THIS WEEK’S SUNDAY SIMCHA ~ October 13, 2019 ~ 14 Tishrei, 5780
Today’s program was devoted to festive and poignant music of Sukkot and the season by Sam Glaser, Yaffa Yarkoni, Ilanit, Judy Tellerman, Rabbi Jonathan Aaron of Beverly Hills, CA, Chava Mirel, Dovid Pearlman, Beth Styles, Cantor Linda Hirschhorn, Cantor Marsha Attie, The Yamma Ensemble. A Bisl Freylichkayt—A Little Mirth—was provided by Jerry Seinfeld—and Rabbi Pinchas Adler of Young Israel Chabad of Pinellas County joined us with Milot Chochmah—Words of Wisdom. The stunning a cappella presentation of Hatikvah was by Accent A Cappella.
Join me, Joy Katzen-Guthrie, for The Sunday Simcha this and every Sunday from 1-2 PM on WMNF Community Radio 88.5 FM following The Third Opinion with Mike Deeson and Laureen Jaffe, or on this page or via the WMNF App on your cellphone. Our programs remain in the archive throughout the week until the following show.
Chag Sameach—a festive, uplifting, and joyous Sukkot.
LAST WEEK’S SUNDAY SIMCHA ~ October 6, 2019 ~ 7 Tishri, 5779
Our first program of 5780 marked WMNF’s Fall Pledge Drive with a mix of music celebrating the New Year and preparing for Kol Nidre by Chana Rothman, Yerachmiel & Einat Biron, Jan Peerce, Rabbi Jonathan Aaron, and AMIT Students in Israel. Rabbi Mendy Yarmush of Chabad Jewish Center at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel brought Milot Chochmah—Words of Wisdom, and A Bisl Freylichkayt—A Little Mirth—was supplied by cast members of the 1966 hit album, When You’re In Love, The Whole World is Jewish! I am so grateful to every one of our listeners who pledged to our program and who have pledged in the past and who listen to us—your support is deeply appreciated by WMNF and by everyone connected to The Sunday Simcha. THANK YOU! My thanks also to Laura Taylor for joining us on the program and assisting me with this pledge drive. I wish every one of you much much love in the year ahead and thank you again for all your kind remarks today and for supporting WMNF Community radio and The Sunday Simcha.
We did not reach our goal for this program, though we did receive many pledges and beautiful comments for which I’m grateful. It is never too late to provide a donation. If you love this program — if you hear music you enjoy and learn of cultural information, history and arts that enriches your life, support The Sunday Simcha and WMNF Radio and make your pledge in honor of The Sunday Simcha, and it will be credited to this pledge drive. Please remember us as part of your High Holy Day giving to the causes and worthy organizations that serve our Jewish community and the community as a whole. For nearly 40 years, The Sunday Simcha has been part of Tampa Bay Jewish life. Pledge via the WMNF App, via the WMNF.org Tip Jar via this page, or call 813-238-8001 during the business day or 813-239-9663 on the studio line during the program Sundays from 1-2 PM. Consider our pledge gifts as well, which you are able to see below. Several of them went during the program this week, but there are some lovely ones remaining. Below you may view the gifts both exclusive to our program and from the WMNF swag collection, any of which you may choose for the appropriate donation.
Shlomo and Jordyn Schwersky return to host the Sunday Simcha on November 10th and December 15th.
At the WMNF Volunteer Appreciation event on Sunday, August 18th, I was deeply touched to be named WMNF New Programmer of the Year 2019. I am so grateful to be acknowledged for the programs I bring you and to be part of the legacy of this broadcast. In the two months that I have had the joy of hosting The Sunday Simcha, I have been told by many—both Jewish and non-Jewish—how much this program means to you. Thank you for allowing me to represent this community and to be part of a dedicated team of broadcasters and staff at WMNF that brings creative, insightful, memorable, and important music and information to the Tampa Bay region and the entire world.
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THANK YOU, JEWISH PRESS OF TAMPA BAY!
Our deepest appreciation to The Jewish Press of Tampa Bay (Pinellas/Hillsborough Counties) for its extensive features on The Sunday Simcha, first on April 5, 2019 — reprinted online at https://www.jewishpresstampa.com/articles/oh-joy-new-sunday-simcha-host-to-keep-focus-on-music-and-culture/ and at https://www.jewishpresspinellas.com/pageview/viewer/2019-04-05) — as well as on September 6, 2019 — reprinted online at https://www.jewishpresspinellas.com/articles/sunday-simcha-host-named-new-programmer-of-year/ and at https://www.jewishpresspinellas.com/pageview/viewer/2019-09-06#page=8).
COMPLIMENTARY CD DOWNLOAD ~ Cantor Azi Schwartz and the German National Radio Choir of Berlin
On our recent programs, we have featured breathtaking performances by Cantor Azi Schwartz (of Park Avenue Synagogue, Manhattan) with Germany’s National Radio Choir of Berlin. These selections are featured on the recent Azi Schwartz CD, Heritage. Cantor Schwartz has made available a complimentary download of every song within this collection as a gift, via his own site at https://cantorazischwartz.bandcamp.com/album/heritage-2. The site provides additional details regarding the recording of each selection in the collection as well.
Azi Schwartz appears in concert at the Sarasota Opera House on Sunday, January 12, 2020 at 7 PM, sponsored by Temple Beth Sholom of Sarasota. Call the Temple office at 941.955.8121. Tickets went on sale August 25th. Call 941.328.1300 at the Opera House, or visit https://www.sarasotaopera.org/
SUNDAY SIMCHA GUEST AVIVA CHERNICK’s NEW CD ~ Released September 16, 2019
Canadian concert/recording artist/composer Aviva Chernick (https://avivachernick.com/), was our recent guest on the Sunday Simcha with her stunning new CD of traditional folk Sephardic songs, original songs, and Ladino songs by legendary Ladino singer/songwriter Flory Jagoda. We’ll be playing more of her music in the future. Visit her site and connect with her on Facebook.
VISIT JEWISHINTAMPABAY.COM FOR NEWS OF THE WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA JEWISH COMMUNITY
Rande Friedman joined us to discuss his new web site devoted to the West Central Florida Jewish Community, https://jewishintampabay.com connecting Jewish synagogues, organizations, clergy, events, culture, food, and community in Pinellas, Pasco, Hillsborough, Marion, Citrus, Hernando, and Polk counties at the moment, with plans to expand further into the Bradenton/Sarasota region in the future, gives you an opportunity to input your happenings, news, opinions, and experiences of Jewish life that you wish to share with our entire region. Rande is also seeking WWII vets with whom to video interviews. If that is you, please let Rande know, or if you have any questions or need information, contact Rande via the site email [email protected] or [email protected]
Our first A Bisl Freylichkayt on Joy’s first show of June 16, 2019 featured Tampa Bay-based comedian David Glickman (https://davidglickman.com/, who, by the way, will show up on future appearances of A Bisl Freylickhayt—we have a lot of David’s material you won’t want to miss. David has contributed to JewishinTampaBay.com. Read his feature at https://jewishintampabay.com/i-was-my-grandmothers-ghost-writer/!
ECLECTIC MUSIC, CULTURE, EVENTS, FEATURES, AND GUESTS
Since 1980, The Sunday Simcha has featured the gamut in Jewish entertainment and information: music from Jewish artists and communities around the globe, local (Tampa Bay Area and Central Florida) events and activities, news of Jewish culture, arts, and happenings from around the world, comedy, interviews, and weekly spiritual features. Our audience has grown over the years to include an international listenership, both Jewish and non-Jewish. Our music is an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary, Klezmer, Chassidic, Israeli, Yiddish, Ladino, Mizrachi, Liturgical, and a variety of Jewish folk, pop, and film music from artists around the globe. The weekly feature—Milot Chochmah—Words of Wisdom—brings insights from rabbis, cantors, cantorial soloists and spiritual leaders of synagogues and Jewish organizations in Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Pasco Counties. Community Kvell is a celebration of members of the local community and The Kehillah Calendar provides an overview of coming events in the week ahead. A Bisl Freylichkayt—A Little Mirth—features Jewish comedy and comic songs as a lift to the show’s completion. We are grateful for your comments, suggestions, ideas, creativity, monetary support and for your ears! We hope you will join us as a listener every week and keep us abreast of music, community happenings and community news/updates for our Community Kvell and any creative ideas you have.
THE SUNDAY SIMCHA HISTORY … A TRADITION IN TAMPA BAY (1980-Present)
Among WMNF’s earliest programs after going on air in 1979, The Jewish Sound was hosted by Oded Salpeter from 1980-1985. In 1986, when Oded Salpeter left WMNF to take over a similar position with WKAT-Miami, Mike Eisenstadt officially took over as host (after serving as a reporter/guest host frequently in the years prior), giving it the name by which it has been known since—The Sunday Simcha. Until his passing in 2005, Mike dedicated himself with whole heart to this program and to WMNF Radio as he brought news of the local Jewish community, Israel, and Jewish community worldwide and aired news and cultural features in addition to the range of Jewish music and comedy for which the program became well known. Rabbi Shalom Adler, Founder of Chabad/Young Israel of Pinellas County, brought listeners a recorded or live Weekly Dvar Torah—a tradition carried forward by his son, Rabbi Pinchas Adler, in a live interview each week. Kevin Frye and Shlomo (Steve) Schwersky served as hosts of The Sunday Simcha following Mike’s death. After Kevin’s untimely passing in 2016, Shlomo carried on as host with his daughter Jordyn, who had joined the program as a co-host in 2014. During their tenure, they dedicated themselves to informing the public of Jewish news around the world and expanded the library of music on The Sunday Simcha to become highly contemporary. The two announced their plans to retire in spring 2019, after which Joy Katzen-Guthrie came aboard as host of the program beginning June 16, 2019.
Each week, Milot Chochmah—Words of Wisdom—brings rabbis, cantors, and Jewish spiritual leaders from the Tampa Bay Region to share a Dvar Torah, personal insight or teaching. Each week’s program also is also spiced with a touch of humor via A Bisl Freylichkayt—A Little Mirth.
TAMPA BAY KEHILLAH CALENDAR
A SAMPLING OF COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS IN THE WEEKS AHEAD
October 14, 2019 AND BEYOND
The Sunday Simcha brings you the Kehillah Calendar — brief updates of community happenings in the immediate weeks ahead. Send us word of your community events and news at [email protected]
ONGOING SUKKOT and SIMCHAT TORAH SERVICES 2019/5780
For details of individual worship services in the Tampa Bay region, visit individual congregations from these listings of all congregations in our region from JewishinTampaBay.com:
Please note that many other Jewish organizations and all Jewish residential/living communities provide Shabbat and festival worship services and activities as well. Visit or contact these sites for their separate listings of area organizations as well.
ONGOING TAMPA BAY REGION JEWISH ACTIVITIES
Ongoing – Young Israel of Tampa seeks to complete its new Norman Jewish Library. If you would like to help, visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/update-ac-system?member=2501320.
Mondays, 9:30-11 AM, Ongoing – Focus on events past and present throughout Jewish history and the Jewish exile as Rabbi Laser Rivkin leads study of Jewish views of the afterlife and mystical concepts Mondays at the Cohn campus JCC from 9:30-11 AM. Visit https://www.jcccohncampus.com/.
Mondays, 10-11:30 AM, Ongoing – Complimentary sessions of Monday Morning Links are offered in the new Tampa Bay Job-Links office at Austin Center, 1211 N. Westshore Blvd., Suite 300, Tampa. The September 9th topic is “Rules for Resumes.” Visit https://tbjl.org/program-calendar/.
Mondays, 11:15 AM AM and Wednesdays 7 PM, Ongoing – Congregation Beth Shalom of Clearwater offers Talmud classes with Dr. Priscilla Nathanson. The class explores ancient legal traditoin and is open to all levels of knowledge. The Monday class is held following minyan from 10-11:15 AM and the Wednesday class is at 7 PM. Visit https://www.cbsclearwater.org/.
Mondays through December 13th, 11-11:45 AM – JCC Preschool South, 2713 Bayshore Blvd. presents an ongoing program called Baby Groove. Babies, toddlers, and their caregivers can enjoy weekly themed classes. Adults have fun with their babies as they participate in developmentally appropriate activities designed to stimulate and enhance motor development. Social and education activities for parents or caregivers with young children are included. Activities include circle time, exploration of play environments, welcoming activities, songs, nursery rhymes, movement, storytelling, and more. Classes began on September 13th and may be joined at any time during the run until December 13th. For information, call 813-962-2863 or email [email protected].
Tuesdays, 11 AM, Ongoing – The class Sharing Life’s Lessons is held Tuesdays from 11 AM to noon at Congregation Kol Ami, Tampa. There is a different topic, readings, and leader for each weekly session. Visit https://www.kolami.org/.
Tuesdays, 1:30-3 PM, Ongoing – The Sisterhood Needle Workers of Congregation Kol Ami hold weekly knitting sessions from 1:30-3 PM Tuesdays in the boardroom. The knitters make fabric quilt wall hangings and knitting and crocheting squares to make quilts that are donated to charity. For information, call the Kol Ami office. Visit https://www.kolami.org/.
Tuesdays, 7-9 PM, Ongoing – Tampa’s Israeli dance troupe meets Tuesday evenings at Congregation Mekor Shalom and offers lessons. All are welcome. Beginniners dancing 7-8 PM. Intermeditaet 8-9 PM. Visit https://www.mekorshalom.org/.
Tuesdays, 7:30 PM, Ongoing – Learn to chant Torah during classes on Tuesdays from 7:30-8:30 PM at Congregation Kol Ami, Tampa, in the synagogue library. Is your child having a b’nai mitzvah this year and you would like to chant a Torah portion? Ethel Pila is teaching a beginners Torah reading class Tuesday evenings. Visit https://www.kolami.org/.
Wednesdays, 11:15 AM, Ongoing – Join Rebbetzin Miriam Hodakov of Chabad of Clearwater for Torah and Tea, exclusively for women on Wednesdays at 11:15 AM. RSVP to [email protected], or call 727-265-2770. Visit https://www.clearwaterjewish.com/
Wednesdays through December 13th, 11-11:45 AM – Bryan Glazer JCC, 522 N. Howard Ave. presents an ongoing program called Baby Groove. Babies, toddlers, and their caregivers can enjoy weekly themed classes. Adults have fun with their babies as they participate in developmentally appropriate activities designed to stimulate and enhance motor development. Social and education activities for parents or caregivers with young children are included. Activities include circle time, exploration of play environments, welcoming activities, songs, nursery rhymes, movement, storytelling, and more. Classes began on September 13th and may be joined at any time during the run until December 13th. For information, call 813-962-2863 or email [email protected].
Wednesdays, Noon-1 PM, Ongoing – Chabad of Spring Hill presents Torah study classes weekly, taught by Rabbi Chaim Lipszye. These classes are not sequential, so drop-ins are welcome. Brunch and coffee are served. For information regarding the classes, please call 352-600-2779. Visit https://www.chabadspringhill.com/.
Wednesdays, 1:00 PM, Ongoing – Join Rabbi Yossi Eber of Chabad of West Pasco for weekly Torah class. Visit https://www.chabadwp.com/.
Wednesdays, 6:15-7:00 PM, Ongoing – Enrich the soul and mind with a touch of Kabbalah. Learn practical spirituality for everyday life. Classes are held at Congregation Bais Menachem Chabad of Tampa on Wednesday evenings. For information, contact Rabbi Levi Rivkin, 813-504-4432, or email [email protected]. Visit http://www.chabadofcentralflorida.com/.
Wednesdays, 7 PM, Ongoing – Learn more about your heritage or becoming Jewish with classes at Congregation Rodeph Sholom of Tampa. To register, visit http://www.rsholom.org.
Wednesdays, 7-8 PM, Ongoing – The Chabad Center of Greater St. Petersburg presents The Inside Story, a weekly Torah class with Rabbi Alter Korf. The class reads the Torah portion every week and every year begins the cycle again. RSVP to [email protected].
Wednesdays, 7:30 PM, Ongoing – Congregation Bais Menacham Chabad of Tampa offers a weekly Torah class at the University of Tampa. The class explores contemporary issues through a Torah perspective. For information, contact Rabbi Levi Rivkin, 813-504-4432, or email [email protected]. Visit http://www.chabadofcentralflorida.com/.
Thursdays, 9:30 AM, Ongoing – Join Rabbi Rosenberg on Congregation Beth Am on Thursday mornings for Talmud study. For information, contact Rabbi Rosenberg at 83-968-8511 or email [email protected]. Visit https://bethamtampa.org/.
Thursdays, 9:45 AM, Ongoing – Congregation Beth Shalom of Clearwater presents Lox & Learn. Explore the treasures of the weekly Torah portion, led by Rabbi David Weizman. Come for breakfast at 9:45 AM, minyan at 10 AM, then discussion with the rabbi. Visit https://www.cbsclearwater.org/
Thursdays, 10:30-11 AM, Ongoing through November 21 – With the assistance of caregivers, tots participate in a non-strenuous, yet challenging class for kids 18 months and over. The main focus of Tot Tumbling is kinesthetics with the goal of improving balance, coordination, body awareness, and listening skills. By the end of the session, youngsters will feel more confident, courageous, and will have developed a good foundation for any individual sport or physical activity. For information regarding cost, contact Aviva Levine at Bryan Glazer Family JCC, 813-291-2254 or [email protected].
Thursdays, 12:30 PM, Ongoing – Join Rabbi Danielle Upbin for a new series of classes called Every Day Holiness, Thursdays at 12:30 PM, Congregation Beth Shalom of Clearwater. Students explore personal and spiritual growth through a variety of guided meditation practices and discussion of contemplative Jewish texts. RSVP to the synagogue office at 727-531-1418. Visit https://www.cbsclearwater.org/
Thursdays, 1 PM, Ongoing – Join seniors of Temple B’nai Israel of Clearwater for mah jongg, Mexican train dominoes, or bridge. Cofee and cake are served. For information, contact Linda White at [email protected] or 727-276-3404.
First Thursday each month, 10-11:30 AM, Ongoing – A support group for caregivers meets at Temple B’nai Israel, 1685 S. Belcher Rd., Clearwater. The meetings are sponsored by Empath Health. To register, call 727-735-8743 or email [email protected], or call 727-301-7884 or email [email protected].
First Thursday each month, 3:30-5 PM, Ongoing – Menorah Manor offers a support group for Alzheimer’s caregivers at the Samson Nursing Center at Menorah Manor, 255 -59th Street, N., St. Petersburg. For information, call Rabbi Aaron Lever at 727-302-3720. Visit https://menorahmanor.org.
Fridays through December 13th, 10-10:45 AM – JCC Preschool North, 13009 Community Campus Drive., Citrus Park, presents an ongoing program called Baby Groove. Babies, toddlers, and their caregivers can enjoy weekly themed classes. Adults have fun with their babies as they participate in developmentally appropriate activities designed to stimulate and enhance motor development. Social and education activities for parents or caregivers with young children are included. Activities include circle time, exploration of play environments, welcoming activities, songs, nursery rhymes, movement, storytelling, and more. Classes began on September 13th and may be joined at any time during the run until December 13th. For information, call 813-962-2863 or email [email protected].
UPCOMING TAMPA BAY REGION SPECIAL SERVICES, ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS
On Exhibition through March 1, 2020 – The Florida Holocaust Museum’s new original exhibition, “Beaches, Benches, and Boycotts: The Civil Rights Movement in Tampa Bay, focuses on the specific civil rights history, events, challenges and achievements of the Tampa Bay/Sarasota region, which continued through the dawn of the Civil Rights era. Many local institutions and establishments held out on integration for several years after Brown v. Board of Education and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, with Jim Cros laws affecting every aspect of African-American life in Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Sarasota. The exhibit details the timeline of events and the leadership that led to desegregation and improved living conditions for the region’s African-American community and the region’s continuing struggle with racial equality. This special exhibit is offered in addition to other visiting exhibitions and the permanent collection/exhibits at the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg, 55 Fifth St., S. For information, contact https://www.flholocaustmuseum.org, call 727-820-0100. The Florida Holocaust Museum presents its October tours on these dates/times:
- Sunday, October 13th at 11:00am
- Wednesday, October 16th at 12:00pm and 3:00pm
- Saturday, October 19th at 11:00am and 3:00pm
- Sunday, October 20th at 11:00am
- Wednesday, October 23rd at 12:00pm and 3:00pm
- Saturday, October 26th at 11:00am and 3:00pm
- Sunday, October 27th at 11:00am and 3:00pm
- Wednesday, October 30th at 12:00pm and 3:00pm
Various Sundays through May 17 – 10-11 AM – The Tampa Jewish Federation presents its monthly Family Sunday Series, Sundays from 10-11 AM (except in January, which is a Monday event), welcoming families to come together to explore values and traditions with a Jewish twist through stories, activities, songs, and conversations. All families with young children of all faiths are backgrounds are welcome for this free program. Programs run on Sundays from 10:00-11:00am. For more information, and to RSVP, contact: Jen Goldberg, Executive Director of Education [email protected] | 813.769.4738. The following programs are scheduled:
- November 10 – Gratitude
- December 1 – Tzedakah and Gifts
- January 20* – Mitzvah Mania (*Special Monday event)
- February 16 – Caring for the Earth/Environment
- March 15 – Kindness to Animals
- April 19 – Health and Wellness
- May 17 – Bedtime Pajama Party
Wednesdays, October 15, 23, 30, and Nov 6, 6:30-8:30 PM – TampaBay-Job-Links presents “Switching Gears: A Roadmap for Career Transition” evening Workshop Series. “Switching Gears” are four, 2-hour workshops for individuals struggling to launch their careers, considering a career change, or returning to the workforce. When in career transition, it is essential to plan for the future with current, relevant, and practical tools and strategies that are indispensable to remaining viable in today’s job market. These four sessions cover the nuts and bolts of career transition, at whatever stage a person may be. Attend the full series or select individual sessions. Dinner is provided and sponsored by the Leeds Family. Advance registration required. To register or for more information, call TampaBay-Job-Links at 813-344-0200 or visit TBJL.org. Please contact [email protected] or 813-344-0200) for additional information.
Wednesday, October 16th, 7 PM – The Lylah Chapter of Hadassah will host guest speaker Dr. Karen Ezrine, vice-chair of Hadassah Medical Organization, with an update on medical research including details of breast cancer research at Hadassah facilities. The meeting takes palce at The Preserve of Clearwater, 2010 Greenbriar Blvd., Clearwater. All Hadassah and community members are welcome. A coffee and dessert reception follows. RSVP by October 8th by emailing [email protected], or call Cheryl Schwartz at 551-265-2745.
Thursday, October 17th, 11 AM – 1 PM – Learning Express Lunchtime Discussion Docent-Led Art Tour with Sara Scher at Bryan Glazer Family JCC, 522 N. Howard Ave. Tampa. Discover new interests. Engage your curiosity. Meet new people. Enjoy a docent-led tour of the rich selection of artwork adorning the walls of the Bryan Glazer Family JCC. Then join us for a buffet lunch to share impressions and ask questions. For more information, contact Pnina Levermore at 813.291.2253.
Thursday, October 17th, 5 PM – Chabad of St. Petersburg presents a family Sukkot Festival features barbecue in the Sukkah (vegetarian options available) with klezmer music, bungee jumping, rock climbing, and Sukkot crafts. For details and to RSVP, contact [email protected] or call 727-344-4900.
Thursday, October 17th, 5:30 PM – The Jewish Club of Kings Point, Sun City Center, holds its first gathering of the season in the Waterside Room. Entertainment provided by Craig Singleton. Bagels, lox, tuna, egg salad and trimmings will be available. For information regarding the cost or other details, contact Simone Shaw at [email protected]. To be placed on the club’s mailing list, contact Carol Balent at [email protected].
Thursday, October 17th, 7 PM – Temple Ahavat Shalom of Palm Harbor presents an adult education class on Civil War and the Jews led by Dr. Eric Stickler. The class will focus on the Civil War and how it affected Jews. All are welcome. https://ahavatshalom.org
Thursday, October 17th, 7:30 PM, JCC on the Cohn Campus, 13009 Community Campus Drive, Tampa, FL 32365, presents the Sue & Jef Schoenbaum Annual Community Leadership Awards, recognizing those who have made a significant impact within the Tampa Jewish Community Centers and Federation and other local Jewish community agencies. Each award is named after a community member embodying the principles of dedicated leadership, tikkun olam and commitment to enriching the continuity of Jewish life locally and worldwide. RSVPs are not necessary but appreciated. For details: https://www.picatic.com/CLA?utm_source=promotion&utm_medium=button&utm_campaign=217100
Fridays October 18-November 22 – 1 – 2:30 PM – A new bridge class for those who play at any level is offered by Bryan Glazer JC. There is a cost, with pro-rating options available. Visit https://www.bryanglazerfamilyjcc.com
Friday, October 18, 7-9 PM – the Young Adult Division (YAD) of Jewish Federation of Florida’s Gulf Coast presents a Halloween Shabbat in downtown St. Petersburg. For information, visit http://www.facebook.com/PinellasYAD.
Sunday, October 20th, 10-11:30 AM – PJ Library presents Sammy Spider’s Showcase. Sammy Spider will engage PJ Library friends with story time, crafts, and music all featured in the beloved High Holiday stories of SAMMY SPIDER! JCC on the Cohn Campus, Roth Hall, 13009 Community Campus Dr., Tampa 33625. Please RSVP to Marissa Rosenthal by Friday, October 18.
Sunday, October 20th, 11 AM – Get to know your smart device (phone or tablet) at a workshop with tech experts, tips, and advice. This intergenerational class includes assistance in getting your photos in the cloud. Visit https://www.bryanglazerfamilyjcc.com
Sunday, October 20th, 4-7 PM – Temple Beth El of St. Petersburg presents a Simchat Torah culinary tour of the five books of the Torah and a hands-on treasure hunt in the scroll. Music and dancing with the scrolls will be part of the event. Registration required by October 16th at https://www.TempleBeth-El.com/SimchatTorah.
Monday, October 21st, 6:30 PM – Congregation Beth Shalom of Brandon invites you to its Simchat Torah service as congregants dance with the Torah. A light oneg will be provided and all are welcome. https://bethshalom-brandon.org
Thursday, October 24th, 6 PM – Interfaith Voices Against Anti-Semitism is the program being presented at St. Theresa’s Roman Catholic Church, 1107 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, featuring two guest speakers, each the child of parents who suffered the horrors of war. Author Roslyn Franken will speak about her parents’ ordeals during WWII, which she has written about in Meant To Be: A True Story of Might, Miracles, and Triumph of the Human Spirit. Dr. Harry Richter of Tampa will speak of both parents’ experiences in Nazi concentration camps and how they managed to survive. This event, organized by Arlene Glanz of Temple Beth David of Spring Hill, is in response to the one-year anniversary of the slaying of 11 Jews at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. More details at https://www.jewishpresspinellas.com/articles/spring-hill-interfaith-gathering-to-target-arget-anti-semitism/ and https://www.tbdfl.org
Thursday, October 24th, 6:30 PM – The Florida Holocaust Museum presents American Racism and the Holocaust featuring Lawrence Powell. Lawrence Powell traces the family’s dramatic odyssey and explores the events that eventually triggered Anne Skorecki Levy’s brave decision to honor the suffering of the past by confronting the recurring specter of racist hatred. This work tells the story of the Holocaust Survivor who transformed the horrors of her childhood into a passionate mission to defeat the political menace of reputed neo-Nazi and Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. A book signing to follow. RSVP is required, seating limited. To confirm your attendance, please call 727,820.0100 x301.
Thursday, October 24th, 7 PM – The Jewish Federation of Florida’s Gulf Coast Film & Speaker Series launches its new film and speaker series at Studio Movie Grill in Seminole with the film Bagels Over Berlin, featuring Alan Feinberg, the filmmaker and event speaker. The film is a full-length documentary honoring the Jewish veterans of the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII. The story is told by the men who served in the Air Corps and carried out dangerous missions in their fight against Nazi Germany. Their struggles and stories run the gamut from humor to miraculous survival in the midst of peril. Alan Feinberg, the filmmaker, was born in Buffalo, NY and resides in South Florida. The series will feature six documentary films and speakers with a Jewish element in each. Details regarding tickets and other information contact Maxine Kaufman at [email protected] or 727-333-3106, or visit https://www.jewishgulfcoast.org
Thursday, October 24th, 7 PM – Temple Ahavat Shalom of Palm Harbor invites you to enroll for a new Chai Mitzvah class to enhance Jewish engagement. Like a book group, Chai Mitzvah network groups meet monthly with text-based sourcebooks on Jewish topics. The topic of this session will be adult rites of passage. For information and to register, contact Loren Goldman at [email protected] or call 727-492-0225.
Friday, October 25th, 11:30 AM – Festival of Jewish Books and Conversations, Chapter One, features Elyssa Friedland’s The Floating Feldmans at Carrollwood Country Club, 13903 Clubhouse Drive, Tampa. In describing Friedland’s book, Author Pam Jenoff calls it “uproariously funny, yet heartfelt.” Friedland’s prior novels include The Intermission and Love and Miss Communication. In this book, protagonist Annette is determined to book a cruise for her entire family, even though it’s been a decade since they have all been together. Just this once, they are going to behave like an actual family. Too bad her kids didn’t get the memo. Friedland has written for the Washington Post, Bustle, Real Simple, McSweeney’s and more. She is a graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School. She adds that she “has survived a cruise and many family trips,” so she knows about what she writes! Tickets include a Buffet Luncheon and cruise “accoutrements.” Cruise attire is welcome. For tickets/information, visit https://www.picatic.com/BookFestival
Saturday, October 26th, 7 PM – Entertainers will perform a variety of musical genres from country to Sinatra-style crooning at Temple Beth David’s Oy Vey Cabaret. Hosted by Carla Becker, this year’s show features a variety of memorable songs. For details and to obtain tickets, visit https://www.tbdfl.org or call Becker at 352-428-9946. Seating is first-come, first-serve, and tickets are available only in advance, not at time of the event.
Sundays, October 27, November 3, December 8, at 9:45 AM – Congregation Beth Am of Tampa hosts a parents’ discussion group led by Hope Buksbaum, Youth Committee Chair, based on the book Blessing of a Skinned Knee by Wendy Mogel. The book distills Jewish teachings and contemporary psychological insights into nine “blessings” that address key parenting issues. If interested or for information, email [email protected].
Sunday, October 27th, 1-3 PM, Weinberg Village Assisted Living Residents presents the Stephen Weinberg 8 Over 80 Awards recognizing eight individuals, 80 years of age or older, who have dedicated their time, talents, and lives to our community and devoted themselves to helping others. The 2019 honorees will include Delyse Axinn, Shelia Bush, Rina Donchin, Barbara Eller, Claude Lewkowiez, Janice Perelman, Edward Weinman and Ruth Weston. The event will take place at Congregation Kol Ami, 3919 Moran Rd., Tampa 33618. For more information or to recognize an honoree in the Mazel Tov Recognition Program, please contact Michelle Gallagher at [email protected] or 813-769-2814, or call 813-969-1818 or visit https://www.jewishtampa.com/community-calendar/8-Over-80-Awards-2019
Sunday, October 27th, 2 PM A new study group, Inquisitive Mindworks of Tampa Bay, hosts its first community event, a symposium examining near-death experiences and the concepts of past life regression and reincarnation led by Rabbi Lazer Rivkin of Bais David Chabad of Tampa and Merkos Chabad Lubavitch of Central Florida on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 2 PM at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC Campus on North Howard Ave, Tampa. The symposium includes a panel of medical, science-oriented, and theological professionals who will examine the concepts in the book, “Does the Soul Survive? A Jewish Journey to Belief in Afterlife, Past Lives and Living With Purpose,” by Rabbi Eli Kaplan-Spitz or Orange County, CA. The book explores the author’s own observations and firsthand experiences of his congregants regarding life after life. There will be a Q&A as part of the presentation. For details, call 813-966-8770 or email Rabbi Lazer Rivkin at [email protected]. The Inquisitive Mindworks group is intended for Jews of all denominations and affiliations. Folks are invited to join the discussion at the symposium with their views on the afterlife. Additional details at https://www.jewishpresstampa.com/articles/symposium-will-explore-fate-of-soul-after-death/
Sunday, October 27th, 2:00 PM – The Florida Holocaust Museum on the first anniversary of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, PA, The FHM presents the inaugural Richard Rappaport Family Foundation Lecture on Antisemitism, featuring Ira Forman. This lecture series has been created in response to the continuing rise in antisemitism. Having served as the US Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism from 2013-2017, Ira Forman has a profound understanding of the forces that are driving the resurgence of worldwide antisemitism. Q&A will follow. This program is free and open to the public. RSVP is required. To confirm your attendance, please call 727,820.0100 x301.
Sunday, October 27th, 4 PM – Festival of Jewish Books and Conversations, Chapter Two, presents Cartooning Around, with celebrated cartoonist Bob Mankoff, author of Have I Got A Cartoon For You! The Moment magazine Book of Jewish Cartoons. Cartoon and Humor Editor for Esquire and former New Yorker Cartoon Editor and publisher of more than 950 cartoons, Mankoff examines the place of cartoons in the vibrant history of Jewish humor, and plumbs Jewish thought, wisdom and shtick for humorous insights. Bryan Glazer Family JCC, Tampa. Tickets include cake & coffee and can be obtained at https://www.jewishtampa.com/bookfestival
Sunday, October 27th, 6 PM – Congregation Beth Shalom of Brandon invites you to join friends, family, and congregants for a Dutch treat dinner at Lucky Dill Deli, 4606 West Boy Scout Blvd., Tampa. Members and non-members both are welcome. RSVP to Anita, [email protected] by October 25th. https://bethshalom-brandon.org
Sunday, October 27th, 6:30 PM – Festival of Jewish Books and Conversations, Chapter Two, presents Jamie Bernstein, the daughter of Leonard Bernstein, and author of Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein. All about the most famous Jewish American musician of the 20th century. Jamie Bernstein writes her story of what it’s like to be the child of the most reveled and multifaceted Jewish American musician of the 20th century. The composer of many musical pieces including On the Town and West Side Story, chief conductor of the New York Philharmonic, TV star, humanitarian, friend of the powerful and influential, and the life of every party, Leonard Bernstein was an enormous celebrity. The Bernstein’s family life was populated with a fantastic set of famous friends, during one of the headiest periods of America’s culture. Joy Katzen-Guthrie will accompany Bernstein’s program with musical interludes of Jamie’s famous father’s music. Tickets include wine bar and petite plates. Bryan Glazer Family JCC, Tampa. Tickets can be obtained at https://www.jewishtampa.com/bookfestival
Monday, October 28, 7:30 PM – Congregation Kol Ami, 3919 Moran Rd., Tampa, presents its 4th Annual Am Yisrael Chai Event with Ambassador Alfred Moses, who will share colorful stories contained in his new book, Bucharest Diary: Romania‘s Journey from Darkness to Light. Bucharest Diary is the story of the exodus of Jews from communist Romania to Israel. Ambassador Moses led the effort to get Jews out of Romania when it was controlled by communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. In face-to-face meetings with Ceausescu, Moses established the right of Jews to freely emigrate. Visit https://www.kolami.org/
Tuesday, October 29, 6:30-8:30 PM – Connection to Innovation at Bryan Glazer Family JCC, 522 N. Howard Ave., Tampa. Open to the community, this Connection to Innovation event will focus on innovation in Urban Technology. With over $13 billion in new projects underway in the Tampa Bay area and a recent, first ever “WELL” certification, they will be unpacking what kinds of technology and innovations are being used to construct these major projects, including Water street, Mid Town and River Walk. Refreshments will be served. For details and registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/connection-to-innovation-october-29th-tickets-63065397301
October 27-November 3, 2019 – Mission to Experience and Explore Israel with the Tampa JCCs & Federation has only a few spots left. 8 days, 7 nights. To see full itinerary and make reservation, contact [email protected] or call 813-769-4726.
November 1-3 – The Florida Holocaust Museum sponsors its tour, New York – Jewish Style. For information regarding the itinerary, contact [email protected]. November 15-17, 2019 – The Tampa JCCs and Federation sponsor the tour, New York – Jewish Style. For information about this itinerary, visit https://www.picatic.com/NewYorkJewishStyle?utm_source=promotion&utm_medium=button&utm_campaign=217125. Sunday Itineraries differ on each tour. Space is limited to 25 people/trip.
Friday, November 1st, 10 AM – Festival of Jewish Books and Conversations, Chapter Five, presents A Festive Sing-Along Shabbat Event with Joni Klein-Higger & Barbara Sharf, creators of Barnyard Bubbe’s Hanukkah, a hoot-n-hollering whimsical time for all generations. JCC on the Cohn Campus. Complimentary admission, in partnership with JCC preschool. More information at https://www.jewishtampa.com/bookfestival
Friday, November 1st, 11 AM – Festival of Jewish Books and Conversations, Chapter Five, presents Linda Goudsmit, author of Mimi’s Strategies, a series of children’s books that discuss challenges like why we should eat green veggies and always share toys. Complimentary admission includes sips and snacks. JCC on the Cohn Campus. Information at https://www.jewishtampa.com/bookfestival
Sunday, November 3rd, 5 PM – Festival of Jewish Books and Conversations, Chapter Six, presents Glitz & Glamour: The Plaza Hotel, with Julie Satow, author of The Plaza: The Secret Life of America’s Most Famous Hotel. Bryan Glazer Family JCC, Tampa. Elegant attire welcome. Tickets include swanky cocktails & lavish hors d’oeuvres and can be obtained at https://www.jewishtampa.com/bookfestival
Monday, November 4, 2019, 11 AM – 1 PM – Schaarai Zedek Sisterhood Star Event featuring award-winning attorney/advocate for family causes and feminist rights, Gloria Allred. Renaissance Tampa-International Plaza, Tampa. For details and sponsorship opportunities, contact Faith Alexander at 813-508-05444, or email [email protected]. Contact Schaarai Zedek Sisterhood [email protected] and view additional details at http://www.zedek.org/starevent.
Monday, November 4, 2019, 7 PM – Mark Biederman, son of two Holocaust survivors and author of Schindler’s Listed: The Search for My Father’s Lost Gold, co-written with his wife, Randi Biederman, will share his story and the story of his parents at the Palladium Theatre, 253 5th Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Sponsorship opportunities are available or this event. For details regarding tickets and for reservations, call (727) 344-4900 or visit www.ChabadSP.com/schindlerslisted. This event, as all Chabad events, is open to the entire community regardless of affiliation. Doors open at 6:30 PM.
Monday, November 4, 2019, 7:00 – 8:30 PM – The Bryan Glazer Family JCC at 522 N. Howard Ave. presents “Your Thanksgiving Table,” a Culinary event with Chef Kenny, in the Kitchen/Ballroom. Enhancements, accompaniments and delectables to make your Thanksgiving feast one of a kind! Come cook, eat, laugh and learn in our festive and informative cooking classes followed by a great meal you had a part in preparing. Learn new recipes, explore exotic ingredients and cook delicious dishes. For details and to register, visit https://www.bryanglazerfamilyjcc.com/programs/culinary
Tuesday, November 5, 7-9 PM – #Gather presents a Bowling Competition at 4847 North Armenia Ave., Tampa. Members and guests are welcome; for information regarding the charge and reservation, visit https://www.bryanglazerfamilyjcc.com/bryan-glazer-family-jcc-/gather.
Saturday, November 8th – Deadline for The Tampa Jewish federation’s Lilah Tov Overnight Camp Scholarship Fund application for camp scholarships to be awarded to children who would like to attend a non-profit Jewish overnight camp in the summer of 2020. These are need-based scholarships for Jewish children residing in Hillsborough County. For eligibility requirements and to download a scholarship application, go to www.jewishtampa.com/lilahtov. Contact Alissa Fischel at 813-769-4726 for information.
Sunday, November 9th, 7 PM – Hillels of the Florida Suncoast host their second annual Bubbles and Bubbly Gala to benefit the Repair The Seas Scubi Jew® and Tikkun HaYam® Programs. The event takes place at the Florida Aquarium at 701 Channelside Drive in Tampa and features Dr. Ellen Prager, marine scientist and author of Sex, Drugs, and Sea Slime: The Ocean’s Oddest Creatures and Why They Matter. The gala begins at 7 PM with VIP cocktail reception followed by main event at 8 PM, including open bubbly, wine & beer bar, savory bites & sweet treats buffets, Havdalah, Dr. Prager’s presentation, and a live auction. For details and to RSVP, visit https://www.suncoasthillels.org/bubbles-and-bubbly or call 813-899-78–2788 or visit [email protected]. RSVP’s requested by October 25th.
Monday, November 10th, 2 PM – The Florida Holocaust Museum’s 81st Anniversary of Kristallnacht Commemoration, “the Night of Broken Glass,” with a commemoration service, including prayers and candle-lighting with Holocaust Survivors. Museum admission included from 10 AM to 4 PM. Immediately following the commemoration service, Julie Kohner, a Second Generation Holocaust Survivor, will speak. Julie’s program Voices of the Generations teaches the devastation of the Holocaust through its impact on one family. All are welcome to this program. RSVP required. To confirm your attendance, call 727.820.0100 x301.
Thursday, November 14th, 7 PM – The Jewish Federation of Florida’s Gulf Coast presents its annual Campaign Opening Event – Catalyst 2020: The Power of Common Kindness, at NOVA 535, at 535 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Street, N., St. Petersburg, 337071. Doors open at 6:30 PM. The evening includes keynote speaker Sherri Mandell, who will share her personal journey. After losing her son to terrorist actions, she chose to respond with resilience and kindness, channeling tragedy into charity and charting an inspiring course for herself and the Jewish community. There will also be presentations of the Dr. Alfred and Lisl Schick Family Scholarship and the Dr. Edward N. Ludin Young Leadership Award. Guests will have the opportunity to make their commitment to the Federation’s 2020 Annual Campaign. Details at https://www.jewishgulfcoast.org
Thursday, November 14th, 7 PM – The Tampa Jewish Federation presents the Bobbe Karpay Women of Distinction Program at Congregation Kol Ami, 3919 Moran Rd., Tampa, features a special keynote presentation by Archie Gottesman, co-founder of Jew Belong, followed by a dessert reception. Placing a congratulatory announcement or an ad is a wonderful way to support the honorees, support the program, and/or promote a business. Proceeds raised will be directed to the Tampa Jewish Federation’s 2020 Annual Campaign. These funds support a lifeline of vital programs and services offered by our local Jewish beneficiary agencies, as well as a myriad of social services and community building efforts in Israel and 70 countries around the globe. For tickets, visit: https://www.jewishtampa.com/federation-impact/women-of-distinction-program
Sunday, November 24th, from 9:30-12:30 PM, The Jewish Federation of Pinellas/Pasco presents part 2 of its county-wide KESHER program: SPEAKING AND LIVING OUR VALUES, followed by lunch. Kids, teens, and adults are invited to participate in this educational county-wide initiative. One Jewish parent, two Jewish parents. Adoptive, step, single parent, and blended families. Jewish grandparents of any number. Synagogue member or not. Jewish-curious. If you connect in any way with shared Jewish values, this event is designed for you. It will take place at the St. Petersburg College Seminole Campus at 9200 113th St, Seminole, FL 33772. Registration opens at 9:30 AM; Program begins at 10:00 AM and ends at 12:00 PM; Followed by Lunch. For details, visit https://www.jewishgulfcoast.org/kesher and https://www.jewishpinellas.org.
Sunday, January 12, 1 PM – 3 PM – Festival of Jewish Books and Conversations, Chapter Seven, presents Sarah Blake, author of The Guest Book at 1 PM and Marcia Jo Zerivitz, author of Jews of Tampa at 2 PM, Bryan Glazer Family JCC, Tampa. Tickets include sip and nosh and can be obtained at https://www.jewishtampa.com/bookfestival
Sunday, January 12, 2020, 7 PM – Temple Beth Sholom of Sarasota, in conjunction with the Sarasota Opera, presents Cantor Azi Schwartz in concert at the Sarasota Opera House. This concert is nearly sold out. Tickets to the general public go on sale August 25th. Visit http://www.sarasotaopera.org/ for information or to purchase tickets, or call Temple Beth Sholom of Sarasota at 941-955-8121.
January 19-26, 2020 – Congregation Schaarai Zedek travels to Cuba on a “People to People” mission, with visits to Santa Clara, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, and havana. To be contacted with information of the itinerary and details, contact 813-876-2377, x202, or visit https://www.zedek.org/
Saturday, January 26, 2020 – Save the Date for the Jewish Federation of Tampa’s Annual President’s Dinner, featuring Deborah E. Lipstadt with a presentation titled “Antisemitism: Here and Now.” Lipstadt is a historian and author of 8 books. She was victorious in her lawsuit against a Holocaust denier, as portrayed in the 2016 feature film Denial based on her book, Denying The Holocaust. For details and sponsorship opportunities, contact Michelle Gallagher at [email protected], or call 813-739-1687.
Sunday, February 9, 6:30 PM – Festival of Jewish Books and Conversations, Chapter Seven, presents Mary Morris, author of Gateway to the Moon. JCC on the Cohn Campus. Tickets include Sips & Nosh and can be obtained at https://www.jewishtampa.com/bookfestival
Sunday, March 8, 6:30 PM – Festival of Jewish Books and Conversations, Chapter Seven, presents Julie Orringer, author of The Flight Portfolio,. JCC on the Cohn Campus. Tickets include Sips & Nosh and can be obtained at https://www.jewishtampa.com/bookfestival
Sunday, April 5, 6:30 PM – Festival of Jewish Books and Conversations, Chapter Seven, presents Melanie Benjamin, author of Mistress of the Ritz. Bryan Glazer Family JCC. Tickets include Sips & Nosh and can be obtained at https://www.jewishtampa.com/bookfestival
Sunday, April 26th, 2020! The Jewish Federation of Pinellas/Pasco presents the third in its KESHER series, “Connect to Israel,” a morning program followed by lunch. For details, visit https://www.jewishpinellas.org.
Sunday, May 3, 6:30 PM – Festival of Jewish Books and Conversations, Chapter Seven, presents Michael David Lukas, author of The Last Watchman of Old Cairo. Bryan Glazer Family JCC. Tickets include Sips & Nosh and can be obtained at https://www.jewishtampa.com/bookfestival
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