussion at the Cohn campus are South of the Border on Feb. 8 and Educating Florida on Feb. 22. The topics at the Glazer JCC are: Educating Floridians on Feb. 5 and part 2 of Educating Floridians on Feb. 12.

Osher classes: The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, a program through the University of South Florida, will offer a program on “Meditative and Expressive Hand Drawing” with instructor Mariam Zimms at the Cohn campus on Tuesdays through Feb. 19 from 1-2:30 p.m.

A class on Dying in America, taught by John Dormois, will be held at the Glazer JCC on Thursdays, Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 1-3 p.m.

For more information on either Osher class, call (813) 974-8036 or contact Pnina Levermore at (813) 291-2253.

Travel lovers: Join in engaging travel discussions as local travel professionals take you on “journeys” to wonderful destinations. The next session will be on Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 5-6 p.m. at the Glazer JCC for a discussion of the British Isles.. There will also be a session at the Cohn campus on Thursday, Feb. 28 from 12:30- 1:30 p.m.

Men’s Club: This group will meet on Tuesdays, Feb. 12 and 26 from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Glazer JCC for card games, ping-pong and billiards.

Bridge lessons: A new six-session bridge class, for those who play at any level, will be offered at the Glazer JCC on Fridays from Feb. 15 through March 22 from 1-2:30 p.m. The cost is $50 for members and $60 for guests, with pro-rating options available.


Volunteers needed: The Jewish War Veterans Post 373 is seeking veterans and non-veterans, male and female, who would like to help permanent live-in disabled veterans at the Tampa VA Hospital. For details regarding the Post and the latest post activities, visit

Contact Commander Larry Jasper at (813) 404-5616 or email


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 10:30 – noon. The Feb. 4 topic is “Market Yourself through Business/Networking Cards.” The Feb. 11 topic is “What is Emotional Intelligence and How Does it Impact Your Career?”

Job-search aids: The topic for the Success Workshop to aid with job-search skills on Thursday, Feb. 7 from 1-3:30 p.m. is “Getting Organized and Staying on Tract During Job Search.” On Thursday, Feb. 14 from 1-4:30 p.m. the topic is “Is Your Brand Helping You Land a Job?” The workshops are free for Job-Links program participants; $15 for guests. Reservations required.

Boot camp: On Wednesday, Feb. 20 there will be a job search boot camp at Congregation B’nai Israel, 300 58th St. N., St. Petersburg. This is a program from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to kick-start your job search into high gear. It aims to help people master change and transition, conduct self-assessments, develop their own brand, improve interview skills, manage networking, strengthen your resume, boost your Linked-in profile and optimize your references. The cost is $25 if paid by Feb. 12, or $30 after, and includes a kosher lunch. Advanced registration is required. To RSVP, contact Job-Links, (813) 344-0200, email

Support groups

Alzheimer’s caregivers: 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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